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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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#MayWrapUp
May was a decent reading month. I gave out my first five stars of the year to Interpreter of Maladies, and I enjoyed both of the nonfiction books I read. I also finished one of my friend rec challenge books.

Total: 5
Print: 2
Ebook: 1
Audio: 2

Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 2

#lmpbc: 1
#Booked2022: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 1

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Mehso-so

#FriendRecChallenge book 1 of 5

I honestly expected to like this one more since I really enjoyed the first Mistborn trilogy, but it fell flat for me. It had its moments, but on the whole, I just didn‘t care that much about the characters or what was happening, and there were some things that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I might give the next book a try at some point anyway, but idk. It‘s disappointing.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Leftcoastzen So cute!😻 3w
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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My first five-star read of the year! I didn‘t really know what to expect going into this, but it didn‘t take long to realize I was in for something special. Lahiri‘s writing was beautiful and absorbing, the stories moving and beautifully crafted. There were nine stories and I enjoyed them all. There wasn‘t a single dud in the bunch.
#lmpbc #GroupC #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Megabooks I started this years ago but put it aside for some reason. (I was in vet school so studying was probably why!) excited to get to it now, especially since I‘ve loved all her other fiction. 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @Readergrrl I‘m running a bit behind on where I‘d like to be because of a couple of bad long Covid days. I should get the Novak mailed to you on Tuesday. 1mo
Readergrrl I am SOOO glad you liked it! This is one of my favorites!! 1mo
jlhammar Such a good collection. Loved this one! 1mo
Readergrrl @Megabooks No worries! I‘m a little late too. End of the school year chaos. You‘d think after 20 years that I‘d be used to it! 🤣 1mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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#AprilWrapUp
April was a good reading month for me. I finished Amazon‘s Trespass collection, which I started last month. Bloody Summer was my favorite of the collection. I also finished Jane Eyre. I didn‘t really expect to like it much, but I ended up loving it.

Total: 11
Print: 3
Ebook: 5
Audio: 3

Fiction: 9
Nonfiction: 2

#lmpbc: 1
#Booked2022: 1

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Another light pick for me. Naturally, not all of these stories worked for me and some were more memorable than others, but several were clever and funny and I enjoyed the time I spent reading them.

@Megabooks I mailed this yesterday. It should get to you by Tuesday. 😊👍🏽

#lmpbc #GroupC #catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
Megabooks Great! Looking forward to it. 2mo
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Time to start the next book for #lmpbc #GroupC. 😄📖

Megabooks So excited to read your thoughts! 3mo
Readergrrl What a fun swap! I‘m a bit late on sending mine out! I swapped out my book for another at the last minute and I‘m so glad I did!! It will be in the post tomorrow!! 3mo
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I felt like my reading slowed to a crawl this month, but I ended up finishing more books than I thought I would. Empire of Pain was a major standout and my favorite of the month, but all of these were picks.

Total: 5
Print: 1
Ebook: 1
Audio: 3

Fiction: 2
Nonfiction: 3

#lmpbc: 1

#MarchWrapUp

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Pickpick

I enjoyed the weirdness and unique ideas in this collection, but it lost some steam for me in the second half. A light pick.

I‘m planning on mailing this tomorrow, @Megabooks . I‘ll send you the tracking number when I have it. 😊

#lmpbc #GroupC #catsoflitsy #Ember

rubyslippersreads Lovely bookrest. 😻 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic! Thanks. Your cat is very cute 🤩 3mo
RaeLovesToRead That face 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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shadowspeak17 @Megabooks Okay, it‘s on the way. I just emailed you the tracking number. 😊 3mo
Megabooks It arrived! I saw your note about using post its and that‘s cool, but I did notice a few underlined sentences. Is that okay? To underline when warranted? 3mo
shadowspeak17 @Megabooks Oh, good! I was hoping it wouldn‘t actually take until Monday to get to you. 😄 I actually underlined using clear sticky notes. I sent some along with the book if you want to try them out, but if you‘d rather do it on the book that‘s okay. :) 3mo
Megabooks Ah! I‘ve never used those before. Excited to try them out! 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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1. Tender is the Flesh, Empire of Pain, Three Moments of an Explosion, All Systems Red, and Jane Eyre
2. I‘m currently reading Jane Eyre.
3. Of Mice and Men… One of these days I‘ll get to it.

#weekendreads

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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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I am really happy with the amount I read in February, but most of these I feel pretty meh about. My favorites this month were Subdivision and American Baby, which were both great.

