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LibraryCin

LibraryCin

Joined March 2018

I read just about everything. Love cats (I volunteer with them, too), and dancing (right now, bellydance and contra dance).
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Annabel | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

I don‘t remember much of the rest of the series, and this one is so short, it‘s hard to fill in the blanks with anything to refresh my awful memory. Overall the story was ok, but I would have liked to be able to fit it in with the rest of the series better. Plus, it didn‘t really end, but this was meant to be .5 in the series, so set before the first book, so maybe the first book followed up? I don‘t recall

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Dance of Death | Douglas J Preston
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure I really liked any of the characters in this one. However, I do like that so many of the characters come back from previous books. Characters that initially don‘t seem connected (or maybe that‘s just my fuzzy memory!). There was a twist near the end and the epilogue set up the next book in the series. I did like this enough to continue the series.

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I listened to the audio and did miss parts. What I heard more of, I would rate “good”. But it‘s unfortunate I missed the stuff I did as I got distracted from listening. I do feel like I might have taken in more if I‘d read it. I don‘t think I‘d previously read as much of the aftermath as this book included, not just in the surrounding areas but about the people after everything died down. I did like that the narrator also read the footnotes

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Wow! First a bit of advice – don‘t read the chapter that describes the murders close to bedtime! It was terrifying and violent. With one of the authors having been there and the oral histories given by her brother who was also there and a couple of other people who tried to help, all put together, you get an awful feeling of being hunted (as I‘m sure both Margaret and Brian felt)! Cont in comments...

LibraryCin That being said, I am a fan of true crime, and I do like biographies, so all put together, a very very good book. And murders I had never heard of before this. 2mo
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This was good. The initial crash brought me in and although the memories initially weren‘t as interesting, I found it picked up a bit when Georgie got married, so I liked the second half of the story better. I also liked the comparisons to “Lilibet‘s” (Queen Elizabeth‘s) life and the little royal tidbits brought in that way. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I thought it was amusing that all the women in Georgie‘s family had names that shortened into “male” names: Phil, Fred (she had an Aunt and Uncle Fred when her Aunt Fred married a Fred), Grand Dan… (ok, not quite all, but most) 2mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I didn‘t like the characters. I found it hard to follow at the start: who was who and how are they connected to each other? I wasn‘t a fan of the writing style: everything felt detached to me – maybe this is why I didn‘t like the characters? Why oh why did we need to include the magical realism (did NOT like that at all!): cont in comments...

LibraryCin in addition to Agnes‘s (the mother‘s) foresight, which wasn‘t bad, there was another part that changed a huge part of the story, and I thought it was stupid! I feel like with everything I didn‘t like, I should rate it lower, but I am rating it ok, based on the story itself 2mo
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Little Red House | Liv Andersson
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Really good; pulled me in quickly and kept me wanting to read to find out what was going on. I‘ve read a lot of mystery-thrillers the past couple of years and sometimes they have blended into one another. This one will stand out in my memory. Have to say that Eve sure was a hateful character – both in 1997 and in Connie‘s memories as she looks back on how Eve treated her.

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The book also goes into detail about Birute‘s personal life. I‘ve read lots about Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, but except for one graphic novel that included all three, this is the first I‘ve read about Birute. Her book alternates chapters between some of the orangutans and the other topics in the book (though, of course, they all overlap). Very good book, but know that there is a lot more to this one than “just” the animals.

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I liked this better than the first one. It‘s been a while since I read the first, but I think there were some parts where I was bored, I lost interest. That did not happen at all in this one. I liked (most of) the characters and even the ones I didn‘t like made for an interesting story. There is also a lot of prejudices, racism, and sexism, along with a lot of conflict, but it‘s a tight space shared for a long time. I really liked this one

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The Virgin Queen's Daughter | Ella March Chase
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I listened to the audio and did lose interest a number of times. Unfortunately, for some reason, although historical fiction used to be one of my favourite genres, it doesn‘t always grab me like it used to. Also, Elizabeth has never been my favourite historical person to read about. I‘m not sure what it is (or isn‘t) about her, but books abour her don‘t usually catch my interest for long.

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Leah‘s career brought her in contact with other celebrity Scientologists and so the two topics are entwined. I did find some of her stories of her acting and tv life interesting. It was frustrating, angering, and sad for Leah as she learned of more and more transgressions of higher authorities in the church. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin She never did find out where the wife of the leader disappeared to after years of hearing nothing from a woman Leah had considered a friend (and it appears that is still unknown). 2mo
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How to Pronounce Knife: Stories | Souvankham Thammavongsa
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I enjoyed the stories as I read them, so I‘m giving this a “good” rating, but like with the majority of short stories I read, I forget them. Even by the end of the (short) book, I have forgotten most of the stories. I give plenty of short story collections an “ok” rating, since I usually find they vary – I like some, but not others – but these (even listening on audio) were almost all ones I liked.

