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Joined May 2016

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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Still here, still reading, although sometimes life gets in the way of posting. This is a fun bit of fluff to read in front of a terrific view.

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Mehso-so

A book where I loved the themes more than the execution. While it explored three generations of women and their tension with motherhood and abortion, many times it felt like the story never quite got there and came across at points more like an overwrought chick-lit style book.

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Men Walking on Water | Emily Schultz
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My bad habit is starting books and then setting them aside to languish for weeks, months, uh… years. I have an entire shelf devoted to these endeavours. This was started in 2019 and finished today. The story, set during Prohibition and the building of the Ambassador bridge, was fascinating but went on a little long for my liking. Still, an intriguing story of a different time.

LiteraryinLawrence I do that a lot too! Why, why do we do this? 1mo
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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Apologies for the cursing, but this is a profoundly fucked up, nearly nonsensical story. CW for basically everything from abuse, incest, violence and cannibalism. While the themes of loneliness and social conformity, particularly in Japanese culture, may be relevant it felt like too much of this book was written purely for shock value. If you are looking for another Convenience Store Woman, go elsewhere.

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Free Love: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Set in 1960s Britain, this book was a bit of Anna Karenina, a bit of Madame Bovary but with a modern twist in a very British style similar to Ian McEwan or Alan Hollingsworth. Some interesting twists. My first Tessa Hadley, but won‘t be my last.

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Free Love: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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On to this book which has a very retro, classic feel to it, as though it could have been written 100 years ago.

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After all the hype, thought I would start this this morning. Love that the cover matches my bedding. First chapters pulled me right in, but I‘m hoping the case of deliberately quirky, whimsical characters doesn‘t become a bit much too quickly.

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The Change Room | Karen Connelly
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Sometimes you start a book in 2018 and you finish it in 2022. An unusual story about a married woman who starts an affair with a woman she meets at the local pool. Rather charged and more erotic than the cover would suggest.

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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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This was a fun bit of summer fluff. It is your friends-to-lovers story, done with a bit more panache than your average teenager romance. It skips back and forth in time and is set in Canadian cottage country and Toronto, which made it highly entertaining as someone who has lived in Ontario her whole life. A very solid beachside book.

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Home of the Floating Lily | Silmy Abdullah
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Mehso-so

A quick read as I nearly forgot I had book club tomorrow. Some stories were better than others, but I couldn‘t help but feel like many of these wouldn‘t stay with me long. The last story, in particular, irritated me in the same way that The Giving Tree did when I read it years ago.

Lindy I haven‘t read Abdullah‘s stories but I sure know what you mean about The Giving Tree. 😐 1mo
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Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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Was excited to read this follow up to Evan‘s A Visit From the Goon Squad. While not necessary to read the prior book, I think it is definitely more enjoyable if you do. I particularly enjoyed finding out a bit more of the lives of each of the characters from the first book. Told as a series of interlinked short stories, this is an examination of social media and the “outsourcing of conscientiousness”. Thought provoking.

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Mehso-so

Today‘s finish. Some moments I really enjoyed here although the parts that should have meant the most - the interaction between mother and daughter - were the ones that oddly, felt most forced and fell flat.

mcctrish This was an odd one for me, it was light ( despite the heaviness of grief for losing her mom and separating from her husband) and escapist because of the location. It was a quick read but if you are struggling in a relationship or you‘ve just lost a parent maybe give this a wide berth 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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The cover belies what is inside. This is a story of a woman with an unnamed mental illness and mis-diagnosis, the impact it has on the protagonist‘s life and those around her. While it doesn‘t shy away from the darker moments, it also doesn‘t indulge in prurience and there are also genuine moments of humour. Thoughtful.

Cinfhen Just started this one! It‘s very engaging. I love the sisterhood between Ingrid & Martha 1mo
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Burnt Sugar | Avni Doshi
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A story of the fraught relationship between mother and daughter. Appropriate for Mother‘s Day.

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I read this 10 years ago and cannot remember a lot about it, so decided a refresh was in order before jumping into Candy House.

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An interesting pairing of the books I‘m reading for two different book clubs right now.

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Some fun Sunday morning reading in bed.

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Devouring this while waiting for my copy of her newest to arrive.

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Loved this book. Looks light and fluffy but there is a depth and sadness here. Ties up a little neatly at the end, but overall a gem of a book.

