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lauraisntwilder

Joined October 2016

Favorite authors: Per Petterson, Lorrie Moore, Hiromi Kawakami. Favorite genres: Literary fiction, mysteries.
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Manazuru | Hiromi Kawakami
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Manazuru was the last of Hiromi Kawakami's books (that have been translated into English) that I hadn't read -- until Under the Eye of the Big Bird comes out in September. This one was quieter than some of her others. The fantastical parts weren't as colorful as in Dragon Palace or People from my Neighborhood. The pace was on the slow side, but once I got into it, I found it to be a gripping rumination on grief and memory.

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Fire Will Freeze | Margaret Millar
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"So Maudie, who had been on the verge of fainting for twenty years, finally accomplished it and was bundled back into the bedroom by Herbert." ? Also, the print in this book is so tiny!

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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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I finally read this and of course I loved it, just like I have loved all the Elena Ferrante books I've read.

Amor4Libros I have not read this but watched the Netflix show and I loved it! 6d
lauraisntwilder @Amor4Libros I haven't watched that yet, but I plan to. It looks so good! 4d
Amor4Libros @lauraisntwilder I hope you like it! 2d
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This is the only Nancy Drew book I know for sure I read as a kid. I checked it out of the school library. One day, while I was reading, a boy (who everyone universally thought was really cute) interrupted me. He asked, "What's the secret?" I said, "I don't know yet." I never thought much of him after that. ? All I remembered of the book was people walking around wearing sheets in the night. Reading it now, this was one of the better ones so far.

Librarybelle Agreed! One of the better ones for sure! 1w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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The Turquoise Shop | Frances Crane
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I enjoy reading older mysteries, but the open racism and xenophobia can sometimes be a distraction. It was interesting, then, in this one, when the main character's preconceptions caused her to miss what was really happening. I enjoyed the easy dialogue and it felt (again, except for the open racism) much more recent than the 1940s. I would like to read more in this series--if I can find them. The others might be out of print.

lauraisntwilder Oh, I forgot! This was my #doublespin for April! @TheAromaofBooks 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 1w
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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My son has been assigned Shakespeare for the first time. 🤎 I decided we needed to read outside with fairy lights. My husband and I read from these two copies of mine from college, while my son read his parts from his copy from school. We had snacks and the weather was lovely. I can't wait to start Act 2 and meet Puck again.

Ruthiella What a wonderful family activity! 😃 2w
Clare-Dragonfly How lovely! 2w
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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I finished Unlikely Animals yesterday, just before Annie Hartnett's speaking engagement tonight. I had met her years ago, before Rabbit Cake came out (my signed copy is an ARC). I have loved both of her novels so much. Unlikely Animals was absolutely charming. She said tonight that she has another book that will hopefully come out in June of 2025. Yay!

Kimzey I was there too! My book club is reading Unlikely Animals this month. 2w
jlhammar Excited to hear that we‘re getting a new one from her next year! I loved this book. 2w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My April #bookspinbingo board is ready to go! My #bookspin is Sing to It and my #doublespin is The Turquoise Shop. Thanks, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fantastic!!! 3w
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Here's my #bookspin list for April, just in time. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Here's my #bookspinbingo card for March. I haven't gotten a bingo yet this year! 😂 Oh well! Family Meal was great and I love, love, loved The Postcard. A good month overall. Thanks, @TheAromaofBooks!

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Family Meal | Bryan Washington
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These PJs are ridiculous, but I'm including them b/c I neglected my TBR in preparation for and recovering from a trip to WDW with my sister. I did manage to finish this today though. It didn't grab me quite like Memorial did, but it was still great. Washington creates such complete, believable characters. His writing continues to impress me. The connection between love & food is beautifully done. This was my #bookspin for March. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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For everyone doing the #NancyDrewBR, I just discovered there's a video game based on this one.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/572740/Nancy_Drew_The_Secret_of_Shadow_Ranch/

There's a whole series of these video games, apparently. This one is at least 20 years old and doesn't look like it has aged well. The trailer was entertaining to watch though!

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, I had no idea there were ND video games! Very interesting. 🕵️ 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for posting this!! 1mo
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It's been a while since I read the second Sidney Chambers book, and it was nice to slip back into Sidney's world again. There are four mysteries in this installment, in addition to the overarching storylines of Sidney and Geordie's private lives. I can't help but compare the books to the TV show and, at this point, they have very little in common.

