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Jason_Roland

Jason_Roland

Joined November 2016

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
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Montauk by Max Frisch
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Also just began this one. Rugged and so focused on fine details. I am interested to see where it goes.

Tamra I‘m really anxious to read this one! 5y
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Beautiful, haunting poetic language throughout the short novel. Only spans two days, but it felt so much longer. Make sure to check this one out, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Montauk | Max Frisch
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Really liking this one. So different!

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Bought this today. Looks amazing!

Irenadawn I promise you, it is AMAZING! I did not catch on at first. I let the main character take me wandering along the wild as she shared all of her unique experiences until 💥! Things began to creep up on me that there were strange things going on in which I never quite expected. 💗🌸💗 5y
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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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Massive library book sale last night! Grabbed some good ones.

ReadingEnvy Have you already read Salvage the Bones? I didn't know the other Ward you got. And is this the book sale you sort for? 5y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy I have not read Salvage The Bones yet, and I did not know about her other book either and bought it purely because she wrote it. This is not the one I sort for, this is the Richland county library booksale. All donated books, no ex-library, and they only hold it 4 times per year. Those four days are some of my favorites. They hold it in a old, decommissioned library. Maybe 4000 square foot. Best sale that I attend hands down! 5y
Tamra I read Through the Black Spruce and enjoyed it. Very place centered as I recall. 5y
Irenadawn ❤️❤️❤️ This is a fantastic book haul ! Four times a year is four times for me to visit ! 🤪🎈 5y
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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And now onto my current read! I am only a few pages in and I am in love.

Yeah_I_Read She just won the MacArthur foundation‘s genius grant for Salvage the Bones. Her writing is incredible 5y
Jason_Roland @Yeah_I_Read I saw that! I am thinking she might win the National Book Award as well. Had never read any of her prior work, so now I want to buy them all. :) 5y
ReadingEnvy I loved it and expect you will too! 5y
Irenadawn 💕🌸💕🌸💕🌸💕🌸 I can‘t say enough about her and her prolific writing! This is her best so far ! Oh! I loved the people in this story so much. I see them as they are ghost speaking or “singing” to me right now and pleading with me to set all the birds free that are carry captive souls. I have seen murmurations of birds as they migrate or settle in for the evening. I often wonder if they carry restless souls that direct their patterns in flight. 5y
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Autumn | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I love all of Knausgaard's My Struggle series of books, so I was excited for his newest seasonal quartet. My God it is beautiful. He writes little micro memoirs to his unborn daughter about everyday objects such as churches, frames, apples, etc, and he sees such beauty in everything. The writing is some of the best I have ever read. Please was Knausgaard. He is good for the soul.

ReadingEnvy 🍂🍁 5y
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I loved this so very much! Family drama, a mystery and phenomenal writing all wrapped together!

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The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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Got this in the mail today! Paul Yoon is one of my very favorite writers of all time. His novel, Snow Hunters is in my top 5 of all time favorite books.

Tamra This is on my TBR and I stacked the other too. 😁 5y
Irenadawn I have to catch up with this author. I am behind with him and way far behind with Knausguarde. 5y
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Had a really nice find at my local library today while volunteering to price books for our upcoming friends of the library book sale. All 8 CD's are there, and the book looks as if it hasn't had it's spine cracked yet. They let me have it for free!

saresmoore One of the many perks of volunteering with the library! 5y
Suet624 I didn't know about this book. Must find! 5y
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Oh, and got my BOTM box in! So excited.

saresmoore Yay! I think this assortment represents some pretty broad reading tastes. 5y
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Just started this yesterday and am almost finished. What an amazing novel.

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Still to Mow: Poems | Maxine Kumin
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Picked up a nice collection of half price poetry books the other day. Should keep me busy for a while.

ReadingEnvy I don't know any of these! 5y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy I don't either! And they are SOOOOO good so far. Cannot beat half price. All were less than $5 each. 5y
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Yes!!!

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Spent a great evening at The Book Tavern in Augusta, Georgia listening to David Joy and Jim Minick read from their newest novels. Amazing bookstore and fantastic night!!

saresmoore That sounds and looks wonderful! 5y
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Went a little nuts on my Book Of The Month selections this go around. Cannot wait to read the new Ng!

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And now I'm reading this. 20 pages in so far so good. Did not think I would like a surfing memoir, but this isn't half bad.

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I really loved this book. Found out about from a NY times article that was mulling over the pros and cons on prisoners profiting off of work while incarcerated. Not getting into my ideas on that here, but it prompted me to want this book. Each short story was fantastic. "A Human Number" was my favorite. One of the best short stories I have ever read. All are set in and around prison, and the perspective is mind opening at the very least!

