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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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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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A quiet book I enjoyed more than I expected. The overlapping POVs was a compelling way of telling the story, and the way the past was unveiled worked very well.

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The Sorceress | Scott, Michael
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I'm conflicted on this... I want to know how everything plays out but I wouldn't say I'm really enjoying the books. Josh is a little whiny and I'm starting to feel like Scott is cramming too many figures and types of monsters/creatures in. It's a lot to keep track of. I suspect this would make a better movie/tv show than book?

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September was not a great reading month for me. Will October be better? I doubt it. But I‘m gonna try with this #OctoberTBR.

SamAnne Empire of Wild is on my TBR October list! 3d
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Really moving writing but not quite the right POV for me. The stories all have young men at their centre - but all have a secondary older female character, like a mother or a friend‘s mother. And those are the stories I wanted - give me Beth‘s story or David‘s mom‘s story! So… yeah, I need someone to pick this up and tell the other side of all the stories!

rachelm I love that insight 4d
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It‘s the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada to honour the Indigenous children taken from their homes to residential schools, both the survivors and those who never returned. It‘s a somber day to reflect on Canada‘s shameful history.

This was an intense book of short stories, you are dropped right into the middle of each & everything just comes at you. The first story was my favourite but such powerful writing across them all.

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First off - the title is misleading. The librarian in question gathers information but not surreptitiously at all.
Second - Ava, while a more fleshed out character had a relatively dull story. Elaine, who was one dimensional at best, had a more interesting story. The two barely overlapped. And when they did, the plot point was too small and took too long to get to, it should have been a bigger focus.

I won‘t pick up this author again.

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This was such a slog for the first 2/3 and the last 1/3 didn't redeem it... This was scattered and had too many threads and just... ugh.

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Finished this with about 90 minutes to spare in #SuperSeptember, hitting my goal of 4 books finished!

I'm not convinced this needed an entire book - it could have just been a long form article. Because if you're picking up this book, you're already bought into the idea you don't want to spend 1/3 of this book being preached to about the value of deep work. The examples also very much skew to white men, a little more diversity is needed.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1w
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Wistful but with some wit and whimsy. I can't decide if I like Lolly, but Aunt Gert was a riot. Grief does funny things to people but I don't see how Lolly got to where she was at 32 - she was just a bit too flat as a character for me to understand her motivations. But, I enjoyed where the lemon drops took us, particularly the use of the second one. And while you'll see the ending coming from the beginning, it's a (mostly) satisfying conclusion.

janeycanuck Book 3/4 for #SuperSeptember (and now I‘m off to see if I can finish up the non-fic I have in progress!! 1w
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1w
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My listen for #audiocanning.

While the narrator was excellent, I did find myself confused between present day and the past on more than one occasion. Better delineation between the two times would have been helpful. Other than that, this was a look at a complicated time for a couple of complicated families.

Book 2/4 for #SuperSeptember

Linsy Nice work! 1w
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 1w
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Our Little Racket | Angelica Baker
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I would have liked this more had I read it closer to 2008. But even in 2017, I think that was too far removed to make the way Baker told this story effective. What happed at Weiss was only vaguely referred to and so it just kinda overshadowed what was meant to be the real story. I kept expecting things to be explored more specifically, had I realised that was never going to happen, I'd have DNFed, for sure.

Book 1/4 for #SuperSeptember

Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 1w
janeycanuck @Andrew65 they can‘t all be winners! 1w
Andrew65 @janeycanuck No unfortunately. 1w
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I saw this on Instagram and I‘m dying laughing. I will absolutely be using this phrase going forward.

LeahBergen 🤣 2w
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Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story | Bernadette Murphy
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I wouldn't call this a detective story, it was closer to investigative journalism - Murphy detailed the research she did alongside unfolding Van Gogh's story, which was an smart approach and made this very readable. A fascinating read for anyone with a passing interest in Van Gogh.

