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LadyCait84

Joined December 2017

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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It was difficult to read, to focus on personal struggles, when the systemic injustice that put it all in motion set my entire being into a maddening and distracting rage...but that‘s an important aspect of it? That this story wasn‘t just a sample statistic, a commentary on the failing, still painfully racist system, but instead was about the depth and ripples of trauma in a man‘s life when years are stolen via incarceration. #24in48

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Mehso-so

I had not known the topic of this book before I started, and that was a bad idea... lots of crying and hugging on my very confused dog, which I had not prepared either of us for in advance. But the story had lots of heart, even humor. #24in48

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Finished my first book of the #24in48 readathon and it would have gone a little faster if I hadn‘t cried so much....but I really loved this gutpunch of a novel. Families are so complex, and the genuine love we hold for another can still fall short, and fail them (and us) spectacularly. It does hurts to see this spread out across page after page, so full of grief and loss, but in that beautiful way of so many good books.

CouronneDhiver Hm... I like a good melancholy read from time to time. Stacked! 3d
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Mehso-so

I did not like this book. It was too derivative to be as experimental or original as it seemed to want to be, and was unnecessarily murky. Plus, it was over-reliant on soupy imagery of blended sex-and-violence to manipulate the reader more than to convey any real theme or story. But there was a pulling curiosity for me all the same, and as I told my fellow book-clubbers: Ms. Awad has a talent for writing beautiful sentences about ugly things.

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Emma | Jane Austin
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1) Emma, because I loved the movie Clueless.
2) I was 11 and my mom gave me a volume of Austen for Christmas.
3) Colin Firth, as both his Darcy gents.
4) Definitely Lizzie when younger. Possibly Elinor now?
5) Knightley.
6) Wickham. The timeless cad.
7. Oh. The 2005 P&P film soothes me - I fell asleep to it every night through some hard years. Also, the 2009 BBC Emma is utterly charming. #janeites #austentatiousanswers #janeausten

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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July book club read is off to a bizarre start but I think I like it?

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Lived up to all the praise. What a perfectly put together story of accidental families and those who can‘t keep themselves from fighting the good fights, big or small. Ove truly was irresistible, and Backman continues to be one of my most favorite authors. With absolute deftness, he can inspire both chuckles and tears in the span of a sentence.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Finished this late last week for my June book club meeting, and enjoyed it despite not caring for either of the central characters. It blurred the line between co-dependency and intimacy, and highlighted how thoroughly and easily communication can breakdown, even between people desperate to remain close to one another.

BooknerdsLife Beautiful review 💖 Can‘t wait to get into this one 3w
monalyisha Fantastic review! I agree 100%. 2w
CaitlinR Just got it from my Library hold. Thanks for the heads-up. 1w
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I‘ve been wanting to read this for a long, long while. I‘m already such a fan of Backman, and have heard so many wonderful things about this book.

Crazeedi ❣❣❣this book 1mo
robinb ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Vedrana 💕💕💕💕💕 1mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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A difficult topic handled with meticulous care and the most human of touches, this novel not only shows more of the true and tragic circumstances of the 80s AIDS epidemic than any other literary work I know, but it also broaches the universally applicable question of what happens to those left behind by trauma, long after it‘s all “over?”

LeeRHarry Top pick for me last year 😊 1mo
Lcsmcat I heard her speak at a book festival and she‘s fascinating. 1mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai

This book has already proven it packs some emotional sting, and I am not half finished. Not the easiest pick for Pride month, but an important story of facts (the magnitude, the terror, of the AIDS epidemic in ‘80s Chicago), surrounded by fictional characters who feel real.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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I‘ve been looking forward to this adaptation for so long that I am finding it hard to pace myself, but I‘m determined to draw it out so as to enjoy it longer.

Also, the casting is absolutely perfect.

wanderinglynn The cast is perfect! I‘m on my second watch-through. I couldn‘t pace myself! 😂 2mo
BookwormM I am on episode 2 loving it 2mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Mehso-so

The story was interesting and it read quickly, but the prose and overall execution would have really benefitted from additional editing.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Honestly, the most I‘ve ever enjoyed a book with an entirely unlikable protagonist.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Holiday weekend plans.

