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Joined June 2016

So many books, so little time
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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First bookclub choice of the year. This is my third listen to this book and it never gets old. Looking forward to discussing it with my ladies on Tuesday! #JumpStart2022 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

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Wishing @wanderinglynn a very happy birthday month! Thank you for offering a giveaway.

wanderinglynn Thank you! And thanks for sharing! 🥳 1w
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1619 Project: Born on the Water | Rene Watson, Nikole Hannah-Jones
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While I wait for my library hold for the adult book, I took some time to read this beautifully illustrated picture book written in verse. This is an absolutely stunning piece of work. #pop22 ~ a book you can read in one sitting #JumpStart2022

@KarenUK @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead @Clwojick @Lizpixie

Cinfhen I love children‘s books!!!! 1w
BarbaraBB Gorgeous illustration 😍 1w
Cortg @BarbaraBB The artwork is amazing! 1w
Cortg @Cinfhen Children‘s nonfiction always sums things up so nicely! 1w
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I find cults fascinating and I‘m always so curious to learn how people get sucked into them. This book does a good job of explaining how they work and the language behind cults to pull people in.
Added: a picture of my hike today along a short section of the Appalachian Trail. Snowy January. #JumpStart2022 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

cariashley Beautiful pic! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Love this book and this photo. What a great day 🥾 1w
Cortg @cariashley @Chelsea.Poole Thanks! It was a lovely day. 1w
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Six days into the New Year and I‘m making pretty good progress! 2 books completed and moving along in 2 others. I‘m not counting the amount of time (I‘m a sloooow reader) just trying to read more often when I have some downtime! #Jumpstart2022 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

Clwojick You‘re crushing it!! ❤️ 2w
Lizpixie Nice job!🙌 2w
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The Magic Fish | Trung Le Nguyen
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Beautiful graphic novel about Vietnamese refugees, fairytales and a coming out story. How one family learns to communicate together with their different backgrounds and language to love and accept each other. ❤️ #pop22 @KarenUK @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead

Megabooks The artwork looks lovely! 2w
4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a great book! 2w
Cortg @Megabooks The artwork was great! The real life was colored in red/warm colors and the fairytale stories in blue/cool colors which I really liked. 2w
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Cortg @4thhouseontheleft It‘s cataloged in our young adult collection and it‘s a very gentle, sweet story. A good afternoon read. 2w
Cinfhen I don‘t read many GN but this one sounds/ looks wonderful 2w
Cortg @Cinfhen We‘ve had an uptick of books being challenged around the US lately, so I‘ve been reading some of them (the more you know.). Over 60% of the books are LGBTQ and the rest have BIPOC characters. It makes me sad but I‘ve read some excellent books I may not have read if not challenged. Silver lining. 2w
Cinfhen Good for you 🙌🏻💖nice that you can still find them and that your supporting the authors & publishers🤓 2w
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I do believe the ebook will be easier to read than the physical arm weight. Kindle for the win! 💪🏼

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Getting the indoor Christmas decorations put away, then hoping for some reading time. We‘re getting hammered with our first snow of the year. Yesterday I took a walk in mid-60‘s temps!

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Will | Will Smith
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This is a tough one to review. I loved the production of the audiobook and his voice. The first half was excellent, his childhood, how he got into the music world and moving on to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Unfortunately, the second half wore on my nerves. He seemed too arrogant with multiple references of how he‘s the best actor the most famous person, how much money his movies have made and how many albums he sold. That really turned me off.

Soubhiville I 100% agree with you. 2w
Cortg @Soubhiville It doesn‘t help that I‘ve only watched a couple of his movies and never thought much of them but I did really enjoy his early career 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
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December‘s books 😀

Cinfhen I have a few of these on my #ReadersRadar 😊 3w
Hazel2019 Nice! So which one was the most memorable in December? 3w
Cortg @Hazel2019 That‘s a tough question, they were all so different. For nonfiction I would say Consumed because I‘m trying to be more environmentally friendly, minimal~ish and sustainable and the clothing industry was an eye opener. Fiction, I loved. Cloud Cuckoo Land 😀 3w
Cortg @Cinfhen Most of them were really good! 2w
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Will | Will Smith
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Started the new year with a Volksmarch and audiobbok since it was raining and I walked solo.

Amandajoy We used to do volksmarches when I was a kid. They were such fun! 3w
Cortg @Amandajoy Awe! You should look into it again. It‘s a fun way to exercise and explore new areas 😀 3w
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This is a fantastic graphic novel memoir about growing up in a dramatic family and lifesyle. There are highs and lows and truths to be told. Tons of literary references which is fun, though most I haven‘t read.

