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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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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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Why do bad things happen to good people?

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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Mehso-so

Two first-person narratives PLUS letters from a dead character PLUS excerpts from newspapers, books, etc? That's just too much to keep track of and was covering up a weak plot. I still enjoyed the writing because Hawkins writes such fantastic unlikeable characters but there just wasn't enough here for a novel.

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Expiration Dates | Rebecca Serle
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I feel like Serle kinda moved the goalposts halfway through the book? I definitely didn‘t like the ending at all but there was enough in the rest of the book, even with the game-changing “reveal” that this was a nice book to spend a few hours with.

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A little too much filler, mostly in the form of breaking the fourth wall over and over without adding anything to the story, but witty like the first and an interesting enough story with some fun reveals.

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The Weekend Retreat | Tara Laskowski
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Mehso-so

A book meant for a rainy October night, not a bright spring day. Nothing mind blowing here, this is entirely predictable but good if you want a fast paced thriller.

BkClubCare I like the mug ☕️ 3w
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The Great Divide | Cristina Henríquez
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I love a historical fiction novel that centres around a major but less attention-grabbing event - in this case, the building of the Panama Canal. I liked how Henríquez gave us back story and glimpses of the future tucked around the main plot but I would have liked a slightly smaller cast of characters.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 💛❤️ 3w
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The earlier chapters were more interesting to me than the later chapters but overall, this was cute and cheeky, just as I wanted it to be.

My March #BookSpin

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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I‘m ready for April and #Roll100! I‘m not super excited about 2 of my 3 picks, which is funny because I had a hard time in December narrowing my list to just 100 titles. But we‘ll see how it goes.

PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 3w
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The Mitford Murders | Jessica Fellowes
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A fun read, if a bit long. Be warned, if you are picking this up for the Downton Abbey comp, it‘s almost entirely downstairs with very little upstairs. But it had an interesting resolution and I really enjoyed Louisa and Guy.

Roll 79 for #Roll100

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3w
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Bad Cree: A Novel | Jessica Johns
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I really hesitated to pick this up because while it sounded great, I heard it was horror and I don‘t do horror. Well, either I don‘t know what horror is or this isn‘t horror. But it is great. The first half was quite slow, I‘d have liked slightly better pacing but overall, a compelling read.

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TheKidUpstairs I found the "horror" classification misleading, too. While it certainly had horror elements, it certainly wasn't the defining genre/ feel of the book. 3w
janeycanuck @TheKidUpstairs oh, good! I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 3w
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I‘m ready for April! I did better than expected in March given the number of library holds that came in for me, though still no bingos. But I‘m heading into April without too many library books hanging over my head so we‘ll see if I can make a #BookSpin bingo happen this month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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The Great Divide | Cristina Henríquez
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Why does this keep happening to me?! Thank goodness this weekend is a long one.

ShananigansReads I swear library holds are all or nothing 😂😂 4w
janeycanuck @ShananigansReads Yes! And the minute you get home, one more arrives for you. 4w
AmyG Ha! When it rains, it pours. I have the same problem. 4w
kspenmoll All so true! 3w
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I‘m going to need to either check this out again or get my own copy because I didn‘t take notes and there‘s so much good stuff in here.

This one really resonated with me. Last fall, I was let go from what I now realize was a really toxic company and I was suffering major burnout. I picked this up around the time I was starting a serious hunt for a new job and this really helped me narrow in on what I wanted my next opportunity to look like.

AlaMich Love the tongue!!😂 4w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
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This book is perfect.

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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

Can you really call something a "whydunnit" if you still haven't revealed who was killed, let along who did it a quarter of the way into the book?

Ultimately, this was quite predictable.

AvidReader25 My thoughts exactly. 1mo
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A little chewier than I expected based on the cover and what a strong debut! Cheeks does a beautiful job with developing Willie's character and exploring all the different facets of her life as she's navigating things with the Forgiveness Act.

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Float Up, Sing Down | Laird Hunt
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The structure of this was too intriguing for me to pass up, though in the end, it didn't end up being my cup of tea. Perhaps I'd have done better if I hadn't chosen to read one chapter a day?

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Finally sat down to catch up on my reading journal and do my February #readingwrapup. So much reading in February!

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My Murder | Katie Williams
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A fresh twist on a thriller but I didn't like the ending. I did figure out what was going on so it wasn't a total shock but it felt like Williams promised one thing and delivered another. It's impossible to say more without spoilers.

My Feb #BookSpin

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Flavors of the Sun | Christine Sahadi Whelan
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Holy ####, this was so good! It probably had something to do with the six cups of whole milk?

I‘ve never seen the pasta shape called for in the grocery store so I used another recommended shape and there wasn‘t enough. Next time, I‘d do 1.5x the amount of pasta and freeze half for another dinner. This also reheated way better than any other Mac and cheese I‘ve ever made.

