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Monica5
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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May final total:
Finished: The , House Across the Lake
DNF'D The Family Remains

Wish I could have got more read, but happy with what I got read☺️

#20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done and thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳 1d
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Monica5
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Starting this next. As an American, I have always been fascinated by the Royal Family.

kbibliophilific Same. Let us know what you think 1d
Monica5 @kbibliophilific I will 🙂 23h
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Monica5
House Across the Lake | Riley Sager
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Pickpick

Oh, my! I did not see those test coming. So many twist. One thing that got on my nerves was the repeated stuff about her being an acholic. Anyone reading the book could figure that out within the first couple chapters.

4⭐ Read

@mom_of_4 it's good. If you like thrillers, check it out.

Finished for #20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1d
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Monica5
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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After day 2

I DNF'D The Family Remains 4
Started The House Across the Lake 1hr
Total 5 hr
Yesterday was busier than I expected. After Church, I plan on reading the rest of the day.

#20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3d
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Monica5
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Bailedbailed

I finally made it to the half way point, but I am so bored. DNFing this one.

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Monica5
No Title | None
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September Wrap Up!!

I read more than I thought 🤔 I got 10 books read.
2 DNF's. For a total of 12

Read:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 5⭐
Freezing Order 5⭐
Diana 4⭐
Skirts 4⭐
Murder by the Book 4⭐
An Affair of Spies 4⭐
The Godmother 3⭐
In the Midst of Fire 3⭐
Home Before Dark 3⭐
The Paris Apartment 2⭐

DNF'd:

Saved
Fen, Bog and Swamp

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Monica5
House Across the Lake | Riley Sager
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Starting this. Hope it's better than the last one I read.

mom_of_4 I almost did this one. Tell me how it is. 4d
Monica5 @mom_of_4 I will 4d
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Monica5
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I plan on finishing The Family Remains
Then read The House Across the Lake
The Faith of Elvis

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

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Monica5
Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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Mehso-so

Just my opinion, but not Sager's Best!

I give it 3⭐ instead of 2⭐ just because a part freaked me out and the last 50 pages kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Monica5
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So excited to start. My Libby hold came in!!!

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Monica5
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Pickpick

For this to be a fiction book, it read like a bio for a star. I really enjoyed it.

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Monica5
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Starting this tonight. It's 9:30 pm so I don't know how much I will get read. Libby hold came in, and I have been wanting to read it.

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Monica5
An Affair of Spies: A Novel | Ronald H. Balson
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Pickpick

Late on review.

4⭐

Why I get Library books when I have books to review for Netgalley, I will never understand 🤪

I enjoyed this WWII Historical Fiction book. It was well researched, but some of the information was repeated and a little technical, still a good book though. It has a little thrilleresque, a little coziness, and some romance.

Published September 13, 2022

#netgalley
#stmartinspress

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Monica5
Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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1. Home Before Dark (Chapter 9) An Affair of Spies (52%) Haven't read much past few days
2. I am allergic to caffeine
3. Invited to a friend's Halloween party

@rachelsbrittain

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Monica5
Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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'Every house has a story to tell and a secret to share'

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Monica5
Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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Went to Library to get something laminated and ended up checking out two books. Y'all have me reading two at a time now.
Starting this physical book and reading An Affair of Spies on Kindle.

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Monica5
An Affair of Spies: A Novel | Ronald H. Balson
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Starting this afternoon! Hope I have better luck with it than I did with my last two books.

Late on Reading my ARC. This Published on September 13, 2022

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Monica5
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Bailedbailed

I feel asleep twice reading this book last night and once today. I don't think it's me, because I read nonfiction. I think it's just very boring to me.

Publishes September 27, 2022

#netgalley

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Monica5
The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Panpan

I should have DNF'd, but everyone has raved about it, so I finished it finally.

I can't figure out what all the hype is about this book. I didn't care for it. It wasn't a very thrilling or suspenseful book to me. The premise of it was good, but it seemed monotonous. If it's on your TBR List, keep it there, because it has gotten great reviews from others. It just wasn't what I was expecting, after all the reviews.

