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AvidReader25

Joined February 2016

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Coffee addict☕️ World traveler🌎 Theatre lover🎭 Beekeeper🐝 Magazine editor, wife, & mom. avidreader25.blogspot.com LT: Bookworm12
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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Zinnia Gray is terminally ill and just turned 21 when she finds herself in the castle of a real Sleeping Beauty. The story is one part The Fault in our Stars and one part Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle. I loved the author's other books, but by its very nature this slip of a novel doesn‘t give the reader enough time to feel too attached.

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Assistant to the Villain | Hannah Nicole Maehrer
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Silly and so much fun, this world with dragons and brooding villains comes to life through the eyes of Evie. She brash and funny and doesn't seem to mind the evil deeds her boss does each day. Don't overthink the plot and it's completely entertaining and similar in tone to Legends & Lattes. The supporting characters are a treat. There's a sequel in the works and I can't wait to read it.

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If Bill Bryson used cuss words and wrote a book about the British monarchy, this would be it. Funny, irreverent, and I afraid of finding the hilarity in a whole system that claims a gold hat makes you a ruler. The book flits between the facts of each monarch but doesn‘t go too deep with any of them. Come for the history, stay for the humor.

BkClubCare David Mitchell of Cloud Atlas Mitchell? 2d
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare It‘s not, but I‘d be lying if I said I didn‘t pick up the book because I thought it was him. 🤣 2d
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I read “In the Footsteps of St. Paul” by this author in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Greece, including Ephesus (pictured). I loved the message and hearing more about Paul and his travels, though I will say if you‘re hoping for something that describes some of the areas you‘ll be visiting, this isn‘t the book.

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Serious P.G. Wodehouse vibes & left me laughing. There were also surprisingly poignant lines. Read before To Say Nothing of the Dog, which references it.

“Let your boat of life be light, packed w/only what you need-a homely home & simple pleasures 1 or 2 friends, worth the name, someone to love & someone to love you, a cat, dog, & a pipe or 2, enough to eat & enough to wear, & a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.”

mabell This book surprised me with how funny and relatable it was! It‘s on my to be reread list! 2w
AvidReader25 @mabell Me too! I wasn‘t expecting to snort laugh at a book that was more than a century old. 🤣 2w
mabell Exactly! 😂 2w
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The Lola Quartet | Emily St. John Mandel
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I love this author‘s work so much that I was just happy to read another book by her. While it was interesting, it‘s definitely not her best. Read it if you are a completist for her work, but otherwise start with Station Eleven.

“The point was that Gavin had opened a door, cracked it slightly, & he could see through to the disgrace & shadows on the other side. If you tell a lie it‘s easier to tell another. And abyss yawns suddenly at your feet.”

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Pax, Journey Home | Sara Pennypacker
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I loved returning to these characters. Peter is broken from the heartbreak of the last book and Pax has established his own family. Seeing how those two can help each other with healing and growth was beautiful.

“Memories were so treacherous. Always lurking under the surface, ready to bushwhack you with a blade to the heat when you weren‘t careful.”

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I think the cover & title are awful, but I actually loved learning more about the enneagram in this book. It's full of humor & hard truths & helped me understand some of my own challenges & others' choices better. The structure worked well introducing each type & explaining how their childhood, work, relationship, etc. can be affected by their type. It wraps up each one w/ a list of ways they can work on spiritual growth & healthy decision making.

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If you love Greek mythology, sarcasm, and studying the classics from a feminist POV, this one is for you. I loved every second of this dive into the stories of the goddesses. Haynes doesn't shy away from painful stories, but she manages to bring humor to the book as well. The section on Persephone‘s kidnapping (pictured) is heartbreaking. I'm off to read the rest of her books now and I can't believe I‘ve missed her work so far!

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This novel from the point of view of a mountain lion in the Hollywood Hills, surprised me with its tenderness. The lion is based on the real P-22, but we see people and dangers through his eyes. He wants to be a part of the world as much as he's confused by it. Pax, a novel from the POV of a fox, hit me more deeply, but that's probably because I read it first.

