WRAPPING UP AUGUST!

It’s time to look back at August!  I read more pages this month than the previous ones, but I read one less book than in July.  There were so many books to love…so it was hard to choose favorites. 

Check in at The Book Date, to see what others have read and enjoyed.

Here are my favorites, despite how difficult it was to choose:

Top Favorites:

 

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My Book Genres:

Literary Fiction:  2 books read

Contemporary Fiction:  2 books read

Historical/Contemporary Fiction:  2 books read

Mysteries/Thrillers:  8 books read!

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Click on my titles to see my reviews:

AUGUST 2017:

1.After She Fell (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley – 323 pages – (psychological thriller) – 8/26/17

2.Before We Were Yours (e-book), by Lisa Wingate – 352 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 8/12/17

3.Bookshop on the Corner, The (e-book), by Jenny Colgan – 331 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/3/17

4.Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian – 266 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/7/17

5.Good Daughter, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter – 528 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/28/17

6.Here & Gone (e-book), by Haylen Beck – 288 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/18/17

7.Home, by Harlan Coben – 385 pages – (mystery) – 8/30/17

8.Identicals, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand – 418 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/17/17

9.Lying Game, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware – 384 pages – (mystery) – 8/24/17

10.Other Girl, The (e-book), by Erica Spindler – 256 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 8/4/17 – (NetGalley – 8/22/17)

11.Secrets She Keeps, The (e-book), by Michael Robotham – 367 pages – (mystery) – 8/15/17

12.Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 400 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 8/21/17

13.Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French – 406 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/1/17

14.Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller – 356 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/8/17

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2017:         14

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2017:     5060

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                      117

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Enjoy September!

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GOODBYE TO MAY! A WRAP-UP….

Wow, another wonderful month of immersing myself in great books has ended.  Head on over to Book Date, to link up with others and their wrap-up posts.

I read more this past month than I have in a while.  What did your month look like?

Click on my titles to read the reviews.

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MAY 2017:

1.A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer – 349 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/7/17

2.A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura – 229 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/2/17

3.Breakdown, The (e-book), by B. A. Paris – 336 pages – (mystery) – 5/30/17 – (NetGalley – 6/20/17)

4.#GIRLBOSS (e-book), by Sophia Amoruso – 239 pages – (memoir) – 5/24/17

5.He Said, She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly – 400 pages – (suspense/violence) – 5/19/17 – (NetGalley – 6/6/17)

6.Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy – 230 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/4/17

7.How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively – 229 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/29/17

8.Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins – 386 pages – (mystery) – 5/23/17

9.Night the Lights Went Out, The (e-book), by Karen White – 406 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/13/17

10.Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – 352 pages – (suspense/murder mystery) – 5/10/17 – (NetGalley – 5/30)

11.Roanoke Girls, The (e-book), by Amy Engel – 274 pages – (family drama/suspense) – 5/1/17

12.Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/20/17 – (Amazon Vine)

13.Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle – 352 pages – (literary fiction) – 5/6/17

14.What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti – 355 pages – (mystery) – 5/9/17 – (Amazon Vine)

15.Widow of Wall Street, The (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 5/16/17

16.Wildling Sisters, The, by Eve Chase – 320 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 5/27/17 – (Amazon Vine Review)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2017:         16

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MAY 2017:       5,129

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                    73

FAVORITE FICTION:  The Night the Lights Went Out

 

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APRIL WAS UNFORGETTABLE – MONTHLY WRAP-UP

April was a great month!  Every book had something to recommend it, and there were several that were unforgettable  I read in a few categories:

Thrillers/Mysteries/Suspense – 7 books

Contemporary Fiction – 4 books

Literary Fiction – 3 books

Memoir – 1

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Check out the books I read, which link to my reviews.  Visit Kathryn at Book Date to link up.

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APRIL 2017:

1.Arrangement, The (e-book), by Sarah Dunn – 368 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/21/17

2.Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio – 322 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/8/17 – (Author Review Request)

3.Housekeeper, The (e-book), by Suellen Dainty – 320 pages – (psychological thriller) – 4/23/17

4.I Found You, by Lisa Jewell – 448 pages – (mystery) – 4/26/17

5.One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – 368 pages – (suspense fiction) – 4/6/17 – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

6.Perfect Stranger, The (e-book), by Megan Miranda – 352 pages- (mystery/thriller) – 4/9/17 – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

7.Princess Diarist, The, by Carrie Fisher – 256 pages – (memoir) – 4/24/17

8.Secrets You Keep, The (e-book), by Kate White – 368 pages – (mystery/murder) – 4/18/17

9.Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey – 368 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/11/17 – (Author Review Request)

10.Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses – 275 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/2/17 –  (Amazon Vine)

11.Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge – 136 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/28/17

12.Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane – 270 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/27/17 – (Author Request)

13.Widow’s House, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – 352 pages – (thriller) – 4/16/17

14.Widower’s Wife, The (e-book), by Cate Holahan – 293 pages – (thriller) – 4/13/17

15.Woman No. 17, by Edan Lepucki – 305 pages – (literary fictiion) – 4/21/17 – (Amazon Vine)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2017:         15

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL 2017:     4,801

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                    57

FAVORITE FICTION:  The Perfect Stranger

 

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CURL UP & READ: MONTHLY WRAP-UP

My wrap-up is a little early, as I’m leaving tomorrow for my weekend beach getaway.

