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1001 Books/Reading the World
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The Lonely Girl | Edna O'Brien
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Second in the Country Girls Trilogy, I read the first book back in 2014. I really enjoyed this coming of age book about childhood friends Kate and Baba who are growing up in Ireland. The girls friendship is steadfast even when Kate falls for an older married man which does not go over well with her alcoholic father and conservative Catholic town. #1001books

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This book did put a smile on my face and made me laugh at times. I enjoyed the journey of the Rosenblum family. The pronunciation and spelling of 'Mister-Rose-in-Bloom' cracked me up every time I read it. My heart went out to Jakob (Jack) as he just wanted to fit in and be accepted by his peers something I think is all to common to immigrants today which makes this story still relevant.

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Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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This is one of the few books in which I saw the TV show first before reading the book. It was not my plan but I put the TV show in my Netflix queue, in last place mind you, and of course it was delivered. I watched the 1981 British TV series staring John Duttine. My husband likened the series to the original Star Trek.

Ladygodiva7 I had no idea it was a show! I LOVED the book! Now I gotta see it. 2w
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Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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On the night of the green flashes, those that watched became blind and those that did not were spared their sight. Triffids are walking plants that had deadly stingers. The story follows Bill Masen, a sighted man, in this apocalyptic world where chaos reigns. Science fiction is one of my least favorite genre of literature. I have read one other Wyndham book Midwich Cuckoos which I enjoyed. #1001books

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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“In this absorbing biopic focusing on the university days of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author meets his future wife and muse, Edith Bratt, and forms the friendships that will inspire him to pen his classic Middle-Earth novels.“ I 💝 this movie. I am not a Tolkien buff so I found it interesting. The movie was well casted. My favorite Tolkien book is The Hobbit. I am not a LOTR fan.

Daisey At some point I need to watch this movie. 3w
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Alberta and Jacob | Cora Sandel
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#1001books Reading around the world Norway. Originally written in 1926, this is the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of two siblings in Norway. I really felt for Alberta who really wanted much more from her life than was the norm for the time period. This was an interesting look into growing up in Norway.

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I ❤ this movie. Just finished watching this with my best bookish friend. We really enjoyed the movie and thought it was a good adaptation of the book. They managed to cram quite a bit into the movie. The casting was spot on too. At 2 1/2 hours (plus previews) it is quite the time commitment but we thought it was worth it.

jewright I loved the book! It‘s good to hear the movie is well done. 1mo
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Breakfast at Tiffany's | Truman Capote
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Having just finished the book I wanted to watch the movie again. This classic has really stood the test of time. Audrey Hepburn made a very polished Holly Golightly. The movie made a few changes and Hollywoodized the ending but overall a good interpretation of the book. The anniversary copy that I had included some entertaining behind the scenes segments. I am now inspired to watch some more Audrey Hepburn movies.

Liatrek Love Audrey ❤️ I highly recommend Roman Holiday, Sabrina and Charade 😊 1mo
CafeMom @Liatrek thanks for the movie recommendations. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I watched this soon after reading the book years ago , and really liked the movie even if Mickey Rooney‘s portrayal was cringeworthy! 1mo
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After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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I was hooked from page one. I love Murakami's writing, I get sucked into what ever story he is telling. After the Quake is a compilation of six short stories the author wrote after the Kobe earthquake. I really enjoyed Thailand. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo, how could you not love a story about super-frog. Even though I prefer Murakami's long novels I still enjoyed these short stories. #1001books

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Breakfast at Tiffany's | Truman Capote
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Lovely novella about Holly Golightly and her neighbor “Fred“ in 1950s New York. I can see how this story was modern for the time. Holly is a very entertaining character and I enjoyed learning her back story. Looking forward to re-watching the movie. This is my 4th book by the author and I enjoy his writing. #1001books

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Pippi Longstocking. Astrid Lindgren | Astrid Lindgren, Lindgren
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I don't remember reading Pippi when I was growing up and I don't think I read it to my son but I do have fond memories of the 1960s TV show. The copy I checked out was illustrated by Lauren Child who illustrated the Charlie and Lola series which I did read and watch with my son. Pippi's story is timeless. It is still fresh to read about a precocious child who gets into all sorts of trouble and adventure. #1001books

BarbaraTheBibliophage I love Pippi!! 2mo
AkashaVampie I never read Pippi because I didnt know it was a book, but did watch the movie (?... I think it was a movie, it's been a while) and loved it! 2mo
rather_be_reading Loved the Pippi movies! 2mo
Tamra Oh, Lauren illustrations are a perfect fit! 2mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I am late to the party but I finally watched this movie for the first time. It was a cute movie. Now it's time to read the book which I hear is different from the movie. Looking forward to another Alice Hoffman book.

