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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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Really looking forward to FaceTime story time with my 3 month old granddaughter today. They live in the Midwest and I am in Texas.

DivineDiana How wonderful that you have a visit albeit virtual planned! ❤️ 1d
Dilara That's lovely! As a fellow grandmother to a 3-month-old granddaughter, I love those moments! They're the next best thing to a real visit. The book's cover is really nice BTW. 1d
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Thankful to reading a review here. Quite odd story but a perfect weekend kindle read.

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MMD features this on a list of time travel books. I ordered 3 and this is the first. The first part, I thought this is SO NOT my type of book. But I valued that it stretched my Brain to work out the clues of the worlds being built so I kept on. By the second half I was fully committed to the characters and the arc of the plot. Glad to have read it. #dogsoflitsy

Nutmegnc Great rec. I have it but haven‘t ever read it. 3d
Soubhiville 💜 your doggos! 3d
Sapphire @Soubhiville thanks! My very own Blue and Red if you have read the book! 3d
Soubhiville Not yet, it‘s on my TBR though! 3d
GondorGirl One of my favorite books AND two beautiful doggos! 🧡🧡 3d
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“I want to be a context for you, and you for me”.

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I have to drive into the office today, still rare for me in 2022. The only reason I am not dreading it is I get to listen to my audible book! No commute for 22 months means a lot less audio books

DivineDiana I loved this book. Recommended it to my IRL Book Club and we are discussing in February. 6d
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Yacoubian Building | Alaa Al Aswany
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Everytime someone in the book was being seduced, there seemed to be “cold hors d‘oevres”. So I made Michoteta. I had planned to make cookies, but these Mamoul I picked up at the deli are so much better! I will put it all out with Labneh, pita, and roasted nuts this evening. (Pecans because I am a Texan after all) #foodandlit2022 @Texreader @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

ChasingOm This is the book I have on my shelf for this month as well. 1w
Sapphire I will look for your thoughts about it! 2d
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It took me awhile to settle in to this title every time I sat down to read; but that was part of the appeal. Not written for an American or Western audience, there is so much context. Learned a lot. The writing is good, but like I said took some effort to fully enter the world encompassed.

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We made Fettuccine Mio Amore tonight. A recurring topic in the book! Recipe on the Authors website under the FAQs for the title.

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Claire of the Sea Light | Edwidge Danticat
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When I decided to participate in #foodandlit2022 I also wanted to #ROOT. I found tittles in my tbr for 10 of the 12 countries, missing only Haiti and Kenya. I have a friend in Kenya I will be asking for recs. But I was so touched and excited that my husband researched, selected, and gave this title to me for Christmas to read together for Haiti! #texreader #butterfinger #catsandbooks

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I did not enjoy this one as much as the first two, but it did advance the storyline. Hopefully it‘s a one off since so many love this series.

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Just finished this and put it down with an OMG. Once hubby finished reading it, I am going to make the recipe for the dish in the book. The author mentioned it in an interview and it is found in the Q&A of the authors website. Fettucine Mio Amore, the dish that Duchess makes for Emmett, Woolly, Billy, and Sally on their last night together, is an homage to my old friend and a favorite of the Towles family.

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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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A good companion for an unexpected emergency trip over a holiday weekend.

Lcsmcat I hope everything is ok. 2mo
Sapphire @Lcsmcat yes, thanks. My daughter was in the hospital and she has a 5 week old infant so I came to help. But she is out now and on the mend. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Sapphire Glad to hear it. And you got to spend time with a new grand baby, which is a bonus. 2mo
Sapphire Definite silver lining. Gonna be a long month till i see them again right after Christmas 2mo
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Food and Literature | Gitanjali G. Shahani
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My list for #foodandlit2022 is coming together! Although I have 3 for Argentina, 2 for Afghanistan, and 2 for Japan. Cuba will be an audible title for me, “Our Man in Havana”. 10 of 12 for this challenge are all books already on my tbr shelves of previously purchased! @Texreader

Butterfinger Oh my goodness. What great planning!! 2mo
Texreader Isn‘t that the best ever!!! Way to go! And great planning. So much fun!! 2mo
Catsandbooks Awesome!! 2w
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Mehso-so

Preachy allegory, intermittently clever. Still, if there are more I will probably read/listen

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Single Rose | Muriel Barbery

This pendulum swing between the candor of happiness and the cruelty of desire was life itself.

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Single Rose | Muriel Barbery
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Now this sounds fascinating! Another favorite author and this slim volume is only 148 pages so this must be fast moving to touch on all that.

Lcsmcat Stacked! 4mo
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Settling in with one of my favorite authors. Supposed to be one of the “hot titles” of the fall releases.

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Brood | Jackie Polzin
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I know this one has a “love it or hate it” effect, but I thought it was hysterical. I really enjoyed the dead pan midwestern style telling. While she talks about chickens even though it‘s not about chickens, I don‘t think it‘s about infertility either (having lived that). I think it‘s about the fears and joys of parenting being one and the same, maybe even the terrors and triumphs of life itself.

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Brood | Jackie Polzin
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The eye of a chicken is all that is left of the dinosaurs, a little portal into the era of nut-size brains. Meaning cannot be derived from a chicken‘s eye because meaning does not exist there. But, also, the craziness of the eye obscures everything.

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)
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Book Haul from a quick stop to my local indie bookstore!

