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Joined January 2018

high school principal, former English and history teacher of 23 years, bibliophile. https://www.goodreads.com/stacilaird
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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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This was a fun mystery with a protagonist who is a book lover as well. It has mystery, family drama, diverse characters, and the beginning of potential romance in the sequel/series to come.

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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This essay is the mic drop 🎤 moment in the book for me. I don't know if it is because she made the best case I've read for reparations or if the power of the essay comes from acting as the culmination of the other pieces, or maybe both, but either way, it packed a punch.
Feel free to comment on the final essay or the book as a whole in this thread. As I said in my review, I want to put this book in everyone's hands. #1619GroupRead

ChaoticMissAdventures I think learning so much from the other essays really sets the groundwork for people to be open to hearing what NHB has to say here. Add to that the way she lays it all out and you have an incredibly convincing argument (unless the reader is just a racist). 4d
staci.reads @ChaoticMissAdventures agreed! It felt like it all built up to her essay, especially the essay about inheritance. 3d
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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There's something unsettling about a book where everyone is problematic. The relationship between Emira and Briar seems to be the only sincere relationship in the book, and it is a beautiful one. However, the rest of the characters feel one-dimensional, and I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. I'm hovering between a Pick and a so-so.

MaureenMc Your porch! 😍 6d
staci.reads @MaureenMc thank you 😊 It's my happy place 3d
kspenmoll I love the yellow walls of your porch! 3d
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I've been sitting on this one for a couple days trying to figure out an appropriate a way to review it. All I can come up with is, Wow.
I want to put this in the hands every person I know. I am glad to have read this doing a slow read for the #1619GroupRead so I could digest and process it all. It's a master class in under 600 pages.

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan was such a fun read! Even in letters, Austen creates such vivid characters. I would have loved for her to have reworked this into a complete novel, full of her depth and commentary on human folly! How fun it would be to see her fully-realized versions of Frederica and Reginald, to meet their developed characters and to watch their love story play out 😍 😔 #pemberlittens

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Finished this up on a trip home from a conference. Not sure how I feel about this one. I enjoyed parts of it, but I'm also not sure I'm fully clear on the point of it. Also, I cannot get behind authors who choose not to use quotation marks around dialogue. I find it greatly distracting and it makes everything feel detached, like it's a summary of what was said, not a conversation. This was my May #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

LiteraryinLawrence Yes! Exactly! Hard to really connect. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I'm so confused about why eliminating quotation marks is even a thing that authors do! Are they trying to be artsy?? I find it so hard to read! 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Ibram Kendi pushes our discomfort in powerful ways in this essay. He strips away the crutch of pointing to "evidence" of racial progress as proof our nation is moving in the right way.
Sorry for the delayed post. Was celebrating Mother's Day and moving my son to his first apartment ?

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Another short essay this week, but feel free to also reflect on the supplemental pieces "Rainbows Aren't Real, Are They?" Kiese Laymon's short memoir on hearing Jesse Jackson speak of The Rainbow Coalition, and Gregory Pardlo's poem about the 1985 bombing of the MOVE rowhouse in Philadelphia. Only two chapters left to reach the end of this powerful book.

staci.reads I had to dive in a little more after reading the poem about the police standoff with MOVE because, once again, it was history I had never heard. The story is appalling, including how the aftermath amd remains were handled. Here's a New Yorker article that tells much more for anyone interested https://www.newyorker.com/news/essay/saying-her-name 3w
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MallenNC I had only a surface awareness of the MOVE bombing so I‘ll definitely read the piece you shared. The writer of the New Yorker article wrote a great book about the Attica prison riots. 3w
MallenNC My thought on the Traffic chapter was that it was a very clear example of how decisions driven by racism hurt everyone. The traffic and transportation in Atlanta are such huge headaches and it didn‘t have to be that way. Also building road projects through Black neighborhoods. That happened here in N.C. when Durham‘s Black Wall Street was destroyed by a new freeway. This chapter gave me a lot to think about. 3w
staci.reads @MallenNC Me too. I just commented on the #shesaid post about how Garza shared that the San Francisco subway doesn't serve Bayfield Hunter's Point and cuts members of that community off from job possibilities. It reminded me of "Traffic" and the Atlanta example. 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures I had never heard of the MOVE bombing and as I often do I got angry that these histories have to be so searched for, for many Americans. We can never understand our history 200 years ago or 50 unless we understand what happened and why. 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures Traffic, while I knew about these topics it is always good to be reminded. A city in Kansas just passed a no cohabitation bill where no more than 3 unrelated adults cannot live together. So many blatant laws passed to keep people from getting ahead. A great book for further reading 3w
staci.reads @ChaoticMissAdventures I had not heard about the cohabitation bill...unbelievable. I've heard great things about The Color of Law. It's on my tbr! 3w
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I loved this quiet, lovely story about the power of words, both the ones included and the ones left out. The creation of the Oxford English dictionary, women's suffrage, & WWI form the backdrops for this story about a young woman questioning her place in that world. The story, which spans decades, contains love, loss, & beautiful friendships. I was disappointed, though, with the abrupt ending, especially in a book that seemed unhurried until then.

DivineDiana I enjoyed this so much that I recommended it to my IRL Book Club! ❤️ 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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A short essay this week with ties to a few previous essays. #1619GroupRead we're down to three more essay after this week. It's been a powerful journey, and I'm looking forward to seeing which essays close it out.

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Dystopian writing at its best! I was absolutely absorbed by this story and the twists and turns the plot took as the story revealed itself little by little. @rachelsbrittain thank you so much for including this in your #bestof2021swap! I don't think I would probably have picked it up on my own, and I was blown away!

rachelsbrittain Yay! I'm so glad you loved it so much! 4w
truthinfiction This is such a beautiful cover. Although, it gives off more YA or romance vibe instead of dystopian. Your review is intriguing. 4w
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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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My daughter has been nagging me to read this for weeks. I finally picked it up and read it in a morning. There's a lot to love about this book! The groundbreaking characters and the rich culture combined with mystery and adventure all come together to make this immensely enjoyable!

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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My #Doublespin for April. Some great nuggets of wisdom in this one. Its short-burst chapters and Glennon's conversational style make it incredibly readable. The organization felt a little off at times, but overall, well worth the read. @TheAromaofBooks
Also wanted to share my daily sunrise rainbows 🌈

TheAromaofBooks I'm loving your background bookshelves!! 1mo
DivineDiana Beautiful! Love everything! 🌈 3w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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MallenNC This chapter reminded me of a section in A Little Devil in America, which also talked about minstrel shows. (He also talked about Whitney Houston, who is mentioned here too.) I thought this chapter made a strong point about white audiences wanting Black music but without rewarding Black artists. Minstrel shows are an extreme example of that. 1mo
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staci.reads @MallenNC Thanks for the book reference. I just added it to my tbr list. It looks like it's had great reviews! 4w
staci.reads @MallenNC This one was one of my favorite essays, so I'm looking forward to diving in more deeply. Your comment reminded me of the line in the essay "Loving Black culture has never demanded a corresponding love of Black people." 4w
MallenNC @staci.reads I liked this one a lot too. I had just listened to Questlove‘s book, Music is History, so the timing of it was good. 4w
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I grabbed this one at the public library last trip, and it was a cover grab for sure. Turns out of was a good impulse. I loved Loveday and her story, and I now have a book-crush on Nathan 🙂. It was a perfect choice for my day off today.

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This was fantastic! I loved The Heart's Invisible Furies and wasn't as crazy about Ladder to the Sky, so I'm thrilled this was another hit. Read this for #AuthorAMonth and will definitely revisit John Boyne! @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This all came home with me from today's bookstore road trip 📚 A couple are my daughters', but most of it is mine 😍

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Visited a newish indie bookstore today in Ames, Iowa! It's fantastic! Friendly staff, great selection, lots of diversity, a beautifully renovated old building, fun displays, and a beverage bar 🍷! This one's only an hour from home, so I will definitely be back! Book haul post coming soon 📚 #supportindiebookstores

Nute Looks very nice inside. Excited to see a new indie bookstore on the scene!🤗 1mo
themonaisa This looks so cozy!!!! 🥰 have fun! 1mo
DivineDiana This looks fabulous! 3w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead This chapter took a look at the importance of Black churches in the struggle against oppression. Butler says "The style of the Black church that developed following the Great Awakening and in the antebellum period as one of prophetic witness to the moral outrage of racism in America. It was the rhetoric of dissent..." Butler also shows how this has historically made Black churches targets for violence.