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What I liked best about the book: information about the depression era of the Pacific North West, pictures included in the book, extraordinary detail by the author, getting to know the lives of the boys outside of rowing, and interweaving of the looming war in Germany. It took me a while to get into this book and sometimes my interest waxed and waned but overall I enjoyed the book. The last 25% was my favorite part and I liked how the book ended.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a former Soviet battery commander and is a survivor of the notorious Soviet Gulag. The story is fictional but clearly written by someone with first hand knowledge. The story expressed the challenges prisoners went through just surviving the day especially in the Siberian cold. Bread is an important component of this story and I will never look at a piece of bread in the same way especially the crusty bits. #1001books

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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“And that I, a little black man with an assumed name should die because a big black man in his hatred and confusion over the nature of a reality that seemed controlled solely by white men whom I knew to be as blind as he, was just too much, too outrageously absurd.”

A thought provoking book but not an uplifting one. #1001books

jewright Heart-breaking book 3mo
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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What I liked best about the book was the setting; seventeenth century Bavaria, Germany. I also found the main characters to be likable. Jakob Kuisl, the Hangman, his daughter Magdalena, and the young physician Simon. The story is a murder mystery in small town in which witchcraft is still believed and healing potions are suspect. The epilogue states the novel was inspired by the author's genealogy and he tried to stay true to history.

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Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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Read a world book written in the 20th century (1994). Finally made a straight line. Also watched the movie which I enjoyed despite the changes from the book.

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Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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It took me quite a while to get into this book especially since Captain Corelli does not enter the picture for quite some time but once I did I was hooked. I very much enjoyed the relationship of Corelli and Pelagia and how it reflected time and place. War brings people to together and tears them apart which was evident on this small Greek island. #1001books

Henrik_Madsen I have it lined up for later this year. Good to hear there is something to look forward to😀 4mo
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Having just finished the book, I decided to watch the movie staring Ralph Fiennes as Oscar and Cate Blanchett as Lucinda. I loved the movie. This story worked better for me in visual form than in print. I was much more engaged in the relationship of Oscar and Lucinda. Thumbs up for this movie.

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Read a book set in Oceania. #ReadingtheWorld #Hunsakermountain

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This book was a bit of a roller coaster. The beginning was a high for me, getting to know Oscar and his strict religious father as well as Lucinda and her mother. These formidable years were probably my favorite part of the book. As the two main characters grew I lost interest, there was so much introspection. I normally like a book that is all about the journey and not the destination but this one had too much of a journey for me. #1001books

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Read a world book written in the 21st century. #ReadingtheWorld #Hunsakermountain

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My first graphic novel. The book is about many things; family, immigration, war and history. This family history is from the Vietnamese perspective which I found insightful. I also learned quite a bit about the French occupation of Viet Nam and its affect on this family. One of my favorite pages in the book is the actual identification pictures at the refugee camp in Malaysia.

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Next book. My first illustrated memoir. This will be the summer all school read for my son this year. He isn't even out of school yet but I thought I would read it before all the copies are gone when school gets out.

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Suite Francaise | Irne Nmirovsky
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Read a book set in Europe. I am not going in a straight line but at least I am reading books. #ReadingtheWorld #Hunsakermountain. I watched the movie again after finishing the book.

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Suite Francaise, a Novel | Irne Nmirovsky
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“When Irene Nemirovsky began working on Suite Francaise, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.” The best part of the book is the appendices. Appendix I is Irene Nemirovsky's handwritten notes and Appendix II is written correspondence. #1001books. #ReadingtheWorld

KellyHunsakerReads I am going to obtain a copy of this one! 5mo
ManyWordsLater That‘s fascinating! Added to my #tbr 5mo
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Mao's Last Dancer | Cunxin Li
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Read a book set in the Far East. China.

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Mao's Last Dancer | Li Cunxin
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I really enjoyed this memoir about Li Cunxin's rise to fame to a world class ballet dancer. Some of the most memorable moments for me were learning about Mao's Cultural Revolution, close family ties (if you have family you have everything), seeing America through the eyes of an immigrant and enjoying the pictures included in the book. #ReadingtheWorld

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Mao's Last Dancer | Li Cunxin
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Books to read in May. I have started Mao's Last Dancer which I am enjoying. Really looking forward to Suite Francaise, it has been on my to-do list for quite some time.

BookwormM Suite Francais is a brilliant book but sad 6mo
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God's Bits of Wood | Ousmane Sembne
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#Hunsakermountain #ReadingtheWorld
Read a book set in Africa.

