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Joined June 2016

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One Night in Winter: A Novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
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Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
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This was my first read of a James Baldwin novel and I loved it - great development of characters and a strong and moving story arc. Highly recommended.

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This book took me a while to get into but once I did (and once I figured out the author's way of dealing with different time frames back and forth) I enjoyed it - and the ending was amazing and surprising. Not as good as the author's THE BOOK THIEF but still a good read.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Really enjoyed this read in spite of the main character having some opinions that were uncomfortable to me. Her inflexible inability to understand the family she is assigned, as a nurse, to observe, makes her difficult to like. But it also adds to the interesting story arc.

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This series starter was a lot of fun - especially baby elephant Ganesh who helps Inspector Chopra keep safe while he works on solving the crime. Will definitely be back for more in the series.

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Sheets | Brenna Thummler
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A sweet middle grade graphic novel about loneliness and grief - the story is very simply told. The artwork is wonderful.

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Love that these imprints allow me to discover these old mysteries - the story is a bit preposterous but it is a fun read.

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Girl from Everywhere | Heidi Heilig
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Enjoyable young adult fantasy - book 1 so will need to get the sequel. The main character is trying to work on the relationship she has with her father who is trying to manipulate time to prevent/reverse her mother‘s death.

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Loved this dystopian young adult novel with a First Nations group trying to find a place of safety in a civilization that has decided to destroy everything. Great writing and character development.

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I loved this book much to my surprise - Regency romance is not my usual reading choice. Loved character of Sophy. Made me think of Jane Austen a lot.

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Shinju | Laura Joh Rowland
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Great start to a historical mystery series set in the world of samurais in Japan. Will definitely continue with the series. A fascinating historical world well created.

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Lots of fun!

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This is a really important story based on horrifying true events - recent ones at that. I struggled with the tone for a bit but ultimately got used to the writing style. A difficult read because of the subject.

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Really enjoyed this first book in this series - fun to read. Snippets of info about life during the London blitz interspersed throughout their investigation. Loved both of the lead detectives. Looking forward to reading more.

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Inimitable Jeeves | P G Wodehouse
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Love Bertie Wooster and Jeeves - kept picturing Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as I read it.

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Water Knife | Paolo Bacigalupi
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Ultimately a powerful dystopian about a world where the most valuable commodity is water and whoever controls it. Trigger warning for violence

Reggie This sounds great and scary. Thanks for posting about it. 2mo
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Neil Gaiman's a Study in Emerald | Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
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Loved the art and story - the ending was rather abrupt but there may be thoughts of more in the series which would help explain that.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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I have seen a couple versions of this story on film and television but this is the first time I have read it. A great story even with some jarring and dated language because of when the book was first published. Really enjoyable classic mystery.

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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A beautifully written novella which became even more intriguing when I read that Marquez based it on a real event - which is disturbing in a lot of ways.

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Paper Girls #2 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Starting to like the characters in this series and figure out their personalities so enjoyed #2 more than the first book. Looking forward to 3rd in the series

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A strong main character in Lillian and lots of pieces of historical trivia about NYC which was fun. I listened to the audio book and the narrator was perfect - she was Lillian.

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The Bishop's Man | Linden MacIntyre
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A beautifully written portrait of a priest trying to cope with his guilt over incidents he thinks he may have helped cover up - he will have to learn the actual truth to free himself and move on.

wordzie Great reviews! You should follow the suggested users so that in return you will have more followers and more of the 🌎 can read and 💝 them! 2mo
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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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A well written fantasy about two supernatural beings finding each other in New York City. Enjoyed the historic setting and the well-developed characters living in that world.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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There is a lot in this book to take in - my “favourite” parts were the portrayal of what life was like for ordinary Chinese citizens after the Maoist revolution and during the student demonstrations in the late 80s. Such a claustrophobic and compromised life always living with anxiety and fear - feelings that carried on to the next generation. Well deserved award winner.

CarolynM Great review! 3mo
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I think this is my first Lew Archer mystery and I quite enjoyed it. Has that Raymond Chandler feel to it.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Really late reading this wonderful young adult novel but so glad I did...highly recommend it for the powerful storytelling and great characterization. Such an important story.

