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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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#bookreport
Finished two books this past week

#weeklyforecast
📚Still working my way through Longbourn for the #pemberlittens readalong and A Promised Land
📚 Started Where the Crawdads Sing and am almost finished; very engrossing
📚Will pick up Booth this week
📚Need to start Good Neighbors for my library book meeting on the 10th
📚Will also start my #lpmbc closer to the end of the week or whenever I get it

Cinfhen Great progress! 2w
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Pickpick

I went into this #LPMBC #GroupB choice with very low expectations. I had already bailed on the audiobook, but I was very pleasantly surprised to love it in print! Ray Carney is just the kind of morally ambiguous character I like, and Whitehead‘s descriptive writing just added to the fun. Definitely a pick! #botm

marleed I first experienced this an audio and was sort of meh on it. Then it was the a bookclub pick with my host super excited about it. I didn‘t want to be a bookclub-pooper so I watched a couple author interviews and reread it. I really liked it the second time through! 2mo
marleed Oh I heard him respond he is going back to Harlem from the personification one of the other characters. I forget which one, Pepper maybe. 2mo
Megabooks @marleed Pepper was my favorite character, so that‘s quite exciting! Funny how some books work better in each medium. 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
thebluestocking Yay!!! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💙 1mo
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TheBookHippie
Travels With My Aunt | Greene, Graham
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#LPMBC #GROUPI

Anything stand out?
I can go back to the stack too 🙃

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Hazel2019 Wow I‘m good with any! All sound very interesting and I have not read any of them. 2mo
Maria514626 Inseparable sounds great. I read Travels with my aunt and I liked it. I wouldn‘t mind reading again! The other sound good too! 2mo
Pogue I have not read any of those. So I am good with what you pick. 2mo
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Megabooks
Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Well, I forgot I had already read this book when my #LPMBC #GroupC chose this short story collection. I love Lahiri. I love everything I‘ve read by her, and this #reread is no exception. So glad I got to share it with these wonderful folks. Highly recommend if you‘re looking for a short story collection that explores the themes of immigration, assimilation, and marriage/fidelity. Very glad you‘re teaching this to high schoolers @Readergrrl !

Readergrrl @Megabooks IOM is one of my favorites and I find I easy to use with my students as an entire collection or use individual chapters. I‘m so glad you enjoyed it as reread!! 2mo
BarbaraBB I read this so long ago I remember nothing about it. 2mo
Megabooks @Readergrrl very true! And since I only read dead white men in high school, I appreciate a teacher that shares work by living women of color. I hope my high school‘s current teachers have caught up 25 years later. (I mean not even Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison for crying out loud!!) 2mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB once I started reading them, they were very familiar. I think I read it around 2012. 2mo
Megabooks Forgot to tag you @Cinfhen 2mo
Cinfhen I read this book with Niki when she read it for HS English 11th grade so that was probably 12 years ago ( give or take) 2mo
BarbaraBB I checked and read it in 2002. I think I wasn‘t really ready for Lahiri back then and should maybe reread it too. 2mo
TheBookHippie I love this one too! It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read it! 2mo
CarolynM Such a good book! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen such a great book for high schoolers to read! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s worth a reread. Of course I always enjoy short story collection rereads! 2mo
Megabooks @TheBookHippie it‘s just fantastic! 2mo
Megabooks @CarolynM agreed! 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks And this was my #doublespin! Forgot to tag you @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Can‘t sleep. ☹️ Anyway, I‘m excited to finish Bright Creatures, which is surprisingly good! I‘d also like to finish my How High reread for #CampLitsy today. I‘ve really been struggling with print this month including The Idiot.

