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The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle is yet another WWII book! This one was set in Germany and its central characters were members of the German resistance, which I’ve read nothing about. Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband is one of the leaders of the resistance and Marianne is assigned The Commander of the Wives and Children. When… Continue reading The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

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La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

I was so excited when the publication of La Belle Sauvage was announced earlier this year that I did something that I hardly every do: I preordered it. I adored Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and when I found out that he was writing another series that would be a prequel to Lyra’s adventures, I… Continue reading La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life was the final installment of the All Souls Trilogy, which follows Diana and Matthew back to present day to finally put their hands on that dang Ashmole book. They travel the world – they spend time in Diana’s ancestral home in the States, they visit England, and stay in Paris. They… Continue reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me was a different sort of book for me, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! We follow Joan, an aspiring ballet dancer turned teacher, from the 70s through a post 9/11 world. Jacob fell in love with Joan when they were children, but Joan's true love was ballet. She met Arslan, a remarkable Russian… Continue reading Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

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Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

I told you that I have an addiction to these books! Maximize Your Potential is another volume in the 99U series about tailoring your life and career to your own aspirations. This one didn't feel as relevant to me as Manage Your Day to Day, but I still did a ton of highlighting and pulled… Continue reading Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (a #RIPXII finish)

I didn't have high hopes for The Woman in Cabin 10 when I downloaded the loan from the library, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this one more than the previous book by Ware that I read. However, it should be noted that I finished each of these Ware… Continue reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (a #RIPXII finish)

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Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

"Don't worry about your talent or capability: that will grow as you practice. Katagiri Roshi said, 'Capability is like a water table below the surface of the earth.' No one owns it, but you can tap it. You can tap it with your effort and it will come through you. So just practice writing, and… Continue reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg