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jessberk13

Joined May 2016

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Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton
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Very intriguing to see the stories unfold in this memoir. I didn‘t know anything about Alan Cumming before starting; I just read the description about how he learned of his family history, which is something I am so interested in, so I got the audiobook. His Scottish accent was also fantastic!

Ericalambbrown I just adore him! 3w
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This book was so entertaining!! I‘ve grown up listening to Elvis Duran, so learning about his backstory was so interesting, and definitely shocking at times! Highly recommend for anyone who listens to his morning show (and definitely go for the audio! So much fun to hear him swear!)

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London | Edward Rutherfurd
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It has been over 8 months since I posted on Litsy!! I guess having a baby will do that 😂

I finished this nearly 50 hour audiobook this past Friday!! It was okay - I only stuck with it because I tried to read the physical book twice and each time didn‘t get more than 150 pages in, so I was determined to finish this time. I found my mind drifting a lot - the story was good but didn‘t hold my attention like the New York and Paris books did.

Megabooks Impressive!! Glad to have you back! 1mo
JulAnna I read Sarum first and really liked that! I also liked New York. I struggled with Russka, though. 1mo
Lcsmcat I read Sarum when I had an infant. I‘d pick it up while she nursed, and hope she fell asleep on me so I could keep reading. 😀 1mo
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Welcome Little One | Sandra Magsamen
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Alaina Claire was born one week ago today! Mommy couldn‘t wait to share her sweet face with her Litsy friends! 💞

JackOBotts That smile! What a precious cutie! Congratulations! 🤗 9mo
Lcsmcat Precious! Congratulations! 9mo
Lovesbooks87 Oh no goodness! Congrats! 9mo
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Chrissyreadit She is gorgeous- and so is her name! Congratulations! 9mo
Laru79 How gorgeous!! Congratulations! 9mo
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TrishB Lovely, congrats 💜 9mo
irre Congratulations! Beautiful 💕 9mo
LeeRHarry Adorable - congrats! 😊 9mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 💕 9mo
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Jess What a cutie. Congrats! 9mo
sprainedbrain Congratulations! She‘s beautiful. ❤️ 9mo
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Simona 😍♥️😍♥️Congratulations❣️ 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww Precious!!!! Love her name!! My daughter is Anna Claire 💞 9mo
anwade88 Congratulations! ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin Aww so sweet. Congratulations!🥰 9mo
Booksnchill Mazel Tov 💕💕💕 9mo
Lizpixie Congratulations lovely! She‘s adorable💕💕💕💕 9mo
Nonaroo Congratulations!!! 💕💕💕 She‘s precious. 9mo
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Bklover She is absolutely perfect. And what a beautiful name! Enjoy every minute, Momma! 💕💕💕 9mo
cobwebmoth Congratulations! 9mo
Kalalalatja Congrats! 9mo
CouronneDhiver Gorgeous baby!!! 9mo
youneverarrived Oh my gosh 🥰 congratulations! 9mo
JennyM Congrats!!! 😘😘😘 9mo
Bookzombie Congratulations! She is beautiful and so is her name! 9mo
BarbaraBB I missed this post. How cute she is! ❤️ 7mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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(Im)patiently waiting for this little girl to make her big debut, therefore will try to pass the time by reading a new book.

Reviewsbylola 🤞🏻🤞🏻 it‘s soon. The last few weeks are the worst. 10mo
BeckyLeJ Congrats! I killed time in the last few days of my own pregnancy reading Moriarty‘s What Alice Forgot 😊 (edited) 10mo
MelissaSue81 Such an exciting time!!! 10mo
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jessberk13 @Reviewsbylola thanks! Only four days til my due date 10mo
jessberk13 @BeckyLeJ thank you! That was a great book 10mo
jessberk13 @MelissaSue81 it is, but also so hard!! 10mo
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I‘m definitely waiting for my little miracle.

This was a great, uplifting, quick read. Gotta love anything LMM does.

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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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This book was absolutely bizarre. I‘m not sure what possessed me to even finish it, but whoa. Freakin weird man.

