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Amoon

Amoon

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What a story! Told through the eyes of June who wishes she lives in any ancient time or history instead of the world of the 1980‘s. She has a magical relationship with her godfather Finn, who is a great artist working on a portrait of Greta and her usually mean spirited sister, Greta. No spoilers in this review

Amoon This is a story of real love, friendship and forgiveness. Being the younger sister helps me relate to June. 4d
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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My photos of pages from the book have SPOILERS. What a great book, spanning 40 years of two families who live next door and both husbands are police officers originally from Ireland. I just read an interview with the author and she said that basically adults are the same people they were as children. We get to know Kate and Peter as young children and adults. Serious mental illness and child neglect shape a characters present and future life.

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My cousin and a close friend didn‘t like this book, but my mother in law and my friend‘s mother loved it, so I was intrigued and had to read it. I loved it and was totally entranced from the beginning to the end. kya is a special character that I loved from when she was a young girl until she was 64. She was so incredibly brilliant and creative but the townspeople treated her like she was subhuman. Just heard there will be a movie

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I Owe You One | Sophie Kinsella
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Sophie Kinsella does it again!!! I loved this book about Fixie, who got that nickname because she always wants to fix everything. She loves her family even though her brother is a total controlling, selfish, obnoxious, phony jerk and her sister is the epitome of our modern “self care”.....bs. She lacks confidence and buries her frustrations in order to keep the peace. She‘s lovable, sweet and funny. Great ending too.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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After finishing The Goldfinch, this book was not disappointing. This book takes the reader into the hidden world of a classic‘s teacher small group of students at a small College in New England. Opening with a death and then back tracking to the events that led to the death. Reminded me of Crime and Punishment because you could experience all of the fears the students loved with and how it affected their lives. There is a period of seeming utopia.

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I read it with no spoilers. Has become one of my favorite books. Epic, coming of age book told through the voice of Theo. Amazing descriptions of life in NY and Las Vegas. Will never forget the wonderful , unique characters Hobie, Pippa, Andy, Mrs Barbour and of course Boris.

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The Stars Are Fire | Anita Shreve
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Fantastic book. Set in Maine, Grace is in a loveless marriage, enduring horrible sex with her husband. A sudden wildfire changes everything in Grace‘s life. Being a pianist, I especially loved the parts about the power of music. The descriptions of the scenery, heat from the fire, cold in the winter seem so real. I found this book by chance on the home page of a library. Ever since The Pilot‘s Wife, Anita Shreve‘s books haven‘t disappointed

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The Last Mile | David Baldacci
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I loved this book and found out it‘s part of a series which features Amos Decker - due to a freak football injury he has perfect memory, so he is the best detective.
He takes on the case of Melvin Mars, college super football player who is framed for the murder of his parents.
Great characters and plot twists. Like the best Baldacci, can‘t put it down.

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All the Wrong Places | Joy Fielding
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I‘ve ready almost every book by Joy Fielding and loved them. This one had all the makings of another one - great characters, evil bad guy...I was reading it on a tablet so I didn‘t realize it was the last page until I swiped to the next one. She just ended the book with a cliff hanger ...not happy

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The Stand | Stephen King
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My first time reading a book on a tablet. Didn't realize how long it was! Also my first Steven King book. I totally loved it until the last few pages (which I thought could have been eliminated). The post pandemic story of survivors. Amazing character development and plot twists. If you thought the last few pages made sense, please let me know. Also, which King book should I read next?

OneStrangeGuy I have a read a few but so far my all-time favorite would be the complete dark tower series. The gunslinger is the first one 👍👍 4mo
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I already reviewed this book. Just wanted to list my favorite 10 authors (as of 4/19).
Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, Joy Fielding, Lionel Shriver, Daniel Silva, Mariam Keyes, Wally Lamb, Ed McBain aka Evan Hunter, Alexander McCall Smith...honorable mention: Sophie Kinsella

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This is one of the paragraphs that moved me to tears.

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We experience Eleanor's perception of life as she navigates her existence as an adult who had a horrifying childhood. We see her experience friendship and love for the first time (in her 30s). Besides being sad and lonely, she has a fantastic sense of humor. My favorite was when someone gave her a Spongebob helium balloon and she had no idea who he was. It's a great book when you wonder what's happening to the characters when it's over!

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Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini
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I had heard about this book for years but avoided it because I knew something horrible happens in it...and the suffering is worse than I imagined. I learned so much about why people choose to stay in a war torn country because it is their home. Customs, prejudice and judgements caused people to lie and hurt the people they love the most.

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Fly Away | Kristin Hannah
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Another great one by Kristin Hannah. The non- linear story of Kate and Tully and Cloud aka Dorothy. The central story is the loss of a best friend but it goes backwards and forwards in how people became who they are due to super dysfunctional family situations. The strongest writing was the POV of the teenage daughter Mara, who descends into a dark world because she can't deal with her grief.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Even after I finished it, I'm still wondering about the characters. 9 people end up at a spa that is supposed to change their lives. What starts out as kind of "new age" gradually turns into a nightmare. Have read every Moriarty book I can find..loving them all

Amoon Just want to say that every book I review will be great because if I don't love a book...I dump it!! Too many great books to waste time on duds 9mo
Amoon I heard this will be a mini series - Nicole Kidman will produce and star 8mo
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Dreams of Joy | Lisa See
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That was amazing! The sequel to Shanghai Girls was riveting from start to the last page.
Incredibly well drawn characters, great plot twists and such rich descriptions of China under Mao's rule. Highly recommend this book

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Three Wishes (Perennial) | Liane Moriarty
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I'm loving every book by Moriarty!! This one is about triplet girls who are in certain ways alike but in other ways completely unique. One of my favorite techniques the author uses is to give us the POV of strangers witnessing the triplets from when they were babies to women in their thirties. Great combination of drama and humor.

