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MallenNC

MallenNC

Joined May 2016

I love mysteries, narrative nonfiction, and reading new authors. Feel free to add me on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1147715-melyssa
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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I really enjoyed this! Its premise is so clever and I totally bought into the idea that a magic attic provided a seemingly endless supply of husbands. I thought the way changing husbands also changed her life was so interesting to think about. My only small complaint is that there‘s never any explanation for why this was happening to her. But I just went along for the ride.

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The Guncle Abroad | Steven Rowley
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I enjoyed the first Guncle book and thought this was a cute sequel. It‘s nice to check in with the characters, especially Patrick and his niece and nephew.

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The Spy Coast: A Thriller | Tess Gerritsen
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This was a fun thriller featuring some retired spies whose past comes to their doorsteps in Maine. The main character, Maggie, was really great. This is sort of like The Thursday Murder Club but not played for laughs. I‘m looking forward to the next in the series.

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The cover makes it seem like this is a light little story about a 77-year-old woman who decides to apply for a British Bake-Off style show. (It‘s great to have a story centering an older person.) But Jenny has a sad secret, and her story unfolds throughout the book. I loved the MC and her relationships with her husband, extended family, and a fellow contestant. I wish the last chapter had gone a little further. I read it in just a couple of days.

Aims42 Sounds good! Excellent review 👍 2w
MallenNC @Aims42 Thanks! I hope you like it if you read it. 2w
Librarybelle I really liked this one! 2w
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This was even better than the first installment of this new series by an author whose standalone novels I‘ve really enjoyed. The reality show setting was so good and allowed the reader to try to guess what was happening. I am hoping this series grows into a lengthy one!

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I‘m not really reading much YA any more but I enjoy Elizabeth Acevedo so I wanted to read the one YA book of hers I hadn‘t yet. I really liked Emoni and her family and friends. Her challenges were realistic and her talent for cooking was a fun angle.

This was my #BookSpin for July.

Becker Same here. I don‘t care too much for YA but I really enjoy Acevedo‘s work and will read anything she puts out. 👍 2w
MallenNC @Becker I used to read a lot of YA but realized that sometimes I was annoyed by the YA characters! But like you I am willing to read Acevedo anyway. 2w
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Another fun installment in a series where you just have to buy into the craziness. Finlay and Vero end up in Atlantic City with most of the series side characters. I still wish they‘d toss her ex-husband off a bridge. He is so annoying to me.

The audiobooks are the way to go for this series!

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My #BookSpin picks for this month!

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June was a great reading month! I got two Bingos, and finished 12 books. Standouts for me were The Situation Room, Run Towards the Danger, The Woman on the Ledge, and Annie Bot.

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 3w
MallenNC @TheAromaofBooks Thank you as always for organizing! 3w
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A Stitch in Time | Kelley Armstrong
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I can‘t remember why I got this audiobook but I ended up really enjoying it. A modern woman is able to go back in time in an old house. There‘s the time travel, a romance, some ghosts, and a mystery. It all worked for me. There are other books in this series but they seem to work as stand-alones.

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Annie Bot | Sierra Greer
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I read this after hearing the author on The Stacks podcast. It‘s an interesting premise, and the author does a great job making Annie seems human to the reader. The ending was a little different than I expected but I‘m still thinking about this one.

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This is a short book that tells us a little about Vero before she meets Finlay Donovan. It‘s cute and I enjoyed how clever she was on her own. The narrator is different from the main Finlay books, which was a little jarring.

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Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley
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I was not very familiar with Sarah Polley before reading this collection of essays but now I am a fan. She covers a lot here, from her life as a child star in Canada, coming to terms with her celebrity, and in the last essay, her recovery from concussion. She‘s an engaging writer.

Thanks to the #SheSaid group for putting this one on my radar.

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I don‘t know if this royal mystery is “solved” but this book puts together an interesting case. I am not an expert so mostly it just made me want to read The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey again.

This was my #BookSpinDoubleSpin for June

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Ready for July! Here‘s my list for next month. It‘s so hot where I live that about all I can do is stay inside and read! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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This is obviously based on Lizzie Borden, and I thought it was a fun, twisty book. It could have been a little more creepy, but overall I enjoyed it.

I hadn‘t read Riley Sager in a while and I picked it up from a library display on impulse. It‘s perfect book to quickly read in the summer.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed this one! 3w
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I loved this book, which gives an inside look at the White House Situation Room. Each chapter focuses on a president, beginning with Kennedy who was president when the room was established. I read and listened to this one. The audiobook includes actual audio from recordings made at the time and also excerpts from interviews done for the book. Well researched and interesting!

Librarybelle I loved this one too! I‘ve recommended it to a few people already. Cool to hear about the audio! 1mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle Glad you liked it too! I have been recommending it even before I finished it. George reads the audiobook and the supplementary audio highlights are great. 1mo
JenReadsAlot I'm going to have to get the audio book now too! 1mo
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The Woman on the Ledge | Ruth Mancini
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This one really kept me guessing! Every time you think you know what‘s going on, something shifts and it‘s going in a new direction. It was really clever.

I subscribe to the Sleuth box from Fabled Bookshop, and this was one of the picks from a couple months ago. Their picks have all been great since I started the subscription.

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The Woman on the Ledge | Ruth Mancini
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This book is so good! I‘m about halfway done and all I want to do is read it to find out what in the world is happening. I brought it to work with me in hopes of catching opportunities to read a few more pages!

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Reykjavk: A Crime Story | Ragnar Jonasson, Katrn Jakobsdttir
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I enjoyed this cold case mystery set mostly in 1986. It gave the reader a nice sense of the setting, and it had a couple of surprising twists.

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Girls and Their Horses | Eliza Jane Brazier
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I was a little put off by this title but ended up loving this mystery. It‘s one of those stories where you know someone is dead at the beginning but the author teases out the who and the why as the story comes together. The pacing was very good and it‘s a great look into the horse world.

This is my #BookSpin for June

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Seeing D-Day commemorations today inspired me to start this audiobook. Oral histories are my favorite way to learn about the past.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I forgot to report how #20in4 went for me! I didn‘t get to read as much as I‘d hoped but I finished two of these books and made progress on the third one.

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Girls and Their Horses | Eliza Jane Brazier
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My #BookSpin picks for this month don‘t have a lot in common!

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Sharing my May #BookSpinBingo card before turning to June! It was a great reading month with 15 books finished and two bingos. My favorites were probably We Are the Brennans and Expiration Dates.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
MallenNC @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for leading BookSpin every month! It‘s very motivating. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for playing along with me!!! 💕 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘ve been looking for an excuse to focus on reading for a bit! I am off for the weekend so I can get started. My goals are to finish these three books that I‘ve started and maybe to start another one from my June BookSpin. #20in4

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 2mo
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I‘m still hoping to finish at least one more book for May but here‘s my #BookSpin list for June. Looking forward to seeing where our numbers lead my reading!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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I love a graphic memoir. It‘s such a cool way to take in someone‘s story. This was about an American girl‘s changing relationship with her father and step-family in Egypt, told through snapshots of her summer visits. I really enjoyed it.

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Not a lot of reading today because I was seeing a matinee of The Lion King. It‘s been years since I‘d seen the show and the production was just as impressive as the first time. I love the way it uses puppetry to tell the story.

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Really enjoyed this Sixth & I event with George Stephanopoulos event for his new book. Sadly I was only there virtually! I am really looking forward to reading this book.

JenReadsAlot I love him and pre-ordered the book! 2mo
MallenNC @JenReadsAlot Same. But I ordered it through this event so it won‘t arrive to me for a little while still. (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle My copy arrived at the library, and I hope to pick it up this weekend. It‘s a very interesting topic. 2mo
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MallenNC @Librarybelle It is. And he said tonight that a lot of it comes from the duty officers who have worked there so it‘s really an inside look. 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 2mo
KadaGul I wish I could attend author events like you do!#AuthorEvents 2mo
MallenNC @KadaGul They are a lot of fun! This one was online but it was still enjoyable. 2mo
KadaGul @MallenNC Because of my book club, I have started looking for online book clubs and author-led events organized by local libraries. Keep posting your meets, it gives me hope 🙏. #AuthorEvents 2mo
MallenNC @KadaGul Good luck! I will post when I have another one. 2mo
KadaGul @MallenNC A Big Thanks 🙏, All the way from Windy 🎐City, Chicago. 2mo
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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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This was my #BookSpin and I‘m giving it a soft pick. At first I didn‘t like it at all because it took forever to introduce all the characters and I couldn‘t figure out what she was doing with them. The climax of the story is absolutely crazy and I did not expect it at all. I think she‘s trying to make a point about money, power dynamics, and bad choices but it got very messy. I‘m still thinking about it, so that seems worth something.

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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin for May! Getting started ASAP.

Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks again for always organizing this for us!

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My final April #BookSpinBingo card: 15 books finished, and 3 bingos! It was a great reading month despite April being the busiest month of the year at work. I think this is mostly thanks to audiobooks and reading while watching baseball on TV. I really enjoyed The Women, First Lie Wins, and Funny Story.

