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Well-ReadNeck

Joined May 2016

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
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Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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Went to the Decatur Book Festival reveal party tonight!!! Love this year‘s poster and the line up is off the hook!!! Sonya Sotomayor, Karl Marlentes, Jasmine Gillory, Phillipa Gregory, and Teá Obrecht just to name a few!!!! Can‘t wait!!!! #DBF2019

daena This years poster is indeed fantastic! So looking forward to DBF! 17h
ReadingSusan Yay!! I can‘t wait! 17h
annahenke Sounds fun! Love the promotional art work! 17h
Leftcoastzen Nice poster! 15h
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#audiobook

Audiobooking at the Farmer‘s Market this morning!!!

JohannaRose Beautiful! That sounds lovely 😊 💕 1d
callielafleur Lovely flowers!!! 20h
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Bailedbailed

I have enjoyed Abbott‘s other books, but this one just didn‘t make the grade. The story was basically told in the first 20% of the book. And, at that, the details were about Remus‘s abusive personality not in the chase and investigation of him by Willebrandt. Disappointing.
#netgalley

Reviewsbylola I‘ve read at least one of her books. This one sounds like a bummer though. 1d
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Dostie's memoir focuses on her time in the army, and, particularly her sexual assault and the handling of her attach by the military. She has an astonishing ability to be unflinching but sincerely curious about all of the issues that arise. This book feels like a dialogue rather than a manifesto. #netgalley

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Mehso-so

This is a novel told in lists. I wasn‘t sure whether this would be a hit or miss. For me, it turns out to be something in between. Dicks advances the plot remarkably well in this format. Overall, this was an entertaining and enjoyable read, but the middle third dragged a bit. #netgalley

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I loved this book so hard. I‘m not sure that I would have liked it as much in print. But I ADORED the audiobook and the narration caught the cadence of the language perfectly. Highly recommended on audiobook!!! #audiobook

Theaelizabet Agreed. I read and listened, back and forth, enjoying both. My book of the year, so far. 3d
ferskner Oooo good to know! I hadn't heard good things (despite the Booker) so I was afraid to try it. 3d
Cathythoughts Excellent on Audible 👍🏻♥️ 2d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Kimberlone Still waiting for this to arrive in my #BOTM box! 3d
Sweettartlaura Oooh!!! @Kimberlone this might be worth restarting my #BOTM 😬 3d
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👏🏼👊🏼🙌🏼 🤓

wanderinglynn Is the author referring to Alderaan being blown up as the “billions of innocent people” that Vader killed? 4d
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Mehso-so

A quirky, fun afternoon read. The ARC cover is weird.

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Deep River | Karl Marlantes
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Bailedbailed

Going against the grain with this one, but I just couldn‘t finish it. Good enough story, but it‘s very slow and incredibly long. And, 42% into the book, I just don‘t find myself invested enough to continue. #netgalley

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Great audiobook. For fans of Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink. The complete opposite advice from the 10,000 hour rule with scientific backing. Loved it!!!! #audiobook

Karisa Hurray for well-rounded people! Defintely one of my school's goals for our middleschoolers. 😊 6d
rwmg Wishlisted 6d
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The Warehouse | Rob Hart
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Mehso-so

This novel imagines a world of global warming and Amazon taken to extremes. Corporate spy, company control of all aspects of your life, lots of familiar elements. The story, too, fell a bit flat for me. #netgalley

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Mehso-so

Very possibly a voice of a generation (millennials), but not my generation. Likely for that reason, I didn‘t quite connect to these essays, which I found rambling and meandering but without thesis or certainty. My favorites were Ecstasy and We Come from Old Virginia. #netgalley

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Quick summer read. The author piles on the misogyny in order to point out that misogyny is bad. Just way too much for me in what might otherwise be a straightforward feel good read. #netgalley

ReadingisMyPassion Looking forward to reading this one. 3d
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Mehso-so

The second half of this novel was good, but it took a looooong time to get going. The child narrator didn‘t really work for me, either. I see where she was going with that choice and it works in some ways, but adds confusion and slows the story, too.

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Such an interesting exercise. This memoir is two companion books that together answer the question for Hemon: What made me who I am? My parents... talk about his family history and parents marriage especially illuminating about life in Yugoslavia/Bosnia before the war. The second are snippets of memory that he unpacks with an adult lens. Fabulous! #netgalley

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Mehso-so

This mystery is a change in genre for Jackson. You can still feel her personality here, but the formula feels a bit stilted. I prefer her usual books, but I‘m sort of tired of psychological thriller genre, in general. #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer

Ashley_Nicoletto This ones on my preorder list, but I‘ve also been feeling slightly burnt out on thrillers so maybe it shouldn‘t be. 🤣🤣 1w
ReadingisMyPassion I loved this book. 3d
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The Gone Dead: A Novel | Chanelle Benz
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Mehso-so

Just so so for me.

kyraleseberg Same here 1w
Hazel0303 How disappointing to hear! 1w
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A June Bride | Marybeth Whalen
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June is wedding season and here are a few wedding related recommendations from my blog!!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/3-to-get-reading-june-bride-editio...