📚 Happy Reading 🙂📚

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Monica5
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Mehso-so

It was okay for me, though it did pick up at the half way point.

What happens when you think by marrying someone you just meet will be better for your life and it turns out you are wrong.

Thanks to Goodreads for the book.

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Monica5
The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Y'all have me reading 2 at a time now🙂

Starting this e-book I had on hold thru Libby and reading physical book In the Midst of Fire.

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Monica5
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Mehso-so

Interesting. I would have enjoyed it more if Pupetta's story would have been told in one or two chapters instead of interspersed throughout.

Women in the Mafia are treated like second class citizens. Only way out is in a police car or death. There is no divorce for women.

#netgalley
#penguinbooks

Published September 6, 2022

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Monica5
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#weekendReading @Andrew65

The Godmother. It's about the women in the Italian Mafia.

Andrew65 Sounds interesting. 3w
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Monica5
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Stole this from Goodwill Librarian on FB.

Love this quote. It's so true!

'The Journey of a Lifetime Starts With the Turning of a Page' ❤️📚❤️

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Monica5
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Pickpick

I couldn't put this down. Murder, conspiracy, money laundering, Putin, Russia, 2016 U.S. Presidential election, and fearing for life. Reads like a legal thriller, even though it's non-fiction.

Highly recommend.

Won from Goodreads

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Pickpick

Quite interesting. Learned stuff I never knew.
There was stuff that was a little boring to me, but the stuff I found out outweighed the boring stuff.

I had the Kindle ARC and it didn't have pictures. Would have liked to see some of the skirt designs.

Published September 6, 2022.

#netgalley
#stmartinspress

Reecaspieces I am listening to this now…I agree with your assessment. Who knew a book about the history of skirts would be interesting 4w
Monica5 @Reecaspieces I had no idea it'd be so interesting 4w
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Pickpick

I watched a special the other night on Princess Diana and realized I never read her story. I found it quite interesting but sad. To see where she came from, what she faced in the Royal family, how she overcame all that, and ending up the Princess of the World.

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Received this ARC from Netgalley. Going to try to read two books at once. This one on my Kindle and Diana: Her True Story in hardback from my local library. Never read two at a time, but I see y'all read multiple books at a time, so I am going to give it a try ☺️

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Monica5
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I have been wanting to read this forever. I watched a special on her the other night and picked it up from my local library to finally read.

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Monica5
Murder by the Book | Martin Edwards
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Pickpick

A book full of short stories dealing with books, writers and detectives. These are all older stories from writers that have passed away.

Some stories were really good, others were just okay.
But, overall I enjoyed book.

Comes out September 6, 2022

#netgalley
#poisionpenpress

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Monica5
Stay Awake: A Novel | Megan Goldin
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Pickpick

Well, I am calling the month of August. I won't finish another book today. Not a bad month:

9 Total
Stay Awake 5⭐
Eye for Eye 4⭐
The Stationery Shop 2⭐
The Book Of Cold Cases 5⭐
The Case of the Murderous Dr Cream 3⭐
A Darker Reality 4⭐
Berlin 2⭐
American Demon 4⭐
All Dressed Up 2.5⭐

Thanks to @Clwojick for hosting #AugustARC
I got some I had a while off my list🙂

Clwojick You did fantastic! Way to go! 🤍🤍 1mo
Monica5 @Clwojick Thank you 1mo
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I can't tell you how long I read during the #20in4 Readathon, but I finished 2 books.

Thought it would be more, but instead of bailing I fought thru to the end of All Dressed Up.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done, that‘s great 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 1mo
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Monica5
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Panpan

Ugh! I hated Becca, the MC, so much I really didn't care what happened. Plus, the ending was so ignorant. It was like Gagnon didn't know how to wrap up everything between her husband and her.

I should have just bailed, but others really enjoyed it. Just goes to show everyone reads a different book with the same title.

I have no idea what my time is on reading. My stopwatch deleted my time. 2 books done though.

