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Amie

Amie

Joined September 2016

So many books so little time
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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Excellent middle grade historical fiction about a boy who moves from Alabama to Chicago in 1946 after his mother died. He misses his mother and Alabama and struggles to adjust to city life. He's also bullied at school for being "country." He finds solace and peace at the library where he discovers the work of Langston Hughes after whom he's named.

Eggs Loved this book 💗📚💗 6d
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This new cozy mystery series involves an irresistible combination: mystery + library + Agatha Christie (and other Golden Age mystery authors). The well-written story delivers what you expect from a cozy mystery, and I enjoyed the characters. I will definitely continue this series as new books come out, and I hope to see the main character dive deeper into the collection of mysteries that she curates.

#netgalley #thebodiesinthelibrary

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Hello Girls | Brittany Cavallaro
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The writing is not top notch and the plot is full of holes and implausibilities, but it's a book that you read for the fun ride, not literary merit, so it delivers in that sense.

Eggs Agreed 1w
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Cats of the Louvre | Taiyo Matsumoto
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This was a bit odd but enchanting. The art was beautiful, although I found the human forms of the cats a little weird.

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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#netgalley #MinotaurBooks

Characters are the strong point of this 1st book in a new series. They are complicated, realistic, and sometimes unlikeable but still sympathetic. The first half of the book moved too slowly for me; I need more urgency and suspense. The detectives missed some pretty obvious clues, which I found frustrating. I don't know if authors do this purposely, so the reader feels smart figuring things out, but I find it annoying.

Slajaunie It is very annoying. We are not stupid. 3w
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Cute story that will put you in the mood for fall🎃🍁

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I loved this, even though contemporary rom coms are not my thing. I liked that it didn't feel like the story was about the quirky loner main character needing fixed, which is a problem I have with some books with similar characters. She is portrayed as someone who likes being alone, but still has a full life, including friends. In the end everything came together in a way that allowed her to still be herself.

kspenmoll This book was a fun read for me too! 4w
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The Devil's Slave | Tracy Borman
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Book 2 in the Frances Gorges trilogy. Full of plotting and intrigue in King James I's court. I don't think I would have enjoyed the suspense of the ending as much if I had been more familiar with the historical details.

#netgalley

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I spent most of the day decorating cookies and listening to this audiobook.

Tamra You are talented! 2mo
Megabooks So cute! 2mo
TheSpineView Pretty and look yummy! 2mo
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Eyelit They look great!! 2mo
kspenmoll Yum!!! 2mo
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This was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that I lost track of who everyone was. I needed a family tree to refer to while I was listening.

Crazeedi This sounds like a great read! 2mo
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I'm struggling to read this book. It's for book club, plus it's such a well-regarded book, otherwise I would not hesitate to bail. I'm only on p.37 and feel like nothing about it is compelling me to continue. Can anyone who has read it convince me that it's worth sticking with?

brilliantglow I finished it last year or the year before that but I thought overall it was disappointing. It had some good characters and some interesting plots but I didn't really enjoy the writing. 2mo
KatieDid927 For me, it was worth it to power through. Once I just let go and went along for the ride I ended up really enjoying it, but I can see how it just doesn‘t click with some people. 2mo
audraelizabeth I listened to it earlier this year and had 3 hours left and could not force myself to finish. 2mo
Tiltedwhirled I read it a couple of years ago and I‘m certain that I didn‘t understand it. 2mo
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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This book deals with the accidental shooting death of a child by a neighbor/relative and the aftermath for the two families involved, so it is not easy subject matter to read about/listen to. I liked this more than The Round House, which is the only other book of Erdrich's that I've read, but I think it's because I listened to the audio of this one. If I read more Erdrich, audiobook will be the format.

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Mehso-so

This was a light, entertaining, easy read, which is what I expect from this series. The mystery got started far too late in the book, and sometimes it feels like the main characters don't learn or change much, which gets a little old. I missed some of the usual fun side characters, but this had an interesting setting.

Tove_Reads I enjoyed her other two series, but didn‘t really get into this one. 2mo
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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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This retelling of Cinderella was amazing! I loved every bit of it.

monogamist_reader This is on my TBR, and i cant wait to give it a go. 2mo
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The author, who is the editor of a very small Iowa newspaper, won a Pulitzer for editorial writing, and the book caught my attention because my mom grew up in this area of Iowa, but his writing style with the folksy tone and sentence fragments is killing me and I don't know if I can get through this book 😬

Smrloomis 🙄😕 Ugh, I don‘t think I could finish that! 3mo
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The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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McHugh has a talent for portraying small, dying Midwestern towns as grim and a bit sinister, while capturing the humanity of the people who live there. The story felt a bit tepid, though and the suspense could have been been turned up a notch or two in the first 2/3, but not bad overall.
#librarything #earlyreviewers

Amie The descriptions of a small town/rural/farming community felt authentic to me, as someone who grew up in that type of community (except using the terms grain bin and silo interchangeably - those are two different things in my lexicon) 3mo
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Milady | Laura L. Sullivan
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This is the story of Milady de Winter, nemesis of D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers. It's been a long time since I read The Three Musketeers and I don't remember much from it, but I still enjoyed this book completely.

