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Joined September 2016

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I read a lot of novels and travel as much as I can. #HawthorneBlake is my favorite kid. http://nomadreader.blogspot.com
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Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Oh, hi! It's been awhile, but I think I'll dip my toes back in here. I'm rereading all of Jasmine Guillory's books while I impatiently wait for a galley of the new one. It's fun to revisit these characters now that I know them from the books they star in. And feel good fiction feels good right now.

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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The last few weeks have been so stressful at work and with my summer grad school class. Glad to be diving into a week of staycation and back into this doorstopper over leftover bagels and fresh coffee #aVeryCromwellSummer Faring better than I am, @branwen and @ulyssesartmiller ?

Leftcoastzen Love your mug! 2y
Branwen Sorry you've been so stressed out! *hugs* Hopefully Cromwell will help! 🤗💕📚 I finished Wolf Hall and am starting Bring Up The Bodies today! 2y
BarbaraBB Hi I hope you are doing well! I have been missing your updates! 2y
Sparklemn New to Litsy. You‘re my first follow - because of your mug! 💙 2y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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It's Sunday, which means time to check in with #aVeryCromwellSummer readers! How is it going? Have you started? You're doing great! If you haven't, there's still time. I focused my reading on black authors this week, but I did read section one. So far, I like it. How are you faring @Branwen and @ulyssesartmiller?

nomadreader So far my favorite character is Liz. She's so interesting. 2y
SamAnne I had missed this thread but I did finish Wolf Hall a couple weeks ago and was thinking of reading Bring Uo the Bodies in July. It‘s quite the ride. 2y
ulyssesartmiller This book is great. I love how witty Mantel is. I'm about halfway through section two. And I love how Cromwell's character is shown in the prose: a pause to consider a reply always involves him noticing visual details around him, which occasionally (yet regularly) make him spin off on some thought tangent, and then he totally forgets he's having a conversation with someone. 2y
Branwen I am absolutely loving it so far! 😀📚💕 I really love how Mantel can just take these historical figures and make them feel so real, you know? And her writing is just so witty! I'm really loving it! I've finished section 2 and plan to keep going tomorrow! 2y
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Party of Two | Jasmine Guillory
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Reading nonfiction about race and anti-racism is incredibly important. I am, and have always been, more of a fiction reader. It's also important to seek out BIPOC writers (and especially right now, black voices) in whatever genres you read. Jasmine Guillory's books aren't about race, per se, but she tells the stories and experiences of black women, and I've learned from each of her contemporary romance novels.

Christy2318 Love the mug!! 2y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Day one, chapter one. I'm determined to read this trilogy this summer. #aVeryCromwellSummer #booksandcoffee

Cathythoughts Oh Good Luck 👍🏻❤️ I finally read Wolf Hall ....could take awhile before I get any further 2y
nomadreader @Cathythoughts Thank you! Congrats on finishing Wolf Hall. I've started before but am determined to read it and the rest of the trilogy this summer before the Women's Prize winner is announced! 2y
Branwen Good luck, friend! We got this! 👍💖📚 2y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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This summer, I'll be reading Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy. Tomorrow, I'm starting Wolf Hall, a novel that intimidates the hell out of me. In July, I'll read Bring Up the Bodies. In August, I'll read The Mirror and the Light. I'll post periodically about my progress here, in stories, and on Litsy. On Sundays, I'll post check-in posts. Want to join me? #AVeryCromwellSummer

Branwen I'm thinking of starting this trilogy in June as well! 😀💕📚 2y
nomadreader @Branwen Yes! Let's check in with each other! 2y
Branwen @nomadreader Yay! That sounds great! 🤗 2y
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ulyssesartmiller Oh!! I‘ve been meaning to read this trilogy! Can I join too? 😊 2y
nomadreader @ulyssesartmiller Of course! The more the merrier. I'm aiming for a chapter a day, most days. But read at whatever pace works for you! 2y
ulyssesartmiller @nomadreader Sounds great! I'll keep my eyes peeled for the sunday check-ins! 2y
nomadreader @ulyssesartmiller I'll aim to tag those I know are reading along! 2y
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A Burning: A novel | Megha Majumdar
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Up before my family to get in a few pages over coffee before working (from home) all day #booksandcoffee

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Modern historical fiction is one of my favorite pandemic trends. This one is set in 2001. (Out June 2nd!)

