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PJPeski

PJPeski

Joined June 2017

Bookstore owner and Traveller
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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There‘s no author quite like Jasper Fforde! “[the mythical Wintervolk] all were great fun, but if there was one particular favorite of mine, it was the Gronk. Feeding off the shame of the unworthy while folding linen and humming Rodgers and Hammerstein hits has a certain inspiring randomness about it.”

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The Salt Line | Holly Goddard Jones
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This summer I‘m hosting a Speculative Fiction book club. Our first read was The Salt Line, a literary, dystopian future, suspenseful thriller not quite like anything else I‘ve read. The characters are vivid and true. Even the “villains” are well-rounded enough that they feel real: they love their children and that makes them empathetic even while their actions are despicable.
For more info on our summer book club reads, visit www.thebookloft.com

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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A fascinating book about time, and memory, and reality. I gave it one less than 5 stars mainly because
*****SPOILER FOLLOWS*****

the lead female character who had been the brilliant mind behind the device and was trying to fix the problem for years and years, is supplanted in the end by a man who finally saves the world. How disappointing. What‘s the point of a strong female lead if the author abandons her in the end?

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Mehso-so

Too many footnotes which seem to be a cop out in a world building tale. But the basic premise was fun with its nods to the Oz characters and some very funny humor. Overall SoSo.

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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Compelling, literary, dystopian future with strong characters living in a post-polar ice cap melted world.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Wonderful.

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Slipper | Hester Velmans
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A retelling of the Cinderella story.

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There is an NPR news reporter in this book. #lakshmiSingh

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Moodier, more introspective, and sadder than I thought. Every species, Baka and human, has regrets.

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Lucca recommends ...

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My parents were at this game, and I‘ve heard about it all my life. Looking forward to this book!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Excellent writing about difficult subjects and characters.

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The Which Way Tree | Elizabeth Crook
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A new and unique voice.

Anna40 This sounds great! 12mo
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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About half way through; enjoying it!

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Ithaca | Alan McMonagle
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Reading an Irish book by an Irish author on an Irish train about to leave leave Dublin and head for Belfast.

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Mehso-so

This page was the best part of the book. Kudos to the illustrator.

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Twisted Prey | John Sandford
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Mehso-so

I‘m having to put this aside for now. Sorry, Mr. Sandford, I usually love your books. But if I want to read about people behaving badly in DC, I can open any newspaper.

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Pub date 5/8/18. Love the cover.

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Twisted Prey | John Sandford
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Always happy when a new Prey book arrives!

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Country Dark | Chris Offutt
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Today‘s #bookrecommendation Country Dark by Chris Offutt. Filled with evocative descriptions and beautifully told. #bookstagram #books #countrydark there is a memorable, elegant line on nearly every page; like this: “She hoped for a rainbow but none came and she understood that she was an adult now and adults didn‘t hope for what they couldn‘t control, but accepted what was there — the tree in the road, the woods, the soft thin blue of sky.”

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From the Stone Age to the Space Age?

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The Blood of Flowers: A Novel | Anita Amirrezvani
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A lot of great audiobooks are on sale this week on Libro.fm/theBookloft including this one! You can listen to audiobooks and support independent bookstores at the same time!

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Catching up on some YA reading for the store ...

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Old Filth | Jane Gardam
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Waiting for a delivery and reading this gem!

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It‘s always fun when a new Flavia de Luce novel appears in the bookstore!

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Undertaker's Daughter | Sara Blaedel
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Enjoying this one so far.

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Fall of Angels | Barbara Cleverly
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A fluffy 1920‘s style British mystery.

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Deadly Recall | T R Ragan
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“The last guy I was infatuated with turned out to be a serial killer ...”

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Her Last Day | T. R. Ragan
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Has anyone read books by T R Ragan? Just started this; seems good so far!

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Sweet, charming, sad.

SilversReviews Love the cover with the typewriter keys. :) 1y
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The Sky Is Yours: A Novel | Chandler Klang Smith
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Rust & Stardust | T Greenwood
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Powerful and heartbreaking. 4/5 Stars

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My daily dose of stoicism is summed up nicely as “where ever you go, there you are.”

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Rust & Stardust | T Greenwood
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Promises to be creepy and beautiful. I‘ve been sucked in from the very first.

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The Naturalist | Andrew Mayne
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Enjoying this science-y thriller.

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The blurbs on the back look good. I‘ll let you know what I think!

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The Escape Artist | Brad Meltzer
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Enjoyed it for a while but about half way through I had to escape.

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The Escape Artist | Brad Meltzer
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This weekend I was reading The Escape Artist — in between painting my office, watching a couple of Jessica Jones episodes, and shopping for a new car — haven‘t quite finished it yet, but I like it!

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he: A Novel | John Connolly
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“ . . . in the belief that it might save them.” This is one of the saddest passages I‘ve ever read.

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he: A Novel | John Connolly
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“When all the memories have departed, so too will he. The dead have no recall.”
I‘ve been reading John Connolly for nigh on twenty years; this is nothing like anything he‘s written before, but so far promises to be lovely.

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One of the best in the series.

EvieBee Nice! Looking forward to it. I‘m reading the series this year so hopefully I‘ll be up to book 20 by December. 1y
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Always so happy to read a new book featuring Lynley and Havers. Thank you, Ms. George!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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ReadingSusan Looks awesome!! 1y
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Loving the new Attica Locke

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“We serial killers are your sons; we are your husbands: we are everywhere.” Ted Bundy

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Noir: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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Excited to receive an ARC for Noir!

WilliamMorrowBooks Hope you enjoyed it 1y
PJPeski I did! It‘s a Staff Pick at my store The Bookloft! 1y
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Mehso-so

Good enough that I finished the book, but that‘s about it. Needed more mystery about who the killer was (it became obvious to me about half way through), and less silliness about ghosts and nightmares. Other people‘s dreams are boring in real life, not sure what authors think they add to a piece of fiction.

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The Salt Line | Holly Goddard Jones
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“There was no way to know what would happen tomorrow, where she‘d finish the day, how much living she had left to do. But she‘d like, if possible, to finish ‘Persuasion‘ before her time was up.”