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BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage

Joined May 2016

Blog: https://linktr.ee/barbara_searles | Phage = from the Greek: φαγεῖν (phagein), "to devour" | Co-Host for #Booked2019 Reading Challenge
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steve Woloshin
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health | H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steve Woloshin
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Started a new listen today. Right now it feels like a researcher‘s dream, but I also appreciate his practical medical attitude.

#TIL: treating people with mild disease (think hypertension or osteoporosis) nets drug companies a lot of money, but doesn‘t actually create proportionally healthier outcomes (don‘t take my word for it—talk to your doctor)

#NFNov

outlawsaturn Healthcare in general all feels very corrupt. 9h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @outlawsaturn Sure does. So far, this book is more about the way doctors prescribe and why. Less about the corruption. But I just started! 9h
Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t stand listening to some of the ads for drugs and their side effects. For example you could get lymphoma from a drug you are taking for psoriasis. Really? Why is that ok? I think I would be filled with rage if I read that. I‘m pretty sure I‘m already filled with rage! 8h
LeeRHarry As soon as hospitals started calling patients clients you knew you were on a slippery slope 😡 5h
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Despite its subtitle of A Surfing Life, this is part discussion of surfing theory, combined with travelogue, buddy road trip, and memoir. Finnegan covers a lot of his life, starting in his pre-teen years and ending in his 50s. Through it all, surfing is the one constant. Definitely worth the praise. But be prepared for some long paddles out before the roar of the wave takes you.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

rsteve388 6 pts 2d
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Life‘s been a whirlwind lately. I‘m still reading, but also busy w/ so many things. Work has been nuts. Family too. I‘m taking a memoir workshop, and writing some intense pieces about my family of origin. Today I finally took an afternoon to read ... and nap.

Finished this Mary Karr in a flash! It‘s lovely for anyone going through big life changes. If you‘re questioning whether difficult times will help you grow—she says they will! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraTheBibliophage This book would be a great pick for #finishinaday #booked2020 prompt! 4d
wordslinger42 I hope things settle down & your writing goes well 💜 I also have family stuff and trying to write (I'm using stories from my family in my writing), and sometimes it's hard to find time to relax and read in the middle of it all! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @wordslinger42 Thanks so much. ♥️ I hope your writing goes well too! 4d
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Reviewsbylola I love Mary Karr. I need to read that! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola I need to read more of her work. This is a teaser—the text of a graduation talk she gave at Syracuse. 4d
wordslinger42 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you very much! 💜 3d
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New read—it‘s a mash up of post-apocalyptic urban fantasy and Arthurian legend. Maybe not the best writing ever, but not bad either. After about 20%, I‘m glad I agreed to read and review.

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Thrilled I got to read this ahead of its 1/2020 release. Make listening better your New Year‘s resolution—I know this book has inspired me to do it. I learned a ton, and the author kept me engaged by balancing research, interviews, and analysis. Her experts contributed great stories too. For your own sake, give it a go!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#listening2020 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL That the average attention span of a goldfish is longer than the average attention span of a human. (Per a study from Microsoft) 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL That listening to opposing opinions activates the amygdala in your brain. That‘s your “fight or flight” instinct. No wonder it makes our hearts pound to have those contentious conversations! 1w
rsteve388 Wow a gold fish has a better attention span then me... That's just sad. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rsteve388 It is shocking, right? 5d
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New listen for my IRL book group. Love the Scottish setting and language. Eleanor, not so much ...

FashionableObserver She grows on you. I promise! 1w
RedLeaves Oh I hope you love her eventually 🥰 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RedLeaves @FashionableObserver I saw a LOT of reviews saying to give it time. Plus, when it‘s a book club book, I make every effort to finish. So I will give her every chance! 😘 1w
FashionableObserver @BarbaraTheBibliophage Let me know what you think of her when you finish! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @FashionableObserver I‘ll try to remember to tag you when I review! 5d
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This book both covers a lot of ground, and is intensely intimate. One child‘s story of escaping a dysfunctional and abusive family. She inspires me. And I want to give her 10-year-old self, working in her dad‘s junkyard, a giant hug, shower, and ride to school. None of those things were forthcoming in her family. That it‘s a harrowing memoir is an understatement. But I loved it.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#NFNov

