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The Clay Girl
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
A stunning and lyrical debut novel Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, shes severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her fathers legacy and her mothers addictions, testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. Ari spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families the one shes born in to and the one she creates.
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Itchyfeetreader
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This book is so many things I don‘t like - poetic language and a story of the terrible things people do to children. However I loved it - Ari is a fabulous, sadly old before her time protagonist and I found the language beautiful and hopeful. I think this is one that will stick.

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Itchyfeetreader
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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This book is so many things I don‘t like - poetic language and a story of the terrible things people do to children. However I loved it - Ari is a fabulous old before her time protagonist and I found the language beautiful and hopeful. I think this is one that will stick.

TorieStorieS I also was surprised by how much I loved this one!! 2mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
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@TheReadingMermaid

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Kalalalatja
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I can‘t remember if Ari has to worry about #WhenIKissedtheTeacher or if she‘s just crushing real hard on him. No matter what, Ari‘s teacher ends up having a positive influence on her rather chaotic life.

#ABBAinAugust

Cinfhen This has been on my TBR list for a few years!!! 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen the writing style was weird, but once I got into it, I was surprised by how much I liked it 👍 1y
Mdargusch This one sounds heartbreaking. 1y
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emilyhaldi Wow the book description on this one! 😳 I‘m in. #stacked 1y
Kalalalatja @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi it was really devastating! 💔 1y
Reviewsbylola Poor Ari sounds like she had the most tragic life. 1y
Meredith3 This cover is enough to make me wanna read it! 1y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola even half of what she experienced is too much 😢 @Meredith3 and it has a pretty cool family tree on the inside flap, too 👌 1y
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Kalalalatja
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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Ari Appleton gets a #tickettoride back and forth across Canada, between love and safety, and abuse and hate. She gets placed in the care of relatives who love her, but then taken away again at the whim of her unstable mother, and this keeps happening throughout her life.

#HeyJune

readinginthedark That sounds so sad! 2y
Cinfhen This does sound sad @readinginthedark 💔 2y
JaclynW Sounds like a sad story for sure. Beautiful globe! 2y
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Sarah83 Love everything about the picture 😍💖 2y
SilversReviews Beautiful photo. 2y
Kalalalatja @readinginthedark @Cinfhen @JaclynW it is really, really sad and tragic, but also with a lot of love and hope ❤️ @Sarah83 @SilversReviews thanks you two! 2y
Sarah83 Is it your globe? 😱 2y
Kalalalatja @Sarah83 technically, it is my boyfriend‘s. It is a globe-bar, and it is very cool! 2y
Sarah83 😍😍😍 it's really cool. I saw this once at my uncle in law's flat. So pretty. Do you know how old it is? 2y
Kalalalatja @Sarah83 it isn‘t that old, it is just vintage-looking 😉 2y
Sarah83 ☺️ pretty cool 👍 2y
KGlibrarian Love that globe! 2y
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Kalalalatja
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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How do you even begin to describe a book like this? Part A Little Life, part All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, part poetry, but still, completely its own. The writing did get a bit too poetic for me, and at times, I didn‘t even understand what I was reading. But the story about a #child dealing with too much shit trying to find some heroes in her life kept me turning the pages until the end.

#RecommendationsChallenge2018 #ReadingResolutions

ephemeralwaltz Great review and photo! 👏👏 2y
ladym30 Love the photo! 2y
Lacythebookworm I loved this one! 2y
Reviewsbylola You had me until poetry. 😂 2y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola the writing almost made it a so-so, but it pulled through at the end. But it isn‘t for everybody, that‘s for sure! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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#Thisisme spending the last day of a long weekend on the couch with a book and coffee 📖☕️

#GetMovin #currentlyreading

Cinfhen How‘s the book??? You‘ve been reading it all weekend!?!? 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Every time I see this book, my heart leaps with joy. Precious, loved it so much. Enjoy!! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it is really hard to describe! I can‘t stop reading it, but I‘m not really sure how I feel about it. I‘m about 2/3 through, and so much has happened, my mind is reeling a bit 🤯 2y
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Cinfhen Yeah, the blurb seems really intense 😬 2y
ephemeralwaltz It sounds intense!! TBR 2y
eanderson I love your plan! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m already liking this book just because of this family tree 👌

