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JGadz11

JGadz11

Joined July 2016

Satisfaction killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.
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Down the Rabbit Hole: A Novel | Juan Pablo Villalobos
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What an absolute dark romp. 🙏🏼to @britt_brooke for a brilliant reccomendation🤌🏼

britt_brooke 🤗 2d
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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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I loved this book.

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I really enjoyed this nonfiction - a story that very much needs to be told. With that said, there was a lot of use of “perhaps” (literally), and conjecture based on the available records. It makes sense that a full picture wouldn‘t exist, as the enslaved had to rely primarily on oral history, and the author did well with what she had. I would love for someone to write this as a fiction novel, and fully flesh out the people involved.

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I‘m deeply absorbed in this historical fiction, focused on one family in Puerto Rico, and the effects of generations of colonialism, both Spanish and American. An historic hurricane compounded the situation, and it‘s so, so sick that it reads like an account of the current situation in Puerto Rico. This novel highlighted fascinating connections to Hawa‘ii as well. I appreciated the variety in pacing; it read very quickly - highly recommend.✨

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A Rose In Winter | Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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When I was a teenager, I loved “bodice busters”; these were my two preferred authors. When my stepmother saw what I was reading she said, “I‘d rather you read these than get backed into a corner.”🤔 #WTF Decided I would revisit the genre as an adult; could not make it past the first chapter of either. 100% too rapey. Here‘s to hoping “romance novels” of the 21st Century are substantially more progressive.🤞🏼

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If I‘m being honest, I thought this would be self-indulgent fluff - hate the cover - but I love Jonathan, so I wanted to have a look. I was wrong about the book. It reads very quickly, because his voice is all over the page; it feels like you‘re having brunch and listening to his stories. There is so much depth, so many lessons here - lovely reminders that we are all flawed and beautiful, and there is more to life than our external shells.💖

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She knows she‘s supposed to be on the dog blanket…so she lines herself right along the edge in order to get as close to her human as possible while still following the rules.🐶

TrishB Awww 🐶❤️ 1mo
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Having recently read The Dictionary of Lost Words, this was an interesting extension✨

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It finally happened: I‘ve got COVID after 2.5 years of the zigzag. Luckily, I‘ve got a fat library stack to see me through. The emotional support mammals coming in strong as well.💖 Now watch me crush my Goodreads goals.🤣

ozma.of.oz Hope you‘re feeling okay! 💕 2mo
JGadz11 @ozma.of.oz thank you🙏🏼 2mo
Chrissyreadit Hope you easily recover. 2mo
JGadz11 @Chrissyreadit thank you🙏🏼 2mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Found this one really slow going. Maybe it‘s because it‘s so similar to S.A. Cosby‘s work. Whitehead is the stronger writer; he can seriously turn a phrase, and I enjoyed some of the sly humor. But both Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears moved at a much more interesting pace, and I slogged through this. Whitehead‘s other works are much fresher than Harlem Shuffle.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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✨Gardening essentials.✨

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It took me a minute to get into this one; the prologue didn‘t grab me in the midst of other library distractions, and I renewed 5 times. With that said, I finally got into it around my 4th renewal, and I‘ve got 30 pages left. It‘s due today, and I‘m okay with the 10cent library fine. A fascinating (fictional) history of the Oxford English, within the context of the suffrage movement, and WWI. Well-written and worth the wait I imposed on myself😏

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Damn, Gina.⛪️ #HappyEaster

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Crisis Zone | Simon Hanselmann
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The worst book I‘ve ever read. I didn‘t bail early on because A) I‘ve already bailed on one book this year, and B) it felt wrong to bail on a graphic novel. This book was pointlessly gratuitous and disgusting; the author put all the diarrhea in his mind on paper and thought he‘d call it art.👎🏼

Smrloomis Yikes, that doesn‘t sound good at all! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
britt_brooke Hard pass!! 3mo
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Ballad for Sophie | FILIPE MELO
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A very poignant graphic novel, and I found the artwork outstanding.✨✨✨

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Bubble | Sarah Morgan, Jordan Morris
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I really, really enjoyed this graphic novel. Genius spoof of real life, with a bit of fantasy in between. Highly recommend!✨✨✨

britt_brooke Reading this now based on your rec! 3mo
JGadz11 @britt_brooke you‘re more well-versed in this genre - hope you like it! 3mo
britt_brooke @JGadz11 Enjoying it so far! 3mo
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Bubble | Sarah Morgan, Jordan Morris
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the soundtrack of my 8 years in Portland, Oregon.🤣🤣

