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shahn77

shahn77

Joined November 2016

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Rebecca by Daphne D Maurier
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Love this! Anne Bronte is wonderful. I wish there were many more works by Anne to consume. It is unfortunate that she didn't live long enough to write more.

christmassquirrel I LOVE the Brontës! Anne is sort of forgotten but she is excellent. If you like poetry, check hers out! 12mo
shahn77 @christmassquirrel I think Anne is my favorite Bronte! I heard you were back from your trip. I hope you had an awesome time. Coffee soon?????? 12mo
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Maltese Falcon | Dashiell Hammett
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I have somehow managed to never watch this movie or read this book. I am glad I finally read it. It was really enjoyable! Now I will have to watch the movie.

sloanghost I actually preferred Red Harvest! 1y
shahn77 @sloanghost Great! I will have to check that out! 1y
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Labor Day | Joyce Maynard
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This is a lovely story. I watched this movie a few years ago(probably because of Kate Winslet). I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I decided to try the book and it was even better than the movie.

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Fortunately, the Milk | Neil Gaiman
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Wonderful as always. I wish that I could have enjoyed the wonderful childrens stories created by Neil Gaiman as a child. There is so much magic in his stories.

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Bailedbailed

I love Willie Nelson and I am sure that this book isn't that bad. The problem is that it isn't read by Willie Nelson. I couldn't take it and had to bail.

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I have watched a lot of Agatha Christie adaptations, but this is the first book of hers that I have read. I really loved it. I can't wait to read more by her!

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This book is excellent. I enjoyed it so much. It is funny and sweet and sad. The audiobook is wonderful. I absolutely adore Eleanor.

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The Princess Bride has been one of my favorite movies since I was young. This book is a very enjoyable memoir of the making of the movie. It is sweet and funny and makes me want to watch the movie right now! I recommend the audiobook. It is read by Cary Elwes and other cast members are also featured.

Reviewsbylola My husband loved this. 1y
Daisey I had to watch the movie again the night that I finished listening to this! 1y
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Mehso-so

This book should have been a pick for me. The story is really interesting. The reason this is just so-so is because the story jumps around too much and it was confusing.

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This book started off slow. I was thinking about bailing on it for a while. Part of the difficulty was keeping all of the families and people straight. After I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. This is a quiet story about friendship and love. I am looking forward to following these characters as their lives progress. And honestly, that last bit had me dying to grab the next book so I could find out what happens next.

Graywacke Love seeing this here. Hope you enjoy the rest, got lost in them myself. 1y
shahn77 @Graywacke I will be moving on to the next one pretty quickly. This one really drew me in. Also, I just saw that HBO is adapting this into a mini-series so I definitely want to finish them before I watch it. 1y
Graywacke @shahn77 interesting about HBO series. Wonder how it will work out. 1y
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I really enjoyed this novella. It was nice to spend some more time in this world. I really appreciate the damage that everyone shows from the events of the first three books. It is nice to not just see everyone moving on like nothing traumatic happened. At the same time, this books was also full of hope. It was a really quick and lovely read.

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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1. 64
2. 150(I think I will end up reading much more than that)
3. I have read 10 5-star books this year. Lonesome Dove was the most recent.
4. 'Force of Nature' by Jane Harper(did not disappoint), 'Sunburn' by Laura Lippman, 'Unbury Carol' by Josh Malerman, 'A Court of Frost and Starlight' by Sarah J Maas(arrived yesterday!), and 'Only Human' by Sylvain Neuvel

#2018checkin

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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I flew through this book. It was twisty and tense and I really liked it. I knew something was off in this story, but as I started to piece the bits together, I got surprised again and again. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Mehso-so

This is a strange little book. This book had lots of wacky ideas but I didn't hate it. Even if I wouldn't actually do a lot of the things laid out in this book, it was still an enjoyable audiobook to listen to.

Burghbookaddict Yeah, shes a little too extreme for me! 1y
shahn77 @laurenashley Yep, but I still couldn't stop listening. I was fascinated by it. 1y
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Let Me Lie | Clare Mackintosh
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This was a great mystery. I had quite a few of the twists figured out early on but it didn't stop me from enjoying the story. I didn't enjoy it as much as 'I See You' but it was still excellent.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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This is a super fun YA mystery. I am looking forward to reading the rest of these when they are released. I wish I had known that this was going to end on a cliffhanger. I might have waited until the story wrapped up to read it. I have a terrible memory. I will have forgotten everything by the time the next book comes out.

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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I have been working on this one for a while. Some library holds and some crazy life stuff got in the way. So glad I finally finished it. I watched the mini-series way back when with my dad(I was probably in my early teens when it originally aired) and we watched it any time it was re-aired after that. I have always wanted to read the book. I was not disappointed. Love, love, love!

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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Bailedbailed

I think I am bailing on this one. I thought about trying to listen a bit more today, but realized I really didn't want to. This just isn't for me.

