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Lesliereadsalot

Lesliereadsalot

Joined July 2021

Former restaurant owner, puzzle solver, constant reader, cookie baker, family gal
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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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Just reread this first book of the trilogy and starting book 2. For sci-if fans, this one is great reading. On Kindle it‘s easy to flip back to the list of characters as it‘s a little tricky keeping all the Chinese names straight. Can‘t wait to find out if the alien civilization gets to earth!! Highly recommend the Netflix series!

batsy Enjoy your journey with the rest of the trilogy 💫 3d
Cathythoughts It does sound tricky keeping the characters straight. 😳 Sounds like your enjoying it ♥️ 1d
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Untitled | Untitled
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1. Hubby is also a tax accountant so I love April 15th
2. Waking up every morning to sunrise on the beach in Siesta Key Florida
3. Best mangoes ever
4. Finished book 1 of the Three Body Problem trilogy and started book 2
5. Lunch on the beach of Anna Maria Island, coconut shrimp salad
#5JoysFriday

Deblovestoread Nice! If you see the 3 dots on the lower right hand of you post you can press it to bring up a menu with edit as one of the choices to add the hashtag in the body of your post. 3d
Lesliereadsalot Thanks Deblovestoread! I really appreciate your help! @Deblovestoread (edited) 3d
DebinHawaii Such a great joyful list! 💛💛 Thank you for joining in & @Deblovestoread for her assistance. 🤗 Mangoes are one of my love languages & that shrimp salad sounds amazing! 2d
Lesliereadsalot So much fun to join in! Can‘t wait for more. @DebinHawaii 2d
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Leaving: A Novel | Roxana Robinson
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Warren and Sarah were college lovers and they reconnect decades later. She‘s divorced but he‘s still married, unhappily but with a strong moral fiber. What are these star-crossed lovers to do? Up until the last six pages I loved this book, making it a soft pick. Hours later I‘m still shaking my head at the ending.

Cathythoughts I‘m very curious about the ending … 2w
Cathythoughts Stop 😂…. I‘m stacking! 2w
Reggie Hmmmm and now I have to know, lol, stacked. 4d
Lesliereadsalot Will be interested in your thoughts @Reggie 4d
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A Helping Hand | Celia Dale
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Really liked this short book about a couple who take in an elderly, lonely and wealthy woman, seemingly to get her money. They‘ve done this before and the pages kept turning quickly as I wanted to find out how this would shake out. Then a surprise ending!

Cathythoughts Oh that‘s great you liked it. 👏🏻❤️ I want to read more by her. 2w
Cathythoughts That ending was definitely a surprise 😁 2w
bthegood sounds interesting - tagged - thanks for the review 🙂 2w
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Annie Bot | Sierra Greer
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This is one interesting story about a robot who is bought by a guy to be his lover and do nothing but try to please him. However, she‘s one smart robot and eventually not too happy with her situation. Really liked where this book went with the added plus of a great ending. Very thought provoking as I found myself rooting for Annie Bot to find herself, whoever herself may be.

Reggie Great review! That Doug….oof. And yes, I‘m glad Annie got that ending. 2w
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After Annie: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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I really struggled to get through the first three quarters of this book. A woman drops dead in her kitchen out of the blue, leaving four young children, a husband and a best friend. The book deals with the year after her death, how the husband, oldest child and best friend deal with these new circumstances. The characters seemed very cardboard to me, and I couldn‘t get a grip on them. But it all came together in a very satisfying way.

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What Happened to Nina? | Dervla McTiernan
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This one‘s a page turner! College age Nina goes missing and all signs point to her long time boyfriend. Lots of narrators: Nina, her mom, her dad, her sister, the boyfriend and both his parents, and of course the detective. I liked all the different perspectives, as I could really feel what they were feeling, as the days went by. Highly recommend.

