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Joined December 2017

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This Thing Of Darkness | Harry Thompson
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It‘s a gorgeous day in Southern Ontario but I think my days of reading outside are numbered. 🍁

Oblomov26 Such a good book 2d
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Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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I‘m not very far in to this but I‘m really enjoying the audio so far. 🌼

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Frenchman's Creek | Daphne Du Maurier
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I don‘t read much romance but I am loving this book. ❤️

erzascarletbookgasm These are very pretty editions! 😍 6d
Suet624 Those are beautiful! 6d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book. And I love that I completely missed the sex scene because it was so subtle 😂 Such a good romantic read! 6d
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Mehso-so

Well...one storyline was magical and written in velvety prose. The other storyline was something quite different. I much preferred the 1st over the 2nd though I‘m sure there will be those that feel the opposite. The book has merit, that‘s for sure but I feel it was written to make a statement as opposed to making art. Nothing wrong with that but it failed to win me over. If the whole book were like the 1st storyline it would be a 5 ⭐️ for me.

Emilymdxn I felt like that. I‘ve got nothing against considering the issues considered in the second storyline but every character seemed like a debating mouthpiece rather than a person and it got exhausting. 2w
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Great reading for anyone interested in conservation or animal rights. It has a good narrative. 🐒

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Pickpick

Loved it. Written in the style of a classic British mystery. It was so fun to read. ❌⭕️

Molly_the_mezzo I loved this one! 2w
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Excellent! Award material for sure. 🎖Don‘t let the wordy first chapter intimidate you. It settles down into a very readable book.

thebluestocking Thanks for the review. This will definitely be one of my October #botm picks!! I can‘t wait. 4w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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I love when a book forces me to slow down and slowly absorb the story. This unusual little book is odd but I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of figuring it out as I go.

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House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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Next up. 🙂Not sure what to expect. I love starting new books. There is such a sense of adventure.

Tamra This is sooooo good! Wharton is a favorite of mine. Queen of Social Snark. 1mo
Becker @Tamra So glad to get this feedback. That is exactly what I‘m in the mood for. 1mo
Cathythoughts I love this book ♥️ Lily ♥️ 1mo
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Mehso-so

The contents of this book would normally be very interesting to me but honestly, 224 pages of it got a bit dull. Too much of a good thing. I should have broke it down into much smaller reading segments.

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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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I am loving this beautiful story 💕

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This is a memoir of essays about motherhood. It‘s hard to predict if someone would enjoy this. I think you either connect with it or you don‘t. I certainly did. 💙

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The Take | Christopher Reich
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I don‘t read this type of book very often which might be partially why I found it so fun and entertaining. I sure did get my fix of spies, heists, evil Russian agents and exotic locations. 🌟

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Very engaging family drama. Perhaps a bit longer than necessary but I still recommend it if you like these types of stories. 👍

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m only about an hour in, but I‘m finding it hard to put down. It is quite captivating and it is classic Atwood.

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Best final chapter ever🥰

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A good read and yet another example of the ugliness of war. However I do recommend it is read with a critical mind. I finished it with plenty of questions.

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A very soft, pleasant and really interesting read. My only complaint is that I thought the characters lacked depth but it didn‘t stop me from enjoying it. I would recommend this to anyone who loves light historical fiction. Lots of interesting historical moments in this one. 3.5⭐️

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All Things Consoled | Elizabeth Hay
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Mehso-so

This was a well written and painfully honest account of the complex relationships in the author‘s family. How the people you love the most can also hurt you and drain you the most. I‘m sure most reader‘s will see some aspect of their own family in the pages. Although it is well done, it is also a very somber read and I was glad to reach the end. The tone was depressing. 🤦‍♀️

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Lampedusa: A Novel | Steven Price
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I was just about to start this when the Giller long list was announced and low and behold, there it was. The description for this one is perfect for me, so fingers crossed. 🤞. I loved his last book called Gaslight.

AnneCecilie That‘s one gorgeous cover 😍 2mo
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The Baron in the Trees | Italo Calvino
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My first Calvino but I love unique, innovative work and I think this is going to be right up my alley. 🌳

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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman
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I always like to have a collection of short stories on hand that I can dip in and out of. This one has been on my shelf for several years. It‘s time it sees the light of day. 📖

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Am I the only one who thinks this is funny? My husband gave me the eye roll 🙄.

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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Unique, weird, clever, amusing and I loved every minute of it. The audio made it highly entertaining. Definitely not a book for everyone. Read at your own risk😉

Reagan-reads I feel like I tried to read this at the wrong time and bailed. I need to give it another go. 2mo
Becker @Reagan-reads - I think the audio was at least partially responsible for my enjoyment of this book. It played up all the quirkinesses in the characters. I‘m not sure I would have had the same reaction if I had read it. 2mo
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A family story of two sisters in South Africa as they struggle with their personal lives, while their country struggles with the new political reality of Mandela as President. 👍

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It is shameful and incredibly stupid that our society has allowed this epidemic to happen. A little less greed and a bit more common sense would have gone a long way to preventing it. 😠

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This takes place on Jeju Island, South Korea. Great cultural story but even more interesting from a historical viewpoint.🦐

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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“Words-just words! They line up, one after the other, scratches of black on white... but keep them close, my young friend. Keep them within reach, always. They contain nothing less than the entire world. Opulent. Staggering. Rich beyond your imagining. Waiting for you to crack it open.” - Dani Shapiro. Art by Cindy Derby.

megnews ❤️ 3mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Both the story and the writing feel fresh - like it hasn‘t been done before. I‘m really enjoying this.✅

Samplergal I‘m getting this started soon. 3mo
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Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Typical Stephen King = Great storytelling

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The Warded Man | Peter V. Brett
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Really enjoyed this. Great storytelling. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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I thought there was a good story here but there was something about the writing style that didn‘t suit me. It wasn‘t poor writing at all but there was something clinical or sterile about it that really prevented me from caring for the characters. I would still say it was a good book, just not a memorable one for me.

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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“Dear Person-Who-Is-Afraid-Of-Books,

Don‘t forget: You don‘t have to finish every book you start...books aren‘t like a plate of vegetables that you‘re supposed to eat because they‘re good for you. Books are like an enormous ice cream sundae...You can eat as much of a book as you want and when you‘re full...you can put the book down and walk away.” - Amanda Palmer. Art by Taeeun Yoo.

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Hold came in from the library today, just in time for the weekend.🌲

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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Mehso-so

Is it fair to dislike a book just because you disliked the characters? I think the author did a fine job writing this but I couldn‘t stand either of the two main characters. Not sure why I even finished it but I feel bad saying that because it‘s not really a reflection of the quality of the book.

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Count Alexander Rostov stole my heart! ❤️

ssravp Loved this book! 3mo
Aims42 Loved this book so much 😍 3mo
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Moving my way slowly through my big summer read. It‘s adorably over the top. So glad I decided to tackle it.

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There are some very kind reviews on Goodreads for this. We‘ll see 🤓

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I remember hearing about the IRA on the news when I was younger but never understood the conflict. This book explains the conflict and some horrifying details that I knew nothing about. A sober but really interesting read.🇮🇪

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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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The brutality of war laced lightly with moments of absurd humour. An unusual book is some ways but I found the story quite gripping.

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I‘m impressed. This was very well written and I would definitely recommend it.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A bit of science, a bit of mystery, a bit of history and a bit of adventure. 🗺

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Possible World | Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
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I loved the premise of this one but I‘m 70 pages in and can‘t yet figure out where the author is taking this story? Anyone else read this book❓

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The story of this autistic child who was found to be a genius was so remarkable that it was almost unbelievable. I had to google him to verify that it was all true. Sure enough, the internet is full of sources that cover his story. This is a real attention grabbing story. 😮

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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
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Really enjoyable middle grade fiction with a great message subtly woven into the story line. There is a music theme in this book that is greatly enhanced in the audio version 🎼

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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Every summer I pick a big beast of a book that I aim to finish by Labour Day. This one clocks in at over 1000 pages so I think I will start it this weekend. I‘ve never heard a bad thing about this book so I am really looking forward to it. 🥰

Kaye This is so good. , beautiful cover also. 5mo
BarbaraJean This has been on my TBR for so long—hoping to tackle it next year! The Hunchback of Notre Dame is my big classic chunkster this year. 😊 4mo
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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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This is a book for book lovers. It is a series of letters from various authors to the young reader, that discuss the joys of reading. 📚

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Her Secret Son (Original) | Hannah Mary McKinnon
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Mehso-so

This was okay. Interesting premise but honestly it got a bit tedious as it went along.

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I‘m really enjoying this, I think in part because I read The Iliad last summer and loved it. However I‘m not sure I would like it as much if I wasn‘t familiar with the Iliad. 🗡

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As a person who really loves a well done setting in a book, I thought this might be fun to browse through. It has very short essays about the settings in 73 well known novels. I started by just reading the entries from books I had read but I enjoyed it so much I ended up reading the whole book. This book isn‘t for everyone but if you enjoy books where the setting is practically a character, then you might be the right reader for this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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