Weekend Wrap Up #32

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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CURRENTLY READING

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A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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I had see this book floating around the blogosphere and was curious.  Then I noticed the author was making an appearance at a bookstore a couple hours away so I went on NetGalley and grabbed it because it was Read Now.

The author, Tara, was raised in the middle of nowhere in Idaho.  She never went to school and wasn’t even home schooled.  She never saw a doctor even though she broke bones and had fevers and infections.  Tara’s desire to learn about the world outside her secluded mountain home propels her to defy her family, friends, and town to try to get into college without even graduating high school.  Her tenacity to teach herself algebra and science was truly enlightening.   This was truly an inspirational book about how if you set your mind on something, even if it seems impossible and everything and everyone is against you, it can be done.  I have several teacher friends that have read this book but i think it would also be a great read for high school students or anyone thinking about going to college.

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My favorite thing about this book was how it was told from three very different perspectives.  Fred, is a nine year old autistic boy. Piper, is his mother who is reeling from her son’s diagnosis and Lance, who is Fred’s grandfather, is recovering from a heart attack and brain injury.  To me, my favorite perspective was Fred’s.  His thoughts and actions as an autistic child were insightful and interesting.   Piper’s anxiety about what others thought of her son and her fear about Fred’s future was at times heart breaking. The author mentions at the beginning of the book that her son was diagnosed with autism at the same age as Fred in the book, so to me the story is believable and authentic.  A brilliant book about acceptance and forgiveness.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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I was so exited to be approved by NetGalley to read this!  Rebecca Stead is one of my favorite authors.

A classic middle-grade tale of magic and friendship, about a girl who helps an old friend find home, by two New York Times–bestselling authors Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

 

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Grabbed this from my local library after reading that is was recommended by John Green.

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.

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bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.

This weeks prompt is…

  How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?

My answer…

I am not in a book club but I have always wanted to be in one.  I think it would be fun to meet at a coffee house.  Coffee+Books=<3

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Goodreads Book Blurb

It is a companion novel to Dumplin‘, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined. This publishes May 8th.

I loved the novel, Dumplin’. Also, I met the author, Julie Murphy, and she is the sweetest gal. I am also looking forward to the movie coming out based on Dumplin’.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

 

These two books were amazing!

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

Stay-at-home mom Piper Whitman Hart is too close to her nine-year-old son Fred to realize that his idiosyncrasies are signs of something more. And just when his diagnosis of autism sends her life reeling, she’s dragged back into the orbit of her emotionally abusive father, Lance, after a heart attack leaves him with brain damage.

Fred is in need of a friend. Lance is in need of care. And Piper just wants to feel stable ground beneath her feet. What she never expects is that Fred and Lance–both misunderstood by the world–will start to connect in the most miraculous of ways.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castleabout a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books That Take Place In Another Country

 

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China

 

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Scotland

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France

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Sweden

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England

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Ireland

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Rwanda

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Afghanastan

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Poland

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Syria/Turkey

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

These two books were amazing!

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CURRENTLY READING

flyingatnight

Book Blurb

Stay-at-home mom Piper Whitman Hart is too close to her nine-year-old son Fred to realize that his idiosyncrasies are signs of something more. And just when his diagnosis of autism sends her life reeling, she’s dragged back into the orbit of her emotionally abusive father, Lance, after a heart attack leaves him with brain damage.

Fred is in need of a friend. Lance is in need of care. And Piper just wants to feel stable ground beneath her feet. What she never expects is that Fred and Lance–both misunderstood by the world–will start to connect in the most miraculous of ways.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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OR

educated

Book Blurb

An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castleabout a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Weekend Wrap Up #31

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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ebbing

I rented this movie this week.  It was very good and what I expected; gritty, raw, funny, and sad.  The performances were excellent and Frances McDormand deserved the Oscar she won.

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CURRENTLY READING

flyingatnight

Flying at Night gives voice to an autistic child, trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t quite understand him.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

I read three excellent books this week!

woman

This was my favorite mystery thriller so far this year.  There were many twists and turns and I loved the main character, Anna.  The writing flowed easy which made it nice to read; not too many descriptions and details bogging down the story.  I liked the mystery within a mystery of why Anna is a recluse (she hasn’t left her house in a year) and how it is revealed along with the main mystery of the story which is the murder of the next door neighbor’s wife.  If you are a classic movies fan you will love this book because there are countless references sprinkled throughout the story which cleverly follows the plot of the book.   This was a debut novel and has been optioned for a movie.

otherpeopleshouses

This book was hilarious! If you are a man or a woman, have kids, are married, divorced, work, or stay at home and want a book that will literally make you laugh out loud then grab this one.  There were so many funny lines that I shared with my husband that had us both laughing. It is also at the same time thought provoking and brutally honest about the many struggles of married couples trying to raise children in today’s world.

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I enjoyed this quick Young Adult read.  It wasn’t my favorite Gayle Forman book but a great book on staying true to yourself even when everyone else is telling you otherwise.  I did like the three converging story lines and that it took place in one day.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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My Scots edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone arrived this week!

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Received this from First to Read

Set in the French countryside, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman’s fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has, and about finding love even under the most unexpected circumstances.

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bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books.

This weeks prompt is…

  When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books?

My answer…

Of course!

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

ihavelostmyway

A great quick YA read.

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CURRENTLY READING

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LOVING THIS ONE SO FAR!

Book Blurb

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Top Ten Books on my TBR list

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

bookdate

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

ihavelostmyway

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CURRENTLY READING

woman

LOVING THIS BOOK SO FAR!

Book Blurb

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

otherpeopleshouses

Book Blurb

The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

Weekend Wrap Up #30

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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I rented Darkest Hour this week because, being the Harry Potter fan that I am, I wanted to see Gary Oldman’s Oscar winning performance. I have to admit his performance was pretty amazing.

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CURRENTLY READING

ihavelostmyway

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

smiledbeads

This was a fabulous memoir by a Rwandan refugee.  I vaguely remember hearing about the troubles over there when I was in college.  The author, Clemantine, talks about how at the age of six, her and her older sister, Claire, had to escape from Rwanda and leave their parents behind.  What ensues is seven years of wandering, hunger, and pure survival. I was afraid this book would be graphic and hard to read but thankfully, the book focused on Clemantine’s struggle with healing and feeling worthy of a new life in America.

letmelie

This was my first Clare MacKintosh novel and I was not disappointed! This thriller had me guessing from page one and just when I thought I had figured it out, there would be a twist.  One of my pet peeves of mysteries is convenient coincidences to move the story along.  This book did not do that.  The writing was superb and suspenseful.  There were at least two big twists that made me gasp and I couldn’t put the book down.  I will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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I checked this out from my local library.

Book Blurb

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

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I bought this at Goodwill.

Book Blurb
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

I received the following 3 books from First to Read

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Book Blurb

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

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Book Blurb

A powerful and extraordinary novel, Flying at Night gives voice to an autistic child, trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t quite understand him.

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Book Blurb

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and secrets.

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bookbloggerhop

The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm

This weeks prompt is…

   Who is your favorite children’s books author and why?

My answer…

Judy Blume

I loved Judy Blume as a child and as a teenager because she wasn’t afraid to write about real things happening in the world and real things happening to kids.  I think every girl my age as a teenager read “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” and the racy “Forever.”

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I was lucky enough to meet Judy Blume a couple summers ago! She was so sweet and humble and had a great sense of humor.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

asylum

Unfortunately, I read to half way and gave up.

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CURRENTLY READING

letmelie

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Book Blurb

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were “thunder.” In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety–perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States, where she embarked on another journey–to excavate her past and, after years of being made to feel less than human, claim her individuality.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Ten Books That Surprised Me (in a good way)

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

bookdate

IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

asylum

Unfortunately, I got to half way and gave up.

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CURRENTLY READING

letmelie

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Goodreads Book Blurb

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were “thunder.” In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety–perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States, where she embarked on another journey–to excavate her past and, after years of being made to feel less than human, claim her individuality.