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CherylC

CherylC

Joined May 2016

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I just finished this latest edition of the Bruno, Chief of Police series by Martin Walker. I highly recommend them all. Set in the Dordogne region in France, each book is full of interesting people, delicious sounding food and wine, and a bit of history along with mystery. I‘ve come to know and love the residents of the fictional town of St. Denis. I‘ll bet you will, too.

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The Strawberry Thief | Joanne Harris
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I keep getting hooked on books in series. A couple of years ago I re-read Chocolat by Joanne Harris and discovered she had sequels. I just began her latest book about Vianne Rocher, THE STRAWBERRY THIEF, and I‘m loving it. I have also enjoyed some of her other books that are not part of the Chocolat series. In this photo are the books by Joanne Harris that I have read and recommend. The top row are the Chocolat series.

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Delighting in this birthday gift from a dear friend who understood how saddened I was by the death of Mary Oliver.

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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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I got these in the mail today—yay! (Neither title is in the database yet, so I used “Waiting to be Read” as my lead in.) I‘m not sure which of these I will read first.

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Oh my, so many choices—book club pick, Christmas gift, just for fun....I just started A Tale for the Time Being and I am enthralled! I‘m just sorry that I am reading a friend‘s copy so I can‘t underline or highlight passages. I may have to buy my own.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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"They glitter whitely in his mind, like structures made of salt, before a tidal wave comes and sweeps them away."

CherylC Beautiful book! 3y
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This quote comes very early in the book. It sums up Beryl's life perfectly. She can't be truly happy until she meets the world on her own terms. This was a book I savored. The writing and the tale are both remarkable.

RaimeyGallant How nice. :) 2y
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I just received my copy and I am in ❤️ love! Lovely poems and wonderful illustrations!

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CherylC I chose something a bit different for our book club read. So far I'm enjoying the style and the story. Pirates! 3y
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Happy World Poetry Day! Here are a few from my poetry shelf.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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"Men tell stories," I say. It is the truest, simplest answer to his question. "Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over."

CherylC This book lives up to all the hype. Definitely worth your time! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this book ❤️ 3y
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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You might pick this up thinking it will be just another police procedural. You would be wrong. This book is so much more. It is also a heartbreaking history lesson about the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s. The prose is beautiful and the story engaging. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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Valentine's Day: Stories and Poems | Caroline Feller Bauer
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#Valentine's Day #True Love❤️

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The Atomic Weight of Love | Elizabeth J. Church
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I chose this book because I liked the cover. I'm recommending it because I found it so satisfying.

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Leaving Time | Jodi Picoult
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Christmas Eve and I'm the last one still up. Time for a peppermint mocha coffee and a bit of reading before bedtime.

Tanzy13 🎄 3y
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I love all the stories that accompany the luscious recipes. I finally learned how to make delicious pie crusts following the instructions in the beginning of the book. #LitsyCooks

britt_brooke Those look amazing! 3y
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Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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“I guess that's when people call their mothers - when their world is falling apart.”
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess

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I'm anxiously awaiting August 30th and the arrival of the latest Armande Gamache adventure! I have read them all. If you are looking for some cozy mysteries with characters you will come to love start with STILL LIFE and continue through the list above. Vive Gamache!

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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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I know I am in the minority here as every review I've seen is full of praise for this little novella. Some sentences were amazing. I'll grant that. It has been a long time since I have wanted to throw a book across the room in disgust. I restrained myself. I did bail on it, though, saying to myself, "Oh my God! Do it or don't do it! I really don't care anymore"! (We are talking wedding night and I was well in when I decided to call it....)

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Beautiful Ruins | Jess Walter
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Perfect read for a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the terrace...

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CherylC I've just started this audiobook and I'm already enchanted by it. 3y
Bookish_B I love the cover! 3y
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Yay! I won this ARC and received it in today's mail. Looks intriguing!

MrBook Oooh, neat! Eager to know your thoughts! 3y
CherylC Eventually, I liked it. Parts were difficult to read, but it was ultimately rewarding. A bit of "deus ex machina" at the end left me dissatisfied. Still, it is an important book in the sense of getting into the struggles and rewards of parenting a differently-abled child. 3y
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I'm currently listening to this novel. It is a fascinating and informative account of the events leading to the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. As I listened today I was reminded of these graves we came upon in a churchyard in Kinsale, Ireland.

MrBook Loved this book! 3y
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Painted Girls | Cathy Marie Buchanan
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"Monsieur Zola's tale is not about getting a wash house or a chance upon the stage. It is about being born downtrodden and staying that way."

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Bookish_B This is such a beautiful book! 4y
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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"That's how it is sometimes when we plunge into the depths of our lives. No one can accompany us, not even those who would give up their hearts for our happiness.”
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sister of My Heart

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Delightful audiobook!

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This book is a beautiful work of art in itself.

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Samurai's Garden | Gail Tsukiyama
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"Matsu's garden whispers at you, never shouts; it leads you down a path hoping for more, as if everything is seen, yet hidden."

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Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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Our book club feasted on cheeses, French bread, Salade Nicoise, and homemade macarons while discussing the delightful Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. The book received mixed reviews. Personally, I loved it.