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SarahK

SarahK

Joined April 2016

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At first I was sort of blah on this book, but I'm so glad I kept reading. Totally not what I expected but I really loved it.

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Ok, I'm thinking of reading this next, but I'm worried it's going to break my heart into a million pieces. Like I've been avoiding it in the same way I might avoid a really gorey scary book. Anyone have any thoughts?

Wife I read this a couple months after losing my dog. It made me laugh and cry in a nice balance. I can truly say that it helped me get through the grief. My favorite, favorite, favorite book of 2016. 🌹 2y
Hooked_on_books I don't know if I can make myself read this one. It just makes me feel the sadness too much as though it was one of my dogs. 2y
rubyslippersreads I know it would be too sad for me. 😿 2y
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Summertime | Vanessa Lafaye
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Because why do one #summersolstice exchange when you can do two! Thanks @Hooked_on_books for the box of books and goodies! I hadn't even heard of some of those books. Raz and Roxie thank you too, even if Roxie was being camera shy this morning.

BookishMarginalia Lovely gifts! 🤓 2y
JoeStalksBeck Great book!!!! 2y
Hooked_on_books You're welcome! I had fun putting this together. I'm glad Raz is interested in the toy--I got one for Gunther and he turned his nose up at it! 🐶🙄😂 2y
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You've Got Mail | Stephen Travis, Travis Stephen
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Thanks for the #summersolstice book mail @Pelican71 . And thanks to @Robothugs for setting this up for our #litmail group!

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It | Stephen King
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I finally conquered this beast. Enough said. That and the book freaked me out just as much as the movie

Tcip Such a great book. I was terrified of the film for most of my life and decided to read the book to try to overthrow that fear..... turns out it just freaked me out more. 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell My favorite Steven King book. 2y
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Snuggle Puppy! | Sandra Boynton
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This is Raz. Because he gets really excited about packages, especially book packages that I can't open for awhile I have hidden my #summersantagoespostal package. Rest assured it is now in a safe place until June 21st

britt_brooke Love your face, Raz! 😍 2y
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Mehso-so

I know everyone seemed the love this book last year, but it was just so-so for me. I feel like you were always supposed to think there was more to the story, but I never felt that way.

Jillsandypants I agree 2y
JillR I've just finished this and absolutely agree too 2y
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It's been so long since I've posted, but I'm glad this book is the one I get to return to posting with. I don't even know how to really describe it. Not really a mystery, but there were some mysterious elements. More of a reflection on relationships and how the past can haunt the future. So good!

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Breaking Wild | Diane Les Becquets
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Sometimes you go into the wilderness alone and good things happen like you find yourself. And sometimes bad things happen like you get really, really lost.

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The Night Sister: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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I have to say that this didn't end up going where I thought it would go. I really liked it though, spooky and creepy, set in an old motel.

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The Insect Farm | Stuart Prebble
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Mehso-so

Sorry guys but this book was just meh for me. Granted it was a fast read, but I didn't find it particularly suspensively. Plus the main character, Jonathan, was obnoxious, the kind of man I can see doing a lot of mansplaining.

minkyb The title creeps me out! 2y
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Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware
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I finally got around to reading this and it ticked all the boxes I needed in a book. A good mystery that kept me solidly engaged (I'm not asking for a lot).

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The Walls Around Us | Nova Ren Suma
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Weird but good. I'm always a sucker for a book involving ballerinas, throw in a mysterious air and I'm sold.

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One benefit of having your flight cancelled and driving to your destination is being able to buy all the books. Also, my husband's used bookstore game is on point while mine is sadly lacking.

Hooked_on_books Nice haul! 2y
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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I have to admit the last book I finished kind of broke me, but this ended up being a good palate cleanser. Even though I've never been a waitress, I can remember that feeling of being 22 and being young and silly, but feeling like everything is so important. I'm glad I finally got around to read this.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Once I got to the last 150 pages there was no way I was putting this book down. I'm going to give it a few days, but I'm super intrigued to watch the HBO series now. I just became so emotionally invested with this book. Plus I got to enjoy my new reading chair!

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I for sure liked this book, but Edward was so tedious. I can't even imagine living my life with so many rules. Plus, come on, one of the main rules is no books. Can you even imagine???

DeborahSmall Sounds like a horror story!! 2y
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All the Pretty Girls | J.T. Ellison
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So it's pretty much like this book was written with me in mind - solid mystery/thriller ✔️, set in a location I'm really familiar with because I grew up there ✔️, kept me up past my bedtime ✔️. I love how Ellison describes the area and the people. I'm for sure going to get working on the rest of the series. P.S she also has a good Instagram account.

