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MommyWantsToReadHerBook

MommyWantsToReadHerBook

Joined September 2016

Mom, translator, editor, always reading something. https://www.goodreads.com/Salome_Smith 🇿🇦
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Yesterday, my boyfriend was telling about a googling typo that somehow led him to Mary Toft, and I remembered reading about this book! It happened to be less than $4 on Kindle, so here we are. One of the things I find most interesting very early on is the descriptions of the meals. Stewed lettuce, anyone?

IndoorDame I‘ve never tried it, but I have a friend who grew up with lettuce in soup the same as any other greens, so people do cook it 7d
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @IndoorDame I guess you learn something new every day! 😳 7d
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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This was so good! The narrative jumps around in time around a huge event in the narrator's life, and another pivotal event although it's not personally catastrophic. Anyway, I got a bit confused sometimes but not too badly and the writing is absolutely fantastic. Interestingly, and if you know me at all, exactly to my liking, you don't get a clear picture of where things end for the narrator, what lies next. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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I started and got bored with a few books in a row, and then another Litten posted about his second book. I discovered they're both on Scribd and of course had no self-control. I adore John Darnielle/the Mountain Goats but I was wary... So many bad books are published every year, after all. But I need not have feared - brilliant lyricist, brilliant writer. So good so far.

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This was still a fun read, but rather more emotionally intense than The Flatshare or The Switch. I liked the fact that she explored the characters' flaws and growth and things weren't just easy. I did want to kill some characters here and there, or at least get them to shut up, but mainly they crept into my heart and I wanted them to do well.

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The Confession | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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This was an interesting read by "the American Agatha Christie". It's again a slowly unfolding mystery written in the first person, but with a much smaller scope than "The man in lower ten" - much more intimate and emotional. It's rather hard to describe. Yet the writing is great and the story really pulled me in. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Wishing everyone a good day with family/friends/pets/books, whether you celebrate or just rest on this day. I'm looking forward to seeing people after being utterly alone due to covid! Thank you to all that make this community a happy place to be ❤️

TheSpineView Merry Christmas! 3w
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 3w
Jeg Merry Christmas. Hope your day was full of people. 3w
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I hate it when something I really want to read is only available in audio. Maybe this is terribly offensive to those from 🇺🇲 but I haven't found an audiobook read by an American yet that I could stomach! Really disappointing.

SRWCF LOL! You obviously have never listened to Matthew McConaughey smoothly narrate his book! 😉 4w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SRWCF true! I don't know, this guy sounds like a second-rate actor. 4w
SRWCF @MommyWantsToReadHerBook don't knock it until you try it! 4w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SRWCF sorry I meant the narrator of this book! Matthew McC I like! 4w
Graywacke With hopefully some respect to how difficult it can be to narrate a book, there are a whole lot of stinky readers who get books wrong. 4w
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Vow of Compassion | Veronica Black
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Book #10. Quite a finale to the series. I'm going to miss these books! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Vow of Adoration | Veronica Black
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Book #9. I got quite confused! Another good read.

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Vow of Poverty | Veronica Black
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Book number 8. Another very good one!

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Vow of Devotion | Veronica Black
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At least covid is good for one thing: time to read!

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Vow of Devotion | Veronica Black
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Book number 6. Still very good, but somewhat old-fashioned in one respect.

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A Vow of Penance | Veronica Black
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Book number 5. I especially enjoyed the intricacies in this one!

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I see now why this book is so popular! The writing isn't always that strong, but the story carries you forward. I loved the theme of women finding strength in expressing their sexuality and being able to stand up for themselves. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Another beautiful read from Krueger. The backdrop of the Indian boarding schools and the Great Depression are interwoven masterfully. Once again, there is a lot about God and pain and suffering, handled beautifully in my opinion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 1mo
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The Ugly Five | Julia Donaldson
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I had a fucking awful day but am finally on my way home from Cape Town and got this for $3. It only occurred to me when I was walking away that I need something for the other kid...

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Manxmouse | Paul Gallico
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I visited my cousin in a town about 1,5 hours out of Cape Town today. It was the first time we really spent time together as adults. Among other things, we talked about books we read to our children and she lent me this lovely volume that I had never ever heard of 😍💜

EvieBee Oh wow! His books are hard to find. Enjoy! 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @EvieBee I didn't even know that. I hope my children love it! 1mo
BookNAround I read and loved his The Snow Goose when I was in high school. (edited) 1mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Having a wonderful time on the Cape Peninsula after a lot of anxiety earlier in the week. My friend took me of a tour along the coast of the peninsula this morning/early afternoon. It's so gorgeous here! And right now I have nothing to do except read my fantastic, completely engrossing book. I'm so lucky!

