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CindyE09

CindyE09

Joined May 2018

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Panpan

This teen adventure novel by celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende was not my cup of tea at all. I found the plot overly simplistic and the moral lessons heavy handed. I won‘t be continuing with this trilogy, but I might try out her adult fiction at some point.

Amor4Libros I‘m a huge Allende fan and I agree this is not her best. Her adult fiction and memoirs are excellent! 1mo
CindyE09 @Amor4Libros I own a few of her other books, so I might give them a go soon. I‘m not usually a huge fan of YA anyway so it was probably just me. 1mo
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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Happy #internationalwomensday! Finished the tagged book awhile ago and absolutely loved it. RBG is one of my personal heroes, and I loved reading the collection of excerpts from her personal writings and speeches. Can‘t wait to see the movie based on her life!

SharonAlger Happy International Women‘s Day! 5mo
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Pickpick

Up late tonight to finish this first book by the author of Pachinko, which I quite enjoyed. Written in the same style as Pachinko, but about a daughter of Korean immigrants trying to figure her life out in NYC in the early 90s. I enjoyed this novel, but not as much as Pachinko. At almost 600 pages in the paperback edition, it felt a little long at times, but it managed to hold my attention and keep me reading.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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My birthday haul from Barnes & Noble yesterday. About 1/3 of the way through the tagged book and am loving it!! Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is such an inspiration for women, I am honored to be reading her words and learning from her. Highly recommend!

AmyG Happy Birthday! 6mo
CindyE09 @AmyG Thank you! 6mo
diovival Happy birthday! 6mo
Elma Happy Birthday! 6mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Bailedbailed

Am I the only one who had a hard time with this book? It wasn‘t bad necessarily, it just didn‘t grab me and I never wanted to pick it up to read. I‘ve been reading it for over two weeks and I‘ve only made it about 150 pages. Think I am going to officially bail on this and pick something else up. Maybe it‘s better in English than in the Spanish translation? #unpopularopinion

Branwen Don't feel bad, I had a rough time with it too. I bailed after about 70 pages. I just couldn't connect to any of the characters. 😞 8mo
BarbaraBB I really liked it but I am really interested in Colombia, I think that‘s partly why. 8mo
Reggie I loved this book, but I read it in English. I thought Chula, Cassandra, Petrona, and the mother were wonderful characters that I cared about in a world of escalating violence. 8mo
TheNerdyProfessor I loved this book but I read the English version. I found it to be haunting and beautiful. 8mo
amie I enjoyed the audiobook in English. 8mo
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Stayed up really late reading on Christmas night to finish this months #botm pick. Really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic novel about a woman with no ties and no family who stays in NYC as long as she can after an illness breaks out.

phatsallylee I've seen a lot of good reviews for this book on Litsy. I need to move this up in my tbr! 8mo
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Rereading one of my favorite series 😍 It‘s like seeing a childhood friend again on the holidays.

Booknerd222 That cover 😍 9mo
CindyE09 @Booknerd222 I know 🤤 9mo
HOTPock3tt Me too!! 😃I‘m re reading chamber of secrets 9mo
Kimberlone Love the Spanish names for the books! 9mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne

“Would there be no end to publishing? he wondered. Perhaps it would be a good idea if everyone just stopped writing for a couple of years and allowed readers to catch up.”

rwmg I think it might take more than a couple of years, more like a couple of decades 9mo
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The Letter Killers Club | Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
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Written during Soviet Russia and #translated from Russian for #NYRB, this #novella focuses on a group of writers who refuse to commit their stories to paper any longer, believing that to write ideas down kills them. Instead, they meet once a week to share their stories orally with each other. This novella, comprised of the stories of the group and heavily based in western philosophy and literature, was an intellectual and rewarding read.

Reviewsbylola I love the title and cover! It sounds like a very rich read. 9mo
andrew61 That sounds great. 9mo
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Little Reunions | Eileen Chang
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Mehso-so

A #nyrb classic #translated from Chinese. I didn‘t enjoy this one very much. It was interesting learning about the culture and society in China in the 1940s and 50s, but the book jumped around in time a lot and was rather slow. I didn‘t realize this was #publishedposthumously till I read the introduction, but I am happy to be able to count it for the #readharder challenge. #nyrbclassics

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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A dystopian novel about what happens when people start to lose their shadows. I had issues with this book, mainly that some of the plot was confusing and poorly explained, and that the characters were underdeveloped. But I did find the story mostly gripping and compelling, and for that I am labeling this a pick. I think this is an entertaining book that does not try and tackle big issues or themes, but does what it intends to do relatively well.

