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Review: Beartown

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BeartownBy Fredrik Backman
432 pagesPublished April 2017
Atria BooksSource: Borrowed from friend :)From Goodreads:
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded town. And that rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior hockey team is about to compete in the national championships, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of the town now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

A victory would send star player Kevin onto a brilliant professional future in the NHL. It would mean everything to Amat, a scrawny fifteen-year-old treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice. And it would justify the choice that Peter, the team's general manager, and his wife, Kira, made to return to his hometown and …

WWW Wednesday: September 16

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words.  
The three W's are:

What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What are you planning to read next? 

Unfortunately, we are still dealing with lots of wildfires and smoke here in Oregon. Fortunately my community is safe but the air quality is so hazardous we can't go outside. Lots of reading time!  Sending love to all those affected by these horrible fires.

Recently Finished

Yes, I finished both 11/22/63 and the Hamilton biography last weekend! I feel so accomplished! You can read my reviews of these ones in this post. 
I started Her Last Flight, but....didn't love it.  There were two different perspectives it switched between, and I LOVED one of them  and was bored through the other. There were too many other books calling my name so unfortunately had to DNF. This was my first Beatriz Williams...should I try more?

Currently Reading

People have been telling me for YEARS to read …

Mini Reviews: Alexander Hamilton and 11/22/63

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My biggest accomplishment as of late is finishing not one, but two 800+ page books! I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow over the weekend. I'd been working my way through the Hamilton biography since July 8--reading a bit here and there. I finished 11/22/63 on audio in 3 weeks--as it was a library loan. I decided to do one blog post for both of these books today. 

Yes, I see the irony of the mini reviews for the giant books :)

Both of these were five star reads for me!


I read Alexander Hamilton  (click the title for link to Goodreads and synopsis)by Ron Chernow after watching the Hamilton musical on Disney Plus.  It was such a fantastic read that I'm sad I wasn't motivated to read it before! Despite being 800+ pages, it didn't feel like it was dragging at all--Chernow did so much research and provided so much information that it stayed interesting throughout the whole book. I had to read it in small chunks because it was a lot of info…

F is for Friday

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F is for Friday
Hosted by: Nomadic Worlds
Description: Close out the workweek and get ready for the weekend by answering four questions:

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read):
I'm super excited for Anxious People! It caught my eye initially because, well...I'm an anxious person. Ha! But I've heard SO MANY good reviews. Should have a copy in my hands today!


I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend:
I'm planing on finishing 11/22/63 on audio, and getting more into Her Last Flight!
F – Favorite quote of the week/day:
"Home is where you dance with others. And dancing is life." Stephen King, 11/22/63
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week. 1. My family is safe from the fires here in Oregon
2. I have a job and I'm able to work from home right now.
3. My friends, even if we don't get to hang out in person as much right now
4. My home, access to food, etc.
5.  My animals :)

WWW Wednesday: September 9

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W Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words.  
The three W's are:
What did you just finish reading? What are you currently reading? What are you planning to read next? 
Greetings from Oregon--if you can, please send us some positive vibes.  A large part of our state is consumed by wildfires.  Many communities and counties have been evacuated and some communities in the Santiam Canyon east of Salem, OR are a total loss. I grew up camping and traveling through there and I'm heartbroken. The community where I live is about a 45+ minute drive, so we are safe, but the smoke and ash is super intense right now.
Recently Finished


I LOVED The Death ofVivek Oji. It was a beautiful, heartbreaking story. I highly recommend it. I also read Midnight Sun--as a Twilight fan I knew I had to read it. It was a 3 star for me--it was definitely way too long (600+ pages) but Edward's perspective was interesting to read.  I also read The Outsiders--a YA classic that…

TLC Book Tours: The Quiet Girl

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About The Quiet GirlPaperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 11, 2020)

When Alex arrives in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, he finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Alex’s wife simply left, his marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality:
His wife has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared.
In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. A girl without a clear recollection of her own past. A strange, quiet girl whose memories may break them all.
To find his wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten. And the consequences are anything but quiet.

Praise :
“Prepare to be enthralled – The Quiet Girl will grab your emotions and then hang on with a death grip. A…

The Palmers Review: Lock Every Door

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Lock Every Door
By Riley Sager
 381 pages
Published July 2, 2019
Dutton Books
 Source: Library


From Goodreads:

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when In…