This was my ##doublespin for March. @TheAromaofBooks

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I liked that Nancy left River Heights and found a mystery somewhere else. Even in this updated edition, the language was a bit dated in some parts (but definitely could've been worse). The overlapping mysteries were simpler than in previous books, but I enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery and all the rides on mountain trails. And I got to "meet" George and Bess! #NancyDrewBR

Librarybelle The scenery description was terrific! 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Oh my goodness, that ending! The whole book was fantastic -- poignant, compulsively readable, wonderful characters -- but the ending was so beautiful. I've told my mom and sister they need to read it, too. I think the most powerful part, for me, was when she addresses the idea of “only being Jewish when it suits her.“ The ever-present fear she described was so palpable. #EuropaCollective

jlhammar Yes, loved the ending! Great review. Sure to be one of my favorite reads this year. 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved the ending too - sad, but kind of not, in some way. 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes that was such a powerful part, when that woman accused her of being Jewish only when it suited her. And that ending, so beautiful 1mo
tpixie Great review. So many feelings! This will surely be one of my favorites of the year! 1mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here's my ##bookspinbingo board for March. I'm feeling hopeful that I'll get more reading time this month. My #bookspin is Family Meal and my #doublespin is the third in the Sidney Chambers series. Thank you, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fabulous!! 2mo
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I was so busy in February. My parents came for a visit and we spent a different weekend out of town for a robotics competition for my son's school team. That was two whole weekends with zero reading. I read my #bookspin, but I'm still working on my #doublespin. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Still a great month!!! 2mo
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The Sentence Is Death | Anthony Horowitz
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Another Anthony Horowitz audiobook! I liked this better than the first one in the series. The mystery wasn't necessarily better (although it was good), but I think I'm getting used to the self-insertion of the author. I got the first three books on sale from Libro.fm, so I'll be starting the third one soon.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My #bookspin list for March is very similar to my list for February. 🤷‍♀️ Thanks, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Fair Play | Tove Jansson
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This short novel was my #bookspin for February. I'm not sure I quite know what it is about Tove Jansson's books that appeals to me so much. These characters made me want to revisit the Moomin books. I assume that Jonna, like Too-Ticky in the Moomin stories, was based on Tuulikki Pietilä. If you like The Summer Book, I think you'd like this, too.

JuniperWilde I loved the Summer Book and agree that there is something unusually compelling about her writing. 2mo
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I finished this audiobook during our evening walk. I liked it, but there is something odd about the author being a main character in their own novel. I'm not saying it doesn't work, but there were moments that took me out of the story and made me think about what really happened, specifically where film productions were concerned. Overall, I enjoyed the mystery, even if the Watson-Holmes archetype was slightly too obvious.

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The Mystery at Lilac Inn | Carolyn Keene
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This one was a little too over the top. Boat wrecks, an impersonator, diving, a time bomb, stolen diamonds, AND a fake ghost? And someone throws a rock at Nancy's car? I enjoyed the first half, but it spun out of control until the end felt almost like a Scooby-Doo episode.

Librarybelle There was a lot taking place in this one! 2mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I went to hear Percival Everett speak last month at the University of South Alabama. After that, I was anxious to read one of his books. This one was a stunner. The subject matter was hard, but there were still bits of humor throughout and really solid characterization.

BarbaraBB How cool! I loved all the books I read by him 2mo
SamAnne Jealous! Loved this one. Starting Erasure this week. Absolutely loved Telephone. 2mo
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraBB @SamAnne I definitely need to read more by him. 2mo
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Flights of Angels: Stories | Ellen Gilchrist
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Noooo!!!! I knew she was old, but I secretly hoped I'd get to meet her one day. 😢

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Here we go, February! I'm keeping my ambitions low since this is a short month, and I'm already a day late. My #bookspin is Fair Play by Tove Jansson. My #doublespin is Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami, which is the last of her books that have been translated into English (so far) that I haven't read. Thanks, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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My #bookspinbingo card for January. I bailed on my #bookspin, A Novel Bookstore, and will be donating it. I didn't finish my #doublespin (Flights of Angels) until today, but it was fantastic. I work in royalties and accounting for a literary agency and prepared about 700 1099's in January, so it's sort of a miracle I read anything at all!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 3mo
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Flights of Angels: Stories | Ellen Gilchrist
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What in the late-90's-dELiA*s-catalog-nonsense is this cover?! Can you tell I have a used copy of the 1998 hardcover? 😂 Regardless, the stories were great and I will continue to read everything by Ellen Gilchrist I can find.

JamieArc 😂😂. One of my favorite IG accounts flips through old Delia‘s catalogs 😂😂 3mo
TheBookHippie OMG my daughter LOVED Delia‘s 😂 3mo
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Here's my #bookspin list for February. 💝💖

Thanks, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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I understand how great Anne is, I do. I actually met Megan Follows once (I rang up her purchases at the bookstore where I was working) & was so starstruck that I couldn't tell her I was a fan. I get it. But, Anne of GG is about a whole town, not just Anne. I don't believe she would have had any more sway over LMM than any of her other characters. To make Anne a voice in LMM's head didn't work for me. I feel like this focused on the wrong things.

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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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This was a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel. It was definitely a pick, but there were some things about it I'd have changed. The whole last section seemed disjointed and unnecessary. It was a small section, in a book that was good overall, but it left a bad taste since it came last.

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The bungalow mystery | Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy
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These all wrap up so neat and tidy! They're fun though, even though Nancy put herself in danger multiple times in this one.

Librarybelle Perfect bookmark! 3mo
Ruthiella Agree! Love the bookmark. 😍 3mo
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I picked up another first edition Ellen Gilchrist today in New Orleans, this one from Faulkner House Books.

