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Joined April 2016

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I Take You: A Novel by Eliza Kennedy
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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
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The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I really enjoyed this retelling although on the short side it was a nice interpretation set in Brooklyn with diversity #justread #read #pride #ibizoboi

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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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I gave this a good 100 pages but I couldn‘t finish it. It wasn‘t cohesive for me to continue. I am probably in the minority‘s here 😟

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Christodora | Tim Murphy
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I have had this on my radar for quite some time. I was enthralled with it. Set in NYC, with different decades jumping around, it was a well rounded novel with great characters. It delves into the HIV/AIDS epidemic the city went thru & gives a history which I appreciated as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Been soooo long since I‘ve posted, I want to make a point this upcoming year to post more! This is one book I want to tackle before end of it the year! Wish me luck! #currentread

BookishMarginalia Welcome back! 11mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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Been wanting this & it‘s on sale thru Amazon Kindle for $2.99. Score!

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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Mehso-so

Just finished, thinking wth did I just read! Goodness what a turn it takes in the middle to fantastical world where it wraps up way to quickly with so many holes! Yea this was ok for me...wish there was more guidance on how to interrupt this 🤔

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Mehso-so

I want to say this was above so so but not super great! I had issues with it such as the supernatural aspect of it but I couldn‘t put it down one sec cause I just felt horrible for the kids & wanted after every chapter for them to be OK!! Jeez what a horrible person their mom was! She pissed me off totally!

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Mehso-so

I listened to this in audio and glad I did cause I think I‘d be bored reading it! It just didn‘t live up to any of my expectations it was just ok 😐

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Here‘s my beast, Brando!! He‘s a character! #BeastsBoxGiveaway

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IQ | Joe Ide
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Really liked this book! The Narrator was on point too! It‘s like a Urban Sherlock with heart!

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Starting my #nonfictionnovember reads with this one 👆🏻...so far so good! It‘s kinda infuriating get the back story of how Natuve Americans were treated! But such a thorough read!

Megabooks Such a nice choice! 2y
susanw I started my month with this one too, but I‘m doing audio! 2y
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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My first Waters book...online book club pick...I wanted to like this more then I did. Just didn't take on the feeling of suspense at all but I had to get thru to the end just in case.

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The Known World | Edward P. Jones
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Current Situation....📖☕️

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This was an enchanting stroll! Recently there have been some heavy life situations I needed to get my mind off & this book did it! Lillian takes a walk down memory lane literally, she's so witty I loved every piece off her! You felt like you were in Manhattan with her! So good!

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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I wanted to get into this & I've been trying to get into Westerns but it's just didn't happen with this one! On the plus side, the hubby picked it up and he never reads! Haha

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Megabooks Loved it! 3y
Reviewsbylola 💜💜💜 3y
Vblancsbooks @Ebooksandcooks @Reviewsbylola the first chapter got me...can't stop won't stop! 3y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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That was my thought in the last half of this book!!! Wow what an unexpected ending!! Great thriller not a lot of beautiful writing but who cares when you have a twisted mind like that!! #read #finished #books

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My Saturday pile...while dog-sitting & laundry!

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Wow! Read this over lunch! It got me hook, line, and sinker! Does she have a knack for twists! #read #thegrownup #gillianflynn #febreads

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Not for me...the back & forth time line was too much confusion although I think that was the authors idea of losing memory, she wrote beautifully just fell short of real plot 😖

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I'm gonna say a solid read, I really cared for Ada after her father becomes ill but the big reveal left me lackluster so I'm give this a 3.75 🌟it might of done with some editing too since this is over 400 pages! Worth the read I think!

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Can't Even...HELP MYSELF this month!! They all sounded so so good!!! #bookwormproblems #bookofthemonth

Bookish_B I want them all! 3y
Reviewsbylola Great box! 3y
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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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I started this a week ago & was hooked but had to finish my other library holds...tonight's the night to dig in! #wineandbooks #currentread #reading #saturdaynight

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I had to take back the book to the Library but I gave it 3.5 stars. Before the half mark, I was losing interest but it took a turn for the better. I enjoyed the unfolding of the story just no really memorable. Other then Fix, he was a doll!

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Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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I was enthralled with this book! I liked the sense of magical realism thru out, I thought the writing was great, at one point there was too many lines to keep marking! No it's not for everyone since it involves cruelty to children but i found it was a book of love, hope, survival! #justread #Januaryreads #read #

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Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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Went to the library to get my hold of #Mischling & came out with #Commonwealth as well. Pretty much moved these up my #TBR list 😝👍🏼🤓

Yournewfriendsams I just ordered these two today! 3y
ApoptyGina69 Recently bought both. Starting Mischling tonight! 3y
Vblancsbooks @ApoptyGina69 I am reading the first chapter of each...commonwealth is hooking me though!! 3y
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Oh how I loved this book! I feel in love with most of the characters which had great development thru out. If you are a historical fiction person like me, this book is for you! Loved the end notes by the author! 🙌🏼❤💁🏻#read #januaryreads #salttothesea

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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I can't put this down!!!

jessberk13 Love!! I read it in one sitting. If you haven't already, read 3y
Vblancsbooks @jessica see I've had Gray on my TBR & when I bought the Sea I was like "oh same author!" 3y
jessberk13 It's one of my favorites. She's a great writer. I have yet to read her third novel 3y
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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After hearing about #carriefisher, I did retail therapy 😔such great sales today on Amazon! Been wanting these 3 for a while! #bookhaul #books

