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tkingsanchez

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 by James Patterson, Otto Penzler
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One of my "guilty-I-have-not-read-it-yet" books. My daughter is currently reading, though it has been a slow go.

SoniaC This is in my TBR as well. 6y
Simona @tkingsanchez Whenever I have to decide which book is my favorite, this one is on the top. 6y
tkingsanchez @Simona I know, it's at the top of soooo many fav list. That's why I really, really feel guilty about not having gotten lost in its pages yet. Someday, someday. 6y
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Bkwurm It took me two tries to finish--the characters aren't easy to follow, so many have the same names!--but now it's one of my favorites. GGM prose is just so beautiful. I'm carried away every time I read it. Enjoy! 6y
Spiderfelt Life is too short and the bookshelves are too deep for guilt. Let it go, let it go, let it go! 6y
Donna_sBookMinute @tkingsanchez -- I understand your feelings; but @spiderfelt is right. Recommendations are good; but I learned to go with the flow and be happy with the titles I choose -- not titles chosen for me. 6y
Cinfhen I've tried numerous times too EPIC FAIL each time 🙁😩 6y
LauraBeth Love In The Time Of Cholera is one of my all-time favorite books and yet I haven't read this one either. 6y
tkingsanchez Yeah, @Donna_sBookMinute and @Spiderfelt I definitely need to let go of the guilt. Soooo many books and soooo little time. Add to the fact I'm a slow reader and my TBR list can sometimes feel extremely antagonistic. Is there a self-help group for that? ? - "Guilt Free Reading" 6y
Bookgirl A good book but, for me, not one I would ever read again. Too much work! Then again, I may be lazy. 6y
Spiderfelt No negative labels allowed @Bookgirl. You have different priorities than those who reread religiously. I like the idea of rereading but never make the time. It's all good. 6y
Spiderfelt Using has nailed home one truth for me, there are different strokes for different folks. A book I love, you may hate. My husband loves ice cream and while I like ice cream, I love pie. Just different. So 3 cheers for guilt free reading @tkingsanchez 6y
Spiderfelt @Donna_sBookMinute I have avoided all book challenges this summer, just reading what appeals to me. No more proscriptive reading because of book clubs or friend recs. Just reading what moves me. 6y
Donna_sBookMinute @tkingsanchez - Exactly! My TBR here on Litsy mostly includes titles I'm considering. I know I won't read every last one of them. 6y
Donna_sBookMinute @Spiderfelt -- Haruki Murakam's quote says it best. "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." I'm sure he was referring to non-fiction; but it rings true for fiction too as far as I'm concerned. 6y
Spiderfelt Amen @Donna_sBookMinute! Leave it to Murakami to drop wisdom like that. 6y
Bookgirl @Spiderfelt oh I have reread many books multiple times. I just meant this particular book is a challenging read, so despite it being good, I wouldn't put in effort to read again. 6y
JPeterson Such a gorgeous book, I really loved reading it! I had taken a Latin American lit class during college, and this was on the list. But I know it's not for everyone. 😊 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is on my guilty have not read yet list too. 6y
Andi3 This book is sooo good! 6y
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Another one added to my TBR list.

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Had the delightful pleasure of stepping into the literary ring with Iris Smyles at last night's Stony Brook Southampton Writer's Conference and The Southampton Review hosted Literary Death Match. I look forward to reading her latest book, Dating Tips for the Unemployed.

MrBook Nice! 😊 6y
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While I've visited Hugo's home, and spent countless hours looking to his source of inspiration to reawaken my muse, I've yet to put aside time, in hopes of getting lost between the pages of this tale. Someday... some day.

CAGirlReading It's long but it really is worth the time 🙂 6y
wrenaymuhree Agreed, worth the time. Definitely not the story I learned from Disney as a kid! 😀 6y
Lindy I have fond memories of reading this near the fire during a rainy week on a farm in southern Spain. 6y
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LitHousewife Lovely picture! 6y
Sydsavvy Oh my heavens, do it now-not later. Especially if you've been there. Reading classics via audio is much easier so I recommend getting the audio and also on ebook or paperback for occasional reference. The spoken word hasn't changed so much, and you can drive or do other things, while you listen. 6y
MrBook You've been to his house?! Amazing. Lucky you. 6y
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Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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Taking my time with this. I'll finish it one day. Perhaps, I'm "serial" reading, as if I'd been transported back to the days of its original installments. I read, then walk away... days, weeks, months. But I always return, looking to my muse - the son of the hero I never knew I had - to inspire me.