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Yay! #BookHaul

A few library holds and a few borrowed ARCs.

The book in the top right corner is the tagged book. The ARC cover is different.

First up: The Gone Dead.

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American Judas | Mickey Dubrow
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Mehso-so

Listed as mystery/thriller this book leans more dystopia to me. The Far Right Christian element passes the CHRIST act which names Christianity as the only sanctioned US religion and laws that follow and their consequences mirror those in other states around the world where the church and state barrier does not exist. Interesting food for thought but too neatly wraps up.

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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Peña
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Fun take on Clark Kent‘s High School year‘s. I especially like the contemporary take and how the author sees Superman as a refugee. #audiobook

BooknerdsLife That sounds very interesting 😊 2w
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One of my favorite reads of the year!!! This book tells the stories of (1) a preacher turned serial killer (2) his lawyer who represented the preacher and then represented his vigilante killer and (3) Harper Lee, her career and her time investigating the preacher and his murder in anticipation of writing a book that never happened. Fabulous!!!

MicheleinPhilly Glad to hear it! I just picked this up yesterday. 2w
Blaire I really want to read this one! The review in the nyt made it sound fascinating! 2w
Susannah I don't know if you'll want to answer, but SPOILER request: Why did Harper Lee never write the book? 2w
Well-ReadNeck @Susannah That wasn‘t firmly resolved. A couple of speculations included that she couldn‘t find a way to organize the material or that she ultimately lost interest or didn‘t think it was a good enough story. 2w
Susannah Interesting. Thank you! 2w
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Great debut novel. If u liked An American Marriage, this novel addresses similar issues. An extended family saga.

MicheleinPhilly And I picked this one up during my LAST indie haul. 😬 2w
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IQ | Joe Ide
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ReadingRover I really liked this one! 2w
ruskigurl16 I loved this book! 2w
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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!!

Loved this book about the underbelly of the truffle industry and how it got that way. #netgalley

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/the-truffle-underground-a-tale-of-...

Ncostell Sounds good! Just added it to my towering TBR list! 2w
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what‘s in the on deck circle for this week. Not sure about Deep River. I‘m super excited about it, but that baby is a doorstopper - over 800 pages!!! That may end up being the ONLY thing on next week‘s list 😂

BeaG I enjoyed Anissa Gray's book. 2w
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Just no. This novel did not work for me at all. None of the characters were likeable or sympathetic and the story was a drag. I only kept reading because of reviews saying that the final third makes it all worth while. I disagree. The “twist” felt gimmicky and did nothing to elevate this for me. It felt like it was trying to be Where‘d You Go, Bernadette? But it was a miss for me. #netgalley

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The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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Simona Must read for fans of The Name of the Rose? I have read a few reviews of this book, and for the first time I see this comparison ... stacked! 2w
Lcsmcat Intriguing. Stacked. 2w
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So much goodness on today‘s Kindle Daily Deals. Here are a few I‘ve read and recommend!!!
#SorryNotSorry #KindleDeals #Recommendsday

https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000677541

BarbaraTheBibliophage I grabbed up a couple of the same ones you did! 2w
Hooked_on_books Thick is amazing 2w
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OMG! Today‘s Kindle Daily Deals are unbelievable. I may have gone a little 🥜!!!
#BookHaul #KindleDeals

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=digital-text&rh=n%3A6165851011&lo=list&page=4&qid=155...

Bklover Omg! Thanks! Heading to check it out now😊 2w
Coleen_Nieto @Well-ReadNeck thanks so much!! 2w
MicheleinPhilly You‘re not alone! 2w
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janeycanuck The Lost Man is excellent! I read it in mid-winter and couldn‘t understand why there was snow outside when I looked out the window after closing the book! 2w
Crazeedi Stella fortuna is awesome!!!! 2w
mhillis I got The Book of Delights too. Just heard about it on the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and it sounded so interesting! 2w
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META: Reading about the first of June on the first of June.

SUPER META: I also turned 16 on the first of June. (but not this year! 😂)

Sharing a birthday with a fictional character! 🤓

tournevis Happy birthday! 🎇🎇🎇 2w
Lovesbooks87 Pretty cool! Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎈 2w
Tamra Happy Book Day! 🎂 😃 2w
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tpixie Wow! Lots of coinkydinks! Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎂 📚♥️ 2w
bookseller_cate Happy birthday! 🎉 2w
nelehelen Happy birthday!!! 2w
Dorianna Happy Birthday! 🎂 2w
Leftcoastzen Biblioweirdness ! Cakes and candles to you! 2w
xicanti Happy birthday! 2w
JulAnna Happy Birthday!🎉 2w
Soubhiville Happy Birthday!🎊🎂🎁 2w
tracey38 Happy birthday! 2w
Llanphear It‘s my birthday as well!! Happy birthday!!🎂🎈 2w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!!! 📚📚📚📚📚 2w
julesG Happy Birthday!!! 2w
BarbaraJean So cool!! Happy Birthday!! 🎁🎂🎉🎈📚 2w
ReadingMeagan Happy birthday!! 2w
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎁🎈 2w
tpixie @Llanphear happy birthday 🎁 2w
QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂 2w
CaitZ Happy Birthday! 🎂 🎉 2w
mrp27 Happy Birthday! 🎉📚🎂 2w
PaperbackPirate Happy Belated Birthday! 2w
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June | Lori Copeland
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#JuneTBR