What a month!  There were so many wonderful books on my stacks, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything.  I had to choose two books for my favorites this month…and there were more that could have earned the title.

What did you enjoy this month?  Click the titles for my reviews.

Check in at Book Date for other wrap-up posts.

 

MARCH 2017:

1.Almost Missed You (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/3/17 – (NetGalley- 3/28/17)

2.Bridges (e-book), by Maria Murnane – 194 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/23/17 – (NetGalley – 4/4/17)

3.Cutaway, The, by Christina Kovac – 308 pages – (thriller, mystery) – 3/30/17 – (Amazon Vine Review)

4.Fifth Letter, The (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty – 288 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/10/17

5.Futures, The (e-book), by Anna Pitoniak – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/15/17

6.Good Daughter, The (e-book), by Alexandra Burt – 367 pages – (mystery/family saga) – 3/7/17

7.Good Neighbor, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner – 198 pages – (suspense thriller) – 3/1/17

8.Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich – 320 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/17/17

9.Idea of You, The (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – 338 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/21/17 – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)

10.It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/9/17 – (NetGalley – 3/28/17)

11.Mother’s Promise, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 3/13/17

12.Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – 353 pages – (literary fiction) – 3/19/17

13.Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner – 316 pages – (mystery/crime fiction) – 3/27/17- (Amazon Vine)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MARCH 2017:         13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MARCH 2017:     4,026

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                    42

FAVORITE FICTION:   ALMOST MISSED YOU; NEVER CHANGE

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TOP TEN FAVORITES OF 2016!

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One of the pages on this blog includes Favorite Books for current and previous years…and I usually end up with 15 or 16 books…and then have to whittle the list down to the Top Ten.

Here is what I ended up with for 2016, in no particular order; the covers are linked to my reviews:

 

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There were many wonderful books on this list, so whittling it down was not easy.  What were your Top Ten Favorites in 2016?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: GOODBYE, NOVEMBER!

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Welcome, December!  Before we settle into the new month, let’s take a peek back at November.  What books did we read, love, and add to our shelves? 

Then hop over to Kathryn’s Book Date, add your link and visit all the others who are sharing their wrap-ups.

Now for what I read:   my titles (below) are linked to their reviews.

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1.American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin, 339 pages – (nonfiction) – 11/6/16

2. Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White – 382 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/29/16

3. Hillbilly Elegy (e-book), by J. D. Vance – 257 pages – (memoir) – 11/19/16

4.  Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/22/16

5.In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch – 334 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/2/16

6.Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta – 304 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 11/4/16

7. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple – 303 pages – (legal suspense) – 11/25/16

8. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/12/16

9.  Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson – 231 pages – (nonfiction/biography) – 11/13/16

10. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern – 246 pages – (cozy mystery) – 11/17/16

11. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst – 208 pages – (romantic fiction) – 11/7/16

12. Two-Family House, The (e-book), by Lynda Cohen Loigman – 290 pages – (historical fiction) – 11/9/16

13.  Two If by Sea (e-book), by Jacquelyn Mitchard – 416 pages – (literary fiction) – 11/23/16

14. Unsinkable, by Debbie Reynolds – 283 pages – (memoir) – 11/8/16

15.  While You Were Sleeping (e-book), by Kathryn Croft – 320 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/30/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER 2016:         15

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN NOVEMBER 2016:    4,585

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                     150

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FAVORITE FICTION BOOKS:

 

 

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FAVORITE NONFICTION:

 

 

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: HELLO, OCTOBER!

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Wow!  The months are ticking by, and we just said goodbye to September.  My total books read dropped by one from last month’s, but everything I read engaged me.  It was hard to pick just one favorite.

What did your month look like?  Let’s link up to Kathryn’s Book Date so we can visit others.

Here are my books, with the titles linked to my reviews.

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.Cruel Beautiful World, by Caroline Leavitt – 352 pages – (Literary Fiction) – 9/28/16 (NetGalley – 10/4/16)

2.Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber – 290 pages – (mystery/suspense) – 9/11/16 – (Author Review Request)

3. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene – 255 pages – (literary fiction) – 9/22/16

4.It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/5/16

5.I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al. -304 pages – (memoir) – 9/3/16

6. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy – 128 pages – (nonfiction) – 9/30/16

7. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen – 330 pages – (psychological thriller) – 9/9/16

8. Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax – 414 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/25/16

9.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine – 306 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/14/16

10.This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell – 400 pages – (contemporary/historical fiction) – 9/2/16

11. Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer – 332 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 9/19/16 (Amazon Vine)

12.Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way – 291 pages – (psychological thriller) – 9/16/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER 2016:         12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN SEPTEMBER 2016:    3,786

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                                     120

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN SEPTEMBER 2016:

It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

 

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WRAPPING UP AUGUST

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August seemed to fly by…literally.  But the month brought so many wonderful books to read and review, that I had a difficult time picking only one favorite.  Sometimes I present a tie, but this month, I would have had to choose three or four favorites.  Or even more.

