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mhillis

Joined July 2016

This book is good! Reading in Japan.
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Hi all! It‘s been a while since I‘ve been here! It has been hard to concentrate on reading since going back to in person classes last month. I‘m on a train for the next three hours so will take this opportunity to jump back in and get started on the readathon! What to start with, an audiobook or arc?
Thanks @Andrew65 #MarvellousMay

wanderinglynn Welcome back! 👋🏻 7d
Andrew65 Great to see you here. 🤗 Good luck and enjoy whatever you choose. 7d
Bookwormjillk Good to see you! 7d
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mhillis @Andrew65 Thanks! I enjoyed listening to the audiobook 6d
kspenmoll Welcome back!! 6d
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I‘m a little late with this week‘s #BookReport
Intimacies was so good and i was interested in the main character‘s work as an interpreter at The Hague.
✅ Mimi Lee Cracks the Code
✅ There‘s No Such Thing as an Easy Job
✅ Intimacies
🎧 Patron Saints of Nothing #Roll100

This week the plum blossoms are finally blooming and I‘m looking forward to exploring the titles on the Booker Longlist!!

Cinfhen OMG! Those plum blossoms are GORGEOUS 🤩😍🤩Do they have a heavenly scent like cherry blossoms?? 2mo
Cinfhen I agree, Intimacies was really good 2mo
mhillis @Cinfhen I think they smell even better than cherry blossoms!! 🌸🤩 2mo
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#BookReport
A bit of a slow reading week! Just finished one book: Daughters of the Samurai which is about the first Japanese women to study in the United States. This was really interesting for me!

Currently reading There‘s No Such Thing as an Easy Job and Mimi Lee Cracks the Code!

Cinfhen Your NF book really sounds fascinating 🤓thanks for sharing 2mo
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🧡 Current reads: Daughters of the Samurai

🧡 Book you wish more people knew about: Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth

🧡 Last book you added to your TBR: Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness

#WeekendReads

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#BookReport
This is actually my book report for the month of February! I didn‘t read much this month, but these six books were interesting. I liked all of them, and I want to recommend The Tenth Muse, Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth, and Fault Lines. Hoping to finish up Daughters of the Samurai this weekend.

Cinfhen All of these book covers are fantastic🤩I‘ve noted the books that you‘ve highlighted & will be adding to my TBR 🙌🏻♥️ 3mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Yes 🙌 I especially like the cover of Fault Lines! 3mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I‘m really looking forward to getting some reading done during #20in4 Readathon! I‘ve only read 4 books so far in February which means that I definitely have a few ARCs and books I‘d like to make progress on. I‘ll start with these:
Fault Lines
Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth
Daughters of the Samurai

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 3mo
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March 2022 #Roll100
This month‘s books are 5: Patron Saints of Nothing and 28: Confessions. I‘m going to start with the audiobook of Patron Saints of Nothing because it‘s available now from the library! Thanks @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Looks great! 3mo
mhillis @PuddleJumper Thanks! I finished February‘s book and really enjoyed it 3mo
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The Roughest Draft | Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley
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🍊 Current reads: Two books in translation—Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth (Morocco) and Tales from the Cafe (Japan)

🍊 Last book you couldn‘t put down: The Roughest Draft
Not my usual genre but I liked the dynamic between the main characters who were book cowriters, and I read it in a day!

🍊 Bake cookies!

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Surfacing was my favorite this week! I also finished The Pages and Several People Are Typing.

After reading The Power of Fun last month, I wanted to read more fun, humorous, comedic books. (Any recommendations?) Several People Are Typing did make me laugh! Lots of wfh antics! And same time, I found myself thinking about it after I finished reading.

I have two books in progress: Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth and Tales from the Cafe.

Cinfhen My favorite lol book is 3mo
Cinfhen I also thought this was funny/ especially on audio 3mo
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Cinfhen And this one on audio gave me #AllTheFeels 3mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Nice!! Thanks ☺️ I‘ll look for them! 3mo
Cinfhen My pleasure 😁 3mo
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The Pages: A novel | Hugo Hamilton
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The Pages by Hugo Hamilton is narrated by the most unlikely of candidates—Rebellion by Joseph Roth, which escaped a Nazi book burning during World War II and is now in the hands of Lena in the present day US. From its place on the bookshelf to the inside of a shoulder bag, the book tells the story, but it has secrets of its own, including a hand drawn map among its pages. #NetGalley #ThePages

mhillis This is a soft pick for me. I really liked parts of the book and appreciate what the author was doing, but the second half wasn‘t as interesting as I‘d hoped. 3mo
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Surfacing | Kathleen Jamie
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The two essays on archeological digs in Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie were most interesting. This is a beautifully written book touching on nature, time, people, and traditions. I listened to the audiobook during #20in4

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February #Roll100

This month I plan to read The Tenth Muse. It looks really good and I‘ve already downloaded the audiobook!

