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Joined May 2019

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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You know a book is in your wheelhouse when you are torn between rushing to find out how it ends and pacing yourself because you don‘t want to be finished. The audiobook narrator, Juliet Stevenson, is absolutely fabulous. She truly brings the characters to life. I love this book!

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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I‘m almost halfway into the audiobook version and am loving it! The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, is wonderful! I hope the story holds up through the end.

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I had no preconceived notions about this book before I read it. It is one that will stick with me for a long time. From the opening sentence, I was hooked. There are humorous moments and tragic moments. It took me quite some time to finish it, but it was well worth it.

“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice…”

kspenmoll Adored this book!!! 3w
DrexEdit This is one of my top all-time favorites. 👍💜 3w
Ruthiella This is my favorite Irving along with 3w
BookwormM Loved this book 3w
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Very interesting premise. Excellent narrator. If you like this series, I think you will be pleased with this book.

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Madness of Crowds | Louise Penny
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Just started this audiobook. Great premise! Sure hope it pans out! 🤞🏻

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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If I had known this was a memoir, I NEVER would have listened to it. I despised the last two memoirs I read. This was a pleasant surprise. The author was introspective and she was NOT whiny. (Those other memoirs lacked introspection and were painfully self-indulgent). So, props to Michelle Zauner. Loved the descriptions of the food & the role it played in her relationships, especially with her mother.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Great book. I‘ve been involved in sports a long time and so I particularly liked the focus on tennis/coaching/parents of athletes. I liked how the author occasionally moves the story along through the viewpoints of minor characters. She did a great job of showing how various family members have different recollections of past events. I also appreciated the main characters doing some self-reflection as it improved their relatability.

Readswithcoffee Additionally, the Audiobook narrator was excellent. 1mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Not too far into this, but it is shaping up to be a good one!

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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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Unpopular opinion, but this book didn‘t do much for me. Neil was the only character I found to be relatable. I don‘t think the audiobook was the way to go with this one.

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Yoga Pant Nation | Laurie Gelman
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“They aren‘t ‘I give up‘ pants! They‘re comfortable. Every woman I know wears them.”

Very funny. The original “Class Mom” was my fav, but this is almost as good.
(And, yeah, I‘m sitting here reading while wearing yoga pants😂)

Btw…if anyone figures out the frequent use of ‘ya‘ in this book, let me know. Everyone I know from the Midwest says “yeah,” not “ya.”

AutumnRLS I love this series. I haven't gotten to this one yet, but it's on my nightstand. 2mo
marleed Haha. If I saw ‘ya‘ I‘d feel like the following apostrophe and ll‘s were forgotten as in - Ya‘ll, it‘s yeah not ya! 2mo
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Yoga Pant Nation | Laurie Gelman
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So glad my library hold was available today. This is a perfect read for a rainy day. I‘m loving it!

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Pride and Prejudice | Austen Jane
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Sorry to admit this was my first reading of P&P. Very entertaining, particularly the last third. Lady Catherine de Bourgh…what a piece of work! 😂
I highly recommend the audiobook version narrated by Rosamund Pike.

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Another great book by Caitlin Doughty. Informative, interesting, and humorous stories of her job working in a crematory. Once again, I learned a lot about the death industry in America.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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I found this to be sweet, funny, heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking. I loved the kids. I highly recommend the audiobook version which is narrated by the author.

Sharpeipup I did the audiobook and agree wholeheartedly with your review. 2mo
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I laugh at myself for wanting to rave about a book on writing dictionaries😂. This book is SO GOOD. The author‘s wit and humor make this an entertaining read. So many good quotes, but I‘ll settle on this one.

“The history of English is full of messiness and illogic because the English language is a true democracy, built entirely by the people who use and have used it, and people, generally speaking, are messy and illogical…

Readswithcoffee …What genius, for instance, looked at the ragged edge of their sweater, laddering and unknitting itself with energy, and thought, ‘This is so bad that it‘s not just raveling; it‘s super-raveling. No: über-raveling. No, no, I got it: it‘s frickin‘ UNraveling! Like unreal amounts of raveling. Yeah, I‘m going to call this ‘unraveling‘ from now on.‘” ??? 3mo
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Very interesting. The description in the picture is perfect! Amy Chua makes me seem like a slothful parent 😂 Narrated by the author.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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This book is sad & sweet. I‘m only a third of the way into it. I hope it holds up because I am thoroughly enjoying it!

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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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I found this to be a fascinating “listen.” Caitlin Doughty describes funerary customs of various cultures around the world. I learned A LOT. I find the author to be witty, yet very respectful. She narrated this book & has a great voice.

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An enjoyable Rom Com. I really liked the banter between the two main characters. Using their previous trips to tell the backstory was clever. I did feel it went on a bit too long. I was ready for the ending.

