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Joined September 2016

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Margaret the First: A Novel by Danielle Dutton
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Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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Next up on Libby: a book about the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, & wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess who wrote & published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, & utopian science fiction at a time when “being a writer” was not an option open to women. Her work earned her both fame & infamy in England, where she was called “Mad Madge”. Yet she was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London.

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Look at how perfectly they replicated the book cover for the movie poster. Now I want to find the movie so I can see if it's as absolutely gorgeous as the book.

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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This book was absolutely beautiful!

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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"It‘s my belief that everything in this world has its own language. We have the ability to open up our ears and minds to anything and everything. That could be someone walking down the street, or it could be the sunshine or the wind."

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd

"London is like a difficult surgical patient; however cautious the incision, anything and everything is liable to burst out."

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Going to read a bit before bed. Starting this book that I've been looking forward to reading.

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Next book up on Libby: Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, & his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. He spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. Into his life comes Tokue, an elderly woman with disfigured hands and a troubled past. Tokue begins to teach him her craft of making dorayaki, but soon her past catches up with her.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Started listening to this today. Enjoying it so far.

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami

“It grows because you plant it....That‘s how love is. If the love is true, then treat it the same way you would a plant—fertilize it, protect it from the elements—you must do absolutely everything you can. But if it isn‘t true, then it‘s best to just let it wither on the vine.”

Kayla.Adriena Love this 3w
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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami



"I find something quite carefree about the days around the winter solstice, when the daylight is so brief it seems like it‘s chasing you."

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"A person can learn all manner of things, no matter where he finds himself, provided his spirit is determined."

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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I requested this digital book from my library in August and just got it on Libby today! Looking forward to reading it.

ju.ca.no Enjoy! It‘s one of my favourite books😍 1mo
booksandsympathy @ju.ca.no good to know. I haven't heard a lot about it. 1mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Starting this book tonight! I don't read too much horror, so we'll see how I handle it.

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"We are mind, heart, and hand. Through these our will is made manifest in the world. We shape it by touching it.... What is magic if not the thing that connects us to the land and those who rest in it, the voices that whisper in the wind - our ancestors and their forebears?"

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"The auld reekie in the air tonight's louder than a Phil Collins song." ?

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While at my local bookstore, I decided to pick up a paperback of Magic Lessons. I just couldn't resist.

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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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Went to my local indie bookstore today and picked up my hard cover of The Vanished Days. The book sleeve is signed and has a map of old Edinburgh inside. 😍

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It's spooky book season! 🎃💀

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*I was sent a copy by netgally in exchange for an honest review. *
This is a beautiful book full of magic & family in the vein of Alice Hoffman. It would be a perfect book to read on a cloudy, windy autumn day, curled up under a blanket, drinking a hot beverage of your choice. To see my full review, please visit my blog:
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This was a wonderful collection of stories all revolving around a Powwow. Several were interconnected and multiple tribes were represented. It was fun! My favorite was Reservation Dawg by Rebecca Roanhorse. A great middle grade book!

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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My county has a summer reading program for all ages that I participated in. If you complete the program, you can choose a free book from a list. This is the book I chose and I'm really looking forward to reading it soon.

CuriousG Just read this in July and it was fantastic! 3mo
booksandsympathy @CuriousG good! I'm glad to hear that. Makes me more excited to read it. 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I loved this one! There's a follow up coming out soon, so it's a great time to read it! 3mo
booksandsympathy @TheKidUpstairs I'll definitely have to look into the follow up 3mo
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Next up! Going to read in bed for a bit. This cover art really is beautiful.

Texreader I love the title 3mo
booksandsympathy @Texreader it comes from a dog in the stories. All the stories are centered on a Powwow and there's a dog wandering around there with a shirt on that says Ancestor Approved. 3mo
Pogue I need to read this! 3w
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I enjoyed this volume. The author went through a lot while still being very young. There were some funny moments and some heartfelt moments. The ending is a bit sad. I definitely recommend these books if you want to learn more about Iran.

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Never heard that expression before. 🤣🤣

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Going to read this next. I read the first volume in May and am looking forward to continuing the story. The bookmark was a birthday present from a friend who had her mom make it for me.

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Fantastic book! It took me forever to read. Not the book's fault. I've been in a slump since July and I probably shouldn't have picked a 500 page historic fiction book to try to get out of it. 😂 Really enjoyed learning about this queen who most have never heard about, as well as the different cultures. Looking forward to the next book once it's translated.

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Next book and the first of my four library books for Women in Translation month. Looking forward to this book about a Polish princess who became Queen of Sweden and Denmark and was written about in the Norse Sagas.

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir | Leslie Marmon Silko
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A meandering walk in the desert that is a beautiful reflection of the life lived in it. As I also live in the Sonoran Desert, I felt a deep connection to this book and am glad that I own it and can reread it anytime I forget why I live here in the heat. For a full review, please visit my blog:
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Bookish birthday present! My brother found this book for me at Point Loma lighthouse in San Diego. It sounds fascinating.

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A History of Young Russia | ?????? ???????? ?????????
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Tomorrow is my birthday and my belly dance instructor made this card for me complete with a book mark made from a library check out card. She used to be a librarian and has an old card catalog so she put an old card catalog entry on the inside of the card. Thought my fellow littens would appreciate it.

merelybookish Happy birthday! 🎉 4mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 4mo
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Gerta: A Novel | Kate?ina Tu?kov
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My first book for Women in Translation month. World War 2 has just ended. Gerta is the daughter of a Czech mother & a German Nazi father. She and all other ethnic Germans are now forced to leave Czechoslovakia. With nothing but the clothes on her back & an infant daughter, she‘s herded among thousands, driven from the only home she‘s ever known. But the injustice only makes Gerta stronger, more empowered, and more resolved to seek justice.