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The Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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Received my first ever Book Of The month shipment today! Cannot wait. Cue the happy dance!

saresmoore It's a good feeling, isn't it? 5y
Jason_Roland @saresmoore Yes it is! Cannot wait for next months picks!! 5y
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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I know I'm kind of late to the party on this one, been sitting on my TBR pile for a while. Just started it today. Am halfway through and I love it's weirdness so far. Quirky is the word for this one.

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Finished this a while back, but just now reviewing. This book was beautiful. The descriptions of his country life, thoughts on nature and being one of the only African American birders was just fantastic. Please read this book. It is going in my top 20 of all time great reads for now.

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Great man. Great actor. One of the finest damn writers to ever live. R.I.P Sam Shepard.

Irenadawn I agree with you here. I loved his writing, directing and acting. We lost a great giver to our world of creative endeavors. ❤️ 5y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Quarterly book sale again tonight. Picked up some good ones, including a few cookbooks on top that mom picked out. Only blew $26 , so I am happy!

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Reading this fantastic memoir that is set one county over from me. Fitting in perfectly with my summer nature book reads. The book is dedicated "For all who wonder and love the land." How can you not fall in love with that?

saresmoore This sounds really interesting! 5y
Jason_Roland @saresmoore I think you would love it! Short book, read half of it already just today, but wow, I am so in book love with it right now! 5y
saresmoore I'm convinced! 5y
ReadingEnvy Sounds like you. 5y
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Pond | Claire-Louise Bennett
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About to finish this strange, but refreshing little novel. Kind of a personal diary kind of thing, but just so weird and jumpy. Unreliable narrators​ are the best!

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The Tilted World: A Novel | Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
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Oh, and it's signed!

Tamra Crooked Letter was so entertaining! Lucky you! 6y
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The Tilted World: A Novel | Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
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Just started this beauty from two of the best living southern writers!

ReadingEnvy Is it tilted because the last book was 6y
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Shadow Country | Peter Matthiessen
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So the next county over held there large spring book sale tonight. Yea, I went a little nuts. 300 people elbowing each other in a 4000 square foot building was not fun, but dang if I didn't clean up on books y'all. A little heavy on poetry and garden books, but the two Richard Matthiessen books called out to me. Really liked his novel, In Paradise, and thought I would catch up on his older work. Been wanting to read A Sand County Almanac for ages!

ReadingEnvy Ooh I've been thinking about trying Shadow Country again because I'm going to Orlando soon. 6y
ReadingEnvy Also my local friends of the library is having their big sale this weekend! 6y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy Orlando is fun, and not because of Disneyland! Attack that sale this weekend. Sharpen your elbows and work your way through them like I did last night. 6y
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I am in love with this book right now. I saw the True Story movie with Jonah Hill and James Franco and thought that whatever the guy did next would probably be pretty awesome. I was right! The descriptions and fast paced, detailed story telling are top notch. Reads like a great novel. Cannot wait to finish!

saresmoore Well, that solidifies my choice for what to pick up next! 6y
Jason_Roland @saresmoore I think you will enjoy it. For some reason I was not expecting a former journalist to have this great of a book, but it hooked me on the first page. 6y
saresmoore As of this moment, I'm 10 pages in and already enjoying it! I think the journalistic style is just the right approach to the subject. 6y
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I loved The Snow Child, and have really been looking forward to this one. I've only just started it and my Lord is it good. Will probably have an all nighter with this beauty!

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Just started this. Enjoying so far. Such a wonderful look at this amazing woman's life and career.

litsybookclub I'm not sure if you are aware, but Litsy Book Club will be discussing this book live next Sunday at 5pm ET. There will also be online discussions April 24-April 28th. We'd love to have you join us! 6y
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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Finishing this up today. Great book, but it is rough. Even Cormac Mcarthey is not this raw, and that's saying something.

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As a commercial beekeeper, it was certainly my business to kill the old queen and replace her with a vigorous new one so that the colony would become a good honey producer.
But I did not.

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Postcards | Annie Proulx
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Picked up a decent haul at a local library's holiday book sale today.

ReadingEnvy Proulx and Strand 😍😍😍 6y
Irenadawn I would say so ! I am experiencing READING ENVY like Miss Jenny right now ! ❤❤❤ 6y
Irenadawn I still have not read The Half Mammals of Dixie ! I bought the book but it is on the TBR ! UGG! 6y
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Almost finished! So dang good.

EliseBlackwell Working on this for The Open Book, 2018. Fingers crossed it will work out. 6y
ReadingEnvy Hey! 6y
Jason_Roland @EliseBlackwell I hope it does. He is a fantastic writer! 6y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy You were right, Litsy is pretty awesome! 6y
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