I’ve heard that this is one of Dickens’ most beloved novels, so I decided to give it a try for the #readtheclassics2018 challenge. After 40 chapters of drudgery (yes, chapters, not pages), it finally started to get interesting, but I wouldn’t say I was ever on the edge of my seat. One of my biggest frustrations was that Pip fell in love with someone from almost the first moment that he met her. However, I never saw anything likeable about her in the entire book! I like characters to have some flaws, but they’ve got to also have some good in them! The redeeming part of this book was at the end, when Pip realized what it means to be a “great” man ~ and it has nothing to do with money. I’m glad I chose to listen to the audiobook of this, so I could multi-task and listen while making dinner or sewing. That way I didn’t feel like I wasted any of my precious reading time on this meh book. (My apologies to those of you who love this book. It’s just not my cup of tea.) I’m counting this as a book over 500 pages for #MMDchallenge2018 #idratherbereading #18readingchallenge @charlotte.reads.books @happylittlebirdy
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I almost gave up on Ove. He was just a touch too grumpy with few redeeming qualities. So he sat waiting for me to finish his story for quite a few months. I am ever so grateful for each person who raved about this book. Without you, I would never have gotten back to Ove, the cat, and all the other unforgettable characters. A Man Called Ove is simply one of the best books I have read in a very long time. On my questionnaire for this reading challenge I put that I like any book that makes me stop reading and wish I had written that sentence. There are too many sentences like that in this book for me to count. Suicide is somewhat of a trigger for me, but I was able to get past it and truly love this book. If I was still working on my #100days100blocks2017 quilt there would surely have been a block titled A Man Called Ove. #18readingchallenge #amancalledove #fredrikbackman #januaryfinish3 #readthisbook
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1/20/18 (taken 1/19/18) Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer This is a sequel to Rules of the Road a book I read a long time ago and enjoyed. I enjoyed this book as well and love the characters. It ended in a way that made me wish for one more chapter or at least a few months later follow up. -recommend “When the going gets tough, the tough gets a librarian.” “Librarians understand about power-they know how to find anything.” #18readingchallenge #bestfootforward #joanbauer #january #2018 #recommend
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I was sooooo excited about this book... I got it for Christmas from my dear dil 😍... but I only made it to page 39. The writing style is not my cup of tea. 😕 #18readingchallenge
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Hey everyone in the #18readingchallenge, I set up a group for everyone on the goodreads app. If you're a quilty friend and want to join, just search for me Melinda Palmer, and the Group IG Quilters Book Club. 😘
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3rd finish for the year. A feel good story that quietly draws you in. Loved it. #18ReadingChallenge
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Lie to me by Jess Ryder. Took me a long time to read this book. It just failed to deliver. Characters didn’t endear me, and you could sort of see the twists coming. Not a favourite. #18readingchallenge
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4th finish for #18readingchallenge ... I started this back in October and was gripped, unfortunately other things got in the way and I’ve ended up reading it on and off since then - so I’ve had to keep checking back on characters and events. It covers a 40+ year period in rural America which sees fighting for integration and change, not always a happy read, but definitely worth reading ... and a harsh reminder that things haven’t changed as much as we might like to think ...
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#18readingchallenge 4the finish. Book 1 of 4 in a series. Its pretty good!
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Finished book 6 for the year. Calamity is the third (and last) book in the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson and it was my least favorite of the three. #18readingchallenge
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Two fails for #18readingchallenge even though I didn’t finish these (by choice) I thought I’d let you know why. The Witch’s Daughter was intriguing until it became too dark for me. I got about 2/3 of the way through it. I liked the storyline, but it has some dark magic in there, so be aware of that if you give it a read. I would have loved it otherwise. My second fail, the Designer, was a real disappointment to me. I expected more on the designer and less on the wild and free world of Parisian artists. I can give you more details if you want, I just don’t want to offend anyone out there. I didn’t even make it half way through this one. 😢
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9th finish for #18readingchallenge - 2nd (and sadly the last) in a series - YA scifi-ish - recommend 🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭 . #thethimblemousereadswithherears #18readingchallenge🐭 #audiobook
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#18readingchallenge Highly recommend!!!!!!!
