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NatalieR

Joined April 2016

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Leonardo Da Vinci by Bruno Santi
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P Is for Peril | Sue Grafton
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Most of the books in the alphabet series are just pretty good. However, I loved the letter P. There are multiple plots and a lot of characters. One major piece of the job Kinsey is hired, is solved, but it brings up more questions. Kinsey rents new office space and that brings about a whole slew of other problems and shady characters. There‘s even a little drama with Henry, her landlord. The ending was wrapped up a bit differently too. #MountTBR

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It was a pleasure to re-visit the X-Files with Mulder, Scully, Skinner, the Lone Gunmen, and the Smoking Man. I appreciated Fox pulling out the ‘I Want to Believe‘ poster. The whole crew was at it again, solving the most unusual events with aliens and strange creatures. The Audible production was very well executed with the original cast and dramatic effects. The storyline picked right up from the X-Files movie and TV miniseries. #MountTBR

mypoesoul 👽🙌 4d
swishandflick Haha, great picture! 4d
NatalieR @mypoesoul @swishandflick Thanks! 🛸😄👽 3d
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This is an interesting ‘Great Courses‘ on Emotional Intelligence. Quite the comprehensive course that didn‘t have me feeling overwhelmed with research and statistics. There were several patient presentations containing dialogue with the author. This course offered techniques to improve EQ in a person‘s comprehensive lifestyle. #MountTBR

Gissy So pretty that figurine 😍❤️❤️📚❤️❤️ 1w
NatalieR @Gissy Thank you! 😊 1w
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The last book of season 1 explains why Nameless is unable to remember his past. So now it all makes sense. In this story, Nameless is on a mission to recover a boy whose step-father has kidnapped him after killing his mom and grandparents. I really enjoy these short stories and look forward to reading season 2.

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I want to see this movie so I figured I would reach the book first. The book heavily focused on the growth of the Gucci business and the family history. It‘s well written, researched, and detailed. I was only interested in the family dynamics, marriage between Maurizio and Patrizia, their children, and relationships after their separation. I like learning about people; not so much about the business. I‘m pretty sure I will like the movie better.

Megabooks This was a bail for me, but I hope to watch the movie. 2w
NatalieR @Megabooks I almost bailed a couple of times. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just left the movie and wanted to bail 30 minutes in 😩@megabooks (edited) 1d
NatalieR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks Oh no! That‘s such a bummer! 😣 I was hoping the movie was better. Thanks for the info. 1d
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Nameless visits an assisted living facility where a doctor and nurse perform “mercy killings” of their residents at the family‘s request. Their behavior is pretty repulsive and Nameless handles his business in a diabolical way. Of course the story ends with a bigger glimpse into Nameless‘ forgotten past.

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Well, this is Mary Higgins Clark‘s final book. In my opinion, she finished strong with this story. Gina, a freelance journalist is sought out to investigate one woman‘s report of a bad experience with her previous employer in the news media industry. The investigation impacts Gina‘s personal and work life, forcing her to make impossible decisions. All the while, she is navigating the recent loss of her mother. #MountTBR

tpixie Such great books!! 1mo
NatalieR @tpixie Agreed! 😀 1mo
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This was an impulse borrow from the library. ✅Christmas ✅cozy mystery ✅campers ✅Kentucky - A woman owns a campground and rents out the campers. She‘s part of a book club with various characters and the small town is quaint. The MC sticks her nose into police investigations to solve murders. The mystery wasn‘t much of a surprise, but there was a small twist at the end. The narrator wasn‘t that good, IMO.

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Nameless seeks his version of justice for a woman who was badly injured and her two children were killed when the building she lived in was set on fire. He tracks down the arsonist and does what he‘s contracted to do. This installment provides more mystique about Nameless‘ background. Is he starting to remember things from his past? I‘m staying tuned in to find out.

