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I really enjoyed Ng‘s second novel. I‘ll admit I wanted to read it before I watched the tv mini series. It took a little bit to get into it but then I really enjoyed the pace of the novel and the character development and interactions. I was satisfied with the ending.

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The Stranger in the Mirror | Liv Constantine
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This is the first book I‘ve read by this author and I will read future books of hers. I enjoyed the back and forth of the narrators and all of the twists and turns. This would make a good movie. I flew through this one really quickly.

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L.A. Weather | Maria Amparo Escandon
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Picked this up b/c it‘s a Reese‘s Book Club pick & im trying to read books by more people of color. I will say that it was difficult getting through the first 100 pages. After that the pace started to pick up & it the characters were developed more. Each character had so much drama going on with them. Bit of a crazy read but one I overall enjoyed.

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Desperate Girls | Laura Griffin
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Really enjoyed this one and it was a good listen, although I think I would‘ve enjoyed it just as much if I had physically read it. There‘s enough suspense (and some of the romantic variety) to keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to read more. The main characters are people you root for and there are some surprises along the way. I would definitely pick up more by the author!

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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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This was a good, fast paced thriller. You really felt for the main character as he navigates the loss of his family. I have to admit I didn‘t see the end coming. I look forward to reading more from Finlay.

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The Lion's Den | Katherine St. John
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This is St. John‘s debut & I really enjoyed it! I‘d previously read The Siren & loved it. This is perfect escapism! For some reason I‘ve always enjoyed reading about the Uber rich lol. Belle was a real character you could root for. This book takes the term frenemy to a whole new level. If you‘re looking for something fun with some darker undertones then this is for you! I‘m eager for the author‘s next book!

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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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Really enjoyed this one! Quick read! It‘s important to note that the author was inspired by real life cases when writing this book. I would‘ve liked to know more about Nell & would like to read more books with her as the protagonist. Not sure if the author wants to write another one. There are twists that you truly don‘t see coming! Once you get through the 1st 25 pages or so, it really picks up the pace! Would make a great film.

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I really enjoyed this one!! I haven‘t read Bartz‘s previous novels but I want to now! This is about the dark side of friendship & traumatic events that bind them. I really enjoyed Emily‘s narration & u could really root for her. As the story unfolds her BFF Kristen becomes more & more possessive & suffocating. The tension really escalated throughout & then it all comes to a head. This would make a great movie or mini series. I recommended it!

kplovesbooks It WOULD make a really cool movie!! 2mo
MyNamesParadise @kplovesbooks I saw on the author‘s Instagram where a movie adaptation is in the works at Netflix so that is exciting! 2mo
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In the Clearing | J.P. Pomare
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It was a quick read overall. I haven‘t read Pomare‘s previous work Call Me Evie, which was on my TBR list @ 1 point. I‘m not really a fan of stories involving cults, so it‘s not surprising that I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. I didn‘t really care for the characters. There was a disconnect for me. I enjoyed the Australian setting though. I think I‘m still going to read Call Me Evie & check out his future work. Hopefully not more about cults lol

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I flew through this one in a few days! I love how Holly Jackson writes! I will definitely check out her future work. This is the final AGGGTM book, which is kind of sad bc they‘re so good, but it‘s better 2 end it the way the author wants 2 b4 the stories start to drag. There is something that happens midway through that surprised me & I was a bit unsettled at how the rest of the story panned out. It seemed unlike Pip, but overall a satisfying end

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Not my favorite of Moriarty‘s, but I definitely enjoyed it! There was definitely a lot of tennis references so if you‘re into tennis that should add extra appeal. There is some suspense as you try to figure out what happened to Joy. The ending was satisfying. If you‘ve read Moriarty‘s other books then you should enjoy this one. It‘s not as absorbing as Big Little Lies or The Husband‘s Secret, but is definitely readable.

