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LauraRenae

LauraRenae

Joined June 2016

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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What moment??

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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I love Backman. I was skeptical early on in the book but his writing never fails to win my heart by the end. Britt-Marie was indeed here. #ATY #aroundtheyearin52books

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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My January library stack is a bit large. But I‘m okay with that. #newyear #ATY

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Lock Every Door | Riley Sager
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Exactly what I needed to get back my reading mojo. Solid page-turner even if I guessed the primary twist very early on.

ShyBookOwl Reading The Last Time I Lied currently. Also a page turner 😊 this one is on my TBR 2mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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The last three books of my cover color challenge.

Which should I read first?

LiteraryinLititz I vote for Lock Every Door! 2mo
BarbaraBB Recursion! 2mo
marleed Recursion! 2mo
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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Suspenseful and graphic with entertaining writer. I‘m not surprised it‘s by the writer of The Killing, which is one of my favorite shows. The reveal was a bit random.

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Truly fantastic. Unique writing and thought-provoking storytelling. Highly recommended.

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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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The last 50 pages definitely made the book. Guessed one twist but not the other. #ATY2019

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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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Pretty excited about my Saturday afternoon activities #libraryrun #weekend #readathon #ATY2019

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Mehso-so

The reveal was a bit formulaic without the character build-up to justify it. Still enjoyable reading but not as good as the author‘s previous books.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Mehso-so

Compulsively readable but just not nearly as emotionally involved as some of the author‘s other books. #ATY2019 #blackcover

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Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Exciting ending to the series. Amazing formatting and art, just like the others.

* fan art in Google *

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A very quiet book that snuck up on me. Beginning 2/3 was frustratingly slow but was written as if recalling memories - so uniquely wonderful. And that last part! 💔The writer is talented in her ability to write such a deceptively simple read. #ATY2019 #favorites

Rachel_nyc This is one of my favorite reads so far this year. The author really nailed the dynamics of family relationships. Can‘t wait to see what she does next. 6mo
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I really wanted there to be an actual animal 😫

The story drug on a bit but great character study by Ms. French, as we‘ve come to expect.

Cathythoughts She tends to go on a bit alright. But this time I didn‘t mind ! Great character study , as you say ! (edited) 4mo
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Help me name our new addition: Kya or Dany? #strongfemalecharacters #spunk #literarypets

Butterflyamore Kya! ❤️ 6mo
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Wonderful. Break-ups handled even more beautifully than the love story. #ATY2018 #summercatchup

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

As a therapist, I absolutely hated it. As a reader, I couldn‘t put it down. #ATY2019 #19in19

Cathythoughts As a therapist & as a reader I couldn‘t finish it 😬. And I love a thriller, but this one wasn‘t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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Entertaining and thrilling through the end. Lovely final line. #ATY2019 #junereadathon #teambumblebee

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Fantastic. I found myself constantly noting quotes. Loved, loved, loved Daisy as a strong, yet realistically flawed, female character. Way more heart and emotion than I anticipated. #ATY2019

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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So many subtle, fantastic messages in this book. #buttheyshould #feminism

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I like you already, Daisy.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Pretty proud of my scoring, especially since most of the blanks are due to my library obsession. Although my current goal is to donate the books I do have and buy only my favorites.

Tagging my favorite read so far this year.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Opinions? I have a paper copy, the audiobook checked out, and the Spotify playlist ready to go.

sprainedbrain I loved the audiobook! 8mo
PSreads73 I started reading this yesterday. I have the hardcover through Book Of The Month. Really liking it so far. The audiobook sounds awesome since each character is voiced by someone different. 8mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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The language was a bit “young adult” at times so I‘d love to Angie Thomas write a full adult book given her amazing lenses. Really coming to love her for a good story with social commentary. #ATY2019

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Mehso-so

A bit run-of-the-mill despite its interesting premise. Entertaining enough but hard to read at times, as an actual therapist. #ATY2019

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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There‘s nothing quite like the light on a summer evening #hellosummer #nofilter

Megha_Prasad Where can i read this online 8mo
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Took me a bit to get fully immersed but it was fantastic once I was. Highly recommend and similar to The Great Alone. #ATY2019 #senseofplace

