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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope, Dinah Birch
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This book surprised me. I thought it would be light, and the place where Samantha starts drew me in. But even with all the P&P homage, I didn't expect it to end as a romance. It's not that I didn't see the twist coming, I did. But the beautiful and painful way Sam develops feeling both quick and tortuously slow surprised me. This may be my favorite book of the year. It made me love my husband more for the reminder that he sees me, he gets me.

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The way pale yellow should look, like sunshine and butter, mixed with hope and cream.

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Just started this while waiting for an iron injection. I am hooked! Thanks for the recommendation!

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)

I am going to be at Interabang books in Dallas on August 7th at 6 pm for the monthly book club discussion. If any DFW area littens want to stay after and talk about organizing a litsy Meetup for our area, I am all in!

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The Wild Boy: A Memoir | Paolo Cognetti
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The yield from today's stop at Interabang Books in Dallas

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)
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Went in to pick up a book for next months discussion, came away with four more fascinating titles/authors that were not even on my radar. Great store, great staff picks, well curated tables.

MyNamesParadise It looks like a great store! 4d
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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I found at the end, it was just an unsatisfying read, despite the promise of the premise.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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But when is so at odds with the culture and themes of the moment, what's the point.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Seems I am getting more reading done on travel these days. Picked this one off my shelf on a whim this morning before I left for the airport even though I had two others planned. I was instantly hooked. Turns out it's Anthony Bourdain day (his birthday). I have not read anything by him or seen more than a snippet of one episode of his TV shows, but from this narrative, I can see why he was beloved.

Samplergal Loved the book. And him. Still miss him and his show. 3w
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I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my 20s when I discovered it on my grandparents bookshelf. It made a profound impact on me then. I read it again in my 30s as a new mom, at 40. Each time it's truth and poignancy struck me in a new way. So now that I am 50, I read it again. This time I listened to it on audible. It truly is a classic, and this time whether by change in age or medium, different characters resonated with me.

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This one line sums up a lot about this book. Very well written and tear jerker at moments. This woman was the teacher of one of my friend's son. It was odd to hear of the life that so mirrors my friend in places and community but with this senseless act of violence.

SheilaChew This looks good! Is it a memoir! 1mo
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Lake on Fire | Rosellen Brown
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Discovered two "new to me" authors at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend, and picked up a couple titles I had my eye on to support independent book sellers. Books at fest bought from Chicago's The Book Cellar, and others on Dearborn street Sandmeyers books.

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I found a book in Barcelona that I desperately want to read. Sakura by Matilde Assenci. It doesn't look like it's been published in English though she is popular in Spain. My Spanish is not good enough to work through it (for pleasure reading) and I am not as smart or dedicated as Mayor Pete who learned Norwegian juso read more of an author he liked. How do I track when this goes into translation to English and/or encourage the publisher to do so?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Maybe setting up a Google alert would do it. Otherwise, I‘m not sure. 2mo
DivineDiana Contact publisher, perhaps? 🤔 2mo
Sapphire Google alerts is a good idea. Never used it before, not sure why. Thanks! 2mo
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Reading on the train from Seville to Madrid.

SheilaChew I like her books! 1mo
Sapphire I really enjoyed this one and am passing it on to a friend. I think I have read something else by this author but I am not sure what. 1mo
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Embers | Sandor Marai
Mehso-so

I found the ending very unsatisfying. we

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Embers | Sandor Marai
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Reading on the train from Barcelona to Seville

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Mehso-so

This book is not really about the girls. It more a history of the rise of boko harom.

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Thank you to whomever recommended this book to me. I am less than 100 pages in and completely fascinated.

Texreader Oh this sounds so amazing!! 2mo
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Great art changes the way we look at things.

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People believe deeply in the veracity of their own vision.

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This starts of a bit too gruesome for me, but once I got past that, I am totally hooked. Well written and keeping me intrigued and guessing at every turn.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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I picked this up because I loved the Giants House years ago and the feeling of it stayed with me for decades. This was ok, held my attention, interesting. But not Rock your World like the Giants house. I was younger then, wonder if I would react the same way now. Still good, erudite writer.

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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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I enjoyed the story. Brought back memories of our trip to Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam

Bookish_B This sounds really good. I'll have to add it to my list! 👍🏼 5mo
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan

"they could not yet conceive of their bodies betraying them".

Laura317 I really liked this quirky book! 5mo
Sapphire It makes me want to bake bread. Or at least eat bread, wine and cheese. 5mo
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Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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Ultimately, it's a romance. But I cared about the characters. I could relate to their ambitions and foibles. I wanted Frank to tell me what music I need

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Have you read her Queenie Hennessey book? So good. Loved it. 5mo
Sapphire I have not. I will check it out! Thanks. 5mo
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Territory of Light | Yuko Tsushima
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Got this as an ARC. Can't say I loved it, but it did make me feel

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence (with featured article "What Makes a Leader?" by Daniel Goleman)(HBR's 10 Must Reads) | Harvard Business Review, Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis, Sydney Finkelstein
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Read this for work. My favorite articles were the ones on resilience and emotional agility. I think too many forget the basics of self awareness in EQ. These articles bring that back.

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Well written and moving.

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Mehso-so

I never did really get to empathize or like any of the characters too much. Just an ok for me.

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Farewell, My Orange | Iwanki Kei
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You must read this beautiful book. 135 pages of humanity, of the story of women, of the immigrant experience, of how we hurt and heal each other, distilled in gorgeous prose into a simple story of two women and their friendship. A friendship so common, so true. The Europa edition is lovely. I highly recommend this book. While it's topic is timely, it's not preachy or political. It really is the ancient story of friendship that goads and inspires.

Texreader Lovely review 6mo
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Farewell, My Orange | Iwanki Kei

Beneath a blue sky, learning to write under a great tree that sheltered her instead of a classroom roof. The first letters she had written with her finger in the sand. ... And after that, the simple prayer that she live another day to greet the sun again

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Farewell, My Orange | Iwanki Kei

Every soap bubble held a sob, which echoed softly against the bathroom ceiling as it burst.

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Farewell, My Orange | Iwanki Kei
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A new day, a new flight, a new airport waiting, new book.

Soubhiville This sounds good! 6mo
Sapphire And about the right length for travel. I love Eurpoa editions and found this in their catalog. I hope it is as good as it sounds. 6mo
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The Silk Road: A Novel | Kathryn Davis
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This would be a pan for me, except there were a few lines that we're breathtakingly beautiful or poignant. But the multiple planes and time frames simultaneously overlapping with so many esoteric plot lines made this more work to follow than it gave in results

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The Silk Road: A Novel | Kathryn Davis
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As so often happened when we came face to face with the unexpected, our thoughts got loose from our brainpans, sending us straightaway to the place we thought we'd left behind forever.

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The Silk Road: A Novel | Kathryn Davis

The sky was dark but the darkness still had a sheet of light inside, the way a philosophic tenet is backed by intuition.

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Read this on a flight to California. Amazing. So much in these 10 letters speak to core essentials of life. So much is ancient, so much is prescient of progress in the last 100 years since this correspondence took place. It's life altering reading.

merelybookish A book to return to! ♥️ 6mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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"Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose."

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Got this one from Indiespensible, Powell's subscription for selected books from independent publishers. I am 60 pages in and can tell I am going to love this one!

sprainedbrain That was one of my favorites read in 2018. ❤️ 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Reading it now, also. Magnificent! 6mo
Sapphire Glad to hear! 6mo
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An epistolary novel, I found the beginning humorous. By the middle I found the narrator/writer so annoying it was hard to motivate myself to pick up the book again, but by the end it had found it's charm again. Not the best of it's form nor the best of the topic of academe. But a clever and timely premise that might carry more pointed identification with those dealing with college students of today. I have been out of that life for 18 years.

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But men and women, when they show themselves at their best, seldom do so without an effort. If the object be near the heart the effort will be pleasant to him who makes it, and if it be made well, it will be hidden.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This book! I don't even know what to say. But the plethora of quotes I posted and the dinner reservations I have made stolen from it's pages may give a sense of my affection. It's a maze, a puzzle, a dark adventure.

margreads Such an amazing book 8mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind,

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

We are puppets of our subconscious desires.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Wine turns the wise man into a fool and the fool into a wise man.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Like all old cities, Barcelona is a sum of its ruins.

sprainedbrain That book! 😍😍😍 8mo
Nute A favorite book! 8mo
Sapphire It's making me really anxious to visit Barcelona! 8mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

until that moment I had not understood that this was a story about lonely people, about absence and loss, and that that was why I had taken refuge in it until it became confused with my own life,

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It‘s a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind.” “You talk like the jacket blurb of a Victorian novel, Daniel.”

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The leaves on the orange trees in the cloister shimmered with tears of silver, and the sound of the fountain wove its way through the arches.

mrsh62010 One of my favorite books ❤️ 8mo
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