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3/29/20 12:25 P

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Good idea to have the To Read file. I really doubt if I'll run out of books to read, even if the library closure does go on a long time - I have a lot!



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3/28/20 9:22 P

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Glad to hear you enjoyed Sula. That will go on my list to get from the library when we can check books out again. Really glad you have plenty to read.

In my sorting, I have created a To Read file for newsletters and am setting aside magazines, so I will non-fiction material to delve into if the library closures last an extended period.

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I loved Sula!! It's less than 200 pages. It explores some relationships, especially between two girlhood friends. The descriptions are wonderful.

I also finally finished The Yellow House, which took me forever to get through, and I was disappointed. It's non-fiction about the house the writer grew up in, and her big family. I was disappointed. She obviously put a lot of work into it, but I found it really lacking in feeling, as if she had just been an outside observer.

Now I'm starting Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Not sure yet how much I like it. It's a book I got from Amazon a while back, with my gift certificate.

I'm also eager for libraries to open again! I do have lots to read here though, thank goodness.

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3/25/20 10:13 P

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I've never read Toni Morrison. I may give Sula a try, when I can get books from the library again.

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3/23/20 10:55 A

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Finished both Slaughterhouse-Five and The Living Mountain. I gave them both 4 * but they are very different! The Living Mountain is non-fiction and could almost be called a prose poem - beautiful descriptions of nature in northern Scotland.

Now I've started Sula by Toni Morrison and am really enjoying it. I had tried to read her book The Bluest Eye, but just couldn't get into it.

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3/22/20 2:25 A

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I've read 3 of the short stories that all take place before the first Mercy Thompson novel, which introduce introduce characters we meet in the novels. And I'm just a little ways into Moon Called, the first of the Mercy T books. So much fun!

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Finished the new Mercy Thompson book, Smoke Bitten in ~ 28 hours. Very good! Lots of ties to recent books. Once I read it again, just to savor, I'll reread the series, including the short stories in their proper places in the timeline. A fun prospect to keep me entertained during this challenging time!

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/17/20 11:30 A

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Our library suspended all programs at the end of last week, but luckily my volunteer was able to talk them into letting her bring me the 4 books the library had on hold for me. One of those was Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons which I expected to be amusing, but I was stunned to read about a place she called a 'Jew-shop' which I found highly offensive. That was almost at the very beginning of the book, but I couldn't read any more.
Now I've started Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, which is a book I've meant to read for many years. I'm enjoying it so far. That is also a library book. The library is completely closed now, but there is a drop box for returns. I hope it won't be closed for a long time, but I do have plenty of my own books to read in the meantime.

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3/16/20 1:02 A

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I'm sort of saving my books, so this weekend, since finishing Roomies, I've spent my "reading time" at home watching the DVD Toy Story set I got myself for my birthday. I love that these Blu Ray discs have the original DVD features, plus new ones as well. I just finished TS3--I forgot how much it made me cry at the end. I sort of remembered the sad ones in the incinerator, but didn't recall the bittersweet ones when Andy leaves for college. Looking forward to the special features tomorrow night, then Tuesday I buy the brand new Patricia Briggs on release day!

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Yep, my county library service suspended operations until 4/15! I had 2 holds in transit! The 5 or 6 I just placed were put on "Paused" a status I hadn't seen before. Don't know if I'll be able to pick up the ones that were on the way. So it's definitely rereading and watching videos for me!

I finished Roomies by Christina Lauren, and it was great, light fun, though with some interesting insights into relationships and how we see and treat ourselves.

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/14/20 6:55 P

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Both library systems I access have closed due to the virus. No overdue fees, and they have book drops for returns. I'm *hoping* they'll let us request books and have a period each day or days where we can come pick 'em up. Neither has decided what to do about holds yet. If *no* books circulate.... emoticon

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I finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - amazing insights into mental illness and the lure of suicide. Now I'm starting Middlemarch by George Eliot which I expect will take a while!

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Finished The Unhoneymooners, which was fun and frothy. Now reading their book Roomies. Christina Lauren is the pen name of two women who write together. Another totally fun one which borrows a little from While You Were Sleeping and Green Card (which is actually referenced). I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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3/12/20 5:28 A

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I liked that too! emoticon

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3/12/20 12:22 A

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I enjoyed that last little alternate history twist that resulted from his reply to Churchill's fleeting question about the Soviets.

