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jdiehr

Joined March 2018

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Hide the Elephant | Jonathan Dunne
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I saw here on Litsy that Jonathan Dunne's books were free on Amazon so I got them and hoped that I would be able to give a good review since @JonathanDunne is on here! Readers, I am happy to report that I can honestly give this book a solid thumbs up.
Quirky, funny, sad. All the feels for this story. I even welled up a bit in the last few pages.
Looking forward to reading the other titles I picked up by Dunne.

JonathanDunne TY🐘👌🏻🤗 1d
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I downloaded too. 1d
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Loved this book! So many beautiful words strung together to make lovely sentences.

Enger also wrote 'Peace Like a River' which has been in my top five favorite books for years.

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Not too shabby for a free Kindle book. This is the first in a series that I am sure I would have eaten up as a tween.
A tomboy who begins to feel like a girl, Leda takes us with her on her last summer adventure before starting middle school.
An enjoyable read, but I won't be buying the next installment. Maybe if it comes up free...

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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"...just because a thing was poetry didn't mean it never happened in the actual world, or that it couldn't happen still."

robinb I enjoyed this one. 😊 2w
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If I were to divide this book into 3 parts, I would say I loved the first third and the last third and slogged through the middle.

I love how Gaiman describes the importance of art and words and books and storytelling. I also thoroughly enjoyed the parts about his wife, Amanda Palmer.

But all of the speeches and introductions about people I know nothing about got long. However - I did Google a couple of then which would make Gaiman happy I think

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger

"Memory's oldest trick is convincing us of its accuracy."

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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You. Guys.

One of my favorite authors liked my Instagram post! It was the same picture I posted here yesterday.

Made this nerd's day 😄

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love when that happens! 3w
BridgetteM 🎉 That‘s awesome! 3w
tpixie Awesomeness!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 i‘m just starting this book tonight for book club. I‘ve never read him before —-but how cool for you! 3w
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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The bookmark says, "Books, cats, life is good."

Yep

Melissa_J What a beautiful cat! 4w
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A beautiful post-rain #audiowalk this morning

Cathythoughts Beautiful 4w
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Mehso-so

While I found myself intrigued during various parts of this story, I was never super excited to get back to it after setting it down. For that reason, I am giving this a "so-so" rating.

Liesel would much rather play ball.

bookishbitch I agree. I thought parts of it were excellent, but not all of it. 4w
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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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My friend and I have seen these ladies live twice and loved every minute of their show. The book is no exception. They make the trials of marriage and motherhood funny as well as encouraging people to support one another. Both Jen and Kristin write part of each chapter.
A quick, fun read. And if you ever get a chance to see them live - do it!

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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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We'll come back to this after a little cat nap

rretzler 😻 1mo
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Another funny collection of essays from Sedaris. My favorite was the last one where David looks at his living room through the eyes of a stranger.

There were some stories I liked more than others, but I keep coming back for more so I suppose that makes me a fan.

I love listening to him read the audiobooks.

Ruthiella His deadpan delivery is the best! 1mo
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Sad yet joyful
Frustrating yet hopeful
Un-put-down-able

This book was all of the above!

LoveToReadLiveToRead Love, love, love this book! 1mo
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I love when I come across the book's title in the story. In this case, though, it's heartbreaking.

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As Lila and Lenu get older, marry and have children, their story keeps getting better and better. Ferrante is so good at describing the relationship between girlfriends and spouses.

One more book in this Neapolitan series. Good stuff!

Trashcanman I hope you are well. 2mo
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Naked | David Sedaris
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Entertaining as usual, but not my favorite by Sedaris

lkurgs I have read a total of seven books of his and I think Naked is my least favorite. That is not to say that I didn‘t enjoy it. I like all of his books but I found that Naked had about 70 or so pages that I didn‘t enjoy (his hitchhiking days). Although I felt that he ended the book brilliantly. 2mo
jdiehr @lkurgs There are always parts in all of his books that rub me the wrong way, but the good always seems to far outweigh the bad. I keep coming back for more! 2mo
lkurgs @jdiehr couldn‘t agree more! I finally have all of his books and intend to read them all by the end of August. I feel as if I were under a Sedaris spell! Love his writing and his hilarious and crazy stories. 2mo
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rretzler @lkurgs @jdiehr I think I only have one or two of his left to read and my least favorite by far was Squirrel Meets Chipmunk, followed by Holiday on Ice (if it only had Santaland Diaries and Six to Eight Black Men it would have been my favorite!) It‘s funny, I‘ve been on a recent Sedaris kick and I keep seeing so many other Littens reading/listening to him right now too! For me, nothing beats his audiobooks as he is a great performer too! 2mo
jdiehr @rretzler Yes - all of my Sedaris books have been audiobooks. I haven't read the 2 you mentioned yet but, good review or bad review, I will check them out 😊 2mo
rretzler Of course, you need to read them all! I really like Sedaris‘ stories about himself and his family. Some of his fictional stories are a little off putting to me or just meh. One of the stories in Holidays on Ice was definitely NOT for me. 🤣 I think I have left Theft by Finding, Let‘s Explore Diabetes With Owls and Barrel Fever left to listen to! 2mo
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The Night Swimmers | Peter Rock
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Meh.

