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Jilly6183

Jilly6183

Joined July 2018

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Why Did I Ever | Mary Robison
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Mehso-so

I found parts of this short book to be quite funny, and it nailed what an ADHD brain can feel like. But I think my own ADHD brain actually struggled with the fragmented style, so it took me an embarrassing amount of time to finish it.

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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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On a whole, this was a good read with an interesting narrative. It had a lot of insightful moments about people and their motivations and power struggles. But it would definitely have helped to know more about Sri Lanka and the war.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Mehso-so

I feel guilty giving this a so-so. It‘s beautifully written, but it‘s so slow. Plus I don‘t think I was ready to revisit 2020. This way my first book from Louise Erdrich and I‘d definitely like to check out more of her writing.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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I love Celeste Ng. This dystopian novel felt so very possible - as a lawyer, I‘m constantly aghast at how easily our constitutional rights and values can be subtly weakened or set aside entirely in the name security and patriotism, and how it‘s human nature to self-preserve by turning a blind eye when not directly impacted. Truly a breathtaking read.

Suet624 Yes, the turning of your attention to something else -ugh. 2mo
MyNamesParadise I bought this book and am eager to read it! 2mo
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I liked this a lot more than I expected to and, on balance, would recommend it. I had many of the twists figured out early but getting to the "how" made this a real page turner, although the "how" was, IMHO, overly simplistic for an otherwise well-devised story. But it's a well-written, atmospheric novel that's worth checking out.

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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing is very good, but I know too many sixteen year-olds and the parts from their perspectives were too profound at times that it kept taking me out of the story. There were some unnecessary subplots that were over expounded on and others that could have really taken the story to an interesting place that were barely touched. But overall it was an engaging read.

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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A sweet little fantasy novel about love, adventure, and finding where you belong. Fantastic writing, as usual.

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When I travel, I love to read books that take place in my destination. I managed to read the first half of this book on the flight to Savannah and the rest on the flight back. It set the perfect scene. Nonfiction has trouble keeping my attention but Berendt's writing is excellent. Highly recommend!

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My husband caught me sobbing as I finished this if that tells you anything about it. Backman really knows how to tell a beautiful story.

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Lemon: A Novel | Kwon Yeo-Son
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This was a beautiful little novella about how a teen girl's murder affected her sister and two classmates. It's not really a whodunnit or even really a crime story, it's more of a story about how we process grief and guilt, but there's definitely a little revenge mixed in.

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Parnassus Book Service | Yarmouthport, MA (Bookstore)
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Although Parnassus books has been at this location since 1962, the building that houses it has served as a general store and bookshop since the early 1800s. They sell new and used (and often rare) books. This outdoor wall of books is open 24/7. Books are $1.00 unless otherwise marked, and there is a mail slot to drop your payment if it‘s outside of regular store hours.

Ladygodiva7 Cool how does it keep rain off? 4mo
Jilly6183 @Ladygodiva7 it has a well constructed corrugated roof and the books are set pretty far back, so I assume that protects them well enough. I imagine they cover it it during extreme weather but I don‘t know for sure. 4mo
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise of this - if all those slasher films were based on real events, what happened to the “final girl” who lived? But it was a bit over the top. My guess is that all the twists and turns were meant to mimic the films it was inspired by, but it just really made the story drag at times instead.

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Tim's Used Books | Provincetown, MA (Bookstore)
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Another adorable book shop down the Cape

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Where the Sidewalk Ends | Chatham, MA (Bookstore)
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Vacation bookstore #2!

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There was no location tag, but this is an adorable bookstore/cafe with a social justice theme in Hyannis MA. Highly recommend if you‘re in the area!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I heard this wasn‘t as good as Daisy Jones and the Six, but I actually loved it more. The bond and love these siblings have for each other is so touching. The drama of celebrity and little side stories gave it a perfect pacing. I tore through this.

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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A lovely Nordic tale from a fresh female perspective, reminiscent of Circe. A little slow at first but worth the build up. And if you haven‘t already, I highly recommend Neil Gaiman‘s Norse Mythology first for an introduction to many of myths referenced in The Witch‘s Heart.

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Brattle Book Shop | Boston, Massachusetts (Bookstore)
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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This was an engaging page-turner, but a little too much sex (am I prude? I might be a prude 😳😂) and very heavy handed on the ending. She spells it out like she doesn't trust her readers to pick up on (very obvious) ambiguity.

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Historical fiction with a mythical element. I knew little about this war and enjoyed the story, but it was a bit long and slow at times. I would have also have liked the mythical elements to have played a more prominent role.

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Bartender Wanted | Maureen Anne Jennings
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🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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This is a great thread for anyone looking for new books, even if you haven‘t fallen off with reading! The tagged book isn‘t listed, it‘s my current read. Enjoy!

https://twitter.com/literyture/status/1556633203544301570?s=21&t=AefKDozRmprHsgZ...

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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I tore threw this book. It was unlike any horror story I‘ve ever read. That said, it took a lot of suspended disbelief, even for a horror novel. It‘s definitely not for everyone.

