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MaggieCarr

MaggieCarr

Joined January 2018

I buy, barter, and borrow all genres for all ages. I read cross format, both released and pre-released. Librarian by day and avid reader by night.♡
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For fans of A Man Called Ove, this is another sweet story of a 69 year old pensioner who lives a quiet life sticking to the routine he and his wife kept during their 40 year marriage. A year after her passing he starts packing up her clothes for charity and finds a charm bracelet he's never remembered seeing before. Each charm leads him on an adventure into is wife's life before their marriage. He meets many people with stories themselves. 5☆

Libby1 I liked this one, too. 😊 5h
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My Eyes Are Up Here | Laura Zimmermann
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ARC delivery!

Lovesbooks87 Aren‘t you lucky. See a lot of books that I can‘t wait to read. Enjoy! (edited) 3d
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Bailedbailed

I don't hate it, but I've struggled to get this far (1/3). Bailing for now, will come back to it later.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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November Bookish Bingo: Dramatic Family Dinner ✔
Yes, a great example about the love of a parent but the love felt like end end chapter of Matilda where the best thing they ever did for children they didn't understand was to leave them with someone else. I, honestly, was expecting way more humor and this book didn't deliver that. But it was unique and not a storyline I had read before so there's that. Will have to ponder how I'd ever recommend it.

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November Bookish Bingo - Published in November ✔

Chloe is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she‘s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”:
✔ Move out of her family‘s mansion.
🔲 Enjoy a drunken night out.
🔲 Ride a motorcycle.
🔲 Go camping.
🔲 Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
🔲 Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
🔲 Do something bad.

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All too many of us struggle under the weight of life, convinced we need to work harder to prove ourselves, to others, and to God that we are good enough, smart enough, and spiritual enough to do the things we believe we should. Instead discover what God can do though you just as you are, as the person he created you to be.

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Lake Season | Denise Hunter
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As an author I've met more than once, I devour every new book and Hallmark movie released from Denise Hunter. I recommend and gift her titles often. I broke my pact and read her newest book, the first in a new series. It's hard to pick favorites from authors you enjoy but this book is definitely my favorite by Denise to date. For her first attempt at time-slip she nailed it! Memorable characters, back stories, setting, and emotional storyline. 5☆

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I've read many open door romances to keep up with my readers advisory but this "retelling" qualifies as icky for me. The protagonist (& her deceased family) are charged with protecting humans from the Greek gods. In this cliff-hanger she has multiple simulatious sexual partners who are Greek gods. Blah.
Content Warning: Steamy love scenes, dominating alphas who protect their female, and plenty of sexy Greek gods who will leave you breathless.

ravenlee Good to know, thanks for the tag. 2w
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Yes! Yes! Yes! Who has moving boxes?

Lovesbooks87 There is a swap for this! I did it last year and signed up this year as well! 2w
TiredLibrarian I love this idea; wonder if I could get any of the loved ones on board with it? 2w
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The Reading Women Challenge
A myth retelling starting now.
Not excited, mythology is not my go-to genre but with only two tasks remaining for the year, I can't hold off any longer. Let's get'r done!

ravenlee I love mythology, so I‘m looking forward to your review of this one. 2w
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Not the Girl You Marry | Andie J. Christopher
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Open door romance.
Christina Lauren reviewed it perfectly and I wouldn't describe it any differently...
"Sharp, smart, sexy- a perfectly executed role-swapped
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days."
Too weird that Kate Hudson plays an Andie and the author of this book is an Andie too???

Soubhiville What is “open door” romance? I‘ve been seeing it lately as a sub genre... 2w
Zelma @Soubhiville graphic sex scenes. Some romances fade to black or move out of the room when the characters have sex, hence referred to as closed door romances. 2w
Soubhiville Ah, thanks @Zelma ! Mystery solved! 🤗 2w
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Took a sick day since I'm voiceless from coughing but a sabbatical would benefit my growing TBR pile...

JoyBlue Feel better pronto! 💙 ☀ 2w
jillrhudy How do you get the rest of the world to understand this? 2w
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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Open-Door Romance.
I enjoyed that it revolved around a married couple fighting for their marriage instead of a new relationship. This book would make for a great rom-com film with the quirky Bromance Book Club member's and Thea's back story and Gavin's stutter. The interwoven story of the Earl and his wife was fun and having the Earl become Gavin's inner conscience a unique spin on how books can dictate our day to day lives.

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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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Wow. I want to call this book very "current-events" but that would insinuate that sexual advances are new and not something that has been taking place in society for decades. Instead, simply, technology has made these instances more forthcoming and allowing more people to be aware and comfortable to come forward. 5☆
Moriarty's Big Little Lies × Burke's The Wife × Gates' Moment of Lift...

