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Jillsmith

Jillsmith

Joined June 2016

Being a librarian is a cruel cheat - surrounded by all the new books that I want to read but too many other tasks to complete!
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings - I didn‘t like most of this; liked the last quarter or so; sometimes brilliant writing. I did adore Connell‘s mom Lorraine. The book does a good job of describing that indescribable feeling of not fitting in/not being loved, if that makes sense.

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I really enjoy this middle grade series. It‘s funny and cones from such an obvious place of love for books, libraries and learning! Listened to about half and then read the book.

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Enjoyed this! Cute if predictable!!

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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This was hard to read in some parts, but a really good book!

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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On my TBR list for way too long - really enjoyed this, it‘s kind of sad though!

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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I‘ve neglected my Litsy posts for too long - back to recommend this beautiful, heartbreaking book. And the mosaic shawl knit while reading it, interweaving the voices of the women as they decide what comes next.

Dolly Heard good things about this book that‘s now on my TBR. This knitter thinks that shawl looks beautiful. 4mo
Jillsmith Thanks! It‘s the Emiliana Shawl by maliha designs. 4mo
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Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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Loved this & love this series!! Read Truly Devious now and then read this!!! I wanted to read this so much, I actually bought it and read it right away which never happens! Can‘t wait for the next book!!!!

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Loved this!!

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I absolutely loved this!! I can see why people might not - it‘s definitely different than most books and not very plot driven. But, ah, Middle Sister and the Wee Sisters and Maybe Boyfriend and Ma and of course, the Milkman. Great characters and language.

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Enjoyed this- totally guessed the killer early - looking forward to more in this series.

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Just a delight!! I love the sweet/evil old lady!!

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Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I thought this was just a delight!! Very quick read, a nice little escape on a snowy day!!

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Only Child | Rhiannon Navin
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Only finished because it was for book club.

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One of my favorite books this year!!! Enjoyed listening to it so much!!! I love Cyril, but Charles and Maude are my secret favorites!! Read it,it will not disappoint!!

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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While I enjoyed this, it‘s not one of my favorite books of all time - shaded perhaps by the absolute love I have for Donna Tartt‘s The Little Friend.

Mynameisacolour I agree. Loved the Little friend! Have you read Goldfinch? And your knitting is absolutely lovely by the way! I wish I were that talented! 5mo
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4:50 from Paddington | Agatha Christie
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I read this ages ago as a teen and I honestly couldn‘t remember who the murderer was! I really liked this one, Miss Marple was great and Lucy was fabulous!!

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Mehso-so

I liked Auntie Poldi, but having the story told by her nephew annoyed me!! Not sure I want to read more in the series.

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Bright Ruin | Vic James
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I really enjoyed this series!!! Lots to think about, but lots of action and adventure, too. You should start with the first, Gilded Cage.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Loved it!!!! She is so gracious and classy and has lived an amazing life! May have to listen to it on audio, too!!

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Read Herring Hunt | V.M. Burns
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Really enjoying this cozy series!! It makes me really want my own mystery bookshop!

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The Plot Is Murder | V.M. Burns
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A nice cozy - not sure what I was going to think of the book within a book, I ended up really liking it! Great start for a series, looking forward to the next!

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A more modern Poirot...with young people and drugs and all! Loved finding out more about Miss Lemon! all the ebooks were checked out from the library, so I dug our my old paperback copy from the 80s! It may have triggered an allergy attack!

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Really good!

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A moving memoir. Definitely read it!!

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The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton
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Read this after watching the pbs miniseries, which had fabulous costumes and miniatures! I enjoyed the book more.

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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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Fascinating book!

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Pocket Full of Rye | Agatha Christie
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An enjoyable Marple.

RaimeyGallant I'm audiobooking 4:50 from Paddington at the moment. :) 10mo
Jillsmith I‘m re-reading all the Agatha Christie novels in publication order - I mostly read them as a teen about 30 years ago, so I remember bits but a lot feels new! Haven‘t really tried them on audio - I should!! 10mo
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Loved this book! Thrilled that they chose my nominating quote for the Library Reads October list:
Set in the weeks after JFK‘s assassination, a mob hit man on the run meets a woman who has just impulsively left her alcoholic husband. A beautifully written suspense novel that‘s hard to put down, with well-developed, sympathetic characters, and plenty of intrigue.
It‘s a definite pick, read it!!

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So this was a recommendation from my husband...not sure what I should think about that! I absolutely loved how this was written and the way it ends. Disturbing in a good way?

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Murderbot is the best!!! Seriously, read this series!!!!

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If you like old mysteries and you live in Minnesota, you will love this book! Loved the main character‘s voice, and I thoroughly enjoyed this! Luckily, my library has more of her books!

rather_be_reading how adorable!! 11mo
Jillsmith Thank you! I try to post the cutest stuff for books I really like! 11mo
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Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I did. Just OK.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Reread for book club - looooooooved it as much as the first time I read it. Not sure about the movie...

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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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This series just keeps getting better! Can‘t wait for book 4 next week! Murderbot is awesome!!

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Murderbot #2, awwww Murderbot, you‘re really growing on me! Love this series!!

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Listened to this and Michael Sheen is an amazing narrator! The ending, though! Looking forward to the next book!

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I enjoyed reading about this era from the perspective of Empress Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar), even if it was a little romanticized! Would have liked to read more about fashion and how she kept that tiny waist! Crazy how they all just kept marrying their cousins!

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot is awesome!! Really enjoyed listening to this - so mad the waiting list at the library is so long for the next one!! If you like snarky funny, you‘ll enjoy it.

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I do not know much about the 1600s and the Thirty Years War - this was a good introduction! Interesting to read about their relationships with Descartes and Leibniz. And interesting to read about how Sophia‘s line became the rulers of England!

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His Favorites: A Novel | Kate Walbert
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Very quick read. I liked the style, would have liked more!

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Eden | Andrea Kleine
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Just ok for me.

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The Keepers of the House | Shirley Ann Grau
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I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read this before! It was really good, I love her writing! Definitely going to read more!

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I didn‘t love love love this, but it was worth a read and pretty short.

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Continuing with my Agatha Christie reading - to get the last one out of my head - early Poirot and Hastings stories. Good and quick read, so interesting how she uses similar plots in some of her novels.

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They Came to Baghdad | Agatha Christie
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On my list on re-reading Agatha Christie books in publication order - definitely one of my least favorites. Stick with the Poirots and Marples and skip this one.

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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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Really really good!!! An atmospheric Irish mystery with a great hero/detective. And I think Cormac Reilly sounds dreamy. Read it now!!!

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I really love this series, although it could really be read in any order, this one did not disappoint!

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Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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Loved Magpie Murders, so disappointed I didn‘t like this one better. I didn‘t like the author making himself a character!

DBanquer This is exactly how I felt about it! I wanted to like it, but it left me kinda “meh.” (edited) 13mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Definitely a fast read - drew me in to see what happened. Heartbreaking!!!

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Not quite up to the level of some of my other recent reads, but a good serial killer mystery.