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir | Leslie Marmon Silko

Sometimes early in the morning when I walk the trail the air is cool & faintly scented with rain. Just before the sun rises over the mountains, incandescence floods over the bright greens of the mesquite leaves & jade greens of the tall saguaros. A breeze stirs & there is a silence as it might have been five hundred or a thousand years ago. No sound anywhere in the distance from a train, jet, car or even a dog. Here the desert is as it always was.

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Mark of the Wicked | Georgia Bowers
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This book didn't invent anything new in YA and I figured out the twist right away. I also didn't find the main character that wicked. However, the writing was flawless and the family dynamic was true to life. Loved the grandmother. Even knowing the twist, the tension built almost uncomfortably with disturbing events. I still wanted to know how it was all going to happen. A great book for the upcoming spooky season. Still a solid debut. 3.25⭐

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir | Leslie Marmon Silko
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A weird personal connection to the author for me. My German Great-grandma was born in Los Lunas, NM. I actually gasped when I read this.

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First Reads pick: Lola Montez was one of the most celebrated & notorious women of the nineteenth century. A raven-haired Andalusian who performed her scandalous “Spider Dance” in the greatest performance halls across Europe, she dazzled and beguiled all who met her with her astonishing beauty. But Lola was an impostor. Born Eliza Gilbert in Ireland where she escaped a stifling marriage and became a Sevillian flamenco dancer and noblewoman.

mandarchy I picked this book too, but haven't started it yet. Did you like it? 4mo
booksandsympathy @mandarchy I haven't read it yet either. IF I have time, I'll read it this month for Women in Translation month, but I have five other books I'm reading for that this month and four of them are longer books, so we'll see. I'm already a few days behind on my reading. 4mo
mandarchy @booksandsympathy I share a Kindle account with my parents so I'll let you know if one of them gets to it and likes it 😉 4mo
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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Library book haul! August is women in translation month, so I have four library books and one more book on Kindle for that. Ancestor Approved is to continue my reading of books by Indigenous authors. Looking forward to all of these!

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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir | Leslie Marmon Silko
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July has not been a good reading month. My second vaccine hit me HARD and I was out for several days. Then my brother went on vacation so I spent a week checking in on my mom every day. Just didn't have much reading time. Now I have 8 days to finish 4 books in order to stay on track. I can do it! I'm starting this memoir about living in the Sonoran desert tonight. I've had it for a few years, so I figured it was time to pick it up.

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An Unexpected Peril | Deanna Raybourn
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Loved this book, which isn't a surprise because I love this entire series. It didn't have as much banter as the others in the series, and I missed that, but I'm looking forward to the next book, which comes out in February.

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"Stoker, I cannot say that I care much for your goat. He is leering at me." Deanna Raybourn always has such fantastic opening lines to her books.

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I really enjoyed this book. The main character was very likeable and I loved how strong she was. There was a found family aspect that I enjoyed. The writing was fantastic. 4.5 stars. Highly recommend.

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Mrs. Rochester's Ghost | Lindsay Marcott
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My First Reads pick for the month is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre.

SeaToSkyes I picked this one too! 5mo
umbrellagirl I picked this too! Just finished. 5mo
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee

"Being nice is like leaving your door wide-open. Eventually, someone's going to mosey in and steal your best hat. Me, I've only one hat and it is uglier than a smashed crow, so if someone stole it, the joke would be on their head, literally. Still, boundaries must be set. Especially boundaries over one's worth." Well that's an awesome start to a book.

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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Starting this book tonight. It's about 17 year old Jo Kuan who works as a lady's maid by day and an advice columnist by night. In Atlanta in 1890. She starts using her column to address racism and sexism which doesn't make the column popular and she runs the risk of being found out. She's also searching for her birth parents and that search puts her in the crosshairs of a notorious criminal.

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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Another solid book by Rebecca Roanhorse. I really enjoyed this one, I think I even liked it more than the first book. I especially loved the dynamic between the main character and the other two women. The last chapter sets up what the next book in the series will be about. Now I'm just sitting here waiting for that to be announced.

Caterina Same!! Listened to the first two in 2019 and I'm still waiting for the next one to be announced. 🥲 5mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Woohoo! They showed up early! These plus a rainy day make me happy. Got them for only $1.82!

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo

Nothing worse than getting a message in the morning that the books you ordered will be delivered today only to later see they're not expected to arrive until between 7-9pm. 😬 I'm being very impatient.

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Sweethand | N. G. Peltier
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I had this book recommended to me and I'm so glad I read it. This book was so much fun! It's a contemporary enemies to lovers romance with baking, a cute cat, loveable friends, an island setting, steamy sexual tension, and a main character with the mouth of a sailor. That last part was unexpected when I saw this adorable cover, but I laughed when the very first word of the book was "Shit!" I honestly had a hard time putting this book down.

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This was a fun book! The romance was a bit insta-love, but it kind of fit with the magical realism. I felt like I could smell & taste the food. The world was vivid. I loved the relationships between the main character & her neighbors, they were at times complicated, but still supportive. At times this book reminded me of Like Water For Chocolate, which started my love of magical realism. I'll definitely be reading her other books.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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It's been a while since I've read a cozy mystery & after the more serious books I read last month, this was exactly what I needed. The author's sense of humor was on full display from the very first page, the murder mystery intriguing, the characters flawed but also likeable. It made their relationships seem more real. The food descriptions made me want Filipino food. There's recipes at the end. Yay! Very fun start to a new series & solid debut.

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"If this was love, let me disintegrate into a thousand beams of light in the night sky "