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Jillsandypants

Jillsandypants

Joined June 2016

When I'm not adulting, I'm reading.
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I am fascinated by cults. The disregard for basic human rights under the pretext of the church of Scientology is jaw-dropping. The narrator of the audiobook is very easy to listen to (although at times she seems a bit too chipper considering the negative experiences she is describing).

rather_be_reading she wrote a book?! 4mo
Jillsandypants @rather_be_reading Yes! It‘s about 6 years old but I just found out about it. 4mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Super boring. I listened to this on audio, and it didn‘t help that it was read by the author, who sounded like an apathetic teenager who was called on to read out loud in class. She sounded like she would rather be doing almost anything else besides read her book.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I highly recommend this audiobook! The book is written in a documentary/interview style with multiple POVs from various band members from a 70‘s (fictional, although you would swear they were real) rock band. There are 10 plus narrators reading this, so each band member has a unique voice. It is SO well done!!

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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There are plenty of reviews out there for this story, but I want to plug the audiobook. If you have any interest in reading this book, I highly recommend listening to it on audio. They could not have picked a better narrator than Dion Graham. He is amazing, and he is absolutely believable as the main character. I feel like his voice elevated this story so much!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Good to know! 6mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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A touching family story, that happens to be a western with a kick-ass female protagonist.

Soubhiville Sold! Stacked! 6mo
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Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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This book is perfect. It‘s haunting and encouraging at the same time. What a beautifully told story.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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This book is really, really good. The writing is excellent. The main character is deplorable and I was continually shocked at his behavior. One of my favorites this year, for sure!

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The Which Way Tree | Elizabeth Crook
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This is a western set in Texas in the 1800‘s that has a Lonesome-Dove feel to it (without the heft, or the love story, or the cattle drive...ok, maybe they aren‘t that alike!) When I read in the acknowledgements that Robert Duvall read an early copy and championed the book, I thought that seemed fitting. I really enjoyed this read.

BeckyRoy This book was great! I get what you mean about the lonesome dove feel... 10mo
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Tear Me Apart | J. T. Ellison
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Good psychological thriller with twists and reveals that keep you guessing. Set in Vail, CO and Nashville, TN (which is close to where I live so that‘s always fun.) A teenage girl who is a world-champion skier has an accident which precipitates a cascade of events that no one saw coming. And I loved the dog 😁🐶

Bklover I enjoyed this one too! 10mo
lynneamch J. T. is in Nashville Saturday at Southern Festival of Books. Are you going? 10mo
Jillsandypants @lynneamch wait, what?! I had no idea! We just moved here so I‘m not even aware of the Southern Festival of Books. I may have to look into going, although we have company in town. Thanks for letting me know about it 😁 10mo
lynneamch You can easily find info online. It's amazing! Always the 2nd weekend in October. Hope you can make it next year for a Litsy meetup.. Maybe your company would like to go 10mo
lynneamch If you are able to make it on Saturday, some Littens are meating up for this at 1:00 10mo
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I could not put this book down. I just loved it. It‘s a family saga that begins with a tragedy and just keeps on going in a way that makes you wonder how they do it. Somehow I missed Lightkeepers, but it‘s now on my TBR.

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My Sister Rosa | Justine Larbalestier
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A teenage boy is pretty sure that his 10 year old sister is a psychopath, and he is trying to navigate his own coming of age while keeping her from hurting others. While the premise is disturbing, this is not a scary book. But it was a good read.

