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Sparklemn

Sparklemn

Joined August 2020

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Hi, all. I'm looking for a way to get out of my reading slump. Too many distractions these days. I thought joining a buddy read would be fun. I know about #buddyread, #pemberlittens, #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, and #sundaybuddyreads. I plan to check these out. Any suggestions for others? I don't care for rom-coms, science fiction or short stories. Other than that, I'm pretty open.

Thank you!

CarolynM I must have missed this when you posted it, sorry. As well as #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub I‘m also in the #WhartonBuddyRead (reading Edith Wharton in chronological order - I think we‘ve done 5 or 6 so plenty more to go) and the #PersephoneClub group (reading books from the Persephone catalogue) You‘d be very welcome in any of those groups🙂 Hope you find something to get you out of the slump💕 (edited) 3d
Sparklemn @carolynm I love Persephone books. I have about 20 of them and always happy to buy more in the catalogue. I'll check it out. Thank you!! 2d
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Much of this book hit home with me, although most who know me would say I'm more of an ambivert (can flex as an extrovert) than an introvert. This is my favorite cartoon from the book. Except for the tablet - can't deal with one more device - this is my happy place, too! 📓 💙 💻

282Mikado My happy place has all this plus two monitors attached to the laptop, one on either side (I work from home). Also, no mocha - dark coffee, black; and I prefer e-mail over texting - Hate phones. If interested there is a good personality test online at 16personalities.com. I scored 91% introvert (INTJ-T). (edited) 1mo
Sparklemn @282mikado I'll have to check that out. Thanks! 1mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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It took me a while to get into the story but I‘m glad I finished it. Listening to the audiobook, I had trouble keeping track of all the nuns. I think I may have enjoyed the print version a bit more.

Cathythoughts Love it 😁 👗 (edited) 1mo
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Bailedbailed

The world feels like such a mess right now that I think I need to dive into something a bit sunnier to offset the doom & gloom.

Suet624 This is my spirit embroidery 2mo
Sparklemn @Suet624 Yes!! 😀 2mo
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This is a fun book if you‘ve read and watched as many British mysteries as I have!!

KathyWheeler I failed all the quizzes! 😄 2mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler Same!! 😃 2mo
Cathythoughts Fab pic 💫 2mo
Sparklemn @Cathythoughts When I found the pic, it said it was a vicarage in Grantchester. Not sure if it‘s the same Grantchester as the books & TV show. But I liked it! 2mo
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The author rates all of his essay topics on a five-star scale. Includes a wide variety of essays including scratch and sniff stickers, the small pox vaccine and Indianapolis. I love how he views many of these topics through the lens of mental illness. It makes them all the more interesting.

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Pickpick

So excited to read this after seeing Come From Away last weekend!

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Short novel about a Beijing man who builds stereo systems for a living and his struggles with love, family and money. It was…odd. I‘d give it a pick because it‘s short and strange. #boxwalla

Suet624 I liked this one. 😀 2mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I wasn‘t sure I was enjoying this at first but then stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish it. So I guess it‘s a pick! I‘m excited to try more books in the “novelized” mythology genre that seems to be popping up everywhere recently. ☀️

BkClubCare Read Circe next! 😊 3mo
Sparklemn @BkClubCare On my list!! 3mo
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Fun read for the holidays. Definitely interested in trying the series.

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The Christmas Pig | J. K. Rowling
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Cute story. Worth having in your library if you collect her other books. 🐷

rubyslippersreads I got this as a Christmas gift because I ❤️ pigs. 🐷 4mo
Sparklemn Cute! 4mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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…feeling the sun go down inside her.

charl08 😍 this photo. 5mo
BkClubCare This will be my next audiobook! 4mo
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This was a fun listen. I enjoyed hearing someone cover serious issues without taking himself too seriously. There is a bonus at end of the audio version that made my day. I won‘t spoil it!

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The World of Downton Abbey | Jessica Fellowes
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Love this picture of the ladies in modern dresses. I bought this as a coffee table book but it turned out to have a lot of really interesting content covering the time period and real life events alongside how these were portrayed in the show. Just loved it!

Cathythoughts Nice picture 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
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Kindness Goes Unpunished | Craig Johnson
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The mystery in this one didn‘t hold my interest but I love thinking about Walt and Henry waking the streets of Philadelphia and maybe wandering by this beautiful sculpture. 💙💙

KathyWheeler Yeah — I had the same problem with the mystery. 6mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler I‘m still going to give the next one a try. Have you kept going with the series? 6mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn I have read them off and on and in no particular order, which has caused some confusion. This one is number 3 but I read about 5 of the later books before I read this one. I liked them. (edited) 6mo
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Does this ring true for any Litsy introverts?? 😁

