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AvidReader25

Joined February 2016

LibraryThing member bookworm12

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Coffee addict. ☕️ World traveler. 🌎 Theatre lover. 🎭 Magazine editor, wife, mom to two kids & a pup. avidreader25.blogspot.com LT: Bookworm12
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This one was way creepier than I remembered. But I love the way he perfectly conveys how childhood can feel overwhelming. We talk about how childhood is magical, but sometimes being a kid is scary. Things can feel out of your control & confusing. Gaiman captures that perfectly. Memories made in childhood make a deep impression and help shape us. Plus the Hempstock women are a delight. I hadn‘t realized how many of his other books they pop up in!

fredamans My favorite Gaiman book! 😊 1d
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Monday I got to hear Neil Gaiman speak. He‘s one of my favorite living authors & it was such a joy to listen to him joke & answer questions. He read essays & poems (Chivalry). He has such an incredible skill for storytelling & the perfect voice to read his work. There's something so magical about an entire sold-out auditorium listening with rapt attention as someone reads to them. It's so different from our normal society doing 15 things at once.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Emily Henry can apparently do no wrong. This one tells the story of Nora, an uptight woman who lost her mom and feels responsible for taking care of her sister. Lots of control issues and fear of failing those you love. 🙋‍♀️ She‘s NYC to the core, but ends up in North Carolina for a month. Of course she runs into Charlie, her antagonistic colleague in the literary field. Compulsively readable, full of flying sparks and delicious witty banter.

AvidReader25 QUOTE: “Maybe love shouldn‘t be built on a foundation of compromises, but maybe it can‘t exist without them either. Not the kind that forces two people into shapes they don‘t fit in, but the kind that loosens their grips, always leaves room to grow. Compromises that say, there will be a you-shaped space in my heart, and if your shape changes, I will adapt.” 1w
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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This remains one of my absolute favorite Gaiman novels. This was my 3rd time reading it and it still carried me away. It‘s a lovely story filled with humor and adventure. I‘d recommend it to fans of The Princess Bride, dark fairy tales, or anyone looking to try a Gaiman novel. The story comes full circle in a wonderfully satisfying way. The characters are feisty, the lessons are good ones and it‘s a quick read.

BkClubCare I should probably reread this. 1w
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare It‘s very fun on audio! 1w
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Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore | Patric Richardson, Karin B. Miller
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OK, I might officially be old, but I really enjoyed this one. It‘s exactly what it looks like, a book about laundry tips. But the author‘s voice as he reads the audio is fun and playful and entertaining. I also learned a ton about how I should actually be doing my laundry. 😆

Cinfhen I loved this book too!! Like ridiculously loved this book!!!! 2w
AvidReader25 @Cinfhen I don‘t know what it was about it, but it was so fun! 1w
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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This was my 3rd time reading this creepy coming-of-age story. It's modeled on The Jungle Book but set in a graveyard instead. At its heart, it‘s about a boy who feels like he doesn‘t quite fit in anywhere. That unifying feeling makes the book applicable to just about anyone. Gaiman creates an unforgettable world in the graveyard and these characters will stay with me forever.

“If I come back, it will be a place, but it won‘t be home any longer."

Leftcoastzen Amazing tombstone! 2w
AvidReader25 @Leftcoastzen Isn‘t that beautiful! 2w
BkClubCare So should I read Jungle Book first? 7d
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Definitely don‘t need to! Totally stands on its own without knowing anything about that original inspiration. 6d
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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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I was in a reading rut and needed something fun, this fit the bill. My complaint is that the big reveals were obvious from page one. The part I connected with was Jessie‘s grief. Like me, she lost her mom at 14 and her dad remarried quickly. That transition in high school is confusing and hard. The author shared that she went through the same thing. That real struggle is reflected in the book.

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 How do you resist those big soulful eyes! 2w
Leftcoastzen That cute face made me smile! 2w
batsy A beauty! 🐶 2w
BkClubCare {{{hugs}}} 7d
AvidReader25 @wanderinglynn I can‘t resist them! He mashed me smile every day. 💙 @Leftcoastzen 6d
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Sweet and gentle life musings from everyone‘s favorite grandma. I loved this glimpse into Betty White‘s life. She‘s passionate about animals and her television work. She certainly has a optimistic view of life and this was a quick breath of fresh air.

Bklover This was a good one! 2w
AvidReader25 @Bklover Just what I needed today! 2w
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I was expecting to love this one. It has all those great elements: a murder mystery, libraries, maps, etc. But for some reason the story was lacking for me. I found myself avoiding it. I think it was the character of Nell, I thought the backstories of the other characters was fascinating. It wasn‘t awful, I just wanted to love it more. Also, I think I saw every twist coming, which is not normal for me. It might just be a case of high expectations.

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The Two Towers has always been my least favorite book in the series, though I still love it. This time around I was reminded of the incredible strength of some of the quieter characters. Faramir and Sam make it possible for Frodo to complete his task. Without their sacrificial choices he never would‘ve made it. It‘s also still thrilling when Gandalf returns!

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After her mother dies, Katie decides to take the trip to Italy that they were suppressed to take together. The relationship between mothers and daughters is so complicated and this book reflects that. Katie‘s codependency was exhausting at times, but I loved seeing her begin to understand her mother as a woman, not just a parent. No one else can make you happy. Figuring out who you are as a person cannot be dependent upon what others do for you.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Refugees from a war-torn country try to escape to a safer place through magical doors. The fantastical element was told in such a matter-of-fact way that I had to reread it to make sure I didn‘t miss something. Saeed & Nadia are interesting, but the author has a way of keeping the reader at arm‘s length & I never felt connected to them. There are also interlude sections that felt unnecessary. An interesting premise, but I wanted more.

Libby1 I completely agree. 1mo
Leniverse Yes, that's how I felt about it too. I liked The Reluctant Fundamentalist better. (But hated the movie.) 1mo
AvidReader25 @Libby1 I‘m glad to hear it wasn‘t just me! 1mo
AvidReader25 @Leniverse I haven‘t read that one! I‘ll have to check it out. 1mo
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A few things stuck with me from this one, but the tone of the author was exhausting and condescending. I read pieces of it, but skipped quite a bit.

Get them to say “that‘s right” by explaining what you think they are saying.

Don't respond with a hard no. For example:
That‘s a very generous offer, given our budget limitation. However, I don‘t think that‘s adequate compensation for the responsibilities on my plate.

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A geologist on an expedition in Antarctica finds himself in a terrifying situation when he discovers an ancient civilization of "Elder" creatures. Lovecraft is a master at slowly building suspense. At times, this classic gets bogged down in scientific details, but it still captures a great sense of foreboding. We've become used to thrillers that share every detail early on, but in 1936, this story was cutting edge.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I loved this sci-fi meditation on humanity and the threads that connect us. It‘s equal parts hauntingly beautiful and heartbreakingly familiar. A pandemic, time travel, a moon colony, it all left me reeling. Layer after layer is revealed in the plot, all while maintaining an eerie sense of loneliness and longing for something that‘s just out of reach.

“This is a strange lesson of living in a pandemic: life can be tranquil in the face of death."

AvidReader25 "I think, as a species, we have a desire to believe that we are living at the climax of the story. It‘s a kind of narcissism. We want to believe that we are uniquely important, that we are living at the end of history, but now, after all these millennia of false alarms, now it‘s finally the worst that it has ever been, that finally we have reached the end of the world." 1mo
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The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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A fun, murder mystery thriller set on an island. This one was perfect on audio and reminded me so much of The Guest List. Hollywood stars belonging to an exclusive club have secrets and sordid histories that complicate the opening of a new location. It was just what I was in the mood for and I loved each twisty reveal. The different POVs and red herrings made for a fast and entertaining read!

