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jdiehr

jdiehr

Joined March 2018

Total and complete book nerd
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The Lion Women of Tehran | Marjan Kamali
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I thought this was excellent!

A story about friendship (including all the complications) and deciding what you are going to stand up for and how much you are willing to sacrifice for your beliefs.

Cuilin Looks great! I read the Stationary Shop by the same author and it was amazing. 10h
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I was intrigued by the idea of a dark academia story revolving around a group of friends studying translation. I wasn't so sure about the fantasy element because, well, I'm not a fantasy person.

It all worked beautifully, and I LOVED this book about friendship, where we place our loyalty and what we stand for.

I thought this was brilliant 👏🏻

dabbe #metoo! 🤩😀🤗 2d
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This was one of two books assigned for June for Romance Book Club.

Stephan is from a very rich, powerful family. Carter used to be a big-time actor in Hollywood. Somehow, neither of them knew anything about the other 😂

Everything somehow works out and love endures.

It's funny how I think these same-sex romances are going to be salacious, but they end up being more Hallmark than anything 😄

dabbe #aroomwithaview 💚💙💚 5d
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I took a bunch of books to the coast yesterday to take pictures of them so that I can dazzle you all when I post my reviews 😄

RaeLovesToRead What a view 🥰 1w
dabbe 💙💚💙 1w
Ruthiella I‘m dazzled! 🤩 1w
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1) Book two from The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
2) I did all my traveling over the past two months! I'm staying home 🏡
3) My family and our health

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs #2 Good for you👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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This is one of the assigned books for Romance Book Club this month.

It screams Hallmark except for the fact that it's a female/female romance.

Georgia has a high-stress, high-profile job. Her aunt dies and leaves her charming rural cottage to Georgia.

Mel is a small town vet.

A litter of abandoned kittens brings the two together.

Predictable and cheesy, but like a Hallmark movie, comforting.

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Monthly Report | California. Department of Insurance
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May was a busy month for life - not for reading 🤪

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I thought this was a great memoir about Crystal's time in the Playboy Mansion.

I'm glad she's on the other side, figuring out who she is without someone telling her who they want her to be.

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Couldn't decide between the two, so you know what that means - I got both! 😁

#botm

brittanyreads More books is always a good decision! Haha 2w
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The Housemaid | Freida McFadden
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Prior to The Housemaid, I had read 2 McFadden books - one I liked and one I didn't.

This book breaks the tie. I loved it!

A quick page-turner that kept me riveted from start to finish.

ShelleyBooksie Excellent bookends! 3w
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Mehso-so

The good news is I finished a book. May has been so busy, I haven't had much time for reading.

The bad news is I struggled to get through this one.

It's always risky when I choose a science fiction book.

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Downloaded this on a whim before my big travel day and am really enjoying it ☺️ ✈️

Amor4Libros I loved it! 4w
AmyG Wonderful book. Safe travels! 4w
dabbe A fave! 🤩🤩🤩 4w
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This counts as reading because I read the menu, right??

Enjoying my time in Indianapolis after the wedding 😄

Aims42 Totally counts! 👍 I‘ll be visiting Indy for Memorial Day weekend (my hubs and his friend are going to the race, and his wife and I will be visiting the zoo with their 1ish year old daughter. I think I‘m more excited than their daughter LOL 😊) 1mo
quietjenn Haha, before I read your caption I was like, "Oh, there's a book about Skyline?" ? Followed rapidly by "I want some Skyline." 1mo
jdiehr @quietjenn I tried to find a book about Skyline for the tag in this post 😂 1mo
jdiehr @Aims42 We went to the speedway today to watch practice! So fun 😁 1mo
Aims42 @jdiehr Oooo nice! We‘re going with big Kyle Larson fans so hopefully he makes it in 🏎️🏁 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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TheBookgeekFrau Congratulations!! 1mo
julieclair How wonderful! Congrats! 🎉 1mo
Crazeedi Proud mama! Blessings on theire new life together 1mo
Read4life Congratulations!!!🎉 1mo
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Mehso-so

We visited some Amish friends last weekend, and I didn't breathe a word that I was reading this book ?

