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Joined September 2016

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Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
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American by Day | Derek B. Miller
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Reading and pastries!

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Salt: A World History | Mark Kurlansky
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Who knew a book about salt could be so fascinating? Totally enthralled!

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Scar Tissue | Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
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Ugh. Self-centered. Womanizer. Ugh. Ugh. I feel even more disgusted with the "cool" father who was OK with his teenage son doing drugs in front of him and encouraging a woman friend to have sex with his son. Ugh-o all around.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
Mehso-so

I really really wanted to love it but I didn't. Her first trilogy was on sale but I just did not think it was a wise purchase for me since I found this one to be, well . . . mediocre. Ended with a cliffhanger and I don't care enough to read the next one. Bummed. On the lower end of so-so.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I'm supposed to be reading all the books stacked around the house instead of buying new ones. Oh well. I feel like reading and this is what I want to read.

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First half was quick moving and exciting, giving historical background and first hand accounts of finding and working a major archeology site. Second half mainly concentrated on leish and other diseases, and their effects on people and culture. A lot of info on how diseases decimated indigenous peoples. Not as exciting and much more sobering than the first half. Overall I'm glad I read it and would recommend it.

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Robicheaux: A Novel | James Lee Burke
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Finished up my Goodreads 2018 Challenge with James Lee Burke!

sprainedbrain Awesome! 🎉 12mo
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Over fifty percent read in one setting! So far loving it! Not loving my new Nook 7. I can easily see myself bouncing it off a wall shortly. I'd rather read on my phone for cripe's sake.

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The cat appears to want attention. This was my view as I tried to read.
I very much liked the novel. A woman disappears on a business wilderness hiking retreat. Is she dead? Alive? Are her co-workers involved? Some readers felt that this novel is too similar the author's The Dry, but I like the protagonist and the Australian setting. I'm hoping the author continues writing this series.

RadicalReader @lute fluffiest cat I‘ve ever seen 12mo
lute @RadicalReader She's fluffy but the pic makes her look more fluffy than what she truly is. She's my little hairball queen. 12mo
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It's been a while since I read a Margaret George book, but this arrived this morning. I did not read her first Nero book, but I'm still going to try to jump into this one.

TrishB Can‘t wait for this, the first one was great! 13mo
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Love to read when it is raining! Have been looking forward to this one.

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An interesting mystery based in Florida. Lane returns home with her two daughters after her marriage breaks up, but finds not much has changed. People still hold onto assumptions made decades ago but the disappearance of a young girl brings things to a head and the truth can't be hidden forever.

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Robicheaux: A Novel | James Lee Burke
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Whoo hoo! I know what I'm doing today!

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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Great sale today! I know lots of people are talking about this book.

rather_be_reading you should join my #HocusPocusSwap 🎃 12mo
lute @rather_be_reading What is that? 12mo
lute @rather_be_reading Never mind! Just saw an explanation. I think I'm interested! 12mo
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The High Season: A Novel | Judy Blundell
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I was expecting a better revenge story. I still liked it but I wanted someone (anyone!) to get what they had coming in a big way and it never happened. LOL

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I'm finding it really hard to write a spoiler-free review for this one. I picked it up because I had been hearing wonderful things about the writer. It was also heavily discounted. The book is divided in half, with the first part concentrating on Lotto, the husband. We see the world from his point of view. The second half is dedicated to Mathilde, his wife. It is here that we see events as they truly happened. It was totally unexpected for me.

9999 I just asked my husband to read it so we can talk about it. There are so many layers to this book. I loved how the plays were written into it. There was a part in which someone told Mathilde they wanted to meet HER because she was the interesting one, that truly foretold a lot. 13mo
lute @sskk Is your husband interested in reading it? It would be interesting to hear how a man views it. I so want a man who reads. 12mo
9999 @lute He said he would read it. He likes to read, but we usually read different books. I don't know anything about you, but I waited a long time to settle down with someone. He was worth the wait. Be picky about the things that matter. 12mo
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Sitting on the patio. Two fans on. Ice pack between my thighs. It's too freakin' hot. Plus I'm tired of the cat's plaintive cries from inside. Time to go in and read in the AC. I am enamored with this book! 80% finished.

