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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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Mehso-so

I rated this one 3.75 ⭐️ & read it Oct 5-7. It‘s a fast paced thriller with good twists but I felt let down a wee bit at the end. Some of the twists are pretty mundane but the final one is surprising. I am just not sure if I liked this book by the time I had finished it.

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The Witches of Worm | Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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I re-read this book Oct 7-9 & rated it 4 ⭐️. When I was younger this was a favourite book. As an adult, it still holds up. I tried to read it more critically this time as opposed for the nostalgia. It‘s a book where it‘s hard to tell if things happen due to a supernatural force or if Jessica is just too imaginative. Still a good read.

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Pickpick

I read this between Oct 10 & 15. I rated it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This book is a collection of statements that the Dali Lama has said about Buddhism. It‘s not really the best way to learn about the religion itself. But there are some very wise statements that can and should be applied to everyone‘s life regardless of religious beliefs. As such, I am rating it here as a pick instead of so-so.

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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I read this Oct 3-4 and gave it 5 ⭐️. Like the other Hendrix novels that I read, it‘s a fast paced book. It has its moments of creepiness but it‘s not as creepy as his first two novels. Kris is a compelling character to follow. The heavy metal/Satanic tropes were well done. Definitely a page turner.

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Fantasy of Dr Ox | Jules Verne
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Mehso-so

I read this between Oct 1 & 6 and rated it 3 ⭐️. It‘s my first time reading Verne and maybe not the best one to start with it. It is rather slow paced and a but boring. It quickly becomes apparent to the reader what is happening but Verne takes too long to come to the conclusion.

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Love the Earth | Julian Lennon
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I read this on Sept 30 and rated it 5 ⭐️. I wish there had been more books like this when I was a child. This was a lovely and informative book about humanity and being environmentally aware.

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Pickpick

I read this between Sept 17 & 29, and gave it 4 ⭐️. It‘s not for everyone and I can see why some people don‘t like it. Theo as a main character was irritating. I liked the other characters. At times, the slow pacing got to me. But in the end, I liked it. Plus I really like Tartt‘s writing.

Cathythoughts I havnt read , but the movie has just come out here .... hoping to get there at the weekend 3w
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Cycle of the Werewolf | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

I read this Sept 29-30 & rated it 3.5 ⭐️on Good Reads. Not bad but not great. It starts out really good but starts to get tedious.

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Pickpick

I read this on Sept 28 in one sitting and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. Gaiman‘s Snow White retelling is creepy and Doran‘s illustrations are stunning. It‘s a great take on the original fairy tale.

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The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Just started The Goldfinch last night.

01. Sadly, just one. I'm not really well-traveled.
02. Both, I live in British Columbia so I have the best of both worlds - the Pacific Ocean to one side and then the Rockies to the other.
03. It's a toss up between Egypt and London, England.
04. I don't really have a favourite setting to be honest. That said, I'm partial to books either set in magical libraries or the UK.

@Eggs #wonderouswednesday

melissajayne I‘m in Abbotsford. What part of the province are you in? 1mo
Aaronlisa @melissajayne I am in Delta. 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗 1mo
Aaronlisa @Eggs It was fun to do. Thanks for posting it in the first place. 1mo
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Pickpick

I read this between Sept 14 & 17th and rated it 5 ⭐️. I did figure out a few things before January did but that did not detract my enjoyment of the story. In fact I absolutely love January. This book is gorgeous. I love how it handles the trope of doors to other worlds.

bookladyreads I cannot wait to read this. I chose it as an add-on in my September BOTM, which was delivered last week. This is one of my October reads. 1mo
Aaronlisa @bookladyreads I really enjoyed. Harrow's writing is really good. I had two friends on Good Reads rave about it earlier and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 1mo
bookladyreads @Aaronlisa That's really good to hear. I've mostly heard good things about this book. 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Mehso-so

I read this on Sept 13-14, mainly on the Saturday and gave it 3.75 ⭐️. While it‘s an engaging read, it‘s not as good as The Handmaid‘s Tale is. This one is more of a thriller. I do think the 3 narratives does drag it down a bit and I would have preferred either one or just 2. I am not overly familiar with the TV series and i had no problem with the story.

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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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Mehso-so

I read this between Sept 9 & 12th and gave it 3.5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I liked it well enough to want to read the next book but I didn‘t like the pacing at times. It felt like it took forever to learn more about Miles‘ world and 50 pages for everything to happen. I did like the characters, which is what made it very enjoyable to read.

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Witchmark | C. L. Polk
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01. Currently my Good Reads is set for 125 books and I am at 108 books. If I get to about 115 before the end of this month, I may go back to my original goal of 150. (I ended up changing it to the lower # due to a bad reading slump.)

02. I work from home & have done so for a year now. I'd like to get my home office arranged so it's more user friendly. Right now it's not very friendly.

