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Smartypants

Joined September 2016

Dating refugee. ATCQ Lover. Books make the best boyfriends.
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How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
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Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
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Awesome oral history of one of my all-time favorite shows, The Sopranos. Christopher and Bobby give behind the scenes perspective and review all the seasons. A theme throughout was James Gandolfini‘s generosity to the cast and crew. #mob #sopranos

SRWCF That sounds like it would be cool! I've lost count the number of times I've watched The Sopranos. If you don't own this book already, you should definitely buy it: 3d
Smartypants @SRWCF thanks, I‘ll check out the cookbook. It was great to hear the characters do the audio recording! 2d
SRWCF You're welcome! The cookbook also had stories woven in with the recipes. So good! 2d
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I love Phoebe. 1. She‘s from Ohio, like me. 2. She‘s hilarious 3. I also don‘t sit on my bed with my outside clothes. I just can‘t imagine going to the movies and sitting there and then laying in my bed in the same clothes. #eww #ocdmaybe

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Who says a #mystery can‘t be light and funny? A great book with a mom as the main character whom find herself caught up in a murder mystery. I read it in one day as it kept me on my toes!

kspenmoll Loved this! Laughed so much!! 2w
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First book of 2022 is complete. I love watching Cecily Strong on SNL. This is a great memoir of a time period in her life during Covid in which she experienced extraordinary #grief A lot of us have lost loved ones over the last couple of years and this book is a great reminder to be kind to ourselves.

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I wasn‘t familiar with the author, an actress, but the concept of the book intrigued me. I also discovered she grew up where I did, in Troy, Michigan! Mostly a memoir, she does reflect on her craft hobbies have gotten her through tough times. This book is also an ode to Patti Lupone.

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Will | Will Smith
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I was a little overwhelmed with the length of the book, but it kept me intrigued and his stories, the soundtrack, and brutal honesty made it an excellent memoir. #blitsy

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If the Shoe Fits | Julie Murphy
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This year I started a new job so my reading goal was 50 books for the year. Thankful this book was an easy, light read as I finished it in 24 hours and met my 50 book goal for 2021! Great #chicklit from the woman who created ‘Dumplin‘, a hit movie on Netflix.

keys_on_fire That‘s awesome!!! Congrats! 🎉🍾 3w
Smartypants @keys_on_fire thank you!! Going to increase to 100 in 2022! Happy New Year! 🎆 3w
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So, Barnes and Noble showed up in my email with 50% off all hardcovers. I may have gone a little crazy today and picked up a few that seem difficult to get from the library. #oops

WanderingBookaneer Nice haul! 3w
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Mehso-so

Another book on #womenshealth. A good read if you‘re looking for alternatives to western medicine.

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A great memoir from the lens of fatherhood. While he doesn‘t go into some of his wild past, he does a great job talking about his evolution from party boy to good father. #fathers

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Mehso-so

Recommended to me, it was a good perspective on women‘s health issues and how our symptoms are different and how doctors can be dismissive of women‘s health needs. However, I found many parts of it redundant and unnecessarily detailed. #health

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A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
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I love Walter White and I love Bryan Cranston. This was a great memoir of his life. I loved the stories he shared and that it didn‘t take a chronological approach necessarily. Good job! #walterwhite

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Excellent book on the history of the Tulsa race riots. A good perspective on the history of racism in the US that does not take place in the American south.

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Panpan

Meh. This should have been a DNR but I was committed. I‘d heard great reviews but I found the whole thing super confusing. However, if you like your cats personified this might be the book for you! #cats 🐱 🐈 🐈‍⬛

FelinesAndFelonies I like my cats personified but I feel clueless. 😵‍💫 1mo
Smartypants @FelinesAndFelonies right? That book was so confusing, I want the hours back of my life that I wasted. Lol 1mo
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Mehso-so

I loved Blacktop Wasteland. This was ok. I wished there had been less characters and more development of the main characters.

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Mehso-so

An interesting take on how cost of living, recessions, and Amazon have created communities of gypsies around America, particularly in the NW and SW areas of the country.

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I‘ve been trying to read this book for more than a year. Finally finished it on the morning of debarkation from my solo cruise. A little cheesy, but a very nice, light read.

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Mehso-so

Typically, I take a picture of the book, but seeing as it is currently in my luggage…finished this book on a cruise that I had taken solo. Definitely reminded me why I need to do a better job creating a community around me, hard to do when you are an introvert! Lol.

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So I‘m not a huge National Park traveler but I‘ve recently become more interested. This book was an informative book on National Parks with actual reviews by unimpressed visitors. It was funny, but sad that so many are unimpressed. #nationalparks #humor

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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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Excellent book! Great story with the cutthroat industry of startup sales with a character from Bes-Stuy, one of my fave Brooklyn neighborhoods. I‘ll definitely read this author again. #greatread

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Continuing on the journey of self-care, I picked this one up on a whim. Could it be that the way we breathe impacts our health more than we ever thought it did? If you‘re a mouth breather, you definitely want to pick this up!

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October was definitely a month for personal growth, for so many reasons. Thank you Brene Brown for this little gem on belonging. A great read! #personalgrowth

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More please! Hands down one of the best “self-help” books I‘ve read with practical ways to create more joy in your life EVERY day. I‘ve been in a slump, lots of life changes, lots of people exiting my life for various reasons so this was right on time! Don‘t let anybody dim your light!

