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readswellwithothers

Joined April 2016

Maine. Two jobs, one bad dog, no kids. https://www.goodreads.com/allysone
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I did not find this particularly interesting, inspiring, or memorable. Memoirs of famous people often remind me of their mere-mortal reality and document their road to success (and/or failures) in a way that impresses and enlightens me. When it‘s the story of a comedian‘s path to fame, I tend to get some good chuckles along the way even if the story itself is not wholly funny. This book was not one that accomplished any of that for me. Meh.

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Look Closer | David Ellis
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This was batshit crazy.
Loved it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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In the Land of Dead Horses | Bruce McCandless III
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The best book you‘ve never heard of.

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Meh. I enjoy accounts of adventure and challenging outdoorsmanship, generally, and this stirred a longing to go for a hike, sure. A little. But boy, some of the GR reviews are brutal! You guys: this was a 21yo middle-class girl who kept a trail journal and made it a book. Why all the hate? If you choose to pick up a memoir, you‘re choosing to know that person‘s thoughts/feelings/reactions. Spoiler: You can, you know, just put the book down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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Read this too late into the night and then skipped my usual morning routine so I could finish it. The reviews on Goodreads run hot and cold and I‘m placed firmly in the former. A really unique plot, this was tense and dark and a little gritty/violent and would make for really great discussion with others! One of those stories that makes me really miss my book club. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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Not one single likeable character. Lots of twists, some I saw coming and some that were blammo-bananapants. Fast and easy, this book didn‘t make my brain bigger but it was a great romp and I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5 ⭐️ I haven‘t read an Iditarod account yet that I didn‘t love, now including this one! It‘s breathtaking. The author‘s relationship with nature and with the dogs is beautiful and it was thrilling to go along with him for the ride, so to speak, as he learns – often the hard way – how to go from running and caring for a small trapping team of dogs to handling a full racing team. He also gets bitten a lot and peed on. What‘s not to love?(See below)

readswellwithothers *WARNING: Animals die in this, including sled dogs. I did okay with the few nature v. nature situations in which a dog perished, but there is a situation near the end of the book where another man kills at least one of his own sled dogs in a rage. The author does set it up well enough that you see what‘s coming and skip it, which I easily did on audio. (edited) 2mo
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This one busted me up. It was…a lot. I took on a little of the darkness, I think. My reaction is a testament to the skilled delivery of her story, yes, but a stone cold bummer nonetheless. Powerful and deeply serious, this did not leave me feeling hopeful…which, of course, is neither the point of the book nor the writer‘s responsibility. Anyway, hard not to “pick” a book that moved me in a way that I urgently needed to find some joy, stat.

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Shit, Actually | Lindy West
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After Gina Frangello‘s memoir I needed a book that set an exact opposite tone. This worked! I snort-laughed my way through the audio of this, often while on a walk through town where I must have looked to passing cars like a open-mouthed laughing lunatic NOT SORRY. I do suggest just a chapter or two and then take a break, though. Too many at once and the commentary loses its luster a little. STILL: A winner! Five giggling stars. 😁😁😆😁😁

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I‘ve lived in Maine my whole life and know many men and women in varying branches of law enforcement so maybe that helps make these books a smooth treat for me? I truly think the series gets better with each installment. This is my favorite so far! The author has given us a crime fighting duo by adding with commitment a strong and intelligent female partner to our main character and I cannot wait to be with them both again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Okay, I admit that I was falling a little behind on my reading challenge for the year so I googled “great short books” and this was one of the results. I really enjoyed it! I read it in a day, one of those stories that just makes me bow to whatever magic goes straight from Mr. King‘s brain to the page. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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🎧I loved, loved, loved this! Definitely do the audio version. Doesn‘t matter if you know or watch any of his stuff. One of my favorites this year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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🎧 I hung out with Valerie Bertinelli for a few days! I really enjoyed her narration. She‘s a likable, relatable, down-to-earth lady who speaks with such deep emotion and respect about Eddie VanHalen and of their son, who is a gifted musician in his own right. This book was not a blockbuster but it was sweet and easy and exactly what I needed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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My first Erdrich, which was an interesting experience. Beautiful sentences, a bookstore setting with a lot of great titles bandied about, some ghostly stuff. I started this on audio and hated it. Ultimately I enjoyed it in print and it was different from anything else I‘ve read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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Panpan

So many people love this book and this author so I guess I‘m the exception to the rule but storylines that rely entirely on people lying to themselves and everyone else are not “suspenseful” or “twisty” to me.