Cathythoughts Great review and I‘m stacking 👍🏻❤️ 3w
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It‘s 1918 and we‘re on the maternity ward of a hospital in Ireland, right in the middle of the flu epidemic. We spend three days with Nurse Julia Powell, Dr Kathleen Lynn, and Bridie, an orphan who comes to volunteer. Nurse Powell narrates a very detailed story of births and deaths, hope and despair. I love nurses as much as the next person, but I might be a little tired of them after the nurses in The Women.

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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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If you liked Elizabeth Zott in Lessons in Chemistry, you‘ll like India Allwood. Everything about her is interesting…her past, her mother, her boyfriends, her kids, her acting career, even her agent! Really liked this book about making the hard decisions for oneself, and living with the consequences. At heart, it‘s a book about all the unique families that are out there. Don‘t miss the author‘s note at the end.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ looking back I wasn‘t that mad about the writing in Lessons in Chemistry, but I loved the story. I have this one stacked. (edited) 4w
Lesliereadsalot Didn‘t love the writing in either book myself, but the stories are good! @Cathythoughts 4w
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Big Time: A Novel | Ben H. Winters
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Poor Allie is kidnapped from a playground, leaving her child in the sandbox. Soon after, Grace, who works at a mid level job at the FDA, comes across a photo of Allie in a hospital bed with some sort of odd port inserted in her body. That starts this mystery of who exactly is Allie and how did this port come to be embedded in her body. I found this to be a far fetched story about harvesting time from unsuspecting patients.

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My Darling Girl | Jennifer McMahon
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Not usually that crazy about demons, but couldn‘t put this one down. Alison and her brother Ben were abused by their mother as kids, and now that their mom is dying, she has moved in with Alison and her family. What‘s that demon up to? The last fifty pages were page turners with a smash ending.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 stacked. 1mo
jlhammar I‘m not that crazy about demons either, but enjoyed the heck out of this. Great review! 😆 1mo
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The Split: A Novel | Kit Frick
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Jane and her sister Esme have always had a difficult relationship. When Esme calls Jane to pick her up in a blinding rainstorm, she either goes to pick her up or she doesn‘t, told in alternating chapters. This leads to two different stories of what happens. Throw in the abusive father, the mother with dementia, the high school boyfriend and the soon to be ex husband and well…not much interesting actually happens!

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A woman has murdered her three children and the husband hires Mademoiselle Susane to defend her. She feels like he‘s someone from her childhood, but can‘t quite recall the memory. Concurrently we learn about her housekeeper, her parents, and her ex boyfriend and his child. Lots to unpack here with some interesting characters, but each one is a little too undefined and an unresolved ending drops this out of the pick range.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cathythoughts As it‘s out of the pick range, as you so nicely put it , I‘m not stacking 😁 1mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This book just did not speak to me. It‘s 1966 and 22 year old Frankie McGrath decides to go to Vietnam and use her nursing degree. As someone who lived through that war, I really did not know much about it. When the film “Coming Home” came out in 1978, I felt compelled to see it 15 days in a row. That‘s how shocked I was about the truth of that war. Maybe I just wasn‘t interested in this material so many years later.

Lesliereadsalot I did appreciate the lifelong friendship of the three women. But this book just did not make me feel anything. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m pretty sure we read one of her books for Bookclub, her writing wasn‘t for me. 1mo
Suet624 I‘m with you. 1mo
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Still Missing | Beth Gutcheon
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This one‘s a gripper. We feel every moment along with Susan, mom of a missing kid. We feel every moment with the detective in charge of the case. And we feel thankful that our kids are grown up and we don‘t have to worry about them going missing. The ending brought tears to my eyes.

jlhammar Yes! This book just makes you feel so much, so deeply. Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Scary book , so well done. 2mo
CarolynM Great review. I‘m still marvelling at how much I liked this book, given the subject matter. 2mo
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So…Coral, author of a hit dystopian novel, finds her brother dead by suicide. After the police come and he‘s taken away, she takes his cell and starts replying to messages as if she is her brother. Interspersed with this story, we read sections of her book which seems to become entangled in her real life. Didn‘t love the story, or the grieving main character. But her novel looked good!

