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candority

Joined May 2017

I fall in love with words, and hope they fall in love with me as well 🇨🇦 Future librarian 📚
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The Power by Naomi Alderman
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Recursion by Blake Crouch
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It‘s reading week for my program, but unfortunately, I have so many assignments due next week that I can‘t spend much time reading the books I WANT to read 😭 I‘ve been sneaking chapters in between work though!

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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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Unexpected Perk of Library School #1: When publisher reps come to talk to your class, and bring ARCs to share!

Samplergal Jealous! 1w
MelissaSue81 This never happened to me in Library school!
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Librarybelle This didn‘t happen for me either, @MelissaSue81 ! So lucky, and great stack @candority ! 1w
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readordierachel Score! 1w
candority @MelissaSue81 @Librarybelle I got the sense that the publisher reps are old friends of my professor! 2d
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I read this in preparation for The Testaments (which I got my hands on yesterday), and I'm so glad I did. It is a beautiful adaptation with stunning artwork, but I somehow found the last section a bit rushed and scattered, and would have liked it to be just a bit longer.

Lovesbooks87 The Testaments was so GOOD! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
candority @Lovesbooks87 I just started it and I‘m already loving it! 1mo
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#BookHaul from a couple of thrift stores. I read the tagged book last summer and loved it, so I had to have it for my collection. I‘ve also read Dark Matter before, but I bought it for my boyfriend, who is not much of a reader. Hopefully he likes it 🤞

LiteraryinLititz Great stack of books! 1mo
Reviewsbylola My husband enjoyed Dark Matter but ended up loving Recursion! 1mo
Pruzy Wow! Amazing haul! 😍 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks Thrift stores finds are the best!! 1mo
candority @Reviewsbylola Good to know! Recursion JUST came in at the library for me tonight, so if I like it, I‘ll try to convince him to read it too. 1mo
candority @Erinreadsthebooks They sure are! 1mo
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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August Wrap Up!

I had some time off from school in August, so I was able to read 9 books (3 physical, 5 ebooks, 1 audiobook). My favourites were The Turn of the Key, On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous, Wilder Girls, and A Prayer for the Dying.

#AugustStats #AugustWrapUp

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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I finished this book over a week ago, but haven‘t posted about it because I don‘t have the words to articulate what exactly I didn‘t like. It just wasn‘t for me 🤷‍♀️

Kappadeemom I agree. 2mo
Patchshank I found it a bit lacking as well. I loved scooby as a kid and I love Lovecraftian horror, but that book just didn't do it for me 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Same. I just didn‘t really care for this one. 2mo
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rwmg Oh dear, that doesn't sound so good. It's on my virtual TBR shelf 2mo
candority @rwmg Lots of people have enjoyed it, so maybe you will too! 🤞 2mo
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Calico Joe: A Novel | John Grisham
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3.5 🌟

I don‘t know anything about baseball (and I have no interest in learning about it), but I still enjoyed this book. Yes, it is about baseball, but its also about a young boy searching for a hero, a difficult relationship between a father and son, and forgiveness.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Wilder Girls follows three friends – Hetty, Byatt, and Reese – who, alongside their schoolmates and teachers, have been under quarantine on their school‘s island for the past 18 months due to a mysterious illness that they call the Tox. I loved the premise of the book, and thought it was decently executed, but I hated how many unanswered questions there were at the end! Still going with a pick, since it was a quick and enjoyable read.

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Equal parts social commentary and memoir, Hillbilly Elegy is an interesting and well-written account of growing up in a white, working-class family in America and the impacts of the ‘hillbilly‘ culture on individuals/families. I saw many similarities between Vance‘s experiences and the “redneck” culture in rural Ontario, and often found myself agreeing with Vance‘s analyses. Unfortunately, the book wasn‘t quite as engrossing as I expected it to be

SamAnne This was once on my TBR list but the mixed reviews have it in my third pile. It intrigued me because I grew up in a redneck logging community watching the devastation and social ills that come with extractive corporations. 2mo
candority @SamAnne I thought it was a quick read. So depending on how fast you read, it would probably still be worth your time! 2mo
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With poetic prose and a non-linear structure, On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous is heartachingly beautiful.

