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ontheBL

Joined January 2017

Wandering bibliomaniac. Literary lifestyle. Polyglot. Houston now; Iowa born. Instagram: @onthe.bl https://onthebl.org
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“I hate to say it, but I will. Children, despite their infinite charms, are an absolute assault on a marriage.”

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Live a Little: A Novel | Howard Jacobson

“What they call dementia, she has decided, is nothing but a failure to maintain a comprehensive filing system. And what they call losing your mind is forgetting to use it.”

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Since I've been so bad at posting book reviews this past year.... or so. Here's a list of books I would call easy reads to fill up your fall reading list.
https://onthebl.org/2021/10/21/easy-fall-reading-list/

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“The choices we have to make in this world are hard and bitter. Sometimes we have no choices at all.”

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“”You couldn‘t have been raped. No daughter of mine could have been raped. That is not the way I brought you up.””

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“I reasoned that if I strengthened my thigh muscles, it would make it difficult for anyone to force my legs apart like they did in my dreams."

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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn tackles universal themes grace and humor by exploring the interior lives of four Nigerian women through the secrets they keep in a conservative, polygamist family. I really loved this book, though it felt like reading it was akin to watching a trainwreck, but funny.

https://onthebl.org/2021/10/12/the-secret-lives-of-baba-segis-wives-by-lola-shon...

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Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton

""Women ought to be free — as free as we are."" Newland Archer

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Princess for Christmas | Jenny Holiday

""You might call it nerdiness, but people with passion are much more interesting than those without it.""

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"True to her character, she hid grandma's gold under her bed and pretended she didn't remember it was there when she prayed."

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"These words are so embedded in our language that it takes active practice and conscious effort to break away from using them."

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With a sense of humor, Kathy Benjamin prepares her readers for the one completely unavoidable consequence of living: death. Like it or not, death comes for us all. Unfortunately for us, we can't control what happens once we're gone, but with a little bit of preparedness, we can sure try.
https://onthebl.org/2021/09/16/confronting-death-in-its-your-funeral-by-kathy-be...

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The Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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I named a puppy after May Welland in this book.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous 4mo
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Green Banks, West Virginia is the heart of a zone with bans on all devices emitting radio frequencies so astronomers can look past the stars. The quiet zone keeps away WiFi and technology, but creates an atmosphere perfect for less than wholesome individuals.

https://onthebl.org/2021/09/14/stephen-kurczy-finds-the-dark-side-of-the-quiet-z...

DivineDiana Sounds fascinating! 4mo
ontheBL @DivineDiana It was! 4mo
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These books are a the of of my reading list. I'm excited to get started.

https://onthebl.org/2021/09/13/11-books-im-excited-to-read-this-fall/

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Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park | Jennifer Denniston, Amy Marr, David Lukas
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I love a good travel guide when I head to new destinations.

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Pride may be over, but that doesn't mean we have to stop challenging and educating ourselves. Pride isn't a month, it's an existence for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community. These are my three favorite books dedicated to the lives and issues of the queer community that I've read thus far this year. These are incredible books committed to the LGBTQ community. https://onthebl.org/2021/07/15/pride-month-may-be-over-but-heres-an-lgbtq-readin...

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The Queer Bible: Essays | Jack Guinness
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Pride may be over, but that doesn't mean we have to stop challenging and educating ourselves. Pride isn't a month, it's an existence for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community. These are my three favorite books dedicated to the lives and issues of the queer community that I've read thus far this year. These are incredible books committed to the LGBTQ community. https://onthebl.org/2021/07/15/pride-month-may-be-over-but-heres-an-lgbtq-readin...

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Queer Love in Color | Jamal Jordan
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Pride may be over, but that doesn't mean we have to stop challenging and educating ourselves. Pride isn't a month, it's an existence for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community. These are my three favorite books dedicated to the lives and issues of the queer community that I've read thus far this year. These are incredible books committed to the LGBTQ community. https://onthebl.org/2021/07/15/pride-month-may-be-over-but-heres-an-lgbtq-readin...

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Queer Love in Color | Jamal Jordan

“In the meantime, this book is an attempt to answer one of my own [questions]: How do you learn to love yourself and other people like you when every cue in the world tells you it‘s impossible?”

