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Murder Most Maine | Karen MacInerney
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Not a bad little cozy mystery, a touch of romance between the amateur sleuth and the local cop, small isolated setting, the bits with the artifacts in the lighthouse hurt my heart, but a fun little book.

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Seven Sisters | Monica L. Bullock
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This was my self-published book for the #ReadHarder challenge and thank goodness I got it for free on the kindle because that WAS NOT A BOOK!! It was, like, half a book? The story was fairly interesting and the writing was pretty good but the book literally ended in the middle! I‘ll give specifics in a spoiler comment if you‘re interested!

bookwrm526 How do you end your book with the discovery of a murder??? This is not the season finale of a television show, people!!!! 3mo
Crazeedi Weird!! 3mo
Reggie Lololol 3mo
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This was my selection for reading a book during the season it is set in for the #popsugarreadingchallenge and while it was beautiful it was only so-so for me. Even though it is actually quite short it felt much longer - I might not have been in the right head space for a slow, contemplative novel.

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I had one heck of a reading month!! This comes from having a month when I wasn‘t actually teaching summer school and I was alone at home most of the day!! The tagged book was one of my favorites of the month, not that it needs any more praise. Read it for the language alone!!

RealLifeReading What a month! 3mo
Julsmarshall Whoo hoo! Well done 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
JenFowler Wow!! 👏👏 3mo
Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
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The Talented Ribkins | Ladee Hubbard
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It‘s about a family with unconventional superpowers, and how they started out trying to do good and ending up using them to commit crimes. But it‘s more about family and what it means to be part of one even when it isn‘t perfect. Delightful, and my book about someone with a superpower for #popsugarreadingchallenge

Soubhiville That plant ! 💚💚💚🌱 3mo
bookwrm526 @Soubhiville that‘s actually blown glass! It was part of an exhibit at the local botanical garden 3mo
Soubhiville Wow, that‘s amazing! 3mo
Reggie What a great review!! Totally agree about that being part of a family even if it‘s not perfect. Loved this book. 3mo
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This was my book about a religion other than my own (I‘m an atheist) for the #ReadingWomenChallenge. I was very interested at first in the early history of the religion, how it started and all of the schisms, and the story of the author‘s family and their history with the church, but I eventually just got bogged down in it all, so it just kind of fizzled for me.

razmanda Cute pupper! 3mo
bookwrm526 @razmanda I‘m dog sitting :) she is tennis ball obsessed in case that didn‘t come through in the pic lol 3mo
xxjenadanxx Sorry the. lol was a disappointment but what a cute doggo! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought this was a challenging book too. 3mo
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I thought this book was an excellent, concise answer to many of the more controversial points about Appalachia from Hillbilly Elegy. If you‘ve read that one, I highly recommend this one as a follow up! This was also my book about Appalachia for #ReadingWomenChallenge

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So Lucky: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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This book ripped my heart out and stomped on it a few times before eventually putting it back only a little shattered. It was a quick read, but intense!!

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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I love this series, and this book was the perfect addition - it really drives home the idea that the fairytale isn‘t always what you think it is, and there isn‘t always a happily ever after.

Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t gotten to this one yet but this series is so interesting. 👍🏼 3mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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This book is completely different from the hippo books, but I really enjoyed it anyway. The magic school was interesting, and the complicated family relationships added another dimension to the story. I‘m looking forward to her next one!

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I‘m not 100% sure what I just read, but I enjoyed it anyway...somehow...? It‘s a series of linked monologues/short stories told by superheroes on their lunch break. There‘s cultural critique and some satire, I just went with the flow!

jmtrivera Sounds interesting! 3mo
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I really enjoyed this book, but it was a lot more literary theory than history, so it wasn‘t exactly what I was expecting. This was part of my plan to educate myself about this period in history about which I was taught very little in school, even in my history undergraduate. I only wish Dr. Gates had read the audiobook himself!

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Reread this one in preparation for the show (which I haven‘t seen all of yet but am loving so far) and also for #popsugarreadingchallenge task to reread a favorite. I read this one first shortly after it was published and I think I missed a lot of the humor because I was too young for it but I loved it anyway. That made it a good choice for a reread, because it was almost a totally new experience!

