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candority

Joined May 2017

I fall in love with words, and hope they fall in love with me as well 🇨🇦
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Hideaway by Nicole Lundrigan
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Before I moved, I did a bit of a book #unhaul by donating books to my local library and selling a few to an independent used bookstore. Most of them I read and enjoyed, but I won‘t read them again and would rather someone else enjoy them. A couple of them I didn‘t read, but have lost interest in (I can always get them from the library if my interest is renewed).

MrBook #NiceStack! Wait, you just moved too? 2w
LauraJ Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎈🎂 2w
candority @LauraJ Thank you! 🎉 2w
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This book has 5-star material, but a 1-star execution. As a self-proclaimed environmentalist, I had such high hopes for this book, but I was disappointed. The information is vitally important and necessary, and is scarier than any horror novel, but I wish it was presented differently. The writing was so dry and repetitive, I hated Wallace-Wells‘ condescending tone, and the information was overly panic-inducing without offering concrete solutions.

RamsFan1963 Interesting. I had the exact opposite reaction. I found it very chilling but enlightening. I didn't find it dry or repetitive. Different strokes for different folks I guess. 2w
candority @RamsFan1963 It seems like the vast majority of people love it - which is fantastic because it does have such an important message! I‘m glad you enjoyed it 😊 2w
MrBook Great review! (edited) 2w
candority Thank you @MrBook! 2w
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April Wrap Up!

I read 11 books in April (4 physical, 5 ebooks, 2 audiobooks). My favourite was Red River Girl.

Now that I‘ve started school again, my monthly reading will definitely drop. I‘m hoping to read ~5 books in May.

#AprilWrapUp #AprilStats

Addison_Reads Great job 🎉 I just started My Lovely Wife for my local library's bookclub. 2w
LiteraryinLititz Looks like a great bunch! I loved Magpie Murders. 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! 📖💖 2w
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candority @Addison_Reads Thank you! I really liked it and I hope you do too! 😊 2w
candority @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! It was such a great concept! 2w
readordierachel Good month! I'm so curious about My Lovely Wife. The library wait is forever. 2w
candority @readordierachel Thanks! It was a solid 4-star read for me! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get ahold of it! 2w
Erofan Wow! Good job! 👍 2w
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The last lecture | Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
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Hi everyone! I‘m sorry I‘ve been MIA for the last week, but I have exciting news! I just moved to a new city to start my Master of Library and Information Science degree! I had my orientation today and I think it will be a great program with a good bunch of people 🤗

I‘m obviously going to be busy with school for the foreseeable future, so I only brought a few books (and my Kobo) with me. I can‘t wait to start this next chapter of my life 👩‍🏫

SW-T Congrats! Hope all goes well. Sounds like exciting times ahead 😊 2w
TheLibrarian Congrats and good luck!! 2w
wanderinglynn Congrats! 2w
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AmyG Good luck! Wishing you much success. 2w
mreads Congratulations! And I love the bookends😍 2w
wordslinger42 Congratulations! Praying your studies go well! 💜 2w
WhatWouldJaneDo Congratulations! Also those are wonderful bookends. 2w
janeycanuck Congrats! Hope you enjoy your studies 🙂 2w
Clwojick Congratulations! And I LOVEEEEE the whale bookends. 😍😍😍 2w
Reggie Woohoo!!! Congrats & Good luck!!! 2w
TheSpineView All the best! 2w
Eyelit How exciting - congrats!! 🎉 2w
Suet624 Congratulations! 2w
ClairesReads Congrats! I love your book ends 😍 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats and best wishes! 2w
minkyb Best of luck! 2w
Crazeedi Congrats! I would get my masters in that if I were a bit younger, good luck, enjoy every minute of the hard work ahead!! 2w
candority @Crazeedi Thank you so much! You‘re never too old to pursue a dream! There are lots of older people in the program! 2w
sudi Congratulations and good luck 😊 2w
Kalalalatja Best of luck to you! 2w
candority Thank you @sudi and @Kalalalatja 😊💕 2w
MrBook Ah haaaah, my patience in scrolling paid off 😆! Love your endeavor! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You‘re going to make this world an even better place than you‘ve already made it. 😎🙌🏻 2w
candority @MrBook Ahaha I was just going to reply to your other comment, then I read this one! Thank you, that‘s so sweet 😊😭 2w
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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I seem to be in the minority when it comes to this book, but it just didn‘t grab me. I should have loved it, as I love novels/memoirs in verse and short snapshots/vignettes of a life – yet these factors did not work well together in Brown Girl Dreaming. I listened to this on audio, so perhaps the format choice impacted my enjoyment, but overall, I was bored and struggled to finish the book.

