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MyNamesParadise

Joined May 2016

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable if you‘re a fan of Coben. For me there was a “wow” factor missing from me to make it a “pick”. I didn‘t enjoy the narrations other than Simon. The twists were there and delivered but I‘ve just read too many of this genre to say this was the best.

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The New Me | Halle Butler
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Overall I give this book a Pick because it had me laughing out loud with sarcastic, sardonic humor. The issue I had with this book was the ending. Instead of seeing how the character changed, the ending went from her being in quite a state to her being fine but it didn‘t show us how she got to that point! That is the whole point of character development. At times the book switched narrators which I don‘t think added anything. Overall, a good read.

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If She Wakes | MICHAEL. KORYTA
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Mehso-so

3.5 stars. I suppose I was underwhelmed by the final reveal. It was a decent paced thriller and would make an intriguing movie. Thought the characters were well-developed. Idk what it is but something is preventing me from giving it a “Pick” rating.

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The Ice Twins: A Novel | S.K. Tremayne
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At first this #playaway kept crapping out on me, but I switched the triple A battery & it started working! Yay! I‘m eager to listen to this one!

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 10 | Rainbow Rowell, G Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed
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Time to catch up on the latest Ms. Marvel! Love Kamala Khan. This is a thicker volume than volumes in the past. Enjoying her adventures!

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Mehso-so

My main issue w/ this book was how it was marketed. The reviews & description made it seem like a page-turning mystery, when really it was literary fiction. I was underwhelmed by the final reveal. Some revelations seemed unnecessary b/c nothing came of them. It was a beautifully written novel. I may not have been so eager to read it had it been marketed properly. Some of the characters relationships were a bit much 4 me & weren‘t fully fleshed out

tjwill I hate being misled about a book too! 3mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime that's interesting, because when i read this book, i was surprised it was as much of a mystery as it was, i was expecting it to be more literary... it's funny how much perspective affects how we read something 🙂 3mo
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Thought this was a powerful quote. I‘ve had time off from work recently because of health issues and I find myself relating. It‘s almost like I don‘t know what to do with myself.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve felt the same way the past few months... 3mo
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Well was reading in my outdoor reading spot, but I could hear my Raina whining from the inside so I brought her outside with me. This means no reading is getting done at the moment...sigh...I got a library due date coming up soon for this one! #dogsoflitsy

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Hoping I can finish this before it‘s due back to the library! I‘m enjoying the character development thus far. I‘m eager to learn what the dark family secrets are!

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Attention all Littens: you must read this book! It was so good and I didn‘t want to put it down. This helped me with a difficult time I‘ve been having recently and I can‘t recommend this book enough! It makes me want to read Abbi Waxman‘s other novels. Finished reading it, cozy-ing up with my blanket that‘s made to look like a bookshelf. Perfect for the themed of this book!

Liatrek I just ordered this book 😊 Can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
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As someone with generalized anxiety disorder I can totally relate to this feeling. It‘s refreshing to see a character struggling with anxiety in literature.

Megabooks So much #truth there! 3mo
Exbrarian GAD sufferer myself. Very accurate description. 3mo
saresmoore Glad I‘m going to therapy tomorrow morning after this little truth bomb! 3mo
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Reading outside and you can never have too many water bottles during the summer heat! Still loving this book! I got it from the library, but I know this is one I will buy!

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Well I‘m back at #ihop and still reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. I love this book so much! I don‘t want it to end! It reminds me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine in terms of readability! (is that a word and if so did I spell it right?)

Elizabeth2 My girlfriends and I were looking at this book at B&N and cracking up at the diary/calendar entries! 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Elizabeth2 they are funny! But so is the rest of the book. The prose is just so readable! 3mo
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Currently in #Barnes&Noble and was pleasantly surprised by this table of goodies! I do love tote bags, but already have so many...plus they have their 50% #bookhaul...what to do...what to do...

kspenmoll Too much fun!!! 3mo
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Got some reading done while waiting for my #breakfast at #ihop. I‘m really enjoying this book! I hope it‘s made into a movie!

