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BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage

Joined May 2016

Blog: https://linktr.ee/barbara_searles | Co-Host for #Booked2022 Reading Challenge | proud liberal | eclectic reader
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Hi #Booked2022 friends 😁 Just another reminder….
You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30th to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

Here's the submission link

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

Here are the 24 prompts for #Booked2022 along with the sign up info https://forms.gle/g1ZtgxMHEaLDFdXR9

We love to see what you read 😍

Cinfhen Can you believe another quarter has gone by??? 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Definitely not. Time goes by SO fast! 1d
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The Light of the World: A Memoir | Elizabeth Alexander
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The author‘s husband dies unexpectedly and too soon. Their young son finds him in his last moments. And his beloved wife, now a widow, processes these events and figures out how to go on alone. Yup, super emotional. And absolutely beautifully written. Alexander is a poet and professor. She knows the craft of writing. And it shows. Loved every word of this!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #includesarecipe

jlhammar I loved this memoir. Great review! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Thanks - it‘s easy to review such a good book! 4d
Cinfhen This sounds amazing 🤩 #stacked 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It definitely is. My book group friends listened to the audio, which the author read. They said it‘s excellent. 3d
Cinfhen Good to know!! Thanks for the audio tip ♥️ 3d
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Adding four more choices to my grid!!

#pantone2022 @Clwojick

Clwojick Yes! Way to go! 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks!! This has been such a fun and low pressure challenge for me. I‘ve matched *most* of my book covers. 🤓💜 4d
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This has languished on my Audible shelf forever. So I turned it into a prompt for Kiss Your Mate Day. For me, choosing a romance is a **hard** prompt to complete, despite 27 years of happy marriage. So this one, with its topical nature fit the bill well. The MC is a Vietnam vet with trauma who helps an undocumented family and reconnects with a lost love.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #makeyourownprompt #booked2022

KathyWheeler I love the title. 5d
Cinfhen I like your prompt idea 💕 5d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. All we need to do for 2023 is collect the prompts our participants have come up with for this prompt. Easy peasy!! 🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 4d
Cinfhen Ha!! You know I‘m already thinking of ideas 🙈 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Me too! My list is growing! 3d
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This is a solid mystery with female child abductions at its core (TW). The main character is Anna, who experiences abandonments if not abductions. She‘s a hot mess, but we like her anyway. McLain combines some real-life details in her 1993 setting, and also uses Anna and others to teach readers about the affects of trauma and more.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

CBee I enjoyed this one. And I tend to gravitate towards the hot messes so I definitely liked Anna 😂😊 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CBee Oh, I do as well. A damaged protagonist is super engaging for me. 5d
CBee @BarbaraTheBibliophage me too! The book I‘m reading right now has one too, it‘s really good so far. 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CBee I‘ll have to look that one up!! 🤓 4d
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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More catching up on #pantone2022 choices!

@Clwojick

Clwojick Great matches! 7d
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IF you need something dark and long to dive into, this is my latest recommendation. But if the world feels pretty dark (not surprisingly), now isn‘t the time. I loved The Secret History decades ago and shouldn‘t have waited so long to read this one. So many genres and topics all deftly blended together. Tartt is a master of her craft.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #darkacademia

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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Catching up on books completed a while ago!

@Clwojick #pantone2022

Clwojick Great matches! 2w
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Elsewhere: A Novel | Alexis Schaitkin
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This is a soft pick for me. It‘s a a melancholy, unsettling book. The setting is an imaginary town, high in the mountains. It‘s so near the mountaintop that the clouds settle in there during the evenings. Elsewhere feels as elusive as those mountaintop clouds. It‘s just slightly inside the fog, which means readers never fully understand the town or its inhabitants.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #celadonreads

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This is set in SoCal 1987 and centers at wound a police detective and medical examiner. They‘re investigating a series of diverse crimes that have hate at their core. It‘s heavy and sometimes ponderous. But the issues are just as relevant today as back then. The writing style made it a low pick. And sometimes it was so dark I had to put it aside for a day or so. #thxnetgalley