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Subtitle: Big questions from tiny mortals about death. I‘m not sure where/how I heard about this book. It is excellent. I like her sense of humor, yet respect for issues surrounding death. The audiobook is narrated by the author. I‘m going to look for her other books!

Tera66 My bestfriend's 5 year old is having a hard time with them losing their kitty, would this be age appropriate to help him understand death better? 3mo
Readswithcoffee @Tera66 Sorry, but I don‘t feel this is the correct book for this situation. I wish I had a good recommendation for you. Losing a beloved pet is difficult 😞 3mo
Tera66 @Readswithcoffee Thank you for letting me know, we found some other books, just was unsure about this one. 3mo
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The Good Sister: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Excellent, twisty plot with just the right amount of psychological tension. The story of twin sisters, Fern & Rose, with a secret from the past. Fern has sensory issues which make her extremely literal, somewhat quirky, and very endearing. Rose‘s side of the story is told through journal entries.

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Leaving Coy's Hill | Katherine A Sherbrooke
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I liked, but didn‘t love, this book and I‘m trying to figure out why. I found the subject matter - Lucy Stone, abolitionist & fighter for universal suffrage - to be very interesting. I learned a lot. I thought the interactions between Lucy and Susan B. Anthony were fascinating. However, the pacing of the story bogged down at times, particularly in the last several chapters. I wish I had read this instead of listening to the audiobook.

Readswithcoffee All that being said, I can think of several friends I would recommend read this! 3mo
megnews I thought it slowed down some a couple times in the middle. But overall liked the story 3mo
kspenmoll It did feel slow at times & she annoyed me at times but overall I admired her & loved getting to know about her even in novelized form! 3mo
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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The audiobook version (only from audible) is excellent and a quick listen - a little over a hour, I believe. I love books written in an epistolary format. This is the story of letters exchanged between two people whose spouses are having an affair.

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I really enjoyed this WWII historical fiction novel following the lives of four friends. I wasn‘t aware of the racial issues in London during that time. I also gained some insight into the issue of class. A very good read from a different perspective (at least for me) than other books of the genre. The audiobook narration was by Luke Thompson and was excellent.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I loved this book - historical fiction set during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl. It drew me in from the very beginning. What a difficult experience to live through. I am all in on books with strong women, especially moms. And I REALLY like strong moms who don‘t whine. The teenage daughter was not exactly likable, but seemed real to me. They are called the Greatest Generation for a reason.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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“She was mad at the world, and somehow that meant she was mad at her mom most of all.”

Quote about a teenage girl in 1934. Not sure about then, but it sure is true today!😂

Sharpeipup The librarian just recommended this one to me. What did you think? 4mo
Readswithcoffee @Sharpeipup I‘m only about 1/4 of the way into this, but I really like it so far. 4mo
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Look Both Ways | Jason Reynolds
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Jason Reynolds is such a creative author. This book is comprised of ten stories with each story based on a different block around a middle school as students walk home. The way he ties these stories together is masterful. I encourage you to listen to the audiobook.

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Gods in Alabama | Joshilyn Jackson
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The ending did NOT disappoint! I really liked the audiobook version. I didn‘t grow up in a small town, but I have relatives who did and this seems to really nail that small town vibe regarding teenage popularity and those who think they can do whatever they want.

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Gods in Alabama | Joshilyn Jackson
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“There are gods in Alabama - Jack Daniels, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.”

What an opening line! Over halfway through listening to this book and thoroughly enjoying it. Sure hope the ending doesn‘t disappoint!

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Very good historical fiction covering three timelines - American Revolution/French Revolution, WWI, & WWII. It is very interesting how the author wove these threads together by using the location of the Chateau Lafayette as a common focal point. I read some portions on my Kindle and listened to others. I‘m glad I had the audiobook to help me with the French pronunciations.

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There is a lot to like about this book. This story takes place in a small town in south Georgia, so it has southern charm. It has a spunky, septuagenarian librarian as the MC. It has a cat named Rhett Butler. It has a bookmobile that is a repurposed bus. And it has murder. A good, cozy read.

KathyWheeler I started listening to it and just got infuriated either mayor who sees no value in a library at all. I just have to get past that aspect, but I want to slap him silly. 4mo
Readswithcoffee @KathyWheeler Oh, yeah….he‘s a total pain in the rear. Hang in there! 4mo
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A collection of (mostly) humorous essays. I currently live in The South and found it to be delightful. The audiobook is read by the author which is a plus. This is a rare re-read for me while I wait for her new book at my library.

britt_brooke I‘m rereading this because I just finished her new one (which I loved)! 4mo
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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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This sounds really good. #migrationtime

rachelm Best of luck! 4mo
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“Worrying was like a rocking chair. It kept your head moving but didn‘t get you anywhere.”