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Super interesting book! Strassman is a clinical psychiatrist who explored the effects of DMT. This book is comprehensive; it covers the research and detailed experiences of participants. Some participants reported near-death experiences and encounters with aliens. (Super wild) He openly shared about the challenges of getting this type of research approved. He talked about his decision to leave the research and suggestions for the future. #MountTBR

IuliaC Great review and lovely photo! 😍 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 📷 1mo
mypoesoul Love the photo!!! 🍄 2w
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I was unaware of this book until I received a signed copy for Christmas a couple of years ago. While I liked the writing and story well enough to stick with it, I wasn‘t sure where the story was headed. The death of Harriet‘s older brother was a mystery I wanted to see a resolution. It seemed like the author pulled together a vague ending that not only left me wanting more, it was like she got tired of writing and just ended the book. #MountTBR

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Good Me, Bad Me | Ali Land
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Milly‘s mother is a serial killer. While waiting for the trial to testify against her, Milly lives with a foster family. She adapts to a new high school and a foster sister who is a bully. I wasn‘t too sure where this book was going. While Milly is battling within herself whether she is a good or bad person, I felt like I was on a journey without a destination. As events started to unravel, the story got creepy weird and intense. #MountTBR

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I‘m thoroughly enjoying this Nameless series. A woman marries men and then kills them for their money. Yeah, I know, this plot has been written before. But, wait! Nameless and his crew have devised quite the clever plan to hold her accountable for her devious behavior. For the first time though, Nameless‘ plan doesn‘t work exactly as planned…

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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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I haven‘t read many books by Gardner. I can see the benefits of reading this series in order; thankfully it wasn‘t necessary. I liked this suspenseful, mystery well enough. A family is murdered, except for the 11th grade daughter and their 2 blind dogs. A female cop and a trauma survivor work to find the missing girl and who murdered her family. I will likely read more of Gardner‘s work, but I doubt these books will become a priority. #MountTBR

Bookzombie Love the book stack ornament! 😍 2mo
NatalieR @Bookzombie Thank you! ❤️📚 2mo
IuliaC Nice review and lovely photo and backdrop! 2mo
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NatalieR @IuliaC Thanks for your kindness! 😊 2mo
tracey38 Great book (and series) and love the ornament on your pretty tree. 2mo
NatalieR @tracey38 Thanks! ☺️ 2mo
BiblioLitten Pretty ornament 💖 2mo
NatalieR @BiblioLitten Thank you! ❤️ 2mo
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The Colorado Kid | Stephen King
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A dead man is found on a beach in Maine by two high school students 25 years ago. The mystery of the Colorado Kid is told by two older men who run the local newspaper to their young apprentice. I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this one. It‘s not just about the story of the Colorado Kid; it‘s about a place in Maine, the relationships between the newspaper people, and the reality of mysteries. #MountTBR

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Brynn needs time away for space to grieve and get ready to return to her job as an English professor. She spends the summer in a tourist town on Lake Superior. While staying at a B&B, she meets some wonderful people that she loves like family. This story is about grief, new beginnings, romance, and strong friendships. It was a slow moving story, but it grabbed my heart. The ending stopped me in my tracks (literally) and filled me with empathy.

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I‘m loving this series! Dean Koontz has created such a unique character. Nameless has no memory of himself nor does he know his name…and he is trained to kill. In this installment, Nameless tracks down a photographer who takes pictures of hikers and tourists he murdered. Nameless‘ job is to provide a justice that otherwise may never happen.

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Rogue Lawyer | John Grisham
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Sebastian Rudd is one heck of a rogue lawyer. I like a character who goes against the grain and pushes the limits, especially when dealing with the criminal justice system. While he operates outside of the box, he advocates for people and fights the system when the system is wrong. He is a flawed character and knows his weaknesses. Rudd defends some interesting individuals that often leads him into dangerous situations. #MountTBR

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Partners is a short story prequel to Rogue Lawyer. I wasn‘t sure which to read first so I took a chance and read Partners first. It‘s an interesting story of a lawyer defending an innocent man. I hope it helps to have the back story of the relationship between Sebastian Rudd, the Rogue Lawyer, and this particular client. I guess I will find out soon! I‘m moving onto Rogue Lawyer next! #MountTBR

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I love Dean Koontz and am intrigued by this character, Nameless. This first story is a great start to this series. Nameless appears in a town out of nowhere and saves the day. He not only protects victims from their perpetrator, he serves a vigilante type of justice. I look forward to reading more; I really want to get to know this character.

