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I would always rather be reading! https://linktr.ee/intothehallofbooks
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I loved it, of course I did. Karin Slaughter writes tough-to-stomach crimes but she cares deeply for her victims and is so great at layering and depicting her female characters. I loved getting to know Will Trent and can‘t wait for more of him as this series progresses.

(I‘m glad to finally be reading this series after Grant County left me with a big hole in my heart.)

#TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick #TriptychBuddyRead

Clwojick Yesss! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I haven‘t finished it yet- trying my best to stick to the schedule... but it seems to be 50/50 whether people like it or not. So far I‘m enjoying it, but I‘m only on week 2s reading schedule. 10h
intothehallofbooks @Clwojick I tried to read this one according to the schedule, but I‘ve never been able to read Karin Slaughter‘s books slowly. The further I read, the faster I needed to read. I can‘t wait to see what you think when you‘re done!! 10h
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I finished the chapters for this week but I REALLY want to keep going!! #TriptychBuddyRead

#TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

swishandflick I hope everyone has read the Grant County series first before getting too much further in this series! 😆 4d
intothehallofbooks @swishandflick YES, I do too!! (I had to process the end of Grant County for a verrry longgg time before I started this series!!) 4d
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I enjoyed reading this so much! I wasn‘t at all creeped out-it isn‘t that type of mystery-thriller. What I loved about this one was how doggone suspenseful it was!! Short chapters made it a fast-paced read, and I loved every reveal. My first Ellison book, but if her stories are like this, I totally want to read more of her work.

#TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Cathythoughts I like the sound of this one 👍🏻stacked 5d
Cathythoughts Unstacked ! As I just got it for 1.50 ..... better let @TrishB know 👍🏻 5d
TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘m not supposed to buy any books before my birthday....but I‘ve sneaked this onto my kindle. Don‘t tell anyone 😘 thanks 4d
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻🤐 4d
intothehallofbooks @Cathythoughts @TrishB I hope y‘all like it!! 4d
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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I love getting up before everyone else to spend a little while reading. This lite mystery is perfect for late night and early morning ☕️📖

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I‘ve read a huge chunk of this today and the level of suspense I feel makes me want to keep at it until I finish. This is my book club‘s selection for October. I tried to start it about a week-ish ago but didn‘t make it past the second chapter before I was done with it and stopped. But for some reason, I‘m really clicking with the story since I restarted it today and I‘m eager to see how it all plays out.

#TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick this one looks good!! 1w
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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Quick snapshot of my (many) current reads:

Triptych for the #TriptychBuddyRead • Lie To Me for my book club this week • The Winter Sea because it‘s overdue at the library • Maisie Dobbs because I wanted to read a cozy mystery (although I‘m not sure it is?)

Anybody read any of these? 🙋🏻‍♀️

#currentlyreading #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Chrissyreadit I love The Winter Sea! 1w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Joaquin Phoenix was outstanding as Joker!! His dancing and laughing was chilling.

I saw it yesterday and I‘m still thinking about it. Still talking about it. An incredibly dark movie. No superheroes in this one. Think hard before taking your young person to see it. I want to see it again while it‘s at the theater.

#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #scarathlon

Prairiegirl_reading I was creeped out by the trailer. I‘m sure it‘s really good but I think I‘ll go see Downton Abbey instead. 😉 1w
Ddzmini Agree, same, saw it yesterday still talking about and want to see it again... not for mentally ill or young individuals (it hits close to home for a lot of individuals I‘m sure 😨😰) but he did an amazing fantastic job 🙌🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
intothehallofbooks @Prairiegirl_reading I saw Downton Abbey and it is MARVELOUS!! So, so good. 1w
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intothehallofbooks @Ddzmini YES 🙌🏻 I think if I see it again, I won‘t be concentrating on how everything turns out and I can concentrate even more in his portrayal of Joker. I watched a couple of press interviews that he did for promotion on YouTube last night and hearing him talk about how challenging it was to play this character made me *really* want to watch it again. Specifically about the weight loss and the laugh. 1w
Caroline2 Oh sounds good. I must get to the this while it‘s still at the cinema. 👍 7d
Ddzmini @intothehallofbooks I completely agree he‘s really into roles that make him work hard which is why I really like him in any of the movies he plays in 💁🏼‍♀️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6d
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The Naturalist | Andrew Mayne
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I‘ve been curious about this one for ages!! A quick read with short chapters-I loved that. The MC, Dr. Theo Cray, is a super-smart and nerdy scientist. I loved all of the science and nature in the story. HOWEVER for all of his smarts, Theo is not very bright. I kept thinking he should stick to the science and research and stop trying to solve criminal cases. The story required so much suspension of disbelief.

#scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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A family travels from Oxford to a snowy Aspen resort for the wedding of youngest daughter, Rosie. I identified SO strongly with mom Maggie in moments when she was honest about getting older and adjusting to life without her daughters at home, as my girls will leave for college before too long. There are some really funny scenes in here. I loved it. Sarah Morgan is one of my top favorites.

#christmas

intothehallofbooks @Clwojick I finished this one the last day of September, but I forgot to review it until now. So, no Scarathlon points for this one! 2w
Clwojick Ahah. Okay thanks for making sure I knew 😉 2w
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Waiting outside for my teenagers while they‘re in Debate Club, I finished this short story featuring my favorite game warden, Joe Pickett. Joe finds a body frozen in a local reservoir. This is his effort in getting the body out of the water and then finding out how she got there in the first place. Classic CJ Box-I loved it!!

This is one short story from Box‘s suspense thriller collection.

#scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick
1 pt for posting

Clwojick 1 point for participation, and 2 for finishing a book in our theme. 🙌 2w
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Breaking Silence | Linda Castillo
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Third in the Kate Burkholder Amish mystery-thriller series. I love these books because the author makes writes hard-hitting crimes and investigations. This one started a little slower than previous books, but about halfway thru there was a major plot twist that quickened the pacing for me. Lots of twists and turns in the second half. I really liked it!

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2 pt #TeamSlaughter + 1 pt for the post = 3 pts

eanderson I love this series! I‘m kinda sad I don‘t have one left until the she has a new one come out. 2w
Bookzombie @eanderson Same! I‘m all caught up too. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Every year I bookmark movie lists for Halloween. “31 Nights of Halloween” is one of my favorite TV events every year. DO YOU SEE how many times Hocus Pocus is coming on this month??!!

Which spooky movie or Halloween movie is your favorite? Doesn‘t matter if it is on this list or not-I‘m making myself a list of options. 🎃 🧟‍♀️ 👻 🧛‍♀️

#scarathlon @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid #teamslaughter

Clwojick Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and The Addams Family are my top favourites! 👻♥️ 2w
Myhusbandhatesreading Practical Magic is my favorite 💜💜 2w
intothehallofbooks @Clwojick @Myhusbandhatesreading oh my goodness, I‘ve never seen Practical Magic!! I need to watch that one for sure!!! 2w
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Clwojick And read it! It‘s written by Alice Hoffman! Check it out!!!!! 2w
Myhusbandhatesreading @Clwojick yes!! I loved that one better that the prequel book and better than the movie!! 2w
Lizpixie Has to be The Exorcist & The Shining. I‘ve always been a horror junkie, got addicted after sneakily watching The Evil Dead at my BF‘s house when I was 11. And on Friday nights my older siblings babysat & made me watch the Friday Night Creature Feature with Elvira, all the classics with Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price etc. Gave me nightmares for years!🧛🏻‍♂️👻😈 2w
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Breaking Silence | Linda Castillo
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I signed up for #scarathlon at the last minute yesterday! 👻🧛‍♀️🎃

This will be my first read for #TeamSlaughter. #3 in the Kate Burkholder series. I love this series!! I‘m about half thru and hope I can get finished (or closed to it) tonight while my daughter is at fencing practice.

@Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

Clwojick Yay! So glad you joined us! 2w
Lizpixie Welcome!🙌 2w
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One of my favorite bookish things is when Sarah Morgan writes about snowy resorts at the holidays!! It was in the 90‘s here today-so hot!! This one helps me remember that cooler weather is coming soon 🙌🏻

#currentlyreading

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Trophy Hunt | C. J. Box
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Another great Joe Pickett novel. This is the fourth in the series, where Joe is trying to find out who is mutilating animals out in the Wyoming mountains. As always, I love all of the nature and animals in the story. And the way Joe loves his family so much and tries his hardest to be a genuinely good game warden working among other corrupt law enforcement officials. I already have the next two books ready to read 🙌🏻

(The audio is so great!!)