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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I am over 3 hours into this audiobook and I am not sure that this is for me. I stopped listening this morning and moved on to 'Truly Devious' which I am enjoying. Not sure if I should just return this to the library or give it some more time. I don't think the story or the characters are interesting so far. Does it just start slow or should I just be done with this one?

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I enjoyed this book. I am not a big lover of Shakespeare but that didn't make this any less interesting. As Oliver is released from prison after 10 years, he agrees to tell the real story to the officer that arrested him. This is a debut novel and I look forward to seeing what the author does next.

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This was great! I really enjoyed getting Levana's backstory. This story is a great addition to the series!

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I loved this. It was just the right mix of sweet, funny, sad, and endearing. Luckily, we don't have much traffic near the farm. Otherwise, my neighbors would probably wonder why I was sitting in the field crying while I was planting onion plants today.

Chelleo This is a fave of mine too ❤️ 1y
Ashley85 I really enjoyed this one too. 1y
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I couldn't stop listening to this and finished it in one day(on 2x speed). I really enjoyed it. It is really well-written, the characters are interesting, and the story flows well. Highly recommend!

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Cress = Cress | Marissa Meyer
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I adore this book series. It is so much fun. The story moves along quickly and the characters are great. It is a great series to escape into which I definitely need right now!

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Mehso-so

This book was beautifully written. It has been on my the since it came out. I just didn't like it. It took me two tries to get through it. I probably would have bailed a second time if it wasn't for book club.

Nikki15 Ah that‘s a shame. It‘s one of my favourites. What didn‘t you like about it? 1y
shahn77 @Nikki15 To be honest, I don't really have a specific answer. I really expected to love this. There were only a couple of small chunks of this book that I actually liked. Mostly, it just felt emotionless to me. 1y
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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Love Carrie. Enjoyed listening to her read this book. I will be honest, it took me about 30 minutes to get over the desire to burst into tears. After that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

callielafleur I miss this amazing lady. 💜 1y
shahn77 @callielafleur Me too! She was a treasure! 1y
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So, this is going to be unpopular, but I didn't love this book. I didn't love her last book either. I almost skipped this one, but I kept hearing good things about it. I didn't hate it, it was fine. i felt like I was kept at arms length from the emotion of it. Also, she kept telling me that this was happening in the 90s, but I didn't feel like it was. I was in my teens/twenties then and I didn't feel like she captured that time period at all.

LiteraryinLititz Hmm, that‘s a good point about the time period. I just read this one and liked it, but I‘ll have to think more about whether it felt authentically 90s. 1y
shahn77 @LiteraryinLititz I don't have a really good reason why it didn't feel like the 90s. She kept mentioning movies, music, etc that places this in the 90s, but it didn't feel right. The kids didn't feel like 90s teens. Of course, I feel like this book kept me at arms length so that might be contributing to those feelings too. 1y
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This was good. It didn't suck me in the way some other thrillers have lately, but I would be interested in continuing this if it becomes a series. I think it has potential.

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I really adored these books. Life has been crazy the last couple of weeks and this was just the escape I needed! These books really sucked me in and took me on quite the roller coaster ride. Looking forward to reading more by Sarah J. Maas.

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I wasn't sure I would like this series. Fantasy is hit or miss for me. I really enjoyed the first book. This one was even better! I loved it so much. I couldn't put this down. Can't wait to start the next book!

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Son | Lois Lowry
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I finally finished this just in time for book club tomorrow night. I didn't love this series. I would recommend reading 'The Giver' and not continuing on through the rest of the series.

mab-solenne I liked Gathering Blue but haven't gotten as far as Son. I will agree that GB was a little derivative of Giver, but I think I liked it for the talk of fiber arts and natural dyes 😃. I'm not sure i will ever feel like reading Son for myself, but I would still recommend the series to kids and young teens. 1y
shahn77 @makovienka I think I would have liked Gathering Blue better if it hadn't been connected to The Giver series. As a stand-alone story, I might have enjoyed it more. I didn't enjoy The Messenger at all. Lots of storylines that went nowhere. 1y
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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott
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This book just missed the mark for me. The writing was good and the plot was fine. I just didn't feel drawn in by the story or the characters. There are a lot of books that tell similar stories that I would recommend instead of this one.

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Small town - I took off to a bigger city in my 20s and came back as I got older. The older I get, the less I can tolerate traffic, other people, etc...
I am all over the place with music. I would say a little of both but most of the time, audio books instead.
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I've never had pineapple on pizza. Always wanted to try it!
I should choose Mr Darcy, but I will choose Rhett Butler every time. I love a scoundrel!

@readherwriteher #thisorthat

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This book didn't break new ground, but sometimes these books can just give you some momentum. I was feeling a bit frustrated about some projects that I needed to tackle on the farm and this helped motivate me a bit.

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I listened to this book. This is the story of the author's great great grandmother. She is said to haunt her old home which is now a hotel. The writing is fine, but the author didn't really get me interested in this story. She seemed detached from it all and so did I. Also, I didn't really love all the seance stuff. It seemed like instead of doing more in-depth family research, she talked to mediums.

