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Smarkies

Joined May 2016

Love of books (and calligraphy) 😄
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Something a little lighter to balance out my heavier reads this year. Definitely hit that spot.
Also part of the #roll100 for this month.

Eggs One of my favorites 😻 love these characters ❤️📚❤️ 6d
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A surprisingly raw book. I have not watched the movie but from what I read that has more romance than the book portrayed.
#mentalhealth #mentalillness
Picked this book up because of #bookspin

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This was a hard book to get through because of the subject matter - I see aging in myself and those I love around me. But it is a very important book to read regarding the subject matter.
A definite pick for me.

Nutmegnc I saw him in person ( precovid!) and he discussed the circumstances around writing this book and the situation of healthcare in general and end of life care. He was a really interesting speaker. 1w
Smarkies @Nutmegnc what a treat! 1w
tokorowilliamwallace @Nutmegnc This is neat. I got to see two author lectures of their books and lives from local public library events when I lived just outside the Baltimore city line (Christina Dalcher and Eric R. Thomas), and a 3 hour 'ego depth work in the second half of life' lecture by Washington, D.C. Jungian analyst literally right before the pandemic hit and the shut down began, and I'm so glad I got to experience those! Orlando public library system step up 1w
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batsy I really want to read this. But caring for an aging mother who was recently ill—feel like it might hit too close to home at the moment. I keep putting it off. 1w
Smarkies @batsy it was really hard for me to get through the first few chapters. I really had to space out my reading of it because at times I was quite "stressed" by what he was explaining. 1w
Nutmegnc @batsy yeah, with the pandemic, I‘m pretty much at my emotional max. I‘m so sorry you‘re dealing with family health problems on top@of that. 1w
batsy @Smarkies I get what you mean and thanks for mentioning that! I will read it but will try to attempt it when I'm feeling ready. 1w
batsy @Nutmegnc Thank you for your kind words. And yes, I feel most people are at their capacity with the stress of the last two years. I hope it gets better for all of us. 1w
Nutmegnc @batsy We can only hope. 1w
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Not my favourite Discworld book but it definitely still had a ton of humour. It was just a little too choppy for me. Maybe if I had read Faust I would have appreciated this more?
1st book off the list for #roll100 @PuddleJumper 😁

PuddleJumper Whoo! That's great! 3w
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Diggers | Terry Pratchett
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I enjoyed this second book in the series more than the first. The numerous nomes have seemed to grow on me. 😂
Read this as my #doublespin for January!
@thearomaofbooks

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I enjoyed the first 2 books more. 😞
Valente does have a flowery writing style which carries on to this book. As usual she draws from classic children books but the plot in this was a bit convoluted and September seemed to lack some agency in her choices.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 What‘s the series called? 4w
Smarkies @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 it's called "Fairyland" on Goodreads 4w
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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm for this #jolabokaflodswap 🤗🤗
Love the chocolate choice too!
Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organising this swap.

Cathythoughts So lovely 🥰 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy 😉. Merry Christmas! 🎄💕 1mo
Smarkies @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie! Same to you and your family! 1mo
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The story follows the life of two siblings after the partition of #Bangladesh - the repercussions of the war as well as the rise of radical Islamisation.
Read for #readingasia2021 and also my December #bookspin

@thearomaofbooks

BarbaraBB I read this book too for Bangladesh! 1mo
Smarkies @BarbaraBB I picked it up because I saw it on yours! 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB Ha 😘 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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An short odd one. The story is of a friendship that blossoms into something real. But I did not get a handle on Jennifer's motivations for acting the way she did.

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Unnatural Death | Dorothy Leigh Sayers
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Another witty book by the author. Lord Peter Wimsey is just so droll. 😁
The mystery itself was not the most riveting but the humour made up for it.