Bakingbookworm Great review! I also loved it. I‘m glad it continues to be so popular. 1w
Tamra I am completely in the minority on this one. Her story is compelling, but I felt like it could have benefited from a paring down. I ended up skimming much of the last third. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 1w
Caroline2 I loved this book too. 💖 1w
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IndoorDame Great review! I listened to this a year ago and loved it. I think I‘d like to go back and read it now. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I can see how it could have been slimmed down, even though I didn‘t mind it‘s pacing. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bakingbookworm Thanks. It sure is. Been on Amazon‘s “most read” charts for 89 weeks ... not that that‘s the only judge. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Caroline2 It‘s just so good! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IndoorDame Thanks. I read the ebook, but would be interested in the audiobook—after a while! 1w
Clwojick This has been on my tbr for a while, and thanks to my MIL I now have a copy. I need to get to it soon. 6 pt. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Nice MIL. Hope you find this as interesting as I did. 1w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I recently found a group of letters from my grandmother to my mother. In this one, Gram is extolling her ability to read and watch TV at the same time, in order to get a book done in a week. Now I know where I inherited that skill!! 👊🏻📚🤪

#lettersfromgram #memories #howtoreadmore

rubyslippersreads I could do that when I was a kid, but lost the knack somewhere along the way. 😕 2w
tjwill I love that! 2w
Megabooks How wonderful! 2w
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squirrelbrain How lovely to find those letters! 2w
RachelO That‘s wonderful. 2w
Lcsmcat What a great find! 2w
ljuliel I‘m with @rubyslippersreads I used to be able to read when everyone was home, I was making supper and the tv was on. Now I need absolute quiet or I can‘t concentrate. Also it‘d be really neat to have a grandma and mom who liked to read. 2w
UwannaPublishme Wow! What a treasure to discover! 2w
valeriegeary Oh that's neat! 😍 2w
rwmg I'm another one who used to be able to do that but not any more. Even music is distracting unless it's sung in a language I don't know 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rubyslippersreads I‘m nowhere near as effective at it as I used to be! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @RachelO @Lcsmcat @UwannaPublishme @valeriegeary They‘ve been a joy to read - I‘m stretching them out slowly because I don‘t want them to end! (Like a good book.) 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I used to be better at it. These letters have really reminded me what an influence Gram had on my reading life, too. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rwmg I agree. I just generally like my space quieter as I get older, for everything I do. 1w
Misty1_2 I love this!!!!! 💖💖 1w
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Writing Creative Nonfiction | Tilar J. Mazzeo, Teaching Company, LLC, The
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Despite plenty of English Lit, my degree in Business didn‘t prepare me for the #writinglife. This instructional audiobook (with a PDF) is a good start to filling in the blanks. Mazzeo is an author and Ph.D professor. She organizes and delivers the content well. I used her exercises to improve my current project. Another great addition to my #selfdirectedwritingcourse.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL: That learning new writing skills also changes the way I read and review. 2w
kgriffith This is quite timely, as I‘m shifting to a writing focus myself and looking to build a practice. Thanks for the rec! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kgriffith Glad to help and good for you! I also just found some courses at Udemy that looked good. The old Ebates site (now Rakuten) has great coupons. Plus, of course a million good books! 😘 2w
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kgriffith @BarbaraTheBibliophage good to know! I bet LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) has, too... 🤔 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kgriffith Another good idea! Thanks. Feel free to tag me if you need a cheerleader or some support! 😘 2w
Clwojick 9 pts. 1w
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I‘ve had several conversations on Twitter with this author. And then she tweeted me about her book being on NetGalley. What a lovely person! (And smart to get people to NetGalley.) I recommend her work!

Hope the approval comes through in time for #NFNov ...

LauraJ Sounds like something I would love! Off to NetGalley... 2w
Clwojick Awe, this is really sweet. Crossing my fingers that it comes in time. 1 pt. 2w
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Backgammon (does that count?)
2. Hawaii, Hawaii (the Big Island)
3. Very happy with what I‘ve read
4. Edith Wharton
5. Last thing you read aloud?

