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Joined January 2019

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Tree. Table. Book. | Lois Lowry
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This is a lovely children‘s novel. Eleven year old Sophia‘s best friend is her 87 year old neighbor Sophie. When Sophie‘s son has concerns about his mother‘s wellbeing, young Sophia devises a plan to keep her best friend close. A sweet reminder that friendship is not limited to age, experience or distance. Four ⭐️ recommendation for friends of all ages.

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The Tainted Cup | Robert Jackson Bennett
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A horrible murder is discovered and Din must go investigate and then report back to his superior, Ana. They discover it is only one of a series of violent deaths. It is a world with helpful and dangerous plants, peopled by individuals enhanced in ways to better do their work, protecting the empire from leviathans from the sea. Rushing to discover the truth, Ana and Din forge a strong partnership. Solid characters and an interesting world merit 3⭐️

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Another great Towles novel. A Gentleman had a MC tied to one place, but The Highway takes us on a road trip. Emmett & his younger brother, Billy are on their own and ready to drive The Lincoln Highway to California to start a new life. But, first they have to deal with two workhouse runaways with other plans. At turns, funny & heartbreaking, this novel will take you on an epic journey worthy of 4+ ⭐️. Amazing narration elevates Towles‘ prose.

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A tragic fire at a controversial oxygen therapy clinic leaves 2 dead and 3 injured. On trial is a mother, but everyone lies to cover up their secrets. The plot has nice pacing and it kept me engaged with the story. I did want to know who set the fire. I did not like any of the characters and had mixed feelings about the outcome. So a so-so at 3 of 5 ⭐️.

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Things We Didn't Know | Elba Iris Prez
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Andrea and her brother Pablo are young Puerto Rico born children living with their parents in a small rural factory town in Massachusetts. Their mother flees with them to PR and their lives are up ended as they are caught between their parents and two different cultures. They return home, but fitting in and growing up against the backdrop of the 1960‘s and 1970‘s is lonely and painful. A 4 ⭐️ pick for an inspiring and beautiful novel.

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A heartfelt contemporary novel about the relationship and family struggles of an ultra rich family in New York. It is a soft pick at 3 of 5 ⭐️.

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The Witch Hunter | Max Seeck
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First in a translated series. A Nordic procedural featuring a young detective with a complicated traumatic past. A series of murders and an investigation that uncovers a frightening conspiracy. The twisty twisted plot was less satisfying than the revelations and relationships of the MC, but the short chapters and narration increased the tension and propelled the story. A 3.5 ⭐️ pick. The sequel will go on my TBR list.

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Odder | Katherine Applegate
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Loved this novel in free verse. No editing needed. The verse propels the two timelines in Odder‘s life as a Monterey Bay otter needing rescuing. It made me smile and cry. The illustrations are beautiful. A delightful 5/5 ⭐️ for any age.

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Odder | Katherine Applegate
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Such joy! I am loving this novel in verse. The illustrations are delightful.

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Ogilvie packs a great deal of detail into this A to Z volume of the eclectic people that helped create the Oxford English Dictionary. The varied and prodigious contributions are as interesting as the people that made them. Although an inspired work, it was too much material and needed editing. It is a soft pick for me with 3 of 5 ⭐️.

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Allen‘s book offered me an opportunity to remember the importance of recognizing emotions and the impact they have on my body, mind and spirit. She offers simple, but effective ways to understand and let go of emotions that hurt our ability to enjoy life. She reminds readers that they may not be able to heal without professional help. This was a 4⭐️ pick and pick-me-up at the right time.

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The Perfect Poison | Amanda Quick
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Lucinda has lost her father and her fiancée to violence. Although officially cleared, society still views her with suspicion, especially since as a botanist of talent she is asked to use it to help the police. Now a poisoner has used one of her plants to kill. Lucinda hires Caleb from the Jones Detective Agency to find the murderer. Together they uncover a complex plot to take down the Arcane Society. A dash of wit, danger and romance for 3+⭐️.

