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Deedleedee reads through the year

1Deedledee
Editado: Jan 1, 2023, 3:45 pm

Hi folks,

I'm Dee, a 40ish (*cough* almost 50 *cough*) librarian in rural Nova Scotia. I live with two evil cats in a house that looks like it might be a craft store.

Reading goals for 2023:
-complete Popsugar Reading Challenge
-read 100 books
-attempt read all of the Canada Reads selections for the last 20 years

You can also follow more of my reading at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mytwofavouritelibrarians

2Deedledee
Editado: Dez 19, 2023, 7:23 pm

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2023

*A book you meant to read in 2022 - Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Jan 1)
*A book you bought from an independent bookstore - The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (Aug 26)
*A book about a vacation - An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher (Jan 8)
*A book by a first-time author - By Chance Alone by Max Eisen (Jan 24)
*A book with mythical creatures - Fangs by Sarah Andersen (Feb 4)
*A book about a forbidden romance - The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (July 2)
*A book with "Girl" in the title - Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman (Feb 15)
*A celebrity memoir - Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (Jan 13)
*A book with a color in the title - The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy (Mar 6)
*A romance with a fat lead - Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis (Aug 19)
*A book about or set in Hollywood - I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (Feb 14)
*A book published in spring 2023 - In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune (May 22)
*A book published the year you were born - Jaws by Peter Benchley (July 20)
*A modern retelling of a classic - The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (Jan 22)
*A book with a song lyric as its title - Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados (Apr 29)
*A book where the main character's name is in the title - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Mar 25)
*A book with a love triangle - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Aug 26)
*A book that's been banned or challenged in any state in 2022 - Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe (Jan 28)
*A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past challenge - Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Oct 4)
*A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2023 - How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (Oct 28)
*A book set in the decade you were born - The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon (Jan 23)
*A book with a queer lead - Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler (July 11)
*A book with a map - The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (May 29)
*A book with a rabbit on the cover - Bunny by Mona Awad (Aug 23)
*A book with just text on the cover - This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub (Apr 10)
*The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list - Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke (Jan 9)
*A #BookTok recommendation - The Maid by Nita Prose (Mar 18)
*A book you bought secondhand - Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris (Mar 12)
*A book your friend recommended - Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close (July 31)
*A book that's on a celebrity book-club list - Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Mar 11)
*A book about a family - Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter (Feb 19)
*A book that comes out in the second half of 2023 Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle (Aug 20)
*A book about an athlete/sport - Andre the Giant by Box Brown (Nov 5)
*A historical-fiction book - Away by Jane Urquhart (Feb 23)
*A book about divorce - The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger (Aug 18)
*A book you think your best friend would like - Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (Jan 14)
*A book you should have read in high school - The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (July 1)
*A book you read more than 10 years ago - The Passage by Justin Cronin (Feb 13)
*A book you wish you could read for the first time again - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Dec 16)
*A book by an author with the same initials as you - The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Jan 29)
*A book written during NaNoWriMo -The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Nov 28)
*A book based on a popular movie - Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton (Dec 3)
*A book that takes place entirely in one day - Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (Sep 10)
*A book that was self-published - Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (Dec 19)
*A book that started out as fan fiction - Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Dec 16)
*A book with a pet character - Junji Ito's Cat Diary (Jul 12)
*A book about a holiday that's not Christmas - Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier (Aug 5)
*A book that features two languages - The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (Mar 9)
*The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Oct 29)
*A book with alliteration in the title - A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Feb 20)

FINISHED!

3Deedledee
Editado: Dez 23, 2023, 8:09 pm

January
1. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (ebook - Libby)
2. Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White (read by Dana K. White - Libby)
3. An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher (read by Lauren Fortgang - CD)
4. Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke
5. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry
6. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
7. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (read by Emily Shaffer, Lauren Fortgang, and Kirby Heyborne - Libby)
8. The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon (read by Erin Moon - CD)
9. By Chance Alone: a Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen
10. Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe
11. The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
February
12. Fangs by Sarah Andersen
13. The Passage by Justin Cronin (read by Edward Herrmann - CD)
14. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
15. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman (read by Cassandra Campbell, Simone Lewis, and Allyson Ryan - Libby)
16. Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter (ebook - Libby)
17. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (read by Cara Pifko - CD)
18. Away by Jane Urquhart (read by Seana McKenna - CD)
March
19. We Are the Light by Matthew Quick (read by Luke Kirby - CD)
20. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy (ebook - Libby)
21. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
22. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
23. Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris
24. The Maid by Nita Prose (read by Lauren Ambrose - Libby)
25. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (ebook - Libby)
26. Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich (read by Katie Schorr - CD)
April
27. This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub (read by Marin Ireland - CD)
28. Greenwood by Michael Christie
29. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
30. Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados (read by Bronwyn Szabo - Libby)
May
31. Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah
32. Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are about More than Just Making by Alex Langlands (ANF)
33. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
34. In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune
35. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (read by John Lee - CD)
June
36. How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer (read by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzern - CD)
37. The Sound of Fire by Renée Belliveau
38. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden (read by James Jenner and Ali Ahn - hoopla)
39. Ru by Kim Thúy
40. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
July
41. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
42. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
43. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
44. How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis
45. Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito
46. This Place: 150 Years Retold by various authors and illustrators
47. Jaws by Peter Benchley
48. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (read by Jilly Bond - Hoopla)
49. Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
50. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (read by Campbell Scott - CD)
August
51. Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
52. We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
53. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
54. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (ebook Overdrive)
55. Cocksure by Mordecai Richler
56. The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
57. Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis
58. Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle
59. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
60. Bunny by Mona Awad
61. Final Girls by Riley Sager
62. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
63. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
September
64. Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh (AGN)
65. Nobody, Somebody, Anybody by Kelly McClorey
66. Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
67. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
68. What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad
October
69. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (read by Danielle Macdonald - CD)
70. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
71. Holly by Stephen King (read by Justine Lupe -CD)
72. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
73. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
74. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (read by Jennifer Ikeda - hoopla)
November
75. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown (AGN)
76. Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight
77. Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (read by Robert Petkoff - CD)
78. Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me edited by Ben Karlin (read by various - CD)
79. Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue (read by Shiromi Arserio - CD)
80. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (read by Stephanie Hsu - Libby)
December
81. Devil House by John Darnielle
82. Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing up A Wizard by Tom Felton
83. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (read by Ilyana Kadushin -CD)
84. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (ebook hoopla)
85. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (read by Stephen Fry - Libby)
86. Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
87. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

4PaulCranswick
Editado: Jan 1, 2023, 5:17 pm



Wishing you a comfortable reading year in 2023, Dee.

5drneutron
Dez 25, 2022, 6:51 pm

Welcome back, Dee! Glad you're joining us again.

6Berly
Dez 27, 2022, 1:09 am

Hi Dee!! Good luck on your ambitious reading challenges!!

7thornton37814
Jan 1, 2023, 8:41 am

Hope you have a great year of reading!

8BLBera
Jan 1, 2023, 5:08 pm

Happy New Year, Dee. I wish you a happy year of reading.

9MickyFine
Jan 2, 2023, 11:53 am

Ooh, all the Canada Reads books is quite the undertaking. I look forward to your notes on them.

10Deedledee
Jan 2, 2023, 4:48 pm

Book 1.
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
I'm trying to figure out how to describe this book other than to just say it's amazing. I read the majority of it in one day.
A book about time travel, love, the future, and an examination of what it is to be human. I think this book is best enjoyed if you've also read The Glass Hotel.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you meant to read in 2022

11Deedledee
Jan 4, 2023, 9:07 am

Book 2.
Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White
I listened to this on audiobook but then immediately put the hard copy on hold so I could go back and revisit the strategies. Now to actually enact this advice.

12Berly
Jan 5, 2023, 3:21 am

>11 Deedledee: I am sure most of us could use some of that sage advice!! I could. : )

13Deedledee
Jan 8, 2023, 2:11 pm

Book 3.
An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher
Rainy (short for Lorraine) is invited to a girls’ weekend in Vegas with a group of women she isn't really all that close to, she doesn't want to go but is convinced by her partner. In an earlier timeline we get information about her childhood in a cult and how it’s impacted her ability to trust people and develop relationships. So that part was good, but then it just switches abruptly. One of Rainy's group gets kidnapped and Rainy is the only one that can save her. It becomes very convoluted and the plot is very improbable.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about a vacation

14Deedledee
Jan 10, 2023, 2:16 pm

Book 4.
Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke
A story written in poetry about love, loss, murder and racial injustice in 1930s rural Nova Scotia.
A contender in the inaugural Canada Reads competition in 2002.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list

15FAMeulstee
Jan 12, 2023, 8:40 am

Happy reading in 2023, Dee!

16Deedledee
Jan 15, 2023, 8:47 pm

Book 5.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
Within the first few pages of this book I thought - Matthew Perry is a jerk - and that assessment did not change as I read on. Do I think his addiction struggles are terrible? Yes, absolutely! And I loved the character of Chandler Bing. But Perry himself does not seem like a great person.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A celebrity memoir

17Deedledee
Jan 15, 2023, 8:59 pm

Book 6.
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
This book is absolutely amazing!
Beaton, freshly graduated from Mount Allison University (my alma mater), decides to do what many in the Canadian Maritime provinces do - head west looking for money.
She goes to the oil sands because that's where you can get the biggest money. And she's able to pay off her student loan with just 2 years of work. But at what cost? Beaton honestly and brutally describes the working conditions in a location that is isolated and where men outnumber women 50 to 1. Misogyny, threats, constant harassment, rape.
It's a difficult read but an amazing book that I highly recommend.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you think your best friend would like

18MickyFine
Jan 16, 2023, 11:37 am

>17 Deedledee: I'm so happy for Beaton that her memoir has been getting such international recognition because it feels like such a Canadian story. Glad to see it found another appreciative reader!

19Berly
Jan 21, 2023, 8:30 pm

>16 Deedledee: I read that one recently and also did not grow to love Matthew Perry by the end. He certainly seemed to have one of the roughest addiction stories I've read. At least you get to check off a reading challenge!

20Deedledee
Jan 22, 2023, 5:49 pm

Book 7.
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
A modern retelling of Jane Eyre. In this version Jane is a broke dog walker living in Birmingham. She grew up in a bunch of foster homes and is living hand to mouth with a sleazy roommate. Eddie is a rich widow in the upscale neighborhood where Jane works. He lost his wife in a boating accident 6 months ago. He meets Jane by accident and then buys a dog so he can hire her.
Since this is a re-telling, it’s not giving away any secrets to say the original Mrs. Rochester is alive and hidden in the attic. Since Jane gives up her job to live the life of luxury she must be home most of the day. How does Eddie visit Bea in the attic? How does he bring her up food and water? This drove me nuts as I was reading the book.
And of course, it ends with a fire.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A modern retelling of a classic

21Deedledee
Jan 23, 2023, 7:33 pm

Book 8.
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
Told in alternating timelines, Children on the Hill ask if you believe in monsters.
In 1978, Violet and Eric live with their Gran, the esteemed Dr. Helen Hildreth, on the grounds of the Hillside Inn. The Hillside Inn is an innovative mental health institution. One day Gran brings home Iris, a girl close to Vi's age who is very strange. She doesn't talk, wears her clothes inside out or backwards, and always wears a bright orange cap.
The three children make up a Monster Club and are obsessed with fighting monsters.
In 2019, Lizzy Shelley is a monster hunter with a popular podcast, blog, and even a few tv appearances. She travels to Vermont in search of Rattling Jane, a monster she suspects has kidnapped a teenage girl. And a monster she suspects is her long lost sister.
There were two big twists at the end of this book, one of which I guessed and one of which surprised me.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book set in the decade you were born

22Deedledee
Jan 24, 2023, 9:16 pm

Book 9.
By Chance Alone: a Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen
Canada Reads selection 2019

From the epilogue:
"...I have a great deal of concern for humanity should a supremacist ideology take hold again. It will be a threat to our way of life and our freedom."

Eisen was just 15 when he arrived at Auschwitz II - Birkenau. How he, or anyone, managed to survive there I cannot fathom. He lost his whole family and yet somehow was still able to go on. When he is finally liberated from the camp he goes to his old village and his family home to find it has been taken over and he is not welcome.
Among shifting political powers in post-war Europe, Eisen finds himself unable to emigrate to Canada without forged documents. For which he ends up in prison. When he's finally freed he comes to Canada.
Eisen spent the final years of his life as a Holocaust educator ensuring that this history will not be forgotten. Lets all make certain that his work was not in vain.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book by a first-time author

23Deedledee
Jan 30, 2023, 5:58 pm

Book 10.
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
Kobabe wrote a graphic memoir to grapple with eir evolving sexuality, starting as a small child and continuing to adulthood. E talks about not identifying as either gender and being asexual. A very frank and thoughtful attempt to explain human sexuality.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that's been banned or challenged in any state in 2022

24Deedledee
Jan 30, 2023, 10:27 pm

Book 11.
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Set in the near future, everyone lives in The City. A group of 20 are accepted into a study to live in the Wilderness State to see if humans can live in harmony with wilderness without destroying it. The study participants must follow extremely strict rules from the Manual and the Rangers distrust and dislike them.
It's also about a mother-daughter relationship, and how a mother can do everything for her child but still not come out right in the end. Bea came to the Wilderness State because her daughter Agnes's health was in severe decline in the city. Bea loves Agnes but is also frustrated by her. At the same time, she yearns for her own mother, only appreciating now the privileged role of being the daughter, and wishing more than ever for motherly comfort and love.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book by an author with the same initials as you

25PaulCranswick
Jan 30, 2023, 11:03 pm

A very solid and diverse month of reading, Dee.

