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LeafingThroughLife

Joined August 2016

Http://leafingthroughlife.blogspot.com
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The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
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The Lazarus Project | Aleksandar Hemon
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This is a strange book. I can‘t tell if I actually like it or not. 🤔 This afternoon I was sure I was going to DNF it. This evening I‘m not so sure. Anybody read it and have an opinion?

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The title story really got me.

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I didn‘t read much on vacation (despite adding much to both my physical TBR pile and mental TBR list), but The Third Daughter was a good companion for my flight home. ✈️📚 #UKation

BookNAround Cute bookmark! 2w
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Happiness, as Such | Natalia Ginzburg
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Trying to decide what I‘m leaving behind in London to fit my bookish plunder in my suitcase 📚 🧳 .... #London #UKation #bookaholic

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The Confession | Jessie Burton
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So many beautiful books in London. So little room in my luggage! 😭

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I loved Flavia just as much as everyone said I should! The mystery is engaging but it‘s Flavia‘s unique and amusing take on everything from an ongoing war with her troublesome sisters to the murderous events occurring at their country estate and her savvy investigative skills that really make this book sing.

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Cruel Beauty | Rosamund Hodge
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You know what‘s lame about reading ebooks? The photos I take of them. I thought I‘d fallen out of the YA groove never to return but this one was unputdownable. It‘s a twist on Beauty and the Beast and I am a sucker for Beaty and the Beast. Nyx Triskelion was raised to both marry and destroy the demon that rules her world, but there‘s more to him than meets the eye, of course. Nyx is a believable conflicted heroine and this is a great read!

Caroline2 I love your pumpkin! 😍 1mo
LeafingThroughLife @Caroline2 Thanks! One of my good friends gifted it to me and now I have not one but *two* token fall decorations! 😁 1mo
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I‘m super excited about the latest addition to Mt. TBR! Bookish historical fiction about heroic librarians? Yes, please! Thanks @penguinrandomhouse #partner

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A slow Saturday morning with a book is just what the doctor ordered. I‘m not much for short stories, but some of the ones I‘ve read this year are chipping away at my armor. Sarah Hall writes beautifully and sets a compelling scene in just a few pages, but there‘s always one story in a collection that I don‘t quite understand, you know the one - where it‘s beautifully written but ends in a way that makes you feel obtuse instead of satisfied? 🤔

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The Same Sky: A Novel | Amanda Eyre Ward
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Remember that one time I went to a book sale and showed some restraint? What, you mean this is the first time ever? Oh, right. 😀📚

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Commencement | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Do you ever just get bored with a book before it ends? There‘s nothing *wrong* with this book. The writing is above average and the characters are believable. I‘m just ready to move on, and I‘m not sure if it‘s the book or me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

LoverofLit That happens to me occasionally too. I think it's just my mood wanting something else most of the time. 2mo
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The Book of Harlan | Bernice L. McFadden
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Have you ever bit into a cookie expecting chocolate chip but actually getting oatmeal raisin? That‘s kind of how this book was for me. I was expecting a unique spin on a World War II/Holocaust story, but this is more of a fictionalized biography of a young jazz musician where Buchenwald makes what amounts to a cameo appearance. It‘s not a bad book. It‘s just could have been a better one had I gone into it with a different set of expectations.

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Is it nerdy to consider getting a copy of The Economist a treat? Asking for a friend. 😉

JanuarieTimewalker13 No, The Economist is great. I would read that!! Years and Years and Years ago, when you graduated with honors in Economics, you would get a free year of the Economist...I think the group was Omicron Delta Epsilon...I wonder if they still do that? 3mo
Caroline2 No way; looking at the front cover and the other headlines, that sounds like a fascinating read! 👍🏻 3mo
LeafingThroughLife @JanuarieTimewalker13 that‘s an excellent graduation gift. I was a poli sci major in college. My professors turned me on to The Economist back then. I had a subscription for a while and I miss it! 3mo
LeafingThroughLife @Caroline2 it definitely is! Passed my time in the airport super quick! 🙂 3mo
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Under a Dark Summer Sky | Vanessa Lafaye
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O‘Hare is definitely better with a book.

marleed Yes it is! 3mo
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Under a Dark Summer Sky | Vanessa Lafaye
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Will this old ARC rescue me from my reading slump? 🤔

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I‘ve been in a bit of a life funk all week that spawned a bit of a reading funk. Glad I was able to start this one and get into it today. Not being in the middle of a good, distracting book makes those life funks that much worse. I‘m enjoying this so far, very curious how the three threads of the story are going to meet up...