Samplergal It on my list. 2mo
candority I hope you like it @Samplergal! 2mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Library book sale was a success! 📚#bookhaul

rabbitprincess How appropriate that you found The Library Book at the library book sale! 2mo
candority @rabbitprincess I know right?! 2mo
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Lock Every Door was a quick, suspenseful, and entertaining read. I loved the first 80% or so of the book, but unfortunately, the ending lost me. I can see why people have been loving this book, but it reminded me too heavily of two other works (see the comment marked as a spoiler below). What started out as a 5-star contender is receiving a final rating of 3-stars - I liked it, but I wish the ending was more satisfying for me!

candority It felt too reminiscent of a mix between Ira Levin‘s novel, Rosemary‘s Baby, and Jordan Peele‘s movie Get Out. Did anyone else feel this way?! 2mo
jillrhudy I fear this may be the second thriller in a row for me with an unsatisfactory ending. I didn‘t care for the ending of Ruth Ware‘s latest either 2mo
nicebicycle I like the Get Out comparison! I thought it seemed like a mashup of several Law and Order episodes (not that I don't love L&O). Fast-paced and suspenseful, but kind of light in the end. 2mo
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candority @jillrhudy Oh, interesting - I actually liked the ending of The Turn of the Key! Hopefully this one doesn‘t end up being disappointing for you! 2mo
candority @nicebicycle Hmm, I haven‘t watched many Law and Order episodes, but from what I have seen, I can understand the comparison! 2mo
BookDragonNotWorm I thought it was a Rosemary's Baby ripoff too! I kept waiting for a twist, but, sadly it never came. Surprising, because his other books are SO good. 2mo
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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My first semester of grad school just ended, which means I have almost four weeks off to catch up on reading!

I finished The Turn of the Key a while ago, but never got around to posting about. I really enjoyed it! It was creepy, had me second guessing, and had me completely shocked by the twists. It was a bit slow at the start and rushed at the end, but to be honest, it didn‘t bother me that much. A solid thriller, in my opinion! #NetGalley

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m curious about this one bc it‘s getting great reviews here and on booktube. I‘m not a big thriller person, but I‘d like to try this author. 2mo
allthingskayla I‘m 50 pages in and it is good so far. 2mo
allthingskayla @JanuarieTimewalker13 her books are good-I‘ve only read one other book by her and own her other works, but she is worth trying. The Death of Mrs. Westaway got me hooked on her. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I will def try this! Thanks!! 2mo
candority @JanuarieTimewalker13 I agree with @allthingskayla - Ware is worth a try! 2mo
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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I need your help!

I‘m currently writing a paper about readers‘ advisory in libraries, and part of the paper is to provide suggestions (both fiction & nonfiction) for someone who loved this book. We‘re allowed to use any resource to answer this question, so in addition to research, I wanted to ask my book family!

For those of you who have read it, what did you like about it? Have you read anything similar to it? What would you recommend?

