Week of February 18, 2013 READING thread!
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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:45:10 PM
Hi. Two books for me this week. For those of you who like fiction, the first one was good the second one was even better.

First was Truth in Advertising: A Novel by John Kenney. It's a story of an ad man who is single after a broken engagement who makes his living hawking goods at a huge NYC agency, a flawed man who knows he is. He has friends there who mean the world to him. He fell into this b/c he wasn't much of a student and had to do something. It's a story of work, family and it definitely held my attention. Liked it, didn't love it.

Next was a pretty great story, IMO. Wise Men: A Novel by Stuart Nadler begins in the 1950s and tells the story of a man and his son, a teen and his connection over the course of his life to a girl he met one summer, but not a 'romance.' A story with racial overtones, questions of ethics, a mysterious death. The father is a lawyer who takes on the airline industry and the son is a boy who doesn't want to be his father. The story didn't go where I thought it would, nor where I wanted it to, but it had me wrapped up in it and was probably the best novel I've read in awhile. Definitely recommend this one. Great for book clubs.

Both have a Cape Cod element, coincidentally, in case it interests you. You're up!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:47:28 PM
I am still struggling through Catch-22 and am thinking about giving it a break while I read something else.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:50:24 PM
I just finished Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology by Jenna Miscavige Hill. I have read quite a few books on Scientology, but this book was just heartbreaking and scary. I definitely recommend it.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:51:42 PM
I put Beyond Belief on hold at the library as soon as I heard it was coming out a few weeks back. I'm still waiting for it to come in. I really want to read it.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:58:09 PM
I read about it on last week's thread and immediately bought the Kindle version. It's just frightening what she went through. Hope you get it soon!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:00:20 PM
I am currently reading The Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman. It's a christian marriage book. From Barnes and Noble:

Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the perennial best seller The Five Love Languages, provides an easy-to-grasp framework to help couples understand their marriage and seven practical strategies for strengthening or improving their marriage relationship. A valuable resource for couples regardless of how long they've been married, this biblically based book is a reference tool to help couples through every season of marriage.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:00:43 PM
I read a very nice novel this week called The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty. I had read her book The Chaperone a month or so ago and enjoyed it. The Center of Everything is her first novel. It covers a young girl's growing up years in Kansas in the 1980's, the gifted daughter of a single mother, growing up in poverty. The book mentioned a lot of events from the 80's that I remember quite well, since those were my growing up years, too. It was one of those books you just sink into completely.

I'm also reading a book called Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. It is really fascinating and covers a ton of events that I knew very little or nothing about. I have to read it in small doses, though, because it's grim. Murder, rape, torture, genocide (and not just the Holocaust), civil war...very grim. I think we in America have no real understanding of what the people of Europe went through during and after that war. We're so dismissive of the countries of Europe and their opinions about world affairs, but they have paid for their opinions with more blood and misery than we can imagine.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:05:00 PM
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas - this book had a great premise, but was not well executed. Ugh. I hate it when I have high hopes and a book disappoints.

Suffering through Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel for book club. It just moves so slow - and while better than Wolf Hall - still not a winner in my book.

I decided this was enough reading masochism for a while so am starting The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Looking forward to this one and I really hope it doesn't let me down.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:10:07 PM
I am reading Scratching the Toe of Italy which I am highly enjoying, and also starting Heads in Beds, which has been reviewed here recently (by Peabay, I believe).

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:13:11 PM
Hi Peas Who Read!

This week I read The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. It is a fictionalization of the family life of Charles Lindbergh, told through the perspective of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It started out a little slow, but finished strong. More and more, I'm finding that I really enjoy the power well-written historical fiction has to open my eyes to events from the past that I would never think about researching on my own.

I'm also working on The Survivor's Club by Ben Sherwood. I picked it up at the library because it looked intriguing. It discusses how people have survived horrific events, and what it takes to be a survivor. So far, it's fascinating.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:18:32 PM
I finished Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. I liked it. I loved some of the characters and others I did not like so much. It was not the most original story (it reminded me of 2 different movies I have seen) but, overall, I enjoyed the book.

I am listening to The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. I really like this one so far. Good mystery.

Thanks for the thread.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:23:25 PM
I finished Mrs. Lincoln'sDressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Her first novel, that I know of, not a part of the Elm Creek Quilts series. I thought it was very good.

The Giving Quilt , also by Jennifer Chiaverini. The newest in the Elm Creek Quilts series, which I also liked a lot.







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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:30:22 PM
Brief and Wondrous LIfe of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I need to plow through it since it's our book club topic on Thursday. Pretty good so far. It's not my usual fare, but that's whawt book club is all about, right?

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:51:42 PM
I just finished "The Bucolic Plague" by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, aka one of The Fabulous Beeker Boys, winners of last season's Amazing Race. Great book -- snarky, funny, sharp, sweet. Josh and his partner Brent try to take on Manhattan jobs as well as running a goat farm upstate, and it nearly ruins them.

Probably starting "The Round House" this week.

(P.S. Have you noticed the trend among titles to be "The [something]'s [something]"? I can list at least a dozen books in the trend (some from this thread too):
The Calligrapher's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Aviator's Wife
The Survivor's Club
The Orphan Master's Son
... Just something I've been ruminating about.)


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:54:11 PM
I am midway through Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and unlike the previous poster am really enjoying it. It helps that I read EVERYTHING, fiction and non-fiction, having to do with this period in history, as I adore it! I also liked Wolf Hall.

I may look for Wise Men at the bookstore tomorrow; I always like to have my next book waiting in the wings!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:04:31 PM
I just finished the novel Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. It is set in Spain just after the Civil War and during WWII.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:45:57 PM
I have a few pages left of The Unhealthy Truth . It's about the poisoning of our food in America and how it is adversly affecting Americans. It's nothing I didn't know already, but it's a sad reminder how crappy our food supply is and how the Government is in deep with large corporations.

Now I need to get off 2Peas and go finish the last 20 pages!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 9:54:45 PM
I finished Beyond Belief this week. It was so interesting learning about Scientology from a child raised and entrenched in the "religion."

I also read Dark Lover --first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Just wanted something silly and brainless.


I read Shiver --YA werewolf story set in Minnesota. Not a typical werewolf story. I liked it, but the first half was a bit slow.

I also started Running the Rift and Going Clear.



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Posted: 2/17/2013 10:42:29 PM
I read The Light Between Oceans. I was prepared for the slow beginning based upon what I read about it, but I adored how this story unfolded. I was not prepared for the big, ugly cry at the end. I loved the description of the area and I've been thinking about this story ever since.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 10:58:57 PM
Lindy, I've noticed. I just think oh jeez, another one. Mine's limited though to daughters. The blank blank's Daughter. Over. and over. and over.







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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:04:22 PM
Mystie - I have had The Center of Everything sitting on my shelf to be read for about a year. I think I'll pull it out after your good review.

I finished The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I basically sat down and read it through until I was done. Loved it.

I also really liked The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese. I liked his other 2 books better but this one was good as well. I love how honest he is about his feelings and behaviours.



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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:05:02 PM
I just finished Insurgent , by Veronica Roth. I've been reading the series with my 13yo dd. I finished the book in 24 hours, good read. We can't wait for the third book to be released this fall.

I'm not sure what I will read next. I'm considering Gone Girl , World War Z , or Lincoln Vampire Hunter.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:05:09 PM
I've been reading the Wizard of Oz Series. Just finished Ozma of Oz.

Up next is The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. A new age book mentioned on Oprah. It was available through the library on my kindle so I figured why not?

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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:37:05 AM
I haven't read much this past week - I've watched 19 episodes of last season's 'The Good Wife' instead! I did finish a quick read, The Smart One from 2008 by Ellen Meister. It was a good story, and not too fluffy. Plenty of twists and turns to tease the reader.

I'm now reading The Middlesteins, and appreciating the author's style. Next up is Beyond Belief .

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Posted: 2/18/2013 4:56:18 AM
I'm still reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I'm on the 5th book now, which is the first one I have not previously read.

More and more, I'm finding that I really enjoy the power well-written historical fiction has to open my eyes to events from the past that I would never think about researching on my own.

This is me, and especially with this series. And being into genealogy also, I discovered that I have a relative that came to America, to the same region as the current book is set, during the same time period and as the same "Highlander leaving Scotland after the Jacobite uprising" kind of thing. It makes it even more interesting, and I have been doing further reading on that part of history... an era I was pretty clueless about until these books.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:01:36 AM
I am far better at putting things on my wish list than I am at reading, so I love getting feedback on those titles before I commit! "Truth in Advertising" is on that list on my own, but you are meh on it, Batya. OTOH, you raved about that midwife in Appalachia thing, so I put that on, even though I don't feel drawn to it.

Which brings me to....