What are your reading plans for February?

26Deedledee
Jan 31, 2023, 5:04 pm

>25 PaulCranswick:
I just read things as they come into my hands.

27PaulCranswick
Fev 2, 2023, 2:07 pm

>26 Deedledee: I suppose that way your reading will always be fresh and spontaneous. I am burdened by being too much of a planner.

28Deedledee
Fev 4, 2023, 5:14 pm

Book 12.
Fangs by Sarah Andersen
A super cute graphic novel in which a vampire and werewolf fall in love. I love that she gives him belly rubs and he calls her creampuff.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with mythical creatures

29Deedledee
Editado: Fev 13, 2023, 4:51 pm

Book 13.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
This is what I said when I read it in 2010:
Weighing in at 766 pages this book takes a while to read but I really enjoyed the story. Cronin is evocative of Stephen King in how he sets up the plot.
Set in the near future, to begin with, a pair of FBI officers are rounding people up for reasons unknown. Moving approximately 100 years in the future we see the results.
Hard to describe and hard to put down.

Now, 13 years later, the only thing I remembered about this book was that there were vampires. But on re-reading it I really enjoyed it.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you read more than 10 years ago

30Deedledee
Fev 14, 2023, 7:47 pm

Book 14.
I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
If you’re the right age you may remember McCurdy from iCarly or Sam & Cat. I’m too old for that but it doesn’t matter. This woman’s life is messed up! Her mom pushed her into acting at a very young age, and then pushed her into an eating disorder. They have a very toxic relationship.
She also talks about being a teenager in tv and how that led to all kinds of other toxic things. Although she never mentions his name, it sounds like the creator of iCarly and a bunch of other Nickelodeon shows was a really mean jerk.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about or set in Hollywood

31Deedledee
Fev 20, 2023, 6:42 pm

Book 15.
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Fast paced story of two teenage girls in 1991 who have a toxic, codependent relationship.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with "Girl" in the title

32Deedledee
Fev 20, 2023, 7:57 pm

Book 16.
Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
A Canada Reads selection from 2016.
Henry Hayward gets dumped and decides to join some of his friends going over to Afghanistan as a civilian contractor. That's where his life goes sideways. He sees a friend of his die from an IED. He feels responsible.
Like many from Newfoundland, he goes to Alberta for work. Things don't go well there either so he decides to go home and actually try to lay down roots.
He buys his dead friend's house and starts trying to repair it, and repair his soul.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about a family

33Deedledee
Fev 20, 2023, 8:48 pm

Book 17.
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
The victor of the 2006 Canada Reads debates.
I tried to read this book before but gave up on it. I'm glad I stuck it out this time because the ending was not quite what I expected.
Nomi lives in East Village, a Mennonite community in rural Manitoba. Her sister can't stand the suffocating life of the town and leaves. Her mother is excommunicated and leaves. Nomi and her father stay on in the little town where everyday another piece of furniture disappears from her house.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with alliteration in the title

34Deedledee
Fev 23, 2023, 6:33 pm

Book 18.
Away by Jane Urquhart
A Canada Reads selection from 2013.
Mary finds a young man washed up on the beach of a small Irish island. After this she is different and those in the village say she's "away". While she continues to be distant she does get married and have children.
During the potato famine she and her husband are sent to Canada by their landlords. Mary then disappears.
The story then goes on to follow her children, Liam and Eileen.
Later the story follows Deirdre and Esther but I really wasn't interested in them.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A historical-fiction book

35Deedledee
Mar 2, 2023, 8:47 pm

Book 19.
We Are the Light by Matthew Quick
A timely and difficult to read book about the impact of gun violence.
Lucas writes to his analyst Karl, sharing his disappointment that their therapy sessions have ended. We come to find out that both Lucas and Karl were at the movie theatre in their small town when a man walked in and killed 17 people, including both of their wives. He continues to write to Karl to tell him all that is going on around the town of Majestic in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Lucas is barely holding on because Darcy comes to him as an angel, although only he can see her. Then Eli, the shooter’s younger brother, camps in Lucas’s backyard. Eli is a town pariah, given he’s the brother of the shooter, although an innocent. But Lucas decides to help him. The two concoct an idea to help their community heal from the event.
Quick doesn’t directly address the nature of gun violence, instead he explores the themes of forgiveness, community, hope, and understanding.

36Deedledee
Mar 14, 2023, 2:47 pm

Book 20.
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
A Canada Reads selection from 2010.
Set in Vancouver's Chinatown in the 1930s and 1940s, it features stories told by three siblings, Jook-Liang, Jung-Sum and Sek-Lung (Sekky) as they navigate being first generation immigrants in a country that was not particularly welcoming. As Chinese-Canadians they have to tread the path between the old China ways and the new ways in Canada.
It also has a large focus on the ways in which the Chinese and majority of Canadians once viewed the Japanese, especially during Japan's occupation of China during the Second World War and in the events following Pearl Harbor.
Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a color in the title

37Deedledee
Mar 14, 2023, 3:01 pm

Book 21.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Jess is running away from problems in London and heads to find her half brother in Paris. Ben knows Jess is on her way but still doesn't answer the door for her. In fact, she can't find him anywhere but notes his keys and wallet are still in the apartment. Due to her painful past with the police, Jess opts to look for her brother on her own, starting in the fancy apartment building he lives in but should not be able to afford.
This is a typical twist and turn thriller and a fun beach read.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that features two languages

38Deedledee
Mar 14, 2023, 3:24 pm

Book 22.
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
A Reese Witherspoon book club pick about the inequities of men and women at work. Very much of the Liane Moriarty storytelling style.

Truviv's CEO has died suddenly and General Counsel, Ames Garrett, has been proposed as the next CEO to step in to run the company.
Sloane, Ardie and Grace are lawyers at Truviv, Inc. who currently report directly to Ames. They know him well. They know about the whispers surrounding him. The one's that always seem to be ignored!
Then new (and younger) lawyer, Katherine comes in and suddenly these women are looking for ways to protect her, and maybe themselves.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that's on a celebrity book-club list

39Deedledee
Mar 14, 2023, 6:57 pm

Book 23.
Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris
I picked this up because I think of Harris' books as great beach reads but this novel was just ... blah. I do realize that this was her first novel and so she hadn't developed her style yet.
Taking place in little under a week, it sees Catherine, home because her parents have recently died in a car accident, becoming the centre of an investigation into multiple murders in her small town.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you bought secondhand

40Deedledee
Mar 19, 2023, 11:41 am

Book 24.
The Maid by Nita Prose
This book started so strongly, I really liked Molly and felt for her. By the midway point though I found it repetitive and some of the story just didn't line up.
Molly works as a housekeeper at a very nice hotel in New York. She's recently lost her grandmother, who raised her, and is a bit lost. Molly is also neurodivergent and has a really hard time reading people's faces and understanding sarcasm.
One day she goes to clean a penthouse suite and finds a dead body. This embroils her in an investigation in which she is a prime suspect for murder.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A #BookTok recommendation

41Deedledee
Mar 26, 2023, 7:15 pm

Book 25.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
I found this book dragged a bit in the middle but other than that it was amazing!
Adeline grows up in France in the early 1700s. She wants more from life than her small rural village and the life of being a wife and mother. Not really an option at the time. On the day of her marriage she runs into the woods desperate and praying to any god that will help her. Along comes... darkness?, I don't know who he is but she does give him a name later in the book. He grants her life for as long as she wants but no one will remember her, ever, at all.
With this interesting premise we follow Addie's life for the next 300 years. How she learns to survive and even thrive in the various epochs and in multiple countries. Until one day, someone does remember her.

