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BIC book club!

Some of us here have expressed an interest in a book club, myself, @mermadelove, @LCResz, @ZombieMetroAnt, @Mcakes. If you'd be interested in joining, reply below. My initial thought was to mail the books around but if it means that some people can't participate, then I'm all for dropping that requirement. I'd love this to be a place where we nominate our favorite book and others can read it and comment. Something fun for the new year!  ETA: the booklist:

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (16)
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (16)
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13)
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (11)
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (11)
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (10)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10)
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (10) Discussion begins 8-13.
7. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (10) Discussion begin 9-2.
11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (9) Time to discuss 9-26
11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (9) Now discussing below.
11. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (9)
11. What Happened by Hilary Clinton (9) Now discussing below.
11. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (9) Start reading now.
11. The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Ashford (9)
11. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (9)
18. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (8)
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (8)
18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (8)
18. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (8)
18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (8)
18. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (8)
18. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (8)
18. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (8)
18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (8)
18. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (8)
18. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (8)
18. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory (8)

Participants in spoiler

 

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Participants:

PrettyinPA

AlexaSteph

Beadshopgirl

LCResz

Kim888

SoBeautiful

Fatimamummy

ZombieMetroAnt

PalomaFoster

k617

bakeamuffin
Susubee
Skcfan
Lazybeautybeast
SpaceLlama
greeneyedgirl107

Mermadelove
Mcakes
Aaliaa
Serenely
Myinsidevoice
MissPuff
juliehnguyen
lmi82
Knowledgebeauty
Titian06
quspork
darlyndar
KellW
misscg
EuniceO
Elles117
ClassicallyFab
ShiraBT
melanito
Heylady14
ChicagoEngineer
Imightneedthis
PrettyPaint
rachface2921


 

 

  

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I know I was so drawn to it (no pun intended 😆)

I felt like the illustration really speaks to the title @itsfi 

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Thanks for sharing, @peculiarzmakeup ! 💖💖💖

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Of course 💕💕💕 @Titian06 

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Interested 

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Please join in anytime @dionneandkenni . I got so many good recommendations from these lovelies 😘

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@dionneandkenni, 100% echo @blackkitty2014's response - jump right on in anytime, whether to comment or ask questions about a book someone has mentioned here or to post about a book you've read, or both. It's great to see what others are reading. I've learned about books I've been interested in reading as well as ones I had no idea existed but are on my (ever growing) list of books to read.  📚

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The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
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Ahhhhh, this one I liked; I really liked. 😍 The commentary from ABC News' Lana Hasan about this book is well stated - "Let's put it this way: if it weren't for work, I would have been able to finish this book in a day." 
 
This novel is held out as a mystery - thriller - suspense - romance - fiction. I was interested in the mystery part and there is something to be solved but it's not like a whodunit type novel. I wouldn't say it's a thriller or a romance though the storyline touches, in part, on what it means to love in a very real and thought-provoking way. This came across my radar because I had picked up the book The Last Thing He Told Me and if you liked that one, you might like this one as well. 
 
The story is well written, with words weaved beautifully together to stir up emotions and move you to think. 💖 I also like that none of the characters are written as perfect - they're flawed, real. I didn't relate very much to the main character, more so with the husband, and it was interesting to read the various events that take place from their respective points of view. 4-1/2 stars. itsfi_0-1717775927844.png 

 

Notable Quotes:
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"When we have experienced more loss than is bearable ... we hold on to everything."
 
"And that second chance was beautiful; more so than I could ever have imagined. My body moved on, my heart loved again. 
But there was always a negative space, a shadow on the sand. That is the way with loss: you can't undo it, no matter what you have gained."
 
"I don't know anything, other than that it's only when something's damaged beyond repair that we realize how beautiful it was."
This is one I would like to see made into a TV series/movie. 📺📽

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My library doesn’t have this at the moment but they have Ghost by the same author. I started with Ghost for now @itsfi 😘

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Oooh, I'll be interested to hear what you think of Ghost @blackkitty2014! Many of the reviews for this book speak highly of Ghost

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Will report back @itsfi . It’s a bit slow at the beginning 😘

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FOUR AND A HALF??!?! @itsfi I must read. I just checked the library, e-library, and Amazon and it seems like I have to fork out some coins to read so I shall put it on my wishlist.

 

Are we starting our "no buy, read more" month strong? 💪

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"Are we starting our "no buy, read more" month strong? 💪"  lol @jaaayp So far, trying to make my way through unopen packages from last month has been keeping me plenty distracted - and it's confirmed that a no buy this month is very well timed. The reading has been good for unwinding and yes, it does take up time that I might otherwise use to help stimulate the economy. 😁 

 

I was happily surprised to see how much I enjoyed this book. Wasn't expecting that. Books usually land in the 3-1/2 to 4 stars range for me. @blackkitty2014 so a lovely find. I also wasn't expecting it to cause me to think as much as I did on marriage, relationships. 

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That’s exactly it @itsfi . I definitely think twice about if I really really want to make a beauty purchase. Reading is definitely keep me distracted from impulse purchase 😘

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Second @jaaayp . I will look it up and bookmark it now @itsfi 😘

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@blackkitty2014 @itsfi YAAAAY I'm so happy I have some emotional support during this low buy!!! 

 

Reading definitely helps, at least for me. Also, not gonna lie, reading more = more accidental naps, but hey, naps are safer than online shopping, right, ladies? 😂

 

Oooh what else have you received this month @itsfi ? I am omw to the June haul thread after this to go check for your hauls 🤭

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Kudos to everyone on their reading! I rarely read, even though I used to love it! Seems to come in spurts. You know I have a gigantic reading wish list! I did reread the first 6 books in the Bridgerton series to get ready for season 3. I didn't realize I had book 7 so I started that.  I started Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey last year after I picked it up on a trip. It's hard to get into. I also read some not nice things about the author so we'll see how far I get into that. I did organize my little bookshelf with stuff to read, so after those I have the first 10 Jason Bourne books, some astronomy, and photography books lined up. 

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Oh you’re soo good @Samtian . I have a weird rule either book or movie but not both. Can you tell I’m lazy 😘

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100% agree - it does come in spurts @Samtian! And to long reading lists! I was off of it for years and then started back on the reading for leisure (we'll say semi-regularly 😅) last year on the trip to NYC and have been trying to do a book a month this year. 

 

That's awesome that you're getting through the Bridgerton series - book and show. Ahhh, I once had the Jason Bourne books on my "to read" list and then I got sidetracked by something else altogether - I don't think I knew then that there were that many books in the series. lol 

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@itsfi The Bourne books haven't stopped either haha. I think I had read the first 3 in high school...

 

A book a month is a great idea!

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What? There's more than 10 Bourne books, @Samtian?! Oh goodness. 

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@itsfi 18! My brother bought me a set that had the first 10 for my birthday. I thought it was only 10 as well. Then I saw I had one that wasn't in the set Enigma, and looked it up...Enigma is book 13 haha.

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