The Amish Wife is a true crime book that I got free on Kindle about a woman who died in a "barn fire."

Spoiler alert - it wasn't the fire that killed her.

I'm glad to be on to the next book. The title intrigued me, but the book dragged.

BarbaraBB Intriguing those Amish! 1mo
jdiehr @BarbaraBB It was a fascinating afternoon for sure! This picture is an actual buggy ride they took us on 😃 1mo
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While John Boy Walton was my first crush, John Stamos has been my most enduring crush 💞

I enjoyed this memoir despite the cockiness that often came through the pages.

John is sober and happy, and I'm happy for him.

UwannaPublishme He is a cutie! 1mo
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I had never heard of Fern Brady before but was intrigued to read this memoir about her life with autism and not getting a diagnosis until she was in her thirties.

Her story is eye-opening, brutally honest, and helpful in explaining autism to people (like me) who don't know much about it.

Her Scottish accent took me a minute to get used to, but the audiobook was great. I always like when people narrate their own stories.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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T-minus one week until we leave for our son's wedding!🤵👰‍♂️🥂

I'm going to be someone's mother-in-law 😄

#WhatsNewWednesday @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Read4life @TieDyeDude

TieDyeDude Be nice! 😅 1mo
dabbe Congrats to your son, almost mother-in-law-to-be! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
BookmarkTavern Congrats to your whole family! 💖💖💖 1mo
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julieclair How exciting! My son got married a year ago. I love being a mother-in-law, and I hope you do, too! 1mo
Read4life Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
BiblioLitten Congratulations!! 🥳😊 1mo
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Monthly Report | California. Department of Insurance
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Holy Knit | Deborah Alexander
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What a mess!

While the concept was unique (a man knits himself into Trinity's life using her deceased grandmother's knitting needles and yarn), that was the only thing remotely likable.

Non-existent editing - see example.

Smutty to the point of being vulgar.

The only reason I finished was it was short and I could squeeze it in for another book to add to my monthly total.

Skip this one. Trust me.

dabbe I do! #fanofthepan! #betterbooksahead 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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This is book 2 in the Aaron Falk series, and even though it took me a little longer to get into than the first book, I really liked it 🙂

Have you ever been forced to go on a team-building work retreat?? Imagine going, getting lost, and losing a co-worker.

Falk and his partner are tasked with finding out what happened to unlikable Alice.

I do plan on reading book 3

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My text to my co-worker this morning

Ruthiella 😂👍 2mo
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Artek | Honey Phillips
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I am not a fan of science fiction, but steamy science fiction... I was willing to give it a try ??

This fun take on "The King and I" was in a pile of donations, and I just HAD to pull it out to see what an alien romance was like.

Very fun, very quick read, and very steamy.

Phillips has more books based on musicals ? ? ?

**This book is not in the database

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Yours Truly | Abby Jimenez
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What a great night!

Finished this fantastic book AND the LA Kings win in overtime!!

This is my first Abby Jimenez, and I'm officially a member of her fan club now.

Smart, funny, sexy - everything you want in a romance ❤️

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Mehso-so

This was okay.

Actress Diane Keaton explores her relationship with her mentally ill, alcoholic brother.

A short audiobook that I'm glad to be done with.

Onward!

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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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Noodle and I are under the weather, but at least that gave us some time to read and cuddle on the couch.

I really liked "The Husbands."

A unique concept that was well executed.

Lauren has an attic that, once she sends a husband up, a different one comes down.

This was a fun story, and I couldn't wait to see how it would be resolved.

Texreader What a precious darling Noodle is!! 2mo
dabbe Hope you're both feeling better soon! 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This was highly recommended by a friend.

I immediately downloaded the second book, so it's safe to say I enjoyed it 😄

A family is murdered in his hometown, and detective Falk weeds through old memories and new clues in order to solve the mystery.

