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TamAnder

TamAnder

Joined January 2018

Gardener, beekeeper, foodie, traveler, and an optimistic introvert.
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Never judge a book by its cover unless it‘s October and this cover sets the moody tone you‘ve been looking for in your next audio. I wasn‘t the biggest fan of Woman in Cabin 10... to be honest I wanted to toss her overboard and hoping now that I won‘t want to do the same with main character Hal.

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Enjoyed this read enough to start digging through the history books/websites to learn more about the time, setting, and real life people this story was spun around. After the initial character development which was a bit slow but needed, I found myself not wanting to put it down.

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A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
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Miss the show. Wish Martin would‘ve finished the books in time for the series storyline to follow it more closely.

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Off to a late start on this one, but it seems a perfect autumn read now. Excited to be caught up to the group read timeline. Just beginning Chapter 19 and enjoying the plot throwing me into sixth-century Scotland. #buddyread

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I should start by saying that I‘m a wimp when it comes to dark reads, however with fall in the air it‘s fun to grab a book that makes you want to snuggle up and read late into the night... with the lights on while keeping your feet curled under you and no dark window behind you. You see where this is going? Be sure to lock your door when reading this suspense thriller!

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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2. Pick out granite for a remodel, go for a trail hike, dinner with friends, and hopefully a day into the city (Chicago)...maybe a Cubs game.
3. Jilbert‘s Mackinac Island Fudge
4. Clarinet, although not in a long while
5. ✔️
#friyayintro. @howjessreads

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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My September BotM pick. Loved Ordinary Grace and getting my Minnesota fix as I always miss not being in Minneapolis/St Paul this time of year. I also added The Secret History by Donna Tartt as my birthday month selection. It keeps showing up on lists for recommendations of great reads. The TBR pile keeps growing!

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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The weather changed ever so slightly this past weekend. Hints of autumn. Bring on the dark and spooky reads.

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This was a hit for me! During our last book club gathering, those purposing this selection described it as filled with characters that could be your neighbors and friends. So true and with the added “who done it” plot. I also found myself remembering with fondness my honeymoon road-trip that took us into this region of Quebec and how beautiful it was. I immediately picked up another in this series to add to my TBR pile.

TrishB It‘s a great series 👍🏻 3mo
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A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
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I stopped reading this series when the show started to consume my evening reading time and then time spent in conversation ...and finally all the time in debate and fan theory discussion (sigh), but I find myself becoming nostalgic for the good ole days of GoT. Decided to pick up where I left off.

KristenDuck Listening to A Game of Thrones right now! 3mo
TamAnder @KristenDuck - Were you a fan of the show? I fell into watching that after starting the book series as a way to keep the characters straight in my head. Thankfully it was early on in the first season. 3mo
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Our book club selection for September. Just getting started but I can see why a couple members are already followers of her books. Excited to hear Louise Penny speak in two weeks from now at a local auditorium. What has been your favorite public appearance or book signing by an author? My only other was Ina Garten‘s “Cooking for Jeffery” Tour and she is the same in person as on social media and tv.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I‘m becoming a fan of Blake Crouch. Love the sci-fi and twisting storylines. If you liked Dark Matter, add this to your TBR pile.

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
Mehso-so

I don‘t usually do romance, but the Ren Faire plot sounded interesting. Still not my genre. Cute concept for a quick, summer read.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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Waiting for the rental car pickup as my car recovers from recent hail damage and thought I‘d catch up on our book club pick for June. This one isn‘t sucking me in like I‘d hoped, but with this type of read it could turn at any moment with a twist of the plot. 🤞

Nute I just heard about this book on a podcast. It was greatly hyped. I wanted to run to the bookstore so I‘m hoping that things are about to turn around soon as you read it. 3mo
TamAnder @Nute - I wish I could say it did, but it did not fall in my favorites category, although I was in the minority at our book club meeting. I can see why it made for a popular summer read and I don‘t regret spending the time on it. I‘d give it a So/So on here and a 3/5 on Goodreads. I hope you enjoy it and happy reading! 3mo
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The Monstrumologist | Rick Yancey
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Decided to pull a book from my son‘s upcoming summer list going into his junior year. Bounced between audio and paperback. The style and mood carried well in both formats.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Not my kind of book. I didn‘t connect with the characters. People seem to be loving it... just not me. 🤷‍♀️

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Ready to take on the world of Daisy Jones! Enjoyed the author‘s first book. I‘m already finding the interview style of storytelling a refreshing change.