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie not sure if this is something for u... but thought I'd share. 3w
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I‘m switching out my Social Horror book to the tagged book because it occurred to me that I own it (yay, Dollar Tree find) and I think it fits the prompt 🤔 #Pop22

Megabooks This is a really interesting book! 3w
Cortg @Megabooks I‘ve heard good things and couldn‘t pass up a new hardcover for $1 😂 I‘m looking forward to it. 3w
Megabooks I need to go to dollar tree, but freaking Covid. I can‘t get my booster yet, and I think I‘ll feel better after that. 👍🏻 3w
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Cinfhen It‘s on my kindle!!! So thanks for posting the option!!! 3w
BarbaraBB I am going to read this one for that prompt 3w
Cortg @Megabooks I think I picked it up before covid, it's just been sitting around, unread, like so many of my other books.
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Cortg @cinfhen Yay! One less book to have to acquire 😂 3w
Cortg @BarbaraBB I haven't heard of that one, it looks entertaining!
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Got the best gift today! One of the girls in my bookclub dropped off this adorable ornament with all the books we read together this year! I‘m so grateful for this little group of reading friends and our monthly meetings 😊

SRWCF How creative! 3w
megnews That‘s great!! 3w
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Stealing reading time as often as possible these days. My parents were here for 3 nights, they left on Sunday and my MIL rolled in for 2-3 nights (TBD.) I can‘t wait for January to really dig in and spend hours reading this continued saga. But for now, I‘m off to work 😩

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“No shooter, officer, or politician is held accountable for the Kent State shootings.”
Such a sad story. My parents are from Akron, so I‘ve heard about this throughout my childhood, though it happened before I was born. This graphic novel did a great job of painting a picture of what happened leading up to this devastating event. I‘m glad I found this book.

Suet624 I remember that day so vividly. 1mo
vivastory This is one of my favorite books of the year. Backderf did a really great job with the research. Very moving & informative. 1mo
Cortg @vivastory I thought so too! I read his Dahmer book a few years ago which was also really good but this one really was an excellent read! 4w
Cortg @Suet624 I‘m sure! Such a heartwrenching event that was so unnecessary and preventable. 4w
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Ashely‘s sack is currently on display at the Smithsonian in DC and I may just have to get tickets. This is about the research that has gone into this bag that was purchased at a flea market and donated. The bag is embroidered to tell a story of slavery and the generations of women this bag has touched. There is more history about slavery and South Carolina than Ashley, her mom and daughter but a good learning experience all around.

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If you go on vacation and your refrigerator leaks, you‘ll need to replace your floors. When new floors are installed, you decide to wipe down the cabinets. If you wipe the cabinets and things start to look clean, you notice your walls need painted, less than a week before Christmas! What have I gotten myself into! At least there‘s audio books! #AllThatSheCarried

Ruthiella Good luck! That is a lot of work right at possibly the busiest time of year! 😬 1mo
Cortg 11 hours later, it‘s done. So much work but I‘m glad I did it, it looks great! 1mo
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This was a great listen, author narrates the book. She‘s from the US and lives in the UK so you get examples from both countries. She has a background in fashion and basically disses the fashion industry, the big wigs, how employees around the world are treated in the industry, how manufacturing is destroying our planet environmentally, and marketing to buy buy buy! I hate shopping and things I don‘t use so I have to say I was a fan of this book!

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I love being the first to read a library copy! Starting this one today while new kitchen floors are being installed thanks to a leaking refrigerator while away on vacay.

Kloves2read I am on chapter 12. So far so good! Looking forward to watching season 6 in February as well! 😁 1mo
Cortg @Kloves2read I‘m so bad with TV. Thanks for letting me know it‘s starting back up! I‘ll have to re-subscribe to Starz, I think 🤔 1mo
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The Almost Sisters: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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I forgot to take a picture before returning this one to the library. I had not heard of this author before my bookclub chose it. The writing was a bit repetitive in some parts but it was a good story overall with a good mix of humor and drama. It was a light, quick read and yet it had some heavier topics to discuss; a one night stand that leads to a pregnancy, dementia, racism and marriage were some of the topics covered in this southern story.

