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Sargar114

Joined July 2018

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A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
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Dune by Frank Herbert
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A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
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The King of Crows by Libba Bray
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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A coming of age story of Aria, a high school graduate going to stay with her artist grandmother in the San Francisco area after an unfortunate incident with a boy dismantles her original plans. We learn a lot about who Aria is and where she comes from and in all this she learns about various kinds of love and herself. #sundaybuddyread

Sargar114 As an added bonus if you read Last Night at the Telegraph Club, you get a fun follow up with our main characters from that one. While I think if you didn‘t read that, that portion of the story probably seemed odd. 4d
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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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Finishing this weeks #sundaybuddyread section just made me hungry 🤤 🍔 #inandout #animalstyle

TheBookHippie 🙂🙃 right?!?!! So hungry! 🍔 2w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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My library had it and I‘m a sucker for Greek history/mythology so we made a family trip, #literarycrew

Librarybelle Yay!! 3w
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Bracket Two of 2024 - already different with the layout. Should be interesting.

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Bracket One for 2024

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Evil Eye | Etaf Rum
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This ended up being quite good. Unfortunately I kept finding myself comparing it to her first one, but this one is still good on its own. A look at a second generation Palestinian American woman and her struggle with mental health. It was interesting seeing the immense cultural impact that added to her struggle. It‘s a quiet study and because of that turns quite beautiful with our mc‘s revelations.

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I don‘t know much about Dorothy Parker and it‘s a shame this was my first introduction. Frankly, even if they were fictional characters I don‘t know that I would have cared for this one still. It was a struggle to finish and really dealt with trigger topics such as sexual assault, abortion, and suicide quite poorly. Finished to continue the discussion with #sundaybuddyread which (as usual) was the best thing to come of this.

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An epic story about 4 boys making a fresh start for themselves. Alternating perspectives mostly from 3 of the boys. Shows the complexity of human behavior and you truly get invested in each of the characters. While it could have been shorter; I enjoyed the perspectives of the ancillary characters. It‘s just under 600 pages but is a surprisingly quick read.

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This week‘s section of #sundaybuddyread was INTENSE! Pretty graphic triggers but I‘m sure will make for quite the discussion. I‘m still wrapping my head around it 🤐

AmyG Oh man, Dottie. 😳 1mo
Read4life Well said. 😳🤔 1mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Got 4 books in a row for April (including my Bookspin and doublespin), maybe will get the bingo in May! 🤞🤞 #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

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This was the oldest book on my tbr and it didn‘t really deliver for me. Told through alternating perspectives of Paul and a police investigator, Amanda, but then also through Paul‘s past. A crime committed by his former friends when he was a teenager is being copied. Amanda wants to find the who, Paul is finding out the why. An interesting enough premise for me to want to know what happened, but the style made it hard for me to get through.

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. From its beautiful cover to our titular character. A short read that follows the life of Zorrie. It is beautifully written and is incredibly efficient. I highly recommend! Delightful read for #sundaybuddyread and overlaps as my #doublespin!

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Another fun read! I didn‘t go into this one with high expectations as wasn‘t a huge fan of People We Meet on Vacation, but this one is exponentially better! The characters are much more complex and loved their development and tension. Also, fun to finish on a cold, snowy, April day.

wanderinglynn I agree. I liked this one way more than People for the same reason. 2mo
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Yours Truly | Abby Jimenez
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Boy, did I love this book! I am a sucker for handwriting in books anyway (probably stems from The Babysitter Club days of my youth). I have a habit where at some point I read the last sentence of a story, (a morbid habit) and this one was a bit of a spoiler but the journey getting there was so fun that I didn‘t care. The tension between our two main characters was lovely and ended up being a great payoff. #bookspin for April

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Attempted to listen while cleaning my house and after a couple of chapters…do not remember a thing about what happened. Don‘t think this one is for me. Enjoy #literarycrew

AmyG Hahahaha. Same. I spaced out through the beginning and then bailed. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I keep wanting to like this but I‘ve had the same experience. Like water through a sieve. 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks for trying! 2mo
CarolynM It‘s a great book, but it needs your full attention. 2mo
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A Storm of Swords | George R. R. Martin
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This may be the best one! So much happens. If your intimidated by how big the books are, I‘d highly recommend the audio versions. Thank you to @5feet.of.fury for hosting #readingwesteros! I‘m having so much fun revisiting the series.

