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Sweettartlaura

Sweettartlaura

Joined May 2016

Follow me at Goodreads, too, because sometimes 451 characters just aren't enough 😊. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5010988-laura
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The Mueller Report by The Washington Post
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Forward Slash | Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
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3.5 ⭐️

Fast-paced read for the most part. But this could have been cut by 50 pages or so. And even by thriller standards, it eventually strains credulity.
Still, an easy read with some good twists & turns. And you‘ll like Amy, the MC.

Thanks for the pick for my Bingo/Make Me Read it @LauraJ 🙌🏻

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Apocalypse Island | Mark Edward Hall
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Another #DNF but at least I‘m whittling the list down. It‘s not horrible. But given that it‘s the first in a series, I just don‘t want to get that involved with this - I don‘t like it enough for that.
Thanks for the pick @Reagan-reads - one more step up Olympus for #MountTBR 🙌🏻

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After We Fall | Emma Kavanagh
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Thanks for the random pick @CBee - this was a winner! It really held my interest throughout. No idea why it was on my Kindle 🤷🏻‍♀️. But if it‘s on yours, get to it - you‘ll be glad you did. It‘s a multi-layered look at the fallout from a plane crash, a murder, an affair, & an assault. Lots to ponder.

Note: this has an alternate title - After We Fall vs Falling. Not sure why - it‘s not a translation.

CBee It‘s on my TBR now! Sounds intriguing! 2w
Sweettartlaura @cbee it was really good - I could have easily given it 4 ⭐️ - check it out 👍🏻 2w
CBee @Sweettartlaura I definitely will!! 2w
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After We Fall | Emma Kavanagh
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#nextup

#7 in my Bingo/Make Me Read It - randomly selected by @CBee

CBee 😁😁 2w
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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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This book is why I love reading 🥰 - to linger in the moments we miss each day, that add up to a lifetime.
This may be the one to shake me out of my slump 🤞🏻 - it‘s the first book in a while I just couldn‘t tear myself away from.
Thanks for the random pick, @Caterina for my Bingo/Make Me Read It! 🙂

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Panpan

Even by zombie standards, this is just too unbelievable. I thought I would finish - I got almost halfway done. But when I realized I wasn‘t interested in reading the sequel to this, why would I even finish it then?

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Halloween reading
#spookyreads

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Mister Danny Bland,
You left me with bruised heart, jaws
Agape. I need more.

5⭐️

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So... it‘s just a joke that my book about zombies just happens to have a well-worn business card for some guy at the Center for Infectious Diseases... right??? 😱

vivastory 😂😂 3w
Amiable Lol! 😀 3w
EKonrad That‘s amazing! 😆 3w
Sweettartlaura @EKonrad I think I‘m gonna have to pass it along just like this when I‘m done 😜 3w
TheBookAddict 😳🤣🤣🤣 2w
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Next up in my Bingo/MakeMeReadIt slump-buster ... the pick by @Liatrek !🙂

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More haikus for you to ♥️

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Just shy of 4 ⭐️, this book is a really good look at the first American settlement on the West Coast - Astoria (in what is now Oregon).
It‘s a saga, taking place over land & sea, amidst the War of 1812, across the globe, with interactions with Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, & even a Russian Count, thwarting Astor‘s plans to establish a global fur trade.
Essential reading of a forgotten piece of American history.

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I am LOVING this book of haikus ♥️. I could post everyone of them.

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And just like today... Canada sounds wayyy better than the States 🙄😕

charl08 That sounds like a society I'd want to join, but be slightly intimidated by... 4w
Sace 😂 4w
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I bailed on the first pick for my Bingo/MakeMeReadIt list ... which doesn‘t make me happy, but gets me closer to my #MountTBR goal 🤷🏻‍♀️.
On to the pick by @Samplergal - hoping this one holds my attention better 🙂

