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reneelyons

reneelyons

Joined May 2016

2 kids and not enough time for books (or sleep). 🇨🇦https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com Goodreads: reneelyons | Instagram: reneereadsbooks
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5/5 stars.

Kim delivers family drama, intrigue, and poignant insights with Miracle Creek. This was a fantastic read for me, and I‘d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moving story to get lost in.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/book-review-miracle-creek-by-an...

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Craig Davidson continues to surprise in this work about the power and fragility of memory, and the lengths we go to to protect those we love. 4/5 stars.

Full Review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/book-review-the-saturday-night-...

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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My favorite King (to date)! It‘s dark and disturbing, and utterly terrifying. 5 stars!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/book-review-pet-sematary-by-ste...

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Give Me Your Hand | Megan E Abbott
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With perfect pacing and tension, this was a home run for me. 5 stars!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/book-review-give-me-your-hand-b...

Joanne1 Sounds great!! 10mo
reneelyons It is!! 10mo
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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Not my favourite Joe Hill to date, but still a totally fun ride!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/book-review-heart-shaped-box-by...

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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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A grim take on the ways in which we process violent crime, this story truly surprised me. 4/5 stars!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/10/14/book-review-sabrina-by-nick-drn...

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

A unique work of fiction, but not one that is likely to stay with me.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/?p=3814

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Mehso-so

This one sort of hit in the middle for me - an important read, but lacking in emotional connection. A interesting choice for Man Booker!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/?p=3809

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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Mehso-so

Razor sharp wit, yet a narrative that felt disjointed. So close to greatness, but it fell a bit short for me. Still a worthwhile read!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/book-review-white-teeth-by-zadi...

Reviewsbylola Such a cheerful cover! 13mo
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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So damn close to being a home run, but a tie-in to the Bill Hodges trilogy and a supernatural twist took away from it a little. Still a great read! 4/5 stars

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/book-review-the-outsider-by-ste...

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Snap | Belinda Bauer
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Whew, what a journey! If you enjoy crime fiction or police procedurals, this is a must read. 5 stars.

Fill review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/12/book-review-snap-by-belinda-bau...

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Find You in the Dark | Nathan Ripley
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While not a masterpiece in terms of writing quality, this was a unique and fun thriller that kept me flipping the pages. 3/5 stars.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/book-review-find-you-in-the-dar...

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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A book that asks complex questions without surmising a moral standpoint. Jamie Quatro is a phenomenal writer. 5/5 stars.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/book-review-fire-sermon-by-jami...

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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A culturally significant take on a multiple narrative storyline; these are stories of the “urban Indian”. 5/5 stars

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/book-review-there-there-by-tomm...

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Comedown | Rebekah Frumkin
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Mehso-so

A good book that suffers from over complication (read: too many characters named Leland or Lee).

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/book-review-the-comewdown-by-re...

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This boos isn‘t good for true crime, it‘s just a damn good book. Chilling, but so worth the read. 5 stars.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/?p=3762

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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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A book that poses the question: if you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live your life? Heartbreaking and refreshing - 5/5 stars.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/book-review-the-immortalists-by...

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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A biting satire that is equal parts scary and funny - it‘s way better than “You”.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/book-review-hidden-bodies-by-ca...

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Foe | Iain Reid
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Fantastic new speculative fiction from one of my favorite emerging writers. Release date: August 7, 2018

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/book-review-foe-by-ian-reid/

BarbaraBB Sounds really good! 1y
reneelyons @BarbaraBB Thanks for the comment! It was a really enjoyable read! 1y
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Stunningly beautiful and painfully tragic. James Baldwin continues to astound me.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/book-review-giovannis-room-by-j...

Nute Yes! 1mo
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Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Deliciously creepy. Absolutely amazing. Loved it!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/book-review-the-talented-mr-rip...

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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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Mehso-so

An OK book that wanted to be The Talented Mr Ripley. Enjoyable, but all too familiar.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/book-review-tangerine-by-christ...

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes. Said exactly the same thing. 😣 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great review - was curious about this one and now I don‘t have to wonder anymore. 👍 1y
reneelyons @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! Happy reading :) 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @reneelyons & friends: 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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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Both stunning and devastating, an epic story that captivated me from the first page. 5/5 stars!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/book-review-the-great-alone-by-...

morgan_krahn I loved this one 😍 1y
reneelyons @morgan_krahn It‘s so great! 1y
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Absolutely brilliant if you‘re willing to dig beneath the surface. It‘s dark and heavy, and perfectly atmospheric. 5/5 massive stars for me.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/08/book-review-im-thinking-of-endi...

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Harvard Square | Andr Aciman
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Another great Aciman read! In this one, the friendship is explored rather than romantic relationships (though those are in here too).

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/book-review-harvard-square-by-a...

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Favorite Sister | Jessica Knoll
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I was really looking forward to this one, but decided to put it down at 31%. It just didn‘t work for me.

My thoughts: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/book-review-the-favorie-sister-...

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In our divided political climate, books like this are important. Bala questions the immigration process and asks tough questions of both her readers and her characters. A valuable Canada Reads contender.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/book-review-the-boat-people-by-...

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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A dark and fantastic YA that needs to be in Canadian classrooms.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/book-review-the-marrow-theives-...

Lindy 👍 2y
TheLudicReader It‘s in my classroom.😀 1y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Mehso-so

A solid dystopian contribution, but not my favourite.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/book-review-american-war-by-oma...

