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erzascarletbookgasm

erzascarletbookgasm

Joined May 2016

🇲🇾🌞🌈 🏖📚✌️… I‘m still reading, but slowly..🐌
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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So much is said in so few pages in this poignant and quiet story of courage. Set in 1980s Ireland where the Catholic Church plays an important and powerful role, the story tells of a hardworking coal merchant and his family in a small town just days before Christmas. His encounter with something disturbing in a local convent led him to dig into his conscience..asks himself some moral questions as he reflects on his present and past. From the ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …descriptions of snow to preparations for Christmas, the author‘s writing is evocative and concise. Lovely book, recommended.
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erzascarletbookgasm This story is based on the Magdalene Laundries run by the Roman Catholic Church, supported by the Irish government. This got me sucked into reading more about the Magdalene Laundries. 5d
EvieBee It‘s such a sad history, isn‘t it? I haven‘t been brave enough to read this one. 5d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 5d
kspenmoll I want to read this; great review! 2d
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Oh my, what a bunch of liars. Everyone is a suspect. Any one of the unlikeable, and shallow characters could have done it. 🔪 But that‘s not the flaw of the book. Some parts felt dragged on, and I‘m not a fan of the writing style. But the chapters are short and I had to know who the killer was. Sad to say, the reveal felt flat. It‘s a shame, as it ruins the ride. Makes a fun beach read though.

Cinfhen Great review 💚 7d
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What a treat. I enjoyed spending my time with the Stevens family for a relaxing seaside holiday in Bognor Regis. It‘s refreshing to read about this close-knit, lower middle class family‘s enjoyment of simple pleasures; their emotions and thoughts; and quiet struggles. It may lack in plot, but there‘s beauty in the writing which is subtle, leisurely, and perceptive. And this cover! 😍Wish I own a physical copy.

merelybookish Great review! 2w
LeahBergen Lovely review of a wonderful book. ❤️ 2w
EvieBee Awesome review! 2w
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batsy Sounds like a lovely comfort read ❤️ 2w
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 😁 2w
JamieArc I‘ve been eyeing this book for a while. I need to make it one of my summer reads ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m so looking forward to this one Jessie 👍🏻💕 2w
BarbaraBB I just read this book too and enjoyed it enormously as well! 2w
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In a Lonely Place | Dorothy B. Hughes
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“The criminal doesn‘t escape‘”.… “He has to live with himself. He‘s caught there in that lonely place.”

Very good read. I was hooked from the beginning. Compelling narrative, brilliant characterisations, and great descriptions of the settings - I could almost picture the beaches and the diners..not forgetting the fog! Being in the head of Dix Steele can be exhausting, unnerving,..but a fabulous character study.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I see I have it stacked already. ❤️ 3w
EvieBee Lovely review! And nice to see that Abbott wrote the introduction. 3w
vivastory I love this book, & Hughes, so much! If you haven't read The Expendable Man, I *highly* recommend it 3w
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erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Cathy. I hope you get to read it soonish 💕 @Cathythoughts 3w
erzascarletbookgasm @EvieBee Thanks! Abbott wrote a very insightful afterword 👌 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I have, it was brilliant! I think I like that a little more. @vivastory 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Now I want to read the rest of Hughes‘ books. I heard this is good @vivastory . Have you read it? 3w
vivastory I agree. The other Hughes that I have read, & that I also recommend is 3w
vivastory That's going to be the next one that I read 👍 3w
LeahBergen I must get to this one soon; it‘s waiting on my shelves! I really enjoyed The Expendable Man. 3w
batsy Great review! And what @LeahBergen said—that's the only one I've read by her so far and it was so good. 3w
sarahbarnes Ooh, I‘m adding this to my list. 3w
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 3w
BiblioLitten Love your review. Stacked! 6d
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Crippen | John Boyne
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This is a fictionalised account of a real murder; and with John Boyne‘s skilful storytelling, it‘s superb. He brought so much empathy, humour, and excitement to the story. I was gripped by the tension, and found this utterly entertaining. Fans of John Boyne, do not miss this.