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Marin Ireland has narrated other audiobooks I‘ve listened to & I really like her narration. This was a well-paced thriller & apparently the 1st in a series. I enjoyed hearing about the DC setting & the life of Hayley as an intern at the White House. It has an ending that I definitely didn‘t see coming. I recommend this one! I‘ll be on the lookout for the 2nd book.

Megabooks I like Marin as well. 2mo
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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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The topic in this book is very important & I give kudos to Picoult for tackling it & doing an impressive amount of research for both sides. 3.5 stars. I didn‘t see where telling the story backwards added much to the story & think it could‘ve been more intriguing if it had been told chronologically. The Author‘s Note was very informative.

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I enjoyed this more than the previous Megan Miranda book I listened to. I thought the characters were more interesting this one and things definitely picked up when a certain character is killed. I felt there was so much description and redundancy in this listen that it made it boring at times. I was underwhelmed by the whodunit.

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I really enjoyed this one! I read it in a day and a half over Labor Day weekend. It was well paced and the characters intriguing enough. I ended up being surprised from the reveal of whodunit.

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Billy Summers | Stephen King
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This is the 1st Stephen King novel I‘ve read & I loved it! I really enjoyed the character of Billy & his mission to do one final job for a big pay day. I enjoyed it even more when Alice came into the book. I don‘t want to say too much to give anything away. Just go on this journey with Billy and you won‘t regret it. It would make a great mini series.

Suet624 I don‘t know how he does it, but he writes so many great books. 3mo
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Dream Girl | Laura Lippman
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Even though I‘m a Marylander, I‘m just not a fan of Lippman‘s style of storytelling. In this one the villains were over the top borderlining ridiculous. I didn‘t see what all the flashback scenes added to the story except the main character lamenting on his 3 ex-wives. The ending was sloppy & it just sort of ended. It wasn‘t a pan because it was interesting enough, the life of a writer, & there was some suspense.

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Irena's War | James D. Shipman
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This was such a fascinating book. It takes place in Poland during WWII. In college I studied abroad on a trip called The Holocaust Journey & we visited many sites in Poland that are mentioned in the book including what was the Warsaw Ghetto & Treblinka. I fell in love w/ Poland when I was there & I always look for books/films/documentaries on it. Irena is a great heroine & apparently was a real person. I couldn‘t put this book down & learned a lot

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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The Silent Patient was so good that I had really high hopes for this one and it disappointed. It was a lot slower than I was expecting & I was not a fan of the big reveal. I felt it was melodramatic and over the top. Going for shock value instead of something more realistic. I did enjoy the connections to The Silent Patient. I didn‘t really enjoy all the Greek tragedy stuff. I‘d be a little more hesitant to pick up his next book.

Amoon When I finished it I felt like I should have stopped before it was over. Felt manipulated by red herring 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Amoon yeah same. It was a hot mess lol. 3mo
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That Weekend | Kara Thomas
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Well this book certainly took me on a ride I was not expecting so kudos to the author. I don‘t want to say much so I don‘t risk spoiling anything. Claire is a relatable character and it feels good rooting for her as she tries to figure out what happened to her two best friends. Would make a great mini series.

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The Siren | Katherine St. John
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This is the 1st book I‘ve given 5 stars to on Goodreads in a long time. This was such an enjoyable book! The pacing was excellent & the development of the 3 narrators was stellar as well. Even though this is a book about the filming of a movie, this would make an excellent movie itself! I love good books about the behind the scenes of Hollywood. For those who‘ve read THE SIREN, who would you cast as Cole, Taylor, Stella, Jackson, & Felicity?

