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Readaholics

Joined May 2016

I luv the smell of leather bound books & mahogany.
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Love love love these locked room mysteries from Lucy Foley. This one takes place at a wedding on an isolated island off Ireland. The groom is a TV survivalist and the bride is a social influencer. But everyone has secrets which come to light as the weekend festivities continue. A classic format - excellently executed. Cozy up with this one on a dark and stormy night ( or while drinking dark & stormies).

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It‘s so cool to read this daily account of the early outbreak. Yes, there are cultural differences between how China and the US populations view the virus. But what‘s interesting is to see the thoughts, dreams, worries and more of someone in lockdown. It reminds me of Anne Frank‘s diary. An interesting read that‘s censored on Weibo.

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Catherine House: A Novel | Elisabeth Thomas
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This book started off strong and gave me flashbacks to being a newbie in college. But it got a bit slow 3/4 through. Basically, it‘s the story of a girl who goes to an exclusive school where they are conducting secret experiments with “plasma” which can suspend life. She learns to find herself, develop friendships and even picks up a shitty boyfriend along the way. All of that- plus some sinister stuff included. 🦠🧪🔬

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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My book club just started reading this book. It‘s pretty honest and raw - which I can appreciate after having taken a memoir writing class last year. So far this is a good post intro lead in ... “ what follows are stories about how I got caged- and how I got free.”

Slajaunie 💙🐾 3y
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 3y
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Dare I say... I enjoyed this book MORE than Handmaid‘s Tale? Lol maybe that‘s being forced to read HT in high school. This sequel is told from three characters POV, it really pulls the story together from the first book and answers lots of questions. I loved it! A must read right now with so many parallels. Coincidentally, one of the new corona drugs being tested was developed by a pharma company called Gilead! Omg 😳

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Hamish MacBeth is always fun! A Scottish Highlands mystery that centers around a new neighbor in town who stirs up the local wives to improve their domestic arts. When she ends up dead, the plot thickens...

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Super excited to dig into this sequel of the Handmaid‘s Tale. A good dystopian book is the perfect thing for shelter in place. 📚 🏡 😷

Twocougs Loved it!!! 3y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s scary to see how this dystopian theocracy can originate from our current reality. The parallels are amazing. Hats off 👏🏻 to Atwood for pulling on a thread ( like puritanical Christianity) to show how it can manifest and become ugly over time. I‘m off to read The Testaments this week during our social distancing. #coronacation2020

Susanita I saw some comments on a social distancing Twitter thread saying that it‘s just a plot to close churches. Also that it‘s not appropriate to criticize the “president” on a national day of prayer. 🥺 3y
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Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung | Nina MacLaughlin
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My library TBR pile for the Corona quarantine in Santa Clara. We have 48 confirmed cases and half of them community spread. So I went to the library yesterday to stock up. 📚

thebluestocking Smart. 💙 3y
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Seasonal Associate | Heike Geissler
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I read about this book in NYT Book Review and I just had to order it. I can‘t wait to dig into this. A German‘s POV working for Amazon. From the first page, Heike is honest and raw. “From now on, that which kills us is our constant companion; that much I can say.” This is gonna be a crazy read.

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It‘s been 20+ years since I‘ve read this book, but my feminist book club chose to read it next month. Bonus - Atwood is speaking in Santa Cruz. I‘m so excited! 🎉 I didn‘t appreciate the subtleties she baked into the dystopian story, but I sure do love them now. Enjoying my lazy Saturday read as I try and beat this sore throat and avoid the Corona craziness in my area.

QuintusMarcus I had the same experience, re-reading the book for the first time since it was first published. Much greater appreciation for Atwood‘s intelligence and subtlety. 3y
IMASLOWREADER first of all i hope you feel better and second this book is one of my favorites 3y
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Loved it! The story of four women who blazed a trail to become VC‘s. They never let the misogyny stop them from achieving. Truly inspirational and an easy read. It‘s one of the Silicon Valley Reads book selections.

IMASLOWREADER awww cute face 3y
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Of Vengeance | J.D. Kurtness
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Wow - lol everyone has had one of those days, but this story told by a murderer POV is fascinating. A quick short read. Could be named “Growing up - a sociopath‘s coming of age story” lol. Worth a look if you like these type of twisted tale.

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Of Vengeance | J.D. Kurtness
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The story of a nameless female narrator who grows up as a murderous sociopath. From the beginning of her first accidental murder when she was 12 to her ongoing urges, you get a first person POV on how a murderer thinks.

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Of Vengeance | J.D. Kurtness
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Best opening line ever... “Let‘s be honest: Who hasn't fantasized about shooting someone in the face with a hunting rifle?” The story of growing up from a murderer‘s POV.

BethM 😂 3y
Bookzombie 😂 3y
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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You will not like Steve Jobs after reading this memoir. His coldness, inappropriateness and massive white male ego is appalling. Being rich and successful does not excuse piss poor parenting and shoddy behavior. Ugh I can‘t believe Lisa survived this. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 well done! So honest and literally made me cry and feel for her in my gut.

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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Omg I want to punch Steve Jobs in the face. Lol. Just kidding....but his parenting style and narcissism was not ok. Lisa tells the story of her wacky childhood with honesty and raw emotion. It really makes you feel for her - so sensitive and insecure while growing up with this psycho. Always trying to please and fit in while dealing with dysfunctional adults every day. Way to go girl! Your story is your truth!

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Mischievous kids ARE fun! I loved this story about a woman who finds her purpose by taking care of two orphaned twins who can spontaneously create fire when they get agitated. Their differences is what makes them beautiful to the narrator - a misfit herself who finds vindication protecting these two rejected kids.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 💓 3y
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I really resonated with this book‘s narrator. It‘s about being different and how people can find their purpose in odd ways. It‘s about connections and family and finding love. It‘s a modern day fairytale.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Such a great story about a rudderless woman who discovers her purpose caring for two orphaned twins with the ability to start fires when agitated. I loved it!

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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An amazing modern day fairy tale about a slacker who finds her purpose caring for two strange twin children who generate fire when they are agitated. So beautiful and clever writing. You really identify with the ostracized narrator and how her experience helps her care for two rejected and isolated kids.

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Got this one as an Xmas present from one of my feminist book clubbers. Can‘t wait to read it.

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Oh Lordy! My book club chose this one for January. I hear from everyone that it‘s awesome, amazing and an instant classic. Pray do tell... is that fact or fiction?

rather_be_reading so good!! however...it dus lack something... 3y
Simona Good luck ... form me this book is a case of seriously overrated book. 3y
Soubhiville I liked it. 3y
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Frankly Scarlet, I don‘t give a damn that this movie is 4 freaking hours! Lol the classic returns. Let me be honest, we giggled at the sexism and were appalled at the racism, but Scarlet‘s spirit just can‘t be beat. A timeless ‘tude for the ages! Lol.

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What a quote! This book is going to make me cry a million times. A memoir of a blind immigrant orphan who grows up to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother and eventually a writer - all before dying from cancer in her early 40‘s. Inspiring and also poetic! Like a love letter to living....

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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Wow - this book! If you‘ve ever sat or endured a rape trial, it feels accurate at least to my prior experiences. Her honesty and courage is astounding. And her beautiful recognition of her mom‘s courage and struggle is really poignant and nice here. You do get through this.... Chanel Miller was so honest, you can feel it on the page as you read. It‘s tough, but puts a human face on the victim and allows you a glimpse through her eyes.

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Started this audio book tonight! Wow talk about an eloquent ode to life. A blind, orphaned immigrant who lived to be a daughter, sister, mother and writer before she died in her early 40‘s. Her letter to her daughters on the paradoxes of life was amazing! How only through pain can you appreciate joy. I‘m crying....your crying....we‘re all gonna be crying. omg! ❤️ I love her honesty & attitude. My friends who lost family last year need this!

