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behudd

Joined June 2018

Administrative Assistant/Part Time Librarian. I love books!
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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You don‘t need to have read Bardugo‘s Grisha trilogy, but I do think it would help to give more background of the world. This had a kind of Ocean‘s 11 feel to it as the main “crook” gathered 5 others to work together to complete an impossible sounding job. I was most interested in the interpersonal relationships, which the author developed well & revealed slowly. Of course it ended with a cliffhanger, so I‘m excited for book 2!

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By the end I loved this book but it took me awhile to get into it. Eleanor is very similar to Temperance Brennon on Bones, except while Bones‘s lack of social grace & understanding is caused by her hyper-scientific mind, Eleanor‘s is based firmly in childhood trauma, so it is not easy subject matter. There were certainly funny moments, and by the end there was so much heart, growth, & healing, I found it to be a gorgeous story.

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Though I love historical fiction, I don‘t think I have read anything set in Renaissance Italy before, so this was a new setting for me. This book did hold some surprising twists, which I didn‘t anticipate, & focused a lot on religion & art, which seems fitting for the time & place. It did end up being more about sex than I was expecting, but it was well written & kept me engaged the whole way through.

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This was such an enjoyable read! It was an interesting story because it often felt like nothing was happening but at the same time I couldn‘t put it down. The only reason it‘s 4 stars instead of 5 is because I thought there were a couple relationships in the book that were very important, but we didn‘t really see the growth, it was just implied. So I would have liked more than that. Still really enjoyed it & would recommend it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The author put together a captivating, fast paced story all told through quick snippets of interviews. Very impressive writing style, very engaging story. I‘ll definitely be recommending this one quite a bit.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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#unpopularopinion: I didn‘t love this book.Part of the problem is that I began by listening to the audiobook version & found it difficult to follow.There are no chapters and there are SO many characters that it hopped around to, I couldn‘t keep track, & that made me not care about the story.However, I read the last 80 pages & liked it better.There were funny parts & I‘m excited to watch the show, but it‘s not the favorite I thought it would be.

ChamomileAndCupcakes Agreed! I couldn‘t make it through :( I wanted to like it, having never read a Pratchett before, but the story telling style really rubbed me the wrong way, I was so confused the whole time! 1mo
behudd @ChamomileAndCupcakes so disappointing! I‘m a big Gaiman fan so I really wanted to love it, too. Hopefully the tv show will be less confusing to follow! 1mo
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Dragon Pearl | Yoon Ha Lee
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was quite similar to Percy Jackson books in story & pacing with main character Min getting into one scrape after another. But what made it more enjoyable for me than PJ & the Greek gods was that I‘m not familiar with the Korean mythology system, so I couldn‘t tell where the story was going as soon as a new character was introduced. It is a fun, middle grade read, and I‘m excited for the other books in the Rick Riordan Presents series!

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Dragon Pearl | Yoon Ha Lee
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Love this!!! What a great way to use his fame platform - not only celebrating other cultures‘ stories but their authors as well!

LibrarianRyan that's how he got his own imprint. Kids were asking him to write mythology from their cultures and he said he couldn't because he didn't know them well enough. This was his answer. So far he as Cuban, Korean, Indian (I think), Mayan, African American legends and folklore are coming in October, and native american is coming in January. So very excited. My #LMPBC group is going to read the October book since I have a galley. Cant wait! 1mo
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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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I did enjoy some of the stylistic choices the author made: a lot of 1940s slang made its way in, & she did a lot of capitalizing of Very Important Things to show emphasis. But I overall don‘t think it was written that well? I told one friend that I enjoyed it but was confused for a lot of the book. Things that I think were supposed to be surprising were predictable, & something that was made into a Very Big Deal seemed pretty inconsequential to me

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Now I understand how my friends who read a lot of romance novels get through so many books in a year! I barreled through this one in basically two sittings. Although it was incredibly unrealistic & overdramatic, it was also fun & flirty & sexy, so I think it covered all the romance bases!

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#currentlyreading This is one of the very rare times I am detouring from my list & reading something that is no where on there. The library where I work is about to start letting patrons check out pre-loaded genre-specific Kindles (so cool!), and I volunteered to take one & see what reading on it was like. I have the romance Kindle, & The Hating Game was the first one listed, so here we are! Hoping for a fun, flirty eRead!

