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Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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... and that wraps up my “required“ reading commitments for August. Now, I can work on my TBR for the rest of the month. #bookstagram #August2019

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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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#ReeseWitherspoon Book Club August 2019 pick

Pretty good little thriller about a murder that takes place in an upscale vacation spot. I did like it but not as much as the other Miranda books that I‘ve read.

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This was a great book full of unlikable characters and unreliable witnesses. It was a little rough in spots but nothing too hard to get through. I hope the other members of our group enjoy it as much as I do. It‘s quite a read. Great choice!

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@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @Hooked_on_books @suvata

Hooked_on_books Hooray! 🎉 Yeah, I had trouble liking anyone in this book! 😂 But nonetheless I felt the characters came across as very human. So glad you enjoyed it. 3d
suvata @Hooked_on_books I loved it 👍🏻 3d
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Finally getting around to reading this for #LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB

CaitlinR I loved this book. Challenging, but worth it. 4d
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This is a very popular play written in the 1960s. From Shmoop: “The play cleverly re-interprets Shakespeare's Hamlet from the point of view of two minor characters: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The Laurel-and-Hardy-like pair are totally incidental to the action of Hamlet, subject to the whims of the King Claudius – who gets them to betray Hamlet – and then tricked by Hamlet into delivering a letter that condemns them to death.”

CarolynM I haven't read it. I was lukewarm about the film but the stage production I saw subsequently I liked a lot. 5d
Lcsmcat @CarolynM I agree that like most plays it is better when seen. When well directed it‘s incredibly funny. But an overdone production, not so much. 5d
OnlyYoo I think I saw a movie of this that was pretty good. I thought that it was pretty funny! 5d
suvata I guess I will have to check out the play or the movie. The book was a little hard to understand in parts. 4d
readordierachel The movie is awesome 3d
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Texas Ranger | James Patterson
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I like this book much more than I thought I would. I don‘t know why. After all, it is James Patterson but I am always suspicious about how much was actually written by Patterson when there is another authors name on the cover. It almost seems to me that it was “sanctioned“ by Paterson but not written by him. In any event, I really did enjoy this one. As a matter of fact, it took me until chapter 80 out of 87 to really be sure who the bad guy was.

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Texas Ranger | James Patterson
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Miss Molly is going to help me read this Patterson book. I only read his Alex Cross books and some of his Women‘s Murder Club books so this should be interesting. I‘m only reading it because I love ❤️ Texas. #HookEmHorns #DogsOfLitsy

brit91 Awwww cute dog!😍🐶 6d
suvata @brit91 She‘s a crazy dog but we love her. 6d
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Embers | Sandor Marai
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I always almost read e-books on my Kindle but right now I have a stack of physical books that I need to get through.

Crazeedi I was on a major kindle kick, but then I looked at my stack too! So I've been trying to read from that never ending stack!🙄🙂❤ 7d
cathysaid Embers ❤ 7d
Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed Miracle Creek. 7d
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suvata @Reviewsbylola I will probably be reading that next because I have to finish it by the end of this month. Glad to hear it was good. 6d
suvata @cathysaid I can‘t even remember where I heard about this book but I‘m happy to hear that you liked it. 6d
suvata @Crazeedi My goal is to only have Kindle books but I know that will never happen. For some reason it just bothers me to see a stack of books that I need to read. It doesn‘t look so daunting when they‘re on the Kindle. LOL 6d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just read Embers and loved it 6d
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🕐 Reminder:

There are only two weeks left to mail your #LMPBC Round 6 book by the end of August. If you have a problem doing that, please contact your other teammates to let them know what is going on.

Crazeedi Mine is headed out today or tomorrow!! 7d
suvata @Crazeedi 👍🏻 6d
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Made You Up | Francesca Zappia
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Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added December 17, 2015.

Excellent young adult book about a girl struggling with schizophrenia. It touches some really tough issues but it does it in a very gentle way.

