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Joined April 2019

To this Litten community: I can‘t imagine moving through a pandemic without you!
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The witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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As prequel-ish sequel this had a YA vibe that was quite different than the original. Once I settled into the story, I found it interesting. It‘s a wherever-the-facts-may-lead-us type of story!

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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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And once again, Lucy gets all my stars - and the tag!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

sarahbarnes I have the new Lucy from the library and am excited to read it! 1d
marleed @sarahbarnes It‘s so good! 1d
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I finally read this! How have I lived a life as long as I have with no idea how this book progressed. I kept thinking that as I read along, this story and how it resolves would come to be me as a memory long forgotten. But nope, no idea, full surprise at the end!

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Here‘s my September 2022 #MonthlyWrapUp and a few additions to my #indexcard collection. …My grand twins are spending the next couple days and overnight with me so I thought I better call it a month on completing another book - and take advantage to post this now. It‘s really hard to control my own phone in the face of two little beings exactly one month shy of two!

Suet624 Yippee for grandtwins! 4d
marleed @Suet624 They are a hoot! 4d
Amiable Do you free hand these, or do you have alphabet templates? These are really good! 4d
marleed @Amiable Oh thank you. I free hand them. I find it very relaxing, and now that I‘ve made a card for each book I‘ve read since 2019, I can‘t really stop! 3d
UwannaPublishme Wow! These are so cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2d
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Drunk on Love | Jasmine Guillory
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I have fun keeping up with JG romances because I‘m always entertained by the yarns she weaves. I appreciated the honest communication of Margot and Luke from the onset of the meet cute. Because that is too often not the case in this genre. There has to be some drama in a romance and was I tad disappointed in how that played out here, but that said, I still had fun with the story.

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I loved this story and I couldn‘t stop reading it. Dikembe/Celestine took hold of my thoughts, and I had to know how his story ended. I wish I had to suspend disbelief to consider a child locked in an attic but sadly it‘s all too believable.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I have so many October type reads on my TBR that I need October to stretch into a quarter! 
Last year I loved reading Frankenstein for the first time so this month I‘m determined to at least read books 8-12 on my list. I‘m starting Dracula and The Witches today because I think they may be slow reads and I‘m committed to my plan!

October2022 #BookSpinBingo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I've been doing the #DraculaDaily readalong and it's been SO fun - I have never read it before and I'm surprised at how engaged I am. So exciting!! 1w
marleed @TheAromaofBooks ohhh, I can already see why the daily read along would have been so fun and an ideal way to read this! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yes, they post it in strict chronological order (since everything in Dracula is dated), which means that it sometimes doesn't go in the same exact order that it is in the book. So I kind of wish that I read the story in its original form first, but such is life haha 6d
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This may be the shortest space of time (2 years) in a dual timeline book that I‘ve ever read and I thought It was very effective. I found myself anxious to know the fate of Tallulah, and I really wanted Kim to find her.

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Book of Night | Holly Black
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There‘s aspects of this world I find interesting - separating my shadow from myself has been a fun though while out walking :). Unfortunately, I just didn‘t connect with any of the characters.

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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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There were too many disparate parts for me to hang on and really enjoy this story. I felt like the author had a pile of ideas and put them all in one story. There‘s the family drama of 3 Chinese American siblings and their mother, a drama among work colleagues, the conflict of dating apps on society, the random dropping of book titles, and oh yea a murder to solve and those connections.

