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perfectlywinged

Joined May 2016

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Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
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Whisper Man by Alex North
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Really fell hard for the characters in this book that swings between 1980s Chicago (and the start of a group of friends getting AIDs) and present day where one of those friends is trying to track down her daughter. Definitely a little sad but not overly crushing.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Already loving this story set in the Civil Rights Era better than Underground Railroad. The characters are so vivid.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Finally home for the day and finally free to read this Handmaid‘s Tale sequel (I hear it is a nice mix between some book characters and some continuing story from the tv).

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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I really enjoyed this look at the choices women of different backgrounds make; this novel follows a few women as they choose to be a paid "host" for wealthy families to have a baby.

It sounded like it would be more dystopian but it's definitely in the women's fiction category. There are a few heart pounding moments of drama at the end but overall it is focused on the inner lives of different women as they have other people's babies.

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Three women‘s lives intersect in post-apartheid South Africa. The plot moves quickly and keeps propelling me forward!

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Not necessarily a traditional spy novel but more a fascinating character study. Intriguing so far

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Tell Me Everything | Cambria Brockman
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Labor Day reading (with some sparkling wine). Finally getting around to this thriller. It follows 6 friends at a liberal arts college in Maine. As it begins we know one thing: that after the traditional senior day ice plunge, one of the friends is dead the next morning but we don‘t know who (Big Little Lies style). I am liking the main narrator and the college lifestyle descriptions so far but maybe feel like I know where this is going.

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Guest Book | Sarah Blake
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Hotel reading. Overall I really enjoyed this historical fiction but it gets really slow in the middle. It follows three generations of women: Rich and newly married Kitty in the 1930s, smart and sassy Joan (Kitty‘s daughter) in the 1950s, and sweet Evie in present day who is tasked with deciding to keep the giant family island in Maine. Nice historical settings and characters but most of the middle could have been cut.

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Predictable romance set in Maine between a widow and baseball player (a little like a sexier Hallmark movie) but the characters were very well written.

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A beautifully written examination of identity (cultural, sexual, etc.) in a man‘s confessional letter to his mother (who won‘t read it because she can‘t read English).

LapReader Gorgeous 2mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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A good book to read while camping: it definitely had a Cormac McCarthy vibe with the sparse prose.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Hooked on the characters and writing in this novel about a girl who goes to live with her theater owning aunt in 1940‘s Manhattan.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Not the best poolside reading (it‘s about a dog that helps a woman grieve and also a lot about being a writer) but still an interesting literary fiction.

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Current Friday night plans: book about brewing local beer and a local beer 🍺 📚

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Stoner | John Williams
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The ultimate English Major book. Like a Wharton novel and a Willa Cather combined. 📚 🌾

Leftcoastzen I just bought it and that‘s exactly what I wanted to hear! 3mo
perfectlywinged Yes! Someone recommended it to me saying I needed to read it because I was a die hard English Major. His experience at the beginning of taking a literature class and it changing his life was so similar to my experience that I was hooked from there. It has sparse yet emotional prose and I was all in. 3mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Loved this quiet character study of two students trying to DTR in Dublin. I could keep reading about these characters for much longer

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I knew next to nothing about psychedelics before this book so this was a fascinating read about how scientists have been studying LSD and mushrooms over the years for treatments for addiction and depression and in hospice!

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Loved this slow family drama about an Indian American family. It starts off at the daughter Hadia‘s wedding: we can see her brother Amar is an outcast from the family and the rest of the book explores the intricacies of how that happened.

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Currently reading this book about all these separate lives over the course of history connected by trees. So far it is exquisite.🌲

Leftcoastzen I love this book!❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB That view 😍 4mo
perfectlywinged @BarbaraBB this was my vacation read while in DC! 4mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Beautifully written ruminations on what it means to grow up and grow away from friends.