BittersweetBooks I was thinking the same thing last night while reading it 😏 3mo
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Surely I can‘t be the only one who matches the colors of their bookmarks to the colors of the book they‘re currently reading?

marleed Haha! 4mo
Desha Oh no...I do that too! Lol 😂 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Desha I couldn‘t imagine doing it any other way! 3mo
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Desha Lol 😂 3mo
Desha Have you seen the bookmark that says “My exercise is reading in bed until my arms hurt”? 😂 Sounds about right.... 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Desha I‘m not sure that I have...is it one of the ones sold in the checkout lines at Barnes & Noble? I‘m pretty sure I‘ve gotten all of those! 3mo
Desha Yes it is! I still see it there from time to time! I think if you scroll down my feed there is a “bookmarks” post and there‘s a picture of it 😂 3mo
MyNamesParadise @Desha oh I‘ll have to look. I‘m currently at Barnes & Noble... 3mo
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The Perfect Alibi: A Novel | Phillip Margolin
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If you liked the first Robin Lockwood book, you will like this one too! I really like the narrator Therese Plummer. She ends up on a lot of the books I listen to! This one is intriguing because it has some ripped-from-the-headlines plot points and at times makes you question your view of the justice system and what justice is in certain circumstances. I‘m assuming there will be a third one and I will listen to that one too!

MrBook Great review! 5mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Good, suspenseful read that had me laughing out loud at parts. This would make a good movie. I really enjoyed the main characters. I liked One of Us is Lying better. For some reason I‘m more critical of when the bad guys are revealed. It‘s so hard to make sure it‘s not cheesy. A fun YA title overall!

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This is just one of the several books I‘m in the middle of reading! Treating myself to a rather unhealthy lunch but hey cravings lol. This is a really suspenseful read!

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Forget You Know Me | Jessica Strawser
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I love #playaway devices! They make for great listening during lunch time! And I‘ve really enjoyed both of Jessica Strawser‘s books, so should be a good listen!

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The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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This book really is #BigLittleLies meets #ReconstructingAmelia! Makes for a great listen! Characters are well developed and you really are left wondering until the end with what happened to Olivia, although I‘ve read so many of this genre that I figured it out. I will read more from Christina McDonald!

SarahHarts_books This is on my TBR I'm hoping to get to it in July!😊 6mo
MyNamesParadise @SarahHarts_books you‘ll enjoy it! 6mo
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 9 | G Willow Wilson
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Some cool character moments in this one! Eager for volume 10!

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Paper Girls Vol. 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I love this series and am sad to hear that volume six will be the conclusion! This is one special series and I hope it gets adapted in some form soon!

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The Walking Dead Vol. 31 | Robert Kirkman
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Even though the tv show crashed and burned with a horrible creative decision, glad the graphic novels are still thriving. Love how kirkman still keeps it fresh!

Clutterbucks_Queen The comics have ended now too 😭 it's good to see another walking dead fan on here! 😍 I'm still yet to post my reviews on the comics! 5mo
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Absolutely loved Eleanor & all of her quirks! I can‘t wait to see who is cast as her in the movie! I‘m so glad the movie is in Reese Witherspoon‘s hands! I read this book during a stay at a local mental hospital & I couldn‘t help but find I had similarities to Eleanor! This will make a fantastic film! After reading this book Eden Etzel is completely fine!

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Nineteen Minutes | Jodi Picoult
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Discussing this in #bookclub tonight!! I read this back in 2008, so hopefully I remember enough for discussion! Haha. Thankfully I stumbled across the chapter at the end with the big twist.