Scochrane26 I very reluctantly agreed to participate in our church‘s Christmas play/skit this yr. I read my lines while practicing. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Scochrane26 Oh my ... that‘s a commitment! Enjoy! 2w
Jen_Reads I read part of the lord of the rings to my dogs in a terrible British accent. 2w
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ljuliel Good question. Probably some article online to my husband. I can‘t remember. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jen_Reads LOL - well, that made me smile! What a good answer! 😁😁 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel Oh, I do that too! He half listens ... 🤪 2w
ljuliel Same....I like playing a trick on him. I stop and ask him a question. Then I get this look. 😳. Deer in the headlights. He has no clue what I just told him. 2w
Dolly Road signs or menu 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel Hahaha. Yup, same at my house! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Dolly Good call ... 👍🏻 2w
TheLudicReader I recently taught my son to play backgammon so I‘d have someone to play with. 2w
TheSpineView I can't remember. A Long Time ago to my grandson. Like 8+ years?? 🙃 2w
Hooked_on_books I can help with #2—I have a lovely guest room on the southeast side of the island! 2w
IndoorDame Last week I read to my students 2w
Susanita Probably some wackadoodle headline to my office mate. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Here‘s a pick for #GuessWhat from @BarbaraBB — an #iconic #nonfiction cover. Yes, it‘s a movie tie-in edition. And it might relate to current events in the U. S. (Answer in comments under a spoiler tag.)

Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😎

Cinfhen OMG💙💙Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman- they are sooooo young!!!! I know the movie 🍿 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen IKR? The passage of time ... 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hestapleton Yes, that‘s the one! 2w
BarbaraBB Oh wow they are so young! I had to look behind the spoiler but of course I know the film. I didn‘t know it was based on a book 🙈 2w
Tamra I haven‘t read the book, but I loved the movie. And they have such comparative baby faces! 2w
4thhouseontheleft Aww, they look so young! I had to look at the spoiler, I was drawing a blank on the title. 2w
Amiable Great book! I was lucky enough to meet Bob Woodward when he spoke at a university where I used to work in public relations. He‘s still awesome. 2w
ValerieAndBooks I have it in the original hardback, so the cover‘s different (found used some years ago)! 2w
batsy All the President's Men 🙂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm They‘re so young! Don‘t know the book 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm They were such movie idols when I was a kid ... especially Redford. My dad sat next to him on a plane and had a whole conversation. Said he was an interesting guy! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @batsy Right-o! 👊🏻 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks Nice! I couldn‘t use the original, since it was mostly the title! 🤪 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Oh cool. Glad to know. I‘ve been appreciating his news commentary lately. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft They were *so* young! I‘d still like to read the book. 2w
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Writing Creative Nonfiction | Tilar J. Mazzeo, Teaching Company, LLC, The
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I have about three hours left in this instructional audiobook. It‘s been fascinating, since I mostly just write by the seat of my pants. I‘m super proud of myself for stopping and truly completing (most of) the exercises as I listen. And today I have between two and three hours of driving to do, depending on weather and traffic. So, the end is in sight!

#NFNov #selfdirectedwritingcourse

lele1432 This sounds interesting! 2w
Addison_Reads Sounds like an informative read. Safe travels ☺ 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lele1432 It‘s been really helpful for me, given my lack of creative writing education. Might be too basic for someone else. 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Addison_Reads Thanks - so far so good. And the book‘s interesting today as well. 😎 2w
Hooked_on_books I used a business course from the same company to learn stuff before running my own business and I thought it was great. I plan to listen to/watch other courses from them. 2w
Clwojick Way to go! You're almost there! 1pt. 2w
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#NFNov #TIL

Did you know that speakers give worse talks when their listeners don‘t listen? It‘s been studied. And having inattentive listeners means that a speaker will be less articulate and even remember less of the information they meant to convey.

Fascinating!

Kaylamburson That's so fascinating! I do find myself caring less or just trailing off if I can tell someone isn't listening. 2w
Texreader I do tons of public speaking. That sounds so true. 2w
4thhouseontheleft That feels true to me. If I‘m giving a presentation, and I notice people not paying attention, I struggle with staying focused because internally I‘m freaking out. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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You guys inspired me! Here are some ideas from my Kindle and Audible shelves. #booked2020 #winterplan

1. The Bone Season — from my way way back Kindle section
2. When We Were The Kennedys — also terribly old and unread
3. Nine Pints — gimme more medical
4. Play It as It Lays — a Didion novel
5. Of Blood and Bone — loved book one
6. My Lost Family — a great prompt for all those free Audible Originals

