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SShiney

SShiney

Joined January 2017

Californian writing, reading, and living in France. www.susanshiney.com
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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First book finished in 2020. Loved it! So honest and soul-searching reflections. Wow. Audiobook was read by the author.

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"Just as treating nature's bounty as a gift ensures the fertility of nature, so to treat the products of the imagination as gifts ensures the fertility of the imagination."

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Hi. I wrote a blog post about why I love magical realism and used Love in the Time of Cholera to illustrate my points.
https://susanshiney.com/5-reasons-why-i-love-magical-realism/

#magicalrealism #readingblog #writingblog #gabrielgarciamarquez

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Great job breaking down the revision process and what issues to look for and how to solve them. I highly recommend it!

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Simple but inspiring to find more coziness in my life!

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Year of the Monkey | Patti Smith
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Loved this book! Such beautiful writing all of the way through.

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Couldn't stop listening to this book of essays. I have so many bookmarks of sentences I love. Highly recommend it!

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Loved this book! Such a great synthesis of research and economy of words. I wish I could learn about all history in this format.

Zelma She is one of my favorite authors. 2mo
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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A lot of reflections in this book about perfectionism and the life of a creative person.

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I zipped through this one, a great listen. I am surprised I haven't heard of it before.

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Quick and fun listen. She was honest about her experience in Hollywood.

charl08 Ooh, another one I want to read. 3mo
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You Owe Me a Murder | Eileen Cook
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Episode 1 of Behind the Keyboard with Nicolle and Cynthia featured Eileen Cook talking about her book and her approach to writing in general. Great webinar and she read a scene from the beginning. I really want to read it! #ya #podcast #authorwebinar Here is the video: https://youtu.be/J0FLCTFuYUI

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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I liked it overall. Loved experiencing Ethiopia, being a twin, and a new perspective on surgery and medicine. The ending saved it for me. A lot of gut-wrenching intense moments. It didn't have a strong narrative drive to keep me reading. It felt long, a bookclub deadline helped me finish it. But...good...

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So inspirational! Loved hearing how creative he was and he shows you step by step how he made his movie and the thinking behind his decisions.

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Must read on the craft of writing! I loved the way he organized each chapter into sections. I couldn't put down the chapter: Preparation, Planning, Production.

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Loved this book about the making of Thelma and Louise and its discussion of women in the film industry. So glad my library had this one, I hadn't heard of it before. I was interested and entertained the whole time.

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Super creative retelling. Great audiobook performer/narrator.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I am studying the redemption genre and I love this book. Amazing what Dickens accomplished in such a short novella and crisp language to describe the fantastical.

jen_the_scribe It's my little tradition to read this every year at Christmas time. Love it! 7mo
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Excellent book that has led to a huge story structure awakening in myself. There are two podcasts that discuss his ideas and I am going to keep going deeper with the Story Grid!

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I have the British version with a different name. As an American living in France, it really spoke to my heart about both cultures. Yes, there are a lot of generalizations, but it was a fun read with a lot of food for thought.

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Great book focusing on the writing process and the practice of being a writer. I will revisit it often.

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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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My book club will discuss this book next week. Not what I expected it to be. Loved the narrative voice, a lot of action and complex discussions of culture, identity, and history. Amazing!

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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What a beautiful novel. I saw it all over litsy and decided to check it out. It was the perfect mix of being plot-driven and having elegant literary prose. I didn't want to put it down.

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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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Awesome read! I had to pace myself to give myself time to absorb it and get into her complex sentence structures. It motivates me as a writer and as a woman. I get to discuss it in my writing group on Sunday!

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I loved this book and will definitely read more of Philip K. Dick! Off to watch Blade Runner now to see how it compares. The struggle between machines and nature is so very relevant today. I look forward to discussing it this week with my #bookclub.

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I agree with 70 percent of his ideas and got some new advice that is useful. Like pay for vacations ahead of time so the last memory won't be about paying the bill. Love that idea! The other 30 percent doesn't work for me which is fine. Like his ideas on donating versus volunteering. Great food for thought though. I am interested in reading more about Stoicism that he borrowed from occasionally.