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Since the fall of last year, I was in a really bad depressive state, one that led me to a recent stay in an inpatient unit. This book was so accurate and really represented depression. I‘m hesitant to refer to my recent episode in the past tense because I‘m still healing, but I am feeling like myself again & I never thought I would feel that way and it‘s truly scary. Please know if you are suffering, you‘re not alone. ❤️

CatLass007 I, too, have suffered from depression and still struggle with it. My advice to anyone dealing with mental illness is to get with a good talk therapist and stay on your meds. 8mo
MyNamesParadise @CatLass007 I was always taking my meds and have been in therapy for years and something still wasn‘t cutting it. They adjusted my meds and I am so much better now. 8mo
CatLass007 Sometimes, a med adjustment is exactly what you need. But I wasn‘t really specifically referring to you. It was more of a general comment to anyone reading this. I‘m glad you‘re doing better and I hope you will continue to improve. If you ever need to talk to anyone who‘s gone through the same thing, I‘m here. My email address is CatLass007@yahoo.com sometimes a friend is all anyone of us needs. 8mo
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MyNamesParadise @CatLass007 thank you! I figured you weren‘t referring directly to me but I always like to clarify I‘m doing what I‘m supposed to be doing because during my experience I learned there are so many people that don‘t do those things and it was shocking to me!! I also have a lot of familial support and I saw how a lot of people don‘t have that either which is sad. 8mo
CatLass007 It is sad when people don‘t have a good support system either from family or friends. Fortunately, even though both my parents are gone, I still have a lot of friends I can count on. 8mo
rretzler @MyNamesParadise @CatLass007 I have struggled with depression for many years as well. And meds are certainly as issue for me - over the years, I have tried several which have become less effective over the years. It seems I can go about 4 years with a medication and then it doesn‘t work well any more. Has that happened to either of you? Currently, the meds that I have been trying have side effects that I can‘t tolerate so I‘m still looking 😞 8mo
CatLass007 @rretzler Yes! I currently take Cymbalta and Abilify. But I have taken several others over the course of the years that have either lost their effectiveness or never been effective. 8mo
rretzler @CatLass007 Cymbalta was the one that worked most recently for me, but lost its effectiveness. I seem to do better on SNRIs but there aren‘t many of those. 8mo
CatLass007 @rretzler What dose were you taking? If you want to talk more freely, email me at the above. 8mo
rretzler @CatLass007 Thanks! 8mo
CatLass007 @rretzler You‘re welcome. 8mo
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Fame | Justine Bateman
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Definitely a fascinating take on fame from someone who has been through all the stages! Sociological theories are present here as well as her personal experiences. Definitely a stream-of-consciousness read, which if you‘re not use to, it can be a little off-putting at first. Pretty quick read. Despite the writing style, there is still plenty of information to take in!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Omg I LOVED this book! This is the first book I‘ve been so eager to give 5 stars and tell everyone to read in a long time!! You won‘t regret reading this one! I‘m sure a film adaptation would come and it would be a great film! The hype for this book is warranted!

Alfoster Loved it too!👏 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks What kind of trigger warnings are in this book? 8mo
MyNamesParadise @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks psychiatric wards, mental illness in general, marital/relationship trouble/abuse, cheating, murder, imprisonment in one‘s home, from what I can remember. It has been a few weeks. Admittedly a lot of those come into play as the final twists are revealed. No rape or sexual abuse 8mo
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RadicalReader @MyNamesParadise another wonderful book that is going to be translated into a Netflix series is 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MyNamesParadise thank you!! I‘m going to get to this one soon!! 8mo
MyNamesParadise @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you‘re welcome! I hope I remembered everything! I‘m sorry if I missed something! 8mo
MyNamesParadise @RadicalReader thank you for the suggestion! I‘ve stacked it. I‘ve heard of it I believe. Do you know when the Netflix series will be? 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s ok!! It came in yesterday! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 8mo
RadicalReader @MyNamesParadise the author mentioned in a tweet when I asked him should be next year. 8mo
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Enjoying some reading before my flight to Tampa to be a bridesmaid in my best friend‘s wedding! I‘m really looking forward to this book because I can relate a lot to Eleanor and I‘m eager to see what I can learn from it. 😊

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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There was a time when I would‘ve given this a solid 4 stars on #goodreads, but I‘ve read so many of this genre and the villains get sillier with their motives and I can‘t help but role my eyes. Twists, but not a knockout by any means.

