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Lizwarnerpdx

Lizwarnerpdx

Joined April 2019

There's always a book to read. 2020 = 99 books read, 2021 = 90 books read.
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Full | Julia Spiro
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TW I almost quit this book because earring disorders aren‘t my thing. But I kept reading for two reasons: there was just enough mystery to keep me interested (re: social media troll) and because the main character did a bunch of therapy to learn what her triggers were & what memories planted the seeds that led to her disease. I hope I can use this info to not pass body/food insecurities on to my daughter.

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Definitely a beach read. While some of the plot twists were obvious to the reader, the story was entertaining. Maybe a little light on character development etc. but a fun read.

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Aloysius X. L. Pendergast: A Mysterious Profile | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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A very short ‘interview‘ by the authors with info on how they developed Agent Pendergast‘s character as well as a few insights into them, how they met & started working together, & their style. Quite informative & insightful.

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Summer Island | Kristin Hannah
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Kristin Hannah books always make me cry. But in a good way. She brings real emotions to life. This story of a mother & daughter, estranged for years until now. Lost loves, lost lives, complexities of life and marriage.

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Diablo Mesa | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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I‘m enjoying these stories of the southwest. The landscape sounds beautiful. Nora & Corrie team up again, this time at Roswell…the site of the supposed UFO landing.

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The Scorpion's Tail | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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The second book of the Agent Corrie Swanson spin-off. Not to spoil anything, but Pendergast does make an appearance. Corrie & Nora end up teaming up again as they stumble across a legend of lost treasure near WSMC in New Mexico.

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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What a fascinating story! Learning the intimate details of how JP Morgan‘s personal librarian carved a role for a successful women in the world of art & wealth was really interesting. It to learn that age did it while passing as white and all the struggles that come with that really made it intriguing. Very well written & enjoyable.

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For the majority of this book I had no idea which characters were the bad guys & which the good. Which definitely kept it interesting! I didn‘t realize how the depths of patriotism & fear of spies was during this time in NYC. I‘m going to have to read more of Kang‘s books to learn more about the Cutter women too - interesting topics of poisons & antidotes.

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Book #9 in the series. Now that I‘ve re-read the series I am not as impressed by this one. While I love the story of Jamie & Claire and all of their family & adventures, I felt like a lot of the book was just fluff. No substance or meat for like 75% of it. Also since the series was fresh in my mind, I felt there were a lot of little inconsistencies that really bothered me. I am still looking forward to book 10!

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Book #8 in the series. There is so much going on in this book. 1776/1777 in the American colonies is a turbulent place, and 1980‘s isn‘t all that easy either. But the adventures continue for the Fraser clan and their acquaintances.

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An Echo in the Bone | Diana Gabaldon
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Boo #7 in the series. This book is quite different than the earlier ones which have started where the last left off. This one starts prior to the ending of the last, but from a different point of view. While Claire & Jamie could never be supporting characters of the story - lord John & William are much more prominent with much of the story from their point of view. It‘s not my favorite because of that - but I get it‘s importance in future books.

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Book #6 in the Outlander series. And very aptly named I‘d say. Lots of snow, lots of fire…lots of learning peoples true intentions. I‘ve really enjoyed following along with the lives of the Fraser‘s.

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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Outlander book #5. I‘m not even sure how to describe this. So much happens. It‘s a continuation of Claire & Jamie‘s life together. Homesteading, with tenants, in the back country of North Carolina in the 1770‘s. It‘s fascinating.

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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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Book #4. At the end of the book, the author says ‘this book is about fathers‘ and then dedicated it to her own. Claire and Jamie are settled in the mountains of the colonies now. Brianna struggles with thoughts of both her fathers. A lot of what-if‘s and should I or shouldn‘t I and many emotional struggles…along with the general life that goes along with pioneers staking their claim in the colonies.

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This is a love story. You might not think that someone who marries seven times understands love, but this story shows that love is complex. Love through the decades of a Hollywood starlet is quite intriguing. I definitely recommend!

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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Book #3 of the series. Treasure, pirates, shipwrecks and more. Jamie & Claire are in for an adventure in this installment.

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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It isn‘t a thriller, per se. Not scary. But the author was able to draw out the pieces of the story that got Cooper & Finch to this place in a way that kept me turning the pages & not wanting to put it down.

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Mehso-so

This was a book club selection & likely not one I would choose myself. While I enjoy travel writing, this came across a bit too textbook-y to me for a lot of it. I like more of a ‘story‘ to weave through. That being said, I learned a lot about Colombia. He focus is on the river Magdalena & the people that live with it, alongside it. With barely a mention of cocaine or Pablo Escobar (although the hippos made it in).

