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The Last Night Out | Catherine O'Connell
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2 of 5 stars = It was ok
I received an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of this thriller from NetGalley.com. This book begins with one heck of a bachelorette party. The tag line sounded intriguing: “Six friends. A bride to be. One murder. Too many secrets.” There are so many of these types of stories and nothing in this one will make me remember it for long. Also, there were way too many characters to keep track of easily.

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I read very few books that would be considered “cozy mysteries”. I received an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) from NetGalley.com and wanted to give this one a try since I was in the mood for something light, clever and witty. I‘m pleased to report that my mission was 100% successful. This book reminded me of a modern-day Agatha Christie novel. I will definitely be checking out this author‘s back list.

rretzler Simon Brett has several series which are good. I like Fethering the best, and then Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter are tied (I haven‘t read as many of them). His most recently started series is Blotto & Twinks. It is not nearly as good as the others, but it you are ever looking for a light and frivolous mystery , the series would definitely qualify!😄 14h
suvata @rretzler This was the first book I ever read by him. I really loved his conversational tone and his cleverness. Definitely going to be a go-to for me. 14h
rretzler I don‘t necessarily consider him a cozy mystery writer! 😂 Years ago, I would have, but the term “cozy mystery” seems (to me at least) to have been changed into silly mysteries that are solved by bakers, caterers, cats, tea shop owners, ghosts, psychics, and other assorted people who have nothing at all to do with the murder. 🤣 Brett‘s books seem to rise above that even though most of his characters have nothing to do with murder either! 14h
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It‘s official. I‘m completely addicted to this series of books. I really hope there is another one in the works.

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Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson
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Panpan

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Only Ever Her | Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

Beautiful cover, so-so book. I kept dozing off so it clearly didn‘t grab me and hold on.

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Clearly, a great amount of research was put into this book. I read through most of January, looked up my own birthday in September, and decided to call it quits. I will eventually read most of this book but I plan on using it more as a reference book then something I would read cover to cover.

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An American, a Nazi, and a Russian walk into a bar ...

Seriously though, this is an excellent World War II story. The twist on this one is that all three of the above mentioned people are women. Nina is one of the first female pilots of the Red Air Force. Anneliese is a Nazi murderous who fled to the United States to avoid the Nuremberg trials. Jordan gets stuck in the middle when her father marries Anneliese.

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I read this in 2010 but I am re-reading it with my grandson for his summer reading project. I remember it being really good. Yes, I‘m pretty sure he will love it too.

DarcysMom I loved reading it to my daughter! 3d
suvata @DarcysMom Really good children‘s book indeed. 3d
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The Velvet Hours | Alyson Richman
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#LMPBC Round 5 - #GroupJ
@suvata @Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast

@Laughterhp The Velvet Hours is on its way to you tomorrow morning. Enjoy!

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This book is on the ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List - plus - I borrowed it from the library and it‘s due back in two weeks. So, at almost 600-pages I better start reading.

MellieAntoinette It‘s a fast, excellent read! You got this! I‘m on page 365 and loving it! 1w
suvata @MellieAntoinette Good to hear that. I just started it about an hour ago and it‘s already got my attention. 1w
MellieAntoinette @suvata Nina Markov!! What a character! 1w
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Speaking of gargoyles ... Have you ever heard the story of Little Dedo? He is the smallest gargoyle at Notre Dame in Paris.

You can find his story here:
https://pinkinkandjello.blogspot.com/2008/07/little-dedo-definately-not-fierce.h...

or at:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Dedo

@Lcsmcat #HugoNuts

Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing. He‘s cute. 1w
suvata @Lcsmcat I think so too. 1w
marleed I have him. But didn‘t know the story. Thanks!! 1w
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suvata @marleed I have a little statue of him and I always loved his story. You‘re welcome 😇 1w
BookwormAHN I also have him but I had forgotten his story. Thanks 😸 1w
suvata @BookwormAHN 👍🏻 1w
JaclynW What an interesting and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing! 1w
suvata @JaclynW You‘re welcome. I‘ve always loved that story too. 1w
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Listen, Slowly | Thanhha Lai
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I really like multi-cultural books for middle-schoolers. This particular story is about a Southern California 12-year-old who is forced to visit Vietnam with her grandmother. The grandmother is going there to try to find out what happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. It‘s about the ultimate importance of home and family. Glad I read it.