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I can‘t believe I read the entire #MMD Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide. I left off The Last Romantics because my bookclub is reading it in September. Yay me!

kspenmoll Congratulations! What an achievement! And some great books! 7d
suvata @kspenmoll They were all very good books. Every one of them got 3, 4, or 5 stars from me. (edited) 7d
kspenmoll @suvata I own 4 but have not read them yet!!! 7d
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suvata @kspenmoll Well I hope you enjoy them when you finally get to them. 7d
Hooked_on_books Wow, nice job! 7d
suvata @Hooked_on_books Thank you 😊 7d
thea-block If you had to pick your top three, which would they be? 7d
Crazeedi Great job! Congrats!!🎉🎉 7d
MaureenMc 🙌 7d
Jillylovesbooks That‘s a great accomplishment! 7d
suvata @thea-block Unmarriageable, Gravity is the Thing, and The Gown. 6d
thea-block @suvata That‘s awesome! I‘ll have to take a look at those :) 6d
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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

Pretty complete history of the Castro take over in Cuba. It gets very involved in America‘s involvement. I learned a lot from this story.

MelissaSue81 I‘m just finishing up Next Year In Havana, and have this next up on Audio. Did you read Next Year In Havana? 1w
suvata @MelissaSue81 Not yet but it is on my list. 1w
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Sylvie Lee belongs to 3 countries; the United States, China, and the Netherlands. She suddenly disappears when she is on a trip to visit her family in the Netherlands. This book has twists and turns I never saw coming. The only thing that annoyed me about it was that anytime someone got close to another person the author would describe how they smelled. It happened so many times it actually stood out like a sore thumb. What‘s up with that?

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This book introduced me to the Korean island of Jeju and to its female divers called Haenyeo. It takes place during the Japanese invasion of Korea. I had no idea that there was a matrifocal culture where the women were the ones who made the money and provided for their families. It‘s about family, friendship, love, and betrayal; but it was also very educational. I learned so much about the history of Korea and it was truly fascinating.

margreads I have this book sitting in my kitchen calling my name 2w
suvata @margreads Well, you should answer its call. 2w
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Oh no! My #kindle died. Good thing I purchased the protection plan. I‘ll be reading on my phone until Tuesday. #amazonhappycamper

suvata @rather_be_reading At least they are sending me a new one for free. 2w
Lcsmcat Oh no! 2w
rather_be_reading @suvata oh awesome!! whoot whoot for a new kindle!! 2w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Water Dancer is part slavery history and part magical realism. This is the second book I‘ve read from this author and both were only so-so to me. It‘s not the stories themselves. The stories have been fascinating and very informative. But, I have difficulty with his writing style - at times it‘s very hard for me to follow the narrative. Others may not find that so. If you like his writing style you will love the content of his books.

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

I seriously couldn‘t put this book down. It kept me up way later than I should have let it. All I have to say is that “that was one hell of a book club”. No spoilers here — you‘ll have to read it for yourself.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I‘ve now read this book three times during three different periods of my life (1994, 2002, 2019) and it‘s still an absolute 5-star read.

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde | Robert Louis Stevenson
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Another excellent classic by Audible Originals - well done.

LeeRHarry Well I do like Richard Armitage 😏 2w
suvata @LeeRHarry He did a great job 2w
LeeRHarry @suvata Good to know 😊 2w
JazzFeathers Love Stevenson and love this story. 2w
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I‘ve been binging on this YouTube series. A very modern day Pride and Prejudice video blog. So funny!

https://www.youtube.com/user/LizzieBennet

AsYouWish The book is really good too!!! 2w
suvata @AsYouWish I think I will get the book after I finish watching the videos. 2w
AsYouWish I think there is a Lydia book too, but I haven‘t read that one. 2w
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suvata @AsYouWish A book about Lydia might be a bit much. LOL She‘s quite the character. 2w
AsYouWish I agree, but the girl who plays her has or had a YouTube channel and she did super cute videos, like DIY and I think she did book reviews too. 2w
suvata @AsYouWish I know I‘m a little behind the times because I just found this Vlog but I am enjoying it so much. I just can‘t stop watching it. 2w
AsYouWish It is amazing!!! I love it so much!!! Plus this way you don‘t have to wait for the next video, that was rough!!! 2w
suvata @AsYouWish You make an excellent point. 😎 2w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Read in the 1994 and in 2002 — Reading again for
#MMD ModernMrsDarcy.com Book Club pick for August 2019