I will be recommending this book to several people.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book where the main character's name is in the title

42Deedledee
Mar 26, 2023, 7:25 pm

Book 26.
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
This book is the equivalent of that candy you don't really like but you eat because it's there in front of you.
It has an unrealistic romance and the expected plot of friendships turning into relationships turning into conflict, and back to happy ever after.
It was short and since I listened to the audiobook made good background noise while I puttered around in the kitchen. I'm not saying no one will like this book, it's just not my thing.
Zoey moves to New York to room with her sister after the marriage breaks up. Technically she and Derek are just separated while they figure out if they're going to make a go of it but in Zoey's mind it's already done. When she meets Tristan after catering a small dinner party at his fancy apartment she decides to take him under her wing. He's cute but dresses poorly and is woefully old fashioned. But we all know what happens next, she and Tristan become closer and while they both deny there is anything going on there is obvious chemistry. Then Derek pops back into the picture. What will Zoey do?

43drneutron
Mar 26, 2023, 9:39 pm

>41 Deedledee: Yep, I really enjoyed that one too!

44Deedledee
Abr 10, 2023, 7:39 pm

Book 27.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
Alice is turning 40 and life isn't exactly as she expected it. Her job is good but not spectacular, her love life is non-existent, and her father is dying slowly in the hospital.
To celebrate her birthday she goes to a dive bar and passes out in her dad's shed, too drunk to find her keys. And wakes up in 1996 on her 16th birthday. Her father, Leonard, is now in his prime. As she is herself.
Alice has a chance to spend time with her dad and appreciate him. She can also make different choices. Should she convince her dad to eat better? Quit smoking? Should she hook up with her 16-year-old crush?
Alice discovers that she can return to this day again and again, always going back to her 16th birthday and then forward to age 40. Each time Alice goes forward to age 40, she must live with the different choices she makes.
This brought up some really interesting questions. What would I do if I could go back to 16? Would I make different choices?

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with just text on the cover

45Berly
Abr 26, 2023, 2:53 am

>30 Deedledee: McCurdy's mom sounded like a piece of work when I read the book. Yikes!

>40 Deedledee: I think I enjoyed The Maid a wee bit more than you did. : )

46Deedledee
Abr 26, 2023, 6:23 pm

Book 28.
Greenwood by Michael Christie
One of the contenders for this year's Canada Reads, Greenwood is a multigenerational saga of both people and trees.
One of the questions this book brings up (but I can't expand on due to spoilers) is what makes a family - is it blood or is it love?

47Deedledee
Abr 26, 2023, 6:49 pm

Book 29.
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
A contender for Canada Reads in 2004, this book of short stories covers primarily women's lives in the 50s and 60s. I liked some of the stories better than others, as is to be expected with any short story collection.

48Deedledee
Abr 29, 2023, 10:04 pm

Book 30.
Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados
Isa and Gala decide to move to New York City for a summer. They're in the country illegally and are making minimal amounts of money selling clothing at a market stall. They spend the summer in pursuit of pleasure. But the heat and the lack of funds weights on their friendship.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a song lyric as its title

49Deedledee
Editado: Maio 7, 2023, 7:30 pm

Book 31.
Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah
A contender for this year's Canada Reads.
Muna and her son immigrated to Montreal in 1986. She's still reeling from her husband's disappearance in Lebanon and trying to adapt to not only a new country with new customs but also the brutal Quebecois winter. And to make matters worse she can't find work in her field, the only job she's able to get is as a "nutrition consultant" at a weight-loss centre. All day she listens to people complain about their lives on the phone, never revealing her own difficulties.

50Deedledee
Maio 7, 2023, 7:47 pm

Book 32.
Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are about More than Just Making by Alex Langlands
I've been working on this one for a while. Langlands, in addition to being an archaeologist, has been a reenactor on BBC historical documentaries on shows such as Tales from Green Valley, Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, etc.
I love those shows and so sought out this book by him.
The idea of craft as wisdom, knowledge, working with our surroundings, are all fascinating, but as this is also an archeology book, well... some of it was kind of boring.

51Deedledee
Maio 21, 2023, 11:23 am

Book 33.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A contender for this year's Canada Reads.
I think the best way to describe this book is atmospheric. The dark and decaying house - High Place - is full of secrets. The Doyles have lived here for decades, once a very powerful family running a silver mine, now greatly diminished.
Noemí is sent there by her father to check on her cousin Catalina, because he's had a disturbing letter. Catalina met and married Virgil Doyle very quickly and moved to High Place, very far away from Mexico City and her family. Her letter seems to point to her having some sort of breakdown.
This is a slow paced book in the first half but when it gets going... well, let's say there's a strong horror element.

52Deedledee
Maio 22, 2023, 7:45 pm

Book 34.
In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune
Victor has grown up with his dad Gio, and his two best friends, Nurse Ratched and Rambo. His life in the forest is idyllic but one day combing for parts in the scrapyard they find a decommissioned android. Victor brings him back to life and starts a whole chain of events that leads him and his friends (and HAP - Hysterically Angry Puppet) on an adventure to save his father in the City of Electric Dreams.
Klune writes endearing characters. The little vacuum Rambo will make you want to hug your Roomba.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book published in spring 2023

53Deedledee
Maio 29, 2023, 3:31 pm

Book 35.
The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
This is the prequel to the Kingsbridge series (sometimes called the Pillars of the Earth series). I hadn't read that series because I didn't think I would enjoy a doorstopper book on building a cathedral. But while I was on vacation someone was really talking up this prequel.
Starting in 997 and ending in 1007, it fictionalizes the details of what it might have been like for people living in this time.
Edgar the young builder who is bright but poor. Ragna a Norman noblewoman whose life takes a turn after she falls in love with English nobleman. The evil bishop using the power of his position.
It was interesting but it is over 900 pages and I don't think I'll be going on to read the rest.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a map

54Deedledee
Jun 3, 2023, 6:34 pm

Book 36.
How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer
Greenberg and Meinzer have a podcast in which they talk about living by the rules or advice of self-help books for 2 week chunks. This book is an amalgamation of the things they've learned and the advice that they thought was bad or harmful.

