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Jennaree3

Jennaree3

Joined May 2020

Author, writer, hygienist and Oxford comma hater
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This had more twists and turns than a soft pretzel. On one hand, I hate when the clues to figure out the ending are not revealed until the last 10 pages, making it impossible to predict. Yet on the other hand, I think it did a fine job of illustrating the true human nature of suspicion, and how no one ever really knows of what your neighbor, or your grandfather, or even your own husband, is capable. 8/10 would recommend

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Up next: my first Lisa Jewell....

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Butcher and the Wren | Alaina Urquhart
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This was a quick read and pretty good, but I found the twist confusing and the ending very rushed and boring. It had the framework to be excellent, but unfortunately failed to deliver a solid ending. Did anyone else not totally comprehend the "twist" with the bracelet? How things in the past are also in the present? Fav quote: "sometimes death is the only real mercy."

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Butcher and the Wren | Alaina Urquhart
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Liking this one so far! Smart serial killer meets smart, forensically-experienced detective.

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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"We don't know how much our bodies can endure until we make cruel demands of them." As a runner, total truth! ?‍♀️ ? #quoteoftheday

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
Mehso-so

It was good. The pictures were kind of fun and a nice break for the mind to toggle from language to visual input. The ending felt sloppy to me. I would give the first 3/4 of the book an 8/10, but the ending a 5. Wouldn't have raved about it as much as some did.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Ever heard "career" and "careen" interchangeably? Apparently the Brits "career" around a corner. I was scratching my head thinking it was a typo until I realized Lucy Foley is British!

5feet.of.fury So interesting the things that differ from American English. I totally would have thought that was a typo 3mo
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Poison Mind | Jeffrey Good, Susan Goreck
Pickpick

This book was quite compelling right up until the last few disorganized chapters. It's like they wanted so badly to include all of this extraneous info about how truly odd this nerdy murderer guy was, so they just tacked on random journal entries, or reports of bizarre conversations with people, in no particular order. And the last few chapters about the trial were also quite dull considering it was a high-profile murder case! 8/10

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Poison Mind | Jeffrey Good, Susan Goreck
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How are all of my true crime peeps not RAVING about this book? Just got it and I'm hooked by chapter 4 😍😍😍😍

LeahBergen This sounds good! 4mo
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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
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Mehso-so

There is something about all of Colleen Hoover's books that screams YA to me. It Ends with Us was marginally better, but they're all on par with Twilight for me 5/10. Eh.

Sharpeipup I‘m feeling meh about this one myself and might bail 4mo
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The Ex | Freida McFadden
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Word on the street is Freida McFadden, wildly popular thriller writer, is self-published and I LOVE THAT. Knowing she wrote what was in her head and didn't conform to what some editor told her to say makes her writing even more impressive. She's quite talented, and since she's exclusive to Amazon KDP, her books are tricky to find outside of Amazon. But worth the search! Loving this one!

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Chose this book for hosting my very first book club and we are all loving it! 9/10! Very twisty thriller that lets you fly through the pages. If you liked Verity, you will like this. A lot.

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Perfect lazy Sunday morning with my best bud who thinks this lounger is his 😆 Liking this book! it's giving me Verity vibes so far, but way better.

LitStephanie Reading a book in the sun looks lovely! We have hardly had any sunny weekends yet and I am a little envious. 5mo
Jennaree3 @LitStephanie where do you live?! We have like 3 months of sun here and I just basically live outside. Would totally move south in a heartbeat 😎 5mo
LitStephanie @Jennaree3 we usually have rainy springs but with plenty of sunny days, but this year is just soggy. Weird weather here in the western USA what with climate change. 5mo
Jennaree3 @LitStephanie strange weather! We have had several nasty storms resulting in tornado watches which is odd for this area, too. Wishing you sunny days from the east coast. 🐶✌️😎 🏖 5mo
LitStephanie Thank you! I am sure we will get some eventually. Tornados are scary, hope they don't materialize near you. 5mo
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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Loved this book! Did not like Verity at all, but this book was surprisingly refreshing. The author's note at the end really illuminates why this book is such a strong one for her. The personal experiences always translate into effortless writing. 9/10! 🙌👍👍

