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Joined November 2018

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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I read books 1-3 in Alaska during my favorite summer ever, and this re-read is really taking me back to my hammock on our front porch. Good times!
This time I plan on reading the entire series. Gotta fill the gap in my heart now that the show is ending.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Read this whole book yesterday, and it was the perfect travel day read. I was entertained the whole time, mostly because it was all so new to me! A fun inside look into one of the most competitive cultures on the planet.

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Abortion can be such a polarizing topic, but this book was not! I thought the author was very nice to people on both sides of “the life line.” This book was about a 50 pages longer than it needed to be. Focuses mostly on addressing spiritual concerns, but also mentions some of the misleading “pro-choice” language. Not sure I would recommend it, but the overall story isn‘t bad.

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Don‘t judge a book by its cover (or its inflammatory subtitle). Ben keeps it factual and brings attention to historical trends to make his point. My favorite chapters were “Anti-Patriotic Bullies” and “Secular Bullies.” For those interested, this book would probably be a good introduction to conservative objections to liberal ideology.

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I‘m leaving for Ethiopia tomorrow!

This is my go-to travel reference book. Really handy for checking out highlights near places you‘re visiting and planning itineraries. I‘d love to see Lalibela, but I think work will mostly keep me in Addis Ababa.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Loved it. I‘m a sucker for a large cast with entangled stories. In books with many characters, it‘s sometimes difficult to identify with each, but Steinbeck just gets straight to the essence of the person so that you immediately feel familiar with them. I appreciate that this book took the succinct Cain and Abel parable and expanded it into this messy retelling. I finally think I know what critics mean when they call this novel “ambitious.”

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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The characters of Abra and Lee both exceeded my expectations. The moment between them in the kitchen was touching. I didn‘t know I wanted it until it was happening!

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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“In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. . .”

Steinbeck‘s short commentary chapters are profound. I‘ve been missing out on a good writer and great thinker!

CoffeeNBooks John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors! 3mo
Books_n_Whatnot @CoffeeNBooks I‘m loving East of Eden! Do you have a recommendation for which of his books I should read next? 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Books_n_Whatnot Grapes of Wrath is excellent as well! 3mo
Books_n_Whatnot Added to my list! 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck

“My father said she was a strong woman, and I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is almost indestructible.”

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck

“He loved a celebration of the human soul. Such things were like a personal triumph to him.”

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The extended Cain & Abel motif is a bit obvious, but I like the twist on the known story. It makes me nervous for what‘s to come. I hope Cal manages to choose a path different from Cain and Charles.

For me, this contextualization of the biblical story (in which the C&A characters are boys instead of men) really emphasized the unfairness in choice of God‘s/Cyrus‘s/Adam‘s favorite for me. The boys are just doing their best to be loved.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck

“There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.”

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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“No crime of commission was ever attributed to him, and his crimes of omission were only misdemeanors.”

I can live on a line like this for 2-3 weeks.

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Just finished this reread and I‘m excited to discuss further with @scale-shark .Eragon is no longer a noob, and he‘s makin a ton of difficult-to-deliver promises to prove it! I love him for it. This book finally delivers on all the build up at which ‘Eldest‘ hinted. I also loved that we got some Saphira-narrated chapters. As always, needs more Arya-oriented plot. #BFLS

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A good quick read. Engaging story, but wasn‘t very enjoyable for me. The lawsuit was very stressful and hit a little too close to home (but hey that‘s good writing). Also I was constantly wondering why Enzo was so excited to be human all while noting flaws of humans. I got a little resolution on that front during his thoughts in the final chapters! I cried a lot and this book was emotionally draining for me. #BFLS

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Re-reading alongside @scale-shark who hasn‘t read the Inheritance Cycle yet. I think this is the first high fantasy series that I read. A straightforward good vs. evil story. I enjoyed the chapters following Roran much more than I did the first time! Also loved the complete intro to the dwarf and elven cultures as well as the explanation of the rules of magic. Paolini describes chronic pain accurately, which is surprising for a young author. #BFLS

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“And finally, thank you, dear reader. It is the possibility of our minds touching that makes writing a worthwhile endeavor at all.”

