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Cinfhen
Quiet in Her Bones | Nalini Singh
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#SetInANeighborhood this book is loaded with #Secrets and #twists - A son is devastated when his beloved mom disappears with a quarter of a million dollars after having an argument with her husband, a powerful businessman but a cold hearted father. 10 years later her whereabouts become known, setting the cul de sac where she lived into a frenzy as everyone there has something to hide. Fabulous setting Ok story. #GoodNotGreat

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BarbaraBB It sounded great until you ended with your hashtag 😃 3d
Cinfhen It could have been my mood @BarbaraBB I was so distracted over the two weeks!! 3d
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to hear more about your trip! 3d
julesG I have this on my TBR for #SunshineNoir. 3d
Cinfhen This was meant to be my #SunshineNoir but literally there was rain & storms on EVERY page @julesG 😂so I switched to #neighborhood 3d
julesG Rainy season? Then I might need to find a different book. 😉 3d
squirrelbrain What @BarbaraBB said - I was thinking exactly the same! 3d
Librarybelle I love seeing the scenery through the airplane window in your photo - great capture! 3d
Cinfhen Yeah/ it did not feel like #SunshineNoir @julesG even though Book Riot suggested this title🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 3d
Cinfhen Morocco is a GORGEOUS country with the friendliest people - everyone we met were so polite and kind @squirrelbrain @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB such a pleasant experience 3d
LaraReads Love this pic! 🛩️🏔️ I do love Nalini Singh so may give it a whirl. Thanks for all the prompt ideas! 3d
Cinfhen This was my first book by Singh @LaraReads and I‘ll definitely read more by her. I love how she captured both New Zealand and the Hindu culture/ customs - it was all so interesting 2d
Centique @Cinfhen I have never read Singh and now I‘m feeling guilty! 😂 #badkiwi I had heard her fantasy books were great. 2d
Cinfhen I think you‘d like her books @Centique and you‘re definitely NOT a #BadKiwi 2d
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MicheleinPhilly
Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Mehso-so

Meh. This was…okay. The airport conceit was completely unnecessary. I‘m rather perplexed as to why this made the shortlist. It wasn‘t bad, it just wasn‘t fantastic or terribly memorable. #TOB2023 @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @Suet624 @sarahbarnes @thebluestocking @Mindyrecycles @vivastory @kwmg40 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @amyrabbitt @MicheleinPhilly @Hooked_on_books @cariashley @batsy @Chelsea.Poole @Addison_Reads @RebelReader

Ruthiella I‘m right there in the middle with you on this one! 2w
Suet624 There was an interesting discussion about this way back when on one of the posts. It made me question some things about the story itself. Maybe those discussions will take place again when the TOB judges discuss it. 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 At the very least, I‘m hoping the judges indicate what they saw in this! 2w
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batsy I agree! Felt like I was missing something... 2w
squirrelbrain I quite liked this, but I‘m not sure it was ‘enough‘ of anything to make the shortlist. 2w
BarbaraBB I liked it a lot although the airport setting didn‘t add to the story indeed. But he needed someone to talk to for a longer time. 2w
RebelReader I really liked this one. I didn‘t mind the airport concept because it‘s a place you could run into someone and there‘s nothing to do but talk, unless you‘re a reader. 🤣🤣 The best thing about the #tob is all the diverse opinions. 2w
MicheleinPhilly @RebelReader If someone tried to yack my ear off in an airport like this, I‘d be screaming back through security. “Change my flight! NOW!” 2w
RebelReader @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2w
Cinfhen 💯!!! It was #GoodNotGreat 2w
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Megabooks
Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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I liked a lot of the elements of this debut, but in the end it was #GoodNotGreat. I‘ll be on the lookout to see what she does next though.

Rita grew up in the Navajo Nation and now works as a crime scene photographer for the Albuquerque PD. All her life, she‘s been able to see ghosts of the dead. When a particularly persistent ghost grabs her attention, she unwittingly becomes involved in a high-stakes investigation of multiple homicides.

Cinfhen I bailed but I can see the beginnings of a good storyteller are there just needs a bit more time. I‘ll look out for her next book 1mo
SamAnne I agree with your review. I loved the background and the scenes she creates. I bet in her next books she will create a tighter plot. 1mo
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Cinfhen
Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Did you get a copy of Demon Copperhead from Santa? Do you feel like joining @LeeRHarry @AllDebooks and me for a very informal #BuddyRead in January?!? I‘m looking forward to reading this book and thought it might be fun to read along with others. Thinking we could read at our own pace but check in periodically throughout the month to share impressions. (No Spoilers!) If you‘d like to participate drop a note below. No pressure 🤓