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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Book #2 in the outlander series. I‘m re-reading my way through the lot. This book has sooo much in it. It stays with Claire & her 20 yr old daughter and tells the story of how Claire made it back through the stones.

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This was a fun read. When a sometimes psychic travel agent saves a detective from getting on a plane that blows up, things start getting weird. Can she work together with the detective to solve a case? And can they also figure out who killed her fiancé three years ago?

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Bailedbailed

I struggled through the first book, and I made it 10% into this 2nd book. It‘s just too drawn out for me. I really like the authors ‘Found Things‘ series, which had a crossover with the ‘witch‘ from this series….but I just can‘t get into this one.

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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It‘s been a while since I read this. I‘d forgotten how much happens in this first book. So much. I like the world of outlander, the.characters, the story.

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The Good Samaritan | John Marrs
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Trigger warning: suicide. This book started out so creepy and right when I got to the point where I thought I was going to have to quit, there was a twist that changed my view. There were probably 5 ‘twists‘ that totally changed the story and kept me intrigued… I didn‘t expect any of them and it was like seeing the story thru a different lens or point of view. This one is going to sit with me a while.

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Where Echoes Lie | Shannon Schuren
Mehso-so

At its simplest, this is a ghost story. But it‘s also a coming of age story. At 17, summer before senior year, it can easily seem like your life is cursed. I will say though that the ‘patriarchy‘ plays a big role in here. Almost to the point I didn‘t want to continue. It‘s just so assumed that your husband/boyfriend/daddy will make all your choices & decisions for you…

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Family Money | Chad Zunker
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This fast-paced book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I can‘t imagine being in Alex‘s shoes when he finds out his father-in-law might not be who he thinks he is.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | Saunders George
Bailedbailed

I saw raving reviews about this book so was happy to find an e-book version at the library available. But I read the first 3 chapters and could not get into it. It was rambling and hard to follow…I didn‘t get the quotes (or are they excerpts?). I like to be able to actually follow the storyline and it wasn‘t happening here.

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Silent Victim | Caroline Mitchell
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There‘s a lot going on in this psychological thriller. Trigger warnings include eating disorders, grooming and predatory behavior, abuse and more. This is one of those stories where you aren‘t quite sure who to believe, and whether or not mental illness is at play. It kept me going until the end.

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Lost in Arcadia | Sean Gandert
Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t get into this at all.

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Bailedbailed

I could not get into this one. The style just wasn‘t working for me.

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Day Like This | Kelley McNeil
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Captivating. This book sucked me in! What if you woke up from a car accident and the life you knew yesterday is nothing like the life you live today. No more kid, you live in the city and not the country, instead of being happily married you‘re separated? Are you crazy? Did you manage to go to a parallel universe? Can you really figure it out?

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Tahira in Bloom | Farah Heron
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This is a coming of age story featuring fashion and flowers, contrasting city and country life, and showcasing diversity and representation. I enjoyed the characters & the storyline. At times I felt old because I had to Google the slang…but that‘s what you get for current YA that isn‘t sci-fi based I think.

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Impossible to Forget | Imogen Clark
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This book was a journey, but what a wonderful journey it was. I don‘t want to spoil anything, so you can read a description elsewhere. But I think one of the big points is that you can - and do - choose who your family are (and, hint, you don‘t have to be blood related). I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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The Tuscan Child | Rhys Bowen
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After reading The Venice Sketchbook, I wanted to read more by this author. The Tuscan Child is similar as it‘s written in a dual timeline, this time Hugo & Sofia in 1944 and Joanna in 1973. After her father dies, Joanna discovers a letter he wrote to a Sofia in a tiny village in Tuscany and goes to find out why. It‘s not as good as VS, but still entertaining & makes you wish you were in the Tuscan countryside with that good food.

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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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I read this for book club. It‘s not my normal genre, but I‘m glad I read it. I was surprised this was written pre-pandemic…but it is probably even more relevant now. I related to a lot in this book and learned some good stuff. It's about how women have to be pretty and calm and take care of everything and make everyone around them happy and how exhausting it is, and what to do about it.

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Good as Dead | Susan Walter
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The story - told they several points of view and timelines - keeps you strung along wondering what really happened, how, why, and what now. A heavy topic, lightly told with mystery, suspense, romance, intrigue. It was a quick and enjoyable read.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
Mehso-so

I know there‘s a new show on HBO based on this book so I thought I‘d read it. After reading it though, I‘m not sure I want to watch the show. I assume it‘s beautiful - the boo makes me think that. But the story is a bit heavy and depressing and full of regret. It‘s a pandemic story that quickly (within days) kills most of the population and how those who survived lives intersect.