8little_paws I read thrillers very sparingly for the same reason. They blend together if you overdo it and seem too formulaic 9mo
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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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Jewell‘s books are reliable for this genre. I‘ve successfully predicted her last two books (including this one.) Jewell does a good job of getting into her characters heads and I felt for Joey. And for Nicola and Tom‘s son (I can‘t remember his name). Interesting as it unfolds with some twists. If you liked past books of hers, you will like this one.

Bookladylinda I loved this book so much! 9mo
SilversReviews This was a good read. 9mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Beginning the #audio on #playaway while eating lunch. I LOVED #CourtneySummers book What Girls Are and am friends with her on a couple platforms. I‘m excited for this one. As an audiobook it‘s like listening to the actual podcast!

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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1) yes a 7-month-old chihuahua puppy named Raina.
2) might see Isn‘t It Romantic w/ #MoviePass & visit my uncle in a care home and Raina‘s final puppy obedience class!
3) writing (need to get back to it), power walks, playing w/ pup, bowling
4) USA: NYC, New England, San Diego (honestly most the places I want to go are NOT in the US)
5) what do you do when you feel lonely & don‘t have many friends near you?
#friyayintro

DebbieGrillo I rely on socisl media or persue my goals. 9mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic If I‘m totally alone I usually turn to my books. It gives me an escape from my lonely reality for a bit. 9mo
Eggs Look for a book club or other activity at nearest library?? 9mo
monalyisha Read (print or audio), pet my bun 🐇, go outside & feel the sun (if it‘s any time but Winter 🤮🥶❄️), get myself an ice cream cone (again: BOO, Winter!), binge-watch something, take a bath 🛁. 9mo
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Mine | J. L. Butler
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Thought it was odd that the subtitle to this book was “a novel of obsession” because I‘ve read books where the narrator was a lot more enamored with a person. I don‘t understand how it‘s often portrayed as such brilliant women falling for guys who are so obviously douchebags & full of fake charm. Idk I can see right through that. I was pleased with the twists & turns! And the end result which I won‘t spoil here. I will read Butler‘s next book!

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All These Beautiful Strangers | Elizabeth Klehfoth
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Really enjoyed this book! Really appreciated that there was more to this book than a secret society. There was real depth and nuance to the characters, especially Charlie and Grace. I really liked how it delved into the past and Charlie realizes her family history. Also love #playaway devices! They‘re the best!

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Well, this was tough to get through! It took me basically a year of multiple checkouts from the library bc Jennifer Garner is in the movie adaptation & I love her! But dang I would not recommend this book. There are sexual assaults that are glazed over and nothing happens for the vast majority of the book only for so much to happen in the final pages that it feels it comes out of nowhere as opposed to a constant build. Won‘t read another of hers.

mcipher That sounds so disappointing! Hope the movie is good at least. 9mo
MyNamesParadise Thanks! Yeah it will probably be better than the book. They could change a ton and it wouldn‘t annoy me, lol! 9mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Omg the accuracy of this statement! I‘ve never seen a teenager on the CW that looked relateable, on the WB, yes, but not the CW

tojuxtapose 😂😂😂 9mo
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Watching You | Lisa Jewell

Oh the things that make me bust out laughing! “Bess doesn‘t have the neural pathways to interpret cold shoulders.” 😂😂😂😂

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Find You in the Dark | Nathan Ripley
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this audiobook! I hadn‘t heard of the author before which makes sense bc this was his 1st novel. I found it to be well-written. However, there were a couple cliche tropes/plot points that I thought were beneath the quality presented earlier in the book. Looking forward to his second book out this summer!