TrishB You know how bad I am at these…. 1mo
mcctrish I didn‘t get it but I do have to read if for bookclub, so count me in and I‘m off to find a copy 1mo
LeeRHarry I was convinced I‘d be getting this but didn‘t 😆 I‘ll pick it up on my travels or at the latest mid Jan when I‘m back in Aus 😊 (edited) 1mo
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Cuilin Got a notification that my library has it on hold for me. Love to join in. 1mo
BookBelle84 Me too! I wasn't sure if I should attempt David Copperfield first. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry @LeeRHarry that Santa didn‘t deliver 😂😂But glad you‘re still joining! Yay @Cuilin @mcctrish I‘m looking forward to reading with you all. I didn‘t tag you @TrishB because our track record is pretty abysmal😂😂😂but of course I‘d LOVE for you to join us XX 1mo
Cinfhen I was wondering the same @BookBelle84 but I heard it‘s fine to go in without being familiar with the original text😊 1mo
LeeRHarry @BookBelle84 I wasn‘t sure too but I won‘t be and have read it‘s ok not to🤷🏼‍♀️😊 (edited) 1mo
SamAnne My library hold is coming in. And U just reserved David Copperfield. I‘m so in!! 1mo
AmyG I am in! I just started this. It‘s wonderful. 1mo
KathyWheeler I didn‘t get it for Christmas, but I‘m going to get it. I‘d like to join in. 1mo
gossamerchild Ooh, I'll join in! I actually bought it for myself a while ago, but haven't gotten to it yet. 1mo
Hokey Gift to myself! I‘m in! 1mo
Kangaj1 I started it in Christmas, but I will join in on the discussion! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Me me me!!! I just started this…trying to read one chapter to get a feel for it and I can‘t stay away! (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! It‘s a #DemonParty 😈I‘m excited to read along with this wonderful group - im counting on those with a classics background to point out the Copperfield similarities @LeeRHarry @BookBelle84 @SamAnne @AmyG @KathyWheeler @gossamerchild @Hokey @Kangaj1 @Chelsea.Poole Are most of you choosing print or audio?? I treated myself to both but haven‘t decided my best plan of attack. I think I‘ll start print. Can‘t wait for January 1… 1mo
BarbaraBB Cool idea. So many Litsy love for this book but I haven‘t got a copy yet. I will tune in on your discussion later! 1mo
squirrelbrain Ooh me please! I started the audio a few days ago and should get a digital library copy on 11th Jan. 1mo
Cinfhen Great @squirrelbrain 😁if u pick up a copy feel free to jump in @BarbaraBB 🥰 1mo
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen I‘ll be sticking to print 😊 1mo
KathyWheeler I‘m going to get this in print but may also do part of it as audio. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m currently (slowly) working on print as I have time through the holiday chaos (new visitors arrive tomorrow!) so I‘m not planning to get much done before the new year. I‘m loving the print! I‘m also on hold for audio which will probably help me keep up when it becomes available. 1mo
AmyG I am reading this…in print. 1mo
BookBelle84 I'm reading in print too 1mo
Cinfhen @Megabooks did you read or do audio for this one?!? 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen audio! 👍🏻👍🏻 narration was #goodnotgreat 1mo
Cinfhen Good to know thanks @Megabooks Xx 1mo
gossamerchild My copy is print. I have a feeling I'm going to want to savor the words. 1mo
CBee I‘d like to join! My copy gets here on the 9th 👏🏻👏🏻 #mygifttomyself 😂 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s EXCELLENT in print @gossamerchild @CBee I started reading a few chapters early today!!!! 1mo
Kristin_Reads I‘d love to jump in if it‘s not too late! Just started reading this and loving it! 1mo
Cinfhen Sure @Kristin_Reads glad to have you join in!! 1mo
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Megabooks
The Woman from Uruguay | Pedro Mairal
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Pickpick

A man goes from #Argentina to #Uruguay to pick up cash to pay back his wife and oh yeah, see the woman he‘s been having an emotional affair with. Guy walking around Montevideo intoxicated with 15k USD on his person…I think you know where this is going. 😏 But then the last 15 pages happen, and it‘s all, where did this come from?? A #GoodNotGreat start to #ReadingTheAmericas2023. This is also my #bookspin.

Librarybelle Way to start the challenge! 2mo
BarbaraBB This does NOT sound like a Meg book! 2mo
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squirrelbrain Great start! Are you using it for both countries? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB lol! I enjoyed it well enough, but I wouldn‘t have sought it out without the challenge, and isn‘t that the point?? 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes, I‘ve decided this time that I can use books for more than one country. 2mo
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You‘re right, that‘s exactly the point 😀 2mo
squirrelbrain Good call Meg; I may do the same, go a bit easier on myself. 😁 Although I think I‘ve identified books for most countries already but if some overlap, I can maybe drop a few. 2mo
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Megabooks
Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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I had three more winners from the #toblonglist this week! Reward Sytem, Carlotta, and Dinosaurs were all quite impressive, but I didn‘t enjoy 2 AM as much. Starry Messenger and Antiques were #GoodNotGreat. Reviews of States and Short Books soon, but the latter would make a great gift with one or two short books. (A good suggestion by Parnassus!) I read The Answers by Lacey earlier this year and was happy to find States on Book Outlet. #BookReport

rockpools I‘m intrigued by the short books book. I do like a short book! 2mo
Megabooks @rockpools it was great! It put several books on my TBR. 2mo
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Cinfhen
Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m off to the States on Tuesday evening for a quick trip, so not sure how much reading I‘ll be doing plus I have a MASSIVE bookhaul waiting for me 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗so who knows what I‘ll be tempted to pick up🤷🏼‍♀️ I added Human Blues because my reading bestie is currently listening…. Let‘s see @Megabooks if we agree on this one😉Diamond Eye is for #LiteraryCrew & Soul Twin is an #ARC 🤓Other 2 for challenges 😅 Happy Reading week all ♥️

