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Joined May 2016

The most promiscuous of readers. Librarian, painter, kitten whisperer.
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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
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Persuasion by Jane Austen
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The Big Book of Cidermaking is a must-have for anyone who wants to get started making cider or expand beyond cider basics. Filled with sections about equipment and ingredients, the “Master Process,“ and recipes for six different types of ciders, this “Big Book“ will certainly remain a valuable resource in my cidermaking journey.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an early release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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For fans of "Call the Midwife." I really loved this! Definitely medical gore and descriptive procedures.

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I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so I had high expectations for Take a Hint. And ya'll, this was the perfect combination of sweet, romantic, and sexy. I loved romance-reading Zafir and workaholic Dani.

I'll be anxiously awaiting Eve's story!

CWs: family death and mourning, lots of sex, anxiety/panic attacks, fatphobia, racism

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an early release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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I have so many others that need to be read first, but I couldn't help opening this ARC right now!

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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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Jane Austen fans and readers will enjoy this novel set in post-war Chawton and filled with Austen's legacy. Astute readers will notice bits of each of Jane's stories in the characters.

I consider myself an “Austenite“ and wanted to love this book, but it fell flat in so many areas. Jenner took time on the page to build her characters but overall, they were uninspiring and one-dimensional. Moreover, it left the resolution rushed and choppy.

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Full of information on various plant varieties, “Houseplants For All“ also details tips on finding the right light in your home without the use of a light meter, humidity troubleshooting, and pet-safe plants.

“Houseplants For All“ is easy to understand and is perfect for any houseplant enthusiast. I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to read this book!

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

8little_paws oohh! I could use this book. I love the look of plants in a home but I am very clueless how to properly care for them. 2y
books_cats_art @8little_paws It was such a great book! 2y
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Emily Henry's writing is sarcastic, smart, and wildly entertaining. The relationships and characters are not one-dimensional cutouts and the tension and emotion are real. Henry's inclusion of the cult storyline was perfect for someone *points at myself* who is fascinated by cults. My only complaint: The cover absolutely did not fit the story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me with this in exchange for an honest review.

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How to Catch an Errant Earl | Amy Rose Bennett
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How to Catch an Errant Earl was exactly what I needed to get me excited about reading again. Amy Rose Bennett's writing is so wonderful and witty. As a voracious reader of historical romance in this era, I knew how the story would evolve before I even started reading, but Ms. Bennett kept it so fresh and humorous. I read this one over the course of a couple of days, but easily could have devoured it in an afternoon if I had the chance.

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Grimms' Fairy Tales | Jacob Grimm
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Never again.

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First Cut | Judy Melinek
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With much of the action taking place in autopsy rooms, fans of forensics will enjoy this book. I liked this different take on the typical cop detective story. Some more squeamish readers may not like the somewhat graphic descriptions of autopsy procedures. I also did not like that the book was very clearly set up for a sequel and that some of the story was not resolved.
I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a review.

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye | Beatriz Williams
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Team W has done it again! I really enjoyed this multi-generational tale set in France during WWI, WWII, and the 1960s. and filled with strong women, a mystery to keep you reading, and sweeping family sagas. The transitions between writers were so seamless, I could never tell when one author stopped and another started. This story will truly transport you.

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Part old-fashioned mystery novel, part appreciation of popular mystery tropes, part celebration of some of the best crime and mystery novels of the genre. This is a book for those who appreciate the thrill of the chase and the many twists that arise. It's ideal for a lazy day stuck inside. It's such a quick and exciting read, you'll devour it in one sitting.

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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CW/TW: stalking, assault, doxing, mentions of sexual assault

This book is both a celebration and condemnation of gaming culture. Don't Read the Comments gave me serious Earnest Cline vibes. While I liked this book, it was hard to get through. There is a lot of fun gameplay, but there are also a lot of heavy topics (see CWs above) that make this more difficult.

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Everywhere You Don't Belong is a heartbreaking debut novel that fools you with simplistic prose. The emotional complexity sneaks up on you in lyrical prose that reads more like a series of short stories. The anticipation and excitement builds to a frenetic, surreal frenzy and you can't imagine putting it down. Easily finished in an afternoon of binge reading.