LiteraryinLawrence I read several by this author trying to replicate how much I enjoyed this one! The others were fine but this remains my favorite by her. 1mo
Cortg @LiteraryinLawrence Good to know! I think we were all happy with the book though only the reader that chose the book was familiar with the author. I do enjoy being introduced to 'new to me' authors through book club. 💝 1mo
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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2 of 2 - Whew! This was quite a task! Here are my #pop22 books, subject to change based on book club choices. 28 of these are on my physical TBR bookshelves which I‘m super excited about. 4 are new to me books that I had to google and the rest are on my TBR radar. I‘ve got a few big ones, so we‘ll see. Let the games begin!

BarbaraBB You did it! I am still working on it. I must take a screenshot of yours for some inspiration! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead What prompts are you using The Guest List and White Teeth for? I have them both on my TBR.. 😊 1mo
Billypar I liked every single one that I've read from both posts - 6 from this one and 7 from the other. My favorites were probably A Brief History of 7 Killings, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Happy reading! 1mo
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Cortg @BarbaraBB Absolutley! I hope the list helps and you find some to add to your challenge! 1mo
Cortg @RaeLoveToRead The Guest List - A book about a secret. I'm under the impresson there are secrets among the characters. It's hard to know since I haven't actually read it yet. 😂 White Teeth - a book you know nothing about. I just looked it up on goodreads and it has a description but the actual paperback book really doesn't say much about what it's about and I was reading descriptions on so many books last night. 1mo
Cortg @Billypar Thanks! I'm really looking forward to this year's reading 😀 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Good idea... and if there aren't any juicy secrets you could probably use it for a book about a party! 1mo
Cortg @RaeLovesToRead Yes! Smart thinking! There were several that could fit more than one catagory. 1mo
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1 of 2 - Whew! This was quite a task! Here are my #pop22 books, subject to change based on book club choices. 28 of these are on my physical TBR bookshelves which I‘m super excited about. 4 are new to me books that I had to google and the rest are on my TBR radar. I‘ve got a few big ones, so we‘ll see. Let the games begin!

BarbaraBB I loved House of Broken Angels. I hope you will get to that one! (edited) 1mo
Laughterhp You have so many good books on your list! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead The Bell Jar is an incredible book. A Brief History of Seven Killings was absolutely brutal, but still excellent... would suggest reading The House in the Cerulean Sea to cheer yourself up afterwards 😊😁 1mo
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Cinfhen I LOVED the MJ book!! Isn‘t planning fun!?!! 1mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB Yay! I'll move it up the list! I believe it will also work for the mobility aid prompt 😃 1mo
Cortg @Laughterhp Thanks! I'm super excited! 😁 1mo
Cortg @RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tip! I absolutely love long, brutal books so I'm really looking forward to it! This is going to be a great reading year! 1mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Planning is FUN! Why have I not done this before?! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead If you like long and brutal you'll love it!! 😄 1mo
Cortg @RaeLovesToRead I feel prepared to tackle it now! I'll let you know my thoughts when I finish and I'm pretty sure it's right up my ally 😂
I might make it a February read while it's still cold and I'm hunkered inside for long hours.
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KarenUK So many great ones on your list! So glad you‘ve joined our #pop22 gang!! 😘💕 1mo
Cortg @KarenUK Thanks for including me 😊 1mo
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This was an action packed book about two ex-cons who go on the hunt to find their sons killer. Although I liked the themes throughout this book and the overall story, I had some eye rolling moments as these two older men take on a large biker gang time and time again along with some high powered people and come out victorious every time leaving a trail of dead in their wake. Overall it was a fun listen.

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I loved this one! There are three stories in this book, one taking place in the past (1400‘s) one in the present century, and one in the future. There are multiple points of views with several main characters, each with their own story, each revolving around an ancient, Greek book. I adored each story and am happy about the tie in to todays climate crisis.

AkashaVampie Isn't that title also in the Lego Movie? 1mo
Cortg @AkashaVampie The title is associated with a Lego Movie. Merriam-Webster defines Cloud-Cuckoo-Land as a realm of fantasy or of whimsical or foolish behavior. 1mo
AkashaVampie @Cortg oh ok. I thought it sounded familiar. 1mo
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Fantastic graphic novel memoir about gender identity. I learned some new to me things and feel it‘s an important read to understand differences and to understand our LGBTQIA+ community of friends.

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Former figure skater turned college hockey player, Bitty vlogs and tweets his way through college life as a gay, pie baking fiend and life with his hockey bros. I thought this was a good story of college life and athletes. Another popular book in the challenged books saga.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Starting this one before heading to work on a Saturday. At least I feel appreciated this morning!

squirrelbrain I loved this book! 2mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Yay! I‘m hearing great things about it! ❤️ 2mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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This gave me serious Dexter vibes! You know, when you‘re rooting for the good guy who is also a killer but it‘s ok because he only kills bad guys. Seriously though, this is a great book, I loved Billy Summers, an ex-marine sharp shooter with a past. He‘s hired to do a last hit job before “retiring” when things go astray. Fast paced, page turning, high adventure and identity changes! This one will keep you up late at night.