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Royal Blood | Rhys Bowen
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There is to be a lot going on in this one, but I loved the setting at the castle in Transylvania and the slightly gothic atmosphere of it. I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters (and I do like Georgie, too), but what a hopeless case Queenie is! In addition to the gothic atmosphere, there was humour scattered throughout the book. I thought I might like this best of the series so far, but it looks like I also rated the 2nd book the same.

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Wow, crazy! It floors me that people would do something like this to begin with, but then to become so brainwashed as to think it was helping as they slowly starved to death. All very interesting. And this really happened!

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I listened to the audio. The first half didn‘t catch my attention all that much; it was pretty slow moving. It picked up in the second half, though. I really did not like Mia. I‘m not sure there were any characters I liked, actually. I would have rated the first half “ok” at 3 stars, and wanted to up it to 3.5 stars due to the second half, but I dropped my rating just a touch as I was very unhappy with one of the things that happened near the end.

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Iced: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
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I didn‘t find that the author did much in the way of recap, or what she did do wasn‘t enough to really help me remember what was going on or who was who. The new storyline I found interesting. I thought I liked Dani as a secondary character in the other books, but I didn‘t like her much in this one. And all those horny men after a 14-year old!? Ugh! I am still rating it ok.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
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It makes sense that the book was short and the chapters were short given how difficult and how much time it must have taken to “write” this book. The chapters read like little essays. I found his ordeal much more interesting than the chapters on his dreams or reminiscences – those just seemed to ramble and I found them boring. I like the idea of the book, and it‘s incredible that he was able to do it at all, but it wasn‘t very interesting to me.

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This was really interesting and I was impressed how, with very little information she was able to dig deeper, particularly into statistics, to find that most of the stats in the media accounts are flawed. That is, one of the first peer reviewed articles (which, of course, was then cited in later peer reviewed articles) that did find that pit bulls caused the most deaths was based on flawed stats. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I‘m impressed with this book and the amount of research that went into it. 3mo
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I enjoyed her chapters about her family and relationships more than the partying/student life. The book read sort of like essays. Eternity brought in some stats to go along with her own experiences. I found the stats easier to swallow, and of course, she went through what she went through, but I questioned some of her generalizations about white people; many of the “stereotypes”, black or white, she mentioned were things I had never heard of.

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Wow! Don‘t read the chapter that describes the murders close to bedtime! It was terrifying and violent. With one of the authors having been there and the oral histories given by her brother who was also there and a couple of other people who tried to help, all put together, you get an awful feeling of being hunted! I am a fan of true crime, and I do like biographies, so all together, a very good book. And murders I had never heard of before this.

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I really liked this. It was creepy. There were a lot of characters to try to keep straight. The chapters were short and the POV switched around. This was little background stuff, but I also liked that she worked a few COVID things going on (the lead-up as people started wearing masks, a slight opening up again, Zoom calls…).

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I listened to the audio, which was fine. I didn‘t like Rose much – for the life of me, I could not figure out why she would have left Thomas. I kept wondering when she would leave Son and Cecelia, too! Although I didn‘t like Rose, I did find her narration more interesting than Son‘s. I did lose a bit of interest when it was Son‘s turn. Cecelia rounded out the POV for the last third of the book. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I didn‘t like the non-ending. What the heck was that!? I‘ve lowered my rating by a quarter-star for the non-ending. I kept looking at how much time was left in the audio, and thought – am I missing a part!? No, I wasn‘t 4mo
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Next of Kin | Roger Fouts
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He was still fighting for changes in 1997 when the book was published, but things have gotten better – not for all chimps, but for many. There were a few sections in the book where he was talking about research and studies that got just a bit dry, but for the most part, I loved reading about the chimps and the studies and was (to no surprise) horrified at what he saw in the medical research labs. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I went through a bunch of emotions reading this book – happiness, sadness, anger... I love that he ended up being an activist, and wanted(s) to see change. I can‘t believe it took me so long to finally read this book 4mo
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This was good. By now I‘ve read a bit more about Victoria than I had when I read Plaidy‘s first book about her. But this one had much more detail about her relationship with the P.M. Wish she hadn‘t relied solely on Melbourne‘s advice, but this is what really happened

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Lies That Comfort and Betray | Rosemary Simpson
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I am really enjoying these mysteries. Prudence is much more assertive than most women of her time and “station”, but I like her. Realistic? I don‘t know, but the entire atmostphere/setting of the book is done really well, I think. With how these murders are happening, there is some gore, but that doesn‘t bother me. There was more going on than the murders in this book, so even when things appeared to be drawing to a close, there was more to come

