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Joined February 2017

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Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf
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Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
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True Heart's Desire by Caroline Fyffe
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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Oof!

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I only read this book because my book club made me, but I ended up really enjoying it. I went with the audiobook, which turned out to be the right choice because it has a great cast, including Ann Dowd and Bryce Dallas Howard. It involves some plot points from the 2nd season of the show, but I don‘t think you need to have watched it in order to enjoy the book. Much to my surprise, I highly recommend this one.

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This book was so full of awesome networking and relationship-building tips that I needed to keep a notebook handy to jot down all the ideas it gave me. Highly recommend.

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Bespelling Jane Austen | Colleen Gleason, Mary Balogh, Susan Krinard, Janet Mullany
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I had so much fun reading this anthology. Each novella was true to Austen‘s classics in their own way with twists I appreciated. It was just the comfort read I needed going into this especially difficult holiday season.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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The number of times these women said they did something they didn‘t want or didn‘t do something wanted because they were so afraid of upsetting the men they were with was deeply disturbing because of how strongly it resonated.

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Absolutely loved listening to this audiobook about a young girl who‘s abandoned in a marsh in North Carolina and has to learn to survive on her own. The narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to this one.

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Bespelling Jane Austen | Colleen Gleason, Mary Balogh, Susan Krinard, Janet Mullany
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Ah, Saturdays 📖☕️

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These books are so much fun and the narrator does a fantastic job on the audiobook, so I highly recommend it. For some reason I had thought this was a trilogy, but this one ends with a whole bunch of cliffhangers and I can‘t wait until the next book comes out because I love hanging out with these characters ❤️

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I had completely forgotten that it was #DeweysReadathon but I got a fair amount of reading in anyway because I had to finish Beartown for my book club tomorrow. I also spent a couple hours listening to my audiobook and started two short story collections. Now I‘m calling it quits in favor of bed. Good night, Littens.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I give Backman credit for the way he handled rape and its aftermath, but I was really disappointed by the writing. He had a few points he wanted to make, so he just beat the reader over the head with them again and again in a way that was repetitive, rather than expounding on the point. I also did not appreciate that he jumped back and forth between characters very quickly, often multiple times per page. He was trying SO HARD to be poignant.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I liked this book more than Whitehead‘s last one, although the subject is just as dark. It‘s a quick read and the audiobook narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to this one.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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All the stars for this one. Miller is such a great writer that I need her to come out with another book ASAP.

The audiobook narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to it if you can.

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The Wedding Gift | Marlen Suyapa Bodden
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I loved listening to this audiobook told from the perspective of a slave and one of her owners - they‘re both trapped by the white men in their lives, a which I always think is interesting to compare - but only one of them finds a way out.

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I almost bailed on this one and probably should have. The writing is certainly beautiful, but it drags down the story by a lot. Tartt is a little too in love with her own writing and would have done well to edit out at least half of it.

rather_be_reading agreed! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I need for there to be a companion album to this audiobook. The hard copy has the lyrics to all the songs in the back, but that‘s not enough for me. I want to listen to this album.

The audiobook is full of a talented cast and as delightful to listen to as everyone says it is.

Tiffiney Yeah, the audible version is pretty much a must on this one! So well done... 3mo
jillrhudy My hold FINALLY came in from Libby! It‘s been months! 3mo
rather_be_reading i agree! 2w
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Slayer (Slayer, #1) | Kiersten White
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Such a fun read. I‘ve been a Buffy fan from Day 1, so I was super stoked when I heard this book was coming out. I waited to finish my latest rewatch before reading this, only to realize that it references some of the comics (which I haven‘t read). So that got spoiled for me, but other stuff from the comics have already been spoiled for me, so no biggie.

My one complaint about this book was how annoying the MC‘s low self-esteem could be at times.

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True Heart's Desire | Caroline Fyffe
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Somehow this dialogue doesn‘t strike me as being authentic to the time period (late 19th century) 😂

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McNamara was clearly a great writer, but the friends who tried to patch up the second half of the book after her death just didn‘t have the same touch. I would have preferred an editor‘s note at the beginning explaining that the end had to be patched together from her notes, rather than interruptions and explanations throughout the text. Love that the audiobook talks about DeAngelo‘s arrest, even though that happened after the book was published.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This book is so much fun! The narrator is sassy, knows who she is, and isn‘t afraid to be true to herself, even when it goes against society‘s expectations of her. It was practically tailor made for me.

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This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.

I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.

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Ah, Sundays.

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I really need to up my content strategy game and this book told me everything I need to know to do do just that. I don‘t recommend the ebook because McCoy includes a lot of images with text that is too small to see on the kindle, and because it‘s an image, there‘s no way to make it bigger like you can with the print. That said, this book is still incredibly useful and I can‘t recommend it enough.

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Super adorable Bollywood-style YA romance that takes place in Princeton, NJ. 💯 recommend.

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An afternoon of baking and listening to YA romance is tough to beat.

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Just started listening to this audiobook, narrated by Priya Ayar, who also narrated the audiobook I just finished listening to. Always throws me for a loop when that happens.

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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Super adorable read about two flawed people coming together and learning to accept their own flaws and the idea that they‘re allowed to be happy despite those flaws. I appreciate that it specifically points out that they do not need each other in order to be happy - they just tend to be happier when they‘re together. It‘s very well written, especially for a first novel, and I can‘t wait to read more stuff by Holmes.

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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Pea
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Superman has always been my least favorite superhero and this book didn‘t do anything to change that. Clark is supposed to be a teenager, but there is 0 teen angst, even after he learns his parents have been lying to him his whole life. Come on, you‘re not even a little mad about that?

I liked seeing him struggle to control his powers, but again with teenage-hood, wouldn‘t it make sense for his powers to be tied to his emotions? At least at 1st.

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Still not very well written, but always fun to hang out with these characters and the things they do with their obscene amounts of wealth. I like that Kwan points out that none of these people are satisfied because, no matter how much money you have, there‘s always someone who has more.

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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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Still not a fan of Clayton‘s writing style, but I appreciate everything she‘s saying about beauty, slavery, freedom, and the hierarchy of society. If nothing else, it was a fun read that kept me entertained while I did chores and ran errands.

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Ah, Sundays 🥃📖🌤

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Giant Days Vol. 9 | John Allison
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After the gut-wrenching read that is “The Great Believers”, I need to be cheered up by my BFFs.

Megabooks I love them, too! 5mo
cdreincarnate @Megabooks They really are the best 5mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book is so, so good, and so heartbreaking. Although I had known about the AIDS crisis in the theoretical sense, I‘m ashamed to admit that I had never really considered how devastating it must have been. I feel a little guilty reading a book about the gay community written by someone outside that community, but I think it was written with such empathy. Every character is fully fleshed out. They practically walk off the page. All the stars.

SamAnne One of my favorite novels this year. I was in my 20s during the 80s and AIDS was front and center. Lost friends and consoled friends. Makkai really captured the time. 5mo
cdreincarnate @SamAnne I was born in ‘87 so it‘s a little before my time, but I appreciated how this book made that era come alive. 5mo
Gayan What an amazing and eye opening read. I really felt connected to these characters. 5mo
cdreincarnate @Gayan I know, right? They all felt so real. 5mo
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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I continue to love this book as much as ever. No one creates characters or makes fun of them as gently as Austen. This is probably her most subtle book, and I‘m so glad I have the Bonnets at Dawn Facebook group to discuss it with me and make me think about it in new ways.

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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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This audiobook won‘t tell me who the narrator is, so I‘m choosing to believe it‘s the ghost of Jane Austen herself reading her own work to me.

Palimpsest 😊 6mo
RaimeyGallant lol, I also choose to believe this. 6mo
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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Truth.

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I don‘t have much to say about this audiobook. It‘s an interesting case and I learned a lot, but it didn‘t really impact my opinion of Lincoln or change my life in any way.

8little_paws I heard this author's latest book on teddy roosevelt is fantastic 6mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws That one does sound interesting and I might have to check it out even though I didn‘t love this one. 6mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Ah, Sundays. 📖🐶

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book is so spot on that, at times, it‘s eerie.

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This book was so much fun! A legal thriller based on real historical events and I just couldn‘t put it down. I would recommend this one to just about everyone.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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The concept was interesting, and certainly timely, but I had hard time with the fact that the MC was constantly surprised that there were consequences for her resistance. Like, seriously? You didn‘t see that coming?

Also the villain was too stupid to be a good villain. A good story needs a good villain and bigots can be very smart. Underestimating them is part of how we ended up with the current administration.

gibblr I sort of felt the same way about her reactions and then her immediate willingness to do it again, but maybe that‘s how it feels. 6mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr I‘d be OK with her continuing the resistance in the face of consequences as long as she fully understands what those consequences are, but the fact that she was always surprised made me think she wasn‘t thinking any of this through. Like, your parents are not paranoid honey. There‘s a reason they keep telling you to keep your head down. 6mo
gibblr I‘m not sure if you agree (since I see you listened to the audio like I did), but I felt the narrator also read it in an overly dramatic way when it came to the parts when the MC realized bad stuff was going to come back around. 6mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr Maybe a little. Overall I liked the narrator. 6mo
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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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This was my first Nora Ephron and I absolutely loved it. I had no idea divorce could be so funny.

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It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did I found it fascinating. It‘s about a 91-year-old black man with dementia and a pile of stolen treasure trying to help out his family and his race as a whole. It‘s third person limited from Ptolemy‘s POV and I thought the way Mosley conveyed the confusion of dementia was masterful.

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Had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook narrated by Megan Follows. She did a great job with the suspenseful parts and I found I didn‘t want to listen to it right before bed.

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Not my favorite Alcott, but there‘s a lot in this book that I can relate to. And while I‘m glad the MC found love, I appreciate that Alcott didn‘t give the expected narrative of “and they lived happily ever after and she never had to work again.” The final chapter was especially touching and the closing image with her daughter tugged at all the heartstrings.

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Winter | Marissa Meyer
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I‘m going to miss these characters so much!😩

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Do I even have to tell you how much I loved this book? I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend because 1) Bahni Turpin narrates it, and 2) it‘s about rap, which is meant to be listened to.

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Heart of Eden | Caroline Fyffe
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Now, this is the comfort read I needed! It‘s not very well written, but the concept is interesting and I loved getting to know all the characters. I appreciated that this book wasn‘t white washed, although I do wish the author had done a little more research into what it was like (for women especially) to live in that time. I also wish the author would get on a horse just once before writing a western.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Loved it. She spent a lot more time on her childhood and early years than I had expected, but I loved it. I loved getting to know her family and hearing her talk about places around Chicago that are so familiar to me.

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Loved it, of course. Because it‘s a collection of essays, there were some parts that got repeated, but it was totally worth it. I‘ll definitely be looking at American literature in a completely different light, no matter the author‘s race, thanks to this book.