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limada

limada

Joined September 2016

Knowledge is life, knowledge comes from books, therefore books are life! Breathe, write, read -- https://breathewriteread.blogspot.com/
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Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe
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Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
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All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon
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Anne of the Island (Special Collector's) by Lucy Maud Montgomery, L M Montgomery
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3 AM Epiphany by Brian Kiteley
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My Best Stories by Alice Munro
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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back | Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Suzanne Enoch, Mia Ryan
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And the last of the Bridgerton related books is done. At least the ones currently contributed to by Julia Quinn. I liked this one the best of the not-main-Bridgerton books, I think. The way the story goes through all 4 novellas is engaging. #10-2024

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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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Book 4 in the Outlander Chapter-a-day reread. Still love this series, and finding details I missed the first (or second, or third...) time through. #00-2024

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Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (Lady Whistledown #2) | Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Suzanne Enoch
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I wasn't ever super thrilled by the Lady Whistledown portions of the Bridgerton books, but these little novellas are just long enough to keep the attention and give a refreshed taste of the Bridgerton world. #08-2024

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Ribsy | Beverly Cleary
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I'm sure I read all the Henry Huggins books when i was young, but I didn't remember this one at all. Poor Ribsy, lost on an adventure in the wild world. #07-2024

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Henry and the Clubhouse | Beverly Cleary
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The memories of grade school libraries that come back as I read the Beverly Cleary novels are possibly my favourite childhood memories. I'd forgotten how much influence these books had in my life. #06-2024

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Meh, this wasn't as good as I maybe expected. Probably my own fault for high expectations. Some interesting tidbits, but the writing was awkward, and a little preachy. #05-2024

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Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen | Geri Halliwell-Horner
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Low expectations going into this, and be assured that my rating doesn't mean there aren't some complaints, but overall, this was a really cute book with a good story concept. There are some holes, in character and plot, but nothing that absolutely killed the book. #04-2024

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Henry and the Paper Route | Beverly Cleary
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Back to the trip down nostalgia lane this year, finishing up the Beverly Cleary collection. #03-2024

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I'd heard not to have high hopes for this fourth, and last, of the Smythe-Smith tales. But I wasn't disappointed. I yelled at the characters, especially Sir Richard Kenworthy, a lot but it was a decent book. #2-2024

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The Sum of All Kisses | Julia Quinn
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Loved this third installment of the Smythe-Smith novels in the Bridgerton world. Something about Sarah and Hugh just drew me in. #01-2024

KadaGul @limada I enjoyed Smith-Smythe series. I loved 🥰 the first one ☝️ #Justlikeheaven but didn't enjoy 4️⃣ #Secretsofsirrichard 2mo
limada Hmm. I'm hoping to power through 4 this weekend, before I hit the two Lady Whistledowns to finish off the whole bunch. Maybe I'll skim a little more than I usually would. 2mo
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Final book of the year was a cute, quick read about cats and drama and Christmas. Seasonal and adorable. #62-2023

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This is a wonderful first novel by a local-to-me author and I'd highly recommend for anyone who likes a little mystery with their Christmas. #61-2023

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Christmas by the Book | Anne Marie Ryan
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So glad I picked this as my first seasonal themed book this year. Such a cute read. Highly recommended. #60-2023

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Elvis and me | Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, Sandra Harmon
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My parents were fans of Elvis my entire life. I mean, my name is Lisa Marie, though I've been told that's not why.
I saw the film Priscilla a couple of weeks ago and then realized that I'd had this book hanging around for a while. The movie is a very close adaptation of the sentiments in this book. Very interesting to hear (and see) Priscilla's version of their life together. #59-2023

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A Night Like This | Julia Quinn
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Smythe-smith #2. Still cute. And not a Bridgerton in site. #58-2023

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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon
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Chapter by chapter reread continues as Book 3 - Voyager is completed I move on to book 4, The Drums of Autumn #57-2023

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Obviously, I bought this based on the title. While it's kind of self-indulgent of the author, there are some valid, realistic life experiences that she's shared that can be valid, realistic ways to improve your own life. I'm not a twenty-something, so I'm not in the target market, but that doesn't mean I can't take something useful from her words. Buy yourself the f*cking lilies. #56-2023

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Just Like Heaven | Julia Quinn
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I'd forgotten how cute these stories can be. It's such a formula, but sometimes that's exactly what I'm looking for. On to book 2 of the Smythe-Smiths. #55-2023

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Things I Should Have Said | Jamie Lynn Spears
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I read this immediately following Britney's on purpose, and it's clear from more than just their appearance that they're sisters. Not sure I gained any valuable insight or information from either book, but I suppose there is a bit of perspective to be had from their experiences. #54-2023

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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Absolutely no words. How long until the next book? Do we have any idea? #53-2023

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One in Vermillion | Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
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The ending of this series was so satisfying for me. So glad there are more Crusie/Mayer collabs promised at the end of this book. I've missed the fun Crusie style and mixed with the Mayer military knowledge is such a winner in my book. #52-2023

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Rest In Pink | Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
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Book 2 in the Liz Danger series lived up to book 1. Looking very forward to book 3. So glad I found that Crusie and Mayer were writing together again. Such fun. #51-2023

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Not a lot to be said here. I think it's only fair that we get to hear Britney's side of her own story. I just hope this actually is that. And that this isn't a censored version of that story. It's not detailed, but it does give you some insight into her life. #50-2023

