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jdiehr

jdiehr

Joined March 2018

Total and complete book nerd
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Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates
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The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson
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I review all David Sedaris books the same - the essays (or, in this case, diary entries) are either laugh out loud funny or cringe worthy.

But I will always pick up his audiobooks.

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I picked this up at the library book sale specifically to add to my little free library. I don't have many YA books in there.

My book nerdy senses told me to read it first.

Am I ever glad I did!

This is the story of a boy growing up "different." He's learning about loyalty, loss, love, and finding his own way.

I cried on the last page.

So good.

EvieBee It‘s a good one! Glad you read it. I listened to the audiobook so many years ago (15) but I would like to revisit it in print because I understand there are illustrations. 5d
jdiehr @EvieBee Yes! The illustrations are fantastic. It would be worth it to pick up a printed copy 🙂 5d
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Crimes Against a Book Club | Kathy Cooperman
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Annie needs money for her son's various therapies.

Sarah needs money for another round of IVF.

What to do?? Concoct a face cream and sell it for $2000 a jar to members of Annie's book club 😄

Of course customers will come back for more because of the secret ingredient - cocaine!

This was a fun book that had been sitting unread on my Kindle for way too long.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I LOVED Book Lovers. All caps. LOVED.

The romance was great (Charlie is my new fictional boyfriend) and the sisters vacationing in the small town where their favorite book takes place was charming as all get out.

I loved the Hallmark movie type list they made that included wear flannel, save a small business, bake something, etc 😂

I only read books I think I'll like. What a delightful surprise to read one I loved 💞

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe I should read this next!! 1w
TheKidUpstairs With writers like Emily Henry, Jasmine Guillery, Ali Hazlewood, Casey McQuisten and more out there publishing it really feels like we're in the next golden age for "Contemporary Women's Fiction". I'm reminded of the days when Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella were everywhere. It's wonderful! 1w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1) Sunshine Falls, NC (Book Lovers by Emily Henry)
2) The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
3) Small Town Big Magic by Hazel Beck (the author is local and is in my book club 😀)

Thanks for tagging @The_Penniless_Author
I'll tag @Bookwormjillk @RamsFan1963 @iread2much

Eggs Great responses 👏🏻📚👍🏼 2w
Texreader I got a package from you today! 😁 Should I wait for my birthday to open it? 2w
jdiehr @Texreader Yay! That's totally up to you 😀 2w
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Slightly Dangerous | Mary Balogh
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I joined a new book club last night!

One of the things I missed most when we moved 3 years ago was my book club.

This club reads all kinds of romance and Slightly Dangerous was a good one.

Often funny, a little unexpected, and very real emotions.

This is the last book in a series of six and I liked it so well, I'm considering picking up the other five.

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And to think I almost skipped this month's #botm picks.

You guys, I loved this book!

Maybe I'm a fan of mysteries/thrillers after all.

Paris Peralta has reinvented herself more than once. An abusive childhood, a mother serving time for murder, and now her famous husband is dead.

Buckle up!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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When 4 siblings go visit a fortune teller as kids, what they are told affects the rest of their lives.

The Immortalists is divided into 4 parts - one for each of the main characters.

I nearly bailed during Simon's story but am glad I stuck with it because this ended up being a pretty good book.

If you could know the date of your death, would you want that information?? Not me.

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A book that is chock full of inspirational words and art.

I perused this bit by bit over the past month or so and will keep it on my shelf for inspiration and for #ThinkPositiveBePositive posts 😄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 📚💛 3w
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Friends of the Library | Susan Cushman
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Can't stop, won't stop.

#bookhaul

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I recently discovered this author after picking up "I Miss You When I Blink" on a whim at the Dollar Tree.

Now Mary Laura Philpott is a can't miss for me.

This memoir covers both the scariness and joy of life, makes you laugh and cry, and bolsters you for whatever comes next.

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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Life hasn't been easy for Holly Darling (yes, those Darlings).

She lost her husband and one of her twin boys in a car accident and is keeping her surviving son healthy with the blood of his comatose half-sister.

The fairytale aspect of the story helps with the heaviness.

Peter Pan isn't young and innocent anymore, Tink now goes by Bell and is no longer loyal to Peter, and the guy with the hook isn't so bad after all.

I enjoyed this #botm 🙂

rubyslippersreads I 💚 everything about this photo! 1mo
Gissy Great photo!👌 1mo
DivineDiana Adorable Tink! 💖 1mo
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This memoir reminded me of how cutting edge the Go-Go's really were. They paved the way for girl bands.

This is Kathy Valentine's story.

A rough childhood, a dream, success, disappointment, and finally a happy ending.

Fun fact - Belinda is from the same town I am. Her family went to my church 😄 Needless to say, I've been a Go-Go's fan from the get-go.

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Gilda goes to a Catholic church in response to an ad for counseling.

The priest thinks she is there for a job interview and hires her on the spot.

Gilda is not Catholic. She is an atheist and a lesbian. Let the antics ensue!

The reader soon realizes that Gilda is seriously mentally ill.