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Messenger | Lois Lowry
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This is another underwhelming installment in the Giver Quartet. I probably would have bailed on this series after 'Gathering Blue' if this series wasn't our book club pick for this month. On to 'The Son'. Maybe it will be better than the last two.

Purrsistently Son is the best of the series! I didn‘t like Gathering Blue either. 1y
shahn77 @Purrsistently Good to know! I am dreading it but that makes me feel better about it. 1y
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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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I am a sucker for a space opera. These books are so much fun. There are some great new voices in this one that I hope will continue to appear in the story. And of course, I adore the wonderful crew of the Rocinante. I can't wait to dive into the next one!

callielafleur Hmmm maybe I would enjoy the tv series more if I read the books. I might have to give it a try. 1y
shahn77 @callielafleur I have been loving the series but my husband couldn't get into it(he hasn't read the books). I read the first book right before I watched season. I stopped part watching part way through season 2 when the show caught up to the end of book 1 so I could read book 2 before continuing. The book and show so far have been pretty similar but I think reading the book helped me keep track of some things that were happening on the show. 1y
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This book is excellent! I think I liked it more than 'The Dry'. Five women go into the woods on a teambuilding camping trip and only four come out. This was so creepy! The characters were all really well drawn and sympathetic. You can feel the paranoia rise as things go wrong in the wilderness. I was pretty sure that I knew what didn't happen, but I didn't figure out what actually did happen until it was revealed. Highly recommend!

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So excited! I couldn't stand looking at my ebook hold showing that I was #17 on 1 copy anymore so I requested a physical copy from the library. I am already hooked and I am only on page 3.

LiteraryinLititz I just started reading this today as well! 1y
shahn77 I am loving it so far. I am not far into it, but my hubbie has stuff going on tonight so I hope to spend the evening reading! 1y
shahn77 @LiteraryinLititz sorry! Forgot to tag you in my comment. I am a terrible social media person! 1y
LiteraryinLititz @shahn77 It‘s ok! Oh man. I‘m on page 235 and don‘t want to put it down! I have to go make dinner... but I really want to know what happens! 1y
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This book was ok. I am reading this series for the first time as an adult. I listened to 'The Giver' last fall and liked it. This book was just ok. I am into 'The Messenger' next which I am hoping I will enjoy more than this book.

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When You Reach Me | Rebecca Stead
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Wow. I listened to this audiobook today. I was looking for a quick listen today and I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. I loved this so much! This is about a 12 year old girl named Miranda. It takes place in 1979 and her favorite book is 'A Wrinkle in Time'. This is such an excellent story. This is a mystery and so much more. I can see why this is a Newbery award winner.

callielafleur I loved this audiobook! ❤️ 1y
shahn77 @callielafleur I know! I can't believe that I have never heard anyone mention this book before. It is so good! 1y
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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I love Ruth Ware. This book is no exception. I love a good story about childhood friends coming together later in life. I found the characters to be interesting and flawed. The setting was super creepy.

AmyG I listened to this and loved it. 1y
shahn77 @AmyG I love Imogen Church! She is an amazing narrator. 1y
AmyG She was a huge part of why I loved the book. (edited) 1y
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I loved this book. I have wanted to read it for 25 years. I finally picked it up and tackled it. It was worth it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Heideschrampf Yay! Good, i'm up to page 70 now, just arrived on dune, and i am already impressed with the detail and thought put into it! 1y
shahn77 @Heideschrampf I hope you like it as much as I did. The world is so well drawn and the characters are really interesting! I can't wait to see what you think! 1y
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Tortilla chips all the way, but if you put them in front of me, I will eat the potato chips and the French fries. #thisorthat

@RealLifeReading

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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I was hoping to spend some more time with the Hat Creek Cattle Company, but Miles has other ideas. #dogsoflitsy

Bklover ❤️❤️Gus❤️❤️ 1y
shahn77 @Bklover I know, but then my husband starts talking incessantly and I rethink how much I would enjoy spending time with Gus. 😄 1y
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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I really enjoyed this book! I listened to it on audio and I would suggest the audiobook due to the podcast part of the story. This is about an old murder brought back to the forefront due to a 'serial' type podcast. This is part mystery but also part family story. I loved seeing the podcast through the lens of the victim's family.

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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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I adore these books. These books are just so much fun. The audiobook narration is excellent. I would highly recommend this series on audio.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Elizabeth Bennett is my favorite Jane Austen character. She is an absolute delight! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

#janeaustengiveaway @GypsyKat

GypsyKat 💗💗💗 1y
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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This book is great. Jane Austen is wonderful! I really enjoyed this on audio.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I joined a book club last month and this is our book for this month. I had no idea what it was about when I picked it up. It seemed like a romance at first and I didn't think I was going to like it. Then it took a turn and I ended up really enjoying it.