js0315 I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt this way. 13mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Mehso-so

My third book from the #manbooker2018 long list, and this was in between a so-so and a pick for me. I enjoyed the second half of the book and liked how it made things from the first half come together, but the ending felt out of place to me.

tammysue I felt the same. 😊 13mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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July Books- 13 books total (one not pictured bc it wouldn‘t fit)

7 novels
2 audiobooks
3 short story collections/novellas
1 non fiction

5 by female authors
4 POC authors
1 lgbtq+ author/subject

I had two 5 star books, the tagged book being a favorite that I think I will end up reading many times.

Texreader Rebecca was my favorite for a long time; I probably reread it 10 times 13mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Listened to this as an #audiobook for the “romance by a poc” category of the #readharder challenge. Not sure this really was a romance, it was more like listening to an edition of people magazine read out loud with fictional Asian characters, but I am counting it anyways! The story was entertaining, perfect for listening to in the car on the way to work, when I don‘t want anything too deep or complicated. I‘ve already started the second book.

Pogue I listened to this as an audio too and it was so fun. 13mo
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Book #2 for me from the #manbooker2018 list, and I would not be upset to see this one shortlisted. This is more a collection of three short stories that tie in together in the very last few pages than a novel, a style I quite enjoyed and thought worked well for this book. I enjoyed the prose style very much, and was captivated by each of the three main character‘s narratives. Glad this was on the #manbooker long list, or I might have missed it.

ns510reads His writing is just wonderful! 13mo
CindyE09 @ns510reads I am going to have to look up more of his novels! I had not heard of him till he was longlisted. 13mo
DGRachel I just started this one late last night. 😊 13mo
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CindyE09 @DGRachel Hope you enjoy! Be prepared to cry a little at the end. 13mo
charl08 Oh, I like your cover better than mine... :-( 13mo
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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I‘ve been meaning to read this book for a long time, and I enjoyed this epic tale about the children born on the eve of India‘s independence, all born with magical abilities. I did think the story got bogged down with historical events during this time period, but overall the story is gripping. This is a difficult book with a surplus of characters and storylines, but worthwhile to put in the effort.

vivastory One of my favorite books of all time! 13mo
Tashreads One of my favourite books ever! 13mo
CindyE09 @vivastory @Tashreads I hear that from a lot of people but it didn‘t resonate quite that strongly for me unfortunately 13mo
arubabookwoman Read this when it was first published. Time to revisit I think. 13mo
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The Right Intention | Andrés Barba
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Really really enjoyed this collection of four novellas by Andrés Barba, translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman. The first two were my favorite, about a lonely gay man answering a personal add and a teenage girl slowly loosing her mind. The last two, about a runner who takes his sport to the extreme and a woman whose difficult mother becomes very ill, were also very good. Highly recommend this collection. #translated #transitbooks

Reggie Sounds good!!! Stacked. 13mo
CindyE09 @Reggie It was!! Let me know what you think if you read it! 13mo
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I really enjoyed this collection of short stories gifted to me by @Zelma for the #shortstoryswap recently. I loved how weird and sometimes disturbing these stories were, revolving around housewives and their often macabre hobbies. This isn‘t a book I had heard of before, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks again Zelma!

emilyhaldi I'm listening to this one audio right now.... Its bizarre! 13mo
Zelma I‘m so glad you liked it! 👍 13mo
MaggieCarr The neighbor one had me rolling on the floor laughing 13mo
CindyE09 @MaggieCarr Haha me too and then that woman was mentioned in a later story! 13mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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I read this for the summer #tournamentofbooks and absolutely loved it. It‘s the story of a woman who is asked to take on her good friend‘s dog after his suicide, but becomes about so much more than that. Grief, death, love, trauma, healing, loss, writing, coping... this book touches on so much in so few pages. I couldn‘t recommend it more. My pick to win the summer tournament by far. #tob

BarbaraBB Great review. I liked it too but not as much as you. It is not my favorite of the Summer ToB. So far I‘d vote for Circe but I haven‘t read Kudos yet. 13mo
CindyE09 @BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Kudos yet but I‘m not sure I am going to since it is the third in a trilogy. If it gets longlisted for the Booker next week maybe I‘ll have more motivation. 13mo
BarbaraBB Neither did I but I read that you can read them seperately. So I trust that‘s true 🤞 13mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Mehso-so

I am a little biased in reviewing this book because I typically strongly dislike books whose plot revolves around traveling and vacationing. Since this book follows a middle aged gay man who travels the world to avoid his ex-lover‘s wedding, it was set up for me to dislike right from the beginning. I did find some parts funny, and I liked the end much better than the beginning, but overall this book was just ok for me.

