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candority

Joined May 2017

I fall in love with words, and hope they fall in love with me as well 🇨🇦 Librarian 📚
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11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
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They Never Learn | Layne Fargo
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I can‘t believe it‘s the last month of #BookSpinBingo for 2021! Where did the year go?! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
EvieBee A lot of goodies! Heft is a favorite of mine. 2d
candority @EvieBee I really enjoyed Long Bright River by the same author, so I‘m looking forward to Heft! 2d
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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Making my way through this one slowly, but surely. I‘m just past the half way point now and hoping that a nice warm bubble bath will help me read a decent chunk tonight! Happy Saturday everyone 🛁🕯📚

BarkingMadRun Excellent book! 6d
candority @BarkingMadRun I‘m enjoying it so far! 6d
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Honestly, I didn‘t gain anything from reading this book. The arguments were surface level, and Petersen did not engage meaningfully with the legitimate critiques and/or problematic aspects of the women she chose to focus on. I wasn‘t a fan of some of celebrities she decided to write about, but was especially disappointed that the “too queer” chapter was about Caitlyn Jenner.

This was my #BookSpin pick for November @TheAromaofBooks 2⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
KathyWheeler Definitely agree about being disappointed that the lgbtq section was about Jenner. 1w
candority @KathyWheeler Such a strange choice. 1w
KathyWheeler @candority It really was odd. 1w
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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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This was my #BookSpin pick for October! I didn‘t write a review after reading it, but I enjoyed it for the most part. It was a bit slow at times, but I‘m happy to have finally read it! 4⭐️ @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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The Forgotten Home Child | Genevieve Graham
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Based on true events, The Forgotten Home Child tells the story of Winny and her friends Mary, Jack, Cecil, and Edward as they are removed from the streets/orphanages of London, England and sent to Canada for what is supposed to be a better life. It is a fascinating and heartbreaking part of Canada‘s history – one that I knew nothing about prior to this novel. 3.5⭐️

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Great cover, great title, great premise, but terrible characters and over-the-top writing/metaphors that ruined the entire thing for me. This could have been so good if the author really leaned into the Japanese folklore and the horror elements. 2⭐️

TheLudicReader I am so disappointed that this book is being universally panned because that title…that cover! 2w
Cathythoughts 😬😳😳 2w
candority @TheLudicReader I know right? It had so much potential 😭 2w
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Emoni is such a great character and this book was fantastic. And this cover is just gorgeous 😍 4⭐️

CoffeeNBooks Great book! I really liked this one! 2w
candority @CoffeeNBooks Me too! All of her books are great, but this one is my favourite so far 😊 2w
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Yikes, this was bad. I really hope people don‘t believe that this is what group therapy is like. Dr. Rosen‘s methods are unethical and it was infuriating to read about their sessions. I‘m also glad that I don‘t have to spend another second reading about Tate‘s sex life. She clearly has no idea what asexuality means and labels herself “borderline asexual” and a “sexual anorexic” whenever she experiences relationship problems. 1⭐️ bit.ly/3FhZPYS

TheRiehlDeal 😳 And Reese picked this for her book club?! So there weren‘t any other books she could have picked? It has a pick rating of 42% on here. To each their own I guess. 🤷‍♂️ 2w
candority @TheRiehlDeal Right?! I‘m baffled by her decision to feature this book 😬 2w
Zoe-h Why use the term “borderline asexual” when that is literally the definition of greysexual. (edited) 2w
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Megabooks I wish I had panned this, but apparently I gave it a so-so. I remember hating the same things you did!! 2w
candority @Zoe-h She clearly didn‘t know - or care - what asexuality is, let alone greysexuality. Her whole life (at least how she presents it in the book) revolved around her sex life and finding a long term partner. She only used the term asexual whenever she wasn‘t currently in a sexual relationship with someone 🙄 2w
candority @Megabooks Never too late to change your rating! 2w
Zoe-h @candority It really sucks that there‘s no Ace rep out there. 2w
candority @Zoe-h I hope there will be more soon! 2w
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My Favorite Things | Maira Kalman
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Matches for the #Bestof2021Swap have been sent out! Please check your email and respond to it (or to this post) to let me know that you‘ve received your match!

