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Aaronlisa

Aaronlisa

Joined July 2016

I love reading. I can also be found on Good Reads with the same user name.
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Endless Night | Agatha Christie
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Mehso-so

I read this between June 9 & 28; and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s not your normal Christie murder mystery and is more of a proto-psychological thriller. For awhile I thought it was going to be more horror with ghosts than mystery. My biggest problem was the book dragged for too long before it became a whodunnit.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 | Joss Whedon, Jordie Bellaire
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Read June 16, 4.5 ⭐️. I was on the fence if I wanted a rebooted modern-day BtVS. But I gave it a chance and so far I love it. I am looking forward to Vol. 2. The art is great. The subtle changes to the characters are great. The story, so far, is really good if a tad bit fast paced. That said I am not sure if I like the direction Xander is being taken.

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I read this June 16 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I really liked this modern reboot. The art is cute and although the mystery could have been a little more mysterious, it was a fun read that has reminded me of how much I liked Nancy Drew as a kid.

annahenke I've been tempted to reread, but am afraid of being disappointed in the originals. 3d
Aaronlisa @annahenke I feel the same way, so this was a great way to read Nancy Drew without being potentially disappointed. It looks like they may also be doing a more noir take on Nancy and the Hardy Boys. That is something I am really intrigued by 3d
annahenke @Aaronlisa interesting! 3d
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Clue | Paul Allor
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I read this June 16 and gave it 2 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I was on the fence about buying this one and I kind of wished I hadn‘t. It just tried too hard. There were playful nods to the film version from the 80s, which was fine. But it‘s hard to decide what this graphic novel wants to be. There is just too much going on and little satisfaction.

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Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby | Matthew Inman, The The Oatmeal
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I bought this for my Dad and he let me read it. I gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. If you are familiar with The Oatmeal then you won‘t be surprised to find a collection of comics about cats, dogs, babies and farts. It‘s a cute & amusing collection.

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Under the Jaguar Sun | Italo Calvino
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Mehso-so

I read this June 8-9 and gave it 3 stars on Good Reads. I was not a fan of this book but I could recognize Calvino‘s talent with words. That said I really liked the third story in the book “The Name, The Nose.”

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This Is the Journey | Alison Malee
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I read this between June 5-9 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This is the poetry I wanted when I read Rupi Kaur but did not get. It‘s powerful and moving poetry and I will be checking out Malee‘s other collections.

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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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I read this on June 8th and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. If anyone questions how we can form great friendships online with people we haven‘t met, refer them to this book. It‘s a collection of letters between Helene Hanff and the staff at a bookstore in London that starts in 1949 and lasts for 20 years.

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Charlie Savage | Roddy Doyle
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I read this between Jun 6-8 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. My biggest problem was trying not to race through it as it was an enjoyable read about a middle aged Dubliner trying to navigate through a rapidly changing world. The only reason why it wasn‘t 5 stars was because it was somewhat repetitive but I think that‘s due to it being serialized in a newspaper first.

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Endless Night | Agatha Christie
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I am behind on my goal of reading 12 books by Agatha Christie this year. Thinking of starting this one to catch up.

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Under the Jaguar Sun | Italo Calvino
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Not sure what I think of this one so far. It‘s three short stories and I am halfway through the second story. Not sure if I like Calvino‘s writing or not. It reminds me of other writer‘s work.

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This Is the Journey | Alison Malee
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it reads bus passes - 2, movie tickets - 2.
all the things we do together but alone.

- Alison Malee

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Charlie Savage | Roddy Doyle
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Really enjoying this one. I‘m having a hard time putting it down.

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I feel like this book is so slow. Did anyone else read it? If so what did you think? I am on page 292 of 561 (or so). The first book was fast paced but this book just seems to spend too much time building up to something.

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This Is the Journey | Alison Malee
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I am starting this poetry collection today. I am very hopeful as it starts with: “I have always collected words like paperweights.”

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I read this May 28-29 and gave it 4 ⭐️. I love stories or essays in this case about people‘s favourite books so this was entertaining.

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100 Selected Poems | Ee Cummings
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This is book 51 of 150 for this year. I read it May 9-26 and gave it 4 ⭐️on Good Reads. I have always liked e.e. cummings but never really read his work outside of school. I am glad that I found this book and will be looking forward to reading more of his work.

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Book #50. I read this May 14-17 and gave it 5 ⭐️. This book broke my heart. Jann Arden tells the story of dealing with aging parents -her parents- and coping with her mother‘s diagnosis of Alzheimer‘s. Funny, scary and heartbreaking all at the same time.

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Mehso-so

I read this between May 11 & 13th and gave it 3.5 stars on Good Reads. While an interesting topic and book, I felt it was just scratching the surface.

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Currently reading this book. It‘s rather interesting, but I may take a break from it. I really want to start Liar of Dreams by Libba Bray.

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Dreadful Company | Vivian Shaw
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I read this between May 7 & 11; and gave it 5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I think I liked this book more than the first one. I really enjoy the character of Dr Helsing. I am really looking forward to the 3rd book in the series. One of the few times that I was super glad that I bought the first and second book in a series at the same time.

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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I read this between May 5-7 and gave it 4 stars on Good Reads. I like the idea of Death taking on an apprentice. I also really liked how Pratchett portrayed Death.

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I read this May 3rd & gave it 5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I love the art in this book as well as the dreamy quality of it. It‘s a gorgeous book and I need to pick up the third book sooner than later.

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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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Mehso-so

I read this between Apr 30 and May 2. I rated it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I would have rated it higher but for the forced and unnecessary romance Christie foists on us.

