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Sward7

Sward7

Joined April 2019

A book-lover thru and thru
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Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
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If you are looking for a postal book club that includes journals instead of marking up a book, use this link to sign up. It is a 12 month journey with 11 other members from around the country. You pick your book and journal. You mail the book and journal to a member in your group, and you will receive a book and journal from a member every month. In one year, you get your book and journal back.
https://forms.gle/xcn3gy7FrGvSWY1S7

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Strongly encourage everyone to read this if you are frustrated and deeply concerned about the deep and dangerous division we are currently experiencing. Don‘t shy away due to the title. This is for BOTH sides of the division.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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#lmpbc Round 007 Group E Epistolary/Diary
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Jerdencon Excited for all of these! 2w
Sward7 Searching for a title was so fun. Really looking forward to this round. 2w
inthegreensandblues I ordered my book yesterday. 🥳 2w
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Every parent needs to read chapter on the drinking culture at colleges. I highly recommend this as a whole.

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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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An absolute gem. Everyone needs to read this delightful story about a family who deals with all the trial, tribulations, and joys of raising a child with gender dysphoria. Beautifully and gracefully written.

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An endearing story about volunteers who offered coffee, sandwiches, popcorn balls, and love to soldiers and nurses traveling to stations all over the world during WWII.

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This endearing story follows the lives of young women who volunteer their time to provide coffee, sandwiches, magazines, and even birthday cakes to brave soldiers who are traveling to unknown destinations around the world during WWII. The canteen offered acts of kindness and love to young men and women who, the volunteers knew, may never return alive to U.S. soil. The story centers around women who find and share love, friendship, and heartache.

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The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka
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I know! I know! It's a classic. But I found it extremely disturbing. I've read it twice, and still didn't like it.

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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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I enjoyed reading this more the second time, over 30 years after reading it the first time. Having a better understanding, and less romantic view of reality, made the story more frustrating, but more real. I found myself constantly wondering if Maxim's view of the story was fair and honest? I've been on the opposite side of a scorned man and his view of reality is not often objective. Was Rebecca really the cruel wife he describes? Great read.

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The Huntress | Kate Quinn
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It was a decent story, but somewhat disappointed. I think I'm just tired of WWII stories, even though this took yet a different angle.

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4.5/5 stars. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Fantastic character development and interweaving of lives. One thing I found very realistic is how the kids each want the home/lifestyle/parenting of someone else. How often do kids want what they don't have and wish they had different parents? I did not give a 5 because the ending was rushed- so much action in the last two chapters compared to the rest of the book.

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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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4.5/5 stars. This is definitely a book that will make you think, and it will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. Would you live your life differently if you knew the exact date that you will die? I enjoyed reading the stories of four young siblings who made the decision to meet with a gypsy who revealed this information.

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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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5 stars. I know why this book is a classic. Margaret Mitchell is a master storyteller. Written from the perspective of a white female living in the South, this novel gives you a birds-eye view of what it was like for the women and children who were left behind by the men in their lives who went off to fight in the Civil War.

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I learned so much about the history of Italy and the lives of its citizens who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. Helena Stapinski takes us on a journey as she researches her family history and discovers murder, deceit, love, incredible loss, strength, and resiliency.

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Huntress | Kate Quinn
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A different take on the roll of 3 very strong women and the triangle of their relationships after WW2: a German, a Russian, and an American.

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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If you haven‘t, you need to read this book. Loved it!

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I‘m so excited to read my first marked up book! @mrsmarch @Lidia @Fridameetslucy

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If you love the tenets on which this country was founded, you need to read this book. What is the easiest and quickest way to bring down the strongest, most respected country in the world? By creating division - ‘united we stand, divided we fall.‘ It is documented that interference took place, and our enemies benefit when America loses confidence in the fundamental linchpin of democracy - our voting process. Scarier than Stephen King books.

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How Could She: A Novel | Lauren Mechling
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My first #24in48... finished two ARCs, Part 4 of Gone With the Wind, and a few books from The Odyssey.

