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Amie

Amie

Joined September 2016

So many books so little time
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The Devil's Slave | Tracy Borman
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Book 2 in the Frances Gorges trilogy. Full of plotting and intrigue in King James I's court. I don't think I would have enjoyed the suspense of the ending as much if I had been more familiar with the historical details.

#netgalley

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I spent most of the day decorating cookies and listening to this audiobook.

Tamra You are talented! 3w
Megabooks So cute! 3w
TheSpineView Pretty and look yummy! 3w
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Eyelit They look great!! 3w
kspenmoll Yum!!! 2w
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This was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that I lost track of who everyone was. I needed a family tree to refer to while I was listening.

Crazeedi This sounds like a great read! 3w
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I'm struggling to read this book. It's for book club, plus it's such a well-regarded book, otherwise I would not hesitate to bail. I'm only on p.37 and feel like nothing about it is compelling me to continue. Can anyone who has read it convince me that it's worth sticking with?

brilliantglow I finished it last year or the year before that but I thought overall it was disappointing. It had some good characters and some interesting plots but I didn't really enjoy the writing. 1mo
KatieDid927 For me, it was worth it to power through. Once I just let go and went along for the ride I ended up really enjoying it, but I can see how it just doesn‘t click with some people. 1mo
audraelizabeth I listened to it earlier this year and had 3 hours left and could not force myself to finish. 4w
Tiltedwhirled I read it a couple of years ago and I‘m certain that I didn‘t understand it. 3w
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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This book deals with the accidental shooting death of a child by a neighbor/relative and the aftermath for the two families involved, so it is not easy subject matter to read about/listen to. I liked this more than The Round House, which is the only other book of Erdrich's that I've read, but I think it's because I listened to the audio of this one. If I read more Erdrich, audiobook will be the format.

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Mehso-so

This was a light, entertaining, easy read, which is what I expect from this series. The mystery got started far too late in the book, and sometimes it feels like the main characters don't learn or change much, which gets a little old. I missed some of the usual fun side characters, but this had an interesting setting.

Tove_Reads I enjoyed her other two series, but didn‘t really get into this one. 1mo
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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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This retelling of Cinderella was amazing! I loved every bit of it.

monogamist_reader This is on my TBR, and i cant wait to give it a go. 1mo
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The author, who is the editor of a very small Iowa newspaper, won a Pulitzer for editorial writing, and the book caught my attention because my mom grew up in this area of Iowa, but his writing style with the folksy tone and sentence fragments is killing me and I don't know if I can get through this book 😬

Smrloomis 🙄😕 Ugh, I don‘t think I could finish that! 1mo
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The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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McHugh has a talent for portraying small, dying Midwestern towns as grim and a bit sinister, while capturing the humanity of the people who live there. The story felt a bit tepid, though and the suspense could have been been turned up a notch or two in the first 2/3, but not bad overall.
#librarything #earlyreviewers

Amie The descriptions of a small town/rural/farming community felt authentic to me, as someone who grew up in that type of community (except using the terms grain bin and silo interchangeably - those are two different things in my lexicon) 2mo
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Milady | Laura L. Sullivan
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This is the story of Milady de Winter, nemesis of D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers. It's been a long time since I read The Three Musketeers and I don't remember much from it, but I still enjoyed this book completely.

On a side note, this style of cover seems to be a new trend, and I don't find it appealing at all. I can't quite figure out what I don't like about it, but I know I don't like it. But the book was good!

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I would like to see people with their heads. Not just torsos. 2mo
Centique I agree with you about the cover. Merging two high colour images together just looks kinda tacky. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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This novel is about a young Appalachian pack horse librarian in 1930s Kentucky who also has a genetic condition that causes her skin to be blue (a real condition that affected a real Appalachian family). This young woman had to endure so much grief and sorrow, but the book did end on a hopeful note.

Crazeedi I tried to start this and put it down, glad to hear you liked, I should revisit it 2mo
ReadingisMyPassion Eager to read this one. 1w
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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The cat and I are spending a lazy day reading. I read this a long time ago and remember next to nothing about it, and now I'm reading it for book club. I'm about halfway done. It's an excellent book so far.

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Hardly Knew Her | Laura Lippman
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A collection of short stories featuring many unlikeable characters and the darker side of suburbia and domestic life. Lippman has a talent for making a story zig when you think it's going to zag.

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Bailedbailed

I gave this until about 10% and decided it wasn't for me, so moving on. #netgalley

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A Killing in the Hills | Julia Keller
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I'm giving this a pick because I liked it in spite quite a few flaws. I think it's the tone and setting that I liked, and I was engrossed in the story even though the mystery was pretty weak. If you read it, be prepared to skim a bit when it gets too wordy and overdoes the similes. Also be prepared to feel depressed at the end. I'm really selling this one, aren't I?

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Women's Atlas | Joni Seager
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Enlightening but depressing.

