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Prettytears

Joined January 2019

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“That meek old man with the blank stare was probably beaten senseless by his father; the sad-looking obese guy in an undersized T-shirt may have grown up with a mom who expressed love only through her cooking; the uptight businessman was likely raised by strict parents who never allowed him to be imperfect. Suddenly there seem to be very few adults in the world, just suffering children and overcompensating adolescents.”

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“I used to think that intelligence came from books and knowledge and rational thought. But that‘s not intelligence: It‘s just information and interpretation. Real intelligence is when your mind and your heart connect. That‘s when you see the truth so clearly... that you don‘t have to think about it. In fact, all thinking will do is lead you away from the truth and soon you‘ll be back in your head, groping with a penlight in the dark again.”

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Red Ball | John Gideon
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Mehso-so

I finally got to the end of this book, and though I did enjoy it, it got sluggish in some parts. My favourite quote came towards the end of the book: "Poker gives you the illusion of manipulating chance and making it serve you. Your daddy taught you that skill and self control can defeat the tyranny of randomness, that it doesn't matter whether you're "lucky" or "unlucky". This may be true at the card table, but it's woefully untrue in life..."

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Red Ball | John Gideon
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And it keeps getting better😃 (2/2)

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Red Ball | John Gideon
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I think I found my twin😅 (1/2)

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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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Tragedy scares us, hides us, more importantly it destroys. Especially when we think we're fine or we should be. Then twenty years pass (as in the book) and the only things that really change are your zip codes, friends, relationship status and time. And that tragedy you tried to forget didn't really evolve, it still haunts. I appreciated the set up of each characters family dynamics because it serviced that ending. And wow, I loved that ending😃

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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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“Barb told Sharon something that Kyle (her son) had said last week: Mom, it‘s different for me than for you. We moved to where you grew up, so you‘re home. I‘m not. You drive around knowing all the roads. I don‘t. You went back to your maiden name, but it‘s your name. Gallagher is not my name. It never was.
“Sharon winced. “So what did you say?”
“I said, ‘Honey, you‘re right and I‘m sorry it turned out this way.‘ ”

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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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“Let me give you some advice.”
“Uh, okay.”
Scott looked Bill in the eye. “If you don‘t have a plan, you‘re not a businessman, you‘re a gambler.”

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“Most commercial music disappears when the generation that made it dies.."

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"But the objective world is different. Here, we traffic in literal facts—but the permanence of those facts matters less than the means by which they are generated.” 2/2

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"Everyone concedes we have the potential to be subjectively wrong about anything, as long as we don‘t explicitly name whatever that something is. Our sense of subjective reality is simultaneously based on an acceptance of abstract fallibility (“Who is to say what constitutes good art?”) and a casual certitude that we‘re right about exclusive assertions that feel like facts (“The Wire represents the apex of television”). "1/2

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“Do you unconsciously believe that Shakespeare was an objectively better playwright than his two main rivals, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson? If so, have no fear—as far as the world is concerned, he was. He is remembered in a way that Marlowe and Jonson are not, particularly by those who haven‘t really thought about any of these guys, ever.
To matter forever, you need to matter to those who don‘t care. And if that strikes you as sad, be sad."

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BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson

This is on my want to read stack. I enjoy Peter Swanson's novel. My favourite thus far is The Kind Worth Killing, check it out if you're as big of a fan of psychological thrillers.

#ravenclawprincess913 #ravenclaw_princess913

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Island of Secrets | Carolyn Keene
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My nostalgic quick easy reads come from these series: Sweet Valley Jr. high/ High/ University/ Super Chillers, Baby Sitters Club, The Olsen twins: Super Sweet Sixteen, Secret Seven, Famous Five, The Hardy Boys and NANCY DREW! I had fun with this case even though the culprit was predictable and River Heights, Bess and George whom I love didn't feature. And besides it's impossible to dislike a murder mystery on an island with NANCY 'fudging' DREW!