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0nly 168 pages fortunately. Poor Amanda is possessed by a demon, and slowly over time she becomes something else. Not wasting any more words on this one. Avoid at all cost.

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 I liked this one, but love your review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! The cover looks kind of interesting in a terrifying way 😂 I think I will pass 👍🏻 2mo
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This book isn‘t for everyone but I really liked it. It‘s 1925 in a small town in Pennsylvania and the blacks and the Jews uneasily support each other and struggle together to survive their impoverished state. It‘s a story of love and hate and kindness and compassion and the characters come to life in many ways as they come together to try to keep one child safe. Don‘t miss the acknowledgments at the end as they‘re incredibly inspiring.

Ruthiella Yes , the acknowledgments are definitely worth sticking around for! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Is the convicted serial killer actually the killer? Are his multiple personalities enough to keep him from death row? Dr. Sharon Stevenson will stop at nothing to get the answers to these questions, even endangering her own reputation in the process. It‘s a pretty dry read, although I kept at it to see what happened at the end…a surprise but not a big surprise.

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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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Couldn‘t put this one down. The main character, Pey, exists on the fifth level of hell, where everyone is in “sales”. That means signing up souls by trading something they want now for an afterlife in hell. Concurrently, there‘s a story that takes place in real life about a family who Pey is tracking to try to get another soul. Hopefully this doesn‘t sound as complicated as it seems writing it down! It‘s a page turner with lots of twists.

Victoriahoperose I loved this too. Reminded me of a darker version of The Good Place which was one of my favorite shows ever. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot I missed that series. Will have to go back and watch it! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacked x 2mo
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Really liked this book about two sisters and assorted other characters whose lives are connected by magic. As the secrets came out, I found myself rooting for the girls to discover who they really were. Well drawn characters and a good story add to the enchantment of this book.

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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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This book is about the intersecting lives of several young Irish adults and a professor and his wife. The young Irish adults are so tiresome, but believable in a way because we‘ve all been there. We‘ve all been 20 something and trying to figure out who we are. This is the second book in a row I‘ve read that got better, the further into the story. Plus a good ending!

AmyG Sounds about right! Good review. 3mo
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Forgotten on Sunday | Valrie Perrin
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I really loved the other two books written by this author: Fresh Water for Flowers and Three. Recommended them to everyone. This book just didn‘t grab me…until a huge twist in the middle! And then I couldn‘t put it down. Our narrator works in a nursing home where she writes down the stories told to her by the residents. One story is the gist of the book while the narrator‘s story is a parallel one. Two terrific stories for the price of one.

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The Good Part | Sophie Cousens
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I wasn‘t sure about this book. Lucy is in her 20s and nothing is going right for her. Then she makes a wish to get to “the good part” of her life, and she wakes up in her 40s. Now she has a family and a high-pressure job and of course high jinks ensue. Will she ever get to go back and does she even want to? It‘s a good question!

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9 year old Ursa appears at the summer rental home of Jo, and claims to be an alien. Is she? She‘s very smart and does succeed in getting Jo together with her neighbor Gabe. It was all a little too hokey for me, although I read to the end to find out if Ursa really was an alien!

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In less than 200 pages, we meet Cara who is telling her life story to a social worker in the required 12 sessions she must attend to renew her benefits. We meet her friends, her family, and the other tenants in her rent-controlled building. She‘s had a tough life, but is resilient beyond words. It‘s a good story with a few words in Spanish, but understandable.

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What happens when you become a widow in your 30s? When you lose the love of your life, yet you have a toddler who needs you? Lucky for Kate she has the best support system around. I found her words just flowed, speaking as someone would actually speak in real life. The last page of this book brought tears to my eyes. I doubt I‘ll remember much about this book, but I enjoyed reading it.

