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Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
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The Appointment: A Novel | Herta Müller, Michael Hulse, Philip Boehm
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For me there was too much present/past back and forth and the prose while smart and dense didn't click with me. Maybe if I read it under a different headspace. I didn't want to work that hard this time around.

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The Appointment: A Novel | Herta Müller, Michael Hulse, Philip Boehm
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Partridge quote for the win today. 😂

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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Brilliant. You will want to slow down for this one.

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Class | Francesco Pacifico
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Italian rich kids in America, chasing their dreams of cool using their inheritances and allowances from dear old ma and pa. Between tracksuits, tweets, and love triangles I'm still not sure what to think. I bet Italians reading this would get a good kick out of it. Raucous, raunchy, and hilarious in parts it's an interesting look into a world of privilege and contemporary Italian writing. 🌟🌟🌟.5/5.

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Class | Francesco Pacifico
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Finally getting a bit warmer in Montreal! Reading in the sun under heavy blankets 👻. This is a wildly different read than I've had in a while. Cool Italians in America...Only one review on Litsy so far and it was a pan. See how this one goes!

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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First book finished in 2018! Can't believe I didn't get to read this one until now. Thought provoking, and an important perspective and voice to experience. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

lynneamch Truth! One of my absolute favorites. I rarely reread, but this one deserves it. 2y
sprainedbrain Yes! I finally read it last year and I loved it. ❤️ 2y
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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali | Gil Courtemanche, Patricia Claxton
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Should not have read this over Christmas. ...but glad I read it! A raw, awful yet beautiful story of the author's love for and experience living in Rwanda during the genocide on assignment. Although a work of fiction it has real characters and references true events. Haunting writing for its boldness in love and death. Rated R for violence and sex/rape scenes. It was made into a movie, but not sure I can relive this story again! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I'm on a translated works kick...started this last night and it is surprising and different and exactly why I like reading translations. This has to be the only adult fiction told from the point of view of a polar bear. 🐨🐾 (I think that's a koala but close enough)

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The End of Days | Jenny Erpenbeck
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Quite a book! Loved the writing/translation of this talented author and translator. I got a little confused about 2/3 of the way through but the end tied it together in a beautiful way. Some of the passages were exquisite enough to re read three times.

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Umami | Laia Jufresa
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A wonderfully told story set in the heart of Mexico City over five years by four different voices. Written by Mexican-born Jufresa, and translated into English this was a great book to read for women in translation month. While the primary theme is loss, it is written with humour and great talent for words and storytelling. I promise you will know what the heck umami is after reading this, and you will be inspired to grow a milpa!🌱🌱

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Part love story part coming of age. A young woman from China is sent to study English in England for one year. The narration is in the voice of someone learning English ie the 'Loyal family' in the UK. My favourite part was thinking about English from the perspective of someone learning my language and how confusing it must be. For instance 'I'm going to go to the beach' why do we have to say 'go' twice?. It's a fun look at ourselves. 🌟🌟🌟/5

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Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Really enjoying this one so far... I'm late on women in translation month, but what odds! The characters in the compound all have their houses named after tastes on your tongue. Sweet, bitter, sour, salty and the indescribable umami. Which I still am struggling to comprehend. Imagine living in a house called sour. Ha.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory | Edwidge Danticat
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🌟🌟🌟. 5/5 this was a quick read which was perfect to get me out of my reading slump. Sophie spends her childhood with her Tante Atie in Haiti until her mother in New York sends for her. Vividly written the novel gives a window to Haitian national identity, experiences with diaspora, and explores mother-daughter relationships and how they affect self identity and expression. I will be reading more by Danticat, really enjoyed this one.

Lindy Great review: I like knowing that it's quick and vivid; engaging enough to get you out of a slump; and also so good that you'll read more by Danticat (an author I also admire). (edited) 2y
Canadian.Reads @Lindy you're too kind! Really enjoyed the article, amazing she has tracked all of the books she has read for so long. 2y
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Chronicle in Stone | Ismail Kadare
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The secret life of raindrops. 🌧️💧☔ I am almost positive I had the same reflection as a kid... Moreso how it would suck to start out as a raindrop looking down on beautiful earth as part of a cloud, flying around, fluffy, cute.. To end up in a dirty mud puddle full of worms. 👎. Lame way to end your life as a rain drop.

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Chronicle in Stone | Ismail Kadare
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This is my first Kadare. What a writer. This one is written from the perspective of an imaginative, short sighted boy about the invasions, occupation, and bombardments by multiple foreign armies from '39-'43 in WWII (Italian, Greek, British, German) in his home city of Gjirokaster, Albania. Incredible imagery and prose. I want to say so much but can't fit it in. It's no wonder Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker in 2005.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5.

