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Tales of the City
Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culturefrom a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
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StellaDz
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I am cutting it close on finishing my audiobooks backlog, but it might be possible. Tagged book is up next! #currentlylistening

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Blueberry
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A reread for my irl bookclub. Not everyone liked it as much as I did.

PageShifter How peculiar houses! I love the colors!! 4mo
Blueberry @PageShifter a lot of that in San Francisco. LOL 4mo
PageShifter Wow!!! Really??!! I wish I could see that one day 💜 4mo
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Soubhiville
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Pink spines on my TBR shelf. Someday I‘ll get to all of these! #curiouscovers

Alfoster Loved The Grace Year!❤️ 2y
DinoMom So pretty 2y
Eggs Pretty! You should post a pic of your personal library!!! Is it all filled with books now? 2y
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Soubhiville @Eggs it‘s definitely not full. I‘ll try to remember to post one this weekend. There are cat toys all over it right now 😹 2y
Hooked_on_books I see some good ones on there! I will also say I bailed on The Milkman after 20 pages. The writing style was not for me, though I know it‘s loved by many. 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures I almost picked Island if a Secret Love Nun for pink! It was my first Moore and a huge shock that someone could write such wild and funny books, I was super young but still have a fondness for him and my introduction to quirky black comedy books. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2y
BiblioLitten @Hooked_on_books I bailed on it too. 2y
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MrBook
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#BookNBrunch! Accompaniment this cold and gray afternoon was: multigrain scoop Tostitos, with black olives, pepperoni, Genoa salami, and Swiss, cheddar, & mozzarella cheeses; and a sparkling mango lemonade drink. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Kappadeemom Now I am craving nachos. But I have COVID and have lost my taste/smell so it sucks!!!!!! 2y
rachaich Fantastic book. 2y
MrBook @Kappadeemom , ohh nooo! May you have a smooth, quick, and full recovery *biig hug*! @rachaich , I‘m enjoying it so far! 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-9-21: My 3rd finished book of 2021! I‘m re-reading this series. I haven‘t read it since the mid 90s. Written in 1978, book 1 holds up well. A time capsule of a funky era in San Fran and the group of people who live at 28 Barbary Lane are equally as interesting as the time they live in. Lots of people finding their true selves while looking for love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #talesofthecity #armisteadmaupin 👍🏼📖#️⃣3️⃣

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Blueberry
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1. Bay Area, CA
2. Turn Right at Machu Picchu and Tales of the City
3. 250-350 pgs.
4. @NataliePatalie

Thanks for the tag @Jaclyn.

#LockdownLowdown. @veritysalter

veritysalter Thank you for playing 📚♥️ 3y
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Blueberry
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This was a fun book often recommended in those '1000 books to read before you die' list. It was much better than I expected and I will read another in the series. It reminded me a little of John Steinbeck's 'Cannery Row'. Totally about the diverse and eccentric characters.
@Nataliepatalie

peaknit I love this series, I‘ve read it again and again since college, it felt like I discovered a great secret! 3y
CarolynM I love these❤️ 3y
Sparklemn Cannery Row? Just added to my TBR stack. Thanks for the idea! 2y
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Blueberry
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Starting Tales of the City. 😃

runswithscissors007 I saw the tv series. Have not read the book/s. This quote is so fitting. 3y
Suet624 That‘s so true! 3y
Blueberry @runswithscissors007 I haven't seen the series. Must look for it. 3y
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jdiehr
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I was inspired to read this book after it was featured on "The Great American Read." I picked it up in the San Francisco airport as a souvenir.

It was okay. Not bad, but I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. I can understand why it was a successful newspaper serial before it was turned into a novel. Reading it in pieces and all the cliffhangers would have probably worked better for me than reading it in a book.

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jdiehr
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"Mary Ann Singleton was twenty-five years old when she saw San Francisco for the first time."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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cathysaid
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Husband bought me the 6 book set by Maupin & I just finished the 1st (tagged). These endearing tales about a group of friends began appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 70's. I just googled & found “Letter to Mama,“ a coming-out letter sent by Maupin to his mother (also sent by a character in “More Tales of the City.“) Now get the Kleenex; here's Ian McKellan reading that letter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv5BbtECCeE

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Emilymdxn
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Feeling very lucky to be seeing Armistead Maupin in conversation with Neil Gaiman tonight at the London literary festival! Big queer icon for my bisexual little heart. He‘s such a funny but also poignant and observant speaker.

britt_brooke So cool! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz How fantastic! 3y
CarolynM I'm so envious! I bet it was wonderful. 3y
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Blaire
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I loved getting into the world of Barbary Lane and San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s. So many twists and turns in all the relationships and the mystery of the Russian Hill landlady. I understand why my mom loved these so much in the early 90s.

