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kwmg40

Joined April 2017

I love mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. I‘m mathgirl40 at LibraryThing and BookCrossing. 🇨🇦
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A low pick. A bit slow at times, but has loads of interesting facts about sheep. The author provides many historical details related to the raising of sheep for food and wool, and discusses environmental and political issues that are relevant today.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 52. Farfetch'd: Set in the countryside)

PuddleJumper Aww that cover! 1w
kwmg40 @PuddleJumper It's adorable, isn't it? 😍 1w
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I loved this story about a 4-year-old Indigenous girl who goes missing. The story that evolves is both intriguing and moving. Highly recommended!

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 21. Karrablast Blue cover)

PuddleJumper 💙💙 1w
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Still catching up with reviews from the past weeks. I really enjoyed rereading this book, one of my favourites, with commentary from @BarkingMadRun and the #HashTagBrigade.

I also rewatched the classic Hitchcock adaptation recently and it was interesting comparing the book and movie.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 59. Mimiky: Re-read a favourite book)

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1w
BarkingMadRead I‘ve never seen that cover before! So cool! 1w
kwmg40 @BarkingMadRun This was the cover for the e-audiobook that I borrowed from the library. I thought I'd try audio for this reread. I also have a very old print copy, but the cover is a solid colour, so too boring to post! 1w
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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Catching up with reviews. I'd finished this a couple of weeks ago with #ClassicLSFBC and enjoyed it very much. It's a well-paced and thought-provoking read with themes typical of sci-fi from the Cold War era.
@RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I really enjoyed this story and loved the characters. I told my daughter, “When your Dad and I can't live independently anymore, can you find me a luxury senior's home where the residents solve mysteries and drink lots of wine?“

#AwesomeApril @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 47: Polteageist, Cosy mystery)

kwmg40 I'm using this for prompt 25 (An author “everyone“ has read except you) of #52bookclub because almost everyone I know has recommended this book to me.

One recommendation was from my daughter's friend. I asked, “Why would young people be interested in a series featuring senior citizens?“ His reply; “I like to think that, when I'm that old, my life would be just as interesting as those of the characters,“ which I thought was lovely!
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Librarybelle I plan to read this one soon! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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The Demoniacs | John Dickson Carr
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A low pick for me. The story was so-so but I liked the 18th-century London setting of this historical mystery and its references to real-life characters.

I'm using this for prompt 2 (Bibliosmia: A smelly book) of #52bookclub24. My daughter, who knows I love Penguin green mysteries, found this old musty copy. I'm sure it smells just like the London bookshop where she got it!

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 56. Sirfetch'd: Historical)

Librarybelle Good choice for the prompt! 2w
Hooked_on_books This is such an unusual prompt. I like what you picked for it! 2w
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kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I too was struggling with this prompt until I pulled this book off the shelves and the musty smell hit me! 😂 2w
BarbaraBB Good to have that prompt out of the way 😄 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Jennifer Morgue | Charles Stross
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I finished this second Laundry Files book because the entire series was nominated for a Hugo award, and I'm working through the nominees. This one is a mix of Lovecraftian horror and James Bond spy thriller. It's a decent story but the humour is not really my cup of tea, so I don't think I'll be continuing the series, at least not for now.

#hugoawards #hugo2024

The_Book_Ninja I bailed on this book a few years ago. It was so boring and unfunny 2w
kwmg40 @The_Book_Ninja A friend had enthusiastically recommended this series to me, and that was the main reason I hadn't bailed myself. 2w
The_Book_Ninja @kwmg40 well you‘re a good friend and you had a go! 2w
kwmg40 @The_Book_Ninja But not enough of a good friend to continue the series. 😂 2w
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Another good installment in the October Daye series, but I did find one thing disappointing. I was excited that this book was set in Toronto (close to where I live) but almost all the action happened in the hidden faerie realm. The only Toronto references were the overused Tim Hortons jokes. We really do have more than Tim Hortons here in Canada! 😄

