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Cinfhen
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“Anger and hate are seeds that germinate war. Forgiveness is a seed for peace.”
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. In memory of those who are no longer able to be heard I read the above book. Eva Mosez Kor passed away this July, in Poland, where she was guiding a group. How telling that she died in Auschwitz, the place she survived but her parents & 2 older sisters were killed.

https://youtu.be/gdgPAetNY5U

4thhouseontheleft Oh, wow. 😢 2d
BarbaraBB This must be such a heard read. Do you feel prepared for your upcoming trip? Is Niki reading all these books too? 2d
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Suet624 I didn‘t realize she died there. (edited) 2d
Cinfhen It‘s really sad @Suet624 she was 85 and it was quite unexpected 😭😭😭 @4thhouseontheleft almost all survivors are now over 80 years old, most are in their 90‘s by 2030 they expect no more will be living 💔 1d
Cinfhen Niki is not reading as much as I am @BarbaraBB I think I‘m trying to numb myself for the experience 😔 1d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is so understandable. I hope it works - but somehow I doubt that 😢 1d
Megabooks I will pray for you during your trip. For strength and to have a good experience. I am so glad you are going. You are a strong woman, Cindy!! 💞💞 1d
Butterfinger What? She actually died there recently? That to me seems horrific. But then I think of her courage to revisit and teach others. So I'm not sure if it's horrible or ironic or sort of poetic. 1d
Librarybelle A hard but necessary read. 💔 1d
Cinfhen Thank you @Megabooks 😘♥️ yes @Butterfinger I agree poetic seems like the right choice of words. She returned to Auschwitz a free woman, with children and grandchildren having defeated Mengele but ultimately died in the same place where she lost her family. It happened ironically on July 4, Independence Day💔 1d
Cinfhen I‘m still thinking how does a 10 year old survive without any family left except for her twin sister @Librarybelle and yet she had the brawn & bravery to do just that!!! 1d
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BarbaraBB
An Armenian Sketchbook | Vasily Grossman
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And now I want to visit #Armenia...! I found myself googling all the time when reading this ‘Armenian Sketchbook‘ which it really is. Vasily Grossman travels through the country and shares little details with us. About Armenian people, their culture, their food and their country, filled with stones and beauty. Fascinating.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇦🇲 #pop20

Librarybelle I should read this one for Armenia! It sounds like the type of book I want to read for this challenge, a nonfiction look at the country and people. 2d
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes I think this is what you had in mind before starting this challeng: learn a bit more about the parts of the world your ancestors came from. This is perfect then - and short! 😘 2d
Librarybelle Short is good! I have a couple short country books I plan to read this coming weekend during the #alternate24in48 . I‘ve yet to record a book for our challenge...haha! 2d
squirrelbrain I just asked on the other thread if you enjoyed it - doh! Should have checked here first.... 😁 Really looking forward to this one now..... 2d
BarbaraBB It learned me a lot about the country @squirrelbrain , I always like that. 2d
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Cinfhen
Black Water | Joyce Carol Oates
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Thank God this book was only 150 pages because it was still a slough to get through. A stream of conciseness taking place at the moment of impact - a car plummeting into black murky water. Based loosely on Mary Jo Kopechne, who died while in the care of a drunk Senator Ted Kennedy. Here Kelly Kelleher, an idealistic young woman meets her fate at a July 4th party. We know how it‘s going to end and we really don‘t learn the why. Not for me 👇🏽

Cinfhen Sorry, Steph!! I‘m a bad buddy reader. Hope you find it more enjoyable @Reviewsbylola 3d
Cinfhen Challenge prompts #JennyIs30 #Politics #PoP20 #GreatOpeningLine ( rest is pretty repetitive) #Booked2020 #BottomOfYourTBR 3d
Cinfhen I‘d skip it @CafeMom although it‘s short so there‘s that 3d
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Cathythoughts Oh dear !! I ordered Blonde during the week at the bookshop, for #setinHollywood 🤞🏻 3d
TrishB And it started off so well!! 3d
Cinfhen Blonde is a chunkster @Cathythoughts but I‘ve heard it‘s very good / this did have a great opening but then..... @TrishB 3d
Reviewsbylola I‘ve got 50 pages left and I hate it too. JCO is such a toss up for me. As I was reading it, I figured you would hate it. 😆 3d
Reviewsbylola Blonde is amazing!! @Cathythoughts 3d
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @Reviewsbylola I want my 2.5 hours back 😂🤣😂This book was AWFUL 😝 3d
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola thanks! I‘m looking forward to giving it a whirl 👍🏻❤️ 3d
CafeMom This book is on the 1001 list so I can't skip it. I have only ready one other book by the author, Blond, and I really enjoyed it. I am seeing a theme with her books as Blond was a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe. I loath stream of consciousnesses so this will be a tough read for me. 3d
Cinfhen It‘s SUPER SHORT so it won‘t be too painful to get through @CafeMom 3d
Bette Boy, I read this years ago. Did not like it. 2d
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Black Water | Joyce Carol Oates
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“The rented Toyota, driven with such impatient exuberance by The Senator, was speeding along the unpaved unnamed road, taking the turns in giddy skidding slides, and then with no warning, somehow the car had gone off road and had overturned in black rushing water...” #GreatOpeningLine #pop20