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Blaire
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I have vivid memories of my mom reading this series when I was 11 or 12 years old. So far it has completely met my expectations. I have a rare evening alone and I‘m enjoying the solitude. Drinking tea, enjoying my view, catching up on reading and Oprah magazines. @Cathythoughts another pic of my view. 😍

JanuarieTimewalker13 Your view is spectacular!!! 4y
emz711 Where is this! 4y
ChasingOm Beautiful!! 4y
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Christine O Mag!! ❤️ Reading it in our hot tub has become my favorite weekend ritual. 4y
Megabooks 👍🏻😍👏🏻 4y
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous view! 😍👍🏻 4y
ValerieAndBooks Beautiful view. I read the first three or four and have the rest also. I keep meaning to get back to it!! 4y
Blaire @emz711 view my front deck in Charleston, West Virginia. 💕 4y
Blaire @ValerieAndBooks I can see myself getting hooked on this series. My mom read these and clan of the cave bear around the same time. 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! What a beautiful state!! 4y
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Leftcoastzen
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Happy NYC and San Francisco Pride weekend! I‘m stuck in the southwest but with you in spirit!The cover of the original printing of tagged title!🌈

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KellyHunsakerReads
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After bingeing on the Netflix series I immediately bought the audiobook and may finish it before sleeping. I love the characters.

Reviewsbylola I bought this semi recently. Still need to read it but I‘ve heard great things! 4y
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squirrelbrain
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#wanderingjune

#californication

I‘ve only read this one in the series but enjoyed it.

There‘s a new TV adaptation isn‘t there - is anyone watching it?

CarolynM Great minds...👍🙂 4y
Cinfhen Not familiar but sounds fun 4y
squirrelbrain I didn‘t check first @CarolynM to see if anyone else had posted... still, as you say, great minds...! 😁 4y
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MicheleinPhilly Just dropped on Netflix today. I‘m definitely going to watch as I loved the original series. 4y
Chrissyreadit @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I absolutely loved this book when it came out. 4y
Cinfhen Oh wow!! Thanks for the NetFlix update @MicheleinPhilly 4y
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tholmz
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Pickpick

I can‘t believe I never knew what a phenomenon this book is. I really enjoyed it!

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Reviewsbylola
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There‘s often #carelesswhispers and gossip among neighbors.

I‘ve heard such great things about this book but haven‘t yet read it. #anglophileapril

MicheleinPhilly They‘ve made a new version of the series for Netflix! 4y
Mdargusch Nice photo! 😀 4y
Maman929 I loved this series. Such a fun read. Will have to check out the Netflix reboot. 4y
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vivastory Great choice! 4y
mreads Love the book set 4y
emilyhaldi Hmmm I don't think I've bought this one yet 🤔 4y
Leftcoastzen I loved them. 4y
Cinfhen Pretty photo 🥰🤩 4y
CarolynM Love the Tales of the City series and that is a very evocative cover😍 4y
rohit-sawant Great picture! 4y
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HardcoverHearts
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Oh, what a delight! This audiobook is narrated by Francis McDormand, who is even better than I expected, and I had very high expectations. I came to SF in the early 90s when I was in my 20s and it was a wonderland! So much of the magic captured in this book was still sprinkled around the city, in specific pockets, and I remember being both intimidated by and energized by the possibilities of the city. Grab this audiobook- it‘s fabulous!

Ruthiella I loved the first trilogy. It was crazy fun!😀 4y
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MirrorMask
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Tales of the City
Naoko Takeuchi
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Tacos
#ManicMonday #LetterT @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 4y
CarolynM I nearly went with Tales of the City too. 4y
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kalinichta
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It's been about 17 years since I first read this San Francisco classic, and I'd forgotten some of the more surprising (and one cringe-worthy) twists and reveals. And it was a bit more soap-y than I remembered (owing, no doubt, to its origins as a newspaper serial). But I didn't forget the wonderful characters who end up feeling like friends. I would love a Mrs. Madrigal in my life.

