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Amiable

Amiable

Joined May 2016

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis / A reader and tea lover in southeastern Connecticut
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What else would I read for this prompt? 😀 Some helpful insights into my own personality as well as those of my sons (one who is an introvert, the other an extrovert). A bit draggy in spots, though —it took me a month to read this at just under 300 pages. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: “I‘m Quiet or Meditative”

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Pretty sure this is all of us.

JamieArc For sure, me, today 🙋🏻‍♀️ 7d
LeahBergen Perfect! 7d
CoverToCoverGirl Indeed!🙋🏼‍♀️ 7d
Tamra Totally! 7d
kspenmoll Love this! 2d
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Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL (Bookstore)
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In Vero Beach, Florida for a friend‘s wedding. Of course, we scoped out the local independent bookstore. A nice mix of new and used books here.

UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 2w
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Cortg Yes! I grew up in New England for the most part. His writing feels like home. I‘m on vacay in RI and listening to a SK book. I‘ve chuckled quite a few times with this read and his NE jabs 😂 2w
BookDragonNotWorm 😂 I'm from Florida but my husband and I spent 8 years of our 30s living in New England - 5 of them quite near where SK lived (saw him at the grocery store a few times) and we said the same thing - there are definitely some creepy little towns and characters up there! 2w
Amiable @Cortg Where did you grow up? I know what you mean about his writing —there‘s a certain snark and attitude that makes me snicker at times because I can hear the voices of people I know in my head when I‘m reading it. 😀 2w
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Amiable @BookDragonNotWorm So funny —my husband and I are literally in Florida right now for a friend‘s wedding. On the drive from Orlando to Vero Beach through the central part of the state we said the same thing about creepy towns and eccentric characters! 😄 2w
Cortg I moved to Massachusetts when I was 7 and lived there for 5 years, then Connecticut where I graduated high school. I went away to college and never returned. My parents sold the CT house a couple of years ago after 30+ years. 2w
BookDragonNotWorm That's so funny - & true! 😂 I live beachside in south Brevard County - just north of Vero Beach. I know some of those places you drove by. The scariest of them didn't even exist 20 years ago. They were founded on poverty & meth (& maybe inbreeding 😳). Keep your windows up and the doors locked. Seriously - in the last few years there's been an influx of petty crimes. The more people who move down here, the worse it gets. We're getting the dregs. 2w
Amiable @Cortg I‘m a Connecticut native who moved to Massachusetts for college and lived there for 12 years, then moved back to CT for my husband‘s job. I went to North Haven High School and now live in East Lyme. Where did your parents live? (edited) 2w
Amiable @BookDragonNotWorm Honestly, I‘m not a huge fan of Florida — I prefer our creepy brand of SK characters in NE! That‘s interesting about the towns we passed —I didn‘t realize it was all so new. It did surprise me to hear that Vero Beach was founded less than 100 years ago, too. I‘m so used to New England where everything is so old. I have furniture from my grandmother that‘s older than Vero Beach! 😀 2w
Cortg We lived in Sandy Hook and I graduated from Newtown High School. My daughter is in college now in Massachusetts so I‘m up this way several times a year! I went to school in NC, eventually moved to NoVA, and we‘re in MD now, slowly making our way back up the east coast. 2w
Amiable @Cortg Ha ha! My youngest son went to UMD and lives in Baltimore now, so we‘re down there a few times a year! I‘ll probably pass you on I-95. 😀 2w
Cortg Excellent! I‘m just south of B‘More by Fort Meade/NSA! 2w
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Up super early today to catch a flight to Florida for a destination wedding. So of course the first thing I did was open my #fallingforfallswap package from @TheBookHippie . Thanks so much, Christine! What a fabulous treat. I can‘t wait to dive into everything when we get back on Sunday!

