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Stephanie Schmidt



One of Ruth Ware's best novels! I loved seeing the drama unfold from Isa's perspective and hearing her inner thoughts as the story traversed between the past and the present. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy female-centered mysteries, psychological dramas and suspense, and a surprise ending!

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The Lying Game

Books | Ruth Ware

Such a good read for both a fledging or seasoned ornithologist. Leigh is a skilled science communicator and she uses her experiences owling to inform readers of the unique plight of the owl and the work scientists are currently involved in to better understand their behaviors and challenges. Her writing style also sparks a romanticized interest in the beauty and mystery of these cryptic birds. I would highly recommend this quick read to anyone interested in science, birds, or nature.

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The Hidden Lives of Owls

Books | Leigh Calvez

This book was a quick read and a unique perspective of a young girl on the edge of adolescence teetering between her life at home and her life in the cult. I really enjoyed how the author built parallels between the Manson family and The girls, but the sexual descriptions were uncomfortable to read given the age of the characters.

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The Girls

Books | Emma Cline

Another amazing novel by Lisa Jewell. This story captured me from the very start with her use of multiple narratives between characters and throughout time. I was so enthralled by this book that I read it in 1 day. Lisa Jewell also has a way with her conclusions, and the ending to The Family Upstairs was written perfectly! It answered all of my questions but left me with a small shiver down my spine and a sense of unease. I loved this book!

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The Family Upstairs: A Novel

Books | Lisa Jewell

This book was a RIDE start to finish. My heart was racing as the story accelerated and I could not believe what I was reading. I think this book can be best compared to a Quentin Tarantino film because WOW what a finale!

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No Exit

Books | Taylor Adams

I have read this book so many times when I feel like I need guidance in life, and it always puts me back on the right path.

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Books | Paulo Coelho

This book makes me want to camp out in the woods to do early point counts of Marbled Murrelets!

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Rare Bird - ebook/epub

Books | Maria Mudd Ruth

Holy cow. This book came highly recommended to me from a bookseller and it did not disappoint. The story was riveting, but the best part of the book was John Berendt's writing style. He could keep someone entertained describing how paint dries. I can't wait to read The City of Falling Angels next!

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Books | John Berendt

Quite possibly the best book with the most satisfying narrative, colorful imagery, and ever relevant lessons.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Books | Harper Lee

Kind of slow to start and hard to follow, but the end left me chilled to the bone!

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Sometimes I Lie

Books | Alice Feeney

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