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SqueakyChu

Joined March 2018

BookCrosser | Little Free Library steward | Librarything member | DC United fan ... ¡Vamos!
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Eden: A Novel | Yael Hedaya
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I hope it‘s never too late to read and review a book for #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer as I received this book in 2010. Uh oh! Anyway, it‘s a book about complicated relationships between families on a fictitious #moshav in #Israel. It‘s very detailed. I think it also helps to have a firsthand knowledge about day-to-day life in Israel to pick up on some subtleties of this novel.

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This is such a fun book! I found it as a leftover after a yard sale. Before putting it out in my #LittleFreeLibrary, I decided to read it from cover to cover. I‘ve read about a third of it so far. It‘s an easy read and very useful. I love gardening. One gets such satisfaction from a garden well planted & maintained. I‘ll be using this book to keep me on track this year. The writer is very funny so this book is both entertaining and educational.

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In North Korea, there is only the ruling elite and the “other”. We are fast becoming like this in my own country, so much so that this “novel” is truly painful to read.

SqueakyChu Sadly, this novel made me even more aware of human rights and how they are being eroded in my own country. (edited) 2w
SqueakyChu I liked how the author inserted himself into this novel. Nice! May there always be a beacon of hope for what is moral, even in our darkest hours. (edited) 2w
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A novel about North Korea?! Okay. I‘ll bite. I know next to nothing about North Korea.

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Thanks, #AndrewGifford and #sfwp, for sharing the advance reviewer copy of this book with me! I started it today, and am enjoying lead character, Jack Dixon, as well as knowing the author is from #Baltimore. I think this book will be a quick and fun read.

SqueakyChu The author is from #Baltimore...and he‘s an #Orioles fan! 👍 1mo
SqueakyChu By the way, this book is full of funny one-liners that have me laughing out loud despite it being a mystery. 1mo
SqueakyChu I liked this book a lot. Look for it when it comes out this September. 3w
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I‘d never heard of this author before, but I went searching for books in my public library about coal mining towns in Pennsylvania. That led me to finding this book of short stories. After I read the first story, I was hooked. What beautiful writing! For sure I‘ll like what will follow.

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This is a book of conversations between the author, son of Holocaust survivors, and the late Elie Wiesel, himself a Holocaust survivor. I just started reading this book last night. I identify with quite a bit of what is being said. It‘s a moving, thought-provoking read.

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Fascinating! I heard the author speak today and bought her book to learn how to use gravity to prevent symptoms of aging. This might sound strange, but her advice stems from her scientific research as a member of NASA where she studied the effects of minimal gravity on our astronauts. The results of her studies are astonishing!

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Halfway through this novel...beautiful, detailed story, but feeling sad for these kids‘ rough life.

laytonwoman3rd Are you following the American Authors challenge on LT? We're reading Ward this month. Powerful, isn't she? 2mo
SqueakyChu @laytonwoman3rd She can really evoke powerful reactions to what she writes. I'm not following the American Authors challenge, but I will take a look at that thread after I finish the book, Thanks for calling my attention to that thread. 2mo
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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So the whalers in this story caught their first sperm-whale (not Moby Dick)...but it made me sad. ☹️

SqueakyChu What a great book this is! It keeps getting better and better!! 💕🐳 2mo
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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I found Moby Dick! He‘s on page 264!! 😃
An FYI: Moby Dick was really white...not blue. 😊

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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I don‘t know a thing about this book other than those who read it liked it. I started it last night. I find it fun to start books as a blank slate and to just wait to see what they do for me. And you?!