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This was the second of Ms. Ware‘s novels I‘ve read, and I truly enjoyed it. In this modern mystery of mistruths and mistaken identities, I particularly appreciated her use of classically gothic atmosphere and an almost Christie-esque situational set up. It was a nice blend of old and new that set this apart from other thrillers I‘ve read recently.

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I adored the previous two installments of Arden‘s Winternight Trilogy, and was not disappointed by this beautiful yet bittersweet conclusion. Her talent for rooting the fantastic in flesh and earth, for bringing new dimension and maturity to fairytales, without losing their sense of lyrical wonder, is remarkable.

Aswenson Just started book 3 and it is already breaking my heart! 😭 It‘s uncanny how some of our modern political and societal issues are on full display in these stories. 2mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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An intense and often troubling read, this book was thought-provoking as it layered deep, almost unanswerable questions about gender and identity within a nightmarish tale of power struggles and imbalances, and the brutality that goes with them.

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An exploration of family that delves not only into the roles each member is born into, but the issues that come from roles forced upon them by circumstances. Though I wanted to connect more with the characters, especially the 3 sisters whom the book follows through alternating perspectives, & I found the conclusion rushed, it was still a good read for examining the strands of love, anger, hurt & envy that can form familial bonds.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I‘d definitively pick the first half of this book, but I‘d pan the back half. I loved the setting, Alaska‘s wildness is fascinating and was also an apt metaphor for many of the themes of the novel. However, there were too many conflicts, which felt cheap and emotionally manipulative as one predictable trauma after another popped up. There was so much potential in the central conflict, that the rest just became distraction.

sudi Agree, the first half of the book was so good. I was expecting something better as the story went on, but it was a let down. And the ending seemed a little bit like a sitcom 4mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Not at all what I expected, but this book detailing the history leading up to, and mystery surrounding, a massively destructive fire in the downtown LA library circa 1986, showcases quirky characters, a century‘s worth of cultural changes, and the many societal needs addressed by libraries.

Purrsistently I just finished this last night and felt the same😅 4mo
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I could only read it during daylight hours, but it‘s a true crime masterpiece.

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While I didn‘t particularly care for some of the key characters (mostly Daisy, I really didn‘t like Daisy), this book is an important addition to YA fiction. It‘s not perfect, but it is one of the most honest depictions of mental illness I‘ve encountered and this is absolutely a conversation that society needs to start having more often, especially with our young people.

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The Furies: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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I found this to be an interesting story — especially with the eerie echoes of my own short-lived teaching career held within — highlighting a type of relationship that rarely gets explored, and showing the impact, both positive and negative, we can have on a person without ever realizing it.

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Playing along for #socialsunday, courtesy of @EchoLogical — love getting to know other book lovers so hope you will consider playing too!!

I live right at the northern most tip of Kentucky. I‘m all about literary fiction, classic & contemporary. But I also adore a well-built fantasy world. My favorite author is tough. If picking someone current, maybe Madeline Miller? I read The Snow Child based off a friend‘s rec last summer & it was fabulous.

EchoLogical Fantasy is my jam! I loved Circe but didn‘t really care for The Song of Achilles. 5mo
LadyCait84 @EchoLogical I did enjoy both, but Circe was definitely my favorite of the two by a lot...I loved every page of that book. My most beloved read from 2018 for sure. 5mo
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A fast and entertaining read, Manson‘s writing doesn‘t just amuse with its cheeky phrasing...it challenges readers to shed their entitlement, to take responsibility for their choices, to refine their values, and face their mortality. He asks the hard questions: what are you willing to suffer for, and what will you leave behind? He also introduces the hero Disappointment Panda, which was my favorite part.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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The rave reviews were right! I loved the novel, and greatly enjoyed the lively book club discussion it inspired. Adding onto an existing infatuation with Circe, this undoubtedly secures Madeline Miller as one of my favorite contemporary authors and I hope hope hope she has more books planned.

readordierachel Such a beautiful book. I really need to read Circe already! 6mo
Areader2 Loved this book too, I also read Circe but I ended up liking this one a little more 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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A few weeks ago, I accidentally started a book club.

