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TheKidUpstairs

Joined September 2016

She/Her "When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” Host of #OnThisDay #HistoryGetsLIT
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Thursday Murder Club casting news!

https://deadline.com/2024/04/helen-mirren-pierce-brosnan-ben-kingsley-thursday-m...

Thoughts? IMO Mirren and Kingsley are great choices, but Brosnan is not AT ALL how I picture Ron.

TrishB lol! Had this discussion today - everyone thought that about Ron! 14h
TheKidUpstairs @TrishB it seems like such an odd choice! When I saw him, I thought he was maybe playing Stephen, no way can I picture him as Ron. I've still got my fingers crossed for Penelope Wilton as Joyce! 12h
Ruthiella Helen Mirren is how I pictured Elizabeth already! But yeah, I pictured Ron as more of a bruiser. Remington Steele is too pretty. 11h
TheKidUpstairs @Ruthiella He's way too pretty. Wasn't Ron a former boxer? Brosnan doesn't look like he's taken enough punches 😂 10h
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs His son is a boxer. Ron was a labor organizer. I don‘t remember his profession, but it was something working class. (edited) 8h
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Sunday Funday | Annalise Wells
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I've been lucky enough to volunteer at some great book events recently, so I've met some wonderful authors: Fredrik Backman, Ann-Marie MacDonald, David Robertson, Michael Crummey, Alissa York, CS Richardson. All were lovely to meet!

I'd love to meet Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Eden Robinson, the list goes on and on!

ChaoticMissAdventures Ishiguro is my dream get for author meets! I hope he was so nice. 3d
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Of Cattle and Men | Ana Paula Maia
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Holy shirt, what did I just read? A short, fast read; the writing is sharp and impactful, the story bold and unrelentingly brutal. Purposefully horrifying, I can't say it was a book I liked or would easily recommend, but it has shaken me and will stay with me for a long time.

"In those places where blood mixes with soil and water, it's difficult to make any sort of distinction between man and animal."

batsy I was just reading about this the other day when looking up stuff for Camp Litsy. Added to the list! 5d
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Heavy Vinyl | Carly Usdin
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Fun, light read about the girls who run a record store, and a vigilante fight club on the side. Issues #1-4.
Heavy 90s vibes, very Josie and the Pussycats meets Empire Records, as run by the Scooby Gang.

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I don't know what it was that brought this song back into my mind recently, but DAMN these ladies can sing. It's been on regular play this week!

https://open.spotify.com/track/71EHOyEOhNx1SzTebRRyng?si=RhL0zZ9AQECin4hAf5SdNA

#TuesdayTunes
SWV - Weak
@TieDyeDude

Amor4Libros What a throwback!!! 🥰🥰 1w
TheBookHippie Oh the memories 🤭🎶 1w
lil1inblue Heck yeah! 🤩 1w
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daena Taking me back with this one! 1w
TieDyeDude Good stuff! 1w
Erinreadsthebooks Immediately started singing it 😂 1w
batsy Omg I used to love this so much! Thanks for the throwback. 1w
Reggie I loved their first song they put out🎶I‘m so in to youuuuuu, don‘t know what I‘m gonna doooooo. Lol 5d
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Ruthiella 😂😂😂👍 1w
slategreyskies 🤣🤣🤣 🙌 1w
Tamra 🤣 1w
Patchshank 💯💯💯😂 1w
FlowerFairy Spot on 🤣 1w
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Blessings | Chukwuebuka Ibeh
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Heart wrenching and emotional, with moments of beauty, joy, and love. It's a wonderful debut, engaging crafted, filled with genuinely human characters at their best and worst.

Be prepared, there is no real resolution in the ending. Personally, I loved that, but I know that doesn't work for everyone! I found that lack of finality echoed the balance of heartbreak with just the slightest light of hope that Ibeh walks so beautifully.

