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Hooked_on_books

Joined April 2016

Do you ever look at all your books and wish you could read them all at the same time?
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A plane lands in JFK and stops on the runway. Everyone on board is dead, prompting evaluation by a CDC epidemiology team. We continue to follow the investigation as very strange things start to occur. I liked the show and thought I‘ve give the book a try and enjoyed it. But I didn‘t know it was a trilogy! Nothing is resolved at the end and now I need to go find book 2. 😫

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Rueckert has a background in both voice (music) and radio. Here she explores women‘s voices, both literally and as a concept, and how they are judged and silenced. She gives tips about harnessing ones voice and shows how specific women‘s voices are shown in society. It‘s a feminist hell yeah of a book, encouraging women and girls from childhood forward.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Wisconsin

Librarybelle Sounds good! 3h
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting! And you‘ve given yourself a kick to get those last few states ticked off! 😁 now
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Now that‘s a chapter title!

Caroline2 Love it!!! 😆 1d
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Frank knows too much about who REALLY killed Kennedy and is on the run from his fellow mobsters in the aftermath. Charlotte is fed up with the typical housewife life of 1960s Oklahoma. In this well-crafted, well-plotted story, the two are destined to collide and no one seems to be safe. The tension building is pitch perfect. Highly recommend. #BOTMBuddyRead

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

AmyG Agreed. I finished this yesterday. Wonderful book. (edited) 2d
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Beautiful Bodies | Kimberly Rae Miller
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Kim Miller has not only dieted her entire life but worked as a writer for diet and fitness articles. In her memoir, she blends her own story with diet research and good humor. It‘s a good exploration of body dysmorphia/poor self-confidence without ever using those terms. Hopefully the rest of the group enjoys it as well. #LMPBC #memoir

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Wife 🌹 2d
vivastory I like how you face your books out on your shelves 2d
BookishBelle Ooh! Sounds good! 2d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Thanks! I just started that a few months ago because I needed more space then I realized it was helping me remember the books I had and was particularly excited to read, so I filled all the shelves like that as a reminder to self. 😆 Functional and attractive! 2d
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Damaged | Alex Kava
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Body parts are found in a cooler floating in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting FBI profiler Maggie O‘Dell to investigate. While I enjoyed this quick read, it had too many characters who were largely one note. All the storylines came together in the end, but they were a bit far flung. And no actual profiling took place. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Saw this online today, knew you guys would get it. 😆

Librariana There was a day, before my husband and I went out to run some errands, when I considered bringing a book with me "just in case", but I knew the types we'd be running wouldn't facilitate any reading time. Then, as we're driving down the hill heading towards the highway he tells me, "I was thinking of going to get my hair cut first..." and you could SEE the steam coming out of my ears! 3d
Librariana A hair cut for him always means reading time for me while I wait. I told him I wouldn't mind the detour in the slightest, but *REALLY* needed him, from now on, to spring these announcements on me BEFORE we left the house. Moral of the story: always, ALWAYS bring a book. No matter what. 3d
Hooked_on_books @Librariana That‘s pretty funny. And yes, excellent philosophy. If I don‘t have a book, I can always start reading one on my phone through one of many apps. One benefit of technology! 3d
Lauraandherbooks I don‘t drive so I‘m always the passenger and try to sneak in a little reading when leaving the house , sometimes it‘s my only opportunity I get in a day - I usually buy purses judging if it‘s big enough to carry a book 😜 3d
Hooked_on_books @Lauraandherbooks Yes! Big purses are a must! 😆 3d
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This book is really dark in places, but sometimes the life choices of the characters bring forth ideas like this.

