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jlowery999

jlowery999

Joined January 2017

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.
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Still Me by Jojo Moyes
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"You work eight hours a day covering wires to earn money to buy food and to pay for a place to sleep so that you can keep living to come back to cover more wires. Some people are born and kept living just to come to this."

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes

"All this nonsense about women having it all. We never could and we never shall. Women always have to make the difficult choices. But there is a great consolation in simply doing something you love."

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Panpan

I'm not really a huge sci fi fan but tend to enjoy them from time to time. This one just wasn't my favorite. There were a lot of philosophical, almost trippy moments that really just had me confused. Knowing it is the inspiration for Blade Runner, I expected a little more action and a little less drawn out dialogue.

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An incredibly beautiful book about life. Betty Smith has a way of making ordinary life occurrences mean so much more than I had ever thought them to mean. A book written in the 1940s, taking place in the 1910s, being read in the 2010s. Truly timeless.

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Thy Will Be Done | William F. Fritz
Mehso-so

This is a mystery and family drama written in a fairly classic style. Very character driven. It started out really good for me but then I started noticing mistakes. Not just typos, but logistical errors and inconsistencies in the story. (And when it comes to a mystery, the details are everything). The end was abrupt although not totally expected.

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Panpan

I'm sorry, I really didn't get this ...

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Zodiac | Neal Stephenson
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Maybe the weirdest book I have read? Funny and fast-paced but still frightening and scientific. A bit of a wild ride.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I thought this was awesome. Super suspenseful and downright scary at times. Your imagination really runs wild when you can't see and have no idea what could be out there, what could be right next to you. Kept me on the edge of my seat. A very fast read.

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
Pickpick

I thought this was a very solid psychological thriller and threw me more than one curve ball. Enjoyable and a little intense.

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Panpan

I think this had the opposite effect on me than it was supposed to. I came to appreciate certain technologies more. I actually think my favorite part was the addendum at the end when he discusses how he uses his minimal technology beliefs in a city setting.

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Total Recall | Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mehso-so

Ok, Arnold. Your book was super long. And I will admit that the first quarter had me a little bored. (Bodybuilding is really not my thing). However, I was pretty hooked following that. This is the perfect example of how success is a product of hard work and opportunity.

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Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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This was my second Anne Tyler book and it will be my last. I don't understand her nonsensical stories with tons of irrelevant information. I don't want to give away anything about this particular story but I was often frustrated and confused with Willa's decisions. And I'm still not sure I understand the point of the first third of the book.

JoyBlue Interesting. I'm just starting, and I'm confused about the beginning of the book, too (as it doesn't seem to fit with the summary I read). I'm moderating a discussion of this book in June for my online book club. 1mo
jlowery999 Good luck with your online book club! I also read this for a book club and the other members of the club saw some connections between the different time periods that I really didn't see. It may be that when you get to the meat of the story you will see those connections also. Although for me it never really clicked. 1mo
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Pickpick

I had never read a classic mystery before and I truly loved it! Plenty of interesting twists and turns and holds up quite well considering it's 80+ years old. My first Agatha Christie and I would definitely like to read more of her now.

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The Bridges of Madison County | Robert James Waller
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Such a beautiful book. Such a beautiful movie. I just love this love story.

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The Forgotten Garden | Kate Morton
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I wasn't immediately drawn in. I found the time jumping to be extreme and frankly confusing. But at about the halfway mark, the story started to unfold and reading felt less like work. I am really glad I stuck with it.

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A fascinating (and frightening) medical mystery. I can only hope this saves a lot of lives.

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
Mehso-so

I really liked the audio narrator on this one. I was pulled in pretty quickly and I was anxious to see what would happen but I was a little disappointed with the conclusion. It felt like a lot of build up and ultimately a let down.

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Mehso-so

My expectations may have been a little high. A very quick read and fairly enjoyable. Comical, light, and fun. Just didn't quite interest me enough to continue in the series.

