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Jhullie

Jhullie

Joined May 2016

Self-proclaimed Book Nerd - and proud of it! Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10375536-julie
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Vince and Joy: A Novel by Lisa Jewell
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The Retreat by Sherri Smith
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The Retreat | Sherri Smith
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A cozy Winter Friday night, comfy in my pj‘s and Dorian Gray gloves. Bliss 💕

MicheleinPhilly This photo is making me break out in heat rash. 2h
britt_brooke Enjoy! Love the gloves. Meanwhile, it‘s a massive heatwave in much of the US. 🥵 2h
Sherri I have those gloves with The Raven! 32m
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I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the book instead of listening on Audible. I really didn‘t like the narrator‘s voice. That being said, it was a good story with a (mostly) strong female lead. She had her more wimpish moments. I had expected a bit more of a spook factor and it mostly came across as a love story but archaeological themes get me every time and I was able to indulge my inner archaeologist with it.

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Through the Wall | Caroline Corcoran
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Mehso-so

Nothing particularly original or earth shattering here. A formulaic story of stalking and mental health issues which suffers slightly from the unlikable characters. I finished the book and found I just didn‘t care how it ended. Predictable but mildly interesting at best. #NetGalley

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Through the Wall | Caroline Corcoran
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I have been away for a few days and someone has made herself comfy on my lap. Tonks isn‘t moving for anyone or anything. I guess I will just have to keep reading then.

DivineDiana 😻 1w
Tamra 😍 1w
Cortg Pretty kitty! 1w
Erofan 😻😻😻 1w
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Deceive Me | Karen Cole
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Brilliant! This book had me from the first page, the story of a missing daughter and the frantic search to find her was enthralling. As tiny clues emerged and the backstory filled in the essential details I just couldn‘t put it down. I felt such empathy for the desperate mother and was hoping for the best outcome. The shocking twist had me gasping and I can‘t begin to describe how it made me feel. #NetGalley

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Tell Me You're Mine | Elisabeth Norebäck
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Loved it! Parts of it had me wanting to slap Stella into making more sensible decisions but ultimately I felt such compassion for the poor woman who had lost her child and no one but her believed she was still alive. The story is told through 3 narratives and each has its own unique voice. It ended abruptly though and I would have liked a little more closure and some loose ends tied up. All in all I found it to be a compelling read. #NetGalley

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The Rose Garden | Susanna Kearsley
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A pleasant time slip story which started off a bit slow but made up for it in the final chapters. I always enjoy historical stories with the time slip element and this one was no exception.

Crazeedi I enjoyed this one too 3w
Melissa_J This isn‘t my favourite of Kearsley‘s books, but I liked it well enough. 3w
Zelma This is my favorite Kearsley book. She is an author I am reading through slowly so I don‘t run out of her books. 3w
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Scruples | Judith Krantz
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Judith Krantz was one of my guilty pleasure reads in the 80s. I remember sitting in the common room, (Collingwood Comprehensive) giggling at the naughty bits in Princess Daisy. I named my cat Mistral after her book Mistral‘s Daughter. I gave away my books years ago but feel sad that she‘s gone.

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This book had quite a few “OMG why is she doing that?” moments for me but those moments were necessary for the story to keep unfolding. It‘s a complicated story of trust and dishonesty which kept me eagerly turning pages until it was done. Alison James is a great storyteller and I am keen to read more of her work. #NetGalley

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DI Gina Harte is fast becoming my favorite detective. These books just keep getting better. This one (the 4th in the series) drew me in with the poignant memories of a girl who disappeared, and kept me enthralled with the police procedures as the mystery unfolded. A thumping good read from a talented author. #NetGalley

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The Winter Sea | Susanna Kearsley
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I have wanted to read this for years and finally managed to snag a copy. It is a lovely story of love and loss, time-blend and history with a gentle heroine and an altogether more feisty author, and plenty of small glimpses of the connections between the two. I enjoyed the book but do think it might have suffered a bit through the narration which, although well done, felt a little staid and teacher-like to me. #Audible

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Untitled | Unknown
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A mesmerizing story of love and loss, liberty and pain. As a mother I totally felt Faye‘s fear as she realized her son and husband were missing. As the tale unfolded and secrets were revealed I was swept up into the mystery and intrigue of an unimaginable act which knocked me for six. What a great read. #NetGalley

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The House | Eden Darry
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A bit predictable with a formula that has been done many times before but still interesting enough to keep me reading. The characters were well defined and the story kept up a good pace, while at times it felt a little formulaic, there were enough original concepts which spiced up the tale. All in all I liked it and I will definitely keep an eye on this author. #NetGalley

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Untitled | Unknown
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Good morning Littens.

