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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

Joined January 2017

“There where one burns books, one in the end burns men.” - Heinrich Heine
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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I‘m a few days late, but thanks for the #wondrouswednesday tag @jimfields3 !!

🌸 I *mostly* read every day. It‘s a very rare thing for me to not read a least a few pages everyday.

🌼 I tend to read before bed every night, but also try to carve out time to read on my lunch break. I also bring a book with me everywhere for those unexpected opportunities to read!

🌺 I think my go-to comfort genre is thrillers/mysteries - I love a good twist!

Eggs Absolutely!! # 2 6d
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Zauner‘s memoir about the loss of her mother is honest and deftly portrays the messier parts of family, mother/daughter dynamics, and grief. It‘s well-written and I loved the descriptions of how food underscored her relationship/memories with her mother. However, it just didn‘t impact me like some other “grief memoirs” have. I think Zauner‘s experience and writing was better captured in her 2018 New Yorker essay from which this book was based. 3⭐️

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Here is my #bookspin list for August!!

Bookwormjillk Great list! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I made decent progress during #jubilantjuly by finishing two books and starting “Crying in H Mart.” I read Verity in one day, so that felt like a #bookspin win! I‘m going on a mini trip this weekend, so should be able to finish up my July goals. 😀

Andrew65 That‘s great, good luck. 2w
Kappadeemom Hi Becky - just checking to see if you got your LMBPC from me yet? 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Kappadeemom Hi Melanie! It hadn‘t arrived yet on Tuesday when I got the mail. I am out of town for a few day, but will check when I get home! 2w
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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This is hard for me to rate. This book made me furious and extremely uncomfortable. I also literally could not put it down and read it in less than a day! Someone I follow on TikTok calls this “rage reading,” and that‘s exactly what it felt like. The writing isn‘t particularly good, but I have to give Hoover credit for the emotions this stoked in me. I am still reeling. If this was her intention with this book, she followed through expertly. 4⭐️

5feet.of.fury Yeah agree. I hated it in some respects but I also haven‘t stopped talking about it in 6 months… 🙃 3w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @5feet.of.fury 😂😂 Exactly! 3w
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A mystery with heft, the antebellum plantation setting invoked feelings of both wonder and discomfort as the line between preserving history and the whitewashing of that history blurred. As the novel unfolded, the plantation itself became a character rich with complexity and long held secrets. Locke cleverly creates an opportunity here to explore our dark roots and brings together the past and present in an uncomfortable, but necessary, way.4⭐️

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#LMPBC -ing is just better with a beer. 🍺 🌞 📚 #mcmenamins #summer #beers #books #battlestargalactica

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My reading goals for #jubilantjuly! This is a mix of #LMPBC #bookspin and #booked2022 selections, so I am excited to knock some off my TBR. Happy Reading!

Andrew65 good luck 😊👍 3w
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This book was a mixed bag for me. I‘m not a big romance reader, but found the premise intriguing. The second half of this book was much better than the first. I guess I‘m getting a bit old and didn‘t find the main character very relatable. I identified more (and am closer in age) with her older love interest. 😂Ultimately, I didn‘t find the romance to be very believable, so this was just ok for me. Extra points for the steamy scenes, though. 🥵3⭐️

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I enjoyed this novel set in the picturesque setting of Glacier National Park (on my bucket list). All the best detectives have demons, but Systead is uniquely impacted by the central case as his father was killed by a grizzly in the park many years ago. Carbo did a good job writing about trauma, however, I found the resolution of the case tragic rather than triumphant. A little too long and slow at times, but a “just fine” read overall. 3⭐️

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2Q22 results are in for my favorite books of the year! Looking forward to the second half of 2022 and crushing my reading goals (hopefully).

