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KarenJMcLean

KarenJMcLean

Joined October 2016

I write. I read. I teach. I craft. Should have been a librarian. Henry David Thoreau is my unwitting 200-year-old dead boyfriend. I like naps. 🇨🇦
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Finally!

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I wasn‘t able to read them before our country‘s annual battle of the books, but after religiously watching the debates last week, I can‘t wait to dive in!

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Inspired by the rugs of Laura Kenney and my longtime fascination with Maud‘s story, I ordered this biography through interlibrary loan. Tickled pink to see the library who sent it! #proudalumna #acadiauniversity #classof1993

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This was a phenomenal and almost unbearable book. I can understand why it‘s so polarizing. There is a lot of cringe-worthy and downright terrifying material in here. It‘s not for the faint of heart. But it‘s worth it.

I loved the character of Turtle. Not the cussing, hateful, misogynistic young girl who knows and trusts nothing but what her father has been “teaching” her for years — but who she discovers inside herself.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MMFinck I‘m 3/4 way thru, and it is a chore to keep going. It is bc of reviews like yours that I haven‘t DNRd. The faith I won‘t regret it. Thanks. (edited) 3mo
KarenJMcLean @MMFinck I understand. 3mo
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Started reading this last night, after reading about it on @TheLudicReader ‘s blog. The contrast between the beautiful descriptive writing and the gritty material is fascinating.

TheLudicReader This book will stay with you long after you've turned the final page. 5mo
KarenJMcLean @TheLudicReader — Part of me is a little afraid of that! 5mo
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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This book took a little while to gain speed for me, but started to pick up about halfway through. By the time I was three-quarters through, I knew I wouldn‘t sleep until I finished it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Next up on my night-reading agenda...

After reading PACHINKO, I wanted to read something very different. I think this will do nicely.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Mehso-so

This book frustrated the dickens out of me. (No pun intended.) It‘s really too much story for one book; a trilogy would have been better. While I enjoyed parts of it, there were many things that drove me crazy. For example, every time I would start to connect to the story, BAM! It would fast-forward ten years. Seeing the Korean-Japanese issues through this book was interesting, though, and the only reason I kept going to the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

MrBook Great review! 5mo
Cinfhen Excellent review! I remember feeling frustrated too!! I felt like the first half was much stronger and the ending felt rushed. But still a fascinating story 5mo
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This was an incredible story. The fact that these were actual living, breathing people who survived such unfashionable horrors makes it all the more gripping. Lale will stay with me for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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Just beginning this book.

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Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh
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Panpan

I hated this book. I did force myself to finish it because I will wind up discussing it at a future book club meeting, but aside from the occasional chuckle, it was torture. My biggest regret? Since I bought a digital copy, it means I can‘t set the “Vile Book” on fire. ⭐️⭐️

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The Golden Tower (Magisterium #5) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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Tonight my tutoring student and I finished reading THE GOLDEN TOWER, and with it we completed the Magisterium series. It was a satisfying ending.

We enjoyed the series very much, and are hoping to see these characters again in a future series.

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Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh
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Currently reading. It was suggested as the “book after next” for one of my book clubs, and I had some open time in my reading plans, so I thought, “Why not?”

Well, I‘m bored. I like satire, but in small doses (short stories, articles, etc.). The huge cast of characters and constantly switching scenes makes it impossible for me to connect with anybody enough to make me want to keep reading.

I probably won‘t bail, but this is a rough go.

KarenJMcLean Makes me feel like an English major all over again — and not in a good way. 6mo
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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I absolutely loved this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Starting this as my “night-reading” book.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Just starting this book today. It is the next selection for one of my book clubs, The Succulent Bookworms.

