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BekaReid

BekaReid

Joined April 2017

I read to lose myself. I read to find myself.
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The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
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Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel
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Yes! Both of Our Shared Shelf's next selections are on my TBR, and I even picked up a copy of the tagged book in September but haven't gotten to it yet. I guess now would be a good time. 😉

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The Casual Vacancy | J.K. Rowling
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When all of your books are packed and you're left with what's unread on your Kindle but you just can't! This is not the first time I tried reading J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Not sure what it is, but I just can't finish this book.

TheSpineView I didn't care for it either and bailed on it! 1w
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I really enjoyed reading Ruth Reichl's latest memoir. She is an excellent writer who makes you feel like you're right by her side as she navigates through the food magazine world during her time at Gourmet.

Bookwormjillk This was one of my favorites so far this year 2w
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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Raw. Beautiful writing. A hard book to read at times and hard to review after completing it. So much to think about. Mental illness is real. It's hard. We need to talk about it more.

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson

"She wasn‘t sure that she had a yardstick against which to measure happiness or unhappiness. She had obscure memories of elation, of falling into darkness, but they belonged to that world of shadows and dreams that was ever present and yet almost impossible to pin down."

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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"But love is complicated, it‘s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart. It can drive us."

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Spellbinding story! Can brokenness be made whole? I loved the storyline told in three parts from three distinct voices. Definitely enjoyed Bridget Collins' debut novel and her creativity.

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Getting in a bit more reading before Monday morning brings it's craziness. I can always depend on Ann Radcliffe to bring some mystery and suspense with her gothic novels. Seems suitable for October.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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"Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious. They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized. Then, later, they spring."

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The Painter of Modern Life | Charles-Pierre Baudelaire
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"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will."

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This "coming of age" book is full of raw vulnerability and ideas. I liked the style Rooney uses presenting Frances' constant musings and self-analysis as she grapples with her emotions and coming to terms with relationships and with life and basically tries to figure out who she is.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Lazy Sunday readin. And, yes, I am wearing Penguin PJ pants in September 🐧🐧🐧

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If You Come Softly | Jacqueline Woodson
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I was immediately drawn to Ellie and Miah and pulled into the pages as their story unfolded. And then... totally not prepared for that to be the last page. It may be a short volume, but so much is contained within the pages. Beautiful, perceptive writing by Jacqueline Woodson!

Blaire I love her writing! 2mo
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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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Talking books with Reese Witherspoon this morning.

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Rebecca's Tale | Sally Beauman
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Such mixed feelings! Set 20 years after Du Maurier's Rebecca, the story continues with 3 different narrators and bit from Rebecca herself. Honestly I hated it to start- perhaps due to the 1st narrator?? Glad I stuck with it though because I found myself drawn more into the story and search for the "real" Rebecca. In the end, while I still have mixed feelings, it lingers in my mind, so perhaps it warrants a pick. We are not identies to be "solved".

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I love Becky Chambers' writing, and her characters always linger with me long after the final pages of her works. This novella is a reminder that while we are “but a small part of this immense universe” none of us exist or survive without each other. 🚀❤

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Exited to start Becky Chambers' new book! Picture is page 1...

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Finally finished the Mistborn trilogy! I felt a bit let down by book 2 so it took me longer to get around to reading book 3. But I'm glad I did resume the series. The Hero of Ages was quite a rewarding and satisfying read!
(Line pictured made me laugh. Me either, TenSoon!)

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Yes, finally some time to return to the mists!

LiteraryinLititz Nice bookmark! A friend got me this same pattern but as a pair of socks. 😋 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Bookmark 😆😂🤣 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I was gripped from page one by both Margaret Atwood's writing and the eerie relevance of the tale. Each time I went to set the book down, I found myself reaching once again for the volume just moments later. The voice was different from that of The Handmaid's Tale, but fittingly so with the difference in approach and the time that passed between the two.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Evening plans

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Interesting premise and a quick, fun read. Something fell a little short for me, and I didn't enjoy this one as much as The Wife Between Us.

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There are some great essays in this book.

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When all the books come at once. Where to start?!

