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Bkwurm

Bkwurm

Joined May 2016

Philosopher, hiker, reader, freelance writer.
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Happy #BadPoetryDay! What‘s your favorite poem (good or bad)?

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Mehso-so

This was a charming read, but a little underwhelming. All the characters are literate, clever, & talk just like Amy Sherman-Palladino characters. Reading about Nina navigating her charming new family, dealing with her charming romantic troubles, & fixing her charming employment problems was fun & relaxing, like spending the day at the Santa Monica Pier. I enjoyed reading & was always happy to pick it up, but I'm not sure it will stick with me.

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The Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler
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Do you like to read with a book club IRL? Online? Or are you purely an independent reader?

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Summer's End | Lisa Morton
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Ever since I was a kid summer was a time for me to become a hermit and read through as many books on my TBR as possible. Now that I‘m a working parent, that is a LOT harder to do and I miss it! I still have a couple of books I hope to finish before school starts. How about you? #summerreading #introvert

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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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Happy #bookloversday! The true classics are the ones that persist through the centuries, being told and retold, with each successive generation claiming the story and making it their own. A true classic never loses its relevance.
💘Which classic retellings are your favorites?💕
#bookloversday2019

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This looks right up my alley! It isn‘t available from any of my libraries...have any of you Littens read it? Should I go ahead and jump in and purchase it? Recommendations appreciated!

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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By any measure—but especially in language—Toni Morrison changed our lives through hers. Rest In Peace fine lady. 💙

merelybookish Lovely tribute! ♥️ 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Beautiful for a beautiful woman and author! 2w
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Best beginner mythology book ever. Every house should have one.

ValerieAndBooks I love this one so much 💖! 2mo
Bkwurm @ValerieAndBooks I read from it to my daughters every morning before school. Now my oldest is a classics major in college. #ForTheWin 2mo
ValerieAndBooks That is really awesome !! 2mo
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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Where can I find a vampire to cook for me? Sheesh! I can‘t read this book without running for the kitchen. 🧀🥩🥮🍾

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A travel protection charm for my car. 🕯🔮🚙 Not exactly from Scott Cunningham‘s book, but Scott is always an inspiration. #MagicalReads

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I seem to like the witchy reads at bedtime. This is my newest. (Thank you @Litsy for the info on how to add a book to the database. 👍🏻) #witchyreads

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What Witches Do | Stewart Farrar, Janet Farrar
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This book is almost 50 years old, and with a few minor exceptions, it is still relevant today. I‘ve been a practicing witch for 20 years and learned plenty from this book. Farrar writes in a clear and concise manner, without any of the hyperbole or overblown mysticism you find in other books on witchcraft. I appreciated his direct style, journalistic observations as a newcomer in a coven, and thoughtful research into history and traditions.

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Firestarter | Stephen King
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I love alternative artwork inspired by my favorite books, and this print by Chet Phillips just tickles me! #Firestarter has gone through enough printings to have a LOT of different covers. I‘d love to know what book cover all my fellow #LosersClub readers have! @DGRachel

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Dark Witch | Nora Roberts
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Reading snack of champions. 🍰🥃 #readathon

RealLifeReading Looks perfect! 10mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Looks delicious! 10mo
Linsy Yummy! 😋 10mo
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Here I am, getting ready to do a little reading on my flight to Portland. All those other frequent flyers can keep their downloaded movies.

SleepyDragon Going to Powell's to restock? Safe travels, friend. 10mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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My current read is amazing, and I‘m only about a third of the way through. Westover‘s childhood, thus far, seems to be a churning maw of idyllic freedom (talk about “free-range” kids) and anticipated horror. She‘s a straightforward and evocative writer who keeps the pages turning!

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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My 14 year old started reading The Great Gatsby tonight, and read some of it out loud to me. This book is a magical unicorn. Passing the love on to the next generation. ❤️

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I want to play! #tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47 #thisorthat

1. 😈🤡 Horror
2. 🍎Apple
3. 🧙🏻‍♀️Witches!!
4. 🏚Haunted House—all that hay gets under your clothes.
5. 🤮Exorcist
6. @stephhammer @NeesyBeth (in case you haven‘t already been tagged)

JenlovesJT47 🧡🧡🧡 11mo
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⭐️⭐️ 2 out of 5 stars for this one. It wanted to be a grownup book, it really did, but couldn‘t get out of the way of its own drunk, awkward, stumbling way. The parts about the job, the travel, and the Obama administration were truly interesting, but I had to read through too many liquor-soaked bad decisions and gut-wrenching remorse in between.