ChasingOm Man, I want to read your TBR for this prompt now! 😂 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ChasingOm That‘s the original meaning of #litfluence! 🤣🤣 2w
ljuliel #2 is so good ! 2w
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Cinfhen These tentative plans always make me question my choices!! All of a sudden I want to read what someone else is reading!!! Love your picks and GRAPHICS 🙌🏻♥️ 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel So I heard ... can‘t believe I still haven‘t read it. I really try to get to my back list with reading early in the year. Then I get caught up in new releases ... 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s fun to see everyone‘s ideas, and hey, we don‘t have to call this a firm commitment. 😘#iknowillchangemymind (edited) 2w
MeganAnn The Bone Season is one of my favorites! ❤️✨ 2w
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Questionnaire | Evan Kindley
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@ljuliel #litsyquestionnaire
1. The best book suggestions, insightful reviews, and genuinely lovely people.
2. I haven‘t been a joiner lately, but I like seeing what others are doing. I wish Litsy would solve the irritating double posting issue.
3. Please, for the love of all that‘s holy, fix the horrible problems since the 13.x iOS update. Litsy is unusable on my phone now. Nearly every inch sends my away from posts. I‘m not updating my ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage iPad although I should! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage 5. I like it all, but am most likely to do a readalong. Timing on other stuff always seems off. (edited) 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage 6. See number 3 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage 4. (Ooops!) 7-10 times a week ... or so ... 2w
ljuliel Thanks for your input. I agree, that screen/ scrolling issue thing was driving me bonkers. They had yet another update recently and it‘s improved a bit. Maybe they‘ll get the kinks worked out soon. I hope 🤞🏼. I just did a read along and it was fun. Very low key, no stress. I plan to do another of them myself. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I haven‘t seen any improvement with iOS updates since 13.0. And Litsy hasn‘t done an app update for 8 months. But I‘ll cross my fingers too! 2w
ljuliel @BarbaraTheBibliophage My latest iPad update says it‘s 13.2 , so maybe that was the last one ? I never remember to look for Litsy app updates. It sounds like maybe it‘s time for an overhaul if it‘s been that long. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I‘m going to do the 13.2 update tonight and see if it helps! 2w
lele1432 Yessss to this!! I was shocked I didn't see more people complaining about the terrible iOS update, but maybe everyone just stopped posting as much like I did lol. Every scroll takes me to a link or hashtag! 😠 2w
ljuliel Good luck Barbara. I hope it helps you ! 2w
ljuliel @lele1432 Yes it was really frustrating for awhile. Every time you touch the screen, it‘d shoot you off in a different direction. Either sideways or clear back up to the top. Mine is behaving better now than before. It‘s not perfect, but better. 2w
lele1432 @ljuliel mine has calmed down as well since I updated again, but I still have to be careful to avoid anything with a link, whereas before it was just so fluid! It never sent me anywhere I didn't wanna go. Ugh Apple lol. 🙄 2w
ljuliel I agree, but I love my Apple devices. They‘ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands. 😊 @lele1432 2w
lele1432 @ljuliel mine too, so I can't complain too much lol 😂 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lele1432 I honestly wonder how much is iOS and how much is Litsy. I get that this app runs on a shoestring, but most of my apps have updated since 13.0 released from Apple. 2w
Laughterhp For some reason my phone is no longer having the issues of super sensitive links.. thankfully! I am on 13.2 iOS now. 2w
Palimpsest I barely can scroll without triggering some hadhtag or link. It‘s maddening. I haven‘t been on Litsy as much because i find it that problematic. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laughterhp I‘m doing the update for that tonight. Crossing fingers. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Palimpsest Same here. People above are saying it gets better with 13.2. I‘ll try to make a note here if it helps ... 2w
Litsi More user help would help. Like I don‘t know how to ger access to the questionnaire. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Litsi Hi - glad you asked. If you want to post your own answers to this list of questions, just make a screen grab of my image. Then pick a book to post it under (use the one I did if that‘s easiest). And answer the questions (remember to use the hashtag) in your post and the comments. Hope that helps! 2w
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Dr. Brendan Reilly creates a gripping memoir, One Doctor, by balancing several elements. As a hospitalist, working strictly with patients admitted to hospital, he details individual cases. He also reflects on how the cases affect him beyond the medicine. He struggles to strike a balance between caring attitude and doctorly objectivity. Plus, he‘s caregiving for aging parents.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage TIL: Get one doctor who helps you manage specialists, and who watches over your general health. Don‘t just rely on specialists. #TIL 2w
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage I completely agree with your TIL! The key is finding an excellent primary care doctor. My husband can always tell when the patients that come to him for surgery with multiple complicated health issues, also have a good GP that they see regularly. It makes a big difference in quality of care overall, and helps prevent unnecessary specialist visits and procedures. 2w
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Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage absolutely on your advice, that's why I dont understand the movement away from a general practitioner, there has to be a dr who knows all of you. 2w
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage and this book looks so interesting, I'm adding for sure, thanks!! 2w
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage that's why I'm not crazy about hospitalists, why they took the family dr away from hospital rounds. They're the ones who know you 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Not surprised he can tell the difference. I think a good PCP educates and watches over heir patients. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I‘m guessing you‘d like this book. He talks honestly about hospitalists too. 2w
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The world is chock full of self-help books, and it‘s often overwhelming. Are we honestly THIS messed up? Maybe. You Are Awesome stakes out some original territory, and also retreads some typical fare. Still, the author‘s ideas and style grew on me. Sure, he‘s a privileged guy, but he also tweeted me back and said he recognizes that. I think he‘s trying to make life better for people.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks to Gallery Books and the author for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. 2w
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Midtown Scholar Bookstore | Harrisburg, PA (Bookstore)
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Taking a road trip with a great friend today up to an enormous bookstore. Then off to an early dinner nearby. #perfectSunday #bookhaul #bookstoretravel