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This was a cute and quick read. I‘m not sure if it actually is, but it had a young adult vibe. That said, I really enjoyed it. And who hasn‘t felt like their emotions would cause at least a metaphorical storm?

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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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Krupitsky has a beautiful writing style and way with words. I have a feeling that these are richly developed characters in her mind, but the final story felt made them feel distant. We never really get to know them. But overall, a good first novel and I look forward to reading her future work.

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Boyne is such an amazing story teller. Being a kid in the 90s, I‘ve always been fascinated by Anastasia Romanov. Accidentally, I also listened to an episode of the nonfiction podcast You‘re Wrong About about her which was actually a good companion to Boyne‘s fictional story.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This might be the most unexpectedly beautiful and heartwarming book I have ever read.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I love this dedication 🤣

AmyG I love that. 8mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I lived in Japan for 2 years so I am very familiar with the “konbini” and it made me homesick (if you can be homesick for a place you only lived briefly). Anyway, I loved this little novella about finding where you belong despite societal expectation.

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Little Threats | Emily Schultz
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Mehso-so

The story was slow and the twist was exceptionally easy to figure out. I expected a thriller but it was a pure murder mystery with no thrill and wasn‘t even much of a mystery.

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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This is the first time I've read Toni Morrison but it won‘t be the last. A short little book that beautifully tells a generational story. I loved how everyone saw Sula‘s birthmark differently depending on their relationship with her. A tiny detail that conveyed so much meaning.

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Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors | Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen
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I'm in Portland OR for a two-day work conference. Do you think I have enough reading material? 😂

If you have any Portland must-dos, let me know!

TEArificbooks Never been there, but Voodoo donut and Powell books are goals 8mo
Jilly6183 @mdm139 two in those stack came from Powell's and I can confirm that it is amazing! I haven't done Voodoo Donuts because the locals kept telling me Blue Star was better and to their credit I'll dream about those donuts in the future 🤤😂 8mo
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Mehso-so

Someone told me this book still held up. It‘s not that I disagree, but I suspect that many women naturally approach situations in the recommended ways (e.g., kindness, flattery, make them think it‘s their idea) because men still don‘t listen to us in the same way they listen to each other. So I felt more annoyed than inspired by it. In fact, it often felt downright condescending. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Susanita The By the Book podcast discussed this a couple seasons ago. https://overcast.fm/+U7FoMdqTs 9mo
Jilly6183 @Susanita I‘ll check it out, thanks! 9mo
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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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This book started slow but I enjoyed the family/community dynamics, and then bam! A dramatic punch to the face! And the rest played out slow again. I did like it, but I would have preferred slightly different pacing.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Sorry Karin Slaughter, but I saw this one coming from a mile away. That said, there were some bits that surprised me and I enjoyed this twisty read.

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Such Small Hands | Andrs Barba
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I don‘t know what to say about this short read. It‘s devastating and haunting, and yet it captures something familiar about childhood and the outsized way we process our emotions when we are young. So many emotions captured in under 100 pages.

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy | Margot Livesey
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My mother-in-law was born in Iceland but raised in the U.S. by her aunt. My now-husband and I went to Iceland several years ago to meet the family that he never knew for the first time, so the story felt familiar in a second-hand sort of way. It‘s a beautiful and engaging read.

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The fact that this is “banned” blows my mind (except it doesn‘t, because almost nothing can shock me these days). Graphic novels aren‘t usually my thing, but this is worth a read. It‘s heartbreaking but it‘s important that we hear true accounts of these atrocities lest we forget…

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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Someone on a podcast said this was the funniest book they ever read. I don‘t agree with that but there were some LOL moments. And I liked the idea of a poetic romantic sort of accidentally ending up as a hired gun.

The left is the cover I have, but I think the right one is cooler so I included both!

Dragon Cowboy 🤠 dentist 🦷- who knew 11mo
Jilly6183 @Dragon that was one of the better characters for sure! 11mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A beautiful tale about how a good story can inspire us, give us strength and hope, and connect us across culture and time.

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My town is predicted to get 24-30 inches of snow tomorrow 🥶 My local library posted this 😂

DivineDiana 😲 Clever post! Stay warm! 12mo
AmyG Holy cow! Stay safe. 12mo
Laughterhp I‘m in the 12-18/18-24 section 😬😬😬 12mo
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Kshakal Stay safe!! 12mo
marleed Yikes. I hope you have your books ready…. and hot chocolate and blankets! 12mo
Nute Good gracious!❄️🥶 Definitely requiring a armful of books and necessities for burrowing. Stay safe! (edited) 12mo
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Society puts so much pressure on parents, but especially mothers. This heartbreaking story plays that pressure out to a dystopian conclusion. This one will stick with me for a long time.

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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!! 13mo
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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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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! 1y
SamAnne I‘m just a little ways in and am finding the writing clunky for sure. 1y
ICantImReading I just finished this - I completely agree!! 1y
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