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Joined February 2017

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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Peña
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Mehso-so

Superman has always been my least favorite superhero and this book didn‘t do anything to change that. Clark is supposed to be a teenager, but there is 0 teen angst, even after he learns his parents have been lying to him his whole life. Come on, you‘re not even a little mad about that?

I liked seeing him struggle to control his powers, but again with teenage-hood, wouldn‘t it make sense for his powers to be tied to his emotions? At least at 1st.

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Still not very well written, but always fun to hang out with these characters and the things they do with their obscene amounts of wealth. I like that Kwan points out that none of these people are satisfied because, no matter how much money you have, there‘s always someone who has more.

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The Everlasting Rose | DHONIELLE. CLAYTON
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Still not a fan of Clayton‘s writing style, but I appreciate everything she‘s saying about beauty, slavery, freedom, and the hierarchy of society. If nothing else, it was a fun read that kept me entertained while I did chores and ran errands.

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Ah, Sundays 🥃📖🌤

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Giant Days Vol. 9 | John Allison
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After the gut-wrenching read that is “The Great Believers”, I need to be cheered up by my BFFs.

Megabooks I love them, too! 2w
cdreincarnate @Megabooks They really are the best 2w
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book is so, so good, and so heartbreaking. Although I had known about the AIDS crisis in the theoretical sense, I‘m ashamed to admit that I had never really considered how devastating it must have been. I feel a little guilty reading a book about the gay community written by someone outside that community, but I think it was written with such empathy. Every character is fully fleshed out. They practically walk off the page. All the stars.

SamAnne One of my favorite novels this year. I was in my 20s during the 80s and AIDS was front and center. Lost friends and consoled friends. Makkai really captured the time. 3w
cdreincarnate @SamAnne I was born in ‘87 so it‘s a little before my time, but I appreciated how this book made that era come alive. 3w
Gayan What an amazing and eye opening read. I really felt connected to these characters. 3w
cdreincarnate @Gayan I know, right? They all felt so real. 2w
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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I continue to love this book as much as ever. No one creates characters or makes fun of them as gently as Austen. This is probably her most subtle book, and I‘m so glad I have the Bonnets at Dawn Facebook group to discuss it with me and make me think about it in new ways.

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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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This audiobook won‘t tell me who the narrator is, so I‘m choosing to believe it‘s the ghost of Jane Austen herself reading her own work to me.

Palimpsest 😊 1mo
RaimeyGallant lol, I also choose to believe this. 1mo
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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Truth.

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I don‘t have much to say about this audiobook. It‘s an interesting case and I learned a lot, but it didn‘t really impact my opinion of Lincoln or change my life in any way.

8little_paws I heard this author's latest book on teddy roosevelt is fantastic 1mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws That one does sound interesting and I might have to check it out even though I didn‘t love this one. 1mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Ah, Sundays. 📖🐶

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book is so spot on that, at times, it‘s eerie.

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This book was so much fun! A legal thriller based on real historical events and I just couldn‘t put it down. I would recommend this one to just about everyone.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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The concept was interesting, and certainly timely, but I had hard time with the fact that the MC was constantly surprised that there were consequences for her resistance. Like, seriously? You didn‘t see that coming?

Also the villain was too stupid to be a good villain. A good story needs a good villain and bigots can be very smart. Underestimating them is part of how we ended up with the current administration.

gibblr I sort of felt the same way about her reactions and then her immediate willingness to do it again, but maybe that‘s how it feels. 2mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr I‘d be OK with her continuing the resistance in the face of consequences as long as she fully understands what those consequences are, but the fact that she was always surprised made me think she wasn‘t thinking any of this through. Like, your parents are not paranoid honey. There‘s a reason they keep telling you to keep your head down. 2mo
gibblr I‘m not sure if you agree (since I see you listened to the audio like I did), but I felt the narrator also read it in an overly dramatic way when it came to the parts when the MC realized bad stuff was going to come back around. 2mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr Maybe a little. Overall I liked the narrator. 1mo
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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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This was my first Nora Ephron and I absolutely loved it. I had no idea divorce could be so funny.

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It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did I found it fascinating. It‘s about a 91-year-old black man with dementia and a pile of stolen treasure trying to help out his family and his race as a whole. It‘s third person limited from Ptolemy‘s POV and I thought the way Mosley conveyed the confusion of dementia was masterful.

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Had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook narrated by Megan Follows. She did a great job with the suspenseful parts and I found I didn‘t want to listen to it right before bed.

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Not my favorite Alcott, but there‘s a lot in this book that I can relate to. And while I‘m glad the MC found love, I appreciate that Alcott didn‘t give the expected narrative of “and they lived happily ever after and she never had to work again.” The final chapter was especially touching and the closing image with her daughter tugged at all the heartstrings.

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Winter | Marissa Meyer
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I‘m going to miss these characters so much!😩

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Do I even have to tell you how much I loved this book? I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend because 1) Bahni Turpin narrates it, and 2) it‘s about rap, which is meant to be listened to.

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Heart of Eden | Caroline Fyffe
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Now, this is the comfort read I needed! It‘s not very well written, but the concept is interesting and I loved getting to know all the characters. I appreciated that this book wasn‘t white washed, although I do wish the author had done a little more research into what it was like (for women especially) to live in that time. I also wish the author would get on a horse just once before writing a western.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Loved it. She spent a lot more time on her childhood and early years than I had expected, but I loved it. I loved getting to know her family and hearing her talk about places around Chicago that are so familiar to me.

