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LindaGrace812

LindaGrace812

Joined May 2016

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Dr. Seuss Goes to War (Revised) by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr Seuss, Richard H Minear
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Lovely War by Julie Berry
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The Book of M: A Novel by Peng Shepherd
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Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas
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I am just... I mean... What the... Just wow! This book is a mix of perfectly routine historical fiction, medical mystery, and yuck! I wish I could take the day off to finish it! 😁

LindaGrace812 I loved this book! It uses the story of Mary Toft (who gave birth to rabbits) to explore the ideas of truth, of how women‘s bodies are treated - as vessels, as property, as voids that men must fill - and of power. It is skillfully written and I wish I could thank the author, Dexter Palmer, for taking me on this journey. 1mo
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Tear my heart out, why dontcha? This book was filled with easy coincidences - way too many of them - but I kept reading because Boyne can write with gut wrenching compassion. The sad parts are so very sad, but so beautifully written. And the end was lovely. For me, for this book, the good far outweighs the not-so-good.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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So, so, so good. I loved this book! It has everything I love in fiction: College/boarding school? Check. Magic in the current world? Check. Strong female characters and female friendships? Check and check. I can‘t wait for the next in the series!

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Bunny | Mona Awad
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So good. So weird. So unsettling. But so good!

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is one of the best books I‘ve read in ages. It kept me up late at night and made me hide in my office today to finish it! It‘s beautifully written and if you‘re the type of woman who had a conventional upbringing but a rather unconventional young adulthood or life, this book will resonate with you.

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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I just finished this book. My husband said, “What are you doing?” I said, “I‘m hugging this book because it was so good and beautiful”. And it is - it‘s good and beautiful.

BarbaraBB I think so too 🌻🌻 8mo
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Y‘all. I picked up this book because it‘s set in rural Central and Southern Illinois, and I grew up there. That was literally the reason I picked it up - I knew nothing else about it! Happily, it‘s a wonderful book - beautifully written and engaging. The author got the Illinois parts exactly right, for which I am grateful. I also love magical realism so this book hit many marks for me.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved it. I came up in the ‘80s instead of the ‘70s but this book reminded me of my misspent, wild child youth. It was fun and bittersweet and heart wrenching and nostalgic.

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October 1964 | David Halberstam
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This is a great listen. As with all of Halberstam‘s work, it is meticulously researched and reads a whole lot like a novel. As to the content, it didn‘t make me any more of a Yankees fan...but as a diehard lifelong Cardinals fan, nothing is able to do that!

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I loved this book. I really can‘t explain the book; I can only explain that Ms. Oyeyemi is a rare talent. Her prose is lyrical, her plot is magical. I honestly struggled to keep up with this novel, but it was so beautifully written, I couldn‘t put it down. I kept thinking about the characters even when I was supposed to be doing anything else!

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I honestly think this was the best of the series. I adored it.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Such a beautiful, heartbreaking, life-affirming book. I fell in love over and over and over while reading it. Such joy and kindness and love in the midst of great sorrow. Please read it!

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A Shout in the Ruins | Kevin Powers
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This was a fantastic book. I‘m actually going to buy it so I can reread it whenever I want.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Dr. Tara Westover is a better person than I. I would‘ve pressed charges against my brother and probably my father. Before I got to that point, I would‘ve moved to grandma-over-in-town‘s house to get away from my entire screwed up and abusive family. I listened to this one and spent an inordinate amount of time yelling at my phone. I wish Dr. Westover peace.

Lcsmcat I too wondered why it took her so long to go to that side of the family. But we can never really walk in someone else‘s shoes, can we. 2y
LindaGrace812 So true. 2y
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The Rending and the Nest | Kaethe Schwehn
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I had absolutely no idea what do expect when reading reviews of this book. I am so glad I read it! The main character, a young woman named Mira, is fully formed. The writing is beautiful.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

Ms. Jesmyn Ward can WRITE.

sprainedbrain Yes, she can! 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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This one lives up to all the hype. It was so good!