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Lavender's Blue | Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
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I've always loved Jennifer Crusie books, and the collaboration with Bib Mayer just worked, for no discernible reason. So when I realized there was a new series written by the two of them, I was absolutely excited and had to pick them up immediately. The first one did not disappoint. It's not deep or wildly intellectual, but it definitely satisfies the entertainment factor. Excited for book 2. #49-2023

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I had low expectations when I heard about this novel from an actor I follow on Instagram. It's actually very cute, and I enjoyed it, though Sadie could use a little dose of reality occasionally. But, the book deals in magic, so it's not supposed to be entirely realistic. I enjoyed it. #48-2023

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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I loved the combination of personal story, shared experience and self-help/instruction to this. HBM isn't trying to turn anyone into a scary, craggy witch. She just wants us all to find out inner magic that ties us to the magic of the world around us. Our magical bliss, so to speak. It's kind of beautiful. #47-2023

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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Why is there not more hype about this?! I never (never) rate books 5/5 and there isn't a rating high enough for the Rollercoaster this kept me on. Amazing! Thank God the next one comes out next month. #46-2023

JamieArc I saw a bunch of hype about this in other spaces like Instagram, but not on Litsy. It was a 5 star read for me too! 5mo
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Supernatural: One Year Gone | Rebecca Dessertine
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Love sliding back into the world of the Winchesters. I miss them but don't want to revisit too often. Thank goodness I didn't devour this book series immediately as they came out, so it gives me an easier option to look in on the boys once in a while. #45-2023

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Rereading since high school because I recently watched the Lifetime Origins series. Damn this is warped. #41-2024 Flowers and #44-2023 Petals

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Hamlet And Ophelia | John Marsden
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Read this on my travels via train from Dearborn to Chicago. Clearly not an exhensive tome, but it was a good read to pass the trip. #43-2023

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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Working my way through the series again, a chapter a day. Book 2 down.... how many more chapters to go?? 😏 #42-2023

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I started this book just before I took a new position with a new company, so it was really just more of a validation that I had done things the right way than any kind of instruction manual for me. It was still interesting. And validating. #40-2023

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The Golden Tower (Magisterium #5) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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Fitting end to the series. I may have actually enjoyed this final story more than the four that preceded it. #39-2023

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The Silver Mask (Magisterium, Book 4) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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Book 4 of 5. Not sure I like the direction this is going but only 1 more to the end. And I need to know the end. #38-2023

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I'm doing a chapter-a-day re-read on the Outlander series. Not going to critique since this is likely the third or fourth time through for most of the books at this point..

Gleefulreader Ooh - that is a brilliant way to re-read. Think I‘m going to borrow that idea! 6mo
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Rereading before going to see this at Stratford next week. I'd forgotten a lot, and having never seen the movies I have no reinforcement of the imagery so it'll be interesting on stage. #36-2023

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The Bronze Key (The Magisterium, Book 3) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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I'm not sure I like where this series is headed. I want to like my main characters, and I want to know that once I've invested time and emotion in them that I won't be left frustrated. I'm not sure that's the case here. But I'll keep reading. 2 to go. #35-2023

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The Copper Gauntlet | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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A fitting second book for the Magisterium series. Just enough trails to follow into the upcoming books. #34-2023

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The Iron Trial | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
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I wasn't really aware of this series, but I've enjoyed Cassandra Clare previously and I know Holly Black is a similar author so I figured I'd give it a shot. It's definitely intriguing, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. #33-2023

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I loved this book. What a great twist on a mystery. I've no intention to "delete" my employer, but there's some really fun information in these pages. Looking forward to the next volume, though i expect it may be a different narrator... #32-2023

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Henry and Ribsy | Beverly Cleary
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Third stop in the trip down nostalgia lane. Ribsy is a ton of trouble, but really what dog who belongs to an 11 year old boy isn't? #31-2023

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Continuing with the nostalgia.. I like the cross-over between the Ramona books and Hmery Huggins. #30-2023

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Henry Huggins | Beverly Cleary
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Deciding to revisit some old childhood favorites on a rainy holiday. Still applicable and adorable. #29-2023

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I was a little disappointed with the characterization in this one - it lacked a bit in explaining the reason people were so specific in their opinion/perspective. But it was a cute story, and fun, so I'll overlook it.
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Flip Side | James Bailey
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Really enjoyed the plot of this, which is the only reason I kept reading. I found the general writing style and especially the dialogue very awkward and unnatural. Which could be overlooked as characterization if it had been consistent. But it wasn't. Still a cute story, so there's that. #27-2023

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Low expectations mean that I really, really enjoyed this. Like watching a slightly more complex hallmark movie from the opposite side. #26-2023

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I knew where this mystery was going without knowing where it was going the whole time. It's the genius of Kelley Armstrong. Nothing is a surprise, and yet it all surprises. Love it. #25-2023

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I felt like I was listening to my grandpa and great uncles through most of this book, even though they were a generation or two removed from Scotland. Too funny. #24-2023

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The Book Tree | Paul Czajak
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Such an adorable book with a great message. #23-2023

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Float Plan | Trish Doller
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I had very little expectation but this was awesome. I didn't want to put it down but I didn't want it to wnd either. #22-2023