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bookwrm526

Joined April 2016

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Mehso-so

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 🙄 2d
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Pickpick

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 😻 3d
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! 3d
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi this was #4, early days! 3d
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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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Mehso-so

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 5d
bookwrm526 @Caz1 I can see why people would, but I think I was just having a little fatigue when I read it :) 5d
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... 5d
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi exactly!!! 5d
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The Sagan Diary | John Scalzi
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Panpan

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! 📚📚📚 5d
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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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Pickpick

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! 1mo
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 1mo
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Mehso-so

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! ❤️🐱 1mo
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? 1mo
bookwrm526 @rretzler Very possibly! It may also be the difference between a historical setting and a modern one 1mo
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Bozambo's Revenge | Bertene Juminer
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Mehso-so

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? 1mo
bookwrm526 @RaimeyGallant Lynches River County Park near Florence, SC 1mo
RaimeyGallant Beautiful. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice photo! I‘m looking forward to her other book, which is on my shelf! 1mo
Cinfhen Great photo!! Glad you enjoyed your choice for this prompt!!!! 1mo
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Vertical Motion | Can Xue
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Panpan

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! 1mo
bookwrm526 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thanks :) we found him while geocaching near a library :) 1mo
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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. 3w
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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😉 2mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi I couldn‘t get it to bloom at all when it was “supposed to” 2mo
Annl Mine is always confused! 2mo
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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. 😃 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ll get to this book eventually - pretty flowers 😄 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the columbine! Glad the book worked for you! 1mo
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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. 💗 2mo
rretzler I love Flavia! 💕 One of my favorite series! 2mo
bookwrm526 @Mdargusch I was on hold at the library FOREVER for this one 2mo
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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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This was my novella for #ReadingWomenChallenge and I LOVED IT. The setting, the characters, the mythology, the alternate history, all added up to a great story and I would love to read more in this universe!!

IamIamIam Oooooh, those columbine are gorgeous!!! 2mo
bookwrm526 @IamIamIam they are in a friend‘s garden - they lost a tree in a hurricane last year and several different columbine volunteered in the spot where the tree had been! 2mo
IamIamIam @bookwrm526 They are pushy!!! Lol, sorry your friends lost your tree but I'm glad there's plenty of beauty in its place! 2mo
Kammbia1 I just started reading this one. Looking forward to it. 3w
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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was my choice for a #ownvoices book set in Mexico for the #ReadHarder challenge. Vampires aren‘t my favorite things, but I LOVED the mythology about the different “species” of vampires, and the deftly handled social commentary.

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The House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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This was my book inspired by mythology or folklore for the #popsugarreadingchallenge and I really enjoyed it. The main character grated on me a bit, but i think maybe that‘s just because I don‘t read a lot of middle grade, and I don‘t interact with kids much. I want a Yaga now!!

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The Whale Rider | Witi Ihimaera
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I picked this up for my #ownvoices book set in Oceania for the #ReadHarder challenge - it was a great YA book that provided an introduction to Maori folklore and world view. There were a few scenes that were very difficult to read, and the grandfather‘s attitude was awful, but it was worth it.

BookNAround The outlets not too far from me! 2mo
bookwrm526 @BookNAround my mom lives nearby, and I grew up in Blacksburg :) 2mo
phatsallylee Awww! I know that peach-butt water tower! 2mo
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August Heat | Andrea Camilleri
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This was my #LetterC for #LitsyAtoZ (in translation). It was a funny little cozy mystery with several odd twists and turns, and I quite enjoyed it! Breezy, short and entertaining, the perfect palate cleanser or read for those times when it‘s hard to concentrate. I plant to read others in this series.

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Late to the party, but this was my choice for a book I‘ve been meaning to read for #MMDChallenge. It was really good, though the story at the end about his mother was so infuriating! The audiobook was very well done.

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I finally got to this one, and I‘m glad I did! It wasn‘t exactly what I was expecting, but it was an excellent look at family dynamics and how they interact with ideas of morality and duty. The audiobook was very well done. This was book by an author from Nigeria for #ReadingWomenChallenge

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This was a fascinating look at the world of cephalopods and the difficulties that are inherent in attempting to understand a mind that is so alien to our own, but I didn‘t feel like the author really got very far with the discussion of consciousness - I don‘t think he even successfully defined it! This was my book about nature for #ReadingWomenChallenge

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One of the challenges for #MMDchallenge this year was to read three books by the same author, and I read all three of this series. I didn‘t enjoy this installment quite as much as the other two, but the ending was perfect.

