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jlondon1963

jlondon1963

Joined April 2016

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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
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The Shadow Land: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
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The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge
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Dandelion Wine: Curriculum Unit by Ray Bradbury, Michael A. Benedict, Center for Learning (Rocky River, Ohio)
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
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Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
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The Burning Girl: A Novel by Claire Messud
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
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Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Origin by Dan Brown
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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell
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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel by Téa Obreht 
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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
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A #BookDrop and. #ReeseWitherspoon book pick for December 2018. Two friends on a search for the man one friend saw at a bus top just a brief glimpse is that destiny. After months of trying to find the one he arrives with the friend but neither her or the man speak the truth of remembering one another. One girl happy and one feeling her heart torn out.

RaimeyGallant Sounds fabulous. 1mo
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If you are in need of a good ugly cry 😭 this is the book for you. This was my second read and I saw the movie I knew what was coming but still got choked up.

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Interesting concepts

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Reread this book for my neighborhood book group. This was our February read.

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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This has been on my bookshelf for awhile, after stumbling across the first season of this book on the Sundance channel I had to read the book. Excellent read and the bringing it to the screen was well done. Loved the storyline and weaving of science and magic together makes one believe in the existence of these individuals.

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Historical adventure set in 1885 Alaska and present day with an old timer passing along a trunk of goods and a diary passed down through the family. He sends the diary to a tiny museum in Alaska hoping to find a home for it and the other items. He and the museum curator a native of the area correspond as they read their way through the wilds of Alaska that were set down in the diary.

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Montana 1948: A Novel | Larry Watson
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Picked this up after hearing an episode of #whatshouldireadnext it was a favorite pick and this novella packs a powerful punch. It also won 1993 Milkweed National Prize for fiction. The story is as David Huddle states an appreciation of the moral complexity of our history, a refined sense of our weakness and our strengths, a profoundly improved understanding of the American character.

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I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
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Catching up on my book reviews. This was a #modernmrsdarcy book club pick. A story that shifts between the 1950‘s and the present. Clare Hobbs is about to make a huge mistake until a chance encounter with an elderly woman sitting on a park bench.

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Thank you to @WolfGirl16 for my goodies in my #HogwartsintheSpring BookSwap Box. Thank you @Endowarrior21 for hosting. Already using my journal and can‘t wait to start We Were The Lucky Ones! 📚🥃👏

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Poisoned Pen December 2018 Modern First BookPick. Debut and a 2018 Indie Pick. The things one will do for family eek 😬 an absorbing read.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I listened to the audio version which is read by the former First Lady. Very entertaining while giving a clear picture of who she is and her belief system.

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This has been on my TBR pile from Book Drop since Aug 2018 finally muddled my way through. The book is about the arson fires 🔥 that occurred from Nov 2012 - April 2013 in Accomack County Virginia. It takes you through the fires to the investigations and finally catching the arsonists and bringing them to court for justice.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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This was our January book club read and my second reading of the book. Lots of great discussion points including Alaska the land as a character in the books.

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How It All Began: A Novel | Penelope Lively
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A mugging that spiders out touching more than just the mugger and the victim.

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Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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First completed book for 2019. Mixed thoughts love the fable and concept just not sure of the childlike speak.

Bookies It is riten by a fox. A fox can not be expekted to nowe all the rools of gramer and speling. 6mo
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Completed 145 books for 2018. Genres pretty evenly spread out. Top reads Gentleman from Moscow, Castle of Water and Factfulness.

sprainedbrain Great stats! 7mo
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Check-in time! | United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region, United States. Dept. of Agriculture
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1. I have read 130 so far.
2. I set a goal of at least 100.
3. Great Alone and Educated were my picks over the summer.
4. Too many to name📚📚 #2018CheckIn

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One more for today‘s F in Exams Calendar page is for Sherlock 🕵️‍♀️ fans.

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Had to post this one from my F in Exams page a day calendar.

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I forgot how much I loved this story. The audio version read by Nick Offerman had me laughing he pulls off the perfect amount of snarkiness!

Avanders Hiya lady! Hoping you haven't moved..... have you received anything from me? 😬 (hope it wasn't lost in the mail!) 12mo
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Macbeth: A Novel | David Hewson, Andrew James Hartley
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Historical thriller adaptation of Shakespeare‘s Macbeth. I listened to an audio version read by Alan Cumming. Loved this reimagining and Cummings reading of the story was perfect.

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1911 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 murderess in the Pacific Northwest. The story is about two very rich and eccentric British sisters who get taken in by a quack running a starvation diet. One sister dies and the other surviving by a thread is rescued by her maid servant. Fascinating how people can get looped into these medical fad diets.

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1911 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 murderess in the Pacific Northwest. The story is about two very rich and eccentric British sisters who get taken in by a quack running a starvation diet. One sister dies and the other surviving by a thread is rescued by her maid servant. Fascinating how people can get looped into these medical fad diets.

JosieG I live in Washington State, and I swear, so much creepy stuff has happened here in the past. It's weird, because the state is so wonderful. It just doesn't fit the atmosphere. 😱 13mo
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The Forsaken Throne | Jeff Wheeler
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The final installment of the KingFountain series. After rescuing her father Owen, Trynne and her father join together to save the kingdom and the king. Loved the series and the world the author created.

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The Silent Shield | Jeff Wheeler
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5th book in the Kingfountain series a continuation of Trynne‘s story as a fountain blessed she knows she must be strong and will be tested as the turmoil in the kingdom continues to a boiling point.

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Hollow Crown | Jeff Wheeler
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Book 4 in the Kingfountain series we are introduced to Trynne Kiskadden, Owen Kiskadden‘ daughter and the chess game of kingdom building. His daughter is fountain blessed and must guard and use her skills for the upcoming fight to save the king and crown.

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I heard about this book from #MyFavoriteMurder podcast. I listened to the audio version which has a forward read by Gillian Flynn and the afterward is read by her husband Patton Oswald. She died before completing the book but with some help they were able to finish. What is even more amazing they caught the Golden State Killer.

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Read this for our neighborhood book group for May. Our group loved the book there were so many layers and plenty of great discussion with the setting, characters, parenting styles and secrets. What divides also binds the two mothers in the story.

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Catching up on books I‘ve read. Thank you to @rubyslippersreads for my copy in a postal book box. Slow to start but once your own you see what a challenge the US ambassador to Berlin had leading up to WWII with the Germany he knew as a young man and the Germany that was going mad before his eyes.

rubyslippersreads So glad you enjoyed it. 😊 13mo
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Interesting fact in my daily calendar!

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What happens when one loses their moral compass.

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The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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Such a bizarre tale or maybe fable. Read this in high school decided to do a reread for the #LitsyClassicA-Z challenge Letter M. A man turns into an insect and explores the absurdities of life. I listened to the BBC audio edition read by Benedict Cumberbach.

wanderinglynn I would listen to Benedict read the phone book. ❤️ 14mo
jlondon1963 @wanderinglynn 😂 I know what you mean he is divine! 14mo
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In Our Time | Ernest Hemingway
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A wonderful selection of short stories. Even better it is narrated by Stacy Keach! #LitsyClassicsA-Z challenge Letter I

EllieDottie I‘m reading this right now!! I‘m really liking it!!! 14mo
jlondon1963 @EllieDottie so glad you enjoyed his short stories👏👏 14mo
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The author of the Hangman‘s Daughter series has created a new series surrounding 13 year old Luka who must flee for his life after his family is killed and his sister is dragged away. Excellent and I can‘t wait to read the next book.

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Loved this audible version read by James Marsters. This is the first book in the Dresden Files. Fun sci-fi fantasy read and I will be reading more of this series.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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As a mother of female hockey player 🏒 I am glad to know the boys teams she played for were always respectful more so than some of the parents we ran into. I could see many things the novel uncovered but it can happen in any sport and many other dynamics. #Litsybuddyread

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 1y
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Creatures born of nightmare. A classic horror novel that still chills.

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The Naturalist | Andrew Mayne
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Computational biology, serial killer and a Montana setting made for an intriguing mystery. An Amazon kindle first pick.

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Hell's Princess | Harold Schechter
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An early female serial killer who lured men to help with her farm in Indiana from 1902-1908 and murdered them. Remains were found in her basement after a fire destroyed the home. She was considered a Lady Bluebeard she may have set up one of her handyman for her supposed death. Reads like a novel.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
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Based on a true story during WWII in Italy. Pino Lella helped 100‘s of Jews escape over the Alps to Sweden and he worked as a spy for the resistance while driving Nazi General Hans Leyer‘s

DebReads4fun Excellent book! 1y
jlondon1963 @DebReads4fun I always love when I come across a book on WWII that shows me another not well known story. 1y
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
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Based on a true story during WWII in Italy. Pino Lella helped 100‘s of Jews escape over the Alps to Sweden and he worked as a spy for the resistance while driving Nazi General Hans Leyer‘s

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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Finally finished listening to this tome from the 1500‘a and so glad I picked this classic for my #LitsyClassicsA-Z challenge letter “D” and #ModernMrsDarcy2018ReadingChallenge this has been a classic I have been meaning to read and it was worth the time invested. Heartbreaking and funny and by far I loved Sancho Panza.

Parvez I must have read it 5 times. Really loved it. (Malayalam translation). It is language spoken in southern part of India. 1y
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes

Finished 7 more hours for the #25inFive for a grand total of 28.5 hours listening to the audio version at work today. @Andrew65

Beckys_Books Good job! 1y
BookBabe Awesome! 🙌🏻 1y
Andrew65 You smashed it, congratulations and thanks for taking part. 🎉🍾🥂👏🎈💐🏆🎈💐🍾🥂👏🎈💐👍🎉🍾🥂💐 1y
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I listened to a collection on audible read by the author it included Slaughterhouse Five which knocks off another Classic for#LitsyClassicA-Z challenge letter S @Sarah83 and with the other titles Breakfast of Champions, Cats Cradle and Welcome to the Monkey House this burned 4 more hours today while I cleaned for a total 21.5 hours for #25inFive @Andrew65

goodbyefrancie Read by the author? I must find this! 1y
Andrew65 A great total, well done. You can do this! 🙌🙌 1y
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Book Scavenger | Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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Loved this book about books and puzzles. The puzzle the kids are solving is with Poe‘s short story The Gold Bug which is a story about a treasure hunt how perfect. 8 more hours of reading for a total of 17.5 for the #25inFive @Andrew65

Andrew65 Coming along very nicely. Well done! 🙌 (edited) 1y
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The prince | Niccolò Machiavelli
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A political philosophy written in the 1500‘s based on the life of Cesar Borgia. Still an important look at politics, government and what men are susceptible to do with power. Plus it gives me 3.5 hours for the #25inFive @Andrew65

Andrew65 Yey! 👏 1y
RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 1y
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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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Told over the course of 54 minutes and a school shooting. Really compelling and intense up until the last few chapters where we threw in all kinds of teen angst.

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Euphoria | Lily King
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Finished this one for my neighborhood book group and it covers 6 hours for the #25InFive. A look at anthropology set in 1930‘s the author using Margaret Mead for inspiration and Papa New Guinea as the setting.

Rcoco One of my favorites! 1y
Andrew65 Going well 👍 1y
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Euphoria | Lily King
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Completed 6 hours for the start of the #25INFIVE @Andrew65 listened to the audio version at work.

Andrew65 Welcome to the challenge and what a great start! 👏 (edited) 1y
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Ender's Game (Revised) | Orson Scott Card
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Classic Sci-fi used for my #LitsyClassicA-Z challenge for the letter E. This edition on audible had an afterward by the author talking about how the book came to be and his thoughts. It is clear why this book won not only the Hugo but the Nebula awards for debut sci-fi. @Sarah83

Abby-J I‘ve always wanted to read this. I just have a had time getting past all of the homophobic statements Card has made. 1y
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