I found this book annoying, from start to finish.

There was a character named like my dog Delilah, though, so I guess I give it only 4 eyeball rolls for a rating instead 5. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I put this off for a long time because, ugh, *romance.* PASS. 👎
But then I read it.
And wholly enjoyed everything about it.
As a result, I now understand that even though romance makes me roll my eyes so (so very) hard, I am, apparently, a big ol‘ fan of a well crafted love story. (There‘s a difference.)
Hooray for skilled writing and flawed, likable characters and stories that stir up allllll the feelings! Loved it ❤️🤓

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No Happy Endings | Nora McInerny
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Late to the Nora McInerny party, I‘ll make up for it by now obsessively reading everything she has ever written and also listening to her podcast and I am inviting you to do the same. (Or, okay, maybe just read this one book instead of going the some weirdly stalky wacko route I‘m choosing; you do you.) Is “resilient humor” a thing? Because this is that. I snort-laughed and cheered and maybe cried a little bit, just like one or three times. LOVED!

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Girl In Ice | Erica Ferencik
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I was thinking about this book even when pesky life things (job, sleep) kept me from reading it this week. I finished this morning and I feel like I got off the tilt-a-whirl, what a ride! The cover blurb calls it “Original, intense, powerful, disturbing, and utterly mesmerizing,” and I couldn‘t agree more, and I‘d add “atmospheric.” I would advise anyone who wants to add this to their TBR to plan to stay up past their bedtime to read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kappadeemom I loved this book until the last parts - but I agree that is was atmospheric! 6mo
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Looking for some riveting nonfiction? Try this one! 🎧

1942. Greenland. A plane of men goes down, the plane of men sent to rescue them goes down, the plane of men sent to rescue the downed rescuers goes down…😬

So much survival, so much hardship, so much ice, so much hope. I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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The bad guy(s) in this one are the creepiest, rapiest, most disturbing I can recall reading in many, many moons. The yuck factor in this book is HIGH, y‘all. I‘m blessed to be trigger-immune but I know a possible trigger situation when I see it and I‘d say there is a veritable cornucopia of warnings that come with this doozy. Respect to the author for bringing to life a story that made me feel like I needed a hot shower thirty five times.

TrishB She does it so well 😁 7mo
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Clocking in at just over 16 hours, this is one of the longest fiction audiobooks I've read...and it was amazing! The narration was beyond incredible. I am confident that I would have enjoyed the book even if I'd read this in print form, the story is so much more compelling and entrancing than I imagined it would be. That said, I cannot emphasize enough how it became an actual *experience* to have Gabra Zackman deliver this tale to my eager ears.

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I neverrrrr read YA. Teen angst is a solid NOPE. I don‘t know how/why this book came across my radar or what compelled me to grab it at the library, but I‘m so glad that I now have this story and these characters in my brain (and heart). There are some great reviews on Goodreads that helped me put a finger on the (few) things I didn‘t love. I don‘t read as diversely as I could and should and I believe that, for me, this YA book was just right.

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Dear Neighbors: *This* is why I was laughing while I was raking leaves today! So funny, what a great book. I admit that I had to Google his name when Colin Jost‘s popular memoir came across my radar this summer. I waited on the library hold list for months for the audiobook and when my turn to borrow it came around, I had forgotten I was on the list at all. Uproarious, touching, intelligent, fun. Highly recommend!

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If you‘re looking for dirty laundry, lies, and little secrets, find another book to read. If you could use a well-told story of a loving family, hard work and perseverance, and a genuine appreciation for all that has been given and earned, look no further. To me, it is refreshing to have tales of healthy professional and personal relationships! I‘m so glad that I chose it as my new release from Libro.fm. I loved it from beginning to end! #librofm

Megabooks I just put this on hold at the library. 11mo
Suet624 I had no idea Ron Howard wrote a book! 9mo
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🎧 This was really good! From Gorham, Maine (just two towns away from me) to Costa Rica, Thailand, New Zealand, India…an informative, unpretentious and humorous account of this family‘s six months of volunteer-based travel. Loved it, monkey bites and flies and all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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🎧 Relatable explanations of science -y things are one of my top audiobook jams. This book was a wonderful example of what I love most, including humor and a solid reminder that we humans are complex and miraculous and, more often than not, our own worst enemies. 🧠 Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Take it seriously, hold it lightly: memory isn‘t everything.” 📚

