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Joined April 2019

To this Litten community: I can‘t imagine moving through a pandemic without you!
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The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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These three generations of women with their lives centered in Douglass, Memphis, Tennessee felt so real to me. Not a spoiler here - I can‘t imagine the dynamics of my family if our patriarch was murdered because his peers believed he had no right to be that peer.

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The Lifeguards: A Novel | Amanda Eyre Ward
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I‘m a bit obsessed with Austin, TX (my pic of Lake Travis in the background) so was drawn to the book‘s setting. I liked getting to know the three moms and their kids, and I didn‘t expect the ending. I would have preferred a tighter story with some supporting characters dropped to allow more inspection in core parts, but overall I liked it.

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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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It‘s always fun a when Christina Lauren takes the reader to Utah for the setting of their romance. Picture if you will this writing team decides to meander into the thriller genre…. Well, it would be something wilder!

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I anticipate a heist book to be sharp, funny, snarky - where I root for the criminals to get one over on selfish museum curators hoarding undeserved riches. There‘s story and history here that could work and with tweaking be successfully adapted to screen, but as is, these 5 Chinese-American interconnected Ivy League Gen-Zer‘s desire to return Zodiac Heads to China in exchange for $50 million, fell flat for me.

Cinfhen Yeah/ it didn‘t work for me either 4d
marleed @Cinfhen I really wanted to like it more and believe it just needed some tweaking so I‘d be invested in the characters. 4d
Megabooks Agree with your review 👍🏻 4d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I trust summer is real again when I begin new Emily Henry book. She has a knack for creating characters I want to read about. I liked this book from the very beginning when she roasted Hallmark movies since this is one of my favorite things to do, as well (whilst I keep watching them I must also admit).

4thhouseontheleft I plan on an Emily Henry binge this summer! I haven‘t read any of her books yet, but they look like the perfect summer read. 5d
behudd I loved the way she started it, too! 5d
MyNamesParadise I‘m reading this now! And I own her other two books so I will be reading a lot of her. 5d
marleed @4thhouseontheleft @MyNamesParadise an Emily Henry binge fest will be fun! I did that last summer with a high stack of thrifted Elin Hilderbrand books, and I now wonder why I‘m not FB friends with her entire cast of Nantucket characters! 5d
marleed @behudd I just thought that as an author of summer romance reads she went straight to the Hallmark plots. It made me very curious how this would end - and it made the ending pretty funny. 5d
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Oh gosh, this triggered memories of my sorrowful years in the aughts. She speaks to how melancholy music (think Leonard Coen) helps listeners give away their own sorrow to a song as a means to move forward. How does she know me and my 60-gig now-powerless I-Pod filled with playlists named PlainSad, PlainGrief, PlainPathetic!? …And recently I told Alexa to play the This Is Us song, Forever Now, on repeat.

Prairiegirl_reading Sounds super interesting!! 6d
Kristin_Reads Currently listening to this one on audio and it‘s really resonating. 6d
bthegood OMG, This Is Us - ugly crying for the past few years watching that show!! 😭 6d
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marleed @Prairiegirl_reading @Kristinreads I wonder how I would have taken in this info had I read it back in the aughts when there was a pile of sh*t I was moving through. But even so (ha), it‘s been valuable to me to read all these years after my playlists have been left unpowered! 6d
marleed @bthegood oh geez, I saw the Jimmy Fallon/Mandy Moore interview when she explained she actually vomited after reading the script for this coming Tuesday‘s episode. I‘m not ready :( 6d
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The Summer Place: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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I look forward to Jennifer‘s summer-in-the-title books. I dropped pins on twins, Sam and Sarah, and had a blast following the forked roads leading to the interesting characters impacting their lives. …Against 80-1 odds, I watched as Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby last Saturday so I decided I could imagine this ‘of all the gin joints in all the world‘ story, too! I loved the reactions when Eli‘s story revealed itself.

marleed Also, I love this cover, but I don‘t think it captures the essence of the story. 1w
Megabooks Wasn‘t that derby amazing?!? 1w
marleed @Megabooks oh my gosh. I came home Saturday and remembered the derby. I turned on the TV thinking I‘d see a replay, but instead caught it as the horses were lining up and the announcers were describing each horses odds. I couldn‘t believe that race! I stood up by myself in the middle of my room screaming oh my god at the screen. Neighbors might have thought I was watching a KC Chiefs game if not for May! 1w
Megabooks I couldn‘t believe my eyes tbh! And as Kentuckians, we were really glad that a local horse won!! 1w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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My first 3x3 grid of each book read the year it was published, and it was a pile of fun! I have to give this grid to the giant pacific octopus, but I might give a shiny tip to the The No-show for a second 5*, as well.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Breathless | Amy McCulloch
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I have a decades long May obsession (books, documentaries, movie -including foreign) on those who attempt and sometimes succeed at submitting plateaus nearly 5 miles above sea level. In the aftermath of the Mt Everest tragedy of 1996 along with the Three Cups of Tea controversy, it became apparent that climbers, if a family, might be a tad dysfunctional. With that, this fictional thriller almost seems plausible.

