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monkeygirlsmama

monkeygirlsmama

Joined August 2016

Home is where the books are. 😉❤️📚
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The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
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The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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Yes, I've met Audrey Niffenegger and Nicholas Sparks both at their book signings. Same with The Pioneer Women, though she's not really in the same category of author. I have pictures somewhere, but they're not on my phone so can't share. #SUNDAYFUNDAY @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern How fun! Thanks for answering! 10h
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Touched | Walter Mosley
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No idea what I just read. No idea how to really review it. Might be worthy of 1 star or 2, maybe 5. I'm going with 1. Very weird, and not my cup of tea.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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This book has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it shortly after publication, yet for some reason I only just read it. Took me long enough, but once I had my hands on a copy I couldn't put it down. Hilarious and Terrifying! What a brilliant idea Hendrix had when he brainstormed this horrifying novel of craziness. I loved all the blatant nods to Ikea and how there were illustrations, product fliers, and ads throughout the book. ⤵️

monkeygirlsmama ⤴️ All of this added to the story's ambience or vibe of the setting which drew me into the story more than making me a silent observer. And I thought it was genius how as the story progressed and evolved so did the products being advertised. No longer standard knock offs but instead ones devised solely for the sake of the story. So good; so creepy! 2d
Hooked_on_books Love him, love this book! 2d
CaroPi I love him! His books have a great mix between horror and humor so they are easy to enjoy. I have in my TBR the latest one 1d
monkeygirlsmama I don't know anything about what else he has out, but I'm going to have to investigate. @CaroPi 20h
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Ugly Love: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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Mehso-so

Falling somewhere between a so-so and a pick for me, this #audiobook had a couple of decent narrators. The guy who read for Myles sounded so familiar and/or reminded me of someone, but I haven't a clue who. I think it's going to bug me for a bit. 😝

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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So good! Kept me guessing and second guessing. Will for sure read more by this author. #audioread #audiobook

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Touched | Walter Mosley
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Today's #libraryhaul. 😁📚

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Don't walk- run to your nearest bookstore or library, and get your hands on a copy of this book! While you're at it, grab some wine and tissues cause you're gonna need them. Because, wow! Just wow. Such a wonderful, incredible, amazing story this was.

Plus, fantastic narration on this #audiobook. 💗👍

Suzze Ooh, I have that. Moving it up on the pile! 1w
monkeygirlsmama @Suzze Girl, I happened on this one by chance on Libby, and I am so freaking happy I did! I don't typically do historical fiction, but always have a soft spot for those centered around the holocaust. No idea why, but damn. This was so good. Hope you enjoy it! 1w
AmyG I have this audiobook on reserve. Good to know how wonderful it is! 1w
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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I enjoyed this one though I had the first big surprise figured out well before it was revealed. The rest of them that followed snuck up on me however! A good story with nods to age old classics like Christie, and certainly worth the time. Not my favorite read, but an all around fun whodunnit/whydunnit.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses | Perfection Learning Corporation
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I had zero interest in reading this series, despite all the hype. Now, based solely on this mid rating review I feel like I simply MUST read it. 🤣🤣🤣

slategreyskies omg haha! I love this! 🤣 2w
Shemac77 The best review I‘ve ever seen and bang on. I wanted to throw a party when I finished the series. It was terrible. 2w
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Went in blind on this one, knowing nothing about it other than I'd seen it recommended by a total stranger online. Three cheers for recs from randos because this book was quite good! Lots of mystery and raw tension that worked itself out in the end.

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Also, for the record, this was great on audio. Will be looking to see other titles this woman has narrated. 👍

Kristy_K Love Marin Ireland as a narrator! She does a lot of Fredrik Backman‘s audiobooks. 2w
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Mehso-so

I'm unable to quite describe my feelings about this book. It was weirdly beautiful; however, it was equally just plain weird. Plus I found both of the main characters, Benny & Annabelle, incredibly infuriating & annoying. The Bottleman was my favorite character by far, so full of colorful personality & wisdom. ... ⤵️

monkeygirlsmama ... ⤴️ Definitely a good book on audio because the narrator had a great voice. I do wonder though if I would have hated Benny & his mom less if the narrator had made them less whiny. Cause, despite everything they both had going on mentally and emotionally, I feel like neither would have been so infantile in the way they talked and pitched fits. Fits & frustrations? Sure, I just don't think they'd sound so childlike; that's what rubbed me wrong. 2w
Suet624 That‘s too bad about the voices. 2w
monkeygirlsmama @Suet624 The narrator did amazing with other character voices so maybe he read it the way the author intended, but I know if I had read it I wouldn't have made these two so over the top. Guess it just depends on the vibe of the reader. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
CindyMyLifeIsLit I just bought the physical book yesterday, so hopefully it will be better without the voices! 2w
monkeygirlsmama @CindyMyLifeIsLit Will be interested to hear what you think. Happy Reading! 2w
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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My neighbor's doormat and my #currentread. I couldn't pass up this photo op. 😃

