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awishman

awishman

Joined November 2016

She may not look like much but she's got it where it counts.
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Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty
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Little Women, Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
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Silent In The Sanctuary | Deanna Raybourn
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I enjoy Lady Julia and her eccentric family. I liked this mystery more than the first installment. And Deanna Raybourn really knows how to write that unresolved sexual tension! 😏

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Interesting plot and characters but the pacing was so slow that by the time things started happening I had lost interest. Didnt feel the suspense and dread I anticipated and associate with this genre.

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Deception | C. J. Redwine
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Enjoyable YA fantasy. This is the second installment in a trilogy. Nothing that blew my mind, but a fun read.

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This series has won my heart. I've loved every installment and just have one book left. The world building and characters are so well developed. If you liked Mists of Avalon, I highly recommend this series.

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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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I got so sucked into this! The world-building was incredible and the story was complex and intriguing. Definitely reading the next book!

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Fun twist on a Cinderella story. This series is light and fun.

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What to Read and Why | Francine Prose

Do you plan what you read ahead of time? How? I'm interested in people's processes.

hes7 Library due dates generally help me figure out what to read next. 😂 2w
Jaimelire I am mostly a “mood” reader. Some weeks I feel like a cozy mystery, sometime some sci-fi and once in a while I need a good historical fiction novel. Kind of like food binges, but with books! 2w
LaurenELovesToRead I have a pile of to be reads organised into the order I‘m going to read them usually in order of when I brought them so if I‘ve bought it last I‘ll read it last. Although there are some points where a really good book comes out and I put it on the top of the pile instead of at the bottom because I‘m just too excited and can‘t wait! 2w
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sprainedbrain Yes and no... I like to do a few reading challenges every year, and I plan the books for them using my ridiculous tbr. Near the end of each month, I pick a bunch from that last and from other newer books that have struck my fancy and make a list of what to read the following month. Then I just pick what to read based on how I feel and library holds. 😊 2w
awishman @hes7And then the pressure when ALL the holds come in at once! 2w
awishman @Jaimelire That makes sense. I've always had a system, but lately I've been following my bliss. 2w
awishman @LaurenELovesToRead That makes sense. I tried to read a lot of books I'd bought this year with mixed results. 2w
awishman @sprainedbrain That is kind of similar to what I've done before, especially if I'm doing reading challenges. 2w
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The tone and writing style of this book are different from most true crime books that I have read, sometimes the author was a bit flippant and jokey and it jarred me a little, but overall I really enjoyed this book, especially portions pertaining to the Villusca ax murders, which happened in my home state. We will never know definitatively if there was a man on the train, or who he was for sure, but the case this book makes is compelling.

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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Best book I've read in 2019. The plot itself was interesting, but it was the writing that broke me open. The character of Myra and her journey to search for her lost daughter described so beautifully the agony and ecstasy of motherhood. The writing was haunting, aching, and all-encompassing.

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I learned so much from this book. I love nonfiction that takes something I've never or rarely thought about and makes it fascinating, changing the way I think about it. This was one of those books!

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HAWT. SO HAWT. 😍Devoured this romance title so fast (thanks Audible Escape!). A bad boy trying to turn his life around. The POV is all male and he has a beta on the streets alpha in the sheets way of being that made this a great read.

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Hero | Lauren Rowe, (Ro
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Tropey in a good way. Steamy in a hot way. A little too long, but enjoyable.

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Silent in the Grave | Deanna Raybourn
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I am a big fan of the Veronica Speedwell series so while I wait for the next installment I thought I'd try more Raybourn. This story was enjoyable overall, and I truly enjoy Julia as a character. I did think the pacing was a bit slow and the book was over-long.

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Lucky Suit | Lauren Blakely
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This was...ok? It was an average novella. I didn't click with the characters or their chemistry. Probably more of a “not for me“ situation.

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This was a beautifully written novella. It felt darker than Wayfarer's to me, but I love how Chambers seamlessly weaves the science fiction elements with characters I come to know and care for.

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Heir to Sevenwaters | Juliet Marillier
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This series is so amazing. This is book 4 out of 6 and every single one has been a 5-star read for me. Beautifully written with intricate plot and phenomenal characters.

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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This has been on by TBR forever, and I'm so glad I finally read it. The writing was lovely and the story was beautiful.

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Enjoyable enough YA fantasy book. Interesting world-building and plot did make a couple of twists and turns I didn't foresee. I'll continue with the series.

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Legit the most disturbing things I've ever read. Horrifying doesn't even begin to describe it.

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This series is like candy.

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This book was saaaaad. Melancholy.

