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lauraisntwilder

lauraisntwilder

Joined October 2016

Favorite authors: Per Petterson, Lorrie Moore, Hiromi Kawakami. Favorite genres: Literary fiction, mysteries.
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
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Among the Shadows | L. M. Montgomery
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I'm ready for next month's #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. (How cute is this little candelabra from the Target dollar spot??)

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Mistress Pat | L.M. Montgomery
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I get the *very* strong impression that these aren't anyone's favorite L.M. Montgomery books, but I thoroughly enjoyed them...until the last 15 pages of Mistress Pat. I'm sorry, what did I just read?! Can't wait to see what everyone else has to say about it. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

AnneCecilie That sounds interesting. I‘ve really enjoyed these, but I‘m getting close to those last 15p 4d
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Tipping The Velvet | Sarah Waters
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I finally read this. I've had it for ages. It was both exactly what I expected and a total surprise. I got so frustrated with Nancy in the middle section, making choices I was sure would end in disaster. And they did! She won me back though and I loved the ending.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I have a lot of books I haven't read. So, even though I haven't read Northanger Abbey, I thought it was weird I didn't have a copy. I ordered one so I can do the #pemberlittens buddy read next month. Then, I happened to go visit my parents in TN and found in my old bedroom...a copy of Northanger Abbey. 🙄

ManyWordsLater Ah! Austen‘s gothic novel! 👻🕸🌒 1w
batsy Both are great covers! 1w
CrowCAH You can never have tooo many copies of the same book! 1w
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I'm reading this for the first time with the #Pemberlittens and I've never seen any of the movies either. While I was looking up the different adaptations, I found this bizarre DVD cover for a BBC version that totally makes it look like Timothy Dalton is playing Jane.

KathyWheeler It does! 😄 2w
EvieBee Lol! It does!! 2w
ErinSueMreads But let's be honest, this is in course with the rest of the awkward in this book 🤣 4d
lauraisntwilder @ErinSueMreads Ha! That's very true! 😜 4d
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The covers of the next books in each of my British mystery series are all blue, including the second Thursday Murder Club, which I haven't bought yet. 💙

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I'm doing the #pemberlittens chapter-a-day read along and today's chapter was the first one I liked. This is the copy I didn't read in high school and I can sort of see why! 😂 I hope this chapter is a sign of things to come. I'm enjoying reading everyone's comments as we go.

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The Little Sister | Raymond Chandler
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Listened to another Marlowe audiobook with my husband. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the others, but it's still a pick because I enjoyed how grouchy Marlowe was.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Loved this! It was creepy (in a good way), with a big, crumbling old house. There were twins sisters, multiple time periods, two beautiful gardens, and an antiquarian bookshop. What else do you need? Reminded me of reading Kate Morton.

jlhammar I hope we get a new Diane Setterfield soon! I've enjoyed all of her books. 4w
lauraisntwilder @jlhammar I'm excited to read her others now. 4w
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield

Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes--characters even--caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.

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The Lady in the Lake | Raymond Chandler
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I listened to the audio of this one with my husband and we both thought it was great. We kept pausing it to share theories over who we thought was the murderer and how things connected. It was a tightly crafted mystery, just excellent.

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I'm marking this as a pick, even though I didn't think it was as good as Petterson's other books. I still enjoyed it and it made me want to reread his other Arvid books.

I was a bookseller for 15 years and it made me a little depressed to find out about a new book by one of my favorite writers 6 months after its release. I made it my business to make sure people knew about books I knew they'd like. I wish I had a bookseller who did that for me!

BarbaraBB I love the cover and I would love such a bookseller! 1mo
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"...and all the bookshelves, and all the years with all the books...and behind every spine there was an open door onto a life that was not mine, but perhaps might have been and in a way already was because I had moored them all to a buoy in my heart, every single one of them, yes, all the way throughout the years from high school and here I had kept them with me, and who would I have been without them..."

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I enjoyed the whole book, but especially the last few chapters. It's hard to believe the ending of an almost 30-year-old bestseller hadn't been spoiled for me.

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Life Ceremony: Stories | Sayaka Murata
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I really enjoyed about half the stories and the other half...not so much. I *wanted* to like all of them, but I felt like there were a lot of repeated ideas, themes, and storylines from her novel Earthlings that were executed better in the novel.

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Thank You Books | Birmingham, AL (Bookstore)
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We stopped by Thank You Books this morning while we were in Birmingham. It's a fantastic store! These were my picks. My husband and son got books, too. We'll definitely go back next time we're in the area.

lauraisntwilder This one was a staff pick. 2mo
lauraisntwilder Curious about this one, since I enjoyed Family Law. Phillips lives in Birmingham, which is fun. 2mo
lauraisntwilder This one is one of my StoryGraph recommendations. 2mo
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The High Window | Raymond Chandler
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My husband and I finished listening to this audiobook today. I think we both liked it better than Farewell, My Lovely. As always with Chandler, the dialogue is snappy and smart.

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The Poacher's Son | Paul Doiron
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A weekend of summer hockey practices in Birmingham for my son (the ice where he normally plays isn't there all year) means I'm reading in the coldest building I've been in for months. I picked this up on vacation in Maine because it's set there and I wanted to read it while the place was still fresh in my mind--also, it takes place in August.

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Pat of Silver Bush | L.M. Montgomery
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My books came yesterday, so I'm ready to start my first #kindredspiritsbuddyread. I'm looking forward to it!

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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the first half of this. The last two mysteries were considerably darker. Still no gore, but one of the female characters is very nearly raped and frankly I don't want to read about that. The last mystery was about the murder of a gay character who was killed because he was gay. Sidney says the right things, pretty much, but it's still the 50s. I might try another one in the series just because I like the show so much.

CarolynM I read the first couple of books. I like the TV version better. 2mo
lauraisntwilder @CarolynM So far, I do too! 2mo
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My Saturday afternoon.

RobES Perfect Saturday afternoon 👏🥰 2mo
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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This one grew on me. I had a gap of several weeks when I was reading other things and let this sit untouched. I probably would have enjoyed it more if that hadn't happened. Still, the writing was beautiful and I look forward to watching the show.

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My apologies, Sidney, I didn't mean to get your cover wet. (Still readable!)

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The Time Machine | H.G. Wells
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I read this because my son read it for summer reading and he wanted to discuss it. I like any book that gets him that interested!

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I read most of this while on vacation, but had to finish up the last 10 or so pages at home. I am so hooked on these! I've already ordered book 7.

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The Body | Stephen King, Robin Waterfield
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I bought this today at The Briar Patch, a great bookstore in Bangor, after driving by Stephen King's house.

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Sherman's Books and Stationery, Bar Harbor | Bar Harbor, ME (Bookstore)
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Vacation purchase! I got this at the Freeport location, actually. (We saw the Bar Harbor location, but didn't get a chance to visit.) The bookseller in Freeport said this is a great series and that she and her husband have read all of them.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Love them!

2. I keep 3.

3. I started keeping a list in 2006, just title & date read. In 2019, I started more of a diary. I write book details, a rating, whether I own it & in what format, & my thoughts. Also like to include if it was a gift or bought on vacation. In my son's, started in 2012, I write his favorite parts of books I read aloud & he writes about ones he reads on his own.

#sundayfunday #late #itsactuallyfriday
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ozma.of.oz That is lovely! Sharing something with your son! Thank you for sharing! 💕 2mo
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Currently reading on a hotel balcony in Maine. Perfection.

BittersweetBooks Where in Maine?? I love it there, it‘s beautiful! 3mo
lauraisntwilder @BittersweetBooks Tonight we're in Rockport. We're heading up to Acadia later in the week. It's gorgeous! 3mo
BittersweetBooks @lauraisntwilder I haven‘t been to Rockport before but Acadia is amazing. Enjoy!! 3mo
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McNally Jackson - Nolita | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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I've been off Litsy for about a week because I was in NYC for work. Without going into detail, I work remotely for a book-related company based in NYC and I actually worked in the office three days this week. I got to visit the fabulous McNally-Jackson Books on Prince St. I was so impressed with their fantastically curated fiction section, organized by country.

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I dug out my Kobo (that I'd sort of forgotten about owning) for another reason and remembered reading that there was an ebook-only Flavia story. It was truly a short story. I'd been hoping it was more of a novella, but it was cute.

