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jdiehr

jdiehr

Joined March 2018

Total and complete book nerd
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A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
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Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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Smart, sexy, and a hate letter to standardized testing.

I'm officially an Ali Hazelwood fan 😊

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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Have you ever read a book just because it was mentioned in another book?

That's what prompted me to pick up "The Virgin Suicides."

It is the story of the Lisbon sisters as told through the neighborhood boys who are obsessed with them.

It was creatively imagined and well-written and not at all what I was expecting.

Ruthiella I read Martin Chuzzlewit because it figured in Jasper Fford‘s The Eyre Affair. I didn‘t continue with the Thursday Next series but I did end up falling in love with Dickens and reading all his novels. 😊 3d
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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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It's here already!

That was quick.

#botm

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Mehso-so

As I've gotten older, I look back on how I acted and presented myself when I was in my 20s and cringe.

I think this will happen to McCurdy as well.

It's unsettling and sad. I didn't find the humor other readers seemed to find and totally disagree with the blurb on the cover about it being "an important cultural document."

I think after, say, 20 more years, more healing and maturing, McCurdy will be able to write the book I was hoping to read.

Megabooks 💯 agree with your review. Well put! 2w
Suet624 I can't imagine you're right but at least she now has more material to write about in 20 years. :) 2w
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AA Is for Aardvark | Mark Shulman
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I signed up!

Something about being in on the ground floor...oh, and books 😂

#aardvarkbookclub

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A journal is a book, right??

My sister surprised me with this velvet beauty 😍 🧙‍♀️

JacqMac So pretty! 💕 2w
TheSpineView It's purple 💜 😍 2w
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Not my favorite Anne Lamott book.

I usually come across several highlight-able quotes, but not so much this time.

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Check out this gorgeous book sleeve 😍

Do you use book sleeves?

I didn't until I saw this on Etsy 😄

Her handle is Zeedlebeez

AmyG I always use mine when travelling…don‘t want to ruin my book. That one is lovely! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm a bit of a book sleeve junkie. 3w
ShelleyBooksie I love bookshelves. @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego got me hooked on #alwaysseptember on Etsy. 3w
Gissy Beautiful😱😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 3w
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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This beautiful book is about a group of people who live in the same building finding their family and letting go of the ghosts who watch over them.

Do you read the acknowledgements in books??

After thanking many people, Allen tells us that she lost her mom and her sister before writing this story.

The little bird in my photo was a gift I gave to my mom years ago. I got it back when she died.

Needless to say, Other Birds struck a chord with me

Ruthiella I do sometimes read the acknowledgments. As you point out, they can be revealing! (edited) 3w
Megabooks I loved this too! 3w
Megabooks And I always read the acknowledgments, and I 💯💯💯 wanted to give her a big hug! 3w
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Friends of the Library | Susan Cushman
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Book haul from the library book sale today 😁

In my defense, only 3 are for me - the rest are for my Little Free Library 📚

Ruthiella How do you choose for your LFL? Do you have an idea of what people who peruse it like? Or do you stock it with a range of genres/age groups? Inquiring minds… 🧐 4w
jdiehr @Ruthiella Well, I always have my eyes peeled for kids books. My kids shelf really gets a lot of action which makes me happy 😊 My other picks today were books I read and enjoyed. Then people donate their own books which you never know what you're going to get. I had a teenage girl at my library last week looking for Manga and fantasy so I have that in mind when I'm looking. It's so fun and rewarding 4w
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Losing Neverland | Evelyn Montgomery
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No.

Too vulgar and rape-y for me

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this memoir!

Mayte followed in her mother's footsteps and became an accomplished belly dancer at a very young age.

One thing led to another and she became a dancer for Prince. The story of their life together is a page-turner.

I picked this up at the Dollar Tree not even really considering myself a fan of Prince. I'm glad I took a chance.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Prince 💜 (edited) 4w
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Oh, happy day!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Two more excellent short stories by well-known authors.

