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Lillie

Lillie

Joined May 2016

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The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
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“I am a detective. My name is Hercule Poirot.“
If he expected an effect he did not get one. MacQueen said merely, “Oh, yes?“ and waited for him to go on.
“You know the name perhaps.“
“Why it does sound kind of familiar-only I always thought it was a woman's dressmaker.“

Forgot how amusing these exchanges are that pinpoint how large Hercule's ego is. My pick for Dec's book club read. So fun to reread after 30 years. Very enjoyable!

Lillie Update: 5 🌟!! It held up after all these years. Knowing the solution to the mystery allowed me to enjoy the writing and the humor. Love rediscovering Agatha Christie again. Have several more of her books in my tbr pile for next year. 3d
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I've tried to read this book multiple times throughout the years but I just couldn't see how it would be as great as Ruiz Zafón's first book, The Shadow of the Wind, one of my all time favorite books. For whatever reason, this go around I'm really intrigued by this follow up. Half way through and it's in no danger of being put aside again. Looks like there are 2 more in this series.

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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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Enjoyable novel about a man and woman who run into each on a bridge in London, one looking for his niece and great nephew and the other in pursuit of a fox. Their stories intermingle when they use the same network of people for their own purposes. This allows the reader to see a different side of London than one usually seen. Lovely book.
3.5 🌟

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The Lost | Mari Hannah
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Was expecting this book to be the run of the mill detective story but I was wrong. What a ride! Just when I was expecting the story to go down one path it went running down another. Turned left when I was sure it was going right. Loved the dynamic between the DI and the DS. So happy that I stumbled upon the first in the Stone and Oliver series. Also saw that Mari Hannah has written 2 other series that I'm dying to get to.

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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A little bit of funny in a not so funny world

BarbaraBB It is funny! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
marleed Oh that‘s good :( 2mo
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Loved this YA fantasy. What a fun and absorbing adventure this was! Highly recommend it if you're looking to get lost for a time.

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Shadow of the Silk Road | Colin Thubron
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Loved the reference to ghostly maps and how politics may change the shape of a country but what was before is still there in some shape or other. I‘ve read several books on the Silk Road and each one shows me how much more there is to learn. This one was published in 2006 and I‘d love to know what the differences are 13 years later.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Aack! Need to finish Becoming by Tuesday night for RL book club and Knife is due back to the library on Wednesday with no renewal option. Question is do I skip son‘s baseball tournament to concentrate on reading?

marleed What to do. What to do!? 3mo
Lillie @marleed very hard choice 😂 read for a bit and ended up watching the game 3mo
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The Lake | Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich
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My library haul! Good start to this hot weekend 🌞

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I've come to realize that books written in the interview style need to be listened to in audiobook format by me. I heard that this was such an original series and I scoffed. But I'm here to say that I was wrong! I was spellbound by the audiobooks. I listened to 'Sleeping Giants' and had to borrow 'Waking Gods' and then 'Only Human' within a weekend. Highly recommend listening to the series if you were underwhelmed with the books.
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Cockroaches | Jo Nesbo
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Book 3 was the first of the Harry Hole series translated into English and then the rest came along. And I loved them! Books 1 and 2 were translated much later. This is book 2. Book 1, The Bat was ok, so I wasn't expecting much from the one. Yay! I was wrong. This is a good book and explains so much of Harry Hole's background. You really get to know why Harry is the way he is. The mystery was good too 😉.
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West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Novella that just doesn't live up to the hype. A father leaves his 10 year old daughter with his sister so he can explore the west for huge animals that are rumored to exist based on the fossilized bones that were found. Basically didn't like any of the adults in the book. The only two tolerable people were the daughter and the young Indian boy who guides the father. Author can write, just disliked the story. 🌟🌟

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Wolf Rain | Nalini Singh
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My Sunday reading. Nice to relax between watching son‘s baseball game and a shopping trip with daughter. Trying to stretch it out as long as I can.

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Shadow of the Silk Road | Colin Thubron
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1. Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron
2. Here and Now and Then by Michael Chen
3. Spending one-on-one time with each kid, even if it was because I was chauffeuring them around 😉

#weekendreads

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The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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1. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - read it now!!
2. Crazy Rich Asians - don't go to the movies often
3. White peaches, cherries, watermelon
4. 8 cousins
5. ❤

#friyayintro

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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Another line that made me laugh. I'm loving Kate Atkinson's return to Jackson Brodie. I hope she writes more with him.