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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Kristin Hannah is a great story teller and the master of eliciting the ugly cry. Overall I really liked this one (not quite as much as The Nightingale). I did have one issue and that was Anya having such a strained relationship with her daughters but her past seeming to have no effect on her relationship with her husband. Why would you make the decision to bring them into the world if you were going to shut them out?

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Panpan

What did I just read? A man's confession to committing about a hundred crimes over several days? I am what you might call a rule follower. This book didn't exactly jive with me.

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's difficult to read a book when you know the movie based off of it so well. I had expectations and visions that didn't quite turn out as expected and it was difficult not to immediately picture the movie characters. That being said, I loved the scientific detail and the story overall is a work of genius.

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Pickpick

Love. Love. LOVE. Was completely engulfed in this story and in the world of the OASIS. I enjoyed every second of it. Looking forward to the movie although am a little sad to know it doesn't follow the book.

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The Marriage Lie | Kimberly Belle
Mehso-so

Plot driven. The writing is not going to knock your socks off. Was getting a little bored with repetitive descriptions of how Iris was feeling. Story is pretty decent but takes some time to get into the real mystery. Resolved itself nicely and not completely as expected.

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The Zookeeper's Wife | Diane Ackerman
Bailedbailed

Really gave this one the old college try but after several several sittings with it I found my mind wandering every time. Finally decided to let it go. I didn't realize it was completely non-fiction, which to me made the content a little dry. It also turns out I don't have much interest in animal or war stories.

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Double Fault | Lionel Shriver
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Love Lionel Shriver's style. While not as good as Kevin, I still really enjoyed this one. She explores failure in unique and beautiful ways. Double Fault is essentially about failure in both career and marriage and how the two affect one another. I found it uncomfortable to get through at times but also difficult to put down.

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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
Mehso-so

I am impressed with the foresight Aldous Huxley had in 1932. While I enjoyed the unique and at times shocking aspects of his dystopian society, the story itself didn't keep me interested. I didn't feel any strong character development so it was hard to form a connection.

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I'm having a hard time with this review because I really liked the book. However, I read several reviews before I started it that said it was "funny". I mostly found it rather heartbreaking. Touches on some very serious subjects.

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Pickpick

My favorite part of this was learning about the memorial design competition and seeing the concepts of the other finalists. Ultimately I believe they made the right decision and the logistics with the names was impressive.

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Pickpick

We need to talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin. We need to talk about how raw, how honest it is. We need to talk about how brilliantly it's written. I felt such a connection with this book and in no small part because Eva Khachadourian ... is me. Only in some alternate universe where I have a child. This is my new favorite book.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
Mehso-so

I am still not entirely sure why this needed to be a trilogy as I was quite pleased with Me Before You on its own. After You was certainly not as good in my eyes but I don't believe I will bail on the trilogy. I'd like to see how it all turns out.

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Pickpick

Read this cover to cover although it's designed a little more like a coffee table book. I liked it! Enjoyed reading about each woman's journey and the impact on NYC. Many of the women I knew little about or had never even heard of.

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I really loved Me Before You. While it comes across at first as a pretty classic love story, it ultimately dives in to some serious topics (ones I wish we as a society would discuss more openly). I am not sure what to expect with the next two books but I do plan to find out :)

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
Mehso-so

Really enjoyed this book except was pretty disappointed in the ending. Loved the concept but I really wish the finale packed more punch.

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Panpan

Reads like a text book. Disjointed writing, chapter topics jump all over the place. Definitely a few interesting tidbits but not enough to keep me interested for a whole book length.

KtCakes22 What happened to "Don't write a book about trees"? ? 11mo
jlowery999 Implied lol 11mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
Mehso-so

I tend to come away from classic novels feeling bored. Definitely a lot going on here and I can't say it was ever boring. However these people are just awful and I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them. Hard to get invested when there's no one to root for.

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Gerald's Game | Stephen King
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I foolishly thought this would be a tame introduction to Stephen King. This book has haunted me for several days and it will continue to haunt me for a long time. I bow to you, Mr. King, master of horror.

