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Notafraidofwords

Joined April 2016

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In her examination of Lemonade, we get to meet the people in the author‘s life that speak to the American experience. The discussion of race, family and love in this book is done with the complexity the subjects deserve. The ability to open these things and ponder tough questions is why I read. None of the questions are easily answered which is why they are worth asking.

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I‘m so disappointed that I have read everything by this author. This book touches on a relationship among four people. From the outside all appears normal, but on the inside these set of four people are as complex individually as they are whole. I think that this book demonstrates that relationships are about seeing the other person but also seeing yourself while seeing how that person sees you. That sounds complicated. Because it supposed to be.

Ruthiella I‘m so curious about her books. People seem to either really get them and love them or hate them and thing they‘re over rated. 🤔 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ruthiella that‘s exactly right. If you like Salinger, you‘ll like her. But you might have to test her out. 3y
MrBook Great review! 3y
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BarbaraBB Excellent review! I loved this book too! 3y
batsy Yes, you nailed it! I love how she plumbs the intricacies of relationships. Lovely review. (I haven't read this one yet, I'm "saving" it ?) 3y
Reggie That ending.... the heart wants what the heart wants!!! 3y
Notafraidofwords @batsy totally jealous that you have one left 😂 3y
Notafraidofwords @Reggie yes and I felt like that when she was with Bobbie, like somehow Nick was what her heart wanted. 3y
Cweeeevs Love this review! I can't wait to more of Rooney 😄 3y
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This is a fascinating journalistic exploration of the journey Jon Krakauer took in 1996 attempting to climb Mt. Everest. It felt a little rushed which the author admits to, but it is completely engrossing. I wanted a more psychological angle that attempts to understand why people do this, but there was very little of that. Overall, I‘m in a rabbit hole and I now need more books like this.

Macnjen I've read this twice and listened to the audiobook. It's such a shocking, compelling story I just couldn't believe it. 3y
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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This book is proof that a good book is a friend and when you part from it (because you‘re done), it remains a part of your heart. Loved this book about two roommates who find happiness amongst crappy exes, terrible criminal justice system and hectic schedules. Sometimes love finds you and it feels easy, just right. I was late to work and burned my turkey meatballs, because that‘s how consuming this book is. Please, everyone read it.

Liatrek I love books that result in loss sleep and neglected chores 😊 adding to TBR 3y
ReadingEnvy I swear this is how love should go when it's right. 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy agree. There was a simplicity portrayed that I truly loved. 3y
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This book is a great overview on the concept of Universal Basic Income. She lays out examples, data and problems that can arise from this. I think she lays it all out: this concept is an ideal to strive for. Why is it important? Because there are so many people working so many hours and still living in deep poverty. I‘m not 100 percent sold on this idea, but that‘s okay because it pushed me towards other ideas. That‘s sort of the point.

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The New Me | Halle Butler
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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Called millennial fiction, this book centers Millie, a young woman desperate to consume inspiration but restless in a job that doesn‘t pay a livable wage. My 22 year old idealistic self would hate her, but the 28 year old me loves her too much. Maybe, I‘m learning to love myself. Maybe, working for a living is a scam meant to alienate us from our own bodies—meant to just make us consumers.

saresmoore STACKED 3y
Megabooks #stacked! You have great taste, so I‘m pretty sure I‘ll enjoy it! 👍🏻 3y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore this is right up your alley 😏 3y
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Notafraidofwords @Megabooks that‘s the sweetest thing you could say. Thank you 😃 3y
saresmoore Yeah, you know me. 😉 3y
batsy Love the review! I'm very excited to read this. 3y
BarbaraBB This sounds so good. Thanks for the review! 3y
Notafraidofwords @batsy @BarbaraBB @saresmoore oh no. Now I‘m getting nervous because the pressure is really high lol 3y
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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I know this sounds unreal, but I have been able to avoid all spoilers for this book. Which means, that I am centuries behind and my mind is blown. I also have not seen the movies, so I look forward to watching them after I finish the trilogy. The best part about this book is how smart Katniss is. She really does understand the systems of oppression holding her back & I admire that quality in her. Her complexity as a character really touched me.