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Painting as a Pastime | Winston S. Churchill
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Churchill's thoughts on painting as a hobby. Picked this up after reading a biography on him earlier this year.
Read for #doublespin for December @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Holes | Louis Sachar
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I was not sure what I was getting into with this book. The story took a while to gel together and at times I kept wanting it to move along a little bit faster. But all in all a fairly enjoyable read.
Read for #bookspin for November.
@TheAromaofBooks

Sharpeipup The movie does it Justice 2mo
Smarkies @Sharpeipup I'll look it up. 😁 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Received this parcel! Looking forward to opening it for #jolabokaflodswap @erzascarletbookgasm
@MaleficentBookDragon

erzascarletbookgasm 👏😊 2mo
batsy 😍🎄 2mo
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November was a slow reading month but I am trying to slowly ease into year end and try and finish up some of the books that I have on my nightstand.
Have lightened my #bookspinbingo list for December a little in light of that. Let's see how that will work out.
@thearomaofbooks

Bklover I loved Ten Thousand Doors of January! 2mo
Smarkies @Bklover have heard good things about it! Will hopefully get to it in December. If not, there is always next year. 😁 2mo
Bookwormjillk Dusk is on my list for December too 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! The two Konigsburg books you have listed are two of my all-time favorites. 2mo
Smarkies @TheAromaofBooks I bought a whole set. Thinking that they could be lighter reads for December. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've read several of her books and there were a couple I didn't care for and a couple that I felt meh about, but those The Mixed Up Files and The View From Saturday I just love and have read several times each. The Mixed Up Files I first read when I was maybe 11 or 12 and was completely enamored with the idea of running away from my amazingly happy home! 😂 2mo
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Seven Years in Tibet | Heinrich Harrer
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Captures a time and place that has gone / been destroyed. Enjoyed reading of this time in history through the author's eyes.
Read for #readingasia2021 #tibet
Highly recommended.

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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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A humourous witty take of finding out your husband is having an affair.
The introduction to this edition is written by Ephron - in which she sets the backstory of the book and how it is "thinly veiled"
Read for #blackjack21 for #booked2021

EvieBee I love what Virago did with this design! 3mo
Smarkies @EvieBee me too! It captures the different aspects of the book so well. 3mo
ReadingEnvy The audio is read by Meryl Streep! 3mo
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I found this book to be a frank discussion on the Jewish view point whilst still acknowledging the Palestinian one. There are some replies from the Arab / Palestine viewpoint online which were enlightening as well.
Read for #palestine #readingasia2021
Read also for November's #bookspin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Am in again for November's #bookspinbingo
Am slowing my reading down as we approach the year end so in these 2 months am going to try and complete some challenge reads and then call it a year well read.
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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Into Thin Air | John Pilkington
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Walking across North West #Nepal , the not so well trodden part of the Himalayas, the author braved gorges, blizzards, river crossings. Armed with a map that turned out to be wrong (owing to not well trodden issue) he managed to make it to the Indian frontier.
A slim book read for #readingasia2021

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The Lotterys Plus One | Emma Donoghue
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A middle grade book about living in a blended family when a grandparent suffering for dementia is absorbed into the family. Between a pick and a soso as I found that the story dragged on a bit in the middle.

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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An interesting quirky premise - an alternative timeline where literature crime is a lucrative business. However (and it could be my current headspace), I found the book a bit too meta and unfocused for my reading space right now.

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Tuesdays at the Castle | Jessica Day George
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A fun middle grade read about a princess and her family who live in a magical castle. Lots of hijinks ensue when there is an attempted coup.
Definitely picking up the second book in the series.
Read this as part of my #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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A memoir that intertwines with nature. Jessica Lee tells us the history of her mother's family after she finds some documentation her grandfather left behind. She journeys to Taiwan to delve into her roots and realises how she has been skirting her heritage.
I also enjoyed the narrator of this audiobook but this book was a soft pick as the story itself was a bit flat.
Read this for #bookspin and #readingasia2021 for #taiwan
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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A YA fun read for #charactersarefrenemies for #booked2021. This book is the third in the Dimple and Rishi series but they can be read separately.