On a side note, this style of cover seems to be a new trend, and I don't find it appealing at all. I can't quite figure out what I don't like about it, but I know I don't like it. But the book was good!

Sace I would like to see people with their heads. Not just torsos. 3mo
Centique I agree with you about the cover. Merging two high colour images together just looks kinda tacky. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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This novel is about a young Appalachian pack horse librarian in 1930s Kentucky who also has a genetic condition that causes her skin to be blue (a real condition that affected a real Appalachian family). This young woman had to endure so much grief and sorrow, but the book did end on a hopeful note.

Crazeedi I tried to start this and put it down, glad to hear you liked, I should revisit it 3mo
ReadingisMyPassion Eager to read this one. 1mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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The cat and I are spending a lazy day reading. I read this a long time ago and remember next to nothing about it, and now I'm reading it for book club. I'm about halfway done. It's an excellent book so far.

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Hardly Knew Her | Laura Lippman
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A collection of short stories featuring many unlikeable characters and the darker side of suburbia and domestic life. Lippman has a talent for making a story zig when you think it's going to zag.

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I gave this until about 10% and decided it wasn't for me, so moving on. #netgalley

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A Killing in the Hills | Julia Keller
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I'm giving this a pick because I liked it in spite quite a few flaws. I think it's the tone and setting that I liked, and I was engrossed in the story even though the mystery was pretty weak. If you read it, be prepared to skim a bit when it gets too wordy and overdoes the similes. Also be prepared to feel depressed at the end. I'm really selling this one, aren't I?

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Women's Atlas | Joni Seager
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Enlightening but depressing.

Megabooks W.T.F.! 🤬 4mo
Avanders 🙍🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🙇🏽‍♀️ 4mo
IndoorDame Some states in the US have really upsetting laws and statistics on child marriage and for some reason NO ONE talks about it! (edited) 4mo
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Amie @Megabooks that was exactly my reaction to this 4mo
Amie @IndoorDame yes. This is upsetting and needs to be fixed. 4mo
IndoorDame @amie added this title to my tbr. don't know that it's likely to provide insights into what we can do as individuals, but it might generate ideas 4mo
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Fascinating.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Fabulous characters, lively writing, excellent setting, but not enough plot. I enjoyed it up to a point but then it failed to keep my interest. #netgalley

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Maybe I just didn't have a deep enough interest in the subject matter to really get into this book, but I found it rather boring and bogged down in minutiae. It is interesting to consider that Wallis was not solely responsible for the situation and maybe wasn't the manipulative schemer that she is usually portrayed as, but ultimately, I couldn't find much sympathy for either party in the affair. #netgalley

Reviewsbylola I‘m definitely interested in this one! Maybe not enough for an entire book but an article for sure. 😆 4mo
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The Right Sort of Man | Allison Montclair
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A fantastic start to a new historical mystery series. I liked the witty, clever main characters and will be interested to see how the friendship develops between this mismatched pair.

Crazeedi I *may* have to start another series 😉 4mo
Amie @Crazeedi I can't resist historical mysteries like this 😄 4mo
Lillie Yes! Loved the interaction between Gwen and Iris. Loved how different they were from each other and their friendship worked for them. Loved how they took the mystery on. Lovely new cozy mystery series. Can't wait till their next outing. 4mo
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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I enjoyed this book for the most part & always like Williams' writing style, but there are a couple of things about her books in general that are getting tiresome for me. The alternating timeline trend is getting really old & gimmicky for me. Also too much "I love you so I have to have your babies!" in her books especially in this one where it was dangerous & life-threatening for the character to have babies. Also some loose ends not tied up.

Crazeedi I'm looking forward to reading, but I get tired of same old same old writing from an author, that's too bad 4mo
Amie @Crazeedi sometimes I like it because then I know what to expect from that author and if that's what I'm in the mood for I know to pick up their book. I think I need to recalibrate my expectations of this author and accept that I'm not going to love all her books like I used to. I'm sure there are readers who love the things that I disliked about this book. 4mo
Crazeedi @amie well I really enjoyed the first 3 I read of hers, but the last one (cant remember name)left me a bit disappointed 4mo
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Hollie I get annoyed when all books that have a romance element end in a pregnancy. Ugh. 4mo
Amie @Hollie Agreed. I'm realizing that this is a thing with this author and her characters almost always end up pregnant. 4mo
ReadingisMyPassion I could not get into this one. I usually love her books. 1mo
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I learned about some people in Ohio's history that I didn't know about (in spite of living in Ohio my whole life), but this book doesn't really add anything to our understanding of history. For the most part, it's the same old same old white men and manifest destiny that was in all our history books growing up.

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I read this looking for anything that I could use with the after school kids I work with at the library. It's an interesting book, but there's not much that would work in my particular program. I would love to be a 6th grader in the author's reading class!

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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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I decided that it's a good time to start reading The Real Wallis Simpson because she is also a character in another book I'm currently reading: The Golden Hour.

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What You Want to See | Kristen Lepionka
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I found lots of good Kindle daily deals and monthly deals today. There are two more monthly deals that I want but I'll wait a week or two on those.

