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MelissaS

MelissaS

Joined May 2016

Librarian turned stay-at-home-mom, but a reader forever
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Unmarriageable: A Novel by Soniah Kamal
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River Road: A Novel | Carol Goodman
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What‘s wrong with this sentence?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Grammatically or candy knowledge? 🤪 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading Reese‘s pieces are peanut butter not chocolate. 7mo
MelissaS @Riveted_Reader_Melissa candy knowledge of course! 7mo
AliciaDean Yes, I was going to say, there would be no chocolate smudge, because Reese's Pieces have no chocolate! 7mo
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I‘m in the mood for a good story. I Have ben in a major reading slump lately. I‘m 5 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge! found this at an indie bookstore in NH and it sounds good.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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“...his allergy is not life-threatening...”. This just makes me angry that they are downplaying a food allergy. You cannot be a little allergic and you don‘t know which exposure will send you into anaphylaxis. 😡

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘m trying to like this one better than The Wife Between Us. It‘s not working

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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I grew up in New England, so when I saw that this book involves candlepin bowling, I was intrigued. It‘s only a 7-day loan from the library so I‘m busy this weekend...

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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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Swyler‘s first novel was so charming, it‘s among my all-time favorites. This new one is mind-bending and heartbreaking and original. It gets published on May 7. Put it on your list now! #netgalley

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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My first-in-a-long-time 5 star read. It was so well written, equal parts horrifying and hopeful and heartbreaking. Not an easy breezy read but an important one.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This is the third book in a row that has mentioned the fall of the Twin Towers.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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My current read happens to match my sofa! Guess I should spend the day here with them both. #RiotGrams #Riotgramsday9 #currentread

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Don‘t you sometimes wish you could just sleep away the troubles you are having? I‘m glad this book gave me hope at the end. I rated it a solid 3 stars on Goodreads.

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So far it‘s a pretty rich girl who decides to check out of her reality by way of drugged sleep. I‘m hoping that the reason for her doing this redeems the book.

britt_brooke The trick with this one is not to take it seriously. Once I accepted the absurdity, I really enjoyed it. 10mo
MelissaS @britt_brooke that‘s what I‘m trying to keep in mind and her apathy almost makes me laugh 10mo
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Anyone else playing along with #riotgrams this month? Here is the Day 8 prompt: nonfiction reads

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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This was a refreshingly different book for me. The characters are all good and there are no vicious twists or backstabbing plots. Read if you want a happy story. @StMartinsPress #thegirlheusedtoknow

mellissimo So pretty! 😍 10mo
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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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I‘m trying this one out. My last read took too long and I need a good read!! #thegirlheusedtoknow @StMartinsPress

mcipher I love the tote! 10mo
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Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I have to say I‘m disappointed that I didn‘t love this one! Her other novels captivated me but this one left me cold.

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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Wow! Surprise book mail! Guess what I will be doing during my few kid-free hours tomorrow! @StMartinsPress

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Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I don‘t know how I missed this book, since The Thirteenth Tale is one of my all-time favorite books!

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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If you take out all the soft porn passages, this was a sweet love story. I just got tired of hearing about “her softness against his hardness”...

Prairiegirl_reading 🤮that‘s pretty much why I can‘t get into romance. 11mo
Reviewsbylola The soft porn was too much of the book for me. 11mo
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2 for 2 with fabulous books this year! My only gripe about this is the Americanization of the title. The tree is a Wych Elm, which is the original title. The change to Witch Elm does nothing but make it more accessible to American readers...

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I am loving this rich family mystery. The feeling I have while reading it reminds me of The Secret History.

Christine11 I‘m also reading this one at the moment - I‘m really liking it too! No idea where it‘s headed! 😊 11mo
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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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Don‘t you love starting the new reading year with a winner? This book was definitely a winner. Are people bad just because they have done bad things? There is a lot to ponder after finishing this book...

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Ways to Hide in Winter | Sarah St. Vincent
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This is what I feel like doing. Leave me with a stack of books and come find me in Spring.

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Book 1 of 2019.

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Good Riddance | Elinor Lipman
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I squeezed in one last book for 2018. After entertaining the in-laws for the past 5 days, I spent today reading on the couch between cat naps. This was a fun romp of a book, another e-galley from #netgalley. It was funny to me since I grew up in small-town New Hampshire and found the characters rather relatable.

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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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I got a copy of the e-galley from #netgalley and finally got around to reading it. Overall it was a good suspenseful story with a few unpredictable twists amid the usual predictable ones.

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Pulp | Robin Talley
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Like good YA, this book is honest and true. I loved the parallel stories and the way the author brought them together. Definitely worth a read!

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Disappointed | Nenne Moberg
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Littens! I‘m not going to make my reading challenge! My in-laws are here and are staying til the 31st. I almost changed my goal do I could show completion, but have decided to stay true. I‘m so sad that this is the first time I won‘t get that great “challenge completed” badge ☹️📚📚📚☹️. What would you do?

JoRead I wasn't able to complete mine of 75 last year 😞 but hey, there's always next year 😊 11mo
Samplergal Children‘s books count. If you read with your kids,..... js. 11mo
Gezemice Alter it to be 60 😉 11mo
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Kappadeemom Can you pretend to have a stomach virus and sit in the bathroom and read? 😂😂😂 11mo
Nebklvr Congrats! You did a lot of reading! Now you get to spend time with family! All is well in the world. 11mo
Blaire I heard an interview with the goodreads guy that most people only read 80% of their goal and you‘ve surpassed that! Congrats on a great reading year. Enjoy your family. 11mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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So good.

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Underwhelmed ☹️

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Pulp | Robin Talley
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Another week, another audio book. I am becoming a bigger fan of audios with each one I listen to!

Erinreadsthebooks Same here. Years ago I tried to listen to them while I ran, but it didn't work and I thought I was anti-audiobook. However, I've recently discovered that I'm good with listening in the car and really loving it! 12mo
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Holidays on Ice | David Sedaris
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I‘m laughing out loud in my car while listening to this. I love when the author is the narrator.

Kaye No one does audio better than Sedaris. I have collected all his on audio. So funny. I like the stories of when he was a kid, and about his family. 12mo
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Sufficiently creepy and this book made me so anxious! Maybe because I listened at 1.5 speed? I can‘t decide if I liked it or am just disturbed.

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Do you read the Litsy postings about your current read? Do they influence your opinion if the book? I‘ve been listening to this in the car and need to get it finished by the end of this week. I drive about 30 minutes each way so it should be doable. However, after reading some posts I‘m not too hopeful about the ending 😬

Kaye I usually prefer not to read the Litsy recs before I read the book. I do skim the star ratings on Amazon though. If it‘s 3 or below,I don‘t buy it. 12mo
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This is interesting. I always wonder how prize winners are really chosen. I feel like I should be bowled over by the book but I‘m not yet...

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I need a break from these books in which people treat each other so horridly!!

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘m confused about halfway through this one. Anyone else? Does it redeem itself?

Monica5 I just thought it was so-so. I got confused, too. 12mo
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I wanted a fast paced thriller but got a flat predictable story. I‘m quite bothered about the storyline, but don‘t want to give any spoilers.

KateFulfordAuthor That‘s a useful review, thank you 12mo
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I should be running errands, but this is the first day in two months that I‘ve been home alone. Therefore, I feel the need to curl up here and catch up on reading. It‘s the better choice, right?

Bklover Absolutely!!! Snuggle up and enjoy! 12mo
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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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I liked Dumplin‘ a bit better - maybe because I was living in TX when I read it?

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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I thought I was in the mood for light teen fiction. Turns out I‘m annoyed by the mean girl getting her due and turning around her attitude. I‘m going to finish this today because I‘m not a quitter but I‘m not thrilled about it.

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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This was a great listen on my drive to work the past few weeks. Today I finished it and feel the ending is just a tad too neat and clean. I read that the author wrote this with a movie in mind and it would make a good film. The atrocities of The Holocaust always tear my heart apart.

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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And now for something completely different!

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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The only issue with a good historical fiction story is the need to investigate the events further. I‘m curious to read more about Mary Treat and Vineland, NJ.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I wish I was reading a hard copy of this instead of the ebook, but I missed my hold at the library and the e copy came up again first. It‘s getting really good halfway in

Reviewsbylola I‘m excited for this one! 13mo
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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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Sometimes you just need a good, messy, real YA novel. My favorite thing about YA books is the issues that are taboo elsewhere are faced straight on.

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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Just began listening to this on the way home. It‘s well read so far.

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An Eye opening view of flavor and how the manufacturing of such is a slippery slope. We have been misled by the food factories of today. Take a stand and eat real food.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This was just a good read. A really good read.

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I began this audio on my drive to work today. I feel already like it is going to make me triple-guess every food choice I make for a while...

ashsbookmarks I want chips! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
MelissaS @ashsbookmarks me too!!! 14mo
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I finally figured out how to get my Hoopla borrows from the library to play through my phone in the car!!! So now I can listen to books while I commute to and from work. I‘ve been listening to this one for a while and finished today. It was good. I felt that Hollis isn‘t trying to outdo anyone. She truly cares and wants us to be the best we can be.