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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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I can‘t find words for how good this book is!! My heart raced all throughout and it was more thrilling since it seems so possible.

>>I was CONVINCED that Karin S couldn‘t write better books after finishing the Grant County series. I was too heartbroken to start the Will Trent books right away. So I skipped every Will Trent before this one and just jumped right in here. Now I HAVE to go back and re-start with Will Trent #1. She is the very best!!

Scorpioseah I started this book and halfway through. After finishing this , I am going to go back to #1 same as you lol . 2w
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Trophy Hunt | C. J. Box
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I‘m listening to the fourth Joe Pickett book today while my husband reads the same book in paperback. We rarely end up reading the same books at the exact same time, so this is super fun for me 😊

The audiobooks in this series are some of my favorites. David Chandler is a GREAT Joe Pickett.

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The Black Lyon | Jude Deveraux
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A medieval Montgomery/Taggert #romantsy by the one and only Jude Deveraux!!!

I adore the castles and knights and horses etc in the story. This is a high-born Lord that marries a lowly baron‘s daughter; there is instant attraction but the real romance builds over time and with plenty of challenges. Lord Ranulf says some things that make me roll my eyes, but I think the way he talks to Lyonene is probably appropriate for the time setting.

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Podcasting for Dummies | Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi, Evo Terra
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My husband and I have been listening to S•Town while on vacation and we‘re almost finished!! I‘m hanging on every word😮

This is my first crime podcast. (At least, I think it is a crime podcast?) Anyway, can y‘all recommend more like this one??

bookladyreads I listen to Sword and Scale. But it's so good and creepy that I can only listen to it at work and there are times (like the last 6 months) where a story freaked me out so deeply that I had to take a months long break from listening. But it is a very well done podcast. However not for the faint at heart. 4w
bookladyreads Oh. Another good one is The Vanished podcast and The Clearing. 4w
intothehallofbooks @bookladyreads These look great!! Thank you so much!! 😊 4w
TheBookStacker I quite enjoyed Up and Vanished (season 1 only) and Atlanta Monster. I also recommend Serial (season 1), To Live and Die In LA, The Teachers Pet, basically all of Someone Knows Something, and In The Dark. All I do is listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I‘m at work so I have tons of recs! 4w
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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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My family is on vacation in the cutest bear-themed cabin in the mountains of NC!! A few days off has been a long time coming for my family and all I want to do is hike a bit and read a lot.

Also, I‘ll read anything Karin Slaughter writes. She‘s the best.

Kappadeemom I agree!! 4w
IamIamIam Have the best time! 4w
Tamra Sounds wonderful! 4w
bookladyreads I really want to read a Karen Slaughter book before this year ends. I keep hearing what an incredible writer she is. 4w
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I‘m nervous about starting this one, which is what has kept me from picking it up before now. Opinions I‘ve seen range from the “don‘t read this if you love the Little House books” to “one of the best books I‘ve ever read” and I‘m terrified that it‘ll destroy everything I love of Little House and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (But I hope not!)

pigeonsandcrows I love the Little House books and still really enjoyed this one. 1mo
intothehallofbooks @pigeonsandcrows I‘m so glad to see you say this! 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @intothehallofbooks I think if you're ok with Laura Ingalls Wilder having some quirks and flaws and her daughter as well and you recognize the Little House books were fiction and written by human beings, it actually makes them even more interesting to have the context of this book- and no less charming, IMHO. 1mo
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Daisey I agree with @pigeonsandcrows. I truly appreciated the information in this book. 1mo
BirdsandBelles I look forward to hearing what you think when you‘re finished with the book. 👍🏻 1mo
Lcsmcat I agree with the others. It will show Laura Ingalls Wilder as a full human being, not an icon. I thought it brought richness to the stories. 1mo
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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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This one gets a so-so from me because the structure was disappointing to me and to my entire book club. One member said she read the chapters in reverse order, from the end of the book to the beginning—I wish I‘d thought of that!! I also feel like I want a little bit more info about some of the characters at the end. Good story, and thought-provoking, but I didn‘t absolutely love it.