Thank you to everyone who has already responded to the email. Happy stalking and shopping!

candority @BeckyRoy @Amiable I have emailed you both. Please get back to me when you have a chance. 2w
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Amiable @candority I just emailed you! 2w
candority @Amiable Got it! Will reply momentarily 😊 2w
AmyG Got my match. Thank you! 2w
candority @AmyG Wonderful! Thanks 😊 2w
DinoMom Yay! 2w
BethM Got it! Always stoked when a match happens to be a Litsy friend! @Chrissyreadit 😘 2w
candority @BethM That‘s wonderful! 🥰 2w
Chrissyreadit 😘🎉🤍🧡🥳 2w
Chrissyreadit @BethM I seriously squealed!!! 2w
Readergrrl Yay!! Received my email!!! 2w
candority @Readergrrl Great! 😊 2w
BennettBookworm So excited!! 2w
BeckyRoy @candority you should have two emails from me😀 2w
candority @BennettBookworm 🤗🤗🤗 2w
candority @BeckyRoy Got them! Just responded to the one. Sorry about the confusion 😊 2w
BethM @Chrissyreadit same ❤️ (edited) 2w
TheBookKeepers Got it! 2w
BookBosomed1 @candority I cannot find the email. Will you send it again please. It should go to lharness0329@gmail.com 2w
BeckyRoy @candority got mine 2w
kellyann28 Got mine 🥰 2w
Texreader Received! 👍🏻😁 2w
Mitch All received. 🥳 2w
Endowarrior21 Got it 😁 2w
Gissy Yes! I answered the email. Now in the process of match stalking😜 2w
sblbooks Got it!🎉 2w
TheAromaofBooks I got mine!!! Thank you so much!! 2w
MittenGirlPeach I have my match! Soooo excited about this swap. 2w
candority @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Did you get your match email? 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh gosh Yes!! Sorry I got excited and must have forgotten to reply. 2w
candority @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Perfect! It‘s no problem at all 😊 2w
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My Favorite Things | Maira Kalman
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Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the #Bestof2021Swap! The sign-up form is ready to go and will remain open until November 14: https://forms.gle/Q7CsPtKBWwS4Sy758

This year, there are no tier levels. Instead, everyone will be responsible for sending TWO books and FOUR gifts. Please check out the form for more details.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and please share to spread the word!

MoonWitch94 What a cool swap! 4w
candority Thanks @MoonWitch94! It was a lot of fun last year 😊 4w
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Soubhiville Thanks! 4w
staci.reads Signed up! 4w
candority @staci.reads wonderful! 4w
Chrissyreadit I signed up but forgot to ask for notification- so hoping it went through. 4w
ozma.of.oz So excited! This looks amazing! 👍🏻 4w
rachelsbrittain Signed up! Loved this one so much last year. 4w
candority @Chrissyreadit I just checked and it came through! 😊 4w
candority @rachelsbrittain So happy you‘ve signed up! ☺️ (edited) 4w
candority @ozma.of.oz I haven‘t received a form from you yet 🤔 Did you submit one? 4w
sblbooks I just signed up! 4w
ozma.of.oz Not yet! I have very bad reception where I am right now. It‘s already reloaded on me twice. I should be able to fill it out later tonight! 😂😂😂 4w
candority @ozma.of.oz Ahah okay! I wanted to double check just in case there was an error with the form or something! 😊 4w
ncsufoxes This sounds exciting, I just signed up. 4w
candority @ncsufoxes Wonderful! 🤗 4w
DinoMom Yay!! I just signed up … I think. No hurry but when you get a chance can you make sure you got it. My phone is has been acting weird and I am hoping it was submitted properly. Thanks 4w
candority @DinoMom I got it! I‘m happy you signed up again this year. The rocks/crystals you gave me last year live on top of my bookshelf! 💕 4w
Kdgordon88 All signed up! Thanks for hosting! 4w
candority @Kdgordon88 Wonderful! I‘m happy to be hosting again! 😊 4w
Bookishgal71 I signed up - thanks for hosting! 4w
candority @Bookishgal71 Awesome! 🥰 4w
Mynameisacolour Yay! All signed up, thanks for hosting! 4w
candority @Mynameisacolour Wonderful! 🥰 4w
DinoMom @candority I was waiting for this one! So glad you are doing it again :) ❤️ 4w
Chrissyreadit Can you email me? Chrissyreadit@gmail.com 3w
candority @Chrissyreadit I just did! 3w
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The Swap | Robyn Harding
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Hi friends! Last year I hosted the #Bestof2020Swap. The idea was to reflect on the things that brought you joy throughout the year and share them with someone else, by sending your match some of your favourite books and goodies.

