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Joined February 2017

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Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
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True Heart's Desire by Caroline Fyffe
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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I liked this book more than Whitehead‘s last one, although the subject is just as dark. It‘s a quick read and the audiobook narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to this one.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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All the stars for this one. Miller is such a great writer that I need her to come out with another book ASAP.

The audiobook narrator does a great job, so I highly recommend listening to it if you can.

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The Wedding Gift | Marlen Suyapa Bodden
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I loved listening to this audiobook told from the perspective of a slave and one of her owners - they‘re both trapped by the white men in their lives, a which I always think is interesting to compare - but only one of them finds a way out.

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I almost bailed on this one and probably should have. The writing is certainly beautiful, but it drags down the story by a lot. Tartt is a little too in love with her own writing and would have done well to edit out at least half of it.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I need for there to be a companion album to this audiobook. The hard copy has the lyrics to all the songs in the back, but that‘s not enough for me. I want to listen to this album.

The audiobook is full of a talented cast and as delightful to listen to as everyone says it is.

Tiffiney Yeah, the audible version is pretty much a must on this one! So well done... 4w
jillrhudy My hold FINALLY came in from Libby! It‘s been months! 4w
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Slayer (Slayer, #1) | Kiersten White
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Such a fun read. I‘ve been a Buffy fan from Day 1, so I was super stoked when I heard this book was coming out. I waited to finish my latest rewatch before reading this, only to realize that it references some of the comics (which I haven‘t read). So that got spoiled for me, but other stuff from the comics have already been spoiled for me, so no biggie.

My one complaint about this book was how annoying the MC‘s low self-esteem could be at times.

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True Heart's Desire | Caroline Fyffe
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Somehow this dialogue doesn‘t strike me as being authentic to the time period (late 19th century) 😂

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McNamara was clearly a great writer, but the friends who tried to patch up the second half of the book after her death just didn‘t have the same touch. I would have preferred an editor‘s note at the beginning explaining that the end had to be patched together from her notes, rather than interruptions and explanations throughout the text. Love that the audiobook talks about DeAngelo‘s arrest, even though that happened after the book was published.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This book is so much fun! The narrator is sassy, knows who she is, and isn‘t afraid to be true to herself, even when it goes against society‘s expectations of her. It was practically tailor made for me.

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This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.

I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.

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Ah, Sundays.

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I really need to up my content strategy game and this book told me everything I need to know to do do just that. I don‘t recommend the ebook because McCoy includes a lot of images with text that is too small to see on the kindle, and because it‘s an image, there‘s no way to make it bigger like you can with the print. That said, this book is still incredibly useful and I can‘t recommend it enough.

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Super adorable Bollywood-style YA romance that takes place in Princeton, NJ. 💯 recommend.

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An afternoon of baking and listening to YA romance is tough to beat.

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Just started listening to this audiobook, narrated by Priya Ayar, who also narrated the audiobook I just finished listening to. Always throws me for a loop when that happens.

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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Super adorable read about two flawed people coming together and learning to accept their own flaws and the idea that they‘re allowed to be happy despite those flaws. I appreciate that it specifically points out that they do not need each other in order to be happy - they just tend to be happier when they‘re together. It‘s very well written, especially for a first novel, and I can‘t wait to read more stuff by Holmes.

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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Pea
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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! 3mo
cdreincarnate @Megabooks They really are the best 3mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Gayan What an amazing and eye opening read. I really felt connected to these characters. 3mo
cdreincarnate @Gayan I know, right? They all felt so real. 3mo
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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 😊 4mo
RaimeyGallant lol, I also choose to believe this. 4mo
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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 4mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws That one does sound interesting and I might have to check it out even though I didn‘t love this one. 4mo
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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. 5mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr Maybe a little. Overall I liked the narrator. 4mo
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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. 8mo
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. 8mo
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. 8mo
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. 7mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate completely understand! 7mo
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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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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. 8mo
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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! 8mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws Yay! It‘s so much fun! My mom really enjoyed this series and she didn‘t normally like YA. 8mo
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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.