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NatalieR
Like Lions | Brian Panowich
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Rarely does a book open with such an emotionally suspenseful scene. I felt stunned as I read the dramatic, heart wrenching story of a mother‘s attempt to leave her abusive, criminal husband. Like Lions is a sequel to Bull Mountain and it‘s just as dark and gritty. Brian Panowich doesn‘t just write really great novels; his story telling abilities are masterful. The ending truly left me frozen. I had to digest that one for some time. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
Q is for Quarry | Sue Grafton
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This is my favorite Sue Grafton book so far. Probably because the plot is based on a true case of a young woman murdered and her body left in a quarry. The homicide occurred in 1969 and the young woman has never been identified. There are artist sketches of the woman at the end of the book, hoping someone will identify her. Grafton did a great job developing a story about this woman and continued to build Kinsey‘s story too. #MountTBR

Susanita It‘s one of my favorites of hers as well. 1w
KathyWheeler This is also my favorite Grafton novel. 1w
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NatalieR
I Found You | Lisa Jewell
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I love these suspenseful, complex mysteries with characters I can root for. The audiobook narrator has the loveliest British accent. Alice, a single mom of three, finds a man on the beach near her home with memory or identification. Lily, a 21-year-old newlywed‘s husband is missing. I couldn‘t help trying to figure the story out, but I was so far off and genuinely surprised. I appreciate how the author concluded the story too. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
Down River | John Hart
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John Hart knows how to write about families and all of their complicated dynamics. There are so many layers to Adam Chase‘s family. The story opens with Adam returning home to North Carolina after a 5 year absence. He was exiled from his community following his acquittal for murder. The story deepens as Adam faces his childhood, his family‘s past, a girlfriend he left behind, and the unknowns of his future. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
Atomic Marriage | Curtis Sittenfeld
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This short story was just okay. Most likely because it was super short (less than an hour.) A married woman working in Hollywood film travels to Alabama to talk an author into making character changes for the benefit of having the book turned into a comedy series. Her marriage is starting to struggle and the author wrote a self-help book on marriage. It seemed like there was room to expand the story to create more drama and intrigue. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
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Frank Ostaseski is a cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and offers his wisdom about how we can live more fully knowing we will die. He processes each of the five invitations and shares examples of clients he has worked with. I already want to read this book again. I love how he encourages me to inwardly reflect and face a topic I have struggled with. Frank narrates the audiobook; his voice and inflections are so calming and soothing. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
The Bhagavad Gita | Eknath Easwaran
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This came as a recommended translation of The Bhagavad Gita. This book requires multiple readings and a serious study as there are so many nuggets of wisdom. I found the author‘s explanation of each chapter, before the translated Gita chapter very helpful for my comprehension. Now that I have completed my first read, I intend to revisit each chapter more slowly and deliberately. #MountTBR

BiblioLitten I love prayer flags so much. 5d
NatalieR @BiblioLitten They make such a beautiful sound when they blow in the wind. 😊💙💚💛❤️ 5d
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One of Ours | Willa Cather
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Next ten books. From my at home TBR. All bought used.

#usedbooks #thirfting #mounttbr

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NatalieR
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I like Carl Jung‘s work and find him quite intriguing. Unfortunately, I had a hard time staying engaged with this book. There were aspects that were interesting, but it was mostly pretty complex for my taste. #MountTBR

Suet624 I always feel that way about Jung and yet I‘m always trying to understand. 1mo
NatalieR @Suet624 I felt very inadequate when reading this book. Like I should be able to understand the concepts better. I‘m going to keep at it too. I‘m hopeful it will all click someday. 4w
Suet624 Yes, sometimes I‘ve had to read sentences or paragraphs a number of times. It‘s great that you‘re trying to work through it. We have a small Jungian Center here in Vermont. I wonder if you‘d be interested in some of the classes that they offer. https://jungiancenter.org/ 4w
NatalieR @Suet624 Thank you for the reference! What a wonderful center. The classes look interesting. This may be exactly what I need. 🤓☮️ 4w
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NatalieR
Lullaby | Jonathan Maberry
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I needed a short dose of horror and this Audible Original delivered. A couple buys an old, haunted house in the Catskills. Strange things occur in the nursery of their newborn. It‘s a pretty straightforward plot, but it truly gave me the chills. #MountTBR

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