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Joined September 2016

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Death Du Jour: A Novel by Kathy Reichs
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The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu
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Oscar Wilde: A Life by Matthew Sturgis
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Forest Laird by Jack Whyte
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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
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Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
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Spells & Shelves | Elle Adams

Popped by a local charity and discovered the perfect set of canning shelves. Now I just have to deodorize and paint them.

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Amy of the Necromancers | Jimena I. Novaro

Started this one yesterday.
Edit: DNF'd just not grabbing my attention.

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Mehso-so

More bad dating and sex advice.

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Princess in Pink | Meg Cabot
Mehso-so

This one was very irksome. Illustrative of so much lousy advice given to teens about dating.

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Panpan

This was a reread. It was rather blah...

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This one is going to be a wild ride.

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Pickpick

Eddie (pronounced Addie) Jaku (jay-koo) takes us through his experience of the Holocaust. He shares loss, love, and joy of life. Please read this book. It is educational and poignant.

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Princess in Pink | Meg Cabot

Diving back into this one... Apparently I just needed a break from the series.

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Panpan

This one was a real stretch. The plot was all over the map. Serial killer in present linked to 20 year old satanic panic daycare case. And too many red herrings to shake a stick at.

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Curly Girl: The Handbook | Deborah Chiel, Lorraine Massey, Michele Bender
Panpan

This book had such polarizing reviews I had to read it myself. It reads like a terrible coming out manual. it is also full of bad advice and cutesified crap like claiming a blow dryer fries your hair (blow frier).

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Curly Girl: The Handbook | Deborah Chiel, Lorraine Massey, Michele Bender

Okay so I'm going to read this one. I don't need help with my curls, but people either think this is junk science or god's gift. Gotta see for myself.

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Glitch | Mirya

Recently I lost my best friend's account on Instagram. Technically I'm still following her I just can't see anything. My sister had this happen after she merged her accounts, she lost tons of followers and people following. Anyone else experienced this? #meta #merge

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This book is all about how Stanley Tucci loves food; more specifically cuisine. He literally uses food as a guidance system to the major changes in his life. From childhood all the way through being diagnosed with and beating cancer. I highly recommend giving it a listen.

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Die Again | Tess Gerritsen
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This one was so refreshing after the last few duds. The zoology connection and the red herrings really spiced up an otherwise grim situation. This book features dual timelines that intertwine to form the pattern of a killer. Jane and Maura have their friendship tested when they disagree about the connections in several cases. These cases will take Jane to South Africa on the hunt for something far more dangerous than a leopard. She hunts a human.

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Mehso-so

This was highly formula driven. broody Damon Salvatore type wants to get his way with downstairs neighbor. They meet, they avoid, they bang. Again. and so on. she falls in love only to discover his betrayal and then he makes grand sweeping gesture. She forgives him. They live happily ever after. Just not my cuppa.

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Happy Holidays | Janet Dailey
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Mehso-so

This one was super tense the whole time. I prefer some variation in my fiction. Apparently I missed an entire novel existing and will be rectifying that shortly. Edit: turns out it doesn't come out til next year!

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Mehso-so

The main story was compelling until about halfway, it became slow and draggy until the last 50 pages. Enjoyed the monkey king and lady general of Ming dynasty aspects. Short story was far better.

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The Holmes Manual | Mike Holmes

Jeeze Louise make me cry much! Just watched first episode of the holmes family effect. #givingback #holmesdoingitright

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There was far too much "..." And "since you already know" -ing going on. No, I don't. Essentially it falls apart due to a total lack of follow through on world building.

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Halloweentown Series | Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, McBrewster John
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Ice Cold | Tess Gerritsen
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This book was so compelling I read for four hours straight! Haven't done that in years. The pacing was fantastic. Really could have done without the preface from the mind of a pedophile, though. You really get to see Maura and Jane come closer in this one too.

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Ice Cold | Tess Gerritsen

Damn this one is so compelling I keep losing sleep to read it. Have to make myself stop now...

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The Keepsake | Tess Gerritsen
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After two duds in a row this was really good. Helps I've always loved archaeology.

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The Keepsake | Tess Gerritsen
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"HE IS COMING FOR ME." #firstlinefridays

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This book takes us through Julianna Margulies's life; from childhood through to Good Wife. She touches on Anthroposophy and eurythmy. The former is the practice of getting close to god through human action, typically by the use of eurythmy which is a form of expressive dance. she also discusses the time she ignored a dental situation until it became dire. It was a fascinating read.

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Artemisa | Andy Weir

This one ended up a dud for me too, unfortunately.

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The writing was approachable, but the characters just didn't work for me. Bored rich woman can't stop talking about area body discovery despite no new information. Skanky b*tch wife of aforementioned woman's step son thinks she is so hard done by. Seriously she is constantly scheming to steal money that doesn't belong to her. I couldn't find anybody to root for and kept wondering when the b*tch would get murdered. It was definitely time to bail.