The audiobook was only about 5 hours, but it sure felt longer.

Just a whole lot of nothing much for me. I found myself getting excited for some storylines, but nothing ever came of any of it.

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"...We need to give the impression that we are a happy, loving family."

"We are a happy, loving family," said Maude, sounding offended by any suggestion to the contrary.

"That's the spirit," said Charles.

? Loving this book so far

AmyG It is SO SO SO good. 2mo
kspenmoll It is FABulous!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🥰 2mo
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This took some time to get into, but once I did I was reminded why I love Zusak's writing as much as I do. He strings words together so beautifully and describes things in new and interesting ways. Death, for example. The way he personifies death is poetry. And brotherly relationships, and the love of a mother, and a horse race - all lovely in the hands of this author.
Honored to have met him twice and hear him read his words.

BookwormM I loved this book from start to finish 2mo
Texreader I lingered over this one at the Norwegian bookstore today. I really can‘t add unnecessary weight to my luggage. Will have to wait till I get home. Glad to read your description of it 2mo
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A kitten. A book.
That is all.

Mitch Who needs more? 😘 2mo
tracey38 So adorable 2mo
cherinium OMG! You just stole my heart! 2mo
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I enjoyed this audiobook. It's crazy how shocking a marriage between a caucasian woman and Asian man caused such a stir in the 70s.
This was a sad story, but well told. Both of the books I've read bu Celeste Ng were picks.

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Picked this for my Amazon Prime read after passing it over several times. It was so good! It's amazing what some kids go through in childhood. I would compare this to The Glass Castle and Educated.

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Soft Little Kitty | B J Johnson
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Added a new family member...

wanderinglynn Too adorable! ❤️🐱 Congrats! 3mo
sblbooks So precious💖 3mo
Amiable Ahh! The cuteness!! 😻 3mo
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BridgetteM Ah! Cuteness overload. 💕 3mo
MicrobeMom Adorable!!♥️😽 3mo
TheSpineView That face! I'm in love with the face!😍😍🐾 3mo
tracey38 So cute! 3mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Blaire So sweet! 3mo
CouronneDhiver Yaaaaayyyy!!! What is kitty called? 3mo
Erofan 😻 3mo
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This description of death reminded me of Zusak's descriptions in The Book Thief. So good.

Blueberry 💙 3mo
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Peace Like a River | Leif Enger
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1) Swede

2) Love her! A little girl who rolls with the punches, loves her family unconditionally, and is a writer!

3) I see myself in her

4) ❤❤

If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it. One of my top 5 all-time favorites

Thanks for thinking of me @Trashcanman

Trashcanman 😊🤗👁️👁️🤗 3mo
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The Home Library | Brander Matthews
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@megzlynn My sister and I just set up my library last week! I would have just stacked books, but she added plants and decorations that really made the wall look great. There's nothing like having a talented decorator in the family.

And congrats on your library! So exciting 😄

wanderinglynn That looks lovely! 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
megzlynn It‘s gorgeous! 😍 3mo
Tanisha_A Lovely! 😍 3mo
LapReader I wish she could do my space. 3mo
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In the middle of listening to this audiobook, I googled "David Sedaris Tour." I would love to go see him sometime! This was another laugh out loud book interspersed with some not so funny stuff. The good stuff far outweighs the bad though.

In case you were wondering the results of my search, David will be in Oregon in November, but the venue closest to me is sold out already ?

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Not fantastic, but not too shabby. It took me a few chapters to get into this one, but I did end up getting invested and enjoying it.

Also - I predicted the twist but not in its entirety 😊

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I would have never picked this up had it not been for Litsy! #litsymademedoit

A short, captivating book about loyalty, family and how far you would go to protect them.