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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A worthy end to a terrific trilogy. I just loved it. If you like the idea of a future earth in which people are immortal and population control is achieved by scythes who “glean” people, start with Scythe and read the whole trilogy. I highly recommend the Barnes and Noble version of this book—it has notes from the author on every chapter in the back which I found quite illuminating.

vivastory I can't wait to read this 5d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory I‘d be up for a swap if you have something enticing to send my way. 🤔 3d
vivastory I would swap any of the following 3d
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vivastory I have a slightly damaged copy of 3d
vivastory Those are the ones that come to mind. I wouldn't mind parting with any of them, would even swap a couple for it 3d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Hey, I wouldn‘t say no to two. 😬 The Whisper Man and The Expendable Man look interesting to me. Shoot me an email at hollybarker13 at yahoo with your address and I‘ll send you mine. Hooray for swaps! 3d
vivastory Excellent! I really enjoyed The Whisper Man & I haven't read the Hughes (it's the Dec NYRBBOOKCLUB selection) I loved her book In a Lonely Place. I asked for a replacement copy after I ordered it because the first one had some corner damage. 3d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory They replace books like that? How cool! I don‘t mind corner damage. 3d
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Campbell and Lena are pushed together when a violent fight starts at their high school football game and they seek shelter together. As they attempt to get to a safer place, they discover rioting in the streets. While an interesting premise, I found this a bit superficial and lacking the punch and depth of a book like The Hate You Give.

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Ranger Darren Matthews is asked to look into the disappearance of the young son of a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. He finds himself in a racist viper pit of a small town. It‘s a good story with some interesting parallel stories occurring, but for me it wasn‘t as strong as Bluebird, Bluebird. I really like this character and hope to see him again.

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I‘ve really been enjoying #ReadingUSA2019 and have just signed up for #ReadingEurope2020, hosted by the fabulous @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB ! Head on over the Librarybelle‘s post for the sign up link if you‘re interested in joining in. It‘s a fun, no-pressure challenge.

Librarybelle Thank you for sharing! 6d
ljuliel I wish you guys a lot of success and fun on your journey. It sounds like fun, but I think I‘m slowly learning in here what to sign up for. I only wish I had the fortitude to stick with a year long challenge like this. I got partway through last year‘s USA, then fizzled out. I‘ll be eagerly watching to see where all you go and what books you choose. I‘ll be the World‘s Oldest Cheerleader 📣 for you. 6d
Copwithabook I second @ljuliel can‘t wait to see where your reading takes you 5d
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Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I totally get it. There are things I definitely don‘t sign up for but I‘m glad there‘s a little something that works for everyone here. I have 5 states to go still but expect to finish the challenge. For Europe, I don‘t know that finishing will happen, but as long as I‘m having fun, that‘s the main thing. 5d
BarbaraBB I‘m happy we can share suggestions again next year. Reading the US has been such fun! 💕 5d
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books Right, I‘m glad there are different types of reading events that fit everyone‘s needs. I wish I could do these types and complete them, but I guess if we compared reading to track and field, I‘d be the short sprint sort of runner ( if I could RUN 🏃‍♀️). It‘s fun watching others do this to fill out your maps. Do you guys have a set number of countries you‘re aiming for, or just as many as you want ? 5d
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I think it‘s like the States—you do what you want for the challenge. There are 46 countries, some of which I did not know are technically in Europe, like Kazakhstan. I‘ve learned something already! 5d
ljuliel It should be fun searching for books from so many places. Looking forward to seeing what all you guys find ! Should be a colorful year. Are you doing the maps ? 5d
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I have a dry-erase world map in my library now, stuck to the door. The states challenge made me curious to have a visual of where my books are set. So I‘m going to wipe it clean for the new year and color in the countries as I go, while tracking reading in other places, too. 4d
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YOU GUYS!!! This is a thing! It‘s a little kit you get and you make your very own little bookstore!!!!!!! It‘s about 7 x 9 x 7 inches completed. I‘ve asked for this from my husband for Christmas, so hopefully he comes through. 🤞🏼 How cute is this!?!?!