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EvieBee Beer. Books. Battlestar Galactica. 🤓😂 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @EvieBee Thank you for understanding me. 😂😂😂 1mo
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Beautiful collection of intricately connected stories set in a future where a plague has devastated it Earth. Given the reality of Covid, some of this felt like a gut punch, but Nagamatsu‘s prose is absolutely gorgeous. Though bleak at times, there are hopeful moments when the focus is how we process death and loss through art and reconnection. I enjoyed some of the sci-fi aspects, others fell short for me and did not add to the overall impact.4⭐️

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Absolutely fascinating novel centering around a School for the Deaf, its students, and headmistress. Novic, herself deaf, provides a window into deaf culture and an unflinching look at the challenges deaf individuals face. Novic intersperses A.S.L. and deaf culture history throughout the novel, creating a learning experience for the reader that evokes empathy and awareness that can truly affect change. I was blown away. True biz. 5⭐️

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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My list for July‘s #bookspin! I would be happy to read any of these picks, so looking forward to seeing what is in store this month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Ghosts of the Tsunami | Richard Lloyd Parry
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Remarkable journalism on the aftermath of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I live in the PNW and remember this and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant vividly. I was unaware of the preventable tragedy that unfolded at the Okawa Elementary School. Parry‘s deep respect for his subjects is evident, and the persistence for answers amidst a culture of deference to authority is powerful. Truly haunting. 5⭐️

Centique I‘ve often wondered about what happened after this tragedy disappeared from my news broadcasts here - it was so huge - this sounds like a must read. Great review! 1mo
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Hide | Kiersten White
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Set in an abandoned amusement park, this had a lot of potential. 14 people are here for a hide-and-seek competition, and things go awry quickly. Loved the setting and premise. The character development was a bit shallow for me, but I felt I could‘ve fell in love with them had I gotten more. White‘s pacing and writing are great, but the ending was abrupt and disappointing. Would definitely read more from White - her best is yet to come. 3.5⭐️

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The writing in this strange and wonderful collection blew me away. Spanning multiple genres (science fiction, horror, magical realism, etc), the range Sachdeva showcases here is astounding. Every story felt like an otherworldly experience - unsettling, new, and beautiful. Sachdeva‘s voice is truly unique, and I can‘t wait to read more! A collection that deftly puts the reader on “the knife‘s edge between wonder and terror.” 5⭐️

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Mexican Daughter reads like a grittier and darker Judy Blume coming-of-age novel. When her perfect sister dies tragically, Julia sets out to uncover the secret life she‘d been living. On the way, she faces her own identity and path away from her parent‘s expectations. Though it may try to fit in too much (rape, suicide, immigration), the clash between immigrant parents and first generation American children over cultural values felt authentic. 4⭐️

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Hello #LMPBC - Group V (for Vintage)! I‘m so glad you all decided to join me in reading some classics, both traditional and modern! Here is my list of potential picks. Let me know what works for you!

jimfields3 We have a lot of good suggestions, so I won‘t muddy the waters by making even more. 😀 I would not reject any of the suggestions outright. This is my first #lmpbc so how do we choose? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I read Alice recently, but I'm up for any of the others!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @jimfields3 - There isn't really any formal method of deciding... usually each person proposes a 4-8 books that sound interesting to them, mostly to check & see if anyone else has already read them or especially loves/hates an author, etc. Each person makes their own final decision, but obviously we try to choose books that the rest of the group is interested to read as well!! So you can make your own post of books you had in mind as potentials😊 2mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 If no one else has read it, I am going to go with The Bell Jar. Let me know! 2mo
fredthemoose @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks The Bell Jar sounds great to me! @jimfields3 I‘m thinking about a Vonnegut book. Leaning Slaughterhouse-Five but happy to pick another if you‘ve already read it. Does that work for you? 2mo
jimfields3 That works for me, too, @fredthemoose 2mo
jimfields3 I apologize for being obtuse: I thought we were deciding on one book for the whole group and not one book per person. 😳 I‘ll gather some images right now and post shortly. I‘m sorry for misunderstanding! 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose Would love to read Slaughterhouse Five! @jimfields3 You‘re not obtuse! The way this works is that we each pick a book. The first “round” (the month of July) we each read the book we picked and annotate. Then we mail it to the next person and we‘ll receive the next book. Suellen should have emailed you with the signup and you can see who you will be mailing to every month. It‘s basically a Round Robin. Hope that helps! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks The Bell Jar sounds great!! I've never read that one and have always meant to. @jimfields3 - It is a little confusing at first!! But yes, all four of us will read four books, one per month, and in the end you'll end up with your own book back, full of all our thoughts/notes/rants. It's pretty fun!! It looks like from the list that you'll be mailing the next book to me each month!! 2mo
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I‘m making decent progress on my reading goals for #JoysofJune! These selections are also part of my #BigJuneReadathon to help me get back on track with my 2022 reading goals. Reviews coming soon! 🤓