#currentlyreading

CouronneDhiver Cool - love that artwork 2y
Leniverse Wow, between that and the cover I'm tempted even if the blurb tells me it's not my favourite kind of story. Imaginary seahorse though❣️ 2y
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Kalalalatja
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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Spending the morning with a book and coffee - #thatswhatIlike. Do I have time for that right now? Noooooooooo.... but hopefully I can make this happen this weekend 🤞

#GetMovin

Cinfhen Hope you get reading time in...I‘ve been curious about this book. I‘ll be awaiting your review 2y
Soubhiville I love this cover. 2y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! Hope you find some reading time this weekend. I'm as curious as @Cinfhen !! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @ephemeralwaltz I‘m just about to open it, so I‘ll let you know! @Soubhiville it is really neat! I‘m excited to find out, if it is related to the story somehow 👍 2y
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readherwriteher
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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This might be my favourite book, ever. It was written like nothing I‘ve read, in a very long-time. The story itself could have been gritty/grizzly and under a heavier hand it could have been a very different tale. Ari is one of those characters who you want to feel sorry for but she won‘t allow it. The book is about finding your family and seeing the good, even in the worst of times. Of stepping up when it would be easier to step back. I LOVED it.

GondorGirl Great review! 2y
readherwriteher @GondorGirl it was a great book. ❤️📖 2y
Veganspacecat Thanks for the review. It sounds like the type of book I need right now, and it‘s on Hoopla through my Library! 2y
readherwriteher @Veganspacecat it is so good. The way it‘s written will make you laugh out loud at Ari. It‘s a serious book, about horrific parents, but it‘s really positive. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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Ari is such a charming, delightful character. Despite desperate living conditions and truly horrible parents, Ari thrives with the help of her sisters and the family she cobbles together for herself. The language of this book is magical. I loved it.

Lacythebookworm @Lindy Have you read this one? 2y
Cinfhen Good to know! I've been curious about this book! 2y
Lindy @Lacythebookworm No, but it sure looks good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. 2y
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CathyJ I just bought this the other day. Glad to hear you loved it! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Cinfhen @CathyJ It was completely in my wheelhouse! I love quirky characters and Ari certainly fit the bill 😍 2y
Lacythebookworm @Lindy You‘re welcome! I think you will enjoy the whimsical language. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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This is a magical, breaking my heart kind of book.

MamaGina I adored this one!🧡 2y
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Lacythebookworm
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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This book is lovely. Each chapter has an illustration of the main character‘s imaginary seahorse, Jasper. (The cover is also great.)

TricksyTails ♥️ The seahorse on the pages! 2y
rmaclean4 I am having a book hangover from the Book of Dust. I was thinking of picking this up next. 2y
Lacythebookworm @rmaclean4 This book is magical. The language. The characters. Read it! I️ don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed. 2y
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rmaclean4 I am going to start this today! I am just finishing The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night. 2y
Lacythebookworm @rmaclean4 How are you liking Jen‘s book? 2y
rmaclean4 @Lacythebookworm i am really enjoying her writing...reminds me at times of Helen Oyeyemi or Ali Smith. 2y
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rmaclean4
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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These are the books I am the most excited to get to in the last months of this year!!

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BookNAround
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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I love sea horses. Isn't this a gorgeous cover?

TricksyTails Love the cover! 2y
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mtns_of_books
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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This bookl made me smile and cry. Beautiful coming of age story. One if my fav reads this year. 5/5 stars

#theclaygirl #heathertucker #debutnovel

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Loonybin65
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This book was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. It made my heart swell with love and happiness, it made it break from sadness, and it made me want to explode with anger. Heather's writing is truly musical - all the words just rolled through my mind like a song and I could easily go back and read it again just to write down my favourite quotes. And such amazing characters. I turned the last page and I didn't want to let them go.

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thereadingwomen
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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Day 19: #ReadingWomenMonth - Canadian Authors ⠀
Set against the backdrop of 1960s Canada, THE CLAY GIRL tells the story of how the power of imagination, and human kindness, can give hope to a girl growing up in harsh world. It's one of the books we are discussing and reviewing in Ep. 23. Give it a listen before our discussion episode drops on Wednesday.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/reading-women/id1118019442?mt=2&i=1000386254...

