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Jilly6183

Jilly6183

Joined July 2018

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This was almost a so-so from me, because I find this level of violence tiring and there were an awful lot of typos and that drove me crazy (I notice that a lot with #botm books). But I did enjoy the underlying story so I gave it a pick even though it wasn‘t exactly to my taste.

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The Beautiful Ones | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I think SMG is such a talented author and excellent storyteller, and I love that her novels are all very different but all include a magical element. I liked this one less than Mexican Gothic but more than Gods and Jade and Shadow. But all three are worthy reads.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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I can‘t believe this is my first time reading Agatha Christie. Brilliant and delightfully over the top.

Linsy So glad you joined the club! I first read her in the last few years and was hooked!! 4w
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A Burning | Megha Majumdar
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Mehso-so

Despite being a short book, it took me forever to get through. I can‘t quite pinpoint what, but something was missing for me.

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The Woods are Always Watching | Stephanie Perkins
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I‘m afraid of everything - strange men, the woods, wild animals, the dark. This book tapped into all of that. It‘s a slow start then explodes with action and I couldn‘t put it down. It‘s a bit outlandish, but that was almost a form of comic relief.

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The Perishing: A Novel | Natashia Deon
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Mehso-so

So well written and such an interesting premise, but a whole lot of nothing happens. Sometimes abstraction makes a story soar. Here, it made the story fall flat.

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Women‘s rights! Workers‘ rights! Witching! Although it took me a few extra days to finish, a perfect #halloween and #striketober read. Highly recommend. It‘s long but worth it.

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Mehso-so

This started as a pan for me. It relies on very stereotypical narratives of men/women and husbands/wives. Plus, there are a number of inconsistent details (one example in comments for spoiler purposes). But the twist was actually very good and that saved it for me.

Jilly6183 Amelia and Adam are shocked that the bedroom at Blackwater is essentially a replica of theirs, which Adam suggests is because it‘s from the same catalogue picture that Amelia based their room on. Later, Amelia wakes up and grasps at the “unfamiliar furniture.” It‘s not damaging to the plot, but inconsistencies like this really bug me! 4mo
SamAnne I‘m just a little ways in and am finding the writing clunky for sure. 4mo
ICantImReading I just finished this - I completely agree!! 4mo
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Got myself an appropriate read for today. Happy Labor Day!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Captivating and often hilarious. Neil Gaiman never disappoints.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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We adopted our one-eyed dog back in November. We call him Odie so most people assume it‘s from Garfield. But his full name is Odin, which is for obvious reasons and also a shout-out to my husband‘s Icelandic heritage. Really looking forward to this read. Everything Neil Gaiman does is excellent.

DivineDiana I love Odin, and couldn‘t agree more about Neil Gaiman! 5mo
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A Nordic noir from 2000 that involves geneology databases and really holds up today. This was particularly interesting to me because in-laws are Icelandic and I‘ve heard a lot about the Íslendingabók (“Book of Icelanders”). The book did feel a little off to me at first and I wasn‘t sure if that was a translation issue, but it turns out this is the third in a series, so I think it was a lack of main character background that gave me that feeling.

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We Are the Brennans | Tracey Lange
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Mehso-so

I want to be clear that this book was perfectly *fine.* A quick read, likeable if predictable characters, an interesting way of switching between perspectives But it‘s being compared to novels like Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, and this is not that. Not even close. So just a so-so from me.

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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A COVID-19 quarantine thriller that was a quick read. I had most of the twist figured out but I still enjoyed seeing how it unraveled. It was interesting to read about the beginning of lockdowns a year later, while the emotions from that spring are still fresh. I wonder how it will read to people in a few years (esp. for those too young to really remember this). Anyway, if you can revisit early pandemic without a panic attack then I recommend it!

vivastory Howard is hands down my favorite mystery/thriller writer that I have read for the first time this year 6mo
TrishB @vivastory becoming a fave of mine too! 6mo
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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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@britt_brooke sent me this book ages ago (thank you so much!) and I finally read it. It‘s a coming of age story of sorts, but a darker (and frankly more realistic) type, where two women work work through the trauma from their youth through their art. One of those books where you really love the characters in spite of (or because of) their flaws, and feel their pain deeply. Highly recommend.

