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behudd

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Administrative Assistant at a University // I love books!
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Poppy & Alex are probably the two characters that Henry has written that I relate to the least. But I still love their Harry Met Sally-esque story and getting to tag along on all of their travels.
I spent most of Julia Whelan‘s audiobook narration laughing at Poppy‘s antics or grinning at Alex‘s stoicism.
Not my favorite Henry, but one I still enjoy (re)reading.

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“On vacation, you can be anyone you want.”

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⭐️⭐️⭐️”What evangelicals uncritically assume is ‘biblical‘ turns out to be simply Victorian.”
This look at the history of evangelicalism was interesting, and whenever Prior, who is a literally professor, digs into and assess literature to make connections, that‘s when she really shows her prowess.
The book as a whole, however, felt very disjointed to me. The introduction/first chapter was strong, but then the rest didn‘t really deliver.

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Eye of the Needle | Ken Follett
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I love Ken Follett‘s epic historical fiction books, but this was my first read of one of his spy novels.
His easy writing style & commitment to research is still evident here, but for whatever reason this 360 page book was a lot slower read for me than ones that are twice this length.
Not one I‘d turn people away from but also not one I‘d strongly recommend.

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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Expertly researched & written, I really enjoyed this! Brooks is a master at weaving a story through so many timelines - this one set in 1850, 1950, & 2019 - and five different narrators. The 5 readers who made up the audiobook were excellent, too.
I knew nothing about the history of horse racing, the horse Lexington, or all the lost stories of the Black trainers, grooms, & jockeys of the USA‘s antebellum time period.
Definitely recommend!

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This was an excellent culmination of this series. And the ending of this book. Wow. I think I‘ll be thinking about it for a long time.
I enjoyed the whole journey - I read and listened to it, and Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator.
My husband finished it not long before I did, so the “oh and then Sanderson did this!” conversations have been plentiful.
I‘ll definitely be traveling more into his Cosmere!

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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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Forget Me Not | Julie Soto
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Very fast, spicy read, & I cannot figure out why, because I like how it‘s written, I laughed out loud multiple times,but I just didn‘t care about either of these characters.It seemed like their inside thoughts in their POV chapters didn‘t match their actions - especially the male MC.He‘s so grumpy/rude all the time, but there was no crossover of like - here‘s who I really am. I do want to read her again, tho, so she must be doing something right!

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“Imagine, if you will, that you are in my classroom.”

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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This is a reread before the next book following Rowan and Neil comes out in a couple weeks. I love this one - it‘s a unique setup and the characters feel like real people.
I read this time anticipating the next book, which took away from it a bit, but that‘s more on me than the book itself. I still think it‘s a very top teen romance read!

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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This is the second Hannah book I‘ve read, and I really enjoyed it! I know very little about the Vietnam War - which just proves one of the points Hannah explores here: the silence surrounding Vietnam and what the men & women experienced there and coming home.
At one point I was listening to the audiobook as I drove and a car with Vietnam Vet stickers pulled in front of me. That was a powerful moment.

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my May #bookspin book! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I read a nonfiction book about Vietnam a year or two ago and found it so intriguing. The way that peoples' disgust with the war then transferred to the soldiers coming home, suffering from PTSD and, for many, the knowledge that everything they had done was wrong, really did turn the entire war into a kind of “we just don't talk about it“ situation. 1mo
behudd @TheAromaofBooks do you remember which book that was? Hannah does a great job with it here but I‘d be interested in a nonfiction pov, too! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Well, I started with Embers of War by Fredrik Logevall, which was an amazing book covering the history of Vietnam from the close of WWII to the beginning of the “official“ Vietnam War aka when America joined. He does such a great job showing how most Vietnamese were a lot more interested in getting rid of France than they were in being communists, yet anti-communist rhetoric was what kept everyone fighting there lest “all Asia fall“. ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) I have a somewhat lengthy review on my blog if you are interested in skimming it haha https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/embers-of-war-by-fredrik-logeva... I then eventually followed up with Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow. I didn't like that one as well, but it was still a very good overview that didn't feel too biased. 1mo
behudd @TheAromaofBooks oh great! Thank you! 1mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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“The walled and gated McGrath estate was a world unto itself, protected and private.”

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⭐️⭐️I wanted to like this one more than I did. I enjoy reading graphic novel nonfiction, and Radtke imparted a lot of knowledge to us, but it was too much. There was a disjointed aspect to it that made it hard for me to fully care about what she was telling me. I also hate learning about Harlow‘s monkey experiments-they always make me sick to my stomach, so that being prevalent, especially in the second half, also brought this down for me.

Bookwomble Harlow was awful! 😞 1mo
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Third time reading, and I still love it! My friend & I are reading a Henry book a month over the summer for our mini-book club! It‘ll be her first time reading most of them and my second or third (or 5th for Book Lovers 😅).
This isn‘t my favorite Emily Henry, but I love all her stuff so much, that that‘s not really saying much.
Julia Whelan is, as ever, an excellent narrator.

