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TheLudicReader

Joined September 2016

I read for pleasure. theludicreader.com
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Super excited to pick up this book tonight. Students love her novels and so do I.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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So my book club chose The Testaments as our next read...but I had not yet read The Handmaid‘s Tale 🙄
I know, I am a lame Canadian and an even lamer feminist.

Molly_the_mezzo My all time favorite! 7d
cherinium You're not lame. There's just too many good books out there. We all can't read all of them! 🤓 7d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You're not lame at all. ♀️✊🏼 7d
Macnjen It's on my TBR too, don't fret. My daughter is going to read it for college and I feel as if I need to read it too to be able to chat with her about it. I feel lame also but agree with @cherinium that are are too many good books out there and we can't get to all of them!
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TheLudicReader Thank you, @cherinium , @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego & @Macnjen for making me feel better about not having gotten to this one before. Truth be told, I am not a huge Atwood fan. But I appreciated The Handmaid‘s Tale at the end of the day. I don‘t think you are alone, @Molly_the_mezzo 😁 7d
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The old man and the sea | Ernest Hemingway
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#sorrynotsorry. That sign is like crack to a book lover.

Ddzmini 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼📖📚📚📚😋 3w
Melissa_J Chapters? I‘m staying away from my local store this weekend as the last thing I need is more books (and I may have some coming in the mail on Monday) 😂 3w
TheLudicReader Yes, @Melissa_J , Indigo. I didn‘t need more books, either. Sadly, that doesn‘t stop me. Last week it was 30% off for teachers. Ai yi yi. 3w
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The Lost Garden: A Novel | Helen Humphreys
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Day 7. #7days7covers #covercrush
Thanks @Tiffiney for inviting me to play.

lahousewyfe My absolute favorite. 3w
Melissa_J Such a beautiful novel. 3w
TheLudicReader This novel is the reason I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2007. It‘s a beautiful story and Humphreys is one of my favourite authors, @lahousewyfe & @Melissa_J 3w
batsy I love this book 💜 3w
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Still Mine | Amy Stuart
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#sorrynotsorry Took advantage of Indigo‘s 30% off for teachers weekend. Because of course I did. All for my classroom.

Melissa_J Nice! If I were a teacher I‘d be taking advantage of the discount, too 😊 4w
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Master of the Delta | Thomas H. Cook
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A Spell of Winter | Helen Dunmore
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Billy Dead | Lisa Reardon
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
Tag. You‘re it.

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The Banquet | Carolyn Slaughter
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I was tagged by @Tiffiney to play #7covers7days. The only rule is to post book covers without comment, which is so hard to do because I want to tell you about the books. 😕 Alas, I am not allowed. If you haven‘t participated in this, please jump on the wagon.

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#sorrynotsorry
I am back to my book buying ways. Canadian littens of a certain age will recognize the author of the tagged book as the lead singer of April Wine...mega band of the 70s (although perhaps only in Canada.)

LeahBergen I saw April Wine in concert so many times in my teens. 😆😆 1mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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It‘s been an age, Littens. I went back to my classroom on the 26th, and I haven‘t been reading at all. Life, she has been busy. I had to move my daughter from one apt to another over the long weekend. (And that was an adventure, let me tell you. They upgraded (not) my 15‘ Uhaul to a 26‘ Uhaul. 😬) Crazy hurricane weekend here in the Maritimes. And I am frantically reading the tagged book which must be finished for Thursday. 😲

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Winger | Andrew Smith
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I purchased these for my classroom library three years ago. Besides the tagged book, I‘ve read the The Dogs, Rooms & The Dead House. Cool idea, @Lcsmcat #bookhaulchallenge

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Don't You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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I didn't hate Don't You Forget About Me, but I didn't love it either. Georgina and Lucas are reunited 12 years after high school when Georgina gets a job at Lucas's pub. They were in love back in the day - now it appears he doesn't remember Georgina. Or does he? My review caused quite a stir on Twitter. I didn't think it was all that harsh. https://theludicreader.com/2019/08/15/dont-you-forget-about-me-mhairi-mcfarlane/

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#teachersoflitsy just a little back-to-school reading. I finished the tagged book a few days ago. Miller is singing to the choir with that one. Anyone else prepping to go back to class?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 | Joss Whedon, Jordie Bellaire
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I am a total Buffy geek, so even though I stopped reading post-series comics years ago, I had to pick this one up because it starts at the beginning with Buffy in (slightly AU) high school. Makes me want to write fanfic and dig out all my memorabilia. B/A forever.

LoveToReadLiveToRead Me too! I rewatched loads of it on maternity leave a few years ago. I saw the first issue of this comic but haven‘t kept up with it. (edited) 2mo
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Next up, I‘m going to re-read one of my all time favourite books...which I first read probably 45 years ago. Yikes.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

Easy-to-read tale about a psychotherapist who wants to help an artist who has killed her husband. There‘s no question she did it, but no one knows why she did it, and in the six years since she hasn‘t said a single word. Flat characterization is probably my major gripe with this book, but I am probably in the minority. Also, not-a-big-deal twist.