I don‘t plan to read The Silvered Serpent because I just realized it‘s the second in the series, so I‘ll save it for later!

PuddleJumper You can swap out the series book for the first one if you want. That's what I'm planning on doing with a few of mine 4mo
mhillis @PuddleJumper Good idea! I‘ll see if I can get a hold of book one 4mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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⭐️ Current Reads: Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne and Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie

⭐️ Fav book of January: Heaven (tagged)

⭐️ Most recent library checkout: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

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I really enjoyed my reading time this week!! #BookReport

This week I finished four excellent books in translation: Love in the Big City (Korea), An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good (Sweden), The Woman in the Purple Skirt (Japan), and The King of the Copper Mountain (Netherlands).

I also read a new release, The Roughest Draft which is about writing partners. It‘s a romance novel but with lots of details about the writing process.

LiteraryinLawrence Most of your books have a similar color scheme going on! 4mo
mhillis @LiteraryinLawrence haha pink and yellow! It‘s funny how that happens sometimes!! 4mo
Cinfhen Fun covers and yeah for reading in translation 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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#JoyousJanuary wrap up post!
I didn‘t set any specific goals, but I had a great readathon!
Finished 6 books, wrote 3 reviews for NetGalley, watched two books to movies! I liked all of these books, and my favorite was Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.
Thank you @Andrew65 #readathon

tpixie Amazing! 4mo
mhillis @tpixie Thanks! I finished classes so I had some extra time! 4mo
tpixie @mhillis 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍📚 Thanks for playing along. 4mo
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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💙 Current Read: Love in the Big City

💙 Last blue book read: The Beadworkers

💙 A book with blue in the title on your TBR: Blue Bear Woman

#WeekendReads

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Can‘t believe it‘s the weekend already—this week went by so fast! I read a lot this week and finished:

The Power of Fun
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
Strange Weather in Tokyo
The Windsor Knot
Thank you, Mr. Nixon

Thank you, Mr. Nixon is my first Gish Jen and it is a short story collection! So I‘ve read 3 short story books this year! I‘m looking forward to reading a couple of her other books, especially The Resisters and Tiger Writing.

Cinfhen Great week!!! And some fabulous book covers 🤩 4mo
mhillis @Cinfhen thanks! yes, lots of red on the covers! 4mo
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I‘m glad to have read Ida B. the Queen for #SheSaid This was a good introduction to her life, but I definitely wanted more information about her and the people she‘s inspired, so in the future, I plan to read Crusade for Justice and The Echoing Ida Collection.

Today I just happened to see an article that there will be an Ida B. Wells Barbie doll.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/01/12/ida-wells-barbie-do...

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The Power of Fun has some practical ideas for having more fun: the state of playfulness, connection, and flow. However, there was quite a bit of repetition both within the book and from her other book, How To Break Up With Your Phone. The author introduced the term “collective effervescence” from Dirkheim which I found fascinating though! I listened to the audiobook and would recommend it as a borrow, not a buy. #JoyousJanuary

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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking was recently recommended by Mayukh Sen in Lit Hub‘s Craft of Writing Newsletter. It sounded so interesting that I immediately downloaded the audiobook. The author cleverly mixes Soviet history, memoir and food writing.
#JoyousJanuary #memoir

lynneamch Really enjoyed this one and learned some history, too. Even made the kulebiaka (Ukrainian fish pie). 4mo
jlhammar I really liked this one too! 4mo
mhillis @lynneamch @jlhammar thanks! Cooking some of the dishes sounds fun! 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @EadieB for the tag
1. Yes! It is the most convenient way to read while commuting by train!
2. I usually read ebooks on my iPad. In fact, I don‘t read many physical copies of books these days.

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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#JoyousJanuary #Readathon update!

