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Joined June 2016

So many books, so little time
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It's OK to Be Angry About Capitalism | Senator Bernie Sanders
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Bernie tells it like it is. He has suggestions but doesn‘t have a lot of clear answers on how to realistically fix the wealth inequity, healthcare, education etc in this country, but he brings it all up to fume about. It‘s good for Americans to hear what he has to say and to get mad about it. Loved his audio narration.

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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Fantastic read! The story of 3 generations of strong, black women from Memphis, TN and their ups and downs in this so called life. I really enjoyed the writing style. The chapters of each woman/narrator goes back and forth through the years and their stories are pieced together rather than going straight through a timeline. #ReadHarder23 ~listen to an audiobook performed by a POC of a book written by an AOC #Booked2023 ~featuring 3 generations

Cinfhen I just bought this audio today!!!! Excited you liked it so much 💜and hurray that it fits for so many prompts 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures Nice to hear! This is on the Women's Prize long list and I want to get to it by end of month. 1w
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squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 1w
Cortg @Cinfhen The audio was great. Three narrators, one was the author ❤️ 1w
Cortg @ChaoticMissAdventures I saw it was on the list. It‘s really good and a debut book to boot! I hope you enjoy it 😘 1w
Cinfhen I‘m REALLY ENJOYING the audio!!! 1w
Cortg @cinfhen Awesome! 1w
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No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai
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“I must now admit that I was still afraid of human beings, and before I could meet even the customers in the bar I had to fortify myself by gulping down a glass of water.” Some say this story is Dazai‘s suicide note. It‘s a sad and dark and painful story of Oba Yazo who has never had a connection to anyone around him. I wanted to read this before reading Junji Ito‘s graphic novel version. #Booked2023 ~by an author no longer living

Cinfhen Sounds sad 😔 1w
Cortg @cinfhen It was! A colleague saw it on my desk and asked why I was reading it with spring around the corner. “It's a sad winter book,“ she said. 1w
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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A lot of love on Litsy lately for this beautifully written, quiet book. Novella in format, it was nice to play the audio on a drive and be able to absorb it in its entirety at just over an hour long. The story is of a girl who is sent to live with relatives, unknown to her, for the summer to make things easier for her family in rural Ireland. The movie titled ‘A Quiet Girl‘ was recently released in theaters about this book and I‘m curious.

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A Dangerous Business | Jane Smiley
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Got a head start on April‘s Book Club choice but unfortunately, it filled 0 of my challenges 😕I liked the setting, 1850‘s Monterey, CA but the story itself was kind of a bore. I was hoping for more action and more of a mystery. The main character, Eliza was ok but I enjoyed her friend Jean‘s character much better. Disappointed overall.

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The story of Lucrezia de‘ Medici, a daughter of the Grand Duke of Florence and her arranged marriage to Alfonso II d‘Este, Duke of Ferrara at a young age. I loved how short chapters were sprinkled throughout, taking the reader to the night of her untimely death while the twist at the end was truly a treat to read. #Booked2023 ~booked described with the word twist @alisiakae @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage #pop23 ~historical fiction

Cinfhen I loved this book!! Im betting it‘ll be on the Women‘s Prize Long-list 3w
squirrelbrain I loved this one too, and I agree with you @Cinfhen about the Women‘s Prize longlist. 3w
KarenUK Loved it too! I‘m a total Maggie fan girl…. 2w
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Finished on today‘s Volksmarch. This is a private-like memoir by Lamya who identifies as gay and Muslim as well as a foreigner from several countries. She‘s a feminist and activist and ties stories of the Quran into her own life and experiences as she learns to accept herself.
#ReadHarder23 ~nonfiction @ intersectual feminism #booked2023 ~new in 2023 @alisiakae @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage #pop23 ~book w/ a queer lead

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I really enjoyed Jonestown and devoured Waco as well. I like Guinn‘s writing style and the research he puts in to tell of past events in history. I remember hearing about the Waco siege but I was a senior in high school at the time and didn‘t pay much attention to news coverage then. Learning the details of this incident makes me ponder society both then and now.
#Booked2023 ~title starts with a W @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Suet624 I remember listening to this. So sad. 4w
Cortg @Suet624 So sad, and really, both sides were in the wrong in so many ways. 😔 4w
Cinfhen Great choice! MUST pick this up - I‘m a bit of a #HistoryNerd 🤓 4w
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved this full audio production! I also loved Carrie as a character, though I can see how many wouldn‘t. There‘s something about cocky competitiveness in a sport you love that I get. The story was tense at times, going through the tennis matches play by play, but it brought back some wonderful 80‘s memories of playing tennis (not competitively) during the summers and watching the tennis matches on TV with my mom, who loved the sport. #Pop23