Alora One of my favourites this year! 1mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I have a theme going lately, maybe I haven‘t had enough winter in the Midwest or possibly it‘s easier to read about bitter cold so it doesn‘t feel nearly so bad in real life, whichever it is here comes more snow and ice. I‘m about half way through and it‘s more of a suggestion than a retelling of a familiar fairytale. Very creative and I look forward to finding out what happens to the characters.

TheBookKeepers I loved this one! And completely agree with ur assessment!! I read it in summer tho and wished I had saved it for winter!! 9mo
TamAnder @TheBookKeepers - Good to hear! Makes me excited to keep going as I‘m not sure yet where this story is headed. I‘m trying to finding a larger block to sneak more pages in. Never enough time to read! 9mo
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I‘m hooked to this story. A great build off of the previous and looking forward to picking up the third in this series.

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My reading buddy today or should I say our mascot for Winter Storm Jayden. To those in the US Midwest, my wish for you is an endless pile of To Be Read and lots of fuzzy socks. (Snowman created by my daughter and lover of all things winter.)

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Feels like -25°F (-32°C) this morning in the Chicago area and this has become the perfect read. Morozko is likely hiding under the evergreen bows if someone wants to go looking.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Had this on my TBR list and moved it up when it landed as a Reese Witherspoon selection for January. Feel the need to settle into a permanent spot at a local library for this one.

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2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge completed. Here‘s to 2019 and an increase in the reading goal! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is pulling from their book shelves to start the new year.

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The Anomaly | Michael Rutger
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Up next - “Not all secrets are meant to be found.”

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Excited to discuss at our upcoming book club. Loved how the story unfolded in its unique way. Why not five stars? Audrey Hepburn‘s voice at the table. It just didn‘t ring true as to how I heard her in my own head and was a bit distracting for me at moments.

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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A book on the lap is worth two on the shelf. 😉 The current situation on a lazy, post-holiday afternoon and also our January book club pick in the neighborhood. Audrey Hepburn can come to my dinner party anytime!

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Congratulations for being one of the most checked out reads in New York Public Library system, helped along by One Book, One New York reading program. This would make for a good book club selection.

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BotM selection and an easy read while my brain is on Elf-mode this month.

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Not going to be for everyone, but what a ride this book takes you on!

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

Current audio read and it‘s at a 1.5x, which is faster than usual. Hoping to get sucked into the story a bit more as currently feeling a bit detached. Maybe I should‘ve started with “A Visit from the Goon Squad”??

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Secrets She Keeps | Michael Robotham
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Prepare yourself. I have never read Stephen King. I spotted his review of this novel and thought this would get me a bit closer to the act of actually picking up a Stephen King book. I wasn‘t prepared for the psychological ride that this thriller took me on. I‘m certain Gollum from LotR is buried in one of these characters. So disturbing, and hard to put down.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Started as an audiobook, but switched to paper as I‘m pretty sure the narrator was Bruce Wayne. (Kept waiting for “I‘m Batman” mid-story and hard to take seriously with that mental image.) Brilliant story idea and what a journey! Great for a geeky read, but not heavy. Feels like it would be a good fit for Gaiman‘s American Gods fan base as it reads a bit gritty, but not as violent as AG.

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One of those reads that will result in a higher than usual coffee consumption the next day from staying up too late to finish. Would give it a 3.5 on Goodreads as there were two twists that made me say “really?!”, but definitely wanted to keep reading and glad I did. #botm

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I‘ve been a bit quiet on Litsy lately. After finishing this one, I knew I had to post about it and get my fellow readers to add this to their Fall TBR stack. Perfect October book.

