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Sarahsbookshelves

Joined September 2016

Book blogger at www.sarahsbookshelves.com (mostly literary fiction w/ some nonfiction)
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Settle for More by Megyn Kelly
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Dead Letters: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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THIS. BOOK. It's my new go-to recommendation for just about everyone. Would make a great beach read, but I can also see it making Best Books of the Year lists. I know it will be on mine. @penguinrandomhouse Full review on the blog: https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/dead-letters-caite-dolan-leach-book-recommend-...

Reviewsbylola Reading this now. It's a bit slow for me but I think it's just my mood now and not the book. 3y
Laalaleighh Great blog post! 3y
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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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Happy pub day, @Georgia_Hunter ! This novel based on the true story of Hunter's family's experience during WWII had me turning the pages as if it was a thriller. Despite the heavy topic, it's an incredibly hopeful story. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale! Visit my blog to check out a Q & A with the author: https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/we-were-the-lucky-ones-qa-with-author-georgia-... #weweretheluckyones #historicalfiction @VikingBooks

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This perfectly explains why I like dark books...a question my mother is constantly asking me:
"When she had read all three of them, she felt she could say Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was more truthful than Treasure Island or Kidnapped. Though some people might say it was the weirdest and certainly the most frightening of the lot."

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Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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Solo brunch with my Kindle!! After an uneven first half (Michael's sections were nonsensical sometimes & hard to read at best), I'm loving the second half. Poignant, powerful, and beautifully written. 20% to go.

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Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion | Daniel Paisner, Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin
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I'm an ex-swimmer & admire Missy Franklin. But prior to her back injury a few yrs ago, she never really struggled, which is great for her, but doesn't make for a very interesting memoir. This is more of a parenting book - Missy even deferred to her parents when it came time to talk about the London Olympics. And the writing was incredibly corny.

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Had the elements of a good story, but it didn't gel for me. I think I could end up in the minority on this one. Full review coming on www.sarahsbookshelves.com

Lakesidemusing Aww, too bad. 3y
NovelVisits Nice photo! 🌼 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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My top 3 books in a year of Debuts and female authors! Check out the rest of my favorites of 2016: https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/best-books-of-2016/ @RiverheadBooks @HarperCollins

ClairesReads I haven't read Commonwealth yet but LOVED the other two as well! So many good books this year 😍 3y
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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My mom's friend gave me this awesome bookmark...a possible 2017 motto?

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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The author's ancestors, the Kurc Family, was part of that 1% survival rate. We Were the Lucky Ones is based on the true story of how they survived. It's a harrowing odyssey stretching from Poland to Siberia, Italy, & Brazil that defies explanation & statistics. Has a page turner feel, even though it isn't a short or light book. Fantastic choice for fans of The Nightingale. @Georgia_Hunter @VikingBooks

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This Charles Barkley quote was one of the high points of a fantastic first chapter that was quintessential Michael Lewis. It was relatable, educational, funny, and cut to the heart of the issue in a way regular people could understand. Then, he proceeded to write a psychology textbook. I skimmed much of it. It was a total letdown. This coming from a huge Lewis fan.

BkClubCare So disappointing to hear 3y
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Most people realize it's beneficial to work hard in life, but this book is a stark reminder about how working hard actually does translate into concrete results. More than any other single factor. It's a primer for HOW to work hard and how to teach your kids to work hard. I've already started implementing some of these lessons with my own kids. A top-notch self-improvement book! @simonbooks

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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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This quiet, uncomplicated, yet satisfying coming of age / family saga and story of small-town life reminded me of a less hard-hitting version of Ann Patchett's Commonwealth with a touch of girl power for good measure. The writing was chock full of wise observations about life. Would make a great gift for mothers, MILs, grandmothers, etc. @penguinrandomhouse

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4.5 stars! A dysfunctional family novel set in the world of sailing...with my kind of writing (simple with dry humor and lots of "yes, that's exactly how it is" observations). Reminded me a bit of Ann Patchett's Commonwealth. Can't believe I hadn't heard of it until last week!
#1stline: Einstein wasn't a great sailor, probably not even a mediocre one.

BkClubCare Ooo. 😊 3y
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Holiday Buzz | Cleo Coyle
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A specially selected book (or a Kindle with a few pre-loaded books) can make a thoughtful holiday gifts. #holidaygiftguide Check out my 2016 picks: https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/books-that-make-perfect-holiday-gifts-2016/

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Darling Days: A Memoir | iO Tillett Wright
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Writing like this drew me into this gritty memoir of growing up poor on the NYC's Lower East Side in the 80's/early 90's. But, this unique writing sometimes morphed into the adjective-laden writing That drives me crazy, making for an uneven overall reading experience. Still iO's experience dealing w/ her erratic mother & gender & sexuality struck a chord.
#FirstLine: She said he gave her the little gun b/c it was classy & elegant, like her.

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This behind the scenes look into a new restaurant's (Huertas) first year of life in the high pressure world of NYC dining is equal parts food and business (specifically entrepreneurship) book. Reminded me of Sweetbitter minus the drugs and sex.