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My favorite thing about Autumn is the foliage color shift. The riot of colors is astoundingly beautiful. Though tragically absent this season. Cinnamon rooibos chai tea. Grateful for the tomatoes I will harvest soon, that the election went well, and that most people in my country are recognizing the wisdom of being vaccinated. #wondrouswednesday

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Panpan

Wow. I'm going to take a break from these for a while. Two extremely dark installments in a row. Yikes. I've always known Nephilim to be the race of half human-half angel warriors that protect us from evil. That's not the case in this book. In this book they are the evil. So says the Mephisto Foundation. So basically this book dives deep into folie-a-deux. Creeps me right out.

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Leslie Jordan's autobiography was super cute. I enjoyed hearing all about Truman Capote, straight man standoffs, and reclaiming joy post-Pulse. Jordan shares highs and lows from a life well-lived indeed. Beverly Leslie will always be one of my favorite television characters.

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This one while fast to read was really hard to get through. The subject matter is very rough and very detailed. If you are not prepared for dealing with rape and child murder this book will totally fuck you over.

fredthemoose Yikes 😬 13mo
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Fatal Voyage | Kathy Reichs
Mehso-so

This one was kind of so so for me. It held my attention more in the latter half. I'm not a huge fan of starting in the middle of the action. Otherwise it was an intriguing premise.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
Mehso-so

Cute.

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Gah... Long day. This book is a good companion and a fast read though🙂

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Mehso-so

This book definitely qualifies for the moniker "cozy mystery". I never once felt that anything was high stakes. It was, in fact, less than compelling. Which is difficult to achieve when dealing with murder.

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Mehso-so

This one really departs from the show. Like majorly departs from it. This is a good thing. It helps to nuance an differentiate the story from that of the show.

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Mehso-so

It was interesting to hear from bourdain himself about some parts of his life. I would read other books by him.

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Mehso-so

This one held my attention well. It also diverged the characters more thoroughly from their TV counterparts. Lots of plot differences. I could have done without the rats though.

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Desert Queen | Janet Wallach

If we are going to get desert highs during the day it should be law to also have desert lows come nightfall. #hadenoughofthisheat

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The Apprentice: A Novel | Tess Gerritsen
Mehso-so

Starting to get more of the characters from the show appearing in this one. Hoyt's comeuppance was better in the book than it was in the show. Need more character development soon.

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Lauren lets us get a glimpse of what life is like throughout an acting career. She illustrates just how much both busting your ass and luck are involved. Or as she calls it Kismet.

She takes us through her early days mispronouncing song lyrics. Her midyears on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, and the odd movie or show in between. And finally through returning to Gilmore once more. This memoir is short, sweet, and to the point.

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The Surgeon | Tess Gerritsen
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Wow. Very strong for a first novel. At first I was surprised that Jane took a back seat in this book. It made it so much higher value when she starred at the end though. Still waiting to discover how many other show characters are from the books.

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The Surgeon | Tess Gerritsen
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1 I have fairly broad taste from Ambrosia to Queen, and almost everything in between. I also enjoy instrumental and folk music. And parody.
2. Any trip which facilitates antiquing and thrift hunting.
3. Bold to assume I have grown up.
4. Puppies, and murder mysteries. In that order. Not combined.
#wondrouswednesday

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Mehso-so

Being a first book there were certainly some growing pains present. The pacing and plotting felt off. The animosity between Claudel and Brennan felt super forced. That being said, it held my attention throughout. the action largely exist in the last thirty or so pages. Tempe was seriously frustrating in this one. Going off all half-cocked, rushing headlong into dangerous situations with zero planning.

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Deja Dead: A Novel | Kathy Reichs

Well nice to know some things never change. Tempe has been a moron since book one. Good to know.

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Mehso-so

I found Ms Didion's writing style easy to engage with. Though I did not agree with her on most things discussed in this essay collection. Except the Martha Stewart chapter.

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Mehso-so

I have got to stop reading fiction via audiobook. Very tough to retain details. Here goes nothing. Pizza parlor, bones, murder. Once again Tempe goes off less than half cocked into a dangerous situation. This time she drags a friend into it too. For a person with advanced degrees she sure acts densely.

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Project Princess | Meg Cabot
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Hormone soup insecurity
#3wordreviews

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Mehso-so

In this one Mia is extremely insecure about her new status with Michael. She spends christmas break in Genovia. The whole time she angsts over what to get for his birthday, and what to do when he inevitably dumps her. The amount of times Mia thinks she will get dumped are astronomical. On some level she recognizes how unreasonable her attitude is. She is dating someone 3-4 years older than her, which makes for a huge difference at this age.