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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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A super quick short story that I read while kiddo enjoyed running around on the playground. The story of a mother and daughter and the complicated relationship they have. It reminded me a bit of Practical Magic. Not bad, but forgettable.

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The Shell Seekers | Rosamunde Pilcher
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When I heard this was one of my grandma‘s favorite books I assumed it would be dated. Instead I found a wonderful novel about the complicated relationship between mothers & their kids. It‘s a story that spans WWII, an artist‘s life in Cornwall, & a life-altering trip to Ibiza. There were so many lines I loved & the characters of Penelope & Olivia will stay w/me.

“Like a vessel that has been empty for too long, she felt herself filled with peace.”

Christine Gorgeous photo! This one‘s on my TBR too. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review 💫 1mo
MaureenMc 🥰 1mo
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I loved this one so much that I read it twice when it came out in 2017. I read it in print and then again on audio. I've always loved mythology and Gaiman's playful retellings are a delight. Readers will recognize the trickster Loki, clever Odin, and strong (and a bit dim) Thor. Rereading it a third time, the book has not lost its charm. Highly recommended, especially if you are already a fan or the author.

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I can‘t find a listing on Litsy for this short story, but this audible original was a fun little read for any fans of Neil Gaiman. He read it himself and it‘s brief, but I enjoyed it. An astronaut wakes up as his ship is failing only to discover his name is Neil Gaiman. He remembers nothing else.

BkClubCare Added to my Audible library, thank you. 1mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare It‘s quick and fun! Also, I could listen to Gaiman all day. 1mo
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Truth Or Beard | Penny Reid
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I‘ve heard about this series for years and finally picked up the first book on vacation. It was fun, predictable, steamy, and silly. It was just what I was in the mood for on a beach vacation. I‘m sure I‘ll continue the series at some point. I loved the relationship between all of the Winston brothers. Jessica was a bit annoying, but the spark between her and Duane made up for that. Cletus was my favorite of the brothers.

RaeLovesToRead All that blue is gorgeous 💙🌊 2mo
BookBabe Looks like a relaxing vacation! Pretty backdrop! 2mo
AvidReader25 @BookBabe @RaeLovesToRead Sunshine and blue skies for days! 2mo
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Every time I reread this series I find new beautiful depths. I‘m particularly enjoying the audio narrated by Andy Serkis this time.

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement for even the very wise cannot see all ends.”- Gandalf

wanderinglynn Beautiful view! 2mo
AvidReader25 @wanderinglynn A perfect spot for vacation reading! 2mo
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Reread this lovely book on a whim and it resonated even more the second time. It‘s filled with advice that we all need to hear. The illustrations are beautiful, but it‘s the words that hit straight to my heart. I know I return to it many times in the future.

“When the big things feel out of control… focus on what you love right under your nose.”

Bookwomble Ooh, I needed to read that right now! Thank you for your timely quote 😊 2mo
AvidReader25 @Bookwomble I did too! 💙 2mo
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I and You | Lauren Gunderson
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 Gunderson has become my favorite living playwright. This one is about a young girl with a serious disease who gets an unexpected visit from a high school classmate to work on a Walt Whitman project. This isn‘t my favorite of hers, but she always has a gift for hitting some notes that resonate deeply no matter what the subject matter is. If you haven‘t read her Silent Sky of The Book of Will I would highly recommend both.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙 2mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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A seriously twisted psychological thriller with notes of Jane Eyre and Rebecca. Despite those being two of my favorite books, this one proved a little too dark for me. A young novelist is hired to finish a series by famous author who is injured in a car crash. When she arrives at the author‘s home things get complicated. I read it in a day and was definitely sucked in, but didn‘t love it.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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A good vacation read, but I didn‘t like it as much as The Guest List. A twisty thriller with some good surprises, but it was missing a character to root for. They were all so self-absorbed and broken it was hard to care about what happened to them. It was a quick read though and kept me interested.

