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amie

amie

Joined September 2016

So many books so little time
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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! 2d
Birdsong28 @julesG Look at this 🤦🤷🙆 2d
julesG @Birdsong28 Gaaaaaah! 🙈🙈🙈 2d
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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! 🎈🎉 🥳📚 2d
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Pötzsch, 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.

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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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I'm enjoying Laura Lippman's next book.

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Alex, Approximately | Jenn Bennett
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This was a cute teen romance, and I liked the classic movie angle. The THING that the main characters don't figure out until near the end was super obvious and it was kind of frustrating that they were so blind to it, but maybe that's part of the fun for some readers (especially those in the target age group).

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Hotel Dare | Terry Blas
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Mehso-so

Great characters, art, and message about family. Fun story but the different worlds didn't make sense to me.

I won an advance copy from the publisher in a giveaway.

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The Curse of Oak Island | Randall Sullivan
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The cat and I are enjoying some nonfiction this morning.

Erofan 📚😻 2mo
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Murder on Black Swan Lane | Andrea Penrose
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This historical mystery was so good! Can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

Crazeedi I was gifted this by a sweet litten, cant wait to read! 2mo
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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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Kept me guessing right up to the end!

rretzler Christie has been a favorite of mine for many, many years! 2mo
amie @rretzler I've only really started reading Christie in the past few years, but she has become a favorite quickly! 2mo
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I loved playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego on my family's Apple computer in the 80s, so I had to read this just for the sake of nostalgia. It's a fun adventure story for middle grades that gives us Carmen's origin story.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I saw this and thought of you!!! 3mo
wanderinglynn I watched the Netflix adaptation and really enjoyed it. Now I‘ll have to go back & read the book. 👍🏻 3mo
wordzie 😎 2mo
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The Ruby in the Smoke | Philip Pullman
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#currentlyreading

I'm having a terrible reading slump and haven't read as many books this month as I normally would, so I haven't been posting much. These are all the books I'm currently trying to read. I'm hoping to break out of the slump soon!

wordzie 😍👍 3mo
mcipher I love the tagged book so much - one of my all-time favorites and such a comfort read for me. I hope you get out of your slump soon! 3mo
batsy I hope The Ruby in the Smoke helps! I enjoyed that one a lot. 3mo
amie @mcipher @batsy I'm enjoying that one the most out of the bunch 3mo
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Louisiana's Way Home | Kate DiCamillo
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"I said, 'What is that smell?' ... He said, ' That's cake, darling.' I liked that answer very much. I think that 'cake' is a very good word in general and that people should use it as an answer to questions more often."

Cake is always the right answer ??

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Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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Mia is a bold, idealistic, kind-hearted 5th-grader who immigrated to the US from China with her parents in the 1990s. They struggle to survive in their new country and end up managing a motel owned by a tyrant. This book expresses so much about the immigrant experience, family, and the human condition in general. It will touch your heart, make you smile, and maybe cause you to shed a few tears.

batsy And this cover is so great 🧡 4mo
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Flavia is as entertaining as always in her latest adventure.

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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Max Hayward, Manya Harari
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Snow day! My current read is appropriate for the occasion ❄️

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Secrets of Winterhouse | Ben Guterson
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Book 2 in the Winterhouse series. A middle grade book that is perfect for a winter day.

TheBookAddict What‘s the title of the first book in the series? 4mo
TheBookAddict @amie 😆 now I feel silly for asking... 4mo
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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Book 4 in the Veronica Speedwell series. Every book in this series has been entertaining.

BookHoarder32 ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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This is how I've been spending my snow day that so far has actually been a rain day.

So far I'm not really enjoying this book. Trying to decide if I should bail.

SailorMoon When I really can't enjoy a book at all, I bail on it without regrets... I mean, you could be spending the time you are "wasting" on it (although is it ever reading a waste of time?!) by reading something more useful or that you can enjoy more! Give it maybe a few more chapters and then decide... but no regrets! ;) 4mo
HOTPock3tt Omg that‘s one of my most anticipated upcoming reads! 😵 sad to hear you are not personally enjoying it. I do bail on books... I only continue it it‘s something I REALLY wanted To read:.. (edited) 4mo
amie @Hufflepuff16 @HOTPock3tt I bail on books all the time. I was really looking forward to this book and want to love it, plus it's an ARC that I got from Library Thing so I feel a little guilty bailing. 4mo
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Melissa_J Have you read any of Quinn‘s other books? I have this pre-ordered, but am a big fan of Quinn‘s. Mind you, I prefer her novels set in Ancient Rome to the WWII novel I read last year (the name of which has totally escaped me at the moment!). 4mo
amie @Melissa_J I read The Alice Network and liked it but didn't love it. I started Mistress of Rome once but just wasn't in the right mood for it but have always intended to go back to it. So either this author is not for me or I'm in a bit of a reading slump, or maybe both. 4mo
CaroPi I also read last year The Alice Network and it was ok. And I love historical fiction. I will say is my favorite genre. But no all the books and authors are for everyone. Do not feel bad for bailing. I try to do it more often 4mo
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I very much disliked how the author invented conversations, experiences, and inner thoughts for other people that she couldn't have possibly known, unless the person kept a detailed journal, but there was no mention of such sources. This is fairly common in memoirs and creative nonfiction and is one of the reasons I stay away from most memoirs. I want "Just the facts, ma'am" in the nonfiction that I read.