Eighth recipe for #MtCookbook

Tamra Oh my, I would love it - harissa! 😋 2mo
janeycanuck @Tamra I am not one for spice but OMG, so good! I don‘t think I‘ve dropped the recipe in that shared doc but I will later today. You could easily adjust the spice level up, if you wanted a bit more. 2mo
Tamra @janeycanuck I feel so bad, neither have I! 2mo
mabell Harissa is so good! We just whipped feta and harissa, and it was fabulous. We will definitely have to make this pasta! 1mo
janeycanuck @mabell I still haven‘t gotten the recipe in but definitely in the next day or two! Definitely try this one! 1mo
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More jam, always more jam!!

Fourth recipe for #MtCookbook

CBee The cake looks yum but I LOVE that mug with a passion 😂😂😂😂 2mo
janeycanuck @CBee Vilks Stoneware! She has so many good ones, I‘ve been eyeing Sofa King Tired for a while 😂 2mo
CBee @janeycanuck thanks! I‘ll have to check it out 😊 2mo
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Tamra What type of jam did you use? 2mo
janeycanuck @Tamra blackberry vanilla, which was very tasty! I think the recipe recommended raspberry but any berry would be good. 2mo
Tamra @janeycanuck that would be amazing! 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau That mug! 😍😍 2mo
BookmarkTavern Delicious! 😋 2mo
mabell Beautiful swirl! 😍 1mo
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Fifth recipe for #MtCookbook was not baked goods! This was overly oily so I‘m keeping the recipe but dropping the oil drastically next time. Oh, and I couldn‘t be bothered to seek out broccolini but using broccoli was totally fine.

Tamra Yum! I wish we had broccolini here. 2mo
janeycanuck @Tamra broccoli works! And is cheaper🤪 2mo
mabell Looks yummy! How was the teriyaki? 1mo
janeycanuck @mabell It was good but the recipe had too much oil and it separated out. I‘d cut the oil drastically next time. 1mo
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This was the ultimate banana bread! I pulled frozen bananas from my freezer and I think I should have given them a quick blend before adding to the batter because they were a bit lumpy and sunk to the bottom but the flavour was so good. New standard banana bread recipe found!

Ninth recipe for #MtCookbook

IndoorDame Yum!!! 2mo
janeycanuck @IndoorDame so tasty! I love banana bread!! 2mo
Tamra Banana bread is such a comfort food.😄 2mo
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janeycanuck @Tamra I know, right? 2mo
mabell This sounds good! So many frozen bananas to use over here 😆 1mo
janeycanuck @mabell I hate bananas to eat but love them baked in stuff! 1mo
mabell I like a little of both ways. 😄 We usually make a lot of smoothies, but haven‘t been as much lately so the frozen bananas have been accumulating! 1mo
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I‘m super behind on my #MtCookbook posts! I made these brownies back at the beginning of Feb and they were pretty good! I did use a different size pan (I think they would have been too thin if I used the size in the recipe) so they needed a lot longer in the oven but otherwise worked well!

My seventh recipe done!

Librarybelle They look delicious! 2mo
janeycanuck @Librarybelle They were! And have frozen quite well, if you‘re the type to need a little sweet tucked away to easily pull out. 2mo
Librarybelle Good to know!! 2mo
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Tamra You went all out - even with frosting! My kids would be impressed. I‘m usually not patient enough to make frosting after baking anything. 2mo
janeycanuck @Tamra I mixed it up while they were in the oven and it was pretty quick with a hand mixer. I should have waited a bit longer before putting it on cause it did get a bit melty but I wanted to cut in! 2mo
mabell They look delicious! And I love the frosting! 1mo
janeycanuck @mabell quite enjoyable! I was sceptical about the icing when I was mixing it up but it turned out great 1mo
mabell I‘m definitely going to try this! After the last batch that didn‘t turn out, I got a new pan just for making brownies 😄 1mo
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A powerful read. Oluo digs deep into history to explain how we got where we are and the dangerous path we‘re still on.

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PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 2mo
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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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This could definitely have been shorter and I was annoyed with how a major event was unveiled but overall, I liked the story and really enjoyed the strong sense of place Morton created.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Bring on March! Did I read a tonne in February? Yes! Was it all from the library and not anything from my #BookSpin list? Also yes. Am I regretting putting 30+ new releases on hold and not reading from my shelves? Never!

March isn‘t going to be my month either, but hey, it‘s fun to pretend.