I listened to the audio narrated by the inimitable Alan Rickman, and needless to say it was stunning.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read this in college, I still remember it as being melancholy too. 1mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Thriller is thrilling. My heart is still pounding!

sprainedbrain 😂 I‘m happy to hear this, as I have it on my shelf. 1mo
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The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was delightful and wholesome. Little Women vibes.

pigeonsandcrows My children and I listened to this as an audiobook last summer and loved it! 1mo
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Shockaholic | Carrie Fisher
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Carrie was so real, so clever, so funny. So bravely raw and honest. And making us laugh along the way. Her books are a gift.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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This was immersive, absorbing, and entertaining. But I could not tell you what it is about, so please don't ask.

charl08 Lol. I think we've all read books like that! 1mo
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Rebirth: Star Wars Legends (the New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory, Book II) | Greg Keyes, Copyright Paperback Collection, J Gregory Keyes
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Resumed my read through of the New Jedi Order. I've struggled with some books in this series, but this was pretty enjoyable. Good Luke/Mara and Anakin/Tahiri moments. Also WTF is up with Kyp?

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This has been on my TBR stack forever, and I'm glad I finally read it. This is an interesting area of history and this book used some primary sources and different points of view without getting too bogged down in details.

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I was mesmerized by this book, a meticulously researched portrait of the five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper. By focusing on their lives and the social norms of the time, Rubenhold restored humanity and dignity to Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Kate, and Mary Jane and also demonstrated how the misogyny of the time is still rampant today.

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Woman in White | Wilkie COLLINS
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One of the first mystery novels, and while it is so slow by today's standards I still really enjoyed it.

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Listened to the audio in one shot, and if you like the podcast I'd recommend it.

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This audio book is like an 18-hour roller coaster ride. Just non-stop, relentless action, I enjoyed this book, but also found it kind of emotionally exhausting because things. just. keep. happening. Interesting world-building and characters as well.

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This series is so amazing. A friend recommended it and I'm so glad I started reading it. Another complex fantasy with a complicated heroine. Kind of Mists of Avalon-ish. So good.

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Another fun book from Tessa Dare. This might be my favorite of this series.

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A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with a suspenseful story and thorough world-building. The writing was atmospheric and spooky.

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Sanditon | Jane Austen
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This is an Austen I have only read once before, and this reread was inspired by the trailer for the Masterpiece adaptation. This story lacks what makes Austen's work so magical for me, but it's an enjoyable story, if not brilliant.

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This was my first Hardy, and I quite liked it. His portrayal of women is...dated...but I enjoyed the story nevertheless. Gabriel Oak won my heart.

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Can you judge a book by its cover when the cover is as beautiful as this one?

Lovesbooks87 It is so pretty. I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
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Trying to make up for my ignorance in many (MANY) areas. I learned a lot from this book.

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Along for the Ride | Sarah Dessen
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A friend sent this to me after I shared some personal stuff because she thought I'd identify the main character. She was right! Felt a deep personal connection to this story. 💗

brit91 I loved this book also she is one of my favorite authors all of her books are great!😍📚 2mo
awishman @brit91 this was my first Dessen, but it won't be my last! 2mo
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Fan of the podcast, so some of these cases I've heard of before, but still interesting to read.

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I haven't read this author or series before, and I'm only doing so now because Julie Andrews is going to be in the Netflix adaptation.

I enjoyed it overall, but felt like there were a couple of elements that had dubious consent, and this gave the book a dated feel, and I'm not talking about the fact it's an historical romance. I plan to continue with the series.

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The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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Star Wars Myths & Fables | LucasFilm Press
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Enjoyed this much more than I expected (perhaps the key to liking Star Wars books). The myths and fables are in-universe and function both in and out of universe as a glimpse into the cultures of a GFFA. My favorite story was the Knight and the Dragon.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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A mystery that isn't really a mystery because we never find out the solution. This story just didn't work for me. I had a hard time keeping the characters clear in my mind, and I didn't care for the story arc or ending.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Just as fun and sweet as everyone said it was. Loved it.

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I finished this last night and I'm still screaming internally. This is intense, epic, and heartfelt. 💜 Can't wait to read the next one!

sprainedbrain Yes!!! 🙌🏻 13mo
TheBookKeepers Favorite fantasy series hands down!! Ahh I love this world! I‘m ready for the next installment!! 13mo
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Defy the Stars | Claudia Gray
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Really enjoyed this. It's first of a trilogy, and my only complaint is that it felt a little too long. I enjoyed the examination of the ethical issues that the book brought to life, packed into some YA Sci-fi goodness.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel | Baroness Orczy
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This was a fast, exciting read. Got really caught up in the spy story.
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After struggling a bit with The Fiery Cross, I was so pleased to read this: a return to form and another epic story. Jamie continues to be perfect and set the standard for all men.

Liatrek Yes!!! Jaime is just everything 😊❤️ 1y
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