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The Helpful Elves | August Kopisch
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A week ago I asked for help in breaking my slump... and then I disappeared... for good reason.
That night, my sister-in-law had a stroke. We didn‘t know if she was going to survive the night.
So two things...
First, here‘s the list, starting with @Laughterhp ‘s pick, Deliver Her.
Second, now I‘m going to ask you for more books. If you know any good books for an 8 & 7 y.o. dealing with an ill parent, tell me about it.
Thanks, Littens ♥️🙏🏻

TrishB Sending love and healing wishes ❤️ 4w
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @TrishB 🙏🏻. We have a long haul of a recovery. But we are so grateful to have the opportunity of a recovery♥️ 4w
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Cinfhen Oh wow, I‘m so sorry to read about your sister in law. Sending much love and prayers. Don‘t have kids suggestions but maybe @LibrarianRyan or @Lmstraubie might xx 4w
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Cinfhen - it was quite a shock. We could use all the prayers we can get - thank you 🙏🏻 4w
Balibee146 Sending love and healing Vibes 🙏🙏 4w
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Balibee146 - we gratefully accept them 🙏🏻 4w
LibrarianRyan So sorry. Most of the ones off the top of my head are when a parent dies like When a Monster Calls. Or the sibling is sick like Alcapone does my homework, or rules. I kill giants is excellent but is about cancer. Let me do some looking. 4w
LibrarianRyan Might be reaching a bit but not the best for your specific situation 4w
LibrarianRyan There‘s one more but I can only get 1/2 the title right now. I can picture the cover. It has magic in the title and I remember it because parents wouldn‘t let their kids read it because it was about “magic”. It wasn‘t. It was about machines. And the machines are an allegory for fixing a “broken” human. I really liked it when I read it over a decade ago but I can‘t roll the title off my tongue at 2:30 am. So when I remember I will post it for you. 4w
Sweettartlaura @LibrarianRyan thank you!!! And we‘re good with books about magic, either actually or metaphorically 😉 - in fact, the 8 year old & I are reading Harry Potter together these days⚡️ So if you come up with that third one, I‘ll take it 😉. It might be perfect right now. Thanks again! 4w
CoffeeCatsBooks Sorry about your sister in law. I hope her recovery is a speedy one. 4w
Librarybelle Sending positive thoughts ❤️ 4w
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry that happened. It‘s really hard when a parent becomes disabled, especially when children are young. One suggestion I have is to see if the hospital she went to has a Child Life department. The Child Life Specialist May have some good suggestions to help children in tough situations. The second thought I have is to read books about children with disabilities- goodreads has a list I will link here- but this can help children understand 4w
Chrissyreadit The different ways challenges can be faced, break down stigma and show loving supportive friends and family. I have read several from this list and would use them too https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14211.Best_Children_s_Books_with_Disability_... 4w
Chrissyreadit A third book I love to use at work is 4w
Chrissyreadit I‘m not sure of your exact situation, but feel free to bounce ideas. I went into my field largely because my dad became disabled when I was 14 and my brothers were 7 and 10. It is wonderful that you can be a support for them! 4w
CBee I am so sorry to hear about your SIL, sending positive and hopeful thoughts for a successful recovery ♥️♥️ 4w
Laughterhp Sorry to hear about your sister in law. Sending positive thoughts💚 4w
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Chrissyreadit ! These are great ideas. Right now, they haven‘t even been able to get a full neurological assessment to know what her deficits are & where they‘ll be starting. But there will surely be some disabilities to conquer ~ maybe permanently adjust to. This is great - I‘ll keep this list handy as we move through this 🙏🏻 4w
ValerieAndBooks I am so sorry this has happened to your SIL. Looks like you‘ve gotten a few good suggestions on reading material. Sending good thoughts for a good outcome for her💖. 4w
Samplergal How is your SIL? I am a speech pathologist if I can help with any rehab type questions. 4w
Sweettartlaura @Samplergal good to know! It‘s been 10 days since the event, and she‘s still “out of it.” She‘s no longer under sedation. But she‘s still not really awake/aware. She‘s responded to her name, and my brother‘s voice. But they can‘t do a full assessment yet. We do expect speech issues - the stroke was in that section of the brain, and she couldn‘t speak at all when it happened. So I‘ll keep you in mind moving forward - thanks 🙏🏻 4w
Samplergal Please do. Sounds like she is in good hands. She will likely understand more than she‘s able to give back. Keep talking to her. Audiobooks when she‘s up to it. Slow your speech to her and allow her time to try and respond. Ask for speech consult and see what MD is thinking. 4w
Samplergal Ask the SLP where your SIL is if she has any books for that age child. I‘m retired and not active with the latest. She may be able to write a social story for your niece if nothing else is available. I‘ll let the librarians suggest if they know something for that genre. 4w
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The Helpful Elves | August Kopisch
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Litsy, help! I am in a serious reading slump. And I need to get out of it. So I‘m going to ask you to pick a number from 1 - 75 - we‘ll do it like real Bingo. I‘ll assign a number to my TBR, and work down your suggestions until I get over this slump.
Thanks, everyone 🙏🏻

