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MommyWantsToReadHerBook

MommyWantsToReadHerBook

Joined September 2016

Mom, translator, editor, always reading something. https://www.goodreads.com/Salome_Smith 🇿🇦
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Pickpick

This was my first JG in I don't know how long, possibly since high school. Randomly selected at the library. I found it entertaining and informative (I never knew how much drug use there was among soldiers during Vietnam) but the flow was strange - a lot of it was like little vignette of life in this town. Hard to explain. It won't blow you away but it's an enjoyable read.

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This was frankly better than I expected. For one thing, I always thought it was like a cabin in the woods 😂😂😂😂

My only gripe, because I don't drink, is that I'm so sick of the narrators of thrillers drinking constantly and the whole book taking place in an alcoholic haze.

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This was very good, as always. Right now all the timelines with Max and Leon are confusing me... Very interesting parts of history were covered - her ability to imagine these is amazing.

julesG You have so many more books to look forward to. 😁 1w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @julesG 💜💜💜💜 1w
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I can't lie to myself anymore. I have a cold 😭

My children are with their dad so it's me and these babies and bed, I guess. I'm trying Cabin 10 after reading about the millionth review of it on Litsy this morning - I really hope I like it!

bookaholic1 Feel better soon... 2w
dabbe Hope you're on the mend soon. 💙🩵💙 Loved the book you're reading; it's a page turner! 2w
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Goodnight Nobody | Jennifer Weiner
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I've never read Jennifer Weiner before aside from starting Big Summer and not really getting into it, but this was a lot of fun! Her writing is good and I was sucked into the storyline. Recommend as a light, distracting read 😉

TheBookgeekFrau Good to know as this book has landed on my TBR shelf! I read Big Summer and didn't like it. 3w
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Valsrivier | Dominique Botha
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This is a beautiful autobiographical Afrikaans novel about the author's childhood as the child of parents who were left-leaning during apartheid and good to black people, but not always the best or most loving parents, + her relationship with her older brother who eventually could not overcome his drug habit, despite all his nonconfirmist beliefs + his writing talent. It's about family roots + the lengths people will go to for those they love.

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A Hundred Million Years and a Day | Jean-Baptiste Andrea
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I was really engrossed in this beautiful book. It's about a difficult physical and mental challenge, about dreaming of wild success, and about the way unresolved trauma stays with us and shapes our lives. I couldn't wait to pick it up at night once my youngest was asleep and all my chores done. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I started this a long time ago - two years? - and couldn't get into it at the time. I gave it another shot and was continually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Maybe I had just needed a break from other feminist reimaginings I had read. Her portrayal of Jesus's humanity is unique and beautiful and definitely provides food for thought.

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A Thread of Grace: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
Mehso-so

I stuck it out and was rewarded with the book just getting more and more depressing! All the different groups fighting for different things never stopped confusing me. Yet I did learn a lot and I don't know if I can say I'm sorry I read it. Just don't expect it to be anything like The Sparrow. Unfortunately some of her characters come off cheesy rather than profound and moving in this book.

Suet624 Thanks for the warning.
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Susanita Confusing and depressing is pretty accurate. 1mo
Tamra I was sorely disappointed with this one - she should have left well enough alone. I loved The Sparrow! (It‘s not even in my wheelhouse.) (edited) 1mo
sherrisilvera Good to know. It's now of my tbr. I loved Doc and have been meaning to try her others. 1mo
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood
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I wanted to like a book about a nerdy translator but I just can't with this one. The writing style is just not for me.

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Birds of a Feather: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Another really good read. I flew through this far too quickly! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Birds of a Feather: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Aeroplane companion today.