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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Oh my goodness, this book is incredibly thoughtful and beautifully written. I held this story closer, and now it‘s behind me ;)

squirrelbrain I just read this too…loved it! 2w
marleed @squirrelbrain I think it might be my favorite Lucy Barton book! 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s exactly what I put in my review! 2w
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marleed @squirrelbrain We read alike! 2w
Suet624 This author's writing is always so good. 1w
marleed @Suet624 She just has such a gentle one thoughtful way to touch upon the divisive moments in 2020. 1w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I first read this book in June 2019. Tonight I host my IRL bookclub for the first time since sometime before that June. All I remembered of this book was that I liked it a lot and what the title meant, so I thought I best give it a reread. Well, I still like it a lot and I‘m humbled - all the way to the last page without recalling the story.

marleed Oh yea, and I remember how similar the covers to these books were the summer I first read them. 2w
MyNamesParadise I absolutely loved Ask Again Yes! It makes for good audio too! 2w
marleed @MyNamesParadise I remember loving the audiobook and driving down to B&N for my own physical copy by midpoint. I think that‘s part of why I‘m so humbled I forgot the story. I kept believing the next chapter would open up my mind to the former experience but my mind is obviously too cavernous! Proves though that rereads are good for me! 2w
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MyNamesParadise @marleed I listened to the audiobook on cd from the library and then when i was in target I saw where it was a novel selected for their book club and I got that edition! I would love to revisit that story. You need to read We Are The Brennans by Tracy Lange!! Very similar feel and I couldn‘t put it down!! 2w
marleed @MyNamesParadise Oh I read that one too and liked it - and have a physical copy! I‘m a sucker for a family drama! 2w
MyNamesParadise @marleed yeah when I saw it in Barnes & Noble in paperback I grabbed it up! It was that writer‘s first book so I will be on the lookout for future ones! 2w
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You're Invited | Amanda Jayatissa
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I liked the idea of a contemporary mystery set in Sri Lanka and was compelled to read to the conclusion, but it just wasn‘t a fun read for me. I‘m a fan some good unlikable characters, but there was just something missing here. Maybe there were just too many twists.

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I like the majority of what I read and typically rate books between 3-75-5 stars (B- to A+). I‘m always surprised when I have a grid 3 or more lower ranks. Thank goodness the tagged was a fun surprise!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Bookish People | Susan Coll
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The factors driving this story were dull dull. I should have been curious if Raymond was Clemi‘s bio dad, if Sophie would hide out in the secret cove in her bookstore, how they‘d experience the 2017 eclipse, the efficiency of a rumba vacuum - but none of it mattered to me. I was compelled to research an Aga stove though - those are cool!

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On the Rooftop | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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I saw this cover and dove in without reading what the story was about. The story envisioned about a black 50s girl group was really just the setup for a bigger story of three sisters‘ struggles to live (or not) their mama‘s dreams. Once I got over my misconception, I really liked it. ↓

marleed As a Reese Witherspoon selection I could vividly imagine the atmosphere in a screen adaptation. 2w
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There were some serious undertones to this book, but the funny and snarky won out. One 70ish grandmother, three 50ish (well 4) daughters, and 8 adult granddaughters exceeded my ability to track who belonged to whom. So I gave up and just appreciated the nuances of each woman‘s experience as a Vietnamese-American. ↓

marleed I now find myself particularly interested in finding a non-fiction account of a child of an immigrant who opted to return to and live their adult life in their parent‘s homeland. 2w
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Mehso-so

I was expecting this to be a fictionalized version of the abuse of a young elite athlete, but it didn‘t really go the direction I expected. The direction she took Devon‘s character bothered me so I have a hard time giving this one a pick.

September BookSpin #DoubleSpin @TheAromaOfBooks

Librariana It's a shame it's not what you were expecting, but at least it's off your TBR shelf now. 3w
marleed @Librariana Yes, and that‘s great. I was doing great tackling my botm backlog back in Jan and Feb, but there‘s just been so many new books out this year. So my physical TBR stack has remained pretty steady since spring. On the other hand, I shouldn‘t be adding a pile off 2022 books to my tender mountain! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
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Imagine reading ‘City of Girls‘ set in the 1920‘s and this book would result. It gets a pick from me not for the fictional conversation therein but for introducing me to 4 fascinating IRL New Yorkers that deserve to be remembered and researched (thanks google!): Dorothy Parker, Jane Grant, Margaret Leech, Winifred Lenihan. ↓

