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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope
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Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
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R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
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Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This may end up being my favorite book of the year. Such strong character development and the intensity of emotion from the narrator was both engaging and heartbreaking. The depiction of modern Appalachia was powerful. It‘s an amazing achievement. No wonder it won the Pulitzer.

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1. Central California mid 1980s 2. Cold remote Islands or ocean settings (Copenhagen, Norway, Cornwall, Nova Scotia). 3. Magical bookstores, libraries or secret book caverns.

Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2w
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Soubhiville Thanks for tagging me! My current book is in a fantastic world with floating islands: The Bone Shard War. I love reading fantasy, but for real world settings Vermont and the Applachias- places I miss living. 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for the tag 🩵 2w
LeahBergen Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 2w
ozma.of.oz Thanks for tagging me! 2w
vivastory Thanks for the tag! A secret book cavern sounds ideal right now 2w
Andrew65 Been a bit absent recently, but thanks for the tag. 😍 2w
Andrew65 I like books set in remote islands or the islands of Scotland. (edited) 2w
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DMA does a series of author talks each year through their “Arts and Letters Live”. We have seen Tracy Chevelier, Ken Follet, and Annie Leibowitz among others. Tonight was Bonnie Gamus promoting her book “Lessons in Chemistry”.

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Summer reading (in print anyway) set with #14books14weeks. Looking forward to this boost in my #serieslove as well. I decided to primarily finish the titles I own for Copenhagen and Frensh countryside with a little Cornwall& California thrown in for variety and mood. Also some London and NYRB recently recommended by Amor Towles twitter. #14books14weeks2023

TheHeartlandBookFairy Nice stack, thanks for joining us!Happy summer, happy reading 📚😎👍 3w
jlhammar I‘m really looking forward to reading Birnam Wood next month. Hopefully I‘ll be able to get to Once Upon a Tome soon! 3w
Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 3w
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My Jack is as smart as six thirty. Now that is stated, we can discuss the book. It wasn‘t on my radar at all until I received it on my #auldlangspine list. By the time I got to it, it‘s everywhere. I enjoyed the first half and it‘s quick pace. Humor despite the tragedy. Plucky. But I wasn‘t seeing all the hype. By the end I was in love. I still have more to enjoy. Gamus is speaking in Dallas tomorrow and I have tickets, then book club #dogsoflitsy

monalyisha So fun that you‘re seeing the author speak! 3w
CBee Hi Jack!! He‘s so handsome! Very happy you‘re seeing the author, you‘ll have to let us know how that goes 💚💚 3w
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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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I have been reading my way through the character Tookie‘s list of “short perfect novels” listed in Louise Erdrich The Sentence. This has the same ethos. A simple hard life well lived against an ethical standard with human imperfection. Glad I read it. The prose is effective in creating the mood. #192025

Librarybelle What a great idea! I like reading books that are mentioned in other books! 3w
Aimeesue Ha! I screenshot that list when reading the Erdritch, but have yet to get back to it. I really should! 3w
Sapphire @Aimeesue I am struggling with Mrs Dalloway, but I am glad for each I have read so far. About halfway there. Many of them also work for #192025 and I am hoping to hit 25% complete on that challenge soon! 3w
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The Resistance Man | Martin Walker
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Should I spend my summer in Cornwall, Copenhagen, California, or the French Countryside? I am feeling excited about #14books14weeks2023 and getting some traction on #serieslove23 at the same time. It‘s going to be a good good Summer!

Librarybelle Lots of great options! 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy Decisions, decisions 😁 4w
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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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Heading into travel status for work this week armed with an enjoyable audiobook and two great kindle books in progress. I got halfway through Lessons in Chemistry this weekend but leaving that hardcover at home so hubby can catch up before we see the author speak next weekend.

Sparklemn Jealous about next weekend. Make sure to post some pictures! 4w
Sapphire @Sparklemn will do! We are so lucky in Dallas. The DMA has great authors every year. 3w
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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I only finished 5 books in April. I also really enjoyed Violin Conspiracies. I DNF several good books to no fault of their own; just mood and library due dates. I will come back to them when the time is right.

CBee This looks so similar to mine at the same time last year 💚 1mo
Sapphire @CBee I just started Lessons in Chemistry and can‘t put it down. I have tickets to her author talk for DMA later this month. 1mo
CBee @Sapphire so jealous! That‘s exciting 😊😊👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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Japanese legend says that earthquakes are caused by Namazu the giant catfish who lives under the earth and is only kept from thrashing and wriggling by the god Kashima who sits on his tail to keep him under control. Woe betide Kashima getting tired or distracted . . . A brilliant legend for a hard working nation, really - take your eye off the ball at your own potentially fatal risk. No wonder we never relax.

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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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I have no idea why this slender volume is taking me so long to get through. But I have to finish this weekend. Neighborhood book group is next week. Lovely evening on the back porch though

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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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But for sheer size and it‘s ability to put you in your place, even New York can‘t compare with Tokyo.