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Welp, life events had me exploring the topic of not giving a flying f*** and so it was finally time to tackle this Mount TBR beauty. I dig the concept and I definitely appreciated the content on the topic of failing and how failure is what drives growth. #growth

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That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
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Hmm…this book wasn‘t particularly good per se. However, what I found most interesting is the male author did a remarkable job describing motherhood, in particular, early motherhood. I would have liked to see the racial dynamic explored more.

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OMG! I love Phoebe, she is the best! Need something light-hearted, funny and amusing??? This is for you! Her cameo by boyfriend, British Bake-off, is the most hilarious. Also she represents the CLE very well. #cleveland #funny

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As an introvert, I totally felt the title of the book deep within my soul. But I‘m appreciative of the steps the author took to deepen her sense of community. I‘m currently going through a deep cleaning of my community and am literally starting over. Gives me hope!

Reggie Lololol love the title. 3mo
Smartypants @Reggie right? This is how I feel about most social events. Lol 3mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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A departure from my typical reading interests, the character development is excellent and the inclusion of AI and science was pretty cool.

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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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If you‘re looking for a page-turner, this book is for you! I couldn‘t put the headphones down! This is a great time for a #murdermystery Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you won‘t be disappointed!

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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October is off to a good start. Finished this book, an excellent novel set in the book publishing industry.

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A memoir of a young girl whose parents are fugitives and travel across 5 continents to escape capture. Finished it in one day but towards the end it got a little hokey. Great read for young adults or those looking for different cultural experiences.

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This one was really neat! A different twist on a psychological thriller. It was long but worth it. #mystery

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Great book on strategies to learn to live with less! Similar to Marie Kondo but with an African diaspora spin.

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My Ride Or Die | Leslie Cohen
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So this started off great as #chicklit and it kept me engaged. Then somewhere around the halfway mark, it took a downward turn to meh. But, it IS another book off my TBR. 👏🏼

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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A pretty slow start, but overall a decent story about two Irish families in the northeast that must overcome tragedy together.

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Disappearing ACT | Catherine Steadman
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I literally couldn‘t put it down. Finished it within 24 hours. A good mystery novel about a British actress in LA. #mystery

RachelAmphlett I‘ve read her other two so I‘ve stacked this! 4mo
Smartypants @RachelAmphlett I‘m looking forward to her first two that I haven‘t read! Couldn‘t put this one down! 4mo
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Another book read! My slump has turned into a streak, finally! This is a good #mystery and a nice break from my nonfiction.

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1. Paris, Gold Rock Beach Bahamas, San Juan PR
2. Alone time, which is becoming easier and easier as my social circle has changed and gotten smaller this last year.
3. How the Word is Passed
4. Today, I‘m grateful for all the time I got to spend with my mom the last couple years before she passed.
@Reggie @Eggs @Cinfhen @WanderingBookaneer

Thanks @EadieB 😘

Cinfhen Thanks for thinking of me xx and I love the answer you gave to question 4!! We all need to remember how precious time can be ♥️ 4mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 4mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🌺 Great responses 👍🏼📚🥰 4mo
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I finished a book! I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump. This book took at least a month to read, picking up, putting it down etc…no fault of its own. Great mystery that takes place on a Louisiana plantation, written by one of the producers and writers of the show, Empire. Great read! #mystery

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Author tells the history of slavery in several location narratives. What I appreciated about the book was the author‘s inclusion of not just US slave history, including the north, but also from a location in Africa. An excellent read!

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Trying to fix many years of putting others before me. Dr Gundry‘s methods have helped me tremendously! I‘m finding a healthier version of myself. You can‘t be what others need you to be if you don‘t first take care of yourself.

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Mehso-so

Perhaps it‘s because the concepts are not foreign to me, but I wasn‘t as impressed with this as I thought I would be. I find the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates to be much more impactful.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Meh...I loved The Guest List. This one, not so much; maybe because it was the same characters or the setting of a lodge in a snow storm.

Kimberlone Funny, I felt the opposite! But I read Ten Hunting Party first and much preferred that one. Maybe it just has to do with the order you read them; the plot/premise is so similar by the time you read the second one it feels stale? 5mo
Smartypants @Kimberlone I think you‘ve hit the nail on the head! The plot is similar and I kinda felt like I was rereading the same book. Have you read the Invitation? 5mo
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Big Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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After a few heavy reads, I was happy to read something light-hearted, though this one did have a bit of mystery. #chicklit for the win!

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This was a huge departure from my typical book interests. If you‘re a #truecrime fan, you may find this book interesting. A forensic anthropologist details her work at crime scenes and several mass casualty disasters.

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Panpan

Don‘t do it! Just walk away. Unless you enjoy stories about bribery with a rhinoceros head. I was too far in to DNF. Worst 10 hours of life.

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Picked this up at the suggestion of someone. I found it fascinating and I think this lifestyle approach might be worth trying. #healthy #plantparadox

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Mehso-so

Started a new job in April and my reading time has been drastically reduced; however I‘m trying to get back in the swing of things. A light read but a heavy read at times, I enjoyed this one. #laughinglit

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The One | John Marrs
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A #futuristic look at dating in the city of London. Finished just in time to watch the series on TV.

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I visited London several times as a teenager and on one of my visits, I arrived at 295 Regent St to buy sheet music from Boosey & Hawkes. The song was “Down by the Salley Gardens” which was a poem by Yeats. #london #litsyspringbreak @TheKidUpstairs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ohhhh beautiful!! 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Cool! 11mo
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