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This book provides a brief history of Ram Dass‘ experience with psychadelics and his first trip to India where he met his beloved Guru, Maharaj-ji. He graciously shares his wisdom on aging, karma, anger, dying, suffering, and meditation. RD has such an incredible way of talking about these subjects. His stories are often humorous and remind the reader he is human too. And the mirrored cover is incredible! ~Namaste 💜🧘🏻‍♀️🤌#MountTBR

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Oak Avenue was a great ending to this series. My favorite plot for a scary story is definitely a haunted house. A couple and their baby daughter move to the husband‘s hometown and purchase an old mansion in desperate need of renovation. The wife struggles to be accepted by the locals while her husband works out of state during the week. Tension builds in their relationship as the house increasingly torments the family. 👻🎃

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The Secrets She Keeps | Michael Robotham
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This was extremely good! Michael Robotham knows how to write psychological thrillers! Sure there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns, but what makes this one fantastic is the depth of the story. He takes the reader to such unexpected levels. He makes you feel for every character, regardless of their poor decisions. The ending is a bit of a mind bender and allows for a bit of reader interpretation. #MountTBR

Crazeedi Wow this sounds good!! Stacking!! @EadieB have your read this one?? 3mo
EadieB @Crazeedi No but I do have 7 books from his other series. 3mo
Crazeedi @EadieB of course you do!! Lol!!😉🧡 3mo
NatalieR @Crazeedi @EadieB Hope you guys enjoy this one! 🤓 3mo
EadieB @NatalieR Thanks! Will probably start reading the series I own first but I know he's a good writer and will continue with his books after I finish his first series 3mo
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Halloween ✅ Outer Banks ✅ Lighthouse ✅ Library ✅ Yep, this book checks off my favorite things. I enjoyed spending time with these great characters. Lucy, the lighthouse librarian, stumbles onto another murder mystery. A wealthy businessman considers donating his collection of North Carolina historical documents to the library. Unfortunately, he is murdered in the library before he makes a commitment. A great addition to this series. 🖤#MountTBR

Trashcanman That's pretty 3mo
JamieArc This is next on my list before I head to the Outer Banks in a few weeks! 3mo
NatalieR @Trashcanman Thank you ☺️ 3mo
NatalieR @JamieArc Awesome! I hope you have a wonderful time there. Say hello to Bodie Lighthouse for me. 😀 3mo
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The Remedy | Adam Haslett
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The Remedy was just okay for me and it‘s difficult for me to review. I liked it, but I don‘t feel as though I fully understand what happened. A man pays an extreme amount of money for therapy. Maybe it was for therapy…he sees a doctor, but I don‘t even know what happened during his sessions. He leaves feeling great and looks forward to his next appointment. At the end some really mind bending stuff happens. I guess I was just left wanting more.

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A couple with a young child, struggling to stay together, takes a vacation to the Poconos. They stay at one of those all-inclusive lodges designed to entertain kids; overstimulating games and indoor water parks. Reginald is an impatient father and cheating husband. His encounters with other guests show the reader his judgmental attitude and one guest in particular teaches him a valuable lesson.

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I have definitely been seeing Janet Evanovich‘s books in bookstores, etc. for years and always passed despite hearing good things. I finally figured I‘d give the author a try. Anytime I start a new series, I have to start at the very beginning. I like Stephanie Plum well enough. I‘m not hooked on the series just yet, but I am willing to read the next one to see the potential of this author.

AkashaVampie Love that house. 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love your haunted book store. 🖤 3mo
Gissy Love that haunted bookstore 📚👻🖤🖤🖤 3mo
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Miao Dao | Joyce Carol Oates
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Mia, a young adult, is trying to adjust to her body changes. She feels targeted by immature boys at school while her parents separate. She finds comfort in an abandoned lot where feral cats roam. Mia tries her best to befriend the cats. One day, she finds a kitten to take home and she adores it. Miao Dao provides Mia love she cannot find anywhere else. Her mom remarries and Mia is forced to adjust to more changes in her life…creepy ones.

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This book was creatively written with two story lines running parallel. Lila is a high powered defense attorney in LA. She‘s a self-centered wife and friend who repeatedly makes decisions that hurt people. In one life, Lila is kidnapped and forced to examine her wrongdoings. In another life, Lila is free and able to examine her life choices motivated by different circumstances. The suspense continued to build. I felt like I was racing to the end!

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Unfortunately, I did not like this story at all. A group of kids have a sleepover and soon there is a ginormous spider under the bed. As the short story evolves, more creepy things start happening and the kids plot their escape. There are tons of Harry Potter references that were lost on me. (I‘m probably one of the few people on the planet who has not read Harry Potter.) I didn‘t care for the narrator either.