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3/11/20 7:58 A

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I finished Lightning, and thought it was very good!
Now I'm starting The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, her only novel, published just before her death. It looks good so far.

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3/11/20 1:14 A

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I finished my bus/work book, The Case of the Wandering Scholar, with the lady detective in Victorian England. Mildly entertaining, not bad, just not especially compelling. I prefer stories where I care deeply about the characters, like the one I'm rereading now by Heather Webber, or my favorite urban fantasy series. Characters don't even have to be human for me to care about them and want to know what will happen next in their lives. I'm a whole week away from the new Mercy Thompson release. I can't wait!!

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/8/20 8:05 A

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Sounds good! I'm still making my way through the same books - may finish Lightning today.

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I discovered Heather Webber (who as Heather Blake has written 2 mystery series with magical elements) had a new book out in 2019, Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe. I got it from the library and finished it today. I simply loved it. Set in a little town in Alabama, it's her first women's fiction book. The characters are wonderful--I really want to read more about them, so I hope she'll write more books in this setting. All sorts of family secrets and struggles and emotional issues, with a tiny bit of magic tossed in. I may buy it in hardcover to read over. I'll probably reread it before returning it to the library. It was SO satisfying!

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3/6/20 9:44 A

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No I haven't - I'll have to add that to my TBR list! emoticon

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Lightning is one of my 2 favorites of his. I bought that and Watchers (the other) in large print trade paper, which I'm hoping will hold up better through multiple readings. One of his recent ones I really liked was The City. Have you read that one?

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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3/5/20 7:21 A

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That one sounds interesting to me!

I have started two more books: The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, non-fiction about a mountain area in northern Scotland. She was clearly passionate about this subject. I haven't read a lot yet, but like it a lot.

The other book is Lightning by Dean Koontz, another fast-paced book of his, which I am also enjoying.

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A totally new Quick Read for me from the library: The Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders, the second book (haven't read the first) in a series featuring a widowed gentlewoman detective in Victorian England. A quiet novel, well-written, with gentle humor and a nice period tone of voice.

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3/2/20 5:05 A

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Good for you! I agree with you, although I did enjoy the Janet Evanovich books more for the humour - love the grandma!!
I don't care for romance, unless the romance is just a small part of the story. I like family sagas, and 'slice-of-life' sorts of books. I like some historical fiction too.
I think that Star Trek just came too late for me. It never caught my interest.
You and I are just on different tracks as far as our reading tastes go. You love yours, and I love mine. emoticon

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I know not everyone is into fantasy. I grew up on Star Trek, and enjoyed every series until Enterprise. My favorite was Deep Space 9, set on a space station rather than a starship, because the stories had more continuity, and the political and spiritual themes were so strong.

My co-leader in the team A Gathering of Goddesses (the GGs to me), got a chance to be a "beta reader" a term I had heard but never understood. She got to read an early draft of a book that may get published. The writing was raw, but her main complaints in this romance book had to do with character development. This was my reaction to what she shared with us:

Eva, your reaction of wanting to punch the "hero" in the nose reminds me of why I could never read the JD Robb books [though I really enjoy some of Nora Roberts' novels under her own name]. When Eve meets Roarke, he says something like "If I decide we're going to have sex, we'll have sex." And she, an incest survivor and a cop, doesn't call him on it. I'm sorry, in my universe there is nothing sexy or even acceptable in that; to my mind it's the mindset of a rapist. Period. There were a couple of her early Harlequin romances where the "hero" said something along those lines, and I would close the book and return it to the library.

Another favorite series of many, the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich (with the numbers in the titles) was a problem for me, too. I couldn't get beyond the first chapter or 2, because to me the "heroine" was shallow and slutty, and why would I follow the antics of someone I don't like or respect? Makes me wonder about your author's "heroine" who comes across as weak and submissive. As a survivor, I find that insulting--not just poor writing, but downright socially irresponsible. OK, stepping off my soapbox now!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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3/1/20 5:05 A

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I'm glad you enjoy the fantasy/spooky books - they're just not for me. I like books that describe situations which could actually happen. The only 'fantastical' book I've loved was Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, oh and Mary Poppins too! I'm sure there were more when I was very young.

Now I'm reading A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum, which takes place in Russia at the beginning of the first World War. It's quite fascinating.

