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akfreeborn

akfreeborn

Joined March 2016

I want more time to read!
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Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I have meant to get to this one for a while. It is well written with well formed characters confronting science and religion and gender roles of the era not to mention class. I think it plodded on a bit but still I‘m glad I read it. Now time to watch the limited series with Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Beautifully written family saga with lots of secrets and history. Loved the mom‘s post death communication to her kids to explain what was dangerous for everyone to know. Excellent book!

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I love a story of a con and it is always remarkable how the con artist justifies their behavior. Set in a small town and the art world, it was interesting how she got away with it for so long. Parts dragged a bit but overall, I recommend!

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was another great modern romance. I do like the fake boyfriend trope and I felt the academic setting gave a little substance to their daily living and smart interactions with their friends. Speed through this one.

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This is a coming of age memoir set in the glory days of the glossy magazine. The Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter took a chance on Dana Brown and gave him the opportunity of a life time. Sometimes it is all someone needs is for someone to believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Brown is a keen observer and captures the day to day working of Condé Nast and VF, full of personalities and pop culture references. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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I did not realize how similar in theme this book was to Babyteeth, a book I loved. This one was quite good as well— the whole nature/nurture together with a possible unreliable narrator makes you start second guessing everything. I think most of the voice worked but I‘m not sure the family history worked for me. Good treatment of these topics- if you like this definitely read Babyteeth-it does better with the child behavior reasons.

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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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Another female revenge story. It was good but not great. Thought the “con” was a little slow in its execution. Liked the characters pretty well.

Eringogreen Agree about the con being slow 3w
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Friends Like These: A Novel | Kimberly McCreight
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I should have bailed. I liked the premise and I liked alternating POV but not timeline as much. All unlikeable which doesn‘t bother me but it was hard to fathom how bad everyone really was. Too many loose ends and conclusion felt rushed.

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Mary Roach is the best. The chapters on human animal conflict were each so interesting. She is so engaging as she becomes an expert as she dives deep on each topic! Good summer non fiction

mcctrish She is amazing 1mo
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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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Another quick summer read, a follow up to his previous book, The River. I liked it. It went off the rails at the end but it was entertaining and Heller writes beautifully.

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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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I read this in one day Not something I ever do. Loved Holmes‘ first novel and this is even better- snappy real dialogue, nice people, cute plot and Maine and how to figure out “together” and “apart” that works in a relationship. Right book for me right now! Thank you!

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Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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This novel is really between a puck and so-so. It was a little plodding and repetitive in the chapters leading up to the ending. It was not the mountaineering that weighed it down but the problems with people dying…but the ending was good and exciting. If I had read this quicker I might have enjoyed it more. Still glad I finished!

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Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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1. 🏔🌬🦙🧗‍♂️💀🇳🇵📓⛺️. 2. I would love a sequel to The Maid. 3. Black Cake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨@eggs #wondrouswednesday @NatalieR @JenReadsAlot @ClairesReads sorry I‘m late it‘s Thursday. Thanks for tagging me @Sparklemn

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻🥳 2mo
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Enjoyed this follow up of Maud‘s activity. This installment looks at her current situation and looks back to situations in the past that called her to action. Just when you think maybe she is unredeemable her plans for the future seem hopeful and bright.

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I found this account of Amy‘s husband and his desire to end his life after his Alzheimer‘s diagnosis so raw and truthful and sad and joyful all at once. This book is nothing short of beautiful.

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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Great feminine power book mixed with quite a bit of revenge. It was a quick fun but dark book that read very quickly. I liked all of the female trio!

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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I‘ve read Otsuka‘s previous work but this one is my favorite. I love how unsettling the shift from pool life to “after the crack” is and how the shift became so meaningful, sad and personal. She is a keen observer with so much packed in few words.

jlhammar Yes, great review! I loved this book. One of my favorites this year. 2mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This is my favorite by Emily Henry to date. She writes banter so well and you will likely enjoy all of these nice people. Read this one quickly. And I will read anything this author writes at this point.