#ARC

squirrelbrain The ending didn‘t work for me, but I really dislike non-endings. 😬 1w
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I totally get that. I think I'm in the minority for how much I like non-endings! 🤣 I'm excited to see what Ibeh writes next - he's SO young! 1w
squirrelbrain Hi Megan, I saw on one of the #camplitsy posts that you wanted to read this one but it didn‘t have a release date over there. It‘s a bargain on Amazon right now so I‘ve ordered you a copy and will send it on in the next few days. I hope you like it - I loved the ARC and I think you will too but it‘s very ‘of my era‘ and set in Yorkshire as well. (edited) 1w
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain thank you so much!!! 1w
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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*happy sigh* I love the TBR explosion that is #CampLitsy24 nomination time! So many interesting options. Here are my nominees:

The Alternatives - Caoilinn Hughes (tagged)
There's Always This Year - Haniq Abdurraqib (tagged in comments)
The Cemetery of Untold Stories - Julia Alvarez (tagged in comments)
The Husbands - Holly Gramazio (tagged in comments)

@squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

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JamieArc 2 of those may make my list! (Alternatives and Cemetery) 1w
Chelsea.Poole I am planning to read There‘s Always This Year in the next couple of weeks. Also I almost added The Husbands to my list. Great picks! 1w
CarolynM I almost went with The Husbands too @Chelsea.Poole 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures I love Hanif Abdurraqib and want to read this new one!! Such a great pick. 1w
kspenmoll I see you have 2 picks I posted as well- The Cemetery of Untold Stories & There is also this Year 😀 1w
squirrelbrain Oooh, great choices! And the TBR explosion is definitely a thing at this time of year…. ☺️ 1w
BarbaraBB They all sound so good. But I expected as much from you 😀 1w
Caroline2 Yes! the Husbands sounds so good. 👍 1w
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole @CarolynM Husbands seems like the perfect mix of summer reading with lots of discussion potential, just right for camp! 1w
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain it always amazes me the number of books that I hadn't heard of before! 1w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB thank you 😊 1w
Megabooks I would love to see us discuss The Husbands if just for an excuse to reread it! Love your nominees! 1w
Suet624 Great picks!!! 4d
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As a child of the 80s, there is zero chance of keeping this to a list of three!

Back to the Future
Batman
Beetlejuice
The Big Chill
The Breakfast Club
Can't Buy Me Love
Clue
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Goonies
Labyrinth
Lean on Me
The Lost Boys
The Neverending Story
Once Upon a Giant
The Princess Bride
Stand By Me
Steel Magnolias
This is Spinal Tap
When Harry Met Sally

@dabbe #ThreeListThursday #TLT #NineteenListThursday

tokorowilliamwallace E.T.: Extraterrestrial may be one of them. 2w
dabbe 🪲 🔎 🧛 I randomly chose three. 🤩 Thanks for playing! 💙🩵💙 2w
slategreyskies Let me just say that I appreciate that the list is alphabetized! 🥰 2w
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JessClark78 So many good movies in this list. 2w
TheQuietQuill I just watched The Princess Bride last night before going to bed…love that movie! Great list! 2w
vivastory Lost Boys. So iconic! 2w
Gissy Great movies🎥👌 2w
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Burr | Brooke Lockyer
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“I read it carefully, trying to glean clues from what the doctors discovered inside. Trying to understand why a heart “attacks.“ I place my palm over my heart and feel it beat. Will it turn against me too?“

vivastory This sounds really intriguing! It's funny bc I was *just* looking at the cover for Bored Gay Werewolf which has similar cover design color choice 2w
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vivastory 🤣🤣 2w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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Chidgey masterfully crafts an atmosphere of growing unease. Coming of age, with all its preteen anxieties, is compounded by a glamorous, manipulative teacher. Interwoven into the narrative are issues of groupthink, religious ferver, body image, loneliness, and grief. An unsettling read with an explosive climax that will not soon be forgotten.

