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saradxxiii

saradxxiii

Joined February 2017

Follow my blog! We‘ll talk about books and other stuff. livingoncoffeeandsarcasm.blogspot.com
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Mehso-so

The most surprising part of this whodunnit, to me, was how much I struggled to get through it and how relieved I was when it was over. I didn‘t connect with Flavia at all. I kept waiting to, and it never happened. I rather disliked her whole family, if I‘m being honest. The setting was nice, and I liked the chemistry tidbits and facts about stamps. But I‘m not sure I‘ll be continuing the series. 😐

ItsAngel I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. I really struggled to like this book and at about 1/3 of the way through, I decided to put it down and try again later. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
emz711 Oh no! Well there are some I like more than others but I hope you find one in the series you really enjoy 5mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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What a heart-wrenching way to begin the 2019 Popsugar reading challenge! This was my pick for “A book published posthumously” and I couldn‘t put it down! I got a little over halfway through the 2018 challenge, so it feels good to already have one down for 2019. 📚

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I was a little hesitant going into this, being a huge fan of Where‘d You Go, Bernadette and hearing that fans of the same would be disappointed with this one. But I really enjoyed it! I love Maria Semple‘s writing style, and I found the way she lovingly pokes fun at her home city of Seattle to be charming, but maybe that‘s just because I live there, too... (Fun fact - I actually met Maria Semple a couple of years ago. I groomed her dog!) 🐶

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Rage | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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I am glad I read this. Thank you to @GarthRanzz for sending me a copy. A fascinating, albeit troubling insight into the psychology of one who has “gone berserk.” One can almost, not quite, but almost, sympathize with Charlie Decker. #losersclub

GarthRanzz I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It is definitely one of his more interesting, non-horror novels. 1y
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Well, I was going to start Rage for #losersclub but I was waiting for my copy of The Bachman Books to arrive that I ordered over two weeks ago...it came today and turns out that it doesn‘t even contain Rage! Hmm...guess I‘ll skip that one and move on to The Shining? LOL

cherinium Yeah. You have to find an edition that was published before King pulled Rage from publication. I was lucky enough to find one a while ago on Thriftbooks that was in pretty great condition. It's missing the dustcover, but is otherwise a beautiful hardback. 1y
TricksyTails Oh no! So sorry about that. 😣 1y
saradxxiii @cherinium yeah, I guess I should‘ve known, although the description of this particular copy did say that it included Rage so I guess I didn‘t even think about it. There are lots of good used bookstores around here though, so I‘ll see if I can find a copy there. 😊 1y
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TricksyTails Do you read eBooks? 1y
TricksyTails Sorry to trouble you again, @GarthRanzz but do you think you could assist with Rage? 🙇🏻‍♀️ 1y
GarthRanzz @TricksyTails 😊 @saradxxiii If you‘d like an ebook copy let me know which kind (MOBI or ePub) and email me at GarthRanzz at gmail. I‘ll send a copy right back to you. 1y
saradxxiii @GarthRanzz wow, thanks! I‘ll email you! (edited) 1y
TricksyTails Thank you so much @GarthRanzz !! You‘re the bestest! 🤗 1y
bookandcat @GarthRanzz I may be emailing you for a copy if the library book I ordered doesn't contain it - I have no way of knowing until I see which copy they pulled from the system. I'm also playing catch-up... 1y
GarthRanzz @bookandcat Sure thing! Just let me know which format you need and I‘ll send it right over to you. 😊 1y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I gleefully devoured this book and am hungry for the next! I loved the magic and seduction of Caraval. Topped with a little romance and a few sprinkles of blood, what‘s not to love?! Plus, Scarlett‘s gowns all sounded so glorious! I can‘t wait for Legendary! 💕🌞🌟🎪🎠🔮❄️👗

Coco I just picked this up from the library!! Excited to read it! 1y
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I‘ve been fascinated by the tragic story of the Ghost Girls ever since I first read about them a year or so ago and instantly put this book on my TBR. I didn‘t get to it until now, because life, but HOLY BUCKETS. I could barely put it down. Each girl‘s story is so heartbreaking. I like that the book is nonfiction that reads more like a novel and not a textbook, although I definitely learned a lot! A devastating story, excellently told. 5⭐️

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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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This book gave me exactly what I wanted from it: an escape. Sometimes you just need to forget about your own life and read about other people‘s problems for awhile. Surprisingly more depth than I expected, along with a ton of laughs and an ample helping of profanity. It also managed to make me sort of, kind of want children, while at the same time strengthening my resolve to definitely not have children. 😂😂😂

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Shades of Grey: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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So much for my book-buying ban for this month! 😂 I am not sorry!