LauraBeth I read these back-to-back 25 years ago and keep thinking that I‘d love to re-read the series! Plus, I‘d get to continue reading with the newish books that came out after I finished the series. 4y
kalinichta @LauraBeth Yes! I'm thinking I need to continue because I've realized I never did finish the series the first go round. 4y
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kalinichta
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Not dead! Just book hopping a lot recently. I am finishing up "Excellent Woman" by Barbara Pym, but then I found the documentary "The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" on Netflix. So of course I had to revisit "Tales of the City". ?

batsy I've never read Maupin! I'm thinking... I should? :) (And always good to see your posts 💕) 4y
kalinichta @batsy Aww, thank you, lovely. 💕 Back atcha. I've read a few from his Tales of the City series and have always enjoyed then immensely. They might be tame by today's standards, but they were groundbreaking when he started them in the late '70s. They are fun, quick reads. And they're set in wonderful San Francisco. 4y
batsy I've got a weakness for a San Francisco setting, so I should definitely give it a try 🙂 4y
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kalinichta @batsy 👍🙂 4y
melissajayne There is a limited series on Netflix coming out on June 7. 4y
kalinichta @melissajayne Yep, looking forward to it! 4y
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Centique
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#california #nofemmeber

Just been to #california and although I didn‘t do the Tales of the City tour, I thought about Mary Ann and Michael as we travelled through the streets of San Francisco.

Cinfhen Love this collage 💕💕💕💕 4y
bookishkai Love everything about this post. I had no idea there was a Tales of the City tour. Definitely adding that to my list of must-dos should I ever go back to SF; we were there in 2008 to stand up for friends at their wedding, in that time that gay marriage was briefly legal there before Prop 8. 4y
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Billypar Gotta love those bookish connections when you travel! ☺️ 4y
Centique @bookishkris yes, looks like there‘s a self guided one as well. 👍 What a marvellous thing to be in SF for that. I‘ve just been googling Prop 8 - wow, it looks like the battle for equal rights has been a LONG one in California. 4y
bookishkai @Centique I didn‘t realize you weren‘t American until I just stalked your profile page! Yes. In CA and here in Colorado (Amendment 2 led to boycotts of Colorado as a tourist spot in the ‘90‘s), all over really. And the Supreme Court cases here declaring marriage legal were huge, but equal accommodations especially for trans folk are increasingly endangered. The U.S. is currently a dumpster fire. 4y
Centique @bookishkris it‘s frightening for sure even watching from a distance. 😳 Crossing fingers for a positive change 🤞🤞 4y
CarolynM San Fransisco is a bucket list destination for me and I will DEFINITELY be doing the Tales of the City tour 4y
Centique @CarolynM let me know if/when you are planning it and I‘ll try and get there for that! 🤞 4y
CarolynM You're on😃 4y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pics ❤️ 4y
batsy San Fran is on my bucket list, too! It looks amazing. Love the collage 💕 4y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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University book sale! $15. Can‘t believe someone would part with the pristine box set of Muriel Spark. Mine now!

Dragon Great haul! 4y
LeahBergen That box set!! 😮😮😮 4y
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Amiable
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Mehso-so

Hmm. Conflicted by this book. On the one hand, I can see why it would have been a captivating and possibly groundbreaking novel when it was released, with its focus on the sexual and cultural adventures of a cast of characters in San Francisco in the 1970s. But now it feels ...well, tedious and gossipy and, frankly, kind of dull. I'm glad I gave it a go since it's a "Great American Read," but I won't be continuing with the series.

MaGoose Thanks for the review. I was thinking of reading this book, but may just skip it. Too many other books waiting to be read. 4y
Amiable @magoose It's a quick read, if you do feel like giving it a go. 4y
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Lauren.Archer
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What I delightful book. Loved the multiple story lines and this did not feel dated at all. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

AmyG I loves this series. (edited) 4y
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Jen2
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Amazing!!!