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Girls and Their Horses | Eliza Jane Brazier
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This one has serious Big Little Lies vibes, while still feeling completely original. I couldn‘t put it down! Mean girls in horse barns with lots of buried secrets. I loved that the POV switches quickly and we keep learning more of the story. The tension remained taut throughout and it stuck the landing. A definite slump buster if you need one.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐴 ❤️📚 1mo
Leftcoastzen Love the little horses! 1mo
AvidReader25 @Leftcoastzen My kids happened to be playing with them while I was reading this. 🤣 1mo
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Martha Ballard is a midwife in the late 18th century who's called to testify in a rape case. I couldn't put this one down. Martha might be one of my favorite characters I‘ve read in recent years and knowing she's based on a real woman makes me love her even more. She's strong, smart, and opinionated without ever sacrificing her love for her children and husband. Just an excellent novel across the board. I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

AvidReader25 This is a particularly good book to read when it‘s as cold and frosty outside as it has been this week! 1mo
MeganAnn My library hold for this one just came in. I‘m really excited to read it! 1mo
intothehallofbooks I loved this one too. 1mo
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After watching the 1st season of Reacher I was curious about this well-known series. The first book is a great thriller & the show did a very good job with the material. Good plot, interesting characters, clues and twists all made sense. Really that‘s all I‘d ask from a book like this. A great read to curl up with on a frigid day. I don‘t think I‘ll read the next book in the series, but I‘ll watch the new season of the show.

AnnR My husband likes the show on Prime Video, but my goodness every episode is violent. Are the books incredibly violent, too? 1mo
AvidReader25 @AnnR Definitely violent. I‘d say the show is a good representation of the book. 1mo
AnnR @AvidReader Thanks for the candid info. I think I'll skip the books then as the violence in the show really disturbs me. 😬 1mo
AvidReader25 @AnnR I‘d watched the show with my husband so I was prepared for it. I was curious about the books since the series is so wildly popular. I‘m not interested in reading more of it though. 1mo
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We celebrated my daughter‘s birthday with the best cake ever! She‘s a big reader and she wanted a book cake. The woman who made this did an incredible job! I love my daughter‘s head tilt as she read the spines with so many of her favorite novels. 📚

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 1mo
BkClubCare Aw!! That is wonderful!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Wow!! 1mo
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Nebklvr Happy Birthday!!! Gorgeous girl and gorgeous cake! Read on! 1mo
Deblovestoread Fantastic cake! Happy birthday to your daughter! 1mo
Bluebird This is fabulous! 1mo
Tamra Awesomeness! 1mo
AnnR Amazing! What a fun way to celebrate. 1mo
Sparklemn Best cake ever! 1mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
MaureenMc 😍 1mo
IuliaC Awesome cake! Happy birthday! 🤩 1mo
BarbaraBB So cute! 1mo
yourfavouritemixtape This cake is amazing!! 😍 1mo
Kristy_K Love this!! 1mo
Dilara Wow, what a cake! Happy 8th birthday to your daughter! 🎂 1mo
ItsAnotherJen Best cake ever!! How sweet. Your daughter looks so happy 1mo
Arvena Wow! 1mo
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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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What a beautiful conclusion to the story! I loved the first book and it picks up right after Divine Rivals ends. The gods, Dacre and Enva, are a much bigger part of this one and I loved getting to. know their characters. It‘s war and there are gutting losses, but the story unfolds beautifully and did not disappoint. I loved the way the author connected Roman and Iris through the distance. Each one showed such strength and courage.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your typewriter 💙 1mo
AvidReader25 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too! It was a gift from my best friend years ago. 💙 1mo
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A perfect book to start the new year. Rubin works through one of her senses at a time, trying to enjoy each one to the fullest. She visits the Met in NYC each day. She tries a meal at a restaurant where you are blindfolded. She takes a class on developing your sense of smell. She discovers the taste & visual cues that bring her joy. I know I‘ll be putting some of these tips into practice as I try to deepen my appreciation of the world around me.

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Keegan is so gifted at capturing an emotionally fraught story with her quiet condense prose. It‘s 1985 & Bill Furlong is a coal man in Ireland preparing to celebrate Christmas with his wife & daughters. His path crosses with the nuns at the Magdalene Laundry & his conscience is in turmoil. It was a brief but beautiful story. If you‘re curious to learn more about the laundries, I‘d recommend the movie Magdalene Sisters, which I watched years ago.

