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BookishTrish

BookishTrish

Joined April 2016

Librarian * Dutch Learner * Cross stitcher * Horror Lover * Will read anything - especially if it‘s about Russia
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Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree
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Above the Salt: A Novel by Katherine Vaz
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Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez
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Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
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Podcaster Bodie returns to her former boarding school and wades deep into the murder of her former roommate.

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Cold: A Novel | Drew Hayden Taylor
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An Indigenous hockey player, journalist who has written a survival memoir, and an unfaithful university professor‘s lives Intersect in interesting ways in this horror / police procedural

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty ❄️ 4d
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I have a lifelong love of both artists‘ work so this was a dream read.

TieDyeDude Very cool! That would be a fun read 3d
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Poster Girl | Veronica Roth
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The girl from a propaganda poster grows up and is tasked with finding a missing girl. I was hooked.

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I‘m not mad on faeries and saw every twist coming; still really enjoyed this one.

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The Night House | Jo Nesbo
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Mehso-so

A one sitting whiplash inducer. There were all the twists and turns and I was there for some of them, but not all.

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Martyr!: A novel | Kaveh Akbar
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11 hours flew by #audiostitching to this unputdownable tale of an orphan poet obsessed with having a meaningful death after losing his mother in a planet crash when he was an infant.

IndianBookworm Already looks so pretty!😍 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s so cute! 2w
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A Guest in the House | Emily Carroll
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Weird vibes for a lunch break read. Was ALL in until the ambiguous ending.

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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

This is my second Michaelides and my second so so.
My journey with both was the same: sucked in, frantically turning pages, too convoluted, disinterest and sped read to the end.

TheBookHippie Love the shoes!!! 3w
Ruthiella That‘s how I feel about most thrillers. The scenario grabs me but the execution leaves me wanting… 3w
Soubhiville Cute shoes! 3w
Shemac77 Are those satin chucks?!?!? …(and I agree about the Michaelides) 3w
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I appreciate Land‘s giving public voice to single mothers living in poverty. Each family has its own story to tell, and I didn‘t find this chapter of Land‘s story as interesting as the last. A soft pick.

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The Hike | Lucy Clarke
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Mehso-so

It was fine, I guess. The narration was good and the chapters were short.

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Mehso-so

Lots of books I feel ambivalent about lately. While I liked a few characters in this one, the book felt too overstuffed to pack much punch. Just me?

Ruthiella Not just you! 😂 But I‘m just letting it wash over me with no expectations. 1mo
squirrelbrain No, not just you. I liked it, but didn‘t love it. Overhyped for me, I think. 1mo
Karisa Yeah, I just finished this one, and it‘s leaving me with that feeling too. So many characters (though I loved Chona). Not sure about the ending either. The U.S‘ south as a sort of paradise? Huh? I get that the north has problems. He doesn‘t gloss over the racism there, but the south does too. Is it just money solves everything? It‘s a pick for me but barely. 1mo
Jas16 You are very much not alone. 1mo
ClairesReads Not just you- I felt exactly the same 1mo
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Quick but deep lunchtime read about a middle grader and their family attending a silent meditation retreat.

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Shut Up You're Pretty | Ta Mutonji, Tea Mutonji
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I have a few questions about this one. First I‘m curious why it‘s been marketed as short stories when it holds together as a novella. Second, why Canada Reads shortlist this year? I‘ll be keen to see the debate on how this book moves us forward and how long it takes for the thematic/setting twinning with Scarborough to come up.

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The Witness Blanket has just arrived at our Library. I‘m somewhat overwhelmed by it and this book helps make sense of some of those feelings.

rockpools Wow. That‘s beautiful but 💔. I googled and just the website is pretty overwhelming. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Wow. That is truly profound. How amazing that your library is has it! 1mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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With the snow here in Vancouver, I‘ve been tearing through books. Started this one on Saturday expecting it to last the week, but I quite simply couldn‘t put it down. The reviews calling it a Shakespearean thriller are spot on. So so good.

AmyG I loved this one, too. The ending!!! 🙌🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved it too! 1mo
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August Blue: A Novel | Deborah Levy
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Elsa is a gifted pianist who choked during a Rachmaninov concert. Disgraced, She‘s become a private piano teacher who sees her double regularly as she bounces about Europe. The writing is lovely - as Levy‘s always is. Recommended.

