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Joined April 2018

Asian books are my jam, but I also catch up on contemporary fiction. More classics and nonfic this year! Goodreads: jaymee13 🌙 IG: @literarytrips
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I'm being creative with my print list of books I've read. I don't know what journal cards are, but they looked neat and I spotted 5 columns for star ratings 😄 Now I can see how my month went and how good the books I read were depending on the blackened parts. I'm doing this for my tbr too (there's a tick box on the left/right for tracking!). I have, after all, 100 pcs of these 😅

EadieB Very clever! 14h
Eggs Great idea 💡! 12h
TheLibrarian Great idea! I believe those cards are used to track when print journals come in for libraries. At least that's what my library used them for. 8h
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fleeting @Eadie @Eggs We look at everything through a bookish lens 😄 8h
fleeting @TheLibrarian oh thank you so much! So that's what these are for! And now I reinvented their use for books. ☺ 8h
TheLibrarian @fleeting I like your use better! 1h
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Conflicted. It was hard to get into, but pretty much sailed off past 100 pages. It has some cringeworthy moments (both in the characters' actions & the stereotypes that the author seem to perpetuate rather than critique: white privilege & white savior complex). At times I wondered if it was getting lost & falling into the stereotypes. Most reviews are positive & I wonder if I'm alone w/ this observation. I'd recommend, but to a discerning reader.

fleeting Between so-so and pick, I just leaned into the latter. Though this is more of a 3⭐ read. 2d
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Here's a metaphorical story that not many understood, largely I think because of its brevity. It's not about a girl liking sharks. If you pay attention, you'll see the family dynamic and how she associates this with her love (and fear) for sharks. You know those times/things that you fear and yet inspire awe? She likens this to life, love, and the losses we all take. If you chance upon this, take a closer look. Some reviews in goodreads irked me.

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My Favourite Manson Girl | Alison Umminger
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I found this quite brilliant as a coming of age genre novel. A girl runs away from home and goes to her sister in Hollywood (for the summer), getting a side job by researching the Manson girls & if the reason for it felt weak, the end product was great. There are literary references (esp Gatsby). The fake, plastic lives in Hollywood was a nice commentary! I'm glad I stumbled upon this underrated book.

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Ugh, round 2 of the bookfair, which is leaving on the 25th. Went at 11pm and "hurried" because my non-reader of a sister drove me ?, and paid by almost 2am. ? Yep, that's me in a rush already! Got a bit of travel guides and some unheard of books. Tagged book was a score! And my only "luxury" buy was Xiaolu Guo's hardcover (have it in soft) because I really like her.

batsy Such a good haul 😍 7d
fleeting @batsy you know, I was gonna tag you here because I remember your review on Freshwater and I said I'd look for it right away. So naturally I remembered you when I saw this at the bookfair! 😄😍 7d
batsy @fleeting Oh yay! ❤️ I hope it's a good read for you. 7d
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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This was more like a thawing; characters, stories, lives submerge & re-emerge. Many will hate me for saying Shakespeare felt forced. I was ok with just the Dickensian aspect. Sophia's heart thaws w/ her sister & w/ someone in Paris who loved someone else that didn't love him back (read Autumn!). There's a quote that sums the book (read in the comments), w/c is about the moments when we resurface. I prefer the quiet Autumn over this Winter thaw.

fleeting "He thinks about how, whatever being alive is, with all its pasts and presents and futures, it is most itself in the moments when you surface from a depth of numbness or forgetfulness that you didn‘t even know you were at, and break the surface..." 1w
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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It's taking me quite a while to finish this book. I love the moments of brilliance, but over-all it just isn't grabbing my attention so much. Love the satirical take on social media and the 2 sisters, and Brexit and immigrants of course, but it feels slow and tired. 😔 Near 200 pages in. Hoping it'll get better because so many books are staring at me right now.

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Book mail! 📭📦💌 A classic, film theory, young adult, and an interesting biography/medical narrative. I suppose this order was pretty well-rounded. 😄

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Savages | Shirley Conran
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And here's my stash! Classics! Medical narratives! Novels I've always wanted to get but was too cheap to! And issues of Granta!! I'm crazy excited to dip into that huge block of a book (tagged)!

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Bookfair Murders | Anna Porter
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So Big Bad Wolf came over to visit once more and I got myself 30 books. It's my 2nd year to visit. I will never get over the fact that I decided to skip them the first time, but I'd like to think I've pretty much caught up in terms of book buying (more like hoarding!) 😄 Spent almost 4 hours and I didn't even cover half of the place!!

