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Smrloomis

Smrloomis

Joined June 2016

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Always Room for One More | Sorche Nic Leodhas
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So I don‘t know anything about Scotland so this was a tougher read for me… interesting though.

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Hysterical so far… 😂

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This is a re-read for me. I feel like life has made me into a sugar cookie a lot lately (he‘s referring to unpleasant failure) and I could use some motivation on how to move forward. Enjoying this the second time around too.

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The Arrival | Shaun Tan
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Wow. I borrowed this from the library recently and all I can say is: this book is AMAZING.

jlhammar Agreed! Wonderful book. 1w
Smrloomis @jlhammar so true! I just shoved this library copy in someone else‘s hands today and told them they *must* borrow it 😂 6d
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I managed to wait a whole two days before I bought this. So looking forward to joining the old gang in their third book!

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The Memory Police | Yōko Ogawa
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Wow. This was incredibly thought provoking and I enjoyed it in a sense. And now I really have to find something lighter to read!

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The Memory Police | Yōko Ogawa
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“Men who start by burning books end by burning other men.”

Smrloomis I‘d never heard this but of course it‘s terrifying. Apparently it‘s from a German poet Heinrich Heine? Did anyone else learn this in school or somewhere else? I‘m wondering how I‘ve never stumbled across this saying until now… 3w
AllDebooks I'd never heard it before. This book is something special 😍 3w
Smrloomis @AllDebooks YES! And also terrifying of course! 3w
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The Memory Police | Yōko Ogawa
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“Still,” began the ex-hatmaker, “I wonder if spring will ever come.”
The rest of them nodded in agreement.
“Perhaps it never will again,” murmured the woman with bad knees. 😱😱😱

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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I haven‘t read the original so don‘t know how this compares but this adaptation really drew me in. Highly recommended and I can see why it has won so many awards including a Kate Greenaway Medal (which is why it popped back up on my radar so to speak…). Hope my next read is as good as this!

IndoorDame I read the original earlier this year, and loved it! I just requested this adaptation from the library, I‘m excited to see how they relate. 3w
Smrloomis @IndoorDame I‘d be curious to hear what you think! Sometimes I like the adaptation better and sometimes not. It really depends. 3w
IndoorDame @Smrloomis same. I‘ll let you know :) 3w
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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa

“A heart has no shape, no limits. That‘s why you can put so much in it, why it can hold so much. It‘s much like your memory, in that sense.”

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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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One of the characters goes to the library just to make sure the narrator‘s books are on the shelf as they should be 💕

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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So far so good… and sometimes funny like: “He soaked his reply in so much sarcasm it might as well have been a teenager experimenting with cologne.”

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Supernova (Amulet #8) | Kazu Kibuishi
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Liked that their survival pack included books. Now I can‘t wait for the last one to come out. I hope it ties things up because otherwise I‘m going to be disappointed…

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The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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Finally finished this. It took me forever because it was a snooze to be honest… It‘s apparently a classic of Japanese murder mysteries but I don‘t plan to keep reading the series 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Manatee Summer | Evan Griffith
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Thought this was good 😊

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Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap) | Keiya Mizuno, Naoki Naganuma
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Not sure if I‘ll love this or not but since it‘s on Scribd, I‘m giving it a shot 😹

BookBabe Haha love the pic 😹 1mo
Smrloomis @BookBabe Totally agree 😂 1mo
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Jellaby | Kean Soo
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I loved this book but it ends on a cliff hanger… so you need to have book 2 ready to go. And of course I‘m worried that book 2 might also end on a cliff hanger because the author hasn‘t done a book 3 and if I can‘t find out what happens to Portia and Jellaby I‘m going to be super, super disappointed!

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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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Loved books 1-3 and am now starting the Netflix series 💕💕💕 … hoping to read book 4 soon!

Liatrek Love this show❤️❤️ 2mo
Smrloomis @Liatrek only had a chance to watch one episode but loving it so far!! 💗💗💗 2mo
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Hmm this could be interesting…

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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Loved this. Highly recommend it. Really glad I finally borrowed a copy.

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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Her Dad gives her money for books 💕

Librariana This is on my TBR stack of items that just came home with me from the library! 🥰 Lovely to see these panels 2mo
Smrloomis @Librariana Same here! Enjoying it so far!!! 2mo
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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Loved books 1 & 2 of this!!! Just waiting on book 3 🥹

Liatrek Loved the books and show so much ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Smrloomis @Liatrek looking forward to seeing the show once I finish the books 💕😊 2mo
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Enjoyed this but I haven‘t read the book it was based off of, so don‘t know how it measures up. But a pick for me.