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It seems people either loved it or hated it. LOL. I'm only about 15% in but I'm liking it so far.

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Lying in Wait | Liz Nugent
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I love the fact that it is told in different characters' POV. Quick read. Not a great book, but I found it enjoyable.

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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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Such a relaxing day! Still reading and making good stuff. Having an early dinner. Balsamic reduction with sauteed asparagus over whole wheat penne, topped off with fresh parmesan. Ice cream for later.

RebelReader Your dinner is making me jealous! I haven‘t had pasta in almost 3 months! 😩 13mo
lute @RebelReader I have been sucking down pasta at alarming rates ever since summer break started. I have to stop. 13mo
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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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Making ice cream and reading

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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So glad I am done moving so I can spend the rest of my summer vacation reading. I was not reading much worth mentioning in the begining of the year, bur the past few months have been filled with some wonderful books.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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My first Setterfield book! Finished this over 400 pager in 2 sittings and I have every intention in seeking out the rest of her novels. At first I was concerned with the large number of characters introduced at the beginning, but there was further character development in the book, and the characters were all needed for the story. I hate to use the cliche term "magical", but it fits this novel!

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Calypso | David Sedaris
Mehso-so

Funny, but not as funny as past books.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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So glad to be back on Litsy! I've been bookin' (ha!) along in life. I've moved and now have many outdoor reading spaces, including this one where I can admire my new bottle tree. I'm on my 43rd book of the year and can't wait to post a review of Once Upon a River. Has anyone read this or The Thirteenth Tale? I'm 50 pages in and enjoying it thus far.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Look what I received in the mail today! Whoo hoo!

Tav Have you read it? I love this book! 🐍 2y
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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty

I have been slogging my way through this book for over two months now. I finally found it what happened at the barbeque but I still have over 100 pages to read. Ugh. I don't like any of the characters and I just want it to end. The only reason I have continued is because I've invested so much time and I want to use it toward the GoodReads Reading Challenge. I've finished eleven other books since I started this.

Notafraidofwords Wow. I think I would have given up. Lol 2y
lute Under normal circumstances I would have. But I work with someone who LOVES this author and who insisted that it would get better and I would like it. Right now I think I'm finishing it for spite but I'm not sure who I'm spiting. LOL. 2y
Megabooks No this is her worst book. Pick another. 2y
lute I do not think I'll be picking another. LOL. At least not any time soon. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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I think I like Book Mobile Bad Girl best. What's your favorite? LOL

DebinHawaii The Dirty Look Librarians are pretty awesome too! 😂😂😂 2y
Megabooks Bibliobimbo 2y
Megabooks They're all great!! 😅😅 2y
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So excited! Yesterday I polished off Alice in Chains; The Untold Story. Today I continue on my rock and roll journey. Dave Grohl's mom talks to other rock and roll moms!

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Simonetta, the main character, is thought to be Botticelli's muse for The Birth of Venus. A little too much romance for me which I knew going into it, but Botticelli's Birth of Venus is one of my favorite pieces of art. Lots of similarities between this and The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Don't forget the author's notes if you pick this up. Very interesting stuff on the Medicis and Italian history. Three stars out of five.

rather_be_reading i studied this in art history in college. one of my favs 14mo
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The Magic Wagon | Joe R. Lansdale
Mehso-so

Entertaining read but not as good as the other Lansdale westerns I've read. I have to make do since I got rid of the satellite dish and can't watch the second season of Hap and Leonard on IFC.

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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While I found some of the book interesting, it most certainly did not need to be over 600 pages. Sheesh. Get a real editor next time. Badly written romance portions. I was waiting for the phrase "throbbing manhood" to appear. Ended with a cliffhanger but I'm not picking up the second book. I'll pass.

