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vlwelser

vlwelser

Joined March 2017

In addition to my Litsy obsession, I also write reviews on a blog: https://vlwelser.wordpress.com and I ❤ Instagram: @vlwelser
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Liar's Poker | Michael Lewis
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This gem is back to its old tricks (commuting). Seen here with the enormous pile of stuff I "needed" to take to the office today.

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The Tainted Cup | Robert Jackson Bennett
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This is a great mix of fantasy and murder mystery. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.

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Loot: A novel | Tania James
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This is sort of a fun adventure story. Low pick

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Mina's Matchbox | Yoko Ogawa
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This is an early book from this author. Totally enjoyable. Added bonus is a pet pygmy hippo living in the family's garden.

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US pub date is 8/13/24
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I thought this was great. And it's possible that I might be inclined to eat (even more) vegetables. I actually didn't read the blurb before starting and was under the impression that this was some sort of memoir. Wrong.

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Soubhiville I really liked this one. 4d
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I honestly liked this a whole lot more than I expected.

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TheBookHippie I loathe the author 😅🤐🤫 so I don‘t want to try🤣 5d
vlwelser @TheBookHippie I do too honestly but it got picked for a book club. I expected it to be awful. It was actually pretty good. Not a lot of the Vietnam books have a female perspective. 5d
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser believe it or not Danielle Steel did one. I remember reading it with my grandma. 🙃 5d
vlwelser @TheBookHippie well, she has written eleventy billion books, so 🤷 5d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser yes I know I‘ve read every billionth one. 😅 5d
Sargar114 My mother in law keeps telling me to read this one 5d
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Liar's Poker | Michael Lewis
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Today's book bestie is this gem I took off my co-op. Seems interesting so far.

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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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This is quite good. The author takes a historical fact and writes a story around it. It's like an adult version of Stacey Lee. It isn't cheerful, but I recommend it anyway. Read for my IRL book club.

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Argylle: A Novel | Elly Conway
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Mehso-so

This was fine. But there are other spy thrillers out there that I liked a whole lot more. Like James Rollins, Steve Berry, Ted Bell. Basically glad I got this out of my holds even though it seems to have lost its hype.

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I loved this. It's like most of the author's books I have read in that you get sucked into the characters and it feels like a nice warm hug. Highly recommend.

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Pub date is 4/16/24
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Nina Hill 💛 1w
Sparklemn Added to my list. Thanks! 1w
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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What if the Civil War never happened in the US? And 4 states still had slavery in the modern era. That's the premise. Somewhere in the middle I started to think this was actually about sweatshops and taking advantage of cheap labor for cheap goods. But no. That's just me. Soft pick.

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This author always has something smart to say. In this she starts by relating what it was like for her as a young white woman living in San Francisco and some of her early experiences in publishing. How it is sometimes hard to have a voice and be taken seriously.

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Megabooks I have not read this one by her, but I usually love her books. 2w
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Me and my current book bestie are sitting on a train with "mechanical issues" in a snow storm. In April. Should have stayed in bed.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!! How is this book? I‘ve heard mixed reviews. 2w
vlwelser @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm about 80 pages in. It seems ok so far. My bestie and I are trying a new local book club. And this was the thing they chose to read. I wouldn't have picked this for myself. 2w
AmyG Oh no! Godspeed. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I thought this book was decent. It‘s NO Nightengale, that‘s for sure. (edited) 2w
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Today's book bestie is this tome which I need to read for a new IRL book club I am trying out. Not my favorite author. Not my favorite subject. But we try new things.

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This reads like Greek tragedy. It's very clever actually. And I love the goofy cover.

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Pub date was 3/26/24
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Needed these. Obviously.

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It was so freaking hard to pick 1 book this month. I ended up with the most unusual choice. Which is pretty on brand for me, actually.

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Megabooks I‘m excited for this one! 2w
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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In an effort to speed this one along, we're on the train rn. It vibrates. The train. Not the book. That would be quite unexpected.

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Luckenbooth | Jenni Fagan
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I found this author's books in a bookstore in Scotland. They are heavy on feminism and heavy on fantasy. I definitely appreciate what she does with them.

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The former leader of Planned Parenthood inspires everyone to get involved and stand up for what you believe in. She also happens to be the daughter of Ann Richards whose story is also pretty epic.

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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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This is very good. I really appreciate this author.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 2w
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Birds Aren't Real | Peter McIndoe, Connor Gaydos
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Mehso-so

This is satire. I heard this guy on a podcast years ago. It was great but it's way too long.

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I should have looked up the pub date. Oops.
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I promise to stop talking about this book now. I left it on my work friend's desk. No idea where he's at but whatever. It's amazing. If you like psychological thrillers.