DebinHawaii I love the Taylor Jackson series! 👍📚 2y
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Shaking Hands With Death | Terry Pratchett
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In 2010 Terry Prachett gave the Richard Dimbleby Lecture about his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. He talks about being open with his diagnosis and the need for individuals to have a day in the manner they die. The idea of a good death is really important to my job and me personally (although I doubt anyone would say otherwise). Just really good.

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Never Come Back | David Bell
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Another solid mystery/thriller by David Bell. In this Elizabeth's mother is killed. Her brother. Who has Down's Syndrome, confesses, but obviously we wouldn't have a book if it was that simple. Elizabeth frustrated me at times, but I got over it.

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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It's been a pretty busy night at work, but I was able to finish this book. This is actually my first Zadie Smith and I really, really liked it. I know it got some mixed reviews when it came out, but I would definitely recommend it. #marchmadness @JenP

Reviewsbylola This will be my first Smith and the reviews had me nervous so your review has me more excited! 2y
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Chicago: a satire | Thomas P. Johnson, Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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Hey there Littens! My husband and I are heading up to Chicago in a couple of weeks. What are some of your favorite bookstores there? #chicago

lynneamch Just north of downtown is Women and Children First bookstore womenandchildrenfirst.com .Fellow litten @theladygreer will be there Thursday, April 13 at 7:30pm for wine and cheese author soiree with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues 2y
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Black Panther #1 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)
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So I think if you say, woah I really like Marvel comics, I'm excited that Ta-Nehisi Coates is interpreting Black Panther you might get more out of this than me who said, hmm, I need to do a #marchmadness replacement for Between the World and Me, let me try Black Panther. I'm still making this a pick because I think if I make my husband read it he can make it make a little more sense for me. @JenP

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Such a weird book. I mean weird because you had to think about multiverses and things that make my brain feel funny. Really good though. It sucked me in before I was even aware. #marchmadness @JenP

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I feel like I learned a lot about South Africa and it's culture from reading Trevor Noah's memoir. Some parts were funny, but I also feel like there was a lot of gravitas to his story. #marchmadness @JenP

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Woah. This book was beautiful. I love the idea of grief becoming something tangible like a crow. And the part at the end where he decides that he needs to ask crow to leave only to discover that crow has already gone. . .so true. @JenP #marchmadness

Robothugs It really was a beautiful book. I loved it so much. 2y
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If I Did it | O J Simpson
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They say killers often return to the scene of the crime. In this case Roxie decided the book was so good she wanted seconds (of the same book). Guess we know the culprit! #dogsoflitsy

Nebklvr So grounded 2y
Hooked_on_books What a cutie, though! You probably can't stay mad at that face for long. 🐶💜 2y
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The Trap | Melanie Raabe
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I really wanted to like this book and it pains me to pan it. But I spent half of the book debating whether to put it down and the other half feeling like I'd come this far, I should see it through to he end. I just feel like the whole female unreliable narrator has been done much better in other books.

MinDea I hate that battle, not liking a book and trying to decide whether to get through it or bail. More times than not I finish it and think why did I just not read a better book instead! 2y
minkyb Good for you to let it go. 2y
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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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Littens figuratively devour books. Last night one of these sweet pups tried to literally devour a book. #dogsoflitsy

Lindy Has the perp been identified? 2y
SarahK @Lindy no one is talking right now. Roxie loves paper and Raz loves mischief so it may have been a joint effort. 2y
Simona The left one looks guilty 🤔 2y
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Lindy @SarahK Hmmm. Judging by the looks on their faces, I agree with your group effort assessment... even if one was only serving as cheerleader. 2y
valeriegeary 🙈🙉🙊 2y
minkyb oops 2y
Hooked_on_books You may have to wait a day to find new evidence. 💩 2y
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I ❤️ Laurie Notaro. If you like Jenny Lawson you're going to like Laurie Notaro as well.

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You've Got Mail | Stephen Travis, Travis Stephen
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Third round book mail! @Kerouacthedog always sends great packages #litmail

Kerouacthedog I'm so glad you like it! Let me know how you feel about the tea; I wasn't sure whether to send it or not. 2y
Robothugs Oooo look at all of those goodies! 2y
SarahK @Kerouacthedog I like the tea. You really do send good packages 😁 2y
Sapphire I think I need to step up my game! 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves This is awesome!! 2y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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WTF was that?!? @Liberty was right when she said you think you can guess the ending, but you are not guessing the ending. My husband walked in just as I hit the last three pages, and I think I scared him a little. (Also trying to explain the whole book with spoilers to him was pretty nutso)

MrBook 😂👏🏻 2y
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X | Sue Grafton
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Kinsey is such a cool character. Also, being a private investigator prior to the advent of internet seems like a big pain.

