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Four: The Transfer by Veronica Roth
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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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Running Blind by Lee Child
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The Witch Elm by Tana French
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Puddin' by Julie Murphy
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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) by Julie Murphy
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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
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Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
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Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel by Helen Dukas, Banesh Hoffmann
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Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Faith: A Journey For All by Jimmy Carter
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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
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The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
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Son by Lois Lowry
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Messenger by Lois Lowry
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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Die Trying by Lee Child
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Sitting at B&N contemplating buying this book which will likely cause anxiety in my life as I realize that I may not read all of these. I was hoping to have read 100 plus but I‘ve only read 92/1000! Sigh. To buy or not to buy that is the question. Any advise? #booklover #bibliophile #reading

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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan

Chopin, Bach, and Brahms played throughout the narrative. I can‘t imagine reading this and not having the music playing. This is a story about the love of humanity and music hopefully triumphing (I‘m only in Part 2) over the hate and poverty ridden era during WW2. #music#middle-grade

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Here I sit; a 44 years young southern black woman who had never heard of Ron Stallworth prior to the Spike Lee film press. I am listening to the audiobook, which is a challenge for aesthetic reasons. I simply don‘t like his voice, but thus far this book is interesting. #blackklansman #knowledge

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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This is a great audiobook! I will add it to my physical library. I‘m proud of her pride as a fellow lady southerner. I‘m a North Carolinian and she hails from Tennessee. We had very different upbringings but there are so many similarities that bind us together as southern girls. I highly recommend this book and I will write another review when I read the cookbook.

NatalieR I ❤️ NC! I lived in Raleigh for about 6 years. I sure miss it. 8mo
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Honest and interesting! I listened to this via my audio library account and it was so interesting. As a Christian I am always intrigued about the different sects of believers. Ira‘s struggle within the faith and his battle to break free was interesting. I love that he did not bash the faith and other members. At times his narrative was a little distant but that may have to do with his upbringing. I recommend it.

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This was my second “read” via audio. I‘m learning that I‘m a visual learner. Listening to books is not as engaging because I day dream often in between chapters. I will study the third time. It‘s a great book and I recommend it for any Christian battling fear and low self worth and daily nonsense that life brings.

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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore

I love the characters that Drew has portrayed. I love that we were born the same year and our lives are so very different (she‘s rich I‘m not; she‘s a celebrity I‘m not...) so I just knew that I would love this book. Ummm no. Maybe if I read it instead of listening to her scream and over dramatize every chapter (yeah yeah she‘s an actress) I may have given it a so-so. Good effort ( she‘s written a book I haven‘t). # audiobooks

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My “Quishon” was called Tara! That chapter was hilarious! The lost virginity chapter too vulgar! The rape chapter heartbreaking and inspirational.

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This book motivates on so many levels and I really enjoyed listening to it on audio book. I‘ve told my oldest nephew about it. Like Caitlin he is a privileged American youth who takes eduction for granted. Even though I was an honor student throughout high school I too took education for granted and here is this boy Martin who knew that eduction was the only ticket for his family to have a better life. I‘m also motivated to be a better pen pal!

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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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It is finished. As you can see the thumb is downwards. This book had potential but lacked sufficient editing.
Positives
—it‘s a book
—the political speech (that Hilary may have given if...) that speaks to the political disarray and lack of proper governing in this day.

Negatives
—the book and its lack of editing
—italicized conversations?!
—repetition of first and last names of every character
—predictable plot
Time is precious people!

Reggie I had to let go of my love for conversations in quotes. The breakdown started with Cormac but a lot of the cool kids are doing weird no quotation conversation things nowadays. Lol 13mo
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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This is my 2nd Murakami book. I‘m only 2 chapters into the book. I must admit that I‘ve thought about abandoning it as I‘m not interested in reading about sexcapades (according to Goodreads reviews). I‘m gonna forge ahead. Any words of encouragement from people who have completed it? #murakami

shammi.dc10 It is much more than sexcapades, it's magical with a high dose of human emotion, it's about salvation, things you are willing to do for love. This I think is the essence of this book but need to invest time on it!!! 13mo
quanners Thank you for the comment. I will continue... 13mo
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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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Reading poolside at the beach happens to be the best thing about this book. Another round of editing would have been beneficial. I‘m on chapter 47 and it has only become engaging in chapter 34. So far it feels more like a political apology and public service announcement. This is my first read with James Patterson‘s name on it courtesy of book club. A man at the pool said it‘s the worst one he‘s read out of 50+ Patterson books!

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In order to really appreciate this book I need to read it again. This is my intro to Murakami.

alimabean Yeah, I don‘t think this is the best intro to his work! Have you read ‘Sputnik Sweetheart‘? 9mo
quanners No I haven‘t but I‘ve attempted to read 1Q84 and the new one Killing... and I couldn‘t finish either of those. The only book that I‘ve enjoyed is his memoir. 9mo
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Yes Please | Amy Poehler

Amy makes me laugh and if you are a die hard fan then you will enjoy this audio book. If you‘ve only seen her in Baby Mama and the Sisters movie-like yours truly then forgo it.

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Listen to this on audio! It‘s fun!

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It is “inconceivable” that anyone would not enjoy listening to this book! I enjoyed this as much as the book and the movie. To hear the narrative from the cast was a bonus.

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When I was younger I read many Stephen King books and even though he is a brilliant writer; I always wondered what was going on in his head! Alcohol and drugs! At least for the ones that I read. I really enjoyed this book and his transparency. There is no magic formula. Read many books and write often. #stephenking #writing

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Poor people | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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This was the 1st book written (in epistolary style) by #Dostoevsky (age 24), yet it has the same complexity as his later works. It‘s a story of love, despair, poverty social economy and books as told thru the correspondence between Makar and Barbara. I recommend it for FD fans. For those who have not read his work start with Crime & Punishment. This will need a reread. Does any one have a fave FD book they recommend? Brother Karamazov is mine.

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This is one of the greatest books that I‘ve ever read. Every word, sentence, paragraph and page of this book was beautifully constructed. I will reread it now that I‘m in my 40s. I can give any details in this review because it‘s been so long since I read it. I read this after reading Anna Karenina which I strongly disliked. Everyone should read this at least once in their lifetime. #greatbooks #tolstoy #russianlit

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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“Ove is fifty-nine years old.” He is man who made me laugh with his narrow-minded-stuck-in-his-ways ideas about life. KBackman writes him in such a way that like Parveneh you still love him. He reminds me of so many older people and in that respect he transcends gender, color and culture. My only criticism after my first read is the quickly wrapped up Hollywoodesque ending. I would love to read a book about Parveneh.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I‘m reading this for book club & I‘m in the honeymoon phase. My favorite line today...” CLAAUUWN,” the toddler howls jumping up and down on the bench in a way that finally convinces Ove that the kid is on drugs...they have that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and get to take amphetamines...this was my experience this morning at work! Little does Ove know that kid was tame in comparison to my 3 yo patient who stepped on my foot 4 times.

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