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bookandbedandtea

Joined January 2017

Wife. Mama. Nana. Avid reader. Over thinker.
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Eight Winter Nights | Liz Maverick
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I really enjoyed this. Rachel and Oz are both likeable characters and, despite being an enthusiastic Christmas celebrant myself, I found the focus on Hanukkah (Chanukah?) refreshing. Tamara was a frustrating character but was barely in it so she didn't impact my enjoyment much.

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Christmas Ever After | Karen Schaler
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This was cute.

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What's Left Unsaid | Emily Bleeker
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Panpan

I really struggled to finish this but I pushed on, hoping for redemption for Hannah or for the promised payoff from Evelyn's story. I didn't feel that either happened. Sure, Hannah felt bad about the destruction she wrought in several lives but she remained as self righteous and nearly as self centered as ever. As for who shot Evelyn and the bearing it would have on Hannah's life, it was easily predictable. I wish I'd skipped this.

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What's Left Unsaid | Emily Bleeker
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I'm only on chapter 7 but I can't stand this MC. I'm going to try to keep listening today as work allows but I'd she's still this infuriating at the end of the day I might have to bail.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE | Thane Gustafson
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Looking forward to this month's reading @TheAromaofBooks #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
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The Body in the Dales | J. R. Ellis
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Mehso-so

This book is all tell, no show. It walks the reader through each character's every thought, reaction, and backstory. No matter how minor the character. It became tedious. I didn't guess the resolution of the mystery but neither did I care much.

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This was entertaining.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Mehso-so

I really liked a lot of this. Cassie being forced out of her comfort zone & into making real connections w people, including the mother who abandoned her & her father, was a good story. As was Cassie adapting to a new town & a new crew at a new (very old) fire house. Even her love story was pretty good (though I could have done without her makeover into a barbie doll & the whole scene at his parent's party.) But I do have complaints ⬇️

bookandbedandtea It started to get tedious that she was better at absolutely EVERYTHING than the male firefighters. And the entire storyline with DeSantis was annoying and unnecessary. And, ultimately, unbelievable. If it hadn't gone further than the notes and harassment it would have been fine but his behavior at the fire, the lies he told after, her figuring out his drug problem and ⬇️ 2w
bookandbedandtea arriving in the nick of time to save him from ODing, whisking him off to rehab, and unknowingly getting him to fess up to the captain was ridiculous. It was too over the top. This story already had a LOT going on and this whole thing felt like too much. 2w
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Sommer in Maine | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Mehso-so

There are zero likeable characters here and this is not a happy read, especially if you like to keep HGTV on while you read! (Property Brothers all day! 😉) This very short story packs in a lot of detail: Katie & Damien's unhappy childhoods; their slide from young love to utter contempt; the utterly depressing glimpse behind the scenes of their makeover show; and their complete ineffectiveness as parents. Somehow thought this was going to be a ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ second chance HEA and was unpleasantly surprised by the direction it took. Also, the narration was truly terrible. It's not in Litsy's database so I tagged another book by the author. 2w
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Blackout | Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D Jackson, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk
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I'm old and grumpy so high school kids obsessing over their love lives causes some eye rolling. Still, the throughlines of the blackout and the block party kept me going. There were a few standouts: Mask Off (which also had superb narration); All The Great Love Stories; and Seymour And Grace.

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Girls and the City | Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
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I loved this story of found family. Three young women in Bangaluru are trying to overcome the obstacles of their distressing childhoods and the fundamental misogyny of their society to build satisfying personal and professional lives for themselves. One caveat: their conversations are only half in English and I felt like I missed a great deal of nuance from the untranslated parts.

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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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This was pretty melancholy for a thriller but I enjoyed the story and was totally surprised at the reveal of the bad guy.
@TheAromaofBooks This is my November #BookSpin.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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The List | J. A. Konrath
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Is this a thriller or is it slapstick? Unfortunately it's more of the latter than the former and I am no fan of slapstick. The premise is intriguing and the first few chapters had me excited but it quickly devolved into a preposterous plot with cartoonish characters. It didn't work for me so I gave up.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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What a rollercoaster ride! I don't even think I can say anything coherent about it other than it was dark and disturbing and it kept me glued to the page.

EvieBee I can‘t wait to read this. On the hold list. 3w
bookandbedandtea @EvieBee I hope you like it! I've never read this author before so I don't know if this level of darkness is typical for her I just know that it was a page turner. 3w
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Along the Tapajós | Fernando Vilela
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This illustrations in this are lovely and the grandbaby and I both enjoyed the story. 👍🏻👍🏻

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These Toxic Things: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Mehso-so

How many lackluster books can one read in a row? I'm hoping the answer is "four" and that the next book I read will be wonderful. Please! ???

robinb 😔😔😔 4w
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One Little Secret | Cate Holahan
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Mehso-so

These were the most horrible people. Every one of them (maybe not Nadir) were self centered, vindictive, violent, hateful, nasty people. Even those who seemed sympathetic turned out not to be. The more I listened, less I cared who killed the dead woman or why but I was at work so I listened to the whole thing. I don't know that I'd say it was poorly written but it wasn't my cup of tea.