TheRiehlDeal You‘re not alone. I haven‘t read the Harry Potter books either. 3mo
NatalieR @TheRiehlDeal Thanks! I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 😌 3mo
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Such a heart wrenching story! Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine, operate an orphanage in Haiti. Chika, comes to live at the orphanage after her mother dies unexpectedly and her aunt can no longer care for her. Chika develops serious health problems and is unable to receive the necessary medical care in Haiti. Mitch and Janine welcome Chika into their home and hearts. I admire their strength and love for one another. #MountTBR

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The Regulators | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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As much as it pains me to say anything unflattering about a Stephen King novel, I just didn‘t care for this one. I‘m sure it‘s me and not the author. I couldn‘t get into it. So many characters and so much weird, frantic activity. #MountTBR

SqueakyChu It‘s okay not to like everything by Stephen King. He is such a prolific author. I am a big Stephen King fan, but his work I liked the least was “the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon”. My favorite? Probably Duma Key or Hearts In Atlantis or The Green Mile...or (well, I guess I loved lots of them!) 3mo
NatalieR @SqueakyChu Thanks for the validation! 😊 I also have lots of favorite SK books too…11/22/63, Lisey‘s Story, The Shining, Bag of Bones… 3mo
SqueakyChu @NatalieR Oh!! The Shining!! How I loved that book! It scared the bejeezus out me one night while I was listening to the audio version and driving home in the dark. And how I laughed at the Jack Nicholson movie version of that book! Thanks for the memory. ❤️ 3mo
NatalieR @SqueakyChu 😂 That sounds like a terrifying experience! I‘m glad you enjoyed a trip down memory lane. ❤️ 3mo
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Eve, traveling alone, running from someone, stops at a motel to rest for the night. She is the only gust. A single man runs the hotel. Eve hears strange noises at night, indicating there is at least one other guest, but no evidence is found. Something is definitely amiss… I liked the story well enough. The ending was confusing with a rapid switch to Eve at the motel and the event that led Eve to flee. I didn‘t really care for the confusion. 👻

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I was super excited to stumble upon this Dark Corners collection of short stories by various authors via my Amazon Prime library. I like that the stories are available individually on both my Kindle and Audible. There are 7 stories in the collection perfect for fans of the horror genre. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, the first installment by Jennifer McMahon was perfect timing to get me in the spirit of the season.

Trashcanman Beautiful photo 4mo
NatalieR @Trashcanman Thank you 😊 4mo
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The Masterpiece | Francine Rivers
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I am unfamiliar with this author, so I was unprepared for the emphasis on religion. I practice spirituality. I was drawn to this book for the subject of art. The artist, Roman Velasco, reminded me of Bansky in the beginning. Roman started out anonymously painting graffiti and worked to avoid capture by the police. Anyway, this quickly becomes a love story between Roman and his personal assistant and life changing events. #MountTBR

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Joan Halifax has done amazing work with the the dying process. She has devoted her life to helping people as they die and their caregivers and family. In this wonderful book, Joan tells heartfelt stories of dying people. She engages the reader, using Buddhist teachings, to explore their own impending deaths. Joan makes talking about dying a much easier topic. She offers meditations at the end of each chapter. ☮️ #MountTBR

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You Don't Own Me | Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
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In this installment of the Under Suspicion series, Laurie investigates the murder of a prominent doctor. His parents are convinced the wife is responsible and insist that Laurie produce this crime on her television show. Clark and Burke weave an engaging ‘who done it‘ story. This is an entertaining series that is coming to a close with only one more book. #MountTBR

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Personal | Lee Child
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Just a fan of Jack Reacher; working my way through the series. In this story, Jack returns to the military to repay a favor by hunting down a man Reacher put in prison 15 years ago. Kott is suspected of taking shots at the President of France. Reacher travels to Paris and London with a female government analyst to get to the bottom of this international problem. As usual, there is so much more to the story than I initially thought. #MountTBR

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I am a sucker for a good haunted house story and this one was pretty good. It‘s only the second Darcy Coates book I‘ve read and I would definitely read more of her work. It‘s a very G-Rated style of writing. Mara loses her job and purchases an old abandoned house. She was raised by spiritualists. She doesn‘t believe in ghosts. She‘s in denial her house is haunted despite the repeated ghostly occurrences and her boyfriend‘s warnings. #MountTBR

