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RealLifeReading

Joined February 2016

Can't stop reading. Blog: reallifereading.com | GR: goodreads.com/reallifereading 🇸🇬🇺🇸
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Woman in the Purple Skirt | Natsuko Imamura
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The Woman in the Purple Skirt is an ordinary woman who only ever wears a purple-colored skirt. She doesn‘t do anything unusual or unique. Our narrator is the woman in the yellow cardigan, who watches the woman in the purple skirt, and knows her life thoroughly. Some say it‘s disturbing but I feel sad for the narrator. The loneliness of living in a city leads her to longing for a friend, into voyeurism and idolization of an everyday person.

sprainedbrain So great to see your reviews again! ❤️ 3h
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Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I loved how the different languages were used – casually, yet effectively showing us how it is to struggle in this multilingual world. It feels weird to write this but it shows that Asian people are different, are distinct. The Korean girl is unique, the Singaporean girl is unique, the Japanese-American girl is unique. We are Asian, and to many people we may look similar, but we are so different from each other.

Bookzombie Great to see you and great review! 🙂 2d
TrishB Hi 👋 2d
JamieArc Great to see back on Litsy! 2d
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LeahBergen This is such a tasty-looking photo! 2d
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie hello and thanks! It‘s been a while! 2d
RealLifeReading @JamieArc thank you 😊 2d
RealLifeReading @LeahBergen thanks! It‘s full of Lunar New Year snacks! 😀 2d
mhillis This looks really good! 2d
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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What is a funfetti cake? A vanilla cake with sprinkles in it. What is a cupcake? A small cake with a mound of frosting on the top.
And what is this book? Adorable. With a side of snarkiness and a hint of politics. Just that fun read that brightens up your day, just like these funfetti cupcakes I made for the 9yo‘s mini birthday celebration.
And just like a funfetti cupcake, it leaves you with a sugar high from how fun and cute a read this is.

Bookzombie Great review and your cupcakes look delicious! 10mo
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Sushi and a book. This is A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, about two rival pho restaurants and teens who fall in love.

BarbaraBB Both look delicious! 10mo
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The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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Book and breakfast - I‘m having niangao dipped in egg and pan fried. It‘s a sweet sticky cake made of sugar, water, glutinous rice flour. The fourth grader made it (I helped him with the steaming part) for his class assignment.

Texreader Mmm yum 11mo
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How to Cook a Wolf | M. F. K. Fisher
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It leaves you filled with peace, and the house filled with one of the world's sweetest smells. But it takes a lot of time. If you can find that, the rest is easy. And if you cannot rightly find it, make it, for probably there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.

erzascarletbookgasm Happy New Year Sharlene! 🧧🎆 11mo
Smarkies Yes! Baking bread is indeed therapeutic. Especially when that first smell from the oven hits you. 😁 11mo
RealLifeReading @erzascarletbookgasm happy new year!! 🎈 11mo
RealLifeReading @Smarkies and the whole house smells so good too 11mo
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Grown | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I started reading this book on Sunday night. It was getting late and I reluctantly put it away to try to go to sleep, not quite realizing it would keep me wide awake for much much longer. It was full of rage-inducing moments that made me want to throw it across the room. It had this despicable man who used his fame and his charm to cajole and to enchant young girls. (Continued in comments)

RealLifeReading This is a story about a pedophile and how he manipulated his victim. But this is also a story about how society turns a blind eye to these victims, questioning if they are to blame for what happened. 11mo
Megabooks Great review! 11mo
Bookzombie I second what @Megabooks said! 11mo
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Parade | Shuichi Yoshida
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Five young people. One Tokyo apartment. A story in which nothing very much happens yet is a fascinating read as the different sections reveal more from each character‘s POV. Not as weird as other recent reads (I'm looking at you, Earthlings) but it has that sense of alienation and detachment that seems to haunt a lot of Japanese fiction I've read.

KittyK Oooh I‘ll add this to my list. Im developing a bit of a penchant for Japanese fiction 12mo
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Gimme Everything You Got | Iva-Marie Palmer
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I love it when a book surprises me. And this one really did. I honestly wasn‘t expecting very much out of it. But this was a fun read that explores first love and also, women‘s sports! It‘s set in the US in 1979 and a new coach has arrived at Susan‘s high school to start a girls‘ soccer team. A fun, funny, feminist read!