LiteraryinLawrence Ha, I was just talking with @BennettBookworm about how we make a list each month and then immediately deviate from it. 😋 2mo
janeycanuck @LiteraryinLawrence 😆 It‘s nice to know I‘m not alone! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The Bennet Women | Eden Appiah-Kubi
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I really liked what Appiah-Kubi did with updating the P&P storyline, she made the story fresh & interesting, adding her own ideas without losing the original story. I particularly like what she did with the Jane & Bingley storyline! But when she took things past the original P&P story, the pace really shifted and it felt like the story was dragging. But this is definitely one of the better adaptations that is around!

Roll 50 for #Roll100

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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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Yay, March #Roll100 time!! Some good picks for me this month.

PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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I needed a palette cleanser after my last read so I turned to this sweet little graphic romance. Mari and Hazel are separated in their youth but reunited 50 years later - the art was so lovely but the story moved a little too quickly in places for my taste. Another 10 pages would have really helped with that.

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The Book of Doors | Gareth Brown
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DNFing at 300 pages because of the absolutely unnecessarily graphic depictions of violence.

Seriously. I can‘t believe how much buzz this book has and NO ONE seems to be talking about the particularly graphic gun violence.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
elkeOriginal Yikes! Thanks for the warning. 1mo
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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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This was an interesting one because early on, I felt like I could really tell when Quinn was writing and when Chang was writing but either I got so sucked into the story that I couldn't tell anymore or the meshing of their styles improved. Either way, I loved getting a more thriller-like story from Chang and a more character-driven story from Quinn. I hope they collaborate again!!

KristiAhlers I can't wait to start this one. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I like Chang and so plan to give this a try. Sounds promising! 2mo
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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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Oh shit.

Well, I guess this is what happens when you have 35 books on hold. And only one is renewable!!!

slategreyskies I have The Book of Doors on hold too! It looks so good. 📚 2mo
janeycanuck I‘m really looking forward to that one! 2mo
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Flavors of the Sun | Christine Sahadi Whelan
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I‘m not a brittle fan and I don‘t handle spice well but this is right up my husband‘s alley so I made it for him to take on his ski weekend with his buddies. It didn‘t have a lot of kick to it but the spice is sprinkled on top so easy to adjust for taste!

#MtCookbook (6th recipe made!)

TheBookHippie Oooo 2mo
Tamra Oh yummmmy! That looks seriously good. I love anything crunchy. 2mo
janeycanuck @Tamra @TheBookHippie it got rave reviews from the fellas! 2mo
mabell Yum!! Was it a mix of nuts? 2mo
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No One Can Know: A Novel | Kate Alice Marshall
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I love a good dysfunctional family thriller and this family is dysfunctional AF! Marshall has some good layers here, leading to a couple of possible conclusions and while I did think I knew who did it pretty early on, she had me second guessing myself a lot. A good one to keep you turning the pages!

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The Orchard | David Hopen
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I see why this is compared to the Secret History. I liked the little bits of philosophy, religion, etc. that were peppered in through Ari's lessons but it did get to be a bit too heavy b the end. And while the book isn't light be any stretch of the imagination, it gets REALLY intense & dark at the end, which makes for a page-turner but also kinda leaves you feeling like you've been punched in the face.

My Jan #BookSpin

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Hey #MtCookbook friends... It took me a while but here's a Google doc we can use to share recipes! Hopefully it won't take too much time to update. If you don't have a URL for your recipe, snap a photo and throw it at the end of the doc and I'll take care of linking it :)

Feel free to add all the recipes you try or just the ones that people ask for.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Ult3c_4oBXJRxZNySTk3neLRh-twMpFRof3hdpTZtY/...

TheBookHippie Yes!! I‘ll get to this this week! 2mo
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Tamra Thank you! 2mo
IndoorDame Thanks 😊!!!! 2mo
Chrissyreadit wow!! i need to post what i made this week- this is awesome ❤️ 2mo
mabell This is great! Thanks! 2mo
mabell I added the lines for my recipes so far - I just need to figure out how to post the photos of the recipes 😆 2mo
janeycanuck @mabell I just drag and drop the photo in. You can probably copy & paste, too! 2mo
mabell Thanks! 2mo
Tamra @janeycanuck I am finally getting around to adding recipes & photos, but I can‘t figure out how to add more rows! 😅 14h
janeycanuck @Tamra oh no! I just added a couple more but you should be able to go into the last cell in the last row and hit tab and it should add one. 14h
Tamra @janeycanuck thank you! 14h
Tamra @janeycanuck I am doing it on my iPhone - any ideas how to tab forward on it? 14h
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Does Janice Hallett need any new friends? This was such a fun book. I love how Hallett uses the epistolary style to unfold such an intriguing mystery and does it with such humour & style! Hallett is such a unique writer and I can't wait for her next one.