The drought plagued setting is just as much a character as any of the people.

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I'm feeling very spoiled!

First, my co-worker went on break and came back with a book for me because "it sounded good." She even stuck a bow on it ?

Then, I received a mystery box from Amazon. My bestie surprised me with the tagged book!

What a lucky book nerd ? ??

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Blubber | Judy Blume
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Dollar Tree, you done good!

So excited to see these 😁 💵 🌳

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! Great find!! 📚❤️ 2mo
TheBookHippie WOWIE!!!!!! 2mo
AmyG Oh Wow! 2mo
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Ruthiella Nice! 👍 2mo
TheSpineView Score! 📚📚📚 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Nice!! 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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Poor Deer: A Novel | Claire Oshetsky
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I loved Chouette by this author and was equally enchanted by Poor Deer.

Oshetsky's writing is beautifully unique.

In this story, a very young child experiences a traumatic event and grapples with guilt for the rest of her life.

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Anne's House of Dreams | L. M. Montgomery
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I continue to make my way through the Anne of Green Gables books 💚

This one was new to me.

This book comes up as book 4 in my Kindle collection, but I'm seeing that, according to Anne's age, Anne of Windy Poplars should have been next (??)

Either way, this was delightful, and I am sure to enjoy all of the books no matter which order I read them in.

BarbaraJean Anne of Windy Poplars was written later, so that‘s likely why this one is listed as # 4! Also I‘m not sure if Windy Poplars is in the public domain yet—the Kindle collection of Anne that I have leaves out both Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside, because they weren‘t yet public domain when the collection was published. 2mo
jdiehr @BarbaraJean Interesting...I'll have to check the titles in my collection. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! 2mo
BarbaraJean You‘re welcome! I‘d always assumed Montgomery wrote them chronologically—didn‘t realize she wrote Windy Poplars and Ingleside later until I got that Kindle collection and wondered why they weren‘t included! 2mo
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Another Dollar Tree find 💵 🌳

Pratt interviewed several people on the topic of forgiveness.

Some standouts were Elizabeth Smart, Nicole Brown's sister, and Sue Klebold.

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Answered Prayers | Danielle Steel
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After a procedure two weeks ago, I got my biopsy results today and have a clean bill of health!! 😃🙏🏻🙌🏻 Praise God!

#whatsnewwednesday
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Read4life @TieDyeDude

Read4life That‘s fantastic news! 💙🙏🏻💙 2mo
Deblovestoread What a relief! 💜🌸💜 2mo
Bookwormjillk Great news!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 2mo
Amor4Libros Awesome news!!! 🙏🏽 2mo
AmyG Oh wow! Now that is amazing news! 👊🏻 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗💗 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Great news!!! 🙏🏼💜💞 2mo
dabbe #sheerawesomeness! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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The Whispers | Ashley Audrain
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The Whispers is about 4 complicated women who live on the same street.

A tragic accident (??) occurs, and we see things begin to unravel.

This book kept me invested, surprised me, and made me say, "Wait! What?" more than once.

AmyG I look forward to this one…I loved The Push. 2mo
jdiehr @AmyG I, too, loved The Push 🙂 2mo
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I love this dedication. However, the book was too dark for my taste.

This was assigned for Romance Book Club and, as you know, I'll read whatever is assigned 😂 I need to get over that.

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Monthly Report | California. Department of Insurance
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AmyG Good job! I somehow managed to read 10 books, too. 👊🏻 2mo
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Anne of the Island | L.M. Montgomery
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I downloaded all of the Anne of Green Gables books and am reading them on my Kindle at night.

The first 3 books are re-reads for me as I have this awesome vinrage box set that my grandma gave me when I was a kid 😊

There was much about Anne of the Island that had slipped my mind, so I'm glad to have read it again.

Anne's House of Dreams is next, and I'm certain it will be new to me.

I just love Anne so much 💕

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My dad gave this to me for my birthday 😊

It took a few chapters for me to get into this true story, but it really is inspiring.