BarbaraBB Great pic - as always 💕 12mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraBB thank you 😊 12mo
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"With the coffee in front of her, she closed her eyes, and inhaled deeply. It was her moment of happiness. As per his insistence, the coffee had been made from mocha beans with their distinct aroma, which coffee drinkers either love or hate. Those who enjoy the aroma, like Kohtake, can't get enough of it. In fact, you could say that the coffee picked the customers."

Angitron I just purchased this earlier this week! I‘m excited to read it. 12mo
Aida_Nam I am loving the last line. Coffee picking out it's customers. 12mo
RealLifeReading @Angitron hope you enjoy it! 12mo
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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Earthlings is an uncomfortable read, it‘s dark and twisted. It‘s not for everyone. I hesitate to say “read this” because I know some are likely to be put off by many parts. But for me, it was something I couldn‘t stop reading. It‘s way out of the box but this past year has been anything but ordinary. Maybe I just needed something bizarre to kick off my 2021 reading. Whatever the reason, Earthlings is a book I‘m definitely not going to forget.

Reggie She definitely has that outsider thing going. But also, what‘s great is through her outsider character you get to see the different hypocrisies of what we consider normal. I was very saddened by this book by how they treat the main character and her cousin but overall still liked the book. Great review! 12mo
RealLifeReading @Reggie 😊 thank you! 12mo
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Loner | Georgina Young
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I appreciated the super short chapters and its cynical, humorous tone. It‘s a book that would be relatable if you‘ve ever felt lost or unsure about what you want to do with your life. It‘s not exactly plot-driven so it was a bit hard to get into initially but I really enjoyed reading it as I felt it managed to capture that adult, but not quite adult, feeling of being a 20-something. Also, that cover, which so happens to match my crocheted throw

Texreader Nice match 1y
LeahBergen I love that throw! 1y
Freespirit Lovely crochet💕 1y
rubyslippersreads Love this photo! 12mo
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Soba, miso soup with Napa cabbage and chikuwa (fish cake), pickles, and this collection of strange short stories, the title one about a woman who gets into bodybuilding but her husband never notices the changes in her. Or the even stranger one about a clothes shop worker whose client doesn‘t want to emerge from the changing room. Somehow these seem very Japanese - at least to me - in that whimsical, odd but also somehow maybe not so odd way

slategreyskies I picked up a copy of this last week. I‘m looking forward to it! Also, your meal looks delicious!! :) 1y
Jennick2004 I‘m so hungry!! 1y
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Listening to this audiobook and doing some painting and coloring. The kids want to put these up on the windows

Chrisk How sweet. 2y
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This book is an absolutely brilliant, soul-sucking, bloody, batshit crazy yet completely absorbing read that has you holding your breath with every insane twist and turn of this roller coaster of reading ride. I have plenty more to say but Litsy only gives me so many words so I‘ll point you to my blog post instead https://reallifereading.com/2020/04/16/gideon-the-ninth/

RealLifeReading I wonder if this counts as #gothichorror for @booked2020 as it has an oldish feel (cavaliers, rapiers, ancient gothic palace) and also necromancers abound (also plenty of deaths). It doesn‘t quite fit into a proper genre really, a bit of a locked-room mystery, a bit of sci-fi, fantasy, thriller. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Batshit crazy was enough for me 😁😘 2y
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A really great YA read about a teenager exploring his identity (his mother is Iranian) - issues of bullying, depression, experiencing life in a different culture (the family visits Iran for the first time). I love that Darius loves tea. He works in a tea store! He buys his grandmother a gift of tea! And he hope for an internship in tea! ☕️ 🍵

Cinfhen 💚😃 2y
MallenNC I loved this book! 2y
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StaceyKondla Fabulous book! I truly enjoyed it 💕 2y
minkyb I really enjoyed this one!
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Carleneishere Please tell me where you got that shirt! 2y
RealLifeReading @Carleneishere it‘s from Old Navy 😀 2y
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Bird Cottage | Eva Meijer
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It‘s funny when you stumble across a book that is just right for your frame of mind. This book, in all its pastoral ramble-y ways, was that quiet I did not know I needed, in a world that is strangely quiet in ways (less traffic) but crazily loud in so many other ways (ALL THE NEWS). It‘s strangely charming and yet profoundly sad, this woman‘s life among her birds, especially in contrast to her younger self as a musician in London.