This is my third reading of P&P and I‘ve seen the BBC presentation (staring Colin Firth 💝) at least 6 times. You might say that this is one of my favorite books and you would be 100% correct.

sprainedbrain 😍😍😍 (how do you feel about the 2005 movie?) 2w
suvata @sprainedbrain I‘ve never watched it. Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me. 2w
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Resistance Women | Jennifer Chiaverini
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

The Resistance Woman are Mildred Harnack, Greta Kuckhoff and Sara Weitz. These brave women waged covert operations against Hitler in Berlin. American Mildred and her German husband move to Berlin in 1929 just as Hitler was about to seize power. The book does a good job explaining how so many people got duped into following Hitler because they really didn‘t know what was going on until it was too late.

marleed I was engrossed in this book and was not expecting that. It gave me a perspective I hadn‘t read. 2w
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Quiet Night | Marilyn Singer
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Wanna join my club? You can wear your PJ‘s.

Texreader Heck yea! 3w
suvata @Texreader My favorite kind of night 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Already got my PJ‘s on! 3w
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suvata @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Me too and I‘m cuddled up with my book. 3w
Lcsmcat 🙋🏻‍♀️ 3w
Maria514626 Yes, please! 3w
Crazeedi My club always!!😉❣❣ 3w
KathyWheeler What a great club! I must join. 😊 I‘m in my pjs and cuddled up with my book. (edited) 3w
suvata @KathyWheeler Perfect! 3w
Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌sign me up! 3w
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽 3w
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@Hooked_on_books I received Miracle Creek today along with a beautiful journal and matching bookmarks. Very thoughtful of you ... Thank you so much.

#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @Hooked_on_books @suvata

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! A little aloha for you. 🌴🍍 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Cute stationary! 3w
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

I love books about other cultures. I mean, I pretty much know how things work in America but, I‘m completely fascinated by stories that delve into people from India, Japan, China, Africa, Russia, etc. The more I read about our differences, the more I appreciate our sameness.

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Untitled | Unknown
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LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 3w
ReadingOver50 Yay pepsi! 3w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Coming up in August ...

#suvataPicks #AugustTBR #Bookstagram

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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Thanks for the tag, @LauraJ ...this is a tough one.
Never Have I Ever...
1. Never Have I Ever watched Game of Thrones
2. Never Have I Ever dog-eared a page in a book
3. Never Have I Ever preferred the movie to the book
Tag: @Hooked_on_books

@MinDea @DebbieGrillo

hes7 🍷🍷 3w
Amiable The only movie that I thought was as good as the book was “Mystic River.“ I think Dennis Lehane helped adapt the screenplay, which is probably why the movie didn't suck. 3w
suvata @Amiable I never saw the movie. I guess I will have to check it out. 3w
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DebbieGrillo 🍷🍷 Thanks for playing. 3w
rretzler 🍹🍹 3w
TheEllieMo 🥃 3w
Tera0707 🍺🍺🍺 (I liked the movie Devil Wears Prada more than the book) Cheers! 3w
IndoorDame 🍷🍷 3w
shadowspeak17 🍷🍷🍷 3w
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So many great reads this month. I gave 5-star ratings to the following:

🔸Gravity Is the Thing
🔸Gift from the Sea
🔸White Oleander
🔸Wunderland
🔸A Head Full of Ghosts
🔸Recursion

#suvataStats #JulyStats #Bookstagram

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Amazing month! I remember enjoying White Oleander as well. 💕📚💕 3w
Megabooks Awesome month!! 3w
suvata @Megabooks 👍🏻 3w
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Ready ... Set ... Mail! #LMPBC

If you haven‘t already done so, it‘s time to mail your book to the next person. If you did, “good job“! If you didn‘t, “Hurry up and do so”.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3w
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Field Notes on Love | Jennifer E. Smith
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This is a really cute YA novel about two complete strangers who wind up traveling by train together across the U.S. The circumstances on how this came to be is one of the best parts so I‘m not giving that away. The whole story takes place over one week but, gosh, a whole lot takes place during those seven days. It was very entertaining and I really cared about what happened to both of the main characters, Mae and Hugo.