OriginalCyn620 Yes! This is gonna be my pick for #pop23 for a book about a sport/athlete. Glad you liked it! 1mo
Cortg @OriginalCyn620 Loved it! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure about trying this one, as I‘ve heard people say there‘s too much tennis…. Maybe if I don‘t find another sporting book. I can imagine it‘s better on audio than in print. 1mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Yep, there‘s a lot of tennis! 1mo
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The Waiting | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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Published as fiction, this story is inspired by the author‘s mother and the aftermath of being separated from family during the Korean War. The disconnect between the generations and black and white graphic novel reminded me of Maus. It‘s a sad story but the takeaway was worthwhile. #Booked2023 ~Set in 2 time periods @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @alisiakae #readharder23 ~Historical Fiction set in an Eastern country #pop23

Cinfhen Great review 🫶🏼I can see the similarities to Maus by the cover art. 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - sounds tough though. 1mo
BarbaraBB This seems like a very interesting read. 1mo
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I thoroughly enjoyed a peek into Bono‘s world. From his family to the band, his activism, highs and lows and of course, the music ❤️
Bono narrates the audio and added music and other sound effects. It‘s long, but well worth the listen if you‘re a U2 fan.
#Pop23 ~ a celebrity memoir

BarbaraBB It is actually weird to see him without sunglasses while he‘s never without them in real life! 1mo
squirrelbrain I wish this wasn‘t quite so long, I think I‘d be more interested in reading it if it was a bit shorter… 1mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB right? And his style of choice ☺️ 1mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain I hear ya! 1mo
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This is a quiet, melancholy vampire story and so descriptive! You can close your eyes and just visualize ALL the details. I‘m glad I finally got around to this one and it was delightful on audio. I didn‘t realize it was written in the 70‘s and that it is the first in a series. I‘ll probably pick up the next at some point.
#Booked2023 ~ Gaslamp fantasy @alisiakae @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#Pop23 ~ Mythical Creature

tpixie And a Tom Cruise Brad Pitt movie… 1mo
BarbaraBB I still haven‘t read this one. 1mo
Cinfhen I always thought this was a chunkster 🤷🏼‍♀️but I see it‘s not!! It think I might finally give it a go @BarbaraBB it‘s one of those iconic books 1mo
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Cortg @tpixie Yes! I haven‘t watched it but I looked to see if it‘s streaming and it is, so I added it to my watch list! 1mo
Cortg @Cinfhen The audiobook is @ 14hrs. 1mo
Cinfhen Hmmmmm, a bit longer than I like but do-able 1mo
OrangeMooseReads The Vampire Chronicles are fantastic books. Anne Rice had an amazing creative mind. 1mo
Cortg @OrangeMooseReads This is my first Anne Rice book and I was impressed with her detailed writing. 1mo
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Off to a slow start this year. I should have finished Bono‘s book Surrender but the loan on the audiobook expired with under an hour to go and of course there‘s a lengthy holds line from the library 😩 I‘m 25% of the way through The Stand and I have 3 other books in progress. I‘m kinda all over the place right now but it‘ll come together, eventually!

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This is an excellent read to learn and understand what it‘s like living with a disability. Alice Wong unintentionally became an activist and fights for herself and those with disabilities. She talks about what we can do to help make things more accessible to those in need. I‘m looking forward to my book club‘s discussion on this one!
#readharder23 ~ about activism

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American Story | Kwame Alexander
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If you‘re looking for an elementary aged picture book that doesn‘t sugarcoat slavery, Alexander‘s new picture book is well done!

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The Stand | Stephen King
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“Shit from Shinola” Another phrase I haven‘t heard in a looooong time ❤️ Maybe I don‘t hear these terms anymore cause I‘m old & this book was published in the late 70‘s! 😝

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The Stand | Stephen King
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One thing I love about Stephen King‘s writing is his inuendos about New England. Growing up primarily in MA & CT, it‘s been a while since I‘ve heard “ijets.” I may have remind my husband of this slang, he may have forgotten it 😂

Ruthiella Does it mean idiots? My Irish friends use the term too. 2mo
Cortg @Ruthiella It does! 2mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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#Pop23 Oops! I don‘t have much to choose from for published books in my birth year. I was super excited to see Salem‘s Lot but for some reason in my head I was thinking The Stand, which I started yesterday and I‘m hooked on! So I‘ll finish that as my longest book on my TBR and read Salem‘s Lot this year as well. Going old school King this year!

