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The Fury by Alex Michaelides
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Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Just finished this one! Read it for book club. It‘s not something I would‘ve read on my own. It was a little slow to start but eventually picks up. Greta is an interesting character. Overall I liked it but it‘s definitely quirky & may not be for some people. I‘m eager to see what people at book club have to say about it!

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Finished this one last week after seeing the author talk at my local independent bookstore! It‘s set in the Warsaw ghetto in WWII. I‘ll read anything about the Holocaust &this story doesn‘t focus on the horrors of it, while they are there. It focuses on one man‘s ability to survive it. It‘s a beautiful story set in a tragic setting. The good and the bad are shown here. I recommend this one even if you don‘t normally read books about the Holocaust.

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The Other Mothers | Katherine Faulkner
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This was an enjoyable enough of a read and fast paced. Read this one for the new mystery/thriller book club at my local independent bookstore. As we discussed it there were mentioning of a lot of things that maybe didn‘t make this book so great, but it‘s serves the purpose of a mystery/thriller if you‘re looking for a fix. There was debate over the ending & eager to hear what others thought about it. I havent read the author‘s other book but I may

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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My 1st book of 2024! Finished it last month for a new book group I joined at my local independent bookstore. This was the 1st thing by the author that I‘ve read. I really enjoyed this one. It‘s amazing how June frames herself to the reader and she really believes that she‘s the victim. Thought an aspect of the ending was a little contrived but it made for great discussion! I recommend this one! Def interesting 2 learn about the publishing industry

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Never Lie | Freida McFadden
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My last book of 2023! This was my 1st Freida McFadden book. I enjoyed the pacing. The reason that it‘s a so-so for me is that the big twist just didn‘t make sense. & for a long time you‘re led to believe one thing and it turns out to not be the case. I read online & a lot of ppl had the same reaction that I did. I also read that her other books are better and that I should still read those. I own a few more of her books so I hope they‘re good!

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The Lie Maker: A Novel | Linwood Barclay
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I always enjoy Barclay‘s thrillers! In this one though some things just happened right at the right moment or seemed coincidental & I usually don‘t get those vibes from his books. I predicted a couple of twists and was surprised some POVs were thrown in just to throw the reader off track & it didn‘t really go anywhere. That said, this was a fun ride & the twists are enjoyable as they come along. Curious what other fans of Barclay‘s books think!

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The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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It was great seeing Molly back in action solving another murder! The flashback scenes were good even if they distracted some from the main storyline. I enjoyed this one but I probably liked the 1st one better. I wonder if there will be a third book!

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Oh how I loved this book! It‘s wonderful to see a main character who I would say is on the spectrum and who struggles socially. I could relate to her in some ways. It was a good mystery too. I just really enjoyed the writing and storytelling! Florence Pugh is set to star in the film adaptation I believe. I can‘t wait until it‘s brought to the big screen! Just read this book; you will fall in love with Molly the Maid!

Aims42 I love Molly 🥰🥰🥰 The sequel is a delight too, highly recommend! 2mo
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Finished this last week! I learned a lot about the victims & also the perpetrator. Not really a lot of new information in regards to the ongoing case as the trial hasn‘t happened yet. But it was nice to read everything together in one place so you could see the progression of events unfolding. If you‘re a true crime fan or followed the case, I would recommend this book. It is chilling to read the re-enactments of the crimes but it‘s based in fact

Megabooks Great review! 💯 agree! 3mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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What an excellent read! The short chapters made this book easy to fly through. It was hard to read about how her mom was abusing her and how young Jennette didn‘t know any better. I learned a lot about eating disorders. I‘d be eager to know what her mom‘s diagnoses would be in terms of mental health/disorders. It was great to read how Jennette got her life together & was able to move on from acting. I‘d be curious to see her one woman show.

Its_Amanda_Plz LOVED this one! 2mo
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The Complete Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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This was the coming of age story of the author in revolutionary Iran & her teenage years in Vienna & how she came back to Iran & then finally left for good. I definitely learned a lot of Iranian history & its history with Iraq & other countries in the region. The drawings were magnificent. In my opinion it ended kind of suddenly but I guess it‘s good if it left me wanting more!

