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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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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed The Henna Artist, but I found this sequel to be not nearly as good. I enjoyed the story because I got to see where the characters go, but otherwise as a book itself I thought it wandered and didn‘t hold my attention. There was a lot of talking about construction supplies and sheep, recapping the previous book, and the “mystery” was very predictable. Overall, I thought it was not nearly as good as the first book.

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Wow, what a ride! This book takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I live in Michigan and have been to the UP a couple times, so that was cool. I learned a lot about Native culture in the UP, and the story was very gripping. The main character gets involved in a drug investigation with the FBI, and it‘s very mysterious and action-packed! It‘s a long book, but it‘s a great read.

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I read this book very quickly! It‘s a quick read but it‘s not fluffy at all. The best part is all the characters. They are all flawed but all understandable in their own ways. I feel like so many other authors wouldn‘t be able to write seven main characters and give them all depth, but Emma Straub did an amazing job with that. I‘d recommend!

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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Mehso-so

This book was hot and cold for me. I loved the way Alice Hoffman wrote about the jealously between the sisters Sally & Gillian. I think she did an amazing job of portraying the simultaneous love and outrage that can be felt between siblings. But then there were so many other moments and characters in this book that felt poorly developed, those really dragged it down for me. I saw the movie has 28% on rotten tomatoes, so I don‘t think I‘ll watch.

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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This was a great book! It had so many layers. The main character is balancing taking care of herself, taking care of her sister who has newly appeared in her life, and taking care of the needs of her clients. This is one of those books that is comfortable asking more questions than giving more answers. I am interested to read the sequel!

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I enjoyed this even more than I thought I would! I picked it because I‘m trying to fit in a few more memoirs this year, but I really needed something light and fun for the reading mood I was in. It did exactly that! I expected the great behind-the-scenes stories, but what I did not expect was the amazing perspective and advice about female friendship and women in the workplace. Definitely recommend!

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Such an imaginative and creative book! This book is based on the historical fact that President Lincoln‘s young son, Willie, dies. Willie ends up in a graveyard with a bunch of other ghosts, and the plot goes from there, describing the antics of the ghosts. At moments it‘s sad, and at moments it‘s funny. If you like clear plots and clear characters, I don‘t think you‘d like this book. But if you like dark books, and a bit of weird, it‘s for you.

Erin.Elizabeth10 FYI Willie dying is not a spoiler. It‘s on the back cover and it happens right away. It‘s what the whole plot is based on. 1mo
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My year of memoirs wouldn‘t be complete without reading this classic! I have to say, though, now that I‘ve read a bunch of memoirs this year, they are starting to blend together. 😂 I might only have one or two left in me this year. But this one was very good! It completely focused on her childhood, and it ends when she is 16. I would recommend the audiobook, as she reads it.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I loved this book! The characters were just absolutely amazing, endearing, funny, and smart. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. Such a good book!

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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Another memoir! This was a well-balanced memoir where he shared about his family, growing up, world travels, his career, faith, and more. I enjoyed the inside look, and he has good stories! I actually realized I‘ve never seen one of his movies 🤦🏼‍♀️ But now I want to watch a few!

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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Mehso-so

The first half of this book started out with promise, and the second half fell flat, for me. I was interested to see the plot twists unfold as the story started, but then it all ended kind of cliche with cheating, lies, vague depressing things, distance, and kind of “rich people problems”. I think I have to give this a So-So to be honest, even though at the beginning it was feeling more Pick.

Just_reading I hate when books start out good and then disappoint! (edited) 2mo
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I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, and it did not disappoint! There is a really interesting blend of patient stories, explanations of therapy modalities, and opportunities for personal reflection. It really is so comprehensive for learning about the body and trauma of all kinds.

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Mehso-so

Y‘all, I started this book in January and I finally finished it. I‘ve just taken a lot of breaks, but I finally got so tired of it on my shelf I pushed to finish it. It wasn‘t a DNF because the writing itself is so good. As in, the words, description, and style. The book is really hard to get through. The story is confusing and convoluted. There are too many characters. The magical realism doesn‘t quite land. Overall, great writing, but hard book.

