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Belles

Joined May 2016

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The Edge of Sadness | Edwin O'Connor
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About halfway through this 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner. It's about a recovering alcoholic Catholic priest. Surprisingly good but dry humor. But it's also calming me.

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Spending the day with Lillian Boxfish = A perfectly lovely day.

kspenmoll ❤❤ 3y
Reviewsbylola I love Lillian so hard!! 3y
Belles Me too! I'm still thinking about her 2 days later. 3y
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When the protagonist articulates for you what you've been trying to say for years without sounding like a monster... you know this book was your destiny.

Notafraidofwords So true. 3y
Belles @notafraidofwords Thank you. I was half afraid stones would be thrown. Well except this is Litsy so maybe couch pillows or something. 3y
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The Cupid Effect | Dorothy Koomson
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@OneLitChick Thank you so much for this book! I have been reading and paging through it non-stop. I especially like when Pearl gives us authors that are too good to pass up. #cupidgoespostal. @BookishMarginalia

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The Cupid Effect | Dorothy Koomson
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I got my special delivery today! @LitsyGoesPostal @BookishMarginalia It may be hard to thank my friend though because I don't see a Litsy handle anywhere. Thank you Phoenix Arizona!

Reviewsbylola 💘💘💘 3y
OneLitChick I thought I put my handle in the card! It's me!! Hope you enjoy! 3y
Belles @OneLitChick The envelope was slightly torn open on the bottom. Do you think the card fell out? 3y
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My kid really really likes when I read his school books with him. The power of discussion.

MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
kspenmoll So does mine! Learned, relearned so much over the years! 3y
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The Super Bowl and this book. In case you too need a reality check.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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This resonates with me today.

EloisaJames I don't think that temporary accommodation is a key to deep understanding... (I have to admit that my skeptics nay be influenced by living with a teenaged daughter.) 3y
Reviewsbylola This really stuck with me too. 3y
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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I can't complain about my reading month. My favorite fiction was The Couple Next Door. I loved both my non-fiction but there's no way to choose because they are so different.

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I am getting history geeky now. Does anyone have a recommendation about well-written biographies on Robert and/or Ethel Kennedy. And also Lady Bird? My thirst to know more.

bookishkris And also, for an interesting look at the non-political dynamics of the Kennedy family, check out Patrick Kennedy's book 3y
Belles @bookishkris thank you for those recs. I'm going to Half-Price Books today. Maybe I can find those. 3y
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Directions on how to not stab oneself in the face: pet your kitty and read about the Steady Eddy secret service who serve and protect through all the drama. It's been a good tonic for me. #allisnotlost

Reviewsbylola I just finished his book about Mrs Kennedy and really enjoyed it. 3y
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I thought this might be a good read post inauguration as the Secret Service is a neutral perspective anyway. Clint Hill worked for 3 republicans and 2 democrats.

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l like the protagonist so far. She's got a sassy attitude. Sort of maybe a little Stephanie Plum gone ghosty.

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Playing Cupid | Jenny Meyerhoff
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If the post office is still open it's mailed today or Monday at the latest. @BookishMarginalia #CupidGoesPostal. If you live in Indiana this could be going to you.

Reviewsbylola 💘💘💘 3y
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Looking forward to spending part of my weekend with this one.

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Girls in the Moon | Janet McNally
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Probs a very good YA book. I'm not the best judge as I don't read super lots of YA.

BookishClaire Yes, that's how I feel too... 3y
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A little Flavia. A little true crime. St. Peres Beach rocks.

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Cats on Instagram | @Cats_of_instagram
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My new awesome slippers. Black cats rule.

Iamlisa22 Those are amazing! 😻 3y
Josie Absolutely brilliant 3y
Belles Brilliant albeit hard to find. 3y
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Happy to spend some time with Flavia tonight.

BookBabe Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined. 3y
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But the cover art is a half-bubble off.

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This one. Mm-hmmm. It's hitting the spot.

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed it! 3y
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"Noor LeBrac is not a babbler. Her pauses are weapons." My inspiration for a 2017 resolution is right there. PAUSE. Perhaps in trendy terms, this will be my 2017 word.

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A Good Year | Peter Mayle
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I didn't hit my goal but me not care! I've learned a lot and loved a lot

Reviewsbylola That's the best attitude to have. Great year! 🎉🎉 3y
britt_brooke 😁🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
Marchpane 4.2 average? Looks like an awesome year!! 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉 3y
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Tales of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Or maybe a little Holmes suits me best.

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Today it was my son's eeney meeney miney mo that chose my next read. This is how I live dangerously.

Cinfhen Haha 😂 3y
Notafraidofwords lol 😂 3y
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Christmas shopping done. Tree decorated. Presents wrapped. The scene just over the top of my book.

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It's Christmas nog, 4 Oreos and my book. It's called the cookie hour here. That is anytime in the 7 o'clock hour I allow myself a lil treat while I read down the night.

britt_brooke Perfect! 👏🏻 3y
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Sometimes I let my beloved choose my next book just like he chose me so many years ago. 💋

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Faithful: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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I know it's a little bit of a cheap trick to pick one of my last reads in 2016 as my best read of the year but I'm going to do it anyway. Shelby is my soul sister.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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If you are not able to commit to a 400+ page book right now, do yourself a favor and read pages 427-431. This is one of the best explanations of active and passive racism I have ever read. My eyes are wide open now.

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Faithful: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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This is my TBR right now. I feel rich!!!

