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JoyNorstrom

JoyNorstrom

Joined March 2018

I write. I read. I laugh. I speak. www.joynorstrom.ca
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Teeth | Fred Stenson
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Quirky little book about an insecure hockey player. An enjoyable read although I would have found it more engaging as a novel instead of short stories. Still, quite fun and the main character is so well written I feel like I know him.

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I‘m enjoying some amazing and immersive women-centred stories on our annual family camping trip. I recommend both of them. #vox #thesevenhusbandsofevelynhugo

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I loved 80% of this book! Such a stunning job at weaving a plot—I‘m impressed with this author. The end is, well, not necessary. Takes away from the overall book in my opinion. Still, I think this is a book I won‘t forget because of its originality.

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So glad my Bookclub picked this one. I love how the writer explores the impact of incarceration on various relationships.

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Brave | Svetlana Chmakova
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Yay! Another reader in the family! So thankful for graphic novels that worked like magic for both my daughter‘s. This youngest one whizzed through #Awkward and is rather enjoying #Brave. What more could a book loving mother ask for?

charl08 I would have killed to have been able to read in the car at her age! Lucky thing... 10mo
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Three books under the tree and they are perfect for me 😊. Did Santa treat any of you other book lovers this season? What stories were under your tree?

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Good story, set in Ontario and New York. It was interesting for me as the protagonist works for a municipal government, which is what I do also. Some of the dilemmas felt freakishly familiar and others—thank goodness!—didn‘t. If you read the book you‘ll know what I‘m talking about 😊😂 I think the author did a good job in weaving the backstory into present day so we understand character motivation.

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Just sending these two lovely gems off to my secret Santa partner...if you ever have the chance to join an online book club, do it! I‘ve read lots of books I otherwise would not have heard of, including this Dear Sugar compilation. Such an uplifting read.

Chelsea.Poole I love Dear Sugar! 11mo
JoyNorstrom @Chelsea.Poole Me too! (edited) 11mo
jenniferajanes I joined an online book club a few months ago. It has really stretched my reading life! And now, of course, there‘s Litsy with all the read alongs and challenges. I‘m still learning the ropes! 11mo
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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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This book is beautiful. Incredibly sad. Incredibly important. I‘ll be thinking about it for a while.

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Inside | Alix Ohlin
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This recommendation has been sitting by my bedside table for months. I‘m not sure what I was waiting for...perhaps cold weather to match the cover or the perfect space in my tbr pile. ‘Inside‘ is beautifully written, has a cast of captivating characters and a list of unique settings: Iqaluit, Kigali, Montreal, Edinburgh, New York. Two thumbs up for the author‘s ability to weave time and place.

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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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Okay, great book. This one was recommended to me quite a while back. I bought it and it sat on my kindle UNREAD for 2 years. Mistake! I could have read it several times since then. Unique characters, engaging storyline. Readers who enjoyed #EleanorOliphant might love this one too.

Jenny I loved this one too. 1y
InnerSavvy I was surprised to enjoy this one to look. 11mo
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My weekend read...of course I have a few other goals too. I‘ve two kids to get packed up for camp and several ciders in the fridge just waiting to be enjoyed. It‘s shaping up to be a good one😊. Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

Jenny Loved this one! Haven‘t seen that cover though. 1y
JoyNorstrom @Jenny Canadian paperback addition perhaps? 1y
BlameJennyJane Thanks for all of the #LitsyLove @JoyNorstrom ! 💗 1y
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Word Nerd | Susin Nielsen
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I love love love Susin‘s books. Although intended for a younger audience this forty-something reader (😳☺️) was super invested in our scrabble/loner hero and his reformed convict side-kick. Highly recommended for reluctant readers. And moms 😃

Jenny Love the cover. 1y
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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Great book! (The cider wasn‘t bad either😉). Lots of tension and it keeps you turning pages. Relatable main character in an awful situation.

