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rretzler

Joined March 2018

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Uglies | Scott Westerfeld
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There were a lot of things to like in this book - a lot certainly to think about in a society that tries to avoid conflict and war by making everyone look pretty and taking away individual differences based on looks. But the protagonist wasn‘t really likable and her decisions were made for the wrong reasons. Plus I can‘t help wonder who does the work in the new Pretty society. I gave it 4.0/5.0⭐️, but that may be generous. #2019

Cailey_Mac This was my first dystopian series when I was younger, and I loved it! It definitely is problematic, but it spoke to me so much since that was the era of seventeen magazine, and everyone looking so “perfect” 2d
rretzler @Cailey_Mac I think it may have appealed to me more if I had been able to read it in my early teens, as I would have related more to the pretty vs ugly issues back then and the teen angst it may have caused. I did like it, but being far removed from those days, perhaps it‘s natural for me to think more about the practical aspects of the society. 😄 14h
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Sadness | Tamra B. Orr
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This is sad news. FictFact was a website that kept track of series reading better than any other site I‘ve found. While other sites are great at cataloguing one‘s library and/or books read, FF made it easy to see what book in a series came next. I was on it almost daily (with 1,500 series books) and I know many others are devastated and taking to social media in remembrance AND protest. 😢 Hoping for a reprieve or an angel!

LibrarianJen Oh no! 3d
suzisteffen Oh no! Terrible. 3d
rretzler @LibrarianJen I‘m afraid so. I went to log a book this morning and discovered it. If you‘re on Facebook or Twitter, people are giving FF tons of support and suggesting flooding social media. Amazon‘s email address is cs-reply@amazon.com if you‘re interested @suzisteffen (edited) 3d
laytonwoman3rd Darn ir...such a useful site. 19h
rretzler @laytonwoman3rd It truly was. I downloaded my data and had been keeping track of 1,500 books! I‘m still keeping my fingers crossed that something will happen to keep the site going. 15h
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Help wanted, please! I‘m looking for a good summer reading book for my 14 yo son who is entering high school next school year. He would like something with a hetero male protagonist that is fun and upbeat. He is mildly dyslexic so he is a reluctant reader and is tired of reading about “depressing topics.” I‘ve compiled a list of books he might like so far - I‘ve read the first 3 but am guessing about the rest. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!

Johanna414 Has he read the Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan? That is super popular with the boys in my library 6d
rretzler @Johanna414 No, I‘ve not heard of that one. It‘s a real struggle to get him to read, so he doesn‘t read much on his own these days. We‘ll take a look! Thanks (edited) 6d
Johanna414 No problem! 6d
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LiteraryinLititz I‘d recommend the track series by Jason Reynolds. The book titles are Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu. I also loved Darius the Great is not Okay. 6d
rretzler Also, please do not construe the fact he wants a book with a hetero protagonist to mean that we are not LGBTQ allies. He just wants to read something that is relatable and that he can identify with. And I can support that 6d
rretzler @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I looked at the Ghost series previously and Darius just now and they all seem a little more heavy than what he‘s looking for currently. He wants something humorous and upbeat without having to deal with depressing issues. Those sound like great books and we‘ll keep them in mind for another time. I appreciate the suggestions. I just finished reading Long Way Down and it was a great/powerful book. 6d
Hestapleton I loved this and thought it was HILARIOUS 6d
rretzler Also I realize The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a little heavy for a light read, but Keegan is also gifted and he loves The Big Bang Theory so I think it‘s funny enough and somewhat relatable to him! 6d
rretzler @Hestapleton Thanks, I had actually forgotten about Holes. I think we may have a copy of it around here! 6d
scripturient-ink How about the Percy Jackson series? Percy is dyslexic himself, maybe he can relate to that. If I remember correctly, the characters are about 12 in the first volume, but the last couple of books are set in high school. 6d
BarbaraJean If he likes fantasy at all, you might try The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson or the 100 Cupboards series by N.D. Wilson. Also anything Terry Pratchett! 6d
Theaelizabet I second Holes. And any book by John Green, though some are quite bittersweet...suggestions after snooping through my now-adult daughter‘s old room: Nothing But the Truth by Avi (other Avi‘s might be worth a look). And though they may be too old for him (and so possibly inappropriate for his age) The Martian and Ready Player One, which I also enjoyed. (edited) 6d
TrishB My daughter loved these in her early teens, have tagged the first one 6d
Janeeny This is the first book in a series, and they're really good. They've got adventure and drama so they keep you reading, and you also learn a little about History too. 6d
Natascia.Brondino All the Eragon series is really good maybe the Grisham books about a kid detective (I found them very funny) 6d
rretzler @scripturient-ink Thanks! He did read a few Percy Jacksons when he was in elementary school but didn't continue (his older brother enjoyed them quite a bit more), but if the last couple are set in HS, then they're definitely worth checking out again. 6d
rretzler @BarbaraJean Thanks! He did read 100 Cupboards several years ago, but didn't continue the series. I had looked at the Sanderson but couldn't decide if he would like it or not - it's definitely worth putting on the list. I had also thought about Pratchett, but couldn't decide where to start him - with Color of Magic or whether to start him with Amazing Maurice or Tiffany Aching. Since we have cats, and Tiffany is a girl, perhaps Maurice? 6d
rretzler @Theaelizabet Thanks! He's read a lot of Green and I think is getting sick of him - hence wanting to read something less depressing. 😂 I don't know why I didn't think of RPO, its a favorite of mine - which also makes me think Armada would probably be good as well. I heard there's a version of The Martian which skips a lot of the technical details but keeps the gist of the story. Maturity and interest-wise RPO and Martian are very appropriate. 5d
rretzler @Theaelizabet It occurred to me after you suggested The Martian that he would probably like the Bobiverse series by Dennis E Taylor. Very funny! 5d
rretzler @TrishB Thanks! We'll have to check that series out. I'm not familiar with it. 5d
rretzler @Janeeny Thanks! I'm not familiar with that series either. We'll have to check it out as well. 5d
rretzler @Natascia.Brondino Thanks! I had no idea that Grisham wrote books for kids! We'll check them out. My husband is a huge Grisham fan, so he may want to read them! 5d
BarbaraJean I haven‘t read Maurice yet, but Pratchett can pretty much always be counted on for fun and upbeat. Tiffany Aching is amazing, but yes—female protagonist! Mort might also be a good one to start. 5d
rretzler @BarbaraJean And I haven‘t read Mort yet, but it also looks good. I really need to step up my reading and finish Discworld. What I‘ve actually read was years ago and out of order, so I need to start at the beginning and read them all. 5d
amie This one is a mix of humor, mystery, and adventure. It's YA/middle grade but it's part of Hiaasen's Skink series for adults and can be read as a standalone. 5d
rretzler @amie Thanks! I had also forgotten about Hiaasen. I think he read Hoot and some other Hiassen in elementary school, but we'll check this one out! 5d
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Another powerful novel - this one in free verse. I listened to the audiobook read by the author. It‘s difficult to imagine any young person being in the situation where the rule is that if someone in your family is killed, you must kill the murderer. I know it happens and am so thankful that my children will never know what that‘s like. My heart goes out to anyone in that situation and I hope that Reynolds‘s book can help end it. 4.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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My first Ellis Peter‘s Brother Cadfael mystery. I enjoyed it but didn‘t love it. It was a fun book and an easy read, and I do think I‘m going to like Brother Cadfael. He seems like a down to earth, practical man unlike others in his order. The story sort of worked out in the end, but not in the way I wanted - the ending seemed a bit contrived to me. I‘ll definitely keep reading the series. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

