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Bookish.SAM

Bookish.SAM

Joined May 2016

~ Book worm - Wine fan - Knit nerd - Dog mom - Yogi-to-be - Kayak newb ~ 📚🍷🧶🐶 🧘🏻‍♀️🛶🇨🇦
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Pickpick

After a LONG week, this is all I wanted to do with my Friday night🍷📚❤️

I was very pleasantly surprised by this first of the series. Loved it and can‘t wait to read more. Bonus that this a (until recently unknown to me) 🇨🇦 author.

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Quinte West Public Library - Trenton Main Branch | Trenton, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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I‘d not walked to the library yet from the new house. With such an unseasonably lovely day I figured this was the day.
I learned it‘s a 2 hour round trip walk… my feet are not ok with this discovery 😬
I also need some far more comfortable/durable shoes if I‘m going to do this again (literally walked holes into mine 👎)
But at least I felt zero guilt about the 🍕I ate afterward.

TEArificbooks That is a lovely trail though 1mo
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Pickpick

#expandeddt completed ✅

This took me far longer than intended as I went on a lot of reading detours along the way but I‘m happy to have finally made it through. I finished up with the Dark Tower VII which just has so much going on but did have me in tears towards the end. 🥺
I thoroughly enjoyed tracking the connections thru so many books (if even loosely connected).
To be inside the head of SK 🤔
❤️Oy ❤️

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Bookish.SAM
State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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Pickpick

I acquired this accidentally (a friend ended up with two copies and gave me one) and I liked it SOOOO much more than I expected to. It was a great reminder that I really enjoy political thrillers tho I haven‘t read one it a while.
Lots of suspense, great female leads and a tribute to friendships.
The acknowledgements were almost as impressive (It had it near tearing up! And have a great backstory of what brought this book to life).

Dragon Agreed- great book 💚🐉 2mo
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Bookish.SAM
Books & Company and Miss Lily's Cafe | Picton, Ontario, Canada (Bookstore)
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A visit to my favourite bookstore and then the cafe next door led to some purchases (that I Do Not need!)

Hot stew because ‘Elmet‘ and
All‘s well because ‘Bunny‘.

I hadn‘t heard anything about these new books but these authors‘ previous works had me hooked!

#gotoauthors
#autobuyauthors

Ruthiella Awad is an auto-read for me now too. I thought Bunny was a little more cray-cray but I also really liked 2mo
Bookish.SAM @Ruthiella Bunny was most definitely cray-cray! But definitely intriguing. Looking forward to 2mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

I‘m a little late to the party on this one!

I liked the unique take on the haunted house trope... sort of gave me Annihilation vibes.

We‘re getting into ‘reading by the fireplace‘ season around here 😊❄️🔥📖

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker, JD Barker
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Pickpick

It was a slow burn, but I enjoyed it 😊
Especially, the concept of pulling from Bram Stoker‘s notes.

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Bookish.SAM
Quinte West Public Library - Trenton Main Branch | Trenton, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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My spooky October #libraryhaul was a little too ambitious. I only made it through one. 😕

So, bring on Spooky November!!
💀😈👻🧛🏻‍♂️

Clare-Dragonfly Let the spooky be unending! 3mo
Bookish.SAM Agreed @Clare-Dragonfly!! I love it 🖤 3mo
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Bailedbailed

I NEVER do this but… this one‘s a DNF for me.

I feel like I‘ve been reading this too long for me to only be on page 70. I‘m clearly not connecting with it and since I soooo cherish my summer reading, I think it‘s time to move on to something more enjoyable.
🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella I totally support your DNF! But the book changes style and perspective at 150 pages or so. It makes the reader re-think the first section. HOWEVER, you still might hate it…😂 6mo
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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Pickpick

I read this (# 3 of the series) immediately after The Sentence is Death (# 2) … this is the first time I‘ve ever gotten to books in a series back to back and it was a nice change!
Either one was good, but I definitely got more from reading them so close together.

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Pickpick

The depth and nuance the author used to articulate a subject that most (myself included) would like to think of as fairly black and white made this story way more compelling than I expected!

I feel like this is an important read.