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Jamilia | Chingiz A?tmatov
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A quiet love story - the one that approaches quietly. The short novella was a good read and my heart was twisted by the emotional way the central Asia landscape was described.
Read for #readingasia2021 for #Kyrgyzstan

BarbaraBB I liked this one too. 4mo
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I can't believe I have read 2 books about Genghis Khan this year (when I knew next to nothing about him prior to this year 😂)! This one also covers Genghis Khan's descendants and how they helped shape China and the rest of the world.
Read this for #readingasia2021 . It covers alot of countries but I think I will be using it for #Uzbekistan as this was one of the places that Genghis conquered

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It may be the case of the author preaching to someone who already believes in the idea - but I really enjoyed the book and strongly believe in the point he puts forward - Eat Food. Not too much.Mostly Plants.
Definitely recommended if you are interested in understanding food vs nutrients.

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Joining in for the next month for #bookspinbingo . This month am trying to continue my progress for readingasia2021
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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The Fisherman King | Kathrina Mohd Daud
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Weaving a Bruneian legend into a story of a fisherman, the author really managed to hold my attention as she switched between the two. Am thankful for this local-ish publisher that brings these South East Asian voices to the masses.
#ownvoices #brunei #readingasia2021
@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB This sounds like a good choice and the reason we participate in the challenge, to find those local voices. I feel always lucky when I find such a book! 4mo
Librarybelle This one is on my to read list! 4mo
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An engaging travelogue in Arabia which the author crosses the countries in the Arabian peninsula
Read this for #readingasia2021 . I may have to count this for multiple countries if I can't get to them this year. :)
Also as my September #bookspin
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one a lot! One of my favorites for #ReadingAsia2021! 4mo
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A charming book about the birth of a superhero and how it changes (illuminates? 😬) the lives of those around it.

wanderinglynn I love Kate DiCamillo‘s books 💜 4mo
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Terms and Conditions | Ysenda Maxtone Graham
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A snapshot of a time (1939 - 1979) and "place" (girls' boarding-schools) in Britain. Written with humour, it is a social study of its time.
Read this as my #doublespin for September.
@TheAromaofBooks
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Ruthiella I‘ve heard only great things about this book! 5mo
LeahBergen I loved this one. 👍 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Even if I don't like the book much, I always LOVE reading a Slightly Foxed edition! Why are they so perfect?? 5mo
Smarkies @TheAromaofBooks so true! These little bound copies are really a keepsake. 😁 5mo
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I am so happy I picked this for #northkorea for #readingasia2021 . I was hooked from the beginning as Demick manages to make this a moving narration of the North Koreans. It is amazing how a few people can have such a hold on a country.
Highly recommended.
@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle I have this one stacked already. Great choice! 5mo
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Poetry is generally not my strong suit but Rumi is one I have in my collection. He could possibly have either been born in #Tajikistan or #afghanistan . So am counting this as a check for #readingasia2021 for Tajikistan :)
Also read for #booked2021 #bookofpoetry
@Cinfhen, @BarbaraTheBibliophage, @BarbaraBB, @librarybelle @4thhousefromtheleft

Cinfhen Rumi is one of the most respected poets 💕wonderful choice 5mo
Librarybelle Great choice! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I didn‘t know that about his origins. Cool! 5mo
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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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The first book in this series featuring the Night Watch. So much fun!

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I appreciated the points the author put forward in the book - we can always question the assumptions we hold and we should try to make our disagreements more task related vs relationship related.
#booked2021
#newin2021

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I'm in again for the next #bookspinbingo :)
Loading it with audiobooks as well as possibilities for readingsia.
@thearomaofbooks

rsteve388 I have read four of the books on your spin bingo and they are excellent. Enjoy! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Ghachar Ghochar | Vivek Shanbhag
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A novella about a family who has newly come into wealth. It tackles topics such as capitalism, corruption, marriage, women's standing in society and money within this slim volume.
Read for #booked2021 for #under150pages and #india for #readingasia2021
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Cinfhen Sounds good!! 5mo
Librarybelle Hooray for reading this one for a couple of challenge prompts! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like an intense read. 🇮🇳 5mo
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A fantasy / magical realism book that is based in #malaysia and written for Malaysians. Local language is interspersed liberally with English - the way Malaysians talk to each other.
Originally I thought that this was a YA novel from the book cover but it was definitely not 😂. Has LGBTQ content.
#booked2021#nameofacolorinthetitle

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I'm Not Here to Give a Speech | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Read for #latinxauthor for #booked2021. This compilation of speeches shows what a champion Marquez was for Latin America and especially for his country #Columbia.