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Finished this 1 yesterday! I‘d been reading it 4 group therapy & it led to some good discussions! The V in the BRAVING acronym really stuck with me. The V stands for Vault & it‘s about keeping people‘s confidences. I thought I was good at that but it made me realize that if I reveal someone‘s confidences to another person, then that other person could decide that I‘m untrustworthy & I definitely don‘t want that to be the case! Made me check myself

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5 stars! This memoir was so good & very well written! I only read an article in People magazine months ago that recommended it & I‘m so glad I picked it up! Minka truly had a horrible upbringing with her Mom who worked as a stripper & them never having a roof over their heads that was theirs. It took hard work & determination & a few lucky breaks but Minka was able to break the cycle and find success. I highly recommend this one!

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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I finished this a couple weeks ago! It‘s simply written. A lot of her earlier career is somewhat glossed over but it goes into detail with her relationships with Justin Timberlake and Kevin Federline. And of course the conservatorship which was truly awful. They could lock her up in institutions at their will & control what she ate. I won‘t give away other hints & I hope she is able to find peace now that she‘s free!

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Last Seen Alive | Joanna Schaffhausen
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Finished this last week! An excellent conclusion to the Ellery Hathaway series! It went with the series‘ roots which was Coben. There‘s a TV personality & Hollywood mogul who want to interview the infamous convicted serial killer Francis Coben in prison. He claims he can give names to more victims if he can see Ellery. It‘s a great suspenseful story with good pacing and twists along the way. I am pleased with the ending for Ellery and Reed.

MyNamesParadise I cannot recommend this series enough!! If you like mysteries and crime and it‘s effects on it‘s victims and loved ones and thrillers than this series is for you!! 5mo
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Every Waking Hour: A Mystery | Joanna Schaffhausen
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This was a good entry in the Ellery Hathaway series! Schaffhausen knows how to bring on the twists & turns in the plot while evolving Ellery and Reed Markham‘s characters! A girl goes missing & Detective Hathaway is on the case & Reed joins the case too. Did she runaway or was she taken? Looking at the girl‘s mother‘s past it‘s revealed she‘s lost a child before. Unexpected twists along the way & more personal developments make this excellent!

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All the Best Lies | Joanna Schaffhausen
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This was an excellent 3rd installment of the Ellery Hathaway series! Reed Markham who saved her all those years ago from a serial killer is now enlisting her help in the 40 year old cold case of his mother‘s murder. Still suspended from her job, Ellery dives in at the challenge. Great suspense in this one and twists until the very end. If you liked the previous two books you will enjoy this one too!!

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No Mercy: A Mystery | Joanna Schaffhausen
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I am flying through the Ellery Hathaway series! Finished this one in a few days! Ellery is on suspension from actions taken place in the 1st book. She‘s ordered to join a victims of violent crime group & instead of working on herself, she decided to investigate the cases of those that put her fellow group members there. From a decades old fire to a brutal rape, this book will keep your attention & the pacing & character development is brilliant!

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The Vanishing Season | Joanna Schaffhausen
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I had read this a few years back & loved it but then never read the rest of the books in the series! I love the author‘s Annalisa Vega series, so I thought I should go & read her Ellery Hathaway series! So i re-read this one! Went through it quickly & it was great! Schaffhausen does such a wonderful job of developing her characters & keeping up with the suspense! I really recommend this book! I can‘t wait to read more of Ellery!

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Absolutely loved this entry in the Detective Annalisa Vega series!! So many mysteries brought up in this book and it‘s brilliant how Schaffhausen ties them all up. Great growth for Annalisa as a character too!! If you‘ve read the previous books you‘ll love this one and won‘t be able to wait for the 4th one coming out next year! Also, I interact w/ the author on Instagram & she‘s so appreciative of her readers & responds to comments!

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The Clearing: A Novel | Simon Toyne
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This was a good second entry in the Laughton Rees series! It takes place in rural country in England that has a long history of missing young women that the police don‘t seem to acknowledge, but Laughton is on the case! I enjoyed the revelations towards the end & I interacted with the author on Instagram and he said there‘s going to be a 3rd Laughton Rees book! I‘m so excited for it!

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Chihuahua: Seor Tiny | Natalie Lunis
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Just a photo of Miss Raina. I can‘t believe she‘s going to be 5 next month! Love this pup so much!!

