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Joined June 2017

🇨🇦 Book Enthusiast | Sharing | Reviewing | Talking About Books 📚🍃Also Find Me on (instagram.com/bookalong | Twitter @Bookalong00)
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5/5🌟
Habib today is a writer, photographer and activist. In her memoir which is wonderfully astute, she openly shares her journey from childhood into her adulthood with such integrity. The traumas of her childhood and the pressure of her culture weighing her down she wouldnt come out as queer till years later. This is an inspiring and authentic memoir of being a queer muslim woman. I enjoyed this much! A must read!
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4/5🌟 Available August 6th!
This was a compelling memoir of marriage. Moody's candor is so raw and brave. He doesn't hold back any of his transgressions, demons or the hardships he and his marriages faced. From the joys to the misery he lets the reader look in and bares it all. Sincerely written, I really enjoyed his writing style. If you like memoirs give this a read.
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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3.5/5🌟
This one was a slow start for me but I was intrigued by the premis of the sleeping sickness so I kept reading. The writing is really good, with multiple POV. Which I liked. I did feel like this book fell into the trap of being overhyped though. That being said it is a quick interesting read.
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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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3.5🌟
This was a funny read with a great main character! Though a bit quirky and cantankerous I enjoyed the journey he goes on. A slower paced novel, very character driven, full of family drama.
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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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5/5🌟 What an amazing collection! These 12 captivating stories center around the Chinese millennial experience. But its about so much more than that. Themes of love, family, death, identity, reckless youth, and belonging.
This was an emotional for me. Her prose are remarkably beautiful, her characters are deep and well written. Every story had a distinctly different voice.She's is a brilliant storyteller!
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5/5🌟Wow! Her prose are razer sharp as she recounts her career in the military with such sincerity and frankness. Reading her honest account of her struggle to find her place in a mostly male dominated world was so empowering! Thompson has written such an inspirational and important memoir. Military books are so often written by men so I really appreciated reading a females perspective.
Out August 20th!
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Devotion | Madeline Stevens
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4/5🌟 Available August 13th
This book was hard to put down. It gives off Single White Female vibes that leave you with an eerie feeling that propels you to keep reading. Elle's characterp narration is brilliant. The story moves slowly but never loses your interest. All in all an addictive read!
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We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler
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4/5🌟 Out July 19th
A wonderful #YA multi-generational story about growing up and finding where belong. I loved the strong female characters. Both the narration of Victoria and Callie were excellently executed. I particularly fell for Victoria. Her chapters were very atmospheric. She had a very nostalgic quality to her voice. The story is beautiful crafted. This is another book labeled YA but I think readers of all ages could enjoy. #bookreview

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The Body of the Beasts | Audrée Wilhelmy
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4/5 🌟This was a strange, disturbing and sensual tale. The writing is very beautiful and vividly poetic.
Right from the start the characters presented as odd but as the story progresses showed as extremely human, and unabashedly tapped into their animalistic side. The story was seductive. The vivid writing and strange dynamic of the Boyra family pulled me in from the first page. Out July 30th CAN Sept 3rd US.
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5/5🌟 This is such an interesting look at Chinese-Canadian restaurant history in Canada. But also the perils and determination of people facing immigration. I tried to make this book last as long as I could but it is too readable. So much about food but the bigger picture of family, and culture. A truly facinating and poignant read!
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Gold That Frames the Mirror | Brandon Melendez
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5🌟
This collection will eviscerate you. A deep and honest look at family, heredity, self acceptance, mental health, trauma and grief.
Melendez vivid imagery clings to each poem. He digs deep and many readers with resonant with his words. The whole collection moved me but the last section truly spoke to me. The title is beautiful and absolutely brilliant!
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5🌟This book is a contemplative look at the brutality and misogyny against women and of their survival in a small town. Peter's has done a beautiful job using different writing styles and voices to share this dark yet at times humorous tale. I really enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. Its slim but very dark and raw, it really packs a punch! I loved the mix of poetry and prose and all the vivid imagery.
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
This is a cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood but with a twist! Obviously as a booklover I enjoyed this twist on the original story. I think this book would be great for boys or girls. I dont think that kids necessarily need to have read the original version to enjoy this one at all. If they have read the classic then bonus! The illustrations are very cute too.
Look for this one on July 2nd!
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Permission | Saskia Vogel
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5🌟I'm going to start by saying the writing in this is very well done!! Vogel's prose caught my attention right from the first sentence. There is explicit scenes of BDSM and Fetishism but this book is so much more than that. Big themes are grief, longing and loneliness. These characters, which I did enjoy are searching for love, and acceptance, and freedom to be who they really are. This book is mostly a character study. Aailable now!
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5/5🌟 THIS BOOK!!! Its a must read for summer!
Written in a fever dream style it will capture you, and carry you under, and leave you gasping for air. I had a hard time putting it down and when I did I was thinking about it. Its written so poetically. Theo Mangrove was a facinating character, the depth!
The story and how its told were a rare reading experience for me. And I utterly enjoyed every minute of it! Koestenbaum is a wonderful writer.