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Two snow days this week meant I had loads of time to read this fascinating book about an aging poet collaborating with AI to write a poem.

TheBookHippie Pretty!! 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful photo! Interesting about a poet using AI. we had a student using AI today to write a reflection that was obviously on a college level. It‘s a problem in high schools. 1mo
TheLudicReader Haha, @kspenmoll , I had a student pass in a reflection on happiness that started with something like, “As I am a machine, I have no personal feelings about happiness” and the student still denied using AI. 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❄️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TheLudicReader Good grief. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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My expectations for this sequel were sky high and so the novel felt a bit short. I missed Juan, found Molly‘s rhymed wisdom a bit twee-er than previously, but thoroughly enjoyed the mystery.

Catsandbooks Does the bowl say "it's cold outside bébé"? ? love Moira! 1mo
BookishTrish @Catsandbooks indeed it does 1mo
Catsandbooks @BookishTrish That is perfect! 🩵 1mo
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The Jazz Club Spy | Roberta Rich
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I liked the characters and the pacing, but the climax was historically inaccurate and that didn‘t sit well with me. Between a soft pick and a so so.

dabbe Holy guacamole! I saw the snake, and my heart literally stopped for a second! 😱 1mo
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Meet Me at the Lake | Carley Fortune
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I read this in the context of the Canada Reads shortlist. I‘m not sure it brings much (anything?) to the discussion and am curious about what arguments its champion brings forward. The ending was very rushed IMHO, but I adored the description of place and Dirty Dancing vibes.

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Winter Stroll | Elin Hilderbrand
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I like this series - but why do they all end on cliffhangers?!?!

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Always lovely and cozy stepping into this world. I missed the friend group in this volume and enjoyed the deepening of the boys‘ relationship.

rwmg I've been binge-watching the TV series over and over again. I haven't read the books because I don't want any spoilers. I wish I could have seen it when I was that age. But then could any real boys have lived up to Nick Nelson? 2mo
arlenefinnigan I have cheese envy. 2mo
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I usually don‘t love a full cast recording, but this true crime podcast inspired story really worked as an audiobook. The twists and turns were relatively easy to guess, and the ending wasn‘t my favourite, but I still loved the ride.

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Bad Cree: A Novel | Jessica Johns
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My partner recommended this to me and I‘ve recommended it to my teen, who described it as “like Freddy Kruger” - which it kind of was and wasn‘t. Either way I enjoyed it.

Blueberry Yummy-looking bagel. 😋 2mo
Suet624 I want whatever you're eating. 2mo
Reggie I agree with her on the Nightmare on Elm Street vibes. 2mo
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Young widow Bria works hard to open a B&B in Positano to honour her late husband‘s dream. A murder in the building threatens these plans so Bria decides to investigate. I liked the characters and didn‘t guess the murderer.

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An insightful, painful, hopeful look into a piece of art created from artifacts from each of Canada‘s residential schools.

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The Happy Couple | Naoise Dolan
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A soft pick and an easy read. An engaged couple each try and decide if they should actually get married as their wedding date looms.

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A gorgeous book about parenting a new adult AND a travelogue of a second Camino. There were a few moments where I wished AM and Sam were more aware of their privileges; but in all AM is incredibly emotionally aware and it makes for compelling reading.

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This quick read simply wasn‘t for me. The twists were predictable and the ending was too pat. I had no time at all for the Anthony storyline.

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What a gorgeous book for my first read of 2024! Sigrid spends the early days of the pandemic house sitting a parrot and living with a stranger. Some gorgeous passages and the writing felt true to how quarantine felt to me - both its privileges and its effects on our thoughts.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction chonkster about the woman who brought the Stanislavsky method to China and her inevitable downfall at the hands of a longtime rival. The writing is almost breezy despite the sometimes heavy subject matter. Highly recommended.

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The birthday dozen!

