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Caitlin89
Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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After how much I enjoyed Station Eleven, I have high hopes for this one.

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Caitlin89
The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Pickpick

This is an exceptional novel. I detect notes of Ishiguro's Remains of the Day, a flavor reminiscent of Ian McEwan's wry observation and dry, bitter humor, a dash of Shelley's Frankenstein (what of the monster that made the monster?), and about 20 distinct vocabulary words I have never read or heard in my life.

Also, I love its handling of dialogue. Love.

This is an impressive, insightful, dark, and surprisingly funny book.

SamAnne Loved this one. The Committed is on my TBR list. 2w
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Caitlin89
The Return | NICHOLAS. SPARKS
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I've heard good writers should include nothing that doesn't add to the story. "Every word, every line, should be valuable, essential," type stuff.

But New York Times Bestseller (several times over) Nicholas Sparks is proof that the Hemingway isn't the only way. Half of this novel I'm reading is just descriptions of this guy dressing himself, performing daily tasks, cooking dinner, and repeatedly "letting his mind wander to Natalie" or not.

Christyco125 I also don‘t understand how he packs so much into so few pages and still manages to make you cry every time. (edited) 1mo
Caitlin89 He's definitely a bestseller for a reason! 1mo
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Caitlin89
Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Yeah, you could say I've got a lot going on.

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Caitlin89
Solar: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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Panpan

One of my best friends recommended this book to me and she's gonna be disappointed, but... I kinda hated it.The cover says it's GRIPPING and HILARIOUS. I thought it was a snoozefest and McEwan's showoffy physics blah blah blah was irritating. It literally put me to sleep. Maybe I'm not intillectual enough for this book. Or maybe McEwan is a bit of a brainy bore.

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Caitlin89
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As I dry the tears from my face, I know I'll be recommending this book to everyone.

A love song to story, to hope, to life and all life means — including death.

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Caitlin89
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I have no idea what's going on yet, but I like it. Realized I better read this on the plane... it's technically due back to the library tomorrow. 😬

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Caitlin89
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn't get into it. I renewed it 3 times and finally realized I just needed to let it go.

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Caitlin89
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As if I didn't have enough reading to do, my next trauma reads came through! #LoriGottlieb #MaybeYouShouldTalkToSomeone #WhatHappenedToYou #BrucePerry

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Christyco125 So many to choose from. 4mo
Caitlin89 @Christyco125 i figure the more i read about writing life stories, the longer i can delay actually writing my life stories. Lol 4mo
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Caitlin89
The Moon-Spinners | Mary Stewart
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This is a zippy, suspenseful, fun and beautifully descriptive travel mystery/romance. I had no idea what I was in for when I started it - not this twisty-turny fast-paced and action-packed whirlwind, that's for sure. But I loved it. A little cheesy in spots, but it was all part of the fun! Couldn't put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours - WHILE on vacation with family.

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Caitlin89
The Moon-Spinners | Mary Stewart
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"I found a wry humour in wondering just what Mark would have said, had he known he was packing me off, with prudent haste, from the perimeter of the affair into its very centre."

Breezing through this un-put-down-able novel!

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Caitlin89
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Thanks for tagging me to post something positive @Christyco125 !

I know this doesnt seem very #ThinkPositiveBePositive at first glance, but I've found understanding myself through insights like this from of Dr. Nicole Lepera to be such a powerful force of altered, more positive thinking and being!

Who's next? Post something positive and tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks:

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for sharing 💛 4mo
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Caitlin89
Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Who knew a book about the end of civilization - no, the end of civilization as we know it to be - could be so magical. It's post-apocolyptic, but tender and true. Because Emily St. John Mandel has captured that thing that makes me love Steinbeck and the other sad literary writers: the human heart is relentless in hope and survival. Which is why as long as we are here, civilization of some sort, the small beautiful things in life, will remain.

CuriousG This book was so wonderful. The tv adaptation was also very good...which is a phrase I dont say often. I have her next book on pre-order and it gets released tomorrow!! 4mo
Caitlin89 @CuriousG oh neat! I didn't know there was a television adaptation! I'm excited to check it out! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one has been on my tbr shelf for years! 4mo
Caitlin89 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks definitely worth the read! I'd probably never have read it if my old college friend hadn't given me this copy. I'm so glad she did! 4mo
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Caitlin89
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Books and bourbon. A match made in heaven.

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Bailedbailed

I just can't. I wanted to stop as soon as I started. I made it to page 80 by allowing myself the mercy of skimming, but... It's just so boring.

I realize I'm doing it wrong: it's a 6-week program. I wanted to zoom through and glean. But it reads like a personal diary — and, though I assume it's meant to promote a meditative mindset, comes off like Ms. Cameron loves to hear herself speak. Excruciatingly. Slowly. And with lots of name-dropping.

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Caitlin89
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Sweet Tooth. Salty snack.

This book was BRILLIANT. I will say: McEwan always makes uncomfortable and bored in places. And yet I keep coming back for more. In Sweet Tooth, the story is enticing, and McEwan's classic genius insofar as metafiction astounds me. I loved it by the end (even if I did skip over some of the boring page-long descriptions of Cold War ins and outs). The ending more than made up for any hard feelings.

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Caitlin89
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New reads from today's shopping trip. Haven't begun yet, but excited to.

Christyco125 Yay! New books 🎉📕 5mo
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