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Oh. My. God. This book. THIS BOOK. I‘m doing the Popsugar reading challenge and it was my pick for the prompt “a book with characters who are twins.” I absolutely loved The Goldfinch, but wow, this was EVEN BETTER. So good. So smart. So...I can‘t even put into words how good this book is. I truly couldn‘t put it down. Wow. Just...Wow. I‘m going to be thinking about this one for a LONG time.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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Absolutely loving this so far. Picked it up at B&N last night on a complete whim because I‘d heard such great things. Pulled me in immediately and hasn‘t let go...

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Read this over the weekend per hubby‘s recommendation. Wow! I was not expecting to be drawn in so quickly. I‘m really looking forward to seeing the film adaptation this weekend!

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I love A.J. Jacobs, but I didn‘t love this book. Definitely not his best. It probably didn‘t help that I‘m not all that into genealogy. The stories about his family and some of the interviews were interesting, but it was lacking a lot of his signature humor, and I was slightly annoyed by the whole “we‘re all family and should love each other” theme. Disappointing, overall. 😕

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Started this one tonight. Trying to squeeze in some quick reads before I start my new job next week and lose some of my precious reading time!

CatLass007 Congratulations on the new job! 2y
saradxxiii @CatLass007 thank you! 😊 2y
CatLass007 You‘re welcome. How‘s the book? 2y
saradxxiii @CatLass007 I‘m only on chapter 2 but I‘m intrigued so far! 2y
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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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Not counting three I finished that were started in previous months, I read a total of seven books in November! Not bad considering I used to only manage about one per month. I guess that‘s the one upside to being unemployed...more time for reading! 📚📚📚

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I have way too much to say about this book (that I admittedly almost bailed on!) to heed Litsy‘s 451-character limit, so here is a link to my full review on my blog. 😊

https://talking-muffin.tumblr.com/post/167990504403/time-for-another-tuesday-rev...

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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My first-ever #BOTM box arrived! Can‘t start it yet as I am saving it for a 2018 reading challenge prompt, but I have a feeling I might catch the hubby with it before then. 😂 Excited to be an official #BookOfTheMonth member! 💕📚

Cinfhen Yay! Welcome to the club 😁 2y
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What a way to start the day! I‘ve been wanting to read this book forever and it‘s on sale until December 2! #tbr

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I was so sad when this ended. I had heard mixed reviews of the stories, and while the first couple were just okay, they definitely got better as the book went on. Each story involves a typewriter in some capacity; sometimes it‘s the main focus of the story, sometimes it‘s not. Some of the longer stories are particularly impressive. I HIGHLY recommend the audio, because, well, it‘s read by the author, and he gives a stellar performance, as usual!

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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The burning question that plagued me throughout most of this book was, Why should I give a DAMN about Holden Caulfield? However, after his conversations with Phoebe and Mr. Antolini in the latter half of the book, I finally started to understand and sympathize with him a bit more, and I realized that this wasn‘t a book I was going to forget easily. I get why some people hate it, I really do. But I‘m also relieved to find that I am not among them.

Updrifting I reread this a few years ago and was flummoxed over what I remember being my response to it the first time, which was that it was tedious. Of course I was 16 and stupid... this work is brilliant! 2y
saradxxiii @Updrifting I never had to read it in school, but I do wonder what my 16-year old self would have thought, if I had! I wonder if I would have thought it boring also, or would I perhaps have been more able to relate to Holden from the start? Either way, I‘m glad I finally read it!😊 2y
bookloo One of my favorites. Love Holden! ❤️ 2y
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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger

“Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”

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Oh, this was wonderful! Well-written characters, quaint island setting, lots of book references, and just the right mix of happy and sad, with some unexpected twists thrown in. A quick, enjoyable read. I‘ll be looking for more by Gabrielle Zevin (Young Jane Young is also in my TBR). Highly recommend!

