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janeycanuck

janeycanuck

Joined February 2016

I work full-time to support my addictions to reading, travelling, and my pug, Penelope.
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Jane Austen's Letters by Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Mehso-so

The first half of this was a slog - I considering bailing several times but I struggled through. While I eventually settled into the style of the writing, I‘m not quite sure what all the hype was about.

Ruthiella I loved this one! It gave me a visceral feel for feeling trapped in Northern Ireland in the ‘70s as a woman. now
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Prepare to feel at least a little uncomfortable. There‘s so much tension and jealousy and anger… This gave me the same unsettled feeling I got from We Need To Talk About Kevin.

BiblioLitten WNTTAKevin was such an unsettling book but I loved it! 1d
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Well, duh.

DivineDiana Always! ❤️ 1d
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Panpan

I feel like Sally Thorne has a really misguided sense of how the business world works? Someone who is an assistant isn't going to be left in charge of a retirement community with a temp when the primary manager takes an extended vacation, not to mention the nonsense with Rose and her position in the parent company. That kind of ridiculousness distracts from the main story for me so this was a dud. I did like the turtles, though.

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I post very little beyond books but man, the pandemic is wearing this introvert thin… I‘ve been burying myself in books and staying off social media as much as possible. But as I‘ve sunk further into the depths of despair (thank you, Anne Shirley), I needed to get back to the warmth of Litsy.

(sorry for the excessive ❤️ of posts of late - I‘m a completist & had to go back to when I stopped scrolling my feed last summer - but I‘m caught up now 🤪)

sprainedbrain Love this! I can 100% relate. ❤️ 3d
TheBookHippie I feel this deep in my bones!! ♥️ 3d
LeahBergen I enjoyed seeing you like all my old posts. 😆😆 3d
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janeycanuck @LeahBergen it‘s a sickness. I can‘t not see all the posts 🥸 3d
janeycanuck @TheBookHippie @sprainedbrain It‘s nice to not be alone in feeling like this ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
CoverToCoverGirl So glad you‘ve rejoined us! 💜🙂 3d
tenar Your ❤️s have been making me smile! It‘s not exactly consolation for a whole pandemic, but I hope, at least, many good books come your way. 3d
Crinoline_Laphroaig Loving all the hearts! It makes me happy to see someone enjoying my posts. ❤❤❤❤❤ 3d
AvidReader25 Welcome back!!! I‘m with you on the burnout. 💙 2d
Nute Welcome back, Colleen! I totally get what you are saying about needing a distraction and then a warm embrace during the fallout of this pandemic. I hope that Litsy provides some additional comfort. It does for me! Take Care!💕 2d
janeycanuck @CoverToCoverGirl @AvidReader25 @Nute Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ 1d
janeycanuck @Crinoline_Laphroaig @tenar As long as you weren‘t quietly (or worse - loudly!) cursing me! ❤️🤪❤️ 1d
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Oh, this was good - I'm a bit burnt out on thrillers that are just one ridiculous twist after another so this slow, steady build of this until it exploded really worked for me. The twists were more like curves or bends that actually made sense and the tension was just right. I'm surprised I haven't read Unger before, if all of her work is like this, I've got a good time ahead of me.

Flaneurette Cool clock! 3d
britt_brooke Love this photo! 3d
janeycanuck @Flaneurette thanks! I really need to remember to change the batteries in it but it‘s in the guest room, which hasn‘t had a guest in two years………. 3d
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So much deeper and darker than I expected this to be - it‘s quite troubling in places and will leave you a bit hopeless, but it was a compelling read.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this 👍❤️ 3d
BkClubCare I am not usually one to be swayed by a pretty cover but goodness, this one is pretty. 3d
janeycanuck @BkClubCare it‘s got the loveliest texture, too! 3d
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janeycanuck @Cathythoughts it wasn‘t what I expected - and I think I enjoyed it more because of that! 3d
BkClubCare @janeycanuck - hmmm 🥰 3d
Nute I had decided not to read this book, but I think that I might reconsider after reading your thoughts. 2d
janeycanuck @Nute I thought it was going to be light and for some reason, a mystery? But it‘s somewhere closer to a Middlesex in terms of tone & dealing with more complex narratives. It was a sleeper hit for me. 1d
Nute Got it! Definitely saying ‘Yes‘ now.🙂 How are you, Colleen? 1d
janeycanuck @Nute I‘m gonna go with surviving, not thriving. But this pandemic has to end sometime… You? 1d
Nute Doing okay from day to day. Some days require a little more effort to stay positive. If you ever want to exchange cards and/or letters just let me know. I think that it helps us to stay closer to each other in a way suited to introverts.☺️ 1d
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The Forgotten Daughter | Joanna Goodman
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What a slow start... This was 50 pages longer than it needed to be. Even once things picked up, there were still places where it a slog. I enjoyed the story line in this one more than The Home For Unwanted Girls. The timeframe Goodman sets this in was really interesting and a new one for me, giving it a nice change of pace from most historical fiction.

