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cherinium

Joined October 2016

Book nerd. Cat mom. Veterinary Nurse.
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It took me a while to become invested in this prequel. I did eventually get hooked enough to enjoy the story and look forward to seeing how things would end. At first I thought my lack of interest was because the shock factor was not there like it was for the HG trilogy. After some time to process, I've come to the conclusion that the problem for me was the POV. The original trilogy was in 1st person, which sucked me in right away. 👇👇

cherinium This book was told in 3rd person. It just didn't have the same effect on me. While I was a bit disappointed when I first heard that the prequel would be about Pres Snow, I was interested to learn what made him tick. 3rd person POV wasn't effective for me. I did enjoy seeing how the Hunger Games began and how things changed over the course of time, so I will call it a pick, but just barely. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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Yes! I'm always happy when I see or hear people use the correct terminology to describe a snake that delivers venom through its bite. It's not "poisonous!"

If you don't know, poisons are ingested or delivered by contact (like a rash). Venoms are injected via fangs, stinger, etc.

FYI, this is why my Bestie calls me a "smug animal bastard." I can't help myself. #knowitall

Macnjen Thanks! I learned something today! 1y
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The Girls | Lori Lansens
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A sentimental look at 2 sisters, Rose and Ruby, who just happen to be conjoined twins. We get a glimpse of what life is like when one is never alone. The Girls are a known entity in their hometown and are vastly different individuals for anyone lucky enough to know them personally. The author obviously took great care in developing these characters. An enjoyable novel, but I'm not sure how long it will stick with me.

Scochrane26 I read this a few years ago. I liked it. I passed it on to someone else last year because I don‘t think I‘ll read it again. 1y
cherinium @Scochrane26 Yeah. It's certainly not one of those books that need to be revisited. While enjoyable, once is enough. 1y
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A therapy room is the perfect place for whining and crying. 😭

I thought the audio of was great!

#Booked2020 #WineOrWhine
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh, this is a great pick for this prompt! 1y
Cinfhen I loved this audio!!!! It was so cathartic 🍷 1y
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The Gray House | Mariam Petrosyan
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700+ pages of constant confusion. I still don't think I fully understand what happened.

This was an award winning book in Russia, where it was initially published. A quick search online unearthed a healthy number of fans. This was a big reason I stayed with it when I wanted to bail. In the end, I must admit perhaps magical realism just isn't in my wheelhouse.
#wtf #chunkster #ReadingEurope2020 #armenianauthor @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

cherinium Every character in this book is eccentric, so this also counts for #Booked2020 #EccentricMC @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job hanging in there!! 1y
cherinium @BarbaraTheBibliophage Although I thought about quitting several times, there was a part of me that believed I would have an Aha! moment and it would just all come together. Unfortunately, that never happened.🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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BarbaraBB Impressive that you didn‘t bail! 1y
Librarybelle I agree with @BarbaraBB ! 1y
Cinfhen Wow!!!! That‘s a commitment 🙌🏻 at least it blocked off 2 challenges 😉❣️ 1y
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Strange Planet | Nathan W. Pyle
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SamAnne LOL. 1y
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Meadows starts off explaining that he has done a lot of research on this topic, and his goal is to give his readers the "how" of building self-discipline without bogging the tips down with explanations of the "why." He does provide citations of his sources, but I guess I'm the person that wants the "why." I found this to be like a primary school book report. ??‍♀️

heikemarie I‘m that person too! But also the person who picks up the book and says “UGH did they have to explain the why of every dang thing I‘m just trying to get some tips!!” 😂 in other words, a hypocrite. 1y
cherinium @heikemarie Haha! Not a hypocrite....more like "conflicted." ? 1y
heikemarie @cherinium We will go with that 😬 1y
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My husband has been involved in some biological fieldwork in SE Asia for several years now. Some of the complications and hurdles encountered in this book remind me of his frustrations...with permits, remote locations, declining populations of the turtle he's looking for, being American, etc. I live in fear the entire time he's away.
#Booked2020 #ArmchairTravel @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This book was SO FASCINATING!! I loved it!! But I totally get your fear 😱 1y
Cinfhen This might be a good one for #HisElderliness @Centique 1y
Soubhiville I loved this one too! 1y
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Centique @Cinfhen oooh yes this looks very interesting. Thanks for the recc! 1y
Christine Is your husband a marine biologist? Mine too! 1y
cherinium @Christine No, he's a herpetologist. His full time job is as a zookeeper, but he has managed to weasel his way into some field work, which is where his heart really is. His passion is freshwater and land turtles, specifically those of SE Asia. His true love is a turtle that measures about 5 inches and is only found in small populations in the mountains of China, Vietnam and Laos. It has been hunted for the pet trade to near extinction. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fascinating pick! ♥️👊🏻📚 1y
Christine How amazing (and duh, I do now see that you mentioned turtles in your post)! How wonderful that he‘s been able to devote some time to his true passion. (But I also relate to your fears when he‘s away!) (edited) 1y
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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This was a reread for me, but I was probably 10 or 11 the first time. So, more than 30 years later, reading it through my adult eyes and life experiences, I'm glad I took another look. Wiesel's first hand testimony of his deportation to Auschwitz is even more powerful due to his sparse, simple prose.

