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Suet624
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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“While in prison, I received a dictionary.“

And so I begin the latest by Erdrich. I'm delighted this is on the list of #TOB22 books to read.

#FirstLineFridays

thebluestocking Such a good first line. I really loved that prologue in particular. 💙 20h
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HeatherBlue
The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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😳😳😳

Soubhiville Yeah that‘s pretty much how I feel. Love swimming in natural water, but if I can‘t see the bottom I‘m always a little concerned there‘s something lurking… 😬 2d
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thebluestocking
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure if I was ready to read a book about the pandemic. But I was in good hands with Erdrich. This book pulses with life, with the love of books and words and people and traditions, and with the violence that permeates American history. It‘s told from the point of view of Tookie, an Ojibwe woman who spent a decade in jail. It weaves in and out of fiction and reality with a light touch. And, at the end, I felt a little less haunted.

LiteraryinLawrence Lovely review! 2d
Tamra I really appreciated the bits of levity she included. 2d
BarbaraBB The pandemic played just a side role and I liked that a lot. 1d
Ruthiella Great review. I‘m reading it now, about 25% done. 1d
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Pinta
Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

Books & bookstores, power of a sentence, booksellers as essential workers, indigenous language. End=reading list. Tookie bursts from first few pages like a whisky- & adrenaline-fueled rocket. A bookish ghost wants in. Louise herself pops up in a bookseller cameo. Yes, lags & sags in parts, but a lack of focus & some disoriented haunting fits a pandemic year novel. A warmth to these characters even as they wander. The door is open. Go. 2021

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Buechersuechtling
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Still, nice sleeve cover, also.

I think, I grabbed this book from a book thrift years ago because I found the blurb on the back interesting.

I‘m sure it took me too long to pick it up since then . I‘m pretty sure that my bookish interests have shifted in the meantime. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Sorry, not sorry.

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Buechersuechtling
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Bailedbailed

I like the hard book cover. 😍 But I dislike the book. I scarcely made 100 pages and since I began reading, I kept asking myself if there finally will be something happening. It‘s just boring story telling for me. 🙄 (Insofar as I want to grant the book something like a plot, a story.)

I didn‘t like how disrespectful the men talked about Caroline, either, and found myself less and less interested in the characters and the plot.

So: Time to bail.

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kwmg40
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Wonderful characters! Also, the novel captured very well the emotions that many of us went through in 2020. #tob2022

First book finished for the #JoyousJanuary readathon! @Andrew65

#BookSpinBingo @AromaofBooks

Ruthiella I‘m reading this now and really enjoying it! 3d
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3d
kwmg40 @Ruthiella Glad to hear that. Despite the heavy subjects, it really is an enjoyable read.

@Andrew65 Thanks!
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wideeyedreader
The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Mehso-so

My final book for #newyearwhodis! It was solid, and I loved the ghostly element, but I felt like the writing was a bit repetitive. All in all, not bad! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kbuggle
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed Erdrich‘s take on a ghost story.. it involves a bookstore. Also, this is the first story I‘ve read that has involved pandemic times, that I haven‘t felt absolutely exhausted by.. she addressed the last 2+years in just the right way(s)