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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

Joined January 2017

“There where one burns books, one in the end burns men.” - Heinrich Heine
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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My list for July‘s #bookspin! I would be happy to read any of these picks, so looking forward to seeing what is in store this month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8h
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Ghosts of the Tsunami | Richard Lloyd Parry
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Remarkable journalism on the aftermath of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I live in the PNW and remember this and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant vividly. I was unaware of the preventable tragedy that unfolded at the Okawa Elementary School. Parry‘s deep respect for his subjects is evident, and the persistence for answers amidst a culture of deference to authority is powerful. Truly haunting. 5⭐️

Centique I‘ve often wondered about what happened after this tragedy disappeared from my news broadcasts here - it was so huge - this sounds like a must read. Great review! 2d
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Hide | Kiersten White
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Set in an abandoned amusement park, this had a lot of potential. 14 people are here for a hide-and-seek competition, and things go awry quickly. Loved the setting and premise. The character development was a bit shallow for me, but I felt I could‘ve fell in love with them had I gotten more. White‘s pacing and writing are great, but the ending was abrupt and disappointing. Would definitely read more from White - her best is yet to come. 3.5⭐️

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The writing in this strange and wonderful collection blew me away. Spanning multiple genres (science fiction, horror, magical realism, etc), the range Sachdeva showcases here is astounding. Every story felt like an otherworldly experience - unsettling, new, and beautiful. Sachdeva‘s voice is truly unique, and I can‘t wait to read more! A collection that deftly puts the reader on “the knife‘s edge between wonder and terror.” 5⭐️

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Mexican Daughter reads like a grittier and darker Judy Blume coming-of-age novel. When her perfect sister dies tragically, Julia sets out to uncover the secret life she‘d been living. On the way, she faces her own identity and path away from her parent‘s expectations. Though it may try to fit in too much (rape, suicide, immigration), the clash between immigrant parents and first generation American children over cultural values felt authentic. 4⭐️

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Hello #LMPBC - Group V (for Vintage)! I‘m so glad you all decided to join me in reading some classics, both traditional and modern! Here is my list of potential picks. Let me know what works for you!

jimfields3 We have a lot of good suggestions, so I won‘t muddy the waters by making even more. 😀 I would not reject any of the suggestions outright. This is my first #lmpbc so how do we choose? 2w
TheAromaofBooks I read Alice recently, but I'm up for any of the others!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @jimfields3 - There isn't really any formal method of deciding... usually each person proposes a 4-8 books that sound interesting to them, mostly to check & see if anyone else has already read them or especially loves/hates an author, etc. Each person makes their own final decision, but obviously we try to choose books that the rest of the group is interested to read as well!! So you can make your own post of books you had in mind as potentials😊 2w
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 If no one else has read it, I am going to go with The Bell Jar. Let me know! 2w
fredthemoose @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks The Bell Jar sounds great to me! @jimfields3 I‘m thinking about a Vonnegut book. Leaning Slaughterhouse-Five but happy to pick another if you‘ve already read it. Does that work for you? 2w
jimfields3 That works for me, too, @fredthemoose 2w
jimfields3 I apologize for being obtuse: I thought we were deciding on one book for the whole group and not one book per person. 😳 I‘ll gather some images right now and post shortly. I‘m sorry for misunderstanding! 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose Would love to read Slaughterhouse Five! @jimfields3 You‘re not obtuse! The way this works is that we each pick a book. The first “round” (the month of July) we each read the book we picked and annotate. Then we mail it to the next person and we‘ll receive the next book. Suellen should have emailed you with the signup and you can see who you will be mailing to every month. It‘s basically a Round Robin. Hope that helps! 2w
TheAromaofBooks The Bell Jar sounds great!! I've never read that one and have always meant to. @jimfields3 - It is a little confusing at first!! But yes, all four of us will read four books, one per month, and in the end you'll end up with your own book back, full of all our thoughts/notes/rants. It's pretty fun!! It looks like from the list that you'll be mailing the next book to me each month!! 2w
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I‘m making decent progress on my reading goals for #JoysofJune! These selections are also part of my #BigJuneReadathon to help me get back on track with my 2022 reading goals. Reviews coming soon! 🤓

Clwojick Way to go! 2w
Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 2w
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It‘s time for another round of #LMPBC and sign-ups are a little light. I signed up for a round of psychological thrillers and am hoping some Littens will join me in reading some “classics.” Come join us! It‘a a wonderful way to meet some fellow Littens and read some books you may not have discovered otherwise!!