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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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Kinda bummed to read this on my Nook since the print cover is so colorful! Started last night when I couldn‘t stay still in bed, so read the first two chapters while pacing my living room. Working from home today which means some work but with reading breaks!

#popsugarreadingchallenge #loveinthetitle

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Up early again So I‘m starting a new book. 38 weeks pregnant and I can now officially say my due date is next week! (February 15) let‘s see how many books I can squeeze in before my life changes forever!

britt_brooke What an exciting time! 💚 Hope all goes well when the time comes. 10mo
Traci1 Oh yay! How exciting! My little man will be 4 on February 15th. It's a great day to be born. 😁 10mo
LauraBeth Awww - that‘s so exciting! 💕 10mo
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Amiable Lol...your comment made me think about my reading goal before my first son was born (he's 25 now). I bought "A Suitable Boy" -- more than 1,400 pages--because I'd read that newborns sleep an average of 18 hours a day, so I'd have plenty of time to read, right? Spoiler alert: I finally read that book the year he turned 20. ? 10mo
sprainedbrain So exciting!!! 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Congrats!! Wishing you all the best!! 10mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I loved listening to this book. She is so real, and I just felt like I could be friends with her. And talk about classy towards the end when talking about the transition of power during the last election. Even though she wasn‘t pleased with what happened, she still spoke about her feelings in a respectful and eloquent manner.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Totally enjoyed! Think I might have to grab the other two books to see how things turn out. I loved the over the top-ness of everything. Might have to watch the movie too!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#popsugarreadingchallenge #authorfromasia

Reagan-reads I immediately had to get the 2 other books too! I‘ve yet to read the third but 2 did not disappoint. 10mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Up and ready for work way earlier than usual since my hubby got up early to clean off both our cars. Being 37 1/2 weeks pregnant means I don‘t have to do it myself! 😂 it also means I have a little time to actually have breakfast at home and read before leaving for work. I‘m really enjoying this book so far, about halfway through!

peaknit Enjoy this last bit! 10mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Finally getting around to this one! For the longest time I thought I owned it, but definitely did not. It came way earlier than expected from the library and is only a two week hold, so I‘m starting today.

#popsugarreeadingchallenge an author from Asia, Africa, or South America

janeycanuck I have the opposite problem - I think I don‘t own something so I buy it and it turns out I already do 🤪 10mo
jessberk13 @janeycanuck I‘ve definitely done that as well 😂😂 10mo
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Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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This wasn‘t the best A.C. I‘ve read. I found it started kind of slow, and at times I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. (that could totally be due to pregnancy brain and my lack of attention span though!) The end definitely picked up, and surprised me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#popsugarreadingchallenge

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Choose Your Own Autobiography | Neil Patrick Harris
Mehso-so

Cool premise for a book, but I wasn‘t as into it as I thought I would be. I love NPH, but this fell short for me.

#popsugarreadingchallenge #chooseyourownadventure

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I thought this was a very interesting case. I seem to have a thing for listening to books about serial killers. It‘s so sad that the author/crime writer who dedicated everything to this case died before they caught the guy.

#popsugarreadingchallenge #publishedposthumously

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Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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How many others are reading this book for the last #popsugarreadingchallenge prompt?

Hestapleton 🙋🏼‍♀️ 11mo
grumpygirlbooks I immediately thought of this book for that as well! 😂 11mo
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Choose Your Own Autobiography | Neil Patrick Harris
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Picked this up from the library for the “choose your own adventure” prompt in the #popsugarreadingchallenge - and so far it‘s really great. Gotta love NPH!

This is my first CYOA book though, so I do have a question - and it might be a silly one - how do I know that I‘ve finished the book?????

bookandcat When you've read every page! What I did when I read this was mark the forks and when I got an end I backed up one step to get the other endings then backed up 2, etc. But with this one...definitely flip through when you think you're done and look at *every* page. Such a great book! And there aren't too too many forks. 11mo
bookandcat (and I mark the forks with my finger as I read, I didn't get post its or anything formal lol 11mo
Soubhiville I loved this one! Such a fun book! 11mo
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A nice quick read to start the year off. I liked the short chapters because it kept me flipping through eagerly. I was definitely surprised by the conclusion but felt it a little rushed. I‘m interested to see how this works in the movie coming out this year.

