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Pickpick

Lighthearted adorable book

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Pickpick

A soft pick as I found the some of the actions a bit too simplistic. But I wonder how I would have felt about this book if I had read it when I was younger.
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This is a soft pick. It was a touching story about friendship and love. However, I found the characters a bit flat especially halfway through the book and did not feel much affinity for them. There were some parts that I loved...but overall, I think the book felt a little too overhyped for me.
#roll100 #24in2024

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Murder in Canton | Robert Hans van van Gulik
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Usually I start with the first book of a series. Somehow, when I found this in a second hand bookshop it is the last chronologically in the series. There was a sadness in it as the author was probably trying to tie up ends.
The mystery itself was a bit convoluted but the time and place of the book is interesting.
A soft pick for this and will probably pick up the earlier books.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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Generally enjoyed this for its historical setting and its take on the classic sherlock Holmes mystery.
However, it was a little bit convoluted at bits but hopefully this is just the first book ironing out it's kinks.

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A continuation of Ruth Reichl's first memoir Tender at the Bone. Takes you through her life as she establishes herself as a food critic, her first divorce, her second husband and her want to become a mother.
Decent read.

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Pickpick

A very soft pick for its cozy vibes. However, at places it was a little bland for me.

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The House Without Windows | Barbara Newhall Follett
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Mehso-so

Beautiful descriptions of nature but the plot was a little flat for me. Amazing that it was written by a 12 year old though...
The illustrations by Jackie Morris are lovely.

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A Late Phoenix | Catherine Aird
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Mehso-so

A quiet mystery which perhaps was not the most riveting. The interaction between Sloan and Crosby does lend to the witty exchanges in the book.

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Really liked "seeing into" the life of a neurosurgeon. Henry Marsh is aware of disasters and the triumphs in a neurosurgeons life and he reflects on how he has changed through his time in the profession.
Loved the wry humour in the essays.
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I generally enjoyed this - parts 1 and 2 more than part 3 as I enjoyed the more historical aspects. Part 3 was more in terms of what we can do to help us get out of the mess we are in. Generally enlightening.
Read this as part of #naturalitsy
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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A short novella in epistolary form. It's crazy that this was written in the 1930s without hindsight of what actually did transpire. Within this short book, it encapsulates the mood of the time.
#1938

Cathythoughts This sounds interesting. Stacked 3mo
Smarkies @Cathythoughts it's super short so a really quick read. 3mo
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A short essay about how a good teacher /coach can help shape a kid's life and a look at how nowadays parents are reluctant to push their kids into the uncomfortable.

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Reportage from around the 1960s. Gives a view of Poland post Stalin. There is a general sense of decay in all the pieces and each piece has hidden depths.
A book to be dipped into and read when the mood fits.
#1962

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Listen, Slowly | Thanhha Lai
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and a so-so. What I liked was the strong sense of place which really was described well. What I didn't was the narrator, Mai, who was a bit too whiny and self-absorbed for me. I nearly bailed a couple of times but hung on to hear the conclusion.
#Vietnam
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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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My first David Sedaris read. Decently quirky and entertaining. I probably enjoyed 70% of the stories - especially those about his encounters with the French language.

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Starting this series again as I stopped 2 books in the last time. Enjoyed this as much as I did the last time.

CrowCAH Temeraire is such a fun dragon 🐉!!! 4mo
Readergrrl You are reminding me about this series!! I read the first and always intended to continue. Maybe this is a sign? 4mo
Smarkies @Readergrrl I remembered it being fun and I am hoping to make it through the full series this time around. 😁 4mo
Smarkies @CrowCAH he is! The most lovable character! 4mo
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Bailedbailed

This started out clever but am about a third into the book, and the characters are beginning to grate on me. So I am going to put this aside.
I'll just watch the movie for the summary. 😅

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This seems to be the last in this series that I have really enjoyed. This mystery centered on a snoring husband, money laundering (during India's 2016 demonetization exercise), and a disappearance during the 1984 anti-sikh riots.
The topics tackled may be serious, but Vish Puri and his mother really do know how to enliven the situation.
The audiobook is a good way to enjoy this series.

batsy Sounds great! Must check out this series. 4mo
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The story of the cancer cells which became one of the most important tools in medicine. It deals with both the historical aspects as well as the fallout on her descendants. Also tackles the legalities of human tissue samples.
#roll100
#52bookclub24
#toldinnonchronologicalorder

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Bailedbailed

Was struggling to decide whether to DNF this or not. 1/3 through the book and it has no "spark" for me. I am interested in finding out about the tribes in India but this book does not seem to delve too deeply into it so will need to hunt for one that does.
##roll100

LeeRHarry What a lovely cover! Shame inside wasn‘t as good. 4mo
Smarkies @LeeRHarry probably more of a fit issue for me 😅 4mo
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Phryne sets out to solve a disappearance and a murder and in the process takes her plane out to the mountains in Australia (near Talbotville). I enjoy the series mainly because of the historical setting e.g. the Green Mill was an actual dance hall in Melbourne.
#52bookclub24
#setinacitystartingwiththeletterm

IuliaC Lovely cover! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm This series covers are gorgeous! 4mo
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1. Hercule Poirot - Agatha is the reason I love this genre 😃
2. Lord Peter Wimsey
3. Amelia Peabody

@dabbe
#TLT
#Threelistthursday

dabbe #1: 🤩 #2: I read one book of his; I need to read more! #3: on the TBR! Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 4mo
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A soft pick as the ending seemed predictable. However, the general setting and the nyonya food was accurately described. Listened to this on audio and realised that Singaporeans pronounce "syiok" different from Malaysians. ?

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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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Never read this before. Delightful! And I love the illustrations!

Smrloomis Such a great children‘s classic 😍 5mo
Soubhiville My favorite! My first tattoo came from these pages. 🥰 4mo
Tamra 😊 4mo
Smarkies @Soubhiville love this! 4mo
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Death Comes to the Rectory | Catherine Lloyd
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The last book of the series. A soft pick as the mystery did have a few twists. But I didn't like the distance between Lucy and Robert in this one. They didn't work together as a team as in previous books and there was a bit of sniping between them. 😔
All in all I found the first 2 /3 books of the series better than the later ones. But glad I have finished the series. 🥳

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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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Mehso-so

It was an interesting premise based on Margaret Cavendish (who I didn't know before this), but this book, written in vignettes, did not manage to hold my attention throughout.
#52bookclub24 #aboutfindingidentity
#24in2024

IuliaC The cover is beautiful though 5mo
Smarkies @IuliaC this is why I bought the book! And the blurb! 😂😂😂 5mo
IuliaC I did this many times too 😂😂 5mo
Tamra I want whatever is your bowl! 5mo
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The Honest Truth | Dan Gemeinhart
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A sweet heartbreaking book about a boy who confronts living with / dying of cancer. I teared up in places. Did not expect to like it so much so this was a pleasant surprise.
#roll100
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It was a little long and reiterated points multiple times. However, this book made me more aware of how much UPFs have invaded the food system. If nothing else, it will make me read food labels a whole lot more and reduce my intake of fizzy drinks. The audiobook did have chatty /interview sections between the author and his brother, which helped ground the book a little. #naturalitsy

Smarkies Thanks to @AllDebooks for organising this buddy read 5mo
AllDebooks @Smarkies 😊 glad to have you join us x 5mo
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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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According to my tracking, I read this about 10-ish years ago. Picked it up on audiobook again as Disney has a new TV series out. I would say that it still holds up and it is just as enjoyable.

batsy I'm keen to check out the TV series but waiting until I read at least the first book! 🙂 5mo
Smarkies @batsy The TV series has also proved to be fairly enjoyable. 😁 5mo
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What Katy Did Next | Susan Coolidge
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A sweet book about a young American girl's trip to Europe in the 1800s. I read the first 2 books years ago and have decided to continue with this series.

TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed this series so much!! Although Coolidge isn't the best at writing romance 😂 5mo
Smarkies @TheAromaofBooks no she isn't! 😂😂😂 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Like there's G-rated and there is just nonexistent haha 5mo
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Mehso-so

Weaves the stories of a quilting circle together. I thought it started off with promise but started flagging at the halfway mark.
I think I prefer the movie.
#24in2024
#roll100
#atleastfourdifferentpov
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Death Comes to the Nursery | Catherine Lloyd
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A murder occurs to a new staff member of the family and Lucy and Robert need to investigate and guard their family.
The audiobook was pleasant so this was a soft pick.... the next book will be the last in this series.

