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emilyesears

emilyesears

Joined February 2016

I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.
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Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather, David H. Porter
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I feel bad because I know this is a Booktube darling, but I didn‘t connect with this book. It was beautifully written and is obviously a product of a lot of deep thinking. However, I don‘t have much interest in falconry and I never really understood why the author wanted to take on the challenge of training a goshawk while grieving. I would still say to check it out if you‘ve been wanting to—a lot of people clearly adore it. Just not my thing.

MayJasper I understand. This subject is not for me either. 4d
sprainedbrain I bailed on this and I almost never bail. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
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This has been a slow read for me—it‘s predominantly concerned with evangelical churches rather than a general picture of the introverted experience in Western Christianity. I had hoped to finish this in August, but it was not to be. I still intend to finish because it does has some good insights and I‘ve had it on my shelf since 2014 to read. Milo just happened to sit on the book so I figured I better get a picture of the cuteness!

Susanita What a handsome feline. 2mo
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A very quick read—only 206 pages. The authors run a parent-child book club at their local library. This is a beginner‘s guide to doing the same. They go through character, setting, plot, etc. using examples from famous children‘s books that they‘ve used in their club. I was surprised how few of the books referenced I had actually read. I do think the subtitle doesn‘t describe what the book is about. Overall, very interesting and a good reference.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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This is Jahren‘s memoir of becoming a scientist and what goes on in a typical university lab. It is also a memoir of her life, touching on motherhood, falling in love, finding a family, and finding herself. It is very much a “science book” in that she discusses the nuances of paleobotany (her field), yet it‘s extremely readable and engaging.

Suelizbeth I loved this book and I love that cover! 😻 6mo
Kimzey Just finished! Loved it! Listened to the audiobook. 🌱🌲🌳🌿❤️ 6mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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It‘s the first day of #marchmysterymadness so here is my TBR. 4 mysteries, 1 true crime, and my Willa Cather for the month. Lethal White is what I picked up today—it was my day off so I read the first 150 pages of it! We had our opening livestream on YouTube this evening and it was great! If you want more info on MMM, search for the hashtag on YouTube and announcement and TBR videos galore will pop up.

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I read the first book of Chadwick‘s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, The Summer Queen, last July, so I figured I better continue the seasonally-appropriate trend. This one wasn‘t quite as exciting as the first one as Eleanor spends much of the book pregnant or having just birthed a child and thus isn‘t quite as involved in the political intrigue. I still enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the third book in the fall.

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Already getting started on my #marchmysterymadness preparation! This is a history of murder as entertainment in England and also discusses the prominence of English-style murder mysteries in pop culture. I‘m also partially reading this for #SHreads19 since it mentions Sherlock Holmes in the subtitle but my plan to write a script and then film a review for posting in March. I‘m on page 40 of this and enjoying it so far.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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I read the last 100 pages of this in one sitting—it was extremely compelling! I didn‘t guess the ending at all and was completely surprised. I will say that this is definitely a privileged world and at times the schoolyard politics got on my nerves. But on the whole, I was invested in the story. This was a good book to read during Christmas vacay as it is fast-paced and has short chapters. This is my 105th book of the year.

Jess7 Loved this book. 11mo
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After Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we went out to the Little Free Library near my brother‘s house. I first went there last Thanksgiving weekend and now I always bring a book to trade at it when I visit my brother. It‘s always got awesome stuff. This time, I traded my copy of Bossypants for this beauty! It was already on my to read list and I have heard great things about it.

sprainedbrain Oh that‘s a good one! And hooray for Little Free Libraries! ❤️ 12mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I bought this today because I was on my way to a doctor appointment and I realized I had forgotten to bring my current read. So I made a pit stop at Target and got this for $13. That‘s expensive for a book for me, but I hate having nothing to read during a wait. Of course because I bought it I didn‘t have to wait at the doctor at all! Oh well, I‘ll save it for 2019 and then watch the movie after I finish it.