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Traitor of Redwinter | Ed McDonald
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved being back in Raine‘s world in this second Redwinter book!
There are some familiar story techniques, but McDonald also manages to make it all unique at the same time. I think Raine is a great main character who seems realistic while dealing with extreme situations.
Samara MacLaren is one of my favorite audio narrators, so I recommend listening to this one.
Cannot wait for the next installment!

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Traitor of Redwinter | Ed McDonald
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“I am dreaming.”

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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Emily Henry continues to be excellent.
The banter, the realness of her characters, the heart, and the humor - it‘s all there.
Julia Whelan, as always, is a perfect audiobook reader, too.
I finished it this morning, and I think it‘ll keep me smiling all day.

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The Malevolent Seven | Sebastien de Castell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This book has it all: fourth wall breaking, crude humor, motley wizard crews, and, somehow, a lot of heart. Pretty different from what I usually read, I really enjoyed this one and am glad I got it in a subscription box. It came with a keychain that said “Welcome to the Shit Show,” which really says more about it than I ever could. Joe Jameson is an excellent audiobook narrator, & I will definitely read more if it is turned into a series.

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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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This book was stunning. It‘s the first book that I‘ve had to make myself take breaks from because the story and characters, the brutality and reality were so pervasive that I could not stop thinking about it.
I listened to the audiobook & read hard copy and both were great reading experiences. There are *many* points of view but I felt he expertly navigated them and the way all the stories weaved together - what a masterpiece.

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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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“She felt their eyes, all those executioners.”

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Dark Moon Defender | Sharon Shinn
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This & the first book are my favorite in the series. I love seeing how the bonds between the six main characters grow stronger in this one, the religious & political issues heighten, and the world building significantly broadens.
Perfect installment in a favorite series.

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Dark Moon Defender | Sharon Shinn
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“The woman lay facedown on the floor of the hut, her long brown hair spread in bloody tangles across the dirt.”

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Perhaps the early book most connected to the ones that come later in the series, it was fun to point out all the moments of “oh that will be important!” as we did the first half of our drive home from FL to IL.
It‘s been great to revisit so many loved characters & places.

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The Thirteenth House | Sharon Shinn
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This isn‘t my favorite in the series & I won‘t ever fully understand Kirra‘s motivations as main character, but I do love the character development that Shinn produces and how that continues with Kirra throughout the series.
A lot of the question marks from book 1 grow in this book, and though I‘ve read the series twice before, I‘m still looking forward to watching the characters learn the answers.

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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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We listened to this one over two days as we drove from IL to FL, and it was so fun going back to the beginning of a story I know so well. Rowling really is a master at building characters, and Jim Dale is a fantastic narrator!

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Bailedbailed

DNF

Really disappointed to not be finishing this book but its epic scope & length is just not something my brain is taking in right now.
I can tell it‘s very well researched & written, and Robin Miles is an excellent narrator, so it‘s not the book, it‘s me.

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“The night clouds were closing in on the salt licks east of the oxbow lakes along the folds in the earth beyond the Yalobusha River.”

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ShyBookOwl Oh this is on my tbr. How is it? 3mo
behudd @ShyBookOwl I‘m not very far, but I definitely find it engaging. It‘s narrative nonfiction, so more story telling than textbook, which I tend to prefer. From what I‘ve read, I‘d recommend it! 3mo
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The Thirteenth House | Sharon Shinn
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“The three men sat in the mansion‘s elegantly appointed study and discussed their options.”

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I didn‘t like a second of it, but I had to finish it 😂 So it gets the 2 stars since it must have been doing something right to compel me to keep reading.
But if this hadn‘t been a book club read, I wouldn‘t have gone past the first chapter.

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my March #bookspin book! (edited) 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Some books get a hold of you even though you actually hate it 😂 3mo
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Mystic and Rider | Sharon Shinn
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My third time reading one of my absolute favorite adult fantasy series, this is such a wonderful story to settle back into. I meant to read it slowly, on the side of other things, but it quickly became what I was most interested in.
I love Shinn's work so much, and wish it got more of the credit it's due.
If you like fantasy, I highly recommend.

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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Well if I didn‘t know how to talk about book 1, I certainly don‘t know how to talk about this one.
It is truly shocking that this & the Shadow and Bone books were written by the same person. The range!
Absolutely excellent - completely unique - a bit slower moving than book 1, but I was absorbed the whole time.
It is very dark, but I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Mystic and Rider | Sharon Shinn
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“Kardon stood at the back of the tavern, surveying the night‘s clientele, and smiled with a brutal satisfaction.”

