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Only 23% of people being coached - yes, fewer than one in four - thought that the coaching had a significant impact on their performance or job satisfaction.

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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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It‘s these little touches that make something great excellent.

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID

I‘m having fun with this one. Easy read but still gets you to think a bit.

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Mosquitoland | David Arnold

Something so annoyingly familiar about this main character…hoping I can get past it and get into the book. Reading it for my tutoring student so I‘m gonna have to deal either way!

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I‘m reading this as part of a book club with my friends. It is really bothering me. I don‘t know if it‘s the repetition of gooey words like “wholeheartedness” (I can be a tad cynical) or that the ideas are hard to swallow. I‘m only on page 31, so maybe this is coming later(?), but I would love to see more of the data and hear her data-gathering methods explained clearly instead of just reading over and over “based on my work.”

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She gave every artist the same image to collage. Such a cool idea.

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Artists: Their Lives and Works | Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
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I loved this book! It must‘ve taken so long to compile this amount of information. It gave a great overview to someone who didn‘t have this general background knowledge but who appreciates art.

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The Outside Boy: A Novel | Jeanine Cummins
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This is one of the best books I‘ve read in a very long time. The writing is excellent, not only in its form but also in what in conveys about the world and the human experience. The story is engaging and romantic and will stay with me for a very long time.

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“I knew I had to learn how to cook in order to carve out a home in this new place” (5).

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This book is based on an interesting premise, having been written in the U.S., that changing one‘s diet can drastically impact their mental health. I‘m intrigued to learn more! One critique I have from the get-go, however, is that it is not HAES-aligned, and on page one discusses “the obesity pandemic” 🙄. Oh well, takes a while to learn these things! I‘m trying to tease out what I want to take from this book from what I want to toss.

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The Liar | Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
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I‘ve been missing books that are easy-to-read like this. So it was a welcome breath of fresh air.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This novel pulled me into a different world and a different world and a familiar one. Ward grabbed time and space and color and understanding and violence and strength and swirled them all together. What I would love to do one day is to teach this book to high school students.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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On the nightstand these days

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult

“When I stopped careening between the highs and lows of emotion, I didn‘t feel bored. I felt safe” (324). #healing

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Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult

I put paper clips by the quotes I want to carry with me in books. Here are some from this one:

“We all have stories we tell ourselves, until we believe them to be true” (28).

“Someone does not have to die for you to miss them” (197).

“‘That‘s the thing about being obsessed with the past. It keeps you from having to notice the present‘” (235).

“‘...love isn‘t just a feeling,‘ he says. ‘It‘s a choice‘” (308).

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Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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This book made me sad and feel like I was missing out on a lot. I only felt that way because it was written so well. I think the reason it does not have such a high rating on Litsy is because it keeps you thinking and it leaves you thinking, and yet, that‘s baked right into the title.

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult

“There is something bleak and barren about a world that is missing the person who knows you best” (395).

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Sweet. Tender. Warm. A glimpse into what Backman can do. Looking forward to Sibling Book Club.

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I read this book in about two sittings, which I don‘t typically do. Ng‘s writing pulls you in. I especially loved the little trinkets that went missing. It was reminiscent of “Little Fires Everywhere.”

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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I‘ve been waiting for so long to read this book! My high school English teacher recommended it; I emailed him for some suggestions. I‘m so excited! 🙌

JamieArc If you get a chance the author herself reads the audio version and to hear it read, it‘s powerful. 2y
Samara_Kipnis Ooh good to know, thank you! 2y
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson

This book is funky, and another one that pretty much starts off with rape...

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Man, am I falling in love with Daniel. Page 306 if you‘re wondering. 💕

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“He really is not a good person...I‘m sure there are good reasons he is the way he is, but then I decide that the reasons don‘t matter” (256).