tjwill Have you ever used whatshouldireadnext.com? You type in a title or author, and it gives suggestions! 2mo
candority Thanks @tjwill! I‘ll check it out! I‘ve looked at Novelist, which offers readalikes as well 😊 2mo
tjwill @candority You‘re welcome! Sorry I haven‘t read the book, so I can‘t help on that front. 2mo
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Susanita I loved this book. It probably helped that I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fantastic job with all the accents. I loved the story too though, especially the way she put it together. There‘s also a nice quote about tolerant and intolerant societies that I just adore. 2mo
CoffeeK8 I loved this book but I‘m not sure of a readalike. Maybe this one 2mo
candority That‘s quite alright @tjwill, all suggestions are helpful! 2mo
candority @Susanita It does sound like a great book! I‘ll have to read it once I‘m done this assignment. 2mo
candority Thank you @CoffeeK8, I‘ll check it out! 2mo
silentrequiem I haven't read this but I immediately thought of 2mo
Branwen I love this book SO MUCH! It's actually the book that inspired me to focus on archiving in my MLIS degree! 😍 📚 It might be a bit of a stretch, but I always think of The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga when I think of this book. The stories are completely different, but both have the themes of ancient/rare book conservation! I hope that helps! 💕 2mo
candority @silentrequiem Thank you! 2mo
candority @Branwen Wow, that‘s quite the endorsement! Now I definitely need to read this book! 😊 I‘ll check out The Sixteen Pleasures! Thank you so much! 2mo
emtobiasz This one has a similar narrative structure, following a piece of art across owners and centuries: 2mo
candority @emtobiasz That‘s great, thank you! 2mo
Butterfinger I'm starting this book today and decided to see what others thought before I started. How convenient that I saw your post. I'm reading it for Around the World Challenge (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The blurb reminds me of Rachel Kadish's The Weight of Ink. Highly recommend. Hebrew papers found in London and the researchers discovered they were written by a woman who corresponded with a scholar who had been ostracized for radicalism. 2mo
candority @Butterfinger What an awesome coincidence! Thank you for your suggestion. I‘ve added it to my list 😊 I hope you end up enjoying this one! 2mo
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Hideaway | Nicole Lundrigan
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An unsettling book about a dysfunctional and abusive family, Lundrigan‘s most recent novel, Hideaway, is both attention-grabbing and heart-wrenching. It is told from two perspectives: that of 13-year-old Rowan, and his 7-year-old sister, Maisy. On the surface, their mother Gloria is a devoted parent, but behind closed doors, she is controlling and manipulative, especially after the children‘s father, Telly, moves out. 3.5 stars. #NetGalley

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The Arrangement | Robyn Harding
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Playing catch-up with some #NetGalley reviews. The Arrangement follows 21-year-old Natalie, who becomes involved in the taboo sugar daddy/baby world in NYC. What starts as a simple “arrangement” between her and Gabe, an attractive and powerful attorney, soon develops into a relationship that spirals out of control… The characters were necessarily unlikeable, and the story was light, entertaining and compulsively readable. Pub date: July 30, 2019!

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I put this audiobook on hold way back in December, and it finally came in a couple weeks ago. It was a suggestion from @LauraJ for #newyearwhodis, hosted by @monalyisha! It was an interesting, but difficult read, as it delves into the gritty details of brutal cases and the minds of serial killers. My only complaint is that Douglas came across as a bit egotistical and I got the impression that he was never wrong about a profile/case. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraJ He‘s not always the most likable guy. Season 2 of the show is on Netflix in August. 3mo
candority @LauraJ Agreed! I just started watching Season 1 last night! 😊 3mo
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Happy #24in48 everyone! I wish I could join in, but with only three weeks left in my semester, I have way too many assignments to do 😭 One of them is a 40 minute group presentation about intellectual freedom and censorship. I‘ve decided to focus on banned books for my part, so at least I have some interesting reading material this weekend!

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I don‘t typically read “self-help” type books, but the fact that this one was so popular and that I found it for 50 cents at a thrift store inspired me to give it a try. While it wasn‘t earth shattering or life changing, I did find myself agreeing with some of Manson‘s points – as long as I ignored his slightly pompous (and ironically entitled) tone and skimmed past the overly repetitive bits. I can see how it would be more impactful for others.

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Some recent purchases. All from a local used “book shack” where all proceeds go towards building a new library!

candority @LeahBergen A friend recommended it to me a couple weeks ago! 3mo
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Anatomy of a Scandal | Sarah Vaughan
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I did it - I finished my first book in over a month! While starting grad school is partly to blame for my slow progress, the fact that this book was dreadfully boring for about 90% of it also plays a significant role. I wasn‘t very surprised by the twists and I found the pace of the book too slow for my taste. I assumed that this was a domestic thriller and courtroom drama, but it was neither of those things. 2 stars 🙊🤷‍♀️

