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Aswenson

Aswenson

Joined May 2016

Runner and reader. 📚Teacher and learner. 💡Procrastinator and doer. 🧗🏻‍♀️Doubter and believer. 🌎
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The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Tough decision this month... have a birthday credit... requested a bunch of the others from the library. 😍

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Loving this so much.

sprainedbrain Me too! I just started it last night and think I‘m going to have to finish it tonight. 😍 8mo
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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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#botm Looking forward to these.

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The Prophets | Robert Jones, Jr.
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Great read. I get lost in the language sometimes, but overall enjoying it.

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Slow and steady. #swensonreads

JamieArc 75 is my goal this year too. After a February book slump, I already have some catching up to do 😂 11mo
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The Girl in the Mirror | Rose Carlyle
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I‘m giving up on this one. Ridiculous premise.

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Off to a slow start this year. New job and new puppy make for little reading time! And chunkers like Lonesome Dove and Betty take some time. Here‘s to a year of great books!

Cortg I‘ve had Lonesome Dove on my TBR for quite a while and I love chunksters! Maybe 2021 will be the year! 12mo
Tamra I hope you enjoy Lonesome Dove! Beloved characters! I even love the movie. 12mo
Aswenson @cortg I enjoyed it a lot - I would definitely recommend! 12mo
Aswenson @tamra I did like it more than I thought I would. Looking forward to watching the movie/mini-series! 12mo
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Seeing how much I can get through before the new year! (With 4 boys, Hubby, cat, and new puppy all in the house 😬)

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These are most of my August- December reads as I have failed to keep up with my monthly posts! #swensonreads20 #swensonreads

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The Prophets | Robert Jones Jr.
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I could have picked any of the #botm picks this month! I was missing my old second account today. 😁

Branwen They had some great choices this month! 😀 13mo
Reviewsbylola Still debating a new second account. 😬 13mo
Aswenson @Reviewsbylola I liked having it, but it filled my shelves a bit too quickly! 13mo
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Wow, wow, wow. We need more democrats like Stacey Abrams leading the charge. She is intelligent, driven, and works her butt off to fight for democracy.
Very educational and inspirational.

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I loved this! Predictable twists and turns but ultimately spurring you along to experience the deep love and heartbreak with the characters.

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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Trying to pick my next read. What‘s your top recommendation from these? Thanks in advance! #botm #TBR

Lovesbooks87 Star-Crossed Sisters! 13mo
echalpan This Time Next Year was so cute! 13mo
KathyWheeler Transcendent Kingdom was excellent. 13mo
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Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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There are three add-ons I want, but none of the book of the months interest me! 😑 #botm

Megabooks Boo!! 1y
Hooked_on_books That‘s so frustrating! Did you try looking at the alternate options to see if that way will work? 1y
The_Heeler_Booklife That‘s how it was for me last month, but I just ended up skipping last month. 1y
Bookish_B I hate when that happens! 1y
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Predictable, but still enjoyed it a lot! #botm

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Almost done with book one. Only took all summer! ☺️

JenReadsAlot Love this picture! 1y
Sace This picture deserves the #BestOfLitsy award! 🏅 1y
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 1y
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Lots of good reads this month. Really enjoyed Valentine, and each of the books pertaining to race/social justice were excellent. #swensonreads #swensonreads20

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Pared it down to these two and recommended the rest to my library on audio. I know I won‘t have much time to read physical books with school starting soon! #botm

JamieArc I think The Night Swim and True Story will both be good on audio, so I‘m recommending them to my library too. 1y
Aswenson @JamieArc Hopefully others feel the same and they buy the books! My library has really bulked up its audio collection because of COVID. 🤞🏻 1y
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This is reminding me of Circe - I like it!

LittlePixels Ooh, maybe I need to finally get to Circe then. I loved this one! 1y
Aswenson @LittlePixels I bet Circe would be right up your alley then! 1y
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Wow. Wow. This is such an amazing story but tragic in so many different ways. Highly recommend!

marleed If you attempted to recount this book to someone who didn‘t know about it, I think most would question the credibility of your telling! It‘s one of the craziest truth is stranger than fiction books I‘ve ever read. 2y
Aswenson @marleed Spot on - it‘s beyond belief. 2y
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Such a different story! The narrator‘s life was the most interesting (and realistic) to me than the larger than life Ray and Bunny. I‘m not sure how to describe the story otherwise, but it was fast and addicting.

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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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Wow- loved this! Something I will definitely be recommending to others. #botm

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Like all the MN references throughout Esken‘s novels. Quick detective books that seem predictable but can still keep you guessing. #audiobookrun

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Great month! A Good Neighborhood, Mathematical Mindsets, and Behold the Dreamers were my favorites.
#swensonreads #swensonreads20

britt_brooke Nice job! 2y
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Holy moly! Super important read for any math teacher K-12, but also great information for parents as well.
I‘m so excited to be teaching again this fall with this knowledge!

