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Kristin_Reads

Joined December 2019

📗 She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. - Annie Dillard 🌿
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🎧 6-28-22 || Love this one just as much as I Miss You When I Blink! Especially loved listening to the author narrate it. Laughed out loud and also got teary many times.

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | Annie Dillard
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This one seemed like a good one to pull off the shelf this early Sunday morning. Thoughtful, reflective, and genius writing. Always love Annie Dillard 🌿

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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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📖 6-25-22 || A charming and light read! Took me quite a while to get into it, but it comes together in the end. Now I just want to go reread Persuasion…

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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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After a very soggy start to June, I‘m finally getting to read outside in a sun-dappled spot… Loving The Jane Austen Society, which is as close to a “beach read “as I will get this summer! ☀️

Breanne1 Deck by a waterfall + a book = pure bliss 6d
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perfectsinner Beautiful photo. Didn't like the book 5d
Kristin_Reads @DivineDiana A book outside by the water is always my favorite! 5d
Kristin_Reads Thank you! I love reading outside. 4d
Kristin_Reads Agreed! 4d
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Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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📖 6-21-22 || I love the cover on this (!) and how well-written it is. However, I‘m sure it must be me, but I find the style of switching back-and-forth in the interconnected short stories a bit difficult to follow.

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📖 6-17-22 || Philosophy | Hopeful | Time-Management
Ironically, I skimmed this one because it‘s overdue at the library. More philosophical than practical, it offers ideas for letting go of expectations and releasing ourselves from worry about managing our time perfectly.

Suet624 How lovely. 2w
Kristin_Reads @Suet624 The book is a refreshing take on typical time-management how-tos. The photo is from a road trip to central Idaho! 1w
DivineDiana Gorgeous photograph! ⛅️ 4d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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📖 6-15-22 || Meta | Time-travel | Pandemic
This is strange but enjoyable! I love the extended section at the end that is included with editions purchased from indie bookstores 💗
PS-I think the book jacket discloses too much … I recommend not reading it until you‘ve already read the novel.

Oryx I really enjoyed the extra chapter as well - really want to read that whole book! 2w
Kristin_Reads @Oryx Agreed! I actually can‘t imagine not having that extra section… 2w
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Sorry for Your Troubles | Padraig O Tuama
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📖 6-11-22 || ✔️ My poetry pick for the month. Soulful, lyrical, honest. Belfast-based poet O Tuama‘s powerful collection focuses on reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

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🎧6-10-22 || The author‘s first book Quiet was such an impactful read for me that I couldn‘t pass this one up. As a “melancholic” and introverted type, I identified with much in this book. Also, I appreciated listening to this as her voice is very soothing!

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Search: A Novel | Michelle Huneven
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📖 6-9-22 || I admit I was drawn to this book primarily because of the cover! Cleverly written in memoir format, the story follows the search for a pastoral candidate from the point of view of a committee member who is also a food-writer. A bit too long in my opinion, but the concept and setting (SoCal) were intriguing enough for me to finish it!
Ooh! Just saw that todays #BookMoods prompt is #Recipes and this includes recipes in the back..

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛💚 3w
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📖5-28-22 || Expose | Greed | Family
This is an infuriating but unputdownable and propulsive read. A very thorough account of the family whose fortune is built on Valium and the making and marketing of OxyContin through shady and blatantly unethical practices.

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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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📖 5-21-22 || Propulsive | Musical | Mystery
This is a top pick for me! It is marketed as a mystery (and thriller??), however for me the draw is the coming-of-age story of a young Black musician. The author draws from his own experience as a violinist who has faced discrimination in the music world. As a sidenote, reading this has renewed my passion to pick my violin back up after 20 years! 🎻🎵

Liatrek Nice review! This is on my to buy list. I use to play the violin too 🎻 1mo
UwannaPublishme How cool that this book inspired you to play your violin again! 🎻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Kristin_Reads @Liatrek 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
Kristin_Reads @UwannaPublishme 💗 It‘s a great book! 1mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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📖5-15-22 || Mystery | Quirky | Light-hearted
This was a quick read that kept my attention and was the light-hearted story that I was looking for. Molly, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, finds herself caught up in a whodunit mystery. The lovable and quirky characters make this book a fun read.