ItsAngel The Stand is one of my all time favorites! Enjoy! 😉 2mo
Cortg @ItsAngel So many say it‘s their favorite SK book. I‘ve only just begun, but I‘m hooked! 2mo
BarbaraBB I totally understand you were hooked on The Stand from the start! 2mo
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squirrelbrain Ha! Enjoy both! 2mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB I think you‘re right! 2mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! I‘m sure I will 😂 2mo
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The Legend of the Golem | Ivana Pechackova
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I picked this up a few years ago on a trip to Prague. I was curious to learn more about the Golem and about Prague‘s history. This is a story of the Golem, protector and destroyer, Homunculus of the high Rabbi Low.
Johan, a Heidelberg student, sets out on a journey to Prague to find the Golem and bring him back to life. He learns more of the homunculus and those that had a part in his creation.

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I love Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby. With that said, I really enjoyed this modern retelling in graphic novel form. The images and watercolors are stunning and seeing the story unfold was a nice treat! #pop22 ~ A Modern Retelling of a Classic #Booked2023 ~ Proper Name in Title

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, this sounds incredible!!! #stacked 2mo
BarbaraBB Good choice! To me this seems a hard prompt! 2mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB Oooh, I'm looking forward to see what book you choose for the prompt! 2mo
Cortg @Cinfhen If you get around to reading it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
Larkken I bet watercolors would be fantastic with this story! Love it 2mo
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This was a terrific book club discussion, but not really a terrific book! I both liked and disliked the story as well as the protagonist. Lots of emotions. It‘s a mix of The Handmaid‘s Tale and Orange is the New Black. I went through looking for #Pop23 readers. If you‘d prefer not to be tagged, let me know! #Pop23 ~ A book that‘s on a celebrity book-club list #ReaderHarder23 ~ social horror

squirrelbrain I had mixed feelings about this one too but I can see how it would make for a *great* book club discussion. 2mo
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one too 2mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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My year in books using Goodreads. I created a Storygraph account to try out this year. I‘m still figuring it all out. Cortg15

MaGoose I just created an account on Storygraph, too. At this point, I think it has some growing to do. Couldn't find several of the books I've read in their database. But, I'll try it out for a while. Also, there's no way to locate specific users, or I'd follow you on that site, too. 3mo
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 3mo
5feet.of.fury @MaGoose I made one last year, but fell behind on it and left it nearly empty. I decided I wanted to use it this year and start fresh for 2023. I agree the interface is not user friendly, when I try to search challenges they don‘t come up right away etc. but you can find users if you go to community and then search by user name 🙂 3mo
Cortg @5feet.of.fury Thanks!
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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My top 22 reads of 2022. This was hard to narrow down 😊 Cheers to 2023 🥂

TrishB Agreed- it was hard! 3mo
mcctrish I see some similar favourites and some to put on my 2023 list ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
squirrelbrain A great list! ❤️ 3mo
Deblovestoread Great list! 3mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I finished #pop22 😀
~ a book about the afterlife (I did not attempt the advanced 😳)
I love the idea of this book and exploring reincarnation. It was a good spin on a WWII story. I didn‘t love the book, but didn‘t hate it. I did find it a bit confusing and repetitive, and then it just ended. Maybe I‘ll give the sequel a try since I have a copy of that as well. I think reading my physical copy would have been the better bet on this one.

squirrelbrain I agree; I found this one a bit confusing and repetitive. Congrats on finishing #pop22! 3mo
KarenUK 👏👏👏👏👏 - I loved this one! 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Well done! Right on to #pop23 😀 3mo
Cortg @barbararbb Bring it on! #pop23 3mo
Cortg @KarenUK Curious. Did you read 3mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Loved this story! There are a lot of themes running throughout, but finding a love was my favorite, and that ending! #pop22 ~ a book with a misleading title
I have one more to complete for the challenge and I‘m halfway done!

