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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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Nuns and Soldiers | Iris Murdoch
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This was a wonderful reread for me (even though I did confuse something that obviously happens in another book with this one 😀). I don't suppose Iris will be everyone's cup of tea, but I was once again impressed by her ability to convey in such detail people's emotional states, thoughts, motivations, blunderings... It's very much about love and grief and loving people that don't love us back but not told in a giddy, romantic way. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Rebecca | Dame Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne du Maurier looms large in my memories of teenage reading, but I think I've actually only ever read Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand, and a collection of short stories. Rebecca passed me by for some reason. I saw the movie the other day, bought the book at the farmer's market and am rectifying this gap in my literary education!

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An Eye for an Eye | Carol Wyer
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I really can't give a reason for finishing this except stubbornness. It was among those 10 free books from Amazon. The writing is so bad and yet this woman has published more than one book? The character descriptions/motivations are poor, there are huge plot holes. Sorry, Carol, I won't be rushing to read the next in the series. ⭐

MicheleinPhilly Pretty sure I downloaded this too. But I usually never read the Amazon freebies after downloading. I think I‘ve tried 2 and bailed on both. 1w
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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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This was good - really well written, like his first novel. It was strange though, and I never reached a point where I fully understood it. Not for a lack of trying!

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I blame @BarbaraJean about 90% for this and other Litsy readers the rest 🤪 The rest of the series isn't exactly as dirt cheap as the first one - what have I done?? I now know why this is so popular and I want more! Sometimes it's just a tiny, tiny bit too cute, but mostly I love her writing and cleverness. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean Yaaaaay! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it—these books are such a delight. And you have so many to look forward to! (Sorry to hear the price goes up… I guess they know how it goes, once you get hooked…😆) 1mo
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Nuns and Soldiers | Iris Murdoch
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I'm doing some rereading these days. Got some walking and reading in at the park (not at the same time 🤪) while my girls played (in cut grass, getting terribly dirty).

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Heart, You Bully, You Punk | Leah Hager Cohen
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Very unique and beautifully written. Even where I couldn't quite relate, I loved the depictions of the characters' inner worlds. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

EvieBee The description had me at “spinster.” 😍 2mo
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Oh, I loved this so much! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Travels With My Aunt | Greene, Graham

A, melancholy quote for a melancholy evening:

"I was afraid of burglars and Indian thugs and snakes and fires and Jack the Ripper, when I should have been afraid of thirty years in a bank and a take-over bid and a premature retirement and the Deuil du Roy Albert."

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A Keeper of Sheep | William Carpenter
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I've been digesting this book for a few days, I guess. Parts of it really moved me. The author touches on the meaning of art, of productivity, of our worth when we're not busy doing something. But of course the main theme is Aids and I don't know what it would have been like to read this in 1994 when it came out. My main problem with the book is the way he writes the female main character-narrator because I don't think it's very successful. ⭐⭐⭐

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Yet I definitely enjoyed the book, wanted to pick it up, felt moved by it! Deciding on the "worth" of a book can be so hard for me. 2mo
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A Keeper of Sheep | William Carpenter
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A day of leave! We're at an amazing place for kids to play.

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Just beautiful and wonderful and exquisitely written. It's not a grand book of the kind that are usually lauded as must-reads, but my favourite kind of hidden gem with countless beautiful sentences, a special something that speaks to my heart. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A few years ago, I bought this at the farmer's market in a blank moment of reading the author's name as Arundhati Roy 🙄. It has sat on my shelf, I read a little bit while I had covid in December, and somehow this Sunday afternoon it has found its way into my heart.

Clare-Dragonfly I admit, I also read Arundhati Roy and had to do a double-take 😆 3mo
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I got confused quite a bit but loved it! It was great to be devoured by a book again. Very impressive for a debut novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I don't quite get why this book is sometimes called the 7 1/2 deaths... Copyright stuff? Anyway, a very enjoyable read so far!

Enchanted_Bibliophile According to Turton, the novel's title was changed in America since it was similar to the previously published The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Enchanted_Bibliophile thanks for clearing up the mystery! 3mo
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Goodreads tell me I finished this the first time just before Christmas in 2015. My life has changed so much! I once again found the book engrossing and somehow comforting in a way I can't explain to anybody. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I wouldn't call this the most enjoyable book I ever read, and sometimes I let it sit for a bit before returning to it, but in the end it is a well written, unique and interesting novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Yesterday, my boyfriend was telling about a googling typo that somehow led him to Mary Toft, and I remembered reading about this book! It happened to be less than $4 on Kindle, so here we are. One of the things I find most interesting very early on is the descriptions of the meals. Stewed lettuce, anyone?

