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Jas16

Joined April 2016

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The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
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Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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After over a week in the hospital (I am on the mend and better every day) this was the first book to hold my attention. Two sisters are barely getting by while taking care of their terminally ill mother when a bear appears in their lives. Each sister reacts differently to the danger in ways that might reveal more than their feelings about nature. I flew through this book but its impact lingers. I think there will be a lot to discuss in #camplitsy.

BarbaraBB What a wonderful review. I am halfway through now and enjoying it too. Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹 4h
kspenmoll I hope you heal soon. Glad you had a good book to get you through. 💛 2h
CBee Omg Jen! I‘m so sorry you‘ve been ill. So glad you‘re on the mend ♥️ 1h
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I don‘t know if my expectations were too high or it was the fact I read this while I bed with pneumonia (yes 2024 really hates me) but this didn‘t fully work for me. June is deliciously unlikeable and Kuang managed to create tension even when I wasn‘t fully invested. Glad I finally read it but I appreciated it more than I liked it. #autheramonth

Soubhiville I hope you are fully recovered soon! 2w
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Coming Home | Brittney Griner, Michelle Burford
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Another book I likely never would‘ve picked up without the Litsy reviews I read and just would have missed out. I found this audiobook fascinating. I really didn‘t know anything at all about Griner until her Russian arrest so I learned a lot about who she is alongside the story of her arrest and Russian imprisonment. Her story was moving as well as just being really interesting. Definitely recommend.

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I love a well done epistolary novel and stories about Arctic exploration so the fact that this languished unread on my shelves for so long is a head scratcher. I am glad #24in2024 made me pick it up because I liked it so much more than I even expected especially reading about Sophie , the wife left at home who was ends up being the most dynamic character of them all.

Texreader Oh my gosh I loved this book! It needs a reread! 3w
tpixie Sounds wonderful. Is it as great as 3w
Jas16 @tpixie I haven‘t read that one yet but need to. 3w
tpixie @Jas16 it is lovely 3w
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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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When tragedy changes the trajectory of his life, Saul Indian Horse is sent to a residential school introducing him to racism and cruelty that will haunt him the rest of his life. A rare talent for hockey gives him a chance for happiness but some things cannot be out-skated. This book manages to be both brutal and easy to read. An undoubtedly important story. #24in2024

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My Darkest Prayer | S.A. Cosby
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I always enjoy exploring an author‘s backlist and seeing how their skills have developed. Former Marine, former Sheriff‘s deputy, current funeral worker, Nathan Waymaker is no stranger to handling difficult situations. When asked to look into the suspicious death of a local minister things get precarious quickly. This book may not have the magic of All the Sinners Bleed but you can see sprinklings of the author Cosby would become.
#authoramonth

Suet624 Totally agree with your last line. 1mo
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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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An actress who lives in London goes to back to Palestine to visit her sister and ends up taking part in a production of Hamlet. Slow moving but often intense, I liked this but wish I had gone with a print version over audio.

Suet624 I can imagine. 1mo
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The Spellshop | Sarah Beth Durst
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This book was like a bubble bath with a pint of Ben & Jerry‘s after a long day- sweet and relaxing and exactly what I needed. I think I liked it more than I did Legends & Lattes but I was also very much in the mood for this when I picked it up.

LiteraryinLawrence More than Legends and Lattes?? Whoa, I‘m totally stacking this! 1mo
Jas16 @LiteraryinLawrence To be fair, I didn‘t love Legends and Lattes as much as everyone else did so my opinion may mean nothing 1mo
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Maybe when I was sick for what feels like the millionth time this year was not the best time to start a 600 page novel about the Vietnam war. I just can‘t see trying again.
#24in2024

Ruthiella Read this one instead- shorter but also from a Vietnam veteran turned writer: 1mo
Jas16 @Ruthiella I have read and loved that one! 1mo
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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When my library hold came in sooner than expected I had other titles I was in the middle of, so I sat down intending to just read a few pages and didn‘t get up again until the book was finished. This wasn‘t my first book by Everett but I was still dazzled by how his books seem so effortlessly brilliant and heartbreaking; and yet still somehow funny. This man is a marvel and this book will definitely be one of my favorites of the year.

sarahbarnes Can‘t wait for this one! 2mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I really liked the first part of this book about an inexperienced nurse who decides to enlist and serve in Vietnam. The second half fell into what I have found to be a common issue I have with Kristin Hannah where she takes things, often her romantic subplots, too far, verging on melodrama. This could have been an impactful read but I found myself taken out of the story repeatedly by something that made me roll my eyes.