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Wonderful book to finish on a rainy day. I will add it to my list of books to reread every couple of years. It is exactly what I needed to help me take my writing to the next level. I will discuss it next weekend with my writing group and look forward to deepening my understanding of prose. Must read for writers!

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Book club books for Jan. to Sept. 2019 in the mail. Yes!

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I will read anything by Yann Martel. This book had some ups and downs and the pacing is off in the middle. But I love the animal symbolism and magical realism and the bursts of spiritual thought. I am looking forward to discussing it next week in my book club. #magicalrealism #bookclub

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I love the descriptions of how to do positive visualizations and affirmations.

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Overall an interesting overview. Sometimes it was a bit listy, like I was reading a cookbook or an encyclopedia. It does give practical daily earth based spirituality tips which is what I was looking for!

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Loved it! Speaks to the writer's soul and is so motivating.

RaimeyGallant Yes! 14mo
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I have my writing group reading discussion books for the next couple of months and my book club book for November!

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I read this for my book club. It was a demanding read with changes in POV and flashbacks and jumping around with a lot of characters. But a beautiful style and creative dynamic characters. It was a good book club pick with a lot to disect and discuss.

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I liked this book and one of the few I could find mixing buddhism and earth-centered spirituality. I love Thich Nhat Hanh and she mentions his ideas a lot. There was a section that talked about her experience with orca whales that deeply touched me.

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Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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Not what I was expecting from Haruki Murakami, but it was sweet. I will definitely read his other books in hopes of finding more surrealism.

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I think this is the 3rd or 4th time reading this book and I take away something new each time.

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Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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This book is great, 30 pages in and I am in love. I also found a great reading spot for a summer evening. Score and score.

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I see why this is a classic. I absolutely loved the first and third acts. However, the middle of the book lagged for me and it took me a very long time to read. I loved the magical realism, the prose, and the poetic truths about the different kinds of love. I am curious to watch the movie adaptation.

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I got sucked in to another New Adult book! I am on a kick for this genre. Feels great to be out of a reading slump. Intense mixture of sweet/innocent and violent/tragic. I don't think I'll read the sequel though and I am not sure why...

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Easy | Tammara Webber
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I need a new ereader, until then I am reading iBooks straight off my computer. It does work well for eating and reading at the same time. Anyway, I really liked this book. I got sucked in and read the whole thing in two days. I want to explore the #newadult genre more and I know this book is on a lot of the top 10 lists.

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Princess Academy | Shannon Hale
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They went all out on the production of this audiobook! Maybe because it is the first kid's book audiobook I have listened to? Every character had a different voice and there was music seperating the chapters. I usually only listen to nonfiction audiobooks, but the mulitple voices helped keep my focus and interest. Cute story, I would have loved it when I was a little girl. I wanted it to be more young adult than a kid's story. #overdrive

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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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I feel like I have really accomplished something by finishing it! I liked it and there is a reason it is so popular. This sucka is long... I am going to wait for the right mood for Book 2.

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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
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Wow! What a life story. I couldn't stop listening. Heart-breaking and informative. I have started looking up Ms. Pat's stand-up shows and podcast interviews. I'm a new fan!

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I love David Sedaris (usually). I made it half way through and I just have to quit. There is a totally different vibe to these that is so raw. I know it is from his journals, but I just can't.

AmandaL I listened to this on audio, and that's how I felt in the beginning too. Eventually when it got to entries that made it into his later essays, I started to really like it. 2y
SShiney @AmandaL I might try it again one day when I am in the right mood. 2y
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So the writing is simple and on the nose, but I love spiritual fables! I read this about 20 years ago for the first time and it was a huge part of kicking me off on a spiritual and self-improvement journey. A quick cute read that is uplifting.

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Love this book. I learn something new everytime I read it. Super clear and concise descriptions of mindfulness.

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The Artist's Way | Julia Cameron
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It took me 7 months to get through the 3 month program, but I didn't give up! Transformational experience not only on my creativity but also how I want to prioritize all of my passions in life. Can't recommend this program enough!

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So interesting to see the difference between the source material and the show. Hard to live up to such a great series. I would have appreciated it more if I didn't see the show. Interesting description of prison life.