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Readswithcoffee

Readswithcoffee

Joined May 2019

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I liked the audiobook version so much I decide to actually sit down and read this novel. Reading books more than once is a rare occurrence for me. I enjoyed the print version (via Kindle) even more.

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Twisted Twenty-Six | Janet Evanovich
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I love the characters in this series. Grandma Mazur has always been a favorite. If you like the series, you won‘t want to miss this one!

Scochrane26 I‘ve heard it‘s better than 24 &25. Is it? I was so bored by 25 & hadn‘t planned on continuing. 22h
Readswithcoffee Honestly, I think I skipped both of those because I had other books to read at the time. Oops! 22h
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Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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This novel examines the dynamics & memories of a family whose mother/wife has disappeared at Seoul Station. It is told from the viewpoint of the various members of the family and much of it is in second person narrative. Overall, a good listen, especially if you enjoy books about Korean culture & traditions.

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So many great things happen in this chapter! I love the attention to detail without getting bogged down with lengthy descriptions. What a fantastic book!!! #potteraday

Linsy Yes!! I totally agree. I'd forgotten how much was packed into these last few chapters. It moves so quickly, and yet I don't feel like I miss detail. She added just enough to give depth to the picture. 3d
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Regretting You | Colleen Hoover
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I thought this book was very good. This novel takes the tumultuous mother/teenage daughter relationship to a whole new level. I did not see the plot twist coming. I will be checking out more of Colleen Hoover‘s books.

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“One can never have enough socks.” - Albus Dumbledore #potteraday

Linsy Why socks? 1w
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So many excellent events in this short chapter...Hermione conjuring up her bright blue fire in a jam jar, Lee Jordan‘s not so objective commentating of the Quidditch match, Harry catching the Snitch. I‘m still loving this #potteraday read along.

lele1432 Love Lee Jordan's commentary lol! 1w
Linsy So glad! Lee Jordan is just perfect in this chapter. Quidditch commentary is one of my favorite things! She always makes it a laugh. 😄 @lele1432 1w
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This book had some slow parts in the middle, but the last 200 pages were fantastic. In my opinion, not quite as good as “The Alice Network,” but was definitely worth the read.

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I can‘t read about Professor Snape without seeing and hearing the late, great Alan Rickman who portrayed Snape in the HP movies. #PotterADay

jessinikkip Same 2w
Linsy Me either. He was so incredible!! 1w
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There are so many things I love in the Harry Potter books and Platform 9 3/4 is definitely one. So creative! #potteraday

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And the winner of the Best-addressed Envelope Award goes to....
Love this!!!! #potteraday

Linsy Yes! The address changes throughout the chapter are so magical. I never would have thought of that! 2w
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Dudley. What a great name for such a horrible, greedy, bratty boy. Who doesn‘t cheer in their head when that glass vanishes???🐍 #PotterADay

Linsy 😂 I sure do! And then I wish he got stuck behind it like in the movie. 2w
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So glad I found #PotterADay #readalong. I‘ve listened to the audiobooks, but have never taken the time to sit down and read them. I‘m hoping to be able to keep up!

Scochrane26 I might join the group w/ audiobook but just read 1-4 again a few months ago. I‘m definitely going to jump in on 5-7. (edited) 3w
Readswithcoffee @Scochrane26, the audiobooks are so good! 3w
Scochrane26 @Readswithcoffee I know, I read the Jim Dale ones a long time ago. Some of the first audiobooks I ever read, & he almost ruined other ones for me. 😂 I have been thinking of listening again since it‘s been so long. (edited) 3w
Linsy @Scochrane26 He is just so amazing!!! I wish he read everything. 3w
Linsy So glad you‘re joining in! Whatever the pace, I hope you have fun reading them in a different format for the first time! ✨ 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I enjoyed this book. Family dysfunction runs rampant in this novel. A distant father + abandonment + a spiteful stepmother = an extremely tight bond between a brother and sister. Tom Hanks is a spectacular audiobook narrator. What a voice!

britt_brooke Loved this one! Tom Hanks was superb. 3w
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Conviction | Denise Mina
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I loved this crime thriller. Using a true crime podcast to tell part the story was very creative.

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Last Straw | Fredrick Thury
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Cute children‘s book about an old (kinda grumpy) camel asked to carry gifts to Baby Jesus. Loved the illustrations.

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Jacob T. Marley | R. William Bennett
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I am glad I read this book, but I‘m less enthusiastic about it than a lot of people. I liked the beginning and the ending, but the middle drug for me. Unfortunately, I will miss the discussion for the #marleybuddyead.

sblbooks I'll post questions tomorrow around 4, but you can join in the discussion anytime. I had a couple people do that last time, just tag anyone that you want to see your post. 1mo
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M Is for Magic | Neil Gaiman
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This would have been a better listen in October before Halloween than at Christmas, however Neil Gaiman has a great voice any time of year. I‘m not a huge fan of short stories, but most of these were good. I especially liked “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds” and “Sunbird.”

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This was an interesting story about the pressure to conform in Japanese society. This is very difficult for the MC, Keiko. She has a difficult time understanding people and their expectations of her. Her comfort zone is the convenience store where she works. Many parts of this book were sad to me, but it is a good story.