monalyisha The socks look lovely! Enjoy your trip. 🌴 2w
Avanders ♥️🍁♥️🍂♥️ 2w
AmyG Beautiful socks! 2w
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TheBookHippie Oh yay!!!! I‘m so glad you like it all! Unreal I sent all that before The Queen passed. Enjoy your trip!!!! 2w
Amiable @TheBookHippie That was my thought, too —you picked all this out before the Queen died! Kind of surreal. Thanks so much! 2w
LeahBergen Those socks! 2w
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The/Last Chairlift | John Irving
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Oh my god, this sounds amazing! And I‘m upset that I will miss it because my husband and I will be traveling out of the country that week. 😕

For those who can attend the virtual event, here‘s the sign up: https://www.simonandschuster.com/p/authorfest

And please let me know how it is!

Amiable @Leftcoastzen —possible for you? 3w
UwannaPublishme Cool! Thx for the heads up! 3w
Amiable @UwannaPublishme It‘s going to be so good! 3w
Leftcoastzen @Amiable thanks for tag! Probably! 3w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I don‘t like romance novels. I don‘t like the tired tropes, the eye-rolling scenarios, the compressed timelines, the neat-and-tidy resolution. But y‘all—this book is FUNNY! It acknowledges and pokes fun of the tropes with a sly wink while dutifully following the script. I laughed out loud at the wit and snark and found myself rooting for the predictable ending. So I guess I don‘t like romance novels —unless they are written by Emily Henry. 🤷🏻‍♀️

kspenmoll Great review! 2d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This is the most delightfully subversive description of a dive-bar restaurant and I can‘t stop laughing.

EvieBee 😆😆😆 When I was a kid, my mom‘s decor style could be described as Cracker-Barrelesque, and we‘d never even stepped foot in one. 🙄 She‘s trying to embrace minimalism now. (edited) 3w
DebbieGrillo I picked out the same snippet a few weeks ago. 3w
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Both packages for #FallingForFallSwap have arrived safely, @Avanders and @TheBookHippie ! 🙂

Now, we wait. 😀

TheBookHippie Yay!!!! Phew! 3w
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🍁🍂🎃♥️ 3w
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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Reading about Watergate now seems almost quaint. Sure, Nixon obstructed justice, destroyed evidence, committed perjury and attempted to cover up a burglary while he was president. But do you know what he never did?

Nixon never incited a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow an election and illegally seize power. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Suet624 True, true. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Excellent point! Been meaning to read this one. 1mo
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Les mis?rables | Victor Hugo
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Three cheers for another Chunkster Challenger! Great job, Jen -- I know from personal experience how much of a struggle this one can be to get through. Check it off your list! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@JenReadsAlot

Texreader That‘s amazing. I quit somewhere between 3-400 pages. Congrats!! 1mo
Amiable @Texreader I thought I would never get through it!! I had to bribe myself to read a certain number of pages every day to finish. 😖 1mo
JenReadsAlot It was brutal! Lol 1mo
Megabooks Congratulations @JenReadsAlot !! 🥳🥳 1mo
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Les mis?rables | Victor Hugo
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Three cheers for another Chunkster Challenger! Great job, Jen -- I know from personal experience how much of a struggle this one can be to get through. Check it off that list! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@JenReadsAlot

slategreyskies Congrats, Jen!! 🙌✨ 1mo
Bookwormjillk Congrats Jen! This was my chunkster last year. Did you like it? 1mo
BookNerd9906 Woohoo 🎉 1mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic!! Congratulations @JenReadsAlot 📚👏 1mo
JenReadsAlot @Bookwormjillk Sadly, not really. 1mo
MaureenMc Outstanding! 👏 1mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Wonderful 😍 congratulations 🎉 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 @JenReadsAlot 1mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @JenReadsAlot 🥳 1mo
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Thanks to Stephen King‘s humor and self-deprecation, this writing “how-to manual” is much more engaging than one might expect. While I appreciated King‘s guidance and advice, I thoroughly enjoyed his reflections about his own journey to his successful career and the lessons he learned along the way. And how much credit (read: all of it) that he gives to his wife, the novelist Tabitha King.