5feet.of.fury ♥️⚔️🐉 2mo
BooksNBowls I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who chose the audiobook path! Roy Dotrice is awesome!! ❤️ 2mo
Sargar114 @BooksNBowls he really is! I‘m really enjoying this version. 2mo
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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@mcctrish here‘s what mine looks like. Was audiobooking the tagged book while doing so.

mcctrish Oooo I need that set for sure 3mo
ElizaMarie They are so pretty! I need to get some! 3mo
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Ended up really enjoying this one. It was a little slow to start, but the second half flew by. I also loved the ending. Read for #literarycrew. Will answer follow up questions a bit later

Librarybelle Hooray!! 3mo
AmyG His daughter read this. One of my favorites of his. 3mo
Sargar114 @AmyG oh I didn‘t know that. She did a great job! 3mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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My March pick was more by default cause I finished only 2 and both were pretty meh. This one was just a better meh I suppose lol. I have higher hopes for April. #readingbracket2024

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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This was a pretty quick and fun read but surprised that it was a finalist in 2020 for BOTM. Some of the twists were pretty outlandish and it really felt like a mediocre thriller. I feel like some of this could be solved by ordering some of the chapters, but I‘m not an author so 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Cardiac emergencies | W. Frank Peacock, Brian R. Tiffany
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Hi Litsy Friends, I‘ve been a little behind one things. But there‘s a good reason, I swear! Tuesday was at the gym and had a cardiac arrest. They had an aed and called emergency services. I was rushed to the hospital, in icu a few days, got an defibrillator installed, and back home yesterday. Not looking for sympathy, just incredibly grateful to be alive, and if people happen to recognize my absence wanted to give some info. Happy Reading!

Librarybelle So glad you‘re okay! ❤️ 3mo
ElizaMarie You look absolutely beautiful! I am so glad to hear that they had an AED and were able to get you emergency care services quickly. I hope you recover quickly and in the mean time, have a great time reading! XO 3mo
AmyG I am just so happy to read you are ok. Wishing you all the best. 💐 3mo
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vlwelser So glad you're ok. 💕💕 3mo
Sleepswithbooks Whoa!!!! Thank goodness you‘re okay 💛💛💛💛💛 3mo
Deblovestoread Wow! Happy you are mending! Take good care. 💚💜💚 3mo
dabbe Holy guacamole, Batman! So glad you‘re okay! Buy a lottery 🎟️! 💚☘️💚 3mo
Kristy_K That‘s scary, but so glad to hear you‘re okay! 3mo
maich I'm so glad you're okay! Take good care. Sending love and hug❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
bthegood 💕Glad you are okay - stay well!! 💕 3mo
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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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Morally ambiguous look at grief and revenge. I should have bailed but the concept was interesting enough to keep me going. Our protagonist is grieving from the death of her daughter. Even worse, the perpetrator of the crime was never convicted. She finds solace in a group on the dark web but quickly gets in over her head in an effort to bring her daughter‘s killer to justice. Wasn‘t a fan of the mc and her choices making it hard to enjoy.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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It‘s funny, my book this month is tagged and I‘ll definitely read it or listen to it again when the next book in the series comes out, but my January book, Homegoing, will probably stick with me longer and would recommend to more people.
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This was a fun read but not my favorite from this author. While it was an interesting story, it got a bit cheesy for my taste. Read for #sundaybuddyread and doubled as my #doublespin

TheBookHippie 🧀 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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I love this series!!!! You don‘t have to read the first one to enjoy this one, but it helps. There is a lot going on and all of it is exciting. It does a fantastic job of getting you pumped for the next one too! For an almost 500 page book, it‘s really hard to put down!

Sargar114 Oh and it was my #bookspin this month so yay @TheAromaofBooks 4mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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This was a reread for me before I read the sequel, so I tried the audiobook version and it was fantastic! An added bonus was the interview with Leigh Bardugo afterwards.

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Nothing mind blowing, but a fun locked room mystery. A solid and believable twist.