Our first meeting is next week, and I shamelessly picked a book high on my own to-read list for our inaugural discussion. So now here I am, ready to dig in and annotate and plan conversation-starters and generally nerd out in the most bliss-inspiring way.

readordierachel It's so good. Enjoy! 6mo
Dragon 👍😀🐉 6mo
mcipher That‘s so awesome!! Have a great time. 😊 6mo
CarolynM Just finished this one. I enjoyed it. It should give your new book group plenty to talk about.🙂 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good book choice! 6mo
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Barnhill builds a gorgeously lyrical world of witches and monsters and dragons, who are all so much more than you‘d expect, to tell a simple and familiar story of love against power, hope against sorrow — and it was wonderful to read.

TheSpineView My grandkids loved this book. 😊 6mo
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The Furies: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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Snuggled up with my pup and ready to read.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan

I‘ve been waiting on a library copy since June, and it just finally came in...I‘m excited to find out what all the hype‘s been about, and also it‘ll be a nice respite after the twisted gloom of Sharp Objects and the heartbreak of Us Against You.

BooknerdsLife It's a fun quick read. Hope you'll enjoy it 🤗 7mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn

I‘m always impressed, even if I‘m also horrified, by how dark Gillian Flynn is willing to go.

tpixie Yes! 7mo
Callemarie My favorite of hers hands down 7mo
Ruthiella Yes! She looks like such a nice person but her book are DARK! 😨 7mo
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BooknerdsLife Oooh....Can't wait to read this one! 😱 7mo
SailorMoon Me too. Me too! My favorite book of hers! Did you also read Dark Places and The Grownup? 6mo
LadyCait84 @elenangiolini I haven‘t read The Grownup yet...but I will! She never disappoints! 6mo
SailorMoon Never!!! Let us know when you read it ;) 6mo
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Re-reading a childhood favorite. 🌟

Addison_Reads I just re-read that one tonight too! Such a great story. 7mo
Maria514626 The Herdmans and the garage door! 😆😆❤️❤️ 7mo
readinginthedark Oh, what a great book! 7mo
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Gearing up for another cozy evening of the #25infive readathon, and I must say I love hot beverages and soft pants almost as much as I love books.

Schnoebs Love the anchor! I‘ve heard some really good things about it. Your opinion? 7mo
ephemeralwaltz Love everything about this! 7mo
LadyCait84 @Schnoebs Oh, I really love it! It gives more position options when trying to get comfortable while reading for long stretches, plus I appreciate that it frees up my hands for drinks and snacks. :) 7mo
Schnoebs Hmmm 🤔 I‘m definitely going to have to think about getting one in the near future 7mo
Andrew65 Finished this today, and loved it in the end. 7mo
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Around this time last year, I read (and absolutely loved) Fredrick‘s novel Beartown. Even though it eviscerated me, emotionally speaking, it was likely my favorite read of 2017. Now I am feeling eager, yet also almost fearful, as I begin the continuation of that story...

Will this one totally wreck me too?

Can it live up to its predecessor?

Kaye I have yet to read these but I have them. I have to be in the right mood for his books to click. I started Britt Marie about 10 times and couldn‘t get into it then one day it just clicked and I really liked it. 7mo
CoffeeNBooks I read Beartown a few months ago, but haven't read this one yet. I need to put it on hold at the library so I can read it! 7mo
Cinfhen It was a little disappointing for me because I thought Beartown was perfect enough!!! 7mo
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ephemeralwaltz Nice to meet you! We have similar reading tastes :) I really enjoyed Beartown but haven't gotten to this one yet. 7mo
CarolynM I've just finished this and really enjoyed it. What was your verdict? 7mo
LadyCait84 @CarolynM Mostly, the book proved Backman to be one of my favorite current authors — just like with Beartown, I was consistently impressed by the power of his storytelling. It‘s perfectly paced, and scenes are juxtaposed so carefully, and he makes me care so deeply about these character. 7mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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This was one of the best books I‘ve read at capturing the complexities of modern family — that murkiness in relationships, where devoted tenderness can be undercut by malice, when unconditional love is eclipsed by fury. While it also touches, powerfully, upon issues of faith, of addiction, of immigration, of racism, the true force of the novel, for me, lies in these moments dedicated to familial tensions both unique and universal.

Libby1 Excellent review. 7mo
LadyCait84 @Libby1 Thank you! When you really love a book it can be so intimidating to try and do it justice in a review...especially with such a short format. 7mo
Libby1 I understand. 😊 7mo
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JennyM I hope to read this very soon. 7mo
LadyCait84 @JennyM I hope you love it as much as I did — it wasn‘t a fast read, in my experience, but so worth it!! 7mo
JennyM @LadyCait84 I‘ve heard wonderful things, so am looking forward to it! 😊 7mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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I have admittedly been slacking lately...stupid life interfering with my reading time. But I‘m settled in for a super cozy Saturday night with this gem. I‘m about half way through and loving it.