Total: 7
Print: 1
Ebook: 4
Audio: 2

Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2

#Booked2022: 2

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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Mehso-so

This one was a dud with my book club. Opinions ranged from okay to bad. I didn‘t like it, but I do understand why people would enjoy it. I think there was a moving story in here, but it was marred in the telling. The writing style was often hard to follow and felt like it was trying too hard to be profound. The constant hinting at things to come and the tendency to dance around things rather than just say whatever it was explicitly drove me nuts.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag This is one of the few books that library patrons have gone out of their way to tell me they didn‘t like or were disappointed with. I haven‘t read it - but have wondered if it‘s got anything to do with how beloved The Book Thief is… 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww Ember!! 🥰 I am one of the few people who didn't like The Book Thief, so I doubt this one is for me. (The whole thing felt like writing. I don't think there was a single minute that I wasn't aware I was READING A BOOK.) 4mo
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1. All Systems Red, Unwell Women, and Jane Eyre
2. A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
3. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

#weekendreads

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Mehso-so

There were a few parts of this book that I really liked, like the behind the scenes look at a couple nature documentaries, but the rest I didn‘t love. While the information was interesting, I don‘t think the way it was presented was very good for someone unfamiliar with the subject matter.

#catsoflitsy #Ember #booked2022 #InvolvesAnExploration

RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻 4mo
Leftcoastzen Kitty face says so-so too!😻 4mo
Cinfhen Awww, sorry it wasn‘t a pick. I like learning new things from books but it needs to be well organized and explained, otherwise it comes across as dry. 4mo
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Reading this felt like reading a dream, and I loved it. I‘m sure I didn‘t understand everything, but I enjoyed trying to figure it all out.

#catsoflitsy #Ember

GondorGirl She's beautiful! 😻 4mo
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Hey, #GroupC! 😊 What do you guys think of these?

(The Diving Pool is apparently novellas rather than short stories, but I decided to include it anyway because if the page count is right, it looks like the novellas must all be on the short side.)

#lmpbc

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Jadams1776 All of these sound amazing. Three Moments of an Explosion has been on my TBR for awhile, but The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell sounds really good too. I‘d be happy with any of these 4mo
Megabooks Three Moments piques my interest too as does Wicked Wonders, but I have not read any and would be fine with all of them. 👍🏻 4mo
shadowspeak17 What do you think @Readergrrl ? :) 4mo
Readergrrl Sorry I‘m late to the thread! They all look great! I love China Miéville is one of my favorite authors, but I‘m interested in any of these collections! Im still looking for mine. I‘ll be posting soon! Fun, fun!!! 4mo
shadowspeak17 Looks like Three Moments of an Explosion is the winner! 😄 @Jadams1776 @Megabooks @Readergrrl 4mo
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Which One? | Clare Beswick, Sally Featherstone, Martha Hardy
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I received both of these books as gifts for Valentine‘s Day last year, but I still have yet to read either one. 😬😅 I‘d like to try to read one of them this month, but I‘m not sure which one to go with. What do you all think? Which one should I read first?

EadieB Jane Eyre would be my pick! 5mo
AshleyHoss820 Jane Eyre is one of my sister‘s favorites! 5mo
melissajayne Jane Eyre 5mo
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#JanuaryWrapUp
I read way more this January than I usually do. I finished 2 books for #NYWD22, one of which (We Begin at the End) was a favorite this month. In Cold Blood was another favorite. My least favorite was the Watkins. I‘d been looking forward to it for months, but I ended up strongly disliking it.

Total: 7
Print: 1
Ebook: 4
Audio: 2
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 2

#NewYearWhoDis: 2
#Booked2022: 1

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Lemon: A Novel | Kwon Yeo-Son
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I‘ve seen this book described as a mystery and a thriller, but I think it‘s good to know going in that 1) there is a mystery, but solving it is not the focus, and 2) it‘s not a fast-paced thrill ride. I enjoyed its focus on the characters and how they each faced what happened, but I felt like it was too short. There was a lot that could have been expanded on, and I kind of wish the author had taken that route.
#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Leftcoastzen 👏😻 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww Phoenix is so cute!!! 🥰🥰 5mo
Kappadeemom Pretty kitty! 5mo
AlaMich Your floof looks irked at being disturbed! 😂 5mo
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Goldilocks | Laura Lam
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Mehso-so

I thought the premise sounded great, but sadly this just wasn‘t for me. I thought there was too much telling rather than showing, and still there were certain things that I felt needed more explanation to feel believable, but they just didn‘t get much explanation. I found it more entertaining towards the end when the pace picked up, but I still had so many questions of how and why that I never fully got on board with what was happening.

monalyisha Aw, bummer! I thought the premise sounded interesting, too! 5mo
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My friends have spoken. These are their picks for my 2022 #friendrecchallenge! 😄 The goal of this challenge is to get me to read more of the books that my friends recommend for me, since I‘m usually not very good about doing that. So I let each of my friends pick one book for me that they‘ve read before and would recommend, and I have to read and review it before the end of the year.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I honestly didn‘t like Whitaker‘s writing style, but I did enjoy the story and characters he created, especially Duchess, which mostly made up for that. This story was heartbreaking and engrossing, and I was sad to see it come to an end.

