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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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Food and Literature | Gitanjali G. Shahani
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My list for #foodandlit 2022 is coming together! Although I have 3 for Argentina, 2 for Afghanistan, and 2 for Japan. Cuba will be an audible title for me, “Our Man in Havana”. 10 of 12 for this challenge are all books already on my tbr shelves of previously purchased! @Texreader

Butterfinger Oh my goodness. What great planning!! 5d
Texreader Isn‘t that the best ever!!! Way to go! And great planning. So much fun!! 5d
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Mehso-so

Preachy allegory, intermittently clever. Still, if there are more I will probably read/listen

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Single Rose | Muriel Barbery

This pendulum swing between the candor of happiness and the cruelty of desire was life itself.

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Single Rose | Muriel Barbery
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Now this sounds fascinating! Another favorite author and this slim volume is only 148 pages so this must be fast moving to touch on all that.

Lcsmcat Stacked! 2mo
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Settling in with one of my favorite authors. Supposed to be one of the “hot titles” of the fall releases.

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Brood | Jackie Polzin
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I know this one has a “love it or hate it” effect, but I thought it was hysterical. I really enjoyed the dead pan midwestern style telling. While she talks about chickens even though it‘s not about chickens, I don‘t think it‘s about infertility either (having lived that). I think it‘s about the fears and joys of parenting being one and the same, maybe even the terrors and triumphs of life itself.

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Brood | Jackie Polzin
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The eye of a chicken is all that is left of the dinosaurs, a little portal into the era of nut-size brains. Meaning cannot be derived from a chicken‘s eye because meaning does not exist there. But, also, the craziness of the eye obscures everything.

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Interabang Books | Dallas, TX (Bookstore)
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Book Haul from a quick stop to my local indie bookstore!

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Beneficence | Meredith Hall
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My local bookseller is highly recommending this title to everyone who will listen. She has never steered me wrong and introduced me to quite a few books I would not have picked up on my own that became favorites. Looking forward to starting my weekend with this one.

Tamra I‘ve had my eye on this one! I hope it‘s good. 2mo
Nute I like a book-recommending bookseller!🙂 Stacking! 2mo
Sapphire So far, yes! Engaging story and character. Beautiful writing. 2mo
Sapphire @Nute Laurie Feathers Interabang in Dallas. She finds jewels! 2mo
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Really enjoyable beach/vacation read

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This is looking to be a great beach/pool read so far.

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Mehso-so

Listened on audio during drive from Indiana to Texas. The twists got me.

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Interesting beginning. Neighbors chose this for Fall book discussion. I have 90 min to read while I literally “refuel” with Iron.

EvieBee ♥️♥️Hope you feel better soon. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good luck, I hope it helps and you feel better! 3mo
Sapphire Thanks! The Iron always does! So does a good book! 3mo
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This book was weird. Not what I expected. Some of the blurbs call it dystopian, and I guess in a way it is. It‘s classified sci fi, and I guess in a way it‘s that too. But not really either. Worth the read. Just totally not what I was expecting. I went into it thinking it was a novel about a relationship. It‘s definitely not that.

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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This book made me weep. My life is so different from the women in these stories. Yet my pain is not. We are force. We are more than we think. Beautiful prose, easy read. Emotional truth.

Sapphire Mothers and daughters 7mo
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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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“But no mother on the outside could possibly know what it was to face a truth like the one she‘d been presented with: that it was her own love killing her daughter”

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The Sabbath | Abraham Joshua Heschel
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The concepts on the architecture of time are amazing. This book may very well be life changing for me.

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It Would Be Night in Caracas | Karina Sainz Borgo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Singrid Undset
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Starting a Scandinavian novel in translation on the day it snows in North Texas (a little) feels right.

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I am not sure how this came across my radar as I am not much of a true crime reader, but this was fascinating. Modern history too. Interesting author/journalist as well.

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A Beast in Paradise | Ccile Coulon
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I suspect this may end up being one of my tops for the year. Sore beautiful writing, but a shocking surprise ending that is oddly satisfying for its quick turn.

Sapphire Also, I love this publisher 10mo
Sapphire A good one for “book in translation” for reading challenges 10mo
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My Grandmother's Braid | Alina Bronsky
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I woke up with a bit of a head cold so I am settling in with my new book from Europa Editions and a cup of Duke Cardiffs blend tea from Simpson & Vail on this drizzly Saturday

readordierachel Hope you feel better soon! 10mo
Nute Get rest and sleep. Many well-wishes for a quick recovery!💕 10mo
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Fnac Sevilla | Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (Bookstore)
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For @ReadingEnvy I couldn‘t figure out how to put this in comments. But the beauty of these trees, and the scent may be why they appear or are mentioned in so many books. They are memorable in deed. When the blossoms drop they become sticky on the ground.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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My current situation: fresh baked bread straight from the oven, apple sage tea in my favorite Christmas present mug, and Hamnet. I hope Hamnet lives up to the hype. It seems to be on everyone‘s best of 2020 lists.