This preface made me feel so loved??

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Strong take on immortality: “It‘s a myth that we must die to retain our humanity. . . We stop being human at the moment we give in to death.”

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“The truth is not delicate and it does not suffer from denial—the truth only dies when true stories are untold.”

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Reviewing this while my foreign exchange roommates from China and Hong Kong throw an early Chinese New Year Party. How fitting! Liu is for sure a skilled writer, evident in the way he switches between narration styles. This book was FRESH. I felt like I was getting exposed to new content and ideas I hadn‘t considered before (or even thought to consider). Didn‘t ~love~ all the stories, but it deserves a pick for ‘The Man Who Ended History‘. #BFLS

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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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“It's the choosing that's important, isn't it?"

When I get overwhelmed by the amount of things on my to-do list, I am going to try to think of this exchange. It‘s too easy to forgot that all our little daily choices are privileges.

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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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Read this book for school in 5th grade, and I remember being disappointed. After this reread I think I know why! The concept is engaging and the sentiment is there, but the ending of this novel feels rushed/lazy and takes on a magical feeling, which seems inconsistent with the preestablished style. Nevertheless, worth the read!

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“When it comes to making money, North Korea is an utter waste of time. South Korea‘s economy is 38 times larger than the North‘s; its international trade volume is 224 times larger.”

The inevitable collapse of the Kim regime will end a humanitarian crisis but accentuates the current economic chaos. Who is responsible for paying the bills?

Lauram This sounds VERY interesting. 5mo
Books_n_Whatnot @Lauram this chapter particularly had some good info on the international opinions surrounding NK 5mo
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“North Korea‘s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin‘s Soviet gulags and twelves Times as long as the Nazi concentration camps.”

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A gut-wrenching story retold in a news report style. Definitely worth the read as it publicizes some of the atrocities of the North Korean regime. I think it should be noted, however, that Shin has significantly modified his story a couple times over the years. The first edit is noted in the book, and the second occurred in 2015, after publication. None of his versions (true or not) distract from the horrors of the NK political prisoner camps.

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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One of the two pieces of furniture to which I am attached (the other being an oversized upholstered green armchair appropriately named my thinking chair). As you can see, this majestic book shelf is currently multitasking as storage, a dresser, and a school desk in addition to its primary purpose. I hope one day it can just hold books in a home library.

Peep HP on the top left.

Books_n_Whatnot A gift from my daddy on my 16th birthday. I found it at The Dump (the store, not the county facility). It‘s made of reclaimed wood from an old door frame. The front is a single piece of wood, but the sides and shelving come from all different sources, which gives it a patchy feel that I love. When we brought it home, my dad and my neighbor took off my bedroom door, the door frame, and the hinges to get it to fit. Worth it! (edited) 6mo
Crazeedi Very unique! 6mo
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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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An unrequited love story mismatched with a happily-ever-after ending. This novel starts as a love story and ends as a love story. In between, it‘s pitiful and occasionally unsettling. A good read for someone who appreciates beautiful writing, though I could tell some ideas would have been more artistic in the original Spanish. I liked the harsh reflections on aging, which stand in stark contrast to the overly romanticized pursuit of affection.

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“There is no medicine better than a good diagnosis.” -Dr. Juvenal Urbino

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This book is just so quotable. Do your own digging!

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succinct & colorful

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Top-notch research from Jason Fagone! I appreciated the references and notes. This book took Elizebeth and William Friedman‘s story (already engaging) and revealed it masterfully. Well-balanced between their technical careers and private life. Much like Elizebeth, this book is not fussy. Some authors get caught up in emphasizing ‘firsts‘ for women, but Fagone did history justice without distracting from the achievements of the individual.

Books_n_Whatnot @scale-shark really nailed this rec. Right up my alley 6mo
scale-shark I'm so glad you liked it!! 6mo
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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Updated my public library card today! The warmhearted librarian cleared $6 of charges on my account from 2003. I‘ve been using school libraries since 2nd grade and then mooching off my mom‘s account when I‘m home, pero no más! (Necesito practicar mi español para un poco de Gabriel García Márquez.)