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The Henna Artist was a great book and I knew I'd pick up the rest of the books when I found out it was going to be a trilogy. I definitely preferred The Henna Artist in terms of the story but this had equally beautiful writing and such good character development. I just love how Joshi writes. When is book 3 out!?

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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Jenner writes such lovely novels. It was fun to see Evie again and watch her come into her own plus Grace and Vivien were delightful to get to know. This is the kind of book that you can just lose yourself in with a cup of tea and a plate of shortbread and not realise the entire afternoon has passed. It did wrap up a little too neatly at the end, even for my taste, but in a sweet way.

kspenmoll I so enjoyed this too! I did not know Evie was in a previous book- what is the title? (edited) 2w
janeycanuck @kspenmoll The Jane Austen Society. She‘s a relatively minor character. 2w
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Catching up on my #PromptMaze and joyfully discovered I got out of Q3 super fast! I‘m still trucking around for Q2 but am so behind on logging my books that maybe I‘m actually out? Who knows?

Thank you, @TheAromaofBooks for doing this, it‘s such fun!!

TheAromaofBooks So far I have read 24 books for Q3 with no sign of escape yet, so I'm jealous!! 😂 2w
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks I‘m on 30 for Q2……. 2w
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Burning in this Midnight Dream | Louise Bernice Halfe
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Poetry has just never been something I've gotten into but I really enjoyed listening to the discussion about this on the Storykeepers podcast.

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Time for another readathon hosted by @Andrew65 - this time, #SuperSeptember. My goal is to finish 4 books!

Andrew65 Best for luck 😁 3w
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Talaga combines amazing journalistic skills with wonderful story-telling skills to weave an incredible book that should be required reading for every Canadian. How are we in 2022 and still haven't addressed so many of the issues this book details? And how is the Thunderbay police force still such a complete dumpster fire?!

Thank you to the Storykeepers Podcast for surfacing this and so many other wonderful books by Indigenous authors for my TBR.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I've been hesitating to pick this up because it's gotten such a buzz around it and I've found myself underwhelmed by recent buzzy books but this one didn't disappoint. Wilkerson had such good pacing to keep you turning pages and the story was crafted so wonderfully. Eleanor's story was so compelling and bittersweet - and learning it alongside her children as they grieved was a beautiful way for it to unfold.

Ruthiella It‘s great when a book lives up to the hype! 😃 3w
marleed I loved this book! 3w
janeycanuck @Ruthiella Yes - there‘s nothing worse than you‘re all “meh” when everyone else thinks something is the best thing ever written! 3w
janeycanuck @marleed I hope she writes more, it was so good! 3w
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The Nest meets Sexy Rich Asians meets Dial A for Aunties.

slategreyskies Love the candle! :) 3w
janeycanuck @slategreyskies Isn‘t it great? 🔥 3w
CuriousG I just scored this at a thrift store. Very excited to read it! 3w
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"N" is for Noose | Sue Grafton
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For me, this was one of the more clever instalments from Grafton. There was some great tension created halfway through the book, which I haven't found to be typical from the Kinsey Millhone books so that was also a nice change of pace.

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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I really did not understand the hype about this one while I was in Part 1. Sure, it was fine but it was nothing special. Then I got to Part 2. Nice work, Ms. Chen.

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Gutter Child | Jael Richardson
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Not a genre I typically go for so most of this wasn't really my cup of tea but the writing was clear & easy and Richardson clearly shines when it comes to character development.

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File this under "Fascinating" and "Why Didn't I Read This Years Ago"

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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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Hmmmm... This was maybe a bit more graphic than I feel comfortable with when it comes to teenagers (it makes me feel a little gross reading relatively explicit stuff with teens - sorry, not sorry) Putting that aside, this was light summer reading that was heavy on teenage drama so felt more YA-ish. But add in the open door bits and it's definitely not YA... This book maybe just needed to decide what kind of book it wanted to be.

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So this starts out and you think "okay, the Sacklers aren't all bad, they went about things the wrong way but they were trying to do good!" and then you read the next chapter and the next chapter and it just goes downhill and by the end, there's no justifying anything they did.

There's a quote in this book from a US congressman saying he wasn't aware if there was a family in America more evil than the Sacklers. I don't see how that can't be true.

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Murder on the Red River | Marcie R Rendon
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It took me a few restarts to get into the groove of the narration - and I thought for a bit that I'd have to switch to print - but once that clicked, this was a compelling listen. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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The Vanished Bride | Bella Ellis
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Oops. Went a little overboard on my first in-person visit to Book Outlet in years.

merelybookish Looks like it's as dangerous as the website. 🙂 4w
janeycanuck @merelybookish It is! It‘s a good thing it‘s over an hour away 💸 4w
LeafingThroughLife Nice haul! Book Outlet is clearly dangerous in all its forms. 😆 4w
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janeycanuck @LeafingThroughLife There were 3 of us. We had a completely filled grocery cart between us. Much damage was done to bank accounts today. 3w
mcctrish Book Outlet is amazing and dangerous 🤣🤣🤣 3w
janeycanuck @mcctrish Yup! I undid all the hard work I‘ve been doing this year reading down my TBR in under 2 hours!!! 3w
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101 Ways to Go Zero Waste | Kathryn Kellogg
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A good primer but not much beyond the stuff most people are always well-aware of.

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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Ruth Ware has the best twists. I was convinced early on that a certain character was the murderer and was so pleased with myself when Ware started taking us down that path. And then just like *that* she not only left the path but she catapulted to a path I didn‘t think could even exist. Such good fall reading!!

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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How is it September already?! We‘ve had a busy summer with a kitchen reno but I‘m really hoping this month is quieter and I can get through a good chunk of my #SeptemberTBR. A couple of these have been languishing since last year but I‘ve been pretty good about getting through 4+ of my #readmyowndamnbooks books and keeping my book box books sorta under control… At least the library holds have stopped flooding in!

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Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore | Patric Richardson, Karin B. Miller
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This was so informative and while I wouldn't suggest listening to the audio, Richardson has an incredibly charming voice for narration. But because there are sections of this that are more list/encyclopedia-type passages, audio isn't going to be terrible useful. I have ordered my own hard copy and am looking forward to going back through it again.

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It was #mummydaughterbookclub tonight with this lovely little book that I summed up as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo meets The Thirteenth Tale meets Weekend At Bernie‘s.

JamieArc Wow. This sounds interesting with those comparisons! 1mo
BiblioLitten That‘s a cool book club and what @JamieArc said too! 1mo
janeycanuck @JamieArc it‘s not dark like The Thirteenth Tale but there is a bit of the aspect of trying to figure out something about the author‘s past. 1mo
janeycanuck @BiblioLitten We‘ve done it for a few years now - my mom, my sister and I each pick a book that we unveil at Mother‘s Day and then we take turns picking a restaurant to discuss each of the books throughout the year. 1mo
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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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This isn't a funny book, it's a book with funny moments - and I need publishers to stop claiming books with funny moments here and there are funny. Anyway. It was still a good book but I don't think fits how it was billed at all.

BiblioLitten I have a problem with that too. Eleanor Oliphant is often referred to as romantic and witty. It is so much more than that. In fact the romance is almost zero. There are lots of triggers too. 1mo
Megabooks Agree with this!! 1mo
janeycanuck @BiblioLitten @Megabooks just bill the book as what it is! Making it out to be something it‘s not just leads to disappointment. 1mo
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Was it blasphemous to read this in print instead of audio? Yes. Did I still enjoy it? Yes.

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I tore through Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting and loved it so dug this off the shelf where it's been languishing far longer than it should have. I definitely preferred Iona but this was a very strong debut. It gave me Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine crossed with The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper vibes.

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And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou
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Poetry just isn‘t my thing…

SleepyDragon She also wrote amazing autobiographies. 🙂 1mo
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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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I‘ve made it to the halfway point for my #AwesomeAugust goal. With being out most of the day tomorrow, hitting my 3000 pages isn‘t looking good but I‘m feeling pretty accomplished just at this halfway point!

Ruthiella Still, 1540 pages is pretty impressive!😃 2mo
Andrew65 Still a great total 👏👏👏 1mo
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Very interesting but also hard to get through until the second half when van Gogh started painting.

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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Shari Lapena's brain somewhat alarms me. An absolute page turner in the vein of rich people problems with entirely unlikeable characters - so perfect hot summer day reading!

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Fellowship Point: A Novel | Alice Elliott Dark
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This had too much going on in it... While all of the various stories were interesting, I was just overwhelmed with everything that was going on. For me, the best storyline was Agnes and her writing career - I would have really loved to focus on just that.

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I much preferred the first half to the second, which feet really slow and like a completely different book from the first half. Also, am I the one who started out loving Sadie and being annoyed by Sam only to love Sam and be annoyed by Sadie by the end?

sprainedbrain That was my experience with these characters too. 2mo
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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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Very late with my #AugustTBR because I was supposed to pick up a couple of library holds at the beginning of the month but one seems to have gotten lost between branches? Poor book…

Anyway. July wasn‘t a great reading month between work and starting a kitchen reno so the stack is high this month. But I‘m nearly done the to-do list for this weekend and am just going to veg with books!

DisneyFan Americanah and Salt are both great. I am proud to own both.Looking forward to your review of Hidden Life of Trees, that‘s been on my TBR forever. (edited) 2mo
janeycanuck @DisneyFan oh, I‘ve been putting them both off for so long - Americanah because of the length and Salt because I‘m worried it‘ll be slow. I‘m really looking forward to the Hidden Life of Trees, though! 2mo
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I‘ve been so overloaded the last few weeks and haven‘t spent nearly as much time with books as my mental health needs so what good timing for #AwesomeAugust, hosted by @Andrew65

I‘m going to jump into the deep end with a goal of 3000 pages. This could be interesting…

kspenmoll Best wishes on your reading endeavor! 2mo
Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 2mo
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Oh, this was such a charming, heart-warming little read. It gave me the same vibes as Phaedra Patrick or Abbi Waxman, which are some of my favourite reading vibes. Every character was just so loveable (even Piers!) and I loved how everything came together, it was such a sweet, lovely book. I still don't miss commuting, though.

BooknerdsLife What a cute cover 😍 2mo
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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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Who keeps buying all these damn books?!? Oh. Wait. That‘d be me.

KristiAhlers That would be you winning! 2mo
janeycanuck @KristiAhlers Haha - my bookshelves would disagree!! 2mo
BiblioLitten My kinda stack! 🙌🏼 2mo
janeycanuck @BiblioLitten I‘m very excited for so many of them!! 2mo
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Beautiful quotation marks, where are you

JamieArc 😂😂 2mo
janeycanuck @JamieArc WOULD IT KILL HER TO MARK DIALOGUE?! I just can‘t with her anymore… 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!! This drives me crazy!! 2mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
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The Beach Trap | Ali Brady
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Mostly light & fun & unrealistic but good summer reading with a couple of cute little romance side plots in addition to the main story.

AkashaVampie Haha love the candle 2mo
janeycanuck @AkashaVampie isn‘t it hilarious? It‘s a company local to me, all the labels are like that. It‘s called The Copper Bell. 2mo
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"M" is for Malice | Sue Grafton
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I'm really enjoying the character development that's happening for Kinsey alongside the main plot of the last few books in this series. This one has an excellent, interesting mystery to go along with it - I can't actually remember feeling so sad about the body that turns up in any of the previous books.