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Jaimelire

Jaimelire

Joined November 2016

Life long love affair with books.
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Easy, uplifting read for our book club. Not great literature, but a cozy and pleasant story.

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The Expats: A Novel | Chris Pavone
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Ex CIA wife moves to Luxembourg for her husband‘s work but soon discovers she isn‘t the only one keeping secrets. I loved the setting and the storyline was pretty good. Overall, enjoyable.

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Dial A For Aunties | Jesse Sutanto
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Book club pick. This one is a 3/5 for me. While I did find the aunties funny, I thought the story was so so. But it did give me a chuckle, so I will give it a pick for that reason.

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Really enjoyed this historical fiction novel about Hedy Lamarr . Women just never get credit for their brilliant minds. It would be interesting if we could rewrite history to include all of the women‘s contributions!

CoverToCoverGirl 💯agree! So many of their stories remain untold. 1mo
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I did not like this book. I found myself skimming most of it. A middle aged predator, a 12 year old girl. No amount of fancy writing can make this palatable for me.

Ruthiella Agree. This book made/makes me so angry. 2mo
Jaimelire @Ruthiella It‘s totally vile. 2mo
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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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This was unlikely anything I have read lately and it was very good! A really fresh, new take on sci-fi that left me looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

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Bailedbailed

Ok…I am really struggling with this one. Am putting it aside for now, might go back to it later.

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Got this one for free on my ereader. Not bad at all, will probably read more of this series.

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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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Light, entertaining. My favourite part was the setting…Egypt, the Nile, excavation sites. The story itself was ok, but not anything spectacular.

writerlibrarian What I love about this series are the real life egyptologists She put into her stories Petrie, Carter, etc. I found Petrie's dig journals online. fascinating. 2mo
Jaimelire @writerlibrarian its all so fascinating. I really wish I could have lived back then and been rich enough to visit places like this before it all got insanely touristy (edited) 2mo
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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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I‘m on the fence about this one. I did enjoy the story but felt the main character‘s internal dialogue was just too much at times. 3/5

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So much to reflect on after reading this book. How our society defines motherhood, how society‘s expectations of parenting differ for men and women, for different cultures and reflecting on the “perfect” mold we are often all expected to squeeze into even when it‘s not a good fit for many mothers.

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I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting a light, romance type book, but it was so much more. Loved the strong female main character and her non relenting fight to be taken seriously in a field that, like so many others, did/does not take women seriously.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Different and quite good. Girls quarantined on an island at their boarding school. I can‘t say much more without giving too much away, so read it! 😊

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1984 | George Orwell
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First read in high school. Rereading as an adult, I see why this book became a classic. But I also understand why we all found it so hard to read as teenagers.

Ruthiella It was a little too bleak for me as a teen. 4mo
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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Reread this one. I first read it in high school. My son is now reading all the classic sci-fi books, so I am going through them again with him. I forgot how screwed up this book was! 😂. Still great reading. Next I am rereading 1984!

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Bluebird: A Novel | Genevieve Graham
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Love the historical references in her books. This story takes place during WWI and shortly after, during prohibition. It‘s was fun to look up more information on some topics she covered in this novel. A good Canadian author if you like historical fiction.

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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this book, but it ended up being a bit slow and kind of repetitive. Lots of meditating, flower arranging and repetitive insights into the character‘s state of mind. I could have done with a bit more mystery and action.

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Cute little book. Arthur is a loveable character and this book left me feeling happy. A nice little distraction from our current, crazy reality!

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Finished this one while eating breakfast, had to know what happened. I think the best part of this book was the setting. You can just feel the heat, the dust and drynesses as you read this novel. Well written; I preferred the last half of the book.

CoverToCoverGirl So atmospheric, Australia was the driving force in this book. Loved it! 6mo
Jaimelire @CoverToCoverGirl yes, that was definitely what set this book apart! 6mo
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Foundation | Isaac Asimov
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My son is really into sci-fi and is reading all the classics. So I decided to read a few myself. This book wasn‘t what I expected. At first I didn‘t like it, but as it progressed I started to enjoy it more and now, I keeps thinking about it. So I am giving it a thumbs up.

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Lucky | Marissa Stapley
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Con artist father and daughter team makes for a pretty fun read. This was a book club pick and I did enjoy it.

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Love the show, Midsomer Murders. The books are also quite good, although Troy is a total jerk In the books; much prefer this character in the tv show.

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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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I sure know how to pick good books lately! Another great read, and again, done in two days. Action-packed & page-turner describe this book well. And I loved the references to Three Pines.

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Got this one because it was available as ebook from library and I needed something for our ski trip. Wasn‘t expecting much. I was wrong. Read it in two days. Totally gripping!

Dragon Convinced me 👍💚🐉 7mo
Jaimelire @Dragon I was pleasantly surprised 7mo
Dragon It was a good price on Kindle so downloaded 👍🐉 7mo
Jaimelire @Dragon Enjoy👍 7mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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This one lived up to all the good reviews. Loved it! Molly is awesome. I read it in two days and wish there was more to read. Recommend 👍

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The Nine Tailors | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Too many descriptions of bell ringing for my taste, but besides that, a good mystery. This is the second Lord Wimsey book I have read, and I do enjoy them. Will read “Murder Must Advertise” for my next one.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Wine and homemade pizza…TGIF! Guncle was a sweet story. My favourite part were the kids.

