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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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The Resemblance: A Novel by Lauren Nossett
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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 😂😂 2w
Megabooks 😂😂😂 2w
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Eleanor's Secret | Caroline Beecham
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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) 4w
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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! 1mo
CarolynM Lovely! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great books!!! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Excellent! 📚 1mo
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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. 1mo
Tamra 😍 1mo
AmyG Looks delicious!!! 1mo
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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! 2mo
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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 🤣 2mo
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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 🤗👍. 2mo
CarolynM How lovely! Enjoy 😊 2mo
Rissreads I‘m very jealous! Enjoy! 💛 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh, sounds like a very relaxing break 😊 2mo
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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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Aussie Jingle Bells | Colin Buchanan
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Posting tomorrow 📦💌📮
#aussiesecretsanta

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ahh! Love the card! 📦 2mo
Jhullie @thegirlwiththelibrarybag thank you. I made it, it is actually a book box with chocolates in it. I hope they are still book shaped and not a melted lump of chocolate when they arrive 🤣 2mo
Freespirit This looks lovely🎁📮❤️ 2mo
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Hitting the outback in a campervan is my dream.Mercy‘s trek through the centre is fraught with mishaps and adventures with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed it!

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Aussie Jingle Bells | Colin Buchanan
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Organizing my parcels for our #AussieSecretSanta.
I love buying and making bookish gifts.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag So organised! 🎄 2mo
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A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. There were a couple of interesting twists some predictable, others quite surprising.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Hi Julie, just reaching out to check that your # AussieSecretSanta match email came through… let me know?! (edited) 2mo
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Not a fan. I spent most of the book floundering, trying to work out what was happening.

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Tell Me Lies | J.P. Pomare
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HOME BEFORE NIGHT - not in data base
A thrilling short book which kept me guessing, pausing, and finally rethinking the whole thing! Well done to the author for that ‘out of left field‘ surprise. You got me!

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My heart is a little broken after reading this. The man who brought laughter to so many during those heady days of Friends has suffered so much. He is honest about his struggle with addiction, revealing consequences I never knew. At the same time he makes colostomy bags and their tendency to break almost funny…almost. This is not a laugh out loud memoir but occasional belly laughs did erupt out of me. I have respect for the man, actor, friend.

Cinfhen Great review. This really was sad 😔 3mo
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Copycat: A Novel | Gillian White
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A fascinating story of the entwined lives of two very different women who happen to meet at the births of their daughters and coincidentally are neighbours. Sometimes I wanted to throw the book down in annoyance at their behaviors but it was an interesting premise all in all. The infatuation of one for the other is quite well depicted but neither has much of a backbone to stand up for themselves until those final extraordinary minutes of the book.

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The Quantum Chain | Nick Jones
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The 4th in the time traveling Joe Bridgeman series is another thumping good yarn. The time travel aspect is getting more in depth with each book and I am really starting to care about Joe and his family.
I am typing sans glasses so I apologize for any mistakes. 🫣

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Not a huge fan of this one, mainly because of the many characters involved I think. It picked up towards the end with a good twist but by then I had largely lost interest. The twist brings it up to a so so rather than a pan.

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Observer Effect | Nick Jones
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Another great story in this time travel series. Joe‘s adventures become more dangerous with each jump and this time more than one innocent will be saved. Brilliant writing and a concept which never disappoints. On to book 4.

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I am loving this series. Just started the third one and I am totally hooked. Joe is fast becoming a favourite character and I enjoy his ruminations on “other Joe” and the type of man he was. This story has so many opportunities grow into a a much loved series.

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Get ready, this is a rave review. I love, love, loved this book. Time travel is always on my radar, I‘m fascinated by changing things in the past and repercussions for the future and this book had it in spades. There were a couple of surprise twists and I admit, some questions left unanswered, but they just made me delve straight into book 2. Joe is a fabulous main character and his band of friends are helpful and interesting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Teresereading I love time travel too! 4mo
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I have read mixed reviews about this one but I really liked it. It reminded me of early Victoria Holt tales from my teens. The couple of twists were cleverly executed and the main character discovered her history in a slow and steady way. A good read for me.

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Another brilliant read from Chris Carter‘s phenomenal mind. I was on the edge of my seat for this one, the best in the series I believe.

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I love this dedication. The last book was dedicated in a similar way due to the loss of him partner.

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I only read this because my daughter is a huge fan, bought it for me at Christmas and has been pestering me all year to read it. It‘s not my usual genre and I would never have picked it up for myself but I quite enjoyed it. It was a very interesting concept, the story kept a good pace and I even liked the characters. All in all, a good book.

aa_guer2021 Just finished this one recently. Probably a #blameLitsy situation that I got the box. I hope you move on to the rest, as it takes a turn, but a fascinating one… 5mo
CarolynM How lovely to see you😍 5mo
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I came down with Covid on Saturday, today I ventured outside for some fresh air. Still can‘t quite focus on my book but it comforts me to carry it with me. I only had one bad, bad, BAD day but it sure has knocked the stuffing out of me.

LeahBergen Blah! I recently got it, too. Feel better soon! ❤️ 6mo
TrishB Hope you‘re on the mend soon. 6mo
LeeRHarry Feel better soon! 6mo
fredamans Feel better soon! 6mo
ozma.of.oz Hope you recover quickly! ❤️ 6mo
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Tell No One | Harlan Coben
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June was a good reading month!

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Tell No One | Harlan Coben
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A riveting tale from start to finish. The “is she or isn‘t she alive” question kept me reading long past my bedtime. Some satisfying twists and a strong ending. Would we expect any less from Harlan Koben?!?!

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A gripping read from start to finish. Nothing is as it seems and there are numerous twists throughout the story. The classic love element is present and the band of familiar characters from previous books also make an appearance.

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Wolf to the Slaughter | Ruth Rendell
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The third in the Chief Inspector Wexford series. It had quite a few slow moments but enough surprises to keep me interested to the end.

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Worst Idea Ever | Jane Fallon
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Loved it! What begins as an innocent attempt at boosting a friend‘s confidence soon spirals out of control in a way that is both alarming and yet slightly predictable. Even though I guessed what was happening before the big reveal I enjoyed the story and was sad when it finished.

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Outside | Ragnar Jonasson
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I have to say I am not really a fan. It had its moments but the story became bogged down in backstories and I got a bit lost. It began as an interesting concept but quickly lost me as things happened which no one seemed to question.

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The Murderer's Son | Joy Ellis
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The first in the Jackman and Evans series and based in the same area as the fabulously popular Nikki Galena series. I have been in a bit of a slump lately and it was good to sit back and enjoy the ride as the characters became real and the story evolved. A couple of twists I didn‘t see coming and a satisfying ending.

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Shiver | Allie Reynolds
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An atmospheric and slightly creepy tale of 5 old friends who have all been keeping secrets for the last 10 years. A few twists and turns along the way, the odd red herring or two and a satisfying conclusion. No great AH HA! Moments but a good read despite that.

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Less is More | Domonique Bertolucci
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I needed to regroup and this was quite an inspiring quick read.