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Started reading this last night. Had to put it down at 2 AM with 59% read. I‘m a zombie today, and the only reason I‘m not reading it right now is because I‘m too tired to focus on the words! The narrative style is a bit jumpy, but you get used to it quickly, and it works!

julesG Why did I just read "Camp Pottermore"??? ? 6mo
KarenJMcLean @julesG I keep calling it Camp Nevermore. I think I‘ve got Poe on the brain. 6mo
julesG Better Poe than poo. 😝 6mo
KarenJMcLean @julesG Indeed! 6mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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What I‘m reading this weekend.

dynagrrl I‘m reading this, too! It‘s in my kindle so I am reading mostly on my commute. Really enjoyable! 7mo
KarenJMcLean @dynagrrl It didn‘t really speak to me, but I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it! 6mo
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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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How could I not know of these events in history? HOW?!

This book is being read by my tutoring student‘s grade nine class. I am glad. Not only is it an important book, but it is excellent, and perfect for early forays into literary analysis.

I‘m glad to have read this one and grateful to have had it cross my path. Even if I‘m lying here equal parts devastated and angry.

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Excellent book! I read it in less than 24 hours and was surprised numerous times by the plot. Highly recommend.

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The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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Hello, old friend.

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Picked up this book this afternoon. It has been on my list for some time. Today seemed like the right one. Enjoying it so far.

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When your book club host really gets into it and bakes messages inside mini baguettes!

knittedgnome How fun is that!! 13mo
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Walden Pond: A History | W Barksdale Maynard
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Happiness is finding out a coveted book has come in to your local bookstore — one you desperately wanted but forgot you‘d ordered!

JoScho Yay!!! 1y
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Immersing myself in Walden Pond one way or another.

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It came today! It came today! Yay! Yay! It came today! 😃

#walden #waldenpond #guidetowaldenpond #waldenwoodsproject #robertthorson

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Little Lies | Heather Gudenkauf
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I was all set to start to read _Lullabies for Little Criminals_ when I discovered I hadn‘t loaded it to my Kobo ereader from Overdrive.

This novella (and its sequel, _Little Mercies_) have been sitting waiting on the Kobo for months (years?). So I decided to start reading this tonight instead. I have loved previous Heather Gudenkauf books, and expect to love this one too.

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When I signed up for the @LitsyBuddyRead , my biggest worry was that I would get behind. Instead, I wound up devouring the whole thing in two sittings! Oops. 😉#pacingfail

JoScho It is a good one 1y
Mitch Oops! 1y
MissAimz_55 Yah I tried to stay on schedule, nope I finished it last night. It was sooo good 1y
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Starting this book — my first #LitsyBuddyRead — tonight!

Karkar It is so good! I read it so fast ! 1y
KarenJMcLean @Karkar — I‘m trying not to, but it‘s hard! 1y
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Slammerkin | Emma Donoghue
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Mehso-so

I read this book for one of my book clubs, and I finished it with an hour or so to spare.

Some aspects of the book were really well done. The settings of 18th century London and Monmouth were vividly (at times a little too vividly) portrayed. It was clearly well-researched AND well-drawn for the reader.

As for the characters and plot ... I got to the end and asked myself, “What was the point?” No character growth. No lessons learned.

Meh.

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Slammerkin | Emma Donoghue
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Currently reading this for tomorrow night‘s book club. I can‘t decide if I like it or not.

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Tonight I am settling in to read this true crime story from my hometown, a double-murder that happened more than a hundred years ago. The Maggie Vail story is one of the saddest chapters in our local history, and I am intrigued to learn about it in more detail.

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The Bronze Key (The Magisterium, Book 3) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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Began reading this with my youngest tutoring student today. We are enjoying the series immensely.

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Bailedbailed

I have been meaning to get back to the Bionic Book Club for months, but was dismayed to see this month‘s choice.

I hated this book when I had to read it in grade 8; I thought giving it another go might make a difference. Nope! I was reading Shakespeare on my own in grade 8; this novel was too young for me then. It‘s definitely too young for me now.

I know this is a beloved classic for many. I am not among them, I‘m afraid. Did not finish.

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Destination Simple | Brooke McAlary
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I had an appointment in a different city from my own today, so naturally I had to check out their Chapters bookstore. (Never met a bookstore I didn‘t like!)