SamAnne One of the best novels I read last year. She writes beautifully. 2mo
AvidReader25 @SamAnne She does! I loved Foster last year. I‘m amazed by the depth of character. she can achieve in so few pages. 2mo
SamAnne @AvidReader25 it‘s wonderful to read a work in one sitting, and hold the story and writing in your head. There are many long novels I love, but when I read Keegan, Colton Whitehead‘s Nickel Boys, I wish some other writers would learn a little from Keegan! 2mo
AvidReader25 @SamAnne Yes! I‘m a journalist and edit a magazine. I‘m constantly having to cut peoples work down. It‘s hard to write more with less. 2mo
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Women Talking | Miriam Toews
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Part 3 of 3: My favorites from the 144 books I read (in no particular order). I don‘t include rereads. I‘d love to hear your favorites!

11) Shark Heart by Emily Habeck
12) Women Talking by Miriam Toews
13) The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
14) The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
15) Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

CaliforniaCay What a beautiful Lothlorien sign! 🤩 Is it yours? 2mo
AvidReader25 @CaliforniaCay Yes! We moved into our new home last year and we have a big woods behind our house. I had the sign made the month we moved in. 😊 2mo
CaliforniaCay @AvidReader25 that's such a good idea, how special!! Tolkien would be proud. I just learned today just happens to be his birthday by the way 🎂 2mo
AvidReader25 @CaliforniaCay Happy Tolkien day!!! 😊 2mo
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Go as a River: A novel | Shelley Read
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Part 2 of 3: My favorites from the 144 books I read (in no particular order). I don‘t include rereads. I‘d love to hear your favorites!

6) A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell
7) Throne of Glass series
8) The Once and Future King by T.H. White
9) A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan
10) Go As a River by Shelley Read

dabbe #8 is on my top 5 list of ALL time. 🤩 2mo
AvidReader25 @dabbe It was so much more fun than I was expecting! I loved it. 2mo
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Notes on Grief | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Part 1 of 3: My favorites from the 144 books I read (in no particular order). I don‘t include rereads. I‘d love to hear your favorites!

1) Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
2) Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3) Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
4) Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
5) Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross

BarbaraBB I loved Hello Beautiful and Notes on Grief too! 2mo
AvidReader25 @BarbaraBB They we‘re both so wonderful! 2mo
batsy I've been seeing so much about Divine Rivals! 2mo
AvidReader25 @batsy magic type writers, a war between gods, and enemies to lovers. I was a fan! The sequel just came out too! 2mo
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Brave Men | Ernie Pyle
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I‘ve always admired Ernie Pyle, a WWII war correspondent and journalist. He had such a gift for telling soldiers‘ stories and the reality of war. This exhibit at the Indiana State Museum included his typewriter, Uniform, army bag, and some incredible photos of him. I just loved learning more about him. If you haven‘t read Brave Men, I‘d highly recommend it.

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A Redbird Christmas | Fannie Flagg
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What a treat to read a Christmas story that's not a Hallmark romance. Yes the ending is predictable, but it doesn't lessen the joy of the novel. Oswald Campbell moves from Chicago to Lost River, Alabama because of his health. The community he finds there, including a little girl named Patsy, Jack the cardinal, & Frances, the local busy body, all create the home & family he wasn't expecting. Just the feel-good Christmas read I was hoping for.

NatalieR I loved this book! You‘re right, it is a perfect Christmas read. 🎄 2mo
AvidReader25 @NatalieR I just loved the community! 2mo
NatalieR @AvidReader25 Yes! So idyllic!! 2mo
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Rachel returns to her Maine childhood home when her mom dies. While there she loses her job as journalist, has major issues w/her ex-husband & fights w/her sister. There are a lot of issues. It‘s beautifully written but it piles on so much drama it's hard to focus on anything. Between alcoholism, family w/PTSD, affairs, illness, child abuse, etc. I wish it was narrowed down so we could see Rachel work through something instead of just surviving.

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The Half-Life of Marie Curie | Lauren Gunderson
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Gunderson is the master at highlighting the incredible accomplishments of women. This two-person play is about the friendship between Nobel-prize winner Marie Curie and the electromechanical engineer and suffragette Hertha Ayrton. Both women were brilliant and both fought against the sexism and absurd double standards in their field. The audible production of the play is perfect and I would love to see it live.

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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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Berry has an incredible skill for writing about things we've all felt but sound new & familiar in his prose. Jayber tells the story of his time as barber in Port William. Through the years he watches dramas unfold from his solitary place. He sees how time changes the community, deals w/his own heartbreak, hatred & struggles w/faith. It‘s a book that flows slowly & should be savored. Nothing big happens & yet all of life is packed within its pages.

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Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley | Lauren Gunderson, Margot Melcon
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There is no shortage of Pride and Prejudice spinoffs, and honestly I don‘t tend to love them, but these plays are possibly my favorite! They‘re based during a Christmas spent at Pemberley after Lizzy and Darcy are married. I love the character development and the way they capture the family dynamic. The servants in this one are great additions. It was a complete delight and I can‘t wait to read the third in the series if I can find a copy.

Bluebird Sounds great, thanks for your review! I‘ll try to find them—always looking for those good austen inspired books! 😀 2mo
AvidReader25 Gunderson is an incredible playwright. You can‘t go wrong with her work. 2mo
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The Gardener's Year | Karel ?apek
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Our Icelandic tradition continues! We‘re cozied up by the fire with chocolates and our new books! I‘ve been dying to read this play, so I‘m thrilled. 😊

Tamra What? Capek wrote a gardening book??? I associate him with R.U.R., which is a fabulous short play so reflective of the era and relevant today with AI. 2mo
AvidReader25 @Tamra That‘s sounds amazing! I‘m looking it up now. My husband is the gardener in our house and I got him this little gem. 2mo
Tamra @AvidReader25 so thoughtful! 💚 RUR is in the public domain, so you should be able to find it for free online. It‘s super short. 2mo
AvidReader25 @Tamra Oh thank you! 2mo
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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This novella set in contemporary Japan is about a man who is released from prison and runs a Doraharu, which serves dorayaki (pancakes with sweet bean paste). He meets an old women, Tokue, who grew up in a leper colony on the outskirts of town. His unlikely friendship with her & Wakana, a school girl who visits the shop, is quiet and lovely. Despite their differences, the three learn to look past their outward appearances to find something deeper.

Soubhiville Sounds like a really nice story. 2mo
AvidReader25 @Soubhiville I think some things are lost in translation, but the core message that we mean more to this world than just our work, and contributions is a good one. 2mo
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In this sequel, the family of girls meets a young boy named Guido. His mother is sick and they decide to help him. I loved seeing how the girls work together and learn about sacrifice and loss as a family. Building a sukkah together was a lovely moment. This is the sweetest series. The story is set in New York City's Lower East Side in the Jewish community. Based on the author's own experiences, the little vignettes always feels so real.

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I thought this would be a rom-com love story about 2 people, Cleo & Mack, who share a cabin on Salvation Island because of a booking mistake. The first 1/2 dragged & left me rolling my eyes. I stuck with it & found a story rooted more in reality than Hallmark. The best part is definitely the Irish island & the community that lives there. Cleo & Mack grew on me and matured as characters, which made the book worth it. *Also the title makes no sense.

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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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‪The newest Poirot movie was based on this, but very little of the story remained the same. This one didn't hold my attention like others in the series. A young girls is killed after claiming to have witnessed a murder, but everyone says she was a compulsive liar. Poirot works with a famous author to try to solve the case. Not a bad mystery, just missing some of the urgency in Christie's others.‬

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Pax | Sara Pennypacker
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Peter & his fox Pax are separated when war comes to their community. The book rotates POVs between the 2 as they find their way back to each other. I loved this one enough to immediately find the sequel. The way Pax's POV is written is so realistic. It's a beautiful story about learning what's important to you & finding true family.

"Feelings are all dangerous. Love, hope. Ha! Hope! You talk about dangerous, eh? No you can't avoid any of them."

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Howards End | E.M. Forster
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Found this gorgeous vintage paperback at a new bookstore and coffee shop in Indianapolis! Dream Palace Books was just lovely.

