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Lillie

Lillie

Joined May 2016

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Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
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Time After Time: A Novel by Lisa Grunwald
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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
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The Lost Man by Jane Harper
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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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Started off strong with her childhood & the discrimination that she faced growing up due to her mathematical ability as well as the fact that she's mixed race. Absolutely loved the book until it took a left, not a sharp one but one nonetheless, about halfway through. Stuck with it although I was annoyed at the author when Katherine started acting out of character because of Chung's beautiful writing. Where did her strength go? Still 🌟🌟🌟1/2

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Lost Man | Jane Harper
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An embarrassment of riches! My library holds came in plus a couple of “Lucky Day“ finds. Perfect time for a mini readcation, now I just need a beach and a hammock. Happy mid-summer everyone ☀️📚

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Wasn't sure what I was going to get with a novel about spies set in 1941 London but it ended up being about mother-daughter relationships, spies, Nazis, and reevaluating pre-conceived notions. Feeling was more like a cozy mystery than a gritty war novel. Will be reading more by this author.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Daughter threw this book at me saying that I just had to read it. I thought, ok, sure it sounds good. And boy, was it! A young teen mom with a complicated family situation trying to figure out life during her senior year of high school & what path to pursue after high school. Life is a challenge but Emoni's doing the best she can. Thought I'd read a chapter here & there, turned out I was wrong & finished it in a day. TY daughter!
🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Good beach read. A woman explores her new life in the wake of her husband's death. She has help from her father, best friend and possible new love interest. 🌟 🌟 🌟1/2

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“There is one way to understand another culture. Living it. Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language. At some point understanding may come. It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it. To explain a phenomenon is to distance yourself from it.”

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Middle grade books are not my preferred genre so I hesitated about picking this one up. So happy that I had nothing to worry about. What a great story about a father and daughter‘s journey across the US. New friendships are made and the past revisited. Cried some sad tears and laughed at the antics. Loved Coyote‘s spirit.
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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott
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The body of a young woman, that went missing after a weekend away to France, turns up 10 years later. Enjoyed this as a murder mystery not the psychological thriller it was purported to be. Fun summer/beach read. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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Since I read the first one in the series, A Study in Charlotte, I‘ve impatiently waited for the next. A fun modern twist to Holmes and Watson (who wouldn‘t be who they were without Moriarty). Highly recommend this series.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/167543-charlotte-holmes

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My library holds all came in at once. Wasn‘t sure which one to start with. Ended up the Icelandic detective when he was just a beat cop.

Anyone have opinions on the others? Which one should I read next?

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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YA about 3 siblings either adopted out or put in foster care who find each other again. Loved it! I'd rate this as highly as I did Eleanor & Park because it gave me all the feels.

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Aviator's Wife | Melanie Benjamin
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RL book club book and I'm struggling. Really dislike that the main character is so passive. I know kowtowing to your husband was what was done back then but seriously? Half way through and I will finish it but grudgingly.

Lillie Finished this just in time for book club and I'll admit that it got better. But I did have to slough through quite a bit of the book. Ended up giving it 2.5 stars out of 5 because the main character started getting a backbone. Again, I understand that women were deferential to the men in their lives but it grated on my nerves. (something thrown at me at bc) 2mo
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Perfect Saturday morning reading

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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4th book in the Cormoran Strike novels. Really enjoying this series. Probably in the minority when I admit that I like this series way more than the Harry Potter series.

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"My sort wants the book in it's entirety. We need to touch it, to examine the weight of its paper and the way text is laid out on the page. People like me open books and inhale the binding, favoring the scents of certain glues over others, breathing them in like incense even as the chemicals poison our brains. We consume them."
YES!!!

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Another Harry Hole!! Thought we had seen the last of him but nope 😃 So excited💥

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Freya | Matthew Laurence
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Reading this after catching up on American Gods tv series. Lots of forgotten gods/goddesses out there. Fun, light book so far.

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"A glorious read. . . . Frankopan is an exhilarating companion for the journey along the routes which conveyed silk, slaves, ideas, religion, and disease, and around which today may hang the destiny of the world." - Vanity Fair

So excited to find this book. The Silk Road has been a lifelong fascination of mine.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Go and get this book! Time travel and alternate realities and utopia and dystopia and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in. This book couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Loved it.
5🌟

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Having a tougher time than I thought I would reading this book. I feel like I'm trudging through mud. People keep saying this series is so amazing after you get through the first one. Short at 231 pages but only half way read. Do I keep going?