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Mma Romatswe is back in a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I have read all of these books and am so happy to be back In Botswana again. We are once again in the lives of Precious Romatswe, her husband and their friends and colleagues. These books lower my blood pressure. They also celebrate what's good and inspiring in humanity along with solving a case or two.

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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
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LOVED this book!!! Now I want to read every book by Moriarty. Told in a non-linear manner.
Circles around and around the barbecue- told through the eyes of all participants.
I cried at the last line.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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What a book! After a worldwide pandemic, modern life as we know it ceases to exist. We follow the story of the "traveling symphony" that is a combination of actors performing Shakespeare and an orchestra. We also follow the story of a famous actor in a non-linear fashion and people who were in his life during and after the pandemic

Amoon Is there a way to keep a reading wish list on Itsy? 13mo
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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I loved this book. Great historical fiction about 2 sisters from Shanghai. Takes place from 1937 on. Riveting stories and the plot surges forward until the very last sentence.
Hope there's a sequel

Amoon I saw an interview with the author and heard about the sequel...about to read it now 9mo
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The Other Woman | Joy Fielding
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Joy Fielding's books are totally addictive and this one doesn't disappoint. If you've ever entertained thoughts of being the "other woman"....read this book!! If the married man is cheating with you, can you trust him?
Kind of like trusting the crew from Mutiny on the Bounty. Usually Fielding's books have some scary villains, but this one presents different type.

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Just finished this great book. Rebecca Winter is an edgy New York photographer with a bitchy agent and cheating husband.
When things fall apart, she moves to a rustic cabin in upstate NY and begins her journey to finding herself. Great character development. I especially liked Sarah, who runs the place called,"Tea for Two" and the clown, Tad.. an aspiring singer.
Great ending too.

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Number One Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith
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I have read every one of these books published (new one coming soon). These books develop the main characters and each book focuses on one or two mysteries to solve. Set in Botswana, we see the beautiful simple life of Precious Ramatswe and her prickly assistant Mm. Mikutza. These books will lower your blood pressure with their slow, relaxed pace. They can be surprisingly funny and sometimes move you to tears.

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A unique story about an introverted woman with a weak connection with her family and few friends. She is invited to be in a staged marriage in order to accompany a man to the Galápagos Islands in the 1930's. The government has assigned them to spy on Germans during the build up to WWII. Written in the first person, we gain incredible insight into this woman's fascinating life.

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Cop Hater | Ed McBain
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The first of over 40 police procedurals in his 87th Precinct books. Besides the story of the crimes, McBain follows the lives of the cops with great character development, realistic dialog and humor. I met the author at signings twice and feel a close bond to him because my older brother got me started on McBain when I was 16. Sorry to hear he died several years ago. He also writes under the name Evan Hunter.

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I loved many Anne Tyler books for years, but was disappointed with some newer ones. HAPPY to say that with this book, It feels like she got it back!
Tyler has a great talent to write in the 3rd person, yet we see the main character's POV. As always, we meet quirky characters such as Kate, her scientist father and the funny Pyotr (who Kate's father wants her to marry so he can stay in the US). A short, sweet and funny book.

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I just got this app and wrote a review of Bel Canto!! Just found out about the film. Very excited!!!

Amoon The movie never even came to my city....have a feeling it was a bad one 9mo
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The Undomestic Goddess | Sophie Kinsella
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I love all of Sophie Kinsella's books, but this might be my favorite.
The first scene introducing the main character is the funny description of the main character texting while getting a massage. She is a total overachiever who gets fired and through a series of misunderstandings gets hired as someone's housekeeper. Has one of the hottest, sex scenes without being gratuitously graphic. Great ending too.

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Candyland | Evan Hunter
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This is an amazing book by my favorite author Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain. The book is two books in one with two different style photographs of the author on both sides of the book.
Evan Hunter writes a novel about a sex addict who is a witness to a murder the ...Ed McBain's book is a police procedural about solving the crime.

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The Winner | David Baldacci
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Don't make any plans for the day if you want to read this book! The main character figured out a way to fix the lottery and he chooses people to win, then pretty much controls their finances and life. It has the greatest hero and villain. I'm so happy for anyone who hasn't read it yet because you will have a great ride.

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This is my favorite novel. I don't know how Tom Wolfe did it, but when you read this book you feel like you're in the car, in the courtroom, hearing the crowds shouting. There even is an expression "A Bonfire of the Vanities experience." I had this experience -it's when you (like the main character) are driving in heavy NY traffic and there are @6 exits ahead. The wrong choice could lead you to a sketchy, deserted neighborhood.

adesr16 One of the best books that I have ever read. 1y
Amoon I think I read it in my 20's, now I'm 63, thinking of reading it again (have never reread a book!) 9mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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This has now become one of my favorite books. In the words of the librarian who recommended it to me,"It's its own world ."
It's so good and unexpected that I recommend reading it with NO spoilers. The one thing I can say is that as a musician, this book does more to show how wonderful the creative and performance arts are thank you anything I've ever read.

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This epic book deals with serious issues including the aftermath of the Columbine shootings, drug addiction and women's prison reform in a POV style that lets you really get into people's heads.
The characters are complex and I still think about them and wonder what's going on even after I finished the book.

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