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BIC book club!

Some of us here have expressed an interest in a book club, myself, @mermadelove, @LCResz, @ZombieMetroAnt, @Mcakes. If you'd be interested in joining, reply below. My initial thought was to mail the books around but if it means that some people can't participate, then I'm all for dropping that requirement. I'd love this to be a place where we nominate our favorite book and others can read it and comment. Something fun for the new year!  ETA: the booklist:

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (16)
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (16)
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13)
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (11)
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (11)
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (10)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10)
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (10) Discussion begins 8-13.
7. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (10) Discussion begin 9-2.
11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (9) Time to discuss 9-26
11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (9) Now discussing below.
11. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (9)
11. What Happened by Hilary Clinton (9) Now discussing below.
11. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (9) Start reading now.
11. The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Ashford (9)
11. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (9)
18. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (8)
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (8)
18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (8)
18. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (8)
18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (8)
18. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (8)
18. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (8)
18. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (8)
18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (8)
18. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (8)
18. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (8)
18. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory (8)

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Thx you @keana1 . James Patterson is for sure easy read. I’m still working on this series. If you have any James Patterson recommendations please do send it my way 🌹

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I saw this and just borrowed Step on a Crack (that's #1 in series right? LOL) @blackkitty2014 

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Yes @jaaayp Step on a Crack is the first one. I feel liked the next two are better but let me know what you think 😘

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Lol, @blackkitty2014 !  I didn't even finish the one book I started! 😄  I have had no desire to read lately...

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Hehehe @Titian06 . Some months it feels liked reading will need lots of effort 😂🤣 and brain power 😘

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This @blackkitty2014!! 100%!

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Books I've read in May


These are all easy reads and Idk if you guys can tell but.. there's a theme forming here LOL crime, true crime, thriller. Eeeep.


Some where better than others, in the order as below:


  • The Lost Bookshop - this is not a thriller, it's more of a fantasy/romance? It wasn't my cup of tea tbh but it was very well written and creative. Overall 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • First Lie Wins - liked 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Woman in Cabin 10 - liked 🌟🌟🌟
  • Zero Days - Eh 🌟🌟
  • Suicide Med - meh 🌟






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Oh, good to know @jaaayp. The first two were ones I had been considering, but I'm not so sure about the first one now and will pass on it. First Lie Wins, on the other hand, might be something I still pick up later in the year.

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I can totally see that @itsfi I mean The Lost Bookshop was recommended to me from a friend and she really liked it. Have you read Midnight Library? It's not the same at all but it has that little fantasy (maybe more sci-fi?), imaginative feel to it. It wasn't bad but I usually just don't gravitate over to anything sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

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@jaaayp, yes, I read The Midnight Library at the recommendation of one of the folks here on BIC. It was the second book I finished this year. I went into knowing the storyline / plot. Thought provoking, but sci-fi/fantasy is not my typical go-to genre for books.

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Great selection, @jaaayp !  I think The Lost Bookshop is on my library wishlist.  I read Woman in Cabin 10 sometime back.  I'm not sure about Zero Days.  Ruth Ware is kind of hit or miss with me. 📚


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Ooh @Titian06 lemme know when you finish the lost Bookshop and lemme know if you like!


I 10000% agree. Zero Days was like 🫠🙄


I did really like Woman in Cabin 10 except for the fact that she kept saying her head hurt on every single page..... 🫠🫠🫠🤣🤣🤣🤣

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This is Sephora not the public library

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@youareperfect87 This is the Sephora Community. In the thread Besides Beauty.  We are very welcoming here for all things beauty and besides beauty. 

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.  About 60 pages in, and it isn't funny or interesting. 

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@greeneyedgirl107, not sure if you're still working on this one, but if you are, hope it's gotten better for you.

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@itsfi I've given up.  Reading selective parts from Howard Stern's Miss America now.

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The Frozen River: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon is a historical-fiction mystery about a 54-year old midwife who investigates two crimes in the late 1700s in a small New England town. The story begins with a body found frozen in a Maine river in the winter of 1789. The town's midwife (and our protagonist) is called to identify cause of death, which she determines is murder. 

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 The main character, Martha Ballard, was a real-life 18th century midwife who, at a time when most women could not read or write, kept diaries for a 27-year period, documenting the weather, political and social issues, and her midwife duties and practices. The story itself is not based on any specific entry into her diaries (as the author fully discloses in the informative notes section at the end of the book). The author exercises some creative license in putting together a story of our heroine's investigation into two crimes*.


* trigger warning

The book contains portions discussing violence, including murder and r@pe.

Captivating storyline, excellent heroine, great narrative; I really enjoyed reading this book.  5 stars! It was deemed one of NPR's Book of the Year for 2023 and having read it, I can definitely understand why. It is my favorite read of the year so far. 


Notable Quotes:


"This is what it means to age, I think. The days are long, but the years are short."


"Memory is a wicked thing that warps and twists. But paper and ink receive the truth without emotion, and they read it back without partiality. That, I believe, is why so few women are taught to read and write. God only knows what they would do with the power of pen and ink at their disposal.


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This sounds really good, @itsfi !  I'll have to add it to my library wish list. 📚

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This sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing @itsfi 

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@Titian06, I was very happily surprised how much I liked this read. I've been circulate books among friends and I can see this one being liked by many. I have a couple of of books that I have yet to get through but after those, I will see about the other books from this author. This is her sixth book and as she has noted, it is the one where she adds more to or make up storylines. It'll be interesting to see how her other books read.

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