ItsAnotherJen 😨 Really? I'm jealous that you get to enjoy this series without any of the hype. I loved it! 3y
Notafraidofwords @JenFowler well, that‘s one way of looking at it. I‘m just really late. 3y
saresmoore My memory of reading the series (and any spoilers) is such a blur. I just remember being utterly engrossed. 3y
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Reggie I‘m so happy for you reading this. 3y
ReadingEnvy Better at all than never! 3y
riversong153 I 💜💜💜 these books! Apparently there is a prequel coming out. 3y
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repetitive AF

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This is a look at the author‘s experience as a new mom. I found it compelling, especially the short paragraphs that resembled the way new experiences feel - episodic. Motherhood often feels contradictory and sometimes when you think you have pinned down your thoughts, they change. I think this book illustrates that feeling very well.

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I ended up liking this book, but I have issues with the structure. This book is three books in one: a pastor that kills various family members for money, biographical information of Capote and Lee, and finally H. Lee‘s decision to write about this pastor. This ended up feeling like different books and only came together towards the end. Overall, just okay. I wish I liked it better, but I also had a problem with certain assumptions the book made.

Theaelizabet The structure! Exactly! I kept imagining what would have happened if Janet Malcolm had gotten her hands on the material. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Theaelizabet exactly ! I wanted more interweaving of the stories. 3y
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After | Anna Todd
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The patriarchy hasn‘t died in me, apparently, since I‘ve binged read this crazy book. Debating whether to continue the series 😳

KarouBlue Book 2 is like 17.5hrs long and book 3 is closer to 24hrs long. B2 was okay. Still binge read it but it could have been edited down by half. I haven‘t mustered the spirit for B3 3y
Notafraidofwords @MellieAntoinette This one was entirely too long as well. It could‘ve been half it‘s size and it would‘ve been the same book. 3y
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I dont know what to say about this book other than that it restored something in me that I had lost a long time ago. This book is about a boy and girl. & they live both in the present and the past and it‘s their ability to do so that enables them to love themselves and others. This book uncovers the truth about soulmates, about love, it is filled with grief because it isn‘t pointless. Love is often miscommunicated, but if it‘s right, it grows.

Twocougs I had similar views. I loved it except for three pages. 3y
teainthelibrary Love your review. I didn‘t know how to describe the way it made me feel except that I felt something really deep inside. Beautiful book. 3y
saresmoore Hot damn, what a good review! I will absolutely be reading this, now. 3y
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Notafraidofwords @saresmoore if you get a chance to read it, I would love to know what you think. It‘s the first book that I read where I find myself so deeply connected to all the people. 3y
Notafraidofwords @teainthelibrary that‘s a great way to put it. It did the same for me. It really moved me. 3y
ReadingEnvy I'm so glad you feel this way about it. This may be my new gauge of people - here read this report back. 3y
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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This book is really important to me. And I loved it.

britt_brooke I just started this today! 3y
Notafraidofwords @britt_brooke it‘s a quick read. 3y
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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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This is the story of two friends and their respective families that cover over three generations. It took me about three weeks to read, because it‘s a dense read, thick in complexity, and funny yet lyrical. This is the type of book that bites back & that‘s not a bad thing.

Weaponxgirl I loved this! 3y
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This memoir explores Deborah‘s complicated desire to be a good Satmar girl while feeling trapped by customs that limits her freedom. When she gives birth at nineteen, she finds the courage to leave. I read this in about 24 hours, because I couldn‘t put it down. I was rooting for her every step of the way and had to google her after I was done to make sure she was okay. She is. My only quibble is that I found the pacing to be off.

Cinfhen She wrote a sequel that was pretty interesting as well 3y
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I find stories about motherhood so intriguing, like cult stories. It is true that relationships between mothers and daughters are often based on what is not said, what decisions are not made, what is left up in the air. That‘s why I found this collection of essays interesting. Unfortunately, only a few are striking and memorable. However, if you like stories about motherhood, childhood and memories pick this up.

Jas16 I have been so curious about this one. 3y
ReadingEnvy I think I found two that really resonated. 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy do you remember which ones? 3y
ReadingEnvy hanauer, steger-strong, and machado 3y
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That‘s me reflected in this book 💚. I really enjoyed this thoughtful essay collection that examines the many people and ways and things we love. Profoundly moving examination on the many ways life takes form.

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So this was a monster of a book, but a worthy read. I feel like I learned so much about Douglass but even more about the era. He saw so much history happen and it feels impossible for me to even imagine it. I read about twenty pages a night, so it took forever. Yet, it was also very interesting. So, some weekends I would binge read it. I recommend !