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emtobiasz 73! 1mo
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This is bad. Really bad. If I hadn‘t been busy doing other things, & it hadn‘t been so short, I would have bailed on it.
Adam Baldwin‘s narration drew me to this. And it is the best thing about this. He manages to give voice to a manatee - props.
But I‘m really really really glad I didn‘t waste a credit on this. It‘s boring. The jokes don‘t land. Just awful.

ShyBookOwl Bummer! The cover looks cool lol 1mo
Sweettartlaura @ShyBookOwl don‘t be fooled 😜 4w
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Blackwater | Michael McDowell
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This is a great Southern Gothic story of the Caskey clan over several generations. At the heart of it is Elinor, a woman who appears in Perdido in the midst of a flood in 1919. She becomes an integral part of the family, for better & for worse.
At the heart of it, this is about family, and being a big enough family to accept lots of differences. Still not sure I‘m convinced that having Elinor around was a fair trade 🤔
Great on audio 👍🏻 🎧

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Clowns Vs. Spiders | Jeff Strand
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Nope!

Nope, never, nuh uh, no way!

TheReadingMermaid The question is: are they spider clowns? Or clown spiders? 🤔 1mo
Sweettartlaura @TheReadingMermaid don‘t wanna know ... can‘t even let the images into my active imagination 😱😱😱 1mo
LauraJ The stuff of nightmares! 1mo
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My 19 year-old heart is so happy ♥️

Chrissyreadit I saw her in concert this Summer with my daughter. So good! My daughters favorite song since she was a toddler is Polyester Bride 🥰 1mo
Sweettartlaura @chrissyreadit I didn‘t get to see her this summer, but I have seen her plenty of times - ♥️ her 🥰🥰🥰. And I‘m jealous your daughter has had Liz in her life for basically her whole life 😜 4w
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A harrowing true story of an escape from North Korea. It‘s short, and all the more impactful for it. The translation is excellent, keeping the story flowing. And sadly, the propaganda techniques used by the party are becoming all too familiar in our daily parlance.
Make time for this when you can.

cathysaid Agreed. I found this fascinating. And it read like fiction. It‘s frequently on Kindle sale. 1mo
Sace I just bought the kindle edition. I didn't even wait for it to go on sale. 1mo
Sweettartlaura @Sace good for you - it‘s great 👍🏻 4w
Sweettartlaura @cathysaid exactly - it was captivating 4w
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@joe_hill is the best 🙌🏻. He kicked off his tour for Full Throttle at Powell‘s last night. He read us one of the stories in the collection - You Are Released - slightly abridged for time. And he was warm, friendly, funny, & kind. Go see him whenever you can ♥️📚

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Full Throttle | Joe Hill
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I‘m at Powell‘s early with @EsquireGirl to hang with Joe Hill tonight 🙌🏻♥️

