The 'Book Challenge' Thread

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  1. Kiyoko

    Kiyoko New Member

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    ^^ I have read Grace : A Memoir - which I thought was terrific. I always enjoy stories / memoirs of fashion folks. Enjoy :smile:
     
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  2. kissmesweet

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    Thank you, @Kiyoko! It's wonderful so far, but I've just been distracted by so many other books haha.
     
  3. axiomatic

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    I'm way ahead of my usual goal of 52 books a year. Luckily I checked a bunch of books out of the library before it closed.

    My 2020 list so far:

    1. The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
    2. The Education of An Idealist by Samantha Power
    3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
    4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    5. Possible Side Effects by Agustin Burroughs
    6. Free Men by Katy Simpson Smith
    7. The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga
    8. The Confessions of Noa Weber by Gail Hareven
    9. The Good Works of Ayela Linde by Charlotte Forbes
    10. Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
    11. The Emerald Light in the Air by Donald Antrim
    12. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
    13. Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
    14. The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
    15. Temporary by Hilary Leichter
    16. The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
    17. When the Emperor Was Devine by Julie Otsuka
    18. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
    19. The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker
    20. The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller
    21. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
    22. Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney
    23. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
    24. Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann
    25. Deep in the Green by Anne Raver
    26. Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman
     
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  4. axiomatic

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    Did you like this? Not too dry?
     
  5. kissmesweet

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    It's really fantastic. I thought it would be a lot drier, but the writing is pretty great. The book moves quickly.

    I'm a bit behind... possibly because I'm in the middle of three to four books at the moment.

    1. Lungs by Duncan Macmillan
    2. Leadership in the Performing Arts by Tobie S. Stein
    3. The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
    4. Constellations by Nick Payne
    5. If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet by Nick Payne
    6. Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
    7. Invisible Women: Data Biases in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
    8. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir
    9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
    10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    11. The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
    12. First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten
    13. A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends by Michael Kirby
    14. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nichols
     
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    20. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon*
    21. I Don't Want to Die Poor by Michael Arceneaux*
    22. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    23. Wow, No Thank You By Samantha Irby*
    24. Sula by Toni Morrison
    25. The Tradition by Jericho Brown (poetry)*
    26. Stateway's Garden: Stories by Jasmon Drain
    27. The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio*
    28. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
     
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    @axiomatic, if you don't mind me asking how was the The Yellow House by Sarah Broom? I've looked at it, seen great reviews but the size keeps me from really going for it. (For a memoir it seems a little long for me) :lol:
     
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    I definitely recommend it-one of the best books I've read this year. I thought the same thing, about the length, but I read it in two days. It's a great mix of New Orleans history and that of the author and her family.
     
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    Ohh! I love this thread!! Reading is one of my favorites past times. Unfortunately, I didn't get to the library before quarantine, so I have to keep borrowing books from my sister lol. So I just started one called Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones. It is okay so far, but just maybe not something I would have picked out for myself. However, I am so grateful that my sister has a ton of books that I've never read, because my mind always needs something to read lol.

    Anyway, I just wanted to leave a list of books here that I have read, and that I really loved. (A mix of YA, Non Fiction, Adult Contemporary, etc).

    1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
    3. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
    4. Carrie by Stephen King
    5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    6. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    7. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
    8. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
    9. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
    10. Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman
    11. Marlena, by Julie Buntin
    12. Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
    13. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
    14. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
    15. The Guineveres by Sarah Domet
     
  10. kissmesweet

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    Making some time to read more plays!

    1. Lungs by Duncan Macmillan
    2. Leadership in the Performing Arts by Tobie S. Stein
    3. The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
    4. Constellations by Nick Payne
    5. If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet by Nick Payne
    6. Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
    7. Invisible Women: Data Biases in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
    8. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir
    9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
    10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    11. The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
    12. First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten
    13. A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends by Michael Kirby
    14. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nichols
    15. My Short Century by Lorna Arnold
    16. Boys and Girls by Dennis Kelly
    17. Julia (after Strindberg) by Polly Stenham
     
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    1. Lungs by Duncan Macmillan
    2. Leadership in the Performing Arts by Tobie S. Stein
    3. The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
    4. Constellations by Nick Payne
    5. If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet by Nick Payne
    6. Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
    7. Invisible Women: Data Biases in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
    8. Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir
    9. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
    10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    11. The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
    12. First Confession: A Sort of Memoir by Chris Patten
    13. A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends by Michael Kirby
    14. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nichols
    15. My Short Century by Lorna Arnold
    16. Boys and Girls by Dennis Kelly
    17. Julia (after Strindberg) by Polly Stenham
    18. Sour Heart: Stories by Jenny Zhang
    19. Normal People by Sally Rooney
     
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