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AbstractMonica

AbstractMonica

Joined April 2016

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."
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Haven‘t posted in months, but still have been reading a little bit here and there. Currently a few chapters into this one, and it‘s my first book from Murakami. Great so far 👌🏼

forestofwords I haven‘t read anything from Murakami yet but they are definitely on my reading list 👍🏼 12mo
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This arrived this morning 🤗

Jess7 Beautiful cover! 2y
AbstractMonica @Jess7 it really is! 2y
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I‘ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus these last few months, and I finally felt the urge to pick something up. I started this one last night, and I‘m already loving it... a very heavy subject, but beautifully written.

CouronneDhiver I have this one! Looking forward to your thoughts 🙂 2y
AbstractMonica @CouronneDhiver have you read it?? 2y
CouronneDhiver Not yet! Soon, I hope 2y
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Latest book 👌🏽🌱📖

Chrissyreadit Love Michael Greger! 2y
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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Starting this one now 🤗💞📚☕️

Tamra I love that cover - eye popping. 2y
emilyhaldi ❤️ this cover 😍 2y
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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was a fun read, but wasn't crazy about the ending.

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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Getting some reading done ❄️📖❄️

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Book Mail 📚💗 I can't wait to read these all! 🤓📖

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes

People move to LA to make it. They dream harder than people in New York and believe that ferociously socializing is critical, that life is all about "who you know."

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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Started this one last night. I missed you, Joe 😶

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The Berlin Boxing Club | Robert Sharenow
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A novel set in Nazi Germany about a jewish adolescent (Karl Stern) that takes boxing lessons from heavyweight champion, Max Schmeling. The novel covers a 3 year time period, and is told from Karl‘s perspective as he goes from being a scrawny, fearful kid to a brave, heroic young man that does everything in his power to protect his family. It was a great novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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I read more than half and found it interesting, but as soon as the major turning point happened it became very stale for me (I know that's vague, but I don't want to give away major plot points). I tried really hard to continue this novel, but found myself wanting to read other things instead. I thought the beginning was funny, witty, and heartwarming. I really enjoyed Rosie & Penn for what it's worth.

CleverGirl I'm having the same problem. It's just not really moving forward. There are a lot of conversations with Rosie and Penn just kind of being clever but not moving the story along. I'm having to make myself read it. 2y
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

Rosie was also used to conflicting emotions, for she was a mother and knew every moment of every day that no one out in the world could ever love or value or nurture her children as well as she could and yet that it was necessary nonetheless to send them out into that world anyway.

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The Berlin Boxing Club | Robert Sharenow
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Yes! Can‘t wait to read these😁👍🏼

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Started this last night, and I‘m loving it so far.

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The Eye of the Sheep | Sofie Laguna
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This book took the reader through highs and lows. It deals with abuse, alcoholism, and special needs themes. I was rooting for Gav and Jimmy, and was heartbroken several times as the story went on. It was simultaneously beautiful and devastating, and it‘s a book that I know will stay with me for a very long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wild Embers | Nikita Gill
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Skimmed some of the poems from Nikita Gill‘s new book and WOW 😍

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The Eye of the Sheep | Sofie Laguna

This book is good from the start, and I'm currently some ways into part three. Now, I keep having to take breaks because this novel just entered into another realm of emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking amazingness that I can only handle in small doses, or else my heart will explode into a million little pieces. That's the truth. 😰🧠🤯📖💓💔

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Heartwarming little story ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Mail

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The Eye of the Sheep | Sofie Laguna
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I turn 31 today, but I feel like I‘m still in my early 20‘s 😱🤯 Is that a good or bad thing?!Either way, I‘m grateful to be starting this day with some of my favorite people 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 and things 📖🧡☕️

Getting my fix before I go out and enjoy the day☺️

Lacythebookworm Happy Birthday! 🎉🎈🎂 2y
ReadingSusan I am 35 and still feel like I am 20 2y
Myhusbandhatesreading Happy birthday!! 2y
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rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂! 2y
DebReads4fun Happy Birthday! 2y
youneverarrived Happy birthday 😘 2y
merelybookish Enjoy your day!! 💐🎂🎈 2y
NatalieR Happy Birthday 🎂 2y
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Book Mail 🧡