Sills @amie hmmmmI thought the author referred to the diaries and journals from her ailing mother and grandmother as well as the oral history passed to her by her mother. I need to check that out again🤔 4mo
amie @Sills in the intro she said she relied on her memories and her mother's memories. If there were diaries, they were not mentioned until beyond the point where I read. Even so, it sounded more like a novel then nonfiction to me. 4mo
Sills Good to know thx👍 4mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Max Hayward, Manya Harari
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Starting this today for my book club. We're reading it over the next 2 months. It's a good selection for winter. I listened to the audiobook several years ago and have watched the movie a couple of times, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it in print.

Crazeedi Oh I fell in love with this book when I read many years ago, and the movie too...so sad so beautiful, so Russian, took the language in high school and have been fascinated ever since 4mo
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Scandal Above Stairs | Jennifer Ashley
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I enjoyed book 2 in this cozy historical mystery series. There's just a little bit of romance, too, which is just the amount that I can handle, and it's done in a way that doesn't make me roll my eyes.

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Starting this today. I got it from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Crazeedi I'm curious to hear if you liked this! 5mo
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I re-read this 4-book series over the past week or so. When I read these previously, too much time had passed between reading each book for me to remember what happened in the previous one, so I wanted to read them back to back. Book 4 is not quite as good as the first 3. Theodosia is an entertaining character.

batsy I really enjoyed these books, but it's been awhile since I read them :) 5mo
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#bookmail My Book Outlet Boxing Day sale order has arrived! Now I have to find somewhere to put them ... 📚

Crazeedi Great problem to have! 5mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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Audio was not the right choice for this one. I didn't like the narrator and there was too much going on in the story for me to absorb while listening. But it was a good story, so I'm giving it a pick. I'm debating whether I should re-read it in print.

MellieAntoinette Yes! Read it I print! ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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Limelight | Emily Organ
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A good historical mystery set in Victorian London, featuring an independent woman who is a journalist who teams up with a police inspector to solve the murder of a woman who was thought to have already been dead for 5 years. I liked how the author wove historical topics, like women's dress reform and bicycle riding, into the story.

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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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Calories don't count at the holidays, right? Enjoying this book with hot chocolate and enjoying a week off work 😊

Karkar That hot chocolate looks awesome 5mo
Reviewsbylola Jealous, it looks yummy! 5mo
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As a devoted fan of Longworth's podcast "You Must Remember This," I was eager to read this book and was not disappointed. The writing is accessible to any casual fan of Hollywood history, although the length of the book and depth of detail requires a deeper interest level. The book is factual and not sensationalized. I found every bit of it fascinating.

I received this advance copy from Library Thing Early Reviewers.

Amiable Oh, I like that podcast, too! I loved the season about the Manson Family. 5mo
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Murder for Christmas | Francis Duncan
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A nice cozy Christmas mystery. It was slow-paced but short, and I liked how the author described scenes and characters.

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Christmas Eve bookmail (and calendar). My Library Thing Early Reviewers copy of The Huntress happened to arrive today along with a little Christmas present for myself.

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Murder for Christmas | Francis Duncan
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Christmas reading 🎄 I have low expectations of this based on reviews, but I'll give it a try and see if I enjoy the setting if not the mystery.

Booksnchill I enjoyed it 5mo
Tamra I am 80% in and enjoying it! 5mo
amie @Booksnchill @Tamra I've read 2 chapters and like it so far 5mo
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Nothing really Earth-shattering in this book, but you get to laugh while reading/hearing about the same old bs that women have to put up with. And bonus points for the cover - it's the best!

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I wasn't sure what I would think if this book because it's not a time period that I read about typically, but I really liked it. #audiobook

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My Lazy Cat | Christine Roussey
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Lazy Sunday with the cat and a book 😻

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I thoroughly enjoyed this Nancy Drew parody!

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I didn't get a chance to read this for#mgbuddyread but this is my copy from when I was a kid. It's part of a box set of Judy Blume books.

Lmstraubie I love that you still have it!!! We missed you 5mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Very good. I listened to the audiobook, which I enjoyed, but I want to buy a print copy and reread it someday.

TrishB @Reggie was convincing us all about this one the other day! 6mo
amie @TrishB he was right! 6mo
Reggie So going into that last maybe 5th of the book I was thinking maybe she didn‘t need it, but then I finished and it becomes absolutely necessary. Just because you‘re out of danger doesn‘t mean your past totally leaves you. I loved this book. And Chula. And Petrona. 5mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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This got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I ended up loving it. It's heart warming and hopeful.

Crazeedi I truly enjoyed this book 6mo
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Don't underestimate an elderly lady! (And don't get on her bad side).

A short collection of 5 stories about a sharp elderly lady who eliminates the terrible people interfering in her life.

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This is such a fun series. I hope there will be more books in it.

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Naughty on Ice | Maia Chance
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Lola and Berta are somewhat inept at detecting, but they are always entertaining! I enjoyed the festive, wintry setting - it had the feel of a classic movie.

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This seems like an appropriate choice after eating all the yummy Thanksgiving food today 🍗🥧 Thanks #Hoopla

ChasingOm 😂 6mo
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