Top three work for #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388 !

Tamra Envious! 3w
Mitch That does sound like a #perfectsunday 3w
Crazeedi An enormous bookstore, perfect! 3w
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Megabooks Fun!!! 👍🏻 3w
MatchlessMarie I'm gonna have to add that Fighting God book to my list. Sounds interesting! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra Aww, I know, right? It was lovely. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Mitch It was! Thanks. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi It‘s so enormous that I never plan to buy specific books. I like to wander ..: 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks It was super fun!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MatchlessMarie It‘s been on my list for a while, so I was happy to see it on the sale table. Not sure when I‘ll get to it, though! 2w
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We‘re SO excited to share our 3rd annual reading challenge #Booked2020❣️

As in years past, there are 24 prompts broken into 4 quarters/seasons. You are free to read in any order you wish. Just one book per prompt, please

*New this Year*  the last week of each quarter you MUST post and tag us with your completed prompts in order to be eligible for the quarterly drawing. 

Any questions ~ ask away!

Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y62p9fxs

tjwill I signed up! I‘m excited to get booked again next year! 3w
CocoReads One of these days I might actually finish a challenge. Here goes nothing—I‘m going to sign up again. 😬😁 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @CocoReads Glad you‘re going to give it a go!! 3w
CocoReads @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m always trying to give it a shot. I need to stretch myself more and this looks like a good way to do it! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CocoReads We like to make if a fun and low pressure way to stretch! 😘 3w
Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m going to give this a go next year! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Sarahreadstoomuch Yay!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 3w
Butterfinger So excited. Thank you ladies! @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Butterfinger YAY! Glad you‘re in for 2020. And you‘re welcome ... we have so much fun doing this challenge. Mwwwwaaaahhhh. 2w
bookandbedandtea This sounds like so much fun! I'm going to try this. (My record at finishing challenges is abysmal but maybe this will be the one I stick with!) I'm off to research books for the prompts. 2w
CoffeeNBooks I haven't participated in this before, but I'm definitely going to in 2020! This looks like so much fun, and I already started making my list of books! 📚 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @bookandbedandtea @CoffeeNBooks Yay! I‘m glad you‘re joining in!! 2w
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Happy dance—a nonfiction choice with a fantasy add-on. Thanks #botm! #bookhaul

vivastory I almost made the exact same choice, but since I still haven't read Brain on Fire I decided to stick with Ninth House 3w
Copwithabook @vivastory definitely read Brain on Fire! It was so good and a surprisingly quick read 3w
vivastory @Copwithabook It sounds like it'd be a great one for nonfiction November 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Copwithabook @vivastory Yes, I loved Brain on Fire. It was incredibly intense on audio. Super excited for both of these, actually. I don‘t read YA but have been intrigued by Bardugo. Happier to experience her writing for adults! 3w
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Thanks for the tag @kspenmoll and the idea @monalyisha ! My book club would never actually let me pick ... but here are some choices on my Kindle that I‘d really like to read!