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TheAromaofBooks This one is on my shelf. Apparently I need to move it up the stack!!! 3w
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Today in the life of someone else's library book we have another goofy pic at North Station.

Suet624 I love the Garden! 3w
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Me and this library book that doesn't belong to me are officially besties. We go everywhere together.

CatLass007 Cool. 3w
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Don't blow my cover but I just borrowed this off a friend that wants to talk about it. It's not due yet but there's a 1250 person hold list. So skipping the line. Also he must trust me a lot.

Suet624 Score! 3w
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TheBookHippie THIS IS MY TUESDAY PLAN!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 3w
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Cinderella | Charles Perrault
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This should be fantastic.

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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This is an Agatha Christie style murder mystery on a train. And it's fantastic. I liked her other book (The Chateau) but imo this was better.

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Mehso-so

I honestly thought I would like this more than I actually did. It's set in Italy. There are ghosts. There's exorcism and other questionable activities involving the church. There are catacombs. It has all of the right ingredients but the end result was a little bland.

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The World Record Book of Racist Stories | Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar
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This is so freaking funny. But maybe not quite as funny as the first one. Definitely do the audio.

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Hooked_on_books I‘ll have to look for this. I loved the first one. What a great sense of humor these ladies have. 1mo
DebinHawaii I loved their first book too. Stacking! 📚 1mo
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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One of my friends had to stop reading this because he couldn't take all of the racism. As in, we live in Boston so being reminded of how gross this is was a bit much. And the homophobia. Because this was set in the 70s, you'd hope it was better but Boston is pretty well known for this situation. If you liked Mystic River, and you can get through the halfway point, this really is very well written.

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TheBookHippie It‘s in my TBR somewhere. I‘ll have to move it closer to the top. 1mo
Tamra This was outstanding on audio! 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘m ready for a new audio 👍🏻 I‘ll try this one. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I just got it on audio ❤️ 1mo
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Made it. Took a weird selfie to celebrate.

#SundayBuddyRead

TheBookHippie 😅😮‍💨💛📔 1mo
TheBookHippie I got the FLORIDA POSTCARD!!!!! 🧡 1mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie perfect. Much faster than Spain. 😂 😘 1mo
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I cannot even with this book. It's never going to end....

AmyG 😩That‘s tomorrows reading for me. 1mo
mcctrish I like to put it off for as long as possible 1mo
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Last beach day. 😔

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This is a good mystery. It is not my favorite Lucy Foley and I do not need all of the French swear words and phrases translated (please. Google exists.) Otherwise this is quite great.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Beach ✔
Sunrise ✔
Book ✔

youneverarrived Lovely 😍 1mo
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Womb City | Tlotlo Tsamaase
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Done! This has Black Mirror vibes.

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Megabooks Cool! Loved that show! 1mo
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Womb City | Tlotlo Tsamaase
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Sunrise reading at the beach. Hopefully I'll finish this one today so you'll stop seeing pics of it. 😂

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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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Joan Didion was very sad and lonely when she wrote this. But her writing is so beautiful.

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TheBookHippie I agree. 💙 1mo
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Womb City | Tlotlo Tsamaase
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This morning's beach read.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover and photo ❤️ 1mo
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Womb City | Tlotlo Tsamaase
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Giving the battery a rest....

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Catching up on my #ChloeGongReadAlong book. 💕💕💕💕

This is what I love about travel days.

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I loved this. It's freaking adorable. I got about halfway and couldn't stop.

First travel book complete. 🛫 Haven't even made it on the plane yet.

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Pub date is 7/16/24
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This is just a straightforward mystery. It's good but 🤷. People kept recommending this to me when it came out and I now have no idea why. But good mystery.

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KadaGul @vlwelser Im reading this for#AuthorAMonth.I picked up this copy from a library sale because in 2021 there was a Film Adaptation starring Eric Bana. I like Eric Bana so tempted to read the book before watching the movie. It produced in Australia since Jane Harper is British-Australian🤗 1mo
TheAromaofBooks It's been a while since I read this, but I remember liking it. 1mo
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but it just wasn't my jam. Also the narrator on the audiobook struggles with pronouncing foreign words (esp French) so that was distracting....

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Creepy Korean short stories? Bunny on the cover? Sold!

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rockpools I still have images from this book firmly in my brain, a year on. 1mo
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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#LitsyCrafters @Catsandbooks Better to show you, right?

A coworker asked if I knew how to sew. I showed him this.

emz711 Beautiful! 1mo
Larkken Wow amazing! 1mo
Catsandbooks You've made such great progress! 💖 1mo
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