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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)

Participants in spoiler

 

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Participants:

PrettyinPA

AlexaSteph

Beadshopgirl

LCResz

Kim888

SoBeautiful

Fatimamummy

ZombieMetroAnt

PalomaFoster

k617

bakeamuffin
Susubee
Skcfan
Lazybeautybeast
SpaceLlama
greeneyedgirl107

Mermadelove
Mcakes
Aaliaa
Serenely
Myinsidevoice
MissPuff
juliehnguyen
lmi82
Knowledgebeauty
Titian06
quspork
darlyndar
KellW
misscg
EuniceO
Elles117
ClassicallyFab
ShiraBT
melanito
Heylady14
ChicagoEngineer
Imightneedthis
PrettyPaint
rachface2921


 

 

  

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Alright, let's goooooo (I got behind on this for a variety of reasons)

 

Finished: A Game of Fate, A Darker Shade of Magic, Verity

 

Upcoming: Cleopatra's Dagger, The Paris Apartment 

 

 

Thoughts: A Game of Fate 4/5 for spice and escapism. A Darker Shade of Magic 5/5 for developing an interesting and fascinating world, with a compelling fantasy plot. Verity 3/5 for being underwhelmed by the ending (which is unfortunate because I was quite enjoying the lead up).

 

I need to try to get through four, maybe 5 books before April's end! 

 

Update after Cleopatra's Dagger and The Paris Apartment.

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@alexasteph - I read the Silent Patient this weekend.  OMGosh!  That was an excellent book!  I actually read the chapter with the plot twist twice because I thought I misread it the first time. 🤣  

 

I read a few other books since the last time I posted.

- The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells:  This one did not live up to its potential.  I was disappointed. 

- Double Cross: Deception Techniques in War:  This was interesting, but not for everyone.

- Murder on Cold Street: A Lady Sherlock Mystery:  This one was interesting.  There's about 6 books in this series so far.  In this series Sherlock Holmes is a woman.  @alexasteph , I know you like romance.  If I recall correctly, the author of these books also writes romances.  Based on how good she is with the romance in this series, she should be a good romance writer.

- Miss Moriarty, I Presume: A Lady Sherlock Mystery:  This book was rather disappointing.  It read like the author was fulfilling a contract requirement ("one more book...I just have to write one more book and I'm done!")

- The Gilded Edge:  This was so not worth it!  It read like a research paper AND with too much of the author's opinion.  She didn't know whether it should be historical fiction or nonfiction, so she merged the two together.

- The Prisoners of Breendonk:  Definitely worth reading.  The abuse suffered by Jews and other so-called "subhumans" must be remembered so this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN! 

- Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies:  I'm currently reading this book.  I took a break from the book so I could read Silent Patient.  This book is interesting, but very dry reading...not for everyone.

 

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@Titian06 Ooh! The Lady Sherlock ones sound fun! I love the Sherlock Holmes stories, so if these are a well done twist on them they would be worth checking out. The non-fiction ones you’ve mentioned sound interesting too, I’ll add them to my list. Thanks! 

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Ooooookay some updates/reviews/up nexts:

 

Recently finished: The Inheritance Games and Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door (both were mentioned already in a post below as well as Monthly Favorites: February 2022 Edition! )

 

Currently reading: The Silent Patientby Alex Michaelides and A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab 

 

Up next: Cleopatra's Dagger by Carole Lawrence and A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair 

 

 

What I will say about my recently finished: Uuuuuh I have two new book boyfriends and their names are Jameson Hawthorne (TIG) and Nick Santiago (RTaTDGND) and did I ask my coworker who is very intro astrology who mentioned something about tomorrow I can manifest my desires and I said "Can I manifest a book boyfriend" and she said "Sure" so that's where we are at. There are two more TIG books (the third is yet to be released) and a sequel to RTatDGNG so I can't wait to read those as I work through my TBR.

 

 

What I will say about my currently reading: Am I going to cheat on Jameson and Nick with Kell (ADSoM)? It's possible. 

 

Do I want a real boyfriend? Yes. I digress.

 

But let's talk a little more seriously about it (the books... not my lack of a dating life, this is not the time or the place).

 

The Silent Patient: I am about halfway through and enjoying this story very much. A woman is admitted to a psychiatric hospital after (allegedly) killing her husband and has not spoken a single word since. It's curious, dark, interesting, very psychologically driven. When I was young, my first favorite and re-read book was Girl, Interrupted so this sorta kinda a little bit feel likes a more grown up version but a different style. I also loved Go Ask Alice (it's no wonder I studied Psychology and Criminology in college...), and there are elements of that in this book as well. I have mentioned it before, but I love trying to picture who would play each character if the book were made in to a movie... for this I picture Andrew Scott as the narrator and Jodie Comer as the subject. 