britt_brooke Nice review! I‘m so happy you liked it! 💚 6mo
GondorGirl I just grabbed this one at the thrift store because of liked the cover. Now I'm excited to read it! 6mo
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Brattle Book Shop | Boston, Massachusetts (Bookstore)
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This is one of the oldest book stores in America (est. 1825), and despite working downtown for the last decade (and living in the nearby ‘burbs most of my life), I‘ve never been. It‘s right across the street from my new office though, so I‘ll definitely be checking it out soon. Have you been?

mrsmarch I went there practically once a week when I was in college. I was just around the corner at the Athenaeum yesterday! 7mo
BrittanyReads Yes! Visited while on my honeymoon! Such a cool pace! 😆 7mo
KatieDid927 I‘ve been! Made sure to stop by on my last trip to Boston a few years ago. It‘s fun. 7mo
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This game is bringing back all the childhood feels. I loved these books as a kid! Have you seen/played this game?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa No! But just seeing this post instantly makes me want it. Now I just need someone who likes to play board/card games with me. 7mo
Jilly6183 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa someone to play with is nice but it‘s 1+ players so you don‘t actually need anyone else! 7mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

I didn't love The Silent Patient, I remember that twist being too obvious. Same thing here. Plus the main character from The Silent Patient makes some appearances here. That smacks of arrogance to me. I suspect that this author thinks he is far more clever than he is.

vivastory 😂 I haven't read this one, but I 💯 agree about the Silent Patient. 7mo
ravenlee I REALLY disliked The Silent Patient. I generally don‘t do well with thrillers for a lot of reasons, but I found that one particularly painful. 7mo
Jilly6183 @vivastory I wouldn't bother with this one 7mo
Jilly6183 @ravenlee if it was because of therapist/psychotherapy stuff, you wouldn't like this one either. Just like The Silent Patient, it's very heavy handed on psychotherapy 7mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Happy Friday, Littens!

Aims42 Happy Friday 🍷 7mo
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The Gathering | Anne Enright
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I picked this up second hand months ago and finally got around to reading it. A few pages in and I realized I had read it before years ago. But it was worth a second read as I am a little bit older. It's a beautiful story about processing grief, and I think with age, each successive read could be more meaningful.

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A story about betrayal and vengeance that weaves together past and present. Be warned, it‘s a little cheesy and how easily the modern-day protagonist figures out the mystery is completely far fetched (not to mention a real oversimplification of academia!). But with that caveat, a really fun read.

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You Are Not Alone | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I needed a quick thriller to break my slump and this did the trick. I actually preferred the first third because I loved the premise of seeing how someone‘s innocuous actions could be interpreted as sinister. Overall a solid enjoyable read.

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Wednesday | Anne Bertier
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1 - When I was 4, I wanted to be a bird 😂 When I was 10, I wanted to be an actress, but planned to go to law school first so I'd have a career to fall back on in case I didn't make it in Hollywood. 🤣 I never tried to be an actress (or a bird!), but I am a lawyer now! ⚖️

2 - snooze x a million 😴

3 - Don‘t sweat the small stuff. Also, when I am doubting myself I ask, “What would a mediocre white man do?”

4 - 🚒 red!

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Love the responses! Thanks for playing ❤️👏🏻❤️ 9mo
tracey38 When I was a toddler, I wanted to be a dog. 😊 9mo
Jilly6183 @tracey38 I still joke that in my next life I hope to be my spoiled dog 😂 9mo
tracey38 @Jilly6183 I mean, they seem to have it made! 9mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mehso-so

I just couldn't get into this until the very last bit of it. But I've been in a reading funk, so it could just be me. I loved American Gothic, so I know it's not the writing style that didnt do it for me. It reminded me of an oversimplified, less entertaining version of Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This is me right now. I DNF'd my last book and can't get into this one either 😫

MicheleinPhilly We‘ve all been there. 9mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Friends - I‘m loathe to DNF any book and can usually push through, but I‘m struggling here. Maybe because its sole plot (via two timelines - the present and the past) is seemingly about how people vehemently resist progress, even when it‘s against their own interest to do so. And I deal with the Tucker Carlson mindset from my family and this book reminds me of how pointless it all feels.

Have you read it? Is it worth it? Ugh.

Texreader I really don‘t care for this author disliking one of her books so much that I don‘t read any of her books. 10mo
Bookwormjillk I bailed on this one too 10mo
Jilly6183 @Texreader I usually love generational stories and family sagas, but I just don‘t know who her audience is supposed to be. I haven‘t read any of her other books, but this one gives off some seriously pretentious vibes even though it focuses on two families struggling to make ends meet 10mo
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Jilly6183 @Bookwormjillk good to know I‘m not alone, in DNF and in name 😉 10mo
Texreader @Jilly6183 I‘m trying to remember the book that turned me off of her but I think you described it well. Pretentious. I don‘t take kindly to pretentious people generally so I really dislike authors who are. 10mo
Texreader Poisonwood Bible. That‘s the one I disliked so much I decided not to read anything else by her. I think you‘ve pretty much confirmed my decision 10mo
ImperfectCJ It took me a while to get into this one, but in the end I found it worth the read. It's not my favorite of hers, though, and if I hadn't had it on audio, I probably would have bailed. 10mo
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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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This is a ghost story, but not a scary one. I enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery, even though I figured out the twists pretty early on. It dragged at points, and there were some areas that could have been further explored instead (Jane‘s unhinged rage, for instance), but overall this was a solid novel.

Tiffaytiffay95 Read this today in one sitting ❤️ 7mo
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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This story made my heart break for young Ana and girls like her. I felt so proud as she came into her own.

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An entertaining multiverse story. The writing style was a little cheesy at times, but it also had some really profound social commentary. A solid read that I‘d recommend even for those who don‘t love sci-if.

sprainedbrain Oh I‘m glad to see you liked it! I got this as a BOTM and have yet to read it. 😳 11mo
Jilly6183 @sprainedbrain I got it from BOTM too. I have ones from BOTM from like 2 years ago that I haven‘t cracked yet 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ I hope you like this one when you get to it! 11mo
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Valentine's Day | Gail Gibbons
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Yes, please 💕

LiteraryinLawrence I agree! 11mo
wanderinglynn Yes! 💜 11mo
ju.ca.no 😍 11mo
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Karin Slaughter is just so good. But damn, with recent events in the U.S., this hit scarily too close to home. Good thing this author is smarter than a bunch a racist assholes? But part of me is like, “don‘t give them ideas!”

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This book was BONKERS. Perfectly creepy. I couldn‘t put it down.

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A Children's Bible | Lydia Millet
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This is my second “end of days” book this month. Climate change predictably fucks us over. Simply put, the parents are depressed and self-medicating and the kids are pissed. At their parents for being crappy parents, but also at their parents‘ generation (and the ones before) for ruining the planet. It was very oversimplified in so many ways (like this review, TBH), but it was a fast read and I enjoyed it well enough.

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I usually love a generational family saga, but this just missed the mark for me. I would have preferred the story to focus more (and be more detailed) on Mina. I found Margot to be immature and selfish, and maybe that was part of the point in contrasting her American life with her mother's hardships and undocumented status. But the story felt hollow to me.

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Holy hell. I loved this book but it was absolutely terrifying. I‘m already COVID-programmed to keep extra paper products and non-perishables but between this book and the siege on the Capitol maybe I need a gun?! Also gonna need to keep working from home until forever because I‘m not getting on the subway or into an elevator. This book is not for the faint of heart.

