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rdkate

Joined April 2016

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The River | Peter Heller
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This book was so good,read it almost in one sitting. Felt that I was on the river and would close the book and felt wiped out. Great writing, great story. Highly recommend. Reading a real book let's me use the bookmark made for my daughter's shower...extra fun! Enjoy the rainy day if you're in the northeast!

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The Almost Sisters: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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I loved this book about life, love, heartache, relationships, you name it. Perfect for a snowy afternoon in my new house....

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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir | Frank McCourt
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Ok, this book has been sitting on my shelf for ages! Vowing to read more real books and fewer e-books, as I have a gazillion... this book is amazing about the author's Irish Catholic upbringing, devastating and funny at once, no wonder it won all the awards... now if Della would let me finish...

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Loved this book about a man who is devastated after the untimely death of his wife and the relationship he develops with a 9-year old girl and her mom, that helps save them all. Great characters and writing. Pic from today four wheeling above Silverton, CO today, amazing, slightly terrifying... but trees ( so relates to the book😀)

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Crack in the windshield 10 minutes ago! Arghh! Thought I would catch up on book posts. This one continues the theme of unreliable narrators. A mystery where the chapters varying between a diary, present time ( she's in a coma, first page) and time leading up to the accident. Ok and a fast read, but think I am done with this kind of book for now. Wish me luck at the glass store!

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Really excellent mystery, second in the Aaron Falk series, about a corporate retreat gone wrong. five women go onto the woods in the Australian outback, 4 come out. Great rainy day read. Pic is from my walk yesterday on a NH dirt road, simply beautiful! Ok, back to reading, enjoy the day littens!

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Pic of my recent trip to Shanghai, loved it so was looking forward to the book. Recommend with reservations. The information was amazing and the author really got you into Shanghai during the crazy times of the late 30s, a really interesting time. However, sometimes almost too much detail that detracted from the story and his writing was how I imagine Jimmy Cagney would write ( you all aren't too young for that reference, are you?) you are warned.

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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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Golf is definitely cutting into my reading time, but Vermont courses are so pretty! Loved this book! Finished in 2 days....nice mystery, start of a new series. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters and plot! All around a great read anytime! Really enjoyed the setting of Ireland and all the language of a different country.....ok, go now....read it....you'll thank me.....

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Beautiful day in NH, should be weeding, not reading! enjoyed Auntie Poldi, a very light murder mystery set in Sicily, apparently the start of a new series. Light and easy for a sunny summer day! Enjoy!

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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Pic from Eastman NH golf course a few days ago, totally failing on reviewing all the books I read this year! Too much fun doing other things! Really enjoyed this totally different book, not sure how to categorize it, though, sort of a mystery, life exploration? Centers around the obsessive collecting of old blues recordings. Nicely written. If you're in the mood for something a little weird, this is it!

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In the 3 gorges as I write, words cannot describe how amazing it is! Finished Smaller and Smaller Circles last night and really enjoyed it. Murder mystery set in the Philippines with a Jesuit priest as the protagonist. Interesting social issues described and good story. Debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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Still in China! Loved terracotta warriors! Tangerine, not so much. Loved the writing and the way the author made me feel like I was in Tangier, tone reminded me of Rebecca. But the story was straight out of a movie I saw once, won't say which one... don't want to spoil the ending, but I felt this one did not totally live up to the hype. Would love to hear your thoughts and what movie I'm referring to.. pm , of course!

KateFulfordAuthor @rdkate If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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Made it to China! Great Wall today...amazing! As was the book I read on our 14 hour flight! Nicely written story about a family, a marriage, and life. My first Maggie O'Farrell, will read more!

TrishB This was a great read! Enjoy China - I‘ve been a few timed but not to the Great Wall! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ohmigosh that‘s an amazing picture! Thanks for sharing your travels while you review. 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you like Maggie‘s style, perhaps you could consider my debut? Reviews are saying: “I loved this book more than I initially thought I would. Fulford infuses her characters with intense personalities that are prone to clashing with those of others. I loved Eve from the very beginning..." It‘s been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2018 too!

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In Newark airport awaiting our flight to Beijing, almost done with the book and many books downloaded to read while I'm there! Cruising the Yangtze and the book has been a great introduction. Might be a little dated in some respect, written 20 years ago, but interesting history I'm sure will enhance my visit! Wish me luck!

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I really enjoyed this convoluted thriller about a secret agent's attempt to stop a radicalized fanatic from destroying the US. It is the first novel for the author and sounds like he will be continuing the character in future books. Downside is that it is really long, slightly over 600 pages. Must admit I stopped and read other books in between. But worth a read, and look forward to more by this author.

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Attempting to review all my books this year...this one was OK. Seems to be receiving a lot of fanfare. Writing fair, plot, pretty predictable, main character, kind of annoying. Quick read, though and you can skim through it without missing a lot. Kind of Girl on the Train meets Rear Window, if that's your cup of tea, go for it, but don't say I didn't warn you😀

swishandflick Agreed! 2y
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The hype over this one is well deserved! Awesome book! Don't let the slow start stop you from finishing this one about the effect a mom and her daughter have on a family, so much to talk about, so much to enjoy. Thought this pic looked fiery, you know, like a little fire everywhere.....view from my house in NH the day after Christmas. Enjoy!

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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Ok, have stopped crying and can tell you what a great book this is! Starr is a 16 year old black teen who witnesses her male friend killed by the police. The story ensues from there and is a fast but great read. I would like to believe this has made me a more understanding and compassionate person to people whose lives are completely different from mine. I suspect that is the point. Read it, you need to.

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Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
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I really enjoyed this book, I liked it much better than the author's previous novel. It's about a sort of Monica Lewinsky-like story told from different perspectives. Nicely done. A good, quick read for these cold days of winter, even in southwest Florida!

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-11 this am, great day for reading, loved this book. A sort of Murder mystery with good characters and nice writing. Quick read. Enjoy!

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. It was definitely one of my favorite books this year. I loved the writing, the story and the characters. Read it, you won't be disappointed.

RaimeyGallant And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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Loved this book! Really insightful regarding what it takes to keep a relationship going, great book to give and to read no matter whether you are dating, newly married or have been for years. My daughter got married last week and loved it, too!

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Really enjoyed this fast paced, relatively short non-fiction book about arsonists in Accomack, Virginia in 2012. The author did a nice job with providing ancillary history about the Eastern shore in VA, definition of arsonist, etc. if you enjoy books by Erik Larsen, you will enjoy American Fire!

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Mislaid: A Novel | Nell Zink
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Ok, littens, must admit that my volunteering at the book sale sorting session isn't entirely altruistic, I get first dibs! Where should I start??

MrBook 😂👏🏻 #NiceStack! 2y
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I wanted to love this book. It definitely had potential. I did enjoy the writing, although sometimes the vagueness of the author's descriptions of people was annoying. The observations of the main character were interesting, but she was a little frustrating, she would be a tough friend or significant other. On the positive side, finished it in a day!

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I will not be traveling to the Amazon anytime soon....or not soon....yikes! Really enjoying reading this, though....

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Reading like crazy lately, NH summer and retirement, a good combo! Really enjoyed this book, very quick read. The tone is set in the first few pages and you are along for the ride. Interesting plot and characters, enjoy!

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I love this series and Winspear's latest installment did not disappoint. Maisie is a former nurse in WW1 who becomes a private investigator. The murder mysteries revolve around the war, now heading into WW2. The characters are beautifully written and their stories progress over time as well. The books are stand alone, but starting at the beginning will give you a greater appreciation of them all. Highly recommend!

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Six Four | Hideo Yokoyama
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Really had high hopes for this book, way too long, parts of the story I just didn't care about and felt that the storyline was uneven. Stayed with it and the ending was pretty good but, honestly, not enough to justify the long, slow read.

RaimeyGallant I loved this one, but I had advance knowledge I'd have to wade through to get to the payoff. 2y
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Not Dead Enough | Peter James
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Reading on vacation, #lovingportugal, found the book in my air B and B, quick read, new author for me, good characters, story ok, ultimately not great, but perfect for after sightseeing. Pic above from Sintra, outside of Lisbon...highly recommend Portugal!

