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janeycanuck

janeycanuck

Joined February 2016

I work full-time to support my addictions to reading, travelling, and my pug, Penelope.
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Jane Austen's Letters by Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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This piqued my interest after hearing several comparison to Pachinko. It didn‘t quite have that same emotional gut punch that Pachinko did but it was a moving story in its own way.

Thank you to @Librarybelle for guiding the discussion on this #LiteraryCrew #buddyread

Librarybelle Hooray! Glad you liked this! 4d
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Thank you, @Andrew65 , for hosting the #FabulousFebruary readathon! My goal will be 1500 pages. Time to read!!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 5d
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My #BookSpin list for February. I didn‘t even get a hint of a bingo in January despite reading a lot so here‘s hoping Feb is better!

CoverToCoverGirl Those bingos can certainly be elusive. I‘m always excited when I get one. 🙂 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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The House Guests: A Novel | Emilie Richards
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Cassie's story moved much faster than Amber's story, which was good because I lose patience quickly for the whole "woman with a secret" trope when the drama is played up while the story unfolds at a snail's pace. So Cassie working through Mark's death was a good distraction. I do think this didn't need to be 500+ pages but I enjoyed most of them.

This was my #DoubleSpin this month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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A fitting end to the series.

Book 2/2 for #JoyousJanuary and my 2nd #Roll100 book of the month!

PuddleJumper Awesome! 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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The House Guests: A Novel | Emilie Richards
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Only a teenager thinks a pain in the butt is worse than a pain in the neck. Now that I‘m in my 40s, there are few worse pains than one in the neck!

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Her Secret Son (Original) | Hannah Mary McKinnon
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I‘ve had this uncorrected proof on my shelf for almost 4 years. After the first few chapters, I was completely enthralled and annoyed at myself for not picking it up sooner. Then, I read the last three or four chapters, was completely unimpressed at the resolution and now I‘m just glad it‘s off the shelf.

This was my #BookSpin pick and 1/2 I wanted to get read for #JoyousJanuary

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 somehow it‘s got a rating of 3.91 on Goodreads. 3w
TheAromaofBooks I get so frustrated when a book starts strong and then fizzles! 2w
janeycanuck @Andrew65 Maybe the end works for most people? It felt disjointed to me, though. 2w
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks and in the last 30 pages, too! 2w
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Where are my fellow #PemberLitten puzzlers? This puzzle from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild was super fun - and one I‘ll definitely do again!

wanderinglynn Super fun! 💚🧩 3w
Ruthiella Love it! 🧩❤️ 3w
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Oh no - this is the penultimate instalment in this series! I don't think I'm ready to let it go... Lutz is hilarious, again, and it's fun to see the story and the characters moving forward with their lives.

TrishB Love the mug 😁 3w
janeycanuck @TrishB it‘s one of my favs! I have to be very careful on video calls, though 🤪 3w
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A Death in Tokyo: A Mystery | Keigo Higashino
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Higashino has been on my list to pick up for years - so glad I finally did! This was an excellent read. I see where the comparison to Poirot comes from but there‘s a grittiness you get from a police procedural that you don‘t get from a gentleman detective.

It was easy enough to jump into Book 3 of the series but I‘ll be going back for the first two soon. It was well-paced, captivating, and twisty without being unbelievable.

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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Why, @PuddleJumper , why?!? Why must you post the rolls so soon and make me salivate at the titles I‘ve drawn for #Roll100 that I need to wait for TWO WEEKS to read?!

26 was actually a TBA pick for me that hasn‘t been A‘d so I‘ve taken the first book from the same category.

PuddleJumper 😂😂 I'm sorry! 3w
IndoorDame @janeycanuck @PuddleJumper Wait, I‘m new to this challenge. What happens if we start early? 3w
janeycanuck @IndoorDame @PuddleJumper presumably, we get publicly shamed for having no self-control. (edited) 3w
IndoorDame @janeycanuck 🤣🤣got it 3w
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Season of Love | Helena Greer
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I haven‘t looked but I suspect that my absolute utter dislike of Noelle will be an unpopular opinion. I fell in love with all the other characters (even Tara!) but Noelle just got under my skin. So I didn‘t like the romance part of this romance and it made it difficult to get through since I never wanted to pick it up when a Noelle chapter was next. But I did really enjoy the Carrigan‘s aspect so in the end, this is a so-so for me.

