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Joined July 2016

Adventures in reading...alone & with my favourite 14-year-old.
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Midnight Library by Matt Haig
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Certain Dark Things: A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A Wish Too Dark And Kind by M. L. Blackbird
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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
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The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
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The Emma Project | Sonali Dev
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Something a little lighter for the next Kindle read…

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Certain Dark Things | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mehso-so

This one has a very interesting world concept — vampires of many species all inhabiting our world and relegated to certain areas. Fighting amongst themselves seems almost inevitable… the story was solid and engaging overall, but the pacing felt uneven and that made it hard for me to keep a sustained interest. Still a good read if you like the darker side of vampire fiction.

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Mystery for lunchtime! I expect this will feel a little nostalgic…

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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings. This was a quick read, and an engaging one for sure. Nora (MC) is easy to like and to identify with, and her struggles are all too familiar. But it felt, a lot of the time, a pretty heavy-handed statement, at times a little cliched, and it kept interrupting the flow for me. What tried to be philosophical seemed a little too self-help, and neat and tidy for what the character was really experiencing. Left me a little flat.

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Is it bad that I picked this to read next because it was the only one left unread in the pile right beside me? 😁 Regardless, onward!

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Classically, the BBC version of Neverwhere is just **chef‘s kiss** in that classic BBC kind of way. Currently, His Dark Materials is SERIOUSLY good.

#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I‘ve been hearing good things about His Dark Materials! Thanks for posting! 5d
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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This was blazingly good — a fantasy woven of fable and its own myth, promises and obligation, love and need, secrets and magic and loss. The characters live and breathe in a way almost tangible, and the story just pulses with their emotion and experiences truly exceptional, esp as a debut novel.

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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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Two nights before she was sent to the Wolf, Red wore a dress the colour of blood.

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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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This felt like a good fall-winter read, but boy am I sorry I picked it up over my lunch hour. Kickstarts right into the main action of the story, and is immediately compelling. How I am supposed to pay attention to work now is beyond me🤣

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Burn | Patrick Ness
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Although this took me a long time to read, please don‘t take that as an indication of its quality — just my up-and-down reading life. A fantastical journey through a world just a sidestep from our own in the surface, full of magic, dragons & doomsful prophecy on the surface; a heartfelt examination of the struggle, hubris & true magic of being human underneath. Patrick Ness always makes me feel things, and this engaging book was no exception.

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Playdates Rule! | Rob McClurkan
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The perfect adult play date…

TrishB It definitely looks it! 4w
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Snicker.

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A blast of a book, with entertaining characters, an twisty little mystery, and just enough nostalgia to make it enjoyable. The author‘s portrayal of a teen with severe anxiety really hit home, as the mom of a similar teen. I thought it was particularly sensitively handled and well done. A short read, just right for a short trip!

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Not quite as quick a read as the first book, at least not for me, but still a killer story. A lot more character development, and a deeper exploration of the universe‘s magics, with more death, destruction, plotting and mayhem. The main characters are somehow BOTH tragic figures, and the drive to see just what will happen to them is what really pushes the story along. A truly excellent read.

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Liberated from an airport bookshop because I just couldn‘t resist…wonder if the 3 hours I have left on layover is enough to finish it😂
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BookBr P.S. I did not finish on my layover, but burned through on my second flight! 1mo
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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This book was so good I just rolled into the sequel (Fevered Star) without stopping to review! Top notch world building, with a manageable host of characters of a wide range, a bit of mystery, bit of magic, and enough action to drive the fast-paced plot to a breathtaking conclusion. This is high fantasy done right, people. All the stars.

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Supper Club | Lara Williams
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I left this for a week or so to see if my interest would pick up, and it just…didn‘t. I found the characters either flat or downright dislikable, and there isn‘t really a plot to hang onto since it revolves completely around the MC. I did think some about WHY I didn‘t like it, and if it made me uncomfortable because of societal mores and women‘s “place”, but I don‘t think that was it. I just plain didn‘t care for it.

