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AvidReader25

Joined February 2016

LibraryThing member bookworm12

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Coffee addict. ☕️ World traveler. 🌎 Theatre lover. 🎭 Magazine editor, wife, mom to two kids & a pup. avidreader25.blogspot.com LT: Bookworm12
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Dear Spence: You are hilarious & I had so much fun reading your letters to books you've loved and hated. With your passion for reading, finding the perfect book for others, & your snarky sense of humor, I think we would be friends if we met. The letters were perfect to read in small bites, a few at a time. You made me snort out loud w/laughter while grocery shopping. You also destroyed my TBR list with new recommendations. Thanks for the giggles.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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I didn‘t love this one quite as much as his other 2.

“If you ever find a sliver of happiness & peace, just be thankful and live. Don‘t reach for more, because the sliver is more than most people ever find.“

“I ache with homesickness, & for a moment, I let the ache have its freedom.”

“You‘re working off a flawed assumption. Higher intelligence doesn‘t make you less greedy or self-centered or evil. It doesn‘t necessarily make you a good person.”

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Jane Austen Book Club | Karen Joy Fowler
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My kiddo made bookmarks for my book club the other day. 😊

BookNAround ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
LeahBergen So cute! 3d
jlhammar Adorable!! 2d
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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At this point most people know whether they like Sedaris‘ work or not. For me, I will always listen to it on audio and it will always make me laugh uncontrollably. There are also obviously things he writes that make me cringe. This particular collection is full of reflections on living in a pandemic, the complicated emotions that come from losing his father, and musings about growing older. It‘s slightly more maudlin, but still full of hilarity.

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Panpan

A nonfiction account of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. A Palestinian refugee returns to his home, now occupied by an Israeli woman. They find common ground despite their differences. The material was dry in spite of what should be a heart-wrenching situation. I wanted more heart and fewer hard facts.

"Each side has an ingenuity for justifying its own position." 
 
*Fun fall pic because the book was boring.?

LeahBergen What a great photo! 🎃 5d
JamieArc Is this an older book? I seem to remember a film of the same name from some years ago and I think I remember enjoying the film. 5d
AvidReader25 @JamieArc looks like 2006 publication, but no idea if it was a film. 3d
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Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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Above all I‘m always prepared! You never know when you‘ll need a book. I keep an emergency one in my car in case my car ever breaks down. My husband saw that and asked, “Wouldn‘t it make more sense to keep road flares or something in your car?” 😆

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The Good Sister: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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A rotating POV between Fern, a woman with a sensory processing disorder, & her sister Rose who often cares for her. This one flipped my expectations, left me anxious with worry for the characters, and didn't disappoint. To avoid spoilers I'll just say I was rooting for certain characters with all my heart. The ending wasn't unpredictable, but it was still a fun ride! It reminded me a bit of Elinor Oliphant but with a bit more of a thriller twist.

AvidReader25 “People without sisters think it‘s all sunshine and lollipops or all blood and guts. But actually it‘s always both: sunshine and guts, lollipops and blood. Good and bad.” 6d
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Water by the Spoonful | Quiara Alegria Hudes
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In an effort to read more Pulitzer-prize-winning plays I checked this one out. It‘s written by the woman who co-wrote In the Heights. It explores the topics of addiction and grief. What makes a mother? It‘s part of a series and I found myself wanting to read more while also not completely pulled into the story. Like most plays, I‘m sure it works better on stage, especially the chat room scenes.

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Arcadia Books | Spring Green, WI (Bookstore)
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One of my absolute favorite bookstores! If you‘re ever in Spring Green, WI you should visit! The selection is incredible, the coffee is delicious, and I could browse for hours and never be ready to go. 💙

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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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A cyberbullying case takes center stage in the 6th Strike novel as a fan-created ode to a quirky cartoon takes on a dark edge. I love the character development in the two leads. They sharpen each other & work well together. Seeing Robin‘s skill as a detective grow without Matthew‘s interference is a joy. And Strike is finally realizing he needs to make some healthier choices. They are damaged, but their interactions & friendship have such depth.