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Peril | Thomas H. Cook
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Added three new Thomas H. Cooks to my collection. Looking forward to reading them. #sorrynotsorry

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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This is a beautiful book for anyone who knows that books and reading are the gifts that just keep giving. I believe all readers should have this book in their collection. My full review can be found at theludicreader.com

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Any other Veronica Mars fans out there? A friend from the Buffy fandom recommended I give this show a go and I‘ve watched the first three seasons and the movie over the last couple weeks. I am three episodes into season 4 and I just had run out and get these books. I haven‘t been this obsessed since my BtVS days. #Logan&Veronica4eva

DeeLew I‘m on episode 7. What did we say about trying to watch one episode at a time?? I can‘t stop 🤣🤣 Imagine if they could bring back Buffy too??? ❤️ 3mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew sadly I don‘t think Angel has aged quite as well as Logan Echolls has. 😁 3mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader so true. Logan has the six-pack going that‘s for sure 😅😉 3mo
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DeeLew @TheLudicReader did you finish the season?? 😭😭😭 3mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew I just finished a few minutes ago and I can‘t even....I inadvertently spoiled myself this morning while writing my review of the books, so I knew it was coming, but I am soooooo sad. 3mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader I accidentally saw a spoiler too and I‘m kind of glad I did. Long time fans are NOT happy. I am incredibly sad about that ending but I‘m even more worried that it will prevent a season 5 from happening. I know that everyone, including Hulu would have been on board to continue but a lot of people say they won‘t watch. We will see. In the meantime I‘m going to start over with season 1. 🙂❤️ 3mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew I am pretty devastated. It just seems cruel. 😢 I am rewatching from the beginning, too. Just a couple episodes into season two. I would watch another season, but I won‘t be happy about it. 😑 3mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader I agree, it was a cruel and unnecessary plot twist. I think when I rewatch that final episode I will stop at the wedding and pretend it ends there. 😭 3mo
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Not quite the emotional gutpunch her first novel Everything I Never Told You was, Ng‘s second novel is still a well-written page-turner that does a deep dive into the relationship between mothers and their children. Loved it. Read my full review at theludicreader.com

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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Currently reading this beauty. A love letter...well a lot of love letters... to reading.

megnews I loved this 3mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3mo
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Out of Sight | Isabelle Grey
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Currently reading and drinking tea out of my new kitty mug. Another perfect summer day.

Lcsmcat Love that mug! 2mo
TheLudicReader Thanks, @Lcsmcat. It was a birthday gift from my daughter. 😁 2mo
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I finished this book in an afternoon. It‘s a common sense guide to figuring out what to do when you‘re not sure you are doing what you want to be doing. I love Debbie Travis. She seems like someone you could have a glass of Prosecco and a good natter with....and you actually can do that at her Tuscan villa.

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Mabel Murple | Sheree Fitch
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Took the road less traveled on the way home (aka got off the four-lane highway), and the old way took us past Sheree Fitch's book store, which is in the middle of nowhere. How exciting that the author herself was there. My kids LOVED her books when they were kids, and I loved reading them. Such an unexpected treat.

Tamra How fun! And I love your dress! 💚 3mo
TheLudicReader It was so beautiful there, @Tamra . And thanks re: the dress. 3mo
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First time visiting Woozles, Canada's oldest children's bookstore. The tagged book was my purchase. #halifax

LeahBergen Fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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I have been wanting to read this for a while and finally picked it up while visiting my daughter in Halifax. #shoplocal

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The Female Persuasion | Meg Wolitzer
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Can‘t say I loved the central characters of Wolitzer‘s novel about what it means to be a woman. The most interesting character arc in the novel actually belonged to a guy. Go figure. Full review at theludicreader.com

TheCuriousHousecat Yeah I‘d agree. There were a lot of stories within the story. Really liked Cory who I think maybe you‘re referring to❤️ 4w
TheLudicReader Yep, @TheCuriousHousecat , it was Cory. Really liked him. 4w
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Photo credit: chaluk
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians.

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Tell Me Lies: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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Summer has officially started for me and the first order of business is to finish these two books. #happysigh

Eggs Gorgeous blooms 4mo
CouronneDhiver Pretty! 4mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Just got home from school on this rainy Friday afternoon (only two more days before the official start of summer vacay). Time to open my West Coast #summersantagoespostal box compliments of @melissajayne . Your box was a total delight. Thank you. And thanks to @BookishMarginalia for organizing.