TheSpineView It must have been heaven! 2w
fleeting @TheSpineView yes it was 😭 and they're here for 11 days, open 24 hours every day! 2w
TheSpineView @fleeting I wouldn't have money for groceries! 🤣 2w
fleeting @TheSpineView I know! It's all about self control and being at your best behavior. 😐😆 I try to go only twice 😂 first day and sometime before it leaves. 2w
TheSpineView @fleeting You've got willpower! 2w
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Autumn, where things are in the cusp of change. I love the years between Elisabeth and Daniel, both on the verge of something: the former a discovery by starting anew (leaving a thesis and a job, discovering an artist and herself); the latter a kind of new life, just as he is about to close things after a century. The world too, seems about to change as fences come up & people are called to go back home, not exactly knowing where home is anymore.

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Finally starting the seasonal quartet. "So always try to welcome people into the home of your story."

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Loveboat, Taipei | Abigail Hing Wen
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There was so much heart in this book! This is about the guilt that all hyphenated Asians bear on their shoulders because of the suffering that their parents went through, and when their wants do not coincide with their parents' expectations. Give this one a try. The "Great Divide" between East and West was so beautifully done for a YA novel, and the coming together of both was lovely. A coming of age novel, but for everyone discovering something!

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I found a wonderful book on the origins of anatomical terms and maybe this is a sign to start that anatomical project I've been wanting to work on for years.

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One of Us Is Next | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This was incredibly long and could use a good editor. Why do authors think that building tension means more pages? A good, solid, less-than-200 paged novel(la) can put you on the edge of your seat. Was this a worthy sequel? Was it worth revisiting the toxic school? Probably not, as most of the characters were stereotypical, and we don't really gain anything new. It's a fast read and a good distraction, but my main issue were the stock characters.

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Finished this several days ago and I loved it! Parts that struck me most: romantic consumerism, how ideologies have become the new religion, the interconnectedness of imperialism and capitalism, and how science always has an agenda, politically and economically. Also: today, culturism has replaced racism! That one was very eye-opening. The discrimination on culture rather than race is something I often hear but don't really think deeply about.

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Ok ok fine I'm a believer now, I haven't put this book down since I started it earlier! I especially loved the chapter Building Pyramids. So many nuggets of thought, so much to rethink, and so much clarity in this book. It's amazing how succinctly he puts forth his theories, also without the act of preaching. I can't wait to finish this.

MallloCup I just started this! Super interesting thoughts and I love how he writes. He doesn't overcomplicate his points. 1mo
fleeting @MallloCup true! It's easily digestible and compulsively readable, I'm hoping it's the same for his other books! 1mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I am SO torn with my review. While I adored the language and the humanity in this book, it took me a long time to read it, that I almost gave up. Does that make any sense, loving a book and yet also wanting to give up on it? 😐 I completely understand why it'd win the Pulitzer. I love the flashes of brilliance but maybe the whole short stories style didn't work for me?

Centique That‘s fair enough. I often find a short story structure breaks me out of the world too often with abrupt endings and I slow down or don‘t finish. Although on this one I did much better than usual and ploughed through quickly - must have just been in the right frame of mind! 😊 1mo
fleeting @Centique I really like how it portrayed each character's humanity, but the structure slowed me down. I agree with being in the right frame of mind! 1mo
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1. Tagged book!

2a. I'm a Psychology major.
2b. I buy a book at every country I go to.
2c. My dream job is one with NGOs or with a section or group with the United Nations.

3. Belle from Beauty and the Beast! I have so many questions from her gowns to her romantic decisions 😂

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Alora Hello! Thank you for playing! I love your answer for 3 😍 1mo
Alora I‘m going to guess the lie is that you are a psychology major?! 1mo
fleeting @Alora you're correct! 👏👏👏😄 Lit major here! 1mo
Alora Haha thats awesome! I have my bachelors in psychology and I‘m taking human resources management right now 1mo
fleeting @Alora huh, that is weird that I chose the exact thing which you are in! Fate? 😄 1mo
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Today's purchases! I got Rorschach's biography for a dollar, what a steal. I hope Harari lives up to the hype, & after deciding against Adam Kay's books after reading reviews comparing him to Mary Roach (not a fan of her brand of humor w/c I find insensitive. There are others who write about death w/ humor but w/ pathos like Doughty), I went for tagged book, about changing bodies from anorexia to bodybuilders & w/ references to myths, lit, philo!