RealLifeReading An explanation for her reclusiveness isn‘t exactly stated (at least not that I recall) but maybe the reader is meant to reflect on that and wonder 2y
Hoopiefoot Pastoral rambly books apparently are the only thing I can read right now. Adding this to my list! 2y
RealLifeReading @Hoopiefoot hope you like it! 😀 2y
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I‘ve been struggling with the reading. I‘ve been distracted by things like keeping up with news (but I am working on that and trying not to check so often, especially at night). Other distractions: kids‘ schoolwork, keeping track of Zoom sessions, making sure they get PE + non-screen fun time every day, feeding a hungry horde, making sure supplies last and produce gets eaten up before it wilts, keeping things clean (also, chlorox wiping things).

RealLifeReading So I decided that today I would give non-non-fiction audiobooks a try - I‘ve tended to be a nonfiction audiobooks only person. And this YA, the second in the series, with its two narrators, is such a fun one to try. I somehow skipped this book and went from book one to book three and I‘m so happy to be back in this colorful, lighthearted space that makes me smile and just keep listening. 2y
AlaMich Confetti cake makes everything better! 😊 2y
Sparkin Hello! So much of this post resonates with me. I do want to read, too, so thought reinstalling Litsy might help. Surprised at the lack of Covid hashtags. Is it not being mentioned or am I looking in the wrong places? Are there any challenges running? 2y
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tracey38 Glad you have a good book while trying to keep up with everything! And that cake looks delicious!!! 2y
BookNerdMama Hard same! 2y
RealLifeReading @AlaMich it does. Just looking at this photo two weeks later makes my day better 2y
RealLifeReading @Sparkin thanks! Did you find any challenges? 2y
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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I haven‘t done a wrap-up in ages! How was your month?

ErinSBecker I'm new here, so not sure how wrap-ups work, but in March I read 15 books - 3 comics, 3 sci-fi, 2 fantasy, 1 business, 1 graphic novel, 1 book in a foreign language, and 4 other novels. Total of 4 by authors of color, 5 by women. Not happy with those ratios, but this month I was focused on comfort reading... 2y
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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It can be intimidating starting a new-to-me writer, especially one with many books out. And perhaps even more so for speculative fiction, where the worlds are strange and take time to sink into. But this was an amazing read. It was exciting and immersive and had this Ocean‘s Eleven feel in parts - not in the smooth, Vegas way but in that great camaraderie among the crew and how they all played unique roles that came together as a whole.

RealLifeReading I did bring myself to finish it, much as I didn‘t want this story to end. But Sanderson has so many books (including more in this Mistborn series) that will make this newfound fan thrilled for many more reads to come 2y
AlaMich I‘ve never read him either and have been meaning to, but not knowing which series to begin with. 2y
RealLifeReading @AlaMich this one is a great first book to start with! 2y
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Pretending is Lying | Dominique Goblet
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This atmospheric, moody graphic memoir is full of beautiful and emotional illustrations that tells of a dysfunctional family. The illustrations feel very organic, in a way, the colors bleed into one another, the text is handwritten in different styles, the colors are muted and sepia-toned. For me, the storyline was a bit hard to follow in parts, a bit disjointed but still haunting.

mrsmarch Maybe I am not focusing on the right part of this post, but, whatcha eating? 2y
RealLifeReading @mrsmarch 😂 it‘s a meal of leftovers! I had leftover basmati rice and leftover bolognese so I put them together threw on shredded cheddar and zapped it in the microwave. Basmati bolognese! (edited) 2y
ThePageantHam @RealLifeReading that sounds INCREDIBLE 🍚🍝 2y
RealLifeReading @ThePageantHam thanks! I definitely will be eating that again soon! 2y
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Fablehaven | Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman
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I love that my almost 9yo loves to read. But I love it even more that this was a book I had to convince him to read. I had left it lying around, hoping he would pick it up himself. I read aloud the 1st few pages to the 6yo, hoping it would pique his brother‘s interest. Finally I said, try the 1st three chapters ok? That‘s your homework for this afternoon. And he couldn‘t put it down. Today, he‘s reading it again.

UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Grace_Reads Yay! 2y
tracey38 Nice! 2y
melrailey Awesome series and author. 2y
Bookzombie That‘s so great! 2y
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Pigs Might Fly | Nick Abadzis
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Pigs Might Fly is a fun, pig-filled comic involving magic and engineering. Lily Leanchops is the daughter of an inventor and has built something her father hasn‘t - an airplane that works using science (with maybe a protection spell to help it along). But the enemy Warthogs have flying machines full of powerful dark magic and they‘re planning to take over Pigdom Plains. Can Lily and her aircraft stop them? A fun read!