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Mehso-so

This book is more about the journey than the destination- which is frequently awesome- but this story felt too long and slow to me. It was billed as a "thriller" and a "cat and mouse game" but what I saw was an exploration of women in the tech industry and the ways in which they have to fight to get and keep a seat at the table. I liked both Julia and Alice but I don't know that I liked where this ended up.

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So dreamy!
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The Rehearsals | Annette Christie
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This touched me in places but infuriated me in others. I liked that Megan and Tom really examined their lives when they found themselves stuck in the timeloop but felt they were too willing to give up on each other at times. I doubt I'll remember this in 6 months but it was enjoyable while it lasted.

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Behind The Scenes | Christina C Jones
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First, if you listen to this it is EXTREMELY NSFW! You've been warned.
As for the story, I really liked it. I loved how Logan and Pierre both had full lives with families, friends, careers, and passions before they met so they were complete people on their own. They both had challenges they were dealing w but they each handled their stuff without drama. Most importantly, they communicated! They didn't allow misunderstandings to fester and they ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ supported each other while trusting the other to know what they needed. Misunderstandings due to lack of communication drive me nuts so I was pleased not to encounter that here. I'll read more by this author. 1mo
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I liked this. The first part, from Medusa's POV was nuanced and lovely and, ultimately, heartbreaking. The portion from Perseus's POV was less interesting but he's obviously an important part of her story so it makes sense that his story be included. This isn't quite as good as Madeline Miller's retellings but I think it's a good addition to the recent crop of retellings focused on female characters.

Cathythoughts Great post ! That picture is beautiful ! Wouldn‘t fancy the headgear though 😳😅 1mo
bookandbedandtea @Cathythoughts No way! 🚫🐍! Poor Medusa. This story really made me feel for her. 1mo
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A valid question 🤔

vivastory Truth! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻 1mo
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Every Last Secret | A. R. Torre
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This was a perfect Halloween read because it's as addictive as your favorite candy. Perhaps no new ground here but it's a very enjoyable cat and mouse game.

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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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Mehso-so

I loved the character of Daniel (I loved Travis and Marjani, too) but I didn't love the story.

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Mehso-so

This started strong with discussion of origin stories and myths that both silence and demonize women but fizzled out halfway through when it became self-helpy. I'm off to look for more books that examine those myths more thoroughly.

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I've been reading mysteries and thrillers nonstop for a couple months but as I was going through my shelves this week these nonfiction titles jumped out at me. I'm going to make sure I include one or two NF books in my mix each month now.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE | Thane Gustafson
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Here's my November #BookSpin #DoubleSpin list. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Exit | Belinda Bauer
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I've never read a murder mystery full of such heart and humor and kindness. 🤔 It was an intriguing mystery with a gentle, kindly MC, compassionate cops, and various quirky characters. This is my first by this author but definitely won't be the last!

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Untitled | Unknown
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This happens way too often! 😄

marleed Oh I must have made my DMs from Amazon public ;) 1mo
EvieBee Way too often lol! 1mo
Kdgordon88 Yup! 1mo
Caroline2 😆 so true!!! 1mo
bookandbedandtea @marleed @EvieBee @Kdgordon88 @Caroline2 I figured there would be plenty of littens who would feel this! 1mo
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Stillhouse Lake | Rachel Caine
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Gina picks her kids up one day and comes home to a drunk driver having crashed into her house, exposing the garage as a torture chamber and her husband as a serial killer. A few years later she's been acquitted of any involvement but many people believe she's guilty. Now called Gwen she's been on the run with her kids, trying to protect them from the families of the victims, the internet "sicko patrol" & from her ex. All are about to catch up ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ to catch up with them at Stillhouse Lake. This wild ride is well written. Too well, as I was afraid to keep listening and had to take a couple breaks. So despite rating this as an absolute pick, I do not plan to continue the series. This was very psychologically chilling and I don't think I can handle the rest. 🙈🙉🙊 1mo
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks This is my October #BookSpin btw 😁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! I have this one on my TBR, but I'm not sure if it's going to be too intense for me! 1mo
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks It was very intense! I would (and did) read some lighter books at the same time. 1mo
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Exit | Belinda Bauer
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My morning. #CurrentRead

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Mehso-so

This book explores friendship, marriage, adultery, coming of age, parenthood, the acting life, job satisfaction, LIFE satisfaction & more, most of it well. There were quite a few thoughts that resonated with me & I mostly enjoyed the meandering story. But I didn't connect with a single character in this book. They all had their good points; I understood why they acted (& reacted) as they did but I didn't particularly care about any of them.

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Stillhouse Lake | Rachel Caine
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I am a ball of tension. Gotta take a break. 😬

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This was charming! I liked all the characters (except one or two side characters we're not supposed to like) and I was so in need of a book with multiple happy endings so this really filled the bill!

EvieBee I adore this book. So uplifting! 2mo
bookandbedandtea @EvieBee Absolutely! I want to live in that town. 💜 2mo
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This was fun and I enjoyed listening to it but I did think it dragged on places and could have been a bit shorter.
(Couldn't find this book in litsy's database.)