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Royce Rolls | Margaret Stohl
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DNF. I find it boring, contrite, and incredibly long. Way past the 100 mark and I've decided to not make it to 400 anymore. :( Too bad because I've been really wanting to get this and was so happy to find it on sale at the bookstore.

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Largely enjoyed the language, but also the journey from rise to fall. But beneath that is a person's lifetime, love, disappointment, abandonment, which we all universally share. The story between the protagonist and the "pretty girl" was the most real and effective part that anchors the whole story. A quick read about the farce that is our lives - capitalism, commercialization, and how cities themselves live.

3/5⭐

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Calvin and Hobbes | Bill Watterson
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Love Calvin forever!

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2mo
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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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If there is a book I can recommend, let this be it. Who is the wild & savage one, the unknown group who has secrets that can help & ruin humanity, or the scientists who use them as test subjects? I loved seeing the anthropological conundrum: being irrevocably changed after being in the field, questioning one's own principles. But as Dr. Rapp says, "close your books and listen. We have nothing less than the world to consider." And so we listen on.

fleeting The wonder in this book is the impossibility to give a proper synopsis. It is incredibly layered and nuanced, filled with many literary references and symbolism as well. 2mo
BarbaraBB I have this on my shelves. I heard so many good things about it 2mo
fleeting @BarbaraBB I hope you can get to it soon! I'm part of the majority on this one. It was an amazing adventure! 2mo
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All These Beautiful Strangers | Elizabeth Klehfoth
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I stayed up all night finishing this book! I liked the character studies, and I felt it to be a step up from your usual YA novel. It revolves around our narrator's mother who went missing, and how she discovers a whole web of lies right in the school she's attending, and in an elite, powerful group she wanted to belong to, and its alumni, which includes her father. Here we see the stories we create to cover the truths we cannot face.

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I bought a stack of classics on the first day of the new year! But I am so ready for this. 😊 They're just quick sketches of the tales, a few pages each, but I was surprised it covers over 70. It's lovely, it'll be a good introduction, and the cover is fantastic too!

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Classics Revisited | Kenneth Rexroth
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2019 led me back to the classics and how enjoyable it is, so this year, it's really just to tackle more. And to not be intimidated by the big ones. I don't know why I always fear them, when history has shown that I've immensely enjoyed doorstoppers like Pamuk's A Strangeness in My Mind and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which I read twice to compare the different translations! I feel like that's a disorder; fearing it before even reading it! 🙄

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Finished this right before the clock struck 12 on my side of the world. It's the first of January here, and I wish you all the best in life -- may the best books come your way, and may you live the best stories. Happy 2020! This year still sounds surreal to me.

BookishMarginalia @WanderingBookaneer just got this puzzle too 2mo
fleeting @BookishMarginalia it's gorgeous for book lovers like us, but I really got intimidated with all the white pieces!! But in the end it wasn't really that difficult at all. ☺️ it is a lovely design and I'm planning to have it framed. 2mo
BookishMarginalia What a great idea! 2mo
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Burmese Moons | Sophie Ansel
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This is an important book bec you can see the research and it focuses on the plight of those who suffered from the tyranny of the military rule. The violence was heavily laid on, which didn't help much. The show, don't tell rule was broken here, even if this was in graphic format. I'd recommend this for those who are a bit familiar with what's going on, as a reminder that behind the beauty and charm, there's still a long way to freedom. 3/5 ⭐

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Shiny Broken Pieces: A Tiny Pretty Things Novel | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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Ties up all the loose ends in the first book, and shows the dancers after they graduate from the conservatory. The apprenticeships were kind of given from the beginning, and I can't help but feel a bit sad for June, though her future was obvious from the beginning. Nothing was left hanging; I was worried Cassie was going to get away with her tricks. Except maybe for Henri, whose character was not given any depth & who went unpunished.

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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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So much young adult ballet drama! Solid, sometimes over the top, but might send the wrong signals to some readers. Ballet is a competition and this book takes all the roughness behind all the grace and beauty. 3 of the best dancers aim to be principal, bringing out the worst in them. I like how their own personal tragedies are told, showing how the struggle is mostly against themselves. Now reading the sequel.

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Surprised that I liked this, I thought it was a self-help cliché, which in a way it is, but the quotations and citations seamlessly woven in the arguments (this books argues that you can live through all the mess in this social media-saturated world) made up for it. I learned quite a lot in terms of why the world is as it is now, but as for the relaxing and coping techniques, I didn't gain much. Overall still a worthy and quick read.