Nebklvr I really like her other book! 1w
suvata @Nebklvr I will definitely have to check that out. I like to find middle grade books to read with my grandkids. 1w
Nebklvr @suvata I believe the first book is about this family fleeing Vietnam and coming to the US as refuges 1w
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suvata @Nebklvr Awesome! I‘ve added it to my list. Thanks. 1w
Daisey I thought this one was good, but I liked Inside Out and Back Again so much more. Definitely look it up. 1w
suvata @Daisey Already added to my TBR! 1w
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Notre Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo
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#HugoNuts @Lcsmcat
Here is the edition I am reading.
Author: Victor Hugo
Translated by: Catherine Liu
Introduction by: Elizabeth McCracken
Publish Date: Oct 08, 2002
ISBN-10: 0679642579
ISBN-13: 9780679642572

Lcsmcat A popular edition. How do you like the Liu translation? 1w
suvata I am really enjoying it. I have to admit that I mostly bought it for Elizabeth McCracken‘s Intro which was excellent. 1w
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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Finished my May 2019 “required” reading early this month. I may get a head start on the ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer Reading List as well as my personal TBR Project. #FreeRead #Bookstagram 🎯

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The Velvet Hours | Alyson Richman
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Read for #LMPBC Round 5 - #GroupJ
@suvata @Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast

I‘m purposely being vague about this book because I want the other members of this group to be surprised when they read it. I would give this WWII novel 3.5 stars. I really like how it was told from two perspectives: a grandmother and her granddaughter.

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I have very mixed emotions about this book. I already know where life has brought me and I‘ve never had a suicidal thought. On one hand, it would bother me to recommend this book to a mentally unstable teenager because they might think that a suicide pact is a great idea. On the other hand, the author handled a very though idea with thoughtfulness and hope. Maybe If a young person read this book, they may be able to help someone else who is need.

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Continuing my TBR project:
This is the second oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added February 5, 2015.

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Blackout | Connie Willis
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added July 12, 2011.

I love time-travel books as well as historical fiction. Blackout was definitely one of the best of both genres. There is a plethora of London history in these pages but none as beautiful as the description of St. Paul‘s Cathedral.

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Evil Eye | Madhuri Shekar
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Loved this little Audible Original! Pallavi‘s mom is a mess and there is quite a twist near the end. Shocking! The format was perfect for this story. Wow!

ReadingRover I got this one too. I loved it!!! 2w
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Finally made it to Book III and I‘m loving every minute of this book!
Litsy Notre Dame Buddy Read #HugoNuts

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Blackout | Connie Willis
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A sense of humor even in the face of tragedy!

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This is just a gentle reminder to all the people participating in the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC. There are about two weeks left to read your book, mark it up, and get it into the mail. Can‘t wait to share mine with you! 😎

Sward7 I‘m still learning Litsy. How can I make sure I‘ll see the invite for the next go round? 2w
suvata Just follow me and I‘ll post notifications when it‘s time 😎 2w
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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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Oldest selection on my TBR list - Added October 25, 2011.

WOW! This a small but powerful philosophical story. Truth spoken here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LitLogophile Agreed 😊 2w
suvata @LitLogophile I loved it so much. 2w
janerzy This is one of my favorites! Read it 3 times already! 2w
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suvata @janerzy I have a feeling I will be reading this again in my future too! 2w
Tamra I recently bought this - need to move it up! 2w
suvata @Tamra You should. It‘s a very quick read. 2w
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#ReeseWitherspoon Book Club May 2019 pick

I‘m not much of a “foodie” so all the talk about food was not very interesting to me. Still, I really enjoyed the story of the families and communities from different cultures with their various customs. All in all, a pretty good read.

Bonus: For those who are into it, there a lot of good sounding recipes at the end of the book.

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Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing. 2w
Graywacke Fun article 2w
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YA is not my go-to genre but I do enjoy a YA book that has depth and believable characters. The two Julie Buxbaum books that I‘ve read definitely had both. This post-9/11 story certainly touched my heart in a very special way. I witnessed 9/11 live on TV like so many millions of us did — it changed everyone who witnessed it on some permanent level. Great job on a devastating topic!

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laurenslibrary I've been having this issue all week! 2w
MidnightBookGirl Sorry to hear that! But at least there are books! 2w
Crazeedi Been there for a while 2w
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I had 2 questions that kept nagging me while I was reading this book:
1. Why did Tim and Marty even need CeeCee to carry out their plan? It seems to me that they could have accomplished their task without getting her involved at all.
2. Does the author really want me to have sympathy for someone who took a child and kept her away from her rightful family for over 30 years? Surely she could have figured out a way to return the child to the father.

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I‘m prepared and excited for our Notre Dame Buddy Read!
#HugoNuts @Lcsmcat

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
MellieAntoinette Me too! Started last night! 3w
rjsthumbelina I just caught up with the first section: the perks of being at home sick, I suppose 😉 I'm finding the writing style a bit difficult to get into, but that's probably bc it's so different from what I've been reading lately. I'm interested to see where it goes next! 2w
suvata @rjsthumbelina It does take a little time to get into the flow of the writing style. I just finished part 1 and I am anxious to move on. 2w
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Continuing my TBR project:
This now the oldest selection on my TBR list - Added April 26, 2011.

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The Bells | Richard Harvell
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Oldest selection on my TBR list - Added January 8, 2011.

I have no idea why it took me eight years to finally read this book. All I can suggest is that everyone look through their TBR lists to see if they have any hidden gems there. This book was certainly a surprise to me. I don‘t know who told me about it or how I even ended up my list but I am so happy that I read finally it. Definitely a 5-star read. If you like historical fiction, read this!