Liz_M This was such a great book! 5mo
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God's Bits of Wood | Ousmane Sembne
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I fell in love with the author's writing from the first page. The story takes place in the area of French West Africa now known as Senegal and Mali. The book is about the strike of the railway workers on the Dakar-Niger line. "God's bits of wood refers to human beings, a powerful reference throughout the book. I really liked the book & learned quite a bit too. #Reading1001 #ReadingtheWorld #1001books

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Read a book in translation. Originally published in Polish.

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Best 180 pages I have read in a long time. Although a work of fiction, the author was imprisoned in Auschwitz & Dachau from 1943-45. This book is about the inhumanity of man. "Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories shows atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine." #1001books

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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This was a fascinating look at race. In 1920s, childhood friends Irene and Clare reconnect in Harlem after many years. Clare confides that she hides a dark secret, she is 'passing' as white. Even though this was a short book I felt that I got to know Clare and Irene well. As their past is told it really put perspective to the story. #reading1001 #1001books

hilded I really liked this one as well, a little book with a big punch! 6mo
Liz_M Wow, that is some cover! 6mo
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#Hunsakermountain #ReadingtheWorld
April book of the month.

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The last part of the story, the train ride, really had me captivated. What I liked about the book was the setting; Turkey and France; the time period, World War II; and religion, Muslim and Judaism. But I also thought it was a romanticized view of the Holocaust. The author's note at the end did reveal she did a fair amount of research for the book. Overall glad to have read the book.

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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Buddy read with my son for high school English. I don't remember reading this one in high school. I found Holden Caulfield an annoying kid. My husband reminded me I am not the target audience. Holden's behavior was quite shocking for me; drinking, smoking, episode with the prostitute. Life was sure different in the 1940s. I liked how the story came together, especially the ending. Look forward to hearing how my son likes it.

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The book combines my favorite things: cooking, travel and history. I learned about nutmeg, cocoa bean, cloves, vanilla and cashews. I was reminded of the shockingly poor in Haiti. The Dominican Republic is a mecca for baseball. And all those wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try. #readingtheworld

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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I am continuing my love affair with Murakami. The story takes place in an alternate 1984. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters and back stories in this lengthy book. The techniques of alternating points of view for each chapter and ending on a cliff-hanger also worked well for me. I eagerly looked forward to each chapter. I thought the ending was appropriate. I look forward to reading more by this author. #reading1001 #1001books

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This is the book that started it all. It was nice to be introduced to the characters I know so well. First published in 1953 this book is dated and rather chauvinistic. I enjoyed the adventure of it all and it ended in typical Bond fashion.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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My February reading. I did not intend to have a theme but my books were all from Asian authors and based in Asia. Looking forward to more reading in March.

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I love history and liked learning about Pakistan and the valley of Swat. I also admire strong women. I appreciated the updates in my addition. It has been a while since I have read a YA book and I rather enjoyed the change of pace.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Finished part two. Looking forward to finishing up the book in March. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

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Kokoro | Soseki Natsume, Natsume Soseki, Bishop Of Hippo Soseki
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Kokoro means “the heart of things”.
This was a character study of Sensei mostly but also of his friend of the present and the friend of the past. I appreciate the story as being 'modern' for its time period; men talking about their feelings and internal struggles. I enjoyed the quietness of the story for parts one and two but part three was a bit long in Sensei recounting his past but I know it was necessary to bring the story full circle.

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This is the next book in my buddy read with my son, he is reading it for Sophomore English. I have wanted to read this for some time. I was so impressed with her speech to the United Nations. I have since watched a couple documentaries about her as well as her talk with David Letterman. Looking forward to it.

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Recently bought this book for my upcoming vacation to the Caribbean. I have had this book and one other by this author about living in the Caribbean. I am hoping for a fun, light read.

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This book is about much more than one man's escape from North Korea. Masaji tells he was born to a Japanese mother and Korean father. Much of his life is complicated by these two cultures. I learned so much from this little book. The propaganda machine that got the family to North Korea. The depth of poverty and despair. The caste system. Complicated relationship between Japan. N Korea, S Korea and China. I recommend this book.

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One of my February books for Reading the World group on Goodreads. So far a quick read I am about 30% in. It is a sad story. I am learning a lot about Korean history which I knew next to nothing.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#Reading1001 #1001books
The story shows how difficult it is to be an immigrant. Ifemelu and Obinze are college sweethearts living in Nigeria. Both leave the country to further their education. Much happens outside of Nigeria. This was a fantastic story for me.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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My first read of the year. I have had this book on my TBR list for far too long and am glad to finally have finished. The beginning with Celie and Nettie as children almost broke my heart. I really enjoyed the letter writing between Celie and Nettie. My favorite part was the ending, it brought me to tears. Alice Walker is a new author for me and I look forward to reading more of her books.