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Macnjen

Macnjen

Joined April 2016

I love books about books, Ben and Jerry's Phish Food ice cream and being outdoors. So many books, too little time to read them all!
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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I‘m nervous about my next eyeball read...I‘m not a Sci Fri fan but I‘ve heard great things about this one. Also I have 2 book club books fast approaching so hopefully I can get through this at a good clip. Wish me luck; advice appreciated!

LiterRohde Loved this book and his next one, Recursion. I have reviews on both. Hope you like it. 17h
Megabooks This is a really fast read! Enjoy! 17h
Reggie I really like this one. It still makes you wonder where all the other yous end up with different choices made. I hope you like it!!! 16h
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Next up audiobook!

melissajayne Loved this book. 17h
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Pickpick

Lovely read about a couple and an Alaskan expedition. The expedition is based on true events and it's written in partially epistolary form, which I love. Great imagery and lovely writing; I recommend this read.

Megabooks Agreed! 17h
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I'm not 100% sure but I THINK I've already read this, but I'm willing to try again. I loved “Garden...“ so it's worth the time to revisit this author. Gosh, I must be getting old if I can't remember reading it!

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Next up for audiobook listen!

Macnjen Nope, nope, nope. This was the second time I tried to listen to this on audiobook and I just can't do it. Only at 3% there were SOOO many threads and characters and magical imagery, I just could't keep up. I suspect that perhaps written form will be better for me in this case. The narrator is great but maybe I just was listening in too choppy amounts of time to get fully engaged. 18h
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Just finished this audiobook; I would give it 3/5 stars. Good narration, pretty good story, not thrilled with the ending. My major problem with it is that no one seemed to address or worry about the fact the girls were naked in the drawings. Not critical to the story but still surprising that it seemed to be acceptable to all those involved. Otherwise, pretty good story.

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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Pretty good audiobook so far. Story surrounds 4 high school aged girls, their friendship and the secret/scandal that comes back to haunt them in their adult life. Good narration so far!

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Wow, great telling of Rusty and Hilda Bernstein in the 60's in South Africa and their fight against apartheid. I learned so much. There are a few paragraphs from Nelson Mandela's speeches that make me want to read more of his writings. Recommend reading this. My copy is from #persephonebooks which makes it even more special!

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Current read; I like it so far! Exploring Alaska will be fun!

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Audiobook. Well narrated story of a girl, a boy and a series of fairy tales. Interesting concept and not my normal thing to read. Heard about this from @annebogel on her podcast that I love so much.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Hey look! I hit over 5k!!! Not sure how that happened or what it means but I guess it‘s a fun milestone! Especially after 2 big earthquakes in the last 2 days!!! I guess my next goal is 7500? When do I earn a free pizza? !

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Wow

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I‘m just blown away at the writing! I never post pages from a book but it‘s so well done I just had to.

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Powerful words from Nelson Mandela‘s speech in court in 1963. Amazing, well spoken, incredible.

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Learning so much about apartheid and the movement against it from this book. I thought by the fly leaf this was a mystery story and while I was surprised to learn how wrong I was, I‘m so glad I‘m taking this journey with Hilda Bernstein.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Next up audiobook because @AnneBogel suggested it on her podcast #whatshouldireadnext.

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Very cute audiobook. It starts out as “love letters“ to certain books, many of them were familiar to me, which helped. The last section is bookish advice on favorites, lists and librarians. If you love books about books, read or listen to this. Pleasant narration, too!

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Loving this audiobook, it is so fun!!!!!

Graciouswarriorprincess It was a fun read! :)
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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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The backward timeline of this audiobook confused me a little and there were unfollowed parts of the story. Misleading title too- a little predictable in the end.

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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Next up for #audiobook.

Megabooks Love this audiobook! 1mo
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Shocking story of the FLDS Church, Warren Jeffs and her relationship with the church and her father. Poorly executed and not well written it's still worth learning the story of the incredible disfunction those poor people endured. The audiobook needed better narration and writing but I'm still glad I learned of the story.

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This is narrated by the author and her voice is killing me. She‘s clearly just reading her story and she has this high pitched, child-like voice that‘s grating. The story is very compelling and shocking but I‘d recommend reading this over listening . It would be so much better with a professional narrator.