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The Runaway Wife | Rowan Coleman
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This was good. The bulk of the story revolves around Rose‘s new life (though there are flashbacks to find out what exactly happened with Richard), her new friends in Millthwaite, and her emerging relationship with her father. I quite liked many of the secondary characters, particularly Jenny, the owner of the B&B

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The Arctic Fury | Greer Macallister
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Caprice is a character who is easy to dislike, so I was surprised at my reaction when she finally died – it still hit me. Leading up to her death, Virginia and Caprice were coming around and learning to get along. There were some other unlikable characters in the book, as well. I listened to the audio, and although initially I wasn‘t sure if the narrator would keep my attention, I was kept interested. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin As I skim through other reviews, I see that Virginia was based on a real person. It‘s unfortunate that was no author‘s note to tell me that. 5mo
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This was so interesting. And so sad. It makes me want to go back in time to taste all the flavours that used to come (naturally) with food (without having to add fake flavours, sauces, spices, etc). A few people here and there are trying to bring back some of the original strains for some of the foods (chicken, tomatoes), cont in comments...

LibraryCin but the industrial farmers and companies don‘t want any part of it unless it can be done just as cheaply and create just as much yield. Sad sad sad. Would love to have some companies catch on to this (and yes, I realize it would be more pricey). 5mo
Chrissyreadit I think this is a book everyone should read. 5mo
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I thought this was ok. There was a lot of sex. Of all kinds. I got a bit tired of that after a while. But I thought it got a bit more interesting (and sad) in the 80s when AIDS hit. To see him watch so many people he knew die of AIDS… Initially I was a bit confused with the storyline, as it was a bit back and forth in time and trying to keep track of who was whom and when they were in his life, but after a while, I think I got used to that. Cont..

LibraryCin I was a bit surprised at how many people in this small town were lgbtq+, though. Maybe there weren‘t as many as I thought, as it was spread out over time, but it seemed like a lot 5mo
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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This was really good. The illustrations were simple, but I thought done very nicely. As such a young boy, along with his parents doing their best to protect him and his younger siblings, he often thought they were on an adventure. Sad how things start to repeat themselves; people just don‘t learn.

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Some of these photos are very powerful. There was a photo that made the rounds early in the pandemic here in the Calgary media and on social media, so it extended to Canada and likely beyond: a doctor is on his knees on the phone with his forehead in his hand as he tells a family their loved one has died. This book has many more photos and stories to go with them. Not all sad, though. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin There is a photo of a 90-something year old man with a party hat as he gets his first vaccine. There are photos of the therapy dogs coming to “visit” with hospital staff to try to relieve some of the stress. A powerful look at the pandemic. (I almost said “back” at the pandemic, but it is still happening.) 5mo
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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I really liked this. I listened to the audio. I thought it was appropriately creepy! It went back and forth between Maggie‘s current day viewpoint and her father‘s viewpoint from the time to weave the story together.

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The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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This would have been my 3rd ever (I think – maybe 2nd) DNF if I wasn‘t reading it for a challenge. As I do with books I‘m not liking, I ended up skimming, hoping something would catch my attention, but it didn‘t happen. Sadly, this is an author I usually like.

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Good, but I could do without the magical bits; I prefer more realistic. There are some surprises at the end. There is also a good author‘s note at the end discussing residential schools, the Great Depression and religious revival tours (the four “kids” come across one of these in their travels).

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The Voyage of the Narwhal | Andrea Barrett
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This was good. It took a while to get going, so I really didn‘t get interested until they were on their way. Even while they were away, the scenes with Erasmus‘s sister, Lavinia, and her friend, Alexandra, back home bored me. That entire storyline did get more interesting later on, however. I sure didn‘t like Zeke (along with the majority of the characters – at least the ones on board the Narwhal!).

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I had hoped to learn more about how people end up following these crazy people, but the book was more a short biography of each of the leaders, in addition to the stories of their respective cults and what happened – how they formed, the people that followed them, and how they combusted. Similar to a book of short stories, I found some more interesting than others.

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First Snow, Last Light | Wayne Johnston
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I have no interest in Sheilagh. She bores me and I don‘t like her. Unfortunately, Ned‘s missing-parents mystery really wasn‘t touched on for most of the book, but we did come back to it at the end. That, for me, was the most interesting part of the book. So because of that, I found the start and end much more interesting than the rest of the book. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin Overall, I‘m rating it ok, but it definitely picked up at the end, not only when Ned finally found out what happened, but what happened after that. I listened to the audio, which had four different narrators. It was done well, although I still lost focus occasionally, but I don‘t believe that was due to it being an audio book. 5mo
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The Keepers | Tan Van Huizen
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Once I figured out who people were, even though I didn‘t like many of them, I had an easier time following. The pace at the end picked up a lot. By this point I liked the book enough that I was thinking I would read a sequel if there was one. And it ended on a bit of a “cliffhanger”, so there definitely will be one coming. Hard to say if I‘ll remember, though, as this was an ARC, so I am unable to add the second book to my tbr at this point.