readingjedi Generally, yes, I love reading "blind" so to speak but in this case if cruelty to animals upsets you be prepared. 2mo
SqueakyChu @readingjedi I obviously don‘t like it, but at least I know this is fiction. Thanks for the heads up, though. 2mo
Graywacke Reading blind and open-minded can be the best way. It‘s the second part I find not so easy (hence, often avoid the first part). 2mo
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SqueakyChu @Graywacke Let me try to understand what you‘re saying. You don‘t often read blind because you cannot be open-minded about some subjects (animal cruelty, let‘s say)? I will read blind, but I‘ll stop reading if I find something which truly offends me (although I can‘t for the life of me think of an example!). 2mo
Weaponxgirl I like to know certain things as I‘m a mood reader but for me this is more a is this a plot on interior emotions driven book. Just a general feel for what kind of book it is as I enjoy most kind of books depending on my mood at the time. No point me trying a experimental writing style book if I‘m in the mood for something more story based. But when it comes to plot I quite like going in blind, just give me the basics and I‘m happy to go a ride 2mo
Weaponxgirl I have no idea if that made sense btw 2mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu hmm. Not so easy to explain. I get impatient with books that are doing things I don‘t understand or expect 2mo
SqueakyChu @Weaponxgirl I understand. You need to know at least something about a book before reading it. I literally knew nothing about this book other than the title and author. I saw from the front of the book that it was a National Book Award winner (a point in its favor) and knew that the author was liked very much by kidzdoc, a fellow LibraryThing member. I had this copy of the book at home so I thought I‘d give it a try. (edited) 2mo
SqueakyChu I generally have no hesitancy to stop reading a book that I don‘t like or especially one I find boring. At the beginning of this book (I‘ve only read two chapters so far), I thought, “Uh oh! Pit bulls! I wonder if that will mean illegal activity or dogfighting?!” To be fair, I have a nephew who has a pet pit bull named Mabel! 😃 2mo
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This is one of my current reads. Dave Barry is hilarious! Even though this book is somewhat dated (it was published in 1992), it‘s giving me many laugh-out-loud moments. #humor #Japan

rretzler Haven‘t thought about Dave Barry in a long time. He is hilarious 2mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I haven‘t read Dave Barry‘s books for years. I still miss his weekly column in The Washington Post magazine (I never cared for Gene Weingarten‘s columns which replaced Barry‘s). I grabbed this book when I saw it because my older son visits Japan yearly just for fun so I thought this book would be a good read. I was right! 👍 2mo
rretzler We did one of his books on tape (remember when that was a thing) many, many years ago while on vacation. Don‘t remember which one it was but it was great. I still have a few cut outs of some of his old columns around somewhere 2mo
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SqueakyChu @rretzler It‘s funny, though. The more I read of this book, the more I see that Barry‘s whirlwind three-week vacation tour of Japan back in the 90‘s is leaving me disappointed in his “appreciation” of Japanese culture. That‘s also what turned me off to Bill Bryson‘s travel humor in the past. What‘s funny about poking fun over something one truly knows doesn‘t come off as well when poking humor at another culture, something deeply personal. (edited) 2mo
rretzler You‘re right. That would turn me off as well. That‘s too bad because he‘s a funny guy otherwise. I don‘t think I‘ve read any of his travel humor. I do enjoy Bill Bryson‘s travel humor, though. 2mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I‘ve read two of Barry‘s novels which (as they are fictitious) are hilarious. I still am a great fan of his. 2mo
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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First #whale spotted! “There she blows!”

Note: I‘m on page 222. 😃

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Warm fuzzies... 🐱😃

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Ahahahaha! This is so...Richard Brautigan!

Swe_Eva 😂 I‘ve only recently heard of this author, but I already know I‘ll have to check him out! 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva When I was in my 20s, I collected any book of his I could find. They‘re really still the only books I don‘t give away. It was just a “thing” with me. San Francisco, hippies, youth, freedom of expression... You know! 😃 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Hey, man, nothing wrong with a little flower-power. 🌸☮️✌🏻I‘ve just completely missed him for some reason - I‘ve put Trout Fishing in America on my library list. 2mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Trout Fishing in America (probably his best known book) was the only book of his I couldn‘t really get into. I don‘t think I ever finished it. Read this fun book instead: (edited) 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu I‘ll be on the lookout for it - looks like the library doesn‘t have an ebook copy, unfortunately. (edited) 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva ☹️ 2mo
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Love the poetic images in this story! 💕

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Hahahahaha!

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I know. A blast from the past. It‘s been years since I read a book by Richard Brautigan, but I thought it‘d be fun to read one of his books again. I never read all of the ones I collected over the years because I didn‘t want to not be able to read more of his books in the future after his tragic #suicide.

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I loved that this book was about #gratitude. Even more important, I‘m grateful this book was about #coffee!! 😃💕

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I just ate a banana! “¡Vamos!” is what I say about my fave soccer team, DC United! I get to watch them play this Sunday. Lin-Manuel Miranda, did you read my mind?!

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I needed a pick-me-up book so I chose this book by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the library today.