And on a lighter note (if there is one) I always love books that reference so much other literature 📚🤓

#booksandbooze

Ruthiella Agree. I found this book difficult to read due to its subject matter but appreciate how it showed how abuse messes with a victim‘s perspective. 7mo
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Mehso-so

Not bad, but I was expecting/hoping for more. I‘ve enjoyed some of Swanson‘s other books a lot more. This was a quick read and entertaining enough though

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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

I related a lot to this #audiobook (as the whole thing is written through the lens of her therapy sessions!) 🤣
Chelsea is always a good time.

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Bookish.SAM
Quinte West Public Library - Trenton Main Branch | Trenton, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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I just wrote on someone else‘s post that there was no such thing as going overboard with a #libraryhaul.

My apologies, I lied. I overdid it. Just couldn‘t stop grabbing books! 🤷🏻‍♀️

1/2 were grabbed because I‘ve read good reviews. 1/2 are repeat authors I‘ve enjoyed in the past.

#librarylove
📚❤️

SilversReviews LOL!! Enjoy them all. 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence Nothing looks amiss to me! 😋 8mo
Clare-Dragonfly You only got one more book than I did! I feel vindicated 😂😂😂 8mo
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Pickpick

This was pretty compelling.

She does a great job of describing the history and systems that have been put in place that have lead us to where we are today.

As I was finishing up this #audio this article popped into my notifications: https://apple.news/TTiTSd5oTQ9qMujWUJFZIZg
Timely… and sad that this is so common place right now.

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Evil at Heart | Chelsea Cain
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Pickpick

Quick and entertaining. I like the series in between longer, heavier reads.

And loving getting my back yard reading perch back into use!

#dogsoflitsy
#readingbuddy

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The Library at Night | Alberto Manguel
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Pickpick

❤️📚❤️📚❤️📚
Went to see Robert LaPage‘s The Library At Night exhibit in Toronto today.

Both the book and the exhibit are must dos for library lovers.

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Pickpick

Some great tools and reminders when trying find balance, happiness and yourself 😊

ShelleyBooksie I have the same mug - one of my favs :) 11mo
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My favourite scene when the bf is here for the weekend… always a table scattered with lots of books 📚❤️

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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

This was a re-read for me. Definitely the goriest-and still my fav-of the series so far (I‘ve read to Bk9).

There‘s one part at the end where the timeline doesn‘t quite make sense and in retrospect I now recall going back and re-reading that part the first time I read this too to catch what happened, but still an intense read.
❤️ McRae and all his quirky police buddies!
#readingbuddy
#dogsoflitsy

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Bookish.SAM
Quinte West Public Library - Trenton Main Branch | Trenton, Ontario, Canada (Library)
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With bookshelves FULL of unread books… I‘m not sure why every time I drop one finished book off at the library I pick up four more! 📚
I ❤️the library 🤓
#libraryhaul #librarylove

rabbitprincess I just picked up 5 books today myself 😅 13mo
Bookish.SAM Haha @rabbitprincess 😜 library book addiction is clearly a thing! 13mo
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Pickpick

Not quite what I expected, but I really enjoyed it! I loved the correspondence between the women and all the interesting concepts they sifted through.

#booksandbooze
#Christmasreads

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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

Not my favourite in the series, but I do always enjoy re-visiting Logan and his fellow officers.

#booksandbooze
#dogsoflitsy
#Scottishsetting

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Bookish.SAM
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Mehso-so

This book had a few odd, but fun twists.
And I do like that Peter Swanson‘s books tend to have a very bookish spin to them 🤩📖

Sleepswithbooks Your mug is cute 🥰 1y
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Mehso-so

I haven‘t been posting (or reading!) nearly as much as usual lately… a few family health scares, a long distance move and new house have been keeping my busy.
BUT I did finally get a library card in my new town and am back on the reading wagon 📚 😍
#libraryhaul #librarylove

Ruthiella Congratulations on the library card! I hope everything else starts looking up too. ❤️ 1y
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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

As I‘ve been going through some of the biggest changes in my life (things I‘ve been pondering for close to 10 years without action) this book has been my companion. It‘s hard to finally acknowledge the immense fear that has been holding me back all this time, and also exciting to say ‘F it, let‘s do this!‘

