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PurpleTulipGirl

PurpleTulipGirl

Joined February 2020

I believe you‘ll find I‘m a generally responsible adult.
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Lean on Me | Pat Simmons
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“Marcus Whittington wasn‘t expecting to see a woman on his surveillance camera, trespassing on his domain.”

Starting this today, as I take a long weekend off before busy times at work.

#TogetherWeRead #FirstLineFridays

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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4/5 stars. Good, not great. Generally well told story. Kept me interested the whole way, but not something I‘d read again.

Nine people visit a spa. They‘re promised a transformative experience, and they get one. Just not what you would expect.

Pain affects us in different ways, and healing can be difficult to find. We have to allow ourselves to find it, which these characters struggle with.

canbku There's some haunting scenes from this one that i wouldn't have expected would stay with me. 1d
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Agent to the Stars | John Scalzi
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What do you do if you‘re a blobby alien who is sent to initiate contact with humans? You get an agent! Funny and touching and goofy, this is sci-fi that will satisfy geeks and those not into the genre, too.

4/5 stars

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Dogs on Instagram | @dogs_of_instagram
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Miss Molly By Golly would appreciate me putting my book and knitting aside so I can play with her.

#dogsoflitsy #rescuedog

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This book is GORGEOUS. I just got it while on the way to a meeting and I had to sit there like a responsible grownup and all I wanted to do was go home so I could look at all the beautiful patterns. I already have 6 projects in progress! I need to learn to knit in my sleep!

#yarn #knitting

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I happened to read this while in the midst of reading The Book Thief. They went together well. Both are about young girls living in poverty and making difficult choices during WW2. The strength of spirit and resilience needed to survive awes me.

4.5/5 for being engaging, well-written, and offering a new side of one of my favorite actresses.

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5/5 One of my absolute favorite books. Crawley is a demon, Aziraphale is an angel. They‘ve both been on earth, working for their bosses, for millennia. Over time, they became friends and settled into comfortable lives. That‘s all threatened when they find out the child who will bring about the end times is being born.

4.5 stars. This book is funny, thought-provoking on occasion, and a reliable read when I need a distraction, but drags a bit.

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Lamb | Christopher Moore
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5/5 One of my favorite books, by one of my favorite authors. Biff is Joshua‘s best friend. They grow up together and Biff helps Joshua learn how to be the Messiah. Mayhem generally ensues. It‘s funny, but it‘s definitely no for everyone.

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What does it mean to have faith? Not just in a spiritual way, but in other people? In a system? In our government?

All this is considered in a fairly short book, with lots of personal reminiscing about his life and his efforts to have his actions match his faith. Carter reminds us that, for people of faith in God, faith without love is insufficient.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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First the colors. Then the humans. That‘s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.

#firstlinefridays
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Lucy_Anywhere I loved this book - hope you enjoy it as well! 1w
PurpleTulipGirl @Lucy_Anywhere I am! It took a bit to get used to the narrative style, and I feel a bit odd saying I enjoy a book about such a sad and difficult time, but the characters are so well done and it‘s so beautifully told. 1w
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Porch Lights | Dorothea Benton Frank
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Jackie‘s husband dies and she takes their son to spend the Simm with her parents. There, they spend time healing and coming to terms with their grief. Jackie finds herself questioning her future when her son is unhappy about returning home. Meanwhile, Jackie‘s parents wonder if their own marriage can be saved after 11 years apart.

Audiobook made for a nice diversion while driving. Good, but not great, book.

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Such a good book! Henry, a Chinese-American boy, meets Keiko, a Japanese-American girl. But it‘s World War 2, and Keiko‘s people are the enemy. The story hops back and forth from the 1940s — Henry and his complicated relationship with his parents, and his growing bond with Keiko, who is not a suitable friend for him — and 1986, Henry‘s complicated relationship with his son after Henry‘s wife dies.

Beautifully told story, with a satisfying end.

marleed I just finished this one too - loved it! 1w
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I generally enjoyed this, and found it to be a good message of hope. But there were times when it felt disjointed. She would bring up an idea but not seem to finish addressing it, move on to another, and I'd be waiting for her to go back to the idea. Sometimes she did, sometimes she didn't. Still, I enjoyed it and it made for good book group conversation.

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Beginning the interminable process of binding off the body of the sweater in knitting, which requires some lighter reading than what I was already in the midst of.

#alwaysknitting

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Having acquired a LOT of wool, Parkes set out to have it become yarn. She uses different types of production to create the yarn. In this educational and fascinating book, readers get to hear about wool production in the US. Parkes is a vocal advocate for wool and for responsible care of the animals it comes from. Reading this and following her on Instagram has encouraged me to be better with my yarn purchases.

#yarn #sheep

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Deep thoughts when I ought to be sleeping.

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Knitting and reading on another dreary day in the Pacific Northwest. At least this book counts as work.

#alwaysknitting

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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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One of my absolute favorite books. Lowry subtly draws you into Jonah‘s world, where you soon see things aren‘t quite right. Precise language, what‘s best for the community, and Sameness are valued over emotion, individuality, and creativity. I often find myself wondering what kind of things had to happen for people to decide they‘d give up love and joy so they could have safety.

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4/5 now that I‘m done reading. We all need a reminder to be purposeful about life, and not get caught up in just surviving from day to day.

Not sure I would have picked this if it hadn‘t been a free option from a Major Online Retail Behemoth, but I needed something not heavy.

I occasionally find myself thinking that Cori‘s journal entries are more entertaining than Amy‘s story.

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Restart | Gordon Korman
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Chase gets what a lot of us have wished for — a chance to have a fresh start. He can‘t remember anyone, doesn‘t remember who he is. But his efforts to be a new person, the person he wants to be, are thwarted by his old friends and the things he‘s done.

A well-told story of redemption, forgiveness, and the difficulties of making the right choices.

LibrarianRyan I have been reading so many Letters about Lit for this book. Oh so many 2w
PurpleTulipGirl I‘m amazed by how much I‘ve thought about this book in the weeks since I read it. I‘m hoping to add it to the reading list for my church book group this fall. (edited) 2w
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