Bookzombie That looks delicious! 8mo
Jaimelire @Bookzombie It was 😋 8mo
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Very enjoyable book. Sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring and always entertaining! 👍

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Horrorstr | Grady Hendrix;
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Not my favourite Hendrix book. I preferred his lady vampire slayers! But not bad overall.

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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Enjoyed most of the book, but did not like the ending. But, overall, entertaining.

lynneamch Agreed! 8mo
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This was a big book with three beautiful stories, set in different times…all linked together through their setting, the château. Lots of great historical facts in this one. And the character development was really good. Thumbs up from me?.

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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Good book. I stayed up until 3am finishing it last night. Now I need to get some sleep!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Entertaining read, but I did prefer “Daisy Jones &The Six”.

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Sittaford Mystery | Agatha Christie
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Not my favourite Agatha Christie book, but still quite good. Now I have to watch it! Two weeks of vacation means lots of books and movies, ⛄️

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Shattered Roads | Alice Henderson
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Gave this one a good try, but I was forcing myself to continue so I have decided to bail. I rarely give up on books, but my TBR pile is huge and this book just isn‘t cutting it for me.

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My book club gift exchange….I got lucky! Looking forward to my two week break to read these!

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Starting my Christmas vacation reading binge soon. I am off December 17-Jan 3rd. I plan to spend many days in my pyjamas reading. But until then, this book kept me busy. My husband is Chinese and I am French Canadian, so that is originally what got me interested in this book, but I ended up loving the writing style as well as the social commentary aspect of this novel. I think I will buy it for my husband for Christmas.

Suet624 I really enjoyed this one too. Have a wonderful vacation. 10mo
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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A perfect little nugget of Christmas spirit to get me in the mood for decorating the house!

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I just love Jasper Fforde‘s weird, quirky books. This one was no exception. Hibernation for four months, except for the winter consuls…..who have some pretty outrageous adventures!

Lucy_Anywhere Shades of Grey is one of my favourite books! I really enjoyed this one as well 10mo
Jaimelire @Lucy_Anywhere Me Too! I was hoping there would be a sequel to “Shades of Grey”. 10mo
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Camino Island | John Grisham
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I had not read anything by John Grisham in years. This one caught my interest because it‘s about books, stolen manuscripts, book theft…all things books. I did quite enjoy it and will most likely read the next book.

marleed I actually liked the second in this series better than the first. I‘m 3 years into reading the full Grisham catalog and still have a ways to go. 11mo
robinb I loved Grisham when he first exploded on the scene (he also was living 20 minutes away from me at the time). I haven‘t read him in years but did buy this book recently to add to my (older) collection. I haven‘t read it yet but am looking forward to getting back to him. 11mo
Jaimelire @marleed now I will read it for sure! 11mo
Jaimelire @robinb me too, I read a lot of his books at the beginning, but then nothing for many years. It was good to rediscover him. 11mo
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The Light Over London | Julia Kelly
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Good read. I give it 3.5/5 ⭐️

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Wasn‘t sure I would enjoy this book since I am not a big fan of romance type novels, but this YA story was excellent. Loved both Eleanor and Park. So well written. It‘s a pick from me.

IuliaC A lovely one 👍 11mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Books by Fredrick Backman have been hit or miss with me. I loved “A Man Called Ove” but did not like “Beartown”. This one is somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed it, but not a favourite. I would, however, recommend it to others.

BkClubCare This is up next for me — book club read for first week of November. 11mo
BennettBookworm Agreed, wasn‘t my favorite but was still good. 11mo
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Book club selection for this month. Loved it. Not something I would have picked out for myself, but that is the magic of book club….you sometimes get wonderful surprises like this gem of a book.

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Easy read, entertaining. Read the book,and watched the movie right after. As usual, the book was better. I give this 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️

BkClubCare One down, a few (many ! Multiples!!) to go!! 12mo
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Phyllis's Orange Shirt | Phyllis Webstad
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For the young children in my school. Every child matters.

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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I am a science geek and I love space sci-if books…so this was a winner. Even my husband liked it and he is not a big reader. Autumn is almost here so I am enjoying the last of our flowers before snow comes.

Tamra What a face! 🌻🌞🕶 12mo
BkClubCare Gorgeous 12mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I was intrigued at the beginning of the book, got a little bored in the middle but liked the ending. So overall I give it a so so because it was unique and magical, but I honestly did not enjoy this one as much as I thought I would from reading all the favourable reviews.
My son has been playing with the filters on the iPad….I kinda like this one he took of me!

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The Good Earth | Pearl S. Bck
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Great book! I can‘t believe it took me so long to finally read it. I started the second book, but am not enjoying it at all which is strange because I read this one in a day, couldn‘t put it down. My husband is Chinese so I like books that give you a glimpse into the every day lives of Chinese people throughout history. Photo of one of our new gerbils, friendly little guy.

TiredLibrarian @Jaimelire I hated this book, but I think part of the reason was that I was too young when I read it (high school). I wonder if I'd feel differently about it now. Glad you enjoyed it. 13mo
Jaimelire @TiredLibrarian I don‘t think I would have enjoyed at must when I was young. And I am really not liking the second at all. 13mo
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A mini ice age begins (in mere hours), a widowed mother and her son are rescued by an ex army man, who also saves the town from an evil thug who has taken over. The female character was so poorly written, typical helpless female who is completely dependent on the big, strong, ex army guy who saves the day. Really not my kind of book.