ReadingEnvy I think you were just starting this last time we chatted! Good on ya! 3y
Pedrocamacho One of the best biographies I‘ve ever read. Immersive Fredrick Douglass 😊 3y
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Y‘all, I have less than 200 pages to go on this book. I‘ve been reading this chunkster since the beginning of January. I can‘t believe my commitment hasn‘t wavered, slowly but surely I‘ll get there. Will review when done!

j9brown I've been very interested in this but the size really puts me off. So long and too dang heavy to carry around! 3y
charl08 Nicely done. I'm about ten pages in! 3y
Notafraidofwords @j9brown I got the physical book and a library ebook so I could switch between both. I didn‘t read it everyday, because I read other things. However, this book is extremely interesting and the pacing only felt slow during the civil war period. 3y
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Notafraidofwords @charl08 it‘s so good. The pacing for this is wild, because it really does read like fiction. 3y
BellaBookNook This is one I have wanted to read since before it was released but my chunkster phobia keeps holding me back! 3y
Notafraidofwords @BellaBookNook I‘ve been at it since January 1st so yes it‘s long!! 3y
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A few years ago, I made it all the way to the top of Bear Mountain in upstate NY. The minute I got up there, I felt like a sudden entrapment took hold of me. How could I be in one of the most open of places and feel so constricted. But then I recognized the feeling: pure overwhelming feelings. That is what Toni Morrison‘s nonfiction does to my brain.

CouronneDhiver Best review! 👌🏽 3y
DivineDiana Powerful description! 3y
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Toni, tearing it all down. Capitalism robs us of everything ...

saresmoore Damn. 🔥 3y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore I understand nothing. That‘s how I approach Morrison. She‘s a genius with words. 3y
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Ready to be blessed.

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If you need a podcast to listen to @ReadingEnvy invited me on hers and I ranted for an hour long. And poor @ReadingEnvy put up with the monster that I am. Take a 👂 https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy141

saresmoore You‘re the best and I can‘t wait to sneak away from my needy children and listen to this! 😘♥️ 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore awww thank you. You‘re so sweet 💚😀💚💚 4y
Leftcoastzen Yay!Will check it out! Looking forward to what you have to say.😀 4y
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mreads It was a great episode 👍 and The Labor of Love cover is cute😀 4y
Notafraidofwords @mreads thank you so much !! 4y
Reggie Lololol I loved your rant on Villette. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Reggie I‘ve been nervous that people will hate me for it. 4y
BestDogDad This was a fun episode! I loved your rants! 4y
Notafraidofwords @BestDogDad yay. Love that. 4y
vivastory I can't wait to listen! 4y
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Got myself something for Three Kings Day! My heart is ready for this chunkster.

Tamra Oh I have my eye on this - I think I‘m going to use a gift card to purchase because it isn‘t one that‘s a good library check out given the length. It‘s probably a savor a chapter at a time. 😊 4y
BellaBookNook Oh I‘m so jealous!! I really want to get this book! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Tamra oh yeah I thought the same. Plus I won‘t finish in two weeks. So, buying it is worth it. 4y
Notafraidofwords @BellaBookNook I‘ll review it in about a year ! 4y
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Erin wants us to accomplish more by having 3 big goals at a time and dropping unnecessary things to accomplish them. Listing apps & services to outsource laundry and food so you could get to the gym does not work for me. Or getting an uber so you can spend sometime in a call 🤔. (Perhaps) I could do those things when I have a lot of disposable income. I felt too working class for this book which feels like the case for a lot of self help books.

Notafraidofwords Side note: she has this really passive aggressive way to tell people that they need to go to the gym. Every reference was about working out. Like wha????! Oh and some odd article about fatness being contagious. 😡 4y
kgriffith NOPE. 4y
Notafraidofwords @kgriffith exactly. And I feel so bad because I know how hard writing is, but girl. 4y
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saresmoore Eww 4y
kgriffith @Notafraidofwords I also noped outta Marie Kwondo‘s self-flagellating magic of being condescending. 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore yes. Most of these self help books really distribute dangerous stereotypes about women and I think this one does too. 4y
merelybookish Sounds infuriating. I find the advice to use more apps pretty pointless. Most of us don't need more digital stuff to deal with! 4y
Notafraidofwords @merelybookish agree. Plus apps like uber, Lyft and instacart is An expense. 4y
JSW Ughhhhh. 😑😑 4y
saresmoore @kgriffith Best alternate title ever! It‘s annoying, too, because I‘ve implemented several of her tidying principles (I skimmed the book, big time) and they really have improved my life. 4y
readordierachel That all reeks of privilege. Who has the time and money to do that?? 4y
Notafraidofwords @readordierachel honestly, I don‘t. I have to work really hard just to cover necessities. 4y
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Sugarbread | Balli Kaur Jaswal
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Wow. Thank you @batsy for your generosity. I love it. 💚💚

