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jessdean

jessdean

Joined April 2016

just a plain 'ol lover of books
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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
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The Likeness: A Novel by Tana French
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Just finished watching JV play, now waiting for varsity to start. Gonna try & get a few pages read before game time 📚❤️⚾️

jessberk13 I finished this on Thursday, and loved it! 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 3y
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Awesome story. Loved all the POVs & alternating timelines. Kept me guessing. 📚

Reviewsbylola I loved the format of this one as well. 3y
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There's been a lot of mixed reviews on this but it was my kind of suspense novel. Nothing super creepy or scary. A great whodunnit. And the audio was👌🏽😃📚🎧❤️

Bklover Yay! I just bought it! 3y
jessdean @Bklover I hope you like it!!:) 3y
Reviewsbylola The first half took some time to get into for me but the second half made it impossible to stop reading. 3y
TheBookStacker I enjoyed it quite a lot. It was a quick read. 3y
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🎧Current audiobook🎧

CouronneDhiver Ooo! How do you like it so far? (On my list of library holds) 3y
jessdean @CouronneDhiver I'm already 50% in! I can't stop listening🙈I'm hooked!😄 3y
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Did this one on audio. Narration was perfection. Story itself- unbelievably hard & heartbreaking.

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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We're still not feeling 100%, hence the beach towels on the ground in case our little guy can't make it to the bathroom. So far they haven't been needed🙏🏽 Finally able to focus & starting this tonight✈️

DebinHawaii Hope everyone feels better soon! 💜 3y
Reviewsbylola Great book! We are all sick here too. 😷 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better soon, hugs! 3y
jessdean @DebinHawaii @Graciouswarriorprincess thank you! I thought one of my older boys was gonna be our lone survivor but he got hit with it this morning. At least it will be over soon🙏🏽 3y
jessdean @Reviewsbylola hope you all feel better quickly!!! 3y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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I haven't had much time to read this week because a super nasty virus ripped thru our family this week😬🤢But I had to take advantage of everyone sleeping so I could finish the last 30 pages. This book is hard to explain. It's not like anything I've ever read before- lyrical, unexpected, sad, determination- those are some of the words that come to mind. Felt completely different from my norm but I enjoyed it.

Cinfhen Hope you're all feeling better 💗 3y
LiteraryinLititz Great review! 3y
jessdean @Cinfhen thank u, we are! One of my sons is a bit of a germaphobe & he's our lone survivor of this virus. I told him it pays to be a germaphobe!😄 3y
jessdean @LiteraryinLititz haha thanks! I wasn't sure if I could make sense of it all🙈 3y
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Finished this on audio today. I think I would've been a super slow reader had I read this in print, she gave a lot of background on her culture & country which was interesting but I sometimes lost focus but I see how it all helped to bring better understanding to what led up to her shooting.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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SO. GOOD. Such a great mystery. I thought it was a well told story, didn't feel rushed & the characters felt well developed. I completely enjoyed it. Audio was great 🎧

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Slow reading month for me. Looking forward to April 🌷📚❤️

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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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The ending definitely left it open for a third book. Enjoyed the ride📚

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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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We're a baseball family. Enjoyed watching USA win the World Baseball Classic. Even got a little reading done during commercials. ⚾️❤️☺️📚

BooksForEmpathy Brandon Crawford 😍😍😍. 3y
WanderingBookaneer Congrats! 3y
sprainedbrain Brandon Crawford really makes me look forward to when my team plays the Giants. 😘 3y
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Reecaspieces Brandon Crawford!!! Swoon!! 3y
Suet624 Swoon indeed! 3y
jessdean @BooksForEmpathy @sprainedbrain @Reecaspieces @Suet624 😂haha, didn't realize Brandon Crawford was gonna get so much love❤️we're SF Giants fans so we were happy to see our players representing. But BCraw is definitely perfect eye candy😍⚾️ 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I give it 3/5. I enjoyed the premise but it felt really drawn out & yet lacking somehow. But was fun to escape into their world for awhile.

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Finished this on audio today. I haven't been in the mood for "heavy" reading, so this was perfect. Although the storyline did pull at my heartstrings.

Denisereads75 I loved this book! 3y
jessdean @Deniser821 it was good😊👌🏽 3y
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Baseball season is in full swing & life is chaotic with 3 boys playing. But today I made myself sit down & finish this book. So fun! And I picked up book #2 from the library this morning. 😃📚

Jillsandypants Baseball season is trying really hard to get started here too, but in Washington the rain makes some super soggy fields 😕 3y
jessdean @Jillsandypants ugh- yeah, that makes it hard. We had a rainy winter but no rain since Feb. Now we're starting to warm up😏 3y
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I RARELY re-read/re-listen anything. But I've been wanting to listen to this book again- so, that's what I'm doing today!❤️🎧

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I listened to this all in one day. I couldn't stop. Was so good. And of course all the song references was perfection. I still own about a dozen cassette tapes & half are mix tapes but no way to listen to them. Feeling nostalgic💜

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I'm seeing mixed reviews on this one. I'm having a real hard time following on audio. Would this be better in print? Or maybe just set aside for awhile? 🤔

zombie_kitty1987 Print was way easier. I feel like if they used different voice actors then audio would work. 3y
ErinC I combined print and audio. That helped a lot. I finished on Friday and I'm still not sure how I felt about it though! 3y
ReadingEnvy Stick with it an hour and the voices die down to the central story. I think Nick Offerman is worth it. 3y
peaknit I think that seeing it in print has helped me make sense of what is going on. Thanks Barnes and Noble for the free looksie!:) 3y
jessdean @zombie_kitty1987 @ErinC @ReadingEnvy @peaknit looks like I'm gonna need a print copy so I can follow along:) I'll reserve one from the library. There's just so many voices I'm getting confused🙈 3y
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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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Subject matter is difficult- teen suicide. But audio was good. Apparently it's going to be a Netflix miniseries?

Julsmarshall It is so good! 3y
jessdean @erzascarletbookgasm if you like audiobooks this is a great one on audio. And it's a pretty quick listen if you listen to it at 1.25 or 1.5 speed. 3y
jessdean @Julsmarshall I finished it a couple of days ago & I'm still thinking about it. Heartbreakingly good. :) 3y
Betty The Netflix series begins March 31! 3y
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I only wish I would've read this sooner. SO GOOD!💛

Paperback.Propensity It is excellent! I got chills at the end 3y
Reviewsbylola So good!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
jessdean @Paperback.Propensity @Reviewsbylola yes!!! Loved it❤️ 3y
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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The audio is great. The story is heartbreaking 💔

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Pride & Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Just finished this audio version today. Loved it❤️

DebinHawaii Rosamund Pike is SO good! 💜💜💜 3y
Gezemice I just finished the Rosamund Pike version, too. Her voice is so silky smooth, they should bottle it and sell it as lotion. 3y
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How perfect is this bag! They sold new & used books. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was $2. 📚❤️

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Spent the wkend in San Francisco with one of my best friends & we tried to hit a couple of bookstores. In the Country was a staff pick & the other two are on my TBR📚❤️

Alicia I hope you made it to Green Apple! That was my bookstore growing up! 😀 3y
jessdean I did! (I posted a pic right after I posted this;) It was awesome. SO many different rooms, it felt like a maze:) I wish we had more time to just wander. Loved it. I def go back sometime! 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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LOVED. THIS. SO. MUCH.
The way she was able to tell a part of everyone's story across the generations was absolutely beautiful. And the audio was perfect. Great book!❤️📚

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Sorry- seems like everyone liked this book. And while I love stories w/different POVs & timelines & even unlikeable characters, by the end I was just left so frustrated & angry that I was relieved to be done with the story. 😬🙈

Reviewsbylola This wasn't the best thriller I ever read and I just couldn't believe Louise. But overall I enjoyed it well enough. 3y
Bookish_B I couldn't bring myself to pan it but I mostly agree with you. 3y
MyNamesParadise FELT THE SAME WAY!!!! I'd never been so pissed at a book in my life!! I still get irked about it (and I read it two months before it's release). It'll prob get made into a movie or something else it doesn't deserve. 3y
jessdean @Reviewsbylola @Bookish_B I wasn't gonna "pan" it at first. I actually took about 36 hrs to think about it. It really kept me interested & I read it fairly quickly but even after a day & a half of thinking about- i was still mad!?? 3y
jessdean @MyNamesParadise I'm glad I'm not alone!:) I would've liked to have thrown it across the room but it was 3a when I finished & I was sharing a hotel room with my best friend & I didn't wanna scare her😂 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I've got a 3.5hr drive to SF by myself to meet up with my best friend for a girls wkend💃🏽 Gonna start this on audio📚

awishman You might find yourself taking the scenic route. This book is incredible. 3y
Reviewsbylola Enjoy! 3y
Eliza-beta Oh how awesome! 3y
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LitHousewife You will love it! I just finished this one not too long ago. 3y
jessdean @awishman haha! No scenic route but maybe on my way home tmrw🤔😉 3y
jessdean @Reviewsbylola @Eliza-beta thank you!😃 3y
jessdean @LitHousewife so far it's really good. & I love the audio because I like being able to hear names/words being pronounced correctly ☺️ 3y
kspenmoll Enjoy!!!! 3y
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Aside from the crazy amount of "F" words, this was a good mystery. She wove a lot into the story, felt like I got a great look into all the characters. This is my first Tana French novel & looking forward to reading the rest. I have her latest book patiently waiting for me to catch up:)

swishandflick Her books just get better and better! 3y
MaureenMc I've read (& loved) all of her novels. Her second one, The Likeness, is still my fave. (edited) 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Finished this in 3 days which is fast for me. Such an intriguing story told from multi POV's, I couldn't stop reading. I can't believe this is her debut! There's this undercurrent of sadness throughout the whole book & the ending is left open but that is real life. All of our choices, big or small, shape our lives.

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P.s. Be Eleven | Rita Williams-Garcia
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This is book 2 of the trilogy & I have loved following these 3 sisters & experiencing life in the '60's thru their eyes. Looking forward to book three. 📚

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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This is due nxt Wed- starting it tonight😃📚❤️

awishman It really sucked me in. Once I started I couldn't get enough until it was done 3y
Joanne1 Definitely on my list. 3y
jessdean @awishman I've already read 65 pages. You're right, I can't stop!☺️ 3y
jessdean @Joanne1 so far so good👌🏽😊 3y
christineandbooks Sitting on my shelf in my library stack...coming to it soon! Your comments make me want to bump it up! 3y
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Breaking Night | Liz Murray
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Finished this on audio today. Wow. I'm always amazed at people's grit & determination especially when everything seems to be against them. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. I didn't know they made a movie based on her life. Gonna check it out.

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On Living | Kerry Egan
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Forgot to take a pic of the book before taking it back to the library. But as a Hospice nurse myself, I appreciated this Chaplain's experiences with her various patients as they navigated the last days/months of their lives. From my own experience I can definitely say that it is unbelievably humbling to be a part of a hospice team❤️ A great read for every human.

Reviewsbylola I really want to read this. 3y
kspenmoll The hospice team that cared for my mother until she died at home was utterly amazing. Her death would have been quite different without them.❤❤ (edited) 3y
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It's the same kind of crazy & unbelievable mayhem that I've come to expect from this series. AND I'm completely ok with it all!🙃 Sometimes my brain needs a break😄

Peddler410 I'm quite behind! In college -- more than 20 years ago -- I think I started this series. Only got to four or five. 3y
jessdean @Peddler410 you haven't missed much🤣 you could probably pick up anywhere- if you wanted 😊It's a fun get away for me☺️ 3y
LeeRHarry This is my palate cleanser book series - never fails to make me giggle! 😆 3y
jessdean @LeeRHarry yes! You're right!😄 3y
DivineDiana I've been meaning to try one of her books for just that purpose! 3y
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Heartbreaking story about a Nigerian family who's father is strict and abusive in the name of religion. I only have two more books to be caught up with what Chimamanda has written 💜

DivineDiana Bravo 👏🏻 3y
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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Catching up on my Bohjalian novels & what better way to kick it off than with this one. Enjoyed it!📚😊 #bohjalian2017

Bookworm83 Yay!! I've been so busy I haven't been reading much, but I hope to finish this one soon 📚📚📚 3y
jessdean @Bookworm83 life is crazy!! Hope you get a little more time soon😊📚 3y
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Finished this on Serial Reader today. I just ❤️Jane Austen.

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I'm a magnet for books today 😍📚😍📚

Reviewsbylola Yay! 👏🏻 3y
TheNextBook When is that ever a bad thing?! I love it! 3y
jessdean @TheNextBook haha, I know! NEVER!😄😍📚 3y
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On Living | Kerry Egan
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Yikes! When library requests decide to come in all at once😳 Gonna have to shift some of my TBR around😬❤️🤓📚

Lesliereads Whoa! My library only allows 4 requests at a time😊 3y
Reviewsbylola The top three are on my TBR. 3y
jessdean @Lesliereads I don't know what our rules are exactly but 3 of them I put on hold a couple months ago & the other two came fairly quickly. And somehow they ended up all together!😄🙈📚📚 3y
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jessdean @Reviewsbylola I'm excited for all of them! But now I have to alter my previous plans🙈 #bookwormproblems 😂can't complain 📚❤️ 3y
EvieBee 😍😍 3y
Suet624 Just finished On Living. A quick but moving book. 3y
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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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I thought this little book packed so much depth about family, relationships, secrets & heartaches. I didn't realize how much I loved it until I finished it. It's just a wonderfully told story❤️

Reviewsbylola I loved this one. 3y
kspenmoll Just got this. 3y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Not my typical genre but didn't matter because it was such a great story! Loved alternating POV's and timelines. It was interesting being able to see how all these characters were connected by one central character. Cool story👌🏽

EvieBee I'm thinking of reading this soon! I've had it in my Kindle for awhile but read the first chapter a couple of weeks ago and was like wow. 3y
Suet624 I really liked this book. 3y
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What a touching memoir about growing up with an abusive father. And how learning about his maternal grandfather leads Alan to confront his own father about the abuse he & his brother & mother endured. Listened to this on audio, he does such a great job.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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My #TBR for February ❤️📚 #feistyfeb 😍

Reviewsbylola Lillian Boxfish and Miller's Valley are fantastic! 3y
BibliophileMomma Loved Station Eleven! 3y
RealLifeReading I recently read In the Woods! What an exciting book! 3y
Cinfhen Agree with @Tiffness83 Oodles of praise for 3y
DebinHawaii Nice!! 📚👍 3y
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I've NEVER read this much in one month! I don't know that I'll be able to repeat this. But I'm looking forward to my February TBR😃💚📚 Yay for books💃🏽

EvieBee Wow! Awesome! 3y
DebinHawaii Awesome! Great month! 🎉📚👍 3y
Eyelit Fantastic! 3y
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KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 3y
kspenmoll Wow, wonderful! 👏🎉💃🏼😍 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Great job!👍🏽 3y
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#readjanuary #bestofjanuary January was pretty amazing!💚📚💚📚

Reviewsbylola I Let You Go was one of the favorites of 2016. 3y
BibliophileMomma All of those are on my TBR list. 👍🏼🙂 3y
jessdean @Reviewsbylola it was so intense! A true page-turner!😊 3y
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jessdean @Tiffness83 I hope you enjoy! 📚😊 3y
BookNerdBritt Ari and Dante 💙💙💙 3y
britt_brooke Nice! 👏🏻 3y
jessdean @BookNerdBritt I know, right!😍 3y
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I didn't realize how much of this book was going to be about war, veterans & PTSD. Very insightful look into the importance of being a part of a "tribe" or community- that need for belonging & having purpose❤️

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Oh.My.Days! How do I put into words my feelings for this book? The fact that I sacrificed sleep to finish it, says SO much. Thankful I left this one for last so I could savor each page. It took me a little time to get a feel for the rhythm of the story but once I settled in, the journey was delightful. This was read slowly & with my Webster Dictionary app close by😉I have a feeling I'll be thinking about Count Alexander Rostov for awhile❤️

AJBowers I'm glad I'm not the only one. I keep having to look up words while reading this one!! 😂 3y
MaureenMc Yaasssss! This book is everything, isn't it? 😍 3y
jessdean @AJBowers you're not alone!😄 3y
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jessdean @MaureenMc yes! Who would've thought a story about a man serving out a sentence in a hotel would be good!? But he brought everything to life!! Loved it. 3y
Nebklvr So beautiful. I miss being immersed in the story 3y
MaureenMc Have you read his first book, Rules of Civility? It is also excellent. Can't wait for his next one! 3y
jessdean @Nebklvr there's something so wonderful about being transported like that😍 3y
jessdean @MaureenMc I haven't read his first book yet. But I do have it on my kindle! Bumping it up on the TBR ☺️ 3y
kspenmoll Have this in TBR as well. Thx for review! 📚 3y
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Whoa! This was a great listen on audio. I appreciate her honesty on all levels.

britt_brooke Loved this one! 3y
jessdean @britt_brooke really good! And I could listen to her talk all day!:) 3y
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Lots of rain + a day of sunshine = FOG! This is my #slowread & I'm glad my January TBR is complete & I can savor this book, it's not one to be rushed. #readjanuary #allisnotlost

Suzze I just got going on this one, only about 50 pages in but I am enjoying the writing. 3y
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