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AudreyMorris

AudreyMorris

Joined May 2016

Instagram: DreesReads | Goodreads: Dree Morris Literary fiction, memoir, history, 1001 books list
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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5⭐️. Wow. This book is excellent, with many topics/threads: a marriage, a road trip, new projects for husband wife with topics that seem very different but are really quite similar. Parenting. Does history repeat itself? Can fiction become fact and fact fiction?

BarbaraBB Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 1w
AudreyMorris @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t say it‘s easy. There is a lot to think about and it is definitely literary. But I had no problem finishing it in less than a week. 1w
BarbaraBB That sounds doable for my husband too (he is more into journalism than into fiction). Thanks!! 1w
ReadingEnvy I finished it a few days ago and I'm only now starting to be able to let it go. 1w
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Found on Hoopla searching “California poetry”. There were a couple of poems in here that I liked—“Refinery” and “Sunset over Anaheim” being my favorites. But generally this is a mishmash collection of city poems (good), beach poems, love/relationship poems (meh to ugh). He uses the word “piss” too much for my taste.

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The Wheel on the School | Meindert De Jong
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1955 Newbery winner. In a small town in the Netherlands a school (5 boys, 1 girl) work to bring storks back to town. They make friends with several old people in town, learn how different people have different strengths, and how important teamwork is. A great book and very much still relevant and very much worth reading! I had never heard of this and did not read it as a kid, which makes me kind of sad. #newbery

BarbaraBB I have never heard of this one too, living in the Netherlands. Must check out! 2w
AudreyMorris It‘s really sweet and perfect for Newbery-aged kids! You‘ll have to tell me how realistic the setting is. 2w
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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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Somewhere between a pick and so-so. A quick read. 17-year-old Luisa runs away from home in Mexico City and heads to an Oaxacan beach with her new friend/boyfriend Tomas. They hang out and drift apart. They eat and drink beer. After 7? 10? Days her father finds her and she very willingly goes home. The end. Started off promising but I felt it went nowhere. Maybe I am too old for coming of age books.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Some people will love this, but I am not one of them. Cute, quirky, nice, for the most part. Too quirky for me, it made it feel like the author was trying too hard to create memorable characters. Ostensibly about a candlepin bowling family, it‘s full of characters who reinvent themselves. I felt the over-the-too quirkiness too away from that. #camptob

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A Canadian poli sci professor travels to California and writes about it. Which sound interesting. And then I read it. Is this book just sloppy or is it willfully ignorant and full of intentional errors? I explain more in my Goodreads review, but let‘s just start with the fact that his “travels through CA” cover the 70 miles between San Diego and San Juan Capistrano. That‘s it! California has 58 counties. He visited two.

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I liked this much more than I expected! At under 200 pages it‘s a quick read. And it isn‘t nearly as misogynistic as I was expecting from a hard-boiled detective novel 🤣. San Francisco Private detective Sam Spade figures out the various players in the search for/theft of the Maltese Falcon. #1001books #1000books

JazzFeathers I watched the classic film last year and truly enjoyed it. I really have to read the book too. 3w
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Drop City | T Coraghessan Boyle, Boyle T C
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Well, I‘m done. This novel follows the members of a c1970 hippie commune in California that moves to interior Alaska. Sex, drugs, a few hard workers and a lot of hangers on. The first half was OK, the Alaska half unbelievable. No roads in, dark for 6 months of the year, -40 temps, a lot of vegetarians. Boyle did not convince me they could survive. #1001books

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Amazing “generational memoir”. Ernaux uses her own life (and family, friends) to illustrate the changes in France c1941-the 21st century. From economic changes (a life without indoor plumbing where everything is used through necessity to a consumerist society), to political changes and swings, the waning influence of the Catholic Church and mores, and more. She also discusses the weirdness of aging: it happens when you least expect it lol.

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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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In this poetry collection Vermette focuses on rivers and on being Metis. Rivers are constant yet changing, mixing and growing. The Metis belong and miss what is gone and going. These poems are spare, most lines are fewer than 4 words. But the words are powerful. I heard about this book on the @ReadingEnvy podcast. #nativecanadian #metis

Cinfhen A lot of people are reading this book by the same author and loving it 1mo
Cinfhen They both work for #Booked2019 #IndigenousAuthor 1mo
AudreyMorris @Cinfhen I do want to read her novel, I really am into novels more than poetry, but I was feeling motivated. And poetry is usually quicker and I already have a pile on my nightstand!! Glad to here people are liking it!! 1mo
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This popular science book looks at a variety of current projects intended to bring back extinct species—wooly mammoth, passenger pigeon, aurochs, dinosaurs. She also looks at attempts to engineer the DNA of corals and the functionally extinct American chestnut. Ethics issues are addressed. I found this book to be fascinating and balanced, there is a lot to think about! Also: cloning is not a thing for extinct animals!

