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NatalieR

Joined April 2016

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I have seen a lot of readers posting their praise for Sara Paretsky‘s books and decided to give her a try. She writes a series of books based on a woman private detective, V.I. Warshawki, set in Chicago. She is a tough detective and quite sharp at her detecting skills. I enjoyed Indemnity Only, but I didn‘t love it as I hoped.

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CarolynM I read the first one years ago on the recommendation of an extremely well read colleague. Like you, I was underwhelmed. I think it just comes down to personal taste. 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 3d
NatalieR @CarolynM I agree. It wasn‘t bad. Just okay for me. 3d
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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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The Ink Black Heart is the sixth installment of the Cormoran Strike series. Robin and Strike investigate the death of cartoon co-creator, Edie Ledwell. This is my least favorite book in the series. I don‘t care for cartoons and there was a lot of online dialoge I find painful to listen to in an audiobook format. Fortunately, I enjoyed other aspects of the story very much. It‘s a low pick for me.

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

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Books: A Memoir | Larry McMurtry
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McMurtry opens this memoir sharing about his upbringing, which contained very few books. He first opened Booked Up in Washington, DC in the 1970s. The store expanded to Houston, Dallas, and Tucson before opening the final storefronts in Archer City, Texas. This memoir contains short, quick chapters of informative and entertaining stories about McMurtry‘s experiences buying books. 📚

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Suet624 I had no idea he owned bookstores! 3w
Hooked_on_books I had no idea he was a bookseller! This sounds very good. 3w
UwannaPublishme Who knew! 🤔 3w
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Leftcoastzen Such a great read. 3w
NatalieR @UwannaPublishme @Hooked_on_books @Suet624 I didn‘t either until I watched the tv series Fixer Upper: Hotel. Chip Gaines bought his last bookstore and its contents. I have more info in my full review on my website. 3w
UwannaPublishme Fascinating review! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
NatalieR @UwannaPublishme Thank you! 😊 3w
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Finding the Mother Tree | Suzanne Simard
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This book was much more than I expected. Suzanne intelligently shares the science of how forests function, which she learned through extensive study and her own research. Her book also reads like a memoir, which really made me connect to her life-long work. 🌳

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The Thousandth Floor | Katharine McGee
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When I purchased The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee ages ago, I somehow completely missed that this book is classified in the YA genre. (I rarely read YA.) I enjoyed it more than I expected. It‘s a good story that kept me engaged, and has a suspenseful ending. I‘m sure people who enjoy YA and science fiction would very much enjoy this book.

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

AnnCrystal 😍💝. Lilac or Wisteria? 😍💝. 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💜 4w
NatalieR @AnnCrystal Wisteria 💜 4w
AnnCrystal @NatalieR 😍👍💝. 4w
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This novel kept me on the edge of my seat as the story alternated between Betty‘s life in 1995 and Arlette‘s time in London in the early 1920‘s. This novel is full of secrets, romantic relationships, curiosity, and life development. There are many moments of excitement and hope while also moments of sadness and devastation. The ending was very satisfying and left me feeling sad the story was over.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜💜 1mo
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Blood Territory | Mark Whittaker
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This is an investigative podcast from Audible where the author seeks to find the truth of who killed Jimmy. The murder occurred in the Australian Northern Territory during the hottest season of the year. Jimmy‘s body was discovered in a creek bed, mummified, with his genitals removed. Phillip Mather, Jimmy‘s best friend, was convicted of the crime and served 11 years in prison.

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For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with institutions. I suppose it‘s because I have a curiosity for places not accessible to everyone and the people who live and work in those places. I‘ve looked forward to reading this book as I had never heard of Blackwell‘s Island and the subject matter seemed a perfect fit for my interests.

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Criminal (Will Trent, #6) | Karin Slaughter
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I‘m such a huge fan of Karin Slaughter. I think I‘ve rated every book of hers with five stars. Criminal is the sixth installment in the Will Trent series and it‘s DEEP! This novel tells the tale of Will Trent‘s birth and parentage in a way I never expected. This is a fascinating book!

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kspenmoll Those irises! 💜🤍 (edited) 1mo
NatalieR @kspenmoll Thanks! 😊 1mo
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Intriguing and suspenseful. I enjoyed how the characters pulled at my heart strings. I appreciate the message Mitch concludes with. As expected from the book description, there is a significant God presence in the book as the survivors in the lifeboat debate their beliefs. I‘m not a religious person as I prefer Eastern philosophy and it did not hinder my ability to become fully engrossed in the story.