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The Dysasters | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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Mehso-so

My allegiance to the House of Night series and the authors is why I found myself reading The Dysasters. (The first seven books of H.O.N were the best, Untamed being the ultimate gift.) But back to The Dysasters, it isn't House of Night nor should it be but getting through this book felt Iike homework. Hopefully with this marked as a potential series it gets better along the way. And so I wish it well.

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Instinct (Previously Published as Murder Games) | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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My joy has everything to do with the fact that I'm on track of meeting my Goodreads reading challenge and also there's nothing more gratifying than picking a book and loving all of it in the end. This was a perfect thriller/mystery for any day. The pacing was phenomenal (I wish I could write like this), the serial killer was dubbed The Dealer so think 'deck of cards' and my favourite quote: “The secret to staying alive? Never stop breathing.”

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Instinct (Previously Published as Murder Games) | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1. Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (90% complete and still loving it)
2. Zodiac (It's based on the Zodiac Killer, directed by David Fincher and starring Robert Downing Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo just to name a few.)
3. Litchi juice? I'm simple.😅

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Instinct (Previously Published as Murder Games) | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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Normal behaviour, therefore, is when we collectively believe that the circumstances justify the behaviour. Likewise, abnormal behaviour is when we don‘t. But how much does behaviour actually tell us about the circumstances? Can we ever really judge behaviour simply by the behavior itself? 2/2

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Instinct (Previously Published as Murder Games) | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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Human behaviour is context-driven. Meaning that changing the circumstances will often change the resulting behaviour. Thou shalt not kill, right? Unless of course it‘s in self-defense or during a war or, more controversially, an act of capital punishment. Put another way, we can be motivated to do almost anything depending on the circumstances... 1/2

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"If you had to pick five people to sum of your life who would they be? If you had to raise a glass to each of them what would you say?"

I finally got to read this book, I'm glad I did. It was a quiet and enjoyable reflection of a man's life. And even though I haven't lived nearly as long as the protagonist, unlike him, I still can't think of 5 people. Not to say there aren't any but to sum up my life...???

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💕The one of late: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
💞The one I love: Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
💘 The one I can't stop thinking of: The Force by Don Winslow

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Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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About Life: “When you‘re climbing Mount Everest, nothing is easy. You just take one step at a time, never look back and always keep your eyes glued to the top.”

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Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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“Everyone should at least try to do the thing he wants to do. Later in life situations and responsibilities force people to compromise. But to compromise now . . . it‘s like quitting before you start...
No one should give up a dream without giving it a chance to come true.”

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Mehso-so

This wasn't Penny Vincenzi nor was it Jackie Collins but it was a nice break from the books I spend most of my time reading. It's about family, money, deceit, love, betrayal, hope, loss, everything you demand from a weekend rerun of Days of our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful or East Enders.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“One of the hardest things to admit is that we weren‘t loved when we needed it most. It‘s a terrible feeling, the pain of not being loved.”

ProfReader Powerful quote!!! 3mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I'd admit the twist floored me, I even applauded it and looking back now the diagnosis for one seems like the diagnosis for the other. I'm sorry I'm being vague but I'd hate to spoil it for you and if you read it, it will probably make sense. Also I enjoyed the author's decision to use Alicia's diary as a voice between her and the reader hence I got a balanced perspective of who she was from Theo and who she was to herself.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“Choosing a lover is a lot like choosing a therapist. We need to ask ourselves, is this someone who will be honest with me, listen to criticism, admit making mistakes, and not promise the impossible?”

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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"I suppose what scares me is giving in to the unknown. I like to know where I‘m going. That‘s why I always make so many sketches—trying to control the outcome—no wonder nothing comes to life—because I‘m not really responding to what‘s going on in front of me. I need to open my eyes and look—and be aware of life as it is happening, and not simply how I want it to be."

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“Murderous rage, homicidal rage, is not born in the present. It originates in the land before memory, in the world of early childhood, with abuse and mistreatment, which builds up a charge over the years, until it explodes—often at the wrong target. I needed to find out how her childhood had shaped her, and if Alicia couldn‘t or wouldn‘t tell me, I had to find someone who would. Someone who knew Alicia before the murder..."