SW-T I read it instead of doing audio. The narrator and their narration can really influence your enjoyment, even if it‘s the author or a favorite actor. 4w
candority @SW-T I probably should have read it as well. The audiobook was read by the author, but unfortunately she didn‘t bring much life to the story. 4w
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The Perfect Nanny was marketed as a thriller, but it read more like a character study. From the opening chapter, we know what crime was committed and who committed it, so we spend the rest of the book trying to figure out why and how it happened. This book had so much potential, but it lacked tension and anything interesting to keep me engaged. I was going to DNF, but I decided to find out what happens… then I got to the end, and NOTHING HAPPENS.

Zelma That is the worst! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Well dang!!! 1mo
Naj Thank you for telling me that nothing happens, I bailed on this. 1mo
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candority @Naj You didn‘t miss a thing! I wish I bailed too! 1mo
BooknerdsLife Oh no! I just checked this out from my library! But we have a different title here in Australia 😩🤔 4w
candority @BooknerdsLife Lots of people loved it - hopefully you do too! 🤞 I heard that there were two different titles for this one. I always hate when they do that! 4w
BooknerdsLife @candority I hope so too...but TBH, being a mom, this topic is a little out of my comfort zone. IKR! Why do they do that? And I found that it‘s usually the US edition that change the title? Why? 🤔 4w
candority @BooknerdsLife Yeah, it might be difficult to read 😕 It was uncomfortable for me at times, but at least it isn‘t graphic! I think they change the title based on what‘s popular in that country/region and what will have a better chance of selling? Not sure though 🤔 4w
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Red River Girl tells the tragic true story of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old Indigenous girl whose body was found in Winnipeg‘s Red River on August 17, 2014. As a true crime book, Red River Girl focuses primarily on the murder investigation, but it also provides a glimpse into Tina‘s short life and broader Indigenous issues in Canada. It is well-written, well-research, and compelling, and I highly recommend it. Full review: bit.ly/2VeKWmQ #NetGalley

Kaye On my preorders ! 1mo
candority @kaye Woo! I look forward to reading your review 😊 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Have you ever read a book that you simultaneously enjoyed and disliked? That was my experience with Normal People. I was so frustrated with Marianne and Connell‘s on-again, off-again relationship, yet I also applaud Rooney for capturing the constant miscommunication, insecurity, and unnecessary breakups so genuinely, as it is reflective of many real-life relationships. I loved the writing style though! 3.5 ⭐️ #NetGalley Link to full review ⬇️

candority Full review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2770182107 (I couldn‘t decide if this should be a Pick or a So-So!) 1mo
tholmz Exactly how I felt. Well said. 4w
candority @tholmz Thank you! It‘s too bad we didn‘t enjoy it more! 4w
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BooknerdsLife Great review! 🙌🏼💓 I‘ve only started this book but just couldn‘t get into it and somehow I can foresee the pattern of how it‘s going to be...Plus I struggle to relate to the characters ...maybe I‘m too old for this...it reminds me of some YA contemporary 🙈🤔 4w
candority Thank you @BooknerdsLife 💞 That‘s totally fair! The pattern is definitely predictable from the start, and I agree that it reads more like YA (although more explicit than YA would be). I‘m the same age as the characters and couldn‘t related to them, so who knows if it‘s an age thing or just a personal experience/preference thing. Are you going to continue reading it? 4w
BooknerdsLife @candority You‘re welcome 💖 And glad to know it might not be the age thing 😂 I think I will put it aside for now til I‘m in the right mood to tackle it again. Too many books & too little time for books I can‘t get into! But who knows, maybe I‘ll enjoy it more later 🤷🏻‍♀️ #ProblemOfAMoodReader 4w
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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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I listened to this on audio, and unfortunately, I think that may have reduced my enjoyment. I have seen from other reviews that the book is structured in short vignettes, but the break between these vignettes was lost in the audiobook, which often left me confused and made the whole book feel piecemeal. While I found many parts interesting, I was expecting more depth in the exploration of Thandi‘s grief and relationships. I was underwhelmed.