SilversReviews Ohhhh…I LOVED this book. Loved Molly the Maid!! 1mo
Kristin_Reads @SilversReviews She‘s lovable, isn‘t she?! 1mo
SilversReviews @Kristin_Reads Ohhh…..she sure is!! ♥️ 1mo
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📖5-11-22 || Essays | American South | Heartfelt
I enjoyed this collection of essays that appeared in the New York Times over the course of the last several years. It‘s especially interesting to read those that were written prior to and during the height of the pandemic. I did enjoy her previous collection, Late Migrations, a bit more.

EvieBee I had no idea she had a book out! Great review. 2mo
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Essential Emily Dickinson | Emily Dickinson
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📖 5-9-22 || ✔️ My poetry pick for this month. This is a small selection of Dickinson‘s “most necessary poems”.
Intro by Joyce Carol Oates: “Dickinson‘s perspective was intensely private; she‘s the great poet of inwardness, of that indefinable region of the soul in which we are, in a sense, all one.“

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🎧 5-8-22 || Essays | Challenging | Humorous
Irish comedian, Maeve Higgins, reflects on immigration and her life in New York in a funny and challenging way. Loved her voice and listening to the audio edition of this one.

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The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher
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📖 5-5-22 || Historical | Literary | Inspiring
Kate Quinn has called this book “a love letter to books, bookstores, and book lovers everywhere” …and I wholeheartedly agree! Such a great read. Focusing on Sylvia Beach, this story explores how she started the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and was the first publisher of James Joyce‘s Ulysses. Fun cameos by writers like Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and others!

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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How did I miss this?! The famous Paris bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publishing of James Joyce‘s Ulysses by releasing a chapter a week in podcast, read by authors such as Colm Toibin, Douglas Stuart, Ali Smith, Katie Kitamura, etc… Which is perfect timing because I‘m currently reading The Paris Bookseller and so motivated to finally read Ulysses.

tpixie It‘s a great companion piece! Here‘s another great podcast to use to interpret Ulysses. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/frank-delaneys-re-joyce/id377763645 2mo
Daisey I‘m currently way behind, but I‘m listening to this and reading along! 2mo
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Kristin_Reads @tpixie Oh, wow! That‘s a great find. Thank you!! 2mo
Kristin_Reads @Daisey How fun! I can‘t wait to dive in. 2mo
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🎧 5-3-22 || Time-Travel | Light | Summer-y
This is a fun and quick read, narrated by Lauren Graham. This would be a good summer/beach read. It also held my attention while I folded laundry and did the dishes 😉

LeslieO I am still craving lemon ricotta pasta! 2mo
Kristin_Reads @LeslieO Oh yes! So much food deliciousness! 2mo
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No Land to Light On | Yara Zgheib
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📖 5-2-22 || Heartbreaking | Page-turner | Tense
A heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story of a young Syrian couple separated by the US travel ban. Pass the Kleenex box…

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📖 4-25-22 || Pulitzer | Interior | Angst
Uses different styles and techniques (article excerpts, Power Point slides, etc) to explore different eras and characters. There were some very moving sections that will stick with me for a while, however I got lost in the switching back-and-forth from different characters and time periods.

