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Kbanski

Joined April 2016

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Long time no Litsy. Couldn't get it down to a top 5.

Suzze The Poisonwood Bible was amazing. 3y
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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Already onto my second Moriarty 🙈 This one was a great, light read with a high concept premise that delivers. 39 year old woman falls off spin bike and wakes up thinking she's 29, happily married, and pregnant when the reality is she's separated from her husband and a mother of 3. The journey with Alice as she slowly begins to remember how her life took her where it did was a funny, emotional, and engaging one.

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In the Woods | Tana French
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So very, very behind on Litsy posts! I've heard a lot of good things about Tana French and this first book in her Dublin Murder Squad series did not disappoint as a police procedural/mystery read. Really great lead characters and I enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of Irish speech. Probably about 100 pages longer than necessary but overall I definitely enjoyed it.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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My first foray into Liane Moriarty and I loved it. Despite its size, this one absolutely zipped by and it was one of those books where I was picking it up in any little bit of down time to squeeze in a few more pages. I always enjoy a narrative that bounces between characters and the characters here did not disappoint. It managed to be light and witty in some parts while also dealing seriously with some heavy subjects.

BookBabe Lovely photo! 3y
PrezBookster Great book! 3y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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These essays + this coffee crisp doughnut = one solid Saturday morning.

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Fun and engaging historical fiction with a fabulous spunky heroine. The writing style was unique and reminded me of the sharp back and forth dialogue in 1940's screwball comedies. Pitch perfect.

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Panpan

McEwan's second short story collection, all on a common theme (one guess). Intentionally dark and disturbing but also feel dated. Experimental but with no payoff. I ❤️ McEwan as a rule but these were b.a.d. 👎🏻👎🏻

Carissa-Green-Reads This review is on point. I can‘t say it better. 4mo
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Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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I went back and forth between pick/so-so, but here we are. I initially found all the characters pretty much insufferable but they grew on me along with the story. A light, summery, of-the-moment read ☀️

MaryAnn1 Well you are a cutie, what a nice picture! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm 👋🏼 hi there! 3y
Kbanski @MaryAnn1 🙈🙊 that's so sweet, thank you! 3y
Kbanski @erzascarletbookgasm 👋🏻😁 heyy! 3y
MrBook You talked me into it 😊👍🏻. 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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That quintessential summer reading: poolside. 😎☀️🏊🏻📖🙌🏻

MrBook Nice pic! 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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The 2 Emmas of summer. Ready to dive in to these new reads 😎

MaryAnn1 So jelly, I'm waiting on both. Holds list at my library. I read faster than my budget allows, so often times I wait...and wait!😁 3y
Kbanski @MaryAnn1 I've been there! Treated myself to a little Amazon prime order to kick off summer this time 😊 3y
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I enjoyed this one. I've heard that the series gets better (already picked up the next 2 at a used book fair) but that it's best to read them in order. Mystery just so-so but the collection of characters is already great. Plus, as a Canadian I'm a sucker for all the little Canadiana references!

Bakingbookworm As a fellow Canuck I also love the Canadian references and feel. It's a good series that I hope to continue reading this summer. I got my mother in law hooked on the series so now I have to catch up! 3y
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I was swept away by this surreal and unique story involving opera, a hostage situation, and love across linguistic and cultural lines. However, I wish the epilogue didn't exist.

shawnmooney Hear hear! The epilogue angered me so much! I'd counsel anyone who reads it that, if you found the conclusion satisfying (as I very much did), please don't read the epilogue, or at least not for a long time afterwards! A couple months later, I'm trying to erase the epilogue from my memory... 3y
Kbanski @shawnmooney glad it wasn't just me! 3y
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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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This made for a great vacation read and was easy to pick up and put down in between plane/train/down time. I was quickly caught up in the characters and the dynamics between them. A great family drama with believably flawed individuals and sharp writing.

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Halfway through what's been an amazing trip to France. Hit up the famous Shakespeare and Company on our last afternoon in Paris (post Cafe au lait along the Seine)! 🙌🏻☕️📚

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The Age of Longing: A Novel | Richard Bruce Wright
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"This presumption of knowledge about a part of us that is surely unknown to others?" ??

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The Age of Longing: A Novel | Richard Bruce Wright
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Staying on the Can-Lit train with this one. Should be a quick read to fit in before I leave next week for France! Loved "Clara Callan" and had the opportunity to meet Richard B. Wright at a reading a few years ago.

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Too Much Happiness | Alice Munro
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Loved this story collection! Usually gripped a couple of pages into each story. Munroe does fabulous things with time shifts and retrospective narration.

shawnmooney Best fiction writer alive today, IMHO 4y
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Too Much Happiness | Alice Munro
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🍩☕️📖 I recently heard one of Munro's stories read Lauren Groff on an old episode of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast and it confirmed my next read. Also, doughnuts 👌🏻

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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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Finished this one in the bath last night. McCarthy's prose style was initially off-putting but after I slipped into the groove of it I found it really suited the narrative. This was an unsurprisingly grim read but I found the clash between the hero's ideals and harsh reality he encounters engaging.

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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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New read ??? -- I haven't read much Cormac McCarthy. Only "The Road". So I'm interested to see how I find this first book of his Border Trilogy and whether I'll want to seek out the others.

queenofthecouch I just started this one too! Did you like "The Road"? 4y
Kbanski @queenofthecouch oh that's funny! I did like "The Road" - a searing read 4y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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-- Just everything. Moving, uncomfortable, tender, cutting. This one read so quickly but the characters have all stuck around with me.

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"They lay there for a few seconds, in the dark, in the future...listening to the fabulous clockwork of their hearts and lungs, and loving each other"

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Used book fair finds 🙌🏻📚

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Tipping The Velvet | Sarah Waters
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5th (‼️) Sarah Waters' novel for me! Has a lot of consistent elements with her other books (well-researched historical fiction, LGBTQ themes, strong characters, and some twists) reading while battling a head cold 🤒 and really enjoying it so far.

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