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I adored The Lazy Genius and so I was excited to read this one too. There are a lot of repeated rules and strategies, so it‘s helpful to read the original first. I love the way she approaches cooking in and organizing your space. It‘s all about keeping things simple and doing what makes sense for you in the season you‘re in. Her tips on creating zones and plan B meals will stick with me and I already added added a Bluetooth speaker to my kitchen!

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September 22 is the birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. So happy hobbit day to those who celebrate. Hoping you have lots of extra meals/snacks, time for a walk, and a cozy moment to curl up with a book. 🍁 🍂 🍃

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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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I recently saw Jessica Swale‘s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility on stage and it was so wonderful! It‘s one of my favorite books and this version of the play adds in more humor and a few extra scenes between Elinor and Edward that gives it an added depth. I absolutely loved it!

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Hosted book club today! Loved this book and all the moments of connection and joy the author spread during her life.

BookBabe What a gorgeous spread! You know how to throw a book club party! 2w
AvidReader25 @BookBabe My love language is cheese. 😆🧀 2w
BookBabe @AvidReader25 😂🙌🏻 Same! 🧀 😋 2w
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I‘m not a fan of true crime graphic murder books. I can‘t handle the gore. This nonfiction book tells the terrifying story of the prolific serial killer who killed by injecting drugs into the IV bags of his patient, but it‘s not gruesome. It‘s incredibly well-written & hard to put down. Excellent journalism, researched but not overwhelmed by facts. The author tells the story in the style of In Cold Blood, connecting you to the people involved.

BarbaraBB With the comparison to In Cold Blood you sold it to me! 2w
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There‘s no way I would‘ve read this if it hadn‘t been recommended. An anonymous book about a woman becoming a Twitter sensation by spreading love and kindness through a fictional persona & becoming friends with Lyle Lovett along the way. Honestly, it sounds insane, but at it‘s heart it‘s not about any of those things. It‘s about finding hope again after loss. Funny & sweet, I am grateful for the Duchess‘ wit, humor, and willingness to spread joy.

HeatherBookNerd Such a great feel good book! 3w
BkClubCare I‘ve been a Duchess fan for a long time. I both read then listened to it because I love Lyle Lovett, too! 3w
AvidReader25 @HeatherBookNerd Yes! I didn‘t expect that at all. 2w
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare no way! I‘m just never on twitter. She seems so lovely. 2w
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - yep, sigh… Twitter is probably my favorite 2w
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 I loved the first half of this book. Anyone who is a fan of RENT would enjoy reading about the birth of the musical. I could‘ve done without the author‘s first sexual experiences in the middle, but I could certainly identify with some of the grief he experienced when he lost his mother. All-in-all I‘d only recommend it if you are a big fan of RENT.

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Signal Moon | Kate Quinn
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After The Rose Code I am definitely interested in more from this author. This one is an incredibly short story about two signal operators in different time periods who have a brief connection. She packs a punch in the slim story and it‘s definitely worth a read.

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In Maisie‘s latest case, a young & controversial artist falls from a scaffold just before his latest exhibit opens. His twin sister believes his death wasn‘t an accident and hires Maisie. Just like the rest of the series, the case delves into the horrible events that the characters experienced during the Great War. This one was a bit more predictable, but still good. There‘s also a side plot about her assistant Billy‘s daughter getting sick.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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One elderly a Swedish immigrant, a 30-year-old man with a bad case of arrested development & an octopus are all rolled into one great story. The story explores the effects of grief & yet manages to be filled with moments of humor. Marcel‘s sections were delightful.

I loved the way it all came together. I loved seeing Cameron mature & everyone slowly discovering their connections. I loved Tova learning how to trust people again and let them in.

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Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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Few people do nonfiction as well as McCullough. This one reminds me of Isaac‘s Storm, both chronicles a real disaster that rocks a small town. The destruction caused by the event itself and the aftermath were fascinating. More than 2,000 people were killed when the dam broke. I love the way he captures the small moments, like a girl watching ducks swim in the water just before the wave hits. This tragedy was news around the world at the time.

paulfrankspencer I grew up with my mom taking my siblings and me to the Johnstown Flood Museum numerous times. The memories of the exhibits still have a spooky element for me. 1mo
AvidReader25 @paulfrankspencer How fascinating! I‘d love to see that one day. 1mo
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Coming Home | Rosamunde Pilcher
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This was a lovely, long read, one filled with unforgettable characters and setting that I got lost in. Judith‘s family heads to Singapore for work while she stays in England with her aunt. She becomes close with the Carey-Lewis family and their glamorous lifestyle. They were flawed, kind, selfish, naïve, and all of the things real people are. It felt like a glimpse into that world as it truly ones during that tumultuous period.

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A journalist interviews her Hollywood crush and then after 10 years they are reunited for a second interview. Quick, fun, a little steamy, but mainly just some basic tropes. I enjoyed it, but thought it was a bit unbelievable and predictable at times. I think I could‘ve done with less of the main character‘s inner turmoil and more of Gabe and Ollie.

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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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In the vein of Stepford Wives or The Handmaid‘s Tale, this perfect society begins to crack as Sophia discovers small things about her structured neighborhood that don‘t add up. This is a short, quick read with a twist that I won‘t reveal. There‘s a great sense of tension though it‘s over descriptive for my taste. Not horror at all, but a twisty little story that‘s incredibly clever the more I think about it.

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New home needed a new kids‘ reading nook! 😍

BiblioLitten Awww so cozy💕 1mo
ICantImReading How cute!! 1mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s great! They are too cute! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏👏 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
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I'm incredibly wary of Jane Austen retellings or spinoffs and almost never enjoy them. This one was a great exception. It's a murder mystery where all of the guests in a house party are characters (or children of characters) from Austen's novels. We get to revisit all those lovely couples and see how marriage, with all its frustrations and joys, is treating them. I was surprised by how much fun it was to read! Recommended for any Austen fans.

batsy I'm similarly wary of Austen retellings/spinoffs! But I've seen a number of positive reviews about this, which is great. Adding to my list! 2mo
sprainedbrain Loved this one! 2mo
AvidReader25 @batsy Most of them just make me wish I had skipped the book and read one of the originals instead. 2mo
AvidReader25 @sprainedbrain @Kdgordon88 It was so delightful! 2mo
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Think Big, Little One | Vashti Harrison
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Reading with my littles. I love the books they pick out! 😍

Leftcoastzen Such a cute face!😀🐶 2mo
BittersweetBooks What an adorable pup! 🥰 2mo
batsy Aww 🐶😍 2mo
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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It‘s been a decade since I first read this & it was just as powerful the 2nd time around. The scenes with Dantes in prison remains some of my favorite from any book. I love his relationship w/the Abbe. The whole plot is an incredible example of patience & slow-burning revenge. There‘s a lag in the middle where the plot gets distracted, but other than that it‘s incredible start to finish. When it all comes together it‘s hard not to cheer out loud!

MrsMalaprop Wonderful photo 😍 2mo
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Listening to the cynical and dryly hilarious Bob Odenkirk while stretching my legs at the office. He chronicles his time writing on SNL, in Hollywood created cult comedy, and grinding away at failed projects before finding himself in a dramatic role on Breaking Bad. His sheer enthusiasm for the work and disinterest and fame is admirable. My guess is he‘s a hard person to work with, but willing to meet the high standards he holds others to.

BkClubCare Wow - I had no idea he was an SNL writer. My first introduction to him was the movie Nobody. 3w
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare I LOVED Nobody! So well done. 2w
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 - I think it has entered our rotation of movies to rewatch when we can‘t agree! If you liked it, have you also watched Payback? With Mel Gibson. It‘s a fave. (edited) 2w
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare We‘ve watched it at least 3 times. It‘s so good! I‘ll have to look that one up. I remember Ransom, which came out at a similar time, but I don‘t think I watched Payback. 2w
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What a joy to reread this in the midst of moving. The 1st time I read the series was just before going to college. The 2nd was the year I got pregnant. I feel like reading them somehow corresponds w/starting a new chapter in life.