EKonrad Reading this right now! 😊 4y
Aims42 I‘ve got this on my TBR list. Hope you enjoy it! 4y
plemmdog Wow... had no idea Rachel Maddow and Frances McDormand are doing the audio. The old PBS series with Laura Linney is also worth a look. 4y
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Amiable
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When you're traveling and you already have your tablet with almost 400 books on it PLUS three additional paperbacks "just in case" but you feel compelled to stop into the airport book kiosk and buy two more that catch your eye ...
#bookwormproblems

Samplergal Ha! I‘m staying away from Hudson and waiting until I get to London! But I am doing the same thing. Ridiculous aren‘t we. 4y
tina_b.ooks Haha... For my next holiday I booked a more expansive flight so I'm allowed to take 23 kg of luggage with me... just in case I maybe, accidently, most unlikely find some books I like... 😳😅 4y
CarolynM @Samplergal @Amiable I've done the same thing, and apart from on the plane I've hardly spent any time reading. But I wouldn't feel right if I didn't have books with me. Enjoy your travels! 4y
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carriepaige
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Has anyone read Armistead Maupin‘s Tales of the City series? These are some of my favorite book spines in my collection 😍. #bookspines

britt_brooke So pretty! 4y
CarolynM I've read them all, they're wonderful. These editions look much prettier (and more coherent) than mine. 4y
carriepaige @CarolynM yes I love them! I‘m missing two that came out in 2010 and 2014 so I need to find those to round off my collection 🤗 4y
rather_be_reading so pretty! 4y
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KateFulfordAuthor
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#inlaws #reviews #others

A fabulous & fantastical glimpse into the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, with the first in the series set in San Francisco in the 1970s. Full of secrets & surprises it also has a great deal of humanity. The characters are rich & multi-layered and through the whole series you go on a really interesting, if increasingly unrealistic, journey with them as they look for love, happiness, and a sense of belonging.

Reviewsbylola I recently bought this and can‘t wait to read it! 4y
Pamwurtzler I loved this. I have the next one on my TBR. 4y
plemmdog So excited Netflix is bringing back a sequel! 4y
KateFulfordAuthor @plemmdog Really? I look forward to seeing what they do with it. 4y
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LittleBug
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#SeptinBooks18 Day 16: #TitleStartsWithaT

Picked this up in a used bookstore, not really sure what to expect, but the title appealed to me😊

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Theresa
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Armistead Maupin at the Decatur Book Festival. So hysterical! #dbf2018

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MirrorMask
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10/25 done for #GARBingo and still no bingo, but my next 3 are Their Eyes are Watching God, Pillars of Earth and The Book Thief. Hopefully, there are no more DNFs, and enjoy the rest of my list. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed some of these books.

@4thhouseontheleft

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MirrorMask
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The tales take place in San Francisco in the late 70s, but many of themes are very relevant still today. The stories involve “Anna Madrigal” and her tenants along with a few of their acquaintances. I knew nothing of this series until the #GreatAmericanRead but after doing some research, I saw that there was a miniseries in the 90s and that netflix plans on reviving the series. I‘ll have to check out both and read the rest of the series.

carriepaige Love this series! 5y
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prowlix
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Pickpick

This is on great audio with short chapters that alternate through the many characters. This isn‘t a deep character study but it‘s just fun to read. You have a wide variety of characters with just small pieces of their stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LGBTQ #GreatAmericanRead

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prowlix
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Some audiocooking since my library hold came in! I had never heard of this prior to #greatamericanread and already loving it! This is list is a gold mind for #audiobook lovers. #LGBTQ

writerlibrarian I love this series. 😁 5y
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Centique
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Thank god for #bookmail This splurge I had a few weeks ago finally arrived. My soul needed my own copies of the bottom two 💕and the top two are on my TBR.

batsy Nice! 😍 I need a nicer edition of I Capture the Castle 😁 And the top two are on my TBR as well! 5y
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BeththeBookDragon
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Pickpick

I‘ve started working through the books on the Great American Reads Top 100 that I haven‘t read before. I loved this one!!

Reviewsbylola I just bought this. The reviews are so good! 5y
BeththeBookDragon @Reviewsbylola It was light and funny without being mindless... I really enjoyed it! 5y
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QueenJen
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Pickpick

What the hell!? I feel like my favorite TV show just got cancelled!