I will be using this for one of the #popsugarreadingchallenge prompts this year, but it fits a lot of categories so I‘m not confirmed on which one yet!

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Hoping baby brain doesn‘t distract me from this one, I‘ve heard some good things!

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First audiobook of 2019 - started today on my way to work. I‘ll be using this for the #popsugarreadingchallenge prompt “published posthumously”. Michelle McNamara was the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt and passed away after an accidental overdose in 2016 at the age of 46.

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Hello Again | Brenda Novak
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Looking forward to a reunion with my books in 2019! 📚

Lovesbooks87 Congrats! How exciting! 11mo
Mynameisacolour Yay!!! Congrats on the baby!! 💝 I'm expecting a little guy in about 9 weeks & trying to get all the reading in that I can. 11mo
Lcsmcat I learned to read with one hand while I nursed. I actually got this chunkster read while nursing my 2nd 11mo
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PurpleyPumpkin I realized recently that you hadn‘t posted in a while. Glad you‘re well! And congrats on your pregnancy! 11mo
SheReadsAndWrites Congratulations! 🎈🎉 11mo
JackOBotts Congrats! 🥳🤗🥰 11mo
Suzze Congrats! I used to get a lot of reading done during late night feedings. ❤️ 11mo
Yellowpigeon Congrats! 11mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 11mo
sprainedbrain Congratulations! ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
BrittanyReads I fell into a slump in 2018 while pregnant with our first baby. As soon as he arrived I was back into reading more than ever before! Best of luck in these last few weeks! 11mo
Gramworth Wonderful news! Congratulations!!🎊 11mo
OrangeMooseReads Congratulations! 11mo
Kalalalatja Congratulations! 11mo
LittleBug Congrats!! When are you due? I‘m 16 weeks pregnant myself, no reading slump yet, but very much afraid I won‘t have time for all the reading I‘ve planned for 2019🙈😁 11mo
jessberk13 Thanks everyone! 11mo
jessberk13 @LittleBug I am due 2/15! 11mo
LittleBug So the wait is almost over!😉Enjoy your last weeks and everything that follows!😍🤩 11mo
Bookzombie Congratulations! 11mo
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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Finally made it to the pool! Our new house is in a great development with an even bigger pool! Love it!

CouronneDhiver Lovely 😊 1y
BarbaraBB Hi Jessica, long time no see! Hope all is well? 💕 12mo
jessberk13 @BarbaraBB hi there!! Yes I‘ve not been very active lately. I‘m pregnant with my first and it‘s been a very crazy past few months!! I‘m almost 30 weeks along now so I‘m sure the crazy won‘t stop anytime soon! I hope you‘re doing well too! Thank you for checking in! 😊 12mo
BarbaraBB That‘s such a good reason, congratulations!! No, the crazy won‘t stop anytime soon 😉. Good luck & keep us posted please 👶🏻💕 12mo
CouronneDhiver 👋🏽 hi! hope everything is going well... haven‘t seen you around in awhile 11mo
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Little Moments of Love | Catana Chetwynd
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Adorable! 😂😂

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 that‘s us all the time 😋 1y
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Little Moments of Love | Catana Chetwynd
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So excited to peruse this little comic collection! Discovered this artist in a HuffPost article and immediately preordered this book, which showed up today!

ReadingRover Ahhhh 🤗 I just picked this up at the library today!!!! 1y
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The Bad Mother | Amanda Brooke
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This was very similar to another recent read (tagged as a spoiler in the comments) - husband playing tricks on wife to make her think she‘s going insane. I did not at all care for the wife‘s reactions to situations. The ending was better than the rest of the book - I flew through the last ten or so chapters just to find out what happened. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

jessberk13 The other book I recently read that is comparable is 1y
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The Bad Mother | Amanda Brooke
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Found this in my bargain ebook message yesterday and it sounded intriguing. Starting it now before I head to the hair salon!