Cathythoughts Lovely review 🩷 3mo
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Translation State | Ann Leckie
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I really liked her trilogy, the Imperial Radch novels. I thought they were great science fiction. This one…not so much. Three characters of indeterminate species come together to keep a treaty with some really bad guys in place and save the world. I couldn‘t even make sense of the story half the time. Lots of space adventure though!

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You Know Her: A Novel | Meagan Jennett
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This is a different book than the one by D.E. White. How do two books have the same title?? This book is about a female bartender who becomes a serial killer of men, so “they will just shut up!” She had my sympathy right away, and I constantly wondered if she would get away with this. A female detective is on the case of all these murders, and the two become friends. It‘s a bit creepy, but it kept my attention. Now I‘ll try the other book!

EadieB @Lesliereadsalot This one sounds the better of the two! (edited) 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll give it a try 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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Every student in Mrs. Price‘s class wants to be her pet. Middle schoolers can be just as nasty as I remember them! But what‘s really going on with this teacher and who really is she? It‘s up to 12 year old Justine to figure this out and most definitely after her father falls for her. It‘s a thriller that will keep you guessing even after you‘ve finished the book.

Ruthiella I found this book to be SO TENSE! 😬 4mo
Lesliereadsalot Me too!! 4mo
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An amazing love story between Emily and Lewis as he transitions to a shark. I know it sounds hokey, but it‘s a really good story and you will love it. This one is special.

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The Eden Test: A Novel | Adam Sternbergh
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It‘s not great literature or anything, but a good page turner about a couple spending a week in a remote cabin in the woods to try to save their marriage. Secrets come out slowly, and the story builds to its necessary conclusion. You could save it for the summer and have a good beach read!

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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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Tommy was just eight years old when his father murdered his mother and two siblings on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Many years later, he‘s back for a visit and also to try to come to terms with his life. By the end of the book, we learn all the secrets as well as the histories of all the major characters. This book will stay with you.

jlhammar Yes! Definitely one that stays with you. One of my favorites this year. 5mo
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Didn‘t love this one, although I really liked her earlier book, Unraveling Oliver. We follow the lives of brother and sister, Sally and Peter, beginning with a pedophile father, then two kidnapped very young girls, and finally who these two have become. Mostly I found the story to be icky and never really cared about any of the characters.

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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This is one tough book to read by the author of Sing, Unburied, Sing. We follow Annis, a teenage slave, on her journey from a rice plantation in the Carolinas to a sugar plantation in New Orleans. She can hear and see her ancestral spirits as they guide her and comfort her. I could only admire her strength and fortitude just trying to stay alive every day and eventually finding peace.

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Kala: A Novel | Colin Walsh
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Really liked this book although it took me forever to finish it. We go back and forth with a group of six Irish teens, finding out who they were at 15 and who they are now. There are a lot of secrets in this small town, with the most important one being who murdered one of the six. By the end of the book, the characters are indelibly etched in your mind.

Chelsea.Poole I saw this on the NPR best of the year list. Great review, stacked 😊 5mo
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Death Watch | Stona Fitch
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This just might be the worst book that I continued reading to the end. Someone invents a death watch, a watch that won‘t ever come off your wrist, and can go off at any time severing the arteries in your wrist. If that doesn‘t sound bad enough, the ending is horrible. The characters are interesting though, but not interesting enough to save this book.

