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Sweettartlaura

Joined May 2016

Follow me at Goodreads, too, because sometimes 451 characters just aren't enough 😊. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5010988-laura
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The Mueller Report | The Washington Post
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I‘m going in...

Susannah Oh, you‘re brave! 30m
Sweettartlaura @Susannah doing it with a group of friends - it should help - though I might explode in a fit of rage 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8m
Susannah I‘m glad you‘ll all have each other to vent to. 1m
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Absolute Watchmen | Alan Moore
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”...For you are Life, rarer than a quark & unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.”

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Watchmen is a lot, and not all of it has aged well, but there are some really beautiful moments, aren‘t there? 2d
Sweettartlaura @TobeyTheScavengerMonk This is pretty new to me. I got a really gorgeous compilation with a box for $5 from my local comic book store - couldn‘t pass it up 🤷🏻‍♀️. With the new series coming to HBO, I‘m reading it chapter a day. 2d
Sweettartlaura It IS a lot - a LOT! 😜. But I am enjoying it. Especially Dr Manhattan‘s moments, for some reason. 2d
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Travels with My Aunt | Graham Greene
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Starting my very last book for #192019challenge 😢

Oblomov26 Fantastic read 6d
Sweettartlaura @Oblomov26 it really is 🙂. I‘m just a little bit into it but I‘m loving it already ❤️ 5d
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The Trees | Ali Shaw
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Ooof 😮 💔

Susannah Ouch 6d
Sweettartlaura @Susannah right? 😕 6d
zezeki Unfortunately, it is true. 💔 6d
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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This book is amaaaaaazing!!!

readordierachel 🙌🏼🙌🏼 2w
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Statistics is Easy! | Dennis Shasha, Manda Wilson
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#maystats

42 reads?!?!? That might be my record 😮❤️ 📚

My favorite thing is how diverse my reading is these days. I mean, guys... I read a PLAY this month! Haven‘t even considered that since high school!

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#challengecheckin

Moving right along in 2019. My #mounttbr is keeping me on my toes

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My baby niece TOTALLY ninja‘ed me 🤣

After this 👆🏻 exchange, I sent her the book. I even found it with library binding.
Talked tonight - asked if she got it - there was an update.

“Umm, there was a mix-up. Mommy found my book for the library. So now I can keep this one for me 😬.”

I am SUCH a sucker 🙄🤣

EastWind76 😂😂😂 2w
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 sneaky! 2w
BookaholicNatty 😂😂😂 2w
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BookaholicNatty At least she knew who to go to for books!!! 2w
LauraJ You‘re a good aunt 😸 2w
Sweettartlaura @CouronneDhiver absolutely 😏 2w
Sweettartlaura @BookaholicNatty I have 5 nieces & nephews, & they ALLLL know - I‘m a sucker 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Sweettartlaura @LauraJ That is a much kinder word than “sucker” - thanks 😜 2w
ravenlee 😂😂😂 still, there are worse things to get suckered into. 2w
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Making more headway with #MountTBR - I hit Kilimanjaro tonight 🙌🏻

I‘m aiming for Olympus this year - 150 books.
60 down
2 in process
88 to go

I might make it happen this year 🤔

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Complete Essex County | Jeff Lemire
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Not sure I crow about my love for Jeff Lemire enough. AD After Death was the first comic/graphic novel I picked up & followed (thanks, Destiny City Comics 👍🏻), and I haven‘t stopped reading him yet.
Just finished Essex County. The second book, Ghost Stories, just gutted me. What a tale of quiet desperation. If you haven‘t read anything else by him, that alone makes this worth picking this up.

RealLifeReading I love his work!! Essex County was so good and I recently read Roughneck. But my favourite is Underwater Welder. 3w
Sweettartlaura @RealLifeReading I read Underwater Welder earlier this year - loved it ❤️ 3w
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Powell's Books on Hawthorne | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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So...
I‘m originally a NY girl.
Moved to NOLA.
Then I visited my brother in the PNW, fell in love with it, & have been in WA for over a decade.
Meanwhile...
That brother moved back to NY.
Just got off the phone with him.
They‘re moving back - this time to OR - about 3 hours from me.
And about the third thing I said was,
Now I can spend more time at Powell‘s!!!
🤣🤣🤣
🤷🏻‍♀️❤️ 📚
PS - the 4th thing I said was, there‘s wine EVERYWHERE🍷 😏

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😮😮😮
What did I just read???
This play is my pick for 1921 for #192019challenge and though the adaptation I got is modern, the spirit comes through.
A company of actors is practicing a play, when 6 people come in. They say they are characters left unfinished by their author, and they‘re looking to set their story down.
The actors oblige them.
What ensues is a whirlwind of mindf$&!ery that shows the shadow side of creation.
I‘d love to see this.

rohit-sawant Oo, sold! Reading your review, first thing that popped into my mind was King's The Dark Half 😄 4w
Sweettartlaura @rohit-sawant it‘s definitely a precursor. Shorter - different because it‘s written for the stage - but definitely reminiscent. Read all the intro/stage directions - they help bring this to life, as well. And let me know what you think 🙂 4w
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Starting this one tonight.
Might be perfect timing - might be enraging.

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Another DNF for me 😕
I was satisfied with just a couple chapters - the rest is just going past me.
It‘s not awful. But it definitely isn‘t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Weirdo | Cathi Unsworth
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This is what I love about doing challenges!
I do both an Author & Title A-Z every year, to enhance my MtTBR & shake up my reading. When I DNF‘ed my U author pick with over half a year to go still, I decided to find another choice, even though it wouldn‘t qualify for MtTBR.
Well, what I found was a new author I can‘t wait to dig into deeper 🥰. This book checked all my boxes - can‘t believe I haven‘t come across her sooner.
Read this book!!!

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Like A Man Called Ove, this will live in your heart forever. Sara arrives in Broken Wheel from Sweden to visit Amy, who has just died. She stays, and looks to repay the townsfolk‘s kindness. She does it with books ❤️ Before long, she has changed the town, and they can‘t bear for her to leave. Shenanigans ensue🙂
This is about how books change people, relationships, & the world. And how everything changes when you change one thing.

Freespirit Sounds great😊 1mo
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I once heard that due to the cycle of air, we‘re currently breathing the last breath of Caesar, Jesus, and other people from that era. The idea fascinated me, & never left me.
We‘ll see if it holds my interest for 10+ hours ...

phatsallylee Interested to see your final review. I read his other books and found them fascinating. This one is still on my tbr. 1mo
Sweettartlaura @phatsallylee I‘m bailing 😕. It‘s not awful, but it isn‘t for me. I was satisfied with it after a chapter or two. But it goes on for 8 hours more. So I‘m walking away. If you like his other stuff you might still like this. But I can‘t recommend it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
phatsallylee @Sweettartlaura good to know. Leaving it to a library checkout instead of purchasing! 4w
Sweettartlaura @phatsallylee sounds perfect 👌🏻 4w
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My 1920 pick for #192019challenge & for author‘s first book for my local library challenge.
This is Agatha Christie‘s first book, & first Poirot story.
It‘s a little hard to appreciate 99 years later - at this point it‘s beyond formulaic. But it‘s worth a read/listen regardless: it‘s engaging; it‘s historic; it‘s short & sweet; and if you have any interest in the mystery genre, it‘s a hallmark.

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This is the feeling I had the first time I was in Powell‘s 😓

Texreader Oh this is so poignant. 1mo
Sweettartlaura @Texreader it‘s turning out to be that kind of book 😥 1mo
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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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Disappointing 😕
There is so much to slog through here - lots of violence & hopelessness - for the worst ending ever. I truly thought I was missing a page.
I‘m tired of doing the work for an author. I‘m not going to make up my own ending. I need SOMETHING to make sense of this. And if the author won‘t give it, I can only go with 2 ⭐️.

#marchmadness @JenP

Caroline2 I love that, “I‘m tired of doing the work of an author”! Yes!!! I‘ve read a few books lately without proper endings. It just feels so lazy. 🙄 1mo
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Caroline2 🙂. I‘m a little peeved at a particular show ending this coming Sunday 🐉, and that may have exacerbated my reaction to this. But my Buddy Reader @Jenn1 feels similarly about this ending, so I didn‘t go TOO far. I‘m all for a challenge. But give me SOMETHING - some solid direction, some nod to my suspicions. If I can just pull out whatever I want, I might as well write it myself 💁🏻‍♀️ 1mo
ReneeBijou I am a bit late to comment but I felt cheated by the end. Ok I was completely ticked and the book may have sailed across the room. 🤷🏻‍♀️as I thought about it more I started to think that whatever the reader envisions as the reunion is what the end is. I may see them embrace, someone else may see crying. The end is all of these things. It made me love the book that much more. 3w
Sweettartlaura @ReneeBijou I just wanted something concrete to happen between them. The one in the bathroom seemed almost suicidal. I know she opened the door, but still, I want to know they saw each other, alive. I could live with that little. But without it, I‘m disappointed 😔 2w
ReneeBijou @Sweettartlaura I get that. It was upsetting to say the least. It certainly left me wanting more and as it was the climax it felt cut off. Besides what happened to Mohan? I really grew to love that guy even though he was seriously messed up. 2w
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When your favorite bookseller @Kenny AND your MyTBR bibliologist recommend the same book, you HAVE to read it 💁🏻‍♀️

This is a book America needs right now. It‘s Mira Jacob‘s story of being a first-generation American, told in the conversations she‘s had about her experiences, both shared & unique.

5 ⭐️ - can‘t recommend this one enough.

Kenny LOVE THIS BOOK. 2w
Sweettartlaura @Kenny It‘s beautiful, both inside & out 2w
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With Shuddering Fall | Joyce Carol Oates
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Half- Bail/Half-Pan - I did make it over 50% on this; and I did stop because I cannot read one more page.
I have literally no idea what‘s happened ~ what I think about any of the characters or happenings ~ what I think is going to happen. All I know is that I do not care. I‘ve come to love JCO as of late, so reading her first novel seemed like a great idea. Alas, it turned out to be terrible.
Running, not walking, away from this one...

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Bailedbailed

Way too boring.

Way, way, way too boring.

I see this has a rating over 4 ⭐️. And I tried to hang in to see where it turns good. But I can‘t do it. It‘s a shame - my copy is beautiful, & has all three books in the trilogy. Still, I‘ve got to move on from this one.

Now I have to find two more picks for books published in 1920 & 1921 for the #192019challenge 😕 Any suggestions?

Kalalalatja Thank you! I never got the hype about this one 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Sweettartlaura @Kalalalatja She‘s a Nobel Prize winner 🤷🏻‍♀️. Some people like the medieval epic; maybe because this focused on a young woman instead of a young man this was more exciting 100 years ago; maybe because most people never saw a pic of Norway 100 years ago but she explains it beautifully? I dunno. But I can‘t give it any more time. There‘s nothing here for me and no hint that there will be 😕 1mo
Sweettartlaura But I‘m glad I‘m not alone @Kalalalatja 😜🥰 1mo
llwheeler I used The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton for 1920, I enjoyed it. I don't have a pick for 1921 yet so let me know if you get a good suggestion 🙂 1mo
Sweettartlaura @llwheeler I‘m going with Agatha Christie‘s first for 1920 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Still on the hunt for 1921. And I‘m subbing out my 64 pick, too - tried to read JCO‘s first novel, but it was awful. Luckily I have something on my shelves I‘m happy to re-read, 1mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Working on #MountTBR - I hit Mt. Ararat 🙂

LeahBergen Dang! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
LauraJ So, if I need a Sherpa for my own Mt TBR, can I hire you? 🤔 1mo
Sweettartlaura @LauraJ 🤣. Any time 🙂 1mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏 1mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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How did I not know this was happening?! Thanks, @EsquireGirl for the Scribd tip - breezing through this tonight ❤️

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We Went to the Woods | Caite Dolan-Leach
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4⭐️
Mack can't help herself: when she gets a chance to show off, she takes it. Working for a caterer while living with her parents after a foray into reality tv, she attracts Louisa. Louisa probably knows what Mack has done. She certainly knows how to use her.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Full review at the link below:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42179785

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https://www.audiobooksync.com/2019-sync-titles/

Free (audio)books! Get your free (audio)books!

Just heard about this program and had to share. While this is geared to YA readers, there are a couple classics. And the list looks interesting no matter what genre.

Enjoy!

Cinfhen Thanks so much for sharing 🙌🏻🎧 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen no problem! I‘m trying to download right now - having a little trouble 😕. Hopefully I can figure it out quickly. 2mo
Sweettartlaura Got it - had to try it a couple times - at first it told me the file wasn‘t supported. I checked the FAQs to see if I missed something. No, so I tried again. No problem now - Whoo hoo! 2mo
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Cinfhen Did you download through Audible or direct from Audio File??? 2mo
Sweettartlaura You have to use Overdrive actually - not even Libby @Cinfhen (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Really??? Interesting...going to give it a try, Thanks 2mo
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Powell‘s is having their online Earth Day Sale - buy 2 used books, get a third free! Ends tonight - go #treatyoshelf ❤️📚

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Oh, look! Big Oil is about to celebrate 100 years of undue influence in our politics. They must be so proud 🙄

Eyelit I‘m currently reading this too. So infuriating! 2mo
Sweettartlaura Absolutely @eyelit 😡 2mo
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That‘s it! Matthew Quick is an American treasure ❤️. Just read this passage, this perfect snapshot of the American dream. You can feel the warmth of the sun, the grit of sand, the damp of the lake. And you know this is a moment they all worked for so hard - to have a memory like this.

There‘s much more to love about this book - see link to GR review.

Definitely put this one on your List ❤️📚

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32522527

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Next Life | Rae Armantrout
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Found my headstone 👍🏻😜❤️📚

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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#marchmadness @JenP

I loved this 💗
It‘s a YA novel told in verse. So it‘s like 150 - 200 + poems - easy to read, and addicting.
Told in verse, You get all the emotional impact, with none of the melodrama.
A coming-of-age tale of a young Dominica, trying to sort out her feelings about her twin, her parents, her body, boys, God, and her passion for writing. Really glad I read this!

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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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I appreciated being immersed in another culture so thoroughly. Growing up in New York, I got to know - and know about - a lot of Jews & ways to be Jewish. But being Jewish in America in the modern era poses some specific challenges that I‘m usually unaware of. I‘m grateful for the reminders in this book that there are other ways to be than just the ways I know.
My thanks to Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kimberlone I enjoyed his story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” in college but I haven‘t read anything else from Englander 2mo
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3.5 ⭐️
Ulf Varg heads up a police department that covers unusual & delicate crimes. Like who stabs a man at the knees. And what to do about a group of women losing their minds over a made-up boyfriend. Not to mention reports of lycanthropy.
This starts slow. But by the second case, you‘ll be enamored of Ulf & his crew, & wanting to spend time with them.
My thanks to Penguin for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The Killer in Me: A Novel | Olivia Kiernan
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Frankie Sheehan is drawn into efforts to exonerate a man convicted of killing his parents upon his release from prison. As that unfolds, she‘s investigating new disturbing murders. She has to wonder if the old case & the new crimes are connected. And she has to figure it out before the people she loves are hurt.
A good follow-up to the first installment of this series. My thanks to Penguin for an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

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Ill Will: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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#unpopularopinion time
I polished off these three tonight. And I didn‘t like any of them 😕
I DNF‘ed the two on the right - I just didn‘t care.
I did finish Looking for Alaska, but by skimming. I‘d heard it was amazing, & kept trying to give it a chance. But I didn‘t care about anyone in that book except the religion professor🤷🏻‍♀️
At least I‘m free to make some new pics tomorrow.

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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So much packed into this short but powerful classic. It‘s the story of a girl who gets ostracized right when she needs support the most.
Stories like this make me reflect and wonder about the young women I failed to recognize needed a friend back in those difficult days of high school.

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You mean I could read for a month AND get paid to do it???
Challenge accepted 😏👍🏻

Beatlefan129 Sounds heavenly 💕 2mo
Sweettartlaura @Beatlefan129 Right??? Biggest problem would be how to get them all in with me. 2mo
ravenlee Where do I sign up? 2mo
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Sweettartlaura @ravenlee Exactly🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
TimSpalding Of course! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Think of all the books you could buy!!! And no one would bother you for a whole month. 2mo
Sweettartlaura Oooohhhhh, I didn‘t even think of what bookish things I could do with that money, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😮🤔😏📚❤️ 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Just a month? I wanna stay longer! 🤩 2mo
AlaMich Hell yes!!! 2mo
Bookcation74 Is this a challenge or a dream!?!? 2mo
Sweettartlaura @GrilledCheeseSamurai this is kinda how I feel about going to jail 😜. I‘ve never been, and try my best every day to stay outta there. But every now & then I think, so long as I wasn‘t in some horrible tough prison, I could do 5-10... think of all the reading I could do 💁🏻‍♀️🤣📚 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I would try!! If I lasted 2 weeks, could I have $50k? Lol 2mo
diovival YES. Yes, I would. Sign me up. 📚 2mo
Weaponxgirl Is there wine? am I allowed to go out for walks and is their a mail service? Can I have papers delivered? If so sign me up 2mo
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Ill Will: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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Starting this one tonight

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Beautiful ❤️
I‘ve been working on incorporating more poetry into my reading. This was a great addition. A revealing look into the poet‘s heart, rent open, vulnerable, tender, touching.
#marchmadness @JenP

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I‘m a sucker for Jojo Moyes‘ feel-good, funny tales of unlikely happenings that draw people together. And she doesn‘t disappoint with this one. You‘ll fall in love with everyone in this story. And it will fly by.
A 4⭐️ read.

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Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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4.5 ⭐️
A book for lovers of music, & lovers of love.
This is a bit like the Alchemist & Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: if you‘re doing what you were born to do, you will find a way to succeed; & sometimes people know what you need better than you do.
Two notes:
Books with playlists should announce that upfront, not the end.
And music stores, take heed: offer listening parties like Frank hosts listening lessons. I‘ll be there 🙋🏻‍♀️

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Definitely not for me.
Didn‘t like the first story at all.
Had hope for the second, but it spun out quickly.
And nothing really worked after that.

#marchmadness @JenP

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A Visit to the Library | Rosalyn Clark
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I looked up, & saw I had 23 minutes to get dressed & get there.
I could do it!
Two blocks away, as I was speeding past a cop, I thought,
Oh, mannnn... am I gonna be the first person ever to be pulled over for speeding to the library before it closes???

Crisis averted... this time 😜

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