Tanisha_A Sounds fun! 3w
suvata @Tanisha_A It was. 3w
Texreader Great review as always!!! Not normally something I‘d read but, gee, you make it sound so good! Stacked! 3w
suvata @Texreader Thanks 3w
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Field Notes on Love | Jennifer E. Smith
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Well, I certainly got my fill of rom-com this summer while working my way through the #MMD Summer Reading Guide. 7 books left to read (out of 30). Whew!!

Hooked_on_books Impressive! 3w
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m cruising through these as well. I‘ve read some good ones so far, but I think I‘ll probably still be working on them going into fall. 3w
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suvata @Ashley_Nicoletto I have really enjoyed almost all of them. There were just a few that were just OK to me. I think I had three or four 5-star ratings, which is excellent. 3w
suvata @BookBabe Yay Me! 🤷‍♀️ You can get a lot of reading done when you‘re retired. 3w
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve enjoyed everything I‘ve read so far as well! It‘s a great list. 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser @suvata aaaaahhh, I was going to ask, how on earth... Goals 😉 3w
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a perfect summer/beach read. It‘s a little “corny” but not too much. In fact, I would say it has just the right amount of corn.

Three words to leave you with:
Cereal. Box. Races. 😂😂😂

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This is my favorite book of the 30 listed on the #MMD Summer Reading List. It gets 5-stars from me because it was so very unique. The writing style was brilliant and the subject matter was totally relatable to me. I still have 10 books to read from the list but I doubt any will top this one.

mcipher Oooh, I didn‘t know she had an adult book - I‘ve loved a few of her YA so I definitely have to pick this up! 3w
suvata @mcipher I think this is her first adult book and it‘s fabulous. 3w
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If you are looking for a short, inspirational book this is it. Would make a perfect gift for anyone. #50AnniversaryEdition #bookstagram #5stars

KathyWheeler I love this book. 4w
suvata @KathyWheeler It‘s wonderful 4w
KathyWheeler @suvata The audiobook is also good; it‘s narrated by Claudette Colbert. 4w
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Apparently, this is where I dozed off. Has this ever happened to you? #NonsenseHilighting

Megabooks Yes!! 4w
jb72 LOL no but I‘ve hit myself in the face with my ereader after falling asleep. 4w
cathysaid Yes! Should be a new genre of poetry 🤣 4w
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suvata @jb72 Ha ha. That‘s too funny. Hope it didn‘t hurt. 4w
suvata @cathysaid Hey, maybe you‘re onto something. 4w
suvata @Megabooks I feel much better knowing that it‘s not just me. 4w
jb72 @cathysaid that‘s a great idea! Call it sleeping poetry. 4w
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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This is a cute story but l am clearly not the target audience. I am so ignorant of rom-com movies that I literally only heard of three or four that were mentioned in the book. I think I only saw two of them. Just not for me ...

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Not to be flippant, but the title of this book is very apropos.

tournevis In other words, as sucky as it says on the tin? 4w
suvata @tournevis Exactly 4w
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Inheritance certainly gave me much to ponder, specifically ethical and legal ramifications of artificial insemination and other infertility treatments. Shapiro‘s story was compelling and well written but I seemed to get repetitive in parts causing me to consider ditching it. But, I felt so much compassion for this woman that I persisted and was rewarded with a solid 3-star book.

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Time After Time: A Novel | Lisa Grunwald
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I love this book but it is so hard to classify what kind of book it is. It‘s definitely a love story. I have seen it listed as “time travel“ but I don‘t think that description fits since it is more about someone stuck in time. I‘ve also seen it described as “science fiction“ which totally boggles my mind because I don‘t think there is any way it can be called that. But, whatever you want to call it, it‘s a great story with a great ending.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookworm in possession of a good book, must share said book with like-minded readers.

