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KateTheBookworm

KateTheBookworm

Joined April 2016

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Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Y'all. I just found out they're making a TV series of the All Souls Trilogy and Matthew Goode is starring as Matthew Clairmont. Here. For. It.

HardcoverHearts That's good casting! 2y
LeeRHarry That is good casting but I didn't really like the books 😔 well I only read the first... 2y
JSW RIGHT?!?!? 2y
Bookish_B Saw this too! I've only read the first one. I own the second but wasn't in a rush to get to it. I adore Matthew Goode though. I'll watch him anything 😍 2y
Dragon I can not wait to watch this one ! 💕 2y
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The Black Cat | Edgar Allan Poe
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Did I miss #blackcatappreciationday?? Better late than never. This little nugget is Charlie, a foster cat I cared for a couple years ago before he found his forever home. He's about 40% panther, 100% lovemuffin. 🖤 #catsoflitsy

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I picked this one up after seeing the Netflix trailer. It was a quiet little novella about finding companionship and meaning in old age, after life has run its course, when careers and family are all behind you. The writing style is sparse yet poignant. Very elegant and moving.

Susannah Netflix trailer? Do you know when it will be on? I hadn't heard it was being adapted. 2y
KateTheBookworm @Susannah It comes out September 29th! It's starting Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Perfection 👌 2y
Susannah Oh wow! Terrific. Thank you! 2y
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Antiques Flee Market | Barbara Allan
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Sifting through old books at an antiques stall in Ueno Park, Tokyo. I can't read any of these, but the smell and feel of old books is universally appealing.

emilyhaldi ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
LukkiAnn So cool!!! 2y
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Unboxed my #summersolstice package this morning and was blown away! Thank you so much @shawnmooney for these excellent picks!! They couldn't be more perfect. An Oyeyemi novel (love her!), two short story collections (Mavis Gallant sounds totally up my alley), and an epic doorstopper of a novel that I can't wait to dive into. Thrilled! Happy summer solstice, Littens. ☀️📚

And thanks for organizing, @BookishMarginalia !

#summersantagoespostal

BookishMarginalia And kitties! 💜😊 2y
shawnmooney Great! I am glad you like what I picked out! I had a lot of fun deciding! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the cat pin! 2y
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The Antiques: A Novel | Kris D'Agostino
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Finished The Antiques today. I'm usually 100% here for dysfunctional family drama, but this one was just so-so. I found the characters a little flat and generic. The asshole brother was there just to be the asshole brother, the caring sister was there to do the emotional labor for everyone else... it was basically family drama bingo.

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This book was quite an emotional journey. I love Roxane Gay's honesty and her ability to keenly observe how different people move through the world. Definitely recommend.

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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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I received my #summersantagoespostal package!! From my fellow resident of the Land of the Rising Sun, @shawnmooney It's going to take a lot of will power to not open for the next three days.

shawnmooney Yay! 💜💜 (edited) 2y
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It's finally here! Started Hunger on audio today. Roxane Gay is everything. ❤️

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The Antiques: A Novel | Kris D'Agostino
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I love me some dysfunctional family drama. I'm diving into The Antiques tonight.

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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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Dropped my #summersantagoespostal package in the mail today! Look out @funkyfergie - bookish goodies are on their way to you. 😊

Soubhiville Yay! 2y
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Tokyo: A Certain Style | Kyoichi Tsuzuki
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Guys! I'm staying in Tokyo tonight and my hostel is literally books from head to toe! I get to SLEEP IN THE BOOKSHELVES. ❤️📚❤️📚#bookandbed #tokyo

TrishB Fab 😀 3y
Cinfhen AMAZING 😍😍😍 3y
Caroline2 Wowwwww! 😲 that looks amazing!!!!! ❤️ 3y
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KateTheBookworm @TrishB @Cinfhen @Caroline2 It's a Litten's paradise! 3y
EloisaJames Cool! 3y
Simona The best❣️😍😍😍😍 3y
GatheringBooks i am dying of envy. 3y
LeahBergen Wow!!! 😍😍😍 3y
CouronneDhiver That's fantastic! 3y
alanacristin 😍 i live in Tokyo. Whereabouts is this?? Maybe i can have a mom's night out and stay there 😂 2y
KateTheBookworm @alanacristin It's in Ikebukuro! Less than a block from the station. I HIGHLY recommend it. 2y
alanacristin @KateTheBookworm fantastic 😍 thanks! 2y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I binged the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and was so amped that I had to re-read it. I've heard so many great things about Claire Danes' performance on the audiobook so I decided to give that a go. It did not disappoint! Her narration was excellent. It left me with chills. This book, tho. THIS BOOK! 🖤🖤

