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Jprglisa

Jprglisa

Joined November 2017

A stay at home mom and avid reader of many genres. Find me on Goodreads for longer reviews! www.goodreads.com/jprglisa
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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Amazing, creepy, dark, wonderful. I can not write a great review but there is a link to my Goodreads one in my profile you want to hear more. Publishing July 17, 18 #BabyTeeth #Netgalley #ARC

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Her Pretty Face | Robyn Harding
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I received access to this galley from Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. Her Pretty Face is a domestic drama centred around Frances and Kate. They become fast friends when they band together against the other moms at Forrester Academy. But one has a secret about her past that is hard to keep buried. Published on July 10/18, I gave Her Pretty Face 5 stars on Goodreads (link in profile) #HerPrettyFace #Netgalley

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Anatomy of a Scandal | Sarah Vaughan
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Readathon is hard work, time for lunch! Big Mac poutine from a local restaurant really hit the spot! #readathon

thegreentealibrarian Omygoodness that looks yummy! 2y
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Two Steps Forward | Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
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Joining the #readathon today for the first time! Great to have an excuse to read all day :)

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Let Me Lie | Clare Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

Full review on Goodreads if you are interested (link in bio). It was well written but I wasn‘t as captivated by the main character as much as the former police officer and his wife. The changing perspectives was well done though!

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No surprise to Ruth Ware fans but this one was amazing. It was complicated and twists and turns. Lots of interesting characters and family history to keep you on your toes. I couldn‘t put it down. Link to Goodreads review in bio if you want to read more. Publishes May 29, 2018. #netgalley #thedeathofmrswestaway

Morr_Books So excited for this one! 2y
AvidReader25 I love her books and I didn‘t realize she had a new one coming out! 2y
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It was well done for the genre. I liked the mix of personal history and time period details as it added to the atmosphere. It ended up being a lot of names and dates for me but with a criminal as prolific as he was, it would be hard to write it any other way!

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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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Lisa Genova is one of my favourite authors and her new one does not disappoint. A stark and beautiful tale of a pianist diagnosed with ALS and finds he has no one close to care for him. His ex-wife Karina takes him in and he reconnects with her and his daughter. 5 stars.

Eggs ❤️💜❤️💜 Genova 2y
EJG31 I'm about a quarter of the way into it and so far so good. I really like her books too. 2y
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If He Wakes | Zoe Lea
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Mehso-so

I decent story and a quick plot, this was a good book. I thought some of the connections made were a little contrived and the lead characters a little naive. Kept me guessing and kept my interest though! Publishes April 30, 2018 #netgalley #ifhewakes

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Such a lovely book. Interesting characters, fascinating plot, and thought provoking. Definitely recommend this one!

EJG31 I borrowed it from work but had to return it before I had a chance to read it. It is in high demand so I'll wait patiently till I get it back. Hopefully my tbr pile will have shrunk by then......no, not likely😁 2y
Jprglisa Do they ever shrink? I‘m not sure if that would make me happy or sad though! 2y
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What a good example of a modern “locked room” mystery. I liked the addition of an unreliable narrator as well as a weird assortment of random characters. Glad I picked this one up at the airport for the trip home!

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It was a little less suspenseful because I had already watched the show. It was fun to see what they kept and what they changed though.

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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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Mehso-so

It was good but I found it got a little slow in the middle and dragged a bit for me. I wish it was a little more complex.

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Lovely to read a book about the cold winter while on a beach 😀 I loved the details and the characters in this one, and the addition of a deaf lead character was an interesting take as well. Will certainly recommend this to anyone who like Nordic Noir!

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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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I thought this was an interesting and accessible adaptation. I find the original hard to follow so I am glad to have it adapted into a style I enjoy. Full review on Goodreads if you are interested (link in profile) Thanks to Crown Publishing, Hogarth Books, and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review! #netgalley #macbeth

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I loved the balance between the criminal and the police in this procedural. I thought it was well balanced and the clues were easier to follow. Read my 5-star review of Perfect Remains by Helen Sarah Fields
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2349515335

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The Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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I love Rachel Joyce‘s characters. They are so lonely and on a quest for true love whether they know it or not. This one is no different so hopeful and optimistic!

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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I liked this one though I think I may be the only fan of the series that likes the second one the best. The third book is a lot like the first so if you liked that one, you will most likely enjoy this one. Louisa Clark is a fun character to read about and this book stays true to her character.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Oh man, this was a good book!!! Full review Goodreads but I can see why it‘s so heavily recommended. A really complex story with a mix of the past and the present written in such an easy to follow way. The small town aspect with history stretching decades and long running family drama. I am not sure you could figure out the crime as you go but it made sense as the main character gathered the information. Can not wait for the next one!

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#Muglove opening day!!! Thank you @danibolahood for the wonderful goodies!!! David‘s Tea is one of my favourites! And my son can not spinning the Bat symbol, he thinks it‘s the coolest mug ever! Thanks @TheKidUpstairs for such a wonderful swap!!! I am well stocked with tea and hot chocolate and can‘t wait to try it all!