 

A Darker Shade of Magic: This is the first in the Shades of Magic series... a parallel worlds fantasy where magic exists in freely in one, is used for power and control in another, has completely destroyed a third, and is unknown in the fourth (and is the closest to our real world). Few people are able to travel between each world (or city really... it's London), and they try to keep the peace and order between the worlds to a maximum and chaos to a minimum. It's fascinating and exciting. While I am currently reading it through Kindle Unlimited, I will be purchasing the full series as physical copies.

 

 

My Up Next's includes my March selection from Amazon First Reads and a retelling of Persephone and Hades from Hades' perspective because I have a thing for bad boys, apparently. 

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Just finished The Silent Patient and um whoa 👀😮 It was quite surprising at the end! I will reveal nothing more. A very good read. The author said he was very influenced by Agatha Christie, so @Titian06 it’s definitely one you should add to your TBR! 

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Thanks, @alexasteph ! 💖💖💖

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Thanks for the update, @alexasteph !  The Silent Patient sounds right up my alley!  (I was a court reporting major in college...until I flunked out 🤣).

 

Most recently I've been reading Dear Mrs. Bird set in WWII; it was OK.  It didn't know whether to be funny or serious.  At first, it had a 1940s The Devil Wore Prada little sister essence about it, but then it went away from that sort of light hearted feel and became more serious and never really regained that feeling.  However, the ending did leave room for a part 2 or sequel. 

 

I just finished a book set in 1920 called The Gate Keeper.  It's part of the Ian Rutledge series written by Charles Todd (a mother and son).  This series is pretty good; I've read most of the books.  You can't always figure out who did it right away. 

 

Another book I read was Dark Tide Rising, a William Monk series written by Anne Perry; set in 1930 I think.  This is the first book in this series that I've read.  It's not the first book in the series; it sounded interesting.  It was better than I expected even though I figured out who did it early on.  It kept my interest because it was well written.

 

Now I'm reading Birds of a Feather, a Masie Dodds series by Jacquline Winspear, set in 1930.  This is the first book in the series.

 

Oh, I forgot about Catification.  I didn't so much read it as looked at the ideas for making your home more cat friendly and all the pics of cats! 🐾🐈

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@Titian06 I think you just found what would be my cats favorite book 😂😂 They’re currently sleeping peacefully on the couch next to me after a full afternoon and evening of demands for affection and wrestling each other. They’re good boys, but typical cats 😅

 

Cleopatra’s Dagger, my First Reads choice for this month, is an historical fiction mystery which sounds like a genre you read a lot of. After I finish it I’ll be sure to report so you can see if it’s one you may be interested in! 

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Is anyone else on Goodreads?  My user name is:  aml7721 and my 2022 reader challenge is to read 15 books this year.

This 👇 is my profile pic if anyone wants to follow (I'll follow back).

 

Book and coffee.jpg

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@AMK721 - I'm not on Goodreads. 😞  Good luck with your goal!  That's just a little over one book a month, something easily achievable.  I've read at least 15 since Thanksgiving, but I also don't have a social life either! 🤣  Be sure to post any good books you read (or any books we should avoid 😁).  I'm always looking for suggestions. 💖💖💖

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@Titian06  LOL last year I struggled to read my goal of 10 books for the year but this year I'm on a roll, I have read 6 books this year already (which is really good for me).

 

Recommend:

  • Taste by Stanley Tucci (I just finished this book last night. If you like food and travel, you'll enjoy this book)
  • Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper
  • Going There by Katie Couric

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Thanks for the recommendations, @AMK721 !  I added all of them to my Overdrive wish list. 📚

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Keeping this thread alive one book at a time!

 

For February's Amazon First Reads I selected A Train to Moscow by Elena Gorokhova. It is a the story of a young girl in post WW2 Soviet Russia, who dreams of leaving her small town and becoming an actress, then follows her along her journey. It's about a 20-25 year span. This girl, Sasha, is trying to navigate the realities of her world with her conflicting feelings about them, especially after learning more than one person she trusts kept secrets from her due to "patriotism" or "protection." It's a complicated, sad, but, in ways, very relatable story. 

 

I am also halfway through Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score and I am loving it so much! It's funny, unique, sexy, AND there is a sequel! Riley Thorn is a mid-30's recently divorced psychic, who wishes the she could get the voices and visions to go away and just live her life. When she foresees her housemate in danger, she gets caught up with a PI (a brooding, likes life uncomplicated but of course too handsome to ignore fellow named Nick) trying to prevent her vision from coming true. So I definitely recommend checking that one out, it might be one of favorites I've read so far in the contemporary romance genre. I'm not going to say much more, it's so fun I don't want to prevent anyone from finding things out themselves! 