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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This is two parts heartstring-pulling pain and philosophical pondering, combined with two parts anger and frustration. There‘s some hopefulness added in the manner of icing on the cake, but it‘s quite tentative. All in all, if a chronic illness has touched you or those you love, this book is a must-read. Extraordinarily well-done discussion of a difficult topic to capture.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

Megabooks Great review! I enjoyed this too. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Thanks. I wish it didn‘t feel so close to my own experiences. But as such, she does a good job describing the situation with the right balance of fact vs emotion. 1mo
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Cults—religious and not—function on the foundation of specific language. Montell explains how they draw members in and keep them hooked. She also points out how MANY types of entities use this language to achieve cult-like ends—businesses, fitness companies, indeed practically any brand wanting to be the next big thing.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage #booked2022 #aboutcultorreligion #nonfiction2022 #imasinner

BarbaraTheBibliophage Montell specifically talks about SoulCycle — then I saw THIS article today. (Apologies for the paywall.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/23/peoplehood-soulcycle-relation... 1mo
kspenmoll Thanks for the article Barbara-SoulCycle etc new to me. Will read your review 1mo
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Recently did a review / post about memoirs that use essays instead of straight through chronology. I liked both of these although they‘re wildly different. O‘Farrell titles her with drama, but ultimately it felt gentle in tone. OTOH, Madden has a semi-whimsical title and every essay is a heartbreaking gut punch.

Full reviews https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

Chelsea.Poole I loved both of these! 1mo
Megabooks Love both!! 1mo
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The Dragon Republic | R. F. Kuang
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Good second book in trilogy. A little battle / war heavy for me. But I still love how Kuang melds the fantasy elements with real Asian history. And Ren is a flawed heroine for the ages!

Forgot to post this, so if want the full review, scroll down a bit at https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

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A Rip Through Time: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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This genre-defying story features a Canadian police detective named Mallory. Out jogging in Edinburgh, Scotland (while visiting her gravely ill grandma), she hears a crime down an alley. And whooops … the next thing she knows, she‘s in the body of a teenage housemaid in 1869. Same town, but different time and body! Of course there‘s a murder to solve. And how to get home. ⬇️

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
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BarbaraTheBibliophage As the first in the series, there‘s a LOT of internal dialogue from Mallory, which sets up her personality and back story. And honestly, I wanted this to grab me more. But I like the whole idea enough to read another book. 1mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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It‘s difficult to capture the gravity of these essays in a review, especially a short one. Suffice it to say, this book is a must read for everyone. Plow through it or take it small bites. Whatever works. Just do it.

And many thanks to @4thhouseontheleft and @staci.reads for their ongoing discussion topics here. I didn‘t always stay on target, but it helped to see others on the path with me. 💙

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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I reviewed two vastly different genealogy / history books recently on my blog (https://www.TheBibliophage.com). Decided to post here, since Newton‘s book is brand new. Family history fascinates me—whether it‘s my own or not. So Newton‘s rambling discourse on her own family was a treat. I wish I‘d liked more of the people she talks about. But that really is the true challenge of family research. Sometimes you learn difficult things. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Newton has that in spades, along with research and discussion on the phenomenon of family genealogy research. As for the Sykes book, it‘s *very* dry and academic. But since I wanted to know more about why so much Norwegian ancestry shows up in my DNA, it fit the bill. My family tree is predominantly from British Isles, so he helped me see the options. 2mo
jlhammar Great reviews. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Thanks. I appreciated yours as well. Especially because you also found the pace pretty slow. I struggled with this one more than I expected to. 2mo
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Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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For the last few months, I haven‘t been present much here on Litsy. Even before I fell and fractured four bones in February, I just wasn‘t feeling like “reading in public.” Writing reviews feels more like a struggle and duty, so I‘m slacking there also. But the fractures are healing well, and I‘m (hopefully) feeling more bookish.