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My favorite kitty with a book about a very special kitty. Dewey was a library cat from Spencer, Iowa, who became famous. The book is only fair—I love kitties and of course I love libraries, but the writing is a bit saccharine for me. But there are a lot of cute Dewey pictures! This is my 3rd book for #NonfictionNovember and it‘s a quick read. Definitely should have it done by tomorrow.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Very excited about today‘s #littlefreelibrary find!

JoyBlue That‘s an amazing find! 13mo
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My plan for #deweysreadathon is simple: read the last 70 pages of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, read the entire Giant Days Extra Credit graphic novel, and read the intro and first essay in Reflections on the Psalms. After that (and for the rest of October), I will focus on my magazine reading. My mom is always bringing me magazines and I have an enormous stack of them on my nightstand at the moment.

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So lately whenever I see a book I want to read, I‘ve only been adding it to my Litsy To Read list and not to Goodreads. Seeing the actual number of books on my TBR has been stressing me out and I like how Litsy doesn‘t give you the exact number. Well tonight I couldn‘t resist the urge to count up my Litsy books and i‘ve added 57 books to Litsy since starting my new practice. Yikes!! Does anybody else‘s TBR number stress them out?

emilyesears The book in the picture is my current devotional book and has nothing to do with me freaking out about my TBR number. 😜 13mo
cariashley 🙋🏼‍♀️ yes, totally freaked out here too! I use my goodreads TBR just for books that I own for that reason (it‘s stressful enough). I love that Litsy doesn‘t say how many are on the list! 13mo
emilyesears @cariashley Yesss I love that I am not the only one!! 13mo
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Giant Days Vol. 7 | John Allison
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I have 19 books left on my 2018 TBR after finishing this. It seems crazy that the year is winding down so quickly. My goal is 100 books & if I finish all 19 I‘ll be at 102. That number includes graphic novels—including all the volumes of Giant Days. I fell in love with this series in 2018! Esther, Daisy, & Susan are great characters individually & their relationship is friendship goals! I have vol. 8 & the extra credit volume saved for Dewey‘s!

ThatBookishGal I‘ve been meaning to read this series! Did you know a novelization of Giant Days was recently released, too? 13mo
emilyesears @ThatBookishGal someone on BookTube told me about it when I discussed Giant Days in a recent currently reading video. I just added it to my Litsy To Read list, so thanks for reminding me! I‘ll probably wait until 2019 to read the novelization. 13mo
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I posted about this book a few weeks ago when I was in the middle of reading it, but I‘m still thinking about it now that I‘m finished. It was so engaging and a different kind of look into the Chronicles of Narnia. She made me think about so many aspects of the story: the characters, the setting, the influences from Lewis‘s life, and all kinds of little details. It was a accessible literary criticism, which I find to be rare. Highly recommend!

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I‘ve been trying to make some friends in my new town and I found a cozy mystery book club on meetup.com. They were reading this for the August meeting. I read it and unfortunately I didn‘t find it very good. It was fast-moving and engaging, but the resolution of the mystery happened in the last 2 pages and the motive was weak. I ended up not going to the meeting because the book was so frustrating to me. I prefer more realistic mysteries I guess.

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Giant Days, Volume 2 | John Allison
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#7in7readathon reading for the day: I finished Age of License, started and finished Giant Days vol. 2, and then started both Lovelace‘s book and French Milk. I read the first part of four in Lovelace‘s book and I‘m planning to read one part a day until the end of the readathon. I plan to finish French Milk tomorrow. So 3 down, 4 to go! 1 tomorrow, 2 Saturday during #reversereadathon, and finish Lovelace on Sunday. Totally doable!

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This is a self-help guide that details Chris Hadfield‘s journey to becoming an astronaut and then his training & trips to space. I found the first part of the book slow and rather misleading in a way—Chris kind of glosses over his challenges. But the 2nd part of the book is his 2012 ISS trip and I found that really engaging. I read the last 100 pages in one night. I think this might be great on audio so you can speed through the boring bits.