Suet624 Great review. Great book. 3w
squirrelbrain Loved this! ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️ such a good book. 👍🏻 2w
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Wild Houses: A Novel | Colin Barrett
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Engaging, entertaining, & thoughtful. Small town drug dealer Cillian English has pissed off his suppliers, they retaliate by snatching his teenage brother Doll and hiding him away in a country house. The story is elevated by Barrett's choice to frame the telling through the eyes of Nicky, Doll's girlfriend, and Dev, the owner of the house. Both really just want to get through this & be left alone. They give the story a unique and memorable heart.

RohitSawant Sounds interesting! 3w
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Shoeless Joe | W.P. Kinsella
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday

1. Field of Dreams
2. Killing Eve (TV show, but SO much better than the book)
3. The Notebook

@dabbe

Karkar Oh I liked the notebook movie ending wayyyyy better than the book. 3w
Billypar I loved Killing Eve! I haven't watched/read the others, but I heard the same opinion about The Notebook. No idea Field of Dreams was a book. 3w
dabbe TV shows count, too! 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚🩷💚 3w
TheBookHippie Agree about The Notebook! 3w
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Wild Houses: A Novel | Colin Barrett
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Two VERY different #TuesdayTunes I keep returning to these days:

Rise - The Frames https://open.spotify.com/track/4mHLZO8iKoHQSkxRVavhC1?si=HCGuoB2URoOMvSbCGwQ5CA

Sorry, Not Sorry - Demi Lovato https://open.spotify.com/track/0yvPEnB032fojLfVluFjUv?si=LYWybnkARFWBNJpJtn3nOg

@TieDyeDude

(Tagged is my current read!)

BarbaraBB So very different! Love it! 3w
TieDyeDude Thanks for sharing! Glen Hansard is one of my absolute favorite artists. I learned of him from the Swell Season and his recent solo work. I need to go back and explore his stuff with the Frames. 3w
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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I JUST decided two days ago that I was going to chill out with the pre-orders. Today I found out that Caoilinn Hughes has a new book coming out this year.

So, that didn't last long!

If you haven't read The Wild Laughter yet, I can't recommend it enough. And this one looks like it's going to be just as special.

Hooked_on_books Being a bookworm can be hard! 3w
BarbaraBB If you say so 😉 stacking The Wild Laughter! 3w
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Cathythoughts I‘m stacking Wild Laughter too 👍🏻♥️ 3w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ I hope you love it! 3w
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The Silver Bone: A Novel | Andrey Kurkov
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"Tea is the one medication that has no side effects."

#InternationalBooker

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Ultimately a pick, because I didn't want to stop reading. We are presented with the story of an enigmatic, intelligent, resourceful, resilient woman and her life in North and South Korea throughout the 20th century. At turns playful and cruel, beautiful and heart breaking, the narrative jumps through time like the titular Trickster, teasing the reader and questioning truth.

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TheKidUpstairs Unfortunately, this excellent and engaging core is jammed into a narrative framework that never quite fits. It seems to strain to contain the lives it holds, muddling the waters rather than bringing everything into a cohesive unit.

I can see why it made the #WomensPrize longlist, and Mirinae Lee is definitely one to watch, but what was a beautiful interconnected story collection became something less by forcing it into a novel.
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squirrelbrain Great review - you said everything I wanted to say in my review but couldn‘t articulate! How are you getting on with the rest of the list? (Other than returning Blue 🤪) 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I don't think I'm going to be reading the whole thing this year. I keep getting distracted by other things I want to read 🤣 I've read 4 so far, and I still really want to read Brotherless Night and Enter Ghost. But other than that I may just wait for the Shortlist. I'm giving myself permission not to overcommit to Prize lists this year and only read the ones that really grab me! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Brotherless Night is my favourite so far - I‘m saving Enter Ghost (and In Defence) for the end of the list as I hope it‘s going to be another fave. 1mo
BarbaraBB Your review sounds encouraging. I wasn‘t really drawn to the book so far but will move it up my list! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I've seen universally rave reviews so far. I am eagerly and impatiently awaiting my library holds for both! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB It's definitely worth reading, and it's a quick read too! 1mo
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The Girls | John Bowen
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Went to pick up my son's pre-order of The Scarlet Shedder (anyone else have Pilkey obsessed kiddos?), and was drawn to the tagged for myself. Partially because of the fantastic cover, and partially because the review quote on the back says it's for "those who feel Barbara Pym-ish on some days and Stephen King-ish on others." Who could resist that combo?!