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Bubble | Sarah Morgan, Jordan Morris
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What a fun romp.🤌🏼

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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I had to go ahead and bail on this book, which is very rare for me. Kept trying to slog through, and gave up around 75%. Is it magical realism? Is it a coming out story? Is it a cult story? Too much going on here, and none of it done very well; I couldn‘t discern even a clear plot. Vern is busting through her skin due to a fungus implanted by a cult, and she goes home and takes a naproxen? Give me a break.🤦🏻‍♀️

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Return one book to the library, bring six home.🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️✨ #goldenhour

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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hooked.

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The Wicked Widow: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Mediocre review from me⭐️⭐️⭐️. Keeping track of the characters and their aliases and connections was difficult, and Williams‘ attempt at Gin‘s mountain dialect primarily consists of an excessive removal of the -ly suffix. Lame. With that said, I enjoyed the plot and intend to read the first two novels in the series.

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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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I‘m surprised I haven‘t seen this hyped more - it‘s absolutely brilliant. Mott‘s phrasing is unique and wonderful, and the story itself is fresh. Hell of a book is right - Highly recommend!✨✨

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the emotional support mammals taking turns on this❄️❄️❄️day - 2nd day in a row, and I‘m crushing my Goodreads goal!✨✨

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❄️❄️❄️days with Cleocatra💖

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Milk Blood Heat | Dantiel W. Moniz
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today‘s library haul✨✨✨

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the second half of my January reading goal stack✨✨✨

Tonton Nice selects! 4mo
JGadz11 @Tonton 🙏🏼 4mo
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Dishoom: From Bombay with Love | Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, Naved Nasir
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Easing myself into some new literary challenges this year; I created a reading journal to keep track!✨

BookBabe Nice journaling! 5mo
JGadz11 Thanks @BookBabe !🙏🏼 4mo
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics | Dolly Parton, Robert K Oermann
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This year, I participated in my first ever Litsy gift exchange, and @adnama82 has spoiled me forever! I got teary-eyed when I opened my box - thankyouthankyouthankyou Amanda! These are so perfect✨🙏🏼

adnama82 I am so glad you liked them! You should have 2 more items coming soon! 6mo
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Christmas shopping for myself, NGL.✨#cookbookporn

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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an excellent vegetarian meal at lou nashville, accompanied by a book I can‘t put down✨

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Less of a laugh track, more of a laugh stack😏

Discovered McKay‘s Nashville - used book warehouse!!! - and this is the book haul I allowed myself.😉 Got something for my Litsy gift exchange too!🤸🏻‍♀️

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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1962 or 2021? 😡

Nute Say it loud! 7mo
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A riveting read - her prose is wonderful, and I found this to be really beautiful. Highly recommended✨

Cathythoughts I am reading this one at the moment for Bookclub… good 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
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We Run the Tides | Vendela Vida
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camping brekkie✨

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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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she ain‘t nothin‘ but a gold digger✨

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Rock Eaters: Stories | Brenda Peynado
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Today‘s library haul.✨

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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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airport bookstore haul✨

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Milk Fed: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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library haul.✨

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Fieldwork | Mischa Berlinski
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Fieldwork and correspondence.✨

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Started out slow for me. Once she got past her Nabokov obsession, things picked up and became a little less university lesson, more Iranian history. Still a little too lecture-y for me in the end.

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I did not expect this novel. Read it offhandedly because someone gave it to me; having lived in Bangkok and Hong Kong for the past 10 years…I was shocked at the depth. Then my Serbian ex-boyfriend spent an extensive amount of time on the subject of cryptocurrency. Triangulated the past 11 years + this book into: a life-changing read, no matter how shitty the actual writing.🤷🏻‍♀️#terrifyingtruths

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Lost in the City | Edward P. Jones
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Saved 8 books for my last week in Belgrade.
This is one of them. #Juneteenth

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If it ain‘t broke….✨#roseandreads #favereadingspot

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Friyay✨

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I felt it mildly disrespectful of the people who are subjugated there, but at the end of the day: True.

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Burma Chronicles | Guy Delisle
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Based on living in Thailand for years: True.

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Natural Histories: Stories | Guadalupe Nettel
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I rarely read books more than once, but this one‘s a gem.

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Belgrade Botanical Garden: Saturday reading❤️