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Mary_Reads
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I picked this one up knowing it was loosely based on Asian history and folklore. Right around when the book gets to Golyn Niis it dawned on me what time period and history it was based on. About 20 years ago I read a book called The Rape of Nanking that has stayed with me because of how disturbing it was. I immediately knew the scenes this author was depicting were recreations of the true events chronicled in that book. Heavy stuff. (1)

Mary_Reads That being said I enjoyed this one. If you don't mind unlikable characters, violence, and are okay not wrapping everything up in a HEA bow then you might like it too. (2) now
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Bookwormjillk
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A few days late for #TravelTuesday It‘s been that kind of week 🤷‍♀️

It seems like I should have read a million books from a beautiful state like Kentucky, but the two pictured are the only ones I had on my list. I enjoyed them both.

I‘ve enjoyed several trips to Kentucky. Did you know you can sera moonbow at Cumberland Falls? https://sciencemadefun.net/blog/the-science-of-moonbows/

Sunset background here was taken on a trip in 2018.

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Tkgbjenn1
Another Kind of Eden | James Lee Burke
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Pickpick

Listened to the Audio book because Will Patton narrated. Pretty good story as well.

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MrsMalaprop
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This is Amor‘s third novel. We read his second A Gentleman in Moscow for bookclub a couple of years ago. It was universally acclaimed, which is unusual in our club.

Amor says he tries to head in a completely different direction with each novel & this is very different to Gentleman. It felt a tiny bit reminiscent of Of Mice & Men 🤔.

Think he might‘ve become a #mustreadauthor for me. Need to get my hands on his first Rules of Civility now.

Rissreads I can lend it to you, it‘s good! 2h
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Addison_Reads
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#BeginsWith @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

I bought this book for a dollar at a thrift store and I forgot I had it. It's time to move it up on my reading list. It sounds really good.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Bailedbailed

I‘m setting this one to one side for now. I like the concept of mismatched detectives investigating weird shit in Victorian Edinburgh but the humour‘s a bit too silly and it‘s draaaaaaaaging. I may come back to it, but it‘s a bail for now.

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grace.hartman
The Silver Star: A Novel | Jeannette Walls
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Pickpick

“The Silver Star”, written by Jeanette Walls, is a novel that reflects the life of two little girls, Jean and Liz, trying their best to get by without a father figure and a mother figure most of the time. Their mother, an aspiring actress and singer, with no real success, constantly leaves the girls to meet with directors or other musicians to try and make a name for herself. After a meltdown with the girls, she packed her bags leaving the girls…

grace.hartman …unsure if she would ever return. In need of an adult figure in their lives, the girls set out to Virginia to live with their uncle Tinsley. During the five weeks their mother was gone, Liz and Jean found out the truth about their fathers, which their mother never wished to reveal. When mother returned to take the girls again, a series of meltdowns unfolded, leaving the girls no choice but to move back with their uncle. This time the girls had… 4h
grace.hartman …to find jobs in order to afford new clothes/ school supplies. Unfortunately, the only work they could find at their age was for an evil man who had terrible intentions with Liz. A series of court appearances and lots of stress lead the girls to yet again face even more hardships without their mother. The point of view in this story is told in first person by Jean, the younger of the two sisters. Her perspective throughout the hardships really… 4h
grace.hartman …demonstrates how important a mother/father figure is for young children. The author of this novel uses genius first-person techniques by showcasing a sense of innocence and wit in the narration. Seeing extreme hardship and struggle through the eyes of a child is an incredible way to demonstrate the point of view of this novel, leaving the story to be tear-jerking and very heartwarming. 4h
grace.hartman If you like books that have just the right amount of wit for a touching and tear-jerking story, then I highly recommend this adorable and heart-warming novel. 4h
MissYaremcio I love Jeannette Walls and I am glad that you are enjoying her as well! 6/6 3h
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BookNAround
Shades of Milk and Honey | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I‘m reading this one while I bake peanut butter cookies. The book is delightful. Hopefully the cookies will be good too; it‘s a new to me recipe.

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writerlibrarian
Case of Possession | KJ Charles
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Back to back game. Columbus and its cannon are already behind.
#hockey

writerlibrarian Columbus 🚨a shorty 1 all. Columbus went ahead on a weird 🚨 with a minute to go and…87 tied it with 22 seconds to go. 2-2 (edited) 4h
rabbitprincess I always cheer for Columbus when they‘re at home because I love that they have a cannon 😂 3h
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Verity
Ashes of London | Andrew Taylor
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Mehso-so

So I really liked the mystery and suspense plot lines in this - but I really didn't like part of Cat's story - and I know it's going to be a problem for some other reader so Spoiler alert, but in the interest of not letting people in for stuff they don't want - there is an on page rape in this, which is over quickly but which forms part of Cat's motivation going forward. I will read the sequel to see what happens and if people can start there.

katy4peas The artwork is really cool looking. 2h
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