vivastory You're literally the second person on here today who mentioned how terrifying this novel was 😂 I LOVED this one, but yes...you're right. It is terrifying. My fave novel I read last yr written pre-Covid that really resonated with what was happening. 12mo
Jilly6183 @vivastory I think this hit me particularly hard because of COVID. Not sure it would have had the same “oh we‘re doomed” punch a year ago. It was so good but damn I‘ll be thinking of this one for a while yet 12mo
vivastory Agreed. A very relevant book. I've heard that Emma Donoghue's latest has a similar effect 12mo
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SheReadsAndWrites 🤣 Okay. I have this book but haven't read it yet but based on this review I am so wanting to read. Thank you. I needed this. ❤️ 12mo
Jilly6183 @vivastory oohhh I‘ll check it out. Thanks! 12mo
Jilly6183 @SheReadsAndWrites I hope you like it! 12mo
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Translated from Japanese, this collection of connected short stories is based on Japanese folklore and centers around ghosts, all of whom are women in the modern world unapologetically embracing their traditionally “feminine passions,” like jealousy, love sickness, and stubbornness. An enchanting read to start the new year.

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Overall, I enjoyed this thriller and loved the premise. Very disturbing and reminded me a lot of “Get Out.” But the first half was very slow, so it took me a long time to get through. The last third is a whirlwind and then I finally couldn‘t put it down.

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When no one was watching, my book fell apart 🤔

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My heart broke for this resilient little girl. A stunning story about the beauty of the natural world and the imperfection of human nature.

GreenGrl87 I totally agree 13mo
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Trick Or Treat! | Ann Braybrooks
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Happy #socialdistance Halloween! 🎃

Gissy Nice!! You thought in everything to cope with Halloween night in a safe way👏👏👏👏🎃👻🖤🖤🖤 1y
Jilly6183 @Gissy it was a great night despite the unusual circumstances. Hope you enjoyed it! 1y
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I went to the bookstore today to get ONE spooky book to round out October.....

eanderson The Last Widow is good!!! 1y
Jilly6183 @eanderson I‘ve read a couple of her books and always enjoy them so I‘m def looking forward to it! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! I‘d love this stack myself! 1y
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The Chestnut Man | Sren Sveistrup
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Perfectly spooky thriller for this time of year. But major TW for sexual assault, child abuse, and gruesome violence.

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Beetlejuice | Tim Burton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis
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We watched Beetlejuice the other night and were inspired to add the Handbook For The Recently Deceased to our Halloween decor in the "library" ?☠️

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The Chestnut Man | Sren Sveistrup
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A vanilla porter, a creepy book, and a "spooky" window seat ??

AkashaVampie Looks amazing 1y
Susanita Vanilla porter sounds good. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! Enjoy! 1y
Gissy So pretty!😍🖤🖤🖤 1y
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It gained strength as it went on, at least enough to pull it out of pan territory. This may very well be an accurate telling of the entertainment industry, but felt too ripped from the headlines rather than providing any real insight into that life. The characters were underdeveloped and similarly felt like caracatures ripped from headlines. A fine beach read but that's about it.

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What an important author‘s note.

Boooooks That‘s such a good thoughtful thing to do. Although, I don‘t feel like I personally need trigger warnings for book‘s, they should definitely have them I never understand why some people have a problem with something they can skip past if it‘s not relevant to them, hopefully this will become a more common feature in books in future. thanks for sharing this 😊 1y
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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Somebody get HBO to make this into the next sci-fi psychological thriller hit series! It was dark and moody and then it took.a.turn. I loved the whole creepy concept.

Reggie There are a lot of different things going on in here. I cried when the MC dropped her daughter off somewhere near the end and the passage makes you think it‘s the last time she‘ll see her. And then I was horrified when the birds came out of that girl‘s chest. Yikes!! This book was sooo good. 1y
Jilly6183 @Reggie Yes! And I was really hooked (if I wasn‘t already) when the flowers bloomed in the pottery shop. That was the first real evidence that something truly supernatural was going on and it wasn‘t just in Clayton‘s mind. 1y
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The top tweet. Idk but I don't like when I see that either, it's a weird pet peeve. BUT then in the replies, there was a thread about changing the book covers and I hate that even more! And the example is egregious! 🤔😡😂

inthegreensandblues I almost always hate movie and TV covers. Especially when they change automatically in my Kindle library! 😠 1y
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