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Amie

Amie

Joined September 2016

So many books so little time
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Mehso-so

Great cover, but otherwise kind of disappointing. First book in series that's a spin-off of the Lady Hardcastle series, which I enjoy. Fun setting and characters, but the story really dragged. Not a lot of action or investigating or clues, which are all kind of important in a mystery!

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The Black Kids | Christina Hammonds Reed
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Amazing cover. Really liked this teen book, but it hurts to see "historical" fiction that's set when I was a teen ?.

megnews Right?! 2w
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Love this series, although I noticed that the author uses particular words/phrases A LOT and that got a little tiresome.

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This was difficult to read (because it's enraging and sad) but it's important to be aware of our history, no matter how ugly it is.

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Roll with it | Jamie Sumner
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Excellent! Loved the characters and the friendships.

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Highway of Tears | Jessica McDiarmid
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Absolutely heartbreaking book about the many, many missing and murdered indigenous girls and women in Canada.

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Fun, steamy Halloween-themed rom com.

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Dark Waters | Katherine Arden
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Middle grade horror. Book 3 in Small Spaces series. Quite scary. Short, quick read.

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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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Teen historical fiction. Very good.

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The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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Mehso-so

Just the right amount of creepy (not scary) for me, but I'm not a big fan of dual timelines and a side plot wasn't fully explained or resolved.

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This was difficult to get through because I was so enraged by what I learned.

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Clark and Division | Naomi Hirahara
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Interesting setting and characters: Japanese Americans released from prison camp during WWII are forced to relocate to Chicago.

EvieBee I really liked this one. 2mo
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PostScript Murders | Elly Griffiths
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A mystery involving murders related to murder mystery books and their authors. An unlikely trio of civilians "assist" DS Kaur in investigating the murders. Really good!

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I've been on a streak of reading books about hard topics and this is the latest.

Some of the dialog was clunky because it was conveying so much factual info, but the illustrations were great and the research was meticulous with end notes giving citations for every event depicted plus additional info.

Crazeedi I remember when this happened 2mo
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Angel of Greenwood | Randi Pink
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Teen historical fiction set in the days leading up to the Tulsa massacre. It's mostly about Angel and Isaiah figuring out who they are and getting to know each other. The massacre happens near the end of the book, so it is not the sole focus of the story. Ends on a hopeful note in spite of the tragedy.

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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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This was really good, just not quite as good as The Golem and the Jinni.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I decided to rejoin Book of the Month.

EvieBee Me too! Just for Amor Towles. 2mo
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Difficult topic to read about, but an important event to know about.

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This was good, but it could have been better. Still a worthwhile read. This is the 2nd novel I've read recently about oppressive, misogynistic, abusive religious people, and I should have spaced them out more.

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Hawthorne Legacy | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Book 2 in a fun YA trilogy. Avery inherited billions from a complete stranger in book 1. In this book she continues to unravel the Hawthorne family's myriad secrets.

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So happy for a new book in this series and hope there will be more!

Enola and Sherlock work on a case together. Tewkesbury, from book 1, is back. No Mycroft in this one.

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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Very good! 1920s; Ophie is 12 and has moved to Pittsburgh with her mother after her father is lynched for voting. She has to work as a maid with her mom in a rich family's mansion and can't go to school because they need both incomes. She also discovers that she is able to see and talk to ghosts and the mansion is full of them!

Bahni Turpin narrates the audiobook which is always a plus for me.

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Reread the first 6 Enola Holmes books this past week in preparation for the new one that just came out. Excellent series!

robinb What fun covers! 3mo
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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Good but disturbing.

EvieBee Agreed! I put it in the freezer afterwards. 3mo
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Women Talking | Miriam Toews
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I don't recommend this book for everyone. I didn't really like the structure but in the end there was something about the characters & story that moved me. Main reason I read it is that it's about Mennonites, which is uncommon to find in mainstream lit. I grew up in a Menno. family and church (not Menno. now & def do NOT endorse this religion), so it's interesting to read about a culture that I'm familiar with & most ppl don't know much about. ⬇️

Amie The Mennonite sect in this book is also VASTLY different from anything I experienced growing up. Partly because it's a different sect, partly the author's imagination possibly, partly that this community isolated itself so much that they drifted from original Menno. beliefs. 3mo
Amie Also, this is NOT the book to read if you're looking for a depiction of what the majority of Mennonites are like and what they believe. This is a very isolated nonstandard Mennonite sect. 3mo
Reggie Great review. I just loved that this book could have been all anger all the way through and it‘s not. 3mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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This was so much fun! Unrealistic and absurd (hiding a dead body during a big important wedding) but hilarious, too, with interfering aunties and romance.

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Mehso-so

A detailed, honest biography that doesn't shy away from revealing Grant's flaws. I would give this a pick, but I listened to the audiobook and the narrator mispronounces many famous names, which is why I'm rating it so-so.

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexico City, early 70s. A woman who is bored with her life agrees to watch a neighbor's cat for the weekend but then gets involved in the current political unrest when the neighbor doesn't return.

