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Thenovellife

Thenovellife

Joined February 2016

Blog at http:://thenovellife.com ❤️thrillers, historical fiction + nonfiction. 📚 + 💦 + 🐶 = happiness
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So loving this southern gothic thriller and first read of 2018!

MMenefee Sounds good! And, I see his latest book is on sale for Kindle today. 5y
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Thank You Santa | Margaret Wild, Kerry Argent
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Y‘all, I have the best #secretsantagoespostal | #wintersolsticebookexchange Santa in @emilyhaldi ❤️🎄❤️ that mug 😍 I‘ve wanted to do the #letterstomyfutureself but felt guilty buying for myself! And the books!!! By the Book i ❤️ kingdom of ice - I‘ve been wanting to read for forever, the handmaids tale I‘ve never read! The Master & Margarita sounds SO GOOD and last but not least is miss smilla‘s feeling for snow! I‘m so overwhelmed and grateful!

MrBook Wow! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
emilyhaldi I‘m so glad you‘re happy 😊 I bought myself a copy of Master & Margherita too bc I keep hearing such great things about it. And that copy of Handmaids Tale was too beautiful to pass up! Glad you haven‘t read it yet. I hope you love all of the books, you were so much fun to shop for!! ❤️🎁🎄✨ 5y
Avanders 😍😍 5y
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Thank You, Santa | Margaret Wild
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Oh my goodness I feel so spoiled and blessed already by @emilyhaldi ❤️🙏🏻❤️ and I haven‘t even unwrapped the gifts! This tea is incredible! And the magnets have already made their way to my fridge 😁 I especially love “a well-read woman is a dangerous creature!”
I‘m savoring every moment of opening my #secretsantagoespostal #wintersolsticebookexchange thank you so so much @emilyhaldi - you are amazing!

emilyhaldi Oh yay!!! I hope the books are a hit as well!! 🙏🏻🎁📚❤️ 5y
MrBook Wow! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
Cinfhen @emilyhaldi you're a gifting beast 😘😘fantastic 💚❤️💚 5y
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Mdargusch Hot cocoa topper?!?! 😋😋😋 5y
Thenovellife @Mdargusch it‘s delicious!!!! 5y
Thenovellife @Cinfhen I know, right! @emilyhaldi is ah-mazing!!!! 5y
Thenovellife @emilyhaldi the books are incredible! I‘m so excited I don‘t know which one to start first! Probably going with By the Book - I listen to Pamela PAul every Friday night on the NYT book review podcast! Thank you so so much Emily! Your generosity and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated 😘❤️😘 5y
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Woohoo! Look what came in the mail!!! #secretsantagoespostal #wintersolsticebookexchange I‘m so very excited and thank you @emilyhaldi for putting your user name on outside of the box!!! I‘m so anxious for the 21st!!!!

emilyhaldi Yay! So glad it made the trip to you safely. Hope you love everything! 🎁 5y
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This book is so good! I can‘t believe I waited so long to read it! 📚 Reid does not shy away from the hard topics, rather she unapologetically embraces subjects like homosexuality in the 50‘s and into the 1980‘s, interracial marriage, being a woman and wanting more...more of everything. This book surprised, entertained, and gave insight into the glamorous and not-so-glam world of Hollywood.

LiteraryinLawrence I was so pleasantly surprised by this one! Not sure why I didn‘t read it earlier either. 5y
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Thank you @ForeverNerdy for the #bookmail - as you can see by the big grin someone is pretty darn excited 😁 #juniorreaders

[DELETED] 3803335244 I love this! 5y
Thenovellife He‘s so excited! And that was so clever including the frogs! @ForeverNerdy (edited) 5y
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Among the Ruins | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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An evening alone with jazz playing and the latest release by Ausma Zehanat Khan. You can't see in this photo but I am only a third way into the book and have sticky notes throughout with questions. What part is actual history and which is fiction?
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Fascinating, disturbing and absolutely absorbing.

[DELETED] 3803335244 I sent you a email about Junior Readers. 💜 5y
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Thank you so much my sweet Valentine @MMenefee ❤ you knocked it out of the park with each wonderful gift! I haven't read either book but plan on starting The Club Dumas this evening. And the bracelet - oh my goodness I love the bracelet! Books are indeed my happy place! Thank you Thank you thank you! Now I must go light a candle and read a book 📚 and a shout-out to @BookishMarginalia for coordinating #cupidgoespostal 😘

MMenefee I hope you enjoy those stories as much as I did. 📚 Happy Valentine's Day! 💚❤️💙 6y
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Buzz Books 2016: Fall/Winter | Publishers Lunch
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Reading through the Spring/Summer 2017 Buzz Books has me adding stacks and stacks of books to a giant TBR list! 700+ pages of pure delight for a reader!

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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A story that will haunt you. Characters who feel alive. A little boy who stole my heart. Read it! If you dare. 😉

Kindredanne I just ordered this book today!! Sooo excited!! 6y
Thenovellife Oh I hope you love it @Kindredanne it's crazy good! Literally 😉 6y
Kindredanne I'm even more excited to get it!! I had read early reviews that it was really a good one but had all kinds of twists and turns. Which I love a lot of twists and turns.... 6y
Thenovellife Please do let me know what you think! That ending is disturbing but resist any urge you may have to read ahead 😉 6y
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Fast paced. Twisted. Puts the psychological in thriller!