JazzFeathers Sounds good. Snd that cover is awesome 😍 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Loved it!! 2y
Loonybin65 This was one of my favourite books of 2016. It is truly spectacular :), and I recommend it to everyone!! 2y
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MamaGina
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I simply cannot stop thinking about The Clay Girl. I've always loved coming of age stories and this one is eloquent, tender and heartbreaking ...

#TGIFGIVEAWAY

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Mamashep
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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Happy 1st birthday Reading Women podcast!

MrBook Happy birthday!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
kdwinchester Thank you! ☺️ 3y
arlenefinnigan Happy birthday! 3y
autumnprivett Thank you!!! 😍 2y
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MamaGina
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JanuarieTimewalker13 This book was amazing! 3y
MamaGina It was @JanuarieTimewalker13, Loved It❣ 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I was just looking for my review, but it's under The other Clay Girl...wonder why there are 2? 3y
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MamaGina This happened to me with another book and I figured out you can tap on title of the book on your review and edit the book so it's this one @JanuarieTimewalker13 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, thank you for that info! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm just going to leave it alone and maybe @Litsy will consolidate them, because there are other people also with reviews. (edited) 3y
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MamaGina
The Clay Girl | Heather Tucker
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Just finished and I'm an ugly sobbing mess ... Very certain this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ is my #1 book of 2017. Pretty certain after I sit with it for awhile I will decide that it is my favorite book ever❣️❣️❣️

Loonybin65 This book is spectacular :). Did you know there is going to be a sequel? I know Heather and have been bugging her to hurry up because I need more Ari!! 2y
MamaGina @Loonybin65 Yes, I'd heard there might be a sequel. Keep bugging her!!! Lol 🤓 2y
Loonybin65 I will message her right now :). 2y
Loonybin65 Ok, Heather says thank you for loving The Clay Girl, and she promises she is working hard on the sequel. 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Spectacular⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JanuarieTimewalker13 For a spot on review of this book, view MercysBookishMusings channel on YouTube. 3y
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MamaGina
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Starting tonight ...

JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm reading it right now, also...loving it! 3y
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kate_reads
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I don't have words to describe how amazing this was. The writing was GORGE. The story was heartbreaking, but uplifting at the same time. I want a personal seahorse named Jasper 💔

If you can stomach books on difficult topics, I definitely recommend.

JanuarieTimewalker13 This author is remarkable! I'm reading the book now. 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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A cuppa of Yorkshire Tea with this wonderful book! I also wanted to plug butter London nail polish bc it's vegan and fantastic. Thank you, Simon, @SavidgeReads for mentioning Yorkshire Tea! Ha! Love it and the box blurb: "Lets have a proper brew". ??❤️UPDATE: just learned my specific nail polish is not vegan....ughhh! You must buy the Patent Shine 10X for vegan polish. My apologies.

dariazeoli Ooh, Butter London polish is vegan?! This makes me happy (and puts me in a shopping mood 😬) 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 *Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea is Rain Forest Alliance Certified💚 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes! Not sure if it was Alicia Silverstone that was the source or maybe somewhere else. Their products are great!!! 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @dariazeoli oops, now I'm reading they are not entirely vegan....oh no!!! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @dariazeoli You have to buy the Patent Shine 10X- different packaging. Go to Ethical Elephant for more info... (edited) 3y
TrishB Always Yorkshire Tea 💜 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @TrishB...I'm getting my British on, bc hopefully by 2018 I will be planning a trip there! (edited) 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow! I made Iced Tea with Yorkshire and it's delish! 3y
SavidgeReads Ha glad you've discovered the delights of a proper English brew. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @SavidgeReads and it's all because of you, my dear Simon! Yes, now I can have a proper cuppa!! Although today I've made a proper lenonade after my proper iced tea. 🌞🍋🌼 3y
EvieBee 😍😍 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Canadian Author. Taken outside my library-they ordered it for me-fresh out of the delivery box. I❤️my library

UwannaPublishme Perfect photo! 👌🏻 3y
scripturient What a lovely sculpture!! 😍 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @scripturient Thank you!! Yes, I've loved it since they renovated the library and someone sculpted it for them. It's located in Shrewsbury, NJ🦋 3y
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Snakes6atx
The Clay Girl: A Novel | Tucker, Heather
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Picked this one up at the library! An imaginary seahorse!