I have two audiobooks and one print coming on #NewReleaseTuesday, but in the meantime, I‘d like to get to Maladies for my #LPMBC Group C and #Doublespin. 👍🏻 Hoping this Bohjalian works better for me. #WeeklyForecast ⬇️

Megabooks I also recently requested review copies from @RiverheadBooks and was selected to get two physical copies! Extremely excited as they are my favorite publisher! I‘ll tag both here. This releases in early July by the author of The Gifted School, which I loved. (edited) 2mo
Megabooks I‘m also getting this one from an author I have not read yet that releases in November in the US. 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Very exciting week ahead xx 2mo
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Well, well what an auspicious drawing! There are five books I had committed to read this month, and these are two of them! (Both are this month‘s #LPMBC choices.)

Fantastic #bookspin and #doublespin for me! I hope everyone else is as lucky.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
squirrelbrain Be interested to see your views on both of these. I didn‘t love the Whitehead, and Lahiri is a recent new find for me, so want to read more of hers. 2mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain I bailed on HS as an audiobook, but it was more because I didn‘t like the narrator. I‘m hoping to enjoy it more in print. I‘ve read (and enjoyed) every Lahiri but this one, so I‘m excited to dive in! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😁😁😁 2mo
jlhammar I loved Interpreter of Maladies. Hope you enjoy! Harlem Shuffle was pretty good. Not my favorite Whitehead (I think I've read all his books now except for the The Noble Hustle), but still worth a read. Look forward to your thoughts! 2mo
Megabooks @jlhammar whitehead is not my favorite author, but I‘m going to give him a fair shot, however I have read and enjoyed all of Lahiri‘s other books.👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Amiable I love Jhumpa Lahiri. You can never go wrong with one of her books. 2mo
Megabooks @Amiable I very much agree! 2mo
Amiable @Megabooks And I agree about Whitehead. I always think I should like his books better than I actually do— I WANT to like his books—but then I‘m usually “meh” about them. 2mo
JamieArc @Megabooks Just an fyi that the book is finally on its way to you! I went in with very low expectations so I ended up enjoying it 😂 2mo
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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I won‘t say much as one member of my #LPMBC hasn‘t read it yet.

I was extremely excited for this, but it squeaks by with a very low pass. It‘s overly long, and even though I like dialogue-heavy books, I always felt a beat behind with hers. Maybe my expectations were too high. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Molly playing with a new friend!

QuietlyLaura 🐶🐶❤️ 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable doggos 3mo
UwannaPublishme 🐶❤️🐶 3mo
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Megabooks Whoops @Cinfhen forgot to tag you! 3mo
LeahBergen Hello, Molly! 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB How cute 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen Who‘s Molly‘s new friend?!!! Adorable pups 3mo
squirrelbrain 🐶❤️ 3mo
mrp27 Pups!! 🐶💕 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! Cute! I have this on the stack, suspecting it might be slowish. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Molly is so cute! I‘m about 1/4 into this book and I can definitely relate to what you‘re saying here. My expectations were high also, until I read your ‘meh‘ discussion about it, so now, lower expectations lol. 3mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you! yeah, I think lower expectations will help. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. 😕 3mo
Megabooks @Leftcoastzen it is pretty slow paced. Thank you! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that‘s Maisy!! 😁😁 3mo
Megabooks @QuietlyLaura @ShelleyBooksie @UwannaPublishme @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @mrp27 thanks y‘all!! Molly and Maisy had a great time playing together!! 😁💜🐶 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m such a dodo / I totally didn‘t recognize Maisy or the fact that it‘s the same adorable photo with the wagging tongues 🤦🏼‍♀️my brain wasn‘t on full last night 🤪 3mo
Cinfhen Also I bailed on this book when it first came out/ now im glad I did 😁 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💜💜💜 I figured you were tired or writing quickly! Yeah, I really thought I‘d love this but it was just okay to sorta good (and the ending still has me pissed off). You‘re okay to skip. 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been off lately/ just not feeling great ☹️hope you get a restful sleep tonight 😘 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I am so sorry friend! I hope you‘re able to get some rest, if you need it, and get to the bottom of it. I noticed you haven‘t been on litsy as much as you usually are. I hoped you were busy with M or irl friends. I‘m so it hasn‘t been for good reasons. 💜💜💜 3mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking I should get this in the mail to you Tuesday. I have had a couple of bad long Covid days this week. I have repaired it the best I can, but I would recommend being gentle. I‘m removing the rubber bands and checking it tomorrow @LMJenkins . I‘m sorry the usps handled it so roughly. I will probably send it priority to minimize handling. @JamieArc looping you in 3mo
JamieArc @Megabooks Hope you are feeling better! I plan on sending Harlem Shuffle to you on Tuesday. 3mo
Suet624 Yeah, I gave this a pick but I understand how you feel about the book. I was especially annoyed at the end. 3mo
Megabooks @Suet624 that ending was no good!! Why did she kill off Rich?? 😩 (edited) 3mo
thebluestocking I totally get the long Covid thing. I‘m so sorry you have it. 💙 No worries if you haven‘t sent the book out yet, but I‘m just letting you know that I have not received it yet. 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking thank you for letting me know. It should‘ve gotten there Monday or Tuesday so I will check the tracking next time I get up and let you know where it is! 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking just checked the tracking and it said it was delivered yesterday. Could someone else have brought in the package? 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking it‘s in a BOTM box (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks I‘ve had a good look around and I don‘t see it. But they usually turn up. I‘ll keep you posted. 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking just emailed you tracking info, etc. please lmk if I need to contact USPS 2mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks It appeared safe and sound in the mail today!! Thank you! 💙 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking fantastic!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