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Net of Jewels | Ellen Gilchrist
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I'm in New Orleans for the weekend, celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with my husband. We only live 2 hours away, so it's an easy trip. Every time we come, I get a first edition at one of the lovely bookstores here. Ellen Gilchrist is considered a local author, so there's usually something in stock. This one is from 1980. The jacket isn't in great shape, but honestly, I'm not the kind of collector who cares about that.

Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥂🍾🥳 3mo
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Yes, I finished it, but that was not a "throw confetti" kind of ending. ?

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We had bad storms all night (we're fine!), & maybe it's weird to say so, but this book paired well with the storms? It was just the right amount of intrigue, with relatively quick resolutions. I don't think the episodic nature of the book worked as well in this as the 1st in the series, which revolved around the church calendar. (Sidney is a vicar, after all.) But it worked. This one had the first *huge* difference between the books & the TV show.

lauraisntwilder @KathyWheeler Did you make it through the storms okay? 3mo
KathyWheeler @lauraisntwilder I did, but it was scary there for awhile! I thought our electricity would go out but it never did. I‘m glad you‘re okay. 3mo
lauraisntwilder @KathyWheeler Good to hear! That wind was SO loud! 3mo
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Eggshells | Caitriona Lally
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I finished this over the weekend. I don't think it would appeal to everyone, since it was relatively light on plot. Or maybe there was too much plot and not enough of a structure? At any rate, I enjoyed it.

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A Novel Bookstore | Laurence Cosse
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70+ pages in, we're finally getting to the bookstore, and it's all wrong. Unless the French book industry is drastically different from the American one, bookstores aren't getting boxes of books automatically from publishers. What publishers are indifferent to sales? And what rare books are even still in print that the publisher is who you'd call? This was 2001, so he should've been looking online.

I'm going to bail if this doesn't get better.

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My #bookspinbingo board for January is looking especially inviting! My #bookspin is A Novel Bookstore (the #EuropaCollective book I didn't get to last month). My #doublespin is Flights of Angels by Ellen Gilchrist. Thank you, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 4mo
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Hag | Kirsty Logan, Eimear Mcbride, Daisy Johnson, Naomi Booth, Mahsuda Snaith, Natasha Carthew, Emma Glass, Liv Little
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I just realized I never posted this picture. These are the books I got for Christmas and my birthday (Dec 29). I'm excited to dive in, especially the tagged book.

Ruthiella Great haul! 👍 4mo
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Happy New Year! I have my first #bookspin list for 2024 ready. 😊 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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I didn't read my #doublespin or get a bingo, but oh well. December is always so busy that I'm surprised I read as much as I did. I'm planning to work on my January list tomorrow. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 4mo
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Best American Short Stories 2022 | Heidi Pitlor, Andrew Sean Greer
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I didn't get Rashomon finished today, but I made up this challenge for myself and I'm calling it a success. 355 short stories is still a lot and I'll finish Rashomon in January. #storyaday2023

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Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan
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Mediocre writing, mediocre (emotionally manipulative) plot. I enjoyed the parts that were about the life of CS Lewis, but I could've done without the entire story of Megs and her unwell baby brother.

This was my #bookspin for December. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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Nine Stories | J D Salinger
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I finished what should have been my last #storyaday2023 book at my son's hockey practice this morning. It was one of the best collections (if not the absolute best) I read this year. Fingers crossed that I'll catch up and finish today, but I have 12 and a half Akutagawa stories to go...

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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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I have three books I'm trying to finish today (hahaha, dream on), but none of them are favorites. So, here is my 2023 bracket!

BarbaraBB My favorite book of the year too! 4mo
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraBB It was a stunner! 4mo
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My Dear Mr. M.: Letters to G.B. MacMillan from L.M. Montgomery | Lucy Maud Montgomery, Francis W. P. Bolger
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I finished this just in time for the #kindredspiritsbuddyread discussion tomorrow, so I won't say too much here. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these letters, and found it fascinating how the changes in Maud directly correlated to the changes in her letters.

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Last Bus to Woodstock | Colin Dexter
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I listened to the audio with my husband on our drive back from TN on the 28th. Knowing it was first published in the 70s explains some of the weirder parts (like the discussion on rape by some irredeemable male side characters). Morse is likable and the mystery was satisfying.

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Today is my birthday. 😊 My husband and son gave me a stack of books and two T-shirts, including this one. #oxfordcommaforlife

Ruthiella Perfect! 👍 Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 (edited) 4mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 4mo
CatLass007 I completely approve of the Oxford comma. Happy birthday. (edited) 4mo
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Jas16 Happy Birthday 🥳 4mo
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lauraisntwilder @Jas16 Thank you! 4mo
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Over the last few years, Ellen Gilchrist has become one of my favorite writers. This book collects all her stories featuring recurring character Nora Jane. I'd read several of these before, in previous collections. Having them all in one place is nice, but not really necessary, as they're good alone, too. The new novella at the end was interesting, in a good way. #storyaday2023

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Catching up on posting... I finished this a couple of days ago. I've now read all of Lauren Groff's books. I think these short stories are where her writing really shines (Florida, her other story collection, is fine, but not as good). This is a wide and varied collection of excellently written stories. #storyaday2023

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