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Loved Americanna, so picked this up, she is such an amazing writer, loved this, too. Told from the perspective of a 15- year old teenage girl in Nigeria whose very Catholic father is not all he seems, heartbreaking.

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Read this in a day, nicely written, interesting story. Takes place in the mid-1800s, about an older man who is charged with getting a 10 year old girl back to her relatives after being kidnapped 4 years earlier by Indians. Quick read, reminded me a bit of Lonesome Dove, but not as long. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Quicksand | Malin Persson Giolito
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So, downside, this book was long, over 500 pages. Upside, nicely written, good story, kind of creepy, but in a good way....plot, school shooting, only survivor accused of abetting the shooter, her boyfriend. Book is told from her perspective. Lots of teenage angst and thought process which really made you think about what it is like to be young and first love. Recommended

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I really enjoyed this book about the life of a Russian count who lives in a hotel after his house arrest at the time of the Russian Revolution. The story was great, interspersed with the history and the writing was lovely. Great ending, which solidifies a good book for me!

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Beautiful day to read a book on the beach, loving it, so far....

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Snowy NH day, perfect for doing nothing except read a good book! Enjoying this one so far...

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The Flood Girls | Richard Fifield
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Christmas morning, Plainfield, NH, up early reading And enjoying The Flood Girls. Brought to my book club book swap... and took it home... not feeling too guilty! Anyone else with similar stories? merry Christmas to all you readers, hope Santa picked the best books for you...

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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I loved this book! Satirical, thoughtful, great characters. My only complaint would be a little long, but the ending was awesome and well worth the length!

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Under the Midnight Sun | Keigo Higashino
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Heard about this book, I think, on #allthebooks, excellent mystery. Apparently a famous author in Japan, is compared to Patterson, Baldacci, etc. lots of twists and turns and a satisfying conclusion.

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Ali and Nino | Kurban Said
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DrAli Or the whole "Why did you spare her?" stuff. Kinda amazing what passed for acceptable behavior not so long ago 3y
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Can a 57 year old white woman love a YA novel about a Latina teen being bullied in her new HS and love it? You betcha! The writing is smart, funny and insightful. Reviewed on BookRiot's podcast, All The Books, and then was a " deal of the day" the next day! Lucky me! Enjoy!

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Here Comes the Sun: A Novel | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Beautifully written, disturbing in so many ways, this novel is so worth reading.

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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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Whew...reading like a maniac to finish this book before I have to go out tonight....so good.....the town is isolated and quarantined after an international bad guy is on the loose...the heat of the summertime, the boredom of the residents and increasing stress of it all make for an excellent read.

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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Ok, really looked forward to reading this, it was OK. I'm so confused as to how some books make it big, and other, better books, slip away, unseen, unread....except for the littens! ( thanks for the word, Liberty!)....

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The Summer Guest | Justin Cronin
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Really enjoyed The Summer Guest. A really good story of family, life choices and how those all play out. Set in northern Maine, so place is integral to the story. so many books, when will I knit, sew, cook...(why, yes, I am turning into a 50s housewife)?

MrBook Lol, good review 😊👍🏻. 3y
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This book was amazing! Why don't more people know about it? I heard about it on "all the books" and my husband and I both read it and loved it. The writing is beautiful and the story has plenty of twists and turns that provide reading satisfaction. It reminds me a little bit of "special topics in calamity physics". If you loved one you will love the other.

MrBook Nice review! 3y
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The Little Red Chairs | Edna O'Brien
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Why have I never read her before? Her writing is amazing!

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Sweetgirl | Travis Mulhauser
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A snowmobile suit was like a tuxedo for trashy folk.........loving this book!

Liberty I love that book. 3y
rdkate Yeah, I know, I listened to the half time show...twice....so, I got it....so good..... 3y
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Ok, love this series! Great characters, story, setting...just eating it up...and not doing anything else...any other murder mystery series I should read?

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Met my science book requirement for the read harder challenge, learned and laughed a lot, too. she's amazing!