SW-T Very honest assessment. Felt the same. Wanted to like it more but just couldn‘t. 13mo
CindyE09 @SW-T Yes I really wanted to like it. I was glad #lgbtq literature had won the Pulitzer, but especially in the beginning of the book I just couldn‘t believe that THIS was the book to win this year. 13mo
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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My favorite way to spend Saturday night 📖 🏊 That is my monkey hanging from the rail there.

Midnight‘s Children is really good so far!! Glad I finally started it after having it on my TBR for a long time.

ClairesReads Cute! 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Is it difficult? Been curious but am somewhat intimidated! 13mo
Ahomeinpages So wonderful spending time with your family and read at the pool! 13mo
BookwormM Love Midnights Children 13mo
CindyE09 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It has a lot of characters and plot lines to follow, but the prose and story are instantly engaging. I am finding it very enjoyable. 13mo
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I read this for the “essay anthology” category of the bookriot #readharder challenge. This collection was powerful, devastating, and unfortunately an essential read.

ClairesReads I‘ve got this lined up for that task as well 13mo
CindyE09 @ClairesReads It‘s a great choice but I recommend having something less devastating to switch it out with. It got a little overwhelming for me sometimes and I would have to switch books. 13mo
ClairesReads @CindyE09 good advice thank you! 13mo
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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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I was expecting a touching family drama about how a father and daughter overcomes racism when an African American groom helps them train and race a horse in the Kentucky derby. Boy was I wrong. This book was very gripping, but boy is it not a touching “feel good” book. I disliked all the main characters, but still really enjoyed this novel. It explores important issues and themes regarding slavery and the repercussions. Definitely worth a read.

Suet624 I loved this book. So rich with detail. 13mo
Daryl1 I liked this book but hated all the main characters. The story is beautifully written but none of the characters grow as human beings. Kind of like life sometimes. 4mo
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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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@Zelma Thank you so much for my package!!! Lincoln in the Bardo was my favorite book of last year, and I am so excited to read more from Saunders!! And American Housewife sounds fantastic! I can‘t wait to dive into these. The books marks are super cute, I love that your local store puts pics of their pets on them, and I really want to visit now! Thanks again to @CSeydel for setting this up. My first swap and I had a ton of fun! #shortstoryswap

britt_brooke Tenth of December is so good! 13mo
CSeydel Those look fantastic! 💗 13mo
Zelma Yay, I‘m so glad you liked everything! The George Saunders has been one of my favorites this year and American Housewife is so weird and good. 13mo
CindyE09 @Zelma Yes these books look perfect! I ❤️ Saunders and weird is my favorite kind of book. Thank you for taking the time to pick these out for me! 13mo
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Embassytown | China Miéville
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Finished this sci fi novel #audiobook about a girl living in a human colony on an alien planet when everything starts to go bad between the two species. It took me awhile to get into this book, some of the world building was a bit of a drag for me in the beginning, but once the action started I enjoyed the book quite a bit. I have always thought the study of languages was fascinating, and languages and communication play a key role in this book.

thereadingowlvina Sounds intriguing! 13mo
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#Bookhaul from online orders, an independent bookstore I just discovered, and from #halfpricebooks last night!! Tagged book is up next for me.

kitabi_keeda I loved Midnight's Children. It was the first book of Salman Rushdie which I've read. I enjoyed the movie adaptation of the book too. 💚 13mo
CindyE09 @kitabi_keeda I have been meaning to get a copy for forever and had never gotten around to it. I have heard wonderful things though!!! 13mo
kitabi_keeda Yay 🎉 now you got one for forever...congrats 😁 13mo
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rwmg I just read State of Wonder last week. You've got a treat in store 13mo
Naj Agree with everything @kitabi_keeda said. Midnight's Children is brilliant. I've read almost all of Rushdie's books but nothing can match the perfection of Midnight's Children. 13mo
kitabi_keeda @Naj 🙌 13mo
kitabi_keeda @Naj Weclome to Litsy 🎉📖🎉 13mo
CindyE09 @rwmg I ❤️ Ann Patchett, I can‘t wait to read more from her 13mo
CindyE09 @Naj Welcome to Litsy!! You and @kitabi_keeda have convinced me to read Midnight‘s Children very soon 13mo
kitabi_keeda @CindyE09 you will love it 💚 13mo
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I know a lot of people really love this book, but it was hard for me to get through parts because they seemed to drag. Normally I love subtle, slow books like this, but something about this one just didn‘t click for me. It‘s a novella about a WWI vet that goes to a country church to restore a painting over a summer in 1920. I liked how understated a lot of the book was and how the story ended, but I was bored in a lot of places. #nyrb

