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Book is the mixture of literary criticism, biography, memoir, travelogue, and this dynamic structure is quite impressive pulled together in coherent story about inner demons and struggles of six, more or less connected and successful writers. Heavy and complex topic treated with respect, well researched, written in readable, almost chatty, prose and with very personal touch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen This sounds really good‼️‼️would also work for #genrebusting 1w
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ephemeralwaltz Stacked! And this is a really beautiful cover. 1w
Leftcoastzen I really loved it. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I might have to stack this one. 7d
Simona @Cinfhen It is a good for#genrebusting but only for #nonfiction lovers. 6d
Simona @ephemeralwaltz I like retro vibes on this cover too❣️ 6d
Simona @Leftcoastzen I can‘t say that I loved it, but I liked it enough that I can recommend it. 6d
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Not the perfect book, but very interesting approach to the subject. 6d
Crazeedi Great photo, sound interesting! 6d
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I posted this last night , and having thought about it I think this qualifies for #Booked2019 #BookAboutAddiction this is not a book about addiction as such , yet one of the main characters is an addict. And we see the strong pull of addiction & how it affects relationships in heartbreaking ways. I thought it was very well done .. the struggle of the addict & the trail of pain & loss that‘s left behind.

Cinfhen Fantastic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I can tell you really enjoyed this book 📚 2w
Ms_T Great review! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely reviewed! 👍 Another ✅ 👏😘 2w
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks & I really did enjoy. I‘m just trying a sample of The Lacuna on kindle , having seen your review.... 👍🏻😄 2w
Cathythoughts @Ms_T thankyou my friend 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks ! Yes another one done ✅. Getting there .... should make the finish line later this year 😁 2w
Cinfhen I got really caught up in Lacuna - took about 50 pages but I was hooked. Lots of fascinating history 2w
4thhouseontheleft Definitely fits! Great review. 2w
Cathythoughts @4thhouseontheleft thanks! 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds intense. Great review! 2w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane

Enjoyable saga involving two families. At the heart of it, is a love story, which began in childhood and survived some major trauma. Good read. 4⭐️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Book 27 for 2019🦚 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 #booked2019 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen #bookaboutaddiction I‘m guessing this qualifies bc someone goes to rehab for alcoholism but that‘s only part of the book. 1mo
Cinfhen I think it does!!! I read the book and that character certainly had a problem with alcohol 1mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen ok, great!! I liked this book, it‘s weird bc I went to Floral Park Memorial HS...and Kate and Peter live in Floral Park...knew the Carvel Anne spoke of. First time I‘ve ever seen my zip code in a book. I was from the next town over, but we shared the Floral Park zip. 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s so weird!! Is Floral Park considered Long Island or Queens??? 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen It‘s both. I think the Queens side is called Floral Park Manor. I was on Nassau side, in Bellerose. Back in the day, I would walk up the block, cross over Jericho Turnpike/Jamaica Avenue to call my boyfriend in Howard Beach so it wouldn‘t be A long distance call...hahahaha...that‘s back in the 80s. My mother didn‘t want high long distance bills. Queens is on Long Island, so is Brooklyn, but they are boroughs of NYC. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 When people say Long Island, they mean Nassau and Suffolk counties. Where I lived was so close to Queens, as I got older, I just said I was from Queens and my cool factor went up...hahahaha....at least in my mind. 1mo
Cinfhen My husband grew up in Far Rockaway, which is technically Queens but he went to school 10 minutes down the road and it was considered Nassau. And all his school friends lived in Woodmere, Cederhurst & Lawrence ( where his parents eventually moved) but after he graduated HS. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen Did he go to a private school? Otherwise, he must have used someone else‘s address. Nassau school tax is high. I know for a fact there were some kids from Queens in my HS. The parents would‘ve had a fit if they knew, bc our parents paid through the nose, tax wise. But maybe there were special circumstances in Far Rockaway. I have no clue. But I had a couple of friends from Cedarhurst and Lawrence. Not all that far from Floral Park. 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 There was great confusion in the early days when my side of Bellerose (Nassau) had a Queens ZIP....they changed that in early 80s. It‘s a very blurry line there...but funny that one side is Jericho Turnpike (Nassau) and the same street on Queens Side is Jamaica Avenue. The Nassau people always call it Jericho and the Queens people call it Jamaica. (edited) 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I got my Queens schooling at St John‘s U...lol...hence the boyfriend from HB. It was fun, very diverse, yet separate in those days. Now things are diverse and together...which is SO much better! 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 But of course, the fact that it‘s not just a commuter college anymore, brings people together. Back in the 80s, it was strictly commuter. 4w
Cinfhen Yes, he went to a private school ( Jewish Day School & HS) He went to Baruch for collage and Hofstra for law school. He‘s a total New Yorker!! We met & started dating on a gap year program in Israel between graduating HS & starting college. I was at NYU, while he went to Baruch. Such a small world ( also the 80‘s) we graduated HS 1984 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen It IS a small world!!! Ooooh, NYU!! Awesome!! Baruch is a GREAT business school!! Hofstra Law, wow!! Ok, I graduated SJU in ‘84. Ok, this is embarrassing, but I knew that was the school for me bc I was Queens boy-crazy.....hahahaha...they were “cooler” than the LI boys (in my head). My mother wanted me to go to Adelphi, but I was like, “no way, lady”. I‘ve had enough of Long Island. LOL...Kids! (edited) 4w
Cinfhen That‘s really funny!!! Queens boys were totally cooler than LI boys!!! More “dangerous” 😂😂😉Half of NYU were either city boys or LI boys!! And the other half were gay😜 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen No doubt, but you still had it better than my friend who went to FIT😀she actually believed her boyfriend from there was straight, and everyone was like “no girl, you have to open your eyes” lol denial. It was a different time. If you were hunting Queens and Brooklyn boys back in the day, SJU was the place. It was just guaranteed there would be a baseball bat on the floor of the back seat. Which intimidated me a bit. Lol 4w
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Dear Addicts,
Thank you for waking up and choosing sobriety each day.
Dear Parents,
Thank you for your unconditional love and for knowing when to draw the lines.

Talk to your kids early and often about drugs, especially in this day and age where bullying takes center stage rather than the destructive force of accessible drugs.
#Booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Thank you!! 1mo
Cinfhen We need reminders ❤️ 1mo
IamIamIam @Cinfhen ?? "Keep coming back 'cause it works if you work it, so work it." My Ala-Teen years came back hard while listening to this! #LoveYouMeanIt 1mo
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Since all my other books for #Booked2019 #Summer are in print and all lined up and I need a new audiobook, I decided to skip ahead to #Autumn and start this #bookaboutaddiction. I'm not sure this will be suitable for driving though... I'm thinking immediate waterworks...

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A very good read. She doesn‘t romanticise any of it or pretend she‘s a hero for getting sober.
I can be judgemental about addicts having lived with two, a parent and a long ago ex husband. I don‘t think this is a nice thing, it just is, I do my best. It‘s hard for anything to put a chip in that judgement but this may of. Just a chip though. I probably need some way out fiction now.
#bookaboutaddiction #booked2019