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This was supposed to be boring by all means, but it was weirdly compelling. Post-reading thoughts include the funny, farcical nature of art; the inability to express grief - and not even know what you're supposed to be grieving - loss of her parents or herself? Acting out, anxiety attacks, psychiatric disorders made up by society/doctors/pharmas to lull us, but leading to more confusion. And how do you extricate yourself from all these?

mcctrish This book was not what I thought it would be. It was so compelling. A couple of times I honestly thought I had misread the trailer and it was really non-fiction. And then it was so bizarre I thought thank god it was fiction. 2mo
fleeting @mcctrish before I bought this I was hearing all the positive and negative reviews, and the whole time I thought it was the author's memoir! Good thing I had that cleared up before going into this 😄 2mo
Rissreads This book is bad shit crazy but It's stayed with me. I think about it often. 2mo
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batsy @Rissreads This about sums it up for me, too 😆 2mo
batsy Such an interesting, unforgettable book. I think maybe it captures a very particular contemporary mood. So glad you liked it! 2mo
Rissreads I meant bat not bad 🤣 2mo
fleeting @Rissreads haha yeah I figured! I can't believe I liked the tone; so nonchalant and yet so heavy. I love the critique about basically everything that she's ironically so passive about! 2mo
fleeting @batsy I think so, hence the Bell Jar comparison. I love the critique about basically everything that she's ironically so passive about! 2mo
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I don't know very much where this is going, but I kind of like the no-nonsense tone. A hundred pages in and I'm starting to wonder - but also hoping it keeps my interest because I seem to like it somehow. I have a feeling this might be tough for me to review.

Megabooks I was a bit lost through it but loved the end and have read it twice! 2mo
fleeting @Megabooks agree with you! 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, there's some beautiful lines, on the other, nothing here hasn't been said and done before, in YA and bildungsroman books. Discovering oneself, the line between learning to stand alone and yet depending on others, explorations on love and loss, what's normal and what's not. I think I would've enjoyed this more if the "hollow self" was more explored, thus giving the characters a chance to be something.

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Burmese Moons | Sophie Ansel
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Only thing I look forward to during birthday month is to avail of the birthday discount! So I gave these 4 to myself as a gift. Especially happy to see the tagged book here, together with Yu Hua's short story collection.

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Friend Request | Laura Marshall
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I needed a break after "The Starless Sea" and though this was a good choice, it was terribly long. I don't see the point of the length, because it didn't really build up the suspense; it just dragged the story. One of those books whose ending makes up for whatever weaknesses in the story. Though it took the happy ending road, there was still a lot of introspection there.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I think this book was hell bent on creating "magic" that everything else got sacrificed. I love fragments and open endings. This one just left everything up in the air. No story, no plot, no character depth, and sad to say, eventually no magic. No, things weren't symbolic or metaphorical. They were just a jumble. :( The only reason I didn't bail was because I was so excited for this I even picked it up on its release date right after work.

OnlyYoo I‘m so happy I‘m not the only one who didn‘t love this book. I honestly liked the stories more than I liked the actual characters 3mo
fleeting @OnlyYoo same!! I liked the fables part but the rest just fell apart. 3mo
IndyHannaJones I thought the writing was beautiful but the connecting story was kind of weak. It felt a bit like a writing excercise where she wanted to write these little whimsical vignettes and needed something to tie it together, but that wasn't the main focus. I enjoyed the book, but yeah I totally feel you!! 3mo
fleeting @IndyHannaJones totally agree with everything you said! 3mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Getting depressed because I'm midway through and I just want this book to finish. I don't wanna bail on it, even if it didn't really grip me the way I thought it would. And equally sad is that this was my most anticipated book this year. 😔