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It Ends with Us | Colleen Hoover
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Fine day for some casual picnic table reading. How I love the spring and summer 🌸 giving this a chance even though Verity was a dud (unpopular opinion? I know)

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Pretty Girls: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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This book was so gruesome. It actually made me feel physical revulsion enough to quit with about 20 pages left. I like murder mysteries as much as the next person but this was twisted. 3/10

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The Lost World | Michael Crichton
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Cancelled plans for this night alone with my book 😊 even better when the good company is a Labrador 🐕

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Death on the Nile (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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Given that this was copyrighted in 1937, wow. I'm excited to finish watching the movie, also. Ensemble cast, and twisty. A little annoying that it was impossible to predict without other information not supplied until the end of the book, coupled with the fact that while poirot was the protagonist, even his own revelations were seldom revealed. 7/10.

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Does anyone want to talk about the adaptation of this book to Netflix series?! I thought it was OK. Casting was not what I pictured at all. I pictured more of like Halle Berry for the mom-gorgeous, and muscular/ripped like she could beat some serious rear end. And for the daughter, the actress was kind of a dud. Anyone agree?

5feet.of.fury I was ok with Laura and Andi. Jane was not how I pictured… neither was Nick. I wasn‘t pleased with how they changed Nick & Paula‘s situations so much… I don‘t think adaptations need to be a carbon copy but that decision made the ending feel pretty soft. 8mo
Jennaree3 @5feet.of.fury I agree! It wasn't bad, but the casting was off. And even the US marshal guy-they really took some liberties with that situation vs the book. 8mo
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Coffee, daffodils freshly cut from my own garden, and an Agatha Christie. Perfect evening at home😍

mdm139 They just added the movie to Hulu today 8mo
Susanita What a nice centerpiece. 8mo
Jennaree3 @mdm139 oh good! I wanted to read it first then watch it...I'm looking forward to being that pretentious person who keeps muttering "the book was better" under my breath. The book is always better! 8mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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It took forever to get to the point, but the last third of this book just about swallowed me whole. Character development was superb. I also hate the cover that is too small for the book-leaving that silly little slab of the second page sticking out, like your ankles poking out of a pair of long johns you found in the drawer from 7th grade. Still 8/10

5feet.of.fury 😂 I agree about those type of covers! 8mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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"If I can't move Heaven, then I shall raise hell." Might get this printed on the back of my motorcycle jacket ? ✌️

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Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Absolutely perfect sunny morning by the window. Come on, spring! 🌸 🌹 🌺

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Probably the most heart-wrenching thing I have ever read. This feels like an important book. One that should be read and re-read in every classroom around the world to remind us just how much there is to lose. It shows the true resiliency of the human spirit, and the miraculous power of hope. This should be revered as a modern classic.

TheBookHippie I heard him speak with my daughter and her friend gosh so long ago but I just sobbed. I‘ll never forget it. I‘ll have to see if she knows where the pictures are. 10mo
LeahBergen @TheBookHippie I did, too! It was incredibly moving. 10mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
Mehso-so

I'll admit this book was easy. It was fast. It was fun to read. But it wasn't actually good. None of the characters were likable. I felt like this had the framework to be a great book, but it failed to deliver a thrill as "thriller" might suggest. 5/10

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Today is a day for Brene Brown, a warm lemon scone with melting, delectable, lick-the-bowl lemon buttercream, and a steaming cup of joe.

BookwormM Sounds amazing 11mo
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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
Mehso-so

It was OK. Not bad, but not great. I had a hard time relating or sympathizing with the main character for every time she was in some sort of grave danger, she voluntarily put herself there. I also thought the ending was very rushed considering the first 450 pages were so slow.

