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candc320

Joined April 2016

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Having not read The Handmaid‘s Tale but having watched and really enjoyed the HULU show I wasn‘t sure what to expect in this sequel. I‘m glad to say I didn‘t feel like anything was left out by not reading the first book! This story follows 3 characters from the original and gives a new spin and unique points of view to the overall story and Gilead. The multiple narrators were great and I really enjoyed the audiobook. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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My #BOTM box arrived yesterday, which is SO MUCH FASTER then it usually does! No idea when I will get around to reading these books but I‘m very happy to add them to my BOTM shelves 🤗

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The Shining | Stephen King
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Going in for a re-read before (hopefully) tackling Doctor Sleep before seeing the movie next month. I‘m not the fastest reader so I might have bitten off more than I can chew! Two door stopper books in just a month? Maybe 🤷🏼‍♀️

sprainedbrain You can do it! I just finished Doctor Sleep and loved it SO MUCH. ❤️ 2w
candc320 Thanks so much, @sprainedbrain ! You‘ve got me pumped to do this 🏋🏼‍♀️📚 2w
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The Institute | Stephen King
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This might have become my new favorite King novel! It‘s just so immersive and tense and amazing. I felt so much for the young characters and am always amazed when an author can somehow present them doing unbelievable things while also accurately showing their vulnerable and still developing hearts and minds. Highly recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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So excited this came in this week! I‘ve had it preordered for MONTHS and of course I had to get the signed copy! He‘s a must read for me.

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I tried picking my October #botm selections through the new app but couldn‘t get it to work properly 🤷🏼‍♀️. Oh well, the website worked just fine 🙌🏻!

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I won these awesome keychains just for being a subscriber to Ruth Ware‘s emails! I‘ve never won a contest like that before! I‘m excited to use them.

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Etsy | Marianna Hart
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How gorgeous is my new #booksleeve?! I‘m totally in love 😍. I got it from Sew Happy Stitch Happy and I definitely recommend...I‘m sure I‘ll be buying more.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I was FINALLY able to finish this one! When I started it I was really enjoying it but set it aside for something else...and didn‘t go back for months 😱. I finished it as an audiobook and it was so touching. I loved how the story mixed the supernatural with the realistic and how so many of the characters connected to each other in unexpected ways. Definitely recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I already knew that I liked Michelle Obama but this book cemented the reasons why. She is such a strong, intelligent, straightforward, and all around amazing woman! I loved how she didn‘t hold back in giving her opinions and did so in such an eloquent way...there were parts that felt like poetry! I‘m not a huge fan on memoirs in general but did enjoy this one. And it really makes me miss her as our First Lady 🥺! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I‘ve read and enjoyed a few of Lynn Cullen‘s novels and this was no exception. What I particularly enjoyed this time was the unique time, place, and situations within the story, namely how one of the characters was a Betty Crocker (who knew that wasn‘t a real person!) and how one of the husbands have a mysterious sleeping sickness I had never heard of. I was a little frustrated with the women at times but other than that loved it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This nonfiction story was unbelievable and amazing! On one end the author did an exceptional job of highlighting the science and advances surrounding the use of Henrietta Lacks‘s cells. On the other is the - just as exceptional and heartbreaking - story of Henrietta‘s family and their search for justification for the hijacking of her cells without consent and the need for the world to know who she was as a person. Excellent audiobook! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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I was SOOO excited when this lovely showed up in my mailbox! It sounds amazing!!

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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil
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THIS pick was a definite #blameitonlitsy ! Really different than anything else I read so I‘m looking forward to giving it a go.

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The Institute | Stephen King
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I completely forgot to share my books this week! Trying to decide whether to start this one next or The Handmaid‘s Tale 🤔.

JacqMac I started this one first. I do not regret my choice. It‘s really good. 1mo
candc320 @JacqMac oh yay! Ok you‘ve made my choice for me....I have very weak willpower 😆 1mo
rather_be_reading hard choice!! 3w
candc320 @rather_be_reading right?! I chose The Institute and I‘m almost done....so good! 3w
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A little lunchtime reading today!