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A Thread of Grace: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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Current read. I have another Maisie Dobbs waiting for me but trying to be disciplined and finish this first. Lots of events I never knew about. I have to go to Cape Town for 3 nights on Sunday so hoping to make progress with the library books I so energetically borrowed 😬

BarbaraJean I know I‘ve read this but remember very little about it other than being disappointed comparing it to The Sparrow. COMPLETELY different genres, I know—but I anticipated this one being more impactful, and it wasn‘t. 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean no, it's not The Sparrow 🙂 I don't know, I'm almost halfway and I'm enjoying it for the most part. I never knew this stuff about Italy, the Jews, Germany turn invading Italy after they surrendered. I'm finding it very interesting. I think my expectations were not very high 🙂 2mo
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I really enjoyed this one, as I do most Maggie O'Farrells! I suppose the misunderstood mental illness storyline is not completely new but this was well done without being too heavyhanded, I think. And her writing is just so good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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I feel like I've been seeing posts on Maisie every time I'm on Litsy lately, and made the happy discovery that my library has at least the first 3 books. I can understand now why these books are so deeply loved and admired. It was really a light but very special read 💜💜💜

kspenmoll Just adore this series- covers world events, Maisie‘s personal & professional growth over time. I hope you grow to love her as I do. 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @kspenmoll 💜 I'm sure I will 2mo
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A Desert in Bohemia | Jill Paton Walsh
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It's Jill Paton Walsh, so if course it was incredibly thought-provoking and philosophical. A proper Art of Soul book, @BarbaraJean. I finished it in the midnight hours when I couldn't sleep and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Beautiful writing, highly recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

willaful I don't think I've read any of her adult books, but I adored A Chance Child. 2mo
BarbaraJean Ohhh, I miss Art of Soul!!! I had only read Walsh‘s children‘s books until we read Knowledge of Angels for Art of Soul. I‘ll have to check this one out! 2mo
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1. My mom is in town and I need to try to see her one evening. My children are with their dad so mostly working.
2. Ceylon tea with milk.
3. Usually scraps of paper, whatever is to hand 🙈
4. Tagged. I have a Jill Paton Walsh to start after this.

Thanks for the tag, @Monica5 !

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Smith of Wootton Major | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I read this story over 20 years ago, loved it and couldn't find a copy again until I found the volume Tales from the perilous realm at the library on Saturday. It was a lovely reread although I was more deeply moved the first time.

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The Other | David Guterson
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ for the beautiful writing, the nature descriptions, the shrewd and true observations on people. The hermit character and his beliefs were just a tad too obscure for me, and at one point the father's reminiscences were a bit much. Nevertheless enjoyable, thought-provoking and well done.

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The Other | David Guterson

"I suppose I've thrown in my lot with love, and don't know any other way to go on breathing. I embrace this world... and suffer it consciously for its compensations, and fully expect to awake one day to the consequences of the bargain I've struck, since life, eventually, closes in."

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The Other | David Guterson
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In Afrikaans, Holy Saturday is called Quiet Saturday. My children are with their dad and aside from going to the farmer's market this morning, which was crazy busy, I don't have anything planned and I got into bed with my book. David Guterson is really my jam - his books don't have to be perfect in every way for the beautiful writing to move me.

BarbaraBB I loved another book by him and have meant to read more, so thanks for bringing this book to my attention! 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraBB the other novel by him I've read is Our lady of the Forest, which is for sure super unique. And I was also looking at East of the Mountain in the library. SFOC is his most famous book but I enjoy these lesser known novels for his beautiful writing. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great, thanks. I‘ll be on the lookout for this one and Our Lady! 3mo
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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
Mehso-so

I enjoyed it and it was a fun distraction but ultimately I was disappointed, I'm afraid. I feel like I've had enough of British crime writers needing to make their twist, their big secret, some kind of sex/kink thing. The Atticus Pünd novel was fun but the ending fell flat for me. I can understand why others loved it, though. ⭐⭐⭐

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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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"All" you need to get out of a reading slump is a fun book ?

rretzler What a great book! I absolutely loved it! 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @rretzler so far I love it 💜 3mo
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Pigs in Heaven: Novel, A | Barbara Kingsolver
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I have a day off after a horrible few weeks, and tomorrow is a public holiday because we won the Rugby World Cup (only in South Africa!) so I'm enjoying a bit of time with my girls. Sadly the water slide at this park with a shallow pool is broken, but they're stull having fun.