Dragon I'm watching the second episode right now! Wow, they've done a really good job. 3y
KateTheBookworm @Dragon It's so well done! Did you spot the Atwood cameo in the first episode?? 3y
Dragon Yes, I did 😀 3y
Leo1733 @KateTheBookworm omg!. I thought I imagined that! I didn't know there WAS a cameo!. 😳 3y
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All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg
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Closing out my weekend with this gem. I totally loved this book. What does it mean to be a grown up, anyway? For me, it's a Sunday night dinner of wine and ice cream and books. 😉

Cinfhen Perfect 🙌🏻 3y
Reviewsbylola I like the way you do things. 🍦 🍷 📖 3y
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This book is fascinating. I want to start a slow-reading bookclub that reads and discusses a different section every month because I am bursting to talk about it. Yuval Harari is a brilliant and interesting thinker. I can't say I agree with all of this predictions about the future of humanity, but I can say I learned A LOT about the social history behind them. Highly recommend.

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Singin' in the rain | British Film Institute, Peter Wollen
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Went to go see Singing in the Rain in Tokyo tonight! It was so much fun. The ultimate feel-good show. They dumped some 12 tons of water on stage during the titular scene. The people in the front row definitely earned those complimentary ponchos. ☔️☔️ 😂

Jess_Read_This Wow! That looks like an amazing show! 3y
Ms_T Amazing! 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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My new @outofprint tee has arrived! "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" #dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown and have a great weekend, Littens! ?

britt_brooke Well, you are just adorable! 3y
Foragingfantasy I'm in love with your glasses! 😍 3y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Ms_T Great tee! 👍🏻 3y
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Everyone should read this book. It's a powerful look at the vast inequality and cycle of poverty in the U.S. Definitely deserving of it's recent Pulitzer.

Megabooks Agreed!! 3y
CouronneDhiver I concur! 3y
Christine Yes!! 3y
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Today our bookclub meeting was held outside under the sakura (cherry blossoms). We discussed this months excellent pick, The Housekeeper and the Professor, while enjoying a bookclub hanami party. Hanami is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring by picnicking under the blossoms. We had homemade sweets, local sake and bookish conversation. I am sunburnt and happy. 🌸🍶📚

Cinfhen Sounds and looks fabulous 🌸 3y
ramyasbookshelf That sounds like the most awesome bookclub meet ever! 3y
LeahBergen Oh, I love this. 💗💗 3y
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This month marks my 1 year #listyversary! To celebrate, here's a throwback to my very first post - a quote from Fates and Furies. Thanks for spending this year of books with me, Littens. I love the community we've built around our books. ❤️📚❤️

TheBookAddict 🙌🏽🎉🎈🎂🍾🎈🎉🙌🏽 3y
Reviewsbylola That's awesome! 3y
RealLifeReading Hooray!! 3y
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Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📚🎉🎉🎉 3y
Cinfhen Congrats 💛💚💙just celebrated mine as well... 3y
LeahBergen Woo hoo!!!! 3y
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Preface: Most of this book was nonsense; "creativity" cast as an entity with human-like intentions, "ideas" as sentient beings searching for a host, "big magic"... It's a lot of BS. HOWEVER! It was an interesting perspective, I enjoyed the anecdotes, and it did inspire me to write more... so I say Pick ?. You win again, Gilbert.

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You can't beat that timing. I've had this on hold at the library for weeks! Finally came in the day it was announced as a #Pulitzer winner. 🥇

rachelm 🙌 3y
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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Some of my favorite books about #siblings for #aprilbookshowers day 10. I tend to like books about large families, maybe because I grew up with just one brother. The dynamics between multiple siblings is endlessly fascinating to me.