Slajaunie Good evening here! 😁 1mo
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Forget Me Not | Claire Allan
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This is the second of Claire Allan‘s books that I have read and wow, it just keep me reading long after I should have turned out the light. This story had such a lot happening and I was hooked right from the first page. As the truth slowly came to light and the murderer was revealed I couldn‘t put it down and eagerly kept reading until the final page. A truly great read. #NetGalley

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Forget Me Not | Claire Allan
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My view today as I enjoy this incredible book 📖

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I see all the US meet ups and it got me wondering...where do my fellow Aussie Littens reside? 🇦🇺

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Melbourne, Victoria 💕 2mo
CarolynM I'm in Melbourne too 2mo
Darklunarose I‘m an Adelaide girl. 2mo
LeeRHarry Melbourne 😊 2mo
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Mind Games | LEONA. DEAKIN
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An intelligent and thought-provoking tale which delves into the minds of psychopaths. Augusta Bloom is a wonderfully complicated woman with insight into the minds of the criminals she comes up against. There were some surprises along the way and an unforeseen twist and I thoroughly enjoyed this thumping good read. Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read such a great new author.

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The Winter Sea | Susanna Kearsley
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I discovered Audible and am now an avid listener on my daily commute. Also I joined NetGalley which in turn caused me to embrace a Kindle, something I never thought I would do. I still buy paperbacks though and read constantly so just the formats have altered slightly.
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Chrissyreadit My reading has increased close to pre illness amount, and I feel like I have a community. I missed talking about books and being around people who love books. I tried several times to start a book group with no luck. And was not invited to join any local ones (which was ok- very different taste in reading).Litsy filled the gap. 2mo
saguarosally I had started reading more at first. Now oddly enough I‘m reading way less than I did before Litsy. I tried swaps but then I went to a life on the road. So really I just read less now. 😳 2mo
Jhullie @Chrissyreadit me too. None of the (very few) local book clubs were my thing and I have found my kindred spirits on Litsy. 2mo
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Jhullie @saguarosally I tried some swaps too must after spending an inordinate amount of time and money on an international swap it went missing from her front porch which soured it for me. A life on the road sounds amazing, so tell me more. 2mo
saguarosally @Jhullie I took up a career where I‘m on the road pretty much all the time. So I go out when I can and take pictures of things, it‘s great fun. 2mo
Megabooks @saguarosally @Jhullie I‘m not a fan of swaps either. I found the whole thing too stressful. I‘m glad other people enjoy it, though! 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings I've been willing and enjoyed reading other genres. I had never listened to an audiobook before joining Litsy. I've also felt free to quit reading a book I didn't enjoy and just move on. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @Jhullie @Megabooks I‘m so bummed your experiences with swaps burned you out. I‘ve had two bad experiences, but I have had mostly good ones. I enjoyed it enough I‘m planning on organizing my second one this summer. I totally get it‘s not for everyone- I‘m bummed because I feel more connected by having done them, and it stinks that not every experience is good. 2mo
Megabooks @Chrissyreadit I feel like to make the swap as special as I‘d want it to be, I‘d have to spend more money than I have. I know there are ways to get around this, but 🤷🏻‍♀️. Plus I tend to read more ebooks and digital audiobooks than physical copies, so that‘s probably the biggest reason right now. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @Megabooks you make sense- I‘m happy with everyone on Litsy, I‘m just bummed that swaps have been bad for people too. I have gotten into ebooks with Litsy because I‘m reading more in short bursts. Do you find it hard to remember what a book is about? I‘m struggling that I can‘t flip an ebook and read the back cover..... 2mo
Jerdencon Net galley, ok swaps,postal book clubs - and definitely reading much more than I did before 2mo
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A fascinating and deeply moving story of a mother‘s love told in two voices. The 2 narratives ultimately combine to reveal the harrowing truth in an edge of your seat, suspenseful finale which left me emotionally drained. A great book which will stay with you for days after you‘ve finished. #NetGalley

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Carla Kovach has created a detective with flaws, who, in this third installment of the Gina Harte series, is determined to solve the mystery surrounding a teenage girl who fell from the back of a van. I read way past my bedtime, I just couldn‘t put it down.

