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Maid | Nita Prose
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Mehso-so

This was OK. Maybe it was the reader? It was uncomfortable—how no one was looking out for Molly, and so many took advantage.

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Absolutely delightful!

Chelsea.Poole Love him! 2d
Maria514626 @Chelsea.Poole He is just the best! I met him at a book signing and acted like a silly school girl at a boy-band concert. It was a reflex. 🤦‍♀️ I was so embarrassed. He was charming. 2d
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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This book is delightful and full of quotes like these. I‘ve thought this so many times when reading novels! 😄

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Pickpick

This was a quiet, nuanced book about people I didn‘t like very much. The ins and outs of social life—what a strange world—and the beautiful writing kept me reading.

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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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I need a fun, light listen to offset the Hungarian revolution, 1960s Congo and the murder of the General Secretary of the UN, and a graphic novel on tyranny. I do this to myself. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

This listen is fun and not at all serious! ❤️

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Mehso-so

Some of this was hilarious. A lot was very so-so. I listened to it and that kept me listening.

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Quote from Peter Szigeti, a high-ranking, pampered member of the Hungarian communist party on his disillusionment. (After admitting to himself that Hungary was really ruled by the #Russians.)

He helps lead the revolution.

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I‘m flitting about with my reading today. Just started this book—how the #Russians crushed Hungarian uprising in 1956. Yowza.

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If I was going to get a tattoo, this would be a good one. Very helpful though a little long. 😄

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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1. Rules of Civility, Excellent Women, The Golden Thread
2. A Walk in the Woods. (It‘s the only naturey book I could think of that I‘ve actually read.)
3. The Rules of Civility. Yesterday after dinner. 😍

Thanks for the prompts, Rachel!

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Sunday morning reading. ❤️

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Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Pickpick

Weird! And I couldn‘t put it down. I loved all the characters, their personalities and quirks. (Not the baddies, though.) It was fun to think of this whole other world alongside and unknown to 99% of Londoners.

I didn‘t expect this to be thought-provoking and applicable to real life. Note! I could be reading a lot into this—I often do. The story IS a story. It‘s not a trick to make you think a certain thing or way. 😁

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The Traitor | V.S. Alexander
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Panpan

DNF. The story behind the White Rose grabs you by the shirt and scares you. As well it should considering the outcome. This book doesn‘t. The main character is silly. Not haha silly. Couldn‘t finish it.

Watch the movie Sophie Scholl instead for a excellent look at the White Rose.

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Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Strange is right! The main character is a doctor for the undead. There‘s a killer on the loose who is going after the living and undead. 😳

This isn‘t my usual fare, but I can‘t put this one down. There‘s both enough story and enough space—leaving you with enough room to draw your own conclusions and feel your own feels.

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This book is like the best chocolate. Something to savor rather than wolf down. I have to stop and think. His thoughts stop me in my tracks and his writing is poetic.

Another amazing quote: “Creativity is about reimagining the world.” ❤️

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Pickpick

This depressing and inspiring. The women are so brave. Masha Gessen is a fantastic writer!

Don‘t listen to the book. The reader almost ruined it for me. The courtroom statements were so important but pretty unlistenable. #russia

TrishB This sounds great 👍🏻 2w
Maria514626 @TrishB They are amazing, passionate women! 2w
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This type of novel isn‘t usually for me—poor women in the 1930s who meet a wealthy man and get sucked into his orbit. However, this one has me hooked.

Amor Towles could probably write a book about worms and I‘d love it. 😁

Aims42 Hahaha, I agree! He‘s an insta-buy author for me, and I wouldn‘t think twice about buying his book about worms 😂 3w
StaceGhost I would totally read his subtle look at the rich internal lives of worms 2w
Maria514626 @StaceGhost 😆😆😆 2w
Maria514626 @Aims42 🪱 😄 2w
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Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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Pickpick

This was a fun, affirming listen (he reads it).

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This is a fascinating book about lives in Putin‘s #Russia, the view of women, and these amazing women. 😳 Masha Gessen is a fantastic writer.

I wish Masha read the book. The reader almost ruined it. She dumbed it down. For example, direct quotes from the band members—wise women—sounded like indignant high schoolers.

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🤦‍♀️😆😆😆

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So many explosions of laughter in this book.