ShyBookOwl What a cool idea! 1mo
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The Wednesday Sisters | Meg Waite Clayton
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I really wanted to like this book, but something about the execution just did not draw me in. The main character was, confusingly, the least developed. I could tell you more about her 4 friends than her. My other main issue was the way the historical setting was achieved. Here it felt very “told & not shown.” Even with all that, though, I did find myself emotionally connected to some of the women & did enjoy reading the second half of the book.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I really enjoyed this book! It is not a straightforward story - there is a lot of jumping around to many different characters & different times, but all centering around a flu pandemic that wiped out 99% of the world‘s population. If you‘re looking for a unique take on post apocalyptic fiction, I highly recommend this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Jessie is a junior in high school whose mom died & who had to move across the country with her dad to where she knows no one. I was first worried that her mom dying would only be the reason they moved, but Buxbaum delivered more than that and explores teenage grief. As someone who also lost a parent in high school, I saw a lot of myself in Jessie. Aside from all that it‘s a fun first-love romance as well, and I am sorry it‘s over.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Road trip listen!

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The Last Mermaid | Shana Abe
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It‘s no wonder that Shana Abé wins historical romance book awards - she is good at writing this stuff! The book was really interesting: at nearly 600 pages it was essentially 3 books in one telling stories from different parts of the Siren‘s line. The first was in AD 531, then 1721, & finally 2004. This is not a “tame” romance as there are certainly some racy parts, but they are well written, & I definitely recommend Abé! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Based on the multiverse theory, this book looks at two very different directions Hannah‘s life can take based on one decision she makes. It‘s a great premise, & it ended up not being a romance like I thought, though it has some of that in it. Sometimes the language was a little annoying (lots of modern “I love you, bro,” type stuff which always gets on my nerves). But I definitely am interested to read more from Reid in the future! ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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This takes place right at the end of WWII, and is about 3 widows & their children who end up living & surviving together. There are quite a few flashbacks to their lives before & during the war, and even a few dramatic turns I didn‘t see coming. Reading about the war from female perspectives is always interesting but from German female perspectives was fascinating, and all three of them had very different views & responses to what was happening.

Insightsintobooks I like your review, I've been meaning to get this one for awhile. 3mo
behudd @Insightsintobooks thanks! It had been on my list for awhile, too! Glad I finally got around to it 3mo
Crazeedi I liked it too 3mo
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Go Away Home | Carol Bodensteiner
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I enjoyed reading it, but felt almost no emotional connection to the characters. There were some things that felt added simply to show “yep, this is how it was in 1916 Iowa.” It covered a lot more ground than I was expecting but also didn‘t deliver on aspects outlined in the summary. It felt like an old Hallmark movie: easy & straightforward storytelling with a little historical preachiness thrown in. ⭐️⭐️💫

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A Crown of Wishes | Roshani Chokshi
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I don‘t think Chokshi‘s writing could ever get old. This book tells the story of a magical competition where the winner gets a wish. It differs from the first book in the companion set in that it‘s told from 3 different perspectives, but I think that added to the story, especially when the third narrator joined. It is beautifully written, intriguing, fun, & adds a new layer to my growing knowledge of Indian myth.

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The Star-Touched Queen | Roshani Chokshi
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Absolutely gorgeous writing. The whole thing felt like a prose poem. And I loved hearing stories based in Indian folklore, something I know almost nothing about. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I understand why people like it & find it humorous & fascinating. I, however, am a terrible nonfiction reader in general and in this one I just could not get past all the references to animal testing. I should have seen it coming, but I didn‘t. Aside from that, this book now being 16 years old made me question a lot of the “new” science & what was happening now. She writes well, practically & with, at least what I found to be, appropriate humor.

