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Jody3

Jody3

Joined August 2017

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Mehso-so

I found this So boring! There was zero romantic tension, there was no moment where you questioned the main character‘s choice was going to be, the relationship was practically an instant love. There was never any build up and nothing ever seemed to happen, I had zero connection with any of the characters and I never cared about any of them.

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If you‘ve seen The Little Mermaid, then you already know Ursula‘s story. Not much about it is expanded here, although you do get some backstory that is absent from the film. Poor Unfortunate Soul reveals her familial connection to Ariel, her deep rooted hatred for Triton, and why she has assumed her octopus form.

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Sarah's Key | Tatiana de Rosnay
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Beautifully written...Sensitive subject matter given a modern life. The author researched the story through a piece of history and then created a story based on fact but pure fiction. Sarah‘s story is haunting. I can see how Julia‘s tunnel vision to dig up as much as she could to learn and have the story told was all consuming. She was a little selfish about it at times . I liked the full circle moment at the end .

Stacypatrice Such a great book! 1mo
Jody3 Stacypatrice: It‘s on Netflix. I was debating whether or not to watch the movie. 1mo
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I think this book was charming, although 50-100 pages too long. The India section particularly dragged. Overall, I thought his was a funny, genuine memoir filled with interesting tidbits about different cultures and traditions and building a new life.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Mehso-so

I found this to be a story involving so many levels of personal and family dramas that it was difficult to connect to the main character, Susan. The audiobook is better than the paperback!

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I loved this book so much!! All the feels! Lots of laugh out loud moments, lots of tears, wonderful characters. This was probably the best chick lit book I have ever come across. It was very inspirational.

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Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair | Sara Sheridan, Daisy Goodwin
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It was interesting to read the back stories about them and about the culture of the time.

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Victoria | Daisy Goodwin
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This is a light and easy take on Victoria‘s first days as Queen. This fictional version reads more like a historical romance than a work of historical fiction. It was a fast read and I‘m looking forward to watch the tv show now.

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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I enjoyed this book so much more than YOU. The tone was lighter and I found myself really rooting for Joe this time- more so than in the other book. I can‘t remember the last time I read two books in a series that were so completely different.

rather_be_reading i also liked this one more! 2mo
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Entertaining enough, fast read with a unique writing style. But very disturbing and creepy and predictable.

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The Flood Girls | Richard Fifield
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Mehso-so

This book started out slow for me: the comparison to A League of Their Own seemed strained and I disliked most of the characters. It had some moments, but it was mostly slow throughout the book. The book picked up speed 3/4 through, but then it threw a curveball, no pun intended! I wouldn‘t recommend this book.

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Intense. Disturbing. I couldn‘t put it down. Good book. You‘ll never figure out the ending until you read the last page, literally! The premise of this book is fascinating.

Caroline2 Oh I love that quote! Stacked!! 😉 7mo
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Peace Like a River | Leif Enger
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I know many people love this book, but it just didn‘t effect me in quite the same way. The writing was good and the ending surprising but I expected to connect more with this one from friend reviews.

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Read this with my kids. This was such a surprisingly fun read! It‘s honestly one of those adventurous stories that warms your heart. It‘s full of magic and mystery and it‘s an all around good time. I‘m really curious to see the movie now.

Purrfectpages This cover takes me back! 8mo
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book and found the first few chapters really interesting, but I just could not connect with this author at all. Don‘t get me wrong, the organization is incredible I just couldn‘t read anymore and bailed on it halfway in.

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One thing that this book does extremely well is portray the uncontrollable thought spirals that happen when your anxiety is out of control. In fact being in her thoughts made me very anxious myself! The way it affects your mood and your sense of self-worth, and the way that her anxiety affected her relationships with other people...it could not have been more perfectly drawn. But the rest of the story was really just middle of the road for me.

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is such a beautiful book. I loved how the whole story was portrayed, how the romance touched me so deeply, and how the turn of events played my mind. I cried my eyes out!

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The Silent Sister | Diane Chamberlain
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Another good read from Diane Chamberlain. This one was filled with twists and turns,some I saw coming and some I didn‘t. The characters are flawed and interesting and the book really flows well. I found it to be a real page turner and a well deserved 4 stars!

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Overall a fun and cute book with a good moral. Can‘t wAit to watch the movie now!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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A fast-paced domestic psychological thriller that keeps you up late into the night flying through the pages! It reminded me of “Behind Closed Doors” but I didn‘t feel it was as disturbing as that one was. I liked that the book was told from both Amber and Daphne‘s POVs. Even though I guessed the ending fairly early, the ride was still great fun!

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This is a really good book. If you've never thought about what's most important to you in life and how you'd see your life from your death bed, this is a very personable, approachable exploration of that. The idea is to consider yourself from your death bed, looking back on your life. Would you consider your life a success? Why or why not? What's missing that you wish you'd done or achieved?