Chelsea.Poole Unexpected gems are the best!!! 3w
suvata @Chelsea.Poole Absolutely!! 3w
twohectobooks Ok, you convinced me! 3w
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juliegumdrop Added this to my TBR 3w
suvata @juliegumdrop 👍🏻 3w
Tamra I so love surprise reads!! 3w
suvata @Tamra me too 2w
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The Bells | Richard Harvell
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I can‘t seem to put this one down!

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The Velvet Hours | Alyson Richman
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Yay! Look what came in the mail today.

#LMPBC Round 5 - #GroupJ
@suvata @Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast

MidnightBookGirl That is a gorgeous cover!! 3w
suvata @MidnightBookGirl I have heard that it‘s a very good book as well. 3w
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litenthusiast Yay! Thrilled it got there. Enjoy! 💜 3w
Eggs A fabulous read!!! 3w
suvata @Eggs Can‘t wait 😊 3w
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This book is about Canadian men and women who served as Great Lakes lighthouse keepers on Lake Superior. The subject is very near and dear to my heart because I grew up in Michigan and loved the northern Michigan references. It‘s a pretty common trope about a young girl who befriends an elderly woman and together they discover family secrets. I may have only given the book 3-stars but, like I said, “near to my heart” and all made it a 4-star read.

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The Bells | Richard Harvell
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I literally have 300 books on my TBR list. There are four that have been there since 2011. I think it‘s time to read them or ditch them.

wanderinglynn I enjoyed The Alchemist. I'd recommend it. 👍 3w
suvata @wanderinglynn Great 👍🏻 3w
twohectobooks I have a tbr that‘s over 1000 items long on goodreads. I added WAY too many books last year so I‘m trying to cut back for a while over the next few months. 3w
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suvata @twohectobooks Wow! That‘s a lot of books. 3w
twohectobooks @suvata yeah I‘ve gotten carried away! My physical tbr is well under 50 books so that somewhat balances it out?! 😳 3w
merelybookish I read a blog post by someone who re-starts her TBR every year. I thought that sounded intriguing and kind of freeing. 3w
suvata @merelybookish that sounds very nice but I don‘t know if I‘m capable of pulling it off. LOL 3w
suvata @twohectobooks Other than those few books from 2011, the next books start from 2015. I think I might try to read them in that TBR order for a while and see what year I can get up to. 3w
merelybookish @suvata Yeah, I don't know that I could either. But it made me think there are probably lots of titles I could purge. 3w
suvata @irre I have heard that often. So, I am glad that it‘s on my list. 3w
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Really!?! Then I‘ll go to bed.

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#suvataPicks May 2019 — My personal pick because of a 4+ Goodreads average rating

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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It‘s been a VERY long time since I was in high-school but I think Buxbaum hits the nail right on the head. I don‘t remember that time as being either a positive or negative experience — just part of my history. I kind of remember the emotional aspect but then, I didn‘t have the loss of a parent to deal with at that time. That really changed the whole dynamic of the story. I really love the epistolary format. It worked well for this book.

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Suet624 Yes, wine used to do that for me too. I miss it. 😐 3w
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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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Coffee ☕️
Both 🍭 🧂
Dogs 🐶
Beach 🏝
@Laughterhp @wife @litenthusiast 👩‍👧‍👦 My #LMPBC buddies

#summersantagoespostal
#summerthisorthat
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Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 3w
suvata @Hestapleton it was fun 3w
Laughterhp Thanks for the tag! I‘m not participating in the Summer Goes Postal Swap, so didn‘t know if I should actually play along 😊🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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Go me! Maybe I should readjust my goal since it‘s only May. Nah!

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Presidio: A Novel | Randy Kennedy
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Heard about this book on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Randy-Kennedy

I don‘t always read “Westerns” but when I do, this is the kind I like.

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I like following the #LMPBC hashtag to get ideas for my To Be Read List.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Clearly, I did not appreciate this book as much as all the people that recommended it with a five star rating. I thought it was a good psychological thriller, but fairly run-of-the-mill. Maybe I just wasn‘t in the mood for this kind of book right now.

Tamra I felt the same. 4w
suvata @Tamra It feels good to know that I am not alone. 4w
baes I enjoyed it but it was lacking. And I did find it predictable. 4w
suvata @baes Exactly 4w
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The Velvet Hours | Alyson Richman
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Coming up in May ...
#suvataPicks #MayTBR

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Dog Songs | Mary Oliver
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riversong153 Soo cute 4w
suvata @riversong153 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa IKR? That was the best poem in the book, in my opinion. 4w
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Historical Fiction | Alfred Duggan

I think someone was planning an historical fiction exchange but it I can‘t find the post. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Jerdencon I don't know - but I'd be interested too 4w
whatshesreadingnow Hi Suellen, would you please tag me if you find out who 4w
Wife I remember something about that too. But never heard anything more. It‘s probably been a few months. But I‘m interested too. 🌹 4w
LapReader I‘d be interested too. (edited) 4w
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Dog Songs | Mary Oliver
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A short book of poems: sometimes funny, sometimes wonderful, and sometimes sad.