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April

Joined March 2016

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Hey, guys! I'm a HS teacher and trying to raise money to fund literature circles in my 9th grade class. I want to provide kids with book options from diverse authors, especially on the immigrant experience, given what's happening atm in this country. This is an expensive endeavor for me so if you could donate, I would so appreciate it! https://www.gofundme.com/9th-grade-literature-circles&rcid=r01-152948278273-9095...

RaimeyGallant Sounds like a great initiative! 2y
April @RaimeyGallant Thank you! I think it will really help my kids get into reading and also see things from another perspective. I'm doing 9th grade honors this year and I've noticed in the past that my honors kids are often the most out of touch with others' struggles. 2y
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Does Book of the Month club not have judges now? I can't find where the the judge for each book is. =/

swishandflick It looks like they've done away with the judges (Liberty just confirmed it on another post). I'm so bummed! 😭 2y
April What?!?? I'm annoyed. My subscription is up next month. I think I won't renew. It seems like the pics aren't as good as they used to be, though I was excited about An American Marriage. But I used to find several that I wanted each month. I'm having a hard time finding another book subscription service to try. 😭 (edited) 2y
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How to Breathe Underwater | Julie Orringer
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A beautiful collection of stories about girls and women making sense of a world that can at times be cruel, beautiful, underwhelming, and bizarre by turns. My favorite story of the bunch was "The Isabel Fish," though all were moving. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop | Kevin Coval, Quraysh Lansana, Nate Marshall
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So much great book mail!

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Finished this tonight but I'm not really a fan. I love true crime but it seems hard to find someone who pulls it off well. The memoir mixed with the murder story seemed intriguing, but by the end, it felt forced. The book is unhelpfully repetitive at times, and sometimes the writing can be overly dramatic, though this is admittedly a heavy subject. ⭐️⭐️

Vblancsbooks I thought the same thing it was forced and just got messy. And I love true crime!! 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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A= An Everlasting Meal
P= Persuasion
R= Rebecca
I= I Capture the Castle
L= Like Water for Chocolate

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Well, I might have added a couple of extras this month. 😂😂 Here's my referral link if you want to give Book of the Month Club a go. It's great fun and a real steal on new hardcovers! https://www.mybotm.com/d26d65fb12498

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Perhaps the most bizarre book I've ever read, in a really good way. Memorable characters, entertaining, absorbing..at times characters are revolting, but always complicated and intriguing. A wonderful read! I do wish that the ending would have shown us Miranda reading the note (no spoilers..) and reacting. Ending was abrupt but fitting, I'm sure. In short, loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mehso-so

Just finished this short novel. It was beautifully written and felt more like poetry to me than prose. Interestingly, it was told in a collective we, which made it hard to connect to any one character (there aren't characters in the traditional sense) but it did make for a unique reading experience that spoke to a collective, cultural experience. Lots of trauma here that culminates in the horrific internment of Japanese Americans. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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Today's book haul! Also got an amazing cat puzzle and have been working on that with a friend for four hours. 😂

OrangeMooseReads The Buddha in the Attic is wonderful and a bit heartbreaking. 3y
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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Ryhs
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Jane Eyre has been a favorite book for a decade now, so it's about time I got around to this one, yeah?