#AugustARC
#20in4

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Monica5
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End of Day three
Day one: 4 hrs 40 mins
Day two: 6 hrs 40 mins
Day three: 2 hrs
Total: 13 hours 10 minutes

One book finished, 17% into other book

#20in4
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Monica5
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Not very exciting. It's just my first name with how old I was when I got my first library card.

#littenswanttoknow

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Monica5
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Pickpick

Actually finished the Saturday morning, but wasn't feeling well.

If you like True Crime, you should read this. It's about the torso murders in Cleveland during the 1930's and Eliot Ness' involvement in trying to solve.

Ness thought he solved the case but swore all his close people to secrecy. No one has ever told who he thought it was.

It's like Jack the Ripper. We may never know for sure.

#AugustARC
Publishes 9-6-22

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Monica5
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I read bc I am disabled and it gives me something to do other than house stuff and watching TV (which has nothing on good anyway, except for Jeopardy 😜)

My whole family read, so it's just something I grew up doing and never stopped.

Whenever I can. Usually the afternoons, evenings and night. I try to get a little housework done each day, then read rest of day.

Want to play: @TrishB @Andrew65 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @RamsFan1963

TrishB Thanks for the tag 👍🏻 1mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😊 1mo
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Monica5
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First day total time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Still Reading American Demon 68% done with it

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Monica5
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For about three years, beginning in 1936, Eliot Ness kept tabs on my grandfather Fred P. Stashower.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Not sure which books I will be reading, other than the American Demon, that I am starting tonight. Plan on getting at least 20 hours in though😀📚

#20in4 Special
#Readathon
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 1mo
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Monica5
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Starting this one tonight. Sounds interesting 🤔
It's About Elliott Ness and the hunt for America's Jack the Ripper. I hope this True Crime book doesn't disappoint me like the Case of the Murderous Dr Cream did.

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Panpan

Had high hopes for this book. It fell way short
I enjoyed the part about the wall, when it was built and tore down. I remember that time from the '80's when our U.S. President Regan told Gorbachev to 'Tear that wall down!'

I say skip.it, unless you are really into history bc it reads like a history textbook.

It published August 23,2022.

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Monica5
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Finished these two books for #AwesomeAugust

I have read 30 hours.

My current book is Berlin: Life and Death in the City at the Center of the World has me getting lost down the Rabbit Hole of the Internet 😜

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It's a history of Berlin during WWII and how it affected the average person. Of course, it's causing me to get lost in the internet hole looking stuff up. This always happens to me when I read any history or historical book 😜

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Me too! Sounds a good weekend of reading. 1mo
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Monica5
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Berlin is a naked city.

@ShyBookOwl #FirstLineFridays

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Monica5
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Pickpick

Finished my second book in the #AwesomeAugust Readathon. It was another good one in this series. It focused on Elena's grandfather that she hardly knows. If you like historical mysteries, and you are looking for one to read, you should give this one a try.

Also another knocked after my #ARCAugust Readathon.

@Andrew65 @Clwojick

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Monica5
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Yes, I tagged the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I read it in my early 20's and still remember it.

Best part of the week, any day I get to read during the day, just not at night. Worst part of week, any day I am not able to read, due to being sick and brain not working so I can't concentrate.

Thanks @EadieB for the tag and @Eggs for doing this one today.

Want to play: @Clwojick @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

EadieB You're welcome! 2mo
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Monica5
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Mystery

Last half

Want to play, if you haven't already @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @BluestockingDuchess

TheSpineView 👍📖❤️📘🌞 2mo
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Monica5
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Mehso-so

I didn't know rather to pan this or so-so it. I ended up with a so-so, solely based on the beginning and last part. The middle really drug for me.

But, I got one book done for the #Mskoolreadathon

EKonrad Agreed! 👍🏼 2mo
Monica5 @EKonrad I thought it would be a lot better than it was 2mo
EKonrad Me too! So disappointing! 2mo
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Monica5
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I feel like I am not making any progress with this book. Yesterday, I was so busy. Planning today, after church, to do nothing but read☺️📚☺️

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