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Beautifully written story about an armed robbery at a powwow. While I enjoyed this book overall, I thought there were too many viewpoints, I had a hard time remembering who characters were and had to keep flipping back to see their previous chapters. I think this is an important book though, bringing up issues of belonging and what it means to be Native American. A heartbreaking novel, I can‘t wait to see what Orange writes next.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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I‘ve said this before and I‘m sure I will say it again, this book is amazing 😍😍😍 I thought I had the plot figured out several times, but I never quite did. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this and I can‘t wait to read more by Daphne du Maurier #readharder #classic

Soubhiville This is the prettiest cover for it I‘ve ever seen! 14mo
CindyE09 @Soubhiville I got this Virago edition from book depository just for the cover!! 14mo
AJones Thanks for sharing; stacked! 14mo
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Kaye I‘ve never seen this cover. So pretty. 14mo
Zelma This was one where I didn‘t love the plot but adored her writing. So I definitely plan to read more of her stuff in the future. 14mo
CindyE09 @Zelma I really liked the plot in this one. Maybe I‘m a little slow but I didn‘t see the end coming 😂 I‘ve ordered more of her books as well. 13mo
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Had a good month in June- 14 books total, my best for the year!!

7 books by female authors
2 lgbtq+ authors/subjects
3 POC authors
2 translated books

9 novels
2 novellas
1 short story collection
1 graphic novel
1 audiobook

Three 5 star books (two were re-reads)
Six 4 star books
Four 3 star books
One 1 star book

Tagged book was my favorite new book and more Edith Wharton will be coming up!!
#junestats #junereads #junewrapup

lmbix Very impressive! 14mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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Poolside Saturday night reading 💦 🏊‍♀️

This book is AMAZING by the way!! 😍😍 I am totally hooked!

madamereadsalot1 It's so good! One of my favorites! 14mo
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My #shortstoryswap box went out today!!! So excited for the 11th! You should be getting a package in a few days @ness Thanks for setting this up @CSeydel !!

ness Yay! I can‘t wait! ❤️ 14mo
CSeydel Wonderful! 14mo
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The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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My second work by Edith Wharton and I officially ❤️ her. I wholly recommend this classic about a man in love with his wife‘s married cousin, set in rigid, upper class 1870s New York society. This book is a classic for a reason and I can‘t wait to read the other novels by Wharton included in this beautiful #penguinclassicsdeluxe edition. #classic #litsyclassics

erzascarletbookgasm This is a pretty cover! 💗 14mo
elizabethlk Definitely loving that cover! 14mo
CindyE09 @erzascarletbookgasm @elizabethlk It is super pretty and really good quality. Even has deckled edges 😍 14mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I read this recently and liked it too! The movie with Jeremy Iron is well done also 14mo
readordierachel Let me pile on with the cover love. That is so pretty! 14mo
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Book mail is the best mail 📚 ✉️ 📦 📖

KatieCarpenter It really is! 13mo
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I liked this book overall but I did not like the main character much. Lillian Boxfish is taking a walk on NYE in NYC in the 80s, reflecting on her life as an advertising woman. I didn‘t really connect with Lillian, but I liked learning about women in the workforce in the 30s and 40s, and I liked learning about NY history. #readharder #femalecharacterover60

BarbaraBB Me too, I didn‘t like her at all! 14mo
Gina This book was based on Margaret Fishback. I find her poetry to be a hoot. 14mo
marianese I had similar feelings about this one! I would've liked more development of the workplace issues too. Enjoyed remembering the NY of the era. 14mo
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CindyE09 @BarbaraBB I‘m glad I wasn‘t the only one! 14mo
CindyE09 @Gina I saw where it talked about how it was based on her and I thought that was really cool. Too bad I don‘t read poetry or I would check her collection out 14mo
CindyE09 @marianese I‘ve only been to NYC once and even that short exposure made this book a lot more interesting to me 14mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Read this is one sitting while my husband and son are out this afternoon for the @bookriot #readharder challenge. This novella is only 83 pages but tells a mesmerizing story of a haughty chess champion and his surprising challenger. I really enjoyed the story and the writing in this small #nyrb