PaperbackPrincess19 Is this a Kindle or an iPad? 2y
RealLifeReading @Paperback.princess19 it‘s an iPad mini 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay!! This sounds fun. 🐷 2y
Cinfhen It sure does!!!! 2y
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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This is an important book by a brave young woman. This is also a brutal read. It is precise, unflinching, as Miller takes us through the whole process - being swabbed, photographed, examined at the rape processing rooms; and that ridiculously time-consuming legal process. Know my Name is powerful, heartbreaking and infuriating (teeth-clenching and all), and I am full of admiration for Miller who writes her story with such wit and determination.

ElaineR That blanket is stunning! 2y
ElaineR Fair play to you for making it through book I tried something similar a while back and just couldn't bring myself to finish it despite feeling I really should. 2y
wanderinglynn I love the colors in the throw. It‘s beautiful! 😍 2y
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Chrissyreadit Ditto-that blanket! 😍😍😍 2y
Gezemice Love the blanket! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I agree! (And yes, the throw is gorgeous.) 2y
RealLifeReading @ElaineR thanks, it wasn‘t an easy read but her writing made it surprisingly easier than I expected. 2y
RealLifeReading @ElaineR @wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit @Gezemice thank you so much guys! It‘s a cheat as it‘s a variegated yarn! 2y
Cherzy77 It‘s absolutely beautiful, would you mind sharing the name of the yarn? 2y
RealLifeReading @Cherzy77 if I‘m not wrong it‘s Lion Brand Mandala in Gnome (I lost the label!) 2y
Cherzy77 Thanks! 2y
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“Beijing has initiated a range of measures to help keep bookstores afloat, including subsidizing their rent, rewarding stores that stay open during the epidemic and encouraging bookstores to expand their sales channels online.”

https://www.abacusnews.com/tech/bookstores-hit-hard-coronavirus-can-now-deliver-...

LibrarianRyan That is cool. 2y
Suet624 I can‘t even imagine the U.S. thinking about doing this. What a wonderful idea. 2y
Freespirit That‘s smart thinking 2y
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RealLifeReading @Freespirit wish more countries would think of the bookstores! 2y
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The Chaos | Gerard Nolst Trenit, New River Project
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Just learnt about this poem - it was written in 1922 - so obviously I‘m rather behind the times.
Read the rest here http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html

Booklover57 Quite clever! 2y
eraderneely I clearly have no idea how to say “bade”... 2y
deepspacejohn The phonetic version (on the linked page) is awesome! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @eraderneely bade is like spade, or made 🙂 1y
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Song for a New Day | Sarah Pinsker
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A dystopian story with a music focus? Yes please. In this scary not-distant-at-all future, large public gatherings like concerts are illegal after terror attacks and deadly viruses. People attend virtual reality concerts in Hoodspace but Luce Cannon continues to play live in small illegal concerts. Pinsker is a musician so she brings to life the vibrance, the awesomeness of live music. 🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸

TReads This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing. 🎶🎶🎶 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Wow. That sounds great and far too realistic. 2y
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Stargazing | Jen Wang
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Stargazing by Jen Wang a Momo Oolong from Lupicia tea as the kids learn how to draw Pokémon characters. A nice way to spend a chilly and cloudy Sunday morning. Also the husband has a cold so we are keeping things nice and easy and not so rowdy with drawing today. How is (or was) your weekend?

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Some days you need that quick read. That fast paced, heart-racing, blood-pumping kind of book. This is not that. Autumn Light is the gentle kind of read that takes days, weeks to wander through and ponder, and to appreciate Iyer‘s gentle musings and observations about life in Japan, issues about aging, and the fragility of life. A beautiful and thoughtful read. Highly recommended!

RealLifeReading If I may skip ahead to this topic, definitely a great #armchairtravel read for #booked2020 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Your picture is so pretty and well composed! 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful photo and absolutely skip ahead!!! Glad you enjoyed your book 😊 2y
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PaperbackPrincess19 I love seeing library books in pics 💕 2y
RealLifeReading @LiteraryinLititz aww thank you so much! ☺️ 2y
RealLifeReading @Cinfhen thank you! 😘 2y
RealLifeReading @Paperback.princess19 I mostly read library books, even my ebooks are library books! 2y
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Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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Happy Valentine‘s Day! I‘m settling down with this fun (and hot!) read by Jasmine Guillory while the kids check out each other‘s gifts from their schoolmates. What about you? What are you up to?