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This is a beautiful family saga told from multiple perspectives and stems from a tragic event. The various storylines at first seem unrelated, and then slowly start to enter-twine and build off each other. I loved each storyline and could not get enough. A plus for me is that part of the story takes place in Washington state, from where I recently moved and am deeply homesick for.

mdhughes72 One of my all-time favorite books. 12mo
Reviewsbylola I thought this was so well done. 12mo
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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Interesting supernatural spin on a horrific true story. The author makes you feel like you are along on the wagon trail (not that anyone would want to be on this one! 😬) Great mix of characters, most of which are based on real people. I‘m not usually into supernatural elements, but this one was almost believable. After reading this, I had to read up on the Donner Party...yikes!

sprainedbrain Ooooooh. This looks interesting. 😱 12mo
Jillsandypants @sprainedbrain Definitely! I heard about it on the Read or Dead podcast. 12mo
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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I was not blown away by this, although I know that I‘m in the minority. I think the concept is intriguing and relevant, however, I found it kind of ho-hum 😕 Maybe it was due to lackluster main characters 🤷‍♀️

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We're All Damaged | Matthew Norman
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This was a funny, snarky book told from the perspective of a disgruntled man whose wife recently left him. When he has to return to his hometown to see his dying grandfather, he re-opens old wounds and his eyes are opened to funny/troubling details about his family. The narrator is sarcastic and witty, which I appreciate. Fun summer read.

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This is a YA book about a teenage girl who escapes an isolated religious cult in the woods only to land in prison (that happens right at the beginning) where she learns about the “real world”. You then start to learn about her life in The Community and what led to her arrest. Goodreads says it is based in a Grimm fairytale called the Handless Maiden, but I have never heard of that. Entertaining read.

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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The narrator of this book has a funny, quirky voice, but she has zero personality. I gave it until 150 pages but I got tired of all the mundane details...and nothing had actually happened yet. I hate to give up, but I can not power through this 😕

AmyG I bailed too. Shhhhh 1y
Jillsandypants @AmyG 😆🙊 1y
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This is a sweet story set in the late 1800‘s as an Army colonel leads an expedition through uncharted territory in Alaska, reluctantly leaving his new wife behind. It is told through journal entries and letters with intermittently dispersed pictures (I felt like a giddy kid reading a picture book whenever I saw one😊) It also has a touch of a supernatural element to it in the vein of Native American folklore. I‘m glad I read this.

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Let Me Lie | Clare Mackintosh
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Another fun domestic thriller by Clare Mackintosh! It took awhile to build up the suspense, but there were plenty of plot twists to get my heart racing. And the detective‘s storyline was so sweet...

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Randomly, 3 days after finishing this book, I found out that the author was doing an appearance at my local library! She was great 😊

Reviewsbylola Oh how cool! And serendipitous! 1y
Chrissyreadit That is great! 1y
BookishTrish What luck! I love her necklace in this photo 😍 10mo
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I was totally engrossed in this book. It follows the lives of 4 girls who met at camp as kids where they endured a traumatic event, and then skips ahead to when they are young adults. It reads almost like four separate stories that all spin off from one event. My only complaint is that it was too short...I wanted to know more about them!

EKonrad Agreed! 😊 1y
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I adored this book. It will surely be one of my top books for the year. I feel like I have been to Alaska now after reading this and it was beautiful! There is a strong theme of abuse in this book, but the strength and resiliency that it builds in the victims is encouraging. This is a great read! Now I want to read The Nightingale...

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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This is a beautiful, layered story of two young, black newlyweds who suddenly have to deal the the husbands‘ wrongful incarceration. It starts off being told as a narrative from alternating perspectives. Then switches to the letters that they write back and forth to each other while he is in jail. It is heartbreaking, yet sweet. It‘s a definite pick!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I really enjoyed this unique, thought-provoking, yet entertaining book. At the beginning, 4 young siblings visit a fortune teller who tells them each the day they will die. Then it fast forwards to their adulthood with a section of the book devoted to each sibling and how they chose to live their life. Like the description says: “Is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?”