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Strong Poison | Dorothy L. Sayers
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The mystery was a little weak but I love Lord Peter Wimsey and the cast of characters... so it's still a Pick!
#roll100 #1930 #192025

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I really enjoyed this take on time management. It has a pragmatic view on what is really achievable.

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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Mehso-so

I am sorry to say I did not enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I think it was a little too episodic for me and it moved a little too slowly at times, with very little character development. At the end of the day, I just really felt sad for DQ but I did appreciate Sancho a whole lot more. Glad that @TheAromaofBooks organised this readalong and it is finally off my shelf.
#chunkster

TheAromaofBooks I still have a few chapters to go, but am feeling the same way. Parts of this have been really entertaining, but a lot of it drags and/or feels mean spirited. 6mo
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Mehso-so

Decent-ish continuation to the series, if the mystery was a bit odd.

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Love the choices you have made @erzascarletbookgasm 🤗🤗
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas 🎄 6mo
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Death Comes to Bath | Catherine Lloyd
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Mehso-so

I found this one a bit lacking in comparison to the other books in the series. The murder was a bit ho hum and the suspects were irritating. 😅😅

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I Saw Ramallah | Mourid Barghouti
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A lyrical and poetic memoir about a refugee and his thoughts on displacement. This book is set after the Oslo Agreement so reflects the situation during that time.

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Mehso-so

Didn't realise this was supposed to be a YA advice book when I picked it up as the blurb was a little misleading. However, that was not the real issue - it was the non-chronological nature of this that threw me. At each section, I was trying to place where she was in her life.
#roll100

janeycanuck This was meant to be YA?!? I had no idea! It was definitely a bit of a mess. 6mo
Smarkies @janeycanuck Nearing the end of the book, it says something about this book being aimed 15 - 20ish... but it seemed to read younger than that. 6mo
janeycanuck @Smarkies oh, I definitely missed that part! 6mo
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Am on a Phryne Fisher kinda kick recently. This book is as entertaining as the first with more concentration on the mystery this time.
If there is a small quibble - there were a couple of characters named Jack.... couldn't the author have picked another name? 😅

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The Appeal | JANICE. HALLETT
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and a so-so for me. I enjoyed trying to piece together the clues from the letters and emails but felt that the murder happened too late in the book. Also was not a huge fan of the way it rounded up (which felt rushed and the twist was odd).

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This book flies and I loved it as much as the first. The title itself - when an explanation was provided at the end, added alot of heart to it.

Tea_and_Starstuff I just finished reading it myself and that double-meaning at the end just gutpunched me. So good! 4mo
Smarkies @Tea_and_Starstuff loved it so much more after that! 4mo
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What Makes Sammy Run? | Budd Schulberg
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An interesting premise and written from the view of his "friend" Al Manheim.
A little flat in places as Sammy just kept on running. However, I really liked the first third of the book. And I liked the ending.
#roll100

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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A slow book which had some beautiful writing. Circe is one of the lesser characters in Greek mythology and the retelling is from her view. A few Greek gods and more prominent Greek characters make appearances throughout the book.
#roll100

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Made me laugh and tear up (especially in the last quarter of the book).
An introduction to the therapeutic process. I enjoyed the stories of her patients slightly more than hers.

marleed I loved this book so much. It really busted some of my thoughts on therapy. 8mo
Reggie Oh, man….❤️John, Julie, Ruby, and Charlotte. 8mo
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The Stately Home Murder | Catherine Aird
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A slow mystery but with alot of dry wit to in the banter to carry it through.

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A good start to the series. Set in Melbourne, Australia, Miss Phryne Fisher investigates and solves multiple crimes. Liked her go-getter attitude.

IuliaC Such a beautiful cover! 9mo
Smarkies @IuliaC from what I have seen, the rest of the series are in the same style. 😁 8mo
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