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JulAnna

JulAnna

Joined April 2016

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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This has been on my TBR for a while now, starting it today as I think it will be a good combo with the Olympics!

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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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This was a different type of WW2 novel. It was mainly the story of two girls in pre-war Germany and the paths that they took. It went back and forth between the 30‘s, the 60‘s, and the 80‘s, so I was glad I had a print copy so I could flip pages. For me it was disturbing in a different way than other WW2 novels. Lots to think about here.

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The Defense: A Novel | Steve Cavanagh
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Fast paced legal thriller. Good break from heavy literary fiction. First in a series, so some back story set up throughout.

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I picked this Kindle book because it was on sale, and because I had heard interesting/conflicting things about it on the Currently Reading podcast. It didn‘t disappoint. I can‘t say that I loved it-there were things that I did not like about it-but it was certainly a propulsive story. I will think about this for a long time to come and can understand why it would be a good book club pick.

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Mehso-so

Historical fiction - a past and a present timeline - intriguing premise of missing Russian Fabergé eggs - I should have loved this, and I did, for a while. Then it took a turn and became disturbing, both in events and in how the characters handled the events. Trigger warnings should abound. Not a pick.

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Thank you so much! @Alfrazier21 😊
I am very excited to read this, and I will enjoy the Lindt truffles while reading! What a nice surprise!
#jolabokaflod
@MaleficentBookDragon thanks for organizing!
Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Alfrazier21 I‘m so happy you liked it! That book is so good!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁 (edited) 13mo
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🎄I live relatively close to Harrisburg, Pa. The Blue Orchard is historical fiction set there. Very interesting work. 🤓
🎄Moscow, Russia. ❄️
🎄I think I would like to live in the Shire as a Baggins. 😍

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Great fun!

Eggs Loved Gentleman in Moscow ❣️ Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚💕👌🏼 13mo
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I loved this book! It was exactly what I needed/wanted right now. I took longer than usual to read it, but that fit the pace of the book-it didn‘t feel like a story that should be rushed. I will keep this one on my shelves, for sure! 🤓

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I tweeted that Amor Towles should win the Booker for this and he liked my tweet! I was star-struck! 🤩 13mo
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So there‘s a snowstorm, and Christmas lights, and a new Snoopy robe, and a really good book! Life is good!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That book + Snoopy robe?! HEAVEN! 13mo
kspenmoll Fabulous book! Enjoy; your tree is lovely. Enjoy! 13mo
JulAnna @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled and @kspenmoll I had this book on my shelf for far too long-it is so good! 😊 13mo
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#jolabokaflod swap package headed your way @heylaurenmack 😊
UPS estimates delivery about the middle of next week, so it should get there in time. Sorry for the delay, I had some online ordering/shipping issues this year.
@MaleficentBookDragon

heylaurenmack I‘m so excited!!!! Thank you so much!!!! 13mo
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Started this today, feels jut right for December! 🤓

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#jolabokaflodswap Look what arrived today! Already under the tree, waiting for opening day. Thanks @Alfrazier21
@MaleficentBookDragon

Alfrazier21 Hope you enjoy it!! 🎄 🎁 13mo
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Resistance Women | Jennifer Chiaverini
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I so thought I would enjoy this, as WW2 historical fiction is one of my go to genres. However, this was a slog. It may be an #unpopularopinion, but it was so dry, more like a history book than a story. Little to no character development and without some personal connection to the characters, there were too many of them to keep track of or care about.

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Resistance Women | Jennifer Chiaverini
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Recently started—I am enjoying this so far, an interesting and informative start in Pre-WW2 Germany. Strong group of women! 😊

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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😊

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I spent some time in a bookstore today—-it felt so good, I could have stayed for hours! 🤓 It was the first time in quite a while that I have gone out and done anything approaching “normal” as I have been teleworking since March. Anyway, here are my purchases, along with my BOMC book.

LeahBergen Lovely! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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On to the next book.... have heard good things ......

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The Tea Rose: A Novel | Jennifer Donnelly
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Panpan

I thought this had promise, but I ended up skimming much of the second half. Too many coincidences, too much going on, yet it felt very slow-moving. I won‘t be reading the next one.