Megabooks I‘m sorry. 3mo
fleeting @Megabooks still, still hoping it'll turn around for me! 🤞😄 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I bailed. But I started about a quarter in skipping chapters because I was bored. Such a bummer when our anticipation is not met. 3mo
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fleeting @ChaoticMissAdventures so true. Right at the beginning I kind of knew it wasn't going to be for me but I still went on. At this point I'm just really forcing myself to finish it. 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed the first 3 chapters, and that kept my hopes up but after that it was a down hill plummet for me. I hope you can get through it without much pain! 3mo
SiriGuruDevSingh I just bailed too. Such a disappointment 😔💔 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh dear... So sorry to know this! Now I'm wondering if I shd still get this book or not! It's like 500 pages rite? And I loved the night circus! 🤔 3mo
fleeting @ChaoticMissAdventures I didn't enjoy it even at the beginning. :( and now that I'm done, I'm so glad it's over. 😵 3mo
fleeting @SiriGuruDevSingh I made it to the finish and really hoped there was going to be something for me to take away from it but, nah. :( 3mo
fleeting @Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved The Night Circus too! This one was just all blah. Too many words, no story, no depth. Really disappointed. :( 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Glad you finished and can move on 👍 3mo
SiriGuruDevSingh Oh, damn😔 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @fleeting like trying too hard to be creative? 3mo
fleeting @Jee_HookedOnBookz it was bent on creating a magical world that everything else got sacrificed. And because of that, it also ended up not being magical. 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @fleeting gahhhhh 😔 so sorry... Sigh..😔 3mo
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YES bookmail is the best when you get home after a looong day. Also, I got disappointed with the tagged book's cover. I thought I was getting the snazzy colorful one!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Have you read Aw's We, The Survivors? 3mo
fleeting @Jee_HookedOnBookz oh man I did not see this, I should've ordered this one too! Thanks for letting me know about this! It looks interesting! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @fleeting you're welcome! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! 😊 3mo
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Tao Teh Ching | Lao Tzu
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As with books such as this, there's no easy way to review it. I read it in a span of about 2 months, taking a few teachings at a time. I got this dual language edition for maybe practicing my Chinese further someday. The most I took from this was to humble oneself and learn to control oneself and others by not exerting external force, but rather mastering what is within. (Bookmark text means smart and subtle, which I thought apt to use.)

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Sure, a lot of people gave this a good review because it took them down memory lane when they danced ballet, or because of their fascination with it. The present story is really clunky and unnecessary, but the parts about dancing and meeting the gods of ballet are truly worthwhile. The ballet schools' prestige and portrayal of ballerina's discipline gave this narrative a good form.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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This is my most anticipated release of 2019, I'm so excited! I'm hoping for a really wonderful escape, I've been up all night so I could finish my current read (almost) to start this immediately.

EliNeedsMoreShelves I'm on page 430. It. Is. Stunning. 3mo
fleeting @EliNeedsMoreShelves just what I needed to hear! 3mo
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Putney | Sofka Zinovieff
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Completely blew me away. Raw emotions and harsh reality written so tenderly. I may have gotten something different from other readers. I think the greater narrative is not the morality but rather the little tragedies that sum up a life, and the monsters within us that are easier to project unto others. Is there an antagonist here, or is everyone simply flawed? This is more of a Greek chorus where everyone recites a tragedy they all took part in.

fleeting Full review in Goodreads, for anyone interested. 4mo
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"And I was chilled."

A nearly perfect novella. Packs so much in so little, it's a testament to what we've lost: the art of brevity. The precision of the words, the atmosphere, the sense of foreboding. Nothing graphic, so few words and so much left to the imagination. The ending hangs lightly, taunting you, telling you horrors never end; the house they tried to destroy will forever stand, the two ladies inside will live forever.

rubyslippersreads Great cover! 😻 4mo
batsy Yup! I'm amazed at how she pulled it off and with such precision and economy. 4mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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It took me a hundred pages to get into this. Liked the atmosphere, but was quite confusing. There's depth in research, but not in the story. It did keep me reading, though! The ending was rushed, and publicity heavily relied on shocking scenes, trigger warnings, etc. Felt like the abuse was layered on too thick; some more action could've been better. I'll probably pick up the next book but not putting too much hope in it.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Hard to rate: it's a love-hate relationship. It's like a pretentious piece of crap that worms its way to your heart; you wonder how it glides through the sappy parts, but it does. I like the losses, from the lover to the luggage, & I feel I'm gonna be thinking about the journeys though right now they feel lacking. Ironically I also had the same feeling with Less when he read Proust: I too felt cheated by the abruptness of the ending.

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Difficult to follow. By the middle, things started falling into place, then everything was rushed & the end was empty. Characters felt 2D, and the art leaves so much to be desired - most times I didn't understand what I was looking at. Shame, as this was about alternate universes. Even the characters were indistinguishable, in both their illustration and character development. Diversity was too forced and story was quite shallow. :(

2 out of 5 ⭐

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Sledgehammer money. 👍 You think the price you pay to change things gets more expensive the older you get, but really if you think about it the price is the same at any time. So it's always a good time to change, if need be. Been a while since I read a huge graphic novel. Saw this on the bookstore shelves and got interested. So far, it's ok, 200 pages in.