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Sinister Graves | Marcie R. Rendon
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Cash is back! The Red River has flooded much of the valley and a woman‘s body has floated into Ada. Sheriff Wheaton hopes Cash can help. As Cash investigates she is intrigued by a prairie church pastor and his wife with a connection to the murdered woman. I love that Cash is also learning about friendships and relationships as she sleuths. If only her judo helped more! This 3rd in the series is a pick and rates 4 of 5 ⭐️.

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Murder Mysteries | Neil Gaiman
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Graphic edition of Gaiman‘s short story. Spare and dark, but there was little depth for me. Beautiful illustration juxtaposed with an ugly tale. It is a pan with only 2+⭐️.

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Belle da Costa Greene was a remarkable and formidable woman. Hired by JP Morgan in her 20‘s she researched, purchased and built one of the most prestigious library collections. After his death she remained the librarian and oversaw its transition from private to public library. Although she was well-known in society she kept her past and her private life secret. A 4⭐️pick for a portrait of an inspirational woman ahead of her time.

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Second in a series and reading out of order may have made this novel much harder to follow. Lacking context, I found the first third of the book slow and a little frustrating. The crime solving duo of Mossa and Pleiti were pleasant enough, but I can muster only 2+⭐️ out of 5 for this cozy mystery set among the stars in a far away future.

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Interesting premise and plot. The initial impression of the titular character is of a smart, driven woman using all of her assets to become a movie star at the height of Hollywood glam. The reality is more nuanced and complex. This 4⭐️ pick thoughtfully delves into important topics and offers a strong cast of characters.

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At the Great Exhibition of 1851, Kara Levett is there relishing her opportunity to showcase her intricate automatons. When a man is found dead, she is a prime suspect. With the help of another exhibitor, Niall Kier, Kara investigates the murder to try and clear her name. First in a series, this breezy period mystery rates 3 ⭐️s out of 5.

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This was just so-so; I found myself hoping for something more. Three schemers cross paths in the aftermath of a devastating fire in Spokane Falls as the Washington territory is lobbying for statehood. There were moments of lightness, but the MC‘s relentless selfishness made this a glum read. It was an interesting examination of criminality and how fire can destroy or renew. 3/5 ⭐️

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Girl Gone Missing | Marcie Rendon
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My first book read on my new eReader! GGM is the 2nd in the Cash Blackbear series. Rendon‘s priority is character in this novel. She introduces a new one and provides backstory and development for the MC and her mentor. A classmate and other young women are disappearing and Cash is having dreams again. She is also juggling school, work and pool, unable to see her potential. One thing she has always understood; she is a survivor. 3+/5 ⭐️

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Carolina Moonset | Matt Goldman
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A son visiting his parents in SC. A beautiful neighbor. A father with dementia. A stormy night murder. To protect his father, Joey must understand his father‘s vivid memories of a terrible loss and crime. Digging into the past reveals much more than a motive for murder. My first Goldman, but it will not be my last. Carolina Moonset is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️+ pick for me.

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Disorientation | Elaine Hsieh Chou
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Chou‘s work is at turns farcical and revelatory. Ingrid Yang at the behest of her advisor has spent years dutifully researching and writing her dissertation on a celebrated Chinese poet. No matter she has hated it. She stumbles on a clue that sends her on a mission to learn the truth about the poet and her own life. Thought provoking, but a little uneven…3+/5 ⭐️.

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The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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This was a great follow up to The Maid. The MC, Molly, blossoms as her self-confidence increases. Juan is away to visit family and Molly is on her own planning and delivering impeccable service at a special reception. The event is marred, when the guest of honor drops dead. Molly‘s attention to details reveals the guest‘s darkest secrets and a killer. It‘s a 4/5 ⭐️ pick for this celebration of family, friends and understanding our differences.

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Lucy Cooke imbues this well-researched work with humor and joy. Her love for the natural world and her work are evident. No matter if they are called bitches or queens the fascinating animals Cooke features in this work demonstrate that much of our understanding of many species has been influenced by an unnecessarily narrow definition of sex. I read this more slowly than some other nonfiction works. It was a 3 of 5 ⭐️s read for me.