#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 #catsoflitsy #Ember

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 5mo
JamieArc I recently finished this and felt the same way. 5mo
Caroline2 Yeah I‘ve heard his writing style is a bit marmite. Glad you enjoyed it in the end. 😉 5mo
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There‘s a new book by Anthony Marra coming out this year?! Oh my gosh, I‘m so excited! July 19 can‘t come soon enough. 😄🙌🏽

Blueberry !!! 6mo
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Pickpick

This is a light pick. The information and various examples were interesting, but it left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

#Booked2022 #weathertermintitle #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 6mo
Cinfhen Enjoying the weather prompts!!! Some very cool titles so far😎 6mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Okay, I would pick this up and read the blurb just on the title alone!! 6mo
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Out of the 66 books I finished this year, 29 were nonfiction. These are the top 10 of those 29.

Special mention to The Library Book, Exercised, The Lost City of Z, and The Debt Trap which were all so close to making the list, and perhaps would have on a different day.
#bestof2021 #bestnonfiction

Trashcanman I Love NF too. Beautiful list ❤️ 6mo
shanaqui Oooh. I need to take notes on these; I need more non-fic. I read more fiction, but I go through my non-fic backlog so much faster, somehow. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Great list! 6mo
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The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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2021 was a great reading year for me. I finished 66 books and 21,200 pages, both of which are new records for me. Of those 66 books, 37 were fiction. Here are my top 10 fiction books of 2021!

Also, special mention to The Ghost Variations which came very close to making my top 10.
#bestof2021 #bestfiction

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#DecemberWrapUp
December was a good reading month for me. I got through six books and enjoyed all of them. The Ghost Variations was a pleasant surprise. I like short stories, but I don‘t usually like them if they‘re as short as the ones in this collection (only about 2 pages each), but I ended up really enjoying them.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 3
Audio: 2
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 2

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I was hoping one of my holds for #NewYearWhoDis would come in in time for me to start today. Then two came in yesterday and I had to choose. 😬 I decided to go with this one first since I‘ve heard so many good things about it.
#NYWD22

AmyG Good choice. 6mo
Caroline2 I really liked this one. 👍 6mo
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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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I meant to post this last month, but apparently I forgot. Whoops!
I finished my 2021 #friendrecchallenge! I ended up liking all of the books this time, but Battle Royale was my favorite of the bunch. Kind of funny because that one was recommended with the least amount of confidence. My bf was completely unsure whether I‘d like it or not.
I‘m looking forward to seeing what my friends pick for me for 2022! 😄

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Happy new year! 😄
My last book of 2021 was The Woman in the Purple Skirt, and my first one of 2022 will be We Begin at the End for #NewYearWhoDis.
#lastfirst

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Lemon: A Novel | Kwon Yeo-Son
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So many books this year! 😍📚
I can‘t wait to read them all!

#ChristmasBookHaul (2/2)

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So many books this year! 😍📚
I can‘t wait to read them all!

#ChristmasBookHaul (1/2)

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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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#NovemberWrapUp
Only three finished this month, but one was a chunkster, so I‘m not complaining. I enjoyed them all too.

Total: 3
Print: 0
Ebook: 1
Audio: 2
Fiction: 1
Nonfiction: 2

#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 1

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I can‘t wait to start reading from your list @Caroline2! 😃 I‘ve read The Name of the Wind and Kindred before and agree that they are great. I‘m a bit of a mood reader, so I‘m not 100% sure which of the others I‘ll start with, but I‘m currently thinking it will be one of these five.
#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22

JamieArc We Begin at the End seems to be on a few lists! It‘s top of my list for January. 7mo
monalyisha I‘m a mood reader, too. 😉 But my vote is for 7mo
Caroline2 Yay! I hope you like them! 😃 I‘m a mood reader too so I totally get it! 😉 👍 7mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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1. Surprisingly only two at the moment: The Way of Kings and The Copyeditor‘s Handbook
2. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
3. I currently have 17, so I won‘t list them all, but my most recent one is I Love You But I‘ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins.