Libby1 I did the same thing. I'm grateful I had a gift card! 3y
raelaschoenherr I bough this one too! 3y
Vblancsbooks @raelaschoenherr have you started it yet? 3y
raelaschoenherr Not yet! But I've heard great things! 3y
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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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@Liberty currently reading & loving #zadiesmith #swingtime !! #BooksfromSteinbeck

Donna_sBookMinute Just tracked mine. It's here. Can't wait. Have to finish The Mothers first though. 3y
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Why it took me so long to read a #maryroach book I don't got a clue?! 😝I'm listening to this on audio while packing...it's great! #decemberreads #reading #listening

Reviewsbylola This is my favorite of hers. 3y
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Waited patiently 3 mths for my library hold to be available & started it the day Mr. Whitehead got his honor of winning the National Book Award! Hands down a modern classic with a great heroine Cora-oh Cora! Beautifully heartbreaking journey of a runaway slave escaping on an "actual" Underground Railroad & being chased by a slave catcher, the suspense was unreal & gut wrenching! 4 ?

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Finished this in two sittings..this was beautiful! Was immersed in the lives of Aubrey, Nadia and Luke. The writing was just mind blowing from a debut author. I'm one in the LOVE this book gang!

Donna_sBookMinute This one's in my #NovemberTBR. Can't wait to start reading it. 3y
Lacythebookworm Finished it in one plane trip! So fast, yet brilliant! ❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola I agree, the author is very accomplished. I will definitely be interested to see what she published next! 3y
Vblancsbooks @Lacythebookworm really fast I have markers everywhere with quotes to remember! @Reviewsbylola agreed! She gives a great interview on Politics & Prose You Tube channel...can't believe she's 26! 3y
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This is me...hugging this book! Guys I just ADORED this book! It's a simple plot, not much drama but the writing & the characters! Count Rostov will go down as one of my fav literary character's-he made his confined situation, that could of been a slow suicide, into something wonderful, doable, hopeful!

Reviewsbylola I agree, the Count is a great character! 3y
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My planner bookmark insert for keeping track of #octoberreads #plannernerd #booknerd #craftnerd

Vblancsbooks @BookishMarginalia just wish my handwriting was better 😖 3y
LauraBeth ❤️this ! 3y
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Finished my reread and it was just as great as it was when I was a kid! I love a story of perseverance thru so much hardship and making the best of what you have even if it is so little...❤️❤️❤️

Bookish_B I need to re-read this too. I remember loving it but have lost so much of the details! 3y
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Sunday morning...#happyplace

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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Holy cow was that a ride! Just finished this in one sitting-page turning thriller completely had me at the first few pages, I think cause I've been watching too many JonBenet docs, I was trying to compare notes but this story with the twists left me stumped to the end!

Ammie Hoping to finish tomorrow!! 3y
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I just love love this book... ❤️❤️❤️

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Quick mystery, reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Short & sweet, kept my attention to turn page after page. 3.5 🌟 for me.

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FINALLY!!!! 🙌🏼 #bookofthemonth #happyday

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I love Francie!! Haha 😂😂😂 her observations are great!! #readalong #atreegrowsinbrooklyn #currentread

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....so this happened #litsymademedoit #andliberty @Liberty #andbookriot #andbooktube 🎉👍🏼🙋🏻

Bookish_B I got the same three! 👍🏼😁 3y
Vblancsbooks @Bookish_B we should do a buddy read 3y
Shortstack @Vblancsbooks @Bookish_B apparently they are popular choices because I picked them up too! 3y
Vblancsbooks @Shortstack 👍🏼 I'm in good company 😊 3y
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I joined a read along of this childhood favorite #septemberreads #books #readalong

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Yes @Litsy you made me do it! I'm now starting my first issue! #ilovereading #serialreader

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This is why I read...I learn something new every time! #knowledge #reading #kindleread #robertmassie

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I'm probably the last person to read this. Found it at a book sale..it was fate! Starting this today! #currentread #book #reading

Yournewfriendsams This is still on my TBR too 😬 3y
BookishMarginalia This was my junior class nonfiction summer book. 👍🏼 3y
Gezemice Great book! Enjoy! 3y
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MommaBeja I enjoyed the multiple layers of the story. I loved the science and the ethical underlying questions 3y
Vblancsbooks @MommaBeja yes I'm hoping to finish this weekend! I can't put it down when I pick it up! But alas works got in the way this week 🙄 3y
MommaBeja @Vblancsbooks it is worth the effort. Enjoy 3y
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Quite surprised I liked this book. It did fall a little to the boring side in the middle but picked up till that ending! So let's discuss...was the girl that fell made a clone?? #dozenquestions #sleepinggiants

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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So funny @BookBabe I just bought this edition in SF The BookSmith bookshop! I love collecting different covers! #booknerd #books #bookworm #bookcover

Reviewsbylola I actually think I have this. Sad that I don't know for sure. 😁 3y
RealLifeReading Such a cute cover! 3y
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My city is having a Book Drive to help our libraries! Happy to help out and find these gems a new home!! #books #bookdrive #