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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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The River | Peter Heller
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Just started this audiobook based on @AnneBogel and her #whatshouldireadnext podcast. It's really good so far!

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Unknown Book 6240212 | Unknown Unknown

What is YOUR favorite book club choice? I'm looking for average length (about 300 pages or so) that you could NOT put down. My club needs some UMPH and I have the choice for next month. No romance, please. TIA

Alora Daisy Jones or Crawdads! 3d
sprainedbrain Song of Achilles or this one 3d
Macnjen @sprainedbrain Shadow is my all time favorite! 3d
TheLudicReader You may have already read this as it's been around, but it is SO good. 2d
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Sky Burial | Xinran

This is my LAST book for the #litsyAtoZ challenge for 2019. This is the toughest letter in the challenge, in my opinion, but I'm excited because this looks like a good read! @booksishmarginalia

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Next book club choice, I hope it is a good one.

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Mehso-so

Quick read about the author's transgender transformation. I learned a little but overall the story was a lot of what a negative childhood the author had. More science would have been interesting, and less about the background.

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Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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I resisted this story because I have a teen daughter. It‘s very well written, and a fast, intriguing read. Suicide trigger but the perspective is different because the narrator is a group of young boys infatuated with the Lisbon girls. I thank @annebogel and the #whatshouldireadnext podcast for the recommendation. Without hearing how good it was I never would have read this. Check off V for the #litsyAtoZ challenge! @BookishMarginalia

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Next book club book. I heard her speak at a college graduation this past December and was intrigued with her speaking style and story. I hope this is just as good.

Smrloomis I really loved this when I read it and at the time I had no idea who she was. Hope you enjoy it too. 1w
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Book haul today for $17 benefitting Planned parenthood.

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All done. Fast paced audiobook about a “hen “ (bachelorette) weekend mystery. Good narration, kept me on edge!

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Listening to this audiobook again because it's my book club's next choice. I appreciate listening to it again, the descriptions are more clear and I'm paying more attention this time since I have to discuss it next month. Mystery story surrounding a “hen party“ (bachelorette getaway) where things go horribly wrong. Remembering now the fatal flaw in the story, but I'm going forth!

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Very interesting audiobook about the history of homes and their component rooms and structures. LOTS of detail, probably better suited as an eye-read vs. audible if you want to digest the numbers. Bill Bryson has a great voice for a narrator. At times he delved so deep into the statistics I did get lost but that was okay. I learned a lot, don't remember much but enjoyed this history of our dwellings.

MargaretPinardAuthor I‘ve read Winifred Gallagher and witold rybsczinsky (sp?) on the home concept and I still find it so fascinating! Just got bill brysons audiobook about he workings of the body so glad to hear he‘s a good narrator! 2w
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The Cut | George P. Pelecanos
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Just finished this audiobook for the letter “P“ for the #litsyAtoZ challenge, so that's now done. This was an easy private investigator story with decent narration. Not really brain food but a quick distraction. Now I just have to find a “X“ title/author to finish the challenge! (Working on V right now).

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Pretty good story but I did not believe how intelligent and regarded she became in several passages of the book. Also, why didn‘t her siblings come back for her? What finally happened to her dad? Her dialog wasn‘t believable given her circumstances, in my opinion. While I liked the story it was just too unbelievable for me.

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The Cut | George P. Pelecanos
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Next audiobook. I'm struggling now because I have P,V,X left in the #litsyAtoZ challenge. I think I have “V“ lined up but “X“ is going to be the killer. Already did Grafton so I've got to keep my eyes open! I hope this is good, I honestly only chose it for the author's last name and availability as an audiobook!

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I liked this audiobook - complex story, good narration, though I admit I felt a small subplot didn't get addressed. Regardless, the story was well written and I kept thinking how I could write a narrative on parenting from the parallels in the book. Audiobooks are so great but I am beginning to realize that if I multitask I lose some of the detail that wouldn't otherwise be lost in a visual reading.

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Sweet story of a girl moving to a new place after a family tragedy. Not a whole lot happens; I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Easy, fast summer read.

BookBabe I loved this book, it was a charming read. Perfect to finish out summer. 2mo
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Next audiobook

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Q is for Quarry | Sue Grafton
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This audiobook was fine but I didn‘t care for the end. I feel this murder mystery was wrapped up as an afterthought and the two major characters were just left without much follow up.

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Q is for Quarry | Sue Grafton

Chose this to satisfy my #litsyAtoZ challenge. My remaining letters are tough ones: X,V, Q, and P. This one will be audiobook for me.

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Next up for September book club

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I did not care for this book at all. The writing is all over the place with changing tenses and time jumping chapters and characters. This could have been told in a better fashion as the concept is interesting. A fairly major thread in the story fizzles and it just feels incomplete. Attempts at flowery, oddly phased descriptions made me ask “huh?” several times in my notes. #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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This book is killing me.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Fun, fast read! Great story line and creative plot that that makes you think about the “What If” questions in one‘s life. I was afraid this would be too Sci-fi for me but it really wasn‘t. I‘ve shelved his next one already.

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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. 3mo
Megabooks This is a really fast read! Enjoy! 3mo
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!!! 3mo
Macnjen @Reggie OMG I'm loving this so far! What an interesting premise, I can't wait to get back to it and now have to shelve Recursion! 3mo
Macnjen @LiterRohde Thanks, it so good so far! 3mo
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Next up audiobook!

melissajayne Loved this book. 3mo
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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! 3mo
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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. 3mo
LaraS I did the same thing...I started with the audiobook, but kept getting stuck or lost so I switched to the physical book. Admittedly, it *was* better, but...honestly, I got about half way through and still couldn't get into it. Guess it's just not my kinda book. 3mo
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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! 4mo
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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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Next audiobook.

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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! 4mo
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