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KatieB

KatieB

Joined November 2016

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Bina: A Novel in Warnings by Anakana Schofield
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Just picked up my #bookspin book for the month (number 12). Would have been excited to read any of them but really looking forward to this one!

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Right down to the wire but I just saw the #bookspin post and wanted to join. There are so many books I want to read at the moment and not enough hours in the day!

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you!!! I'll be sure to tag you with the lucky number tomorrow! 😁 3w
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Bailedbailed

7% in to #gillerprize number two and I'm already dnf'ing. I keep getting taken out of the story by the unusual grammar and there's just too many books I want to read to put up with this frustration. I've heard this book suddenly gets great towards the end but it doesn't seem worth it to me.

JanuarieTimewalker13 That would drive me bonkers!! 2mo
sparingqueen I‘m only a quarter of the way through this book so no strong opinions on it yet. As a “mainlander” living in St. John‘s, NL for the last 5 years I can attest that this is how many people here speak, especially those from smaller towns and villages. 1w
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The Innocents | Michael Crummey
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I only picked this up because I'm going to attempt to read the #gillerprize short list but what a great book! I couldn't stop thinking about it between settings and, for someone with a terrible memory, I think this story is going to stay with me. Hoping the rest of the shortlist is just as good!

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Just started this and whilst the prologue had me a little worried that the language would go over my head, I was thoroughly invested in the first chapter. It's a good start!

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5*. Great book that I picked up in anticipation of my honeymoon in Savannah. Hurricane Dorian meant that wasn't to be but we will definitely be planning another trip. I thought this book was the true story of a murder but it was so much more - a look at some of the colorful characters living in Savannah.

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A mandatory evacuation means that our honeymoon in Savannah has been cancelled ☹ On the upside, the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta is taking good care of us, with a couple of complementary Dark and Stormy's!

LauraBeth Sorry to hear that your honeymoon got derailed but glad y‘all are making the best of it! 6mo
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Off to Georgia for my honeymoon (together with hurricane Dorian!) and getting in the mood with this book. I thought it was about a murder but I'm over 100 pages in and there's been no mention of that so far!

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This book is due back to the library on Friday a d I debated whether I wanted to start it with such a tight deadline. So glad I did though. What a fantastic book and I'm just flying through it!

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With part of the story set in the 1200s, this book was a little out of my comfort zone but I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it. My only criticism is that equal time wasn't given to both stories in the dual narrative and it left me wanting more from the second one. 4*

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Decided on this for the week of my wedding and so far it seems like a great choice!

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The Wedding | Nicholas Sparks

I'm getting married in less than 2 weeks and obviously part of the planning involves picking the book I want to read during that time. I would love some suggestions. It doesn't have to be about marriage (but maybe not divorce!) - just a fantastic book that I will remember fondly. A tall order?

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The River | Peter Heller
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Really enjoyed this book. Just like Deliverance... but better. 4*. My first Peter Heller but definitely want to read more by him. Any suggestions?

LikelyLibrarian I loved the tagged book so much I gave it away as Christmas gifts. 9mo
KatieB Oh, that's quite the recommendation! @LikelyLibrarian 9mo
Nute I went to see him at the book signing for this book at my local indie bookstore. He has a wonderful down-to-earth personality and a grand sense of humor. I‘m all about his books as well. 6mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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A fantastic weekend away at Powell's...I mean, Portland.

Megabooks Dreamland 👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
Nute Great stack of books! 6mo
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Solitary | Albert Woodfox
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My boy took my place when I got up to make tea! Yep, that's how I feel about this book too...

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The President's Gardens | Muhsin Al-Ramli
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"In a land without bananas...". What a great first line! I have high hopes for this one already!

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4*. Read this in 24 hours which is fast for me. Got sucked in and couldn't put it down. Thought this was even better than her first and can't wait for more. This one reminded me a bit of Deliverance and more than once I had banjos playing in my head! #marchmadnesschallenge @JenP

Reviewsbylola Ooooh I‘m excited!! 2y
RaimeyGallant Can't wait! 2y
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting book which ledt me thinking differently about the food I eat. The author has obviously led a complicated life with some complicated relationships but I felt that she sometimes over simplified her feelings for a punchline. A book that makes me eyeroll can only get a 3* rating max!

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
2y
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5/5!!!! Read this as a substitute for Gentleman in Moscow which I also loved, and might actually have loved this more! Think it will probably be a long wait for another Amor Towles book but I do hope there are more! @JenP #marchmadness

rmaclean4 I almost bought this last friday at a used book store...now I wish I had! 2y
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The Fishermen: A Novel | Chigozie Obioma
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4/5. Really enjoyed this. I love books set in Nigeria and this was a great one. Described as a fable, it was cleverly done and wonderfully written. Looking forward to the next book by this author. @JenP #marchmadness

rmaclean4 Have read Stay With Me or Under The Udala Trees? Both set in Nigeria and wonderful in very diffrent ways. 2y
KatieB I haven't, but I do have Stay With Me on my bedside table. Will move it up! I have heard mixed things about Under the Udala Trees. 2y
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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4/5. Listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. Felt like this was everything I was hoping Between The World and Me and Grief is the Thing with Feathers would be, combined. Beautiful writing and characters I really cared about, even though it was so short. @JenP #marchmadness

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2/5. Ugh. Another one where I think my expectations were just too high going into it. Another reviewer said they thought it was 'clever rather than deep' and that's the way I felt too. Can't recommend this. @jenp #marchmadness

JenP I loved it. Sorry you didn't like it 3y
KatieB @JenP I think most people did. Maybe just not the right book for me at this time. Or i'm just cold-hearted! Haha! 3y
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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2/5. I had very high expectations going into this, expecting to be moved, and unfortunately I wasn't. I think my main issue was that IMO the author simplified some of the issues discussed into one purely based on race when I think it's more likely a mixture of problems invluding poverty, education, and gun culture, to name a few. However as a white woman, its also possible that I've got this completely wrong! @JenP #marchmadness

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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3/5. This was not what i was expecting. I thought it was going to be a memoir of a woman in science but it was so much more - covering friendship, family, and mental illness. I loved by the diversity but this was also what stopped it from being more than a 3* read for me. It ended up being a collection of memories without enough of an overarching theme for my liking. @JenP #marchmadness

litsybookclub I'm not sure if you are aware, but Litsy Book Club will be discussing this book live next Sunday at 5pm ET. There will also be online discussions April 24-April 28th. We'd love to have you join us! 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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3/5. This is my first Michael Chabon and i was actually a little disappointed. It's an interesting premise - essentially a fictionalized biography of his grandfather - but I spent much of the book wondering if any of it was real. Still keen to try Kavalier and Clay which I've heard good things about @JenP #marchmadness

rmaclean4 I have this in my TBR. Thanks for your review. 2y
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Startinf my first book for #marchmadness. Tio indecisive to make an actual reading list but i see this made it through the first round for me today. Has anyone else read it?

Mindyrecycles No but it's on my tbr. 🙂 3y
rmaclean4 I really enjoyed this book. I think her first book The Snow Child is a bit stronger. 2y
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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@JenP #infinitejestbuddyread Going to give this a second shot. Read it about 8 years ago and remember thinking that a lot was going over my head. My plan is to read around it more this time. Oh...and my copy has a permanent bookmark on p223 so that was obviously a useful page!

JenP Good luck! 3y
JenP Love the bookmark 3y
Nute Cool bookmark! Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 6mo
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