4thhouseontheleft My adoption allowed me to grow up away from the shadow of addiction, only learning of my birth mother‘s struggles in adulthood, and I am grateful for that. I wish I would have been able to meet her, but I am thankful she did not raise me. It‘s hard to be unbiased when it touches close to home. 1mo
Kalalalatja My little brother struggled with addiction, and in some ways still do, and I was so angry with him for so long. And now I‘m working in a place where I have to counsel and do therapy with teenagers with addiction, and they all remind me so much of my brother, which is something I struggle with, but try to work through. So I feel you 1mo
TrishB @4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja thanks friends. We do our best. 1mo
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Cinfhen Beautiful review, Trish. I‘m glad this book found it‘s way to you and was a bit of comfort instead of pain ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
batsy My dad was an alcoholic and it was only after he passed that my siblings and I could even say the word "addiction". Lots of stigma on even naming it as such in Malaysian society... Anyway, I hear you and lots of complex feelings indeed ❤️❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts My family too was affected by alcohol.. it leaves deep marks. I don‘t know if I want to / or don‘t want to read this one. Sometimes I feel I‘m only really healing from it now, it‘s a long journey. It‘s good this book seemed to help you in some small way Trish. That‘s really good ♥️X X 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s important to read the other perspective I think. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB @batsy @Cathythoughts we lock all those memories and feelings away most of the time ❤️ totally understand. Different coping mechanisms. 1mo
JennyM Thanks for sharing, Trish. Beautiful review. 1mo
Caroline2 I know what you mean, I‘m judgmental when it comes to addiction too. Like you say, it‘s a different perspective viewing it from the outside. Not sure I‘m ready to stack this book yet tho.... 1mo
TrishB @JennyM 😘 1mo
TrishB @Reggie 😘 1mo
TrishB @Caroline2 I understand! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I tend to be judgmental also. It‘s bc I have a genetic blood disorder and have seen many friends die of it. So I get massively pissed off when people take a healthy body and trash it. I have zero tolerance for it, and also I had an ex husband too who had addiction problems...I was too naive to see the red flags...never again. 1mo
TrishB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I hear you ❤️ and understand! 1mo
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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Wow! That was bleak. I know it is Stephen King...but boy, was it bleak. The antagonist‘s arc was the most interesting and is what kept it a pick for me. His endgame is able to be surmised quickly, but the resolution is put off for so long, I began to wonder how and even if it was going to happen. If you like a slow burn story about obsession, addiction, and death (and ants) - this is your book.

#Booked2019 | #BookAboutAddiction

📷: Libby

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve never read an SK that wasn‘t a slow burn. I want to read Duma Key! I want to read as many as I can In my lifetime but I got a late start! 2mo
Cinfhen Great review...but I can‘t do ants 🐜 🐜 🐜 🐜 Ever since I read this Kingsolver 2mo
JacqMac This one is on my TBR. I‘m saving it for a lazy summer slow burn kinda day. @Cinfhen The ants are the only thing I remember about that book. It was traumatizing! 😂 2mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I have a thing for ants @JacqMac THEY freak me out... so that scene solidified my fear😂😂🤪 2mo
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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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Sadly, #mygeneration and my state have a drug-abuse problem. Planning on reading this one for #booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction

Cinfhen Unfortunately I think it‘s a shared problem among the generations 😢😢 looks like a difficult read 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll be very curious to hear your thoughts on this. I loved it. 4mo
Mdargusch Yeah, I don‘t think I can read this one. I saw enough strung out, addicted people this weekend in New Orleans to last a lifetime. 😢 4mo
Reviewsbylola This one‘s on my TBR. 4mo
emilyhaldi Oh good!!! @MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t heard too many good things so happy to hear a positive review from you!!! 4mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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I have to admit, I totally forgot about #booked2019 in the first quarter as I was happy to have read anything at all 😅. Still, some of the books I read match some of the prompts:

6. New to me author: “The Left Hand of Darkness”

14. #muslimauthor: “Exit West” (as far as I know. It‘s also strongly implied the MCs are muslim)

15. #booktomovie: “Matilda”

17. Book gifted to me: “Emma”

LaLecture 19. #bookaboutaddiction: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” 23. #publicdomain: “Mansfield Park” (I have a print copy but finished the last bit on @SerialReader) 24. Political intrigue: “The Tropic of the Serpents” (quite a stretch as it‘s fantasy but politics play an important role as Isabella happens to uncover some not-so-nice political plans) (edited) 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I personally think fantasy books often have a lot of political intrigue. 4mo
Cinfhen Fantastic🙌🏻without even trying #ReadingRockStar 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘ll be using a fantasy book for the political intrigue as well. Great job on covering a wide variety of the prompts! 🎉🙌🏽📚 4mo
LaLecture @Cinfhen I was honestly surprised I could check off that many prompts 😅. But I‘m glad I could :). 4mo
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