Megabooks I‘m planning on a reread of this, which I think would be a good “going deeper” read. 1mo
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Singout I haven‘t read every chapter of this book, but made time for this one because of my interest in faith and justice, and liberation theology. It does an amazing job of covering the long and complex history, much of which I didn‘t know, about the intersections and tensions. I found the passages about what was happening in the 60s and 70s particularly interesting, and the leadership of the church in the late 1700s. The poem was gut wrenching. 1mo
staci.reads @Megabooks Thanks for sharing that rec! 1mo
staci.reads @Singout I also found it interesting to read about the crisis of conscience churches faced during that time. 1mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I ended up reading through to the end of this one today ahead of schedule. It's another one that I've meant to read for years but had never gotten to. Glad to have finally tackled it through our group read. #Pemberlittens

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead
Lots to unpack in this short essay. Also interesting to read at the same time I was reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - so many connections.

staci.reads This was the first time I had come across the term "weathering" in this context. We know what chronic stress does to the body, so I'd be interested to learn more about Professor Geronimus's research. 2mo
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TheBookHippie @staci.reads I read several articles about this underlying pervasive stress on the bodies of Black and Brown people and why the pandemic hit that community so hard. Several layering reasons but all true and so gut wrenching to me. 2mo
MallenNC I remembered reading about Dr. Moore‘s story from earlier in the pandemic. It was infuriating that she was ignored and so sad that she knew what was likely to happen. I thought the refrain of “This is how Black people get killed” was very powerful. 2mo
MallenNC Last year I read this memoir of a Black doctor about his medical training at Duke. It included some of the info in this chapter also. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage There are so many good books for more reading on this topic. I appreciated the overview and the depth of this essay. I‘m curious about what will be in the upcoming chapter Healthcare. 2mo
ravenlee @staci.reads I‘ve fallen behind with the readings and am unlikely to catch up anytime soon. I‘m sorry to leave, but can you take me off the tag list? I‘ll read on my own until/unless I can get back with the group. Thanks! 1mo
staci.reads @ravenlee no worries - there's always too much to read and too little time! I've removed you from the list. 1mo
ravenlee Thanks - life is constantly getting in the way of reading! 1mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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This had a lot more substance than I was anticipating for a book billed as a romance between an author of erotica and the novelist who she had an intense 7-day relationship with in high school. The layers of dependency, disability, and feminism, combined with the history of the women in her lineage gave this romance depth as well as heat. This was an impulse buy that paid off.

tenar I‘m starting this book next and your review has me even more excited to pick it up! 2mo
mabell What a pretty room! 😍 2mo
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I flew through the book, fascinated by her experiences, but I didn't love it. At times it felt like an overview of her life. She introduces people central to her life, but we don't get much depth about them other than what they did to/for her. There's not enough development to see them as distinct humans, just names in the timeline of her life. It felt like multiple personal narrative essays thrown together. A soft pick #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
EH2018 I completely agree...not enough depth 1mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Another powerful essay showing the long reach of history.

Singout This was excellent: a gut wrenching concrete story interspersed with broader political history and analysis. I think inheritance is a factor in marginalization that isn‘t discussed as much as access to employment or education: this essay really did a lot to clearly portray its impact. 2mo
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Wow! I know I'm really late to the party on this, but what a story! I devoured this in 2 sittings. It's incredibly readable! I adored the author's balance of science, history, ethics, & relationships. Deborah's journey to learn about her mother & sister touched me deeply. I know I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. Thank goodness for #Bookspin! I finally picked this up and dove in! This was my #Doublespin for March @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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This chapter's essay was by Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy. It's been on my tbr for a long time, but I haven't read it yet.. Wondering if anyone who has read it has connections to make. #1619GroupRead @4thhouseontheleft

