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Joined December 2019

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River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
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Anticipation: A Novel by Melodie Winawer
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The Return by Victoria Hislop
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River of Stars | Vanessa Hua
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Suggested on the Political Gabfest a million years ago and I'm just getting around to it!

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Anticipation: A Novel | Melodie Winawer
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Why does every cover have the back of a woman? This trend is tired. It makes it seem like all the books are the same!

Brooke_H AGREE 2w
KellyK So people can fulfill the reading challenge prompt “with a woman facing away on the cover”??? 🙂 2w
canbku @KellyK clearly :) 2w
KellyK @canbku 😬 2w
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The Return | Victoria Hislop
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Loving the vibe and enjoying spending time in Granada!! Totally want to see flamenco now...

Vansa Nice recommendation, thanks! Added to my TBR! 2w
canbku @Vansa I love all her books!! So richly detailed! 2w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Mehso-so

It was ok. I mean, I stuck with it for all twenty hours. I was invested in the characters and wanted to know how they turned out, but the story didn't grab me and it was very long. I still think it was good, but I dont know what will stay with me.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Trying this as audio to start instead of taking a huge book on vacation. It seems slow to start, but I'm looking forward to settling in with the characters

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If you are an outlander fan, then of course read this book. However, I did struggle to enjoy it. There are so many things I wanted to hear about and, instead, we spent a lot of time in Claire's head and following William as he finds his purpose. Loved the Claire sections but would have traded a lot of William for more Roger or Lord John or Mrs Cunningham even. I'm very glad I read it? I'm looking forward to the outlander premiere

BooksNBowls I feel that way about a lot of the books. I love Diana but she can definitely stretch particular parts of the books way longer than necessary and then hold back on other things we‘ve all been waiting to hear. 3w
sprainedbrain Omg William annoyed me in this one… I agree that we could have done with a lot less of that! 3w
canbku @BooksNBowls it got so exciting at the end and then there was no arc whatsoever to the last story.... Just ending it in the middle! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage William and Bree need LESS time and suddenly in this book I just adore Roger. Also needed more of Ferguson and Marsali. But it‘s easy to say this as the reader. Diana follows her muse, not ours. And clearly we disagree! 😜 3w
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Labyrinthe | Kate Mosse
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Starting something new...a bit meatier than what I've been reading. We'll see if I can keep up with it

bookaholic1 Good book 1mo
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Eh, Peter Morrow is not my favorite side character. Got to hang with the Three Pines gang, though

Susanita Agreed! 2mo
AutumnRLS I felt the ending of this one was so unnecessary. Also, the fact that Clara ignores Gamache over and over to disastrous results was so annoying. The only sour spot for me in an otherwise fantastic series. 2mo
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Je suis prest, bay-beeee!

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Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Moving pretty quickly! I'm enjoying it despite it seeming like it knows it's kinda clever. Even so, I really want to know the twist!

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Pickpick

Always love a bit of time with Gamache. Tough one, though. That light barely made it.

Crazeedi This was a stressful one as I remember 2mo
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This was enjoyable! It was silly in all sorts of ways, but I was up for it and enjoyed the ride!

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Next in the series! Pretty dark opening.

ShelleyBooksie So, so good 2mo
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The Dog Stars | Peter Heller
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Loved another Peter Heller book as audio! Suspenseful, but lyrical and and dreamy and philosophical. Loved it! Felt a little bit weird to hear about a major pandemic but it was written in 2012!

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Trying the audiobook for the first time! Getting a bit of a refresher before Bees!!

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The Dog Stars | Peter Heller
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Started several audiobooks and this is the first one that's grabbed me on a long time! Third Peter Heller in as many months

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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In a mini rut. I've started several books and haven't gotten excited about any of them. Maybe this is the one...?

Branwen I loved this one! I hope you do too! 3mo
AmyG I loved this, too. 3mo
Crazeedi Oooo, this looks good! My kind of book! Adding to my tbr! 3mo
Suet624 I loved it, but I like reading about powerful nuns. 🙂🙂😀 3mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Ok, I'm definitely lacking in sophistication, but I just cannot get interested in this book at all. It just seems so normal and lackluster. It's not crackling with layers like the other Colson Whitehead books I've read. It just doesn't do it for me and it's a DNF. 😭😭😭

aperfectmjk I couldn't get into either. It seems people either love it or hate it. 3mo
Jeannineth Oh no! I just got this. 3mo
canbku @Jeannineth it's probably just me!!! 3mo
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Mehso-so

I liked a lot of things - the development of the relationship between the inspector and the chief is a huge win for this book. The plot was even pretty good - the location superb. But the details were pretty ridiculous and far-fetched. I don't look for reality in cozy mysteries, but i'd like to avoid eye rolls and this one had more than a few

ShelleyBooksie I'd love to know what moments you found eye rolling! I've also read this one and although it's not my fav in the series, I did enjoy it. 3mo
canbku @ShelleyBooksie how could the Vatican not know about them? They trade with other monasteries! 3mo
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Back to Gamache, but I'm really missing Three Pines. I have not yet gotten into the characters and Beauvoir and Gamache are so out of their element that it's tough to see their best qualities

Jaimelire I really enjoyed this one. 3mo
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Mehso-so

This was my least favorite inspector Gamache take so far. I loved being back in Three Pines, of course, bit I thought some things were far-fetched and unbelievable -even for this type of fantasy. I also guessed the ending, which is something I'm not very good at, so.... And I like narrator, but he does this weird hum before everything Gamache said, which I think makes him sound pretentious

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Gotta read this one quick! I know I won't be able to renew in the library!