suzisteffen I love these for the depiction of Wales and England during the time when England was in an internal civil war but also conquering Wales - its first colony. (😡) Also I am always encouraged to learn more Welsh in Duolingo when I read these books. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 7d
rretzler @suzisteffen I think I will enjoy that aspect as well. My knowledge of English history starts mainly in the 14th century, with some exceptions. Still trying to get my head around the Welsh pronunciations!😝 Until I read this, I always imagined Cadfael was pronounced cad-fy-el instead of cad-vile. 😂 7d
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Number Ten: Tom Tom | Colin Cotterill
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The Jimm Juree Case Files 10th book concerns a friend of the Juree family who has a stalker. However Jimm soon discovers something more may be at play. These short stories are fun little peeks at Jimm‘s life in Thailand with her interesting family and friends - honest ex-cop grandfather, senile kooky mother, sweet, but stupid, body builder brother, transgender hacker brother, and sensitive gay police lieutenant friend. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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Pick for fans of Stephen King‘s The Shining. Before the Play is a prequel to The Shining that was published in Whispers Magazine in 1982. It consists of five acts which explain the history of the Overlook Hotel prior to the Torrance family becoming caretakers. I found it to be an interesting addition to The Shining. Thanks to @everlocalwest for bringing it to my attention. 3.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

KathyWheeler @rretzler Thanks for posting the link! I was fixin‘ to go looking for it. 1w
rretzler @KathyWheeler Took me a little looking to find it, so I thought I‘d save those interested some time. 1w
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BookwormM Must read this I love The Shining 1w
rretzler @BookwormM Have you read Doctor Sleep yet? I haven‘t - thinking I probably need a reread of The Shining since it‘s probably been 30+ years since I last read it. 1w
BookwormM I am thinking along the same lines as you reread The Shining then hit Doctor Sleep. I have just finished the Dark Tower series and now I want to dive into the King multiverse of cross overs 1w
KathyWheeler I loved Doctor Sleep. 1w
rretzler @BookwormM @KathyWheeler I haven‘t read any Stephen King since probably the mid-80s - I was on a teen/early 20s horror kick that died when I was in college. But I did love The Shining (and The Stand was a favorite of mine for many years!) 1w
KathyWheeler @rretzler I had quit reading his books for awhile but then he came out with 11/22/63 which had an intriguing premise and was really good. 1w
rretzler @KathyWheeler Too funny - I was also intrigued by 11/22/63, and I bought it when it came out, but have never actually gotten around to reading it. I‘ll have to try to find it and finally read it. 1w
everlocalwest Awesome! Thanks for adding to the database (and posting a link, d'oh!). 1w
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Somewhere between a pick and so-so, these 6 short stories, while interesting and an easy read, aren‘t quite at the level of PD James series mysteries. Of course, it‘s difficult in a short story to do what James is really good at, which is developing characters and plots. All of these stories have an interesting commonality - but I don‘t want to spoil the stories. Fans of traditional mysteries should enjoy. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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Classic golden age mystery. Berkeley/Iles was a genius at plotting. It‘s a shame that he only wrote a few and his books have been allowed to go out of print (mainly due to the closure of several publishers, I think.) This book is better than some of Christie‘s or Sayers‘. In this one, we know whodunnit and why, but the fun is the how - and finding out how Dr Bickleigh is finally caught. 4.5/5.0⭐️ #2019 Highly recommend for mystery fans.