zembla What a gorgeous cover! 4y
batsy Yay, it arrived! Hope you enjoy :) 4y
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Lights All Night Long | Lydia Fitzpatrick
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This book is expected to come out in April of 2019 and I have never been more glad to have gotten my hands on this arc. I think this one will be on a lot of lists. Ilya is in pain when he arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia. Told in flashbacks, the reader follows the mystery that bounds his brother to drugs, poverty and addiction. Beautiful, painful and honest—this book explores what it means to love someone that does not love them self.

Notafraidofwords @saresmoore you have to read this. Could I send you the arc ? 4y
Bklover Sounds intriguing! Stacked! 4y
Cinfhen Beautiful review 4y
saresmoore Wow, lovely review! Yes, this definitely sounds like something I want to read! 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore I will send it!! You don‘t understand. I consumed it in 4 days! 4y
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Emily Climbs | L M Montgomery
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Wow @saresmoore thank you for your generosity. Beautiful. I‘ve never read these modern classics. Thank you so much !

saresmoore I hope they speak to your heart like they did to mine! Much love to you, sweet friend. 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore thank you so much friend. 4y
Bookladylinda Pretty covers!!!! 4y
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Tamra 😍 4y
batsy Gorgeous ❤️ 4y
youneverarrived Beautiful 😍 4y
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I will start by saying that everyone should read this. This is a ultra layered nonfiction book about the invention of dating that covers points in American history that l love (the 20s, 50s and 60s). It moves towards present time. The ways in which capitalism reaches into the ways we connect or not connect with others is fascinating. We have capitalized feminism and love. This deconstruct it in a manageable way that feels both fresh and inclusive.

Notafraidofwords @saresmoore please please read this one. I think you‘ll love it. 4y
emtobiasz I found this one super fascinating 4y
Notafraidofwords @emtobiasz she touches on so many things. I loved it. 4y
saresmoore Ooh, sounds great! 4y
batsy I've been meaning to read this! Thanks for the reminder :) 4y
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My brain feels broken. I haven‘t been able to read anything other than romance. I hit a wall a few weeks ago where absolutely everything I read was causing me to be on the verge of tears and a panic attack. Lauren Layne has been there for me and this book made my heart sign, soooo I might just read romance until I could handle something else.

Lovesbooks87 Love Lauren Layne! 4y
Notafraidofwords @Lovesbooks87 I‘m going through her entire catalog. She could write dialogue like no other. 4y
saresmoore Absolutely nothing wrong with that! 4y
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silentrequiem Hugs. There's nothing wrong with that! I went several months where I could only handle romance and graphic novels. My brain knew I was super stressed. 4y
CarolynM There's never anything wrong with a good romance, in fact sometimes there's nothing better❤️ 4y
Reggie This sounds good and I haven‘t read her before. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Reggie omg you‘re like totally missing out. Start with the book 4y
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Continuing my romance binge. I didn‘t love this as much as her other ones, but I did burn my turkey hot dog and almost late to work being consumed by it. So, there‘s that ...

saresmoore Haha! Burning food and being late—the true measures of an engaging story! 4y
riversong153 I like my 🌭 burnt! Lol 4y
Bklover That title makes me hear David Cassidy singing in my head. Shows you how old I am! 4y
Reggie @Bklover you are not alone. In my head I went with it.... so what am I so afraid of..... 4y
Bklover @Reggie I‘m afraid that I‘m not sure of a love there is no cure for🎶🎵🎶🎵. So glad I‘m not the only one, Reggie! 4y
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I find Richo to be one of the most life changing authors that I‘ve encountered. His psychological analysis + spiritual connection is so powerful. His book details tools in which we can face trauma and heal ourselves. I‘ve learned accountability, commitment, humility etc in his books. I am not in a relationship, but if it happens I would like to bring myself as a whole person and not the broken pieces I attempted to work with before.

riversong153 My therapist recommended this book to me too. I haven‘t read it yet. 4y
Notafraidofwords @riversong153 it‘s my second of his. How to be an adult is a great one too. 4y
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ I‘ll be reading this! 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore it‘s great and it‘s set up for couples too! 4y
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An Ex for Christmas | Lauren Layne
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My TBR you ask? I threw it out. I‘m just going to read romance until I‘m ready to face the world and that might not be till 2020. Not the best book, but who the hell the cares. They end up together and that‘s all I can ask for in 2018 when everything is upside down. Next!!!

