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Nickinpa
Speaking of Summer | Kalisha Buckhanon
Bailedbailed

DNF. Unfortunately I watched a spoiler-y YouTube review coupled with the fact that I disliked the writing style. I was forcing myself to continue with this until I was not. Back to the library it goes!

KrisBrown I‘m having a hard time getting into this book! 5mo
Nickinpa Yes, I understand. I tried but it was not for me. 5mo
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Nickinpa
Pickpick

The full cast audiobook includes sound effects and music. Wonderful!

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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
Mehso-so

It would have been helpful to know the title character‘s true motivations for leaving her 5 year old daughter and not communicating with her for more than 10 years. This was eventually given but it was too little too late.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

The book dragged in the middle but is an impressive debut. In spite of the pacing issues, I look forward to reading what this author does next.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

A beautifully translated, nonlinear meditation on grief. The main character is somewhat difficult to grasp until it is slowly revealed that she is reeling from a huge tragedy. Well worth the read.

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Nickinpa

Too much drug use. It got on my nerves. I won‘t be continuing with the series.

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Nickinpa
Omon Ra | Victor Pelevin

This was the first book that I picked up at the library sale today.

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Nickinpa
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My first haul from my first library book sale! It was overwhelming but I managed to select a few titles. I‘m most excited about the anthology of African love stories since there are so many new to me African authors in the collection.

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Nickinpa
Evening Primrose | Kopano Matlwa
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Just starting this one. Lots of bible quotations but the writing is good.

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me. The tale is told in 4 parts and I really did not like the first two parts which were 200 pages of a 320 page book. The pacing and story for me vastly improved in the last 2 parts of the book so at least it ended on a positive and more hopeful note. Satire isn‘t really my jam but I enjoyed Black No More by George Schuyler more.

Cedricsmom Black No More was funny. I think there‘s a bit of a trend in these books right now but I doubt they have anything new to say. Black No More hit the highlights. 12mo
Nickinpa Definitely! I totally agree! 12mo
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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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Slowly making my way through We Cast A Shadow, lighting my #treeoflife candle and taking a moment to enjoy English daffodils from Trader Joe‘s.

Crazeedi I can't wait to see the daffodils growing in my garden!!! Beautiful!😊 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Crazeedi My first crocus was out yesterday in Southern England! 😊 12mo
Crazeedi @zsuzsanna_reads awesome! It'll be another month before I see a crocus, western PA USA 12mo
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Nickinpa
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I‘ve just dipped in and out of this one so far but I do like it!

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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer

Watched the movie tonight and it was just as infuriating as the book. Glenn Close did a great job.

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Swallowing Mercury | Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak
Pickpick

Coming of age stories. Nice writing but it lacked an emotional punch for me.

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Norma | Sofi Oksanen
Mehso-so

Silly plot but I‘d like to read more by this author.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

The unreliable (and unlikeable) narrator reigns supreme in this one. I ended up liking it quite a bit.

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So Long a Letter | Mariama B
Pickpick

A little gem of a novella

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Calypso | David Sedaris
Pickpick

Listened to this well-produced book of essays on audiobook, read by the author. Sedaris is quite an entertaining performer but there are many sensitive subjects (like suicide) and unsavory topics (bodily functions) discussed. Not for everyone.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

I enjoyed this read in spite of (or perhaps because of) my difficulty with the moral question that lies at the heart of the novel.

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
Pickpick

This was a dark and devastating read. Highly recommended if that‘s your jam.

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Nickinpa

I loved this. It was a very quick read. It was written before the 2016 election but she does include an addendum of sorts that was added after. Highly recommend!

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Make Trouble | John Waters
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There was so much in this short book (based on a graduation speech) to appreciate and enjoy. I like this one:
“A poor person to me can have a big bank balance, but is incurious, judgmental, isolated, and unavailable to change.”
Or this:
“I‘m also sorry to report there‘s no such thing as karma.
So many of my talented, great friends are dead and so many of the fools I‘ve met and loathed are still alive. It‘s not fair and it never will be.”

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Nickinpa

Two novellas in lists so it was interesting but didn‘t pack the punch of her earlier short story collection (Karate Chop) for me.

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
Mehso-so

Interesting concept but the book was unnecessarily long and had issues with pacing. The ending was a surprise.

Chelsey That's essentially my review to a T 2y
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The Diesel | Thani Al-Suwaidi
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Three more new books from the City of Asylum bookstore.

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Dandelions | Yasunari Kawabata
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Bought at the City of Asylum bookstore today.🙂

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My husband and I visited the cityofasylum.org today and took this photo of one of the Burmese House murals. And of course, I had to buy Khet Mar‘s book of short stories, “Night Birds and other stories”. City of asylum sponsors writers in exile from their home countries.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

It‘s not great literature but it‘s a quick, fun summer read that I enjoyed. The protagonist has a snarky sense of humor which I appreciated. It‘s loosely based on the author‘s own life.

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The Best Awful: A Novel | Carrie Fisher
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The audiobook read by Carrie Fisher was very good. Recommended!

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Brown: Poems | Kevin Young
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Endpapers by Mack Young. Love them!

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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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Pickpick

Another good one.

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Nickinpa
Mehso-so

Love Banksy but the text was meh.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

Just finished this one and I adored it. Hard to believe it was a debut novel.

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Nickinpa
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Another Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (an essay anthology). Most of the essays were compelling.

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Nickinpa
Mehso-so

Book Riot read harder challenge pick for a romance novel by or about a person of color. A family (and the couple at its center) is dealing with early onset Alzheimer‘s disease.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

I loved this one. Both the story and the illustrations were wonderful!

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Nickinpa
Panpan

The first part of the book was annoying and repetitive. The second half was marginally better but ultimately did not save the book for me. This was my second Muriel Spark and probably my last.

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The Trial | Franz Kafka
Mehso-so

It was a frustrating read/listen. Plus the audiobook had a problem and didn‘t end with the famous line but there was text from earlier in the novel dubbed in at the end.

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Slave Old Man: A Novel | Patrick Chamoiseau
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This one is next on my TBR.

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Nickinpa
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“We are trapped in a legal system that has never favored woman and has never believed survivors”. V.L. Seek.

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Footnote on page 184. Essay by V.L. Seek, “Utmost Resistance”

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Lion Cross Point | Masatsugu Ono
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Read this yesterday, translated from Japanese. It was good.

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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
Pickpick

Important for middle grade kids.

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Heads of the Colored People: Stories | Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Pickpick

I don‘t usually enjoy short story collections but I whipped right through these. She‘s a good writer. Many of the stories had links.

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Nickinpa
The Thief | Fuminori Nakamura
Pickpick

A short book. I liked the writing and will read more by this author.

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Nickinpa
Mehso-so

It had some good parts but overall it was kind of meh for me.

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Perfect Mother | Aimee Molloy
Panpan

It was a quick read but it was not good. I was aware of the device being used to manipulate the reader into a wrong conclusion so it didn‘t work for me.

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Nickinpa
Pickpick

Riveting medically related memoir by a reporter who contracted a rare brain disorder.

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Nickinpa
Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Pickpick

Great! Bleak at times but a good outcome.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion More like a series of short stories. I appreciate the effort that went into this novel, especially the research, and parts were compelling but it was just an ok read for me.