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Mary_Reads

Joined September 2016

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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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So glad I never watched the show/movie. Went into this one not knowing anything about it. I think I've found my groove in audiobooks finally. Definitely enjoying listening to thrillers and mysteries.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Listened to the audiobook and it was EXCELLENT. Written as a letter to his son about his own experience growing up black in the USA.

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics | Dolly Parton, Robert K Oermann
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Dolly is a living saint. I highly recommend the audio book so you can hear her tell the stories behind her most famous songs. Smiled the entire time I was listening.

brittanybooks Ooooh! I just got this on Libby- can‘t wait!!! 🎉 7mo
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Hitting the road for a 5 hour road trip so I thought I'd start this big bitch and catch up on some reviews

paperwitchs I don‘t know how you could do that 🥲 I always get motion when I read in the car 6mo
Mary_Reads @paperwitchs motion sickness has never been a problem for me. I even used to read on the boat when I would go bay fishing with my dad. 6mo
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So it turns out I don't hate all audio books. I'm finding I need a little mystery or thriller type action to keep me interested. All of these were fun listens.

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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A cold and dreary day at the beach is perfect reading weather. Love a good fairytale or mythology retelling and this one did not disappoint.

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Picked these up on a quick Target run. Collecting books and reading books really are two distinct hobbies and I love both.

JenReadsAlot They are! 8mo
Suet624 So true. 8mo
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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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Definitely in a thriller/mystery mood when I picked out my Book Of The Month books for February. I'm a huge fan of the Agatha Christie books I've read so far so I'm looking forward to Death On The Nile.

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The Burning God | R. F. Kuang
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I've been super swamped lately but I'm taking this Sunday to drink some spiked Mexican hot chocolate, get some reading done, and post some quick reviews. Happy Sunday!

slategreyskies Spiked Mexican hot chocolate!? How did I not know this existed? It sounds so good. Enjoy!! 💕 8mo
Mary_Reads @slategreyskies The chocolate brand is Popular and I add a healthy dose of fireball whiskey in at the end. 8mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I HATE AUDIOBOOKS! Please change my mind!!!! I just started delving into AB because I love the idea or getting through some TBRs while I do shit around the house but I just can't get into them. I never like the books I listen to and I can't even tell if it's because I actually don't like the book or just don't like the format. Please recommend your absolute favorite AB so I can get over this and learn to love them.

JenReadsAlot I only do nonfiction/memoirs on audio so maybe something like that you would enjoy? 8mo
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monalyisha I‘ll stop there but I hope you find some you love! I think listening to audiobooks is a skill that needs to be developed. It‘s like…learning to like beer. Or something much healthier. 🙈 But you know what I mean! 😆 8mo
KellyK I second @monalyisha on Daisy Jones & the Six. 8mo
monalyisha @KellyK It feels like a lengthy episode of “Behind the Music.” It‘s one that I definitely know for a fact I wouldn‘t have enjoyed nearly as much in-print. 8mo
megnews When I‘m struggling with audiobooks I try short ones so I can‘t through one and feel accomplished. Makes me want to continue on. I also found that the reading is juuusst toooo sllloooow for me so I speed up to 1.5x. 8mo
shortsarahrose I started listening to audiobooks while taking car trips to visit my sister (usually as a passenger while my mom drives). I wasn‘t doing anything else (cooking, chores, etc.) so I was actually paying attention to the book narration. So seconding @monalyisha ‘s comment about it being like learning to like beer. 8mo
Megabooks I find when I love a narrator, I really get into the story, especially if it‘s fiction. Some favorites: Therese Plummer, Brittany Presley, Katherine Ho, Bahni Turpin, Andrew MacLeod, Vikas Adam, Dion Graham, Rebecca Lowman. I can consistently count on these narrators to bring a story to life. 8mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree with these tips! I will add: when I start a new book I often do so first thing in the morning while still in bed. I play an audiobook on my phone while the lights are still off with my eyes closed so there‘s nothing to focus on but the book. This usually helps me to engage enough in the book to then get up and do chores, etc because I‘ve already established a sense of setting, characters etc. hope this helps! Audiobooks are life changing! 8mo
Mary_Reads @JenReadsAlot I have been wanting to add more nonfiction to my list. It's currently almost exclusively fiction. This might be the way to do it. 8mo
Mary_Reads @monalyisha I've read Daisy Jones & The Six (loved it) but definitely adding a book or two from your suggestions to my AB tbr. 8mo
Mary_Reads @megnews I also have to speed up the reading. The slowness drives me crazy. 8mo
Mary_Reads @shortsarahrose I've actually found I'm the opposite. I must be doing something with my hands or moving around. If I sit still to listen my mind wanders like crazy. 8mo
Mary_Reads @Megabooks I'll start doing a search of some of these narrators and pay more attention to the ones I start liking. 8mo
Mary_Reads @Chelsea.Poole I'll be checking out your suggestions. I like the idea of setting the scene before I go about my chores. 8mo
Mary_Reads Thank you all so much!!! Yall come through with some great suggestions and I'm going to give them a try. 8mo
megnews Yep other things: I‘ve read Lincoln in the Bardo and could have never followed it on audio. I‘ve found if I start by reading the first few chapters of a book, I‘ve got a good grasp and am invested in the story. Then I find the audio a lot easier to follow. 8mo
marleed I often experience a book in both audio and print. I love quiet, still moments with a physical book and to go about my day with the audio. And at times I do both and find it entertaining to match the audio speed to my reading. Doing both is particularly interesting when books have unusual formats like super long paragraphs or no quotations for conversation. I think it‘s great to experience a book in whatever format fits your day! 8mo
monalyisha Oftentimes, I‘ll check out the lists of Audie Award Winners/Nominees for suggestions, too! Here‘s a recent list by category: https://locusmag.com/2021/02/2021-audie-awards-finalists/ 8mo
jdiehr My advice would be to start with short ones 8mo
llcoolnate I usually only audiobook easy reads like fiction; rarely nonfiction, because usually I like to underline and/or reread portions of nonfiction, and I don't want to keep hitting rewind, rewind, rewind. I've audiobooked a few interesting ones when I've been running such as Can't Hurt Me which is actually one of the best I've listened to, because much more is added in a sort of conversation that isn't in the paperback. 8mo
llcoolnate Overall I prefer actual books because I feel like I get more out of them, and it certainly takes much more discipline to read a 500 page book than listen to it. 8mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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🥱 I gave this one about 50% of the book and it never really caught me. Giving it up to move on to the next one. Too many books to read and too little time in which to do it.