FlowerFairy Such a cutie! 8mo
MyNamesParadise @FlowerFairy aww, thank you!! 8mo
Megabooks So cute!! 🤩🤩 8mo
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BkClubCare What a sweetie! 7mo
MyNamesParadise @BkClubCare thank you!! And she really is a sweetheart!! 7mo
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This book doesn‘t have the pace/suspense of Defending Jacob, but is still an excellent book in its own right. The book is written in an interesting format, divided into “books” told from different perspectives that makes the story more well rounded. Landay knows how to deliver a last minute twist & he doesn‘t disappoint in this regard either. This book is more literary &tells the haunting story of a family marred by the disappearance of its mother

MyNamesParadise Did the father do it like everyone thinks? The book especially shows how it affects children Jeff and Miranda. I enjoyed seeing their characters through the years as there were twists with the case and how they evolved. It would be interesting to see this adapted. I‘m not sure if it‘s work better as a film or mini series. I recommend this one! 8mo
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The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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An excellent thriller! I loved the switching POVs & the momentum it added to the story! I also liked that there was focus on mental health & how families of those with mental health issues are affected! This story goes in a direction you‘re not expecting but makes total sense at the end. This was my first of this author‘s & I‘ll definitely check out some of her past ones!

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This book is simply perfect. It is the story of Holocaust survivor Hannah Pick-Goslar, a childhood best friend of Anne Frank. Anyone can read this book. If you‘re unfamiliar w/ the history, the book provides that but doesn‘t feel like you‘re reading a history book. It is completely compelling! You follow Hannah as she moves to Amsterdam & meets the Franks & life as war goes on. As conditions worsen, the Franks disappear 1 day & Hannah & her family

MyNamesParadise are arrested and sent to Westerbork transit camp. Then when Hannah and her family are sent to Bergen-Belsen and the reunion between her and Anne. Then the story of liberation and Hannah‘s post war life as she emigrates to Israel & her life spent as a Holocaust speaker & educator. I just could not put this book down. Parts are hard to read & may be triggering. It‘s such an important read. 8mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I had this on my shelf for years & finally decided 2 read it bc it was selected as March‘s Reese‘s Book Club pick! I‘m so glad I read this book!! It took me a while. Not because it was a difficult read, but simply because I did not want it to end. You‘ll fall in love with Isabelle & Vianne & appreciate what they did during WWII. It‘s supposed to be a movie. I‘d be eager to see it! I highly recommend this one for everyone!

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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Had the great privilege of seeing Ramona Emerson in person yesterday at Gaithersburg Book Festival!! She talked about her book Shutter & how it‘s going to be a trilogy!! She also talked about her documentarian work & the Native American community. Fascinating panel. Shutter is on my to-read list!!

jlhammar Yay, that is great news! Really enjoyed Shutter and was hoping we‘d get more. 9mo
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Got to see David Ellis and Alex Finlay in a panel moderated by Andrea Bartz yesterday at Gaithersburg Book Festival!! I‘ve read two of Finlay‘s books and am eager to read his latest. Ellis‘ book I have a hold on at the library and I‘ve read Bartz‘s We Were Never Here and am eager for her new one: The Spare Room! It was a great conversation about thrillers & the writing process & how they‘re there to entertain. Had a front row seat again!

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One Night Gone (Original) | Tara Laskowski
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Author Tara Laskowski was the moderator of the Ashley Winstead and Julia Bartz panel yesterday at Gaithersburg Book Festival! I have two of her books but haven‘t read them yet. So exciting to see these authors in person! This is them prepping for the panel. Local author Angie Kim was the introducer for them.

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The Last Housewife: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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Ashley Winstead and Julia Bartz were at Gaithersburg Book Festival yesterday and I had a front row seat! So exciting to see these authors in person! It‘s the second time I‘ve seen Ashley there. Their books are definitely dark and twisted. I read The Last Housewife last year & wow it was intense to put it mildly! Haven‘t had the chance to read The Writing Retreat yet, but it‘s on my list!

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I Will Find You | Harlan Coben
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This was an excellent stand-alone by Coben! It was fun to see characters featured in other books of his. This was intense with the authorities on the tail of David as he escapes prison & navigates his way to find his son. 4.5 stars. I rounded down to 4 on Goodreads bc I figured out a major twist earlier on but this one is full of suspense and twists. Highly recommend!

