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marlenabea

marlenabea

Joined December 2017

cc English prof committed to reading for fun again.
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The Spinning Heart | Donal Ryan
Bailedbailed

Read half the book. Great writing but all the characters are so very unrelatable to me and I can‘t get to know any of them well because each chapter is from the perspective of a different character. Depressing book. Have to bail and find something uplifting to read for awhile.

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The Spinning Heart | Donal Ryan
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An Irish pick to read before my trip to Ireland this month!

BibliOphelia One of my favorite travel destinations! ❤️☘️ 2y
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Wool | Hugh Howey
Pickpick

Got lost in the middle for a little while but enjoyed the ending.

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Mehso-so

This book had useful advice for trimming accumulated belongings and organizing what was left, but it wasn‘t always practical. The advice to hold the item in your hand and if it does not bring you joy, get rid of it, was great. But her method of tackling each type of item, which is to gather all of those items from the entire house and put them in the middle of the room and sort them, just seems more effort than it‘s worth. Overall a useful read.

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Alma and How She Got Her Name | Juana Martinez-Neal
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I picked up this lovely book for my preschooler, who has a hyphenated last name. Alma is a little girl who wants to know the story of her long name, and her daddy tells her all about the relatives she was named after.

AmyG I saw this and smiled. My Mom‘s name was Alma. ❤️ 2y
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Wool | Hugh Howey
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I was supposed to read this one for book club last month but didn't get to it. Better late than never.

MarriedtoMrT My coworker LOVED this series. 2y
GarthRanzz I‘ve had this on my TBR for four years now I think. He has a new short story collection to go along with it. Definitely need to bump it up the stack. 2y
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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters | Kurt Vonnegut
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"And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians who, all over this country have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves...The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate...The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries." Kurt Vonnegut, Word Waterfall at the American Writers Museum

Dulcinella ❤️ 2y
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Had the pleasure of visiting the American Writers Museum today. Really nice exhibits, inspiring, interactive. Definitely go for a visit when you're in Chicago!

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Pickpick

I really liked Albert's writing style and Alice as the narrator. It was definitely creepy enough for me, but I'm a wimp! I thought the first half was written better than the second half, as the prose gets a lot less descriptive. I'm definitely interested in reading the sequel.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Having a moment before my date arrives.

MiyakoBunny Excellent moment 🥂 2y
SheilaChew Looks promising! Have a good night! 2y
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This is such a unique and beautiful book. Each page has what looks like Chinese calligraphy but is actually a word of a song arranged artistically. So cool.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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This came in the mail today! Looking forward to tonight when I have a few extra minutes to get started.

Louise Gorgeous cover! 2y
Christine11 So pretty! 2y
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This is one of my favorites for babies. My 11 month old loves looking at the pictures of all the babies and has started to recognize the lyrical repetition of this book. So cute!

Godmotherx5 Oh, that is one of my favorite ages. When my nieces & nephew were 11months, I smothered them with cuddles. 2y
BibliOphelia Awwwwwww...this was one of mine and my baby‘s favorites. He‘s seven in a few weeks. It goes so fast! 😢 2y
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At the car wash, which is giving me time to start this book. It sure is an ugly copy! Haven't read a lot of mysteries and I heard this was good.

Lea Fun title! 2y
MyNightstandRunnethOver I listened to this series on Audio. The Narator does a nice job and makes you love Flavia even more. I hope you enjoy it. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That makes it look like Flavia is a cook. Chemist, yes. Cook, no. 🤔 2y
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My Brigadista Year | Katherine Paterson
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Pickpick

This novel taught me about a part of revolutionary Cuba I had not learned, the story of 700,000 Cubans being taught to read and write by over 200,000 Cubans in 1961. Interesting to read from the perspective of a 13-year-old literacy volunteer from a family who supported Castro's revolution. The author also included a brief timeline of Cuban history that was nice to have and an author's note that acknowledged the complexities of revolutionary Cuba.

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My Brigadista Year | Katherine Paterson
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"First of all, you must take that look of gloom off your face. Stand up straight and confront head-on whatever it is. Just standing taller will make you feel more confident. And that smile of yours is the greatest asset you have. Don't forget to include that."

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My Brigadista Year | Katherine Paterson
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Finally my sick baby is napping and I can begin a new book. My last purchase from the school book fair.

Andrew65 Love a good map in a book. Hope your baby gets well soon. (edited) 2y
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Reading this book is like your oldest, wisest friend giving you advice. I love how she advocates for cleaning out the clutter as a slow, thoughtful process in order to reflect on the things you love and why you loved them. And after a nice trip down memory lane with all the things, she shows us, you don't have to feel bad about letting go of them!

robinb Welcome to Litsy! 😊 2y
DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the follow. I've been wanting to read this book. So much I need to get rid of! 😊 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Welcome! I think I need this book. It‘s past time to do this!! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
DivineDiana Welcome @marlenabea ! You‘re going to like it here! Thank you for the follow! 📚 2y
DivaDiane I wish I‘d had time for a nice leisurely trip through memory lane when I had to clean out my dad‘s house. At least he hadn‘t died, but I only had a week. 2y
DivaDiane Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
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Loving this author. The simple drawings accompanying the texts really enrich this little book.

JoRead That's cute indeed! Welcome to litsy! 2y
mabell Welcome! 🎉 2y
Bklover Welcome to Litsy! You will love it here! 2y
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Kimzey Welcome to Litsy! Adding this one to the stack in hopes it will inspire me to clean! 2y
tpixie Welcome!! Check out @LitsyHappenings and #LitsyTips Happy Reading!! 2y
DivineDiana Welcome to our community! I have heard of this book, and I like the premise! 2y
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy community!!! 2y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🎉 2y
marlenabea Thank you, thank you! This is so fun. 2y
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Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
Mehso-so

This was an uplifting story of a tragedy that deeply affected a young girl's life. Some of the pacing felt slow to me but perhaps parallels the slow recovery process the narrator (and the author) experiences.

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Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
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Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
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Getting started on my 2018 personal book reading challenge--25 books before 2019--a little early. What's your challenge?

mbeagutierrez This doesn‘t count. We start Jan 1. 2y
tpixie @mbeagutierrez If you finish in 2018 it can be a 2018 Book 😊 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Such a pretty cover! 💜 2y
MayJasper Hello. Love the #coversublime 2y
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