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The wolves and the photos are beautiful. The area itself is beautiful. The information about the wolves was interesting – I didn‘t know that wolves and ravens have a symbiotic relationship; wolves will hunt and eat many birds, but there has never been remains of ravens found in their scat. There is also a DVD included, a short documentary that says some of the same as what the book says, but of course the “photos” are now a video.

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I felt he was very contradictory due to his joy of hunting (including trophy hunting!) Yes, he did a LOT for conservation, but that was dimmed (in my opinion) by his love of hunting, particularly big game, in many cases just to put the animal‘s head on his wall. Even in some of his parks, he still allowed hunting, but only of predators, not prey. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin This was a very long book at just under 1000 pages, so there were times I lost interest. I did learn some interesting things, too – I didn‘t know “teddy bears” were named after him (but he didn‘t like being called “Teddy”, either) 5mo
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This was good. I loved the relationship between Addie, Louis, and Jamie (and the dog!), but wth is wrong with Gene!? How can he be so awful to his mother about all this? My grandpa, some years after my grandma died, had a lady friend/companion, and I don‘t know that either my mom or her sister (Grandpa‘s daughters) had an issue with it. Really Gene? Can you not let your mother be happy? Ugh!

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I thought this was good; I liked it. About 2/3 of the book was leading up to the witch accusations, some of which was just them all getting settled first in Boston, then in Salem -- a small village where Tituba and her husband were not used to such cold. In this fictional account, Abigail really comes off as a troublemaker – you can see it coming. (She was the first to start having “fits”.) Cont in comments...

LibraryCin There was a short point form section at the end that explained some of the things that really did happen 5mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Andrea is the modern-day evil stepmother from hell, isn‘t she!? I listened to the audio, which was done so well by Tom Hanks. I never lost interest, though it is a slow moving book. I didn‘t like the interaction between Celeste (Danny‘s wife) and Maeve. I identified more with Danny‘s feelings near the end than Maeve‘s though I can understand why she would feel the way she did. There were other interesting happenings at the end of the book, as well

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Andrea is the modern-day evil stepmother from hell, isn‘t she!? I listened to the audio, which was done so well by Tom Hanks. I never lost interest, though it is a slow moving book. I didn‘t like the interaction between Celeste (Danny‘s wife) and Maeve. I identified more with Danny‘s feelings near the end than Maeve‘s though I can understand why she would feel the way she did. There were other interesting happenings at the end of the book, as well

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Offshore | Catherine Dook
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This was short and I had to shake my head a bit at the foibles. But it was entertaining and a bit amusing with some humour thrown in. I enjoyed it

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Mirrormask | Neil Gaiman
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This was just odd, I thought. Apparently a movie came first? This has illustrations throughout and it‘s short. Since the bulk of the book was a dream, like many dreams it just went from odd happening to odd happening

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I really like this series and I feel like it gets better and better. The book switches points of view (though never first-person) quite often, but I like that it gives me the feel of all of these things happening, as different characters go about their business, at the same time. Of course, for suspense, it often cuts to a different character/scene just as something exciting is about to happen or happens

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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For this reread, I listened to an audio version. The CBC mini-series from the mid-80s with Megan Follows is one of my all-time favourite movies. Because of that, I was unable to picture anything else but the characters in that movie. But that‘s ok by me. The book had a few additional happenings that they didn‘t put in the movie and the movie expanded on some of the happenings in the book. I don‘t know how anyone could not help but love Anne.

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend | Laura Hillenbrand
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The story was good. Horse racing is dangerous and I do not like using animals for human entertainment. This didn‘t help my opinion. The author mostly focused on the danger for the jockeys, but those same dangers go for the horses. But the human jockeys choose to do what they do, knowing the dangers. I was surprised to learn how much those jockeys mistreat their own bodies in order to race. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin Hillenbrand is a very good writer and the descriptions of the races were exciting. I was cheering Seabiscuit on. 5mo
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Audio. I lost focus sometimes in the first half, I was mostly paying attention in the second half, but it didn‘t help the story. With regard to the relationship between Joy and Jack, apparently this was based on real life, but in the story itself, I didn‘t see it. She was head over heels for him, but I didn‘t see that he loved her. All the gushing at the end was eye-rolling and gag-inducing to me. I didn‘t believe it. The religious stuff bored me