I would love to know how many people would be interested in participating in a #Bestof2021Swap? If there is enough interest, I will post sign ups by the end of this week. Opening day would be January 1, 2022.

Thanks!

Bookwormjillk I love this idea!! 1mo
ozma.of.oz Oh this is clever! I‘d totally be interested! 1mo
bibliobard That sounds fun! 1mo
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jenniferw88 Yes! I was wondering if you were going to do it again! 100% behind it lol! 1mo
guinsgirlreads Yes! I really enjoyed this swap last year! 1mo
staci.reads I would definitely be interested! 1mo
Mynameisacolour You can count me In! 1mo
Soubhiville I‘d join 😊. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Sounds like fun. Count me in. 1mo
rachelsbrittain I would definitely be interested! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes. 1mo
SamanthaMarie Ooo that's very fun!!! 1mo
BookNAround I‘m definitely interested. 1mo
quietjenn I'm interested. I didn't join last year, because we were moving, but I thought it seemed like just the coolest! 1mo
monalyisha Me, obvi. 😉💖 Will repost for you rn! 1mo
Bookishgal71 Oh I think so 1mo
ncsufoxes Sounds interesting 1mo
thewallflower0707 Sounds interesting ☺️. Does anyone know if there are already Christmas book swaps in planing? 1mo
candority @thewallflower0707 I know @MaleficentBookDragon is hosting the #JolabokaflodSwap again this year, and @bookish_wookish is hosting the #LittleChristmasSwap. I‘m sure there are others happening, but that‘s all I know of at the moment! 1mo
rsteve388 I am interested. 1mo
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! 1mo
guinsgirlreads @candority Thank you! 😊 1mo
sprainedbrain Yes, please! I missed it last year and won‘t do that again. 😉❤️ 4w
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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My #BookSpinBingo list is ready to go for November 🎉 @TheAromaofBooks

BennettBookworm I ❤️ with the fire on high and authenticity project! 1mo
TheLudicReader Some great books here. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
candority @BennettBookworm I‘m a little apprehensive that I won‘t like The Authenticity Project, but I hope I do! 1mo
Crazeedi I love your pic, that's just the coolest!! 1mo
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I bailed on my #DoubleSpin pick for October. I just wasn‘t feeling it 🤷‍♀️ @TheAromaofBooks

LeafingThroughLife I‘ve started this one a couple times and still haven‘t managed to finish it. 1mo
candority @LeafingThroughLife That‘s too bad. Will you give it another go? I put my copy in a Little Free Diverse Library in my neighbourhood. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right match!! 1mo
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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Wow! The Need has one of the most gripping first sections that I have ever read, which turned into a really interesting and weird story. I did not expect to love this as much as I did, but I couldn‘t put it down.

Lots of people have disliked this, but I‘m giving it 5⭐️

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Happy October, friends. 🎃🍁🍂Here‘s my #BookSpinBingo list for the month. The mysterious red book is Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. I bought it at a library sale a couple years ago (remember when those happened?!) and it didn‘t have the dust jacket. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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Others have called this the perfect novel, and although I don‘t quite agree, I did find it oddly compelling despite its quiet nature. This was my #BookSpin pick for September. 4⭐️ @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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My friend told me this is one of her favourite books. I have read a couple other books she has recommended and disliked them, and unfortunately, I disliked this one too. I think it‘s time to admit that our reading tastes differ wildly 😂

2 ⭐️ This was my #DoubleSpin pick for August @TheAromaofBooks

Aims42 Ughhhh, I‘ve got a friend like that too 😕 Love her, but not her tastes in books 2mo
candority @Aims42 She doesn‘t like some of favourite types of books either (horror, thriller), so at least we‘re even! I‘m always glad to have a fellow book lover as a friend, even if our tastes don‘t align 2mo
Cathythoughts We watched the movie recently, my husband loved it … I liked parts of it but would have bailed ( on the movie ) if I was watching alone 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 2mo
monalyisha Hi @candority! 👋🏻 I know it‘s early but I‘ve started to see some Holiday swap sign-ups get posted. I‘m wondering if you‘re planning to run the #BestOf2020Swap again — or rather, the #Bestof2021Swap? It was so great last year! Hope you‘re doing okay! ✨💞 (edited) 1mo
candority @monalyisha Hey there! I‘ll make a post this week to see how many people are interested. If there‘s enough interest, I‘ll host it again 😊 I hope you‘re doing well too! 🥰 1mo
monalyisha @candority Nice! I‘ll help share the good word. 💯 1mo
candority @monalyisha thanks! I‘ll tag you in the post tomorrow. 1mo
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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This book was fantastic. I was so invested in the characters and thought the story was masterfully crafted. 5⭐️ This was my #BookSpin pick for August @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG Agree. I loved this book. 2mo
amywithbooks Loved it!!! 2mo
emmaturi Great book 2mo
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Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I frequently sell my books on Facebook Marketplace, but this is the first time that someone bought ALL of the books I have for sale. Here‘s the entire #unhaul of 49 books. I‘ve read and enjoyed 14 of these, but the rest I have lost interest in. I‘m happy to see them go to a new home.

