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Maria514626

Maria514626

Joined May 2016

Freelance copywriter. Dog lover. Podcastworm. Speaker of broken German. Goodreads: maria514626
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Mail-order Bride | Debbie Macomber
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Cute/funny premise. [record scratch]
Copyright 1987. (New release as an ebook.) The sexist male MC and put-up-with-it female MC were horrifying. A different time, sure. But it was the 80s, not the 40s or 50s. I kept reading—it was like looking at a train wreck.

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BlameJennyJane Looks fun! Stacked and picked up for free! Yay! 1mo
Maria514626 Yay! I hope you like it. I‘m not far into the book but so far the writing is great. 1mo
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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives | Julie Lawson Timmer
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Mrs. Saint is pushy, nosy and bossy. She also has a big heart. The MC, Markie, did annoy me at times.

The author explains physical characteristics just enough to flesh out the characters. #2019favorite

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Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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1. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
2. 🍕
3. ⛅️ Cloudy. Again. Again. Again.
@rachelsbrittain Thanks and have a happy weekend, rain or shine! #weekendreads #greatdayforrreading

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A good opening line is such a treat. A line that grabs you by the shirt and says, “You‘re going to like this.” It‘s like a handful of red licorice nibs or red hots. #greatopeninglines #openingline
You had me at “chocolatey loops.” 😄

Leftcoastzen 😀 1mo
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Library of Lost and Found | Phaedra Patrick
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Mehso-so

3.5/4 Cute story but it both went off the rails and lost steam at the end.

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Mehso-so

Predictable. I don‘t think I would have continued if I was reading.
I‘m coming off some very good books. Thus, my patience for all but 4+⭐️ books is just not there.

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1. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. The Nakano Thrift Shop. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
2. Maple 🍁
3. I am about to become Wendell‘s newest patient.
#weekendreads
Thanks, @rachelsbrittain 👏 ☀️

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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August was a great reading month! The tagged was my favorite. Stats:
—5 audiobooks, 3 book books
—2 purchased; the rest from the library
—1 was on my TBR list (a book club book)

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Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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My favorite way to start the day: book and latte in the reading chair with Pele.
The tagged book is my second by Hiromi Kawakami. Sucked me right in, just like Strange Weather in Tokyo. I can‘t put my finger on what I like so much about her writing or character development. It‘s just quietly alluring. #readaroundtheworld

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❤️❤️❤️

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“I was midway through packing when I paused to contemplate whether it was appropriate to bring the blood.” 😂😂😂
#killeropeningline

Readergrrl 😂😂😂 Reminds of the FX series, What We Do in the Shadows. 2mo
Maria514626 @Readergrrl I haven‘t watched it. Is it good? 2mo
Readergrrl @Maria514626 It is wildly inappropriate but SOOOO funny! 4 vamps planned world domination by conquering NYC but ended up on Staten I. going to town council meetings and trying to find virgin blood at RPG festivals (evidently that‘s the only place virgins in America can be found). My favorite is Colin who is an energy vampire and of course hunts his prey in the staff room or at the water cooler at the office. I die every episode! 😂😂😂 2mo
Maria514626 @Readergrrl That sounds bonkers and fantastic! I‘m going to check it out! Thanks! 2mo
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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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A Muslim-Indian-Canadian community take on Pride & Prejudice. Issues of identity within traditional and Canadian culture and perception and reality. A peek inside a culture I don‘t know. An eye-opener but not too heavy. A re-telling, of sorts, of Pride & Prejudice—but the story doesn‘t force it. 4.5/5 ⭐️

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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A nod to Pride and Prejudice. It takes place in a Muslim community in Canada. I can‘t stop listening.

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives | Julie Lawson Timmer
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F, J, O and X are left. Now to check by TBR pile. 😁 #litsyatoz

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Ingmar Bergman. #24b4monday
I forgot to start tracking my time.
About 2 hours yesterday. (I‘m loving Mrs. Saint and the Defectives.)
Today‘s reading time: some. 😂

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Starting the #24b4monday day with this one. It's been on my TBR for ages.

Recommended by Todd Henry, author of the thought-provoking and challenging The Accidental Creative and Louder then Words (and others).

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives | Julie Lawson Timmer
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Just starting this one for #24b4monday.

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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Mehso-so

This started strong but left a lot of loose threads. The author brought up too many personality traits and plot points for such a small book. Still, I loved the MC. I wish he was my neighbor. I‘d invite him over for sandwiches after school. #readaroundtheworld

ladym30 What a sweet pup!❤️ 2mo
Maria514626 Thanks, @ladym30! He's quite cozy! 2mo
Bookwm85forever Sweet pup dog! 2mo
Maria514626 Thanks, @Bookwm85forever! Besides meals, he likes reading time the best. 😁 2mo
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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Al Pacino! I love these kids. #readaroundtheworld

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Fascinating and so helpful. All about impostor syndrome.

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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Mehso-so

Good premise but it after a while it got overly dramatic. Fangirl all grown up but not. And a bad case of overexplain. So. Many. Adverbs.

