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kyraleseberg

Joined October 2016

www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com | Reader. Writer. Accidental homesteader. Find me on Goodreads: kyraleseberg
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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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I know what I'm doing this weekend!
I started this book last night and had trouble putting it down!

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Cold hard facts.

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When your library hold is available at the exact moment you need it 🙌

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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A fascinating sci-fi full of mystery and suspense focusing on memories, time travel, and saving the world. It was tough to put this one down! My first Crouch novel and certainly won't be my last; I immediately purchased DARK MATTER after reading this.

hermyknee So you don‘t have to have read Dark Matter to read this one? 11h
kyraleseberg @hermyknee No, they are unrelated stories. 9h
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Oscar unknowingly sleeps with his student who is also a campus drug dealer and ends up taking part in a drug run that spirals out of control while also dealing with his mom's sudden death. This could be compared to the show Breaking Bad because it's similar in tone and execution (and obviously the whole drug thing).
While the ending wasn't really satisfying, it was still a read that held my full attention from beginning to end.

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Another solid summer thriller from Sager!
Jules is willing to overlook the odd rules to be an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, home to the rich and famous. When another apartment sitter goes missing, Jules begins to dig in to the history of the building and its notoriously private residents to discover their sinister secrets.
My full review will be featured on Roots & Reads next month!

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Princess Shuri must make some tough decisions for the safety of Wakanda while in search of her missing brother.
I adored this volume focusing on Shuri (who I've been fan girling over since the Black Panther movie!) and her loyalty to her home and family. Loved the special appearances from Rocket, Groot, and Iron Man!

Caterina Oh I might have to figure out how to get my hands on this! I've also been fangirling over Shuri since watching Black Panther. 😂💕 2w
kyraleseberg @Caterina It's definitely worth checking out! 1w
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Tons of potential but the execution fell completely flat for me. The suspense of the story climax was, well, anticlimactic, and I never connected to the characters or their experiences. I'm really bummed it just didn't deliver!

Mowen036 I agree!! If it was just a little longer or the story lines were a little more developed. It felt like a different version of Nine Perfect Strangers. A book that I also didn‘t like. 2w
kyraleseberg @Mowen036 Completely agree. The story was vaguely creepy but certainly not the dystopian novel it was advertised to be. And that ending! It felt too abrupt with the time jump and was just super frustrating! It honestly felt like an early draft where the story hasn't been fully realized yet. 2w
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Mornings are for coffee and contemplation... and learning about Hopper's past! 🤗

CouronneDhiver Pretty flowers 🌸 2w
kyraleseberg @CouronneDhiver Thanks! My daughter picked them for me from our garden yesterday 😊 2w
ShyBookOwl Interesting? Is this cannon or unofficial fiction? 2w
kyraleseberg @ShyBookOwl It's an official Stranger Things novel! It begins in the current show timeline with El/Jane living with Hopper and then goes back to 1977 after El discovers a box of files from his time as an NYPD detective to tell the story of his life with his wife & daughter. 2w
ShyBookOwl @kyraleseberg no way?! Awesome! 2w
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Happy Mother's Day! | Mercer Mayer
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"Folks, I'm telling you
birthing is hard
and dying is mean-
so get yourself
a little loving
in between."
-Langston Hughes

Happy Mother's Day to every woman who carries a child in their heart.

Excited that my family cooperated today in recreating a photo from Haven's newborn session ☺️

AmyG What a beautiful family. Happy Mother‘s Day. ❤️ 2w
kyraleseberg @AmyG Thank you!! I hope you had an amazing Mother's Day! 💐❤️ 2w
AmyG I did. Thank you! 2w
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I'm pretty obsessed with the show so I did a happy dance when my #ARC request was approved last week 😁
I'm looking forward to the back story on Hopper!

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Finally starting this #ARC
Sager has a knack for amazing summer thrillers so I've really been looking forward to this one!

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It's finally here!!!! 😍😍😍
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy but now I have a physical copy in my hands on publication day 🎉, along with the bookmark Casey sent me a few months ago!

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My daughter can't wait to start this tonight (and I'm pretty excited too!)

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My review of THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA is featured on Roots & Reads.
It's a beautifully written family saga that remains true to the era and culture.
Thanks to Ecco & Edelweiss for a DRC to review!
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/review-the-seven-or-eight-deaths-...

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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My review for THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK is featured on Roots & Reads:
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/review-the-book-woman-of-troubles...

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Honeysuckle Dreams | Denise Hunter
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I make honeysuckle cake once a year when the vines are in full bloom around our garden and it's always a big deal for us around here: from picking the honeysuckle, letting it soak overnight, to straining and making the syrup the next morning!
Two vanilla cake layers covered in buttercream frosting (honeysuckle syrup included). This year Haven decorated it for me with honeysuckle vine and lemon balm from our garden.

Tamra So pretty, I‘d hate to cut into it! Sounds divine ! 3w
JackOBotts That looks beautiful...and delicious!! 3w
Mtroiano Gorgeous! 3w
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Seekingtardis I can smell how yummy that is from my phone!!!! 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 3w
wanderinglynn Mmmm.... looks delicious! I love the smell of honeysuckle. 3w
BlameJennyJane Such a neat tradition. Gorgeous! 3w
saresmoore How lovely! 3w
Eggs Enchanting 🍰!! Yum 😋 3w
Chrissyreadit Wow! ❤️❤️❤️ I wish I was your neighbor. 3w
Redwritinghood Beautiful cake! And sounds delicious. 3w
Dragon Sounds yummy! I love the flowers, I had no idea you could make a syrup with them. 3w
charl08 Wow! Stunning. 3w
Kaye I‘ve never heard of this cake. Looks really good. 3w
kyraleseberg @Tamra @JackOBotts @Mtroiano Thank you, I look forward to baking this each year! 3w
kyraleseberg @Seekingtardis @wanderinglynn The smell of honeysuckle reminds me of childhood! And the taste is incredible! 3w
kyraleseberg @Chrissyreadit Haha, if you're ever near Augusta, GA in the spring I'll save you a slice! 🍰 3w
kyraleseberg @Dragon I pick a few cups and soak them in boiling water overnight. The next day I strain the flowers out and boil equal cups honeysuckle water and sugar to make the syrup. It smells and tastes amazing! I also like to add a tsp or two to a glass of sweet tea! 3w
kyraleseberg @charl08 @Kaye Thanks! I saw a recipe for a honeysuckle cake in the book Honey and Jam by Hannah Queen several years ago. I use my own vanilla cake and buttercream frosting recipes but I go by her syrup amounts to add in the cake batter and frosting. 3w
Dragon Sounds lovely. As kids we used to pick honeysuckle blossoms and suck the nectar out. This syrup sounds good!!! 3w
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Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson | Bruce Conforth, Gayle Dean Wardlow
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I am so excited about this one! 🤗

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Some of my favorites books in April!

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The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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I'm a huge fan of McHugh's gothic mysteries and family secrets!
Thanks to Random House for sending me an ARC to review of her upcoming novel THE WOLF WANTS IN, scheduled for publication in August.

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I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney
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What in the wuuuuuuut did I just read?! 🤔😱😱😱🤔😱😱😱

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kyraleseberg @Megabooks soooo good! 🙌 4w
JoScho Um the ick factor on that ending! 4w
kyraleseberg @JoScho Yesssss, I'm gonna be shaking my head over that for months to come. I know she was going for shock factor but the ick factor was waaaaay too high 😵 4w
JoScho Agreed. It turned me off and I was very impressed up until that point. 4w
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Helen Ellis is so charming. She read her essay Party Foul and some friends mentioned in that essay were actually in the crowd, as well as her parents, so we got to meet them and hear their perspective on the story! If you've listened to the Southern Lady Code podcast, you know how well she tells a story so it was exciting to be there in person. It was a great way to end the day in Athens!

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A few photos from both Avid Bookshop locations on Independent Bookstore Day

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I had a great day in Athens celebrating Independent Bookstore Day at both Avid Bookshops! The evening ended with a reading by Helen Ellis from her essay collection, Southern Lady Code!

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My review of THE NIGHT TIGER is on Roots & Reads today!

https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/review-the-night-tiger/

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I cannot stop recommending this book!! It's a captivating look at Harper Lee's desire to write a true crime novel of her own after helping Truman Capote with IN COLD BLOOD. Casey Cep presents the compelling case of the Alabama serial killer that fascinated Lee while offering insight into the author's closely guarded private life.

My review is featured on Roots & Reads:
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/review-furious-hours/

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It was a fantastic weekend around Asheville, even though Saturday was a rainy day! I managed to show restraint in Malaprop's and this is what I left with. I'm already planning to check out a couple used bookstores some folks recommended in the area on my next visit!

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We're on a spur of the moment weekend trip to Asheville and I finally visited Malaprop's! I bought the tagged book but somehow resisted these amazing coffee cups!

Thndrstd Love Malaprop‘s ❤️ 1mo
Lindy Great mugs! 1mo
CrowCAH Love the Austen one! 😍 1mo
Eyelit Fab mugs! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Enjoy! I love Malaprops! 1mo
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So far I've laughed until I've cried because she's hilarious and then within five minutes I've cried until I've sobbed because of her descriptions of her childhood.