I have been looking for this book for a while, so I was excited to see two on the shelf. Now there is just one.

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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I started rereading this today, since one of my book clubs will be discussing it on Thursday night.

The first and only time I read it was in my grade eight English class, and I hated it then. I couldn‘t remember anything about it, or even why I hated it, until today. I find Meg, the protagonist, extremely irritating.

Here‘s hoping it gets better. At least it will be a quick read.

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The Copper Gauntlet | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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Reading this book (the second in the Magisterium series) with my 13-year-old tutoring student. We are really enjoying it!

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Don‘t let the small size of this book fool you. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY is not “Astrophysics for Dummies.”

Unless you have a solid background in astrophysics, do not try to read this book “in a hurry.” It contains and explains so much mind-blowing information that it simply can‘t be absorbed quickly. Savour it. Read a chapter a day, with pause for thought.

Engaging, entertaining, enlightening. Tyson at his best.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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And now for something completely different ...

Looking forward to reading this, as Neil deGrasse Tyson is someone I respect and from whom I enjoy learning (even if I am still in the “Pluto is a Planet” camp). 😉

Wife Of course Pluto is a planet! 😉 1y
KarenJMcLean @Wife - I know, right? 😉 1y
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With a single piece of folded paper, this book broke my heart.

Overall impressions — The first half of the book moves slowly, and the point-of-view shifts regularly and rapidly. I think that may be why it took some time for me to connect with the book. But once I did, I was fully involved and could not put it down until I had seen it through.

This book — based on a true story — will stay with me for a very long time.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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An abundance of riches! This is what happens when your book club, Overdrive, and library habits get out of control.

A bunch of holds came in at the same time, and there are people waitlisted after me. I had to sit down with a calendar and my books, and then figure out what order things need to be read in, by due date.

This is going to be fun!

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#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

1. Hockey

2. Susanna Kearsley

3. March

4. “Lucky,” starring Harry Dean Stanton

5. Will do! 😉

[DELETED] 206653737 I‘m a March baby too! 1y
KarenJMcLean @bookish22 — Yay!!! 1y
MissAimz_55 Love hockey 💗 1y
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KarenJMcLean @MissAimz_55 — Who is your team? 1y
MissAimz_55 @Karen2.0 LA kings 1y
MissAimz_55 Whose is yours?? 1y
KarenJMcLean @MissAimz_55 - Toronto Maple Leafs 1y
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“Books are extremely dangerous; they make people think.” (Page 4)

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Day 2: “Current Read” • @bookriot#riotgrams

Settling in to start this book now, curled up with the cats, dog, and tea, while the snow blows around outside.

#thelibrarianofauschwitz #antonioiturbe

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Walden | Henry David Thoreau
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Libby1 Wonderful. ❤️ 1y
Libby1 Thanks for following me, @Karen2.0 . 😃 1y
KarenJMcLean It‘s a pleasure to meet you, @Libby1! 🙂 (edited) 1y
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I swear I didn‘t rob a bank. No ink packs were exploded in the making of this picture. 😂

britt_brooke 😆 1y
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A new book was added to my wish list during this afternoon‘s trip to Indigo.

The journaling prompts in START WHERE YOU ARE are thought-provoking but not daunting. In other words, perfect as jump-starts. And I really loved the watercolour art quotations.

I didn‘t pick it up today, but I suspect I will soon.

MissAimz_55 I love this! 1y
RaimeyGallant Tempting. :) 1y
egg104 Oooh! 😍😍😍 1y
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Me & Emma | Elizabeth Flock
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I literally just finished this book five minutes ago, so I‘m still processing.

This novel is told from the point of view (and in the voice of) eight-year-old Carrie, whose life is about as bleak as they come. The one companion she can count on is her little sister, Emma.

The book is somewhat slow-moving for the first two-thirds, but once things start happening, they happen fast.

The ending made my jaw drop. Glad I stuck with it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This has been on my shelf for years !!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
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