Suet624 Exactly how I felt. 2mo
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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I have often said that if I were to write a novel I would want to explore my grandmother‘s life and everything she faced that turned her into the woman she became. Perhaps because of that I was predisposed to really enjoy this book that tackles the life of the author‘s own grandmother, a woman restless in the life that society allows her. The audio version was well done and I raced through this one.

Aims42 This sounds so good! Insta-stacked 🤩 2mo
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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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I cannot say no to historical fiction set in a bookstore. I really liked the this story of three underestimated women trying to help a struggling shop unstuck the end when everything was resolved so quickly and easily it was jarring. #fourfoursin24 #retailgrayscale

Lauredhel I too am a sucker for bookshop books. I haven't read any so far this year... Ended up choosing a book of poetry with a B&W cover for this prompt. We shall have a nearly-halfway catchup soon 2mo
CatLass007 Books about books, bookstores, and libraries. Completely irresistible. 2mo
CatLass007 Or cats. Also irresistible. 2mo
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Told in two alternating time lines one focusing on bi-racial teenager Alva who is growing up in Shanghai but desperately wants to live in America and compromises by attending an Expat school. The other focuses on Li Fang a married man expecting his first child but has always wished for more. There are no likeable characters here but we are made to understand them and care for them nonetheless. I appreciated this addition to the Women‘s Prize list.

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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When this book first came out I skipped it because I had no desire to read about a Ponzi scheme. Thanks to #authoramonth I decided to give it a try and I really liked it. Yes,there is a Ponzi scheme in these pages but also so much more as we meet several brilliantly rendered characters, whose lives cross each other‘s sometimes briefly and sometimes not. I was ensnared by the weaving of their stories and enjoyed every moment of it.

5feet.of.fury I LOVED this book! I was so glad no one tried to explain the plot to me because I probably wouldn‘t have read it 😅 2mo
Bookwormjillk I had to read this one twice before I properly appreciated it. 2mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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This collection of short vignettes shows a child and her grandmother throughout a summer on a Finnish island. Another gentle read, but beautifully descriptive and full of humor and heart.
#24in2024

LeahBergen It‘s a lovely read. 🥰 2mo
lil1inblue I really enjoyed reading this one. 😍 2mo
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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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I am so behind on reviews it isn‘t even funny. I have been battling yet another horrible cough and just haven‘t felt like reviewing. I will start my slow catch up with this book that is seemingly with a plot, just following the life of an ordinary man in a small town. Like Jayber himself, this book is more than it seems. A nice book to curl up with when you want a softer read. #24in2024

Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Feel better! Wendell Berry is a treasure! 2mo
youneverarrived Hope you feel better 💕 2mo
SpellboundReader Hope the cough goes away soon. 2mo
Jas16 @Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived Thank you all. The cough finally seems to be diminishing. 2mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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I owe a massive thank you to the Women‘s Prize for putting this book on my radar because I absolutely loved it. Sashi is a beautifully rendered character who wants to become a doctor and help others. When Sri Lanka explodes into civil war she tries to balance that need to help, the love she feels for her family and friends, and the violent changes taking place around her. Not a book I expected to have a hard time putting down but I really did.

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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Well, this took a turn didn‘t it? A seemingly straightforward story about two music obsessed friends twists into a fever dream about cultural appropriation halfway through. Unsettling and challenging , this kept me on my toes. #24in2024

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Got together with friends yesterday and received the best belated birthday present- a clock that has a quote from a book for each minute of the day. Love it so much!