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4/5?
The Invention Hunters travel the world in their flying museum in search of the best inventions. In this book they land in a construction site. There are simple descriptions and diagrams of what the "inventions" are and how they work. This book is a fun, silly but informative. With humor and useful information. My son was very captivated by this one. Great for little scientists or kids interested in how things work. Look for it on July 9th!

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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4/5🌟I relly enjoyed this one. It is compulsively readable! I read it in two days. I thoroughly enjoyed Eve's character and her story.
All the literary and publishing aspects were perfect. You can tell this was written with an appreciation for books. I loved how it was set in the late 80's. It was such an interesting time!
Look for this one out July 9th! Reccomended Reading.
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Crazeedi Looking forward to this! 1mo
Bookalong @Crazeedi Yay! Hope you enjoy it too! 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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4/5🌟

Available Today!

I enjoyed this one! A story about a lonely grad student who gets drawn into a clique of of rich girls. It was weird and strange and totally bizarre! It reminded me of mean girls a lot but darker and much more disturbing. It is an intensely written darkly funny book.

Thank you to the Publisher for sending me this book.

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The Grief Keeper | Alexandra Villasante
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4/5?
This was beautiful written. So vivid and realistic. The characters were well developed. I enjoyed the sisters relationship. Having a sister myself I related to them. And the LGTBQIA romance was well done too. The concept of a "greif keeper" and ridding people of their sadness was so interesting! Really the whole story was very engrossing.
Available on Tuesday June 11th!
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4/5🌟I thoroughly enjoyed this! I find reading almost anything about Motherhood and Mother-Child relationships so facinating! I loved how these essays showcased all different relationships with Mothers. The cause and effect of the things we dont speak of. From traumas, addictions, shame, to decisions mother make or don't to fathers to our mothers own lives. Very thought-provoking! Also discovered some new writers, Leslie Jamison & Melissa Febos.

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5🌟 A Thought-Provoking Collection!
I loved this book! In these candid essays the way Hopper writes about finding love and connections was so insightful! Proving that for women there is more ways to find happiness and love and genuine connections than marriage alone. A lot of people will see themselves in these essays. Her prose are precise and clear. It really made me think about relationships and love in a new ways.
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JennyM Beautiful pic and the book sounds great 2mo
Bookalong @JennyM Aww thank you! It really was!! 2mo
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Frying Plantain | Zalika Reid-Benta
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5/5🌟
I loved this book!
I started this book yesterday and finished it this morning!! This collection is so impressive! The way the author has interconnected these stories is superb! She managing to capture growing up caught between two worlds, highlighting complicated mother-daughter relationships cultural differences, and race in such an insightful way. I'm floored! Reccomended Reading for sure!
This is Available Tomorrow!!

CouronneDhiver Sounds like I might relate well. Stacked! 2mo
Bookalong @CouronneDhiver Yay!! Hope you love it too!! 😁 2mo
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4/5⭐ This book is a part of a series but could be a standalone. I found the plotline engaging. Theres lots of vivid scenes and magic! I loved all the flashbacks scenes. It was a bit family saga which I love! Connie is a strong woman and was a good character. The writing is really good! This was my first experience with this author I enjoyed her style and I will definitely be looking into her other books in the future. Out on June 25th.

Avanders Part of the series including the Physick Book? Or another one? 2mo
Bookalong @Avanders Yes! 😊 2mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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3.5/5
The writing and story is very interesting and original. Being narrated by his Chi (guardian spirit) was a unique perspective. But parts of that got repetitive in my opinion. I loved the Nigerian setting. Overall I enjoyed the story and there is a lot beautiful language throughout. Reading this authors writing you need to brace yourself, it will be an emotional ride.

