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Joined June 2016

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Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff
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Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
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Really different from the movie...lots more science here. That doesn‘t prevent a lot of great action and running from T-Rex and raptors of course. Fun...will need to read the sequel now to see what dinosaurs might have escaped to the mainland..l

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Really enjoyed this novel set partly during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and partly in 1960s London. Loved how the two timelines were pulled together and the mysteries all solved in the end.

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Murder, She Wrote: The Queen's Jewels | Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
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A totally fun comfort read with familiar characters from the Murder She Wrote television series...will have to seek out more books in the series.

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IQ | Joe Ide
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A new private detective series - enjoy how the relationships are developing between the main characters...all brought together by circumstances they can‘t control in spite of no true trust between them. That may come in future books though...in the meantime it is fun to watch the gang operate.

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Leaving Earth | Helen Humphreys
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Another great novel from Helen Humphreys. Great character development along with a wonderful historical setting of life on Centre Island in Toronto in the 1930s when the carousel, fortune tellers and entertainers were all still there.

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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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An enjoyable young adult mystery/thriller - good character development and suspenseful storyline make for a fun read.

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Not convinced that the theme effectively ties all the stories together but in spite of that the individual stories are really well written and compelling.

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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Am a big Ann Patchett fan and was not disappointed with this fascinating story of medical researchers in the Amazon. Some great character development.

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What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
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A disturbing mystery with some really unsympathetic characters. And I did figure out the reveal of who the copycat murderer was before the author got there. Still a pretty enjoyable read though.

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Open Season | Archer Mayor
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Starting this series from the beginning - really enjoyed book one so this detective series is a keeper.

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Mr Hire's Engagement | Georges Simenon
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Beautifully written yet disturbing and upsetting read. A neighborhood hounds an innocent man for a murder he didn‘t commit because he is different...powerful stuff.

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Blind Sight | Carol O'Connell
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I did not like the previous book in the series so was relieved that this one was getting back to the better quality of earlier books. It also seems to be a concluding book for the series which is probably a good thing- the main character has run its course. Time to retire.

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White Bird | R J Palacio
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Highly recommend this beautiful middle grade graphic novel - an Anne Frank like World War II story that has meaning for today‘s society.

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Six Wakes | Mur Lafferty
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A sci-fi mystery with clones, clones and more clones...lots of intricacy in the story and the final resolution.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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A strong young adult novel with a frightening premise that is almost too close to reality in today‘s world. Would be great for starting some classroom discussions.

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Broken Promise: A Thriller | Linwood Barclay
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At the start of this novel I was getting distracted by too many storylines which seemed to have no connection. Ultimately evolved in to a fun mystery with more in the series to come.

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Bearskin | James McLaughlin
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A bit violent (so trigger warning on that if it is an issue) but still an enjoyable thriller. Strong sense of place.

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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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An environmentally focused novel - I learned a ton of information about the migrations of Monarch butterflies and how fragile the natural world is in this story about a woman who welcomes scientists into her isolated rural home when the migration path unexpectedly changes.

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Young adult World War II historical novel with Stalin and the purges as the villains - not the Nazis. Recommended.

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I have never listened to Howard Stern‘s programme and really enjoyed most of the interviews he has compiled into this collection. Also enjoyed the bonus of his introductions to each of them with a more recent perspective on the discussions than what he may have felt at the time they were done. Not all of them work - but there was a lot of fascinating tidbits throughout.

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Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly | John Franklin Bardin
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I saw this psychological mystery recommended somewhere (can‘t remember where). As the reader advances with the story you start to realize how unreliable the narrator is and that everything that came before must now be questioned. The final reveal caught me by surprise - and increased my overall enjoyment of the book.

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Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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Really sweet and funny novel about small town manners. Loved all the different characters living in Miss Buncle‘s town and unwillingly in the pages of her book.

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A fun summer read - lots of action and killer mermaids.

Reggie The poor dolphins!!!!! 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Reggie I know. Screw the people, but the dolphins made me sad. 🐬 2mo
Reggie @MaleficentBookDragon Right?! I think she even describes a parrotfish who was minding its own business but got killed and I felt kinda sad for it, also. Lol 2mo
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Three Men in a Boat | K Jerome Jerome
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Very funny!

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Beautifully written and recommended with a slight reservation about the portrayal of the main female character‘s acceptance of a life she doesn‘t want. No doubt realistic but did make me hesitate a bit. Still a great read overall...

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The Redeemer | Jo Nesbo
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Another entertaining #nordic noir in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. I found myself worrying about Harry in this mystery so Nesbo has succeeded in totally drawing me in with his story. Love this series.

Reggie I stopped after the Snowman but they do get crazy!!! 4mo
Read66 Haven‘t read Snowman yet...getting caught up on some mystery authors this summer. Trying a Linwood Barclay now 4mo
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Die A Little | Megan Abbott
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Love noir (both in film and books) and Megan Abbott‘s tribute to classic noir with this fun crime story was great!

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Hotel Du Lac | Anita Brookner
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Really loved this story about a woman figuring out what her future is going to be while she hides out in the Hotel Du Lac. Loved the characters living in the hotel with Edith. And loved the decision she makes about her future life.

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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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A great ghost story that incorporates Asian culture and beliefs to add an extra layer to the story. Recommended.

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Louisiana's Way Home | Kate DiCamillo
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Absolutely loved this book! Louisiana was my favourite character in the first book of this trilogy, RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE and she is equally delightful in her own story. Looking forward to the next book in the series about Beverly.

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It has been a long time since I read a Ngaio Marsh mystery - reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie in that classic era mystery way. Enjoyable mystery about a murder at an artist‘s retreat.

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Norwegian by Night | Derek Miller
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Once I got a handle on the writing style - flashbacks, hallucinations etc - I was better able to enjoy this thriller. Recommend it for the strong development of the main character.

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The Imperfect Garden | Melissa Assaly
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There were a lot of librarians in Washington this weekend! 😊

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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A fun and frequently very funny memoir of a scientist working in the world of plants and trees. Loved the relationship/friendship between Hope and her lab assistant Bill. And the science was really interesting as well.

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My Swordhand Is Singing | Marcus Sedgwick
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Always enjoy the dark young adult novels by Marcus Sedgwick...legends of vampires in this one.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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A little longer than I think it needed to be but still an enjoyable mystery. I hope in future the series figures out a way to have a great story without again having the lead female character Robin needing to be “rescued” by lead male character Cormoran. Getting a bit repetitive on that front.

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One Night in Winter: A Novel | Simon Sebag Montefiore
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I have read a couple of books recently (completely by coincidence) about the treatment of people under the Stalin regime - pretty horrifying stuff. Well done historical fiction.

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Bellweather Rhapsody | Kate Racculia
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I had so much fun reading this - it is a mystery set in a Stephen King like setting of an isolated and dilapidated hotel during a major snowstorm (major “The Shining“ vibes). There are historic “crimes“ that have bothered some of the staff for years and now a young woman has gone missing during a high school music festival - and her roommate is sure she saw her dead body...but nobody can find it (or her) now. Highly recommended.

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This was my first read of a James Baldwin novel and I loved it - great development of characters and a strong and moving story arc. Highly recommended.

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This book took me a while to get into but once I did (and once I figured out the author's way of dealing with different time frames back and forth) I enjoyed it - and the ending was amazing and surprising. Not as good as the author's THE BOOK THIEF but still a good read.

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Really enjoyed this read in spite of the main character having some opinions that were uncomfortable to me. Her inflexible inability to understand the family she is assigned, as a nurse, to observe, makes her difficult to like. But it also adds to the interesting story arc.

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This series starter was a lot of fun - especially baby elephant Ganesh who helps Inspector Chopra keep safe while he works on solving the crime. Will definitely be back for more in the series.

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Sheets | Brenna Thummler
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A sweet middle grade graphic novel about loneliness and grief - the story is very simply told. The artwork is wonderful.

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Love that these imprints allow me to discover these old mysteries - the story is a bit preposterous but it is a fun read.

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Girl from Everywhere | Heidi Heilig
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Enjoyable young adult fantasy - book 1 so will need to get the sequel. The main character is trying to work on the relationship she has with her father who is trying to manipulate time to prevent/reverse her mother‘s death.

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Loved this dystopian young adult novel with a First Nations group trying to find a place of safety in a civilization that has decided to destroy everything. Great writing and character development.

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I loved this book much to my surprise - Regency romance is not my usual reading choice. Loved character of Sophy. Made me think of Jane Austen a lot.

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Shinju | Laura Joh Rowland
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Great start to a historical mystery series set in the world of samurais in Japan. Will definitely continue with the series. A fascinating historical world well created.

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Lots of fun!

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This is a really important story based on horrifying true events - recent ones at that. I struggled with the tone for a bit but ultimately got used to the writing style. A difficult read because of the subject.