Centique You take some lovely photos of flowers and plants! 😍 Are they in your own garden? 2mo
bookwrm526 @Centique thank you! They are not, as I live in an apartment, but we try to spend every other weekend outside in pretty locations :) this one is from Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg SC! 2mo
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Ignite the Stars | Maura Milan
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This was a good start to a series, but not great. Maybe I just wasn‘t in the mood for YA? I‘ll definitely give the next book a try. This was choice for a book by an AOC about space for the #ReadHarder challenge.

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The Ice Queen: A Novel | Nele Neuhaus
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This was my #LetterI for #LitsyAtoZ. An interesting mystery/thriller, but the plot was a little TOO far out there for me! I do like the detectives in this series and will probably read more of them, but this one just didn‘t click for me.

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Not my favorite in the series, but I still love Phryne! I really appreciate the humor and the kick-ass ladies in these books. This was my book with a two word title for #popsugarreadingchallenge

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Still loving this series, though the main character is a TAD overly naive- so I picked up the second one for my #cozymystery for the #ReadHarder challenge! @bookriot . Sadly my child is not nearly as helpful as Eddie....here he is trying to claim my binoculars as a pillow!

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This was my #booked2019 choice for a book reminds me of my happy place. It‘s a cozy mystery, with a cat that “helps” solve the crime, and the majority of it is set on a bookmobile!! I grew up in a very small town and my all time favorite days at school were the days the bookmobile came and the scholastic book fair. It was a solid start to a cozy series. This finishes the quarter for me for this challenge!!

Erofan Cutie 😻 3mo
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The Days of the King | Filip Florian
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I can‘t really say I liked this book. The writing was good, especially for a book in translation, but other than the middle third the story just wasn‘t that interesting! It does have a cat as a POV character, and a lot of Romanian political and military history. This is my book by an author with the same first and last initials for #popsugarreadingchallenge and my #LetterF for #LitsyAtoZ in translation

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I‘m still thinking about this book, and the voice and concept were amazing. It was difficult, and heart wrenching, and the audiobook was read by the author and very well done. This was my book by a trans or non-binary author for the #readharder challenge @bookriot

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The True Queen | Zen Cho
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AAAHHHHH so glad this book is finally here!! I loved it, so much, but now I want a book about Henrietta. This is my book I think should be a movie for the #popsugarreadingchallenge2019 because I think the whole series should be a movie (or a tv show)!!

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I think I need to stop reading books about faerie - I never end up liking them as much as I think I should. I don‘t mind fae dealings in books with other supernaturals mixed in but pure faerie books...I think they always end up being too political? Anyway, I‘m sure this was a case of me not being the right reader for this book.

charl08 Lovely photo. Spring! 3mo
bookwrm526 @charl08 thank you :) we went for a walk by the river yesterday to enjoy the beautiful weather and these were blooming everywhere! 3mo
HOTPock3tt Totally agree with your review. SAME HERE 😪 3mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘m currently reading this for IRL book club and struggling a bit to engage with all the faerie stuff. 2mo
bookwrm526 @rubyslippersreads if I hadn‘t been listening to the audiobook I probably wouldn‘t have finished it, honestly 2mo
bookwrm526 @HOTPock3tt yay! I‘m glad I‘m not the only one!!! 2mo
rubyslippersreads @bookwrm526 I actually ended up liking it more than I thought I would, which surprised me. 2mo
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Transformations | Anne Sexton
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This was my fairytale retelling for #booked2019 and it was an odd mix of modern life and fairytales. I wish I had read it without knowing so much about Anne Sexton‘s life, because that just cast a sad pall over the whole thing. Some of the poems were SO GOOD and others were just meh, but overall I really liked it.

Cinfhen Love this photo 3mo
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen Thanks ☺️ I took it this past weekend at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s really special😁 3mo
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The Last Dragonslayer | Jasper Fforde
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I stopped and started this book several times, but once I finally got into it I ended up really enjoying it! It‘s a fun little YA fantasy and now I need to pick up the rest of the series 🤷🏻‍♀️

Soubhiville An eyelash viper! I saw some of these guys in Costa Roca last time I was there. Cool! 3mo
bookwrm526 @Soubhiville sadly I only saw this one at the zoo, but it was beautiful 3mo
Gissy It is hard for me to say that it has a beautiful color, because I don't what I will do if I see one close to me😳 3mo
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Arcadia | Lauren Groff
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So...I felt like this book would be right up my alley. Cults, strained family relationships, beautiful language, and it was recommended by a person whose taste I normally trust. But...bleh! It was sooooo sloooowwwww and the voice of the narrator in the parts where he was a child was completely ridiculous. The beautiful language just wasn‘t enough. This was my recommended by book for the #MMDchallenge

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Killing in C Sharp | Alexia Gordon
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I picked this one for my #ghoststory for the #popsugarreadingchallenge - I love this series and realized I was behind when I saw that the fourth one came out in February, so I had to get caught up. Cozy mystery with an amateur sleuth + ghosts (both friendly and vengeful) was a nice fluffy read.