TheKidUpstairs It spins?!?!?! That's amazeballs! 2y
Jprglisa It certainly does!!! And it‘s giant so it‘ll be well used! 2y
danibolahood Yay!!!! I'm so glad you like everything 😊😊😊😊 2y
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Fools and Mortals | Bernard Cornwell
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Trying to get back into reading after week of headaches and neck pain thanks to snow storms here. Hope the weather settles for a bit! #chronicillness

MoBee Love the coffee mug and the book looks interesting 2y
Jprglisa Thanks! I painted it myself. The book is interesting though not my favourite genre so it‘s a bit of a push for me. 2y
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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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Not my usual genre but it sucked me in. The Renegades is an interesting take on hero worship culture and society in general without being too heavy. Interesting dynamic of good and evil and what makes them that way. Read my 3-star review of Renegades by Marissa Meyer
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2262278608

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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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Trying to get back into reading this one with Poison Ivy‘s help. I find it so hard to get into this genre, but it‘s good to spread out once and a while.

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“...because the Forest will always be there... and anybody who is Friendly with Bears can find it” A.A. Milne

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Look what came in the mail! February 1 can‘t come soon enough! Thanks for hosting @TheKidUpstairs and thanks for the mail @danibolahood #muglove #litsy #cantwait

danibolahood Yay!!! I'm so glad you got it and it looks like it's still in one piece 2y
Jprglisa Yep! Can‘t wait! 2y
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Mehso-so

Not the worst book ever but it had it‘s issues. I found the plot was easy to figure out and some of the characters just horrible. I did enjoy the setting and how the small town atmosphere added to the mystery. Everybody knew of each other but knew nothing about what happened behind closed doors. My full 3 star review is on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2260316030

Lwiesman That drink looks yummy!! 2y
Jprglisa It was, and exactly what I needed that day! It‘s been cold here in Edmonton!! 2y
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Insidious Intent | Val McDermid
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The tenth book in the DCI Carol Jordon and Dr Tony Hill series can be read as a standalone or part of the series. I love how she recaps the events from past books that the reader needs to know but without boring those who read them all. Characters that continue to evolve and surprise in believable ways after ten books is rare! Read my 5-star review of Insidious Intent by Val McDermid
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2250066071

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Nyt 1919 Book Review | New York Times

I am hoping for help improving my book reviews. What makes a review helpful? What types of things makes you decide if you‘d like the book personally?

CarolynM For me it's what is the book about? Not the story, but what are the themes, what is explored? Plus a some idea of the tone and the style of writing. Hope this is helpful.🙂 2y
Jprglisa Thank you very much! That is helpful. Hopefully you‘ll see an improvement in mine over the year! I appreciate you taking the time to answer 😺 2y
readinginthedark Sometimes I‘ll give a short premise on what the book is about. And then I write about my reaction to it, what appealed most to me, what I didn‘t like, and (if this wasn‘t part of the other points) what is unique or the same about the author‘s writing style or plot decisions. Usually after I work through the specifics of these points, I have a pretty long review. Some people include quotes for emphasis, which works as long as there are no spoilers. (edited) 2y
Jprglisa Thanks @readinginthedark! I sometimes find the synopsis part my least favourite of a review but I might need to work on adding it to some of mine. 2y
readinginthedark Yeah, it‘s not super exciting, but sometimes the editor pitches don‘t work for me and I feel like people need a better idea of what they‘re getting into. I only do this within the first few chapters, of course; you don‘t want to give too much away. Unless it‘s a picture book! 2y
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Such a great plot, strong suspense throughout the whole book, and interesting characters!!! It‘s been a while since a book surprised me so much, I had no idea what was coming most of the time. Definitely recommend to fans of Gone Girl or Girl on a Train. The unreliable narrator is hard to pull off but I think it worked really well here!

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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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This was an interesting, quick read. Definitely going to look for Practical Magic this year and maybe even re-watch the movie. I can never say no to a Sandra Bullock show!

readinginthedark Yes! My favorite is probably While You Were Sleeping. ❤️ 2y
Jprglisa @readinginthedark I like 28 days, the rehab one. Such a different character. 2y
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Odd Child Out: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
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I liked this one. My only complaint is the abrupt changes in narrator without any indication as to who so you can be a few pages into a chapter before you could figure out the viewpoint!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I loved this book! One of my favourites for the year! Such a captivating story and totally not what I was expecting when I picked it up. Definitely recommend this one!

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Not sure how I feel about this one yet. Similar to her first one, and too character driven for me. I should not have read them so close together maybe? I liked more of the characters this time but still could not understand or feel sympathy for some.

Lwiesman I felt the same way! 2y
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Reading this with a little help from some of my son‘s friends! So far I like it better than Things I Never Told You, but there is something about her characters I just don‘t like!

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My first ever swap! Thanks @TheKidUpstairs for hosting #muglove swap.

TheKidUpstairs Yay! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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Mehso-so

Not sure how I feel about this now it‘s done. I struggled to get through it. Thinking about it after, a couple characters cut a little close to home and my own struggles. The other characters were so far removed from my own experience that I really couldn‘t relate to them at all.

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Class Mom | Laurie Gelman
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This was a funny, quick read. It won‘t change your life but it also won‘t tax your mind if you are just looking for a distraction.

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The Blind | A. F. Brady
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I don‘t read a lot of psychological thrillers but I liked this one! Very interesting concept, and a few twists I didn‘t see coming.

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The Golden House | Salman Rushdie
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I am just not getting into this book. Is it worth fighting through? I was not a big fan of Great Gatsby and that is the comparison I am hearing most.

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A mystery novel and Halloween candy while my son plays LEGO. Such a nice way to spend a snowy afternoon!

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
Jprglisa Thanks!!! 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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