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Erin.Elizabeth10

Erin.Elizabeth10

Joined March 2018

Hi friends! This is my place to record my reads.
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This is an absolutely beautiful memoir. Stina tells the story of how her husband lost his religious faith, how she wrestles with being “spiritually single,” and how she develops unlikely friendships with nuns.
I am in a mixed-faith relationship, and so this book spoke to my heart. Also, I used to work with Dominican Sisters, so I loved the nuns in the story, reminding me of the sisters I know and love. 💞

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I picked this audiobook when I got sick and wanted something lighthearted! I enjoyed it! I probably liked it better than The Wedding Date actually. It definitely had feminist elements, and I really liked the plot and characters! A good romance if you aren‘t super into romance (which I‘m not).

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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I think I‘d have to read this book again to truly glean more from it. It‘s written from the perspective of multiple characters in multiple times lines, jumping back and forth, but I enjoyed how that helped unfold the story piece by piece. All the perspectives are women, and they are all flawed, but also I could appreciate them in different ways. This book deals with many hard topics, but it‘s a beautiful reflection on some immigrant experiences.

Megabooks I had to read it twice. I got so much more the second time. 1w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks I bet I would too! 7d
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This month‘s book club pick for Native American Heritage Month. I‘ve wanted to read this book for years, so I‘m glad we finally did. The multiple perspectives were very interesting and less confusing than I thought they‘d be. It was a sad book in many ways, and the end brought me to tears, but I can also see some good elements of characters being reunited and stepping more fully into their identity. I‘m looking forward to our book club discussion.

Suet624 I‘m so glad he wrote this book. 3w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Suet624 Yes, definitely a gift! 3w
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Definitely a pick! I found myself wanting the best for the main character, but having empathy for her and her struggles with depression and anxiety. There were multiple laugh-out-loud funny moments! It might be a little dark for some people (there is a lot of contemplating about death), but I really loved this book. And the ending is happy and redemptive, which I loved!

Megabooks I enjoyed this too! You may also like 4w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks oooh thank you!! I will check that one out! I also heard that it‘s similar to Goodbye Vitamin. Have you read that one, and if so is it good? 4w
Megabooks Yes! I read GV when it came out in 2017 and loved it. I‘m not sure if I‘d reread it now, as the parent with dementia is hitting closer to home, but it definitely has the same vibe. 4w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks Good to know!! Thanks!! 4w
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This was a spontaneous pick for me! I knew nothing about this book and decided to give it a chance because I love stories set in NYC. It was okay. The plot and characters seems pretty cliche to me… divorcé dad having relationship with younger woman, rebellious daughter, fraught long-distance relationship. It was fine, but it wasn‘t fresh.

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Listened to this one in a day! It made me tear up at moments. Anne Lamott is always the same, which is a good thing in my opinion. One of the best parts of this book was that it reminded me that the best way to feel better and less stressed is actually to serve others. ❤️ I have really enjoyed the progression of the last four nonfiction books I‘ve read. I didn‘t plan it, but each of them has had a natural connection to the other, pairing nicely.

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An interesting listen! The Omnivore‘s Dilemma was pretty life-changing to me, and this book was definitely not life-changing. But it was interesting for those who like reading about nature, the body, and science in an accessible way!

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I‘m rating this a pick, but it was in between a Pick and So-So for me. Here‘s why:
🌟PICK🌟
The topic of sobriety was super interesting and new to me
I thought the history of AA was really insightful
She had good practical steps for building a healthier life
🌟SO SO🌟
She had a “girl boss” white lady tone to me
The tone felt combative at times
Some facts weren‘t backed up as much as I would wish

Overall, I think I‘d recommend, but with an * :)

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Mehso-so

I‘d seen this book all over and thought I‘d give it a try! On the plus side, it definitely kept my attention and was super interesting! I finished it in a few days. On the other hand, it become a bit one note after a while. She struggled with relationships with men and her group helped her. It‘s kind of in between a pick and so so for me. But I think I‘m going with so so. If you read it, what did you think?

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Oh. My. Word. I LOVED this book! The humor, the emotion, the drama, the relationships! It was so subtle yet so profound. So amazing!! This was my book club pick this month, and I can‘t wait to hear what other people thought! I hope the enjoyed the writing as much as I did! It‘s a bit challenging, but so worth it. This left my in tears! Definitely becoming one of my favorite books.

Lesliereads I forgot how beautifully written this one is until you expressed your enthusiasm!❤️ 2mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Lesliereads Yes! I was blown away! 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much too! 2mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @BarbaraBB Yes! It was so good! 2mo
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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This book was recommended to me by one of my favorite former professors from college. So I had to give it a listen! It definitely grew on me. It skips around between all the family members, telling snippets of their story, so sometimes I had a hard time keeping track of the characters. That‘s normally a recipe for me to get annoyed. But the writing was just so dang good, I could get swept up into it regardless. I would recommend!!

BarbaraBB Loved this one. 2mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @BarbaraBB Yes, it‘s the kind of book I feel like I could reread. 2mo
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So good! Such a moving and powerful story filled with detail, emotion, and meaning. Loved it!!

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Her Own Rules | Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Picked this up at a library sale! It had a pretty wandering plot, and overall was a bit all over the place, but I really didn‘t have expectations for it, so I was just along for the ride and enjoyed the story!

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There were some good reminders and lessons in this book! A bit more cheesy than my taste, but still good reminders.

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Death on Delos | Gary Corby
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Picked this book up for $1 at a library sale! A fun mix of mystery and historical fiction. Not my typical read, but something fun for the end of summer!

rwmg My reading group's choice for December 3mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @rwmg That‘s great! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Oona Out of Order | Margarita Montimore
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I underestimated this book! At first, it seemed a bit fluffy to me. But as it continued, I liked it more and more and by the end I loved it! Certain parts even made me cry. A great read!

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Okay, I did it! I read Mexican Gothic. I was nervous because I am NOT a horror person (books or movies), but I‘ve just seen so much about it and wanted to know for myself. I have seen a lot of reviews that say the beginning is boring and then the second half is better. I felt the opposite. The set-up was very intriguing to me, and the second half felt a bit rushed. But I did still liked it! I am squeamish, and I survived.

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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a legal thriller before, but I had to read this one because it‘s Stacey Abrams! It was a good introduction to the genre! It felt a little bit unnecessarily long and some plot aspects were confusing, but overall it kept my attention and it was an enjoyable listen with lots of twists and turns!

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I liked this book, but I have listened to most of Brené Brown‘s podcast, Unlocking Us, so it was a lot of repeat information!

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This book makes you think! It was really good, and so interestingly explores the question of, “what makes someone human?” The story almost felt like a play. It had very distinct Act I, Act II, Act III, etc to me. That could be because there weren‘t really chapters, but there were definitely different parts of the story. Klara‘s perspective on loneliness and kindness will definitely stick with me and make me think!

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SO GOOD. Every adult needs to read this book! Who else here has read this, and what did you think?

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I read a good review for this YA book, and I‘m always open to great YA, so I immediately listened to it! The protagonist (about 10 years old) is definitely an extrovert, and it‘s told from her worldview as an extrovert. That was pretty striking to me because I‘m an introvert, and I think a lot of books I‘ve read about young girls are from an introvert perspective. So this gave me more empathy for the struggles of extroverted children.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This audiobook is only 3.5 hours, and I always listen at a higher speed, so I finished this book in almost 2 hours! A short little story that comments on life, culture, society, relationships, and work. There‘s a lot packed in there, but it‘s also so simple! I wouldn‘t say it was my next favorite book or anything, but it definitely was worth the read.

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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This month‘s book club pick! There were vivid characters, and it was interesting to read a book set in Detroit. Overall, I didn‘t love this book, but I think it‘s more a personal preference thing… it was well written and I‘m sure we will have good discussion!

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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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I took this young adult graphic novel camping with me this weekend, and it was the perfect read for it!! So funny, relatable, heartfelt, emotional, entertaining, and beautifully drawn! I loved it!!

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What a saga! This book took me forever to read, but not because I didn‘t like it! It was so good, just pretty dense. But I learned so much… I didn‘t know anything about the time and place this book was set! I got this book through a book exchange, and I‘m glad I did.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I‘ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and I‘m glad I finally did. The writing was so good, and I learned a lot!

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Beautifully written! I really enjoyed this one. I knew it was sad, so I was ready for it, but still brought me to tears!

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A short little book! I enjoyed this meditation on mercy. Anne Lamott‘s writing is always wise and humorous. A great cleanse in between other books!

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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I‘m in a bit of a reading slow-down. I had been reading 1-2 books per week, which is really good for me, but it took me about two weeks to listen to this book because I‘ve had a lot going on that‘s taken away from reading time. But I think it‘s good I spent more time with this book! Each chapter was so rich with ideas, wisdom, questions, and challenges. I have so much respect for the author, and now I want to read Stamped from the Beginning.

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I did like this book, but overall I‘m going to rate it a so-so. The plot moved very fast for my taste; I think I prefer more character development. It was a little cliche and predictable at parts too, and I am actually not really a sucker for books about books the way a lot of people are (probably because a lot of people are tbh). It did have lots of characters and some interesting plot twists, so it kept my attention for sure. Just not my fave.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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There was so much excitement about this book leading up to release, and I am so glad I got a copy so quickly! I did not read the original New Yorker essay that inspired this book, so I didn‘t totally know what it was going to be... but I guessed I was going to like it. And I was right! A beautiful memoir about food, family, identity, art, and more.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘m about three years late on this book! I FINALLY got around to reading it, and it definitely lived up to all the hype. Such an incredible story. When she wrote about her experience in the classroom in college, it made me think about how you never truly know where someone is coming from, so it‘s important to treat everyone with kindness.

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Such a great read! The characters had me smiling and laughing out loud. Heartwarming, meaningful, and imaginative. A great book club pick! This is a good crowd pleaser to have in my back pocket for recommendations.

LiteraryinLawrence Yes! I gifted this to several people the year it came out. Definitely an easy one to recommend! 7mo
marleed My IRL bookclub is reading serious books in 2021. In discussing the way forward, they collectively chose last week to give themselves a break and switch to some fluff for August. I suggested this and convinced them it was like reading blue bubblegum. They are all in! So I just purchased my own copy and get to reread it in August! 7mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @LiteraryinLititz Yes! I am always looking for good books to recommend to people who don‘t read quite as often! 7mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @marleed That‘s awesome! Yes, my IRL book club often reads more heavy fiction, but the past few books have been fairly light reading just because I think we need it after such a rough winter! 7mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Essential reading for people who hold white privilege and live in cultures of white supremacy. I will be returning to this book and using the journaling prompts in the future. Thankful for Layla F. Saad and her work.

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Oh. My. Gosh. I have SO many things to say about this book! It blew my mind. Reading it in a COVID world, it was incredible that it was published in 2018. It‘s like totally prophetic! Also I work in Christian publishing, and so the main character‘s job in Bible publishing was kinda eerie. On top of that, the storytelling, characters, and imaginativeness of this book were just so good! Wow.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would! It‘s only the second romance book I‘ve ever read (not super into them generally), but I heard this one was really good and wanted to read it. I really appreciated the point of view of both the main characters! Overall, a great pick!

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Listening to this book solidified this for me: I don‘t like fantasy. It feels narrow-minded to say it, but I just have to face the facts! I love Harry Potter, but basically every other fantasy book I‘ve read I just can‘t get into. I‘ve read three so far in 2021, and not really enjoyed any of them. They always feel a bit mellow dramatic and the characters feel a bit thin to me. Oh well!! I hope it‘s okay for me to admit this.

Kristin_Reads I feel the same! 8mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Kristin_Reads It‘s nice to know I‘m not alone! 8mo
Chelsea.Poole I have tried fantasy so many times over the years and I have finally just accepted it‘s something I can‘t do either. Although this book was one rare exception. 8mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Chelsea.Poole That makes me feel better! I keep trying to read fantasy because I think maybe I just picked the wrong book, but after such a long trend I think I just have to admit it. I did like some of the Russian elements in this one, but overall it wasn‘t for me. 8mo
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I‘m glad I read this book, the mix of Q&A, short story, and art was interesting. Although I do have some reservations about it... the language was very generalized, and I could see this book being critiqued for its generalizations and other things. EDIT: I just did a bit of research, and it seems there is some concern about how much the adults influenced this book with moralizing and platitudes. I can definitely see that.

rwmg The "moralizing and platitudes" didn't strike me, it was the overall use of language which made me wonder how much of the style owed to David Mitchell and how much to Naoki Higashida. 8mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @rwmg Yes, I saw that too. 8mo
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I read this book because a podcast that I love encouraged its listeners to read the book together. I‘m glad I did! Very interesting, well-written essays.

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Wow, I absolutely loved this book!! So good! It reminded me of Anne of Green Gables or Little Women. An amazing, long story of a girl growing up. I cried when the book ended! Sooo good. Looking forward to discussing at book club!

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I am not the target reader for this book: middle-aged women (I‘m in my twenties), and single women (I‘m in a five year relationship). 😂 But it was important to me to read it for a few reasons! First, I have many single friends, and I think it‘s important for me to continually educate myself on adult singleness to increase my empathy. Also, I used to go to church with the author, and so I wanted to support her writing. Overall it was a great read!

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This book would have been a bail for me, but it was the book club pick (and I‘m super diligent about finishing all book club books), so I DID finish it! Overall, this was totally not my cup of tea, the plot felt unbelievable and there were way too many characters. About halfway through I just decided to kind of “let go” and then I enjoyed it more. There were definitely some funny parts. But overall, not for me.

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Don‘t mind me! I will just be crying about the beauty of this series and having a huge emotional hangover for the next few days! 😭😍😭😍 So sad it‘s over, it‘s sad to leave this world and these characters even though it‘s such a beautiful ending.

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I enjoyed this book! It was nice to spend time in historical Kentucky getting to know these characters. It wasn‘t super deep or my favorite book by any means, but it was a good, heartwarming, engaging read!

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Getting closer to the end of the series! I don‘t want it to end! This one is interesting with all the history. Also, goodbye Hogwarts!

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I read this book this past weekend while on a personal retreat. It was a perfect book to read on a day for intentional stillness, solitude, and self-care.

CuriousG Best Brene Brown book, imo. 9mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @CuriousG It‘s the first one I‘ve read! Although I do listen to her podcast. 9mo
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Okay yall, this audiobook was absolutely beautiful. Sara sings a song at the beginning of every chapter, her writing and stories are so vulnerable and honest, and she even has friends and fans read parts of the essays. I would definitely recommend!! (Also I love Waitress so much so it was fun to hear the backstory.)

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Ohhhh this book!! It is so epic. It‘s so amazing. Honestly, I feel pretty emotional finishing it. Listening to Sirius‘s death really got to me. And it‘s just all so heavy. The lighthearted magic of the early books is nearly gone, and the deeper story really emerges. It‘s dark, but worth it.

slategreyskies I cried when he died. I was so hurt (and mad too!). 10mo
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