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Wow. I think it is my favorite Charlie Parker book yet. I find it so hard to believe that they have not sold the movie options yet for any of these books. Unless they have and I just don't know. Strong, yet flawed characters. Violent but good usually comes out on top of evil. A little bit of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. This is the 14th book of the series with a new one coming out in July. Already pre-ordered!

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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty

T-E-D-I-O-U-S. I'm at the point that I DON'T CARE what happened at the BBQ. I'm about 100 pages in and I don't know if I can make it through the next 300. Worth it or not worth it?

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Amazon is making a miniseries of Good Omens! 2018! Very exciting!

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I'm 28 pages into Shrill and I think it reads like a not funny comedy routine. Think I'm going to put it down and maybe come back to it later. I'm in a mood.

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Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Pickpick

Loved it! Filled with a diverse bunch of characters and beautiful descriptions of San Francisco. Improbable situations, and unrealistic scenarios just made it more enjoyable.

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Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Over half way through and really enjoying it. I like a large assortment of odd characters. Except I have a cat sitting in the window above me whacking me in the head with her tail. She's a bit passive aggressive when I read.

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Ripper | Isabel Allende
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#ReadJanuary
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I've already started Ripper. It's only my third Allende novel but I'm amazed at the differences in her books. Take her name from the covers and I would never guess it was her.

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The Serpent King | Jeff Zentner
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Mehso-so

I'm bummed. I didn't really like it. In order for me to truly enjoy a YA book, I need to forget it is a YA book while I'm reading it. That was not the case. The characters felt superficial and stock. The parents in it were either just swell or horrifying - no nuance. No layers. It felt like it had potential, but it never reached it. Sigh. I need to be wowed.

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The Serpent King | Jeff Zentner
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Just started this one. Saw all the great reviews on here but so far, I feel his portrayal of the the main characters is somehow off. He's an adult writing from a teenager's perspective and I'm not feeling it. Only about 50 pages in so hopefully that will change.

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Love May Fail | Matthew Quick
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Eighties hair band loving Jersey girl and pornographer's wife, Portia Kane, sets out on a mission. Not a literary masterpiece by any means, but a fast-paced feel good novel. We all need happy endings sometimes and Quick delivers. Too much about Motley Crue though.

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Original Ginny Moon | Benjamin Ludwig
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Ginny is a fourteen year old autistic girl torn between her Forever parents and her unreliable, abusive, addicted birth mom. The biggest problem is that no one is really listening to Ginny. Fast paced and enjoyable. You'll root for Ginny and shake your head at the adults in her life. And wait until you meet Lothario Larry.

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Have I told you all how much I love Vonnegut? I LOVE VONNEGUT! Free book in the mail! Merry Christmas to me!

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The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney
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Another free book in the mail! All I need now is the time to read them all! TBR growing.

Alfoster This one is Soooo good!! 3y
lute I did finally read it. It was certainly creepy. Good quick read. 3y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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This arrived in the mail. Oh how I love free books! Anyone familiar with the book or author?

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Headed to my friends' home for dinner although I'd much prefer to stay here and read. They're not on Litsy so they'll never know I said that.

Kimzey 😂 3y
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Natchez Burning | Greg Iles
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Free book in the mail! I've never read anything by him but I've heard good things!

Alfoster Oh, he's so good!! 3y
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Harriet the Spy | Louise Fitzhugh
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#photoadaynov16 #childprotagonists
I still have my original copies. I loved this book growing up and I wanted to be a writer just like Harriet. I went into education instead but I'm thinking of giving my writing dreams another chance.

Bradleygirl I loved these too, and especially kept rereading The Long Secret 👍 3y
tpixie I loved both of these too!! Great copies!!! 3y
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I've had a crappy day thus far and apparently even Litsy wanted to kick me while I was down. This was what I got when I signed in today. LOL. It fixed itself after I re-installed and restarted.

Lynnsoprano I know. It was a little crazy earlier. It kept telling me it didn't recognize my request, and all I was trying to do was search a title. 3y
tpixie Oh my!!! 3y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 14mo
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