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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3.5 stars ⭐️ Magpie Murders is really two books in one: a contemporary mystery and a whodunnit mystery set in the mid-1950s. The whodunnit mystery felt like a love letter to the genre and was very well done, but the contemporary mystery felt strained and convoluted. The concept and structure of this book is clever, but unfortunately, the execution was a bit long-winded for my taste. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterM

hlgreenfield I think I gave this one 4/5, but I do agree that the execution was somewhat lacking! The premise promised better than the actual result, but the old school mystery was such a homage to so many of my favourite books that I ended up loving it! 1mo
candority @hlgreenfield I don‘t read many whodunnits, but that part of the book sparked my interest in the genre! I can see why you enjoyed it! 1mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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My Lovely Wife is a wild ride, full of small secrets and twists that lead to a fantastic ending that I did not see coming! Clever and well-written, this is a fantastic thriller and impressive debut! Even if you‘re growing tired of the domestic/psychological thriller genre, make an exception for this one. Full review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2753637138
If you‘ve read the book, check my spoiler in the comments. I‘d love to hear your thoughts!

candority I was a bit uncomfortable with Downing‘s choice to have Tobias/Quentin pretend to be deaf in order to appear vulnerable and play on women‘s morals. I am deaf in one ear, and while I have not experienced the challenges that fully deaf people go through every day, I can easily imagine how difficult it is. I understand that pretending to be deaf was part of his “disguise” but I‘m not sure that it was the most appropriate choice. Thoughts? 1mo
JennyM I‘m about halfway through and it‘s really good. I was growing tired of thrillers, but this one is different, and fresh! 1mo
Amaryie I actually did not like this book at all. Was so disappointed because I heard such great things and read praising reviews. Agree that the choice to pretend to be deaf was not appropriate. I don‘t see how it added anything extra to the story, or was necessary. But, I literally hate read this book. I know, unpopular opinion! 1mo
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candority @JennyM Exactly! I hope you enjoy the rest of it! 1mo
candority @Amaryie I totally respect that! And those were my feelings too, it was totally unnecessary. I‘d love to know what else you didn‘t like! 1mo
julesG I understand that you feel like this was an unnecessary plot device, the deafness, however should someone ever come looking for Tobias, they'd be looking for a deaf person. It's a very distinguishing element. He could have worn one tinted contact lens though. Would be a remarkable feature, too. Still, the deafness gave him the advantage of never having to answer a phone call, for example. 1mo
candority @julesG That‘s all very true. It is a clever disguise, and while I was a bit uncomfortable with it, it didn‘t have a significant impact on my overall enjoyment of the book. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint - it helped illuminate why Downing may have made that choice! 1mo
BooknerdsLife Heard a lot about this book! Now I definitely need to put it on my TBR! 4w
candority @BooknerdsLife Yes! 🙌 I hope you like it! 4w
BooknerdsLife @candority Thank you! I hope so too but sadly it‘s not out yet so will have to wait for awhile 4w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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The Silent Patient was a well-written and compulsive book, which I read in one day. The structure and pacing were fantastic, but I spotted the big twist early. I read a lot of psychological thrillers, so it can be hard to surprise me. Unfortunately, that means that good books, like this one, don‘t impress me as much as they would if I was new to the genre. While I was mildly disappointed, I know others will love this book!

bg_reads This book sounded good but when there's a face on the cover it creeps me out! 😂 I don't know why that has gotten so popular! 1mo
candority @bg_reads This one is particularly creepy too! Whenever I opened my Kobo, it would flash the real face underneath 😱 Hopefully the release a different edition/cover, so you can read it! 😂 1mo
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My Sister, the Serial Killer is a sharp, tightly written debut novel. With short chapters and a quick pace, it would be easy to devour this book in one sitting, although doing so may cause you to miss the complex layers built into the story. There is a lot of subtle social commentary wrapped up in this fun package! I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I expected, but it was well worth the couple of hours it took me to read it! #blameitonlitsy

Clwojick Seen this at the library today, and almost scooped it up. Now I‘m sad that I didn‘t. 🔥 1mo
candority @Clwojick You‘ll have to pick it up the next time you‘re there! 1mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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This book is short, sweet, and oh so charming. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is Fredrik Backman‘s open letter to his newborn son, made up essays offering life lessons/advice, with short anecdotes in between. It is equal parts humorous and heartwarming, and while it was a bit repetitive at times, I loved the glimpse into Backman‘s personal life. I am not a parent, yet these essays spoke to me in a way that I didn‘t expect. #netgalley

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Oh, Eleanor – I love you. I‘m late to the party on this book, but now I understand what all the hype was about. Honeyman did a fantastic job of writing about loneliness, friendship, trauma (without becoming too bogged down in the details), and more. I laughed at Eleanor‘s antics, I cried and felt a deep sadness for her, and I felt hopeful and charmed. This is a poignant debut, and I can‘t wait to read what Honeyman writes next #LitsyAtoZ #LetterE

Andrew65 Great book and character. 1mo
BooknerdsLife Love this book so much!!!! Amazing writing of the characters! & I've never seen that cover before! 😱😍😍 1mo
candority @BooknerdsLife It‘s the Canadian edition! I hadn‘t seen it before spotting my copy at a used bookstore. I prefer some of the other covers though - this one isn‘t very relevant to the story! 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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So jealous of everyone enjoying warm, spring weather. We had a couple of promising days, then winter returned with a vengeance. I love winter and snow, but I‘m ready for green grass and spring flowers 🌷🌿