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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Another chunkster challenger crossed the finish line! Congratulations, Shawna! This one is still on my “to-be-tackled“ list.

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@chaoticmissadventures

mandarchy I love Don Quixote ❤️ it's amazing that something so old can be so much fun. 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures ! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures ! It‘s a fun book, but a chunkster. 1mo
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MaureenMc 🙌 1mo
AmyG Hooray! Congrats!🎉 1mo
slategreyskies Wow, congrats!! I‘ve been wanting to read this one too!! 🙌✨ 1mo
Lindy Well done @ChaoticMissAdventures ! I enjoyed listening to Don Quixote on audiobook a few years ago. I hadn‘t expected it to be so funny. 1mo
JuniperWilde It‘s on my list. Congrats! I‘ll get to it after grad school ❣️ 1mo
Bookwormjillk Nice!! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @ChaoticMissAdventures Congrats! 👏👏 1mo
Megabooks Congratulations @ChaoticMissAdventures !!! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
BookNerd9906 Woohoo! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks All!! It was a challenge and I ran out of steam towards the end, but yes - way funnier than I expected and so glad to have it checked off the TBR! 1mo
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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August 9, 1973: “…in the end, the first resignation of an American president, driven from office by scandal, crime and corruption, has occurred with the same pomp and circumstance as any other presidential transition. … “Our transition was orderly and by the book.‘”

A stark comparison to the events of Jan. 6, 2021. ☹️

kspenmoll My family was glued to the TV during these hearings. What an experience! 1mo
Amiable @kspenmoll I was only 6 then, but I have a distinct memory of my mother crying while watching the resignation speech. She loved Nixon and thought he was being railroaded. 😖 Ugh. Probably can guess who she voted for in 2016 and 2020. 😖🤮 1mo
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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Wow. You can replace “Nixon” with “Trump” and literally every other word on this page is still relevant today. That‘s horrifying and sad.

ravenlee Didn‘t Trump‘s “fixer” get his start working for Nixon? 1mo
kspenmoll Horrendous, scary, & sad 1mo
Amiable @ravenlee If you mean Roger Stone —yes. He apparently has a giant tattoo of Nixon on his back. 😖 1mo
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ravenlee Yes, that‘s him. Honestly, I can‘t keep the henchmen straight anymore. A Nixon tattoo - 1mo
LeslieO I‘m reading this one slow and steady, I‘m about 60% in. So fascinating. 1mo
Amiable @LeslieO So well written, isn‘t it ? Have you read Graff‘s book about 9/11? 1mo
LeslieO @Amiable Yes! I loved that one. 1mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Unpopular opinion alert: This was only OK for me. It seemed like there was a whole lot of nothing very much happening until the end scenes. I may have expected too much from the rave reviews; I don‘t know. I‘m glad I read “Circe” first—I enjoyed that one more and I might not have picked it up if I‘d already read this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl Lol… I loved Achilles but I bailed on Circe. 🙂 1mo
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A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
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@Smarkies: Mad props for sticking it out through a book that wasn't really holding your attention! That's a lot of pages to wade through. Two thumbs up for persistence and perseverance. 👍 👍

#ChunksterChallenge2022

Smarkies 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
AmyG Wow! Congrats. 🎉 1mo
BookNerd9906 🎊💛💯 1mo
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Lindy @smarkies Congratulations Sharm! 🐉 1mo
slategreyskies Congrats!! 🙌✨ 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations @Smarkies ! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
MaureenMc Congrats! 1mo
Mollyanna Congratulations @Smarkies 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
Bookwormjillk Woo hoo 👍👍👍 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @Smarkies Congratulations!👏👏 1mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Smarkies !! 1mo
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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Watergate hearings open in Congress, May 17, 1973: an investigation into the criminal wrongdoings of a president who was fueled by deceit and paranoia and the conviction that an election (1960) had been stolen from him. Revealed is a tortuous sequence of criminal acts, firings, bombshell journalistic revelations, whimpering Republican cowardice and simpering GOP loyalty.