55Deedledee
Jun 11, 2023, 6:47 pm

Book 37.
The Sound of Fire by Renée Belliveau
Late on a cold night on December 16, 1941, young men in a residence on the campus of Mount Allison University wake up to the smell of smoke, or the sounds of panic. A fire is raging through the residence. Many are fortunate and make it out unscathed, others are injured, and several die.
Belliveau, an archivist, thoroughly researched the fire and the aftermath to the campus and the small town in which the university sits. By fictionalizing the story she was able to ascribe feelings and thoughts to historical figures.

56Deedledee
Jun 11, 2023, 7:24 pm

Book 38.
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Annie visits her uncle Will everyday at the hospital where he lies in a coma. From Annie talking to her uncle we learn about her life and what led up to her being there. Will is telling his own story to both of his nieces, although no one can hear him.

57Deedledee
Jun 14, 2023, 8:42 am

Book 39.
Ru by Kim Thúy
Winner of Canada Reads in 2015, Ru is a short novel, mostly told in vignettes, of a young Vietnamese girl immigrating to Canada.
The main character grows up in Saigon, and initially is quite wealthy until the Communist take over. Then the story changes to describe the deprivation, and eventual escape to the new, cold world of Canada.

58Deedledee
Jun 25, 2023, 1:34 pm

Book 40.
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
I thought that the Marrow Thieves was great but this is amazing.
Joan and her husband Victor have a fight. He walks out the door and never comes back. For 11 months she's been searching for him, convinced something must have happened to him as he would have never left her.
Then one morning, hungover, she stumbles into a revival tent in a Walmart parking lot and there's Victor. Except it's not. It's the Reverend Wolff.
Determined to get her husband back Joan enlists the help of her 12 year old nephew Zeus and the Elder Ajean.
The prologue starts with the legend of the Rogarou so you know where this story is going, but then Dimaline takes you on twists and turns you wouldn't expect.

59Deedledee
Jul 2, 2023, 4:59 pm

Book 41.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

I hate read this book. Holden Caulfield is a whiny, self-absorbed, hypocritical jerk. Why you would make high school students read this when there are so many other great books out there is beyond me.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you should have read in high school

60ArlieS
Jul 7, 2023, 1:46 pm

>59 Deedledee: You mean the purpose of requiring kids to read certain specific books in high school *isn't* to turn them into non-readers for life? Could have fooled me ;-)

For the record, my infinitely hated must-read from high school was Member of the Wedding.

61Deedledee
Jul 11, 2023, 7:45 pm

Book 42.
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Hartzler grew up in a very Evangelical Christian home. His parents wouldn't let him go to the movies, or read GQ magazine, or listen to mainstream music (Amy Grant was too risque). In this memoir, he talks about how he broke all these rules but really it's about his family's love and trying to find your place in the world.
As a non-Christian, it's hard for me to understand where his parents are coming from and so I found them borderline abusive with their rules.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a queer lead

62Deedledee
Editado: Jul 16, 2023, 9:07 pm

Book 44.
How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis
"Anything worth doing is worth doing partially."
In this short book, Davis reframes cleaning as a self-care task and not a moral failing. She also talks about how it's fine to not live in a state of perfection.

Book 45.
Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito
One of my coworkers has a tshirt with a panel on it from this graphic novel and I decided to check it out.
Ito buys a new house and invites his fiancé to live with him. She brings her family cat and then they adopt another cat. These are his chronicles of becoming a cat person.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a pet character

63Deedledee
Jul 17, 2023, 6:37 pm

Book 46.
This Place: 150 Years Retold by various authors and illustrators
A graphic novel anthology with 10 stories about the past 150 years as told by Indigenous creators. Before each story is a helpful history timeline.

64Deedledee
Jul 20, 2023, 11:46 am

Book 47.
Jaws by Peter Benchley
This book has a very 1970s feel to it. A little misogyny, some homophobia, some hatred of environmentalists.
A quaint seaside town, that is almost wholly dependent on summer tourism dollars, is terrorized by a killer Great White shark. A cop, a marine biologist, and an obsessed fisherman go out to stop it.
There's also a couple of subplots that I won't bother to go into.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book published the year you were born

65Deedledee
Jul 25, 2023, 9:32 pm

Book 48.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Poor Tess Durbeyfield! She tried so hard but life still went very badly for her. When her father finds out that their family are likely descendants of the rich D'Urberville family he sends her off to make a connection in hopes of getting some money. She's then thrown into the path of the scoundrel Alec D'Urberville. He apparently "seduced" Tess, which led to her becoming pregnant and having a child that died in infancy.
Trying to escape her past she moves away to work at a dairy farm, meeting Angel Clare. He falls for her, despite her being of a much lower social class. His family does not approve of his marriage but he does it anyway. Tess tries to tell him many times about her past but manages to only do so on their wedding night. And then he DUMPS HER! I was so angry about this.

66Deedledee
Jul 31, 2023, 11:18 am

Book 49.
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
This book reminded me a bit of Maeve Binchy.
It's 2016 and the Sullivan family is reeling from the aftermath of the death of their patriarch, Bud. The whole of the US is in political upheaval. And their beloved Cubs have won the World Series.
The story focuses mostly on Gretchen, Teddy, and Jane and their loves and lives. There are ups and downs but they at least have each other.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book your friend recommended

67Deedledee
Jul 31, 2023, 11:43 am

Book 50.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Robert Jordan (and you can't really refer to him any other way) is a young American in the International Brigades, sent to blow up bridges by his antifascist guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.
The band of fighter he meets up with tell their stories of the brutality of war. While there, he falls in love with Maria, the young girl who was raped and held captive by fascists.
The majority of the novel is taken up by discussion about blowing up the bridge but no real action takes place until the last 10% of the book.

68Deedledee
Ago 7, 2023, 5:41 pm

Book 51.
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
This is the 19th book in the Lucy Stone series, and I haven't read any others.
I picked this up to fulfill a Popsugar Reading prompt. It's a light mystery, in that 3 people die but there's no blood or guts.
Lucy Stone is a part-time reporter for a small town newspaper. She brings her grandson to the annual Easter egg hunt at a local rich philanthropist's expecting a good time, what they actually get is a dead Easter Bunny. The costumed dead man is actually the grandson of the rich philanthropist. It's time for Lucy to do some digging.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about a holiday that's not Christmas

69Deedledee
Ago 7, 2023, 7:10 pm

Book 52.
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
This is the polar opposite to the last book I finished.
I love Grady Hendrix's campy take on horror. This book was both a fun and disgusting read.
Kris' life is pretty bleak. She's working the back shift on the desk at the Holiday Inn. Her parents are dead. Her brother has just sold their mother's house, leaving her with no place to live. And then on the way home she sees a billboard. Her former bandmate, Terry, the guy who split the band up and then was able to get the rights to all their music, is doing a farewell tour. He's destroyed her life. He's destroyed the thing she loves above all else, music.
She decides to visit another old bandmate, Scottie, to convince him to confront Terry with her. It's been 6 years and she's ready for some justice.
That's when things go wonky. I don't even know how to describe the rest of the book without spoilers. This book is for horror fans and especially those who like metal music.