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
squirrelbrain Love the ‘Cat to be kitten me..‘ notepad! 4mo
melissajayne Glad that you like the gifts. I looked through your profile and that you had gone to France (reason for the erasers and bookmarks) and that you had a cat (notepad influence). Books were chosen from your Litsy TBR. The candy was chosen because it reminded me of my summers as a kid, especially the candy sticks and the bubble tape. (edited) 4mo
monalyisha Saltwater taffy was a GREAT call! 4mo
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Write Across Canada: Mapping the Country in 19 Chapters | Ottawa International Writers Festival, Drew Kennickell
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From the West Coast all the way to the East Coast (well, almost), your #summersantagoespostal package has arrived safe and sound @melissajayne
Looking forward to the 21st!

melissajayne The reason for the paper on the one end is because there is a hole there. Glad it arrived safely. (edited) 4mo
TheLudicReader @melissajayne I also sent my package in a shoe box. Great minds! 4mo
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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My #SummerSantaGoesPostal is on its way. Luckily it doesn‘t have too far to go. @BookishMarginalia thanks for organizing this great event.

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Currently reading.

melissajayne How is it? It‘s on my TBR list. 4mo
TheLudicReader I am only on about page 100, @melissajayne, and about all I can say at this point is that it‘s an easy read. 4mo
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What Has Become of You | Jan Elizabeth Watson
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Not a run-of-the-mill thriller, this novel concerns a high school English teacher, Vera Lundy, who is fascinated by serial killers and a talented but quirky student in one of her classes, Jensen Willard. When another student turns up dead, and Jensen goes missing, Vera‘s life is turned upside down. Readable, suspenseful, and surprising.

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So, this book...I guess I can see why everyone thinks it‘s so good. Louise is the nanny to Myriam and Paul‘s two young children in Paris. She plays games, cooks amazing meals, keeps the apartment spotless, but there is also something...off ...about her. Not in the same way as if this had been written as a North American thriller, though. (If that makes sense.) This slim novel is going for something more and it was just okay for me.

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Thanks to @FantasyChick forthe tag. Sorry I am a day late replying.

1. Some days....nothing.
2. Cleaning the cat litter. But I love my kitty.
3. People ...even though I probably took them for granted. I miss them now.
4. Waitress.
5. My mom always told me when I had to make a difficult decision to weigh the pros and cons.

Tagging some newbies to my Litsy space: @TheCuriousHousecat , @I_Like_Big_Books , @Aseleener

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So, it‘s May 15, but feels more like Feb 15. Brrrr.🥶
I finished A Gentleman in Moscow. 🤨
I am hoping my new book won‘t put me to sleep.😴
Only 16 class days before exams start. 🥳

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Mothers: Stories | Chris Power
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Happy Mother‘s Day! Card was handpainted my daughter, Mallory, who is currently attending art school.
Who is your favourite literary mom?

AmyG It‘s beautiful. Happy Mother‘s Day! 5mo
TheLudicReader It‘s crazy, @AmyG , I have two insanely talented kids and my only talent is snuggling the cat, drinking tea, and buying books. 5mo
AmyG You and I have the same talents. 🤣 5mo
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Agh. I am struggling with this book. Have to finish by Tuesday and I keep falling asleep. I am on page 102. 🙄

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#sorrynotsorry
I did not need to visit the bookstore today; however, 15% of my purchase supports my school‘s safe grad. So, like, what‘s a girl to do?

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Breakheart Hill | Thomas H. Cook
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Despite being prolific and a terrific writer, (no one can twist an ending - believably, not in a wtf?! way - like Cook). Why is he not more mainstream? Why are his books almost impossible to find? I‘ve had to do some serious sleuthing to collect these ones.

Do you have a favourite writer who, in your opinion, doesn‘t get the love they deserve?

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He Said / She Said | Erin Kelly
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Although this thriller was a little long-winded, I am a big fan of Kelly and this is my third outing with her. Spanning 15 years, the novel tells the story of Laura and Kit and the event, at an eclipse festival in Cornwall, that changes their lives forever. Well-written and clever, and definitely a page turner once you hit the the half way point.

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A List of Cages | Robin Roe
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This debut is a must-read. Equal parts heartbreak and heart-warming. When senior Adam discovers freshman Julian at his school, their reunion is awkward at first. Something is clearly up with Julian and it‘s Adam‘s persistent kindness that cracks Julian‘s life open. I loved this book and these characters.

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The End of Always: A Novel | Randi Davenport
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#sorrynotsorry Bookoutlet book haul.
Missing from photo the bottom book 'Nick Drake: Remembered for Awhile' & the top book (tagged).
Am I the only one who can. not. resist. buying. books?

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On the Edge | Allison Van Diepen
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Run-of the-mill YA romance featuring a smokin‘ hot bad boy and bound-for-college good girl who meet and fall madly in love faster than you can say Miami heat....I skim read it and don‘t believe I missed any nuance or character development.

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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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Check out my Easter Book Hunt on my blog theludicreader.com with thanks to The Savvy Reader.
Have a Happy Easter.