Lcsmcat Cool! 3mo
Meshell1313 That‘s awesome! 😍 3mo
Reggie Very cool! 3mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Scottish minister leaves his wife behind and sets off to a remote island intending to evict its lone inhabitant. This atmospheric book is just beautifully written. It was a little too slim for me. I could have used at least another 150 pages. That said, I have not stopped thinking about it since I finished reading it two days ago.

JamieArc I‘m hoping this one makes our #CampLitsy24 list! 3mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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For those of you reading the #womensprize long list, this ebook eis on sale in the US. If my library hold hadn‘t come in last night I would definitely be snagging it at that. price.

ChaoticMissAdventures This one has been my favorite so far! 3mo
Tamra Thank you! 3mo
charl08 Nice! 3mo
Deblovestoread I‘m loving this so far at about 30%. 3mo
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The Colour of Milk | Nell Leyshon
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The sense of foreboding in the slim book was so well done! I worried at every turn of the page. Mary is sent off by her father to work for the Vicar and help take care of his ailing wife. Although the home she left was harsh and full of backbreaking labor she laments the lack of choice she is given. I won‘t lie, this book was bleak but I thought it was really effective. #24in2024

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My second book by Ozeki and she just isn‘t for me. I really wanted to finish this one for #authoramonth but was finding too many creative reasons to avoid picking it back up.

AmyG I thought it was me but I agree with you. I did read it but I have no desire to read another of her books. 3mo
JenReadsAlot I ended up bailing on this one too 3mo
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A young girl is suspected of killing a younger child and an opportunistic journalist tries to gain information about the tragedy from her family. As he pries and cajoles we are given glimpses into their lives and realize there is was a string of everyday tragedies leading to the present day one. A well executed but bleak rumination.

vivastory I heard about this recently & thought it sounded interesting. 3mo
Suet624 Just grabbed this from the library. 3mo
sarahbarnes Just got this from the library too @Suet624 3mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes 👍🏻👊🏻👯 3mo
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The Wives: A Memoir | Simone Gorrindo
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In her memoir Simone writes about being a fish out of water in the company of the other wives of the Unit and her reservations about military life but never shies away from portraying the strength, sacrifice, and intense bonds that these women share. I appreciated the raw examination of her feelings, her marriage. and the struggles she faced when her husband was deployed. I found this really compelling.

TheBookHippie I really enjoyed this read. Compelling is the right word. 3mo
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Looking for a Sign | Susie Dumond
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As someone who is not especially into astrology I did not expect to be as charmed by this book as I was but I needed a book for #saturnpattern. The premise of someone ending a long term relationship and embarking on a challenge to date someone from each Zodiac sign before Saturn returns on her 29th birthday honestly seemed like it would be really silly but this was a cute, queer story that kept me thoroughly entertained.
Out 6/11 #fourfoursin24

Lauredhel Interesting, thanks for the rec! 3mo
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Robert Frost, a Tribute to the Source | Robert Frost, David Bradley
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My father passed away last Friday. He wasn‘t the type of dad who gave advice or had long talks with me about life. However not once did I ever doubt that he loved me. When I was in middle school and falling in love with poetry and discovering Robert Frost, he gave me this book one night out of the blue, proof that he paid attention to me and my interests in his way. Years later it remains one of the books I will never part with.