I hope you get lots of reading time today!

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I'm just sorry that Midnight without a Moon fizzled out at the end. So many things kept happening, with lots of intensity & emotions, and tense historical events--and then it just sort of stopped with the main character changing her mind about what action to take--but without any action taking place. It was odd and disappointing after such powerful feelings had been stirred.

Last night I finished my subsequent bus/work book, The House by Christina Lauren--a really creepy gothic (but modern) YA novel. There was a bit of a lull in the middle, but then it got really scary by the end. A good read if you like spooky.

I'm about to finish Silence Fallen, 2 Mercy Thompson novels back in preparation for the release of her next one on 3/17. This one has her kidnapped from the Tri-Cities in Washington state and taken to Milan by a powerful vampire. In escaping his stronghold, she causes the werewolf chasing her to be run over by a bus. She's a coyote shapeshifter, a daughter of Coyote, so odd things are always happening around her. She's also a VW mechanic and married to an alpha werewolf. She ends up in Prague, where she meets up & interacts with the legendary Golem of Prague. It's a favorite installment of mine in the urban fantasy series that begins with Moon Called.

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2/23/20 4:03 A

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That sounds good too! I love family dramas! emoticon

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I picked up one of the Quick Reads (impulse display) books at the library--the newest novel by Jill Shalvis, Almost Just Friends. Character-driven family drama/romance, it's completely pulled me in; I just can't stop reading!

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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It sounds good - thanks!!

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I was hoping my next book would be better--and it's amazing! A juvenile fiction book--that I consider more YA, with a 13-year-old protagonist: a black girl living in Mississippi in 1955. The conditions are heartbreaking, but she is so matter-of-fact about it. I'm just a little ways into it, but extremely compelling! Oh, the title is Midnight without a Moon, by Linda Williams Jackson. It's a glorious debut novel!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I'm sorry it was disappointing. I finished City of Girls and loved it. Now I'm reading The Victim by Saul Bellow, published in the 1940s. I like it!

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I mentioned in the chat thread how much I enjoyed my last bus/work book, Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren--enough that I requested several of her books from the library which are in transit. I found it on the impulse display, and boasted endorsement quotes by a couple of now favorite authors whose works I discovered there as well. Started another book found there today, and gave it up during lunch--boring with people I didn't much like. The author is Jill Mansell, who has lots of books published; this one was Mixed Doubles. I grabbed one of my juvenile fiction books to try tomorrow--hope it's better!

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That does sound intense! I finally finished One True Thing - it was excellent. Now I need to get back to reading City of Girls and The Yellow House...

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Finished my bus and work book, Ice Dogs, by Terry Lynn Johnson. Really good, about a young teen girl musher in Alaska who finds an injured city boy while out with her dog team, and they get lost and have many hair-raising adventures trying to get home. Very intense and exciting!

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Thanks for the recommendation - I've added it to my list. I love to laugh!!

I haven't finished One True Thing, but I've got new library books so I've started City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote Eat Pray Love, which I wasn't able to finish, and I don't love the writing in this book either, but I'll give it a little more of a chance... emoticon

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I absolutely LOVED The Unteachables by Gordon Korman! It's not only about a group of misfit students, but also a burnt out teacher trying to skate out the year until early retirement who gets assigned to them. I almost missed my bus stop yesterday afternoon, because I was at a very tense section. Two mornings in a row, it had me laughing so loud, I may have disturbed coworkers. And I had to wipe away the tears when I finished it this morning just before my shift started. I *highly* recommend this one!
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I don't think I've read any of those authors, though I've heard of Quindlen, and the title sounds familiar.

I'm rereading the Others urban fantasy series (I'm *so* glad a B&N bookseller introduced me to it!) at home, and will finish the Gordon Korman juvenile fiction book The Unteachables--which I'm hugely enjoying. I laughed so loud reading over breakfast, I was afraid I might have disturbed colleagues out on the floor!
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Since I last posted, I have read Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor, a book that fits into 'women's fiction' - a bit of romance but the book was really more about the house itself and the people who had been there and are there now. I gave it 3 * out of 5.
Yesterday I finished The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, another book about a house and the people who were and are there. I liked it better - there was more character development, and I gave it 4*.
Now I've started One True Thing by Anna Quindlen. I'm pretty sure I've seen this as a movie, but it was a long time ago. I really enjoy her writing.