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Paper Girls Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I absolutely love this series! As bizarre and eccentric as it is, it‘s a must-read graphic novel series. Interesting new reveals & new characters. I don‘t want to give away anything, but I really enjoyed this one and ends in a way that made me quite glad I already had volume 5 checked out from the library. I will follow these Paper Girls to any time!

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I absolutely love Jane Harper! The 1st book in the #AaronFalk series was Falk‘s personal story along with the greater mystery, whereas the 2nd in the series is a general mystery, but pleasantly still has a lot of character development for Aaron. I loved the reveals of the mystery and were excellently paced. I hope Harper writes another Falk book one day.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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The story was really too long. I was turned off by the graphic descriptions of violence & bodily functions associated with injuries. The tone of the story didn‘t match the grim ending. This was a thriller but it felt like the characters were developed almost too late. I couldn‘t stand the cartoonish Ashley. The claustrophobic setting was a great but was wasted. Wouldve been nice to have more ppl not associated with the kidnapping at the rest stop

AnnieReads I was underwhelmed by this one too. 10mo
MyNamesParadise @AnnieReads glad I‘m not the only one! It was a Book of the Month pick this month and has a high goodreads rating so I was expecting more, lol! 10mo
Butterflyamore “Cartoonish Ashley” is a good way to describe him. He seemed silly, not scary. 9mo
MyNamesParadise @Butterflyamore right!? Especially with the audio delivery I was like “enough of this clown” like I could picture the bad acting in my head. Haha! 9mo
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Throughout the book she constantly talks to a never-conceived, unborn poor daughter named August that while endearing at first quickly becomes old. this a Pick b/c i enjoyed the stories of the author‘s family & it shows the dysfunction & struggles poor women have to endure. Author narrates the book and she does a good job. A lot of statistical & factual info that shows how the Republican Party is not looking out for the common folk.

RebL I just checked my hold status—6 months. 10mo
MyNamesParadise @RebL oh wow! 10mo
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Renewing my license at the Motor Vehicle Administration. (Idk why they can‘t call it DMV like most other states.) Thank goodness I remembered to bring a book! Only 20 some numbers in front of me...shouldn‘t be too bad!

Clare-Dragonfly In PA we called it PennDOT so while I‘ve heard of DMVs, I‘ve never lived in a state that had one (just PA and MD) 😅🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
MyNamesParadise @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m in MD! So “MVA” is all I‘ve known. ☺️ 10mo
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One Kick | Chelsea Cain
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I LOVED this book and was so disappointed when the sequel was never going to be published because the author switched publishers, but now One Kick is going to be a limited series on WGN America called Gone. I still wish the sequel would be released!

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The Other Woman | Sandie Jones
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I don‘t understand what Emily saw in Adam. I didn‘t like him from the beginning. I don‘t understand why Emily would put up with what she did for Adam. Emily seemed older than 27, yet she made really immature decisions. Once the twists were revealed, I didn‘t think people would act that way. There were great cliffhangers and funny moments which is what made me give it 3 stars. I‘m not sure I‘d rush to read another of Sandie Jones‘ books.

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Hypnotist's Love Story | Liane Moriarty
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I need to read the book if it‘s going to be a TV series. Admittedly I don‘t watch shows live on basic cable anymore; I usually binge later on, but this would be a show I want to check out as I love #LianeMoriarty and really like Heather Graham.

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Cool casting choice! I loved SMG‘s show Ringer that lasted only for a season on the CW from 2011-2012. This should be good!! Enjoyed the book and eager for the next one!

melbeautyandbooks Ringer was great! Looking forward to this one, too. 11mo
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1) Teleport- I could go anywhere & not have to pay for airfare!
2) I‘m a little more than halfway done the audiobook for Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.
3) To spend less money on frivolous things and to read more & post on #Litsy more! I‘ve missed this community terribly!
4) I want to check out #You, but I‘m a couple episodes into the final season of House of Cards. I work near one of the places they filmed in MD.
5) will do! #friyayintro