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“We are made up of different parts, some good, some bad, and a healthy mind can tolerate this ambivalence and juggle both good and bad at the same time. Mental illness is precisely about a lack of this kind of integration—we end up losing contact with the unacceptable parts of ourselves. If I was to help Alicia, we would have to locate the parts she had hidden from herself, beyond the fringes of consciousness, and connect the various dots..."

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may
convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret.
If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips;
betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
—SIGMUND FREUD, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis”

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Mehso-so

I liked the first book, 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before,' but I'm probably in the minority when I say when it comes to the Lara Jean and Peter pairing I'm on team 'Wish They Never Happened.' Sorry not sorry? I wasn't rooting for Josh either. I don't know what it is about the couple but I'm not on board, just bored, so I didn't enjoy this book so much. I still want to know how this ends, so I will be reading the last book of the trilogy:)

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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Ever heard the song Held by Natalie Grant? My mind had it on replay as I went through We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott. By the way, if you call the twist before the end then you're a better CSI agent than I was, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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You could sniff out the darkness, find people‘s weaknesses. You didn‘t use that knowledge against them, exactly, but you would use it to get what you needed. It sounds the same, but it‘s not.”

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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“People are desperate to speak of themselves, and there‘s no way to get someone to open up faster than to present an opinion on something they feel passionately about. Then—and here‘s the real lesson—then you must pretend to come to their side. When they feel they‘ve won you over, two things happen: they like you better than they did before, and they feel guilty for convincing you. That‘s when you can ask for what it is you really want.”

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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“No one sympathizes with crying. Not really. What they sympathize with is someone trying not to cry. A mother crying over her sick child isn‘t nearly as riveting as a father standing at a podium, asking for someone to find his baby girl, with tears in his eyes that he‘s fighting to hold back. That‘s what‘ll be repeated on newsreels. You understand the difference, Mockingbird?”

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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“You want to know the fastest way to make a friend?” you asked. "Make an enemy.” My brow furrowed in confusion. "No one feels more vulnerable, or more upset, than when they‘re a target. So target someone.”
“I don‘t get it,” I said. “How will targeting someone make them a friend?”
“You don‘t target the person you want to befriend, my wolf. You target the enemy of the person you want to befriend.”

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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“You said, “He let me go.”
And tears filled your eyes. You bit down on your anger, your entire body shaking in my hands. You weren‘t mad at this memory you were holding, I don‘t think. You were mad because you didn‘t want me to see the emotion on your face. But I saw it anyway... If the world had split between our feet, asphalt falling to the center of the earth, I would still have found a way to hold on to you.”

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We Told Six Lies | Victoria Scott
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A haunting title, a mystery and it's Friday!😃✨🔥🌟🙃

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“Neither the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, nor the Night Stalker, who had Southern Californians locking their windows in the ‘80s, were as active. Yet the Golden State Killer has little recognition. He didn‘t have a catchy name until I coined one. He attacked in different jurisdictions across California that didn‘t always share information or communicate well with each other.”

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"I love reading true crime, but I‘ve always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else‘s tragedy.”

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Ginger Foutley from As Told By Ginger is a treasure.

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I read this with one question in mind, how old are you? She was ten, he was twenty- four. Then she was thirteen and he was twenty six. And then... well obviously it got to a point where they were now both consenting adults. She's adamant she loves him and he loves her. By the writing alone you could believe it, but you, or let me just say I, I could never believe it was romantic. And there's more to this story than romance, it's mostly tragic.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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"You wrote something quite telling during your very first session. The words form in the mind, one by one, just as they appeared on the screen as you typed, unaware that you were being watched via the laptop‘s camera: When it comes down to it, I‘ve only got myself to rely on.
Self-preservation is a powerful motivator, more reliably so than money or empathy or love.
A hypothesis forms.”

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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“Communication is a vital component of a healthy partnership. It is a necessary foundational aspect of a romantic relationship, as well as a therapeutic one.
Yet self-preservation must trump the blind trust of one‘s spouse. Particularly when one‘s spouse has proved untrustworthy in the past.”

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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“A secret is only safe if one person holds it, I think. But when two share a confidence, and both have self-preservation as their main motive, one of them is going to give.”