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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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I wanted to love it, but it was often a slog. Roland Baines is alone at boarding school in the 1950‘s. He is a gifted pianist, but his relationship with his music teacher will haunt and hurt him throughout his life. Until the piano lesson reveal, I had no sympathy for the self-indulgent MC. After, I kept hoping that Roland would find something that would jolt him out of his lethargy. Only 3⭐️for verbose, but lovely prose. My first McEwan. My last?

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Wandering Stars | Tommy Orange
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Prequel - sequel call it anything you like, Wandering Stars is heartbreakingly beautiful. Looking back to the Sand Creek Massacre and following the family line to the contemporary Red Feather family, Tommy Orange examines the generational injury and trauma that often leads to addiction. Orange‘s powerful prose made this work my first 5/5 ⭐️ pick of 2024.

Honeybeebooks The cast for the audio version is phenomenal! 4mo
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The Thursday Murder Club is back! Someone from Elizabeth‘s past arrives at Cooper‘s Chase asking for help and Ibrahim is attacked. The clubbers are on the job to find justice for their friend, solve some murders and cash in on a financial windfall. The characters are well written, the plot twisty and the friendships stronger. The narrator, Lesley Mann breathes life into Osman‘s delightful novel. 4/5 ⭐️ for our witty clubbers.

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Twins raised in a small town that values fair skin, even when light skin cannot protect them from racism. Two teen girls run away from home, but one gives up everything to pass and the other, after pain and heartache returns home. Two halves taking two paths that have unforeseen consequences for them and their families. A fascinating premise and intriguing characters made The Vanishing Half a 4 ⭐️ read for me.

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I pick this up to read each night and can‘t get through two pages without laughing out loud. Cooke‘s humorous descriptions of just about everything in the animal kingdom is fresh and fun. Too many quotes and few will get through any filters.

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The River Knows | Amanda Quick
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I needed a change of pace from other recent reads. This audiobook offered standard Quick characters and plot. It hit the right easy notes. It is a challenge for a single narrator to voice a variety of characters. Of course, I probably shouldn‘t listen at 2x speed then! A woman with a terrible secret and a wealthy man of the nobility thrown together to solve a murder and only The River Knows. Escapist fun and 3 of 4 ⭐️ for this soft pick.

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Inspired by Erdrich‘s grandfather and the Turtle Mountain people‘s fight against legislation that would terminate their treaty, The Night Watchman is an unflinching multilayered novel of individual resolve and community strength in the face of ongoing oppression, poverty and threat of dispossession. Each character‘s personal story brings depth and heart to the whole. A 4 ⭐️ pick for the audio version.

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Just as it took years and thoughtful work to create the Oxford English Dictionary this novel took time to bring the story of Esme to life. Growing up in the Scriptorium, Esme learns the importance of words and their meanings. Later working for the OED, she realizes an entire lexicon is being ignored and begins to collect the words of women and the poor. Esme‘s quiet fortitude and love of words earns this slowly paced novel 3.5 ⭐️. Worth the read.

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A reminder.
“You are not the arbiter of knowledge, sir. You are its librarian.” “ It is not for you to judge the importance of these words, simply to allow others to do so.”

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Dirt Creek: A Novel | Hayley Scrivenor
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Estie and Ronnie are best friends. One hot day, they begin their after school walk, but only Ronnie reaches home safely. Where is Estie? The answer is slowly revealed as Ronnie, Estie‘s mom, the investigator and others from Durton tell of dark secrets and remember that fateful day. It is a pick for this atmospheric mystery. 3+/5 ⭐️

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Linked | Gordon Korman
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My granddaughter suggested this title. She did me proud. A middle school in a small CO town is shaken when a swastika is painted on a wall. The ugly symbol of hate stirs up fear, resentment and old secrets, but the students devise an audacious plan to honor and remember individuals lost in the Holocaust. I laughed a little and cried a little more. This pick is 4+ of 5 ⭐️for reminding me of the potential for all of us to make the world better.

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When a man chokes on a grape, Iona breaks one of her cardinal rules for commuting. What can you do? With this first breach, Iona proceeds to break every rule in order to help her train mates and herself. A little predictable, but the journey is a joy. A 4+ of 5 ⭐️ pick for this gem of a story.

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This is fun! “The grape of wrath” kicks off a wonderful story of friendship and acceptance.

