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Loralie

Loralie

Joined June 2016

Lover of mysteries, non-fiction, suspense & really all things bookish. SSDGM
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Mehso-so

Wow. I wish I had one tenth of the confidence this author had. If you disagree you are wrong & he is also pretty condescending. I also think that this could have benefited from at the very least a timeline listed somewhere. The sheer number of murders got confusing. That said, it was interesting how the authors connected murderers, whether they were right or not.

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An Old, Cold Grave | Iona Whishaw
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I really enjoy this series & the characters are very fun. The mystery in this one was pretty weak but I still enjoyed it mainly because of Lane‘s character. Some heavy handed discussion of women‘s rights as well which I could have done without. There is another one in this series which I am looking forward too but am going to take a bit of a break before I dive into it. Anyone else ever need to take a break from a series that they enjoy?

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This poetry collection is brutal & beautiful & amazing & made me gasp while reading it. It deserves all of the hype it has been getting.

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This memoir is about the author‘s troubled youth & his friendship with someone who died young. It‘s about searching for ghosts as a way to understand your life, and understanding why you are haunted. It‘s a hard book to explain but a wonderful book to read.

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Just started this and am already loving it!

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I really enjoyed this, it was just the type of cozy mystery I needed. Lane is a great character & the rest of the characters are well done too. I think it was a little long, but I have already put a hold on the next in the series.

Jaimelire I am currently reading this book. Loving it so far! 6mo
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Boy Erased: A Memoir | Garrard Conley
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Wow. Such a beautifully written book about a heartbreakingly painful topic. It‘s amazing.

No_One Oh wow, yes it does sound like a tough read. And it sounds like something I want to read. 12mo
Loralie It has sections that are very tough to read, but it is written so well. 12mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
Bailedbailed

I got about a third of the way into this book, put it down & had no drive to pick it up again. It‘s due back at the library tomorrow so I am done. Just the wrong time for this book I think.

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Holy crap this book. I am only on page 40 & just read a line that made my stomach drop. The writing is awesome.

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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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The weather is complete crap here in the Midwest so I think reading about a desert town is what I need right now.

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Waiting for spring! This book is part of the Monkeewrench series set in Minneapolis whose main characters are the computer geniuses behind Monkeewrench who help the police track down killers. For this case, a killer is murdering people and uploading the videos for all to see. The characters are engaging and the series itself is entertaining if a little lightweight. I will definitely continue with the next book!

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IQ | Joe Ide
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Finally got to read this & finished it in 2 sittings. Really enjoyed the characters and the flashbacks were really well done. Can‘t wait to read the sequel!

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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Wow. What an upbringing. To say that her childhood was “unusual “ is one of the biggest understatements ever.

RaimeyGallant Loved this memoir. 1y
Loralie It was intense in the best way. 1y
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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Currently reading The Glass Castle, but also went book shopping yesterday 🤓

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The Blood of Emmett Till | Timothy B. Tyson
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What an amazing, powerful book. This covers the murder of Emmett Till, the trial, and the horrific things that were done to people of color to “keep them in their place”. It is scary how much of what is in this book reflects what is going on today.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Mehso-so

This was an ok read for me. Although I can understand how this case led the author to revisit her own trauma, the two cases seemed entirely separate to me so that I felt I was reading two separate books. The ending really aggravated me. She should have, especially after teasing it previously, let the readers know how she felt about the killer & her meeting with them. Did he still reminder her of her grandfather? A big letdown.

Jbakesmcgee3 Agreeeeed! I was like wait, how did the meeting go?! 1y
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This is the introduction to the book & I love it already. I could happily hang out with this person.

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The Woman in White | William Wilkie Collins
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Finally finished this book! Read it on my Nook so I didn‘t realize that there were different narrators; if I had I would have finished it sooner! Walter‘s parts were a bit of a slog for me (especially the 1st section) so I am glad I gave it a second chance. Also all hail Marion! Her sections were my favorite. It was a great mystery & would read more of Collins.

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SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

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Holy crap this is a good book! Can‘t wait to see where it goes!

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Loved this book! I really enjoyed how she mixed in descriptions of how plants grow with her autobiographical chapters. She wrote the most amazing section on having a manic episode that brought me completely with her on that ride. Most importantly it is a wonderful tribute to an amazing friendship that lasts the majority of her life. The passion she has for the people & things she loves shines through in every word.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren

Really loving this book! The writing is beautiful and the chapters on how plants grow are warming this science geek‘s heart.

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I loved this book. It‘s packed full of information, it is simply beautiful, and I smiled every time I read it. Sometimes you need a book like that.

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Look I know I have a ton of library books to read but there was a sale and IT‘S SO PRETTY. #nocontrol

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Such an entertaining book! Really enjoyed reading reasons why monsters may have been created in the past and how science at the time influenced it.