Cinfhen I think this might be a #OneSittingRead @Reviewsbylola 😁❣️ 3d
CafeMom This one is on my list. Glad it's starting out well. 3d
Cinfhen It‘s super short chapters and paragraphs @CafeMom My first read ever by JCO so we‘ll see. 3d
Reviewsbylola So promising but 😬😆 3d
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lele1432
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Like comfort food for my ears. This reread/listen was just what I needed; still 5⭐️s for me! I‘m going to try to watch the movie tonight or tomorrow.😊 #PotterADay

lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2020 #Pop20 - I think this is a great #Bildungsroman #JanuaryBookBingo - First in a series (edited) 3d
Linsy I love that!! It is comfort food for the ears. 🤓 2d
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4thhouseontheleft
Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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A haunting story about a woman condemned of murder and awaiting her execution. The dynamics of a small group of people on an isolated farm in northern Iceland are fascinating and I loved how the story unfolded. The POV sections from Agnes are the most compelling, and I liked the sprinkling of historical documents that preceded most chapters. Another great book from my #newyearwhodis list. @MeganAnn you have excellent taste!

Librarybelle One of my favorite books! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Librarybelle Definitely a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for me! 3d
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4thhouseontheleft @Librarybelle It also reminded me of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, which I read years ago, and also really liked. 3d
Librarybelle Alias Grace is on my to read list! 3d
MeganAnn So glad you liked it! I also enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and found Agnes‘ perspective to be the most compelling. I bet having been to Iceland you could better picture the landscape while reading. ❤️ (edited) 3d
Tamra Glad you liked it! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @MeganAnn Yes, that was helpful! Although the landscapes in Iceland are so varied, I‘m not sure if what I was picturing would be accurate for the northern part. We were in Reykjavik and the southeast coast. 3d
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Cinfhen
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I found this book really informative and an interesting look at how an investigation is put together. The fact that it was a page turner reflects well on Jodi & Megan‘s skills at both reporting & storytelling. The end of the book brought tears to my eyes. I applaud all the women who have come forward to share their stories & to help pave the way for future generations. I have my own #MeToo story / a boss who was very sexually explicit👇🏽

Cinfhen With his comments & actions. I never felt “threatened” but his behavior was always inappropriate & disrespectful. Looking back, I realize being young (20) I was “flattered”by the attention when I should have been outraged. I just assumed this was how corporate America works. 4d
TiredLibrarian @Cinfhen I'm in my mid-50s and when I think back to my teens through my 30s, it's amazing how much harrassment I put up with, and was even "flattered" by, too. We were socialized differently, and I'm glad it's changing - hopefully it's better for future generations of girls. 4d
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Cinfhen We are probably of same age @TiredLibrarian ( I was born in 1966) and I agree, we were socialized differently. When I would tell my friends what my boss had said or done at the time, no one was outraged or surprised- it was typical almost “normal” behavior. Every friend had a similar experience 🥺 4d
Kalalalatja Things have really started to change in my generation. When I was a teenager, I remember being flattered by really inappropiate behaviour, that would outrage me now. I‘m so happy things are changing, and that books about the courageous women who are changing things exist! 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m so sorry, Cindy! 💕 Even starting to work in the late 90s, I was flattered as well. I hope it‘s better for your kids!! 4d
LeahBergen Oh, geez. Yeah, tell me about it (ie; experiences of our age group). A friend and I sat together one evening recently (with a few wines 😉) and outlined all the “sexually inappropriate” things that had happened to just the two of us in our youths. It was shocking in retrospect. 4d
Hooked_on_books Sadly, I suspect most women have a story of harassment. For me it was a man pressing the length of his body against the back of mine on a busy subway train. I was naive enough to think it was by mistake, but since he adjusted to do it again after I moved, I was clued in. He was pretty mad when I put on my large backpack to thwart him. I‘m the one who should have been mad, not him, but I was just kind of bewildered. 4d
Cathythoughts Yes.. there was a lot of inappropriate- bordering- on - abuse behavior that I tolerated back in the day , as it was considered “ normal “ crazy stuff !!! 4d
Cinfhen I know I‘m preaching to the choir @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books I‘m not surprised to hear you‘ve both experienced some sort of harassment as well @Megabooks @Kalalalatja but I definitely think your generation is from a different stock and much more empowered 🙌🏻 4d
Cinfhen I can‘t even count how many times I was rubbed up upon on the subway or crowed buses @Hooked_on_books and never thought of it as sexual harassment but more as a fabric of sleazy NY commuting 4d
Lizpixie I was forced out of a job at 17 because I refused the advances of my “supervisor” He was a total pig. Oh, and there was the one week I lasted at an army disposal store when I was 15 because the owner kept rubbing on me when I was stacking tarpaulins. #MeToo 4d
Cinfhen I totally get it @Lizpixie 😖 4d
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Michollio
March: Book One | John Lewis
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I enjoyed this format for learning more about one person's view of and role in the civil rights movement. I knew the basics, but this definitely had more detail than I've been taught, probably because it was mostly focused on the specific groups John Lewis was part of. Onwards to Book Two.

#BookishBingo: About the Civil Rights movement
#Pop20: Same title as a movie/show but unrelated to it

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Michollio
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This one was very back and forth, and the characters were off the wall. I loved the format, although I'm not sure how they made a movie based off of it. A great adventure that had me guessing what was going on and what would happen next.

#BookishBingo: Recommended by a friend
#Pop20: Fave past prompt (Book with a question in the title)

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Michollio
The Countess Conspiracy | Courtney Milan
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Ooof. This one hit me where it hurts, over and over again. There was a lot of pain in this one, as the main two characters had continually been told that they were never good enough.

#Pop20: More than 20 letters in the title
#AtoZ