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I decided to start participating in #7in7readathon 2 days after it started. I‘m joining in because I plan to read several books on Saturday for #reversereadathon & I figured I could read 7 things between now & Sunday. Tonight I completed Astronaut, started & finished Giant Days Vol. 1, & began Age of License. I may not count Astronaut for 7in7 since I technically started it before the readathon began. It‘ll depend on what I‘ve finished by Sunday.

Jinjer Good idea to just jump on in! Why not right?🤷‍♀️ 1y
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I enjoyed the 1st part of this a lot—a fictional country wakes up on Jan. 1 to find that nobody dies. Various different death-related entities are explored: impact on funeral & nursing homes, religion, & the government. We then shift to the POV of Death and a rather convoluted story about her wanting to be human. Saramago has a very strange writing style that I found hard to read. I would have liked it to be more of an actual novel vs. a treatise.

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I started this on a lazy Sunday afternoon and before I got to work on Monday I had finished the whole book. A really engaging story with a different format than a traditional mystery—everyone is stuck in a train so Poirot is analyzing the passengers versus stomping around looking for clues. I‘m so glad I finally read this! It goes so quickly because it‘s really a series of conversations. I definitely recommend this if you‘re looking for a mystery.

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A really immersive historical fiction novel that follows Eleanor of Aquitaine from age 12 to 30. We see her marriage to Louis, future king of France, their travels to Jerusalem for the Crusade, their divorce, and finally Eleanor‘s marriage to Henry, future king of England. The descriptions are lovely and Eleanor is a fascinating character. This is the first in a trilogy and I‘m definitely looking forward to the next 2 books.

TrishB They‘re just as good 👍🏻 1y
emilyesears @TrishB Oh yea!! I‘m glad to hear that! 1y
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Yesterday the light was really good for pictures in my apartment so I photographed all the books I‘ve read recently. This is the Jane Austen mystery I finished last week. I actually think it‘s one of my new faves—it was the 2nd book to take place in Southampton, so we got to see recurring townspeople. It also was more dealing with intrigue than murder. Also it set up a continuing storyline which seems very exciting. Can‘t wait to read book 8!

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I finished my Bible study today wooo! I started this in September with a 32-week class at my church. I kept up until we took a month off for Christmas. By January, I was out of the habit of doing our daily lesson and basically ended up being 2 months behind in the book by the time the class ended in May (although I still went to our weekly meeting). But I vowed I would finish the book by the end of the summer and I did it! Yea!

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A Storied Life | Leigh Kramer
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I‘m very excited about my July TBR & the books I‘m reading are:

Jane and the Ghosts of Netley by Stephanie Barron

Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago

The Society for Useful Knowledge by Jonathon Lyons

The Magician‘s Book: A Skeptic‘s Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller

A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer (ebook)

An Astronaut‘s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

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It‘s been a hot minute since I posted, but I‘m absolutely loving this book & had to share. This is a literary criticism of the Chronicles of Narnia, with bits of C. S. Lewis biography & the author‘s own experiences reading the books thrown in. It‘s just so interesting—so far we‘ve discussed such topics as autonomy, gender, the importance of friendship, language, and morality. I‘m not even halfway done. This book is a treat! Also, I love the cover!

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Secrets of a Charmed Life | Susan Meissner
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I haven‘t posted on here in a month nor have I filmed any Booktube videos lately, but I have finished 4 books in April. None of them were spectacular, but I enjoyed Going Solo and Secrets. Bibliotech and Today Will Be Different were only fair. I‘ve been busy working, commuting, and now fixing up my apartment. But it looks like I will finish at least 6 books this month, which isn‘t bad at all!

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The Librarian | Mikhail Elizarov
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I‘m excited to say that I‘m officially a full-time librarian! I‘m going to be doing Adult Services at a public library about 15 miles from where I currently live & I‘m so pumped! I‘m a total newbie librarian as I only completed my MLS in December so I‘d love any tips from fellow librarians on Litsy. I‘ve been stalking various hashtags on Twitter to see where the cool librarians hang out. But look! My name followed by the title of librarian eek!

