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Jhullie

Jhullie

Joined May 2016

I‘m a BookDragon - not a Worm! Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10375536-julie Blog: jhullie1.wixsite.com/booknerdnews
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I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks
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Mehso-so

I wanted a thriller, full of suspense and intrigue… it didn‘t live up to that for me.

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December‘s reads. A definite Christmas theme. I had no tree or decorations due to packing up the house to move but I got my Christmas fill with books and films.

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Fool Me Once | Harlan Coben
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He‘s a hacker, what‘s he going to do? Turn us off and on again?
Brilliant adaptation of a great mystery book on Netflix! If your eyes are tired of reading all those Christmas gift books give it a go. Most have binged it in one day! 🙋‍♀️

LeeRHarry Good to know it‘s good. 2mo
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Aussie Jingle Bells | Colin Buchanan
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Thank you so much @Lizpixie for my gorgeous gifts. I feel so spoilt. The mug is great, and the books look so good I want to dive right in. I love the bookmark and the notebook is so pretty. I have resisted the chocolate until the craziness has finished and I can settle down with a relaxing cuppa.
Thank you @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for organizing again.
Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎁📕❤️

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh - the winter spirits is on my tbr. One of my favourite authors (Natasha Pulley) has a story in it. Enjoy that cup of tea and chocolate! Merry Christmas Julie 🎄 2mo
tpixie Omg ! How do you get a Litsy mug?! @Lizpixie (edited) 2mo
Lizpixie I‘m so glad you like it all! Wake was one of my top reads of last year, Bk2 was released a few months ago and was even better so you‘ve got that to look forward to next. Dirt Town is another great Aussie thriller & I loved my copy of The Winter Spirits so thought you‘d love a copy of it too. Merry Xmas, enjoy your pressies!♥️💚♥️💚 2mo
Lizpixie @tpixie I just used an online photo maker called Snapfish, the other side of the mug is a J for Julie. They‘re really easy to do. Merry Xmas to you & yours😘♥️💚♥️ 2mo
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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Hundreds of Stories on the Pandemic | Larry Smith, Six-Word Memoirs, Teachers, Students & Parents
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Trying to pack over Christmas means no tree this year. No wreath or garland, not a bauble in sight. My new rental has a formal lounge, or as I like to call it, a library! Gimme books Santa!

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EDIT: POSTED - Should arrive Friday.
The last item finally arrived so I am off to the Post Office.
#aussiesecretsanta

Rissreads Gorgeous wrapping! 💚♥️ 3mo
MrsMalaprop So pretty 😍 3mo
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Had me guessing until around the middle when I had the ‘ahah‘ moment. A mother‘s love is boundless but I was inwardly shouting at her right from her first decision! A good story but ultimately not quite believable for me. I enjoyed it though and hoped desperately that it would all work out for her.

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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Hundreds of Stories on the Pandemic | Larry Smith, Six-Word Memoirs, Teachers, Students & Parents
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I haven‘t been around much this year, I was rear ended in February which wrote off my beloved Swift, burgled in July and lost ALL my jewelry, my house (renting for 10 years) was sold which now means I am hunting for a new home and life has just been awful. Thank goodness for books!

hannah-leeloo Oh gosh you've been through a lot, I hope it all settles down soon. We're all glad to see you again. 4mo
Soubhiville Whoa, sorry you‘ve had a rough time! 4mo
LeeRHarry Sorry to hear that Julie - here‘s hoping things improve very soon! 4mo
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mom2bugnbee Good to hear from you, & I'm so sorry that you've had a rough go! 4mo
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎉🎊📚📖 4mo
Rissreads I‘m sorry to hear that you have had such a shocking year! Fingers crossed for 2024 🤞🏼 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oh gosh, the a rough run of luck. I was in a similar boat with having to move because the owners decided to sell. There‘s no enthusiasm for moving when it‘s not your choice. Congrats on hitting your GR goal, hope 2024 is brighter! 3mo
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I Want You Gone | Miranda Rijks
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Getting ready for my 24 hours of words and calories.

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Guide Star | Joy Ellis
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May‘s finished books. Some audio, some paperbacks
📒💛📗💚📕❤️

paper.reveries Which was your fave?! 9mo
Jhullie @paper.reveries Before You Knew My Name. Loved it. 9mo
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Guide Star | Joy Ellis
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I have to admit to being intrigued by the whole urbex thing. I love photos of derelict and abandoned buildings so that aspect hooked me. I generally enjoy the works of this author and this was no exception.