Reviewsbylola I liked this one a lot more than you did, mostly because the over the top alcohol consumption and bad decisions are right up my alley. 😆😆 I love reading stuff like that. HOWEVER, it did become redundant and I didn‘t really like the author very much. I found it difficult to empathize with her much. 11mo
Bkwurm @Reviewsbylola Ha ha! I actually didn‘t mind it in the first half, just got kind of tired of it by the end. But I loved the parts about the job and POTUS. I‘m putting “Who Thought This Was A Good Idea” on my list to read next, I‘ve heard it has more of the jobby stuff. 😉 (edited) 11mo
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😂 And all too true.

SleepyDragon Hey there! Nice to see you back on here.😀 11mo
Bkwurm @NeesyBeth Thanks! Life got too busy for a while. I could read or I could post, but I couldn‘t do both. But now I‘m back! 😋 (edited) 11mo
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Sleeper's Castle | Barbara Erskine
Mehso-so

I liked the concept of this book, but the characters were frustrating. Especially as the story progressed all the female characters got more and more maddeningly irrational, and all the surrounding characters threw up their hands in this "oh well, what can you do?" kind of way. I did finish the book because the story itself was compelling, I just wish the characters had been more likable.

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I loved this book. It's a book of contradictions and revelations that encompasses just about every aspect of life. I enjoyed getting to know Victoria Sweet and the doctors and patients of Laguna Honda. I especially loved going along on Sweet's journey through time, learning about the healing methods of Hildegard, and how they're still relevant today. A wonderful, inspiring book along the lines of Oliver Sacks.

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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That feeling when you're super grumpy, then find yourself amongst trees and all is suddenly better. 🌲🌳🌲😌

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Spiced cranberry bourbon cocktail and a new book is the perfect way to spend a rainy evening. #booksandbooze

Heideschrampf I just live for covers like this! 🍑✊️ 1y
LizzieLou I want your cocktail. 1y
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Please Get To Know Me | Cecil Murphey, Virginia Garberding
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1. The Southern Vampire Mysteries.
2. Does "Dune" count as a series? Finished the first book, couldn't do any more.
3. Usually shelve, although now I'm beginning to pass more on. (Running out of space!)
4. Yes. I've been running my "Rediscovering the Classics" group for 10 years. Woohoo! ??(We also have a FB group. Newcomers welcome! https://bkwurm.wordpress.com/rediscovering-the-classics/)

@CSeydel @GarthRanzz #weekendchat

GarthRanzz Dune definitely counts as a series. I have never made it past the first book either but I‘m going to give it another try this year. 1y
CSeydel Nice! 1y
Bkwurm @GarthRanzz you are a better reader than I. I'm happy to leave my experience with Dune as it is. 1y
SleepyDragon #RtC is also online ... at least for me anyway. Lol 1y
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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"...taking a life was an act of conscience and consciousness."

The Pepper-pup has some philosophical opinions about this book, you can see it in her eyes. ?

britt_brooke 💚🐾 1y
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I love how this book makes you think it has two important main characters, but by the end you realize how important ALL the characters are, and how well you know them and their secrets. Each storyline is lovingly told, with strengths and flaws given equal weight. This is a book that is comfortable with ambiguity. As someone who is myself very comfortable with ambiguity, I loved it.

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Friday Afternoon Fun | Bob Bernstein
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1. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kamila Shamsie
2. Forest green 🌲🌲
3. God's Hotel by VIctoria Sweet (It's my before bed book.)
4. Mark Watney (obviously), Valentine Wiggin, Doc Ed Ricketts, Lovelace (Lovey from The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers)
5. Anyone? ✋🏼

@jesshowbooks you always make #friyayintro so much fun!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I picked up God‘s Hotel last year and haven‘t started it yet. Like it?? 1y
Bkwurm @BarbaraTheBibliophage I love it. I love the way she thinks about medicine, history, and spirituality as this trifecta of health care. And I grew up in the Bay Area, so the fact that the hospital is in San Francisco is fun. 😊 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bkwurm Cool. Maybe I‘ll move it up my list! 1y
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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This was my work commute #audiobook. I found it overwhelmingly inspiring, sometimes frustrating, and periodically I cried. HRC's desire to just make the world better for as many people as possible shines through. I'm still with her. #InternationalWomensDay

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Paper Girls: Book One | Brian K. Vaughan
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I haven't read a graphic novel since Sandman years ago. Thanks to the @bookriot #ReadHarder2018 challenge for getting me to pick a few up again!