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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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You know when you‘re not expecting to laugh in a book? That. 😂 #snort

Cathythoughts Great book ♥️👍🏻 4mo
Lillie @Cathythoughts Took a couple chapters to get into it but I‘m really enjoying it now 4mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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How fun was this book! Listened to the audiobook alongside the physical book which brought it to life. Was immersed in that world. Kept wanting to hear the songs they were working on, put the album on that they put out. Hoping against all hope that the series Reece Witherspoon's company is producing on amazon video captures the book's essence.
🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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Started off strong with her childhood & the discrimination that she faced growing up due to her mathematical ability as well as the fact that she's mixed race. Absolutely loved the book until it took a left, not a sharp one but one nonetheless, about halfway through. Stuck with it although I was annoyed at the author when Katherine started acting out of character because of Chung's beautiful writing. Where did her strength go? Still 🌟🌟🌟1/2

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Lost Man | Jane Harper
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An embarrassment of riches! My library holds came in plus a couple of “Lucky Day“ finds. Perfect time for a mini readcation, now I just need a beach and a hammock. Happy mid-summer everyone ☀️📚

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Wasn't sure what I was going to get with a novel about spies set in 1941 London but it ended up being about mother-daughter relationships, spies, Nazis, and reevaluating pre-conceived notions. Feeling was more like a cozy mystery than a gritty war novel. Will be reading more by this author.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Daughter threw this book at me saying that I just had to read it. I thought, ok, sure it sounds good. And boy, was it! A young teen mom with a complicated family situation trying to figure out life during her senior year of high school & what path to pursue after high school. Life is a challenge but Emoni's doing the best she can. Thought I'd read a chapter here & there, turned out I was wrong & finished it in a day. TY daughter!
🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Good beach read. A woman explores her new life in the wake of her husband's death. She has help from her father, best friend and possible new love interest. 🌟 🌟 🌟1/2

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“There is one way to understand another culture. Living it. Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language. At some point understanding may come. It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it. To explain a phenomenon is to distance yourself from it.”

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Middle grade books are not my preferred genre so I hesitated about picking this one up. So happy that I had nothing to worry about. What a great story about a father and daughter‘s journey across the US. New friendships are made and the past revisited. Cried some sad tears and laughed at the antics. Loved Coyote‘s spirit.
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The French Girl | Lexie Elliott
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The body of a young woman, that went missing after a weekend away to France, turns up 10 years later. Enjoyed this as a murder mystery not the psychological thriller it was purported to be. Fun summer/beach read. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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Since I read the first one in the series, A Study in Charlotte, I‘ve impatiently waited for the next. A fun modern twist to Holmes and Watson (who wouldn‘t be who they were without Moriarty). Highly recommend this series.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/167543-charlotte-holmes

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My library holds all came in at once. Wasn‘t sure which one to start with. Ended up the Icelandic detective when he was just a beat cop.

Anyone have opinions on the others? Which one should I read next?

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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YA about 3 siblings either adopted out or put in foster care who find each other again. Loved it! I'd rate this as highly as I did Eleanor & Park because it gave me all the feels.

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Aviator's Wife | Melanie Benjamin
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RL book club book and I'm struggling. Really dislike that the main character is so passive. I know kowtowing to your husband was what was done back then but seriously? Half way through and I will finish it but grudgingly.

Lillie Finished this just in time for book club and I'll admit that it got better. But I did have to slough through quite a bit of the book. Ended up giving it 2.5 stars out of 5 because the main character started getting a backbone. Again, I understand that women were deferential to the men in their lives but it grated on my nerves. (something thrown at me at bc) 7mo
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Perfect Saturday morning reading

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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4th book in the Cormoran Strike novels. Really enjoying this series. Probably in the minority when I admit that I like this series way more than the Harry Potter series.

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"My sort wants the book in it's entirety. We need to touch it, to examine the weight of its paper and the way text is laid out on the page. People like me open books and inhale the binding, favoring the scents of certain glues over others, breathing them in like incense even as the chemicals poison our brains. We consume them."
YES!!!

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Another Harry Hole!! Thought we had seen the last of him but nope 😃 So excited💥

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Freya | Matthew Laurence
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Reading this after catching up on American Gods tv series. Lots of forgotten gods/goddesses out there. Fun, light book so far.

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"A glorious read. . . . Frankopan is an exhilarating companion for the journey along the routes which conveyed silk, slaves, ideas, religion, and disease, and around which today may hang the destiny of the world." - Vanity Fair

So excited to find this book. The Silk Road has been a lifelong fascination of mine.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Go and get this book! Time travel and alternate realities and utopia and dystopia and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in. This book couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Loved it.
5🌟

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Having a tougher time than I thought I would reading this book. I feel like I'm trudging through mud. People keep saying this series is so amazing after you get through the first one. Short at 231 pages but only half way read. Do I keep going?

