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Joined May 2016

The 🇨🇦 1/2 of the Literary Hoarders
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I‘m going in! Please, please, please make this 4-year wait for a new Lynley to be so worth the wait!!

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The Echo Chamber | John Boyne
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Sarcastic and snarky it‘s Boyne‘s scathing take on the shallowness and ridiculousness of social media and it‘s most ardent users and abusers. It was good but at times the snark and silliness became too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Heads You Win | Jeffrey Archer
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So good! Great piece of fiction! I started out in audio because Richard Armitage narrates. I love him. Wasn‘t too keen on his Russian accents here but still he‘s great to listen to. Finished the last 40% in book format. (I had to return to my work from home office so my commute is only to my dining room)

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You just knew I was running out to grab these two beasts on release day!!

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Predatory Animal Ball | Jennifer Fliss
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Great collection of flash fiction from Jennifer - our bookish friend! Some favourites were Sex Drive and Candy Necklace to name just two.

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The Echo Chamber | John Boyne
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Up next: two books for January‘s book club. The Predatory Animal Ball is a short story collection by a friend met through bookishness so we‘re excited to read this one. Many of us in book club love John Boyne.

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Deadland | WILLIAM. SHAW
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Fantastic! What a great way to start a new year of reading! A 5-star book right out of the gate. Glad I bought #3 in the series at the same time as this one. Excellent UK crime series.

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O Canada | Ted Harrison
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Maybe this will show the full #TrueNorthReads Challenge?

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O Canada | Ted Harrison
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I found this #Canadian 🇨🇦 Reading Challenge today by a woman I follow on Instagram (@bookishcanuck) (she‘s not on Litsy). I‘m going to try and follow this one. It‘s called # TrueNorthReads. I didn‘t do any challenges last year at all so want to try and get to a few this year. Bummer the Reading Women Challenge is no more. I tried to do that one every year.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘ll try and get the picture up. It‘s not working right now. 2w
Lindy A Canadian reading challenge sounds great! Is it only on Instagram? I tried searching for it there without success. Or is there a weblink you can paste in? 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I‘ll send you the challenge image. I think she may only be on Instagram? 2w
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Assuming that you will shadow the Giller again, you should have no problem ticking most of these boxes with Giller reading alone. 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy and you too Lindy?? 🤗😃 2w
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Deadland | WILLIAM. SHAW
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Good so far! Picked a good one to start off a new year of reading. (This book smells really good too! 😚)

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Deadland | WILLIAM. SHAW
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Here‘s what I‘m “scheduling” for myself for my new year start! I‘m starting with Deadland because I love this crime series by Shaw, 2nd will be The Echo Chamber since it‘s for my January book club. I will finally get to Troubled Blood because a new Cormoran Strike is coming this year! BUT in January so is the long awaited Elizabeth George! I‘ll figure it out….

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Happy New Year everyone!!! 2022 can only be better for all of us right? 2w
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Hello From the Gillespies | Monica McInerney
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I finished my final book of 2021 right before the stroke of midnight! A perfect book for the end of year -Angela Gillespie writes an annual Christmas letter but this year decides to write the brutal truth instead of the happy, glossy version - perfect story right? Happy endings for all and a nice way to end another challenging, pandemic-filled year.

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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Had to exchange something at Indigo today and of course, oops, bought two books. With Boxing Day savings and rewards I paid the same for the hardcover as I did the softcover! Glad I waited to buy The Magician.

AmyG The Magician is just fabulous. 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AmyG Yes, my friend said it was her favourite book of 2021 so I‘m going off of that! Happy to hear your thoughts about it too Amy! Thank you. 3w
AmyG Fyi-it started a little slow for me but hang in if that happens to you. So worth it. (edited) 3w
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Hello From the Gillespies | Monica McInerney
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Angela Gillespie writes her annual end-of-the-year letter but this time pens the truth. Said to be in the way of Maeve Binchy, I think this is what I‘m looking for right now. 🤞

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The Burning Girls | C. J. Tudor
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C.J. Tudor is great. But you have to be in the mood for her. I was just semi-in-the-mood for this one though. It‘s good, but not really what I was here for just right now. Chalk Man (and the narration of The Chalk Man)still remains my favourite.

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The Burning Girls | C. J. Tudor
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It‘s always a struggle finding what to read next….going to give this one a whirl.

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Another excellent instalment in the Lane Winslow series!

Jaimelire Love this series ❤️ 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Jaimelire yes! It‘s so good! Love the relationships and banter between the characters. 1mo
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Library hold came in!

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As I look to find the last book to read before this year comes to an end (!), I‘m thinking something a little lighter, cozier, warmer and pulled these two books. Which one should I go with?? Lethal Lesson or Death at Greenway? Both historical mysteries.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Maybe I can get them both in? So which to read first? 😘 1mo
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August into Winter: A Novel | Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Loved it.

rabbitprincess Bought this for my mum for Christmas and looking forward to borrowing it from her 🤣 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh great gift!! Nice one to borrow too! 😁 1mo
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August into Winter: A Novel | Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Sunday night….

ozma.of.oz Looks cozy! 1mo
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August into Winter: A Novel | Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Honestly. Every single sentence. I can barely get past page 17. He‘s such an incredibly descriptive and beautiful writer: “He meant to roll the kid up like a tube of toothpaste, slowly increase the pressure until the truth squirted straight out of the son of bitch‘s mouth.” (This is just one example, but it made me smile)

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August into Winter: A Novel | Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Ah. Sigh. Vanderhaeghe sure knows how to write. 😍🥰 (Another picture from my morning walk through the beautiful scenery from our first snowfall.)

Kimzey Beautiful! 2mo
LeeRHarry Gorgeous 😍 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders It was so beautiful to walk through @Kimzey and @LeeRHarry I‘m sure my tune will change after 3 or 4 more though 😂 But all the snow on the trees was gorgeous! 2mo
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August into Winter: A Novel | Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Wasn‘t getting into This is Happiness at the moment so I switched to this one. Feels appropriate since this was the morning‘s scene from our first snowfall last night.

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This Is Happiness | Niall Williams
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I received this book as a gift for my upcoming birthday! How lovely is that?!

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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Another wonderful story by Natalie Jenner! Loved it.

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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This one doesn‘t come out until May, but it‘s what I‘m turning to now with hope it‘s as wonderful as Jenner‘s The Jane Austen Society.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Pick. So-so? This was much too long!! Should have come in under 300 pages in my opinion. I love a good chunky book. Have bought a massive ton of them this year (and last) but too many have not needed a huge page-count at all. This was one of those for sure.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Getting started on this one! This is for #bookclub.

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Madness of Crowds | Louise Penny
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Although too long and drawn out, and kind of got bored in places, no one writes like Louise Penny and the title of this book is probably one of her very best titles! How it‘s weaved into the story is fantastic. I will always run to grab the next in the series!

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Penny is always so adept at the titles used for her books. Already “the madness of crowds” is strongly and intensely conveyed.

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Too soon to read a book about the pandemic when we‘re still very much in it? Perhaps. Louise Penny does have such a brilliant way with her succinct words though. How true is all of this?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Why is the image black? Sigh. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders So I tried to draw attention to the words I wanted but it made everything black. 🙄 so here‘s the full page. 3mo
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A tad too long and drawn out and the shift from childhood to being a surgeon in the US was sharp and quick, but a truly lovely story.

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Bought another book today! My shelf is filling up with these fabulous chunky books being released lately! This was a must have!

Lindy Speaking of chunky, I just started The Book of Form and Emptiness, and I have Monica Byrne‘s latest out from the library too (600 p). No dawdling with these because they have waiting lists. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders The Actual Star sounds amazing!! I‘ve added that to my list(s). 😘 3mo
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Enjoying this incredibly beautiful Fall weather we‘re having. Soaking up these final warmer and breezy days before the end of the week when the much cooler temps show up.

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The Son of the House | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
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@Lindy what is this book about? Why is it on the Giller list? I‘m struggling this year. What is the Giller striving for lately? Quality literature or a spotlight on new authors? Sigh. I don‘t find this literary or weighty. 40% of the way through.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders You should join us on this journey next year @LeahBergen. #ShadowGiller 😀 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I see here as well a take on “identity” but it‘s weak. In my opinion. 3mo
Lindy I think this novel would do well as a book club pick 3mo
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Lindy I also think it‘s the weakest of the five on the shortlist 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy sure, a good story with a good “twisty”ish end but for the Giller? I‘m disappointed as I look at the Ozeki, Johnston and Vanderhaeghe on my shelf. 3mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m with you. I have both Vanderhaeghe and Johnston out from the library now, but haven‘t yet started either of them. Looking forward to Ozeki very much, when I get my hands on it. 3mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the invite but I‘ve hardly been keeping up with Giller winners over the last few years. 😆😆 I sure enjoy your (and @Lindy ‘s) reviews, though! 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LeahBergen 😀 the offer is always there if you want!! 🤗 3mo
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The Strangers | Katherena Vermette
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Friday night reading. #ShadowGiller