ReadingSusan Yikes! I am so sorry! 2mo
candority @ReadingSusan Ahah, it‘s okay! The forecast looks promising for next week 🤞 2mo
Lindy Snow is in the forecast here too. Typical April in Edmonton. 2mo
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Cortg Ugh! Wishing warm weather your way! 2mo
ShyBookOwl Still snowing in southern Ontario too 😞 2mo
Pricel101 @lindy @shybookowl Ottawa is freezing too! Windy & cccold 🥶 good excuse to read tho 👍 2mo
tracey38 Wishing you warm weather soon! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 Are you in Ottawa? That's where I am 🧣🧤 the wind is insane! 2mo
Pricel101 Thank you @tracey38 ☀️ @ShyBookOwl Yes Ottawa! That was a weird and wild storm! No respite in the forecast either 🙄💨☃️ yuk!! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 Yep! The never-ending winter trudges on 2mo
CouronneDhiver Ah! 😮 Good ol‘ Ottawa. We‘re clear here in the far SouthWest off the province... 2mo
candority @ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 I‘m not in Ottawa, I‘m in a small town in Grey County (a county in Southwestern Ontario). Hoping for warm weather for all of us - and @Lindy too! (edited) 2mo
candority @CouronneDhiver Lucky! I‘m moving closer to your area in May, hopefully I don‘t bring any of the cold weather with me! 2mo
candority Thank you @Cortg and @tracey38 😊🌞 2mo
rabbitprincess @ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 Howdy fellow Ottawans! Yesterday I saw a guy literally lose the hat off his head. Another guy ran after it and caught it for him 😬 The wind was ridiculous! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @rabbitprincess Haha! Geez. My husband had to go searching or our recycle bin. It ended up a block and a half away! 2mo
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March Wrap Up!

March felt like a slow reading month, but it ended up being consistent with my totals from the last couple of months. I read 16 books in March (6 physical, 5 ebooks, 5 audiobooks). My favourites this month were the tagged book and The Kite Runner.

#MarchWrapUp #MarchStats

BookishTrish How was Shout? 2mo
StephanieMarie March felt like a slow month to me too! Glad you were able to meet the same totals :) 2mo
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candority @BookishTrish Shout was a 4-star read for me! I listened to it on audio, and it was great to hear the author‘s words in her own voice. It delves into her home life and upbringing, her experiences after Speak was published, and broader social commentary about sexual assault. It was short and well worth the listen/read! 2mo
candority I loved By Chance Alone @thereadingowlvina! It was told primarily chronologically from Eisen‘s childhood to now, and being a Holocaust memoir, it was obviously very difficult to read at times. He had some very unique experiences, and I appreciated learning about Barrack 21 (the surgery ward) at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as well as his post-liberation experiences. I would highly recommend it! 2mo
candority @StephanieMarie I hope April is a better month for you! 2mo
thereadingowlvina @candority Sounds like a really good read! Thank you! I'll definitely read this 🙂 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📖💖 2mo
candority @thereadingowlvina I hope you enjoy it! 😊 2mo
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The Chosen One: A Novel | Carol Lynch Williams
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I am a sucker for books about cults, and I read this in one sitting. The author did a good job of shaping the world and writing believable characters, but there were a few things that felt off and the ending left me with several unanswered questions. It wasn‘t the best fictionalized cult book that I‘ve ever read, but it wasn‘t the worst – it would be better for those just starting to fall down the rabbit hole of cult-related stories.

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Suzanne | Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
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The author of this book never knew her maternal grandmother, Suzanne, who abandoned her children when they were young. After her death in 2009, Barbeau-Lavalette hired a private detective to learn more and with the knowledge she gained, she wrote a fictionalized account of her grandmother‘s life. Suzanne is written in second-person and in short vignettes, which I loved, but overall, it was just an okay read for me. #CanadaReads2019 #CanadaReads

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The well-deserved winner of #CanadaReads2019, By Chance Alone is an incredible memoir of strength, resilience, and gratitude. The author, Max Eisen, was only fifteen when he arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and as with all survivor‘s accounts, the horrors he experienced there are incomprehensible. Stories like his are so important, especially as anti-Semitism in on the rise and the voices of Holocaust survivors fade away. #CanadaReads Full review ⬇️

candority www.goodreads.com/review/show/2745371324 2mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Part memoir and part social commentary, Laurie Halse Anderson‘s newest book, Shout, is as powerful and necessary as her incredible debut novel, Speak. The first part of the book provides a glimpse into Anderson‘s life and her own rape experience, while the second half of the book tackles issues of rape, consent, censorship and other issues more broadly. I applaud her for telling her truth and for continuing to inspire others to tell their stories.