#Booked2020 #bookaboutgenocide #Holocaust #Survivor #Nonfiction #ReadingEurope2020 #poland

@4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Librarybelle This is on my to read list. I really need to read this one. Such an important work. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, I can‘t imagine grasping everything at such a young age. Which might be a good thing, honestly. 2y
Cinfhen This is the one book, I truly believe every human being on the planet needs to read 💔 2y
Smarkies I was going to read this as well for the prompt but decided against it because we had just started lockdowns here and I was not sure if I would be able to do the book justice. Will definitely try and pick it up again.. 2y
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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#Booked2020 #spring #secondquarterwrapup @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

I didn't get to one of the prompts this time, but I think I did ok considering my extra long work days the past 3 months.

7. Makes you LOL
8. Memoir about a parent & child (maybe next time)
9.Tartan Noir
10. Book about genocide
11. Pan Asian author or Silk Punk
12. Animal on cover

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! You have plenty of time to catch up—lots of us don‘t specifically read six books each quarter. 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻This is your #OfficialSecondQuarterEntry 🎊📚🎉😍
2y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

I'm late posting, but this is the book I chose for the June prompt for #ReadWithMrBook .

#AuthorWithDisability
@MrBook

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The Question of Red | Laksmi Pamuntjak
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I've seen others make comments about problems with the translation. I can't say there was anything in this regard that really stuck out to me. I know nothing about the politics, history, or mythology of Indonesia, so I'm sure I do not fully appreciate the political statement the author may be trying to convey. With that said, I did enjoy this historical fiction work and am interested in learning more.
#Booked2020 #PanAsianAuthor

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds an intriguing choice! 2y
Cinfhen Great review!!! 2y
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Cinfhen Don‘t forget you have until Friday to post a quarterly wrap up on all the prompts you read this quarter for #Booked2020 🥳 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Thanks! I'm on it! 2y
Cinfhen No rush 😉❣️📚 2y
cherinium @BarbaraTheBibliophage I picked it up a couple years ago through Amazon's #ReadTheWorld promotion. I'm desperately trying to meet my challenge prompts with the books I already own, so this one definitely fit the bill. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Well, whatddya know ... I picked it up at the same time! 🤪🤣🤪🤣 I try to #readmyowndamnbooks as much as possible too. 2y
cherinium I'm sure it is languishing on many a kindle. 😂 2y
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The Question of Red | Laksmi Pamuntjak
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This, from a translated work. As a monolingual reader, I have often thought about this while reading translated works. The only book I have ever successfully read in its original language is The Little Prince, but that was years ago. I'm sure I couldn't do it today. 😥

How many languages are YOU able to read? ❓❓❓❓❓

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Just English - I did a few years of French in high school but I‘m not fluent enough to do more than successfully find my way around the Louvre. 2y
Scochrane26 In French class, we read The Stranger and Little Prince, but I can‘t read in French now. 2y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Wow! I continue to be captivated by Bardugo's writing. Her settings are so richly described and her characters are so beautifully flawed that it's easy to get lost in the story. This one is dark, though. Don't say I didn't warn you.
🖤🖤🖤

#bbbbc #scififantasybookclub @InLibrisVeritas #notYA #yale #secretsocieties #ghoststory #magic
#BOTMbacklog