MrBook It's a slogfest, but a festival of rambunctious fun. 6y
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Insurrections: Stories | Rion Amilcar Scott
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My TBR list is ever growing.

Donna_sBookMinute Yes. I'm going to group mine into priority levels and/or by category. They only span two or three genres. 6y
Mixedreader Currently reading! 6y
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Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!!

evelynnalfred I want to read this too. The cover is lovely. 6y
Megabooks Sold 6y
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"Woman of the air..."

Lupita.Reads Righhnhhttttt 💔❤️💔 6y
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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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This was a testosterone-filled ride, but the writing definitely grabs you and pulls you in.

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I love reading McCullough's work, it's like taking a trip through time. While it is true a majority of those who set sail for France were privileged, McCullough also highlights those for whom Paris was the only door to a road towards success ( Blackwell, Tanner, Wasburne, to name a few). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Caryl Have you read Alice Kaplan's Dreaming in French? 6y
tkingsanchez @Caryl will add it to my TBR list. Thanks. 6y
Sydsavvy I've been really wanting to read this! Must do. 6y
Nebklvr He writes nonfiction like fiction 6y
Jessthebookdragon My favorite book of his! I felt like I was there experiencing it all! 6y
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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Been meaning to read this for some time now. Oh, the arrogance and bravado... and the language. Bourdain definitely knows his way around a metaphor.

ReadingOver50 I recently read this. Definitely shocking what goes on at restaurants. 6y
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Lewis could make the inside of an empty box seem fascinating. It's the characters that always draw me in, and these characters are varied and complex. It's no wonder his books get optioned for movies. Don't wait for the movie, for you'll miss out on detailed research which makes this a page-turner.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just read his The Big Short earlier this year and I couldn't agree more, he does wonderful things with complex characters. I just picked up Moneyball, and I'll definitely be looking for this one. 6y
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Salsa Nocturna Stories | Daniel Jos Older
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These are ghost stories. Ghosts of our past, our histories, our failures, our wants and desires, what could have been, what should have been, and, unfortunately, what will never be.

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Baldwin gives us complex and layered characters. The paradox of love and hate can not only be found in the characters, but also with Paris - the city of insatiable thirst. Paris and David are both seducers of the heart. To be taken in by them, is to be forever adrift in a sea of boundless emotions.

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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"perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition."

BestOfFates Your desk looks adorable! 6y
tkingsanchez @BestOfFates Thanks! Harry Potter and Pinocchio are part of "The Watch". My Marionette Muses. 6y
Donna_sBookMinute What a reflective quote. I'll have to use it. 6y
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The Book of Harlan | Bernice L. McFadden
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Spent yesterday sick in bed finishing McFadden's The Book of Harlan. Based on actual events, Harlan exposes the reader to a period in history most thought they knew. Epic in scope, this book is a quick read, populated by beautifully flawed and tragic characters.

Notafraidofwords Did you expect that ending at all??? 6y
tkingsanchez @Notafraidofwords I was definitely waiting to see what would befall such a beautifully flawed, tragic hero. 6y
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Summer of the Cicadas | Cole Lavalais
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Been looking forward to this!

Mixedreader Just bought this! 6y
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Yankees | Phil Pepe
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Is there a Yankees fan in the house?

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Books every day, all day. Just because I own and love my Kindle doesn't mean I don't love books. My severe dust allergy has made it difficult to read actual books, but it won't stop mean from loving them. Sometimes love hurts.