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Ms Ice Sandwich | Mieko Kawakami
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Good point from the as-yet-unnamed, 4th-grade narrator. #readaroundtheworld

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Three words: quiet, captivating, beautiful.
My first Kawakami book. It won‘t be the last. ❤️

Reggie I lovvvvvved this book! 2mo
Maria514626 @Reggie It‘s hard to describe. ”Read this book!” ”What is it about?” ”Ummm... Two people in Japan who didn't know they were lonely. And they start a quiet friendship in a bar.” That doesn't come close to describing. 😂 (edited) 2mo
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It reads a bit like a thriller as the author goes after stories and sources. You also learn about her growing up years in Germany as a the daughter of guest workers.
Big but—the reader mispronounces the German magazine, Der Spiegel. (Spy-gell instead of Spee-gell.) Bad oversight by the publisher. It‘s an extremely well-known publication. It would be like calling The Atlantic, The Atleentic. 😢
Even so, fascinating listen. #readaroundtheworld

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Loved the MCs. Switching perspectives each chapter made it especially interesting. Grabbed my heart but the end was rushed. As if the writer got an ultimatum—finish this in X pages in Y days. Or else. 4/5 ⭐️

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An hour in and I‘m living the MCs! I want to know more about them and can‘t wait for them to meet.

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Storyteller's Secret | Sejal Badani
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This book is super! It does suffer from flashback syndrome—the modern day is much less interesting than the past. I wanted to hear more and more about the grandmother. I wasn‘t that interested in Jaya (present-day MC). #readaroundtheworld

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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This is a strange, quiet and intriguing book. It sucked me right in. The chapters are short so it‘s even tougher to put down. “Just one more ...”

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Pretty happy with my progress since I just started this morning.

The tagged book by Roth is very good. He uses design thinking as a foundation for his approach. It‘s rather simplistic on the self-help front. On the intro-to-design-thinking front, it‘s very enlightening And super interesting. #readathon #designthinking

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Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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I fInished a book during the #readathon! 🎉 Quite a fun read. A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

MarriedtoMrT She‘s probably my current favorite contemporary romance author. 3mo
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Pelé—aka Cozyboy—loves the #readathon as much as I do! #deweys24hourreadathon

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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A book and a puzzle. ❤️ This book is so good. The author paints such remarkable stories. #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon

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MAD Librarian | Michael Guillebeau
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🤣🤣🤣 #readathon

Zelma Ha! 😂 3mo
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This book is fantastic. Great mix of theory and practice. #researchnerd

There‘s just one thing. This is directly related to my work. Sooooo, my brain is spinning with possible applications. #deweys24readathon is R&R for me. Voice-of-customer research sets my heart a-fluttering. It isn‘t relaxing. Time to put this away. Off to MAD Librarian. 😕🙂 #readathon

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If you‘re interested in branding, read this. So helpful and interesting. I did a geek-out binge read in a day.

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#24in48 I can hardly believe it! 18 hours! Two books in the books, so to speak. (The Alice Network, My Favourite Half-Night Stand), another half read (Finding the Right Message). Another audio started (The Library Book).

After months of upheaval—and thus relying solely on audiobooks—it was pure bliss to sit down and read with my eyes. The past two days have been just what I needed. Thank you Litsy. My feet are back under me. ❤️❤️❤️ #24in48

Librarybelle Great job! 3mo
Maria514626 Thanks, @Librarybelle! 😁 3mo
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A very fun read! Swoony but not overly predictable. 👏Second book finished in #24in48!

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Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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This book! So many fabulous lines! #24in48

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This book is so hard to put down! Since it‘s an audio, I could get these little guys ready for the oven.

I‘ve been bopping all over in this #24in48. Listening to two, reading two. 🤦‍♀️ It‘s been quite fun. Like appetizers for dinner.

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Finished one book yesterday. On to several more today—audio and Kindle. #24in48

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Changing genres this morning. #24in48
I geek out on this stuff. 🤓👏👍

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Act Like It | Lucy Parker
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Decided to splurge at the library today. I made a red velvet bundt last weekend. Now all I want to do is bake. 😂 #lovemylibrary

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Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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This was OK. Weaving in the romances was predictable. The spies‘ stories were quite interesting. This May have been more gripping as a read than as a listen. 3.5/5 ⭐️ #24in48

rretzler Also just finished it. I think it could have left Charlie out altogether and just concentrated on Eve‘s story and it would have been a better book. 3mo
Maria514626 @rretzler So true! Often the case with a historical novel that tries to anchor the story in a more recent time. Not sure if that sentence makes sense. 😂 3mo
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Starting #24in48 with these two already-in-progress books. Light and dark. Audio and Kindle. 😄

I might not have much reading time today. But tomorrow? A have an all-day date with my reading chair. 👏👏👏

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😱 This book is amazing and horrifying. Many of the famine scenes reminded me of the famine stories from WW2. EXCEPT, these were unnecessary, due to neglect. And instead of imposed on one part of the population, to everyone. #mustread

Zelma I really liked this one (though it feels wrong to say I like a story about famine in North Korea). Great storytelling and writing by the author. 8mo
Maria514626 @Zelma So true! 8mo
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Wilson | Daniel Clowes
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He‘s a real crank but he grew on me. 3.5/5 ⭐️
If profanity bothers you, give this one a pass.

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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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A day late. Oh well. 😌
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@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 9mo
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If you‘re a #steampunk fan, you might want to check out Victoriocity. It‘s an audiodrama #podcast. As if Douglas Adams wrote a steampunk comedy drama episodic podcast.

LibrarianRyan Thanks. I will. 9mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Mehso-so

2.5/3 This was a slog. Fairy tales aren‘t my thing. Lines like these made my eyes roll:
—I froze, my heart hammering like frozen rain.
—I pictured him journeying through starry spaces and dusty doors, strange universes he could sift through like coffee beans.
On the other hand, gems like these:
—This pillow smells like the time my bunkmate peed his bed at camp.
—Her junk drawer of a house.

Out of my comfort zone=good thing. #newyearwhodis