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Joined April 2016

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I ended up unfortunately being disappointed with this collection. It definitely has a lot of stories I haven‘t read before, and the leather binding is beautiful with a ribbon bookmark and great illustrations. But most of the stories were not very engaging. I think out of the hundreds of stories in here I liked about 7 that were new to me.

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Mehso-so

I liked the plot and characters and world that‘s created. The writing got a little too melodramatic and repetitive for me at times. I listened to the audiobook, and the reader was very good. Some awkward editing though. Definitely has parallels to real-world justice and racial issues, told through magic and non-magic story line.

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Obsession is definitely a keyword in this title. It is a memoir of the author‘s journey to buy a piano and search for the sound of the piano. She talks to an endless number of piano fans, technicians, sellers, builders, and voicers/tuners to get the Grotrian piano sounding in her house like it sounded on the showroom floor. It definitely bothers me when a piano is out of tune but the Kawai upright my mom bought has always made me happy.

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Ah yes, the endless pleasure and torture of playing the piano 🤓🎹

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Vixen 03 | Clive Cussler
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Cussler never fails to write an exciting adventure but he also never fails to be chauvinistic. The adventure is fast paced but the connection between the sunken plane, biological warfare virus, and African nationalists was a stretch for me.

“I‘ve argued with that stubborn bastard for months. I might as well have farted at a hurricane for all the good it did me.” Metz about Fawkes

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Vixen 03 | Clive Cussler
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Are you kidding me, Clive Cussler? What a stupid statement. That‘s not how it works.

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Moonwalk | Michael Jackson
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What a great book. I‘ve had it on my shelf for years and finally read it today. All in one sitting! Really compelling. Reading an autobiography of a musician like this one is SO much better than a biography. This is really what I want to know. The musician‘s thoughts and feelings and experiences and the MUSIC. Not the numbers and dry facts. Inspirational stuff.

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Pickpick

I really liked this book. I was initially drawn to it because I‘m not a big fan of winter, and I live in Wisconsin. So there are several months where I miss the sun and warmer weather. The concept of hygge has great ideas for greater happiness in life in general but particularly in darker months. Such an enjoyable read and ideas to incorporate happiness in all things.

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How would a Viking squirrel furnish a living room 🤣

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Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens
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Literary_Siren It‘s funny I should come across Oliver Twist on Litsy since I‘m at work and people are asking me “please, sir, may I have some more.” I also may be making them ask for another drink in this way. 😂 1mo
sdbruening That quote comes surprisingly early in the book too! I was shocked. 1mo
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Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens
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This book was disappointing. I‘ve loved just about every other Dickens novel I‘ve read but not this one. I didn‘t like any of the characters. It was one depressing scene or depraved character after the next. Even the ‘good‘ characters were sickly sweet. Numerous passages that seemed unnecessary. Would have stopped after page 250 but decided to power through it just to know how it all turned out.

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Pickpick

This book was really enlightening. I love 19th century British literature so this was right up my alley. It really goes into the darker side of the Victorian era which kind of ruins the luster of my favorite books but also makes me want to go back and read again with all this new information about Victorian life! My only complaint is the author‘s personal quips about living on a Victorian farm and her perspective. Didn‘t need it, I think.

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The cosmic perspective reminds us that in space where there is no air, a flag will not wave. An indication that perhaps flag waving and space exploration do not mix.

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We do not simply live in this universe; the universe lives within us.

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We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out. And we have only just begun.

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Mehso-so

The author is an excellent reader! But even a summary of astrophysics is hard for me to digest through ears (audiobook) instead of slowly through eyes. I did still learn some cool concepts. Even after listening to the science of astrophysics it‘s still so hard for me to fathom that it sounds like science fiction. Love his summary at the end about having cosmic perspective.

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Great, heart wrenching, sad, inspiring book. Really, really good.

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Pickpick

I love that the science behind trees affirms the Tolkien characterization of Ents 😁 I listened to the audiobook, which I wouldn‘t necessarily recommend. Not because the reader wasn‘t great (he was!) but because I lost focus in the jargon. The writing was excellent. He related trees to humans so we can get them more. Lots of learning happened here.

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This poem is adorable

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This description makes me happy 😹

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There are whiskers on the spine of this book 😹

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Mehso-so

Of course I love the book itself - it‘s always been my favorite of the series. But I was disappointed with this illustrated edition. I enjoyed the first three but this one comparatively had very few illustrations and the ones that were there made me wonder why. Seemed like there were a lot better options of things to illustrate. Kinda bummed.

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Sirius is the best 🥰

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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This was a cute, enjoyable, wise book about growing up in and continuing to love the South and all the stories and traditions that go along with it. Listened to Reese Witherspoon narrate her own book 😄which made it that much better.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon

Doorknobs and handles are the jewelry of your house.

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon

People think that caring about silly things like cooking or fashion is mutually exclusive with serious politics. But my mother and grandmother and their friends taught me that finding pleasure at home, whether it was in a family dinner, or a book club, or a backyard barbecue, can give us the strength to go out into the world and do incredible things.

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Panpan

I keep up with all the Vampire Chronicles, but this one was hard to get through. So much of the book was devoted to these alien creatures that inhabited Atlantis with background on Amel. I feel odd saying this but there‘s way too much mushy love going on among the vampires. I‘m all for love but she says it so much that it belittles it to me. In any case, I got my copy at THE Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, and Anne Rice signed it 🤩

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Pickpick

An inspirational and affirming read. As someone looking to have children soon and not leaving my job, hearing the advice on doing both was helpful to me and to share with my husband. The statistics were frustrating and enlightening. I especially found it interesting that there is no difference in child well being with a stay at home mom versus a working mom. And unfortunately true that queen bee women bring us all down.

TrishB I haven‘t read so it‘s only a personal comment, but I think it‘s about choice and being happy with that that has the biggest influence on your children! Also, there is never a perfect solution or upbringing! 6mo
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The orchestra is generating a soul 😊🎼🎻

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This was more business-oriented rather than music-oriented, which was disappointing. The author is opinionated and judgmental in language rather than objective in writing. It felt more about Brian Epstein than the Beatles themselves. It certainly gets into the dark and dirty aspects of the Beatles and felt more negative than positive. Overall, disappointing and unsettling.

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