I liked the character development in this and how the pieces of the plot came together in the end. Also, that cover is amazing 🔥

Asthecroweflies Is there any romance in it? 3mo
SamAnne Plan to start this week! 3mo
Reggie I‘m excited to read this. 3mo
Amie @Asthecroweflies I wouldn't call it romance, but there are feelings and attractions between some characters. One main character likes to read romance comic books. 3mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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The first half was rather slow and I had trouble getting into it, but the 2nd half was good.

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A Spoonful of Murder | Robin Stevens
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I recently ordered these from book depository: books 6-9 plus 2 story collections in the Murder Most Unladylikes series. These are the UK editions. In the US it's called the Wells & Wong series; I have books 1-5, but gave up on the rest ever bring published in the US and got the UK editions. So they don't match my 1st 5 books, but some do have colorful page edges, so that's fun. Middle grade mysteries set in 1930s.

MidnightBookGirl Gorgeous! 4mo
batsy So pretty! I've been meaning to read this series for the longest time. 4mo
WJCintron Love the colors. My personal opinion, UK covers are prettier than US ones most of the times. 4mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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I loved this! Perfect balance of serious and humorous.

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Our Woman in Moscow | Beatriz Williams
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American diplomats spying for the Soviets defect and then have to be extracted from Moscow. A historical family saga, not a thriller. Fans of the author will recognize some side characters from her other books. I won this book in a giveaway on Goodreads.

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This was interesting. I wasn't expecting so much of it to be about Pan Am's services during the Vietnam war: ferrying soldiers and evacuating orphans.

Nute I‘m really curious about this book. 4mo
Amie @Nute I thought it was really interesting. I listened to the audiobook. 4mo
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So excited for new installments in this series!

Shae_Purcell I didn't realize this was a book series! 😍 4mo
mcctrish I need to read this series 4mo
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Magic Fish | Trung Le Nguyen
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So good!

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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When this first came out, I tried it in ebook format and couldn't finish it. Later I tried it in print and finished but couldn't quite understand what everyone was raving about. The concept was great, but I found the writing unclear at times. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and they were introduced rapid-fire at the beginning of the book. The audiobook worked much better for me, which was unexpected.

katy4peas There are a ton of characters to keep straight, but I also enjoyed this book. I have the other books in the series in Mt. TBR. 😊 5mo
Johanna414 I enjoyed the books in this series that I listened to much more than those I read in print. Excellent narrator! 5mo
CollapsingLibrary Where did you get the audiobook?? 5mo
Amie @PurrfectFeministPerspective library/Libby app 5mo
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Historical setting, but probably leans a little more towards horror. Slow moving, but I liked it.

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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Charming book about an adventure and an unexpected friendship. I love historical stories about women doing science.

ReadingisMyPassion This is in my stack to read. 5mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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Good, creepy ghost story.

Nebklvr I love her books. 5mo
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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There were parts of this that I enjoyed, but mostly it didn't work for me. At times it seemed like it was trying to be a light rom com, but the characters had such intensely horrific experiences in their pasts, which were mostly glossed over and apparently solved by falling in love 🙄. The epilogue had way too much crammed into it; I get it, they live happily ever after, no need to belabor the point.

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Dream Girl | Laura Lippman
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I'm going to have to reread this one sometime because the ending has me questioning everything that happened!

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Measuring Up | Lily LaMotte
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A sweet middle grade graphic novel about Cici who moves to the U.S. from Taiwan with her parents and enters a cooking contest to win money to buy her grandma a plane ticket for a visit. Cici and her new friend at the contest learn how to push back against their parents' expectations of who they should be.

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I was surprised by how much I loved this book. Now I want to read Dolly's autobiography. She's amazing. I'm also moving Smarsh's Heartland up on my TBR list.

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Box in the Woods | Maureen Johnson
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Teen mystery. Book 4 in the Truly Devious series. Completely new and different mystery than the 1st 3 books. Stevie solves the 1978 murder of 4 teens at a summer camp.

Linsy I liked that she was able to give us a continuation that completely stands on its own! 2mo
Amie @Linsy yes I was happy that it continued beyond the initial trilogy. I think there might be a 5th book coming, but I'm not sure. 2mo
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Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This was really good. I'm not sure how to describe it - sort of a thriller but kind of slow-paced in the beginning. I've seen it described as horror but it's not the gory or paranormal or hide under the covers kind of horror. The ending wasn't as satisfying as I wanted, but I think that was intentional. A good book for discussion.

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The Newcomer: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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A light, entertaining beach read, but way too long.

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Thin Air | Lisa Gray
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This was an Amazon First pick from a couple of years ago. I have fairly low expectations for Amazon First books and have only read a few, but I really liked this one. I already bought the next book in the series.

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This preorder arrived on my kindle today. This is the first book in a new series by the author of the Amory Ames mystery series. Looking forward to starting it next on vacation.

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Chasing Starlight | Teri Bailey Black
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Teen mystery set in 1938. Kate goes to live with her retired movie star grandfather in Pasadena and gets involved in both a movie and a murder. I loved that the main character is smart and wants to be an astronomer.

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Premeditated Myrtle | Elizabeth C. Bunce
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I loved this middle grade historical mystery. Great for fans of Enola Holmes or Wells & Wong/Murder Most Unladylike series.

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