#AuthorAMonth

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 stacked 3w
squirrelbrain Ooh, I hadn‘t heard of this one - stacked. 3w
sprainedbrain I‘m almost done with this one! 3w
mrp27 I haven‘t heard of this one! 3w
BiblioLitten Boyne never disappoints. ☺️ 6d
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My, what a wonderful #bookmail ! 😍
This must be the package from you @BarbaraBB 😊

squirrelbrain Lovely! 💕 3w
BarbaraBB It is! Sorry it took so long! I hope you‘ll enjoy it 😘 3w
Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻❤️ 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Barbara! ❤️😘Finally a Persephone book arrived, I know you sent me one some time ago and it got lost. 😢 @BarbaraBB 3w
LeahBergen Lovely! ❤️❤️ 3w
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A narrative poem about a Black family which takes place in 2020, the year of pandemic, loss of jobs, death of G Floyd… I listened to this, narrated by the author and then by a cast of narrators. Jason Reynolds is so creative and talented. I‘ll love to see the hard copy as it‘s collaborated with artist Jason Griffin.

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In the Caf of Lost Youth | Patrick Modiano
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The setting is Paris 1950s. A place where writers and artists converged in cafes and bars. This book brings together narratives of four people, one of which is the heroine herself. Through their narratives, we are immersed in the Parisian atmosphere. There‘re constant references to streets, boulevards, and buildings names, which can be tiresome, but maybe that‘s the purpose, to show the city itself is a character in the book. The writing..⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm … is subtle, detached, and there is a moody, dreamy quality about the book,..reminds me of watching a noir film. As the narrators sieve through their memories we learn of the lives of some lost souls in the city. 4w
Nute Nice review, Jessie! I really like when the setting becomes a character in the story. 4w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 4w
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LeahBergen Nice review! 4w
batsy Great review. Always looking for books that recreate that noir feeling, so will add this to the list! 4w
youneverarrived Brill review! It‘s been on my tbr for years. 4w
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Susan Settles Down | Molly Clavering
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#bookmail 💃🏻🕺 Now this looks like a book from @LeahBergen 😍🥰

TrishB It definitely does! 1mo
BarbaraBB Definitely! I hope you‘ll receive another BD parcel soon too! 1mo
LeahBergen It IS from me! It certainly took its time getting there (it was shipped on March 17th 😆). Happy belated birthday! 😘😘 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Thank you so much, dear Leah! ❤️ @LeahBergen 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes, definitely a Leah book … looks great 👍🏻💫 1mo
LeahBergen You‘re very welcome! 😘😘 1mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as The Broken Girls and The Sun Down Motel. The killer is revealed halfway through the book, and I got a bit bored thereafter, which are mostly flashbacks and why things happened. Good atmospheric writing. Interesting characters. The paranormal aspect was eerie enough but felt forced into the storyline. I‘m disappointed this didn‘t work for me.

KatieDid927 Agreed. 1mo
BiblioLitten I really enjoyed reading SDM and TBG. Broken Girls was too good. 4w
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The Raptures | Jan Carson
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Lovely timing..this book came in the post today. Who do I thank? 🥰

erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts ? @LeahBergen ? I have forgotten your clues 🔎 1mo
LeahBergen That one‘s not from me but it‘s an Irish writer, so maybe…. 😆😆 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen and Detective Leah 🕵️‍♀️ is correct. It‘s from me Jessie. I hope you will enjoy as I did. Happy belated birthday 😘 1mo
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BarbaraBB Happy belated birthday Jessie! I sent you a little something with BD, it should arrive one of these days too ❤️🤞🏽 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts thank you so much dear Cathy, I look forward to reading it. ❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen 😂 Cathy is my main suspect..but I had to ask 🤣. Thank you Detective Leah 🔎😉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Barbara! ❤️I‘m excited! @BarbaraBB 1mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm That‘s right; you never know! 😆 I hope you had a lovely day. ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Impressive. So much intensity in this slim book that contains fragments of thoughts of a young Black British woman over a course of a day (or so). Loads of insights into Black British identity, class, and gender. Also makes you think about the lasting effects of colonialism for people of colour in Britain..(apparently the history of British Empire is not effectively taught in school curriculum today??) The writing style..⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …and ending may not be for everyone, but the book is worth a read. Or reread. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍 nice cover on this book. 1mo
TrishB I definitely wanted more from the ending, but thought it was a great read and an author with great potential. The whole education system doesn‘t know how to address colonialism ☹️ so just ignore it. Typically British. 1mo
readordierachel I loved this one, too 1mo
Megabooks Great review! Sold! 1mo
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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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This book is Swanson‘s tribute to Agatha Christie and inspired by And Then There Were None. Nine strangers with seemingly no connection, are marked for death. And as the story goes on, each one is killed. There‘s little about the investigation, instead the focus is on the thoughts and doings of the characters. I have no problem keeping track of the various POVs, the mystery kept me reading. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …. And although I wasn‘t ‘wowed‘ by the reveal and the motive, it‘s a good book to be sucked into. 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍 I really enjoyed some of his other books. I haven‘t read this one yet. It‘s great when you get sucked in ! (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen Happy happy birthday, my friend! 😘😘 I hope my little gift from Book Depository reaches you soon. It shipped a couple of weeks ago. ❤️📚❤️📚 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Leah! I am so excited! 😘 @LeahBergen 1mo
batsy Happy birthday lovely Jessie! I hope you have a fabulous treat-filled weekend 🎂💐❤️🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you my friend! 🥰🤗 @batsy 1mo
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An engaging coming-of-age story of a queer Asian American girl growing up in 1950s San Francisco. A girl who loves reading about space, dreams of rocket ships. A girl who discovers her sexuality and is fascinated with the lesbian culture she encounters, once she frequents a lesbian bar. The book touches on xenophobia, and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments during the time, also on the McCarthy‘s Anti-Communist hysteria. I was more interested in the glimpses⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …. of history than the romance part, but overall interesting and worth the read. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍❤️ 2mo
Jebpix Just saw this on sale in kindle format today. 2mo
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batsy Great review. The historical bits sound super interesting. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain Thanks! I like that it revolves around real history. Well researched by the author 👍 2mo
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Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
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I enjoyed some parts of the book, but in the end, a so-so read.

What works for me: rich cultural diversity; family support; reading and drawing helps to overcome loneliness; hopeful.

What doesn‘t work for me: whiny main character; stiff dialogues; writing feels clunky and childish.

#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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This book has an important story to tell about learning to accept your body, stand up for yourself, & the negative impact of body shaming to anyone of all ages. But it‘s quite depressing to read- in addition to being made fun of in school & in public, Ellie is verbally abused by her mother. The father, who is supportive of Ellie now, never admonish his wife for bullying their daughter? Also the novel-in-verse format wasn‘t nicely poetic. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …I‘m glad Ellie finds help from the therapist and learns to love herself.
#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime
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megnews I find a lot of novels in verse aren‘t poetic and it makes me wonder why the author chose that format. 2mo
megnews I do love a good novel in verse though. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @megnews Jacqueline Woodson‘s Before The Ever After and Brown Girl Dreaming are terrific! 2mo
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Beautiful words and illustrations to honour a strong, courageous, and heroic woman. I learnt that Harriet Tubman, in her lifetime, played many different roles, was known by different names. Lesa Cline-Ransome ingeniously tells Harriet‘s story backwards, in context of each role she held. A wonderful introduction to this amazing historical figure.

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Overground Railroad | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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I adored ‘Finding Langston‘ and looked up more books by the collaboration between Lesa Cline-Ransome and husband James. I know of the Underground Railroad but not Overground Railroad. This children‘s book tells of a family‘s journey north during the Great Migration. Like many others who were exploited by the sharecropping system, they escaped for a better life in the north. Gorgeous illustrations.

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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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I love this beautiful story about young Langston. He has difficulty in adapting to his new life in Chicago, gets bullied in school, feels lonely in the crowded city, & misses Alabama very much, especially his mother, whom has just passed away. By chance, he stumbles upon the library, where he finds solace in books & poetry, discovers black writers-among them, a poet with whom he shares the same name.#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read of the Harlem Renaissance, this book got me down the rabbit hole when I looked up the Chicago Black Renaissance. 2mo
Nebklvr I loved this book 2mo
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The Legend of Auntie Po | Shing Yin Khor
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Mei is a 13-yr-old Chinese American girl who helps out her father, a cook, at a logging camp. Inspired by the tales of Paul Bunyan, she reimagines them as the Legends of Auntie Po, sort of a guardian figure of the loggers, and tells these made up stories to entertain the workers and to help cope with the difficulties she faces. This is a sweet story about friendship, tradition, and the power of ⬇️