KristiAhlers Guess I‘ll be picking this one up. I was waiting to see the reviews. For the most part I‘ve enjoyed that book clubs selection in the past. 3mo
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A Burning: A novel | Megha Majumdar
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One of the stranger things about this pandemic has been turning my car into a home office. Since my kiddo, as an elite athlete, was allowed to return to training, but the waiting room/gallery where I usually sit is closed up, I‘ve had to resort to working and spending a lot of time in my car. The good thing is the large amount of reading time I have. Today, it will be finishing this book, which is riveting.

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HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD. | ROBERT. KOLKER
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It‘s been a long time since I posted here. Like many I‘ve been tucked away at home, reading like crazy. This is a small sample of what I currently have on the go (as I am not a book monogamist at all) although I can feel I will be giving Hidden Valley Road a lot of attention as it is so compelling. Hope everyone is keeping well!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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After school pickup reading. Really looking forward to this one.

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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A gorgeous gem of a book about love and friendship and
missed opportunities. Winman is sparing in her language, allowing readers to find the story in careful sentences without imposing needless detail or melodrama. Gentle and heartbreaking.

TrishB Loved this too 💕 4y
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Been a long time since I posted here. In the last year we bought a condo, sold out place, and moved (repeatedly) while we renovated the entire place and then life just got chaotic. Finally starting to feel settled. Kicking off my long weekend with this, in my favourite place.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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It‘s been nine months since we made the decision to uproot our lives, sell our house, buy and fully reno a condo from the studs out. This weekend we finally moved in and started to unpack. Our dog moved back home with us. And while there is still a lot to do, the mere act of unpacking my books and starting to settle in has me itchy to read again. So this is where I‘ll start.

Cinfhen Congrats on your new home 🎉🥂 5y
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Quickly becoming one of my favourite places. I can supervise Bee while she swims and the place is light-filled. While we haven't moved in yet, we swing by whenever we can and when we need to supervise renos. So far this book hasn't completely pulled me in, but I am hopeful.

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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
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Mehso-so

I did it! I finished a book! A long book! It wasn't the best book, but I finished it! I have enjoyed previous Moriarty books but I found this one ran far too long and many of the reveals just a little too convenient. But given my long break from reading, this was a quick and engaging story. (Shown alongside a recent knitting project that is half completed.)

mjdowens Love the shawl. Looks like a familiar pattern 5y
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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
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Dipping my toe back in here and finally looking to finish a book - my first in months. We're hoping to be in our new place by the end of the month, and end our six month odyssey of house sales/moving/moving/moving/renos/moving. I miss my books (99% of which are in storage) and I miss my routine.

Bookworm83 This post sounds exactly like my life, right down to book you are trying to finish. I've been reading this one for ages. Moving is a pain! 5y
Gleefulreader @Bookworm83 it really does take so much out of you! And we are doing a full reno and I find I just cannot concentrate on a book when so many choices and decisions are running through my head. At least I am able to knit these days, so that energy is going somewhere! 😂 5y
Bookworm83 I just have paint and flooring to think about, so I can't imagine the stress of a complete overhaul. You must be exhausted! It's so true about all the choices...for awhile, every time I tried to sit down with a book, I just thought of all the other stuff I should have been doing for the house 😂 Yay for knitting!! 5y
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Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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Another book finished! And what a lovely one it was. This book can best be thought of as a companion piece to My Name is Lucy Barton, as it is tells the stories of the people from her hometown. I particularly enjoyed how each story was rarely about the protagonist of that story, but rather a device to tell the story of another character. Our stories are never just our own, but merely a thread in a larger tapestry. A lovely, quiet, thoughtful book.

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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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I did it! The longest stretch in my life that I've gone without finishing a book, and I finally did it! While I've been reading here and there, this is the first book I've completed since March. I saw the ballet of this last week, and decided I had to read the play, and I'm so glad I did. Absolutely fabulous take of desire and madness, family and betrayal.