Jemgirl2014 I still need to review this one. It has a lot of dark undertones but I still enjoyed it very much! 4mo
MyNamesParadise @Jemgirl2014 I like dark undertones. It helps balance out what could‘ve been just a simple beach read. Have you read The Lion‘s Den by the same author? I haven‘t but was wondering if I should give it a shot. 4mo
Jemgirl2014 Oh, I agree about the undertones. I don't mind them. Yes! I loved "The Lion's Den" as well. Not sure I which of the two I like best since they're both so good! She also has a new title coming out. "The Queen of the Jungle". Not sure what's it's about though. ? 4mo
MyNamesParadise @Jemgirl2014 I‘m glad you loved The Lion‘s Den. I‘ll have to check it out from the library soon! I saw on Goodreads where it says that‘s the title of her next book. It‘s an interesting title! 4mo
Jemgirl2014 I hope you like it! I know. It does sound intriguing. I'll probably put it on my auto buy list lol 4mo
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Win | Harlan Coben
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After you get past the main character lamenting about how rich he is, it‘s a really enjoyable story! If you‘ve liked previous Harlan Coben books, you will like this one! It‘s supposed to be the beginning of a new series I believe and Win has a connection to the Myron Bolitar series by Coben, which I haven‘t read, but was still able to follow what was happening. I was surprised by the reveal at the end! I would read more of this series!

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Cobble Hill: A Novel | Cecily von Ziegesar
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I‘m not sure why there is such a low rating for this book! I really enjoyed it. If you look at it as what it‘s supposed to be: a book about the lives of the privileged in Brooklyn, NYC, you can see that it is hilarious and quirky with unique characters with not-your-everyday type problems. I enjoyed the Gossip Girl books previously written by this author so I would read future work by her.

BookishMarginalia I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I bailed on it — it didn‘t speak to me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
MyNamesParadise @BookishMarginalia thanks! Yeah I can see where it wouldn‘t appeal to everyone. Some aspects of the characters were definitely weird, lol. 5mo
BookishMarginalia Yes — it was the characters who annoyed me. The setting and the writing were great. 5mo
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A Double Life | Flynn Berry
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This was such a good book! It was well paced and sets up the characters and plot evenly. I really felt connected with Claire as a narrator & was rooting for her. There were some surprises too! It would make a good movie, although I know it‘s inspired by a true case. Definitely read this one! I love Berry‘s work so much! I‘ve already read her other 2 books & can‘t wait for her next one!

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Took me a while to listen to this one. I was more interested in Jennifer‘s story than I was with Ellie‘s in present day. I agree with what some others have said on here about Ellie‘s part starting 2/3‘s through the book & much of it being excess. There were parts in Jennifer‘s story that were long winded as well. All of this said, I‘m eager for the movie coming to Netflix this month b/c of the cast & that it looks different to the book.

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This book will definitely have you hooked. The short chapters add to this. Sometimes I felt like some info wasn‘t necessary but then I saw that it‘s all part of Berry‘s plans to make an excellent whodunit! You learn so much about the sisters, individually and their relationship, and begin to question Nora as a reliable narrator. If it ended differently I would‘ve given it 3 stars, but the ending made me give a solid 4 stars. I love Berry‘s work!

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This is the 1st book I‘ve read of Gardner‘s. If this is the start of a new series by her, I will read the future books. It made for a good listen, to follow Frankie as she searched for Angelique. The suspense was good. The prose was a bit repetitive at times but it was still well paced. I didn‘t know people living nomadically searching for missing people was a thing. I wonder where the next one will take Frankie.

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Girl in the Blue Coat | Monica Hesse
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This was such a good book. I was transported to 1943 Amsterdam. I‘ve been to Amsterdam & it was great to read a book that takes place there. It was well-paced. Perfect mixture of character development & action/story. It was so well researched & that‘s always appreciated in a book. I felt for Hanneke & those she meets along the way. You could feel the strain of the Nazi occupation. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

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Northern Spy: A Novel | Flynn Berry
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My 1st book of Berry‘s even though I own Under the Harrow. I REALLY enjoyed this one. Nice, short chapters add to the thriller pace. I enjoyed getting to know the narrator & her sister. (Blanking on names ahh- I finished it last week!) this would make a good film. I really enjoyed Berry‘s prose: easy to read yet sophisticated. Loved learning about Northern Ireland & its landscape. The setting was very well established. Looking to read more of her!