Also, friendly reminder to my fellow Canadians to go vote! I went to an advance poll this afternoon. It‘ll be interesting to see how this election turns out 🗳🇨🇦

Trashcanman See i try and look up, but my eyes burn. That's a lot to ship. 3mo
robinb Nice way to make room for more! 👍 3mo
MartinaLove I'm Canadian too. Nice to see other Canadians, here, on Litsy. 3mo
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Librariana Did the same person buy ALL of them? Or did I misunderstand and was it that all your books were purchased? Either way, fantastic outcome! 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl I voted today too. Hoping for another minority. 🙂 3mo
candority @Trashcanman Someone picked them up from my house - no shipping required 😊 3mo
candority @robinb It is! Although I could probably do with less overall. It‘s a bit out of control at the moment 🙈 3mo
candority @MartinaLove Woohoo! 🇨🇦 There are quite a few of us here 😊 3mo
candority @Librariana Yup, the same person bought them all! She and her daughter were interested in most of them and thought it would be easier to take them all. Surprisingly, I had someone else message wanting to buy them all too - they said they just wanted to fill their home library and didn‘t care what books they had, which just seems bizarre to me? 3mo
candority @CoverToCoverGirl Yay for voting! 🇨🇦 I think it will probably end up being another minority. We‘ll see though 3mo
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Woohoo! I completed my Goodread‘s Reading Challenge today. My new, unofficial goal is 200 but we‘ll see 😊📚

Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
Traci1 Great job! 3mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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OriginalCyn620 That‘s awesome! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Cortg Congrats! That‘s fantastic 🙌🏼 3mo
MallenNC Great job! 3mo
Reggie Wow! Great job. 3mo
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊🎉 📚📖 3mo
Gissy Wow! That‘s impressive! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 3mo
Kenyazero Nice work! 3mo
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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My #DoubleSpin pick for September. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I was familiar with H.P. Lovecraft‘s work, but as it was, I thought it was interesting and worth the hour or so it took to read it. @TheAromaofBooks 3⭐️

PatriciaU I‘ve been away from Litsy for a bit so have to ask - what does #doublespin mean? 3mo
candority @PatriciaU It‘s a monthly challenge/game that @TheAromaofBooks hosts! Each month, you make a list of 20 books you want to read and she pulls out a #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin number. If you read those books, you‘re entered for a prize at the end of the year. She also does #BookSpinBingo where you make a bingo card with all your books (and 5 free spaces) and try to read as many as possible each month. It‘s fun and a great way to tackle your TBR! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @PatriciaU - Brooke did a great job explaining the challenge. If you're interested in more details, I have a master post here - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 - I draw each month's numbers on the 2nd of the month, so September's posts drawing the numbers & bingo card are towards the top of my page if you want to look through them & see some more about the challenge. Anyone is welcome to join so just let me know if have questions!! 3mo
PatriciaU Thanks for the info @candority and @TheAromaofBooks!
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Ready for #BookSpinBingo once again. I still haven‘t got my Litsy mojo back, so I‘m relatively inactive here at the moment 😔 @TheAromaofBooks

Gissy Great selection! 📚📚📚📚🤗 3mo
candority Thanks @Gissy! 3mo
ShelleyBooksie So many fantastic titles! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll be back to reading soon! 3mo
Kenyazero I see some excellent reads in this spin grid! 3mo
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I don‘t want to give a memoir about love, loss, and grief a 2-star rating, but I can‘t rate it any higher. I have no doubt that Jason and Amy had a happy, love-filled life together, but the way that Jason presented their relationship and their family was just too sugar-coated. Full review: https://bit.ly/3D1OBYo

I didn‘t enjoy the book, but I do very much enjoy this new vase that I purchased from a pottery market 😍

