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The story of Cyril avery from 1945 when his 16 yr old mother is hauled out of her pew by a priest + publicly humiliated as a whore in mass, through to hid final days had me at times laughing out loud to blubbing + wiping my eyes. A wonderful book that highlights the hypocrisy of religion, the definition of love,+ the fragility of humanity. I cld talk abt it for days 5*.
#Blackjack21 #booked2021 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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How I spent my Sunday. I stayed away from social media and read the whole book in one day. I haven't done that in a few years. It was the perfect light frothy romance I needed and I loved it. I'll be sure to read the next two. Another 329 pages for #NovelNovember for a total of 681 of my 700-page goal. Also #Frenemies for #Booked2021 @Andrew65 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Yay!!!! I love to unplug some days!! So glad the book delivered 🥳 4d
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Completed my summer and winter prompts for #Booked2021
#TitleIncludesLibraryorLibrarian: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
#Translated: NoFriendButTheMountains
#UNPeacekeepersAre: Salt Houses
#MusicalInstrument: ComingThroughSlaughter
#Anti-Racism: Caste
#Poetry: Here In Harlem
#Frenemies: Butter Honey Pig Bread
#Jewish: Where the Jews Aren‘t
#Blackjack21: Open Heart
#NewIn2021: Missed Connections
#HiddenGem: Chop Suey Nation

Cinfhen Woohoo!! Congrats 🎉🎊🍾 will tag you in a few days with the new link to record your prompts for the #Final2021Drawing (edited) 4d
Singout @Cinfhen Thank you! I can‘t believe I‘m done so early! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Hopefully I‘ll have it ready over the weekend. But I can‘t guarantee—with the holiday family time. Might be early next week … 4d
Cinfhen No worries @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll keep a list of who needs to be notified xx 😘 4d
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Mark of the Raven | Morgan L. Busse

Loved it, definitely some twists and a great start to a series.
@BarbaraTheBibliophage #booked2021 @4thhouseontheleft #underratedorlesserknown @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage One more checked off the list!! 👍🏻 4d
audraelizabeth @BarbaraTheBibliophage agreed, I've been catching up recently 4d
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This is a heartwarming, inspiring, humourous book written by a gay man in his early 50s who placed an ad 30 years ago seeking his first partner. He kept 13 letters from men whom he never met up with, and the book consists of their brief responses followed by longer reflections from him on gay identity, coming out, transitioning from youth to adulthood, AIDS, changes in the last 30 years, and more.
#Nonfiction2021 LGB
#Booked2021 2021book

Cinfhen This sounds great. Will keep in mind for #Booked2022 #AboutAids 5d
Singout Yes: AIDS is more of a sidebar than a core theme, as the writer, like me, was a teen when AIDS emerged and therefore wasn‘t part of the generation that was really devastated. However, he does address its impact on the community. 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very interesting! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I will definitely stack this one! 4d
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This captured my attention first because one of the narrators is Dion Graham, whose voice I love, and because it was inspired by the Spoon River Anthology. It‘s a multiplicity of rich voices, of various ages, genders, and classes, sharing their stories of life together in Harlem with its joys and struggles.
#Booked2021 #poetry

Cinfhen Dion Graham is my FAVORITE male narrator!!! LOVE his rich voice ♥️ 5d
Singout Right??? I did a search on my library site to find his readings. André Alexis is also wonderful, but he only reads his own books. 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds awesome! 4d
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I got this book recommendation from a Book Tuber I follow. She said it was a hidden gem, so I decided to use it for my #BOOKED2021 “hidden gem”. It was an interesting story and the audiobook was very good. Three lightkeepers disappeared without a trace. There were 2 timelines: when it happened and 20 years later. You hear the words of the 3 women left behind given to a writer. Solve it? #136 #BookSpinBingo #3 #BFC21 #BOOKED2021 #NovelNovember

Cinfhen Great choice 😊 5d
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick! Yay BookTube! 5d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This one is on my TBR as well!! 5d
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Dog Songs | Mary Oliver
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A great book of heartwarming poems about dogs. I don't usually read poetry, but I enjoyed this. #Booked2021 #poetry #NovelNovember - total so far 352 pages. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Andrew65