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Redeeming Love: A Novel | Francine Rivers
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Without a trailer for the movie, I never would have picked up this book. The cover and the title are not something I would normally bother reading, but I am liking it so far!

AmyK1 One of my favorites! 12mo
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While this book has moments of brilliance: I.e. "No one standing still can triumph, no matter how well constituted," about 85% of it is rambling and nearly incoherent nonsense. Imagine Ian Malcolm--the chaos theory anthropologist character from crichton's Jurassic Park--barreling from one topic to the next, ranging from lobster mating habits to Taoists, to Alice in Wonderland all in the course of about 3 paragraphs. My head is spinning.

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Any suggestions for 7-9 year old girls for a Christmas gift book?

Bookzombie I‘m not sure about this age group. Tagging a couple of Littens that might have suggestions. @LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I know your daughter is older, but thought you might have some suggestions. 🙂 13mo
LibrarianRyan Oh boy can I make you a list. But some standards questions first. What type of girl is she: girly girl, sporty etc. what is her fav movie or show. Fav toy. And current fave book. Don‘t need all of those answered but at least one. And reading level. I know Covid put some students like my nephew behind. 13mo
Jennaree3 @LibrarianRyan she is kind of sporty...she's in scouts and likes riding horses. Not sure what her fav show or movie is! I've never asked. Reading level is probably advanced for her age shes 9. If it's an adult book, her parents could always read it to her, also. Thanks! 13mo
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LibrarianRyan @Jennaree3 hates girl. This I can do. Start with Misty if Chincotegea it‘s an older series but it‘s a classic based in real horses. I don‘t like this book but kids love it. It‘s short and easier to get into than standard horse classics like Black stallion or Black Beauty. 13mo
LibrarianRyan Then you might try the Guardian of the Heard or Riders of the realm series. Pegasus. Oh yeah. Now to get away from horses try the Track series by Jason Reynolds. The first book is about a boy but it doesn‘t matter. It‘s excellent. Sticking with sports try Roller Girl. Think the movie Whip it foe a younger audience. Plus I‘m pretty sure it‘s a graphic novel. Then there is the winter born home books by ally carter. Ally carter write some of my 13mo
LibrarianRyan Fav you g YA books. The Gallagher girl books are awesome and while “clean” (at least I think they are) they are YA. Star fish by Lisa dips is told in verse and is on all the lists. I have not read my copy yet but I hear great things. Wanna try mythology but not ready for Percy Jackson try Thunder Girls. Norse mythology (there is also Godess girls but I find kids know little about Norse mythology). 13mo
LibrarianRyan You can‘t go wrong with Raina Telgemier but she does show up on banned books lists because some of her books have LGBTQ characters. Smile is a nice place to start. A modern classic is True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Still one of my fave books. 13mo
LibrarianRyan Want a little fantasy try the troubled girls of dragon more academy. Or unwritten. Eickriordan is known for his series but he just published a standalone retelling of 20000 leagues under the sea called Daughter of the deep. 13mo
LibrarianRyan Now for some diverse books (sorry I didn‘t ask about that ahead of time). The first rule of punk. One crazy summer, this one is actually a series. From the desk of Zoe Washington. Ghost squad, Melissa (George). The author has asked for the title change. Efren divided. front desk. Class act (is the sequel and I am trying a blank on book 1. Tide song just came out. I loved this graphic novel. And to end, espically ISL you want historical 13mo
LibrarianRyan Anything by Alan gate, or Jennifer a. Nielsen. Sorry for the overload but I wanted you to have options because you never know why the bookstore will have. If none of these sound right, tell me more and I‘ll hit it again. 13mo
Jennaree3 @LibrarianRyan thank you so much!! 13mo
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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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This was slow, and gave me slight Grapes of Wrath vibes. It felt like a modern classic with some archetypal soul-searching, and ending irony. I would recommend it for someone who likes classic novels like Steinbeck or Dickens.