The more things change with the GOP, the more they stay the same.

Megabooks 💯💯💯💯 2mo
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Namaste on the couch and read my book. 📚🧘🏻

BarbaraTheBibliophage The reader in me appreciates and acknowledges the reader in you. Bookaste… 🤗 2mo
Blueberry 🧡 2mo
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage Very good! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Bookaste. 🫶🏼 2mo
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Literally the story of my life. 😖😬

Buchbeeg Ugh! Same! 2mo
Leftcoastzen So relatable! 2mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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When you inadvertently color-coordinate your reading material with your volunteer job at the polls on primary Election Day. #Democracy #Vote

MicheleinPhilly Thank you for serving! ✊🏼 2mo
Aims42 Love it 😍 Thanks for volunteering!! 2mo
marleed Oh kudos to you! 2mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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Very sad to hear about the death of David McCullough today. He was my favorite historian and a must-buy anytime he published a new book. Posting this photo in his memory. I met him in 2015 when he was giving a presentation at Yale University (which he attended). I work at Yale New Haven Hospital around the block, bumped into him on the street and followed him into the lecture. He was warm and gracious and a wonderful speaker. RIP, Mr. McCullough.

KristiAhlers Oh this makes me sad. I‘ve always loved his books! 2mo
JamieArc What a great memory ❤️ 2mo
kspenmoll What a lovely tribute! 2mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Easy like Sunday morning. 🌞🌻🫖☕️📚

Ruthiella Nice! 😉 2mo
Amiable @Ruthiella Attempted to get some fresh air before the heat and humidity drove me back inside onto the couch! It didn‘t last long. 😖 2mo
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Bookmarks: 400 Patterns | Marcus W. Clemons, Jr.
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@alexus_sb Alexus, thank you so much for the bookmarks! They are absolutely adorable and I love them all. 😍

#summerbookmarkswap

cwarnier You can never have too big of a stack of books! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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📖 Yes. I feel out of sorts if I don‘t read SOMETHING every day.
📖 I commute an hour each way to work — usually on the train. That gives me lots of reading time! Plus I read every night before bed.
📖 Hmm. Maybe a cozy mystery? I usually just reach for whatever I‘m currently reading. Because the act of reading itself brings me comfort more than any specific genre.

Thanks for the tag, @GinaKButler !

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs I agree #3 🙌🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
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Excellent nonfiction account of the 1986 Challenger disaster is my #LetterB entry for the #AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag, @GinaKButler !

Tagging @Ddzmini @marleed @DogMomIrene

GinaKButler Ohhh…I‘ve been dying to read this one! 2mo
kspenmoll Sounds really good! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This broke my heart 💔 2mo
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Amiable @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know! You just wanted to reach into the pages and yell at the astronauts to not get on the shuttle. 😕 2mo
DogMomIrene This one sounds really good. I learned a lot from the Netflix docuseries, but this account sounds even more horrifying. 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene It definitely had some of the same information that was in the Netflix series, and extra stuff as well. Very well written. 2mo
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Persistence gets you to the last page every time! Great job, Caroline! This chunkster looks really good.

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MaureenMc Congratulations! 👏 2mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉🍾🎈 2mo
Mollyanna @Caroline2 Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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squirrelbrain Yay @Caroline2 ! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Caroline2 Thanks. 😃 It is a really good book and well worth all those pages. 👍 2mo
slategreyskies Congrats, @Caroline2 !! 🙌✨ 2mo
AmyG Great job! @Caroline2 🙌🏻👊🏻🎉 2mo
GinaKButler Woo-hoo! Congrats, @Caroline2 2mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 2mo
Lindy Congratulations Caroline! I remember enjoying this book years ago. 😊 @Caroline2 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done @Caroline2 🎉🥳 I really need to read her. I only hear amazing things. 2mo
JuniperWilde Congratulations 🎉 2mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Caroline2 !!! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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A classic for #LetterA in the #AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag, @CoverToCoverGirl !

