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Well-ReadNeck

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member Well-ReadNeck

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Got some great #BookMail from Europa today!! Both of these are May releases.

sarahbarnes I didn‘t know Kawakami had another book coming out! I just got Heaven from the library and really liked Breasts and Eggs. 6mo
BarbaraBB Like @sarahbarnes I had no idea she has written another book already. By the way, Heaven is really really good! 6mo
Well-ReadNeck @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I 💕 Breast and Eggs and have Heaven on my reader!! Now I‘m even more excited about the latest! 6mo
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sarahbarnes I‘m excited to read both of these! Glad to hear you liked Heaven @BarbaraBB! 6mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Even more than B&E but it‘s a very hard subject (bullying) 6mo
BarbaraBB Missing your reviews, I hope all is well 🤍 1mo
vivastory I hope you are doing well & reading some good books 📚 3w
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Friends Like These: A Novel | Kimberly McCreight
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Mehso-so

Fun and fast read. But, there were some unanswered questions at the end and the direction of the final scenes was pretty clear around the halfway mark.

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Don't Know Tough | Eli Cranor
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YAAAASSSSS! Absolutely loved this audiobook. Seriously, the BEST author-narrated book I‘ve ever heard. He was off the charts. Increadible All-American/Friday Night Lights Grit Lit. Will almost certainly be a top ten of the year read for me. #ARC #audiobook #Netgalley

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A sweet and charming Beauty and the Beast retelling. Thought she did a great job of making the story contemporary. #ARC #Netgalley

Liatrek Can‘t wait for this one to come out🙂 6mo
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Delilah Green Doesn't Care | Ashley Herring Blake
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Mehso-so

Some good steamy scenes, but the story was a bit lackluster for me.

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Yaaaaaaasssss! Loved this wonderful mystery novel with a comic book theme. The audiobook was great! And, the “comic book excerpts” (which in the print version are illustrated) played like an old fashioned radio drama.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This is just the absolute cutest! It has all the tropes: grumpy/sunny; fake dating; whoops shared room. So much fun.

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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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A fun, fast-paced thriller with past crime/present crime set up. The past crime takes place at a Blockbuster on New Year‘s Eve 1999, for a little nostalgia. Enjoyed the #audiobook narrated by a full cast.

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Mehso-so

I adored Dial A for Aunties and this second in a series book delivered more of the same antics. But, that was sort of my rib with it, it felt like the same book and the repeat loses the freshness. #ARC

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#LibraryHaul

When it rains, it pours!!! 🌦☔️📚

Soubhiville I‘ve been listening to The Nineties and really liking it. It‘s taking me back! Class of ‘93 🤘🤣 7mo
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#BookMail from #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewers

I love how the dandelion in the crack on the front is echoed on the spine. 🪨🌼

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Unlike her earlier book, Quiet, this one be done don‘t quite gel for me. Some interesting ideas here, but the organization or something was off for me and it just didn‘t feel like a cohesive whole. #ARC #Edelweiss

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Panpan

Really, no. Lauren Graham narration only seemed to make the protagonist more unlikeable?! And, the plot set up just didn‘t work for me.

KristiAhlers I felt the same way. I only read it as it was a book club choice. 7mo
Laughterhp I didn‘t know Lauren Graham narrated books! 7mo
marleed Haha - I gave it a pick purely for the Lauren Graham narration. In my head I saw this as Lorelei and Rory and then changed my mind to Lorelei and her mom. But there was a serious flaw in how this came together towards the end and I‘m surprised it got past editing. 7mo
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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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Such a fun and quirky mystery with a futuristic, techy plot. Great on #audiobook

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Completely enjoyed Moriarty‘s latest. Both a mystery and a dysfunctional family saga. Lots of the same vibes as Nine Perfect Strangers. Listened on #audiobook which was 💯

Cathythoughts I read this recently & it was a good easy read 👍❤️ 7mo
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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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Mehso-so

Interesting premise. But, overly long for me and, welp, we all know how it ends. I didn‘t find this the spookily similar to current events narrative that so many proclaim. #ARC

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The Talented Ribkins | Ladee Hubbard
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Loved this book about a man looking back in his life (because he‘s being chased by enforcers for a man to whom he owes $$) of people who served as a Justice League of sorts for Civil Rights in the 1960s.

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Enjoyed this unusual serial killer thriller. The story begins with the killer on death row and unravels his story through flashbacks from the points of view of three women in his life: his mother, his sister-in-law; and the detective who caught him.

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Mickey7: A Novel | Edward Ashton
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Super fun sci-Fi. Read in combo egalley and #audiobook. Both were awesome sauce. Snarky and fun!! #ARC #NetGalley

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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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Wow. Powerful short story by Toni Morrison. Zadie Smith‘s introduction (which I highly recommend be read only after u read the story) nails the discomfort that Morrison evokes for the reader. #ARC #Edelweiss

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A Novel Obsession: A Novel | Caitlin Barasch
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Just meh. Another someone behaving badly novel, but this one didn‘t do much with it. #ARC #Netgalley

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The Album of Dr. Moreau | Daryl Gregory
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Superbly weird. The WildBoyZ is a boy band made up of animal/human hybrids whose back story plays into a murder mystery.

RebL I have to tell my son about this book! We read The Island of Dr. Moreau aloud together. If the band doesn't have a song titled, “Are we not men?!“, then they aren't worth vivisecting. 8mo
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Wow. I adored this strange novel that is part love story, part dystopian tale, part history lesson. Feels like a likely candidate for next year‘s Tournament of Books.

