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Beatlefan129

Beatlefan129

Joined March 2018

A nurse,a lifelong lover of books, a knitter, a friend to all animals. Find my gigantic TBR on Goodreads goodreads.com/beatlefan129 Denver, CO USA
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Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
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Q and A | Vikas Swarup
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It‘s been a few years since I‘ve seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire which was adapted from this book, but this may be one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book.The main character is a poor waiter who goes through so many horrible things—incest, rape, torture—that end up providing him with answers to win 1 billion rupees on a game show.Even though it ends happily it was still difficult to read so I can see why much was changed

sarahbellum I‘m currently reading this and have about 100 pages to go. I feel the same way- this poor kid! 2w
Karisa I remember seeing Slumdog Millionaire with friends when it came out and loving it. One of the friends who had read the book said the same thing at that time. Sometimes the movie is better! (I think Crazy Rich Asians is better as a movie too. 😶😬🤣) 2w
Blueberry I LOVE this book. And it helped me understand the movie which I saw first. 1w
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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Thank you so much for the surprise book mail @Sleepswithbooks ! It really made my day ☺️ #LitsyLove

Sleepswithbooks Yayyyy!! I love mailbox surprises and I wanted to send you one too!! I saw those on your TBR list 😃💛 I hope you e joy them!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 🎁📚❤️ 3w
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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I couldn‘t resist doing at least one swap this fall and this one looks like so much fun! 🎃 #AllHallowsReadSwap

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Just fun to read and very clever. I really liked Hercule Poirot and will definitely read more of her books that feature him as a character.

Ruthiella You‘ve got a lot of great reading ahead of you! I ❤️ Christie! 4w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I was utterly charmed by this story and these characters, particularly Marcellus the giant pacific octopus. At the core of this story are lonely people (and an octopus) who find each other when they need it the most. Definitely reminded me of “A Man Named Ove” in some ways. The narrators of the audiobook were also perfect. 🐙🐙🐙🐙🐙

Suelizbeth I loved this book, so much! 🐙 1mo
kellyann28 I looooved this book! 1mo
Moony I love octopuses 🐙 1mo
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Explore Booksellers and Bistro | Aspen, CO (Bookstore)
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This photo doesn‘t do it justice. This was such a charming bookstore in gorgeous Aspen, Colorado. There is a little cafe on the top floor as well. ❤️📚

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The Memory Tree | Linda Gillard
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This is another random book I found on my Kindle. I‘m sorry but this is some of the most ridiculous writing I‘ve ever come across. Having characters with amnesia who just suddenly get their memories back when it‘s convenient for the story reminds me of a soap opera. The casual use of abortion and suicide as plot devices also struck me as very insensitive and poorly done. This was historical fiction set in WW1 and in the present day.

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Sorry for the delayed posting, but I received this surprise book in the middle of a crazy stressful week and it really made my day. Thank you! #LitsyLove is an amazing group and you are the best people in the world for keeping it all going ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you got it and I hope this week is better ❤️❤️ 2mo
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I don‘t think you can really rate a book like this which is someone telling the story of what they went through. A very powerful story, definitely hard to read at times. She is a courageous person for coming forward despite the risks to herself and her family.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I sent you a little happy! I hope you got it and it‘s not lost ❤️ 2mo
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My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
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Of course I knew who Julia Child was before I listened to this audiobook, but I didn‘t know many details of her life. This book captures the period of her adult life starting when she moved to France with her husband Paul in 1948. I was completely charmed hearing about how she fell in love with French food and culture. I also learned that she did not take her first professional cooking course until she was 37 years old, which I find so inspiring.

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Home Truths | Tina Seskis
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I went through a phase when I first got my kindle where I was buying any book I came across. I can only conclude that this book is a product of that time as I have no memory of buying it. This British domestic thriller introduced 2 couples and the main plot was building to how they are connected. It took a looong time to get to the reveal, like 90% in, and when it finally happened it just wasn‘t very impressive. Overall a very forgettable book.

rubyslippersreads I have so many books on my Kindle I have no recollection of buying. 😂 2mo
Beatlefan129 @rubyslippersreads It‘s like they multiply overnight or something 🤣 2mo
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I listened to this on audiobook which was part of the problem for me.I can listen to fiction on because there is a plot that I can follow, but when I try to listen to non-fiction or self-help, it just feels like someone is reading a list of random statements.Aside from my own issues, I just felt like Gilbert contradicted herself at times. Devote yourself to your art—but don‘t take it too seriously. Don‘t make art your job—but I write for a living.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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This book was a slow burn (haha). Cassie has a lot of unique challenges when she starts as the first ever female firefighter at a new firehouse, but one thing she promises herself is that she will not fall in love, especially not with another firefighter. But when the rookie walks into the room, all bets are off. My one complaint is the writing can get a bit heavy-handed, especially when talking about forgiveness. 🔥🔥🔥🔥/ 5

Kayla.Adriena I couldn't finish this one for the reasons you mentioned. LOVE cover though! 3mo
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This was a re-read for me for my sister‘s book club. Luckily for me I didn‘t remember who the murderer was so it was like I was reading it for the first time. I did like this more the second time but I wish Christie had given us more clues along the way so we could feel more involved as readers in solving the mystery ourselves. I think she wrote the story and then went back and decided who the murderer was which isn‘t as good for the reader.