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This one is a slow pick for me. I thought book one in this series was a hoot and I knew this would be a mad-cap ride of implausible shenanigans. It‘s just didn‘t work for me, as well the fist book. I guess I found humor in Meddy and the aunts hiding a dead body in the background of someone else‘s wedding, but didn‘t enjoy Meddy caught up in craziness on her own wedding day. I did like the ending so the pick won out.

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Until nearly the halfway mark this is an incredibly sad family tragedy following a seemingly random carjacking. Then the twists to the story start coming which were so fun to read that I nearly forgot my first emotions. With all the twists, I think it helped that the story was told from a single perspective

Cinfhen Great photo and intriguing review-!! I‘m super curious 😊 2w
Cathythoughts Great pic ( I love your tiny people) great review. Stacked 2w
marleed @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Haha - thanks! Since the tragedy happens very early in the book I decided my tiny people staging wasn‘t really a spoiler! 2w
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bthegood Love the staging, and review...book on my tbr😊 2w
marleed @bthegood Thank you, I have a 25 yr old dollhouse/treehouse in my basement that my late husband built for our daughter (who turned 30 this week!). I walked past it and remembered the little people inside - and thought oh hey they could be the Bennet‘s! 1w
bthegood @marleed sweet😊 1w
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Part of Your World | Abby Jimenez
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This is mood reading book where, depending on the current emotions of the reader, could be either a hit or a dud. Fortunately, the former for me! The reader clearly knows for whom to root, and it has that big city riches and narcissism versus very small town it-takes-a-village work ethic. However, it‘s more sophisticated (and with sex) than your run-of-the-mill Hallmark trope.

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This author is among my many auto-read authors. I enjoy reading what‘s inside the head of her characters. While this B&B redo isn‘t my favorite of her books, it‘s still a pick. I was intrigued about her MC as a new lone black female at the publishing co, Tale as Old as Time (lol). The point of the story is what‘s happening at the ‘castle‘ in Santa Barbara, but my favorite parts happened when Izzy (vs Belle) was in her offices in NYC. ↓

marleed I am now intrigued by the idea of different authors coming to the table to provide their adult take on Disney stories. The order won‘t matter, and now I want to read Julie Murphy‘s initial contribution to the series. 2w
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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The Flatshare is one of my all time favorite romcoms making my anticipation for a new Beth O‘Leary book sometimes too high to meet. This time - I loved it. It‘s a fascinating way to spin a story. I have no problem disliking unlikeable characters in a book, but I‘m always entertained when a story can be told so well with a cast of likable characters. No spoilers so I have to stop typing now!

LiteraryinLawrence I loved 2 of her previous books, so I‘m excited to hear she has a new one! 2w
marleed @LiteraryinLawrence if put this on-par with The Flatshare, it will be fun to watch for your review! 2w
bookandbedandtea I agree about The Flatshare- it's a wonderful book! I was disappointed in her second so went into this with hesitation but, luckily, was pleased with this. She's back on my favorite authors list! 2w
marleed @bookandbedandtea Same, same! 2w
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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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This was an interesting way to explore racism and micro aggressions in areas where the black community has been systematically prevented the opportunity to succeed - and also, consider the challenge to succeed when not even family members can imagine it possible. The heist was just average though, and I thought the crowding sourcing/fund raising angle interrupted primary aspects of the story. May #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Last year the book that fit my read for ‘most adorable‘ adult fiction was House of the Cerulean Sea. To date for this year, this book looks to earn this 2022 status. I don‘t know how else to describe it except adorable. 50% in and the reader knows what the octopus does and how the story should end. The fun is in reading to the end to find out if and how the author is in sync with octopus of her creation. ↓