Cathythoughts Oh I thought this one wS very good 4mo
Emilymdxn I really disliked this one too 4mo
candority @Cathythoughts I expected to love it! Maybe if I read it faster, I would have enjoyed it more? I‘m glad you liked it though! 4mo
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candority @Emilymdxn It is good to know I‘m not alone in my feelings! It seems like most people enjoyed it. 4mo
Cathythoughts I think I picked it up randomly with no expectations... and really enjoyed it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
candority @Cathythoughts Oh, that‘s a much better way to go into a book! 4mo
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Goodwill had a 50% off everything sale yesterday, so of course I had to go. I was looking for summer clothes, but I managed to come home with one shirt and five books. What can you do? 🤷‍♀️

I‘m only three weeks into my MLIS degree and it is kicking my butt. I‘ve barely had any time to read for fun 😔

In other news though, I realized that May 19th was my 2 year #litsyversary! Thank you all for your friendship and bookish love 💕📚

tracey38 Happy Litsyversary! 5mo
BookwormAHN Happy Litsyversary 🌹 5mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 📚❤️ 5mo
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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? 5mo
LauraJ Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎈🎂 5mo
candority @LauraJ Thank you! 🎉 5mo
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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. 5mo
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 😊 5mo
MrBook Great review! (edited) 5mo
candority Thank you @MrBook! 5mo
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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. 5mo
LiteraryinLititz Looks like a great bunch! I loved Magpie Murders. 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! 📖💖 5mo
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candority @Addison_Reads Thank you! I really liked it and I hope you do too! 😊 5mo
candority @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! It was such a great concept! 5mo
readordierachel Good month! I'm so curious about My Lovely Wife. The library wait is forever. 5mo
candority @readordierachel Thanks! It was a solid 4-star read for me! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get ahold of it! 5mo
Erofan Wow! Good job! 👍 5mo
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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 😊 6mo
TheLibrarian Congrats and good luck!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 6mo
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AmyG Good luck! Wishing you much success. 6mo
mreads Congratulations! And I love the bookends😍 6mo
wordslinger42 Congratulations! Praying your studies go well! 💜 6mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Congratulations! Also those are wonderful bookends. 6mo
janeycanuck Congrats! Hope you enjoy your studies 🙂 6mo
Clwojick Congratulations! And I LOVEEEEE the whale bookends. 😍😍😍 6mo
Reggie Woohoo!!! Congrats & Good luck!!! 6mo
TheSpineView All the best! 6mo
Eyelit How exciting - congrats!! 🎉 6mo
Suet624 Congratulations! 6mo
ClairesReads Congrats! I love your book ends 😍 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats and best wishes! 6mo
minkyb Best of luck! 6mo
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!! 6mo
candority @Crazeedi Thank you so much! You‘re never too old to pursue a dream! There are lots of older people in the program! 6mo
sudi Congratulations and good luck 😊 5mo
Kalalalatja Best of luck to you! 5mo
candority Thank you @sudi and @Kalalalatja 😊💕 5mo
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. 😎🙌🏻 5mo
candority @MrBook Ahaha I was just going to reply to your other comment, then I read this one! Thank you, that‘s so sweet 😊😭 5mo
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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. 6mo
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. 6mo
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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! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Well dang!!! 6mo
Naj Thank you for telling me that nothing happens, I bailed on this. 6mo
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candority @Naj You didn‘t miss a thing! I wish I bailed too! 6mo
BooknerdsLife Oh no! I just checked this out from my library! But we have a different title here in Australia 😩🤔 6mo
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! 6mo
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? 🤔 6mo
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 🤔 6mo
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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 ! 6mo
candority @kaye Woo! I look forward to reading your review 😊 6mo
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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!) 6mo
tholmz Exactly how I felt. Well said. 6mo
candority @tholmz Thank you! It‘s too bad we didn‘t enjoy it more! 6mo
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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 🙈🤔 6mo
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? 6mo
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 6mo
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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! 6mo
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! 6mo
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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? 6mo
JennyM I‘m about halfway through and it‘s really good. I was growing tired of thrillers, but this one is different, and fresh! 6mo
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! 6mo
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candority @JennyM Exactly! I hope you enjoy the rest of it! 6mo
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! 6mo
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. 6mo
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! 6mo
BooknerdsLife Heard a lot about this book! Now I definitely need to put it on my TBR! 6mo
candority @BooknerdsLife Yes! 🙌 I hope you like it! 6mo
BooknerdsLife @candority Thank you! I hope so too but sadly it‘s not out yet so will have to wait for awhile 6mo
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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! 6mo
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! 😂 6mo
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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. 🔥 6mo
candority @Clwojick You‘ll have to pick it up the next time you‘re there! 6mo
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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. 6mo
BooknerdsLife Love this book so much!!!! Amazing writing of the characters! & I've never seen that cover before! 😱😍😍 6mo
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! 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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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! 6mo
candority @ReadingSusan Ahah, it‘s okay! The forecast looks promising for next week 🤞 6mo
Lindy Snow is in the forecast here too. Typical April in Edmonton. 6mo
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Cortg Ugh! Wishing warm weather your way! 6mo
ShyBookOwl Still snowing in southern Ontario too 😞 6mo
Pricel101 @lindy @shybookowl Ottawa is freezing too! Windy & cccold 🥶 good excuse to read tho 👍 6mo
tracey38 Wishing you warm weather soon! 6mo
ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 Are you in Ottawa? That's where I am 🧣🧤 the wind is insane! 6mo
Pricel101 Thank you @tracey38 ☀️ @ShyBookOwl Yes Ottawa! That was a weird and wild storm! No respite in the forecast either 🙄💨☃️ yuk!! 6mo
ShyBookOwl @Pricel101 Yep! The never-ending winter trudges on 6mo
CouronneDhiver Ah! 😮 Good ol‘ Ottawa. We‘re clear here in the far SouthWest off the province... 6mo
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) 6mo
candority @CouronneDhiver Lucky! I‘m moving closer to your area in May, hopefully I don‘t bring any of the cold weather with me! 6mo
candority Thank you @Cortg and @tracey38 😊🌞 6mo
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! 6mo
ShyBookOwl @rabbitprincess Haha! Geez. My husband had to go searching or our recycle bin. It ended up a block and a half away! 6mo
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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? 7mo
StephanieMarie March felt like a slow month to me too! Glad you were able to meet the same totals :) 7mo
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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! 7mo
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! 7mo
candority @StephanieMarie I hope April is a better month for you! 7mo
thereadingowlvina @candority Sounds like a really good read! Thank you! I'll definitely read this 🙂 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📖💖 7mo
candority @thereadingowlvina I hope you enjoy it! 😊 7mo
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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 | Anas 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 ⬇️