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Locust Lane: A Novel | Stephen Amidon
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I absolutely loved this book (and yes even the ending). 5 stars from me. A young woman is found dead & the story is told from the POV of the parents of those who were last seen with her. Great way to keep the mystery going by not doing the teens POV. It was beautifully written with flawed & realistic characters. I may have to go back & read more of his work. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Will be a “buy” for me when it‘s in paperback

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What a great horror-somewhat comedy, lol. Pupkin, the evil puppet, makes Annabelle seem like a sweetheart. I enjoyed the dynamic between Louise and her brother Mark and how it evolved. I‘d be really eager to see this adapted into a mini series or film. Hendrix is becoming a go to read for me after enjoying The Final Girl Support Group. He introduces the ludicrous on the page & makes it believable & suspenseful! Right balance of humor. Really good!

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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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Overall a pick. While most of this was interesting, a fair amount of it was kind of boring. It picked up when he met Meghan. Prince William is not shown in a flattering light. It‘s just sad how the Palace was against Meghan from the beginning when she didn‘t do anything. Them just cutting off security really could‘ve put them in danger. I‘m glad things worked out for Harry and they were able to get away. Who knows what the future holds for them.

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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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But aren‘t you doing the same thing, Harry? Releasing a tell-all for money? Although I know some is going to charity. And I‘m enjoying this, but he should be a little more self aware…

BarkingMadRead He‘s telling his own story, the butler wasn‘t 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
MyNamesParadise @BarkingMadRead hmmm. good point! 12mo
BarkingMadRead I gotta say though, I‘m not sure how I feel about it, because while it is his view on his family, it‘s still a tell all. I‘m so conflicted. I might get the audiobook…. But also might not 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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MyNamesParadise @BarkingMadRead yeah like I like him and Meghan. They claimed to want a private life but do interviews, their own docu-series and now the memoir. I know they have to keep money coming in somehow since they get nothing from the royal family. I just wonder how they‘ll continue to be in the public eye, you know? 12mo
SamAnne Patti Davis had a thoughtful op-ed in the NYT a month or so ago. She published a tell-all about her parents Ronald and Nancy Reagan when she was much younger. She fully regrets it and is glad she was able to mend fences and be with her father in his decline. I'm not planning on reading this memoir. 12mo
MyNamesParadise @SamAnne Yeah that‘s a good point. No way of knowing what the future holds for them and what regrets they may have. 12mo
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The Prisoner | B.A. Paris
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Finished this last week too! An interesting premise: a woman being held in captivity, but she feels safer there than if she were to be with her husband? What happened to her? It‘s a thrilling ride to find out. I don‘t want to give away too much. If you liked Paris‘ previous works, you should like this one! I really feel for the main character! Eager to know what other readers thought!

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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Finished this one last week! The ending is what made it a so-so for me. Other than that I really enjoyed the suspense and buildup as the characters kept being killed one by one. I was surprised by the ending and not in the best way. I will still read books by this author as I have a couple of her other ones. I really enjoyed Daisy as a main character. An overall fun locked room mystery.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it 🖤 12mo
MyNamesParadise @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it too, until the end. I mean it was definitely a twist. I just have issues with books that are marketed as a mystery and then the big reveal is dependent on introducing the element of the supernatural. Now I don‘t mind supernatural in general: I love Simone St. James. I just feel like it‘s a cop out. I wish there had been more of a real world twist. It‘s just a pet peeve of mine 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12mo
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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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True that! I love coming across bookish quotes while reading!

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Guilty! Lol. Bookstores are my favorite places on Earth!

Suet624 Me too. 💕💕 13mo
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Run Time | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Adele is an actress who desperately needs an acting gig so she accepts this last minute offer to be the main star in a horror film being made in an isolated Irish forest. Things happening in the script begin to happen to Adele. I really liked this! A large portion of the book is Adele by herself as she experiences strange phenomena & I could see where that would be a turnoff for some. I was surprised by the end & I liked the way it wrapped up!

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The Vicious Circle: A Novel | Katherine St. John
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I love St. John‘s books! Always an escape to an exotic locale and the suspense pumping. There were twists in this one I didn‘t see coming. Former model Sveta arrives in Mexico after finding out she is inheriting her estranged uncle‘s estate which is an empire based on a cult (not a spoiler). Stuck there Sveta does her best to survive when bigger threats appear. There is contesting to the will. A very fun and enjoyable read! I recommend!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Read this 4 work as it‘s one of the One Maryland One Book Top 11 this year! A powerful read. It‘s a compilation of Native peoples‘ POV as they all converge at the Oakland Powwow. It was interesting to see how all the characters were connected & their histories. The Powwow scenes were gripping & short as POV kept switching. I was satisfied with the way the story ended.