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Librarybelle I‘ve heard of Tim Horton‘s but did not realize it‘s a Canadian company 3w
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Hooked_on_books But Timbits are so good! Especially the chocolate ones. Yum! 3w
kwmg40 @Librarybelle They're not wholly Canadian these days, as there is some foreign ownership, but Tim's was founded in the 1960's by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton, and there's pretty much a Tim's in every Canadian city and town, no matter how small. 3w
Librarybelle Good to know! I think I‘ve seen one near Erie, Pennsylvania but have not visited. 3w
kwmg40 @Hooked_on_books My family had to try the Timbiebs (a collaboration with Justin Bieber) when they came out, but my favourites remain the chocolate glazed and old fashioned. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yes, we have Tim Horton's here in Ohio... TimBits are the best!! 2w
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks Nice to see appreciation of Tim's elsewhere in the world! My daughter lives in London where a Tim's opened up recently. She said there were long lineups, which seemed weird to us, as Tim's is just the local no-frills coffee shop to us Canadians. 😄 2w
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An excellent book describing the science, history and politics surrounding forest fires. Vaillant gives a gripping account of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire in Canada, and explains how climate change has led to an increase of such fires.

I highly recommend the audiobook version.

#AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Hooked_on_books This book is riveting! I listened to the audio as well and was completely mesmerized. 2w
kwmg40 @Hooked_on_books Glad to hear you liked it as much as I did. What I learned does make me very worried about this year's wildfire season! I'm in Ontario and we experienced a lot of smog from the Quebec fires last year. 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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April was a good #BookSpinBingo month – finished my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books and also got 2 bingos.! Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for hosting!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 2w
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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The Favourite Game | Leonard Cohen
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The view from Crescent Street in Montreal.

Becker That‘s fantastic! 3w
LiseWorks I took an photo of this once from way up near a church. 3w
willaful I photographed it from the top of.. I've forgotten the name. Huge hill you can climb up and there's a big vista on top. 3w
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kwmg40 @Becker Thanks! 3w
kwmg40 @LiseWorks I once viewed this from a tall building too. It's become a landmark in Montreal! 3w
kwmg40 @willaful Do you mean the top of Mount Royal? I'm a little surprised that it can be seen from there, but then again, it is a VERY large wonderful image of Leonard Cohen! 3w
LiseWorks I'm pretty sure it was from there. It was far away but I still was able to take a photo of it. @kwmg40 3w
Octoberwoman Love him! 3w
willaful @kwmg40 That looks like the place. What a hike it was! We were there in Summer 2019. Oh the humidity!

One of my bookish friends (Miss Bates Reads Romance, if anyone knows her blog) took me on the Leonard Cohen tour while I was there, so I saw it more close up as well. But it's pretty cool, albeit small, from the mountain.
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kwmg40 @Octoberwoman Me too! I was fortunate enough to see him in concert twice. He was gracious and generous to his fans. 3w
kwmg40 @willaful Yes, Montreal can be very uncomfortable in the summer! I was there last summer when it was covered in smog from the wildfires. But it‘s still a great city to visit anytime. I grew up there and much of my family is still there. 3w
kwmg40 @willaful I hadn‘t known about the Leonard Cohen tour. Sounds like it would definitely be a worthwhile activity for a Cohen fan! 3w
willaful @kwmg40 It's just her own personal tour, of places he lived and wrote about. 😁 Very cool for a fan. I saw him in concert once, when I was maybe 9? My mom and aunt were big fans so I grew up loving his music.

Weirdly, I actually kind of enjoyed the humidity. I lived in Manhattan when I was young and I felt at home. My poor daughter was so miserable though! She's never lived anywhere but a mild climate.

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kwmg40 @willaful Nice that your friend shared this tour with you! I'm with your daughter -- I hate the humidity. I now live in Southwestern Ontario, where it's also hot and humid in the summer months. 3w
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Pointed Roofs | Dorothy Richardson
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This is the first part of Richardson's Pilgrimage series. The writing is beautiful but it takes some effort to appreciate the stream-of-consciousness style and accept the lack of a structured plot.

I used this for prompt 47 of the #52bookclub24, “Self-insert by an author“, as the book supposedly follows the real-life experiences of Richardson.

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Witch King | Martha Wells
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These are the books I've got planned for the #AwesomeApril readathon! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck, great to have you with us 😊 Excellent book choices. 4w
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The memoirs of a journalist who fled Eritrea after speaking out against the government, this is one of my favourite books of 2024 so far. It's an exciting and inspiring story.

Sadly, the author died of COVID in 2021, but he did manage to reunite with his family in Canada. I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by his son.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 49, Mr. Rime: Reccommended by friends or family)

PuddleJumper Whoop! 4w
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I just came back from a gigantic book sale for charity that happens in my community every year. I picked up the Nancy Drew books, as they'll be coming up soon in the #NancyDrewBR hosted by @Librarybelle.