My book club had a fantastic discussion about this one!!

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The Widows | Jess Montgomery
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I love the setting, both time and place: a coal-mining community in Ohio, 1925. Lily and Marvena have both suffered losses-a murdered husband and a missing daughter. These losses may be connected.

This is a very nice historical mystery. The pacing is steady, but not too fast, and I was very surprised by the end!! I just saw that the author is writing another book in this series, and I‘m so ready for it!!

#minotaurbooks

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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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My current read, also my book club‘s selection for this week. I‘m not even halfway thru it, but I‘m sure this will be a lively and engaging discussion.

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The Widows | Jess Montgomery
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I love the tenderness of the paragraph above.

I didn‘t realize this book is as much a historical mystery as it is historical fiction. I‘m loving the perspectives of Lily and Marvena, two women with ties to the same man, both mourning him after his death.

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The Widows | Jess Montgomery
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Hurricane reading 📖 I love reading to the sound of rain and wind, but I‘m watching things closely.

The kids and I are in for the duration but husband is working into the night. Things are picking up here in NC but we have lots of reading material to keep us occupied⛈

Graciouswarriorprincess Be safe! Nothing here in Durham yet. 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Sending good wishes to you guys! 1mo
intothehallofbooks @Graciouswarriorprincess We‘re just hanging out here in Fayetteville and really watching those tornado warnings all around us 😬😬 it‘s gusty outside. You guys take care and be safe!! 1mo
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I inhaled this story!! Susan Wiggs is a favorite of mine. This book has women supporting women and they are making big, life-changing decisions-I love both of these things in stories 🙌🏻

There was potential for heaviness with these themes, but I didn‘t feel any. The characters are so well done. Caroline is a fabulous female lead, and Addie and Flick are such sweet kids.

Thanks a ton for sending the review copy my way, @WilliamMorrowBooks!!

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• I love it when authors (and publishers) include a list of all of his/her books in the front pages. I really do use these lists!! This one is so organized 😍😍😍

• Susan Wiggs is a top favorite of mine!!

#currentlyreading

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Winter Sea | Susanna Kearsley
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I‘m about one-third thru and it is wonderful so far!!

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I have tried and tried to read this with my kids, but alas. I don‘t typically connect with books that have animals as lead characters. I just don‘t.

This is my daughter‘s FAVORITE.

I respect the heck out of this story and Jack London. I do!! And I love this time period-1800‘s, Gold Rush, etc. But after two weeks of this (excellently narrated) audio, I‘m only an hour into it. I‘ve also tried with print and ebook. I just can‘t keep going.

Tamra You gave it the college try! I haven‘t read it either. 1mo
intothehallofbooks @Tamra You might love it!! I always feel bad when I have an unsuccessful readalong with my kids! 1mo
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Westering Women: A Novel | Sandra Dallas
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My first Sandra Dallas book, and an easy 5⭐️ from me. Stories set in the era of the Westward Expansion are my favorite. A wagon trail with 44 women, one child, and two ministers go to California in order to find husbands among the gold miners. These women are strong and determined characters. I LOVED the settings, all points along the Overland Trail. I feel so connected to this story. So good!

Releases Jan 2020. Thanks to NetGalley & St Martin‘s!

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Ms Gwin is a wonderful storyteller; reading her stories reminds me of the beauty of language. Her characterization is fantastic. This is told with multiple POVs, including regular, everyday people that cross paths with Grace and June.

I‘m not sure that I liked this one quite as much as her previous book, Promise. These characters had tragedy after tragedy, and I still feel the weight of all that went wrong for them even after I finished the book.

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Ok wow, this is the second in this series and I‘m SUPER into it. I couldn‘t help but get sucked into this one from the beginning. The murder and evidence were super grisly, and I loved Chief Kate Burkholder‘s commitment to solving this case. I‘m also a big fan of the awkward and complicated relationship Kate has with John Tomasetti. Definitely continuing to move forward with this series-I‘m waitlisted for #3 at the library!!

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Westering Women: A Novel | Sandra Dallas
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I *cannot* resist a frontier book!!

Forty-four women, two male preachers, and one child leave Chicago in a wagon train and head west in order to find husbands in California.