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A wonderful true crime book that covers the overwhelming and heinous murders (many, many, many murders) of the Osage Native Americans for the oil money they inherited (after being forced onto land that the gov't thought was barren and didn't realize was oil rich). A heartbreaking and missing piece of history that I'm glad Grann has brought to our attention. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ashley_Nicoletto This was my first true crime and won't be my last. It was so fascinating. 3y
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I started this ages ago, flew through it, and then set it down in the last chapter, not wanting it to end. I finally did finish it and what a treat. Adler has had me craving olives for months now. She writes about the simplest of food with sensual elegance. A wonderful read that I'm sure I'll come back to over and over. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Finished this this morning. Interesting close study of a man who wanted nothing more than to not be studied (lots of negatives there!). I really enjoyed the author's research on the traditions and histories of hermits especially. Really quick but enjoyable read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Loved this book. The circus aspects and bits of mermaid mythology were so vivid. I loved the intricate connections that string together so beautifully in the end. Wonderful read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MCYmermaid Mermaid mythology? Oooh? 3y
April @MCYmermaid If you're into mermaids, you've got to read this! It's not super explicit mermaid but still fabulous. =D 3y
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How can anyone not love BOTM club?! It's my favorite subscription service. I almost always add the extra title to my box for $9.99, but it's a steal! 😜 And a mini coloring book and pencils to boot? I'm in love. ❤ Referral link: https://www.mybotm.com/d26d65fb12498

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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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An excellent book, complete with underhanded comments, steam punk elements, and memorable characters. I can't wait to read the rest in the series, as well as Carriger's adult novels as well, which I hear are excellent. Also, a chance to "debut" ? my new cat, Cashew, who is much scandalized that I woke him from his nap to serve as a prop for my book!

Doresik Love kitties. 3y
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Cleopatra: A Life | Stacy Schiff
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Josh and I put together this porch swing last night, so now I'm reading and swinging and getting ready for the library's Tuesday Night Book Club!

Megabooks Love the color of the swing! 3y
April @Booksandcooks Thank you! 3y
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Cute, quaint, touching, funny--a nice break from all of the social commentary, food memoir, and dark fiction that I typically turn to. Something about reading children's lit always takes me back to visiting public and school libraries and relishing all the lovely things there. Funny, true to life children and a feisty old lady--the best kind of characters. =) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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American Born Chinese | Gene Luen Yang
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I really liked this piece. It explores everyday racism against Asian Americans and how it effects people (especially children) on a personal level. I love the side story with the monkey deity, though I was confused by one of the storylines. Great book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Madness So Discreet | Mindy McGinnis
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was pretty good. It kept me reading and I finished it fairly fast. I liked many of the supporting characters, but I felt that the murder solving plot was abandoned about halfway through, and Grace (the main character) was a bit flat, as was her doctor (the other main chacacter), Thornhollow. Not a terrible story but it lacked depth.

BethFishReads I agree. I may have liked this a bit more than you did, but still just an okay book. 3y
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#Allisnotlost @Liberty Since I started my job as teen librarian, I've been terribly absent from Litsy. Now that I'm checking books out at work instead of buying as many, I end up returning the book before I've posted! 😭 But I see that cat stickers are a thing now... How can I pass up the opportunity to shrink and hide cat stickers? Also, this book is lovely. A medication on cooking resourcefully. ❤❤

SuperPunkNinja This book is amazing! 3y
April @McShelfington I love it! But I keep stopping to go raid my fridge--she's so full of ideas! 3y
SuperPunkNinja @April Yes, it's definitely changed the way I cook for the better! 3y
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Quick, cool read. Looking forward to the next volume!

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters | Kurt Vonnegut
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Happy birthday, KV. 😊

britt_brooke 💙💙💙 3y
JPeterson 😍😍 3y
ElizaTodd Great stack! 3y
OrangeMooseReads 😊🎉 3y
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SQUIRREL!!!!! #patronus

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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This book was just great. Loved the fan fiction/ fantasy elements, the love story, and the little bits and details that took me back to first year at college. The writing and the reading (I did an audiobook version) were both fabulous. Read it!

BekahB I loved this book! I bet it's wonderful on audio. 😀 3y
April @BekahB It was great! I'm going to read Carry On soon, too. =) 3y
MrBook Nice review! 3y
April @MrBook Thank you! 3y
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Reading Cinder in my favorite Walmart sleepwear purchase--breakfast food nightie. 😂 Page turner thus far!