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3.5 stars. I read this because I‘ve been trying to read more of Reese‘s Book Club picks. However, I had an issue with the prose in this book. I felt like I was being told every single thing, and not being shown. I also didn‘t feel particularly attached to the characters; there was a disconnect for me. I‘d still recommend though because it was an enjoyable read, but I guess I expected more if that makes sense. Curious about others‘ thoughts on it!

Alfoster I liked it too!👍 6mo
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The pacing of this book was off to me because it jumped back & forth with multiple character narrators & time periods. You‘d be in the action & then long, often boring flashbacks that didn‘t make either of the main characters all too likable. As the book went on the main characters got more irritating. Kira was the only character whose narration kept the suspense going & a character you felt for. Not sure I‘d be eager to read more by this author.

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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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I enjoyed this book more than I probably should have! It was nice to be reunited with these characters. I saw the movies on tv & then remembered this book came out last year. Edward‘s POV was interesting, even if a little long-winded. It got repetitive at times, making it longer than what it could have been. The depth of their love for each other made more sense in this book. If you were a fan of the Twilight series, you‘ll enjoy this book.

sprainedbrain I loved this book a whole embarrassing lot. 😂 6mo
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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Between a pick and so-so for me. I felt the author relied on the same tropes throughout the novel. I thought the whole premise was ridiculous but I enjoyed the characters enough that it kept me reading. I like this author and will read her other books, (I read One of Us is Lying previously). Just a quick enjoyable enough read if you like YA mysteries/thrillers.

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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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Recently republished as “Something to Live For”, this book is full of dark humor, humor, and quirky characters and situations. I would‘ve liked to have more with the characters. I was disappointed that the climax happened off-screen so to speak, but still worth reading. It takes a look at loneliness and how opening yourself up to others is worth it. I would read something else from this author!

BennettBookworm That‘s so fascinating that it was renamed! 8mo
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This was the first Jojo Moyes I‘ve read after reading the Me Before You series and I really enjoyed it. I liked how there was a different narrator for each of the narrators in the book. It made for a good listen and would make a good, quirky movie. At times funny and at times serious, I highly recommend this Jojo Moyes book!

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This Is How I Lied: A Novel | Heather Gudenkauf
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Really enjoyed listening to this one! I‘ve always enjoyed this author‘s work! It‘s told from three perspectives which made a nice balance. I liked the timeline of the past and the present. It‘s suspenseful until the end and I would highly recommend this one!

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I know it‘s mid-March, but this just came in for me at the library. What a cute and fun read! Would make a cute movie. It makes you want to visit/live in the village it takes place in. The book is broken up into 12 sections, 1 for each date, which was a fitting structure. I enjoyed the dates with Kate as she tries to find love. Has some memorable (and quirky) characters. I look forward to Bayliss‘s next book!

samanthagutt I loved this story and I read it in March too 😂 I‘ll definitely read more books by her! 8mo
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I probably wouldn‘t have come across this book if not for the fact that it was a Top 3 pick for this year‘s One Maryland One Book program, which I work on. Acho does a great job of educating white people (and people of other races) on the history of black people in America & systemic racism, as well as current issues that affect people of color disproportionately. Share this book with people who may not want to read it, but need to read it.

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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What a great sequel to AGGGTM!! It‘s just as good or even better!! These would make an excellent TV series! If you love mystery/thrillers and well-written, developed characters, you need to read the A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder books! There is going to be a 3rd (and final) one and I can‘t wait for it. I don‘t want to give much more away because I don‘t want to take anything away from the experience of reading it!

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I really enjoyed this story! I‘m glad I listened to the audiobook on this one. The narrator did a great job of bringing each of the characters to life. The plot was at the right pace and the characters were dynamic and memorable. This definitely isn‘t your average hostage drama or open house! I‘ll miss listening to these characters. I feel like this was different from his other books. It makes me want to read more of Backman.

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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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I really wanted to love this book because it‘s Jane Harper, but this one fell flat for me compared to her other books. It‘s slower paced and not much happens for a lot of the books. Some characters motives aren‘t made clear. When the “whodunnit” is revealed it didn‘t make sense to me why that person felt the need to kill. It was an abrupt ending and what happened to the rest of the characters wasn‘t revealed. It struck me as an odd place to end.

