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DMC_run8

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Joined September 2016

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I'm a fan of everything Ann Patchett writes!

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I'm not sure how I feel about this one. In the end I liked it, but I was more than halfway through before it grabbed me.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This book was wild! The author was raised on a mountain with her ultra-conservative, survivalist Mormon family. Without any education she gets into BYU at the age of 17 and ends up earning graduate degrees from Cambridge and Harvard. The story is so compelling I finished it in two sittings.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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A man on the cusp of his fiftieth birthday embarks on a trip around the world to avoid the wedding of his ex lover. Wonderfully written and funny!

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This is the face of a cat who is settling in for a long nap after her mom returned one book to the library and came home with five more.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Incredibly bittersweet story of two families: the Jongas, immigrants from Cameroon surviving in New York City while struggling to obtain legalization papers, and the Edwards', members of the elite who employ Jende Jonga as a chauffeur. The characters in this story are unforgettable.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I really enjoyed this one! I'm such a sucker for a strong female lead.

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This was a little slow in the beginning. Started to pick up in part 2 with some unexpected twists. Would be a great beach read!

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This book was hard to get into in the beginning but I read the last 2/3 in 2 days. Not my favorite by Gaiman (that would be Neverwhere) but I really enjoyed it.

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Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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I didn't love every story but I do love his writing!

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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I'm not sure what took me so long to read this considering how much I loved Bel Canto. Another amazing work by Ann Patchett!

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Such a talented young writer whose life was tragically cut short. I really enjoyed this one!

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In 2014 journalist Shane Bauer went undercover as a correctional officer in a for-profit prison in Louisiana. A scathing look at the history of the prison system in the US and today's for profit prisons, Bauer deftly weaves together the past and present to bring to light and issue that few people care to know about but absolutely should.

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Page 19. I've already picked my jaw up off the floor several times.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Fascinating story that spares no details about the horrors of war.

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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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I forgot to breathe near the end. Absolutely stunning and heartbreaking.

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The Little Snake | A.L. Kennedy
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A little golden snake befriends a little girl who teaches him about love.

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And So Is the Bus: Jerusalem Stories | Yossel Birstein, Robert Manaster
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A nice collection of short stories.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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A lovely little story. And I absolutely love it when he slips in references to his other works!

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Beautiful illustrations. I think I've discovered a new favorite author! Fantastic satirist!

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Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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Well that was an unexpected cry!

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A sort of reverse "It's a Wonderful Life"?

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Read this in a day. The book opens with the murder of the children which instantly hooked me. I needed to know why she did it.

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I give this to my friends with newborns because it's entertaining for the parents and the infants are too young to be confused by silent letters!

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My TBR is growing exponentially but I'm 4 months in to my 7 month orthopedic certification program so I'm studying on this rainy Saturday. After this week I'll have a week off to jump back into reading for pleasure!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Four siblings visit a woman who tells each of them when they will die. I ended up enjoying how the story was told and ugly cried a bit towards the end.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Trying to read on this rainy day but apparently the library loaned me a pop-up book.

Puredragonstar Woot #KAL strikes again! 7mo
BookNAround 😂😂😂 7mo
AnansiGirl Cutest pop up I‘ve ever seen 😹 7mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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I'm about to bail on this one. I made it through 68 pages and I'm still not into it.

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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I've been trying to start this book for 2 days and keep getting interrupted. This is the cutest interruption so far!

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Heartbreaking novel about the strain placed on a new marriage when the husband is wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

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Definitely not for me. I don't mind when books don't have a happy ending, or when the ending isn't wrapped up in a neat bow. But to have the main character's life completely go to pieces in the last few pages is lazy and unnecessary.

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I borrowed this from the library but I enjoyed it so much I'm going to buy a copy!

Linsy I need this! 💙 8mo
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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A book that reads like a children's book but with heavy subject matter. Inspired by Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey. Beautiful illustrations.

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La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono
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I really wanted to like this book. It wasn't bad (I would give it 3.5/5 stars. I really feel like something was lost in the translation.

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Definitely enjoyed the second book in the series (6 years after reading the first!). Onto the next one.

bookshelfandrain I am reading it right now. Last 100 pages left. 7mo
DMC_run8 @bookshelfandrain Have book 3 ready to go. You won't want to take a break! 7mo
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A novel that reads like a collection of short stories. Set in NYC in 1974 when Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers, McCann delves into the lives of several people in the city below.

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Great summertime read in an afternoon kind of book.

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This was a book club pick and I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. I tend to read more about the Revolutionary War and WWII. The writing is just so incredible! The characters in this book are as real to me as the men in Band of Brothers. I found myself going back to re-read certain passages because they were so well written. Now I need to watch Ken Burns' Vietnam.

CatLass007 Beautiful cat!😻😻😻 11mo
YouReadMyEyes One of my all time favorite books. 11mo
DMC_run8 @CatLass007 Aw, thanks! 11mo
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Beautiful.

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Couldn't put it down!

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Well researched and interesting. Some of the technical descriptions were too dense for me. I have not read any of McCullough's other books but members of my book club enjoyed 1776 and John Adams more. Luna was tired of being ignored.

LeslieO I really loved this one! 13mo
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The story flips between past and present day. Rill Foss is 12 years old when she and her 4 siblings are abducted and taken to the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Avery Stafford returns home to help her ailing father, a senator, and is being groomed to take over his office. An encounter with a dementia patient at a nursing home leads Avery to unearth secrets from her family's past.
The Tenn. Children's Home Society was a real and horrific place.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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If Monty Python was in charge of the Apocalypse. Hilarious!

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The lives of the Bloch-Bauers and their friends were so richly detailed I felt as though I knew them personally. Out of all of the WWII novels I've read, this is the first to describe the reluctance of the Austrian government to not only make restitution to its Jewish citizens but also their systematic denial that they did anything wrong. I found the ending of the book far more bittersweet than that of the movie

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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I had one book on hold at the library and came home with three! #donotdisturb

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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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Heartbreaking (sorry, I'm exhausted tonight).

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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I loved this book. It's beautifully written and the characters will stay with me for a long time.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Only 200 pages left and I'm torn between savoring and devouring them. I think Luna is tired of being ignored. I'm enjoying Murakami's writing immensely.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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I'm finally tackling this one after it's been sitting on my shelf for years. 200 pages in and I'm really enjoying it so far. I normally lose interest in books that are overly descriptive but in this case I feel like I'm watching a movie rather than reading. And the style is so different from anything I've ever read.

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Survivor's Odyssey | Richard Wiener
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Full disclosure, I bought the book because I met the author. He is an extraordinary human being who has led an extraordinary life. He is now 90 and his positive outlook on life is so contagious!