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Just as I belatedly downloaded this audio for a cozy holiday read, I realized a little late that this title was part of a series. It worked, but I missed out on backstory for the large cast of characters. Meg Langslow is hobbled with a sprain, but that does not slow her down as she looks to solve a murder close to home. Gifting it 3+/5 ⭐️ for a merry “Ho Ho Homicide” story.

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Joanna, the daughter of Sherlock, her husband, John and his father, Watson are tasked with locating a document that will be of vital importance as Europe heads towards war. Complex mystery, but the Edwardian era dialogue feels stilted. It keeps me from being invested in the action. It is a soft pick, so I am giving it 3 of 5 ⭐️.

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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Charlotte and Jamie are in Oxford for the summer to take a few classes and look into a mysterious disappearance. They can also finally begin to learn what they could be together, but a murder upends their plans. This was a delight. I will miss Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. It was a wonderful way to begin my 2024 reading journey. 4+/5 ⭐️for an excellent ending to this series.

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A short story to finish out 2023. A young woman seeks water for her drought stricken village, but she must face the Thief of Memory to earn her wish. This myth was interesting, but it might have benefited from being a little longer to give the story and the characters more space to develop. It felt a little rushed especially at the end. Three of five ⭐️s.

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Three Can Keep a Secret | M. E. Hilliard
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The village of Raven Hill is a dangerous place. Anita Hunzeker, library board trustee and a local academic are both killed the same night. Librarian, Greer Hogan uses her inventive research skills as she seeks to solve the murders. In her investigation she uncovers long hidden secrets and learns that a dear friend has been searching for answers regarding the murder of Greer‘s husband, Dan. Four of five ⭐️ for the love of libraries and mysteries.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Loved this novel! Devon is a rare female in one of the reclusive families of book eaters. They gain sustenance and knowledge from the books they eat. Girls, like Devon are raised on fairytales as they prepare for marriage. In this dwindling species, some children, including Devon‘s son are born needing to eat minds to survive. Seeking freedom from the families, Devon goes on the run with her son. This gritty, inventive novel deserves 4+/5 ⭐️s.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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“But, I do I know we can only live by the light we‘re given, and some of us are given no light at all. What else can we do except learn to see in the dark?”

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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“What price do you put on love, Devon Fairweather?” She knew that answer by heart. “No price. There isn‘t one. Love doesn‘t have a cost. It‘s just a choice you make. “

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Warrior Girl Unearthed | Angeline Boulley
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Back to Sugar Island! Daunis‘ twin nieces are sixteen and interns at the island cultural camp. Pauline is the dedicated student and Perry is the free-spirited one. Working at the museum, Perry learns that tribal ancestors and other Anishinaabe objects are not being returned to Sugar Island. At the same time, indigenous women are going missing including Perry‘s friend. Perry cannot rest until her ancestors and friends come home. A 4/5 ⭐️ pick.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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“How did one give shape to absence? Fill a black hole with light?

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Crossings | Alex Landragin
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A clever premise and with interesting elements and structure. The cleverness and creativity did not make up for unlikeable selfish characters. The MC tried to rise above and to justify their actions, but ultimately stole from others indiscriminately and with little remorse. I wanted to give it a So-So rating, but as I am writing this review I am changing it to a Pan and 2 of 5 ⭐️. I wouldn‘t want to get coffee with any of the MC iterations.

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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Egypt is a super power in 1912. Much of the world is careening towards war. In Cairo, Fatma el-Sha‘arawi, is a celebrated agent in the ministry tasked with managing the many magical entities and objects let loose many years ago. With the assassination of the members of a secret brotherhood, a new threat arises. Fatma must stop an impostor before Cairo erupts into a maelstrom of fire. Four of five ⭐️ for a rollicking fun steampunk story.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Another great novel by Miller. Achilles the half-God hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War, was celebrated as an almost unbeatable warrior in mythology. The Song of Achilles tells us of the gentle musician that will do almost anything for his childhood friend Patroclus. I liked that so many characters from Greek myth were a part of our heroes‘ story. The end was unexpected, but I appreciated it. Achilles is a pick with 4 of 5 ⭐️.