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The Eye of the Sheep | Sofie Laguna
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Im ready to cry my eyes out 😭

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A few reviews on here said this book was a little slow to start, but I disagree. I loved how the author set the mood and introduced all the characters. Her writing was vivid and captivating from the beginning. I enjoyed reading about the intricacies of Shaker Heights, and ended up liking this novel a lot more than her first 🤗 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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"There were her mother's slender arms, which looked so fragile and birdlike, as if they might snap under too great a weight, but which could carry more than any woman Pearl had ever seen."

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Stopped by the local Target here in Fort Collins, CO and picked this up. Finally something to read on my roadtrip 🤗

rachelm Enjoy!! 2y
Jess7 Join our #botmbuddyread 2y
AbstractMonica @rachelm thank you!! 2y
AbstractMonica @Jess7 sounds fun! But I'm not sure if I can catch up 😰 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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So we're driving from California to Minnesota, and I had purposely set aside 3 books for the roadtrip. Lo and behold, I forgot them all! 🤦🏽‍♀️Hoping to buy a book along the way, but it's still heartbreaking to be without my 📚...💔😣. At least I still have these amazing views as a consolation 🤷🏽‍♀️. Yesterday we drove from Cali through Nevada, Arizona, and we're currently staying in Utah. Making our way to Colorado tomorrow 🚗🗺🏜

Caroline2 Ohhhhh noooo!!! 😲 I hope you find a bookshop soon! 👍🏻 the views look fantastic! 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Started this last night... Now enjoying some reading along with a vegan glazed-crumb donut & an iced coffee. 🍩☕️📖

RadicalReader @AbstractMonica I LOVE the cover on this book as enticing as Girl on the Train awesome when a cover is the initial draw in to the book and the plot is the final shove 2y
RadicalReader @AbstractMonica I am still unbelievably irrevocably convinced there is no better beverage to pair with books than an iced one 2y
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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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Just finished this little gem right now. This booked touched on several things, but mostly revolved around Thandi and her mother's death. The chapters are all short, but deep and meaningful. Enjoyed this novel very much ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Minnesota on My Mind | Collective, Paul Gruchow
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This Los Angeleno is moving to the twin cities!! Books are being packed as we speak 😝

sumaiyya.books Happy moving!! I loved SALT HOUSES ❤️ 2y
AbstractMonica @sumaiyya.books thank you! Can't wait to read it ☺️ 2y
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Clifford's Good Deeds | Norman Bridwell
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My toddler is currently Clifford obsessed 🐶👦🏽🐾📚 #raisingreaders

TheWordJar Same here! And she's currently obsessed with Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors..."They're so angry!" she says with glee. (Should I be worried???) 2y
TrishB Aww I remember them 👍 2y
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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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Up next 📖

Jess7 Don‘t know anything about this book but the cover is pretty! 2y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I know that a lot of people loved this, but it was just a so-so pick for me. I thought it was a bit unoriginal & I found the ending to be predictable.

ItsAngel @AbstractMonica This was just a so-so pick for me too. It was really disturbing to me. There was just something about it that kept me from liking it much more, I‘ve never been able to pinpoint what that was. 2y
AbstractMonica @ItsAngel yes, same here. It was hard for me to feel sympathetic for any of the housemates. I even thought Malorie was kinda stale 🙊 2y
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I'm so excited to read this one, and I absolutely love the cover. ❤️📚

mrozzz 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Just started it yesterday and I'm really liking it. 2y
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Out of Darkness | Ashley Hope Prez
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MrBook Oooh, this cover! 😳😁 2y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I suffer from chronic migraines, and I just got over some pretty intense migraine days 🤕. This morning is the first in a while that I woke up feeling like myself again... which means my focus is better, and I can read again!!! Yay! There's plenty to be happy about this morning ☺️#readallthebooks

Lizpixie I'm so sorry to hear your a member of the #litsymigraineclub Theres quite a few members now, must be from all that knowledge crammed in our heads.🤓 2y
AbstractMonica @Lizpixie ah yes, most definitely all the knowledge filling my head 🤣 2y
melrailey I‘ve had migraines for forever but I‘ve found some real relief with acupuncture. The girl I see has a four year degree and is just awesome. She‘s completely cured the insomnia I‘d had since I was 17 (I‘m 41). Acupuncture is expensive but to sleep and be mostly migraine free for the first time in my life it‘s worth it. 2y
AbstractMonica @melrailey I've tried acupuncture only once for insomnia/stress about two years ago, but it completely freaked me out and It was hard for me to relax... I never went back after that day. I will try it again though. I'd rather do that than take meds. Thanks 😊 2y
MrBook Glad you're feeling well!!!! 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Finally finished this book. Beautiful writing on such a heavy and devastating topic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Almost done with Salvage the Bones, and will probably move onto this one next 😱💀

LeahBergen Lovely photo! I need to pick up some little pumpkins soon. 🎃 2y
CatLass007 Love the cat mug! 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Such a good book! 2y
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respekt1111 Great choice! Bird Box is awesome! 2y
AbstractMonica @LeahBergen thank you! Yes, I was pretty excited when I saw them last week. Had to get at least one for the time being lol 2y
AbstractMonica @CatLass007 thank you! 🐱 2y
AbstractMonica @BooksTeasAndBookishThing @respekt1111 can't wait to read it. I've heard nothing but good things. 2y
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And a few books for my tot 💕👦🏽📖

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Whole wheat cinnamon pancakes topped with strawberries🤤, a good book & a good cup of coffee are what dreams are made of💕🍁🥞🎃🍓☕️📖

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Only 4 pages in and already loving it ❤️

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Although this novel was written after a heavy, horrific and heartbreaking event in history, I thought it was just okay. A lot of the times when Sepetys started describing war scenes, the transitions felt very unnatural (maybe she intended to do that to show how nothing is predictable during times of war). I also wasn't loving the super short chapters, as I felt it was hard to truly connect to any of the characters. Regardless, I'd still recommend.

jessberk13 While I enjoyed this one too, her other wartime novel is one of my favorites. I highly recommend 2y
AbstractMonica I read that one too!! I really enjoyed that one a lot more, I was hooked the entire way through. @jessica 2y
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Finally sitting down and reading 📖. This book has been a challenge to enjoy because of all the little things distracting me from it. I'm hoping to finish by tomorrow:)

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Haven't really been in a reading mood lately, but I finally put a dent in this book today. Moves rather quickly with most chapters averaging about 2pgs in length. I think I prefer longer chapters in general... These short ones are making the novel feel rushed.

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Juicing For Life | Cherie Calbom, Maureen Keane
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My other healthy habit besides reading? Juicing! So naturally, when I saw a book about juicing at the library.. I just had to check it out 💚

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Yep, this sounds about right!

CouronneDhiver Me too! 👋🏽 2y
LeahBergen Yep - that was my result, too. 👍🏻 2y
AbstractMonica @LeahBergen 🙌🏼💕 2y
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Not the best photo, but I've finally found some time to read :), and I'm having a late dinner as well. Seeded bread made with homemade jalapeño cilantro hummus, topped with avocados and a side of figs. My green juice is chard, parsley, cucumber, green bell pepper, and green apple. It's delicious!

DebinHawaii Looks delicious and I loved that book! 📚👍 2y
Clwojick 🙌🍏🍓🍅 fresh juice! 2y
AbstractMonica Thank you! I'm loving it too @DebinHawaii 2y
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Started this one last night & doing some lazy Sunday reading 😴📖

mcctrish I loved this book 2y
bobregina Beautiful cover! 2y
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This novel was dark, a bit morbid, yet funny and heartwarming all at once. I loved Eleanor's bravery, and was intrigued by the story from beginning to end. One of my favorite reads this year ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️