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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Quinn creates the captivating world of 1940‘s Bletchley Park, England to dive into. On the surface it may seem like a social critique of the past, but the society and standards Osla, Mab, and Beth live in are still far too au courant. Quinn takes a hard look at women's role in and erasure from history all while critiquing modern society through a historical context. https://onthebl.org/2021/05/11/forging-friendships-in-the-rose-code-by-kate-quin...

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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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"...comfort never encouraged anyone to spread their wings."

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Unfinished: A Memoir | Priyanka Chopra Jonas
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I have loved Priyanka since her Bollywood days, and her memoir was beautiful and moving.

https://onthebl.org/2021/04/13/books-to-read-this-spring-2021/

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A really sweet novel about human connection.

https://onthebl.org/2021/04/13/books-to-read-this-spring-2021/

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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The Jetsetters | Amanda Eyre Ward
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The Learning Curve | Mandy Berman
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I found it completely forgettable even while I was reading it. I find that astonishing because Berman tackles complicated and important issues women face every day with grace and insight. She approaches so many of the themes I search for in female driven narratives. I love it in theory, but in action, it feels like a flawed diamond. https://onthebl.org/2021/03/03/a-flawed-diamond-the-learning-curve-by-mandy-berm...

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My Life as a Villainess | Laura Lippman
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Laura Lippman is a badass and a woman who loves herself; that is a feminist revolution in and of itself. It's the essence of being a villainess, Lippman has spent her life living and conforming and fighting against the society that tears her and every woman down. She confronts it with razor sharp observation and humor of an intelligent woman and writer. https://onthebl.org/2021/01/19/laura-lippmans-feminist-revolution-in-my-life-as-...

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Christmas stories are not diverse. I finally found it in Jasmine Guillory‘s Royal Holiday. Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite rom-commy books I‘ve ever read. It's definitely well crafted and thought out because of its honesty, commitment to real life, and creating believable, interesting characters who I don‘t want to punch.
https://onthebl.org/2020/12/16/finding-christmas-diversity-in-royal-holiday-by-j...

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A Christmas Treasury | L. Frank Baum, O. Henry, Charles Dickins
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It's hard getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Every year, during the month of December, I read and review Christmas books. After a few years, I have encountered some amazing ones and even more crap Christmas novels. I want to save others the pain of reading and wasting their time on boring and terrible books, so I've made a list of my favorites. https://onthebl.org/2020/12/14/11-of-my-favorite-christmas-books-to-read/

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Elf: A Short Story of a Tall Tale | Buddy Hobbs, David Berenbaum
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Will Ferrell brought Buddy the Elf to life in one of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time. I'm not even exaggerating. Everyone knows the movie. But what's better than a movie? A short, feel-good book you can read before bed with or without children! The film has been adapted into a short and sweet illustrated version, keeping the most memorable quotes.
https://onthebl.org/2020/12/10/bed-time-story-of-christmas-cheer-with-buddy-the-...

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Jingle All the Way: A Novel | Debbie Macomber
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It is probably the worst book I've read all year. It's terrible. I really think only Christian women with a sex-sensitivity [or intimacy-sensitivity] will enjoy this book. It's a disaster on paper. I'm also incredibly confused by the title and cover art... It does not match the setting of the vast majority of the plot: an Amazon River cruise.
https://onthebl.org/2020/12/05/a-chaste-christmas-novel-debbie-macombers-jingle-...

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Written in the Stars: A Novel | Alexandria Bellefleur
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Two wildly incompatible women are set up on a disaster of a blind date only to find themselves in a fake relationship for the holidays. I don't really like reading romance novels, but I wanted to pick this one up because it focuses on two women falling in love. There's amazing depictions of female friendships, and I love women supporting women. https://onthebl.org/2020/12/02/lgbtq-romance-in-written-in-the-stars-by-alexandr...

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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I don't have anything bad to say about this book. There are some really beautiful and poignant aspects of the plot and the way the story is created, but honestly, I found it a bit forgettable. It didn't rock my soul while I was reading it, and I can't recall anything past what I wrote down as I was reading it. I know a lot of people loved it, but it just didn't resonate with me.

https://onthebl.org/2020/11/30/dear-edward-by-ann-napolitano/

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Not My Father's Son | Alan Cumming
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Beautifully honest dive into the heartbreaking memories that set the actor on a path and life full of talent and pain. He revisits the childhood trauma and violence endured growing up at the hands of his father with the raw honesty any survivor can relate to. It was poignant and stunningly written. He ranged from deep pain to exceptional grace towards his father

https://onthebl.org/2020/11/12/childhood-trauma-in-alan-cummings-not-my-fathers-...

