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CherylRussell

CherylRussell

Joined January 2016

Hardbacks are my drug of choice. 📖📚
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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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Read an ARC of this one from #Netgalley and really enjoyed all the plot twists. #mystery

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Finally got around to reading this. Love his work. #poetry #comics Any other #grantsnider fans?

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The Vanishing Type | Ellery Adams
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Hoping to finish this ARC tonight. #wildFridaynights #thevanishingtype #cozymysteries

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It took me a bit to get into this #cozymystery. The #mystery didn‘t grab me at first. But, once I got into the story it was a quick read with a surprise ending. Unexplained burglaries, urban raccoons, and a dead body. #netgalley #thechocolateraccoonrigmarole

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Another #cozymystery read! Tara Meehan is a transplanted New Yorker now living in Ireland. She is learning to love her adopted homeland, if only the bodies would quit turning up. In this second book of this series, two women are murdered and the killer is playing games with Tara and the guards. It's clear the killer isn't done with the body count, and Tara must assist the guards before another body turns up. Recommended.

#cozymystery, #Ireland

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Another cozy mystery done! I really enjoyed this Sloan Kraus mystery. After a murder of a guest staying at Nitro microbrewery's B & B, Sloan is determined to find out the killer. It was well-written and I didn't guess the killer until the end of the book. Yay!
#withoutabrew #cozymystery #whodunnit

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A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline
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5/5 ⭐️. I‘ve had this book on my TBR stack since it was first published & I finally read it. Wow. Kline‘s novel is historical fiction and centers around the real life woman Christina Olson, muse for Andrew Wyeth. Olson is the young woman portrayed in his painting Christina‘s World. #historicalfiction #kristinabakerkline #painting #art

Bookwormjillk One of my favorites 2y
CherylRussell @Bookwormjillk I don‘t know why I put off reading it for so long. The story pulled me right in. 2y
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Pub date: 8-25-2020 #NetGalley provided a copy for an honest review.

Darby Piper is about to lose her job & home b/c her business partner, Samantha Porter, is dissolving their detective agency. When Samantha turns up dead, Darby is the primary suspect; all clues point to her guilt. Unless she can solve Samantha's murder, Darby will go to jail for the crime while the real murderer escapes justice. 4/5 🌟 #cozymystery #DeadEndDetective #mystery

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I‘m on a #cozymystery kick and I‘m liking this series. Kath Rutledge inherited her grandmother‘s fabric and fiber shop, a drama queen ghost addicted to television, and a knack for solving murders. MacRae‘s is filled with humor and characters you‘d like to have as friends. I‘m looking forward to reading the rest of this series. 4/5 🌟. In this book, Kath must solve three murders before the killer adds a fourth.

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A Sprinkling of Murder | Daryl Wood Gerber
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I read an ARC of this cozy mystery and am going to order a copy. A dead body is found in a shop with its own resident (albeit on probation) fairy. The ship‘s owner will need her fairy friend‘s help to solve the murder. This book, the first in a series, embraces not only the murder mystery, but also the mystery of what may exist if we chose to see. #cozymystery #cozies #fairy #fairies #fairygardens

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Land of Wolves | Craig Johnson
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5/5 🌟Finished this tonight. Love this series. The mystery keeps me guessing until the final pages. Re-visiting familiar characters is always a joy. Looking forward to the next one in September. #mystery #western #mysteryseries #longmire #tbr2020

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Land of Wolves | Craig Johnson
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Started this one last night. I love these characters. #longmire, #mystery, #tbr2020, #western

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Proof of Murder | Lauren Elliott
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This was a fun series to read. I‘m on a cozy mystery kick right now. A bookstore owner/amateur sleuth with a background in appraising old and rare books finds herself caught up in various murder mysteries in her adopted town of Greyborne Harbor. Addison Greyborne is also a descendant of one of the founders of the town; a branch of the family she knew nothing about until she inherits Greyborne manner after her great-aunt‘s death.

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Botched Butterscotch | Amanda Flower
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Fun cozy mystery in time for Mother‘s Day. This is a novella and a quick read.
Chocolatier Bailey King, co-owner of the Swissmen Sweets candy shop with her Amish grandmother Clara, has her hands full with her parents visiting for the weekend, a Mother‘s Day tea, and trying to discover the thief responsible for stealing the money meant for a women‘s drug rehab facility. Can Bailey figure out the crime before the money is gone for good?

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If you‘ve wanted to write your story but didn‘t know how to start, this book will fill that need. The author writes and teaches how to write nonfiction. She integrates stories from her writing life, stories from students she‘s taught, and exercises throughout the book to guide others into writing their stories. 4/5 stars. There is an excerpt posted on the publisher‘s website if you‘re interested. #yourstorymatters #writing #nonfiction

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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Glad I read this; I learned so much about Grant that I never realized, such as his dedication to civil rights after the Civil War. Much of what I thought I knew was bits and pieces taken out of context or slanted by political foes. #ronchernow #civilwar #history #biography #doorstopbooks

Eggs Doppelgänger for the late Robin Williams 2y
CherylRussell @Eggs ha! I hadn‘t noticed any resemblance until now. 2y
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(Disclaimer-Rhonda is a friend; we met in our MFA program) This short story collection revolves around the hard-working, but short-changed of society. West Virginia miners caught between the mountains of home and the industry that both helps them survive while destroying their lives; a damaged Vietnam vet seeking justice; a marriage in trouble; characters readers can see themselves in. The voices of her characters shine in this collection.

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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I been stalling reading this book and I think I finally realized why-I‘m afraid it won‘t live up to my expectations. Anyone else ever do this? #weirdbookproblems #thestarlesssea #erinmorgenstern

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Overall, I enjoyed this book from Ma Ingalls perspective. The book starts with the move from Wisconsin to Kansas explores that year as the family works to establish a farm. It was fun to read familiar events from Ma‘s point of view. #littlehouse #historicalfiction

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As much as I wanted to like this book, I just can‘t finish it. The main character doesn‘t hold my interest and the point of view isn‘t working for me. 😕🙁 #DNF #backtothelibraryitgoes #cantfinishwontfinish

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Started this book this morning at the hair stylist‘s and am now sitting on my front porch to keep reading. So far, so good. #summerreading #booksaboutbooks #libraries #frontporchreading #nonfiction

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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. 📝📚🙂 4y
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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! 4y
CherylRussell @Tamra Fun and addictive. 🙂 4y
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. 4y
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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!! 4y
CherylRussell @ScrappyMags I‘m pretty sure I got because some #littens posted about it. 😁 #blamelitsy 4y
LibrarianJen I absolutely love it! 💖 4y
ScrappyMags @CherylRussell they are usually right 👍🏼👍🏼 4y
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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 4y
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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! 4y
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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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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?

ErikasMindfulShelf I didn‘t like it. Wish I had stopped and returned it, but I listened to the whole thing. 5y
ReadingSusan I bailed on the print book but have been considering trying the audio. 5y
CherylRussell Well @irre and @ReadingSusan, I bailed on it. 5y
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? 5y
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. 😕 5y
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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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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 5y
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Latest eclectic book haul.

JoeStalksBeck The Unquiet Grave is so good 5y
CherylRussell @JoeStalksBeck Sharyn McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to read it. 5y
CherylRussell @CatLass007 I don't think you can ever go wrong with Neil Gaiman 5y
JoeStalksBeck It‘s so brilliantly written 5y
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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
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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. 🙂