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janeycanuck

janeycanuck

Joined February 2016

I work full-time to support my addictions to reading, travelling, and my pug, Penelope. Host of the Guelph chapter of Girly Book Club.
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In the Woods | Tana French
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Thanks for hosting #14Books14Weeks, @TheHeartlandBookFairy ! I‘ve pulled my stack, this is all in addition to my regular reading so the chances of me finishing are about 20% but I‘m gonna give it my best shot 😊

TheHeartlandBookFairy Fabulous stack! I loved when life gives you lululemons 😁 I've been listening to Allen Bradley's Flavia series this year and am really enjoying that, And the devil and wears prada book looks really fun ,😀 My Stack will also be in addition to all of my regular books, all of the books I've committed to reading over the summer for reviews or as part of other challenges lol but, goals! It's good to have goals lol ,😅 wishing you the best of luck 2d
janeycanuck @TheHeartlandBookFairy I love the Flavia books, I‘m so sad they are wrapping up soon! Glad I‘m not the only one that is overreaching with this - even if I only finish two or three of these, I‘ll be happy 🙂. 1d
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I‘m listening to the Alger translation, narrated by George Guidall from Scribd. I tried the Homewood narration, as well, but it was not my cup of tea, though I did prefer that translation. #hugonuts

Lcsmcat The narrator can make or break an audiobook for me too. I once tried a version of The Phantom of the Opera where the narrator couldn‘t pronounce French words. I ailed quickly! 4d
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Jumping into #BoutofBooks with both feet this morning and reading instead of scrolling mindlessly through Twitter after waking up early! Catching up on The Clockmaker‘s Daughter #BOTMbuddyread after having a dismal reading week last week.

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Mehso-so

Quick and fairly predictable with an ending that was maybe a bit too over the top. Not quite the right book for me.

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Lonely Planet Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast | Lonely Planet, Brendan Sainsbury, Cristian Bonetto
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I have to finish planning the last few days of our Amalfi coast trip (we leave in 3 weeks) and get a rough itinerary together for our trip to Belgium/Luxembourg (family trip, not until October but my mother keeps asking for our plans)

But most importantly, I ABSOLUTELY HAVE to get to Michaels to get a new ribbon to replace the unicorn one on the hat I bought from the girls department because the grownup hats were all too big.

#traveladventures

rather_be_reading great idea!! 2w
Melissa_J I recommend visiting Bruges while in Belgium! 2w
janeycanuck @Melissa_J yes, it‘s on the list! I really want to see the Grand-Place. When were you in Belgium? I‘d love to hear what your highlights were and if there‘s anything you saw that you‘d skip if you could do it all again. 1w
Melissa_J I‘ve been a couple of times, but both were close to 20 years ago. I loved Bruges. I also visited Brussels, which has some lovely architecture, and Ypres. If WWI sites are of interest Ypres and surrounding area is definitely a good place to see. 4d
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The perfect spring morning.

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It was #MummyDaughterBookClub unveiling day today!

Each year, my sister and I get our mother a book club for Mother‘s Day. We each pick a book, which gets revealed whenever we celebrate Mother‘s Day (a week early this year because of my sister‘s work schedule) and we host our pick in our respective cities throughout the year.

My pick was The Huntress - I loved The Alice Network so Quinn‘s new one was a no-brainer.

kspenmoll The Huntress was riveting- I listened to it on audio. 3w
janeycanuck @kspenmoll oh good! I picked it without reading anything about it, hoping it was as good as The Alice Network 3w
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April showers didn‘t do much to dent my TBR so my #MayTBR is a bunch of leftovers from April, four more in my never-ending quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, my #GirlyBookClub book, the #BOTMbuddyread and an audio for the #HugoNuts buddy read. Oh, and apparently a pug that was quite sure I wanted to give her treats more than I wanted to snap this photo.

BookNAround Surely such a cute photobomber deserves a treat. 😉 3w
janeycanuck @BookNAround of course! I can‘t say no to that face 😊 3w
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Fight Or Flight | Samantha Young
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General book club consensus - problematic but a nice light read! We had record numbers out at #GirlyBookClub last night, it‘s so nice to see our little chapter of this international book club grow!