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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I dipped in and out of this novel for almost two months. It's a brutal tale of a fifteen-year-old boarding school student who has a (consensual, she thinks) relationship with her 40-something teacher. It unfolds in high school and in 2017. It's not perfect, but it's an impressive debut, and it will stay with me for quite some time ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Killing and Dying | Adrian Tomine
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An intriguing collection of six short story comics. I didn't LOVE any of them, but they all made me think. Together? Intriguing ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Stray | Stephanie Danler
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This is a writer's memoir. The writing is gorgeous and the emotions are raw. Told in non-chrinological and mostly thematic vignettes, I loved parts of it but found the whole to not be greater than its parts. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #ATY2020 (major theme of survival) @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB You‘re ahead of time haha, I‘m running 🏃‍♀️ behind you, just started my Maximilian Hell book! Well done! 3y
nomadreader @BarbaraBB I lucked out with one I wasn't planning to read for Maximilian counting for it! But also trying to get the prompts read early for the month so I can read whatever strikes my fancy (never more important than in a pandemic to read what I'm in the mood for!) 3y
BarbaraBB That‘s true, I also feel I‘m allowed to read according to my mood swings these days! 3y
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The Boyfriend Project | Farrah Rochon
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A delightful tale of friendship, romance, and career drama. It's a novel that made me feel good while also being very real: the perfect combination for these strange times 4.5/5 #ATY2020 (Related to Maximilian Hell: about technology) @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB This sounds good indeed! 3y
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Stepping Stones | Lucy Knisley
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I have loved all of Lucy Knisley's graphic memoirs, so I was excited to read her first graphic novel. Stepping Stones is an autobiographical graphic novel aimed at middle graders. I found it pretty sad, which I guess means Knisley portrayed the plight of being a young teen whose parents divorce and who moves from NYC upstate with her mom and her mom's boyfriend. ⭐⭐⭐ #ATY2020 (20th book (read for the challenge this year)) @BarbaraBB

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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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This was a fun read. I enjoy witches and lesbian love stories. It did make me roll my eyes a few times, but I still found it charming and look forward to the sequel ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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Starting my May #ATY2020 (a fantasy novel) with this #BOTM pick from my shelves! @BarbaraBB

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Intro to Alien Invasion | Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier
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I am partial to campus novels, aliens, lesbian pop culture references, and dark humor, so this was fun⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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A fun, twisty thriller set at a prestigious Brooklyn private school. There are a lot of narrators, so the reader knows more than the characters, which makes some of the twists less surprising. It will make for great 📺, and Nicole Kidman has optioned it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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I just want to read all day today #booksandcoffee

Ashley_Nicoletto Me too. Books and coffee for the win. 3y
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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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New plan: read thrillers during the week

BarbaraBB This one sounds good. 3y
Hooked_on_books I really like this author. 3y
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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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At times great. At times it tries WAY too hard. Still, I couldn't put it down. If it makes people think or talk or act: worthwhile. Flawed, but compelling. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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I hope to spend my day reading. How are you spending yours? #botm

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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This book is a delight. It's part murder mystery, part satire, and part social commentary. It's filled with feminism, dark humor, and 90s pop culture references. I loved it, and it made me love Barbara Bourland even more. 4.5/5 #aty2020 (book by an author you've read once before) @barbarabb

BarbaraBB Super intriguing review! 3y
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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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Another Saturday morning realizing how little reading I got done during the week. Today's goal: finish this delightful mystery filled with dark humor, satire, and pop culture references galore #booksandcoffee #ATY2020 (read only one book by this author before)

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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A few months ago, I read her second (Edgar-nominated) mystery (Fake Like Me), and I loved it so much I immediately ordered a copy of her first. I'm excited to dig in! #ATY2020 (book by an author you've only read once before) @barbarabb

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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A fun, feminist heist thriller with quite a few twists. It's also a compelling exploration of fame, privilege, legacy, memory, friendship, love, and family. I think it will be even better on the screen ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ##ATY2020 (has a neurodiverse character) @barbarabb

BarbaraBB Ooh sounds good! I‘m about to start mine too. 3y
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Pretty Things | Janelle Brown
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My reading stalled out majorly this week (thanks to a stressful work week), but I'm excited to dive back into this, read most of the day, and just unwind #booksandcoffee

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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Only read the first chapter last night before bingeing more Schitt's Creek with my spouse, but I'm excited to read this heist thriller (it's out NEXT Tuesday!) I saw the author speak at Midwinter, and I've been eagerly anticipating it ever since. For those who want to be ahead of pop culture, Nicole Kidman has already #booksandbooze optioned it for Amazon Studios!

