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DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo

Joined May 2016

Works to buy books and take trips to the ocean. 🇨🇦
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Blood Like Magic | Liselle Sambury
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Please tell me there is a sequel. This was an outstanding YA fantasy. I loved Voya and I want more! If you like strong female characters, magic, and moral dilemmas, this one is for you.

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Blood Like Magic | Liselle Sambury
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Blood Like Magic | Liselle Sambury
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This is the first time I've noticed a content warning in a book I'm reading. I like it.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I powered through this one in less than 36 hours. It is worth the hype it has generated. It's been a long time since I stayed up way past my bedtime reading, but this book did that for me.

The.Great.Catsby This was the book that got me into the psychological thriller genre! It's so so good!!! 1w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Picking_Books I absolutely loved The Silent Patient! 1w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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tpixie Wow 1w
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The Book Woman's Daughter | Kim Michele Richardson
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It's just as delightful as the first. A must-read for historical fiction fans. My only criticism is that it ended too soon. I want to know more about Honey's story. The author could easily write a third book, and I'd pre-order it. Literacy and women's rights in the hills of Kentucky!

tpixie I was dying for this book to come out. I don‘t know why I still haven‘t read it. I need to move it up. 1w
ShelleyBooksie I'm so happy to see your review. I'd held off on reading this in case it paled in comparison to the first, which I loved. I'm excited to check this out. 1w
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The Book Woman's Daughter | Kim Michele Richardson
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I remember this one receiving such flack. I'm going to love it anyway. It has the best first line that pulled me in from the very start: "I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life." It has everything you'd want from a story set in a magical school, deadly magical creatures, enemies and allies, and a snarky but likable protagonist. I'll definitely read the whole trilogy, an anomaly for me.

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The Book Woman's Daughter | Kim Michele Richardson
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I forget where I am in the pattern, how many stitches I've done, which kind of stitch I'm on, what I'm trying to make, why I haven't stabbed out my own eyes with the hook yet. It's brilliant for building a truly frothing head of rage.
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dabbe I can't even wrap my head around knitting. When I crochet, it's the basic stitch done a bazillion times until it “sort of“ looks like the world's worst afghan. 🤣❣️🤣 2w
Pogue Omg I love crochet! I make blankets, hats, and stuffed animals. Knitting is not something I can do. 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I love crochet but I also can get frustrated by it and I always forget to count. Some days it‘s just a no go. 2w
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She says it's too easy to call people evil instead of their choices and that lets people justify making evil choices. Because they convince themselves that it's okay because they're still good people overall inside their own heads. And yes, fine. But I think that after a certain number of evil choices, it's reasonable shorthand to decide that someone's an evil person who oughtn't have the chance to make any more choices...

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The Name She Gave Me | Betty Culley
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Rynn was adopted as a baby but feels a strong connection to her birth family and goes looking for her birth mom against her adopted mom's wishes, which creates tension in an already tumultuous relationship. Culley does an amazing job crafting this story.

TheBookHippie Looks good 👀 2w
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The Name She Gave Me | Betty Culley
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The Name She Gave Me | Betty Culley
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1. Summer. Trader Joe'sSweet & Spicy pecans. Lilacs. Historical or haunted houses/castles. Diet Pepsi. Phase 10.

2. Tagged.

#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 💐 3w
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A delightful tale where the princess does the saving!

Lcsmcat My girls loved this when they were little. 3w
DinoMom This is one of my favourites ! 3w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I read/listed to 14% but I'm just not loving ot. I rarely DNF a book.

Melismatic I hated it too. I think this will work better as a tv show. 4w
Jemgirl2014 I thought it was okay but it does not live up to the frenetic hype. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4w
Twainy Audiobook was good. I DNF‘d the book. 4w
TheLudicReader Haha. I loved this and haven‘t liked anything else I‘ve read by her. Go figure. 4w
Megabooks This was very one note for me. The characters weren‘t as vibrant and multidimensional as I like. #unpopularopinion. 4w
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GALLANT. | V.E. Schwab
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Olivia, Olivia, Olivia, a mute orphan, finds her family home and relatives she didn't know existed. Gallant is her home, but it exists on the border between two worlds. Olivia learns that home is a decision and death is an inevitability.