marleed I hope today makes up just a bit for the past few weeks. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have a great day!! 6mo
Jeg Enjoy your time off and things will get better. 🤞🤞 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jeg 💜💜💜 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @marleed thank you, it was lovely 💜 6mo
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This was a really good read. At times I felt desperately sad for her, and, depressingly, I could relate a little to her mental health struggle. I realised I knew shockingly little about her life and death, and the author's investigation was fascinating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Balibee146 I read this 20 odd years ago and remember it was very good and feeling similar. 7mo
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Another excellent Litsy recommendation that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would not have fared well on any expedition into the Amazon 😂

Tamra This was a fun, albeit tragic, read! 8mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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I hope I can blame being in survival mode in 2021 for missing this Booker winner entirely. I got to see the play based on the book last night and it was absolutely amazing. A brilliant commentary on South Africa's complicated history.

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Labor Day | Joyce Maynard
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I saw the movie for the first time a few months ago and I loved the book. Just beautiful.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 💚 9mo
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This was wonderful! I learned a ton and really enjoyed the journey through all the different theories of how the Polynesians came to be. My absolute favourite part was the description of the journey by traditional navigational techniques and the young Hawaiian guy that learned how to do it in his own way, using his gut. There is just so so much we don't know or understand about human intuition and ways of sensing things. A highly recommended read.

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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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I was browsing Scribd for something light yesterday and thought hmmm, this is such a classic and I've never read it. Joke's on me because I did, possibly in translation - I remember the mom being from Georgia, because I didn't understand US states yet and thought it was Georgia next to Russia 😂😂😂 And I remember the sister wearing a see-through blouse to church. A sweet Sunday reread. I didn't know the book was based on a real girl who died.

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Now I, too, have read this wonderful classic. This edition, which I got secondhand from someone, has a box it slots into, although even despite that the dust cover is terribly torn.

I became fully immersed and emotionally involved in this world and loved it.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I didn't know that it contained stories about a trickster rabbit, which would unfortunately put Adams in the same camp of "uncle Remus" and Beatrice Potter - using stories from Africa and disguising them as European. However the one terribly dark story is perhaps quite unique? I don't know enough about the subject. 9mo
Jeg I met him once when he came to Perth. He signed a book for me. Not this one . He was sitting in a little bookshop in a suburb here called Midland. No one there except him and the owner. I did talk with him but I can‘t remember what we spoke about. But I do remember he was a very gentle man and a gentleman. 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jeg that's a very cool story! 9mo
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Blueberry @Jeg How cool! I wonder if he knew yet how loved and famous his book would be. 🩵 9mo
Blueberry @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I wouldn't really call any of the characters 'a trickster rabbit'. Or that it's a story originating from African fables. Have you read it? It's a wonderful story. 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook The character of El-Ahairah (not Hazel or Blueberry or any of the characters in the real story) is a trickster 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Blueberry these trickster rabbit stories came from West Africa with the slaves. And then some guy (I forget his name) wrote them up as "Uncle Remus" 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Blueberry are you asking if I read Watership Down? That's why I posted this review..... 9mo
jlhammar Lovely edition. I remember loving this when we read it in school. 9mo
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One thing I don't like about many non-fiction books is that they sometimes carry you along because the subject is interesting, not because the writing is stellar.

Anyway, even though the writing was a bit bland sometimes, I really did enjoy this one. I have a friend who was an Vietnamese orphan who was adopted by a US couple and though I don't know enough details, of course the description of Operation Babylift made me think of her so much.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I think these women were incredibly adventurous and brave and it really was a tremendously interesting look into how women's roles in various spheres changed over the years. 10mo
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I may be the only weirdo who gets hung up on details like these. Did they give them actual powdered milk, not formula? How old were these babies? What had they been fed if not milk? So many questions 😅

Clare-Dragonfly That is confusing! I know in the 20th century there have been plenty of times and places when babies were fed cream or cow‘s milk (goat‘s milk is better for babies), but half strength milk, presumably the rest water? That sounds extremely inadequate. And indeed, what else could they have been eating?! 10mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Clare-Dragonfly I know, right, and dangerous if the babies were very very small. At least it was only for the duration of the flight, one hopes 🙂 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly One hopes! What is the context here? Why is the plane full of babies? 10mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh they were evacuating Vietnamese orphans to the US, hundreds and hundreds of them, on commercial flights. 10mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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I moved house on Monday (owner is selling the place I was renting) and I have to admit to throwing out old notebooks quite ruthlessly. I just feel so much has changed in my whole outlook on life+I want to look forward - plus I love my new place but it doesn't have tons of storage space.