LoverOfLearning Just joined! I've never done this before!!! Looks very cool! I love a good marked up book. 2w
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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I went on a little book buying spree over the weekend to prepare for #camplitsy and catch up on some other 2022 reading goals. I guess I broke my book buying ban, but it was for a good cause. 😂😂

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This incredibly sweet memoir about a man‘s odyssey to complete his brother‘s bucket list after his death will get you right in the feels. Great-grandsons of JRR Tolkien, Mike and Royd have a special bond that becomes even stronger as Mike battles ALS. Royd grapples with the loss of his brother, overcomes fears, and learns to move foreword by steadfastly completing 50 bucket list items Mike never got to do. Hilarious, poignant, and inspiring. 4⭐️

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Theme Music: A Novel | T. Marie Vandelly
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This novel held such promise for me and seemed right up my alley. It started strong and Vandelly has a talent for ramping up the creep factor. However, the novel lagged as the story progressed, and I found myself just not caring that much at the final reveal. I also found some of the motives to be unsatisfactorily explored. I would read this author again, but, ultimately, I was left wanting more. 3⭐️

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Death by His Grace | Kwei Quartey
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This was a weaker installment of Quartey‘s Darko Dawson series, but I found the cultural information around Christianity in Ghana to be intriguing and thought-provoking. This seems like the least put together novel of the series as I solved the mystery before the reveal and it wasn‘t that exciting. The book ended on a cliffhanger though, so I hope we‘ll see a return to this series despite Quartey moving on to another series. 3⭐️

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My #bookspin list for June! I‘ve been in a little bit of a reading slump, so hoping for some inspiration with this month‘s picks.

Kimzey Lots of good ones here. You can‘t go wrong! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
BookBosomed1 A man called Ove 😍😍😍 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Kimzey That‘s what I‘m hoping! 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @BookBosomed1 I know! I am so late to the party on that one. 😂 1mo
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The Butterfly House | Katrine Engberg
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This Danish crime novel was a bit slow to start for me. Once I got used to the multiple POVs and engaged in the story more, I did enjoy it. Part of a series, but I didn‘t feel I was missing anything by not having read the first one. I‘m not sure how I feel about investigator Jeppe Kroner, but did love his partner Anette Werner. Her adjustment to motherhood and maternity leave was relatable. Eccentric characters and a strong mystery. 3⭐️

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The Butterfly House | Katrine Engberg
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In the last 2 weeks my divorce was finalized and I began the process of refinancing my home just in time for an interest rate hike. The last 8 months have been difficult, but I made it in part due to my love of reading and this wonderful community. After a very hard day of coming to terms with my new mortgage payment, I needed a beer, a book, and some sun. Thank you, Littens. Without even knowing it, you have been a source of great comfort. ❤️

Bookwormjillk Hugs 🤗 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Sorry to hear all that you‘re going through. Books are magic, and litsy is my happy place too. 📖✨ 1mo
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Christine Sending good wishes. ❤️ 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Bookwormjillk @Chelsea.Poole @Chrissyreadit @Christine Thank you so much. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
CaitlinR Hang in there. You‘ve got this! 2w
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Son of Rosemary | Ira Levin
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I am so mad that this was written, let alone published! Rosemary‘s Baby was an absolute masterpiece, so I was intrigued by this sequel written many years later. Complete drivel. Horrible plot. Terrible dialogue. I only kept reading for the “twist,” and literally threw it in disgust over the complete cop-out ending. Can‘t imagine why Levin even wrote this except as a money grab or because he hated Mia Farrow (to whom the book is dedicated). 1⭐️

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Based on the Manson Family Murders, Cline captures the boredom and desperation of adolescence magnificently. Evie is an ordinary teenager growing up in the suburbs when she is spellbound by an young woman in a cult-like group. Evie‘s seduction happens quickly and totally. Missing the novel‘s violent climax only by happenstance, adult Evie grapples with how easily she could‘ve been someone else forcing us to study our own life‘s close calls. 4⭐️

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Sixteen Horses | Greg Buchanan
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I don‘t know what to make of this book. The atmosphere and sense of foreboding that Buchanan creates is spectacular. The creepy English seaside town rocked by a gruesome discovery is a perfect setting. However, the story is disjointed at times, and I was left a bit disappointed with the resolution. This is a story that won‘t leave me for awhile. A deeply unsettling debut, Buchanan is one to watch. 4⭐️TW: graphic descriptions of animal abuse

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A sweet book about an incredibly inspirational man. I enjoyed hearing about how “the Neighborhood” arose and the glimpses of Fred Rogers‘s humor behind the camera. I didn‘t care for Mister Roger‘s Neighborhood as a child (Sesame Street was my jam), but find myself seeking to be more like him as an adult and parent of young children. We may not share a belief system, but there is a lot to learn from Rogers about just being a good human. 3.5⭐️

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I was excited about this Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai with a heavy dose of fantasy, but ultimately, it fell short for me. There were interesting plot points, but the fantasy/science fiction elements and worldbuilding were very weak. The writing was choppy and I didn‘t connect with any of the characters. This could have been a lot shorter (and not a duology), but it ended on a cliffhanger, so I‘ll give the finale a shot. 2.5⭐️

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The Cider House Rules | John Irving
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My #bookspin list for May. Very excited to see what this month‘s picks will be!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 2mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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As a bibliophile and lover of libraries, I wanted to love this book about J.P. Morgan‘s librarian. Belle de Costa Greene was a remarkable woman who absolutely deserves to be a more well known figure in our history. Her intelligence, wit, style, and tenacity are evident and the novel is well-researched. However, I found the book to be a dull and inadequate vehicle to bring this extraordinary example of Black excellence into the spotlight. 2⭐️

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The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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Atmospheric, suspenseful, and creepy as hell. McMahon brings something deeply unsettling to the otherwise common “woman returns home to deal with a family tragedy” trope. She is able to weave two timelines together seamlessly, while also creating vulnerable characters and realistic portrayals of family dynamics and trauma. Oh, and I will definitely be steering clear of dark pools for basically the rest of my life. Shudder. 4⭐️

Nute This author has a talent for creepy stories!😱 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Nute Excited to read more of her! 2mo
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I‘m signed up for my first Dewey‘s 24 hour readathon! I am SO excited and need to assemble the book stack I‘ll be reading through on Saturday. Is anyone else participating?

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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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A bit saccharine at times, this sweet and charming novel follows a family navigating life with a transgender child. Claude identifies as female early in her childhood and is quickly accepted by the family as Poppy. A lot of safe choices are made: a thoroughly supportive and loving family, understanding school administrators, neighbors, etc. Though often painfully unrealistic, I loved living in a world where this is how it always is. 4⭐️

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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Pleased with my #AwesomeApril reading results! I‘m having a run on great books lately, so that is exciting! I‘ll be finishing TIHIAI tonight a day late, but I‘ll take the partial credit. 😀 Thanks @Andrew65 and see you for May‘s readathon!

