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  1. Back pain is no fun. Praying for immediate relief @Lady Florida.
  2. My fourth child is a Senior this year and I feel exactly the same way.
  3. First book of the year finished, and it was delightful! I loved the colorful cover art too! Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce.
  4. I'm fairly certain the first bird I saw yesterday was a large Wood Stork.
  5. Based on YOUR recommendation, I just hit the buy button for The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax Series Book 1). I bought the Kindle version along with the optional audible version. I've been looking for a good book to wrap up the year with.
  6. I finished Miracle Creek by Angie Kim this week which I waffled on somewhat. It had an interesting premise and I enjoy courtroom dramas however, somehow I actually felt the author worked way too hard to neatly tie up every character's story line (if that is even possible). She set it up so that she had a tangled knot of every character ending up a possible suspect. Untying this knotty situation bogged down the flow of the book with too many repetitive details.
  7. I finished The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer today. Great book about the foiled assassination attempt before our 16th president was inaugurated.
  8. Finished All the Light We Cannot See on Audible today. I know I'm late to the party on this one but I'm so glad I finally read it. Zach Appelman did a superb job as narrator and it was a great listen while I did my early fall yard work. I can also put another notch on the shelf for WW2 books. Now, what to begin next? 🙂
  9. Yesterday I finished News of the World by Paulette Giles. It is a nice little western and there is a film starring Tom Hanks coming out soon.
  10. I finally finished Rebecca. Thanks to everyone for the recommendation - I'm sure I would have never read this one otherwise. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if the first few chapters were a little tedious.
  11. Finished reading Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time.
  12. I just finished and enjoyed The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, which has me thinking a lot about the value of community.
  13. I finished Sea Wife on my Kindle this week. I gave it five stars but I understood how others could like it less. It was more of a story about marriage than a sea adventure and I think those married for more than a couple of decades could identify with the characters. I'd love to see what others in this group think. I'm listening to All the Light We Cannot See. I know I owned this for a while but it has disappeared from my shelves. Oh well, I'm enjoying the audible version. "Sea Wife is a gripping tale of survival at sea—but that’s just the beginning. Amity Gaige also manages, before s
  14. I have had this book in my audible library for months but haven't started it yet. Your review has given me the kick-in-the-pants I need. I do love Trevor's voice and I believe that was the catalyst to my original purchase. I am a big fan of memoirs btw.
  15. Negin, I am happy to send you any books you like. I frequently grab up classics at the Goodwill Store that are in mint condition. I think it's time for me to make another book buying expedition soon, virus or no virus.
  16. I just watched "The Hate U Give" last night and I thought it was excellent. I am in the middle of watching "Just Mercy" today. I may order both books.
  17. Perhaps we should start a list of things that could end up on the chopping block.
  18. So, I should NOT be reducing my shelves as planned??? I hate the thought that someone else can try to control what I'm allowed to read or not. What's wrong with Flannery O'Connor, btw?
  19. I just finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Though some have been critical of the Hunger Games prequel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was way more philosophical than the other books and seemed to present as the first of a new series but don't quote me on that.
  20. Hello friends, both old and new! Just checking in, having finished my first book for the year. The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. It's in the vein of the recent college scandals about the lengths people go to get their children into a new "gifted" school coming to their community. It centers around four families who started out as a play group and now have young teens. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it - seemed predictable at first - but about halfway through I was hooked. I'd give it 4.5 stars.
  21. Hello, Hello! I haven't visited much this year and I miss you all. I've managed to read a few books this month; I just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Wow, what a great book! I really need to go back and re-read it again - much more slowly this time. I also finished What is A Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander and Why Meadow Died by Andrew Pollack (about the Parkland shooting). These books were all heavy topics so I'm ready for something a little lighter. I just started Untamed: the Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan. I read The Bird Box a
  22. I have done some research but I hadn't seen these particular reviews. Thanks for sharing!
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