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The writing is killing me. 🤣😂🤣
The librarian told me she lived in Miami for 35 years. About the book—“It‘s true.” 😆

mabell This sounds Hiaasen-esque! 1y
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Best opening lines. 🥰😆🎉

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Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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I loved this book. It sounds like a formulaic friendship between the young and old. It is. A little. But there‘s so much more to it. I want to say “sweet” but that belittles it. It‘s a bigger story. ❤️❤️❤️

TrishB I loved this one ❤️ 1y
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The Light of Day | Eric Ambler
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Oh my! I‘m a big fan of spy/espionage novels from authors like Alan Furst and John le Carré. This is my first—and not last—Eric Ambler novel. ???

His first novel was published in 1936 and last in 1981. John le Carré described him as “the source from which we all draw.”

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Mehso-so

Very suspenseful. Kept me guessing and there were several, “WHAT?” moments.

Unfortunately, I kept getting distracted and annoyed by the overuse of analogies and adverbs. *Some* make the story more vivid. They were so prevalent that when there wasn‘t one, I noticed.

Dan_1988 I really enjoyed this read. I don‘t usually like movie adaptions, but this will be good! 1y
Maria514626 @Dan_1988 I‘m looking forward to the movie, too. It is a good story and Amy Adams is a fabulous actress. 1y
Dan_1988 @Maria514626 yes, Amy Adams is good. It was supposed to be released some time ago but with the pandemic happening 😕. Let‘s hope it‘s this year. Looking forward to it! 1y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Holy moly! This book is gripping. It requires a careful read. The writing is intricate and the narrator speaks covertly.

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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I‘m listening to this story of the “new girl” in high school. The high school part is a bit eye-roll. CAVEAT: she‘s trans and is the new girl because she had to switch schools—and towns.
The fear of being found out. Of believing she could be liked and found beautiful for who she is. That‘s what I need to learn. (And a lot more.)
Thanks @ChasingOm for the #integrateyourshelf challenge that‘s getting me to read books like these!

Julsmarshall I really loved this book! 1y
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Pickpick

This was a very hard read and very eye opening. It‘s the story of China over the last century told through the children of one family. Many stayed in China and that meant that they were slapped back and forth by — and at the mercy of — the state or rebels or whomever.

Xinran‘s writing is matter-of-fact. She leaves it to the reader to fill in the emotional blanks. Mortification? Joy? Horror? Exasperation? It‘s up to you.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Pickpick

I put this down for many months after starting as an audiobook. As a print book, I loved it.

I wavered between wanting to shake Arthur and pull him aside, “Oh sweetie...” 🤦‍♀️

The writing: magnificent and often made me laugh out loud. E.g., Arthur believes he speaks German well. “How heartening it is to watch him speak; how disconcerting, however, to listen.”

This also had a real ending! Not, I-have-to-turn-this-in. So... “The End!”

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Mehso-so

This is a fascinating story inelegantly told.
I enjoy stories that leave some feelings to the imagination or make me fill in the blanks (much more powerful IMO).

The author gives SO MUCH detail about the missions. I lost the “Holy crap! The Nazis are so close!” Seemed like she needed to document each fact from her research. I wanted to be on the edge of my seat but the intensity got lost in the minutiae.

tpixie Good insights in your review ❤️ 1y
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@EH2018 Erika—thank you so much for the multiple bookmarks! 🎉🎉🎉I‘ll never need a bookmark again! 🙂

I especially love the library cards! They remind me of elementary school. ❤️ The cross-stitch bookmarks will pair great with audiobooks. 👂 📚

Thanks so much for the very fun and generous #summerbookmarkswap!

EH2018 Yay glad you like them! 💕📚🎉🌞 2y
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It‘s a holiday so I need to get to the store today. Right? 😄

From the Holiday Today app. From Canada Day & the start of Ramadan to 👆👆👆 and National tapioca day. And so much more. 🥳

Haribo is THE brand for gummi everything.
“‘Haribo macht Kinder froh – und Erwachsene ebenso.‘” (‘Haribo makes children happy – and adults as well.‘) In English-speaking countries, it uses the slogan ‘Kids and grown-ups love it so – the happy world of Haribo.‘”

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Off to the post office! @EH2018 @magyklyXdelish

EH2018 Yay! 2y
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I put this book down for awhile. It must be because I was listening to it. Reading it is something altogether different.
#bookspin #bookspinbingo

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Oh Arthur Less. Confident in few realms. In German he shouldn‘t be. Yet he is. #integrateyourshelf

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Pickpick

I read this book years ago and the story stayed with me. I adored it then and now.

There wasn‘t an unnecessary character or scene. Brilliant, beautiful writing.