Reading the ND books these past months has made me nostalgic for the childhood mystery series I loved, so when I saw these Vicki Barr books, I had to bring them home too!

Librarybelle Love this!! 1mo
Ruthiella Great haul! 👍 1mo
mcctrish I‘ve never heard of Vicky Barr. I used to save my allowance and go to Woolco on the first Tuesday of the month ( sale day ) and buy the next Nancy Drew in the series ( might have been $1.44 day 🤯) 1mo
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kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Ruthiella Now that my kids are grown up, I miss buying children's books for them, so I guess I have to buy them for myself. 😂 1mo
kwmg40 @mcctrish I hadn't read many from the Vicki Barr series when I was a child but I did enjoy the Cherry Ames series by Helen Wells. Thanks for sharing your story about how you got the ND books. My parents gave me a budget to spend on monthly Scholastic orders and that's how I got mine. We were not well off so didn't have fancy clothes or toys, but they never skimped on books and good food. 1mo
mcctrish I liked Cherry Ames too ( didn‘t realize the author had another series ) which I must have gotten from the library. My allowance was 25 cents so I must have augmented with birthday and special occasion money or I cut a deal with my parents for books ( most likely ) 1mo
kwmg40 @mcctrish Definitely a good use of allowance and gift money! 1mo
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Six Crimson Cranes | Elizabeth Lim
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Good storytelling in this YA fantasy containing elements of East Asian folklore.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 46, Polteageist: Possessive or posessed character)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 15, Part of a duology)

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I really enjoyed this latest installment of the #NancyDrewBR. It featured some interesting elements: a secret code, a mysterious perfume and even a cult!
@Librarybelle

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 7, Wooloo: Farm or farmer)

Librarybelle This was a good read! 1mo
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Reuniting with Strangers | Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio
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An excellent collection of interconnected short stories set in the Filipino-Canadian community. The author explores both the joyous and painful experiences of reuniting with family members after many years apart.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 68, Lapras: There is a journey)

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This book is a low pick for me. It's a somewhat random collection of thoughts on silence, some insightful and others that were less interesting. Either way, it has definitely made me appreciate silence more.

This might be a stretch, but I'm using this book for prompt 30, “Meowth: Treasure“ for #gottacatchemall, since the theme of the book is that silence is to be treasured, and we all know that “Silence is golden“! @PuddleJumper

Librarybelle Wow! I‘ve not seen a book crossing book in a long time! So cool it is still a program! 1mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle BookCrossing is definitely not as active as it used to be but there are still a lot of dedicated BookCrossers. I always get a thrill when I get a journal entry for a book I released many years ago. 1mo
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Librarybelle @kwmg40 That is really neat! I remember it being super popular 20 years ago. I had an account, and though I never released a book, I enjoyed reading the alerts of a book being released in my area. 1mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle I mostly do “controlled releases“ these days, with a group of BookCrossers around the world who send books to one another, but occasionally, I'll leave one “in the wild“. 😄 1mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I bailed on my #BookSpin choice and my library hold for my #DoubleSpin choice didn't come in on time, but it was a pretty good reading month otherwise, with 2 bingo lines.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for hosting #BookSpinBingo!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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A reread of book 2 in the Expanse, one of my favourite sci-fi series. I love this installment for its unlikely friendships: Amos/Prax and Bobbie/Avasarala. The TV adaptation of this novel is even better!

This is the 5th and final book I finished for the #MarvellousMarch readathon. Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting!

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 17, Vespiquen: Woman in charge)

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Such a charming booking, with a lovely peaceful cover! Of course all the answers are found at the library. 😄

#MarvellousMarch @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 43, Sinistea: Tea cup on cover)

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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Excellent space opera, with an interesting array of characters and a lot of unexpected twists in the plot. Nice to see that the book received a Hugo Best Novel nomination this year. #hugoawards #hugo2024

#MarvellousMarch @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 32, Perrserker: Warrior or soldier character)

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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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The Hugo nominees were announced yesterday and these are the Best Novel nominees. The full list of nominees can be found at https://locusmag.com/2024/03/2024-hugo-astounding-and-lodestar-awards-finalists/.

I've read Starter Villain and Some Desperate Glory and liked both very much. Is anyone else planning to read the Hugo nominees?