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We All Looked Up | Tommy Wallach
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I think this is the most I‘ve enjoyed YA in a while. Wallach depicts a wide variety of Seattle teenagers as they await the moment when an asteroid has a 66% chance of destroying the Earth. I liked that Wallach, despite tackling a large cast of characters, managed to make each of them unique and believable. His writing is thoughtful and does a great job of mingling typical teenage angst with more potent end of the world existential questions.

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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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A little airport reading. I might finish this one today. It‘s a good page turner!

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Today in things book nerds do on vacation, I give you, the great glass library. 😁📚

MicheleinPhilly Wow! That is GORGEOUS! 5mo
LeafingThroughLife @MicheleinPhilly it was definitely a nice place to read and recharge! 😀 5mo
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Look, I‘m on vacation and reading. Like people who like books do. Weird.

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Good advice, I think.

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The mysterious golden sky orb has returned to the land of monsoonery! I must read outside while the orb gives us this light! #toomuchrain #thoughtisawtheark #yaysun

MrBook 😆👏🏻🙌🏻🍻 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh my gosh, YES. It has been absolutely dreadful here all week. Everything is soggy and musty and GROSS. 5mo
LeafingThroughLife @MicheleinPhilly I‘m leaving on vacation to Seattle next week, and I keep joking that I have to go there to get some sun! 🤣 I‘m definitely not into PA‘s summer monsoon trend. 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
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This morning‘s mission: getting an oil change. A lame way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning, but this book is making it better!

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The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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Sunday afternoon books and baseball. ⚾️ 📚 📖

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Neverwhere | Ne?l Ga?man
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Not to worry, there‘s still plenty of room *between* the #shelves for new books. Right.... ....right? #30JuneBooks

Nute I use the ‘between space‘ in many places!😂 5mo
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Eggs Lovely stack🌈 6mo
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It‘s finally beautiful outside and I‘m spending all my time with a book filled with snow. 🤷🏻‍♀️

marleed We had so much snow this winter. I‘d be happy if I only experienced snow from a book for several winters to come. 6mo
LeafingThroughLife @marleed Agreed! I much prefer fictional snow! 6mo
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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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I have mixed feelings about this story of an African girl given by her father into slavery at a religious shrine in a misguided effort to save her family from a rash of bad fortune. It‘s a fast moving story on a difficult topic that is still somehow compulsively readable. However, the writing style is so straightforward and simple, it almost feels totally artless and seems to quickly gloss over plot points that would benefit from more detail.

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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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You know what‘s weird? When you‘re reading a book about something truly appalling but it is written in such a way that it is a quick, easy, unputdownable read. You know what else is weird? Googling the author and finding out she went to school in the town where you live. #SmallWorldAfterAll

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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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The book mail has been very very good to me. 😃📚

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I wish I had more time for you today, zombies.

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My first day totally off from work in 14 days straight, and a challenging 14 days they were. This calls for breakfast in a book fort. 🤣 Again.

candority Enjoy your day off! 📚 6mo
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This one, on its face, looks like a domestic drama of entitled people, and it is. That said, a vacation in paradise gone awry set against a Puerto Vallerta in crisis highlights how looks can be terribly deceiving and what it looks like when privilege run amok. If you‘re looking for likeable characters, look elsewhere. If you‘re looking for a domestic drama that transforms into something a little meatier, definitely give this one a try.