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Second Best | David Foenkinos
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Poor ten year old Martin Hill. He comes in second as the actor to play Harry Potter in all the movies. He‘s not only disappointed, he‘s devastated and it colors his whole life. Will he ever come to terms with this, in his own words, failure? An interesting premise, but nothing exciting. Here‘s a picture of my son, who many, many years ago, won the Harry Potter look-alike contest in the Chicago Sun Times.

jlhammar Adorable. He really did look like Harry! 5mo
Lesliereadsalot Thanks! Very sweet of you. 5mo
Lesliereadsalot 5 months later! I didn‘t really understand how to tag people back then, so if you didn‘t get my thank you for your sweet words, here it is now, better late than never. @jlhammar 1w
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Going Zero | ANTHONY. MCCARTEN
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Ten ordinary people are chosen to evade capture in a one month time period. The payoff? A cool three million bucks. It‘s a cat and mouse game between the ten contestants and one tech giant. Will anyone win? And at what cost? As the book winds down, it‘s a real race to the end. Great writing and character development and of course a desire to know if the good guys will win.

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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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This is the story of Jack and Elizabeth, their lives growing up and their lives together. What‘s so great about this book, is the way each individual chapter is one incident in their lives, either in the past or the present. And all the incidents tie together in the end. A very good book about two very interesting people.

AmyG Good to hear! I won this from Goodreads. 6mo
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The Coworker | Freida McFadden
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Freida McFadden writes books that keep your attention and make you want to know what happens at the end. And then you forgot about them. This story is about socially dysfunctional Dawn and beautiful Natalie who has it all. They work together, but what is their real connection? And what about the two men in their lives? If it was still summer I would call this a beach read.

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My Husband: A Novel | Maud Ventura
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I‘m giving this book a pick rating, mainly due to the twist at the end that I definitely did not see coming. The narrator of this short book is possibly the most neurotic whining woman you‘ve ever met, constantly insecure and worrying about how her husband thinks about her. On every page actually. Multiple times. Great ending though.

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Unraveling Oliver | Liz Nugent
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This one‘s a gripper. Why did a famous children‘s author beat his wife to within an inch of her life? Who is he and what led him to this heinous act? He‘s one of the narrators along with many others who crossed paths with him throughout his life. So many interesting characters and a fast read.

AmyG Agreed! I really liked this one. Very entertaining. 6mo
Cathythoughts I enjoyed it too. She writes a good thriller 👍🏻 6mo
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A married couple wakes up one day inhabiting each others bodies. One of them is gone, so the other one narrates the story. And it‘s quite a story, mainly about how it feels to be in the body of the opposite sex. Can they find each other again? And how do their parents feel? Interesting questions with even more interesting answers.

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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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A very different book by Lauren Groff. We follow a servant girl in America, running away from her home where the plague is killing everyone, and forced to live on her own in the wild. Beautifully written, not a word of dialogue. Not really my kind of book, but it spoke to me in the way excellent literature can speak.

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 6mo
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The Good Ones: A Novel | Polly Stewart
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Lauren, a young wife and mother, disappears one night, and years later her childhood friend comes back to their small town to get some answers. It‘s a slow moving book, but lots of interesting characters and lots of motives. And the central question is who exactly was Lauren and what was she capable of. I didn‘t see that ending coming!

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Daughter: A Novel | Claudia Dey
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Intricate and intimate relationships fill this book. A daughter and her father. A daughter and her sister. Two daughters and their half sister. Their mothers. A husband. Their relationships constantly changing. Or staying the same. Too hard to say. I liked where it went though.

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The Nursery: A Novel | Szilvia Molnar
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I didn‘t like this short book while I was reading it, but once I finished it, I thought it had something to say. It‘s about a new mother, sometimes depressed, sometimes elated. So depressed at times she thinks about different ways to kill the baby. It‘s a book of her thoughts, from before she had the baby, during childbirth, and the first week after coming home. I really felt her despair and alternatively her happiness.

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Can‘t say this book about four generations of women and a Minnesota supper club grabbed me. I didn‘t find the characters that interesting and I didn‘t like all the jumping around in time. I have been to a number of Wisconsin supper clubs, so I could relate to the picture of the one drawn by the author.

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Dear Wife | Kimberly Belle
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This one really keeps you guessing. Three narrators tell this story: a wife on the run, a husband looking for his missing wife, and the cop trying to find her. I couldn‘t put it down.