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Macnjen

Macnjen

Joined April 2016

I love books about books, Ben and Jerry's Phish Food ice cream and being outdoors. So many books, too little time to read them all!
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One by One by Ruth Ware
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Untamed by Glennon Doyle
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BLUE HIGHWAYS Revisited by William Least Heat-Moon, Edgar I. Ailor
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Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running | Susan Warner, Jennifer Lin
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Short book with vignettes about why a particular woman ran and how it effected her life. Quick read and inspiring; it makes you realize not everyone is out there just for the physical experience but for the social, emotional and mental side as well. If you have run or like to run you'd enjoy this.

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Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running | Susan Warner, Jennifer Lin
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Enjoying this so far. It's a small book with lots of short vignettes of women and their stories about running and how it affected their lives.

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Is there a #LitsyAtoZ challenge for 2022 Google Doc yet? I'm ready to roll! Thanks! @bookishmarginalia

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The Watcher in the Shadows | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Zafón's writing always amazes me. This YA novel was well crafted and for me, didn't leave any holes in the story. The story, about 2 teens and an evil nearby kept my interest and was well paced. I'll read anything Zafón has written.

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This book is a telling of a collision of storms off that created havoc for not only the F/V Andrea Gail but for the community as well. There's lots of weather science in the book that I found riveting, similar to Erik Larson or Mary Roach. If you like non-fiction and are an extreme-weather-outdoor-survival-story kind of reader then you will like this book.#litsyAtoZ for the letter J and it completes my challenge!

marleed I read this book years ago and keep it on my shelves still. It gave me mad respect for fishermen - particularly of the sword variety! 3w
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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A tad bit complicated telling (due to multiple timelines) of a man, his choices and the life he leads with a complicated woman. Maggie O'Farrell's writing is great and she weaves a multi layered story that I enjoyed.

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Ugh, moan, whine, complain. Not funny and irritating narration by the author. Really disappointing.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Excellent book. I listened to this on audio and was very pleased with the narration and couldn‘t stop listening. Lots of trigger warnings about suicide and depression but a fantastically well told story about a group of people and how their lives intersect and affect each other. It is kind of sad, but very well written and I love how the author wraps it all up. Highly recommend.

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Wow I loved this book;I couldn‘t put it down. The writing is great and the story very compelling. I cried a bit too and now I wonder who will play each role in the upcoming movie. Great story, fast read.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Excellent read about Michelle Obama‘s story. Fast paced, well written and very interesting. #litsyatoz challenge for the letter O.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Quick audiobook about a wedding on a remote island and the guests that attend. I didn‘t expect the twist at the end, but I feel like it did just kind of end. I loved the accents from the narrators.

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This book is quirky, funny and poignant about the mental illness with which the author deals. It's odd and sometimes I wondered what I was listening to, but then it moves on to a chapter about what she actual deals with in a way that is understandable and sensitive. I listened to this on audio which was great because the author read it with her own great emphasis that made it entertaining. I'm glad I listened to it. #litsyAtoZ for “L“

MelAnn I loved this book! 4mo
britt_brooke Love Lawson on audio! Her narration really adds to the experience. 4mo
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For the #litsyatoz challenge for 2021 I only have EJLOUY left. “O“ is going to be “Becoming“ by Michelle Obama but I'm not sure what EJLUY will be. If you have an recommendations for books you couldn't put down I'd love the guidance. I'm doing the “mixed“ (author and title) challenge. Thanks!

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Really interesting story of a woman and her husband who live in several mining towns in the west. This woman was amazing and so is her story. Fast paced and easy to read; I recommend this to anyone who likes survival or adventure accounts. #litsyAtoZ challenge for the letter T.

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X-Isle | Steve Augarde
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Young adult novel that is a bit Lord of the Flies-like. Quick read, chosen to satisfy the letter X for the #litsyAtoZ challenge. I think the author is Aussie so a few terms were unfamiliar. It‘s about a flooded world and kids on a island that isn‘t quite what they had hoped.

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I got 2/3rds through and had to quit. The writing is not for me, nor is the story. It‘s confusing and really not interesting. The references were lost on me and the hallucinations were confusing and made no sense at all. I
Ike scary, psychological thrillers but this just didn‘t make me want to finish. Too bad, I‘d really looked forward to this one.

Johanna414 This is definitely one of those books that either really really works for you, or really really does not! 5mo
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Good Eggs: A Novel | Rebecca Hardiman
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I really enjoyed this story of an 83 year old woman and her family. It's witty, well written and a quick read. My only complaint is that it ended in a way that seems like it was a rush to the finish. I'm not a big fan of wrapping it all up in a bow, and this didn't do that but it felt like all of a sudden things fell into place (somewhat). Overall, I'd recommend it.

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The Venom Business | Michael Crichton, John Lange
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I love most of what I‘ve read by the author but this was not my favorite. It‘s choppy, campy and corny in spots. I recognize it was an early work, so it‘s going back in time in his writing career. I waas hoping it would be on par with his later writing. #litsyAtoZ for V.

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The Venom Business | Michael Crichton, John Lange
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This isn‘t the cover of what I‘m reading- I‘m sure I wouldn‘t have chosen it if I‘d seen it. Regardless- this choice is for the #litsyatoz challenge for 2021.

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Institute | Stephen King
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Pretty good audiobook but not my favorite of King‘s writing. He is a masterful storyteller but this story has me question a few of his idea choices. Trigger warnings of child abuse and kidnapping. I think the main character should have been older in the story for as wise as he was. The narrator was pretty good but I had a few issues with the voice choices for done if the characters. Overall it‘s a good King read if you are a fan.

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I enjoyed this telling of a visiting country nurse in the Outer Hebrides. It had a good sense of place, describing the area that is intriguing to me not only in landscape but in culture. Her tales (and chapters) are pretty short and it's easily digestible. There are fun and sad tales in the book; I only wish she'd outlined how they'd renovated the croft where they lived as she had described it as dilapidated when they first moved in. #litsyAtoZ

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Audiobook. Good narration but a very predictable story

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So far, not impressed. Seems very predictable. Book club choice so I have to finish.

sprainedbrain I hate it when that happens… 7mo
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Interesting story about the “houseless“; those who live nomadically in the US to survive while working sporadic temporary jobs. I learned a lot and now appreciate and understand the lives these folks live, mostly out of necessity than desire. I listened to it on Audio which might not have been the best telling; I didn't love the narration. The book did seem a bit repetitive as well but overall worth the read.

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Interesting story about the “houseless“; those who live nomadically in the US to survive while working sporadic temporary jobs. I learned a lot and now appreciate and understand the lives these folks live, mostly out of necessity than desire. I listened to it on Audio which might not have been the best telling; I didn't love the narration. The book did seem a bit repetitive as well but overall worth the read.

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The Survivors | Jane Harper

I liked this book a lot; Jane Harper is a great author. I love her writing style, suspense and great audio narration.

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This book was not for me, and what's funny, is it's about my era growing up. Certain “characters“ that develop in the book really threw me off and made me really dislike the book. Nothing really happens, and yes, it's a coming of age story, it's a slog. Many references were beyond me though I'm unsure why and the whole thing was just ridiculous. It's billed a comedy but I didn't crack a smile or laugh once.

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Shell Seekers | Rosamunde Pilcher

Oh this is soooo good. It's a long audiobook but it's worth the 20+ hours as the narration is good and it kept me interested. Each character's history is backgrounded for a good feeling of where they come from and why. I loved the main character, Penelope and hope to be as classy as she at her age. Highly recommend!

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I really enjoyed the interview format of the book but did not enjoy where the story went in the last quarter or so. I‘m not a huge fan of sci-fi but isn‘t wasn‘t so far off that I couldn‘t follow it. I loved the unidentifiable narrator and his snarky attitude. This is the first of the trilogy, and I‘m glad I read it. I don‘t think I‘ll be reading the remaining 2 because the storyline just really wasn‘t for me. It‘s a fast read #litsyatoz for N

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Great book, as always, from Kristen Hannah. Dustbowl emigration story with a sad end but well told and beautifully written. #litsyatoz challenge for F#

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The Rifle | Gary Paulsen
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Short book that follows the story in a civil war rifle. The end is sad. #litsyAtoZ for the letter R.

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Great book! The hunter becomes the hunted in this Nazi war criminal story. There are a few plot lines that eventually come together in a nice way. It was a tiny bit predictable but it was really well integrated. #litsyAtoZ challenge for Q @bookish marginalia

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Fantastic short, quick read from Admiral McRaven and the speech he gave in 2014 to a college graduating class. Ten great anecdotes with lessons at the end that are inspiring, motivating and to the point. Everyone should read this book. #litsyAtoZ challenge for “M“. @bookishmarginalia

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The Prince of Mist | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I love Zafon's writing. His descriptions are so vivid and his atmosphere so creepy. Even though this is a YA story, it's really engaging. It's funny that Steven King gave it a great review given he wrote “IT“; I wonder what the timing was for that! GO ZAFON (rip). #litsyAtoZ challenge @bookishmarginalia

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This book is written as if the reader is a dog; which to me is confusing based on the title. It was a distracting tool in writing; it would have been much more helpful if the perspective was (or the title was) different. There's good information in the book but there are some useless charts and graphics. If this was told FROM the dog's perspective as the title implies, it would have been more helpful and readable. #litsyAtoZ @bookishmarginalia

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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I really liked this book. It's a fast story about the 5 people you'd have at the dinner table if you get the chance. There were only two minor issues for me that didn't really impact the story, but overall it was enjoyable. It does make me think about who I'd invite to my dinner. #litsyAtoZ challenge @bookishmarginalia

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Meh. I didn't love this audiobook, though the narration was fine. It's a story of a woman who is given a special sourdough starter and what happens to her in her tech life with the starter. Implausible stories are not for me, so maybe this is why I didn't care for it. This is a fast read/listen. #litsyAtoZ challenge

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Quick , helpful read for new dog owners! #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Perfume (Revised) | Patrick Suskind
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Disturbing story of a man born into a bad life, who has no odor of himself, becomes obsessed with scent. This unusual story is grim and the writing has tangential bits that lost me at times. His hunt for the perfect scent drives him to disturbing places. Really unusual concept but it did get off track for me a few times. #litsyatozchallenge @BookishMarginalia

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Perfume (Revised) | Patrick Suskind
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Disturbing story of a man born into a bad life, who has no odor of himself, becomes obsessed with scent. This unusual story is grim and the writing has tangential bits that lost me at times. His hunt for the perfect scent drives him to disturbing places. Really unusual concept but it did get off track for me a few times. #litsyatozchallenge @BookishMarginalia

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Wonderfully told (audiobook) story of 4 children during the depression and their lives in and around and Indian Training school. The narration was great, the characters well developed and the sense of place was well done. The narrator was really good and added to the richness of the story. Highly recommend this! #LitsyAtoZchallenge

SamAnne Just started this one. 12mo
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Golden Retrievers For Dummies | Nona Kilgore Bauer
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Fast read with helpful information about raising Goldens. Organized in an easily digestible manner, I got through this book in no time.

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Question-I need a survey or questionnaire tool (free) so our bookclub can narrow down our choices (online) for the year. Each member submits 2 ideas then the entire group narrows down by vote for the books for the year. Any guidance? There are a lot of members in the group so email will get too crazy.

BookishMarginalia Google Forms, if you have a Google account 13mo
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This is the second of Jane Harper‘s books that I have read. Actually, listened to. The narration is good and the story keeps up at a good clip. I really enjoyed the characters as well, it‘s a mystery story involving a work retreat gone wrong. The Aussie accent of the narrator doesn‘t hurt either!

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Wow, are you supposed to dislike a character so much you want to slap them? This was an unusual and disturbing book about a woman clearly dealing with depression and how she's “handling“ it. It's wry and shocking as well as frustrating but a fast read. The writing was good, but it made me really uncomfortable. The psychiatrist was my favorite character for her colorful, weird view and approach. Many New York references were beyond my knowledge.

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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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This is a story about a sister obsessed with her sibling's death and about the accused. Maybe it's the pandemic, but I really had trouble connecting with this book. Not sure if it's the writing or just a lack of focus on my part. There's local vernacular I had trouble with though it's not a huge part of the book. The end was not really what I expected, either. Call this a beach read.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Audiobook. I love Blake Crouch's writing. Sci Fi isn't my genre but it's not so fantastical that I couldn't connect. It is a mind bender, just like “Dark Matter“ was, with alternating time lines and realities. The narration was good in the audio version. Not being a science person I'm not sure how believable the technology parts of the story are, but it sold me. Great story.

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This is a fast but unsatisfying read about an unknown impending doom and a family stuck in a vacation rental. It just ended without much resolution and without much explanation of what caused the doom. The author several times used words that were too complicated for the sentence, I think to show off his literary prowess. I would call this an the airport book and not much more.

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I liked this audiobook but I think the title is a bit misleading. It is narrated by the authors, who are podcast hosts for a podcast I have yet to listen. This was entertaining and a quick listen about how to survive as an adult, but no so “how to“ as “this is their story“ style. My expectation was different than what was delivered, I guess, thankfully! Overall this was an enjoyable listen.