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You'll Be the Death of Me | Karen M McManus
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I love hearing/reading stories from multiple perspectives. Ivy, Cal, and Mateo rekindle their middle school friendship only to become wrapped up in the murder of a classmate. They are witnesses turned suspects, and no one is safe. Another homerun by McManus!

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You'll Be the Death of Me | Karen M McManus
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"I respect a good checklist, but I‘m beginning to think my mother went overboard."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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How to Be Alone: Essays | Jonathan Franzen
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Your reading habits are a form of self-care - a vehicle for unwinding and taking time for you. You tend to gravitate towards books that make you feel optimistic and relaxed, and you are energized knowing you can escape from reality to visit worlds and characters you love by simply settling in with a good book. Thrillers, mysteries, fiction or romance… if it lets you switch off the world, you‘ll read them as fast as you can get them...

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Karkar I read for new experiences. Which is pretty spot on. Not do much the historical fiction part. But the rest was me. 1mo
Jess861 Kind of scary how accurate this quiz was for me - I read for new experiences. 1mo
RebelReader I read for new experiences too! 1mo
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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The perfect interruption to my steady stream of YA books of late. Who would ever suspect a group of four menopausal granny types to be trained assassins more than capable of outsmarting their male counterparts? This is the best fun novel that gives the big middle finger to sexist ageist bullshit. You'll love this quartet of hot-flashing badasses.

Suet624 Love this review! 1mo
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Sharpeipup I was just explaining this concept to a friend. 3w
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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About grief.

MoonWitch94 So but isn‘t it so true. Grief is the only truly universal human experience we have. Everyone will feel it, travel down a path with it. 😔 2mo
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Nothing More to Tell | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Karen M. McManus doesn't disappoint in this fictional true crime YA drama. High school senior Bryan moves back to her hometown and immediately lands a coveted internship at an emerging true crime show. She begins investigating the murder of her 8th grade teacher and opens old wounds that get the community buzzing.

Monica5 That sounds good 2mo
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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As good as the first! If you liked We Were Liars, this is a must-read. As a child of the 80s, I enjoyed the time period. I loved learning of the family dynamics, secrets, and loyalties. This is Carrie's story. Hopefully, the author chooses to write Bess and Penny's story, too.

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Ghost haunting someone because they want to watch SNL. 🤣

KathyWheeler That‘s just wonderful! 😄 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau 😂 that's great 😂 2mo
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Welcome to the Wonder House | Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Georgia Heard
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Heard and Dotlich share poems back and forth during the pandemic. Part poetry book and part journal. There are three sections. Section one has poems about loss, grief, and worry and how we hold on. Section two poems are about repairing, healing, and connection, and feeling hope again. Section three is about the hope and joy that inspires creativity and new beginnings.

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Addie LaRue asks us to consider what makes a life worth living. It reminds us to live well because no matter how long our life is, it goes by so fast! Addie is spirited, cunning, and strong. Give me more books and more characters just like this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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If you're a teacher, if you love a struggling reader, if you've ever taught or tried to teach someone to read, you NEED to listen to this podcast.