CoverToCoverGirl That book is on my shelf, I just need to get to it. Excellent choice! 2mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl I finally read it for the first time last year. I don‘t know why it took me so long! 2mo
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Bookmarks: 400 Patterns | Marcus W. Clemons, Jr.
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@allureofbeauty Thank you, Andrea, for the adorable bookmarks! I especially love the kitten on the stack of books. 😻

And thank you for hosting, @cwarnier ! I love this annual swap.

#summerbookmarkswap

allureofbeauty I‘m so glad you got them and liked them 🖤 2mo
cwarnier I love the “Go Home and read a book“. It just needs to at outside to make it even better.
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This is 100% correct.

Rissa1 I need this on about 6 t-shirts. Every year we do a week long trip with my husband's friends who don't understand my reading. This is exactly how I feel with them. 2mo
kaysworld1 My boss sent me this asking is that why I read 😆 2mo
Tamra 😂 2mo
batsy 🤣 2mo
AmyG Exactly. 2mo
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The Baxley family has a rare and fatal neurological condition called GSS. All have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it. This book traces the research into the discovery of GSS and how family members used scientific breakthroughs in genetic counseling and fertility treatments to test and screen for it so as to avoid passing it down. Very readable and interesting. But who is the saint? Why, science— of course!

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Saint

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great review…stacking!! 2mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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“Pandemics don‘t approach like wars, with the distant thud of artillery growing louder every day and flashes of bombs on the horizon. They arrive in retrospect, essentially. It‘s disorienting. The pandemic is far away and then it‘s all around you, with seemingly no intermediate step.”

This book. My God. 😳

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Dialogue from a scene set in 2203. It‘s very depressing to think that 200 years from now women would still be questioned and judged for having a job while raising children. Ugh. 😖

TrishB Sadly so I think! 3mo
ShyBookOwl Great response though! 3mo
Amiable @TrishB I think so, too. Especially given that here in the U.S. at least women's rights are being rolled back at an alarming speed. By 2203 we might be living in the 1850s here. 😬 3mo
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Amiable @ShyBookOwl I used to say stuff like this when my kids were young and people would make comments about my husband “babysitting“ them. It's not babysitting if they are his kids! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Amiable Good! I'm pregnant now and I bet I'll encounter this down the line too. I also intend to call ppl out for this kind of backwards thinking 3mo
ravenlee @Amiable @ShyBookOwl I just say “that word is pronounced ‘parenting.‘” 3mo
ravenlee And it‘s depressing to think that men will still be celebrated for doing the absolute bare minimum (oh, you dressed your child! What a good daddy!) while women are criticized for not doing everything to the highest level (why don‘t your child‘s socks match? What kind of mother are you to let your child out of the house in mismatched socks?!). 3mo
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee I know. It's infuriating and speaks volumes about how we've gendered parenting as well as domestic and social roles, and how little progress we've actually made challenging those expectations and what they mean. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee Love it. Enough said. 3mo
Amiable @ShyBookOwl @ravenee Amen! My kids are 28 and 25 now. It was even worse 20 years ago. I'd get comments about how great my husband was to “help“ out so I could have a career. The irony was that he made a drastic career change after 9/11 to leave his job as an engineer and become a firefighter. His rotating shifts meant that he was often the one who was home with our boys during the day. It was more like I was “helping“ him to have HIS career. (edited) 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Amiable 🙄 people love to make assumptions. Seems that never changes. 3mo
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Well, that was one hell of a ride. I spent most of it trying to decide who should play each character in the movie. (There‘s gotta be a movie in the works, right?) I know Buddy Lee was described as a Sam Elliott lookalike, but I envisioned Matthew McConaughey (a la the seedier Rust Cohle in “True Detectives). For Ike, my immediate thought was Samuel L. Jackson, but I think he might be too old. So maybe Morris Chestnut…? 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I pictured Matthew McConaghey too. Ha! 3mo
CBee I think Sam could do it! He could totally pull that off. LOVED this book 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Amiable @AmyG I totally heard Matthew McConaghey‘s voice in every bit of Buddy Lee‘s dialogue! 3mo
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Amiable @CBee It‘s just that Sam is almost 80! I‘m not sure I could stomach watching an elderly guy get the 💩 kicked out of him on film! 😬 3mo
Ruthiella I just finished a book where a 50 year old Jeff Bridges would be perfectly cast were it adapted and the I remembered he‘s in his 70s and too old. 😆 3mo
CBee @Amiable okay, that‘s totally true. It‘s just so hard for me to believe he‘s almost 80! 3mo
Amiable @Ruthiella If you‘re looking for another actor who looks like Jeff Bridges instead I‘d say Kurt Russell, but I think he‘s just as old! 😀 3mo
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With No Regrets | Julie N. Ford
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Nope. No regrets. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
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An account of the earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964, when the ground “rocked and rolled” for nearly 5 minutes. The narrative centers on Genie Chance, a reporter at KENI radio station in Anchorage, who stayed on the air for more than 50 hours as the city grappled with rescue and recovery efforts. Interesting glimpse at the early days of Alaska‘s statehood and the misogyny she faced as a female reporter.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m Rock ‘n Roll