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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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The title is terrible. It implies that Gellhorn's life was ruined after her love affair and marriage with Hemingway; yet she had 54 more incredible, productive, and successful years ahead of her. She was one of the greatest war correspondents, but McLain doesn't honor her entire memory. https://onthebl.org/2020/10/06/ignore-the-title-paula-mclains-love-and-ruin-isnt...

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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It's a great book for a laugh during these dark times. It‘s real in the way you want memoirs to be; it‘s funny in the way you hope a comic‘s memoir is; and it‘s raw in a way a strong woman who knows her own mind is. With cameos and advice, Poehler is funny and serious. She makes it clear she hates writing books, don't expext another one anytime soon. https://onthebl.org/2020/10/04/id-like-all-advice-to-be-as-friendly-as-amy-poehl...

Heideschrampf Yes, PLEASE! 1y
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“...the idea of seeing what you want to see is human nature, and that certainly hasn‘t changed.”

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This exceptional collection of essays will break your heart and open your mind. Asia is an expansive and diverse area of the world, but America has one word for an equally diverse people: Asian. This is one of many ways America sweeps over oppression and racism with an optimistic view that does not mirror the reality Asian Americans live with. https://onthebl.org/2020/10/01/racial-consciousness-in-minor-feelings-by-cathy-p...

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Most of us can't relate to losing an international cosmetics corporation or a trust fund. But most can relate to feeling like we're facing off against the world. The Wangs are doing all of the above. In Jade Chang's The Wangs vs. The World, after losing everything Charles Wang packs up his entire family in his dead first wife's 1980's Mercedes. https://onthebl.org/2020/09/23/relatable-millionaires-in-jade-changs-the-wangs-v...

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It rides on the back of the kindergarten playground advice: “He‘s mean to you because he likes you.” At best it's problematic; at worst, it's toxic. I was sick and tired of hearing how short Lucy is and how tall and masculine Joshua is by page 35. I would have preferred an ending where Lucy goes to therapy because she hates her attraction to douchey – yet tall – coworker. https://onthebl.org/2020/08/11/toxicity-in-sally-thornes-the-hating-game/

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Mary L. Trump is Donald Trump's only niece and a doctor of clinical psychology. She humanizes him, giving background to one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the world in her book about the Trump family. If you've ever wondered how Donald became Donald, Dr. Trump gives incredible insight, from statistics, facts, quotes, to anecdotes. https://onthebl.org/2020/09/29/humanization-of-donald-trump-in-mary-l-trumps-too...

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“That‘s the rule; our friends know the things we hide from our parents.”

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“The fact is, Donald‘s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests that he‘ll never sit for.”

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I instantly fell in love with Ali Wong in Baby Cobra. I like her even more after finishing her familiar yet fresh collection of letters to her daughters. Dear Girls is an exploration of all things human, but some of my favorite moments were the ones she speaks about her husband, family and motherhood. Wong never shies away from the gross. Boy does she dive right into the poo-poo of mommydom. https://onthebl.org/2020/07/25/dear-girls-by-ali-wong/

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"Men did commonly blame the wife if anything went wrong…"

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In her latest novel, Anna of Kleve, she explores the oft-overlooked fourth wife of Henry VIII. Going off something he said to Oliver Cromwell the night after their marriage, Weir explores the possibility Anna had a secret love child long before meeting King Henry. It may not be a revolutionary take since the rumor has circulated for centuries, but at least, it's grounded in reality. https://onthebl.org/2020/06/20/anna-of-kleve-by-alison-weir/

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On the surface, Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida from Quirk Books is a fun novel combining a love story and amnesia, but Tschida goes further by diving into identity in the time of social media. Does identity drive social media, or is social media influencing identity? The footnotes are the inner monologue of the novel passing judgement, asking questions, and making statements. https://onthebl.org/2020/05/14/siri-who-am-i-by-sam-tschida/

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