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HardcoverHearts

Joined February 2016

Bibliophile, traveler, staunch womanist, used bookstore obsessive, savvy worker. BookTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNpG_pEmpa3rmQ4obUhh4Q
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I have yet to read this book- it‘s on the schedule for next month. But I clearly am already in tune with the spirit as I did buy my own flowers yesterday. I can never resist peony season and especially when Trader Joe‘s had bouquets for only $9. I hope Mrs. Dalloway would approve!

Happy Dalloway Day!

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 5mo
Blueberry Lovely flowers 5mo
HardcoverHearts @Blueberry Thank you! I‘m delighted with them. 5mo
HardcoverHearts @rubyslippersreads So fancy, right? 5mo
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A Time In Rome | Elizabeth Bowen
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I am so delighted that used bookstores are open again- especially the Friends of the Library shops. These were today‘s finds. I‘m delighted that it was only $9 for all of it. 🎉

DivineDiana I‘m a member of the Friends of my local Library. We still have not been able to open. But we are having a Pop Up this week for Better Books! 6mo
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I am having deep longings to travel again. My husband and I are vaccinated now. I am salivating to travel. But I‘m not yet comfortable traveling overseas though I‘m starting to put plans onto paper for fall. Until things improve globally and more vaccines are available to everyone, I will just hunker down and read travel books like this one which looks so interesting!

LeahBergen I can‘t wait to travel again. 😫 6mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen 👯‍♀️ 6mo
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A Necessary Evil | Abir Mukherjee
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I am absolutely in love with this series! Historical mystery set in 1920 Calcutta that really takes on colonialism and all its evils. This is the second in the series and it‘s just as good as the first so far!

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A Closed Eye | Anita Brookner
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It‘s time for the next book in my Brookner project with my friend Leo, who has a BookTube channel A Little Book Life. This will be our 11th in a row. It‘s been such a joy to see her grow as an author from auspicious beginnings with a brilliant debut- A Start In Life. I have high hopes because the last one Brief Lives was magnificent!

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The Borrowed | Chan Ho-Kei
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I‘ve been horrible with NetGalley, so this month was about trying to knock some out. I think I‘ve done a good job, given that I have also read quite a few others along the way. I want to get my rate up to 70%. It‘s at 49% right now, with the two at the bottom in my rotation now. The Borrowed was fantastic! Police procedural with such a brilliant structure- moving backwards in time, from the last case of an officer to his first in Hong Kong.

rubyslippersreads I need to do this too. 8mo
HardcoverHearts @rubyslippersreads It feels so good to be clearing it out! 8mo
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Uncensored: Views & (Re)views | Joyce Carol Oates
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Library haul! ❤️📚🪴
-A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
- The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984 by Riad Sattouf
-My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee
-Uncensored: View and (Re)Views by Joyce Carol Oates which had an essay/review of Anita Brookner, among other great writers

vivastory What an excellent haul! 📚📚📚 8mo
HardcoverHearts @vivastory I was so happy with these! 8mo
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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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Waking up and starting my day with a tour of the Women of Bloomsbury, while enjoying a big cup of tea and wrapped in my wool London map blanket is how I think every Saturday should start. It was enlightening and I enjoyed it so much! The group that led it can be found on Eventbrite and they are called Women of London. I highly recommend it. They are doing a tour of Sufferagette London on Monday, International Women‘s Day.

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Happy Friday! I‘m quite delighted with today‘s book mail. I may not be able to wait to get to these- the latest edition of Slightly Foxed quarterly magazine and the new release of Klara and The Sun by one of my favorite writers, Kazuo Ishiguro.

Ruthiella Where‘d you get that edition of Klara? Is it the UK one? 9mo
HardcoverHearts @Ruthiella it is! I just prefer so many of their covers more. Waterstones is selling an amazing copy. I like mine but had a bit of envy when I saw that one... 9mo
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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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I‘m so delighted with my recent book mail from the UK - specifically these Black British books that were released recently. Bernadine Evaristo is working with Penguin to have these re-released. And my new blanket was the perfect background.