LiteraryinLawrence I loved her other 3 books and just borrowed this one from the library! Hope I like it as much as you did! 2mo
janeycanuck @LiteraryinLawrence I ended up a bit disappointed in the Twyford Code but her style is just so awesome. Hope you enjoy! I still need to read The Appeal and think she has a new one out in September?! 2mo
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Newcomer: A Mystery | Keigo Higashino
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Wow, I loved the way this unfolded! It‘s more like a series of short stories that form part of the larger mystery but still have their own resolution. Over the course of the book, there is a subtle shift to more of a traditional narrative. It‘s just so well done, I love how each of these Kaga mysteries is a little different!

With this finished, I‘m caught up on the Detective Kaga mysteries! First series done for #SeriesLove2024

TheSpineView Awesome! 2mo
BarbaraBB Lovinf these series 2mo
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Huh. This has such a strange structure that just defies description. It works, giving such depth to Coral‘s story, but it can be hard to stay in the story. I liked the Wildfire excerpts the best, oddly, and I think if this had been longer, I‘d have better appreciated & understood the way Blackburn was telling the story.

Tiffiney That's the city I work in and used to live in...I didn't realize this book existed. I might have to check it out. 3mo
janeycanuck @Tiffiney Long Beach doesn‘t play too much of a role but it‘s definitely worth checking out! 3mo
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I‘m moving slowly this month but got my #FebruaryTBR sorted.

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Trust Exercise | Susan Choi
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Panpan

I don't get it.

peanutnine The candle! 😂 3mo
janeycanuck @peanutnine isn‘t it fun? It‘s a local candle maker but she just announced she‘s shutting down 😭 3mo
peanutnine @janeycanuck oh how sad 😞 3mo
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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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This is definitely the earliest I‘ve ever done my #readingwrapup! I had a really strong start with January for my reading but it kinda tapered off. I want my early Jan momentum back for February!

AmyG Loved the tagged book! So fun. 3mo
janeycanuck @AmyG it was definitely my fav for the month!! 3mo
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I have no idea why I put this on hold because I‘m not much of a middle grade reader but this came in for me at the library and it sucked me in!

What a beautiful way to tell a story, the stream of consciousness approach worked so well. The lighter moments & poop stories helped break up the heavier aspects, which were told so well.

Ruthiella What a nice surprise! 3mo
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No bingos for me in Jan but it was a good reading month so I‘m carrying that energy into February!

#BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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February #Roll100 already?! I‘m delighted that I did actually get to all of my January rolls so let‘s hope this momentum continues!

PuddleJumper That's great! 3mo
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A strong debut but there was some inconsistency in the writing - generally, it was really easy reading but Parekh would throw in words here & there that didn't seem to suit (like arrhythmic to describe a pounding heart.) But she really shines with how she sets a scene, creating such a strong atmosphere, I kept looking out the window expecting to see rain.

Just missed my last #JoyousJanuary goal by 50 pages with this! There‘s always next month.

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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I probably should have known better than to pick this up. I definitely preferred the second half with more of the fallout/impact of the relationship than the time at Browick but I can‘t say I enjoyed this (if one can even say they enjoyed a book about statutory rape…)

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2/2 #BookSpin or #Roll100 books for #JoyousJanuary and 5/6 overall

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3mo
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Hey #MtCookbook friends!

Everyone is posting such delicious photos of their cooking and I just want to try so many of the recipes!!

If I set up a shared doc, would people be interested in sharing the recipes they‘ve tried with some commentary (like if you‘d make any changes next time - that sort of thing)? We‘ll keep it simple - a link if available online or a photo of the recipe and a short note

Tagging folks in comments, tag anyone I miss!

TheBookHippie Sounds good! 3mo
IndoorDame I‘m in! 3mo
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Tamra I can try! No promises because between work & family I can barely keep my head above water. 3mo
Daisey I‘m in! I can‘t promise to remember every time, but I‘ll try. Maybe include cookbook title if people want to easily check it out. Also, I was just wondering if there was a tag list, so I may copy this one for my future posts. (edited) 3mo
mabell That sounds like great idea! 3mo
SamAnne I‘m in starting in a couple weeks. Traveling…..One of my New Year‘s resolutions was to actually read my cookbooks—I cook from a lot of different cuisines and cultures and some of my cookbooks are well worth the read and I haven‘t taken time to actually read them! 3mo
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Higashino constructs such an elegant resolution to the opening murder, which is both simple & insanely complicated all at the same time. I particularly like how we follow multiple detectives as they pursue their lines of inquiry, really showing how complex a case this is. And the writing is just so crisp & precise!

2/3 library books (and 4/6 overall) for #JoyousJanuary AND progress for #SeriesLove2024

jlhammar Love Higashino. Looking forward to this. Planning to read this one first 3mo
Andrew65 Looks good, well done 👏👏👏 3mo
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