4thhouseontheleft That looks beautiful! Enjoy! 1mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful photo! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Gorgeous 😍 1mo
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Andrew65 Looks heavenly, enjoy. 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Enjoy 1mo
Graywacke Wow 4w
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Up next! On my way to Cape Town (well, the Cape Peninsula, my new favourite place) for a week of work training. I've been wanting to read this forever.

LiteraryinLawrence Love this one and its sequel! 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @LiteraryinLawrence I'm enjoying it so much! 1mo
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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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I wouldn't quite agree (with Scribd) that this is literary fiction, but I still enjoyed it immensely! At one point, the cast of characters became a bit overwhelming, but it all came together beautifully. A fun but meaningful read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

tpixie Yes! A mess of a family. 💔❤️‍🩹 1mo
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I thought this was wonderful. I'm so sick of books where being a Christian is equated with having a terrible experience and then blaming God for not miraculously intervening. This is like a treatise on theodicy in novel form, but also on happiness, contentment and the fact that life simply is hard - but also beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Amy and Isabelle | Elizabeth Strout
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I loved this book! It explores sex, people's longing for intimacy and pleasure, shame, judgment and fear of judgement, friendship... It's about a mother and daughter and terrible events that sets in motion a beautiful flowering in their lives in the end. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer, quickly becoming a favourite. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I loved this! As others have mentioned, it's quite different from the show. A lot of it is her childhood memories, discovering the world of books and thinking her own thoughts. I find this world fascinating (can you say huge Chaim Potok fan) but honestly, Potok is a man and a huge dimension of women's suffering in this world had never been clear to me until reading this. I think she's remarkable!

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Oh my word, it took me forever to finish this book. I think I expected too much. Or maybe it was just the extremely questionable theology towards the end that put me off! ⭐⭐⭐

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Vow of Penance | Veronica Black

No!! I've been absolutely engrossed in this one, trying to figure out what connects a bunch of bizarre events and murders. I have 7% left and my old, old Kindle's screen is scrambled. I hope I can fix it! I think it happened before and recovered...

Flaneurette The new paperwhite looks really nice, maybe you will have to buy yourself an early Xmas gift 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Flaneurette my new glasses may have to be my Christmas present to myself 😕 - but exciting stuff is happening with work, so who knows! 2mo
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A Vow of Obedience | Veronica Black
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Book four. Sister Joan doesn't even get to catch her breath after returning from retreat before some rather gruesome events that touch the convent unfold. A few red herrings and a fairly interesting resolution.

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Vow of Sanctity | Veronica Black
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Book three. After her involvement with police matters in book two, Sister Joan gets sent to the order's remote retreat in Scotland by a beautiful loch. Of course a mystery unfolds. This one had such a fun subtwist that I loved 🙂

Andrew65 This cover tells me I need to read this, then you said the magic word - Scotland. Love books set in Scotland. 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Andrew65 this has possibly been my favourite in the series so far because of the lovely setting and interesting events. 2mo
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A Vow of Chastity | Veronica Black
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Book two. Sister Joan is now fully part of the community in Cornwall she was sent to from London to look into what was happening there (in the first book). This one gets into slightly darker territory. I don't suppose the Catholic, contemplative angle will be everybody's cup of tea but I really love these books!

MaureenMc Catholic contemplative is definitely my jam! *stacked* 😁 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @MaureenMc cool 🙂 I hope you enjoy them! 2mo
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Vow of Chastity | Veronica Black

So we have local government elections today and I was at my voting station nice and early and reading the second Sister Joan mystery. Not sure what people thought every time I burst out laughing 🙂 this one has some good humour and a nice intriguing mystery so far!

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A Vow of Silence | Veronica Black
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My sister told me about the Sister Joan mysteries and I just flew through the first one. Perfect read for a stressful time. There are some heavier parts and it's not just fluff, but still a very relaxing and entertaining read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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It was... Okay. I was interested to read in the acknowledgements that Lillian was based on a real advertising woman, because that was the part of the book that I liked least. Some parts of the book were really charming and others were just so-so. I know all these protofeminist novels are very in right now. I consider myself a feminist so I don't really know what it is I generally don't like about them. Anyway, that's my #unpopularopinion. ⭐⭐⭐

Anna40 Agreed. It was ok for me too. I'm also a feminist but this didnt strike me as feminist lit 3mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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I loved the book but could remember nothing of the movie, so I started rewatching it. Oh my word, he changed so much! There are so many delightful details and plot lines in the book that completely disappeared. Really worth the read for any true fantasy lover 😉 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Life has been rather crazy lately and reading has been slow. Started Henrietta Lacks, haven't finished it. Started Lillian Boxfish, finding it quite boring for some reason. But then I picked up Howl's Moving Castle, which I got at the farmers market a few weeks ago. I never read it before. So far, I'm really enjoying it and it's actually making me want to read, not social media or TV or anything else in my down time.