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Entitlement is a problem. I dub 2k19 the year of internal locus of control.

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A short audio book that got me through my Christmas travels to Kentucky and back. Audio books with lots of characters can sometimes be difficult to follow, but this one was exceptionally well done! Emilia Fox, the narrator, varied her voice for each character which was delightfully entertaining. Also, this book was the closest I‘ve come to correctly guessing an Agatha Christie plot, so I‘m an official sleuth now.

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I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Recommendation from my dad (Patty McP). Seemed quite reductionist for such complicated topics. Also had a bit of an issue with the amalgam of fact and fiction (up to the reader to figure out which is which). I have a different outlook on life (and death) than Broks, and there were very few hot takes that made me ponder.

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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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Charming. A light-hearted read on a heavy day.
Thank you to @scale-shark for the book! Only a true connoisseur recommends children‘s books.
#BFLS

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My mamacita is a Business Lady with a capital B. She‘s also a reliable mentor with a real knack for helping people help themselves. When I go to her office, I‘m always impressed with how much her employees and bosses trust her to look out for their best interests.

On my first day of my first full-time job she gave me (almost verbatim) this very same advice. She finished with “Make yourself indispensable!”

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Maybe the only wholesome book written by a political figure. Dana Perino tells us about her family history, meeting her husband, and her road to becoming the White House Press Secretary. Along the way, she drops helpful advice for young professionals and shares anecdotes about her time in 43‘s administration. I thought it was an enjoyable read; she‘s definitely someone I admire.

Pictured is an image from the book‘s photo album. Made me emotional!

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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“Name one thing.”
The last few chapters redeemed this novel, starting with this particular line. I‘ve had a similar sentiment before, and it was a relief to see it in words.

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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Today is my friend Holden‘s birthday, and I just finished this book about his namesake, Holden Caulfield. I loved Holden‘s character. While confused and lost, he seemed above all good-hearted. I know this novel is widely interpreted as an iconic case of teenage rebellion, but I think some of the big themes, like loss and connection, apply to everyone.
Also enjoyed the style. I love an unreliable narrator and some good one-liners!

bookcollecter Amazing book! Welcome to Litsy 😁 6mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Do you love crying for 200 pages straight? Then boy do I have the book for you! The Nightingale follows 2 very different sisters through their years in occupied France. Another one of those books that makes me infinitely grateful I haven‘t experienced war.

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Marley & Me | John Grogan
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“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.”

Another old picture from my sister. Matlock, while technically a bad dog, always did his best. I hope he knows we thought he was a good boy.

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Marley & Me | John Grogan
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“It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”

My sister sent me an old picture of our dog, Bear, this morning. He‘s wagging his tail, as always. I hope he‘s having a good time in Heaven!

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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I expected this book to be more about HRC‘s presidential campaign than outside factors. The book is inconsistently cited and gets a bit conspiratorial, particularly regarding Russian collusion. I disagree with HRC on most matters of policy (and on opinion of flavor blasted goldfish), but this book did provide valuable insight into her experience and values.

bookcollecter Interesting review. I thought about reading it, but I don't think I can do it. As an independent I thought both choices were equally poor. 6mo
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Finished rereading the Harry Potter series with the Between Friends Literary Society (#BFLS). It‘s better every time. I have a lot of feelings about these books, but in summary, “Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man.”

scale-shark I'm very nervous to read the last few chapters 😓 7mo
Books_n_Whatnot They were rough. I think I understand (and love) Dumbledore more now. 7mo
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“‘By jove, you‘re right,‘ said Peter, ‘and look there —and there. It‘s trees all round. And this wet stuff is snow. Why, I do believe we‘ve got into Lucy‘s wood after all.‘”

scale-shark Mr. Tumnus where are you?? 7mo
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A comprehensive and logically presented case detailing 7 criminal charges. Shapiro provides reliable references for each claim throughout the book. If you‘re looking for conspiracy theories, move along! I‘d recommend this book to anyone who is wary of expanding government. As Shapiro puts it, “Consolidated government means consolidated power; consolidated power means consolidated corruption.”

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 7mo
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