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
Mehso-so

I had a really hard time understanding Tess. She spoke so eloquently in the book text but her dialogue made her seem like an airhead. The story overall interesting but not my favorite character to tell it. If you have a chance to listen to this on audio, the narrator is great.

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Pickpick

Adored this. Takes you through the history of the story, the making of the animated film, and then the transition to Broadway and the live action film. The naming of the chapters was so appropriate. I loved that tidbit.

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Origin | Dan Brown
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Dan Brown is the master of creating a decent fiction thriller and throwing in these nonfiction elements that just blow your mind. I haven't read him in a long time and I enjoyed revisiting Robert Langdon's world. Also, I think Edmond Kirsch is my soul mate.

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Bailedbailed

Sorry, just can't do it. Although I find the topic interesting, this is way too detailed for me. While I don't want to downplay the effect it had on all the women involved, I think it would be less tedious if the focus was on just a few of them and we got to know them better. Knowing every woman's hairstyle was really not relevant to me.

KtCakes22 Agreed in that it was a lot of people to keep tabs on. But I still liked it! 14mo
jlowery999 You're gonna have to provide a summary for me because I'm still curious how it all turned out. Plz. 14mo
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Pickpick

I listened to this on audio book (my first ever!) I was absolutely fascinated by this story. I am in awe of the research Rebecca Skloot did to tell this story as well as the way in which she chose to tell it, weaving the science and the human interest stories together seamlessly. I can't say enough good things.

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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I was so excited to see this movie when I first heard about it. I was admittedly a little disappointed by the movie. The second half fell kind of flat for me. But not the book. Seeing the world through Jack's eyes was extraordinary and made me look at various things from a different perspective. Almost to the point, believe it or not, where I questioned whether he may have been better off in Room.

Eggs Book was better, as usual 1y
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I enjoyed how this story unfolded. Bits and pieces of the past are revealed until you finally have a cohesive story. Made me think, challenged my ideas of right and wrong, and kept me interested throughout.

ekm44 You read a book before I did!!! Haha 1y
jlowery999 First time ever? Lol 1y
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Definitely not a book you're going to sit down and power through in a night, but Writing New York has been a trusty companion by my bedside for years now. It's the perfect go to when you are looking for a quick read. I decided to read all the excerpts from front to back in order (chronological) and I loved that I could see the city evolving in so many different ways through so many different eyes.

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The Hours: A Novel | Michael Cunningham
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Mehso-so

I will say first of all that I'm very glad I read Mrs Dalloway before reading this book. It helped me understand the connection between Virginia and Clarissa. I also enjoyed the parallels between the Clarissas' days. I feel like I was waiting for a stronger connection between the women at the end? Was I supposed to be surprised that Laura Brown was Richard's mom? I assumed that was the case as soon as they said his name was Richie.

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
Mehso-so

Am I worthy to review a classic? I have never read a book quite like this one. The stream of consciousness style is new to me and I didn't love it. Although I found the read relatively enjoyable (I didn't consider bailing), I don't think I'll be quick to pick up another Virginia Woolf.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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A really beautiful way to present the post apocalypse. It ended a bit abruptly for me and I was left wanting more at first. However, after mulling over it for a day I am at peace with it. This is a story of lives that are connected but not completely intertwined. The premise haunted me in a good way.

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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One of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time. I went into it knowing basically nothing and I truly believe that's how you should go into this book, so I will say no more. Except seriously, read it.

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There are two types of good books, in my opinion. Those that totally engulf you in the present, engaging you in every word, phrase, and sentence. Then there are those where you can't read fast enough and you end up skipping words and sometimes covering up the bottom of the page with your hand so you don't start skipping paragraphs... you know what I mean? This would be the second type.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
Mehso-so

The middle third of this book dragged for me a little, although the beginning and end I found interesting and engaging. I appreciate that Jodi Picoult put all the effort and research that she did into this topic. I will be the first to admit that I do not know enough about racism to talk about its accuracy. But it's hard for me to give high marks to a book that makes me feel guilty and uncomfortable.