DenaM.Battistone @Jillsandypants I just finished this a few days ago . I really liked it as well! I love books that keep you guessing . I enjoyed how it all played out. Fascinating! 💕💕💕 1y
Jillsandypants @DenaM.Battistone I totally agree! I was also surprised and how different each of their lives turned out. It was almost like reading 4 interwoven short stories 1y
DenaM.Battistone Yes @Jillsandypants ! And each sibling so different ! 1y
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Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
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This is wonderful novel about the fortitude and resiliency of three women living through brutal times in Germany during WWII. The instinct to persevere and protect your children at all costs is displayed through these women and I admire them all. Each of these women is so different, and they come from completely different backgrounds, but the bond they share is heartwarming. Great read!!

Jess7 I hope you will join the #LitsyBuddyRead discussion @LitsyBuddyRead this week and on Sunday for the final discussion 1y
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Although I should have been prepared from the description of the story (and the title), but this book was pretty depressing. There are a lot of children in it that shitty things happen to. The story was well-told and quickly paced right off the bat and ultimately I did like it, but I had to sit and gather my thoughts afterwards...and hug my kids tightly. No one should ever have to experience the horror of a missing child.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I just love multigenerational family sagas, and this one was beautiful. I also learned about the history of the racial tensions between the Koreans and the Japanese without feeling like the author was being biased. As a bonus, it was a timely read since the Olympics are currently taking place in Korea and Pyeongchang was mentioned several times.

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Good psychological thriller! The entire book takes place in the home of an agoraphobic, and her days are pretty monotonous. But the drama that finds her (and that she witnesses through her windows) keeps it interesting. Once I finished this, I had to get my beating heart to settle back down before I could fall asleep.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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I almost bailed up to about the half way point because I didn‘t care about any of the characters and I was annoyed with them. But once it started picking up some steam, I was hooked and I flew through to the end. I did not have this one figured out.

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Wow. SO. GOOD. This is one of the best books I have ever read. This was my first read of 2018, and now I have a book hangover. It was over 900 pages and I wish it had been longer! I may just have to complete the series.

Also, the world needs more men like Gus McCrae 🤠❤️🐂🐖🐎🌵

AmyG Yes to all of that! 2y
emilyhaldi Agreed! I want to read more of the series this year 😄 2y
Mdargusch Yes! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I totally agree. I ❤️ Gus. 2y
Redheadrambles Ah I have like 100 pages to go ! And this will also be my first book of 2018 2y
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me. I‘ve heard so many great things about Louise Penny and I was really looking forward to starting this series. This book was a bit too predictable for me, but I still enjoyed it...enough to continue with the series and try the next one.

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Good Daughter | Karin Slaughter
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The was my first Karin Slaughter novel and I loved it. I‘m not huge on police procedurals (I prefer to read more about the criminals and the victims) so this one was right up my ally. The description of the crimes were pretty intense though...

Now I need to figure out which book of hers to read next 😁

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Burntown | Jennifer McMahon
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Fast-paced, suspenseful, great characters and a little bit of supranatural on the side.

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I️ just love this author. I️ heard an interview with her on a podcast (I️ forget which one) and it made me love her even more. This book is entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time. It reads somewhat like a YA novel since it is essentially about teenagers, but the storylines and struggles are not unique to young adults. I️ highly recommend this one!

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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I‘m trying to ease my way into Stephen King without jumping straight to the horror. This was a good, straightforward detective novel. It was only creepy in the way that certain people just creep you out. Not scary at all. I liked the grouping of unlikely characters, but I‘m not sure I liked them enough to read the rest of the trilogy.

cariashley This trilogy is great on audio if you want to consider continuing that way. Will Patton does a fantastic job! 2y
Jillsandypants @cariashley Thanks for the tip! Maybe I‘ll try that... 2y
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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My heart is already racing watching my Astros play game 7 trying to get to the World Series, so I figured I would read a little Stephen King.

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I found it hard to care about either of these girls, and I kept waiting for something to actually happen. At least it was a quick read.

