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sandra888

sandra888

Joined May 2016

crazy avid reader who authors for a living
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Woman World | Aminder Dhaliwal
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ooh! nifty filter!
this graphic novel was funny, sweet, cute, clever. my fave character is def Emiko. she is hilarious. all of my LOLs were related to her shenanigans.

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A Dangerous Man | Robert Crais
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Mehso-so

ok the caveat: don‘t expect the damsel in distress to be realistic. none of Crais‘s damsels make much sense to me, frankly. like, does he even know any young women irl? BUT if you‘re already a Pike/Cole fan, this one delivers the usual mayhem and bad Cole humour. (speaking of...i stuck the suns on bc it‘s L.A.) i think past novels in this series have had better plots so thus the middling rating.

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A Dangerous Man | Robert Crais
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moving along now to contemporary mystery and the latest in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. im def a Pike fan over Elvis so looking forward to this one. thanks as always to my 💕public library 💕 for keeping me in new things to read!

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Jade War | Fonda Lee
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i tried. i really tried but the continual exposition and clunky foreshadowing was too distracting. also, while i ~think~ the author might be purposefully pushing her main characters into v. dark territory (intriguing), murdering innocents (WTF?) crosses a line for me, stomping out all sympathy. 🥺 & i can‘t get past when MCs are suddenly stupid for a plot point. 👀 i know this series has mega-acclaim but 🤷🏻‍♀️ it‘s not the series for me.

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Jade War | Fonda Lee
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starting this tome, second in the series. Jade City was really something so i expect similar gut-wrenching tribulations for the Kaul family here! 😧

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The Night Tiger | Yangsze Choo
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so glad i tried this despite some hesitation. (i‘d been disappointed by The Ghost Bride.)
the last scene was a delight and so satisfying. i mean, there are some bumps, for sure—mainly with characterization—but im happy with the overall experience. the historical details are great. i do think the commentary on colonials could‘ve been sharper, but 🤷🏻‍♀️ there‘s no such thing as a perfect book. 🌟

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The Night Tiger | Yangsze Choo
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i was a mild fan of The Ghost Bride so this has been a really pleasant surprise. quite enjoying it so far. at about halfway...

pigeonsandcrows Hi! I ended up really liking this book! I just finished it last month. The ending was a bit forced IMHO. I hope you just an update when you finish! 2mo
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Mehso-so

i was immediately intrigued by this premise and Ms. Grant (aka Seanan Macguire) packs a ton of plausible science into this SF, extrapolating it all into some truly terrifying and fascinating creatures and ideas. BUT i found that i had to slow down too often to read exposition or abt internal motives etc. of a character i didn‘t care abt/for.

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The Light Brigade | Kameron Hurley
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a smart, compassionate story about terrible things and deeds. lots of familiar tropes esp. if you‘ve read The Forever War. i also liked the hidden homages to it plus other similar novels like Starship Troopers and Armor. and, like i posted earlier, the end made me cry.

[edited to add mention of homages cuz i was in a rush yesterday!]

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The Light Brigade | Kameron Hurley
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this made me cry

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“Our cultural obsession with murder stories and the criminal justice system is a prime example of the impulse to narrativize a reality that is basically unexplainable.”

an apt description of a crime writer‘s raison d‘être from one of the many interesting essays in this. im just past halfway through.

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inspired to make homemade cheat chai 🤤💕

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tried starting this novel months ago but kept getting distracted. now, though, it‘s hitting the spot. and im reminded of an old friend teaching me to make chai similar to this... 💕🤤

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seems like a timely read...

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birthday book haul! Seven Fallen Feathers (nf), The Red Power Murders (f), and The Collected Adventures of Bannon & Clare (f)! ☺️
can‘t wait to start...

Lizpixie The Bannon&Clare books are fantastic! All of Lilith Saintcrows series are phenomenal👍 1y
sandra888 i read the first a while ago and never got round to the others so was super excited to see this today. im really looking forward to it. 1y
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AMAZING. beautifully written.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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still thinking of the themes & character choices days later. i think this book does have what i call 'first novel syndrome': ending too abruptly, but it's definitely worth reading. immersive, imaginative, thematically challenging & relevant.

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harrowing. Ms McNamara writes compassionately and skilfully abt horrific crimes and honestly abt her own obsession.
i had to stop a few times, to take a break from the fact that these were real people who'd been victimized; that was the toughest part for me. but ultimately, it felt like a duty to bear witness.

Slajaunie I have only tried to read one true crime story when I was much younger. I had to stop. I am going to try again. 1y
sandra888 i don't usu. read true crime at all, exactly for the reason i mentioned. i've found it ghoulish in the past. but Ms McNamara writes it so compassionately. i think it's important to find writers who do that with true crime. 1y
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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what a delight! great contemporary take on the fake relationship trope. adorable f/m characters. i totally cried.? so glad i let the Roxane Gay blurb convince me to try this book: "What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel." all true!!

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The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
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well-written, imaginative, intriguingly flawed characters. also, disturbing in a good way.

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Afterwar | Lilith Saintcrow
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im not even done yet but this is a riveting read.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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an extraordinary read. im no opera buff but it seemed to me this book read dramatically & thematically like an opera.

at 500+ pages in hardcover, it was also ~really~ heavy! 😁

definitely recommend for historical fiction fans.

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when you pluck a package from your mailbox & it's a book you'd forgotten you'd ordered..! 😁
i ❤️ food reference books.

rather_be_reading looks interesting 2y
sandra888 it is! im a food nerd. 👩🏻‍🍳 i love discovering food & cooking facts. 2y
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just one of many important points that Fine highlights in hilarious ways.
"None of which is to say..." ?