Dorianna This has been my general mood but with Terry Pratchett books. 4y
readordierachel Hell yeah. Here's to reading what makes you happy! 4y
Kristy_K I love reading romance when I can no longer deal! Looking forward to your recommendations. :) 4y
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CarolynM I know the feeling 4y
Reggie I was actually thinking about this this past month. I read great fiction last year and this year, romance seems to be prevalent in my reads. I just need the happiness I can‘t see in the real world and the news right now. Totally feel you. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Reggie thank you for that. That‘s exactly it. 4y
MicheleinPhilly @Reggie @Notafraidofwords For me this year it has been police procedurals like the Harry Bosch series. I‘m still reading literary fiction but I take pretty long breaks in between. But I strangely find something comforting in a good ‘ol detective series. 4y
Notafraidofwords @MicheleinPhilly hmm any that you recommend without sexual assault/ rape? 4y
MicheleinPhilly There is actually a new-ish book prize for crime fiction that does not include violence against women. Check it out: http://staunchbookprize.com/# 4y
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Blurred Lines | Lauren Layne
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The holidays are really hard for me. When it‘s over, I always notice that I had not been breathing. This year feels especially tough. So, I‘m really on Lauren Layne. She‘s my new favorite romance writer. Loved this story of friends to lovers. Read all in one day 👍🏽.

jpmcwisemorgan I‘m sorry to hear the holidays are hard, know that you are not alone. I‘m glad you have found a new favorite to read, hopefully that will bring some comfort. 4y
Notafraidofwords @jpmcwisemorgan thank you. It has today. Great distraction. 4y
BookNAround I‘m sorry the holidays are so hard. I wish you peace in getting through them. 4y
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Notafraidofwords @BookNAround that‘s sweet. Thank you, I imagine it‘s tough for many people but some people might be afraid to admit it. 4y
Redwritinghood Sorry it wasn‘t the best day for you. Hope tomorrow is better. 4y
saresmoore Sending love to you, friend. ♥️ 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore thank you, friend 💚 4y
Tamra Hang in there, one task at a time. I too turn to favorite authors and they are like ready friends. 4y
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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A beautiful book. I can‘t muster her optimism, but I felt her heart and I needed that ❤️

KarouBlue An excellent summary of the vibes in this one! 4y
Notafraidofwords @MellieAntoinete i wish to meet her one day and thank her 🙏 4y
Bakingbookworm I‘m reading it now and loving it! I have the book and audiobook. Have to say I love hearing her read her words to me. 4y
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Notafraidofwords @Bakingbookworm I‘ve heard that!! I did it in ebook and watched videos just to remember her voice. 4y
ReadingEnvy I'm listening so I just hit the second election part. She's so genuine, what a relief. 4y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy i know. And she speaks about truly difficult things without sugar coating it. 4y
MicheleinPhilly I am loving it so very much. 4y
Gezemice I am listening to it, too. Her voice is lovely. 4y
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Simone: A Novel | Eduardo Lalo
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This is the story of a writer that falls in love with a young woman in the streets of my beloved island of Puerto Rico. This book is not perfect. Li does not always come off as a three dimensional character and the ending is messy. Yet, my island is represented. He captures our inbetweeness, our pain. I recognize the places, the faces the utter grief that comes with not belonging. I know the parks, the food the towns and I‘m there💚

Notafraidofwords @batsy Hi, reading my review ... would you like me to send it your way. I absolutely do not mind 😁 4y
batsy Thank you, I would love to read it if you don't mind parting with it 😘 Can you send me your mailing address too? My email is subashini.navaratnam at Gmail 4y
Notafraidofwords @batsy emailed you 💚 4y
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I read her other book and loved it, so I picked this one up and it just didn‘t do it for me. Set in an unnamed country after a regime has fallen, the main character revisits a fraught relationship she had with a senator. This book is doing too much. And it‘s meant to feel universal, but vagueness doesn‘t equal universality. Yet, plenty of people will read this and love it because of its faux literary fiction sentences that are just so beautiful.