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I would recommend this both to readers with an interest in the Little House series, but also to anyone who wants to read about Arngrim's courage in facing her childhood abuse and using her own experiences to help others. She comes across as gutsy, brave, warm, and with a dark sense of humor that makes me think she and I could be friends. I imagine most of her readers are left with that feeling.

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The most enjoyable parts to read were when Julia went to Mexico to stay with her relatives and it had not been for those sections and the character/plot development towards the end of the book, I would have found this quite a dull read. . It took me about a 100 pages to get into the book, mostly because I found Julia to be selfish and ungrateful. But once the mental health issues became a little more apparent, I started to at least enjoy it.

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An amazing,don‘t want to put down, hold the book in a big hug, and wish this story never ended kind of book! This book grabbed me from the get go . That‘s my favorite kind of book. I highly recommend it.

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Mehso-so

It was a page turner in many ways, but the ending was unsatisfactory. I kept turning the page thinking there is going to be Justice. The ending was a complete let down.

Deborah42 Maybe I‘ll just skip the book and watch the movie. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
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The Widow Nash: A Novel | Jamie Harrison
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Finally finished this book after having to drag myself through it. I kept thinking that things would pick up after I got about halfway through, I finally realized it would never pick up. Too much extra information and side stories about characters who I could not care less about. The last 40 pages were the best part of the book and I loved the way it ended. Too bad it was a bore.

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If I Stay | Gayle Forman
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This book is an amazingly heartbreaking and beautifully poignant story. I loved it from beginning to end and cried like a baby during several pivotal moments. I absolutely loved it and can‘t wait to reading the next book in the series!

Deborah42 I wept through almost the entire book. 😭 1y
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Defending Jacob: A Novel | William Landay
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Wowza! A gripping courtroom thriller that examines the lengths one husband and father will go to protect his family. Make no mistake the pace of the story is slow and the legal process is stretched out in an effort to keep us dangling for over 400 pages to reach a jaw dropping ending.

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After Life | Rhian Ellis
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story begins with Naomi dragging the body of her lover, downstairs, taking it to a nearby lake and burying it. The details of what led up to this are revealed as one reads on. I found it very entertaining- quirky, but not so much as to become absurd. An absorbing and satisfying read.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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I felt this book was really hard to get into at first. It was causing me anxiety actually , maybe because I‘m a shopaholic at times. But once I was halfway through, I couldn‘t put it down! It's cute, it's heartwarming, and it made me laugh. What more can you ask for in chicklit?

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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The epistolary style of the book makes it an easy-breezy read. It lends itself well in this case, because you get to know the inside of Celie as a full character, an actual person. She writes to God through most of the story which is interesting in and of itself because, essentially, it's a journal rather than a letter. She is able to confide and process her experiences in a literate way that was atypical for others her age in her environment.

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Greensleeves | Eloise Jarvis McGraw
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I loved the first half of this book when there was a mystery to solve. It got boring near the end when it was about Dave and Sherry.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Wow! This was so disturbing, so unsettling, yet I couldn‘t quit reading it! The perfect couple is so much less than perfect “behind closed doors.” I can‘t say this was a great read, but it was a fast paced page turner. I think the author did what the intent was, to lull the reader and then to slap them hard with the creepiness of this story. It was well done, not totally believable but with enough little twists to keep me reading.

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When I was reading this book all I could think about was how I could see it being made into a movie and how the main character would be played by Amy Schumer. It‘s a fluffy novel about the struggles of being a new mom. The main character was often annoying and hard to sympathize with, but still entertaining in my opinion. She was sometimes relatable too...especially her body image struggle and the challenges of being a SAHM.

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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I loved this book! This memoir by Jeannette Walls is extraordinary and an inspiration. I had to constantly remind myself that it was not fiction! With her actions she encourages us to set our sights high and work hard to achieve our goals. I feel if she can overcome all the obstacles placed in her way, anyone can!

BookaholicNatty Loved this book too. Read it in the past few months. 2y
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This book was such a disappointment! I expected more from Anna Qundlen. “Still Life” is definitely a good description of this book. It certainly is still, with not much movement. And it‘s more a slice of life than an actual story. If you like complex characters and an interesting plot, look elsewhere.

JamieArc I recently finished it as an audiobook and I‘m glad I didn‘t take the time to read it. Maybe I would feel differently if I were 20 years older, but it was much too “meh” for me. 2y
Jody3 Exactly! And I never felt the romance between Jim and Rebecca. I didn‘t get that he was so much younger until later in the book. I always thought he was around her age. 2y
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I cried and laughed through out this book. I admit it took awhile to get into it, but I‘m so glad I did. It‘s such a wonderful book! Everything was so clearly linked together secrets within secrets. But all is revealed and do simply linked. I adored this book! Fairytales are not just for children.