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Throughly entertaining Gatsby retelling featuring the ladies. Well done.

Bookwormjillk Love Gatsby. Stacking! 8mo
LeslieO Love that cover! 8mo
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Interlinked short story collection from the author of The Resisters. A similar sensibility to the author‘s previous novel. Loved the stories and the characters they contained. #audiobook

EvieBee Sounds great! 8mo
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A glorious retelling of a 13th c. Poem about a knight who was both a man and a woman. Wonderful and thoughtful take on gender; societal expectations; nature vs nurture; and the wonderful spectrum on which we all live.

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Drowning Practice | Mike Meginnis
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Loved the premise and early chapters were solid. But, along the way, the characters became abhorrent and the ending just did not do a thing for me. #ARC #netgalley

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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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janeycanuck Really?! What didn‘t work for you? This was a win for me. 8mo
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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Yaaaasss! Listened on #audiobook and the narration is 💯 An up and coming Black violinist learned that his instrument, which has been in his family for generations is a Strad. The story is ostensibly about finding the thief, but really speaks to racism and family in profound ways.

EvieBee I really liked the narrator of this audiobook, too! 8mo
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Still enjoying this series. This story mirrors the Cinderella tale.

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Enjoyed this self-romance book. Cute and empowering.

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Great book. Very accessible and the information looks at gender equality in new (to me) ways. #ARC

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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Pitch perfect short novel. Two former college classmates meet in an airport during a long delay and one tells the other about his life in the intervening years. Lovely storytelling with a biting edge. But, y‘all, this ending!!!! Worth reading for the unfolding alone. #Edelweiss #ARC

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Accidentally Engaged | Farah Heron
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💕 Completely adored this contemporary romance novel. 💕

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Bailedbailed

Tried this on #audiobook. Good narration, but so many plot holes I bailed.

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Devil House | JOHN. DARNIELLE
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Yaaaaaasssss! I loved the author‘s previous novels and Devil House has solidified him as an autobuy for me. This extremely meta novel is satisfying all the way thru, but the ending 🤯 and took this from a campy take on the 198o‘s satanic panic to a strong social commentary. #Netgalley #ARC

Well-ReadNeck PS: this awesome candle pic from the publisher. One of the best book swag things I‘ve seen 😀 8mo
Leftcoastzen Wow 8mo
vivastory I will definitely be reading this next week. Can't wait! 8mo
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Ruthiella Still need to read 8mo
readordierachel That candle is amazing 8mo
batsy That is indeed some fabulous book swag! 8mo
batsy @Ruthiella Me too! 8mo
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True crime with an author‘s memoir mixed in. I really enjoy nonfiction with this sort of genre mash-up (think: The Orchid Thief; The Lady from the Black Lagoon; Why Fish Don‘t Exist). I tried this a couple times in print and didn‘t get into the flow but liked enough to try again. Ultimately, finished (devoured!!) on #audiobook read by the author.

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Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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I loved this novel translated from the original French. The plot doesn‘t begin to come together until about 40%, but takes off from there like a rocket. Completely bananapants in all the best ways!! 🍌👖

BookBabe Sure is a cool cover! Sounds interesting too 9mo
Christyco125 It‘s hard to ignore bananapants as a description. 😺 8mo
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Mehso-so

I liked but didn‘t love this memoir that discusses ancestral trauma from the point of view of a middle class white American woman whose ancestors were racists, misogynists, and slaveholders. #Edelweiss #ARC

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Mehso-so

Well, there‘s A LOT going on here. Humorous and weird and smart and goofy. But, for me, it was all a bit too much and didn‘t quite feel worth the journey to me.

Ruthiella That‘s kinda how I felt about 9mo
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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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Good narration on #audiobook. Based on the blurb and cover, I expected (WANTED) a full-blown romance. The love story is in here, but it‘s mostly two parallel stories and the coming together is slow and painful.

LeeRHarry Oh no I‘ve loved her other books! 9mo
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Went back to read the first in this series after reading the second. Enjoying this series and will def be continuing!

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Mehso-so

May be an unpopular opinion, but while I loved the story, it was sooooooo drawn out for me.

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Have had this one on my kindle for a while and finally picking it up before watching the recent movie. Completely blown away. Fantabulous ending!!!!

bnp Glad you liked it. Think I'm going to be reading this in February with a Goodreads group. 9mo
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Lost and Found | Kathryn Schulz
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Absolutely loved this #audiobook narrated by the author that‘s partially a memoir about the death of the author‘s father and her falling in love with her partner. But, it‘s also about meteorites and etymology and losing your keys and so much more. 💕

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There have been so many fabulous books about motherhood recently that are truthful about the parts that aren‘t sunshine and roses. This weirdly creepy novel also had a thread of Margaret Wise Brown‘s actual life that was also interesting. Good narration on #audiobook

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Quotients | Tracy O'Neill
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Fun novel about a former spy and his wife, a corporate exec whose brother has re-appeared. Lots about secrets and constant surveillance.

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Falling | T J Newman
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Reads a bit like a screen play, and it‘s great fun and well paced throughout. But, the climax and aftermath felt a bit clunky. Enjoyed the #audiobook which is read by Steven Weber.

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Interesting ideas for changing eating habits in midlife for maximum health. Like most self help books, this one is a take what you like, leave the rest sort of thing. Wasn‘t so crazy about the focus on protein powder.

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Love the focus on a female scientist. But, this book (necessarily) gets into the weeds in science and that cuts into the readability for me.

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