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I‘m on a self-imposed book-buying ban this year while I try to tame the chaos that is my TBR and #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. But, I‘ve had $100 worth of Plum reward points and I told myself in Jan that I could use them at my birthday. And did I ever! I had a delightful time picking out a half a dozen books and can‘t wait to dive into some of these.

Nute Wonderful selections! 4w
Clwojick Such a great selection! I‘ve been hoping to find The Silent Patient and Lovely Wife at the thrift store. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
llwheeler $100 of Plum points! Wow, I am impressed with your discipline! I don't think I've ever had more than 5$... spend 'em as soon as I earn 'em 😂 4w
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janeycanuck @Clwojick @nute Thanks, I‘m really excited for all of them! Turns out, not buying books for months really helps you hone in on what you are really interested in! 4w
janeycanuck @llwheeler haha! 2500 for $5, right? The $100 was 37000 - much better bang for my buck! Also, I found that once I hit about 10k, they just stopped asking if I wanted to redeem so I didn‘t have the temptation. 4w
llwheeler @janeycanuck hmm good to know! That is a much better deal... i'll have to try and resist next time I get that notification 4w
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A delight - just wish it was longer!

RadicalReader How I feel about a lot of audiobooks 4w
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I have no interest in horror movies but I love Mallory O‘Meara so it was a pleasant surprise that there was so much of herself in the book.

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It‘s finally nice enough to read out on the balcony!! Glorious!

LauraJ Pug! 1mo
CouronneDhiver Lovely! Here too ... except my outdoor space is a little soggy. ☀️ Just need a few more hours of sun to dry it up. 1mo
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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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I picked this up the minute it was out because I LOVED The Magpie Murders. And then I heard really mixed reviews so I let it sit on the shelf. And then picked it up and read it in a day. I can understand why people were disappointed in it but for me, making himself the protagonist was such a fresh take on the traditional murder mystery really worked. Looking forward to more!

BookishMarginalia I loved it too! 1mo
Librarybelle I also loved this! Can‘t wait for the next one to come out this year! 1mo
rretzler I‘ve been meaning to read this. Glad to hear it‘s good 1mo
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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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I completely devoured this, getting sucked in from the very beginning. I didn‘t completely love the ending - I think it would have been stronger without the last 6 or so pages but the rest was fantastic.

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Surprisingly readable for how complex the Enron scandal was. Sadly, this has been languishing on my shelf since 2006 so it‘s a bit outdated by now but I was still sucked in.

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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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This took me a bit to get in to but turned into a good read. I had no idea it was based on a true story until I turned the last page - sooo interesting!!

Clwojick I always end up picking this up at the library because I LOVE the cover. But I‘ve yet to actually bring it home with me. Thanks for the review! Maybe I‘ll go back for it next week 😉 1mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Is Indigo gaslighting me?

AmyG Ha. Maybe this display was set up by someone who doesn‘t actually read fiction. 😳 1mo
Bklover 😳😳😳 1mo
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Penelope | Rebecca Harrington
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”Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

Happy #nationalpetday everyone!

Andrea4 SO CUTE 1mo
TheLibrarian OMG, I seriously love their little smush faces. 😍 1mo
janeycanuck @Andrea4 agreed! 1mo
janeycanuck @TheLibrarian me too 😊 1mo
kspenmoll Cutie!!! 1mo
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How very creepy. I feel like Mike could have really benefited from some serious work with a mental health professional. Or a restraining order.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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I was really confused at the beginning and thought I wasn‘t following the story - turns out I was and a key bit of information that would have been really helpful early on was left until the end to divulge. I‘m undecided on whether I‘ll continue with the series. If I do, it won‘t be on audio - there was simply too much going on for me to keep it all straight.

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Hi. My name is Colleen and it‘s been 2 days since I bought a book. I came so close to hitting 100 successful days of my self-imposed book-buying ban.