Amoon Just finished it, loved it from the first sentence till the last. Especially liked the story in a story and the double crossing and even triple crossing. Agreed that it‘s “ Dexteresque” (edited) 2w
Cortg @Amoon Yay! Glad you loved it! It was quite the ride 🥸 2w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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I loved this mix of stories about the women of the Trojan War. The premises reminded me of The Red Tent, a long time favorite. It‘s always refreshing to hear the women‘s stories. I suck at Greek Mythology and who‘s who which put me at a disadvantage but still a fun read. *disclaimer: Wikipedia was my friend during this read

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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A quiet Friday night. Just me, the pup and Billy Summers. I‘m really enjoying this book!

AmyG Wonderful book. Enjoy! 2mo
Soubhiville Looks like someone would like you to try to take the ball. 💜🐶 2mo
Cortg @Soubhiville Yep! We played for about 20 minutes! 2mo
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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My first thought after finishing this story is how refreshing it is to read a book about a close family with strong morals and unconditional love. This is the story of Rosie and Penn and their family. Their youngest, born Claude, identifies as Poppy and how Poppy affects their family, friends, and lifestyle and how, in the end, it all comes down to family, love and embracing who you are ❤️ I‘m looking forward to discussing this one at book club!

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was a slow read with a great ending. Political Mexico City, 1970. When Leonora goes missing after taking pictures during an attack on students, her neighbor, Maite, begins asking questions and diving deeper into her disappearance. Elvis, is put on surveillance to find Leonora. The story of Leonora‘s disappearance slowly unveils itself as the mystery unfolds. Bonus: The author created a Spotify playlist to accompany the book and times!

StaceGhost I‘ve been rocking out to that Spotify playlist ever since I finished this! Great review and read :) 2mo
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The Breakaways | Cathy G. Johnson
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Catching up on some recently challenged books. I was not impressed with this one about middle school misfits on a losing soccer team and the friendships that form during the season. I thought it was choppy and skims the surface on many topics without enough detail or emotion.

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Lawn Boy | Jonathan Evison
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This is a coming of age story about a 22 year old Mexican kid, Mike Munoz, living at home with his mom and special needs brother on an Indian reservation. He works as a lawn boy but is trying to figure out where he fits in the world and what the American dream means to him and how to go about reaching for it. Good read with some great characters and quite entertaining.

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October reads were pretty darn good!

marleed And they coordinate so well! 3mo
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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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This magical realism story is about Neal, and Anita, the girl across the street. When Neal stumbles upon an old alchemy brew Anita and her mom create using gold, things go awry. A decade later, Neal and Anita‘s paths cross once again on the other side of the country and plans for a gold heist begin to form. The want for a longer life and cheating time, folklore, teen pressure, and Indian/Asian cultures make this a unique read.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I really enjoyed this heist story and visiting 1960‘s Harlem! The characters were great, a lot of depth to them with different backgrounds and I‘m a sucker for characters. The neighborhoods and the cultures during this time period were much like the characters; lots of layers and growth. Great story and well written!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The perfect read for my California vacation! We spent a couple days in LA and the week in San Diego. I loved the characters and enjoyed the way this story is told, all on the day of the big Riva party, but also going back in time to learn about the characters pasts and history. 🌊

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Great story but I didn‘t love the writing. The first 130 pages were really slow and lacked world building IMO. I would have liked the appendixes at the end to have been part of the story at the beginning. I did really like how the reader read the thoughts of the characters throughout as the thoughts were in italics, sometimes quite funny! I can see why this is in the top lists for sci-fi books and I‘m glad I finally read it!

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This book wasn‘t really about one thing. It was about the times, the place, and the people in this particular neighborhood of Brooklyn in the late 60‘s and how one event ties them all together. It‘s about neighbors, family, friendships, camaraderie and cheese?! Cultures and people make this story. This was a lovely read with fascinating characters. The audio was great but I may pick up a physical copy to reread at some point.

