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candc320

candc320

Joined April 2016

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I‘ve liked each of Riley Sager‘s novels and this was no exception. Super fast-paced (I listened to the whole audiobook in a day) with lots of twists and turns it was exactly what I expected it to be. I also really enjoyed the many 90s references and the film noir nostalgia. Nothing particularly new or mind blowing here, but just a solid entertaining story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Searcher | Tana French
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Mehso-so

This one was just ok. Good character development, great narrator, but middle of the road storyline. Nothing particularly new or different from other similar small town/village, retired cop helping an underdog solve a possible crime stories. Not bad just didn‘t really care about what happened. But it was my May #bookspin for #bookspinbingo so yay! 🌟🌟🌟

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14h
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Unwind | Neal Shusterman
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This story has such an interesting premise and one that seems particularly poignant right now: abortion is outlawed but parents/the state can choose to “unwind” kids from age 13 to 18, which means every single part of the child is taken apart and transplanted into someone else who needs it 😳. We see it from the POV of a number of people, including 3 kids set to be unwound. It‘s brutal and heart wrenching and quite poignant. ⬇️

candc320 I loved seeing how the various characters dealt with this seeming insanity, especially the kids who decided to fight against it. Can‘t wait for the rest of the series! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 6d
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This was nothing like I was expecting but I loved it! It does begin with our main character killing another child when she‘s 8 (as the synopsis tells us) however this isn‘t a simple case of a murderous and evil child sort of horror/thriller but a heartbreaking tale of neglect, trauma, and so much devastation that it‘s sometimes hard to read. I loved seeing the main character both as a child and as an adult and seeing her life unfold. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like this one nearly as much as I thought I would. It was so repetitive and felt like it could have gotten to the big reveals of the story a lot quicker than it did. That being said I really enjoyed the wrap up of the story and what was really going on during the earlier slow unraveling. The last two pages were a little confusing - not sure what the point was - but without it I liked the ending. 🌟🌟🌟

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Lots of books came in this week, including my three #botm picks, a book for a TikTok book club I‘m joining (Theme Music), and a surprise from a Little Free Library (The Kindred Spirits Supper Club)! Excited to read all of these!

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This was bizarrely different than anything I‘ve read before, which is great! Basically about a serial killer who travels around in time, looking for his victims that “shine”, and the one woman who survived and tried to track him down. Very fast paced with lots of thrills and uncomfortable situations. Ended somewhat abruptly for me but other than that a real solid read. Excited to watch the show based on it!

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This book was amazing! It centers around a global pandemic and catastrophic environmental disaster in the near future, which we can all relate to. loved how each chapter was its own story, connected to the other stories through characters or experiences, allowing the reader (or listener in my case) to marvel at how each of us is connected to all others on a grand or small scale, through shared loss, pain, family, hope, and so much more.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Nothing like waiting until the last minute 😵‍💫! Here‘s my #bookspinbingo board for May!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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I really love this series. It‘s gritty and page-turning and always has lots of twists I don‘t see coming. This isn‘t my favorite installment, and it did seem longer than it needed to be overall, but it was still enjoyable and surprising. And I LOVE the narrator! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Yay for birthday month and #botm release day! These all sound amazing!!

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This was a really cute read. Not as good as the author‘s The Christmas Bookshop which, in all honesty, was so good I bought a number of this author‘s other books including this one. Nina‘s dream of owning a beautiful bookmobile that she takes around recommending the perfect book to her patrons is a true dream. I just wish more time was spent with the books and less with the various romances. The wrap up felt rushed as well. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Enjoyable modern retelling of Jane Eyre that kept my attention even though it wasn‘t hard to figure out where the story was going or what the big mystery would reveal. All of the characters were unreliable and I liked that it changed between 3 different POVs, even while the main narrator was Jane. Very entertaining! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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While I did check this one out of the library I ended up listening to the majority of it on audiobook. It‘s a solid historical fiction not so much about the actual last year debutantes we‘re presented to the Queen of England but more about the stifling restrictions and pressures put on these young women and the lies behind their rich families. I thought it was a unique look into a world I haven‘t quite read about before. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

candc320 This was also my #bookspinbingo #bookspin for April! @TheAromaofBooks 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I have read/listened to each book in this series and the first 4 were amazing! It has kept be coming back again and again, but it seems to have gone off the rails somewhat. I think I really need Maggie in Europe fighting against Nazis and interacting with her enigmatic friends. Now she‘s in Hollywood and the story was mainly about racism, with the mystery and WWII intrigue almost a 2nd thought. I‘ll keep reading but with caution. 🌟🌟🌟

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I‘m not a huge romance reader but as far as romance goes this was really good! I‘ve come to realize I think I‘m a bigger fan of the friends-to-lovers trope than anything else. I really enjoyed the two main characters and found them endearing each in their own way. I‘m not really sure why the author gave the story this title but it doesn‘t really represent the story very well (weird complaint but there you have it). Overall enjoyable! 🌟🌟🌟💫