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The Theodore Boone series is a YA book perfect for an adult palette cleanser. Theo is a good kid with a passion for the law. In this installment, Theo is on a school trip to Washington, D.C. where he happens to bump into a fugitive from his hometown. The fugitive, Pete Duffy, is wanted for the murder of his wife. Theo gets all the excitement of working with the FBI and his favorite judge as he tries to bring Pete to justice. #MountTBR

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This book was not for me. It was not what I expected…at all. I have been immersing myself is Buddhism and Hinduism the last couple of years and thought this book would add to my interests in spirituality. I was COMPLETELY wrong. I remember being introduced to this book through another author I absolutely love and has written about spirituality so I thought this book would be a perfect fit for me. Nope! 🙅🏻‍♀️ #MountTBR

BkClubCare I do love a pink zinnia. 5mo
NatalieR @BkClubCare Me too. 💕 5mo
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I vacationed in Sedona last year and had a conversation with a woman about my love for the author, Silas House. After describing his work, my friend suggested Sharyn McCrumb, as her books are set in Appalachia. The Frankie Silver story is true. She is the first woman hanged in NC for murder. The present day story is of Sheriff Arrowood who is invited to witness the execution of a man convicted of killing two college-age kids. #MountTBR

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Claude Monet: Jigsaw Book | Five Mile Press Pty. Limited, The
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This book was deep on my #MountTBR pile. I acquired it ages ago. It‘s a clever book with six 36-piece puzzles of Monet‘s paintings. Each puzzle is accompanied by a description of the painting. I haven‘t worked the puzzles as I like to keep this as a nice collector‘s piece.

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"O" is for Outlaw | Sue Grafton
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I just love the Kinsey Millhone series. In this installment, more layers of Kinsey‘s life are peeled away as readers are introduced to her first husband…well, sort of. A random person contacts Kinsey after he finds some of her belongings in an abandoned storage unit. This discovery leads her to searching for her ex to make amends. Typical of a Grafton novel, the story twists and turns with lots of characters. #MountTBR

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I have dabbled in a few cozy mysteries lately, so I thought I would try Joanne Fluke‘s Hannah Swensen series. I absolutely love desserts and figured I couldn‘t go wrong with her books…especially when recipes are included! Hannah is definitely a likeable character with her cat and bakery business. I did find it humorous that a baker does more leg work to solve a murder than the police officer hired for the job! 🍪#MountTBR

Susanita How timely! Today is national chocolate chip cookie day! 5mo
NatalieR @Susanita 😂 I had no idea! 5mo
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What Makes a Degas a Degas? | Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), Richard Mhlberger
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This YA book is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s series “What Makes a …?” Books about other painters include Van Gogh, Monet, and Rembrandt. This is a nice book that explains some of his most famous paintings and subjects; ballet, horses, portraits of family members, and the hat shop. Written in an easily understandable way for the YA reader. 🩰#MountTBR

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The Last Child | John Hart
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This is my second John Hart novel. I read Redemption Road first and absolutely loved it. 🥰 I really enjoyed The Last Child and look forward to reading more of Hart‘s work. He does a nice job painting the setting of North Carolina. He creates characters you come to care about throughout the story. I‘m aware there‘s a sequel to this one and am definitely interested to see what‘s next for Johnny Merrimon. #MountTBR

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This is an excellent book for learning about the fundamental Buddhist teachings. I love how the audiobook was structured; each of the 12 teachings was recorded during Kornfield‘s presentations to a live audience. I listen to a lot of podcasts on this subject so I‘m used to this format. I see myself re-listening to portions of this audiobook when I want a refresher on a specific lesson (Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, karma.) #MountTBR

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Quite the interesting read. Initially, it seemed to drag a bit as I was introduced to the MC, Dr. Marc, a general practitioner to celebrities. The pace of the story and my interest quickly picked up when time reversed to one year ago when Marc and family take a summer vacation and stay with Ralph, a famous actor and patient, and his family. A tragic event completely shifts the story and changes the dynamics of these relationships. #MountTBR

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Fascinating book on the healing power of psychedelics. This book describes the discovery of LSD and ends with MDMA. The structure of the book weaves between the stories of three people; a Marine with PTSD who participated in a clinical trial, a former ER doctor who shifted his career to become a psychiatrist and is leading psychedelic research, and the director of MAPS who is fighting the government‘s prohibition of psychedelics. #MountTBR

IuliaC Such a beautiful photo 😍 6mo
NatalieR @IuliaC Thank you! 😊 6mo
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