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Kleonard

Kleonard

Joined June 2016

Prof KL~literature/classics nerd.
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I adored this modern day fairy tale and Ann Patchett‘s gorgeous prose. It was made all the more enjoyable due to Tom Hanks‘ narration.

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The Warehouse | Rob Hart
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This image might be hard to read, but I loved that author Rob Hart took the time to explain his dedication to Maria Fernandez and how her untimely death inspired his novel. ‘The Warehouse‘ continues to resonate with me long after I finished it.

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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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This one is well worth the 800 page investment!

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Pope Joan: A Novel | Donna Woolfolk Cross
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Reread this amazing novel of historical fiction. Still a favorite!

Amiable I loved this book 👍🏼 3mo
Kleonard @Amiable —it‘s one of the very few I‘ve read that I feel like re-reading! 💕 3mo
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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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Only 300 pages left! 😉

Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣🤣 I‘m saving this for fall. I love a giant chunkster when it‘s cold outside. 3mo
Kleonard That is THE perfect description for this one! 😂 3mo
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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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All the feels with this one! An LGBT love triangle that takes place in 1989-90. I‘m so glad it‘s being adapted for film

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A Stranger on the Beach | Michele Campbell
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It wasn‘t good to begin with and just got dumber by the minute. 🙁

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Beautiful written story spanning 40 years and focusing on the families of two police officers who went through the academy together. One of the best books I‘ve read this year.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Charming romance! Loved it. ❤️

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A heartfelt story of a mother and son. I was sad to see it end.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Detective Barry Sutton is a sad soul. Divorced and his only child dead, he's still got his work. A call reporting a potential jumper from a Manhattan high rise puts Barry into contact with a woman claiming she suffers from False Memory Syndrome. Barry's encounter with her leads him to investigate a few of the things she mentioned and ultimately change his life (repeatedly!)
'Recursion' is going to be one of my favorite books of 2019.

britt_brooke This book was pretty wild! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Loved it! 5mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch

Detective Barry Sutton is a sad soul. Divorced and his only child dead, he's still got his work. A call reporting a potential jumper from a Manhattan high rise puts Barry into contact with a woman claiming she suffers from False Memory Syndrome. Barry's encounter with her leads him to investigate a few of the things she mentioned and ultimately change his life (repeatedly!)
'Recursion' is going to be one of my favorite books of 2019.

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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Somehow I fell in love with Professor Chandrasekha--Chandra to most, Charles to his ex-wife, the NOT winner of the Nobel Prize in economics (thus denying him the privilege of being the fifteenth member at his university to claim this title) and charming, fussy, prickly, often confused nearly 70-year old academic who suddenly finds himself forced into taking a sabbatical after an an accident and health scare. I was sad when the book was over.

DGRachel My local indie recommended this to me. I‘m really looking forward to it! 6mo
Kleonard @DGRachel I adored it (obviously). I hope you enjoy it as well! 6mo
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So first off I had to learn what the heck hyperbaric oxygen therapy is as it's a big plot point in the book. When an HBOT experience takes a dramatic turn that takes two lives, an investigation ensues. When the focus turns to the mother of one of the victims and a series of thing she has said and done become damning *evidence* against her. Great book!

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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Thank you for the ARC, Minotaur Books! A bit slow at first, but overall a twisty, intimate thriller.

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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I found this one delightful and quite moving at times.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Pricel101 Lucky!! Can‘t wait to read this! 6mo
Kleonard I was lucky to meet the author this weekend. I love his books! 6mo
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I enjoyed this one. Thank you for the arc, #stmartinspress. #tysiaf #thingsyousavebook #katherinecenter

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I enjoyed the first half of this book much more than the second half. 😐

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Connell is popular and good-looking. Marianne is perceived as being odd, intellectual, and possesses the kind of beauty and fashion choices that will be appreciated more when she is older. You'd not be wrong if you think I described a modern day/Irish version of 'Pretty in Pink' but this novel is a bit more reminiscent of Jane Austen's work and it's probably not a coincidence she is one of Connell's favorites. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Suet624 A five star read for me. 7mo
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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Re-reading this book is such a pleasure. I love Neil Gaiman.

Ericalambbrown I am never ready for that book to end when I read it. 7mo
Kleonard @Ericalambbrown —Same here! I want to know what happened to Bod, Silas, et al. 7mo
Ericalambbrown @Kleonard me, too! 💕 7mo
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I'm not sure what interested me about this book, but I've always loved the look of the monster from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now I'm realizing Milicent Patrick, born Mildred Rossi, and the creator of this look was robbed of credit for her work apparently due a jealous colleague (Bud Westmore, Universival). I found a few parts of Rossi's/Patrick's early life a tad dry, but her story is one that should be known.

thebluestocking I was just listening to a Literary Disco podcast episode with the author! 7mo
Ncostell I‘m listening to this audiobook now and am finding it to be fascinating. 7mo
Kleonard @thebluestocking —Oh! Thank you for mentioning the podcast. I hope to see the author‘s this summer when she comes to Denver. 7mo
Kleonard @Ncostell I—I loved it as an audiobook as well! 7mo
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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Squee! I love receiving ARCs. 😁

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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A stand alone mystery/thriller from Harlan Coben. I have devoured his books for years now. This one reliably puts readers through the paces with a few twists that are hard to see coming.

