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Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments | Michael Dirda
260 posts | 2 read | 14 to read
A collection of classic essays and reviews by a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for the Washington Post includes writings on the author's first experiences of Beckett and Faulkner in high school, a meeting of the P.G. Wodehouse Society, and a discovery of the Japanese epic The Tale of Genji. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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TheSpineView
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#NamasteNovember @eggs

#NightReading

This is my evening reading spot. Usually accompanied by a fur child or two. It is especially cozy in the winter with a fire in the woodstove.

squirrelbrain What a beautiful room! 💜 2w
Eggs Love this and the deep purple 2w
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marleed I love your colors! 2w
TheSpineView @marleed Thank you! 2w
Curlicious I love this! So cozy 2w
Tera66 Love the wood stove! And that purple couch😍 2w
kspenmoll So lovely & relaxing & warm! 2w
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julesG
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jb72 Glad to have you aboard! 3w
Andrew65 Great to have you playing along again, love your posts during the Readathon. 😊🤗 3w
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tjwill
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1. I‘m trying for at least 12 hours.
2. Both—I make lists but don‘t always follow them.
3. Coffee and chocolate
4. Early riser—I like to go to bed early.
5. Switch up formats and genres to keep interest and not have to rush through any individual book that you‘re not in the mood for. Plus, you can do audio while doing housework, etc.
6. Thrillers, mysteries, children‘s books
7. All!
#24b4Monday
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Andrew65 Good luck with your goal. 😊👍 3w
tjwill @Andrew65 Thanks! 😁 3w
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Bookwormjillk
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And the very best thing about autumn- cozy nights reading under blankets!

#TeamSlaughter

dariazeoli Misery ❤️ 4w
AmyG Ooo some wonderful books you have there. John Boyne! ❤️ 4w
Clwojick agreed! 4w
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suzie.reads
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My current reads 📚

Starting another new series - Cat Connolly. Currently halfway through Little Bones, and it's good so far.

He Said/She Said is really good currently about a quarter of the way through.

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BethM
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Saw this on fb, as a Leo I can relate- cuss word and all 😂

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m a Scorpio. Same for me. I say, “F‘ing leave me alone so I can read!” 2mo
Owlizabeth I‘m such an Aries 2mo
Debdeb Oo this is true for me! I‘m a cancer and rarely read more than one book, if I do have more than one on the go they‘ve either bored me or it‘s a book & an audible 2mo
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Catsandbooks As an aquarius, this is accurate. 2mo
BookwormAHN I'm also a Leo and absolutely 😺 2mo
valeriegeary 🙌🙌🙌🙌🐟 2mo
RamsFan1963 I'm a Scorpio, and its totally true 2mo
Avanders 😆😆 2mo
WhatThePuck Cancer with 8 open current reads. 😂 So I guess I should've been a Leo. 2mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads 😊

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thereadingowlvina
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I saw this appeared on my FB feed. Thought it'd be fun to share it here. Here's the link:

https://www.readitforward.com/tbr-time/

Have fun!!! 😊

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I did this awhile ago, and no matter how much I read, I always add more and the time just gets longer. LOL 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm never finishing! I am addicted to the thrill of treasure hunting at a used book sale. 2mo
audraelizabeth If i didnt add any more books, 18 years and change. 2mo
Crazeedi You don't even want to know, I'll never even get the books on my shelves read, even if I never buy or borrow another one so...I don't want to think about it! 2mo
kaysworld1 6 year to read 400 books I'll be 37 by the time I finish. If I don't add anymore to my pile! 😆📚 1mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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😂🤣 since I started a new semester this is how my books are feeling! Also when I‘m not in school it‘s how they feel! 😅😆 too many good books!
Today though after some cleaning I‘m reading! 🙌🏼

Palimpsest 😂 2mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
sudi 😂😂😂 2mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads. It's series week! 📚

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TheDaysGoBy
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Here are the two books I‘m reading for the month. Brave is an audiobook while the other is a hardback (currently halfway through). Besides these, I‘m hoping to read more but trying to let the mood strike me (and who knows if my other audiobook holds will come available this month 😂)

#readinggoals #selfimprovementseptember

Chrissyreadit What do you think of Brave? 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 2mo
TheDaysGoBy @Chrissyreadit I haven‘t actually started it yet. I‘m looking forward to it though. I‘ve heard pieces about how crazy her life was 2mo
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Got the first 3 books in the Helen Grace series for an absolute bargain and already got the 7th book. Can't wait to start them.
Thanks for the recommendation @MicheleinPhilly & @TrishB

