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Livelovebark

Livelovebark

Joined June 2016

A California girl living in an Okinawa world.
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An Anonymous Girl by Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Just turned in my final project and my summer semester is over! Time to crack this open and get in all the recreational reading I can before fall starts in 2 weeks 😳

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I literally had no idea this was based on a true story of Lale and Gita (🙈) until I read the the afterword and the authors note when I finished it... then cue the tears.

I loved the story, even if the writing was a little disjointed. But the ending? Hated it. It‘s a short novel, she could have easily added a few dozen pages to make it seem like she cared how it wrapped up.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I liked this better than so-so, so I rounded up, but it was definitely not love. I generally like this author, but I felt really disconnected with this one. I was really excited about the premise, but I feel like too much was crammed in and it lacked the hearty substance I so craved. Do I regret reading it? Nah. Would I ever read it again? Also nah.

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Luna and the Lie | Mariana Zapata
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Guilty pleasure party of 1 🙋🏼‍♀️ spent the majority of my day listening to this audiobook

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The FINAL Countdown | Zane Lawhorn
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I did a terrible job of posting this weekend, but managed to get in some extra reading where I could. #24in48

Finished: Middlesex
In the middle of: Summer of 69, Luna and the Lie
Started: Tattooist of Auschwitz

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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I‘m currently in the middle of 2 books, both of which are upstairs. So I started a new one cause that seemed easier 🤣 officially kicking off #24in48

IvoryLunatic I really want to read this but it‘s going to be a while before it‘s my turn at the library. What do you think so far? 4mo
Livelovebark So far I like it, it reads really easy @IvoryLunatic 4mo
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Starting a new book by the fire on a summer night is exactly where I want to be

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Bedtime stories 🐶😆

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I liked it, but I didn‘t love it like I thought it would. Erotica, little old ladies, English accents, murder, love and a pub. A perfect recipe, maybe it would have read better on pages than through audio? 🤷🏼‍♀️ still a fun book though.

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Completely stepped out of my norm and reading this based on a B&N employee rec. I‘ve completed the look with this fancy receipt bookmark. 😆

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Happy New Years Eve!

Whimsical.Curiosity Love!! The movie is great too 💕 10mo
Livelovebark @Whimsical.Curiosity I saw the movie right when it came out and loved it, so i had to give sufficient time in between before reading the book. 10mo
Whimsical.Curiosity @Livelovebark makes perfect sense. I was very happy with the adaptation. 10mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Happy New Years Eve Eve

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I mean it doesn‘t get more productive than this. Having my car detailed while I get to read. I call that a win

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The Life She Wants | Robyn Carr
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Easy breezy enough. Several plot lines, many of which were drawn out foreverrrr and then wrapped up too quickly. Better than so-so, but not a favorite

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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I accidentally went to Barnes & Noble today, and 3 new books jumped in a bag to go home with me 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ even though I haven‘t read the books from my last trip, because I keep checking out library books. So many books, so little time.

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I usually read 2-4 books/month depending on life. Not a lot, but I try to keep a steady pace. On Aug 1st I realized I had 19 days to get in as much pleasure reading as I could before i go back to school full time.

I am currently reading book 4 & 5 of the month. There‘s still 3 books on my shelf I intended to read, before I was sidetracked with this crazy rich series. So here‘s to the next 1800ish pages so I can start my classes with no regrets 😆

Caroline2 Yay! Awesome reading goals! I loved the crazy rich Asian series too! 👍🏻 1y
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This one was quick to get into because we already knew all the characters. This series makes me feel like I‘m on the inside... with direct access to the all gossip. I like being part of the in crowd, without actually being involved in any drama 😉

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What I wish I was drinking: margaritas
What I‘m actually drinking: water
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Also I‘m #TeamCharlieWu 😍

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Yesterday I was on the struggle bus with this book, then I breezed through 150 pages last night. So I‘m up early, maybe I can knock this out this morning and turn it in when I stop by the library to pick up #2 later.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I‘ve been trying to read this for 2 wks, I spend more time staring at the cover, browsing litsy & FB book groups than I have with this book actually open.

I know, life‘s too short to read books you aren‘t interested in. But it has so many good reviews, I‘m sure I will enjoy it. I even put it aside & read 2 others. Now It‘s due in 5 days, the hold on it is long & to top it off, my hold for the sequel is ready for pick up today. I must persist!

ZoeyPeacock Maybe it‘s just not your thing. It‘s ok. But I‘m the same way, feeling like I have to finish. 1y
Livelovebark @ZoeyPeacock oh no, I‘m sure it is my thing. I was only 60 pages in. I think the first several chapters are just character development and tedious. I think I‘m just in the mood for other books, but library books have expiration dates. Just like that broccoli in the veggie drawer that you have to make instead of the Mac n cheese with the forever shelf life 😆 1y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This book gave me feels where I didn‘t expect it. The story spans from 1910 to the 1980‘s and covers the lives through 4 generations. The highs, the lows... so many lows, the Korean family faced was heartbreaking and thought provoking.... what would you do in each of their shoes? Would definitely recommend

Joanne1 I really want to read this but I've heard it's pretty long. But your review is very tempting. 1y
Livelovebark @Joanne1 it on the longer side, but it‘s not a heavy or convoluted read. Totally worth it 😉 1y
UrsulaMonarch @Joanne1 I was a little reluctant for the same reason but I found the pages just FLEW by! 😊 1y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I typically save audio books for driving (hello So Cal traffic) and walking the dogs. And this is one of those books, that I cannot stop listening to. I love everything about this book so far.

rather_be_reading omg i cant stand socal traffic!! 1y
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The 48-Hour Hookup | Sarah Ballance
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Well, I didn‘t make it to 24, but I did clock 12 hours, and that makes this my most successful (of 3) #24in48 readathon. I could have done a ton more, but this whole weekend was constant interruptions so I would lose my reading mojo and it slowed me down.

Regardless, I loved that I made more time this weekend to read with pleasure than I would have otherwise!

RebL Same all around. I read 12 hours, which I thought was successful regardless. And I also had multiple interruptions. But congrats to both of us! 1y
Jess7 Awesome!! 1y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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You know the quote “let sleeping babies lie” same goes for pug puppies 😆😆😆 I‘m probably the last person to read this, but I‘ve put off watching the show for 2 seasons. It‘s time to get with the program! #24in48

Stacypatrice @Liveloveread - You aren‘t the last... this one is 🙋🏻‍♀️ (the shame 🤦🏻‍♀️). 1y
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Sweet, but overall disappointed. She could have cut this in half and just added it to the next book. Nothing actually happened. It was a wrap up from the last and set up for the next. I expect more from Maas. #24in28

sprainedbrain I felt the same way... looking forward to the next proper book! 1y
Livelovebark @sprainedbrain i mean I wasn‘t expecting much by the 229 page count compared to the other 3, but i was definitely expecting more than we got. As long as the next one is 🔥 🔥 I‘ll forgive her 😆 1y
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24 Hour Party People | Tony Wilson
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Coming up on the 24 hour/half way mark and I have all of 5 hours clocked. But in my defense i spent 4 hours with family and took a lovely 2 hour nap this evening 😆😆 will I get in 19 hours of reading in the next 24? Not hardly, am I going to pretend to try? Heck yeah I am 🎉 #24in48

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I decided to put down CRA and start fresh this morning with a book I‘m more likely to devour in a single sitting. I‘m a sucker for the ACOTAR series. Again, Fiona tries to steal the show... and my bookmark. Maybe Lola will make an appearance later ☺️🐶 #24in48

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Snack Thief | Andrea Camilleri
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I have the pleasure of being on the west coast so the night is young. I stopped for a snack, and miss nosy wants in on it. #24in48

cocomass Your dog is so cute😍 she looks like a stuffed animal!! 1y
bookishkris She looks just like my Rizzo, only fawn. I‘d share a picture, but Riz is currently sacked out in her crate. 1y
Livelovebark @cocomass ☺️☺️thanks 1y
Livelovebark @bookishkris i have a black one too, she‘s a little more MIA these days since the puppy came into our lives. Grumpy old lady 😊 1y
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Took this pic before the sun went down, spent an hour sharing conversation and drinks with my husband before I bow out to read read read!

Hour zero: anddddd we‘re off! #24in48

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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What are your weekend plans? 😍😍

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Franco | Kim Holden
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A sweet end to the Bright Side Trilogy. I terribly miss Kate Sedgwick, so I‘m a little biased on this book not being as fantastic as the first. But on its own, it was a fun love story.

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The Life She Wants | Robyn Carr
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Perfect weather for some porch sitting, coffee sipping & book reading.

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Oh Eleanor 😆😆

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Perfect stack to start my summer reads!

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And by the skin of my teeth, I finished my Goodreads 2017 goal. NOTHING compared to the people who read 100+ a year (how the heck do you do that? 😳) but this has been the most consistent 12 months of reading I've accomplished in 20 years.

Caroline2 Yeah I have no idea how people read 100+ books either?! 😳 🤷‍♀️ I must be a slow reader! 😂 well done for achieving your reading goal! 👍🏻 2y
Livelovebark @caroline2 haha thanks. I guess I just don't spend every spare moment reading. I equally enjoy so many other things as well as reading, I have to spread the love around lol 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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Stories I'd Tell in Bars | Jen Lancaster
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Husband had a work function which means I get the best kind of solo date. I looooved Jen's early memoirs, hopefully this self published memoir stacks up to her old stuff.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This was an audio I bought a few months ago and just didn't completely connect with initially. I tabled it for another time, and this week gave it another try and I'm glad I did. It's a little slow but I loved the now and then chapters, they worked perfectly.

Livelovebark I did struggle at first reading about this poor old man wanting and trying to kill himself from a broken heart multiple times. The constant interruption of life causing him to postpone it is simultaneously depressing and cute. You definitely have to be in the right mood for this one, but boy did I weep at the end 💔 2y
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Under Locke | Mariana Zapata
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In 60 days we'll be moving 6,540 miles across the pacific leaving our wonderful little island we've called home for 6 years. Meanwhile, audio books are LIFE while I make it through this mess preparing to pack out.

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All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg
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Is it possible to equally like & dislike a book? I started it a couple months ago and grew bored with it and finally finished up this short read this weekend. It reads like a memoir, but it's fiction. It's not in chronological order which is fine, but I think it's part of what lost me in September. I liked the character even if she isn't meant to be liked, and I appreciated her journey. Even if she would hate me for saying that 😆

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I finished this book several days ago, and just didn't have the words in me to review it. Serious book hangover, my friends. I absolutely loved this series and book 3 was definitely my favorite. Even if you think fantasy isn't your thing (cause it's not mine) this is a YA must read! I don't know what follows in the 2018 release but I cannot wait!

ReadingSusan It‘s on my shelf! I need to read it soon. 2y
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I cannot put this one down... Lola however, doesn't seem to hold to the same interest.

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Nothing like a typhoon pounding on your little island all day for a perfect excuse to indulge in guilt free binge reading 🤓🌧💨💨💨🌀

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I appreciated Feyre's personal development and her relationship with Rhys. She started out reminding me of a bratty teenager, but I suppose under the circumstances that she wasn't aware of, I couldn't blame her. I was glad she rose above and found herself.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting | Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
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The USO partnered with Heidi Murkoff and the What to Expect Foundation hosted their annual Special Delivery baby shower this weekend in Okinawa. It was an amazing event to be a part of, and Heidi is hands down one of the sweetest most caring people I've ever met.

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More Light | Bryony Lavery
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I have a terrible confession, I prefer my kindle 10x over regular books. They're heavier to carry around, less convenient to hold, and I have the hardest time reading without perfect lighting. So tonight I'm holding the lamp a bit closer 🙈

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I have everything I need for the long holiday weekend 💁🏼🍷🕯📗

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New adult Fantasy? No thanks. Made up places with made up names? I'll pass. My instincts told me don't bother. I was so completely wrong. The farther I got entwined in Feyre's journey the faster I needed to know the fate of Tamlin, Lucien and the Spring Court.

Caroline2 😂 I was exactly the same!! I bought the book then left it on my shelf for monthsss! I almost didn't bother reading it (thinking the exact same throng as you!) but I loved it! I just finished the third book this morning! 😍 2y
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So I've been hearing about this book/series forever. I kept postponing my library borrow on it for at least 6 months (not even joking) cause it's not my typical genre and never felt compelled to read it... ummmm Will someone explain WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?! Almost half way through and I am hooked 😍

BooksTeasAndBookishThings I just got one of my besties to finally read it! @mrsamandahood just stayed up all night finishing it lol 2y
Caroline2 I was exactly the same!!! 😂 I had it on my shelf for monthssss and I had such low expectations but I absolutely loved it!!! I'm 3/4 Thro the 3rd book at the mo! 👍🏻 2y
Livelovebark @Caroline2 I'm 7th on the list for the next book, I can't wait that long 😱😭😭 this is gonna have to be an emergency book purchase lol 2y
Livelovebark @BooksTeasAndBookishThings I'm reallllll close to the same boat, I've worked my way down to only 4ish hours of sleep 2 nights in a row 🙈 2y
Caroline2 Yep, I ordered both of them immediately on Amazon (they come under the 3 for (c8 offer) and I said the exact same thing to my husband, "it's an emergency!! I need these books now!!" ?? 2y
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