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KathyWheeler

KathyWheeler

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This book, about a woman with dementia and her connection to a neighborhood pool, is incredibly sad. The writing style is also odd and poetic but fitting for the topic. Continuing to listen to The Fifth Avenue Story Society. It is written in 2020 and set in the present. Do people really still ask women if they‘d rather have the title of Mrs than CEO? I was insulted for the character! #audiowalk

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1: a voracious reader. I don‘t really care about the format that much. I read print, ebook, and audio.
2: to me, a bibliophile is a person who loves and collects physical books. They are interested in the book as an object or art form as well as in its content. They may have several editions of the same book because of the differences in appearance. If I have duplicates, it‘s because I forgot I already owned the book.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 1d
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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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This book is the 4th in an Inspector Battle series, who doesn‘t appear much. Instead, the main character is Luke, who is a private detective. This story had a great start with a woman on a train telling Luke that she knows who‘s murdering people in her village. She‘s killed, and Luke investigates. It also had a great ending. Everything in between was just okay. The Fifth Avenue Story Society follows this as my new walking book. #audiowalk

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6 years! Dang!

Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 2d
KathyWheeler @Jas16 Thanks! I wouldn‘t have guessed 6 years. (edited) 2d
BethM Congrats!!! So glad you‘re still here! 2d
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KathyWheeler Thank you, everyone! I like it here; it‘s the nicest social media platform I‘m on.. 2d
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The Homewreckers: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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1: The Homewreckers; Julie Otsuka‘s The Swimmers; Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie; and Charles Portis‘ Masters of Atlantis.
2: Gift From the Sea
3: The Love Hypothesis— if I don‘t count the audiobooks I listen to on my walks. If I do count them, then it‘s Murder is Easy.
#WeekendReads

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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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Murder is Easy is an Agatha Christie book that I haven‘t read. It was my night book, but I switched it to my walking book. The Aaronovitch book is my husband‘s and my road trip book. I took him across the bay, so we listened to it for awhile.#audiowalk

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The Homewreckers: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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Mary Kay Andrews was at Page & Palette tonight, so I went across the bay to see her. It was a fun evening and I bought a couple of books.

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We would not have a story at all if Finlay and Vero would just report things to the cops instead of doing ridiculous things! They do make me laugh though. #audiowalk

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@Megabooks posted about this book, and I was intrigued. I don‘t always watch America‘s Next Top Model, but I happened to catch his season and loved him. This memoir is lovely. DiMarco shows a lot about the hurdles the Deaf community faces, but he does so in an way that, while upbeat, never diminishes the seriousness. He also discusses his sexuality and frames it within the Deaf community. His discussion of ASL as a primary language was good.

Megabooks Fantastic review!! This was an excellent memoir for sure. 1w
KathyWheeler @Megabooks Thanks. I‘m glad you mentioned it as I wasn‘t aware of it. 1w
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Finlay Donovan is Killing It ended in such a way that I‘m really surprised I didn‘t start the sequel immediately. Since I needed a break from the Cork O‘Connor books, though, the 2nd book is my new walking book. Two chapters in, and I‘m really enjoying it. #audiowalk. Fergus was a needy boy today.

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Heaven's Keep: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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This book is told well, but it‘s incredibly sad. It also dragged on a bit too long. I‘m going to have to take a break from this series for a bit now. #audiowalk

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The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
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I saw Kristen Harmel at Page & Palette this afternoon and really enjoyed her talk. She signed my copy of The Book of Lost Names. Of course, while I was there, I bought some books: Julie Osaka‘s The Swimmers; The Sea of Tranquility; and Book Lovers.

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Red Knife: A Cork O'Connor Mystery | William Kent Krueger
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I liked the main story, but the subplot that comes to the fore in the last few chapters was completely unnecessary. You know it‘s coming; the clues are obvious, but it wasn‘t needed. I started Heaven‘s Keep on my walk today. Cork is outside of Minnesota in the Absaroka mountains in Wyoming. That location made me want an appearance by Walt Longmire. They have a lot in common. #audiowalk

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Red Knife: A Cork O'Connor Mystery | William Kent Krueger
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I haven‘t been able to get out and walk for the last two days because of my back. I‘m still babying it, but I was able to walk today. It was lovely. #audiowalk

Trashcanman I hope you feel better soon 2w
KathyWheeler @Trashcanman Thank you. It‘s been awhile since my back has acted up like that. 2w
kspenmoll Just being in that beauty helped I hope. Feel better soon. 2w
KathyWheeler @kspenmoll It did — and there was a nice breeze blowing too. It was great. 2w
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The Masters of Atlantis | Charles Portis
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This evening‘s reading thanks to @The_Penniless_Author and my library‘s ebook collection.