AmyG Ha! Amazing. 2w
AkashaVampie The freakingly awesome! 2w
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Suet624 Great quote. 2w
Cathythoughts Love this quote ❤️ 2w
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Mehso-so

I didn't love this and I didn't hate it. You could say it fell solidly in the middle somewhere. I didn't really connect with the characters, but I thought the concept of the story was intriguing. However, the ending, while acceptable, seemed lacking.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#WonderousWednesday @Eggs I'm a day late... 😝

📖 Hardback
📖 Fiction
📖 Eh...
📖 Recent release
📖 Coffee
📖 Physical
📖 Print

That said, I am an equal opportunity reader who will gladly read paperback or a hardback or even an ebook. And I love listening to audiobooks when I can't read a printed book (ie at work, when driving, etc). I love coffee and tea both, but default to coffee. 📚🎧📱☕🍵🧋🫖☺️

Eggs 🩷💜🩷 2w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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This book gets all the stars!!! I absolutely loved Tova and Marcellus! ❤️ Truly, a wondrous story that is unlike anything else I've read. 😁

Side note: The narrator had a great voice which made listening to this #audiobook very pleasant.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! All the stars ⭐️ 🐙 3w
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Only just starting this, but that prologue! Eerie! 😱🏚️🌲

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Never Lie | Freida McFadden
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Thought I had this one partially figured out really early on, but it seems I got ahead of myself. Way ahead of myself. 😆 Truly, I started to think this was going to be just a meh read and not as good as her others, yet I'm here to say I was wrong. So wrong. 😝

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Bailedbailed

Wanted to read this, but I'm gonna have to hold out for a print copy. An hour in and I can't stand either narrator. 😬

dabbe hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 4w
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I took a gamble when I picked up this audiobook on Libby. Having read the synopsis I felt inclined to give it a shot, but also had a moment 's hesitation because I wasn't certain it would really be for me. 17 hours 10 minutes and 50 seconds in listening time later I am happy to report this was a solid pick! Such an incredibly well written and entertaining story.

Shhh... Small secret, it even made me cry. LoL

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"The vexing thing about time is... it's never enough."

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Today's #libraryhaul 📚😁

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Talking about a cat that was disturbed while sleeping in a chair... "He does his best impression of an inconvenienced bread loaf." ??

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That was a crazy thriller! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Panpan

I had thought this might be a very interesting read, but as it took me this long to get through it I think it's safe to say that it wasn't. Not for me anyways. I found the first 2/3 of the book mildly diverting, but when the subject matter changed from the experiments to Muzafer's background things started to get incredibly slow going for this girl. ⭐⭐⭐

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
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"We are the cartographers of our own destiny."

What a beautifully unusual way to put something I've heard many times into completely new words. ?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
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Oooh the twists and turns with this one were excellent! No idea why it got such mixed reviews as I really liked it. The narration was top notch too! This is my second Alice Feeney read, and I'm thinking she's quickly becoming a favorite of mine. 😊

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Mehso-so

Another audiobook in the books!

⭐⭐⭐1/2

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley

"Most of my brother's clothes come from places called acne. Why would you wear clothes named after a skin condition?" ?

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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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Just tore through the audio version of this one. Whoa, what an ending!

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The Teacher | Freida McFadden

"If I was a cat I would have peed on him." ?????

AkashaVampie that sounds funny! haha 1mo
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This book got a lot of mediocre reviews, but I loved it! I'm not sure if it's because I've been divorced & also recently lost my better half (who I met after my divorce); however, I found the main character's story painfully relatable in many ways though not in EVERY way. 😆 In addition to feeling relatable I found the story endearing, funny, sad, & hopeful.

I did listen to the audiobook & the narrator was marvelous, so maybe that swayed me too.

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Maybe I'm too small minded, but I agree 100% with this sentiment. 🤯

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"...picked at an expensive, lacy wedgie." ?

Loving the chapters the main character shares her text exchanges and Google searches too. ?

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Untitled | Unknown
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1) If at first you don't succeed, try try again. LoL Sometimes it's a job that just isn't for you & you need to find something new. Sometimes the job is great, but you struggle w/learning something new & just have to keep at it til you do. 😌

2) I am a Verification & Background Specialist who also does drug screenings. I have been here for going on 3 yrs & I quite enjoy what I do & where I do it. 😁

3) I'm not sure.

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great lessons and interesting job👌🏼👍🏼👏🏻 1mo
BethM This job also exists federally if you ever want to jump ship. 1mo
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Started a new audiobook. So far it's pretty humorous. The main character is a mess, but I can relate. 😝

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Side note: I'm ashamed to admit that it took me until a good 1/3 of the way through the book before I realized the cover image is supposed to be a spiral staircase down into the ground with a boy, holding a light, and a dog going down. Every single time I've seen this cover, since it first came out, I thought this image was a close up of the glowing eye of a blue, scaly dragon. 🙄😂🐲

BookmarkTavern That is absolutely what I thought! 😅 1mo
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Listening to the King book on audio. Just finished Weyward a few minutes ago. Slowly working on an ecopy of The Fragile Ordinary, but having a hard time really getting into it. And starting the tagged book tomorrow (Sunday) morning. 📚

#WeekendReads
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Weyward was an incredibly exciting book comprised of 3 intertwining stories taking place across the span of several hundred years. Initially I was a bit worried the back and forth shift between timelines/characters would get to be confusing; however, it never was. Each chapter was devoted to one of the main characters; meaning the stories didn't really overlap but for in succinct manners here and there where it was still clearly delineated.

AmyG Thanks for the review. I just ordered this one from BOTM. 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @AmyG I really enjoyed it; hope you do too! 1mo
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The Fragile Ordinary | Samantha Young

"Those imbeciles you call parents feed you properly so you have brain energy for the classroom?” (The elderly next door neighbor asks the 16 y/o main character as she heads out to school.) ???

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Only a few chapters in on my current audio read, but I'm loving the narrator. #currentlyreading #libby

monkeygirlsmama 35% in as of tonight. Only listening during brief moments here and there this weekend, but will be back at it full force come Monday morning at work. 1mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I listened to the audio version, read by the author, and felt hearing the story in the author's own voice really added to the overall experience. My recent loss, though not the same loss as the author experienced, made a lot of the content incredibly relatable. It was sweet, funny, and painful. It also made me hungry! 😆

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Here's a look at my original #readyourkindle challenge list, complete with the books I marked off in February. Two blues were READ while the red was, sadly, a DNF. We had a duplicate book number this month, so I've already got one marked off for this month. Woohoo! 😝

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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My girls were little when iCarly came out, slightly older when Sam & Kat, aired. As such they were very much the market demographic for these shows and by proxy I got sucked into watching them too. I loved Sam Puckett. Now, having listened to Jennette tell her story of how she came to be that TV icon we all loved, I feel kinda guilty. Man, did she hate it! 😬

If you're looking for a good, quick audiobook read I definitely suggest this one.

AmyG I second the audiobook. 2mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Today's #libraryhaul. Went in to grab Weyward from the holds shelf. Ended up also leaving with The Lost Boys and Everyone Here is Lying. 😆📚

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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Mehso-so

Book 4 FINALLY came in at the library after months of being on hold. Yay! That being said, I kind of hope this is Kawaguchi's last installment in this series. As much as I liked books one and two, book three and now four have fallen somewhat flat for me. The concepts behind the stories are still well and good, but something about the writing and the timing just seems off to me. ⭐⭐⭐ + 1/2 ⭐

Deblovestoread I‘m struggling with book three…wasn‘t sure if it‘s the book or my slump but this makes me think it‘s the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @Deblovestoread I've seen so many 5 star reviews for book 3, but it definitely was a struggle for me. I liked it, for sure; however, it wasn't anywhere as good as the first two. Something felt different about the quality or style. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Definitely not just you though. 2mo
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Audiobooks on the Go | Audiofile, Robin Whitten

What are some of your top recommendations when it comes to audiobooks? I used to listen to books all the time, but haven't in years. (Just recently occurred to me to do so at work instead of listening to the podcasts I currently listen to.) Anyhow, curious about some tried and true title suggestions. And ... Go! 🚦

Deblovestoread These are 2 books where I think audio really enhanced the story: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau and Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. I also enjoyed Starter Villian by John Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton. Also anything read by Bahni Turpin. 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @Deblovestoread Thanks! I'm screenshotting this so I can refer back to it super easily. I ended up borrowing one from Libby and starting it already so I'll keep these recommendations in mind for later in the week when I finish . 2mo
Deblovestoread I listened to that one as well. Good choice! 2mo
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Wonderland: An Anthology | Marie O'Regan
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This Alice in Wonderland inspired short story collection was somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. Some of the stories were fantastic and others just felt rather meh. Meanwhile, I skipped a few that just didn't draw me in. All in all, I'm glad I read it. Some of my favorite stories were Jonathan Green's " The Hunting of the Jabberwock", George Mann's "About Time", and Rio Youers' "Vanished Summer Glory".

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Hmm... How would I describe this book?

Scary good. Twisted. Creepy.

More directly, Baby Teeth was a truly terrifying novel that goes to show just how deceiving appearances can be.

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If you haven't already done so, I definitely recommend reading this one!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still think about this one 😱 Have you read ?? So good and very similar! 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Never heard of this one before, but now it's on my stack! 2mo
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