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Christyco125

Christyco125

Joined February 2017

Challenges: #Pantone2022 & #Booked2022 | Reading goal: 50 | Tracking: #2022ReadingBracket | www.goodreads.com/christyco125 | Storygraph: Christyco125
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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The description said Rebecca meets Mexican Gothic. I can see some of the Rebbeca-ness in some of the background characters but Beatriz was no Mrs. DeWinter. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Would love to@find more like it.

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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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A little late on my choices. #BOTM

ICantImReading My box was the exact same! 😍 5d
Christyco125 @ICantImReading hahaha! Twinsies again. I was only going to get one but I just couldn‘t decide. 5d
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The Postmistress | Sarah Blake
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I‘m not even sure where to start. I guess, first off WWII fiction isn‘t my jam so that was the first strike against for me. Second, the 3 main female characters are interesting on their own but there isn‘t enough space to develop them together. Lastly, the style is choppy. I get where the transitions are supposed to be more theatrical but they don‘t work well as written.
#LMPBC

Christyco125 This will be going out to you @kstadt929 tomorrow. 2w
kstadt929 I was not a fan of this one either! Sorry for the bad pick 😂 2w
Christyco125 @kstadt929 You don‘t know until you know. It had a lot of promise. 🙂 1w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Wow! A weird mix of horror and magical realism that resulted in a hard-to-put-down story. I enjoyed this way more than I expected.

#Booked2022 - DARK ACADEMIA NOVEL

BeeMagical Yes!!! Bunny is one of my absolute favourites!🐰 2w
Christyco125 @BeeMagical I can totally understand why. It started out angsty and then just went so off the rails (in a good way, bunny). 2w
BeeMagical So glad you liked it 🐇!!💕 2w
Cinfhen Yup! This book was 🍌 👖 13h
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The Sol Majestic: A novel | Ferrett Steinmetz
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Mehso-so

Not as space opera-y as I was expecting from the cover. A nice foodie hope-filled novel.

#Booked2022 - A HOPE PUNK NOVEL

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I should have waited for a more cloudy and cooler weather to start this #audiobook. This was a wonderfully atmospheric story with just enough twists to give the mystery some teeth. Loved this.

Ruthiella One of my favorites! 3w
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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This was a fantastic retelling of the myth of Achilles. I like the way she gave the secondary character Patroclus a voice which made Achilles humanity more present in the story.

#Booked2022 - A MYTHOLOGY RETELLING #ThinkGreek

#Pantone2022 - #HarbourBlue

sarah-bear Agree, it was so good! 3w
Cinfhen Loved this one ‼️‼️‼️‼️ 13h
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Mr. Loverman | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well that was something. Barry was so good at hiding, he even hid from himself at times. It was great to see the story from both sides even though neither were really the whole truth.
#Booked2022 - A COMING OUT STORY
#Pantone2022 - #coffeequartz #chicorycoffee

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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I was leaning towards skipping this month but thought I‘d give this one a whirl instead. #BOTM

MrsK I love her Veronica Speedwell series! Looking forward to seeing what you think of this one… 1mo
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The Chicken Sisters | K J Dell'Antonia
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This was a nice fluffy family drama set in my original home state of Kansas. It was entertaining and a nice easy read. Not extremely memorable, but it did knock out my prompt “About Sisters” for #Booked2022 as well as #SamoanSun and #SpicyMustard for #Pantone2022

Clwojick Great match! And I loved this book 🤍 1mo
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Jade Legacy | Fonda Lee
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Finally finished the Greenbones Saga. This had its up and downs and pulling of the heartstrings moments. Sweeping 30 year history of a clan family, I can see why it has been compared The Godfather series.

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#TwoforTuesday @TheSpineView
1. I have sent myself emails when people have suggested books and I didn‘t have paper.
2. Bunny - Mona Awad

Thanks for the tag @EadieB

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I finished up this month‘s #LMPBC book. It was interesting and I learned a lot of medical stuff. Still not quite getting the hang of the notes in the margin stuff but maybe it‘ll be better with the next one. I‘ll be sending this one on soon.

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Digging into this one for #LMPBC

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#AlphabetGame #LetterG

“The truth is the truth, the only prize worth having. If you deny it, you‘re only showing that you‘re unworthy of it.”

Thanks for the tag @CaitZ

TheLudicReader I really loved this book. 2mo
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Squeeze Me: A novel | Carl Hiaasen
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Mehso-so

This was close to a pick. The MC was fantastic but the overtly political nature of the story was grating by the end. This was not the strongest Hiaasen novel I‘ve read, however, still great to have a another Skink adventure.

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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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“Maybe that‘s what being alive is all about: so we can track down those moments that are dying.”

This was such a great book.

Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the tag.
#AlphabetGame
#LetterE

writerlibrarian I cried so hard while reading this book. Loved it. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 2mo
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The Mailbox | Mary Jane Forbes
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I‘ve slowly been working on sending out #LitsyLove this week. I‘ve gotten a bit behind on some of my correspondences.
6 letters down and like 8 more to go.

TheSpineView Excellent! On my to do list for this afternoon is to sit down and get a few written. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! 🎈🎊❤️ 2mo
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July was a solid reading month but didn‘t have many stand outs. I did love the first book in the Umbrella Academy series and it was a great introduction. I wished there were more stories of Klaus, Five, and their siblings. 🧐

#2022ReadingBracket

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My July reading #wrapup included more graphic novels than usual. They helped with my book #goals but not so much with my challenges. Time to knock out some prompts in August.

#JulyStats

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Mehso-so

A graphic novel about a magical orphan and her friend the undertaker‘s son that live on a remote island in Maine. No one can leave and inhabitants are dying. The makings of a great gothic story.

The storyline was slow to takeoff. The first chapter was stilted in the character interactions which made it difficult to determine who each person was. However, I‘m jumping in on a second book so that may explain some of it.

#ARC #NetGalley

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The Sacrament | Olaf Olafsson
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An interesting story about religion, choices, and dwelling in the past. There is some aspects of mystery and procedural drama that help propel the narrative. The MC, Sister Johanna, is tasked with revisiting an investigation from 20 years earlier in her career.

TW for pedophilia

#bookclub

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Untitled | Anonymous
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I. BOTMs are my only hardbacks. I favor paperbacks for other purchases because I can get twice as many for the same price. 📚
II. Reading outdoors if I can stand the weather. >60 but

Christyco125 @CaitZ & @Sparklemn - I missed the last time you tagged me. ☺️ 2mo
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The Sacrament | Olaf Olafsson
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“He had committed a crime.”

Well, that‘s dramatic. And, a great start. Let‘s hope the rest of the book lives up to that opening line.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Jade War | Fonda Lee
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The first book was slow. This was a lot better as far as pacing and action. This series is starting to grow on me.

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I just finished this up tonight. This was my first ever book for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club. I had some trouble writing ✍️ in a book. 😱 So I eased into it by writing sticky notes and then went back and marked it up once I finished.

This will be on its way soon to @kstadt929 for #LMPBC #groupS

kstadt929 Yay!! I can‘t wait!! 📖 It was hard for me to write in a book at first too, but I do find it fun to let my thoughts out now…as long as it is in some books and not all 😂 3mo
Jerdencon Exactly this @kstadt929 first time my son saw me - he was horrified lol (edited) 3mo
Christyco125 I‘m glad I‘m not alone @kstadt929 @Jerdencon 3mo
Kimzey I have trouble writing in books also. Post its are a great idea! 😊 3mo
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Rabbits | Terry Miles
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Thank you @Pogue for the great #LitsyLoveSummerSwap package. I love the mug, I hadn‘t realized how many banned books I‘d already read. W‘ll have to see if the teas fit the moods of the books but they definitely match the covers. 🙂 And Dune, in person, is a more intimidating #chunkster than IT. Can‘t wait to get started. Thank you again.

Deblovestoread Great box! Dune is sooo good! 3mo
Pogue I am so glad that you like everything. You will have to let us know if you enjoy Rabbits. 3mo
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I decided to finally check out the source Mary for the Netflix series. There were some noticeable differences but I really enjoyed this first entry in the series. It has a very Watchmen feel to it but with cleaner break between story lines. I like the dark humor and dysfunctional family relationships. #graphicnovel

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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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Another month of great choices that make it hard to pick a favorite. I decided to go with Plainsong as my monthly and bracket winner, due to its beautiful and simple story, and the high likelihood I‘ll read it again.
I hope July shapes up to be as good as the last two months.

#2022ReadingBracket

fredamans Horrorstor is my BOTM too!!! 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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It‘s time for another monthly reading #wrapup. I made a lot of progress on my #goals in June. While it started out a little bleak with a couple of DNFs, I finished the month was some pretty great reads. #JuneStats

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This was an enjoyable read. I like the split timeline POVs of the MCs. The bits of mystery while not big events help give the story more layers and move the plot along.

#Booked2022 - New in 2022
#Pantone2022 - #PoppySeed

Clwojick I love your little planter! So cute 🥰 3mo
Christyco125 @Clwojick Thank you! Now if I can just keep it alive. 3mo
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I didn‘t see any of these on your Read list. What looks good @kstadt929 and @jerdencon for this round #LMPBC?

kstadt929 I would absolutely LOVE to read Two Nights in Lisbon!!! I would prefer not to read The Husband‘s Secret or The Girl Before (only because I already own those books 😂) 3mo
Jerdencon I‘ve read the husbands secret already but rest sound good. Ill post my choices tomorrow 3mo
Christyco125 @Jerdencon @kstadt929 - Two Nights in Lisbon will be my pick then. So when I finish I send it to Katie since I‘m last and she‘s first, correct? 3mo
Jerdencon Yes - that‘s correct 3mo
kstadt929 @Christyco125 Hurray! 🎉 3mo
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Yay! It‘s here, it‘s here. Now all I have to do is wait. 😵‍💫 #LitsyLoveSummerSwap

Deblovestoread Yay!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎁📚 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My #20in4 results: I didn‘t make my 20 hours but I got in 16 — and made some real progress on my TBR.

✔️Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions
✔️ The Lost City of Z
📖 The Magnolia Palace 28%
🎧 Jade War 35%

Andrew65 This is great, well done 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 Thanks for playing along. 3mo
Christyco125 @Andrew65 thank you. I might try this again in July. 3mo
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A great mix of narrative and insightful writing that make this an enjoyable non-fiction. I also appreciated the author giving an account of his own obsession which added to narrative style. But, it also proves the biographies are influenced by the thoughts of the writer as well.
I crossed off another book from my #Booked2022 TBR during this #20in4 readathon. Involves an exploration.

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Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions | Anthony J. Rapino, Anthony D. Grate
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This was a mixed bag of coming of age, family drama, and a child‘s fantasy with late 80‘s nostalgia sprinkled in. I found myself skipping through several chapters just to get past the “what the F is going on” moments. The story of a family dealing with a divorce was pretty decent. But, it couldn‘t save the book. #ARC #EarlyRead

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Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions | Anthony J. Rapino, Anthony D. Grate
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I‘m going to try and participate in the #20in4 readathon. I‘m striving for 20 hours.
TBR:
📒Tommy and the Order of the Cosmic Champions
📒 The Lost City of Z
📒 The Magnolia Palace

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3mo
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📖 I don‘t read a lot of non-fiction but when I do I need a storyteller. This true crime was fun and almost unbelievable.
📖 🔪☠️❓🕵️🚔
📖 I like the challenge of figuring out who did and why
📖 I‘m a cover girl 📔
#ThoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Murder Mystery is my guess! Thanks for playing 🙂📖 3mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Another good one by St. James. I love her mix of paranormal and mystery along with the split timeline POVs. While The who done it mystery only lasts to about halfway through the book, I didn‘t mind.

The story is more of an amateur sleuth crime procedural. Both MCs are in the process of proving her theory of what happened in November 1982. #Booked2022 SET IN AN INN, LODGE, OR HOTEL

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The Gum Thief: A Novel | Douglas Coupland
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A few years ago it dawned on me that everybody past a certain age — regardless of how they look on the outside — pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape their lives.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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A not-for-me #bookclub pick. I tried but I couldn‘t get into rhythm of the writing and the slow buildup was killing me.

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My #LitsyLoveSummerSwap package ? is on its way to @Pogue Expected to deliver on Friday. ?

Thanks for putting the swap together
@rsteve388 @Kdgordon88

Deblovestoread Yay!!!🙌 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎉 4mo
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The Gum Thief: A Novel | Douglas Coupland
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🌸 Just started but here goes.
🇨🇦🖊🙍‍♂️🙎‍♀️📓💭💥🚗

🪷 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - I enjoyed the character and would love to see how much more she grew after

🪺 Pick on Litsy and 4.5 🌟on GR/StoryGraph

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing! 4mo
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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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There is something about the slow and even build of a Haruf novel that is so satisfying. It isn‘t an action-packed thriller but there still so much going on under the surface. Another beautiful story.

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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Slight magical realism in order to deal with grief and the awkwardness of being a teenager, I‘ll take it. This was fun journey from the first graveyard spell to the last. And I liked that a lot of the side characters got to grow and develop as well.

#Pantone2022 #Nosegay

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Halfway through the year and halfway thru my #2022ReadingBracket. This was an extremely tough month (in a good way) to choose my monthly winner. I‘m hoping I‘ll have those same problem this month.

The tagged book was entertaining and thoughtful. As well as surprisingly emotional 🥹 for me. #goodbook

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Gotta love making progress on those reading #goals.
Closing out my #MayStats and feeling pretty good about the results. Even though my page count went up significantly from last, I still feel like I was able to give each book the time to be enjoyed. 📚Happy June reading everyone.📚 #wrapup

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Nice own voices cozy mystery. The characters were good, the mystery not bad. Unfortunately, I had the bad guy picked out rather early. Not sure if I‘ll pick up next ones in the series.

#Booked2022 Includes a recipe
#Pantone2022 #OrangeTiger

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Next round of #snailmail on its way. #Litsylove

BkClubCare Wait! Are you freehanding that?! Wow 🤩 4mo
Christyco125 @BkClubCare Thanks 😊 I had to sketch out the first one to get a feel for it but the rest I did freehand. 4mo
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I‘m on a romance roll. I loved that this was unintentionally inspired by “When Harry Met Sally.” You can see hints of that at play throughout the book. I think it added to the depth of the storyline.

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