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bookwrm526
Nasty Breaks | Aaron J. Elkins, Charlotte Elkins
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I‘m not a huge golf fan, and the plots of these books are really ridiculous sometimes, but I love the main characters. I only have one left that I haven‘t read, which makes me a little sad.

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Mehso-so

I can‘t quite figure out why I keep reading these, especially the early ones in the series, but they are a quick read and sometimes so utterly ridiculous that at least they‘re good for a laugh I guess? Anyway, this was my book that includes a recipe for #Booked2022. Has anybody tried any of the cookie recipes? Are they good??!

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Board Stiff | Annelise Ryan
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Mehso-so

The story here was pretty solid and the characters were interesting. But there was some weird stuff around therapy and a LOT of fat shaming that just grated after a while.

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I am in love with this series, and this installment was wonderful. I‘ve got to learn to read them more slowly and make them last!!! New in 2022 for #Booked22 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍 6d
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Mystral Murder | Lee Hanson
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Mehso-so

Not bad for a book I got free for the Kindle. I could have done without the weird supernatural aspect, and sometimes the characters‘ reactions were over the top and odd, but it was enjoyable.

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Sydney Noir | John Dale
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Mehso-so

I love this series, but like any short story anthology not all of the stories in each one resonate with me. This one was a little more miss than hit for me personally, but there were still some really great stories. Finished this one up during a power outage today thanks to the ice storm. We made a blanket pile on the couch lol.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Mehso-so

Kind of backwards from the way it usually goes, but I didn‘t like the fantasy part of this one as much as I liked the more real-life parts! The first part was good enough that I‘ll read the second one, though.

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I wasn‘t sure going in to this one, but I ended up liking it quite a lot. The true parts of the history behind it were sad, and I had never heard about it!

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I had already heard a lot of this story on two different podcasts where I heard the author interviewed, but it was still interesting. Knowing the background beforehand made it a little hard to believe they didn‘t figure it out earlier sometimes, but I think in some ways it was a case of just not wanting to see the truth?

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Loved this one so much. I didn‘t find the first one as uproariously funny as other people, but I definitely laughed a lot during this one! All the characters are fantastic and it‘s an excellent gentle read despite the gruesome crimes!

AmyG I‘m reading the first one which I find funny in a “chuckle” sort of way. 2w
bookwrm526 @AmyG that‘s how I felt about it too, and then I kept reading about how funny it was….I thought maybe the British-ness of the humor was escaping me? 2w
SilversReviews Love the graphic on the building. 2w
bookwrm526 @SilversReviews it‘s a mural I snapped a picture of as we were driving around Richmond, VA last year, I wish I‘d had time to stop and appreciate it more fully! 2w
SilversReviews @bookwrm526 😀 I couldn‘t think of the word mural. Thanks. It‘s amazing. 2w
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This one has been on my list for a while, and maybe it was just the wrong time for it? I liked all of the stories she was telling here, and I saw how they informed each other BUT it never really gelled for me as a single narrative. Also, the middle section about the trial just really dragged the Ebone thing down for me.

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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I am not at all sure that I understood everything that was going on in this book, but I liked it anyway! I love the world and the characters and the magic system. I can‘t wait to see where it goes next! If anyone is doing the Professional Book Nerds‘ challenge, this one would work for a book written in the second person.

GondorGirl These books are SO FREAKING GOOD! 2w
bookwrm526 @GondorGirl they really are, but I feel like I‘m going to have to read them again to really understand them lol 2w
GondorGirl @bookwrm526 There's also a short story that goes with the series. You can read our for free here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/29/the-mysterious-study-of-dr-sex-tamsyn-muir/ 2w
bookwrm526 @GondorGirl Awesome, thanks! 2w
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Needed something light to break up some heavier recent and current reads, and this is a go-to cozy series for me. Enjoyed this installment.

bookwrm526 Forgot to tag this one for #Booked2022 as my murder mystery! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Love the photo ❤️😍 2w
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Some heavy history and politics thrown in with a solid thriller, if a little predictable in places. Will definitely be watching for more from this author.

cariashley Beautiful photo! 3w
bookwrm526 @cariashley Thanj you! I took it during a walk along the river about half an hour from my house 3w
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Such an excellent speculative fiction short story collection, and my first finished book of the year. I have already added her other collection to my TBR.

emz711 Whoa this sounds great! 3w
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Ikenga | Nnedi Okorafor
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Possibly the last book I will finish this year (I‘m holding hope for one more). It was not my favorite of Okorafor‘s books, but I can think of several kids in this age group that I would recommend it to. Finished it up while doing some audio baking (eggnog cake with bourbon custard and Italian meringue buttercream).

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Where There Are Monsters | Breanne McIvor
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Excellent short story collection that I probably wouldn‘t have found if not for a book challenge. Some of them are super creepy, all of them are powerful in their own way.

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I learned a lot about restorative justice and incarceration. I also learned that I have a lot more to learn, and that it is important to understand this so that we can be better.

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Gumbeaux | Kimberly Vargas
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I wouldn‘t have finished this one except for the task I have set myself to actually read some of the books that have been sitting on my kindle for years. It‘s fairly well rated on Goodreads but I just found it bizarre.