Megabooks W.T.F.! 🤬 3mo
Avanders 🙍🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🙇🏽‍♀️ 3mo
IndoorDame Some states in the US have really upsetting laws and statistics on child marriage and for some reason NO ONE talks about it! (edited) 3mo
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Amie @Megabooks that was exactly my reaction to this 3mo
Amie @IndoorDame yes. This is upsetting and needs to be fixed. 3mo
IndoorDame @amie added this title to my tbr. don't know that it's likely to provide insights into what we can do as individuals, but it might generate ideas 3mo
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Fascinating.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Fabulous characters, lively writing, excellent setting, but not enough plot. I enjoyed it up to a point but then it failed to keep my interest. #netgalley

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Mehso-so

Maybe I just didn't have a deep enough interest in the subject matter to really get into this book, but I found it rather boring and bogged down in minutiae. It is interesting to consider that Wallis was not solely responsible for the situation and maybe wasn't the manipulative schemer that she is usually portrayed as, but ultimately, I couldn't find much sympathy for either party in the affair. #netgalley

Reviewsbylola I‘m definitely interested in this one! Maybe not enough for an entire book but an article for sure. 😆 3mo
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The Right Sort of Man | Allison Montclair
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A fantastic start to a new historical mystery series. I liked the witty, clever main characters and will be interested to see how the friendship develops between this mismatched pair.

Crazeedi I *may* have to start another series 😉 3mo
Amie @Crazeedi I can't resist historical mysteries like this 😄 3mo
Lillie Yes! Loved the interaction between Gwen and Iris. Loved how different they were from each other and their friendship worked for them. Loved how they took the mystery on. Lovely new cozy mystery series. Can't wait till their next outing. 2mo
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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I enjoyed this book for the most part & always like Williams' writing style, but there are a couple of things about her books in general that are getting tiresome for me. The alternating timeline trend is getting really old & gimmicky for me. Also too much "I love you so I have to have your babies!" in her books especially in this one where it was dangerous & life-threatening for the character to have babies. Also some loose ends not tied up.

Crazeedi I'm looking forward to reading, but I get tired of same old same old writing from an author, that's too bad 3mo
Amie @Crazeedi sometimes I like it because then I know what to expect from that author and if that's what I'm in the mood for I know to pick up their book. I think I need to recalibrate my expectations of this author and accept that I'm not going to love all her books like I used to. I'm sure there are readers who love the things that I disliked about this book. 3mo
Crazeedi @amie well I really enjoyed the first 3 I read of hers, but the last one (cant remember name)left me a bit disappointed 3mo
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Hollie I get annoyed when all books that have a romance element end in a pregnancy. Ugh. 3mo
Amie @Hollie Agreed. I'm realizing that this is a thing with this author and her characters almost always end up pregnant. 3mo
ReadingisMyPassion I could not get into this one. I usually love her books. 1w
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I learned about some people in Ohio's history that I didn't know about (in spite of living in Ohio my whole life), but this book doesn't really add anything to our understanding of history. For the most part, it's the same old same old white men and manifest destiny that was in all our history books growing up.

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I read this looking for anything that I could use with the after school kids I work with at the library. It's an interesting book, but there's not much that would work in my particular program. I would love to be a 6th grader in the author's reading class!

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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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I decided that it's a good time to start reading The Real Wallis Simpson because she is also a character in another book I'm currently reading: The Golden Hour.

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What You Want to See | Kristen Lepionka
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I found lots of good Kindle daily deals and monthly deals today. There are two more monthly deals that I want but I'll wait a week or two on those.

Cailey_Mac Ooooo💕📖 4mo
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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#bookmail from @WilliamMorrowBooks just in time for weekend reading! Looks great next to all my other Beatriz Williams books!

SilversReviews Love Beatriz Williams....what a GREAT photo. 4mo
Amie @SilversReviews Thanks! 4mo
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The Prague Sonata | Bradford Morrow
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This was rather disappointing. The story could have been interesting but it dragged on far too long and character development was lacking. I don't know much about Prague, so it was interesting to learn about the city and its history.

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This was interesting. I learned about women I had never heard of. I like that these women are presented with all their complications, even if that means that they don't fit our contemporary ideas of feminist icons. I could have done without the author's commentary on her feelings about each woman at the end of each chapter, but otherwise it was a worthwhile listen.

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I really liked this mystery. The main character is Roxane, a female PI in Columbus, OH, and she takes a job trying to locate a witness in order to free a man who's scheduled to be executed for a murder he didn't commit. It reminded me a little of the Kinsey Millhone series, but a little darker. Still a quick, easy read, though. I will continue reading this series, although there's only 1 or 2 more books so far.

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Starting a new book and have to say I'm intrigued by this introduction to the main character, who is a PI. It's a local author and setting, which is also interesting. So far, I'm getting Kinsey Millhone vibes, which is a compliment.

rretzler The large print reminds me of my mother and the Kindle I got her. She claims that because she turns the pages faster since there are so few words on the page that she is reading the book faster. 😂 (Somehow in looking at what I wrote it doesn‘t seem as funny as it does when she says it.) 🤣 4mo
rubyslippersreads This looks interesting. 4mo
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I enjoyed this book for the most part, especially certain parts of the ending, but the first half dragged a bit and the emotional connections between characters were not developed enough for me to really feel invested in them.