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American Born Chinese | Gene Luen Yang
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Just finished this and wondering if the Disney+ adaptation will be any good…

Blueberry @NataliePatalie check this out! 2mo
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This is a dyslexia friendly version of Matthew Henson‘s life for young readers. I knew nothing about him before I started and found this really interesting. Worth a read and perhaps good for reluctant readers? At least worth a try!

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I enjoyed this a lot. Might help if you already enjoyed a few of his other books, which I did.

Graywacke Cool. I‘ve been eyeing this since it was new. I like LW, but haven‘t read that much by him. 2mo
Smrloomis @Graywacke part memoir, part Texas history - a mix that totally worked for me. However if you know a lot about Texas history, it might be a little boring in spots? I had to skim some of the stuff about oil since it wasn‘t new to me but otherwise I liked it. 2mo
Graywacke @Smrloomis i know Yergin and another book i read. Wright might also have an interesting take on oil. But honestly, that‘s not a draw for me. I want to know why everyone is so crazy here. ☺️ 2mo
Smrloomis @Graywacke yeah he does reflect on the craziness quite a bit. He handles it thoughtfully since he‘s so well versed in it. That part I liked. 2mo
Smrloomis @Graywacke Also would be interested to hear what you think if you get around to it! I‘ve had a copy since…2018? It took me a while! 2mo
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Although I don‘t usually like romance, I really enjoyed this. Probably because the writing was good and there was much more to it than just the romance angle. Highly recommended 💕

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“Ronald McNair…integrated the library in Lake City, South Carolina, where he grew up, refusing to leave until he was allowed to check out books. His mother and the police were called, but he was finally allowed to become the first black child to borrow books. He was nine years old.”

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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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So this sounds good too! I‘ve come across it a few times but hadn‘t added it firmly to my list until now 🤞🏽 Need to get a copy!

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Ascension | Jacqueline Koyanagi
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Totally missed this one so glad it came in as a personal recommendation 👏🏽 Sounds good!

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Parenthesis | lodie Durand
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This was one of myTBR.co recommendations. I‘m very interested!

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Firelight (Amulet #7) | Kazu Kibuishi
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Not my favorite book of the series but still enjoyable. Glad I have book 8 lined up!

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I‘m really feeling this right now: “Trust your instincts…And not making decisions can prove to be the worst decision of all.” You are so right, talking fox guy.

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This book was phenomenal and an excellent read. Maybe I need to read his one on genes next? Highly recommend this if you‘re in the right mood and circumstances. Glad I finally finished it! Now I just need to return it and pay my overdue fine… couldn‘t finish on time!

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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Amazing. Just amazing.

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I vaguely knew this would intersect with early HIV but now I obviously need to read more about this. Should I just start with And the Band Played On? That‘s the only title that comes to mind on early AIDS/HIV activism and research. Any other recommendations??? Add them if you have them!

Graywacke No recommendations, but terrific quote 4mo
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Julsmarshall And the Band Played on is amazing, highly recommend! 4mo
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Smrloomis @Julsmarshall Glad to hear it! 4mo
shanaqui I know David France's How to Survive a Plague is pretty thorough and detailed. Schilts' book is an important historical document, but it's inaccurate about many things, as we've learned later, and is for example what critics called “murderously irresponsible“ in the way it demonises Gaëtan Dugas, the alleged Patient Zero of AIDs in North America. (He was nothing of the sort and could not possibly have been the index case.) 4mo
Smrloomis @shanaqui Thank you! I‘ll add How to Survive a Plague to my list. And bear in mind that Shilts‘s book may be dated (at least in some ways) at this point. I‘ve got to finish this one above first but then I‘m thinking of moving on to one of these… 4mo
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10% in and I‘m already attached to the main character. Great! Except too many good things have happened so now bad stuff has to happen because … life isn‘t all rainbows and kittens??? Or maybe this will just be rainbows and kittens 🤞🏽 I‘ll keep you posted!!!

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Overall a fun read. I do have to admit their Mom strikes me as surprisingly naïve but I guess you need someone to move certain plot points along…

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“The relationship between smoking and lung cancer, the committee found, was one of the strongest in the history of cancer epidemiology- remarkably significant, remarkably conserved between diverse populations, remarkably durable over time, and remarkably reproducible in trial after trial.” Holy *#%!!!

