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RenePenn

RenePenn

Joined July 2018

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3.5 ⭐️ yay! One more off of my TBR list. It‘s always interesting to read books set in your home state and seeing familiar places and locations mentioned. #localauthor #alabamathebeautifil

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This was recommended to me by someone that had just discovered this author. I wasn‘t sure what to expect but I very much enjoyed this audiobook.

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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Sometimes a predictable romance is just what you need!

EvieBee Agreed! 1mo
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This one has been on my shelf for a while but the audio version was available so I opted to listen instead. This is the second book I‘ve read by here and enjoyed both. This is about as intense as it gets for me though. 😂

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Started reading this one last night on recommendation. I‘m not a huge nonfiction reader but try to read at least 2-3 a year. Looking forward to digging into this one.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I have been listening to this on and off for a few weeks and just finished. At times I found my mind wandering, but as a whole I enjoyed the book. The proper writing and sometimes stiff characters was a little off-putting but then I remind myself of the time period and realize that Jane was quite bold for a female in that time period. I love that she was independent and had a mind of her own even before it was cool for a woman to have sass!

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Blind Tiger | Sandra Brown
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Finished up Blind Tiger over the weekend. It is definitely one of her better ones! Added it to my collection!

Nute Awesome Sandra Brown collection!🤩 4w
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Blind Tiger | Sandra Brown
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The book My husband gave me for my birthday was missing about 50 pages! I discovered this as I flipped from page 183 to page 233. So annoying! 😮 Since I was already “into” it I made a Barnes & Noble run at lunch time yesterday to get another one. #readinglunch #happyreader #amazonreturn #BarnesAndNoble

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President's Daughter: A Thriller | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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Got this #freebook In the mail yesterday. Not my normal type of book, but who doesn‘t like being a #goodreadsgiveawaywinner !?!? Adding to my TBR. Anyone read it yet? Thoughts?

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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I volunteered to work our public library‘s Huge Book Sale today. It was busy, busy so I didn‘t really have time to look got myself, but I grabbed these two as I was organizing. I haven‘t read either of these.

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Blind Tiger | Sandra Brown
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My husband got me the new Sandra Brown book for my birthday! He gets the new one for me every year to add to my collection. Her writing just seems to keep getting better, so I‘m really looking forward to reading this one - hopefully this weekend!

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Big Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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I am enjoying this audiobook, and for the most part the narrator is great… BUT she has this annoying way of pronouncing words with t‘s as d‘s. It is SO annoying! Cotton = codden, forgotten = forgodden, etc. Argggh! 😂

MicheleinPhilly Is the narrator a Philadelphia native? I hear that a LOT and it drives me batty. Even my beloved news anchor does it - “Baldimore, Walder.” 3mo
RenePenn @MicheleinPhilly I‘m not sure… lol. I need to check on that. 3mo
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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It moves at a slower pace which seems appropriate and works for the setting and time of this one - The Great Depression.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Loving this heartbreaking tale so far.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Thankful for our libraries!

katy4peas So true! 3mo
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I hadn‘t read a Grisham novel in years, but this audio version was available while I was waiting on another so I decided to check it out. Legal thrillers aren‘t really my thing (working in law office for 28 years taints them a little) but it was entertaining and had its emotional moments, and the characters felt real. I‘ll give this one a thumbs up.

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4 ⭐️ I‘m not a twin, but I have 3 sisters and we are close. I couldn‘t imagine one of them disappearing from my life without a trace.

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This book was so good. It brought out all of the emotions 🖤 4.5 ⭐️

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This one became available today through my library app #nextup

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The Betrothed | Kiera Cass
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I loved The Selection series. This one didn‘t quite measure up but I‘ll probably read The Betrayed for the continuation of the story and see how it ends up.

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Gods in Alabama | Joshilyn Jackson
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4.5 ⭐️ my first book by this author and it was worth the read.