KarenUK You can do it!!! 💕 3mo
Cortg @KarenUK Thanks for the encouragement! 3mo
squirrelbrain Yay - you‘ll just squeeze in! 😁 3mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! I have 1/4 to go 😊 3mo
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Hiddensee: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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I didn‘t care for this one. I had a hard time concentrating on the audio, so maybe print would have been better. Kinda bummed because the premise of the story sounded delightful.
#pop22 ~a book set during a holiday

BarbaraBB It looks a bit creepy with that walnut! 3mo
Kristin_Reads Beautiful cover! 3mo
Cinfhen Fantastic cover!!! 3mo
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Cortg @kristen_reads @Cinfhen The cover is delightful! I wish I had read the copy of the book I own rather than listen to the audio, but, time. 3mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB 🤣 3mo
Cinfhen When audio works it‘s AMAZING but when it fails…..DISASTROUS 3mo
Cortg @cinfhen Yes! Then I wonder would I have even liked it in print or really just not at all 😩 3mo
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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/them Pronouns | Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
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I appreciate my work peeps care enough to include books in our staff resource collection to help everyone feel welcome, staff and customers. I read through this today after my cubby-mate read it. It‘s a quick guide to pronouns and very well done. ❤️

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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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I really enjoyed Horse! Brooks did an excellent job going back and forth between the time lines. I learned quite a bit from the 1850‘s storyline and the 2019 parts felt like a mystery as Theo and Jess uncover the story of the famous racehorse, Lexington. We had a great discussion at book club tonight 😊

Tamra I can‘t wait for my audio hold to come in for this one! 3mo
Cortg @Tamra It‘s worth the wait! 3mo
RebelReader This is on my group‘s to read list too, but we only select when the book comes out in paperback so hopefully we will be able to choose it soon! 3mo
Cortg @RebelReader Smart! I had a book club before moving that did this! My group now pretty much all uses the library and since I work there, I‘ve taught them how to place holds in advance and freeze them. It‘s working pretty well! 3mo
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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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#pop22 ~ a book with cutlery on the table
I‘ve heard a lot of mixed reviews and it does start out slow. I kept thinking ‘is this dinner going to be overanalyzed throughout the entire book?‘ But then, things started picking up and I found my self more and more intrigued about the Michel incident, things began getting dark and the end?! I did not see that coming! Whew. A lot to process and think on. This would make a great book discussion.

Megabooks Great review! I‘ve had this on my TBR for years and have never gotten to it. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great choice. I enjoyed this one too. 3mo
TheLudicReader It's definitely worth sticking with. 3mo
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Cinfhen Yes…deplorable people but delicious 3mo
KarenUK My bookclub did this years ago and it‘s still one of our best discussions! 3mo
Cortg @KarenUK I bet! I‘m still thinking about it 😀 3mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Who‘s in for #pop23 ??? I‘ve been reading over the list and decided to choose some of the prompts in advance that are either harder to fill or that I really want to read. The rest I‘ll just fill in as I go throughout the year. Also, I‘m really looking forward to reading The Stand 😂 Let us know if you‘d like to be tagged in ‘23! Everyone is welcome to play along! https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/reading-challenge-2023-49013480/amp

BarbaraBB I am in! 4mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB 🙌🏼 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘m still thinking about it…!😁🤔 4mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm doing it, but it may not be my top priority. Because some of these are a little more generic, I think there's good opportunity for challenge crossover. 4mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain I was originally on the fence but decided a lot of the prompts will be things I‘ll pick up anyways. I hope you decide to join in! I still have 4 books to finish for #pop22 4mo
Cortg @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yay! I‘m glad you‘re participating! On the bright side, it‘ll be an easier challenge so reading focuses can be on other reading 🙂 4mo
BookBelle84 The Stand is my longest TBR too! For a minute when I was checking I was concerned it would be War and Peace. 4mo
Cortg @BookBelle84 I‘m using The Stand for a book published the year I was born! The longest book on my TBR according to Goodreads is 1474 pages 🤣 Maybe I‘ll skip the challenge books again this year 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Cortg @BookBelle84 Maybe I‘ll use my physical TBR bookshelf at home. It might save me 1k pages 😂 4mo
KarenUK I‘m in! 4mo
Cortg @KarenUK 🙌🏼 4mo
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I think I would have preferred to have read a physical copy rather than the audio for this one. I enjoyed the story, characters, and friendships and how the characters are interwoven together around a science fiction book. I also like how the outcome of a sequel was completed. It was a sad story but I loved that Maxwell‘s father was a pirate! #pop22 ~ a book with a constellation on the cover

Cinfhen It‘s funny, certain books REALLY are meant to be read vs listened to and sometimes some books NEED to be heard!!! 4mo
squirrelbrain What a fab cover! ❤️ 4mo
Cortg @Cinfhen True that! 4mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Right?! I picked this one up BECAUSE of the cover. Not gonna lie. 4mo
Megabooks Great choice for this prompt! 4mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Loved this one! I really enjoyed the character building and relationship building in this, and though it was very much a Stockholm Syndrome kind of story, it wasn‘t, though maybe that‘s what it‘s all about? 🙌🏼 #pop22 ~ a book featuring a party

RebelReader My favorite of Patchett‘s! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Excellent choice!!!! 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 4mo
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Ruthiella My first and still favorite Patchett. 4mo
Megabooks Making great progress!! 4mo
Cortg @Megabooks Thanks! I should finish one tomorrow, leaving me with 4 more! I own all four physical books but downloaded 3 of them as time is ticking! I just started my book club book tonight 😳 4mo
EvieBee I read this in September and loved it! 3mo
Cortg @EvieBee I love discovering older books that I originally missed out on ☺️ 3mo
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I listened to this one on a roadtrip today. I really enjoyed the narration! The story was good, but I kept thinking 1. These characters would be really fun to perform on stage and 2.The game Clue kept popping in my head ‘Mrs. White in the ball room with the pipe‘ 😂
#pop22 ~ a book that takes place on a train

KarenUK A classic! I love Poirot 😍 4mo
Cortg @KarenUK It‘s my 1st! The only other AC book I‘ve read is 4mo
Megabooks This is such a fun mystery and I love the Clue comparison! 4mo
Cinfhen Yes!! Totally reminds me of Clue too!! 4mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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An excellent adventure as only King can portray. Charlie, who I adored, befriends a curmudgeon neighbor and his trusty pup Radar. He soon discovers an underground fantasy world with dark fairy tale vibes. Prince Charlie must save the kingdom and find his way home, in a way.

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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My “completed” #booked2022 reading progress-mess that hangs on my cabinet at work 😂

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
Cinfhen Love this!!!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Cooool!!! 4mo
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Death of an Avid Reader | Frances Brody
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I enjoyed this little whodunit story with lead detective Kate Shackleton. It‘s book 6 in a series but works as a stand alone (I haven‘t read any of the others.) There were a few things on Kate‘s list to include a missing person, a murder, a lost monkey, another missing person and another murder. Also, a lot of it takes place in a library! A quick read for bookclub and #booked2022 ~ a murder mystery, is now complete!

Cinfhen Yay!! 4mo
CarolynM I‘ve read a few of these. They‘re pretty good 🙂 4mo
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Death of an Avid Reader | Frances Brody
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I love library books. A previous reader penciled in a mistype when a word was left out! 🤣🤣🤣

wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 4mo
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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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Loved this coming of age story, 1970‘s Baltimore! 14 year old Mary Jane is hired to nanny for 5 year old Izzy while psychiatrist Dr. Cone treats a famous rockstar and Mrs. Cone keeps his actress wife company when they move into the house for the summer. Mary Jane is out of her strict parents house while having the summer of her life. #pop22 ~ a book that takes place during your favorite season

Cinfhen This one was super fun!! Especially great on audio 😁🎶 4mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Yes! Per your rec, I did the audio 😜 4mo
Cinfhen Hahaha, I honestly didn‘t remember 🤪 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 4mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks for the rec! 4mo
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Death of an Avid Reader | Frances Brody
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Soaking up some unusually warm November weather in the hammock with flip flops and the pooch! Book club is on Tuesday and I‘m just getting this one started.

squirrelbrain I‘m a member of The Leeds Library, where this book is set! 4mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain No way! That‘s a fun fact! 😀 4mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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So glad I finally read this one. Written in the 60‘s, this gives me a lot to think about between the then and now when it comes to mental illness, love interests and relationships. Have we progressed? Enough? #Pop22 ~ a sapphic book

BarbaraBB Absolutely a must read! 4mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB After marking it read in Goodreads, I noticed my daughter had it marked to-read in her account, so I texted her and left it on her desk to take back to school when she comes home next 😀 4mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book, and a great choice for this prompt! 4mo
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Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! 😊 4mo
BarbaraBB That is so cool, I think I need to do the same with my copy and my daughter! 4mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Love that you left this for your daughter to read #GoMom #YouRock 🥰 4mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 4mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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Great YA story! Quite a few LGBTQIA+ characters at a private school in the south that reminded me of Footloose. Shara Wheeler goes missing and leaves clues for classmates, three that she kisses just before she disappears. Reminding me a bit of Paper Towns with the clues. Overall, this was a well done story that will really appeal to today‘s high schoolers.