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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Wow - what a courageous book. I had a friend go through a similar trial while in college. The convicted rapist only got 2 months ( mostly wknd community service), but she had to endure years of pretrial motions, fear of seeing her rapist on campus and then the multiple expensive lawyer appeals. This memoir is the real deal - raw and honest - and amazingly eloquent. Well done Chanel - on (again) not being silenced as a victim. 👏🏻 I applaud you.

Cinfhen Great review!! This book really was well written and so brutally honest 3y
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Smokey Joe ( cat) obviously doesn‘t care. My feminist book club is reading this book of essays. I loved them, even though Alida is a bit younger than me. Her spunk, wit and humor is perfect for all the usual topics - sex, feminism, weight loss, female friendships and safety. Her voice is honest and funny which makes it feel like having drinks with your girls. Well done millennials - you have your next Roxanne Gay - we‘re in good hands. 👏🏻

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I need a Feminist Book Club in my life. This read sounds great. 3y
Readaholics You just start one as a Facebook group. We meet first Friday of every month regardless of schedules at a coffee shop ( poor folks who are allergic to pets or non-boozers). You don‘t have to have read the book to come to the mtg. Some books - it‘s ok not to finish if it‘s not your thing. The only rule is the book has to be either: about women, written by a woman, or has a female lead. Really almost everything qualifies! 2020 - just do it. 3y
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This Is Pleasure: A Story | Mary Gaitskill
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Short stories are amazing. This one oscillates between two separate points of view. A female friend of a male publishing executive accused of sexual harassment and the executive both share their stories. It‘s fascinating how they validate each other and justify the incidents from different POV‘s. Really highlighted the nuances of the me too movement.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Wow! Just loving this book...a modern fairytale about the never ending bond between a brother and sister. The writing is so rich and crisp you feel like you have a private window into the family‘s life. So much showing not telling and leaving things up for interpretation. Love it!

LeafingThroughLife Just got this one as a Christmas gift! 😃 3y
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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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This book amazes me! She is spot on about how the evolution of technology affects the arts, community and what society values. I was hooked from the intro and highly suggest it. A thoughtful point of view about how to remain in society but focused on the right things.

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Poriot is back and as cantankerous as ever in this new mystery set in London. He teams up with a young inspector from Scotland Yard to uncover the truth behind a double suicide and later three murders at a swanky hotel. I liked it!

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A nice primer on how to set better goals and remove friction to make progress more attainable. If you want to exercise more, you need to make a plan for success. I usually hate these types of self-help books, but this one was clear, straightforward and useful. A great read if you plan on starting a new habit in 2020.

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Sometimes a story helps people remember important life lessons. In this case, a promising young executive is failing at life and work because she is stressed. She loses her boyfriend and a major account before a ladies offsite. She learns the hard way that slowing down, being present and living your life with more meaningful purpose can help her become more successful and happy overall.

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Louise Penny is a gem! I love listening to her books on tape. This one follows the three pines clan as they investigate a mysterious inheritance, Royal lineage and a murder. Meanwhile, inspector Gamache is also tracking down a dangerous street drug before it kills half of Montreal. Grab a mug of cocoa and some cookies to snuggle up with this cozy mystery.

CherylRussell One of my favorite series!🙂 3y
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What an amazing short story from Plath. A girl gets on a mysterious train and befriends another lady who helps her escape the ride. I think it‘s a metaphor for choosing to live your life and the fight you have to endure to make it back to living with purpose again.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Love is complicated. It‘s messy and can be conflicted. At times you can find it and then lose it with just a thoughtless word or inappropriate reaction. I loved this book because if followed a boy and girl who found and lost love, but always had each other‘s best interests at heart.