marleed I‘m also entertained that in less than two months, an octopus took center stage I two books I‘ve read. 2w
KristiAhlers Awe I loved the first book you referenced so now I‘m going to have to pick up this one. I was sitting on the fence but it seems to be a winner with most readers. 2w
DivineDiana There‘s definitely an octopus trend! My Book Club is reading 2w
marleed @DivineDiana oh thank you - now I have another octopus book calling my name! 2w
marleed @KristiAhlers I loved it. It takes a few chapters for the characters to meld into a single story, but when you realize why it makes sense. 2w
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Hey, Chicago what do you say! I couldn‘t read a bingo‘s worth of family sagas in a row, but I like placing them in the mix. I loved the Fall 2016 World Series Oak Park setting here and mapped its distance from both Lake Forest and Wrigley Field. It wasn‘t a super exiting book but the family dynamics of the extended Sullivan clan and their 3-gen restaurant was fun to read. Go Cubs Go! ↓

marleed And how have I reached this decade in my life with never learning marrying the ketchup was a thing, let alone a term!? 3w
Megabooks I‘m excited for this! 3w
marleed @Megabooks I really enjoyed this family. They are neither overly dramatic or unbelievably humorous, but still fun to be a fly on their wall for a while. 3w
EvieBee Oooh! Sounds great. I‘m first in line at the library for this one. 2w
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This was a pretty solid grid of goodness. My 5* was a reread, but JVN rounds up to 5* in my Goodreads tracking and that warrants a grid tagging!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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With all the female-centric WWII historical fiction out there my TBR stack is tall. However, I can‘t resist getting to a KQ book asap because her women and their part in history is so interesting. …To separate fact from fiction and an explanation of the Ukrainian MC referenced as Russian, I‘d recommend reading the author‘s note first. …I did think this love story was heavy handed when there is so much more that made Ludmilla intriguing.

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Johnathan Van Ness makes me smile. He wants every human to be kind and comfortable in their own skin. He‘s worked hard to find joy and peace with his non-binary self. His perspective is important and I‘m so glad it‘s out there for the world to consider. I know I‘m better for respecting what JVN has to say.

Prairiegirl_reading I agree!! 3w
AmyG I loved his commercials with Simone Biles. He always made me smile. 3w
Megabooks Both these books were so good! He‘s so uplifting! 3w
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading @AmyG @Megabooks I just keep thinking about what I can do/change in my own life to be even a fraction of this positive force of goodness! 3w
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More entries for my #indexcard collection! This month I somehow managed to read down slightly more books from my shelves than reaching for shiny new 2022 entries. But these cards, they don‘t care where or how I experience a story, and that‘s kind of why I love creating them.

April 2022 - #MonthyWrapUp

rachelm Beautiful cards!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks So do you store these in a way that you can find a certain book later? I feel like you said you make some notes about the book on the back of the cards? I just love them!! 3w
Ifftay14 This is such a wonderful idea! A book journal is somehow too overwhelming for me. But index cards on a ring with my books seems doable! 3w
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KristiAhlers I love this idea! 3w
marleed @rachelm Thank you! 3w
marleed @TheAromaofBooks Yes, at the new year I‘ll sort my 2022 cards in with my previous year‘s cards by author. This year I had to get a 2nd card box (the length of a shoe box). It‘s really easy to pull a card out and read my notes for memory jogging! For the year my 2022 cards are sorted by my star rating so I can easily track my favorite reads for the year! 3w
marleed @Ifftay14 I came up with my index card system because i feared I‘d fall behind then quit on an actual journal too. The cards allow me to keep placeholder penciled in cards if I don‘t have time to color a card out. But this monthly posting is great because it encourages me to sit down, calm down, and color for a bit! 3w
marleed @KristiAhlers Thank you - it‘s great fun. I have a shelf lined ‘reading room, but if I have to give up that space and donate my books I‘ll have these physical reminders of the books I loved and even those I‘ve forgotten! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl SO beautiful! 🤩🤩 3w
TheAromaofBooks That's such a great system!!! I use my book blog to help me remember what books I've read and whether I liked them (it's sad how often I'm like... I know I read that, but did I like it?! 😂) but there's always the concern of what if something happens to my blog - so I love your analog system! 3w
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One of these days I‘ll read about a fictional Instagram influencer with millions of unknown followers and freebies because she‘s beautiful, flawed, hardworking, as well as genuinely kind and honest. This isn‘t it, the MC is nether kind nor honest, but it is a wild ride of an insta-mom cautionary tale.