JamieArc Cute vase! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 📷 4mo
TheLudicReader That vase is awesome…even if the book wasn‘t. 3mo
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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I think this is a great book for teens/adults who are just starting to read books about race, but unfortunately, it all seemed very surface level. I expected more hard-hitting, in-depth explorations of issues surrounding race in America, but instead I got a pretty predictable and underwhelming story. I feel as though the author tried to touch on too many issues for a 210 page book – racial profiling, police violence, affirmative action ⬇️

candority dealing with insensitive/racist peers, interracial relationships, gangs, grief, and more – so none of them got the full attention that they deserved. A lot of the racism in the book was very overt, which isn‘t necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked to see some more subtle/insidious ways that racism impacted Justyce‘s life. I also unfortunately felt that Justyce‘s letters and interest in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was underdeveloped. ⬇️ 4mo
candority I borrowed this from the Little Free Diverse Library near my house! These special LFL's focus on sharing books written by Black, Indigenous, and other author's of colour, as well as LGBTQ+ authors. 4mo
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I read this book at the start of July and have forgotten most of it, but I will NEVER forget how many bad (and completely unbelievable) decisions Charlie made. I also couldn‘t stand Sagar‘s use of mental illness as a way to make Charlie an unreliable narrator. And that epilogue… insert major eye roll here. This was my #BookSpin pick for July. 2⭐️ @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh dear, at least it's off the list!! 4mo
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I enjoyed The Underground Railroad, but it wasn‘t quite as unique or emotionally impactful as I expected. I was very intrigued by this alternate history version in which the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad operated through underground tunnels across the United States. But the Underground Railroad played a surprisingly (and disappointingly) small part in this story – for most of the book, it was easy to forget that it even existed. ⬇️

candority The other issue I had was the fact that the story is written in third person, which held me at a distance from the characters. Cora and other characters experience so many traumas and hardships, which are impactful but just not quite as hard-hitting as I had expected.

I think Colson Whitehead is brilliant and I will continue to pick up his books in the future. This was my #DoubleSpin pick for July. 4⭐️ @TheAromaofBooks
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Ready to go for #BookSpinBingo! The tagged book is my #BookSpin pick, while my #DoubleSpin is The Sisters Brothers. @TheAromaofBooks

Grrlbrarian Those are both fantastic reads 🙌🙌 4mo
rabbitprincess Yeeaahhh The Sisters Brothers! 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 4mo
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Hostage | Clare Mackintosh
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I didn‘t post anything in July, so I‘ll be playing catch up over the next couple of days. But to start, here‘s my #BookSpinBingo list for August. @TheAromaofBooks

rabbitprincess Some great nonfiction there (Seven Fallen Feathers and Invisible Women)! 4mo
candority @rabbitprincess I‘m about 1/3 of the way into Seven Fallen Feathers already and it is great! Looking forward to Invisible Women 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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#BookHaul from my three favourite secondhand stores. I already own a couple of these, but will be swapping them out for the nicer editions that I found! Not pictured are the books my mom and sister wanted to read 😂

It is so nice to be able to browse in stores again. Ontario is slowly re-opening with limited store capacity. I have my second vaccine appointment this weekend, which is great considering it was originally scheduled for September!

BookishMarginalia That‘s a lovely #bookhaul! And Yey for vaccines! #FullyVaxxed 5mo
candority @BookishMarginalia Thank you! Yes, I can‘t wait! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
rabbitprincess Yay moving up the vaccine appointment! My second is on the 24th, better than August, and way better than October! 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great haul! 📚 5mo
llcoolnate Great haul! 5mo
janeycanuck Good luck with your second dose - you‘ve got lots of good choice if you end up needing to take it easy for a few days! 5mo
candority @rabbitprincess I‘m so glad they‘ve all been bumped up! I hope yours goes well! 5mo
candority @janeycanuck Thank you! I sure do 😊 So far I‘m feeling fine, but tomorrow might be a different story! 5mo
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My #BookSpinBingo card is ready to go. My #BookSpin is the tagged book and my #DoubleSpin is The Underground Railroad, which I am already about 1/3 of the way through! Happy reading everyone! 📚

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 5mo
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Here‘s my #BookSpinBingo list for July 😊 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Liz_M Nice layout and use of actual books! 5mo
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LapReader Yay! An Aussie in there. 5mo
Reagan This book is top notch! 5mo
candority @Liz_M Thank you! I love laying them out like this 😍 5mo
candority @MaleficentBookDragon I can‘t wait to read it. I loved 5mo
candority @LapReader Oh, which author? 5mo
candority @Reagan Looking forward to it! 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon @candority I have that one too. Will it make me cry? I open mouth cried during 5mo
candority @MaleficentBookDragon It sure will 😭 5mo
candority @LapReader Awesome! It sounds fantastic! 5mo
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June was a pretty meh reading month for me. I didn‘t read as much as normal and most of what I read was just okay. I also didn‘t get a bingo for #BookSpinBingo as I read a lot of new releases from the library rather than focusing on my TBR 🤷‍♀️ My favourite from the month is the tagged book.