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I‘ll give this one a pick, although it‘s really between a pick and a pan - the ending just leaves the reader hanging. It‘s like the author said, “Whew! Writing this was exhausting so I think I‘ll just stop now.” The abuse makes it hard to read, but the writing, especially in the scenes in nature, is beautiful. I‘m glad she survived and he died, but I would‘ve liked more closure.

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The Slump: Britain in the Great Depression | Chris Cook, John Stevenson
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Once again, I am entering into my holiday reading slump. I am not a Christmas person but I am surrounded by would-be Santa Clauses. Every December, I struggle with reading - nothing seems to “fit”. Anyone else experience this? What do you do about it?

ReadingSusan I usually read a lot more in December but this year I haven‘t had the time. I haven‘t finished one book this month 2y
LindaGrace812 Listening to A Discovery of Witches was a really good choice. It‘s a comfortable and engaging listen, and it‘s helping me through my “Ho Ho No” season. 😊 2y
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I‘ve read this entire series and decided to listen to it this time.

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I listened to this one. I am pretty sure I would‘ve liked it more if I‘d read the book. The narrator used all the fake voices and it damn near drove me crazy. I kept listening, though, because I wanted to see how everything turned out.

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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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This was another trippy book. Janie‘s Aunt Magnolia has died, but before she did, she made Janie promise to accept any invitation to a mansion called Tu Reviens that she receives. And things get trippier and trippier once she‘s there. We reach a certain point with Janie and then the story diverges, depending who Janie chooses to talk to. The last section, the one in which Janie chooses the dog, was my favorite. I need to sit with this book a bit!

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The Big Lie | Julie Mayhew

The Audible version of this comes out tomorrow - perfect timing since I just finished an Audible book!

BookBabe 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

I LOVE THIS BOOK! My brother and I totally nerded out over it - allllll the memories of being teenagers in the 1980s! Love, love, love!

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Let Them Eat Cake | Sandra Byrd
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I accidentally murdered one layer of my mom‘s birthday cake so I frosted the other layer and laid down lashings of sprinkles. Desperate times call for desperate measures. 🙄 I‘m SO annoyed. I‘m actually a good baker. I don‘t know what went wrong here. At least it tastes good. 🙄

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Indeed.

freyaheart Absolutly 2y
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4321 | Paul Auster
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Man, this book was trippy. The last few pages were the very trippiest. I ended up reading about a quarter of it and listening to the rest. It was awesomely somethin‘ else. It reminded me a tiny bit of Atkinson‘s Life After Life, although the construction of the book was different (same person living many lives one at a time vs. same person living several lives all at once). I definitely give it a pick and recommend it!

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Babycakes | Armistead Maupin
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My one and only niece just had her baby! I can‘t believe our baby girl has her own baby girl!

WhatDeeReads Squeeeeeee!!! Welcome to the family #LittleLitten. 2y
LindaGrace812 Thank you! ❤️ 2y
Laura317 So precious and sweet!💕 2y
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The Prague Sonata | Bradford Morrow
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Delicious! 🎼

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All Rights Reserved | Gregory Scott Katsoulis
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Such a great (and terrifying!) concept for a dystopia. Words matter!

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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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Bailed but it was definitely me, not the book! I‘ll get back to it eventually.

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4321 | Paul Auster
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You know you‘re into a book when you‘re only on page 30 and you‘re dreaming about the characters!

Redwritinghood I just bought this a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten to it yet. I look forward to reading it. 2y
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Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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I‘m probably the last person on the planet to read this one. I‘ve tried reading it before with no luck so this time I‘m listening to it. I‘m enjoying it, but as is often the case for me with listening to fiction, there‘s just too much emoting going on. But hey. I‘m dealing with JF. 😁

TheCanuckReader Been on my shelf forever.... still haven't read it 2y
LindaGrace812 Glad I‘m not the only one! 😁 I also haven‘t read any of those Dan Brown books - I really just refuse to because seriously. It was like no one had ever published a book before. 😳🙄😂 2y
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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I made Louise Penny laugh! She is simply delightful. My best friend took me to Austin to see Louise speak and get the new book autographed! 🌲🌲🌲❤️

MrBook That's wonderful! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LiteraryinLititz That is soooo cool!! 2y
Zelma Such a great photo! 😍 2y
Libby1 Wow! 😃 2y
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I love this book! But someone please tell me, who is Perdu???? The author says the answer is in the pages of the book but I missed it somehow!