✅ Wrote 2 reviews and earned my 25 Reviews badge on Net Galley
✅ Watched The Lost Daughter and Passing on Netflix. Both of these books are favorites of mine and the films didn‘t disappoint!
✅ Finished The Windsor Knot
🎧 Still listening to Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking and Strange Weather in Tokyo. Not sure what I‘ll pick next, maybe The Woman in the Purple Skirt

Thanks @Andrew65

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#BookReport
Finished four books this week!
📚 The Inugami Curse #JanuaryinJapan
📚 The Beadworkers
📚 Ida B. the Queen
📚 Avidly Reads Poetry #NetGalley #arc

I like short story collections lately—I‘ve already read two this year: Terminal Boredom and The Beadworkers. Every story in The Beadworkers was great, and I especially liked Beading Lesson.

slategreyskies I really liked Strange Weather in Tokyo. :) 4mo
Cinfhen Nice mix of genres 🥰 4mo
shawnmooney I have the Piatote collection on ebook - great to hear that you enjoyed it! 4mo
mhillis @shawnmooney looking forward to your review! 4mo
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#BookReport Some great books to start the year!

#JanuaryInJapan
Terminal Boredom
Heaven

The Last Rose of Shanghai
The Subtweet 🎧
Body and Soul Food
Bull Shit Jobs 🎧

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏽 I‘m hoping to read/listen to this one ever since I think @Lindy posted it 4mo
mhillis @Cinfhen I enjoyed it and it is completely different from 4mo
Lindy @mhillis @Cinfhen Vivek Shraya has immense talent. I‘m looking forward to her latest: 4mo
mhillis @Lindy I hadn‘t seen that yet! thanks! 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Wrap up post #NewYearSpecial #20in4

I finished one book—The Mercies—and that was the last book of 2021. In the new year, I‘ve been reading quite a few books but haven‘t finished anything yet! My first book of the year was Terminal Boredom and first audiobook The Subtweet. Thanks for hosting

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I haven‘t finished any books in the New Year, so these are the last four books of 2021! Whereabouts was so good and I‘d definitely put it on my best of 2021 list! #BookReport
The Mercies
Northern Spy
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Whereabouts

Cinfhen I really enjoyed Whereabouts too and I‘ll be reading this book with the #literaryCrew next month 5mo
Cinfhen Did u enjoy Mercies?? 5mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Yes! I listened to the audio. A little long, but good. 5mo
Cinfhen I have the print book but good to know audio is another option 😁 5mo
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Day three #NewYearSpecial #20in4

I had no idea what my first book of the new year would be until today—Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki. Off to a good start with the first story, Women and Women.

Andrew65 Always good to start the year strongly. 5mo
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The two books from my #Roll100 list are Radiant Fugitives and The Grace of Kings. I‘m pretty sure that I‘ll only have time for the first one! Thanks @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Yay! Grace of Kings is on my list too and it's a hefty one 5mo
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Happy New Year!! I read so many good books in 2021! But I didn‘t read much in the autumn, so I didn‘t finish Reading Asia. Looking forward to more reading and reading challenges in 2022!!

Ruthiella Well done 👍 and Happy New Year!🥳🥂 5mo
CaitZ Congrats! 5mo
Reggie You did great! 5mo
Gissy Awesome!📚📚📚👏👏👏 5mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 5mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Day two reading for #NewYearSpecial #20in4

Today I finished listening to the audiobook of The Mercies, and this is my last book of 2021! Although long, I really enjoyed it because of the characters and setting, not to mention a great narration!

Crazeedi I started this and put it down. May have to pick up again Happy new year Mary! 5mo
mhillis @Crazeedi Happy New Year 🥳 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Day one reading for #NewYearSpecial #20in4 🥂

Listening to The Mercies on audio and my goal is to finish listening before the new year! At about 40% in Bull Shit Jobs which was recommended to me by a student, and started reading The Last Rose of Shanghai which I downloaded from NetGalley

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊👍 5mo
mhillis @Andrew65 Thank you! 5mo
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#BookReport holiday edition! Five books finished!

This week I perused #NetGalley for the first time in ages, and hit the jackpot with two translated titles and a book about writing! I‘ll say more about these when their pub days are closer: The Equestrienne, Refuse to Be Done, & Kamusari Tales Told at Night.