CatLass007 Halfway through this book and I adore it ‘ 2y
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The story between these pages is as beautiful and complex as its cover and illustrations. A real treat for both young readers and adults. This reads like a classic fairytale, not the happy-ever-after Disney stories but the darker ones, that teach you that life is not fair and good not always wins. Fantastic elements intertwine really well with the historical storyline and it's easy to get lost in its pages and forget about everything else.

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I read this book in 3 sittings because I could NOT put it down! This book jumps back and forth between chapters on “Juana” and “Adelina” and keeps you wondering what is happening to each character. It is a book that talks about poverty, relationships, and finding peace after a long rough journey. Quite a tear jerker.

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This book should be sold with a pack of Kleenex. It is a warm and wonderful blend of healing from loss, dealing with middle school and not fitting in, learning that you have the power to hurt someone and you won‘t always have the chance to make it up to them . It‘s about the beauty of science. It‘s about the nature of bravery and heroism and family and love.

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Spoiled | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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Thank You so much @Kaylamburson !!!!!! You simply spoiled me rotten. I can‘t believe it! My kids can‘t wait to try some hot chocolate and as you can see we have already dug into the salted caramel chocolates. I saved your address that way if you want me to, I can send you the books after I read them so you can enjoy them as well!

Kaylamburson I'm so glad you like everything! I hope the books are winners, too!! No need to send them back after. They are all for you to enjoy and do with as you wish 😊 2y
Kaylamburson Also it looks like the mug made it in one piece?! I was nervous, haha 2y
Jody3 @Kaylamburson I‘m sure I will like the books! I think we have similar tastes in books. 2y
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Everything Everything was so much more than I expected and I absolutely loved the story. The story is full of heart and feels. It also moved so quickly once things really get started. I loved the writing and how I was able to connect with the story. I couldn‘t put it down.

Kaylamburson This is one of my favorite books! Have you seen the movie? I thought it was a really nice representation of the novel. Also, gorgeous photo!! 2y
Jody3 I joined Netflix DVD for free for a month, so I could finally see “The Light Between Oceans.” It‘s not on streaming. So, I just had them send me Everything, Everything. Have to find a time to watch it when kids can‘t bother me. 😉 I love watching movies after I‘ve read the book. (edited) 2y
Chelleo Great book and the movie did it justice. Except her mom. Wasn't happy with that casting. 2y
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I liked the story and it had some fun twists, but it all felt rushed and left me feeling a little left down. I just don't think I'm a big short story fan. I can see it making a really cool movie though.

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Eek! Halloween! | Sandra Boynton
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Thank You so Much!!! Can‘t wait to open it! @Kaylamburson #HalloweenGoesPostal #FallBookExchange LOL !!! We both picked the same Sandra Boynton book for our title!!! I just realized that!!!

Kaylamburson Yayy!!! I'm so glad it arrived safely and I can't wait for you to get to open it! Everything inside is wrapped if you don't want to keep the box, but it's not "pretty" wrapping, haha. I love that we both picked the Boynton title!! @Jody3 2y
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The Light Between Oceans | M. L. Stedman
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Great book. it is a little difficult to get into at first but then it sucks you in completely. What a dilemna facing the characters (of course of their own doing)! What would you do?

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Megan Abbott has created something really special in this book, and I think she‘s completely won me over with her charm and suspense. Worth the time and energy spent reading it, I‘d recommend to fans who like a novel of suspense with much deeper subject matter than your everyday thriller

swishandflick Megan Abbott is great! Have you read some of her other stuff? 2y
Jody3 No. What else would you recommend? I actually started The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman for my book club. Have you read that? 2y
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Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that's honestly always creeped me out. Maybe it's because of the Shelly Duvall Faerie Tale Theatre version, which I saw at an impressionable age. So I was reluctant to read this, frankly. But this is a fine little story that I wished had gone into deeper depth. There's no romance here, but some nice exploration of friendships instead.

MochiiMocha That sounds decent! Perhaps I'll give a go at this book. 2y
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#GIRLBOSS | Sophia Amoruso
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I actually read this book because I had heard Netflix was coming out with a series loosely based on it. I appreciated Sophia's anecdotes, many of which were funny and light-hearted, but more often than not the book came across to me as the cool girl who wants to pretend she's not. I'm in awe of what Sophia has done with Nasty Gal and all that she has accomplished in such a short period of time but #GIRLBOSS reads as inauthentic.

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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I've been steadily crying for maybe the last 20-30 pages until now. My soul feels lighter somehow. I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotional and cathartic. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I have never read about before, but only experienced. I don't know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once.

swishandflick Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉 2y
Jody3 Thank you! I'm still getting the hang of it. 2y
sammisho Sobbed reading this book!😢 2y
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