TrishB I think you‘ll love these - great bargain too! 3mo
suzie.reads @TrishB hope so 😊 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Excellent! Enjoy! 3mo
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Brackellington5 I finished Pop Goes The Weasel a fortnight ago... I couldn't put it down... I love this series 3mo
suzie.reads @Brackellington5 I now have the whole series 🙂 Will be starting it in October. Already planned for September 😂 3mo
Brackellington5 @suzie.reads I need to get the rest of them myself 3mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads. Two books from series - book 13 in the Kay Scarpetta series & book 3 in the Ty Hauck series👍🏻
Wrapped up on the sofa reading as its freezing in England ❄

MicheleinPhilly Freezing??? I need to move. 🥵 3mo
suzie.reads @MicheleinPhilly it was 39°c in Croatia come back to 19°c and rain. We're cold! 🥶😂 3mo
MicheleinPhilly It is 34 here and the humidity is off the charts. I‘m melting. 3mo
suzie.reads @MicheleinPhilly god I love the heat but have to have a pool to jump into 😂 3mo
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JazzFeathers
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Stole @scripturient 's graphic because l love it!

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suzie.reads
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Started and finished two books yesterday, don't think I've ever done that before, read 738 pages👍🏻
They were supposed to be my last two books for July but obviously need something else to read, so picked these two 😃 Will finish these two before Thursday.

#24B4Monday readathon currently at 19 hours 37 minutes ❤

Megabooks Great job!! 4mo
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Current reads 😊
Getting an hour of reading in before I pick my niece up to take her to the beach. Taking my books with me of course 😂

Crazeedi Enjoy the beach! 4mo
suzie.reads @Crazeedi thanks we went to the lake instead no shade on the beach at all 🥵 4mo
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Clwojick
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After just getting over my cold, I now feel like I‘m getting a touch of the stomach bug. This has not been my week for #BFC. I haven‘t finished any audiobooks this week, as I‘m having a hard time getting focusing on them. And I didn‘t hit 10k steps once(well, the day I‘m pretty sure I did, my Fitbit wasnt on. Of course.)

I‘m hoping to get back into it next week💪🏻

Alsooooo here‘s a picture of my tee, simply because I love it. 🔥 @wanderinglynn

Bookwormjillk I hope you feel better! 4mo
Sungirl79 Hope you feel better soon!! 4mo
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Lucy_Anywhere I 💜 your t shirt! I had a great Star Wars jumper I found in a flea market, but I lost it 😑 I hope you feel better soon 4mo
BookwormAHN I hope you feel better soon and I love the shirt 💙 4mo
Meaw_catlady Love the tee! Feel better love! 💕 4mo
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no! 😔 Hope you feel much better soon! (edited) 4mo
dragondrool Hope you're better soon!
4mo
wanderinglynn Focus on some self-care and getting better. I hope you feel better soon and are back to stepping soon. 💚 4mo
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StayCurious
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#24in48TBR #24in48 My reading list for this weekend‘s readathon. I‘m hoping to make progress on all of them and it‘ll be nice to have a reading weekend.

LauraJ Enjoy! 4mo
BooknerdsLife Happy reading 🙌🏼🙌🏼📚❤️💖📚 4mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads and two new authors to me 😍

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suzie.reads
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My current reads 📚

Third book in the Murphy & Rossi series and I'm loving it ❤ can't say the same about Dare Me but I will stick with it 😟

TrishB Luca Veste is doing an evening in Waterstones on 30 July. I can‘t go as it‘s my wedding anniversary and I don‘t think hubby wants to sit and discuss crime novels.... (edited) 4mo
suzie.reads @TrishB thanks for the heads up might just go to that 😊 4mo
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Hestapleton
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Struggling to pick my next book. Anything above jumping out at you?

marleed China Rich series is a fun summer ride. I also liked With Fire - it was a YA where I wasn‘t reminding myself to just take off my damn mom-hat and read the story - if that makes sense! 4mo
MellieAntoinette I‘m about halfway through . Super cozy and wonderful fun! 4mo
MellieAntoinette @marleed Hahahaha! The perfect description of YA! 4mo
BarbaraJean I really liked With the Fire On High... and I really want to read Miracle Creek—keep hearing rave reviews! 4mo
CouronneDhiver That one has had pretty positive reviews on here so far ↗️ 4mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads 😊
Two of my favourite series at the moment - Harry Bosch and Will Robie ❤

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Josiedlove
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It surely is & no one can take that away from you 💜....