"I do not fear either pain or death.
What do you fear, lady? he asked.
A cage, she said. To stay behind bars, until use an old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”

NicoleCeBallos They're my comfort reads. I love that cover! 2mo
AvidReader25 @NicoleCeBallos Mine too. This edition has a fold out map! 😍 2mo
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American Royals III: Rivals | Katharine McGee
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For anyone who hasn‘t heard, yes this one ends in a cliffhanger. If that bothers you then wait until the final book in the series is out. Now for the rest of it. It‘s good, light, silly, petty drama. I enjoyed it and I wanted something light so it fit my mood perfectly. We rotate POV between four main characters. The male characters feel pretty flat and uninteresting. If you liked the first two books I‘m sure you‘ll like this one.

DivineDiana Love this photo! ❤️ 2mo
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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When you are a complete book nerd and you move, obviously things like this are a priority! I love our new sign. It‘s the perfect way to christen our woods behind our home. 🍃 📚 🍂

Sparklemn I love it! 2mo
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A mixed bag for me. Part of me loved the complicated relationships and gaming descriptions, but it was also exhausting because the characters are so selfish. It reminded me of The Marriage Plot (book) and Mythic Quest (TV show). (Still packing for the move!)

“Marks was a prodigious reader and he felt like Sadie might be the kind of book that one could read many times and always come away with something new.”

BarbaraBB I didn‘t think of The Marriage Plot but I see the connection. 2mo
AvidReader25 @BarbaraBB they are certainly not the exact same, but I kept remembering that book while reading this. The relationships between the main characters felt similar. 2mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. I kept wishing for more between them but it never happened. Just like in this book. But I loved this one because of Alice‘s relationship with Leonard ❤️ 2mo
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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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I couldn‘t believe how close the movie stayed to the book. I read this more than a decade ago and it was just as fun this time around. Dinos and death, human hubris and it‘s inevitable downfall, so fun!

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This feels like the summer of Maisie to me. In book 3 we go deeper into Maisie‘s relationship with her mentor, which is more complicated than she thought. She searches in France to discover what happened to two men killed during WWI. There‘s a third plot with a young girl accused of murder and a fourth with a devious medium, both of which could probably have been cut. Still, I loved continuing the series.

robinb I need to get back to Maisie. I think this one is next up for me. 3mo
AvidReader25 @robinb I can‘t believe I wait so long to read this series! 3mo
robinb @AvidReader25 I‘m late too! I discovered her here on Litsy and read the first book in 2019. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
AvidReader25 @robinb thank goodness for Litsy! 2mo
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Another sweet one to add to the mix of time travel books. It establishes rules quickly & makes sense without getting too bogged down. It reminds me of the movie About Time. It‘s more about the relationship w/her father than anything else. It‘s got a lot of love for NYC. A great one to listen to while packing!

“What a very long time one had to be an adult, after rushing through childhood and adolescence. There should be several more distinctions.”

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A quick read while I fill box after box of our belongings. I wish it leant a little more on packing tips and less on advice for making friends. It does come with an extra PDF packed with checklists and quizzes to help you find your decorating style and plan out your move. Helpful in some ways, but this wouldn‘t be my go to book for moving tips. I think it‘s better for encouraging people to find their community after moving.

mabell Good luck with your move! The Panera bags are the BEST! And what a sweet helper ❤️🐶 3mo
AvidReader25 @mabell Thank you! Those bags are SO sturdy! 3mo
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Dotter of Her Father's Eyes | Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot
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This graphic novel mixes the author's life with a domineering father (who happens to be a James Joyce scholar) and that of James Joyce's daughter Lucia. There are poignant overlapping moments between the two women, but to book isn't long enough to delve too deep into their shared pain.

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This is right on the line between the pick and so-so for me. It definitely pulls you in quickly, but I wish there were more answers by the end. This psychological thriller is about two best friends on vacation. It reminded me a lot of Who Is Maud Dixon? In both books there is travel, two women, and unreliable narrator, and a slow burn plot.