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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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#cupidgoespostal is THE BEST!!! What a thoughtful gift and card from @JacqMac Thank You!! The timing couldn't be more perfect. It's a snow day, I've got not one but two toblerone's (❤❤❤) a beautiful bookmark, and a gorgeous hardcover copy of Another Brooklyn which although I did get to it recently, I really need to re read and take more time with. It's a wonderfully written book. Happiness is happening in St. John's today! Happy V-Day!
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JacqMac Enjoy your snow day! ❤ 2y
Reviewsbylola Those Toblerones would be gone in a second here. 😍 2y
Canadian.Reads I have one half gone! Thank you @JacqMac 2y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Loved this book. The first time I have read a genealogy of 6 generations on two sides one tracing the path from Ghana to America, the other that stayed longer in Ghana until the very end. I would have liked a map, but that may just be my love for maps. Wonderful debut, so glad all you #littens got me to pick it up.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5!

Suzze I loved this so much! 2y
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Music of the Ghosts | Vaddey Ratner
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My first win from Good Reads I'm so excited!! Do not judge the Christmas tree still peaking out from around the corner. 😩😩😩... He swears it will be gone this weekend.

Suet624 I'm so happy you still have your tree up! 2y
sherryvdh Mine's still up too. I took all the decorations off, but I keep forgetting to fetch the box from the basement. At this point, I may as well make a Valentine's tree. Lol! 2y
Canadian.Reads @Suet624 I'm so ready to have it gone... It's shedding dead needles everywhere! 2y
Canadian.Reads @sherryvdh mine has also been decoration-less since new years but we are both avoiding making a dead needle mess which is only getting worse with time! 2y
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I'm With Cupid | Diane Stingley
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I have been assured this will get to its destination on time!!! Getting closer to the big day ❤❤❤.

#cupidgoespostal
@BookishMarginalia

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I'm a 'meh' on this one. It's my first Allende but have read reviews that her others are better so will have to give them a try. This was my second audiobook, and still not sure if it's the medium that I don't enjoy or I haven't picked a good one yet! I didn't feel entranced by any of the characters, and the whole story didn't ring particularly true. A bit fluffy more my liking.

⭐⭐. 5 /5

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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Greenland whaling ship in the mid-1800's, a crew of hard men and young cabin boys, and Sumner the ship surgeon. The north water and questionable humanity of the crew makes for a dark and gripping adventure. But not a nice adventure. Cruel, terrible, and smelly (seriously... You'll get it when you read this!). Highly recommend.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Devoured this in about an hour and a half. Loved the style of writing and vivid imagery of memory and place. Her telling of those important years from girl to teenager brings back some pretty raw feeling and truths.

⭐⭐⭐. 5 /5

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This has been compared to "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo, but instead of the slums of India, the refugee camps in Kenya. While the stories of the nine refugees give a human sense of the dire situation in Daabab, I did not find myself as invested in the characters as I did in Boo's writing and skimmed the second half. Very eye-opening to the complexities of refugee life in Kenya particularly of those from Somalia.

⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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Got my #cupidgoespostal parcel yesterday! Someone is on the ball... Happy happy excited to open this in a few weeks!🙌

@BookishMarginalia

Reviewsbylola 💘💘💘 3y
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Death with Interruptions | José Saramago
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I blame this on you Litsy! But pretty excited by my latest library haul and #januaryreads #tbr lots of 🎉NEW🎉 (or new to the library rather) books. Gaslight is looking a little top-heavy.

Reviewsbylola I wouldn't know where to start! 3y
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Read the first few chapters of this last night and will be my office lunch read today. I had no idea that one of the biggest camps in Kenya is more of a city now with half a million people calling it home. Hard to still call it a camp when it's that large and was established (and has been funded) for over 25 years. City of Thorns follows the lives of nine refugees, how they got there, what it's like. Very compelling so far.

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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Fredrik Backman's books make me laugh and cry. This is my second after A Man Called Ove and I was equally as impressed. Loved the cast of characters including Somebody, Pirate, and Bank. Britt-Marie was a riot in her own peculiar way.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

BookThia Thanks. I just finished Ove and it's nice to know his other stories stack up. 3y
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Still Mine | Amy Stuart
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Another attempt at reading a thriller and I'm still on the fence about this genre. This is likely why this wasn't a pick for me. A quick read, darkish twisty plot and chilling ending.

⭐⭐⭐/5.

