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Coleen

Coleen

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member indygo88

(It‘s Coleen with a long “o”) Read, drink & be happy! 📚🍷😋. Cubs fan! ⚾️. Long time LibraryThing user & Bookcrosser. (user name: indygo88)
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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Coleen
Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Wasn‘t sure how this would measure up to Crouch‘s Dark Matter, but I think it did! Both books are mind-bending sci-fi thrillers which I struggle to wrap my head around, but that‘s what makes them so fun! Can‘t wait to see what Blake Crouch has up his sleeve for his next novel!

Rachel_Anne789 This is next on my list! 20h
Ms_T I loved Dark Matter so I‘m stacking this. 19h
Reviewsbylola I think I liked this one even better than DM! 19h
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Fractured | Karin Slaughter
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Mehso-so

Meh.
I seem to be in the minority on this one, but I was just ready for it to end. The story was okay but really longer than it needed to be. It was the writing that drove me bonkers. Too many overdone and cliched phrases. The reader was just okay too....sometimes overly dramatic. Not sure if I‘ll read any more Karin Slaughter or not....?

LittlePixels Same. I keep feeling like I *should* like Karin Slaughter, then end up feeling "meh". I guess I just don't get it. ??‍♀️ 7d
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One Last Thing Before I Go | Jonathan Tropper
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Jonathan Tropper has become one of my favorite authors. I love his style — so witty and humorous, and he manages to capture family dynamics perfectly. This was probably not my favorite of his, but still a gem. 💎

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Not only did the beautiful cover suck me in, but the story did too. Loved the writing, as well as the multi-faceted aspects of this story. Bittersweet, but enjoyable.

Megabooks Totally agree! 2w
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Mehso-so

Most people seem to have loved the first book in this series, which I liked, but didn‘t love. I listened to all three back-to-back on audio, and they just never really gripped me like I‘d hoped. Kind of dark, depressing, & lots of violence. Made me appreciative of the freedoms I have in my own country. 🇺🇸

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The Harry Potter movies when they‘re on TV.......they suck me in.

Every. Single. Time.

Come-read-with-me @Coleen Me too. Everytime!!! 3w
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Mehso-so

I‘ve read most of Mary Roach‘s books — she‘s one of the few non-fiction writers that I tend to gravitate toward. But I thought this one was really just so-so. It wasn‘t exactly what I‘d expected. It seemed like she got off-topic a little and I found my mind wandering while listening. But she does know her stuff. Her books are well- researched and she‘s not afraid to get in there and touch, smell, taste.....whatever it takes.

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The Passenger | Lisa Lutz
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Despite my rants about the audiobook reader in my previous post, I really enjoyed this book. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next and the characters were borderline shady enough for me to not know whether they were good guys or bad guys (main character included).

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The Passenger | Lisa Lutz
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I‘m enjoying the tagged book, but the audiobook reader is driving me nuts. Her inflections for male voices are awful and they all sound like they‘re talking in slow motion.
Has anyone ever given up on an audiobook because the reader was so bad? 🙄

Maude Yes, I often have to quit audiobooks because the reader bothers me, bad reading has made me dislike a book, that I later read myself and really liked. 2mo
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and so-so with this. Not my favorite of Larson‘s, but still interesting and educational. I listened to the abridged audio, so that may have affected my opinion.

nelehelen Omg i remember reading this and just weeeeping... 😭😭😭 2mo
Crazeedi I really liked this book 2mo
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The Promised World | Lisa Tucker
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Mehso-so

If you like stories of dysfunctional families, this may be for you. The family secrets teaser initially drew me in, but then it just got kind of weird. The ending was also a letdown. Lisa Tucker has been hit or miss for me in the past. This wasn‘t my favorite.

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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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I just finally watched the last episode of season 3 and bawled like a baby.

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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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Although probably not my favorite Gilly MacMillan novel, this one was decent and kind of creepy/evil. Is the Nanny who she says she is, or is she not? Several unlikeable main characters and the ending was a bit far fetched, but the story did keep me guessing.