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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Ahhh- I‘m one of those readers who has to STOP reading when I get too worried about what will happen! 😬 #botm

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Clifford at the Circus | Norman Bridwell
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My boys have all been Clifford fans. Yesterday they all cuddled together with the two year old to read together. 🥰

ItsAnotherJen What a sweet picture! 😍 I have 3 sons but they are 21, 20, and 17...so this pic brings back good memories. 2y
intothehallofbooks I love this!! 2y
Eggs 💗🥰💕 2y
TrishB Such a cute pic ♥️ 2y
mrp27 💕💕💕 2y
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The ending of this felt a bit unsatisfying, and like it was trying too hard.
BUT I loved the premise and enjoyed the two stories and the real ads.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Unpopular opinion... I‘m between a pick and so-so. I enjoyed this world and story, but the conclusion felt unsatisfying.

annahenke I love this one. But to each their own!! I‘ve held lots of unpopular opinions in my day! 👌 2y
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This was slow at times and I thought the character living in her alternative reality so often was a bit crazy, but I still enjoyed it and was happy with how it turned out.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Waiting in the car at the dentist‘s office and reading this for book club.

Bookish_B That‘s a great book club pick! 2y
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The Wives | Tarryn Fisher
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OMG this main character. 🙄 #botm

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Looking forward to these two. #botm

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Favorites were In the Garden of Beasts and This Tender Land.
#swensonreads #swensonreads20

Suet624 Garden needs to be read by more people. It‘s stunning. 2y
Aswenson @Suet624 Agreed! It‘s now at the top of my list to recommend to others. Destiny if the Republic by Candace Millard is another. 2y
Suet624 I‘ll check it out. 2y
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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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Not a fan of this backwards story. The structure doesn‘t seem to serve a purpose and is more confusing than anything.

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know if the story ever really started?

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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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This was not my favorite Ruth Ware, probably ranks 3rd behind The Woman in Cabin 10 and Dark Dark Wood... but better than Turn of the Key!

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I usually don‘t drink and read (as drinking makes me tired) but this is working so I‘m going with it! #botm
#Costcosauvignonblanc

8little_paws Lol I'm drinking and reading tonight too 2y
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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A friend suggested a book exchange on our zoom book club meeting call, but I‘m not sure she‘s ready for my pile of suggestions! 😃 #botm

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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DNF: can‘t do it.
Started strong with a good story, but then turned into the likes of “girl wash your face” type crap. “Ignore facts! Explore your imagination! That‘s where the true you lies, listen to her!” (Not a quote from the book, but what many of them sounds like.)

Hooked_on_books Yeesh, I couldn‘t stomach that, either. I do love the cover, though. 2y
Aswenson @Hooked_on_books I agree, the cover made me excited... but I quickly got bored. 2y
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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Still somehow busier than ever during quarantine! So not many books read. Every Note Played and Tea Girl we‘re favorites. #swensonreads #swensonreads20

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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My library has invested more in their audiobook collection due to COVID-19 and I am loving that there are more books on my to-read list available in this format.

Hooked_on_books Mine‘s been doing the same. I love that they‘re thinking about what people need now. My mom‘s library hasn‘t done a great job, sadly. 2y
Aswenson @Hooked_on_books I was even able to renew my card online, which normally they are fairly strict about doing in person! 2y
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Always enjoy some Elin... #botm

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Slow month! I thought this quarantine stuff would give me more time to read, but teaching AND homeschool teaching makes for little down time. #botm #swensonreads #swensonreads20

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& Sons | David Gilbert
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Our at-home standing desk is coming along. We needed to make it a little higher, and my lovely husband asked, “I don‘t know, do you think you have enough books?” 🤣 #TBRpiletotherescue

charl08 Brilliant idea. I will give it a go tomorrow. 2y
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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This was super cute though completely predictable. Needed a light-hearted read! #botm

Hoopiefoot Adding this to my list. I have a pile of lofty non fiction and literary fiction books to read but all I want to read are predictable feel good books right now. 2y
Aswenson @Hoopiefoot It‘s a perfect choice for that! 2y
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Every Last Lie | Mary Kubica
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Ugh.
Surprise! If you act like an idiot, make terrible life decisions, and keep secrets from your spouse things get bad and over-dramatic. 😒

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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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This is a beautiful true story of an older couple forced out of their home and livelihood who decide to walk the 600+ mile path along the coast of southwest England. Lovely story!

Tamra I enjoyed it too! 2y
RachelAmphlett Fabulous - one of my favourite reads from last year 2y
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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There are some... unsavory... parts in this, and at times I feel like there were details missing to take the reader from one scene to the next, but overall I kept wanting to come back and stayed up late reading the last 100 pages! #botm

Lifeisasnap I felt the same way. 2y
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Current read and current listen. 🧜🏻‍♀️ 🌊

mcctrish I just bought Things in Jars ❤️ 2y
Aswenson @mcctrish It‘s a bit creepy, but I‘m in for the ride now! 😬🦎 2y
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