LauraJ Lucky! Have fun and take pix 😽 2mo
Schlinkles He's such a nice guy! Enjoy!
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candc320 So jealous!! I would love to meet him! 2mo
LeahBergen Fun!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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If you can, go see Tommy Orange! I can‘t promise what‘ll happen at your event, but if it‘s anything like the #tacomareads program, you are in for a treat.
First, there was storytelling, drumming, & singing from the Puyallup tribe. Then they presented him with lovely gifts, crafted for him & his family. Then there was a lively conversation about the book, his writing, his future plans, & the Native American culture as it stands now 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura But the best part was getting to talk to a Mono Indian woman, Tamara, as we both waited to meet Tommy & get our books signed. I got to learn what this book meant to her, ask questions, share insights... Basically, in that moment, I think this book accomplished its goal & fulfilled its purpose ♥️
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marleed Wonderful! 2mo
AmyG Awesome. I loved this book. 2mo
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I‘m sorry to say I have to pan this 😕. I had hopes for it, & it started out promising. But it‘s too detailed, and trips over itself before long. Unless you really like historical detail, this may be one to pass on.

Texreader Thanks for the honest heads-up. Nonfiction can be written so well, or not. And you never know till you try. 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Texreader true history/British monarchy buffs may love this. But for the casual reader of such things, this is more than you‘re looking for 😕. It‘s too bad. I saw the movie & was captivated. I wanted a more historical look at that relationship between the two queens. It‘s in here ... but it‘s really hard to extract from the rest of the details. 2mo
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Like every short story collection, this one is a mixed bag. But out of the 40 or so stories, I only skipped a couple. And the rest ranged from so-so to great. So I‘ll give this a 👍🏻.

Beyond the individual stories I liked, I always appreciate sampling new authors this way. Also, I learned about some fairy tales I‘d never read. It may be a time to read a straight-up Brothers Grimm collection 🤔

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Panpan

This was a waste of my time. I understand nothing about this person & his life, even after listening to him explain a chunk of it.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Mehso-so

From anyone else, I would praise this book.
But I expect different from Egan.
This is the most straightforward story I‘ve read by her thus far, and I‘m disappointed by that 🤷🏻‍♀️. I want chapters in PowerPoint, or nested stories, or the sense that I‘m reading a palimpsest of a novel when I read Egan. Not historical fiction.
It‘s beautifully written, and I can‘t really say anything bad about it. Except that it‘s not really an Egan novel.

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This takes some time getting there.
But eventually, Bell tells a hopeful story of making a biracial relationship work despite the systemic racism latent in his wife‘s grandfather. It takes some work on both ends. But in a gloomy time in our society, it was really uplifting to hear that given a little effort, we can reach other.

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This a lovely tribute to female friendships, which are usually sacrificed in adulthood via marriage & motherhood. This is told by two friends, who met as married adults, & who chose each other despite the things that got in their way. A beautiful reminder of the need for friends at all stages of our lives.

Texreader I‘m loving all your detailed reviews tonight! 2mo
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Texreader - you can thank my insomnia these days 🙃 2mo
Texreader @Sweettartlaura I can commiserate. I‘ve been awake since 11:30 pm. It‘s now 3:10 am. 😳 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Texreader ugh 😕. Sorry to hear it. It‘s still early enough on the West Coast for me to get some rest. But not as much as I should 😣 2mo
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Mr. Palomar | Italo Calvino
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Another short one by Italo Calvino. I picked it for a readathon last weekend. But it should have been something I read over a little time, not as a quick read-through in one sitting. Mr. Palomar‘s insights are worth savoring. The mere fact that we have no idea what‘s going on in each other‘s heads is worthy of more contemplation than I gave it for this readathon. You should linger over these observations longer than I did - they‘re worth it.

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The Last Conversation | Paul Tremblay
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I ♥️ these Amazon original collections 🙌🏻🙌🏻
And I‘m on a roll - I‘ve been through probably a dozen or more of these lately.
Anyone else digging this, or some of their other collections?

Texreader I love Amazon originals too! But I haven‘t seen this one there. May have to go look for it. 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Texreader this is the latest collection - just out this week, I think. Check it out 🙌🏻 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Finished this in time for the #tacomareads author event tomorrow night.
Very reminiscent of Sunil Yapa‘s Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - read it if you liked this.
I had no idea how muddled the sense of identity is for Native Americans. This shone a spotlight on it. At one point a character at a powwow says they‘re all “Indians dressed like Indians.” It‘s surreal, and you understand the disconnect he feels.
Lots to think about here.