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“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen, P&P. 🤓 This weighty tome was adopted into my library yesterday. I am in love. #booknerd

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Needed a read to start on a trip to London and the recently watched movie trailer for this featured Matthew Goode... Sold!

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A beautiful fairytale that would be best read in the dead of a frigid winter. With a Russian setting, some familiar folktales woven in, and Vasya, the perfect heroine, this book was a welcomed change from the stories we‘re used to hearing as little girls. Listened as an audio and purchased for the shelf.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

Unexpected Love: Before the hype got going for this book and the author, our book club selected Ove when a member heard from a friend of a friend of a friend, etc. that it was a good read. Not my usual selection, but I fell in love with this book and character. Tried to find my copy to post a pic, but it grew wings. #oopsgiveaway @Librarybelle (Just starting my journey into Agatha Christie. Orient Express and ABC Murders completed so far.)

Librarybelle Thanks for entering! I have yet to read Ove, but have Bachman‘s Beartown checked out from the library. 1y
TamAnder @Librarybelle I‘ve been nervous to read anything further by the author as the bar was set pretty high. I‘ll look forward to your review of Beartown. 1y
TheBookKeepers I agree, wasn‘t my usual genre and I wasn‘t sure at first if I‘d like it. But it quickly became a favorite and reminded me a lot of someone special in my own life! I just started Beartown (10chapters in) & enjoying it a lot too! I usually don‘t like reading multiple books from the same author bc the writing style often feels redundant. But Beartown feels different than Ove, & love it so far. Backman just has impeccable writing skills. 1y
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Aaahh! A book that should be brilliant as an early summer read, but isn‘t living up to my hopes. Set it down for a bit to see if I can get back into it. Better get back into it as this is a book club read. Fingers crossed.

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Small Country | Gael Faye
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Loved this one. Forcing it on friends (..and a few strangers who became friends over random book talk) as a must read.

TamAnder @Samplergal I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did. Not a light one, but a lasting character and story. 1y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I went back and forth on this read so many times. One character in particular drove me crazy to a distracting level, but it made for the perfect book club discussions.

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I felt so smart going into this one... Loved the humor, the lessons, and the fact that I purchased this one so I can reread when my brain settles a bit.

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Small Country | Gael Faye
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Jumping into a new read that already has me hooked with its beautiful writing style. I have a feeling this one may last long after the final page is read. #bookofthemonth

Samplergal I am reading that in June. 1y
TamAnder I‘ll look forward to following your posts. I think for a small book it will leave quite an impression, or so it seems at this early stage. 1y
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It‘s trying to be Spring in the Chicago area except for the cold... and the snow (grrr). Thought I‘d get some further inspiration after a successful Fall, shadowbox planting of a staghorn fern. (Taking over bathroom and family is calling it “Fred the Fern”) This little book packs a punch! Great resource for building boxes and planning themes based on combining plants. This read went from a library loan to Amazon purchase. Now off to find dirt!

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Not sure what to expect from this read, but here goes! #botm

Lovesbooks87 It was really good! 2y
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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
Mehso-so

Just wrapped up this book. Pretty predictable and on similar vibe to Big Little Lies. 3 out of 5 for my Goodreads.

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When a book shows up on multiple lists as a must do audiobook, you give it a go. Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt. I‘m thirty minutes in and she seems the perfect voice for bringing Hildy Good to life.

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Darkling Bride | Laura Andersen
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An enjoyable read for fans of Daphne Du Maurier and Kate Morton. It was an audio, however I found myself ordering the book when it began jumping between three periods and thought I might want to reread it on a stormy day when there‘s a slight chill in the air. Love a good gothic novel! I want to share it with a couple friends and I can always justify a book purchase.

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The Darkling Bride | Laura Andersen
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Next up as an audio. I was in the mood for an atmospheric, Gothic read and now hoping this delivers. The author name drops Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier almost immediately- my 14yr old self is now reminiscing about some of my first high school book reports.