This will also be my June selection for #ReadWithMrBook

InLibrisVeritas I am so glad you enjoyed it! I can't wait to find sometime and finish it. And that artwork is stunning! 2y
rather_be_reading love this! 1y
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The Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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BarbaraBB Well done! Was it good? 2y
Cinfhen I love a #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 2y
cherinium @BarbaraBB Yes, it was. I've had a hard time reading for the last several months, and it took me a while to focus on the writing style. I did find the story to be quite comical and entertaining once I got used to it. 2y
BarbaraBB Good to know, I have read another Dumas and have this one on my TBR 2y
Librarybelle Oh, good choice! 2y
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Quite Ugly One Morning | Christopher Brookmyre
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Despite taking me a couple weeks to get through this, I really enjoyed this crime novel. The writing is rather crude at times, and Brookmyre seems to have an obsession with bodily fluids; so stay away if those things bother you. The book kicks off a series following investigative journalist Jack Parlabane, who I found to be quite humorous. #Booked2020 #TartanNoir @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Such a cheerful cover...wasn‘t expecting it to be your #TartanNoir 😂 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Certainly not a cheerful book! 😄 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, why do authors do that with covers? It‘s weird when they don‘t match the book‘s theme or style. @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen It‘s like intentionally misleading @BarbaraTheBibliophage 2y
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An entertaining & well-paced read, which served as a light and fluffy diversion from some more cerebral books I've been reading lately. None of the characters are particularly likeable or reliable. There are many secrets being kept, but only a few are resolved. Because of the many loose ends that beg for more explanation, I can't quite give this one a pick.

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Leopard at the Door | Jennifer McVeigh
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A heartbreaking look into colonialism. Set in 1950's Kenya and told from the perspective of a young white woman, this book does not shy away from the harsh realities of a people fighting to reclaim what has been taken from them. I listened to the audiobook, which was pretty good, but I think I might have actually enjoyed the print version better, as I found the narration to be rather bland.

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As a veterinary professional, reading books like this are not entertaining for me. I prefer books to take me other places rather than rehash may daily reality. But, this was in my neighborhood #littlefreelibrary, and I needed a book for the #animalonthecover prompt for #booked2020. I think most people would enjoy it, so I will give it a "Pick", despite being more "So-so" for me. . @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good on you for getting through it! 🐶 2y
cherinium I will say it was an easy read, and the scope of Dr. Wells' practice is much different from mine; so that helped. 😊 2y
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The Three Musketeers | Alexander Dumas
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My work schedule has been complicated and exhausting the past few weeks. It has made reading and Litsying difficult. But today, I've got my feet up and am enjoying the sunshine while trying to concentrate on my #ReadingEurope2020 #france selection. My brain is just mush, so I may have to switch to something a bit lighter that requires less brain power. For now, though, my butt is going no where! 🌻🌻🌻

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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This slim novel sure packs a punch. Melinda's story was absolutely gut-wrenching. It took me back to my high school years in some ways, but also made me think about my 14 year old niece and how hard her life has been. Being a teenage girl is nothing to laugh at. I have a feeling this one will stay with me for a long time. 💔

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I've been struggling to settle into a book the past week or so. After struggling the past two days with The Three Musketeers, I grabbed this off the end table. It is just what I needed. I've snuggled down under a blanket with a snack, and probably won't move for quite a while. 😌
#snack #cozy

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#Booked2020 #winter #firstquarter #wrapup
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

1. Millenial Author
2. Book showing a hat or head covering
3. #liveandlearn
4. Set in Hollywood
5. #covercrush
6. Finish in a day

Now, on to Spring! 🌱🌱🌱

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 congrats on completing #FirstQuarter #Booked2020 🎊📚🙌🏻❣️This is your “official” entry for #FirstQuarterDrawing 😊 2y
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Leopard at the Door | Jennifer McVeigh
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This book made it onto my #TBR 100% because of the cover. I didn't pull the trigger and buy it when I first saw it, but it stayed on my radar. Eventually, I picked it up with a credit from #Audible. I listened today while reorganizing my kitchen. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but at the start of Chapter 13, I'm invested.
#audiocleaning #Booked2020 #covercrush @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen There is something striking about the cover 💕glad to hear the story is picking up too! 2y
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Caroline: Little House, Revisited | Sarah Elizabeth Miller
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As a childhood fan of all things Little House, I have complicated feelings as I read this. Initially, I loved the idea of seeing things from the perspective of Ma. It's a little like removing the rose-colored glasses of childhood and realizing that your parents aren't perfect. I'm not so sure I'm enjoying the selfish, complaining (read: human) inner dialogue of this Caroline. On the other hand, it's very real and well written. Also: #bookmap 👍👍