"A Wild Rose" is about a pianist whose fingers start giving her trouble. She takes up residence in a studio apartment above Carnegie Hall. I love how Fiona Davis always introduces readers to hidden spots in well-known places.

"Mother Swamp" is an excellent story about a hidden community built by women escaping slavery. Very powerful.

I have enjoyed this short story collection immensely

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I don't usually read books to match the season, but a witchy book by a local author seemed like a good idea ?

Emerson Wilde, a small town book store owner, one day discovers that she is a witch. And so are many of her friends and townspeople.

The "I am woman, hear me roar" element got a bit heavy-handed and repetitive for my taste.

This is the first in a planned series of three.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Two more stories down in the "A Point In Time" collection ??

"We Are Bone and Earth" is about an enslaved girl.

"Alison's Conviction" is about a young woman with Tourette Syndrome fighting debt collectors.

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Another romance that I was wary of because of the title...and it was great!

It starts off with a rape and a murder in the PROLOGUE 😯

Alexandra is a heroine to be admired. And I love the friendship between the three girls.

This is the first book in a series and I'd love to read more.

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I finished two more stories in the "A Point In Time" collection.

'Ash Wednesday' was a heartbreaking story based on an actual event - a deadly fire in an elementary school.

'Landing' is about a NASA employee more focused on his job than his new wife.

I like that each of these stories take less than a hour to read. They are so well done the reader feels like they have spent much more time with the characters than they have.

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Chose an add-on for the first time ever!

Lots of good choices this month 😃

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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Did anyone else pick up the "A Point In Time" collection through Amazon Prime?

7 short stories by well-known authors.

I read "Naomi's Gift" by the author of "Lilac Girls" last night.

It was SO GOOD!

A riveting story about a baby born in a concentration camp.

Can't wait to read the next one tonight ?

SleepyDragon I have to return a few titles before I can borrow these, but I'm definitely going to read this series at some point. 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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You guys.

I can't do this book justice in the space provided here.

We know from the get go how things turn out for Martha, but that doesn't take anything away from watching it all unfold.

Martha suffers for years before getting a proper diagnosis for her mental illness. The author chooses not to name the illness - instead referring to it as ____. And that is just one example of the brilliance of this story.

Just read it.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome pic!! 💙💛 1mo
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Kona Cowboy Surfer | Gwen Overland
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I like to support local authors - which is the only reason I picked up this romance with the corny title 😄

It ended up being cute.

The author introduced a lot of topics that were never fleshed out, but I know this is the first in a series so she may delve deeper in future installments.

The romance was tame. I expected more spice considering how the characters described their longing.

I love that she signed my copy using my Instagram handle

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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I am pretty new to mysteries so I have to ask if anyone else saw that coming?!?!

This was an entertaining page-turner and I love Feeney's writing style. I often found myself re-reading certain lines and savoring them.

I'll be looking for more from this author.

PS - I don't have a wall with 80 clocks on it, but I love my steampunk bee clock 🥰

KristiAhlers No this ending totally blew me away and I love suspense/psychological thrillers. Really enjoyed this one. 1mo
CBee Love that clock! I‘ve read two other Feeney books and she‘s definitely a favorite of mine now! I‘ve read 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Amazing clock! 1mo
bthegood Really fun clock 🙂 1mo
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Dollar Tree strikes my TBR again!

UwannaPublishme My favorite store! 😄🙌🏻 1mo
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A Week to Be Wicked | Tessa Dare
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I loved this! Despite judging a book by its title, I loved this 😄

Minerva is a plain, bookish geologist. Colin is a 'rake' with quite the reputation.

Their road to love is a thoroughly enjoyable journey.

I loved Tessa Dare's humor and will read more from this author.

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A Week to Be Wicked | Tessa Dare
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"For the love of tits."

This book is funny, and entertaining, and I'm so glad my book club picked it for our August meeting ?

robinb I LOVE Dare‘s humor. 2mo
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A Week to Be Wicked | Tessa Dare
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"When a girl trudged through the rain at midnight to knock at the Devil's door, the Devil should at least have the depravity - if not the decency - to answer."