Unmarriageable is that book.

In the end matter, Soniah Kamal writes:
“I wanted to write a novel that paid homage to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, as well as combined my braided identification with English-language and Pakistani culture, so that the ‘literature of others‘ became the literature of everyone.”

JazzFeathers 💙💙💙💙 Love that quote... and l have to write down your opening, that's simply brilliant! 1mo
suvata @JazzFeathers Awww, Thanks. 1mo
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White Oleander | Janet Fitch
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This was a very powerful and unforgettable story about a toxic relationship between a mother and daughter. It‘s actually a pretty sad book but once I started, I couldn‘t put it down. Wow! It‘s like a punch in the gut. 5-stars!

Lcsmcat I remember having that same reaction when I read it. 1mo
Victoriahoperose I love this book so much. One of my favorites. She wrote another book called Paint it Black that I loved also! 1mo
suvata @Victoriahoperose oh, thanks. I‘ll have to find it 1mo
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White Oleander | Janet Fitch
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I am a little backed up on my reading. I am just now getting around to a book that @Wife sent me last October. Oh well, you know what they say, “better late than never“. I‘m sure I am going to enjoy it.

Wife I hope you love it. It‘s a favorite of mine. 🌹 1mo
suvata I will let you know 😎 1mo
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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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Read for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club (#LMPBC) Round 6 - Group B.

I picked a fantastic WWII novel (if I do say so myself). I hope the rest of the group likes it as much as I did. If so, you are in for a treat.

@Mynameisacolour it‘s off to you next week!

Sherri Ooh! I think I may have this one on my Kindle. I'll have to go find it! 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ! Stacked 1mo
suvata @Cathythoughts I don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed 1mo
suvata @Sherri definitely put this one at the top of your list 1mo
kspenmoll Sounds really good! 1mo
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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Another EXCELLENT Audible Originals — I think I‘m addicted to these things

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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @Hooked_on_books @suvata

I‘m just five chapters into this book and I‘m loving it. I think I picked a good one this time.

Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻I just started my pick for #LMPBC , I think it‘s going to be a good one too (edited) 1mo
suvata @Cathythoughts It does sound good 1mo
Kaila-ann Yay! 1mo
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

This is a book of essays/memoirs that is not only humorous but it gave me reasons to stop for a bit and evaluate my life and behavior. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 17: Rock You Like A Hurricane and Chapter 19: A Letter to the Type A Person in Distress (I believe she was talking directly to me). So funny! I love books that make be think and/or reminisce and this one certainly did.

marleed I loved it to. I‘m aided by memoirs coming to conclusions by evaluating themselves more than the people around them who did them wrong. It helps me evaluate myself. And for this one - I am a list person! 1mo
britt_brooke I really enjoyed this one. Philpott is a local author for me, which made me like it even more. 1mo
suvata @marleed I am a list person too so that was part of the fun in this book. 1mo
suvata @britt_brooke I am in Florida so she‘s a little North of me but, her “ Southern“ was showing. I love southern authors. 1mo
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Reminder:
There are only two weeks left to mail your #LMPBC Round 6 book by the end of July. If you have a problem doing that, please contact your other teammates to let them know what is going on.

witchyreader13 Just found this group. Will there be another round run in between or do I have to wait 4 months to participate? 1mo
suvata @witchyreader13 Sorry. You‘re going to have to wait until October to sign up for the next round. 1mo
witchyreader13 @suvata ok. Thanks! 1mo
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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List

This book is about two college girls who take a road trip to Minnesota during the winter – think ice and snow. As fate would have it, their car skids of the road in an ice storm and ends up in a frozen lake. The car sinks and only one of the girls survives. It‘s a roller coaster of a thriller. Although, I do have to admit, I was a little confused by the ending.

Kappadeemom Me too!! But I have some thoughts.... 2w
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