Erinreadsthebooks It‘s infuriating 😠🤯 2mo
DebbieGrillo @Buchbeeg it is a podcast. Not the tagged book. 2mo
Buchbeeg @DebbieGrillo Ah, yes Thanks! 2mo
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Tamra Yes, this was a great podcast! 2mo
Tamra I was baffled by the idea anyone would think a person learning to read wouldn‘t need to learn the sounds of alphabet and then sound out words, and that reading could just be absorbed as if by osmosis. Skills have to be developed and it isn‘t necessarily easy - it requires effort. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Does this mention dyslexia at all? 2mo
DebbieGrillo @Chelsea.Poole I'm still listening. I'll let you know if it does, and which episode. 2mo
DebbieGrillo @Chelsea.Poole it does mention dyslexia in episodes 5 and 6, but if you're going to listen, I suggest doing it from the beginning. It doesn't offer advice. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @DebbieGrillo thank you!! I need to check this one out. My oldest son struggles so so much. Just last week I had the epiphany that he‘s likely dyslexic. I‘m getting the ball rolling for a diagnosis. 2mo
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I have absolutely LOVED everything I've read from this author, and this book was no exception. This is a tale of three sisters who found magic and witchcraft and used it to fight for women's rights during a time when women had none.

ItsAngel Have you read The Change by Kirsten Miller? 2mo
Areader2 I loved this book !😍Ten Thousand Doors of January was awesome too! 2mo
DebbieGrillo @ItsAngel no, but it's on my list now. Thanks 😊 2mo
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DebbieGrillo @Areader2 Me too! Have you read? 2mo
DebbieGrillo @Areader2 Me too! Have you read A Spindle Splintered? 2mo
Areader2 No but I haven‘t read that duology spindle splintered and A Mirror Mended But it‘s on my tbr 2mo
ItsAngel @DebbieGrillo I hope you love it! 2mo
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For December, I couldn't pick just one.

#12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Both great authors. Thanks for playing along, it has been a great way to review the Reading year. 3mo
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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Loved this YA mystery/family drama. #12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 This looks a good choice. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎈🎊📚🎉❤️ 3mo
dabbe Welcome, @normalreadinglife! You'll love it here! 😊 3mo
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fredamans Welcome to Litsy! 3mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag @Birdsong 😍, welcome to Litsy @normalreadinglife 🤗 3mo
hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy @normalreadinglife thanks for the tag @Birdsong28 happy reading all 📚❤️📖 3mo
Monica5 Welcome to this great community of booklovers 3mo
julesG Welcome to Litsy @normalreadinglife! Thanks for the tag @Birdsong28 😘 3mo
TrishB Thanks @Birdsong28 😘 hi 👋 3mo
RebelReader Welcome @normalreadinglife! Thanks for the tag @Birdsong28 3mo
tpixie @Birdsong28 thanks for the tag!! Welcome to Litsy @normalreadinglife !! Check out the bio of @Chrissyreadit for tips! 3mo
FashionableObserver Hey there, @normalreadinglife! Welcome, welcome! Thanks for the tag, @Birdsong28! 💜📚💜 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy🥳📚😊 @normalreadinglife 2mo
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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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#NewYearNewBooks

I'm ready to read! Isn't the necessity of employment unfortunate? 🤣

MicheleinPhilly 🎯 I‘ve been so spoiled over the last 9 or 10 days and today I‘ve been like, “😡 Don‘t you people know how many books I have to read???” 3mo
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The King of Crows | Libba Bray
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I loved this series!

#12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 This is a new author and series, off to research it. 3mo
Andrew65 These do look good. 3mo
DebbieGrillo @Andrew65 So good!!! I typically don't read series or sequels, and I burned through all 3 of these, as I did with A Discovery of Witches. You were reading that recently, right? 3mo
Andrew65 @DebbieGrillo Yes and I need to get back to the Discovery of Witches books as the first one was a good read but thrown off it due to COvID. Have stacked these. 3mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I just recommended this one to my mom tonight. She put it on hold on the Libby app.

#12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love the cover on this one. 3mo
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A short but powerful read about how the treaties made with the indigenous peoples of North America were not honored and how that has negatively impacted Mother Earth, especially Water.

#12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 This looks good. 3mo
Scochrane26 I‘m so glad you posted this because I need a book by an Indigenous author on a book challenge. This sounds great. 3mo
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