#hugoawards #hugo2024

kwmg40 Starter Villain was one of the recent #LitsySciFiBookClub selections. It'll be interesting to see how it places in the Hugo voting. @TheSpineView 2mo
TheSpineView I liked Starter Villian. I want to read a few of the nominations but doubt I will get all of them. 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m stunned that I have actually read two! I enjoyed both Starter Villain and 2mo
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willaful I enjoyed Tesh's other books, so that's on my TBR. And probably the Wells at some point. 2mo
RamsFan1963 I really enjoyed Starter Villain, but Leckie's Translation State was amazing!! 2mo
kwmg40 @TheSpineView @Ruthiella @willaful @RamsFan1963 I'll be very interested in seeing your reviews if/when you read any others from this list. I'm especially looking forward to Leckie's book but there's a long wait at the library. 2mo
peanutnine I really loved the Witch King. Starter Villain and the Adventures of Amina are both on my TBR, I might push them up the list now 2mo
kwmg40 @peanutnine Glad to hear you loved the Witch King. I've liked all of Martha Wells's works that I've read so far, so I expect I'll like this one too. 2mo
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Mary lIrlandaise | Maryse Rouy
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This historical novel tells the story of a young Irish immigrant who settles in Quebec in the years leading up to the Lower Canada Rebellion in 1837-1838. I enjoyed the story and the author made the description of the historical events much more interesting than those in the history textbooks I had to read when growing up in Quebec.

#MarvellousMarch @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 33, Perrserker: There is a battle)

Librarybelle Sounds interesting 2mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s really too bad that history textbooks tend to be written in such a dry way. I think people would learn so much more, find it interesting, and perhaps apply the lessons of the writing was more engaging. Good that you found this novel! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds a really interesting read, well done 👏👏👏 2mo
kwmg40 @Hooked_on_books I'm sure I would have found History classes in school more compelling if I'd read some historical fiction alongside the history textbooks. When I was taught history (albeit decades ago), it was mostly a listing (and subsequent memorization) of facts. 2mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Yes, it was a good read indeed. I found the author's exploration of how some of the Irish immigrants interacted with the French Canadians especially interesting. 2mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Ruthiella Mrs. Millard was very intriguing! Such a good character. 2mo
julieclair The plot was not predictable to me, either. And I loved Mrs. Millard. I‘d like to read a book devoted to her! 2mo
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CarolynM Yes, loved Mrs Millard! 2mo
Aimeesue Another cheer for Mrs. Millard! I enjoyed her. 2mo
Librarybelle I‘m tempted to try one of these Furrowed Middlebrow books one of these days… 2mo
LeahBergen Mrs. Millard was great! She was just happy the way she was, wasn‘t she? 2mo
LeahBergen @Librarybelle I think you‘d like them! 😊 2mo
batsy Adding to the Mrs Millard love! Enjoyed her interactions with Jane. 2mo
rubyslippersreads I loved Mrs. Millard, and was glad her pearls were “cured.” 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2mo
kwmg40 @Ruthiella @julieclair @CarolynM @Aimeesue @LeahBergen @batsy @rubyslippersreads Nice to see so much love for Mrs. Millard. I feel as if I could have used a Mrs. Millard in my life in my younger days! 2mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle Most of the ones I've read have been light and heartwarming books but with enough substance to make them interesting. I've also been enjoying reading books from the 40's and 50's and learning more about everyday life in those times. 2mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thanks for stopping by! 2mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @julieclair @CarolynM @Aimeesue @LeahBergen @batsy @rubyslippersreads Here Here to an Augusta Millard spin off book! Though I have to think she‘d tell the lot of us she never wanted to see us again. And jaunt off to Pompeii in research of her next book. 😂 2mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This 😂😂😂 2mo
Aimeesue @Jess_Read_This oh, she absolutely would. We could expect nothing less. 2mo
julieclair @Jess_Read_This I‘d like to follow her to Pompeii! 🤣 2mo
kwmg40 @Jess_Read_This You're exactly right! I'm sure August Millard wouldn't have the patience for a spin-off book no matter how much we wanted her in it! 😂 2mo
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This was a low pick for me. I really liked the exploration of ideas and the plot was interesting and well paced, but it was a pretty gloomy story overall.

#LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView
#192025 #1963 @Librarybelle
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 61, Ponyta: Fantasy, paranormal, or sci-fi)

Ruthiella Definitely ends on a downer note. 🥲 2mo
Librarybelle Another year checked off for the #192025 challenge…hooray!! 2mo
TheSpineView It is a sad story! 2mo
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I enjoyed this account of the early female astronomers at the Harvard Observatory. Not surprising that they didn't get the salary or the respect they deserved at the time!

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 26, Wheezing: Features a positive change)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 6, Women in STEM)

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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These are the books I'm working on for the #MarvellousMarch readathon hosted by @Andrew65. I hope I can get a few of them finished by the end of the month!

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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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I really enjoyed this coming-of-age story. I loved all the characters, the Cork setting, the humour and the unexpected twists. However, I do have to say that there were other #LitsyToB24 picks I found more interesting and thought-provoking, if less enjjoyable. @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 20, Karrablast: Instant connection)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 38, Published by Hachette)

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Bellwether | Connie Willis
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This is a fun story about a researcher looking into the origins of fads and who ends up falling in love and herding sheep in the process.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 19, Karrablast: Excitable character)

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I'd read the updated 1965 version of this book but some aspects still seemed very outdated and definitely cringey by today's standards. It was fun seeing Nancy and friends at a ranch setting but the plot was weaker than the previous #NancyDrewBR books. @Librarybelle

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 12, Dubwool: Animal on cover)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 48,The word “secret“ in the title)

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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I made japchae while listening to The Good Son. I had a lot of the ingredients on hand, since Korean dishes and Chinese dishes (which I cook a lot) have many ingredients in common, but this was my first time cooking sweet-potato noodles.

#FoodandLit @Catsandbooks @Texreader

TheBookHippie Looks good! 2mo
Jari-chan That looks so yummy! 2mo
BarbaraBB That looks delicious 2mo
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kwmg40 @TheBookHippie @Jari-chan @BarbaraBB Thanks! I love Korean food but usually get it as take-out. I'll have to attempt more recipes. 2mo
Catsandbooks Looks great! ❤️ 2mo
kwmg40 @Catsandbooks Thanks! 2mo
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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This psychological thriller set in South Korea is a low pick for me. On the one hand, the story was extremely disturbing and the narrator both unreliable and unlikeable. On the other hand, I couldn't stop reading once I started!

#FoodandLit @Catsandbooks @Texreader
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 76, Corsola: Someone dies)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 9, A character-driven novel)

Librarybelle I‘ve read books like that…just had to keep reading! 2mo
Monica5 Don't you hate books like that 😂. You want to DNF bc of the characters but just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen 🤣 2mo
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BarbaraBB I kept on reading this book mostly because of its Korean setting! 2mo
batsy I thought this book was so disturbing. Really got under my skin. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Monica5 Yes, it seems that thriller writers know exactly how to get you hooked so that you can't put the book down no matter how you feel about it! 2mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB That was part of the appeal for me too. I'd love to visit South Korea one day. 2mo
kwmg40 @batsy Indeed. I had nightmares last night, and it was probably due to reading this book! 😅 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s unlike any other country I think, though I only visited Seoul and Busan! 2mo
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🇰🇷 2mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB My daughter visited Seoul recently and she said the food was amazing. I do hope I can get to South Korea one day! 2mo
kwmg40 @Catsandbooks Thanks for stopping by! I'm enjoying the #FoodandLit challenge. 2mo
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Biography of X: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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There was a lot that I liked about this book: the alternative history of the US, the obsessive personalities, the slow revealing of X's secrets, and the exploration of the characteristics of “art“.

I'm surprised that this didn't make the Tournament of Books shortlist (but glad it was included in #LitsyToB24). It seems just the sort of book that makes for good ToB discussion.
@squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

Ruthiella I was really glad to experience this one too! 😃 3mo
Megabooks This was a top 23 of 23 for me. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 3mo
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Librarybelle Another great review! 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain I really enjoyed this one, and I‘m glad it made our tournament. 2mo
kwmg40 @Ruthiella @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @Librarybelle Thanks for your comments! I'm looking forward to seeing the discussion on this book when it comes up in the tournament. 2mo
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Mobility | Lydia Kiesling
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It took me a while to get into this book but I ended up liking it much more than I thought it would.