Mrs_B I‘ve now spent too long trying to work this out, How did you take the picture?!? 2y
RealLifeReading @Mrs_B because of the hands? I made my 8yo do that for me 😀 2y
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I didn‘t mean to match my current read to my book but sometimes these things happen. This is Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells by Pico Iyer, enjoyed with some leftover Japanese-style chicken curry with potatoes, carrots, celery, and red pepper. Which is quite a good fit with this read as Iyer writes about his life in Japan (his wife is Japanese) where he lives in the Deer‘s Slope neighbourhood in Nara.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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I‘ve just started this and can‘t help thinking how relevant it is with what‘s going on today with the Coronavirus. A girls‘ school on an island off Maine is under quarantine after TOX breaks out, turning their bodies into something strange. Anyway as I read this, I just want to wish you all good health.

RealLifeReading Also I‘m reading this for #booked2020 #covercrush as it really was the cover that attracted me to the story @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Scary right?! 2y
Cinfhen It is a crush worthy cover!! 2y
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MissAimz_55 I‘m flying today and I‘ve been wiping down everything. Washing my hands a ton. I‘m not going to get sick! Too many people are coughing on this flight tho 2y
BBooks @MissAimz_55 flying later this week and plan to do the same thing. Bought wipes and may wear gloves, maybe hazmat suit if they let me 😷😂 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MissAimz_55 @BBooks I‘m flying tomorrow. I‘ve got wipes and masks ready! Do NOT want to be sick on vacation ... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RealLifeReading Sounds intriguing. Looking forward to your review! 2y
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Loved this fun one about two friends who work at a pumpkin patch. It‘s their last shift before college. They explore the place, corn maze, hayrides, and more. Read it with snacks - pie, s‘mores, kettle corn - although some puzzled me like frito pies and succotash (people line up for that??). But this was truly an adorable comic, full of great illustrations, charm, and endearing characters. It‘s a hot chocolate on a cold day kind of book

SKlich Wasn‘t sure about this book, but your description sold me on it! Thanks! 2y
tracey38 This was a really cute one! 2y
RealLifeReading @SKlich you‘re welcome, hope you like it ☺️ 2y
RealLifeReading @tracey38 it was adorable! 2y
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Panpan

An look at life in Saudi Arabia from the perspective of a British Pakistani female doctor. I was intrigued by her description of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). However there are so many issues with the writing and editing. Where to begin? Repetitive. Flowery language (she writes about her crush like a romance novelist). Brand name-dropping. Lengthy and rather preachy conversations that go on and on. I did a lot of skimming and cringing.

fleeting Aww the premise sounds fascinating, too. 2y
Cinfhen Ugh, disappointing....premise did sound promising 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh bummer ... I bought this a while ago ... guess I‘m in no rush now ... 2y
RealLifeReading @fleeting @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage there are some interesting nuggets of information but I had so many issues with the book that I just felt I could not recommend it at all! 2y
Cinfhen I always value a pan more than a pick 🙏🏼💙 2y
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Atomcat | Osamu Tezuka
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Introducing the 8yo to reading the manga way. “I‘m reading backwards!” he said.

Lindy 😊👍⬅️ 2y
tjwill My 8yo enjoys the reading backward too! 😁 2y
EatSleepRead I love manga! 2y
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RealLifeReading @tjwill fun! What has your 8yo been reading? 2y
RealLifeReading @EatSleepRead I have read some manga but not very many. What are your faves? 2y
tjwill @RealLifeReading There is a very cute manga series that my husband and I had read, Sweetness and Lightning, about a single dad and his daughter bonding over cooking and eating good food. She read the first few of that series and liked it. 2y
EatSleepRead @RealLifeReading right now I'm working through the I Am A Hero manga. It's a bit gruesome and graphic, but I like it! 2y
RealLifeReading @tjwill sounds lovely! I‘ll have to check it out for myself 😀 2y
RealLifeReading @EatSleepRead sounds interesting! 2y
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My Friday evening reading buddy

Bookzombie Cute! Also, I loved Darkwing Duck. Stacked! 2y
maich ❤❤ 2y
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We begin on the metro where Juliette spends her commute watching people who are reading. One day she gets off at a different stop and meets Soliman and begins as a book passeur, finding the right book for the right person. I was expecting to be enchanted by this book but wasn‘t quite so. She doesn‘t really seem to do much as a passeur and she‘s not a great character to begin with. Or maybe I was expecting something more whimsical. A so-so read.

