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I wanted to love this so much but it was just too damn disjointed for my tastes. We're tossed into the book at the beginning, which reads like the middle. It didn't really come together for me at all, despite hoping and praying it would eventually all make sense. A few scenes gave me hope, but otherwise, it was not for me. I didn't care about the people. On audio, a lot of the dialogue sounded stunted, with lots of OKs and Yeahs. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick "Jennifer" sounded like she was hopped up on quaaludes and perhaps I would've liked this better if I was, too. Part The Librarians, part Doom Patrol, but 100% not my cup of tea.

November #bookspinbingo @TheAromaOfBooks #Booked21 #TitleIncludesLibraryOrLibrarian @4thHouseOnTheLeft @barbarathebibliophage @cinfhen #52Books #AboutAdoption #pop21 #SomethingBrokenOnTheCover
CBee @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick despite you not enjoying it, I got a huge kick out of your review 😂😂 especially the “hopped up on quaaludes” part 😂😂 6mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @CBee My humor seems to come out more when I dislike something. 🤣 6mo
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CBee @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I can see that. And I‘m totally here for it 😂😂 Thanks for the card, btw! 😁 6mo
BethM Great review! 6mo
Cinfhen This was a strange book / not my cup of tea either 😉 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Shame this one didn't work out, but at least you get the fun of reviewing it! 😂 6mo
mcctrish The strangest book! I tried it on audio, could not deal at all, read in print = somewhat better but still bizarre 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely a weird book … not for every mood or reader. 👊🏻 6mo
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Completed my summer and winter prompts for #Booked2021
#TitleIncludesLibraryorLibrarian: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
#Translated: NoFriendButTheMountains
#UNPeacekeepersAre: Salt Houses
#MusicalInstrument: ComingThroughSlaughter
#Anti-Racism: Caste
#Poetry: Here In Harlem
#Frenemies: Butter Honey Pig Bread
#Jewish: Where the Jews Aren‘t
#Blackjack21: Open Heart
#NewIn2021: Missed Connections
#HiddenGem: Chop Suey Nation

Cinfhen Woohoo!! Congrats 🎉🎊🍾 will tag you in a few days with the new link to record your prompts for the #Final2021Drawing (edited) 7mo
Singout @Cinfhen Thank you! I can‘t believe I‘m done so early! 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Hopefully I‘ll have it ready over the weekend. But I can‘t guarantee—with the holiday family time. Might be early next week … 7mo
Cinfhen No worries @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll keep a list of who needs to be notified xx 😘 7mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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A light pick, as the narrative started to drag a bit towards the end. But, ultimately, an important fictionalized account of Belle de Costa Greene, personal librarian to JP Morgan, and a woman who has a secret that could change everything. What a remarkable woman! Like any good historical fiction story, this makes me want to learn more about Belle…I had no knowledge of her prior to reading this book. So good that her story is being told.

Librarybelle Thanks to the publisher and to #NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also, my first (!) read for #14Books14Weeks2021 @TheHeartlandBookFairy , my August #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks , and my selection for #TitleIncludesLibraryorLibrarian for #Booked2021 @4thhouseontheleft , @BarbaraTheBibliophage , and @Cinfhen 10mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 sounds like a good read!!! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! And all those challenge-related successes. Way to go! 10mo
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Ericalambbrown She is mentioned several times in the Ron Chernow behemoth 10mo
Librarybelle Good to know, @Ericalambbrown ! Thanks! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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LikelyLibrarian My favorites appear in the top row. It‘s been said before, but Piranesi is especially beautiful and unlike anything I‘ve ever read before.
The second row are good reads, 3+ stars all. Murmur of Bees is beautifully written, and Library of Legends gets a special shout-out for the gorgeous cover.
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The Body in the Library | Agatha Christie
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Stephanie Cole is an absolutely delightful narrator and I hope she does more of the Miss Marple mysteries. The story itself was fun, with several nice twists and fantastic characters. It‘s a story I‘ve seen on TV, but the clever twists mean I forget the solution every time, so it‘s new to me every time I read or watch it. 😂 #TitleIncludesLibraryOrLibrarian for #Booked2021

Cinfhen Great review 🎉you might like this one @BarbaraBB 14mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That‘s a good one! I‘ve probably read it in my teens (I read most Agatha Christies back then) but of course I can‘t remember! 14mo
Cinfhen I can‘t remember what I read in March xxxxx @BarbaraBB 14mo
rabbitprincess Seconding the praise for Stephanie Cole! 😊 14mo
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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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My first Matt Haig. A story about second chances and hope. I enjoyed it well enough, even if it‘s a tad predictable. Not sure I‘d go as far as picking it for GR choice award though.

#Booked2021 #TitleIncludesLibraryOrLibrarian

Cinfhen Totally agree!! 14mo
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Ahhhhh.... a book about a cat who touched the community and then the wider world . what is there not to love? 😊😊🥰🥰Read this for #booked2021 #titleincludeslibraryorlibrarian
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. Sounds lovely! 1y
Cinfhen I read this book.... so sweet 1y
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A joyous little read perfect for book lovers. My TBR has grown 😉

#TitleIncludesLibraryOrLibrarian #Booked2021

Come-read-with-me I absolutely loved this book! 1y
JennyM @Come-read-with-me a little gem and a good giggle 😀 1y
TrishB Great new pic ♥️ 1y
JennyM @TrishB thank you, Trish 😘 Sorry for the delayed response - I‘ve been having trouble posting comments 1y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Booked 2021 Winter - 6 prompts completed... but 😬 I‘m all over the seasons!!
#mustacheoncover Dead in the Garden- Dahlia Donovan
#AuthorsfirstnamestartswithABorC The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin
#Titleincludeslibraryorlibrarian The Library Book- Susan Orlean
#translatedintomyfirstlanguage A Nearly Normal Family- M T Edvardsson
#Hear/Here The Postscript Murder - Elly Griffiths
#hiddengem The Marlow Murder Club - Robert Thorogood

Cinfhen No worries!! Jump all you like ?? don‘t forget ...You have until midnight, April 3 to fill out the first quarter form to be entered in our drawing ?
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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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This is a dual-timeline novel, following Odile as she works at The American Library in Paris at the start of WWII, then also the lives of her and her neighbours in 1980s America.

Loved the library (great for Dewey Decimal geeks!): the other timeline felt a bit superfluous and almost YA in style.

I wish I‘d have known that it was inspired by a true story before I read it.

#netgalley #arc

#booked2021 #titleincludeslibraryorlibrarian


tpixie @sills here‘s another on set in Paris! #Francophile 🇫🇷 (edited) 1y
MsMelissa Happy to see this review since the book arrived in my mailbox yesterday 😊 1y
Sills @tpixie I actually have this in my Goodreads list tagged already. Signed up for a free ARC but don't know if I'll get it💁‍♀️ 1y
squirrelbrain Happy Name Change! @MsMelissa - I think you‘ll like the book. I‘d love to hear what you think.... 1y
tpixie @Sills good luck 1y
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