Lindy I‘m right behind you! I plan to start The Strangers on Sunday. Finishing Dream of a Woman tonight. And I‘ll read Em tomorrow. 😅 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy 👍❤️🤘 4mo
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Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Dream of a Woman is shortlist-worthy. I‘m impressed! 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy that‘s one I guessed would be on the list. Surprisingly our library has not brought it in considering she lives here in Windsor! 4mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders That‘s two Mennonite-background authors on my shortlist. 😁 4mo
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All the stars for this book. All of them. All of the stars for the writing, the story, the characters. 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

AmyG Ha! YES! 4mo
Suet624 Absolutely! Really hasn‘t received enough hype. 4mo
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Bookwormjillk Loved this one 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Suet624 seems that way for sure! 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl I just started to read this one! 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just finished this and loved it too! 4mo
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Bought these two #CanLit chunksters today! Bought Guy Vanderhaeghe‘s August into Winter (another chunky one) last week too. A trifecta of CanLit!

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This was absolutely wonderful. Beautiful writing therefore gorgeous translation. A total gem.

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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You really must LISTEN to the audiobook read by McConaughey! What a complete and entertaining delight! Loved it.

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Happy Labour Day Weekend! Wine and good reads are the plans! Just finished moving my computer back to my work office because it is so time to return to work AT work. So I‘m drinking wine, relaxing and reading before my return to “normal” somewhat.

Suet624 This is a good one. 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Suet624 yes a friend said it was totally a “Penny book” and I‘m really hoping so!! 4mo
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Operation Angus | Terry Fallis
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Always humorous. I love Angus. Although there wasn‘t a lot of Angus in this one and definitely not enough of him writing in his journal to his dead wife, and it was too long. But it‘s completely enjoyable nonetheless.

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I was listening to Mayim Bialik‘s Breakdown podcast with McConaughey and she made this book sound so interesting (and well he did too) so I put a hold on the library audiobook. It already came in and OMG you have to LISTEN to him read this. It‘s been a total trip already and I‘m just about one hour in.

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Operation Angus | Terry Fallis
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I have to read this one now! 7-day loan only so I need to get started on this one. I loved Angus so much in The Best Laid Plans so I‘m happy to be with him again.

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Loving the explosion of colour on these covers! My 3 recent book purchases. In time for cozy Fall nights which are almost upon us! The best time of the year.

Lindy Looking forward to your thoughts on Zoe Whittall‘s latest. It grew on me after I had finished reading it. 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I had it from the library, but it was such a short loan that I just bought it. $20 at Indigo. 5mo
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Ramping up (or trying to) my #CanLit reading for the #ShadowGiller project. It‘s coming up quickly!

Lindy September 8 is when the longlist will be announced. You‘re right; it‘s soon! 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy barely an idea of what could be on the Longlist!! 5mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘ve got a list of about 8 titles that I‘ve read, plus guesses about forthcoming (Ozeki & Vermette). 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I was looking at the titles the other day wondering. Yes I‘m So Hoping Ozeki‘s is in there tough!! 5mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I‘m really hoping this book rocks my world. I‘m needing one of those books right now!

BkClubCare My book club selected this for September 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @BkClubCare so did mine!! That‘s why I was giving it a try. It‘s back on the shelf for now because sadly I‘m not feeling it. I don‘t want to let that feeling take over so I‘ve started something else in the meantime. 5mo
WJCintron I got that one from BOTM. Hope not to be disappointed. Let me know how it goes. Happy readings! 5mo
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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Not bad. Good storytelling and lovely writing. 3.5 stars for me.

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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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This is the library book I have on the go right now. So far it seems like it‘s going to be a wonderful read!

erzascarletbookgasm I hope so, the cover is like art 👌💚 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @erzascarletbookgasm even the pages of the book are of very nice quality. Silky. You almost never see this anymore. 5mo
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