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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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This was not a book about two desperately lonely people who are brought together by a third person and become better people with some philosophy, this is a book on philosophy with some random relationships in it. And the ending made me mad. It was definitely not what I was expecting it to be which I am sure affected my enjoyment of it.

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Told through letters to her dead mother, this story is about Miranda, a nature photographer who journeys to a desolate island to live for a year. She is there to photograph the island & lives with the biologists who are studying the wildlife. I read this book in one day, there was for me a sense of unease throughout as we learn about everyone on the island.

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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What a beautiful, gentle book.

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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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I have been getting a lot of reading done this Labor Day weekend & am super excited to start this one! Love that cover!

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Took an extra day off of work to enjoy this beautiful weather!

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The One I Left Behind | Jennifer McMahon
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Good page turner about a serial killer and the effect on people left behind. I even enjoyed the flashbacks which I find problematic a lot of the time. I didn't even have the Good lord what are you doing thoughts when the main character was investigating!

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The One I Left Behind | Jennifer McMahon

I have only read a couple of Jennifer McMahon's book but love how gently creepy her books are. This isn't disappointing me at all so far!

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The Drunken Botanist | Amy Stewart

Been loving her books lately!

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Bailedbailed

I hate bailing on books. HATE IT. But I was not enjoying the writing or how the book was arranged. I love history too so I really hated to give up. However after I put it down for a few days I had no desire to go back to it, and I have so many other books to read so back to the library this goes.

Nebklvr This was very good on audio 2y
Loralie That's good to know, thanks! Maybe that is how I will try it next time. I really wanted to like it so I am sure I will go back to it. 2y
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Took a break from a book I wasn't feeling to read this. It is a quick, enjoyable read about poisonous plants and how they affect you & in some cases have been used in history. It's not super scientific so don't let that hold you back from learning how poisonous your garden is!

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I just got done with the first part of this book & am struggling. Has anyone read this & if so what were your thoughts? I am trying to decide if I should come back to this at a later date, but if it gets better I will stick with it.

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Isn't this beautiful? I found it in an awesome used bookstore, and it is in wonderful condition. I can't wait to dip in & out of this, I have been wanting to read Dorothy Parker forever!

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Really enjoyed this! It's a quick read, but I couldn't resist a scary story set in an IKEA knockoff store. My only problem was that I bought the ebook version (impulse buy, currently under 3 bucks on B&N) and the formatting of the book was off. They had fake ads that looked like they were funny but didn't fit my screen. Very entertaining story!

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Under the Skin | Michel Faber
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This book was really great! The satire is awesome & just really well written. I found a used copy at a bookstore & remembered Jen Campbell talking about it on her channel & I am glad I picked it up. Even though Jen says it is very different I can't wait to see the movie as well.

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Under the Skin | Michel Faber
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This book is amazing. This quote made me smile, as it so accurately reflects how topsy-turvey this story is.

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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
Mehso-so

I think that I was expecting something different from this book. It's told by a man looking back on a religious pilgrimage taken when he was a boy with a group from his church in order to "cure" his mute brother and the things that happened. The writing was atmospheric but I spent the first half of the book waiting for something to happen & the last half thinks "wait, what"?

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A really great book talking about pandemics & cholera. It covered the human & scientific reactions to disease. Right up my alley!

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My birthday books are here!!

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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This was a different book than I was expecting, but the writing was amazing. A family that is dysfunctional on all levels must deal with a horrific acts for asks if we must be there & care for family that never did the same for us.

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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About half way through, & I think this going to be in the category of cringe books for me: Books where the character is so clearly going to blow up everything in their life & hurt those they love so much that I cringe reading it. The writing is so good though!

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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While I wait for my birthday books to arrive & for Doctor Who tonight, I am going to start on this from the library! I really like the convenience of borrowing book on my Nook, although I do prefer "real" books.

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When things in the world & news get overwhelming I turn to reading science based books. It's my background & profession & I find it soothing to read things that are fact based & to see how we gained knowledge despite setbacks. This is my version of self care I guess. So I will sit in the sun, wait for my bread to rise, & read about chemistry so that I can face the world tomorrow.

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Fellside | M R Carey
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Really fun book that traveled a lot of paths but connected together well. Books in prisons aren't usually my thing but the characters were done really well.

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This was a fascinating, fun book! My only issue was seeing that the place featured in my home state was marked in the wrong part of the state, which made me question how accurate the rest of the maps were. The strange places & facts were amazing!

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The Dog Stars | Peter Heller
Mehso-so

I just really feel "meh" about this book, which is disappointing because it was on my TBR for so long. Not one of the better dystopian books I have read, although I was drawn to Bagley.