Now that I‘ve told you, you guys better not buy them all up before I get mine! 😑😬😆

Texreader I must have one! Where do I send my hubby to get me one too? 1w
Hooked_on_books @Texreader Several outlets are selling them. I just googled “diy bookstore kit” and found a bunch of options. Not sure if they‘re in stores as well. 1w
LeahBergen Ooooh! 1w
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ju.ca.no How cuuuute😱🤩🤩🤩 1w
squirrelbrain Oooh I need one! ❤️ 1w
Cinfhen Sooooo cute!!!! 1w
Lauram My sister got me this for Christmas last year. It‘s in the back of a closet right now. It‘s challenging and messy. But go for it! I‘m going to try again over Christmas break. 1w
AmyG This is adorable. 1w
ImperfectCJ So cute! My daughter enjoys puzzles; this might be an interesting (if potentially tedious) family project. 6d
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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Well, I‘m planning to tighten my budget, so this will probably be my last book haul for a while. So I made it a good one! The Lindy West is a signed first edition. 😍 And I‘m going to jump into The Toll pretty much immediately. I can‘t wait!

vivastory Stellar haul! I loved Scythe, I need to read book 2. Have you read 1w
vivastory I really liked it 1w
DGRachel I‘m planning one last big hurrah on small business Saturday, but then yeah...a serious book buying limit and stricter budget need to be put in place. *sigh* 1w
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Hooked_on_books @vivastory I haven‘t read that one but I do own it, according to my database. Who knows where it is on my shelves. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I loved both Scythe and Thunderhead, so I‘m psyched to read this one. Though sad that it‘s the last one. 1w
Hooked_on_books @DGRachel It sucks, doesn‘t it? Instead of being employed and getting a steady paycheck, I now have my own business, which is great, but requires more balance and caution. At least I have a great library system where I can get basically any book I want. And that‘s my roots as a reader anyway. 1w
vivastory I noticed Broken River in your picture below the Machado. 1w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Very observant! I guess I know where it is now. 🤣😳 Next time I need to find a book, I‘m inviting you over. 1w
vivastory 😄 I have the same problem with my books. I've been meaning to organize them for years now 😬 1w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Sadly, I moved in April and unpacked them all in early May, so you‘d think I‘d have a better handle on where they are. Nope. 1w
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Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel | Michael Robotham
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Heather, what a welcome surprise! Thank you so much for the book—it looks really good. And the card is 😍! This was really sweet of you.

(FYI, I recommend the flat rate envelopes—they‘re much cheaper! 🙂)

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I don‘t watch tv anymore, but used to watch a lot of it, including Buffy, Nussbaum‘s inspiration for becoming a tv critic. Here she‘s collected some of her pieces from over the years. I enjoyed the listen and appreciate her thoughtful approach to these shows, which becomes societal commentary.

cathipink I really liked this one, too. I especially enjoyed the showrunner profiles - so interesting to get that glimpse into their minds. 1w
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After a neighbor dies suddenly, several other members of a small Polish community start to die in odd ways as witnessed by our eccentric main character. This is truly a character study of a woman more in touch with nature than people, with a mystery draped over the top. I enjoyed the humor of it but I did find it bogged down in places for me.

DGRachel So glad to see more positive reviews for this book. I really enjoyed it. 💖 1w
Crazeedi Nice review! 1w
cathysaid Stacking for that title! 1w
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Hooked_on_books @cathysaid Apparently in comes from a Blake poem. The main character has a friend with whom she likes to translate Blake into Polish. It‘s interesting to read a translated book in which the characters debate about how to translate poems. 1w
Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi Thanks! ☺️ 1w
cathysaid @Hooked_on_books Oooh that does sound good. Now going to find the poem 🤓 1w
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Technically…#foodonthecover.

😬🤣

Couldn‘t help myself. Hopefully I‘m not the only weirdo.

ljuliel Funny ! Well, there are those that eat frog legs, so I guess this would be food to some people. 🤨🤪 1w
Soubhiville 🤣 I love this choice! I 100% support it! 1w
Copwithabook I loved this book. It was a little outside my norm but strangely informative 1w
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Hooked_on_books @ljuliel @Soubhiville I‘m glad you guys get me! 🙃 1w
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook I actually haven‘t read it yet, but I really look forward to it. 1w
BookNAround That‘s my kind of humor. 😂😂😂 1w
Cinfhen Ha!!! 1w
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This is a theory of the main character. She goes on from here. My husband didn‘t seem to appreciate this, but I think she‘s a riot.