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A wonderfully intricate story of betrayal and loss of trust which is set in the beautiful Lake District. I spent most of the book wondering who to trust and although the ending was a little predictable there was enough suspense to keep me reading until the wee hours. #NetGalley

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A wonderfully intricate story of betrayal and loss of trust which is set in the beautiful Lake District. I spent most of the book wondering who to trust and although the ending was a little predictable there was enough suspense to keep me reading until the wee hours. #NetGalley

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I am totally reading these out of order. I read 2 first, thanks to NetGalley, so found 1 on Audible. It‘s a distressing and addictive tale of abduction and skewed love with a wonderfully normal detective, whose own tormented past drives her to put the bad guys away. I am eager to begin book 3 in this riveting series.

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I have finally succumbed and bought a Kindle. My overjoyed sister gifted me a book through her amazon account which she has had for years, long before Australia had their own Amazon. Unfortunately, I am with Amazon Australia and the book she gave me is not available here, they offered me a gift certificate instead but it also is not available on Amazon AUS so I would have to temporarily migrate my account to the US, to retrieve it. Nope. Refund!

Lizpixie I know! Gives me the shits that our Amazon is so useless. I‘ve been having to send books to a friend in the US & having her send them to me. And I have Prime! 2mo
rretzler So frustrating...I can‘t help but wonder why amazon would not have the offerings in Australia? Perhaps it is a publishing rights issue? 2mo
Kaye I don‘t know much about it, but I do think they say that it depends on the publisher . Some books available in the UK might not be available here for several months or longer. The books from AU are always a lot more expensive here. Even Kindle versions. Not sure why. They don‘t have to mail them to me. 2mo
Dragon Enjoy your Kindle! 📖 2mo
Tamra Enjoy! Pretty soon your Kindle TBR will be on the same scale as your paper TBR! 😊 Does your library offer Kindle friendly ebooks? (edited) 2mo
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Kicking back on a Monday night with a good book and my Mother‘s Day mug from my daughter. She gets me a mum mug every year.

Crazeedi Love it! 2mo
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Absolutely enthralling story of love and betrayal, told brilliantly by one of my favourite authors. Penned during the height of the ‘Me Too‘ movement it tells the self-empowerment journey of one woman, learning from the mistakes of many. #NetGalley

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Once again murder and intrigue abound in the picturesque Berry Springs. This continuing series has captured my imagination and I look forward to each new story with eager anticipation. The Shadow focuses on FBI Agent Eli Archer and his hunt for a sadistic serial killer who viciously tortures his victims before killing them. The love interest is provided by the alluring journalist Payton Chase, who bears an unsettling likeness to the victims.

JoScho I am always looking for a good new series. 2mo
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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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I found this a little hard to get in to at the beginning of the book and my mind wandered while I was listening. There were lots of characters introduced right off the bat which overwhelmed my brain. Having said that, I eventually got used to the jumping between narratives and the final twist actually surprised me.

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April was a good month. 2 weeks of school holidays helped. Back to the grind now, 8 weeks to go and then 2 more weeks off. I LOVE working in a school. I‘ve been the resident Graphic Designer for 13 years now and can‘t imagine working anywhere else.

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A suspenseful look into the lives of other peoples secrets. We all have private things we don‘t share, but what if someone knows...and so begins the alarming spiral into distrust and fear for a group of 4 tenants. The ending didn‘t provide the shock element it promised for me, I figured it out earlier, but there were still some surprises along the way. Great writing, believable characters and a few twists. A good read. #NetGalley

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I am totally relating to this...
📕❤️📗💚📘💙📙🧡

Slajaunie 📖💚📖💚📖💚 3mo
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The Missing Wife | Sam Carrington
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, right up to the final pages when it lost me a bit. The suspense was building and I was wondering where it was going but it sort of petered out a little and although I still give it a pick there were a few loose ends which I thought should have been attended to. I have read quite a few stories lately with the lead characters having chunks of time missing so it didn‘t compare as well as others for me. #NetGalley

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The Missing Wife | Sam Carrington
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Enjoying the last day of the school holidays my way!

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Deliver Me | Karen Cole
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Fantastic and mysterious, a wonderful suspense story from start to finish. Imagine finding out you are pregnant but haven‘t been sexually active for over a year. This is the conundrum that Abby finds herself consumed by. Can she unlock her alcohol-fuddled memories and discover what happened? A riveting tale of intrigue and a search for an explanation leads Abby through memories and talks with people who can help her unblock her mind. #NetGalley

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Those People | Louise Candlish
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A wild ride from start to finish. So many twists, turns and blind alleys that I was constantly turning the page to discover what happened next. A great read and the perfect start to my rainy Easter weekend. #NetGalley

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You, Me and the Movies | Fiona Collins
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I can‘t begin to say how much I LOVED this book. It had me laughing, falling in love and ultimately crying. The agony that is first love was very convincingly written and I was there with them in their private screening room, watching the classic movies that I too love so much. Life doesn‘t end with the happily ever after drive off into the sunset of movies, and this story explores the ‘what next‘ aspect of storytelling. #NetGalley

Reecaspieces Love the photo! 3mo
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It kept me guessing for some parts but others were a bit predictable for me. I enjoyed it and read it fairly quickly, it did have that “pick me up and keep reading” factor which is always a plus. All in all a good read.

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You, Me and the Movies | Fiona Collins
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Well ain‘t that the truth!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Come Back for Me | Heidi Perks
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An unputdownable read that swept me away to a tranquil island rocked by tragedy. There were so many twists and turns, blind alleys and surprises that it kept me on my toes right to the end. The choices and moral dilemmas were agonizing and well portrayed. Top marks. Riveting read. #NetGalley

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Another thumping good read from Samantha Hayes. Mystery and intrigue surrounds the disappearance of young Lenny and when another young girl goes missing decades later, time seems to be repeating itself. Brilliant! #NetGalley

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Not a huge fan I have to admit. The story had promise but petered out two thirds of the way through. There was no sense of urgency or suspense and I didn‘t care one way or the other if the characters were successful or not. #NetGalley

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A gentle, easy read with no surprises. The intrigue of an artist painting a stranger continually into his work was resolved quite quickly and the love story meandered along in a satisfying way until the end. Not a mind-blowing finale but a satisfying ending.

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Hello fellow book enthusiasts. I am looking forward to my Dewey‘s Readathon which starts at a depressing 10pm for me. I‘m part way through this one and keen to see just how much reading I can do this time.

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A Ghost of a Chance | Katie Baldwin
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Where do I start? I loved this book, the story, the characters and the setting. Ghostly happenings, rock stars and love are a perfect blend to create a truly memorable story. I devoured this book every chance I got and stayed up til the wee hours to finish it. I have my fingers and toes crossed that this is the start of a series. #NetGalley

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Brooches & Pins | Louise Compagnone
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I treated myself to these little beauties from Erstwilder
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tpixie Adorable! 4mo
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The Creek isn‘t in the data base. An enthralling mystery which kept me guessing until the final reveal...and I did get that OMG moment! I enjoy my trips to Berry Springs and each visit gets better and better. This one has everything; a smoldering policeman, a captivating mystery, attempted arson and a murder. Take a trip to Berry Springs and see what I am raving about for yourself. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Blackout | Connie Willis
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1. Blackout (& sequel All Clear) by Connie Willis
2. Every day, even when I‘m running late 🛏
3. 32C - dreaming of cooler weather 🥵
4. French fries and ice cream 🍟🍦
5. On it 👋

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A delightful array of titles in my #NetGalley haul today.

KristenDuck I‘m in love with NetGalley! Idk what I did before this and Libby! 4mo
Jhullie @KristenDuck I know what you mean, I feel exactly the same. 4mo
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I Invited Her In | Adele Parks
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A great read which took me a bit of time to get in to but in the end I was enthralled. A captivating story which kept me awake a night or two. #NetGalley