 

Next up, I will start the Inheritance Games series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and the Shades of Magic series by VE Schwab. Super excited about both. 

Oh, and ETA: At work they gave me a group of upper level 4th grade readers for some additional curriculum, and I asked if I could just have them follow along as I read them a novel for pure entertainment on Fridays. I got the go-ahead so we’re starting with Holes, one of my favorite books from my own childhood. Unfortunately the way their days are structured, classroom teachers aren’t really able to just read to the class any for nothing more than the sake of story any more. But I’m so excited! Starting Holes this week, and we’ll do The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe next. 

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Thanks for the update, @alexasteph !  Congratulations on being able to read to you class just for fun!  I got my love for reading from reading time in school.

 

I finished reading Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot books.  I'd read a lot of them, but found there were many I wasn't even aware of!  I also read The Complete Short Stories of Hercule Poirot (or something like that).  Also by Agatha Christie.  Now I need to pursue the Miss Marple stories.

 

I started reading the Maggie Hope series (don't remember the author).  The first two books were decent, the third book was a challenge to get through, the fourth book wasn't much better.  No more.  I'm done with that series!  I don't recommend that series.

 

I'm on wait lists for two books.

 

The one I checked out last night is Notre Dame by Ken Follett.  The proceeds from the sale of the book go to rebuilding Notre Dame.  He writes about the history and architecture of the cathedral.

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@Titian06 Yeah the Hercule Poirot series is quite extensive! It would take a lot of time and dedication to get through them all haha. 

It’s really disappointing when a series loses steam after a few books. Series are so easy to get invested in and when the last half doesn’t live up to the first it feels like such a waste haha. But that’s also why I wait a while to read a series, I can do my research to see if each book holds up to the last. I’m making an exception with The Inheritance Games, since the last book won’t be out until August.

 

I have such fond memories of classroom reading when I was younger as well! I was a 4th grader in 1998, and my teacher read the first two Harry Potter books to us as they came out. It was really cool to be introduced to that series basically at their same age and grow up with them as the books continued. Maybe that’s why Millennials are still so obsessed with them, it literally feels like it could have been us haha.    

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I’ve just finished Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly and though it was quite twisted, I found it fascinating and enjoyable. Fans of Dexter, Criminal Minds, and Mindhunter might like it. What makes this one interesting is the perfume and fragrance theme this story is based around. A bespoke perfumer takes special commissions for their clients and presents them with the finished product when the… job… is done. The main character is ambiguous and androgynous, which lends a particular mystery about the whole thing which definitely keeps you wondering a bit. Who is the person and why do they do what they do? I pictured this as a movie and saw a Ruby Rose type as the main character, but others may picture someone else! The story is told as a memory, from the MC’s perspective, so you really get a good look into their psyche and their what, but not their why which kept the mystery even still. The perfume talk was fun too haha. Kinda messed up a times. But fun. I recommend it to anyone who reads and enjoys  thrillers and mysteries. 

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Thanks for the recommendation, @alexasteph ! 💖💖💖

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My aunt picks up some great books at our local thrift stores. It is much cheaper than paying full price and she passes them to me when she is finished with them! If anyone is looking for some cheap books it's a great option!

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Some updates:

 

I had a book fail... couldn't finish one. Happens I guess haha. It was The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado. I just found it, boring, in a word. It's a genre and theme I like, a crime thriller, but I just couldn't get in to it. I wasn't very motivated to open up my Kindle app for it, and when I did I only read about a chapter at a time. So I cut my losses and moved on after about a third of the way through. Just because it wasn't for me, it doesn't mean others won't enjoy it so if you are a fan of crime thrillers, still take a look at it and see if it's something you're interested in. From what I understand, it does paint a fairly accurate picture of investigative procedure, so if you need realism in your books it might work for you.

 

So instead I read The Best Of Friends by Lucinda Berry in 2 days haha. It's short so that helps. This one is an emotional psychological, well, technically a thriller, but I wouldn't call it a thriller but more of a drama. It about how three mothers, who have been best friends since childhood, navigate dealing with a tragedy involving their three teenaged sons, who are also best friends. It's a multi-person perspective novel, so each chapter is from the viewpoint of one of the three. As they're trying to make sense of what happened, secrets start being exposed and other issues in their carefully crafted public images begin rearing their heads. There are a few twists and turns as well of course. It's a quick read, but it's not necessarily light but also not super heavy... definitely could stir up some emotions depending on personal past experiences, but it could be a good one to fit it between finishing one series and starting another, or while traveling. It seems like a good airport book haha. 

 

I did decide to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, and my book list keeps getting longer and longer haha. I knew this would happened after I got a tablet because when I have access to books and the time to read them, I do not stop. 

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@alexasteph - Yeah, I've had a few fails too...it happens! 🤷‍♀️

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