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Untitled | Unknown
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This Audible Original isn‘t listed, but I wanted to review it anyway. “Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze” was more entertaining than I expected. It has a good cast and several of the characters have recognizable voices. A cute story about friends from college who grow apart during their adulthood. If you are an Audible member, it is worth a listen.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I highly recommend this audio version of “A Christmas Carol” read by Neil Gaiman. He has such a great voice.

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/12/18/neil-gaiman-reads-christmas-carol-rebroadca...

KarenUK It‘s so awesome! 1mo
Readswithcoffee @KarenUK, did you happen to see in the blog that he reads from Dickens‘ own copy called a “prompt copy” which he used for reading the story aloud? I found that very interesting. 1mo
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I liked this audiobook! It accomplished what a non-fiction book should accomplish for me: I learned some things I didn‘t know about before, it gave various points of view (YOWZA, do some people ever hate Barbie!), and it made me want to ask my friends their opinions on the subject. I guess I should confess that I played with Barbies and had hours of fun doing so. My daughter also played with Barbies. It was a fun trip down memory lane.

KathyWheeler I loved my Barbies. I‘m looking forward to reading this book. 1mo
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I was putting another audiobook on hold when I saw this book. Catchy title, good cover pic, what‘s not to like, right? Started listening to it...cute Foreward by Meg Cabot...so far, so good. Decided to see what you Littens thought...Yikes! #1, not many reviews/comments at all AND, #2, only has a 17% pick rating. I am not deterred! Stay tuned...

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I‘m not always a huge fan of romance novels, but this one was good. The premise was great. If you DO like romance, you‘ll love this book!

Scochrane26 I got a little emotional with this one. It‘s better than I thought it would be. (edited) 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im reading this now. Not my usual genre but it‘s a nice read for the season! 1mo
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Very entertaining in that sugary, snarky kind of way Southern women are so good at. The audiobook was especially enjoyable as it was read by the author herself. I particularly liked “Straighten Up And Fly Right” and “Dumb Boobs.”

HerDarkHuntress1 My favorite way to be nice is by saying “Bless your heart!” Or “Isnt that just sweet!” 2mo
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Two old men, who are roommates in a nursing home and very much unalike, become friends. I enjoyed their banter & their adventures. Funny moments, but an emotional story.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I really liked this mystery, especially the way the histories of the characters and their relationships were developed by relaying past events. Complicated family relationships, people with too much money, and a suicide (or was it murder?) - what‘s not to love?

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I doubt I‘ll be able to read all of these. I am intrigued that these mysteries all have a Christmas theme. How fun is that??? Plus, I love the cover.

LauraJ I love that cover too! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds right up my street! 2mo
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An enjoyable book especially if you like beer, have brewed beer, or have shared a home with someone who has brewed beer. This is a story of two sisters who haven‘t spoken in decades. It is also the story of some very resilient, hardworking women who don‘t complain about the hand life has dealt them.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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1. No. I downsized several years ago and donated lots & lots of books.

2. I am this year. One of my daughter‘s favorite high school teachers has recently published a book of poetry & I got it for her. Shhhhh....It‘s a surprise 😂

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and Happy Tuesday! ❤ 2mo
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Mehso-so

*sigh* I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately for me, the premise upon which the entire storyline is based just didn‘t resonate with me. That being said, I enjoyed most of the middle or I would have bailed out completely. The ending is predictable, but that‘s what you sign up for with a rom com. Bottom line, when the premise of the story is a head shaker for me, it is pretty tough to end up with a final reaction other than “meh.”

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The Mother's Promise | Sally Hepworth
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This is an emotional book - cancer, domestic violence, social anxiety, infertility, & substance abuse. On the positive side, there is a strong mother/daughter bond, personal growth, and unlikely friendships. It is a good book, but because of all of the issues covered, will probably hit close to home for many readers.

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This book really hit the spot for me. After several books with enough domestic violence to last me quite awhile, it was great to read a lighthearted rom-com with extremely funny internal dialogue. Think “The Parent Trap” meets “Miss Congeniality” and you‘ll have a pretty good idea of what this story is about. Also, if you‘re a Harry Potter fan, you‘ll love all the references.

Kaylamburson I loved this one, too! 2mo
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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A good book. Life was brutal for unwed mothers in the 1880s. I found myself internally shaking my head at how harshly people treated Lilli. I look forward to our discussion. #Lilliread

Readswithcoffee @megnews I will be out of town on discussion day & might not be able to participate in a timely fashion. I will do my best. 2mo
megnews Feel free to join in whenever you can! 2mo
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Great audiobook. Larson brings the facts surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania to life. The facts combined with the human element made me care about all the people involved. I found the blame game played by the British Admiralty in the aftermath particularly interesting. If you like history, this book is for you.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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I always enjoy historical fiction books when I learn something new. In this case, I learned about the blue-skinned people of Kentucky AND about the Pack Horse Library Project of the 1930s. I also love books about strong women who show kindness to others even when life is unfair and cruel. The audiobook version was excellent.