BeckyLeJ I adore this series! I've read them all and have been in the mood for something similar lately. Can't wait till Y comes out, although that does mean only 1 more to go :( 2y
Hooked_on_books I love Kinsey! 2y
minkyb I think I stopped around M...need to remedy that! 2y
SarahK I read A and decided to read X for the A to Z challenge. I definitely need to fill in the holes. 2y
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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This book really lies at the bottom range of a pick and the top edge of so-so. I stuck it out, but I felt like I was slogging through some parts. It was a good story though.

Reviewsbylola Totally agreed. 2y
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Kill the Boy Band | Goldy Moldavsky
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So I started this book about a year ago and decided to pick it up again tonight (I needed a K for the A to Z challenge). In the end I really liked it. It's been a while since I've read her books but it reminded me of Lois Duncan books I read when I was younger.

Lindy Wow! A year? Good job finishing! 2y
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Umm, guys? Why haven't we all read this? A collection of humorous essays about the love of reading? I totally saw myself in this book and learned a few things as well.

Jillsandypants That sounds interesting! I just stacked it. 2y
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I ❤️ squirrel girl and Ryan North.

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Isolation Ward | Joshua Spanogle
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Solid medical thriller about a mysterious hemorrhagic virus striking mentally ill residents of Baltimore. It actually kept me on my toes for most of the novel.

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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People can do pretty horrible things to themselves and others. Charlotte is a cutter who is trying to work through her past. Gut wrenching and sad. Just a really well told story.

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Fen | Daisy Johnson
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Mehso-so

A collection of surreal short stories set in a place called Fen. I mean, I liked it ok, but I'm just not into short stories. So for me, it's just so-so, but if you like short stories and weird tales I would definitely recommend this.

mrsthilkey I've really disliked all the short stories I've tried, but I'm not giving up! On my Kindle I have these two. Here's hoping! 2y
SarahK @mrsthilkey I'm not ready to give up on the form because sometimes I find a collection I really like. They are just few and far between 2y
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Victims | Jonathan Kellerman
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Really the only victims here are victims of cuteness. I always enjoy Alex Delaware novels with their mix of psychology and crime. They're even better with a dog in your lap (even if he is a little gassy today)

DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐶❤️ 2y
Gennic Is your dog a boxer? Their head looks just looks just like my females does 😱 5mo
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I just finished listening to this on audio. A powerful letter to white America. I also think it was a good segue having recently finished 'Small Great Things'. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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The Silent Girls | Eric Rickstad
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Once I got past the whole 'true detective' thing I really enjoyed this creepy thriller about missing girls in Vermont. Very unsettling, especially the ending.

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The Silent Girls | Eric Rickstad
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I'm getting kind of tired of the whole - this is the next whatever. This book has a blurb on the front that says 'Vermont's own True Detective'. It's not. It's a good mystery/thriller that's pretty messed up. I don't want to read something with something else in my head. #justsayin

Hooked_on_books I agree! And often the parallels are just not correct. Let the book stand on its own. Or, if one must, put something like, "If you liked _____, you'll like this." 2y
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Booked to Die | John Dunning
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My husband did an excellent job with Valentine's shopping. A book I'd never heard of and two that I had my eye on. Plus a reading Pandora charm!

Reviewsbylola Great gift! 2y
DeborahSmall My eldest son bought me the fairy tales book pandora charm for Mother's Day 2 years back. It's still my favourite ❤️ great gifts x 2y
minkyb Booked To Die I remember as being excellent! 2y
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Zelma Mr. Z and I both read The Lion in the Living Room and really enjoyed it. 2y
SarahK @Zelma there is a documentary on Netflix based on it. It's pretty good 2y
Zelma @SarahK ooh, good to know. Thanks! 2y
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From Roxanne Gay's micropress. Prose about the aftermath of the end of a relationship. Beautifully written and relatable.

ReadingEnvy Ooh I didn't know she had a micropress 2y
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With Malice | Eileen Cook
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This was clearly inspired by the whole Amanda Knox thing. Jill wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the past month. Her best friend died in a car accident they were both involved in during a school trip to Italy. Was Jill responsible? (Hey that's a pretty good summary!). Anyway, I really liked it.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Whew! That was an amazing roller coaster of emotions.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Parts of this book are making my blood boil. I'm afraid if I keep reading I'll never get to sleep.

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The Possessions | Sara Flannery Murphy
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I was lucky enough to find this at the library the day it came out. Would definitely recommend it to pretty much anyone. It's got a little bit of everything, mystery, romance, dystopia.