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Joined April 2016

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
Bailedbailed

I got to page 65/chapter 7,and it kept getting harder for me to get into the story. It felt like the writing was too curated and crafted. My mind kept wandering every time I picked it up. I also found it a bit predictable, and wanted a more raw reading experience for myself.

I looked up how the story ends, and felt relived that I didn‘t read the book in it‘s entirety.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Reading this now. Interested to see where it goes, but I‘m finding it a little cheesy 🥴 I hope it gets better 🫠

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Interesting read. I‘m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but it was definitely intriguing.

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Woman, Eating | Claire Kohda
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Bailedbailed

I started this over a week ago, and am only on page 50- I can‘t get into at all. It‘s a bit mundane for me, but I kept trying to pick it back up. The story seemed interesting (a vampire that wishes she could eat food and does not prey on humans. Lydia and her mother have ever only feasted on pig‘s blood to stay functioning). I may try to read it again in the future, but I‘m bailing for now!

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Great writing and a grim story I couldn‘t put down.

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Just got back from Chicago, and I‘m ready to settle down with a book and a nightcap. Feeling extra tired tonight 🥱

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I was blown away by this book. I don‘t wanna give too much away, but this novel was not at all what I was expecting. The writing was beautiful & the story powerful.

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Alanzo Sneak | Nate Garcia
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This little comic was actually called Gecko by Nate Garcia w/ Alanzo as the main character (it didn‘t pop up when I searched). Just a fast, odd read with funny little drawings.

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King-Cat Classix | John Porcellino
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Just read this quickly on my lunch break. It was a quirky little comic with a string of random thoughts/ ideas, and stories. Enjoyed it very much.

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Next 😊

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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I loved this book. It felt like Tahir was getting into the the rhythm of her writing in the first few chapters ( maybe I was trying to get the hang of her writing 🤔)… but once it clicked, the novel was flawless. The story is mainly about Misbah, Salahudin, and Noor. From Pakistan, Misbah moves to America as a young bride. Soon she gives birth to her son Salahudin, and their lives cross paths with Noor. Several harsh themes, but simply beautiful.

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I‘ve had an escalating interest in foraging/identifying mushrooms🍄 🤗. I bought this guide recently, and it‘s been extremely helpful. I found so many great mushrooms over the weekend (that I never would have noticed if it wasn‘t for the guidance of this book). Would recommend for newbies. there isn‘t any medicinal information, but still pretty useful 👍🏽

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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I‘m not sure if I‘m mentally prepared for this one, but here we go 💪🏼

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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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I really really enjoyed this novella. Would recommend if you‘re looking for a sweet, wholesome story.

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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Started this one two days ago, but I haven‘t been able to dedicate too much time to reading. Hoping to finish this 92 pager tonight 🙈. It‘s a story of a 4th grade boy that is fascinated by a woman that works at a local supermarket. The story also follows his home life and his peer relationships at school. So far it‘s interesting and sweet :)

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read, and I liked the concept. Anders is a white man that wakes up one day with dark skin. Eventually, more and more people are waking up with darker complexions. There‘s outrage amongst certain groups, and hate crimes are being committed. There was a lyrical/metaphorical style to the novel (which I didn‘t mind). I enjoyed the moods this book conveyed. It was both mournful & hopeful.

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Only 11 pages in, but I like where this is going.

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I LOVED the ending of the book, I thought it was brilliant! Unfortunately, I wasn‘t crazy about the rest of it. There were too many explanations leading up to the end (and too much dialogue for me). Everything felt very choppy, and I had a hard time really getting immersed or falling in love with the characters. Like I said, the ending was perfect but wish it was more captivating leading up to it. Found myself desperately trying to finish it.

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I‘m having a hard time getting through this book. I like the concept of the novel, but it‘s moving rather slowly. My biggest dislike is how dialogue heavy it is. There‘s ongoing pages of 7 characters going back and forth- so I‘ve been losing interest rather quickly every time I pick it up to read. I have a little less than 100 pages till I finish it, so I‘m gonna try my hardest to just get through it 🥴 leaving books unfinished is not my thing.

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Happily making my way through my current read, but also excited to read these new books I picked up today. 🤗

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Super excited for this one 🤗

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Beautiful yet melancholy account of Lily Hu. A Chinese American teen who is figuring out who she is in an era where both her family is experiencing the fear of deportation, and her identity/sexuality is being rejected by those closest to her. A must read.

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I‘m gonna take a few days to nurse my book hangover… then I‘ll be starting this one 😬

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A bit behind on the #alphabetgame. Here are some of the most memorable books I‘ve read starting with these letters.

E- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

F- Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

G- Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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A bit behind on the #alphabetgame. Here are some of the most memorable books I‘ve read starting with these letters.

B- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
C- Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
D- Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

KarenUK Love Burial Rites! Soooo good 💕 4mo
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Mixed feelings about this one. Ultimately, a lord takes advantage of his villagers. Because of their piety, this becomes a classic case of the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. I loved the vivid imagery the author set throughout the entire novel. It was a fast read with many surprising turn of events. I very much disliked Lord Villiam. Halfway through, I kept envisioning Lord Farquaad whenever the perspective revolved around Villiam 😭

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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Book Mail 🥹

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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Started this one last night…

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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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This book was a lot to take in. It started innocently enough, but then started getting dark and twisted. There‘s a lot of neglect and physical/sexual abuse, so if you‘re really sensitive to those subject matters- I would steer clear.

Overall, I liked that this novel was different from anything I‘ve ever read (although it was pretty obscene). I still found it interesting, and was trying to figure out how it would all play out.

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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata

Both mom and my sister kept going on and on about how wonderful motherhood was, as if it were some kind of religion. I was still hoping to be brainwashed. But repeating “motherhood is wonderful” over and over like a Buddhist chant was hardly going to be enough to brainwash me on its own.

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A book you'd recommend whose title starts with the featured letter.

Thank you @TheNeverendingTBR for tagging me!

I picked, All the Light We Cannot See. I feel like everyone has read this one by now, but it doesn‘t change the fact that I still love it! A historical fiction story that is simultaneously heartbreaking and whimsical. I remember my heart pounding as I was nearing the end of the novel *chef‘s kiss*.

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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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I‘m reading this one next. I‘m not sure what to expect since I‘ve seen so many mixed reviews. Only one way to find out…

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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This was such a devastating story. Laurel has a teenage daughter that simply vanishes one day with out any answers or leads. The story moves on with Laurel not being able to come to terms with the disappearance of Ellie. This book moved quickly and was rather dark. I found the ending to be a little predictable, but I still drank it all up.

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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A little over 100 pages in. I‘m very much enjoying this fast paced novel 😌

It was recommended by one of my coworkers that said it had her at the edge of her seat the entire time 😆

So far, so good!

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The Girl I Left Behind | Shusaku Endo, Mark Williams
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Excited for this one. I‘m becoming more and more enamored with Japanese literature. This one seems a little dark, but very much looking forward to it.

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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At times, I thought the relationship between Tsukiko and Sensei was one sided (Tsukiko putting in most of the effort). I very much enjoyed this placid novel, and enjoyed the quirky relationship between the unlikely couple. I really loved the vivid imagery the chapters set (reading about foraging mushrooms in the mountains was such a delight). Would recommend 👍🏼

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Just started reading this one last night :) pretty interesting so far. I‘m loving the relationship development between Tsukiko and Sensei.

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This story is about 40 women, the youngest being a child. The women are imprisoned in a large cage surrounded by guards. None of the women can recollect what has happened or how they ended up there. This book may not be for everyone as it‘s not very climactic, but you become invested in the characters and their quest to find answers -which pulls you through to the very end.

Garabrandtreviews Sounds interesting 6mo
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Starting this one this morning. I‘m only a few pages in, and I‘m already intrigued 📖

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No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai
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I can‘t say I enjoyed this one. It reminded me of Women by Charles Bukowski, but not as crass and vulgar. Oba Yozo struggles his entire life with not having any purpose or drive. He never makes positive relationships within his family or peers. The story follows his relationships with women and his addiction to alcohol and heroin. It was a depressing account. It was melancholy from start to finish. I would have bailed if it was any longer.

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No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai
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Next up.

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I was completely enveloped by this story. Nori is a bastard child from a mother that is part of a dying dynasty. The family tries everything to keep Nori a secret to preserve any honor and respect the family name still has. I loved the lyrical writing, and quite frankly I couldn‘t put this novel down.

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Sula | Toni Morrison
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Break time at work… I haven‘t had too much time to read these last few days, but I‘ve been slowly easing into this one 📖

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Whoa, what did I just read?! This psychological thriller started off pretty tame, but ended with a bang. I couldn‘t put it down⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Little more than half way through this one…. It was slow to start, but I‘m really enjoying it now 😊

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides

We are made up of different parts, some good, some bad, and a healthy mind can tolerate this ambivalence and juggle both good and bad at the same time. Mental illness is precisely about a lack of this kind of integration- we end up losing contact with the unacceptable parts of ourselves.

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I love me some George Orwell, so naturally I had to read this graphic novel that was adapted and illustrated by ODYR.
I loved the drawings, and the layout of the book flowed nicely... Definitely a GN I will be reading over and over again!

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Reading on my lunch break. So far loving the illustrations and story 🐖

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I got some great book mail tonight, but I had a hard time deciding where to start first. I‘m going with this psychological thriller 👌🏽

Also, does anyone have any recommendations for some really dark novels?? I decided to embrace this genre until I‘ve had my fill 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Grass | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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An important graphic novel the sheds light on a very dark part of history. I couldn‘t put it down once I picked it up. The illustrations were somber to reflect the heaviness of the story.