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Not my favorite St. James novel but still a good one! I loved the paranormal elements but didn‘t find the mysteries all that hard to figure out. Definitely entertaining, definitely worth a read if you‘ve like the author‘s previous work. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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This felt like a quick, touching audiobook. I listened to it over just a few days and it was nothing that I was expecting. I seemed to be under the impression that this was a thriller, which it wasn‘t at all. It was an often sad, sometimes sweet story about the lengths a dad will go to for his daughter. A good listen overall. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Always sad to have to skip but nothing jumped out at me this month 🤷🏼‍♀️.

vivastory I also skipped. Oh well, at least it'll give me a chance to catch up on my backlog 2mo
candc320 @vivastory haha exactly! 2mo
JamieArc I (and by I, I mean my bank account) always appreciate a month here and there when I skip. I thought I would skip, but a few ended up working for prompts and grabbing my attention. 2mo
candc320 @JamieArc so true! I hope you love the books you picked! 2mo
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The Overnight Guest: A Novel | Heather Gudenkauf
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This was a really solid thriller! I went back and forth between the audiobook and the paperback and I found I really enjoyed the audiobook narrator. So good at keeping the tension building! I was able to guess a few of the twists but I was way off with the main surprise. I‘m definitely excited to read more by the author! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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🎵 My copy of The Diamond Eye arrived 🎵🤗

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Mehso-so

This murder mystery ended up being just ok for me. I‘m starting to think the whole dark academia thing might not be for me. I found these characters to be so unlikable that I honestly didn‘t care who might have killed their friend in college. They were each just so narcissistic and (for most) privileged that I don‘t think THEY even cared who might have killed their friend. Still, I can‘t say that it was bad and I did enjoy the narrator. 🌟🌟🌟

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I‘ve not read as much this March so I‘m really hoping to cross more of these off the list in April! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks I always love doing #bookspinbingo !!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 2mo
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Sundial | Catriona Ward
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Bailedbailed

This has been such a weird reading month…I‘m either loving books or DNFing them (which is new for me…I‘ve never really DNF‘d books before). I really enjoyed The House on Needless Street and was so excited for this one. But I‘ve made it halfway through and find myself making myself keep reading. I‘m sure there are big twists just around the corner but I‘m not in the mood for waiting anymore. Maybe I‘ll give this one a shot at another time 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Found a library 10 minutes away that I was able to get a reciprocal library card for (it‘s in a different county but closer than any of my county‘s locations - who would have thought!). I only have these for 3 weeks so hopefully I can read both of them before they‘re due back 🤞

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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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Picked these 3 up from Doubleday Book Club! I‘m so excited for all 3! Now I‘ve just got to make time to read them 😵‍💫!

SilversReviews LOVED The Night Shift and The Last Night In London!! Couldn‘t get into This Might Hurt. (edited) 2mo
candc320 Thanks @SilversReviews !! I‘ll keep that in mind! 2mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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This was amazing, simply put. It‘s hilarious and spicy and heartbreaking and uplifting and so much more all together. I had so much fun listening to this audiobook. And the fact that the author was also the narrator, and amazing at it, blew me away. Loved it full stop! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Liatrek Loved this so much❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
candc320 @Liatrek it was such a heartfelt story! It‘s been a while since I‘ve loved a book this much! 2mo
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I loved this story! I don‘t tend to read SciFi but I think that might be a mistake because I loved the time travel and “ghost” elements of the story most. I even ended up loving January even when she was being such a bitch to just about everyone. The characters were diverse and complicated, there were plenty of mysteries to try and solve, and I can honestly say I‘ve never read a story like this before. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I ended up loving this audiobook! I‘d read mixed reviews so I went into it with an open mind and not expecting much. But this story of a seemingly glamorous, enviable family that is truly screwed up in reality was better than I expected. Great writing and an excellent narrator that made me love the Rivas (all but the dad - he‘s a true narcissist). Excited that the author‘s next book is supposed to deal with a side character! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Bren912 I totally enjoyed the love and loyalty this family gave to each other. Except the dad. 😑. 2mo
candc320 Me too, @Bren912 !! The dad made me sooo angry 😤! 2mo
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The Black Phone | Joe Hill
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I absolutely love Joe Hill and have read everything of his other than this collection. I‘ve already got the other version of the collection - 20th Century Ghosts - but I just love this cover!!

michellelav Ou, I also love that cover! 2mo
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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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This was a super quick, page-turning sort of audiobook (whatever the equivalent of page-turning would be for an audiobook 🤪). I listened to the whole thing in 3 days! Interesting premise, although nothing ground breaking, and some pretty crappy characters but I enjoyed watching them fall apart. Overall enjoyable! 🌟🌟🌟💫

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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So excited 🤗🤗🤗🤗!!!

