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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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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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Dreary, rainy Sunday. I have the start of a cold, so I am curled up with my comfy blanket and this book. It is slow-paced, but it is an enthralling world he is building. 🤓

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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I feel as though I am starting a grand adventure!
📚💛😊

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🎃 tagged-I am a long-time Peanuts fan!
🎃 the people (co-workers and clients)
🎃 my time as a stay-at-home mom
🎃 thanks for the tag @Sharpeipup
🎃 a day late, but does anyone else want to play?

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 3d
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Pickpick

Mixed feelings. Loved the writing and some of the individual sentences. Did not love the characters or the pacing of the book. Some of it felt too rushed, some of it felt too drawn out.
Will give this an overall pick for the important message and the beautiful sentences.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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🧡🧡this quote 🧡🧡
This is actually how I feel about the ocean 🌊 and the beach 🏖

Hoopiefoot I feel this way about mountains ❤️ 1w
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Starting this today , I think I am in the mood for some literary fiction and I have heard good things about this one 🤓

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The River | Peter Heller
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Currently reading. I have heard some good things and liked The Dog Stars, so I have hope! 🤓

Zelma I really liked this one. It reeled me in completely. 2w
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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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This was a different story of WW2 for me. Set in a French village, it dealt with the troubles of ordinary people and how they endured. Very moving portrayal of the liberation and the sacrifices made by the Allied forces. Very good! 🤓

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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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Relaxing after a long day of travel, sampled some fine craft beer here in VT

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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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Beautiful Sunday! Relaxing with a book and some Red Zone football today 😊 🏈

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If You Leave Me: A Novel | Crystal Hana Kim
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Panpan

Meh. I thought I would like this a lot and I was very disappointed. It begins in Korea in the 50‘s and follows Haemi and her family. I never felt connected to the characters and consequently did not care for any of them.

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Using one of my favorite coffee mugs this Banned Books Week!
I am forever surprised when I read articles and see what books appear on the frequently challenged lists -not sure if I should use the 😢 or 😠 emoji?
What is your favorite banned book?

MoBee Kite Runner, I think it's on the list for some reason 4w
Patchshank Anything by Vonnegut. I think most of his books have been challenged at one time or another. 4w
JulAnna @MoBee Yes, it is and it is one of my favorites too! 4w
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JulAnna @Patchshank I have never read any Vonnegut-suggestion for where to start? 4w
Patchshank @JulAnna His Two most famous books are Slaughter House Five and Cat's Cradle. My personal favorite is Timequake. If you just want to dip your toes in he has several short story collections. 4w
Ericalambbrown Judy Bloom books. They were always banned when I was I kid and my parents didn‘t allow me to read them. I snuck them or would read them at friends houses. They were my first experience of thinking for myself and learning to form my own opinions about things. 4w
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If You Leave Me | Crystal Kim
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I had some ‘me time‘ shopping today. Of course it had to include yarn and books! (Neither of which I really need 😂)

valeriegeary That yarn is pretty! 1mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous yarn!!! What fun to get both! 1mo
JulAnna @kspenmoll @valeriegeary Thanks! I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet! 😂 (edited) 1mo
Tamra What beautiful fall colors! 1mo
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The Light in the Ruins | Chris Bohjalian
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My reading buddy tonight! 💕😊

GypsyKat ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
JulietBooks I need a furry reading buddy too...🐶🐱 1mo
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I have been away for awhile, and posting sporadically before that. I am going to try to change that in the upcoming days, as I have missed this community.
Just finished this book, I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It felt too long, too detailed in some ways, yet too vague in others.
View from my front porch on this beautiful September day! 😊

Bklover You have a beautiful front porch! Welcome back- Litsy is a great place to back to. ❤️ 1mo
Tamra So pretty! 1mo
Alora Wow what a beautiful porch! 😍 7d
JulAnna @Alora Thank you! 7d
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Pickpick

It is hard to describe this book, but I have a feeling that I will be thinking about it for a long time to come. Yes, it is violent, but not in a gratuitous way. Propulsive story, at times very hard to read. I really enjoyed the author‘s notes at the end (do not read them before you read the book). I will definitely look for more of his books.

ShyBookOwl I've heard great things! 2mo
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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My reading spot for the week! 😎

SamanthaMarie That looks lovely ♡ 3mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Mehso-so

Hmm, all the descriptions seem to apply—fast-paced, mind bending, intriguing, quick read. However, the character development didn‘t work for me, and I found the first half much more interesting than the second half. I ended up just wanting to get through it. I read a review that compared this to Inception and I think that is apt. I was confused at times, so this is just a so-so for me.

Bookworm83 This is EXACTLY the way I felt about this book! 3mo
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It is hot and humid today in central PA. I am glad that I am done with my weekend chores and can sit down and enjoy the end of this book ☀️😊
I liked this first book in the Farseer trilogy, and am glad that I finally ‘found‘ Robin Hobb!

TrishB I love this series 💕 3mo
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Posted | John David Anderson
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On its way home to you, @ScientistSam ! 😊
#postlit
@CareBear

ScientistSam Thanks, hope you enjoyed it! 4mo
irre This was one of my absolute favorites of #postlit @ScientistSam 3mo
ScientistSam @irre so glad you liked it! 3mo
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A good way to start the day! Happy Fourth of July, fellow Littens! 🎆😊

Bookladylinda Happy 4th!!!!! 🎉🎊🇺🇸 4mo
britt_brooke Cute pup! 🐾🇺🇸 4mo
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Although I am not very far into this book yet, I am enjoying it so far. I have never read any of Robin Hobb‘s books before, but I have heard good things!
It is a beautiful day, I hope all you Littens have a great weekend! ☀️😊

Soubhiville Ooooohhhh! Yay, one of my favorites. I hope you‘ll love her! 4mo
kspenmoll Lovely reading spot! 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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! 5mo
Kaylamburson Loved this one!!! 5mo
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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. 😀 5mo
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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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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!! 6mo
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. 😲 6mo
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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. 7mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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#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??? 7mo
Crazeedi I truly enjoyed this book! 7mo
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. ☺️ 7mo
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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! 7mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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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 8mo
JulAnna You will have to let me know what you think of it @jenniferajanes 😊 8mo
jenniferajanes @JulAnna I will! Working my way through another book before I start this one. 😊 8mo
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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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! 8mo
JulAnna @Lynnsoprano Thank you! I am so happy it is blooming in the winter! 😊 8mo
irre I just started this on audio and I‘m really liking it. 8mo
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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 8mo
LeahBergen I loved this book 😍 8mo
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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!! ❄️☃️⛄️ 8mo
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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. 8mo
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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. 8mo
SilversReviews Excellent book. 8mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Perfect reading for this snowy day! ❄️❄️

Suet624 Love this photo. 8mo
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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 ? 8mo
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. 8mo
JulAnna @Itchyfeetreader If you do read it and remember, I‘d be interested to know your thoughts. 8mo
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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! 8mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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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. 9mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, the present day storyline wasn‘t solid but Evelyn‘s was fantastic! 9mo
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