This could be a standalone, but it's better if you read The Home For Unwanted Girls first.

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This took a while to get in to - Esme as a child kind of annoyed me. But it clicked sometime through Part 3 and I quite liked the woman Esme grew in to. The final part was a challenge, I was really hoping for a different ending but alas, I was not rewarded for all my finger crossing.

BkClubCare Pitched this to my bookclub but it got voted down. I still want to read it. Someday 4d
janeycanuck @BkClubCare that‘s too bad… hopefully you enjoy it when you get it to! 3d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Time for another #JoyousJanuary hosted by the wonderful @Andrew65

I‘m going to be a #snowboardwidow for the later half of this readathon so I‘m going to do something very different for me and set a goal of listening to 3 audiobooks!

Andrew65 Great goals. Good luck 😊👍 6d
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I'm not quite there yet on committing to Zero Waste but we are making an effort to move in that direction and this gave me some good food for thought on next steps.

BUT, this is very much zero waste HOME. Many of the ideas in here depend on someone else having taken care of the waste (e.g. purchasing open box electronics.) It's just pushed the waste to a different place.

AvidReader25 I‘ve been curious about this one. I like the idea, but sometimes these kind of books come across as preachy and privileged. 1w
Tamra It‘s very difficult to avoid plastic in grocery shopping, especially in small towns that don‘t have co-ops or other stores with bulk buying bins. Everything seems to be wrapped in plastic! 😒 1w
janeycanuck @AvidReader25 There is definitely unacknowledged privilege and there are a few places it gets a bit preachy but generally isn‘t too bad. She does say you need to make the choices that are right for your family and your situation at the beginning, which helps a bit. 1w
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janeycanuck @Tamra Yes, this is a problem where I live, too, and I‘m in a medium-sized city that is very pro-environment (135k and we‘ve been called the Portland of Canada 🤪.) I‘d have no hope if I lived in a small town. If there‘s no alternative, you can‘t do much! It‘s been very hard through the pandemic, too - our grocery store puts only 2 or 3 things in each plastic bag for curbside pickup. 1w
janeycanuck @AvidReader25 just went and checked my shelves for the one I read last year, which I thought was quite good. Check it out if you haven‘t already 1w
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck that‘s good to know. I‘ll have to check it out! 1w
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Jonny Appleseed | Joshua Whitehead
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A good but very explicit listen. It went further than I‘m generally comfortable with but the writing was excellent and the story had a beautiful nuance to it.

Suzze I bought this one last year. Hope I like it. 1w
janeycanuck @Suzze Aside from the overly explicit bits, it was very good. I really enjoyed the episode from the Storykeeper‘s podcast on it, as well. Good companion - they made me feel much better about being uncomfortable with the explicit parts. 1w
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Not what I was expecting from Michaelides but a good one to pick up if you like a strong sense of place, an unreliable narrator and an author injecting everything he knows into the story (yeah, we get it - you know stuff)

Alfoster Oh, I really want to read this one (reviews are all over the place)!🤞 1w
janeycanuck @Alfoster The ending appears to be *very* controversial - you‘ll either love it or hate it! 1w
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I found the constant capitalisation of WHY, HOW and WHAT to be incredibly distracting. But that may have been a good thing because this felt quite repetitive, even given its short length.