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Woohoo! My #cupidgoespostal package is in my hot little hands and I'm so excited to open it! February 14th can't get here fast enough!
@MMenefee @BookishMarginalia

MMenefee Yay! So glad it made it. 6y
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No Man's Land: A Novel | Simon Tolkien
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Based on JRR Tolkien's WWI experience and written by Tolkien's grandson, No Man's Land promises to be a winner! Have you read it yet?

MMenefee I'm your (no longer a secret) Cupid and am wondering if you got your cupid goes postal pkg. I mailed it on 1/13 and threw out all my receipts last week, including the one with your pkg tracking, while reconciling bank statements. Oops! #stupidcupid 6y
Thenovellife Silly Cupid, not stupid! 😉 actually I just received it last night around midnight. My daughter brought my mail to me in AZ where I'm at for the next month. I can't wait to open it!!! But I'm being good and following the directions 😜😁 6y
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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This book had everything a great historical fiction novel should have - historic relevance, compelling characters, and a plot that keeps you turning pages. Love love love this book & Pam Jenoff!

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Third book in the Neapolitan quartet and I want to throw this one across the room! Aargh! The writing is pure Ferrante- lush, descriptive, immersive. The plot took a turn I was thinking inevitable but hoping it wouldn't happen. Ugh! I'm so mad at Lina but especially at Elena! Now I've got to rush out and get book 4 to see if these friends completely ruined their lives forever.

Notafraidofwords I have this one sitting in my room and I haven't started it yet. Mostly because I was just so exhausted by the first two 6y
Thenovellife That's an excellent way to put it - the first 2 were exhausting! So rich with detail but also emotionally draining. @Notafraidofwords 6y
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The Girl in the Ice | Robert Bryndza
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I think I've found a new great series! Flawed female lead detective + killer mystery (bad pun intended). Looking forward to solving more crimes alongside DCI Erika Foster!

BookishMarginalia Hi, Stacy! Did you receive the #CupidGoesPostal match email? (Check your junk mail too). Please let me know; otherwise I worry! 💜 6y
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The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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The 2nd book in Detective Khattak series. The first book, The Unquiet Dead, was incredible. It introduced us to Muslim detective Khattak and gave us insight into his life and beliefs all the while solving a murder reaching back to The Croatian War & war crimes committed.

BookishMarginalia Hi, Stacy, @Thenovellife ! Did you receive the #CupidGoesPostal match email? (Check your junk mail too) (edited) 6y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Sunday afternoon reading!

Lakesidemusing Will be starting soon! 6y
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The Kept Woman | Karin Slaughter
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Suspenseful, dark with emotional resonance, the Kept Woman has layers of thrills to keep you turning pages faster than the last. Trigger warnings: Karin Slaughter portrays crimes against women & children realistically & without restraint - one of the reasons I like her books so much – she brings awareness to these crimes. But if these are triggers for you please be aware before going in. Otherwise enjoy this fast-paced thriller!

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are"

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".... people who wrote about emotionally charged episodes experienced a marked increase in their physical and mental well-being. They were happier, less depressed, and less anxious. In the months after the writing sessions, they had lower blood pressure, better immune function, and fewer doctor visits. They also reported higher quality relationships, better memory, and more success at work."

Texreader Welcome to Litsy!! 6y
Thenovellife Thanks so much @Texreader 🤓 6y
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Quite possibly the best in the Detective Helen Grace series. A couple of cautions: the squad is investigating murder(s) in the BDSM community and book 5 is not wrapped up as neatly as the previous four books. Translation: cliffhangers!

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Was this really a nonfiction book?!? Wow! Felt like I was reading a fast-paced thriller whose weapon of choice was every poison imaginable! Highly recommended!

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Bookquilter Perfect for Banned Book week..... 6y
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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"Nothing about multiculturalism antagonized Rachel. She liked all kinds of food, clothing, cultural customs and music. The one thing that held her aloof was a fear of offending."

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Hmmmm, not quite certain of what to think. A buffalo? I did choose wild, free & wind. All things that could pertain to buffaloes, right?!?

ReadingRailroader I got a Saint Bernard! 6y
ReadingRailroader My wife's cousin was a little disappointed when she got a grey squirrel lol 6y
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The Feathered Bone | Julie Cantrell
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Highly recommended + on sale! Win-win!

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Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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Doesn't seem as though we have changed much (and certainly not even close to near enough) since end of WWII.

Bakingbookworm I agree. This was an amazing read but, at times quite a hard read due to such blatant racism. 6y
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Why did I wait so long to start this series?!? Amazing! Fully fleshed out characters with a setting you feel plopped down right into. Highly highly recommended. What are you waiting for!

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Into the Free | Julie Cantrell
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Beautiful coming of age story set in Depression-era Mississippi. Emotional. Heartfelt. Highly recommended.

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The Feathered Bone | Julie Cantrell
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Once you close the last page you will have been rung out, but you'll know the tremendous power of faith, hope, and love.

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Love Warrior: A Memoir | Glennon Doyle Melton
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......People who are hurting don't need Avoiders, Protectors, or Fixers. What we need are patient, loving witnesses. People to sit quietly and hold space for us. People to stand in helpless vigil to our pain.

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