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javadiva

javadiva

Joined May 2016

📕Audiobooks📗historical fiction📘psych📙picture books 📚I get to play librarian & get paid for it!!
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Girl from Venice | Martin Cruz Smith
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I received this book from Goodreads and haven't dedicated time to devour it. Last night I made the commitment and stopped where it has become a love story. Even though the phrase "love story" is on the jacket, I didn't believe it and I'm still finding it hard to believe. So let's see where this goes!

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This book wasn't quite what I expected & some things were left unexplained, which drives me nuts when they're irrelevant details. I wouldn't say it was a ghost story, but it had that element & when the mystery was solved...it rained roses. It was very Hallmark movie.

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Beyond the Bright Sea | Lauren Wolk
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This juvenile fiction book surpassed my expectations. I fell in love with the characters & their relationships with each other. Extremely touching and beautiful and suspense and mystery mixed in. One of my favorite books I've read this year.

[DELETED] 206653737 What a beautiful cover! 3y
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I only grabbed this off the shelf because the theme song from PBS Masterpiece Mystery! started playing in my head. My favorite theme song and show intro ever. Love that Edward Gorey!!

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ that cover! 3y
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The Two-Family House: A Novel | Lynda Cohen Loigman
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The author not only followed me but also DMed me on IG tonight! 😱 😍 I just love down to earth authors, don't you?
I told her how I included this in a reader's advisory for a library patron who returned to say how much she enjoyed this book. Lynda replied with a gracious thank you.
Satisfaction of a job well done. 👍 #happyreaders

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Help me pick which book to read next!
Keeper of Lost Things
The Girls in the Garden
The One in a Million Boy

scripturient I really liked The Keeper of Lost Things. :) 3y
Librariana That's one I've been very curious about, too! - 3y
javadiva @scripturient @libriana Good! I made the right choice! And ? for short chapters that suck me in. "I'll just read this next chapter, it's only 4 pages...oh and he next chapter it's only 6...and so on." ? 3y
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Look who I got to meet Monday!!! Over the moon! I devoured this book faster than any of her others. And I'm looking forward to her next one so much! We even got to try Pu-er at the event! Lisa is down to earth, gracious & funny! If you have never read her books, I recommend all of them but Peony in Love.

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It's here!! Planning on reading my Friday away.

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You Will Not Have My Hate | Antoine Leiris
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Those of us who have grieved a close loved one can see the raw honesty in Leiris words. It is a brief account, making it bearable to read. And a "sobber," but not in a pitying way. I felt Leiris love for his wife and son in each word. That is what left the deepest impression on me.

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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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No plot, no twist, no character development. Just a "pretty sentence" book.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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I never would have chosen to have read a sci-fi had it not been for this popping up in my feed here and there. I'm so happy I'm giving it a go, this is one of the funniest books I've read and it's so mild for SF, I don't feel like I have no idea what's going on. Although that could change. Time travel is hard to follow for me sometimes.

Reviewsbylola I can't wait to read this! 3y
LittlePixels I always thought I didn't like sci-fi, but I've had to revise my thinking with books like this, The Martian, etc. I still don't like some sub-genres of sci-fi, but I was too quick to throw the baby out with the bath water. 😉 3y
LittlePixels @Reviewsbylola Highly recommended! This was one of my favorites this year, so far! It reminded me a lot of Dark Matter, which I also loved. ❤️❤️ 3y
javadiva @LittlePixels I haven't read The Martian, and as much as I loved this book and plan on listening to it now, I don't think I'm still ready for SF. 😬 3y
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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton

Picked this for my work's book genre study. It's short and beautifully written, partly prose. I hadn't heard of Margaret Cavendish before. Known for her work and her prominence as England's first recognized woman scientist argued strongly for the education of women and for their involvement in scientific pursuits.

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Hello #JaneAusten fans! Can you help an IG friend (@emmavanwoerkompoet) out? Spread the word! Thanks so much! #prideandprejudice #persuasion #mansfieldpark #senseandsensibility

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It's 60 here south of Chicago. It's January! I'm not staying inside any longer. Taking this audiobook for a walk.

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Top shelf priority is getting through this beast during the #24in48 readathon. I have to finish this by Wednesday!

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I was hesitant about this book, but now I regret not starting it sooner. It is like having a therapist for a good friend talking over coffee. I have been taking so many notes, shedding tears, shouting in agreement. I am so surprised how much Burroughs gets it. As a grieving parent, the chapter on loss has been balm to my aching heart.

Louise I remember enjoying this book very much when I read it. He is unflinching in his observation of things! 3y
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The One Man: A Novel | Andrew Gross
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I cannot "put this book down." (I'm listening to it.) I have read many holocaust books, but something about this one, maybe because there is the addition of the US govt involved, and maybe because it's a mystery, or that Portugal is included...these elements for a holocaust novel are new to me and have sucked me in.

Bookladylinda I like Andrew Gross, I will be stacking this one! 3y
javadiva @Bookladylinda It was SO good!! 3y
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This afternoon I opened the book right to this page! What are the chances? It was all about when he sat in to broadcast a game in 1987 and relayed the game just like a fan watching from home. So funny!!! #flythew #gocubsgo

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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👍 I had no idea who George Saunders was before litsy. I have found so many great books here. I love that he is also the narrator. He is so funny! Victory Lap had me in fits. Can't wait to hear the rest.

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The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
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I have been lost in this wonderful story & don't want to come back! This is a true gem I accidentally stumbled upon and it just keeps getting better with each chapter. It's told from two character's POV: a young Irish indentured servant orphan taken in by a slave family and the older girl of the slave family in the late 1700s in Williamsburg.
I'm so happy this story continues in her Glory Over Everything.

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Maybe in Another Life: A Novel | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I was happy to discover this here on litsy and happy to have read this. A unique read to me. It was fun with the back and forth between her story.
But yeah...the cinnamon rolls. Alright already!!

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Sorry, but I did not find this spooky at all! That was a little let down but I really enjoyed this book! And I was blown away by how beautifully Shirley writes.
This story sucked me in from the first page & I felt like I was walking with Merricat, experiencing everything she did.

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This October I'm reading a spooky one! Really excited about this one. #scaretober

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I was so impressed by how the author wrote about oppression through a young child's eyes. I didn't expect to feel adrenaline and fear for the people running towards freedom. Burg opened my eyes to what it could have been like to try to survive in a swamp. And now I want to read everything about the maroons.

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Have you read this? My NF book club will be discussing it at the end of the month.

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Jane, the Fox & Me | Fanny Britt
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The character overlays her favorite story Jane Eyre onto her life in a self-deprecating way, yet adding humor to deal with awkwardness and low self-image. Anyone who dealt with those topics when younger will see the beauty and find healing in this book. One of my favorites this year.

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Food: A Love Story | Jim Gaffigan
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The only book I finished during #24in48 and I didn't laugh as much as in his Dad is Fat. I loved discovering Jim is my kindred cheese spirit. Now I'm on the hunt for some St Agur blue cheese! Bippity-boppity-bacon!

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Choose Your Own Autobiography | Neil Patrick Harris
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I missed my goal by 2 hours. Last night I accidentally reset the stopwatch, so I finished with 10 hours for this readathon. Finished 1 book & started 2. #24in48 Looking forward to trying again in January!

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I may be a bit biased towards this quote. Go, libraries! #24in48

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This is my favorite series! Best audiobook series to listen to! Jayne Entwistle adds such spicy humorous spunk to Flavia's character, I find myself giggling at the pranks she plays on her sisters amongst the snarky dialogue exchanged. I adore Jayne's voice. #24in48

Reviewsbylola I only read the first two books but I thought Flavia was so cute and I love her spunk! 3y
Kmmsellers Love this series! I read the first two. But am now listening to the others. 3y
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Shining Through | Susan Isaacs
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Shining Through is one of my favorites bc I love espionage stories set in WWII. Liam Neeson with his awesome accent would have to do this audiobook, seeing as he was also in the movie. #24in48

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Ha! This made me chuckle. The Mermaid's Secret/Mess/Somewhere in France #24in48 I hate having secrets lost in France!

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My beautiful #24in48 stack for summer 2016!

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At the Edge of Summer | Jessica Brockmole
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I felt separation anxiety every day I couldn't read this novel. I was sucked in, head over heels from the beginning and it was one of the best endings I've ever read. Probably my 2nd favorite book of the year so far.

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My first goodreads win. And just in time for #24in48!

MyBookLife That is good timing!! 3y
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Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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After 150 pages of nothing happening I had to break up with it. So sad. I had such expectations. Moving on to better reads.

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At the Edge of Summer | Jessica Brockmole
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So excited to start this! The writing is exquisite. My brain wants to read the girl in a Scottish accent and the boy in a French accent but it hurts my head! Haha

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A mouse eating a cat?! You have cat to be kitten me right meow.
All the illustrations are gingerbread cookies! I love the history of Christopher Ludwick in Philadelphia.

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Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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140 pages in and I'm waiting for something to happen. Relating to the character's new job angst & feeling like she's out of her league is not helping my nerves either.

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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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This is one of my favorite reads this year. I had no idea how precious of a story this is. The interview with the author & her son point out how Terabithia is a creation of the reader, not the writer. I recommend listening to this so you can hear the interview.

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Trying to get through my 3rd Erik Larson book. This one isn't living up to the hype. Maybe because I couldn't care less about buildings. Maybe the 3rd part will balance itself out.

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Flotsam | David Wiesner
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I just discovered Flotsam and it has given me goosebumps.

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I don't think that cookie is good enough. Oops, I judge.

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Awwwwww all the squishy warm feelings!!

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Perhaps my favorite pair.

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I'm waiting for a few holds that apparently many others are too...so I grabbed what was available. I am having a hard time caring about the characters. The conversations are not very believable. And not enough details about what the city was like during the fair. Or the fair itself.

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Late for School | Steve Martin
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This is more than a read aloud and book on cd--it's Steve singing an awesome song & playing away on his banjo. Just when I want to swoon, he has me cracking up. And the illustrator catches the best facial expressions in a Norman Rockwell style.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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My latest read. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for Caroline's romance. I cried twice in this story.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I enjoyed Kasia's story more than I thought I would. But I didn't enjoy Catherine's story leading up to the end. Her romance with Paul was a big waste of time IMO for what was already lengthy.