RebL Sorry about the passing of your father. This is a lovely connection. 4mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear about your dad. You have my condolences. ❤️ 4mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 4mo
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Tamra I‘m so sorry. 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau So sorry for your loss 🙏🏼 4mo
TheSpineView So sorry about your Dad.💔 4mo
marleed Oh, I am so sorry. Btw, I still have and cherish the book of Robert Frost poetry my late father gifted me when I was in elementary school. I had memorized a Rose is a Rose and he was so impressed that he gifted me the Robert Frost collection. 4mo
Suet624 I‘m so very sorry. 4mo
Deblovestoread I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 4mo
NatalieR I‘m sorry for the loss of your father. Thanks for sharing your connection with this book. I hope it provides you peace. 🕊️ 4mo
everlocalwest I have a book like that from my dad too, a wow 'I didn't realize you were listening all this time' moment. May we always take comfort in literature. All my best to you and yours; it's a loss so ordinary and yet unknowable. 💙 4mo
BarbaraBB So sorry for your loss loss. You‘ll miss his unconditional love ❤️ 4mo
IuliaC I am sorry for your loss. All my best to you, hope you overcome this difficult time 🤍 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this. Sending love to you ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
batsy I'm so sorry for your loss ❤️ 4mo
quietlycuriouskate So sorry about your dad. That's a truly special book you have there, then. ❤️ 4mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 4mo
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💗 4mo
youneverarrived So sorry 😔 sending lots of love ❤️ 4mo
Jess_Read_This I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences ❤️ (edited) 4mo
mrp27 What a wonderful treasure. So sorry for your loss. 4mo
Reggie Jennifer, I‘m so sorry. 4mo
The_Penniless_Author I'm so sorry for your loss. 💙 4mo
BookNAround I‘m so very sorry. 3mo
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Thank you Litsy for putting this book on my radar. I appreciated Blair‘s take on the need for men to take responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies. Succinct and thought provoking, I will be convincing everyone I can to read this.

Reggie There‘s this book I read that was sci-fi and had to do with parallel universes and in one of them there was a vasectomy subsidy that men could get if they chose to got snipped. It sounded like a cool option. 4mo
Jas16 @Reggie That is a cool idea. 4mo
Suet624 @Reggie great idea. 4mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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Set in Jamaica, a young Rastafarian boy comes home from school crying after his teacher cut off his dreads. His grandmother may be blind but she can see that this event will have serious repercussions. The story goes back and forth in time, giving us a deeper understanding of this town and the divides that bind but also separate its inhabitants. Miller manages a lot in less than 300 pages. #24in2024

BarbaraBB Great review. I‘ve been meaning to read this one for years 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacking. 4mo
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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My third book by Everett and I need to read everything he has written as soon as possible.

Tamra Isn‘t he incredibly imaginative?! 4mo
DHill Same! 4mo
Suet624 Same!! 4mo
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Like Happiness: A Novel | Ursula Villarreal-Moura
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When Tatum is approached by a journalist hoping for an interview about her experiences with an author recently accused of sexual assault she re-examines their past and realizes that their friendship was far from healthy and far from equal. Deftly written, it was easy to become immersed in this story and end up finishing it an afternoon. The ending fizzled for me, after so much build up, but i still really enjoyed it. Out 3/26

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Another new to me author thanks to #authoramonth and one I will definitely read more from. I flew through this book. It was the perfect plane read for the journey home. I was fully transported away from my cramped seat to drought ridden Australia as I worried more about Aaron Falk than I did about the mystery he was roped into trying to solve.

vonnie862 I just got this one so I'm glad to hear that it's good! 5mo
MaggieCarr Jane Harper is an auto read for me. Enjoy! 4mo
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In 1958, Lily reluctantly leaves school to be a debutante the last year they are to be presented to the Queen. She wants to please her mother and grandmother as she submits to the endless soirées and meam girls. She makes friends and loses friends as she uncovers secrets and discovers what is truly important. Slow moving at times but I found the glimpse into the lives of debutantes at the time interesting.

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Fangirl Down: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
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It has been a rough week so a book that took me away from it all and actually got me to chuckle was a gift. Tessa Bailey has been hit or miss for me but this story of a grumpy golfer whose career is spiraling hiring his only remaining fan as his caddie was very much a hit. Bailey is known for her steamy writing and that does not hold back here which those who prefer closed door romances should consider. #fourfoursin24 #steamydreamy

Ruthiella Hope next week is better. ❤️ Thank goodness for books! 5mo
Lauredhel Oh this one is on my TBR too. I hear you on needing light distraction - glad you found something to fit the bill 5mo
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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An unplanned for flight gave me the time to read my final #litsytob24 title. I reread 1984 in preparation for this and I am glad I did as I had forgotten so much about the book including how Julia was initially portrayed. I think that helped me appreciate this book and reading more fleshed out version of Julia. Still a dreary world to visit but I liked this addition to it.

