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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 Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
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This is my for real TBR. Each of these has a date associated with it to be read by (a book club, travel..) I must read them in this order to hit the dates. I must not get unduly distracted by other wonderful books, but must also complete my Christmas projects that will be gifts.

Sapphire Therefore, I am going to go take a bubble bath 2w
writerlibrarian I love Smilla sense of snow. 2w
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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern

"late night drunken story time is over"

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The Modern Mrs. Darcy was right. This was a good read for a book club still getting to know it's neighbors. Was the first title for our new neighborhood book group I am hosting at my home. The group picked Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle for next quarter, so I guess they are up for more robust discussion!

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The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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Starting this today for my December book discussion at Interabang Books in Dallas. The store was demo lished by the Tornado, but the community is rallying and author talks and book clubs are going forward in other spaces.

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The Ninth Hour | Alice McDermott
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The writing is beautiful, but the story dragged so much through the middle. Not every take needs to move back and forth in time periods. This is an overworked formula already, let alone in multigenerational fiction. The beginning was good, the end was moving. Nuns are cool. Nuns are human like the rest of us, even when they are living out holiness.

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The Crossway | Guy Stagg
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A journey book for my journey...

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The Crossway | Guy Stagg

Walking made the world wide again.

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The Cook: A Novel | Maylis de Kerangal
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"(Mauro) began to emerge from latency, that kingdom of youth". As a mother of a 20 year old finding her way, this phrasing gives me a feeling of hope.

ValerieAndBooks 💖! This hits home with me too, as the mother of three young adults (one recent college grad and 2 in college). 2mo
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The Cook: A Novel | Maylis de Kerangal
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Airport reading

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Her areas of expertise, which had often appeared piddling or immaterial, became disturbingly relevant.

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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Listened on audio. Slow to start, but the last few chapters had me crying in my car.

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The Ninth Hour | Alice McDermott
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Another plane, another book. Headed to NoLa on a quick work trip on short notice. The best part of all my travel recently is more reading time. Enjoying this book, and a near empty flight. Which never happens to me. Must be the day. Flying home on Friday the 13th.

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The Emissary | Y?ko Tawada
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Tucking into this one this afternoon, hoping to finish. I am usually a one book at a time reader, but I seem to have quite a few going right now between Kindle, paper, and audio...

Sapphire I did not like the ending 3mo
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My husband I read this aloud on our drive cross country this week. Despite weighty thoughts and issues, we laughed quite frequently. This is a sharp and witty book. Well written and powerful.

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Square Books | Oxford, MS (Bookstore)
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Love Square 💙 Books! Oxford is great book culture. Couldn't resist. Really curious about Lies that Bind, a staff pick.

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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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Interesting and emotional fictional account of partition told from the point of view of a 12 year old girl.

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Pedant in the Kitchen | Julian Barnes
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It's an affair of sanity.

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Pedant in the Kitchen | Julian Barnes

It's a fallible procedure in which each small success needs praising, preferably more than it deserves.

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Pedant in the Kitchen | Julian Barnes

You can't really know what you want until you've got it wrong the first time.

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Pedant in the Kitchen | Julian Barnes
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I am only a third of the way through this small book, but it is making me laugh. If you have an affection for or obsession with cookbooks, this is a must read

britt_brooke Such a cute little face! 💚🐾 4mo
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The Little Red Chairs | Edna O'Brien
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Great last lines: "You would not believe how many words there are for home and what Savage music there can be wrung from it."

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Finale (Caraval, #3) | Stephanie Garber
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Maybe not the best of the series, but I enjoyed it. If you liked the first two, this is a definite must.

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The Little Red Chairs | Edna O'Brien

"Love is everything...love is sacred...love is your last chance."

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The Little Red Chairs | Edna O'Brien
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Only on page one, and wow! I love writers who can create imagery so vivid you feel it. "A straggling necklace of icicles, bluish in that frosted night". The beauty of real winter as I sit in the Texas summer heat. I know this won't be an easy subject matter in the story so I am preparing for the power of this author's ability to evoke emotion through images. This is a book about war and children.

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This book surprised me. I thought it would be light, and the place where Samantha starts drew me in. But even with all the P&P homage, I didn't expect it to end as a romance. It's not that I didn't see the twist coming, I did. But the beautiful and painful way Sam develops feeling both quick and tortuously slow surprised me. This may be my favorite book of the year. It made me love my husband more for the reminder that he sees me, he gets me.