#myidealbookclub #ihadathousandoptions #somanybooksolittletime

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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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In Saint X, Schaitkin alternates between whodunit, love letter to Caribbean islands, and character study, using a combination of the MC perspective, a third-person narrative, and snippets from other players in the mystery. She spins a complex tale, with lush descriptions of her locations. I liked it, but had some reservations about some aspects of the writing and plot. ⬇️

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #readsaintx

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks to Celadon Books and the author for the ARC and related goodies, including recipes! 🌴👙🏄🏼‍♀️ 3w
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I‘ve seen this on so many “best memoir” lists. It‘s time to dive in!

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This collection of Sherlockian stories pairs each with a piece of art. The publishers quoted my review in Twitter (above), but didn‘t pick up the parts where I said the stories were uneven in quality. Some truly failed to grab me, but that‘s the nature of a collection. Loved the art, though! And if you enjoy Holmes and Watson, consider this a pick and search out a copy for yourself.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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Cinfhen Nice work, Barb!!! And the secret power of editing 😉 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! For sure, editing makes all the difference. 🤪 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday lovely lady! 🎉 3w
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Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Thank you, Michele! 😘 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Redwritinghood Thanks ever so much! 😘 3w
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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My #weeklyforecast — great idea @Cinfhen

On the left, an ARC that needs to be finished and reviewed by Wednesday.
Top right, my ongoing audiobook. May add one more, since I‘m behind on exercises for the course.
Bottom right, my ebook for the gym and on the go.

Cinfhen Hi!!!!! All ok??? Been thinking of you!!! Thanks for posting. Your review book has a great cover 🥰 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen We are muddling through ... ups and downs like everyone else in the world. 😏 Thanks for asking! 😘 The review book is pretty good, but it‘s a debut so there are some frustrating elements. Still, she‘s good enough to get picked up by Celadon ... 3w
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Ayyyyaaaaayyyaaay! Such a busy weekend and I need to get these ARCs read asap! And here I am ... trying to juggle again!

Gezemice Get to read ARCs. So sorry for you... being forced and all, lol. How does one get an ARC? 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice Haha. True dat. I signed up for NetGalley and started a blog. I got myself listed on a blog directory, which authors use to contact me. And I also signed up for a “first readers” ARC program at Celadon. It‘s all my fault. 🤪 4w
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage I see! It is hard work! I follow your blog, it is great. I probably would flake out after two weeks, lol. Great work on keeping it going! I usually look at Goodreads first, though. 4w
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Wednesday's Child | Amanda Hewett
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

🧡 Joined in May 2016

🧡 That article a lot of us found in Book Riot

🧡 More volume and variety x 100

🧡 Politics, Mystery / Thrillers, Medical memoirs

🧡 @Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ReadingOver50 @Simona 😘😘

Eggs Thanks for joining in 💕📚🤗 1mo
Megabooks ❤️❤️ So glad I met my nonfiction friend! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Me too! Sending you lots of hugs. 😘 4w
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The Book-hunter: Etc | John Hill Burton
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#gettoknowyou

❤️ Lancaster, PA, USA
🧡 54.99999 (bday soon!)
💛 Work my fingers to the bone—forever!
💚 Married (25 years together, 24 married)
💙 she / her
💜 Mom sent me the word ‘bibliophage‘ from Dictionary.com and it‘s been me ever since

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Julián Castro is third-generation Mexican American. His grandmother walked over the border as a 7-year-old orphan. She and his mother instilled two key values in Julián and his twin, Joaquin—education and public service. The writing reads quickly, it‘s not overly political, and the story is inspiring.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#readthecandidates #2020candidates #ownvoices

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My new listen—I love memoirs like this! #audiobook #medicalmemoir #onedoctor

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1. Outlander or GOT would work for me. Preferably the series!
2. Bare feet as much as possible
3. Somewhere in Colorado, I‘d guess
4. Cabbage and cauliflower
5. This year I‘ll be a celestial witch (stars and moon with a side order of creepy)

#friyayintro

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Another day, another group of short stories. It seems to be my thing right now. I‘m almost halfway through, and so far these are a little uneven. And I have a strong urge to return to Arthur Conan Doyle‘s originals for the first time in decades.