TrishB Yes 😄 the latter books are worth the pain......honestly! 2y
Ksvz @Lillie I am slogging through book 3. I am glad someone else is trudging because I keep feeling it's just me. Having said that, 3 is moving quicker than 2 which flowed differently than 1. Onward! 2y
tpixie I liked it. Read it when first came out. Then listened to audio when he started writing in the series again. Maybe doing some audio might help?@Ksvz @Lille (edited) 2y
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Ksvz @tpixie I'm doing the audiobooks now. Back in the day I read them in book format and didn't find them as laborious. I remember I did the towers series and Clive Barker's Imagica around the same time so the plots kind of bled and that might be my issue too 2y
tpixie @Ksvz good luck!! 🍀 would like for you to enjoy , but time is valuable too!! 2y
Lillie @TrishB I'm holding you to it! 😉 2y
Lillie @Ksvz oh no! People keep telling me that they improve...at least this one was short but the next several are pretty long, aren't they? 😬 2y
Lillie @tpixie maybe audio is the way to go. I've actually never listened to one as I retain more visually but maybe it'd work for this series 2y
Ksvz @Lillie book 3 is 18h10m, book 4 is 27h 36m 2y
tpixie @Ksvz wow long books!! 2y
Ksvz @Tpixie yep but for perspective GoT 4 is almost 35 hours My best / worst is Atlas Shrugged at 63 hours :) 2y
Ksvz PS @TrishB I am enjoying 3 more and more. 2y
tpixie @Ksvz wow!!! I guess if it's good it's worth it!! I guess if you spend 27 hours reading 1 book or 3 books- the time adds up the same!! 2y
TrishB @Ksvz phew 😀 @Lillie 👍😄 2y
Librarianaut I found them sometimes slow reads, but also found them worth it. I haven't done a reread, though, so I guess I wouldn't call them my favorites 2y
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What a beautiful book! Very quiet but quite moving. A day is explored in depth, a moment in time. Perfect.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Read it for book club. Was so excited until I started reading it. It reeeeeeaaaaaaally needed to have been edited. The writing & story were good but not spectacular to have warranted over 500 pages. Had the author kept it to 300, I believe it would've been very good.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Reading for book club. Which is Tuesday. Am on page 47 of 553 😱

kdwinchester Read like you've never read before! 🏃‍♀️📚 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Good luck 😬 3y
ReadingEnvy Binge read day! 3y
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The Complaints | Ian Rankin
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My first Ian Rankin. I'm hoping that this will get me back into reading following a dismal month (5 books in September and only 1 so far in October 😳).

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The Finding of Martha Lost | Caroline Wallace
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Bailedbailed

Was excited to find a quirky book. Was hopeful that I'd devour it. Didn't happen. Maybe I'll come back to it some day if I run out of books...back to the library it goes.

tpixie Thanks for taking one for the team! 3y
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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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A quiet morning

Tanzy13 🐶 3y
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So much of art snobbery has to do with how much you paid for something!

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I wish they'd divorced! I can't tell you how much I disliked this book. So want to rant about the husband and wife and their marriage but don't want to spoil anything. Would've bailed on this except it's for book club.
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Marchpane I liked the book but have to admit they were pretty insufferable! At least you'll have lots to say about it at bookclub! 😂 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! I thought it was just me. 😖 3y
Lillie @Marchpane will definitely have lots to talk about, lol 3y
Lillie @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com I was so looking forward to it...glad to hear I'm not alone 3y
OutlandishLit Soooo glad I wasn't the only person who didn't like it haha 3y
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Had several other standouts this month--A Study in Charlotte, Stiletto, Paper and Fire, The Plague of Doves and The Passage. #augustwrapup

megt Awesome! Well done! 3y
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Went a little crazy at the library today

ReadingOver50 I try to limit myself to 3 or 4 at a time. Otherwise I start to feel stressed that I don't have enough time to read them all 3y
Lillie @ReadingOver50 I usually do too but daughter was volunteering at the library and I had an hour and a half to look around. Was going to weed them out but then I got lazy and didn't want to put them back ? Reading all the "new" books first...I think ? 3y
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766 pages! Took me 3 days to read this brick of a book. Do I recommend it? Yes with a side of patience. A vampire book but more like The Walking Dead vampire story. It's essentially a survival story after the world (or maybe just the US?) is run over with vampires. Apparently this the first of a trilogy.
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TheNextBook This book was so good. And yes it is the first in the trilogy. The rest of the books are really good too but the pacing changes dramatically with each book, as does the story line. 3y
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Homeland Directive, The | Robert Venditti, Mike Huddleston
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My first graphic novel and it doesn't seem to be my thing. Maybe someone has another suggestion?