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Ice Cold | Tess Gerritsen
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Quite the winter thriller. What would you do if you were out of state at a conference, had a day or two free before going home and decide to join an old alumni and his friends on a little ski trip, and then the group gets stranded in a frozen remote area 30 miles from anything? And it gets weirder from there, with twists I didn‘t expect. It was ok as a stand-alone story as Isles & Rizzoli are a long-standing series I haven‘t read yet.

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City of Time and Magic | Paula Brackston
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Book #4 in the series. This time Xanthe has to go back and save Liam. But when 3 different things sing to her she has to figure out which one to choose. Apparently this is a crossover book with the Witch‘s Daughter series… may have to check that series out too since I liked the characters.

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Venice Sketchbook | Rhys Bowen
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I really enjoyed this book. The beautiful city of Venice, romance, war, etc. Dual timeline of Juliet in 1928-1943 and her great niece Caroline in 2001. Caroline is dealing with her own crisis when Juliet leaves her 3 keys and tells her to go to Venice… the story and mystery unravel from there.

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Mehso-so

I had a really hard time getting into this. It just didn‘t flow well and was such a different writing style compared to what else I‘ve read lately. It‘s a pick for bookclub though so I kept on. Around 60% through I thought it started picking up and get more interesting. There were some great secondary characters and intersecting storylines that I liked. But overall, it was too slow & hard to follow for me to recommend it.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Audiobook. This was a bit of an edge-of-your-seat book. Not told chronologically, you learn early that someone has been hurt or killed. But then the story is told through a handful of characters from different points within the long wedding weekend. And it works. I didn‘t know who the victim was, or who did it, until the author wanted me to. Very good.

Cpg Yes, it was a very “tangled web woven”! Oh my! 😱 6mo
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Book #3 in the series. This was the best so far. Xanthe has let her nearest & dearest in on her secret. And has also learned much more about time travel. Allegiances get called into question and you‘re left on a cliffhanger at the end. Gonna jump right on the next book…. As soon as I get through the waitlist at the library.

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This is a vulnerable and moving story of a Vietnamese refugee and an odd duck American becoming life long friends & running a restaurants together. And it includes recipes! It‘s one of those stories that keep you thinking & make you want to do more to make the world a better place.

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Book #2 in the series. I liked this book better and I think I‘m hooked. Although I‘ve got some other books on loan I have to read before they‘re due, before I can get to book 3. Again, it‘s no Outlander. And really what they have in common is time travel to the past. ‘Found Things‘ is its own thing and probably shouldn‘t be compared to the other. I like how the depth of characters spans both timelines.

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Time travel and maybe a little romance? Well, it‘s not Outlander…but this first book in the series was ok. I‘m interested enough to read the next book. I want to like Xanthe, the main character, and her mother Flora. They have some good neighbors & friends too. Hope I get to know more about them. The history was cool too.

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This book was not what I expected. I hadn‘t heard of light-skinned black towns or passing as white. I enjoyed how the twins paths diverged as they went their separate, segregated ways - but how their daughters found each other and found ways past that. All the women lived such different lives.

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First off, without giving spoilers…I assumed this would be the final book of the series. Having just finished it, I don‘t believe that is the case. However because I thought it was and ‘needed‘ to figure out who died to end the series, I feel like I rushed through it. Now I think I may need to go back and re-read it, or even re-read the whole series. It was great - as all the outlander books are. The family all comes together in this one.

Tianarose I read an interview with Diana once that said she‘s contracted for 10. 7mo
Lizwarnerpdx Good. I‘ll read another one ;) 7mo
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Into the Sound | Cara Reinard
Bailedbailed

Holly‘s sister, Vivian, calls her during a storm saying she needs help. But when Holly arrives her sister is gone. The two were raised as research subjects by their psychologist parents & those traumas highly affect their lives today. I had a hard time caring for the characters so I bailed on this one.

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Trigger warning: suicide, depression. This story follows Nora as her cat dies, she loses her job, and even her elderly neighbor no longer needs her. She decides to die, but when she does she is given the opportunity to reverse any regrets she may have and test out those lives… in the end it comes down to what you want, and what you want is often what you lack.

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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this one. Every time I tried to read it I got distracted…just didn‘t hook me. It‘s about Ernest Hemingway‘s first wife, Hadley.