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Wasn‘t sure what I‘d think of this one, but I‘m loving it! A twitter msg that turns into an ongoing friendship (and maybe more!) paired with a family secret that‘s slowly revealed. I‘m curious to see how this story will wrap up. (And yes, that‘s a lighthouse my youngest daughter painted for me😊)

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Out of Play | Joy Norstrom
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Yup, it‘s true! Out of Play is free today and tomorrow on Amazon. Scoop yourself up a fun read 😊📚❤️

ChroniclesofaBookishMom Yayyy! Thanks for the heads up. I just downloaded it. 1y
JoyNorstrom @ChroniclesofaBookishMom awesome!! 😊 I so hope you enjoy it. I‘m never sure if I should post sales on litsy, but decided I‘d do it this time given it‘s free. Apologies to anyone who feels bombarded:) 1y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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My long weekend camping read...I‘m enjoying it more than Girl on the Train. Super intriguing 😊

Jenny I want to try this one! 1y
JoyNorstrom @Jenny so far it‘s very engaging; I‘m about half way. She slowly drops clues letting the mystery unfold in a way that keeps me turning pages. 1y
Jenny How are the characters? I couldn‘t stand any of them in Girl on a Train. 1y
JoyNorstrom @Jenny actually I felt the same—especially the protagonist! Really annoying, wasn‘t she? This book has about 7 different POVs plus excerpts from a manuscript one of the characters was supposed to have written. The most annoying is the manuscript. Overall I find several of the characters relatable in some way; a few are off but I think they are supposed to be, if that makes sense. 1y
Jenny Good to know. Thanks and enjoy. 1y
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Out of Play | Joy Norstrom
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Two fun Canadian books about women finding their way. I recommend them both...especially mine 😂🤷‍♀️👍

MayJasper Good for you ❣️ recommend away 😊 1y
JoyNorstrom Thanks @MayJasper 😊 appreciate the support! 1y
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Girls in White Dresses | Jennifer Close
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Great book and one I probably wouldn‘t have read if it hadn‘t been recommended. Girls in White Dresses is a series of interlocking short stories; you get to follow a group of women friends through their 20s. They navigate careers, relationships, and families-of-origin as they figure out what it is they want in life. Very relatable!

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I had to push through the first 100 pages, but I‘m so glad I did. A coming-of-age story featuring a friendship between a socially awkward kid and a blunt but good-hearted old man.

vuhlrybyhn Your review makes me want to read this! Welcome to Litsy! ❤ 2y
JoyNorstrom Thanks for the warm welcome @vuhlrybyhn ! 2y
TK-421 Stacked! And a belated welcome to Litsy! 😊 2y
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Alfoster Yes! This looks so good! 2y
JoyNorstrom Thank you @TK-421! I‘m enjoying it:) 2y
JoyNorstrom @Alfoster it was! A bit of a slow start, but very good overall. 2y
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This is one of those laughing and bawling on the same page books. I love all of Nielsen‘s books, but this one made me a life time fan. I‘m in awe of her ability to balance humour and heartbreak.

RaimeyGallant Sounds wonderful! 2y
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Year of No Rules | Rose McClelland
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Has anyone else read this? It feels just like sitting in the pub with an old friend. Xx

SamHeartCoffee What a sweet kitty you have! 2y
JoyNorstrom @SamHeartCoffee thank you! Penny is lovely. The author always posts pictures of her cat on FB, so I thought it was fitting 🐈🐱 2y
LizzieChantree I can't wait to read this book. It's on my kindle. 2y
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CarrieASchless I‘ve read it and loved it! 2y
MayJasper Thanks for following me 😊 2y
JoyNorstrom My pleasure @MayJasper! 2y
JoyNorstrom It‘s a quick read @LizzieChantree, a great way to spend a quiet afternoon. ☕️ 🍪 📖 2y
JoyNorstrom Doesn‘t it feel like dishing with a friend you haven‘t seen in a while, @CarrieASchless? I can hear myself saying “omg, no! You should drop him!” Haha 🤣 2y
CarrieASchless Yeah it really does @JoyNorstrom I‘m very pleased that the author read and reviewed my book and said the same. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and say “what are you doing”!!!x 2y
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