#sherlockian #holmsian #victorianmystery

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I signed up for Celadon‘s ARC copies several months ago. So it was a big surprise to receive this January 2020 release today. Yay!

#celadonreads #listening2020 #bookmail

Prairiegirl_reading Sounds so interesting!! 1mo
Sace Stacked! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Prairiegirl_reading @Sace I‘m as intrigued as you are! 1mo
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Sace I'm so intrigued that I pre-ordered it! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Sace Wow!! I hope it lives up to the blurbs. 1mo
Sace Ha! Me too. 🤣 1mo
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Joe Hill is fast becoming an insta buy author for me. This story collection is all wins and no duds, which is a rare thing. Hill pushes the edges of imagination and gore, creating his horrific worlds in spare prose. There are a few creatures, but the scariest characters are humans with no restraint or values. If you love horror, grab this one up soon!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

4thhouseontheleft Stacked! You listened to the audiobook? 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I did both an ARC and audio, since it was so good I didn‘t want to put it down. 1mo
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Writing Creative Nonfiction | Tilar J. Mazzeo, Teaching Company, LLC, The
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This was on sale at Audible a few months ago. It‘s now book two in my self-directed writing course. And I‘m finding it to be helpful and easy to apply.

#amwriting

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@tjwill Thanks so much for the beautiful card and those sticky notes! OMG, they are fantastic! 😘😘

tjwill I‘m glad you like them! I thought they were perfect to go with the book! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill They are! And I‘ll be looking for ways to use them a lot. 👊🏻🙌🏻♥️ 1mo
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I never figured a book about the oil and gas industry would be so captivating. Written in a novelistic, yet journalistic style, Maddow lays out the relationships between oil and gas extractors like ExxonMobil and the countries where they drill. This is geopolitical stuff that we can‘t afford not to understand—it‘s affecting us and Earth. Give it a go, please!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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#thanksnetgalley

BarbaraTheBibliophage And p.s. The author-narrated audio is terrific, not surprisingly. And I‘m picky about them. 1mo
BarbaraBB Sounds really good. 1mo
QuintusMarcus If you haven‘t read Steve Coll‘s Private Empire, you should take a look. I also messaged you on Goodreads. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @QuintusMarcus Thanks. I‘ll check it out! 1mo
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New audiobook (and NetGalley ARC). Already love it! 😱😱

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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We know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his nonfiction, but his fictional debut, The Water Dancer, is just as stupendous as his previous books. He builds the details of his world drop by drop, layer by layer. By the end, I felt fully immersed, although in some ways I was drowning in sadness. Great narrator and supporting characters. 5 stars from me.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I must definitely read this one! 1mo
TrishB Not out until February here! 1mo
teainthelibrary Can‘t wait for my hold to come in! 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Thanks. Hope you like it! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB That‘s a big difference in release dates! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @teainthelibrary Hope you find it worth the wait! 1mo
TrishB It definitely is! 1mo
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I read this short book back in early 2017. Lately (or every week since then), it‘s been coming to mind a lot. Found it on Scribd, so I‘m going to give it a listen. Might be the most important 1 hr. 47 min. book around!

My original review is here: http://thebibliophage.com/book-review-tyranny-timothy-snyder/

#readersresist #resistlist

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was so good the first time, I bet a reread will be scarier! Good luck, I can‘t wait to see how it goes! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think so too. I‘m curious to hear the author read it too. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Very nice review! It‘s a powerful read.I borrowed it from the library,should find a copy to own.direct ,smart and not sensationalized to the current “moment “. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen Thanks. It‘s worth having your own copy, if you found it valuable the first time through. 1mo
Christine I‘ve almost read this so many times. Putting it on my list of books to get to in October. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine It‘s so short, and worth every minute. Hope you agree! 1mo
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I'm very late with my list of books read July - Sept. (Because I can't win, or am lazy ...)
8. Trail of Lightning
14. A Thousand Splendid Suns
15. The Silver Linings Playbook
17. Yiddish Yoga
18. Ghost Boys
19. Chasing the Scream
22. The Final Days of Magic
Just two left to read in the last three months!
#booked2019

Cinfhen Ha!! You‘re always a winner in my book 😘 2mo
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Frankel crafts a story that is by turns politically correct and relevant for all of us. No matter your beliefs, transgender kids are coming out earlier than ever. This novel gives readers a chance to experience the events and feelings around gender identity mostly from the parental perspective, albeit fictitious. Parts were too perfect, but a lot was charming and real. My IRL book group loved it.

Full review on my blog: https://wp.me/p8swP2-7aN

valeriegeary My book club read this one too and loved it! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @valeriegeary It's a good one to discuss. We often talk about our books for only 15-30 minutes, because we like to catch up and talk about other stuff too. This one we talked about for over an hour. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was great. So topical. 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @howjessreads ! #friyayintro

1. Relevant and meaningful
2. Blue, kind of dark periwinkle
3. Hosted my book group friends last night
4. Yes, but I hardly ever do either one
5. I will!

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Just started this #ARC from #NetGalley. I was going to stay with my reading plan, but once I tried a few pages (more FOMO), I was hooked.

Lauram I might have to buy this one. My library waiting list is 12 weeks. 😖 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lauram Gah—that‘s a long wait. Even with the ARC, I‘m thinking of getting the audiobook for her narration. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lauram Just finished yesterday. It is so good! 1mo
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I couldn‘t divorce this book from The Handmaid‘s Tale (book or TV). It‘s impossible to read book 2 without taking book 1 into account. I despise Aunt Lydia more than ever. The daughters are so meh. More Offred, please, because she‘s the character with gravity and a resister‘s heart. And Gilead was pale in comparison, especially with the series. 3 reluctant stars.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#unpopularopinion #damnyouFOMO

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Listening to this one on Scribd, but following along in my ARC from #NetGalley. Coates‘ fiction is so far pretty captivating.

Owlizabeth Oooh, Joe Morton‘s a fantastic narrator! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Owlizabeth Yes, he is terrific! 2mo
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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This book is effective at unpacking the details of racism, anti-racism, and all of the dreaded middle ground terms like colorblind and “not racist.” Kendi makes a strong and intersectional case. Now that I‘ve listened to it front->back, I will keep it for future reference. His chapters are organized so you can easily just grab parts.

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#thebibliophage2019 #diverseauthors #socialjustice #thanksnetgalley

BarbaraTheBibliophage The content is amazing, but I‘m mixed about his narration. Sometimes his passionate delivery worked for me, but other times it just felt strident and like he was yelling at me. YMMV (edited) 2mo
Amandajoy I was thinking about getting this on audible, but sounds like I may enjoy it in print better. Thank you. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amandajoy You‘re welcome. I hope you find it valuable, however you read it. 2mo
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Normally I‘d never pick a YA, but I loved her Salt to the Sea, and this sounds unique! #BOTM

EKonrad This was my pick too! I haven‘t read anything of hers yet, so I‘m excited for this one. 😊 2mo
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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This is fundamentally a good read, in its genre. A little too YA for me, but reminds me of the best parts of early Anita Blake books. Roanhorse could improve her skill at writing dialogue. But her vision of a post-climate catastrophe world is unique and interesting, especially the supernatural elements. Might borrow not buy book 2.

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#booked2019 #clifi #ownvoices #readdiversebooks

Cinfhen Since most disliked their #ClFi pick yay for you and this works for #IndigenousAuthor too ❤️ 2mo
Addison_Reads Great review! I read this and enjoyed it, but I agree with your points on her dialogue. 2mo
Susanita I agree the dialogue was awkward, and Maggie is a little two-dimensional, but I do want to see where the story goes. 2mo
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Susanita @Cinfhen I had picked American War originally, and I just couldn‘t get into it at all. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Right! I already did my indigenous author book. The #clifi prompt has been a sword hanging over my head. Gone now! 👊🏻🤪 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Addison_Reads @Susanita Glad the dialogue discomfort wasn‘t just me being picky. 👊🏻 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Susanita @Cinfhen I definitely think #clifi is our collective #leastfavorite2020prompt. I had intended to read Oryx and Crake for this. Still want to give it a try. 2mo
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