HeatherBookNerd Loved this book. So thoroughly entertaining. The audiobook was terrific. 3mo
Lauram My book club met virtually to discuss this book last week. We all loved it! 3mo
Cortg @Lauram This would be a great one for book club! 3mo
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Not a great reading month, especially considering three of my finished books were audio BUT I‘m enjoying the gorgeous weather; camping, kayaking and hiking! Got to get it in before the weather gets too cold. 🚣‍♂️🥾🏕

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Halfway through! The first 1/4 was super slow to me but things are picking up! This has been on my TBR for so long. I‘m not a big sci-fi reader so this is a bit of a challenge.
PS; I‘m looking forward to the new movie, I hope it‘s good 🎬

BookwormAHN I loved the book and also had put it off for the longest time. And I can't wait to see the movie 😺 4mo
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Little nature audio walk with the pooch this afternoon. ❤️

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The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War | The Washington Post, Craig Whitlock
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I‘ve been wanting to understand the war in Afghanistan better. I tried to read a friend‘s books from a Dept. of Defense masters course but they were over my head. This book does a terrific job of painting a picture of Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Afghan civilians. It covers each of the presidencies throughout the war and where things went wrong. It was a great listen that helped put things into perspective and well researched journalism.

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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Steamy, complicated, and dark at times, Eva and Shane‘s story was a roller coaster of a ride. Romance type books are not my go to, but I enjoyed the story for the most part.

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This was a fun and strange book, for sure. It‘s a slow-burn kinda read (my favorite) about a 1/2 Vietnamese, American who goes to Saigon to get away from her family and/or find herself. The book goes back and forth in time as the story and characters slowly reveal themselves and how they interconnect about two girls who go missing decades apart. Throw in the supernatural, Vietnamese Folklore and snakes and you‘re in for an interesting ride!

Jee_HookedOnBookz I enjoyed this book until the very end. Did you get the ending about The Fortune Teller? Pray help! It‘s bugging me! 😅 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Ok went back to it again to try figure it out. The last chapter, the fortune teller I was referring to above, is she the First Assistant? 2mo
Cortg @Jee_HookedOnBookz It's been a couple months since I've read this but now I want to listen to the audio book because I'm sure I missed a few things! Honestly, I'm really not sure. There was the fortune teller that works for the Saigon Spirit Eradication Co. (along with a 1st and 2nd assistant.) Is this the same forutne teller with the lottery ticket that changed the course of Winnie's future? I just downloaded the audio, time for a reread! 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz You mean the woman sitting in a wheelchair who sold her the lottery ticket? I don‘t think she was referred to ask The Fortune Teller 🤔 Throughout the book the Fortune Teller had been a man until the last chapter which was what confused me and got me to thinking maybe First Assistant might have assumed his identity. 2mo
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I feel like it‘s been a while since I‘ve finished a book 🤔 This one was good, very different from Homegoing which I like in authors. This book was about growing up with immigrant parents, addiction, mental health and more or less finding yourself and where you fit in, in the world. It was enjoyable and I liked how the narrator compares her work and her life throughout the story but not a favorite.

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My next book has a list of characters AND 3 maps! 😳

wanderinglynn I love books with maps! 💜🗺 5mo
Cortg @wanderinglynn Me too! Books with maps AND a character list is a little daunting, but I‘m diving in this morning! 5mo
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Monday's Not Coming | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I feel like an emotional train wreck after this one! Wow. I wanted to read this after hearing about some parent drama in a nearby county with lots to say against this book and trying to get it removed. Plus, it‘s a Coretta Scott King winner and tackles some real heavy topics. The story is about Claudia, who leaves to spend the summer at her grandmothers only to come back to find her best friend has disappeared and no one seems concerned by this.

Cortg If parents are upset that their 9th grader could choose to read this in honors English, they‘re in for a rude awakening in the upcoming years, thinking back on some of the books my kids read in high school over the past 5 years 😂 5mo
Zoe-h When I read this one, I couldn‘t keep track of the time changes, and that twist at the end didn‘t help. It was also much more grim than I was expecting (not that that‘s a bad thing). 5mo
Cortg @Zoe-h Yeah, the “before, before” the “before” and the “after” chapters plus each consecutive month was tricky, but it kept me wondering what the big event was that caused the before and the after. The twist was great and opened the whole mental health aspect of the story. So many layers and topics! I knew going in it would be grim from the nearby school drama. (edited) 5mo
megnews When it comes to censorship I always feel like if there are kids who have lived through something, other kids can read about it. Sometimes with guidance. Parents would do better for their children if they read along too and discussed instead of trying to ban. I loved this book and I love Tiffany Jackson. (edited) 5mo
Cortg @megnews Absolutely! And the book was a choice read, choose one of these 5 books to read and discuss. By high school, let the kids read. It creates empathy and understanding. (edited) 5mo
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