shanaqui I really want to read more of Berkeley's books, I've only read The Poisoned Chocolates Case! 2w
rretzler I‘ve read several and have recently been collecting them when I can find them for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, many of them are way out of my price range until another publisher picks them up for reprint. The cheapest copy of Murder in the Basement I can find is over $40 used and goes up to $600+.☹️😳 2w
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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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Interesting and thought-provoking. Meursault‘s elderly mother has died and he feels indifferent to life-her death, his job, his girlfriend... What emotion he has seems to be controlled by his physical needs and discomforts to heat, light, sound, which cause him to kill a man to protect a friend. This is my 1st experience with Camus and I enjoyed it. There is much to reflect on in the absurdity of life and the love of one‘s mother. 4.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Generally not a big fan of lit. fic., but I do love Ishiguro‘s work. This is very layered, with a potentially unreliable narrator. Etsuko survives the Nagasaki bombing as a young girl and marries the son of the family who took her in. After a child, they divorce and she marries an Englishman. They move to England with her daughter. During a visit from her English daughter after the deaths of her husband and first daughter, she looks back. 4/5⭐️

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Farthing | Jo Walton
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Powerful. It‘s 1949, and Germany is still at war with Russia, but in 1941, young Sir James Thirkie brokered peace for Britain with Hitler. Now, 8 years later, Sir James has been murdered during a country house party and it‘s up to Inspector Carmichael to solve the case. Signs point to David Kahn, the Jewish son-in-law of the house‘s owner, but Carmichael isn‘t convinced. Love Walton‘s style. Powerful subject matter. Highly recommend. 5/5🌟 #2019

Libby1 I really liked Dominion, which also imagined a Britain that had made peace with Hitler. 1w
rretzler @Libby1 Thanks! I wasn‘t aware of Dominion-putting it on my to read list. 1w
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I‘m a big fan of two other series by McCall Smith - No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency and Isabel Dalhousie - so this series seemed a natural to me. I was very disappointed. I expected that it might feature a mystery since the protagonist is a Detective, but I wouldn‘t call any of the three cases to be actual mysteries. I didn‘t find any of the characters sympathetic and the deaf depressed dog who lip reads was too much. 3.0/5.0⭐️ #2019 (more below)

rretzler The joke that Ulf Varg‘s name means Wolf Wolf only works if one speaks English. I presume in Malmo, Sweden that the majority speak Swedish and thus the name Ulf Varg would be Ulf Varg or perhaps Varg Varg and thus not really a joke. Sigh. 2w
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I love Robin Hobb‘s Realm of the Elderlings series. Her writing style is so conversational and effortless to read, even while she is putting her characters through the wringer. As always, Fitz doesn‘t heed the counsel of those wiser and creates what may be insurmountable problems, even though he seems to be growing. The Fool and Queen Kettriken are characteristically rational, patient and wonderful! We meet several from Liveship. 4.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! ⭐️

readingjedi And with you! 2w
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As I‘m reading about dragons right now, I feel I need to repost this. 🐉 🐉🐉

