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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Great, heart wrenching, sad, inspiring book. Really, really good.

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I love that the science behind trees affirms the Tolkien characterization of Ents 😁 I listened to the audiobook, which I wouldn‘t necessarily recommend. Not because the reader wasn‘t great (he was!) but because I lost focus in the jargon. The writing was excellent. He related trees to humans so we can get them more. Lots of learning happened here.

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This poem is adorable

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This description makes me happy 😹

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There are whiskers on the spine of this book 😹

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Of course I love the book itself - it‘s always been my favorite of the series. But I was disappointed with this illustrated edition. I enjoyed the first three but this one comparatively had very few illustrations and the ones that were there made me wonder why. Seemed like there were a lot better options of things to illustrate. Kinda bummed.

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Sirius is the best 🥰

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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This was a cute, enjoyable, wise book about growing up in and continuing to love the South and all the stories and traditions that go along with it. Listened to Reese Witherspoon narrate her own book 😄which made it that much better.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon

Doorknobs and handles are the jewelry of your house.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon

People think that caring about silly things like cooking or fashion is mutually exclusive with serious politics. But my mother and grandmother and their friends taught me that finding pleasure at home, whether it was in a family dinner, or a book club, or a backyard barbecue, can give us the strength to go out into the world and do incredible things.

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I keep up with all the Vampire Chronicles, but this one was hard to get through. So much of the book was devoted to these alien creatures that inhabited Atlantis with background on Amel. I feel odd saying this but there‘s way too much mushy love going on among the vampires. I‘m all for love but she says it so much that it belittles it to me. In any case, I got my copy at THE Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, and Anne Rice signed it 🤩

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An inspirational and affirming read. As someone looking to have children soon and not leaving my job, hearing the advice on doing both was helpful to me and to share with my husband. The statistics were frustrating and enlightening. I especially found it interesting that there is no difference in child well being with a stay at home mom versus a working mom. And unfortunately true that queen bee women bring us all down.

TrishB I haven‘t read so it‘s only a personal comment, but I think it‘s about choice and being happy with that that has the biggest influence on your children! Also, there is never a perfect solution or upbringing! 3mo
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The orchestra is generating a soul 😊🎼🎻

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This was more business-oriented rather than music-oriented, which was disappointing. The author is opinionated and judgmental in language rather than objective in writing. It felt more about Brian Epstein than the Beatles themselves. It certainly gets into the dark and dirty aspects of the Beatles and felt more negative than positive. Overall, disappointing and unsettling.

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My haul from the Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans. I got to see the houses Anne Rice lived in, the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 where some of Interview with the Vampire was filmed, and you‘re seeing correctly that I bought a signed first edition of Anne Rice‘s latest addition to the Vampire Chronicles 🤩

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The Perfume Collector | Kathleen Tessaro
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1. Real book - Jurassic Park, Audiobook - The Perfume Collector
2. The Gentleman‘s Guide to Vice and Virtue
3. Moving into dorms (so weird at 29!) to start the first leg of my Masters of Music Education degree!

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Life, uh, finds a way

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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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I loved this book (listened to the audiobook). As a fantasy/sci-fi nerd myself, this version of Cinderella really resonated with me. I appreciated that even though it‘s YA, it was still well-written and not too young. Very clever parallels to the fairy tale.

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‘the flesh we are working off was put on with grave pleasure‘

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From ‘Ugly Things (A Song)‘ by Teresita Fernández

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From ‘Trying on for Size‘ by Mary Dorcey

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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I just had a really hard time with the scary abusive David (Bay‘s father). Sydney‘s experiences were horrifying.

DebinHawaii I really love this book but yes, those scenes are hard to read. 6mo
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Found this first edition at a library book sale and knew about it from reading Queen Elizabeth II‘s biography as the betrayal of Crawfie. She spilled all the royal personal life here and was disowned by the royal family. Rightfully so! And yet I still really enjoyed reading it. And feel bad about it 😩 A beautiful telling of a beautiful family.

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Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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This was recommended to me years ago and finally got around to listening to it. Love Ron Perlman‘s voice and his acting but his reading is a little one-note. I love reading all kinds of vampire fiction so this was definitely a different spin on vampires. I appreciated the viral, disease aspect and yet still has that old-world mythology. Even so, probably won‘t continue with the rest as it is kind of zombie-like and the characters were okay.

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Life in a palace rather resembles camping in a museum.

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Pygmalion and Major Barbara | George Bernard Shaw
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Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby. That‘s me (well, woman). Teaching music!

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Pygmalion and Major Barbara | George Bernard Shaw
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Mhmmmm

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Adventures of Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi
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Got this edition in Florence at the Accademia! Disney made Pinocchio into a Swiss or German or something. Italians are proud that Pinocchio is from Florence! Anyway, read this one after bringing it back. Darker than I expected, which I guess I should know given that Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen get dark. Very frustratingly stupid marionette boy but he does FINALLY figure himself out of course.

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This book was excellent. Rich, imperfect characters. Well-timed information-revealing. So many layers of meaning to the themes. Love the perspectives of child versus adult in this gossipy British suburb. And justice is delivered in the end!

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I love this writing! This quote is about Mrs. Morton.

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The piano as the beast with 88 teeth! 🎹