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MaGoose

MaGoose

Joined June 2018

Mysteries are my thing, although I'm reading lots of nonfiction lately. I post book reviews on my blog, www.janecairns.com.
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To Catch a Spy by James M. Olson is my #DoubleSpin (#6) for June. I have no idea where The Vegas Flop, the book for my #BookSpin (#17), is located. Although the title is familiar... 🤔

Talk about an overwhelming TBR. 😅🤣😆

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!! 2w
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Summer Fun | Dianne Branch
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Thanks to @KadaGul for her #litsolace card and goodies.

My cards will go out soon.

@TheBookHippie

KadaGul Get ready to kick-start your Summer 🍉⛱️🕶️🌻#SummerVibes 2w
TheBookHippie 💚💚💚💚💚 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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My name is Abby Huxford, and in my twenty-nine years I've broken one hundred and seventeen bones.

Last I Saw Him by Arthur Herbert

#FirstLineFridays #litsylove @ShyBookOwl

tpixie Oh my! 3w
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I'm a bit late, but I just began the tagged book. The author writes about her time as an ambassador's wife in Madrid during Barack Obama's presidency.

#FoodandLit2024 @Catsandbooks @Texreader
##litsylove

Texreader Awesome!! 4w
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇪🇸 3w
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The Wealthy Freelancer | Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, Ed Gandia
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In the movie Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise plays a recently fired, now-freelance sports agent whose success mantra becomes "Show me the money!"

#FirstLineFridays #litsylove @ShyBookOwl

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The Wealthy Freelancer | Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, Ed Gandia
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✔️ My indie author friend has started writing his third book
✔️ I am gradually pulling out of a reading slump
✔️ I've scheduled a lunch date with a woman friend next week
✔️ I've written a poem this week
✔️ I plan to join a writing group soon

@debinhawaii
#fivejoysfriday
#litsylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 1mo
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys for the week! 💛💛💛 Yay to getting out of reading slumps! 🎉📚🎉 Writing a poem is a joy too. Thank you for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
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#wondrouswednesday ##litsylove

@eggs

1. Shortly after I started fifth grade, I went to the library with the reading list the teacher had handed out. Mr. Gesler, the librarian in the children's section, asked if he could help, so I said I needed a book to read and handed him the list. He asked what the checkmarks next to all the books on the list meant. I said that they were the books I had already read. ⬇️

MaGoose He looked again at the list, then at me, and told me to follow him. He went into the adult section of the library, introduced me to another librarian and asked her to help me. 1mo
MaGoose 2. Mostly buy print copies, but also the library, as well as audio books and ebooks 1mo
MaGoose 3. Tagged book 1mo
Eggs Great memory 🫶🏻 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1mo
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1. I don't often go on picnics, but I'd take either hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs, or an egg salad sandwich. Homemade iced tea to drink.

2. The tagged book 📖

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday #litsylove @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheSpineView All excellent choices. Thanks for playing! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the tag!! 1mo
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I read about one-third of Out With the Tide (#18) and set it down. Meh. I may pick it up again in the near future. I'm about to start The Third Chapter (#4).

I've also read Nick of Time by Cathi Stoler. I'm also part way through Out of Time by the same author.

##litsylove #bookspin ##Doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks @andrew65 #awesomeapril

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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1. I used to play the flute when I was much younger

2. Tagged book

#Two4Tuesday #LitsyLove
@TheSpineView
@DaveGreen7777

eskoch28 I played the flute too! 1mo
TheSpineView Love music. What a great talent to have. Thanks for playing 1mo
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Out with the Tide | Paul Ehrenreich
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"Again?" Rob Crosley mumbled as he made his way down the steps to the beach.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Out with the Tide | Paul Ehrenreich
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My May 2024 #BookspinBingo #Bookspin #Doublespin

I've started reading Out With the Tide and look forward to reviewing it on my blog.

The Third Chapter (I'll fix my bingo card 😆) will be a reread for me. I read it several years ago.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 1mo
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The Sound of Paper | Julia Cameron
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I* Daffodils
II* The Sound of Paper
III* Visit a few state parks

@Eggs
#WondrousWendesday

Eggs Parks sounds so fun!! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The Woman Upstairs | Claire Messud
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I'm reading Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging. So, I'll continue with that book and also continue Find Out Anything From Anyone, Anytime by James O. Pyle & Maryann Karinch and Go Luck Yourself by Andy Nairn. I'll also start The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

@Andrew65 #AwesomeApril

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 2mo
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Treasure Island | R L Stevenson
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I've never met any authors in person. But I'm friends and talk on the phone with Garrett James, a new indie author whose books I have blurbed here on Litsy recently.

I'd love to meet Neil Gaiman. I own a few of his books, but they're still residing in my humongous TBR piles. Yeah, that's piles with an s.

I wish I could have met Nathaniel Hawthorne and Robert Louis Stevenson.

#sundayfunday @BookmarkTavern @DaveGreen7777 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! I‘d love to meet Neil Gaiman too. I got to hear him speak at Wolf Trap several years ago—I could listen to him talk for hours! 2mo
Ddzmini Yes Leigh Bardugo it was at the LA book fair before her TV series on Netflix came out there was a panel the a book signing it was awesome Then there was Henry Thomas and a few others that aren‘t as popular 🙌🏽 it was an amazing day 2mo
BookmarkTavern How fun! And Robert Louis Stevenson would be so interesting. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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Cape Cod | William Martin
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1. Small town, or maybe suburbs
2. Tagged book

@TheSpineView @Andrew65 @Cinfhen

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞 2mo
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As Long as I Breathe | Garrett James
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A love story with appeal to both sexes. As Long as I Breathe is such a story. James highlights characters that men and women can enjoy and see themselves in that situation. Steph Morgan is caught in an abusive relationship. Even so, she shows herself to be strong and capable as a single mom. Mason Cain seems to be what the outside world sees—a tough, tattooed ex-con. What will they go through as the jealous boyfriend goes haywire? (Some sex)

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Only Twice | Garrett James
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Want to read a great love story? Or give it as a gift to your significant other? Only Twice by Garrett James will fill that bill nicely.

This delightful ode to love highlights one man's life and how the simple act of telling one's story can change another person's life. The common outlook is that true love only happens once in a person's life. But is that really true? Only Twice will convince you otherwise.

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting. Stacked! 2mo
MaGoose @wanderinglynn You'll like it, I think. I just posted about the same author's other book, which is a bit spicier.
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A Cartography of Peace | Jean L. Connor
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Although I've read this poetry collection in the past, I've taken it off the shelf again. I'm still as enthusiastic as ever about this poet's insight and skill. After I finish this collection, I'll re-read her other collection, A Hinge of Joy. Fabulous, succinct poems.

Suet624 Okay, This is really weird. I worked at wake Robin, a retirement community, while this author lived there. However, I never knew she was a poet. My mind is now officially blown. Obituary for Jean L. Connor https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries/bfp036486 2mo
MaGoose I would have LOVED to meet this woman. She is one of my favorite poets. 2mo
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Thank you to the folks at #athingaday for the nice and unexpected gifts. The package came two days ago. I love the pad, and I can always use more bookmarks because I usually have a lot of books going at once. 😁 😎

#gifts #package #thankyou

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Heirs Apparent | Thomas J Thorson
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1. My book reviews on my blog, janecairns.com, are coming along well

2. I'd love to meet a few of the authors whose books I have reviewed. I'd ask them when they knew they wanted to be a writer and which authors they like to read.

3. I love to read indie authors and write about their books on my blog - to spread the word about their work. The tagged book is an excellent example of a great indie author.

@Eggs @Andrew65 @CoffeeandaGoodBook

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 🙏🏻👏🏻🥰 8mo
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The Leipfold Files | Dane Cobain
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Loved this one. A novel of connected short stories about James Leipfold, private investigator. The stories deal with his somewhat younger years and how he became an investigator, and how he met Detective Inspector Jack Cholmondeley. Nicely done.

#mysteries #privateinvestigator

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Driven | Dane Cobain
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This is a new author for me. This is the first book in his Leipfold Mystery series. I'm enjoying it so far. Reading this for #serieslove23 and #MarvelousMarch

@Andrew65 @DieAReader @TheSpineView

DieAReader 💙💙💙 1y
Andrew65 Look forward to hearing what you think about it. 1y
TheSpineView Awesome! 1y
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Great first book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series. Fergusson is the priest of St. Alban's in an upstate New York town. Van Alstyne is the police chief. They team up to solve the mystery surrounding a newborn boy left at the church. Murder soon follows. As does a blossoming illicit romance between Fergusson and Van Alstyne (he's married).

I'll read more in this series.

@Andrew65 @TheSpineView #FabulousFebruary #SeriesLove2023

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1y
Andrew65 Brilliant, I love starting new series 👏👏👏 1y
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Thanks for the Valentine's Day card. @dabbe 💝 It really made my day. 😀

#Valentines

dabbe 😍 1y
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Murder at Half Moon Gate | Andrea Penrose
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Great second book in the Wexford/Sloane mystery series. A strong historical mystery set in Regency London. Lord Wexford and Charlotte Sloane make a formidable, evenly matched pair. Friends of Raven and Hawk (Charlotte's wards) are a troupe of streetwise urchins who help gather information, similar to Holmes' Baker Street Irregulars.

Good characterization of both primary and secondary characters.

@Andrew65 #FabulousFebruary #SeriesLove2023

Andrew65 This looks great, I need to check it out. Well done 👏👏👏 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 Check out Murder on Black Swan Lane, which is the first book in the series. Both books are equally good. 👍 1y
TheSpineView Fabulous 1y
Andrew65 @MaGoose Thanks 🥰 1y
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Great opener to Tom Fowler's series about CT Ferguson. CT is home from Hong Kong, where he worked as a hacker to help people emigrate from China surreptitiously.

His parents insist he do something to help people. He thinks he can be a detective based on his skills. Alice Fisher calls and CT is on his way.

Good characterization. I'll read more, including the prequel novella about CT's time in Hong Kong.

#serieslove2023 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Sounds good!💙📖📘📚📚 1y
Andrew65 This looks good. Well done 🥳 1y
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Hey @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, if you need a helping hand with book reviews for the #LitsyLove newsletter, I can chip in a review now and then, whenever you need it.

(Do you think I can find your email?! Lost in space, I guess.) 🤣😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! Please send them to me or Renee! Loverofbooks75@gmail. Com ❤️ 1y
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I finished The Drums of War by Michael Ward a few days ago. This is the third book in his Thomas Tallant series. It's a great book for lovers of historical fiction that's mixed with a little romance and a bit of mystery.

This series just keeps getting better.

#readathon #joyousjanuary #serieslove2023
@Andrew65 @TheSpineView @TheBookHippie

Andrew65 Sounds an excellent series, I need to explore it. Well done 👏👏👏 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 I think you'd like it. The series is about the English Civil War period. Very well done. 1y
TheSpineView Great job! 1y
Andrew65 @MaGoose Thanks, I‘ve added it to my list of series to get to next. 1y
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So sorry, @cinfhen, I need to back out of participating in #muglove23. Hopefully, I can join the action at the next mug swap. 🥺

jenniferw88 @TheKidUpstairs would like to know too! X 1y
MaGoose @thekidupstairs @cinfhen I just had a huge medical bill come due and will be unable to participate in the #muglove23 swap. Sorry about this. But I wanted to withdraw before names were matched and distributed. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @MaGoose totally understand, thank you for letting us know! 1y
Cinfhen Thanks for letting us know - no worries @MaGoose 1y
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The Benson Murder Case | S. S. Van Dine
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My first foray in #serieslove2023 - the first book in the Philo Vance series. I'm only a few pages into it; so, we'll see. 👀

@Andrew65 @TheSpineView

Andrew65 These look good, I will be interested to hear your thoughts on them. 1y
TheSpineView It has books on the cover, that is always a good start. 1y
MaGoose @TheSpineView Yes, I think so to. 1y
Jess_Read_This Oh! This looks interesting! The intro by Ragnar Jonasson caught my eye. I‘ve really enjoyed Jonasson‘s books. If he‘s doing the intro, this one ought to be good! 1y
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Congratulations, @wanderinglynn, and Happy Birthday.

I'd love to receive Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

#300KBirthdayGiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 1y
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For the #WinterreadathonDailyChallenge @Andrew65 happened to post a photo of one of my favorite chocolate candies - M&Ms. I also love Cello chocolate-covered cherries (covered in dark chocolate, of course 😁). And almost anything chocolate from Bomboy's on Market St. in Havre de Grace, MD.

#Winterreadathon

Andrew65 I‘m suddenly feeling hungry 😋😂 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 Of course, I had to eat a couple of M&Ms when I took the picture a few minutes ago. 🙃 🤣 1y
Andrew65 @MaGoose Of course! 😂 1y
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MaGoose @Andrew65 As I mentioned on @TheBookHippie 's feed a moment ago, I like the milk chocolate M&Ms but prefer the dark chocolate ones. I also think the carmel ones aren't too bad, either. 1y
TheBookHippie @MaGoose same!!! Had to eat one or four.. 1y
Andrew65 @MaGoose I‘m not sure they do the dark chocolate ones in the U.K. Now I am having a major tantrum as I love dark chocolate. 😤😤😤😤🤯😤😤😤😡 @ThebookHippie 1y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 oh the dark chocolate are divine!!!! 1y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Not helping 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 (edited) 1y
Andrew65 Just checked Amazon. Only have Chocolate, Crispy or Peanut M&Ms. Only others Mint dark chocolate M&Ms but £31 for 227g! Who pays that!!!!!!! @MaGoose @TheBookHippie (edited) 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 Usually buy them in the supermarket @TheBookHippie 1y
TheBookHippie @MaGoose @Andrew65 grocery store usually as well. 1y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @MaGoose I wonder why these aren‘t available in the U.K. 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 Absolutely no idea about that. @TheBookHippie 1y
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Brazilian Portuguese For Dummies | Karen Jacobson-Sive
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Can't wait for spring and summer to arrive. Usually, I don't mind the cold weather too much. But not this year, I guess I'm getting older. 🤣🤪

#winterreadathon #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge
@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES

Andrew65 Can‘t beat that warmth and the beach in Summer. 🏝⛱☀️ 1y
MaGoose @Andrew65 You're absolutely right 🤩 1y
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Here's a collage of some of our Christmas 🎄 decorations. #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge

I'm reading the tagged book for the #WinterReadathon

@Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

Andrew65 These are lovely 🎄🎅🏼🎄 1y
IndoorDame Beautiful! 1y
DieAReader ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
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Brazilian Portuguese For Dummies | Karen Jacobson-Sive
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Even though I love reading, I sometimes feel my brain is turning into mush. So, I decided to try and learn another language.

I took a few semesters of Spanish classes while in college and French in high school a bazillion years ago. I may try to refresh my memory 😅 and relearn them again in the future.

#winterreadathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck, very impressive 🎄🎄🎄 1y
Amiable I am taking an online class through a language school to learn German! And it took me two years, but I completed the Swedish course on Duolingo. I‘m with you —just trying to keep my brain active! 🙂 1y
MaGoose @Amiable Yes, I'm using the free trial for Duolingo at this point. Unsure I'll continue once I have to pay for it. I'd like to go back and review the lessons sometimes, but you can't do that. Duolingo is somewhat good at reviewing the material, though. 1y
Amiable @MaGoose I did the free version, too. Duolingo changed the format this year —you used to be able to redo lessons you‘d already completed without losing any hearts if you made a mistake. That‘s basically why it took me two years to get through the Swedish —some days I would only review instead of doing a new lesson. I don‘t actually like the new pathway—I‘m doing the German Duolingo to support my class and I‘m not a fan. 1y
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I'm chugging along reading this book for the #Winterreadathon . Interesting insights, but there's quite a bit about age discrimination in the workplace. While I agree with what's being said, I'm already retired (due to caregiver responsibilities) and don't want to go back to work full-time. Still, interesting stuff. As someone who's older and looking to work, I'm more interested in the gig economy (I do mystery shopping sometimes).

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Sone interesting thoughts and insights. 2y
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Great book for those of us who are part of an older generation. (Including me 😁)

Even better, possibly, for those who may want to see what's in store for them.

In fact, the global population is trending older because of slowing birth rates worldwide.

Not everyone who is long-lived is a fuddyduddy.

#winterreadathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 This sounds interesting. Well done 🎅🎅🎅 2y
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Not exactly candles, but lit wreaths on the light poles, looking down the street towards St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton, MD.

Not exactly a craft, but I took this picture that I have on my calendar.

Haven't been to Maryland's Eastern Shore in several years, now. Wish I could go again. Maybe someday soon.

#winterreadaton #winterreadathondailychallenge
@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

Andrew65 That looks lovely, certainly gives a feel of a candle. 🕯🕯🕯 2y
tpixie Lovely church and photo! 2y
DieAReader ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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A Knock on the Door | Roberta Fernndez
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Four murders in a few months, all from the same software development company. Could it have anything to do with the software being developed for the National Security Agency?

The suspense starts early and ramps up. Characters are well drawn, and the sleuths become a tight-knit group by the end.

Although this is fiction, the premise is true to life. Remember Edward Snowden??!

@Andrew65 #winterreadathon @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #mystery

Andrew65 Sounds good. Well done 🎄🎄🎄 2y
DieAReader Great job!🎄📚🤓♥️ 2y
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Read several more stories in this doorstop of a book plus a few magazines for last weekend's #20in4 #readathon. Still not finished yet! I'll keep plugging along reading a story or two here and there between my other book and magazine reads.

@Andrew65

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My final read for the #OutstandingOctober #readathon.

I've made it about halfway through this monster.

Interesting stories by such folks as Edward D. Hoch, David Stuart Davies, and H. R. F. Keating, among others.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Mehso-so

So-so. Read about three-quarters of the way through. Then bailed.

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Fabulous collection of short stories. 👌

Bought this book because I'd read her first story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, several years ago.

This collection did not disappoint. Excellent.

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65 #shortstories

Teresereading I loved it too 2y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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This is my second (or possibly third) reading of this book. Enjoyed the book but didn't like the ending and the way the author summed things up as much as during previous readings.

In the past, I've listened to some of her podcast posts of the same name (Speaking of Faith, renamed On Being). The podcast was very informative and interesting.

I'll read more of her books. And try to locate the podcast, again.

#OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Very interesting take on where our country is and where it's headed. Essays by a number of leaders, scholars, journalists and activists.

Very much a pick.

If you read this book, you might want to also consider reading The Power of Awareness (the book in my previous post).

#readathon #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2y
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Great book about staying safe. Advice we can all use.

@Andrew65 #readathon #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 (edited) 2y
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This was between so-so and a pick. Liked Steve Winslow, the lawyer who's the narrator.

Hated Sheila Benton, his first client. She was manipulative and a liar. Plus she came from a strange family situation.

Won't say anything more in order to avoid spoilers. I'll read further in this series.

Parnell Hall uses J. P. Hailey as a pseudonym. I have yet to read anything else by Hall. I'll check out his books.

@Andrew65 #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Reading a past issue of the NY Review of Books (July 21). I have a subscription to this review but do I read it when I get it? No, I don't. It sits on my TBR pile along with everything else. 🤪🤣

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