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cpreja

Joined September 2016

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Sunday morning reading!

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Left work early to get some relaxation and reading in.

Only about 50 pages into this one but am hooked already...

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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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Cant believe the weather in SoCal today, it is cold and rainy. No bbqs today!

At least it makes for a cozy reading day...

DarcysMom I love it! I got drizzled on most of my walk, but now I have a day of tea and reading. #bliss 1mo
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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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Great rainy Sunday to start a new book!

Sagebrush is not sure she wants to go out there...

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Anger Is a Gift | Mark Oshiro
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Completely floored by this book! Oshiro has created a powerful commentary on the multiple levels police violence and brutality affect communities. The articulate, sensitive character of Moss will stay with me for a long time and his story provides an amazing lesson on how to create something positive from anger. Please read this novel, it is so very important.

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Anger Is a Gift | Mark Oshiro
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Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it. Trust me, y'all.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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We all look like ants marching in this dust straight into a giant trap where we'll be stuck or where we'll be fed poison that we inadvertently spread to the rest of the group...what's that thing people always say about history? Unless we know our history, we're doomed to repeat it? Never forget it? Isn't that the lesson? But we always forget. Forgetting is in the American grain.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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Next up.

I haven't focused much on reading YA novels but I am really starting to get into them.

This one has great reviews so far, excited to jump in.

RadicalReader YA novels are great the ones that I loved that I read are Fault In Our Stars by John Green and 2mo
cpreja @RadicalReader thanks for the recommendations! I will make sure to pick these up. 2mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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An amazing and poignant novel! Beautifully disturbing and relevant. I am recommending to everyone.

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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I grappled with the idea of explaining hemispheres to her, how we are required to share the sun with other parts of the world, that if one were to observe the earth from outer space one could see as many as 15 sunsets and sunrises in a day--and that perhaps by sharing the sun the world could learn to share everything, learn that everything belonged to everyone!

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This book is knocking my socks off! Exploration of the immigrant experience as well as the struggles and joys of parenting a special needs child expertly wrapped up in a compelling court room drama.

Bummed I have to host a family dinner today because all I want to do is read this book!

TheNerdyProfessor I just finished this last night. It did not disappoint! 2mo
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Pak Yoo was a different person in English than in Korean. In a way, he supposed, it was inevitable for immigrants to become child versions of themselves, stripped of their verbal fluency and, with it, a layer of their competence and maturity.

RadicalReader Love the beautiful cover 2mo
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But why? Who decided it was normal to be attracted to blondes and Jews and Republicans, but not to Asian women? Why was "fetish," with its connotation of sexual deviance, reserved for Asian women and feet? It was offensive, it was bullshit, and she wanted to scream out, I am not "Oriental," and I am not a foot!

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Got my BOTM box today!

Perfect timing as ready to pick a new book tonight. I have high hopes for this one.

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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Sage is excited to start Dear Martin!

I have been observing in 10th grade classrooms recently and this book has been one of the most popular independent reading choices amongst the kids. Thought I would check it out.

Reecaspieces ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
RadicalReader Adorable dog alert 2mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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It has been a long, hard week. So glad it is finally time to relax .

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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These flowers were straight up and down when I first put them in the vase. Dont think they like living with us! Trying to brush up on my YA reading as I just went back to school to get my credential! Cant wait to read Internment and Dear Martin!

REPollock Remove all the leaves and cut the bottom 1/2” off the stems and they will perk back up. 3mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Excited to start my new book today. Perfect spring day for reading and longing.

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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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When I was young I made a promise to the music: I'll be here,I'll open a space within myself for you.I showed that I was devoted,and in return it rewarded me with words,with creation itself.There was the passion of a love affair in these moments because the music demanded my time,my full attention,my complete devotion.As long as I rendered myself entirely to its service,the music allowed me inside itself,immersed in a space where time didn't exist

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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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Took the day off so I could spend some time reading. Cant get enough of this book!

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Amy Goodman!

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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory | David Graeber
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Sagebrush and I are reading this one together and have just finished a spirited debate regarding what we think so far.

Sage feels Mr. Graeber is long winded in his definition and that the definition of a bullshit job is as simple as any job that requires I leave the house without her. And while I agree that the book can be tedious at times, it is quite interesting so far.

We'll see if the author can turn Ms. Sage around by the end.