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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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This story drew me in and carried along at a good clip. Multiple threads make it widely appealing. It‘s not beautiful prose but at the same time, I read half in one sitting. The author, a career musician, has a second book out this month and I plan to read it based on enjoying this one and the opening paragraph teaser at the end of the kindle version.

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I didn‘t love this as much as everyone else seemed to rave. I lived Hamnet but the blurbs about this one didn‘t call to me. I gave in on maybe the 7th time a person recommended it. It‘s a soft pick for me. Interesting but not fabulous in prose, character development, or plot.

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I don‘t get to recommend books much as it seems most people in my real life have such different tastes than I do. But I remember how fun this book felt reading it. The most “fun” since the er welt Harry Potter though very different of course. #EasterOMC #most-recommended

Clwojick I enjoyed this one! ❤️ 2mo
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Hippity, Hoppity, Little Bunny | Cottage Door Press
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My favorite thing about Easter THIS YEAR is that my daughter drove all the way to Texas so I could see my granddaughters. Hippity Hoppity was a big hit. #easteromc

Desha So adorable! Happy Easter! 🌸 2mo
BarbaraBB How wonderful! 2mo
Clwojick Oh! How wonderful for you! 🐇🌸☀️ 2mo
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Dragon She‘s a cutie! Happy Easter 🐣 2mo
Sapphire @Desha happy Easter 2mo
Sapphire Thanks! 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰🥰 2mo
DivineDiana Love. ❤️📚❤️ 1mo
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The wind came into the house from the Sound, and it blew Daisy and me around her East Egg mansion like puffs of dandelion seeds, like foam, like a pair of young women in white dresses who had no cares to weigh them down. #easteromc #litsypets #firstlines This is the first line of my current ebook and my daughters dog Luna because she is chosen and beautiful and white like the dresses in the first line.

kspenmoll Beautiful first line; beautiful is Daisy! 2mo
Clwojick What a peach! Hi Daisy! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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The recliner in my bedroom is my favorite place for reading print books, but an audiobook while crocheting will also find me here. Todays snacks for #EasterOMC are on their beat up but very helpful tbr pile table. #booksandbeverage

Clwojick 💚💚💚💚 2mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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My TBR goal for #easteromc is to finish the tagged in print book. My grand babies arrive tonight so I better get focused!

Clwojick You‘ve got this! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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My March fav was a hard choice because I think Sea of Tranquility is brilliant. But when it came down to it, @CBee was right. The characters in constellation really stick with you. It was a good reading month overall. #auldlangspine. Always thanks to @chasjjlee for the bracket graphic

CBee Your bracket is looking a lot like mine did in early 2022! 😊💚 2mo
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Celine: A novel | Peter Heller
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Door dashing Hawaiian Bros Chicken and tucking into some more Celine due to doc orders to keep elevating my leg. I get a pass for not putting my laundry away, right? But 70 year old Celine puts me to shame with her clue hunting despite emphysema. Bister absolutely would not look at the camera. Stubbornness as a theme also playing out in my book and my home.

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Dr. No | Percival Everett
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Why is it that it takes an injury or illness to finish a title sometimes. I tripped entering a conference Saturday morning. Had to bail due to pain before lunch. But I finished both my audio book (Babel) and this digital while elevating and icing my leg. I really liked Trees so I was disappointed with this newer title from Everett. Same pacing and absurdity; word and concept play was less interesting and I cared about the characters less.

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Celine: A novel | Peter Heller
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A road trip frees the mind, revitalizes the spirit, and infuses the body with Dr. Pepper and teriyaki jerky.

tpixie Lol great quote 2mo
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Dr. No | Percival Everett
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Celine in paper, Dr. No in digital, and Babel on audio. Having just finished Sea of Tranquility, March is turning out to be a really good reading month.

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Lori Feathers is a bookseller at Interabang in Dallas. Every book she has ever recommended to me has been astoundingly good. She is now a founding member of a new literary prize. Tagged is the final title on the list but I couldn‘t get the photo to cover all 5 titles.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book surprised me at every turn. This may end up being her masterpiece. The writing is spare and yet evocative. The tale twists and turns. The characters are so engaging. I could read a novel dedicated to each. I preferred last night in Montreal to stations eleven for its aspects of John Irving. But she finds her own voice distinctly in this work. I sit astounded as I set it down.

BkClubCare Now I want to reread this. ❤️ 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel

“Is there an unease that‘s specific to the sense of an invisible bureaucracy in motion around you?”

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel

Illness frightens us because it‘s chaotic. There is an awful randomness about it.

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Sorry | Gail Jones
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My Europa Editions collection. Tagged book in progress. Adding Lambda soon.

BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 3mo
Cinfhen Love Europa - fantastic collection 🤩 3mo
TheBookDream Love love love Europa 3mo
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vivastory I have both Fresh Water & Treasure Island on my TBR shelves. Looking forward to both! 3mo
Sapphire @vivastory I really enjoyed fresh water for flowers. I moved between print and audio because I had the audio before I realized it was Europa. I think you will like the complexity of the characters and how their humanity is treated 3mo
Sapphire I am really looking forward to Night Prayers 3mo
vivastory I have heard only the highest praise for it. Looking forward to it. 3mo
Aimeesue I love them so. ❤️ 3mo
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Language was always the companion of empire.