#weekendreads

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#OctoberWrapUp
Bad Blood was my favorite of October. Uzumaki was also good and was a hit with my book club. I also FINALLY finished Flights after starting it back in June. I didn‘t really end up enjoying it, but I‘m glad I stuck it out and finished it.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 3
Audio: 2
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 2

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 1
#friendrecchallenge: 0

kamoorephoto Have you listened to the Bad Blood: Final Chapter podcast? You should check it out!!! 8mo
shadowspeak17 @kamoorephoto Oh, I hadn‘t heard of that. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I‘ll definitely check it out! 😃 8mo
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Norma | Sofi Oksanen
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⭐️1/2
I like the idea behind this book, but the execution just didn‘t work for me. I felt like I was being held at a distance the whole time, so I couldn‘t truly engage with anything. Several aspects of the story felt underdeveloped, and I spent a lot of time confused while trying to understand what was happening.

Thanks for a great round, ladies! 😊 @magyklyXdelish I‘m planning to mail this tomorrow. I‘ll let you know when it‘s on the way.

magyklyXdelish I completely understand. This was definitely not only an odd story but the way it was written was strange as well. 8mo
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Norma | Sofi Oksanen
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Next up for #lmpbc #GroupS!

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#SeptemberWrapUp
The Tsumura was great! It was my favorite read in September. My book club finished the Ishiguro in September too and gave it mixed reviews. I‘d say it‘s a light pick for me, but I totally get the criticism. And I had my first encounter with an audiobook narrator I couldn‘t stand (Underland). Can‘t say I enjoyed the book itself much either. 😬

Total: 7
Print: 2
Ebook: 2
Audio: 3
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 3

#lmpbc: 1

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️1/2
There‘s a lot about this book that felt excessive. Sometimes that worked for me, and sometimes it didn‘t. I really liked how creepy and unsettling the beginning was, but that ended up fading, and then it was just gross, which didn‘t work as well for me.

#lmpbc #GroupS #catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 9mo
collegecatlady It should have been shorter for sure!! 9mo
Hazel2019 There were definitely pieces I didn‘t read in detail because they were just too much 9mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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This weekend‘s #bookstorehaul 😊📚

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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The next book for #lmpbc got here today. I can‘t wait to get started! 😄

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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1. Oh, definitely. I‘ve picked up books I normally wouldn‘t pay much attention too just because the title sounded cool and stuck with me.
2. Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday! 💜📙 10mo
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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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#AugustWrapUp
Battle Royale, which I read for my friend rec challenge (3 books down, only 1 to go 😄), was my favorite this month and left me with a #bookhangover. How the Word is Passed was also great.

Total: 6
Print: 3
Ebook: 1
Audio: 2
Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 3

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 0
#friendrecchallenge: 1

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#Bookmail from my bestie today! 😄📚

Tamra I liked Dark Matter! 10mo
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Next up for book club with my friends

Suet624 Enjoy this creepy one. 10mo
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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
While I did think this book had some issues with pacing, I still found it pretty fun. Kara and Simon made a great duo, and I enjoyed the humor more than I expected. Also, Beau is ❤️❤️❤️ He kept reminding me of my childhood cat Flower (pictured above 🐱❤️).

#lmpbc #GroupS

sharread What a cute kitty. 10mo
Texreader Awww. Sweet memories. I had a few childhood cats and many wonderful memories ❤️🐈👍🏻🐈‍⬛ 10mo
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The Willows | Algernon Blackwood
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1. How the Word is Passed (Smith), Battle Royale (Takami), and Flights (Tokarczuk)
2. It depends on the story and the execution.
3. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

#weekendreads

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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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This got here today! I‘ll get started on it this weekend. 😄

#lmpbc #GroupS #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

FelinesAndFelonies I loved this book! The atmosphere was so creepy. I hope you enjoy it!! 11mo
Hazel2019 Hope you enjoy it! 😁 11mo
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1. There Plant Eyes, Pines, The Transitive Vampire, Flights
2. Jigsaw puzzles 🧩
3. Not quite, but Project Hail Mary was the closest.
#weekendreads

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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#JulyWrapUp
I was kind of meh about The Reason I Jump, but the rest were all great. My favorite was probably Project Hail Mary which I read for a book club with my friends.

Total: 6
Print: 1
Ebook: 2
Audio: 3
Fiction: 2
Nonfiction: 4

#lmpbc: 1
#booked2021: 0
#friendrecchallenge: 0