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JulAnna

JulAnna

Joined April 2016

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
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Posted | John David Anderson
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Arrived yesterday! I am looking forward to reading this one, I have heard good things! 😊 This is the last stop for the book before heading home!
@CareBear @ScientistSam
#postlit

ScientistSam I hope you enjoy it! 2d
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Pickpick

Overall a pick for me, but I thought it came across clearly as a debut novel. I liked the premise. I have been waiting for a while for a post-apocalyptic novel that showed a more positive side of human nature and that did happen in these pages. However, some threads were left underdeveloped and a few large questions left unanswered imo. 🤓

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Happy Saturday morning, Littens!
Starting this today, looks promising 😊

Dolly Lovely reading spot! 3w
Kaylamburson Loved this one!!! 3w
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Pickpick

So good! Story of Georgy and Zoya from the time of the Romanovs through their long lives. Russia to France to England. Enchanting story, well told! 💕John Boyne‘s storytelling 🤓

The book cover could have been better! 🙄

Samplergal Loved it. Agree with the book cover. 😀 3w
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Enjoying a bit of quiet this Saturday morning.
I like this so far, a juxtaposition of storylines from both the first and the second World Wars. 🤓

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Mehso-so

Not quite a pick for me. I like quotation marks—enough said? 🤔

I like the cover on the right better.

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Pickpick

Catching up from not posting for a while. . . .

If you have ever heard that the Three Pines books get better as the series progresses you have heard correct information! That has definitely been my experience 🤓 this was a great installment!

Crazeedi Yep! And excellent series!! 2mo
Caroline2 Yep! Defo gets better but I find after book 6 it really peaks and troughs with some awesome books and some really rubbish Books too. 😲 2mo
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio. Terrible narration, but good information. Interesting look at the time period and how the trial was conducted. No concrete answers here, though.

Kaye Good information. I‘ve been on the fence about whether to get this. I think I‘ll pass. I read some Audible reviews that also weren‘t impressed with the narrator. 3mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion
I have to bail about 100 pages along. There are simply too many changes in perspective and time for me to enjoy this right now. The shifts detract from the story, in my opinion. May try it again later, maybe not.
Sad, because I was really looking forward to this one (and I spent a gift card on it 😔)

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Finally done with my Saturday chores, so I am settling down with a cup of cocoa to start this. I hope it works for me, as I have had a hard time picking a new book. 😊

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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Mehso-so

I wish I loved this, but it felt too long. I enjoyed the back and forth between the 17th century and present; I liked the storyline of historical writings; I loved the strong female characters. However, the book felt too long and there was just too much philosophical detail.

Cinfhen Yes, Yes and Yes!!!! Most of my bookclub loved this book but it was a little overdone IMO. Not sure I‘d recommend it, would you??? 3mo
Crazeedi I truly enjoyed this book! 3mo
JulAnna @Cinfhen As always, it would depend on the person asking, but overall I would NOT recommend without a (strong) warning about the philosophical sections. ☺️ 3mo
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Posted | John David Anderson
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@ScientistSam
Package on the way! #postlit
@CareBear

ScientistSam I'll keep my eye out! 3mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Pickpick

I finished this on audio yesterday-absolutely enchanting! Jim Dale is the narrator and I was swept up into the story. Definitely recommend!

jenniferajanes I saw your post and remembered my unused Audible credit. I picked this up. It‘s been on my TBR list since I‘ve seen Littens recommend it! #blameitonLitsy 4mo
JulAnna You will have to let me know what you think of it @jenniferajanes 😊 3mo
jenniferajanes @JulAnna I will! Working my way through another book before I start this one. 😊 3mo
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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Pickpick

I have been interested in reading more from the WW1 era, and this book, first in a cozy mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear, is a worthy addition to my pile. I liked Maisie Dobbs and I liked reading more about England in this time period. I will probably go on to read more of the series.

Lynnsoprano Love your orchid! 4mo
JulAnna @Lynnsoprano Thank you! I am so happy it is blooming in the winter! 😊 4mo
irre I just started this on audio and I‘m really liking it. 4mo
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Katherine | Anya Seton
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Totally immersed in this epic historical piece! 🤓

Crazeedi I read this way back when, but I really dont remember it. I may need to revisit some of the books from my past 4mo
LeahBergen I loved this book 😍 4mo
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Posted | John David Anderson
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Arrived today @CareBear 😊
Thanks, I love the bookmarks!
Great notebook @StellarDoc !! #postlit

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A Snowy Day | Robin Nelson
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It started to snow in earnest while I was out for my run! 😊❄️

tpixie Wow!! Surprise!! ❄️☃️⛄️ 4mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Snow day tomorrow, so I can stay up late reading! 🤓
I am really enjoying this one!