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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I love Ann Leckie. This one took me longer to get into that her sci-fi books, but I really enjoyed it once it got going. This was my book with an inanimate object as a POV character for the #ReadHarder - a large rock is one of the narrators!

GrilledCheeseSamurai I picked this up the other day and added it to my stack. I'm excited to start it. 👍 3mo
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This book was AMAZING!!!! I listened to the audiobook (read by the author) and enjoyed every single second of it. I also want to get a print copy, though, so I can reread and savor some of the sections. This was my Own Voices selection for #popsugarreadingchallenge

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The Hollow of Fear | Sherry Thomas
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I think this is my favorite of the series so far, even though it didn‘t have quite as much humor as some of the others. The narrator of the audiobook does a great job. This is my mystery/thriller by an AOC for the #ReadingWomen challenge.

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This was my first book of March, and I‘m still thinking about it! I don‘t normally like ambiguous endings because they often feel like the author just ran out of steam, but this one was SO WELL DONE! It took me a bit to get into it, especially with all the time jumps, but it really pulled me in.

Reggie Oof, the little girl behind the curtain...😭 3mo
bookwrm526 @Reggie YES!!!! 3mo
SilversReviews LOVE this photo!! 3mo
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Jaimelire Sounds good. I just placed a hold on it at my library! 3mo
bookwrm526 @SilversReviews Thanks :) I try to drive a lot of backroads when I go places in S.C. and I like taking photos of old houses and abandoned barns and things 3mo
bookwrm526 @Jaimelire I was on hold forever, but it was worth it 3mo
SilversReviews @bookwrm526 Fun thing to do. Thanks for sharing. 3mo
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This was the perfect fluff read I needed to power through the end of February! I can‘t wait to get my hands on the third one (the hold list is still long lol). My cat as decided my new binoculars belong to him....

8little_paws What a cutie 3mo
bookwrm526 @8little_paws Thanks ☺️ 3mo
AmyG He is too cute. 3mo
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A Superior Death | Nevada Barr
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I missed posting a few books in the last few weeks so I‘m playing catch up. I am enjoying this series so far, though I feel both of the books could have been a little tighter. Anna is a fun character and I love how she‘s moving them around highlighting different national parks. This pic is of some local public art we found while geocaching.

Bklover I just bought a few Nevada Barr books at a library sale. I love books that take place where it‘s cold! 3mo
bookwrm526 @Bklover She moves the character all over - the first one was set in the desert - I picked them up because my mom loves them. I hope you enjoy :) 3mo
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#LetterH for #LitsyAtoZ (in translation). This is my second book by this author and I always enjoy them. I had a big chunk of this one figured out before the ending, but it was still fun! I‘m also including my February reading summary in this one - not a great month for me, but still solid!

jpmcwisemorgan What‘s the MMD Challenge (at least, that‘s what I think it says)? 3mo
bookwrm526 @jpmcwisemorgan Modern Mrs. Darcy 3mo
jpmcwisemorgan Ah ok, that makes sense. 3mo
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Heartless | Gail Carriger
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This is my book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature for #popsugarreadingchallenge (werewolves and vampires). Not my favorite in the series but still solidly entertaining fluff. Please@enjoy these baby Galapagos tortoises from my local zoo!

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I loved the topic of this book, although the information about the number of unidentified remains was infuriating, and it would have been a straight pick except the author hopped around a lot and seemed to go off on tangents. It probably wouldn‘t have been annoying if I had been reading instead of listening, but 🤷🏻‍♀️. This is my book related to a podcast for #booked2019 because Karen mentioned@that she was reading it on My Favorite Murder

Cinfhen This book sounds totally fascinating ~ thanks for sharing 😊and pretty flower 🤩 3mo
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I didn‘t know much about this book going on other than that the series is called Lady Astronauts - I wasn‘t expecting post-apocalyptic lady astronauts!! It dragged a little in places, but otherwise I loved it!! It‘s my #alternatehistory for the @bookriot #ReadHarder challenge, highly recommended!

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