Cinfhen Mary Oliver is meant to be wonderful- still haven‘t read any of her work yet 🙈 6d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 (edited) 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love Mary!! Her work is so introspective and I love how deeply she connects to nature. 5d
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Open Heart | Elie Wiesel

This was short and beautiful: a significant Holocaust survivor's reflection on having had open-heart surgery at age 82 and the questions, fears, memories, and values it raised. He looks at whether he has done enough, his relationship with his father and son, his relationship with his own body, and desire for a future that might not come.
#Booked2021 #Blackjack21
#Nonfiction2021 #SomethingAboutHope

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Hey, guys. So I know I just sort of disappeared last week. My father passed away last Friday and I decided I needed to take some time off to process things. But in true Capricorn fashion it‘s time for me to get back to work. I‘m a workaholic and an overthinker. If I just sit and think I will literally make myself miserable. So it‘s time for a book chat. I‘ve been throwing myself into completing my reading goals. How are you reading goals going?

Moonprismpower I‘m sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing okay. I don‘t really set goals but I like to fill my planner with the books I‘ve read. Im currently listening to Under the Whispering Door, it‘s sort of a Scrooge story I think. And I‘m feeling like a couple books a month is very successful. I set my goodreads to 42 so that every year I surpass it! 1w
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 1w
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Kdgordon88 I‘m sorry for your loss but I the need to stay moving. I just finished my book goal of 175 books last night and have one more book to read to complete #Booked2021. Take care! 1w
QuietlyLaura I‘m so sorry for your loss. Make sure you take time to care for yourself. 💕 1w
SamanthaMarie I am so sorry. How are you doing today? ♡ My current book goal is to get my reading log set up. I bought one in PDF form so I need to print, three hole punch, and put it into a binder. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔🙏🏻 1w
Jas16 I am so deeply sorry for your loss. 1w
RaeLovesToRead I'm so sorry to hear about your father 💔 and I really hope you're doing alright ❤ 1w
RaeLovesToRead One of my goals this year was to do the popsugar reading challenge and I've done absolutely crap at it (not even half way..) Still can't wait till the 2022 prompts are announced. Also I've nearly met my Goodreads goal of 70 books so that's a positive 😊 Sorry again for your loss. Sending hugs 💕 1w
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry about your father, Megan! 😢 I lost my father earlier this year. If it helps, I have found thinking of the good memories really did ease the pain some. Sending healing energy to you and your family at this time! 🙏 1w
Avanders I‘m so sorry for your loss 🙏🏽♥️ 1w
Amiable My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. It‘s hard to lose a parent. Sending hugs. 7d
wanderinglynn I‘m so sorry for your loss. It‘s hard to lose one‘s father. Sending healing energy and {hugs} 🤍🕯 7d
TheAromaofBooks I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you're able to spend some time with family, sharing good memories. ❤ 7d
Ruthiella You have my condolences. ❤️ 7d
TheLibrarian I‘m so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 7d
TheRiehlDeal Sorry for your loss. 💔 7d
kplovesbooks So sorry for your loss. 💔 7d
Reggie I‘m so sorry to hear about your dad. 7d
wildwoodreads @Moonprismpower Thanks! And that is awesome! 4d
wildwoodreads @Kdgordon88 Thank you! And that‘s awesome. It‘s so satisfying to complete goals! 4d
wildwoodreads @SamanthaMarie Thank you! I‘m doing pretty well. He had such a hard year full of pain so to know he‘s at rest now helps some. I miss him but he‘s no longer hurting. And that is so cool. I love to log my reading as well! 4d
wildwoodreads @RaeLovesToRead Thank you so much! And I know what you mean. I wanted to complete the Book of the Month challenge but I forgot about it two months in. So I‘m giving up on that one. 😂😂😂 4d
wildwoodreads @DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the kind words! I‘m sorry for your loss as well! 💕 4d
SamanthaMarie @wildwoodreads It's really hard to see our loved ones in pain. I'm glad you have some comfort now that he's not in pain anymore. Thank you for sharing with all of us your hard thing I hope you have felt support and love in all spheres of your life. ♡ 4d
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