Megabooks 🥳🥳👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Librarybelle Great job! 3mo
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Odyssey | Homer
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#24in48 summer homework with the students

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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3.5 stars. A hauntingly raw journey as Grace contemplates becoming Cyrus; becoming they, sometimes he, and back to she at times. It feels like Grace was secretly in search of a metanoia to relieve the guilt and paranoia about feeling she is doing a disservice to the female gender, and feeling he is not worthy of being a man. More stories from the LGBTQ community need to populate all our shelves to help inspire and advance acceptance and normalcy

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Really, really enjoyed this book. Will read all current and future books by this author.

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A must read for anyone pursuing jobs in medicine, and for everyone dealing with a rare disease. David Fajgenbaum is author, med student, doctor, researcher, patient and guinea pig for the rare Castleman Disease. Well-written; it‘s neither clinical nor maudlin as the memoir divulges the unknown world of clinical trials and the surprisingly unscientific approach to treatment protocols. I was rooting for Dr. Fajgenbaum from start to finish.

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I ❤️ #summerreadingswap ! I received the absolutely perfect package. Thank you SO much @AsYouWish ! Look for thank you letter in the mail. Can‘t wait to do this again!

AsYouWish Yay!!! I am so glad you liked it! 3mo
rather_be_reading yay! ty for posting and being apart of my #SummerReadsSwap 3mo
Sward7 @rather_be_reading I can‘t wait until the next one. I‘ll make sure to personalize my gift more next time... 3mo
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Re: Arts & Letters | Stephen F. Austin State College. School of Liberal Arts
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I ❤️ #LitsyLove! I mailed out 5 and picked these up. Ironically I sent letters to 2 of the same people who wrote me.

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Going to adopt ideas from this book into my high school classroom next year. Free reading during class, with vocabulary and grammar moved to homework. 20 minutes 2x a week.

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So fun - my first markup. #lmpbc #groupj

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Enjoyed the unique story of a non-practicing Jewish girl and her discovery of hate/love, safety/security, and trust/betrayal during WWII. Young Sarah Mayer must leave her family when Nazi's occupy Comar, France where the young protagonist is working as an apprentice for her father, a violin maker. The plot was really interesting and well researched, but the story and writing felt rushed and unpolished. I felt Maas often over-explained.

rather_be_reading Hi Sylvia, just making sure you got your #SummerReadingSwap package? 4mo
Sward7 @rather_be_reading no- but I‘m out of town. I‘m helping my mother with some medical and legal issues. I won‘t be home until 2nd week of July. 4mo
rather_be_reading @Sward7 ok no worries. I understand. ty for letting me know. 4mo
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rather_be_reading @Sward7 also will u then be sending out your matches package when you get back? 4mo
Sward7 I have it all set up to send via amazon. I‘ll get it off by this weekend.. 4mo
Sward7 @rather_be_reading the packages have been sent. One arrive July 2 and the other July 3. I sent message via Elfster 4mo
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Accidental Book Club | Jennifer Scott
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#lmpbc #group j @Lidia @mrsmarch @Fridameetslucy are we all set? Super excited.

Lidia Yayyy! 🙌🏻 4mo
Fridameetslucy I am so happy with the selections! Gratitude is short on pages - just 64. Hope that‘s ok for everyone. I actually just got History of Love at the bookshop also, so if you guys want me to switch it out - just say so. (edited) 4mo
mrsmarch @Fridameetslucy No, I‘m so excited for Gratitude. Don‘t change! 4mo
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Sward7 @Fridameetslucy I‘m looking forward to Gratitude also. Buying my book today. Gonna get a head start ❤️📘❤️📚 4mo
Fridameetslucy @Sward7 excellent so I won‘t change it. but im confused how this works. Blaming it on my concussion brain. I buy each book and write in it then send it to the designated person ? Or do I just buy my chosen book write in it and send it? 4mo
Sward7 @Fridameetslucy you only buy your book. We officially start July. We all buy and mark our comments into our own books and mail the book to the next person before the end of the month. You will mail to @mrsmarch each month. I emailed the address. @Lidia will be mailing to you each month. 4mo
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Accidental Book Club | Jennifer Scott
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@Lidia @Fridameetslucy @mrsmarch let me know your final picks. (I learned pic collage today 😊) #lmbpc #groupJ #round6

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Accidental Book Club | Jennifer Scott
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@Fridameetslucy @Lidia @mrsmarch Here are selections that are less than 300 pages. I‘m happy to read any of them. #LMPBG #GroupJ

mrsmarch I vote for Just Mercy or Little Fires. 4mo
Fridameetslucy Hiya everybody - I work in the S Bronx. My heart can‘t bear to take in anymore injustice so I don‘t think that I can do the book Just Metcy right now. (edited) 4mo
Lidia I vote for Little fires everywhere. It was on my TBR list 😊 4mo
Sward7 @Fridameetslucy you okay with a Little Fires? If so, that‘s my selection 4mo
Fridameetslucy @Sward7 Little fires works for me. 4mo
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Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity | Micah Rajunov, A. Scott Duane
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As the parent of a queer son, and as the teacher of students struggling with their identities and places on the binary spectrum, this book is enlightening. The Introduction was especially informative and well-researched. Knowledge about a subject that many of us are unfamiliar with will only help allies support everyone. Reading the stories of those struggling to be understood and accepted in our binary world will help us towards acceptance.

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Are you interested in joining a book club this summer? I'm helping organize 4 different types. Take a look and see if any of these might be of interest: https://forms.gle/Vu2SCagxELKn8ewAA
#2019summerbookclubs

jessinikkip I love the idea of a big group, but I like comments IN my books. It was a tough decision! 4mo
Sward7 @jessinikkip I‘m in both! 📚❤️📚 4mo
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I'm finding this fascinating. I'm going to flip my classroom and follow some of the advice in this treasure. Highly recommend this.

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell

Enjoying this far more than I expected. Watched the film adaptation years ago but much prefer the non-Hollywood characterization.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My favorite read of 2019. Started slow but thoroughly enjoyed the retelling of The Odyssey from the perspective of the beautiful witch Circe. As soon as I finished, I circled back and reread the first several chapters.

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon | Sarah Addison Allen
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This was the pick of a person in my International book exchange group and I would never have selected it in my own. Frankly, I don‘t like the title. But it was a really fun read! I‘m do glad I was invited to share in the magic of Mullably. The imagery and sensory details were exquisite. I now think if people in terms of color and smell. Loved this charmer.

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Desirable Sister | Taslim Burkowicz
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Great story line but too linear and one-dimensional. Two generations of Indian immigrants living in Canada deal with the effects dark and light skin tones in 2 generations of sisters.

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The Magic Diary | Pat LaMarche
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I fell in love with Ms. Genevieve Flynn immediately. The refreshing, witty, and authentic voice of this adorable teenager is captured on the pages of her 'magic diary.' The magic journal helps her cope with emotions during treatment for a relapse of cancer. Genevieve is 'visited' by historical personalities who give her (and her readers) valuable history lessons that help her come to terms with her illness and her own place in history.

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“Among readers of European fiction, the character names in Russian novels are notorious for their difficulty. Not content to rely on given and family names, we Russians like to make use of homophobia, patronymics, and an array of diminutives. Such that a single character in one of our novels may be referred to four different ways in as many pages.”

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Crazeedi Absolutely ❤❤ this book!! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 6mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 6mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 Enjoy! 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 6mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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It was so interesting to read about that historical time from the French perspective. My favorite read this year.

Crazeedi Great book! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
rather_be_reading so good! 6mo
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New pen pal style book club. 12 members- each picks a book and journals thoughts, questions, quotes, etc. At end of each month, all members mail book and journal to next person. 12 books, 12 journals, and 12 new pen pals. We have four groups of 12 already created and started. Need three more members to finalize 5th group. Interested?
#penpalbookclub

the_book_hoarder Hi, I'm interested in joining, but I need to know if it's US only, because I'm from India. 6mo
Sward7 Yes, we have an international group. Send me an email and I‘ll reply with all the details 6mo
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I found this gem when I visited bookstore in Paris and read it in the flight home. I enjoy reading and chess, and this story did not disappoint. It wasn‘t the story I expected, but thoroughly enjoyed.

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Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles

Listening on Audible while hiking. Really enjoying so far. Love little Nina: “For the virtuous who have lost their way, the fates often provide a guide. “

RaimeyGallant I love hiking! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 6mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 6mo
ju.ca.no Welcome🤗 6mo
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