BarbaraBB I maybe would have liked the book more if I had reread 1984 too but I didn‘t feel like it. 5mo
BarbaraBB Kudos for reading all the books 🙌🏽 5mo
squirrelbrain I read 1984 first too, as I couldn‘t recall it from the first time around, and I‘m glad I did. 5mo
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BarbaraBB @jas16 Please don‘t forget to vote! Just one day left before the start of the tournament 🤩 5mo
Jas16 @BarbaraBB sorry- was searching for my old gmail account but just went ahead and created a new one. 5mo
BarbaraBB Glad you voted! Did you need a Google account to vote? If so I need to change the settings because that shouldn‘t be necessary! 5mo
Jas16 @BarbaraBB yes. I couldn‘t vote without one 5mo
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The Librarianist: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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A #tob24 title that I was really looking forward to bur I found the lack of cohesion in the story off putting. Some sections I liked, one section I skimmed, and it just never came together for me and overall I was disappointed.

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I don‘t have the mental capacity currently to give this book the concentration it needs and no real desire to try again in the future. #litsytob24

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
AmyG Yep 5mo
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Hotel Du Lac | Anita Brookner
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Edith has been sent to a hotel during the off season to give time for the dust to settle back home. At first she is an observer of the other guests but then is slowly drawn into their orbit, piecing together their stories as the reader pieces together hers. I loved the way this story weaved itself together and how I didn‘t care much for Edith until I suddenly adored her. #24in2024

LeahBergen Wonderful review! I love this book. ❤️ 5mo
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An older woman ends up caring for a parrot and living with a younger man she does not know during COVID isolation. That is the brief synopsis but this book takes us through all of her tangential thoughts on aging, writing, loneliness, Joan Didion and so forth and so on. I enjoyed this short audiobook but there wasn‘t enough heft to the story or her ruminations to make this stick with me. A light pick. #fourfoursin24 #garrotparrot

Lauredhel You found a parrot cover! Well done 5mo
Suet624 Oooh, I forgot about this book. I need to find it. Great review. 5mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I went into this fully forewarned and was still emotionally devastated. Am I glad I read it? Yes. I think these characters will live in my head for years to come. I am, however, putting a warning label on the cover before I send it on to my sister.
#24in2024

AmyG Yep. This book will never leave you. 5mo
Jilly6183 I read this probably 6-8 years ago and I still think of it regularly and my heart breaks again. It‘s very weird to recommend to people. “Hey read this book, it‘s long and it will wreck you forever, but trust me on this one?” 5mo
squirrelbrain What @AmyG said. I‘m the same @Jilly6183 - people ask me what my ‘favourite‘ book is and I always say this one, but also that it‘s simultaneously the best and worst book I‘ve ever read. 5mo
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AmyG @Jilly6183 Ha! Exactly. I tell people it‘s the saddest book I ever read and it‘s wonderful? @Squirrel It‘s in my top 3. 5mo
sarahbarnes Wholeheartedly agree. 5mo
Reggie I get soooo mad with the name of the book sections. Like The Happy Years and the way that one ends. I looked up from reading that book and yelled at the Hanya I had made up in my mind. What the effff Hanya!!!!!! Lol, I hope you had something sweet afterwards. 5mo
Suet624 Agree with everyone about this book. 5mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Gotta love the random things you find in used books. What is the strangest thing you have ever found in one?