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Bailedbailed

There is NOTHING sexy about women in their late 30s sleeping with boys in high school. I don‘t care if the age of consent is 17 in Texas (as the MC finds out during a frantic Google search after sleeping with an 18-year-old) it is DISGUSTING to normalize, glamorize, and describe this type of “relationship” in graphic detail without any discussion of why it is wrong. Full review: https://bit.ly/3dvf0Tb

Bookwormjillk What?? 5mo
candority @Bookwormjillk That‘s how I felt while reading! 5mo
Tamra Hmmmmm I don‘t appreciate pushing the envelope for the sake of pushing the envelope in books. 😖 5mo
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BookDragonNotWorm Just took this off my TBR. Same ick factor as when a grown man has a relationship with an 18yo girl, although society seems to accept that more readily. 5mo
candority @Tamra Same! 5mo
candority @BookDragonNotWorm Definitely the same ick factor. It‘s one thing when books include these sorts of relationships with nuance and it is clear that the adult in the situation is in the wrong (like My Dark Vanessa), but it‘s totally different in this context. 5mo
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Pickpick

What a sweet, tender and whimsical book. It is a bit sappy, predictable, and heavy-handed at times, but damn if I don‘t need to read books like that sometimes. This book made me laugh and cry, and I fell in love with the characters – especially the children.

I am struggling with the fact that Klune used the Sixties Scoop as inspiration, but a lot of authors use devastating parts of history as inspiration, so I don‘t know where to draw the line?

WanderingBookaneer I keep trying to convince @BookishMarginalia to read it. 5mo
candority @WanderingBookaneer I don‘t know why I put it off for so long. So wholesome. @BookishMarginalia You need to read it! 5mo
Scochrane26 I didn‘t know it was inspired by a historical event, will look that up. Love this book so much. ❤️ 5mo
candority @Scochrane26 The Sixties Scoop occurred in Canada. Indigenous children were removed from their homes/communities and adopted by non-Indigenous families. While not the same as residential schools, all of the unmarked graves currently being found across Canada makes Klune‘s use of what was essentially genocide is particularly painful. Here‘s the article where Klune states that he was inspired by it: https://bit.ly/3h84t2l 5mo
CaitlinR You‘re right about the heavy-handed bits, but given that I agreed with the morality ( and morals) I plugged along. I thoroughly enjoyed the story! 5mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Mehso-so

The Other Black Girl has received tons of hype, but unfortunately, I was disappointed for several reasons. The pacing of this book was uneven and it took way too long for anything to happen. There were little moments of suspense and intrigue in the early parts of the book, but it wasn‘t until the 60% mark that a bigger reveal occurred. The ending was incredibly rushed:unsatisfying and that left me with so many questions. ⬇️

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Hairpin Bridge | Taylor Adams
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Panpan

Adams was trying to recreate the fast-paced suspense of No Exit, but didn‘t quite do it. A lot of the elements are the same: a young female protagonist, a small cast of characters, a secluded setting and plenty of action. While I found many parts of No Exit far-fetched, I could overlook the flaws because it was so adrenaline inducing. In Hairpin Bridge not only were scenes far-fetched, but they were repetitive, long-winded, and boring. ⬇️

candority 2⭐️ Full Review: https://bit.ly/2UPyQ55 5mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I wasn‘t a fan of The Silent Patient, so I went into The Maidens with caution. I was enjoying it at first, but it quickly became frustrating for several reasons. I just couldn‘t understand why Mariana was so obsessed with the murders. The amount of misdirection and red herrings was honestly a bit ridiculous. The reveal itself was unsatisfying and poorly handled – it was one of those reveals that is for shock value more than anything else. ⬇️

candority 2⭐️ Full review with spoilers: https://bit.ly/3jkbRJD 📚#NetGalley (edited) 5mo
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Exit West | Mohsin Hamid
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I didn‘t write a review for this book when I read it at the start of the month, but I thought it was a gentle story about loss, love and the experiences of refugees. This is exactly how I like my magical realism to be. 4⭐️ This was my #DoubleSpin pick for June! @TheAromaofBooks