1/2 ⭐️

BookishFeminist What kinds of books do you like? And what did you not like about this one? I've never read it but have loads of comic recs 3y
Lillie It didn't seem to flow, seemed very jarring to me. I didn't like the illustrations, felt they took away from the story. I like all kinds of novels from suspense to mystery to sci-fi to historical fiction. I appreciate a story that's cohesive though I enjoy quirky novels too. Not sure that answered your question... 3y
Lillie And I like strong female characters 3y
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BookishFeminist @Lillie It did! It sounds like Saga might be up your alley. There's more cohesiveness to the story and the illustrations are beautiful & align well with the dialogue. It's a Romeo & Juliet type story but set in space. This is the first volume 3y
BookishFeminist It has strong female characters too! All of it is very good storytelling. 3y
megt Seconding the rec for Saga! And if you're willing to give superhero stories a try, you might like Ms. Marvel. That was my first foray into the genre and it hooked me. 3y
Lillie @BookishFeminist @megt thank you! I've put both on my TBR list 3y
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Finished it but I have no idea what I read. There was a werefox and a werewolf and some philosophizing and lots of "sex" and ?? I need someone to explain this to me.
⭐️ 1/2 only cause I did read it all the way through

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Not sure what to make of this book. First book I've read that's been translated from Russian. Yes, I admit I've avoided the classics.

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The Plague of Doves | Louise Erdrich
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Loved her writing even though I don't like multiple narrators. Felt more like a short story collection than a novel. Not a fan of short stories. But because her writing is beautiful I'm giving it 3.5/5 stars
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
#bookolympics #4

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The Plague of Doves | Louise Erdrich
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"I still loved Mooshum, of course, but with this tale something in my regard of him was disturbed, as if I'd stepped into a clear stream and silt had billowed up around my feet."

Such imagery! It's been years since I've read Erdrich but now I remember why I was so obsessed with her writing.
#bookolympics

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The Weekenders: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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Kept feeling like I had read this before but when I checked the publication date it said 2016. Think Nora Roberts wrote a similar story but much better. The cover is pretty though. Makes me wish there was an island near by that I could weekend on.
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#bookolympics # 3

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Wow! Number 3 already! Someone's heading for silver at least! 3y
Lillie I'm trying! School starts this week so I knew Sunday/Monday was my best shot. No one spoke to me for 24 hours 😉 3y
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Hello from the Gillespies | Monica McInerney
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Mostly good family drama about the ups and downs of an Australian family. Could've been edited down at least 100 pages.

Lillie Hoping to get a head start on the #bookolympics 😜 book 2 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Read this one a while back and enjoyed it. Agree that it could have been a bit shorter. 😀 3y
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Hello from the Gillespies | Monica McInerney
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Mostly good family drama about the ups and downs of an Australian family. Could've been edited down at least 100 pages.

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Hello from the Gillespies | Monica McInerney
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Mostly good family drama about the ups and downs of an Australian family. Could've been edited down at least 100 pages.

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American Girls | Alison Umminger
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Love it when you pick up a book off of the "Lucky Day" shelf at the library and it turns out to be great! My first in the #bookolympics

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Mind blown! If you love sci-fi, family relationships, the power of love, pick up this book. It took several chapters for me to be invested but once I was onboard, I raced through the book. Make sure you block off time to read because you're not going want to put it down.
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tpixie It's next! After my Homegoing @litsybookclub book! 3y
Lillie @tpixie I hope you like it! 3y
CaitlinSiem I'm reading this now and it definitely sucked me in. I'm annoyed that I have life things going on that are keeping me from swallowing it whole. 😂 3y
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Lillie @CaitlinSiem isn't that way it always is when you find a good read? 😂 3y
KrisConstantReader I loved this book! 3y
Lillie @KrisConstantReader it's one of my top reads of the year! 🙂 3y
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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Have been putting off reading this for years. Very interesting fictional account of Laura Bush's life. And so sad. Think that was my overriding emotion throughout the story. Good beach read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Quick, fun beach read. If you want to read about friendships, marriage, families as well as young love, this is the book to read. Perfect summer book.
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LizzyM Just finished this, too, and I really enjoyed it. 3y
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Paper and Fire | Rachel Caine
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Fantastic! Great follow up to Ink and Bone. Nonstop action throughout. Don't know if I can wait till 2017 for the next one.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Stiletto: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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Enjoyed the addition of Grafter Odette Liliefeld and Pawn Felicity Clements but would've loved more of Rook Myfanwy Thomas. Still a fun continuation of the world of The Rook.
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Loved it! It's a feel good sci-fi with strong female characters (human & alien). There are problems & prejudices that are overcome as the spacecraft explores the universe. Great world building. Looking forward to author's next book.
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Good space faring book, not too intense and full of humor. So glad I stumbled across it. Not too far into it but enjoying the story.

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Body Reader | Anne Frasier
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Had no expectations of this book, picked it up from the new book section of the library. Really good, compelling and sometimes uncomfortable mystery. Hope it's the first of a new series.
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MrBook You've talked me into it😊. 3y
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Help! Crisis! Total reader's block👎🏼 All different genres and nothing is appealing. Taking them back to library today 😕

CaitlinSiem Novellas really help me if I get stuck because it's such a quick read that I can power through. Also, there are a lot of fun anthologies out these days. Maybe something like that can break the wall down? Or an old favorite. 3y
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