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Beccacraft

Beccacraft

Joined December 2018

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I didn‘t want to put this book down and consider it a must-read. It follows the lives of horseback-riding librarians in rural Kentucky, outcasts or misfits in their town, who develop relationships with each other and their beautiful surrounding countryside. I LOVED the characters and enjoyed every minute of this book.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This book about an immigrant family and their struggle to stay in America was enlightening, thought-provoking, and engaging. While the characters all displayed discomfiting flaws, I found myself rooting for them and felt connected to them and their feelings, thoughts, and desires.

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Mehso-so

This book about an agoraphobic woman who witnessed something as she spies on her neighbors is a quick and entertaining thriller. I was able to spot most of the twists pretty quickly, but empathized with the narrator as she struggled with agoraphobia, depression, and guilt. I wish this book captivated me and surprised me more though.

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The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse
Mehso-so

This book about a blended family Christmas with plenty of uncomfortable moments was a quick read. I liked that it was set up to contain a mystery, beginning with a 911 call and continuing to fill in the gaps leading to the call by jumping to different characters‘ perspectives. Fun, but only okay rather than great.

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Mehso-so

This book was the intersection of a group of mysterious deaths, a suspicious Reverend, a gregarious lawyer, and the famous novelist Harper Lee. I learned a lot about a variety of topics that on the surface seem uninteresting (e.g., life insurance policies) but turned out to be quite surprising and attention-grabbing. While I enjoyed learning and the overall nature of the book, I‘m not likely to recommend it above others.

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Sci-fi is not my go-to genre, but I was absolutely drawn in to this book about a post-apocalyptic world after a virus is unleashed in a most unusual way. It took me some time to get into it, but I became completely enraptured by the characters, and wanted to stay up late reading - never satisfied stopping at the end of each chapter. Not my favorite book, and very long, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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This book is about a 30-year-old woman with Aspergers syndrome who hires a male escort to teach her how to “be good” at sex and be in a relationship. It was funny, lighthearted, and endearing, but I was quite surprised to find it filled with so many detailed sex scenes!

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This book was a memoir written by a terminally-ill cancer patient, and explores her feelings, thoughts, fears, and revelations as she comes to the realization that she is dying. Her insights were poignant and strong, and it made me tear up thinking about what it would be like to die and leave my own children and husband behind. Some of the existential thoughts and processing were a bit much for me though.

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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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This book is a thriller about a group of high schoolers who witness a death of a classmate and become potential suspects- all with a secret to hide. I loved that it was written through alternating perspectives, and it kept me guessing for a large part of the book. Not a realistic ending to me, but thoroughly entertaining throughout.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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This book about a little known event during WWII, set in East Prussia, follows 4 characters who narrate their experiences as they attempt to flee the decline of the Nazi party. It is a young adult book, and while engaging and entertaining, the book lacked some substance and background for me. It wasn‘t as powerful or as moving as I might have expected, but I still enjoyed it enough.

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I am not generally a sci-fi fan, but I truly enjoyed this sci-fi thriller in which a lucky few people in the world still have their sight, and must fight to survive amidst the threat of disease, starvation, and the deadly sting of the triffid plants. I loved the writing style, the story, and the narrator‘s voice. Fun and engaging, yet not a super quick read (despite being less than 200 pages) due to the witty and intricate writing.

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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This story about a Jewish family and their unlikely survival paths through WWII is based on true events. It‘s an incredible story, and I grew to truly care about the family and each of their trials. If it were not based on real people, I would have found it somewhat unrealistic, and it took me awhile to get fully vested in the book. However, I loved that the characters and their experiences were based on a family who continues to thrive today.

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This story about the creator of Nike and the ideas, visions, trials, difficulties, people, and places that brought about the corporation was fascinating and fun to read.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is a story about a woman telling her coming-of-age story in New York, about learning difficult lessons, meeting new and interesting people, making difficult decisions, and following your passions. I absolutely loved the story, the style of writing, the humor, the characters, and the lessons throughout.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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This book was about a town set on a river where many women have drowned in the water, some voluntarily, some not. It was written from many different characters‘ perspectives, which was interesting but sometimes confusing. While it was enjoyable enough to read and kept me guessing at times, I was never truly invested in any of the characters and felt the end was loosely defined.