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Finished this book very late last night! OH MY GOODNESS! WOW!! This is the first time I've read a novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty - although I did watch "Big Little Lies" last year, which she wrote, and which I loved. This book is a TRULY BRILLIANT read - I actually kept picking it up and reading it during the day when I should've been doing other things 😄 It is truly unputdownable!! #18readingchallenge #doyourselfafavour #brilliantread
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Read this book in just one day last week! I will refer to it over the whole year, as I continue my decluttering journey (I removed nearly 2,000 items from our home last year following the Minimalist's Game!) This book doesn't just cover decluttering physical things from your home/life - it also focuses on your Health, Relationships, Passions, Growth and Contribution. An excellent book. #18readingchallenge #theminimalists #minimalism
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I finished this delightful book in one setting. An excellent selection if you enjoy Jane Austen #18readingchallenge
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While the cover is lovely, over 280 pages in I’m still waiting for it to get interesting #18readingchallenge
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Here’s the next read. Borrowed from a friend....2 years ago! Need to get it back to her... #18readingchallenge
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Now this one.... second finish of 2018. Couldn’t put it down! LOVED it! #18readingchallenge #dontforgetthetissues #ilovehistoricalfiction #learnsomethingneweveryday #kristinhannah
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Finished this last week. Started over the holidays so I had to go back and skim...getting old🙄 It was an OK read. Not sure what I didn’t like about it. It just didn’t hold my attention, I guess. Maybe others feel differently. #18readingchallenge
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Finished today #18readingchallenge
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Finished this last night. I kind of have an obsession with these books, as I find them so enjoyable and easy to read. Plus Flavia is such a loveable character. I did shed a tear at the end of this book. I really wasn't ready for the ending 😢 so very sad. #18readingchallenge #alanbradley #flaviadeluce #books #bookstagram #novels
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Book #3 completed for the #2018readingchallenge ! I honestly didn’t know if I would enjoy it until about half way through . The story drags at first but picks up and keeps you wondering about how the characters will handle their situation . . #18readingchallenge
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Fifth finish for #18readingchallenge — Norton’s second novel about a young woman who was held captive for four years by a serial killer. Both this one & the first, The Edge of Normal, were good reads. Suspenseful & not graphic. #book #boo#booksam #books #bookworm #rea#read/a> #read #canada
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#18readingchallenge ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nice character development of 2 characters but I wanted to hear more about more people. @ravismomma @ariparisi @kvdawson
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This is my third book of the year (the 2 I will share later) and it is a wonderful book. It takes place primarily in Edinburgh from 1911 up to 2016 and is as you might have guessed about a Singer Sewing machine. The story is well thought out as are all the characters. I was captivated from the first page. Every sewist I know needs to read this! @crimsonconfection @jenntrumbo @joe_bennison @quiltoph @actionhadley @misskittyquilts @nipperjenni @sharonappleton #18readingchallenge
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#18readingchallenge All the ❤️❤️❤️💜💜❤️ for this one!!! My genres are mysteries and thrillers. I don’t usually read any kind of love story. This is a love story and as one critic put it “...beautiful ode to music, community and love.” Highly recommend! I want to read another of Rachel Joyce’s books!
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#18readingchallenge Stillhouse Lake (free w/kindle unlimited) this was a good read- well paced, the main character was not annoying, and it left me wanting to read book 2. 4/5. Recommended for Mystery & thriller fans. #readingisfundamental #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #readingchallenge
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I loved this book. It made me cry, but in a good way. This is number 7 so far this year. #18readingchallenge #2018reads #2018reads📚 #kindle
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#18readingchallenge Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll was very intense. It reminded me a lot of Girl on the Train. It is very dark and graphic but I was compelled to keep reading. The characters were hard to like but I think that was part of the need to keep reading...hoping they would do something right. I do recommend it.
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This is book 1/24 for the #18readingchallenge. I thought it was ok, a bit tedious. I wish the whole book had been as interesting as the last 100 pages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #agreatandterriblebeauty #libbabray #rea#readinglenge #reading #bibliophile #book
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#18readingchallenge Holiday fluff - sometimes you've just gotta read it.