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 🐉 it‘s still funny no matter how many times I see it @julesG 2w
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2nd book In Perry‘s Daniel Pitt series. Daniel is a lawyer in 1910 London. His sister and her husband are visiting from the US and have brought a case with them. A young British diplomat has been accused of embezzlement but may have committed another crime in the US. I found Perry‘s logic to be illogical and nonsensical even - for a time, it seemed she was bringing a murder in the US into the British courts. I didn‘t hate it, but...3.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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Cherringham - Secret Santa: A Cosy Crime Series | Neil Richards, Matthew Costello
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25th in the Cherringham mystery series - novella length cozy mysteries. In this one Jack and Sarah must find Cherringham‘s Santa so the children aren‘t disappointed. These are fun and quick little mysteries that don‘t allow for much character development but are still worth the read. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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24th in the Cherringham mystery series - cozy novella length mysteries. Somehow I had read this one before, but didn‘t have it noted anywhere. It starts out as a typical mystery, but has an unexpected twist at the end. I know what you‘re thinking - most good mysteries have an unexpected twist, but this one is unique for this series. Of course, being novella length it is difficult to really lay out the clues, but I enjoyed it. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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Cherringham - A Bad Lie: A Cosy Crime Series | Neil Richards, Matthew Costello
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23rd in the Cherringham mystery series - a cozy, novella length mystery series. This one is a unique set of circumstances, yet Jack and Sarah manage to bring the mystery to a successful conclusion. 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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22nd in the Cherringham mystery series. This series is delightful, but the mysteries are serious. Each one is novella length and just the thing for a short listen or read. I love the interaction between the two protagonists, one British and one American, as they solve the mysteries. Neil Dudgeon does a fantastic job as narrator of the audiobooks. If you enjoy cozy, yet serious mysteries, you should check out this series. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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A Bitter Feast | Deborah Crombie
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Edelweiss ARC of the 18th in Crombie‘s Kincaid and James series. Duncan and Gemma and family have been invited to spend the weekend at the Talbot‘s country residence. Driving separately, Duncan‘s car is hit by another car, in which both driver and passenger are killed. Turns out that the passenger may have been dead before the accident. I highly recommend this series. It was an effortless and enjoyable read with a surprise ending. 4.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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NetGalley ARC of Ann Cleeves‘ new Two Rivers series. DI Matthew Venn gets a call from his DS about a body found on the beach near the home of Matthew and his partner, Jonathan, while attending his estranged father‘s funeral. I like Cleeves‘ writing and enjoyed but didn‘t love this book. I think Matthew may take a little getting used to - he seems a little too insecure for a DI. The ending was unexpected in a good way. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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David Copperfield | Dickens Charles
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As with every Dickens book that I‘ve read, I start out amazed at how readable his work is after 170 years! Then things start to bog down for me - Dickens‘ work is so character-driven and this one just meanders through Copperfield‘s life. I think there‘s a little more plot cohesiveness than in Nicholas Nickleby, but, personally, I like to know where my books are going. I‘m a stickler for a good plot. Ending redeemed it, as always. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

rretzler It wasn‘t unpleasant - I can understand why people liked it, but Dickens and his meandering “day in the life” plotting doesn‘t engage me the way I want to be engaged. It was hard for me to choose between Pick and So So, but it‘s probably worth a read since it‘s the most autobiographical of Dickens work. Armitage does a great job of narration 3w
IamIamIam I'm glad that worked out!!! 3w
rretzler @IamIamIam Thanks. Waiting another year before I tackle another! I‘m sure you can relate. 😝🤣 3w
IamIamIam @rretzler 😂😂😂 Absolutely!!! Dickens should be taken in small doses. 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Wrapping things up, although I‘m continuing to read while I do laundry. I managed 28 hours and 36 minutes. Finished David Copperfield and started and finished The Stone Circle, The Long Call, A Bitter Feast, The Song Never Dies, A Bad Lie and A Death in the Family, since my younger son‘s soccer tournament was canceled halfway through. Not a bad weekend!😁 #24B4Monday

TheReadingMermaid That is so awesome!!! Congratulations!!! 👏👏👏🥳🎉🎉🎉 3w
Fridameetslucy @Rretzler. So what was your fav part of Copperfield? Fav character ? (edited) 3w
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rretzler @Fridameetslucy Honestly, I‘m not a huge fan of Dickens, so my favorite part was the end. In part, because it was finally over and in part because I think the ending was the best written part of the novel. I‘m not a big fan of stories that are a slice of someone‘s life - there isn‘t enough in them typically to hold my interest. I‘m not sure I have a favorite character - David, Agnes, Aunt Betsey, Peggotty? Easier to name those I disliked... 3w
Fridameetslucy Im sorry to hear your experience with the book was so unpleasant I am reading this with my 24 year old daughter now (since this is my favorite book she wanted us to discuss it) I think it is a book about whether it is possible to stay kind hearted when cruelty and inequity devastate the ordinary lives of good people and also what it means to become wise and not regretful or bitter. This time around I realized how very modern those questions are. 3w
Andrew65 Simply brilliant time! Well done 🍾🥂👏👏👏🙌 Some great book choices. (edited) 3w
rretzler @Fridameetslucy It wasn‘t actually unpleasant, and I do get what it‘s about, it‘s just that I like books that engage me in a different way. I tend to like books that are more plot driven, ones in which there is a puzzle, mystery, or quest to solve. Books that engage my mind in a different way from just a character study or as I like to call them “a day in the life.” That‘s why I enjoy genre fiction so much more than literary fiction... 3w
rretzler @Fridameetslucy Lit. fic. certainly has its place and I enjoy some authors and books better than others. At this point, my favorite Dickens would be A Christmas Carol-even though it is character driven, it is also very plot driven as well. Probably my favorite author of literary fiction is Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels I perceive to be more plot driven. In most of Dickens work that I‘ve read, he seems to meander through the lives of his characters 3w
rretzler @andrew65 Thanks! My go-to genre is British mystery and these ARCs did not let me down. The Griffiths and the Crombie were wonderful, and I think I‘ll eventually like the new Cleeves series as much - it may take me a bit of time to get comfortable with the new character. He‘s certainly no Jimmy Perez! 3w
Andrew65 @rretzler Yes, no too many characters like Jimmy Perez around! I think at least 80% of my reading would be mystery and Suspense, especially crime! 3w
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ARC of the 11rh in the Ruth Galloway series. A 2nd henge is found near the site of the henge from Ruth and Nelson‘s 1st case together. Then both Ruth and Nelson start to receive letters very like those from that case-but the original writer is dead. Things really start to heat up when the bones of a young female are found at the henge site. Love this series-fantastic addition. Interesting mystery and series is moved along well. 4.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

kamoorephoto Cutie pie kitty! 4w
rretzler Thanks! @kamoorephoto (edited) 4w
whatshesreadingnow Oh goodness how adorable! ☺️ 4w
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rretzler Thanks! @whatshesreadingnow He loves to have his tummy scratched. (edited) 4w
AntoinetteBuchanan I love this series, too 4w
rretzler @AntoinetteBuchanan Have you read her other series, Stephens & Mephisto? I enjoy it as well, although I don‘t find it quite as good as Ruth Galloway. 4w
AntoinetteBuchanan @rretzler not yet but they are on the horizon - good to have recommendation though. Thankyou :-) 4w
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Decided to try to participate in the #24B4Monday readathon even though my younger son has a soccer tournament all weekend and we are going to see Avengers Endgame tonight. Started this morning but forgot to set my timer😕😝 Oh, well! 🤷🏼‍♀️

TheReadingMermaid Lol I always do that sweetie. 🙃 No worries just estimate your time! 4w
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The latest (16th) in the Bryant & May series, London‘s Peculiar Crimes Unit is on the hunt of a killer who strikes every night at 4AM, but there are very few clues. Bryant is acting like his odd self again, as he seems to somehow figure out the case when no one else can. But not everyone has the best interests of the case or the PCU in mind, and this may be its final case. 4.0/5.0⭐️ #2019

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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Just found this in my email! I‘m so excited! I had already preordered it!😁👏🏻🤩😍

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I was so engrossed in my reading that I didn‘t realize I had two uninvited guests on the table! Needless to say, they were quickly invited off of the table and onto the floor🤣🤣🤣😹😹😹

Leftcoastzen So cute ! Readers helpers.I‘ve lost the battle for the table . I am able to hold the line on kitchen counters , I think. Don‘t have a camera to check when I‘m gone.😻😂 4w
rretzler @Leftcoastzen I think we‘ve lost the battle everywhere, but they‘re usually not so brazen as to get on the table while I‘m actually sitting there!😂 4w
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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I enjoyed this novella, but didn‘t “love” it - probably because it was too short to develop ideas and expand on them properly. Interesting premise where a Namibian Himba girl leaves Earth to study at a distant university on another planet, and finds adventure and a new life on the way. Still, a good read, and I‘m interested to keep reading the series and getting to know Binti better. 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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Bertie and the Tinman | Peter Lovesey
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From Peter Lovesey‘s back catalog and newly republished, the 1st in the Bertie, Prince of Wales mystery series. The Prince‘s favorite jockey has mysteriously committed suicide and the coroner‘s verdict does not ring true, so he decides to investigate. I adore Lovesey‘s writing style in the Peter Diamond series and in this series, he combines it with a fantastic sense of tongue-in-cheek humor as well. 4.5/5.0⭐️ #2019 #catsoflitsy

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Genre | John Frow
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1️⃣British mysteries, dystopias, sci-fi and fantasy. 2️⃣I‘m picky and already read what I want to. 3️⃣Nonfiction and then romance and horror. 4️⃣Sci-fi and dystopia. 5️⃣Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer - nonfic 6️⃣The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. 7️⃣Anyone who hasn‘t played and wants to join in.

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The sister of a Duke has been causing a stir in London by writing a tell-all society gossip column. It is no surprise that her maid finds her hanged, even her brother has cause to be upset. This is the 2nd book about a secret team of amateur female detectives and police professionals put together by Scotland Yard during WWI to solve sensitive crimes. Although there are some flaws, this series, Mayfair 100, shows a lot of promise. 3.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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Prequel to the Grantchester Mysteries series, this book is a look into Sidney‘s WWII experiences and how he became an Anglican vicar. It is a completely different type of book from the rest of the series, featuring no mysteries but an enormous amount of introspection and religion. If you are new to the series, which I highly recommend, it may be best to start with book 1 and read this one last. I‘m a series fan, although not religious 4/5⭐️#2019

CarolynM I read and enjoyed the first one, but never followed up. This one sounds good, I'll look out for it. I enjoyed the TV series🙂 1mo
rretzler It was good, but definitely not like the rest of the books or the TV series. It spent a lot of time in Sidney‘s head. @CarolynM (edited) 1mo
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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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The Veronica Speedwell series is just so much fun! This is the 4th in the series and I loved it. Raybourn creates such delicious tension between Veronica and Stoker, and the mystery is well-plotted, even though I was fairly certain who the murderer was. I enjoyed the setting of this one too - it reminded me of a Victoria Holt novel (Victorian gothic) except that Veronica is intelligent and extremely unconventional. 4.0/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

