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Messiejessie

Messiejessie

Joined February 2019

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Inspired by true events, Sue Monk Kidd brings both history and these characters to life. It‘s a beautiful book.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I liked the story but not the writing, which is understandable as it‘s a translation. However it felt clunky to read and a tad repetitive. The way the female character‘s perspectives were written also felt a little off base.
Nevertheless, it was a short read with an interesting plot line.

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Quirky and contemplative, this book does not follow a typical formula.
I liked it.

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Emotional Female | Yumiko Kadota
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This book is definitely worth your time and attention. Beautifully articulated. I felt like I was right there with her.

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Such a sweet book. This was lovely to read.

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A compelling and thoughtful account of trials of the murder of Joe Cinque.
My first Helen Garner book. It took me a little while to become accustomed to her style, but I appreciated her candidness and her thoughtful observations.

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Thicker than Water: A Memoir | Kerry Washington
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I recently listened to a podcast interviewing Kerry about her book, and couldn‘t wait to read it.
The interview was so interesting and touched on themes that I would love to know more about, such as belonging and discovery of self. But there was something about the book that I didn‘t quite connect with, I‘m not sure why.

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I love books that can express the beauty of nature. This book doesn‘t just express it, it embodies it.

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Written by Geraldine Brooks in 1995 about the women she met and their experiences, when she was working as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East.
A difficult but informative read. I‘m glad to have read this.

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I‘m not into video games at all, but I still really enjoyed this book, which goes to show how well it‘s written.

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Bedtime Story | Chloe Hooper
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This is a beautiful book.

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I do love the way Maggie O‘Farrell writes. I couldn‘t put this down.

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Loved this! So interesting and useful.

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This is well laid out and easy to read. The last section has some breathing practices and mantras, which I‘ve not gotten to just yet.
If I‘m honest, I‘m not really in the right phase of my life right now where I can embody the philosophies in this book, but hopefully I come back to revisit it one day.

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Loved it! Loved the characters, the storyline, the setting, the way it was written, the little tie in to The Dictionary of Lost Words. Loved that it was set in the bindery of the Oxford University Press. This is a beautiful novel showing us a slice of history told through women‘s eyes.

MrsMalaprop Reading this one for book club 😊 6mo
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I‘m new to learning about the enneagram and this was a great introduction.
It really is a joy to spend time thinking about the different types and where you and your people fall over the 9 types. I found it very interesting and will probably continue to think about it for some time.
The only problem I had with it was that I would‘ve preferred the spirituality parts to be spirituality without Christianity.

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I‘m not really sure how I feel about this book, the characters or the series to be honest.
It may not be for everyone but it is a complex, intricate and intelligent story.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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This book! Wow… what a masterpiece.
The story, the characters, the female friendships and relationships but mostly the evolution of Celie. This is an amazing story.

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‘Blindsides‘ are one of the scariest things we can imagine happening to us. This book is about what happens when life blindsides us, how people cope after deep tragedy and the potential for post traumatic growth.
It doesn‘t sound like it, but it‘s actually a hopeful book.

Crazeedi I added this book to my tbr before. I definitely need to find it and read 8mo
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The Last Migration | Charlotte McConaghy
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Beautiful prose. I had to pause several times while reading, to allow the loveliness of her words to sit within me.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Michelle shares the complicated relationship she had with her mother and while doing so, uncovers the unconventional ways in which her mother loved her and showed her love. It was touching to watch Michelle discover these little gems while processing her grief.

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This is a very honest portrayal of a person. Did I always like Sandra Pankhurst? Nope! But I sure admire the hell out of how she has survived the traumas of her life.
At one point, the author connects with a hoarder in this book when she says about the type of books she likes: “Anything which shows the human strength under the most appalling circumstances helps me to survive”.
That is the kind of book that Sarah Krasnostein has written here.

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Caroline2 Eewwwwwwwwwwww 😆 9mo
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This is a lovely book. Pip has such a way with words. The prose is thoughtful and captures the magic of the moment. It‘s a book about discovery and dreams and the search for a way of life that can bring peace and joy.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I loved the way this was written. It was absolutely riveting. Jennette has managed to tell her heartbreaking story in such a smart and humorous way that it is impossible to put it down. 5 stars

MrsMalaprop Almost bought this the other day. Think I need to grab it next time. 🙏 10mo
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Riveting. I could not drag myself away from this book and Susannah‘s account of what happened to her.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This was incredibly good writing.
I liked this book, although I‘m aware it may not be for everyone.