TheLudicReader I found this one odd, too. 3y
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Still Mine | Amy Stuart
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Oh hello my three favourite things.... Starting a short quick read tonight after the last two being 400+ pages, Blanche de Chambly (💓), and cuddled up since it's - 10 outside. #happyfriday #bookblanketbooze #heatingpadnotpicturedbutitsamazingtoo

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A masterpiece. If I didn't have a pile of books including this one that my library wanted back I would start over again at page 1. Perfect way to kick off the year.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

8little_paws 😁😁😁 this book is wonderful 3y
Bookish_B This was my favorite of last year 💗👍🏼 3y
Lakesidemusing Can't wait to read this!! 3y
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Canadian.Reads @8little_paws @Bookish_B have you read Rules of Civility by Towles as well? 3y
Canadian.Reads @Lakesidemusing keep with it past the 50 page mark it is well worth the wait 3y
Lakesidemusing I will! Loved Rules of Civility... a favorite the year I read it. 3y
8little_paws @Canadian.Reads not yet but someday 3y
Bookish_B @Canadian.Reads yes! We read it for book club this past December. I loved it. Most everyone in the group enjoyed it too except one person. Can't please them all I suppose! 😉 3y
Canadian.Reads @Lakesidemusing @Bookish_B oooh okay. Bumping it up the TBR... Thanks for the insight! 3y
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"By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration - and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour." - musings of Count Rostov at the Metropole ?

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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This was my first audio book since Peter and the Wolf when I was a kid. Still undecided about the format but sure helps get through the TBR list.

I found some characters stories better than others (Frannie and Leo in particular) but was interested throughout the book. I wasn't 100% keen on the narrator. All in all I would "pick" it as it was well-woven, and I liked the themes of split families and how lives change over time.

⭐⭐⭐/3.5/5

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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#bookinspiredcooking I was inspired to try to cook doro-wat (chicken stew) , misir-wat (lentil stew) , and injera (the flatbread) after reading Cutting for Stone. Had never used fenugreek or sorghum flour before ... so I can ✔ those off of my list of firsts. Was delicious and would be curious to try other Ethiopian dishes mentioned in this novel.

LindsayReads Looks so tasty! I lovvvvvve Ethiopian food! 3y
Suet624 I'm impressed! 3y
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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Yowza!! What a brilliant read. Deeply felt characters, strong sense of place, a story of love, loss, betrayal, and family. Twin boys are orphaned to a family of doctors at a Mission Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The story follows the people, the history, the miracles, and the medicine that contributed to their birth and coming of age while Ethiopia is on the brink of revolution. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Suet624 Loved this book. 3y
Lakesidemusing A great read❣️ 3y
BookThia Fantastic book! 3y
Kitta Glad you liked it too! Great review. 3y
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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In my happy place! #blanketbookbooze👻📖🍷while it blizzards outside ❄❄❄ so cozy. It helps when the book (and the wine 😉) is so good! Yay Fridays!

Reviewsbylola Friday night reading is my favorite. 3y
lynneamch Talked me into it. I was already under the blanket with a book, but think I'll go get the booze. Not as cold here in Tennessee, but it's cold for us at freezing. Remembering the cold in Iowa & Michigan. Brrr. Cutting for Stone a good choice for #weneeddiversebooks His memoir about his experience with AIDS patients took place very near here. 3y
TheCanuckReader Where in Canada are you? NS here! 3y
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Suet624 Ohh and you have such a great book to snuggle with. 3y
Canadian.Reads @lynneamch it is pretty cold here and we have had about 50 cm of snow in the last three days 😬 My shovelling muscles are protesting but the wine helps! This is my first read by Verghese and will certainly be looking to read more. Learning lots about Ethiopia and love his style of writing. 3y
Canadian.Reads @TheCanuckReader I'm in NL - St John's we are pretty buried here but maybe the Gail Force winds are worse? How's the ❄❄❄ in NS? 3y
Canadian.Reads @Suet624 it is so great! I just had a big boohoo 😢 3y
TheCanuckReader @Canadian.Reads pretty much the same here. Piles of snow and -30 with the wind chill here today 3y
Kitta I'm heading back to Canada next week for the holidays, don't think it's snowing that much really in Toronto though. I love snow! ❄️❄️❄️❄️Jealous of your blizzard! 3y
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Emma | Jane Austin
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This book has been sitting on my shelf for years... And remains a #aclassicihaventread #seasonsreadings2016. Pretty sure I paid a dollar for it used! Not much more than asking price in 1957 😁

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 - I remember hearing an interview with Colson Whitehead on CBC about this novel and knew I had to read it. It deserves all of the recognition it has gained and stood out as one of the best books I have read. I am inclined to agree with John Updike's review where he says "Whitehead's writing does what writing should do; it refreshes our sense of the world."