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The Sisters Sweet: A Novel | Elizabeth Weiss
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Bailedbailed

This is the first times in a looonnggg time I‘ve DNF‘d a book, but I just had to with this one. I don‘t even think it‘s necessarily the story‘s fault, I just really wasn‘t feeling it. It starts out great, telling the story of these two performing sisters pretending to be Siamese twins, then switched to just telling one sister‘s story and it got BORING. I just need more excitement right now I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️.

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I started reading this one while waiting for my son to finish volunteering and so far I‘m really enjoying it! Also I thought this bookmark was perfect (the story deals with time travel and I‘ve heard it gets a little convoluted) 🤣!

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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Here‘s my #bookspinbingo board for March! Feeling really good about getting a bingo this month!! Also accidentally wrote The Sisters Sweet audio in a free space when it shouldn‘t be so I just flipped it and made the free space next to it 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Well February is now over and I ended up doing better than I expected! Made it through 8 books (I‘ve got 2 others I‘m currently working on), including my #doublebookspin pick! It‘s hard to see the writing on the pictures but my favorite book of the month was Wish You We‘re Here by Jodi Picoult and it‘s becoming quite clear that my current favorite genres are contemporary fiction and mystery/thrillers and I mostly listen to audiobooks.

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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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This was such a fun read! Really great jump scares and we‘ll developed characters with some legitimately scary moments. It‘s basically a great horror movie in written form…I could see it all as it unfolded. If you like horror, sci fi, ghost stories, anything like that I definitely recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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#botm picks for March are up and I was so excited to see this one!! I‘ve really been looking forward to reading it!!!

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Couldn‘t believe this audiobook was already available from my library so I snatched it up! I enjoyed the many twists and turns the story took, and the few times I was determined I knew the answer and was completely wrong. That being said all of the characters were pretty unlikeable so I can‘t really say I cared what ended up happening to them. Still a good, twisted tale. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

LKK526 Have to agree with you about the characters likability. But thought it was fun anyway 3mo
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So I decided to go on a little adventure, searching out Little Free Libraries “nearby” - the total journey took me 2 hours 😳! I tried to find 7 that were listed in the LFL app and could only find 4…I have no idea where the others went 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️. And I only found one book out of the four that sounded good. But positive side I unloaded like 12 books!

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Forgot to share my newest purchase from The Book Depository! I really enjoyed this author‘s debut, The Shelf, and am really excited to dive into this second book as well. And…new bookmark!

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I‘ve got my March #bookspinbingo picks ready to go! Hoping to get lots of reading done next month 🤞

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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This was intense! It‘s long and heartbreaking and intensely graphic and disturbing but somehow still a really good story. The narrator of the audiobook did such a good job of keeping the tension tight and the story advancing without any long lulls (which is surprising given that it‘s over 19 hours long). It‘s hard to say I enjoyed this given the subject matter but I‘ll definitely say it kept me listening! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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Finally able to dig into this one and remembered I had the PERFECT bookmark to match! It‘s really good so far and the real craziness hasn‘t even started!

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Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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#bookmail surprise!! I probably entered a giveaway for this - I do that a lot - but didn‘t remember so was really excited when it came in!! Sounds soooo good!

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Skipping a Beat: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen
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My first pick for #TBRDeckofCards was “bedroom” which meant I had to pick a book on one of my bedroom shelves. I‘ve had this one forever and it was the last Sarah Pekkanen book I needed to read (not including the newer thrillers she co-writes). It was good, especially if you enjoy somewhat predictable “I‘ve fallen out of love then back into love before it‘s too late” sort of stories. It has her signature snarky humor which I do enjoy. 🌟🌟🌟💫

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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Jodi does it again! While the story focuses a lot on the early days of Covid - I‘m not going to lie, it was a little hard to listen to certain parts as it brought all those feelings of anxiety and uncertainty back - my favorite parts actually dealt more with perceptions of reality and memories. I got teary a number of times listening to this one and love the somewhat open-ended ending. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I FINALLY finished!! It was really good but was just so long and science heavy that I tended to only be able to read it for so long before having to take a break to read something else. Loved the characters, though, and really appreciated what a wide range of characters the author utilized. This would make an epic movie as I spent a large amount of time running through it in my head. Interested to see what else the author has written. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

JamieArc Yes, I agree, it would make a great (and creepy!) film. 3mo
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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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This preorder came in yesterday. I can‘t appropriately explain how excited I am to read it! I‘m making myself finish what I‘m currently reading before diving in, but it‘s going to be really hard 😬

BrittanyReads Looking forward to your thoughts! I put this on hold at my library! 3mo
candc320 Thanks @BrittanyReads !! I look forward to your thoughts too! 3mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I loved this audiobook! It‘s definitely a cozier mystery than I typically go for but Molly is such a unique character and the narrator made her immensely endearing and sympathetic. Felt very realistic to how I would imagine a person like her would experience life. I got very angry at the way people treated her but she always handled it so well. Loved her so much! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