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Is it weird that I‘ve been waiting all week to be able to curl up with this enormous 998 page cookbook?! I love reading all the retro recipes… Shrimp Toast from 1973, Salmon Mousse from 1961, etc etc… 🍤🍸

SRWCF Fun! I, too, love retro cookbooks. 3mo
readordierachel I just checked this out from the library today! I haven't had a chance to flip through it yet. Excited now 😁 3mo
Kristin_Reads @readordierachel @SRWCF I knew I couldn‘t be the only one who loves these! Enjoy 3mo
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Texreader I enjoy reading recipes and cookbooks in general, too! (edited) 3mo
Ncostell I often go down a rabbit hole Googling retro dishes when they‘re mentioned in novels set during different time periods so this book looks like fun to me! 3mo
Kristin_Reads @Texreader @Ncostell Such fun! This is a great collection of recipes collected over several decades. 3mo
LindaLappin an author I follow on IG , Frances Mayes, recently recommended the California Heritage Cookbook by the Junior League of Pasadena --pub date 1976, as a bible from which she learned to cook. I found an old used edition on amazon for a couple of $ and it's fabulous! uses a lot of raw eggs though, which I don't use anymore... 2mo
Kristin_Reads @LindaLappin Ooh! Good to know… I‘ll have to check that out! Thank you 💗 2mo
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📖 3-18-22 || Choctaw elder and Episcopal priest, Steven Charleston, offers words of wisdom and hope. He offers a unique perspective and his insights are both challenging and accessible to a wide audience. I read this slowly, savoring a chapter a week.

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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The Women‘s Prize for Fiction long list is up! Which of these do you recommend?? I would like to read a few more of these this year.
#Womensprizeforfiction

https://womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/

jlhammar The Erdrich and Ozeki are both good. Great Circle was just okay for me. Liked the historical timeline more than the contemporary. Opal & Nev wasn‘t my favorite, but I did print and have since heard audio might be the way to go with that one. I think I‘m going to try Sorrow & Bliss and Remote Sympathy next. Happy Reading! 3mo
vivastory I read The Sentence a couple of weeks ago & it will be on my best of the year list, no questions asked. This is a really strong long list & I'm very interested in several, esp. the Ozeki, Shafak, Walton Shipstead & Kupersmith. 3mo
Kristin_Reads @jlhammar Thank you! I loved The Sentence, as well. Great Circle was a miss for me personally. I loved Sorrow and Bliss! 3mo
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Kristin_Reads @vivastory Thank you! I loved The Sentence, too. 3mo
Soubhiville I loved The Island of Missing Trees, one of my favorites so far this year. 3mo
Kristin_Reads @Soubhiville Ooh, thank you! Good to know. 3mo
vivastory @Soubhiville I have heard that from several people. Will def be moving it up my TBR 👍 3mo
rmaclean4 Loved One Sky Day (Popisho in the US.) Also loved The Island of Missing Trees. Great Circle was just OK for me. Did not care for The Book of Form and Emptiness. Looking forward to reading The Sentence. 3mo
Kristin_Reads @rmaclean4 Good to know! I think Island of the Missing Trees will be the next one I read. Thanks for the suggestions. 3mo
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📖 3-16-22 || OK, seriously… Who knew that watching pigeons could be so interesting?! This is a fun, very accessible and easy-to-read guide to all things pigeon. 🕊
Did you know… That doves are pigeons? That pigeons evolved from dinosaurs? That pigeons are monogamous? Or that in spite of having a reputation for being dirty they are actually quite clean birds?

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📖 3-14-22 || Friendship | Food | Culture
Absolutely loved this short epistolary novel about a friendship between two women from Seattle and Los Angeles who exchange letters about food and life.
Similar to 84 Charing Cross Rd and Meet Me At The Museum. It‘s a lovely, feel-good read.

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3-13-22 || Required reading for a coaching program I am participating in ✅ I‘d rather be looking at the ocean than reading a book about leadership 😅 so here‘s a pretty picture I recently took at the Oregon Coast!

Kimzey Beautiful photo! 🌊 4mo
Kristin_Reads @Kimzey The coast is one my happy places! 4mo
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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📖 3-12-22 || This is powerful and thought-provoking. I loved Zadie Smith‘s intro, but would rather have read it after the story than before. The audio was well-done and, at only two hours, was well worth the listen. 🎧

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📖 3-12-22 || 100 New Ways To See The Continent
Original and thought-provoking maps of North America:
How many waffle houses there are by latitude;
Most common surname in every state and country; Ratio of vacation homes to unhoused people in every state;
States with populations smaller than New York City; etc. Fascinating!