70Deedledee
Ago 8, 2023, 10:12 pm

Book 53.
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

When Miriam touches a person she can see a vision of the moment when they will die. She's been living with this "gift" for 8 years and she's a train wreck. But then she meets someone whose life is intertwined with hers, and can she prevent his death?

71Deedledee
Ago 13, 2023, 11:26 am

Book 54.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Ingrid and Gil meet in university, he's her professor, and they start a relationship. It derails all of Ingrid's plan for her life especially when she becomes pregnant. They get married but things are not the best.
Ingrid writes letters to her husband and hides them in the books he collects. These letters are very truthful about his neglect, his unwillingness to work, his adultery. And then one day she disappears.
Years later their two adult daughters are home to take care of Gil after an accident. They try to determine the truth of what happened to Ingrid.

72Deedledee
Ago 13, 2023, 11:45 am

Book 55.
Cocksure by Mordecai Richler
I read this because it was a Canada Reads contender in 2006. I'm not sure why I finished it.
I know this is supposed to be satire but it just feels like he was trying to write a book that would offend the most people and then call it 'provocative'.

73Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 4:12 pm

Book 56.
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Told through letters, email, legal documents, etc, this novel has some humourous elements even though the topic can be a bit fraught.

Sophie Diehl is a criminal defense lawyer who ends up taking a divorce case that she absolutely does not want because all the lawyers at the firm that normally deal with those types of cases are otherwise engaged.
She meets with Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim as a favour to a senior lawyer who tells her she just needs to do the initial interview and then be back in the land of criminal law. But Mia takes a liking to Sophie, and Mia's dad is a big client for the firm... so Sophie's stuck.
Since it is a divorce it becomes acrimonious, there is a fight over money, custody, the house, the other house (these are rich folks after all), and everything in between.
Sophie is handling that battle alongside the battle in her office as a major divorce lawyer in the firm is angry that she's got the case. In addition to navigating office politics she's also navigating her own feelings on divorce because it reminds her of her parent's breakup 10 years before.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about divorce

74Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 4:35 pm

Book 57.
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis
This graphic novel is so cute and fun. The characters are the best part about it. The plot is a little patchy but overall it's just really sweet.
Julie is a barista in a small college town in which all kinds of magical creatures live. She's also a werewolf and embarrassed about it. She's attracted to Selena, also a werewolf, and they're about to go on their first date. She really wants to impress Selena and decides to take her to a magic show. Julia also brings along her bestie Chet, a centaur who is also a barista.
This magic show ends up being a cover to steal magical parts (abilities?) from other mythical creatures and Chet loses their centaur butt. It puts them into a huge depression and all their friends band together to get it back.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A romance with a fat lead

75Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 5:06 pm

Book 58.
Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle
Tingle is known for his over the top gay erotica in which Bigfoot, dinosaurs, ghosts, etc. are the main protagonists (I don't actually know that protagonist is the right word... suggestions?). In Camp Damascus, he writes a serious horror novel.
Here's an article about him if you'd like to know more: https://www.vox.com/culture/2016/10/18/12775742/who-is-chuck-tingle-fake-explain...

Rose Darling is at the swimming hole with her friends in the small, isolated town of Neverton, Montana when she notices a scary creature. That evening at supper she tries to tell her parents about it and ends up vomiting flies! What's even more disturbing is that her super, fundamentalist Christian parents act as though this is nothing and just brush it off.
More and more strange things start to happen and Rose begins to notice they happen whenever she feels sexual attraction to women, culminating in her friend Martina being murdered by a demon.
Neverton is well-known as being the location of a gay conversion camp with a 100% success rate. Weirdly those who attend have no memory of having been there. Rose begins to believe she may have attended and sets out to find the truth.
And what she finds is truly frightening.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that comes out in the second half of 2023

76Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 5:42 pm

Book 59.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
Just days before turning 12, Naomi follows her dad out into the woods. She's hoping to go swimming but instead finds a cellar that he was using as a kill room and rescues a woman who was being held there. Her mother and brother move with her uncle and start a new life but her father's serial killer status follows her around.
Years later, as an adult, Naomi is a successful photographer who stays on the move. Never putting down roots until she sees a house in Washington state that calls to her. She starts a life. Meets a man that she's coming to love. But then dead bodies start turning up. This time, Naomi is tired of running.

77Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 6:41 pm

Book 60.
Bunny by Mona Awad
This book was ... something. I'm still trying to figure out what I think about it.
Samantha is in the 2nd year of a writing MFA at the prestigious Warren University. She's in a very small seminar of only 4 students, three of which are part of a clique called the Bunnies. Not only is Samantha not part of the in-crowd but she's also blocked. She hasn't written in months.
Samantha and her friend Ava constantly make fun of the Bunnies but then Samantha gets invited to one of their parties and decides to go. She gets sucked into the world of the Bunnies, and what a world it is.
I can't synopsize the rest because it may take away from someone's enjoyment of the book.
All I can say is that I don't think what Samantha experienced was real.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a rabbit on the cover

78Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 6:54 pm

Book 61.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
A much less campy take on final girls horror film trope than The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.
Quincy is the only survivor of a shocking attack on a bunch of college kids at a cabin in the woods. She's trying to live a normal life in New York with her boyfriend. She loathes the "final girl" label that's been placed on her by reporters and crime bloggers.
When another "final girl", Lisa, who survived a sorority house massacre, dies by suicide Quincy is thrown for a loop. And another survivor, Samantha (who lived through a massacre at a hotel) shows up at Quincy's and turns her life upside down.

79Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 7:27 pm

Book 62.
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
Ami McKay came to my library when she was touring for this book and her stories about New York in the late 1800s were fascinating. She even had pictures of them moving the Egyptian Obelisk through the city. I got a copy of her book that night but somehow only got around to reading it this week.

Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair run a tea shop in New York. Women come there for tea but also for tarot readings and tea readings. Sometimes they come for tinctures for what ails them. Eleanor very clearly believes herself a witch while Adelaide thinks of herself more as an entertainer.
Adelaide puts an ad in the paper seeking a shopgirl of sorts because she believes Eleanor needs more help and this brings Beatrice into their lives.
Beatrice can communicate with the dead, although she's not initially aware of it. As her powers increase, or maybe just her awareness of them, she begins working with Dr. Brody who has been studying the connection to those beyond the veil.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you bought from an independent bookstore

80Deedledee
Ago 27, 2023, 8:41 pm

Book 63.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
You know what you're getting when you read a book by Liane Moriarty. There's going to be a group of women who are connected in various ways. Someone's going to be dead - but not in a murder mystery way, and in the end all of it will come together in some sort of over the top coincidence. But what a ride.

In this case it revolves around three women in Sydney, Australia, who all have a connection to St. Angela primary school.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick is the power mom. She has 3 kids and yet finds time to do everything. She’s the head of the parent-teacher group, she sells Tupperware, and volunteers for everything. She is always prepared. Her husband, John-Paul is handsome and successful.
Tess O'Leary actually lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has a lovely life with her husband Will and young son Liam. Tess' best friend since birth is her cousin Felicity. Tess, Will, and Felicity also run an advertising agency together - until Will and Felicity announce they've fallen in love. Tess runs off to her mother’s in Sydney and enrolls her son in St. Angela.

Rachel Crowley is the school secretary at St. Angela. Her life was rocked by the murder of her teenage daughter Janie over two decades ago. Janie was found strangled in a playground, and the murderer was never caught.

81Deedledee
Set 7, 2023, 6:44 pm

Book 64.
Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh
Mermaids Tooth, Pearl, and Eek run out of shipwreck alcohol and decide to become human for a night to go on shore to get more. Things don't exactly work as planned. Eek is a powerful sea witch but as a human she doesn't have magic and is unable to turn them back. While Eek tries to figure things out Tooth and Pearl have to get jobs.
A real "fish out of water" story.

82Deedledee
Set 10, 2023, 5:48 pm

Book 65.
Nobody, Somebody, Anybody by Kelly McClorey
Amy is unbelievably lonely. She's dropped out of (been kicked out?) university. And has been trying unsuccessfully to become an EMT. She's working as a housekeeper at a yacht club for the summer waiting for her third attempt to write the EMT cognitive exam.
When her landlord unexpectedly asks her for dinner she thinks that everything is going to work out for her. But she makes so many ridiculous and poor decisions. Her awkwardness is almost impossible to read.

83Deedledee
Set 11, 2023, 6:01 pm

Book 66
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
Daisy Darker joins her estranged family at her Nana's home to celebrate her 80th birthday. The whole family hasn't been together for years. In fact, none of them has spoken to Daisy in years.
Nana is convinced that she will die on her 80th birthday due to a prediction many years ago. Because of this she decides to read her will while she has everyone together.
With the tide coming in, cutting her house off from the mainland for hours, the family becomes angry with how Nana has decided to allocate her belongings. At the stroke of midnight, with a storm raging outside, Nana is found dead in the kitchen.
Now the whole family is trapped and one of them is a killer.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that takes place entirely in one day

84Deedledee
Set 11, 2023, 6:19 pm

Book 67.
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
I'm not generally a fan of romance books but this does have an interesting premise. Now I need to decide if I will read the next one in the series.
Cat made her way to the circus to escape her life and her troubled family. While she has very powerful magic she's been disguising herself as a
soothsayer. Then a warlord shows up and kidnaps her, he is the Beta Sinta, the second in command to the new ruling family.
While they travel to the royal court he tries to figure out her secrets. And his comrades in arms become her friends.

85Deedledee
Set 20, 2023, 9:29 pm

Book 68.
What Remains of Her by Eric Rickstad
This book started well but went downhill.

I read one review that said "This book is a thriller alright... You will be thrilled to be done with it."

Lucinda and Sally are best friends. That's why Sally knows that Lucinda will keep her secret about the man in the woods. But then Sally, and her mother, disappear. Should Lucinda tell her dad, the sheriff?
With the disappearance of his wife and child, Jonah becomes a pariah in the town. Because they weren't found and no evidence was found everyone believes he had something to do with it.
Then, 25 years later, another child disappears. Was it the same person who took Sally and her mom?

86Deedledee
Out 5, 2023, 3:32 pm

Book 69.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
I went into this novel expecting some light women's fiction but then part way through the book changed to a mystery/whodunnit. I was not expecting that at all! So, I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil the twist for anyone.
Daphne is a fledgling Influencer in the world of body positivity. She has a couple of companies paying her to promote their products and a growing number of followers. She really feels like her life is coming together. Then her high school frienemy comes back into her life begging for another chance and asking Daphne to be in her wedding.
Drue has it all. She's rich, successful, beautiful, and is marrying a B-list celebrity. But she doesn't really have friends and wants Daphne to forgive her for the mean way she treated her.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past challenge

87PaulCranswick
Out 8, 2023, 10:54 pm

Dee, I hope that your Thanksgiving Weekend has been wonderful thus far.

88Deedledee
Out 10, 2023, 9:01 pm

>87 PaulCranswick:
Thanks, it was lovely

89Deedledee
Out 11, 2023, 7:28 pm

Book 70.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
I expected to like this book a lot more than I did.
Chambers' gentle story about a tea monk that meets a robot in the wilds and they teach each other about life. It sounds lovely but it just didn't resonate with me.

90Deedledee
Out 25, 2023, 11:12 pm

Book 71.
Holly by Stephen King
This is Holly's first opportunity to shine. She first appears in Mr. Mercedes as a shy, almost reclusive character but is now much more confident and in control.
In this novel she's on her own while her partner at the Finders Keepers detective agency is suffering from COVID, an illness her mother has recently died from.
She receives a call from a distraught mother whose daughter is missing and can't turn down the case. In her digging she finds other missing persons cases and discovers another kind of evil, this time not related to the supernatural.
While I greatly enjoyed this novel, I would not recommend it to those who are not fans to the other books in the series.

91Deedledee
Out 30, 2023, 7:47 pm

Book 72.
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
I really wanted to love this book but just didn't connect for me. In fact, it took me two months to finish it (alternately borrowing it in paper copy and through Libby).

Louise lives thousands of miles away from her family but when she gets a phone call from her brother that her parents have died in an accident she hops on a plane to go home and make arrangements. She and her brother Mark have a fraught relationship that doesn't get better when she realizes he's made all these decisions before she gets there. And then discovers her mother left him everything in her will.
While they're fighting over the house and possessions weird things keep happening. Are they playing tricks on each other or is the house actually haunted? And why has the attic been boarded up? Was there parents' accident really an accident?

It was hard to care about either Louise or Mark and I think this book could have benefited from more editing.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2023

92Deedledee
Out 30, 2023, 8:18 pm

Book 73.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Set in 1976, Dana is living in LA but is somehow pulled back in time to 1800s Maryland. When the life of one of Dana’s ancestors, a white slave owner named Rufus, is threatened, she is pulled back in time to save him. When she believes her own life to be threatened, she returns home. But the South at that time was dangerous for a black woman, she goes back to a time of slavery with no rights or protections.
Each time Dana goes back to the past it becomes more and more dangerous. I found myself wondering if she was going to live or make it back to her own time.