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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I truly enjoyed my time with the Count of Monte Cristo/Edmond Dantes. I anxiously awaited the famous prison break, which was everything I hoped for. There are so many characters, at times it felt like I was reading several different stories. The book pretty much covers Dantes‘ entire life, yet at the end I wanted there to be more. I liked the ending, and yet, I feel like there is more story to be told.

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Bittersweet! I‘m so excited for today‘s book mail of Don Winslow‘s latest book, City in Ruins. I‘m also sad that Don is retiring from writing. City in Ruins is his final book and the third installment in the Danny Ryan trilogy. I received my signed copy of City in Ruins from The Poisoned Pen, an independent bookseller, in Scottsdale, Arizona. They included a collectible set of three poker chips representing each book title in the trilogy. 🌵

Amiable Love Don Winslow! I saw him a year or so ago at an author event in Rhode Island when he was on tour for the second book of this trilogy. He‘s a great speaker. I too will miss his books. 2mo
NatalieR @Amiable Wow! That‘s amazing you got to see him on tour!! 🤩 2mo
Amiable @NatalieR He grew up in Rhode Island and now owns a vacation home there, I think. In any case, he comes to visit every year. So one of the independent bookstores coordinated an event at a local theater where he spoke about his books and also about his advocacy efforts and next steps now that he‘s retired from writing. I‘m lucky to live only about 30 minutes away and was able to snap up tickets! 2mo
NatalieR @Amiable Thanks for sharing your experience. You are very lucky! I‘m happy you got to see him. I‘ve heard his events and stories are great! 2mo
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A Mirror Mended | Alix E. Harrow
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A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow is book two in the Fractured Fables series. I recently read the first book and decided to take the plunge into the second novella. This time, Alix has written an adult rendition of the Snow White fairytale. I liked the alternative perspective Alix told in this story. I also think she wrote an ending that is definitely more applicable to readers.

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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Horrow is a great novella for fans of a fairytale reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. Alix takes a historic fairytale and turns it into a modern telling of the story. The conclusion of the story was terrific. A satisfying, yet unexpected ending, with a beautiful revelation. I love seeing characters grow.

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This has a lot going on! There‘s history, a love story, a death mystery, and the paranormal. Kate returns to her parents‘ home on the lake to recover from her marriage recently ending. She finds a woman‘s body that has washed upon the shore. Once the police arrive, they discover the woman is wearing a vintage nightgown and wrapped within is an infant. No one knows the identity of the woman.

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Ky. hosted an author event with Steven Hale in conversation with attorney, Tom Griffiths. Steven just released his book, Death Row Welcomes You. I wrote about my experience on my blog: https://abookandadog.com/author-events

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Jay Shetty shares about his upbringing to his college years. He explains why he chose to head to India to become a monk, where he devoted the next three years of his life. As Jay takes the reader through each of the concepts, he explains how he learned the concept during his time as a monk. He also makes each concept very relatable regardless of a person‘s demographics or spiritual beliefs. 🕉️

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A perfect day for book mail delivery! I purchased a signed copy of Scott Carson‘s Lost Man‘s Lane from The Poisoned Pen, an independent bookseller, in Scottsdale, Arizona. I would love to have attended the author event but I‘m grateful to have such a beautiful signed first edition.

For those of you who don‘t know, Scott Carson is a pen name for Michael Koryta.

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Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune | Katherine Howe, Anderson Cooper
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Astor is perfectly written and excellently researched by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe. The book follows the Astor family tree, illustrating members of each generation for their contributions or strains on the family legacy. Every chapter was stimulating. Anderson writes with such authenticity and appropriately placed humor, which makes the story engaging and fascinating.

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rubyslippersreads I want to read this to go along with watching The Gilded Age. 2mo
NatalieR Yes! I‘ve seen the Gilded Age and it was interesting to learn more about Caroline Astor in this book. 2mo
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Orphan X: A Novel | Gregg Hurwitz
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Did I really need to add another series of books to my ever growing TBR? Of course I did! I have seen a lot of praise for Gregg Hurwitz‘s Orphan X over the years and I‘m so glad I took the plunge! I loved everything about this book! The story is fascinating! The writing is outstanding! My favorite trait of Evan‘s is that he‘s a meditating assassin!

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

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Lisa Jewell has become a favorite author! Adrian is at the center of what he perceives to be a very amicable, layered family in this novel. The story opens with Maya, Adrian‘s third wife, fatally stepping in front of a bus in the early morning hours. There is no clear conclusion whether Maya‘s death was an accident or suicide. As Adrian grieves the loss of his third wife, family secrets begin to emerge.