QueenJen It's almost like they have a role reversal of sorts. She's the action-y lead, while he's the sidekick eye candy. 😉🥃 1mo
rretzler @QueenJen So very true! At times, I actually prefer Stoker to Veronica, though, as he‘s a little more patient and down to earth, while at times, she acts without thinking! Guess that‘s what makes them great partners. 1mo
HOTPock3tt I adore this series!! ♥️ 1mo
rretzler @HOTPock3tt It‘s really fun! Can‘t wait another year until the next one. 1mo
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The last 100 or so pages had me glued to my seat - the first 100 not so much. While the world building is excellent, I don‘t feel that Jordan does enough to invest me in his characters. There are so many of them, and none of them ever seem in any real danger, which is what usually invests me in a fantasy character. “The wheel weaves as the wheel wills” doesn‘t seem to allow the characters much free will. 3.5/5.0 ⭐️ #2019

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1️⃣ The Great Hunt, David Copperfield, and Melmoth and I feel like I‘ve been reading them forever! 2️⃣ 😜. 3️⃣ 😻🤣💕. #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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I think this is the longest in recent memory that I‘ve gone without finishing a book - 9 days. Of course, I‘ve been super busy, but I still have quite a bit to go on the 2 books I‘m actively reading. 😔 I had planned to read 14 books this month on my way to 175 for the year, but I don‘t think that‘s happening now. Oh, well. I guess I‘ll just have to read super fast the rest of the year!😂

anissaannalise you'll get back on track, i'm sure! you're well on your way & i'm in awe of your goal. well done!😄 1mo
rretzler @anissaannalise Thanks so much! I don‘t think I‘ll make 175 at this point because I have a bunch planned that are 600+ pages, but I‘ll probably get close! 1mo
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Happy National Pet Day! #catsoflitsy. Clockwise from upper left: Bandit, the group posing, Mycroft, J‘zargo, Picasso

ShyBookOwl 😻😻😻 1mo
Gaylagal2 They‘re so awesome! 1mo
TheLibrarian They are all so adorable!! 1mo
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Texreader Love this!! ❤️❤️❤️😻 1mo
rretzler @Texreader Thanks! 1mo
Fridameetslucy Tuxedos !!! These guys are gorgeous (even the non tuxedo) My tuxedo Percy refuses to have any siblings - he owns every inch of space (edited) 1mo
rretzler Thanks! Somehow all of ours get along for the most part. Picasso is very tolerant of the kittens, and Bandit thinks he rules the roost! @Fridameetslucy (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely kitties!😻 1mo
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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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1️⃣ 🎶 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police and Tainted Love - Soft Cell. 2️⃣ 💫 ♎️. 3️⃣ 📚 Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov started me on my life of mystery and sci-fi, respectively. Another author also struck a chord with me, but she‘s very divisive. #wondrouswednesday

Eggs 💗🤗🎵💗 1mo
tournevis Fun fact, Every Little Thing were demoed in Québec City and the piano track was devised by a piano player who lived on my street when I was a young child. 1mo
rretzler @tournevis That is indeed a fun fact! How cool! 1mo
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The Old Success | Martha Grimes
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So bummed! This was supposed to come out in August and has now been pushed back for the second time to November. 😢 It‘s one of my favorite series and Ms Grimes is 87 years old, so there can‘t be too many more coming. I want to get it quicker so that i can appreciate it longer. I highly recommend this series if you like well-written British police procedurals with quirky characters and solid character building. I will miss Jury and Plant.

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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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Reading each of these 3 books at the moment and none of them is really keeping my interest. 😞 When it happens with one book, I usually put it aside and start another, but I‘m now up to three and trying to decide if I should keep plugging away or start something else. The next book up is the new Deanna Raybourn, A Dangerous Collaboration, so I know I‘d like it, but I‘d really like to finish the other 3 at some point. Sigh!

RainyDayReading I ran into this not too long ago. I just put them aside and picked up something I knew I was going to enjoy. 1mo
rretzler That‘s probably what I am going to do. The Great Hunt is picking up at little but at page 200 of a 650+ pager, I would expect to be a lot more invested. And Dickens just isn‘t doing it for me. 1mo
rretzler @RainyDayReading That‘s probably what I am going to do. The Great Hunt is picking up at little but at page 200 of a 650+ pager, I would expect to be a lot more invested. And Dickens just isn‘t doing it for me. 1mo
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rretzler Well that Edit didn‘t work as expected. 😟 1mo
RainyDayReading @rretzler Haha the edits rarely work as expected 🤣 I‘ve heard that The Great Hunt is slow in the beginning but picks up about halfway through. I haven‘t read it yet so I don‘t know for sure. Dickens can be difficult, especially when you‘re not really in the mood for him. 1mo
Fridameetslucy David copperfield asks so many big questions about us as human beings - right from the git go “whether I am the hero of my life...” to our capacity to remain kind toward each other. I hope you return to it. 1mo
rretzler @Fridameetslucy I‘m slowly reading it. I never totally give up on a book, but it will take me some time to get through. 1mo
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Fetch! | David Roberts, Alan MacDonald
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Trying to read (not the tagged book) and J‘zargo has been tapping on my arm for the last 30 minutes wanting to play fetch. And yes, he‘s a cat! #catsoflitsy