Caroline2 Yep! Both my boys loveeeeee Dogman. 😂 1mo
LeahBergen I have this on my “to buy” list! 😊 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @LeahBergen the Pym/King combo does feel very you! 1mo
Traci1 We got our pre-order of Dog Man today too. 😄 1mo
Aimeesue I will buy ANY book with a Gorey cover ❤️ (edited) 1mo
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An excellent, engaging read.

1990. A young girl is found dead on a council estate in London. Another child is suspected of causing her death. An exploitative journalist hides the family away in a hotel in hopes of wringing a story out of them.

I couldn't turn away, and found myself sneaking time to listen during a busy March Break. Highly recommend! I usually can't do fiction on audio, but Jessica Regan's narration was superb.

#WomensPrize

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 1mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one so much too. 1mo
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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A solid historical fiction read about a complicated woman in early 20th century Australia, trying to find a way to live within the narrow confines of society. Grenville's author notes and connection to Dolly add extra interest.

It was a good read, but as a #WomensPrize nominee, it wouldn't make my Shortlist. I enjoyed it, but nothing felt new or exceptional to make it Prize worthy.

squirrelbrain I agree with your view, it wouldn‘t make my shortlist either. 1mo
rmaclean4 This is one my library does not have. I think I will hold off and see if it makes the short list. 1mo
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe

1. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
3. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

dabbe I'm making a list, checking it twice, and I'll make it available to all whether naughty or nice! 😂 Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 1mo
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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Gotta love some gorgeous end papers! 😍

jlhammar I just got this one and was thinking the same thing. Stunning! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 💚 1mo
charl08 😍 1mo
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Singout OMG Scugog! I‘m in PP visiting my folks right now! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @Singout no way! Small world! I love right near downtown, and actually work at the library. Welcome to town! 1mo
Singout Oh, cool! My parents are regular patrons of all the programs, and my sister Joanna was in the same grade as the guy who hosts the film nights (among other things). 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Honestly, I don't know what I can add to the rave reviews from the #EuropaCollective for this book. If you have been wondering if it really is that good, just know that it is.

BarbaraBB ❤️💔❤️ 1mo
jlhammar It really is! So glad we read this one. 1mo
tpixie Great summarization! ❤️💔❤️ 1mo
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The Damages | Genevieve Scott
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Mehso-so

I raced through the first part, but the second part got repetitive. I think it could have been edited down for a more focused read.

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The Damages | Genevieve Scott
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1. Megan is derived from my Margaret, which was my grandmother's name.

2. One of my current reads (tagged) has a character named Megan, and I'm also reading Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan, so Megan's abound in my reading world at the moment!

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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The Damages | Genevieve Scott
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My #WeekendReads

The Damages - Scott is an alumni of the same university I attended, and this book's Regis University is a VERY thinly veiled stand-in!

Ordinary Human Failings - completely engrossed, fabulous audio narration, my heart is in my throat, and I can't turn away.

River East, River West - So far, so good, but overshadowed by my other reads. I like the choice to contrast Alva's story with her Lu Fang's.

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TheKidUpstairs The Postcard - everyone's reviews convinced me! Picked it up this evening and immediately devoured 50 pages. 1mo
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monalyisha Ordinary Human Failings sounds promising! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to start River East soon…think I might try Restless Dolly Maunder first as it‘s quite short! 🤪 1mo
BarbaraBB I am reading and loving Ordinary Human Falings too this weekend. And I LOVED The Postcard 🩷 1mo
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The Future | Catherine Leroux
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🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

My favourite NEVER wins #CanadaReads, and this year I REALLY didn't think it would (especially after the first two days of debates).

But it did!!! And I'm so excited!

The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou is this year's #CanadaReads winner 🏆🎉 I LOVED this book. It is beautifully crafted and demands time, thought, and attention. In return it offers beauty, magic, and hard fought hope. Highly recommended!