KathyWheeler I will leave the gas station rather than go in. 6mo
Ruthiella I hate that too! But I go in because I put off getting gas for so long and really need it! 6mo
LauraBrook This just happened to me on Friday! I left and went to a different station. 6mo
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Q84 I always leave and go to another station. I want to pay at the pump so I don't have to go in. When I do go in I always end up sending 20 buck on thing I don't need or even really want. No thanks 6mo
Bookwormjillk Yes, and a no go when I had babies in the car 6mo
megnews Definitely! 6mo
Sparklemn @q84 Same! 6mo
marleed Ha. I leave too. It‘s been many years since I‘ve entered a station to pay for gas. The bathrooms though - that‘s another thing ;) 6mo
Sparklemn @marleed My sister thinks I‘m strange because I feel l need to buy something when I use a gas station bathroom…even it‘s just a pack of gum. 6mo
marleed @Sparklemn omg - me too! And since I pay for gas at the pump it‘s usually a fountain soda. 6mo
Sharpeipup Yep…fumes it is 4mo
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The Ghost in the House | Sara O'Leary
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Short but sweet audiobook. Thought I should read something with a Halloween theme although I finished it a bit late. 🤷‍♀️👻

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Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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I tried. I really did. But, unlike other Russian novels that I've enjoyed, this goes so deep into the Soviet political and war machines that I just couldn't get into it. It might work for someone else! #boxwalla

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Ok, I‘ll admit that this one took me a while to get through. The narration was great in the audiobook but I may have had better luck keeping the names straight with a paper version.

Amazing story that read like fiction but was actually gleaned from letters and diaries and real-life interviews. I‘ll try another by this author. 👍

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Maple Mayhem | Jessie Crockett
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The story is cute. The maple syrup making storyline reminds me of my own family‘s operation years ago. I loved being outside in early spring collecting sap and the lovely aroma from the cooker.

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Pic from my favorite episode of Parts Unknown — Quebec!

Those interviewed for the book alternated between saying Tony was a selfish narcissist and a truly kind and generous person. My guess is that both descriptions were true. Regardless, it was a sad ending for a talented and charming man. 😞

BkClubCare 😢 4mo
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Mehso-so

I made it to the end. 🥱😴 I‘ll rate it so-so because it did move the story along a bit. I need a break before I read the next book in the series.

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Ok, not really serious. 😆😜 But man, this book is such a disappointment. Where is Tyrion? Please tell me the next book is better!

Ruthiella I remember this one and A Dance With Dragons as being very slow and instead of bringing the story in, Martin kept expanding it with new characters and seemingly tangential events. But also, at that time I thought Winds of Winter would be published in a couple of years...😢 7mo
KathyWheeler This was the only one of those books that bored me to tears. I finished it but I mostly didn‘t care about what happened in it. 7mo
TrishB There are some very, very, very long bits….. 7mo
Sparklemn @Ruthiella @KathyWheeler @TrishB I just rewatched the TV series and was looking forward to finding out how the book differed and getting more of the color behind my favorite characters that you can‘t capture on film. Not really happening. I think I‘m going to skim the rest of it 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn probably best. This book was such and odd experience for me because I flew through the rest of them but this was a slog! 7mo
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So much fun to reread these books!

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Untitled | V.E. Schwab
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I've read many good things about V.E. Schwab but I don't know where to start. Any recommendations on a first book to try?

GondorGirl If you like high fantasy, try A Darker Shade of Magic. If you like more contemporary (with a dash of magic) try The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. 7mo
NikkiCureton A Darker Shade of Magic is really good 7mo
Sparklemn @gondorgirl, @nikkicureton -- I'll try them both. Thank you!! 7mo
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vlwelser Addie LaRue! 7mo
Megabooks I read Addie LaRue this month and very much enjoyed it! Count me in that camp as well and I generally don‘t like historical, fantasy, or romance. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
Sparklemn @Megabooks Awesome. Thanks! 😊 7mo
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I‘ve been a fan of Leslie‘s since Will & Grace. This book was more amusing than funny to me, but there were a few laugh-out-loud moments. All in all, I enjoyed it!

wanderinglynn 💜💜💜 7mo
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This book was powerful. I love the author‘s honesty about what a “winter” can feel like and that sometimes you just need to let it happen and take care of yourself. That‘s a lesson that will stick with me. I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator to delightful. I‘ll buy this for friends when they‘re struggling with their own winters. 💙

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic & review ❤️ 8mo
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This book was wonderful. Highly recommended if you enjoy the Band of Brothers mini-series like I do. 💙

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A thought that kept running through my head as I read this book was how much the word “should” can really mess with your mind. I‘m making a conscious effort to replace “should” with “could”, giving me permission to choose how I spend my four thousand weeks. 🙂

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The Book of Awesome | Neil Pasricha
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I‘m usually a fairly upbeat person, but the news lately is starting to wear on me. I think this book is just what I need! 😊

wanderinglynn I feel ya. 💚 I‘ve gotten to the point where I don‘t even turn on the news or social media on the weekends because I just can‘t. 9mo
Sparklemn @wanderinglynn Same! And this week I‘ve stayed off social media altogether…except Litsy of course. It‘s helped. 9mo
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It took me a long time to get through this. It wasn‘t my favorite but I did learn a bit about South African politics. 🌻🐝 #boxwalla

SamAnne Love that image! 9mo
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Loved it! Already putting some of the practices in place.