I hope you're both enjoying whatever you're reading, Amanda and Mary, and anyone else who might be stopping by!

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I finished Death of All Things, and in the last few had a heartbreaking and rather depressing story, and very the last was heartbreaking, yet uplifting--reminded me a little of Touched by an Angel. The author of that story, Delayed Exchange Deferred, is Kiya Nicoll.
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Wedding Vows, by Leah Cutter, about a ghost in contemporary China, was sweet and had me tearing up. And The Wolves of Lady Death, by Christie Golden, was so moving it made me cry.

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I just went thru your posts back to Dec, and now have a list of half a dozen or so books to look into. So you may see my re-review of some of yours!!

Read the first of the football ones Amanda mentioned, Intercepted. Enjoyed it. The next 2 should go pretty quickly as well.

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Sorry that last book was not as good as you had been led to expect, Leslie.

I've had a pleasant surprise with an anthology I requested. Actually I'm the one who suggested the purchase, since my system had no copies. Faith Hunter's newest short story was in something called The Death of All Things, edited by Gilman and Richardson. Writers from many genres, and mostly not well known, take different perspectives on Death as a character. I've only read a couple of duds & gave up on one, but I've laughed and teared up and thought "now that's strange!" And a few authors I enjoyed enough to search for other titles to read.

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I'm so glad you love those books, Amanda! I finished The Falconer and thought it was very good - a sort of stream-of-consciousness from a girl in high school in New York - except it leaned a little too heavily on games of basketball for my liking. I'm still reading Autumn and like the humour in it, but I finally got Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which everyone has raved about, and I waited since August to get from the library! It does draw one in, but it's completely unrealistic and predictable. The most interesting parts are the descriptions of nature. Otherwise, it's not a great book.

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Over on the GGs (A Gathering of Goddesses), my co-leader said she was in the middle book of Nora Roberts' trilogy The Chronicles of the One, which I have reviewed here, having gotten the set as a gift. This is what I wrote:
"Yes, I loved the new trilogy and will keep it to reread. It was much less a typical romance; very urban fantasy, reminiscent of The Stand, but with much greater paranormal elements. I liked that it was the first time she had interracial couples and very non-traditional families of magical and non-magical beings as well as different gender-orientations (not just a single token gay character). As with her best books, it made me laugh and cry."

And yesterday, in the chat thread there and here, I mentioned finishing the final book in the Harry Potter series. "I adore the revelations in Snape's memories, the scene between Dumbledore and Harry at "King's Cross Station," the fierceness of Molly Weasley battling Bellatrix, Kreacher leading the house elves to battle, Neville's heroism, Harry's explanation of wand magic and allegiance to Voldemort--and offer of redemption, and finally his exchange with little Albus Severus in the sweet epilogue."

I love storytelling that creates characters you care deeply about and enjoy watching them grow, struggle, evolve, and triumph. And now I've returned to the last 3 books by Faith Hunter. In Dark Queen, Jane Yellowrock has met her brother, another skinwalker who was born on the Trail of Tears after she was forced to change into a bobcat and left in the snow to escape the soldiers--as a child of 5.

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I'm glad you've enjoyed reading Harry Potter. Those books just never captured my fancy, but I know my grandson (who just turned 17!!) loved them too.

I finished Olive Kitteridge. I liked it a lot! It's all short stories taking place in a small town in Maine, but Olive is not the main character in all of the stories. I 'met' some very interesting people in the book. She has a new book out called Olive, Again, and I will be requesting that one soon.

Now I've started The Falconer by Dana Czapnik and read a lot of it in waiting rooms yesterday, and today I'll also start Autumn by Ali Smith.

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That's weird! But cool they jumped you up the line!

Oh, I goofed on the author's name of Blitzed: it's Alexa Martin. I was trying to picture the name on the cover, and I could see the beginning and ending As, with maybe the E in the middle.

I'm on the last few chapters of Harry Potter 6. I keep thinking ahead to the final book. Can't wait to get all the way there, and to savor the elements that film #8 (as great as the series was as a whole) missed, like the united strength of the anti-Voldemort forces, and the many poignant memories of Snape.

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I have read about Washington Black and chose not to read it. I'm sorry you also had a negative impression of it.

In August I had requested Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens from the library, and was #14 on the list, then #8, but when I checked the other day I had gone backward to #9! I called the library and nobody knew how that could have happened, so they put me in the #1 slot, and now it's available for me! I need to finish one of my other books, Normal People by Sally Rooney, and then I'll contact my volunteer to pick up the 3 books the library is holding for me, and return the 2 that are due back on the 28th,

Enjoy your reading!

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I finally gave up on one--Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. It won awards and acclaim, but it was just too depressing for me. The savagery and degradation of slavery depicted was too much, rather like my reaction to God Don't Like Ugly, where I couldn't get past the ongoing abuse to get to the rest of the story.

So now I'm reading totally light fare, another of the football WAGs stories by Andrea Martin, Blitzed--earlier titles in the series were Intercepted and Fumbled. A bit crude, but funny. Those have been my bus and work books, and at home I've gotten to the 6th Harry Potter on this read through the series; just started The Half-Blood Prince last night.

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I finally finished High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver - a wonderful book of essays, mostly about the environment.

Now I've added The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.

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I just finished secret garden. Now I looking for something else to read.

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I finally gave up on The Bluest Eye. I did finish The Great Believers and really liked it.
Since then I've read The Night Window, the fifth and final book in the Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz. I really liked the series, and the ending was very satisfying!

Now I'm reading Normal People by Sally Rooney and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and enjoying both very much.

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I'm glad you're enjoying your reading. I really like The Great Believers - I think I am about halfway through it.
I'm struggling a bit with The Bluest Eye. The writing just doesn't seem to 'flow' for me, but I'll stick with it.

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I'm a little ways into HP #3, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and loving it! emoticon

And The Curious Heart book is absolutely delightful. It's so unusual, I never know what's going to happen. I'm learning little bits of Scottish slang--and confused by some also. Both entertaining and heart-warming.

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Thanks for the 1967 - I should have looked it up myself!

I hope you enjoy both books you are reading. I finished Watching You, and now will get back to The Bluest Eye, and I'll also be starting The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

I hope you'll have some extra time off work to enjoy reading!

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1967. I finished it. It was fun, not great, and again quite explicit sexually. (I feel like I should add that warning, since I'm not sure about other members' tastes or sensibilities.)

Just barely began another library impulse display, which will be my bus and work book this week: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland, about a young woman who gets a heart transplant. I only read a few pages while in line at the store today, and I think I'm going to really enjoy it. More to come . . .
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1960s I think--I'll have to look it up. I'm about to fall asleep sitting up right now! emoticon emoticon

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That's very interesting about the Loving Generation, and what a perfect name! What year was that Supreme Court ruling? I know I've read about it, but can't remember when it was.

I am holding off on The Bluest Eye temporarily because I have another library book that's due back earlier, so I'll read Watching You by Lisa Jewell first.

I have contacted my library volunteer with another list of books, only because I have a book that's due back today, but I let her know there is no hurry to get those books because I still have plenty to read!

I hope you continue to enjoy the Jane Yellowrock books!

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I haven't read either of those classics. I started a new romance by a biracial author who has an author's note about belong to the Loving Generation--biracial kids born to parents who could finally marry after the Supreme Court heard Loving v. Virginia and ended the state bans on interracial marriages in the US. I had never heard the term before.

I also went ahead and bought the new Jane Yellowrock book, Shattered Bonds. I have considered buying them all (quite a lot), but I really prefer trade or hardcover to multiple readings of mass market editions, for books I will read repeatedly. Very exciting just a few chapters in!

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I finished reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker yesterday - what a wonderful book!

Now I'm about to start The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

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You had mentioned reading a book set in Sri Lanka, but I didn't remember the name.

I finished that delightful Chloe Brown book, and see she'll have another out next year featuring one of Chloe's sisters. Hope it will be as much fun as this one was. It's amazing how she blended such humor, sexuality, plus serious issues of class & race & physical limitations (the heroine has fibromyalgia), and all the emotional scars left by harmful relationships.

I also just finished--again--the last Jane Yellowrock novel. I just realized today that for $8 I can get it at the store, and not keep waiting for it to come in to the library. I may do that tomorrow, while on errands.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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It's a lovely family saga that takes place, or at least starts, in 1920's Ceylon (Sri Lanka). I'm really enjoying it.

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