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Bats in the Belfry | E.C.R Lorac
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Had to take a break from wrapping because my child decided he needed to “help”, so I took a break and finished my book. Continuing my golden age detective reading trend with a new (to me) author. I had never heard of this author until she was covered on an episode of Shedunnit podcast! Very entertaining read.

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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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This one has some of the pacing issues that are common in middle books of a trilogy, and so far the whole thing feels like it wanted to be one REALLY big book instead of three separate books, but still really enjoyable.

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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t as good as I wanted it to be, mostly because it was a bit uneven. It had some really interesting sections and it was a quick read, but I found my mind wandering a lot while I was reading. Speaking of wandering, the neighborhood stray that we feed has decided to try to sneak into my car any time the door is open!

JessClark78 🐱❤️ 1mo
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Caramel and Magnolias | Tess Thompson
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I‘m trying to read through a backlog of books I got for cheap or free when I first got my kindle and this was one of those. Every turn was predictable and each of the main characters seemed to be defined solely by a single characteristic or behavior.

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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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Not sure why I waited so long on this series but I‘m really enjoying it!! The audiobook is nicely done as it‘s getting me through the last couple days of work before the holidays. I already started the second one, which is unusual for me with series.

DrexEdit I 💜 your skeleton bookshelf vignette! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Great Skeletons! 1mo
bookwrm526 @DrexEdit @Chrissyreadit aww, thanks!! That‘s a small part of my collection, when I finish the second book I‘ll take a picture of more of it lol 1mo
Chrissyreadit Great! It‘s a fun collection ❤️ 1mo
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It took me quite a while to finish this one, reading just a poem or two each day. Beautiful but heart-wrenching.

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I‘m apparently on a re-telling kick lately. This is reimaginings of thirteen Poe tales. A mixed bag, but they were all interesting. I couldn‘t figure out at first why the audiobook was so long, but it also includes the original stories and poems. Took this picture today while we were geocaching and it seems appropriately terrifying for Poe stories!

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Whose Body? | Dorothy Sayers
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I swear I‘ve read this one before, but I didn‘t remember much about it! A classic Golden Age mystery, which I‘m apparently on a bit of a kick for lately! Work is almost done for the year (seven more days!!) so maybe I‘ll get to pick up some more soon.

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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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LOVE a good fairytale re-telling, and this one had some interesting angles. I actually wish it had been a little longer, but it was a satisfying story and Harris nailed the ending (I was afraid she wouldn‘t).

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A Gentleman's Murder | Christopher Huang
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What an interesting mystery! In the style of a golden-age detective story but with some twists. The subject matter isn‘t light by any means, with many of the characters suffering from PTSD and other conditions stemming from their service in WWI, but it was well-plotted and written.

Kimzey Amazing basket! Who is the artist? 4w
bookwrm526 @Kimzey We saw it in the art museum in Richmond, VA. This is from the artist‘s website “Jeremy Frey is a Passamaquoddy basketweaver in Maine. He comes from a long line of native weavers. He specializes in ash fancy baskets, a traditional form of Wabanaki weaving.” 4w
Kimzey Thanks for the artist info. I‘m glad to know of this basket maker and his tradition. 4w
Kimzey Well, you inspired me to read the book. My last of 2021! I enjoyed it. 4w
bookwrm526 @Kimzey Excellent!! I really hope he writes another with the character. 4w
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I didn‘t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous two, but I was glad all three siblings featured prominently. And the ending was incredibly satisfying!!

Bookzombie That‘s a beautiful photo! 2mo
bookwrm526 @Bookzombie thanks! I took it on a walking path along the river near home :) 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Beautifully written, heart-wrenching and yet somehow still…hopeful? There are a lot of characters, some you get to know very well and others you only meet briefly. Their stories are masterfully woven together, and even though the ending felt like a freight train bearing down on me, it still wasn‘t exactly what I expected!

Reggie I know you come and go whenever but it‘s always nice to see you when you pop up! 👋🏼 2mo
bookwrm526 @Reggie Thank you :) I am trying to be more present here for a bit, since it IS my favorite social media platform 2mo
ImperfectCJ A freight train bearing down on the reader is an excellent way to describe the ending of this novel! You see it coming but can't get out of the way. 2mo
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Mehso-so

This was my book with baked goods on the cover for #Booked2021 . The story was a little slow, and I wish Hannah was half as nice in the book as she is in the Hallmark movie based on the book! And I know it is common in cozies for the non-professional sleuth to get access to the cases in weird ways, but this one stretches credulity a little too far for me.

IamIamIam I read this book ages ago and was amazed to see how many books follow it in the series!!! 😳 11mo
Cinfhen Cozy‘s are their own cookie 🍪 😂🎉 11mo
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A wild ride, and I didn‘t even mind all the talk about cars, because it was so well-written! Highly recommended.