hissingpotatoes Best name! 1mo
Soubhiville I have a fetching cat too! Cute! 1mo
Erofan Good boy 😻 1mo
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TheLibrarian 😻😻😻 My old cat used to play fetch too! 1mo
rretzler @hissingpotatoes Thanks, I‘m going to go out on a limb and guess you might be a gamer? 1mo
rretzler @Soubhiville @TheLibrarian How fun! (Until your arm hurts from throwing for 40 minutes straight and then how annoying!). What breeds? We think ours may be part Bombay, but he‘s a rescue cat so we‘ll never know. One of our old cats used to fetch occasionally, but nothing like this one! 1mo
rretzler @Erofan Thanks! We think so! 1mo
Soubhiville Mine‘s a sphynx. Hairless kitty. 🐱 1mo
rretzler @Soubhiville Cool! We have 4 and some days I feel like I‘m drowning in cat hair. 😹 (edited) 1mo
5280reader Our black kitty loves fetching crinkled paper balls! 1mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! The cats I had always made me fetch! 😁 1mo
rretzler @5280reader I wonder if your black kitty might be part Bombay too? J‘zargo likes puff balls and puff balls with crinkly threads that have a weighted core so they go farther when thrown. 1mo
rretzler @UwannaPublishme Sometimes we have to fetch too. He‘ll drop the ball a couple of feet away sometimes and then tap your arm until you pick it up and throw it again. It doesn‘t always come back right to us, but most of the time it does. 1mo
5280reader @rretzler Now that I read about the Bombay breed, I‘m convinced our Dakota is one! How cool! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
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hissingpotatoes @rretzler I sure am 😺 1mo
rretzler @hissingpotatoes We have a family of gamers! I‘m always impressed and amazed when someone understands J‘zargo‘s name! 1mo
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Book - tagged. Movie - The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (also a book by Raymond Chandler). Song - No Sleep Til Brooklyn - The Beastie Boys. #manicmonday

SW-T Love that song 💕 1mo
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Reading the 2nd book from Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time Series, which was a selection on PBS‘ Great American Read. First book was OK, but this one has been a little hard to get into. A 650+page book and the action doesn‘t start until page 105. The first 50+ pages are the hero of the series trying to hide from the Aes Sedai in a castle and making his friends mad in order to protect them.

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Bandit was not so thrilled by this book, but I loved it. Demon Crowley and Angel Aziraphale, both living on Earth, find they have become friends, having more in common with each other than other denizens of Hell and Heaven. They have become comfortable with life on Earth and have developed an affection for humanity but Armageddon is coming. To stop it, they must kill the Antichrist, a normal 11 yo boy living in rural England. 5.0/5.0 🌟 #2019 💕

JaclynW I loved this book! 2mo
rretzler @JaclynW It was a great book. I can‘t wait for the Amazon Prime series! 2mo
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JaclynW @rretzler Yes!! 2mo
BooknerdsLife Happy Reading! I had lots of fun reading it 😆💕📚 1mo
rretzler @BooknerdsLife Thanks. I enjoyed it too! 1mo
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Amazons Audible Audio Books | Albert N Thomas
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I just need to vent a little about something that Audible is doing. A couple of days ago, a message appeared on their website claiming that they were changing the way credits worked to give members more flexibility. Today I received an email stating that they were improving my Audible Credits experience. This is indeed NOT the truth. I am on the Annual Platinum plan and have been for over 14 years. This means that each year...(cont.)