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Poor little puffin looks about as daunted as I feel embarking on this mightily paged novel. From the reviews I've read so far I'm bracing myself for an emotional ride 🙈

Suet624 Yes indeed. 3y
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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⭐⭐⭐/5 - loved the story, so-so on the writing. Many scenes I would have wanted to close my eyes for if this was a movie, the treatment of other humans under slavery is gut wrenching.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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??/5... I am leaning towards the so-so camp on this one. I can see why many people have given positive reviews as the writing is vivid and brilliant but I couldn't relate whatsoever to Eileen and kept muttering "gross" to myself every few pages. Not my cup of tea ?

TheLudicReader I just read your review to my son, who bought the book a couple weeks ago. He said, "Good, it sounds like I'll like it." ? 3y
charl08 At least someone will! Just underwhelming. 3y
BibliOphelia Exactly the same for me! 3y
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Canadian.Reads @TheLudicReader that's awesome!! I hope he does like it! There are plenty of people in the "pick" camp so he won't be alone ? 3y
Canadian.Reads @charl08 @BibliOphelia thanks for the comments! Nice to not feel alone in my take on this one 3y
BibliOphelia Originally I felt like I must have been experiencing a slip in my erudition, but I'm going to stand by my 'Meh'. 😉 3y
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Okay Eileen, you better tell me what all this build up is before Chapter Thursday ends (7 chapters for each day of the week). I'm getting impatient and it better be worth it because I'm not totally committed to the story thus far...

BookishMarginalia I found the last third much more compelling than the rest. 3y
Canadian.Reads @BookishMarginalia that's great to hear! I was hoping that would be the case. 😃 3y
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???/5. I struggled to get through parts of this mostly because of my general lack of knowledge about the events in Pakistan (or as Barker calls it "Whak-istan" which seemed fitting) and Afghanistan that she covers. That said, this book was a good lesson in what foreign journalists go through when covering war zones and Barker writes with wit and humour despite the terrifying nature of her work.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Wow so bad at putting text on a background!! How do all you savvy folks do it! 😤

In other news I have officially read more this month than in the past 9 so feeling grateful for #litsy for kicking my butt into gear. Also a HUGE TBR pile for November which I will try to post if I don't throw my phone through the window while trying to do so ✌

Tagged book goes to my favourite read of the month Americanah. Second was Here Comes The Sun.

lynneamch Like your stack! Americanah was one of my favorites. A Man Called Ove was so-so for me. #peacelikeariver has stayed with me since 2003--both on my shelf and in my heart. 3y
lynneamch As for quotes, I downloaded Quotes Creator for Android and found it pretty easy to use. 3y
Canadian.Reads @lynneamch I agree that #peacelikeariver is one of those that I will never forget... You're making me want to re-read it! And thank you for the quote help! Am going to dl it now 😃 3y
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I wasn't sure after the first chapter and then immediately fell in love with old Ove. Retired, his wife recently passed, and stuck in a lonely routine, Ove's life regains colour when a young family moves in next door. I laughed out loud almost every chapter. It was also such a touching read with sentences I wanted to remember forever. If you want a feel good funny you may want to pick this one up. I couldn't put it down.

Bookish_B 👏🏼💗 3y
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Hehehe loving this character! The Man called Ove is a laugh so far! This one 👆 goes out to my fellow non-joggers (truth be told I like running but I can't seem to convince my knees...) 👟🏃

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If you're like me and not a huge fan of self help books but want some advice and guidance this may be exactly what you're looking for. Strayed gives you just that with no sugar coat (maybe that's why she is called Sugar)...from relationship, family, and love problems to Christmas and writing. I enjoyed flipping through the letters and answers and will definitely re read parts when I need some guidance or assurance. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

MrBook Nice review! 3y
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Sugar has some really good advice for us sweet peas. I love when the universe aligns and what we read feeds a need for guidance or acceptance or understanding about ourselves at a particular moment in time. Whether we knew we were looking for it or not.

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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I'm still digesting this one, the mix of patois, human experience, and not-so-sunny side of Jamaica really was an incredible read. It all felt so real, the characters, the setting, the smells.
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Annabel | Kathleen Winter
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My favourite #bookmark is my trusty puffin.. Fitting for a reader in Newfoundland! #booktober

Eyelit So cute! 3y
MrBook ☺️👌🏻 3y
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Embarking on a big long and serious read about the history of cancer. The author refers to this as "a 'biography' in the truest sense of the word - an attempt to enter the mind of this immortal illness, to understand its personality, to demystify its behavior."