Crazeedi Good book 4mo
Smrloomis @Crazeedi YES! It‘s fascinating. 4mo
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These are watercolors! I can‘t believe it. Loved this beautiful story of travel between the US and Japan.

Librarianaut I love to share this one with my 3rd & 4th graders- they all get very quiet and contemplative… 4mo
Smrloomis @Librarianaut 💗 I thought this was very interesting and so beautiful 💗 4mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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On finding the grave of a 4 year-old: “Those are the worlds that end in our day-to-day lives, these stopped children, these annihilating losses…” This made me think of Ukraine and Buffalo and Uvalde… and so many other places in the world 💔

Karisa 😢 Reading your book quote just made one I read a couple of days ago echo in my head from Fried Green Tomatoes: “By the way, is there anything sadder than toys on a grave?” Too much loss lately, too many lives stopped too soon. 4mo
Smrloomis @Karisa So true. For me it was the “stopped children” that really stayed with me. I‘m so sorry for everyone touched by these many, heart-wrenching losses 🙏🏽 4mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Well. I don‘t know what to make of this one. I was at least 150 pages in before things started to come together and then… I‘m still not sure but it was interesting ride! Huh. Worth a try I‘d say.

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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This has been on my list forever so I‘m glad I finally read it. It‘s excellent and I highly recommend it!

jlhammar Agree, loved this one! 4mo
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Amulet | Kazu Kibuishi
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So good I‘m on to book 2 right away and already plotting how I‘ll get the rest!

Linsy My nephew loves this series! Had me checking all the libraries. 4mo
Smrloomis @Linsy I‘m late to this party 😂 but he has excellent taste! Going to have to borrow all the rest for sure. 4mo
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Amulet | Kazu Kibuishi
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Not sure this picture will do it justice but wow, the art in this is amazing!

Michael_Gee Wow!! 4mo
Smrloomis @Michael_Gee it‘s pretty amazing! 🤩 4mo
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Really enjoyed this. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about (parts of) the German system as Zaske experienced it while living in Berlin with her young family.

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I enjoyed this and found it thought-provoking. I definitely felt the most moved by Wonna but Ara was a close second. I would read anything else Cha publishes.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed it too 👍🏻 5mo
Smrloomis @Cathythoughts at first I was nervous - the beginning didn‘t grab me - but soon I felt the characters revealed themselves in unexpected ways 👍🏽 5mo
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Very interesting and a good read overall. I did feel a little sad though that her experience is still so rare. She found many (mostly good) challenges to tackle, all while staying with the same company with people who respected and valued her contribution. Wish it were that way for everyone.

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“In 2015, when nearly a million refugees arrived in Germany, thousands of citizens came out to greet arriving trainloads of asylum seekers.”

I know it doesn‘t fix everything, but I think it‘s good to keep this kind of image in mind sometimes. People can and do help others in need 💗

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Book Riot has a cool infographic and article about which US states are the most and least popular for book settings. Interesting read! https://www.google.com/amp/s/bookriot.com/book-settings-by-state/amp/

Smrloomis Oh wait, I guess the infographic is from this site: https://crossword-solver.io/books-set-around-america Just in case you‘re super curious and want to dig into this more! 5mo
Soubhiville When I was #readingthestates I noticed that last year I came across tons of books set in NY and CA. Guess I‘m not the only one 😁📚 5mo
BarbaraBB Super interesting! I‘ll keep the link! 5mo
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vivastory Poor Vermont. I'm honestly surprised by the number of books set in my state (MO) 5mo
RamsFan1963 663 books are written about Maine? Wonder how many of those are by Stephen King?? 5mo
Smrloomis @Soubhiville yeah I would have guessed those too although I thought Texas would be the top. Shows my bias 😂 5mo
Smrloomis @BarbaraBB I thought so too! 5mo
Smrloomis @vivastory The numbers are surprising in some places for sure. 5mo
Smrloomis @RamsFan1963 you mean there are some set in Maine that are written by other people??? 5mo
RamsFan1963 @Smrloomis Outside of Mr. King's work, John Irving's The Cider House Rules and Richard Russo's Empire Falls also take place in Maine. 5mo
Smrloomis @RamsFan1963 yeah but when I think of Maine, I think of Stephen King first for sure 😂 5mo
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