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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my latest impulse buy! there are new poems at the start. so beautiful. 💞

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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*sigh* and thus it ends. a beautiful, wondrous book. my husband asked me what this book was about. me: "magic and love." but really, aren't those one and the same?

Nebklvr I have yet to find a book that pulls me in and makes me want to stay there like this one. 3y
jessberk13 Seriously loved this one too. I found a copy at a book sale for 50 cents and was going to buy it, but there was a little old lady looking too and I told her, please read this, it's just so beautiful. And she bought it. I wish I could find her to see what she thought! 3y
sandra888 @jessica let's just assume she loved it too. 💕 3y
sandra888 @Nebklvr isn't a treasure when we do? *hugs copy of this book tightly* 3y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my 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 Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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next up! isn't this page divine?
(have i mentioned im a bit of a design nerd?)

jessberk13 This book is soooo good 3y
sandra888 alas! kiddies & dinner & volunteer duties intervened. must wait another day. 😞 3y
rather_be_reading super good! 2y
BobbiStyles I loved this book. 1y
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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ooooh, sneaky. 😈
someone inadvertently gave away the big reveal to me, but i still enjoyed this immensely. a classic for a very good reason.

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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"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?"
yes; so many times! sometimes, i need days before i can begin a new book properly. *sigh* #booklove ?

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Thirteenth Tale | Diane Setterfield
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this. every book lover's dream, yes? i am already in love with this book. 💕

sprainedbrain Love this book!! 3y
sandra888 i have to go to bed now and i don't wanna..! 🤓 3y
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American Born Chinese | Gene Luen Yang
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such an enjoyable book! comedic and poignant, simple and profound.

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Nine Tailors | Dorothy L Sayers
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this was my first completed read of 2017. thoroughly enjoyed it. loved the motif of the bells. my favourite Lord Peter Wimsey, just by a smidge over Busman's Honeymoon.

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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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so enjoyable--even when i don't know the Latin nor recognize the many poetic allusions! 🤓
Harriet is intriguing and Peter is a hoot. Ms Sayers deserves her place in the canon of Great Detective Writers indeed.

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The Conjoined | Jen Sookfong Lee
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thoroughly enjoyed this. riveting and compelling. and i appreciated the ambiguity of the central mystery. thematically, i thought it spot on. also: a fellow Canadian author! 🍁

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Woman in Cabin Ten | Ruth Ware
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meh. i didn't connect with the narrator nor with her difficulties. and i found the set-up totally contrived.

rather_be_reading omg i loved this one! 2y
sandra888 weird, right? how subjective it is? i know Ware is HUGELY popular but im just not a fan. glad you enjoyed it though! 😁 2y
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The Windsor Faction | D. J. Taylor
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Bailedbailed

alternate history positing the death of Wallis Simpson in 1936 & its impact on Europe in 1939 as Edward VIII is a sympathizer. just my type of book. what could go wrong?
somehow, Mr Taylor mucks it all up with a pompous, detached narrative voice. *sigh*

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"In other words, the KCI [Kyoto Costume Institute] presents clothing not just as historical artifacts, but also as vital elements of fashion."

im looking forward to seeing how Western fashion is curated and filtered through the Japanese lens of the KCI--a neat reversal of many Western collections of fashion from other countries.

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The Next Ex | Linda L. Richards
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my very first Linda L Richards! just purchased at Noir at the Bar Vancouver.

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just bought this! looking forward to finally reading it.

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i had some bumpy moments with this one, similar to ones i had with The Chain, all related to issues of cultural appropriation and cultural context, but ultimately, i think the direction of the characterization of Munroe made those moments acceptable for me. as usual, plotting and pacing were excellent. i really enjoy the continued exploration of Munroe's relationship to love and to herself.

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bingeing on the Vanessa Michael Munroe series! whew. Munroe is put through the proverbial wringer in this one. her turmoil, emotional and physical, is palpable. the story's action and plotting are fast-paced yet intricate. great stuff.

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given what her author bio says about Ms Stevens's upbringing in a cult, the details that provide the backdrop for this book are chilling and troubling and heartbreaking.
the plot and pacing are again, excellent, and the character of Munroe continues to intrigue.

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Ms Stevens is so good at putting her series protagonist into seemingly impossible situations and letting her figure it all out. we just strap in for the ride, as they say. really enjoying this series.

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The Informationist | Taylor Stevens
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complex protagonist. amazing pacing. great start to her story.

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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there are so many beautiful, lyrical phrases and passages in this novel, made all the more moving for their use in narrating a story within a dark world of brutality and despair. this is a story of everything human beings are and everything we cannot stop being. there are so many themes here, pressed into the very shapes of the words Ms Denfeld chooses to tell this unforgettable narrative. i know i'll be re-reading this for years to come.

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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this is breaking my heart right now. i had to take a break.

Nebklvr Strange but good 3y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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popped into the library after picking up the kids. started this immediately. im so hyped to read it. 🤓

rather_be_reading on the tbr 2y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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it's here!!! thank you Edmonton Public Library! 📚💕🌟

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this book compelled me to read thoughtfully during the astrophysics-heavy sections, while simultaneously tugging me along with its intelligent plot and memorable characters. i thoroughly enjoyed it and am going out tomorrow to buy the next book in this trilogy. a fantastic book.

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc | Jennifer Kincheloe
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this was a fun read. i enjoyed the period dialogue and setting--but be warned: it's very 'monochrome.' all non-white characters are on the margins; ie., gardeners or servants or mentioned in relation to vices and crimes. some readers will mind; others won't. i was ok with it.

Bakingbookworm Such a great book. Anna is so spunky and I love the era. I can't wait for more from Kincheloe. 3y
sandra888 me too. im curious what's next from her! 3y
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