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I‘m breaking my own rule and starting a series on book 9! I think I can get away with it because I‘m familiar with the series via that TV show that I just love- Ms Fisher‘s Murder Mysteries. This is an ARC I‘m woefully behind on. I‘m hoping to clear my mystery ARCs on NetGalley this month. Only a few pages in and I recognize the familiar jaunty tone, lush visual descriptions of costumes and clothes and many men to keep Ms Fisher entertained.

Lizpixie Oh no! You really need to start from the beginning, book Phryne is a different creature to TV Phryne in many ways, as well as her inner circle. #PhryneAppreciationClub (edited) 9mo
HardcoverHearts @Lizpixie I will go back and start. This is SO NOT ME, but I have to bust through this pile of ARCs I have collected! I can already tell, with just a few pages in, that I will be going to the start once this is done- don‘t worry! This is a case of one anxiety being more pressing than another anxiety. 😅 9mo
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Difficult Light | Tomas Gonzalez
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What an absolute stunner of a book! I‘m overcome with emotions after closing the last page. We meet David as an old man, former painter whose sight is failing him, reflecting back in his life & dealing with the life he lives now side by side with deep grief. Grief for his beloved wife, Sara & specifically an incident with his paralyzed 28 year old son that is told with masterly precision in terms of pacing & feeling. Exquisitely heart wrenching.

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Pretty happy with my #botmc picks this month, especially The Lost Apothecary as is was on my list to watch for in 2021. A book set in the Victorian age with a band of renegade women who poison men. Take all my money!!! 💸💸💸

Megabooks Aftershocks is great! 9mo
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I‘ve joined Clubhouse to actually have conversations with readers real time. It‘s a new platform. If you are there, let‘s follow each other! I‘m @ hardcoverheart there. I don‘t have any invites but will let people know when I do on my blog. If you are there, consider joining us next Friday?

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I‘m delighted by today‘s #bookmail ! I recently purchased a few of the new Black Britain / Writing Back series that Bernadine Evaristo has spearheaded. I‘m so excited about this one because of the focus on mental illness in 1990 in a London mental hospital ward. Purchased from Blackwell Books from the UK.

charl08 Mine arrived today too (and also from Blackwells 👍) 9mo
vivastory I love these covers! 9mo
LeahBergen Your shelves look remarkably similar to mine: Persephones, Viragos, and Anita Brookner. 😆 9mo
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HardcoverHearts @charl08 you have great taste! 🥳 9mo
HardcoverHearts @vivastory aren‘t they great? 9mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen I aspired to have a collection like yours! ☺️ 9mo
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Aya of Yop City | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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It‘s the end of the work day, with a lovely warm breeze coming in the windows, and I have hauled quite a few graphic novels from the library this week. Tonight is the night I dive in and tackle a few of them. Which should I read first?

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I‘m diving into this chunky tome (977 pages). Just started the preface and it seems like it‘s going to be a delightful book. I love a good, long generational story. And while I was reading Patsy in written format, it dawned on me that the audio may be exceptional, given the main character is Jamaican & some dialogue is written in patois. Sure enough -that was a good decision. Both are chunky books so I‘m hoping to get through them faster this way.

charl08 I'm coming up to the last 200 pages. Worth the time! 10mo
HardcoverHearts @charl08 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
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Difficult Light | Tomas Gonzalez
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I‘ve been so excited by the #invisiblecitiesproject since I have been unable to travel. They pick 3 countries to submerge yourself in - books written by authors of that country, as well as food, music, and films from these areas. Coming up is Iraq and Columbia. I asked for recommendations on my BookTube channel and so many smart readers offered up some suggestion, including these.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Charming book about the people who come to & work in a cafe where one specific seat allows you to travel in time. There are sweet & poignant stories of people wanting to give messages they couldn‘t before, to see people they miss, & get answers to questions. While I enjoyed it, I never understood the rules of the magic, why or how it exists. In the end, that feels like a miss & served to remind me how crucial world building is to fantasy stories.

Canadian.Reads Great review! 11mo
HardcoverHearts @Canadian.Reads Thank you! 11mo
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Homeland | Fernando Aramburu
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I have heard raves about this book from my friend and didn‘t realize there was an audio book of it. I find the subject matter so fascinating, especially after a trip to the San Sebastián area in 2000 and seeing an ETA rally. So my husband and I are listening to it together (a benefit of sheltering in place)! I love it starting with mothers on the sides of the conflict between the Spanish and Basque separatists.