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Walk of Shame | Lauren Layne
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My life has been filled with insomnia riddled anxiety episodes that last from 2-6, just in time for an 8 shift at work. What have I been doing with that time, you ask. Well, NOT reading. Anxiety completely banishes any desire to read. I just pace, fidget, and cry. But last night, I read a romance. Lordie, was this good. Funny, excellent pacing, lovely characters. I had moments were I forgot 45 was president and my people were being persecuted.

Notafraidofwords @riversong153 you should totes check if your library has this one!!!! So goooodddd. 4y
riversong153 I‘m going to see if they have it! So sorry to hear about the insomnia ☹️. I hope it passes and you feel better soon 💜 4y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m sorry you are suffering. ☹️ 4y
Notafraidofwords @MicheleinPhilly well thank you. It‘s been rough and it‘s not over. (edited) 4y
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This is my first Dickens and I‘m not sure 🤔 how I feel about it yet. I really enjoyed the beginning, but somewhere in the middle it dragged. I think overall the story of Pip is one that I can empathize with. However, the ending lacked for me a sense of satisfaction. I wanted more out of this book and I‘m not sure I got it.

Notafraidofwords Hi @saresmoore any chance you want this penguin 🐧 edition for your collection ? 4y
saresmoore Oh, yes, I would love it! Sorry to hear it was a bit of a miss for you. I don‘t think I‘ve read this one yet. 4y
azulaco This was assigned reading in my freshman year of high school, and I hated it. More than thirty years have passed and I keep thinking I should re-read it and give it another chance, but it was SO long and SO boring...Apologies to Dickens fans, I know there are people out there who love this book. Just not fourteen-year-old me. 4y
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Notafraidofwords @azulaco well, I think it was a miss for me too and I‘m 27. I was rooting for pip and I wanted him to succeed but I wasn‘t interested in how he got there. I‘m going to try David Copperfield because I‘ve heard great things. 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore it‘s 👌🏽. I wish I had loved it so that I could be a dickens fan too. But I just didn‘t. I‘ll put it in the mail for you this week :) 4y
saresmoore Thank you, friend! ♥️♥️♥️ 4y
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This book was by writer Nunez, Sigrid and it‘s about the time she spent with Susan Sontag. I never read any Sontag, but often times I like literary adjacent books and this one was not an exception to that. Sontag seemed to have been a nightmare of a person, but aren‘t we all?

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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I dont know how to review this memoir about Steve Job‘s daughter. I want to say that it‘s excellent, but I found some parts lacking. I wished for deeper reflection and a tighter narrative arc. However, I also appreciate a book in which we can collectively recognize shitty fathers (drops mic).

Ashley_Nicoletto I really want to read this one. I‘ve been so curious about it. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Ashley_Nicoletto i found jobs to be a complete lunatic passed off as a ‘genius.‘ Had he been a woman, it wouldn‘t ever fly. 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Notafraidofwords I think I‘m mostly so interested because it‘s rare that you see a daughter write a memoir about her shit father when he‘s as famous as Jobs. I am just so curious. 4y
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Notafraidofwords @Ashley_Nicoletto yes 💯 percent. Same. But, she reveals so much about him that I couldn‘t believe that this actually got published and no law suit is coming out of it. 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Notafraidofwords Gahh. That just spikes my interest even more. 4y
riversong153 I read a review of this...some of the things she talks about in this book really made me angry...speaking as someone who‘s dealt with a crappy father. Jobs was insane. Is it impossible for one to be an icon and not insane?? I wonder sometimes... (edited) 4y
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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So, I read this again b/c I‘m clearly losing my mind. This is my go to comfort read. The shattering of the American Dream is so clear. In a way, Gatsby is the America we want —trying to right the past by clinging to a non existent optimism while Tom is the reality. Tom is our America —brute, insecure and recklessly racist with an inability for change. And Daisy. Daisy is the 52 percent of white women that voted for 45. And Nick is the observer.

Bookwormjillk Beware of careless people 4y
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saresmoore So much yes. 4y
LauraBeth Nailed it! 4y
Susannah Wow, yes. 😧😕😢 4y
Reggie 😮 Wow!!!! 4y
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One of my favorite Daisy parts—her wedding to Tom..