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A Crack in the Wall | Claudia Pieiro, Miranda France
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This was my #libraryloot this week but one of the books is sadly unreadable. I had grabbed it off the shelves, having spotted it on a previous visit. It was only when I returned home that I discovered the first few pages were missing.
I seldom see missing pages in adult library books, more in kids‘ books, so to me it was like a violent act had just been committed and so I bowed my head and had a moment of silence for my mutilated friend

TrishB ☹️ 2y
Lindy 😯 2y
Susanita What a monster! 2y
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Leftcoastzen That‘s sad ! 2y
Mrs_B 😢 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess 😭 Just sad. 2y
Butterfinger Awful. 2y
readordierachel Bummer 2y
shortsarahrose Tell a librarian. If they know you want it, they‘ll probably order a new copy and have you first on the list! 2y
Jeg Why would someone do that. 😢😢 2y
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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Jordan wants to go to art school but he has to go to this fancy private school. He starts to notice things, like how teachers get the black kids‘ names mixed up, some mix up the black teachers too, even when they‘ve worked together for years. How the librarian hands out books to the black kids that are about hardship. How his teacher tells his parents he doesn‘t mix with the other kids when all Jordan wanted was to stay indoors on a cold day.

RealLifeReading But eventually Jordan makes new friends and figures out how to make his two worlds work together.

I really liked how Craft managed to make this comic insightful and yet entertaining and accessible. His observations of middle school, of being the new kid, of being one of the few kids of color, are nuanced and clever. Also, this is such a funny book! Highly recommended!
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Caryl So glad you posted about this one! It‘s wonderful. 💖 2y
kranthir Thank you for a well written overview 2y
RealLifeReading @Caryl you‘re welcome! 😀 2y
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Book 2 of 2020 is another comic. This one also one I hadn‘t heard of before. Apparently it started in 1938 and was at its height in the 70s (in over 700 newspapers). Growing up in Singapore, our one newspaper was (and pretty much still is) The Straits Times and they didn‘t carry Nancy. Or at least I don‘t remember that they did.
So it was another case of browse the ebook catalogue and oh this looks fun and hit download. (Continued 👇)

RealLifeReading And what a delight this was. Seeing the cover I expected an older comic so I was thrilled to see how phone addicted Nancy was - and also soon realized this was the new Nancy. One that was published from 2018 with its first-ever female author who goes by the pen name Olivia Jaimes.

And Nancy is such a hoot. She‘s grouchy and she‘s sassy. And it was such an absolute delight to read. I just loved every page of it, especially those meta ones!
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CaroPi We had this one in South America. My grandma told me about it 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh I remember Nancy..vaguely. 2y
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orange Vol. 1 | Ichigo Takano
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So I saw that @alisonrose asked for recommendations for graphic novels, especially by POC and/or queer folks so here are some I‘ve enjoyed. Although of course my tastes may not exactly be yours.
I‘ll add the book titles in comments!

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aartichapati @RealLifeReading loved these two so much!!! My Brother‘s Husband, I mean. (edited) 2y
alisonrose Awesome, thank you so much!!! 2y
DyAnne Loved My Brother‘s Husband vol 1&2. (I want a vol 3!) Got Bingo Love on my TBR. 2y
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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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New year, new Goodreads challenge! Onward!
What‘s your goal?

HKGirl Wow, fantastic goal! 😍 2y
Bookzombie I set mine at 100, because I keep telling myself I‘m going to read more chunksters. 🙂 2y
vivastory I set mine at 200. I was so close last year 😂 2y
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sprainedbrain 200. You are slightly more ambitious than me. 😂 2y
Redwritinghood I always set mine at 150, but I usually go over. 2y
Jeg You are truly amazing. 2y
quietjenn I always do 203. This was the first year I didn't make it. 2y
AMohamed Yes, you are very amazing 😊 2y
Librariana What a fantastic goal! And you're already well on your way. Good for you! 😃😁🎉😊💜📚 Mine is set to 52 (I've been setting it to that for the last couple of years; sometimes I bump it up) and last year I made it to 94, I believe? Hoping to make it to 100 in 2020. 2y
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First read of the year is a strange one. A series I hadn‘t heard of until browsing the library‘s ebook catalogue and the cover just stood out for me. Who is this strange creature and why is this little girl with it?
There is a fairy tale-likeness to this series. A young girl separated from her family and into the house of this beast with horns. But he is no vile monster. He looks after her, feeds her, and cares for her. She calls him Teacher.