#librarythingearlyreviewers

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The View from Saturday | E.L. Konigsburg
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I like how Konigsburg writes her characters, but there is quite a bit in this book that would not be considered pc today and was downright cringe-worthy at times. Like the kids' academic bowl team using a noose as their victory symbol, which made sense (I guess?) in context and was not being used in a racist way, but wow that is seriously tone deaf and inappropriate.

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Yikes, a pretty significant error on the flap... This story is taking place in 1854 not 1954! At first I thought maybe it alternates between 1854 and 1954, but it alternates between 1854 and 1812. I got this in a giveaway so hopefully the copies for sale will have a corrected dust jacket 😳

But all that aside, I've enjoyed 3 chapters so far.

callielafleur Wow, that's crazy! 4mo
Birdsong28 @julesG Look at this 🤦🤷🙆 4mo
julesG @Birdsong28 Gaaaaaah! 🙈🙈🙈 4mo
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I'm thrilled with this #bookmail from @WilliamMorrowBooks ! I won The Summer Country from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and was expecting an arc, but they sent a finished hardcover and it's gorgeous! And I'm always excited for a Beatriz Williams book!

tpixie Great covers! Congrats! 🎈🎉 🥳📚 4mo
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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I'm taking a vacation day from work today and I already completed the one task that I needed to - getting a car tire fixed. It's rainy and dreary so I decided to crawl back into bed and read the rest of the day. The cat seems to approve of this plan. 😸📚🌧️

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This book was very well done for the most part, although I felt that the ending dragged on longer than necessary. #netgalley #arc

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Buried In a Bog | Sheila Connolly
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There wasn't much mystery in this first book in the County Cork series, but I enjoyed the setting of Ireland, and I also liked that the main character had a background that's a little more gritty than in some cozy mysteries. I'll probably try more books in this series.

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Meet Me in Monaco | Hazel Gaynor
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#arc #netgalley
If you are looking for a light, romantic summer read, this comes out in July. Two people meet due to an encounter with Grace Kelly during her visit to Cannes for the film festival, which is also when she meets her husband Prince Rainier.

I read it in a day and really enjoyed it, especially the slightly unconventional ending. I also love the gorgeous cover.

ReadingisMyPassion I loved this book. I had a very successful giveaway on my page just before it released. The prize was this book and a coffee table type book of Princess Grace's Hollywood years. 1w
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I started this ARC on Monday and am only about 1/3 of the way into it but it is SO GOOD! I hope the rest of it is just as good as the first part.

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I listened (via Hoopla) to two books this week about women in Hollywood history and enjoyed both.

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Tightrope | Amanda Quick
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Another entertaining installment in the Burning Cove series. I really enjoy the 1930s Hollywood-adjacent setting. Plus the gorgeous cover!

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Death Prefers Blondes | Caleb Roehrig
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Margo Manning is a wealthy teen socialite leading a crew of teen drag queens who commit elaborate heists. Margo reminds a lot of Veronica Mars. FYI, lots of sexy times in this one.

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ARC from publisher via #netgalley.

This started a little slow for me and was a little choppy with all the different perspectives, but once I figured out the how the structure was built on those perspectives I appreciated it more. The story wasn't suspenseful or a thriller but there's murder and mystery and a look at 1966 Baltimore and its people. Fans of Lippman's Tess Monaghan series will recognize some characters.

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I'm enjoying Laura Lippman's next book.

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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This was a cute teen romance, and I liked the classic movie angle. The THING that the main characters don't figure out until near the end was super obvious and it was kind of frustrating that they were so blind to it, but maybe that's part of the fun for some readers (especially those in the target age group).

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Hotel Dare | Terry Blas
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Great characters, art, and message about family. Fun story but the different worlds didn't make sense to me.

I won an advance copy from the publisher in a giveaway.

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The Curse of Oak Island | Randall Sullivan
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The cat and I are enjoying some nonfiction this morning.

Erofan 📚😻 5mo
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Murder on Black Swan Lane | Andrea Penrose
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This historical mystery was so good! Can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

Crazeedi I was gifted this by a sweet litten, cant wait to read! 5mo
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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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Kept me guessing right up to the end!

rretzler Christie has been a favorite of mine for many, many years! 5mo
Amie @rretzler I've only really started reading Christie in the past few years, but she has become a favorite quickly! 5mo
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I loved playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego on my family's Apple computer in the 80s, so I had to read this just for the sake of nostalgia. It's a fun adventure story for middle grades that gives us Carmen's origin story.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I saw this and thought of you!!! 6mo
wanderinglynn I watched the Netflix adaptation and really enjoyed it. Now I‘ll have to go back & read the book. 👍🏻 6mo
wordzie 😎 6mo
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