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1. Frees my soul - great question! it‘s the books that make me know I‘m now a better person for having read them.
2. Littens - You are my people!
3. Love that Story by JVN. My copy just moved from waiting status 7-weeks to available soon! I guess I did my part in the wait-line for the library to justify more purchases!
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

RaeLovesToRead 💕💕 3w
Eggs Love # 1!! 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m overwhelmed juggling a pile of new library books, estimated availability of soon to 3 weeks. I want to read them asap since more books with May pub dates have my attention! So, I‘m going to pretend I own everything here, utilize my library, and mentally deduct $ from the tax predicament I found myself in this month. I‘m going to need many library books for this deduction :(

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Amiable I hear you! I may be using the library for the next year after filing my taxes. 😬 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
marleed @Amiable I‘d love to look to the library for the large majority of books published this calendar year. I‘m pretending I found a great deal on newly published books, each with a $15 value, then immediately passed them on. I have to do something, if only in my head, because those taxes hurt! 3w
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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A Rogue of One's Own | Evie Dunmore
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I like the topics in this books a bit more than the steam - a suffragette woman fighting particularly for a married woman‘s right to retain her own money and not be owned by a man for whatever purposes he saw fit, and a roque who sympathizes and supports the plight of women. The books are just a bit too long for me making the banter grow old. Still a pick because I knew what I was getting into with book two.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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I don‘t read a pile of supernatural books , but I thought this book was great. I appreciated the story was not burdened with a pile of extraneous characters just to confuse the whodunnit aspect, and I really liked Michael. …And according to my grandkids the boogey man is real and not their unexpected sunglassed uncle peaking out the door of a house they were just in!

Lindy Ooo! Scary uncle! 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic 🥰🥰🥰 they are safe with their Granny (edited) 1mo
marleed @Lindy @Cathythoughts Oh my goodness. This was two days ago. The sun was so bright on the deck that it appeared black inside. They were not expecting a very tall man in dark shades to be walking the floors they just walked out of. They were glued to me - thank goodness I had just filled baby bottles and we could calm down with a stiff drink of whole milk! 1mo
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Megabooks Great picture!! 💜💜 1mo
Suet624 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great photo and story! 😁 1mo
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Three timelines and one dress reimagined for the life the brides who wore it. This switched quickly between timelines but I liked the stories in all three - 1958, 1982, 2020 and had fun reading it. ↓

marleed On a side-note: The lace in my pic has experienced 3 generations. My father purchased this chapel veil for my mother in 1940‘s Philippines, and their daughters wore the veil for their first communions. I was the 4th daughter to wear it. ↓ 1mo
marleed My father gifted me the veil for my daughter to wear for her first communion. To my surprise my she chose a wedding dress so this veil could be oh so delicately fashioned as her wedding veil. How cool is that!? My daughter now has a daughter, and this veil awaits 4th generation use! 1mo
eeclayton What a beautiful family treasure! 😊 1mo
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MaureenMc How beautiful! 🥰 1mo
marleed @eeclayton @MaureenMc Thank you! I‘m honored to be the steward of this family treasure. I‘ve been fortunate to be the keeper of several family treasures but as nieces or nephews grew to adulthood, I knew they were the most appropriate steward of the treasure. But this veil is the item my grands will carry through the generations. 1mo
BrittanyReads You always take such creative and thoughtful photos 😊 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @marleed amazing story, thank you for sharing I love when families can take such good care of a treasure so it can be used and remembered over and over ❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s wonderful!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Nute I like books like this and your story, Marlee, just made everything better!💕 4w
marleed @Nute oh thank you - you are so kind! 3w
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Well props to the author because this is a miserable example of family yet somehow I was engaged and intrigued to read to the end to discover who was the worst of the lot.

Suet624 Props to you for this review. :) 1mo
marleed @Suet624 Haha - thank you! 1mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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My leopard-print caftan is ironed, martini glass is dusted, and I have the gin. I‘m headed out for dry vermouth, tonic water, and olives. I host my book club discussion of The Guncle tonight, and I‘m so excited. I loved reading this book for a second time. When I reread a book I‘m forever humbled at what I forgot - even when I gave it 5* the first time through!

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I wasn‘t quite ready to read this wondrous piece of fiction inspired by the author‘s IRL experiences with Carrie Fisher and her mother. Their deaths were still too heartbreaking then. . However, this week I host The Guncle for my IRL bookclub and thought I might add to the discussion by reading the work of Rowley‘s husband, as well. Oh my goodness, I was ready to read it now and loved it!