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Glass Houses | Louise Penny

I love this series. I am not a mystery person; indeed, these are the only mysteries I read. I am thrilled that my best friend and I are going to Austin to see Ms. Penny on her book tour! I know I will gabble nonsensically if I actually get to meet and chat with her!

Kammbia1 I feel the same way. I'm not a huge mystery person but I love reading this series. 2y
LindaGrace812 I think I love the series because the characters are so wonderfully realized - I mean, the mystery part of the books is always interesting but the characters and their relationships and the town are why I read the books! 2y
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On June 1, I joined the faculty at a new medical school , and while it hasn't slowed down my reading, it has certainly slowed down my visits to various social media sites, including this one! A big perk is that my commute is longer so I get about 40 minutes per day to listen to books! I've missed you, Littens! 💕📚

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The Baker's Secret: A Novel | Stephen P. Kiernan
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What an amazing book. This is one of those books that makes me want to meet the author and say thank you. The main character is a fully formed human being - she has flaws, she has hope, she despairs... Such a lovely thing, this book.

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A Parcel for Anna Browne | Miranda Dickinson
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I'm listening to this one and it is simply delightful. I have a hard time listening to fiction because of the different voices the reader often puts on. This reader does use different voices for the characters but she's less annoying with it somehow. 😁 Maybe it's that the characters all have lovely British accents!

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The Baker's Secret: A Novel | Stephen P. Kiernan

I'm so glad I read Last Hope Island just before this book. I have a much, much deeper understanding of the occupation of France and the relationship between the Resistance and the Allies.

peaknit Thank you for the tip on Last Hope Island. 2y
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Saints for All Occasions | J. Courtney Sullivan
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I'm giving this one a "Pick", despite REALLY disliking Nora and mostly disliking Theresa. I basically yelled at both of them throughout the book. But I chose to give it a "Pick" because, despite the annoying main characters, the writing was excellent, utterly evocative.

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Just finished and I have this to say: HOLY CATS!!!

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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This is a fantastic, stay-up-all-night book based on the true story of one Jewish family's survival. During WWII, the family ended up flung to the four winds, across continents and oceans, taking terrifying risks, and never forgetting what they were living for. I highly recommend it.

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I love Saturday mornings. In my world, there isn't much better than a book and a coffee while lounging in my bed!

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I loved this book! If you are looking for a book that has a strong heroine and combines folk tales with the real world, this is the book for you.

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The Light of Paris | Eleanor Brown
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The Light of Paris | Eleanor Brown

While I'm enjoying this book overall, I am already tired of both women constantly talking and thinking about what they consider their shortcomings. I want to tell both of them to quit freakin' worrying about what other people think!

LindaGrace812 ok, so fine. I'm liking both of them better. 😁 3y
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Yikes! I have EIGHT books ready for pickup at my library and it's Fiesta and I'll never finish all eight in time to avoid a fine! Oh, well. Fines are just my way to support #SAPL !

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Felidae | Akif Pirinci
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I love this book and it confirms what every cat person suspects: Cats are going to take over the world.

LectricSheep Have you read Mort(e), by Robert Repino? It has cats and world domination too! 3y
LindaGrace812 I don't believe I have! Thanks for the stack rec! 💕😻 3y
Zelma This one argues that it has already happened (and is a fascinating read): 3y
LindaGrace812 Thanks! I've been eyeballing that one - just haven't gotten to it yet! 3y
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Bailedbailed

Nope. Not for me, not right now.

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