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JoyBlue

JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

LibraryThing member joyblue

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lifelong bookdragon/photographer/knitter/activist/advocate/library trustee https://debbybrauer.org
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Panpan

Overly repetitive and offering few (if any) new useful suggestions . . . I will take what works for me and leave the rest. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#rewire-your-anxious-brain

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GHOSTS. | DOLLY. ALDERTON
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Mehso-so

Unremarkable. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#ghosts

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4.5⭐ No matter your political leanings, read this book, pronto! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#profiles-in-ignorance-how-americas-p...

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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3.35⭐ Fairy tales never were my favorite. . . . Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#fairy-tale

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Need a light sci-fi brain and soul break? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-kaiju-preservation-society

TheSpineView Enjoyed! 3d
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I‘ve now read three Sarah Addison Allen books. This one is currently in second place. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#other-birds

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Julia Whelan serves double-duty as narrator and author of her second book. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#thank-you-for-listening

marleed I loved the story and audiobook and plan to own the print because I think it deserves a purchase. It cracked me up because while listening I never even thought of the two MCs being read by the same person - let alone the author. Kudos to Julia for that! 1w
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so

Tennis and personal drama fans: Step right up! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#carrie-soto-is-back

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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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August reading recap: Last month, 7 of 15 books read rated high enough to make the recommended list. https://debbybrauer.org/#august-2022-recap

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Election | Tom Perrotta
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Mehso-so

I might need a break from satire. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#election

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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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3.5⭐ I enjoyed this mystery/family drama combination. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-verifiers

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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Mehso-so
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3.5 ⭐ I took a chance on a friend‘s recommendation and was richly rewarded. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#bicycling-with-butterflies

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Mehso-so

I‘m a Klune fan, but maybe not an Extraordinaries fan. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-extraordinaries

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My Imaginary Mary | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Mehso-so

2.5 ⭐ Much less would have been much more. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#my-imaginary-mary

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If I Survive You | Jonathan Escoffery
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Bailedbailed

It‘s not bad (yet, at least), but I‘m no longer engaged. I enjoyed the first chapter, and the second chapter a bit less. As I continue, I become less and less interested. Thus, I'm bailing at 43% in Splashdown (5th chapter).

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Less Is Lost | Andrew Sean Greer
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3.35⭐

I couldn‘t wait to read the continuing adventures of Arthur Less! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#less-is-lost

Publication is expected September 20.

#NetGalley #HachetteAudio #LittleBrownCompany #LessIsLost

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A lifetime of experience is distilled in twelve quick sessions. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#how-not-to-drown-in-a-glass-of-water

Publication is expected September 13.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #StMartinsPress #HowNottoDrowninaGlassofWater

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3.66 ⭐

This children‘s book is written and narrated by a young girl, about her own family‘s experience when her mother is deported. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#until-someone-listens-a-story-about-...

Publication is expected September 13.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #UntilSomeoneListens

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One Thursday Afternoon | Barbara DiLorenzo
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4.66 ⭐ This children‘s book about feelings of fear after a lockdown drill in school earns an A. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#one-thursday-afternoon

Publication is expected September 6.

#NetGalley #FlyawayBooks #OneThursdayAfternoon

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Mehso-so

Skip this sequel. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-family-remains-the-family-upstai...

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Bookish People | Susan Coll
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Bookseller Sophie Bernstein is weary. I feel you, Sophie. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#bookish-people

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Twice as Perfect | Louisa Onome
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Mehso-so
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I guessed a big piece of the mystery early on, but not everything, so I was still well-entertained. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-couple-at-number-9

SilversReviews I enjoyed this book!! 😊 1mo
JoyBlue @SilversReviews Thanks for chiming in here *and* on my blog! I hope to keep seeing you around. 😃 1mo
SilversReviews @JoyBlue You are welcome…hope to see you around too. 😊 1mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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July reading recap: Last month, 6 of 18 books read rated high enough to make the recommended list. https://debbybrauer.org/#july-2022-recap

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There are no young readers in my household anymore, but I‘ve found a new children‘s series that I‘d like to share with future littles in my life. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#ada-twist-scientist-ghost-busted

Publication is expected August 23.