rretzler ...I pay an annual fee to receive 24 credits which I can use at any time. Prior to this change, I had the ability to rollover up to 12 of those credits to be used in the next year. Which means that in years I didn‘t listen a lot, I wasn‘t forced to use my credits on books that I may not have wanted. And in years where I listened more, I usually had some rollover credits that I could use. That‘s flexibility, IMO. (cont.) 2mo
rretzler ...Now Audible is telling me that the credits I receive on the first day of my membership will expire one year later on the first day of the next years membership. So I have to use all of my credits within the one year period or I lose them. How is this giving me more flexibility and improving my experience? They also say that now I will receive a monthly email showing how many credits I have. I can already see how many credits...(cont.) 2mo
rretzler ...by looking on the website or app. Why would I need an additional email to tell me what I can see just by logging in. Not to mention that the web or app will have updated information. Ugh-I am so mad that Audible is trying to take a benefit away from me and trying to tell me it is a good thing. I want to let everyone know how terrible I think this is, especially those who are also affected by it. 2mo
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EadieB @rretzler You as an already member should keep the same benefits that you started with. These so called new advantages should be for people just signing up. You should ask them what gives them the right to change your benefits mid-stream! Not right at all! 2mo
rretzler I would agree, but just to play devil‘s advocate, the “contract” is only a one year contract, and I become a member again each year when I renew, so I suppose they have the right to change terms and I have the right to decide whether or not I want those terms each year. What galls me is that they‘re trying to insult my intelligence by taking away a benefit and telling me it gives me flexibility and improves my experience. NOT! 2mo
SleepyDragon It sounds to me like they are going to lose a lot of long time subscribers like yourself. It doesn't improve your experience; it pads their profit margin. It is insulting that they don't think subscribers are smart enough to realize that. 2mo
rretzler @SleepyDragon I‘m a retired CPA and that was my initial thought, but upon thinking about it, I‘m not sure that they gain that much of an advantage financially from it. If someone doesn‘t use their credits, Audible doesn‘t get any additional revenue, but I guess they save by not having to pay a royalty to an author. I can‘t think of any other fixed costs that they would be saving and it‘s not like they get more money plus according to most... 2mo
rretzler ...authors, royalties are next to nothing. On the other hand, with the change, they have to reprogram their accounting system for not only the new way credits are accounted for but also how revenue is recognized. And then there is the cost of programming and sending out monthly emails about credits. I‘m not sure what the change is getting them. 2mo
Angeles I really dislike Amazon. My husband uses audible but I buy and rent my audiobooks through downpour. They have a smaller selection but I like them better 😁 2mo
tpixie @rretzler oh wow. I haven‘t read my email yet. I also am a platinum member since forever. I really like being able to roll over my credits. My membership is coming up here also. But I still think it‘s cheaper than buying audiobooks through Apple or other sites. How disappointing 2mo
rretzler @Angeles I‘ll have to check out downpour. I am a big Amazon and Audible fan, so this will be a hard decision for me. Amazon has saved me a lot of money over the years and made my life easier in many ways. Perhaps if Audible had presented it differently it wouldn‘t have made me quite so angry. 2mo
rretzler @tpixie Rolling over credit does take the pressure off, I think. My younger son is mildly dyslexic and prefers audiobooks to print, so I always keep a few credits in reserve for his school reading. Since I never know when or what, it will make trying to plan for using credits more difficult. I agree Audible is cheaper and I really like the Whispersync feature, which i would totally miss if I switched. I‘m sending them an email to share my thoughts 2mo
tpixie @rretzler my 4 kids have dyslexia too, so audiobooks definitely are important! I will email them, too. I also use apps from my library to download audio and ebooks. But I also like to have access to a book when I really want to read it (edited) 2mo
rretzler @tpixie Have you heard of Bookshare and Learning Ally? If you have a qualifying print disability, like poor sight or dyslexia, you can sign up and borrow audiobooks for free. I haven‘t pursued getting my son signed up yet, but I think it‘s time after this Audible credit debacle! 2mo
tpixie We us learning ally ( I sometimes use it too on my last students account- she has used it for nursing school ). The tough part is the readers are not near as good as Audible. But they read text books and novels if you can plan ahead even a semester/ summer ahead and let them know what books you need in theory they will get somebody to tape it for you but it takes a while so you have to plan ahead. I‘ve never tried bookshare. (edited) 2mo
tpixie I just got a email yesterday about a class action suit with Audible did you get one? 1mo
rretzler @tpixie I did get the email. So that explains a lot - someone who didn‘t know how to figure out what was going on with their credits lost some and sued. ☹️ so we have to lose our rollover because of that. In the entire time I was a member, I always knew how many credits I had and when they expired and never lost a credit. So why punish the thousands like me who were also able to figure out the credits. 😠 (edited) 1mo
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Really enjoying this read in advance of the Amazon Prime Show coming at the end of May. It has such wonderful casting. I can just hear David Tennant‘s voice when I read Crowley and Michael Sheen as -Aziraphale. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Satan! Can‘t wait!

ShyBookOwl I better get on this before the show is released! 2mo
rretzler @ShyBookOwl Exactly! I can‘t wait! 2mo
IndyHannaJones The audio of this book is AWESOME. The narrator...like the finest Dad at bedtime....does all the voices and they are great. 2mo
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Heatherfeather !!!! This is pushing all my buttons! 2mo
rretzler @IndyHannaJones Thanks, I have a lot of Audible credits to use, so I got it today! 2mo
rretzler @Heatherfeather Its a fun one. I‘m about 50 pages to the end and loving it! 2mo
LaLecture This sounds like I absolutely need to read and later watch this 😍 2mo
rretzler @LaLecture Still plenty of time before May 31! 2mo
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1. Winning the lottery and traveling around the world. 2. My first real job was as staff tax accountant at Ernst & Whitney (now Ernst and Young). 3. I can‘t recall the last time I DNF a book. I usually end up reading them all...eventually. 4. Lots and lots - the most recent is tagged. 5. My 2 most recent followers @avgeyer @ashley_o13. #wondrouswednesday

Eggs I‘m intrigued by Maisie Dobbs and love the cover art but haven‘t read one yet 2mo
rretzler @Eggs It is a very good series and I recommend that you start with the first in the series if you ever do read them as there is a lot of background and character building in each of the books. However, the first two or three books can be a little strange in that it is mentioned that Maisie has a bit of psychic ability. This can be off-putting to some readers, although it is not a big part of the stories. Fortunately, it is not continued for long. 2mo
Eggs Thanks for the recommendations 💗 @rretzler 2mo
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