I got Air Pods for Xmas and listened to a short audiobook on them already—Small Things Like These. Also finished reading Sorrow and Bliss.

EvieBee Did you like Sorrow and Bliss? One of my favorites for the year. 5mo
mhillis @EvieBee Yes, I did! I was surprised by where the story went 5mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness 🎉🙌🏻🎉 5mo
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Cathythoughts I loved Sorrow and Bliss too. Looking forward to the Keegan (edited) 5mo
Liz_M Lovely collage - a reading rainbow 5mo
mhillis @Liz_M I hadn‘t noticed that!! 🌈 5mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Thanks 🙌 5mo
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The Year in Review | Freedom Forum Media Studies Center
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Out of the 115 books I read so far this year, here are my #top21of21 @Cinfhen
I already raved about most of these earlier this year, but my favorite from the second half of the year was Island by Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen!

Ruthiella I loved Trust Exercise too. It really made me think. 5mo
mhillis @Ruthiella Yes, it was so good!! I was surprised by it 5mo
Cinfhen A few new to me titles I need to explore 🤗🤗🤗and some others I‘m looking forward to reading in 2022!! Thanks so much for sharing ♥️ 5mo
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BiblioLitten Ghachar Ghochar is on my list too. 😊 5mo
BarbaraBB You read a lot across the globe. I love that! 5mo
mhillis @BiblioLitten It was so good!! 5mo
mhillis @BarbaraBB Reading Asia helped with that! 5mo
mhillis @Cinfhen yay! I have a feeling that I‘ll want to change the list by the end of the year 😆 5mo
BarbaraBB For me too! On to Africa now! 5mo
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I haven‘t had a #bookreport in months!! But I‘m happy to say that I finally feel like reading again! yayyyyy

Finished
✔️ Clark and Division
✔️ Maids of Misfortune

In Progress
Sorrow and Bliss

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Glad you‘re back 💝 5mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Thanks ☺️ 💕 5mo
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Two more books this week! Chatter was interesting and I finished it quickly. Ghost Month seemed to slog on forever. #ReadingAsia friends, don‘t be fooled by the blurb or cover, and trust the Litsy reviews—this book is not good!! #BookReport

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Untitled | Anonymous
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#AugustWrapUp
I didn‘t read as much this summer break as I thought I would. My favorites were The Chosen and the Beautiful, The Bombay Prince, and The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida. Looking forward to September reading! 🍂 📚 ☕️

Kenyazero Your August looks like it was fun! 9mo
Gissy Great!!📚📚👏👏👏👏 9mo
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Chatter has interesting info from stories and research about how to work with your inner voice, and how to support others too. A list of the specific tools mentioned throughout the book is included at the end. I imagine a lot of the authors ideas can be found online in posts or podcast interviews related to the book.

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Ghost Month | Ed Lin
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Wow wish I would have read @DGRachel post about Ghost Month before reading it because that review really sums up the story well! This is by far my least favorite book of the year. #ReadingAsia #Taiwan

mhillis DGRachel's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/WXhtdzU5dVBK 9mo
DGRachel I‘m so sorry you suffered through this one, too! 9mo
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wanderinglynn Great review @DGRachel 👍🏻 9mo
BarbaraBB I remember @DGRachel ‘s review and am sorry you had to go through it nevertheless 😀. At least it ticked off Taiwan! 9mo
mhillis @DGRachel @wanderinglynn @BarbaraBB 😅 I made a bad choice! It was between this and 9mo
Librarybelle This one may be the least favorite book read for #ReadingAsia2021 ! 9mo
mhillis @Librarybelle 😂😂😂 the blurb made it sound so interesting!! Too much info dumping 9mo
DGRachel @wanderinglynn Thanks! I amuse myself when I go full snark in a review, so it‘s gratifying when others are also entertained. 🤣🤣 9mo
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Finished two books this week—

Arsenic and Adobo
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida

I still feel like I‘m in a bit of a reading slump. #BookReport

Cinfhen I read NADA this week … it happens to all of us😁 9mo
mhillis @Cinfhen 😅 ok that makes me feel better! It‘s so hard to finish a book lately 9mo
Cinfhen I know!!! I‘m just feeling meh and bleh 🤷🏼‍♀️what‘s next for you?. I‘m considering this thriller…it‘s getting good buzz 9mo
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mhillis @Cinfhen same!! I‘m thinking of going the nonfiction route 9mo
Cinfhen Hope it grabs and holds your attention 💕😁 9mo
mhillis @Cinfhen thanks, you too. Will update in the next book report!! 9mo
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This week‘s #BookReport

Finished two mysteries: Dead Dead Girls and The Bombay Prince. I think The Bombay Prince might be my favorite Perveen Mistry yet!