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It‘s been a long time since I read a Maisie Dobbs book; the last few were so grim that I just dropped the series for awhile. I had started this one the other night. I didn‘t go to work today because I hurt my back, so I just stayed in bed and finished this book. I‘m glad to be back with a Maisie who has some hope even though this takes place as WWII is beginning.

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This has been my nighttime book, but I had less than an hour left, so between my walk and some work listening, I finished it. I love these books where Queen Elizabeth II and her assistant, Rozie, solve mysteries. This one involves a piece of art that was stolen from Buckingham Palace. It was an interesting story. Rozie and the Queen are both great characters. The mention of political events going on outside the palace was a nice touch. #audiowalk

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Red Knife: A Cork O'Connor Mystery | William Kent Krueger
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If I were Jo, I‘d divorce Cork. He puts both her and their kids in danger too much — not intentionally, but still. Their little boy, Stevie, is only 10 and he saw his father shot when he was 5, was kidnapped at 7, and almost shot a couple of times. Despite the fact that I don‘t like gang stories usually, I am liking this book so far. That turtle is longer and narrower than most of the ones I see in the park. #audiowalk

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Red Knife: A Cork O'Connor Mystery | William Kent Krueger
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New Cork O‘Connor for walking. This boy is Ferguson; he was found in a Target parking lot. We agreed to foster him, but we kind of love him, and his adoption fell through, so now he‘s ours. #audiowalk

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was a fun, rom-com tropey read. I love that it is set in the world of academia; a world I‘m very familiar with. Olive could get irritating with her complete lack of self-esteem, but, honestly, I think my irritation at that was because I recognized a lot of myself there.

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This was just the light and amusing read I needed. Finlay is an amusing and engaging character, although she‘s a bit of a mess. I love how she grows and becomes more confident. Last day at the beach. #audiowalk

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My husband and I finished this book while driving today. Tomorrow we start the latest Rivers of London book. In the Heart of the Sea was good and very interesting, but it was hard to read about what those sailors endured. The wreck of the Essex was the incident Melville based Moby Dick on. I almost finished Finlay Donovan is Killing It on my walks. Headed back home tomorrow. 😢 #audiowalk

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We are at the beach for my birthday, and it‘s so beautiful outside. That‘s my husband in the wheelchair, taking a short walk by himself. It was difficult for me to let him go off like that, but he said he could do it, and he did. #audiowalk

Chelsea.Poole Beautiful! How‘s the temperature? 4w
Suet624 💕💕💕 4w
KathyWheeler @Chelsea.Poole in the 70s, so it‘s nice. 4w
KathyWheeler It‘s also Mullet Toss weekend at the Flora-Bama where people compete in tossing a dead fish, so it‘s a little more crowded in some parts of town than I care for. 4w
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Tomorrow is my birthday, so after my walk I went to the bookstore. First time since probably sometime in September before my husband got sick. I got myself The Love Hypothesis, Shuggie Bain, and The Sentence for my birthday. I kept wondering if it might rain while I was walking, but it didn‘t. #audiowalk

KCofKaysville @KathyWheeler Happy Birthday tomorrow ! Good thing it's not today... a famous person I shall not mention here ... 4w
KathyWheeler @KCofKaysville I know! Instead it‘s the same day as Queen Elizabeth‘s. 😊 4w
Julsmarshall Happy Birthday 🎉 Great stack! (edited) 4w
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Ruthiella Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow! 🥳 4w
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella Thank you! 4w
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1: I‘ve enjoyed buddy reads. I‘ve read several books that I‘ve enjoyed that way but might not have gotten to otherwise, including Moby Dick.
2: All kinds. I‘ve participated in #SheSaid and done some fiction ones as well.
3: The Duke and I; Finley Donovan is Killing It, and Know My Name.
#wonderouswednesday

Eggs Good for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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Because I watched both seasons already and miss the Bridgertons, The Duke and I is this evening‘s reading.