TrishB Yes 😄 the latter books are worth the pain......honestly! 3y
Ksvz @Lillie I am slogging through book 3. I am glad someone else is trudging because I keep feeling it's just me. Having said that, 3 is moving quicker than 2 which flowed differently than 1. Onward! 3y
tpixie I liked it. Read it when first came out. Then listened to audio when he started writing in the series again. Maybe doing some audio might help?@Ksvz @Lille (edited) 3y
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Ksvz @tpixie I'm doing the audiobooks now. Back in the day I read them in book format and didn't find them as laborious. I remember I did the towers series and Clive Barker's Imagica around the same time so the plots kind of bled and that might be my issue too 3y
tpixie @Ksvz good luck!! 🍀 would like for you to enjoy , but time is valuable too!! 3y
Lillie @TrishB I'm holding you to it! 😉 3y
Lillie @Ksvz oh no! People keep telling me that they improve...at least this one was short but the next several are pretty long, aren't they? 😬 3y
Lillie @tpixie maybe audio is the way to go. I've actually never listened to one as I retain more visually but maybe it'd work for this series 3y
Ksvz @Lillie book 3 is 18h10m, book 4 is 27h 36m 3y
tpixie @Ksvz wow long books!! 3y
Ksvz @Tpixie yep but for perspective GoT 4 is almost 35 hours My best / worst is Atlas Shrugged at 63 hours :) 3y
Ksvz PS @TrishB I am enjoying 3 more and more. 3y
tpixie @Ksvz wow!!! I guess if it's good it's worth it!! I guess if you spend 27 hours reading 1 book or 3 books- the time adds up the same!! 3y
TrishB @Ksvz phew 😀 @Lillie 👍😄 3y
Librarianaut I found them sometimes slow reads, but also found them worth it. I haven't done a reread, though, so I guess I wouldn't call them my favorites 3y
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What a beautiful book! Very quiet but quite moving. A day is explored in depth, a moment in time. Perfect.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Read it for book club. Was so excited until I started reading it. It reeeeeeaaaaaaally needed to have been edited. The writing & story were good but not spectacular to have warranted over 500 pages. Had the author kept it to 300, I believe it would've been very good.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Reading for book club. Which is Tuesday. Am on page 47 of 553 😱

kdwinchester Read like you've never read before! 🏃‍♀️📚 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Good luck 😬 3y
ReadingEnvy Binge read day! 3y
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The Complaints | Ian Rankin
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My first Ian Rankin. I'm hoping that this will get me back into reading following a dismal month (5 books in September and only 1 so far in October 😳).

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The Finding of Martha Lost | Caroline Wallace
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Bailedbailed

Was excited to find a quirky book. Was hopeful that I'd devour it. Didn't happen. Maybe I'll come back to it some day if I run out of books...back to the library it goes.

tpixie Thanks for taking one for the team! 3y
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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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A quiet morning

Tanzy13 🐶 3y
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So much of art snobbery has to do with how much you paid for something!

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I wish they'd divorced! I can't tell you how much I disliked this book. So want to rant about the husband and wife and their marriage but don't want to spoil anything. Would've bailed on this except it's for book club.
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Marchpane I liked the book but have to admit they were pretty insufferable! At least you'll have lots to say about it at bookclub! 😂 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! I thought it was just me. 😖 3y
Lillie @Marchpane will definitely have lots to talk about, lol 3y
Lillie @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com I was so looking forward to it...glad to hear I'm not alone 3y
OutlandishLit Soooo glad I wasn't the only person who didn't like it haha 3y
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Had several other standouts this month--A Study in Charlotte, Stiletto, Paper and Fire, The Plague of Doves and The Passage. #augustwrapup

megt Awesome! Well done! 3y
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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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Went a little crazy at the library today

ReadingOver50 I try to limit myself to 3 or 4 at a time. Otherwise I start to feel stressed that I don't have enough time to read them all 3y
Lillie @ReadingOver50 I usually do too but daughter was volunteering at the library and I had an hour and a half to look around. Was going to weed them out but then I got lazy and didn't want to put them back ? Reading all the "new" books first...I think ? 3y
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766 pages! Took me 3 days to read this brick of a book. Do I recommend it? Yes with a side of patience. A vampire book but more like The Walking Dead vampire story. It's essentially a survival story after the world (or maybe just the US?) is run over with vampires. Apparently this the first of a trilogy.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheNextBook This book was so good. And yes it is the first in the trilogy. The rest of the books are really good too but the pacing changes dramatically with each book, as does the story line. 3y
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Homeland Directive, The | Robert Venditti, Mike Huddleston
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Bailedbailed

My first graphic novel and it doesn't seem to be my thing. Maybe someone has another suggestion?

1/2 ⭐️

BookishFeminist What kinds of books do you like? And what did you not like about this one? I've never read it but have loads of comic recs 3y
Lillie It didn't seem to flow, seemed very jarring to me. I didn't like the illustrations, felt they took away from the story. I like all kinds of novels from suspense to mystery to sci-fi to historical fiction. I appreciate a story that's cohesive though I enjoy quirky novels too. Not sure that answered your question... 3y
Lillie And I like strong female characters 3y
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BookishFeminist @Lillie It did! It sounds like Saga might be up your alley. There's more cohesiveness to the story and the illustrations are beautiful & align well with the dialogue. It's a Romeo & Juliet type story but set in space. This is the first volume 3y
BookishFeminist It has strong female characters too! All of it is very good storytelling. 3y
megt Seconding the rec for Saga! And if you're willing to give superhero stories a try, you might like Ms. Marvel. That was my first foray into the genre and it hooked me. 3y
Lillie @BookishFeminist @megt thank you! I've put both on my TBR list 3y
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