Bookgirl Stacked! You should try Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Bookgirl I need to read ALL the Louise Erdrich 😩. I hear nothing but good things. I just haven‘t gotten to her yet 🙁 2mo
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DNA Testing: Genealogy and Forensics | The New York Times Editorial Staff
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THIS!!! This is what‘s been missing from my life - Lizzo bookmarks 🔖 ♥️! Go check out this insta to see how much fun this library had with their Lizzo display ♥️🙌🏻. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2hVCzRhX8Z/?igshid=1o9y569xltn4i

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Omg! Yaaassss! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
Christine NEED!! 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I have 3 days to read this before the author event for #TacomaReads ... andddddd go!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Part of Amazon Originals.
This was fascinating.
Darien, CT, uses teenagers as volunteer EMTs. For real: if you need medical attention in Darien, chances are two teens will show up.
This short story is the author‘s recollection of that time in his life.
And while I‘m all for young people helping the community, I couldn‘t help but think: this is one of the richest suburbs in the world... and they still won‘t spring to pay people to save them???

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I‘m reading all of these books right now:
Short story collection - ebook nonfiction - audiobook - print fiction.
Only 1 of them is for #MountTBR 🙄😕
This is why it‘s so damn hard 😫
#thestruggleisreal

Bklover I‘m looking forward to The Institute 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Bklover So far, it does not disappoint 🙌🏻 2mo
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Letters to a Niece | Friedrich Von Hugel
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So there IS something that could distract me from the new Stephen King book... an essay by my niece ♥️😍🥰

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The Institute | Stephen King
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So now it can be told...
(The names are withheld to protect the ~ involved 😜)
Saturday a friend and I went to my neighborhood wine walk. We stopped in the bookstore ... and my first step in, I saw a copy of this for sale ... 3 days early!
We asked about it ~ “somebody” put it out😏 ~ but only 1.
I gave it up to her, knowing I‘d get it today, & could listen too.
But I discovered my superpower:
Knowing release dates of my favorite authors🦹🏻‍♀️

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The Institute | Stephen King
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Starting my day off right 😎
I‘m going to try the listen & read method with this one - the book is coming today, but I couldn‘t wait another second, so I downloaded it from Audible.
Plus it‘s Santino Fontana - I want to listen just for that!

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True Detective | Max Allan Collins
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Oddly boring 😕
I was waiting for it to catch.
But I gave it 3 hours/25+%.
I‘ve got other books to read.

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The Fever: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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4⭐️

Another home run by Megan Abbott.

Like no one else, Abbott captures the terror & trauma of being a teenaged girl. They are at once powerful beyond their comprehension, and vulnerable in ways the world never sees.

The Fever employs the age-old hysterical girl story, but it‘s clearly a ruse for a darker story under that surface. A story steeped in desire, in the chasm between our true selves and the one we share.

Read this book♥️📚

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3 ⭐️

Whereas Sapiens was full of fresh, challenging insights, this felt re-trod. For past/current state, he trots out his own conclusions. And when he speaks of the future, his speculations aren‘t inspired - I‘ve heard them before. 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura He also comes across as naive at points, especially about religion. He may be convinced that God is dead, & that all rational people concur with him. But he‘s naive to think that an idea that has shaped humanity for at least 15 thousand years is just going to dissipate. And he spends no time on what might replace it. Still, Harari is worth your time. And so are the issues he probes. (edited) 3mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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BIG plans for #SeptemberTBR 😏
But I have some prompts to help.
There There is the Tacoma Reads book, and Tommy Orange is coming to town, so ✅
Tacoma‘s Extreme Reader Challenge is running a readathon AND a silent reading party, so that will help ✅
I must read 13 TBR books to keep on track for #MountTBR - Olympus ✅
Roughneck is a graphic novel - quick read ✅
I‘m half done with the Ahlborn ✅
And I am bound & determined to finish my #botmbacklog

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Just under the wire, I hit #Everest tonight in my #MountTBR climb - phew!
I‘m aiming for #Olympus this time. So I have to read 50 TBR books every 4 months.
I had hoped to be a few books ahead by now. But I‘ll settle with being on pace.