#FirstLineFridays
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I enjoyed this story about Molly the maid.

Molly sees the world in a unique way, has a hard time picking up on things like facial expressions and sarcasm, and is seen by others as a 'weirdo.'

When she finds a dead man in one of the hotel rooms where she works, life becomes interesting whether Molly wants it to or not.

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I read a lot, but I don't always feel like I can't put a book down.

This book - I couldn't put down once I reached the three quarter mark.

A small town story about Ruby McKee and her sisters, miracles and mysteries.

Maisey Yates is venturing into women's fiction and is getting better with each new book 😊

DivineDiana Beautiful photo! ❤️ 2mo
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"It was five years ago, on a cold December night, when three young girls made a miraculous discovery that changed the town of Pear Blossom forever."

#FirstLineFridays
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ShyBookOwl That's a charming opener 2mo
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I finished this one during a summer storm last night ?

I couldn't wait to get my hands on "The Low Desert" because I have spent a lot of time exploring the area around the Salton Sea and that is the setting for these rough, sometimes violent gangster stories.

Such a unique setting. Take my word for it - lots of beauty and even more weirdness.

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This book surprised me by being less about Evelyn's husbands and more about her wife.

The story kept me interested and I didn't have a clue about why Evelyn chose Monique to write her biography.

PS - this is an antique bride's basket that I inherited from my mom 😊

Blueberry Beautiful bride's basket ❤️ 2mo
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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A beautiful collection of essays that remind us that our days are precious and numbered.

The friendship between Patchett and Sooki is inspiring.

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I loved this you guys ❤

Books can provide distraction just like video games can. Escapism, a break, a chance to live in a different world - however brief.

At the heart of this book is the friendship between Sam and Sadie from childhood to adulthood.

This was the perfect book for me during a very challenging time in my life. But I think I would have loved it no matter when it showed up 😊

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Carry the Dog | Stephanie Gangi
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Thankful for my Kindle as I sit beside my husband while he recovers from his ATV accident 🙄

Carry the Dog is the story of Bea who, along with her twin brothers, was the subject of controversial nude photos taken by her artist mother.

Now, as a 60 year old woman, Bea must decide if she wants to make money from her mother's work or work on putting the past behind her.

AmyG Oh no. I hope he is doing well. My husband just had a bike accident. So hope YOU are also doing well. 3mo
Megabooks I hope he heals up soon. This was definitely an interesting book! 3mo
DivineDiana Wishing a quick recovery for your husband, and that your Kindle brings you some relief. ❤️ 3mo
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BookNAround I hope he‘s okay and gets better soon! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Wishing your husband a speedy recovery. 🙏🏻 3mo
Ruthiella Hope your husband recovers swiftly! 😊 3mo
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Listening to Jennifer tell her story made me feel like I was sitting with her over drinks, leaning in and saying, "Really? Tell me more!"

An entertaining memoir that hits on all the topics fans will want to know about.

JamieArc I live in Lansing, MI and the current craze is the logo “Dirty Lansing” in the same font as the movie 🤣 3mo
jdiehr @JamieArc Too funny 😄 3mo
Amiable @JamieArc My son was born in Lansing when I was in grad school at MSU! Is Sparrow Hospital still there? 😀 3mo
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The Lending Library | Aliza Fogelson
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Nothing earth-shattering in this story about a woman who turns her sun room into a library.

Dodie is at a crossroad in her life. She is single, wants a baby, and feels like she has a deadline to make motherhood happen.

The book was entertaining enough to keep me reading, but I doubt it will stick with me.

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Bay of Sighs | Nora Roberts
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My book club chose the second book in a trilogy for our next meeting 🤷‍♀️

I don't really care for fantasy and the dialogue seemed stilted. I know Annika was learning the language, but why did everyone else sound robotic to me?

That being said, the love story was sweet and the concept interesting.