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Unsolved mysteries are always intriguing for me. The tragic disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of those captivating mysteries. This is a short story about A. E.‘s disappearance in 1937. Portions of the story are told from A.E.‘s perspective while flying. Lizzie, age 15, hears A.E.‘s distress call. Excited to learn that A.E. is alive and asking for help when everyone else fears A.E. is lost at sea. ✈️

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Cities of the Plain | Cormac McCarthy
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Years ago, I was browsing in a used bookstore with my husband. He discovered this first edition for $5. This novel left me feeling much the same emotions as The Crossing. There are moments of heart wrenching despair and utter sadness. McCarthy knows how to build hope for the reader, but I wasn‘t fooled this time. I knew any moments of joy or excitement were going to be met with devastating grief.

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Crazeedi I've always meant to read this 3mo
NatalieR @Crazeedi Have you read the previous books in the trilogy? 3mo
Crazeedi @NatalieR o my goodness no, I guess I have to get them forst!! 3mo
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NatalieR @Crazeedi 😅 It would be helpful to read these in order. 3mo
Crazeedi @NatalieR oh definitely, I don't read out of order!! 3mo
NatalieR @Crazeedi 😂 I‘m the same way! 3mo
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I seldom intentionally try to solve the mystery when reading a book, and try to just sit back and enjoy the ride. This is one of those books that automatically put my brain into solving mode. I didn‘t trust any of the characters and felt suspicious towards just about everyone. By the conclusion, I was right and wrong! And I loved it! There were unexpected layers and satisfying twists.

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

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I‘m trying to be better at bailing on books I‘m not that crazy about or are ‘just okay.‘ As Long As We Both Shall Live by Joann Chaney started out well. Two timelines and a husband likely killing his wife. The lives of the investigating detectives became part of the story, it got confusing, and less interesting for me. A little more than 25% in and I decided it was time to move on.

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bthegood #hailthebail I've bailed on 3 books this month - I'm with you in terms of not wanting to spend time with stories I'm not loving - if it feels like a chore I'm out 🙂 (edited) 3mo
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Cormac McCarthy‘s scene descriptions and character development pulled me right into the emotional story of The Crossing. It‘s an emotionally heavy read, filled with tragedy and suffering. While also being a beautiful story. I suppose I have this reaction because McCarthy repeatedly offers hope in the story but doesn‘t quite deliver. There isn‘t a man on horseback riding off into the sunset in this ending.

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Graywacke Great book. A little overshadowed by All the Pretty Horses. But this is terrific too. Glad you enjoyed and i liked your review. 3mo
NatalieR @Graywacke Thank you 😊 I agree. I‘m looking forward to reading the third book soon. 📚 3mo
Graywacke @NatalieR it‘s different. But it has its quirky charm, if that‘s the right word. Enjoy! 3mo
NatalieR @Graywacke Thanks! I hope I do! 3mo
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I finally made it to the final Jack Reacher installment in the series written solely by Lee Child. Blue Moon exceeded my expectations. Reacher continues to be an invincible character, willing to take on two villainous gangs. He also wins the affection of a waitress tired of the tension and injustice in her town. Reacher‘s brief love affairs continue to entertain.

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LiseWorks I just finished book 2, it was a wild ride. 3mo
NatalieR @LiseWorks Reacher sure takes readers on an adventure. 😅 3mo
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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I am new to Edith Wharton‘s writing and wasn‘t sure where to begin. I read that Ethan Frome is a reader favorite so I decided this was a good place to start. I truly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more of her work. I liked her writing style: her descriptions of scenes and ability to weave an interesting, timeless tale.

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From a Buick 8 | Stephen King
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As I started reading From a Buick 8 by Stephen King, I couldn‘t keep my mind from thinking about one of his earliest novels, Christine. These novels turn out to be quite different from one another. The Buick 8 is also a creepy and bizarre piece of machinery that only King can create.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 📚 4mo
NatalieR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It sure is a bright, shiny design! 😊 4mo
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Disappearing Home | Deborah M. Morgan
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Imagine Living (book 2), set in 1980, follows Robyn, from tagged book. She‘s 16, doing her best to navigate the cards life has dealt. Circumstances unexpectedly change for Robyn and she decides to be homeless rather than return to a toxic home environment with her mom. Once I had the opportunity to immerse myself into Robyn‘s story, I couldn‘t put the book down until I finished.

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The more I grow in age and maturity, I am gaining an understanding of my relationship with anxiety. The authors of this amazing book offer many helpful suggestions that stand apart from other resources b/c they explain how the amygdala works and how the tools will work on the amygdala. For me, understanding how the brain works makes all the difference in applying their suggestions.