Finished "The Sandcastle Girls." Which I had NO interest in reading, but several people here - especially and including Batya - raved about it. We are covering WWI in class, so I figured it was a good time to start it, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed all of it, except for the tidy end. But it wasn't TOO tody, so that saved it. I have also been ruminating on the fact that I HATED the frame story in "Sarah's Key" but didn't mind it so much here, and am trying to figure out what the difference is...

Anyway, since I have the Russian Revolution this week, I started "Fall of Giants." I'll never get through it before we finish WWI, but that's OK. No spoiler alerts, I kinda know how the war ends. I figure I will plow through it, then MAYBE have a little palate cleanser (Maybe "The Chaperone"?) then hit "Winter of the Worlds." I did "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" similarly, now I just sit and wait for the third.

CAVEAT: This is all an audiobook. My paper right now is saved for freshman paragraphs and Lenin's letters.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:26:29 AM

I'm still reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I'm on the 5th book now, which is the first one I have not previously read.


I had not heard of this series before. I just looked it up. Sounds very interesting!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:29:11 AM
I read Killing Floor by Lee Child and Between Shades of Gray

I loved both of them. Between Shades of Gray was recommended here and I read it in 2 days. Could have finished it in one day if I didn't have other stuff to do Loved it!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:45:55 AM
I'm still reading Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks, & Adventures. It's so interesting and I'm really enjoying it.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 5:47:32 AM
I read Safe Haven last week and enjoyed it. I just downloaded the newest Maeve Binchy. I haven't read this last one yet and need a good book for my trip tomorrow.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 6:21:47 AM

I'm now reading The Middlesteins, and appreciating the author's style.


lesleymark - I LOVED The Middlesteins. I believe it is the author's debut novel (could be wrong). Very cleverly written.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 7:03:26 AM
I read "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks and I was loving it, really enjoying the pace, the story, the characters, until about the 250th page or so when the author completely jumped the tracks. OMG. FAIL. The book had a total identity crisis in the last 50 pages and forgot what it was (a great book) and strived to go Hollywood or something (really bad movie). Really disappointing. I would recommend the first 250 pages of the book and then write your own ending.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 7:53:18 AM
Love the ideas on this thread! I read more "beach reads" type books, but I'm a little embarrassed to post them as others books sound so intelligent. I wish we had a better library in our town. I'd love to check out some of the recommendations.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:20:08 AM

I read The Light Between Oceans. I was prepared for the slow beginning based upon what I read about it, but I adored how this story unfolded. I was not prepared for the big, ugly cry at the end. I loved the description of the area and I've been thinking about this story ever since.


I read this book as well last week and I LOVED it as well. Couldn't put it down and haven't stopped thinking about the story since as well. I loved the characters in the book and also really loved the description of where the story takes place.



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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:27:20 AM
Maryland you should post what you are reading. I read kid's books.
I also have a small library. I'm currently reading a book published in 1988. I'm years behind the most current books because I don't buy them very often.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:39:59 AM

I wish we had a better library in our town. I'd love to check out some of the recommendations.


Me too. This is why I end up spending way more $$$ on books than I like. I am NOT a book collector; cannot stand to have them around, cluttering up my home. So when I'm done I usually pass them along to a friend or take them to the used book store. Luckily, we do have a decent used book store in town but finding anything in it is a exercise in frustration. For the same reason I hate books cluttering up my house, I cannot spend more than a few minutes hunting for something at the bookstore before I have to leave!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:46:21 AM
I really enjoyed reading all 3 of these but will say that A Fall of Water was my favorite.

Discovering Hope by Chautona Havig - This one is about 2 college students that meet and how they become friends and end up falling in love. One being a christian and the other learning what that means through time with her and her family & friends.

A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter - This is the 4th and final book in the elemental mysteries series. It is more about Gio & B's struggle to figure out what Gio's son wants with a book and the mystery surrounding it.

Justified Means by Chautona Havig - This one is written about an agency that is called in to protect people from hits and figuring who and out how to stop the ones putting out the hits.

Reading this thread every week is killing me! I keep adding more & more books on my to-read list. I'm never going to get all of the books read on that list!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:05:32 AM

I am NOT a book collector; cannot stand to have them around, cluttering up my home.




Books aren't clutter in my house, they are the best form of decorating ever. I love going into houses where walls are lined with books on shelves. I love to see what people have read or are reading. Homes with books have beautiful decor. Books are cozy. I dread the day when everything is digital and you can't gaze at tomes on bookshelves.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:57:25 AM
This week I read Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle and On Agate Hill by Lee Smith.