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #AdaTwistScientistGhostBusted

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This is why I‘m not a fan, typically, of historical fiction. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#my-government-means-to-kill-me

Publication is expected August 23.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #MyGovernmentMeanstoKillMe

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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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There‘s a little something here—mystery, romance, and humor—for a lot of people. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#flying-solo

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Need a little excitement in your life? Try this YA LGBTQ fantasy. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-valkyries-daughter

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Once Upon a Quinceaera | Monica Gomez-Hira
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Mehso-so

Of three YA rom-coms I read within two weeks, this was my least favorite. Reduction by editing might have helped. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#once-upon-a-quinceaera

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From the Jump | Lacie Waldon
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Mehso-so

From the Jump is a serviceable rom-com if a mindless beach read is what you need. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#from-the-jump

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Tracy Flick Can't Win | Tom Perrotta
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Mehso-so

This sequel to Election fell short of my hopes. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#tracy-flick-cant-win

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A Killing in Costumes | Zac Bissonnette
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I liked this cozy mystery so much more than expected that I‘ve already teased three friends with its upcoming publication. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#a-killing-in-costumes

Publication is expected August 9.

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #AKillinginCostumes

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Mehso-so

Show, don't tell. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#three-girls-from-bronzeville

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Blaine for the Win | Robbie Couch
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Legally Blonde for the high school set? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#blaine-for-the-win

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The Suitcase Clone | Robin Sloan
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This Robin Sloan novelette is intriguing and adventurous. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-suitcase-clone

Publication is expected August 2.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #FarrarStrausGiroux #TheSuitcaseClone

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Mehso-so

Ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly is back for a second book, in which she becomes a private detective. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#vera-kelly-is-not-a-mystery-vera-kel...

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Better Than the Movies | Lynn Painter
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This YA romance is mostly cute and snarky. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#better-than-the-movies

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California Fever: A Novel | John J. Jacobson
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Billed as a “fusion of mystery, crime, and Southern California beach charm,” this could be your next beach read. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#california-fever

#NetGalley #BlackstonePublishing #CaliforniaFever

Publication is expected August 2.

CoffeeAndABook Oooh sounds like fun 🐬 this is stacked 📚 2mo
JoyBlue @CoffeeAndABook 😎 🌞 2mo
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The Decomposition of Jack | Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
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This is a sweet story—aimed at middle-graders—about a smart, sensitive child of divorce. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-decomposition-of-jack

Publication is expected October 11.

#NetGalley #HarperAudio #TheDecompositionofJack

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This slim history/commentary covers a lot of ground. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#race-and-reckoning

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Blake Crouch‘s latest science fiction thriller doesn‘t disappoint! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#upgrade

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Scarecrow Has a Gun | M. P. Kozlowsky
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The only surprise to me is how much I didn‘t like this sci-fi mystery/thriller. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#scarecrow-has-a-gun

Publication is expected August 2.

#NetGalley #ImbrifexAudio #ScarecrowHasAGun

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I found Valerie Jarrett‘s journey fascinating. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#finding-my-voice

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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Romance-genre-resistant? I am! If more romances were like this one, I might convert. Publication is expected July 19. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-bodyguard

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #TheBodyguard

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Mehso-so

Keya Das's Second Act is an adequate family drama. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#keya-dass-second-act

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June reading recap: Last month, 10 of 20 books read rated high enough to make the recommended list. https://debbybrauer.org/#june-2022-recap

CoffeeNBooks I really enjoyed reading The Lincoln Lawyer series! 3mo
JoyBlue @CoffeeNBooks So did I, as you can see! The final book will make my next recommended list (honorable mention). 😎 (edited) 3mo
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The Law of Innocence | Michael Connelly
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My Lincoln Lawyer marathon comes to an end (or at least a pause). Read my review of book six here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-law-of-innocence-mickey-haller-6

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Abbi Waxman‘s latest is salve for a wounded soul, full of humor and friendships. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#adult-assembly-required

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You know I‘m a sucker for books with “book,” “bookshop,” or “library” in the title . . . even though I know better! Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-library-of-the-dead