Cinfhen Loved this and her newest 2y
AlisonM I loved this book! I'll check out her new as well. 2y
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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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I completely forgot I had an Amazon credit to use, and I was able to snag an even better deal off of an already great deal! Can‘t wait to finally read The Kite Runner! I‘ve heard such great things! #TBR

LaLecture Such a painful and beautiful book! I hope you enjoy it :). 2y
Magic_Kiwi Every time I see someone post about how they haven‘t read this it makes me so jealous! I hope you enjoy and cry during this book as much as I did! ❤️☺️ 2y
saradxxiii @Magic_Kiwi thanks! I‘m sure it will be fantastic! 2y
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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I FINALLY finished this book after starting it in August, then putting it down to read “It” instead. When I picked it up the second time it was much better, but still seemed to drag in a few places. Overall, though, I love Diana Gabaldon‘s intoxicating world, and Claire and Jamie‘s relationship gives me all the warm fuzzies. 💕 Looking forward to moving on to Voyager, and also possibly starting the TV series!

Marianna_Reads Voyager is pretty freaking amazing! 2y
saradxxiii @Marianna_Reads I‘ve heard great things about it! 2y
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“What imperfect carriers of love we are, and what imperfect givers.”

NPR called Khong‘s debut novel “endearingly quirky”, and I think that‘s the perfect way to describe it. Heartwarming, at times sad, and with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments (“‘ANNIE!‘ You marveled to Mom. ‘There‘s FRUIT inside this SEAT!‘”), it‘s a unique family perspective that will make you want to call your dad the minute you finish. I just wish there had been more!

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Just started this today and I‘m already reminded of how much I LOVE TOM HANKS! Such a pleasure to listen to him read. 😊

LA_Mead That's cool. Maybe that will be my next audible pick. How do you find the stories? I heard mixed reviews of them so I'm curious. 2y
saradxxiii The stories themselves are just OK for me so far. It‘s Hanks‘ reading of them that makes them interesting. I‘m only on the third story, but I like it the best so far, so we‘ll see if the others get better. Hanks‘ voice is just so pleasant, though. It makes you want to keep listening! @LA_Mead 2y
LA_Mead @saradxxiii I like his voice too! Maybe I'll check that one out :) 2y
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“Life is catastrophe.”

I HIGHLY recommend anyone who may have bailed on this book or thought it slow to give the audio a try. David Pittu does an amazing job with the narration and giving life and voice to each individual character. I don‘t usually re-read books, but I may have to make an exception for The Goldfinch. I‘ll definitely be buying the print version. I feel like I‘d love it even more the second time.

Kaye I‘m glad to hear that. I‘ve had this in my Audible library for a long time and have heard so many less than sparkling reviews, I was hesitant to start it. Guess I‘ll be more tempted to give it a go now. @saradxxiii (edited) 2y
saradxxiii @Kaye I also heard many less than stellar reviews, and I‘m glad I listened to the audio first. I think it made for a much better first impression. Let me know what you think! 😀 2y
Kaye Will do 👍. @saradxxiii (edited) 2y
saradxxiii @bluemoon1063 awww, my very first stack add! I‘m touched! 😌 Hope you enjoy the book! 2y
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The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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I couldn‘t help wanting just a bit more from this one. I really liked Alex‘s character; she reminded me a bit of Lisbeth Salander. She takes justice into her own hands, and while she doesn‘t let many people close to her, those who have that privilege are protected by any means necessary. And the book deals with rape and sexual assault in a way that is both unapologetic and completely necessary. The ending, however, fell a little flat for me.

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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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229 pages read this weekend. Making decent progress.

Cindathebookbae Is that a dollie book mark?? How creative 2y
saradxxiii @Cindablobface yep! I wish I was crafty and could own the making of it, but alas, it was a gift! 😊 2y
Cindathebookbae What a great gift 😘 2y
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The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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Cindathebookbae How could anyone do that!!😭 2y
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon

“Whether it was health of mind or body, the love of him was necessary to me as breath or blood. My mind reached out for him, sleeping or waking, and finding him, was satisfied.”

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It | Stephen King
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I went into “It” expecting to be scared, not even expecting to finish. There are some pretty disturbing moments (TW: suicide, domestic abuse, pre-teen sex), but with King‘s incredible flair for character development, Bill, Bev, Eddie, Mike, Stan, Ben, and Richie became so real that I wanted to pick up the phone and call them. 1477 pages (Kindle version) flew by. By the end, I felt strangely reluctant to leave Derry and the friends I had made.

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I can‘t decide which book in my physical #TBR pile to read next! Any thoughts from Litsy folks?

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that a bunch of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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saradxxiii @RaimeyGallant thank you! I‘ve actually been on Litsy for awhile, but only recently started posting. Still learning the ropes, but it‘s a ton of fun! 😀 2y
MrBook Belatedly, welcome to Litsy 😁👏🏻🙌🏻! 2y
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