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara

About halfway through. I'm a slow and reflective reader, and must admit, this is an emotionally challenging read. I can't imagine what it must've been like to write. Because I tend to read beyond the page, I must walk away for long stretches. Still, a very powerful and emotional ride thus far.

bookloversnevergotobedalone I read she actually wrote it in a relatively short period of time (18 months. Here's the article http://www.vulture.com/2015/04/how-hanya-yanagihara-wrote-a-little-life.html 6y
tkingsanchez Thanks, @bookloversnevergotobedalone I'll read the entire article once I'm done with the book. I did watch her conversation with David Wheeler, yet I'm still fascinated by her process in writing such emotionally layered and damaged characters. Her writing it fast definitely sheds more insight. 6y
BibliophileBytheSea I loved this one and read it very slowly. I had a hard time getting my reading mojo back afterward as I was pretty sure I'd revert find another book that rocked my world as this one did. 6y
Seonjoon I loved this book, but I cried the whole back half (and started crying earlier but in spurts). I read it in a huge marathon because I couldn't bear dragging it out--but it's one of my favorites and stays with me. 6y
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A book which introduced me to a hero I never knew I had.

jeff Thanks for sharing. Huge Count and Dumas fan and would love to learn about the man who inspired him. Jumping on my TBR! 📚 6y
tkingsanchez @jeff he was a real tragic hero. I've been stalking the entire family for the past few years. Got the chance to visit their home town in France. 6y
jeff Have to put that on my literary tour bucket list. 6y
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Liberty Love this book!!! 6y
CateKeesling I forgot I wanted to read that!! 6y
Daisey This book is fantastic and the one that made me realize how much I like listening to biographies on audio! 6y
Vblancsbooks Loved this book! So much I didn't know! 6y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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This book here... so many, many feels. Wow, the hits just keep coming.

BibliophileBytheSea Favorite book ever - evoked so many emotions! 6y
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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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If life is about choices, Chopin does an amazing job detailing the choices of one woman's path of awakening to what life has in store. I have a Love/Frustration/Come On Really, relationship with Edna. I've reread this book so many times over the past 20 years. It's like an old friend.

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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The reading list grows.

kdwinchester At some point, you have to wonder if you stacks all the books up, would they all be as tall as the Empire State Building? 6y
tkingsanchez Probably taller. 😁 6y
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Kindred is a powerful piece of writing which goes way beyond the cursory questioning of slavery. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
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This book walks a thin line with satire. On the mere surface, this is a funny little book about slavery and John Brown, but it's so much more than this. It demands the readers attention and willingness to dig deeper. Onion is such a layered character - as his name suggests.

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The Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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An extremely slow read, but practice makes... well, a slow read.

Lylah I'm reading this in English right now and quite frankly I'm impressed you're making progress at all in French! 6y
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The Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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Practicing French with my literary muse.

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I love getting beautiful things in the mail. A little more Literary Magazine Love. Carve Magazine Winter 2016

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Tin House Magazine | McCormack Communications
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A little Lit Mag Love.

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This would make an amazing movie. The star of this book is, by far, Pedro Albizu Campos. A must read for any student and lover of history.

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Bird's coverage of Oppenheimer is sweeping and epic. A tragic hero and his rise and fall to greatness. One of my all-time favorite books.

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy

"What happens cannot be manipulated, refuses to be controlled. But what we acknowledge as having occurred, what we tell others, can metastasize, grow ubiquitous overnight."

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty

"That's the problem with history, we like to think it's a book-that we can turn the page and move the f**k on. But history isn't the paper it's printed on. It's memory, and memory is time, emotions, and song. History is the things that stay with you."

todd Powerful and true. Thanks for sharing! 7y
Britleah Fantastic quote 6y
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Into the Go-Slow | Bridgett Davis
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"But Detroit was home, where all the memories of her big sister were rooted."

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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Learned so much about the beauty of bees.

todd They're fascinating. There's a Roald Dahl short story on bees that taught me what I know. This sounds like an interesting read too! 7y
tkingsanchez Thanks, Todd. I added the book to my To Read list. 7y
Yossarian Yes! I also learned that spiders can see the future! Who knew? 7y
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"Who could think that a person's entire being is housed in a finger or a hip bone or in a small piece of a skull..."

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Warmest December | Bernice L McFadden

"That's who we were, Wharton meadows on the verge of new growth."

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The Book of Harlan | Bernice L. McFadden
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Got my hands on this gem.

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