My favorite part of the book is Gilda thinking about how magical things like rhinos are and how, on another planet, they'd be considered miracles.

bthegood Stacked - thanks for the review - 1mo
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It's either hit or miss at Dollar Tree.

Today was a hit 😄

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Gnomes | Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet
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A gnome with a book.

Should I bring him home with me?

Aims42 Awww! My vote is “Yes!” 😍 1mo
charl08 Mine too. Would work on a bookshelf, no? 1mo
jdiehr @Aims42 @charl08 The perils of working at a Hallmark store... 1mo
kspenmoll Yes, too cute! 1mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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"In a very tall tree sits a girl."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Why Birds Sing: A Novel | Nina Berkhout
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A big shout out to @BookNAround for including this in my #bestof2021 swap!

This book - wow. It is beautifully and exquisitely written.

The story of an opera singer who loses the use of her instrument and is forced to lead a class of whistlers.

Growth takes place, lessons are learned, friendships are formed, priorities are re-arranged.

I am not doing this little book justice with this review.

Just read it. Trust me.

BookNAround I‘m so glad you loved it! ❤️ 1mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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1) My Book of the Month (Darling Girl) is out on an adventure in the land of late packages. I am most anxious to read it because it should have been here last week...

2) No. No music while reading.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday @The_Penniless_Author - thanks for the tag 🙂

Suzze Mine came Saturday. If you‘re on TikTok you can see it @ suzzereadsalot. 🫣 They‘re sending a new package. (edited) 2mo
jdiehr @Suzze I'm not on TikTok. So this was a wide-spread problem?? This is the first time I've had trouble. 2mo
Suzze @jdiehr Mine was mangled. Box was taped together, books had major damage. 2mo
jdiehr @Suzze 😧 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Bailedbailed

I hate bailing on books.

It wasn't sparking joy or anything else for that matter at 30% in.

Onward.

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There is a quiz at the start of this book to determine if you inhabit the bittersweet state. Some of the questions are:

Do you react intensely to music, art, or nature?

Are you moved to goosebumps several times a day?

Do you tend to see the happiness and sadness in things, all at once?

My score determined that I am "a true connoisseur of the place where light and dark meet."

Lots of food for thought and fascinating insight.

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Picked up this book on a whim and it's full of #thinkpositivebepositive quotes and artwork!

Thank you for the tag @Eggs

I always freeze up when it comes to tagging people...how about @quietjenn and @Pogue

Eggs 👏🏻🪴👏🏻 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! Stacked!! 2mo
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The Healing Quilt | Wanda E. Brunstetter
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On my recent trip to Indiana I met and befriended an 18 year old Amish girl.

In keeping with the spirit of the Amish, I picked up this book.

It was sweet, and corny, and predictable but also comforting like an old quilt.

I have to give it a "pick" simply because of the timing in which it came into my life.

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Check this out...

Chrissyreadit Fun! This would be a fun swap theme too. 2mo
DivineDiana That sounds marvelous! ❤️📚👏🏻 2mo
BookBabe How cute! 😃 1mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I love when I lazily open Litsy and discover that the #botm picks are out!!

Fantasy is not normally my jam, but this one sounds so good 😁

JamieArc I didn‘t choose that one, but I‘ll be really curious to read reviews. 2mo
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I feel the same way about Muriel Spark as I feel about Shirley Jackson. I'm more intrigued by the life of the author than by what they wrote.

I found The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to be repetitive and, frankly, not all that interesting.

Granted, I was reading this while on vacation and I wasn't very focused, but still...

**Check out those Texas wildflowers 👀 💐

DivineDiana Pretty wildflowers! 2mo
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Hope Floats | Steven Rogers
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I am visiting my sister in Texas and we went to a restaurant in Smithville that has props from the movie 'Hope Floats.'

I couldn't resist snapping a photo of the sign for The Book Nook from the movie. It was hanging on the ceiling 😄

UwannaPublishme How cool! 2mo
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Let me just say that I was really hoping no one was reading over my shoulder on the plane! 🔥

A steamy romance about about a prisoner become queen.

Fun but not fantastic.

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Untitled | Unknown
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The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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An elite club for the rich and famous where there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

Secrets, blackmail, murder, oh my!

I enjoyed this story, but my only complaint is that it took a while to remember and keep track of who was who.

PS - I placed the book on top of an old hotel directory. Definitely NOT how people sign in these days! 😄

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I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator was fantastic.

This is the story of two sisters whose father is the pastor of a mega church.

Things go sideways after an extramarital affair and the youngest daughter begins to question everything she's ever known - including her faith.

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I have never met Melanie Shankle but I am certain that if I ever do, we will become friends.

Down to earth, funny, and true - these essays will have you looking on the bright side 😎

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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On the phone with my grandma a while back, I asked her how she was doing. "I can't complain, but I still will," was her perfect response. ?

This essay collection is about doing everything right, but still feeling as if something is off.

Relatable, funny, and oh so entertaining.

Chelsea.Poole Lol your grandma sounds wonderful 😊 3mo
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I am drawn to stories about cults whether it be a TV documentary, a book, or a movie. I can't look away.

When Cultish came up as a Kindle Daily Deal I snatched it up.

This book examines the language of cults in an entertaining way that scares you.

Now I want to read Wordslut by the same author. Has anyone read it??

Jas16 Wordslut was also really good. 3mo
Megabooks Wordslut is fantastic! 3mo
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Did anyone read "Quiet" by this author??

#botm

jlhammar Yes, Quiet was great! I'm on the library hold list for this one. Looking forward to it. 3mo
ICantImReading Quiet is so good! I highlighted so many passages! 3mo
ReadingRachael I really liked Quiet too 🙂 3mo
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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This was my first Lucy Foley and I enjoyed it!

I keep saying mysteries and thrillers aren't my thing, but I might need to change my tune 😄

This story had lots of twists and turns and short chapters that helped speed it along.

I have been exposed to so many authors through Book of the Month. This was another great pick.

PS - I love how the book looks next to my tumbler 😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 3mo
BittersweetBooks Tickled by all the hot pink in this photo 💕 3mo
RedxoHearts Such a pretty picture. I've been seeing that book pop up in my recommendations lately I will have to check it out 3mo
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Bright Burning Things | Lisa Harding
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The audiobook was read by the author and I appreciated hearing how she wanted the story to be told - sometimes frantic, other times subdued.

This is the story about a woman fighting her alcohol addiction in order to keep her little boy.

*The background photo was a bright, burning sunset from a few nights ago

BiblioLitten Beautiful picture 3mo
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This collection of short stories was enjoyable and engaging.

That says a lot coming from a reader who doesn't typically like short stories!

The stories take place in the South and feature mostly "dirt-roaders" in their day to day existence.

This came to me in a subscription box. I never would have picked it up on my own, but am glad to have read it and be able to recommend it ?

IuliaC Lovely photo! 😍 3mo
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Find Layla | Meg Elison
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It usually takes me a long time to read the free books I get on my Kindle. Often times they don't measure up for me in one way or another.

I am happy to report that this one was a page-turner that kept me looking forward to the next time I could sit down and read.

It's the story of a terribly neglected teen and her young brother.

My only complaint is that the ending seemed rushed.

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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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You guys! Claire Oshetsky slipped into my DMs this morning! 😄

CBee I want to read this! Almost picked it up at the library a couple of weeks ago - not sure why I didn‘t 🤔 3mo
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Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery
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I have been re-visiting an old friend at night while reading my Kindle - Anne Shirley 😊

I treasure the old copies of the books my grandmother gave me as a child and couldn't post a review without including a shot of that beautiful, pink, vintage cover.

The next book is Anne of the Island. I don't think I ever went any further in the series after that, so I am really looking forward to it!

LitStephanie Oh good for you on revisiting a childhood classic! I barely remember that book, but I remember liking it. 4mo
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The character is introduced as 'Donny' but then referred to as 'Danny' for the rest of the story...

Things that make you go hmm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah hmmmmm 🤔 4mo
Megabooks Weird… 4mo
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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Brave, creative, unique.

I won't soon forget this story of a mother's fierce love for her special needs child.

Lots of layers and many things that I still feel like I don't understand, but dark and lovely and worth the read.

BiblioLitten Lovely picture 💛 4mo
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In Loving Memory | Daniel Paul Singh
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#RememberSharon
#LitsyLove

I can't light a candle at work, but I was able to put this little scene together in remembrance.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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A funny/serious memoir about a VERY trying time during the author's life and how crafting helped.

Written in such a way that made me feel like I was talking to one of my snafky friends 😁

Not an absolute favorite, but better than a 'so-so' rating.

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This did not resonate with me at all.

A story about the friendship between two young women (one of whom dies young) came across detached and cold to me.

I wonder if something was lost in the translation from French to English...

Noodle is super cute today, though 😺

jlhammar Oh my, super cute indeed! 4mo
Kdgordon88 What a cutie pie, 4mo
Ruthiella Incredibly cute! 😻 4mo
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 4mo
Gissy Adorable Noodle😻❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
RedxoHearts Oh my so cute! 4mo
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Follow the link https://betterme.ca/ to listen to me and my dear friend Heather Ross discuss book banning.

What are some of your favorite banned books??

Mine are anything by Judy Blume and The Outsiders by SE Hinton.

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Dollar Tree book haul 😃

Anyone read any of these?

Sharpeipup Nope so let us know how they are 4mo
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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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A will they or won't they tale of an ex student and her teacher (sensei).

I found myself not really caring whether they got together or not.

I also found myself picturing Martin Kove from Karate Kid as the teacher (the only sensei I know) 😄

In the end, a forgettable book.

IuliaC I felt quite the same about it. I think the title could have just as well been "Strange Relationship in Tokyo" :)) 4mo
jdiehr @IuliaC 💯 4mo
LitStephanie I love this review so much. Says a lot very succinctly. 4mo
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