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Readswithcoffee

Joined May 2019

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The Exiles: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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I never would have read this if not for #OverBookedClub. Thank you! Interesting period of history with characters that draw you in and make you care about them.

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This book addresses human-animal conflict. There are a wide variety of problems between people and animals, however, not a lot of great solutions. I did learn quite a few things and I find Roach‘s writing style to be entertaining.

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This is such a creative novel. I loved all the quirky characters, especially the children. I appreciate the little touches that really add humor, such as “Extremely Upper Management.” Gotta give props to the narrator, Daniel Henning, who voiced the characters much better than I probably would have on my own.

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This book has an outlandish plot, but a likable MC and an ancillary character (ex-husband‘s girlfriend) you love to hate makes this an enjoyable listen. I honestly wasn‘t sure about reading book #2 and then there was the Epilogue. What a great hook for the next book! I‘m all in!!!

KathyWheeler Wasn‘t that a great hook for the second book!? 3w
Readswithcoffee @KathyWheeler Absolutely!!! Now I just have to wait patiently (😂) for that library hold to come through. 3w
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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This is an interesting novel about Belle de Costa Greene, J.P. Morgan‘s personal librarian. Belle becomes very influential in the art and book world all while hiding a huge secret - she is a Black woman “passing” as white (not a spoiler; info given in the book description).

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A good contemporary novel dealing with parent/child relationships, college admissions, and a bad decision.

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I loved the audiobook! The narrator, Kirt Graves, brings the characters to life. I loved this story of transitioning to the afterlife. It was both humorous and bittersweet.

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This is shaping up to be a fun listen. I‘ve just started and am loving it! These characters are fantastic.

Readswithcoffee “I‘m ready to be alive again. I‘ve learned my lesson. I promise to be nicer to people and blah, blah blah.” ~ Wallace Price 😂 C‘mon, that‘s laugh out loud funny! 3mo
Julsmarshall I laughed so much with this book! A few tears too, and isn‘t that the mark of a special one? (edited) 3mo
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Blush | Jamie Brenner
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Very enjoyable. Three generations of women (and a few men) work to save their family‘s failing winery. I liked the book club connection. If I had read Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz, etc, I‘m sure I would have liked it even more.

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo: Novel Study | Kate DiCamillo, Anita Yeoman, Teacher TimeSavers (Firm)
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Such a heartwarming story about a girl and a dog. I can‘t believe I haven‘t read this before now. Narration by Cherry Jones is excellent.

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Fortune and Glory: A Novel | Janet Evanovich
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Another good installment in the Stephanie Plum series. I really enjoyed the addition of Potts and another potentially recurring character, Gabriela Rose.

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If you are a dog person, you will love this book. Initially I didn‘t realize it was a memoir. I usually dislike memoirs, but this one is excellent. I loved the quirky dog walkers, the eccentric owners, and, of course, the dogs! The audiobook is narrated by Anna Popplewell.

ShelleyBooksie Stacked. Thank you! 3mo
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Twisted Twenty-Six | Janet Evanovich
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I‘ve always liked this series. If you are a Grandma Mazur fan, you‘ll enjoy this one!

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I really liked this book. I found the MC to be VERY relatable in that quirky, but one-step-too-far (i.e. WEARING the dog) kind of way that makes her humorous. I think it takes a skillful writer to bring just the right amount of that quirkiness to major life stresses to make it funny and not just bizarre. One‘s life experiences probably play a big role in whether you find the MC sadly humorous or whiny. Narrated by Courtney Patterson.

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I liked this book a lot and would definitely recommend it, but honestly, there was a point where I wanted it to just move along already. That being said, I LOVED the ending. The audiobook is narrated by Julia Whelan, who is a fantastic narrator.

P.S. If you decide to sell your soul, be REALLY careful with the wording of the deal. (Maybe run it by a friend first.😂)

Jbakesmcgee3 I agree! It was about 100 pages too long for me (and I like long books!) 4mo
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A gentle reminder to those of us of a certain age to get rid of all those items we no longer use and that no one in our circle of family and friends wants. This was a bit more of a memoir than I expected. The audiobook is narrated by Juliet Stevenson who is excellent and the perfect choice for this particular book.

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This is the second of the Thursday Murder Club series. I liked this one even more than the first. The characters are endearing. I love Joyce‘s new Instagram account! A great whodunnit. An excellent narrator for the audiobook.

marleed That Instagram though! 4mo
Readswithcoffee @marleed Sooooo many DMs 😂 4mo
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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I love this series! I think it is so clever that the author writes himself into the story. I hope there are many more to come!!!

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I enjoyed this book. The relationships seemed realistic. Has the feel of a memoir without the whiny aspect I detest in most real memoirs😂

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Very good story. Very good narrator. I liked the twist that came in the middle. It added just the right change to keep it from becoming repetitive. I didn‘t really like the MC all that much, but STILL really enjoyed this book.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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I had my doubts about this, but am pleasantly surprised. I hope the storyline holds up.

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How have I never heard of Virginia Hall? What a woman!!! So tough. So brave. So dedicated. This is the kind of nonfiction book that is so interesting there is no need for it to ever be turned into historical fiction. And once again, the narration by Juliet Stevenson is exceptional.

wanderinglynn I didn‘t read this one but I read another bio of her. She was an amazing woman. I‘ll have to check this one out. 5mo
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I enjoyed Juliet Stevenson‘s narration of Miss Benson‘s Beetle so much I searched my library for other books she has narrated. This popped up and was available. So far, what a find!

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I liked this book for the most part, but it drug for me in places. I‘m fascinated by the process of creating a dictionary, so I found the premise intriguing. The audiobook narrator was good.

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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!!! 6mo
DrexEdit This is one of my top all-time favorites. 👍💜 6mo
Ruthiella This is my favorite Irving along with 6mo
BookwormM Loved this book 6mo
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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. 7mo
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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. 7mo
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! 7mo
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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. 8mo
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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.‘” ??? 8mo
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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? 9mo
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 😞 9mo
Tera66 @Readswithcoffee Thank you for letting me know, we found some other books, just was unsure about this one. 9mo
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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! 9mo
megnews I thought it slowed down some a couple times in the middle. But overall liked the story 9mo
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! 9mo
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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? 9mo
Readswithcoffee @Sharpeipup I‘m only about 1/4 of the way into this, but I really like it so far. 9mo
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