Book 2/24 for #ReadingRandomizer

slategreyskies I‘ve never heard of the reading randomizer challenge. I‘m thinking about it, but I‘m such a mood reader that I‘m not sure I‘d actually do the ones that got chosen for me. 🤣 4d
janeycanuck @slategreyskies I found it on Storygraph. A lot of my TBR are books that every time I look at them, I think “man, I want to read that” so this is good for helping me choose. And sure enough - almost every title that came up as I was doing my picks, I said “ooh, I can‘t wait to read that!” 3d
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Chasing Painted Horses | DREW HAYDEN. TAYLOR
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A pleasant surprise - this came in one of my Sweet Read Boxes and the jacket copy really did not appeal to me. Once I got into it (i.e. once we headed back to Otter Lake) I sunk right in and really enjoyed the unfolding story. The magical element wasn't overwhelming, it was just the right level to really set the story apart and make it something special.

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Some parts of this are tough because of what is going on in the story and some parts of this are tough because this was a bit longer than it should have been.

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A difficult read that I think would have been better in print. The audio was hard to follow at times, definitely wasn‘t one I could listen to while doing anything else so it was primarily an #audiowalking book.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Not as good as Evelyn Hugo but better than Daisy Jones. I, like everyone else, was frustrated by Mick but really enjoyed the siblings and their story lines.

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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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For a Samantha Downing, this was a letdown but that‘s only because her two previous books were standouts for me. This one was more about character than plot, which is what I love Downing for. I didn‘t love sitting with such an awful character for so long and in lesser hands, this would have been a disaster. She pulled it off, though.

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It Had to Be You | Georgia Clark
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Yes, please give me the romcoms starring women who aren‘t 25. I enjoyed the Love Actually vibe to this, the diversity of the characters and the friendship (?) that bloomed between Liv and Savannah.

wanderinglynn Yes! More rom-coms with 25+ year olds. I‘d even like one or two with a 30+ MC who wasn‘t dramatically left by a cheating ex. 2w
janeycanuck @wanderinglynn I‘m there for that!!! Be warned of this one, though - Liv‘s husband drops dead early on and turns out, he left his half of the business to his mistress. So still cheating but not an ex 🤪 2w
wanderinglynn Well that‘s at least different than divorce. 😆 2w
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New Year | Juli Zeh
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I made it! I actually did more than my goal of 20 hours because I didn‘t track my audio reading. In all, I finished 4 books and put good dents in a couple of others.

#20in4

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🥳🥳😍📚 2w
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Donut Fall in Love | Jackie Lau
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This was delightful - it reminded me of Farah Heron‘s writing in all the best ways. Romances with heroines who are obsessed with food are definitely my jam and this one was so cute, just what a romance should be!

My Romance for #PromptMaze. Moving on to the next square!

Soubhiville That candle sounds really tasty 😋 2w
janeycanuck @Soubhiville it smells good enough to eat! 2w
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Calendars | Brian Williams
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I feel attacked.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love that! Where did you get it? 📚❤️ 2w
janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was in one of my Sweet Reads boxes. The company is called I‘ll Know It When I See It but when I visited the site a few weeks ago, this wasn‘t available. Their Instagram handle is IKIWISICANADA 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ok thank you! It‘s awesome! 2w
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Nothing But the Truth | Marie Henein
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How can Marie Henein not think she is funny?! The snark in this was the kind of humour I adore. I did find the commentary on the legal system a bit boring but was enchanted by her family's stories and in stitches when she was railing on double-standards, comments on her "brand" and the chapter on turning 50. I wonder if she has any fiction in her...

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The best thrillers are the ones that are actually several stories weaving together in a completely bonkers way so this was right up my alley. This was fast-paced and completely gripping!

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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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A lovely first read for 2022. It was gentle and quiet, just what my soul needs in this time of chaos outside my door. I didn‘t love what Youngson did to wrap Tina‘s story up but it was redeemed by the ending.