#two4Tuesday from @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome goals! Thanks for playing! 😊 1mo
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Demi-Gods | Eliza Robertson
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Mehso-so

I read this between Sept 6 & 7. I rated it 3.5 ⭐️. Have you ever read a book that leaves you wanting more but also leaves you asking yourself “Did I like this?” That is what happened with this book and me. Robertson‘s writing is compelling. I didn‘t want to put this book down. But it was more of an atmospheric read than a book heavy in plot.

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Sucker's Portfolio | Kurt Vonnegut
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I read this Sept 7 & gave it 4 ⭐️. It‘s a decent collection of six short stories, one essay and one incomplete short story. Vonnegut could write and each piece makes you think.

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Son of a Trickster | Eden Robinson
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I read this Sept 6-7 and gave it 4.75 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This book is darkly funny and poignant. It broke my heart in some places and I just wanted Jared to catch a break. I can‘t wait to get the next book.

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Mehso-so

I read this Sept 2-6 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️. I was somewhat disappointed with this story. I think McEwan tries to do too much with this alternate history with robots in the 1980s in too short a book. Also Charlie, Adam and Miranda just aren‘t interesting characters to follow. The book raises a valid question about AI but falls a bit flat.

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Mehso-so

I read this between Aug 28 & Sept 3; and rated it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I wasn‘t a fan of this volume published by Arcturus in 2018. More for aesthetic reasons than anything else.

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Mehso-so

I read this on Sept 1 and gave it 3 ⭐️. I bought this for similar reasons as I bought Quidditch Through the Ages. While this was fun, it was an A-Z guide, which was dull at points.

LibrarianRyan These were originally written and released as a fundraiser for Comic Relief in the UK. 2mo
Aaronlisa I totally understand that and it‘s why I bought it, I just found Quidditch Through the Ages was the better read. I like the fact that even if you aren‘t in the UK, money raised from these books go to charity. 2mo
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Quidditch Through the Ages | Kennilworthy Whisp
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I read this Sept 1 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I‘d bought the book because I was a Harry Potter completionist (before I got burned out) and because it raised money for Comic Relief. This is a fun little read. Very imaginative.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I read this between Aug 30 & Sept 1; and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This book is everything I didn‘t know I wanted. I really enjoy Seanan McGuire to begin with but this book cemented McGuire as a favourite author. This book is hard to explain but so very good.

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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I read this between Aug 22 & 27; and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. The book starts a bit slowly but once it kicks in, I could not put it down. I read 400+ pages in a day. A workday. It‘s a creepy story but well written. Joe Hill is becoming a favourite author.

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Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank
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I read this between Aug 10 & 25th. I gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This was a re-read for me. I had first read it some 30 years ago. I think it‘s an important document to read, especially for teens. I wish that I had found the “definitive” edition but regardless the diary is an important historical document.

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Hat Full of Sky (Revised) | Terry Pratchett
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I read this Aug 16-19 and gave it 4 stars on Good Reads. Other than Death, I think Tiffany Aching and Rob Anybody are my favourite characters. This book had a few moments that had me giggling.

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New American Best Friend | Olivia Gatwood
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Mehso-so

I read this between Aug 16 & 18th and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. The poems in this collection are easy to read. I didn‘t dislike this collection and I have another of Gatwood‘s books but I felt that it was repetitive. None of the poems necessarily stand out in my mind as an individual poem.

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Pickpick

I read this on Aug 17 & gave it 3.75 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I read a review that said it was only for Plath completists and I think that is a disservice to this book. Just like claiming this is a “newly discovered” story as scholars of Plath have been aware of it. Personally I liked it and it made me think about how girls are often forced to conform & how hard it is to break free.

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Charlie the Choo-Choo | Beryl Evans
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Mehso-so

I read this Aug 17 & gave it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This book plays a role in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It‘s not as creepy as it could be but it is unsettling. Probably more for the super King or Dark Tower fan than a casual reader.

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Wenjack | Joseph Boyden
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Mehso-so

I read this August 17 and gave it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s a valuable and important read but I felt that Boyden‘s characterization on Chanie was missing something.

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For Everyone | Jason Reynolds
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I read this August 14 & gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This is a good book to inspire dreamers, no matter the dream.

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I read this August 11-13 & gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I grew up on the Carol Burnett Show and even to this day my Mum watches the edited version - which is a shame and they should show the original one hour show - and I loved Burnett‘s insights to the show.

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Pickpick

I read this between Aug 8 & 11 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I miss the Edward Gorey cover on this book. The John Bellairs novels & PBS Mystery in the 80s introduced me to Gorey‘s artwork. Anyhow the story was a lot of fun. And I am 90% positive I read this when I was younger. I love the fact that Johnny is a kid and he is anything but perfect.