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"We live inside ideas. Some are shelters, some are observatories, some are windowless prisons. We are leaving some behind and entering others."
#TBR Excited for this book after reading: https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-progress-is-not-inevitable-it-takes-work/

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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I'm really enjoying this series and the characters of both Cormoran Strike and Robin! I also may just have immediately checked out the next book in the series after being absorbed by The Silkworm today 😉

erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t like this much. The third book is better. 🙂 3mo
BekaReid @erzascarletbookgasm well, I just finished book 3 and have to agree that's it was better than the 2nd. 3mo
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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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Sunday morning plans 📚☕

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Think you know the the story of Snow White? Think again. This is a gorgeous book. I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan to start, plus some brilliant illustrations, and I love it when you get a glimpse into the process!

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Wonder. Cry. Laugh. Observe. Dance. Be. Breathe. Hold on. Let go. Hold on again. Remember. Forget.

Beautifully written and illustrated little book that explores the wonders of our world, our universe, us. I adored this book!

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"When one is considering the universe, unseen matter, our small backyard of the suff, I think it is important, sensible even, to try and find some balance between laughter and uncontrollable weeping."

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Definitely a challenging read, but I like the graphic memoir format for tackling such intense subject matter.

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Sunday morning plans

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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Beautiful and raw and honest. This is a brillant memoir! I had to mark so many passages to go back to and mull over more in the days to come.

KarenUK Loved this one too💕 3mo
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My heart clenches reading these words.

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Next up. Looking forward to diving into this biography of Audrey Hepburn!

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I devoured this book in two sittings. The story kept me hooked from the beginning and had some quite unexpected twists. Assume nothing!

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The Call of Cthulhu | H. P. Lovecraft
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Damn! I really need to read more H.P. Lovecraft!

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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This is making me reminisce about our time in London last fall.

Karisa Love those books! 3mo
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Paul Tremblay writes the best horror books! True horror is rooted in the real, and it gets in your head. That is exactly what this book is and does. Tremblay weaves his tale with layers of fear, paranoia, and disbelief. And his characters! I adored Wen from page one. If horror is your thing (and maybe if it's not), read this!

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Loving these essays!

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This!

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The story of F. Scott Fitzgerald & the world that prompted The Great Gatsby -including two brutal 1922 murders. More than just an origin story of the iconic Gatsby, Churchwell also reconstructs remarkable moments in American history. I loved how she wove throughout the story bits of changing words & meanings, snapshots of people, menus, newspaper clippings. She even includes Fitzgerald's conjugation table of "cocktail" as it entered use as a verb.

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Finally able to snag a bit of reading time in this morning after an insanely busy week. I'm really enjoying this book.

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Extraordinary and fantastic story of ordinary life (though in space 😉). I have absolutely loved all 3 of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers books. This novel is an exploration of stories - both individual and communal, past and present - of multiple characters, each with their own voice, as they seek their place in the world and search for answers to inescapable questions and struggle, as we all do, to find their own way in an uncertain future.

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While interesting, I found this book to be a bit tedious and slow at parts. The author's style did not engage me as I had hoped.

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Ink (None) | Sabrina Vourvoulias
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Ink imagines a near future where immigrants are given color coded tattoos to track them and their status. Released in 2012 but quite timely and frightening under our current administration. Told from multiple perspectives Sabrina Vourvoulias deftly writes of the human heart and its capacities for compassion and sacrifice. I loved how she seamlessly wove magic into the story as well.

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"Filaments of fact and fiction shed different lights on each other, and also throw shadows back on us."

I love Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and am excited to finally start this book that has been on my radar for quite some time! This quote is from the preface, which was fascinating. High hopes for this one! ?

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Finding Baba Yaga | Jane Yolen
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“Stories retold are stories remade.“ Jane Yolen takes the characters of the Baba Yaga story, creates a modern family, and tells the story in verse. It's a journey to find one's own voice, strength, and truth. It is beautiful. Magical. And this will definitely be one that I read again and again. So glad I found this one at #readercon last week!

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Finding Baba Yaga | Jane Yolen
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Trying to squeeze in a little reading this afternoon on my shady front porch.

monalyisha Hmm I wonder if this is available on audio/how it is. I love novels in verse. 4mo
BekaReid @monalyisha it's positively magical! I am enamored and look forward to many rereads. 4mo
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