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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“Alex approached Black Elm as if she were sidling up to a wild animal, cautious in her walk up the long, curving driveway, careful not to show her fear.”

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I don‘t even know where to begin to review this book. It was dark - at times, very - and gritty, nothing like Bardugo‘s other work I‘ve read, and I loved it.
The audiobook narrators were very good, and I am so interested to see where this story goes next.

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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“By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”

Such a good first line!
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This was, I think, the best yet in this series. And as at least two others in the series have been Top 6 books of the year for me, that is saying something.
945 pages, 34-hour audiobook, and I just wanted more.
The audio narrator, Robert Glenister, is so good, and obviously the writing, character development, and story telling are superb.
I wouldn‘t be surprised if this ends up being my best book of 2024. Cannot wait for the next!

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“Will, we were appalled to learn from your personal tutor yesterday that you‘ve dropped out of university and joined some kind of religious movement.”

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Vengeance of the Pirate Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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I think this might be the best of the three from this Levenseller series. I‘m glad I reread the first two before reading this one - it stands alone as it‘s own story, but since it focuses on one of the side characters from the original duology, it helped to have that knowledge of her & some of the other characters going in.
I‘ll read everything Levenseller writes. It‘s just always a fun adventure!

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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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Stronger than the first book in the series, this is basically nonstop action. It‘s a fun, quick read, and if you like teen adventure stories, this is definitely one to check out!

CrowCAH Are you going to continue and read the third book which recently came out?! I own the third, but haven‘t read it yet. 🏴‍☠️ 4mo
behudd @CrowCAH yes! That‘s why I‘m doing this reread because I didn‘t remember it at all 😅 starting book 3 tonight! 4mo
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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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“The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much too loud in the darkness.”

This makes the books seem much darker than it is 😅
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ShyBookOwl Haha yeah I'd definitely classify that as DARK 4mo
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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I first read this book 5 years ago and agree with the 3-star rating I gave it then. This was Levenseller‘s first work, and that‘s how it reads - like she‘s finding her footing. That being said, she‘s one of my favorite teen authors because her characters & worlds are always adventurous and fun. It was good to be back with Alosa & Riden, & even though this isn‘t a favorite book, it was a fun reread.

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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⭐️⭐️⭐️This book was interesting because while there were aspects I loved-hello, e-mail romance, happy to see you again!-there were also things that I didn‘t love or were distracting from the main story. Sittenfeld had a lot of political comments to make, and they felt so heavy handed that it took me out of the story.But I did love the male main character, the side characters, and the real, if sometimes cringey, look at relationship anxiety, etc.

Victoriahoperose I agree with this so much. It wasn‘t enough for me to dislike it but I see why the ratings weren‘t higher. I also personally hated that she didn‘t break up the chapters more 😂😂😂 4mo
behudd @Victoriahoperose yes! I was trying to do the audiobook, too, and it was impossible to find my place. Such an interesting choice. I think the more I think about it, the less I like it lol (edited) 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫It‘s hard to fully process an 835 page book anyway, but when it is *so full* of lore, connections, & information - it‘s impossible on the first read through.
I really enjoyed the story, and Maas‘ “side” characters continued to shine brightest for me in this series.
I‘m interested to see how it continues since there are certainly unknowns at the end, but it wraps up with more finality than I was expecting.
Forever a SJM super-fan 💫

Enchanted_Bibliophile 👋🏼 Quick question, is there spoilers for A Court of Silver Flames in this one? I really want to continue with the Crescent City series, but I'm not sure if I should first finish ACOSF 5mo
behudd @Enchanted_Bibliophile definitely finish silver flames first. You‘d understand the story without finishing it but I think there could be spoilers, depending on how far you are in ACOSF 5mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Thanks, 😊. I'll finish ACOSF first 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This isn‘t an easy book to read.It is classic C.S. Lewis nonfiction: a strong mix of philosophy, science, dry humor, and faith.I'm glad I read this with a group because if I had been reading it on my own, I would not have continued to fight my way through to understanding. That being said, I love the way Lewis constructs an argument. He will win me over with his logical reasoning every time.You'll have to work for it, but I recommend it.

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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The Exception to the Rule | Christina Lauren
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Give me a romance that begins over email and I am 100% in. This was a perfect short story - the characters felt developed, the relationship made sense, and it‘s a quick read.
I didn‘t listen to the audiobook for this one because the first half is all emails & I don‘t like hear all the sending detail info.
These stories are all free - audiobook & ebook - for Amazon Prime members, and this one, at least, I highly recommend!

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*This isn‘t in the Litsy database yet
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was a cute short story - the audiobook is only an hour long. Guillory is one of my favorite romance writers, but, as I think will be as issue with all the stories in this collection, I just wanted more.
That said, she did develop characters & create a fun earthquake meet-cute. And, of course, there were plenty of snacks 🧁🥐🍰