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Inspirational Christian Fiction.
I enjoyed the multiple storylines and how everything wasn't wrapped up in a cute little bow. Real life isn't always perfect and sometimes this genre can appear that way. Pastors and church leaders are placed on a pedestal and can fall just as easily out of line with the faith they practice. Already preordered this author's second titled expected out in January 2020.

Laura317 @MaggieCarr I‘ve not read this author, but you‘ve got me intrigued! Might I suggest an author to you? 4w
MaggieCarr @Laura317 sounds good! Thanks! 4w
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Picked it up because of the illustrated cover trend in rom com marketing. I have no problem with open-door romances, but feel this one hurt the message inside. The storyline is powerful and could be used to open conversations for many ages. I would be very quick to share this title for all these reasons, but not everyone will be comfortable with the descriptive sex scenes. In this title, they simply work against each other.

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When both girls attend a Friday night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to make it through the night. #BigLibraryRead

CrowCAH Follow the hashtag and I‘ll be posting discussion questions everyday. 1mo
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5☆ The cover has nothing to do with the story so I'm glad a friend told me Louise Miller had a new title out. Just like in 'The City Baker's Guide To County Living' it feels the Gilmore Girls' Stars Hallow, unique festivals, secrets, coming together. Sigh, so good. Gonna go make Burnt Sugar Cake with Maple Frosting now. Yum!

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Pretty excited that a Goat Parade just happened in The Late Bloomers Club.... and ✔ on my November Bookish Bingo Card! 3 for 3 on my November reads so far!

Get your own card to download or screenshot at www.bookish.com #bookishbingo

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Reading Women 2018 Shortlisted ✔
Hearing from the standpoint of a child/than adult who was given up and understanding so many emotions during her journey of knowledge was awe inspiring. Needing to know her health history spurred her on to find her biological family and while it connected her to come amazing family it also opened wounds with other family members. Worth a read if you need to take a walk in someone elses shoes.

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Beard Science | Penny Reid
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Mehso-so

I was excited about this book and Cletus' story but all the blackmailing left me uneasy. Why, oh way, do I fret over fictional characters and some of the choices they make? Gaa! LOL

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Sub-character, Cletus, stole the show. I'm hoping he gets his own story coming up.

DGRachel Cletus is my favorite Winston brother and he does get his own book. 🤩 1mo
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Truth Or Beard | Penny Reid
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#TheCoverDrewMeIn

For real though... definetly looked up the whole series because of the cover. They read like dual pov adult romance × Katie McGarry's Thunder Road series. Me likes!

Crazeedi I've seen these books, noticed them because of their unusual covers. I wondered if they were any good 1mo
Julsmarshall I love this series! Funny, charming and with a depth that I really appreciate. 1mo
ChasingOm I love this series too! I just got the most recent one from a hold at the library. 😄 1mo
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Forbidden | Beverly Jenkins
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Reading challenge: read a historial romance by an aoc. ✔

The romance was too raunchy for me, but I enjoyed the characters and the race storyline.

jillrhudy Glad to meet someone else with a raunch limit! 1mo
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Someday I will chase a tornado with my hubby and cousin. Until then I find myself gravitating towards people who breathe weather as a hobby or profession. Into The Wind is the second book in the Chasing Helicity series and picks up right were the first book ends. This title includes limited profanity and perscription drug abuse and concludes as a ciiff hanger without tying up any of the storylines. Definetly worth reading but in tandem vs as pub.

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Blah. I got through it but it jumped around so much I was sure in multiple places, I had lost or missing pages. Just not for me.

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Home on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand
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A little long-winded at some points, but unique love story for the Amish genre. Jetho and Mary Anne are already married but after a miscarriage grief separately and in their own ways leaving them more out of love than in. Enter extended family, a solitary movement, and working through a tough spot (with hoots and hollars) in order to find love again. Only with for a different ending. This one would have been better without the little bow.

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Madeline's Rescue | Ludwig Bemelmans
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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Read cover to cover in one sitting... 4☆
Everything is cyclical. Yet, WW2 was not so long ago that we have forgotten. How are we in a situation of repetition so soon? Perfect book for older kids through adults.

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5☆☆☆☆☆

Megabooks For sure!! 2mo
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I knew of their philanthropic work, but not nearly the extent of it nor the driving force behind it. Absolutely awe inspiring, backed with statistics that make me mad and leave me wanting to see and lead more change before my death.
Themes: Lifting each other up, empowering mothers, family planning, girls in school, unpaid work, child marriage, gender bias, new cultures, coming together.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Some books are just better on audio. A few of my favorites are...
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

What are your favorites and why does audio make it better?

Crazeedi Thanks for the audio recs! 2mo
DHill I loved Ashley Bell, The Fireman and Wolf Hall. 2mo
jillrhudy I loved The Woman In White on Blackstone Audio with Roger Rees as Walter Hartright. 2mo
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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I recently learned that author Christina Lauren is actually a writing duo, rather than a single person. As far as rom coms go I have really enjoyed most of their stand alone titles, but this one just fell short for me.

Jas16 This wasn‘t one of my favorites either. 2mo
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A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand
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Book 8 in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series...
So I live in a town 50% Amish. Many conservative authors don't write from an experience of total immersion. However, I literally wait to read these titles. Not due to accuracy but rather for the carry-over minor characters, the matchmaking great-grandparents who are laugh out loud witty and simply pull each story together. They may have only 2,000 words of dialog a story but it's worth it!

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Doesn't everyone grab their servers arms for a double-take? ♡♡♡

Soubhiville That‘s so cool!!! 2mo
vivastory One of my favorite childhood books 2mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Mehso-so

Hmmm. See previous post for mid-blurb. Final consensus 3☆. Didn't love the MC. Pacing felt off, slow but steady for 90% of the book and a rushed conclusion that felt nothing short of hitting a writing deadline. Maybe the first title I truly didn't enjoy from Hello Sunshine.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Finally got my hold on this title from an old Reese's Book Club pick. It's like Elenore Oliphant × Keiko Furukara × Stella Lane × Ove & Britt-Marie all smushed into one character. Only a third of the way through and I feel mediocre about it considering how long I've waited my turn.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Red At The Bone | Jacqueline Woodson | Pub 9/17/19

I stumbled upon Jacqueline Woodson by reading tasks for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge some years ago. Now, it's a simple decision to read each new book that she publishes. This one did not disappoint. When I read time slip, it's easy to get confused by multiple points in history and varying perspectives, especially when it's not chronological.

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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Middle Grade Novel | Author of Dumplin', Puddin', Tamona in Blue | Publishes today, October 1, 2019

"Let's recap. My parents are divorced. My dad is gay, and my mim has a new boyfriend. She's not calling him her boyfriend yet, but he's totally her boyfriend. I'm pretending to be the town advice columnist while the regular lady is MIA. My best friend is ticked off at me, and I've somehow mangaged to become friends with my once-sworn enemy."

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This will be a book I return to over and over. I was the daughter, now I'm the mother and have yet to learn to have confidence in myself in my daily life. I fake it well. So well, but know I lack it in every sense of the word. In order to be a living example to my daughter, I know I have a lot of work to do. Can't wait to delve deeper into a group study with this title. A 5☆ read that I'll return to over and over.

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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Wow. So only one gripe, for a group of teens destined to go to Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, etc they sure use profanity in lieu are adjectives way more than I would think is believeable. However, it's been a long time since I was a teen and I know I'm not in the loop as much anymore. The rest of the book was amazing, I learned a lot about Korean/Korean-America culture. Distributed for YA but would be insightful to adults.

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We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler
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Time Slip × YA
"You can't just love a legacy. You can't let one thing - one talent, one person, one particular way of life - stop you from loving other things too." Pg 235

I really enjoyed this book and double narrative shared from both a current day teen and her great-grandmother who are both tight rope walkers.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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Still undecided if getting both of my new ARC shipments within the same week is a good thing or not. I could easily consider this the sign I need to hibernate for the winter and disappear with my spoils. I've already decided to quit reading all but one of my challenges for 2020 and simply read what I want for the year. #LibrarianLife #ARCS

Heatherfeather Whoa! (And I always agree you should read what you want 😁) 2mo
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Very cute open-door romance. I enjoyed the banter and inside look at a Renaissance Fair, but I could definitely relate more to the love of reading and coffee shop verbiage. Reminded me a of Christina Lauren's books.

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Truth! "...to feel wired for others yet irrelevant; to need community but equally to be unable to find one; that cleaning, cooking, and caring for my family is a pleasure and a blessing, but it isn't the same as feeling connected to them; to do things for others isn't the same as being with them; that watching television...isn't always "spending an evening together." ...I wonder what within me is compelling enough that anyone would stay with me."

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No regrets for last place...

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Say You'll Remember Me | Katie McGarry
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I was lucky enough to meet Katie last year and was a huge fan of her newest book at that time and felt honored to have that time with her. Since then I've read 5 more of her titles and each have characters and dialog that feel so real it's easy to think they were transcribed rather than fictional. Thank you, Katie, for breathing life into your characters so readers can see themselves and their feelings reflected in the books that you write.

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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Mehso-so

Post catchup #2
Good but I liked Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts more. Compairing the two stories, this one just felt surface-y, lacking character development apart from the illness.

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Post catchup #1

I really didn't like Piper, I can't pinpoint why exactly, something just seemed off.