Jennick2004 Wow my TBR is growing quickly as I scroll today!! 7mo
riversong153 I 💜💜 him. I have this on hold at the library! Can‘t wait!! 7mo
Eggs 💗 Coben 7mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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As a long term mythology nerd and professor of Homeric epics, I bow to Madeline Miller and her ability to tell countless tales of mythology through the lens of Circe.

bedandabook An astonishing feat, isn‘t it? I recently read Song of Achilles too and was equally enthralled. I knew nothing about mythology before I started them but she made it seem simple yet entrancing. 8mo
Kleonard @bedandabook I loved Song of Achilles! Those are the two books of hers I‘ve read so far. Now I need to read her others! 8mo
tpixie Love her books! ♥️🥳📚 8mo
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LibrarianJen I‘ve been in a book slump ever since I finished Song of Achilles 2 months ago. I immediately went and reread the Iliad for the thousandth time and I can‘t wait for my Circe hold to come in. I should probably just buy it. 8mo
Kleonard @LibrarianJen —you should! It‘s worth a second reading. 8mo
Kleonard @tpixie—I need to read the ones I have missed! 8mo
tpixie @Kleonard yes! 7mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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This book—oh em gee! What a fun, nasty thriller!

Djspens Might have to move this one up my TBR! It sounds so fun! 8mo
Kleonard @Djspens tell me you did! You won‘t regret it. 😉 8mo
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Wonderful novel about two women from different eras and different countries who are drawn to the same piano.

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The Lost Night | Andrea Bartz
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Almost finished!

kamoorephoto I loved this book!!! 8mo
Kleonard I'm glad to hear it! I think I have guessed the who if not the why. 8mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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The mother/daughter relationship was my favorite part of this novel.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I had a few quibbles (far too many pop culture references at times that don't age well), but this is a worthy followup to ‘The Hate U Give‘~

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Ultimately I liked it and there was one twist I didn‘t see coming. One big complaint: I would have loved a lot less telling --”Daisy was gorgeous; Daisy never wore a bra” yada and more overall action.

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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At some point I found myself frequently checking how much longer I had left to read with this one. I was intrigued at first but at the halfway point I began to lose interest. So many twists at the end. Too many for this reader.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Just started!

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Enjoying this one quite a bit! (Thank you for the recommendation, Sherri.)

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Beautifully written saga about what happens to one extended family when the parents go to jail. Read it!

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Sweet, funny fish out of water story about black Canadian teen Norris‘s awkward relocation to Austin. Norris‘s observations are priceless.

LibrarianJen I just picked this up the other day! I‘m trying to get through a few other books first but I did read the first couple chapters and Norris already has me cracking up! 9mo
Kleonard Yay! I adored his friend Liam too. 9mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Compelling, often frightening novel. Sylvie is a great strong protagonist.

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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I‘m enjoying this one so far! Anyone else like this novel?

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Freefall: A Novel | Jessica Barry
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Perfect vacation book, but perhaps not if you‘re in a small chartered plane flying over the Rockies!😉

Reagan-reads Sweet review. Stacked. 10mo
Kleonard Short chapters and alternating narrators—I couldn‘t stop until I finished!😉 10mo
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Six different stories set in a body modification obsessed future—this one is thought-provoking though a few of the stories were far less engaging than others.

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Joann Chaney is fast becoming a favorite! Creepy, great payoff. 😉

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Still gutted. 😢❤️#yale

Jess I hear you. I could live with characters forever. 10mo
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American Gods | Asama Davran
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I‘ve always loved this book and Neil Gaiman in general. My husband and daughter saw him speak in Denver and surprised me on Christmas with an autographed copy of American Gods. 😍

DebinHawaii Great gift! 😍🎁 11mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Nasty, biting gem of a novel.

TheNerdyProfessor I have this one on my shelf! I loved The Heart's Invisible Furies. Can't wait to read this! 11mo
9999 I have an audible credit and I am considering this one. Do you think I am better off getting it on kindle? I read (on kindle) The Heart's Invisible Furies and loved it. 11mo
Kleonard THIF is still my favorite of novel of his, but this one‘s almost more Talented Mr. Ridley in scope. 11mo
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Kleonard @sskk I read it on my Kindle, but the Audible version has multiple narrators including Richard E. Grant! Going to request it via Libby as well. 😉 11mo
9999 @Kleonard thanks! Will get it in audible! I am so excited. 11mo
9999 @Kleonard My library did not have it at all. Not even on overdrive. I don't think libby is an option either. 11mo
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Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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Everything about this book made me happy!

dariazeoli Agreed! It was a great book! 11mo
Kleonard The pictures! ❤️ 11mo
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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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Loved the authors‘ previous books, but this collaboration was kind of meh. I will say I loved the support characters.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Pretty good so far!

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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So much crazy fun!

Bklover I can‘t wait for this one! 13mo
Kleonard It was a lot of fun! I didn‘t get a lot correct with my predictions. 😂 12mo
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I need to read more Seanan McGuire.

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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Enjoyable weekend reading.