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CherylRussell

CherylRussell

Joined January 2016

Hardbacks are my drug of choice. 📖📚
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5/5⭐️ complex characters, a murder, an innocent man sent to prison for a crime he didn‘t commit, mistakes that cost lives and the survivor‘s guilt and trauma in the aftermath...and the most important mystery of all-where is Champlain, the Father of Quebec, buried? Three mysteries, all linked together in one book.

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5/5⭐️. I‘m a fan of Shaun Tan‘s work@and this book is rich in drawings from rough drafts to final product. A great visual reminder art must go through many drafts before the final product, even by those at the top of their craft. #Christmas2018 #shauntan #imagination

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Current read and it has pulled me in. A real-life whodunit in the early 1900s in rural Iowa and the wife, on trial for the murder of her husband, may be judged more on her personality and her failure to uphold the feminine ideal than on the evidence.

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This is a fun book to read. It is a collection of short essays on books, reading, and the quirks, problems, satisfaction of a reading life. Recommend 4 🌟/5

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Based on a true story. A mother claims her daughter‘s ghost reveals her murder and murderer and the man is convicted. But then McCrumb puts a twist at the end that I didn‘t see coming, but totally works. 4🌟/5

CherylRussell McCrumb is one of my favorite authors because of the way she weaves supernatural and historical elements into her work, something I do in my work. 📝📚🙂 9mo
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A structural fire opens the book, but fire in this novel, I think, refers to the fire within. Some are consumed by it, some must keep it in check lest it burn fast and hot and consume lives built on dry fuel. But for many of the characters in this novel, life squelches that fire, leaving hollowed out shelves going through life‘s motions. 4🔥🔥🔥🔥/5 (Morning glories aren‘t in the book, but are thriving on my porch 🙂)

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Started this one. Problem? I started this because of the TV show Shetland and so far, while I read the show plays in my head. So, I‘m guessing the ending isn‘t going to be a surprise. 😜🤣

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Cruelest Month | Louise Penny
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I‘m hooked on this series. Is it possible to be frightened to death or was it murder? Or terror the murder weapon? This Chief Inspector Armand Gamache dilemma. He also must contend with savage lies published about his family; revenge for doing the right thing in a much earlier case. 4/5 🌟

Tamra It is fun! 10mo
CherylRussell @Tamra Fun and addictive. 🙂 10mo
CherylRussell I forgot to add that this is book 3 in the series. Book 13(!) comes out in November. A lot of catching up to do between now and then. 10mo
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Hooked on these books. Ah, when a series pulls you in....😍😍📚📚🎉🎉 #louisepenny #mystery

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Silver Girl | Leslie Pietrzyk
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Eclectic but coordinated #bookmail. Silver Girl is written by my former mentor Leslie Pietrzyk. Who else got #books delivered to their door today?

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This was a fun read. Just what I needed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5. Also, one book down on my #TBR stack.

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Next up in my efforts to read down my TBR piles. Who else has read this?

ScrappyMags I‘ve never read it and i can‘t tell you why!! 1y
CherylRussell @ScrappyMags I‘m pretty sure I got because some #littens posted about it. 😁 #blamelitsy 1y
LibrarianJen I absolutely love it! 💖 1y
ScrappyMags @CherylRussell they are usually right 👍🏼👍🏼 1y
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Overall, I liked this book, even though at times it was more about Rose Wilder Lane than Laura. A lot I knew, but I also learned much about the author that caused me to fall in love with reading.

Wonderwoman89 I want to read this book 1y
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Pigeon Poop | Elizabeth Baguley
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Granddaughter‘s newest acquisition and it is a fun read with good illustrations.

Suet624 Ooohhh. So fun! 1y
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#Christmasbookhaul #happyreader #eclecticstack 😍😍 My Neverwhere collection keeps growing. 😍📚

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Christmas break and I‘m hitting the TBR piles-physical and electronic. 📚This is one of the books I‘m reading and I am fascinated/horrified (mainly at her upbringing by highly dysfunctional parents), / repulsed by this book, which means it is difficult to put down. 🙂

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Love and First Sight | Josh Sundquist
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Mehso-so

Today‘s Thanksgiving read. Quick read for a quiet holiday. 3 🌟🌟🌟/5 It was okay.

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This is a fantastic little book. It is mainly #bookishartwork with a few essays scattered throughout. It has earned a spot on #myfavoritereads list. 😍

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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So I am only 13 minutes into this audiobook, but oy. I'm already confused. So #Littens who have listened to this book, what was your listening experience?

irre I didn‘t like it. Wish I had stopped and returned it, but I listened to the whole thing. 2y
ReadingSusan I bailed on the print book but have been considering trying the audio. 2y
CherylRussell Well @irre and @ReadingSusan, I bailed on it. 1y
ReadingSusan @CherylRussell yeah that might be the death toll for this books chances with me. I wonder why so many people think it‘s such an amazing book? The unique format? 1y
CherylRussell @readingSusan I haven‘t a clue what the draw is. I may try the print book, at some point in the future. Or not. 😕 1y
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America's First Daughter: A Novel | Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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Finally finished this book. It was a bit long (I sped up the last few chapters to get done) and a little overly dramatic in spots, but I'm glad I listened to it. It is a fictionalized account of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson's life and what a life it was, according to this novel. Fled the British as a young girl, lost her mother at a young age, spent years in Paris, bad marriage, loyal to Virginia while hating the slavery Monticello depended on & more

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Keeping my local library busy. 🙂 📚

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America's First Daughter: A Novel | Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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Really enjoying this book. It is also a l-o-n-g one. Less than 7 hours to go.

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Mehso-so

Overall, I liked the book, but some of the subplots didn't work for me. I didn't find them all that interesting. Glad I read it, though.

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5/5 ⭐️ A motherless girl with a mind of her own and a refusal to conform to the expected roles of women, no matter how hard her cruel stepmother tries to break Vasilisa's spirit. The girl grows up listening to the tales of her nurse-tales about the fantastical creatures of the Russian wilderness -Upyrs, the river-king, polevik, bolotnik, chyerti, domovi, banning, vazila, rusalka and Morozko, the Frost-King. What's not to like?

celtichik I think it also might be on sale for kindle right now 2y
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Latest eclectic book haul.

JoeStalksBeck The Unquiet Grave is so good 2y
CherylRussell @JoeStalksBeck Sharyn McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to read it. 2y
CherylRussell @CatLass007 I don't think you can ever go wrong with Neil Gaiman 2y
JoeStalksBeck It‘s so brilliantly written 2y
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Grant | Ron Chernow
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This is a whopper of a book. I probably won't start reading this until summer break. 😕 959 pages. Pages 961-1074 are acknowledgements, notes, bibliography, and an index. 😳😳#bookmail #biography #civilwar
#history

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Passing this on because you should read this book. I have and highly recommend it.

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Finished this series. The head-hopping by the author throughout this series drove me nuts, but I'm glad I stuck with the series and finished it off. 🙂

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The Western Star | Craig Johnson
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Eclectic book mail.

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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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"The soldier was for an instant distracted by it, and Edwin seized the chance to break from his grasp." ???? Well alrighty then.

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@RaimeyGallant To fun not to share. 🙂

RaimeyGallant 20 more pushups. Here I go. 2y
RaimeyGallant Phew! If anyone wants to play along, click on this hashtag, and you'll find loads of new Littens to follow and welcome: #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
tpixie Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉💕📚🎈 2y
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Assaulted Caramel | Amanda Flower
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First book in Flower's new cozy mystery series. I'm not a cozy mystery fan, but I enjoy Flower's books. Chocolatier Bailey King returns to Harvest, Ohio, when her grandfather's health declines. While there, she finds the body of a developer in the kitchen of her Amish grandparents' candy shop. Bailey takes it upon herself to clear her name, but the candy cutting knife imbedded in the victim's chest is Bailey's. 4/5 stars.

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Sharing

Jess7 I joined. I'm booklover7733 on there 2y
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America's First Daughter: A Novel | Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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Trying to wrestle parts of my house into order before the semester starts on Monday. Listening to this makes the task a bit easier. 🤼‍♀️

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5/5 This book is hard to read b/c of the pain flowing through the pages. This book is also hard to put down b/c of the humor, pain, & honesty flowing through the pages. Alexie's most recent book is about the difficult relationship Alexie and his mother had and now the difficult work of grieving her passing. He works through his grief using narrative and poetry, and he also address losses of friends, health, & pain throughout his family history

NatalieR Great review! I'm anxious for my Overdrive hold to come in. 😋 2y
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Elegy for April: A Novel | Benjamin Black
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Finally finished my #bookhaul from the #library. I had to renew them one time #slacker Out of the two mysteries, _Elegy for April_ kept me guessing; _A Death in Summer_ did not. But, the character development of recurring characters in ADIS made up for the lack of mystery.

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Still working my way through this one and the pain expressed in her writing takes my breath away.

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Wow.

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Just started this and wow.

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Elegy for April: A Novel | Benjamin Black
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A friend got me hooked on this series. Quirke is an alcoholic pathologist in 1920s Dublin. This is #3 in the series, & Quirke's knack for getting involved in bizarre cases usually involving the rich and powerful. Throw in a dysfunctional adoptive family-Quirke's childhood is shrouded in mystery-& a "keep 'em guessing to the end" series is born. ????/5

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Today's library haul--all of them requests. 🙂 2 who dunnits from Benjamin Black and one non-fiction. I.ve read the first two books in the mystery series, but not read Roxane Gay.

Hestapleton I really loved HUNGER! 2y
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Wow. 😳

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Current reading this and I #blamelitsy 🙂. Having fun reading it and love the cover. 😍

DGRachel Beautiful cover! 2y
britt_brooke Wow, love the cover! 2y
CherylRussell @DGRachel @britt_brooke Isn't it though? Once I saw it on a post at @Simona made, I couldn't resist. (edited) 2y
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daena One of my favorites! 2y
CherylRussell @daena I think it is going to be one of mine too. 2y
Simona It's beautiful cover and the stories are 👌😨. This is my first book by Angela Carter, but definitely not the last, thanks to the @Leniverse She's the source for #blameitonlitsy 😘 (edited) 2y
Leniverse @Simona Ooh, I love being a #blameitonlitsy source. And I'm so glad you like it. 😀 2y
Simona @Leniverse It's the best thing to be blame for - spreading bookish love❣️ 2y
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Mapping the Interior | Stephen Graham Jones
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. The ending. Oh, the ending. 😳😱The choices the main character must make, the positions he's put in 😱, and how his priorities shift makes this a book difficult put down until it is done and the ending makes me pause and wonder if I would have made the same choice. My answer? Most likely. Does it make me an evil person? I don't know & that answer forces me to acknowledge the darker self I wanted to believe didn't exist. 😕😒🙂👍🏻

SGJ Thank you. 2y
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HENRY & THE CHALK DRAGON | Jennifer Trafton
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This was a fun read. Henry is an artist too afraid to show anyone his art. In the safety of his room, his imagination runs wild & he creates beautiful things, like the Chalk dragon on the back of his door. But at school, his imagination wants to draw bunnies like no other, & he gets in trouble. He's also had a terrible falling out w/ his best friend. One day, the Chalk dragon escapes from his door & only art & friends can save the school.

Zelma Cool cover! 2y
CherylRussell @Zelma Isn't it though? I think it is what sold me on the book. 🙂 2y
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Mapping the Interior | Stephen Graham Jones
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Yay! I'm looking forward to reading this.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 I think this is going to be one of my favorite books. Definitely going on my keeper shelf.

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#meetthelittens @maich
1. Ohio
2. The Night Circus
3. Longmire (written by Craig Johnson)
4. Lord of the Rings
5. Longmire (on Netflix-based on the books)
6. Hamilton soundtrack for now.
7. Blue
8. I can't have just one. 🙂
9. Malone University
10. No-allergies 😕

BethFishReads Shoot forgot about Longmire 2y
UnidragonFrag I started watching Longmire on Netflix. S'ok so far! 2y
maich I'm sory for allergies😯 The Night Circus is on my TBR. 2y
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CherylRussell @BethFishReads @UnidragonFrag Longmire-where the series is as good as the books. 🙂 I started watching the series, then found out about the books. 2y
CherylRussell @maich Thanks. 🙂I hope you enjoy The Night Circus! 2y
maich @CherylRussell 😘😘 2y
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Started this one this morning and hope to get in more reading today.🙂

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