It‘s rare for me to mourn a book when it‘s done. I did with this one. Both readings.
#bookspin #bookspinbingo

@TheAromaofBooks

SamAnne This is in the my reread list as well. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
Maria514626 @SamAnne I usually don‘t re-read books. I‘m so glad I did! 2y
Maria514626 Thanks @TheAromaofBooks 🙂 (edited) 2y
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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#summerfunbingo
Bingo! @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious
-Bel Canto
-All Things Reconsidered
-Bingo
-Earthlings
-Dumbfounded

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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @magyklyXdelish for the best bookmarks! So fun AND the quotes make them even better.

The corner bookmarks are super cute and sit really flat in books (unlike the one I made 😄😄😄).

Thank you SO much! I love them! 🎉🎉🎉
#summerbookmarkswap

cwarnier Those look fun. 2y
magyklyXdelish Yay I‘m glad u like them!!🤗🤗 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Oh... I do love a readathon! Thanks, @Andrew65 🥳

I have three books to finish this month (all are on July #bookspin).

Here‘s my list for the #jubilantjuly #setyourowngoals extravaganza, aka readathon. 😄
- Bel Canto (book club)
- The Promise (#ARC)
- How to Write a Good Advertisement (copywriter book club)

Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon. 😊👍 2y
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I‘m very excited to start this #arc.

Her book, The Good Women of China, was amazing. I know so little about China. The stories were eye-opening, fascinating and heartbreaking.

Birdsong28 Have you read the tagged book? I loved The Good Women of China 2y
Maria514626 @Birdsong28 I haven‘t read Sky Burial. Have you? It sounds very interesting. I know next to nothing about Tibet. (edited) 2y
Birdsong28 @Maria514626 Yes I have read Sky Burial it was good buy not as good as The Good Women of China 2y
Maria514626 @Birdsong28 The Good Women of China is hard to top! 2y
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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Pickpick

#bookspin #ARC

This one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. It was enchanting, sad and just plain weird. I loved it and couldn‘t put it down.

The author draws you right into the main character—Natsuki‘s—inner world. I felt fiercely protective of this earnest and strange kid.

There‘s an essence of sci-fi and that‘s not my jam. But the story and characters = new perspective.

I requested this #arc because I loved Convenience Store Woman.

Maria514626 If you read this, I recommend avoiding the book description. It gives a LOT away. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Noted, thanks for the warning. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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He does not realize that rolling in things in the yard has consequences. #bathtime 😅

Enjoying the tagged book the second time around. (It‘s been years since the first time.)

The author‘s writing is exquisite.
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
#readoutdoors

Elizabeth2 Silly puppy! 😍 2y
Maria514626 @Elizabeth2 I don‘t let him do this when he‘s on the leash. For today, live it up! 😁 (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks What I don't understand is how fast they are at finding that one spot where you don't want them to go! 😂 2y
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Pickpick

This book was laugh-out-loud funny (emphasis on loud). The author also tackles big topics with intelligence and realness. There‘s no “This is the way it is and that‘s that.”

The thing that made this unlike other books that work at figuring things out are his stories. They make the reconsidering part more interesting and real.

This is a smart and hilarious read. One of the best of 2020.

#arc #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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July #bookspin & #bookspinbingo
Bingo card is ready to go!

wanderinglynn Nice layout! 😍 2y
Maria514626 Thanks, @wanderinglynn. It was fun to do! (edited) 2y
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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#bookspin for July 🎉🎉🎉

#bookspin: Earthlings (by the author of Convenience Store Woman) #ARC
#doublebookspin: This Is How It Always Is (about a transgender child #integrateyourshelf)

Bingo card to come! (A little more aesthetically pleasing than this list. 😂)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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This book is so good. So thoughtful. And it makes me laugh out loud. LOUD. #ARC

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Dumbfounded | Matt Rothschild
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Pickpick

One of the best books I‘ve read this year. His writing is fantastic. I hit my #bookspin goal! 🎉
@TheAromaofBooks #integrateyourshelf

TheAromaofBooks Hurray!!! 2y
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#joyfuljune 28

Just started and I already love it. I love the podcast—#thepopcast—Knox does with Jamie Golden. Snarky and smart and funny.

This is an ARC so the formatting is weird. (The whited-out part is a footnote from the previous page. 🤷‍♀️)

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Dumbfounded | Matt Rothschild
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1️⃣ tagged + Me & White Supremacy + Less (Andrew Sean Greer)

2️⃣ Ambulance Girl (Jane Stern)

3️⃣ But my uncle did not deny the accusation.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain