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MaryAnn1

MaryAnn1

Joined May 2016

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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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“Why argue with a person so happy in their ignorance?”

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This is a fast-paced winner! Great way to spend my Friday, but what's next?

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You know how you finish a book and have to let it simmer in your brain awhile to uncover all the feels? No need to do that here. This bad boy was an incredible page turner! My second Paul Cleave and I'm loving him.

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How is it possible that this is my first Paul Cleave? I loved it!! Such a great premise for a thriller and it was engaging, complicated and thought provoking. I couldn't put it down. Jerry/Harry will be with me for a long time.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Arrived at my child's school 35 minutes prior to pick up. I plan this purposely because it's a perfect opportunity for uninterrupted reading. Well, today's new book isn't so new. I realized that I've already read it. I'm embarrassed to say how frequently I do this. Maybe my TBR stack needs a little updating. Good thing I've got the Kindle app available on my phone. Wasted time averted!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love to see people reading this book!!! My favorite ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life | Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
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Yes they grew up more privileged than most but they really are remarkable women. "We were expected to be good people, to care about others, and be responsible." Imagine if everyone lived by these expectations. ?

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Phantom | Jo Nesbo
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Jo Nesbo is absolutely my favorite crime fiction writer and I have a crush on character Harry Hole. Phantom has left me in a state of disbelief with more questions than answers. Now what??

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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A book that lives up to its hype. For me, it really was a thriller! So much so that when I was interrupted for adult responsibilities i would get frustrated. 😃 I really loved this one!!👍🏻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Totally agree!! Love your 🎃🎃 2y
Monica5 I have it in my library stack to read! 2y
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The Polar Express | Chris Van Allsburg
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Not who gets more excited about these, my daughter or myself. I had to promise not to place an order until she gets home from school. 💕

Tamra Totally! 😍 2y
Tamra I don‘t know how old your daughter is, but my 7 yr old loves Purrmaids. We have Crenshaw but haven‘t gotten to it yet! (edited) 2y
MaryAnn1 @Tamra oh my gosh! My 9-year-old wants to buy Crenshaw! Great minds💕 2y
Tamra @MaryAnn1 👍🏾👍🏾 2y
Mamashep In my house, I was always the most excited to see them! 2y
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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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I'm late to the party but here we go!🤓

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Longer than it needed to be and full of cliches. However, a worth while read from a courageous and talented young woman.

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The Widow | Fiona Barton
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There wasn't a likable character in the lot. The story moved forward rapidly enough that I didn't give up but I couldn't wait to get it over with.

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The Late Show | Michael Connelly
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Oh yeah, I'm going to be up all night (wearing the headlamp in bed) reading this one. Captivating from the start! 🤓

Peterfox123 I really enjoyed this. There was always going to be the worry that it wouldn't match up to Bosch but I very soon wanted more of this new character. 2y
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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My 4th grader will be participating in the Battle of the Books for the first time this year. I thought I'd read the books she'll be assigned so that I may question her comprehension. Now here's my dilemma. Does this count towards my books read this year? Should it be included in my Moleskin journal or should it be considered more of a bedtime story and dismissed?

Ruri_kaichou I would count them. 😊 2y
DivineDiana If it‘s 4th grade, they must be chapter books. I say count them! 2y
Dogearedcopy Since you'll be paying closer attention to BOB books than you might otherwise, I would especially make sure to count them! 2y
RebL Count them. For the reasons stated by @DivineDiana and @Dogearedcopy. Also because—fun! This will mark your new phase with the kiddo. Would you count my reading of Huck Finn and Jane Eyre with my high schoolers? I bet you would. And good luck to your daughter in the competition! 2y
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The Whistler | John Grisham
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Another great story from Grisham. I wish it hadn't wrapped up so neatly. I prefer a grisly end. What's wrong with me?

No_One Nothing's wrong with you! ? I usually equate grisly ends with "reality" and then I wonder why I want my books to be so realistic when I'm supposed to be reading them as an escape from reality. ? 2y
MaryAnn1 @No_One , EXACTLY!! Thank you for so eloquently articulating how I feel.💕 2y
No_One @MaryAnn1 and I am glad I'm not the only one living this dilemma! 😊 2y
SilversReviews Love these. 2y
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The Good Daughter: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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If Karin writes it, I'll read it. She can tell a story! This one had me from the get go. I neglected my family and my home to get through this bad boy and you know what? It was worth it!!

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Good as Gone | Amy Gentry
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I found the use of religion as a tool to brainwash a child almost too much to take. This story was so painfully real. 💔

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The Child | Fiona Barton
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Why does the DNA of two complete strangers match that of an infant buried long ago? Provocative!

SilversReviews It was good. 2y
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Emma in the Night | Wendy Walker
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Narcissistic mother to the max! 😳

Lissa00 I just picked this up last night. I'm not very far but I don't have a clue where it is going yet:) 2y
MaryAnn1 @Lissa00, it's more fun when unpredictable. Tell me what you think when you finish the ride! 2y
SilversReviews Wow!! We sure gave a lot of books in common. :) Nice to meet you. 2y
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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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If you've ever experienced the pain of infertility, this book hits home. Powerful stuff. This one is going to stay with me for a LONG time. Definitely buying a copy for the home library. This is a debut novel. I can't wait to see what's next.

SilversReviews Love that orange. 2y
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Received the third installment in the mail today. Max Brallier nails it. These books are right on the money. I read them aloud to my 9 year old at bedtime and dad loves to listen, too! So much fun.

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Class Mom | Laurie Gelman
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Snarky, silly read. A little laugh out loud humor. Makes a great palate cleanser.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Well, it was better than The Girl on the Train.

Lola Agree. 2y
Jessclay10 That's exactly what I said when I finished! 2y
MaryAnn1 @Jessclay10 , great minds...🤓 2y
MaryAnn1 @Lola 👍🏻 2y
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Class Mom | Laurie Gelman
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Yeee!! I've got to get started.😎

Eyelit Love your peeps/candy corn jar! 2y
MaryAnn1 @Eyelit, Thanks! I'm more an Etsy lady than a Pinterest gal, but I was able to handle this project. 😉 2y
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I found myself smiling while reading this. The family dynamics are so relatable and at the same time made me feel ridiculous because I could relate. This would make a great book to take along on vacation: light and breezy. Thumbs up!!

shawnmooney That photo! 😂😂 2y
Beckys_Books Is that my mother-in-law? 2y
Reecaspieces 😂😂😂 2y
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Reggie I totally loved this book. Even though I didn't really like the characters, I couldn't help but root for them. They were human and people we all know or have been. So good. 2y
MaryAnn1 @Reggie , I couldn't agree more. 😁 2y
MaryAnn1 @Beckys_Books Ha ha ha!! 2y
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Perfect Days: A Novel | Raphael Montes
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Perfect Days is a quality story. Well defined characters and unexpected surprises. Our main character is an absolute sociopath yet relatable. Am I crazy too?😳 Will definitely recommend this quick read! 👍🏻

Kaylamburson I remember when it first came out I said the ending is kinda (emphasis on kinda) happy. Now everyone thinks I'm crazy lol. 2y
MaryAnn1 @Kaylamburson , ha ha! I know exactly what you mean. It was a crazy-happy ending. Maybe that's what my obituary will say one day. 😂 2y
Kaylamburson Hahaha I well I hope your end in nothing like Clarice and Teo's lol. @MaryAnn1 2y
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House of Secrets | Brad Meltzer
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Wooo! Another winner folks! 🤓

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Two Nights | Kathy Reichs
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Finally a winner!! My book slump is over! 👍🏻👍🏻

Texreader Way to go! 2y
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I Remember Nothing | Nora Ephron
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I've really got to bail. Hits so close to home it hurts. Notice it's the large print edition? Besides my memory, I'm losing my hearing and vision, too. I thought I had a good sense of humor about it I mean who doesn't love Nora Ephron? Cuts too close to the bone for enjoyment for this old gal.

ReadingEnvy 🤗I've definitely had to put a book aside because of similar discomfort. Maybe at some point it will be funny, maybe not. 2y
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The Secrets She Keeps | Deb Caletti
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Trying to break free from my usual genre but The Secrets didn't do it for me. I had to bail. Next up Tig Notaro's I'm Just a Person. I expect this to be a huge improvement.

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The Forever Summer | Jamie Brenner
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It's not a bad book. It's a sweet story with great metaphors. I don't need a story to wrap up perfectly. I prefer a more realistic approach. It's a fine summer read and keeps one turning the pages, just too predictable and nicely tied up to be memorable for me.

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She gets as giddy as me as we enter the magical place (Barnes and Noble). Since We Fell was fast paced and well written. This gets a thumbs up!👍🏻

abbsinwonderland I went to an actual STORE instead of online for the first time in years this past weekend. I felt just like a kid! Spent probably about three hours or so in there. I wish I lived closer to one! 2y
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California is on fire. This was the moon last night. Air quality is so poor today that we are being advised to stay indoors. Great opportunity for reading.

Eyelit Stay safe - hope the fires die out soon! 2y
Alfoster Oh no! Where are you in CA? We're in San Diego. 2y
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Golden Prey | John Sandford
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John Sandford knows how to write a bad guy.

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The latest in Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series. Nesbo is my favorite crime fiction writer. I wanna know him. I wanna know Harry. The writing is so good I feel like I could actually meet Harry. So much good stuff here. I can't get enough!!

Beckys_Books Wondering who would win a Harry Hole vs Jack Reacher 2y
LaurenAsh I love this series, especially because of Harry! 2y
MaryAnn1 @Beckys_Books , what a provocative question! 🤔 2y
MaryAnn1 @LaurenAsh , it bothers me that Harry's "unattractiveness" is always mentioned because I think he's sexy as hell! ? 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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The Good Girl | Mary Kubica
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The story is told from the perspective of several characters switching from past tense to present. Early in I found that to be unnecessary and annoying but at some point I found that it wasn't so bad. A kid napping takes an unexpected turn and things are far from what they seem.

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Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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This had so much promise. The story was intriguing with great character development. In the end, it fell flat. For me it felt like a different writer finished the story. I was disappointed.

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She's a mom first. Love her even more.

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The Black Book | James Patterson, David Ellis
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Recently I've been avoiding Patterson novels as I've felt they've become repetitive. So glad I returned with this choice. I'm reminded why James Patterson is the master!

Read4life Starting it tonight. Glad to hear you're liking it. 3y
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The Secrets of My Life | Caitlyn Jenner
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I'm not a Kardashian follower AT ALL, only curious about Caitlyn's journey. I expected to look at the photos and skim through the pages. I read it cover to cover. It was delightfully unexpected. She is honest, vulnerable and thoughtful. Above all I found her to be modest and grateful. So glad I picked this up.

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One Perfect Lie | Lisa Scottoline
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Easy, breezy summer read.

MyNamesParadise Agreed!! I listened to the audio but it was fast and I looked forward to it again each time! 3y
MaryAnn1 @MyNamesParadise, I joined Audible and found myself too anxious to listen as I can read and tear through pages at a more rapid rate. I'm going to give it another go during exercise. That just might be the perfect way for me to listen. 3y
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Mississippi Blood | Greg Iles
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Trilogy perfection! This series had it all: mystery, murder, action, family drama, love, hate and lies! Hate to say goodbye to Penn. I just might start over with the prequels to this series. Pure excellence. 🔥

Freefallinmissy I read the first two books in this series but I thought there was more than three, but you mention prequels? I'm confused ! 3y
MaryAnn1 @Freefallinmissy, the Natchez Burning trilogy is complete but apparently, Penn is in 3 prior novels. I've put them on my library request list. So excited. 3y
Freefallinmissy Oh ok I get it now :-) 3y
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Lucky Boy | Shanthi Sekaran
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Waves and words 💕

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Lucky Boy | Shanthi Sekaran
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Digging into this bad boy while my husband waits on line at the DMV. I'll have some time. 😊

KerriArista About half thru it and really liking it. 3y
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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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So much good stuff here. What makes it so frightening is how realistic the crime. We could all easily be a victim. 😲

MaryAnn1 The last page though!!! 😲 3y
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Pretty Girls: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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"....he threw his arm around her shoulders and spread his legs wide, as if the girth of his testicles had turned his kneecaps into oppositely polarized magnets."

LauraBrook 😂😂😂 3y
britt_brooke 😆😆😆 3y
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CouronneDhiver 🙈 * shudders * 3y
Megabooks 😅😅😅😅😅😅😅 3y
LeahBergen Seriously, bro? 3y
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Pretty Girls: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Karin Slaughter can tell a story. Her easy, relatable prose helps the reader race through the pages quickly because that's the best way to devour a Slaughter! Karin is killin it. 💕👍🏻

JoeStalksBeck This book is amazing 3y
seglitis A fave for sure!! 3y
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Sometimes a girls got to bail.

Reviewsbylola I wish I had bailed on this! I kept hoping it would get better. Spoiler: it didn't. 3y
Jenshootsweddings @Reviewsbylola I needed to hear that a few days ago 3y
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What is the matter with me when I'm hoping a serial murderer gets away with it? Good writing. Is there a sequel? What happens to Lily?

Mrscastro I loved this book! 👌 3y
Julsmarshall I loved it too! 3y
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