BarbaraBB That seals it. I‘m off to buying it! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ I hope you find as much love in its pages as I did! 2mo
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"... they got mortgages and girlfriends and spoke about their houses as if houses were worlds."

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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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Who else just placed an absolute flurry of holds!?! There were only 4 I couldn't get from libraries, 2 of which aren't (yet) available in Canada. Always excited for the #WomensPrize 🎉🎉🎉

ChaoticMissAdventures Bouncing between the library and Blackwells! I got all of them between the two. I just finished The Wren The Wren this morning, so I feel like I am off at the races! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yep! 8 I‘d never even heard of… Only needed to buy one though. I‘d borrowed 5 from the library already, just in case and I‘ve managed to get the rest on BorrowBox, Everand etc. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain there are a few titles I would have liked to see on the list, but I always love when there are books that I'd never heard of. I've only read one of these before, although a couple have been on my TBR/radar for a while now. 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs @ChaoticMissAdventures I'm trying to avoid spending too get something shipped, but we'll see how it goes! Maybe if something makes the short list and still isn't available here! How was The Wren? 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @TheKidUpstairs it was fine? I expected Enright to be on the list. She has now been on the list 4 times each time 4 years apart! 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024. It was a bit of a conspiracy theory that had me read it before the list! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @ChaoticMissAdventures that's crazy, I didn't realize that! I guess every four years blood sacrifice/ nomination must be made to Enright to avoid the Wrath of the literary gods! Who knew she was so powerful? 🤣 2mo
charl08 Yup, my fingers have been hitting "reserve" on repeat... 2mo
BarbaraBB I will try to read as many as possible. I was able to purchase some for very doable prices! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB I told myself I wasn't going to try and read the whole list this year, and then I couldn't help myself with the holds! We'll see how many I can get through. I ended up starting two of them today, both instantly engaging so it's off to a good start! 2mo
rmaclean4 Womens prize and Booker seasons are the best! I have only read The Wren The Wren so far. I am in the middle of Nightbloom and just started Enter Ghost. 1mo
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The Future | Catherine Leroux
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Day One about to start! #CanadaReads

Tagged was my favourite, but Bad Cree and Denison Avenue area strong contenders!

BarbaraBB Exciting! I want to read the tagged book too! 2mo
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Falling Animals | Sheila Armstrong
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Intricately plotted and brilliantly crafted, Falling Animals starts with a dead body on a beach and uses that catalyst to spiral outwards into a story of connections made and missed, losses incremental and total, grief, love, loneliness, and beauty. An incredibly effective and affecting read.

Tamra I really want to read this one! 2mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book - I hope it makes the Women‘s Prize long list. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain it certainly feels like a Women's Prize book, they seem to long list books that are far more beneath the surface than their descriptions give away. Can't wait for Tuesday's announcement! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Tamra I highly recommend it, hope you like it as much as I did! 2mo
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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"Behind the veil of trees, night's voices shimmered."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Starting this one from the #WomensPrizeNonFiction long list.

squirrelbrain I‘m listening to this (it‘s loooong - about 17 hours I think). I‘m about 1/4 of the way through and really liking it - it‘s very poetic. I think her life may just be starting to get tough. The author reads it herself and I love her voice. 2mo
vivastory I am really interested in this one. What I have heard about it has intrigued me. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I was hoping to listen, but couldn't find the audio to borrow, it seems like the rhythms would work really well on audio. I'm surprised it's that long! The book is only just over 300 pages. 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs @vivastory I've only just started, but she writes beautifully. So far so good! 2mo
squirrelbrain I thought that was weird too, as the book doesn‘t look huge compared to some others on the list. I‘m wondering if there is some bonus material… I‘ll let you know when I get to the end. 2mo
Graywacke @TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I just started listening yesterday 2mo
squirrelbrain @Graywacke - I‘m about 3/4 of the way through on audio - love the author reading it herself. 2mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain quite stunning and beautiful. I‘m only an hour in. 2mo
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca Reilly
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I loved this. Effortlessly funny, thoughtful, and full of so much heart. This glorious, weird, beautifully convoluted family who lead with their hearts with stay with me for a long time.