#librarything #earlyreviewers

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I was sorely disappointed in the previous book (#4) in the Millennium series. To me, it felt nothing like Stieg Larsson‘s original three, and at that time I swore I was done with the series. But I had a change of heart because I really did miss the characters of Salander & Blomkvist, and so decided to give this one (#5) a try. I was pleasantly surprised. This one was much better than the last.

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The Age of Miracles | Karen Thompson Walker
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Really enjoyed this one. Told from the point of view of a pre-teen, the earth‘s rotation one day unexpectedly slows down, affecting all sorts of things you wouldn‘t necessarily think about. All the while, young Julia is coming of age and dealing with all the things that pre-teens deal with — changing friendships & loyalties, crushes & first loves, & shifting dynamics at home. But it was the beautiful writing that really pulled me into this one.

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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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Rainy day ☔️ = reading day 📚

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LibraryThing as a library service | Aina Manso Santolaria
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I decided to snag an LT t-shirt on clearance. It arrived today! Woot!
#LibraryThing

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Inside the O'Briens | Lisa Genova
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Another great read by Lisa Genova. I can never decide which is my favorite because I love them all. This one centers on Huntington‘s Disease, which I really knew very little about. Genova is great at creating novels about neurological conditions and how they affect family dynamics.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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What can I say that hasn‘t already been said about this book? I‘m ashamed to admit that I really didn‘t know that much about Michelle prior to reading this. Though she‘s always presented herself as very polished, yet down-to-earth and very personable, I had virtually no knowledge of her background or education. This was very well written and yet easy to read.
And oh ... I so miss the Obamas being in the White House.

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Mehso-so

This really was just so-so for me. I‘ve not read any others in the Tess Monaghan series (this is #2), but I have read at least one other Laura Lippman that I enjoyed. But this one just struck me as very mediocre. Somewhat choppy at times, I thought maybe I was listening to the abridged version, but no.

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Mehso-so

I‘m falling somewhere between pick and so-so on this one. This story is, as stated by the author in the interview at the end of the book, tragically sad, and that is exactly the overwhelming feeling I got when reading this. Not my favorite of Bohjalian‘s, but certainly worth a read.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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A story about three biological half-siblings, each given up after birth, who find each other as teens. I enjoyed this and felt it offered a fresh perspective on subjects such as teen pregnancy, adoption, and family. Would make a great discussion book for teens or adults.

Clwojick Loved this one so much 💞 3mo
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Mehso-so

After Mia loses her job and suffers a breakup with her long-term boyfriend, she decides that traveling with a humanitarian group around the world to “make a difference” is just what she needs to figure her life out.

I thought this book fell into the “just okay” category. There wasn‘t really anything new or refreshing about this story. It‘s basically been done before and was overly predictable. I doubt that it will stick with me very long.

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This is Prince Charming, the llama (really!).
I live near a park with a small zoo and I see him often when I do my #audiowalk early in the morning.

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The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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I was so looking forward to this book and was excited when it popped up on Hoopla. The premise was good: a guy wakes up having dreamed about 108 world predictions which ultimately all come true. He begins releasing them anonymously through a website and then of course everyone wants to know who he is.
But I was ultimately really disappointed in this one. Flat characters, non-fluid story line, and very mediocre writing overall.

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Sorry for those who‘ve already seen this, but did you hear about the “reading kid” at Wimbledon? 😳🥰

https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/the-wimbledon-photo-that-sent-fans-crazy-durin...

Ddzmini Yea he seats are $1,400. So that‘s an expensive read 😳🙌🏽📖😋 4mo
Coleen @Ddzmini The real question: What book is he reading??? 😊 4mo
Ddzmini Yes true because some books would be worth that 😝📖😋 4mo
Coleen @TheEllieMo 👍👍👍 4mo
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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I think I may be the only one who‘s never read or seen the movie adaptation of The Secret Garden, but I can no longer say that now. This book is certainly dated (published in 1911), and somewhat predictable, but it also portrays beautifully the magic that can be seen through a child‘s eyes.

cherinium You're definitely not the only one. I have never had any interest in reading the book or seeing the film.🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
Avanders I also haven‘t read it (or seen it), but I do want to! I‘m trailing you ... 😁 4mo
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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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I‘ve always liked Joshilyn Jackson‘s novels. In this one, she ventures out of her typical realm of southern, crazy, dysfunctionalness and tries her hand at more of a suspenseful thriller. I think it worked, for the most part, and I enjoyed this one.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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😂😂😂
Truth!

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Another #littlefreelibrary
This one was just recently built by one of my book club members and her husband. It‘s adorable. Even lights up at night!

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Show me an open book and I‘ll show you a cat who has to lay on it.

#catsoflitsy

BookBabe Gorgeous kitty! 😻 4mo
BookBabe Coale likes to lie on open books too. 😸 4mo
Tamra Indeed! 4mo
AmyG A beauty! 4mo
auntie_jenn i want to boop that cute nose! 4mo
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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Seen on tonight‘s #audiowalk

LittlePixels So pretty! 4mo
Eggs Gorgeous!! 💗💗💗daisies 4mo
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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Started a new book on audio while picking these beauties this morning!

Lcsmcat Yum! 4mo
Soubhiville Mmmm, they look delicious! 4mo
Crazeedi My favorite grapes in the world! 4mo
Tamra Lucky you! 4mo
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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I‘m giving this a “pick.”
I think.
It was unsettling, with a fair amount of twists and turns. At the end I was left scratching my head, trying to figure out what I just read. 🤷‍♀️. I may have to refer to the written version (vs. audio) to get a better grip on things. This is for book club, which is fortunate, because I think a discussion is definitely in order for this one!

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Too hot to motivate myself tonight, but did manage a short #audiowalk last night with the dog. 🐕. This is at the park near my house.

Texreader Gorgeous 5mo
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Vacationing in Tennessee and came across two Little Free Libraries in downtown Knoxville. 📚❤️

#littlefreelibrary

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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All caught up with the Cormoran Strike series! This one seemed mildly lengthy and a little more confusing near the end with all the many subplots coming together quickly, but I still enjoyed it. Really liking the sexual tension between Cormoran and Robin, even though he is a bit of a jerk when it comes to his female conquests. After reading these all back-to-back, now I feel kind of lost not having another one lined up in the queue.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Tonight‘s #audiowalk , cut shorter than I would‘ve liked due to mosquito attack. (Another reason I hate rain ☔️)

CouronneDhiver Ugh. Awful little creatures, they are 5mo
Princess-Kingofkings Stunning 🌉 5mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo, mosquitos be damned! 5mo
Kaye We have the mosquito issue here at times too. They spray fir them, but they‘re vicious right after a rain especially. 5mo
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I‘m not sure how to put into words all of the feelings that this book, and this series, evokes in me. This fourth (and last) tome is a monster in length and took me nearly a full two months to get through, but was so worth it. If, like me, you were unsure or unsettled about books 2 and 3 in the series, you need to persevere through to the end of this one. It pulls them all together beautifully. Ending this series is so bittersweet for me.

Coleen_Nieto @Coleen it's been on my tbr pile since it came out. I'll have to start it. I love this series. 5mo
Coleen @Coleen_Nieto Definitely do it! I‘d recommend taking notes (lots of characters to keep track of) and maybe re-reading the previous books prior to starting. That helped me a lot with remembering a lot of things I‘d forgotten. 5mo
Coleen_Nieto @Coleen I started it and then went back to Prisoner of Heaven to reacquaint myself. I love this series! Have a great weekend! 5mo
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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Back-to-back-to-back........I‘m on a Cormoran Strike run! The more I get into this series, the more I like it. This one had the added (anonymous) perspective of the killer interspersed, which I thought added some more intrigue. Kept me guessing until the end!
..............And now on to book #4!

MirandaLeighBee Omg! I loooove these books! I‘m only on the second one, but I am already so in love with the series!! 6mo
tessavi I have this book but haven't read the previous ones. Can it be read out of order? 6mo
Coleen @tessavi You can follow the basic murder storyline without reading the previous books, but part of what i like about this series is the gradual development of the main characters and their personal relationships. So you could, but I think you‘d enjoy it more if you read the previous two first. 6mo
tessavi @Coleen Thank you for the info! I'll hunt down the previous books before starting this one :) 6mo
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This is the #littlefreelibrary that‘s at the park near my house. I walk by with my dog frequently, but this evening was the first time I actually remembered to bring books with me to drop off. 😊

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Spied a #littlefreelibrary on my walk tonight! (Or Book Nook, in this case.).
Just so happens I had a couple books in my car I could drop off. 😉

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Tonight‘s #audiowalk .

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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The more I read of this series, the more I‘m pulled in. I think I liked this one better than the first. Off I go, to start #3!

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Finally started this series. Read the first book, then had to immediately watch the TV adaptation. (The book was better.)
I liked the book, but didn‘t love it. Thought there was almost too much excessive detail. Started kind of slow, but the characters grew on me. Initially reminded me a lot of Kate Atkinson‘s Jackson Brodie series, though not as quirky.
But I‘m a sucker once I start a series. Already into The Silkworm!

Ericalambbrown I really liked the books and didn‘t particularly like the TV adaptations, but I thought the leads were fantastically cast. I felt like the writing is where the series fell down. 7mo
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Back Roads | Tawni O'Dell
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Anyone else watched this movie? I read the book several years ago, but couldn‘t remember much about it. Which became obvious, because the movie, esp. the ending, really took me by surprise. Very dark and disturbing, but good.

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PaperbackSwap.com | Matthew J. Drake
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Just out of curiosity, does anyone else here use #PaperBackSwap ? I‘ve been using it for years now, mostly to trade audiobooks. I know it‘s not for everyone, but if you add a book to your wishlist early (like prior to its release date), you‘ll have a pretty good chance of getting a copy shortly after it comes out.

Crazeedi Never heard of this but it looks great! 7mo
Soubhiville I used to, but now I tend to just visit Little Free Libraries or give my read books away here on Litsy 😊 7mo
Zelma I used to use it but preferred Bookmooch. However, I stopped using either of them as I rarely find what I want. 7mo
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This book wasn‘t exactly what I expected, but it was fun and quirky. And different enough to make it unique. I can see why it‘s captured the hearts of lots of readers. 😊

vumblereads Are you reading it on your phone or is that one of the Barnes and Noble ereaders? 7mo
Coleen @vumblereads It‘s a B&N Nook, several years old. 7mo
SleepyDragon Okay, fine. After seeing this book over 100x, I just have to stack it. 😁 7mo
Coleen @SleepyDragon I was sort of the same way. My hand was forced because it‘s my book club‘s selection for this month. 😜 7mo
SleepyDragon @Coleen At some point, you just have to give in to the Litsy peer pressure (or Litfluence)! 😁 7mo
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There is something unsettling about Ruth Ware‘s books....not in a straightforward way, but kind of beneath the surface. I think some of it has to do with the audiobook narrator, Imogen Church, who seems to narrate all of Ware‘s books. She has a certain eerie, disturbing quality to her voice that‘s hard to pinpoint. At any rate, I enjoyed this one!

MMFinck I like it too 7mo
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The Preservationist | David Maine
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A fictional, and humorous, account of Noah and the Ark. I had mixed feelings about this one. I liked the exploration into the finer details and practicalities of the story: how to gather the animals, how to arrange them on the ark so that they wouldn‘t kill each other (or Noah & his family), how to feed them, how to dispose of the waste, etc. But the flow of the story seemed inconsistent. Sometimes too many details and at other times not enough.