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Opening Belle: A Novel | Maureen Sherry
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This book started bad, then had some promise, then ended even worse. The story was all over the place. The behavior of male characters was absolutely infuriating. The lead, Belle, flipped back and forth between a strong female character and a total dud. Just not good at all. One star ⭐️

minkyb 🙁 1y
BibliOphelia The title itself hardly holds feminist promise.... 😳🙄 1y
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Opening Belle: A Novel | Maureen Sherry
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I started this a few days ago and wasn‘t sure after the first two chapters if I was going to finish. Glad to say it‘s turning out better than I expected and I‘m happy I didn‘t drop it in the DNF pile. This is one I found on the Reese Witherspoon book club list.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh boy, this is a must read for me! 1y
Pamwurtzler I‘ve read this - it did turn out to be pretty good. 1y
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Do Not Become Alarmed | Maile Meloy
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I finished this so fast. It wasn‘t the most amazing story ever - slightly predictable in places - but the concept is absolutely terrifying. Your children going missing while in a foreign country?! Ugh, it just makes me anxious thinking about it! Again, not amazing, but a quick and easy read.

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Do Not Become Alarmed | Maile Meloy
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Started this last night and I‘m nearly halfway through already. A page turner for sure!

Side note: I have discovered the Reese Witherspoon book club and may or may not have checked out five of her picks from the library this week. This is one of them. They all sound so good!

Kindredanne I recently discovered the Reese Witherspoon book club also and I have loved the books that she has chosen!!! So Good!!!! 2y
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Another beautiful story by Benjamin Alire Saenz! He really knows how to make you feel and think. I will now always be on the lookout to understand how everyone in my life shows how they love in their own way. I do wish this book was either longer or had a sequel, because I would love to see Salvatore, Samantha, and Fito continue to grow into young adults.

Victoriahoperose I‘m reading this right now and really liking it so far. So glad I saw your review so I know that it isn‘t going to disappoint! 1y
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Wow. All I knew about Ted Bundy before I read this book was that he was a killer. Now that I‘ve finished, I know he was a serial murderer, a sociopath, and a liar, who battled great person demons. He let those demons control him and as a result dozens - possibly hundreds - of women died by his hands. A sick individual for sure, but this was an excellent audiobook. (Will also note, I‘m scared to be alone in my house now, hoping it will pass)

Laura317 I just finished listening to I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark. The feeling of being watched stayed with me for a couple of days. I stacked your book, but I will have to put some distance between them. 2y
JulAnna This was the book that started a fascination with true crime for me! It has been awhile since I read any, though. I tried I‘ll be gone in the dark, but found it too scattered. 2y
K.Wielechowski I'm so glad I saw this! I've been meaning to add Stranger Beside Me and I'll be Gone in the Dark to my TBR list. #murderino 1y
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
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This book is really lovely so far. Making me stop and think about all the different ways I love the people in my life and how they love in return.

SecretLivesOfFictionLovers I love books like this. It really makes you appreciate the ones you love. xx 2y
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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Not finishing this one... decision made when I realized I didn‘t really care how it ended!

AmyG I will finish it, but this book underwhelmed me...alot. 2y
minkyb Sorry it did not work for you. 2y
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Snack time with a new book while hubby watches basketball.

RadicalReader @jessberk13 love cookies and milk something so satisfying about a snack while reading 2y
BethsBookBlog On my summer reading list! 2y
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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Okay. I‘m not saying this isn‘t a good book. But it‘s been a very long time since I read the first two. I‘m totally lost and I don‘t think sci-fi is my thing. 60 pages in. Do I bail now, or give it til 100 pages?

KOTK Not read but I would always give it at least 100 pages. Hope it improves 2y
NHLibrarian I just finished the whole trilogy. I liked the first two better, and while this wasn‘t bad, I don‘t feel like it added a lot to the overall story. 2y
Scurvygirl I just finished it as well, it does get a little better. It answers some questions, but if those questions aren‘t nagging you and you are not enjoying it, dump it. You can always go read a synopsis somewhere. 2y
minkyb Good advice @Scurvygirl 2y
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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Saturday morning - new book! Getting my minutes in early because I‘m going to my coworker‘s wedding this afternoon 👰🏻🤵🏻

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Another full month - at least 30 minutes of reading per day, every day!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Excellent resolution! 2y
Samplergal Great job! 2y
Bookworm-Bobbie Good job - and such a great idea! 2y
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alanacristin Love this idea! And this chart 😍 2y
valeriegeary 👏👏👏 2y
QuintusMarcus Love this page! 2y
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New York | Edward Rutherfurd
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I adored this book. I very nearly cried at the end - reading about 9/11 always makes me emotional. I love the interwoven stories of all the families throughout the history of the city. This was an absolutely fantastic read, and I think it will stay with me for a very long time.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I saw this on a @bookriot list from last year and knew I had to read it. Luckily, Audible wanted me to renew my membership and was trying to lure me back with a free credit.... so I used it for this and then cancelled again 😂 does anyone else do that?!

RadicalReader @jessberk13 completely understandable you‘re not alone happens all the time when people get offers from paid apps sites I love credits!!! 2y
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New York | Edward Rutherfurd
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Even though I still have done nothing this weekend, I haven‘t gotten nearly as far as I wanted to in this book. Only on page 312 out of 860. At least I have one more full day ahead of me! Yay three day weekend!

TrishB He writes big books 😁 2y
JackOBotts I thought this book was wonderful. Hope you enjoy! 2y
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New York | Edward Rutherfurd
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Starting my #LRC prompt for over 600 pages. This one is 860! Challenging myself to read the whole thing during this lovely three day weekend!

KikiLovesBooks I love Edward Rutherford! 2y
jessberk13 @KikiLovesBooks I read Paris earlier this year and I was hooked. I also own London and Russka. I think I am missing one though. 2y
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The Paris Architect | Charles Belfoure
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This book was good, but I have read much better WWII fiction. I think a lot of characters had more to their stories and I would have liked to see those wrapped up as well as the main characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Paris Architect | Charles Belfoure
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Came home from work a few hours late just to have my hubby innocently ask if I minded if he went to play poker for a few hours tonight. At first I was upset that he wanted to leave so quickly after I had just walked in the door. Then I remembered I‘d love to finish this book before Saturday morning and encouraged him to go. I have no shame. 😂

asiriusreader Solo reading time? I‘d kill for some of that! Score!! 👏🏻 2y
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The Paris Architect | Charles Belfoure
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I was recommended to read this well over a year ago by a woman at my pool. I bought it during an ebook sale and never read it. I am on hold with an insurance company at work, therefore I will start a new book. I haven‘t read a WWII fiction in quite a while.

TheBookHippie I enjoyed this immensely !!! 2y
jessberk13 @TheBookHippie I‘ve just finished the third chapter and I‘m already hooked! 2y
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That was... interesting. The ending was good, and totally unexpected, however I think so much of the rest of the story was irrelevant to the actual conclusion. I‘ll have to think about this one for a while.

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Three Wishes | Liane Moriarty
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Yesterday‘s book sale and thrift store finds.

I was very disappointed with the library sale I went to yesterday. It was advertised as “15,000 books” and when I got there it was two tiny rooms filled with old, outdated stuff. Oh well. In a few weeks I‘ll be going to a “book bonanza” which I cannot wait for! 🤓

emilyhaldi I went to a library sale last month that was terrible too 😏 such a bummer 2y
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Russka: The Novel of Russia | Edward Rutherfurd
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Really excited about this awesome thrift store haul today! 😍😍😍

Soubhiville Nice! 2y
DebinHawaii Great stack! 📚👍 2y
Bostonmomx2 Love & Gelato so good. I just finished the next one, love & luck yesterday. Enjoy! 2y
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LiteraryinLititz So many good ones! 2y
sprainedbrain Wow! That is a great haul. 2y
DebReads4fun Russka is so good! 2y
svenezia Just FYI in my opinion Lucky You was incredibly dull. Quick read but it ended nowhere 1y
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This was a very well written, hilariously eloquent read! After knowing nothing about him prior to listening, Nick Offerman is obviously now one of my favorite people. He has a great outlook on living and we share many similar views. A great listen!

KathyWheeler I keep dithering about this one. I think I‘ll pick it up and read it now. 2y
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