Scochrane26 I‘m from & live in Ky but never knew about the blue people until this book. Most of my book club didn‘t know much either. 2mo
TheBookStacker This one sounds exactly like 2mo
Theeclecticreader I loved this book!!! 2mo
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This is the story of Abigail, her family‘s loss and the lasting impact that loss had on her, her family, and her relationships. I have a feeling this book will garner some negative reviews, but I found it engaging and humorous.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline
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As I was listening, I kept thinking, “Why haven‘t I heard of this book. I would have LOVED reading this to my kids.” Answer: It wasn‘t published until my kids were past that stage. This is a sweet, heartwarming story of a china rabbit learning about life and love. Judith Ivey, narrator, brings the characters to life. A big THANK YOU to @Addison_Reads for recommending this book.

Readswithcoffee P.S. THIS is what I like about Litsy. I‘m fairly certain I would not have read this book without a recommendation. 3mo
Addison_Reads I'm so happy you loved it. 💚 I've read this with my nieces and nephews and they loved it too. It's such a heartwarming book. 3mo
Addison_Reads @Readswithcoffee I didn't discover this book until I was in my 20s and when I finished reading it I sent it to my mom. She loved it too. It's one of my favorite books to share with people because no matter your age, Edward Tulane is timeless. 3mo
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This is a sweet story of a small mouse on a quest. Graeme Malcolm does a fabulous job voicing the characters in the audiobook. A Newbery Medal winner. I‘m looking forward to hearing Kate DiCamillo speak next month.

Addison_Reads I love all her books. Have you read the tagged book? It's one of my all time favorites. 3mo
Readswithcoffee @Addison_Reads I have not read it, but I just downloaded it from my library. Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
Addison_Reads @Readswithcoffee I'm excited to see what you think. 3mo
Readswithcoffee @Addison_Reads I LOVED THIS BOOK! I hope it is ok that I gave you a shout out in my review of Edward Tulane. I‘m fairly new to Litsy. I apologize if that is a breach of protocol. 3mo
Addison_Reads @Readswithcoffee Thank you for tagging me. It's not a breach of protocol at all. I love that you did because I enjoy seeing what others think of books I like. 3mo
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1. I like the book reviews. I have read, and enjoyed, several books that I doubt I would have even heard about if not for Litsy.

2. I‘m not interested in seeing posts that have nothing to do with books or reading.

3. To be able to follow a hashtag.

4. I post whenever I have finished a book & have occasionally posted quotes.

5. Read alongs

6. I‘ve only been on Litsy for 6 months, so I‘m still trying to get a feel for how it works.

Sace 2. I'm guilty 😔 3. Oh yes! That's brilliant! 3mo
ljuliel Thanks for your answers. Although you‘re a bit newer, your opinion counts just as much as everyone else‘s. I hope you enjoy it here. I like seeing the book review posts too ! 3mo
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Just finished Notebook 1. This is shaping up to be a good one!

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Mehso-so

Things I liked about this book: the three timelines and the information about old books & forgeries. The thing I didn‘t like about this book: the Peter/Amanda romance had too much of a “Nicholas Sparks vibe” for me. So,if you are a Shakespeare aficionado & you like Nicholas Sparks-style romance, this book might just be for you. It just wasn‘t to my taste.

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I like that this story is told by Christopher, a 15-year-old boy who is on the Autism spectrum. He sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to Wellington, his neighbor‘s dog. Overall an enjoyable book, however it did sort of go on and on in one section. This novel definitely gave me an appreciation for the challenges faced by people like Christopher, their parents, and their teachers.

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Movie theater popcorn.

2. Yes, especially digitally formatted ones. They allow me to “read” many more books than I otherwise could.

3. A trip to Austin, TX.

4. Two.

5. Blue.

#friyayintro

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1. Tagged my favorite even though I no longer live in that city.
2. At least once a week.
3. Books on CD, occasionally a DVD, and many digital books, audiobooks, & magazines. The coolest things to “check out” at my current library are packets of seeds to plant. No, you don‘t have to return the seed or the produce. 😉

#getlibrarycarded

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This book is amazing! It was quite a serendipitous find for me. In reading “When Books Go To War,” I learned this was one of the most popular Armed Service Edition books ever published, so I decided to give it a go and I‘m glad I did. What a gem. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it tells the coming-of-age story of Francie Nolan. Charming & honest.

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 3mo
Nute This is one of my most favorite books. And the movie adaptation is excellent! 2mo
Readswithcoffee @Nute Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll look for the movie. 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Glad I finally took the time to listen to this classic novel.

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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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I appreciate the unique premise of this book. This post-WWII historical fiction novel tells the story of two women who helped create the wedding gown worn by Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

Jaimelire I really enjoyed this one. 3mo
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Pumpkin Heads | Rainbow Rowell
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Historically I‘ve not been much of a YA fan, but Rainbow Rowell is helping change that. This is a cute story. I would think the graphic novel format would be very appealing to YA-aged readers. I imagine it could get some “reluctant readers” hooked on books!

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. I would start with this one & then recommend all his other books.
2. Absolutely!
3. I‘d rather eat it hot.
4. 7.5
5. @howjessreads This was fun.