EvieBee Wow! Sounds riveting. 3mo
Amiable @EvieBee It might have lost steam if it were any longer. It was just the right length. 3mo
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Three cheers on crossing the finish line, Tina! This is one of my all-time favorite books. Hope you loved it as well! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@BookNerd9906

Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🍾 3mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations @BookNerd9906 ! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks Awesome job @BookNerd9906 !! 🥳🥳 3mo
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JenReadsAlot Great book! 3mo
slategreyskies Congrats!! 🙌✨ 3mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @booknerd9906!! 3mo
MaureenMc 👏🎊👏 3mo
Nessavamusic Congratulations! 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! Hip! Hip! Hooray! 👏👏🎉 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! Hip! Hip! Hooray! 👏👏🎉 @BookNerd9906 3mo
AmyG Congrats. Such a good book. 3mo
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Have Libby library app on my iPad, will wait for my flight from Seattle to Boston. And wait. And wait. 😖

JenReadsAlot I flew today from Seattle to Chicago 😊 3mo
Amiable @JenReadsAlot We managed to get out of SeaTac only an hour late! It was a miracle. 😀 Hope your flight went well! (edited) 3mo
JenReadsAlot It did, thank goodness! 3mo
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This made me laugh out loud. Poor Greg. 😄

PaperbackPirate 😂🔥 3mo
peaknit 😂lol! 3mo
batsy 😆 3mo
CarolynM 🤣 3mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Congratulations on completing #ChunksterChallenge2022, Jill! It feels so good to reach that last page, doesn't it? :)

