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ThePurpleSponge

ThePurpleSponge

Joined September 2016

My bookish happy place ❤ purplesponge.com
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
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Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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1) Reading in Ohio, USA!
2) Looking forward to Ninth House. A perfect fall/Halloween read
3) I'm going to make some roasted chickpeas with a homemade ranch seasoning YUM.
4) Fun fact: I just started a job at the library where I get to read to kids and play Legos for 3 hours a day
5) I've participated in a couple Dewey's Readathons, which means I should know better than to schedule 2 yoga classes on Sunday but...I guess we'll see how it goes :'D

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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Curling up with Toni Morrison for the first hour ❤

1) part of the world: NYC
2) looking forward to: this one, honestly! Also, Hidden Figures on audio (libby library find!)
3) left over fried wantons mmm
4) a little something: Idk it's been a rough couple of months so I NEED THIS 😓😥📚
5) doing differently: happy about challenges every 3 hours!! Spend less time worrying about pic lighting and social media and more time reading!!

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Indigo | Beverly Jenkins
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I've been trying out romance novels through Libby and thought I'd give Beverly Jenkins a try (also happens to be a great #readharder pick for romance written by an aoc!) . I'm so glad I tried it because I thoroughly enjoyed this steamy historical featuring smart, saucy underground railroad conductors finding love and freeing slaves like the bad asses they are.

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I've given up tracking time for #24in48 because i keep forgetting my timer, but who cares!! I just finished the first chapter of this baby and i don't think i'm ever putting it down 🤗🤓

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My #weneeddiversebooks ... On our shelves entry to #24in48. I dont make notes in my books very often, but this book touched me to my core. I learned a lot about Iran and Tehran, and that the city is a literary and cultural hub that i never imagined it to be by listening to the news. I learned about the fragility of our own freedoms but also how these women will fight for themselves. All these ladies had very different beliefs, but...

ThePurpleSponge ...they came under one roof to talk about books, and that helped them to make sense of their lives. 4y
TheBookHippie Oh I so loved reading this. It's my daughters favorite book. 4y
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Mythology | Edith Hamilton, Aphrodite Trust, Apollo Trust
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Kicking of #24in48 with the 12 hour #bookshelfiechallenge! Lots of time to make up for since i slept through the whole first quarter!! 😂😴

My first book of the day is Edith Hamilton's Mythology, to check off the mythology/folklore box on the #readharder challenge 😁

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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For some reason, even though i finished it, i wasn't really into the first book, Six of Crows. I'm SO glad i bought into the cliff hanger though and checked out the second book from library because It. Is. AMAZING!! I'm loving all the characters and the world and the humor and the badassery. Definitely going to check out the other books from Bardugo's universe!!

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I LOVED the audiobook! (Admittedly, i partially loved the narrator's british accent...) But mostly i loved seeing Monty grow and learn empathy alongside his companions. Aaand pirates! Science! Badass women!!! (I cant wait to read the other book about Felicity!!)

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Gilgi | Irmgard Keun
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This bit made me smile - Gilgi's excitement bubbles off the page!

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The Natural Way of Things | Charlotte Wood
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"When I watch you read this book, it's like you're forcing yourself to eat a bad sandwich" -my partner watching me read this book. It did bring on some stank face - violence, gore, dead baby rabbits... It felt like Lord of the Flies but more devistating and with rape and the occasional mention of modern tech. It grew on me toward the end, and you can get some kind of girl power from it, but it was not a pleasure to read. Happy to be done!

ThePurpleSponge #24in48 about 9 hours of reading logged 😁📚 5y
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1984 | George Orwell
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1984 might be one of the most terrifying books I've read. I worked at a bookstore when this was selling out on Amazon and we couldn't get copies bc the warehouse was out of them. I understand this book now in the light of this admin... Hold on your reality folks because the past must not cease to exist!!

This is my first post in awhile, and a lot of people started following me recently (thanks @MrBook!) So thanks and happy reading!

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle
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"Unicorns find it embarrassing to be thanked. Please desist."

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RadicalReader @ThePurpleSponge so glad I found your page thanks to @MrBook mentioning you on a post of a meeting they had and you recognized them by their Litsy names 😂😂 ADORABLE SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTERFLY YOU ARE 5y
MrBook @RadicalReader 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 5y
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#24in48 hour 4 (because I came down with the flu early yesterday 😷 I picked this up from a friend 1) because I listened to By The Book podcast and was intrigued and 2) I'm moving to NYC - the perfect opportunity to let things go and find new places for everything.

I was critical of a few details, and I don't think I want to live my life the way marie kondo lives hers, but there are some helpful perspectives and tips here.

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When the war began, Irene Gut was just 17: a student nurse, a Polish patriot, a good Catholic girl. Forced to work in a German officers' dining hall, she learned how to fight back.

This looks like an interesting and up-close perspective. TBR?

rjsthumbelina I read this in Jr high and remember loving it! Strong MC 5y
RadicalReader @ThePurpleSponge if you enjoyed reading about Holocaust experiences be sure to check out My Brother‘s Voice by Stephen Nasser 5y
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Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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Anyone remember this whimsy of a book? I used to read the riddles to my mom, and got upset when she could answer them right away 🙄 she's a puzzle genious though, so it shouldn't come as a surprise.

Has anyone read the book Trenton Lee Stewart came out with in 2016?

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There are few characters you can hate as purely as you can hate Delores Jane Umbridge 😝 Her cruelty and intense fear of difference is astounding.

#harrypotter #umbridge #orderofthepheonix

RadicalReader @ThePurpleSponge I couldn‘t have been happier when she was carried away into the depths of the forest partying doesn‘t begin to capture my elation 5y
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The Birth House | Ami McKay
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Creating is hard. Sharing The Thing is harder. The Purple Sponge nags for my attention everyday, but I don't write because my demon says to me: "You aren't good enough. No one cares but you."

But if my fear stops me, no one will ever care because I never tried.

These are the books I read in Nov. and Dec. without writing a review. I'm posting one thing on The Purple Sponge every day this week. I hope you'll join me at purplesponge.com ?

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After the siblings and niblings have moved on to their next christmas, it's time for me to curl up with a book! First I'm trying for a little humor with A.J. Jacobs (I loved A Year of Living Biblically a few years ago). Merry Christmas Litsy! 😍

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Bark: Stories | Lorrie Moore
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The Purple Sponge is, funny enough, not a blog about sponges. It is, though, a blog about books! And you can find out more on my website when my website isn't so embarrassingly empty and drab. For now, Lorrie Moore's Bark (more specifically the short story "Debarking") is the 1st story on my list.
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Has anyone read Lorrie Moore? She's made me laugh, cry, and she uses words like "doughily" in the 1st two sentences.

#bibliophile #bark #books

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻! 6y
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