I‘ve only read a chunk of this one so far, but it is SO GOOD. #currentlyreading #netgalley

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A riveting historical fiction book that made me learn new things about the WW2 era while also entertaining me. The epistolary 1940‘s storyline was intense and emotional. The present-day storyline had some mystery as Kate, with family and friends, worked to learn more info about a just-found secret stash of rare wine in the basement and a journal written by a previously-unknown aunt. I could taste and smell all of the French cuisine!! So fantastic.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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Audio #readalong with my youngest as he reads this for school. I love it! I‘ve read it with my kids every single time one of them has used it for school. We‘ve used it for history and for literature, and now we‘re using it to practice writing papers. #homeschool

Also: I wasn‘t allowed to read this book when I was young!! Because of “witch” in the title. 👀 It‘s so good and I wish I hadn‘t missed out on it when I was a young person.

BethM My favorite witch book of all time! 2mo
Lcsmcat I loved this when I was young! 2mo
therealdealbeall I had a copy that my grandma picked up at a garage sale (how I got a lot of my reading material as a kid!), but now I don't remember if I actually read it... 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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The so-so picture feels so much more severe than what I think of as “so-so” that I very rarely use it. I wonder if anyone else feels this way?

(I realize this may sound crazy. But I‘m genuinely curious.)

Book_Fairy_Mary Nope. I agree. It's too much of a thumbs down for me and doesn't convey "I thought I was okay." 2mo
KarenUK I guess it‘s coz the hand is facing down? You could have a so-so with the hand facing up just as well..... 2mo
jmtrivera I completely agree. I like the idea that books can be just “okay,“ but in practice it's hard for me to do. 2mo
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cobwebmoth I agree. I hesitate to give a so-so because it seems more negative than what I mean. 2mo
BethM I see it as halfway. The pick thumb is up and pan is straight down. 2mo
cariashley I‘ve always thought that but have really gotten used to it, I guess! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Doesn‘t bother me. If I‘m not as into a book as I could be, I‘ll use it. But, it doesn‘t happen often because I‘ve zoned in on my preferred genres and styles pretty well 2mo
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I‘m new to Meghan March romance so I didn‘t realize her books are interconnected. This worked fine as a standalone, book #1 of a duet, but I see now the main character was introduced in previous books.

I loved the crime family backdrop here. The romance is quite steamy and progressed quickly. It wasn‘t as much fun to me as the crime family/secrets-lies-betrayal angle of the story. Big cliffhanger!! #romantsy

Andi Arndt, Sebastian York narrate 💯

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I love this so much. Ms Schild‘s books are SO no-drama, no-angst, easy-reading and sometimes I need exactly that. Jenny is working to grow her lakeside cabin resort business while her fiancé is on an extended work trip overseas. I love every character, as with the first book (tagged??) and I love every relationship in this series. The setting is wonderful. Definitely a very slow-burn as far as romance goes. Can‘t wait til the next one releases!!

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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Sort of like two books in one, which was a little jarring. Part one takes place at an elite military academy. Then the country goes to war and the students become warriors. It‘s good. Part two is...different. Fast paced, dark and gruesome. This is based on actual Chinese history from the 1930‘s (the Nanjing Massacre). This is not light fantasy nor YA. But I loved the military aspect and I loved the characters. Several parts are a punch to the gut!

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Winterkill | C. J. Box
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This is Joe Pickett #3. These books just keep getting better and better!! Joe must protect his family while working a government-agencies-vs-anti-government-separatists plotline. I was *astounded* when I realized who the separatist group is!! It was riveting. A lot of emotion in the last 1/3 of the story with the intense action. The snowy Wyoming mountains are a great setting and Joe Pickett is the BEST.

Audiobook narration by David Chandler is💯

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Winterkill | C. J. Box
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I **LOVE** this series and its main character, Joe Pickett. I‘m packing my house up and working us toward moving in a few days, and I‘ve been saving this book for exactly right now to coincide with this stressful and tedious set of tasks. But I‘M SO EXCITED to be reading and listening to this!! Makes the work easier!

Joe is a Game Warden out in Wyoming. His job is intense and adventurous, and the setting is an absolute DREAM. Narration is great.