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Megabooks Congratulations @Bookwormjillk !! 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
GinaKButler Congratulations, @Bookwormjillk Love this classic! 3mo
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rockpools Congratulations @Bookwormjillk - I really enjoyed this, back along - one day I‘ll re-read it! 3mo
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Mollyanna Nicely done! Congrats @Bookwormjillk 3mo
Lindy Well done, Jill! Middlemarch is referred to in so many other books that I was very pleased when I finally read it. I hope you feel the same. @Bookwormjillk 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations 🎉 🎉🎉🥳. @Bookwormjillk 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous work @Bookwormjillk!!! 3mo
willaful Just bopping in to say I love your name! My daughter is also Amy and adores puns on her name. When we go for a long trip, she packs her Am-usments bag. 😁 3mo
Amiable @willaful Thank you! There were 4 Amys in my high school back in the ‘80s (Amy was a very popular name in the late ‘60s and ‘70s! 😀) My friends used to call me Amiable to differentiate me from the other three. Tell your daughter we can start an Am-azing Amys Club! 🙂 3mo
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This made me laugh out loud. I grew up in New England in the 1970s and ‘80s, and Carvel ice cream stores were everywhere. Cookiepuss and Fudgie the Whale cakes were a BIG DEAL. My husband is from Chicago and has never experienced Fudgie - in fact, he always sort of suspected I was making it up. Are there any other Fudgie the Whale fans out there? Anyone else remember Fudgie?

AmyG In New Jersey, we loved Carvel. The cakes had the chocolate crunchy middle. Every birthday had a Carvel cake. (edited) 3mo
Amiable @AmyG Yes!! Loved the chocolate crunchy middle. 3mo
DGRachel I grew up in Central Florida and I loved Fudgie the Whale. I begged for him every birthday! 😂 3mo
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Aims42 I just know of Fudgie from “The Office” episode where Andy wants one for his birthday cake 😂 They look amazing, I wouldn‘t mind trying a piece 3mo
Amiable @Aims42 OMG, I never saw that episode of “The Office”! I‘m going to have to find that and watch it. 😄 3mo
Amiable @DGRachel It‘s odd that Fudgie made it to Florida and not Chicago! What a weird whale he was. 😀 (edited) 3mo
keithmalek Yes. I grew up in NJ, so I know of Fudgie. Is Carvel only a Northeast thing? 3mo
Amiable @keithmalek It was founded in New York, and I think for a long while it was a regional thing. I know there are some Carvel locations in other parts of the country, but I think the majority of them are still on the East Coast? Not totally sure. I still live in Connecticut and I haven‘t seen an actual Carvel store in years—the cakes are only available in the supermarkets. 3mo
CBee I saw a Carvel truck the other day - and I‘m in Alabama 🤷‍♀️ I‘d never heard of it before! 3mo
Amiable @CBee Carvel ice cream was the gustatory soundtrack to my childhood! We couldn‘t have a birthday without a Carvel cake. 😍 3mo
CBee @Amiable gustatory!! What an amazing word. Now I want ice cream cake 😂😂 3mo
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Mehso-so

This book started off with promise, but I started to flag around 400 pages in. The storylines were uneven, and the ending was very abrupt. Plus it didn‘t appear as though the main character learned anything or grew as a person at all along the way—she was literally in the same life space after 661 pages. I wanted to like it. But … meh. That‘s all I can say. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella Did you read Pachinko? If yes, how did it compare in your opinion? 🤔 Pachinko is the only book I‘ve read from her so far. (edited) 3mo
Amiable @Ruthiella Yes. I loved “Pachinko.” This one was her debut novel. And it shows. 3mo
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New York City | David F. Marx
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In the NYT today: “What to say about New York? As both a place and an idea, it‘s too big to be summed up or even fully known. But that hasn‘t stopped countless writers from trying, often via fiction... the NYC novel has become its own literary category...“
Here's a list of the 25 most influential New York novels published between 1921 and 2021: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/22/t-magazine/new-york-city-novels-books.html?se...