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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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It‘s that time again! New Year‘s Day. Please join us in reading a great book to kick off 2021! #84CCRNYD

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All my reading life I have been looking for a thoughtful and passionate rebuke of colonialism via missionary work and I think I may have found it in this book. I have been interested in reading it for a while, but when I saw the preview for the new movie coming out, I had to prioritize it quickly. I cannot put it down!

merelybookish Pretty cover too! 12mo
batsy Lovely cover! I've been meaning to read it. (Virago has released another pretty edition recently, too!) 12mo
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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What a lovely evening, celebrating Kiley Reid‘s Such A Fun Age. She was an engaging author with a lot of sharp insights on the themes and characters of the book. As I said in my last week‘s wrap up, it‘s going to be a smash hit.

Cathythoughts I just finished it this week .... a smash hit for sure 👍🏻❤️ I absolutely loved it 2y
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Baba Dunja's Last Love | Alina Bronsky
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Next up for #readgermanbooks2020 - a book from Alina Bronsky. Mel‘s Bookland Adventures on Youtube mentioning one of her other books, and it reminded me that I had bought this one as part of an ebook sale. Given that I love, love, love books about old women, I decided to read a bit this morning and cannot put it down. Wonderful so far!

Abailliekaras I loved this! I‘ve just DNFed Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead which was also about an old woman in an isolated community - I preferred Baba Dunja. 2y
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Just finished this audiobook that everyone is raving about. It‘s a contemporary novel about an African American babysitter who almost gets arrested for “kidnapping” the child under her care and the ramifications on all the players. At times I found it a little soap opera-ish with too convenient plot “twists” which was a bit disappointing. I can see this book being a good one for book clubs and continuing to generate buzz.

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I started this as a buddy read over the holidays but my buddy got a bit overwhelmed by all the festivities and we ended up agreeing to read something else down the road. I decided to continue it because I‘m really enjoying the bird‘s eye view of the planning of an intricate spy trap, centering on the grooming and training of a young, wild, intelligent but self destructive woman. Interested to see where it will take me.

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Left Neglected | Lisa Genova
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I‘ve been neglectful, Litsy! I used to spend most of my social media time here, among you wonderful people. In April, I started a YouTube channel to ostensibly learn how to film & edit & I figured I would talk about the thing I love the most- books, but never expecting it to take off. But it has & also taken up most of my time. But I vow to do better this year because I miss the kindness/warmth of everyone here. Sorry for taking you for granted!!

merelybookish Congrats on your booktube success! 2y
HardcoverHearts @merelybookish Thank you so much! It‘s been a wild year. 2y
readordierachel 👋👋 2y
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LeahBergen 😘😘 2y
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No Surrender | Constance Maud
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Look at what came in the mail today to make my first Monday back at work less horrible! I am sad to know that you don‘t get the bookmark with the Book Depository Persephone order. 😭

BarbaraBB They still look gorgeous and Swimming Home is so good too! 2y
HardcoverHearts I am going to try to read more of Levy‘s work this year. I have loved Hot Milk, Things I don‘t want to talk about and The Man Who Say Everything. That‘s exciting to hear that Swimming Home is good as well! 2y
LeahBergen Nope! You only get them when ordering direct from Persephone. ☹️ 2y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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I‘m enveloped in the Hilary Mantel world of Thomas Cromwell, in eager anticipation of the 3rd release. I have been intimidated by the work before & am thrilled to be reading it with many smart people on YouTube, including Jason of Old Blue‘s Chapter and Verse. We are reading the 1st book in Jan, 2nd in Feb, and then ready to start the third when it is released in March. For context, I am listening to an audiobook that is very detailed and helpful.

merelybookish Enjoy! I read and enjoyed the first one but never managed #2. 2y
Ruthiella Great idea! I am so excited for the third book...😃 2y
Simona I'm on book two and I really like it, even more than the first book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 2y
HardcoverHearts @merelybookish @Ruthiella @Simona - Goodreads says I read and panned book 1 but I have zero recollection of that. It must have been an audio and I bet I didn‘t give it the attention it deserved. I am finding it so much better this go round and am excited to start the year with some hefty material. 🤓 2y
TiredLibrarian I should reread Wolf Hall. I have a nook discussion of Bring Up the Bodies in Feb., and I can't wait for #3 in March! Have you read the NF book, and if so, what do you think of it? 2y
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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And here is my bounty of book possibilities for Nonfiction November reading!