Anyway I found a notebook earlier in which I wrote on the first page:

Books often work like a key to unknown rooms in one's own castle.

I wonder who wrote it 💜

Cinfhen Good luck with your move💜The flowers are STUNNING!!!!! 10mo
Bklover Your flowers are gorgeous! Hope you love your new home I did a recent purging of papers, notebooks, etc and it feels wonderful! 10mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen and @Bklover I actually used a pic someone sent me in a birthday message today to brighten up my post 🙂 10mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thank you for the lovely wishes - it's been an emotional week x 10mo
SilversReviews Enjoy your new home. Love that saying, but not sure who wrote it. Gorgeous flowers. 10mo
dabbe I think it was Kafka who wrote a variation of your lovely quote. Hope you're comfy and settled into your new home soon. 💙🖤🩵

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/322035-many-a-book-is-like-a-key-to-unknown-cha...
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook @dabbe thanks so much, and thanks for locating the quote (the origins of the wording I have will be forever unknown) 10mo
dabbe @MommyWantsToReadHerBook TBH, I prefer yours anyway. 🤩🤗😍 10mo
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A Likely Story: A Novel | Leigh McMullan Abramson
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I liked the premise from a Litsy review and found it on Scribd but I just can't. The writing reminds me of the terrible novella I'm trying to translate - using the characters's names too much, each sentence not bad in any specific way I can pinpoint, just... Mediocre.

BiblioLitten More like an unlikely story 🙃 11mo
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Map of Salt and Stars | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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I had a lot of issues with the writing but I still recommend it. My favourite parts were the ancient storyline based on real-life characters, Al-Idrisi and King Roger and the map and "planisphere" that Al-Idrisi created for the king. I learned a lot: I had never known that Ceuta existed - a tiny piece of Spain in Morocco! I got really tired of the characters saying profound things to each other all the time but the story as a whole is lovely.

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Map of Salt and Stars | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Oh I'm a critical old thing but though I'm enjoying it, there's too much happening in this book. A narrator with synaesthesia AND a love for stones/gems AND the map theme (which by the way hasn't been explained yet at all - how does someone make a living in 2011 by making maps by hand? What are they maps of?). I just think the flowery elements could have been reduced.

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I decided I couldn't go one more day without getting my car washed but the time wasted in the queue - I just want to cry! I should be at home, working 😢 A book and a coffee while I wait though.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Thanks for the tag @Klou!

1. Cloud Cuckoo Land (sorry @BarbaraJean I thought I read it last year but it was my first for 2023)
2. A Symphony of Echoes
3. Covenant of Water - Abraham Verghese
4. I have no idea 😂
5. The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern - slogging through and not loving it
6....

MommyWantsToReadHerBook 7. Uzma Aslam Khan
8. Not sure!
9. Cloud Cuckoo Land, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
10. Symphony of Echoes I guess
11. The Starless Sea
12. Would really like to read Demon Copperhead and Covenant of Water. And I think there's a newish Kate Atkinson out there too.
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BarbaraJean It's hard to remember which year a book lands in sometimes! Cloud Cuckoo Land definitely is on my list... but maybe I need to get around to reading All the Light We Cannot See first. I want to read Demon Copperhead and Covenant of Water as well. Demon Copperhead is sitting on my library holds list and will probably arrive when I don't have room for such a long book! 11mo
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You Are Not Entitled To Be Rude | Saskia Brits, Nadja Botha

