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anwade88

anwade88

Joined May 2016

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“‘Pare down to the essence, but don‘t remove the poetry.‘ The poetry is the humanity.

If that extra bowl reminds you of your grandma and brings you joy every time you look at it, well then, don‘t remove the poetry. Minimalism is as much an art form as it is a practice. There are no prescriptions or perfect answers. And where it starts and stops in your life is a bit unpredictable. Let it be.”

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Wow. What is this book? Autobiography? Coming of age story? Historical non-fiction? Yes—and more. So many thoughtful reflections on race, religion, slavery, government, economics and more wrapped up in bits and pieces of his story, not told chronologically but even stronger for it. Violence and language abound but every other quote felt share-able. Definitely a pick.

mom2bugnbee This is AMAZING on audio, for those of you considering! 2mo
anwade88 @mom2bugnbee I actually was saying to my husband that I imagined it would be awesome on audio! 2mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

“The first thing I learned about having money was that it gives you choices. People don‘t want to be rich. They want to be able to choose. The richer you are, the more choices you have. That is the freedom of money.”

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

“The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other. Apart hate, is what it was. You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all.”

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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This one has been on my TBR list for a while—a rainy Saturday morning feels like a good time to start 🌧 📖 🇿🇦

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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It wasn‘t until I was two thirds of the way through that I realized this story was based on a true story. Hard to read at parts, but very well written—a wonderful tribute to some amazing women. The alternating narrators really worked here; I had a hard time putting it down.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly

“A welder at her bow sent apricot sparks into the night sky...”

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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When you are at the bookstore looking at the “summer reads” shelf and chatting with your husband about all the books on it that you‘ve previously read and enjoyed... and a complete stranger who is also browsing and overhears the conversation tells you she knows a book she‘s sure you will love... you buy the book, no questions asked 📚😁😂❤️

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Untitled | Unknown
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My daughter gave me the Book Queen sticker from her Sleeping Queens game for my Kindle because she said it fit me 👌🏾❤️😍👸🏻

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love Sleeping Queens! 😆❤️ 6mo
anwade88 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s such a cute game! 6mo
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Does this align with my purposes? Is it so useful that I have to keep it, so beautiful that I can‘t live without it, or so personally meaningful it has to stay with me? #minimalism

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Bookladylinda 😳 8mo
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I don‘t ever post about non-fiction reads on here but I‘m particularly excited about this one 🤗 Pre-ordered and it showed up the same day we got back from vacation. ❤️

MyBookSwapClub It's a great book! I've read it :) 8mo
Amiable You should post more about your favorite nonfiction reads! I'm a nonfiction fan and I love to hear about new reads. 🙂 8mo
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Beautiful, poignant, and hard to put down. This reimagining of The Iliad was nothing short of amazing. Primarily focused on the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus; I couldn‘t imagine this being more moving. Patroclus as the narrator was perfect 👌🏾
I am eager to read another novel by the author.

Suzze My book group liked this, I didn‘t like it so much. I feel odd because it gets so much love. 8mo
anwade88 @Suzze really? It‘s one of the books I‘m struggling to move on from! I always feel befuddled when my reaction to a book is lukewarm and then find out it‘s well loved by most 🤔 8mo
sprainedbrain This is one of my top 5 books ever! ❤️ 8mo
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Overall well done. A few dry spots. A few very memorable scenes. Overall a very interesting portrayal of a very interesting woman in her own right (that aside from being Alexander Hamilton‘s wife.)

Suzze I bought this when it first came out because I loved her first one and it still sits on my iPad unread. Darned ebooks don‘t jump out at you like real books do. 8mo
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The Midwife's Revolt | Jodi Daynard
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This was an Amazon monthly pick for me. A historical fiction novel about a midwife struggling to maintain her farm and fit in with her neighbors after her husband‘s death fighting as a patriot.

At first I thought this might be attempting to be women‘s literature and it ended up being more chick lit with a historical basis and a touch of PG rated romance. It succeeds as the last two but would have fallen flat for me as the first.

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The Ragged Edge of Night | Olivia Hawker
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Mehso-so

Story about Germans during WWII and one man‘s attempt to redeem his self.

Finally finished. It took me a long time to get through. I found the thoughts of Anton too lengthy and repetitive. Some of the symbols (the stork) would have been much stronger if they had been developed sooner and deeper.

It‘s neat that this is a true family story. At the same time I think the authors admiration made characters not dynamic enough.

Interesting story.

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I just wanted to add something that bothered me in this series. Did anyone find it to be odd that Rachel, the laid-back American raised in lower middle class suddenly is name dropping all these different designer brands and is fixated on remodeling her bathroom etc? It felt really odd ad out of character to me.

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I seem to be stumbling upon the perfect, lighthearted reads lately.

This was fun, maybe not the perfect read of you are stuck in the mire of following through on dull life choices (lol). I enjoyed many of the characters; reminded me a bit of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You Sorry.

I found some of the decisions of the main character irritating at times, but in the end it was well worth reading.

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Well, yes, I decided to finish the trilogy and I‘m glad I did. This one was the best of the three. I still found some things a bit silly or coincidental, but overall I found the story engaging and fun.

The author is very good at keeping the character dynamic.

I enjoyed how he switched up writing styles (letters, texts, articles, thoughts). The will reading scene was my favorite part.

Three books later and Nick still doesn‘t have a personality.

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Anne's House of Dreams | Lucy Maud Montgomery

“You're young and I'm old, but our souls are about the same age...”

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Anne's House of Dreams | Lucy Maud Montgomery

“... the folks who had sat with him around that fireplace in the vanished years, with mirth and bridal joy shining in eyes long since closed forever under churchyard sod or heaving leagues of sea. Here on olden nights children had tossed laughter lightly to and fro. Here on winter evenings friends had gathered. Dance and music and jest had been here. Here youths and maidens had dreamed.”

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

I cannot get into this book! I can see it‘s well received and it‘s by a favorite author but I just feel stuck every time I try to pick it up 😫

DivineDiana It takes a while to get invested. 😉 12mo
LiteraryinLititz I bailed on it, so I know what you mean! 12mo
zzz Hubby bailed on this too 12mo
anwade88 Haha but I actually paid for it and didn‘t just check it out, I don‘t want to bail 😫 lol 😆 12mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Pick based on the fact that I knew this was chick lit going into it. I feel a bit so-so. It was fun if also both a bit bizarre and cliche (yes at the same time.)

I found the constant interruption with definitions and explanations to be equally interesting and disruptive to the flow of reading.

I felt Nick should have been better fleshed out. Rich, handsome, and not a total jerk isn‘t much of a personality IMO.

Waffling on reading the sequels

Heatherfeather Exactly how I felt 12mo
Aaronlisa I agree with your assessment of Nick. I liked the sequels because they aren‘t just about Nick & Rachel. 12mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I completely agree with Nick‘s assessment of his self here. I‘ve had a hard time buying into he‘s the “best guy ever” thing since has has done nothing but leave her to the sharks the entire book 🙄

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I‘m crazy in need of something entirely different than my last read...

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This. This is the perfect and most heart wrenching ending to his Biblically named baboons.

And the “my.” One word says more than reams of paper could have 😭

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Here I am with a chance to read and I just can‘t move past A Primate‘s Memoir...

I want to be lost in Africa again, buzzing in Sapolsky‘s unique writing style, and mostly I want to not be so haunted by the ending...

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What a difficult book to review... I purchased this on a bit of a whim. I didn‘t expect to laugh so hard, learn so much, and I certainly didn‘t expect to shed tears—though I did that as well.

This book is not as I expected—a scientist perspective on baboons—it was that, in a very amusing way. But it was also more. I learned so much about Africa, politics, tourism. And I reflected on the human spirit and the issues that humans face—and create.

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This was a fun little quiz. Thanks for the link @KCorter ☺️

And my two favorite Austin heroines. I‘ll take it 🤗

Link: http://quizzes.howstuffworks.com/quiz/everyone-is-a-combination-two-jane-austen-...

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Been there... Actually currently there with Bear Town right now...

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Also I am apparently now entering the realm of reading all the books and finishing none 🤔 📚

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Do you ever start one book and post about it, and then you remember that book you were reading but neglected and pick it back up instead?
No.
Me either...

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Nap time = time to dive into a book by one of my favorite authors 🤗 🐻

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Loved it.
I don‘t know how, after being such a fan of Downton Abbey, I am just reading this. But I am very glad I did.

Reviewsbylola This sounds great! 13mo
SilversReviews Love books like this. I may have read it. 😍 13mo
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I‘m exhausted already with all the drama in this book... 😓

This book is making me think of how extremely functional my family may just be after all.
Interesting but rife with drama and cattiness. 😣

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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns
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I could get used to this 👌🏾🌴🌊📚

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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns
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Arguably I'm not reading my current (so far excellent) book at this speed, but my husband laughed hard when I sent him this. He tries to ask about a book I am reading frequently and I say, "That was like two books ago." ??

Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂😂 this is amazing. 2y
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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns

Once I asked granny what (he) did that was so bad, but she wouldn't tell me. Said I was too young to hear such. It must of really been worth hearing about if it was too awful to mention.

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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns

"If'n I had my way, wouldn't be no sech a thang as funerals. They's jest a long hot time fill a-hypocrites and kinfolks... tryin' to pretend they ain't havin' a good time seein' one another."
"It wasn't like that at Blu's funeral."
"No, course not. They ain't no hypocrites at a youngun's funeral."

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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns
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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns
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My vacation week read a friend recommended to me 🌊 🌴 ⛱

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He Said / She Said | Erin Kelly
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Trying to decide if we are insane with three kids in this traffic (including an infant) to drive what should be a 45 minute drive to see totality with the eclipse today 😬 Having just read He Said, She Said I'm more motivated 🌙☀️🌌

MimiLovesToRead No, not insane. I would have done the same thing! 2y
anwade88 @MimiLovesToRead it was totally worth it 👌🏾😁 2y
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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"...life is too short for mediocre prose."

Ha. ? Loved this quote from a review in Milk Street magazine.

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A slow building, relationship driven thriller.
Kit, an eclipse chaser, and his girlfriend Laura are at a festival, when Laura interrupts a rape. They both testify in court but as they get to know the woman better, they wonder if they've trusted the right person or not. Fifteen years later they are in hiding under assumed names.
This was well done. I did not see the big twist coming at all. A few details I have questions about. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Okay. Am I just showing my American ignorance? Did Kit (or Laura) not have a right to stop Jamie from killing them being that he was in their home and Beth was already bleeding out on the floor?
I feel like I'm missing the big "gasp, aha!" moment because I don't understand why this went to a murder trial anyways? Is it because he killed him instead of just maiming him or stopping him in some other way?

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I'm feeling like the couple in this book (Kit & Laura) are an INTJ/INFJ pair just like my husband and I (if you enjoy Meyers Briggs personality types.)

It's been funny and a bit eerie to see them make very similar choices to the ones we would make. And to see the tension between a (J)thinker and a (J)feeler.

Being this is a thriller with a twist at the end, I hope I don't regret drawing the parallel 🙈😬😂

Jess7 I need to brush up on my knowledge of this study but it sounds interesting. I don't remember what my results were when I took the test. 2y
LectricSheep INFJ represennnnt 🙌🏻 2y
anwade88 @Jess7 I think my results so resonated with me which is why it's my favorite personality thing :) 2y
anwade88 @LectricSheep 🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
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