I‘ll need to hold some of the principles & tools from this book close for the next phase. I‘ll return to the book often 🙏
#righttimerightbook

LiteraryinLawrence Good luck with all the changes. You got this!! 2y
Bookish.SAM @LiteraryinLawrence Much appreciate the kind words 🙏❤️ 2y
PaperbackPirate 💙💪🏼 2y
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Outlawed | Anna North
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Pickpick

I have to admit I was expecting a little more from this (I may have, unfairly, had ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues‘ in mind thanks to this fun cover) but it was a decent read at a time when I need a little escape at the moment 😊

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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E Frankl
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🤯🤯🤯
Not at all what I expected, but this was enlightening. Listened to the #audio but am looking forward to getting my hands on a physical copy to read too.
This will be a book I return to.

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Hiding Place | C J Tudor
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My third CJ Tudor… The Chalk Man is still my fav, but this was pretty good. The supernatural hits were a little more seamless than The Other People.

Listening to this #audio kept my mind occupied during a few long drives for house hunting trips so I‘m grateful for that!

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The Committed | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Mehso-so

The follow-up to The Sympathizer and I did like this one a fair bit better (though I think I‘m in the minority with that). I enjoyed all the political/philosophical references… making me want to return to all those old university readings 🤓
#beachreads 🌊☀️
#booksandbooze

Ruthiella Apparently the first book also has a bunch of literary references, all of which I missed! 😆 But I was recently reminded of the scene with the liver in Portnoy‘s Complaint and was able to connect it to the scene with the octopus in The Sympathizer. I‘d like to read an annotated version of it, if there is one. 2y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Mehso-so

Thank god for no late fees at the library!
This took me forever to get through & I‘m just not sure why.
The subject matter was definitely of interest and the dark humour was up my alley but every time I picked it up I never got far🤷🏻‍♀️
I largely grabbed it because I came across the follow-up (The Committed) & figured I should read the first…since I struggle with this one I was unsure about the 2nd but so far The Committed is going better 4 me

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So, I‘m selling my house and while the real estate agent suggested packing all my books up 😢, the stager said she liked the books and how about if we just organize them by colour 😍

Obviously, this has been the best/least stressful thing I‘ve had to do in getting the house ready!

Ruthiella Nice! 2y
janeycanuck Fire that real estate agent! 🤪 2y
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Bookish.SAM
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Pickpick

I actually really enjoyed this #audiobook! 🎧
Not sure why that surprised me, maybe that it brought me out of my funk a little and had me out for lots of walks (since that was when I listened) and had me just chilling, listening in the back yard with a well-deserved beverage after the sweltering walks! 🥵

Warning: the book was a little spoilery in its list of the 8 Perfect Murders in literature, but still an entertaining read.

#booksandbooze

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Divine Evil | Nora Roberts
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Mehso-so

My 1st Nora Roberts book. Not my usual read for sure, but it kept me entertained well enough for a few days (with only a few eye rolls 😜)

(I have to admit I was secretly love it when my drinks accidentally match🤓 #booksandbooze)

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It took me ages to finish this #audiobook but that shouldn‘t deter you...there is more than enough information (and detail to back it up) making it a bit of a challenge to digest it all but the overall point is well laid out and certainly one we should all be more informed on.
It may behave been easier to take in had I read vs. listened, but Rachel Maddow narrated so with the audio you get the bonus of her tone and sarcasm which was fun.😊 🎧

KathyWheeler I bought this book for my husband because I liked her earlier book about the military. Neither of us has read this book yet though. Looking forward to it. 2y
Bookish.SAM @KathyWheeler be prepared... it‘s dense but definitely worth the read in my opinion. Eye-opening! I‘ve tried to talk about it with ppl but it‘s hard to do it justice and also hard to believe that this info is out there and there aren‘t more ppl up in arms about it. 2y
KathyWheeler @Bookish.SAM Thanks. I am often surprised at the things people don‘t get up in arms over. (edited) 2y
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The Other People | C. J. Tudor
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I didn‘t love this as much as the Chalk Man but still enjoyed it.

From the start I was hooked! There was a little towards the end that went in an odd direction that I didn‘t think was necessary but otherwise it was just the quick, suspenseful read I needed.

