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MelissaSewell

MelissaSewell

Joined August 2018

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” -Mason Cooley
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The Ex: A Novel by Alafair Burke
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Pino Lella, a teenage boy from Milan, Italy, was instrumental in helping the Allies defeat the Germans in WWII. Based on a true story, this incredible tale of heroism, heartache, and triumph is told beautifully and emotionally.

I highly recommend getting lost in the pages of this book!

#PrimeReading

Reecaspieces This is a good read!! Totally agree! 11mo
Peggyherself Definitely want to read this! 11mo
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Panpan

With so many available words to depict the gravity of a thought, constant overuse of the f-bomb instead is maddening.

This could have been a very important book on grief. I‘ve been there, thought those thoughts, and said the same things while processing the pain. I get that, and it‘s comforting to know it‘s normal. But the crude writing was so distracting, the tragedy of the story behind the grief got lost somewhere.

Megabooks Glad I sent this back to the library! 😳 11mo
MelissaSewell I really wish it had been written better. I didn‘t appreciate the juvenile humor that her brother was revered for, but I know there‘s an audience for that. Just not me! 11mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Not what I was expecting. This is the product of an angry far-left mind, attempting to make the right come off as frightening and extreme totalitarian monsters. Pure propaganda from the start. I couldn‘t get through it all because it‘s so painfully derisive. What I did read was corny and unbelievable with more holes than a colander.

I never got to the ending that so many have described as flat, rushed, and a big letdown. Just as well.

enidkeaner To be far, for many of us leftists, the right is terrifying. The book is a bit over the top though 12mo
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This quote is under the heading, “Jump Start the Elimination of Inflammation Without Changing Your Diet.”

If you have chronic inflammation (don‘t we all, with today‘s prolific and bad convenience food choices?), this is a fantastic book for you! It‘s relatively short and has recipes for food swaps, so you never have to feel as if you‘re being denied.

#hoopla

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A young unwed mother in 1950 Quebec has an agonizing choice forced upon her by her family. Based on true events, this story of loss and longing will leave you angry, happy, and shaking your head at the depths of cruelty suffered by orphans.

I‘ve honestly never wanted to slap a nun until now!
Great read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CoffeeNBooks This was such a great book! I just finished it a few weeks ago. 13mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Ooh, some of these will definitely make an appearance in my To-Read stack. How about you? #LibraryReads

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My Not So Perfect Life | Sophie Kinsella
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You know that voice in your head that narrates your life, with its incessant questions and observations? When I read a Sophie Kinsella, I feel I‘ve been given access to someone‘s internal voice, and it always has a British accent!

Katie Brenner is talented and witty, and wants the perfect Londoner life. All around her, others live in ways she can only dream of. She has to get back to her roots to find her own truths. Engaging and funny book!

Megabooks Cute dog! 13mo
MelissaSewell @Megabooks thank you. She‘s about perfect, except she‘s a barker. 13mo
Megabooks Mine‘s just about perfect except he barks at other animals, so I can relate. It can be annoying! 13mo
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My Not So Perfect Life | Sophie Kinsella
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But... isn‘t that how you‘re supposed to drive??? 😂 I love Sophie Kinsella but haven‘t picked up one of her books in years. I don‘t know why, and will surely add more to my stack. She‘s always relatable, and I adore that British humor. Or rather, humour. 😊

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Really looking forward to this e-book. I have osteoarthritis in my neck and a pinched nerve that sends an agonizing sensation down my left arm. My doctor wants to send me to a spine surgeon but I‘m going to try natural pain relief methods first.

Have any of you heard of or tried the MELT Method? (Myofascial Energetic Link Technique.)

PickingBooks I‘ve heard of the MELT method but haven‘t tried it. I also have arthritis. Let me know if it helps! 13mo
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The Criminal Lawyer | Thomas Benigno
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How long do you give a book before you bail? What‘s the deciding factor?

I‘m 25% in and struggling. The storyline is ok, reviews from Amazon make me think I‘m due for a twist or turn that will morph this into something I can‘t put down. But I don‘t like any of the characters. They‘re annoying and one-dimensional so far. Ugh. I hate to bail after 25% but life is too short to read boring text.

🎼Should I stay or should I go? 🎶

Marilyncjackson 20% is where I draw the line. Life is too short to waste on a story you are not interested in! 13mo
Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare I always have a few books on the go. For me, it's rarely a conscious choice to put a book down - it's more often that I just stop picking it up because I'm not interested in it any more (edited) 13mo
MelissaSewell Yeah I gave it another chapter and was still underwhelmed. I was expecting a legal thriller, but so far this was just a murder story where a potential victim‘s boyfriend‘s father happens to be a lawyer. Meh. 13mo
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True Story.

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Justice Redeemed | Scott Pratt
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“I didn‘t do it.”