Anyway, apologies to everyone who‘s tagged me for #Booked2022 reading. And to my cohosts. I appreciate you all! 💗

Cinfhen I‘m so glad you‘re starting to feel better….I miss you xxx and I‘m sorry if I haven‘t been checking in on you enough 💜 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen You‘re so sweet! I‘ve been to a zillion physio and doctor appts in the last ten weeks. Been working “light duty” at a desk 3 nights a week. So it‘s just loony here. Books are my hideout! 2mo
AmyG Your health is most important. Take care and get well. We are always here. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmyG Thank you! 💜 2mo
andrew61 Best wishes Barbara. 2mo
Smarkies Take care Barbara! Hope that you heal up well! 🤗 2mo
Alfoster Virtual hugs!👍🥰 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad to hear you‘re on the mend. ❤️❤️ 2mo
SW-T Glad to hear you‘re on the mend! Hope things keep improving for you. 😊 2mo
EvieBee Glad you‘re healing. 2mo
Bklover Oh no! That sounds awful! Hopefully you will be back to yourself soon!💖💖 2mo
Megabooks 💜💜 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad to hear you‘re feeling a bit better and hope that things continue to improve. ❤️ 2mo
sprainedbrain Glad to hear you‘re healing! ❤️ 2mo
LibrarianRyan Oh No! Glad your feeling better. 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hang in there, Barbara. I‘m so sorry you‘re struggling. 💗 2mo
CaroPi Take all the time in the world and recover 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @andrew61 @Smarkies @Alfoster @LeahBergen @SW-T @EvieBee Thanks, friends. I appreciate the 💗 and support. 2mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m glad the healing is going well! Take all the time you need! 2mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about your fall and struggling in general. I‘m glad to hear you are healing. 💗💗 2mo
Ruthiella Glad you are feeling better ! ❤️ Litsy will be here when you are ready. 2mo
CarolynM Sorry to hear you've been struggling but glad you're improving. Hope you're feeling 100% soon. 💕💕 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ozma.of.oz @Bookzombie @Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks for the 💗 and support! I‘m well on my way to normalcy … and very grateful for that. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Oh dear @Cinfhen you‘ve been managing most of #booked2022! @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry I didn‘t realize you injured yourself earlier this year. I have also been off Litsy more than in the past. It‘s been another rough year. 😔 2mo
kspenmoll So sorry you fell & had fractures. You totally needed to devote time to your healing. 1mo
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Hari covers so much ground here—all of it a necessary look at our collective declining attention span. I listened on audio (great author narration) and immediately bought the ebook to revisit specific ideas. While there are plenty of tips for individuals (including our kids), Hari also challenges us to reject encroaching surveillance capitalism.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #nonfiction2022 #quietormeditative

Megabooks Stacking 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Knowing your reading choices, I think you will love this one. @Lindy posted a lot of quotes a while ago, so you can hunt those down for a taste of his content. 2mo
Lindy @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I‘m still thinking about it. 2mo
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rwmg I think I may need to read this. My attention span has definitely declined. I put it down to a combination of pandemic effects and aging but perhaps there is more to it. Even my reading has been affected. Although I have some real chunksters on my shelves I will now take any excuse to read something else. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rwmg Yes, I think you‘ll find this eye opening. It‘s very approachable also—not overly academic. I picked it up for essentially the same reasons you mentioned. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! Stacking! 2mo
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My book club chose this without knowing Hough‘s book-review-related controversies. We still appreciated her writing style, despite its angry, dark edge. And there‘s plenty to discuss here—from a cult childhood and its after effects to misogynistic bosses and how people become unhoused. Def better than 3/5 but not quite 4/5.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022
#nonfiction2022 #imarebel #rebel
#pantone2022 #arcticwolf

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The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Set in the true historical horror of the WWII Japanese internment camps, this is atmospheric and hallucinogenic. It‘s also perfect for readers of historical fiction. Its undercurrents of horror, both human and supernatural, add a twist that hits all too close to home. Katsu draws on family experiences, colored by her own perspective on the last few years in the US. Excellent!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

Clwojick Way to go! 💖 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks! Now that we have the new color grid, I‘ve been matching a few covers that didn‘t fit the first one. 🙌🏻 3mo
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Vonk is an anthropology student interested in the life of migrants / refugees traveling through Mexico. Early on he meets Axel, who‘s got a complicated and unique story. They form a bond and traverse the dangers of cartels, immigration officers, and police together. This is a gripping true story with multiple caveats.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#nonfiction2022 #imacriminal
#pantone2022 #poppyseed

Christine Tempting review! Curious about the caveats… 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine So … Volk states right up front that most people in the caravans lie to protect themselves. The caveat is that you‘ll never know for sure that anyone‘s story is completely truthful. Even some parts of Volk‘s. But it‘s more about protection from harm than trying to “enhance” the narrative. Take a peak at my full review if you want to know more. 3mo
Christine Super interesting - will read your full review for sure! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine LMK what you think if you read the book! 3mo
Christine Will do! 3mo
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#thinkpositivebepositive - Because dog, bikes, and books are positive, right? 🤓🤪🤗

Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView !

To play post a positive quote and tag a Litten friend or two.

Hope your day is spectacular!

@paperwitchs
@SRWCF
@SarahBookInterrupted

BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. This is Waldo. He belongs to our son and his family. (edited) 3mo
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Probably I should use more restraint in my book buying. Naaaaaahhhh … 🤪📚🤪

BarbaraBB Naaah 😄 3mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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This epic fantasy is solidly based in real China / Japan relations during the 20th century. At the same time, the main character has meaningful development as she transforms from a rural orphan to a military neophyte. She‘s charming and smart, if also completely beyond her depth. The fantasy aspects are rooted in Chinese culture and myth. Overall a win!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#setinchina #booked2022

BarbaraTheBibliophage Decided to go alternate China for this prompt — not realizing how historically based this book is. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 3mo
Lexeegee Great book. I have read the first two of the series. Looking forward to the third. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lexeegee My plan is to dive into book two this month!! 3mo
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Be sure to to enter the first #quarterlydrawing for #Booked2022 before midnight (EDT) !! We‘ll draw our winner over the next few days. Every book you‘ve finished counts as an entry so look everything over! 🤓👀🙋🏼🙋🏼‍♀️📚🎁🎁

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26

Kimberlone Thanks for the reminder, just submitted the form! 3mo
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I‘m always b*tching that #botm doesn‘t offer enough narrative nonfiction. But yay!! This month they did so I snapped it right up. Also read some good stuff about True Biz, so I couldn‘t resist.

tapgurl Me too but both picks this month look similar to me. Saddish and reflective 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tapgurl Right! But I probably won‘t read them together, so I‘m not risking too much sadness. 3mo
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Growing Up Biden: A Memoir | Valerie Biden Owens
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This is the memoir of a younger sister and social studies teacher who ended up managing decades of US Senate campaigns for her brother Joe. It‘s about family that implicitly trusts each other more than anyone else. They pull together for every tragedy and laugh plenty when times are good. Even if you don‘t agree with their politics, this memoir is heartwarming and full of faith.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

TheBookHippie Well I‘ll add this to my list. 💙 3mo
Clwojick Great match 💖 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheBookHippie I think you‘ll appreciate it!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m sure I will! 3mo
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This was a strong pick for me. I love the process of genealogy research. But adding DNA testing to the process does create conflict and confusion for some folks. Copeland offers an unvarnished look at both ups and downs of getting tested. The true stories she tells are compelling. There‘s so much relevance to 21st century life here.

p.s. Yes, that IS my Ancestry family tree in the background.