Alfoster Would this be a good one to teach AP senior Lit? I‘m not done yet. 5mo
candority @Alfoster Yeah, I think it could be! Lots of themes to explore/discuss and a nice introduction to magical realism. There are some descriptions of sex and drug use, which could be an issue depending on your school. But I don‘t think it‘s anything too obscene by any means. 5mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
candority @BarbaraBB I was surprised by how mixed the reviews are! I‘m glad you enjoyed it too though 😊 5mo
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Hurry Home | Roz Nay
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Hurry Home centers around two sisters, Alexandra and Ruth Van Ness, who have been estranged for over a decade until Ruth shows up out of the blue. I enjoyed trying to figure out which sister was telling the truth, but unfortunately, I figured it out too early for anything to really be surprising. Still, an enjoyable enough read that held my attention. 3⭐️ This was my #BookSpin read for June! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Pickpick

Interesting and well-written. I really appreciated the focus on Middle Eastern and Indigenous women, as most of the books I've read on this topic focus more on Black women or WOC in general.

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Hurry Home | Roz Nay
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My June #BookSpinBingo card is ready to go! My #BookSpin pick is the tagged book - I heard the author on a panel of Canadian thriller writers last summer, so when I found the book at a thrift store, I couldn‘t resist. My #DoubleSpin pick is Exit West. Should be a good reading month! 😊

Q84 Good luck with you reading goals! 6mo
candority @Q84 Thank you! 🥰 6mo
EvieBee Lovely! And the penmanship is lovely, too! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks lovely!! 6mo
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I read 15 books in May, but I only managed to post three reviews. I haven‘t had the energy to write reviews or engage on Litsy as much as I would like to. Hopefully June is better.

The books in the top row were my favourites of the month. No five star or stand out reads though, unfortunately. #MayWrapUp #MayStats

JennyM I‘m the same - reading lots but I‘ve lost my litsy reviewing mojo. You look like you‘ve had a fab month reading though 📚👍 6mo
jmtrivera Saaaaaame 6mo
Gissy Wow!!! Impressive! 📚📚📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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candority @JennyM @jmtrivera I hope you both get your mojo back! 6mo
candority Thanks @Gissy! 💕 6mo
jmtrivera @candority You too! (And you too, @JennyM !) 6mo
JennyM @jmtrivera @candority 🤞- happy reading 😊 6mo
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Crow Winter: A Novel | Karen McBride
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Finally put together my list for #BookSpinBingo in June. I‘m looking forward to so many of these books!

Singout Great choices there! 6mo
candority @Singout Thank you! 6mo
Littlewolf1 I like the set up...and it looks like a fun month of reading 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
ncsufoxes The House in the Cerulean Sea is soooo good. One of the best books I‘ve ever read 6mo
candority @Littlewolf1 Thanks! I hope it is 😊 6mo
candority @CoverToCoverGirl I can‘t wait! Have you watched the new adaptation on Amazon Prime? 6mo
candority @ncsufoxes I‘m about 30% into it and it‘s so good! Very wholesome. 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl I have not, I was unaware. I‘ll definitely have to check it out. Thanks! 6mo
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Running with Scissors: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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It is unbelievable how some people grow up. This wasn‘t an easy book to read, but I enjoyed it as much as you can “enjoy” memoirs about difficult life experiences. This was my #DoubleSpin pick for May. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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I forgot to post my #AprilWrapUp! 🤦‍♀️ I read 18 books in April and DNF one book. My favourites of the month were The Babysitter and Tender is the Flesh. Somehow I only managed to score two bingos 😂 #AprilStats

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I get a kick out of all the bingo boards that have more than 12 books finished & no bingos (mine included) like we're actively avoiding them. 🤣 A great month for you anyway! 6mo
candority @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Hahah I‘ve been guilty of that in the past too! 😂 6mo
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Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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The trees are so beautiful right now! If you look closely, you can see a little bee that decided to fly by when I was taking this picture! 🌸🐝
I‘m almost done the tagged audiobook, but I‘m not sure how I feel about it yet. #audiowalk