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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Yes! After 126 pages of this novel, I finally get to meet Captain Ahab! It took 107 pages just to hoist the anchor and set sail. Away we go on this whaling adventure... What a book so far! Only 106 more chapters to go!! 😃 ⛵️

Bklover I admire your enthusiasm! 3mo
SqueakyChu Update: My younger son is also reading another copy of this book to my five-year-old grandson! They‘re up to Chapter 11 (of 135 chapters!). 3mo
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Swe_Eva 😂😂😂 3mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva My son and grandson are STILL reading this book together! I can‘t believe it. My son always hated reading (until he had his own kids), and my grandson‘s only five years old! I did buy them a copy because we didn‘t have enough renewals left at our public library for the book I borrowed for them. 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu That is quite impressive! I barely made it through the Cliff Notes version and that was an as adult, not at 5. 😁 I‘m going to try it on Serial Reader, maybe it helps getting it serves in smaller portions. 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I like it best with no footnotes or explanations, all of which I find distracting. I‘m reading it a chapter a day. Chapters are often two or three pages. It helps to have someone else whom you know reading it at the same time. My son says sometimes he only reads a paragraph a night to his son who is still fully immersed in the story. Amazing! 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I do keep my phone handy to sometimes look up and record vocabulary words and definitions. I also have my own list of characters and who they are. Recently, I can‘t read without my phone handy! 😃 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I have the Cliff notes, but other than Melville‘s biography which I read this morning, I‘m not going to refer back to it. I find it more interesting to only look up those things I really want to know. 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Serial Reader “sends” a 10-minute section every day so that might be perfect. It is one of those books that I want to have read. We read a few chapters at University, but not the whole thing. 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Truthfully, I never thought I‘d ever read this book. I remember looking at it once when my younger son was in high school and telling him NOT to read it. English was NOT his best subject. It was HIS five-year-old son who wanted to hear this story and got both his dad and me to start reading it to him...and got both of us interested in reading the whole thing. That 10-minute section a day does sound perfect! 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Give it a try, but read at least a few chapters before you decide whether or not to continue. I love it! 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu It does seem to be one of those that has a worse reputation than it deserves. I think there was an LT group read one year where pretty much everyone was surprised how much they enjoyed it, not so much a slog as they had expected. 😂👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I already bookmarked that group read but I don‘t want to read it until I finish the book. It will be fun later seeing what everyone said. 2mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I‘m about halfway through this book. I‘m pretty certain it will be my favorite ever novel by the time I finish it. I can now see why some people call it the best ever novel. It‘s not for everyone, though. I think I‘m reading it at the best time ever for me. 2mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu That is great news - it's moving up the list for me. 2mo
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This is a fun book in which the author literally thanks a thousand people responsible for his morning cup of #coffee (...and mine, as well)!

Swe_Eva Love the orchid! 💜 3mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Thanks! I must have done something right this year. I usually kill orchids! 😉 3mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu My mum is an orchid-whisperer, but I‘ve not inherited her magic skills. 😁 3mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I killed the only orchid my daughter ever gave me! ☹️ 3mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Well done! 😂😂😂 3mo
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Important words, especially during these days of increasing #intolerance. Be kind to others, whatever their religion.

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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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I did it! I bought myself a copy of this book, knowing full well I will not finish reading my library copy before it becomes due. I hate interrupting a book that way! I‘m proudly up to Chapter 9 (of 125 chapters!). 😃

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Moby Dick Or The Whale | Herman Melville
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589 pages, notwithstanding, I am determined to read this book. My son is now reading it to his five-year-old son. I can‘t be “out-classiced” by them! 😃

jillannjohn This was the only required book that I did NOT finish in high school! 😮 One day.... 3mo
SqueakyChu @jillannjohn Truthfully, I never thought I‘d ever pick this book up. My five-year-old grandson knew it was about a #whale and insisted on hearing the grown-up version of this story. I read two chapters to him, and we both worked on understanding it paragraph by paragraph. No promises by anyone about finishing it, but we‘ll see... 😃 (edited) 3mo
SqueakyChu I‘m going to like this book! 3mo
SqueakyChu Don‘t you just ❤️ the cover of this book? I do! 3mo
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The Gravedigger's Daughter | Joyce Carol Oates
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I just started reading this book. It‘s been many years since I‘ve read a book by this author. I remember seeing Joyce Carol Oates at a past #NationalBookFestival when this book was new. She had remarked that, while writing this book, she had felt compelled to research her family‘s #Jewish roots. I‘m wondering what this book (by such a prolific author) is about. I‘ll soon find out! 😃

SqueakyChu I bailed because I had an intense dislike for the three main male characters and did not like the direction in which the story was going. I might have forced my way through this book if it had not been over 500 pages. (edited) 3mo
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This book, which I received as an #EarlyReviewer from #LibraryThing arrived today. It is compelling reading which I should finish later this evening.

