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kbuggle

Joined March 2016

reader, adventurer, explorer, @coverspydc agent, lover of coffee. not necessarily in that order + goodreads.com/kbuggle + ig: @kbuggle
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I really enjoyed Erdrich‘s take on a ghost story.. it involves a bookstore. Also, this is the first story I‘ve read that has involved pandemic times, that I haven‘t felt absolutely exhausted by.. she addressed the last 2+years in just the right way(s)

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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Yes! A great slow thriller, reminded me of the concept of the tv show Manifest (I did not watch)- the way the author broke up the chapters by character drew out the full story and the small nuances of what was happening.

Megabooks I have this checked out from the library now. Glad to know it‘s good! 13h
kbuggle @Megabooks I really enjoyed it, it‘s short and definitely worth reading it before returning! 11h
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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This is such a delicious novella, I really liked reading this- and enjoyed not reading it all up in one sitting to draw it out! Good to the last page, which is really when you‘ll start to consider the entire story as a whole..

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These stories loosely woven together are sharp and cold.. I‘ve got mixed feelings, each one left me a little on edge, but I didn‘t exactly enjoy them.

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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The essay about Patchett‘s friendship with Sookie Raphael (Tom Hanks‘ assistant) was the standout for me, and a really warm and generous addition to this collection.

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This felt like a mashup of Tuesdays With Morrie / The Wizard of Oz / The Starless Sea. Really lovely and thoughtful.. I think audio was the right choice for me on this one

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Some M.Night Shyamalan‘s The Village and cult vibes here.. really enjoyed this one, although I don‘t know if this is the ending I would have wanted; but! I didn‘t write the book, so.. 😉
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This was an interesting take on addressing the last two years of pandemic and COVID life. I didn‘t love it, but thought it was done fairly well.. but I don‘t want to read any more pandemic books for a while.

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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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All these characters are terrible people 😭😂
A true who-dun-it, when the matriarch and patriarch of a family are murdered, everyone wants to know, did one of their grown children do the crime? Everyone has a motive! #botm

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My first Hodgman read, and wow, what a delight! It doesn‘t hurt that these stories all swirl around one of my favorite places, Maine. Looking forward to reading more, but this on audio is great, if you‘re into audiobooks!

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Not my favorite of the Rooneys, but this was really well written and I‘m into the grown-up track.. excited to see what she comes out with next! #BOTM

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Lily King can do no wrong for me.. this is my third of hers in a little over a year, and I love everything she puts out!

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A weird little read about four nuns who are relocated from upstate NY to Woonsocket RI.. I‘d say if you‘re going to read one nun-related novel this year, make it The Matrix by Lauren Groff..

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Might be my favorite read of the year so far. This memoir is fluid and holds true to its storyteller title; there isn‘t a linear timeline and Grohl layers his stories so, so well. If you‘re into audiobooks, it‘s so worth hearing this read in Grohl‘s voice- and for the jams in between parts. I really adored this one.

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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Everything started out fine, and then suddenly I kind of hated where this was going.. summer 90s vibes, and cape cod plus literary figures- all a big yes!! And then some weird stuff slipped in and I just wasn‘t into it anymore.

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So quirky! I read this quick, in a few hours.. it made me hate slack even more 😖 but overall a good little read

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This was fine. There were parts that gripped me and others I felt dragged.. and other parts that seemed to make no sense- like some minor detail was forgotten? Overall it was fine.

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So good if not better than her first! Vulnerable and honest, if you get a chance to listen to this audiobook, do it. Union is such a delight.

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First time reading Lisa Jewell, and I liked this- things tied up with a bow a bit much here- but I‘m looking forward to getting into some backlist recommendations friends have been suggesting.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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When I say this was great, I was not expecting to be so into a story about medieval nuns protecting their abbey. Groff can do no wrong; there‘s a reason this is getting nominated for all the things

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Rock the Boat | Beck Dorey-Stein
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This could have absolutely benefited from more editing- especially toward the thick middle.. fun and light and witty, this book was a nice little read, but some of the wittiness took away from the story; too busy trying to decipher ‘why is that line even in there?‘ than paying attention to the characters. Overall a good story, though! Really enjoyed Dorey-Stein‘s first book, From the Corner of The Oval.

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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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Literary suspense slow burn.. family and martial drama, sailing and travel, and murder? Maybe?
Glad I picked this up on a whim at the airport, it fit the bill for what i needed!

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I slogged through this and the narrator annoyed me to no end.. I think I‘m in the minority here, but I couldn‘t wait for this to be done; and not in the suspense-is-killing-me way 🙃 #botm

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This is a fantastic, data driven, and absolutely infuriating look at gender bias. Made my blood boil for all the very obvious ways women are disregarded on a day to day basis in all things- from healthcare to seatbelts, and iPhones to education, men are considered the default. Sometimes for no other reason that no one has bothered to collect the data on women. So many problems could be solved if we just listened to women.

Hooked_on_books This was so well done. And I agree—infuriating! 😤 5mo
she.epeolatry I found this to be an infuriating yet informative read as well. 5mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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I loved A Separation and was looking forward to this one, but didn‘t feel like a win for me.. I might just not have been in the right headspace for this.

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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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Just what I needed after a really rough week.

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Helen Ellis doesn‘t miss 🙌

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Not great.
I‘m looking forward to reading more from Cowley Heller, I think the writing is there, but this story and plot was.. not. I slogged through this. There are trigger warnings here for assault, but that wasn‘t what bothered me.. the back and forth in time and the whole story just never came together and felt frustrating.
This cover though.. sucker for a good cover.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was good! Better than I had expected.. I was worried the hype would let me down, but this was a good little summertime read. I had listened to Daisy Jones on audio, and don‘t think I would have enjoyed that one in print; Malibu would work on audio too pretty well I think, but print holds up! #BOTM

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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This was fantastic on audio, I‘m so glad I went this route. Cant believe how enjoyable this novel about science and space was for me.. so good.

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Filthy Animals | Brandon Taylor
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Brandon Taylor writes so, so well. These stories intertwine with repeating characters in the majority, which ended up feeling more like a full novel, with some additional stories thrown in? I wish it would have leaned further in one direction or the other, but that‘s the only complaint here.. worth reading.

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The Mysteries | Marisa Silver
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I can‘t remember where I heard about this one; really enjoyed this novel around the families of two little girls, and a horrific event that changes all their lives. The writing gave me Yates vibes.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This is wild in a great way.. not what I was expecting and I don‘t want to spoil anything, but I enjoyed this and thought it was a good read. #BOTM

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A little more ‘romcom and tied up in a bow‘ than I would have liked.. this is a nice easy beach read, but still felt like it glossed over and made shiny a little too much on the hard parts.

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Yes. This. Wow.
Ashley Ford is so honest and unflinching; I couldn‘t stop listening to this- believe the hype, she‘s a fantastic writer.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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This was lovely and I really enjoyed it, but absolutely did not need to be this long. I think some of it could have been cutdown, but it was a great read nonetheless!

Cathythoughts Nice review! A bit too long 🙃 but sooo good too 7mo
CarolynM I thought it was too long too, but I still don't know what I would have left out🤔😬 7mo
kbuggle @CarolynM agreed! Not sure what I‘d cut out but.. yeah, too long 7mo
kbuggle @Cathythoughts glad I‘m not alone in this feeling, it seems! Lol 7mo
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Cape May: A Novel | Chip Cheek
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This had potential but just ended up feeling flat.
Can‘t love them all!

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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Although I‘m sure the written format of this book is great, audio is definitely the play here.. I laughed out loud more than a few times; Seth Rogen is a delight, and I can‘t believe how many people were involved in the narration of this memoir / essay collection.

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Stayed up way too late finishing this one, but it was a page turner. Some repetitive notes, and little plot things I wish were addressed differently, but overall enjoyed - this is a great summer read. #botm

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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I loved this.. travel, murder, intrigue, book publishing!
This picks up speed in the second half, and is a great lazy day under the sun on the porch read 🤗

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I‘d intended to listen to this one on audio, but received an arc, so read it instead. This was written before and during 2020, and so reads with humor where it needs to, and seriousness and harsh truths where it should.

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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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Catching up on some reading for work- this is a lovely book- writing is right on, and I read this in about one sitting.

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All the yes. I love dipping in and out of this. So many marked pages and underlined notes.

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Mirrorland | Carole Johnstone
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Wow this left me annoyed. The audio wasn‘t my favorite, and this drifted off into fantasy, enough so that I had no clue what was even happening, enough times that I almost just gave up. The second half kind of put things back together, but very literally not until the last hour.

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The Souvenir Museum: Stories | Elizabeth McCracken
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I loved these loosely interwoven short stories; really enjoyed Thunderstruck a few years ago, and will forever read any short story that McCracken puts forth!

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This was good- Ishiguro always manages to write just the right thing you didn‘t know you needed.

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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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If a dog or two is going to die, I need a mf‘ing warning in advance. This was fine, but it‘s longer than it needed to be, and something was missing.. or off. I don‘t know. But I‘m mad about the dog because I would have passed THANKS😡 #botm

Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly warning about the dog! 9mo
LittlebearReads Urgh! I hate it when dogs die! You can always check out doesthedogdie.com for a heads up, though 9mo
kbuggle @LittlebearReads omg BRILLIANT! Thank you for this resource!! 💪🏼 9mo
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This has fantastic audio narration, and the stories of the women are great. Really enjoyed this one

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Have had this arc for years and finally picked it up. Not bad, some parts that could have been edited down, and polished, but overall an easy read

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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I think I was looking for more- or expected something else. I‘m not sure. It was fine, and maybe I just didn‘t read this at the right time for me to love it.