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The way pale yellow should look, like sunshine and butter, mixed with hope and cream.

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Just started this while waiting for an iron injection. I am hooked! Thanks for the recommendation!

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)

I am going to be at Interabang books in Dallas on August 7th at 6 pm for the monthly book club discussion. If any DFW area littens want to stay after and talk about organizing a litsy Meetup for our area, I am all in!

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The Wild Boy: A Memoir | Paolo Cognetti
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The yield from today's stop at Interabang Books in Dallas

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)
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Went in to pick up a book for next months discussion, came away with four more fascinating titles/authors that were not even on my radar. Great store, great staff picks, well curated tables.

MyNamesParadise It looks like a great store! 5mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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I found at the end, it was just an unsatisfying read, despite the promise of the premise.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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But when is so at odds with the culture and themes of the moment, what's the point.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Seems I am getting more reading done on travel these days. Picked this one off my shelf on a whim this morning before I left for the airport even though I had two others planned. I was instantly hooked. Turns out it's Anthony Bourdain day (his birthday). I have not read anything by him or seen more than a snippet of one episode of his TV shows, but from this narrative, I can see why he was beloved.

Samplergal Loved the book. And him. Still miss him and his show. 5mo
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I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my 20s when I discovered it on my grandparents bookshelf. It made a profound impact on me then. I read it again in my 30s as a new mom, at 40. Each time it's truth and poignancy struck me in a new way. So now that I am 50, I read it again. This time I listened to it on audible. It truly is a classic, and this time whether by change in age or medium, different characters resonated with me.

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This one line sums up a lot about this book. Very well written and tear jerker at moments. This woman was the teacher of one of my friend's son. It was odd to hear of the life that so mirrors my friend in places and community but with this senseless act of violence.

SheilaChew This looks good! Is it a memoir! 6mo
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Lake on Fire | Rosellen Brown
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Discovered two "new to me" authors at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, and picked up a couple titles I had my eye on to support independent book sellers. Books at fest bought from Chicago's The Book Cellar, and others on Dearborn street Sandmeyers books.

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I found a book in Barcelona that I desperately want to read. Sakura by Matilde Assenci. It doesn't look like it's been published in English though she is popular in Spain. My Spanish is not good enough to work through it (for pleasure reading) and I am not as smart or dedicated as Mayor Pete who learned Norwegian juso read more of an author he liked. How do I track when this goes into translation to English and/or encourage the publisher to do so?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Maybe setting up a Google alert would do it. Otherwise, I‘m not sure. 6mo
DivineDiana Contact publisher, perhaps? 🤔 6mo
Sapphire Google alerts is a good idea. Never used it before, not sure why. Thanks! 6mo
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Reading on the train from Seville to Madrid.

SheilaChew I like her books! 6mo
Sapphire I really enjoyed this one and am passing it on to a friend. I think I have read something else by this author but I am not sure what. 6mo
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Embers | Sandor Marai
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I found the ending very unsatisfying. we

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Embers | Sandor Marai
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Reading on the train from Barcelona to Seville

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This book is not really about the girls. It more a history of the rise of boko harom.

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Thank you to whomever recommended this book to me. I am less than 100 pages in and completely fascinated.

Texreader Oh this sounds so amazing!! 7mo
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Great art changes the way we look at things.

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People believe deeply in the veracity of their own vision.

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This starts of a bit too gruesome for me, but once I got past that, I am totally hooked. Well written and keeping me intrigued and guessing at every turn.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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I picked this up because I loved the Giants House years ago and the feeling of it stayed with me for decades. This was ok, held my attention, interesting. But not Rock your World like the Giants house. I was younger then, wonder if I would react the same way now. Still good, erudite writer.

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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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I enjoyed the story. Brought back memories of our trip to Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam

Bookish_B This sounds really good. I'll have to add it to my list! 👍🏼 9mo
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan

"they could not yet conceive of their bodies betraying them".

Laura317 I really liked this quirky book! 10mo
Sapphire It makes me want to bake bread. Or at least eat bread, wine and cheese. 10mo
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Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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Ultimately, it's a romance. But I cared about the characters. I could relate to their ambitions and foibles. I wanted Frank to tell me what music I need

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Have you read her Queenie Hennessey book? So good. Loved it. 10mo
Sapphire I have not. I will check it out! Thanks. 10mo
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Territory of Light | Yuko Tsushima
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Got this as an ARC. Can't say I loved it, but it did make me feel