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BekaReid

BekaReid

Joined April 2017

she/her "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." -Joan Didion
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Woolgathering by Patti Smith
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Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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This was an enjoyable read. Elaine Dundy sets the mood brilliantly and paints a vivid portrait of a young woman who just wants to have different experiences and is simply a curious soul: "That's my answer to the question what is your strongest emotion, if you ever want to ask me: Curiosity, old bean. Curiosity every time." (Also, the 2006 afterward in my edition was great too. Love those little insights.)

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The Bone Code | Kathy Reichs
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Accurate

Tamra 😜 3d
IuliaC That sounds familar 😄 3d
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Enjoyable, interesting read. Some of the stories really stand out and linger.

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The Bone Code | Kathy Reichs
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Looking forward to starting the latest Tempe book

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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This is the second time I've read this book, and I am still at a loss to write even an adequate review. How do you review a book when you have no words and too many words at the same time? Nina LaCour's writing is affecting and beautiful. I definitely recommend.

LiteraryinLawrence Ughhhh I love this book. 💗 6d
BekaReid @LiteraryinLawrence you were the one who recommended this author to me a few years ago. I love all her books 😊 and am looking forward to her newest coming this spring 6d
LiteraryinLawrence @BekaReid I forgot that I had recommended it! 💗 I am totally excited about Yerba Buena. 6d
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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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"But now there is stillness and drips of candle wax and quiet. There are the ghosts of who we used to be."
Really this whole passage...Nina LaCour's writing is sparse but absolutely beautiful.

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"It's funny about photography, isn't it? The entire medium is founded on the instant. If you allow the shutter to be open for even a few seconds, the image goes black. We think of our lives as a sequence of actions, an accumulation of accomplishments, a fluid articulation of style and opinion. And yet, in that one sixteenth of a second, a photograph can wreak such havoc."

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Engaging writing with the right balance of humor, this is an informative and cohesive book that calls out harmful pseudo-science and addresses a lot of social conditioning and myths. Excellent reference to return to as needed.

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Girlhood | Melissa Febos
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Well-written and brilliantly articulated. Febos does an excellent job of examining the narratives we've been fed about what it means to be female and the importance of facing them to free ourselves from the weight of expectation that accompanies them.

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The Seven Dials Mystery | Agatha Christie
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While not my favorite AC by far, I still enjoyed a revisit with Bundle and her adventurous spirit.

TheBee Love the kitty 2w
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Enjoyed this book that touches on the history, folklore, and breeds of cats. Pictured: statues of the shisa, guardian lions of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan.

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The White Album | Joan Didion
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I've had the desire to commemorate Joan Didion and picked up The White Album, which contains one of my favorite essays and a couple of my absolute favorite quotes. There's just something about the flow of her sentences and how she stylized the ordinary that draws me in and speaks to me as I linger in the pages.

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Noor | Nnedi Okorafor
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Set in a near-future Nigeria where the lines between public and private, business and government, and synthetic and organic have blurred, Noor explores what makes us human. This is a story of knowing yourself, owning yourself and finding those who will do the same brilliantly written by Nnedi Okorafor. Be who you are and embrace it with confidence is the perfect message to kick off the new year. (TW: suicidal ideation)

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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Had some fun with Word Art to make a collage of my top books of 2021. Each of these books stood out in their own way and lingered with me. And although I did try to narrow it to the #top21of2021 I couldn't decide which to cut, so it's 22.

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Noor | Nnedi Okorafor
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One of my favorite things about this time of year is extra reading time, and I was excited to receive a Jolabokaflod gift this year from a dear friend. So excited for this! (And the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod may be one of the best!)

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The White Album | Joan Didion
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"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." – The White Album (1979)
Feeling this loss today of such a talented writer. This is one of my favorite quotes (as evidenced by my tagline). I've scribbled so many quotes and thoughts in my journals from Didion's writings over the years.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/dec/23/joan-didion-in-her-own-words-23-of...

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Estés is a collector of folklore, stories, myths, and fairy tales. In this volume she unpacks several to gain a better understanding of who we are and who we can be.

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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver

"The problem with fairy tales isn‘t that they don‘t exist. It‘s that they do exist, but only for some people."

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Loved this middle grade book and looking forward to reading more by Lauren Oliver in the future.

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Home Is Not a Country | Safia Elhillo
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I've found myself drawn more and more to novels in verse of late. Safia Elhillo's words drew me in instantly, and upon completion, I promptly looked her up on Instagram. Found this interview, and I had to share:
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CW4J1BSD8u3/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Excellent volume of short stories. Danielle Evans' work is definitely worth the read.

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Picked up Lauren Oliver's The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street as a gift for one of my niblings, and thought I'd take a peek into it...and a few chapters later, I'm wondering if I have time to finish it before I need to wrap it up 🙄
Definitely gonna look up more by this author later!