Karisa Gorgeous colors! I love spring. 7mo
candority @Karisa Me too! 7mo
Suet624 Lovely photo and sweet bee. 7mo
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Nute Wonderful photo! 7mo
candority @Suet624 @Nute Thank you! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm So pretty 🌸 🐝 📸 7mo
Cathythoughts Love the cherry blossoms 💕 7mo
Tanisha_A 🤩 7mo
candority @Cathythoughts Me too! 🌸 7mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍 6mo
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Panpan

This book was riddled with typos and grammatical errors, but I managed to overlook them because I was HOOKED on the premise. How can a dead body just disappear? Was he not actually dead? What does it all mean?! I could forgive clunky writing and the cold MC, but then the ending happened and I was so frustrated with it! Full review (with spoilers): bit.ly/3ybrLLo

This was my #BookSpin pick for May. 2⭐️

mdm139 I love the book sleeve 7mo
candority @mdm139 Thanks! I do too. It doesn‘t look like there are any in stock currently, but maybe the maker will bring them back? It‘s from this Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/audreywritesabroad 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I hate it when the ending lets you down!!!! 7mo
ShelleyBooksie Love your booksleeve! 7mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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This is Bernard. Bernard is King of the Ducks and is very upset that this 1020 page book about ducks didn‘t mention him once! He will be implementing a law that all books about ducks must be dedicated to him!😡🦆

On a more serious note though, this was such a weird reading experience. I didn‘t want to pick it up, but when I did, I would find myself immersed in the stream-of-consciousness for a brief amount of time until I felt exhausted by it. ⬇️

candority I would find little tidbits that really resonated with me and gave me the energy to continue, but then I would find myself wading through several pages that just recapped old movie plots, listed random items, and endlessly repeated thoughts the narrator had already had. I started skimming heavily in the last quarter and almost missed the only real action in the whole book. I went back to read it, but at that point, I didn‘t really care. ⬇️ 7mo
candority I think this book captures the anxiety of modern life and the stream-of-consciousness works well for that, but I don‘t think it presents anything new or that its length is justified. There are important things being said in this book, but it is nothing that you can‘t find written about in other novels that are more succinct and meaningful. Overall, I can‘t say that the book was worth my time or effort but I‘m giving it 3⭐️ because I finished it. 7mo
Ladygodiva7 Wow 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 for reading stream of conscience book....I LOATHE stream of conscience books!!! You go girl!! 7mo
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BarbaraBB Your review describes why I am still hesitating to pick it up. Kudos for finishing it! 7mo
Kalalalatja I feel the same @BarbaraBB but I‘m so impressed by everyone who finish it! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Me too! And I keep thinking I‘ll be one of them one day! 7mo
candority @Ladygodiva7 Ahaha thank you! 💪 They are very hit or miss for me, but I definitely understand your loathing 😂 7mo
candority @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Thank you both. It‘s definitely an intimidating book and I was getting to the point that if I didn‘t read it soon, I wouldn‘t ever end up reading it. 7mo
BkClubCare Certainly a sense of accomplishment. 👏 I think of this book as an important component of my 2020. (Took me months, such a strange reading experience.) 7mo
candority @BkClubCare I finished it in 21 days, because I was afraid that if I put it down for too long, I would never pick it back up. I feel like I might have enjoyed it more if I didn‘t read it so quickly? But who knows? Definitely an accomplishment though and a reading experience that will stick with me! 7mo
BkClubCare @candority wow! I think I started in April and finished in August 🤣 I would put it it away for 3 weeks at a time and then could pick it back up like I hadn‘t been away. 7mo
candority @BkClubCare Seems like a good approach to me! 😊 7mo
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Pickpick

I didn‘t find this collection quite as funny or engaging as Lawson‘s other books, but it was still enjoyable and well worth the listen! 3⭐️

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The Wolves of Winter | Tyrell Johnson
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This was my #Yukon pick for #ReadCanada and I HATED it. The main character was supposed to be a strong, capable 23-year-old woman but she acted like a teen (or even a tween) who was strangely obsessed with sex (or procreation as she called it). The story itself was pretty generic, the villains were laughable, and there were so many issues (such as excessive fatphobia, unnecessary sexual assault, racism, etc). 1⭐️ Full review: bit.ly/3twaQzs

MsMelissa I had this as a pick, but not a definite one. I liked it overall, but did find it a little too generic (nothing about it made it feel like it was set in the Yukon - it could have been set anywhere with a cold climate), and the ending was not good. 7mo
candority @MsMelissa Totally agree on both of your points! 7mo
ShelleyBooksie Thank you for this thorough review. I'd been eyeing it for ages but everything you mentioned would make it a pan for.me as well. 7mo
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