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A difficult, thought-provoking examination of the dangers of fanaticism, shown in the characters‘ searches for faith and for love. Kwon‘s writing style finds impact through both its brevity and poetic phrasing. A short read I‘ll think about for a long time.

britt_brooke Nice review! I just started this one. 8mo
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A fun, fast thriller that was perfect for the week before Halloween. My mother — giddy from enjoying a book enough to stay up all night reading — said she thought I‘d love it, and, as is commonly the case, she was right.

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A good fit for reading on the front porch on a chilly autumn day....though it made me slightly disappointed none of my own neighbors were doing anything the least bit scandalous.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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I am ashamed to say that I‘ve been an avid reader all my life and yet had never picked up an Agatha Christie novel until my mid-30s. And I was worried that by waiting so long this novel might have failed to live up to its hype. I‘m relieved to report that was not the case. This, which remains the blueprint for so many works of mystery, is a clever and entertaining read. And fits nicely into my seasonal preference for darker stories.

scowler1 I only read my first in July; Cat among the Pigeons. Finished it in one go. There's just not enough time and too many books! 9mo
LadyCait84 @scowler1 So true! And I am also guilty of occasional re-reads, which slows down my consumption of the already seemingly infinite TBR list. But I think it‘s a curse that we readers are lucky to have, knowing we will never run out of wonderful things to read! 9mo
SailorMoon OMG I couldn't put it down. One of the most gripping books I've read in my life. I loved every page, and I also think it's one of the best crime/mistery novel ever written! Have you watched the tv adaptation from three years ago yet? 6mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I‘m always impressed by how well Ms. Jackson‘s writing demonstrates escalating psychological tension within her characters. Her approach to terror is subtle, yet also complex — showing the paralysis of fear, and the isolating power of it, but also the thrill, the way one might begin to crave the exhilaration and be changed by it. A very enjoyable read...especially for October!

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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It‘s the middle of the night and I can‘t get back to sleep, so spooky reading time it is. Hoping to finish this today so I can start watching the Netflix adaptation tonight....which will likely lead to more difficulties sleeping, albeit for new scaredy-cat reasons.

MCYmermaid The Netflix story is very different in plot, but so far (like 4 episodes in) very faithful in tone, IMO. 9mo
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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston
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While I greatly enjoyed some of the sections in this novel, there were others that suffered from uneven quality in the story building and took on an almost cheesy (if only accidentally so) tone. I didn‘t dislike it as a whole, but probably won‘t pick up the other books in the series.

TheBookKeepers Perfectly stated! I feel the same way! 9mo
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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston

Following a lovely evening of spooky tunes played by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, I‘m now snuggled into bed with another bewitching novel... I so love this time of year.

🖤💀🖤

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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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“Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.”

The real magic of this book is love...love between sisters and brothers, love between childhood friends who grow to become much more, love between might-have-been enemies united by loss. While I delighted in the witchiness (and my envisioning the central character as Stockard Channing), it was the ordinary human moments that had the most impact.

scowler1 Sounds good, I might have to read some of her work. Where should I start? 9mo
LadyCait84 @scowler1 This was my first by her; it‘s the prequel to Practical Magic (on which a 90s film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman was based). I‘m going to read that next. But the librarian who checked out my books said she‘s loved everything by the author — which is usually a good sign. 9mo
scowler1 I realize now I've read The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I really enjoyed it. I knew I recognized her name. 9mo
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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I‘ve been sick for several days now and have had trouble even staying awake/focused enough to read. I am still not feeling great, but am determined not to lose more book time. So here I am, stubbornly reading in dinosaur pajamas, with an alarm set to remind me to take my next round of antibiotics.

Bklover Feel better soon!🌸 10mo
scowler1 When you're too sick to read! That's when we know you're not faking it. Be well. 10mo
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 🌼 10mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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The candles are lit. The tea is brewed. Time for some magic...

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A poet‘s quest for self-love and wisdom... filled with honesty and wit and fantastic dragon metaphors.

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My first witchy read of the season and I, unsurprisingly, loved it.

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