Clwojick Way to go! 2mo
Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 2mo
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It‘s time for another round of #LMPBC and sign-ups are a little light. I signed up for a round of psychological thrillers and am hoping some Littens will join me in reading some “classics.” Come join us! It‘a a wonderful way to meet some fellow Littens and read some books you may not have discovered otherwise!!

LoverOfLearning Just joined! I've never done this before!!! Looks very cool! I love a good marked up book. 2mo
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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I went on a little book buying spree over the weekend to prepare for #camplitsy and catch up on some other 2022 reading goals. I guess I broke my book buying ban, but it was for a good cause. 😂😂

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This incredibly sweet memoir about a man‘s odyssey to complete his brother‘s bucket list after his death will get you right in the feels. Great-grandsons of JRR Tolkien, Mike and Royd have a special bond that becomes even stronger as Mike battles ALS. Royd grapples with the loss of his brother, overcomes fears, and learns to move foreword by steadfastly completing 50 bucket list items Mike never got to do. Hilarious, poignant, and inspiring. 4⭐️

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Theme Music: A Novel | T. Marie Vandelly
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This novel held such promise for me and seemed right up my alley. It started strong and Vandelly has a talent for ramping up the creep factor. However, the novel lagged as the story progressed, and I found myself just not caring that much at the final reveal. I also found some of the motives to be unsatisfactorily explored. I would read this author again, but, ultimately, I was left wanting more. 3⭐️

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Death by His Grace | Kwei Quartey
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This was a weaker installment of Quartey‘s Darko Dawson series, but I found the cultural information around Christianity in Ghana to be intriguing and thought-provoking. This seems like the least put together novel of the series as I solved the mystery before the reveal and it wasn‘t that exciting. The book ended on a cliffhanger though, so I hope we‘ll see a return to this series despite Quartey moving on to another series. 3⭐️

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My #bookspin list for June! I‘ve been in a little bit of a reading slump, so hoping for some inspiration with this month‘s picks.

Kimzey Lots of good ones here. You can‘t go wrong! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
BookBosomed1 A man called Ove 😍😍😍 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Kimzey That‘s what I‘m hoping! 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @BookBosomed1 I know! I am so late to the party on that one. 😂 2mo
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The Butterfly House | Katrine Engberg
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This Danish crime novel was a bit slow to start for me. Once I got used to the multiple POVs and engaged in the story more, I did enjoy it. Part of a series, but I didn‘t feel I was missing anything by not having read the first one. I‘m not sure how I feel about investigator Jeppe Kroner, but did love his partner Anette Werner. Her adjustment to motherhood and maternity leave was relatable. Eccentric characters and a strong mystery. 3⭐️

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The Butterfly House | Katrine Engberg
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In the last 2 weeks my divorce was finalized and I began the process of refinancing my home just in time for an interest rate hike. The last 8 months have been difficult, but I made it in part due to my love of reading and this wonderful community. After a very hard day of coming to terms with my new mortgage payment, I needed a beer, a book, and some sun. Thank you, Littens. Without even knowing it, you have been a source of great comfort. ❤️

Bookwormjillk Hugs 🤗 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Sorry to hear all that you‘re going through. Books are magic, and litsy is my happy place too. 📖✨ 3mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️ 3mo
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Christine Sending good wishes. ❤️ 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Bookwormjillk @Chelsea.Poole @Chrissyreadit @Christine Thank you so much. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
CaitlinR Hang in there. You‘ve got this! 2mo
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Son of Rosemary | Ira Levin
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I am so mad that this was written, let alone published! Rosemary‘s Baby was an absolute masterpiece, so I was intrigued by this sequel written many years later. Complete drivel. Horrible plot. Terrible dialogue. I only kept reading for the “twist,” and literally threw it in disgust over the complete cop-out ending. Can‘t imagine why Levin even wrote this except as a money grab or because he hated Mia Farrow (to whom the book is dedicated). 1⭐️

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Based on the Manson Family Murders, Cline captures the boredom and desperation of adolescence magnificently. Evie is an ordinary teenager growing up in the suburbs when she is spellbound by an young woman in a cult-like group. Evie‘s seduction happens quickly and totally. Missing the novel‘s violent climax only by happenstance, adult Evie grapples with how easily she could‘ve been someone else forcing us to study our own life‘s close calls. 4⭐️

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Sixteen Horses | Greg Buchanan
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I don‘t know what to make of this book. The atmosphere and sense of foreboding that Buchanan creates is spectacular. The creepy English seaside town rocked by a gruesome discovery is a perfect setting. However, the story is disjointed at times, and I was left a bit disappointed with the resolution. This is a story that won‘t leave me for awhile. A deeply unsettling debut, Buchanan is one to watch. 4⭐️TW: graphic descriptions of animal abuse

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A sweet book about an incredibly inspirational man. I enjoyed hearing about how “the Neighborhood” arose and the glimpses of Fred Rogers‘s humor behind the camera. I didn‘t care for Mister Roger‘s Neighborhood as a child (Sesame Street was my jam), but find myself seeking to be more like him as an adult and parent of young children. We may not share a belief system, but there is a lot to learn from Rogers about just being a good human. 3.5⭐️

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I was excited about this Romeo & Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai with a heavy dose of fantasy, but ultimately, it fell short for me. There were interesting plot points, but the fantasy/science fiction elements and worldbuilding were very weak. The writing was choppy and I didn‘t connect with any of the characters. This could have been a lot shorter (and not a duology), but it ended on a cliffhanger, so I‘ll give the finale a shot. 2.5⭐️

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The Cider House Rules | John Irving
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My #bookspin list for May. Very excited to see what this month‘s picks will be!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 3mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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As a bibliophile and lover of libraries, I wanted to love this book about J.P. Morgan‘s librarian. Belle de Costa Greene was a remarkable woman who absolutely deserves to be a more well known figure in our history. Her intelligence, wit, style, and tenacity are evident and the novel is well-researched. However, I found the book to be a dull and inadequate vehicle to bring this extraordinary example of Black excellence into the spotlight. 2⭐️

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The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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Atmospheric, suspenseful, and creepy as hell. McMahon brings something deeply unsettling to the otherwise common “woman returns home to deal with a family tragedy” trope. She is able to weave two timelines together seamlessly, while also creating vulnerable characters and realistic portrayals of family dynamics and trauma. Oh, and I will definitely be steering clear of dark pools for basically the rest of my life. Shudder. 4⭐️

Nute This author has a talent for creepy stories!😱 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Nute Excited to read more of her! 3mo
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I‘m signed up for my first Dewey‘s 24 hour readathon! I am SO excited and need to assemble the book stack I‘ll be reading through on Saturday. Is anyone else participating?

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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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A bit saccharine at times, this sweet and charming novel follows a family navigating life with a transgender child. Claude identifies as female early in her childhood and is quickly accepted by the family as Poppy. A lot of safe choices are made: a thoroughly supportive and loving family, understanding school administrators, neighbors, etc. Though often painfully unrealistic, I loved living in a world where this is how it always is. 4⭐️

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This is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Pleased with my #AwesomeApril reading results! I‘m having a run on great books lately, so that is exciting! I‘ll be finishing TIHIAI tonight a day late, but I‘ll take the partial credit. 😀 Thanks @Andrew65 and see you for May‘s readathon!

BookBosomed1 Well done! Wild is one of my favorite NF books. 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @BookBosomed1 It is SO good. I loved it! 4mo
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Some books just take up residence in your soul and will never leave. Strayed was not the most likable at this point in her life, least of all by herself. But her writing on grief, the crushing ways it can make us unrecognizable to ourselves, and the wild, stupid, and brave ways we must learn to accept things as they are to heal is so deeply moving. I had tears streaming down my face as I read the final pages. Transformative. 5⭐️

Octoberwoman I loved this book so much. The movie version was also wonderful. 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Octoberwoman I saw the movie years ago, but am going to re-watch it soon! 4mo
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A sunny Spring day in Seattle calls for a crab roll and a book. #pnwforever #nomnom #wild #crabbyhour

EvieBee Looks delish! 4mo
Roary47 That is a good book! 😍 (edited) 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @EvieBee OMG. It was life-changing. 😂😂 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Roary47 I am loving it so far! 4mo
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Beautiful debut from a powerful new voice. Adunni is an unforgettable protagonist that meets the traumas and challenges of her life with strength, humor, tenacity, and optimism. Her story is a difficult one, but avoids the “trauma porn” territory that so many other books like this can veer into. I wish we could know what happens next in Adunni‘s story, but I was left knowing she is on her way to changing the world. 4⭐️

Amiable I loved this book. ❤️ 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Amiable It was very good! 4mo
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We would all do well to remember Adunni‘s wisdom. 🥰

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I‘m a day late, but here are my #AwesomeApril reading goals! My focus this month is catching up on some #Booked2022 and #bookspin selections. Thanks @Andrew65 for keeping us on track and I hope you are doing well. 😀

5feet.of.fury Ooooh I loved Wild! 4mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Doing well this weekend. 😍 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @5feet.of.fury It‘s been on my TBR forever! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Andrew65 Glad to hear it. Thank you! 4mo
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Hollywood Park: A Memoir | Mikel Jollett
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A raw, poetic, and inspiring memoir from a child survivor of the Church of Synanon (and lead singer of indie rock band The Airborne Toxic Event). Jollett writes eloquently about his childhood, his relationships with his family, and coming to terms with the traumas he experienced. A born writer, Jollett bravely pours himself out on every page. I was blown away by the intimacy he created and was deeply impacted by his story. A beautiful memoir. 5⭐️

BarbaraTheBibliophage I also loved this one. 4mo
fredthemoose I got it in the mail today! Thank you! 4mo
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Spin Me Right Round | David Valdes
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My #bookspin list for April! Looking forward to seeing what books will come up!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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First quarter results are in for my favorite books of 2022! The favorites for January and March were both #bookspin picks and February‘s favorite was a book club pick. I‘ve read 19 books so far this year! Happy Reading! 📚 ❤️

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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TJR does it again with this novel about a 1970s rock band‘s meteoric rise to stardom and infamous breakup. The voices in this book are so real I had to double-check that this is indeed a work of fiction. I simply fell in love with this band without hearing a single note of their music. The interview format of this really worked and TJR‘s ability to capture so many voices so well is a testament to her talent. Can‘t wait for the miniseries! 4⭐️

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Dear Child | Romy Hausmann
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This dark and twisty novel set in Germany is one of the best psychological thrillers I‘ve read in years. Hausmann packs a lot of gut punches into her debut novel, and I was happy to accept them. This is the best kind of thriller - a true page turner that will have you reading into the wee hours and sleeping with the lights on. I want to say more, but the less you know about this one the better. Just read it. 5⭐️

EvieBee Wow! Just read the synopsis and it sounds terrifying! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @eviebee Totally!! In a good way. LOL. 4mo
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