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Tomb Song | Julian Herbert
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This book is a prime example of why I don‘t really like memoirs or autobiographical novels. Way to much self-reflection, analysis, and meandering away from the main point. The strongest parts of the novel focused on the main plot, in which a man sits at his mother‘s sick bed as she dies of cancer, remembering his childhood as the son of a prostitute in Mexico. Some strong writing in parts, but overall a struggle for me. #tob #translatedbooks

Anna40 I'm not a big fan of memoirs either. Very few can write about personal and intimate events without making me feel uncomfortable - like a voyeur. 14mo
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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This book just wrecked me. My first Edith Wharton and I will definitely be reading more by her and really soon. This is a novella about a poor man who falls in love with his wife‘s cousin who moves in to help out around the house. Be warned, this is not a happy story!! #classic #litsyclassics

KathyWheeler I know so many people who hate this book, but I liked it a lot. 1y
BarbaraBB Me too, but then I like all Wharton‘s work! 1y
Lcsmcat It was my first Wharton too, many years ago, and it is definitely a gateway drug to some awesome literature. 1y
ClairesReads Omg this book is amazing and soooooo heartbreaking 1y
Suet624 I was devastated by this book when I read it years ago. 13mo
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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Rereading this childhood favorite in memory of my father, who recommended and bought this book for me when I was young. Found this beautiful edition online a few months ago, and figured today was the perfect occasion for a reread!

ladyonequestion That's lovely ❤️. Haven't got around to reading this one as I think I was traumatised by the film! 'Ah the children will love this, it's about cute bunnies and has a great soundtrack' 😲 1y
CindyE09 @ladyonequestion I‘ve never actually seen the film, but I haven‘t heard good things, so I don‘t think I will ever watch it. I love the book though! (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola Beautiful 🐰 1y
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Carolhreads I just bought this book at the flea market yesterday I can't wait to read it :) and I definitely agree with other people the movie traumatized me as well lol 1y
mcipher @ladyonequestion I remember hiding under a blanket when the rabbits fought - terrifying! 1y
ReadingRebecca I've always wanted to read this and watch the flim. 14mo
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Devastating short novel about a man who has moved to Bulgaria to start a new life, and becomes obsessed with a male prostitute named Mitko. The novel centers on the relationship between the two men over a two year span, and gives us some background on the unnamed narrators childhood and life. Beautiful writing that is easy to follow, this is a haunting story that doesn‘t give all the answers, but will stay with me for years. #pridemonth #pride

marianese Such a beautiful novel. 1y
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Census | Jesse Ball
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I‘m not sure how to describe this one, or even 100% sure I understood it. It tells the story of a dying man who becomes a census taker with his adult son who has Down syndrome as a way to show his son the world in the time he has left. Set in an alternative world, but not quite what I would describe as dystopian, this book really focused on the man, his son, and the people they meet. Beautifully written, but very sad. #tournamentofbooks #tob

Geeklet Ohh! That sounds really interesting. 1y
KimHM Is the black swan on the cover a reference to Black Swan Theory? 1y
CindyE09 @KimHM No it is a reference to a cormorant, which the main character enjoys reading a set of books about. (edited) 1y
Suet624 What a great review. 13mo
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Listened to the audiobook with my son for the @bookriot #readharder challenge for the “children‘s book published before 1980s” category. My son LOVED listening to this in the car on our way to and about. It was our first car audiobook together, but it definitely won‘t be our last. This book is a classic for a reason, and I highly recommend it for children and adults alike. #raisingreaders

tammysue What a sweet smile, looks like he enjoyed reading time!! ☺️💜 1y
Melwilk I love this book. I‘m glad you both had fun together. 1y
Cortg Awesome! I remember the first road trip I introduced an audiobook to the family. I thought my hubby would hate me forever with his eye rolling and what not. The book ended, he looked at me and said “please tell me you have another book?!” We‘ve been audiobook road warriors ever since! 1y
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Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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I really really enjoyed this debut novel about a gay woman living in Portland in the late 90s, who starts sleeping with a man after a bad breakup, and ends up pregnant. The story was captivating and I loved the main character. I also loved the descriptions of Portland, and now I really want to visit! #pridemonth

Pamwurtzler I love Portland- you should definitely visit! 1y
EH2018 Just started this one! Good to know it‘s worth it 1y
huntersmom1977 Oh wow this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing because I just reserved it at my library 😊 P.S Are there kitty‘s involved? I love reading a book when a kitty cat gets talked about ☺️ (edited) 1y
CindyE09 @huntersmom1977 Yes there is a kitty and a pupper involved, but the kitty does not play any sort of major role. Glad you are checking it out, it was a good read! 1y
huntersmom1977 Thanks for letting me know. Anticipation for this read is exciting. Take care 😊 1y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Just finished this book about Thomas Cromwell, adviser to Henry Tudor and his infamous second wife, a book I have owned for awhile and read for the #goldenmanbooker. I really enjoyed this book, though it was not a quick read for me, it took a lot of effort to keep up with the plot and characters. A very well researched book, this is for people who enjoy detailed, cunning political type books, not those looking for a fast paced period drama.

Lcsmcat Bring Up the Bodies will be easier, because now you know the players. But she needs to finish the third volume and get it published! 1y
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat Agree the second book goes faster. I think Mantel also relaxed her use of “he” in that one. Can‘t wait for The Mirror and the Light! 1y
CindyE09 @Lcsmcat @Ruthiella I bought the second one and I need to read it soon so I don‘t forget the characters, especially since it is in print so I won‘t be able to look all the characters up like I did on my kindle 1y
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Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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#Bookhaul from #halfpricebooks tonight. Shhhhh, no one tell my husband! 🤐 🤷‍♀️🙈 I think the tagged book might be up next for a pride month read 🌈

Geeklet I almost bought Blood Meridian tonight too! I decided to go with The Inheritance Trilogy instead but it was a hard choice. 1y
CindyE09 @Geeklet I‘ve been meaning to get it for awhile so I can read it for the bookriot read harder challenge. Now let‘s see when I get around to it! 😂 1y
Victoriahoperose I really liked Stray City. The 90‘s setting and the author‘s unique voice was really awesome. 1y
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CindyE09 @Victoriahoperose I am really excited to start it! I have seen some great reviews 1y
Lcsmcat ❤️ The Blind Assassin! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut for summer reading? A sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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The Invented Part | Rodrigo Fresán
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Reading by the pool while my son and his friend swim. 💦 Can‘t decide if I like the tagged book yet though 🤷‍♀️

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I read this for the @bookriot #readharder challenge, for the “comic written or illustrated by a poc” category. I rarely read graphic novels, but I really enjoyed this memoir told in graphic novel form. This is the story of a family of refugees from Vietnam after the Vietnam War, told as the author looks back while having her first child to understand the decisions her parents made to survive. A powerful and moving read, I highly recommend it.

EH2018 Just got this at book expo! So excited to read it! 1y
CindyE09 @EH2018 It was a really good read. Difficult subject matter though 1y
lmbix Sounds great...good for you doing read harder! Have you read The Refugees re Vietnamese refugee experience in the US. Highly recommended! 1y
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Books I ordered online got in yesterday. Bottom two are for the @bookriot #readharder challenge. Have started on the tagged book, hoping to finish later tonight. Promised myself I wouldn‘t order anymore books for awhile after this since I have so many unread books already, then broke my promise and ordered more anyway last night 😫

tammysue 👏🏻👍🏻 1y
Hollie I loved Lillian Boxfish! 1y
SexyCajun Same here 1y
EH2018 The author of The Best We Could Do was at the Book Expo, and she was really sweet. I hear great things about that one. And Lillian Boxfish was really good! 1y
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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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A solid debut about a refugee family fleeing from Syria in 2011, and all they have to give up along the way. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I had thought I would. I had some problems with the plot, but overall I thought this was worth reading. Certainly should leave you with more compassion for the horrors endured by refuges when leaving their homeland.

RadicalReader @CindyE09 absolutely love the starry sky in this book cover gorgeous!! 1y
CindyE09 @RadicalReader Yes the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!! 1y
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Stoner | John Williams
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**May Books**
7 books read total

4 print books
2 kindle books
1 audiobook

5 female authors/2 male
1 poc author
1 lgbtq+

1 Five stars (tagged book)
1 Four star (The Dud Avocado)
3 Three stars
2 Two stars

ReadingEnvy Stoner ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Miss_Shush Well done! And sharing your goodreads list like this is an awesome idea! 1y
RidgewayGirl That is an amazing month of reading! What great books you read. Here‘s hoping June‘s choices will be equally inspired. 1y
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