SqueakyChu This was an extraordinarily emotionally moving book which I read through in one sitting. The nonagenarian author shares painful memories as well as thoughts about aging, religion, and what the future might hold. Very highly recommended. (edited) 4mo
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Second Person Singular | Sayed Kashua
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I just got this book from BookMooch. I‘ve read two other books by this Arab Israeli author and liked both of them very much. So excited to have received this book as it has been on my wishlist for a long, long time! I started reading it right away.

SqueakyChu Note: The picture here is not of the author. It‘s of the main character of the book 4mo
SqueakyChu This is an excellent story. Don‘t miss it! 3mo
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The Island of Dr. Moreau | Herbert George Wells
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Yes!! This was quite a fun read even though I‘m not that much of a science fiction fan. I did want to know what would become of Prendick after he ended up in that island with all of its strange characters. Who else enjoyed this book?

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To Know A Woman | Amos Oz
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It‘s so sad knowing Amos Oz is no longer alive. It‘s good to know there are still books of his I‘ve not yet read. I started this book last night.

SqueakyChu This story is so slow. I fell asleep while reading it! 😃 4mo
SqueakyChu Gave up halfway through. This book is so slow for me it put me into a trance. Very disappointed. ☹️ 4mo
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I decided to read this book for a TIOLI challenge on #LibraryThing to read a book with a four word title. I read the first few pages which make the story seem intriguing so I‘m going to go with it!

BarbaraBB What is TIOLI? 4mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB Take It Or Leave It challenge. I run it on the 2019 75 Books Group. http://www.librarything.com/topic/302919 4mo
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Scapegoat | Eli Amir
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I‘m really getting into this novel about a young Iraqi Jewish boy who immigrated to Israel with his family in the 1950s. The story presents Nuri‘s experiences being integrated into kibbutz life. I remember very vividly my own experiences trying to cope with living in Israel (albeit not on a kibbutz) and am now reliving in my heart and mind the joys and difficulties of that time, including my first exposure to young Israelis from Arab countries.

SqueakyChu I loved this book! My husband is reading it now. 4mo
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My sister-in-law gave me this sad but inspirational book to read. It‘s an autobiography of a U.S. Marine who suffered grave injuries when the vehicle in which he was riding was blown up. This is a very emotional story which has already had me in tears several times even though I‘m not even halfway through the book.

SqueakyChu I bailed after half the book just because their were other books I wanted to read much more. 4mo
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Bella | Steve Piacente
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I bought this self-published book from the author at a book festival in #Kensington, #Maryland a few years ago and only now have started to read it. I did read a previous book of his and was much impressed by his sharp writing. This author is local to me here in #Rockville, #Maryland, USA, so I wish him much success with all of his works.

SqueakyChu Ha! I was looking at the blurbers for this book. I know one of them! That‘s what I get for reading a local author. 😃 5mo
SqueakyChu This was a great book! Highly recommended!! 👍 4mo
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Hahahaha! I think I‘m going to like this book.

Swe_Eva 😂 Borrowing on Hoopla now! 5mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Library online app - books, audiobooks, music, movies. 👍🏻 5mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Cool! I‘d never heard of Hoopla before. We can both read this gn at the same time now! 😃 5mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu The good and bad thing about ereaders - you can get the book immediately, but it does nothing to help with the insurmountable stack you already have... 5mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu In a dull meeting at work, so reading now. Sssh, don't tell. 😁 5mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I have a Kindle and used to download free books from the library. I went back to reading real books which I much prefer. I don‘t have more dull meetings as I‘m now retired, but I won‘t tell on you. Ha! 5mo
SqueakyChu This book was good...so sweet! 5mo
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Watershed | Sherman Alexie, Percival L. Everett
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The author of this book is Percival Everett, NOT Sherman Alexie!

The author of this book and the protagonist are both black men, but the book seems to be about native Americans and their land. I‘m waiting to find out what connects these two disparate cultures.

SqueakyChu This book was kind of confusing, but I liked it a lot nonetheless. I will read more books by this author. 5mo
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I‘m enjoying this book very much, especially since it‘s set in an area local to me — Logan Circle in Washington, DC. I‘m also stopping periodically to learn more about African history and politics. This morning I took the time to learn about Mobutu of the Congo (now Zaire). This is helping me understand the main characters (from three different African countries) much better.