And kudos to the cover designer. Second book in a row with a simple yet totally perfect cover. 🥰

squirrelbrain Fab book - and I love the cover too! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m nearly finished and I‘m loving it too! Funny, yet poignant. Great review! Also love the cover. 2mo
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca Reilly
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I used to be able to listen to music with lyrics when I was reading, but my focus is stained lately, so I've been turning to instrumental tracks. I always try to pair the music to what I'm reading in some way, and my current read (tagged) needed indie tunes like some instrumental Feist (she is forever a favourite):

https://open.spotify.com/track/5qsQrSxbclGbUUX6YMrZGN?si=T-VWONvnSFOcpw8ihaUGcA

#TuesdayTunes @TieDyeDude

catiewithac I wish they were all instrumentals 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @catiewithac I didn't realize I'd linked to the album rather than just the song. It's One Evening that has a beautiful instrumental piano version. I agree it would be great to have a full instrumental Feist! This is the playlist I usually use for instrumental indie stuff: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1EIdM2lF7d2EwL?si=HElGpa5QSgSuZMESKCNj... 2mo
TieDyeDude I listened to the album; it was nice, I hadn't known of it. I love me some Feist. Thanks for sharing the playlist. I'll definitely check it out 2mo
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So Big | Edna Ferber
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Selina Peake DeJong is such a singularly wonderful character. While the book is named after her son, Dirk 'So Big' DeJong, this is her story, beautifully told. She is a remarkable woman who longs for a life of beauty and adventure, yet finds herself a truck farmer's wife in Illinois. Instead of fading into the monotony of her world, she chooses to bring her ethos and spirit to everyday life and hopes for a remarkable future for her son. Cont'd

TheKidUpstairs This is a (mostly forgotten) classic, that feels almost* entirely modern, and invites you to ponder what it is that makes a life successful and worthy. I loved living in Selina's orbit for a time. (Cont'd) 2mo
TheKidUpstairs *I say almost entirely modern, because this book was written in the 1920s and there are some reflected ideals of the times that are jarringly dated. Particularly the racist attitudes and stereotypes, especially when it comes to Asian people. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs This was another wonderful read from the #AuldLangSpine list @Sapphire put together. Thank you for introducing me to this gem! @monalyisha thank you for another great year of bookish matchmaking. I always discover something new to me that would have otherwise escaped my notice, and my reading life is all the richer for it! 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs P.S: this Library of America edition was the one I read, and I have to say this cover design is absolute perfection. 2mo
Sapphire Oh my gosh, yes that cover is so perfect. Clearly chosen by someone who loved the book. 2mo
quietjenn 💚 cabbages is beautiful 2mo
monalyisha I‘m looking forward to reading this one, too! It sounds so right up my alley. It‘s also good to be forewarned about the bits that don‘t hold up. Thanks for the lovely review, @TheKidUpstairs! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Great review! 2mo
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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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I did get SOME sleep, but the tagged kept me up WAY too late. And occasionally, I would try to go to sleep and found I couldn't stop thinking about the characters, so I'd turn the light back on and read some more!

#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern Yup! If I‘m still thinking about a book, I‘m not getting any sleep so I might as well finish it! Thanks for answering! 2mo
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So Big | Edna Ferber
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"You'd be surprised, Jan, to know of all the things you're going to hear of some day that you've never heard of before."

I absolutely love Selina Peake DeJong. What a wonderful character. Thank you for this #AuldLangSpine recommendation @Sapphire - it's a gem! @monalyisha

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A fascinating look at the world's eight living bear species. Dickie looked at one aspect of the life of each species and used that as a springboard to examine the relationships between bears and human society around the globe. Very effective, engaging, and interesting way to think about our relationship with the natural world.