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Lutz is really in a groove with the Spellmans - the antics keep getting zanier, the cases keep getting more interesting, and the writing is as hilarious as ever. The missing household hardware in this one was just so bizarre but was nicely balanced by Maggie/Rae/Isabel working on the cases of wrongly-convicted men. Things are certainly coming to a head in this family - but there's still 2 books to go...

TheKidUpstairs I keep meaning to give these books a go... 3w
janeycanuck @TheKidUpstairs They are pretty funny but the style takes a bit to get used to! 3w
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The first half of Jan was not great for my reading goals - too many library books, not enough TBR-clearing!! So my goal for #JoyousJan will be to finish either my #BookSpin or #DoubleSpin and one of my #Roll100 books.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck and I hope it helps you get to your TBR. 4w
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I‘m delighted that I‘m finally getting into the Agatha Raisin mysteries. I think this may be my favourite so far - I didn‘t care for the mystery in the last book and I just didn‘t know the characters well enough in the first book. But I‘m really enjoying the series, especially when I sit with the audio and a puzzle.

#SeriesLove2023

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome puzzle 🧩 4w
Andrew65 I love this series and I think it does take you a while to get into the various characters. Love the puzzle. Well done 🥳 4w
janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I had such fun with this puzzle! It‘s a whole bunch of quotes from the novels surrounding the portrait of Jane! 4w
Andrew65 @janeycanuck I look forward to seeing the finished puzzle. 4w
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This is not a light, fluffy memoir of happy people on the cast of Friends. It starts with a terrible medical episode that nearly cost Perry his life and while that is one of the hardest parts of the memoir, Perry's story is grim. I think it might be easier on audio but take a pass on this one if you have your own addictive struggles or if you aren't great with seeing the bad & ugly side of a life that appears charmed to the rest of the world.

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Oh, there are some stories here that did not age well but as a whole, I was still able to enjoy Wooster's antics and Jeeves' genius. While these are incredibly formulaic, the way each little incident resolves is always funny and unique, which makes it easy to keep going back for more.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 1mo
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Romances that rely on shitty communication are exhausting. Most of the conflict is because one of the characters won't string 2 sentences together. If that wasn't enough, the CANADIAN authors keep putting Banff at the beginning of each chapter that takes place in their fictional tiny town that is maybe NEAR Banff. Some tiny town near Banff isn't Banff! What a shame because I really enjoyed the Christmas romance from this writing duo last year.

Readergrrl I LOLed out loud for real. 😂 1mo
melissajayne It‘s probably Canmore 1mo
janeycanuck @melissajayne isn‘t Canmore bigger than Banff? Either way, it‘s fictional. It has a garage, a pub, a corner store and no hotels. 1mo
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janeycanuck @Readergrrl OMG, there‘s a part where one character gets some upsetting news and instead of saying “oh, X has happened, I need to go”, she just flees while sobbing and the other puts 2+2 together and comes up with -7,174. 1mo
marleed Yep, I thought this was disappointing too. The miscommunication romance trope automatically pulls a romance to a so-so for me. And then I keep reading to see if it can redeem itself. This one overused that trope which was too bad because it had plot points that could have made for a good story. 1mo
janeycanuck @marleed Yeah, it feels like lazy writing. And agreed on the rest of the story, it had such potential! 1mo
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Nishga | Jordan Abel
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A very moving memoir told through excerpts of court documents, presentations, notes, and art, bringing me a new perspective of the Indigenous experience that I hadn't considered before.

I do wish the book had been in full colour, though. Some of the art was very difficult to see.

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This had a little too much tell and not enough show for me.

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Oof… way overdue in recording this one in Litsy…

I both enjoyed this more and less than I expected... The story line left me somewhat lacking in places - sorry, the union stuff was really boring - but the story moved faster than I expected it would. I think I'll try more Gaskell.

KristiAhlers It‘s my goal to get this one read this year. 1mo
AvidReader25 This one felt like Pride and Prejudice with unions and factories. 🤣 3w
janeycanuck @AvidReader25 Yes! You nailed it 😂 3w
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Once Upon a December | Amy E. Reichert
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Not the Christmas romance for me. I found it really hard to understand the time jumps and it wasn‘t until halfway through that I figured out what was going on. The characters were fun, though, and that‘s what kept me going.

emz711 I can't not hear this in the Anastasia song voice. Anyone else? #anastasiaisadisneyprincessnow 1mo
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I was really dubious about this one going in - the set up for it at the end of Finlay Donovan is Killing It sounded absolutely ridiculous. But with a third out this month and me trying to make my audio book goal in 2022, I turned this on. The story was not as ridiculous as I thought and the humour was as good as the first! Putting the third on hold now!

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First read of 2023! What a dark delight. Maud cracked me up and I wouldn‘t mind having a retirement like hers (murdering notwithstanding!)

This was one of my #Roll100 books - feels great to strike one off the list already!

kspenmoll This book was such fun! Good choice! 1mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1mo
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My last finish of 2022 - and this was fascinating! I annoyed my SO often with my newly discovered interesting facts about trees. They really do have a hidden life!!

Jess861 This book looks so interesting! 1mo
janeycanuck @Jess861 oh my goodness, it really is!! I will definitely be rereading it. 1mo
IuliaC I loved this one! 1mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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My Jan titles for #Roll100. 44 is a TBA book for the Storykeepers podcast so if it‘s still TBA, I‘ll read one of the picks I‘m behind on - likely NISHGA, which is 34 on my list.

PuddleJumper Looks good! 1mo
CaroPi An Elderly lady is hilarious! I have to read the second part. If you like dark humor you will like this one 1mo
janeycanuck @CaroPi I love dark humour! Really looking forward to it now!! 1mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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I was hoping Storykeepers would post their 2023 titles before the new year so that I could finalize my #Roll100 list but no dice yet (unintended but I‘m keeping the pun…) So this is my draft list!

If I‘ve already read a number when it‘s drawn, I‘ll take something else from the same category as a replacement. I‘m hoping to read 2 out of 3 rolls each month!

PuddleJumper You can always amend your list. Nothing is set in stone 1mo
CaroPi I cry with The nightingale. I almost never do that 1mo
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Eh. This was fine but nothing special. I won‘t continue with the series.

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After a bad storm that closed all the roads into my parents‘ town for 2+ days, we were finally able to celebrate Christmas yesterday. The books under the tree were worth the wait!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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I have my first #BookSpin list together! I know I won‘t blackout the bingo board but one or two lines would be nice!

Excited to be participating, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Getting a head start on my #SeriesLove2023 goal while I set up my 2023 reading planner.

I quite enjoyed listening to this - Agatha cracks me up and it was good to get to know James Lacey a bit. For me, the character building was better than the actual mystery, but given how many books are in this series, I‘m totally fine with that!

TheSpineView Good job! 1mo
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Time to finally dive into this series in 2023! I‘ve read the first book recently and enjoyed it - but there are 31 more! I will aim for a book a month but maybe I‘ll get through more.

Thanks for the great challenge, @Andrew65 and @TheSpineView

#SeriesLove2023

Andrew65 I think they only get better as you get to know the characters well. She is not the most likeable person but despite this can‘t help loving these books for the situations she gets herself into and this leads to many laugh out loud moments.

Never yet seen the tv series.

Great to have you join us on the Readathon that @TheSpineView and I are now leading on together.
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TheSpineView Looks like a great series. This one is new to me. I look forward to what you think about it 2mo
janeycanuck @Andrew65 Oh, good to know. I quite enjoyed the first one so I‘m looking forward to reading more! My library has the tv series so I may try to squeeze some of it in, too! 2mo
janeycanuck @TheSpineView it‘s been on my list forever. This is the perfect kick-in-the-pants to dive in! 2mo
Andrew65 @janeycanuck I‘ve read all the series that M C Beaton wrote, plus one after the new author took up the challenge of continuing the series on her request. They are quite quick reads as you will know from the first one. (edited) 2mo
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I really liked the writing style in this - it was sparse but enthralling - and the long chapters unravelling the past combined with short chapters from present day worked really well for the story. Quite a compelling read.