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Come Sunday: A Novel | Isla Morley
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Ok, now, who‘s the wise guy that bought all these and brought them to my house? I *guess* I‘ll keep them since they clearly need a home....but where? 🤔#booksale #bookaholic #bookhaul

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Chocolat | Joanne Harris
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I loved this one. I very much enjoyed meeting the various characters that populate Lansquenet and Vianne‘s easy, common sense way with them. The prose is beautifully descriptive, and I‘ve never been more hungry for chocolate. I loved the movie, but the book easily surpasses it!

Brewychock48 I loved the book and the movie📖💖🎞️📼 7mo
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Chocolat | Joanne Harris
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1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Everything‘s Eventual by Stephen King
2. 🤣 Or 🥴
3. 👍🏻😬🤔
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Chocolat | Joanne Harris
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Finally a nice “open window” day for reading. I spent the day so far shopping with a friend..... at a chocolate shop. I‘m an easy mark for chocolate sales while reading this book with its delicious prose. Glad to have a few minutes of downtime to read this afternoon! 😀

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Got some pretty bookmail while I was gone. This is historical fiction set in Shanghai during World War II which sounds like a interesting twist on fiction set during that era. Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks !

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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The last flight of the last workation should be good for The Last Book Party, am I right?

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ooooh, this book sounds good! Stacking! 8mo
LeafingThroughLife @JanuarieTimewalker13 So far, its excellent! Made my time on the plane pass quick! 😀 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know!! Thank you🌸 (edited) 8mo
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I loved this hilarious tale about the unbelievable adventures of a Swede with a laissez-faire attitude, an allergy to politics, a penchant for vodka, and a talent for blowing things up. It‘s a totally absurd story and a wild way to explore history as the 100-year-old man in question unwittingly shapes the course of it, but the characters are lovable and I can count on only one hand how many times I‘ve laughed so hard at a book.

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I gotta say, when I started this book, I definitely was not expecting a tongue in cheek tour of world history with no small amount of satire aimed at the madness of politics. But I like it. 😄

wordzie 😁❤ the quote 8mo
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So many things I should be doing today. Like putting down this book and putting on real pants. Obviously those things are not happening.

wordzie 😁❤ 8mo
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A fraternity of broken hearts. 💔

wordzie 💝 8mo
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Traveling for work this week. I brought this one along to try and squeeze in a little reading.

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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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That (great) feeling when you think “Jeez, it‘s been a long time since I‘ve seen anything new from *insert author whose books you enjoy here.* I wonder if they have anything new coming out soon” and when you look them up on Goodreads they actually *do.* Looking forward to reading this new one by Erica Bauermeister. She‘s an author I discovered through book blogging, and I just loved The School of Essential Ingredients!

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Fair point, no? 🤔

wordzie 👍 8mo
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It‘s never too late for that #riotgrams “book and a mug” prompt that I missed, right? It‘s been a long, crappy week at work and this mug suits my mood going into Friday just about perfectly. It probably doesn‘t suit a book about female West Point cadets though. 🤔

AmyG Hahaha. That mug. 9mo
wordzie 😁😂...your mug though! 8mo
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The Lake House | Kate Morton
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When you go to the little free library to drop off (not pick up, for crying out loud) some books because you have alarmingly too many books and find the only Kate Morton you don‘t have on your shelves already (well, that wasn‘t released about a minute ago). Please note: I haven‘t read any of said Kate Morton books. Please also note: I have a PROBLEM. Will no one stop me???

BookishMarginalia Nope — 1) it‘s a good problem to have 2) most of us have it too 3) embrace it! 💜 9mo
sprainedbrain Well I‘m not going to stop you! Love Kate Morton‘s books! ❤️ 9mo
LeafingThroughLife @sprainedbrain Glad to hear from a Kate Morton fan. Here‘s hoping I‘m one, too. I seem to have a lot of her books! 🤣 9mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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This was good, very good. 5 unique points of view that were perfectly voiced. 4 coming of age stories of 4 women spun in wildly different directions by an ill fated mission work in the Congo. One chapter about the slow falling under the sway of an abusive husband that might be the best single chapter of fiction I‘ve read in a very long time. A truly compelling exploration of the “shifting terrain between righteousness and what‘s right.”

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 loved this book too. 9mo
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