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“There were things I had done to avoid this reunion.” #firstlinefridays

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Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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An anthology of stories of the generations of a family from Africa. Each story is a different generation of one of two branches of half sisters. One sold into slavery and the other staying in Africa. A fascinating and emotional read. This book got me excited about reading again it was so beautifully written even if heartbreaking throughout. #readingbracket2024

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This was a fun read. I really enjoyed following Marion and the start of her career with the Rockettes. However, I was really thrown off with Big Apple Bomber storyline. For me, there was plenty of drama and storyline following Marion and her family. I even think what happened with her sister and the bomber was still okay for the story, but Marion being so involved in the hunt for the bomber was too much for me. Still a fun read. #literarycrew

Librarybelle So glad you thought it was fun! (edited) 5mo
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I struggled with this one. I pushed through for give it a chance for #literarycrew as was hoping for a payoff, but it didn‘t deliver for me. It felt like two okay stories that were told as dual timelines that shared location and some similarities in the main character, but otherwise didn‘t have much connection. And the violence against a turtle ruined it for me.

Librarybelle I did not like the turtle part. 5mo
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The Last Green Valley | Mark Sullivan
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While The First Ladies made this a difficult decision, ultimately the tagged book won out. The range of emotions it had me experience while reading it made for an incredible experience. While not all those emotions were good, I‘d recommend this to anyone. #readingbracket2023

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My 2023 Planner | Tamara Spencer
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Considering my goal was 40 a little bummed I didn‘t reach it…but considering I was in a slump the second half of the year, I did better than I expected. Pushing my goal to 48 for this year since I want to push myself to read more!

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This year started out strong but lost motivation about halfway through. Hoping to maintain reading motivation next year! #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

BkClubCare Happy New Year and Happy Year-Long Reading Mojo!! 🎉 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Wasn‘t quite my cup of tea (pun intended). But this was fun finish to the end of the year for #sundaybuddyread. And Gladstone was delightful

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Unknown Book 6651492 | Unknown Unknown

Anyone else having issues with the app?

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Not so far, but the other day, I was having issues. 7mo
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#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
Leaving a couple of open spots for flexibility. Let‘s see if I can finish stronger than I‘ve been reading lately

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Definitely any favorite of the month. Gonna be a strong contender against The Last Green Valley which has been my favorite since January. #readingbracket2023

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I absolutely loved this one! This is the story of the friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune and their joint fight for civil rights. Historical fiction is becoming my favorite genre. Taking fascinating events and people that actually existed and creating something more. I‘m happy to know they genuinely had a friendship and was happy to get lost in the story. This was the first book I‘ve been excited to read in months!

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Just loved this. 🖤🤍🖤🤍

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Started this one on the plane yesterday. Got a solid 2 hours of uninterrupted reading! So far so good!

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This is seemingly an unpopular opinion, but wasn‘t a fan. There were some good twists. But hated the main character (I think some of that is intentional by the author as this is an unreliable narrator pov), hated the story (being a mom that‘s a heavy sleeper-too close to home), and ultimately not a fan of the ending. I did like Waylon and how he fit into the story and some of the messages the author tried to tell, but ultimately didn‘t deliver

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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I went into this knowing very little about Norse mythology so it started out a bit slow for me not really feeling like there was much of a direction. Once you hit the second section this book really takes off! The finish is incredibly strong and will make you feel all the emotions. Hard to put down after that! I would be interested in reading more Norse based stories after this. Read for #literarycrew and gifted by @CBee THANK YOU!

CBee I‘m glad you liked it 😊 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 🧡🖤 8mo
Sargar114 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree, it‘s so good especially after having read it. 8mo
Sargar114 @CBee thank you!!! ❤️ 8mo
Librarybelle So glad you liked this!!! 8mo
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The Last Green Valley | Mark Sullivan
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#readingbracket2023 update

The latter half of the year is more subject to the one or two books I‘ve been able to read. Unless it‘s a strong finish, guessing my January book (tagged) will take it all but it was very good. I think of it often

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The Ivy Tree | Mary Stewart
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This one started out very slow for me but really picked up at the end. Can definitely see how Simone St James‘ writing was influenced by this. The plot was interesting enough to keep me engaged but I‘m still in a slump so it took a bit for me to get through. Sad I missed out on the #sundaybuddyread discussion but I just couldn‘t keep up.

TheBookHippie ♥️ I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope your slump ends soon! 8mo
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#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo for November. Here‘s hoping this is the month to bust my slump!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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