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Not my favourite Taylor Jenkins Reid but it was enjoyable enough. Carrie is hard to like - which is the point - and her relationship with her father is troubling but it was a really interesting story to follow.

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Well, I can see why Tokarczuk won a Nobel prize. This is so different than any other mystery I've read in the past, it's weird and dark and misleading and weird and frustrating and unsettling and weird...

Librarybelle Such a great description of the book! I loved it, but so different from other mysteries indeed. 2mo
Julsmarshall I felt the same way! 2mo
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Oh man, this was such a fun read! Packed full of action and laugh-out-loud moments. I‘ve never read Raybourn before but I may need to dive into her backlist.

Hooked_on_books Yes! Loved this! 2mo
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Man, this family is dysfunctional! But also hilarious. I‘m really enjoying the antics and the way Lutz tells her stories are so clever now. This one was a nice change up with Isabel working at the bar and the therapy passages were great. Looking forward to the next one!

merelybookish Nice candle. 😆 2mo
janeycanuck @merelybookish It makes a great Valentine's gift 😂 2mo
Tamra Bah - that candle! 😜 2mo
AvidReader25 That candle! *chef‘s kiss* 2mo
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I‘m several months late in getting to this first book in the #janeandtheexcellentreadalong hosted by @Crinoline_Laphroaig but I finally got here!

This had a very, very slow start. I found it hard to get into the rhythm of the writing and the story slow to get going. I did really like how the mystery resolved and how Jane‘s sassy side started to show as we got further in.

This also marks progress, finally, for me in the #WinterReadathon

Ruthiella It is incredibly slow, I agree. The third book is the one where the author starts to hit her groove, IMO. 2mo
janeycanuck @Ruthiella oh, good to know! I heard the second is much better than the first but hadn‘t really seen much past that. 2mo
merelybookish I've only read the Christmas volume and it also has a very slow start. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Even the author herself says first one isn't her best work. I just finished the 5th it's one of my favorites 3w
janeycanuck @Crinoline_Laphroaig I‘m partway through Book 2 and I‘m finding it much more enjoyable! 3w
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I wasn‘t too sure about this for the first few chapters but I really like where Greeley took the story. And she has such vivid writing, it was hard to stop at just one chapter each day for the #HeiressPride readalong!

Thanks for leading, @DebinHawaii !!

AvidReader25 Glad to hear this one got better. I read the first chapter and switched to another book. I‘ll give it another chance! 2mo
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The stacks for my #DecemberTBR & #WinterReadathon!

The left are book box books that have arrived recently. The middle is all my #pemberlittens reading that I‘m behind on (with the exception of the Heiress) so that stack is my goal for the Winter Readathon - I solemnly vow to catch up on #janeandtheexcellentreadalong! The right is some leftovers and a few books as I continue my quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

Gonna be a busy month!

DieAReader Looks great! Good luck📚🤓♥️ 2mo
Andrew65 Some great choices, enjoy. 🎅🎅🎅 2mo
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Oh man, good timing! I have gotten behind on a few things and with December being an absolutely batty month, I need a goal to help me focus my reading! So my goal for #winterreadathon is going to be to get caught up on my #pemberlittens reading. I‘m staying up-to-date on The Heiress but I haven‘t touched Jane Austen‘s letters yet or any of the #janeandtheexcellentreadalong yet.

Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😁 2mo
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Now that I‘m used to how these are structured, I flew through this second instalment. Lutz is hilarious, I love the snark and the completely dysfunctional family dynamic!