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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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I really enjoyed this light read. It's a cute story about the difficulty of caring for a child that doesn't fit in, especially when the mother doesn't quite fit in, either. I absolutely love how Frank relates almost everything to films and their stars.
#SetInHollywood #Booked2020 @Cinfhen @4thhouse @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This would also work for #HatOrHeadCovering 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Yes, it would! 🎩 2y
CarolynM I liked it too🙂 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad to know you liked it! 🎩 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was just on Kindle sale. Picked it up on your review! 2y
cherinium I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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My choice for the #SetInHollywood prompt in #Booked2020. I'm half way through this story about Frank, a 9 year old obsessed with old school film stars and has his own unique style, his mother, and his new nanny. Frank is charming; his mother is a famous one-off author struggling to get a second novel onto paper; and the nanny is just trying to fit into the household with all their quirks. 🎩🎬
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds interesting! 2y
Cinfhen I recently bought this on #AudibleDailyDeal 2y
CarolynM I really enjoyed this one. 2y
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I'm not a big cryer while reading. Yes, a handful of books have brought me to actual tears over the years, but that is pretty rare. Nonetheless, I finished 2 books this month that tugged at my heartstrings enough to probably qualify for this month's #ReadWithMrBook. #tearjerker @MrBook

MrBook Oooh, Things has been on my TBR for awhile now! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
AJBowers This is one of my favorite books 💕 2y
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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This was a good, solid Crime novel. Negatives: There were some clunky sentences that I had to reread a few times to get the meaning, which I'm sure was a translation issue. There were a couple things that were never fully explained relating to the backstories of the MCs. Positives: Interesting story, well paced and complicated characters with messy lives.
#ReadingEurope2020 #denmark @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#BOTMBacklog

BarbaraBB I want to read this one too! 2y
Librarybelle Awesome! 2y
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This is an interesting rumination of war experiences from Vietnam. O'Brien blends the line between fact and fiction and asserts that this makes the stories more true than if he had just delivered the facts. The #audiobook is narrated by Bryan Cranston and is excellently done.

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Stones from the River | Ursula Hegi
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Thus begins the beautiful story of Trudi Montag. Set in Germany and spanning the years from immediately post WWI until a few years post WWII, Hegi gives us a glimpse at what it means to be different, to be part of a community, and the humanity that persists during the darkest of times. I took this one slow, giving myself plenty of time to savor and digest.
#ReadingEurope2020 #Germany @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#ReadWithMrBook #tearjerker

BarbaraBB Very good review. I must check the book out! 2y
Librarybelle Glad this was a pick for you! It is such a moving story. 2y
cherinium @BarbaraBB Thanks! It took me a bit to find my rhythm, but once I did, I loved it. I loved that while much of this story was set in Germany during WWII (as so many books are), it didn't feel like a book about the war. It was definitely more about that feeling of "otherness" that so many people live with every day of their lives. 2y
cherinium @Librarybelle Yes, it was! I can't believe how long this book sat on my bookshelves untouched. I'm glad I finally picked it up. 2y
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I realized I never reviewed or tagged this one for #Booked2020. I came away with many practical (but not necessarily easy to implement) tips for dealing with my jaw pain caused by TMJD. This is a great resource for anyone interested in ways to ease pain of the head, neck and/or jaw. #LiveandLearn @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks interesting. I might be able to call it continuing education. (I‘m a massage therapist!) 2y
cherinium @BarbaraTheBibliophage Perhaps! The author is a physical therapist and specializes in this area. The book has an entire chapter dedicated to trigger points and advice on releasing the tension contributing to the pain. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve just been diagnosed with TMJ so this book comes at a great time/ thanks for posting & sharing 🙌🏻 2y
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michellelav I also have TMJ and will have to check this out! 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen @michellelav I'm sorry to hear. I was officially diagnosed about a year ago, but realistically have probably been dealing with it for years. It's a frustrating condition that can affect quality of life more than I ever realized. I feel I should warn you that the suggestions in this book make 100% sense to me, but they involve making changes to life long habits that do not come easily. It's a work in progress for me. 😕 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not even aware of what it is I‘m doing that‘s going to need to change so this will probably be a good wake up call!!! Timing of your posting is perfect 2y
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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As I've been listening to the #audible production of the Sherlock Holmes catalogue narrated by Stephen Fry, I've mostly been underwhelmed. This one was different. I enjoyed the stories in this collection and am looking forward to more. My fave in this one was "The Final Problem." I'll take this to check off the #unitedkingdom for #ReadingEurope2020.
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle ?