Ruthiella Fantastic stack. Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
BookishTrish @Ruthiella Thank you! 2mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈 2mo
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Bookzombie Happy Birthday!! 🧁🥳 2mo
LeahBergen Nice haul! Happy Birthday! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Oooo, that‘s exciting! Happy Birthday! 2mo
Reggie Happy Birthday! 2mo
quietlycuriouskate Happy birthday! 🎁📚🎂 2mo
Megabooks Wow!! Hbd!! 🎉🎉 2mo
thewallflower0707 Happy (belated) birthday! 2mo
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Family Lore: A Novel | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Acevedo is an excellent storyteller and very good at creating memorable characters. Despite the predictable ending, I enjoyed this one.

thewallflower0707 I really liked all her YA novels, haven‘t read her first adult novel yet! 2mo
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There was a lot I loved about this book: the post apocalyptic setting, the effect of worldwide scarcity on the rich, the incredible descriptions of the food. I wasn‘t as keen on the ending - which seemed abrupt and too pat - but I‘d definitely read more by this author. A soft pick.

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Picked this one up today during a visit to my favourite bookstore #munrosbooks

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Historical gothic horror set in Mexico? Yes please! I thought Andres (the hot priest character) was more interesting than the Beatriz - but I enjoyed reading about them both. It was creepy and exorcisty

keys_on_fire I thought the writing was really beautiful. I liked this more than I expected! 2mo
Reggie It was the red eyes in the dark for me. lol, I liked this one a lot, too. 2mo
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Winter Street | Elin Hilderbrand
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This was my Christmas Eve present and I tore through it. My family chose well. Happy Holidays all!

Bookzombie Happy Holidays! 2mo
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Thornhedge | T. Kingfisher
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Lightning quick Sleeping Beauty retelling that made good company while I wrapped.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute paper ❤️ 2mo
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Pardalita | Joana Estrela
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Images like the page above bring me right back to the two years I lived in Portugal. Loved this book about realizing there‘s more out there than one‘s own small town. Also loved Raquel‘s growing awareness of the world around her and the possibility of love.

Lindy Patricia, I thought you would like this one. 😊 2mo
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Held: A Novel | Anne Michaels
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If you are looking for a novel made of interconnected short stories that reads like poetry, this one‘s for you. I‘ll definitely reread it.

Deblovestoread Sounds brilliant ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I so want to read this. I loved 2mo
Lindy I loved this one too. So many great passages. 2mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Little Free Library find that is once again off into the world. In general I don‘t like stories of estranged families coming together again to make themselves whole. Also this one had way too much telling and not enough trust in its readers.

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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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I bought the book for its striking cover. I picked it up in December hoping for a bit of romance. I was completely sucked into Olga‘s story: her business, her relationships with her brother and mother, and yes, her love life.

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Eastbound | Maylis de Kerangal
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I liked it

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Godkiller | HANNAH. KANER
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I liked the narration and the lady Witcher vibes. For me, it started stronger than it ended - I preferred the pilgrimage to the climax. Also the romance was UGH.

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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
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It took forever to finish this one. The writing was clever, but the story only interested me intermittently

Hooked_on_books I bailed. I couldn‘t get into it at all. 3mo
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A Christmas Candy Killing | Christina Romeril
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A satisfying seasonal cozy. While I wish the main character were more charitable in her thoughts about others and less concerned with her weight, I enjoyed the mystery and didn‘t guess the killer until a page or two before it was announced.

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Arch-Conspirator | Veronica Roth
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I was surprised at how much I liked this one given that I‘m only vaguely familiar with Antigone.

LeeRHarry Me too 😊 3mo
Tonton What a stack!❣️ 3mo
vlwelser I just finished that last night! Twins! 3mo
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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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Hilarious mayhem - complete with hyper intelligent cats and dolphins who think you ain‘t sh*t

Texreader Looking forward to this one! And what a darned cutie!! 3mo
KathyWheeler Those dolphins are something else! 😄 3mo
dabbe Hello there, adorable floof! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
CatLass007 Hey gorgeous. 😻 3mo
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A cozy mystery with 🦦! Finally!

Eggs Great photo 👏🏻🐈‍⬛👏🏻 what a pose! 3mo
dabbe Hello there, sweet floof! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
TheLudicReader What a majestic looking cat. 3mo
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KathyWheeler Beautiful kitty! 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable 3mo
Pageturner1 Ahhh! 💕 3mo
CatLass007 Gorgeous kitty. 3mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh my goodness! Who is this beauty?? 🥰🥰 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Wait, silly question! I remember Earl! 😊💕 Looking as cute as ever 3mo
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