I’m linking up with Kathryn at Book Date.  Check in with a few other bloggers to see what they enjoyed in August.  And have a fabulous September!

My titles (below) link to my reviews:

 

AUGUST 2016:

1. Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris – 293 pages – (thriller/suspense) – 8/24/16

2. Blood Defense (e-book), by Marcia Clark – 389 pages – (legal thriller) – 8/10/16

3.  Book That Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood – 358 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/27/16

4. Couple Next Door, The (e-book), by Shari Lapena – 325 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/13/16 – (NetGalley – 8/23)

5.  Excellent Lombards, The (e-book), by Jane Hamilton – 274 pages- (coming-of-age) – 8/23/16

6.  Girls of August, The (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons – 222 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/28/16

7. Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft – 318 pages – (thriller) – 8/3/16

8.  Leave Me (e-book), by Gayle Forman – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/29/16 – (NetGalley – 9/6)

9. Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark – 273 pages – (thriller) – 8/2/16

10. Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon – 304 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/19/16

11. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron – 285 pages – (literary fiction) – 8/18/16

12. Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty – 416 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 8/12/16

13. Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah – 363 pages – (suspense thriller) – 8/15/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN AUGUST 2016:     13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN AUGUST 2016:     4,172

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                          108

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN AUGUST 2016: Leave Me, by Gayle Forman

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JUNE WRAP-UP: THE LONG HOT SUMMER IS HERE

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June is gone, sadly…How did so many days go by, with so few books read?  My month was a very slow one.  But I read some delightful books.

Click the titles for my reviews, and link up at The Book Date to see what others have been reading.

 

JUNE 2016:

1.   All the Missing Girls (e-book), by Megan Miranda – 384 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 6/18/16 – (NetGalley – 6/28)

2.   Beach Blues, by Joanne DeMaio – 411 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 6/24/16 – (Author Review Request)

3.  Girls, The (e-book), by Emma Cline – 368 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 6/12/16 –(NetGalley – 6/14)

4.  I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan – 355 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 6/2/2016 – (Amazon Vine)

5.  I Let You Go (e-book), by Claire Mackintosh – 369 pages – (thriller/mystery) – 6/9/16

6.  Intrusion (e-book), by Mary McCluskey – 246 pages – (psychological thriller) – 6/30/16

7.   Perfect Girl, The, by Gilly MacMillan – 435 pages – (mystery/thriller) – 6/29/16 (Amazon Vine Review)

8.  Perfect Neighbors, The (e-book), by Sarah Pekkanen – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 6/27/16 – (NetGalley – 7/5)

9.  Tuesday Nights in 1980, by Molly Prentiss – 317 pages – (historical fiction) – 6/16/16-(Amazon Vine)

10.  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman – 368 pages – (mystery/legal thriller) – 6/5/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN JUNE 2016:     10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN JUNE 2016:      3,605

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       81

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN JUNE 2016:  Tied:  All the Missing Girls; Beach Blues

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WHEW! WHERE DID APRIL GO? — A WRAP-UP

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A busy and seemingly short month, April was so full of good reads that I had a hard time picking a favorite.  So I had a tie between two favorites.  Click my titles to read my reviews.

What did your month look like?  Join Kathryn, at Book Date, to add your link and share with us all.

 

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APRIL 2016:

1.    A Fatal Grace (e-book, Book 2), by Louise Penny – 311 pages – (mystery) – 4/18/16

2.   Buried in a Bog (e-book), by Sheila Connolly – 293 pages – (cozy mystery) – 4/26/16

3.   Domestic Secrets (e-book), by Rosalind Noonan – 352 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/7/16

4.  Dream of the Blue Room (e-book), by Michelle Richmond – 296 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/11/16

5.  Garden Spells (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen – 289 pages – (contemporary/fantasy fiction) – 4/2/16

6.  June, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore – 379 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/22/16 – (Amazon Vine)

7.   Lila (e-book), by Marilynne Robinson- 262 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/15/16

8.   Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – 448 pages – (mystery/family) – 4/3/16 – (NetGalley – 4/12)

9.   Mother Knows Best, by Karen MacInerney – 293 pages – (cozy mystery) – 4/21/16 – (Amazon Vine)

10. Nest, The (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – 345 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/5/16

11. North of Here (e-book), by Laurel Saville – 257 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/13/16

12.  Obsession, The (e-book), by Nora Roberts – 453 pages – (romantic suspense) – 4/24/16

13.  Price of Salt, The (e-book, Carol), by Patricia Highsmith – 250 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/8/16

14.  Terrible Virtue (e-book), by Ellen Feldman – 254 pages – (fictionalized historic literature) – 4/20/16

15.   Three-Martini Lunch, by Suzanne Rindell – 498 pages – (literary fiction) – 4/29/16 – (Amazon Vine)

16. Virgin River (e-book), by Robyn Carr – 430 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 4/1/16

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2016:     16

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL 2016:    5,410

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                       59

FAVORITE FICTION BOOK IN APRIL 2016:  Tied:  The Obsession; The Nest

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