SusanInTiburon Love it! 3y
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This was so excellent. Listened to it on audiobook, read by the author. She is so funny and full of energy and fabulous. An excellent listen/read. =)

Lkardos12 I was actually laughing out loud throughout the audiobook, so good!! 3y
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Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved this. As others have said, it feels very much like having a conversation at someone's kitchen table. The author is funny, honest, and cozy. A wonderful read. I already have the second (More Home Cooking) from the library! Digging in today. 😉☕️🍗🍳🍆

LyndseyReads I love the cover! 4y
BethFishReads I cried when she died. 💗 4y
SusanInTiburon I have read my copies to pieces. 💙💙 4y
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April @BethFishReads I know--I'm so sad that I found her after the fact. =( At least now I have her whole body of work to read! 4y
April @SusanInTiburon I regret buying paperback for that reason! But I do like the paperback covers better, @LyndseyReads ! The _More Home Cooking_ book has an adorable image of a jam jar on the front cover! 4y
April @peggyriley Thanks so much for recommending this on Litsy! I might never have found it otherwise. =) 4y
peggyriley So glad you found her - isn't she glorious? 4y
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No dog-shaming here! Really loving this book so far. I just applied to teach at a community college and am hoping I get the job--this would be the perfect example for exploratory research writing!

catatonic1242 Good luck with the job! I enjoyed the book too! 4y
Rebeccak Good luck! 4y
April @Rebeccak @catatonic1242 Thank you both! 4y
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moranadatter I read it last year and still think about it from time to time. I wish more people would read it. Best of luck on the job! 4y
April @kmdartist I love books that get in your head like that. Thanks for the well wishes! 4y
BekahB I really enjoy Ronson's books. I listened to him narrate this one on audiobook. 4y
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Loved this so much. I probably laughed twenty times in the first chapter, where West recounts all of the fat "role models" she had growing up. Wonderful, wonderful book on body acceptance, feminism, abortion, and women speaking up and out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OMG. Just received my first ever ARC. Thanks, Doubleday! Can't wait to start this. I've heard a lot about it via podcasts already. 😊

Well-ReadNeck Green with envy! I've heard so many great things about this already. 4y
April @Well-ReadNeck Me too! Also, I love your username! =) 4y
Vblancsbooks Oh wow! I'm dying to read this! 4y
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Liberty This is an amazing book to get as your first ARC!!! First ARCs are special. ❤️ 4y
April @Vblancsbooks I'm so excited! Starting later this week. 😊 4y
April @Liberty You were the first person that I heard speak about it! I can't wait. =) 4y
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Just received my Book of the Month Club! Can't wait to start Shrill, and I loveeeee this postcard! If you want to try BOTM, use my referral link. It's awesome book Mail on a regular basis. 😎 https://www.bookofthemonth.com/referCode/?referCode=d26d65fb12498

ReadingOver50 I have been debating signing up 4y
April @ReadingOver50 I actually really like it. I'd say check out the past months's selections and see if the books they pick are your kind of thing. So far, they've had something I was interested in every month. =) 4y
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Starting a mystery by reading light at night. Fitting, yes? 🕵🏽

Leelee08 One of my faves!! 4y
Ehbooklover Love that series. Flavia rocks! 4y
strikingthirteen Love this series! 4y
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shawnmooney Great title! 4y
bookwrm526 Flavia is the best! 4y
April @strikingthirteen I hadn't realized it was a series--awesome news!! 4y
April @bookwrm526 She is amazing and hilarious. 😂😂 4y
April @shawnmooney The title is what first got my attention! I love food elements in literature. I just wrote my MA paper on food memoirs. ☺️ 4y
BookThia I love the Flavia books! Enjoy! 4y
Julian.Wotherspoon This author lives in my community! I recently made a list of local writers in my decidedly small/middle of nowhere city and an working my way through. This series is a definite favorite! Also. We write a lot of mystery around here. Haha 4y
April @Julian.Wotherspoon Sounds like a marvelous community indeed! =) 4y
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First time in the graduate student carrel at UNH (only a few days from graduation, so I guess it's better to use it late than never...😊) This book has already made me nearly sick (decomposition chapter...you've been warned) but Roach has such a fabulous narrative voice and great humor! Loving it!

booksbaconglitter That book is so good & so gross at the same time. Love Mary Roach! 4y
April @booksbaconglitter Yes! I just recently bought Gulp and Bonk as well. I'm wanting to get my hands on Grunt when it comes out too. I can tell just from the first 100 pages of this that I love her style. 4y
SGJ I've even GOT this book, just haven't got around to it yet. Maybe this is my reminder. Thanks. 4y
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April @SGJ No problem! Enjoy. =) 4y
LauraJ This was the start of my love affair with Mary Roach 💕 4y
Tjprender I've been on the lookout for this book. I hope it's good. 4y
Blaire One of my favorites of hers. 4y
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Just started audiobooking this this morning. I've heard only good things; so far, a great story with a likable narrator. =)

Ukulelebob I love audiobooks I read really slow they saved my life in school. Plus some audiobooks have great readers like James Marsters from Buffy the Vampire slayer reads the audiobooks for the Dresden Files. They are so good. 4y
April @Ukulelebob Yes! I'm a terribly slow reader too and started using audios in the last year of my master's. Thank God. I only wish that I'd found them sooner! I love to cook so I spend a lot of time listening to audios and podcasts while I cook. 4y
laurenm Adored this one. The narrator is Lin Manuel-Miranda, creator of Hamilton! 4y
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bookminx Such a gorgeous story! 4y
April @laurenm Oh my garsh! I didn't realize that that was him! He is a wonderful narrator. 4y
April @bookminx You're so right! It's already so good and I'm only halfway through. 4y
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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Got a ring pop and this enticing book from Book of the Month Club! Follow my link and use promo code REFER50 for 50% off a three month subscription! It's super cool--judges will curate selections and you get to pick from those. =) https://www.bookofthemonth.com/referCode/?referCode=d26d65fb12498

bookworm_1978 Awesome book. 4y
April @bookworm_1978 I can't wait to start! 4y
Vblancsbooks Mine is on its way!! I picked the same book this month! 4y
April @Vblancsbooks Awesome! I'm excited to read it. I'm in the mood for a mystery. It sounds like it's part tear-jerker, part crime solving. 4y
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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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From Book of the Month club (my new FAVORITE subscription service). Follow my link and use promo code REFER50 for 50% off a three month subscription! It's super cool--judges will curate selections and you get to pick from those. =) https://www.bookofthemonth.com/referCode/?referCode=d26d65fb12498

Chessa I just won a three-month subscription through Book Riot! So excited to try it out! 4y
April @Chessa Awesome! I have such terrible luck with giveaways. Lol I think you'll love it. They make it really fun. =) 4y
Chessa @April I've probably entered 100 of their giveaways, so maybe it was just my turn! 😂 4y
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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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Tea party themed book club meeting today!

brittnaypozen Love Marjane Satrapi! 4y
April @brittnaypozen Me too! Her illustrations are so are so recognizable. This one was a fun read. =) 4y
brittnaypozen Ahh I'll definitely have to add it to my list!! 4y
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I just applied for a teen librarian position so I'm brushing up on my YA! So far I'm really enjoying this one. Takes me back to my days of hardcore crushing ❤️

CateKeesling Hope you get it!! Fingers crossed! 4y
April @CateKeesling Thank you so much! 4y
Mamashep Good luck! 4y
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Vblancsbooks Oh wow! Hope you get it! 4y
NatalieR Rooting for you! 4y
April @NatalieR @Vblancsbooks @Mamashep Thank you all so much! 4y
strikingthirteen Good luck! :) 4y
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V for Vendetta | Alan Moore
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Shout out to snapchat for making all of my book covers come alive. 😂😂 Can't wait to start this! Loved loved loved the movie. Sure that this will be even better. =)

TheBookAddict Definitely better. Explained some things better. The movie changed a lot of things for the sake of time. I can't say that the movie was terrible, like many other movies that don't come close to being as good as the book. The movie was awesome too. I own both and am proud of it! 🤓📚💕 enjoy!!! 4y
April @TheBookAddict Thanks for the head's up! Yeah, the movie is wonderful but certainly left me with some questions. 4y
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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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Wonderful! Made me feel like I was back home around the kitchen table, listening to all the ladies in my family talk about their love lives and gossip. Very quick read and very fun--I laughed out loud several times. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Book of Salt: A Novel | Monique Truong
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Loved it. So sensual, in terms of both food and sex. Loved the angle of Paris in the 1930's from the eyes of a Vietnamese chef in Gertrude Stein's household. Great for thinking about colonialism and its impact on gender (whose agency are we sacrificing for our own?). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Furny Oooh sounds good, something different!.x 4y
BookladyOnTheMove Read this book quite awhile ago. I still remember it! Such an amazing story. 4y
Kbanski Sounds like a good one to take on my upcoming France trip! 4y
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Antonio Sounds like a less gritty Mark Kurlansky? 4y
juttingjaw I'm interested in reading this my daughter bought this book a few years ago. Now even more compelled to read it. 4y
Blaire Have always been intrigued by the cover of this book. Adding to my list. 4y
April @Booklady100 Isn't it great?! The food descriptions had me. 😋 4y
April @Kbanski This would be the PERFECT book to take on a trip to Paris. Paris is certainly a character itself in this piece, and it's great to read about a city from the POV of a person historically exploited by the city. 4y
April @juttingjaw @Blaire @Furny Go for it! I think you'll all love it. =) Beautiful prose and compelling, complicated characters. =) 4y
Couchnest I was excited when I thought it was a book about salt. #saltaddict lol :) 4y
Blaire Added to my to-read list. 4y
SistaPip Read this book for a book club years ago, loved it and haven't thought about it in a long time 4y
April @Couchnest Me too! Did you read that book out a while ago called Salt? I think it was Salt: A history. I have it but haven't started it. Looks interesting though! 4y
April @Blaire Nice! Enjoy! 4y
April @SistaPip I read it for a class and I'm so glad that I did! 4y
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Just bought some books in the Boston airport 😎

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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A LOT to take in. Lots of good things--examples of men being tender to & caring for one another; honesty about a grief that can't be "fixed"; great character development & writing. Certainly a hard read, though, & I understand critiques about it being voyeuristic. Still, an important book.⭐⭐️️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Vblancsbooks Loved your review I felt exactly the same way! ❤️ 4y
April @Vblancsbooks Thank you! I'm so glad I read it, but I was constantly alternating between tears and sighs. 😭 4y
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Honestly not looking forward to another trauma theory book (soooo ready to graduate and read what I want; one more month!), but my Shakespeare love mug is soothing my soul. 😌

sleuthsandspies I feel your pain! 4y
Ukulelebob Is that a Caravaggio painting on the front of the book? 4y
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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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From Book of the Month club (my new FAVORITE subscription service). Follow my link and use promo code REFER50 for 50% off a three month subscription! It's super cool--judges will curate selections and you get to pick from those. =) https://www.bookofthemonth.com/referCode/?referCode=d26d65fb12498

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Don't want to poke fun at this book (seriously some dark stuff, and I don't mean to imply that I take that lightly), but I opened my snapchat filter on the book cover and.... I might have to go around taking pics of all of my face-graced book covers, transforming them into graphic novels!

booksbaconglitter Oh god, this is wonderful! 4y
April @booksbaconglitter Yes! Snapchat has been opening so many doors to me. Lol I love you username, by the way! =D 4y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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About a third of the way through _A Little Life_... 😭

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Mules and Men | Zora Neale Hurston
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Started this little guy at 4:00 am this morning. I hate myself for waiting until the last minute to start reading through my research but I'm loving this book all the same!

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