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Oh wow was this story creepy! The beginning was especially so, with the hints at the supernatural giving me the chills, and by the end it was still super creepy due to the more concrete and very real danger these characters were faced with. The characters were complicated and realistic and I didn‘t see ahead of time all the secrets they were hiding, which I loved! Highly recommended for those that like character driven suspense. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2

marleed If my hold estimate stays true, I should get this the first week of October! 2mo
candc320 Ohhh perfect timing for spooky stories @marleed !! 2mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I am LOVING this book! I hate that I‘ve got to go to stupid work and stop reading 😟🥺😤

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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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I could not get into this audiobook...and I‘m having trouble even figuring out why 😳. While listening to it my attention kept drifting off, which rarely happens, and I kept getting the characters mixed up, making it nearly impossible to keep up with the twists and turns of the mystery. When it was all over I did think it was a nice twist to what happened, but other than that I was just “meh”. Just not for me! 🌟🌟🌟

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Went over to Barnes and Noble to participate in the #bookhaul event. Ya know, doing my part 😉. My son and I each got three books! They apparently were all out of free totes, which was pretty disappointing (I was just going to order online but wanted the tote) but we did get BOGO cookies so that sweetened the deal somewhat. I am so excited for all three of my books and was so stoked to discover the Bridge of Clay book is signed!

Kappadeemom Never Have I Ever was one of fav books this year so far! 2mo
candc320 @Kappadeemom that is so good to hear! I‘m adding it to the top of the TBR! 2mo
Hoopiefoot Mine was out of totes too 😩 2mo
candc320 @Hoopiefoot they should have ordered more ☹️🥺 2mo
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Oh how I loved this book! It completely took me by surprise and is the first book in a while that really held my attention and made me want to be reading it even when I was busy and couldn‘t. The last 50 pages or so are total page turners and I raced to see how Jules was going to (hopefully) get out of the predicament she was in and how all the pieces would finally fit together. Gripping! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Tidelands | Philippa Gregory
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🎼 I have a new book to add to my Philippa Gregory shelf 🎼💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️!!!

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Escape Room | Megan Goldin
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This one turned out to be nothing like I expected. Even the title is some what misleading. The vast majority of the characters are just awful and it was more about those horrible people doing anything to get ahead in a high demand career than anything else. I did like how it went back and forth between those stuck in the “escape room” and one particular character leading up to the present. All in all not bad but not a hit either. 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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My August #botm box FINALLY came in! I‘m so excited to read these, especially The Whisper Man! I‘ve been really craving something scary.

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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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This one surprisingly popped out of my mailbox a few weeks ago and I totally forgot to share. Sounds really good!

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This is my all-time favorite podcast and I could not WAIT to get my hands on the book once I heard about it. In fact I bought the book but also wanted to listen to Karen and Georgia read it just because they are so funny and awesome. I was surprised to find myself tearing up along with Karen during some of her portions and was touched by how honest and forthcoming they were. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys the podcast! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I really enjoyed this one, probably more than I was expecting! The mystery of what happened to the mother-in-law kept me guessing and I loved how seeing everything unfold from both the MIL and main character allowed you to really see how differently two people can view the same situations. You never really know what someone else has gone through or what they think until you communicate! Solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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First day of school means day off for this mama! Diving into this one and so excited! #botm

marleed Haha. Enjoy your day off! 2mo
candc320 Thanks @marleed !! 2mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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The world built in this story is fascinating if pretty bleak. The good and the bad of society is heightened as the world becomes both smaller and larger at the same time. Myra‘s quest for her daughter, Row, was admirable but I couldn‘t help but feel for her other daughter, Pearl, and the other people who she pulled along on her search. My biggest issue with the book was the ending...I didn‘t like it at all! Overall an ok story for me. 🌟🌟🌟

collegecatlady This is one I‘m ready to get my hands on! 2mo
candc320 @collegecatlady I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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This was a quick and enjoying listen! I think I finished it in two days. I enjoyed the mix of ghost story and real life family drama. It wasn‘t hard to figure out what was really going on but I still enjoyed the journey! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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I‘ve been on a real audiobook kick lately! Unfortunately this one was only okay. It was interesting seeing the characters morally try to grapple with their various parts in this odd (and pretty horrible) place where these (mostly) underprivileged women have babies for super rich people, all for a hopefully better future for their own families. That being said I didn‘t really like any of the characters or the ending. 🌟🌟🌟

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Let‘s hope my #Botm box gets here more quickly this month...I‘m really excited about these picks!

rather_be_reading great choices! 3mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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A few other books I picked up during a Barnes & Noble sale!

EKonrad I took advantage of that B&N sale too! 😊 3mo
candc320 @EKonrad I love a good book sale 🤗🤗🤗!! 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Just a little something I picked up last week! So excited to read it and add it to my signed books collection!

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Yesterday my #botm box FINALLY came in! Ya know, the July box that I picked books for on 6/28? Yeah, that box 🙄. This is by far the longest it has ever taken to get here. My box seems to be delayed every single month so I hope this doesn‘t become a habit. Good books this month though!

kamoorephoto I picked the same two!! 3mo
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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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WOW, this was a really hard book to read but also a really beautiful and hopeful one! I love the way the author shows us two paths this couple could have taken after having to choose what sort of medical care they should -or shouldn‘t- have their son go through. The author‘s note at the end explains why this book was so important for the author to write and it makes it that much more poignant. Highly recommend!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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How pretty is this cover?! So excited to read this!