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Ready for another #BookSpin even though yet again I can‘t believe a new month is nearly here.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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I got the chance to listen to this one so I went with that even though this wasn‘t on my TBR for the month. It‘s not actually funny, but I enjoyed the story a lot. It‘s got a romance but more than that, the two MCs work on themselves and the ways they‘d been affected by their childhoods as well as their grown-up choices. I also loved the MC‘s job at the library. That‘s always fun to read about.

OriginalCyn620 Good review! This is an auto-buy author for me, so I‘m glad to hear that you liked it! 3mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I‘ve only read this one and Book Lovers! But I enjoyed them both. 3mo
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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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This finally came in for me at the library, and by then I had almost forgotten what I had heard about it. I thought I was a really fun read, especially if you like stories about con artists. There were some interesting twists but what I liked the most was how the MC became a new person for her assignments. Like a lot of Reese‘s picks, I think this would be a fun TV show.

OriginalCyn620 I really need to move this one up to the top of my TBR! 3mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It was a really quick read! 3mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Believe it or not, this was the first book I‘ve read by Kristin Hannah. I really enjoyed it even though a lot of traumatic things happened. I think she did a great job using one character‘s story to draw attention to the real life experience of women who served as nurses during the Vietnam War and especially how they were treated when they returned. I hope to read more nonfiction on this topic.

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The Princess of Las Vegas | Chris Bohjalian
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This was a fun one for me. It‘s a bit of a slow burn (after starting with a bang). I loved all the Vegas details and the main character‘s job as a Princess Diana impersonator. I was lucky to get to meet the author at my local bookstore recently with @OriginalCyn620 and @Graciouswarriorprincess

MallenNC This was my #BookSpin for April @TheAromaofBooks 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Glad you liked it! Maybe I can get to this one in May. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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This is the latest book in my favorite detective series, and it did not disappoint. The mystery was complicated and the ongoing story of Maeve‘s personal life moved forward in interesting ways. The mystery was solved but the book also ended in a giant cliffhanger! I can‘t wait for the next one!

This was my #DoubleSpin for April

lazydaizee Looks interesting. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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For @dabbe here are my Kate and Pippa. Pippa is the tuxedo in the back and Kate is the tortie. They prefer naps to reading.

CatLass007 😻😻😻 3mo
currentlyreadinginCO torties 🤩🤩 3mo
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All Her Fault | Andrea Mara
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I thought this was going to be about one thing, but it turned into a lot more (I don‘t want to spoil!) and I really enjoyed it. Some of the twists were kind of crazy but i thought they were earned by the story. I have been enjoying a lot of Irish crime novels lately, and will definitely look for more by this author, who was new to me. This was my #BookSpin for March and I never reviewed it. I wanted to make sure I did!

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I absolutely loved this memoir. Journalism was my major so I love reporter memoirs. I had put this one off because I thought it was going to be strictly about mothering kids about to leave home. It is about that, and those parts were very engaging, but there‘s also a lot about her work as a journalist. A standout chapter covers her infamous interview with then-Sec. of State Mike Pompeo. I finished the audiobook in two days.

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The Princess of Las Vegas | Chris Bohjalian
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks for this month are two very recent releases. I‘m excited to have a chance to read them before something else catches my eye! I‘m especially excited for the Jane Casey — I love her Maeve Kerrigan series.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Enjoy!! 4mo
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Sharing my March #BookSpinBingo results. I finished 10 books, including my BookSpin, and got one bingo. I‘m still working on my double spin, which was a nonfiction book that‘s a slower read. Ready for more reading in April!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 4mo
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I reserve the right to change this list before April, but these are the #BookSpinBingo books I‘m planning for next month. I‘m allowing a little flexibility too. Looking forward to seeing everyone else‘s book picks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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This was a fun spy story featuring a woman with amnesia. It starts really well and a some fun twists. It reminded me of the Findlay Donovan books. The audiobook was narrated well too.

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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks for March! I am hoping to dive in to All Her Fault today.

Librarybelle I have The Palace on my to read list and may actually have a #NetGalley copy! Looking forward to your review! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Enjoy!! 5mo
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I didn‘t get a bingo but February was still a good reading month. Eight books finished. A couple of nonfiction, one romance, the rest mystery/thriller. On to March!

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This gets a soft pick from me. I think my expectations were too high based on some of the hype this got. The story is good but for reasons I‘ll spoil in the comments I thought something was missing. The female narrator wasn‘t great either — her voice didn‘t show a lot of emotion.

MallenNC I was annoyed that Ruthie didn‘t find out she was kidnapped until after her parents had died or gotten dementia. There was no real fallout from them doing something terrible. 5mo
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I still plan to use my extra day in February to maybe finish another book, but here‘s my March #BookSpin list! Just thinking that it might feel like spring by the time I make my next book list.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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