Caroline2 😆 that sign is awesome!! 3mo
bookwrm526 @Caroline2 I love it! It‘s at an place in Richmond VA called Gelati Celesti 3mo
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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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Love love love this author, and this is one of my favorites of her works I‘ve read so far. I‘m not a huge comics reader, so I didn‘t recognize all of the women in the stories, but even the ones I wasn‘t familiar with were still fantastic!

pppooraikul Couldn‘t agree more! Her writing is soooo satisfying. Have you tried this one? 😁😁 3mo
bookwrm526 @pppooraikul I haven‘t. I‘ve read the first Fairyland book, Six Gun Snow White, Space Opera, Silently and Very Fast, and The Labyrinth so far 3mo
pppooraikul Well, I highly recommend it! 😉 3mo
Andrea4 I felt the same about not knowing these characters, due to copyright infringement issues, the characters were actually just quite closely based on superhero stories, but their names have been changed. 3mo
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Each chapter is a story, and I‘d love to know how “semi” autobiographical the stories are. As always with stories, some of them were great and some of them were complete whiffs.

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Havana Blue | Leonardo Padura
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This was my #LetterP for #LitsyAtoZ in translation. It was a good, solid story but it took me FOREVER to get into it. I‘m not sure what it was about the writing (or maybe the translation!) that put me off, but it just never really grabbed hold of me.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This wasn‘t perfect but it was highly enjoyable and kind of how I imagined a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff with Fleetwood Mac might have gone. It was my choice for book with a plant in the title for #popsugarreadingchallenge

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Fuzzy Nation | John Scalzi
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Love love love this one - I didn‘t enjoy the last Scalzi I read so I‘m really glad this one was so funny and exactly the brain candy that I needed!!

Tamra Love love these eye popping colors! 3mo
bookwrm526 @Tamra aren‘t they pretty? They were in a rest area where we stopped on a recent vacation - the bees REALLY seemed enthralled by them 3mo
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A little much on the body horror but I still enjoyed the story and uncovering the father‘s motives, but the things the little girl does over the course of the narrative gave me a lot of chills!

Prairiegirl_reading I had to stop this one. It‘s so violent! I was enjoying it but it just got too much! 4mo
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Thanks to the excellent (but oh so hard to watch) PBS documentary on Reconstruction, I‘ve gone down a bit of a rabbit hole in my non-fiction reading. This is part of that, and my pick for a book published before I was born for the #MMDchallenge

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great historical rabbit hole! And such an informative one. 4mo
bookwrm526 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I majored in history in undergrad, specializing in American history, and I‘ve realized how LITTLE we talked about this time period! It makes me sad and mad 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @bookwrm526 Yes. Everything I learn about this time is new for me, and I‘m just mad that they didn‘t really cover it in my HS history classes. 4mo
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In the Vanishers Palace | Aliette de Bodard
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I love love love this author. This one didn‘t QUITE rise to the level of On a Red Station Drifting, but I loved the world and the mythology. This was my cli-fi choice for #booked2019 (and finishes the quarter!!) and I got it off a list of cli-fo, but I‘m not convinced the dystopia in this case was actually caused by a climate disaster. BUT, I didn‘t have time to finish a replacement :(

Cinfhen That‘s ok!!! As long as u want to count it ✅beautiful photo 4mo
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Endangered | Lamar Giles
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This was my book with a social media focus. The story revolves around a high school student who uses her blog to expose fellow students and others in vigilante style take-downs when they do something she perceives as terrible. It all goes wrong, and she has to deal with the fallout. It wasn‘ GREAT, but I enjoyed it and there were lots of lessons to be learned. #booked2019

Cinfhen Great!! You got one more in, just in time !!!! Are these flowers from your garden??? Love them (edited) 4mo
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen Not my garden, I‘m house sitting. I wish I could have a garden, but apartment living isn‘t amenable 4mo
Cinfhen I live in an apt too! I know what u mean 😣 4mo
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I love Mary Roach, and this one did not disappoint. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve read all of her books now, and this one is probably my third favorite (behind Stiff and Gulp). However, I do kind of wish I hadn‘t listened to this one on audio, because of the subject matter, not because it was badly done.

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Neverhome: A Novel | Laird Hunt
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I was fully behind this one until the WTF ending. I get it, but it came out of nowhere and I just thought it was too odd.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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So so so good!!! I wasn‘t sure what to expect, because I loved The Poet X, but that was poetry and this one isn‘t...but I definitely was not disappointed.

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I was happy to see this series get back to the archaeology at least a LITTLE bit. I still hate the love triangle and wish she would resolve it!! Happy the series is still going, though, so I guess I shouldn‘t complain too much!!

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Hex Hall | Rachel Hawkins
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Quick, entertaining YA brain candy. The world is interesting and the twist at the end was fun, but I‘m not sure if I will continue with the series.