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Pretty funny to be sitting in a packed Starbucks, eating a bagel, listening to a book on corpse decay 💀😂

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The Bitter Kingdom | Rae Carson
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Overall I really enjoyed this series. The storylines were so fast paced & compelling that I read all 3 books in less than a week! Book 2 was definitely my favorite & though the third book wrapped the series up well, it fell a little short for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Crown of Embers | Rae Carson
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This author puts her main character through a LOT in this book! It is a very fast-paced read, & I liked it more than the first book in the series. Looking forward to seeing how the story ends in book 3! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fast, fun read. I thought it would be 4 stars until literally the last two pages & then just didn‘t like the wrap up at all. BUT. It‘s super fast paced, has magic & romance & drama so I‘ll definitely be reading the next two books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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This is exactly what I was looking for in a fast, fun teen romance! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I enjoyed this, but I did think it would have been better if it was a series. There were some aspects that I didn‘t think were as developed & then didn‘t make sense (ex. She didn‘t know she had any magic in her & then all of a sudden could use magic as well as a very practiced wizard). I thought the beginning & end were great but the middle bogged down. Overall I enjoyed reading it, & once I got into it, I didn‘t want to put it down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Austenland: A Novel | Shannon Hale
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When I started reading this I thought for sure it was going to be a total pan, two stars at the most. To be honest, I hated it. But then somehow I got used to the silly jokes and the mediocre writing, and somehow I cared about what happened to the main character & who she would end up with. Like an extra-corny Hallmark movie, it isn‘t good, but it‘s still good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Beast Is an Animal | Peternelle van Arsdale
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I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of this book. I actually thought it was based on a real Welsh fairytale it was so deep & dark, but according to the author‘s website, it was completely original. This is a so-so right on the verge of a pick. Good, not great, and enjoyable ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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This is so different from anything I‘ve ever read. Halfway through I looked up and said, “this book is insane. I think I love it.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SaraFair My thoughts exactly! Just finished-🤯 1mo
behudd @SaraFair right?? I‘m still thinking about it & it‘s been months since I read it. I‘ve bought it for multiple ppl as birthday presents! Gotta share it! 1mo
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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It‘s starting to get good!

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Angie Thomas delivered another real, modern look in her new book. It‘s not as perfect of a powerhouse as THUG, but it‘s relevant & skillfully made. Definitely looking forward to what she‘ll do next! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Always love reading Agatha Christie! She‘s so smart & funny & I never saw this one coming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Just picked this up from the library! The TBR list is being put to the side, cuz I cannot wait to read this!!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I always enjoy Gaiman‘s voice (both literally as the audiobook narrator & stylistically in his writing), and this was no different. Not my favorite. Good, not great. But I‘ll still read everything everything he writes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fantastic, funny, made for all the word nerds out there! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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Even more fun than the first! Really enjoyed this duology! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

hes7 I loved these books! 6mo
behudd @hes7 me too! They were so fun! 6mo
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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Fast, fun read! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite book since I was 10, & this was my first time reading the graphic novel version - I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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This was recommended to me by a friend who loved it. And I can understand why people would love it. But I definitely did not love it. ⭐️⭐️

Susanita That cover!🥺 6mo
behudd @Susanita I know! Dizzying! 6mo
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The Mortal Word | Genevieve Cogman
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I simultaneously find these books really fun & kind of boring, and then am still excited when a new one comes out. I cannot explain it 🤷🏻‍♀️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Loved the first half, sort of lost interest in the second half. But the writing is so beautiful & unique, I have to recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Mrs. Obama‘s book is inspiring and also has made me almost despondent. I cannot believe what we had and what we replaced it with.
Definitely recommend it, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Louise I had similar feelings reading it. I was struck by how thoughtful the Obamas were (and still are) about how their words and actions would impact others. They put such care into inspiring people toward hope. Listening to Michelle reading the audiobook, I missed their leadership, grace, and authenticity in the White House so much! Thank goodness their Obama Presidential Center and the Obama Foundation are running strong! (edited) 7mo
behudd @Louise I agree on all fronts! 7mo
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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My #top6 of 2018!

WhatThePuck Have you read Muse of Nightmares yet?? 7mo
behudd @WhatThePuck yep! I liked it! 7mo
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia | Julian Fellowes
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Fellowes definitely knows how to write an upstairs/downstairs soap opera. Though I think his screen writing skills are higher than his novel writing ones. Good book, but not great. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Downton Abbey-esque WWII historical fiction with a mystery thrown in! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Supernova (Amulet #8) | Kazu Kibuishi
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Amulet series book 8. Can‘t wait for the next one to come out!