Eggs Oh this sounds so good!! 3mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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This was a solid and entertaining mystery. It wasn‘t necessarily as thrilling as I was hoping for but it did keep me guessing and changing my mind. And the narrator was great! 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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Somebody DOES NOT want me reading this morning 🐕 🙄

brit91 Awwww cutie pie!😍😍 3mo
Tamra Sweet💜 3mo
candc320 Thanks @brit91 amd @Tamra !! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww❤️ 3mo
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I Owe You One | Sophie Kinsella
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Sophie Kinsella is a definite guilty pleasure for me! The narrator of the audiobook was perfect and brought Fixie to life with all her befuddled charm and foibles. A quick and enjoyable listen with some great characters (and admittedly some awful ones) and lots of drama. And don‘t forget the happy ending of course! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I‘m so excited!! This is the second book I‘ve won from Goodreads in the last few months after years with no wins! I also loved Lynn Cullen‘s first two books so I know I‘ve got hours of entertainment to look forward to!

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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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Giving this one a go!! I‘ve only just started but I‘m already invested. Shaping up to be a heartbreaker!

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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Oh man, this one was a struggle for me! That‘s partly my fault - I‘m in the middle of a serious reading rut - and partly because I just couldn‘t get into this one. Taking a short break helped somewhat and I started to enjoy it more once I went back, however I still found the twists very predictable and didn‘t particularly connect with any characters. I did think the premise was interesting and think others might enjoy it more. 🌟🌟🌟

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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#wizardsunite ! I shouldn‘t be having this much fun with an app 😆! If anyone is playing too and would like to be friends here is my code!

Victoriahoperose Sent 😊 4mo
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candc320 @Victoriahoperose and @pilardib got them 🤗🤗!! 4mo
Lauram Sent! I‘m Laurmel 😄🧙‍♀️ 4mo
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The Last Year of the War | Susan Meissner
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Susan Meissner is one of my all time favorite authors and I‘m soooo excited to read this newest novel! I‘ve really got to do something to speed up my reading....I can‘t seem to concentrate on any one thing for too long 🤨😩.

readingjedi I have spells when my concentration is just woeful & I'm so easily distracted by the slightest little thing ... I'm in the the midst of such a spell right now 😤😤😤 4mo
candc320 You and me both @readingjedi ! I don‘t typically have this problem but it‘s been going on this time for months 🥺. I‘m not sure what will fix it! 4mo
readingjedi @candc320 Well, for me, I just let myself be distracted. I figure it's what my brain needs to do with itself for a while. After a while I find myself appreciating being focussed on one thing at a time more & more. It works for me ... but I do find it very frustrating when I got SO MANY THINGS TO READ! 😂😂😂 4mo
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Golden Hour | Beatriz Williams
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Yay! My #Botm box came in a few days ago!! It took a lot longer than I was expecting, but I‘ve got to say I‘m really impressed with their customer service. It‘s hard to see in this photo but the bottom right corner is bent in and the cover‘s ripped. I contacted them about how I might get a replacement and they are already sending me one through the mail! Super friendly and no hassle!

marleed That‘s wonderful! I loved AAY. And look at that cover compared to Little Fires Everywhere! 4mo
candc320 Oh wow, @marleed , I didn‘t even notice the similarities between the two covers! Very cool! 4mo
marleed @candc320 My IRL bookclub discussed LFE this week. I had to bring along my copy of AAY! 4mo
candc320 @marleed that‘s awesome! 4mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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This one sounds FANTASTIC!! I‘m sooo happy I scored an ARC copy! And how gorgeous is this cover?! Thanks so much @WilliamMorrowBooks !!

WilliamMorrowBooks Awesome! This is such an exciting read. 4mo
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For whatever reason I‘m having trouble getting into My First Mistake, so I‘m setting that aside for awhile and going in the complete opposite direction: historical fiction! Philippa Gregory has never let me down before and I‘m hoping this kicks my reading into high gear!

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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I totally forgot to share this at the time but I finished NOS4A2 just in time to start the new show! Absolutely loved it (top 3 of Joe Hill‘s books along with Heart Shaped Box and The Fireman) although I do wish we spent even more time getting to explore the terror that is Christmasland. The show‘s pretty cool too and I kind of love that they aren‘t sticking exactly to the book. Joe Hill‘s mind is amazing! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2.

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Girls' Night Out | Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
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This was an enjoyable, quick listen! While I can‘t say that I particularly liked any of the characters - they were all pretty selfish - I did enjoy trying to figure out what happened to the one friend who seemed to disappear after a mysterious night out. Made my workday go by very fast! 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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