Amiable I‘ve loved all of Lisa Geneva‘s other books 12mo
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I can easily say that this is my favorite book series in every way: the strong sense of place; the solid, respectable, intelligent, complex, humorous characters; the interesting and intense plots; the excellent writing. I love it all. There are no weak links here. *I hated the Netflix series. Maybe if the television versions of Walt and Henry had even half of the strength of integrity and friendship as in the books, I coulda sucked it up. Easy 5⭐️

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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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Was I so invested in this book that I started it yesterday and read it until I fell asleep last night and then cracked it open as soon as I woke up today? YES. Yes, I was.

(Does this say much about my social life? MAYBE.)

It‘s not necessary that you read THE RIVER first (although that one is also *so good* and I cannot imagine why you haven‘t read it yet 🤔) but it does revisit one of the main characters and I loved it, loved it, loved it. 📚

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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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I really liked this! Smart, twisty, quick.

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Falling | T J Newman
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Mehso-so

There‘s a lot to love about this book, not the least of which is the author‘s own story as a regular-gal-making-a-regular-living-turned-bestselling-author. The premise and the first few chapters are tense in the way I‘d expected and hoped and enjoyed. Somehow, it then fell flat for me though, and I never loved it. I am glad I read it. I am always thankful when people are inspired and talented enough to write books, even books I don‘t love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Alternative titles: “Fucking Year Book” and “Year Fucking Book.” 🙄 I mean, even as a card-carrying member of the f-bomb fan club, I found the frequency of use negatively distracting at times. And I don‘t do/desire to do/have positive feelings about drugs, which are also discussed at length. BUT: I kinda really liked the book! He‘s a talented, smart, humorous, kind, successful man with some good stories. Not my best read, not my worst.🤷‍♀️

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Dead by Dawn: A Novel | Paul Doiron
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Being a #mainegirl, it feels like Mike Bowditch is A Guy I Actually Know. (And might want to date. 🤷‍♀️) This latest installment is a fast-paced and satisfying one and if not for my UNDYING LOVE for Craig Johnson‘s Walt Longmire books, this series would take the top spot. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (That face is only about feeling dead by dawn at work. 😬 The book is good!)

MrBook Great post! 😁👏🏻 14mo
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Definitely one of the best books I‘ve read this year! I stayed up way past my bedtime because I just had to see how it ends. 📚🤓 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Delilah felt no such compulsion. 💤🐾💤

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I can‘t remember the last time I loved every character in a story the way I loved every character in this story. I found the depth and pace and setting all perfect, and I enjoyed every minute of this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I‘ve read 83 books this year, which happens to be the same amount of books on my Kindle that I have NOT read. 😬

HELP ME, bookish friends! My next in the Longmire series should be available from the library any day now (if you haven‘t read them, DO THAT) but otherwise I‘d like to get two of these ⬆️ under my belt by the end of the year. Suggestions, please!

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In reference to the book blurb: Unless I missed something, neither Fried Green Tomatoes nor Steel Magnolias had killer rats or ear-burrowing cockroaches. ALSO - the stranger wasn‘t that handsome, the husbands were abusive and ignorant, and the “book club” aspect of this book lacked even a little bit of charm. So, I finished it - but I skimmed the gross parts and rolled my eyes a lot. I‘m left with residual heebie-jeebies and annoyance.

Onwards!

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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All the stars.
I can‘t even start another book because my heart can‘t stop being firmly invested in this one.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Love your handle 💜 2y
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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I like this quite a lot! I do not seek out stories that involve ghosts but sometimes my reading life just works out that way, and I‘m glad. My brain‘s movie screen of all the motel doors opening and closing and the lights going on and off in this book was exactly the right amount of heebie-jeebie. Absolutely not terrifying, and that‘s just fine by me - I liked visiting Fell, New York, but I‘ll take a hard pass on staying there. 👻

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Half Moon Bay (Clay Edison, #3) | Jonathan Kellerman
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I am officially a Kellerman fan, and this father/son writing duo does not disappoint. A readable series with a male protagonist who - gasp! - loves and respects his wife and isn‘t a haunted/tortured/struggling human. This installment had a little bit of wait-which-is-the-main-storyline? for me, but I still enjoyed it and will snatch up #4 without hesitation. Having reliable series of books to read is one of life‘s pleasures.