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The Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac
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Wow - 2nd book I‘ve bailed on this evening. The next one will be the one, I just know it!

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Bailedbailed

Not for me. I read about 20 pages.

wanderinglynn I didn‘t get into this book either. 9mo
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I knew my cat was smart but little did I know that he could use his tail to select a book from my library and write a review. I don‘t know what “l.k.ioo” means, but I‘m sure it‘s insightful. 😜🐱🧐

BookwormM 🤣🤣 9mo
TNbookworm 😹😹 9mo
PaperbackPirate 🙀😹 8mo
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Definitely a pick. It could use some editing to smooth the transitions from one moment to another. It was choppy at times. Did anyone watch Loki on Disney +? I saw similarities in going back to points in time with major destruction and chaos so the time travelers could come and go without being noticed or impacting the timeline.

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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This is a definite pick. However, I'll admit to zoning out every so often toward the end. Wow, that was a long audiobook! I don't regret the format though. His voice is so soothing.

#librofm

This picture represents to me how President Obama tries to listen as much, if not more, than he speaks. You can't say that about many politicians...or non-politicians for that matter!

Suet624 So nice to see this photo while scrolling through Litsy. 11mo
Sparklemn @Suet624 Glad you enjoyed it 💙 11mo
marleed I think he speaks slowly because he even listens to himself! And that‘s a good thing! 11mo
Sparklemn @marleed I agree! 11mo
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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Ugliness, secrets and betrayals are the three words I use to describe this story. I didn‘t like the main character but I understood her. Worth a read! #boxwalla

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 12mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Enjoyable read. The main character was strong and stubborn. I loved her! After this and Northanger Abbey, I‘m loving Gothics. Happy to hear any recommendations! (Not Jane Eyre...not a fan.)

Texreader Have you read 14mo
Sparklemn @Texreader I have not. It‘s on my list! 14mo
Texreader @Sparklemn It‘s a classic! I hope you enjoy it! I just finished my umpteenth (I lost count) reread of it. 14mo
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Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
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Bailedbailed

Wow - It‘s hard to read women (it‘s always women...) being described as fat, massive and a heifer. This book made a reference like this on almost every page. What tipped me over the edge was seeing people with disabilities being called a name that I won‘t even type. This was written in 1985. I can‘t believe the series was made into a TV show. On top of that, the writing was awful. No thanks.

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Wonder Boys | Michael Chabon
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The story takes place over a weekend and involves the antics of a writer whose life is crashing down around him. I loved his character and that of his friends. Heading to the couch to rewatch the movie right now. 💙🛋🥔

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Fairly predictable story about a small town girl, her family, the local characters, and her big city dreams. However, it was a quick and fun read.

UwannaPublishme I enjoyed this book too. The hilarious title won me over immediately. 😆 14mo
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The Peach Keeper: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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This was a fun, lighthearted read and makes me dream about long summer days. ☀️

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Fun look at ways to focus on what matters and not waste our time and energy on what doesn‘t. It was a quick read.

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Met my 2020 Goodreads goal! Finishing with a Postsecret book feels like a bit of a cheat but I can live with it. 😜

Cathythoughts Nice work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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The Florida depicted in these stories would never be described as the Sunshine State. Most, if not all, of the stories are very dark...too dark for my 2020 state of mind. 😐

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Am I the only one panic-reading to meet my 2020 Goodreads goal? No? Just me?

CuriousG If I was even close to my goal I might be panicking, but I'm 11 books short so there is no way I'm going to make it. Good luck with yours though! 1y
Sparklemn @CuriousG Thank you!! 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess Me! I have two books to finish. I think that I can do it though. 1y
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julesG Reset the goal? Maybe? It's 2020, I am going out on a limb and say, lots of people either struggle to meet their goal, or met their initial goal months ago already. 1y
Sparklemn @Graciouswarriorprincess Two books for me, too. Good luck! 1y
Sparklemn @julesG I might have to reset! I won‘t be hard on myself if I do. 💙 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Sparklemn Good luck! We can do this! 1y
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Drizzled with Death | Jessie Crockett
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Cute story. Don‘t read when hungry. Mmmm...pancakes... 😋🤤

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The Art of Solitude | Stephen Batchelor
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I‘m not sure what I expected. Maybe something more like Susan Cain‘s Quiet? I hate to bail on books but I need engaging books to meet my 2020 Goodreads challenge. Tick tock!! ⏰

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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So very cute! Highly recommended for all bookworms. 😊

HannaPolkadots I know! Loved this ❤ 1y
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