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I picked this one up knowing it was loosely based on Asian history and folklore. Right around when the book gets to Golyn Niis it dawned on me what time period and history it was based on. About 20 years ago I read a book called The Rape of Nanking that has stayed with me because of how disturbing it was. I immediately knew the scenes this author was depicting were recreations of the true events chronicled in that book. Heavy stuff. (1)

Mary_Reads That being said I enjoyed this one. If you don't mind unlikable characters, violence, and are okay not wrapping everything up in a HEA bow then you might like it too. (2) 8mo
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Bring on the cold front.

JamieArc What a cool bookshelf! 8mo
JamieArc And welcome to Litsy! 8mo
Mary_Reads @JamieArc thank you! 8mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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We've had quite the drastic weather swing here. Nearly 90° yesterday and it's currently 42°. We are so ill prepared for cold weather that people are being asked to stay home if they can due to sleet. I'm looking forward to bundling up and getting some solid reading time in this weekend. The last time we had a cold snap our power went out across Texas and lasted for 5 days locally. Fingers crossed it doesn't get that bad this time around.

majkia That system is coming for us today. Florida Panhandle. 8mo
Mary_Reads @majkia stay warm. 8mo
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It‘s a beautiful day in south Texas. 70 and sunny. Me and my reading buddies are picking a spot in the shade to enjoy the afternoon in.

Oryx Look like great reading buddies 😊 8mo
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Mehso-so

I'm beginning to believe that contemporary romance isn't for me. The ones I love are few and far between.

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Mehso-so

Trying out more audio books this year. They've never really been my jam but I like the idea of being able to listen while I do busy work around the house. That being said I'm not sure if this one didn't hit with me because it was audio or because it just didn't hit. Seemed like it would be right up my alley but was just so-so

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A Ruin Of Roses | K. F. Breene
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A smutty retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Both can be found on Kindle Unlimited. 2nd book is better than the first. 3rd book out Feb 7th.

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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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This year's first ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. I'm 2nd generation Mexican American and grew up in a border town and this book hit close to home and brought tears to my eyes. Many of my family and friends have lived through the struggles written about in this book. I thought it was done really well and spoke to true experiences.

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The view from this morning's reading spot. Wish I was reading something spooky and atmospheric to go along with the thick fog. Relaxing on my family's ranch in deep South Texas for the weekend.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Couldn't sleep so I just wrapped up The Maidens on audio book. This is my first thriller/mystery audio book and I caught myself talking to the recording as if I were watching a scary movie like "no girl dont go into that room" ?

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January's Book Of The Month box just came in ❤

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Mehso-so

Last book of 2021. Total of 85 read this year. This one was alright. Entertaining but nothing to write home about.

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Last Graduate | Naomi Novik
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Stayed up entirely too late to finish this last night. This is book 2 of the Sholomance series by Naomi Novik. I love her books. I originally thought the Sholomance series was going to be a duaology so when I got to the cliffhanger ending I immediately went online to check if there was going to be a third book after all. Good news is book 3 will come out in 2022. If you don't like cliffhangers I suggest waiting until then.

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Barnes and Noble | Dallas, Texas (Bookstore)
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I picked these up at B&N's sale yesterday. The store was packed and it was great to see so many people buying books. Who says print is dead?!? Now if only there were more indie stores in my town.