BookBosomed1 Well done! Wild is one of my favorite NF books. 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @BookBosomed1 It is SO good. I loved it! 2mo
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Some books just take up residence in your soul and will never leave. Strayed was not the most likable at this point in her life, least of all by herself. But her writing on grief, the crushing ways it can make us unrecognizable to ourselves, and the wild, stupid, and brave ways we must learn to accept things as they are to heal is so deeply moving. I had tears streaming down my face as I read the final pages. Transformative. 5⭐️

Octoberwoman I loved this book so much. The movie version was also wonderful. 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Octoberwoman I saw the movie years ago, but am going to re-watch it soon! 2mo
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A sunny Spring day in Seattle calls for a crab roll and a book. #pnwforever #nomnom #wild #crabbyhour

EvieBee Looks delish! 3mo
Roary47 That is a good book! 😍 (edited) 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @EvieBee OMG. It was life-changing. 😂😂 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Roary47 I am loving it so far! 3mo
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Beautiful debut from a powerful new voice. Adunni is an unforgettable protagonist that meets the traumas and challenges of her life with strength, humor, tenacity, and optimism. Her story is a difficult one, but avoids the “trauma porn” territory that so many other books like this can veer into. I wish we could know what happens next in Adunni‘s story, but I was left knowing she is on her way to changing the world. 4⭐️

Amiable I loved this book. ❤️ 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Amiable It was very good! 3mo
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We would all do well to remember Adunni‘s wisdom. 🥰

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I‘m a day late, but here are my #AwesomeApril reading goals! My focus this month is catching up on some #Booked2022 and #bookspin selections. Thanks @Andrew65 for keeping us on track and I hope you are doing well. 😀

5feet.of.fury Ooooh I loved Wild! 3mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Doing well this weekend. 😍 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @5feet.of.fury It‘s been on my TBR forever! 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Andrew65 Glad to hear it. Thank you! 3mo
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Hollywood Park: A Memoir | Mikel Jollett
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A raw, poetic, and inspiring memoir from a child survivor of the Church of Synanon (and lead singer of indie rock band The Airborne Toxic Event). Jollett writes eloquently about his childhood, his relationships with his family, and coming to terms with the traumas he experienced. A born writer, Jollett bravely pours himself out on every page. I was blown away by the intimacy he created and was deeply impacted by his story. A beautiful memoir. 5⭐️

BarbaraTheBibliophage I also loved this one. 3mo
fredthemoose I got it in the mail today! Thank you! 3mo
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Spin Me Right Round | David Valdes
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My #bookspin list for April! Looking forward to seeing what books will come up!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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First quarter results are in for my favorite books of 2022! The favorites for January and March were both #bookspin picks and February‘s favorite was a book club pick. I‘ve read 19 books so far this year! Happy Reading! 📚 ❤️

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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TJR does it again with this novel about a 1970s rock band‘s meteoric rise to stardom and infamous breakup. The voices in this book are so real I had to double-check that this is indeed a work of fiction. I simply fell in love with this band without hearing a single note of their music. The interview format of this really worked and TJR‘s ability to capture so many voices so well is a testament to her talent. Can‘t wait for the miniseries! 4⭐️

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Dear Child | Romy Hausmann
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This dark and twisty novel set in Germany is one of the best psychological thrillers I‘ve read in years. Hausmann packs a lot of gut punches into her debut novel, and I was happy to accept them. This is the best kind of thriller - a true page turner that will have you reading into the wee hours and sleeping with the lights on. I want to say more, but the less you know about this one the better. Just read it. 5⭐️

EvieBee Wow! Just read the synopsis and it sounds terrifying! 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @eviebee Totally!! In a good way. LOL. 3mo
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Exhaustively researched, Rubenhold tells the stories of the five women known as the canonical victims of Jack the Ripper with great respect and impeccable attention to detail. Dismantling the perpetuating myth that Ripper preyed on “common prostitutes,” their stories shine a light on the role misogyny played in their deaths and in the societal narrative still surrounding their deaths today. An important read for any true crime consumer. 4⭐️

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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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This very readable psychological thriller has a bit of everything: multiple POVs, a creepy house, a cult, an unreliable narrator, murder, mystery, INTRIGUE!! I really enjoyed this and it managed to surprise me several times which is always fun. One particular revelation made me audibly gasp. There was a bit of a “modern day V.C. Andrews” vibe to this book that exhilarated my inner 13 year old. 😂 My first Lisa Jewell, and it won‘t be my last. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @PuddleJumper I forgot to mention that this was one of my #roll100 books from February (roll 36). 😀 3mo
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 3mo
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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I think this book is one of the weakest starts to a series out there, BUT it is essential for your trip to The Dark Tower. Blending western, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror elements, King started something unique when he published this 40 years ago. Not much happens in this book, but the rich world building and characterization provoke a necessity to continue with Roland on his quest despite knowing almost nothing about it. Almost as if it is “ka.”3⭐️

