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The Days of Abandonment | Elena Ferrante
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this one. Overall it was just ok. I preferred the My Brillant Friend series, but glad I read this one finally!

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Pickpick

Loved this book! If you're looking for a great non-fiction read, I recommend this one. So many great anecdotes to prove his point and it reads smoothly.

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Pickpick

Just finished this beauty. Great messages and reminders to not get too caught up in the comparison that is so prevalent in life.

saguarosally Yeah. How do I honor the chaos of my brain while realizing that I‘m so living my best life and yet it really just causes other problems? 5mo
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Starting off #24in48 with my morning read!

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Pickpick

About half way through this beauty. Love the writing and how real the characters feel.

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"Education should not be intended to make people comfortable; it's meant to make them think" - Hanna Holborn

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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vsquez
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Mehso-so

I liked the concept of this book but would have enjoyed it a lot more at 300 pages instead of 500! It dragged in a lot of places for me.

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Excited to get started on this one!

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The Heart: A Novel | Maylis de Kerangal
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Mehso-so

The translation was beautiful. Got lost on the story line in a few parts. Also felt like the beginning took a long time to set up and then resolved too quickly at the end.

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Pickpick

This was a great book and very ambitious in scope. I listened to the audio but think the physical book would have been a better option to stop and look up people and places referenced right away.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Read some great books and some duds this year! Pachinko was probably my favorite read. What was your 2018 reading highlight?

Reviewsbylola Loooooved Pachinko. Great year! 🥳 13mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Finishing up my last book of 2018! Verdict is still out on this one... some parts are really well written and others are super confusing.

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On a Cold Dark Sea | Elizabeth Blackwell
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That night, she felt more generous. Most of the people there were so young and eager for approval. It was the easiest sort of kindness to say something nice and watch them bloom, as if compliments were currency and Charlotte a benevolent ruler tossing out coins from her carriage.

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 14mo
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"To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To me happy with our own nonupgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business."

Reviewsbylola I just finished this one last night! 1y
mkinney10 @Reviewsbylola I finished just now! What did you think? 1y
Reviewsbylola I was bored at times. I expected it to be more of a memoir. But I also found it very useful and easy to read and relate to. 1y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Enjoying this read with an apple scone this beautiful morning!

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Pickpick

No idea where I heard about this book, but glad I did!

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Starting off my #deweys #readathon with the last 100 pages of this one. Lots of good British humor!

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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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Pickpick

This short book packs quite the punch. Beautiful illustrations!

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Mine: Essays | Sarah Viren
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This was a well tied together collection of short stories. It was a fast read. I loved her use of language and the theme of ownership throughout the individual stories!

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Pickpick

Loved this first- hand account of what goes in to publishing a dictionary. If you're looking for a great non- fiction read and you love language, I highly recommend this one!

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Pickpick

This was simultaneously the most reassuring and terrifying book I've read in .... well, probably ever. It helps to know other people are also struggling with the same things...but in a way, it doesn't change anything.

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"Food is love and life and comfort and one small way to show others you are there wanting to nourish and nurture them in their grief."

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to this one after what I had read about it. Now that I'm finished, I am at a loss for what to say. I found it very...strange.

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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So so so good! 2/3 into Us Against You and I don't want it to end... I feel like I'm in Beartown living through this...all the feels!

TheFunkyBookworm Getting ready to start this one soon for book club! Noticed your mug.. are you from Tampa? 2y
mkinney10 @TheFunkyBookworm Yes! South Tampa! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @mkinney10 nice! I went to UT and live in Brandon now- love south Tampa! 2y
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Pickpick

So sad that this one is over! Slow start but loved the ending. Hope he continues to write more about this very relevant and timely topic.

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So many fun quotes it this book. I'm going to be sad when I finish.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this! Good page-turner!

Samantha.1020 I‘m reading this one now! 2y
RaimeyGallant I was just thinking about this book. :) 2y
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The Past: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Perfect read for a rainy day!

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Pickpick

Loved this book! I've felt let down by so many reads this year, but this one did not disappoint! Fun, quirky, and feel good...with a side of family dynamics that felt so realistic...and at the same time, so out there!

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"The lesson of John Sorensen was that to accept death was to accept life, and to accept life was to live in joy, however dire the circumstances around you."

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Almost done! I can't believe I've never read this before. Glad I finally have. #bookandabeverage #modernclassic #finallyreadthat

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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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True.

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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Still plugging away at this one! Loving the writing and diversity of topics...just a lot!

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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Next up! I have had this on hold at the library for awhile...can't wait!

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Great so far...it's like a whole other world!

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Mehso-so

Nice, quick read. Nothing earth shattering, but a good reminder to enjoy the little things!

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Thought provoking for sure.

UrsulaMonarch I really liked his reflections at the beginning of each chapter 2y
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Staying cozy! I really want to like this book...and it's ok...but very slow! Does it get better?

Lauren.Archer Yes, just finished today. It was a slow-burn 2y
UrsulaMonarch I liked the middle more than the beginning! 😊 2y
mkinney10 @Lauren.Archer @Lkelly I just finished. I thought it got better at the end, but could have done with a shorter version! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @mkinney10 glad it got better for you too! But yeah, I agree - shorter would have been fine! 😂 2y
kstadt929 I have about 100 pages left and I completely agree that it is so slow! But it sounded good and I really wanted to like it... 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Another year of reading adventures in the rearview mirror!

Redwritinghood 👏👏👏👏 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Last read of 2017!

AngelErin Same here! I just finished it. 😋 2y
mkinney10 @AngelErin what did you think? I felt like there were lots of characters to keep track of! 2y
AngelErin @mkinney10 That‘s true. I thought it was not anything different, but still good. 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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"It's just as easy to be exclusive as it is to be inclusive, just as easy to create an US as a Them."

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Pickpick

This book gives me all the warm and fuzzies!

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Pickpick

Another great Brene Brown read and life advice!

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About half way through this one. It's good!👍

MarticaMustRead Agreed! #CurrentRead 🤓👍 2y
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Pickpick

My first Agatha Christie book! Very fun and kept me hooked!

ozma.of.oz That's an excellent one to start with! It's definitely one of my favorites. 2y
KarmonR I have watched many hours of tv shows and movies based on Christie books but I am not sure I have actually read one. 2y
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"His dream of a society free of corruption was like a happy meadow in which everybody, including the most corrupt, could graze for awhile."

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Windfall | Diksha Basu
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Fun read and a good way to end summer reading! #19booksofsummer

Reviewsbylola So so good!! 2y
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Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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Happy #bookloversday all! I'm loving these stories but need to go back and read My Name is Lucy Barton now.

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"I'd been so terrified of Beauty leaving that I'd done everything in my power to prevent that from happening, and it was in trying to outrun my fears that I'd manifested them; it was in trying to keep Beauty that I'd lost her, and it was in trying to hold on that I was now forced to let go."

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Pickpick

This was a fun read and very funny perspective of academia! Great way to end the #24in48 readathon!