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I feel so on target when I have a grid ready for a Sunday post - as it it‘s a blank slate for the week ahead. The tagged, oh my gosh, no other book had a chance to get this grid‘s tag - I loved this book!!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
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I‘m a hard core fan of Daisy Jones so tread softly into other music industry fiction fearing the story won‘t compare to DJATS. But this one is a very different type of story where music was the backstory, and I liked it. It was a bit predictable but sometimes that‘s okay. I thought the ending was fun.

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The Perishing: A Novel | Natashia Deon
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I saw the poor ratings on this so went to goodreads and read some 5* reviews to set a positive stage for my experience. Well, nice try. I like the MC as Lou in 1930s LA, and I was very intrigued by the history in that time and place. I didn‘t understand the time travel aspects until it was too late. I also think I should have come away with some new perspective on the last crazy few years in America, but that was lost on me too.

Megabooks Those shelves!! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
peanutnine @Megabooks I agree! Those shelves are so pretty 😍 1mo
marleed @Megabooks @peanutnine Oh thank you. I own a fraction of what I use to possess, but I do indulge in one spare bedroom (reading room!) full lined with IKEA Billy shelves. Well, and fully stocked. 1mo
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The Suite Spot | Trish Doller
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Last summer I read The Float Plan expecting a quick,easy read and was pleasantly surprised by the complexities of story and characters. I couldn‘t wait to dive into the journey of Anna‘s sister Rachel. There is no need read Book 1 to enjoy Book 2 of this sister series, but they are both great.

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Maybe 1 in 50 books I read is a political thriller - there‘s just so many books and genres out there! In a political thriller I‘m fairly confident the hero of the story will survive but anyone else might be dead by any chapter‘s end. Often, like this one, I just want to get to the end to see who gets to enjoy a good stiff drink in the epilogue!

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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I‘m giving this a pick mostly for the effort I made in order to understand it. I was lost in the audio and think I‘d have benefitted from a physical copy. It took me listening a second time around to understand the story. I remain confused as to why some aspects of the story were included. Other parts were fascinating - Lamanites - are you kidding me - ugh :(

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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This book is a celebration of family. So much stuff happens in life, and at the end of the day there‘s just a few people in our lives with whom we can be completely who we are in all our messiness. We are fortunate when falling out of love can sometimes circle back to something that is family.

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I was anticipating this 2022 book since last December when I spent a weekend researching books coming out this year. It‘s compared to Me Before You which had me suffering all sorts of emotions back nearly 10 years ago. I liked this one but felt it lacked a quirky character giving the reader a moment of respite from the serious content. Still a pick and makes me think about the issues an end of life doula could face.

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I loved revisiting this little basement cafe. It‘s such a sweet time travel series about a second chance to say the right thing. In the last book I was obsessed (if given this chance) with the all the ways I might keep my coffee hot for a longer time, but this book explained intricacies in the rules - and I just have to respect them. The best friend story, and the guilt of the adoptive father brought me to tears.

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I loved this (even the interruptions in the story to relay ASL tips and historical commentary). I wanted to slow down my reading to sit in this story, but I had to know what I‘d learn/consider next. I‘m humbled by how many things I never considered in the deaf community! I hope this books finds great success because it‘s an important conversation. ↓

marleed I do feel like one of the cool kids now because I know what true biz means! 1mo
Megabooks I loved this too! Great review! 1mo
marleed @Megabooks I can‘t stop thinking about this and wish I could just go purchase a stack to pass out to the readers I know! 1mo
JoyBlue I'm looking forward to this one! 1mo
marleed @JoyBlue I hope you love it! 1mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I‘m happy with the collection of books in this grid. I‘ll be thinking about the tagged for a long time, and it made me realize as I move through the aching loss of my sister, it‘s music rather than our shared food where I find my comfort.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Gosh teenage angst combined with grief over the loss of a parent just isn‘t fair. Then throw in learning that grown-ass adults who should know better and do better are racist specifically toward you. Can I just give KB a hug!? #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
marleed @TheAromaofBooks This is the first time I‘ve completed both my Bookspin and Doublespin in the first week of the month! I think I might go buy myself a book as a treat! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks That's really excellent planning - you definitely deserve a treat!! 😁 1mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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A couple chapters in and I googled the author to put a face to this memoir. Well… I‘m showing my age because I had no idea Michelle was a successful musician as well as a writer. I loved this book. Moving through grief through the food of your loved one gave me From Scratch vibes, which I also loved. And again my age - I can relate to her mom‘s 1990s Mary Englebriet collection ;)