Cathythoughts Nice situation .. I loved Hamnet 11mo
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Tense and Disturbing at points, but beautifully written. Very atmospheric.

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“Nicole lay awake in the warm, uneasy darkness”. I know this one has us mixed reviews but I am really enjoying it so far.

Reagan I have been seeing a lot of positive! I look forward to your review. 11mo
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I felt myself a broken jewel inside a jewel box.

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I have been eyeing the beautiful Juniper books for several years, but they are not inexpensive and every time I like the cover scheme the books were not really to my liking or vice versa. So when they started this new line of contemporary “books everyone should own” (BESO) I took the plunge, or kiss if you will. I am really enjoying the first installment that arrived on Christmas Eve. The personalized Yeti for my tea was my favorite gift this year

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quietly expert in the art of fruitful despair

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My neighbor brought over homemade eggnog today.

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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This really pulled me in at first, but overall it did not live up to the promise of the first 30 pages or so.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agreed. 😕 And I was really looking forward to it. 12mo
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A rifle toting tiger. A sword gripping lion. This is a war that will be waged between related beasts.

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Starting my Saturday with this amazing pairing from Churchill‘s fine Teas in Cincinnati Ohio. A Sri Lankan blend paired with the beautifully written fictional Yasodhara‘s tale of her family on the island of Ceylon during the Sri Lankan civil war.

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It‘s impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you

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This was a very emotional red for me, and complex in the experience of it. I did not care for The Friend, which I read earlier this year, but loved this title. Also enjoyed the author‘s talk on a Festival panel. With definitely read more from her. This title felt a little reminiscent of Didion.

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I got this book as part of a ticketed book festival event. I didn‘t expect to like or enjoy it, as the “modern hippie/irreverent adventurer” thing always struck me as schtick it‘s him. But I did enjoy the memoir, gained a new respect for “outlaw logic” as part of the Texas fabric, and learned a few things in self reflection myself.

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I think I might be entering a “memoir” phase. Started this book today. “Looking for goshawks is like looking for grace: it comes, but not often, and you don‘t get to say when or how”.

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Book People | Austin, TX (Bookstore)
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Is anyone attending virtual events this year? They are using crowdcast just like the Hay festival did in Wales UK and I found it an easy platform. I am signed up for about a dozen sessions over the week of the main events. The teen/YA events started this weekend

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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A great listen for October. Enjoyed both the Dracula legends and all the travel descriptions across Europe and Central Asia.

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A Saint from Texas | Edmund White
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This book is weird. And raunchy. The characters a bit vapid. The language is dense for read aloud (we started this on a car trip). It does capture some aspects of Texas I am not sure I would have appreciated before living here. Still, I want to finish and see where it goes and if it makes a point.

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Actress | Anne Enright
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I didn‘t love this one. The beginning was engaging but it dried up. It didn‘t really delve into either the primary topics.

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I picked this up on my first foray out into the world (an independent bookstore in Waco Texas) that wasn‘t for groceries or meds. The table was labeled “embracing the pandemic - why hide, escape into it” or something like that. Here we go . . .

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Started this book tonight and now I have to make a cazuela

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How to Burn a Goat: Farming With the Philosophers | Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts Scott H Moore, Scott H. Moore
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“The new dark ages which are already upon us”

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How to Burn a Goat: Farming With the Philosophers | Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts Scott H Moore, Scott H. Moore
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Haley Stewart of “Carrots for Michaelmas” recommended this on Twitter recently. I have read the intro and the first essay and I can say, this will be one to savor.

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Unseen | Roy Jacobsen
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I found the story of the difficult life of this family, made rich in valuing each other, oddly comforting in these pandemic days.

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A Strange Country | Muriel Barbery
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A lesser ranked man can hold an entire country together. Blessed are the lands which know the comfort of such a being, without whom they are doomed to languish and die.

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Strange Country | Muriel Barbery
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I haven‘t been reading much since work went to mandatory work at home. No real mental energy at the end of the day. But I am excited to start the new Muriel Barbers today; released in US just this week. I loved Elegance of the Hedgehog. Europa editions are always so beautiful as well.

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton

In London, there were many different ways to live, but few to change the life.

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The Wild Boy: A Memoir | Paolo Cognetti

Sometimes Remigio would remember a word but not it‘s meaning. And then he would question his mother, who was 80 years old and had five cows and two dogs, and lived outside time along with forgotten words.