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Any Spider-Man fans out there? I learned that today is Spider-Man day when I was putting together my employee newsletter last week for our Little Employee Library. I didn‘t know that was a thing!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/nationaltoday.com/spider-man-day/amp/

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This was my purchase at The Haunted Bookstore when we were in Mobile, AL last weekend. Now, finding time to get to them… and do I skip over the other 20 books I have stacked up to read next? 😂

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1. In our travel trailer!
2. BamaGlamper
3. The Giver of Stars.
4. To finish gods in Alabama (paperback) and The Betrothed (audio) and make a dent in The Soulmate Equation (kindle)
#LitsySummerCamp
@ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ I love your camp name! I keep trying to convince my family we need a travel trailer or RV, but they don't agree. Great to have you at camp this week! 4mo
RenePenn @ImperfectCJ Thank you! 4mo
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The Haunted Book Shop in Mobile, Alabama. Of course I couldn‘t pass it by… and of course I had to buy more books! 😂 #anniversaryweekendvacation

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Gods in Alabama | Joshilyn Jackson
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Up next…

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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“A mother can only be as happy as her unhappiest child.”

TrishB I so remember that quote and it is so true! 5mo
SamAnne Well, that is a sad quote. I'm going to choose not to believe it. 😐 5mo
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Got this book years ago and never read it. I am trying to get to a few of my old books in between some newer one. This is a quick easy read. #oldfashionedromance

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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“We lose ourselves, but we find our way back” … it‘s about forgiving yourself and doing better now. We all mess up and wish we could erase parts of our lives, but we can‘t so it‘s about learning to move on and be better. “You try, fail, and try again”

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I Will Never Leave You | S. M. Thayer
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The characters are off - not believable. I decided to bail. #goodreadsgiveaway

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Mehso-so

This was a “filler” while I was waiting on another audiobook to become available from my library. It was a decent family drama that touched on a lot of different family issues. I would listen to another of her books when I need an “in between” book

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My husband and I grabbed this series last week (for free) to read together. Anybody else read these? #bookbubs

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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Really enjoyed this audiobook.

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Strangers Like Us | Mary Campisi
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Mehso-so

This is the first book in a series and the first book I‘ve read by this author. #chicklit

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Mehso-so

I listened to the theatrical audio version of this short book. It was different and interesting. The theatrics gave it a little umph, and Sandra Oh as one of the narrators was also pretty cool, but it was still just so-so

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A sweet, quick read about finding peace and new beginnings after tragedy.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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More to add to my TBR stack! It just keeps growing!

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At the Water's Edge | Sara Gruen
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I was a little skeptical about the “monster” aspect but it all worked with the storyline. #audiobook

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Bitter Roots | C J Carmichael
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Current Ebook. I‘ve read one other mystery by CJ Carmichael and love the easy flow of her writing. This is book 1 of 4. The kindle edition on Amazon is free right now.

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Listening to my first Curtis Sittenfeld book. Narration is great. I was intrigued on where this book would lead on the alternate life of Hillary without Bill.

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A Certain Age: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Mehso-so

This was a slow read for me. I couldn‘t get excited about any of the characters - they all seemed so distant and disconnected. It did pick up a little in the last quarter of the book but still the characters were just not exciting or filled out in my opinion.

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4⭐️

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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So much going on in this book - maybe too much. The opening scene was a bit gory and I almost didn‘t go on. It is a haunting read. I turned the audio off several times to take a break. Child neglect and abuse, death, suffering, cancer, violence, drug addiction, seeing ghosts/spirits, family bonds, racism, hatred... a lot to take in.

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The Naked Gardener | L.B. Gschwandtner
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I was updating some of my “have read” books on Litsy and came across this one I read back in 2013. I was unsure of it when I picked it up, but it was actually a decent read. I gave it ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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The old man and the sea | Ernest Hemingway
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Mehso-so

Meh. I realize this is a classic but it just wasn‘t my thing.

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Temperatures Rising | Sandra Brown
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Mehso-so

This is one of her older ones. While I‘ve read most of her books over the years, this one slipped through the cracks.

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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Mehso-so

“What doesn‘t kill you, doesn‘t kill you. That‘s all you get.”

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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Great audiobook. It was a little slow in a couple spots but it was well researched and the author‘s depiction of the characters and the way she pieced it all together really brought Joy and “Jack” to life. I was intrigued. Don‘t skip the authors notes at the end. A must read for fans of C.S. Lewis.