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Confession: it has been more than two months since I last finished a book, possibly the longest I've gone in my entire life. Part of that is directly attributable to the insanity of preparing our house for sale and a bad time at work. Part of it is due to resurrecting my knitting hobby. During the last few months it has grounded me, providing row by row evidence that I can be successful at something at a time when I control little else.

cathysaid Yay for knitting therapy! I combine it with audiobooks. 5y
Zelma Those are all very good reasons for not reading. Don't worry or overthink it; it happens in life. I had a dry spell last year when my father-in-law was sick. 5y
Zelma I also absolutely love the color of that yarn. 😍 (edited) 5y
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Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
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When you've made it through the marathon of preparing your house for sale, there is nothing more to do than hope that the vagaries of fate treat you well, all your books are in storage and you have a moment of exhausted weakness at the drug store. ::insert grand sigh here::

Jenshootsweddings Oooooh, I was just manhandling this one at Costco today! I was tempted myself. Interested to hear how it is! 5y
Amandajoy When I was staging my house to sell, I hid new book purchases under the couch. 😊 5y
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Empty bookcases are the saddest bookcases. Struggling with the fact that every book I own will be in storage for a minimum of five to six months.

Flaneurette 😥 5y
Bakingbookworm I love the colour of the back of your bookcase! I feel your pain about packing up your books. But just imagine unboxing them in a few months! 5y
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So we made a momentous decision and have bought a condo! The next few months are going to be a whirlwind of preparing our house for sale, renovating our new space and moving our little family. I think reading is going to be minimal, but soon I'll be back and enjoying a book and this view!

Lindy Congratulations! 5y
slategreyskies Wow! That's quite a view! 💗 5y
DebinHawaii Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 Great view! 5y
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Cinfhen Congrats 🌸that view is fabulous 💜 5y
Jess_Read_This Congrats!!! Gorgeous view too! 5y
Reviewsbylola Awesome!!! 5y
My_novel_obsession Congratulations 🎉 🎈 5y
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Paul Moves Out | Michel Rabagliati
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Following up on my earlier post, I'm finally posting my dismal February reading stats. This doesn't cover the several books I have in progress (including Infinite Jest, the Bible, The Nix and Lincoln in the Bardo). Really hoping to bounce back this month!

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So February is when the wheels came off. (I sense a theme - last year I got laid off and had a major renovation ongoing). I re-homed on of my three kitties (my beloved sucky boy) with my MIL because he just can't live with other cats and that has been really hard. And after much discussion my husband and I are on the cusp of a big life decision to move on from our house that we don't love. The ship is righting itself but it was rough going.

BookNAround Hoping March is less stressful for you. 5y
Eyelit Here's to calmer waters ahead! 💙 5y
Reviewsbylola I'm glad things seem to be getting back to a good place. 5y
EloisaJames I hope April is much better! 5y
Zelma Good luck with the move and I hope it is the positive change you need! 💕 5y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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That moment when you realize the cover of your audiobook perfectly matches the piece you are knitting.

shawnmooney I'm just getting started, only a few chapters in on audio: it's absolutely mesmerizing! 5y
ibeeeg I want to read that book, I'm soooo curious. 5y
mjdowens Awesome. What pattern is that? I can knit socks while I read but not lace. I screw up the YO's if I am not paying attention 5y
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Gleefulreader @mjdowens it is a pattern from Ravelry called Dangling Conversations. It actually knits up really easily so could be done while reading as there is only one row with YOs and K2TOG. The rest is pretty much stocking stitch with just stitches added and decreased at the ends. :) 5y
mjdowens I am going to have to get that pattern and head out for some spring colored yarn. Thank you for the info. I would really like to see a pic when you are done with it🤗 5y
Gleefulreader @mjdowens absolutely! It uses a light fingering weight yarn. I'm doing it in Schachenmayr Tahiti, which is a light cotton yarn with a beautiful ombré colouring. (And is relatively inexpensive to boot!) 5y
lisakoby I have heart eyes for that yarn. 😍 5y
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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A busy weekend with friends meant not a lot of reading time, but I'm eagerly gulping this book down now prior to watching the HBO series. (I generally prefer to read the book before the movie/TV show. What about you?)

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Long weekend views. Glorious light.

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Snowpiercer: The Escape | Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette
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Now really sure what to say about this except that they were so SO weird. I admit, sci-fi is not a genre I gravitate to, and graphic novels are new to me, so perhaps I am not the target audience, but I was drawn in by the movie adaptation association. I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for so much of this and found the books deeply disturbing in their depiction of post-apocalyptic social hierarchy. That said, I DID finish them. 🤔

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Another night, another trampoline practice, another book. Watching my kid kick butt on her new routines and skills for her upcoming competition (she's just above the "H"). I'm amazed at her strength and resilience. ??