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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It's so awesome to see my friend @Georgia_Hunter on so many anticipated books of 2017 lists! The latest is #netgalley On Our Radar for early February's Debut Fiction round-up! @VikingBooks #newfiction #debutfiction #historicalfiction #2017debuts

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This part portrait of a hospital trying to survive in the wake of disaster and part exploration of end-of-life care and euthanasia in the U.S. reads like a thriller and is the first nonfiction book I've included on my Page Turners list. Full review coming on the blog.
#nonficnov

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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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This is a book either for huge Conroy fans or highbrow literature nerds. I'm the former. Though I generally love everything Conroy, there was too much focus on the esoteric books that influenced him...I wish he'd focused more on the people in his reading life.
If you're interested in Conroy's Nonfiction/memoirs, I'd choose The Death of Santini over this one.

BookishMarginalia I saw this one on #NetGalley; maybe it will be more what you're looking for: 3y
BethFishReads Humm I have had this on my shelves for a while but haven't read it yet. I guess I'll let it sit a while more 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @BookishMarginalia Thanks! I knew this had come out, but didn't realize it was on Netgalley! Just requested it 3y
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Miss Jane | Brad Watson
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Inspired by the author's great-aunt, this story of a young girl with a genital birth defect growing up on a Mississippi farm in the 1920's-30's was only "meh" for me. Though Jane's struggle to live a normal life kept me reading, I got bored when the story veered into descriptions of American pastoral life at that time. PS - the feather is the headpiece to my daughter's peacock Halloween costume.

Lakesidemusing Love the photo!👌 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @Lakesidemusing Thank you! It was kind of a stretch theme-wise, but gotta work with what I have around! 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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This one completely lived up to the hype! The first page is one of the best first pages I‘ve ever read and I could immediately tell that Bennett‘s writing was my kind of writing. The tone and style reminded me a bit of Ann Patchett‘s in Commonwealth. The Mothers will no doubt make my Best Books of 2016 List and would make a fantastic book club selection. @RiverheadBooks

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(Audio) The ultimate guide to the nature vs. nurture debate as it pertains to sports. Full of fascinating info about the body and gene research...in addition to how genes impact athletic performance. Also great info on how certain body types and gene make-ups should train for optimal performance. Plus - did you know Yao Ming was "bred" by the Chinese sports federation from two of the country's tallest basketball players?! No lie.

kerry I sat next to an MLB sports med doctor on a plane once who recommended this book... Glad to hear you liked it! I trust your opinion more than a stranger on a plane ;-) 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @kerry Very cool! It has a big section on MLB. I first heard about it on a Bill Simmons podcast - with Malcolm Gladwell as his guest. And, weirdly, Simmons has never steered me wrong with book recs. I think you'd enjoy it - also huge sections on distance vs. sprint running. 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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A simply, yet perfectly told story of a cobbled together family. One of my favorite books of 2016 so far and one I think I'll be recommending out the wazoo. @HarperBooks

BethFishReads Okay already. I promise I'll get to it soon!! 😊📚 3y
BkClubCare I concur! GREAT photo, btw. Especially the gin but of course the oranges. 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Haven't made it past Page 1 yet and this is my third highlight. Think this is gonna be a winner! @RiverheadBooks

RunningnReading Oh, my gosh; I highlighted this one, too! I am in love with this book! 3y
Lakesidemusing Great quote. Adding to my list!! 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @RunningnReading Me too! I knew within 1st Page that this is totally my kind of writing style 👍 3y
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Even waiting in the airport is delightful with coffee, a good book, and no toddlers with you!

GinaAnderson It's the no toddlers piece that really makes reading enjoyable. I remember those days--they're darling but so needy. 😉 Now the only thing mine are interested in knowing about me is if I'm going to the grocery store. 3y
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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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Look what I got in the mail! My friend, Georgia Hunter's debut novel, coming out on Valentine's Day 2017 from @VikingBooks! It's based on the true story of her family: Polish Jews separated during WWII and their quest to reunite. And that is, in fact, a blurb from Paula McLain (The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun). Keep this one on your radar!

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This is a book for swimming nerds, which I am! You get the expected behind-the-scenes Olympic dirt (including a makeout session w/ Rowdy Gaines!), but it's more a book about performing your best regardless of age (including great workout tips). I hadn't realized that Dara didn't just compete at the 2008 Olympics at age 41, she swam faster than she ever had before. Incredibly inspiring.

RunningnReading Oooh, thanks for the reminder, Sarah; I forgot about this one and it would be a great audio pick! 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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A much better choice, Franny...

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A little celebrity gossip (and the literary kind!), a little behind the scenes Top Chef scoop, a struggle with finding a balance between her Indian culture and American life, her struggle with weight (yes, she actually had one), and struggle with conceiving a child and endometriosis. This lady is not just a pretty face! Excellent on audio with Lakshmi narrating.

LivinginaLibrary I love Padma and have been wanting to read it since it came out. It sounds even better than I expected! 3y
Sarahsbookshelves @LivinginaLibrary I feel like celeb memoirs can be hit or miss but I was really happy with this one! Nice mix of gossip and depth. 3y
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"Chaos begets chaos. Instability begets instability. Welcome to family life for the American hillbilly." - just about sums it up

MrBook Lol, nice quote. And welcome to @Litsy ! I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
Chessa Welcome to Litsy! 📚❤️ 3y
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