Hooked_on_books The Turner House is a great choice for this prompt! 3y
KateTheBookworm @Hooked_on_books The Turner House is soooooo good. One of the best books I've read in the last few years. (edited) 3y
KateFulfordAuthor @KateTheBookworm If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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It's 6:30pm on Sunday, but better late then never! Greetings from my #LitsyPartyofOne 📚🍷🍫 I'm diving into this month's bookclub pick, The Housekeeper and the Professor - a story about a man whose memory only lasts for 80 minutes, and the housekeeper who has to figure out how to care for him.

nickimags I loved that book I read it a few years ago. 3y
Desha We read this book for our Japanese book club in San Diego! Good book! This past month we read Solanin which was an interesting look into the lives of the younger generation in Japan...the Japanese members of our group said they would never have been allowed to live that way! 😜☺👍🏻👍🏻❤ 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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My brain after seeing this headline: 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨
Thoughts? Link to story here:
http://www.theloop.ca/margaret-atwood-just-secretly-announce-handmaids-tale-sequ...

drokka This likely won't be a popular response, but I'm not boarding that train. I think the strength of Handmaid's Tale is the fact that it isn't a series. The reader walks away, working through emotions they likely didn't know they had. It makes one view one's world in a new way. Saturating that, I think is a mistake and diminished the point and impact of the original. 3y
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To better express myself, I'll write this review in the form of haiku:

Love love love love love,
Love love love love love love love.
Love love love love love.

BookFreakOut So eloquent! 😉 3y
KateTheBookworm @BookFreakOut I worked hard on it. 😂 3y
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Ages ago, I read a poem that's been haunting me ever since. I couldn't remember where I read it or who wrote it, but it floated in the back of my mind for years. Recently, I was listening to Will Schwalbe's Books for Living and he talked about a collection of poems by Marie Howe and the title was pulling at me... Sure enough, I dug up the collection at the library and the second to last poem was THE POEM I'd been ruminating on for years. 📝❤️

LectricSheep I love this poem. The whole collection is awesome. 3y
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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I saw this on @LittleBrownBooks Instagram account. Accurate meme is accurate 😂 https://instagram.com/p/BSZ7xQTFccc/

TheNextBook *cough cough* Tris *cough cough* 3y
Chelsey @TheNextBook so much yes 3y
TheNextBook @Chelsey the first person to come to mind. Needless to say I was happy with the ending 3y
KateTheBookworm @TheNextBook Haha yes! And so many others... *cough* Holden Caulfield *cough* 3y
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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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Signed up for my first ever Litsy book exchange, #summersantagoespostal.
So excited! Go to @BookishMarginalia for deets! 📦

Apologies in advance to whoever gets me and has to ship a box all the way to Japan. 💁🏻 ごめんね!

CouronneDhiver Here to the newbies 🥂 It's my first exchange too 3y
BookishMarginalia Welcome to the party! 👍🏼💜 3y
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Reading about the making of one of my all time fave movies in preparation for seeing the stage play in Tokyo this month! ☔️🎶 Am I the only one who prefers Donald O'Connor to Gene Kelly? Those dance moves! Those blue eyes! Adorbs. #TeamCosmoBrown all the way.

CAGirlReading Yes! He totally made the movie! 3y
AllenTStClair One of my favorite musicals! Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor definitely made the movie! 3y
Dragon I love Donald O'Connor ! Loved those Francis the Talking Mule movies as a kid 😀 3y
Leelee08 He was my favorite ever!!!!😍❤#teamCosmoBrown 3y
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Real talk.

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For #Marchintoreading day 29, here is my #bookbag! My partner made it for me for my 28th birthday because he knows I worship Didion. It's perfection. ❤️?
"That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it."
Sing to me, Joan!

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The Tell-tale Heart | Edgar Allan Poe
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I just downloaded this 100% necessary app where you can #poeyourself. 💀🖤

Eyelit Nice! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com Lol! I just downloaded it too and am having way too much fun. 😂 3y
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I really enjoyed this book. It's like candy for book lovers. Musings on why we read, through the lense of a few formative books that meant a lot to the author at various times in his life.

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Truer words, Will Schwalbe. Truer words.

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Jimbocho Station | Iustinus Tim Avery
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This is Jimbocho - the book district of Tokyo. The streets are lined with bookshops and the stacks spill out onto the sidewalks and down alleyways. It's a book lover's dream. ?? Fun fact: almost all of the bookshops are located on the south side of the street. Supposedly, it's better to protect the books from sun exposure, but I think it's more superstition than anything else. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

LeahBergen How wonderful! 3y
alanacristin I got excited that there was a book called Jimbocho Station...and then read the book description 😂😂😂 2y
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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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When people boast about how much they dislike a popular book or genre. ?

I hate the term "guilty pleasure." Like what you like, and don't let people shame you. I have nothing but love for my fellow readers and Littens. ❤️?

Caroline2 Well said! It's even more annoying when people say something is really bad but they've never actually read it?!?! 😳🙄 3y
KateTheBookworm @Caroline2 Absolutely! And, with the exception of a series like the DaVinci Code, doesn't it seem like this particular sort of distain is reserved for books that are perceived as "for women?" (e.g. Romance, "chick lit", etc.)

So not here for that.
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jessdean 👌🏽👏🏽📚❤️ 3y
Caroline2 Yes!!! What's wrong with a good old romance?! So many classic books are about a strong female character falling in love?! If Jane Austen released a book now she would so be dismissed as writing Chick Lit!! 😆 3y
EloisaJames I hear it so often and I agree -- tiresome. Down with shame! 3y
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A little Strayedian wisdom for your evening. 🙌🙌🙌

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Some of the most #awesomeaudiobooks I've listened to in the last couple of years. I tend towards nonfiction in audio. Lab Girl is number 1 in my heart (Seriously. If you haven't listened to it, run, do not walk, to this audiobook). Runners up include The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, and Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.

KateTheBookworm I just realized these are all read by the author. I wonder if that has something to do with why I loved them so much... 3y
BethFishReads Funny I rarely rarely like an author-narrated book 3y
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! 3y
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Incorrect Merciful Impulses | Camille Rankine
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"Dear Catastrophe..." I posted this poem a couple months ago and mistakenly attributed it to Claudia Rankine (???), but this beauty is Tender by CAMILLE Rankine, and I'm absolutely in love with it, so it's definitely worth sharing with you all twice. Happy belated #worldpoetryday !

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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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This is a difficult review. I absolutely love Roxane Gay, so I had high expectations for this story collection. The subject matter was incredibly - for lack of a better word - difficult. (All the trigger warnings for sexual violence, domestic abuse, loss of children/babies.) Beyond being shockingly sad, the titular women of these stories weren't terribly nuanced. Many of the stories were the same pain being expressed in slightly different ways.

8little_paws I couldn't give this five stars either because I too found it repetitive 3y
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I know I'm a couple years late to the party, but y'all, I just read The Girl on the Train and it was so much fun! I listened to the audiobook and it was super well done.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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"Dissents speak to a future age." ⚖️

Happy 84th birthday to the notorious RBG! ??Thank you for your nearly 60 year career fighting for equality and human dignity.

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The most interesting part of the book was the last chapter or so, which talked about how hygge relates to happiness, and how happiness is measured. The rest was a little lackluster. I liked learning about the concept of hygge, but a lot of the book was spent repeating the same information in slightly different ways.

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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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The second book I've finished at my desk this week. I absolutely looooooooved it.
Rich people problems: ☑️
Dysfunctional family drama: ☑️
General east coast discontentment: ☑️
I ate it up like dark chocolate and red wine.

Reviewsbylola I thought I would love this one but the characters felt a little two dimensional to me. 3y
KateTheBookworm @Reviewsbylola I thought they were selfish and terrible and endlessly entertaining haha 😂 3y
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It's sprig break here in Japan (but teachers still have to come to work every day 😩) so I've been getting a lot of extra reading time at my desk. This morning I finished off this Agatha Christie gem. These never fail to entertain.

KateTheBookworm @Lizpixie A+ hashtag! I'm a member. 😊 3y
Dragon I love Agatha Christie's 3y
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Getting super hyggelig with The Little Book of Hygge. Slid open the shoji screen to listen to the spring rain. ☔️🌸

CouronneDhiver Lovely! 3y
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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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I bailed on this audiobook, but only because of the narration. The accents the narrator put on for various characters were terrible. It sounded like a bad SNL sketch. I was really interested the story though, so I'll try it again in print.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Thanks for the warning!! 👍🏻 3y
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A hilarious memoir about life as a young, black woman in America. Full of pop references and anecdotes relatable to those in their 20's/30's. The audiobook had me in stitches.

Qemorio I really liked this one too. Had no idea who she was before listening to this one. 3y
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There were some hard truths in this book. An important read for anybody. I highly recommend the audiobook, which is read by the author.

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