TaylorMay That's so awesome! I've always loved watching trampoline comps. I was a high level competitive gymnast and they still amaze me every time I watch them 😍 5y
Gleefulreader @TaylorMay that is so cool that you were a competitive gymnast. The strength to do that is just crazy to me! My daughter is only 10 but this is her third competitive year and it is seeing her really start to fly! 5y
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The level of irritation when you get home from the library only to find out your audiobook is missing the first disc. 😡😡😡

mllemay Wow, that sucks 😒 5y
mklong Oh that really sucks! That's such a good one! 5y
Cinfhen 😫😫😫 5y
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Reviewsbylola Whoa! That's so annoying. 5y
CouronneDhiver Noooo! 5y
Wife 😤 5y
Gleefulreader @mllemay @mklong @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @CouronneDhiver @Wife thank you all! I knew my Litsy friends would understand my frustration! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Ugh!! I hope you'll get that resolved soon. I've heard this is a good book-- that reminds me I need to stack it. 5y
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The German Girl: A Novel | Armando Lucas Correa
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Thank you so much to @melissajayne for the lovely #cupidgoespostal gifts. I love the bookmark and I haven't read The German Girl yet (and have been eyeing it in the bookstore). Thank you soooo much to @BookishMarginalia for organizing once again! ❤️❤️❤️

Texreader Oh this looks good. Onto the tbr stack it goes. 5y
melissajayne I'm glad you got them. I was taking a stab in the dark as to what you would like. 5y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Woohoo! My husband doesn't really do Valentine's Day, so I'm going to take this as a karmic Valentine's gift from my local library. Have been very excited about this audiobook, and am getting right to the business of listening to it.

Cinfhen 😂 5y
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Infinite Jest (Tenth Anniversary) | David Foster Wallace
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So these are the three books I'm currently working my way through (yes, I'm finally reading the bible all the way through). Given that all three are fairly complicated and significant investments of time, I have to say I'm really struggling. With the ongoing news and a bad case of the Februarys, I'm feeling like I might need to pick up a lighter read for balance, and just accept I might not be able to stick to timelines for these three. 😔

Kalalalatja You just do you, and read what you want to and need to 👍 5y
Reviewsbylola I cannot even imagine trying to tackle IJ and the Bible at the same time. I can totally understand your struggle. 5y
saresmoore I agree with what @Kalalalatja said! Obligation is the enemy of enjoyment! 5y
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Playing Cupid | Jenny Meyerhoff
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Finally got this to the post office today (after pulling together all the items the first weekend - sigh!), but am assured that it will arrive in time. Apologies to my #cupidgoespostal match for my terrible wrapping skills. Pretty packages are just NOT my specialty (especially during year end and reporting time at my job) 😂 Hope my match loves the items!

Smangela You have beautiful handwriting! 5y
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Although this book was already on my list, after hearing the author on Bill Maher last week, I knew I had to read it immediately. Written as a sermon, this is a raw and gut wrenching and should be required reading, particularly in the wake of yesterday's AG confirmation.

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Infinite Jest (Tenth Anniversary) | David Foster Wallace
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Getting to the end of the first #infinitejestbuddyread section for this week and I'm finally starting to find a rhythm. This book is definitely challenging, but fortunately the humour makes it worth it. Trying to get this week's last few pages in on a quick lunch break so I don't have to drag this with me to my daughter's practice tonight. 😂

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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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I'm rather late on the monthly roundup for January, but here are my reading stats for last month. Despite all the terrible news, I managed to finish a fair number of books. Unfortunately I had quite a few meh books in there. February's finishes are definitely going to decrease as I have a few extensive long term reads that I've started. I've started Infinite Jest as part of the read-a-long, and I'm finally reading the Bible cover to cover.

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Poles Apart | Terry Fallis
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If I wasn't seeing the author speak this week, I would have thrown this book out the window. The "über-feminist" male character has just told a female (lawyer) character he is impressed she correctly used "phalanx" and "spelunking" correctly in a sentence. How FEMINIST of him.

Let it never be said that a man can't write cliché-filled, suspension-disbelief stretching, shitty chick-lit (for sadly, that is where this book fits) as well as any woman.

Lindy Yikes. 5y
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