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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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This book was set in Russia during WWII and told the story of the a boy‘s harrowing days during the Leningrad Siege. It was gripping, beautifully written, and interspersed with comic relief despite the terrible nature of the events in that time. I loved the characters and truly felt invested in their outcomes.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book!! I was completely captivated by it. 2mo
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Mehso-so

This non-fiction book was about a brave Polish woman during WWII who saved an estimated 2500 Jewish children through a network of remarkable courageous people. While the content was very interesting and the true story was beautiful, I found the writing to be difficult to follow at times, too many names mentioned so that it became difficult to keep track, and that it took me a very long time to read because it wasn‘t pulling me in.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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This book followed two sisters as they grew up, the successes they experienced, the tragedies and struggles they faced, and the bond they reignited over the years. It took me awhile to get into this book, and while there were certainly parts of it that I enjoyed and cared about, most of the book didn‘t do much for me.

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Stay with Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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This book is about a Nigerian husband and wife navigating marriage, infertility, cultural norms, grief, and loss. It was heavy, heart-breaking, and impactful, and I learned so much about the Nigerian customs around marriage and death. I was easily pulled into the characters‘ world, and shared in their grief and sorrow throughout.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This book about the rise of a 1970s rock band was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to, with a full cast who truly make the story come alive. The interview style of writing allowed for different perspectives on the same event and, combined with the casting, made for a truly believable and engaging story.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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This book was about a young marriage trying to navigate the injustice of the husband wrongfully convicted of a crime. While I enjoyed the writing style and felt the story and writing were well-done, I did not ever truly like the characters themselves and really struggled with many of the decisions/paths/excuses they took. I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted the final outcome to be, but felt the author finished it out very well.

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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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This is a story about a family of 4 kids who grow into adults, carrying the burden of potentially knowing when they will die. I found it difficult to get fully invested in the characters, especially at the beginning, yet still enjoyed it to an extent.

monalyisha Same! I thought I was going to love this & was so surprised & disappointed when I was left feeling underwhelmed. 3mo
brilliantglow I received an arc of this and ended up DNFing it. I was disappointed. I thought I would absolutely love it. 3mo
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This thriller about Harriet, a young orphan who is named in a will for a large estate, was extremely fun to listen to via audiobook. I loved the narrator, enjoyed the character development of the crazy Westaway family, and navigated the twists and turns which kept me guessing most of the way through.

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Three Things About Elsie | Joanna Cannon
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This book about aging and the first-person perspective of dementia was entertaining and intriguing. I really wanted to love this book, and there were aspects that I truly loved (like the intertwining of the characters‘ stories) but I can‘t say this was one of my favorites. It was a little confusing and all over the place for me to fully enjoy (which may have been the point, as Florence had to deal with her confusing thoughts and memories daily).

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The Hiding Place | Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill
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This true story about a family preserving in love and faith during the occupation in Holland during World War II is one of my favorites yet! I often paused while reading this book to reflect on the horrors, the goodness, the joy, the fear and the experiences of all of the characters and am amazed at the work of my awesome God in such a deep darkness.

Suet624 I agree. An important memoir. 4mo
mamawray Just picked this up from the library! 4mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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This psychological thriller set in Morocco in the 1950s about two roommates with a past full of secrets and obsessions kept me interested for most of the book. I am glad I listened to it via audiobook versus reading it on page, as I think the characters became more alive for me that way. That being said, I had a hard time with the choices made by the characters and had some questions that were never answered.

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This book about race relations, especially within the church, highlighted issues, insights, and experiences that often made me stop to fully absorb the author‘s meaning and takeaways. While Brown didn‘t offer answers or solutions, she certainly made me question my own biases and how I can make a difference going forward.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this book, although it certainly made my heart rate speed up! The concept of dark matter and alternate realities that Jason experienced was actually well-explained, and the book had some twists that I had not anticipated.