Snakes6atx So far, this book is fantastic. 3y
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kdwinchester
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Absolutely amazing novel about survivors of child abuse and the hope and power of imagination. All the trigger warnings for this one, but man, it's so beautiful.

TorieStorieS I loved this book- and I hear a sequel is planned!!! 😁 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm super curious about this one-it's been floating around booktube a lot! Unfortunately, my library doesn't have it. May ask them to order it! 3y
Loonybin65 I can't recommend this book enough!! It is so amazing, and I read it a second time and it blew me away just as much! The subject matter is difficult, but the way the supporting characters all rally around Ari, the main character, is what will move you the most. This book will make you cry, laugh, ponder life, and even get angry. And yes, there is a sequel coming. I know the author and she promises she is working hard at it right now! 2y
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rmaclean4
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Happy Independent Bookstore day! #independentbookstoreday #booktube

Bookscatsandcountry Ooh... heard great things about Clay Girl! 3y
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Tera0707
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"I thought you weren't buying any more books this month." I have a problem. But it could be a worse problem, right? And my daughter wanted Under Rose-tainted Skies. How could I say no? ?

RadicalReader @Terarae07 what an awesome sounding book 3y
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Liberty
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Long work day. Off to bed to read for a dozen hours. Sweet dreams, Littens. 😘📚🤘🏻

monalyisha Hey! I brought this on vacation with me! Great minds. 😉🤓📖 3y
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Ramona_Quimby
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Hariet 'Ari' Appleton is not dirt but clay. A child moulded from hate, cruelty, and neglect yet, she's... spectacular. Her astounding resilience, gifts (of which there are many), and imagination sustain her and all who meet her. This book! The prose, the lyrical quality of each magical sentence, the... oh you know what, just read it. I doubt you'll be disappointed. It's glorious.

10/60

Loonybin65 I don't think anyone could be disappointed with this book. It's amazing!! 2y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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Here's a picture of a sampling of "Girl" books on my ereader. #girlinthetitle #readjanuary

suvata The Clay Girl was awesome! 👏 3y
Bette Wow! ❤️📚 3y
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suvata
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The language in this book is pure magic. The story is inspirational. Hariet is a adolescent girl who is wise beyond her years. She's had a challenging life but she finds a way to overcome, thrive in fact. I don't know whether to feel sorry for her or envy her. A little bit of both perhaps. Can't say enough good things about this book. Right up my alley!

bookishkris Good to see your review of this. I picked up a copy the other day and it's waiting for me to finish some other things first. 3y
suvata @bookishkris I hope you like it as much as I did. 3y
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Linda906 One of my very favorite quotes! 3y
suvata @Linda906 Mine too 3y
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suvata
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A little magical realism to start a new year.

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bookishkris
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Final book haul of 2016, not including the books winging their way to me from the U.K. We made an impromptu stop at one of the Tattered Cover locations yesterday, and I didn't even make it past the new in paperback shelves. I'm excited for all of these.

kspenmoll Looks like a great haul!!📚 3y
Karen.reads Big Magic is so great!! 3y
MallenNC I read and enjoyed the top two. Happy reading! 3y
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bermudaonion
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I adore this cover. #SIBA16

Soubhiville Pretty! 3y
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shawnmooney
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It's 12:45 AM in Tokyo. It's been a long day. I've had a couple drinks to unwind. And, just now,, I read the synopsis of this book: I think I might be, characterologically speaking, too faint of heart to ever tackle it. I'll have another gander in the fresh light of day tomorrow. In the meantime, what say you? (About the book, not my day.)

StephBengtson I think I need to read this! But yeah, sounds super heavy. 3y
Cinfhen This sounds good but definitely NOT light reading 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh I have this marked down to read too!! It looks tough but a good read all at the same time! 3y
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BookishFeminist Ooh I think I have an arc of this hanging around. I'll have to get to this sooner than later. Sounds difficult but good. (Sorry to hear about your day!) 3y
LeahBergen Ooph! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Sounds amazing, but a quite rough ride. 3y
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