Maude I just finished Underland and it was quite interesting :) 2y
merelybookish So many great choices...I might start with a Cusk. 🙂 2y
batsy A fabulous stack. How to do Nothing is pretty brilliant 🙂 2y
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HardcoverHearts @merelybookish 😂Good choice- but which one?! 😂 2y
HardcoverHearts @batsy I‘m saving that one for Thanksgiving weekend. I think it will be a nice way to wind it down. 2y
Simona Nice pile❣️ Mitfords are so intriguing family. Happy reading! 2y
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God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
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One of my favorite books of the year is on sale today for the digital edition... It‘s remarkable.

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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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My weekend outlook seems promising... I‘m reading these two gems as part of the Gone With The Book readathon, creates by Mel of Mel‘s Bookland Adventures BookTube channel.

Becker Georgette Heyer is my guilty pleasure. 🌸 (edited) 2y
LeahBergen Miss Buncle‘s Book! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Great deal for a great book!

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Enjoying a foggy, cold morning for a lie in with my favorite old lady and a new book for #witreadathon ! .

Ruthiella I recently tried Flights by her and couldn‘t get into it. I think Drive Your Plow is more plot driven? Maybe I‘ll get on better with it.😀 2y
HardcoverHearts @Ruthiella Same! I‘ve heard that so I‘m giving it a whirl. 😉🤞🏻 2y
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Just finished my 1st book for WIT month. This was a remarkable story & the audio was sublime. I don‘t often get on with child voice actors, as the precociousness can be a bit much. But this was just the right level of haughtiness in both character‘s voices. If you like really brilliant, difficult women who go deep into observations of the world/ their lives- this may be a book for you. I love the mix of intellectual discourse & heart!

LiteraryinLawrence I love this book! Glad you did too! 2y
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I‘m co-hosting a read along with Juan of Just Juan Reader BookTube channel of The Goldfinch, in anticipation of the upcoming movie. Feel free to join us. The info is in the video: https://youtu.be/0bHOAetpg5Q .

Simona Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this book! I liked quite a lot, but with the reservations ... Enjoy and happy reading❣️ 2y
HardcoverHearts @Simona I am right there with you. This is an experiment for me. I loved big chunks of the book and not others at all. I am not a rereader, but thought this might be one that could look different upon a second pass. We shall see. 2y
DivineDiana Glad I found your post! I knew that I had seen a readalong for this book! It has been on my TBR shelves for some time and this is the motivation that I need to finally read it! 2y
HardcoverHearts @DivineDiana I have posted my thoughts on the YouTube channel for the first section last week (up to chapter 4) and will post thoughts for this week‘s section this weekend. We are reading up to Chapter 6 for this week. And Juan is doing the same on his channel- Just Juan Reader. Please join us and leave your thoughts in the comments. 2y
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘m snuggling up as close as our old lady will let me, while I read my last book for Booktube‘s Reading Rush week.

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Kintu | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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Multitasking Saturday!

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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I wish I could say that all these markers are for brilliant, insightful or lovely passages. For me, the hype on this one is overblown. I‘m finding the writing clunky, the context lacking and the underlying assumptions suspect. I‘m disappointed. I‘ll finish it, but have low hopes for it turning around. 😢

Megabooks I couldn‘t agree with you more. You wrote my feelings better than I did. 2y
HardcoverHearts @Megabooks It‘s such a bummer because I really wanted a great book on female desire but this isn‘t it. I think Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski or Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel are much better nonfiction reads on this subject. 2y
Megabooks Plus, I found very little positive in it. The small amount joy these women seem to eek out from sex and intimacy was just sad. I mean one woman fakes her whole life, another was raped and abandoned, a third thinks it‘s good when her lover spends a half hour with her and will do virtually anything to have that half hour. Is real depressing sometimes? Yes. Are there healthier relationships she could‘ve picked? Yes. 2y
HardcoverHearts @Megabooks I resent her assertions that desire is an overwhelming force that one is powerless to control. I was expecting a feminist romp through the joys of female desire, not a Tyler Perry movie about the perils that will befall you if you partake! 2y
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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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At this pace I am on track for possibly beating my best year of 222 books read! I couldn‘t be happier with the material I am reading, as well as the pace. And joining BookTube has been a great way to engage with other readers for buddy reads. It‘s been lovely to read some intimidating books with other people, analyzing it together as we go.

