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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Wow. This is short but powerful. Set during the Harlem Renaissance, it follows the aftermath of a chance encounter between two childhood friends—Black women originally from Chicago, one of whom is now passing as white. The emotional & psychological intensity packed into this brief novella is thought-provoking & compelling. So glad this was on my #NewYearWhoDis list from @Blaire ! This was my February #DoubleSpin (took me long enough to get to it!)

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Edenbrooke | Julianne Donaldson
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Finished another book this weekend! Woot woot!
This book was definitely a "Proper Romance." I highly enjoyed the growing relationship between Marianne and Philip. How they fall in love is quite sweet. This book took me way longer to read than expected, but I still enjoyed it.
3.5 ⭐️
#BookSpinBingo #14 #NewYearWhoDis
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TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed this one a lot!! 5d
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Hibernation for now. Work and other things very stressful and I just can‘t read about these men anymore who‘s only thoughts in life are to rape and murder women 🥲 you have to be in a very good place to read this. Like being bludgeoned with hate.

GingerAntics Oh my god I don‘t think I could read that ever. I may never leave my house again. 1w
DrexEdit 😳 you are braver than I am! 1w
TrishB @GingerAntics @DrexEdit it‘s very hard Work 😞😞 1w
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Tamra Yikes, no thanks. Hang in there with adulting. 1w
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. No. 1w
Nute I don‘t think that I want to know all of this truth!😳 1w
Kdgordon88 This book was on my #NewYearWhoDis list but I‘ve been reluctant to pick it up. Now, I know why. 1w
sarahbarnes Ugh. 😞 1w
merelybookish Yikes. As if the news weren't brutal enough. 😣 1w
TrishB @Tamra @MicheleinPhilly @Nute @Kdgordon88 @sarahbarnes @merelybookish sometimes you have to go with the self protection! 1w
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I have had this book on my TBR for a while, and my #NewYearWhoDis list from @vonnie862 gave me the nudge I needed to bump it up a priority level. I'm so glad I did because this book was honestly delightful. Elwes is so warm and friendly throughout, with a very upbeat view of the making of The Princess Bride. I loved the additional memories from other members of the cast and crew throughout as well. If you are looking for some "dirt" you'll be ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) disappointed. But if you want some fun little facts and anecdotes, along with reassurance that this cast really was having as much fun as they appeared to be, you should enjoy this one. There were so many fun and interesting moments - I'm excited to pass this one around my family before we all get together for a rewatch!! One minor quibble - it would have been quite nice to have a cast list somewhere - I had to look up to see which names⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) matched which characters and write them on my bookmark!

#WickedWords - Castle @AsYouWish (appropriate username for this book LOL)
AsYouWish When I tell you I love that movie and that man, it is an understatement. He may have been my first crush at the age of 2…. This may explain a lot of my life‘s choices… story for another time, lol!!!!! 2w
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vonnie862 And the audio is so much fun. I listened to it while reading the physical book. 1w
TheAromaofBooks @AsYouWish - I'm totally with you!! Westley and Gilbert (Jonathan Crombie ❤) were definitely my first fictional crushes, and may have led to unrealistic expectations later in life 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks @vonnie862 - Ooo that does sound fun. We're getting ready to go on a road trip, and I am thinking I may find this one on audiobook to listen to on the way, since my husband hasn't read it yet. 1w
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4.5 ⭐️ Such a great read! It‘s en route to you @Kdgordon88 Happy reading! #lmpbc

Kdgordon88 Looking forward to this one. It was also on my #NewYearWhoDis list. So doubly happy to be reading this soon. 2w
BookishBelle I‘m excited to get this next. It‘s reminded me that Sue Monk Kidd wrote a memoir called The Dance of the Dissident Daughter that helped me through leaving the religion of my youth. I may have to pull that one out again. 2w
Kdgordon88 It arrived! Sorry to be tardy in letting you know. 2w
DanaManiac @Kdgordon88 Awesome! Happy reading! 2w
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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Two books that were fun to read in succession, as stories of women finding their power and wielding it in unexpected, at times uncomfortable, ways. Both were picks for me. 💪🏼

