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Lizwarnerpdx

Lizwarnerpdx

Joined April 2019

There's always a book to read
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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. 2d
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Into the Sound | Cara Reinard
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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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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.

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Celiac Disease (Updated 4th Edition): A Hidden Epidemic | Peter H.R. Green, M.D., Rory Jones
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This is the first book I bought after being diagnosed with celiac. This latest edition was updated in 2020. I found it helpful in understanding more about the disease & what to do now. Also lists a helpful index if gluten free food sources & info on whether ingredients are gluten free.

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Magic & family secrets. But different magic, not wands & spells, but the magic of nature and the stars. This story of Orquieda is told on two timelines as her family tries to unravel her secrets.

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I‘m sure I‘ve said before, but biographies aren‘t generally my thing. I read this for book club. It was interesting to see how this energetic control freak with 5 kids, comedy-touring husband, and workaholic tendencies lived before, during, and after a pear sized brain tumor. Her faith definitely impacted the outcome & brought so many people into her life.

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The Debt of Time | Shaya Lonnie
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I re-read this after re-reading the original Harry Potter series. I still love this one. It‘s still overly sexy, but I love the adaptation and how everything turns out in this version. I‘m not sure how to describe it without giving too much away…but it‘s from Hermione‘s point of view and a few key twists make all the difference.

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Book #7. What a journey! In this final book of the series, Harry & Voldemort have a stronger connection than ever before…and the fight everyone has been waiting for is bound to happen. But it isn‘t a straight route thus journey takes and a lot of life‘s lessons are learned along the way. Be brave, protect & forgive those who need it, and try not to hurt anyone along the way. And it‘s ok to give second chances.

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Book #6. Harry is asked to have private classes with Dumbledore, which add light to fill in the gaps of history on how Voldemort became who he is. This book has misery, tragedy, and friendship of course.

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Book #5 and the ministry doesn‘t believe Harry & Dumbledore that Voldemort is back. The ministry tries to butt in too much, and remove Dumbledore from hog warts. And that‘s just the beginning as the connection between Harry & Voldemort is stronger than ever.

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Book #4. When Harry‘s make comes out if the goblet, no one more than he is surprised as he‘s forced in to being a champion in the tri-wizard tournament. The anxiety of increased pressure, pain in his scar, death eaters being more visible, and the knowledge that he-who-must-not-be-named is coming back in to power is almost too much.

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Book #3 and Harry is in trouble. He runs away from the Dursley‘s, finds out an escaped inmate from Azkaban is after him, and all the regular hijinks that get him into trouble. This book is quite the ride!

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Book #2 Harry returns to Hogwarts but soon after things start happening. With the rumors that the Chamber of Secrets has been re-opened, he‘s fellow students start to suspect Harry might be the heir of Slytherin himself. But is he?

Badreviewer1989ocd Hpcs 8/10 3mo
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I decided to re-read the series. As the first, this book brings you into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Can you imagine turning 11 and finding out you‘re a wizard? And a famous one at that?! Also, there‘s nothing like dealing with life-threatening events to bond you with friends for life. Let the adventures of Harry, Ron & Hermione begin!

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I don‘t normally read autobiographies, but I read or heard something recently that made me think I‘d like this one. Busy & I grew up in the same era of late 90‘s where apparently your parents don‘t know where you are or what you‘re up to. From there her life is quite a ride. I feel like she didn‘t hold back & this story is def in her words - all the ups & downs & in between. I‘m glad ‘she‘s doing her best‘. She deserves it. Busy is genuine.

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The Orphan Keeper | Camron Wright
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I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic. A boy stolen from his family in India, spending time in an orphanage in another town, and eventually adopted by an American family. In the US he was the only Indian in his town. When he did a semester abroad in college, to London, he was surrounded by Indians which triggered memories he‘d repressed. With a lot of detours along the way, he goes on a journey to find his family & tell his story.

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Book #7 in the series. With both the General & Poe coming from opposite directions, Fall Creek is not only stuck in the middle, but the target. Can the town and community come together to defeat them? With the odds stacked against them, Hannah, Liam, Quinn and everyone else sure tries to.

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Edge of survival Book #6 in this series (not yet in Litsy)
*** spoilers *** Liam is out to find his nephew & bring him home. The bad guys are starting to run things like fema camps. Wild gangs are destroying what‘s left. Back in fall creek life is getting better & trade day goes well. Unfortunately the community alliance isn‘t. And then Quinn disappears.