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February | Ellen Jackson
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According to my #bulletjournal 2018 has been a great year for books so far! I've racked up 7 for my #ReadHarder challenge, 3 for my #Booked2018 challenge, and just 1 for #LitWorld2018GB (but that will change). Bring me more books!! 📚

@Cinfhen @GatheringBooks

GarthRanzz Love your #bujo! 1y
Jess7 Pretty #bojo! 1y
Bkwurm Thank you @GarthRanzz and @Jess7. Pinterest, don't you know, that black hole of cool and creative #bujo ideas! 😜 1y
Cinfhen Yay!!! You‘re off to a great start 😊❤️🙌🏻 1y
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Spoon River Anthology | Edgar Lee Masters
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Sitting by the fire, taking my time with the ghosts of Spoon River. #poetry ❤️

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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"Sexism is all the big and little ways that society draws a box around women and says, 'You stay in there."

I've been brought to tears a number of times listening to this book. This is my choice for #celebritymemoir. #ReadHarder @bookriot

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Ella Minnow Pea | Mark Dunn
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A delightful little book for word nerds and grammar lovers everywhere.

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My 2018 book stats this far! (And an update of my bullet journal book log.) #January #2018 #JustKeepReading #bulletjournal #booklog

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Beautiful Tempest: A Novel | Johanna Lindsey
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Johanna Lindsey's Mallory clan are my illicit romantic pleasure. 😍

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
Mehso-so

Entertaining but lacking emotion. A lot of immediate reactions to the situations presented in the book, but not enough character growth/development to make me love it. When it came down to it, nothing really changed, and it never really dug deep enough to inspire any kind of self or world reflection except on the most surface levels. The writing is good, Perrotta is a fine storyteller, but this particular story lacked heart and courage.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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The Hate U Give deserves all the praise it receives. Thomas drops you right into the story, and it rolls forward like the boulder in the Indiana Jones temple. I laughed out loud, I blinked back tears, and I never wanted to put it down. It made me look at a part of society I'm lucky enough to not have to look at every day, but one that needs to be acknowledged. It's not pretty, but it's hopeful and full of heart, thought-provoking and inspiring.

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"The untold story of a coach, a dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team"

This book isn't what I thought it would be, I thought it would be more like the movie Miracle. But it's been a super-interesting read! It's my Olympic Sport read for #Booked2018 ????

Cinfhen Cool!! I thought about reading this one, but I'm about to start 2y
Bkwurm @Cinfhen I'm so glad the challenge includes an Olympic sport book. I've had this one on my shelf for 2 years. I might have never actually read it without the #Booked2018 challenge! (I guess I can also include it in my #MtTBRchallenge as well. 👍🏼👍🏼) 2y
Cinfhen Two prompts with one book #score 2y
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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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Yes. ✊🏼

(Happy birthday Virginia Woolf.)

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Spoon River Anthology | Edgar Lee Masters
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Do you have a favorite quote you can recite from memory?

This is one of my favorite quotes ever. Lucinda Matlock says it straight. #quotsy #Poetry

DivineDiana I need to get one! 😉 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Starting this today, hoping to finish by end of week. The library holds are all coming in at once and piling up! #MtTBRchallenge