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Good collection of short stories from Fitzgerald...some classics and some not really to my taste. But overall, definitely recommended.

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Raymie Nightingale | Kate DiCamillo
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Loved this book and the delightful trio of young girls introduced here. Looking forward to reading the next in the series - this is up there with Kate DiCamillo‘s Because of Winn Dixie, one of my fave middle grade novels.

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The Sandman: The wake | Neil Gaiman
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Sandman series complete! Particularly enjoyed the epilogue in this volume featuring William Shakespeare writing The Tempest.

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Birdman | Troon Harrison
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Visit to Mabel‘s Fables bookstore in Toronto today - always a happy time looking at all the great new children‘s books

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Not my favourite novel by Allende - she seemed to be including 2 different novels in one book. There was definitely enough to recommend though - and I loved the ending.

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The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones | Neil Gaiman, Frank McConnell
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One more to go. A very intricate storyline and brilliant artwork throughout the entire series affirms this as the classic it is acknowledged to be.

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Not my favourite in the Bernie and Chet series but still enjoyable to spend time with them again.

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I read a recommendation for this book somewhere and it was absolutely right. A well written mystery set in 1930s Italy with an intriguing detective leading the way. Will definitely seek out other books in the series.

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Two Little Girls in Blue | Mary Higgins Clark
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It has been a long time since I have read anything by Mary Higgins Clark and this one was a struggle. Too many red herrings made it just seem lazy writing by the end.

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Surrender | Sonya Hartnett
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Beautifully written, powerful but dark teen novel. This one will stay with me for a while. The author is intentionally ambiguous about the main character‘s true nature with hints offered throughout. And that makes this a powerful read.

CarolynM She's a great writer. 5mo
Read66 Totally agree although this is only the second book I have read by her 5mo
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Terranauts | T C Boyle
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Enjoyed this one! Even more so when I discovered the author was inspired by a true event. Eight people who take part in a experiment where they live in isolation for two years as a precursor to settling on Mars show all the usual society shortcomings. Told in alternating points of view.

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As Brave As You | Jason Reynolds
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This is my first Jason Reynolds - and I highly recommend it. A beautiful story of family. The narrator on the audiobook version is wonderful as well.

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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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I had a couple of issues with this book but overall it is a compelling family saga set in the world of thoroughbreds in Kentucky. Well developed characters throughout

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Loved this addition to the series even though the heartbreaking cliffhanger ending is brutal. And now there is a hiatus? Argh...

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Enjoy this series because he always brings in “literary history” to the mystery. And the snippets about the world of rare book collectors is fascinating!

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Loved this book - even more than the author‘s earlier book Night Gardener which I didn‘t think was possible. Beautifully written characters and a moving, emotional story. The endnotes connecting it to the history of the children who worked as chimney sweeps in the Victorian era were a great addition. Loved it!

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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I liked the writing style but the story arc was puzzling to say the least.

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Loved this book! A great relationship develops between a young girl and the former soldier tasked with returning her to her relatives in post-Civil War Texas.

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Another in this series completed...enjoyed the “family” dynamics laid out in this one.

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How Like an Angel | Margaret Millar
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Really enjoyable classic era mystery with pseudo-religious cults, embezzlers and a down on his luck private detective. I read this author a long time ago and am planning to dive back into her books.

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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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It has been a long time since I have read this series/author. This particular story wasn‘t bad but not as enjoyable as other Golden Age mysteries I have read.

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Another enjoyable Strike mystery by Galbraith/Rowling. I particularly enjoyed the development of the relationship between the two main characters in this one with the mystery they are working to solve allowing a lot of their backstory to be revealed.

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Arcadia: A novel | Iain Pears
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Really enjoyed this in spite of the over-complicated at times plot. Lots of fun literary references too!

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Another enjoyable read from The Sandman series...always really clever storytelling

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REALLY enjoyed this historical novel about the final days of the Romanov family. It made me see them as humans - flawed to be sure - and not just the symbols of old Russia they came to be. Highly recommend although be aware the twist ending strays far away from history and firmly into the fiction world.