Cortg This was a great book! I‘m looking forward to this year‘s #OneMarylandOneBook choice! I looked over the list and there are a lot of good ones! 13mo
MyNamesParadise @Cortg Yes, it‘s a wonderful list this year! Thank you for following the program! The Top 3 will be announced in February and then the final selection will be in March! I hope you enjoy reading your way through the list 😉 13mo
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I LOVED this book! I flew through it! Great character driven thriller! I don‘t want to say much bc I don‘t want to give anything away, but basically it‘s about two couples are intertwined when one of them goes missing. This one has lots of twists and turns. I really liked the character Christian. I hope that everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did!

deeannloso Loved it!! 13mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Read this for work as it‘s 1 of the Top 11 for One Maryland One Book! I listened to this last year & didn‘t care for it much, but physically reading it i understood the connections between the characters & their stories. It tells the stories of a 16 year old Melody & generations of her family. It features issues involving sex, race, class & the impact of making decisions before you fully understand them.

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Pay Dirt Road | Samantha Jayne Allen
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At 1st I didn‘t understand the lower rating on Goodreads for this one but over time I got it. I liked the book, but it dragged at parts. It‘s definitely more of a literary mystery than a thriller. It‘s about a young woman who comes back to her hometown after college & gets involved in her family‘s private investigating business when one of her colleagues at the cafe she works at is murdered. I‘ll still read the 2nd book when it comes out in April.

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I wanted to love it bc it‘s a Reese‘s pick & described as a “can‘t put it down” thriller but I found that not to be the case. IMO it‘s not a typical thriller, which may be the appeal for some. I don‘t really want to say too much bc I don‘t want to give anything away. I‘m curious as to others‘ thoughts on this one! Let me know in the comments!

NikkiKey94 I enjoyed the book but felt the same about the thriller aspect. I found it to be more of a mystery than a thriller. I was definitely let down because I wanted twists and turns. 13mo
MyNamesParadise @NikkiKey94 yes, that‘s a good point about it being a mystery!! It did feel more like that! I usually rate books based on how it‘s marketed and what my expectations were for the book, which maybe is something I shouldn‘t do. Lol. 13mo
NikkiKey94 @MyNamesParadise it‘s understandable! I felt like it was really hyped up as a thriller so it definitely made a difference. I still enjoyed it though! 13mo
MyNamesParadise @NikkiKey94 I guess when it got to the parts where you didn‘t know what was going on that I got annoyed with it. I ended up liking the conclusion! 13mo
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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I read this for work. It‘s one of the Top 11 Titles for the 2023 One Maryland One Book program. This book chronicles the journey of a mixed immigration status family fractured between the US & Colombia. There are points of view from all 5 of the family members. This is well written & shows the hardships endured by families. There was hardly any foul language & there is a brief rape scene. It‘s a shorter, but powerful read.

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I read this for work as it‘s one of the Top 11 for the 2023 One Maryland One Book program. I‘m so glad I did! It‘s a graphic memoir that depicts the author‘s journey in having complicated conversations about race & racism in America with her young son who is of mixed race. It‘s a great read & highly recommend it! Note for younger readers: there is one scene of full frontal nudity & the F word is used sparingly throughout.

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The Game | Scott Kershaw
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My 2nd of 2023! 5 strangers have someone taken from them and they‘re instructed via an anonymous text to play “the game” & there can only be 1 winner. I wasn‘t sure what to expect going into this in terms of how it would all come together, but was surprised enough when it was revealed. This has some twists in it & shows how we‘re all dependent on technology & makes us conscious of what we put out there. I would read another book by this author.

tpixie Intriguing 🤔 14mo
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The Heights | Louise Candlish
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My 1st book of 2023! I really flew through this book! It tells the story of Ellen Saint, a woman who has lost her son in a “careless driver” accident at the hands of Kieran, one of her son‘s friends whom she has never able to tolerate. Years later she sees Kieran, which is impossible since she had him killed. I really enjoyed the twists in this one- all the way to the very end! I will check out more of Candlish‘s books!