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The Therapist | B A Paris
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Mehso-so

This is between a pick and a so-so for me. On the one hand, I did want to know what happened to Nina and what was going on with someone being in the house and moving things around. On the other hand, Alice's responses to just about everything drove me nuts.

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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I liked the descriptive writing and loved the progression of Margery and Enid's friendship but I found it difficult to pick this up once I'd put it down. Poor Mundic's struggles touched my heart but I felt his storyline muddied the waters and was completely unnecessary. I hated the end.
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Quiet in Her Bones | Nalini Singh
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10 years ago Aarav's parents had one of their typical domestic disputes & his mother left the house in a rage after stealing $250k from his father's safe. She was never heard from again. Now her car, w her bones in it, have been found in the woods not far from their exclusive community & Aarav will do anything to find out what happened that night. There are so many people in their cul de sac that I made a map as I read to keep them all straight!

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Quiet in Her Bones | Nalini Singh
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I'm listening to this and it's early yet but I'm totally sucked in. Still, I'm going to have to try to borrow it in printed format too so I can make a spreadsheet of all the people who live in the cul de sac! I've totally lost track of names, who is married to whom, and what their nationalities are. I guess it may not be important in the end but the author is painstakingly introducing all these people so I'm going to try to sort them out!

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Every time I thought I understood who these characters were and what was going on something changed and everything changed! Which caused my sympathies to flip flop several times. This story kept me on my toes; I really enjoyed it.

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Goodreads is confusing me! I just got an email that I've read 29 books this year (which i know is way off base) so I checked the site itself to find a much more likely number. (It isn't Goodreads fault I sometimes forget to add audiobooks and others which need to be done manually.) I wonder why there's such a discrepancy in their own records. 🤔

TiredLibrarian Goodreads desperately needs some attention and a redesign. My pet peeve is the incessant ads! 2mo
SeaToSkyes There's a new site called StoryGraph. It's basically Goodreads without the ads and without the social media aspect 2mo
bookandbedandtea @TiredLibrarian I feel like Goodreads made some changes a few months ago but I can't say I feel like those changes were improvements. 2mo
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bookandbedandtea @SeaToSkyes I signed up for StoryGraph several months ago but at the time it wasn't available for Android so I only had it on my desktop, which meant I never used it! I think I've heard that it's now available for Android so I've been meaning to look into it again. 2mo
SeaToSkyes @bookandbedandtea they released an app for iPhone a few months ago. I just checked their website and it says that it's available for android now as well ☺️ 2mo
bookandbedandtea @SeaToSkyes Sweet! Maybe that can be my project Sunday. 😊 2mo
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A newsletter I subscribe to (dated today) mentioned National Book Boyfriend Day. I assumed today was the day and began reminiscing about my very first #litcrush, Ned Nickerson 🥰, before discovering the actual day was Oct 3. 😒 Ah well. I still came home and mined my childhood set of Nancy Drew books for pics of the delightful N.N. 😁

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Sweet Talk | Cara Bastone
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This was adorable. It was the second one by Cara Bastone I've listened to and I'm off to check for more.

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The Family Tree | Nicole Mabry, Steph Mullin
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Mehso-so

The premise was intriguing, the writing was uneven, the main character was unbearable yet the reviewers on Goodreads gushed about this. I didn't hate it and I wanted to know if my guess about the culprit was right (it was! 🙋‍♀️) but I couldn't get over my annoyance at the whiney, demanding, controlling MC. 🙄

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The Obsession | Jesse Q Sutanto
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A disturbed, obsessive stalker vs a girl who has had it with being abused and victimized by men. Delilah goes pretty far in her efforts to reclaim her life but I was rooting for her all the way. The end felt a bit abrupt and I'd have liked an epilogue but overall I enjoyed this creepy cat and mouse game.

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WHEEL OF FORTUNE | Thane Gustafson
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I didn't manage to read either the #BookSpin or #DoubleSpin last month, I only got halfway through creating an October list, and I haven't been on litsy in several days so I missed @TheAromaofBooks reminder/sign up post but, late & discombobulated, here I am! I made it past 9 in my list so here are my books for this month. I'm looking forward to them. As always, thanks for doing this, Sarah! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Glad to have you along!! 2mo
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You're So Dead | Ash Parsons
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This was very entertaining. It has strong And Then There Were None vibes (as one the characters points out) but is strongly influenced (heh!) by social media culture. It was a quick read, perfect for Sunday with football in the background.

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What a harrowing tale. The travelers aren't even snowed in yet and the suffering they have already experienced is horrifying.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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I finally finished this and there's a lot to like. The secondary characters are wonderful and I loved how descriptive the writing was. I liked both MCs but I didn't love them. The romance was good but didn't make me swoon. The mysteries of how Jane came to be 'stuck' & of August's uncle's disappearance were interesting but I felt like both stories lacked something. In fact, this story as a whole lacks something for me. I liked it but ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ definitely didn't love it. Which pains me to say, given how thoroughly I love 'Red, White, and Royal Blue'. I REALLY want a book about Wes and Isaiah, though! Somehow their story, with as little page time as they got, did make me swoon & I want more! 3mo
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