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I really liked this one. It was somewhat suspenseful with that whole who-can-you-trust vibe without being too intense or creepy. I found the MC to be very likable & the teenager was, well, a teenager 😀

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Daddy-Long-Legs | Jean Webster
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This epistolary novel, published in 1912, is simply charming. It is the story of a orphan girl whose college education is paid for by an anonymous benefactor. I adored the main character. My only regret is that the digital version available to me did not have the drawings.

TheAromaofBooks Oh no, you definitely need to find a hard copy - this book is FULL of Judy's drawings and they are just delightful!!! 5mo
Readswithcoffee @TheAromaofBooks I definitely will! 5mo
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Daddy Long Legs | Jean Webster
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This book warms my heart. I can‘t believe it was published in 1912. Many of us are still trying to learn how to live in the moment. The more things change, the more they stay the same.😀

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I hate it when I dislike a book that (almost) EVERYONE else likes. I loved the premise, but found most of the characters to be quite unlikable. I liked a few of the minor characters and one of the husbands. The emotions and reactions to situations and revelations were way over the top for me. *sigh* However, the ending was worth enduring the high drama. This was my first Taylor Jenkins Reid. I still have high hopes for Malibu Rising.

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This is the story of the 1936 Women‘s Olympic Track Team. I had heard about the 1936 Olympics because of Jesse Owens. It was good to learn about the women‘s team. I enjoy historical fiction, but this is one of the times I wish this was a
non-fiction book so I didn‘t have to keep wondering if particular incidents were true or not.

sblbooks This sounds really good, I'm hoping to read it this month. 5mo
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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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Frank is such an endearing character. I really enjoy books with quirky kids and Frank certainly qualifies. The ending was lacking, but the journey was worth it anyway.

CarolynM I enjoyed this one too🙂 5mo
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I‘m only about a quarter of the way into this book, but I LOVE that the mothers of two of the characters are emphasizing the importance of EDUCATION for their children, especially their daughters. Both of these families are struggling financially, but these moms realize education is the way out. One family is rural, one urban. One is white, one black. This is probably a minor part of this story, but it struck a chord with me.

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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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My, my. Mimi is quite the unlikable character, now, isn‘t she???

Prairiegirl_reading Frank is so great though! 💜 5mo
Readswithcoffee @Prairiegirl_reading Agreed!! He is such an endearing, quirky little guy.💕💕💕 5mo
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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Another good historical fiction work by Kate Quinn. This one features three women who worked at Bletchley Park during WW2. One of the women, Osla, is based on Prince Phillip‘s real life girlfriend before his marriage. A satisfying read. Good audiobook narration.

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One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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This book melted my heart. Take a somewhat cantankerous, 104-year-old woman and add a Guinness world record-obsessed boy and you get an unlikely friendship which leads to other unlikely friendships. Touching and sweet with a perfect ending.

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You know a book is having an impact when you see a woodpecker and think, “Oooo…the boy could add this one to his list.”

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Fortunately this doesn‘t happen very often - the storyline is great, there is a villain, MC is a little flawed, but likable and then the ending is just blah. I feel there were too many things that didn‘t fit - why the obsession with the videos, why the MS‘s kinda sorta reclusiveness, and a terrible incident from the past that almost seems gratuitous. This story had a lot of unrealized potential.

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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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How is it possible that a book about chess is this engaging??? I really liked this even though I wasn‘t initially impressed by the narrator. The main character was very likable and had me cheering for her the whole time.

BayouGirl85 I completely agree. 6mo
ladym30 The Netflix series was excellent!❤️ 6mo
Readswithcoffee @ladym30 I‘m definitely going to watch it. Thanks! 6mo
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I am officially an Abbi Waxman fan. I‘ve liked all of her books. This book is about a mother and daughter on a college tour. There are overbearing, competitive parents, a super enthusiastic tour director, and a scandal back at home that kept me guessing. I can relate to the mother/teenage daughter dynamic and enjoyed the dual POV storytelling technique. Very entertaining. Makes me appreciate that I survived this phase of life😂

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Wednesday Wars | Gary D Schmidt
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I‘m not a big YA fan, but this book is great! The story is told by a 7th grader during the 1967-68 school year - Shakespeare, rats, cream puffs, the Vietnam War, family dynamics, sports, duck and cover drills. What‘s not to love? A very enjoyable audiobook.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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A circus that is open only at night...a fierce magical competition where the competitors don‘t know the rules. It felt a bit like a mashup of Harry Potter & Hunger Games. Hmmm... I never would have read this book, but the audiobook is narrated by Jim Dale. Mr. Dale is AMAZING. I enjoyed this much more than I ever expected. Definitely a niche read/listen. If you like magic, this one‘s for you.

Johanna414 One if my favorite audiobooks ever! 6mo
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