ErinSueMreads Congratulations!!!!🎉🎊🍾🎈 2y
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Librariana ¡Muchísimas felicidades! 😄🎉🌟💜 Congratulations to you and absolute best luck! 2y
cariashley Wow congrats!! 👏👏 2y
TommieMarie74 That is so awesome! Congratulations!! 🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉 2y
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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This is a mystery-within-a-mystery with one set in the 1950s & one set in the 2010s. The 1950s mystery is definitely an homage to Agatha Christie while the modern mystery is pretty standard. It took me awhile to get into the story—the 1950s one is slow-going. I sped through the modern mystery, but I found the modern murderer‘s motive to be rather weak. The 1950s murderer had more of a motive, yet the ending was a bit convoluted. I liked it though.

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My coworker was telling me that her polling station had Cat in the Hat-themed I Voted stickers for Dr. Seuss Day. I thought they sounded so cute and was jealous. Well today she brought me one! Wasn‘t that so sweet? I had early voted, but I wore it all day to promote voting to the patrons. Promoting literacy and the democratic process—my two passions—all in one go!

ReadingSusan That‘s so cool! 2y
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The 3rd installment of this series is set at Christmas time, but it‘s not a Christmas mystery. It‘s more of a theatre mystery as the manager of the Royal Theater in Bath is murdered at a party. Jane and her friend Harold Trowbridge are again on the case to figure out whodunnit. And what does the pendant with a picture of an eye found on the victim‘s body have to do with it? This was fun, but a fairly average mystery.

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Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel | Jonathan Kellerman
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It‘s the first day of #MarchMysteryMadness yea! There‘s a 31-day photo challenge going on over at Instagram, so I‘ll be posting over there every day. But I figured I‘d come cross-post my TBR! 7 books to read plus 2 non pictured bonus books if needed. I‘m so pumped for the month!

Tamra I just started Magpie on audio. 😃 2y
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The Librarian | Mikhail Elizarov
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My diploma came in the mail! Officially a master of library science! 😜 Not strictly book-related, but I did READ a lot of books to get this piece of paper.

YouReadMyEyes Congratulations! 2y
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I enjoyed this mystery—it‘s very cerebral. It‘s not so much about the murder as the relationships the victim, Jane Neal, had with the residents of her town, Three Pines. The detective, Inspector Gamache, is a great character, a Sherlock Holmes with empathy & humility. He‘s got baggage, but he‘s a good man. Definitely going to continue with the series. I was meant to read this for #marchmysterymadness, but guess I‘ll read the 2nd one instead.

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The Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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Unfortunately I was rather disappointed by this book. I found it totally implausible plot-wise. I‘m also not a huge music person, so a lot of the descriptions of how music “flows through you”, etc. didn‘t resonate with me. There‘s a playlist that goes with it and it was good, but I found none of the songs particularly blew me away. The book is pictured here with my Dad‘s record collection as the main character is Frank, a record shop owner.

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This is only an 86-page book, so you‘d think I‘d be able to get through it without much trouble. However, I got through 20 pages and was so bored I gave up. I flipped forward to find the parts about Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and then after I skimmed those I put it down. For a book claiming that poetry is for everyone, the book didn‘t seem very accessible.

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I‘ve long admired Skip Hollandsworth‘s magazine work in Texas Monthly, so was excited to pick up his first book. This details the crime spree of the Midnight Assassin, a serial killer in Austin, Texas, who between 1884-1887 killed 7 black servant women & then 2 white society women. The killer threw Austin into a panic & stunted its meteoric rise as a modern city. The killer‘s identity has never been discovered. A thrilling true crime story.

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Coming Up for Air | George Orwell
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A satirical novel about George Bowling, an insurance man who returns to his childhood village only to find it has been completely taken over by industry and overcrowding. This is set in 1938 England and there is a threat of war overhanging the book. Covers the themes of middle class inertia and despair as well as the strangeness of fierce nationalism. I only found this to be ok—not particularly memorable for me.