Megabooks Yes! Great review! 9mo
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This was different from what I remember the 1st time I read this years ago. I didnt find it as enjoyable this time. A lot of the dialogue felt stilted & in some cases characters say things that doesn‘t sound like them. I wish Harry Potter had been left finished with Deathly Hallows. Of course I would love 2 learn more about the HP universe years later, but not in the form of a story that felt forced. I would still see the production bc it‘s HP

thegirlwiththelibrarybag It‘s much better preformed- but I agree, a lot of it is underwhelming and seems a betrayal of the characters we know. 10mo
Scochrane26 I don‘t consider this part of the canon. I would go see the play though. 10mo
erinreads Definitely agree with @thegirlwiththelibrarybag. I wasn‘t into this at all until seeing the play live. 10mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Scochrane26, I don‘t either *except* even though she‘s not the main writer - she has to have been ok with what‘s as written... 10mo
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A great finish to the series! I have to admit I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I did when I initially read it back in ‘07. A lot was packed into these 759 pages. Almost too much with the plot of the Hallows. It‘s weird I don‘t find myself having too much to say.

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One by One | Ruth Ware
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Definitely more enjoyable than her last one, The Turn of the Key. I guessed who the killer was early on but it was still entertaining and paced well! I really liked the character Erin. I enjoyed the narrator‘s performance of the book. I will read future Ruth Ware books. If you‘re looking for a quick, enjoyable read, you‘ve found it!

Elizabeth2 I‘m not sure how I hadn‘t noticed before...we are neighbors (sort of). I live in Harford County. 🙂👋 10mo
MyNamesParadise Oh cool! Howdy neighbor! I actually live in Anne Arundel county but I go to Baltimore County‘s library system because I like their selection better! Always good to find a fellow Marylander on here! @Elizabeth2 10mo
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Such an enjoyable read, especially after the tediousness of HP5! It‘s great to see Harry enjoying himself while learning more about Voldemort‘s history and what will lead to Voldemort‘s demise. Surprises in this volume that‘s for sure, whether a spell from the “half-blood prince,” romantic entanglements of characters, and major plot developments. A great set up for the finale. A calm (of sorts, a lot still happened in this book) before the storm.

Linsy Agreed! It still has heavy stuff, but is an uplift after the 5th! 10mo
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Still giving it a Pick, even though it‘s my least favorite of the Harry Potter books. I just hate Umbridge so much. I know we‘re supposed to hate her, but still. Rowling has previously said that this book could‘ve been shorter & I wished it had been. The role of government in education is an important topic in this book. Harry is also angry a lot in this book, which makes sense, but it‘s frustrating to see him take it out on Ron & Hermione so much

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As you can tell, my copy of Goblet of Fire has been beaten up a bit. Despite its length, I really love this book. I flew through it in 3 days over MLK holiday weekend. Great to experience the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament with Harry and the gang. A lot happens in this book and I liked the introduction of new characters that played various roles in the novel. A shocking and powerful end make this well worth reading!

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Finished this one earlier this month. I just have to say that this was my least favorite book-to-film adaptation. I wish any of the other Harry Potter film directors had directed Prisoner of Azkaban. Ok, rant over. This is one of my favorite of the books, a break from Voldemort, and a chance to learn more backstory including that of new characters. I liked the role Hermione played in this book.

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I re-read Chamber of Secrets earlier this month. It‘s one of my favorites of the series. Learning more about Voldemort and the history of Hogwarts and Hagrid is fascinating. Filled with moments of hilarity and also seriousness, it makes a great second entry in the series.

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I re-read this earlier this month and really enjoyed Harry‘s beginnings in the wizarding world. Rowling does a great job of world building and has the reader feel like they too got a Hogwarts letter. I decided in the new year that I would re-read all the Harry Potter books.

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