😬😆

vumblereads 😂 2w
DGRachel I laughed so much in this book. I absolutely love the MC. 2w
shanaqui Wait, this is a quote from a character? I read this on Twitter the other day attributed as something someone actually said. 🙄 2w
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui can‘t trust Twitter! This character is awesome—she‘s really funny. 2w
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1w
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I think I‘m going to like this one. Page 3 and I‘m already loving the snark. 😆

Texreader Well that sure is a good point! You have to find the darned thing to use it! 🤣 2w
Hooked_on_books @Texreader I couldn‘t help but laugh! It also makes me think of glasses you‘ve knocked to the floor. How do you find them when you can‘t see? 👓 2w
Texreader @Hooked_on_books Which happens to me frequently. I have this habit of putting my glasses down on my patterned quilt covering my bed. Then I have to feel around to find them. I‘ve even had to call the family for assistance. It‘s hilarious and frustrating at the same time. 2w
Tex2Flo This book seems to have A LOT of great quotes. I‘m not familiar with it, but am definitely looking it up. 2w
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I thought I‘d give this book a try because it sounded interesting—a woman learns her father is not her biological father after an Ancestry DNA test. But frankly it‘s reading like overwrought melodrama to me. And I just don‘t relate, but I‘ve always felt how one feels is more important to family than biology. #unpopularopinion

Texreader Good to know. Thanks for the honesty. Genealogy is a hobby of mine and I might have wanted to read this one. But your bailing and review are persuasive 2w
cathipink I finished this, but felt the same- I had a hard time connecting with her. 2w
LauraBeth I‘m always down for an unpopular opinion! 😀 2w
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Copwithabook The audiobook didn‘t seem so bad. I remember thinking it was fairly good 2w
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook A lot of people really loved this book! I‘m just not among them. When I looked at the other reviews, those that disliked it seemed to have a similar response to mine. We‘re a small subset. 2w
Copwithabook @Hooked_on_books it happens. I recently had to put down On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous for the same reasons 1w
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook We‘re in agreement on that one. It kept taking off in different directions so often I just couldn‘t get into it. 1w
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“The cluster of buildings on the endless grassy plain looked like a patch of stubble a man missed while shaving.”

There‘s some good lines in this one.

#BOTMBuddyRead

TheBookHippie I know, I think the undercurrent of the writing is very well done. 2w
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From 2000 to 2004, Jesmyn Ward lost 5 important young men in her life and community, including her brother. Here she weaves the stories of their lives and deaths between her own brutal childhood story. It‘s amazing that she survived. This is a tough read from which I had to take a lot of breaks. It‘s filled with heartbreak and tragedy but ultimately proves the author‘s resilience.

@Cinfhen

#ReadingUSA2019 #Mississippi

squirrelbrain Haven‘t heard of this one before - sounds like a good one, if rather tough. Stacked. 2w
Cinfhen Just finished!! I had a different reading experience but agree that JW can write and she‘s a strong, inspiring voice for her generation 2w
NatalieR Great review! 2w
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Librarybelle Great review! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I still haven‘t read her first novel, though I do have it. The essay collection she edited, The Fire This Time, is actually her most important book for me. It made me realize some of my thinking about race was flawed. And it‘s tremendous. 2w
Hooked_on_books @NatalieR @Librarybelle Thanks you guys! ☺️ 2w
Cinfhen I still want to read her essay collection! Thanks for the reminder and the impromptu BuddyRead 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Thanks to you, too! We should do it again sometime. Maybe we‘ll eventually find a book we agree on. 😂 2w
Cinfhen 💕💕💕 2w
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I originally was not planning to read this book because I stopped watching tv a few years ago, but then I heard the author on a podcast. She was funny and I wanted to hear more from her. Most importantly, she talked about how her tv reviewing career started because of one of the best shows of all time, Buffy. I‘ve had some heavy reads recently, so I‘ve started this one to lighten things and am enjoying it so far.