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Written in a combination of tight prose and beautiful poetry and illustrations, this book is a powerful story that will linger awhile.
TW: sexual assault, rape, immigration trauma & anxiety

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Beyond the Gender Binary | Alok Vaid-Menon
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Alok's writing is powerful, beautiful, and full of feeling and compassion. I already have the tagged book and highly recommend it. Planning to get his other 2, which are poetry volumes. There's also a 15% sale today for any interested:

https://alokvmenon.myshopify.com/collections/all

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Louise Nealon's debut novel, Snowflake, is a coming of age story filled with the dysfunction of family & generational trauma. As such it deals with serious subject material and yet manages to be very human with the right balance of humor sprinkled throughout. This novel is raw and real. One of the themes/takeaways that stood out to me: Perfection doesn't exist. It's a myth that traps and suffocates.

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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Lahiri's writing is beautiful as she explores the everyday, the ordinary in these interconnected vignettes. Excellent!

IuliaC Lovely review! This one's on my tbr list too 2mo
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Saltwater | Jessica Andrews
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Well, I think Jessica Andrews' Saltwater just hit one of my top books of the year. Written in beautiful nonlinear vignettes and full of reflection & introspection, this is a book about making space in places where there is not enough.

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Saltwater | Jessica Andrews
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"How can we crack open the silence? How do we break invisible things?"

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Starting this with zero expectations and really not sure about this one, but here goes!

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Younger | Pamela Redmond Satran
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Ok, so I recently started watching the show Younger and got hooked. And then I learned it was based on a book, so of course I had to check it out. The book and show are quite different in many ways, but I enjoyed both. (Still have a few seasons to go on the show)

Leftcoastzen Love the show! Haven‘t read the book. 2mo
BekaReid @Leftcoastzen and apparently Pauline's novel Marriage Vacation was also created and released in sync with when it was in season 4 (complete with page 58) 2mo
Arvena Loved TV series! 2mo
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It's been ages since I indulged in a luxurious bath, but tonight's the night. Bath ✔️ Candle ✔️ Wine ✔️ Book ✔️

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Picked up this book for my niece and had to get the plushie to go with it. Excellent book and artwork! Definitely recommend for the littles in your life.

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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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This novella has so much in a slim volume. A bit of fairytale meets mystery meets horror/thriller. However you want to class it, Cat Valente's writing is superb and this is some speculative fiction at its best! Definitely recommend.

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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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It's here! Cannot wait to dive in!

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I've been wanting to read this for a while now and was excited to find it on vacation last week. So here goes (with a bit of anxious excitement perhaps?)

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The Parasites | Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne du Maurier's novels often have many layers. The Parasites is no different and is a great exploration of character and the strong ties that connect an unconventional family to one another. This novel also contains much about du Maurier who said herself that Maria, Niall, and Celia were all facets of her own personality. It‘s a well written psychological exploration and a compelling read.

Leftcoastzen I‘ve got this one on the stack , your review makes me want to get to it sooner. 3mo
BekaReid @Leftcoastzen I love Daphne du Maurier and always am excited when I stumble on a "new" one as I explore used book stores. 3mo
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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With a setting akin to the contemporary world we live in, this speculative fiction/murder story builds gradually and poses some questions on ethics, personhood, and individuality. And bonus: it has the perfect blend of creepiness to make it an appropriate October read.

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The Parasites | Daphne Du Maurier
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When your vintage shopping finds unintentionally color coordinate

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Find Her | Lisa Gardner
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Wow! This was my first Lisa Gardner and it packed a punch! With her excellent writing and compelling story, this was a great vacation read. (Also, loving this cottage escape!)

Leftcoastzen Looks like a lovely cottage! 3mo
Cathythoughts This is a lovely picture 3mo
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Unexpected but absolutely fantastic line found in this old volume on poultry judging from 1966, "The shades of great spirits thus emerge from the attic and come down the staircase to impose their welcome will on current efforts."

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I enjoyed this graphic novelization of a favorite book. And this was always one of my favorite scenes!

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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While I didn't think this books was as strong as Mexican Gothic, I still found this to be a fun read. I do enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing and style.

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I enjoyed reading Mills' memoir, which was largely focused on her life and early career in her teens & 20's. She openly shares her struggles with the image projected by her movies, Disney publicity, many interviews and articles, which combined produced someone she didn't recognize and haunted her "Parent Trap style" by an identical twin looking back at me." [?: Mills & her photo double (bottom) & result produced with split screen filming method.]

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This evening's dinner date

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Starting this memoir today. I loved watching Hayley Mills when I was a kid and cannot count the number of times I watched The Parent Trap.

LiteraryinLawrence She‘s the best! I used to watch Pollyanna a lot as a kid too. But Parent Trap is lovely. … this makes me want to rewatch it! 3mo
Charityann I have this one on hold at the library! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ❤️ 3mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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"Baked mac and cheese doesn't need elevation, degradation, hateration, or nothing else. It's perfect in its purest form."

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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I struggled through the first quarter of this one but then got hooked and ended up enjoying it. Also, Edgar approved.

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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Welcome October! I echo the words of Anne Shirley, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." #annewithane #lmmontgomery

Cathythoughts Me too ! October ❤️ 4mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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This weekend's attempts to read may be failing, but I can't complain with all this cuteness!

Leftcoastzen 😹😻 4mo
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I've been rather distracted from reading much of late as we've been welcoming a new member to the family. Meet Edgar.

Tamra Sweet!! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻Hi, Edgar ! 4mo
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