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The Light Between Oceans | M. L. Stedman
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This book about a couple that chose to keep a baby who was shipwrecked and claim it as their own, and the subsequent consequences caused by that decision was emotionally heart-wrenching. It made me cry, smile, and reflect on my own children and what I would do or how I would react in a similar situation. Reading this book was one of the few times that I wasn‘t sure what the “happy ending” would or should be.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔😭💔😭 5mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This heartfelt, deeply moving memoir should be a must-read for everyone. Tara‘s ability to reflect on, process, and grow from her heartbreaking childhood upbringing is truly fascinating, and I am so thankful she shared her life with the world. This book made me cry with the abuse and manipulation she experienced, and pray for her continued ability to heal and find peace.

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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This YA book about race is certainly powerful and brings many important conversation topics to the table. I felt like the main character, Starr, was authentic and appeared to have realistic teenage emotions. That being said, the second half of the book was not as well developed in my opinion and it didn‘t keep me as enraptured or interested as I wanted to be.

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I really enjoyed this book about a Canadian police academy, a murder, and a mysterious map, and was excited to find chances to listen (I listened via audiobook). I grew to love the characters, feel engaged with their life choices and searches, and care about what happened to each of them.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Loved this book!!! I learned so much about Michelle as a smart, empowered, and confident woman who has accomplished amazing things and always strives for the best in herself and others. Powerful and enlightening read!

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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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This book about a shooting at a zoo was gripping, and scarily resonating in light of so many mass shootings. I found it horrifying, realistic, and gut-wrenching, and it made me question what I would do in a similar situation.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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The race commentary and controversy was thought-provoking and convicting. I didn‘t want to put this book down, and thought the character development was excellent, raw, and real.

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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn‘t wait to read about the flawed characters and their dysfunctional relationships. It was believable, intriguing, and entertaining throughout.

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This book was full of depressing characters and attitudes, and I never could fully get myself in the mood to read it. Several of the characters/chapters were interesting, but all left me feeling unsatisfied with how Hattie and her children encountered and navigated the world.

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Every Fifteen Minutes | Lisa Scottoline
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This book had me from the start, and I was kept guessing the identity of the mysterious sociopath throughout most of the book. I enjoyed reading it but found that the ending was left wanting. It just didn‘t seem plausible or believable.

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The Zookeeper's Wife | Diane Ackerman
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I generally love war-time books, especially true stories. It‘s not that I didn‘t enjoy reading this book, but that I often found myself skimming or having to re-read passages because I couldn‘t get fully engaged in the story or the tangents.

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I loved this book. The character development was so well done that you couldn‘t help but feel loneliness and longing with Kya, and grow to love the marsh as a character all on its own.

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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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I may have only loved this because I listened to it, and the narrator is so believable and perfect for the role. As a young mother myself, I commiserated with the main character, although didn‘t love the ending.

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The War I Finally Won | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Love the sequel to “The War That Saved My Life” as Ada learns how to overcome fears, fight for what‘s right, and deal with grief.

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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What a great book for adults and children alike! I love how the main character, Ada, must sort through and learn to deal with her emotions of anxiety, frustration, anger, and love.

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Took awhile to read it, but definitely worth the time. I felt with and for the characters and rooted for them all.

Curiouser_and_curiouser I bought this novel 20 years ago under the recommendation of a friend, but 3 kids later and it's still sitting on my shelf unread, looking forward to getting stuck into it very soon! 6mo
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Easy, emotional, and filled with wisdom, no matter how old you may be. That being said, as a 30-year-old, I feel like it would be more relatable and entertaining to those of the same generation as the author.

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Loved the narrator and thoroughly enjoyed the plot. I didn‘t want to stop reading, and found very poignant thoughts and ideas that were applicable to my life scattered throughout the book.

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After Anna | Lisa Scottoline
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Didn‘t want to put the book down and enjoyed reading it. However, I did feel like the ending was a bit out of nowhere, and it felt a but unreal/manufactured solely for the purpose of added drama. That being said, I loved the way the narrators flipped back and forth with the perspectives of “Before Anna” and “After Anna” to add new information throughout.

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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I love Louisa Clark and the other characters JoJo Moyes creates in her world. Funny, entertaining, encouraging, and easy read.

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Quick read, and interesting controversial subjects that make it difficult to see the world in black and white terms.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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Fun, fast read. Not quite as good as “Me Before You” but thoroughly enjoyable.