Sigh. It‘s not my fault, though - Kobo put a $5 credit in my account and all the HCC March Madness books were on sale.

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Really enjoying hearing from these three great authors - lots of laughs and lots of great stories - at the #GirlyBookClub #StrongWomenRead event at the HarperCollins offices in Toronto

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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Did not do a great job with clearing books off my TBR in March so my #AprilTBR is several books that are in progress, a library book that is due very soon, my #GirlyBookClub book, a bunch of leftovers from March and four new #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks books. Time to get cracking!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I can see why the documentary transcript style didn‘t work for some people but I really enjoyed it. This was great from start to finish, I could not stop turning the pages

Purrfectpages I‘m enjoying this immensely right now! 2mo
janeycanuck @Purrfectpages it just gets better with every page!! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loving this new trend of playlists to go along with books. But this is turning into a slow read - I keep stopping to sing! 🎶 You can go your own way, go your own way 🎶

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Another great discussion with my #GirlyBookClub ladies last night - this one was a challenging read but sparked such interesting conversation.

Chelleo Love the table tent 2mo
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Super fun as an intro to the early days of modern philosophical thought (or in my case... a refresher.) Loved the whimsy in the illustrations 😀

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What a satisfying end to the trilogy. I caught myself holding my breath for entire chunks of the book. I‘m sad to see these characters go but I‘ve got two more movies to look forward to!!

Reviewsbylola I just love the covers on these! I read the first book and was entertained but I‘m not sure I‘ll continue on with the series. 2mo
janeycanuck @Reviewsbylola they are so great! Give them a pass if you aren‘t sure - there are too many good books in the world to pick up something you aren‘t sure about! 2mo
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Sooooo fascinating! All the chores I was doing while listening too far longer than usual because I would catch myself just staring at my phone while completely enchanted. Excellent pick for anyone with a fondness for the kitchen.

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The Rumor: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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What‘s the audio equivalent of a page turner? I zoomed through this in just a couple of days and while I think it wrapped up too quickly, overall, this had me hooked from chapter 1.

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I should have DNFed this but just as I was about to drop it, a little thing happened that made me want to keep going. Should have trusted my gut. The ending was rather anti-climactic, I had a hard time keeping the cast of characters straight due to the switching narration and the high number products and slang I didn‘t understand (because of 1970s Britishisms) was distracting.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been super curious about this one because I just loved 2mo
janeycanuck @Reviewsbylola You‘ll probably enjoy it, then - I get the sense they are very similar in terms of style & pacing. It just didn‘t work for me. 2mo
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Anyone else going to the #GirlyBookClub #StrongWomenRead event in Toronto next month?

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*snort*

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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The mark of a truly good book is when I finish it and look out the window expecting to have the same weather outside as I just finished reading. I was flabbergasted when I finished this and there was SNOW outside my door!!

This was such a page turner, I love how Harper doles out tiny bits of information that totally change the game with each one.

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Pretty sure I found this quote funnier than I was supposed to...

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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What a fantastic conversation with my #GirlyBookClub this past week on this book - there was a lot to pick apart here. We all thought the author could have done a little more with it and while it‘s not my kind of book, the writing was outstanding.

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Another month gone! Man, time flies when you‘re neglecting your TBR. Time for #MarchTBR, I suppose... I‘ve got lots left over from last month - including five in-progress that I‘m hell-bent on finishing this upcoming week. New to the stack are The River of Darkness, my #GirlyBookClub book and four new pulls from the stacks in my never-ending quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Finished up this audio this morning while trying to convince this dog that a bit of exercise won‘t kill her. She‘s still not convinced, given how icy everything still is but we agreed if she humoured me this morning, I wouldn‘t make her go for a walk in the wind storm this evening.

The book was fine - good enough to finish but not good enough to read the rest of the series.

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I‘m pleased to report that despite several opportunities, my partner has not yet pushed me off the edge of a cliff. But the twists and turns in this had my heart racing as fast as it was when we were standing on the edge!