Roary47 That is one of my favorites. I love that cover 😍. 3mo
LibrarianRyan I feel the same way you did. This was not a favorite. I just do not like a Christie style mystery. But the history of this book is quite interesting. from the 60-80s it was called 10 Little Indians, but originally in Brittan, it was 10 little N(word)s. It was renamed to be and then there was none like the American version years later. Even the rhymes in the two books are different. 3mo
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I came across this book on a list of Modern Mrs. Darcy books that involve nature survival stories. There was absolutely no part of this book that was a nature survival story. This read more like a cheesy action movie with lots of testosterone-fueled gun fights.The only thing I liked was the setting of various cities in western Colorado since I‘m a sucker for books set in places I‘ve been. Thankfully this was a library download.Just skip this one.

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Between getting COVID,followed by my husband, then going out of town for my father-in-law‘s funeral, my reading life has been almost non-existent lately. I‘m finally back home and feeling well again today, so the first thing on my agenda was to finally finish this book which I started way back on May 31st. I‘d heard so much about Riley Sager that maybe this book was a little over-hyped for me. It ended up being fine but nothing memorable about it.

marleed I‘m glad you are on the mend. I‘m sorry about your loss in June. 3mo
Ruthiella Sad news about your father-in-law. ❤️ Glad you are on the mend and getting your reading mojo back. 3mo
bthegood Condolences on your loss - good to hear that you are doing better - 3mo
Christyco125 Sorry to hear things have been rough. I hope July is better. 3mo
BookNAround Glad you‘re back to reading but I‘m sorry for your loss and the complications life tossed at you on top of it. 3mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Tiffy & Leon don‘t even meet face-to-face until 40% in, so be prepared for a slow burn here.They are both imperfect people with their own hang-ups, but they still felt realistic to me in a way many leads in romance novels do not.They meet in a unique set-up as roommates who technically share a bed but because they work opposite shifts are never actually in bed at the same time.I really grew to love these characters and was so charmed by this story

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I don‘t re-read books very often, but this was our pick for a book club that my sister and her friends started and it had been a few years so I needed to refresh my memory. Once my sister pointed out how the female characters are treated—basically they are all either saints or whores with little to no personality—it was all I could see in this book. The writing is beautiful at times, and I love the treatment of books as treasures. Overall 3.5/5

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Lincoln in the Bardo | Saunders George
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This is one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. It was thought-provoking and creative but parts of it just didn‘t make sense. There were some beautiful statements about grief but then a chapter about what was happening in the bardo would be in be interrupted by a chapter containing a list of footnotes relating to Lincoln, which lost the flow of the story. The gimmick of using 168 narrators, some of who only read one line, got old after a while.

Christyco125 I think the audio version made this better. It helped that every character was voiced by a different actor so it cut down on confusion. Or least it did for me. 4mo
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Honestly, if I was just reviewing the first 3/4 of the book I would have given it a pan. The main characters spent way too much time punishing themselves for things that were not their faults, and the “I‘ve got a terrible secret” plot dragged on for way too long before it was revealed. But the last 1/4 of the book took a crazy turn which I did not expect, which redeemed the story for me and pushed it to a so-so overall.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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This story is truly heartbreaking. The saddest part for me was the author‘s point that girls go missing all of the time. I listened to this audiobook and the format of a podcast investigating their disappearance worked really well. I love a full cast narration and the actor who voiced Sadie was very good, but some of the others were kind of stilted. Leaving the ending kind of open was a strange choice that I didn‘t really like. 3.75/5 stars

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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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This book was one of the most difficult to get through because it is just so real.McGinnis doesn‘t shy away from the ugliest parts of addiction, and she doesn‘t try to offer any pat explanations for why it happens to some people and not others.With the current scourge of fentanyl that is killing people every day, an unflinching depiction of addiction like this one seems all the more timely.I highly recommend this, if you‘re in the right headspace.