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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This is a book that, immediately upon finishing it, made me want to start it again. It's more on the literary side with its stream of conscious prose and subject matter but the characters are so vivid and lovely.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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A really fast and endearing read about a man who ages very slowly. He is currently a history teacher in present day London and we flash back between present day and various time periods as he is trying to pin down the whereabouts of his daughter. Definitely enjoyed the jaunt through Shakespearean times (although having Shakespeare just speaking in quips from his plays was...weird?).

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I laughed so hard while reading this; it was just like reading her Jezebel articles.

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Currently reading and loving this book on the psychology behind fairy tales.

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This is exactly what you expect when Ian McEwan writes about a robot: A British guy buys an A.I. Robot and muses about love and moral dilemmas. Not my favorite by him but still interesting.

Pruzy Agreed, too much pointless navel gazing 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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What a well written memoir! This is told in three parts: Michelle's childhood and college years, her first job as a lawyer where she met Barack, and finally her time as a First Lady (There are so many things I learned about White House life from this book). I was most fascinated by the first two sections which were more about her growing up on the south side of Chicago and her personal journey.

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We Are the Gardeners | Joanna Gaines
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Mainly picked this up for Julianna Swaney‘s perfect illustrations but it is also a great nonfiction book about starting a garden told from the perspective of Chip and Joanna‘s kids.

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This was a hilarious and dark ride. The chapters are so short and the characters so compelling that I finished this in a night.

I would not describe this as a mystery (there is no mystery: Ayoola is definitely killing her boyfriends), rather as a dark family drama. Kind of like the Santa Clarita Diet where one character is killing and the other is helping but it is somehow amusing and doesn't make you hate the character doing the killing?

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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This has been described as a Bridget Jone's Diary and I totally get that (a girl living in London trying to get over an ex narrated in a diary like way with lots of emails and texts from her strong female friend group thrown in). But I would argue that this is more the modern response to Bridget Jone's Diary as it is a lot darker and deals with some heavy stuff (racial tensions, the way men abuse power in relationships, childhood traumas, etc.).

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What a compelling story and a must for any book lover (each chapter is the title of a book or short story and they frequently reference classics in this story. Plus the two main characters are in the book selling business).

It felt a little bit like a Hallmark movie with a Lifetime edge (this was a book more focused on romantic relationships than I though it would be as well as some darkish family secrets).

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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss
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This is a beautifull crafted layered story about a man named Leo Gurksy who fell in love as a child and then lost the love of his life through the war. He writes a book about his life. This book chronicles how that book touches three lives: Leo, a teenage girl named Alma, and Leo's friend Zvi. The Zvi parts weren't my favorite but I was living for the Leo chapters.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I really enjoyed this book about a girl who joins a rock band in the 70's wanting to write her own music. It's written like you are reading an interview transcript and that makes for a really fast read.

Overall I both loved and hated Daisy and the band members. They make so many bad choices but they are also at a time of their lives when they are excelling creatively and that was fascinating to read about: An excellent and fun character study.

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I was utterly captivated by this fantasy book: Rothfuss is just such a good storyteller and while you can compare this book to other fantasy tomes (LOTR, HP, Wizard of Earthsea...) it still felt so unique. When a bard joins their traveling troupe, Kvothe begins to learn magic from him (really cool alchemical magic called sympathy which binds things together to create power) and this fuels his desire to join the University the bard studied at.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I did really enjoy Tara Westover's story of how she overcame the limitations set by her very religious survivalist family, barely any homeschooling, and physical abuse by an older sibling to attend college and learn the skills most other students learn in public schooling. However, I wish more of this book had been about education and the school system. It felt more like a Jeanette Walls book and I wanted more of a takeaway about education?

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I really enjoyed tearing through this sci-fi crime thriller even though the scientific details were too much and some of the plot points were unbelievable. Still a good read just not as amazing as The Martian

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Coffee, cupcake, and a newly released Plath story make the perfect Valentines Day. So far this story is more fantastical than her other stuff (definitely like a twilight zone episode) and heavy on the metaphors but I love it.

