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Joined May 2016

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Star of the North | D. B. John
Mehso-so

While well researched and extremely engaging for its portrayal of life in North Korea, it falls rather flat at the end. It did keep me going until the end, however.

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Coming in July—I am halfway through this one and enjoying it immensely. It is funny, heartwarming, and very insightful.

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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Reading this amazing work in preparation for hosting Jasper Fforde in Wyoming! So excited to meet this man who has taken one of the most influential books in my life and constructed an alternative world of tremendous proportion.

Eyelit One of my faves! Jealous of you getting to meet him. Enjoy! 2y
Bookdodger Eyelit he is staying at my house for a week—NERVOUS! Just hope I can appropriately entertain him! 2y
DebbieGrillo I just read this a couple of months ago. Loved it! 2y
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Five women hike into the Outback on a corporate retreat and four come out. What has happened to Alice? Aaron Falk returns in this follow up to The Dry. Well written, terrific character development!

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
2y
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Put this one on your TBR list for January when that gift certificate money is burning a hole in your pocket! Terrific murder mystery that moves back and forth in time. Good character development and plot twists up to the very end. Nothing is as it seems!

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Listened to this on audio. Not the best reader but the story was absolutely fascinating! These women were amazing!

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The Which Way Tree | Elizabeth Crook
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Through Benjamin Shreve‘s letters the reader is carried off on a fearsome adventure in 1870‘s Texas involving 14 yr old Benjamin, 12 yr old Sam, an aging Mexican who might or might not be a horse thief, an elderly preacher and his equally elderly dog, a murdering secessionist, and an invincible panther. Crook has created engaging characters the will remain in the reader's mind long after. Fabulous!

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Chad Bird lays bare his life as only one who truly understands mercy and grace can. Through sharing his trials he reminds us that God's grace is there for all who repent and rely on Him rather than ourselves. This book is a loving gift to all who read it. #Chadbird

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Yes, it is mid-May but snow is on the way. Glad I have a good book! I continue to be appalled of our treatment of Native Americans!

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Dragon Teeth: A Novel | Michael Crichton
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This was an enjoyable read but if you have ever read Crichton you will know that this is just a sketch for the novel he intended. The characters and situations lack his usual depth. Nonetheless this is still a terrific summer read and illuminates a time in American history of which few are aware. Definitely worth the read! (By the way, this is a bronze cast of a dinosaur at the Tate Museum in Casper--along with the cutest grandson ever!)

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Hello, Sunshine | Laura Dave
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Terrific little summer read that will have you thinking about the impact of the importance some place on social media and its potential to impact our lives in ways we never considered.

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Dragon Teeth: A Novel | Michael Crichton
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Woo hoo! Look what I got today! Pretty excited!

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I was prepared not to like this book and found myself delightfully in error! Not only did her use of Shakespeare's words NOT sound pretentious it gave illumination to the character's lives and emotions. In turn, the characters gave illumination to Shakespeare's words. Very well done first effort!

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Lovemurder | Saul Black
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Finished it--the ending was slightly gratuitous but a good read overall. There are some images it will take a while to get out of my head so this is not for the faint of heart.

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Lovemurder | Saul Black
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Morning reading for my day off.

Mistydawn Did you read The Killing Lessons yet?? I just bought it, but haven't gotten to it yet. 3y
Bookdodger @Mistydawn I have and it was very good. The killing Lessons was brutal and this one even more so. There are some descriptions that I am just skimming--kind of like fast forwarding through parts of Criminal Minds, if you get my drift..... 3y
Mistydawn Gotcha! 3y
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Lucious sentences like this one keep you turning the pages craving more despite the the Cormac McCarthy-esque brutality of the story.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Listening to this on audio read by the incomparable Neil himself. What a delight!! Thanks Libro.fm!

Shellseeker Would love to listen to this! 3y
Bookdodger @shellseeker he has gone back to the earliest sources of the myths and truly brings them to life. 3y
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This is an amazing, TRUE story of survival. This woman can actually write in a compelling manner. Better yet, 44 years later the couple are still together! Put this one on the top of your TBR stack!

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Loved this brilliantly crafted homage to the classic British crime writers! Usually I find fiction about the writing/publishing/bookselling vocation to be insipid. This is an absolute romp from beginning to end and pure delight for lovers of everyone from Miss Jane Marple up to Tom and John Barnaby (😉😉). Just hope and pray they change the cover to a magpie! It is an insult to the author and the readers intelligence to have a crow on the cover!