#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

erzascarletbookgasm …. storytelling. It‘s also very much a story of harsh life at logging camps, the dangers of logging, and incidents of violence, racism and discrimination against the Chinese immigrants, an aspect of American history not much told. 2mo
sblbooks Sounds good, you may like our #overbookedclub pick 2mo
megnews Sounds very interesting. Stacked. 2mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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I really enjoyed my first Margery Sharp book. Like the rest of the #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub members, I find this to be a very pleasant read. Quiet and satisfying. Full of wit and shows a keen eye for human nature. Now which of her book should I read next?

Tamra I‘m so looking forward to uninterrupted recreational reading time to finally get to this one. You all have enjoyed it! (edited) 2mo
batsy Nice review! 💕 I'd love to read more by her. 2mo
Ruthiella I think Cluny Brown is her most famous and its supposed to be funny. I think I might try it next. 🤔 2mo
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LeahBergen Lovely review! And I recommend Cluny Brown to both you and @Ruthiella 😊 2mo
quietjenn I will second that recommendation - Cluny Brown is super enjoyable! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review 💫 I‘ve started Cluny Brown and yes 👏👏👏 (edited) 2mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂 And I agree Cluny Brown is lovely. 2mo
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I find this a good attempt on the subject of loneliness in its many aspects. In between telling her own story in words and images, Radtke jumps in and out with some history and results of scientific studies. There‘re loads of information, some powerful like the fascinating but disturbing Harlow‘s experiments, but generally it feels lack of cohesion; it reads like scattered thoughts. Interesting read, though.

BarbaraBB This illustration 🥰 2mo
stretchkev I think I'll skip this one. Read Imagine only wanting this that also lacks cohesion. Too bad it sounds like she has improved much. 2mo
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Lost Soul | Olga Tokarczuk
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This is a little book with a simple but beautiful story about reconnecting with oneself. I could look at Joanna Consejo‘s moving illustrations over and over again, they fill the pages with quiet progress. A good reminder to slow down in our lives and ‘stop and smell the roses‘.

rockpools This looks beautiful. 🥰 2mo
batsy So lovely 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ♥️ 2mo
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Dodi Beautiful! 2mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
quietjenn So pretty! 2mo
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Lost Soul | Olga Tokarczuk
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“But sometimes he felt as if the world around him were flat, as if he were moving across a smooth page in a math book that was covered in evenly spaced squares..”

BarbaraBB Beautiful. As is the illustration. I‘ve never heard of this book by Tokarczuk! 2mo
Cathythoughts ❤️ 2mo
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Lost Soul | Olga Tokarczuk
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“If someone could look down on us from above, they‘d see that the world is full of people running about in a hurry, sweating and very tired, and their lost souls.”

batsy Love this illustration! 2mo
TrishB That‘s beautiful ❤️ 2mo
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This is an interesting collection of comics about book lovers & their bookishness; also about writing. Many are amusing & entertaining, some I can relate to. The ones about the Pig Latin, Stages of a Reader & Murakami Bingo are gems. Fun read, but I reckon you‘ll enjoy it better if you read a few pieces a day & not binge read it in one sitting..I think they‘re great on their own but lacks ‘the flow‘ when read as a collection.

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Now We Are Six | A. A. Milne
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Sweet book, some amusing poems. Wished there‘s more of Pooh in it. My favourites are the Christopher-and-Pooh poems.

#ChildrensClassicRead2022

hannah-leeloo Awwww I'll have to get this for my eldest who's 6 at the end of the month 🥰😍 2mo
TheBookHippie It‘s such a sweet read. 💙🐻🧸 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @hannah-leeloo I think it‘ll be a fun read-out-loud👍. I like Winnie the Pooh stories better though 😊 2mo
hannah-leeloo Same here hun. Such a lovely character 2mo
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Navigate Your Stars | Jesmyn Ward
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‘Navigate Your Stars‘ is a reminder & inspiration to younger audiences that life is about hard work & resolve.The author reflects on her family, especially her grandmother, understanding now how she had misunderstood their choices in life. She now knows & appreciates how they did the best they could with what they had under circumstances. “Hold on to your dream tightly,” she advises, “and do everything to realize it within reason.”

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Look Both Ways | Jason Reynolds
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A collection of ten short stories, about students walking home from the same school one day. These loosely connected stories offer glimpses of the students‘ lives..we learn of their secrets, the reasons for what they do (or don‘t do). The stories are reflective and inspire empathy, touching on themes like friendship, divorce, illness, bullying, fear, etc. I love the subtle ways these stories are connected, ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …some pull at my heart strings, a couple made me chuckle. Engaging, inventive, wonderful.
#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime
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BiblioLitten I‘d love to read this! 2mo
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April in Spain: A Novel | John Banville
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This is a slow burn mystery, with a predictable plot and a melodramatic ending. In spite of these, I was thoroughly absorbed. I enjoyed the writing which evokes a great sense of place and time; the dialogues; the study of characters, sometimes comical; and the prose are gracefully crafted. And as his previous novel, Snow, it is nuanced with some politics; violence; hypocrisy and corruptions of certain elite quarters.

erzascarletbookgasm I thought this was a follow up to ‘Snow‘ featuring DI Strafford but found out it‘s marketed as the 8th book in Benjamin Black‘s (Banville‘s pseudonym) Quirke series. Anyway it can be read as a stand-alone or sequel to Snow but perhaps fans of the Quirke series will enjoy it better. 2mo
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Now We Are Six | A. A. Milne
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Wet afternoons are great for curling up with a book indoors, I was enjoying a few poems from the tagged book. Loving the original illustrations by E.H. Shepard.

“Wherever I am, there‘s alway Pooh,
There‘s always Pooh and Me.”

I love Pooh 💛

#ChildrensClassicRead2022

Sapphire I love Pooh too. 3mo
TheBookHippie Pooh is love!!! ♥️🐻 3mo
TrishB Beautiful ❤️ 3mo
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Flamer | Mike Curato
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I thought this to be a very honest semi-autobiographical look at a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while spending a summer at a boy scout camp. Warning, this book contains bullying - homophobia, racial, and body-shaming; abusive parent; suicidal intention; sexual identity. It‘s heartfelt, powerful, hopeful, and accompanied by great illustrations that worked well. Recommend!
#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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Cece Bell‘s life changed drastically when at 4 years old, meningitis left her hearing severely impaired. In this graphic novel memoir, she shares how she felt during her elementary school years, how she embraced her differences. She chose not to learn to sign, and had to wear a big hearing aid to school, making her feel embarrassed and worried at first, but soon learnt it became her ‘superpower‘.

erzascarletbookgasm An insightful personal account of growing up with loss of hearing.
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jlhammar Loved this one! I guess there is an El Deafo Apple TV+ animated series now. 3mo
TheBookHippie I love this book. 2mo
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Wink | Rob Harrell
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Here are the ones I‘ll be reading for #MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime . I won‘t be able to read all of them but it‘s good to know I have these to pick from. The timeline is from early 19th century to present day. I may or may not swap some of these with others, as I‘m a mood reader. 👌

megnews Have fun reading! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on your choices! I cried at Jefferson‘s Sons, a very rare occurrence. 3mo
sblbooks Great list! I'm hoping to read Jefferson Sons and Finding Langston, as well. 3mo
mrp27 Lots of great picks here! 3mo
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An Old-fashioned Girl | Louisa May Alcott
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I enjoyed this charming story, makes such a comfort read. I like Polly, who is a spirited and sensible girl, and the character development of the others are heartwarming. Glad to have read this for #ChildrensClassicRead2022

TheBookHippie It was a nice warm fuzzy read! 3mo
Centique I loved this as a kid. I must get it out and read it again 😍 3mo
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For those who are interested, here are some of Haruki Murakami‘s t-shirts featured in the tagged book. His most treasured one is the yellow ‘Toni Takitani‘ shirt. He bought it in a thrift shop in Maui and asked himself “What kind of a person could Toni Takitani be?” And he ended up writing a short story with Toni as the protagonist, which later was made into a film.

LeahBergen Cool! 3mo
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‘They Went Home‘, the first poem in this collection, is autobiographical, like many of Angelou‘s poems. Short but full of hurt 😞.

Reggie Ooof, big time oof this poem. 3mo
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Murakami has a massive collection of t-shirts- from marathons he has run, publishers, thrift stores. But he doesn‘t wear a lot of them, they just ‘accidentally‘ piled up. In these essays he shares with us how he came to own them, the memories behind them. These were first featured in a fashion magazine, the narrative style seems casual and random. It‘s a quick listen during one of my walks, entertaining enough, and great for Murakami fans.

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I have been dipping in and out of this collection of poems, some written in slangs (I have to look them up), some like song lyrics…they are tough. They‘re poems about passionate love and loss, riots, wars, ..generally they talk about the lives of the Black people in America. So much pain and anguish. ‘They Went Home‘, ‘No No No No‘, ‘My Guilt‘, ‘Harlem Hopscotch‘ are powerful.

#AuthorAMonth

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Untitled | Unknown
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Here‘s my current reading situation. 👆

I‘ve been bad and neglected my reading. Amidst the busyness of life, I‘ve also been watching ‘The After Party‘, dubbed ‘the millennial whodunnit‘ - fun, though!

Have a good week ahead! 💖

merelybookish Sometimes it's fun to get sucked into a show. 🙂 3mo
youneverarrived I go through phases where I watch more than I read. Have a good week 😘 3mo
CarolynM Hope you have a good week too, Jessie😘 3mo
batsy That show sounds good! Have a fab week ❤️ 3mo
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This is wonderful to listen to, especially so it‘s narrated by the author. A collection of 12 poems, some moving, all wise words. ‘A Brave and Startling Truth‘ and ‘Mother, A Cradle to Hold Me‘ are my favourites.
#AuthorAMonth

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Nightbooks | J. A. White
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I thoroughly enjoyed this dark spin of a fairy tale. It‘s suspenseful, with a good mix of scary and mystery, and a nice plot twist! It also pays homage to the power of storytelling. Perfect for young horror-fantasy readers (I‘ll say age 11 and up) or fans of Neil Gaiman. Makes a good choice for #MiddleGradeMarch or a Halloween read. I watched the Netflix adaptation trailer, looks good.

Reggie This sounds good! 3mo
BiblioLitten I watched the trailer too (it was recommended under shows based on books). October reads! 3mo
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona | William Shakespeare
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I read this on pdf version but saw this copy aimed at introducing Shakespeare to children. The blurb says “A story of friendship and how it can overcome all odds…Even though their friendship is tested, they deal with their problems and come out better than ever on the other side.”

Pfft! I didn‘t like these 2 ‘gentlemen‘; luckily there‘s Launce and Crab. Overall it was entertaining and amusing, wished for a different ending though.

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s interesting to learn from the discussions how this being one of Shakespeare‘s earliest play, would develop into his later, more mature works. #shakespearereadalong 3mo
Graywacke I‘m curious (and concerned ) how a Children‘s book handles the text. 3mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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On second time, this reads more like a psychological novel. An unforgettable story of revenge, destructive love, and disagreeable characters, especially Heathcliff with his all-consuming obsession, is a memorable, complex character. And the setting..it‘s everything, giving a haunting feeling and sense of foreboding. I also appreciate the way the story was told. It‘s full of drama, intense emotions, and shocking at the same time.

BookDadGirlDad I need to put this on my #tbr. Bronte and Austen are two that are bucket list authors to read. I've read Pride and Prejudice. Is this along the same lines? 3mo
KathyWheeler @BookDadGirlDad Not at all. It‘s often considered a great romance, but I‘d classify with either gothic or horror. 3mo
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batsy Great review. The setting was its own character. 3mo
Suet624 Yes! Spot on review. 3mo
Tamra 💜 It really is absorbing and enthralling! 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review 💫 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BookDadGirlDad I‘ll say this is gothic, different from Austen‘s works. 3mo
Nute Great review! The photo depicts a true vibe for the setting. Is it from an illustrated edition of the book or a film adaptation? It almost looks like a painting. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Nute Thank you Kimberley! It‘s a great image, isn‘t it? I got it from Pinterest. It does look like a painting. 3mo
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“Keep a smile on your face. Keep a spring in your step.”
Joel Osteen

Have a good weekend everyone!