ICantImReading I loved this and “From Scratch” too! 🥺 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
marleed @ICantImReading @Cathythoughts Obviously the secret to my movement through grief should proceed by learning - finally - how to cook familial foods! 2mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I‘m always intrigued when a family‘s life‘s work - cartography- is something that was never even on my radar. Googling about phantom settlements was a fun rabbit hole, as well. This gets a pick from me, the story was good even though I thought the magical was heavy-handed as the end neared.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Loving the cover! 2mo
marleed @thegirlwiththelibrarybag it‘s a great cover! 2mo
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This is creative storytelling - how in the world (past, present, and future) does this author have this unique ability to spin a story!? I thought I‘d struggle to read from AD 1 to 2080 but I was fascinated to read this unnamed traveler move through time and space to discover what changed, what stayed the same, and also what evolved as the story moved forward.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Soubhiville That sounds really cool, and I love this photo! 2mo
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marleed @Cathythoughts @Soubhiville Yea, I think I was in the right mood to absorb this one. And thanks! My late husband built an epic tree house for our son and a hobbit house for my daughter. Both houses were ceremoniously broken down before I sold the house, but we saved the doors to each. This is my daughter‘s hobbit house door. 2mo
Cathythoughts What a beautiful memory to have ❤️ I love this hobbit house door ♥️ 2mo
Soubhiville That‘s really sweet, love it! 2mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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I can‘t resist a book about books even though I‘m not going to love every story I get my hands on. This HEA ending was obvious up front but still fun to read the story unfold. One issue for me though was inconsequential filler characters superfluous to the story. ↓

marleed In an earlier post utilizing a grandchild in for the background of my pic was the twin sister to this little guy, so it was nice to read a book where I could give Gavan some equal time! 2mo
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This was an emotional book for me, and I‘m glad I read it because the innocence and honesty of children made this heartbreaking. I do recognize how implausible it would be for such a friendship to unfold in this horrific place and respect the critics who disagree with the setting used to this story. April #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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March 2022 #MonthlyWrapUp and more entries for my #IndexCard collection. The quick notes on the back have triggered my own memory of reading a book more times than I want to admit ;)

Prairiegirl_reading I read Lily and the octopus this month too. ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹 2mo
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading oh my gosh, I loved this book. I watched a YouTube interview with Steve Rowley. All 3 of his books are being adapted to screen. He‘s writing the screenplay for two of them, but he said Lily was too autobiographical and had to turn it over to someone else to adapt for screen. …Also Lily was my favorite index card to draw for the month! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading @marleed I was sobbing while driving! It‘s so good. I‘ve also read the guncle and I think they will both make great adaptations. I‘ll have to get his other book. Also I love your index cards. What a great idea! 2mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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This started out as an entertaining romcom, but I was somehow expecting more. Then, the more came! I have little experience with the history and culture of Puerto Rico whether in Brooklyn or Puerto Rico itself so I appreciated both the contemporary story and the history told through the life of the MCs parents.

ICantImReading I‘m glad you liked this one! I actually got an email this week that I won this through a Goodreads giveaway! 😱🥳 it said it could take 8-10 weeks to get to me, but I‘m excited to pick it up eventually! 😊 2mo
marleed @ICantImReading oh congratulations! Someday I‘ll win a print book from Goodreads, too! 2mo
ICantImReading @marleed I hope you do!! I have heard people speculate that if you write reviews on goodreads it might help? I don‘t know if that‘s true, though! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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This month I charted the publication dates of my unread books. While it‘s true my books older than 10 yrs and 5 yrs require a good pair of hiking boots, my mountain of unread books accumulated in the last 5 years requires an oxygen mask! it would take nearly 3 months of 20 to handle 2020 alone! This list is all from this decade - even ‘22 to ease the burden what I didn‘t read before ‘23! #BookSpinBingo April 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks It's amazing how fast they pile up!!! 2mo
marleed @TheAromaofBooks I was shocked by how many books unread I own published in 2020. I mean that‘s since the pandemic and it‘s not like I‘ve been hanging out roaming the aisles of bookstores for the last 2 years. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I actually bought way more new books during the lockdowns than I normally do - for a while the library was closed and it was like my subconscious was afraid that meant we were going to run out of books! 😂 And that was about the same time that I discovered BookOutlet - not a good combo LOL 2mo
marleed @TheAromaofBooks You might have identified my pandemic comfort tactic - blanketing myself in new books! (edited) 2mo
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