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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. 7mo
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 😊 7mo
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candority Thank you @JennyM! It definitely is! 7mo
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! 😊 7mo
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. 7mo
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! 7mo
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. 7mo
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! 7mo
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. 7mo
StephanieMarie @candority She and Chuck both made me cry today! 7mo
candority @StephanieMarie Ugh, me too 😭 So powerful! 7mo
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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. 7mo
llwheeler Lol, I checked your spoiler tag... my hold on this just came in today, earlier than I expected... maybe that's why 😂 7mo
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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! 7mo
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 7mo
candority @JacqMac I agree! It would be nice if they opened it up for public voting as well! 7mo
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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. 7mo
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! 7mo
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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** 7mo
candority Thank you @BooknerdsLife! Hmm, I‘ll have to check it out! 7mo
BooknerdsLife @candority you‘re welcome 😊 Check out Jay Kristoff ‘s Twitter or Instagram account for more details and lots of pre order perks 🤗 7mo
candority @BooknerdsLife I‘ll do that! I don‘t have Twitter or Instagram, so I never think to check those sites 😊 7mo
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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🤗 7mo
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! 😊 7mo
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 😆 7mo
candority @BooknerdsLife I totally understand that! Fingers crossed that you enjoy it 🤞 7mo
BooknerdsLife @candority 🤣 thank you! Will definitely let you know 🤞🏼🤞🏼 7mo
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