I loved the satirical moments when Bunny tries to consider climate change and other momentous issues affecting the world but then gets distracted by a colleague's designer shoes. I'd like to think that I'm not like Bunny but I realize I'm writing this on my computer in my well heated home with my car parked outside the door. 😅

Ruthiella Great review. 👍 I think this one was pretty subtle and definitely is intended to make the reader consider their own choices and complicity. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 3mo
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Megabooks Fantastic review! You really captured what I liked about Bunny, too! 3mo
Librarybelle Echoing everyone…great review! 3mo
squirrelbrain Fab review - I convinced myself I wasn‘t like Bunny, but then thought I probably am! 2mo
kwmg40 @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Librarybelle @squirrelbrain Thanks! Nice to see that I'm not the only one who fears that I've got a bit of Bunny in me. 😂 2mo
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Newitz looks at 4 ancient cities, Çatalhöyük, Pompeii, Angkor, and Cahokia, and examines the details of everyday life in these urban centres, instead of the major events that other historians tend to focus on.

I finished this book yesterday to wrap up the #FabulousFebruary readathon. Thank you for hosting @Andrew65!

Librarybelle On my to read list! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I found this one fascinating! 3mo
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Kristy_K Sounds interesting! Just added to my tbr. 3mo
Crazeedi This was a great book 3mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle you will like!! 3mo
kwmg40 @Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds all these details of everyday life hundreds of years ago fascinating! 3mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Kristy_K I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! 3mo
Crazeedi @kwmg40 have you read this book, it's fascinating, and I think there is another one I haven't read yet 3mo
kwmg40 @Crazeedi Thanks for the recommendation! I see that my library has copies and I've added it to my wishlist. 3mo
Crazeedi @kwmg40 I think you will like 3mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I finished 10 books in February, including my #DoubleSpin book, but I just could not manage a bingo! Better luck in March ....,

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
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Spin | Robert Charles Wilson
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My #BookSpinBingo list for March!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Dragonsong | Anne McCaffrey
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This book was left behind by one of my daughters when she moved out years ago, and it was the perfect choice for prompt 29 of #52bookclub24: “Published in a Year of the Dragon“. It was published in 1976 and, as the title suggests, it features dragons! I loved the story! Wish I had read it when I was young.

#FabulousFebruary @Andrew65
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 57, Sirfetch'd: Book you keep meaning to read)

willaful I loved this and the sequel when I was a teen.... 3mo
Librarybelle A great find for the Year of the Dragon! 3mo
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BarbaraBB A great find indeed! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks This is a great series. 3mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I was very excited when I saw it was published in 1976! 3mo
kwmg40 @willaful @TheAromaofBooks I‘m definitely going to real more in this series! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks It's a little weird because there is the whole long Pern series, and within that series there are two trilogies, including this one. I liked these three books better when I read them within the context of the longer series, but there are like 20+ in the Pern series, so it's a serious commitment 😂 3mo
PuddleJumper Oh the nostalgia! I devoured them in my teenage years 3mo
Andrew65 Love the look of this. Well done 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Larkken These were my favorites in the Pern series! (Also, possibly not a coincidence, my first McCaffreys) glad you enjoyed the first one. 3mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks @Larkken I'd read another book in the Pern series several years ago. I did like it, but for some reason, never got back to the series until now. Well, I'm convinced I need to read more from the series! 3mo
kwmg40 @PuddleJumper I'd read a lot of Heinlein in my teenage years and some of them make me cringe now when I reread them, though they're still enjoyable in many ways. I imagine the Pern series stands up better to the test of time! 3mo
kwmg40 @Andrew65 Thanks! 3mo
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I found this novel somewhat messy with all its characters and storylines but I did enjoy reading it. It's a heartwarming story set in a 1970's Pennsylvania neighbourhood with primarily Jewish and Black residents.

#LitsyToB24 @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB
#FabulousFebruary @Andrew65

BarbaraBB And another one finished! 3mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB I still have lots on the #LitsyToB24 list to read, but I‘m making progress and enjoying the reading so far! 3mo
squirrelbrain I found it a bit messy too…. 3mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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This is a biography of model and artist Kiki Man Ray, who was married to artist Man Ray for a time. While Kiki's life story was interesting, I enjoyed even more learning about the development of art in Montparnasse during the 1920's.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 65: Rapidash: Different genre to the last book you read)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 39, Non-fiction recommended by a friend)

Librarybelle Hooray!! 3mo
BarbaraBB Montparnasse in the 1920s sounds fascinating! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Are you German? Or just able to read it? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB OMG! I chose a cover image from the Internet and didn‘t look at it carefully. 😂 I actually received an English copy from a #BookCrossing friend but sent it to another reader before remembering to take a photo! 3mo
BarbaraBB I was so surprised! I thought how could I have missed that all these years 😂 3mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB 😅 I‘ll be sure not to make that mistake again! 3mo
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Mirage | Julie E. Czerneda
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The second book in the Web Shifter's Library series, this SF novel has further adventures of lovable shapeshifter Esen and friends. Biologist Julie Czerneda is great at inventing interesting alien species.

