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Bette

Bette

Joined July 2016

Librarian: they pay me for loving books!
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Garlic and the Vampire | Bree Paulsen
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Who knew I would love a story about the adventures of a bunch of vegetables?
This was adorable. The story is amusing and I love the illustrations.
Guess that means I might need my own copy. 🤔🤣

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Her Dying Day: A Novel | Mindy Carlson
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If you‘ve never been stuck under the bed while your lover has sex with his wife, I suggest you skip it.

🤣 Just started…it caught my attention. 😆
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

FlowerFairy 🤣🤣🤣 2w
ShyBookOwl 😅😅😅 2w
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A dog that nobody wants. A boy who wants a dog. (Boy, I hope they meet! 😉)
Forever Home is a love story in a lovely, wordless picture book.

I loved the story, I loved the illustrations, so I just put holds on more of Cole‘s work, including “Unspoken” which is about the Underground Railroad.

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Not knowing what to expect, this was a fun surprise. It wasn‘t as dark as I expected, the main character was fun to follow and it got a bit twisty too.

#catsoflitsy Joey taking a break the minute I put the book down, like: ‘I‘m sittin‘ here!‘

AmyG Joey ❤️ 1mo
Librariana Looks like this is Joey's book now! 1mo
vlwelser It looks like a cute pic but the book title makes it extra. 1mo
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Bette @AmyG Joey‘s my boy. ❤️🐱 1mo
Bette @Librariana Yeah. (Sigh) Everything is Joey‘s if he can get to it. 🤣 1mo
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All of Us Villains | Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
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“The Lowes did not tell their children monster stories so that they could slay them.
The Lowes told them so their children would become monsters themselves.”

Rereading the first book since the sequel is coming this week…and enjoying it again. 📖❤️😊

LauraJ Nice Funkos! I also collect the horror ones. 1mo
Bette @LauraJ Thanks! I love them! ❤️ I always just think the villain is just as important as the hero…it make the book more interesting. 1mo
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I really enjoy the Mercy Carr and Elvis series.
Although we just herd cats here at home, I‘m always fascinated by dogs, and how incredible they are.
Elvis is no exception and, as usual, he plays a big part in the mystery.
I‘d recommend reading these in order so you can meet everyone at the beginning.
The problem with racing to read the next in a series … is the wait til the next one. 🫤

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I‘ve been a Rob Harrell fan since I read “ Monster on the Hill.”
This one is silly and fun and appealed to my (sometimes) adolescent sense of humor.

The kids are stranded in math class by Time Guy (when asked about his lame villain name, he said that Timekeeper was taken already) 😝
At one point, Carl‘s greatest fears are used against him and everyone says: that‘s adorable…. I won‘t spoil it but it really is.

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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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Joey could care less about The Woman in the Library but I really enjoyed this book within a book.
I always think reading is like eating (both are necessary 😆) and sometimes experimenting with something totally different is fun. #catsoflitsy

SW-T Agreed. 🙂 3mo
Bette @SW-T 👍😊 3mo
LKK526 @Bette Joey is very discriminating 👍 2mo
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The Agathas | Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson
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A little bit Agatha Christie, with a dash of Scoobie-Doo…this was a fun read. It felt like it was open to a sequel; there was room for these characters to progress, especially the gang that backs up the leads. (I‘m a little tired of the divisions in the cafeteria trope but that might just be me. )
#catsoflitsy Pictured: Our little Molly

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Granted, I started this way too late last night, but I hit this line and started to tilt my head, wondering…is he upside down? 🤣

I bailed because the direction of the characters made me pause to read some reviews. I learned a character I have previously liked wasn‘t much involved, along with some other things. Although I have really liked the Alice Vega books this one just isn‘t for me right now.

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Ergo | Alexis Deacon
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“I am the world and the world is me” and she was happy.
“She imagined other worlds exactly like her own.”
“What if we are all stuck inside walls, all scared of one another, never knowing we are just the same.”
I kind of loved the simplicity of this little book about a chick inside her shell wondering about the outside world.
#catsoflitsy. Molly (not blurry in real life)

KathyWheeler She‘s so cute. 😊 6mo
Bette @KathyWheeler Thanks! We think so too. She‘s like a little squirrel running loose in our house. 😂 6mo
Soubhiville Oh the baby! ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Adorable kitty!!🐾❤️ 6mo
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This Might Hurt | Stephanie Wrobel
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I liked how the author played with ambiguity: Is the island a self-help getaway or a cult? Are characters actions altruistic or devious? Which parenting style is worse: controlling or checked out absentee? The story sucked me right in and had plenty of twists and turns.

Here‘s Joey when he stops moving. #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn What a cutie! 🧡🐱 7mo
RaeLovesToRead Hi Joey! 👋😄 7mo
FlowerFairy Super cutie! 7mo
Bette @wanderinglynn @RaeLovesToRead @FlowerFairy Thanks, he‘s a cute goofball. 🥰 7mo
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Suburban Dicks | Fabian Nicieza
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“Watch out for ticks,” she called out. As they ignored her, she muttered, “Or get sucked dry of all your blood. Whatever.” A frustrated, suburban, very pregnant (once almost FBI profiler) mother of four gets involved in a murder. It had moments of funny, snarky humor and addressed issues of racism, privilege, and entrenched government, but I didn‘t love it. I thought there were plot holes and I just wished it was more. Might wow
someone else.

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Giants of the Frost | Kim Wilkins
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Hermes / Mercury was my favorite. God of communication, he was fast and clever, also involved with luck and thievery.

Last book I read was Giants of the Frost...a scientist goes to an isolated island and gets involved with monsters, hags, and some exiled members of Asgard.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Welcome! Definitely stacking that book. ❤️ 1y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1y
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I really enjoyed following Greer, a librarian who turns detective when a body falls at her feet (more like Trixie Belden than Nancy Drew) Hilliard drops book titles and authors, as well as quotes, among the clues which made it a lot of fun. When she talked about Friday closings when patrons are running in at the last moment for DVDs or how spooky it is when you are in the building alone when it‘s dark after closing, I could relate. 👍

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“You don‘t know how badly I want to kiss you right now,” he finally says.
“You don‘t know how badly I want you to,” I say.
This wording always puzzles me ... do we assume they are longing for each other? Or do they want to miss each other‘s mouths and do a dog slurp thing? 🤣😝😂. Maybe overthinking it. 😆 #catsoflitsy Dexter, trying to nap...badly.

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Quote: Clinton has said that, in the aftermath of the 2016 election, she found solace in reading Penny‘s novels (also Chardonnay). The two have been friends for several years.

I‘m in. 👍🙂

charl08 Me too! 2y
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Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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I‘m a third of the way in. People are missing. A storm is coming. One character suggests: we should leave, they‘re predicting 6 feet of snow.
Yes. Please go now! What are you waiting for? Jack Nicholson showing up proclaiming: Here‘s Johnny? Run. Leave. Flee!
Okay, they aren‘t leaving. I‘m going back in. 😳😬

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Never Far Away | Michael Koryta
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In Those Who Wish Me Dead (movie coming out 2021) I thought I had never read such cold blooded, scary villains. Still thinking of the Blackwell brothers is chilling. Bloody. In If She Wakes Koryta introduced another Blackwell: Dax who also shows up in Never Far Away. I see what you‘re doing, Michael Koryta. 🤔 Darn you! 🤭 You are expanding the family business. 😬 Okay. 😐 Keep scaring me. 😲😝

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#Whatif @Mavey

Fred Weasley. (Harry Potter). One twin makes me sad. 😢
Heathcliff and Catherine (Wuthering Heights) (even knowing that it was dark and dysfunctional)

Thanks for the tag!

mavey Fred💔 2y
mavey Thanks for joining in! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Fred was my very close runner-up. 2y
Bette @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Neville is good too. 👍 2y
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Strange Love | Ann Aguirre
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Maybe getting flowers for Valentines Day isn‘t a surprise for some ... but when they come from your local grocery store with a thank you for being a customer on a sub zero freezing day... you bet we were surprised!
It‘s a pandemic and nice things still happen. 😊
Strange Love was a surprise too. It‘s a romance, it‘s science fiction, it‘s erotic, it‘s laugh out loud funny. 😆 Having a talking dog as a character was genius. 👍

CarolynM I loved it❤️ Weird and wonderful. 2y
Bette @CarolynM I really liked it too. It was really strange but it worked. Are you going to read the next one? I think Love Code follows the AI unit. 🤔 2y
CarolynM Sci-Fi is so not my thing that I'm a bit wary of trying another, but I think I will some time🙂 2y
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Shiver | Allie Reynolds
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1. Carefully place the book next to a sleeping cat. 🤞
2. Accidentally wake up the cat. 😳
3. Try to salvage the situation by quickly taking a picture. 📸
4. Realize Dexter yawning looks like he‘s taking a bite of the book. 🤣
5. Watch Dex wander away. 😯
6. Abandon photo op. 😂
7. If you want a fast paced thriller, Shiver was fun. 📖
#catsoflitsy

CBee I love this 😂😂 2y
Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 life with cats, in a nutshell. 2y
Zoes_Human 😂 😂 😂 2y
Megabooks 😂😂😂 2y
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Chasing Starlight | Teri Bailey Black
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1930s Hollywood. Kate goes to live with her silent picture star Grandfather who she doesn‘t know, and is suddenly also thrown in with his assorted eccentric boarders. Teri Bailey Black name drops celebrities, references dance teams like Astaire and Rogers, and wraps everything around a mystery making this a joy to read for me. I loved the time period, the characters were well developed, and I can‘t wait to see what she writes next. 🥰

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I Talk Like a River | Jordan Scott
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A poet‘s reflections (see what I did there?) on how his father would take him to the river when he had a “bad speech day” and tell him: “You see how that water moves, son? That‘s how you speak.”
And then he would watch the water bubbling, churning, whirling, and crashing. His father took him to the river so he would feel less alone, so he would connect his way of speaking with the natural world.
This is a beautiful book.

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Happy Saturday 💙

Sace Well chosen stack 2y
Sace 😊 2y
lynneamch Nice! ✌ 2y
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Eyelit 💙 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Well said! 2y
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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RIP Rachel Caine (Roxanne Conrad). I loved your books. 😥

CBee She‘ll be missed ☹️♥️ 2y
Scochrane26 When I looked her up, I thought I might want to read her Great Library series. 2y
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Loved the illustrations for this picture book intro to Joe.
When dealing with bullies his mother told him:
“Remember Joey, you‘re a Biden.
Nobody is better than you.
You‘re not better than anyone else, but nobody is any better than you.”

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This Old Dog | Martha Brockenbrough
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I loved this picture book about a old dog who has come to like slow walks, finding rocks, and chewing leaves. But his people are too busy to walk slow and always rush him. Until the baby learns to walk. She likes to walk slow too ... and look at leaves ... and pick up stones. This is a love story for the young and old and recommends slowing down to enjoy the little things. ❤️👍

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Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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It isn‘t at all like Harry Potter, but imagine if Hogwarts was a death trap and to graduate all you need to do is make it out alive. I love Naomi Novik and this was just so much fun.

🎶 “Breakfast isn‘t half as dangerous as dinner, but it‘s still never good to walk alone.
Hope in your heart doesn‘t count.” 🎶. 😆😂

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Halfway through this book I was stunned. 😧 What? Read the next page. Went back and reread the page before. What?! Reread them both again.
That‘s why I love this author: she gets the reader involved with her characters and then she writes a good mystery.
This is one of the best I‘ve read this year.
Harper (could I BE any more gray?) #catsoflitsy

Scochrane26 Pretty cat ❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn What a gorgeous cat! ❤️🐱 2y
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Kodi | Jared Cullum
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Inside glimpse from Kodi

Sace Oh that looks so sweet! 2y
Bette It really is such a sweet story. 2y
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Kodi | Jared Cullum
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Jodi is a beautiful graphic novel about a friendless girl and a friendly bear...and the lengths they will go to when they are separated.
Dexter #catsoflitsy

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This Is a Dog | Ross Collins
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This was a fun picture book about a dog who barges in on all the other animals on their pages.
The dedication was particularly revealing:

“For my dog, Hugo, who taught me the meaning of irony by destroying some of the artwork from this book”
😆 😂 😝

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Last week the weather really cooled off. Just in time to sit down with an afghan, a cat, and the new Louise Penny. It isn‘t set in 🌲🌲🌲 but if Louise Penny is writing it, I‘m reading it.

Harper at rest. #catsoflitsy

Nute I still have so many books of this series to read before I get to this one, but I can‘t wait. On day... 2y
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The Unadoptables | Hana Tooke
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I just finished this junior book. I really enjoyed it. Lemony Snicket fans might like this. While the children are portrayed as different, they are also very talented with various skills in sewing, art, math, storytelling, and an affinity with animals. When they put their heads and talents together ... well, that would spoil the story. Just know there is a character with a handlebar mustache named Rotman who might be up to no good. 🤨

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Sounds intriguing! Stacked! ❤️ 2y
sharread Such a cute kitty. 😻 2y
Bette @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I hope you like it. 👍😊 2y
Bette @sharread Thanks! Dexter is a good guy. 2y
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Swing | Michael Hall
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I love newest picture book by Michael Hall.
His colorful illustrations might seem simple but he creates a lot of emotion with a few curved lines to make eyebrows and frowns really expressive.
As the letters come together recess rejection evolves into acceptance and kindness. Let the swinging begin. 👍

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The Fell of Dark | Caleb Roehrig
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The only thing worse than living in a vampire town is having to take Algebra I for the second time.

#FirstLineFridays
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ShyBookOwl Oh he wrote an Archie Horror book I really enjoyed. I'll have to check this out! 2y
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Mountains Wild: A Mystery | Sarah Stewart Taylor
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I admit I massacred most of the Irish in this book, but when I got to this page I just burst out laughing. 😂

jouleian 😂😂😂 this is great! 2y
Bette It‘s at times like these I need the audio. 😂🤣 2y
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Mountains Wild: A Mystery | Sarah Stewart Taylor
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My last two reads both involved mysteries in Ireland. Foley continues ratchet up the suspense.
I had not read Sarah Stewart Taylor before and I really enjoyed her characters and how she wove the story between Long Island and Ireland. I hope there's a sequel.
Dexter is one of the #catsoflitsy

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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You think you'd know what a killer sounds like.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Two truths and a lie:
1) This book delivered 💯on all the promises the reviews made.
2) The book has a beautiful green cover.
3) A creepy mansion plays a part in the story.
🤔 👍😉

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Home in The Woods | Eliza Wheeler
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In the fall of 1932, during the Great Depression, the author's grandma's family was evicted from their home in northern Wisconsin. When her grandma's dad died, Marvel's 34 year old mother took her 8 kids to live in abandoned tar paper shack deep in the woods. This is the story of Marvel, Eliza's grandma. It is a lovely family history about life's struggles, and finding what is truly important.

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I've been reading more romances since times got tough. This one was light and funny. I found myself snort laughing a few times.
This line struck me funny: "Random fact: La Brea in Spanish means "tar pits," so we're all actually going around saying The Tar Pits Tar Pits." ? Yep, I still find that funny. ? #catsoflitsy Dexter

sharread Such a cute kitty. 😻 2y
Bette Thanks @sharread He's a good guy. ❤️🐱 2y
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Once You Go This Far | Kristen Lepionka
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Why do I love Roxane Weary? Shes feisty and vulnerable, she's smart and witty, and she keeps plugging away. ? "Roxane gets knocked down but she gets up again, you're never gonna keep her down" ?
Why do I love Kristen Lepionka? She created Roxane, she writes smart mysteries, and she just lit the fuse on a new plot line that I dearly hope will be further developed in Book 5. ?❤️?

MySharonaK Oh wow I didn‘t know book 4 is out ! I love the series and the author 2y
Bette @MySharonaK It snuck up on me too. She's become one of my favorites. 2y
MySharonaK @Bette ❣️ 2y
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Malamander | Thomas Taylor
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All my holds came in at once. 📚 😳 📚
Knowing I wouldn't have time to read everything, I thought I would read a few pages of Malamander and then return it.
I got to page 3 and never stopped reading.
This was a lot of fun. Lemony Snicket fan? You might enjoy this series. 😊

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It's a variation of a locked room mystery: An isolated mansion. A private island. A stormy night. A wealthy family has gathered. Shana and Tim, newish partners, are called to investigate. They take a look at the blood soaked bed and think: J isn't missing ... he's dead. With plenty of suspects, this was reminiscent of Agatha Christie. When Shana and Tim are cut off from their team and there's a scream ... the pages practically flip themselves.

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Before Familiar Woods | Ian Pisarcik
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Although dark and atmospheric, I'm surprised there hasn't been more buzz around it. This was such a vivid read. I really liked how the author brought everything to life.

"Her face was thin and the lines that ran obliquely along the sides of her nose were dark
and seemed to hold the ends of her lips like the ropes of a porch swing."

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I love that Sarah is both scared and willing to search the creepy 4th floor. 🤣

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2nd in a series. Even though Jazz has a job as an Administrative Assistant at St Catherine's that doesn't stop her amateur detective work when her cadaver dogs locate a body. With interesting characters and plenty of suspects, Logan has me waiting for the 3rd installment. Dexter #catsoflitsy

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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Just finished The Last Flight. It's a twisty page turner. I didn't love something that the author chose to do, but then authors rarely consult with me before publishing. 😝 😜 😛 🤣 😆
Dex #catsoflitsy

Eggs 😂 2y
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