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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung
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Homes is the story of the al Rabeeah family, as told by one of the children, Abu Bakr, and written by his ESL teacher, Winnie Yeung. Bakr was only 10 when violence erupted around him, and the book effortlessly contrasts the horrors of war with the normalcy of growing up. The story is simply told, making it accessible to all. Stories like this are so necessary, especially as anti-immigrant sentiments are on the rise. #CanadaReads2019

JennyM Lovely review - sounds a very important and timely read. 2mo
Melissa_J I think Canada Reads is going to come down to this one and By Chance Alone. My pick is the Eisen book, but this one would be a great choice, too. I also liked Brother, so am happy to see my top three are the three still standing 😊 2mo
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candority Thank you @JennyM! It definitely is! 2mo
candority @Melissa_J I think so too! I just started reading By Chance Alone this morning, but I can already see how impactful it will be. Brother has an important message too, but I have a feeling that one of the non-fiction books will come out on top. It‘ll be interesting to watch! 😊 2mo
StephanieMarie I am thinking that it will be By Chance Alone based on the defenses so far, Zhiya is such a powerful speaker! Personally I really can't decide between the remaining three, I loved all of them and they're all so important. 2mo
candority @StephanieMarie Yes, she is, but I‘ve noticed that while other panellists compliment the book being discussed, she tends to focus on flaws and bring the conversation back to her book? She has great points, but her approach feels way more argumentative than the other. Maybe that‘s just me though - this is my first year watching the debates, so I don‘t know what the typical dynamics are! It will definitely be a tough decision for the panellists! 2mo
StephanieMarie @candority that's definitely a common thing to do. I actually noticed Lisa doing it more with Brother. I've been watching 3 years now and that's definitely not the most argumentative I've seen, there can be some serious tension lol! I think it will be a close call for sure! I just like that Zhiya backs up her arguments with so many facts. 2mo
candority @StephanieMarie Good to know! Yeah, she does do a good job of backing up her arguments. I think it will get more intense today and tomorrow! 2mo
candority @StephanieMarie I take back what I said about Ziya previously! Her passion for the book has become very obvious, and I see how I misinterpreted her demeanour previously the more I watch the debates. 2mo
StephanieMarie @candority She and Chuck both made me cry today! 2mo
candority @StephanieMarie Ugh, me too 😭 So powerful! 2mo
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Canada 365 | Historica Canada
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It‘s the first day of the Canada Reads debates! I caught the last half of the debate, and was happy with the book that was eliminated (tagged as a spoiler in the comments). I‘m still reading the contenders, but I might be able to finish them by the end of the week! #CanadaReads #CanadaReads2019

Blueberry Can't wait! I will watch it online later today. 2mo
llwheeler Lol, I checked your spoiler tag... my hold on this just came in today, earlier than I expected... maybe that's why 😂 2mo
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candority @llwheeler Ahaha it could be 😂 I didn‘t hate the book, but it was difficult to get through. I‘m curious to hear what you think about it! 2mo
JacqMac It wasn‘t my least favourite book, but I‘m ok with it being eliminated. I wish Canada Reads was longer than four days. lol 2mo
candority @JacqMac I agree! It would be nice if they opened it up for public voting as well! 2mo
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The Party | Robyn Harding
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When an innocent sweet sixteen party goes horribly wrong, questions about culpability are raised, a bitter lawsuit ensues, and secrets are revealed. The Party immediately grabbed my attention and kept me interested, and it was shaping up to be a pretty solid domestic thriller. However, the ending was a major letdown and it was lacking in suspense and tension. I loved Harding‘s other book, Her Pretty Face, but this one was meh. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterP

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3 stars (I feel bad...) I went into this book expecting there to be lots of information about the BLM movement, but it is more of a personal memoir in which Patrisse Khan-Cullors recalls her life experiences and motivations for starting BLM. There‘s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I felt misled and disappointed that the information about BLM specifically was rushed. Nevertheless, this is an important memoir, and worth the read/listen.

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After spiraling in anorexia, Anna, a 26-year-old dancer, enters 17 Swann Street, a residential treatment facility for women with eating disorders. The novel focuses on her treatment there, as well as snippets of her past. The author, Yara Zgheib, approaches the topic of eating disorders with sensitivity and grace, while remaining realistic. She uses a writing style that is compulsively readable, and I was captivated by Anna‘s voice and experience.