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Bear Came Along | Richard T. Morris
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5🌟Bear falls into a river and before he knows it he is on an adventure! Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Duck and Raccoons join him along the way. It shows children how fun it can be to have others join in no matter their differences. To trust one another and enjoy the ride.The watercolor illustrations are so catching, colorful and bright. I loved the two page spreads. This book is funny and cheerful. Available June 4th!! #bookreview #picturebooks

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Oval | Elvia Wilk
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5🌟 Available June 4th!!
This book blew my mind! I thought it was a brilliant dystopian story. It takes place in the near furure but touched on so much that seems so close to our reality it was frightening! It was also funny, fast paced and very engrossing! I will definitely be on the lookout for whatever Elvia Wilk does next.
Thank You to the publisher for sending me this #ARC.
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CouronneDhiver Really like the simple cover 2mo
Bookalong @CouronneDhiver Me too!👌 2mo
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Cowhide-and-Seek | Sheri Dillard
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4🌟
This is a silly and fun read! Bessie mistakes the farmer counting his cows for a game of hide and seek. She finds her hiding spot, determined to win! Then her and her hiding spot walk right off the farm! The farmer is looking for her everywhere. Will he find her? My kids loved this one.There is great word play and the illustrations are very appealing. A fun farm version of hide and seek!

Thank You to the publisher for #gifting us this book!

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4🌟These essays are extremely blunt. I appreciated her honesty, really putting it ALL out there. From wants & desires to bodies, infatuations, anxieties, relationships, sadness, fears, marriage, addiction, sexuality, mental health and more.
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Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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5🌟A beautifully written and tender story! This book hit me pretty hard. The storytelling was so real and intimate. It reveals so many truths about relationships, life, heartache, lonliness, desire, personal fulfillment and sisterhood. This book is beautifully written, very character driver. This one will stick with me for a while.It will be available June 4th!
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Cinfhen Great review!!! 2mo
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The Summer Demands | Deborah Shapiro
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5🌟I really enjoyed this one!
Shapiro's writing is really good, very descriptive. These female characters are really well written. They both had such depth to them. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to them. Female relationships are so interesting to me. And I love how more women's stories are being published.
This is the perfect read to kickoff summer! Available June 4th!
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5🌟 Publishes May 14th! This book hit me hard. So moving and enthralling. I became so invested in these characters. I loved the alternate history in this story. It was a facinating look at a particular part of the 1960's and 70's I hadn't read much about before. Focusing on political activism and radicalism and the space program. Alcott's writing is strong. She drew me in from the first page.
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Being Edie Is Hard Today | Ben Brashares
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5🌟 for this one! Available Today!! Edie is having a hard day. Nobody understands. She wishes she could transform into an animal instead of being Edie today. First of all the artwork in this book is so creative and beautiful! This was such a touching, tender and poignant story. It shows kids thats its ok to have a bad and try again the next day for a better one.
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4🌟 This is such a cute book! Its about a girl and her Tree friend. Teaches about the changing seasons, nature and using your imagination. The illustrations are so cute, fun and colorful! I love the die-cut circles are almost like the circles in a tree trunk.
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The Waiting Hours | Shandi Mitchell
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4/5🌟 Mitchell's prose were calculated and the way she weaved the story really worked for me. The characters were well developed and I liked how she entwined the three main narratives to unfold the story. It is an engaging look into first responders. Provides a vivid picture into the lives they live with their job. Loss and heartache, despair and dread, trauma, happiness and relief. You can tell this was really well researched.
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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5🌟This book was different from anything I have read.The author's style is very unique and distinct. There is so much emotion in this book. It's an utterly fascinating magical little tale. It's an original and inventive story thats for sure and I found the characters fascinating right away. They already had such depth to them.
This book will publish in North America May 14th!
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Milk | Dorothea Lasky
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4/5🌟
I really enjoyed this collection! Lasky has a way with words that catches you. With nods to women, motherhood, life, sex creation of life, death, blood and birth. It was raw and blunt at times. I haven't read any of her other work but I am intrigued after this one.
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5/5🌟 Madden's childhood consisted of darkness, trauma, addiction, neglect and a little girl growing up in the thick of it. She would turn to her female friends for love, seek approval in unhealthy ways and use drugs and alcohol to cope. It felt at times like reading a journal or diary with how open and honest she is. It ranges from her childood womanhood. Definitely check this one out, especially if you like memoirs.
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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4/5🌟I did find the characters frustrating at times and the interview format may have held us back from getting to know them better. I longed for more debauchery more sex, drugs, rock n roll. But it was still very entertaining! And I think it was a unique concept of writing about a fictional big band and their rise to fame and telling their story in interview format. It was well written, I will definitely be reading more of her books.
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KatieDid927 I photographed mine with the Rumours LP too! Haha 3mo
Bookalong @KatieDid927 Lol awesome! It seemed fitting. 3mo
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Available April 23rd!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
What a touching cute story! Teaching some valuable lessons. It follows two Fairies Pip and Mip in a contest to see who can build the tallest tree house the fastest. One is organized the other is not...who will win? Teaching about competition friendship, perseverance and organization. The artwork is beautiful and captivating. A great read for kids of all ages!
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Available May 7th!
5🌟This memoir is intense and inspiring and wonderful! At 19 with no proper training Laura Prior-Palmer entered the worlds longest and toughest horse race. Riders usually spend years training and preparing for the harshness of this competition and many don't even finish. Her story is one of inspiration and intensity and determination. A truly wonderful read!
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5🌟
In these letters we get to see a glimpse of the private side of who Frida Kahlo the woman, the daughter, and the wife really was. They show us her anxieties and her feelings towards her husband, her life and friends and her love for her dear mama. In her letters you can see her keen ability of observation shine through that is then showcased in her vivid abilities to describe people and places that is so prominent in her paintings.