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Watchers | Dean R. Koontz
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This story pulled at my deepest, strongest heart string…dogs. Watchers is an incredible story. I listened to the audiobook every chance I had. The characters are more than likable, they are lovable. The only thing more scary than the monster are the people who created it. This novel filled my heart and entertained my brain. This is not only one of my favorite Koontz books, it‘s easily an all-time favorite.

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KathyWheeler This is one of my all time favorite Koontz books. I remember thinking that the last couple of paragraphs were sappy, but I loved the book. (edited) 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau One of my all time favorites, too💞 This was the first Koontz book I ever read, way back in the 80s; I still think of Einstein lying by the fire reading!! 😁🥰 4mo
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ShelleyBooksie Is this one gory? The story sounds really good but many Koontz books are too dark/gory for me 4mo
NatalieR @KathyWheeler I thought the same thing about the ending, but I‘m glad it ended that way. ❤️🐾 4mo
NatalieR @TheBookgeekFrau Awww I love that image! Such a creative aspect of the story. ❣️ 4mo
NatalieR @ShelleyBooksie There‘s a few gory scenes due to the monster. Overall, it‘s a love story of a couple and a dog. As a fan of horror and tolerance for gore, I think this one is lighter in that department. 4mo
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In Bloom | Paul Tremblay
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For me, short stories are a challenge to enjoy. I‘ve analyzed my struggle and concluded that‘s because most of them are too short. For instance, with Paul Tremblay‘s short story, In Bloom, I was completely sucked into the beginning. The ending was abrupt. I wish there was about 1-2 more hours, just to expand the story a bit more. I‘ll keep trying short stories; always in hope to read a gem!

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Blame | Jeff Abbott
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Blame by Jeff Abbott is a uniquely plotted psychological thriller. It‘s filled with suspense, a neighborhood full of people keeping secrets, and a lot of suspicion. The deeper I got into this book, the less characters I trusted. Everyone was a suspect!

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

darklydreaming Ooo I read this a few years ago and enjoyed it! 4mo
NatalieR @darklydreaming Awesome! I look forward to reading more of his work. 4mo
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A beautiful, sunny day for the delivery of my signed first edition of The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz. Thanks to The Poisoned Pen, an independent bookseller in Scottsdale, Arizona, I am enjoying this cool cover with stunning endpapers!

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monkeygirlsmama Sweet! I got the ebook, but nowhere near as cool as this! 4mo
NatalieR @monkeygirlsmama 😅 It‘s pretty gorgeous! I love collecting signed books. 📚 4mo
Hooked_on_books I ended up falling away from his books for some reason, but I read a ton of Koontz as a teen and his books meant a lot to me then. So this would be a real treasure. 4mo
NatalieR @Hooked_on_books As reading habits change over the years, it‘s easy to drift away from an author. He continues to write some great books. 😀 4mo
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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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If you‘re looking for an excellent mystery with suspense, betrayal, and corruption, I highly recommend The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. It‘s the first installment of the Cormac Reilly Mystery series. I purchased the audiobook from Audible. I loved the beautiful narration by Aoife McMahon. I could listen to her all day! 

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Gissy I own this one! I need to read it then. 4mo
Jerdencon Love her books! 4mo
NatalieR @Gissy Yes! It‘s really good! 😊 4mo
NatalieR @Jerdencon I really want to read the next one in this series. I think she has a new one coming out this year. 4mo
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Several years ago, I listened to the podcast, Books on the Nightstand, religiously. One of the hosts, Michael, raved about how much he loved The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. I completely understand why he was so enamored by it. It‘s a 5🌟book for me! There are so many layers to this story: grief, survival, identity, change, friendship, love, and family. It‘s deep and wonderful.

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Bookwormjillk I loved that podcast. That‘s where I learned about Litsy actually. 4mo
NatalieR @Bookwormjillk I still miss that podcast. That‘s where I learned about Litsy too!! 😂 4mo
MaureenMc I also own this book because of Michael Kindness 😄 Still haven‘t read it yet, though. 4mo
NatalieR @MaureenMc 😅 That‘s awesome! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 4mo
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Courage. It‘s what Virginia and Violette harness as they navigate life during the war in Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck. It‘s a nice, long read that alternates between the lives of these women as they navigate the changes in their young lives that are significantly impacted by the invasion of the Nazi‘s. I purchased the audiobook from Audible. Narration by Caroline Hewitt is amazing!