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Thunder Bay: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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This was an odd one; the shifts in pov were jarring. Also Cork has a family issue that I don‘t think even needed to be part of the story. It was so great to know more about Henry Meloux‘s background though; he‘s always been an interesting character. When I finished it, I started Finley Donovan is Killing It. Lovely day outside. I‘m not sure why I only took one pic. #audiowalk

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From Bad to Verse: Maxine‘s Book of Crabby Poetry does not appear to be in the Litsy database. It was given to me for my birthday by a friend at work because of this on the back cover: “Roses are red. Violets are blue. I don‘t like most people. But I tolerate you.” I can seriously be like that sometimes, so it made me laugh. 😄 It was supposed to be 70 some degrees outside, but it felt chillier than that because it was pretty windy. #audiowalk

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Thunder Bay: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Another book where Cork takes a back seat although he is present. Part 1 is told by Cork in the first person — not usual in this series. Part 2 is Henry Meloux‘s story, told in 3rd person. Henry is an old Ojibwe friend of Cork, who has appeared in most of the previous books. The animals were out in force today. I saw between 10-15 lizards on my walk. #audiowalk

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Copper River: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Finished Copper River on my walk and started Thunder Bay. Despite Cork not being as front and center as he usually is, I still liked this book. Cork is in Michigan with his cousin‘s family and a character from the last book, Dina, is also there. The mystery comes about when Cork‘s cousin‘s son, Ren, and his friends, see a dead body in the river. The way society treats homeless children is a central theme here. #audiowalk

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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While I liked this book, I did figure it out relatively early. Also, there was a point where it dragged for a bit. Overall, though, it was a good read. I‘m still listening to Copper River on my walk, but I am 82% through. Know My Name is my evening book, although I may not be be able to read much of it at one time. #audiowalk

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1: Yes. I have a whole lot of books I‘ve never read, but the last one I finished was one I‘d checked out from the library.
2: 30-40 years
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❤📚❤ 1mo
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A few years ago, I read Moby Dick; this year my husband and I decided to listen to this book about the incident that inspired that book. It was a disaster from the beginning. Pile the terrible things that happened on top of a captain who was unwilling to assert his authority, it‘s a surprise anyone at all survived. We went out for my husband‘s 1st extended trip since his illness. We just sat by the bay and relaxed for 4 hrs. I walked a mile.

Suet624 Sounds like a wonderful day. 1mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 it really was. I wasn‘t sure how well my husband was going to do — this is about 40 minutes from where we live — but he did fine and loved being by the bay. First time he‘s seen it in 6 months. 1mo
bnp Wow Kathy, that's wonderful! There's nothing like being in or by the ocean. 1mo
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KathyWheeler @bnp it‘s a favorite place for both of us. 1mo
Suet624 @KathyWheeler I bet it was really good for both of you. 💕 1mo
KathyWheeler @Suet624 It was. We were both in such great moods when we got back. 😌 1mo
TrishB Sounds like a fab day. 1mo
kspenmoll Sounds lovely for you both! 1mo
KathyWheeler @kspenmoll It was. Since it was so successful, we are going to attempt a trip to the beach for my birthday next week. 😊 1mo
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I keep doing decently with my walking and yoga goals for #BFC2022, but I don‘t do so great with the weights, swimming, or eating goals. Nevertheless, I am still keeping them, but I‘ve scaled them back a little. Here‘s my April goals.
1: Yoga: once a week
2: Walking: 12 miles a week
3: weights: twice a week
4: Swimming: once a week
5: reading: 10 books
6: Eating: eat out once a week

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 You‘re doing great! Just keep making progress. 1mo
BethM You are killing it! 3w
KathyWheeler @BethM Thanks. 😊 3w
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Mercy Falls: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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In the end, Mercy Falls took a little twist that I wasn‘t expecting, but it made sense. All the loose ends and things that didn‘t make sense got tied up. The book ended in such a way though, that I had to immediately check out Copper River and start it. It‘s been a few weeks since I‘ve been to Fairhope. Those broken steps in the left middle picture were fine then; they must‘ve gotten destroyed in the last storm. They were pretty new. #audiowalk

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Always my favorite National Library Week post.

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Mercy Falls: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I‘ve got less than 2 hours left in this book. It took a weird turn. One of the villains has no motive that I can determine. It was a beautiful day in the botanical gardens. #audiowalk

Texreader Gorgeous !!! 1mo
KathyWheeler @Texreader I love these botanical gardens. I just wish they were bigger. 1mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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This evening‘s reading. I was hooked from the beginning.

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Mercy Falls: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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This is shaping up to be an interesting story. Cork has two investigations going on — one into who tried to kill him and another into the death of someone who was trying to get a contract to manage the Ojibwe casino. They seem unrelated, but is there a connection? We‘ll see. I walked at lunch today since it‘s supposed to rain later. #audiowalk

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Mercy Falls: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I suspect I might already know the bad guy, and I‘m only a few chapters in. But I could be wrong. It‘s supposed to rain like heck tomorrow, so I got out and walked as much as I could today. #audiowalk

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 1mo
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Frankenstein | Mary Shelly
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I loved this book — again. The movies always portray the monster as clumsy and slow, but, in the book, he‘s fast and limber. A lot of different themes are dealt with — the impact of isolation on social creatures, the responsibility of a creator to not only their creation but to the rest of humanity, and ethics in science are just a few. It‘s also beautifully written. I started Mercy Falls when I finished Frankenstein. #audiowalk

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Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
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I am really enjoying this reread of Frankenstein. It‘s been many, many years since I read it, and my perspective on some things is a little different. Dan Stevens is a good narrator. It was such a beautiful day today. #audiowalk

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Louisiana Longshot | Jana DeLeon
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This story of a CIA assassin hiding from arms dealers in small town Louisiana was tons of fun. While there, Fortune gets embroiled in a local murder mystery while also trying to avoid outing herself to the entire town. I‘ll definitely read more of these. It was my night book that I finished up on my walk. I also continued to listen to Frankenstein, read by Dan Stevens. #audiowalk

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This book about a retirement-age librarian, who unexpectedly has to take charge after her boss has a stroke is a low pick for me. The library processes, the academic machinations, and the mystery of some missing books were interesting, but I could never warm up to Liesl. It seemed she tried to solve most of her problems by drinking, and that included on the job. I found the ending really satisfying, however.

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Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
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Somebody on Litsy mentioned Frankenstein, and it‘s been years since I read it, so I made it my new walking book. The animals were out in full force in the park today. I think that‘s a beaver with the bird; it‘s the first time I‘ve seen a live one there — I‘ve seen 2 or 3 dead ones. #audiowalk

britt_brooke Beautiful photos! 2mo
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The Windsor Knot was my night time book, but I had less than an hour left, so I took it with me on my walk and finished it. Watching Queen Elizabeth II investigate a murder without letting her huge family and staff know what she was doing was tons of fun. I‘ll be reading more in this series. #audiowalk

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While I walked today, I didn‘t listen to anything, I did read some more of the tagged book and am liking it. The lower left picture is tonight‘s sunset on our walk. The rest are of our trip to the aquarium in New Orleans yesterday. It‘s been awhile since I‘d been there, and I don‘t remember that little Holocaust Memorial outside by the river.

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Blood Hollow: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Once again my fitness app only mapped one of my walks, so I included a picture of the Stand With Ukraine Conqueror challenge that I just finished. The top left picture is a Google Maps picture in Ukraine from the challenge. The others are the Japanese Garden and the botanical garden. #audiowalk

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Blood Hollow: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I really like this series, but Cork can be an idiot. In the beginning of this book, he‘s on a search & rescue team looking for a missing girl. A blizzard is coming, so the sheriff orders the team back in. Cork doesn‘t listen and gets caught in the blizzard. This is my new walking book. We didn‘t get the horrible weather that was predicted, but we did get high winds & rain. I was surprised things weren‘t wetter then they are. #audiowalk

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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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While I liked this book, it‘s not my favorite of the three Hawthorne/Horowitz books. The mystery was just a little convoluted, but at the same time the killer was obvious. It‘s still good though, and I still love the interactions between the two mcs. Pictures are from yesterday‘s walk; we‘re having too much bad weather right now for me to get to walk.