Looking forward to a lot of ARCs this month!! #netgalley

Hazel0303 I really want to read Deep River and reluctantly requested it - I say reluctantly because of it being over 800 pages. 😬 2w
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Holy 💩! What am I getting myself into?! 😜

JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahaha...that‘s a great note! 2w
BookFrog Love it! 😂 2w
Soubhiville That‘s hilarious and makes me want to read the book! 2w
Hazel0303 What an author‘s note!! 2w
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Favorites | Garret Mathews
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#BestOfMay #MayFavorites

My favorite reads from May!!!!

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Lots of books read this month! 💃🏽🕺🏼

Last weekend‘s readathon made a big difference!!!!!

Cinfhen Wow!!!! Fantastic!!!! 2w
Eggs Congratulations 🎈🎉 2w
Itchyfeetreader Love this layout also 2w
Addison_Reads Great job! 🎉 2w
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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More audiobook recommendations for summer road trips!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/murderbot-diaries-martha-wells/

alanacristin Just read the first book tonight and looooooooved it 😍😍😍😍 glad to know the audiobooks are good! I'm on the lookout for the rest of the series. 2w
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An interesting look at the historical and contemporary American South. So sorry to hear of the death of the author this week as he was on tour for this book.

BookNAround I‘ve enjoyed his writing since reading Confederates in the Attic many years ago. So sad he‘s gone at only 60. 3w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Y‘all I just couldn‘t with this book. The premise makes me soooo uncomfortable.

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For Real | Alison Cherry
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I read a lot of non-fiction (for me) this Spring for a book prize committee that I was part of. Today, I was listening to the most recent All the Books and Liberty‘s co-host this week is a host for Book Riot‘s non-fiction podcast, For Real. This week‘s episode is a recap of the best non-fiction of 2019 so far and Liberty Hardy was a guest host in a quid pro quo. I am excited to find some other titles to add to my nonfiction TBR! #bookriot #forreal

LauraJ Thanks for sharing! 3w
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#TBRTuesday

Planning to finish up the month of May with these books!!!

Blaire I‘ve seen joshilyn Jackson recommended by a number of people whose taste in books is similar to mine. Is there one you recommend? (Assuming you‘ve read others). 3w
Gnora @Blaire I'm not the OP, but I love Jackson's work. Between Georgia is my personal fave, but I tend to recommend The Girl Who Stopped Swimming for new readers. 3w
Blaire @Gnora thank you!! I‘ll check the girl who stopped swimming out. 3w
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The Magnetic Girl | Jessica Handler
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A clever premise and beautiful writing. But, the plot and pace lagged for me. #audiobook

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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OK! Here‘s where I stand: around 18 hours and 7 books (2 of which were SUPER short). I‘ll still be reading tomorrow, but excited for getting this much read. Shout outs to everyone reading this weekend. It‘s so much fun to read alongside you all!!
#24b4monday

Soubhiville Nice! 3w
Clwojick You did awesome! Way to go! 🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️ 3w
xxjenadanxx Awesome job! What was your favorite? 3w
BooknerdsLife Wow! Amazing👏🏼👏🏼 3w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Very interesting premise. But, some bits dragged and I don‘t like having a male narrator in this story. #24b4monday

Nute That is an odd choice - a male narrator for women talking about assault and rape, but I guess that he is the witness to their narrative. And it points out that he is trusted. 3w
KathyWheeler Oh dear. I expected a female narrator for this story. 3w
BarbaraBB I agree with your review. And the male was a bit self centered at certain moments too. 3w
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ephemeralwaltz Traci from The Stacks podcast interviewed the author and it's an interesting (short) conversation giving more insight into her narrative intentions! (i use Spotify so here's the link) https://open.spotify.com/episode/0N2H3nlfZN38ylgymGnU4v?si=PX51OwX6QH6PZzaWUKXGK... 3w
Reggie @KathyWheeler you find out why he is there. It threw me off for a minute but there is a reason he is there. 3w
KathyWheeler @Reggie Good to know. Thanks. 3w
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Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Entertaining enough that I finished, but there is just no plot here. Lots of folks from my book club would love that but not my bag 😜 #24b4monday

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Fun meet cute story.

Took an accidental nap this afternoon 😜 but back on track for #24b4monday

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Summer Reading | Hilma Wolitzer
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Another great summer reading list. I‘ve got several of these in my TBR stack and am working on a couple right now!! 👏🏼👏🏼🌞📚🌞📚

https://bittersoutherner.com/bitter-southerner-summer-reading-roundup-2019

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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I began this essay collection thinking “Yes!! So relatable”. Then, this one is not so relatable, but ok. Interesting. And, finally, meh. Not so interested. I‘m not sure what it is, maybe just too much in one place. Might be better spread out over time. #24b4monday

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