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This book was so beautiful. It follows Cyril from his conception to old age in 7 year increments, set mainly in Ireland, Amsterdam and New York. Although I found him a bit too passive, his plight is real. So far this is my favorite read of 2017. ❤️💔❤️

Jillsandypants Now I‘m trying to pick which John Boyne novel I want to read next...he has so many! (edited) 2y
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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This book gave my physical symptoms of anxiety. That has never happened to me before. I read this in two sittings and lost sleep over it. It‘s just so disturbing! Holy cow.

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Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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This is a great thriller! The concept is crazy...a remote town is populated by criminals whose memories have been erased. So no one knows what they did to deserve being sent there. And of course, chaos ensues...

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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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If you read a description of this book, you'll think, "what?!..." Yet it's totally entertaining and compelling somehow. It's simultaneously funny and scary (in the way that too much technology can be scary...not creepy clowns).

DebbieGrillo Sounds like, based on liking this, you'd like 2y
cariashley So true, the description is bananas. The dolphin thing 😳 2y
Jillsandypants @DebbieGrillo That one sounds good! I just stacked it...thanks for the recommendation! 2y
Jillsandypants @cariashley yes...the dolphin thing. Wth?! Sometimes I wonder where they come up with this stuff. 2y
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I Like Books | Anthony Browne
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I have been coveting this bumper sticker ever since I saw it on a car in a parking lot...and I randomly found it this weekend at bookstore in Walla Walla! Woo hoo!!😄

readordierachel Love it! 2y
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Careers for Women | Joanna Scott
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I just loved this book! It's a beautifully written story that spans decades and interweaves the stories of several strong women and the choices that they make, some history about the development of the Twin Towers, feminism, environmentalism...it so good!

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True Grit | Charles Portis
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Fantastic story. I hope my daughter grows up to have the fortitude of Mattie Ross.

HeatherBookNerd Great book. I keep thinking it would be such an awesome book to study in middle school. Badass girl tracking the bad guys. I loved it. 2y
Jillsandypants I agree @HeatherBookNerd! My son is in middle school and I want him to read it so he won't underestimate teenage girls. When my daughter is old enough, I will definitely have her read it too. 2y
mariaku21 Thanks to your review, I might read it. 2y
Jillsandypants @mariaku21 I don't think you would be disappointed! I think I am going to watch the movie next. (edited) 2y
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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For such an eerie concept, the narrator focused so much on mundane details that I found myself bored the whole time. Even the characters seems bored. Although the storytelling did not captivate me at all, the idea of the book made me sit and think about the "what if's..."

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Empire Falls | Richard Russo
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This was my first Richard Russo and it just blew me away. I now have a book hangover. I will definitely be picking up his other books!

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This was a sweet little book told from the perspective of a woman in her 80's on New Year's Eve, reminiscing about her younger years. She was a proud, independent working woman during a time when that was not so common. And it's based on a true story...so I feel like us working women owe a little something to her.

kspenmoll ❤️💚 2y
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The Brothers K | David James Duncan
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This book stole my heart, and I was not expecting that. It is the story of a family with 6 kids navigating their way through the 1960's-70's in Washington state. The story is shaped around the father's religion (baseball), the mother's religion (devout Christian) and the Vietnam war. The first part of the book goes into the weeds a bit about the game of baseball, but it is very endearing (but I am a baseball fan). Then the book takes off. So good!

ReadingEnvy So good! I was surprised by it for sure. 2y
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No One Knows | J. T. Ellison
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This psychology thriller was a great read! Twisty and unpredictable (to me, anyways...I don't really try to guess what's happening though since I like to be surprised.) A woman's husband goes missing 5 years ago and he has just been declared dead. As she tries to figure out what happened to him, the book goes back and forth to their childhood as well as the time of his disappearance and present day. I had a hard time putting it down!

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I was super intrigued about a scandalous event that occurred in an Amish community and getting a peak into their cultures and customs (and this did fit that bill) but the strong telling was a little dry and dragged on. It could have been a lot shorter and it would have been just as informative.