Kaylamburson Wonderful photo!! Did you take this?? 8mo
LauraRenae Nope, just from google 😊 8mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this one. I think I just didn‘t “get” much of the humor. Still finishing the series in hopes that I read them at a better time for me. #ATY2019

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Fantastic thriller. Nothing too profound in terms of writing but still entertaining and gripping from the first page. #ATY2019

Warning: brief but graphic animal cruelty

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

One of those books that I know I probably should have liked more than I did. Just not my cup of tea. #ATY2019

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Circe by Madeline Miller
2. 😒 or 😂
3. 🎉🤔😒

#weekendreads

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Such a surprise. Glad I went in blind. I identified a bit too much with Eleanor but if you‘re being honest with yourself, so did you. Ending did feel a bit rushed. #ATY2019

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Such mixed feelings. No one can argue with French‘s amazing writing at this point and I actually really liked how the story came together. It was just a bit long-winded for me. But what else can we expect from French? #ATY2019 #24B4Monday

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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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I may have gotten a little carried away at the library. I also may have discovered why I knew it was a good idea to use the drive thru. #library #bookhaul (can you spot the dog nose? 😂)

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Absolutely fantastic. It‘s not too often I stay up too late reading a book but this one did it. Emotional and captivating with amazing sense of place.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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The numerous storylines were a bit rough on the brain but it still came together beautifully. Wonderful author that I will on the lookout for more from.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Really loved the writing and the childhood nostalgia but the “twists” were a bit meh.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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1. Nicholas, my lovely Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2. Reading, reading, and more reading. The best plans for a rainy weekend
3. Bullet journaling
4. Waco, TX (Magnolia Farms); Seattle, WA; Telluride, CO
5. How have your reading goals been going for 2019?

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Thriller!
Hmm... paper I suppose
Library
Harry Potter
The Notebook #noshame
Physical copy
@rheareads

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Mehso-so

So many timelines... good or a bad thing? Hard to say. Definitely is a workout for the brain. All in all, a bit unfinished for me.

echalpan 100% agree 11mo
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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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This was fun!

⭐️ Joe Hill

⭐️ Colleen Hoover

⭐️ Markus Zusak

⭐️ Karin Slaughter

⭐️ Liane Moriarty

Honorable Mentions:
- B.A. Paris
- Jane Harper
- Tana French
- Fredrick Backman

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Maybe I‘m grasping at straws since my last read was a bail, but this one is off to a good start! And yes, I‘m basing that entirely on pretty inside cover art 🤷🏻‍♀️

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We Eat Our Own | Kea Wilson
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I tried. I really did. I thought the scary movie lover in me would be all over this. But 100 pages later and I just can‘t get into the writing. It‘s not so much the lack of quotations but just general voice. Sometimes we just have to move on 👍🏻

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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Really grabbed my attention and I didn‘t guess any of the major twists. Something missing in the final chapters but still very enjoyable thriller. #aroundtheyearin52books

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Book of Essie | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Unique and interesting premise despite the booms of reality television. Entertaining enough that I wish I could have read it faster. #aroundtheyearin52books #ATY2018

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The perfect balance between fun and creepy with excellent 80‘s nostalgia. That last line... 👍🏻 #aroundtheyearin52books #ATY2016 #nothatsnotatypo

hilded Lol, congrats finishing your 2016 challenge 🥳👏🏻 13mo
LauraRenae @hilded Thanks! 😂 If only I would focus on one challenge at a time... (edited) 13mo
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"A" is for Alibi | Sue Grafton
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Definitely nothing profound or particularly artful but still caught my interest for the first book in a long detective series #aroundtheyearin52books #top100mysteries

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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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Greet continuation of the series. It was a bit confusing at times but that‘s likely due to long interruptions in my reading. #aroundtheyear2018 #ATY2018 #uniqueformat

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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Mehso-so

Compelling story with simple writing but still felt a bit long and dragged at times.

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I wasn‘t too impressed with The Final Girls but Sager really found his footing with this one. Enjoyable thriller that had me guessing throughout. #aroundtheyearin52books #ATY2018