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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I loved parts of this book, but wished for more from others. It is about a young boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. I thought the descriptions of his feelings and struggles felt very real and some of the character interactions moved me very much. However, I also wished for more character development with the secondary characters. My final comment-I am not a fan of epilogues in general.

Erinreadsthebooks Yes, I felt like the epilogue was completely unnecessary. 1y
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Beautiful fall day today! Did some hiking in nearby State Game lands- we are also very close to the Appalachian Trail. This is my current read. 🍁☀️🤓

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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel | Linnea Hartsuyker
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I really wanted to like this-but when I look for other things to do rather than read, I know there is a problem 😬
Add to that the fact that it is a trilogy so it probably won‘t wrap up at the end of the book—I‘m out.

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Banned books week is September 27th through October 3rd this year. I think I will use this bookmark this week to celebrate my freedom to read! 🤓

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Still enjoying this 75% through. To me, classic Follett. 🤓

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Thirsty Thursday | Phyllis Root, Helen Craig
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📚I am not-maybe in October?
📚 tough one, I guess mostly lit fiction, with a healthy dose of fantasy and a whole shelf of SK 🤓
📚I don‘t snack much while reading, usually it is ☕️or 🍷

Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963 😊
#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

@ScientistSam @Cinfhen @SilversReviews @BarbaraTheBibliophage @CareBear

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍃😊🍂 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the tag—just saw it! 1y
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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I have wanted to read this for a long time, and am finding it very interesting. A little thrown off by what just happened half way through! 🧐. I need a blanket to be out on my porch this morning 😊

Chelsea.Poole Looks cozy 😊 1y
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Solid 3 star WW2 fiction for me. A bit predictable, but it offered insight to Prague during the war years, so that held my interest. An absolutely refreshing morning on my front porch-hope you are able to enjoy this day, fellow Littens! 😊

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Your porch is GORGEOUS! ❤️😱❤️ 1y
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The Address | Fiona Davis
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I have been trying to like this for 250 pages 😳 Now I am invested enough that I have to finish. Enough of a mystery that I need an answer, but, oh, I don‘t really like anyone in this story!
What do you do when you are this far along and not liking a book?

JackOBotts I so enjoyed The Dollhouse, and The Address is my book club‘s September selection. I have a hard time pulling a #DNF and will generally push in through. I need to work on walking away. So many good books to discover, why must we torture ourselves?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ My mom did enjoy this author‘s latest. 1y
ItsAnotherJen If I'm honest, that far in..I stick with it. I rarely dnf a book. I probably should more often than I do 1y
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The Orphan Collector | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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Overall a solid pick. It was interesting to read about the atmosphere in 1918 Philadelphia-dealing with the Spanish flu, especially considering our current state of affairs. Possibly a bit overdone at times, and Bernice was just too evil. It is saddening to imagine that children were actually treated this way during this time.

SilversReviews FANTASTIC....LOVED it!! 1y
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Probably an #unpopularopinion , but I didn‘t care for this second in the trilogy as much as I liked the first one. It felt slow and maybe I wasn‘t in the mental place to put as much work into reading it as needed. I do still want to finish the series, just not right now. 😊

Minervasbutler Third one is better imo 1y
JulAnna @Minervasbutler thanks! Good to know 😊 1y
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Hmm. no. I‘m telling this wrong.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Relaxing in my hammock chair at the end of a long week! 😊

sprainedbrain Such a great book! 1y
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This was an excellent installment in this series! The village of Three Pines was a centerpiece of the book (oh, how I would love to visit there!). In addition to a good mystery with an interesting background, many pieces of the ongoing saga involving the Surete fell into place.

Soubhiville Oh Leonard Cohen. I love him. That grumbly gravely voice 💕 1y
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Book mail is the beat mail! My delivery from bookshop.org arrived today! 🤓

Soubhiville Yay! That is a great feeling. Enjoy! 1y
SilversReviews LOVED The Orphan Collector and The Address. 1y
JulAnna @SilversReviews Good to know! I have been looking forward to both of them. 1y
JulAnna Thanks @Soubhiville 😊 1y
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I love the feeling I get when I begin to read the next book in this Inspector Gamache series! I feel as though I am checking in with old friends, so I space the books out-like special treats!