An older woman with failing health and a failing farm in Maine decides to get on her horse and ride across the country to California.

Her faithful dog accompanies her as they set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

Suet624 I‘m so glad to see someone is reading this book and hearing her story. I LOVED this book. (edited) 3mo
jdiehr @Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Book number 2 in The Silent Years series, and I loved it!

The 400 years between the Old and New Testaments in the Bible are often referred to as "the silent years." These historical fiction books show that God was not silent at that time in history.

This story is about a young woman who grew up in an abusive household and marries a man who seems safe and loving. But can a warrior provide the security she craves?

I need the next 2 books!

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Mehso-so

This memoir was fine.

The author recalls her childhood growing up in Florida, her parents' divorce, and various other family members.

Her story is well-told but, honestly, won't stick with me for very long.

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Elegant Everton | Morgan Dawson
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This particular book is not in the Litsy database.

"Rose" is a sweet romance based on Beauty and the Beast and set on the Oregon Trail.

I got this for free on Stuff Your Kindle Day and really enjoyed it.

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The wildflowers are doing their thing! 🌼 🌸

I thought this was a unique concept for a whodunit. A young woman is accused of killing her best friend. She can't remember anything from that night. A podcaster comes to town to get to the bottom of it all.

I'm new-ish to mysteries/thrillers, so I didn't suspect until the big reveal.

Short chapters made for a quick read.

I liked this 😊

AmyG Good to know as this was my BOTM choice. And your photo looks so “springy”. 🙌🏻 3mo
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I enjoyed this short audiobook read by the author.

8th grade Ruthy Ramirez doesn't come home from school one day.

Years later, her sisters swear that they see their missing sister on a reality show.

Could it be Ruthy??

My only complaint about this audiobook is that the author used the word 'woman' when it should have been 'women' - not just once, but multiple times. Not sure if that was intentional, but it really bothered this grammar nerd.

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A Friend in the Dark | Samantha M. Bailey
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This was an Amazon First Read that didn't sit on my Kindle for months like they usually do 😄

Eden is going through a separation and losing touch with her teenage daughter when she decides to message an old college crush on Facebook.

Things escalate quickly when he responds.

Starved for affection, Eden ignores all the red flags and finds herself and her loved ones in great danger.

I was along for the ride.

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You, Again | Kate Goldbeck
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This was assigned for book club, and at first, I didn't think I was going to like it.

Ari was obnoxious, slutty, and making cringey decisions right and left.

But she was also snarky, funny, and endearing.

I had to see how she and Josh ended up together.

The author interview at the end was enlightening, and I loved that she had a section about all the NYC places in the story.

I ended up glad that I read this.

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Mayluna | Kelley McNeil
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Took my Kindle on our trip to Portland this weekend and finished "Mayluna."

A young journalist who dreams of becoming a filmmaker befriends an up and coming rock band.

She and the lead singer fall in love.

Nothing terribly original about this story, but I was along for the ride.

This was an Amazon First Reads that I actually got around to reading ? Usually, they sit on my Kindle for ages.

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Powell's Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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Rain, Powell's, and one happy book worm!

TheBookHippie Love it!! 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Ruthiella The book lover‘s pilgrimage! 😃 3mo
Gissy 📚🌧📚🙌👌 3mo
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Monthly Report | California. Department of Insurance
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Official report for February

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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At first, I couldn't get into the world-building, but once I was able to sit down and really devote the time to this vampire/werewolf story, I couldn't put it down.

I was invested in not only the romance but also the mystery of Serena's whereabouts and the affection between Misery and young halfbreed Ana.

Hazelwood's trademark snark and spice abounded.

Loved it!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 🖤🤍 4mo
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The Princess and the Goblin | George MacDonald
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Someone recently told me that George MacDonald was their favorite author.

I had never heard of him, so I decided to give this short audiobook a go.

Not for me.

I can see how fantasy readers would enjoy this, but I have come to the conclusion that fantasy will never be my jam.