While some of these stories were quite clever, most were just okay. I‘m not sure our senses of humor are very compatible. However this has been on my TBR for years, so I was glad to get to it with my #LPMBC #GroupC. 👍🏻

I‘ll get this to you shortly @Readergrrl Last book!

This is our peony that doesn‘t have support, but it‘s still a beautiful color. (It next to our driveway, and I ruined the metal a couple of years ago. Whoops! 😂) @Cinfhen

squirrelbrain Gorgeous peony! 🌺 3mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you! 💜 3mo
TNbookworm Gorgeous peony! One of my favorite flowers! 3mo
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Megabooks @TNbookworm me too! I love seeing them this time of year. Thank you 😁 (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen They must smell heavenly 😇 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen they do! You‘d love it! 3mo
Megabooks This was my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks !! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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LMJenkins
Diablo Mesa | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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I‘ve got a lot of books going at the moment! I finished my #LPMBC for the month, so I‘m free to jump into the MANY books that came in from the library all at the same time. 🥹

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To Be Read at Dusk (UK) | Charles Dickens
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My for sure print TBR for this month! Currently reading The Change.

Damnation Spring arrived today @JamieArc 😀👍🏻

Addison_Reads I loved Damnation Spring. I look forward to seeing what you think about it. 3mo
Megabooks @Addison_Reads it was my biggest fomo with BOTM, so I‘m really happy @LMJenkins picked it for our #LPMBC group! 3mo
JamieArc Glad it arrived! Hope its late timing doesn‘t set you back too much. It‘s a bit thick, but fairly quick reading. 3mo
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AmyG I hope you enjoy Damnation Spring. I loved it. 3mo
Megabooks @JamieArc it‘s fine! I‘ll get through it. 👍🏻👍🏻 hope you‘re enjoying your new home! 3mo
Megabooks @AmyG I‘m very excited about it! 😀 3mo
Cinfhen Wowza!! Your shelves must be bursting 🤗🤗🤗 3mo
britt_brooke Damnation Spring was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me. Hope you enjoy! 3mo
youneverarrived I‘m looking forward to seeing what you think of The Pisces - it‘s one of the strangest books I‘ve read 3mo
sarahbarnes Damnation Spring is on my list! 3mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke @youneverarrived @sarahbarnes I‘m very excited about it!! 😁😁 3mo
BkClubCare The bookseller talked me into Damnation Spring; it was a total “why not?” purchase. 🙌 3mo
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