IndoorDame I‘ve never tried it, but I have a friend who grew up with lettuce in soup the same as any other greens, so people do cook it 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @IndoorDame I guess you learn something new every day! 😳 5mo
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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This was so good! The narrative jumps around in time around a huge event in the narrator's life, and another pivotal event although it's not personally catastrophic. Anyway, I got a bit confused sometimes but not too badly and the writing is absolutely fantastic. Interestingly, and if you know me at all, exactly to my liking, you don't get a clear picture of where things end for the narrator, what lies next. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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I started and got bored with a few books in a row, and then another Litten posted about his second book. I discovered they're both on Scribd and of course had no self-control. I adore John Darnielle/the Mountain Goats but I was wary... So many bad books are published every year, after all. But I need not have feared - brilliant lyricist, brilliant writer. So good so far.

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This was still a fun read, but rather more emotionally intense than The Flatshare or The Switch. I liked the fact that she explored the characters' flaws and growth and things weren't just easy. I did want to kill some characters here and there, or at least get them to shut up, but mainly they crept into my heart and I wanted them to do well.

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The Confession | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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This was an interesting read by "the American Agatha Christie". It's again a slowly unfolding mystery written in the first person, but with a much smaller scope than "The man in lower ten" - much more intimate and emotional. It's rather hard to describe. Yet the writing is great and the story really pulled me in. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Wishing everyone a good day with family/friends/pets/books, whether you celebrate or just rest on this day. I'm looking forward to seeing people after being utterly alone due to covid! Thank you to all that make this community a happy place to be ❤️

TheSpineView Merry Christmas! 5mo
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 5mo
Jeg Merry Christmas. Hope your day was full of people. 5mo
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I hate it when something I really want to read is only available in audio. Maybe this is terribly offensive to those from 🇺🇲 but I haven't found an audiobook read by an American yet that I could stomach! Really disappointing.

SRWCF LOL! You obviously have never listened to Matthew McConaughey smoothly narrate his book! 😉 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SRWCF true! I don't know, this guy sounds like a second-rate actor. 5mo
SRWCF @MommyWantsToReadHerBook don't knock it until you try it! 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SRWCF sorry I meant the narrator of this book! Matthew McC I like! 5mo
Graywacke With hopefully some respect to how difficult it can be to narrate a book, there are a whole lot of stinky readers who get books wrong. 5mo
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Vow of Compassion | Veronica Black
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Book #10. Quite a finale to the series. I'm going to miss these books! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Vow of Adoration | Veronica Black
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Book #9. I got quite confused! Another good read.

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Vow of Poverty | Veronica Black
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Book number 8. Another very good one!

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Vow of Devotion | Veronica Black
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At least covid is good for one thing: time to read!

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Vow of Devotion | Veronica Black
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Book number 6. Still very good, but somewhat old-fashioned in one respect.

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A Vow of Penance | Veronica Black
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Book number 5. I especially enjoyed the intricacies in this one!

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I see now why this book is so popular! The writing isn't always that strong, but the story carries you forward. I loved the theme of women finding strength in expressing their sexuality and being able to stand up for themselves. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Another beautiful read from Krueger. The backdrop of the Indian boarding schools and the Great Depression are interwoven masterfully. Once again, there is a lot about God and pain and suffering, handled beautifully in my opinion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 5mo
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The Ugly Five | Julia Donaldson
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I had a fucking awful day but am finally on my way home from Cape Town and got this for $3. It only occurred to me when I was walking away that I need something for the other kid...

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Manxmouse | Paul Gallico
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I visited my cousin in a town about 1,5 hours out of Cape Town today. It was the first time we really spent time together as adults. Among other things, we talked about books we read to our children and she lent me this lovely volume that I had never ever heard of 😍💜

EvieBee Oh wow! His books are hard to find. Enjoy! 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @EvieBee I didn't even know that. I hope my children love it! 5mo
BookNAround I read and loved his The Snow Goose when I was in high school. (edited) 5mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Having a wonderful time on the Cape Peninsula after a lot of anxiety earlier in the week. My friend took me of a tour along the coast of the peninsula this morning/early afternoon. It's so gorgeous here! And right now I have nothing to do except read my fantastic, completely engrossing book. I'm so lucky!

4thhouseontheleft That looks beautiful! Enjoy! 6mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful photo! 6mo
Chrissyreadit Gorgeous 😍 6mo
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Andrew65 Looks heavenly, enjoy. 😍 6mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Enjoy 6mo
Graywacke Wow 5mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Up next! On my way to Cape Town (well, the Cape Peninsula, my new favourite place) for a week of work training. I've been wanting to read this forever.

LiteraryinLawrence Love this one and its sequel! 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @LiteraryinLawrence I'm enjoying it so much! 6mo
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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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I wouldn't quite agree (with Scribd) that this is literary fiction, but I still enjoyed it immensely! At one point, the cast of characters became a bit overwhelming, but it all came together beautifully. A fun but meaningful read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

tpixie Yes! A mess of a family. 💔❤️‍🩹 6mo
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I thought this was wonderful. I'm so sick of books where being a Christian is equated with having a terrible experience and then blaming God for not miraculously intervening. This is like a treatise on theodicy in novel form, but also on happiness, contentment and the fact that life simply is hard - but also beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Amy and Isabelle | Elizabeth Strout
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I loved this book! It explores sex, people's longing for intimacy and pleasure, shame, judgment and fear of judgement, friendship... It's about a mother and daughter and terrible events that sets in motion a beautiful flowering in their lives in the end. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer, quickly becoming a favourite. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I loved this! As others have mentioned, it's quite different from the show. A lot of it is her childhood memories, discovering the world of books and thinking her own thoughts. I find this world fascinating (can you say huge Chaim Potok fan) but honestly, Potok is a man and a huge dimension of women's suffering in this world had never been clear to me until reading this. I think she's remarkable!

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Oh my word, it took me forever to finish this book. I think I expected too much. Or maybe it was just the extremely questionable theology towards the end that put me off! ⭐⭐⭐

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Vow of Penance | Veronica Black

No!! I've been absolutely engrossed in this one, trying to figure out what connects a bunch of bizarre events and murders. I have 7% left and my old, old Kindle's screen is scrambled. I hope I can fix it! I think it happened before and recovered...

Flaneurette The new paperwhite looks really nice, maybe you will have to buy yourself an early Xmas gift 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Flaneurette my new glasses may have to be my Christmas present to myself 😕 - but exciting stuff is happening with work, so who knows! 6mo
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A Vow of Obedience | Veronica Black
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Book four. Sister Joan doesn't even get to catch her breath after returning from retreat before some rather gruesome events that touch the convent unfold. A few red herrings and a fairly interesting resolution.

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Vow of Sanctity | Veronica Black
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Book three. After her involvement with police matters in book two, Sister Joan gets sent to the order's remote retreat in Scotland by a beautiful loch. Of course a mystery unfolds. This one had such a fun subtwist that I loved 🙂

Andrew65 This cover tells me I need to read this, then you said the magic word - Scotland. Love books set in Scotland. 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Andrew65 this has possibly been my favourite in the series so far because of the lovely setting and interesting events. 6mo
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A Vow of Chastity | Veronica Black
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Book two. Sister Joan is now fully part of the community in Cornwall she was sent to from London to look into what was happening there (in the first book). This one gets into slightly darker territory. I don't suppose the Catholic, contemplative angle will be everybody's cup of tea but I really love these books!

MaureenMc Catholic contemplative is definitely my jam! *stacked* 😁 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @MaureenMc cool 🙂 I hope you enjoy them! 6mo
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Vow of Chastity | Veronica Black

So we have local government elections today and I was at my voting station nice and early and reading the second Sister Joan mystery. Not sure what people thought every time I burst out laughing 🙂 this one has some good humour and a nice intriguing mystery so far!

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A Vow of Silence | Veronica Black
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My sister told me about the Sister Joan mysteries and I just flew through the first one. Perfect read for a stressful time. There are some heavier parts and it's not just fluff, but still a very relaxing and entertaining read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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It was... Okay. I was interested to read in the acknowledgements that Lillian was based on a real advertising woman, because that was the part of the book that I liked least. Some parts of the book were really charming and others were just so-so. I know all these protofeminist novels are very in right now. I consider myself a feminist so I don't really know what it is I generally don't like about them. Anyway, that's my #unpopularopinion. ⭐⭐⭐

Anna40 Agreed. It was ok for me too. I'm also a feminist but this didnt strike me as feminist lit 7mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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I loved the book but could remember nothing of the movie, so I started rewatching it. Oh my word, he changed so much! There are so many delightful details and plot lines in the book that completely disappeared. Really worth the read for any true fantasy lover 😉 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Life has been rather crazy lately and reading has been slow. Started Henrietta Lacks, haven't finished it. Started Lillian Boxfish, finding it quite boring for some reason. But then I picked up Howl's Moving Castle, which I got at the farmers market a few weeks ago. I never read it before. So far, I'm really enjoying it and it's actually making me want to read, not social media or TV or anything else in my down time.

BarbaraJean Oh, I loved this one! And this particular cover is hilariously terrible…😂 7mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean it's so awful! But it's the cover on the copy I bought so I had to use it 😂 6mo
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