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Loved it, of course. Because it‘s a collection of essays, there were some parts that got repeated, but it was totally worth it. I‘ll definitely be looking at American literature in a completely different light, no matter the author‘s race, thanks to this book.

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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This didn‘t turn out to be quite the comfort read I wanted it to be, but I still enjoyed it. Completely related to Willowdean‘s grief and the process of going through the things loved ones leave behind, but mostly just loved watching an unconventionally pretty young girl come to love herself and learn to accept love from others.

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Fave line ❤️

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I was bummed to think this book probably wouldn‘t be narrated by Morrison, but then I realized it‘s narrated by Bahni Turpin and I‘m all, “Nevermind! Carry on!” 🌟🌟🌟

8little_paws How are you liking it? I was unsure if I wanted to read this in print or audio. 5mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws I‘m only a couple essays in, but so far I‘m really enjoying it. Turpin is such a great narrator and I don‘t think any of Morrison‘s beautiful writing is lost by listening to it on audio. 5mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate good to know! Also, did you go to book club this month? I missed it, I wasn't feeling well that night. 5mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws No. I think it‘s going to be a while before I can stomach the idea of going without my mom. Been easing my way back into social engagements. 4mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate completely understand! 4mo
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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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Mehso-so

Mostly underwhelmed by this classic because I just couldn‘t stand the main character. I kept wanting her to do something, say something, and stop calling herself a child. 🤮

#IdRatherRereadJaneEyre

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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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This audiobook is perfect for this rainy day 📚🌧

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Lu | Jason Reynolds
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Such a delightful finale to this series. Each book focuses on a different character on this high school track team so that, by the time I got to this one, I felt like I knew all the characters and it was a sort of reunion with my buddies. Personally, I‘ve always hated running, so it‘s interesting to me to read about people who love it and willingly do it every day. I love how Coach pushes them all to be the best versions of themselves.

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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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And here I thought this would be a comfort read...

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The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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Wow. Just... wow.

TheBookHippie Yup. It‘s one of my favorite reads. 5mo
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Cress | Marissa Meyer
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This series is still so much fun and I continue to be amazed at Meyer‘s ability to update all these ancient fairy tales while weaving them together into this incredibly exciting sci-fi political drama. Can‘t wait to read the finale, even though I know it‘s a long one.

8little_paws I'm doing the reading women challenge this year, one prompt is to read a book from a series. You've inspired me to read the first one of this series! 5mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws Yay! It‘s so much fun! My mom really enjoyed this series and she didn‘t normally like YA. 5mo
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This book is amazing and so well written. Russ is a white woman, so she focuses on the suppression of white women‘s writing, but touches on the fact that a lot of the same techniques are used to suppress the works of people of color and homosexuals (and artists and composers, in addition to writers). Her author‘s note is fully worth reading, as she provides a list of recommended books by black women.

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Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell
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It‘s a doorstop, but so much fun to read! Can‘t wait to read more Gaskell and discuss with my favorite online peeps.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I don‘t know why, but this book just didn‘t do it for me. It‘s very well written and the narrator did an excellent job. I‘ll chalk it up to the mood I was in at the time making it unlikely I would love anything.

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Mom & Me & Mom | Maya Angelou
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She was the best mom and I don‘t know how I‘m going to live the rest of my life without her.

http://m.drechslerbrownwilliams.com/obituaries/events?obituaryId=4038450

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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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Just as much fun as the first book and I‘m very impressed by the way Meyer has managed to weave these two stories together, as well as elements of their original versions, in a way that makes sense. Can‘t wait to read Book 3.

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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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How fitting that the wolves have taken up residence in the same opera house that was once haunted by the phantom.

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This book is so much fun. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fantastic job. I always appreciate a good retelling and seeing how the author works old elements into a new story. This one has more political intrigue than the original and I am here for it! Can‘t wait to listen to Book 2.

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Sunny | Jason Reynolds
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This one had a tendency to ramble a little too much for my taste, but still just as much fun as the rest of the series.

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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This book is sadder than I was expecting from a Christmas story, but it‘s very well written and I adored all the characters.

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Patina | Jason Reynolds
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This series is so much fun.❤️❤️❤️❤️

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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Talking books at @RoscoeBooks Love this group!

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Lady Macbeth | Susan Fraser King
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A fictional account of the real woman who provides the inspiration for Shakespeare‘s famous queen. I‘m labeling it a pick even though I didn‘t love it because I think that had more to do with my mood than the quality of the book. It had everything I normally love (strong female protagonist in Medieval Scotland + a little bit of magic), was well written and well narrated. I don‘t know why, but I just couldn‘t get into it.

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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Getting in the Christmas spirit

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Fascinating topic, but it could have been better executed. Weinman isn‘t a good writer and some of the conclusions she draws are tenuous at best, while she appears to completely miss other parallels between the two crimes. My guess is that it was hastily written, but it was still worthwhile to read about the real-life abduction with too many similarities to Lolita‘s story to be coincidental.

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Um, you do realize you published the photo alongside your “description” of it and we can therefore clearly see that neither is his hair tousled nor are his eyebrows raised. Why bother printing misinformation alongside contradictory evidence? How am I supposed to believe anything else in this book?

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This has been sitting on my shelf for two years. Can‘t believe it took me so long to read such a powerful book.

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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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Science! Also religion! Neither is 100% good or evil! It‘s typical Nightvale and I had as much fun listening to this audiobook as the podcast.

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An autistic, eight-year-old boy witnesses his father‘s murder and apparently Lisbeth Salander is the only person who can keep him safe. It goes better than you‘d think it would, but only because the author doesn‘t understand autism.