marleed I appreciate learning of women such as Jane Grant and Ruth Hale who fought and secured the right for women to keep/use their maiden names. Also this book introduced me to the fascinating IRL Alagonquin Round Table - more googling! 3w
QuietlyLaura There‘s a mystery series featuring Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table by J. J. Murphy if you‘re interested. 3w
marleed @QuietlyLaura I had no idea! I‘ll look for it - thanks! 3w
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My summer TBR was too high to stack this atop it, but the book kept calling me to it. It‘s all sorts of adorable so I have no regrets that another book remains stacked until next year. I love the influence of Joseph Campbell and that his recommendation to follow your bliss inspired the story - added nod to him, not lost on me, when supporting character Aunt Gert was described as a retired professor of theology and mythology :)

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 3w
marleed @SilversReviews I mean if all the raindrops were lemon drops ;) 3w
SilversReviews @marleed 😀😀😀😀😀 3w
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Even though the first book in this rereleased series garnered a pan from me (I felt even the narrator was in on the childhood fat shaming), it seems I cannot give up on a J-Co series. I still don‘t love this series, but it‘s growing on me, and dang it, now I‘m awaiting Book3 to see what Maggie does for love.

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Mika in Real Life | Emiko Jean
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Other than a HS girl attending an elite summer running camp in Oregon, I found nothing here credible. I could go on and on about plot points I saw as significant fails, but I‘ll just mention two in a spoiler comment. I wish I could at least give this a so-so, but it has to be a pan from me. ↓

marleed My oldest sister gave a child up for adoption who came back into her life at 15 yrs, and there are zero similarities to this fiction. I can‘t even suspend disbelief for a second to consider a biological mother would fake a life so the child she gave up would believe their biological mother‘s life turned out fantastic in that aftermath - especially with the help of a disliked bf. There‘s also a poorly considered rape unnecessary to the plot. 3w
Bookwomble Sounds awful 😒 3w
marleed @Bookwomble I don‘t pan a book often as most of what I read at least garners a so-so rating, but her take on too many topics frustrated me. Even the MCs relationship with her own mother poorly unfolded. 3w
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LiteraryinLawrence Sounds like a nope to me. 3w
Bookwomble @marleed Ugh, it gets worse! 😜 3w
marleed @LiteraryinLawrence @Bookwomble Haha. I‘m m reminded of some IRL bookclubs where meaningful discussions sometimes flip my view of a book - either favorable on unfavorable. But alas, I think on this one I might be the one flipping views to the dark side. 3w
Bookwomble @marleed Sounds like you'll be flipping it something! 😆 3w
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The Good Left Undone | Adriana Trigiani
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The setting and timeline here fascinated me - Italy, France, and Scotland over 4 generations, and I enjoyed how it was told. To google I went to read about the sinking of the Arandora Star (quick but meaningful mention in the book) - fascinating and so sad.

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It‘s fun to enjoy some light-hearted books this month before my desire for October thrills takes over. My favorite is tagged, and I seldom give all my stars to a romance because I get so judgy about them!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

alisiakae Ooh, you gave. 4 ⭐️ to the new Ali Hazelwood book, that‘s a good sign! 3w
marleed @4thhouseontheleft Yea, my only complaint was that it is very similar to her previous book. 3w
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The Most Likely Club | Elyssa Friedland
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Do you ever just pull up Netflix and scroll through to find a simple movie about friends - nothing complex or overly dramatic, maybe even forgettable in the grand scheme of movies? But it‘s want you want right now. This is that in book form.

Leftcoastzen Sometimes you just need a comfort read or film . 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! I want to read this one ❤️ 4w
Caroline2 Agreed!! Stacked! 👍 😉 4w
Megabooks 💯💯 what I hoped for! Looking forward to this! 4w
marleed @Leftcoastzen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Caroline2 @Megabooks I love when I‘m reading the right book for my current mood! 4w
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This book contains some of my favorite characters of the year. I really enjoyed the story and the timing was different than a typical romance. I don‘t mind reading unlikable characters, but kudos to an author when they can tell a story chalk-full of likable voices. The audio is great and somehow even funnier that the author is the lone narrator.