I hope your reading years are going well, also!

DivineDiana Fantastic achievement! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2y
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! 👏🏻 2y
Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳 2y
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I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, talking about all the books we found on our vacation to Italy. This was the second edition. I am maybe most excited by this edition that I found.

https://youtu.be/NSBUkUWCQF8

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I‘m enjoying this exploration of menopause. The audiobook is read by the author and is compelling. She is completely right that there is a deficit of work based on this time in women‘s lives. It‘s insane to know that every woman goes through it and we know so little about the process.

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No Surrender | Constance Maud
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There is a deal on the ebook of this title in Kindle and iBook formats. This was printed by Persephone Books, but in lieu of having the gorgeous dove cover, you can read the book for cheap. 😉

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In anticipation of the movie release, I‘m teaming up with a fantastic BookTuber, Juan, of Just Juan Reader to host a read along for the book, starting August 1st. Details are on my channel and his.

Theaelizabet I‘ve already read it, but will love hearing/reading comments! 2y
HardcoverHearts Juan and I have also already read it but the idea of reading it again before the movie sounded too fun. 😉 2y
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Alert! I read this book for AussieApril and am now in love with this author. I‘ve binged her previous 2 books in May. If you like atmospheric mysteries with great character and plot- this is your book and it‘s on sale for Kindle and Apple Books. I didn‘t check Kobo or Nook. 6/02/19

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I finished Normal People and talked about it in my latest video of weekly reading- Week of Reading- May 31st, 2019 https://youtu.be/oG6N95Cielo

Lindy I‘ve got a copy waiting on hold for me at the library now, so I look forward to reading your thoughts sometime in the next 3 weeks. (Library due dates are excellent reading incentives for me.) 2y
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It‘s Saturday morning and as usual, I am cursed by abundance and thereby paralyzed with choices. Visit the city, do nature, go book shopping or just fall asleep reading all day?! I could go to the gym. (Just kidding!)

Samplergal I have found in my 63 yrs, sometimes ( most times) the nap/book is what the body and soul need at the time. Have fun with whatever you do. 3y
HardcoverHearts @Samplergal Thank you! I have had a pot of tea and am now thinking ambitious thoughts of walking to a bookstore, sitting in nature where I can read and nap. 😂 We shall see how far I get on that scheme. (edited) 3y
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Spring | Ali Smith
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I ❤️ when books activate a curiosity to explore ideas. Or to see what they see, or know more about what they are referencing. This is happening with Spring. I am inspired to pause, look something up on Google, & marvel at her brilliance as she adds these layers into her writing. I‘m only 23% in, but am loving this story of friendship, loss & change in the era of Trump, Brexit, encroaching Fascism which is pulling is back to darker days.

Theaelizabet I‘ve just started this, too. Loving it, so far, as I did the other two. 3y
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I have so many thoughts about this book. So many that I needed to talk it out. See the discussion here: https://youtu.be/ZDP3tV56Kos

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Continuing my Roman reading, I grabbed this audiobook from the public library‘s digital stack and am enjoying it as much as I did with the first one. It doesn‘t have the seriousness of Bernard Cornwell‘s Fools and Mortals, which I just finished. But I don‘t need it to be. I like being transported to Ancient Rome as a prompt for my imagination for our upcoming trip. ⁣

ladyonequestion Have you read any of Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series? One of my favourite series about Rome. 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks I also love books set in Ancient Rome. I really like Robert Harris‘ Cicero series. 3y
HardcoverHearts @ladyonequestion and @CoffeeCatsBooks - these are great recommendations! Thank you both! 3y
marleed @ladyonequestion I read First Man in Rome years ago and really got into it. I kept a chart of all the names to help. Piles of male names ending in ‘ius‘. Most people assume my cat Marius was named for Les Mis. Nope, this book! 3y
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