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The plot thickens….

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Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
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Viola takes us on her journey of the rediscovery of herself. She shows us the value of finding and having compassion for your younger self.

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Maggie‘s telling of her brushes with death sent a shiver along my spine. Especially the first and last chapters.
Definitely worth reading.

Vansa This was a deeply haunting book to read. And the first chapter is absolutely devastating to think about the lack of trust in women, by law enforcement 12mo
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I think it‘s safe to say that I got some value from this book! 😆
The 10th anniversary edition has a section for note taking and Brene encourages the reader to inhabit the book in order to integrate it into your life. So I went for it! I learnt so much. The integration into my life part will take some time and practice and probably a lot of forgetting and then revisiting. I‘m so glad I read this.
5 stars.

BookBelle84 I've read her books multiple times and use her insights daily. 12mo
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Always be yourself. Unless you can be Elizabeth Zott, then be Elizabeth Zott! I loved this character. This is a brilliant book.

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This book was so compelling. I was throughly invested in Adunni‘s journey.
Although her story is traumatic and painful to read, she, as a character is a delight to spend time with.
It‘s a powerful book with a beautiful message.

Amiable I loved this book. 12mo
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Penguin Bloom | Bradley Trevor Greive, Cameron Bloom
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This is such a touching story and the photography is superb. It captures the emotion perfectly and is extremely moving.

Clwojick I love all the Bradley Tyler Grieve books, and I used to follow this family on Instagram. Love their photos! 13mo
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Red Dog | Louis de Bernieres
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What a good dog ❤️ Such a character, he was loved by so many.
The book is quite different to the movie.
The movie made me much more emotional. The book is told in a more detached way.

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It would be a very scary thing to tell your truth, knowing that the people you love may be hurt by it.
Ashley‘s memoir is brave and honest and written with grace.

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Again, Rachel | Marian Keyes
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I read and loved Rachel‘s Holiday a long time ago. I fully expected to be a bit disappointed by this one, but I absolutely loved it. It was everything you love from Marian Keyes - sharp, witty dialogue, great characters and a heartfelt story told in such a humorous way. She did a wonderful job continuing the character‘s stories. I throughly enjoyed reading this book. I might even go back and do a re-read of Rachel‘s Holiday.

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The Ministry for the Future | Kim Stanley Robinson
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It felt like it took me a long time to read this. Parts of it flew by and other parts dragged. Thankfully the chapters were short, so when the subject matter was heavier it still seemed achievable.
It is scary, depressing and hopeful all at the same time. This book illustrates that there are things we can do, if only we would do them.

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Shaman's Crossing | Robin Hobb
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Hobb‘s Realm of the Elderlings series is my favourite series of all time. While I don‘t feel the same way so far about this series and these characters, I still couldn‘t put this book down.
The characters are amazing, as is Hobb‘s style. Nevare did at times make me feel some complicated feelings towards him! I‘m not sure what the next book will bring, but I‘m sure that Nevare‘s character will continue to develop, and I‘m definitely down for that.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Beautifully written

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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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Just finished a comfort re-read of this masterpiece. This book is so entertaining. It was just as wonderful the second time around. I love Robin Hobb.

PuddleJumper Such a good book 14mo
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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This book is thoughtful and heartfelt. At times it is heartbreaking but it is always hopeful.

It has helped me to begin to connect my mind to my heart.

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I very much relate to Geena when she says the big task in her life is ‘to close the gap between when something happens to me and when I react authentically to it.‘ Feels like an never ending challenge!

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I love the worlds and characters that Becky Chambers creates. This is a lovely, quiet end to the series. It‘s about inclusivity and the beauty of diversity. It also gets you thinking hard about what and where home is and the significance of the ground you stand on.

bookishbitch I love her writing and need to get this. 1y
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This book was ahead of it‘s time. Originally released in 1990, there are elements and concepts that were revelatory to me and that are also very relevant to me today, in 2022.
I learnt a lot about women‘s anger and the effects of the de-selfing that we do in small ways, every day.
It is a new way for me to think about anger and the steps I can take to change the patterns that I‘m participating in.

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What a great start! Page 16: ‘Many of our problems with anger occur when we choose between having a relationship and having a self. This book is about having both.‘

IuliaC Great quote! 1y
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This Much is True | Miriam Margolyes
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Interesting life, engaging personality and a unique perspective

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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This book is adorable. Britt-Marie will quietly steal your heart.