MrsK I recently saw an interview with Whelan where she discussed here career as a narrator…and discovered she was a writer herself. Can‘t wait to read this. Thanks for the great review 😊! 3w
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It took a bit for my thumb to go up but this ended up a strong pick. Often times in sweeping family sagas I like the early story more than the later (I‘m thinking Pachinko). I liked how this story was not sequential and chapters revisited daughters already introduced - it stopped me from picking a favorite time. Epigenetics - google here I come. September #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Since I‘m not familiar with Jeannette McCurdy I planned to skip this memoir but kept seeing positive reviews from Littens so I put a hold on it. Holy Moly! This may be as far back in the queue as I‘ve ever been with a library copy. Fortunately, my library purchased 120 copies. There‘s currently 710 holds on it, and I‘m curious how long my wait will actually be!

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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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There was a point in my life when I moved into a newly built house with my All-American family to an emerging suburb. It was full of families similar to mine, and it was everything I ever wanted. Oh my gosh, this book reminds me of that because that picture of perfection is just a snapshot taken at an exceptional moment in time. Things will go awry, and one can never really know another household.

RaeLovesToRead Love the little fairy house! 😁 1mo
katy4peas This is exactly how I feel about my neighbors right now. 🤔 what secrets do they have…. LoL 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 1mo
marleed @katy4peas Isn‘t that funny! Sometimes now I think about those years when I‘d prop my toddlers in front of Barney (yep, the purple dinosaur) and jump rope for those 30 minutes on my deck where I had full view of the kids on the other side of a window. I‘d also see the rooftops of my neighborhood and the even snazzier subdivision down the road. I remember jumping and wondering what life was really like under all those roofs. 1mo
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I find Hollywood of the 30s and 40s fascinating so I was intrigued by this immigrant story where so many worked on those famed lots in the lead up to the American entry into WWII. I liked the history and the fictional characters had potential. There were just so many characters that I didn‘t think they were written to their full potential. It could make for a great limited series though!

CaitlinR I appreciate the review and the heads up re: flaws. 1mo
marleed @CaitlinR I struggled between a pick and a so-so because I liked quite a bit of it. Ultimately, I went with the so-so because I never settled into the characters . I really can see this as an adapted to screen and I‘d be first in line to watch it. 1mo
Megabooks I‘m halfway in and 💯💯💯💯💯 agree with your review! A disappointment compared to his last two. (edited) 1mo
MrsK I‘ve read several reviews for this and was leaning towards reading it. After reading your review I believe I need to rethink that 🤨. Thanks for the great review! 3w
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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All by itself this was a quick fun HEA read. I can‘t help but compare it to The Love Hypotheses because the two are so similar. Hazelwood‘s women in STEM background is a hoot but I hope her future efforts are written with a romance trope different than bad assumptions and miscommunication because I just want more common sense from these women.

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I anticipate TJR books long before my pre-order arrives at my doorstep on publishing day. I knew this one was heavy on tennis, and since my knowledge of the game is limited I was wary my interest in the story would wain. But I loved it - TJR put me in the head of a fictional elite athlete, and I was fascinated by the ride.

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It‘s another #MonthlyWrapUp preserved via #indexcard. I‘m so glad I jot down notes on the backside of each card. It‘s funny how a few lines in my own handwriting can unfold the locked details of an entire book which is somewhere stored in the cavernous halls of my mind.

cinda.marie Pretty! 1mo
marleed @cinda.marie Thank you - they are fun to create! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Outstanding once again! 🤩 1mo
marleed @CoverToCoverGirl oh thank you! 1mo
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I was drawn to this as translated from the S Korean in a genre I don‘t typically read in translation. It was an interesting glimpse into how a 65-year old woman without family (okay, so she‘s a paid assassin) considers her future in S Korea. However, the thriller aspect was a little strange for me. I‘m giving it a so-so, but I‘m curious what Littens with more discriminating thriller tastes will have to say in their reviews. ↓

marleed There‘s an explanation of Hornclaw‘s youth in which an an American soldier plays an unfortunate part in her becoming an assassin. It makes me curious about varying S Korean perspectives of the American military presence there.
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Abailliekaras Great pic! 1mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Knowing how this book resolves, it was great to just appreciate the writing in this IRL bookclub reread. The first time around I didn‘t recognize the narrator jumping out of the story to talk directly to the reader - I suspect there is an art to doing this writing technique successfully.

Sargar114 He definitely has a unique style of writing that takes some getting used to. But I‘ve found myself loving it! 1mo
marleed @Sargar114 I love his writing, too. I think like you I‘ve grown to appreciate more with each book he writes. 1mo
BiblioLitten I loved the TV series more than the book. 1mo
marleed @BiblioLitten I still need to watch the series! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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So I told Canon next month I plan to add this list of books to my personal canon of books read. I don‘t think he believes his grandma!

September 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

sherrisilvera So cute! 1mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!! 1mo
Gissy He looks so big! Cute!❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH What a cutie! 1mo
AmyG Ha…adorable! 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Very skeptical 😋 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading That face is totally saying, “Oh, really?” Too cute!! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl He‘s so handsome.. that face! 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
marleed @sherrisilvera @kspenmoll @Gissy @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH @AmyG @LiteraryinLawrence @Prairiegirl_reading @CoverToCoverGirl @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! He‘s a keeper - even if he thinks I‘m telling tall tales about my reading plans! 1mo
Cathythoughts He‘s gorgeous! How old is he ? My little granddaughter is only 8 months now. Wouldn‘t you just adore them 🥰 1mo
bthegood adorable 💜 1mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! Great photo! 1mo
marleed @Cathythoughts @bthegood @UwannaPublishme Thank you, he‘s 6 weeks old and 9 pounds. He loves to purse his lips. 1mo
BiblioLitten What a cutie!! 1mo
marleed @BiblioLitten Thank you! My son isn‘t one to hold babies so it‘s fun to watch him step in fatherhood as if he were a natural! 1mo
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The Wives | Tarryn Fisher
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There was a rhythm to the first half of this book and my thoughts were pretty straightforward - just say no to polygamy. Then, the wind began to switch, the house to pitch, and suddenly this story became unhitched!

fredamans I liked this one a lot too! Made me so excited when I read her latest book, An Honest Lie... which I liked more than this one. 1mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Another great grid of reading with my favorite tagged. I can‘t really complain about one ‘meh‘ story because those occasional experiences help me understand what I like in a book.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

kspenmoll I like your system. 1mo
marleed @kspenmoll Thanks, it took me a while to come up with it but it really works for me! 1mo
Cinfhen I totally agree with @kspenmoll GREAT rating system 😍 1mo
marleed @Cinfhen Thanks! 1mo
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I loved the telling of this story. Until the last chapter everything happens in past tense but it‘s narrated with such intrigue that it felt very present. I was team Joey every step of the way. Perhaps my strongest conviction is my belief that every child needs and deserves to feel and know they matter. Stories like this gut me.

Cathythoughts Lovely review and picture ♥️ 1mo
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Her Last Flight: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Post WWI to pre WWII historically fictionalized women fascinate me, so of course I was all in when the two timelines were 1928-1937 and 1947. I also got a kick out the 1947 Janey uncovering the early story with sidebars to explain to the reader how it was for women in 1928.

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This series was not on my radar until I binge-watched the Netflix series in the early days of the Covid lockdown. Discovering characters adapted to screen seldom impedes me from enjoying the book later, so I wanted to at least read the first book to decide if the adaption has similar vibes to the book. Significant differences but similar vibe! ↓

marleed Since this book is 15 years old, I thought it would be a fun to hunt down a thrifted copy. It‘s taken me over a year, but for 69¢ I finally own a little mass market copy. I think I might have been embarrassed had any shoppers witnessed the excitement on my face when I found this little well-read copy. But it‘s these little things I know Littens will understand! 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s so exciting ! You found it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Ruthiella Totally understand the thrill of letting the used copy come to you! 😃 1mo
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marleed @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella You get me! You really get me :) 1mo
DivineDiana How exciting to find your treasure! I really enjoyed the series! 1mo
marleed @DivineDiana It‘s the little things in life! 1mo
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I was invested in this story - it‘s thought provoking from all sorts of aspects. The thrills are subdued in the middle by courtroom drama, but I was equally intrigued by the legal elements. I liked that sides were not clearly drawn as the good and the bad - it helped paint the picture of how tenuous a reputation is.

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This was just weird and I couldn‘t figure out what I was reading. I think the bungled up kidnapping was supposed to be funny but I failed to find the humor. As a romance, the third person telling fell flat. I didn‘t know if this would be an HEA or a thriller where the good guys would die. It just didn‘t work for me. Not a pan, but close. I love the cover art though.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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This is a fascinating story. Blake Couch makes me question why sci-fi is not my go to genre!

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The Summer Cottage | Viola Shipman
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There‘s no mystery here and only a hint of a budding romance, but i found something charming and satisfying in this book. Newly divorced, empty nested, and orphaned -if we can say that of a 40+ woman, Adie Lou has the opportunity to press reset on her life and find the thing that gives her joy. ↓

marleed Also, this was a mistake read. I pulled the book (right) off my shelves and planned to settle in. I had reason to be on the highway for a bit and decided to start with the audio. I got home, settled into chapter 6 and thought- boy, I must have been daydreaming in the car. Woops. Wrong book - look at the titles and these covers though! 2mo
Ruthiella 😂Funny mix up! 2mo
slategreyskies Oh, that is funny!! 🤣 2mo
marleed @Ruthiella @slategreyskies And the console of my car displayed a large image of the cover. It cracked me up! 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2mo
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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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This makes me happy. I like stories IRL and in fiction when someone discovers that an elderly family member was actually quite bad ass in their day and lived an enviable life.

bthegood movie suggestion - Second Hand Lions - it falls under this category - 🙂 2mo
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Paris Letters | Janice MacLeod
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Pickpick

This book has been on my shelves for a minute - okay years, and finally found its way to my Bookspin list of 20. I‘m surprised I didn‘t read it when I still remembered the premise because I‘m fascinated by memoirs of those who realize a stalled life and sacrifice comfort and security to create more meaningful experiences. And this book is so pretty!

August #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheLudicReader I enjoyed this one. 2mo
JamieArc Sounds wonderful. 2mo
marleed @TheLudicReader oh, me too. @jamieArc It really is! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And that really is such a pretty edition!! 2mo
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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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My reading goal for the remainder of the year, because I want to read from everywhere, is at least one book from my physical shelves for every library or e-book read. So far I‘m on target. Tagged was my favorite!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Megabooks I bailed on The Retreat. 👎🏻👎🏻 2mo
marleed @Megabooks I get that. I think it one of the first times I realized while reading that I was being told the mystery rather than reading it unfold. I doubt I‘ll keep up with the series assuming it‘s at least a trilogy. 2mo
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Mehso-so

There was still much to know about Elin at the conclusion of Book1. Here there‘s characters to track should they be significant to a Book3, along with sisters, a cousin, boyfriends and deaths key to this story. As a reader I didn‘t get to be a fly on the page and resolve murders with Elin. Instead I was told what she figured out. It just wasn‘t a fun way for me to read a thriller - too many relationships for the mystery to properly unfold.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve been wanting to read the first one! 2mo
marleed I needed more Elin at the conclusion of Book 1 so I was anticipating Book2. From a character perspective I liked Book2. I just felt the mystery/thriller storyline was underdeveloped in all those characters. 2mo
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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Pickpick

This little book has so much to say. The primary message is about the regrets of a man believing a good father had a responsibility to raise a ‘masculine‘ son. But the sub story of this aging father finally discovering black men proud of their blackness through the discovering of reading books is equally powerful - especially in today‘s environment.