DivineDiana This is on my #MtTBRChallenge as well! I love your journal! Did you draw your stacks freehand? (edited) 2y
Bkwurm @DivineDiana thank you! Yes, I've drawn it all freehand. Thank goodness I have the graph paper, because I am normally not at all artistically inclined! Let me know when you start reading The Hate U Give. I'd love to discuss it with someone! 2y
DivineDiana Thank you! I just bought a new reading journal based on all the Litsy posts. Thought I had a dotted journal, but it turned out to be like yours. You‘ve turned my frown upside down! 😉📚😀 2y
Bkwurm @DivineDiana I've tried both dotted and grid, and I like the grid MUCH better. Enjoy filling your new journal! 📖🖊 2y
DivineDiana @Bkwurm Good to know! 😀 2y
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1. Anywhere. Everywhere!
2. Random. (Or even dog-eared pages 😳)
3. Can stop anytime.
4. Yes. Mostly chocolate and whisky. 🍫🥃
5. Prefer quiet, but in our small house & 2 kids, I make do.
6. Several at once!
7. Everywhere.
8. Silently, except poetry. 😊
9. Yes. I read the last chapter first.
10. 📚 are meant to be loved.
11. Almost always. ❤️marginalia.
12. @NeesyBeth @stephhammer
Thanks @beachbookworm7 & @MelAnn #readinghabits

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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I found this book both difficult to read and impossible to put down. The subject matter and the setting hit a little too close to home for me. Butler's fictional future is so troubling and prescient, my sincere fear is that it's becoming less and less fictional with each passing year. The discomfort the book brings is perhaps the very reason we all need to pick it up and read it. Her writing is SO good, I never wished to put it down and forget it.

PacingTheCage I've got this one down for my #readharderchallenge2018. 2y
Bkwurm @dltpacngthecage I read this one for my book club, was wondering if I could use it for #ReadHarderChallenge2018 as well. Which task does it satisfy for you? 2y
PacingTheCage A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author. 2y
Bkwurm @dltpacngthecage oh yes, good choice! I read The Power earlier this month to satisfy that task. Very interesting story, but "Sower" definitely hit me on a more visceral level. ? 2y
PacingTheCage @Bkwurm I found Octavia E. Butler through the first #bookriot #readharderchallenge I did and fell in love with her writing. I haven't read it all yet but when I find one of her books completes a challenge, I'll read it every time 2y
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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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The 2 MCs aren't immediately likable, but were excellent human stand-ins for the 2 sides of history presented in the story. Hortensia and Miriam are both angry, defensive, full of hate and purposeful ignorance. But as I began to see the world from their POVs I liked how they were both changing, even after losses & mistakes. They could still change & learn & help each other. I liked this as a story & a metaphor. #Booked2018 #ReadHarderChallenge2018

Cinfhen I‘m curious about this book...thanks for the awesome review❣️congrats on fulfilling a prompt 2y
Bkwurm @Cinfhen thanks. It feels good to get a couple challenge tasks ✅ early in the year. The 📖is maybe not quite complete as just a story, but as story + metaphor it's the whole package. 2y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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This book has been very troubling for me. It's close enough to our current situation that I easily slide into the story and it begins to seem like Butler's LA is the real LA. I have had trouble disengaging myself from the story to interact with the world. It's uncomfortable for me, although I'm not sure it's a bad thing. Maybe we all need a wake-up call, even if it is uncomfortable. (Or because it's so uncomfortable.) #Quotsy #LitsyQuoteChallenge

SleepyDragon A couple times, I found myself wondering how Mike and I would deal with this reality and how we would protect our kids and provide for them. It's scary to contemplate, but this hit too close to home. Butler's time frame is much too plausible for comfort. 2y
Bkwurm @NeesyBeth I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during that conversation with Mike. It inspired those thoughts in me as well, although I haven't really talked about it with anyone yet. Still too scary! 2y
SleepyDragon @Bkwurm Oh, I didn't tell him ... I just wondered by myself. That would have been an interesting conversation. 2y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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This book definitely requires chocolate. It's amazing, but so bleak! 😧 #MountTBRchallenge

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Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini
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Book people are the best people. ❤️

SleepyDragon That's just plain awesome! 2y
PacingTheCage And now I want to have all of these books 2y
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1. Neither. Ick. Dark chocolate all the way. 🍫
2. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder. Wow!
3. College reception for prospective students with my 17y/o daughter. Open Mic Poetry night at local bookstore. (Will I get up and read? 😬 Maybe not.)
4. Such a hard one!! Hmmmm... Animals.
5. English Literature. 🤓📚

What are your answers? #friyayintro

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I feel bad only giving this book 3 stars, because it's extremely well written and paced, and the story IS compelling. I simply had trouble with the content and the ending. It was interesting to read a book in which so many gender norms, tropes, and assumptions were used--but reversed! I only wish it had had a more hopeful ending. I suppose if we want a hopeful ending to this story we have to work to make it ourselves here in the real world.