Oh my word, this is rather funny. It only occurred to me now to search for this book in the database - oddly though, the editor is listed as the author although you can see the name of the actual author on the pic. So I'm translating this.... But I'm having such a hard time with the writing! It's so bad, not sure what she paid the editor for unless she disregarded what they told her.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook There is for example a child that is called a toddler, who eats baby food in a high chair and gurgles, and goes to kindergarten. All these things can't possibly be true. Uuuurgh send survival vibes my way as I try to finish this translation in the next few months. 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly Is it set in the US? I know in Australia “kindy” is a different age than US (though I can‘t recall what age). The book sounds frustrating! Good luck! 12mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Clare-Dragonfly yes it's set in the US, in New York. But the author is South African so just don't even ask 😭 12mo
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I wonder how many people have read Dame Agatha's books over the years when life has been too hard to cope with. Taking a break from my cold house to take a highly overheated walk in the bot gardens. That's our winter for you.

Jeg I‘m with you. Miss Marple has seen me through some hard times. 12mo
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This was really a remarkable book and I have a huge author crush on Uzma Aslam Khan right now - the subjects of her writing are unique, her prose is exquisite and she makes you see the world with slightly different eyes. It wasn't an easy read for me emotionally but truly worth it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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My girls are on holiday with their dad for TWO WEEKS and the evenings are long. I seem to once again be reading something bloody depressing when I'm not in a good state of mind, but I ran out of ACs I felt like rereading so here we are. Maybe I'm getting a little better at reading about suffering. Maybe the characters' suffering makes me grateful I'm not living on a prison island and my life is good even when it's hard.

Suet624 Ugh. That's hard. I've been through this too. I'm sorry. 12mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Suet624 thank you 💜 12mo
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The Big Four | Agatha Christie
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Good old chauvinistic Agatha Christie 😂

CSeydel Well, Hastings 12mo
Jeg Perhaps a woman of her times. Though she does surprise me. 12mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @CSeydel yes you're right, would have been better phrasing 12mo
CSeydel @Jeg she often has characters say things like that to illustrate how certain types of people thought. 12mo
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All Over Creation | Ruth Ozeki
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This was a random library choice and I finished it because I'm stubborn, but it had its faults: too long, I couldn't stand the one main character and her shitty choices, and when a writer gets basic facts completely wrong, like thinking that human babies are born blind (🤯), that really pisses me off. I'm completely anti GMO. so that part was fine and done okay, just quite dated by now.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit | Beatrix Potter
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Oh, so hideously old and beyond all hope of attractiveness!

Suet624 😳🤪😀 13mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 13mo
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Looking for something to read while my children play by (in) the ponds in the Botanical Gardens. What the fuck is going on with Scribd? Books I just saved and was literally saving for another day have disappeared, audio books the children want to listen to are forever only available at the end of the month, but then in some cases also leaving Scribd soon. It used to be a lifeline of reading material and now there's nothing.

Jenken1998 they do that. I am not sure why. Scribd says it has something to do with agreements with publishers. I personally think it has something to do with keeping you subscribed for another month. If you watch the books will become available AFTER your next billing date. I also read that they are impossible to unsubscribe from. That you will get billed long after you should. I don't know about that thought because I haven't tried yet. 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jenken1998 thanks. Haha yeah maybe next month there will be something again. Dammit. And the girls are so into their books and listen to them over and over so it's hard to pause my subscription - have done so successfully in the past (not fully unsubscribed though) 13mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 💕 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cathythoughts thanks so much 💜 13mo
Cinfhen Agreed, sometimes Scribd can really screw you 🤪 13mo
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Thinner than Skin | Uzma Aslam Khan
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This book was wonderful, unique, beautiful, terrible. It certainly didn't turn out remotely as I imagined it would. The writing is masterful. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Islam, Pakistan/Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan etc or just for the beauty and something completely different.

Bookwomble Sounds fascinating. Added to the never-ending TBR! 😒⛰️📚⛰️ 13mo
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Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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It had been quite a while since I last read an Anne Tyler and I really enjoyed this one. Some parts depressed me, feeling triggered by my fears over how my children will look back on their childhood, but I loved the way the character developed and found her place later in life. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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