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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A reality tv family hiding a devastating secret. This one had me from the first line - "On the day I turn seventeen, there is a meeting to decide whether I should have the baby or if sneaking me to a clinic for an abortion is worth the PR risk."

Essie decides to take charge of her own life. How she does that makes for a great story.

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An absolutely incredible story about 3 young women who gave birth while imprisoned in a concentration camp.

Horrifying and inspiring at the same time.

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Oh, you guys!

When I first started listening to this audiobook I had a hard time keeping up. I was confused on character's names, the names of various make believe lands and what was real and what was imaginary. I thought the print version would be easier to follow.

But then I got into the rhythm and fell in love. I cried while listening to the last few chapters because this story touched me so deeply.

I may need a hard copy to treasure...

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😁

Trashcanman How are you Jennifer? Fully settled? I hope you are well, truly. 4mo
jdiehr @Trashcanman Yes! Pretty much settled except for some decorating that my sister is coming to help me out with. She's a pro at that kind of stuff. Thanks for asking 🤗 4mo
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The Shadow Sister | Lucinda Riley
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The 3rd book in a series of 7 - I loves these stories! The first book is my favorite so far, but this one was really good, too.

Six girls were adopted by Pa Salt who left each one of them clues about their birthplaces that they received after he died. But is he really dead??

Mystery, romance, contemporary fiction and historical fiction are in each of these books. I have book 4 on my nightstand and am excited to continue this journey.

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I read once a day for 100 days and enjoyed every little minute. Each devotion started with a verse or two from the Bible and was then followed by practical, useful, and often funny commentary. Each reading was short and sweet.

Melanie Shankle is just a normal gal sharing her insights with the rest of us. I have read several of her books and love them all.

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Mehso-so

This was tough to listen to. Not a happy book, but a story well-told.

After being raped at age 12, the author eats in order to build up her body and try to feel safer. So sad. I admire the author for speaking her truth.

gradcat I really relate to this author—she‘s such a great writer. 4mo
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Not Taco Bell Material | Adam Carolla
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A local library in my new area had a "book grab" where the books were free. I grabbed this one thinking I couldn't go wrong for free and I was right.

Adam Carolla is crass, foul mouthed and anything but politically correct and, surprisingly, I found that refreshing. His stories were funny and entertaining. He said what he meant and meant what he said

While this was not a typical read for me, I give it a thumbs up.

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Happy Mother's Day! | Mercer Mayer
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On Sunday my son told me that he got me a Mother's Day gift, but it wouldn't be delivered for a few days. Lol - at least he made the purchase on time! I had no idea what it was and was very touched when I opened it and saw that he went with something I love...bookish gifts! It's a pencil holder with a little drawer.

Good job, son 😊 ❤📚

Tanisha_A Oh this is beautiful! 😍 4mo
Tanisha_A So thoughtful of him! 4mo
wanderinglynn So nice! ❤️ 4mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 4mo
bookishbitch Sweet! 4mo
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Counting by 7s | Holly Goldberg Sloan

"If I were the kind of person who cried, I'm sure that I would have, but that's not in my character. I almost never cry. Instead, I just nodded and stared out the window."

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Counting by 7s | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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A beautiful story about a gifted young girl who loses both her parents in a car crash. The few random people in Willow's life come together to help her.

Despite the heavy subject matter, there was much humor in this story. Lots of quotable quotes that I'll be sharing.

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I heart Dollar Tree bookhauls!

Mrsann2000 I‘m going tomorrow! 4mo
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I went to a local indie bookstore (Rebel Heart Books) and asked the woman behind the counter what book she had read recently that she really enjoyed. I bought the tagged book on her recommendation and I enjoyed it, too!

It's quirky and the format is very unique. It worked for me. I wasn't able to predict what would happen next and it kept me engaged and laughing.

PS - I still can't believe this is my backyard. Southern Oregon is not too shabby!

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this book too 👍🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Nice 💚 4mo
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Someone would rather I not be reading

Erofan 🐶❤ 4mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
tracey38 Clearly waiting for you to throw that tennis ball and play! So adorable.💜 4mo
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As the author herself says, this is a collection of silly stories. She talks about cheese logs, Burberry coats, and the importance of thank you notes.

Not a life changing book, but mostly good fun. Listening to the audio and hearing Ellis's southern accent was a plus.

rather_be_reading i just heard about this book! sounds interesting 4mo
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