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My mom bought me this book for Christmas and then hid it so well she forgot about it. So it became my Valentine‘s Day present! 😂 It‘s been on my TBR since 2015 so I was excited to get it. I was a journalism major for awhile and am still really interested in journalism history and trends. Maybe I‘ll crack open my new book with some chocolate!

Tessy You inspire me. I should give my daughter chocolates and books! 14mo
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Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel | Jonathan Kellerman
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Today is the day all of the #MarchMysteryMadness 2018 hosts are putting up our announcement videos. This is predominately a #Booktube event, but we also have a Goodreads group and a Twitter account. I figured I‘d come promote it on Litsy. MMM is a month-long reading event where we encourage everyone to read more mysteries! I‘ll be using the hashtag throughout March so I hope a bunch of Litsians participate! I‘ll put my video in a comment.

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In this second installment, Jane is at Lyme and a man is found hung on a gallows on a beach. There is an assumption that it‘s the work of local smuggling lord, The Reverend. Jane hears rumors that The Reverend is actually her friend Mr. Siddleworth and that he is to be arrested. She‘s out to clear his name! A fun, light mystery that again is a bit convoluted, but overall is a fun time!

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An impactful book about the work the Equal Justice Initiative does to get people off death row. The overarching story is of Walter McMillian who was on death row in Alabama for 25+ years for a crime he didn‘t commit. Stevenson also discusses the issues facing the mentally ill & juveniles in prison. There‘s still a great deal of racism at play in our justice system, as well as a lack of compassion for impoverished people. Something needs to change.

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A short, lighthearted read in the form of the diary of 60-year-old Marie Sharp. Marie is a strong-minded woman who lives in London and is both expecting her first grandchild and having to watch one of her dearest friends battle cancer. She also has recently sworn off men, but an old flame keeps popping up everywhere. Marie thinks 60 is the perfect time to lay back and let life pass you by. But life still has a few surprises yet!

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This is a small book of quotes taken from various writings of Fred Rogers, the well-loved TV personality. I used to watch his show as a kid and I loved it. The quotes have to do with love, family, and dealing with negative emotions in a positive way, among other positive topics. I could see this as a lovely gift book for a friend. I read 20 pages a day until I finished it—a small enough amount that the quotes didn‘t blur together.

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Absolutely wonderful book about race and family and the quirks and prejudices of a small town and idyllic summers and the cruelty of the human race and just life. Highly highly recommend to everyone. This was a reread and I‘d forgotten a lot of the details besides Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. But there are so many small but powerful moments in here and it blew me away again.

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This is a book where I need a rating between pick and so-so. To me, a pick is a book I would recommend to anyone. So I can‘t recommend this to just anyone—it‘s a sweet cozy mystery where Jane Austen is on the case. It‘s not for everyone, but it‘s cute and fun. There‘s been a mysterious death at the country house where Jane is staying and her BFF is accused of it. The ending is a bit convoluted. I‘m definitely reading the whole series though.

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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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Right after I finished this, I was super disappointed in the ending, to the point where I felt like I had wasted my time reading it. After all I had just read 850 pages in 6 days—didn‘t I deserve a great ending? But now a few days out, I have come to the conclusion that the ending does make a lot of sense. So I wholeheartedly recommend this and I definitely want to check more of King‘s stuff out. This was fun and engaging.

Eggs I had similar feelings but all said and done, it was a worthy read (edited) 2y
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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So for the #MountTBR buddy read of this book, I was supposed to complete its 5 parts over 6 weeks. Well, I was enjoying the book so much, I read its 5 parts in 5 days....I think I‘m just not meant for buddy reads. I either love the book & want to zip through it or I‘m not loving it & then I resent having to meet a requirement. I think I might do better with a book club scenario—can read at your own pace as long as the book is done by the meeting.

Eggs I like your idea 2y
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Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. There are 4 perspectives, yet two of them are men. Also, the two women end up disliking each other through most of the book. I would have preferred a book more focused on the development of their friendship. The setting is interesting enough in itself without manufacturing drama. I also felt like none of the characters were particularly interesting in themselves. Fairly average historical fiction.