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Others have described this as endearing and charming. I would say that is exactly what it is. Not a lot of substance, but probably just what I needed right now. Light, easy. I enjoyed the book and movie references throughout. 🤓

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🍹cleaning
🍹July was a very disappointing reading month, I wouldn‘t recommend anything that I read, unfortunately.
🍹Sandra Bullock? Loved her in The Blind Side and she has been clumsy in some roles, which is very much me😂
Thanks for the tag @Sharpeipup !

@Eggs
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs I have loved the roles SB has played in so many films!! Great choice 👏🏻📚🤗 1y
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Enjoying a quiet evening of reading, but not sure how I feel about this one yet, only 12% into it. Has anyone else read it?

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I enjoyed this one, almost as much as People of the Book.
Interesting historical fiction of the year 1666 and the Plague.

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Me and my reading buddy, enjoying the sound of the birds this morning 😊

ScientistSam Cute puppy ❤️ 2y
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If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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Thanks for the tag @Sharpeipup !
☀️Central Pennsylvania
☀️probably the tagged book (I am a Constant Reader), but I‘ve also enjoyed The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny and Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
☀️350-400 pages
☀️ @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @DGRachel @Soubhiville @CareBear

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Done with Saturday chores so I am settling in to treat myself with this intriguing ARC.

MidnightBookGirl Such an amazing book!
2y
Literary_Siren I‘m so jealous!! 2y
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We Must Be Brave | Frances Liardet
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Quiet, sunny, lovely afternoon on the porch with a good book 😊 Simply heaven!

LauraBeth I need a porch like this in my life! 2y
Oryx Beautiful porch 2y
JulAnna Thanks @Oryx ! @LauraBeth it is very peaceful, I am fortunate ☺️ 2y
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I don‘t have the words yet for how this book made me feel, I believe I will be thinking about this for a long time to come. Important subject matter, important to read.

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The Institute | Stephen King
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When I start a SK book, I feel like I am saying “ok, I am along for the ride, take me on an adventure “. Therefore, I don‘t mind when the story unfolds slowly or has twists and turns-I enjoy and expect it. That is what this story felt like to me, an adventure that I could not quite see how it would turn out. “Great events turn on small hinges.” A ride I am glad I took 🤓

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The Institute | Stephen King
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Saturday morning reading🤓

MidnightBookGirl Good book, cute dog! 2y
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The Good Earth | Pearl S. Bck
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Quiet Thursday evening, re-reading this classic for a challenge that I set for myself: to read one classic book per month in 2020. This will be for February 🤓

Tamra I really enjoyed The Good Earth. 😁 2y
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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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Work holiday today, so I spent some time reading the wonderful comments in my #postlit book!Thank you so much to @ScientistSam @daniwithtea @irre @Kappadeemom @RiotMom @StellarDoc @melyndarae @goodthinkrebel @ReadingsByTheC @trazo @aroc @CareBear for all of your wonderful insights and impressions! I have enjoyed this bookish journey with all of you! 🤓💛Thanks @CareBear for the awesome bookmarks and for sending all the books my way-it‘s been fun!

aroc One of my favorite reads of 2019! 2y
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Posted | John David Anderson
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@ScientistSam
Next #postlit book on its way to you tomorrow!
@CareBear @daniwithtea

ScientistSam Thanks! 2y
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How appropriate to be reading this wintery book today!
I am also glad it is on my Kindle because our power just went out!

readordierachel Oh my! Hope you get it back soon! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So pretty! I hope your kindle is well charged! 2y
CareBear Julie, I‘m going to send out your #postlit book on Monday! So sorry for the delay. 2y
JulAnna @CareBear That‘s great, thanks! I will watch for it 😊 2y
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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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#audioknitting plus watching exciting playoff football this afternoon 🧶 🏈 📚