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My one disappointment was with the audio narration. The narrator had a very engaging tone, but holy mispronunciations, Batman! I mostly caught the mispronounced Canadian place names and terms (pretty sure her pronunciation of the word toque will haunt my dreams), but I would imagine other names and terms that aren't American English were also butchered. (Cont'd)
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TheKidUpstairs And I don't know if it was an author thing or a narrator thing, but she kept using the terms Spectacled Bear and Speckled Bear interchangeably, which was rather confusing. So, I recommend reading over listening! 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh no I have listened to books with mispronounciations of Canadian English including toque and poutine and it was so painful! 2mo
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@TieDyeDude - love the idea for #TuesdayTunes ❤️🎶

These are my most played songs right now:

Brittany Howard - What Now? https://youtu.be/iV7yWoYlDvg?si=NRDABXk3_vASCVP4

Tracy Chapman - Baby Can I Hold You https://youtu.be/DqoLMGSBGYc?si=hd_OGaDSdFBWVOPY

Yola - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road https://youtu.be/dWePiTJcBEw?si=v8MGky5Hxhdv3A7H

Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine? https://youtu.be/VQH8ZTgna3Q?si=qPwQ63_5VvfgcNT7

(Tagging this week's read!)

vivastory I'm 100% here for the Chapman renaissance. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory she deserves all the things. I'm kinda 'meh' on the Luke Combs Fast Car cover (mainly because I think the original is about as close to a perfect song as they come), but I love all the love and attention it's brought to Tracy Chapman. 2mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for sharing. I like Yola's “Diamond Studded Shoes.“ I haven't heard that cover yet. Chapman and Howard are always solid choices! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Hail the revival of Tracy Chapman! I‘ve been loving that album for decades! 2mo
Bookwormjillk I have been listening to Fast Car on repeat since last week. Have loved that song since the 80's. 2mo
merelybookish I saw Yola in concert a few years ago and she was fabulous! 2mo
Billypar I can't wait to listen to Brittany Howard's latest - I think tonight may be the night. And agreed about the Fast Cars cover - it's not a song that can be improved upon. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Billypar I haven't listened to the whole album yet, but the title track hit me hard on first listen, and I can't stop playing it on repeat. I'll get to the rest of the songs soon, I'm sure! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @merelybookish She's amazing. I grew up on Elton John, and I usually hate covers of his songs. His style and voice are so distinctive, that the songs usually lose something in translation and just sound very karaoke-ish. But this one came up at random on a Spotify playlist and just blew me away. She totally makes it her own and brings so much soul and depth to it. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB It's such a fantastic album. Always blows me away that it was her debut. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Bookwormjillk It's just such a good song, eh? I didn't watch the Grammy's, but loved seeing her perform. You could really feel the love in that room, both from and for her. 2mo
merelybookish @TheKidUpstairs She sang Aretha at her concert which is no small feat! 2mo
batsy Agreed on the Fast Car but super pleased with Chapman getting more love 💜 2mo
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Engrossing, engaging, can't put it down fun. With cults and true crime authors. Hallett's books are best to go into knowing as little as possible, and with a healthy suspension of disbelief. Just sit back and enjoy! It was the perfect palate cleaner after a few heavy books about grief.

darklydreaming I‘m intrigued! Nice review 😊 2mo
jlhammar Yes, so fun! Great review! 2mo
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"But just because someone is a born leader, doesn't mean you should follow them."

Can't stop reading. I love Janice Hallett's style of storytelling. So out there and fun.

tpixie Great quote 2mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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“Nothing was different or better and I didn't think I was either, but I didn't mind being alive at the moment.“

On the surface, this is a book about two strangers who come together to free the sea turtles from the London Zoo. But really, that is just a catalyst for a thoughtful story about lonely people discovering their loneliness and perhaps finding a way to be a little less so. A genuine, human, quiet look at connection.

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TheKidUpstairs I initially was drawn to the intriguing combination of NYRB and the author of Bread and Jam for Frances, and found myself totally entranced by the writing very early on. Then I discovered all the Litsy love already out there for this one! I will gladly join the party, it was a delightful book that goes far deeper than its quirky premise would suggest.