93Deedledee
Out 30, 2023, 9:58 pm

Book 74.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This series has been huge on BookTok so I thought I'd give it a go. I don't plan to read any of the rest of the series. I just really can't get into it. I listened to but had to stop often because it was an irritating read.

Feyre kills a wolf because it was chasing after the deer she was hunting, even though she suspects the wolf might be a faerie. And this brings about her downfall. She is taken by a beast and brought to Prythian (the faerie realm) because she has contravened the treaty put into place between humans and faeries. When she arrives in Prythian, her captor transforms from a beast to reveal himself as Tamlin, High Fae and High Lord of the Spring Court. She, Tamlin, and his friend Lucien start to build trust and become friends although this is an odd situation. Feyre even starts to paint. But then it all comes crashing down as Tamlin is taken to deal with a curse.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list

94Deedledee
Nov 5, 2023, 7:19 pm

Book 75.
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown

What I like most about this short biographical graphic novel is that Brown shows the complexity of Andre the Giant. He was both a nice guy and a jerk. He drank too much and didn't take care of his kid. But he was also generous. And spent his whole life hating how much people starred at him. But then made a career out of people staring at him.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book about an athlete/sport

95FAMeulstee
Nov 7, 2023, 10:28 am

>94 Deedledee: Congratulations on reaching 75, Dee!

96Deedledee
Nov 8, 2023, 8:48 pm

Book 76.
Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight

I don't have a lot of take aways from this book. While I don't necessarily believe I have all of my sh*t together, I do already make lists and break large tasks down into smaller ones. I do think I'll try to adopt the GYST BINGO. All in all, a light-hearted self-help book.

97Deedledee
Nov 14, 2023, 5:46 pm

Book 77.
Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The first half of the book was about the Salem Witch Trials, but then O'Reilly goes on to write about the separation of the US from England, and then on to a boy getting exorcised in the late 1940s. I think if he had framed this book as how Puritanism impacted the beliefs and the formation of the United States I would have been more satisfied with the book but to imply that this was a whole book about the witch trials feels like a bait and switch.

98Deedledee
Nov 20, 2023, 5:49 pm

Book 78.
Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me edited by Ben Karlin

Short stories and essays by male comedians and authors some of which are funny and some of which are just kind of boring.

99Deedledee
Editado: Nov 27, 2023, 9:12 pm

Book 79.
Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue
I didn't know anything about Anne Lister or Eliza Raine before reading this novel but I have started to look a little bit up.
In the novel, Anne Lister and Eliza Raine met at a boarding school in the early 1800s when they were 14 years old. They were put in the same room and from that love blossomed.
Eliza was an orphaned half-Indian girl born of a "country marriage" with a British father who worked for the East India Company. In Georgian England, a young woman of colour was not easily accepted into society.
Anne was exceptionally intelligent but wanted a more extensive life than what was allowed to women at the time. She arrives at the Manor School and her confidence and tom-boyish behaviour leads her to being a focus for all the pupils, but it's Eliza's eye (and heart) she catches most of all.

100Deedledee
Nov 28, 2023, 7:12 pm

Book 80.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

After her mother's death by suicide, Leigh believes she has become a bird, and goes on a quest to find her and find out why. In her search she finally connects with her mother's family and finds out so much more about her.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book written during NaNoWriMo

101Deedledee
Dez 4, 2023, 10:45 am

Book 81.
Devil House by John Darnielle
I'm still grappling with how I feel about this novel.

Gage Chandler is a true-crime writer buys and moves into the “Devil House” to write a book about the two murders that took place there in the 1980s. But it also touches on his previous book "The White Witch of Morro Bay" about a high school teacher that murders two students. And has a brief section of a medieval story. How do all of these things tie together? I can see the connections but sometimes they are tenuous. Based on this novel I am willing to give Darnielle's books another shot.

102Deedledee
Dez 4, 2023, 10:55 am

Book 82.
Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing up A Wizard by Tom Felton by Tom Felton

Is this what the Popsugar Reading challenge folks meant when they made the category "A book based on a popular movie"? I have no idea but this is what I'm going with.
Felton tells us about growing up as the youngest of 4 boys and how he believes that kept him grounded through all the years that followed. He talks a lot about his time on the set of the various Harry Potter movies and his relationships with the actors. Later, when he moves to Hollywood it seems that he loses his way for a bit but now seems to be back on track.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book based on a popular movie

103Deedledee
Dez 14, 2023, 3:56 pm

Book 83.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

After watching Dominic Noble review Twilight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7VDnpVG55c&list=PL4QtKjJdB8FQtn3HwzR3OrxM9hHlp9O4z&index=1), my friend convinced me that we should re-read the book. I spent the whole time yelling at her about plot holes.

104Deedledee
Dez 17, 2023, 1:14 pm

Book 84.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Amy Gumm is that other girl from Kansas. When a tornado drops her trailer in Oz she's soon embroiled in political drama. It turns out that Dorothy came back to Oz and she's taken over. She's sucking all the magic out of the world and it's up to Amy to stop her, along with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that started out as fan fiction

105Deedledee
Dez 17, 2023, 1:22 pm

Book 85.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I first encountered HGG as the BBC radio play when I was around 10 or 11 and I wish I could experience it for the first time again. This is my comfort read.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book you wish you could read for the first time again

106Deedledee
Dez 17, 2023, 3:49 pm

Book 86.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I defy you to not cry at the end of this book.
George and Lenny are traveling together to work farm jobs in Depression Era California. Lenny is a giant man with a child's mind. And George looks out for him. They have plans to save enough money to get a little plot of land. But when things go awry George takes care of Lenny in the only way he can.

107Deedledee
Dez 19, 2023, 6:18 pm

I just celebrated my 18th Thingaversary!

108Deedledee
Dez 19, 2023, 7:31 pm

Book 87.
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
Cozy fantasy.
Viv spent years as a bounty hunter, living rough and fighting. But her dream was to own a coffee shop. She saved her money for years to make that dream a reality. She sets down roots in the city of Thune, establishes a coffee shop and makes lots of friends.

Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book that was self-published

109FAMeulstee
Dez 22, 2023, 3:40 pm

>107 Deedledee: Belated happy Thingaversary, Dee!
You were one of the early members.

110Deedledee
Dez 23, 2023, 9:02 pm

Book 87.
Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
Rusty-James wants to be just like his older brother Motorcycle Boy, a tough guy that laughs at danger and was the head of a gang. But Rusty-James doesn't have his smarts or his lack of sanity.
I picked this up because I recently watched the movie.

111PaulCranswick
Dez 25, 2023, 5:09 am



Thinking about you during the festive season, Dee