Elizabeth2 I really like Emily Henry. Stacked! #blamelitsy 3mo
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Loved this story and the detective work the disappeared man‘s daughter and wife had to do to figure out who they needed protecting from. Reminded me slightly of early John Grisham. Read this one quickly. It is going to be a limited series. Should be great.

CherMoreBooks Loved this one and am looking forward to the series! 3mo
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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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I can see this title is somewhat divisive but I really enjoyed this chilling parenting tale! I can imagine this when I see how some kids are with their parents. This one is like watching a train wreck. Very well done.

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Metropolis: A Novel | B. A. Shapiro
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Clever story of those that are brought together at a storage warehouse facility. Good lawyers and bad, artists, person hiding from ICE, victim of abuse, and those trying to improve their lives. Lots of interesting events bring the people together and it has a good ending. Publishing next week, I believe. The warehouse provided a structure for the various narrators. Received through bookbrowse.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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More of a pick than not. The structure was ambitious, the characters were ok but the plot and mystery was good. I enjoy Lucy Foley‘s stories and the setting was very creepy here. Jess was ok but the rest were a little unbelievable. I think we maybe would have been more vested if we knew more about brother, Ben!

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I loved Louise Erdrich‘s most recent book set partly at her bookstore during the pandemic and George Floyd murder. She writes beautifully and observes and contemplates thoroughly. It is a beautiful book with bonus booklists!

HeatherBookNerd I loved it too. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 At my last trip to my local indie bookstore, they had Blind Date With a Book - this was my pick. The description on the wrapping was intriguing! 4mo
akfreeborn @OriginalCyn620 I‘ve always had good luck with Blind Date with a Book - great idea and hope you like it 4mo
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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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This modern romance was just great. I loved the premise DNA soulmate matching (if only) and the characters were all quite endearing. This is not my go-to genre but this was smart, sexy and I loved it!

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On Animals | Susan Orlean
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This collection of animal related essay was so entertaining and I learned some things as well. Orlean has a talent for finding an interesting story in each chapter, never overly sentimental but true and caring and what seems like responsible storytelling. I enjoyed the chapter on mules, the lost dog in Atlanta particularly but every chapter was great!

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What a powerful account of World War I and it‘s affect on black soldiers from Senegal fighting for France. The account is gruesome but so raw and real. For this young man, he will not recover from the atrocities faced in war. Amazing book!

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This was an account of a European Algerian protester who set a bomb that would hurt no one to call attention to Algerian independence from France. Based upon a true person, this was a history I didn‘t know. Really well written novella that has a creative POV switching that I really liked. Highly recommend!

Cinfhen I JUST added this to my TBR today!! Kismet ✨✨✨✨glad to hear it‘s a pick 💛 5mo
akfreeborn @Cinfhen Let me know how you like it! 5mo
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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This is a wonderful account of the decades‘ influences and quite a bit about Gen-X and the world the emerged into. So many historic, pop culture, political and social references that explains those effects on us. Really fascinating and hard to put down!

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I really enjoyed this story about Molly. The book had some choice twists that you could see coming but seeing the murder and crime through the eyes of someone on the spectrum was really well handled. Ultimately this was a happy ending story which was what I needed right now.

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Chalk-Circle Man | Fred Vargas
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My reading while my son had a surgical procedure today. Very clever plot. The first in the popular French series. I enjoyed it but translation was a bit clumsy in spots- maybe that is intentional. I would read another in this series!

Jas16 Wishing your son a speedy recovery. 5mo
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Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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I really enjoyed this surprisingly literary look at campus sex scandals, aging, power and marital relationships. Both husband and wife are respected professors until inappropriate relationships are called out. All from the perspective of an ambitious 57 year old professor it has a little crazy ending but it is really well done. This seems to be somewhat divisive but if you picked this for content and nor the cover you might very well like it.

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Such a fun little book with compiled articles Murakami wrote about his extensive t-shirt collection. Makes me examine the rules of my own t-shirts. What do I buy, keep, wear and cherish? I love everything he writes!