#CurrentlyReading Map of Salt and Stars 🌟

rockpools Stacking the Bombay Prince. Does it read as a stand-alone or should I start elsewhere? 9mo
mhillis @rockpools Hmm I‘m not sure, but I think there‘s probably enough recap from previous stories for it to make sense! 9mo
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Dead Dead Girls | Nekesa Afia
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I liked the setting of 1920s Harlem. The sleuth Louise had an interesting back story that we get to know more about as she gets involved in the murder investigation. Dead Dead Girls is the author‘s debut and I‘m interested to read the next in the series.

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Clark and Division | Naomi Hirahara
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Current reads: Map of Salt and Stars, Dead Dead Girls, A Burning

HEA or open-ended ending: Both are good!

Tag the last book added to your TBR: Clark and Division

#WeekendReads

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After a three-week book slump, I‘m happy to have something for my #BookReport and I enjoyed both of the books I finished!

Finished
Here the Whole Time
The Chosen and the Beautiful

In Progress
Dead Dead Girls
Map of Salt and Stars

Thanks #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65 for the readathon⭐️

Cinfhen I‘m curious about this Gatsby retelling …did you read or do audio?? 9mo
mhillis @Cinfhen I read the ebook! I‘m not crazy about fantasy so I wasn‘t sure if I would like it, but I was amazed. Jordan Baker is my favorite character, so I loved that it was from her POV. 9mo
Cinfhen I think l‘ll try it ~ thanks! Fantasy isn‘t my thing either but I‘ve seen lots of good reviews and we generally like the same books 😍 (edited) 9mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Let me know what you think! 9mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 9mo
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The Braid | Laetitia Colombani
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My review of The Braid was included in a roundup of staff recommendations on the Asymptote blog!

https://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2021/08/11/a-thousand-lives-staff-reads-fr...

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I love retellings of classics! The Chosen and the Beautiful retells The Great Gatsby from Jordan Baker‘s point of view. The writing is gorgeous and this version includes elements of fantasy. And the cover is beautiful too!

mhillis #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65 Book Two 🙌 (edited) 9mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 9mo
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Here the Whole Time | Vitor Martins
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I loved it!! What a cute YA summer love story! ❤️
#AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great👏👏👏 9mo
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I have not read anything in three weeks!! So I‘m setting a modest goal of finishing one book. I‘d like to read Here the Whole Time 📚 #AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Hope it helps you develop a reading habit again. 9mo
mhillis @Andrew65 Thank you 😊 9mo
Jari-chan I hope it works for you! 🤞 9mo
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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I really like the Perveen Mistry series, and she goes out on assignment in Satapur, taking the last leg of the journey in a palanquin. The isolated palace setting and the interesting cast of characters made The Satapur Moonstone a great second book. Looking forward to the next in the series!

Gissy There will be a third book this year. 🤗 10mo
mhillis @Gissy Yay can‘t wait to read it 😁 10mo
Gissy @mhillis Me too!🤗 10mo
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Book Six #14Books14Weeks2021 🌟
The Ghost Bride transported me to another world! I don‘t usually read paranormal books, but Li Lan‘s story was so interesting, especially as she traveled through the plains of the dead and uncovered secrets from the past. Now I really want to read the author‘s other book, The Night Tiger.

TheAromaofBooks I just got this one from the library!! 10mo
mhillis @TheAromaofBooks Looking forward to your review! 10mo
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My 5 year Litsyversary was this past week!! 🎉

#BookReport
I finished 4 good books this week, and The Ghost Bride on audio was my favorite. The Satapur Moonstone is the second in the Perveen Mistry series, and Good Talk is a graphic memoir. In Members Only, the author really put the main character Raj Bhatt through a lot!

Cinfhen Happy Litsyversary!!!!!! You‘re an #OGofLitsy 🤪🎉❣️🙌🏻🥳 10mo
mhillis 😆 Thanks @Cinfhen 10mo
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