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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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Loved it! Twisty!

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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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My bedroom book was left at my parents' house and now my car book (AKA lunch break book) is in my bedroom and my whole life is out of whack.

Johanna414 Your life may be out of whack, but I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who has multiple booms for different points throughout the day. My husband thinks I'm crazy... 1y
Jennaree3 @Johanna414 😅 just don't get 'em mixed up then it's chaos! 1y
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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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I am so tickled by these fancy bookmarks. Tassels, beads, hummingbirds...they're so bookish and fun! 🤓

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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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The cruelest lies are often told in silence

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The Jewish Dog | Asher Kravitz
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If you need me, I'll be in this tiny bookstore corner for the next 2 hours. Peep that Royal typewriter! 💕

wanderinglynn How fun! Enjoy! 1y
Caroline2 Great photo! Enjoy! 😃 1y
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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Painfully redundant. A wildly dull addition to the DD warren series, especially after Find Her was such a gem. Would not recommend 4/10.

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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Obsessed with this Lord Ganesha bookmark 🙌 I became fascinated with Buddhism and Hinduism in college and did a lot of research trying to understand their beliefs. And Ganesha, the god of new beginnings and destroyer of obstacles, resonated with me then & now. I have Ganesh in almost every room in the house and now sending me good vibes even as I read.

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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Liking it so far!

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Bailedbailed

The first one in a year that I just couldn't bother finishing. I love Patterson but when he pairs with another writer, sometimes it just does not work. Very generic and elementary.

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I am really going to miss this when it gets colder....soaking up every minute

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Pickpick

This one was a little messy for Linda! Redundant parts, and repeated phrases here and there. Seemed to me like she was probably asked by the editor for more pages after it was finished. Plot was left open at the end, also, which is not her style. 7/10...still a two-day read that held my interest 👍

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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Only one thing to do in such dreary, caliginous weather today. Sit in the warm tub and escape...

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A Separate Peace | John Knowles
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Mehso-so

It took a long time for me to understand the point of this novel. The dialogue is excruciatingly redundant and unimportant throughout. Had it been another hundred pages, I would've bailed. It's not really about the war, or about friendships like I had hoped. It's really about selfishness, paranoia, and the dark & dirty depths to which we are all capable of sinking, in the right circumstances. 5/10

LitStephanie The gritty themes sound interesting, too bad they couldn't pull them off. 1y
deeannloso I really liked it. 😊 1y
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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil

Looking for some suggestions for great modern american murder mysteries! Anyone read anything worthwhile lately?

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Step on a Crack | James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
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Not my own, but made me laugh 😆

HeathHof Oof! 😅 1y
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Step on a Crack | James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
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Am I the only one who thinks this is the most awkward opening sentence of all time?

jen_the_scribe Yes it doesn‘t make any sense to me. And on another note, I‘ve never met a woman who referred to her own breasts as “these puppies” but I guess there could be some women out there who do? Lol 1y
5feet.of.fury Yeah there‘s a lot to take in here already 1y
5feet.of.fury @jen_the_scribe I agree, I have never heard a woman use that phrase. I don‘t even think I‘ve heard a real person say it. 1y
Jennaree3 @jen_the_scribe nor would anyone use the word “frock” in any kind of sexy context 😂 1y
jen_the_scribe @Jennaree3 Very true! Lol so much to absorb in those couple of paragraphs lol 1y
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Alternating those classics, but plowing through the summer stack of reads…

CarolineLovesToRead love the mug!
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Mehso-so

It was good, but certainly not great. I may never understand the veneration, or why this one topped every book club reading list for the past 2 years. 7/10

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Some light reading on a rainy Monday…

KristenDuck Great book and cute pic! 1y
LeslieO Looks like he‘s gonna DNF that one. He‘s not feeling it. 1y
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