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Reviewsbylola
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My book haul today was a used book I ordered plus my #readersgonnaread package sent by @morgan_krahn Tbh I‘m not feeling the selection so we‘ll see how it goes!

emilyhaldi I bet $20 you don‘t make it through that one 😆 5y
Mdargusch 😬 5y
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Reviewsbylola Hahaha I hope to be pleasantly surprised. 🤞🏻🤞🏻😅 @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch 5y
Cinfhen I think you‘ll be pleasantly surprised! Maybe I‘ll finally read my copy along side you!! 5y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola I recently grabbed Song of Achilles so I‘m up for a casual read along if you ladies want to tackle it together? 5y
Reviewsbylola Yes for sure! I need to read it within the next 2-3 weeks. @britt_brooke @Cinfhen 5y
Cinfhen Sounds great 💜 @britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola let me know when u want to begin 5y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen When do you all want to start this one? Maybe next week? I‘m flexible. 5y
Reviewsbylola That works for me! @britt_brooke 5y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Ok, sounds good. 👍🏻 5y
Cinfhen Sure!! I‘m happy to start on Monday💚need to brush up on my Greek mythology though 😳😬🙄 @britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola 5y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola Monday sounds like a plan. 👍🏻 5y
Reviewsbylola Yep I‘ll plan on it!! @Cinfhen @britt_brooke 5y
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward @britt_brooke Steph 😊 5y
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balletbookworm
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#riotgrams day 12 - queer reads! I thought about this prompt all day - what to pick? As I was dithering around in my Apple TV I was reminded of #GreatAmericanRead on PBS and Armistead Maupin‘s Tales of the City, which I‘ve never read. I got it on my nook in the very early days as a freebie and it‘s hung around ever since. Maybe I should make this one of the books I catch up with for GAR (when you‘ve read about 82/100, the TBR is quite short).

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Ruthiella
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#riotreads #queerreads

The series starts to lose its mojo after the initial trilogy but these first three books were just awesome. 😎 Michael Mouse, Mary Ann & friends navigate love, sex and dating in late 1970‘s San Francisco.❤️

ReadingEnvy I downloaded this in audio because of the actors who read it but I haven't tried it yet. 5y
Ruthiella @ReadingEnvy I think you‘ll breeze through it when you get to it Jenny. It is such a fun, crazy page turning set of stories 😀 5y
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CarolynM
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#HeyJune

In this series of books a diverse bunch of people #ComeTogether to form a family and welcome new additions as the years go by. Please recognise the self restraint it took to choose these books in response to the prompt, and none of the first few ideas that sprang to mind.

Cinfhen Fabulous 🙌🏻also this song 5y
writerlibrarian I love this series to pieces. 💜💜💜 5y
Leftcoastzen 😂 5y
Centique 😂😂😂 Great restraint! (edited) 5y
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KathyWheeler
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This is the book on The Great American Read list that I‘ve decided to read.

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SleepyDragon
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1. 33
2. I'm curious about a few that I didn't know much about till they were mentioned in the Launch, especially the ones glossed over. I was just relieved that they practically skipped "Left Behind" altogether.
3. #VOTEGalaxy (among others)

I thought there would be more episodes. Oh well.

Anyone else think the Launch should have had spoiler warnings?
#GARthoughts @Traci1

Traci1 When Wil Wheaton was talking about Dune, my daughter's mouth dropped open and she said "spoilers!" 5y
SleepyDragon #Traci1 The graphics for The Great Gatsby basically summarized the entire story, but what really slayed me was Gearge Martin talking about Gandolf dying. I'm glad I wasn't watching with my son. He hasn't read LOTR yet! 5y
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TheWildCard
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Rereading the first few of these as my bedtime books so I can finally finish the series. They are so good.

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CarolynM
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#Aprella #TiredOfTalking

When I first read this I was amazed at how much could be conveyed by dialogue alone. These people just never get tired of talking!

emilyhaldi Loving this cover and need to know more about this series!!! Looks really cool 👍🏻 5y
CarolynM @emilyhaldi It began as a serial in the San Fransisco Chronicle in the mid 70's and dealt with most of the issues of its place and time. There were 6 novels in the first few years and have been 3 or 4 in the 30ish years since. I found them a bit shocking when I first read them (I was young and a lot of the subject matters were not much discussed in polite company in those days) but I loved them and I highly recommend them. (edited) 5y
Ruthiella OMG the first trilogy was SO MUCH CRAZY FUN to read🤪 5y
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Pamwurtzler I love those! 5y
Reviewsbylola I love the cover. 5y
Centique I have such fond memories of reading these in my teens and wanting to go live in San Fran 😍 5y
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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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