LindaLappin fascinating & curious. Wonder how they decided on what to choose & how they gathered data. 3mo
Kristin_Reads @LindaLappin All the sources are cited for each entry and the topics are grouped by subject. It really is an Interesting book! 3mo
LindaLappin @Kristin_Reads my husband would love this book -- he draws maps and is fascinated by odd statistics. thanks for posting! 3mo
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📖 3-8-22 || My book of poetry for the month! ✅
I‘ve been reading Kingsolver since the early 90‘s and was interested to read her poetry.

PaperbackPirate What do you think so far? I love her writing! 3mo
Kristin_Reads @PaperbackPirate I love her writing, too! The one about her mother‘s death was heartbreaking… 3mo
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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📖 3-4-22
Authentic | Heart-Breaking | Compassionate
This is a 5 star read for me even though it broke my heart in so many ways. Growing up near logging communities of the 70‘s in the Pacific Northwest, I can attest that these characters and the challenges they encountered are authentic. The author writes from her lived experience with grace and compassion. Heads up on many TW.

AmyG I am reading this now. It‘s so good. 4mo
Kristin_Reads @AmyG Agreed! The characters are just so real. 4mo
Soubhiville I loved this book too. 4mo
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📖 2/18/22 || Moving | Quest | Historical
A young girl survives a coup in Afghanistan in the 1970s and after escaping to the US, later returns to Afghanistan to search for the truth.

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How to Love | Thich Nhat Hanh
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📖 2-14-22 || Compassionate | Meditation | Mindful
Happy Valentine‘s Day to you all!
This is a short guide with brief meditations on love. The “Hugging Meditation” is my favorite!

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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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📖 2/8/22 || Uncomplicated | Nostalgic | Charming
I‘m so glad I didn‘t wait until September to read this! Written in 1931, this is gentle read about a family who goes to the sea for their annual holiday. It is intentionally a slower-paced story of an uncomplicated family. “Toward sunset they strolled quietly back, their shadows stretching out before them, a long way over the sands.”

marleed I love this book. It just celebrates life in a particular time and place. 5mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Yes! I whole-heartedly agree! 3mo
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📖 2-4-22 || Poetry | Gratitude | Uplifting
One of my reading intentions this year is to read a book of poetry each month. Another intention is to read something around the theme of hope. This is a two-for-one! Such a lovely book with a sampling of poems as well as prompts for reflection.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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📖 2-2-22 || “The door is open. Go!”
I‘ve been meaning to read a novel by Erdrich and my hold for this one finally came in. Set during the pandemic at the author‘s real-life bookstore, Birchbark Books. It even comes with a seven page-long booklist of recommended books at the end!

BookBosomed1 This is on my TBR shelf! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @BookBosomed1 Its a good one! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 5mo
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Jane Austen: A Life | Claire Tomalin
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“They called, they came and they sat and they went” Jane Austen describing a visit by a group of “well-born ladies “ !!
This is a very dense and thorough biography of not only Jane Austen, but also her family…and her family‘s neighbors…aaand her family‘s neighbors‘ families. 😅
But seriously, this is a very enjoyable read!
#PemberLittens #JaneAusten

batsy I love this book! A bio of Jane that reads like one of her novels. 5mo
Kristin_Reads @batsy Totally! And I actually got teary at the end. 5mo
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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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Don‘t you just love book mail?! I had a book buying binge last week and three of five are here. Can‘t wait to dive in!

marleed I listened to the fortnight in September last September and loved it. I think I might need to own the book - and that lovely cover! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Ooh! Good to know! I fell for the cover, too. Persephone Books also has a beautiful edition. 5mo
marleed I do think it helps to read about the author and how this book was written before reading the book. It makes you appreciate the story and its pace all the more! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @marleed Totally agreed… I read that he had thought about writing this novel when he was in WWI and longing for a normal “uncomplicated” vacation at the beach. https://persephonebooks.co.uk/products/the-fortnight-in-september 5mo
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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📖 1/24/22 || Classic | Stark | Puritan
I‘ve been meaning to read this for years and am glad to have finished it. ✅

LeslieO Great cover. 5mo
Kristin_Reads I confess that I chose this edition partly because of the cover 🌿🅰️🌺 @LeslieO (edited) 5mo
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📖 1.23.22 || Insightful | Hopeful | Brilliant
How to review a book about reviews? This is fabulous and I didn‘t want it to end. Some of my favorite essays were “The Academic Decathlon”, “Indianapolis”, and “Harvey”. I mean, I must give this one 5 stars ✨😉

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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📖 1.22.22 || Witty | Clever | Endearing
This whodunnit was pure enjoyment! Four friends living in a retirement village meet each Thursday to consider unsolved mysteries. The first in a series, this book is being adapted into a movie by Spielberg. 🔍

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How to Love | Thich Nhat Hanh
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I was sorry to learn of Thich Nhat Hahn‘s passing today. I had just ordered this book yesterday, as I‘m new to his work and I‘m looking forward to learning from his experience as a peace activist, Buddhist monk, and interfaith leader.

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So I‘m a little late to this party (like 10 years late)… but I‘m glad I read this even though I‘m not typically a big YA reader. I‘m also currently reading The Anthropocene Reviewed by the same author and loving that one (five stars). ✨

KathyWheeler I loved The Anthropocene Reviewed. 5mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @KathyWheeler @sprainedbrain I don‘t know how I missed this and John Green all these years. My daughter watches his YouTube videos, too! 5mo
KathyWheeler @Kristin_Reads I am thinking about checking out his YouTube stuff. 5mo
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Wholehearted Faith | Rachel Held Evans, Jeff Chu
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When I attended RHE‘s online-streamed funeral after she died unexpectedly from a sudden illness, I had no way of knowing that within two months I would lose my own best friend in a tragic accident. Listening to this, the last book that she was working on at the time of her death, narrated by her closest friends and family, was bittersweet. She so eloquently gave hope to all of us, especially including those who have been hurt by the church.

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BookNAround I‘m so sorry for the loss of your friend. 6mo
Kristin_Reads @BookNAround Thank you 💕 6mo
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Hopeful | Reflective | Engaging 📖 1/6/22
A perfect read on this particular date when the world needs more Hope. I especially loved the last part of the book that highlights Jane Goodall‘s personal journey. 🌱 (Now I‘m off to continue this theme with some Mary Oliver…)

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Inspiring | Luminous | Collage 📖 1-2-22
Not sure why I can‘t find the appropriate tag in Litsy….
Poetry that shines a light on a moment of reckoning and harnesses the collective grief of the global pandemic through an imaginative collage of words.

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The Sea in Winter | Christine Day
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Heartwarming | Middle-grade | Tender. 📖 1-1-22
About a Makah girl in the Pacific Northwest who is struggling to find her joy again after a ballet injury to her knee.
Inscribed “To anyone who needs a reminder that pain is temporary” 💗

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ONCE UPON A WARDROBE. | PATTI. CALLAHAN
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Love this story about CS Lewis and the magic of his novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” A perfect read for this season! 🦁🏰❄️

LeslieO It‘s so wonderfully wintery! 6mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! ❤️ 6mo
Kristin_Reads @LeslieO @DivineDiana A perfect read in snowy weather! ❄️ 6mo
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Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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I just love Strout‘s writing. This is the second of the Lucy Barton books. I‘m moving into Oh, William! next (the 3rd Lucy Barton book).

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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I‘m enjoying an unexpected pocket of found time with Patchett‘s book of essays and hot cocoa… The best!!