Reviewsbylola I was so disappointed by this one. 2y
reneelyons @Reviewsbylola Me as well. There were some great moments but it was just ok overall. 2y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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A moving story about loosing the American dream, what it means to be black in America, and the search for love and loyalty.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/book-review-an-american-marriag...

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Not the most unique story, but fun and absorbing regardless.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/book-review-the-woman-in-the-wi...

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Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Read this if you haven‘t; it‘s packed with power and wisdom, and is shamefully still relevant today.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/book-review-the-fire-next-time-...

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An entertaining and disturbing dystopian book that seems to determine if the world can truly move forward if women lose their bodily agency. It borrows from The Handmaid‘s Tale, by is a valuable read regardless.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/book-review-future-home-of-the-...

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New People | Danzy Senna
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In his blurb on the back of the book, Marlon James states that “New People” reminds us that “the worst kind of hell is always the one we raise”, and I don‘t think I can put it any better. Loved this one.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/book-review-new-people-by-danzy...

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A beautiful account of a year that changed one man‘s life. Craig Davidson (you may know him as Nick Cutter), is respectful and candid in his story about his year as a bus driver. Unexpectedly fantastic.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/book-review-precious-cargo-my-y...

Tcip Funny story. I used to be a school bus driver 2y
reneelyons @Tcip Amazing! You should read this! 2y
Tcip @reneelyons that would be cool! I think I will. I have had some really weird jobs. Including bus driving laser tag arena and prison officer. 2y
reneelyons @Tcip Haha, that‘s awesome! 2y
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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This is a book designed to provoke heated conversations with the hopes of opening eyes and changing perceptions. It‘s a story of politics and family, but ultimately one of love.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/book-review-home-fire-by-kamila...

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The Clothesline Swing | Ahmad Danny Ramadan
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Every once in a while a book comes along that feels so personal, that the authour has laid so much bare, the it's beyond review; that was my experience with this book. This was a beautiful reading experience.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/book-review-the-clothesline-swi...

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In her heartbreaking debut, Lee gets to the heart of mental illness. She examines the impact that mental illness has on both those living with it and those around them. Part immigrant story, part family drama, Lee has crafted a work of tender fiction that will resonate with anyone who has been touched by mental illness, and will serve as starting point for those who want to better understand.

Full review: https://tinyurl.com/ydfgmbax

Cinfhen My friend just submitted this title for bookclub! Thoughts!?! 2y
reneelyons @Cinfhen It will be perfect! There‘s so much in this book to ponder / discuss / debate. Great choice! 2y
Cinfhen Yay! Thanks for your seal of approval 😁 2y
reneelyons @Cinfhen Any time! Happy reading :) 2y
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Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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A heartbreaking look at poverty in Scarborough, Ontario. It‘s so important, as a Canadian, to read content from my own backyard. I highly recommend this one.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/book-review-scarborough-by-cath...

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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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A comforting must-read for Shirley Jackson fans, I adored this little book!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/book-review-live-among-the-sava...

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Prentiss is ambitious with her first novel, crafting a complex, deeply interwoven narrative. The book spans countries and storylines, all the while offering a glimpse into the art scene in New York in 1980.

Full Review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/book-review-tuesday-nights-in-1...

BooksForEmpathy I like your picture a lot! 2y
reneelyons @BooksForEmpathy Thank you! It‘s such a pretty cover :) 2y
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Brother | David Chariandy
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There‘s so much packed into this slim book - Chariandy tackles major topics with precision and depth. 5/5 for me.

https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/book-review-brothr-by-david-cha...

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This is the story of Elio, 17, and Oliver, 24, and a summer I won‘t soon forget. Aciman‘s prose lingers before biting, is quiet and loud, soft and aggressive. Narrated from Elio‘s perspective years later, this is both a coming-of-age story and passionate, painful love story. I was profoundly moved by this story.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/book-review-call-me-by-your-nam...

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My thoughts are a little scattered after finishing A Small Indiscretion; there‘s so much more to this book than I was expecting. There is an element of mystery that initially drew me in, but I wasn‘t expecting such a rich, complex story. Ellison‘s writing is quiet and poetic, and at times staggeringly beautiful. 5 stars.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/book-review-a-small-indiscretio...

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Blood Wedding | Pierre Lematre
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A totally twisted psychological thriller that kept me guessing! This book is bizarre, and I mean that in a good way 👌

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/book-review-blood-wedding-by-pi...

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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A gory and violent introduction to the Dark Tower series. Sort of a 200 page prologue with lots of world building. I enjoyed it, but felt a bit overwhelmed. Will likely re-read.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/book-review-the-dark-tower-1-th...

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Broken River | J Robert Lennon
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Eerie and unique, I loved this book!

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/

vivastory I really liked this one, definitely under the radar 2y
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Christodora | Tim Murphy
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The best books I read in 2017! I forgot to include Christodora in my photo, so it gets its own special spot :)

The full list: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017/

Lindy Great blog post! We have some best books in common, and you have convinced me to add Christodora to my TBR. (edited) 2y
reneelyons @Lindy Awesome Lindy!! You won‘t regret Christodora (I hope, haha). I adored it!! 2y
Lindy @reneelyons And you‘ve also inspired me to get working on an end-of-year post of my own. Thanks! 2y
reneelyons @Lindy It‘s so nice to look back! Looking forward to yours :) 2y
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The River at Night | Erica Ferencik
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Nope, this one didn‘t work for me. I wanted to love it, but stereotypes for characters and a total lack of scares didn‘t make for good reading.

Full Review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/book-review-the-river-at-night-...