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

TrishB You too Jessie ❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😊💛😊 4mo
CarolynM 😘 4mo
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batsy Hope you have a wonderful weekend leading up to the lunar new year! 🧨🧧💕 4mo
Cathythoughts 😁😁❤️ 4mo
batsy Happy New Year, Jessie! Wishing you and your family lots of blessings and happiness. ♥️🐅🧧🧨 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you Suba! Enjoy your holidays!😘 @batsy 4mo
rockpools Hey Jessie, happy new year! I just received your card and note - thank you so much 😘 4mo
squirrelbrain Hey, Jessie! What @rockpools just said! I also received your lovely card today - thank you so much! 😘 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm You‘re welcome, Rachel, Helen 😘. I‘m glad the cards have finally arrived! 😅 The postal system is ridiculous, isn‘t it? 😂 @rockpools @squirrelbrain 4mo
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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I‘ve found a little gem in Dorothy B Hughes. Walter Mosley sums it nicely in the afterword, “Her novels are carefully crafted pieces, ahead of their time in their use of psychological suspense and their piercing observations about class and race.”
I think this is such a well done piece of noir fiction. Atmospheric writing, told with a great sense of dread, it held my attention to the very end. Recommend!

vivastory This book has one of my favorite twists. I love her! In A Lonely Place & Dread Journey are both good. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @vivastory Yes! I was so surprised at the twist, I flipped back the earlier pages to see if I‘ve missed something! I thought his anxiety was due to a crime he committed in LA 😅 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @vivastory I‘ve heard how brilliant In A Lonely Place is, definitely stacking these two. Thanks for the recommendation. 4mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds good Jessie! Stacked 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, this is a great read. Nice review! 4mo
batsy It's so good 🖤 4mo
Leftcoastzen I too loved this and In a Lonely Place . 4mo
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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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This book is whimsical. It reminds us why we read, and the power of reading. It‘s also a nice story about the young protagonist‘s coming to terms with grief, and finding courage and friendship in his life. An enjoyable light fantasy read, maybe aimed at younger adult readers. I only wished the references made were not entirely from the ‘western canon‘.

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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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Such a perplexing read, yet it held my interest every time I picked it up, almost read like a thriller especially the 2nd half. This deceptively straightforward story about the strange mother-son-relationship is unsettling. As it‘s narrated by someone from afar, many things are told from the narrator‘s conjectures..rendering us not ever knowing what did really happen.
#FurrowedMiddleBrowClub

Ruthiella Great review! It really was a page turner, wasn‘t it? I felt afraid of the lengths Lady Guthrie might go to. 4mo
CarolynM Lovely review. There's room for a quite a few interpretations of the goings on. 4mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4mo
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elkeOriginal Well said! 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍 It did read like a thriller at times ... I really liked that about it. (edited) 4mo
batsy You've summed it up perfectly! Perplexing & odd; not easily forgotten. 4mo
Tamra Yes, like a thriller! 👌🏾 4mo
LeahBergen Great review! You‘re so right; I read this book in big gulps. 4mo
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I don‘t quite like the story of the naughty Pinocchio, who always make bad choices, gets into trouble but lucky enough to get out of it & be forgiven. He never learnt his lessons, in the end, he got what he wished for because he was ‘rewarded for his good heart‘. That‘s just the surface of the story, obviously it has some moral lessons for children; and it‘s said Collodi wrote it as a social commentary.
#ChildrensClassicRead2022

hannah-leeloo I felt exactly the same as you when I read it 4mo
TheBookHippie It is interesting to see the Disney changes and the adaptations. This is truly a story of the times it was written in. Fascinating to me. 4mo
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Silent Parade | Keigo Higashino
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I‘m a fan of Keigo Higashino and this latest in the ‘Detective Galileo‘ series did not disappoint. Yukawa, the sleuthing physicist and friend of Chief Insp Kusanagi once again stepped in to help the police solve a seemingly impossible murder. Although not a character driven story, it‘s still a gripping ‘how-dun-it‘.

MamaGina Love this series! 🤓 4mo
EvieBee It was so good! 4mo
EvieBee @MamaGina me too! 4mo
CaitlinR Just put the first in the series on hold. Thanks for the recommendation! 4mo
BarbaraBB Nice! I‘m a fan too! 4mo
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