BarbaraBB This will please @Megabooks both are favorites of her 😀 3w
Megabooks I does please me!! 👍🏻💯 @BarbaraBB 3w
Megabooks Excellent observation about these books! Glad you enjoyed both. 3w
vivastory I read both of these in January as they were on my #NewYearWhoDis list that I got matched with @megabooks & I loved both 3w
sarahbarnes @Megabooks @vivastory glad to hear you both loved these as well! It was a happy accident that I read them together. 3w
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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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1. ✨ D R A M A ✨ If it‘s not giving me the same level of drama as watching a soap opera with my grandma when I was little, it‘s just sparkling sci fi.
2. Done! On my #NewYearWhoDis list, just waiting for the hold to come in!
3. What‘s the planet where it rains diamonds? I think it‘s Neptune. 🚀

#SundayFunday Have an out of this world day, and don‘t forget to tag me!

April | Gabrielle Lord
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My April reads 📚 Read two of my #newyearwhodis picks this month! I enjoyed The Power of Ritual the most out of the two. #monthlywrapup #wrapup #monthlycheckin

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Sometimes unintentional trends emerge in my reading. In February, I read Crying in H Mart (a #NewYearWhoDis pick) and Kitchen, both focused on the loss of a mother. In early March, I read Wintering (my January #BookSpin and a #NYWD pick), on weathering times of difficulty & grief. In late March, my mother was placed on hospice, and she passed away two weeks ago. This trio of timely books so recently read has been an odd preparation & a comfort.⤵️

tpixie I‘m so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. May your memories lift your heavy heart. 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) The tagged book came up as my April #BookSpin… reading the description today, I‘m not sure if it‘s a timely read or if it‘s too soon. But I‘m picking it up today as I suspect it may be a comforting addition to the trio of books I read leading up to April. It‘s a blessing when the right books show up at the right time. 💜 1mo
BarbaraJean @tpixie Thank you so much, Teri! 💜 1mo
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tpixie @BarbaraJean you‘re welcome. And what a gift of coinkydinks these books have brought you! 1mo
DivineDiana I am sending you my condolences on the passing of your mother. I am glad that the power of books has given you some comfort. ❤️🙏🏻💐 1mo
CBee Sending condolences and love - I understand all too well 💔 1mo
Susanita I‘m so sorry. 😢 1mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 1mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your mother. I‘m glad books have given you some comfort at this difficult time. 1mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. ❤️❤️ 1mo
EvieBee I‘m so sorry, Barb. 1mo
BarbaraJean @DivineDiana @Susanita @Librarybelle @xicanti @JessClark78 @Ruthiella @EvieBee Thank you all so much for your kind words! 💜 @CBee Hugs to you! 🤗 1mo
quietjenn I‘m sorry for your loss. Sending love and thank goodness for the books that come along right when you need them. 💙 1mo
CBee @BarbaraJean lots of hugs back ♥️♥️ 1mo
MaureenMc So very sorry for your loss. 💗 1mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry 💔❤️ 1mo
Centique I am late to this news but feel so much for you and what you have been through. It is so hard losing a parent. I hope you feel loved and supported through this grieving time 💕 2w
BarbaraJean @Centique Thank you so much! There are so many who have been a support during this time—and I appreciate your kind thoughts and words.💜 1w
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I absolutely adored this collection of loosely connected short stories about strange and supernatural women (and men) in Japan, many inspired by classic Japanese stories. I've been enjoying Japanese surreal / speculative fiction lately and after seeing how much @sebrittainclark enjoyed it last year for the #NewYearWhoDis challenge, I knew i needed to read it too. So glad I did because it was a 5 star read. Highly recommend.

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