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“He really is not a good person...I‘m sure there are good reasons he is the way he is, but then I decide that the reasons don‘t matter” (256). THIS! Man, do those reasons fool me, fool us all, probably, because the charming ones are usually the jerks. But in the end, it still matters how you get treated, no matter the reasons.

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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I‘m waiting to hear my siblings‘ thoughts on this from our book club, but in the meantime, here are mine:
- detailed plot
- intriguing concept
- theme of identity being fluid was fairly well thought-out
- I wish the author went into more detail about the magic, how people lost their shadows, and spent more time exploring what was happening rather than tying together various components she introduced.

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“She is his first child. He‘s already given up all his dreams for her” (210).

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

Hemu & the amnesiac (page 175) ❤️

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“Everyone‘s got someplace to be. Finding God is not on the schedule” (45). This just made me stop and think. When not only a train stops, but the world stops, existential questions really may end up towards the top of the to-do list. At least, that‘s been true for me lately!

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Book Club book #4 🙌

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I just have SO many questions about this author‘s psyche. Also, Cayenne feels like Turtle‘s inner child here, at least in how she relates to her.

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Page 1. Reading outside. This is so true right now. Good to remember...

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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This ❤️
“Still he addressed her in the affectionate mode, the diminutive form of exchange reserved for bonds formed in childhood, never questioned, never subject to change. It was how parents spoke to their children, how Udayan and Subhash had once spoken to one another. It conveyed the intimacy of siblings but not of lovers” - Jhumpa Lahiri
#siblingbookclub #thelowland

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Honestly, I put this book down for awhile. Picking it back up again, I‘m having a hard time understanding how I read it for so long. I really want to know the end of the story, but it is just so ridiculously disturbing, I‘m not sure if I‘ll get there.

TrishB I didn‘t get there and bailed on this one. 2y
Samara_Kipnis @TrishB That sounds like a healthy choice! 2y
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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri

Excited for our sibling book club tomorrow! I just finished the book today. I love how Udayan plays such a big role in Subhash‘s life, showing how intertwined siblings can be, for better or for worse, with that knowledge or without.

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri

Um, relatable. #quarantine:

“There was the anxiety that one day would not follow the next, combined with the certainty that it would. It was like holding her breath[…]And yet somehow she was breathing. Just as time stood still but was also passing, some other part of her body that she was unaware of what is now drying oxygen, forcing her to stay alive” (132-133).

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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“She thought that her legs with buckle, there was no strengthen them. Nothing was supporting her. But she continued to stand” (124).

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Um, so this happened...I was reading the book and it went from page 84-117! Suuuper weird. Next thing I knew, there was a fresh copy, all pages included, in my mailbox. 🤔So either, the company I ordered it from realized their mistake and sent a new one from a different company or I ordered it twice...haven‘t checked yet because you know, quarantine+doing things=ha!

Samara_Kipnis Yep. Ordered it twice. 2y
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This writing...!
“She loves taking care of things” (34). Such a simple observation of his protagonist.
“The floor complains beneath him” (34). The floorboards even hate Martin. I love it.

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“...and Turtle wondered if there are things that she is blind to that other people can see, and what those things might be” (14).

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A little nervous that it‘s 417 pages, but we‘ll see...

BarbaraBB I loved this one and it reads fast but it is a disturbing book! 3y
Samara_Kipnis @BarbaraBB I just started it, and it‘s already disturbing! Was not expecting that. Captivating, too. 3y
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Going on a blind date...with a book! Thanks #barnesandnoble

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

“It isn‘t always easy. But if you say that to them, they‘ll reply that it‘s not supposed to be” (434).

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

This quote really stuck out to me, since I teach 7th grade and fear this also: “But he‘s terrified of this: turning around and seeing a twelve-year-old get hurt and feeling responsible. Anyone who feels responsibility isn‘t free” (244).

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

“‘You can force people to obey you, but you can never force them to follow you. If you want them to play for you, they have to love you‘” (194).

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“Adri never became just anyone, not entirely; she was born with something of Alain in her” (183).