BarbaraJean Oh, I loved this one! And this particular cover is hilariously terrible…😂 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean it's so awful! But it's the cover on the copy I bought so I had to use it 😂 2mo
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I laughed so hard.

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Can someone explain Scribd to me? Why are books that were available the other day (which I didn't keep saved, because my phone is always running out of space) not available now?

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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My first Jhumpa Lahiri, and not my last, I'm sure. The last chapter was perhaps too much of a neat bow, but all in all I really enjoyed it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Railway Children | Edith Nesbit
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So I never ever read this before, but am discovering it with my children. We've really gotten into the audiobook thing! We, or some of us, as the youngest has done some listening behind her sister's back, have now covered The Magic Faraway Tree, Folk of the Faraway Tree, Adventures of the Wishing Chair and The Wishing Chair again. We all need to be present with The Railway Children though - I don't want to miss anything!

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Okay, I really don't think I can read an Agatha Christie espionage novel again for the next 20 years or so... This one still had lots of interesting and entertaining elements, but at other times it dragged. ⭐⭐⭐

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It took me a while to finish this but overall, it was good. I've read quite a few books about Afghanistan lately and sometimes it just becomes too heartbreaking. The writing could have been a bit better but it wasn't bad. 3,5 ⭐

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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And so I finally read this wonderful book! I have nothing but praise, although it did make me sad. So masterfully written and beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cinfhen Loved this book!!! You must read 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen I really want to! Not currently available on Scribd... Will keep an eye out 6mo
Cinfhen I hope it becomes available soon….it was such a wonderful sequel ❣️❣️❣️ 6mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Wonderful Patchett, for the most part. I don't know, somehow the characters' issues were so blatant that I got cross with them for holding on so dearly to their upsets and not getting therapy 😂 maybe I'm just in a weird mood. Still highly recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cathythoughts Nice review! I think this is my favorite of her books so far 6mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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So I finally signed up for Scribd and am enjoying The Dutch House so much so far!

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The Man Who Knew Too Much | Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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I especially enjoyed the first few stories. The whole political vibe of some stories were a bit lost on me, and at least one contained horrendous racism. All the puzzles were great, though and the writing of course top-notch. ⭐⭐⭐ And a half?

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The Man in Lower Ten | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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I had never even heard of the "American Agatha Christie" before my sister recommended this book to me. It was atmospheric and beautifully written, with a lot of tangles - I loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

DivineDiana Neither have I! Must explore further. 📚 6mo
BarbaraJean Ooh, I haven't heard of her, either! Will have to check this out! 6mo
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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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It's been a very busy few weeks and especially this last week was hellish. I read Cat among the pigeons in bits and pieces and finished it last night when I could finally take a break. I had forgotten the international intrigue part... And the racism, oh my word! Still, enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐

robinb Love that cover! 7mo
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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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I know about the controversy, although I didn't go read about it again. From my point of view, very far removed from that situation, I thought it was brilliant, and heartbreaking and amazing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Well, this was definitely interesting. I can understand why it gets mixed reviews as my feelings about it were mixed! Each of the three parts has aspects of beauty, and there was a fair amount of magical realism and just plain incomprehensible parts. Nothing upsetting, thank goodness. The last part has a lot of untranslated Portuguese, which I happen to read... Not sure how others experience it.

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This made me smile so much! The top line reads:

Me: Jesus, should I buy this new book?

BarbaraJean OMG, this is hilarious!! 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I know, right? By the way, your WhatsApp is full of nonsense again... 6mo
BarbaraJean Oh, the joys of WhatsApp… I got a new phone and apparently had to set up the app all over again, which I didn‘t realize I needed to do until I checked it just now! 🙄 6mo
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I found the most beautiful book (translated into Afrikaans from the German) at a market 6 months ago. Since then, the story has truly brought me inspiration and comfort, and sometimes when the giant cat in my life gets too big, I read this to my girls to remind myself to be brave and face it down, that I will get through this but I can't be afraid! When Selina faces the cat head-on, it gets smaller and smaller and never bothers the mouse again.

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I wandered through the house earlier and decided to try to tackle this one (gift from my sister). I know it got very mixed reviews but I don't recall allusions to anything weird or upsetting. As soon as he mentioned stuffed African animals, I started stressing. It brought back the trauma of Beatrice and Virgil, possibly the most distressing book I ever read. Crossing my fingers that nothing too awful is coming! 🤞😞