Chelsea.Poole I work in a library and we find all sorts of items. Used Qtips take the cake for the absolute worst 🤢 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Last week we found a birth announcement from the late 60s…Which is far from the oldest found! But we hope we‘ll be able to reunite the announcement with the “baby” it‘s announcing! 5mo
AmyG Omg 😳 5mo
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Jas16 @Chelsea.Poole Qtips?! that is disgusting. Who would do that?! But reuniting the baby with birth announcement would be sweet. 5mo
Suet624 Yikes! Qtips! 5mo
Ruthiella Only plane tickets, receipts, postcards, the usual. Never an X-ray! 😳 5mo
Lcsmcat I once found a business plan for a snow cone stand in a library book. 5mo
Jas16 @Lcsmcat I hope they were still able to open it! 5mo
Jas16 @Ruthiella That is what I typically find too. 5mo
Reggie Are you reading this right now? Let me know so I can light a candle for you. Lol 5mo
Jas16 @Reggie I am. I was just commenting (complaining) to a coworker that I had been forewarned and had no one to blame but myself but my god is this book devastating. 5mo
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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Vampyre Misery agrees to an arraigned marriage to Were alpha, Lowe, in the hopes of bringing peace to the two warring species but also to find answers she desperately needs. I needed a fun diversion this weekend and Hazelwood delivered with a great heroine, plenty of steam, and some interesting world building. I had some minor quibbles but overall hope she makes this a series.
#fourfoursin24 #lupinegoldmine

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A woman caring for her lifelong best friend while she is in hospice. While this book does not hold back on the tears and grief there is also laughter and the general messiness of life. As much as Ash frustrated me at times I still found myself wishing for a friend like her. Great on audio,

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Arcadia | Lauren Groff
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Taking place in four periods, this book focuses on Bit, first born child of a late 60s commune. We see Bit‘s life both growing up in Arcadia and dealing with the aftermath of commune life. As a result of his chaotic childhood Bit spends his life wanting to care for everyone around him. He idealizes the past despite seeing the toll it has taken on everyone. Yet through it all many stayed connected despite wildly diverging paths. #authoramonth

Lauredhel You're making great progress! 5mo
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Canadian Boyfriend | Jenny Holiday
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This was the type of audiobook that makes me walk a few extra blocks so that I can keep listening - great narration and a story that is sweet but not lacking in emotional oomph. Both characters learn some hard lessons on their journey and I always love well done character growth. What I didn‘t love was the blown out of proportion conflict. It was frustrating not necessary at all. #fourfoursin24 #balletcrochet

Lauredhel \o/ 5mo
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I want to delve into more of Rash‘s backlist since his latest book was one of my favorite reads of 2023. A sheriff on the verge of retirement becomes ensnared in one last case that complicates relationships important to him. This is my third book of his and the one I have liked the least but I am still so enamored with the way he writes. His characters were vivid as was the sense of place, I was just underwhelmed by the mystery at its center.

BarbaraBB I am going to read this author too because of you and @Megabooks reviews. I have The Caretaker on my shelves ! 6mo
Lauredhel A shame the mystery was disappointing, but I'm glad the rest was enjoyable. 6mo
Jas16 @BarbaraBB I really loved that book and hope that you do too. 6mo
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It took me awhile to become entranced by this one which was not helped by the fact that at first part of this book is almost verbatim the end of Bodies of Light. While this wasn‘t my favorite of Moss‘s books I did end up very much entranced and wanted more and more of Ally‘s life ( I could have done with less of Tom‘s journey). I am ready to buy all of books she has written. 2024 may end up the year of Sarah Moss for me.

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Bailedbailed

I‘m disappointed to be bailing on one of my #24in2024 selections but it has been on my shelves for over seven years so removing it is still a victory of sorts. The way that this book was written was really fun but I just wasn‘t connecting.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
BethM I liked this one but bailed at book two. 6mo
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Jas16
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Pickpick

I keep going back and forth on my rating for this one. I think I appreciate this book more upon reflection than I actually enjoyed reading it. I expected more of a mystery and liked that it was a much more than that but had issues with the pacing and found the narrator really annoying. An unlikable character can be great but I really needed a break from her. A light pick. #litsytob24

BarbaraBB One I still need to read. I will temper my expectations! 6mo
squirrelbrain I agree - I liked it but there were some issues too. 6mo
Megabooks I really was tired of her by the end! This was definitely bottom half of the choices for me. Nice review! 6mo
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