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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“Today he would become a god. his mother had told him so.”

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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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Definitely a walk on the dark side of fairy tales, where everything has a price. MC Marra is essentially, keenly relatable, and there is plenty of creep factor, with a side of wry humour to keep things from being too weighed down. The plot is fast paced and engaging — I stayed up again reading, lol. I should know better…but a definite emphatic pick on this one!

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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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Current Kindle read — so far, a dark fairy tale, exploring what happens AFTER the happy ever after…and it‘s not good. Compulsively readable. Does it count as a Halloween read?

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What a finely crafted series this was. A circle rather than an arc, with complex characters who grew and changed, particularly the MC, stories that curved and twisted only to link back together neat as a pin. The third book, especially, had a strong creep factor that kept me reading. Pip‘s (MC) development was fascinating, and everything wrapped up in a believable-to-life sort of way. I mean, more or less. Big recommend on all three books!

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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PHEW! This sequel was faster paced and more intense than the first book — I stayed up til the wee hours last night finishing it, even though I know better. Lots of action, thoughtful mysteries, and some interesting, in-depth character development. Maybe a couple more obvious clues than the first, but that didn‘t detract from the experience. On to book 3! (So glad I don‘t have to wait!)

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What a ride! An absolute roller coaster of a book, stuffed with secrets and riddles, and a mystery that‘s as tangled as any I‘ve come across. Pip (MC) is likeable and appealing, and it is easy to see why she becomes compulsively wrapped up in this story. On to book 2!

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Current Kindle read…I wasn‘t sure I loved the framework at first, but it‘s growing on me. It certainly allows for a lot of development. Just starting to get creepy…

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Supper Club | Lara Williams
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An Easy Death | Charlaine Harris
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I‘ve been reading the Gunnie Rose series on Kindle and thoroughly enjoying it, but not moved to review. They‘re fun books with twisty plots and engaging characters. I dunno. Worth a look if you like a dystopian future with a little magic lots of hijinks.

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Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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A clever, moodily atmospheric mystery, with a solid creep factor and engaging characters. Inspired by Agatha Christie‘s And Then There Were None, this story travels its own unique path, with its own puzzles and complications. The solution is simple and elegant, even if I was so involved in the story I didn‘t figure it out. A really great read.

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Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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It‘s mystery time! A twist on the classic whodunit from Japan, for lunchtime at the office…

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Cyclopedia Exotica | Aminder Dhaliwal
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A complicated, earnest, lovely, touching, and sometimes funny, exploration of difference in society. Touching on issues like media representation, sexualization, dating, art, employment, parenting, and more, this book feels incredibly important as our world becomes more and more divisive. I thoroughly appreciated this book and will be thinking about it for a while…

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Cyclopedia Exotica | Aminder Dhaliwal
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A new read for a gloomy Sunday morning…

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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Mehso-so

I‘d pan this book, but I DID finish it, so there was a spark there. My main issue was a shaky premise, which made the whole story sort of unbelievable. And for a story that hinges on sympathy for the MC, you hardly get to know her at all. Very MEH, in the end.

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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Picked this up at the OLA conference…um…some years ago now and thought it might make a good next read. Thrillers aren‘t my usual kind of thing, but with fantastical and fairytale and mystery elements, it sounds intriguing…

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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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What a read. Challenging, difficult, unsparing, immersive, powerful. Far more than a story about school bullying, this is an unflinching look at systemic racism and how it can affect the vulnerable and strong alike. As well, an exploration of relationships and how we can lie even to the ones we love most. This book was affecting and thought-provoking and stimulating — highly recommend.

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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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Back-to-school season pick — super bargain grab from Book Outlet, which is a great online site for Canadians to get discounted books, btw. Not sure I‘m in the mood for high drama but we‘ll see how it goes…

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This was a great read — an intriguing mystery, likeable characters, and funny, too. Finlay‘s struggles were real and identifiable, even with the twists and turns of the most unlikely events she gets caught up in. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely pick up the sequel.