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Finished #DraculaDaily this morning! It was a great read and I‘m glad I got to experience it through substack. #pop22 ~ a book set in Victorian times

Cinfhen I finally “read” Dracula two years ago🧛‍♂️ I listened to a BBC recording with a large cast of fabulous actors…it was really good!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I read it not too long ago too. Great picture too! 4mo
Cortg @cinfhen Oooh, this would be a good listen with a cast of characters. Maybe I‘ll revisit it in a few years! 4mo
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Cortg @BarbaraBB Yeah! Frankenstein & Jekyll & Hyde are on my list as well. 4mo
squirrelbrain I only read it last year, around this time. Whitby Abbey is less than 2 hours from me… 🧛‍♂️ 4mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Nice! My husband‘s been. I would love to visit there someday! 4mo
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I loved this story of the complicated friendship Sam and Sadie have. The ups and downs as their friendship ebbs and flows through successes, hardships and tragedies. At times I both loved and loathed each one as they navigated through life. The gaming aspect was fresh and I liked that they are my age so it was fun to look back at how gaming has evolved through the years. #booked2022 ~ a title that repeats itself

ChaoticMissAdventures Love this one. Characters always feels more rounded and complete to me when I can live and hate them through their evolution. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick!!! 5mo
Cortg @ChaoticMissAdventures Yes! Character based novels are always my faves ❤️ 5mo
Cinfhen This was such a great read!!! Glad you picked it up for #Booked2022 🥰 5mo
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Solitaire | Alice Oseman
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#pop22 Scrolling through my GR‘s challenge, I found that Solitaire fulfills a prompt 🙃

squirrelbrain Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Well played 😅 5mo
Megabooks Woo hoo! 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
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Monster in the Middle | Tiphanie Yanique
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An interesting read that explores relationships, who we fall in love with, marry, and how families intertwine with one another and impact us.

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I loved this story! The writing is wonderful, I loved reading about Cypress, the characters were great, each with their own baggage trying to move forward, and beautiful insights about the island, trees, animals, birds, and humans from a tree‘s perspective; brilliant! A truly delightful read.

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I really liked the way this story is told, like various stories about a particular time that someone would look back on and talk about. It‘s the story of two friends during the Chinese Cultural Revolution that are sent from the city to a rural community to be reeducated and the time spent with the villagers. Different. #Booked2022

EvieBee I loved this one when I read it years ago. 5mo
Cortg @EvieBee I don‘t think this one gets the love it deserves 🥰 5mo
BarbaraBB I agree, it deserves more love!! 5mo
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Cortg @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage Forgot to mark this on for the challenge ~ set in China 5mo
Cinfhen This was really good - quiet but memorable 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect choice—good to amplify the quiet stories! 5mo
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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Historical fiction WWII books are overly done, so for me, they really need to be spectacular to love them. This one was good, I loved how books brought the community together during troubled times, but the story was predictable and nothing really stood out to make it unique or have that wow factor.

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Boxers | Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien
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Such a creative way of telling the story of China‘s Boxer Movement, aka Society of Righteousness and Harmonious Fists and the Relief of Peking (battle.) I‘m looking forward to reading the companion book, Saints, to learn about the other side of history. Two sides to each story.
#Booked2022 ~ Set in China

Cinfhen Cool! Im not familiar with this event but curious to learn about it!! 5mo
Cortg @Cinfhen I didn‘t know about it either. The Boxers were and anti-foreign, anti-Christian movement when colonists were moving into China. The book is a graphic novel and incorporates Chinese Mythology and Kung-Fu which I liked! 5mo
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Snapdragon | Kat Leyh
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Cute middle grades graphic novel about friendships, family, and acceptance. Oh, and witches, roadkill, ghosts and Halloween! I‘m glad the title was changed from Roadkill Witch 😂