#nonfiction2022 #outofyourcomfortzone

jlhammar Agreed, this was a good one! So fascinating. 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading Just checked and it‘s included in audible! Sounds fascinating! I just finished inheritance last month. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Prairiegirl_reading Yea, it is. I read the ebook but had the audio queued up just in case. It‘s a great pair with 3mo
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jlhammar @Prairiegirl_reading I loved Inheritance! I think you're going to enjoy The Lost Family. I am really excited for and preordered this one. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar LOL I preordered that one also. I think it drops next week, right? That‘s one of the reasons I pushed The Lost Family to the top of my TBR. 3mo
jlhammar @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I think so! That is too funny. It is such an interesting topic though (to me anyhow). Hope we like it! I read and really enjoyed this one about a journalist digging into his family history/secrets. Not DNA-specific, but it might be one you'd like if you haven't tried it yet. 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar that one sounds awesome too!!! Thanks for the heads up! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar this one sounds fascinating too!! And now we know why genealogy is such a huge business right!!?? So interesting! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Oooh. That sounds fascinating. Families did this stuff so much in the early to middle 20th century. And obviously before that also. Terribly sad. Have you listened to Dani Shapiro‘s podcast called Family Secrets? Also very fascinating. 3mo
jlhammar Yes, love Family Secrets! Great podcast. 3mo
Amiable As a fellow amateur genealogist, I enjoyed this book, too. I'm stacking “Ancestor Trouble,“ -- thanks for the recommendation, @jlhammar ! I second the “Family Secrets“ podcast -- I've been listening to it since I read “Inheritance.“ Shapiro has such a soothing voice, too! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable @jlhammar I think I‘ll be putting down my 💤 read when I receive Ancestor Trouble. I‘m excited. Here‘s my current read - it‘s good but slow to read. 3mo
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m going to have to find that book —I have a fair amount of Irish heritage on my mother‘s side. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable It‘s pretty old, so the focus is more on mitochondrial DNA and Y-DNA. But that‘s foundational stuff, so it‘s okay. Not sure if he will get into autosomal DNA. So far it‘s more science and less history. That‘s what I wanted but it is DRY. 3mo
ncsufoxes This one sounds interesting, my first degree is in history, so I love learning about genealogy. My husband is also a geneticist (although he‘s an oncology researcher), he‘s adopted so he grapples a lot with wanting to know more about his family‘s medical history without knowing his biological family. And as a geneticist knowing all of the intricacies of testing & so on. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ncsufoxes Yes, it sounds like you both would appreciate and enjoy this book! If you have Audible Plus, it‘s included in the catalog. 3mo
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Jubilee | Margaret Walker
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Jubilee - Wicked - Night - Becoming are all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ favorites of mine and all have one word titles.

One word titles are rare but not better necessarily. It‘s hard to distill a whole book‘s ideas and themes to a single word.

#Two4Tuesday

emmalouise1 For me it's alice by Christina henry 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @emmalouise1 Ahhhh. Good call! 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 3mo
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😁Hi #Booked2022 friends!!
Hard to believe, but it‘s time to fill out the forms for #FirstQuarterDrawing🎊📚

You have until Midnight April 3 to submit all books read between Jan 1-March 31🧭

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26

🌻You must use the form for submission to count but PLEASE share your reads on Litsy too!

We ♥️seeing your posts
@4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage @Cinfhen

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I couldn‘t resist …

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Ruthiella True that! 😂😂😂 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😂🙌🏻 3mo
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Interesting read to mark the beginning of our third year in a pandemic world. Sure it‘s science and medicine (such as it was in centuries past), but the most fascinating part is how Wright highlights people‘s behavior towards the sick. Sometimes we are kind and supportive. But mostly we tend to treat the sickest people with the least regard. 😳😥😡🥺🙄

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#nonfiction2022 #saint

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Such a great book group choice! We had so many topics to discuss. That said, Bennett keeps the book focused on her characters and their circumstances. She doesn‘t get preachy or too focused on all the various themes. Plus, the genetics aspect dovetailed into some genealogy reading I‘m doing right now. Wins all around!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

CarolynM Loved this one. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CarolynM Yes! I need to go back and read her debut now. 3mo
CarolynM Yes, you really do🙂 3mo
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The Shape of Sound | Fiona Murphy
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This is an elegantly and gently written memoir about the author‘s struggle with her hearing. She is deaf in one ear and has been since birth. And her family conditions her not to tell anyone or to ask for help. They do offer hearing aids but the technology and experience are 😳. Her journey through teens, college, first jobs is unique and well-told. Lots to learn ⬇️

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

BarbaraTheBibliophage About this invisible and often misunderstood disability. 3mo
jlhammar Sounds really good! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar It is!! I am hard of hearing (since about 8 years ago) and still learned a ton. It‘s the adult version of 3mo
jlhammar @BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved El Deafo! Definitely going to check this one out. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Same! Hope you like it … 😎 3mo
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This is a literary, convoluted, mystery with odd characters. Reading it is like looking at life through main character Skyla‘s failing eyes. The corners are dark and nothing is at all clear. If you‘re in the mood for something off-kilter but not off-putting, this is for you. I loved it!

p.s. The author and I share a surname, but aren‘t related. 😎

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #pantone2022 #spunsugar

Clwojick Oooh! This one sounds good! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick It is good. Odd and genre defying also. But I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so there‘s that. Pub date is 3/22 :-) 4mo
TheLudicReader I really enjoy this author, so I am stacking this one. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheLudicReader Then you will like this!! I think he‘s really settling into a unique style. 4mo
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If you‘re a history / politics wonk / social justice reader, this book is for you! It‘s scholarly and moves slowly, but the value of the analysis and information is priceless. Topic: why Democrats promised “sizzle” for POC and other communities “left behind,” but failed to offer any actual meat / help. 1975 - 2000s

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #nonfiction2022 #outofleftfield #pantone2022 #supersonic #thxnetgalley

jimfields3 Thanks for sharing! I‘m increasingly interested in policies and what *actually* happens rather than talking points from both sides. More and more I believe both parties are missing the mark as both dig in further into their ideologies. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jimfields3 You might really appreciate this. The author does a good job of dialing down her own opinions and perspectives. I‘d guess she‘s actually more progressive in her politics than the policies she describes. 4mo
Clwojick Brilliant!! 💙 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thank you!! Gotta say, I‘m struggling with the colors I have left. Can‘t find many books on my shelf with **pinks** — LOL! 4mo
Clwojick I know! The only colour I have left is one of the light pinks! 4mo
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Here‘s another set of four covers for the #Pantone2022 challenge. Was holding off until I finished Scorpica, but then life slowed me down so I‘m just remembering to post. For Echo, there‘s not much “Snow White” on the cover, but I also chose it in the spirit of a VERY snow-focused book.

Glad I decided to do this challenge—it‘s fun to be visual instead of just focused on content.

Clwojick Great matches!! 4mo
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Set in the time of the Khmer Revolution, this fictional piece draws from the author‘s life. It‘s slow, poetic, and deeply sad. And brutally violent. Coming-of-age in a horrific authoritarian regime.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #readingasia2021 #cambodia #belatedchallenge

Librarybelle Sounds very powerful 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Librarybelle Yes, but not easy to listen to … 😥😥 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a dark, dark time for Cambodia 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Definitely. And very well told from a young girl‘s perspective. 4mo
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Scorpica | G.R. Macallister
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Imagine a 500-yr. matriarchy but women stop having female babies. Women are the crux of this society and not having another generation destabilizes everything. Scorpica is world-building, fabulous intrigue and plotting, and characters I‘m dying to read about for another decade or more. Divine epic fantasy!!

Full review https:// www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #nonpatriarchalsociety
#Pantone2022 #sudanbrown

lynneamch Loved it! Official pub day tomorrow: 2-22-22. And she's the guest on the Friends & Fiction aftershow following V.E.Schwab on Wednesday 2-23-22. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lynneamch Is that a BookTube show? I‘d watch!! 4mo
LeeRHarry Just put an order in for this one sounds fab!! 😊 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeeRHarry Hope you love it as much as I did!! 4mo
lynneamch I just watch Friends & Fiction on regular YouTube https://youtu.be/-_kNBgYM8bk 4mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It is! I think even non-fantasy readers like you may get like it. 🤪 4mo
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I‘m making graphics to keep track of the #Pantone2022 challenge and the colors I complete as I go. So here is the second group of four!

2 / 2 … so far!

Clwojick Woohooooo! 💖💖💖 5mo
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I‘m making graphics to keep track of the #Pantone2022 challenge and the colors I complete as I go. So here are the first four!

1 / 2

Clwojick Great matches! 💖 5mo
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Ghosts of Gotham | Craig Schaefer
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Urban fantasy fans - if you aren‘t reading this author yet, you should be. He has several long series available (one I like more than the other). But these two more recent books are a great way to test him out. (On Kindle Unlimited if you have it.)

Great story of a skeptic journalist turned believer in an alternate version of NYC. Incorporates myths and literature!

Full review of both books https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

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Echo | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Olde Heuvelt combines elements from ancient legends, village superstitions, weather phenomena, and mountain climbing techniques. Plus, he injects fear and dissonance at every level. Told in voices of two characters (one who has diarrhea of the mouth). It‘s hard to truly creep me out, but this did. OTOH, some parts were 💤. The translation is top-notch too.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#pantone2022 #snowwhite

Clwojick Great match!! 💖❤️ 5mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is more historical fiction than mystery / thriller. Which shouldn‘t be surprising coming from Whitehead. As always, the writing is stellar with thought-provoking themes. Read with my IRL book group and it lends itself to discussion. I will always be a fan, but this isn‘t as good as his last two.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

TracyReadsBooks I agree. I didn‘t think this one was as good as his previous books. I also made the mistake of reading it right after Deacon King Kong and it suffered in comparison. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TracyReadsBooks OOOOH! That makes me want to read Deacon King Kong next. I was also thinking about 5mo
TracyReadsBooks Razorblade Tears is excellent! You can‘t go wrong with either one. 5mo
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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Well, this is my Feb pick after skipping January. I‘m 80% sure I‘m going to cancel my membership, though. I have SO many unread #BOTM in my house. And the selections just feel meh lately. ☹️

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book is transcendent. Absolutely amazing in characters, plotting, and weaving a tapestry of time shifts and story arcs. She blends gentleness with brutality so well. I regret not having read it in 2014 and three times since. OTOH, I really did NOT like what the adaptation did to the story especially The Prophet.

For all my thoughts read the full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #adaptedforsmallscreen

Cinfhen Ohhhh, is it now available as a miniseries???? So disappointed to hear the adaptation wasn‘t true to the book 😬 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Yes, HBO adapted it. I put a couple of links in my review if you‘re curious! 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I loved this book. And everything I've read of hers. I'm always entranced by her voice and perspective. I've got a pre-order in for 5mo
Soubhiville I‘m watching the adaptation now (slowly- it‘s a bit triggering!), and then plan a reread. Of course the book is better 😉. 5mo
jlhammar I really liked the book, but absolutely loved the HBO adaptation. They made big changes, but they really worked for me. So moving. 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I love a good witch goddess story just as much as the next reader, but this one just left me flat. #Unpopularopinion I know. But I didn‘t like Circe, thought the story only plodded along, and struggled to finish this one. Made me sad, b/c I loved The Song of Achilles with my whole heart.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#booked2022 #mythretelling #pantone2022 #coralrose

Emily92Bibliophile Have you read this one yet? A good Witch story 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emily92Bibliophile I have heard good things and bought it on ebook sale recently! Thanks. 💕 5mo
Ruthiella I totally agree with you! I loved The Song of Achilles but though Circe was boring. Oh well. 5mo
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Cinfhen It took me awhile to get into this book and in the end I liked it / but not nearly as much as Song of Achilles 5mo
Cinfhen @Emily92Bibliophile your book sounds GREAT!! And I see I‘ve already stacked it 🤩 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Yes, same. Although I never really loved it. @Ruthiella Yaass. Glad to know I‘m not alone. 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I loved this one, but read it before Song if Achilles. I wonder if I would have felt differently if I read SoA first. 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile @Barbara @Cinfhen it‘s wonderful! There is not much Norse Mythology that is told from the female perspective and this one is 👍🏻 I loved Cerci but I understand how some readers don‘t like it. 🤷‍♀️Not a witch but Ariadne is superb. (edited) 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen other Greek retellings that are superb: The Silence of the Girls, Till we Have Faces, A Thousand Ships, and Cassandra Speaks ( semi retelling) 5mo
Cinfhen I read Ariadne, A Thousand Ships & Silence of the Girls & LOVED them all @Emily92Bibliophile I‘ll have to look for the other two you mentioned. I‘m also hoping to read 5mo
Cinfhen And I just read and loved this one but it‘s very loosely based on Greek mythology 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile @Cinfhen those are so good! I‘m glad you read them! I have Daughters of Sparta and the Women of Troy as my next reads 💙 5mo
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Wonderful in concept, but lacking in execution. Ida B. Wells-Barnett is an icon for a reason. Sadly, this book about her fell flat for me. It was light on content, confusing in structure, and cluttered with many other people‘s stories. Left me wanting more Ida!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#shesaid #nonfictionchallenge2022 #rulebreaker #pantone2022 #daffodil

KathyWheeler Good review of this book. I felt the same way. 5mo
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