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Depiction of Mr. Wolfshiem is always disturbing to me. This reread has not changed that ...

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I mean if this is not one of the best introductions to a novel ever then I don‘t know what is ... what do you pals think ?

Leftcoastzen I absolutely love that. 4y
Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
riversong153 💜💜 4y
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I have a thousand books to choose from, but I‘m re-reading this again with Ward‘s intro. I find this book so comforting. Every time I read it, I find something different to love. Most of all, I can really relate to Gatsby. I too think that there is perfection in trying time and time again. What fools are we...

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore do you have a copy. I would love if you read a long. I feel like you would totally have deep insights into Daisy and Tom and Nick. 4y
saresmoore Absolutely! I would love to. 4y
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Notafraidofwords @saresmoore oh yay. Gosh, I‘m a sucker for Gatsby. I‘m going to savor this rereading. 4y
DimeryRene Lawd this is an amazing intro. I love this book! Have a green light tattoo because of it. 💚💚 4y
Notafraidofwords @DimeryRene omg you do? Wait how does it look ?? 4y
DimeryRene @Notafraidofwords Ummm I think it looks amazing. Just a little cartoon lightbulb. :) 4y
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Simone: A Novel | Eduardo Lalo
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Tonight I grieve with plenty of women in the US. But, I wanted to thank you @MicheleinPhilly for your generosity. I picked these up along with The Odyssey with the gift card I won.

MicheleinPhilly I‘m glad I could bring you some comfort. ❤️ 4y
batsy The tagged book sounds interesting! 4y
Notafraidofwords @batsy it set in Puerto Rico which is not the usual. Once I‘m done I‘ll send it your way ! 😀 4y
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batsy @Notafraidofwords Oh, please don't worry about it! It's so nice of you to offer but international mailing costs, eek ❤️ 4y
Notafraidofwords @batsy it‘s a slim book. No worries 💚💚💚💚💚. Plus did I mention that it takes place in Puerto Rico ? 4y
batsy Hahaha, yes it sounds amazing! Let me know how you feel about it once you're done; you might want to hang on to it ☺️ If not, we can do an exchange ❤️ 4y
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I believe we are living in deep peril. I believe these are dangerous times. I do not believe kindness and love can align us towards a better path. What we need is a revolution and everyone must buy a ticket. Perhaps this book could be that ticket.

VioletBramble I agree that we need a revolution. If the blue wave doesn't happen in November I think we'll have another Civil War. 4y
Notafraidofwords @VioletBramble the polls about Brett do not make me hopeful at all. 4y
batsy Agreed 💜 4y
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Odyssey | Homer
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Thank you so much for the gift card @MicheleinPhilly ! Pre-ordering this puppy as we speak.

MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
saresmoore Yayayayay! It‘s so good! 4y
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore I never read it. I‘m petrified that this would be the thing that would break my heart and convince me I‘m stupid. 4y
saresmoore No way. I don‘t get it at all because epic poetry totally eludes me, but her translation is beautiful. Let me know when you read it and I‘ll be happy to puzzle it out with you! 4y
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Untitled | Unknown
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So, I completed it. But, I have to admit ... it was hard. I just don‘t do well with assigned readings. However, I discovered Kindred which made it worth while.

Mindyrecycles Kindred! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Kindred is excellent! And congratulations, good for you. I‘m very bad at ever finishing these. 4y
Notafraidofwords @Riveted_Reader_Melissa first time ever doing it. But can‘t see myself trying again. 4y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Notafraidofwords I tried twice, never finished, and I didn‘t even try this year. So I‘m very VERY impressed with anyone who pushes through and manages to do it. Congratulations again! 4y
WhatDeeReads I forced myself to finish the first two years and ending up hating reading in December because it was just all the categories I didn‘t want to do and put off all year. Not fun. Decided no challenges in 2018. 4y
arlenefinnigan Completed already? Well done! Got 4 to go. I loved Kindred too! 4y
Notafraidofwords @WhatDeeReads I‘m with you! I won‘t be doing it again. It just feels like I‘m reading something I‘m not into for the sake of having finished the challenge. It just not how I do my best reading. 4y
Notafraidofwords @arlenefinnigan yes, I mostly did a lot of the heavy reading back in Jan/ feb. I left the tasks I struggled with to the end. 4y
Mdargusch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
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