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Another book finish for #18readingchallenge A quick read by James Patterson. I read it but didn’t get anything out of it. Still trying to figure out what the mystery was in the book. #overdrive #audiobook
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finished another book...hmmmm not sure about this one...it was ok, but the ending did surprised me #2018readingchallenge
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Just finished my second January book for #18readingchallenge. I listened to this one on Audible while quilting. The story was great, but the last several chapters were support material and sources that were rather tedious to get through. Glad I was listening instead of reading.
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I finished book 1 for #18readingchallenge Now onto a #quiltersbookpassport book!
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#happydance I found this book at #dollartree today. I LOVED Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia de Luce is such a fantastic character. It’s going to the top of the pile. #18readingchallenge #flaviadelucemysteries #alanbradley
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Another finish for #18readingchallenge Second book in this series. Action packed. Enjoyed it. If you like PI stories and trains this is the series for you. #overdrive #audiobooks
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Mom just finished rereading an oldie but a goodie for #18readingchallenge : One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Funny, fast-paced adventure with a plucky protagonist and a good looking bad guy (or is he a good guy?)
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8th finish for the #18readingchallenge - #audiobook - light easy romance - looking forward to the next one in the series.... Rating:🐭🐭🐭🐭 #thethimblemousereadswithherears #18readingchallenge🐭 #weallknowaDarcy 😜
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7th finish was a quickie and just the light hearted read I needed. Rating 🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭#18readingchallenge .... #thethimblemouseandherkindle #18readingchallenge🐭
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So I finished my first installment of the #18readingchallenge It was a good read with a twist at the end. Is you like mysteries you may like it.
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Oops... forgot to post this one... it was actually number 4 but we’re calling it 5/24...lol #18readingchallenge #alfamarereads2018
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Third book finish for #18readingchallenge 😃 Another really interesting read into more details of JK Rowling’s work. However, I have even more questions that need answering now that I have finished the book than when I first started reading it.
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Finished book 3 for the #18readingchallenge I like post-apocalyptic books, something interesting about getting a fresh start and all that, so I liked this book. The author introduces a twist of magical abilities which I wasn't too interested in, but overall a good read. This is the first in a series, I'll be picking up the next one for sure.
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Another one in this series... 😍😍 #18readingchallenge book 4/24 #alfamarereads2018
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More January reads. #18readingchallenge Ember in Ashes was really good. For once a book surprised me constantly. That is very rare. Usually I can see where the author is going and... Get bored. Lol. I am reading it's sequel now. A crown of wishes. This was a sequel. It was very neat take on a fantasy read. It had an India inspired mythology to it. I liked how the story was within a story and how they all wrapped around. Recurve. My husband got me on Amazon Kindle. This is a book I know my daughter will like. A little... Risque... So that means I'll be reading more of the series to see if it stays clean. Great story... Awesome hero. Loved how she rises out of the stigma she gets placed in.
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Kind of long but very enjoyable read. You are never sure of who to trust and that is just how I like it. #18readingchallenge Book 4
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Book 5 for #18readingchallenge . I really enjoyed it! Also my first finish for the #backtotheclassicschallenge2018
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I have read Jane Fonda’s memoir My Life So Far. I’ve had it for a long time and it was about time I read it. I’m very happy I did, it’s fantastic! I’ve learnt so much about her - her emotionally distant parents, her problems with intimacy, her marriages, her political activism, how she was under surveillance of the FBI, her views on being an actress/woman/parent, her work with UN. And on top of all that, it’s a book that makes you reflect a lot on your own life. Great start of the reading year. #bookstagram #18readingchallenge
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Book 7: The original run of Runaways, part 1. I’ve been obsessed with the tv show and it’s been fun to see the quite different original version. After finding out that their parents are in some weird (and murderous) group, 6 kids run away from their easy lives and try to grapple with the ramifications of crossing powerful people when you’re only 15. I’m thinking that watching the movie/show first makes the show better, but the book is always the best. #instareads #bookstagram #18readingchallenge
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. After a slow start, a thoroughly engaging read. I loved the story and the historical asides. My first finish for January. #18readingchallenge #31picsforjanuary #alessonincivility #agentlemaninmoscow #amortowles #agoodbook
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