Suzze One of my all-time favorite series. I cried when she stopped writing them. 2mo
janeycanuck @Suzze I‘m almost afraid to ask… Did she just stop writing them or did she wrap the series up? 2mo
Suzze @janeycanuck Sorry it took me so long! Both kinda. Her last Spellman felt like it was wrapping up, I think she felt it coming. 2mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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For me, this was a very challenging read for such a small book. It was difficult to keep going at times. But it was poignant and thought-provoking and often bitter. It‘s not one I‘ll say I enjoyed but it was worth my time.

Ruthiella You echo my feelings about this book. I really felt its bitterness too. So I appreciated it but didn‘t “enjoy” it. 3mo
janeycanuck @Ruthiella I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 3mo
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BOTM has finally launched in Canada - and it‘s stupid expensive. First book is only $9.99 but the regular monthly credit price is $26.99 - for perspective, The Last Party has a list price of $24.99 in Canada but is currently 30% off at Indigo. I‘ll be interested to see how popular it is - and won‘t be surprised if it‘s gone within six months.

Any other Canadians experimenting with BOTM?

LeahBergen Well, that‘s annoying. 3mo
marleed Dang it! 3mo
Megabooks Wow! That‘s ridiculous! 3mo
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janeycanuck @LeahBergen @marleed @Megabooks Yeah, I‘m quite disappointed. The Last Party didn‘t have a hardcover release, it was straight to paperback but that happens a lot here. They are also still shipping from the US, not a Canadian warehouse so I imagine that doesn‘t help, either. 3mo
BookLineNSinker How annoying to spend that much and not have a hardcover option... I'm in the US but I don't participate in BOTM because I have more than enough to read on Libby (free app), my local library, Audible, and Kindle. I would love to build my collection of physical books but it's just become so easy to find what I need through all my other subscriptions lol. When I feel the need for a physical book, I head over to the library... 3mo
janeycanuck @BookLineNSinker In Canada, that‘s typical for the sticker price of a trade paperback. Hardcovers are rarely under $30 - usually more like $35 or $40. I like that we get so many titles straight to paperback since it‘s more affordable than hardcover and you don‘t have to wait. 3mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I think what I‘m realizing about Emily Henry is that I love her writing as individual scenes but find the book as a whole to be just a bit above a so-so. I was regularly laughing out loud and loved her dialogue but it‘s maybe a bit of an overload when you string it all together? I might need to read her work over a week or two versus over just a few days.

JamieArc I haven‘t read this one yet, but I would agree with your thoughts about her books. 3mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Oops. A bit late with my #NovemberTBR but we‘re travelling so time has slipped away. The books on the left are all for while we‘re away - I won‘t get through them all but it‘s good to have choice. The middle stack are my book box catch up reads and my #readmyowndamnbooks books for the month plus a couple of leftovers and the right is #pemberlittens reading!

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This took a little bit to get into the flow of the style of writing but when it clicked, it was such a funny read. I was laughing out loud every few pages and enjoyed it greatly!

AlaMich I found the audio versions of the series to be pretty good as well. 3mo
janeycanuck @AlaMich ooh, thanks for the tip! 3mo
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The Necromancer | Michael Scott
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So I‘m definitely vested in where this series is going but I don‘t think Scott is doing a particularly good job setting up what I assume is going to be a big showdown in the final book. I don‘t think he laid enough groundwork for the way this instalment ends to be plausible but it‘s an interesting starting point for the next book.

Book 4/4 for #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
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This was…. Inconsistent. Some parts were really strong and others were rather lacklustre. It felt like Jacqueline was two different people, almost like Mah wrote the book and then was told she wasn‘t enough like the real person and randomly picked some places to add some almost caricature-like moments.

Book 3/4 for #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Well done, shame it wasn‘t better! 👏👏👏 4mo
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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Wow, Celeste Ng! Wow!

Ng has delivered an eye-widening examination of a world we may find ourselves in soon if the real-life events she‘s drawn inspiration from are any indication of where society is headed. Like all of her work, this is an eloquent commentary on a segment of our society that needs a closer look. It was so enthralling, I am forgiving the lack of punctuation on the dialogue.

Book 2/4 for #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 Need to get hold of this one. 4mo
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