I enjoyed Sparkly Green Earrings because it hits home for me on so many levels. For one, it is written by a high school friend's wife, so the setting and some of the characters/situations are familiar to me; and for another, her stories really ring true. It is a collection of stories about her becoming a mom and her early years of motherhood. I really enjoy her writing style. She writes a blog called Big Mama Blog, but unlike many others who have made the jump from blogging to writing a book, the book isn't just a collection of old blogs.

I also read On Agate Hill, which was a bit slower than Fair and Tender Ladies (also by this author), but still good. I like the style of this book as well. It unfolds as a collection of diary entries, old letters, and ephemera that has been found and submitted for a thesis idea.

Sorry for the long post! Thanks again for the thread, I look forward to it every week.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:05:25 AM
Almost finished with Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn...starting either Straight Man by Richard Russo or May We Be Forgiven by A M Holmes. Love this thread!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:30:29 AM

I've been reading the Wizard of Oz Series. Just finished Ozma of Oz.


IScrapCrap, I love those books. I don't anyone else who has, or has even read, the whole series. I have a really, really old set that was my mother's when she was little. My Grandfather used to read them to us when he babysat. I should read them again, its been a long time.

Maryland, post your books! Most of mine could hardly be classed as intellectual. I love cozy mysteries







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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:35:38 AM
Two books for me this past week. Lindy, my trend has been The ----'s Wife. Last week it was The Witch Doctor's Wife, and this week The Time Traveler's Wife.

First I read The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This book is well-written, and I enjoyed most of it, but hated the last 10% of it. It cheapened it, dragged it on for no reason, and just royally pissed me off. And she really should have glossed over the "science" because whenever she tries to explain it, she does a very poor job. I guess I do feel very strongly about this one

I also read 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. This was originally published as a serialized novel in a Scottish newspaper, and it has way too many cliffhangers (one-a-day!). It wasn't the best of his, but it was entertaining.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:50:39 AM

Love the ideas on this thread! I read more "beach reads" type books, but I'm a little embarrassed to post them as others books sound so intelligent. I wish we had a better library in our town. I'd love to check out some of the recommendations.
I read a lot of young adult trash, so post your "beach reads." Very little I read is intelligent and you might just give someone who you thinks reads "intelligent" books a new author to read.

Does the library you have check out epubs or whatever the kindle's version are and/or do you have a kindle/nook?

Also paperbackswap is a pretty decent way to get books, just not brand new ones.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:58:14 AM
I am headed to Florida this week to run the Princess 5K and to visit the in-laws. I just downloaded two books to my Nook for the trip. I chose The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Linings Playbook. I am going to try to read Silver Linings first because we are hoping to catch the movie while we are down there and I would like to read the book first.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 11:16:12 AM
I read No Goodbyes by Rick Baker, regarding the McStay family. A quick read, but lots of info about the case that I hadn't heard before.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 11:20:58 AM
My 38 month old is reading War and Peace to me.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to read with my 76 month old since he is busy writing his first full length novel.

I understand not all children develop at the same rate though.

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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:15:07 PM
Thanks to Batya for starting this thread each week. Also, thanks to all of you who contribute, whether it's weekly or rarely. I have gotten so many great book ideas from this thread. Books that would not have normally been on my radar.

This week I finished Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President. What a terrific read about a President I knew nothing about. I loved the era of invention that takes place in this book. The medical discoveries and all the history. I discovered this book on one of these threads.

The book I am currently reading is also the result of this thread. I'm about 1/2 way done with The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs. Again, another book I would not have found without this thread. I'm really enjoying this one. It's a fascinating read about how these riders get involved doping despite their best intentions.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 1:38:02 PM
Linda H, they are coming out with a sequel to Firefly Lane. It's called Fly Away. I couldn't stand her daughter in the book, so it was hard for me to read it. I can't stand when I don't like a character. But I do love her books!

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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:18:08 PM
I just finished up three books, Sarah's Key, Night Circus and Mrs Pergeriene's Pecuilar Children

All three were good reads.

Night Circus is very detailed and reminds me of Pre Harry Potter

Mrs Pergerine's Pecuilar Children is similar to Stephen King

Sarah's Key, while fiction it does base the story on a young jewish girl during World War II and crosses over into modern day.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 2:35:51 PM
I finished The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. I really enjoyed it, especially after the half.

And started Heads in Beds I read the first chapter as a free Kindle download and then found it at a nearby library marked 'available' online so I'm going to be there right when they open to claim it, lol.

ETA: I'm not a fan of book clutter. If you have an e-reader you can join the Philadelphia Free Library as a non resident for $35/year and check out books that way.


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