DGRachel Have a safe trip! Curious what you think of Diamond Eye. It may be my favorite read of the year. 💖 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks @DGRachel I‘ve seen so many good reviews for this one 👉🏼I‘m looking forward 2mo
TrishB Enjoy your trip ♥️ and any reading is a bonus. 2mo
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BarbaraBB A solid reading plan! But all will change probably when you‘ll see that haul of books waiting for you. Good luck with dealing with M at that moment 😂😂😘 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m terrified to see M‘s expression when he sets sight on all the boxes 😅 @BarbaraBB he‘s not like #MrB who gets it @TrishB #BookAddictionIsReal 2mo
BarbaraBB I feel you! I let them deliver at work and bring them home when S is not at home 😂 2mo
Soubhiville Where in the states? Have a great trip! 2mo
Cinfhen Florida @Soubhiville hence the 🌞🩴 and not ⛄️ 🥾 Thanks; I‘m looking forward xx (edited) 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB hubby collects vinyl so there‘s no judgement!! Just no space in the house…. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB It must be cool to have a man collecting too! And I love vinyl! Is he all into Newman too? 2mo
Megabooks I cooked a big meal at brunch, ate, then passed out, so I‘m a bit behind on everything today (reading and social media wise). But I‘m excited for your final verdict on HB. It‘s running #goodnotgreat for me. I think it would be better if it were edited down some. 2mo
Megabooks Also lmk if your Hanukkah present is there and HAVE A SAFE TRIP! 💜🤗 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB he‘s into Numan, but his main love is Bowie. He collects a few different artists though. 2mo
Cinfhen I forgot Bowie was his first love 😂😂😂 @TrishB 2mo
Cinfhen I will @Megabooks thanks so much 💗💗💗 HB is just too long but I like it! I just need to take breaks. 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Bowie, Newman and Bono. Not bad!! 😍 2mo
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Cinfhen
Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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Mehso-so

#GoodNotGreat
A story of childhood friends who are embedded in each other‘s lives due to their early deepest years of adolescence closeness. The book opens in 1988 then fast forwards to 2019. A shared encounter from their HS days comes back into play testing their lifelong friendship. Book could have been wonderful but I just didn‘t care enough for these two characters.
Curious to see what you‘ll think @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I‘ll get to it soon! 2mo
Megabooks Sorry your didn‘t love this. Can‘t win them all! 2mo
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Cinfhen
Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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Once again my devices fail me - apparently I have more battery life in me than an iPad from 2019. I think it‘s time to trade in - Anyhow, Thank GD for books. They never need charging 🧡 Im loving the 80‘s nostalgia #LycraAndNeonForever #OnceAnEightiesGirlAlwaysAnEightiesGirl 💘

Megabooks I am really curious about what you‘ll think of this! 2mo
Cinfhen it‘s #goodnotgreat - I think I was expecting MORE - im hoping for MORE but it‘s easy to read & im all for lifelong friendships @Megabooks 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen no! Maybe I built it up to much. Hopefully you‘ll enjoy the ending more. I found it really surprising. 2mo
Cinfhen I think I got to the twist / which was surprising @Megabooks but not enough to sway my opinion 🙂I feel like in a month from now this won‘t linger but I‘m still enjoying the story when I read it ♥️ 2mo
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Megabooks
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Wow…an early drop on the weekend? I wasn‘t even snooping yet!

So excited that Babel from the #toblonglist was a choice! Also I had fomo on the Shapiro even though you didn‘t love it @Cinfhen 🤷🏻‍♀️ And I guess I‘m trying Towles again, so hopefully I like this one more. Tbh, I‘m not sure I‘ll like any of these. 🥴

#botm emailed me a Black Friday come back for free, so I picked TLP and then I‘ll cancel. Who can say no to a free book???

Cinfhen And the Shapiro is #GoodNotGreat / I just had super high expectations 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ve bailed on both of his other books…😬 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks for the heads up…I‘ll go in with low expectations on the Shapiro 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I didn‘t care for 2mo
Addison_Reads I can't wait to see what you think about Babel. I loved it. 2mo
Megabooks @Addison_Reads I am excited, but it is out of what I‘d usually read. The tob list has been 🔥🔥 this year so far though. Just finished this and loved it! 2mo
Addison_Reads @Megabooks I was lucky enough to get Dinosaurs as an ARC earlier this year and loved it too. 2mo
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