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Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Obsidio is the final book in the unique/entertaining Illuminae Files series. It wasn‘t as exciting as the first two books, but the authors did a good job of reaching a satisfying conclusion. It draws together the characters from the first two books, and introduces new ones, and I enjoyed the rapid switch between storylines. I found the series a bit too formulaic, but it sends a strong message of believing in yourself and fighting for what is right

TheSpineView I love the ending! Makes me wonder about Aiden. 2mo
candority @TheSpineView I know right? The authors are writing another series together. I haven‘t looked to see what it is about (if they‘ve even announced that), but it would be cool if Aidan was in it! 2mo
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BooknerdsLife Love your review. I think Aurora Rising has something to do with Aidan too ...(guessing from some of Jay Kristoff's teases over the year😅 ...Or I hope so) ***fingers crossed** 2mo
candority Thank you @BooknerdsLife! Hmm, I‘ll have to check it out! 2mo
BooknerdsLife @candority you‘re welcome 😊 Check out Jay Kristoff ‘s Twitter or Instagram account for more details and lots of pre order perks 🤗 2mo
candority @BooknerdsLife I‘ll do that! I don‘t have Twitter or Instagram, so I never think to check those sites 😊 2mo
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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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I‘m glad I decided to continue this series, because the second book was SO much better than the first! Since I didn‘t connect with the main characters in Illuminae, I was pleasantly surprised that Gemina follows a new set of characters, in a new setting. The new main characters, Hanna and Nik, are more developed, there is way more action/excitement, and I wasn‘t confused about what was happening. I can‘t wait to see how this series ends!

BooknerdsLife So happy you like this one more 😊 I haven‘t started it yet, for the same reason you like it more than Illuminae 😬 but I think I should give it a go🤗 2mo
candority @BooknerdsLife I find that so interesting! I don‘t think you need to hesitate though - if you loved Illuminae, I think you‘ll like this one! The shift to the new characters isn‘t too hard to make (but again, maybe that‘s just me). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 😊 2mo
BooknerdsLife @candority I‘m nervous and afraid I won‘t like it as much as first book or being disappointed, 🙈 cause it has happened too many time to my favourite series. But I guess there‘s only one way to find out 😆 2mo
candority @BooknerdsLife I totally understand that! Fingers crossed that you enjoy it 🤞 2mo
BooknerdsLife @candority 🤣 thank you! Will definitely let you know 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2mo
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I spent the first half of this chunkster trying to figure out what was happening and why I should care, as the unique format of “found documents” does not seem to lend itself well to world-building or allow for a connection with the characters. It wasn‘t until AIDAN, the AI controlling the spaceship, becomes a character that I started to care. Now that I have a better sense of the story, I have high hopes that I will enjoy the next two books more!

BooknerdsLife I really love this one 😭 and it‘s unique format 🤗💕 ...And Aidan!!! 2mo
candority @BooknerdsLife The format is so cool! 💕 2mo
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The Psychopath Test provides an entertaining journey through the madness industry. The goal of this journey was to explore psychopathy, but Ronson also delves into a variety of other topics including other forms of mental illness, the development and use of the DSM, misdiagnoses, scientology, and more. These topics were interesting, educational, and well-written, but I think they distracted from the focus on psychopathy. Still enjoyable though!

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This is an unflinching, yet emotionally distant, memoir which chronicles the author‘s dysfunctional Chinese-Canadian family. Several members of her family suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses, which they believe are caused by Chinese ghosts. Her memoir is filled with abuse and neglect, and while I commend her for writing so openly, I was hoping for more reflection/growth, and the book would have benefited from some editing #CanadaReads2019

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner is a painful, yet powerful, novel about friendship, family, guilt, and redemption. Set against a backdrop of political, religious, and ethnic turmoil in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, the son of a wealthy merchant, and his friend and servant, Hassan. It is a brutal and uncomfortable book filled with injustice and violence, yet despite all of this, I was deeply moved by the story. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterK

Reggie Omg, the part where he‘s crushing tomatoes against his face. Ughh, I loved this book. 2mo
candority @Reggie It is a great one! Have you read any of Hosseini‘s other books? 2mo
Haroon_Ishaq For you, a thousand times over 🙂 2mo
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Beautiful #audiowalk (or more accurately #audiosnowshoe) this morning. Patches is on the run 😂 #dogsoflitsy