Librarybelle Glad you enjoyed this one! 2y
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It's refreshing to read a "cleaning advice" book written by someone who gets the stumbling blocks many if us encounter: depression, anxiety, chronic illness, chronic pain, etc. This may actually be a plan that offers some motivation to get me out of my depression:messy home cycle. I've downloaded the app to try out some of the challenges offered there. Definitely not for those offended by coarse language.

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Stones from the River | Ursula Hegi
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This is meant to be my #germany pick for #ReadingEurope2020. Also, it's been on my TBR shelf for YEARS. Long, rambling sentences are making it hard to find my groove, though. Hopefully I find it soon, because this novel is a minor #chunkster at 525 pages. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I liked this one overall. The main character‘s story is so moving. It‘s been years since I read this. 2y
BarbaraBB I don‘t know this one. Good luck! 2y
cherinium @Librarybelle It's getting easier. It just took some time to get into the flow. I am enjoying getting to know Trudi. 2y
cherinium @BarbaraBB Thanks! It seems like it's going to be pretty good. 2y
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While I enjoyed this one more than the first in the series, it still felt rushed to me. I'd love to see this story fleshed out more. I'm going to let some time pass to see I'd I have any interest in continuing the series. #Fantasy #YA
#HatHeadCoveringOnCover #Booked2020
@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I almost didn‘t see the #headcovering 🖤 2y
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A quick, light #YA #Fantasy read. This book really feels like an introduction, so I will be interested to see where the series goes. The world building is not the greatest, and I thought things happened way too quickly in the lives of the sisters to be even remotely believable. But still not a bad way to spend a few hours.
#ReadInADay #FinishInADay #Booked2020 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Cover art is stunning 🥰 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Yes, it is. But it also annoys me, because both of the female protagonists have bright red hair. The woman on the cover looks like a straight up brunette to me. 🤔 2y
Cinfhen Yeah, I wouldn‘t guess she was a red head but it‘s still a beautiful illustration 2y
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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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Unfavorable revelations about the character of Mr. Zeitoun have surfaced since the publication of this book. Yet, this non-fiction account of Post Katrina NOLA is eye opening and devastating. Eggers wrote a compelling narrative as presented to him by the Zeitoun family. Perhaps Zeitoun's actions and motivations were white washed, but the horrendous conditions after the disaster are indisputable. #ReadWithMrBook #1WordTitle @MrBook

Mdargusch Now I‘m going to have to google him. I read this book years ago and I didn‘t realize there was more controversy. 2y
cherinium @Mdargusch Yeah, I went down the Google rabbit hole after reading someone's comments about the book on Goodreads. Turns out he is not necessarily the upstanding citizen portrayed in the book. Despite that, I still believe it's highly probable that he could have truly been profiled and falsely imprisoned as described. 2y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It took me a little bit to really get hooked, but that came eventually. Atwood's portrayal of Grace is sympathetic, yet leaves the reader unsure about her guilt or innocence. For me, the most interesting character was Dr. Simon Jordan. His interest in Grace became slightly more than academic, and he was not always the upstanding gentleman; but he shady sude just made him more interesting. #audiobook #audible

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Gimli is happy to report that this was a pretty good book. The tension was compelling, the characters were flawed but interesting, and the ending was satisfying. Marking this off my #BOTMbacklog and using it for #Sweden in the #ReadingEurope2020 challenge. @Librarybelle @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #adventuresofthegmen #literarynames #coppereyes

Librarybelle Such a cute face! 2y
cherinium @Librarybelle Thank you! He's come a long way since he came to live with me a few months ago! 💕 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I liked this one. But I suspect you didn‘t mean to tag me. 😘🤓 2y
Leftcoastzen Beautiful kitty!😻 2y
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Next up! Gilbert is making biscuits on my belly; and if you look really close behind him you can catch a glimpse of Gimli as he takes a break from attacking my feet. The book is my June 2019 #BOTM, which has been collecting dust. I'm ready to get started and knock one off my #BOTMbacklog. It will also count as Sweden for #ReadingEurope2020. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #adventuresofthegmen #literarynames

Librarybelle Biscuit making is so important! 😻😻 2y
BarbaraBB Good choice. I liked this one. 2y
Smrloomis ❤️😸 2y
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A silly #debut novel, firmly in the #chicklit category. Holly Banks and her family have relocated to the village of Primm, and it's time for daughter Ella to start Kindergarten. Holly is annoying, her husband is a nervous wreck, her mother is an irresponsible addict, and the PTA president is just downright unbelievably over-the-top and mean. I'd only recommend to those who love this genre. #notforme #millenialauthor (maybe) #Booked2020