Libby1 You're right about the cover! 3y
Marchpane This bird looks exactly like an Australian magpie in silhouette. I haven't read the book though, so I don't know if choosing this species is an "insult" to somebody. 3y
Bookdodger @marchpane I plead ignorance as to Australian magpies. What I find interesting is that the British edition does have a European Magpie on the cover. The American edition has so far has what American's would recognize as a crow. I admit that I might have taken excessive umbrage but the American Magpie, where this edition is to be released, has a long beautiful scissor tail. 3y
Marchpane And the British edition is the one available in Australia, so it has a bird on its cover which no Aussie would recognise as a magpie. Confusing! 😂 3y
Bookdodger @marchpane Drat! I hoping they could use the artwork from here on the Australian edition! Life is funny! 3y
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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This is so well done! I am only halfway but can't put it down. Just hope the final cover will actually have a magpie on it and not a crow! Does the graphic designer really think we are that ignorant???

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Reading this amazing memoir. Can't put it down despite the siren call of the bed.....

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Black Water Lilies | Michel Bussi
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This was absolutely NOT what I was expecting and near the end I thought it was just crazy and made no sense but I persisted and it all came together beautifully. It has one of the most intricate and well conceived plots I have read in a long time. I am still a little stunned!

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Winter Mischief | Philippe Georget

I am on a French kick, apparently. I am listening to Black Water Lilies-set in Givenchy-and reading Crimes of Winter-set in Perpignan. I think this must have pubbed in France as Winter Mischief that or Europa plans to change the title when it releases. Anyway, it is terrific! I love #Europa!

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Since We Fell | Dennis Lehane
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This is my first Lehane and I was very pleased! Couldn't put it down; read it all in one day......my taxes still aren't done.....🙄. The author adds some unexpected twists that are improbable but do not take away from the enjoyment of the book. This should definitely go on your TBR list.

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Since We Fell | Dennis Lehane
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You are going to love this one! Perfect for this snowy, windy day.

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Black Water Lilies | Michel Bussi

Just started this on audio. In the opening pages there is a description of blood in a stream that is nearly as artistic as Monet's lilies. Also, the narrator is pitch and tone perfect!!

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The Mexican Tree Duck | James Crumley
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So what does one do when one mistakenly arrives at the airport 3.5 hrs early for a flight to a much needed vacation? One pulls out a book,of course! Litsians are ever prepared! (I must REALLY need this vacation!)

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'Round Midnight | Laura McBride
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This gem of a book is due in May. I am so in love with these characters! Everyone, it's Laura's fault that I am late to work two days in a row!!!

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Viva Mexico! | Charles Macomb Flandrau
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Why, oh why was I not born at such a time that I could have met this man?? His descriptions leave me in hysterics! You really must find a copy of this wonderful book! He loved Mexico and its people.

H.Louise I just got to that part! 3y
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Viva Mexico! | Charles Macomb Flandrau
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This is an oldie but goodie. Written in 1908 it still rings true today. Some parts -such as this- are utterly sublime. This passage is written about the advantages of living a solitary life.

H.Louise I'm loving it so far! 3y
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Frozen Dead | Bernard Minier
Mehso-so

I am very conflicted regarding how to rate this book. I think Minier put a tremendous amount of research into the writing of this book and it has some excellent moments. His sense of humor is delightful and it leavens the seriousness at just the right time. However, I just came away feeling the ending was very contrived. I think it is worth the read but I was disappointed at the end.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Terrific mystery that really keeps you guessing up to the very end!!

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Open Season | C. J. Box
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In Quebec City I, of course, had to visit the nearest independent bookstore. When Christian Vachon discovered (from my VERY elementary French) that I owned a bookstore in Wyoming he immediately took me over to show me his favorite mystery author--CJ Box! No barriers-we independents speak the same language and I have a new friend in Quebec City!

LilMamaMastro 💙❤️💙❤️ 3y
Titania What is your bookstore...and where? Hoping to explore more of our state next year, and visiting bookstores is always on our vacation to do list! :-) 3y
Bookdodger @Titania Wind City Books in Casper. Can't wait to meet! 3y
Titania @Bookdodger I might be in Casper in December! Will definitely stop by if I am! 3y
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Frozen Dead | Bernard Minier
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When on the train from Montreal to Quebec City one reads #thefrozendead.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This should keep me occupied for the day on airplanes!

Libby1 Have a good journey! 3y
RealLifeReading Have a good trip! 3y
Bookdodger Merci beaucoup, mes amis! 3y
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Had the utter delight of meeting this author last week. He is humble, thoughtful, and astoundingly funny! So on this snowy night I am curled up with the Artful Dodger (Dodger for short) and this lovely book!

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Just back from Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Fall Discovery Show with this gem of a memoir. The title says it all: at 25 Katie was riding her bike in NYC when in a freak accident she was literally run over by a Mack truck. (I suppose it could have been a Peterbilt, etc. She doesn't say.) Eight massive wheels rolled over her abdomen and yet she survived. This is her amazing, funny, and heartwarming story of her trek back to life.

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North Water | Ian McGuire
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Power went out for the umpteenth time-this time for good. Thank heaven for book lights!

MrBook 😕 3y
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Read this novel and you will find yourself in the dust bowl of Oklahoma fighting to stay on the land, loving your family yet needing something more to fill the void. Tragic and triumphant, Rae Meadows' spare prose will draw you in until you ARE Annie, Samuel, Birdie, Fred, and Jack.

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Grand hotel | Vicki Baum
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Started this one which is next in my "60 at 60". Isn't this sentence just perfect?

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Ok, I finally got this finished. (It has been a hectic summer.) Watson's writing is so moving that I fell in love with Calvin Sidey. As a consequence I hated the ending! Oh well, I will just make up my own!

Meglet I think I'll take on this attitude for more books - permission to make up my own ending! 3y
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This is a rare diversion into non-fiction for me but I love Tom Wolfe so am treating myself. What fun!!

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My rep came by yesterday and said I have to read this. He usually knows what he's talking about! So far it is excellent!

ValerieAndBooks My grandparents were "Okies" who ended up in CA. Looks good! 3y
jkjohn Best book I've read this year. 3y
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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I lost a good friend on Sunday. What a comfort to read these words today.

BookishMarginalia Big hug 💜 3y
Bibliogeekery Sending care! 3y
Bookdodger Thank you, friends! 3y
Eyelit 💙💙💙 3y
SusanInTiburon Love and peace to you. 🌺 3y
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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Set against the backdrop of the emerging Spanish Civil War and World War II, as well as London of the 1960's, Burton deftly explores themes of love, loyalty, and artistic gift. It is slow to start but as the lives entwine the mystery at its core builds and arrives at a surprising yet satisfying conclusion.

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Wife of the Gods | Kwei Quartey
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How have I missed this author before??

[DELETED] 2232195534 Isn't this a good book? Read it with mystery group a few years ago. Vivid setting and interesting mystery! 3y
Bookdodger #kaysreadinglife I am liking to reading the others and selling them in my store. Have you read Malla Nunn? 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I have not read Nunn. Should put that author on my list! 3y
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Miss Jane | Brad Watson

Event with this lovely author today. He has written a thoughtful, empathetic book about a woman born with a rare defect that precludes her from relationships of an intimate nature. It is a warm and loving story of a woman of strength and resilience based on an aunt of his. #BradWatson is an author to look for! This novel is not getting the attention it deserves.

Bookdodger Guess I was wrong about it not getting all the attention it deserves....😁🎉🎉🎉 3y
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Miss Jane | Brad Watson

Author with this lovely author. He has written a thoughtful, empathetic book about a woman born with a rare defect that precludes her from relationships of an intimate nature. It is a warm and loving story of a woman of strength and resilience based on an aunt of his. #BradWatson is an author to look for! This novel is not getting the attention it deserves.

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Been driving a lot this summer so #libro has been my friend. This was a little slow for me to get into--maybe my sporadic listening was at fault--but I have an hour and a half left and am finding it hard to get out of the car! I did not read The Miniaturist but may go back and pick it up on the strength of this one!

shawnmooney I'm more interested in the Crossing Eden novel in the background. What are your thoughts on it? 3y
Bookdodger I have read small parts of it and the writing is gorgeous. I just haven't had enough time to devote to a book of that length. It is on my "retirement list" when I have the time to read it! 3y
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