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Book #5 in the series. Things finally come to head between the residents of the town and the militia that was brought in to protect them. Secrets come out & no one is safe. Things will definitely not be the same after this.

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Book #4 in the series. Hannah is reunited with her family & they‘re trying to piece their lives together. Liam is still being a protector. But when the truth starts coming out about who ordered what, who knew about it…things start to unravel.

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Book #3 in the series. With dual timelines of Hannah and Noah each battling their own difficulties in the post-EMP, blizzarding world of southern Michigan. Limits and allegiances are tested, yet everyone knows the worst hasn‘t come yet.

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Book #2 in the series. Noah knows his wife was taken. But he doesn‘t know where or by who. He‘s just trying to get by as a single dad when an EMP on Christmas Eve turns everything upside down. It‘s scary how quickly people can turn when they‘re cold, hungry, and scared.

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Book #1 in the series. Hannah has been held captive, locked in a remote cabin for 5 years. Then an EMP takes out all the power and her cage door releases. As she tries to flee, unbeknownst to her, her captor finds her gone & begins to hunt her down like the stalker he is.

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Thus is the prequel to the Edge of Collapse series. The back story on Liam - who he is, where he came from, how he ends up hiking in remote Michigan during a winter storm after the EMP hits. Also, the trauma that he‘s dealing with and why that makes him want to help Hannah in book 1. (Short read)

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Bloodless | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Book #20 in the Agent Pendergast series. Somehow these authors managed to merge the stories of D.B. Cooper and the Savannah Vampire in true Pendergast style. This series is like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes with a side of sci-fi. This one stretched the boundaries in my opinion, but was still quite entertaining.

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I found this book fascinating. Entire lives change in a remote mountain village of tea growers when the first motorized vehicle arrives at their gate - and fairly recently…in the 1990‘s. China‘s policies, China‘s ethnic minorities, especially the Ahka, Chinese adoption by American families, the fall & rise of tea, especially pu‘er. My only complaint is it ended too soon & too abruptly.

PhyllisH I loved that book😊. After reading the book I ordered a sample of the pu‘er tea from Harney and Sons. I was curious ☕️🫖. 4mo
Lizwarnerpdx Cool! 4mo
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This story follows Anna, a detective as she escapes to her hometown after a devastating event at home. As someone who searches for sexual predators she is uniquely qualified to help out when a teen goes missing. This is hard to read, there is a lot of info about sexual abuse & abductions. I did guess ‘who did it‘ early on, but it was still a thrilling read to follow.

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Aftershock | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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Book #7 of the Rachel Hatch series. Well this one is quite an adventure. Catching up with an old boyfriend, and the group that tried to hunt her down. She‘s left having to decide who and what she really wants.

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Whitewater | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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Book #6 of the Rachel Hatch series. This story was good, while it‘s a continuation of Rachel‘s story it also stands on its own. Rachel wants to fulfill her promise & save the girl that got away. She has a child trafficking ring & Mexican cartel to deal with. While I still feel there is a lot of repetition it was an enjoyable read.

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Firewalk | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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This series is getting more interesting as it goes on. Book #5 in the Rachel Hatch story. Rachel is headed to meet her mystery person after faking her death, but gets caught up in a child trafficking ring. I‘m wondering if she‘s off her game due to the bad guys being really good at what they do - or because she misses her family & regrets what she had to do.

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Smoke Signal | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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Book #4 in the Rachel hatch series. The storyline is getting better. This one was personal for Rachel, even more personal than the last. The John Nighthawk character is interesting…I‘ll have to see if that turns into a spin-off series. I hope that what Rachel does in this book finishes her unresolved issues with her fathers death & leads to new adventures.

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Fever Burn | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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Book #3 of the Rachel Hatch series. The story is getting better so I‘m going to go ahead & keep reading them. Some things feel a bit repetitive…like thoughts/comments from the main character. Also, I‘m glad the lead is female but she doesn‘t always seem like it. Other than people underestimating her due to her gender the story could easily be re-written with a male lead. So it doesn‘t come across as authentic. Maybe that‘ll get better too?

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Downburst | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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So the first book had the first 3 chapters of book #2 and it kinda was running through my head all day so I decided to download it & read it too. It follows Rachel Hatch as she uses her only clue to figure out who killed her dad so long ago. Rachel seems to be a magnet for vigilante violence though and it it is a windy curving road to where that clue leads. I‘m intrigued enough to get book 3 now though, even with the plot predictability.