#BacklistReadathon @clwojick @TheAromaofBooks
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 10: “Dubwool: Character has horns“)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 3: “More than 40 chapters“)

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The Lathe Of Heaven: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin
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This classic SF novel involves a man whose dreams cause the world to be altered. The jumps to different realities makes the reading challenging, but LeGuin poses many thought-provoking questions.

#BacklistReadathon @clwojick @TheAromaofBooks
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 22: “Koffing: Dystopian setting“)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 12: “Title starting with the letter L“)

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Time for the #FabulousFebruary readathon! @Andrew65

I'm hoping to finish Dragonsong and Four Lost Cities soon.

I'm also hoping to finish or at least start several more books from #LitsyToB24 before voting starts. I'm currently enjoying Biography of X, stalled with Julia, and have on my radar Mobility, Hello Beautiful, and The Rachel Incident. Suggestions on which to try next from the Litsy crew would be appreciated!

Megabooks I enjoyed all three you have on your up next list, but Hello Beautiful was a top pick from me and @squirrelbrain last year, and I think @barbarabb loved it, too! 3mo
kwmg40 @Megabooks Thanks! I‘ve seen a lot of praise for Hello Beautiful. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed all three of them a lot! Hello Beautiful and The Rachel Incident are easy, fast reads. Mobility asks more concentration I think. 3mo
squirrelbrain Exactly what @BarbaraBB said! 3mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks! I'll keep all of your comments in mind. It sounds like it'll be worthwhile to read all of them. 3mo
Andrew65 Hope it‘s going well 😊 3mo
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Mistress of Mellyn | Victoria Holt
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I've always been a fan of Jean Plaidy's historical novels but I've not read many that she authored as Victoria Holt. I really enjoyed this gothic romance and murder mystery, even if it did seem to borrow a lot of elements from Jane Eyre and Rebecca.

#BacklistReadathon @clwojick @TheAromaofBooks
#192025 #1960 @Librarybelle
#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 50: “Mr. Rime: Character dresses up“)

Librarybelle I really liked this one too, and agree about elements of Jane Eyre and Rebecca! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Crazeedi I've read many Victoria Holt books, never knew written by Plaidy! And I don't think I read this one!! 3mo
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kwmg40 @Librarybelle I suppose many of the gothic romance writers of the 20th century were inspired by Jane Eyre! 3mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks Thanks for stopping by! 3mo
kwmg40 @Crazeedi Apparently, Eleanor Alice Burford, a.k.a. Jean Plaidy, wrote under several pseudonyms! I'm familiar with only the Plaidy and Holt ones. 3mo
Librarybelle Probably! Jane Eyre is a good book! 3mo
Crazeedi @kwmg40 good to know 3mo
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The Mystery at Lilac Inn | Carolyn Keene
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I'm continuing to enjoy #NancyDrewBR hosted by @Librarybelle. This installment, in which Nancy helps a friend whose inn seems to be the target of malicious acts, was full of danger and suspense.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 14: “Combee: Flowers“)
#52bookclub24 (prompt 21: “Written by a ghostwriter“)

Librarybelle Excellent choice for ghost writer! Why did I not think of that??? 😂 3mo
Bluebird @Librarybelle me too! Will correct that now! I‘m a bit behind, but reading these too. Fun to go back to books I loved when i was growing up! 3mo
kwmg40 @Librarybelle @Bluebird Yes, that was a tough prompt for me too, until I started reading this book and realized it would match! 3mo
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The Willows | Algernon Blackwood
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This classic novella was atmospheric and tense, and it inspired a lot of modern cosmic horror stories. However, I found it slow moving and didn't care for any of the characters.

#gottacatchemall @PuddleJumper (prompt 78, Corsola: Isolated person or location)
#DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#52bookclub24 (prompt 23, The “other“ book with the similar plot) This book inspired T. Kingfisher's The Hollow Places

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