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Cookbooks and true crime and Litsy. Oh my! #barnesandnoble #saturdaynight

Tamra Sounds like a terrific Saturday to me! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Tamra I‘m not complaining! 😀 4mo
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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
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My #bookspin list for March! I am a little behind on my #bookspin and #doublespin reading, but hoping the longer month gives me a chance to catch up. 😀

TheLudicReader Some great books on that list 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheLudicReader Thank you! Excited for this month‘s picks! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Baldwin‘s reflections on race and religion are sincere and thought-provoking. These two short essays brilliantly analyze race relations in early 1960s America and can so easily be applied today, they‘re practically prophetic. Unequipped to say more, I will leave you with this stirring quote, “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” 5⭐️

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Taking a mental health day and trying a “new to me” bakery! 🥐 ☕️ 📚

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My haul from the Free Little Library today! 😍

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Mao's Last Dancer | Cunxin Li
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Captivating memoir documenting Li‘s childhood in Mao‘s Communist China and his journey from poor peasant boy to world renowned ballet dancer. Though the writing is simple, Li conveys his story with a passion and emotion that is deeply felt. He speaks eloquently about the family, friends, and mentors that inspired him and supported him. The Chinese fables, traditions, and customs that motivated and grounded Li provide a richness throughout. 4⭐️

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls | Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
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My new pillow came today! 😍

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Engrossing novel centered around a WWI female spy and an unwed pregnant woman searching for her cousin after WW2. With alternating POVs and timelines, we follow these two women haunted by the past on a journey to closure and redemption in the fallout of war. Quinn creates an atmosphere that had me captivated, devastated, awestruck, and marveling at the transformation that can occur when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable. 5⭐️

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Decent results on my #FabulousFebruary reading goals. I finished two books and started “The Alice Network” yesterday. Did not love what I read, but “Alice” is really good so far! I love these mid-month readathons!

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 4mo
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Sometimes you just need the company of books.

Aims42 Amen 🙌❤️ 4mo
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I am in the minority, but I hated this. Ryle is a classic narcissist using his unresolved childhood trauma as an excuse for his abuse. The red flags made my skin crawl from the first rooftop meeting. Hoover‘s choice to make him a sympathetic character who claims “there are no bad people, just good people that do bad things” is incredibly irresponsible, if not dangerous. Ryle is a bad person and did not love Lily. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Aims42 I agree with your review 100%! I bailed halfway, I just couldn‘t get past all the cringy dialogue 😬🙄 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I do not judge Lily or anyone that has experienced DV, and think Hoover was successful in showing how you can convince yourself to stay. I, myself, am still healing from years of emotional abuse. I also understand the personal connection Hoover has to this story. However, I think the relationship she was able to establish with the father that abused her mother is a unique situation, and this book borders on romanticizing abusive men. 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Lily divorces Ryle and boldly claims that the cycle ends with her and her daughter, but I‘m not convinced. Ryle faces virtually zero accountability for his actions: he remains a successful neurosurgeon and has access to his infant daughter without even a whisper of therapy or professional help. It seems that even in a work of fiction men can not be held responsible when it comes to misogyny and toxic masculinity. (edited) 4mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Plus, the writing is just bad and super cringy. I have been so excited to read this author for the first time, but now I‘m not sure I‘ll ever get this taste out of my mouth. 1⭐️ (edited) 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @aims42 I know my opinion is super unpopular, but glad I‘m not alone! 4mo
Cailey_Mac I definitely agree! While I enjoyed the book and it did pull at my heart at the end, I honestly only saw RED when he first pushed her in the kitchen- after that I was like “why isn‘t she leaving?” But I do like that the author tried to bring domestic violence to more peoples attention. 4mo
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