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TheKidUpstairs The writing largely feels timeless, but its age shows on occasion. There were a few sections I had some qualms with, particularly some homophobic remarks delivered in a very casual, throwaway manner. And some unnecessary sexualization, coupled with an oddly out of place group therapy experience . These elements felt disconcerting, as a modern reader, in a book that seemed to feel so deeply for those who sort of fade into the woodwork of society. 2mo
Aimeesue Great review! 2mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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“I'll never cease to be amazed by the fact that people uncomfortable in themselves can give comfort to other people.“

This book is so unendingly quotable.

Photo has nothing to do with the book, just the lovely semi-frozen lake out behind my library from today's lunch break

DocBrown Beautiful! Whereabouts? 2mo
batsy It's an excellent book with lots of insight. Loved it. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @DocBrown Lake Scugog in the little town of Port Perry. We're about an hour outside of Toronto 2mo
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Birthday Party | Laurent Mauvignier
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🎵 Look what you just made me do, Look what you made me do 🎶

Total #BlameItOnLitsy stack from the bookstore today!

AmyG Oooooo North Woods! 🙌🏻 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I hope you enjoy Greta and Valdin! It has been my favorite read so far this year. 2mo
Liz_M I just bought The Birthday Party a few days ago. 2mo
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sarahbarnes That‘s a great haul! 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a great haul! 2mo
Tamra I hope you love Birthday Party - it is agonizingly good! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! Great haul!! Currently reading Greta. So good so far! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @AmyG Every review I've seen has been absolutely glowing, and my library doesn't have it! So I just had to get myself a copy :) 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @ChaoticMissAdventures @Chelsea.Poole Greta sounds sooo up my alley. I'm very excited for it. I think it's going to be my next read! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Liz_M @Tamra I've been so intrigued by the Litsy response to that one, I just had to check it out for myself! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB Thanks! It was a happy bookstore day :) I have a friend who works there who let me into their ARC shelves as well, so I brought home a couple that I may have to start with before I can get to these so I can bring them back, but North Woods and Greta and Valdin are definitely priority reads. 2mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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Maybe our constant fear is that a generation of children will come along and say: "This is not a world, this is nothing, there's no way to live at all."

lil1inblue Oof. Excellent quote. 2mo
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I've been living the audio books for non fiction lately, but are there not producers or someone checking pronunciations? This narrator was just talking about Polar Bears in Churchill, "Man-toh-bee-ah" and took me right out of it ?‍♀️?‍♀️?‍♀️

Bookzombie Mispronounced words pull me out of stories too. 3mo
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Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune | Katherine Howe, Anderson Cooper
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Quick and compelling read about the rise and fall of the Astor family. Cooper is an engaging storyteller, presenting a full picture of the storied family - the good, the bad, and the ugly. An intriguing portrait of Gilded Age NYC (and beyond) that looks beyond the glitz and glamour.

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Bad Cree: A Novel | Jessica Johns
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What an awesome group of women. This one has been billed as horror, but I found that the horror elements were secondary to an atmospheric story of a family of women dealing with grief, love, trauma, and finding their way back to each other. There is so much love in this book and this family, the relationships are beautiful and heart felt.

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TheKidUpstairs There are definitely elements of horror, but I found it more eerie and unsettling rather than scare your pants off (which is a good thing, in my books!). The climax is great reading, but I was able to read it in the dark without chickening out 🤣. I'm excited to see what Johns writes next! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs #CanadaReads - there's a strong argument here for the theme of "one book to carry us forward", but anything genre fiction-ish always has an uphill battle and we'll see how well it's defended. There are some strong contenders this year! 3mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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"I don't know whether I can keep going. A turtle doesn't have to decide every morning whether to keep on bothering, it just carries on. Maybe that's why man kills everything: envy."

Gissy Beautiful photo 🐢 I see some turtles when I go swimming in the area of San Juan. I also can see manatee and beautiful fish 🐠 🐟 3mo
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