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Unflinchingly brutal accounts of different people affected by the South Korean Gwangju uprising in 1980. This short novel brings us several different voices of students, of friends, of mothers, of bystanders who bore witness to this horrific event. Some of the description may be hard to stomach but the writing is so honest and beuatiful you will keep reading.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This psychological thriller started out really gripping because of the alternate perspectives of a psychologist and her test subject. Ultimately it ended up being super predictable for me. Meh

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An Agatha Christie murder mystery meets Groundhog Day (I have a better comparison but it would spoil some of the reveals I think). I was so excited to read this every night; it was so good! Basically a man named Aiden wakes up in the body of a man named Sebastian bell, with the name “Anna” in his mind. He quickly figures out he has to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle and he has 7 days and will be in the bodies of 7 different people.

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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This is now my favorite book in the wayward children series. It‘s about Lundy (the therapist at Eleanor‘s school who ages backwards) and how, when she was 8 she stumbled across a door in a twisted tree that took her to the goblin market. I wish this was longer as I wanted to spend more time in the goblin market too.

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This took me a little while to get into but I really loved the descriptive regency-esque writing style. There are a lot of elements to this story but once it gets going they all start paying off. One of the better fantasy novels I have read!

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Not a book for everyone but I just love Walker‘s slow intense writing style. I always describe her books as slow and beautiful dystopian novels that focus more on the inner world of characters than the dangerous outer world? It‘s not for everyone but whenever I read her books I race through them in a day. Also this is my ideal dystopian situation: fall asleep and dream my life away.

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Trevor Noah‘s memoir is cracking me up (his childhood hijinks and trouble making are next level).

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Glad to be trapped inside during snow storm with this book which is an addicting look at a reality show Christian family (think The Duggars) with some dark secrets. I think I might know what is going to happen but this is so bingeable I don‘t care.

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales | Margaret Atwood
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My last book of 2018! I haven't been this jazzed by a book of short stories for a while. The first three stories are connected by three main characters but the rest are separate. I noticed that a lot of the women were these amazing predatory women (even when then didn't want to be; i.e. a sweet and kind girl who turns into a vampire) and I love how Atwood is able to do great character studies, showing women at their most vulnerable and angry.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Despite being challenging I was gripped by this Booker winner: an 18 year old girl who lives in 1970's Northern Ireland during the Troubles starts to receive unwanted attention from an older man (a republican protester) given the code name Milkman (different from the real milkman who delivers milk). Her family doesn‘t believe her and in fact chastises her even though she is trying to avoid him. Burns eloquently captures the female experience.

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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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It‘s about a woman reflecting back on one summer when she was hired to research the architecture of an old country mansion and becomes friends with a beautiful young couple. They spend their days drinking champagne and picnicking in the English countryside but something just seems a touch off. I am normally disappointed by Claire Fuller‘s endings but right now am really intrigued by these characters.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I am pumped to be to finally be under a blanket pile with a cup of peppermint tea reading Setterfield‘s newest book. It‘s the story of a little girl who is pulled from the Thames on a cold winter‘s night and, hours after drowning, comes alive. The prose is already as lush and atmospheric as The Thirteenth Tale (one of my favorite books). Historical fiction + fantasy/folklore + mystery!

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Cozy sweater and big book today! In the first chapter of this book Thomas goes into the library and commits an act of violence. The rest of the book follows his twin Dominick as he recounts their past and present. A slow and winding (yet rewarding) character study.

Brenda One of my all time favourite books. Enjoy! 🤓 11mo
perfectlywinged Everyone who has recommended this to me has said it is one of their favorites and I can see why. The character writing is just so good!! 11mo
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Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchison
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Such a creepy psychological story of girls who are kidnapped by a man called the Gardener to be kept in a greenhouse as his beautiful butterflies. I couldn‘t put it down!