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I stayed up late finishing this one, only to find the last line is a cliffhanger. So, that's the story of how I ordered book #6 at 1am. This continues to be a fun series and this one felt a little different. The police presence was missing for most of Flavia's investigation, so she had different obstacles. Made it feel fresh, rather than having her fight the same fights in every book.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This struck a good balance of being light, but not too light, like if Fredrik Backman wrote a mystery. I've been reading the Flavia da Luce books, about an 11-year-old British sleuth, so it was fun switching to this story about amateur British sleuths in their 70's.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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My afternoon... 🌞 📖 🌴

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Mehso-so

Too much action, not enough character growth for my taste. I liked Stellan Gios though.

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Mehso-so

I liked this, but I didn't love it like I hoped I would (and kind of expected to, based on her other books). The main character frustrated me. I didn't dislike her, but it's hard for to relate to someone so incapable of talking about things.

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Summer has just started, but I'm already planning for the best season of the year: Publishing Season! I'd say I'm equally excited for all three of these.

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Current reads. I'm feeling a little scattered at the moment, so I'm not very far into any of these. But I like everything I've read so far!

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My husband and I listened to this audiobook while working on jigsaw puzzles. It had some interesting anecdotes, but didn't have much of a narrative. I would have liked more context about what was going on outside the zoos.

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I just discovered this adorable Little Women fabric last night and I think I have to make a quilt now.

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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows | C Alan Bradley
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Each of these has been better than the last. I was excited, when I finished the last one, to learn that this one was set at Christmas. It really felt like the Christmas special of a BBC show, like "Father Brown" or "All Creatures Great and Small." I love Christmas and I loved how Bradley used it as a backdrop without being too saccharine.

emz711 They're the best! 4mo
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She Is Haunted | Paige Clark
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I loved this! Great writing and interesting characters. The stories dealt with similar themes, places, and several had a character named Elizabeth, but the approach was very different from one to the next. I also enjoyed the feeling of the physical book. It opened easily and felt good in my hands. Maybe that's a weird detail to share in a review, but it increased my enjoyment of the book.

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I feel bad saying this was only so-so, because I ended up liking it a lot. I had to get the audio to get through it though. The beginning is just SO sad that I lost the motivation to keep going. I've sort of accidentally collected a backlog of Star Wars books though and wanted to push through! (I read multiple books at once, but more than one Star Wars book at the same time might confuse me.)

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It's not April anymore, but I'm still reading poetry. Harjo presents the Trail of Tears with such urgency. She places it in the context of music contemporary to the time, bending time so that everything feels recent. Emily Dickinson, for example, her poetry is so prevalent and I don't think of her as the distant past. She was six years old when Harjo's family was forced to leave their homes.

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Atomic Anna | Rachel Barenbaum
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Our third stop for Independent Bookstore Day was Page and Pallette in Fairhope, where my picky 12 year old finally found a book. I got the tagged book and the Barbery. My husband got the book in the center. (I didn't make it to the store in Mobile, where I actually live, but it's the one I go to regularly and have my Libro.fm membership with, so I don't feel *too* bad.)

KathyWheeler Which one to you generally go to in Mobile? I also live here, but usually go to BAM because it‘s closest to me. (edited) 5mo
lauraisntwilder BAM is closer to me, too, but I go to The Haunted Bookshop when I'm downtown. 5mo
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Stop number 2 for Independent Bookstore Day: The Book Inn in Fairhope. This is a used bookstore and the cover of the other book I got needs some TLC (sticker residue, etc) and was NOT ready for pictures.

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My family and I went to three independent bookstores for #IndependentBookstoreDay. This was what we got at Bodacious Bookstore in Pensacola. I'm super excited to have gotten the freebie Kawakami. My husband got the Yanagihara.

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Prognosis: Poems | Jim Moore
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Poetry Month continues...

This was a moving collection. Moore writes about aging, melancholy, loneliness, and watching his country falling apart. I am always surprised by the universality of the specific, the way the musings of a man 30+ years older than me can feel so much like my own.

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Time Is a Mother | Ocean Vuong
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Started off Poetry Month with this amazing collection that isn't actually released until Tuesday, but Barnes and Noble sold it to me yesterday.

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Juliet, Naked | Nick Hornby
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I liked Nick Hornby a lot when I was younger. I thought his newest was pretty mediocre, but decided to read this one...which has been on my shelf since 2009. It wasn't great either, but it made me laugh a couple of times.