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Yesterday‘s #audiowalk
Even though it was cold outside, the time flew by as I was captivated by the audio version of this excellent book! 🤓

Crazeedi I enjoyed this too. 4mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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It is incredible that the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is such a little known part of WW2 history. This book provided the story from 4 perspectives. Interesting, but I was left wanting more.

mandi1082 Loved loved loved this book. 4mo
SilversReviews Excellent book. 4mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Perfect reading for this snowy day! ❄️❄️

Suet624 Love this photo. 4mo
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Pickpick

I listened to this audio and enjoyed the narration. Overall, it is a very informative and important work and I would say it is worth everyone‘s time and attention. My criticism is that the author is somewhat repetitive and therefore the book felt long.

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Annelies: A Novel | David R. Gillham
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An alternate history in which Anne Frank survives the Holocaust. It is difficult to describe how I feel after finishing this book. It makes me wonder more about the survivors‘ lives after the end of the war. We read about war experiences, but not much about their struggles of adjusting to society again. Heartbreaking and beautiful, this book gave me a lot to think about.

Itchyfeetreader I have been torn about this one - the premise sounds right up my street but I am worried about taking someone from such recent history and applying an alternative narrative to their story. Do you think this story benefits from it being about Anne vs another person who hid and had such appalling experiences ? 4mo
JulAnna @Itchyfeetreader I believe that you would find this worth your time. It appears to have been well researched, and felt realistic. The author did a good job (IMO) of extending Anne‘s voice beyond what we know from her diary. However, due to the subject matter it was an emotional experience to read it. 4mo
JulAnna @Itchyfeetreader If you do read it and remember, I‘d be interested to know your thoughts. 4mo
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Annelies: A Novel | David R. Gillham
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I was fortunate to find this available at the library today! 🤓

MellieAntoinette Beautiful cover! 4mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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Pickpick

Wow. This will stay with me for a long time. A beautiful book in its own way, even though it is sad? Or is it sad? No spoilers, but Wow.

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Help! Did anyone else listen to the Audible book version of this? Does anyone have a physical copy of the book that they could check for me?
I was listening to this when suddenly, at chapter 42, Ken Burns seemed to cut in with an intro, and then the story went backwards in time and seemed to start over at chapter 43.
Any insight would be appreciated. 😊

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Read Harder 2019- Alternate history. I am excited to start this one, it looks interesting 🤓

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Pickpick

Not at all what I expected, but, oh, so good! 💕
Like others, I wasn‘t sold on the present day storyline, but Evelyn‘s voice and her story made up for that! I will be thinking about this one for a while!

Gayan I loved this one. 5mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, the present day storyline wasn‘t solid but Evelyn‘s was fantastic! 5mo
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Tagged. I HATED the ending of this book!
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I am clumsy, so there have been many embarrassing bumps, falls, and drops in my life.😂
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Blue Hugo 🙄
#friyayintro @howjessreads
Happy Friday, everyone!

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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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Pickpick

Haunting. WW1 is dark subject matter and some parts of this were very difficult to read. Reading this satisfied my desire to learn more about this time period. Beautiful writing! This will stay with me for a long time! 😊
@Birdsong28 I can see why you love this book! 💕

Birdsong28 Glad you liked it 😘📚📖 5mo
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Are You My Mother? | P.D. Eastman
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Today‘s desk calendar.
One of my mother‘s favorite sayings was “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
I attribute much of my perfectionism to her, for good or for bad. 😂
Anyone want to jump in with some other mom sayings?
@JessReads ?

Beatlefan129 I have that same calendar 📅 5mo
mdhughes72 My mom always said ‘close enough for government work!‘ And ‘it wouldn‘t be noticed from a galloping horse!‘ 5mo
LaraReads Plenty of mom-isms I catch myself almost saying to my daughter. But the one that most closely matches yours was what my grandma always said (and yes, I blame for my attempt at perfectionism as well): “Whatever you do, do with all your might. Things done by half are never done right.” 5mo
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nudibranch My mom-ism: "hand me the thingy for the thingy!" ? 5mo
JulAnna @mdhughes72 😂 Thanks for sharing! 5mo
JulAnna @LaraReads Love it! Yes, it sounds very similar! Thanks for sharing! 😊 5mo
JulAnna @nudibranch 😂 I never heard that one before! Thanks for sharing! 5mo
LaraReads @mdhughes72 my mom said the galloping horse one too! 🤣🤣 5mo
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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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I have been re-watching Downton Abbey and feel the need for some more WW1 era drama. I think this will fit my mood nicely. 🤓

Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ let me know what you think it's my favourite book!!! 😍😍😍😍😍📚📖 5mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m in love with that show! 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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❄️Historical fiction
❄️Claustrophobia
❄️Physical therapist or Librarian
❄️39 degrees-snowstorm tomorrow!
❄️ 👍🏻Happy Fri-yay!
#friyayintro
@howjessreads

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this twisty thriller. Although plot twists seem to be ‘the thing‘ lately, the ones in this book (and there were several) did not feel contrived to me and were well done. Overall, good read. 🤓

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#audiowalking
Beautiful snowy morning. I am enjoying the start of this audiobook 😊

Amiable This is such a great book 👍🏼 5mo
Crazeedi Have this on my TBR list 5mo
Kaye Thanks for sharing your book and a pic of your walk . Great job 👍🏼 5mo
jmofo 💗💜 I loved this book. It gets a little repetitive but it‘s wonderful! 5mo
DarcysMom Beautiful picture! 5mo
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Panpan

Possibly #unpopularopinion Very disappointed. The characters were flat and mostly unlikeable. Quick read but will be very forgettable.

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#pick3
@GypsyKat

Books, chocolate, coffee! Of course 😂

MayJasper Yes snap❣️ 5mo
GypsyKat Great choices! ❤️ 5mo
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Today‘s library haul! I am so glad that I have gotten back in the habit! 😊

valeriegeary Some good picks here!! 👍 5mo
Reviewsbylola 84 CCR is a really sweet book. 5mo
AshHisson I love 84 Charing Cross Road. It‘s one of my favourites. If that edition doesn‘t contain it there‘s also a follow-up called The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. 5mo
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Crazeedi 84 charging cross is the BEST!!! 5mo
JulAnna @Reviewsbylola @AshHisson @Crazeedi I have heard good things about it. I am reading it for Book Riot‘s read harder challenge this year. 😊 5mo
LauraBeth Nice haul! I started back using my local library about 4 years ago and estimate that I‘ve saved thousands of dollars on books 😀 5mo
Crazeedi @LauraBeth my local library is the best, I do library loans from there when they dont have the book. It's a small town library, so they are limited. And since I've started reading from overdrive it's been even better! 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 5mo
JulAnna @LeahBergen Thanks! 5mo
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Pickpick

Gentle, sweet story to start the new year!

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Spending some time this afternoon looking back through my reads of 2018. Here are the ones that I rated the highest in my reading journal. Looking back, I think my ratings immediately after I finished the books still apply. A good exercise for the end of the year, now on to thinking about 2019 reads! 😊

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Pickpick

Wonderful, atmospheric book! I liked this even more than the first one in the trilogy, looking forward to the third! 😊

Susanita I love this cover. 6mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Thanks for the chance @kaye #150k

My guess is 2852

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Just picked this up at the library today! It feels so right to read this in the chilly December weather!

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Mehso-so

I have always found it difficult to review books about the Holocaust, especially ones that are based on a survivor‘s story. I never want to belittle the reality of the experience. With that said, this book suffered from at times simplistic, detached writing. I am glad to know the story of Lale and Gita, though.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Although I do agree with other reviewers that this book was not well written and was much overdone in many places, I will give it a pick. I did learn some things about a part of WW2 that I have not read much about—the experience in Italy.

Crazeedi I stopped reading this because of the poor writing, but have read rave reviews that make me wonder if maybe I should go back to it 6mo
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Mehso-so

Somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me. I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of the book; I had never heard of this adoption scandal and am now interested to learn more. However, it did suffer from having ALL of the bad things happen to the one family, which made it a little too much. The present day political and romantic storyline was also not my favorite. Wrapped up quickly and a little too neatly.

Erinreadsthebooks I didn't love this one either. The writing wasn't for me and I couldn't quite understand why everyone was raving over it. I think I looked permanently confused when my book club discussed it 😁🤔 6mo
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@ScientistSam
Package coming your way!
@CareBear #postlit

ScientistSam I'll keep my eye out! 6mo
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Happiness is. . . Early morning, quiet house, a new blanket, Christmas tree lights, peppermint mocha coffee, and a good book!🎄☕️ 📖 Oh, and the pooch is here too! 🥰

Jerdencon Love the blanket! 6mo
Thousand-Lives Sounds absolutely perfect! Enjoy! 6mo
JulAnna Thanks @Jerdencon and @Thousand-Lives 😊 6mo
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Pickpick

Killer Mermaids! 😱 This started slow, but picked up pretty well about 1/3 through and was overall a good read.

Reggie Lolol I loved this book. Those poor dolphins!! 6mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Very pleased with my library haul for today. Varied books for December reading.

TheBookKeepers I loved Uprooted & Before We Were Yours! Nice stack! 6mo
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