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I know this is different than the genres I usually read. I read it for work, however, I found it quite relatable. Traditional marketing doesn‘t work with developers. You want to work with them - educate them, train/teach them, give them support for free to gain their trust & hope they use your products. Really helpful, tangible advice in this book.

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Drift | L T Ryan, Brian Shea
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This book is described as a cross between Bosch & Jack Reacher, but with a woman in the lead role. Book #1 of the Rachel Hatch series. It was alright. I saw the plot from a mike away & some things were tidied up a bit too easily though. Not sure yet if I‘ll read more of the series.

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This was a cute, quickie read. I expected the ending, but getting there was a fun read. The main character, Phronsie, and her best friend, Judd, decide they‘re done with dating & are going to marry each other based on their great friendship. Even though they aren‘t in love. Phronsie‘s interesting upbringing, boho mom, farmer dad & stepmom…and all of life‘s moments coming up to this.

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Brown Boy Nowhere | Sheeryl Lim
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I thought this book was ok. It brought up a lot of ways that people, knowingly or not, are casually racist. And how a little bit of education can help people see how they‘re hurting others. The voice of the book didn‘t come across as a 16- yr old boy in current times to me. Too many references to 90‘s movies, English lit, and true love. The story does get all the loose ends tied up in the end nicely…maybe too nicely.

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Another audiobook - but a different narrator. I didn‘t like this one. Maybe because of the style, the short length. But also I never grew to like the main character, even when he did something good. I‘ve liked everything else Bachman has written (that I‘ve read…) except this one.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I listened to the audiobook of this. I really enjoy the narrator the author uses. Fredrich Bachman has such a good way of bringing the characters to life and making you care about all of them - even the bad guy. Really enjoyable story.

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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Another great historical fiction by Kate Quinn. This time WWII code breakers in England. Three great female leads. And you learn a lot about how code breaking was done. Great story!

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The Debt of Time | Shaya Lonnie
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This Harry Potter fan fic is fantastic! It‘s like an alternate version of book #7. Hermione is the star of the book, but all your fave characters are there. Be warned, there are a lot of steamy* scenes in the book (steamy is not a strong enough word). Really well done, thought out storyline. A lot of gaps from the original are filled in & loose ends are tied up. Felt like JKR wrote it, but for adults - it‘s not a kids story. Highly recommend!

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At first I thought this was basically another version of freaky Friday. But really it‘s about marriages, families, moms and that you truly don‘t know how good or bad someone has it until you walk a mile in their shoes… or in this case spend a week in their body. What‘s perfect for one person isn‘t for another. It‘s all about finding what is right for you & your family.

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I‘m generally not a big fan of biographies. I checked this one out after seeing someone recommend it on Twitter. Even though I know nothing of Sylvia Plath. It is long…I only made it 5% in and was bored to death. I don‘t need to know the daily minutiae of her great grandparents lives… maybe it gets better, I don‘t know. I need less encyclopedia entry & more story in order to get sucked in.

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An entertaining historical fiction that follows three timelines. I enjoyed both Nella & Eliza‘s stories. Caroline‘s was ok but needed a bit more depth. I wish I could‘ve learned more about how things turned out for Eliza & Nella.

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Exodus (Orbs #4) | Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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Book #4, the final book in the series. Forced to choose between having themselves integrated with the organic sir death, the group@chooses to fight of course. A lot happens in this book and the author ties up a lot of loose ends too. I liked how things ended up.

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Redemption (Orbs #3) | Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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Book #3 of the series and life on earth is not doing good. The team at Cheyenne mountain decides to join forces with the NTC submarine but the organic seem to be two steps ahead every step of the way.

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Stranded (Orbs #2) | Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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Continuing the series… a survivor from another biosphere, a sub that had been deep in the ocean, and maybe even survivors. Sophie, Emanuel, and Overton and of course the other fight to save humanity from the organic.

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Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller | Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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A post-apoc sci-if... tbh a bit more sci-fi than I usually care for, but I do like the idea of suave travel & visiting Mars. You know that saying...being in the right place at the right time. This is sorta like that except they find out their placement wasn‘t quite so accidental. If earths atmosphere & environment started looking a whole lot more like Mars, what would you do?

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These Tangled Vines | Julianne MacLean
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An early phone call starts the unraveling of some old (not so well-kept) secrets. An unexpected beneficiary to a will brings everything crashing down. But is it all that bad when it‘s set at an old, beautiful winery in Tuscany. Old love, true love, and what we fear about love.