GoldenGirl You got some good ones! 3y
Cinfhen That's a gorgeous pile of books 📚 😍 3y
Reviewsbylola You have so many good books waiting for you! I am anxious to read Valley of the Dolls. I love the pink pages of the anniversary edition. 3y
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Belles @GoldenGirl @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola at first my anxiety started to kick in about not being a good steward of my money, kids in college, house repairs etc., and then I said how dumb not to just sit back and feel rich for a few minutes anyway. 3y
cathysaid So. Much. Pretty. 3y
JDHawkins Ooooh, some of my recent favs are in there! I loved The Guineveres. 3y
GoldenGirl @Belles That is exactly right. 3y
Belles @GoldenGirl 💜💜💜 3y
JenniferJR #faithful was so good!! 3y
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Dr King said: If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. I needed that today.

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Over the Plain Houses | Julia Franks
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A new one for today. We will see.

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Just dived into this after Homegoing. Not experiencing any book hangover symptoms yet. That just means I'm in very good hands with Bryn Greenwood too.

Cinfhen Loved this one, had zero expectations and it wowed me 3y
RanaElizabeth Such a gorgeous book full of confusing emotions. 3y
Belles @RanaElizabeth I really like the aspect of Greenwood's writing that leaves the reader to decide whether Kellen knows what he is doing or whether this is something a little off and also Wavy is such an enigma. 3y
RanaElizabeth @Belles Yes, perfectly stated. So not straightforward. 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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If you want some awesome Toni Morrison like writing read the chapter titled "Akua" in this book. Oh my! What a joy it is to have another woman writer capturing the essence of woman so keenly.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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"There should be no room in your life for regret. If in the moment of doing you felt clarity, you felt certainty, then why feel regret later?"

valeriegeary Sigh. This book. So beautiful. 3y
Reviewsbylola I just checked this out today. Now I have to actually read it. 3y
Belles Somehow Yaa Gyasi is able to bring a gentleness to some very strong content. Beautiful reading. 3y
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Every Man a Menace: A Novel | Patrick Hoffman
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Liberty Hardy will you be back to BOTM in December? I trust you with my reading life. I don't give that trust out easy. In the meantime, my 3 November selections

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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A Toni Morrison-esque comparison. Count me in. Toni and all her mother characters were the subject of my thesis paper. Can't wait to submerse myself in this one.

valeriegeary Loved this one! Enjoy! 3y
Belles @valeriegeary thanks! I'm going to slip away from the Monday night football party now and climb into bed for a nice comfy read. 3y
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Good as Gone | Amy Gentry
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Loving this mystery with another mystery. Liberty is spot on as always.

Reviewsbylola Liberty is the judge you can always trust! 3y
Belles @Reviewsbylola yep! I always pick her book and then add 2 others in. But hers first. 3y
Reviewsbylola Haha, me too! I always want to help out her percentage! 🙌🏻 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett is my muse. Her talk at the Fitzgerald Theater was hilarious. She doesn't like too long books and does not hesitate to quit a book that is just not for her. Ahh.

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Fall On Your Knees | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Bookmarks don't last long in Spikes domain. Everything is toy to the gentleman. Check out this chapters title. The whole world is this cat's cradle.

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I'm in such a place today. I'm reading Graveyard but my mood has suddenly switched and I just want to read Fall on Your Knees that I found on the used table at Twin Cities Book Festival. I'm so conflicted because Graveyard is perfectly good but it just won't do today. Anyone else have sudden reading mood switches? Plus I basically followed author Marlon James around the book stalls and got all fan girly in a stalker sort of way.

WordWaller I saw him there too!! And yes, I'm constantly switching up what I'm reading based on my mood! Sorry not sorry! 3y
Belles @WordWaller like OMG! We probably saw each other then. I felt surrounded by "my people" yesterday. So peaceful. 3y
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Something to keep in mind when you're house hunting: "Beyond the empty field the smokestack of the crematorium was clearly visible, and from time to time the tall, cylindrical brick chimney would belch out a billow of thick black smoke. Depending on which way the wind was blowing, it wasn't inconceivable that some of that mortal smoke might waft in through the apartment's open windows from time to time"

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Next in line of my spooky creepy reading month. Anyone read it?

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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"A grown woman is like a coyote - she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone too long and they'll die of sadness." Hmm. I'll have to chew on this for a few days.

[DELETED] 1250735911 I am dying to read this book! How do you like it? 3y
Belles @Rituleenreads I am usually strongly opinionated about protagonists but I'll be danged. I'm sitting right on the fence with Eileen. She's telling me over and over how detestable she is but I'm still sort of liking her. But the story is sort of boring me a little right this second. 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 3y
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Listen, Eileen, if you don't take some action pretty soon I'm going throw your book into the dustbin. I feel impatient today.

Notafraidofwords Oh I'm on hold at the library 📚 for this one. 3y
Belles @notafraidofwords It's slow and methodical In its telling. Setting itself up for a creepy ending I believe. But man oh man I'm getting a little riled with the slowness. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Belles totally understandable 😬 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
Belles @kspenmoll a picture of Mary the Cat. 3y
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Finished Frankenstein and now on to more spooky reads

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Frankenstein: ; Or, The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Oopsy! An unintended result of reading my son's assigned reading is that I may have found a new all time favorite book! Digging the hell out of Frankenstein's narration. Another unintended result? It will be completely lost on my son. Boo.

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Frankenstein: ; Or, The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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The start of my month of Halloween reads. Well and because my boy was assigned it for school. There will be a big fat essay due and he won't know where to start (mother love at its purest).

MrBook Looks like my #Coale 😻! 3y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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"Samuel thought how his father married to his mother was like a spoon married to a garbage disposal". Hill has managed to scratch a practically lifelong itch of mine with this quote. Dang. I love when I get this connection with an author.

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