EvieBee I think it‘s time for me to read this! I‘ve been saving it for the perfect occasion. 1w
janeycanuck @EvieBee it‘s quite lovely, I hope you enjoy it! 1w
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New Year | Juli Zeh
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Making good progress on my #20in4 goal - plans for today include making soup, making chicken pot pie and reading so I‘ll come close to finishing today, I think!

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3w
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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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At the beginning of 2021, I gathered all the books that were lying around in different piles around the house, vowing to get them read before the end of the year. I came pretty close - just 3 remain! So of course, instead of finishing them off, I‘ve pulled way too many more books to add to the stack for my #JanuaryTBR. Good thing I don‘t go back to work until the 10th.

LiteraryinLawrence I love your cart and stickers! 3w
janeycanuck @LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! The middle one is a magnet and one of my favourite things ever ☺️ 3w
Nute You still did amazingly well with your goal.🙌🏽 btw…what‘s a reader to do besides always finding new books to read? It‘s part of our job description!😆 2w
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Challenge Accepted | Carol Rose
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Is anyone else on StoryGraph doing the #ReadingRandomizer challenge? I wasn‘t sure if you were supposed to generate all the numbers at the beginning of the year or do them month-by-month but I like to plan so I generated all my numbers already and I‘m quite pleased with what came up.

I‘m on StoryGraph as janeycanuck, if you‘re looking for more friends/people to follow (I always am!)

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What can‘t Stacey Abrams do? This was excellent, full of tension and twists & turns. I love a complex plot from a brilliant mind - this didn‘t let me down.

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I really enjoyed Rimmer's The Things We Cannot Say and this had equally good writing but had so many flaws. I should have DNF‘ed this and likely would have if it wasn‘t a background audio.

First, in 1996, we had stopped using the phrase "manic depression" - a professional certainly would have been using bipolar by then given that the official name changed in the 1980s and I'm kinda grossed out that Rimmer put the term in a book in 2020.

More?

janeycanuck Second, I was uncomfortable with how Rimmer dwelled on Beth's struggle with post-partum depression. Did she think her reader wasn't picking up what she was putting down? It became tedious and boring, very quickly. Also, Beth seemed to overcome her postpartum depression with just a couple of sleeping pills? Hmmmm.... 3w
janeycanuck Third, Patrick's "redemption" was unbelievable. I don't buy how quickly he turned things around. I understand grief does strange things but there would have been withdrawal, at the very least, to deal with. 3w
janeycanuck Fourth, what the hell was with Beth repeatedly referring to her mother as Grace? That was just weird. She was a child, she would have known her as her mother and for her to have memories of her mother but refer to her as Grace and not as her mother in her 30s was off-putting. 3w
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Hooked_on_books On the upside, great puzzle! 3w
janeycanuck @Hooked_on_books It really was!! 3w
BkClubCare Puzzle! I have the notecard set. FYI the book second from the bottom is on sale on Amazon. 1w
janeycanuck @BkClubCare it was a fun one to do. Sadly, that book isn‘t on sale on .ca. 1w
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New Year | Juli Zeh
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Diving into the #20in4 #NewYearSpecial. I‘m going to try to read at least 20 hours, which should be easy enough since I‘m off for a while still.

Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us 😊👍 3w
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Ever read a book else everyone loves & you vow to never read the author again but another comes out & it has such a charming premise that you can't not pick it up so you figure if you hate it you can write the author off forever but then it‘s a little sweet & a little melancholy & a little uplifting & a little funny and combines into a heartwarming read so now you have to go back & read the book that came out after the one you hated? Yup, me too.

LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 😋 3w
marleed Yes! 3w
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The Jetsetters | Amanda Eyre Ward
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Recent acquisitions… So much for ending the year with fewer books than I started (I think I‘ll end up with only about 5 or 6 more so not a total fail?)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! I want the new Picoult book!! 3w
Cinfhen 💕🤩🙌🏻 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Holy smokes! 🤩 3w
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janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m planning on reading it in Jan. I don‘t think I‘ve read her before but it sounds so good!! 3w
janeycanuck @Cinfhen don‘t encourage me 😂🤣😂 3w
janeycanuck @CoverToCoverGirl that‘s what my SO said. But it was not meant to be flattering 🤪 3w
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I love Janie Chang. This was better than her second book for me but still not as good as her first. I found it a bit long but the story was compelling.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 💜 3w
janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Isn‘t it beautiful? 3w
Nute I have loved the cover art on each of her three books (the three that I am aware of)! 2w
janeycanuck @Nute Yup, just 3 so far. And you‘re right, they are all stunning. She‘s definitely one of my favourite Canadian authors currently writing! 2w
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A bit of a let down if you‘re expecting crazy twists and turns, like I was. But, if you want something a bit deeper, more of a slow burn, this is a good one to pick up.