PS - the ocean treasures are some of my own collection 😊

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Sweet Home Cowboy | Maisey Yates, Nicole Helm, Jackie Ashenden, Caitlin Crews
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Went to a pre-order party yesterday for Hazel Beck's 'Small Town Big Magic' and Maisey Yates 'The Lost and Found Girl.'

Can't wait for those 2 books!

Meanwhile, they handed out swag bags with some of their previous titles.

FYI - Hazel Beck, Caitlin Crews, and Megan Crane are one in the same.

Do you ever pre-order books?

I love supporting these local authors.

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This is the first time my Book of the Month arrived on the first of the month 😃

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Want Me, Cowboy | Maisey Yates
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At first glance, the hero in this book is an unlikable prick, but that's not the case.

He is autistic.

I thought the topic of autism (though never named in the book) was handled thoughtfully and in a way that gently teaches the reader what it's like to deal with and love someone wired differently than what they are used to.

Well done.

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I review all David Sedaris books the same - the essays (or, in this case, diary entries) are either laugh out loud funny or cringe worthy.

But I will always pick up his audiobooks.

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I picked this up at the library book sale specifically to add to my little free library. I don't have many YA books in there.

My book nerdy senses told me to read it first.

Am I ever glad I did!

This is the story of a boy growing up "different." He's learning about loyalty, loss, love, and finding his own way.

I cried on the last page.

So good.

EvieBee It‘s a good one! Glad you read it. I listened to the audiobook so many years ago (15) but I would like to revisit it in print because I understand there are illustrations. 3mo
jdiehr @EvieBee Yes! The illustrations are fantastic. It would be worth it to pick up a printed copy 🙂 3mo
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Crimes Against a Book Club | Kathy Cooperman
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Annie needs money for her son's various therapies.

Sarah needs money for another round of IVF.

What to do?? Concoct a face cream and sell it for $2000 a jar to members of Annie's book club 😄

Of course customers will come back for more because of the secret ingredient - cocaine!

This was a fun book that had been sitting unread on my Kindle for way too long.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I LOVED Book Lovers. All caps. LOVED.

The romance was great (Charlie is my new fictional boyfriend) and the sisters vacationing in the small town where their favorite book takes place was charming as all get out.

I loved the Hallmark movie type list they made that included wear flannel, save a small business, bake something, etc 😂

I only read books I think I'll like. What a delightful surprise to read one I loved 💞

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe I should read this next!! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs With writers like Emily Henry, Jasmine Guillery, Ali Hazlewood, Casey McQuisten and more out there publishing it really feels like we're in the next golden age for "Contemporary Women's Fiction". I'm reminded of the days when Helen Fielding and Sophie Kinsella were everywhere. It's wonderful! 4mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1) Sunshine Falls, NC (Book Lovers by Emily Henry)
2) The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
3) Small Town Big Magic by Hazel Beck (the author is local and is in my book club 😀)

Thanks for tagging @The_Penniless_Author
I'll tag @Bookwormjillk @RamsFan1963 @iread2much

Eggs Great responses 👏🏻📚👍🏼 4mo
Texreader I got a package from you today! 😁 Should I wait for my birthday to open it? 4mo
jdiehr @Texreader Yay! That's totally up to you 😀 4mo
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Slightly Dangerous | Mary Balogh
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I joined a new book club last night!

One of the things I missed most when we moved 3 years ago was my book club.

This club reads all kinds of romance and Slightly Dangerous was a good one.

Often funny, a little unexpected, and very real emotions.

This is the last book in a series of six and I liked it so well, I'm considering picking up the other five.

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And to think I almost skipped this month's #botm picks.

You guys, I loved this book!

Maybe I'm a fan of mysteries/thrillers after all.

Paris Peralta has reinvented herself more than once. An abusive childhood, a mother serving time for murder, and now her famous husband is dead.

Buckle up!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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When 4 siblings go visit a fortune teller as kids, what they are told affects the rest of their lives.

The Immortalists is divided into 4 parts - one for each of the main characters.

I nearly bailed during Simon's story but am glad I stuck with it because this ended up being a pretty good book.

If you could know the date of your death, would you want that information?? Not me.