Amiable Gorgeous photo! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Wow! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous setting 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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If you haven‘t read Between the World and Me yet, you should. It is short, powerful, evocative and important. I listened to this in one sitting (it is narrated by the author, making it that much more impactful), while ignoring all the things I was supposed to get done tonight. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Reggie This was so good and chalk up another one we both liked!!🥳 3mo
candority @Reggie Woohoo! 3mo
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ODWABDANOTWM is a collection of honest and humorous personal essays by Scaachi Koul. Many of the essays revolve around her experiences as the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada and I appreciated the glimpse into her culture/family dynamics. In addition to personal stories, her essays explore issues of gender, rape culture, internet harassment, racism, and more. I enjoyed listening to this collection, but it won‘t have a lasting impact on me.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I don‘t usually set a monthly TBR, but I know I‘m going to read this series this month! I hope I enjoy them as much as I think I will 🙈 #MarchTBR

TheSpineView They were so good! 3mo
Melissa_J I loved this trilogy so much! 3mo
Jovy Great series! ❤️ 3mo
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candority @TheSpineView @Melissa_J @Jovy I‘m so happy to hear that you all enjoyed the series! 😊 3mo
Dragon Loved Illuminae 👍🐉 3mo
candority @Dragon 😊💕 3mo
janeycanuck Those are such pretty spines! 3mo
candority @janeycanuck Even more so in person! 3mo
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February Wrap Up!

February was another good reading month for me, with 15 books completed (8 physical, 1 ebook, 6 audiobooks)!

No five star reads this month, but some solid four stars, such as The Break, The Vegetarian, On the Come Up, The Alice Network, and a couple others!

#FebruaryWrapup #FebruaryStats

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is a short, powerful essay about feminism and what it means today. It is a great introduction to feminism, which should be read by everyone, but especially those who do not understand the term. For feminists, it is a great reminder of what we stand for.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I decided to give this writing duo a second chance, after The Wife Between Us left me disappointed earlier this month. Fortunately, I enjoyed An Anonymous Girl much more than its predecessor. It was an entertaining read, and while I did have to suspend my disbelief a few times, I was fully engaged in this game of cat and mouse, and in finding out the truth. I predicted some of the twists, but that did not take away from my overall enjoyment.

MelissaS Your comments give me hope! I‘m also hoping to enjoy this one more than a The Wife Between Us. This is next on my TBR 3mo
candority I hope you like it @MelissaS! It‘s not a perfect novel by any means, but it‘s entertaining. I listened to it on audio, which was well done! 3mo
janeycanuck I liked The Wife Between Us but I enjoyed this one even more. It was such a slow burn, so good!! 3mo
candority Agreed @janeycanuck. I enjoyed the fact that the twists were over the top! 3mo
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The Alice Network is told from alternating perspectives and timelines: that of Evelyn Gardiner, a female spy in 1915, and Charlie St. Clair, a pregnant and unmarried college girl in 1947. I found myself enthralled with Eve‘s half of the story, but less engaged in Charlie‘s. Eve and her fellow female spies (based on real women) were brave and heroic, and I thought Quinn did a fantastic job of shaping their narrative while remaining true to history.

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book!! I can't wait to read her new book, The Huntress! 3mo
SheReadsAndWrites I loved this one! I‘m excited for her new one too. 🤓 3mo
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sarahbarnes This is my letter Q #LitsyAtoZ book, too! Glad to hear you liked it! 3mo
candority @CoffeeNBooks @SheReadsAndWrites I‘m looking forward to reading her new book as well! 😊 3mo
candority @sarahbarnes It was a bit of a slow read for me, but worth the extra time! I hope you enjoy it 😊 3mo
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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It was a winter wonderland on my #audiowalk this morning! 😍❄️ So far I‘m enjoying An Anonymous Girl more than The Wife Between Us.

Marina_h That looks gorgeous 😍 3mo
candority Thank you @Marina_h 😊 3mo
TheSpineView Beautiful! 3mo
candority Thank you @TheSpineView! ☺️ 3mo
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I bought this copy of The Alice Network at a local thrift store. While reading it last night, the original receipt fell out. Someone bought it in the Yukon - almost 5,400 km away from where I bought it! How cool is that?! It makes me super curious about the person who originally bought it, and how it ended up in my thrift store!

CouronneDhiver Awesome! 👍🏽 3mo
wordzie Super 😎❤ 3mo
Lcsmcat I love finds like that! 3mo
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HKGirl Wow! That would be quite the story to find out. 3mo
Skyrimir I love finding things in books! I found an old plane ticket to Ireland in one once. 3mo
mrp27 Neat! 3mo
candority @HKGirl If only there was a way to do it! 3mo
candority @Skyrimir That‘s so cool! 😊 3mo
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Monday's Not Coming | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Based on a real tragedy (almost uncomfortably so, borrowing many details from a real case), Monday‘s Not Coming highlights the way our systems often fail those who are the most vulnerable. While it is an important story, the rapidly changing and confusing timeline, coupled with the immature voice the narrator and the lack of tension, caused it to be an okay read, rather than a hard-hitting one. Full review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2724235040

ReadingRover I didn‘t realize that this was based on a real case. Very disturbing. 3mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Two Can Keep a Secret is a well-written and well-paced YA mystery, with just enough twists to keep you guessing. I liked the characters and enjoyed the audio narration. I find that books like this one are perfect for holding my attention and I will definitely listen to McManus‘ future work!