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After Many Years: Twenty-One "Long-Lost" Stories by L.M. Montgomery | L. M. Montgomery, Carolyn Collins, Christy Woster
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I read this collection of short stories between June 20 & Aug 8; and rated it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. These “lost” stories span between 1900 & 1939. Whilst some are clearly meant to teach her audience, it‘s still an enjoyable read. My favourites are “Jim‘s House,” “Janet‘s Rebellion” and “Hill O‘ the Winds.”

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Murder in the Kitchen | Alice B. Toklas
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I read this between August 1-4 and gave it 4 ⭐️. A few years back Penguin released some titles in their Great Food series and this was taken from Toklas‘ book The Alice B Toklas Cookbook, which is a cross between memoir and cook book. I doubt I will try the recipes but I do want to read the full book because her stories are intriguing & interesting.

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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I read this Aug 3-4 and gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I really like the character of Leah. And I liked the chance to revisit these characters again. The book does have something‘s that I either felt were problematic or I didn‘t like but I found Leah to be relatable and the book was fun to read. In fact I think I liked this one a little more than the first book.

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Mehso-so

I read this between July 27 & August 2nd. I gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. The book makes for a fascinating read for people who are familiar with the city but in some ways it‘s a bit dry due to the fact that Lazarus often has very little info to give readers about each case. The older the case, the more time has passed, the more details have been loss. It‘s a good primer to what the city was in the past.

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Peluda | Melissa Lozada-Oliva
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Mehso-so

I read this July 27-28 and gave it 3 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I kind of feel meh about this collection. Lozada-Olivia has a way with words but this short collection is rather repetitive. I think the mark of a good poet is someone who can make you think and empathize with them or the topic they are writing about. I have a feeling that this collection won‘t stay with me for very long, which is unfortunate as it should.

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Mehso-so

I read this July 27 & rated it 3.5 stars. This is based on Francis Ford Coppla‘s movie and was originally a 3 issue comic series released by Topp. The colouring is nice but the art is lacking. It‘s as if they didn‘t want characters looking too much like the actors. There are a few additions to the story. Probably best for the diehard Dracula fan.

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My Kind of Girl | Buddhadeva Bose
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I read this between July 6 & 27 and gave it 4 ⭐️. It was an easy read about four middle-aged men stuck at a train station overnight and love stories that they told to pass the hours. Each one is vastly different but equally entertaining & interesting.

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I read this July 26-27 & rated it 3.5 ⭐️. Sometimes novelizations of TV shows can be poorly written but this prequel was well done. It was kind of a nice palate cleanser since I had a bit of a book hangover from the last 2 books I finished reading. I would definitely recommend it to fans of the show. I‘d definitely read the author again.

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The Gameshouse | Claire North
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I read this July 21-26 and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I waffle between 4 & 5 and landed on the 5 because I could not put this book down, despite some minor problems with it. I would love to see more of Thene & Remy. It was a fun read.

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I read this between July 17 & 26th. I rated it 4 ⭐️ on a Good Reads. Gibson‘s poetry can be lovely, gorgeous, sad and visceral all in the same poem. This collection deals with love, family, politics and so much more. I definitely recommend this book.

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I read this between July 20 & 21st & rated it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. Safer is talented with the psychological thriller. Once again I was left guessing if our unreliable narrator was the guilty party or not. Every time I thought I had figured out who did it, Sager lead me down another path making me go maybe, maybe not.

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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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I read this between July 17 & 19th and rated it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I was spoiled for the ending so it kind of ruined the book a little book as I knew what was going to happen. That said it does make you think about how far humans tend to go with science and medicine.

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Pickpick

I read this between July 15 & 18th & gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I haven‘t read this book since junior high school. I think I like it better now as an adult than I did as a teenager.

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Mehso-so

I read this between July 8 & 16 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It was an interesting read as it is about a couple who is going to marital counselling. Each chapter takes place before their session. I enjoyed Hornby‘s writing.

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Lord of the Butterflies | Andrea Gibson
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I read this between July 3 & 14th and gave it 4.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. A moving collection of poetry that spans love, gender, loss, romance, family and current US politics. Gibson‘s voice is strong & their use of language is lush.

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Pickpick

I read this on July 14 & rated it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I used to read this book & the 2nd one all the time in elementary school so it was a nostalgic buy for me. I don‘t think I enjoyed it as much as I did as a child but the book is rather creepy still. I am glad the version I read had the original drawings.

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Mehso-so

I read this July 14 and gave it 3⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s not bad but it feels too rushed and not really developed. I also don‘t like the cliffhanger of an ending. Good premise but not the greatest execution.

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Mehso-so

I read this July 13 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s cute but I think I am fine with not reading the rest of the books. I do think that it‘s a great series for kids and I did find the way the team saved the day as amusing.