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Turbulence | David Szalay
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This book is a great short read. It‘s like a movie and the reader is the voyeur who gets to jump into a d out of several entwined stories all based on people coming and going from flights. The characters are great and the stories are just interesting and short enough to hook you before you jump into another.

BarbaraBB Loved this one 💕 3y
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Omg this one! We are a country of lazy masses. Lol. No. But seriously, it discusses how class has always divided our country. It rewires how you think about slavery and working class. Trash is just a way to classify a sub group of people who live on the fringe and usually do the jobs no one else wants to do. Trash has evolved over the years from group to group. Such a timely book to read and long one!

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Super excited I made it through play #1. Super fun to see on stage with all the magic and clever theatrics. Also a great story about friendship and family and most of all acceptance. 🧙🏻‍♀️Lol and lots of people in costume representing their Hogwart‘s houses.

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Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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I‘m addicted to these book by Liane Moriarty. They are like guilty beach reads. Great characters, a solid secret and she‘s leads you right up to it. It‘s not fancy, but definitely fun.

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It‘s hard to listen to all the ways women are disadvantaged by default of design. From medical care to bullet proof vests, some things just aren‘t designed for women in mind. The impact on income, status, mortality and more is just startling though. A must read to know the statistical risks we live with every day. fascinating...

Itchyfeetreader This was infuriating but such a great read 3y
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My Lobotomy: A Memoir | Charles Fleming, Howard Dully
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I couldn‘t put it down. Such a brave story to tell about his torture and abuse at home that led to a lobotomy and later incarceration in mental hospitals. Worst part is...he was never crazy. Fascinating story based right here in my backyard of San Jose. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

sisilia 😱 Sounds scary 3y
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I‘m working developing a strategy to market voice actions /skills at work. I‘m so lucky to walk into the bookstore and find this gem. The future of conversational computing will blow your mind. 💻

ladym30 Such a sweet face!❤️ 3y
brit91 Awwww😍🐶 3y
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I feel like the author and Lizzo should get drinks at a dive bar in Reno. Personal essays are personal! Some people will love them and others not so much. But I ❤️ her raw humor and self effacing commentary. It‘s relatable and honest and comes across as genuine and underneath it all - kind. 👏🏻 hats off to SAM!

wanderinglynn I loved this book. She is a riot! So funny & so honest. 4y
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I wasn‘t expecting much from this book and was pleasantly surprised. The author does a fantastic job of weaving history, backstory and speculation in a good balanced pace. It‘s basically an investigation into why Harper Lee ( the south‘s #1 author) spent a year following a court case of murder and insurance fraud and then never wrote a book. After extensive research, she didn‘t publish anything. It goes into her Truman Capote friendship as well.

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What a wacky murder mystery! The narrator spends a weekend at a fancy castle with a bunch of characters. He must find out who murdered one of the guests and gets to collect clues until he dies and then starts again in another body. He only has so many “jumps” to unravel the clues. I thought it was clever, a bit long, but a cool idea.

Coleen_Nieto I really enjoyed this one! 4y
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The Governesses | Anne Serre
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Creepy! It definitely French. It‘s a haunting story of three mysterious governesses and their hypnotic hold over the neighbor, poor men passing by and the family they serve. To be honest it was a bit crazy, but I‘m sure if I had read it in one sitting ( it‘s short) it may have felt different. It‘s very poetic and lyrical and you‘re never quite sure what is going on. Like a creepy short French film.

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Toothpicks in Jell-O! Lol love this story of a lady who gets a job at a a funeral home in Oakland. Here‘s what her colleague is talking about on their way to pick up a body. Lol reminds me of the old journalists I worked with in the newsroom. 👏🏻 💀🤣

Devyn As someone who drove the Bay Bridge regularly, I can confirm that Chris is exactly right hahaha. I‘ve never read Caitlin‘s books but I‘ve watched her YouTube videos, I‘ve gotta add her to my TBR! (edited) 4y
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