RealLifeReading But she can not touch him for those who touch these beasts are cursed.

The curse itself isn‘t really explained much in the first two volumes but it is horrible enough that people have died, villages emptied, and armed soldiers sent to look for this possibly cursed young child in the woods
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4thhouseontheleft Sounds interesting, and that cover really does stand out! 2y
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Cinfhen Hi!!! Happy new year to you 💖So glad to see you‘re back for #Booked2020 2y
RealLifeReading @4thhouseontheleft can‘t wait to read more! 2y
RealLifeReading @Cinfhen hello hello! Happy New Year!! I‘m hoping this year to be much better at finishing challenges 😂😂 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Unique choice and story! It‘s great to do a little spontaneous mood reading. 📚♥️👊🏻 2y
Cinfhen Honestly, It‘s not about completing the challenge ~ it‘s just stretching your reading and having fun 😘💜📚 2y
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Can I give a moment to highlight this citrus shortbread? The recipe is from NYT Cooking but I adapted it slightly to just use Meyer lemons and it is gorgeous and buttery and lemony. Inside Mr Snowman there is Momo Oolong Super Grade and the book is something I was in the mood for and it is quite charming. All this is perfect for a foggy California morning.

Sace Looks delicious! 2y
AlaMich That sounds amazing! 2y
Librariana Cookie looks (and sounds!) super tasty 😊 2y
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Breakfast this morning - homemade scones (see my post about how Royal Holiday made me crave scones https://reallifereading.com/2019/11/16/royal-holiday-made-me-do-it-weekendcookin... ) and this interesting time travel read by Mike Chen. Bonus: set in the Bay Area!

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Reading the first few chapters of Royal Holiday made me long for a good scone. And since I live in suburban USA, the best (perhaps only) scones around are my own (recipe from The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum). I don‘t mean to toot my own horn but there really isn‘t a place where one can get scones here.
I‘m about 60-odd pages into this book and scones have already been consumed several times. How can one resist the call of the scone?

mcctrish This is good to know 2y
xicanti Now I desperately want a scone. 2y
batsy Those look so good! 2y
eraderneely Jasmine Guillory‘s books always make me so hungry! The one where they ate tacos was THE WORST because I live in the north of England and the taco selection is pretty thin. 2y
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A Clue to the Exit: A Novel | Edward St. Aubyn
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I‘m not quite sure why I thought this would be a serious book. Maybe because the main character is given only six months to live. Maybe because I thought of St Aubyn as a serious writer. As in serious, stern, frowning. How did I get that impression I have no clue. But maybe that was why I‘ve not picked up his books until today. It is witty and delightful despite the impending death that hangs over.

LibrarianRyan Hi. 👋 2y
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan hey! How are you? 👋 2y
LibrarianRyan @RealLifeReading pretty good. Hope your well. How are the boys. 2y
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan busy being first and third graders! 2y
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Audiobook plus big bar of chocolate = lots of chocolate shavings to top a black forest cake and a slightly sore hand. Also chocolate everywhere

marleed Oooh. It‘s going to be good! 2y
ozma.of.oz Black Forest cake?! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Leftcoastzen Looks so good ! 2y
AlaMich Could be worse. Could be glitter everywhere! 2y
Librariana Looks divine! 😍 2y
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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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didn‘t really manage to do a proper #readathon last weekend so here I am, with my pile of Giant Days, attempting my own mini readathon! Readathon snack of homemade matcha kasutera or green tea castella cake. Made this for the first time yesterday!
The castella cake is a fat-less sponge cake (no oil no butter) and no raising agents (you have to whisk the eggs to get the volume) and was brought to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century

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Happy Friday/Saturday!
I‘m working on a Ravenclaw scarf for the kids (one done already) and listening to The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

The kids‘ school has a festival later today and my 6yo is going as a Ravenclaw student (the 8yo is a ninja) but of course I have to make two scarves to make it fair!
Are you all ready for Halloween?
#audiocrochet

SweetBooks OMG I am a TOTAL LUNA FAN! Anyone else? 2y
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