Cinfhen Sorry it didn‘t work for you!! But at least you checked off the prompt 😉 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Well, as the saying goes, all books are not for all people. This book was a selection from #onceuponabookclub. I love the concept of the box, and have adored several of the enclosed gifts; but the book selections have mostly been books I would never read of my own accord. With that said, some of them were great, and I'm glad I had them put into my hands. 2y
Cinfhen That‘s the downside to a subscription service that chooses the books but at least you‘re enjoying the experience and extra swag!!! 2y
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Ready to start reading my latest selection from #onceuponabookclub. It will also be my last for a while, as I need to curb my spending for a while. Does anyone know if Julie Valerie is a #millenialauthor ? I can't find anything about her age on the web. I'd like to use this for #Booked2020 if possible. @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I‘m finding it really difficult to find the ages of most authors too!! 2y
cherinium @Cinfhen Glad I'm not the only one. This author seems to be in the right stage of life based on her bio info that is available, but who knows? 2y
Cinfhen Good enough!! Just read it and mark it 🤫🤭 2y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Current #audiobook. Not really digging the narrator, but the story is pretty good.

Scochrane26 I‘ve read this book about 3 times over the years. I also loved the miniseries. 2y
Kimberlone The narrator of this audiobook is the actress who plays the main character in the Netflix miniseries adaptation 2y
cherinium @Kimberlone I did not realize that. I obviously can't speak to her performance in the miniseries, but I'm finding her narration to be rather "flat." Also, she has a lisp that I find very distracting. When I am finished listening, I'll have to check out the show. 2y
cherinium @Scochrane26 This is my first exposure to the book. I'll check out the miniseries when I am finished. 2y
Scochrane26 @cherinium Hope you end up liking the book. I love Handmaid‘s tale, but this is my favorite Atwood. 2y
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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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Pulled off a forgotten corner of my bookshelf, this will be my January choice for #ReadWithMrBook.
I was so excited to read this when I bought it...10 years ago. How does that happen? Why has it taken me so long to get around to it? #TBR #longlostbooks #itsabouttime #1WordTitle @MrBook

MrBook The spirit of MrBook was with you. 🙏🏻 😂👏🏻 Better late than never! 😎🙌🏻 2y
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Getting a late start to stating and getting started on my #readinggoals. This beautiful journal I received in one of my #onceuponabookclub boxes will serve to keep me organized as I work on several challenges this year. Ultimately, I aim to fulfill as many prompts as possible with books I already own. I need some sort of motivation to plow through my #TBR, and my #bookbudget needs to be trimmed. 📚💰 2020 challenges listed in comments.

rather_be_reading 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen I agree; using your TBR for challenges is another sort of challenge 😉🤪🎊 2y
BarbaraBB Clever to use your TBR for the challenges. I try too as well but always fail 😂 2y
Crazeedi Great goals, I'm going to try to whittle down my tbr shelves this year, one of my goals is to downsize all the "stuff" in my house 2y
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I definitely enjoyed these shorter, bite-sized stories over Doyle's first 2 novels. I still can't say that I am a huge fan of Holmes though. I will continue exploring the Holmes stories through audiobook, as Stephen Fry's narration is excellent. #sherlockholmes #mystery #detective #audiobook #audible

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Ashes To Ashes | Tami Hoag
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Pretty standard crime fiction. I enjoyed it even though it didn't really stand out as anything terribly special and did induce a few eye rolls. I will probably read more in this series. Especially since someone in my neighborhood often leaves them in the LFL down the street. I am a bit confused that the MCs followed in the series felt more like secondary characters in this one. I'm interested to see how that plays out.

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Working on my sitting posture while waiting for my car to be serviced. I'm getting so many valuable suggestions from this book! #tmj #chronicsloucher #selfhelp #nonfiction #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

I would highly recommend it for anyone suffering from chronic headaches, neck pain and jaw pain/dysfunction. The author is a physical therapist who specializes in head, neck and jaw disorders. The book is packed with common sense advice.

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Mehso-so

Meh. Not terrible, but not great either. There are no big secrets to be revealed in this book like many of Moriarty's novels. It is exactly what the title claims...a love story of a hypnotherapist that is complicated by a jaded ex-lover. Firmly in the chick lit category.