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All I can say is thank you to @CBee for putting this on my #auldlangspine list and to @monalyisha for hosting. This beautiful, tragic story so needs to be told. I had not heard of the book, nor would I likely have chosen it. It‘s so timely, and yet so easy to ignore from an American perspective. We delude ourselves that it couldn‘t happen here. I am grateful to have read it. The writing, the language, is so finely crafted as well.

CBee I agree with your review 100% and am so very glad you loved it as much as I did 💚 (edited) 3mo
Blueberry ❤️ 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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If there is pleasure in action, there‘s peace in stillness.

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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I felt like I did a fair amount of reading in February, but I didn‘t finish a lot. I have better books still in process, but tagged title was the best of the ones I finished this month. It was a library book group discussion in Feb and is my neighborhood bookgroup title for March, so I guess that‘s fair.

BarbaraBB Nothing beats Fresh Water 😉 3mo
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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We usually read aloud on road trips, but this Texas gulf coast trip has us in a “Harry” theme. Listening to “Spare” on audio and the Grammy awarded best pop album. Still have Celine in the back pocket.

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I finished the audio book today. The second in this series and I continue to have mix‘s feeling. For the story, the mystery I feel like I am wasting good reading time. But I still want to know how the relationship develops between the two main characters. So I am really tempted to jump to the next one but I have so many better audiobooks waiting.

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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Hoping to read this over the weekend so I can tag along with hubby to his library bookgroup on Thursday. Our neighborhood bookgroup just selected this for the March discussion, so it will be worth the push (while doing laundry and packing!) #weekendgoals

Sapphire Had a good discussion at the library book group tonight! 3mo
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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers

“Placetne, magistra?” “Placet.” The final line is exactly how I feel about this book. The first half was a slog that took me months, but once it got moving I was hooked. Charming, erudite, insightful, human vulnerability explored intimately. #192025

Librarybelle Lovely review! 4mo
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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January isn‘t over yet but it‘s close enough I know this is my favorite finished in January 23. I want to tag the person who made and offered the bracket graphic but can‘t find the name as it appears I accidentally cropped it on the version I saved. If you know, please comment/tag. This was on my #auldlangspine list as one of @CBee s favs of 22. #readingbracket2023

monalyisha I did some quick research because I think the brackets idea is fab! Looks like the creator is @chasjjlee 🎉! You can find the original image on her page. (edited) 4mo
CBee You have no idea how happy I am that this is your January favorite! I did the bracket last year and Fresh Water ended up being my 2022 all-time favorite ♥️😊 4mo
Sapphire @monalyisha thank you!! And thank you @chasjjlee 4mo
Sapphire @CBee if I had finished a constellation of vital phenomena in January it might have been a tough choose! Let‘s see how many of your 22 favs end up on my 23 favs list! 4mo
CBee @Sapphire that was a tough choice for me too actually! I believe Constellation was my February 22 favorite 😂 4mo
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In the Bleak Midwinter | Julia Spencer-Fleming
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I couldn‘t remember how this got on my TBR. Then I found it an interesting enough mystery if dated in its topics. But i really liked the main characters and the dynamics of their priest/cop/army history friendship. It dragged in a few places. I finished with a push to get ready for some library holds coming in. But then i couldn‘t help myself when I finished and downloaded the second in the series to have more Claire & Russ. A so-so i can‘t stop

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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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I wasn‘t ready to start this yet, but it‘s our Feb neighborhood book group selection and hubby and I went for a drive to Oklahoma today. We like to read aloud in the car on long rides, so started even though I have another print title in progress. It‘s weird. But so are roadside dinosaurs next to Tesla charging stations outside a gas station/BBQ joint.

DivineDiana Yes, that dinosaur is weird! 🦕 4mo
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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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The Bodleian library has appeared in enough of my recent reading to make wish that I could somehow someday visit it. But this cheek made me smile.

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He had never imagined that the joy of being published at all and the despair of being published poorly could be tied together like the opposite Ed‘s of a shoelace.

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This is one of my favorite bookmarks which feels appropriate for today. Also really enjoying this book despite it being set in the horrors of war. Maybe because the humor is subtle and focuses oddly on beauty found among horror. Akmed, facing a patient in the aftermath of a land mine, a common scene for him- has as his first reaction to throw his lab coat over the child whose protection has brought him to this hospital.

CBee It‘s a beautiful book and I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it (despite the tough subject matter) ♥️ Your bookmark is lovely too! 4mo
DivineDiana Beautiful bookmark! Is it made of fabric? 4mo
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela Klawitter
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Happy Lunar New Year. All the Hope of the year of the Rabbit. I am happy that my new year finds me preserving the 3 to 5 pm weekend hours for reading.

kwmg40 Happy Lunar New Year to you too and I hope you continue to preserve your precious reading time! 4mo
Sapphire @kwmg40 thanks! 4mo
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So Big | Edna Ferber
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Life has no weapons against a woman like that. #192025 #dogsoflitsy

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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