BookLineNSinker I am in recovery and work as a substance abuse counselor and this book was a tough one to read for me. Just got a report from the public health department this week saying that since 3/21-3/22 overdoses have increased by 106%>>> in 1 year. It is happening now and it's brutal. 6mo
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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The description of this story sounded really mysterious and interesting, but in actuality it was kind of dull and anticlimactic. The audiobook was read by Eduardo Ballerini, who did an excellent job making subtle changes in his voice to distinguish which of the two men in the story was speaking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Both a coming-of-age character study and a survival adventure story, I felt like this book veered a bit into the ridiculous trying to pack in every survival scenario possible. I don‘t want to give any spoilers, but there was a twist at the end that really threw me for a loop. Overall entertaining enough, 3.75 stars. Photo is one I took in Crested Butte, CO, an absolutely gorgeous mountain town.

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The Host: A Novel | Stephenie Meyer
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I listened to this audiobook for almost 24 long hours (I sped it up eventually). If you‘re into a Twilight-style love triangle, this might be for you. For me, there were way too many incidents of Melanie getting pushed, hit, and dragged to feel comfortable. Also the story needed some serious editing.

LiseWorks It was so long but I grudges through it . I don't know if I would listen to it though 6mo
WJCintron The movie is AWFUL!!! 👎 (edited) 6mo
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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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Thank you so much for the lovely belated birthday gifts @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I‘m so happy that you are my pen pal 💌

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This is probably one of the best self-help books I‘ve read. Was any of this advice about setting boundaries new and earth-shattering? No, not really. But Tawwab, a licensed clinical social worker and relationship therapist, somehow finds a way to state things in such a relatable, straightforward way that I found something helpful to underline on almost every page. I can definitely see myself coming back to this book often for helpful advice.

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This book was good, but did not live up to The House in the Cerulean Sea, which I absolutely loved. At times, I found the plot a little plodding and repetitive. I also am not sure that I liked the ending, but I did find the epilogue very touching and even shed a few tears. 3.75/5 stars

erickahhh My thoughts exactly! 5mo
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In a word, this book was delicious. Part memoir, part cookbook, and part love letter to food, I enjoyed listening to the author narrate his own book. His strength and resilience during cancer treatments was also very inspiring. Don‘t listen to this when you‘re hungry!

AvidReader25 One of my favs last year! 7mo
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Hostage | Clare Mackintosh
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Mina is a flight attendant working on the first ever nonstop flight from London to Sydney when she receives a note that says “The following instructions will save your daughter‘s life.” Although it requires a bit of suspension of belief, the ensuing ride is wild enough to keep the story interesting. The perspectives move from Mina to her police detective husband Adam to their adopted daughter Sophia to the various other passengers on the plane.

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Book Grove | Glenwood Springs, CO (Bookstore)
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I found this little gem of a bookstore while here in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for a short birthday getaway. This is the cutest little town and the hot springs are amazing ❤️

squirrelbrain That looks so cute! 8mo
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Overall a pick, but I listened to this on audio on my commute to work and I started to get tired of it by the end. It seemed better suited to listening in short bites more like a podcast than long hours at a time. Some of the stories especially the ones involving COVID were a bit depressing but I liked some of the ones that were a bit lighter in tone like the one about him being good at Googling people.

AvidReader25 I loved this one! Definitely good a little at a time. 7mo
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This book is meticulously researched. I enjoyed learning about the Akha culture, their beliefs and practices involving tea growing and harvesting. I also enjoyed watching Li-yan navigate life in the outside world while trying to remain true to her culture. One criticism is the character of Haley. Since we mainly get her perspective through emails she doesn‘t seem as well fleshed out to me. The ending also seems a little too tidy for my taste.

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I picked this book mainly for the setting, which was Vienna in the years leading up to and during WW1. Fanny Schindler was born in a foundlings home and never knew her parents. She grows up to become a talented seamstress. At times, I felt like circumstances just magically fell into place for her, which made the story a little unbelievable. The final reveal of her parentage was a bit of a let-down. Ok overall, but not terribly memorable ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great picture 💫 9mo
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It‘s an inevitable comparison, but having read “Educated,” “The Glass Castle,” and this book, I like this one the least. I find the limits of my credulity stretched to the breaking point after reading about so many unbelievable stories. The pacing was also really off. We get extensive details from each year when she was a young child and then whole years are skipped when she is a young adult. TW for abuse and sexual assault.