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The Monk of Mokha | Dave Eggers
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The story of how Yemeni coffee was brought to the recognition of coffee connoisseurs. This book covers coffee history and some Yemeni history as well through the life of Mokhtar Alkhanshali.

Read for #Yemen for #ReadingAsia2021 as well as for my August #bookspin
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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This series has some of the most lyrical writing I have encountered in a middle grade / young adult fantasy writing. The author weaves together fairytales and adventure in a tale that completely hooked me as I was definitely invested in the ending.
Read as my #doublespin for August.
@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I've been meaning to read this series forever!! 6mo
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The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
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I didn't expect this book to be such a lark and a wonderful romp. Pleasantly surprised at how this subject was tackled by the author.

SamAnne This has been on my TBR for a long time! 6mo
Smarkies @SamAnne it has actually sat on mine since 2015. 😂😂 Only picked it up because I want to watch the mini series. 6mo
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Picked up for #booked2021 #containsphotos .This photographer's journey through Malaysia capturing scenes in #malaysia made me tear up a little as what will be left of it after this pandemic?
The photographs were beautiful, the corresponding paragraphs captured the view points of the subjects.

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Another month another #bookspin list
I managed to tick off a whole bunch of books in July (plus I DNF-ed a couple)
This month's list is the usual mix of challenge reads as well as series that I would like to make my way through.

@thearomaofbooks

Megabooks 20 is an all-time fav! 6mo
Smarkies @Megabooks am reading that for north Korea for Reading Asia. 😁 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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A set of short stories by a Sri Lankan author about Sri Lankans in and out of the country. It covered a wide range of experiences but with all short story collections some landed better than others.
Finally managed to read this book after purchasing it during a holiday to that country a few years ago. 😂😂
Read for #readingasia2021 #srilanka
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

BarbaraBB I love reading books set in places I visited. Maybe this brought back a bit of Sri Lanka! 6mo
Smarkies @BarbaraBB definitely! Some places that were mentioned are places we visited. 6mo
Librarybelle Oh! My kind of book…stacking! 6mo
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A borderline pick because the author managed to put the information in an interesting manner. But the main issue I had with this was that it was not so much about the one “orchid thief“ that she was trying to highlight but also about the many throughout the centuries, making it a bit too tangential.

Tamra Have you seen the movie yet? 6mo
Smarkies @Tamra I only found out about it from the threads in Litsy on the book. So am now going to hunt for it. 😁 6mo
Tamra @Smarkies I enjoyed it. 😊 6mo
SamAnne I'm not a big Susan Orlean fan but I LOVED the movie based on her book Adaptation. 6mo
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The Widows | Jess Montgomery
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I don't think I would have picked up this book but I needed something for #appalachiannoir and I struggle with any prompt with noir in the title. 😂😂
This was a decent historical fiction set in a coal mining town where the central characters are two widows - one who recently lost her husband due to a rogue shooting and the other who lost her daughter. Could there be a connection between two losses?
#booked2021

Ruthiella Yay! I‘m glad it was a pick for you! 😀 6mo
Smarkies @Ruthiella thanks for highlighting this for #booked2021. 😁 6mo
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Johnathan and Shelley are 2 unexceptional children. So unexceptional that their "super power" is being infinitely forgettable. ?
I enjoyed this better than the first book in the series. The jokes / quips were better and the storyline was more fleshed out.

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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story | Nora Raleigh Baskin
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A middle grade book about 9-11. Simply written but still packed some emotional depth where needed.
Read for #booked2021 for #relatedto911
@Cinfhen @Barbara @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft This was the book that introduced my daughter to the 9/11 events a few years ago, it was great for that purpose! 6mo
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