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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What just happened?!?! Oh man, for someone who didn‘t like the first book in this series, I‘ve becoming ridiculously attached to this bands of misfits. I love the friendships. I couldn‘t believe the sea dragon scene or the finale. So many twists, so much fascinating history in their world, I loved the stories coming together that have been building since the beginning. Beautifully plotted and I can‘t wait to see what happens next.

Bluebird I keep hearing such good things about this author! I need to give her a try. Congrats on continuing the series and finding it a winner. So hard when book 1 of a series doesn‘t captivate (edited) 2mo
AvidReader25 @Bluebird Right! I‘m glad I had so many people tell me to stick with it. 2mo
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Such a fun quick read. The whole book is told in the form of snarky emails, texts, and group chats. A small town theater group is putting on a holiday pantomime and of course, chaos ensues. Fun and silly, it was a great seasonal book when the romcom holidays kept falling flat for me.

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The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale | Philip Van Doren Stern
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I can‘t believe I‘d never read the short story that “It‘s a Wonderful Life” is based on! Obviously, a lot is different in the movie, but the core theme remains the same. I loved that this edition includes the background of the author coming up with the whole idea in a dream, and the director Frank Capra happening to get a hold of one of 200 copies that was sent out as a Christmas card in 1943. We truly never know how many lives we‘ve touched. 💙

Tamra What? I didn‘t know this and now I have to read it! 2mo
BarbaraBB Love your photo 2mo
AvidReader25 @BarbaraBB I loved the illustration they included! 2mo
AvidReader25 @Tamra Right! A perfect December read. 2mo
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Bookshops and Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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An absolutely delightful prequel to Legends & Lattes. If you liked the first, you‘ll like the 2nd. I particularly loved the character Satchel. Learning about Viv‘s past gave her character more depth. The coziness factor is wonderfully high with a bookshop & bakery and the small town connections. Each new character interaction added to the overall joy. Two thumbs up!

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I was expecting this to be about gatherings with friends, but was surprised to see a much wider view of adding value to get togethers in any setting. I found myself thinking of ways I could incorporate the 15 Toasts or specific rules to some of the work events I plan. I loved the idea of making people step out of their comfort zones in order to be vulnerable and make deeper connections. Her attitude can be jarring, but I can see the value there.

Bookwormjillk I read this right as we were going back to work after covid and used it a lot that first year. I've been thinking about re-reading because we've been having some issues with culture. 3mo
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I kept comparing this one to Binchy's A Week in Winter, but this one didn‘t hold up. So much could have been edited out for a stronger story, instead we limp along with these wounded creatures. I loved Coming Home & Shell Seekers so maybe my expectations were too high.

“You never really got to know people properly until you had seen them within the ambience of their own home. Seen their furniture & their books & their manner of their lifestyle.”

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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That was a LOT! It felt episodic & there‘s too much stubborn immaturity w/Violet, but there‘s a lot to love. I love the friendship between Ridoc, Sawyer, Violet, Imogen & Rhi. I love every single dragon interaction, esp. Tairn. I wish we had learned more about the founding 6, but I bet that‘s coming.

“You and I are not easy people. What we build together has to be strong enough to withstand a storm. Or a war. Easy isn't going to give that to us."

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All-of-a-Kind Family | Sydney Taylor
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It‘s such a delight to read my childhood favorites with my kids, but there‘s something even more wonderful in discovering a new treasure together. I don‘t know how I missed this a kid, but it‘s lovely & we‘ve already started the next book in the series! It‘s about a Jewish family of 5 little girls growing up on the Lower East Side of NYC in 1912. The storylines about the local librarian, scarlet fever & their friends Charlie were all memorable.

dabbe Oh, how I loved these books as a kid! I remember not knowing what Purim was, asking my mom (who also didn't know), and not knowing where or how to find out (the dark ages of no Internet). I finally just kept reading, and luckily used the context clues to figure it out. 🤩🤣😃 3mo
AvidReader25 @dabbe Such a wonderful story! 3mo
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I always love returning to Maisie's world. She goes undercover to teach at a school promoting peace when a famous author is murdered. This wasn't my favorite of the mysteries, but I loved seeing this slice of history. So many books cover WWI & WWII, but this part of the series focuses on the '30s when Europe was still reeling from the devastating effects of the first war and Nazis were beginning to rise to power.