Also, in case anyone is wondering, this is a stand-alone novel, NOT a sequel to One of Us is Lying – I thought it was at first!

Lovesbooks87 She is writing a sequel. I think it comes out next year! 3mo
candority @Lovesbooks87 Oh really? That‘s exciting! Thanks for letting me know ☺️ 3mo
Lovesbooks87 @candority it is exciting. It is the sequel to One of Us Is Lying! I believe the author said January of 2020. Wish it was sooner! 3mo
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candority @Lovesbooks87 I wonder what she will do with it? I wish it was sooner too, but 2020 will be here before we know it! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Is this as good as OOUIL? Because if so I want to read it! 3mo
candority @Reviewsbylola I gave them both 4 stars, so I think so! I‘ve seen some reviews say this one is better, while other people say OOUIL is better. Either way, I think it‘s worth the read! 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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3.5 🌟 An American Marriage is primarily a story about complicated relationships, but it also explores issues of race and the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, I found myself wanting more of that aspect of the story, as I didn‘t feel a strong connection to the three main characters (the secondary characters were more compelling, in my opinion) and I wasn‘t that invested in their relationships. Didn‘t love it, but I admire it and the author.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I was nervous about reading On the Come Up after The Hate U Give was such a momentous debut, but I had nothing to worry about. On the Come Up is about a 16-year-old girl named Bri, who dreams of becoming a famous rapper. I‘m not a fan of books about music/musicians, but this is much more than that. Thomas approaches the issues that Bri faces with great care and honesty, and her work is a powerful example of the importance of diverse voices in YA.

Reggie Great review!!! 3mo
candority Thank you @Reggie! I‘m happy to see that we share the same opinion about this book 😂💕 3mo
Reggie “I was thinking it, but you said it!!!” Lol 3mo
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The Vegetarian is a short and bizarre novel that centers around Yeong-hye, a South Korean woman who decides to become a vegetarian after experiencing a cryptic dream. We watch, from the perspective of Yeong-hye‘s husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister, as her decision impacts those around her and as her mental health deteriorates. This book is intense and uncomfortable at times, but it is incredibly powerful. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterV

ju.ca.no I love Han Kang‘s books! They are so intense 3mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! It‘s a bit of a marmite but I adored it 3mo
candority @ju.ca.no This is the first one I‘ve read, but I agree! I‘m planning to read Human Acts at some point. 3mo
candority @Emilymdxn Ahaha true! I loved it too. 3mo
ju.ca.no @candority I liked that one even better! 3mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I listened to One of Us is Lying a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it, so when McManus‘ new book was available at my library without any holds on it, I had to borrow it! I started it on my #audiowalk this morning, and so far so good.

Patches is searching for moles under the snow. He somehow manages to hear them running around and loves pouncing and digging (usually with his face, not his paws) to find them 😂🐶 #dogsoflitsy

bookishkris Oh, Patches! 3mo
AmyG Dogs and snow crack me up. 🤣 3mo
Kamisha I love this! 😂😂 3mo
candority @bookishkris @AmyG @Kamisha 💕😂 He‘s hilarious! 3mo
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This book provides an important account of the horrible Osage murders, which became one of the first homicide cases investigated by the FBI. This may just be my opinion, but having listened to it on audio, I found it difficult to keep track of the multitudes of people and side stories woven into the narrative. I appreciate how well-rounded Grann‘s research was, but I fear that the inclusion of so many irrelevant details drew the book out too much

Becker Me too 3mo
Bookdragon69 I agree. The reason and the deception for the murders is unforgivable. The book was good(not great) if the author didn‘t “go off script” several times in the book. Overall I liked it because I learned something new. 3mo
candority @Becker I‘m glad I‘m not alone 😊 3mo
candority @Bookdragon69 Yes, I liked it for that reason as well. I applaud Grann for bringing the history back to life, but I wish he refined the information a bit more. 3mo
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The Demonologist has an intriguing premise – David Ullman, a professor of demonic literature specializing in Milton‘s Paradise Lost, is sent on a whirlwind adventure to save his own daughter from demons. However, the novel is riddled with highly improbable and unbelievable plot points, as well as emotionally flat characters and a rushed ending, leaving me unimpressed. This is my third Andrew Pyper novel, and it may be my last. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterD