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bibliostephanie

bibliostephanie

Joined October 2017

My parents owned a bookstore when I was born. ‘Nuff said. 👓 Major Pettigrew‘s Last Stand
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I knew I would love and feel chastised by this book. I was right. In discussing breaking the “split infinitive” rule, Dreyer shares a bit about Raymond Chandler.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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This is a book to spend time with. It‘s such a thin book I think it would be easy to grab it for something to kill time on a flight, but if a person lives in the book with a sense of the timing of the book, they‘re going to get more out of it.

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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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Precisely written, beautiful Bildungsroman that speaks to the immigrant experience through the eyes of a first generation immigrant also dealing with the challenges of teen experiences. Must read.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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I‘ve been sick so this is my first book I‘m picking up for 2020. The only other book of hers I‘ve read is “An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination” which shredded me and also brought about growth in me that things are not always what they seem. Looking forward to Bowlaway!

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I‘ve barely dipped into this, but I feel it‘s going to be a HIT. I‘m making tons of margin notes. There are so many wonderful touches that could be missed on a breezy read. I think there should be a movement of making Derek Tenzler: Unwanted t-shirts. #thefemalepersuasion #megwolitzer

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Bailedbailed

Can‘t do it. Wish I could. It reminds me of the middle section (the Las Vegas section) of The Goldfinch. I stuck with The Goldfinch and was glad I did, but my TBR stack is too big to spend time being miserable while reading. If anyone can give a reason to keep going, I might give it another shot.

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Late start to @DeweysReadathon but excited to dive in!

britt_brooke Love Moshfegh!! 2y
ImperfectCJ One of my favorite authors right now. Her novels are so pleasantly bizarre! 2y
bibliostephanie @britt_brooke Me, too! Loved Eileen even after thinking I‘d hate it! 2y
bibliostephanie @ImperfectCJ I agree. I‘m not sure how she makes you sympathetic toward these totally screwed up characters, but she does! 2y
KendallHershey Reading this was a really interesting mental exercise in likeable characters for me. I think you‘ll see why 😂🤗 2y
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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Matilda was published when I was 16 and past the Roald Dahl stage. I am so glad I picked it up. I have many friends who are younger than I am who rave about Matilda and now I know why.

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My Mrs. Brown: A Novel | William Norwich
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This is a five star nugget of a book. I read it in an afternoon and enjoyed every word. Norwich writes for a female protagonist very well. I‘ll miss spending time with Mrs. Brown.

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On the Bright Side | Hendrik Groen
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This sequel must be read. I so enjoyed spending another year with Hendrik. Perfect blend of humor, friendship, politics, and elder care in the Netherlands (not as great as I‘d presumed). Must read.

Ddzmini I loved this book 📖😍 3y
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Wonderful book about friendship and forgiveness. Also a great lesson in the history of the Korean island of Jeju. It‘s a painful book to read, but worth every heartbreak.

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Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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A novel that is packed with stereotypes. I read the whole book praying for that surprise twist I had been promised, but that twist was “meh.” I hate rating books as “Pan,” but I have to here. (If you don‘t see the twist at the end of Part I coming at you like a freight train, I can‘t help you.)

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I have heard rave reviews of this by friends. Excited to get my little paws on it

Stacia_Manion Same. It's been on my shelf collecting dust, waiting for the right opportunity. #nowreading 3y
bibliostephanie I‘m sad to say I read the first twenty pages - which were excellent - and then got distracted. So mine is collecting dust, too. 3y
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Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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This is not a book with a lot of words. I read it thoroughly in about an hour. That said, its length means I can read it over and over again. It will sit on my writer‘s desk forever, for instant inspiration. It includes Neil‘s commencement speech - slightly modified. Amazing.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed Part One a fair bit, but I knew the resolution thirty pages in. It‘s a first novel and, despite my disappointment, I will check our more as they come. I did enjoy the philosophy and mythology she incorporated.

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Mehso-so

This is one where the book was perfectly adequate and no more. It could have used some more editing and the benefit of having a fluid timeline rather than jumping around so much. J.D.‘s mother comes off as completely unsympathetic in part because J.D. clumps all of the bad stories together. To be clear, his mother was a mess, no doubt, but something about the narrative style was abrasive to me. I did learn about hillbilly life and am glad.

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Five star book. I learned a great deal of history while being completely subsumed by the characters and the poetry of the writing.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Good book and eggnog. Mmmmmmmmholidays........

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London | Edward Rutherfurd
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Two kitties ready to help me read 1126 pages of London. #kittiensoflitsy #cats #kitties #london# historicalfiction

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Not my typical reading reading but very good. Will read more of the series.

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I feel drained, depleted, but still loved the book. Beautifully written. I knew nothing of the communist revolution in Calcutta and now want to read more about that. The ending of the novel is hard. Brace yourself.

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Panpan

This might be helpful to some who want to cozy up their living style, but most of it rang as preachy and a lot of it (work times, our government and its priorities) a tiny book can‘t change for me. I got my $1.99‘s worth out of it.

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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...just as it was useless to save a single earring when the other half of the pair was lost.

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