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becky d.

I post what I read on instagram (http://instagram.com/dinkime/) and am willing to do reviews if people ask, lol.
Although, the majority of what I read is Young Adult Lit.


I loved The Light Between Oceans and I've recommended it to many, many girlfriends who have liked it as well. It takes place on an island off of Australia after WWII and I had no prior knowledge of their involvement in the war and the similar kinds of post-War issues.


The Girl on the Train!


Anything by Sarah Addison Allen-Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, Lost Lake


The JDRobb series...


Anything by Denise Grover Swank: She has a paranormal series Chosen and also the Curse Keepers. An awesome hilarious southern mystery romance series that starts with 28 and a Half Wishes, and my favorite -a technically YA series that starts with Here. Also some contemporary romance books-Afermath, Resdesigned, The Substitute. . .


My all time favorite is Memoirs of Geisha.

Moving on to books that have stuck with me.

Hansel and Gretel - about Nazi invasion of Poland
Still Alice
The Orphan Train
Wild - resonated because I lost my mom 10yrs ago
The Road - McCormack


Girl of the Limberlost is one of my all time favorite books! My oldest just read my well-loved, battered, held together with elastics copy this year and loved it too. We are going to the limberlost historical park site this summer.

Suzy Scott

I am reading Girl on the Train, it is already pretty intense and I am only half finished. I second reading Sarah Addison Allen and also Susannah Kearsley - I tend to listen to these last two on audible books while I am working. Good stories but not so intense I can't concentrate on my work. My favorite end of year book last year was All the Light We Cannot See. My secret indulgence books are the JB Robb series and Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, both mysteries. One set in the future and the other in the 1920's/Australia

Emily C

My two all-time favorites are books about "unappealing" old maids who find love and adventure.

The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (RIP)

and L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle. I read these whenever I need an escape.

I was really swept away by Bel Canto a few years ago, but I've been on a non-fiction kick lately and haven't read any fiction in ages.


Still Alice, The Husband's Secret, Where'd You Go Bernadette?, Big Little Lies, The Invention of Wings and Sycamore Row are my most recent reads. A Fierce Radiance, The Department of Lost and Found, A Spool of Blue Thread, Leaving Time and Annie Dunne and waiting for me.


I think I see another commonality here... Yes, I loved my librarian AND I read "Girl of the Limberlost" and I always had a pile of books from the libraries I frequented. (Still do, but they're from the used book store, Goodwill, and Salvation Army now -- haven't gotten into the tablet reading yet.... school still steals most of my time.) And I just finished re-reading MOBY after re-reading the other 8 books before it in quick snatches at the end of the evening or while eating a quick meal by myself over the last 3 months. (And if you know what MOBY means we belong to the same club and both know the secret handshake.)

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