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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This was a terribly clever story of an incident that happens on an airline flight and the people we meet who were affected. The plot is compelling but the various small stories of the passengers allow us to think about the moral, ethical and philosophical issues about who we are to ourselves and each other.

IuliaC Great review! This one is next on my to read list :) 6mo
akfreeborn @luliaC I hope you love it. It is a wild premise! 5mo
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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This was an enjoyable creative romance. There were wonderful friends, the New York setting and the time travel bit actually worked and had an explanation that made some sense. Very likeable characters.

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I love the premise of this series. Glad to revisit the characters- the ex husband is so daft. Simple unbelievable plot but fun!

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Two different storylines in this historical fiction re the Fricks and the artist muse “Angelica” and a model and intern in the 60s. I thought the plot was well pulled together even if a little of it was forced to make the two collide. I liked the post WWI story best. I thought it was well researched. I highly recommend for art lovers and those interested in the Gilded Age.

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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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This reminded me of a Olen Steinhauer book because of the stuck in an airport storytelling. Jeff inserts himself into the work and private life of a man he rescued, maybe not a moral man. Interesting view of art gallery and dealing. This short book was terribly engaging. Well done!

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A little noir-like and depicts a specific time and place well for a period of Mexican History I didn‘t know about. Liked Elvis pretty well but the rest of them didn‘t really matter particularly Leonora bout she did tie everything in. I give this one 3.5 stars. It was well written.

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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This was so entertaining and creepy with awful characters and horrible motives! I loved it. Very quick read with Highsmith vibes and a little a Chris Pavone with a little bit of publishing digs! Great book that I‘m glad I finally read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I read this in 2021. I really enjoyed it. Gave me My Sister, Serial Killer vibes. This one is Road-trips Gone Wrong. Quick and exciting. Glad I read it.

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Lucky | Marissa Stapley
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I thought this was enjoyable and while I didn‘t think a happy ending was possible, implausibly it was. I know that bothers some but it didn‘t matter for this book somehow. I enjoyed Lucky, both the book and the character.

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Last in the Good Girl‘s Guide trilogy. It was good but not a great ending nevertheless Holly Jackson has a good plot. I just hate that YA heroines never act like they have parents with any sense. Pip does things the hard way for sure.

MyNamesParadise Yeah this book took a different direction about halfway through that surprised me. But I really loved this series and will read more from Holly Jackson! 7mo
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I really enjoyed this new Sally Rooney. She gets modern love and friendships and the way she presents them seems so real like you are part of the friend group. I hope she will be writing more.

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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These were my best books that I read in 2021. Top twelve I guess but my top 24 were all great this year!

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Nice romance with lots of LGBTQ rep. I‘m not a reality TV watcher but the setting helped force situations and contact. I liked the characters and message.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Lauren Groff did a great job researching this book set in a 12th century abbey. Marie spends her whole life there after being banished there by Eleanor of Acquitaine. I‘ve studied this period and I found this work ambitious in addressing feminist themes, the challenges faced by a women‘s entity in a man‘s world and how the formidable Marie took on the challenge and care of those at the convent. She was incredible!

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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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This was much more nuanced than I thought it would be. This is a revenge thriller but it actually is more thoughtful. It has a surprise but is a bit of a cautionary tale. Very hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Ghost in the Throat | Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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Loved this one. Very different and beautifully written and researched about a woman obsessed with a poet from centuries before. It‘s a feminist book that grapples with motherhood and it‘s struggles and independence.

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I wanted to read this for October but got delayed. Just finished and this one was a tremendously creative and clever book based in history related to mathematician Kepler‘s mother and the trials and tribulations of her being accused a witch in the 1600s. Europe was full of witch hunts for all sorts of reasons and the author did incredible research! Accessible language, funny, sad and scary. Five stars for me!

monalyisha My IRL Book Club is reading this in the coming year & I‘m so looking forward to it! It looks so amazing & is right up my alley! 9mo
akfreeborn @monalyisha I hope you love it! 9mo
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Ex Hex | Erin Sterling
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This was a cute quick light Halloween appropriate rom-com. It was not complex but the characters and setting were very fun!