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New read perfect for a sunny cottage afternoon…

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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Mehso-so

An interesting take on the classic enemies to lovers trope, witch and witch hunter thrown together. It all felt a little too fast paced for me though, and I didn‘t quite buy it? Not that interested in the sequels anyway…

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The Glass Town Game | Catherynne M. Valente
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What a lovely book. Valente‘s world building is, as always, second to none, and the characters are all a delight. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey through Glass Town, with its wild imagination, and its picture of life at the time.

New Kid on the Book Looks cool! 3mo
BookBr @NewKidOnTheBook It‘s a great read! 3mo
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The Glass Town Game | Catherynne M. Valente
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I so want to be part of a Protest of Bluestockings…😂

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The Glass Town Game | Catherynne M. Valente
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FINALLY reading something new again, after a bout with Covid in July. The illness didn‘t last as long as the lack of will to do anything at all but what I absolutely had to…so draining. Fingers crossed…

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Post-apocalyptic monsters? Disaffected monster Hunter? Mysterious strangers? A tapestry of Navaho tradition & folklore? Well, sign me up. Excellently written, fast-paced, mystery to really dig your teeth into. Funny and scary and all around delightful. Highly recommend.

Liatrek Great book! Love the cover and the second book was great too. Just waiting on book 3 🙂 5mo
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Ashes of London | Andrew Taylor
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Historical mystery! This one has lots of intrigue, sympathetic characters, and a hefty dose of malice, set against the backdrop of a burnt and distraught London. I really enjoyed the way the plot unfolded and the historical detail felt pretty authentic.

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Ash | Malinda Lo
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A Cinderella retelling that‘s sharp and beautiful; an exploration of grief & how it drives us; a search for happiness in a complicated world. Aisling is everything you want in a heroine — smart, brave and willing to sacrifice for what she wants, but more for what she needs. The romance between her and Kaisa is lovely and sweet. There‘s a richness of folklore running through the narrative that gives the story so much depth. All of the stars!

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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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It‘s been a while since I read any high fantasy, and I forgot how engrossing it could be when well done. This one has stellar world building, an intricate plot, and a very sympathetic MC in Maia, who manages the maze of his life with pluck and grace. One of those books that you look for a sequel for, and are dispatched you don‘t find one…

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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A clever dual mystery, with lots of clues that don‘t seem to fit and an equal amount of likeable, unlikeable, and just plain suspicious characters. I found it a little slow paced, and there were some digs at the publishing industry that felt a little pointed, but overall a fun read. Susan was an engagingly unwilling detective, and I think I‘ll read the next one…

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Great read! A nugget of a whodunit spun around the maven of mystery herself, Agatha Christie, and eleven days she was missing. Christie always refused to speak about those days, but Marie Benedict manages a very authentic voice, and spins a very engaging tale about love, loss, and self-discovery. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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The Things She's Seen | Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina
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What a beautiful story. A meditation on life and death, trauma and healing, told partly in verse, this story really had the feeling of age-old wisdom and the oral tradition. Sad but hopeful, anchored in a way of viewing the world that encompasses more than what we can see. Not my usual thing at all, but I‘m so glad that I read it.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I feel like I have journeyed through another dimension — just like ours, but…not. This book is a mind bender, not quite a fantasy but not quite horror either; alchemy and murder and the power of language and thought and belief to change the world. It isn‘t an easy read, but one worth undertaking, I think.

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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It‘s a beautiful morning to be reading in the North…

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Current read — about a quarter of the way through, and still not sure if I like it or not. Why does this keep happening? Is my brain melting? Gah. Shall keep at it because of all the love out there for this one…

Jgacreations Im In the same boat right now. 70% through lmao. 2mo
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