JoScho This is one of my favorite books. The audio is also amazing! 1mo
kyraleseberg @JoScho I don't do audio often but this is one I'd absolutely love to listen to! 1mo
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Dreaming Darkly | Caitlin Kittredge
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This was a genuinely creepy YA gothic mystery! Thanks to the publisher for an #ARC for review.
My full review is featured on Roots & Reads:
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/04/05/review-dreaming-darkly/

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The fascinating story of how the team led by Carl Sagan selected the music, images, and sounds on The Golden Record sent into space on Voyagers 1 and 2 in the late 70's.
I like to think some time in the next 4.5 billion years an extraterrestrial will find the record and listen to Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode in deep space.

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I had to post this here because I know Littens will understand the level of excitement I have over an author reading and commenting on a review! I'm such a fan of Shapiro's work and was beyond thrilled to see this when I checked Twitter a few minutes ago! 😱☺️🤗

ElishaLovesBooks Congratulations! I also thought this was an excellent book! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so great—I love when authors really interact! (edited) 1mo
kyraleseberg @ElishaLovesBooks Thank you!! I'm happy to hear you liked this one too; it was fascinating and I appreciated her candor. 1mo
kyraleseberg @BarbaraTheBibliophage So do I! I just started using Twitter about a year ago and it's exciting to have that interaction. 1mo
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"Creative" is Southern Lady Code for slob.

Accurate ?

Mdargusch 😂😂😂 1mo
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Lippman blends noir with subtle hard-boiled fiction in this novel surrounding the mystery of a woman's death as investigated by a new reporter. I love the layers added by alternating narratives of various characters.
My full review will be featured on Roots & Reads closer to publication.
Thanks to @WilliamMorrowBooks for sending me an #ARC

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It was an exciting weekend: the Masters tournament ended today so the massive chaos of tourists is over in our little city, we finished planting seeds in the garden, and I'm enjoying the GoT premiere before reading more of the tagged book (it's fabulous!)

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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Terrifying alternate history of modern day slavery in the U.S. with excellent world building! It was uncomfortable as hell to read but that usually means (for me, personally) that it's an important and/or necessary read.

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Starting this #ARC tonight! I'm hearing wonderful things about this debut novel.

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What happens when a memoirist who has defined her life & career by her family learns through a simple DNA test that her father isn't her biological father?
INHERITANCE is not only a fascinating true story, it's powerfully and honestly written with a delicate balance of science and emotion.

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Saga Book Three | Brian K. Vaughan
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Book Three collects Volumes 7-9 and I am devastated ?
I am fully invested in this family and their journey and I don't know how long of a wait there is until the next issue; Vaughan said it would be "at least a year". The creators have done a fantastic job with this long running series and I know they'll continue the series with great care for their devoted readers! They deserve a vacation but whyyyy that cliffhanger?! ???

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I foresee a mini road trip in my future 🤗

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The Darkling Bride | Laura Andersen
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I rarely do audiobooks but this is the only format my local library system has for this book so I'm going to give it a try!

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It's Masters week here in Augusta so I'm on a quest to find the perfect pimento cheese sandwich while working on my resting book face thanks to @WilliamMorrowBooks

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Love that Choo mentions characters from THE GHOST BRIDE in her new novel 🤗

Wife What?!? I loved 2mo
kyraleseberg @Wife So did I! It's just a mention but still fun to see the stories connect for a brief moment. 2mo
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A friend of mine left on vacation with my copy 😱
Luckily the library had a copy so this is how I'm spending my Friday evening!

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Saga Book Three | Brian K. Vaughan
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I am not emotionally prepared but I'm going in anyway 😭😭😭

akckitty Good luck!!! 2mo
kyraleseberg @akckitty Thank you! It was devastating 😖 2mo
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Girl in Disguise | Greer Macallister
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I loved this book loosely based on actual events in the life of the first female Pinkerton, Kate Warne. There aren't a lot of solid facts about Warne but the few there are certainly make her highly badass, especially protecting President Lincoln on the way to his inauguration!

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I haven't even counted up my book total for March but these were my absolute favorites of the month, in no particular order.
My most anticipated read was FURIOUS HOURS, which exceeded all my expectations!

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Thank you for the #ARC @WilliamMorrowBooks 🤗

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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Saw this displayed on the YA new release shelf at the library and couldn't leave without it after all the amazing things I've heard recently!

Lovesbooks87 It was AMAZING!!!! A book that I think everyone should read!!! 2mo
kyraleseberg @Lovesbooks87 You're making me even more excited to read it now!!! 🤗 2mo
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