Erin.Elizabeth10 I will say, the story is loosely based on the founding of Liberia, and that was all new to me and very interesting. So I am inspired to go read a history book about it. But this book was just too slow and confusing overall. 3mo
Suet624 It‘s in my shelf and I just haven‘t be inspired to read it. 3mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Suet624 Yeah 😕 if you were going to read it, I‘d say to pick a time when you have plenty of time and don‘t mind if it‘s a slower, complex read. I wanted to like it, and the writing and history are interesting, but there is just too much going on, it didn‘t work well for me. 3mo
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I gave Nicola Yoon another chance and I‘m glad I did! I liked this one a lot more than The Sun Is Also a Star. It‘s funny because in some ways I found it way more believable, and in other ways it was less believable. But overall, a better fit for me! I would say that the dancing is more of a side story and not the main focus, it‘s more focused on friends and family relationships and bigger questions of life.

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I have never actually read a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and so this was obviously a weird one to start with, since it was not written by Arthur Conan Doyle. But I enjoyed it, and it makes me want to read an original Holmes book! I did not always understand the big picture of what was happening, but I got enough of the details that I was engaged.

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Another memoir for my year of memoirs! I‘m this book, the author reflected on her experiences growing up, particularly focusing on her relationship with her mother and her father. It was really good writing on family relationships and dynamics. There is heavy content, but it was told with insight and strength.

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Such a good book! This will probably end up being one of my favorites from this year. The characters are absolutely fabulous, particularly the women. It really shows what it was like for women in science, and the professional world in general, in the 1960s. If you like Where‘d You Go Bernadette or Eleanor Oliphant, I think you might like this book. As a CW, topics of sexual assault, suicide, and death are part of the story.

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This is a pick, especially if you are at a time of life to make decisions and changes! This book helped me think about life more holistically and intentionally. It is very practical, with exercises to help you design your life. I can definitely see how this approach isn‘t for everyone, but I do think it‘s a good book.

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This was a very deep dive into sleep! The author covers all the ways that sleep impacts our emotional, physical, and mental health, how sleep is important to business, education, finance, medicine, and more! I do think it made me value sleep more, and I will think about it different now and prioritize sleep! If you are interested in health and wellness, or interesting societal topics, this is a good book.

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I read this book in pieces over a long period of time, which I think impacted my enjoyment. The mystery felt like it unfolded so slowly, but also I know I was just reading the book slowly. I‘m still making this a pick, but I didn‘t love it. Should I give Louise Penny another try on a different book? (This paperback was a Goodwill find!)

CogsOfEncouragement I‘ve read seven of them and plan to read the eighth in autumn as I know that is when it is set. I personally enjoy the series. I‘ve never taken more than about a week to read one though. 4mo
JamieArc I don‘t read her books for the mystery really. It‘s all about the development of the characters and their relationships. So if you‘re into that, yes, read the next in the series (I wouldn‘t read them out of order). 4mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @CogsOfEncouragement Yes, I think if I read another one I need to be intentional about reading it at a faster pace. Then I think I‘d enjoy it more! 4mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @JamieArc Good to know! Maybe if I stick with it I‘ll become attached to the characters, and that will help a lot. 4mo
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A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
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I liked this memoir! I‘m continuing my reading theme this year of memoirs, and still enjoying it! I have not seen Breaking Bad, but I still really enjoyed learning about his life and work. What I‘m discovering is that it‘s still worthwhile to read memoirs of people even if you aren‘t super familiar with them.

Suet624 Yes! Agreed! 4mo
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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I am giving this a pick overall, even though I am still deciding if I think this book was good or not! On the one hand, it did a very good job of showing the historical reality of the time and describing details. On the other hand, it was kind of one-dimensional and depressing. I agree with other people here who said they liked reading it, but it‘s not a favorite.

Just_reading Awesome background! 2mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Ahh I loved this one! A beautiful retelling of mythology. Other than The Song of Achilles, what other books like this do you recommend?

Erin.Elizabeth10 @TheKidUpstairs Added! Thank you! 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs @Erin.Elizabeth10 and if you like it, there's a sequel that was also great! 5mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @TheKidUpstairs Oh good to know, thank you! 5mo
peanutnine Less of a retelling and more mythology in modern day, but I enjoyed this one 5mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @peanutnine oh thanks! I added it to my list. 5mo
CBee I highly recommend 5mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @CBee Thank you!! 5mo
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Mehso-so

I just never connected to this main character. His whole premise was built on lying to the people he claimed to care about, and so I just struggled to like him. Also, the conclusion of the story felt a little simplistic, like money is the solution to problems. The mystery and funny characters helped to redeem the book, but overall this wasn‘t my fave.

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All That Fills Us | Autumn Lytle
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This is a story of a young woman named Melanie who decides to walk from Michigan to Mount Rainier in Washington. As a content warning, she does this because she is suffering from anorexia and exercise addiction, and she is in search of healing. The book takes place on her cross-country journey and details her slow healing, all the characters she meets, elements of romance, and there are also elements of Christian faith.

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Sad Janet: A Novel | Lucie Britsch
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I loved this one! It read like a short story to me, in the sense that it was very focused. It had a few characters and one central plot and theme. It dealt with the topic of depression in such a nuanced and approachable way, that I really appreciated. It made me think twice about our culture‘s obsession and need for happiness. I loved Janet, she was so adorable and funny.

Erin.Elizabeth10 Thank you @Megabooks for recommending this book to me! You shared it with me after I really enjoyed Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. I don‘t think I would have found it otherwise, so thank you!! 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I love the comparison to a short story. I hadn‘t thought about that but it 💯 works. Great review! 5mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks thank you!! 😊 5mo
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately I just didn‘t. I think the issue for me was that it felt like a lot of information of names and dates, but at the same time it would spend a whole chapter on one particular thing. I wanted this book to be bigger-picture, explaining the “why” behind the rise and fall of the family. I think it was more of the “what,” though, which is why it just wasn‘t quite what I was looking for.

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I LOVED this book!! The author is a therapist, and she shared stories of those she counsels as well as her own story of going to therapy. The stories are incredibly moving and heart-wrenching. This is a wonderful book to encourage self-reflection and gratefulness. I am excited to talk about it with my book club later this week!

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At first I think I tried listening to this book too fast, and it‘s almost like when you eat dessert too fast—it‘s really good at first but then it becomes too rich. The author had so much wisdom to share! So then I slowed down a bit and it was really good to savor. I would definitely recommend this book, particularly the audiobook! She just has lots of wise thoughts and stories that help orient yourself towards love and joy.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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The perfect book to read at Memorial Day weekend for the start of summer! This book had allll kinds of plot elements, but they were all wrapped up. I actually appreciated how warm-hearted this book was. It was a little thin in some ways, but overall it was a great summer read!

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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Towards the beginning of this book, it seemed “lighter” than I wanted it to be. To be honest, it felt like a beach read romance. But as the story and characters developed, it got more deep and engaging, and it ended up being very compelling. The story deals with themes of domestic abuse and homelessness in nuanced and thoughtful ways. I liked it!

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A delightful mix of a nonfiction foodie book and a memoir! I didn‘t know what to expect, but I do feel like Tucci kept a great mix of great food writing, but also giving a peek into his life. It did inspire me to see food as creative and delish, more than just nutrition. This was a great book, and I think it will make a great recommendation! The upside of listening to it was his great narration. The downside was him reading all the recipes aloud.

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Broken Horses: A Memoir | Brandi Carlile
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I have only heard The Story and The Joke, so I went into this memoir barely knowing Brandi Carlile‘s music. But I knew this was supposed to be a good memoir, and it did not disappoint! A very beautiful story of growing up and finding identity. In the audiobook she interspersed songs, so it was really pleasant to listen to.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I have been wanting to read Ann Patchett for a while, and now I finally have! This was a bit of an odd story. It is VERY character driven, not much actually happens and they don‘t go anywhere. It‘s a hostage situation the entire book. But it‘s also humorous. It was a bit quirky, but I liked the writing a lot, so I would try her other books. Which do you recommend?

rwmg My favourite of her novels that I've read 8mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @rwmg Thank you! I will add it to my list! 8mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks Oh yes! I almost forgot she wrote that! This is probably the one I‘ve seen the most and want to read. 8mo
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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It took me a MONTH to get through this audiobook. It definitely put me in a slump and will probably set me back on overall # of books read this year. However, it was a beautiful story with complex characters, and I‘m glad it read it. The redemption and love, mixed with bitterness and betrayal, made for a moving story. I would recommend, but just make sure you have a lot of time! 😂

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Moo | Sharon Creech
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Walk Two Moons is one of my favorite books of all time, so I always enjoy Sharon Creech‘s writing. This is a cute little story about unlikely friendship with a cranky cow and neighbor.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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This book got off to a slow start, but I absolutely loved it when it picked up about 1/4 of the way in. Such an imaginative story with beautiful writing! Loved it. If you like historical fiction, this would be a good one to pick up.

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Very good! She is realistic about climate change, but she is also hopeful and such a bridge-builder. I would strongly suggest this book for anyone who is concerned about climate change but feels a bit stuck! There is very interesting information and great advice.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Wow, this book is so good. The writing is amazing, the characters are so nuanced and loveable, the story is absolutely gripping, and it speaks such truth. I am so glad I read it!!

lynneamch The audio was super! 10mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @lynneamch Ooh I bet! I can imagine that this was a really good one to listen to, with all the emotion 10mo
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This book was good, but I just had a few preferences that moved it down to a so-so for me. I didn‘t connect with the “one day to fall in love” plot, just because I‘m not really a romantic 😅 The characters were one-demential to me (Daniel = poet, Tasha = scientist, Charlie = bad, etc). I did appreciate that race was discussed, and the theme of how your life intersects with other people was interesting. But overall I didn‘t walk away loving it.

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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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Wow, this memoir is so powerful, probably one of the most powerful books I‘ve ever read. I remember when the Stanford victim statement was published by Buzzfeed, and reading this full memoir was so impactful. She is an incredible writer, I hope she keeps writing.

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Very long but very good! She talks about her experiences working as a journalist and activist, for the White House, and the UN during conflicts in Bosnia, Syria, and much more. I especially liked the times when she described mistakes or disagreements. It‘s a reminder that even such accomplished people are only human.

Suet624 I really liked this book. 10mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Suet624 Yes, it was very good! 10mo
Suet624 I was happy to see that Biden appointed her to be the Administrator of the USAID. 10mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Suet624 Yes I just saw that! 10mo
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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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My first Agatha Christie! I was totally sucked in and couldn‘t stop listening! I will definitely want to listen to more of her books!

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This book is about letting go of pride, of the need to be correct, of control, and of being in a position of power. It was a good reminder to embrace weakness, vulnerability, and solidarity.

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I thought this would be the perfect cozy read for January, and I was disappointed! This book felt like all filler. It was lots of predictable yet unrealistic lists. Yes, I know candles and tea create good atmosphere. No, I cannot take a trip to Copenhagen right now. I read Wintering by Katherine May last January and this did not compare!

bthegood Just picked this up - thinking along the same lines - started it - not sure I will finish - I think your review is spot on!! 10mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @bthegood Thanks! Yeah I really wanted to like it, but it just didn‘t live up to expectations. I hope you find something better! 10mo
bthegood @Erin.Elizabeth10 I did thanks 🙂 10mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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I‘m starting off my year of wanting to read more memoirs! I‘ve seen this one for so long and finally gave it a listen. It was dark and sad but also inspiring and hopeful.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I read 62 books this year! I know that everyone has different goals, but that is considered a lot for me, so I‘m really happy with my reading this year! I read some amazing classics, tried romance for the first time, admitted I don‘t like fantasy, and reread Harry Potter. For 2022, I‘m hoping to keep reading lots, and in particular I want to read memoirs!

Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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A perfect read for the past few days! A very inspiring and moving story with amazing writing.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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AHH so good!!! I finally had the courage to tackle all 19 hours of this audiobook, but I flew through it! It was much more detailed and interesting than I even thought it was going to be. I found myself crying at certain moments! I want to try reading more autobiographies and memoirs.

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This books almost feels like a collection of essays; each of the 18 chapters talks about a topic (hunger, housing, education, etc) and how it relates to feminism. It‘s a broad primer on intersectional feminism. There were parts of the book that felt a bit too tied to the moment, but most of it was able to use examples while not getting caught in a specific political moment, and was very good. (Review continued in comments…)

Erin.Elizabeth10 I would say the strength & weakness was the same: Because she covered many topics, there was overlap, so it could feel repetitive, but the point of the book was also to show how everything is connected, and it did that very well. 11mo
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