MicheleinPhilly This is one of my absolute favorites! 5mo
SqueakyChu @MicheleinPhilly I am enjoying it very much so far, but the story seems so sad. I‘m up to the part where Stephanos was sent the letter by the law firm. Immigrants always have to struggle so much. ☹️ 5mo
SqueakyChu @MicheleinPhilly I finished this book and loved it. I posted my review on LibraryThing. http://www.librarything.com/work/2093357/reviews/156625980 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Great review! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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...from store products to personal possessions, you need to perform the ritual of cutting the “umbilical cord” that links them to the shop.

Hahahahaha! This book is cracking me up!!

Swe_Eva I‘ve not read it, but I‘m a dedicated minimalist when it comes to “stuff,” so I‘m guessing I don‘t need it. (With the understanding that books are exempt.) 5mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I wish I had it in my heart to be a minimalist with “stuff”, but I‘m just not. 5mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu 😂😂😂 5mo
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Yep! I found this much-talked-about book at a #BookCrossing meetup today. The author has been a target of amusement by my book-loving friends. The BookCrosser who passed along this book to me said that the chapter about #books makes the author sound like a hater of books. I want to read this book for myself and make up my own mind about this. If my house gets tidier while I read this book, all the better. Haha!

Dogearedcopy I read it when it first came out a couple of years ago and did the first section on clothes. It's actually a very effective way to cut through hoards of clutter and I was able to clear out my closets! BUT the second part is about books and I just couldn't get onboard so that's where I stopped. 5mo
SqueakyChu @Dogearedcopy I‘m curious to see what effect it will have on me! It‘s not going to touch my thousands of books because I‘m an avid BookCrosser as well as a #LittleFreeLibrary steward so books literally come into my house almost daily! (edited) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I tried to follow as closely as I could on the clothes. It‘s very effective and I‘ve been maintaining the method up to today. 👍 5mo
SqueakyChu @erzascarletbookgasm That part about clothing, which I just finished, does sound good. I might try some of her ideas. I‘m pretty good about getting rid of clothes I don‘t use. I hate shopping for clothes so I don‘t usually accumulate too many of them anyway. (edited) 5mo
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Immigrants are such a large part of the American experience. To immigrants here in the USA, thank you for making our country emotionally richer. In appreciation of your contributions, I will be reading this novel about an Ethiopian man‘s experiences as an immigrant to the USA.

mab-solenne If that new york times book review blurb wasn't enough (it is), i have known some new Ethiopian immigrants and would like to know more about what it might be like to come here from there...stack add! 5mo
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Singing from the Well | Reinaldo Arenas
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I‘m in the midst of reading two other books that are fantasy-based stories, each about a child. I decided to choose another book at random to read about something else. Well, guess what?! This novel is about a child whose life is so tough, he often lives in a fantasy world!!

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The Wild Things | Dave Eggers
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So cute! I just reached the part in the story where Max discovers the creatures on the island. Here are pictures of two of them! I definitely have to read Maurice Sendak‘s children‘s book “Where the Wild Things Are” after I read this novel.

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The Eternity Code | Eoin Colfer
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This seems like a fun read! I started it today after registering it on #BookCrossing. I‘m reading Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel concurrently so I know the main characters and the premise of this series. I seem to get more out of science fiction and fantasy in comics than I do in novels so let‘s see if I actually will complete this book! 😃

SqueakyChu I‘m bailing on this book because I‘d rather not read a teen book at this time. It started off interesting, though. I‘ll keep it traveling in my #LittleFreeLibrary. 5mo
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Owen & Mzee: Best Friends | Isabella Hatkoff, Craig M Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu
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Anyway she reads it, I‘m sure she‘s enjoying this book...even upside down! 😃 💕

Eggs ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel | Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
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I‘d heard about #ArtemisFowl, but I did not know who he was. I‘m now about to find out! Yep! That is a #BookCrossing label you‘ve spotted on the front of my book‘s cover! 😃

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The Wild Things | Dave Eggers
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My current read... I knew nothing about this book before starting it except that I‘ve liked other works by this author. So far, so good. It‘s the story of a boy named Max (I‘m still trying to figure out about how old he is) and his life with his mom and his sister Claire.

SqueakyChu I bailed because I got tired of reading about Max and the monsters by the middle of this book. 5mo
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Once We Were Brothers | Ronald H. Balson
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successful people trashed; that‘s how the tabloids were built.”

Truthfully, I‘m sick of people being trashed and wish we had a kinder, more gentle world. ☹️

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Once We Were Brothers | Ronald H. Balson
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and it‘s a service profession...It‘s not just about the money...and how many institutional clients you can collect. It‘s about using that license to further #justice.”

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