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Inside Out | Demi Moore
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I think that sometimes I am drawn to memoirs - especially memoirs of actors - because they remind me (in a way that the media chooses not to) that famous people are...people.
Life is messy, whether or not you have a private jet (or you can rent out an entire Target store to shop with your kids). Getting to know ourselves, getting to know how to take care of ourselves, is a damn marathon and I appreciate that Demi Moore shares her experiences.

Megabooks I enjoyed this one too. 2y
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Excellent! A bit of true-crime about which I knew nothing, a bit of Nelle Harper Lee about whom I knew too little (for example, that her name was Nelle), and overall an excellently told, wonderfully narrated, story (or three stories, really!) that I found myself eager to get back to when life got in the way of listening. Highly recommend!

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One Last Lie: A Novel | Paul Doiron
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Okay, so I live in Maine and my brother is a police officer here and I have always harbored a secret what-if life story for myself in which I am a game warden and not, as is fact, a mortgage loan processor and FedEx package handler. 😐 Therefore, I may be predisposed to finding this series incredibly readable...with a bonus of finding the protagonist incredibly attractive. This latest isn‘t my favorite, but I‘m hooked forever anyway.

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I don‘t have a lot of feelings about weed; it‘s on the extensive list of things about which I do not know enough to take an intellectual stance and I‘m certainly not in any position to place judgment on its usage or legality.

But I do love a memoir about families that are so different from my own, and I do love a free download from the library, so this book happened and I‘m so, so happy about that.

Informative, entertaining, educational. Loved!

Megabooks I‘m not opinionated about marijuana either, but this does sound interesting. I‘m going to see if my library has it. 2y
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This book is 973 pages long. I am about 40% through it and if the next 60% does not involve my having the pleasure of experiencing the slow and painful revenge-death of this rapey, maniacal, cat-torturing William character I am seriously never reading another book ever again.

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Mehso-so

I don‘t necessarily mind overly descriptive writing.

I don‘t necessarily mind dramatic-sounding narrators.

As it turns out, though, I DO mind (hate, roll my eyes at, make noisy sighs about) the combination of wordy wordiness and every spoken sentence sounding as though it is the very climax of the story.

I regret listening instead of reading the hard copy, and I am incredibly happy to be done with this book. Blech.

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Since I have neither hiked the PCT nor written a book, I am giving this a so-so only because I wanted it to be something else (um, if I‘m being honest, I wanted it to be a little bit WILD and a little bit A WALK IN THE WOODS) and not because it‘s bad. Bonus points for it being my sleep story more than a few times, with takeaway points for me not caring that I fell asleep and missed parts. To me, it was less “adventure” and more “hike diary” - meh.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Unpopular opinion, I guess, but I truly did not love this. (Can there be like five less declarations of how beautiful Madison is, please?) I listened to the audio version, and I‘m wondering if maybe I‘d have enjoyed it more as a hard copy? Big points for creative plot and the writing is wonderful and there were some sweet moments, but overall this is a big ol‘ meh for me.

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The River | Peter Heller
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I just lived and breathed by this book for two days. The story is it‘s own river: a slow paddle, a white-knuckle rapid, deep and dark, cool and clear. Not knowing what was around the next turn was exhilarating and frightening. Arguably one of the best adult-male-friendship stories I‘ve read, to boot. Loved this, my first Peter Heller...am headed to The Dog Stars next.

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The Boy from the Woods | Harlan Coben
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Harlan Coben is just so READABLE, you know? I realize there are lots of intellectual definitions of and discussions about what makes a book “great,” but to me it can be just a matter of being entertained and engaged, of being involved in a story that makes you want to read more than you want to do anything else for a little while. His books - also, Jonathan Kellerman‘s - are this kind of “great” to me. Nothing fancy, just a solid ride.

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The Boy from the Woods | Harlan Coben
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I know I‘m incredibly fortunate to have two jobs and a sense of income security that so many people do not have right now.

I also know that I‘m exhausted, and that the list of things I thought I‘d get done this afternoon has been replaced with this one thing. 📚🐾

Also, have you ever used your dog‘s hindquarters for a book rest? Quite handy. 🤷🏻‍♀️