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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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I am such a huge fan of gothic novels but it‘s rare to find one that stacks up to the hype. My favs are Rebecca, The Thirteenth Tale, and The Forgotten Garden. This one was excellent. No horror and just eerie enough. Driven by mystery but not murder. I loved reading it and I could already tell I‘d want to return to it again. The beautiful description reminded me quite a bit of The Starless Sea. Not for everyone, but definitely for me.

MatchlessMarie I love your little reading corner 🌈 3mo
AvidReader25 @MatchlessMarie It‘s at a wonderful new bookstore in Indy called Loudmouth Books! I love it too! 3mo
MatchlessMarie @AvidReader25 great name 😂 3mo
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Author Leah Johnson opened Loudmouth Books in Indianapolis and it‘s amazing! Full to the brim with banned books and a wonderfully curated selection. I particularly loved the separate room for kids. Yay for more independent bookstores!

BennettBookworm What a great name for a bookstore! (edited) 4mo
Suet624 Lovely knowing more stores continue to open and share stories with us. 4mo
AvidReader25 @BennettBookworm isn‘t that fantastic! 3mo
AvidReader25 @Suet624 Me too! For years our city hasn‘t had many and it feels like that‘s changing. 3mo
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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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I loved this book so much as a kid. Rereading it with my 7-year-old was so much fun. She was so excited by every new twists. There‘s definitely more name calling than I remembered, but I think that just sticks out to me as a mom. Matilda‘s courage is so fantastic.

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The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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Gothic novel with a couple murders, a story within a story, a rotating POV, and a bit of a ghost element thrown in. I liked it, but didn't love it. Definitely a perfect October read, but not one I'll return to. I never felt invested in the three main characters, but I did want to find out how the story ended. I wish there had been more about the Victorian-era author‘s life.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is my first time rereading this since the pandemic. Obviously that added a whole extra interesting layer to reflect on. It remains one of my top 10 books of all time. Technically it‘s about a post-apocalyptic world. But do not let that deter you from reading this if that's not your thing. This book is one of the most well-written connected character sketches that I've ever found. The stories are all connected, woven together beautifully.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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It's been 15 years since I first read this and fell in love with Patchett's writing. Since then I've read all of her work and rereading this one was a treat. A birthday party for a Japanese business man in South America takes an unexpected turn when terrorists take the group hostage. It's a surprisingly tender story, less about the hostage situation than about the human connections that can be made in the most extreme situations…Cont. in comments.

AvidReader25 … continued. It's beautiful and will break your heart. The details, like clandestine Spanish lessons in a china closet, a young chess player, the power of music, and the fastidious vice president's efforts to maintain some calm in the chaos, are what will stay with me. A perfect place to start with the work of one of my top-five living authors.  4mo
MrsMalaprop 🙌 Couldn‘t agree more. Bel Canto was my intro to Patchett too. I‘m currently reading Tom Lake. 4mo
AvidReader25 @MrsMalaprop I thought Tom Lake was beautiful! As a mom of two young daughters, I kept thinking about what my future relationship will be with them. 4mo
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CarolynM Lovely review. Bel Canto was my first Patchett too. 4mo
BkClubCare I recently found this at a secondhand store and wanted to reread it. I think the only one I haven‘t read yet is Taft. 4mo
AvidReader25 @MrsMalaprop It‘s a wonderful place to start! 4mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare I didn‘t love Taft, but it was an interesting POV. 4mo
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Making It So: A Memoir | Patrick Stewart
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I grew up loving The Next Generation, I‘m a huge Shakespeare fan, so much of this was right up my alley. I do think it was too long, but I enjoyed learning about his humble childhood and slow rise to fame. He was blindly ambitions and his choices certainly hurt his family, but he is unflinching honest, even about his stuffy work attitude in the ‘90s. It felt like he‘d grown as a person. Enjoyable even if it was overly long at near 500 pages.

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I loved learning about the first baby incubators that were used in an exhibit on Coney Island. The novel also covers some of the tenement immigrant experience, unions, carnival life, and the Triangle factory fire. At times it felt like it was trying to fit in too much. * The author joined our book club last night to discuss it and it was fascinating to hear about her research! Her background as a NICU nurse helped spark her interest in the story.