Be warned though, there is some very graphic description of violence.

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Color Me In | Natasha Diaz
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The book I needed at 14, not 40.

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This was captivating - bittersweet and poignant yet so funny all at the same time.

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Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan
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With all our family Christmas visiting done on the 23rd, we had a quiet Christmas at home snuggled up with books. I devoured this on Christmas Day - while the switch between first and third person narration kept jarring me until the end, the way Callahan wove the story of CS Lewis‘ younger years in with the story of Megs and George was so lovely. I need to pick up Becoming Mrs Lewis now!

Desha I just finished reading this as well! A nice book to read at Christmas! 🎄♥️ 3w
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Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan
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Merry Christmas, Littens! I hope there were many books under your tree. I‘m excited for the stack that appeared for me over our Christmas festivities.

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One More for Christmas | Sarah Morgan
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A sweet Christmas story. I felt the romance was a little underdeveloped but the main plot was quite well done. A stronger editor would have helped in a few spots - no American is going to call something a “cookery book”

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Time to set some goals for #DashingDecember!

All my family commitments wrap up for the year on the 19th so I need to keep it pretty simple - finish my two library books!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us again,good luck 😊👍 1mo
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This is the book that came in my Sweet Read‘s Tea Lover‘s box - and it was so cute and funny. Definitely the perfect book for a tea lover.

TheKidUpstairs Ooh, I just randomly grabbed this when I was out doing groceries on the weekend. Glad to hear it's a sweet and charming as it looked! 1mo
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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Cute and frothy and fun! A delightful Christmas romance that is going to have me hunting down more life-swap romances. I don‘t think my gingerbread house is quite up to the Woodburn Breads standard, though.

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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I‘m just flying through this book - it‘s so cute and filled with cute lines like this one!

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Top marks for plot and quality of writing but I thought it was obvious early on who was responsible for killing Isiah & Derek. I thought Cosby deftly wove in commentary on the Black experience but the homophobia was a bit heavy-handed.

Also, if you haven't picked up Blacktop Wasteland because you don't do well with violence but heard this was less violent, know there is a lot of violence in this one, as well.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 💙📷 2mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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I wasn‘t too sure about this because fairy tale retellings have been hit or miss for me and I‘m not crazy about science fiction/fantasy. But this was fun! I think how short it was helped, the story had to keep moving. It was also quite funny and the drawings throughout are so lovely!

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I‘ve lost track of how many puzzles this book took me. I restarted it several times before it caught. Perhaps I‘d have done better with print but I did quite enjoy the narrator so I‘m not sure what the problem was. The writing was amazing, obviously this is a classic for a reason, and it was good to finally pick this up.

wanderinglynn Ooh, I like that puzzle 🧩 2mo
janeycanuck @wanderinglynn It was a fun one to do! 2mo
Kimzey I love audio puzzling! 2mo
janeycanuck @Kimzey Same! I‘m getting almost as bad with buying puzzles as I am with buying books! 2mo
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Kim should write more novel-length fiction. She spun such beautiful characters in this novel. The mystery aspect didn‘t really work for me but I loved Mina‘s story, it was so captivating.

AmyG I loved Mina‘s story, too. The mystery fell a bit flat for me, too. 2mo
Sargar114 Agreed! Mina‘s story really drove this one. 2mo
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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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This was just what my soul needed. I really enjoyed the beautiful friendship between Enid and Margery, the adventures they had and the little bit of the suspense that Joyce wove through the narrative.

Novel 3/3 for #NovelNovember

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 2mo
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