TrishB @squirrelbrain will like this list 😁 3mo
Amiable Here are the books, in case anyone can't access the NYT link: “Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee; “Rosemary‘s Baby” by Ira Levin; “Another Country” by James Baldwin; “Desperate Characters” by Paula Fox; “The Fortress of Solitude” by Jonathan Lethem; “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison; Manhattan Transfer” by John Dos Passos; “Passing” by Nella Larsen; “The Street” by Ann Petry; “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon... 3mo
Amiable “The Golden Spur” by Dawn Powell; “Open City” by Teju Cole; “Brown Girl, Brownstones” by Paule Marshall; “Bright Lights, Big City” by Jay McInerney; “Speedboat” by Renata Adler; “The Flamethrowers” by Rachel Kushner; “Jazz” by Toni Morrison; “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow; “Someone” by Alice McDermott; “Underworld” by Don DeLillo; “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster; “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar; “Push” by Sapphire; “Watchmen” by Alan Moore .. 3mo
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Amiable and “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks so much! 3mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for tagging me! @TrishB I‘ve only read two of these so best get on with it! 😁 3mo
Liz_M Hunh, I've only read 17. Some of these I've not even heard of before. 3mo
CarolynM Interesting list. I‘ve only read Ragtime☹️ Must try harder!😆 3mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Pickpick

I had high expectations for this book based on the rave reviews. When I first started reading, however, I thought it was a bit twee. It did get better, I‘m happy to report. But some of the stereotypes grated on my nerves. A pick for a breezy quick summer read, but I‘m not going to remember the plot in a few months. And the cat wasn‘t impressed. (Not that she ever is. 😀)
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen She is beautiful! 4mo
Amiable @Leftcoastzen I have a soft spot for the black cats!
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Leftcoastzen Me too! 4mo
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tracey38 Aww, I had hoped this would be a great book. It looks really cute. 4mo
Amiable @tracey38 It‘s not bad! You should definitely read it if you think it looks appealing. 4mo
CarolynM I‘m listening to the audio, and I have to say I agree it was disappointing start. But I‘m enjoying more now. 4mo
BiblioLitten This fell below my expectations too. I enjoyed it while it lasted. 3mo
tracey38 @Amiable It's on my radar if I see it. 3mo
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Pickpick

A strong start that started to lose its way in the second half, IMO. However, the use of the second person was intriguing and effective. I gave it 3/5 stars (which means I liked it but I won‘t be giving it out for Christmas presents).

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Pickpick

I‘m conflicted. I love Towles and his previous works, and dove eagerly into this one. And it‘s well written. I‘m not a person who needs all the characters to be lovely humans. But I just disliked one specific character so much that it impacted my reading experience. Every time I came to a chapter with his POV, I put the book down and couldn‘t bear to pick it up again. It took me nearly 2 months to get through this. It should have taken me a week.

BittersweetBooks Curious to hear which character you‘re talking about? 4mo
Amiable @BittersweetBooks Duchess. I detested the way he took advantage of and used the people around him.
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Aims42 @Amiable I agree, he‘s a slime ball for sure 👎🏼 I loved the other characters, but he was tough to connect with throughout the entire book for me also 4mo
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Amiable @Aims42 I couldn‘t bear to read his chapters and see how he was going to screw over Emmett and Wooley next. It made me want to reach into the book and smack him. 4mo
Aims42 @Amiable LOL, yesss! That‘s exactly how I felt too 🤣 Especially with Wooley ❤️ 4mo
BittersweetBooks @Amiable ugh yes I agree! His chapters were always ominous and I‘d get a pit in my stomach. 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Yes. There are lots of jobs for writers: journalism, editing, marketing, public relations, communications, HR, etc. Authors are writers who write books.

2. I‘ve been a writer for my entire professional career—at a newspaper, at a university and now at a hospital (where I write marketing and communications materials all day, every day). I‘m not an author. And I don‘t aspire to be one. I like being a reader. 🙂

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TheSpineView I'm with.on being a reader not author. Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Book Lovers | Victoria Connelly
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Saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh. Because it‘s SO TRUE. 😀

kspenmoll 😀 4mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4mo
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Pickpick

A soft pick. This is a memoir by Ann Hood about her 8 years as a flight attendant after college, and how the experience changed her. It‘s just about the right length —any longer and I may have lost interest. But still a nostalgic look back at the airline industry before deregulation and the ghosts of now-defunct airlines such as TWA and Pan Am.