Bookzombie I‘m eventually going to get to this series! 3mo
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A nice series-starter: mystery-lite and romance-lite. Rather than focus on just one couple, there is ample page time developing multiple relationships, mostly family. The mystery is a major part of this story. I didn‘t expect it to be the main thing here but I liked that surprise. No angst or big drama. This is not my top favorite, but very easy reading.

I added the audio via Audible Escape so I could listen while I‘m packing my house for a move.

LaurenReads I have really liked her books and haven‘t read any in forever 3mo
intothehallofbooks @LaurenReads This is my first one of her books!! I added the audio from Audible Escape-I don‘t know if you know about that? 3mo
intothehallofbooks @LaurenReads It was so low-key and enjoyable that I may just keep going!! 3mo
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Sworn to Silence | Linda Castillo
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A reread, and I was so into it all over again that the ending surprised me. Again!! Chief Kate Burkholder is a great link between the Amish and English communities because she was raised in the Amish community. All of the murders are a total shock on the pages but they elevate the level of suspense while they‘re solving the case.

I never moved ahead with this series the first time I read for some reason, but I‘m ready to charge ahead with it now.

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Livia Lone | Barry Eisler
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Super-thrilling, intense. Dark and gritty. The MC made me think of Lisbeth Salander here and there. She endured unspeakable horrors, then became a policewoman specializing in rape/abuse crimes. Off-duty, she makes certain the rapists and abusers never hurt anyone again. There is definitely a gray area to her heroism but wow, Livia is awesome. I‘ve already bought the second book!

I added the audiobook, narrated by the author, and it is fantastic!!

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Wow. This is good. It‘s TERRIFYING. (Although I‘ll admit that I‘m a scaredy-cat.) It‘s so good though, because every little detail in here is symbolic or builds on future chapters. Nothing is wasted.

There are additional spoilery liner notes at the end to be read AFTER finishing that are 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻!! Holy Batman good. These notes make me want to read again with all the cool stuff Tremblay shared.

BarbaraBB Great review. I have this one on my shelves waiting for me so will get to it soon! 3mo
intothehallofbooks @BarbaraBB I loved it! I read outside of my comfort zone a bit with it being on the horror side and it paid off! I love how well put-together it is. I‘m excited to see what you think when you‘re done 😃 3mo
BarbaraBB @intothehallofbooks It will be out of my comfort zone too but I often like that! I‘ll keep you posted! 3mo
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Easy reading, up past my bedtime. I read the first installment in this series this past Christmastime and absolutely loved it.

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Kill the Queen | Jennifer Estep
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This fantasy is on the lighter side. Fantasy-lite, if you will. I‘m a little bit perplexed by certain parts of the world (like mixing modern-ish bathroom facilities where everything else felt much older?) but overall I think the world is really cool. The use of magic is fun and I love the characters. Just a fun story. Much more lightweight than the typical high and epic fantasy that I often read. I‘m excited to see where the next installment goes.

shanaqui I think you've put your finger on something that nonplussed me -- it feels like an urban fantasyish world with an epic fantasy power structure, and it sits oddly. Then again, why not? 3mo
intothehallofbooks @shanaqui YES!! Sort of an urban fantasy and epic fantasy mash-up. But I liked it! 3mo
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FANTASTIC!! This starts out with a bang and never lets up. I inhaled it and now my husband is reading it!!

James Reece is a good guy on a huge revenge mission. He absolutely fascinated me-his thought processes, his level of skill, etc. I love the way the author‘s own firsthand knowledge and experience as a Navy SEAL developed the character and gave the story credibility and authenticity. The audio, narrated by Ray Porter, is absolute perfection!

Bookzombie I‘m stacking this because I love Ray Porter. 🙂 3mo
intothehallofbooks @Bookzombie Yes!! He was such a great James Reece!! 3mo
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The Islanders: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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I‘m so excited to say that I loved this even more than I anticipated. Three random people on Block Island, RI end up making connections in unexpected ways. At the same time, there are BIG secrets being kept and much is at stake if the truth comes out. I LOVE this as a summer read.

I was ALL IN early in the reading. I saw myself in each of these characters at least a little bit. If you like Elin Hilderbrand: this reminded me fondly of her style!

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