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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vásquez
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5 stars! Vasquez looks at conspiracy theories, focused on 2 assassinations in Colombia. He looks at how historical events continue to affect regular individuals even 100 years later. Long, complicated, intense, and masterfully done. On the Man Booker International shortlist. I need to read more by this author! #intranslation #colombianliterature #mbi2019 #manbookerinternational #5stars

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My first Goodreads giveaway win in years! A history of the Pony Express, which I actually don‘t know a whole lot about—though I did major in history, with a focus on the 19th century American West. I can‘t wait to start this book—and as a bonus, it smells amazing. #nonfiction #history

CafeMom Enjoy and congratulations on the win! 1mo
SewHappyStitchHappy Congrats on winning! And I‘m a total book sniffer, too! 😊 1mo
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Pick with reservations. This nonfiction work examines what the wives of Vietnam POW/MIAs we‘re doing on the homefront. First they behaved as good military wives should—they kept their mouths shut. But as LBJs administration gave them no info, they went their own way. They formed local and then a natl org, travelled, met with leaders, has letter campaigns. Lee did not convince me their efforts helped end the war—but they did sway public opinion.

AudreyMorris #history #nonfiction #NetGalley Full reviews on Goodreads and Instagram 2mo
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I don‘t usually read thrillers, which this is, essentially. But it‘s so fascinating—a character with “a perfect sense of smell” who becomes a perfumer do he can learn to make smells and affect people‘s behavior. Also, murder. #1001books

Tamra Such a strangely fascinating little novel! 2mo
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Family saga featuring an old family orchard, multiple generations, and the Iranian Revolution in 1978. Ghaffari does a great job illustrating how people can become cruel and power-hungry due to their own lifelong disappointments and perceived rejection. We find out what happens to just 4 characters though—what about the rest?! A pet peeve of mine 😕

Lindy Nice backdrop for this cover. 📷👍 2mo
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The Book of Flora | Meg Elison
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This is book 3 in Meg Elison‘s Road to Nowhere trilogy. I did not enjoy this as much as the others. The focus is no longer on survival and community building in the post-apocalyptic era (thus book starts right where The Book of Etta ended). The focus here ison lgbtq, catamites, horsewomen, and other who do not fit the male/female gender dichotomy who are looking for a community where they can be accepted and safe. See comments for more.

AudreyMorris Elison continues her world building as the characters travel to different communities—but she is unable to give any one the justice it deserves. I also thought all the traveling (lots!) creates a continuity problem from book 2, where traveling is difficult and dangerous, especially for women. Still an interesting read, but does not live up to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (book 1, Philip K Dick award winner). #postapocalyptic (edited) 2mo
Megabooks Excellent review! 2mo
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This book looks fascinating! I know I will learn a lot. #environmentaljustice #indigenousrights #history #currentevents

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In this biography/memoir Eerkens explores her parents‘ lives during/after WWII. Her tween father was held in a Japanese internment camp in the Dutch East Indies and was later evacuated during the war for independence. Her mother‘s parents were arrested post war as Nazi collaborators. Eerkens also looks at how these childhood experiences of rejection, hunger, illness, etc, affected their life choices and their children. Excellent and unusual.

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Book of Etta | Meg Elison
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The sequel to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, this book begins 100+ years after the first book. Elison has had to do post-apocalyptic world building for this, which I love. Etta lives in Nowhere, a town founded by the Unnamed Midwife, who is revered. Etta is a raider/scavenger—she must disguise herself as a man, since there is continued problems with pregnancy and birth, and surviving girls are unusual. A good read.

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Rivers | Martin Michael Driessen
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March wrap-up! 13 books finished (2 are part of a 13-Book series that I am reading in 4 volumes). 2381 pages. Favorite is tagged! #wrapup #marchwrapup

CafeMom Wow you must be a fast reader. 3mo
AudreyMorris I am told I‘m fast, but others are faster! And I started Tristram in January 😂 3mo
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It‘s long, exhausting, funny, bawdy, and completely absurd. Did I love it? No. Is it hard to believe this book is 350 years old? Yes? Does it belong on the 1001 books list? Absolutely. It‘s an original for sure. #1001books #1000books

BookwormM 🤣🤣I hated this one I found it really boring glad you enjoyed it 3mo
AudreyMorris @BookwormM I definitely struggled in the chapters that were full of historical references. The endnotes helped but not enough! 3mo
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Ficciones | Jorge Luis Borges
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A collection of odd stories, all having to do with books (thus the title). The vocabulary, structure, and content of this book mean it‘s not an easy read, but I liked the oddness. Like a cross between Calvino and Mieville—but Borges came first. #intranslation #1001books #1000books #501books

Swe_Eva I looove Borges!! 3mo
AudreyMorris @Swe_Eva this is my first Borges! I don‘t really know why I haven‘t read him before. He is very original! 3mo
Swe_Eva @AudreyMorris He was my first foray into grownup fiction and it blew my mind that someone could write like that. 💜 3mo
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This #memoir chronicles Land‘s years as a young single mother with no money, an abusive ex, and little familial support. She works as a cleaner and landscaper to try to make ends meet. She chronicles the difficulty and embarrassment of the poor (being sneered at for using EBT, the lines and paperwork to keep benefits), as well as discussing the houses and clients she has. The House chapters were a bit too voyeuristic for me. #netgalley

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This volume contains the first 3 books of the 13-Book Pilgrimage by Dorothy M Richardson. 3 down 10 to go! I am enjoying this more than I expected, but Miriam (the main character) also drives me crazy. And since it‘s semi autobiographical, that‘s Richardson! Looking forward to how she changes as she ages. #streamofconsciousness #englishlit #1001books

batsy Ooh, this has been on my TBR forever! I just have to find a way to collect all of the copies... (that's such s pretty edition) 3mo
Liz_M That is a lovely looking edition! 3mo
AudreyMorris @nasty and @Liz_M this edition is from my library and was in storage—it hadn‘t been checked out for over 10 years! I‘m picking vol 2 up tomorrow, I hope it is from the same set. 3mo
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Book mail! Thanks to #librarythingearlyreviewers and @HarperCollins @WilliamMorrowBooks for this #arc. It looks so good I‘m thinking of skipping my backlog and starting this one.

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This book celebrates the strength of girls in all its forms: physical, mental, artistic, athletic, and more. It also celebrates friendship and talent. Parker‘s magnificent photos, short quotes, and intro paragraphs to each chapter pull together the themes. Great for girls of all ages. #photography

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The Hundred Dresses | Eleanor Estes
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Amazing early reader book with magnificent illustrations. In 80 pages Estes covers exclusion, teasing, guilt, talent, and more. Two girls (and more) tease a classmate because she wears the same dress to school daily. One of them is quite poor herself and is embarrassed and feels terrible, but she is afraid her popular friend will turn on her. #newberywinner

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This is a picture book biography of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman who earned a PhD, began the reforestation of her country, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and served in Kenya‘s parliament. A good intro to biography for young children, Winters has a series of picture book bios of important women from around the world. I only wish the illustrations were page-size, rather than set in a much smaller frame. #childrensbooks #picturebooks #biography

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Grace Lin grew up on a community with few Asian American families. She wrote this book, about a girl (named Grace) feeling isolated as the only Asian American in her class. Lin‘s author‘s note says she wrote the book she needed as a kid. But this book is good for all kids, to help build empathy and understanding. And it‘s a cute story.

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Rosie Revere, Engineer | Andrea Beaty
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Rosie loves tinkering and engineering, but struggles with failure—her Aunt Rose teaches her how failure is an important part of inventing. This book has fabulous colorful and whimsical illustrations. #picturebook #childrensbooks

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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A quick read but just so-so for me, though I can see others loving it. Almost-50 newly single gay author Arthur Less avoids his ex‘s wedding by accepting all work and personal invitations he receives, and travels the world. A successful author who has always been in his more-famous friends‘ and other ex‘s shadows, his blue suit is his favorite identity. The humor didn‘t hit right for me, and I could not relate to the character. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #pulitzer

RealBooks4ever Sorry it wasn‘t for you! I enjoyed it immensely. 💜 Hope your next read hits the spot! 3mo
EKonrad Agreed! I can‘t understand why this won a Pulitzer. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg
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February wrap-up! Not a great month for me, but I do have 2 quarterly reads going too. I got 3 ARC/galleys read as I work through my backlog, yay! Favorite book of the month is tagged. #februarywrapup

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Rivers | Martin Michael Driessen
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I‘m surrounded! There are 4 people home but I have both cats LOL 🐱🐱 #catsoflitsy

Lcsmcat You are the chosen one. 😻 4mo
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I expected a memoir based on the tiny pic and description on LibraryThing‘s Early reviewer list. It‘s a novel! Lots and lots of adjectives and a very romanticized look at a small Italian town. It took me awhile to get into it, but I did want to see how the various storylines tied up. And they did. Very much a “and they all lived happily ever after” sort of book. If you‘re looking for a book like that, this might strike your fancy!

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Pick, with reservations. A fairly quick read that takes place in Silicon Valley. Fred and Kate are siblings, the adult children of Chinese immigrants. They both have excellent jobs and make very good money but want more. When their father is diagnosed with cancer, their perspectives shift a little, as both try to make their dreams happen. Too much rich people problems, but I like books set in San Jose (born and raised!).

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg
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My first 5-Star read of 2019! Birdie is a half-Cree woman who grows up in northern Alberta. This novel touches on many themes of native life as well as themes common everywhere. This book focuses on her strength and the strength of her aunt, sistercousin, and friend as they all fight to bring her back from the brink. Excellent writing and engrossing story. #canadianlit #nativelit #diverselit

RealLifeReading Sounds great! 5mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#januarywrapup 8 books, 2,051 pages read. Pretty typical totals for me! Tagged book was my favorite of the 8.

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I requested this book because Laurie R King is my favorite active mystery writer. I have read just about every one of her novels. Then this arrived and I found out it was about a school shooting 😱. And I put off reading it. But it really is more about the suspense. Small town CA, lots of characters of very different backgrounds, who may have people after them. Good suspense building. Not gory. Laurie R King did not disappoint me! #mystery

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Princess Bari | Hwang Sok-Yong
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Book mail! Received this through the #LibraryThing #earlyreviewers program. I think I need to tackle my ARCs and galleys in February!

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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24 hours in and I haven‘t even made it to 3 hours! I knew this was a bad weekend for me, especially today, but I didn‘t realize it would be this bad 🤣. And I managed to zero out my timer trying to get a different display. Guess I will start over for day 2 🤷🏻‍♀️ I did complete a goal, I finished the tagged book! Review to come. #24in48

JazzFeathers Well, l'm at 2 hours too. Let's rock it today! 💪😄 5mo
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Here‘s my #24in48 stack! I realize I have no chance of getting through all of these, but my goals are posted on Insta @ Dreesreads. My goals won‘t fit here 🤣 I am starting at 9pm my time (12 EST, official start time) so I can get some reading in tonight AND go to sleep at a decent time on Sunday!

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A pick because this was so much better than any of the other Lovecraft stories I have read. This is a novella, which allowed for more development. The usual exploration (Antarctica this time), strange beings, strange happenings, and fear are a big part of the story. But though Lovecraft‘s “it was so horrible I can‘t say it!” is there—the narrator actually does say! #1001books #sciencefiction #serialreader

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too 💕 5mo
SerialReader One of my favorites! 5mo
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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David, a 20-something America, has been in Paris for 2 years “finding himself”. His father wants him to come home. But David is trying to decide if he wants to marry fellow American Hella and have a conforming standard life. Or should he stay in Paris with Giovanni? Will he ever be satisfied with who he is with, or will he always long for someone else and a different life? #lgbtq #americanliterature #diversereads

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Made the Rich Lentil Soup from this for dinner last night. It was yummy—it was also lunch today! #cookbook #makeitfromscratch #homecooking

Lcsmcat I love lentils! (And leftovers for lunch!) 5mo
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The Shunned House | H. P. Lovecraft
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Lovecraft‘s stories would be great campfire read alouds—though I‘m not sure I would actually sleep after hearing them. I don‘t find his stories to be all that scary—but I would have looooved them around 8th grade. This one is short and involves no monsters or travel—just a creepy house with a history, much more to my taste than some of his others. I have also decided to pick up #serialreader again and commit to 1 installment/day.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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4 ⭐️ I loved loved loved the prologue. Was frustrated by the ending and lack of resolution—I know some people like this, but I am not one of them. The various stories showing the diversity within the urban Indian community were great and felt real, but I should have kept notes on the relationships. The main text felt as though it was Dene‘s project—the stories he collected, with the book being the result after letting the stories lead the project

RealBooks4ever Totally agree! 💜 6mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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December reading totals! 9 books, with 2952 pages—though the longest was a year-long read. Favorite of the nine is tagged. #decemberroundup #mymonthinbooks #decemberreading

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Ramona: A Story | Helen Hunt Jackson
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My last finish of 2018! The story in this novel was s dated. So dated. But if you are interested in California history, it is a must-read. Published in 1884, Jackson romanticized Californio culture, believed California Indians were people, and had nothing nice to say about American policies toward both. This book has never been out of print, and caused tourists to come to CA right as the railroads arrived.

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It‘s weird, there is time travel, World War II, and a zoo on another planet. The story is told out of order. The narrator is unreliable. Probably. I enjoyed it, but should probably read it again to catch things I probably missed before I sorted out what was going on. #1001books #1000books

LizH I‘ve read it several times and every time I see something new. I think my inner ADHD child loves the circular-backward-inside-outside-upside down writing style 🤷🏼‍♀️ if you liked this, try any of his others. (edited) 5mo
AudreyMorris @LizH I do like the inside out lack of linear storytelling. I generally prefer non-linear fiction, especially if there is only one narrator. 5mo
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