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An open dialogue between a republican & a democrat who respect each other & are willing to find common ground. It‘s disturbing to realize how rare that kind of conversation is. I appreciate the tools and tips they provide to step outside of the echo chamber & work on keeping dialogue open with people you disagree with.

“Politician shouldn‘t determine our positions and values, our values should determine the policies and politicians we support.”

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The Love Connection | Denise Williams
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Light, short, and entirely predictable. This might be the least taxing book I‘ve ever read. It‘s equally forgery, but was a fun, flirty dip into a romance in an airport.

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Turn tedious tasks into meaningful rituals. Bring joy to something you don‘t enjoy doing. Each time you complain find something to be grateful about in the situation. Give yourself permission to fail when you try something new. Don‘t try to power through, work for a set amount of time & then take a break. Aim for residual results, not linear results.

“Getting clear on what done looks like doesn‘t just help you finish, it helps you get started.”

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I read this one with @BkClubCare but I wish I‘d picked a better book. The dueling timelines were confusing. I didn‘t care about either of the main characters. Anastasia‘s storyline was the more interesting, but I felt like I never had a chance to dig any deeper than her surface problems. Her situation was horrible, but switching back & forth in the story meant I was skimming the surface for both women. Skip this one and read her Rose Code instead.

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I am not a poetry person, but so many people told me to try Mary Oliver. This was my first foray into her work and I absolutely loved it. Her observations about the beauty of simple moments in nature around her took my breath away.

“The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.”

LiteraryinLawrence That is one cute picture! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!🐶 3mo
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Birds of a Feather (Revised) | Jacqueline Winspear
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This is the second book in the series and I know I‘ll keep reading more. Maisie is clever but there‘s also a real emotional depth with the characters. It reminds me of the Inspector Gamache series, which is a very good thing. This plot revolves around a wealthy grocery store owner and four women who seem to be hiding a secret about their actions during the war. I‘ll definitely keep reading these post-WWI mysteries.

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This was not what I was expecting, but the meditative writing was just what I needed. What begins as a story about members of an underground swimming pool quickly became a collection of short stories about a woman with dementia. It felt deeply personal and raw. Otsuka‘s unique writing style draws attention to the small details that make up or every day lives. There‘s a link in the comments to a fascinating interview with the author.

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Hyde Brothers Book Sellers | Fort Wayne, IN (Bookstore)
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Is there anything better than a bookstore with rolling ladders? 😍

Leftcoastzen I want to be there right now! 4mo
AvidReader25 @Leftcoastzen It even has a full basement with winding aisles of books! 4mo
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99 Days | Katie Cotugno
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever been so frustrated with characters before. I think there‘s always an element of selfishness when we‘re talking about high school characters, but this one was ridiculous. The choices the characters made and hurt they caused each other was ridiculous. A quick read, but I kept waiting for more of an explanation or better choices and it just never happened. I was definitely disappointed.

TrishB But that view ❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB That view indeed 🥰 4mo
batsy Yes, that view is amazing! 4mo
AvidReader25 @BarbaraBB @TrishB @batsy The view was heaven! 4mo
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As someone who tries to do all of the things I found myself taking notes during this one. I have a hard time saying no, & I‘m grateful for the advice of how to focus & decide what‘s really important instead of saying yes to everyone. I see lots of applications for both my personal & professional life.
“If I didn‘t already own this how much would I spend to buy it?”

“Multitasking is not the enemy of essentialism, pretending we can multifocus is.”

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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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My silly kiddos wanted to recreate Matilda‘s book stacks from my shirt. 😍📚

Alfoster Adorable!🥰 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 4mo
marleed So cute! 4mo
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JamieArc Great photo! 📚❤️ 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Aww, great idea! 4mo
BkClubCare Love this! 💕 4mo
LeahBergen So cute!! 💕💕 4mo
batsy Love it! 💕 4mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 💕 4mo
RaeLovesToRead 😄🥰 4mo
mabell How fun! 4mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Adorable! 4mo
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