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs picks up several years after The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (one of my all-time favorite books) ends. While this book contains most of the same characters and settings and refers back to the previous book frequently, it is easily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Full of vivid, rich historical accounts of Colonial America, botany, and all things witchy, this is a book I will read again and again!

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Another winner from Sarah MacLean! I really enjoy Sarah's focus on the underworld and strong, independent women. I can't wait for the next installment!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher and Netgalley

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Another wonderful Jenny Colgan! I recommend her books to readers at my library pretty frequently and they always seem to hit the mark with readers. While this is the second in the Scottish Bookshop series, it could be read, and enjoyed, without reading the first. The Bookshop on the Shore is a wonderful story and I can't wait to see what's up next from Jenny Colgan!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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When I saw that Crouch has a new book out soon, I had to read it. I was not disappointed! If you're a fan of Dark Matter (how could you not be), you'll enjoy this book. Crouch explores memory, time, and what it means, and costs, to get a second chance. You'll want to read this one, again and again, not only to fully grasp the science but because it's honestly that good. I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a review.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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What a stunning book from first-time author, Noelle Salazar. When I turned that final page, I couldn't help wanting more. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to such well-written characters. I will absolutely recommend this book be purchased at my library and all libraries! The Flight Girls would also be a wonderful book club pick!

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a review.

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I'm so excited for this #ReleaseDay book!

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This is a quirky book with a familiar cozy mystery format. While charming, some readers may be turned off by the many Austen quotes peppering each page.

With just the right amount of red-herrings and suspense (and just a little romance thrown in), Pride, Prejudice and Poison is the perfect book to read with a cup of strong tea at home.

I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a review.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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For those who love sci-fi: a book with so many twists and turns that it will keep you up late reading. Also, how can I even talk about this book without giving EVERYTHING away? 100% amazing, 100% will f*** you up.

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I finally got to the top of the holds for the new #laurenwillig, and my library's ebook system goes down! I have one more day to check it out before the system removes it! I'm so mad!

Lauren_reading Ahhh!!! 5y
books_cats_art @LaurenReads it's so stressful for me! 5y
Lauren_reading And it‘s a really good book - hopefully it gets fixed soon! 5y
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britt_brooke 😧 5y
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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I usually don't read horror and probably shouldn't have started this right before bed....but....🤷🤷🤷

CouronneDhiver I‘ve been eyeing this one up for awhile... let us know how it goes! 5y
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🤣🤣😂😂😅😅

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I'm falling behind on my reading goals for the year and I'm feeling so much pressure!!

AThousandLives87 Hey it's okay!!!!! At least you're not like me who's completely given up! 5y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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I'm ridiculously excited to start this one!

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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel | Christopher Brown
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Oy. I've been reading a lot of similar stories lately...I don't know if they're influencing me, but.....oy.

8leagueboot Too real. 5y
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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel | Christopher Brown
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I'm really enjoying this #kansas read so far! I'm only 33 pages in, but I can see this becoming a favorite!

vivastory I really like the pacing in it 5y
books_cats_art @vivastory I really do too! It makes it easy to read a little at a time. 5y
tpixie I'm finally jumping in today. Will catch up this weekend!! WOot! 5y
tpixie @vivastory @radishandhare the short chapters give you the urge to keep reading!! They're short like James Patterson's chapters are. 5y
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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel | Christopher Brown
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Belatedly starting our #kansas read. I've been craving Indian for days and finally caved...yummmm!!

vivastory Looks delicious! 5y
books_cats_art @vivastory it's so good!!! 5y
tpixie That looks great!! I'm craving some curry!! 5y
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The Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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Giving #BOTM a go this month! I haven't liked the past two months, but I'm making up for that now 😉