On to Olympus!!!

Megabooks Woop woop!! 🍾🥂 3mo
DGRachel That‘s amazing! My goal was 75 and it‘s not looking good. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Sweettartlaura @DGRachel the thing is... I‘m definitely gonna read more than 150 books this year. But I let myself get distracted from the stack next to me/on my Kindle by the shiny new ones 🤷🏻‍♀️. So it‘s taking some discipline. Good luck on your climb 👍🏻. It will be worth it - keep going! 3mo
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I just got so sad 😔
I picked this up, eager to engage with math as an adult.
And it starts out great! Did you realize that calling numbers “digits” is a callback to counting on our hands🖐 ?!?! Fun!

And then... he started talking about the imaginary number, i 😮! I cried in 9th grade over this 🤣😢. For real. My math teacher saw me quietly weeping and started stammering.

And just like that, I don‘t wanna know any more about math 😢😣

Bookwomble It's awful when childhood anxieties we thought we were over come flooding back ? I understand little of maths, but my son is doing a masters in the subject, and he was explaining imaginary numbers to me last weekend. Apart from the words "square root of a negative number", I've still little concept of what they are! When I read a similar book to this one, I just skipped the bits I didn't understand! 3mo
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Social Creature | Tara Isabella Burton
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There‘s no one here to like. Lavinia is a needy, manipulative mess. Louise may be soulless - it‘s hard to tell.
We have such a stable society now. And experience tells me that‘s good. But I love reading stories where people look like they‘re thriving in a normal life, like Louise. And then you see she is holding on to her life by her fingernails. I wouldn‘t want to meet her in real life. But I love spending time with her in a book.

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Did you ever have a reading experience where you read two books back to back, that should be unconnected, but somehow sync up and tell each other‘s story in a different way?
I did, & I can‘t stop thinking about it. I‘m gonna ruminate a bit here.
I finished both these books last night. And was blown away by both. But what really kicked it up was where they intersected.
How does a book about race in America overlap with an Arthurian legend? 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura The answer is memory - how we deal with it as a culture. 3mo
Sweettartlaura Coates‘ collection of essays is about many things. But one of the takeaways is that we have to have a reckoning about race in this country. We try to move on, make things better, level the playing field, leave the past in the past. 3mo
Sweettartlaura Ishiguro‘s novel is a tale of a quest to kill a dragon whose breath settles on all and makes them forget, the good and the bad. And those on the quest have to reckon with the notion that what they can‘t remember might be better forgotten. 3mo
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Sweettartlaura But they know it isn‘t - they know that a life lived in mist & fog, without clarity, is half a life, with nothing solid beneath it. Nothing certain to cling to. 3mo
Sweettartlaura And that brings me back to Coates‘ entreaty for reparations: until America slays the dragon that clouds all our discussions, all our history books, all our progressive programs, we just aren‘t the America we say we are, were, and want to be. 3mo
Sweettartlaura We have to have the courage of Ishiguro‘s Britons & Saxons, risking both the peace between their people, and the peace in their personal relationships, in order to have a true reality, rather than one that appears to be just ok for many. 3mo
Sweettartlaura This was such a weird combination of books to read in tandem. But I suggest you try it, too. You get the message one way. And then you see it play itself out in another way. 3mo
Sweettartlaura Moments like this are why I read ♥️ 3mo
emtobiasz What a great moment of book serendipity! I love when a book gives unexpected insight into another, particularly when read back-to-back. My moment this year was a book about toxic masculinity helping me pinpoint what I didn‘t like about a kids book I had just finished: 3mo
Sweettartlaura @emtobiasz Wow 😮. Talk about unexpected connections! Isn‘t it amazing??? I wonder how non-readers come across these life lessons 🤔😜 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Great post! Thanks for sharing. 3mo
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I‘ve heard mixed things about this one.
But any world with a secret bookstore is a world I‘ll gladly spend a few hours of my life in 📚