CouronneDhiver Is this a novel or true crime? I feel like the story is super familiar... Henthorns... or something like that. 3mo
janeycanuck @CouronneDhiver Novel. A man‘s wife goes over the edge of a cliff. Turns out, his first wife died a rather violent death, too. Dun dun dun....... 3mo
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The Dark Lake | Sarah Bailey
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A quick but frankly, unmemorable read.

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Completely unputdownable. Who knew the story of a museum being broken into for rare feathers would be so enthralling??

Laughterhp I have been waiting for 4 months for this hold to come in from the library so I can listen to this book on audio! 3mo
janeycanuck @Laughterhp it‘ll be worth the wait! 3mo
Coleen Loving that cover! 3mo
janeycanuck @Coleen it‘s stunning, isn‘t it? 3mo
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Pre-order placed!!

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Dear Evelyn | Kathy Page
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EDP and I met in Whistler last weekend for a Valentine‘s getaway. We ALWAYS buy each other books on anything I deem a gift-giving holiday (Christmas, birthdays, Labour Day, every full moon - you know, just the major ones...) So I bought books for him and packed them along with stuff to wrap them up. And he didn‘t bring me any!! Good thing Whistler had a bookstore. And good thing I brought extra bags and tissue paper.

mcipher 😆 3mo
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Incendiary | Chris Cleave
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A difficult read, as expected.

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“You‘re going to Whistler but you don‘t ski or snowboard? Are you crazy?”

I‘m sitting with a glass of wine and my book while I wait for my golden beet salad at the start of my self-guided lunch (six restaurants!) with a book. Who‘s crazy now?

mcipher That is my story every time we go to Killington - the only non-skiers for miles around! 3mo
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Week at the Airport | Alain de Botton
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Despite 30% of flights being cancelled today, mine somehow seems to be on time (though we‘re supposed to board in 15 minutes and there‘s no plane yet.) On one hand, I‘m very happy that I won‘t be spending the night in the airport but on the other, I‘m sad that I won‘t have an excuse to break my book buying ban. There were a few I wouldn‘t have minded picking up.

GloVerdino I‘ve done some damage in airport bookshops, so I know how you feel! 3mo
Amandajoy You should get one just in case the plane is delayed. Beat the rush. 3mo
CouronneDhiver I was driving between cities today and gave up... staying overnight and trying again tomorrow 3mo
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janeycanuck @Amandajoy I really should have - we ended up taking off about 2 hours late but they did it in constant ten and twenty minute increments so you felt like you couldn‘t leave the gate 😠 3mo
janeycanuck @GloVerdino there‘s just something extra delicious about airport books!! 3mo
janeycanuck @CouronneDhiver Hope it‘s better for you today - I was flying out of Pearson. My drive to the airport was much better than expected but still took longer than usual. Safe travels!! 3mo
CouronneDhiver We‘ll be ok, I think. We‘ve got about 4 hours left to go today. 3mo
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Incendiary | Chris Cleave
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Man, January just flew by! Time for my #FebruaryTBR - got lots left over from Jan plus my #girlybookclub book and four more #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks books. I doubt I‘ll make it through everything but I‘ve got a couple of days of reading while my SO snowboards next week so I‘ve got a good shot at making a solid dent in the stack.

Laughterhp Haha I love your hashtag #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks! 4mo
janeycanuck @Laughterhp it‘s an ongoing struggle 😉 4mo
Laughterhp Oh I hear ya!! 4mo
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And my #24in48 is done!! I‘ve never been done this early before. I don‘t know what do to with myself, I‘m so used to needing to go to sleep the second I finish. Maybe I‘ll go read?

Melissa_J Awesome! Great job 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Morr_Books Fantastic!!! 4mo
candority Woohoo! Good work 🎉 4mo
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Nessavamusic Grats!! (edited) 4mo
Soubhiville Yes! Congratulations! 4mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 4mo
Mollyanna Congratulations 🎉🍾🎉 4mo
parttimedomestic Congrats! 🎉🍾 4mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4mo
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