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Woman of Color | LaTonya Yvette
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5🌟 - A Candid and Astute Read!
Latonya Yvette's Woman Of Color is an insightful, original and fun read. Each chapter is filled with something different. She shares her experiences as a young mother, stories from her childhood, she offers fashion, beauty and lifstyle advice and features interviews with other women of color too. She also touches on loss and is unabashedly honest about life's ups and downs.I devoured this!
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4/5🌟
I thought this was a cute and lighter read. I found this got off to a bit of a slow start but picked up nicely once learning more about the sisters individually. And then watching them work through their emotional baggage makes you keep reading. Sibling angst intertwined with culture and tradition made for intriguing characters. I was captivated by the setting. It gives a very real impression of India and the culture there.
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The Beauty of the Moment | Tanaz Bhathena
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4/5🌟 for this #YA #Canlit
I liked the authors writing style and admired the diversity and the realness of the characters and situations they faced as well as the family dynamics. If your looking for a contemporary read thats not overly juvenile look no further!
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Available April 9th! 4/5🌟 I loved her writing so much! She's very talented. Her prose are sharp and purposeful. This story is set in the 1980's (which I loved) and it focuses on two high school students first love experience while attending a competitive performing arts school. But It so so much more that this. With themes of power, between student and teacher, men and women. This book gives you a lot to think about.
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So this one didn't do it for me. I got about halway through and decided to stop. It was slightly repetitive and was kind of all over the place. It didn't flow and
really just wasnt holding my interest.
I like and agree with some of her views on Feminism but she lost me on the delivery.
I really wanted to love this one but alas did not.

There are a lot of positive reviews, and I'm sure several readers would find this a powerful read.

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5🌟 One of the most moving and honest memoirs I have ever read! I dont personally have any experience with adoption so this book really taught me a lot. It is a wonderful introspective look at being a Transracial Adoptee. Her story is sad at times but not tragic. Shedding light on how growing up in a small white community, with white parents was and the challenges that created. And much more!
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Panicle | Gillian Sze
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4/5🌟 A Beautiful, Lyrical Collection
Sze has a way with words that has the abilty to catch your breath.This is a wonderful collection! It had me from the first poem. Sze takes inspiration from other poems and writer quotations, nature and the elements, love, art and more Sze's has a talent for taking small everyday things and turning them into something deep and meaningful. This collection is beautiful and fresh!
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The Plotters | Un-su Kim
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4/5🌟 A Entertaining and Gripping Read!
I dont read books like this very often. Honestly I dont know if I have ever read one quite like this before. And I hardly ever read translated books but I felt this one was excellently done! With alluring prose this book flowed nicely and was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the story line and characters quite a bit. It could have almost been a bit longer so we get to see more of the characters.
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4/5🌟 An Enthralling Collection!
Through hardships her voice remains strong and humorous and real. In these stories there are characters that are real and relatable. Struggling with marriage and motherhood and the ups and downs of life in a moving and identifiable way. She is a wonderful storyteller. Its too bad she couldn't have got more recognition for her talent while she was alive.
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