Cailey_Mac Ooooo💕📖 5mo
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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#bookmail from @WilliamMorrowBooks just in time for weekend reading! Looks great next to all my other Beatriz Williams books!

SilversReviews Love Beatriz Williams....what a GREAT photo. 5mo
Amie @SilversReviews Thanks! 5mo
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The Prague Sonata | Bradford Morrow
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This was rather disappointing. The story could have been interesting but it dragged on far too long and character development was lacking. I don't know much about Prague, so it was interesting to learn about the city and its history.

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This was interesting. I learned about women I had never heard of. I like that these women are presented with all their complications, even if that means that they don't fit our contemporary ideas of feminist icons. I could have done without the author's commentary on her feelings about each woman at the end of each chapter, but otherwise it was a worthwhile listen.

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I really liked this mystery. The main character is Roxane, a female PI in Columbus, OH, and she takes a job trying to locate a witness in order to free a man who's scheduled to be executed for a murder he didn't commit. It reminded me a little of the Kinsey Millhone series, but a little darker. Still a quick, easy read, though. I will continue reading this series, although there's only 1 or 2 more books so far.

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Starting a new book and have to say I'm intrigued by this introduction to the main character, who is a PI. It's a local author and setting, which is also interesting. So far, I'm getting Kinsey Millhone vibes, which is a compliment.

rretzler The large print reminds me of my mother and the Kindle I got her. She claims that because she turns the pages faster since there are so few words on the page that she is reading the book faster. 😂 (Somehow in looking at what I wrote it doesn‘t seem as funny as it does when she says it.) 🤣 5mo
rubyslippersreads This looks interesting. 5mo
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I enjoyed this book for the most part, especially certain parts of the ending, but the first half dragged a bit and the emotional connections between characters were not developed enough for me to really feel invested in them.

#librarythingearlyreviewers

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The View from Saturday | E.L. Konigsburg
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I like how Konigsburg writes her characters, but there is quite a bit in this book that would not be considered pc today and was downright cringe-worthy at times. Like the kids' academic bowl team using a noose as their victory symbol, which made sense (I guess?) in context and was not being used in a racist way, but wow that is seriously tone deaf and inappropriate.

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Yikes, a pretty significant error on the flap... This story is taking place in 1854 not 1954! At first I thought maybe it alternates between 1854 and 1954, but it alternates between 1854 and 1812. I got this in a giveaway so hopefully the copies for sale will have a corrected dust jacket 😳

But all that aside, I've enjoyed 3 chapters so far.

callielafleur Wow, that's crazy! 5mo
Birdsong28 @julesG Look at this 🤦🤷🙆 5mo
julesG @Birdsong28 Gaaaaaah! 🙈🙈🙈 5mo
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I'm thrilled with this #bookmail from @WilliamMorrowBooks ! I won The Summer Country from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and was expecting an arc, but they sent a finished hardcover and it's gorgeous! And I'm always excited for a Beatriz Williams book!

tpixie Great covers! Congrats! 🎈🎉 🥳📚 5mo
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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I'm taking a vacation day from work today and I already completed the one task that I needed to - getting a car tire fixed. It's rainy and dreary so I decided to crawl back into bed and read the rest of the day. The cat seems to approve of this plan. 😸📚🌧️

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This book was very well done for the most part, although I felt that the ending dragged on longer than necessary. #netgalley #arc

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Buried In a Bog | Sheila Connolly
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There wasn't much mystery in this first book in the County Cork series, but I enjoyed the setting of Ireland, and I also liked that the main character had a background that's a little more gritty than in some cozy mysteries. I'll probably try more books in this series.

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Meet Me in Monaco | Hazel Gaynor
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#arc #netgalley
If you are looking for a light, romantic summer read, this comes out in July. Two people meet due to an encounter with Grace Kelly during her visit to Cannes for the film festival, which is also when she meets her husband Prince Rainier.

I read it in a day and really enjoyed it, especially the slightly unconventional ending. I also love the gorgeous cover.

ReadingisMyPassion I loved this book. I had a very successful giveaway on my page just before it released. The prize was this book and a coffee table type book of Princess Grace's Hollywood years. 1mo
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I started this ARC on Monday and am only about 1/3 of the way into it but it is SO GOOD! I hope the rest of it is just as good as the first part.

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I listened (via Hoopla) to two books this week about women in Hollywood history and enjoyed both.

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Tightrope | Amanda Quick
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Another entertaining installment in the Burning Cove series. I really enjoy the 1930s Hollywood-adjacent setting. Plus the gorgeous cover!

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Death Prefers Blondes | Caleb Roehrig
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Margo Manning is a wealthy teen socialite leading a crew of teen drag queens who commit elaborate heists. Margo reminds a lot of Veronica Mars. FYI, lots of sexy times in this one.

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ARC from publisher via #netgalley.

This started a little slow for me and was a little choppy with all the different perspectives, but once I figured out the how the structure was built on those perspectives I appreciated it more. The story wasn't suspenseful or a thriller but there's murder and mystery and a look at 1966 Baltimore and its people. Fans of Lippman's Tess Monaghan series will recognize some characters.

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