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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I loved this audiobook; the narrator is fantastic. Wonderful story about a relationship between a man, his personal growth and his dog. One random dream sequence was weird but overall it was a sweet story. Lily‘s “voice” cracked me up. Definitely some tears, but worth the time. #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Wow, half way through this I would have rated it “so-so“ (see my spoiler alert post earlier) but the ending was really well done. The writing is good though some of the references were over my head. Definitely an adult/gay/coming of age story of longing, regret and beauty.

sprainedbrain Glad you ended up enjoying it! 1mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Loving this so far, especially the narrator in Lily‘s voice! #litsyAtoZ challenge

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I‘m struggling with this. Cannot get engaged and don‘t get some of the references. Feels like a slog, plus I‘m half way thru and getting frustrated that all I‘ve read is just Elio‘s longing. I hope this improves; my daughter gave this to me and loved it so I‘m reading it for her. I want to like this but it feels like work. Anyone else? It‘s not subject matter, I just want something to actually happen. Though the age difference is a little creepy.

sprainedbrain I listened to this book on audio and couldn‘t get enough of it... of course Armie Hammer narrated it. 😍 1mo
Macnjen @sprainedbrain Maybe that‘s what I will try to do. Thanks for the suggestion. 1mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Next #audiobook for #litsyAtoZ challenge.

Liatrek Oh I loved this audio❤️ 1mo
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This is a good #audiobook. Good narration, fast past story of a teen with mental health issues, her friendships, a disappearance and a romance. If being “inside“ the brain of someone with anxiety or other mental health issues is a trigger this book might not be for you. John Green's writing is so good, so easy to travel and very entertaining. #litsyAtoZ challenge @bookishmarginalia

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Next audiobook. This one is for the letter “T“ for the #litsyAtoZ challenge.

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Cute story, implausible, predictable, but still sweet. Main character is a little vapid which is frustrating but I assume she's just written as naive. Basic premise is mousy protagonist finds a new life by opening a mobile book shop away from her home and the story of romantic life. Beach read, entertaining if you don't need too much meat and can suspend belief. My only beef is the title.

SilversReviews LOVED this book. 1mo
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Audiobook. Sweet story of lost love and sadness. I loved the male narrator with his french accent, it made it more authentic and emotional. A little rambling at times but I love books about books and booksellers. Nicely written.

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More than I expected! @EclecticReaders

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Read this. Amazing accounting of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. The deception, bullying and cover ups are astounding. Very fast read, I didn't want to put it down. Timely because this will be in the news again shortly. My only complaint is it jumped back in forth in time a little bit but I think that was unavoidable in telling the story. I have a TON of sticky marks (wish I had book darts) marking all the crazy stuff I want to discuss at bookclub.

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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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Self professed #booknerd. Look at all my cat markers holding all the crazy things I want to talk about at book club!!! The book is blowing my mind even though I‘ve already seen the documentary and listened to the podcast!

ShyBookOwl Loved this one! 2mo
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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So interesting! #riotgrams

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A gift from my kiddo who said the movie is actually really good as well.

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Need an X to satisfy the #litsyAtoZ challenge for this year. Already read Grafton‘s, would love recommendations. Thanks.

Megabooks This, if you‘re willing to do a first name. 2mo
Macnjen Thanks. I‘ve done title and last names so far and only have 9 books to go. I wonder if it would count? Appreciate the recommendation! 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Not at all sure what I expected but this was boring and depressing. Some parts for me do not even make sense as they aren‘t relevant to the story. Good narration but nothing really happens and I‘m not really sure of the point.

Aseleener I bailed on this one as well. 2mo
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Lucky | Alice Sebold
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Wow. True accounting of the author's rape at 18 and her struggles through the aftermath and her life beyond. Powerful, brutal, raw but engaging. Worth the read.

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I really enjoyed this audiobook. Tom Hanks narrates, and I just love his inflections. Each short tale involves a typewriter to some degree as a minor character. Definitely listen! There were two stories I didn't love but overall it's really sweet, interesting and worth your time.

IamIamIam Great review! I've passed this over a few times looking for an audio from the library so a good review is helpful! 👌 1mo
Macnjen I‘m glad it was helpful! I‘ve skipped reading reviews and regretted later! 1mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Audiobook. I'm impressed, this novel sounds like non-fiction. This is a story of a young woman sent to prison and her story. First heard of list from Anne Bogel's “What Should I Read Next“ podcast. Not for the weak of heart in some places. Glad I listened, it's a quick story. The narrator's voice wasn't my favorite but it did remind me the protagonist is a young person, which was good.

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Next audiobook.

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Party Book Club chose this one as our next read. I've already heard the podcast and seen the documentary but I'm still intrigued about the story.

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Lucky | Alice Sebold
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Newest Book Club choice. I'm excited to see it gets 100% positive feedback from Litsy.

On another note, I'm THRILLED about the web version of Litsy!!!!

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