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Born.A.Reader
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So excited! #24in48!! I've been looking forward to this for months! #July20-21

FeministBookClub Me too!! 🎉 5mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads 😊
I'm loving the woman in the window, I feel like it's going to be a night of reading it as I finished work at 3 because I'm updating my paediatric first aid and I've done everything I needed to do when I got home 🎉📚🥂

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Denisereads75
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📚💜📚 May Recap 📚💜📚⁣
I read 8 books this month. This seems to be my average so far this year. I read 4 hardback books, 2 ebooks, and listened to 2 audiobooks. My favorite book this month was Normal People why Miracle Creek a close 2nd. ⁣

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Denisereads75
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📚💜📚 May Recap 📚💜📚⁣
I read 8 books this month. This seems to be my average so far this year. I read 4 hardback books, 2 ebooks, and listened to 2 audiobooks. My favorite book this month was Normal People why Miracle Creek a close 2nd. ⁣

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Chili
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@ItsAngel this is heading your way today.
#ReadersGonnaRead

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bewareofwords
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Litsy has changed my reading habits a lot, especially this year!

📚 I read more books.
📝 I keep better track of how much I‘m reading (doing monthly recaps, looking at page numbers and audiobook times).
🥇 I make my #tbr list based on reading challenges (in addition to mood).

#changes @Megabooks

NeedsMoreBooks Reading more books and more contemporary fiction 6mo
Megabooks Agree with all of these! Thanks for answering!! 6mo
bewareofwords @NeedsMoreBooks That‘s wonderful! 🤗 6mo
bewareofwords @Megabooks You‘re welcome!! 6mo
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Caught in the act. 🤣🤣🤣

julesG Reading in the car at 6am. Boy! 6mo
Theaelizabet Looking forward to your review of Readings. I always enjoy Michael Dirda‘s reviews. 6mo
scripturient @julesG The picture isn‘t from today. 🤣 6mo
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suzie.reads
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My current reads 📚
Don't know how this Linwood Barclay book slipped through the net but it's getting read now 😊 I also really enjoyed my first David Baldacci book so starting the Will Robie series👍🏻

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Bookjunkie57
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Day one of vacation has pretty much gone like this, with the exception of a trip to DMV this morning.

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j.rye
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#aprilreads
My favorite was Then She Was Gone! Which was surprising since I usually hate audio books. It was just so good.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good job! 📖💖 6mo
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thereadingowlvina
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😜

📸: Pinterest

Bookjunkie57 Super true! 7mo
Daisey Truth! 7mo
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SW-T
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On rare occasions there comes along a profound original, an odd little book that appears out of nowhere, from the pen of some obscure storyteller, and once you have read it, you will never go completely back to where you were before. The kind of book you may hesitate to lend for fear you might miss its company.⬇️

SW-T The kind of book that echoes from the heart of some ancient knowing, and whispers from time‘s forgotten cave that life may be more than it seems, and less. 7mo
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Hestapleton
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Friends, I‘m deep in a reading slump. Work and life have been burning out and I‘m having a hard time engaging with my books. Looking to start something that will really suck me in. Anything on my list that is sure to do the trick? #readingslump

tammysue Oh no, try Karin Slaughter🤞🏻 7mo
gibblr A lot of people love Throne of Glass although I haven‘t read it yet myself. I would probably pick one of Karin Slaughter‘s or Crazy Rich Asians. 7mo
OnlyYoo I didn‘t like in a dark dark wood or throne of glass. I would probably try crazy rich Asians 7mo
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Andrew65 Karin Slaughter usually hooks you in and leads to you having to read on. @whatshesreadingnow . Good luck 🤞 @Hestapleton (edited) 7mo
MidnightBookGirl I really loved The Good Daughter, and The Flight Attendant was good. 7mo
bewareofwords I‘m in love with the Throne of Glass series. If it doesn‘t hook you right away, definitely go back to it after the reading slump is over. 🤗 7mo
Hestapleton @bewareofwords I LOVE ACOTAR, so I want to love this, but I‘m so scared I won‘t love it as much as ACOTAR. 7mo
bewareofwords @Hestapleton I‘m a fan of ACOTAR too, but I actually liked TOG better! 😱🥰 I think it‘s worth at least trying, at some point! 7mo
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Nerdy_Bookworm
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My two current reads!

The Beast by J.R. Ward
When A Marquis Chooses A Bride by Ella Quinn

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suzie.reads
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Current reads 📚 First two books of April👍🏻Loving them both! 😊

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Stephaniereads1
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1. Leo 🦁
2. I asked an author to appear at our book discussion and she said yes!!!!
3. None recently- I really try to finish them all
4. Reading (same as most weekends, I lead exciting life)
5. @TheEmpress
#friyayintro @howjessreads

madamereadsalot1 Yay to the book club snag! 8mo
Stephaniereads1 Thank you! 8mo
Klowman78 Gemini 8mo
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RandomBookGirl
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It‘s the worse feeling in the world and all you do all day is think of these characters!

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 8mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Chelleo Welcome! 7mo
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suzie.reads
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1. Very hard to choose just one as I love so many. John Sandford and Harlan Coben are at the top of my list though.

2. Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence. Read it so many times as a teenager and still have a very old, battered copy.

3. The Prey Series by John Sandford.

4. Thrillers, mystery, suspense and psychological thrillers

5. Sci-fi and horror

@RavenclawPrincess913

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Cortg Yep 8mo
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Samplergal
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😂😂😂

KatieDid927 Too real 9mo
sophierayton Every day 😂 9mo
sophierayton ... and not the school books I'm supposed to be reading either 🤣 9mo
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Graywacke ❤️ 👍 9mo
KristenDuck My to read list grows way too fast! 9mo
wordzie 😁😂 9mo
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TrishB
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I would have made 7000 pages in a normal length month 😁😁

Cinfhen Slacker 😂😂😂😂 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘ll be in the naughty corner! 9mo
Libby1 😳 9mo
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squirrelbrain The Heavy Bear sounds intriguing! 9mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain it was a quirky one off novel that I think people will either love or hate. I loved it 💕 9mo
Ms_T Great month! 9mo
Coffeedaily Shortest month of the year so you are probably above your average daily reading page rate. Pretty darn good! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 📖💖 9mo
Lindy I‘m delighted to see Heavy Bear as one of your top reads. 👍 9mo
TrishB @Lindy he‘s still in my head. 9mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Erofan 👍 8mo
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Tove_Reads
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What do you think? 👍🏽 or 👎🏽?

Melissa_J I don‘t dislike the idea, but if one wants a dual screen so much why not just pick up an actual book? 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I've never used an ereader, but if I did I think I would want the single screen. 9mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Melissa_J I agree! I don't get the enthusiasm for the fold out phone screens just being released either. 9mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto The thing I love about my ereader is it‘s so easy to hold one handed. I wouldn‘t buy a dual screen one but to each their own. 9mo
Tamra I would need to handle it to feel & see it. 9mo
JacqMac I don‘t think so. I like being able to hold it with one hand, too. It looks like something I‘d drop a lot. Lol 9mo
wordzie 👍👍👍 9mo
CouronneDhiver 👎🏽 Not interested 9mo
Redwritinghood What‘s the point of a dual screen? I‘d say 👎🏻. 9mo
BookwormAHN I agree with @Tamra I'd need to try it and see. 9mo
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Ooo i was so tempted to get this! (still might) Its an inflatable book holder! Urban Outfitters for the win!

Dolly This is a dumb question but what would that be used for? 9mo
bookish_wookish It floats, so if you read in the tub or in the pool it will hold your book above water. @Dolly 9mo
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Not me! Do you?

cobwebmoth No. I'm scared that I'll drop it on the book. 9mo
julesG @cobwebmoth Same! Or cause grease/chocolate stains on the pages - even with my kindle. (also, when I knit or crochet, or...) 9mo
Soubhiville Eat while reading? I do all the time. But not potato chips- yuck. 9mo
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Avanders Lol. I agree w @Soubhiville ☺️ 9mo
Jobe Finding a grease stain or chocolate in a book is not near so alarming as what we used to find in library books when we were kids…boogies😂 9mo
Laura317 I only eat with an e-reader. I can‘t stand the thought of messing up my book! 9mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Guilty 😅 9mo
OrangeMooseReads Not usually since I normally read in bed and that is a no food zone. 9mo
Kimzey Not finger food, but I frequently read while eating, both at home and in restaurants. 🍜📕 9mo
MaGoose I also often read while eating both at home and in restaurants. 9mo
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MyBookSwapClub
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Pickpick

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/13-really-good-reasons-to-start-meditatin...

#MondayMustRead

Apart from reading, I try to mediate daily and benefits are immense!

If you are trying to get into meditation, this article is a must read 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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My book stack for the #24in48readathon 😄 Not pictured are a few audio books and an ebook! My sister @litdrivengirl and I went to town and bought lots of yummy snacks for the weekend and I can hardly wait to start reading!!!! #24in48 @24in48

RebelGrrrl Be Prepared is so great! And Giant Days!!!!! ❤❤❤ yay for awesome books and a booked weekend! 10mo
biblio_ginger @RebelGrrrl I can't wait! 😄 I've been saving Be Prepared for this weekend and my brother loaned me Giant Days! Great way to spend a weekend! 😉 10mo
RebelGrrrl @biblio_ginger 💯!! Most of my reading is going to be comics truth be told ^_^ 10mo
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biblio_ginger @RebelGrrrl I'll probably be adding a lot more comics before the weekend is over! 😄 10mo
readordierachel Is that a grasshopper on top? So neat! 10mo
biblio_ginger @readordierachel it is! I'm a suckered for little buggy things! 😊 10mo
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SW-T
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Some were read by choice and some for class, but thought it was easier to mark what I haven‘t read!

*DNF Fifty Shades