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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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This powerful novel left me speechless. Told in the words of the women of Odessa, Texas in 1976, it offers gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and profound commentary on what it's like to be a woman. Highly recommended to all. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #botm #readwithjenna #ATY2020 (set in a rural area) @barbarabb

Cinfhen Mary Rose 💪🏼💄 3y
BarbaraBB Sounds great!! 3y
BookwormM It is an amazing book 3y
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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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Woke up early to sneak in more pages of this tremendous novel before my work-from-home day begins #botm #booksandcoffee

BookwormM Don‘t blame you it‘s a great book 3y
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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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Next up: my April #botm pick, which is also a #readwithjenna pick, and a debut novel by an Iowa Writer's Workshop alumna. I'm also reading it for #ATY2020 (set in a rural area) @barbarabb

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Fair Warning | Michael Connelly
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It's a delight to spend time with Jack McEvoy and Rachel Walling again. FAIR WARNING is both a gripping mystery and an important reminder of the importance and power of good journalism. I only had two words when I turned the last page: well goddamn. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Fair Warning | Michael Connelly
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I actually squealed when my Edelweiss got approved and am so excited to start reading.

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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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This novel has it all: music, friendship, fame, youth, motherhood, and love. I adored it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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Excited for this one, which comes out April 14. Trying to do my part to celebrate April releases. It's a hard time for books to come out, y'all.

LiteraryinLawrence Great point. Celebrating releases that come out during this crazy time is important. 3y
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A book about a fictional pandemic originating in China is either a gratifying or horrifying read right now. For me, it was perfect. The Shen flu is both similar to and different from Covid-19 in a way that felt comforting. We see the days leading up to the outbreak and the time after through Candice Chen, a smart, funny Millennial. I would have loved this novel at any time, but reading it now made the experience more special. 4.5/5

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Reading a pandemic novel at home during a pandemic is the equivalent of reading a book set where I'm traveling, right? #ATY2020 (set in a global city) @barbarabb

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Taking a break from My Dark Vanessa to dip into this graphic memoir, which I'm counting for #ATY2020 (book by a woman the ABE Best Women Writers list https://www.abebooks.com/books/best-female-authors/index.shtml)

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Next up: this debut everyone is talking about

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld

"I wouldn't have thought the same person could cause and assuage my pain."

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I need a pick me up today, so I'm starting the most anticipated novel of 2020. How are you treating yourself today?

Also counting this for #ATY2020 prompt from a past challenge: features a strong female character

BarbaraBB I loved her short story book so am looking forward to your thoughts on this one. 3y
swishandflick So jealous, I can't wait to read this! 3y
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I woke up first, and these days, being the only one awake in a quiet house is a gift. Taking the time to finish this gem with my morning coffee while the birds chirp.

Ashley_Nicoletto I must read this one! 3y
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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My in-person book club won't be meeting in April, but we're still reading. Excited for this one! #ReesesBookClub

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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I loved parts of this memoir but some parts felt uneven. It often felt less like a memoir and more like a collection of essays and anecdotes. Some are brilliant. I think I might not be the right audience for this book, but it is an important and accessible introduction to feminism and the audiobook (read by the author is superb) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Dipping into my stash of comics I've been hoarding from the library. I feel the need to sit and read an entire book #booksandbooze

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Actress | Anne Enright
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Lazy brunch, lazy Sunday, lazy family-distance weekend #2

michellelav I need that mug in my life!!! 3y
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First Cut | Judy Melinek
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A solid debut featuring great, flawed characters, some great twists, and a few too many coincidences. Excited for the next in this series featuring a young San Francisco medical examiner (written by a medical examiner and her husband, a writer) 4.5⭐/5

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Actress | Anne Enright
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I've been sitting on this galley since January. Excited to dig in and get back to my #WomensPrize longlist reading. Bonus: counting it for #ATY2020 favorite prompt from a past challenge (nominated for an award in a genre you enjoy) @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Clever choice for the prompt. I am going for ‘published in 2019‘ 😀 3y
nomadreader @barbarabb LOL. So many great easy choices! 3y
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What a gem of a book, a matrilineal memoir written on the voice of her grandmother after her death. A touching family history filled with stories that made me laugh and cry. A perfect pandemic read to bring some perspective and joy to this scary time. I didn't start it for #ATY2020, but it fits the next prompt: a collaboration between two or more people ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ @barbarabb

BarbaraBB Good choice! For me this was the hardest prompt so far! 3y
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