GypsyKat Awe! So cute! ❤️ 11mo
RadicalReader Sagebrush is such a sweet name 2mo
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Christodora | Tim Murphy
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Finally pulled this one off by shelf and devoured it in one day. Somehow it was the exact book I wanted to be reading yesterday. Having lost family members to AIDS this novel was especially poignant. Just wish I hadn't waited so long to read it!

MicheleinPhilly I just read this one earlier this year. It was amazing. 11mo
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Back home and slowly adjusting to the warm SoCal weather and bright light....

Happy to be able to get back to reading! A colleague gave this book to be for Christmas. Think I will give it a spin.

writerlibrarian This is one of my all time favourite writer and this novel is one of my favourite. I don't know about the translation since I read the original in French. Still Amelie is wonderful. (edited) 1y
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Just one more....i am in love with this country!

IamIamIam AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! 1y
mrozzz 😯😍😊 1y
398.2 Beautiful! 1y
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Andrew65 A great picture! 1y
Suet624 So lovely. 1y
WarpedSweetness That is so pretty to look at. 1y
RadicalReader This picture needs only one word AMAZING 2mo
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My new Icelandic friend...

hermyknee I want to go there one day! 1y
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Icelandic Legends | Jón Árnason
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Have gotten next to no reading done the last two weeks....but this trip has been worth it. Iceland has by far been one of the most amazing experiences.of my life....

britt_brooke Gorgeous! 1y
AmyG Looks amazing. I would love to travel there. 1y
[DELETED] 206653737 I can see why you haven‘t been reading. Completely breathtaking! 1y
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398.2 I have always wanted to go there! Now I want to even more. 1y
cpreja @398.2 You must go! It is a life changing trip (and I am not one prone to hyperbole). 1y
Mdargusch Beautiful! 1y
RadicalReader Can I use this picture for my lock screen? 2mo
cpreja @RadicalReader of course! 2mo
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Finally found some time this weekend to relax and read in front of the fire.

I have had to plan/shop for my impending trip to iceland (we leave the day after xmas), celebrate my father and niece's bdays, spend plenty of time visiting.my.mother iin the hospital, clean the house and try and complete my Xmas shopping this weekend.

All I want to do is curl up with this gem for the rest of the night!

rather_be_reading 😍😍 11mo
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Live at Carnegie Hall | David Sedaris
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Listened to this one on my way to work this morning.

6 to 8 Black Men never ceases to have me rolling with laughter.

Good way to start off my happy friday!

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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Loved this book! Completely swept me away to the magical Alaskan wilderness. A story that tackles the very real topics of death and complicated family relationships in the form of a mystical winter fairy-tale. Great read.

Bambolina_81 I loved this too. It's beautifully written and the way Ivey explores the complexity of married life in such a harsh landscape is so vivid. One of my favourite reads of the year. 2y
suvata Great book 💜 2y
bookloo Pretty candle. ♥️ 2y
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Finished this in one sitting this morning. A fun, enjoyable read. Great for unwinding on my day off.

AmyG I just started this on audio. It sounds like an easy, fun read. 2y
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Sage is ready for halloween!

batsy Omg 😍 2y
Prairiegirl_reading ❤️🐶❤️ 2y
MrBook 😻😻😻 #dogsofLitsy 2y
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Melissa_J Love it! My dog has an Ewok costume but she hates it and I can‘t get a good pic of her in it. So she‘s stuck wearing a minion costume. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl How precious! 😁 2y
cpreja @Melissa_J Our other dog is supposed to be Darth Vader but she definitely is not having it! 2y
EchoLogical This is amazing! 2y
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AmyG Oh, I love it! 2y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 beyond adorable! 11mo
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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So excited it's October! @BrainyHeroine
#impossibleread

tjwill Me too! 2y
Mommamanzi Woohoo I'm in as well! 2y
rather_be_reading is that a scentsy?! 11mo
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Next up....

Can't believe it's taken me until now to get to this one...better late than never!

DrexEdit It's a great spooky October read! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk "They eat the dark, who only stand and breathe." 2y
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Perfect creepy read to roll into October.

Love Shirley Jackson!

vivastory So tempting to buy the orange collection 2y
monalyisha I bought this edition too! They're so cool. 😎 2y
ItsAngel @cpreja Why have I never heard of this? I'm so ashamed! #stacked 2y
kathedron Waiting for my library hold to come in.... 2y
OrangeMooseReads That cover is great 2y
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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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Just finished.my first Agatha Christie.

Think I am hooked!

cathysaid Can't believe I still haven't read one! 2y
Aims42 This was my first Agatha Christie book too, I loved it!! Next up for me is 'Murder on the Orient Express'... I think 2y
Jaimelire Love all her books! 2y
MarriedtoMrT I read and loved this one as well...and then never read any more. 🙈 2y
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Think i will take this one for a spin next.

Reading....ahem....I mean working from home today (whoops!)😁

rather_be_reading i DNF this one 😢 11mo
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Mehso-so

A strange enjoyable book.

Great for an unsettling October read.

monalyisha I've been eyeing this one! Only so-so? 2y
Brenley I have the same question! Is it worth buying? Or borrowing from the library? 2y
cpreja @monalyisha @Brenley yes, a so-so for me. Writing style is great, fast paced and intriguing. But story had a few holes and didn't really tie together for me in the end. In my opinion this is a great book to borrow from the library. 2y
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Brenley 👍 2y
Libby1 How on earth is the author's name pronounced? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
monalyisha Good to know! Thanks @cpreja 🤗 2y
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The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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This was tough...so many books I am looking forward to but here are 5 of my most anticipated reads... also eagerly anticipating being able to read in front of a toasty fire. Still 80+ degrees in SoCal so not yet though ☹ @CareBear thanks for the tag!
#fivestarpredictions

emilyhaldi Cool photo 🔥 2y
TrishB Great pic 👍 2y
Rachellynnwright It's been 100+ here in the valley ! 😓 2y
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No reading tonight....at my folks house for the big game.

Go Irish!

melrailey Don't you mean Go Dawgs? 😁 2y
cpreja @melrailey 💔😢 I so sad! But great game! 2y
melrailey @cpreja it was a great game! Looking forward to next time. 2y
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Pygmalion | George Bernard Shaw
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Received by first Bookishly shipment, it also came with tea but it is already brewing....

Love this subscription!

LauraBrook I get Bookishly too! Hope I get mine on Monday. I'd love a vintage Penguin classic, but so far, no dice. ❤️ 2y
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Sagebrush is ready to kick off Friday night with a fun read...

Mommamanzi Cutest pup ever! 2y
Tadams4 So very cute! 2y
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I loved The Wrong Way to Save Your Life so much I got online and ordered this one right away.

Ended up with a signed copy.....what a super duper surprise!

melbeautyandbooks Nice surprise! 2y
rather_be_reading love when tht happens 11mo
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Usually I struggle with nonfiction however this one was extremely readable and kept my attention.

Full if great information this is an poignant and necessary read.

ValerieAndBooks I thought this book was fantastic. I came across it at the library and now want my own copy. Very thought-provoking! 2y
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Mayors are now often elected on the idea that they will run cities like businesses...the people running American cities no longer care about affordability, a city's ability to educate children, or the happiness and health of its residents; rather, they are only interested in the amount of money a city is able to generate.

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"...it is rare to see gentrifiers take a full reckoning of history and recognize that their presence is often predicated upon the lessened quality of life of someone else, the displacement of someone else, or in the case of New Orleans, the death of someone else".

As my husband and I start to consider buying a new home, gentrification is heavy on my mind.....

Reviewsbylola This sounds very interesting. 2y
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I ❤ this essay collection.

I found Megan Stielstra's humorous and touching perspective on education, motherhood, gun control and the importance of the creative force within each one of us to be inspiring in a way I have not experienced for some time.

Lola I'm pretty sure I picked this up at ALA in June-gotta look. Love the cover. 2y
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Loving this one so far.

Happy to be working from home tomorrow. Hopefully I can squeeze some extra reading minutes in....

Mommamanzi Those are beyond beautiful flowers! 2y
LauraBrook Of course you can squeeze extra minutes in - who's going to stop you? 😉 2y
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Exhausted after a late night hosting friends. Today it's books and coffee all day!

Reviews haven't been great for this one but going to give it a whirl anyhow...

irre I liked it. 2y
L_auren I liked it too 2y
Jinjer Yah u know it's a late night when the candle wax drips out of the holders.😂 2y
Jabberwocky God I'm so jealous that sounds like the perfect day. 2y
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My second shipment of Indiespensable came in....Powell's mug, heck yeah!

Super excited for this book as well, signed copy to boot!

sisilia I love that mug! 2y
LauraJ The mug is the best bonus they've sent in a long time. 2y
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