Soubhiville What a pretty reading spot! 4mo
RaimeyGallant That view, on the other hand! Beautiful. 4mo
bookwrm526 @Soubhiville @RaimeyGallant Isn‘t it lovely? It‘s a park downtown, and they just started a free bus that has stops at the park and at my work so it‘s a nice lunch hour reading spot :) 4mo
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The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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I love true crime but this one got a little bogged down in the author‘s‘ involvement in the case and I found that part boring. The story itself is interesting though!

JamieArc I always recommend this book when people are interested in the Amanda Knox case. My copy had an afterward in which the author gave commentary on it which I found really interesting. 4mo
bookwrm526 @JamieArc I listened to the audiobook, and it didn‘t include that! 4mo
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The Shadowed Sun | N. K. Jemisin
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This is definitely not my favorite series by NK Jemisin. It‘s a little slow and the world is not as interesting as some of her others. But its still a solid pick, and very thought provoking! Triggers for child abuse.

Cinfhen Pretty flower 🧡 4mo
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EVERYBODY go read this book!! I know I‘m late to the party and everyone already knows this, but I really needed this hook. It wasn‘t always comfortable, but that‘s the point!! Let it push you to do more and be better, and just THINK about things you may not have considered or might need to look at in a different light!!

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A short look at the life of this police officer, built around how he infiltrated the KKK...as a black man...I felt like some of his views on crime and criminals at the end were problematic, and I wish he hadn‘t read the audiobook himself, but otherwise enjoyable!

rretzler Beautiful iris! 4mo
britt_brooke His narration was truly terrible. 4mo
bookwrm526 @britt_brooke I was kind of shocked how bad it was 4mo
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The Terra-Cotta Dog | Andrea Camilleri
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This was my #LetterT for #LitsyAtoZ in translation. I am still really enjoying this series - quick reads, good on audio, and funny despite the dark material.

rretzler 😻 4mo
Soubhiville Oh my gosh, your kitty looks so much like one I had 20+ years ago! His name was Brandon, he was so sweet but incredibly loud! 4mo
bookwrm526 @Soubhiville his name is Hansa the Suncat, he‘s not so sweet but he‘s gotten louder as he got older lol 4mo
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A middle of the road cozy mystery that started on a WAY too huge coincidence to make it a pick. This was my book with food or beverage on the cover for #booked2019. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I find cozy‘s sometime boarder on the highly unlikely spectrum 🙄 4mo
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This is my favorite of the series so far. I think because it‘s so claustrophobic, and because it didn‘t have any of the plot with somebody being out to get Gamache, and we got to know his wife a little more.

Erofan Gorgeous 😻 4mo
Crazeedi Which book in series is this? I've read them all and I do remember this, just not the number. This one was good! 4mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi this was #4, early days! 4mo
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Rounding the Mark | Andrea Camilleri
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This was my #LetterR for #LitsyAtoZ in translation. I‘m quite enjoying this series, though there is some weird sexist stuff at times. The mysteries are interesting and the characters are hilarious.

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I read this for a group read, and I found it a little meh. I think I might be burned out on historical fiction around the wars, and I also feel like I wanted way more of Eve and a little less of Charlie. I would, however, read other books by this author, because I did enjoy the writing.

Caz1 I loved this book 4mo
bookwrm526 @Caz1 I can see why people would, but I think I was just having a little fatigue when I read it :) 4mo
Crazeedi @bookwrm526 after I read so many ww2 books I have to take a break, just too much for my heart to bear. Then I rejuvenate and pick up one again... 4mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi exactly!!! 4mo
rretzler Agreed! Charlie‘s connection to the story was too tenuous and a little contrived. It would have been a better book if it were all about Eve! 3mo
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The Sagan Diary | John Scalzi
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I love Scalzi, and I love this series, but this novella....it started out in a fairly interesting way and I was looking forward to getting to know Jane a little more, but it was just TOO MUCH with the navel gazing!!

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 4mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Love this author, missed Aaron Falk, but I still enjoyed it. She is so good at making the environment a character in the book, and I was completely here for it. The story was sufficiently twisty, a little over the top at times, and the tiniest bit too long, but otherwise great!

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I picked this book up after I heard the author on a podcast, and holy CATS is it fascinating and impactful (and horrifying and depressing, but still). I really recommend it if you‘ve recently asked yourself “how did we get here” in regards to the current political climate.

Readergrrl I‘d like to read this, but I‘m a little afraid that it might put me right over the deep end! I‘m just distraught over the path we are taking! 5mo
bookwrm526 @Readergrrl It certainly made me get all in my feels, but I actually found it helpful in almost as many ways as I found it scary 5mo
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I‘m not sure why I don‘t love this series as much as the Ruth Galloway books, but it is still enjoyable. This particular one in the series was a little better than the first one but I didn‘t enjoy it as much as the second one. 🤷🏻‍♀️

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 5mo
rretzler 😻I agree. I don‘t like the series quite as much as Ruth, but still enjoy it. Possibly because I find more to identify with in Ruth than I do with Edgar or Max? 5mo
bookwrm526 @rretzler Very possibly! It may also be the difference between a historical setting and a modern one 5mo
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Bozambo's Revenge | Bertene Juminer
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I read this for a book outside my comfort zone for the #MMDchallenge. It‘s satire, which is something I‘ve never been particularly comfortable reading, because I don‘t always know how to take it. It was interesting, and it made me laugh a few times, but it‘s also in translation (#LitsyAtoZ #LetterJ) so its a bit difficult in places. Very interesting conceptual framework, though!

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This was my choice for a book by a journalist for the #ReadHarder challenge. I thought it was really good, but I liked the chapters about his own work as a citizen sleuth more than the ones about GSK.

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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Excellent scifi/fantasy book by an indigenous author, my choice for the #booked2019 challenge. It was a great follow-up to the first book, and I enjoyed getting to know some of the secondary characters a little more. Highly recommend.

RaimeyGallant Where's this pic from? 5mo
bookwrm526 @RaimeyGallant Lynches River County Park near Florence, SC 5mo
RaimeyGallant Beautiful. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice photo! I‘m looking forward to her other book, which is on my shelf! 5mo
Cinfhen Great photo!! Glad you enjoyed your choice for this prompt!!!! 5mo
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Vertical Motion | Can Xue
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This was my book by an author from Asia for #popsugarreadingchallenge and #LetterX for #litsyAtoZ. It was definitely NOT my cup of tea. Maybe the stories lost something in translation, but I felt like the stories were building toward something and just never go there.

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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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I chose this as my business book, for the #readharder challenge. This story is BANANA PANTS. I haven't seen the documentary or listened to the audiobook, but I certainly plan to, if only to put faces with some of the names. It's hard to believe how this whole thing went down, and it was very well-told. The audiobook was incredibly well done, too!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love this pic! 6mo
bookwrm526 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thanks :) we found him while geocaching near a library :) 6mo
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This was my night-oriented title for #booked2019. I didn't like it quite as much as Anders first book - it took me longer to get into it. But, a tidally locked planet made for an interesting setting, and the “crocodiles“ were interesting characters. I felt like there HAS to be a sequel coming, but I haven't seen any mention of it being a series?

Cinfhen Sorry... totally missed this post. 5mo
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The Scapegoat: A Novel | Sophia Nikolaidou
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The picture is my reading month, though I‘m still catching up on posting the books I read this month lol. The tagged book was my novel based on a true story for #popsugarreadingchallenge and my #LetterN for #LitsyAtoZ in translation. It was good, just a bit slow in places, and I feel like I learned a good bit about Greece.

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This was my book by/about someone someone who identifies as neurodiverse for the #ReadHarder challenge. In it Mara Wilson speaks candidly about her OCD, depression and anxiety amidst the ups and downs of being a child star. The essay about Robin Williams was very touching. This picture is of my VERY confused Christmas cactus that‘s currently blooming.

Crazeedi Mine had one flower on too😉 6mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi I couldn‘t get it to bloom at all when it was “supposed to” 6mo
Annl Mine is always confused! 6mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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This was my book featuring a musician for #booked2019 seasonal challenge and I LOVED IT. I think I actually liked it better than THUG. It was sad and sweet and all about family. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft I loved it too! Read it for the same prompt. 😃 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ll get to this book eventually - pretty flowers 😄 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the columbine! Glad the book worked for you! 6mo
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Ah, Flavia, how I love her. She and Dogger are back at it, when a finger is found in Ophelia‘s wedding cake!! This one has some darker undertones as Flavia deals with the losses from previous books and the “loss” of her sister and their complicated relationship, but it still has the humor you expect from this series. This was my book featuring and amateur detective for #popsugarreadingchallenge

Mdargusch I just started this on audible today. She feels like an old friend and she really brightens my day. 💗 6mo
rretzler I love Flavia! 💕 One of my favorite series! 6mo
bookwrm526 @Mdargusch I was on hold at the library FOREVER for this one 6mo
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