C.J. Tudor is one that I will continue to read and have started to recommend to others 😊

#booksandbooze

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I 💯 approve of this message!

#scholasticbookfairsforthewin 👍

Bookwormjillk Dangerous 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Yessssssss 2y
Well-ReadNeck I‘m so there! 2y
Ruthiella Provided I get a catalog in advance that I can pour over and tick off those titles I‘m interested in! As a kid, the anticipation was as much fun as the fair itself! 2y
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Pulled Grandpa‘s old chair out of storage and set up a new little #readingnook. I‘m loving the change of scenery (and the creatures seem to be enjoying it too!)

#catsoflitsy
#booksandbooze

rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this picture! 😻 2y
Bookish.SAM @rubyslippersreads ❤️thanks! Me too!! 2y
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Pickpick

This was a great read! Not action packed but the author really showed off his talent. Given that the MC was sentenced to living the rest of his life in a hotel it never felt claustrophobic-the story was still expansive and it was very interesting seeing Russian evolution from this lens.

#booksandbooze
#dogsoflitsy
#readingbuddy

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Book Outlet | St. Catharines, ON, Canada (Bookstore)
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Oh boy... I need to stop with the #bookmail #bookhaul🤦🏻‍♀️📚❤️📚❤️📚
At least a couple are gifts 🎁 😊

#stacksonstacksonstacks
#bookoutlethaul

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Pickpick

Wow... This was incredibly eye-opening.
Highly recommend!

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Mehso-so

Only 2 degrees might be a little cool for sitting outside reading, but the ☀️is shining so, we‘re going with it!

My 2nd read through book 6 of the DT series. I recall it being one of my least favourites of the series, and that opinion holds. It‘s not the whole book per se but I don‘t love the Susannah-Mia path. I did like the Roland-Eddie story line tho. Sooo... it is what it is I guess.
#expandeddt
#readingbuddy
#dogsoflitsy

KathyWheeler I think it‘s my least favorite as well and I‘ve read and/or listened to the series several times. I think it might be because the Susannah - Mia storyline is too long and there is a bit too much of SK in the book as well. 2y
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Mehso-so

While I generally enjoyed the stories in this collection, I don‘t think they‘ll have a lasting effect. I‘ve just finished and already can‘t really recall specifics.
I read this for ‘Ur‘ for its relationship to the Dark Tower and my #expandeddt journey.

Other SK collections have left a stronger impression, but this one was ok.

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LOVING the warmer weather and finally getting to read outside again!!!
☀️📚❤️

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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This was a very unique novel with a horror meets mythology vibe.
The pacing was quite varied but the intense parts were definitely intense!
🦌

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Book Outlet | St. Catharines, ON, Canada (Bookstore)
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Just watched Elif Shafak talking about this novel (and literature, Istanbul, life, etc) via Canada‘s Virtual Literary Series.

She. Was. Riveting!

Talk about a new #womencrush!
I am really looking forward to reading more of her work. Just in passing she dropped so many beautiful quotes.

“Maybe literature is my suitcase” ❤️📖

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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Panpan

SO disappointed with this read 😫 I wanted to love this, and in the beginning thought it was such a magical book lovers book. I started with the #audio (eventually flipped to print) and the narration supported that mystical vibe but then it just spiraled, spewing a (limited) word salad of 🔑 🐝 🗡 📖 👑 🪶 ❤️ 🌙 🌞 🍯 ⭐️ 🌊 ad nauseam feeling like the author didn‘t know where to go next. Concept was intriguing, so much potential, but just flopped.

ReadingOver50 Too bad, I really enjoyed this book 2y
FantasyChick I ended up DNFing this one. I can see why some people love it but it definitely didn't hold my interest at all 2y
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A #reread for my #expandeddt journey (only a few books to go!) and a contribution to my #BFC21 goal for February.

I still liked it my second time around. This one is where we start to really see the meta fiction twists which I always enjoy.

#dogsoflitsy
#readingbuddy

TheNeverendingTBR Excellent installment in a spectacular series. 2y
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Belated... but in honour of #IReadCanadianDay (Feb 17, 2021), a few of my favourite Canadian reads 😊
❤️🇨🇦📚
#canlit

Librariana I've only read "The Handmaid's Tale", but fully intend on reading 2y
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