vivastory This sounds intriguing. My "TV" consumption is via streaming services & is actually extremely limited, frequently weeks or months pass without watching anything beyond clips of Colbert & Trevor Noah on YouTube. There are shows I'd like to watch, but the TBR is always calling to me. 2w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory TV has definitely changed a lot over the years, particularly lately regarding the platforms in which it‘s available. I used to watch a lot of tv, but my husband and I don‘t like the same stuff and we both think it‘s a waste of time to watch something just for someone else, so I read instead. I know there‘s great tv out there, but I don‘t miss it. 2w
ravenlee My husband and I got fed up with commercials and “reality tv” and the price we were paying for it all about five years ago. Since then we watch our favorites on DVD and make use of the library. We‘ve considered a streaming service but honestly we‘re pretty non-technological and can‘t be bothered to figure them out. 😆 2w
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RaimeyGallant Fun fact. In my early twenties, people used to yell Sarah! around me to see if I'd turn around. I mean, maybe I looked a little like her, but not that much 2w
Hooked_on_books @RaimeyGallant That‘s funny! Sounds like you have a great go-to Halloween costume! 2w
RaimeyGallant I never thought of it that way. How many Halloweens have I wasted lol?!?! 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is really fun! I‘m thinking audio might be a good way to go 2w
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Your House Will Pay is a thoughtful exploration of the impact and reverberations of violence on two families, one Korean, one Black, in current and 1990s LA. It‘s well structured and keeps its focus small while exploring the nuances of race in our society. It‘s a bit emotionally tough but really good.

Cinfhen I read this as an ARC, but it felt to YA for me. It wasn‘t a pick for me 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Really? I didn‘t get YA at all. This one may be better on audio. Grace and Shawn are voiced by different readers and it works well. 2w
Cinfhen Funny / we seem out of sync but I‘m glad that it‘s still cool to share our opinions without being vilified ❣️ 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen It‘s that ven diagram thing again. We overlap, just not on everything. And we got through that Ruth Ware hiccup! 😂 (I still love her books.) 2w
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A quarter of the way in and Jesmyn‘s youth makes me think of the above quote. And I‘m struggling with the presence of dog fighting, which I find so terribly wrong.

I do love how she evokes a sense of place. You feel like you can see, feel, smell southern Mississippi.

Cinfhen I haven‘t gotten very far but I‘m already disturbed and I see the premise of both her novels Sing, Unburied Sing and this one that I haven‘t read yet (edited) 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Yes, for sure. I‘ve read both of those and her life experience has clearly informed her novels. I‘m impressed that she‘s able to write both fiction and non this well. Not all writers have her facility. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m about 75% done/ I don‘t know why but this book seems a little cold & sterile. I‘m not drawn in like I am with her fiction 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen That‘s interesting. I‘m close to the end—about to read the section about her brother—and I find it devastating. I think it‘s amazing she survived her childhood. Bummer you‘re not responding as much to it. But I had that issue with Vuong‘s novel that you loved. You just never know. 2w
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Thanks for the tags, @Addison_Reads and @sblbooks ! I wanted to use all books I already own for #myidealbookclub and here‘s what I picked. Half fiction, half nonfiction, and a couple of lighter picks to balance out the heavy topics and the chunkster.

What books would you choose for your book club?

Megabooks I‘d join!! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks Thank you! ☺️ 2w
Addison_Reads Excellent picks. Your bookclub would have lots to discuss. Sign me up. 😁 2w
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Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads Thank you! That was my goal, lots of discussion. 2w
vivastory I'd join your bookclub! 1w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Thanks! You‘d be welcomed! 1w
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I‘ve just finished the prologue and clearly this is going to be a really tough read. Imagine losing 5 young men close to you I‘m under four years. Then writing about it. This is my fourth by Ward and I have mad respect for this woman. #JWBuddyRead

Cinfhen I‘m preparing myself/ have tissues ready 2w
megnews Very good and well-written 2w
Addison_Reads I love her books, but I always have to make sure I have a lighter read to follow up with once I finish because her books leave me so emotionally raw. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads As I move through it, that‘s exactly what I‘m thinking. Maybe a humor book next. This is marvelous, but it‘s a doozy. 2w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I recently gave my aunt a gift subscription to Libro, a great audiobook service that benefits indie bookstores. As a thank you, they gave me a free copy of Circe, BUT I have no interest in this book. First come, first served, I will pass it along to whomever wants it. The link should work anywhere in the world. All you need is the libro app on your device to download it. You DO NOT need a libro membership.

Cinfhen You‘re the kindest!!! I‘m passing but just wanted to give you a shout out 🥰 2w
Cinfhen BTW: we still on for JW?? I‘m ready to go when you are!!! 2w
Linsy You‘re so sweet! I‘d love to listen, if you‘re still looking for someone! 2w
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Hooked_on_books @Linsy She‘s all yours! Just email me at hollybarker13 at yahoo and I‘ll send you the link. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘m in! I can start it now since I just finished my brick today. 2w
Linsy @Hooked_on_books Just emailed. Thank you!!! I‘m excited 😁 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Great!! I‘ll bust it out later today 🤗heading to Jerusalem soon to visit a relative. 2w
Linsy Just got it. Thank you!!! I‘m definitely bumping this up my TBR now. 🧡🧡🧡 2w
Hooked_on_books @Linsy You‘re welcome! I love the convenience of audiobooks. 2w
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Filipino-American Jay‘s cousin Jun is killed in the Philippines. So Jay travels there over spring break to try to understand what happened. He learns a great deal about Duterte‘s police state, his family, and himself. This is a terrific, heart-wrenching book (I nearly teared up and I‘m NOT a crier) that sheds light on the reality of our current world.

Texreader Great review 2w
Hooked_on_books @Texreader Thank you! ☺️ 2w
Nute Sounds interesting! Is there some historical information laced throughout the fiction? 2w
Hooked_on_books @Nute Very little historical stuff, but lots of current events. I do feel like it gave a good flavor of the current Philippines. It‘s really well done. 2w
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An intemperate white supremacist US president flouts laws and openly wars with Congress, setting up his own impeachment. 2019? Nope. (Well, ok, yes.) This is Andrew Johnson in the 1860s. While dense in places, this book is a great read, especially as a primer for what is likely to come in the modern era. The parallels are extraordinary.

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Fill in the blank!

It‘s Andrew Johnson. But I‘m going to guess you were thinking of someone else.

julesG 😂😂 2w
Amiable Yikes. 😳 2w
Texreader Good gosh that‘s accurate... 2w
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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My #BOTM box has arrived! From OCTOBER. 😑 The very slow transit time notwithstanding, I‘m glad my books are finally here. The slowness does take a little of the wind out of my sails, though.

LA_Mead Hello Girls looks very interesting. I like the cover! 2w
Megabooks Yikes! I really enjoyed Nothing to See Here! 2w
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My #LMPBC book has returned home! I enjoyed reading everyone‘s comments from this roller coaster of a book, and the bit above made me snort-laugh. I guess it‘s just us, @suvata ! Thanks for a great round, everyone! @Kaila-ann @Mynameisacolour

Prairiegirl_reading I stayed up late reading MHC when I was a kid. She got me into trouble a few times! 2w
Erinreadsthebooks Lots of Mary Higgins Clark 🙋‍♀️ 2w
Mynameisacolour Now I'll have to read least one MHC.. better go find one to throw on the TBR.🤣 2w
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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High-schooler Kiera develops an online game for people of the African diaspora around the world which celebrates black culture. After a tragedy linked to the game, she is threatened from both inside and outside of the game. I thought this was a fantastic look at finding a safe space in a hostile world while also being a fast moving, fun, and thoughtful book. I loved it.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! 2w
Hooked_on_books @LiteraryinLititz Thank you! ☺️ 2w
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Hmmm…now what‘s that line about history repeating?

ljuliel 👍🏼 2w
RamsFan1963 The more things change, the more things stay the same... 2w
Texreader This is a chunkster! Is it an easy read or very academic? I‘m trying to decide whether I want to read it. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Texreader It‘s somewhere in between. At times it zips by and other times I feel like I should take notes. But it‘s completely fascinating and a good mirror for our common era, though of course there are differences. 2w
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What Rose Forgot | Nevada Barr
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Rose awakens in a memory care unit with an early onset dementia diagnosis and feels as though she is incarcerated. Then it becomes clear that things aren‘t what they seem. This is a good mystery with an overall serious tone but some good funny moments. I love Barr‘s Anna Pigeon series and this is just as good.

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Eggbeater 🐶😍 Greta is adorable. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Eggbeater Aw, thank you! 2w
SW-T Greta looks adorable 🥰 Loved Barr‘s Anna Pigeon series. This certainly sounds intriguing and I‘m on a mystery binge these days. 2w
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This is definitely a serious mystery, but it has some good light-hearted moments.

jillrhudy Sports, food, sex, or nothing. 3w
Soubhiville 😂🤣😂 3w
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It recently occurred to me that I had never read this book. (I know.) So, I rectified that! It was a fun listen, though I‘m a little surprised at the amount of violence and talk of killing others in a children‘s book. I‘m not sure how this would be received in a new book nowadays.

vivastory I only read it this year, too. I've heard the series gets stranger & stranger 3w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Huh. That almost makes me want to continue. It‘s funny with the violence thing—older Disney movies are way more violent. I think we tolerated a lot more targeted at kids in the past than we do now. 3w
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A black woman disappears in 1960s Baltimore and no one seems to care. A white woman learns a body has been found and decides this will make her newspaper career. I liked the idea of the historical mystery, but I found the audio a bit hard to follow as the story jumped around and I ultimately struggled to care about what was happening. Definitely not my favorite Lippman.

JennyM I‘ve just finished this in print and really enjoyed it. But I think audio would have been a whole different experience. I would have been very confused with the multiple and continually different characters. (edited) 3w
Hooked_on_books @JennyM You know, I was really wondering if I would respond differently to it print, and based on your comment, I probably would. And yet some books are better in audio. They should really come with labels. 😬😂 3w
JennyM @Hooked_on_books lol! Very true! 🎧😂 3w
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A bomb goes off in a Delhi market. We the follow multiple people: parents of the dead, and injured boy, the bomber. I just love this premise. But I found the book to be told at such a remove that I never became invested in the story or characters. I see other Littens had the same issues. To be honest, I‘m disappointed. #botm

8little_paws see I absolutely loved this and was thinking of rereading soon. 3w
Hooked_on_books @8little_paws A lot of people liked it. I really wanted to, but here we are! I think it was a National Book Award finalist. 3w
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Second Grave on the Left | Darynda Jones
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Charley is a PI who just happens to be the grim reaper—she helps souls pass on. Here she is looking for a missing woman who has numerous friends who recently died mysteriously and may be the next target. I would typically run screaming from something labeled as paranormal romance, but this was fun and not heavy on the romance. A great line: “If it has tires or testicles, it‘s gonna give you trouble.”

Suet624 😂😂😂 3w
wen4blu I like the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter. 3w
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Hello #LMPBC round 7 #memoir group! I‘m looking forward to seeing what you guys pick. Here are the books from which I am planning to choose. I‘ll tag the others in the comments so you can look into them a bit. Let me know if you‘ve read any already or if any don‘t work for you. I‘m excited to start reading next month!

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Wife I haven‘t read any of these. My first choices would be “bodies” and “Jesus”, but I would read any of them. I‘ll have to get my choices lined up for the group. 4w
Shadowfat I think Growing up Aboriginal would be my first choice. I think the only one I'm not as excited for is the Translator. I'll post my options tomorrow once I get back from my trip. 4w
BookishBelle I‘m most interested in ‘scent‘ and ‘bodies but would read any of them. 3w
Hooked_on_books @BookishBelle @Wife @Shadowfat Ok ladies, I‘m going with Beautiful Bodies. Can‘t wait to see what everyone picks! 3w
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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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A story spanning decades, Wunderland follows Ava and Ilse separately through time as we learn about their mother-daughter relationship in post-WWII Germany and the US. We also hear from Ilse‘s friend Renate pre-war. This is a devastating book that reveals the poison of lies and the consequences of treating other humans as “other.” It is historical fiction that speaks to today between the lines. Excellent.

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The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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After her teenage daughter Olivia falls from a bridge and ends up brain-dead, Abigail is desperate to understand what happened. Overall a solid, enjoyable mystery, but I did have a couple of small issues with it. The medical scene at the end was not realistic, which pulled me out of the story, and comments like “skin toned folders” just don‘t belong in books in 2019. #oliviabuddyread

Cinfhen This book is in a box , on a ship bound to me..... (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Are you trying to hypnotize me into a swap? 😂 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha 🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣LOL !!!!! No, I literally sent a box of books via boat to Israel back in August and this book is one of the 20 1mo
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Cinfhen I‘m gong to be laughing all day 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Oh now that‘s funny! Oops. 😬 Sucks about your books though. Waiting for books is agony! 1mo
Cinfhen I was told up to 8 weeks but now the shipping company is telling us to expect the boxes mid November 😫 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen That‘s insane. Next time, bring an empty suitcase that you can bring back filled with books and avoid this crap! 1mo
Cinfhen Well.... we arrived with 4 pieces of luggage we left with 7 and we were only allowed one each, so shipping boxes seemed like a good solution, since those are priced by cubic meters not weight. As it was we had to pay for 4 extra bags 🙄 #BookNerdProblems 1mo
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Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay
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Someone is sabotaging NYC elevators, causing death and fear across the city. This is an awesome thriller that doesn‘t shy away from some humor as well (a mayor named Richard Headley). I tore right through this one. This is my third or fourth by Barclay and I‘ve enjoyed them all.

cathysaid Ooooh goody. I'm a sucker for a good crime/mystery/thriller series. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @cathysaid I actually just discovered I have an ARC of this book I forgot I have. 🙄 I‘d be happy to send it along to you. We were in the same LMPBC group a while back and I still have the email with addresses. Has your address changed since 2/2018? 3w
cathysaid @Hooked_on_books That‘s so sweet! Address is the same. 3w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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In Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow details his efforts to investigate the sexual predation of Harvey Weinstein and the methods HW employed to try to stop him. This book is a primer on how wealthy, connected, predatory men operate and is given even greater credibility by the efforts to suppress its publication and distribution. It is harrowing and so, so good.

Abailliekaras Sounds frightening. 1mo
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Yeah, I would do this. 🤣

RealBooks4ever 🤣🤣🤣💜 1mo
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I‘m enjoying reading these so I thought I‘d join in!

❤️ Between Mountain View and Volcano on Hawaii Island (the Big one)
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💛 I own a flower farm and am trying to build the business, so mostly through the library and savings at the moment.
💚 Eloped earlier this year
💙 The female ones
💜 Hooked on Books was my favorite used bookstore growing up in Colorado Springs. And they‘re still going strong!

#gettingtoknowyou

Tanisha_A Flower farm! 😍 1mo
Texreader Owning a flower farm sounds amazing especially in Hawaii!! 1mo
squirrelbrain What @Texreader said! Sounds wonderful! 1mo
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Chrissyreadit Dream job! 1mo
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 1mo
Librariana Hooray to all of these! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 Thank you for sharing! 1mo
kyraleseberg Big Island is my favorite place on Earth!!! We plan on retiring in Volcano! And you have my dream job! 1mo
LeahBergen Ohhh, I shopped at Hooked on Books this summer!! It‘s a lovely shop. ❤️ 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Tanisha_A @Texreader @squirrelbrain It‘s been an interesting ride! It‘s still new for us, so we learn something every day. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @kyraleseberg I love Volcano! We actually stumbled into the flower business—Volcano was our planned landing site. Hopefully you‘ll get to retire soon! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @LeahBergen Oh I‘m envious! I have such great memories of that place. My mom would only give me 15 minutes inside! (I know, it‘s child abuse.) So I‘d shop my usual spots first while watching the clock then locate her at the 10 minute point and hide from her in more unusual sections to stretch it out. 😆 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I‘m not a huge sci-fi fan, but there‘s a sliver of it I just love and Blake Crouch is right in that sweet spot. His latest book, about the nature of time and memory, is a tantalizing, fascinating, mindfuck of a book and a total page turner. I loved it.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I can't wait to dig in! Just got this from Libby! Woot woot! 1mo
vivastory Mindfuck sci-fi>other sci-fi 1mo
LiteraryLona It‘s so good! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Yes! Frankly, I have no idea how he keeps track of his plot. It‘s so intricate. 1mo
marleed I don‘t consider myself a sci-fi fan either. But I loved this book so much that I read Dark Matter and loved it just as much. 1mo
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