Chrissyreadit What kind of insect is that? 12mo
bookwrm526 @Chrissyreadit I‘m actually not sure, it was the molted exoskeleton of something, and they were hanging all over the fence at the park! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I thought it was a cocoon. 12mo
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bookwrm526 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it might be that too! I sent it to a friend of mine who might know, I‘ll tag you both if I get an answer :) 12mo
bookwrm526 @Chrissyreadit @Riveted_Reader_Melissa definitely a cocoon, can‘t say more beyond probably a moth based on where it was 12mo
Chrissyreadit Thanks! 12mo
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Belfast Noir | Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty
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This is the fifth or sixth of this series I‘ve read, and I always enjoy them, but this one was excellent (except I could have done without the dog fighting story.

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I love both storylines separately, but I especially love how they were woven together. The modern part of the story is full of grief and sadness but also hope and love, and it is beautifully written.

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This was my #Booked2021 choice for a book where the authors name starts with A, B, or C! It was very long, and the jumping around in time was a little annoying until I really sunk into it. I ended up loving it! Bonus, it was a Christmas gift and the first actual print book I have finished in ages. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to this book. 12mo
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen it didn‘t end up being exactly what I was expecting, but it was fascinating; the fact that archaeology was my field of study in grad school adds another layer for me (I wasn‘t at Harvard though!) 12mo
Crazeedi This sounds like a good one... 12mo
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I am apparently on a long, non-fiction book kick right now! This one definitely gave me the “hey, did‘ya knows” and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though a few of the chapters were a little slow. I think I might even have been boring the in-law‘s dog to tears by the time I was done!

LeahBergen 😂😂 12mo
AmyG Ha! The dogs eyes scream (help me). (edited) 12mo
Soubhiville He looks like he‘s saying “Um, ok lady, can I go now?” 🤣 12mo
Reggie Lol what a perfect pic post. 12mo
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The premise was really interesting, as were parts of the book. But there was a lot more psychic/alien abduction/big foot/portals to the other side talk than I was expecting, and it really bogged down the book for me. This was book set mostly outside for the #PopSugar challenge

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I enjoyed this, though I did have some quibbles. I wish the stepfather had gotten more of a comeuppance, and that we‘d gotten a little more development from Park‘s side of things, but you can‘t have everything I guess :)

Caroline2 Yummy 😋 12mo
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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Not sure how I waited so long to read this series, but I‘m VERY curious to see where he‘s going with the third book!

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All I can say is ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍. This was my choice for a book with a color in the title for #Booked2021, and I loved it thoroughly!!!! My child was not as impressed, though he did appreciate how important Calliope was to the story 😂

ferskner This book is such a delightful surprise! 12mo
BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! #CatsofLitsy 12mo
bookwrm526 @BookishMarginalia thank you :) he‘s an old man, he turned 14 this year 12mo
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wanderinglynn So pretty! ❤️🐱 And I loved the book too. 12mo
Cinfhen Great choice for color 🙌🏻 12mo
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The Good Turn | Dervla McTiernan
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I didn‘t like this one quite as much as the previous two, but I still love the characters and the style. The politics and in-fighting in this one just made me too mad to fully enjoy it. I still look forward to more in the series though!

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And Fire Came Down | Emma Viskic
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This is a great series, #SetinAustralia . The main character is deaf, and he runs a private detective business. It has some incredibly sad side plots, and you really do need to read the first book to get the most out of this one. I can‘t wait to read the third one.#Booked2021

Cinfhen Interesting concept 💕 12mo
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Definitive history indeed! I learned a lot about an event I thought I already knew well. The personal details about the lives of some of the people that were there made it even more interesting. Picture is of my Christmas present to myself that arrived yesterday :)

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I‘m sad to say, I had never heard of Ms. Height. This was an interesting memoir about her contributions to the Civil Rights movements and to social issues far beyond. I was especially interested to hear her reasoning for some of the actions that were taken and why they were necessary.

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I loved this story! This was my #Audiobook for #LitsyBooked2021. I enjoyed the author‘s other book as well, but this one was excellent. I loved all of the references to historic events and people, and the ending could not have been more perfect! @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!! Adorable friend 😻 12mo
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen Thanks, he was being a ham lol 12mo
Gissy Ahhh so cute in that pose 😻❤️❤️❤️! 12mo
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The Friday Edition | Betta Ferrendelli
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I read this one in an effort to read some of the random books I downloaded to my Kindle and never read. The bones of the story were decent but it needed an editor VERY badly.

CocoReads That‘s always a disappointment. Hoping the next book is better! 13mo
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I haven‘t posted here in a while, but I‘m hoping to get back into it. I started a new job on the 4th, so this is the first book I‘ve finished this year! It was a wild ride, and I learned a lot, but it was a little TOO odd at times. This is my book by an Arab in translation for the Reading Women challenge.

wanderinglynn Great photo! 13mo
Reggie Good to have you back. (edited) 13mo
bookwrm526 @Reggie Thanks :) 13mo
bookwrm526 @wanderinglynn Thank you :) the river was quite high that day! 13mo
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Playing catch-up! I really liked the story here, and the characters were great. Very gritty noir, detective with a past and some major character flaws, but likable all the same. The daughter is my favorite character.

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Murder bot is the best!! I‘m glad they have a friend now, and that the adventure is continuing, can‘t wait to get to the rest of the series!!

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