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When I started listening to this audiobook, Caffeine, by Michael Pollan, I was a bit worried I was going to be left feeling guilty about my caffeine consumption. As you can tell from the picture, I love tea: tea bags, loose leaf tea, various flavors/seasons, and a variety of caffeine levels. Pollan tells the history of caffeine, impact on our bodies, and our caffeine culture. ☕️🫖

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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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I understand why this book has received so many accolades. A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight is a great suspenseful thriller with many layers of secrets kept by ALL of the characters. I liked how the story is told from so many different perspectives. Many of the secrets are dark and people‘s reasons for keeping their secrets added to the complexity of their role in the story.

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Suet624 Your dog looks kingly. 5mo
AmyG @Suet624 He does….very royal. 5mo
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NatalieR @Suet624 @AmyG 😅 I hadn‘t thought of that. Kind of in a sphinx pose. 5mo
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At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries | Christopher Simon Sykes, Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm
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These prism glasses allow me to read in bed without straining my neck. Where have these beauties been all my life? 👀

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Camino Island | John Grisham
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John Grisham ventures into a different style of legal thriller with Camino Island. I loved the dreamy setting of Camino Island with the ease of coastal living, the lifestyle of the writers, and frequent dinner parties. All of the characters were likable, even the ones with an element of suspicion lurking throughout the story.

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marleed I noticed yesterday #3 Camino Ghosts releases in May! 5mo
NatalieR @marleed Yay! 👏 That‘s exciting!! 5mo
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I‘m a fan of Horowitz. Unfortunately, I bailed on this one. The narrator was pleasant; however, I had difficulty discerning which character was speaking. It became tiresome and required too much effort. I would probably be better off reading this one in print.

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Ruthiella I do like that painting! 😍 5mo
NatalieR @Ruthiella Thank you! It is rather elegant. 😊 5mo
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I don‘t recall how The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott got on my radar. Probably from a social media outlet or one of the many bookish emails arrive to my inbox daily. I was intrigued by the book as I enjoy true crime stories. While I can identify a lot of strengths for this book, it was just okay for me. Bootlegging is not a crime that interests me very much.

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T is for Trespass is another great installment of the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone‘s elderly neighbor is injured during a fall prompting her to offer assistance and engage the help of family. Meanwhile, a sociopath is stealing the identity of Solana Rojas so that she can work private caregiving jobs and take advantage of the elderly.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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Next Year in Havana is a love story. It‘s not just a romantic story of people falling in love, it‘s a story about one‘s love of country, culture, history, and family. Chanel Cleeton delivered a fascinating first book to The Cuba Saga series.

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The Institute | Stephen King
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I never know where a novel by Stephen King is going to take me and that‘s what I love about his story telling talent. In the Institute, King introduced fascinating concepts that made my skin prickle. He developed theories I hope stay in the realm of fiction. The story is suspenseful; the last 100 pages were intense! I couldn‘t stop reading until I finished the book.

Full review at https://abookandadog.com

IndoorDame I have to read this one again! I read it really young and creepy hazy memories of it always stuck with me. Seeing several reviews of it online Litsy this year I realized it was a King novel I was remembering. I‘d always assumed I was remembering some 90s YA thing. 6mo
NatalieR 😂 A reread will probably feel like a new read! 6mo
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The Ankle Snatcher | Grady Hendrix
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If you fear what lurks underneath your bed at night, this story will make your fears seem like a fairy tale. When Marcus was a child, his father blamed the boogeyman who lives under the bed for killing his mother. He warned Marcus to leave all of the lights on in the house, or the boogeyman would get him. Marcus didn‘t really believe any of his father‘s survival suggestions, but he never forgot them.

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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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I was drawn to this because I grew up in Ohio. The simple title of the novel had me feeling nostalgic and intrigued. This is a book I struggled to connect with in the beginning and as I neared the end, I knew I was going go miss these characters. It‘s a heavy read with a lot of graphic descriptors that convey the shocking realities for these four traumatized characters. Markley is an incredible writer.

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BkClubCare For a very OHIO book, have you read 6mo
NatalieR @BkClubCare No, I haven‘t read this! Thank you for the recommendation! It looks great. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I loved this too. Also, I‘m in Ohio :) 6mo
NatalieR @Chelsea.Poole Ah, very cool! Gotta love the buckeye state! 🤗 6mo
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Christmas Presents | Lisa Unger
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This is an excellent holiday-themed thriller! At roughly five and a half hours of listening time, this story is packed with suspense and layers of one woman‘s life. I loved how the pieces kept falling together while leaving me with more questions and suspicions. The story is intense and frightening at times, while filled with hope, forgiveness, and love that are staples of the holiday season.

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