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New audio! Haven't tried any of the Louise penny as audio. Will see if I like the narrator!

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Those is such a sorrowful one. I loved it and I loved the redemption and the acceptance. I also loved the Quebec history and sense of place in the old town. It was a sad one, though, as Gamache does the slow work of recovery.

rabbitprincess This is one of my favourites in the series! 4mo
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The Searcher | Tana French
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Mehso-so

Love tana french. The wiring is beautiful and am of the characters are vivid and leap off the page. This book was a slow burn, though, without enough action that I really cared about.

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The Searcher | Tana French
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I love tana french, but this is going a bit slow. Maybe because I'm on audio? I like the narrator, though. Maybe it's just slow

DHill I felt the same about this one. I also listened to it on audio. 4mo
bookaholic1 I'm listening to this as well. I'm at 35% and it's starting to get better, where at first I wasn't sure 4mo
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Really relieved how this one started. Glad I didn't have to wait after reading the previous!

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Mehso-so

This is maybe my second favorite after the first. I loved the art and the creepy bits. It ended in a way that I didn't expect and maybe not in a way that was fun for me, bit I liked it very much all the same

ShelleyBooksie One of my favs as well 4mo
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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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Really enjoying Peter heller. Its not as atmospheric as the river, but I'm still a fan. Love the narrator's interpretation of Jack, too

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Mooooore Three Pines!

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The River | Peter Heller
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Oh man. So good. Loved it. Loved the narrator. Can't wait for the next book by Peter heller. I just have to wait 8+weeks for it to come available at the library...

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Really enjoyable, if enjoyable is the right word! I loved the characters, especially Geneva.I want a huge fan of Darren Matthews, bit I don't think he's a huge fan of himself, either. I enjoyed how thoughtful he was and how he walked himself through problems

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The River | Peter Heller
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Uggggh. I'm going to miss this so much when it's done....

readswellwithothers The good news is that his new one is the perfect follow-up! 4mo
canbku @readswellwithothers already reserved! 4mo
AutumnRLS So good! 4mo
betsyhaddox What do you like the most about the book? Do you prefer audiobooks to other formats? 4mo
canbku @betsyhaddox I like that it's an atmospheric thriller. Part of the tense feeling is psychological more than the very real danger they are(or appear to be) in. The narrator was great, too. I don't prefer audiobooks, but over been getting back in to them as I've started communing again 4mo
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Picnic at Hanging Rock: A Novel | Lady Joan Weigall Lindsay
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Major snooze

Soscha I don‘t think the book is supposed to be that great, except maybe you get an answer about what happened to the missing girls. 5mo
Soscha I 🧡 the movie though. So hauntingly beautiful, visually & aurally. (Zamfir) 5mo
Vansa I love the movie! 5mo
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canbku @Soscha but.... 5mo
canbku @Soscha you don't 5mo
Soscha @canbku Ugh. Not worth the bother then, stick with the movie. 5mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Last summer book?

Scochrane26 Love this one & the sequel. 5mo
Reggie I wish she would come out with a 3rd one already. I loved the first 2 books. 5mo
canbku @Reggie good to know! Maybe it won't be my last book of the summer! 5mo
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Picnic at Hanging Rock: A Novel | Lady Joan Weigall Lindsay
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Trying it this old classic for a bit of genre adventure. Horror, yikes!

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Mehso-so

My least favorite so far, but I still love all of the characters and can't wait for the next one in the series

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Bouncing back and forth between reading on my phone and reading the paperback.

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I really enjoyed a Invisible Life so I picked up another one by the same author. I haven't read fantasy in a bit, so that's another reason!

starlight97 I really loved this one too!💕 6mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Interesting premise and some good world building, but this was far from my favorite. An easy and quick read, but probably not worth it for me. Characters are pretty flat and female characters seem to exist only to show mad devotion.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed quite a lot of this book and I struggled to put it down. That's the thing about mysteries, though. The unknown is what's fun. Once you know what happens, it gets a lot less fun.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Starting the second new book in two days, but I'm sure it will get recalled to the library soon!!

... And that's a clementine poppyseed scone!

bookiehannah Just got this book, so excited to start it! 6mo
KarinWestbrook Good book! Love the references to Mythology! Enjoy 6mo
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I was super excited for "before the coffee gets cold", but hardly a couple pages in and this polymath who graduated from Waseda can't make level headed judgments because of a guy? Am I in for more of this?

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Very excited for this quirky book

doodeh This one hit me right in the feels ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Omg, I loved this. Turning the familiar into a paranoia-inducing horror.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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An hour to read in a coffeeshop. An unbelievable treat!

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Gotta read it while I got it! I'm sure it will be called back to the library soon!

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Mehso-so

Pretty dated...I still like the characters and the setting and everything, of course, but this just felt very old. And not in the charming Agatha Christie way. I couldn't get past the technology.

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Can't wait to finally be getting to this pick!

Prairiegirl_reading I found it difficult but so worth it! It‘s phenomenal. I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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Yeah I guess I'll just plow through the inspector ganache series this summer. #2

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