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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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The author chronicles tiny tidbits of her thoughts and feelings by category, alphabetically. It is charming and best devoured in small bites, a few entries at a time. From needlepoint to piñatas each topic gives us a snippet into the author‘s world.

“Our lives just feel so impossibly big to us.”

“It‘s really something to return home after a month away. It would seem that the world should have changed in someway.”

megnews I loved this. Have you read 2mo
AvidReader25 @megnews Yes! I read that one first. I have never had such an interactive experience reading a book in my life. So wonderful! 2mo
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A gentle epistolary novel set in the 1960s. Two women begin writing letters to each other based on their love of food. As complications arise in their lives they support each other despite their very different circumstances. This one gave me all the feels and was a joy to read. I love food memoirs, epistolary novels, strong female characters, and descriptions of travel so I had a feeling this one would be a hit for me.

EvieBee This sounds excellent! 2mo
AvidReader25 @EvieBee It was exactly what I was in the mood for! 2mo
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The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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The story is predictable but sweet. It‘s the equivalent of a really good romantic comedy movie. So save it for when you‘re in the mood for a charming tale. This reread made me think about what I would do if I didn‘t care what others thought. It almost made me appreciate my own blue castle (our home) a little more.

“She, who had been afraid of almost everything in life, was not afraid of death.”

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I just kept waiting for this one to click and it never did. It‘s not a bad story, and the ending is satisfying, but it‘s not really about Agatha Christie. She is a peripheral character. Marge my expectations were too high, but I kept dreading picking this one up and just wanted to be done with it.

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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An incredibly short retelling of an ancient myth. This one was interesting, but ironically, it left me feeling cold. A sculptor brings his creation to life and falls in love with her. Romantic on the surface, but in this retelling he is abusive and controlling. I love her other work, but I felt like this one wasn‘t strong enough to be published as a standalone book.

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Anansi Boys | AudioGo
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A reread in anticipation of seeing Gaiman speak in May. I‘ve always loved his ability to use different fables and mythologies to create new tales. This one is a must on audio read by the talented Lenny Henry. Not my favorite Gaiman, but very entertaining. I love Charles and Spider‘s growth as characters.

BkClubCare HOW have I missed all these updates?! I have an envelope from you but no letter inside (lost somewhere around here…) remind me again, if we have a buddy read coming up?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare 😆 We were throwing out ideas for one, but I don‘t think we picked the book. Any on your radar? 1mo
BkClubCare Ha! Too many. Want to join me in a reading of A View of the Harbour? By Elizabeth Taylor. Check if this is of interest, and if your library has it. Let me know. Otherwise, May is open and “up for anything”. 🥸 1mo
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AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Hey!!! My library doesn‘t have it, so I might pass on that one. Im@up for another one! Maybe we could find one for this summer? Have you read I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon? That‘s on my radar. 1mo
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - my library has the Lawhon book both print and eBook so I can get it fast. 😊 1mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Oh perfect! Read Anastasia in May or wait until summer? 1mo
BkClubCare June! 😁 1mo
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This one hit me deeply. I‘d like to try implementing a form of this for my family, though I won‘t be getting a landline. I love the idea of filling your tech-free days with fun activities & adventures. It‘s a subject I think is crucial to follow as my kids get older.

“Connecting broadly is meaningless unless we also connect deeply.”

“When we succumb to our screens too often, we're just spinning our wheels when we could be going somewhere.”

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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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After seeing Jewell‘s books recommended so many places as good thrillers, I decided to check her out. This one is full of dark twists about a strange group of people living in a large England home. The rotating POV comes together nicely in the end as Libby, Lucy, & Henry‘s lives connect. It kept me entertained on our recent road trip, but won‘t leave a lasting impression. There were a few trigger warning issues as well.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed this one ❤️ 3mo
janeycanuck “Entertained but won‘t leave a lasting impression” is a good way to describe a lot of these “twisty thrillers” that have come out lately. 3mo
AvidReader25 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have you read any of her other books? I‘m curious if this is one of her best or just average. 3mo
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck Yes! But I feel like the ones that are excellent stick with you. 3mo
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I was sucked in from page one. He reads the audiobook himself and tells his stories with such passion. You‘ll appreciate it more if you are a musician (I‘m not), or a huge fan of his, but it‘s fun regardless. His collection of memories are a strange and wonderful mix. There are rockstar concert mishaps and there are first crushes in a classic suburban neighborhood. It‘s a bit flowery at times, but it‘s easy to get lost in his childlike enthusiasm.

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Strout can write about the simplest of human interactions & make them fascinating. This one returns us to Lucy Barton‘s life. It‘s told from Lucy‘s point of view about her ex-husband William as he uncovers a secret from his mother‘s past. Every relationship is so nuanced and complicated, just like real life. I find myself completely invested in Lucy‘s world each time I read about it. I love how she explores the ways our past shapes who we become.

BkClubCare I want to read everything she writes. 3mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Yes!!! Readalong of Olive Again? 3mo
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - hmmm, I might have to reread Olive K as well. 🤩 (edited) 3mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Same! It‘s been years since I read it. 3mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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This murder mystery has a heavy dose of Eleanor Oliphant, but feels a bit lighter in tone. It was wonderfully done! The actual mystery is less important than the friendships Molly makes. A fun read that will make a great piece of TV too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Gladwell is a must-read author for me. A book about World War II bomber planes wouldn‘t necessarily grab my attention, but like all of his books, the topic delves far beyond the surface subject and explores the sociological implications of some critical inventions. I was completely enthralled the entire time. It was designed as an audiobook, so I highly recommend reading it and that format.

marleed Must read for me as well. I consider him a teacher! 3mo
AvidReader25 @marleed Yes! He has such an incredible skill for communicating Big ideas in an accessible way. 3mo
Amiable Such an amazing audiobook! I try to recommend this to everyone who will listen to me about it. :) 3mo
AvidReader25 @Amiable Yes! I feel the same way about his audiobook Talking to Strangers. 3mo
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A Week in Winter | Maeve Binchy
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This was a reread, Binchy‘s novels are always comfort reads for me. Slowly we are introduced to new characters who are staying at an inn on the West Coast of Ireland. The chapters read like standalone shortstories, but they layer together to create a sweet picture of complicated people who cross paths during their week-long vacations. I love that there are not simple resolutions with every story. Some people don‘t change, others do, that‘s life.

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Hill We Climb: Poems | Amanda Gorman
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I listened to the audiobook and hearing her read her work was powerful. I listen to it slowly, just a few poems at a time to savor it. She did a beautiful job paralleling our current pandemic and political unrest with similar times throughout history. I love her word play.

“It is east to harp, harder to hope.”

“Even now handshakes and hugs are like gifts, something we are shocked to grant, be granted.”

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This was full of things I needed to hear. Grateful for the recommendation @shanaymayer

“The transition you just want to end isn‘t a throwaway season—it‘s a time full of God‘s purposes.”

“It might be mundane to fill the fridge with groceries, but it‘s extraordinary to praise God for his provision. Our everyday moments might be ordinary, but when we accomplish them while displaying the fruit of the Spirit, they reflect our extraordinary Savior.”

BookBabe Yes! I‘ve been wanting to read this! 😃🙌🏻 4mo
AvidReader25 @BookBabe I thought it was excellent! 3mo
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Anna Hibiscus | Atinuke
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I am loving this sweet series about a girl in Africa. We are on book 3 and my daughter is a big fan!

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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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A strange moody book about a woman vacationing alone. When her path crosses with a brash family she is flooded with memories of her own mother and the time when she had two young daughters at home. It's sharply descriptive and intense, though not much actually happens. The weight & exhaustion of motherhood and the constant feeling of failure is no joke, though her experience is more extreme than most. Haunting & one that I will be thinking about.

Nikki_E I saw that there is a movie adaptation on Netflix. 4mo
BiblioLitten I saw the movie and it stayed with me for quite a bit too. Brilliant acting. 4mo
AvidReader25 @BiblioLitten @Nikki_E I haven‘t watched it yet, but that‘s what made me want to check out the book! 4mo
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Loving my new book light and Anne of Green Gable‘s print! The light folds open into book pages to turn on, but folds shut into a small brown book to turn off. 😍 The perfect nightstand additions!

TNbookworm Love it! 4mo
Julsmarshall So cool! Love it! 4mo
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It's impossible not to compare this one to Daisy Jones if you've read both. Whichever one you read first (Daisy for me) will stick in your mind as the more original. I felt like this one delved deeper into serious issues, race & addiction, but wasn't as fun to read as Daisy. Taken on its own, I liked this one, but I think it could have been edited down a bit. The plot gets bogged down, but I loved the character of Opal and her journey to maturity.

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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A completely delightful collection of essays. Patchett‘s writing style always resonates with me and this book reminded me why she‘s one of my favorite authors. From wry reflections on her three fathers to finding value in her life in letters, I loved this one.

“Curiosity is the rock upon which fiction is built.”

“She had managed to peel off other people‘s expectations in order to see what a life that was entirely her own would look like.”

AvidReader25 I loved this quote too: “As every reader knows, the social contract between you and the book you love is not complete until you can hand that book to someone else and say, Here, you are going to love this.” (And I promise that picture is from a few weeks ago when I started this book. I‘ve taken my tree down! 😆) 4mo
shanaymayer Finished this just minutes ago! ❤️❤️❤️ so lovely! 4mo
AvidReader25 @shanaymayer I‘m so glad you loved it too! 4mo
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Children's Blizzard | David Laskin
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I picked up for my nonfiction Nebraska read & it is one harrowing tale! A blizzard hits the US hard in Jan. 1888 and hundreds of people freeze to death when trapped in the storm. The writing is very similar to Erik Larson‘s Isaac‘s Storm and those who love the detailed weather forecasts will not be disappointed. The loss of life is heartbreaking, as is each family‘s story. Highly recommended for those who love historic nonfiction.

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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I loved this one. I‘ve been fascinated with the WWII female code breakers at Bletchley Park since watching Bletchley Circle. This book loosely fictionalizes a few real women & creates an incredible historical novel. I loved the author‘s note at the end explaining what was fact & all the real people & events she included. The 3 main characters: debutante Osla, no nonsense Mab, & shy Beth, have depth & complicated motives. I loved their friendship.

BennettBookworm Agreed, such a fascinating and wonderful book! 4mo
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Radiator Days | Lucy Knisley
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I‘ve loved Knisley‘s work for a long time, but finding this early book has been impossible. I love seeing how her art has changed & matured over the years. The book is full of short vignettes, from worrying about what she‘ll do after college to a fiction piece on a used bookstore employee who anonymously gifts books to others. This one is only a fit for her diehard fans, but it‘s interesting. I‘d highly recommend Relish for a starting place.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💙 4mo
AileenRR Agree! I enjoyed Relish and the subsequent books, but when I searched out her earlier ones I was a bit disappointed. (edited) 4mo
Chelsea.Poole love knisley‘s work! I haven‘t read this one though. 4mo
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AvidReader25 @AileenRR Yes! But I do love that she is growing as an artist and this early work shows that. 4mo
AvidReader25 @Chelsea.Poole It was hard to find! 4mo
BookBabe I‘m not familiar with her. Very helpful review. Love the pretty view! Do you have a pond in your backyard? I‘ve always wanted one. 😍 4mo
AvidReader25 @BookBabe We don‘t, but it is a gorgeous view! We spent the weekend at a lake house. 4mo
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Junger has seen war up close. This book is less about tribal living and more about the essential nature of community to heal the brokenness caused by things like PTSD and political division.

“If you want to make a society work, then you don‘t keep underscoring the places where you are different—you underscore your shared humanity.”