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BarbaraJean
An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Another belated #MakeMeReadIt review—book 2 completed from my pile of 6. And this was another pick! I was impressed by how deeply this explored the impact incarceration had on a just-begun marriage. I definitely had Opinions on each character‘s actions, but Jones also made me feel deeply for each one. And while it is about a wrongful conviction—and more broadly, mass incarceration—those issues are more of a backdrop than the focus of the novel.

Tonton Next on my TBR 2w
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BarbaraJean
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This was lovely—both charming and heartbreaking in turn. I enjoyed the WWI-era English village setting, while at the same time being infuriated by its of-the-time sexism, prejudice, and petty politics. The novel is packed with great characters, and I especially loved the main character: strong, intelligent, independent Beatrice Nash. This was my third book finished for #MakeMeReadIt—another fantastic pick!

Nute I haven‘t read this book but I thoroughly enjoyed Helen Simonson‘s first novel, Major Pettigrew‘s Last Stand, and for the same reason that you liked this book...endearing characters. 2w
BarbaraJean @Nute Oh, I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed Major Pettigrew! It‘s been on my shelf a little longer than this one, but I was enticed to read this one first, seasonally, because of the “summer” in the title! 2w
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OriginalCyn620
Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen
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My first #makemereadit was a success! I know I‘m extremely late to the party but I loved this book! The ending gave me all the feels. 😊🐘
#popsugarreadingchallenge

brit91 I'm glad you loved it! It's one of my favorites as well!😍📚 2w
sprainedbrain I was late to the party, but I loved it too! 😊 2w
MelissaSue81 I was meh for most of this book but the ending redeemed it. 2w
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BarbaraJean
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This is an amazing book. It was the top pick in my #MakeMeReadIt lineup, and I‘m so glad I finally read it. I had some reservations about the way it wraps up in the end, but I‘m still thinking about the characters & the ideas two weeks later. The writing is masterful. And it is SO hilarious. I don‘t know how Irving pulls it off, this balance of comedy and tragedy and depth, but it‘s wonderful.

BarbaraJean And I also basically hate all the covers that are out there. The dressmaker‘s dummy is the best of the ones I‘ve seen, but why are so many of these covers such a mismatch for the feel of the story?! Or just boring? I think the “Hey, let‘s slap an armadillo on it” cover is the one I hate the most... (edited) 3w
TrishB I have the armadillo one 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ it‘s dreadful. 3w
Freespirit I read this book about 15 years ago and I still remember it clearly...for me that‘s the sign of a great read😍 3w
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Lcsmcat I‘ve had the same thought about the covers. (Mine is the one on the bottom right.) But, try as I might, I can‘t come up with a _good_ cover idea. Someone ought to try! #ArtistsOfLitsy? Anyone out there have an amazing cover idea? 3w
AmyG I have the armadillo one, too....though it‘s a bit beat up. This is one on my most favorite books ever. ❤️ (edited) 3w
sprainedbrain Yes! Amazing book. ❤️ 3w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Such an amazing book, glad you liked it (and finally read it - "hole in your education" as we would say in Afrikaans although it sounds pretty dumb in English) 4d
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook You know, in English (perhaps just in American!) I think we would say “gap in your education”—so not that different! 4d
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BarbaraJean
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I thought my August TBR was going to be a little more under control than July was. But no. Here we have two chunksters for book clubs, three leftover from #MakeMeReadIt, two books for my poetry project, and four examples of my inability to control myself at the library.

Any thoughts on the tagged book? It‘s my library‘s book club pick, and I‘m conflicted after having seen the #MeToo accusations about Alexie.

Caroline2 Ohhhhh we need to talk about Kevin is sooooo good!!! 👍🏻 3w
BarbaraJean @Caroline2 Yes, it is!!!! It‘s a re-read for me—reading it with my book club and I‘m hoping it goes over well, given how harrowing the story is! 🤞🏼 3w
Lcsmcat ❤️ Calypso! 3w
RamsFan1963 I received a copy of We Need To Talk About Kevin as a birthday gag gift. They thought it was funny since that's my first name. 3w
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BarbaraJean
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I‘m woefully behind on reviews—but here‘s my July reading. Lots of fantastic reads! Owen Meany will definitely stay with me the most, but other favorites were: Life on Mars, Ink & Bone, Quiet Girl, and An American Marriage. I only finished two for #MakeMeReadIt, but will continue in August!

📚Fiction: 2 🏺SFF: 2 🔥YA SFF: 3 🗯Comic/Graphic Novel: 1 🖋Poetry: 2 🔎Mystery: 1

🏫Library: 7 📚TBR: 3 💸Purchased: 1

🎧 Audio: 2 📕Print: 4 💻eBook: 5

Daisey Great stats! I enjoyed Ink & Bone; at some point I should read the rest of the series. 3w
BarbaraJean @Daisey Thank you! I really liked Ink & Bone, and though I‘ve enjoyed the other two, the first is the best of the lot so far. They all end with enough of a cliffhanger that I‘ve been pulled immediately into the next! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 💕📚💕 3w
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OriginalCyn620
Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen
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Water For Elephants is the winner of yesterday‘s #MakeMeReadIt post! 14 votes were cast and both books had 7 votes each. So, I asked my friend @MallenNC to be the tiebreaker, and she said pick the one with the least number of pages!

Samplergal It‘s so good. 3w
Andrew65 A great choice! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I suspect you‘ll enjoy it too! 3w
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rretzler I enjoyed it. 3w
MallenNC I hope you like it! Happy to help with the decision. 3w
sprainedbrain Hope you love it! 3w
brit91 Yay I hope you love it! I know I did!!😍📚 3w
Gezemice Enjoy! 3w
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kaysworld1
The Prison Doctor | Dr Amanda Brown
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As July is coming to an end here is my round up of my #MakeMeReadIt #Readathon book's

READ - In my own words by mother Teresa
READ - we were always here by Ryan Vance
Bailed/ DNF fighting spirit by Bruce Thomas.

Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for letting me be part of this 😊
#readingmyownbooks #readathon #tobereadstacks #reading #stories #bookworm #books

TheReadingMermaid 😘😘😘 3w
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OriginalCyn620
Make Me | Lee Child
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Littens, I need your help! I can‘t choose between these two books for the #popsugarreadingchallenge for the over 1 million ratings on Goodreads category. So, #makemereadit! Please comment your vote! And thank you!

cobwebmoth Water for Elephants 3w
Megabooks Memoirs of a Geisha! I didn‘t like Water for Elephants. 3w
EmilyM Memoirs of a Geisha is my vote! 3w
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swishandflick Memoirs of a Geisha!!! Phenomenal book. 3w
brit91 Water for elephants!😍😍😍 3w
ljuliel I liked them both but preferred Water for Elephants over the other. The audio of it is also outstanding. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3w
Butterfinger I loved both of them. Goodness, I think Water for Elephants. 3w
Gezemice Memoirs of a Geisha. I read both - and Memoirs of a Geisha stands out after many years - but I don‘t remember anything about Water for Elephants. 3w
mrp27 Never read Water for Elephants but I really enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha, I vote for it! 3w
sprainedbrain The audio for Water for Elephants is very good! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh, that is a tough choice! I'm listening to this right now so I'll pick it. 3w
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laur89
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I love seeing maps at the beginning of books!

However, it is no easy feat to get a picture of one when it‘s part of a brand new, mass market paperback. This edition is smaller than my foot.

Time to start the #MakeMeReadIt runner-up!

Slajaunie Love book maps! 💚💚 1mo
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