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have not read it yet either… but I thought about another book I‘d read 2mo
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JenReadsAlot It is a great book. 2mo
MallenNC I‘m behind on 1619 Project, and plan to catch up this week. But I had to chime in about Just Mercy. I cannot recommend it enough. It is so good, while of course also being upsetting because of the unfairness it depicts. It was eye opening for me. Bryan Stevenson really proves how unjust the US justice system is. I think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Equal Justice Initiative. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Bryan Stevenson is amazing and I was so excited to see his work here. If you have read his amazing work before this is a bit deeper dive into how slavery plays a part. It is infuriating and so obvious once you think about it. His book has led me down a path of prison abolition 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m always struck by the historical meaning of riot and mob being originally connected with lynching and with events like the Greenwood massacre. It may be semantics, but incorrectly calling a protest or uprising a riot is done by conservatives all the time. And I honestly don‘t think they understand the history behind who originated riots and why. And the Wilmington story was a new one to me. Wowza. 2mo
staci.reads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that one has also been on my tbr for a while. 2mo
staci.reads @MallenNC high praise! I'll need to move it up on my list! 2mo
staci.reads @BarbaraTheBibliophage Wilmington was new to me as well. I did some quick research after reading that chapter and found the Wilmington Insurrection, The Wilmington Massacre, and the Wilmington Coup. Also the first time I had heard of the North Carolina Fusionists. Reconstruction was such a small blip in the history I learned. 2mo
ravenlee For such a short chapter, this packed a punch. I was appalled at the sentencing of children to life in prison (I‘m more open to it for murder convictions, but case-by-case). I really need to read more about the prison and legal systems, because the little I know is disturbing. The racial bias in policing and incarceration is incredible, yet so very visible. Yet politicians don‘t want to be “soft on crime” so nothing gets better. 2mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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This is the best book I've read this year! I can't remember the last time a book toyed with my emotions like this 💗💔🤣. I adored the relationships among the women in this story, especially Swiv and her grandma. It's in turns hilarious, tragic, and wise. I loved getting to know this smart, quirky 9 year old and her colorful family! This was my March #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

jlhammar Yay! So glad you loved it as much as I did. Such a great book! 2mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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Finished this #SheSaid selection up a little early. So much of this made me feel seen, especially the parts about the physical and psychological effects of suppressed anger. Ironic, though, that a book about anger can feed my anger 🤷‍♀️. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa
In other news, the sunshine gave me an early spring day of patio reading 🌞

Riveted_Reader_Melissa And the point is, I think, that we need to let ourselves feel & acknowledge that anger (instead of discounting & suppressing it)…and that when we talk openly about our reasons for feeling that way, because they are more universal and not “just us”… only then can we see the widespread systematic issues and maybe, hopefully do something about them. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa A beautiful day though, and I‘m so glad the book made you feel seen…we all need that… our issues & feeling should not be trivialized and silenced (edited) 2mo
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A remarkable story of tragedy, strength, friendship, and womanhood! Another "I'm so glad I stuck with it" situation! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel until I got to the last 3rd of the book. I had a hard time getting into it, but that may have been more my state of mind. Two weeks post knee surgery, I'm finally able to focus on my reading again...might be that I'm weaned off the "good" pain pills now ? ?. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I hope your recovery continues to go well. 2mo
AmyG May your recovery go well. Knee surgery is not fun. 2mo
UwannaPublishme Keep feeling better! 🤗 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I'm posting a discussion prompt from chapter 9 today to get us caught up. I'll post a question or 2 from chapter 10 on Sunday. I'm tagging everyone who was on the last post from @4thhouseontheleft . If anyone wants removed, let me know. #1619groupread

Butterfinger Thank you for doing this. 2mo
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staci.reads The contrast she showed between George Zimmermann and Jessie Murray stood put for me as well as the line "White people continue to use self-defense laws to protect themselves from perceived harm from African Americans; Black people often cannot use self-defense to protect themselves from actual harm by white people." One more example of how "citizenship" does not mean the same to everyone. 2mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m behind but will try to get caught up by Sunday. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m also behind but trying to catch up! 2mo
staci.reads @Butterfinger You're welcome 🙂 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Thank you so much for doing this! 2mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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A solid rom com that actually lives up to the hype. I don't read these often because too many of them are pure steam with little else to offer, but I enjoyed the story, the romance, and the characters. Glad I picked this one up!

truthinfiction Your review has made me pick this up. I tend to be wary of hyped books but your review was convincing enough. :) 2mo
staci.reads @truthinfiction I hope I haven't led you astray 🤞🙂 2mo
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What a fantastic take on one of the most underdeveloped characters in literature! I've read Pride and Prejudice countless times and rarely given Mary Bennet a second thought, so I was not prepared to find this book and Mary's story so wonderfully engaging. Mary is the heroine I never knew I needed! I'm so glad this was one of the #pemberlittens chosen books this month!

LeahBergen Yes!! It was delightful. 😊 2mo
sprainedbrain It‘s so good! 2mo
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Sanditon | Jane Austen
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What an auspicious beginning! It's a shame Jane Austen was unable to finish her tale of Charlotte Heywood and the community of Sanditon 😔 It has all the perfect ingredients and even in the short 12 chapters that exist, she already established her wit and insight into the silliness of human beings. I don't know if I want to read any of the various completed versions or not 🤔. I'll have to give that more thought. #pemberlittens @sprainedbrain

Trashcanman They told me to swim 3mo
LeahBergen I just finished it, too, and I agree. I don‘t think I will read any of the completed versions either. 🤔 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm doing Chapter a Day but I'm not going to read retellings. #somanybookssolittletime 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen @staci.reads You can just see the brilliance in this little snippet. Makes me wonder what could have been. Maybe this would have been my favorite Austen if Jane had the chance to finish. 3mo
AllDebooks It's perfectly set up and I personally would prefer to imagine where Jane Austen would have taken us than read someone else's interpretation. 3mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you liked it! ❤️ I will take all of you off my daily tag list when I continue reading my ‘finished by another lady‘ version after finishing the Austen chapters. @staci.reads @Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen @AllDebooks 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain you can leave me on the List. Will enjoy following along as I can. Just got a pile of Library Books and #botm to read. 3mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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The plot twists definitely made me glad I kept reading, but I struggled some, mostly with the dialogue and inner monologue of the mc. The author is recreating a gangster, hip, 1920s dialogue, but when every single sentence out of the character's mouths and the thoughts in their heads are figurative, snarky, and/or slang, it's hard to follow, and it can be hard not to think of the characters as caricatures. Great plot - overdone dialect.

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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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This took me a while to get into, but once I engaged with Isabelle, I was hooked. It's a tragic and inspirational story that's told softly. There's little about the writing that is overwrought, and yet it packs multiple gut punches. I also haven't read much fiction set in reconstruction era South, so I appreciated that aspect. This was my February #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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This was a ton of fun! A young girl who has powers that allow her to make plants grow inherits a creepy, mysterious old house and begins to uncover the secrets of the town and her own heritage. It's clearly set up to be a series, and I will be looking forward to the next installment! Filled with magic and adventure!

Andrea313 Thanks for the review! This is on my TBR, and I can't wait to get to it! 3mo
SW-T Think the next book is out in June! Excited to see what‘s next. 😁 3mo
Marialou I absolutely adore this book and the author 3mo
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The Heart Of A Woman | Maya Angelou
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Maya Angelou is one of the most interesting human beings to have lived. I read a review that said reading one of her autobiographies makes a person wonder what the hell they've been doing with their lives. I feel that. I read the first 2 autobiographies years ago and taught them for years but had never continued the series. This took me right back to her voice and her larger-than-life wisdom. She is a true treasure. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

DivineDiana I feel the same! What an incredible life! 3mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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There is absolutely nothing light or sunny about this book, so of course I had to take a picture with the morning sun coming through my leaded glass windows - I love contrasts 🤷‍♀️ This was a reread for me. I hated it the first time. This time, because I knew not to expect a romantic love story, I was able to enjoy & appreciate the dark, twisted tale much more. #wanderingthroughwutheringheights #pemberlittens @Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain

bibliobliss That room looks sooo cozy 3mo
SRWCF @bibliobliss I agree - so very inviting! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Perfect reading spot! 3mo
inthegreensandblues My feelings on first and second read exactly! I'm glad I took another chance on it. 3mo
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#unpopularopinion This was just ok. I don't get the hype. What am I missing?

RamsFan1963 I felt the same way. 4mo
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I love a good book about book lovers ❤📚. It's an enjoyable mystery about the world of rare books and those who work to research and preserve them.

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Three bookstores and seven books - I'm calling that pretty good self control 🤷‍♀️.

Soubhiville I really like the shirt! 4mo
Zoes_Human I loved The Night Watchman! 4mo
Liz_M You're in MN? I grew up in St. Paul. 😀 4mo
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staci.reads @Liz_M I live in Northern Iowa. We did a quick weekend trip to the Twin Cities for my bday. It's the first time we've been in downtown St. Paul. It's cool! 4mo
staci.reads @Zoes_Human looking forward to it! 4mo
Liz_M @staci.reads I'm glad you enjoyed it and managed to visit some of the best bookstores! 4mo
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Magers & Quinn Booksellers | Minnneapolis, MN (Bookstore)
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Bookstore #3 was amazing! Magers and Quinn sells both new and used, and holy cow, it's big and it's bursting with books! Also, fantastic, friendly staff who love to talk books! We spent a long time in this one 📚🙂 #supportindiebookstores

vivastory I lived right down the street from Magers & Quinn when I first moved to Minneapolis in '09. One of my fave bookstores of all time! 4mo
staci.reads @vivastory Oh wow, I'd be in big trouble if I lived down the street from it! 😂 4mo
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Birchbark Books and Native Arts | Minneapolis, MN (Bookstore)
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This weekend's indie bookstore #2 was tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood of old houses in Uptown Minneapolis. Focusing on Native American literature and arts, it was a welcoming, lovely store, with a small, but fantastic children's section that includes a balcony and a hidden cubby. Plus, how can you not love a store with a canoe hanging from the ceiling?! #supportindiebookstores

Butterfinger I'm reading Louise Erdrich's The Sentence now. I love this post. 4mo
Butterfinger Was she, by chance, there? 4mo
staci.reads @Butterfinger She was not, unfortunately, but signed copies of her books were in abundance! I picked up a signed copy of The Night Watchman. 4mo
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Subtext Books | St. Paul, MN (Bookstore)
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I spent my birthday weekend in the Twin Cities and while we were there, I visited 3 wonderful indie book stores! I'll post my haul later, but I wanted to share these lovely places first. This one was an accidental find as we were leaving the Winter Carnival In St. Paul. Subtext Books is lovely with cozy seating and a great selection. #supportindiebookstores

wanderinglynn Lovely! ❤️📚 4mo
mrp27 Fun! 4mo
Sparklemn Thanks so much for sharing this! I live in a suburb of Mpls and have never heard of this store. I‘ll put it on my list to visit. 😊 4mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It felt like a virtual vacation to get to read about Malibu, beaches, and sun while we are experiencing -30 wind chills 😂🧊🥶. I really enjoyed this book, but I'm a sucker for good siblings stories, so that's no surprise 🤷‍♀️

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I wasn't as blown away by this as So You Want to Talk About Race, but it was thought provoking. This didnt have as clear of a plan - it meandered & some chapters didn't seem as tight thematically. I also was left questioning what she hoped would be gained by the book. I feel SYWTTAR had some clear, actionable steps to move forward. This felt more like complaining than a call to action. Still, it forced some discomfort & was worth the read.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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I wish I had the words you write a review that encompasses the revolutionary quality of this book. The form and structure are unlike anything I've read, and it packs such an emotional punch. @Liz_M thank you for including this on your #NewYearWhoDis list. I may have never picked it up otherwise. @monalyisha

monalyisha Wow! 😍 4mo
Liz_M I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I LOVED "Dream House as Choose Your Own Adventure". I hope you are feeling better and get out of quarantine soon (if not already). 4mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Wow, that was epic. Early on, I was trying to decide whether to drudge through to the end but then something clicked, I started to care, and I was hooked. The book just kept getting better and better. There's a lot to process, but this is the kind of book experience that, for better or worse, makes it nearly impossible for me to not see a book through to the end. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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Lovely, atmospheric, and deceptively simplistic, this is a beautiful story about restoration. My 2nd of @Liz_M 's recommendations for #NewYearWhoDis is another gem. @monalyisha

Liz_M You are tearing through the books! Seems like a perfect weekend. 😊 4mo
staci.reads @Liz_M Well, I tested positive for Covid 3 days ago, so I'm stuck at home for a bit 🤷‍♀️😬 Books are my best friend right now. 4mo
Daisey I started the year with this book and enjoyed it so much! 4mo
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MrsMalaprop Oh no (re Covid) 😩. Wishing you a speedy recovery, & lots of good books in the meantime 🤞. 4mo
BarbaraBB You have COVID too! Probably from your husband. I hope it‘s mild. Wishing you the best! 4mo
staci.reads @BarbaraBB Yes, I'm definitely blaming him 🤣 It's been mild the 2nd time around, nothing like the first time, thank goodness. I'll give the vaccine credit for that. 4mo
staci.reads @MrsMalaprop thank you! 4mo
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I'll echo what others have already said - great woman, great accomplishments, lasting impact...not a great book 😔
It's bizarrely organized and written in a voice that sounds as if it's intended for middle schoolers or upper grade schoolers. I will definitely look for more books to keep learning about this amazing woman. #SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

KathyWheeler It was a weird read. So strangely organized and in some places it was informative while in other places it lacked necessary detail. I was disappointed. 4mo
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