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I Came to Say Goodbye | Overington Caroline
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Mehso-so

I found the subject matter very confronting. Child abuse is a hard subject to digest but apart from that, the story was quite compelling. Just too tough for me to read about.

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How to Disappear | Gillian McAllister
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A clever and painful exploration of the trauma and loneliness involved with the witness protection program. Lots of edge of your seat moments and the despair of when it goes wrong makes this a brilliant read.

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How to Disappear | Gillian McAllister
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And we‘re off! Have been for an hour and a half actually. 📙🧡📗💚📕❤️📘💙

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A nice little cosy mystery, set in a bookshop. How perfect is that for us bibliophiles. There was one twist which I admit caught me out but other than that it was a lovely adventure in a somewhat predictable formula.

Tamra What a lovely cover! 10mo
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The Resemblance: A Novel | Lauren Nossett
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A victim killed by a hit and run driver who, witnesses say, looked just like him? A premise guaranteed to catch my interest. There were many side roads and dead ends in this story but it all unraveled nicely in the end. I enjoyed the backstory of the main character as it gave insight into her responses and attitudes to the fraternity system. Top marks from me.

Reecaspieces I enjoyed this one too. 10mo
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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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I love everything about this book, the dual timelines, the characters, that haunting picnic by the river, and of course, the mystery. Ahh, the mystery. I thought I had it figured out so many times but I was wrong…mostly.

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A great story of family ties and the love that binds you even through adversity. An entirely unsatisfying ending for me but the rest of the story was so good that I can overlook that.

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The Deceit | Sara Foster
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A quick read which unraveled at a pleasing pace. Slightly predictable but a tense story that culminated in a satisfying, clashing finale.

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Crawlspace | Herbert Lieberman
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I didn‘t enjoy reading this story. I suppose that times have changed since it was written and the whole stranger danger campaign has made us more conservative in welcoming people into our homes. I just couldn‘t empathize with the main characters at all and was silently shouting at them to get him out of their house throughout the book. I was expecting more of a creepy tale, it didn‘t live up to that at all.

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A somewhat involved story with so many twists and turns I could hardly keep up. It started well with character development and backgrounds set, and as the tale got underway I was swept away by the intrigue.

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Every parent‘s nightmare, it gripped me from the start. I couldn‘t put it down.

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Speak the Dead | Grant McKenzie
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Mehso-so

It started off well with intrigue and a spooky feel but quickly deteriorated into a more common police procedural, with the paranormal aspect completely absent.

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Another good read from the indomitable pen of K L Slater. This one kind of lost me a bit at the end but otherwise it was very enjoyable, fast paced and lots of red herrings.

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An enjoyable read with a couple of twists, a few false trails and a quite unexpected ending.

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Second Skin | Christian White
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Beginning with the tragic loss of a child and the following death of her mother, the story moves on to another woman giving birth at the same time as the mother‘s body is brought to the hospital. From such a sad beginning the book moves on to the possibilities of reincarnation and a mystery which needs to be solved. A solid short read/listen.

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Slow to get started I almost gave up but gradually I warmed to the characters and began to enjoy the story. The flower explanations at the start of each chapter are a lovely touch.

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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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I found it very well written and the narrator (Harry himself) was superb. Lots of things I didn‘t know, and quite a few insights into Royal protocol. I‘m not sure how much the truth was blurred or twisted but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.

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Made me laugh 😂

Cazxxx Love 😂😂 13mo
Megabooks 😂😂😂 13mo
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Eleanor's Secret | Caroline Beecham
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Mehso-so

A sweet little story about love during the war which tried to be a mystery but didn‘t quite make it. It was obvious to the reader what was going on from the beginning and the “secret” was really just something no one had thought to mention. It all tied up nearly in a nice little bow at the end though.

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Rich Deceiver: A Novel | Gillian White
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This was the kind of book that I kept reading, hoping that something worthwhile was going to happen. Sadly it didn‘t. I got to the end and thought what a waste of my time. It had promise, and at the start I was quite invested but the more it dragged on without any major revelations the less interested I became. Seriously, if I won that amount of money I would tell and help my family and friends, the whole book would be about excitement and fun!

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Wow! This was such a compelling read. I read the bulk of it in one day. It is so well written I could feel the fear of opening my eyes. I found myself holding my breath, trying to listen with Malorie in the boat. Far, far better than the film.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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A brilliant story with a slightly paranormal twist which I loved. I enjoy books involving moving to new towns and starting over, and this one was exceptional. The old crimes restarting 20 years later aspect was intriguing and I enjoyed how the whole story unraveled to its riveting conclusion. A great new author (for me) to watch.

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The Crow Biddy: A Novel | Gillian White
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This one pulled me in right from the beginning, a missing student in the past when girls dabbled in witchcraft, the slow-witted gardener devoted to his job, and the grown women now dealing with a reunion and the consequences of their actions all those years ago. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the story and the actions of the grown women, culminating in the big reveal at the end. Totally enjoyed it.

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The Resemblance: A Novel | Lauren Nossett
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Massive thank you to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for this lovely surprise gift. There was no need to do this and I am overwhelmed with your generosity.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag You‘re welcome 😊 glad it arrived safely (even tho the chocolate is probably a bit melted). I always feel bad when packages don‘t arrive by the time they are meant to - so hopefully this helps to ease any disappointment. Happy New Year 🎉 (edited) 14mo
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The Housemate | Sarah Bailey
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A great read from start to finish. The characters were excellently portrayed and the story flowed with ease. There was just enough intrigue to keep my senses tingling and a few shocks along the way.

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Along Came Holly | Codi Hall
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A cutesy Christmas story with the obligatory romantic interlude thrown in. I enjoyed it because of the season, it‘s a sweet story about rivalry and commitment based on the festive decorating required in December.

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A seasonal cost mystery set in the awesomely named town of Mistletoe. This is the second in the series and I haven‘t read the first one but that didn‘t matter. The characters and backstories were covered so I didn‘t flounder, wondering what was going on. A good read for the festive season.

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Aussie Jingle Bells | Colin Buchanan
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My #AussieSecretSanta arrived yay!
Thank you so much @LapReader it is fabulous. I can‘t wait to get stuck in to those books. And special thank you from my grandson who will look adorable in those pants.
Thanks also to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for organizing such a fun event.

LapReader Finally! Yay! 1y
CarolynM Lovely! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great books!!! 1y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Excellent! 📚 1y
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The Housemate | Sarah Bailey
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I only got 1. Waiting for my #AussieSecretSanta parcel to improve that number 😁

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The Christmas Pact | Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
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A good old fashioned ‘enemies to lovers‘ story which was short and fun. Christmas isn‘t really important to the story but it added some atmosphere.

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A bit predictable but a fun little read for the holiday season.

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Christmas baking day. This year I am reduced to sitting on a stool but I still plan to make all these goodies like usual. These knees WILL NOT defeat me!

Soubhiville You got this! And those look lovely. 1y
Tamra 😍 1y
AmyG Looks delicious!!! 1y
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So disappointed with Angus & Robertson, I ordered this on 5th December for my brand new grandson but was emailed today to say it won‘t arrive for Christmas 😔

Megabooks Oh no! 1y
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Another lovely Christmas themed story for the middle of December. Checking out more each day.

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Having tried online dating myself this made me laugh so much!

CarolynM 🤣 1y
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A simple little tale about the lead up to Christmas with some love and angst thrown in. Family issues, unrequited love, and career choices add a dash of flavour to a story of a country cake baker and her circle of friends.

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The Housemate | Sarah Bailey
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I‘m cruising the Whitsundays this week, I have 3 parcels to collect and one COULD be my #aussiejinglebells swap. Home tomorrow and will let you know.

MrsMalaprop Now that sounds blissful 🛥️🌅😎. And packages to look forward to 🤗👍. 1y
CarolynM How lovely! Enjoy 😊 1y
Rissreads I‘m very jealous! Enjoy! 💛 1y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh, sounds like a very relaxing break 😊 1y
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Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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I love spur of the moment trips and this one is right up there. Just the right balance of confidence, adventure and the scary unknown, with a dash of romance dropped in.

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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. The two timelines gelled perfectly together and I felt quite invested in the outcome. The characters were strong and compelling and the story moved at a satisfying pace.

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