They all say that. But sometimes, it‘s true. The bigger the political foe, the worse the revenge. Injustice makes me angry and the levels of it in this story made me livid. There‘s a fascinating look at prisons‘ internal “political” hierarchy here. It‘s a legal thriller with a touch of Shawshank Redemption.

Loved this book first page to last.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Justice Redeemed | Scott Pratt
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If you like stories about the legal system and injustice, you‘ll love this one. Reminds me of a John Grisham for sure. ❤️ I‘m 65% in and totally gripped by this story.

Currently free to read with #AmazonPrimeReading

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Now That You Mention It | Kristan Higgins
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Truly some laugh out loud moments with great characters in a dreamy east coast setting. There was bit of crude and immature banter a couple of times, and I really dislike the overuse of endearments - if I‘d had to read “sweetheart,” “honey,” or “sweetie” just one more time...

Altogether a fun read though. And Harry Potter fans will love the many references to the series.

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Now That You Mention It | Kristan Higgins
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I don‘t usually laugh out loud at events in fiction. There has to be a level of reality with believable characters. The gathering referenced in this quote made me gasp, and literally LOL. I don‘t want to adult today, I just want to keep reading this!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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I read this in middle school sometime in the 70s. Will I cry at the end now like I did then? 😢

It‘s currently free for Kindle download through #AmazonPrimeReading.

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The Partner: A Novel | John Grisham
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“For obvious reasons, we were immediately suspicious of Mr. Lanigan, and our task was twofold: first, to find him and the money, and, second, to determine how he had pulled the heist.”

For some people, it‘s the word “moist.” For me, it‘s “heist” [shivers uncontrollably for a moment].

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People vs. Alex Cross | James Patterson
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This was my first James Patterson and I thought it was just ok. When you‘ve read a lot of this type thriller/mystery, you get a feel for who to suspect, as the ones who are intended to be not-so-obvious are actually pretty obvious.

I‘m not a fan of portraying the good guy as a humble, yet almost larger-than-life hero. I prefer more realistic thrillers. I‘d read another Patterson, but probably not in the Alex Cross series.

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People vs. Alex Cross | James Patterson
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Confession. I‘ve never read a James Patterson novel.

Until now! Just got one via Libby.

MaGoose I've never read him either. Just bought The President is Missing recently. I hope to get to it before the end of the year. 1y
MelissaSewell @MaGoose I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! Is that the book co-written by Bill Clinton? 1y
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MaGoose @MelissaSewell Don't feel bad. I haven't read Harry Potter, either. 1y
MelissaSewell @MaGoose because you have no interest in Harry Potter or just haven‘t gotten around to it? I remember reading the first one to my daughter @katiebaby19 in 1998 shortly after it came out. She was nine. To this day it‘s still her favorite series and she keeps re-reading them! (edited) 1y
MaGoose @MelissaSewell I'm not all that interested, but I might try the first book soon. In 1998 l was already in college and since I don't have children I just never got into it. 1y
TheBookKeepers I‘ve read 2 Patterson books (Suzanne‘s Diary for Nicholas & Sams letters to Jennifer). They both made me cry and I loved them! Haven‘t tried any of his other genres though! 1y
CoffeeNBooks @TheBookKeepers Those are the same two I've read, and none of his others! 😁 1y
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2020: A Novel | Kenneth Steven
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Set in Britain in the near future with lots of angst and political division due to a terroristic event. It would have been more interesting if written in a different format, and easier to follow.

The whole book was a series of interviews about current events. The interviewer isn‘t really present, as if on the phone and we can‘t hear them. You aren‘t even told who‘s speaking each time - you have to figure it out.

Not my kind of book.

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Mehso-so

A good short history reference, highlighting key events along the way. Many crucial elements are missing, but you can't pack the entire U.S. metamorphosis into a quick and easy read.

I did find several things I either never knew or forgot, which made it interesting. There were a few syntax errors, but they weren‘t terribly distracting. As of right now the Kindle version is still free on Amazon.

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...when you write a novel you get to rewrite it, but when you live with someone for twenty years, that is the novel, and you can never write that novel with anyone again.”

This line really spoke to me. How true-choose your words and actions carefully the first time because there is no backspace key in real life.

RaimeyGallant Great quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 1y
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Don't Let Go | Harlan Coben
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“Daisy wore a clingy black dress with a neckline so deep it could tutor philosophy.”

An opening line that‘s so great it deserves to be read in a Humphrey Bogart voice. You just know it‘s going to be a page turner.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
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Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Without a doubt, one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It spans 30 years in the life of a Russian who was forced to live the remainder of his years inside the luxury hotel where he‘d been staying.

This was a book I had a hard time putting down, but wanted to read slowly so it would last longer. I‘ve actually added the old beloved word, “Gadzooks!” to my vocabulary.

They‘re making a television series based on the book too. Looking forward to it!

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