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Beneficence | Meredith Hall
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My local bookseller is highly recommending this title to everyone who will listen. She has never steered me wrong and introduced me to quite a few books I would not have picked up on my own that became favorites. Looking forward to starting my weekend with this one.

Tamra I‘ve had my eye on this one! I hope it‘s good. 4mo
Nute I like a book-recommending bookseller!🙂 Stacking! 4mo
Sapphire So far, yes! Engaging story and character. Beautiful writing. 4mo
Sapphire @Nute Laurie Feathers Interabang in Dallas. She finds jewels! 4mo
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Really enjoyable beach/vacation read

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This is looking to be a great beach/pool read so far.

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Mehso-so

Listened on audio during drive from Indiana to Texas. The twists got me.

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Interesting beginning. Neighbors chose this for Fall book discussion. I have 90 min to read while I literally “refuel” with Iron.

EvieBee ♥️♥️Hope you feel better soon. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good luck, I hope it helps and you feel better! 5mo
Sapphire Thanks! The Iron always does! So does a good book! 5mo
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This book was weird. Not what I expected. Some of the blurbs call it dystopian, and I guess in a way it is. It‘s classified sci fi, and I guess in a way it‘s that too. But not really either. Worth the read. Just totally not what I was expecting. I went into it thinking it was a novel about a relationship. It‘s definitely not that.

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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This book made me weep. My life is so different from the women in these stories. Yet my pain is not. We are force. We are more than we think. Beautiful prose, easy read. Emotional truth.

Sapphire Mothers and daughters 9mo
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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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“But no mother on the outside could possibly know what it was to face a truth like the one she‘d been presented with: that it was her own love killing her daughter”

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The Sabbath | Abraham Joshua Heschel
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The concepts on the architecture of time are amazing. This book may very well be life changing for me.

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It Would Be Night in Caracas | Karina Sainz Borgo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Singrid Undset
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Starting a Scandinavian novel in translation on the day it snows in North Texas (a little) feels right.

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I am not sure how this came across my radar as I am not much of a true crime reader, but this was fascinating. Modern history too. Interesting author/journalist as well.

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A Beast in Paradise | Ccile Coulon
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I suspect this may end up being one of my tops for the year. Sore beautiful writing, but a shocking surprise ending that is oddly satisfying for its quick turn.

Sapphire Also, I love this publisher 12mo
Sapphire A good one for “book in translation” for reading challenges 12mo
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My Grandmother's Braid | Alina Bronsky
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I woke up with a bit of a head cold so I am settling in with my new book from Europa Editions and a cup of Duke Cardiffs blend tea from Simpson & Vail on this drizzly Saturday

readordierachel Hope you feel better soon! 12mo
Nute Get rest and sleep. Many well-wishes for a quick recovery!💕 12mo
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Fnac Sevilla | Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (Bookstore)
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For @ReadingEnvy I couldn‘t figure out how to put this in comments. But the beauty of these trees, and the scent may be why they appear or are mentioned in so many books. They are memorable in deed. When the blossoms drop they become sticky on the ground.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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My current situation: fresh baked bread straight from the oven, apple sage tea in my favorite Christmas present mug, and Hamnet. I hope Hamnet lives up to the hype. It seems to be on everyone‘s best of 2020 lists.

Cathythoughts Nice situation .. I loved Hamnet 12mo
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Tense and Disturbing at points, but beautifully written. Very atmospheric.

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“Nicole lay awake in the warm, uneasy darkness”. I know this one has us mixed reviews but I am really enjoying it so far.

Reagan I have been seeing a lot of positive! I look forward to your review. 13mo
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I felt myself a broken jewel inside a jewel box.

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I have been eyeing the beautiful Juniper books for several years, but they are not inexpensive and every time I like the cover scheme the books were not really to my liking or vice versa. So when they started this new line of contemporary “books everyone should own” (BESO) I took the plunge, or kiss if you will. I am really enjoying the first installment that arrived on Christmas Eve. The personalized Yeti for my tea was my favorite gift this year

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quietly expert in the art of fruitful despair

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My neighbor brought over homemade eggnog today.

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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This really pulled me in at first, but overall it did not live up to the promise of the first 30 pages or so.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agreed. 😕 And I was really looking forward to it. 14mo
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A rifle toting tiger. A sword gripping lion. This is a war that will be waged between related beasts.

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Starting my Saturday with this amazing pairing from Churchill‘s fine Teas in Cincinnati Ohio. A Sri Lankan blend paired with the beautifully written fictional Yasodhara‘s tale of her family on the island of Ceylon during the Sri Lankan civil war.

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It‘s impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you

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This was a very emotional red for me, and complex in the experience of it. I did not care for The Friend, which I read earlier this year, but loved this title. Also enjoyed the author‘s talk on a Festival panel. With definitely read more from her. This title felt a little reminiscent of Didion.

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I got this book as part of a ticketed book festival event. I didn‘t expect to like or enjoy it, as the “modern hippie/irreverent adventurer” thing always struck me as schtick it‘s him. But I did enjoy the memoir, gained a new respect for “outlaw logic” as part of the Texas fabric, and learned a few things in self reflection myself.

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I think I might be entering a “memoir” phase. Started this book today. “Looking for goshawks is like looking for grace: it comes, but not often, and you don‘t get to say when or how”.

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Book People | Austin, TX (Bookstore)
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Is anyone attending virtual events this year? They are using crowdcast just like the Hay festival did in Wales UK and I found it an easy platform. I am signed up for about a dozen sessions over the week of the main events. The teen/YA events started this weekend