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The Wee Free Men | Terry Pratchett
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I read this between May 3rd and 5th. I gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. The Discworld series has always scared me due The sheer size of the series but this was recommended to me and I loved it. I will be reading the rest of the Tiffany Aching Sequence sooner than later.

Traci1 The Wee Free Men is one of my favorite books. ❤ 1mo
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Mehso-so

I read this on May 4th and gave it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. Lovely art but disappointing story.

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The Wee Free Men | Terry Pratchett
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I picked this book up yesterday in a book haul when a friend and I went over to Victoria, BC. So far I am loving it. I think we can officially say the reading slump is over! 🙂(Also I love Tiffany.)

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Mehso-so

I read this Apr 13-28 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I wanted to love this book but I felt it a tad too rush with too many characters to follow. That said I would love to see more set in this world.

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Be Happy | Dalai Lama
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Mehso-so

I read this Apr 26-27 & gave it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s exactly what it says it is. I didn‘t find that it really went into detail on how to be happy so much as it is about being compassionate.

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I read this between Feb 1 & Apr 27, and I gave it 4 ⭐️on Good Reads. I read this slowly as I didn‘t want to race through this memoir of 1914 of the Eastern Front. My only complaint is that it‘s not so much a wartime memoir as it is a memoir of that year from the announcement of war to the author‘s journey to the front and then his return home due to injury.

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Orphan Black | Jody Houser, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
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Mehso-so

I read this Apr 22 & gave it 3 ⭐️. It‘s not bad but for an official tie in, this graphic novel doesn‘t give us a lot of new info. The art is nice and it was nice revisiting the characters.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so

I read this book on April 12 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️. I sat on this for awhile and hoped I would like it more. It‘s not a bad book but it is hyped. And I ended up wanting a story that focused on Daisy, Karen, Camila and Simone. A fun read but not amazing.

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Mehso-so

I read this between Mar 23 & Apr 4. I gave it 3 ⭐️. It‘s not bad but just not the book for me.

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I read this Feb 28-Mar 24 and rated it 2 ⭐️. It was tedious reading.

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I read this Mar 19-20 and gave it 5 ⭐️. I do not want this series to end. I liked this look at other cycles.

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Mehso-so

I read this book March 8-19 and gave it 3⭐️ on Good Reads. Not bad but Hastings gets tedious very quick and he ruined some of my enjoyment of this book,

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Again another re-read for me. I have been feeling nostalgic for the 90s. I read this on March 12 & gave it 4 ⭐️. This story follows the events of The High Cost of Living but can be read on its own. My one complaint is that this story could have been slightly longer. It‘s still gorgeous though,

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Death, the High Cost of Living | Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, Dave McKean
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This was a re-read for me but I read it Mar 12 & rated it 4 stars. Although I have only ever dipped my toes in the Sandman world, I have always love Death. This short story is beautifully illustrated and deals with Didi and Sexton. The introduction to this story is wonderfully written by Tori Amos.

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I read this Feb 28-Mar 7 and gave it 4 ⭐️. It was a creepy read and I can‘t wait to read the next book.

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I read this on March 5 & gave it 4 ⭐️. I found it a better book than We Should All Be Feminists. And although it should come as no surprise, it was kind of shocking how easy it is for a new parent to fall into the rigid gender stereotypes when a child is first born, even if the intent is not there.

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I'm Afraid of Men | Vivek Shraya
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I read this Mar 2 and gave it 4 ⭐️. It‘s a powerful read that managed to capture in less than 90 pages the issues with seeing gender as something that is binary and how masculinity, privilege and the binary are harmful. This is a must read for everyone.

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I read this on Feb 28 and gave it 4 ⭐️. This book is more of a work book than a guide about meditation and mindfulness. I will be using some of the 52 meditations to hopefully improve my mindfulness.

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Later on, it would become an everyday thing, as much a part of life as a greeting; then, even more so. Eventually, the greetings were dropped: the guns took their place. This was how the burning of the world announced itself.

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The Day of the Locust | Nathanael West
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Mehso-so

Read between Feb 23-27, rated 3.5 ⭐️. I was on the fence about this book. I am sure at the time of its publication in 1939 it may have been controversial but it seems rather mild. I found it less about Hollywood and more about the dissolution of an artificial dream. Tod and his companions are rather unlikeable and as artificial as the movies they are involved with.

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Parasites of Heaven | Leonard Cohen
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I read this between Feb 23 & 27. I gave it 4 ⭐️. I rather enjoyed this collection. It shows Cohen‘s evolution as a writer and the transition from poet to lyricist.

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I read this on Feb 24 and gave it 4 ⭐️. Zombie kittens, an arch villain that is similar to Dr Evil from Austin Powers, and just plain cuteness. I am definitely reading the next book but not sure if I will continue from there.

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I read this on Feb 23 and gave it 4 ⭐️. It remains cute and fun.

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I read this book between Feb 16 & 23 and gave it 2 ⭐️. I really didn‘t like this book and felt it was such a let down. If anything the idea that the American Dream can corrupt is something that could have been done better but it‘s not. The writing is good but the characters become unlikeable and not much happens.

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I read this one Feb 14-16 & gave it 5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I sat on this review for a while. I didn‘t want my nostalgia for The Rick Mercer Report and my general fannish love for Mercer to colour this review. It‘s a good book. The rants are very good and I enjoyed the glimpse behind the scenes of the show.

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“Where there is smoke, the couch is on fire; where there is an absurdity in life, or an injustice, or a point of view that needs exploring there should be a rant.” - Rick Mercer (I so miss his weekly show 😕 )