Reviewsbylola Loved Dark Matter! 5y
underthebelljar Dark Matter was amazing! 5y
books_cats_art @Reviewsbylola @BookishJess I'm so glad to hear! I've had my eye on that one for a while! 5y
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reneshepherd Ok how do I get involved with the book of the month list? Thank you ❤ 5y
books_cats_art @reneshepherd if you have an email, I can send you a referral link! You can get your first book for $9.99 and a free tote bag when you join using my referral link. 5y
books_cats_art Or, @reneshepherd you can sign up the regular way at www.bookofthemonth.com 😊 5y
mtns_of_books I loved Dark Matter. 5y
reneshepherd Awesome! Thank you @radishandhare 5y
books_cats_art @mtns_of_books I'm really excited about this one! 5y
books_cats_art @reneshepherd no problem :) 5y
Megabooks The Blinds is really good so far! 5y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Taco....Sunday! 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮

Getting ready to dive into this series. I haven't read any or watched the show before. Wish me luck!

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I've checked this out of the library twice and still haven't read it. Maybe digital will be easier! I'm finding that I'm reading in digital more and more, which leads to more reading!

BillBlume I'm more digital these days, too, especially with my library loans. Love having no late fees. 5y
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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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That feeling when you find (the Scottish version of) your name in Outlander! My ancestors are so proud! Per mare per terras!

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I was so very disappointed by this book. After watching, and loving, the PBS series, I sought out this book. I had to force myself to finish it. Poor writing; the author's superior attitude, not only towards her patients, but also her friends and coworkers; a gratuitous sex scene that served no purpose...all worked against the book. 👎

Mdargusch Thanks for the heads up. I will just enjoy the tv show then. 5y
books_cats_art @Mdargusch take a look at it at your local library. You may enjoy it. Looking through the posts here, I seem to be in a minority. 5y
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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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I hate giving a thumbs down on a book that could have been so freaking good! But I honestly struggled with this one. I finished it out of pure stubbornness. This book really drug; it could have been 200-300 pages shorter and still told an effective story. I found it difficult to really bond with any of the characters. I continually lost interest. I put it down for a couple weeks, thinking that I just needed a break. Finally finished. Thumbs down.

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Anyone reading along with #Pottermore's book club? They literally just started book one today! #harrypotter #bookclub

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And the Winner is | Mitch Albom
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I WON MY VERY FIRST GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!!!!!! I'm ridiculously excited lol

Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 5y
books_cats_art @Cinfhen thanks!!!!! 5y
Smrloomis 🎉🎉🎉YES! 5y
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The Chalk Pit | Elly Griffiths
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Absolutely love this series! A quick, engrossing read. Read this in one night as I 100% COULD NOT STOP!

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This is probably going to be an unpopular opinion and I'm prepared for the inevitable shunning....but I was decidedly underwhelmed by this book. I don't know if my expectations had been built too high, but I kept waiting for the awesomeness to hit, and it never did. Do I need to keep reading the other books in the series to love this?

Smangela I felt the same! 5y
books_cats_art @Smangela oh man I'm not going to lie....I feel so much better to know I'm not alone! 5y
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After this morning's roofer catastrophe (apparently the workers were hungover and never showed up), this is an excellent way to salvage a Saturday!

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I'm alternating between thinking "this is the best thing everrrrrrrr!" to "what the.....?" to "I'm really glad I'm not high....or am I?!"

EricQiao Don't panic! It'll all make sense when you find out the answer to life, universe, and everything. 6y
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Shut. Up. 😱😱😱😱

sprainedbrain Omg she's annoying. 6y
books_cats_art Ugh. @sprainedbrain I don't understand why she couldn't be dead!!!! 6y
Bookworm-Bobbie I've literally just finished this. My jaw hit he floor when she showed up. 6y
books_cats_art @Bookworm-Bobbie I have to say, I'm very happy with how her storyline ended. 6y
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Yesssssssssssssss! My first #BOTM book!

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Library book sale haul!!!!! 💯💯💯💯💯💯🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎖🎖🎖

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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Is my self-driving car ready? I have a book to read!

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Help help help! I'm looking for a book I can't remember the name of! It's in the sci-fi/fantasy arena about a princess and her bodyguard who doesn't like her. She convinces him to go look for something and they start to like each other. I know I've seen it somewhere recently, but I can't remember where!!!

**EDIT** I FOUND IT!!!!!! And the description was totally wrong.... lol B&N didn't have it, but I consoled myself with two other new books ;)

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