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Dog Mom: A Love Story | Isabel Serna
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This little gift book is too cute. I love these illustrations and fun observations about being a dog mom. This would have made a nice stocking stuffer book for Christmas

AlaMich My favorite is the drool spot on the pillow! 🤣 9mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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@Skeebies05 Amazing!!! You really went above and beyond this year! Thank you so much and hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright ❤️🎄

Skeebies05 💜💜💜 9mo
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Thank you for the awesome gifts @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Of course it arrived in plenty of time to open today. Wishing you peace and love 💕 I‘ll get a letter to you soon

kspenmoll What a gorgeous shade of red! 9mo
Beatlefan129 Thanks @kspenmoll , my amaryllis is doing so well I just had to get it in the photo 🌺 9mo
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Thank you for the amazing #jolabokaflodswap package @ReadingEnvy The extra bonus books are a great surprise.
Thanks also to @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting the best swap of all

ReadingEnvy I can't remember if I added a note but I saw that I had two more books from your Goodreads TBR and decided I might as well send them too. 9mo
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This book was a little bit all over the place for me. When the author was going back and forth between her personal story, her patient‘s stories, and descriptions of the tenets of therapy, I started to feel disconnected from her. It even seemed a bit self-indulgent at times. What really brought me back were her stories about her patients, especially the last few chapters. Maybe I would have edited or organized the book differently. 3.75/5 stars

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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My #jolabokaflodswap package is here! I can‘t wait for opening day! ❤️📚

ReadingEnvy Woohoo! 10mo
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Night Shift | Stephen King
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I normally don‘t enjoy short story collections, but this one is exceptional. I enjoyed every one of these stories. I just kept thinking to myself “Man, this guy can write!” It really is amazing how he can create interesting characters and plots full of suspense and dread that can be read in 10 minutes. I think my favorite story is “I am a Doorway.”

Kayla.Adriena I actually have this , I originally got it cause I'm a night shifter, you're review makes me want to read it now! 10mo
Beatlefan129 @Kayla.Adriena I used to work night shift too, and there is definitely something about being awake at unnatural hours that lends itself to weird happenings 10mo
Zoes_Human He's one of the best short fiction writers of all time. 10mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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I got this out in the mail today ❤️📚🍫🎄
#jolabokaflodswap

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Since I am from Wisconsin, this book really touched a cord in me. The author mentioned the city I went to college in, a grocery store chain I used to shop at, and some brands of beer I used to drink. One of the main characters, Edith, even reminds me of my mom in some ways. I just really appreciated the Midwestern setting and unique spirit in all these characters. The pic is our favorite local craft brewery here in Colorado where I live now.

Prairiegirl_reading I was listening to this on audio and drove straight to the liquor store to get craft beer! It‘s just so well done! I love that it rang so true for you. 💜 10mo
Chelsea.Poole I love this book! 10mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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I remember my 3rd grade teacher reading this to us. There is something I find very comforting about being read to. Listening to this audiobook narrated by Meryl Streep along with a full cast, reminded me of that experience as a child. The story is utterly charming. The descriptions of the farm throughout the year as the seasons change was beautifully depicted. I can see myself listening to this again every year.

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I read the print copy of this while also listening to the audiobook. This was a great way of keeping the sister‘s voices straight. Yahaira and Camino are sisters who discover each other following the death of their father. This story was a beautiful exploration of grief and family.

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This book was so completely charming. It was just as good as I remember. Moving through the seasons, Laura and her little family of Ma, Pa, Mary and Baby Carrie go through all the tasks required of life in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. I especially enjoyed the dance at Grandma and Grandpa‘s house and Laura‘s first visit to town. I will definitely continue with the rest of the series. 😊

Wonderwoman89 I just bought the whole series. 11mo
perfectsinner I have a box set. One of my fav series from childhood, great classic reading and wonderful to turn to when you want comfort... at least for me 11mo
seibelsays On the Banks of Plum Creek was always my favorite. 11mo
kspenmoll Loved this as a kid & made up stories for my sisters modeled on this series. 11mo
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Before I Let You Go | Kelly Rimmer
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Definitely have the tissues ready for this one. The story begins with Lexi Vidler, a young doctor in Alabama, receiving a call from her younger sister Annie who she has not spoken to in 2 years. Annie is pregnant and in need of help as she is also battling a heroin addiction. We hear about Annie and Lexie‘s current struggles in the legal and medical systems and also find out what events in their past contributed to her drug addiction.

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No One Goes Alone | Erik Larson
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After reading the description I was expecting a spooky ghost story, but what I got was a dull locked room mystery. The ending was exceptionally anticlimactic. Since this was an audiobook only, I was expecting a lot from the narration but it didn‘t deliver either. The narrator made every character‘s voice the same. It would have really benefited from multiple narrators and possibly some sound effects to liven things up.

RamsFan1963 Is it fiction or nonfiction? I've only read Larson's nonfiction, and I've enjoyed all of those. 11mo
Beatlefan129 @RamsFan1963 This is Larson‘s first foray into fiction. The characters are based on actual people though. I‘ve read Devil in the White City and liked that one. 11mo
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I‘m finally going back to re-read the Little House books that I loved when I was a girl. The copy I‘m reading is from a set that belonged to my great aunt and these illustrations are so charming 😊

rubyslippersreads I love these books! 11mo
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