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Joined March 2016

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The Invention of Ana: A Novel | Mikkel Rosengaard
Bailedbailed

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The Invention of Ana: A Novel | Mikkel Rosengaard
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Merry Christmas to all!

My gift to myself is to abandon both these books. I have so many others I want to read and these just aren't cutting it.

My grandmother made this stocking for me 48 years ago!

tpixie Good for you!!! What a wonderful stocking!! 11mo
BookwormAHN Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
Dragon Love ❤️ your stocking! Merry Christmas 🎄! 💚🐉 11mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄 11mo
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Enjoyed the book and currently watching the movie with Baby Girl (her idea-she hasn't read the book). Preparimg for some ugly crying ahead.

Bookzombie I think that‘s why I haven‘t watched the movie. I cried so much at the end of the book. Actually, not just at the end. (edited) 12mo
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Starting my next library book, a nonfiction account of the life of Lettice Knollys. Lettice married Rober Dudley which turned her into Elizabeth's enemy. Complicated family maps and character bios should help me keep track of everyone.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Dont know where I went wrong with this book, but it just didn't grab me. Maybe because I was listening to The Lost Queen and it was so good. Or it could have been the time crunch since I only had a 7 day library loan.

Notafraidofwords I bailed too 12mo
Burghbookaddict I keep hearing about this everywhere but it just does not sound interesting to me at all. 12mo
SW-T It‘s a dense read and some characters are more likable than others. Lots of people and storylines to keep track of. Sometimes you‘re in the mood for it and sometimes you gotta bail and move on. (edited) 12mo
Samplergal Maybe another time as it was good. 12mo
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This book is soooooo good I'm actually enjoying #audiowrapping and trying to get some reading time towards #25infive tonight.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great to hear! I bought it because the description sounded so good! 12mo
Beckys_Books @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I dont usually enjoy audiobooks so much, but this one is fabulous! 12mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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And here are the books that I couldn't say no to...

MelissaSue81 Oh! Your library limits you to one 7 day check out? What happens if you have multiple holds come in at once? I see both the good and bad to this. 12mo
kateykontent "There There" stuck with me...I'm still haunted by it. It was one of my best reads of 2018. 12mo
Beckys_Books @MelissaSue81 yep, just one 7 day checkout. I'm pretty new to this library so I haven't put anything on hold yet. It's a great resource though. When I was there the parking lot was full, not a single empty spot. 12mo
Beckys_Books @kateykontent I started it last night, glad to hear your feedback. 12mo
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I really, really tried to read all these books before buying or checking out more books. But, I failed. I went to the library looking for a specific book. They didn't have it and I walked out with four other books. One of which is limited to a 7 day loan.

I do have just the two unchecked books left from my original goal.

Ericalambbrown The great thing about the Jon Meacham book is that you could read a section at a time amongst other books. The sections stand alone if you‘d like them to. 12mo
Beckys_Books @Ericalambbrown thanks for the tip! I haven't started it yet so that's good to know. 12mo
melbeautyandbooks Loved the Witch Elm. I was shocked at the size of Lethal White when I picked it up at the library. I thought it was the large print version at first. Looking forward to reading it. 12mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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How is it that each time I read one of Boyne's novels I think "this one is now my favorite"?

And this may be the first time I've read all my BOTM selections within a month of receiving them.

peaknit I feel the same way about Boyne! 12mo
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Interesting. Might explain why some books don't work for me in audio.

Beckys_Books Realized I forgot the link! Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It? https://nyti.ms/2zQorZH 12mo
SW-T I read something similar about your reading style. Some people read and hear a narrator so audio works well. Some people read and “see a movie unwind”. Audio not as good for them. Also why movie adaptations go over well or don‘t. Not what you envisioned if you “saw” it instead of heard it. Made sense. 12mo
Amiable I'm not good with audiobooks, either. My mind starts to wander and I lose track easily. I'm definitely a visual learner as opposed to an auditory one, and that might have a lot to do with it. 12mo
sudi I have tried audiobooks since i joined Litsy, but i still stick to the shorter ones because i do get distracted a lot. But it helps if you're trying to complete a readathon or want to meet some kind of a reading goal but you're busy, then you can listen to them while completing chores 12mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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Listened to the Audible original version which was good, but I don't think Jane Austen works for me in audio. This took me about a month to finish because I kept losing interest.

rabbitprincess Darn, sorry it didn't work for you in audio. Emma Thompson seems like a good choice for narrator. 12mo
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Started partway through my 8 hour drive home. It's so good! Normally I get tired of listening to an audiobook after an hour or two. Not with this one.

booklover984 I tried the audiobook before, it's not my thing. I wish it was, I could get so many more books in... 12mo
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Times Critics‘ Top Books of 2018 https://nyti.ms/2E2Pfse

Haven't read the article yet and probably haven't read most of the books either. Thought I'd share anyway.

Ruthiella I love year end lists like this! 12mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Travelling for work. It's so cold here I don't want to go out to dinner with the rest of my group. I just want to come back to my room and read my book. So I bought crackers, brie, fig spread, and the makings for margaritas.

Bookzombie That sounds like a lovely evening! 12mo
Daisey Sounds like a great plan! 12mo
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You'll Grow Out of It | Jessi Klein
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Mehso-so

Maybe because our life experiences have been so different, but this collection of essays made me feel sorry for Jessi Klein. She came across to me as judgemental (of herself and others) and unhappy. While she was brutally honest in this book she didn't need to be. For example, I can't help but think her son will not ever want to know she masturbated to porn while pregnant with him. But, what do I know? To each her own.

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Looking for a cookbook and noticed this on the shelf at the bookstore. I'm not a fan of Martha Stewart so even P&P can't entice me to contribute to her book royalties.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I've only read the tagged book and must correct that so it's off to the bookstore for me tomorrow!

The 10 Best Books of 2018 https://nyti.ms/2ztLNUE

LiteraryinLititz It shocks me that The Perfect Nanny is on this list! I was so unimpressed when I read it over the summer. Still, everyone can have different opinions! 12mo
mreads @LiteraryinLititz I totally agree with you. Makes me wonder about these lists or at least not take them seriously but see if there is a book I'd not heard about but looks interesting. 12mo
Samplergal I‘ve read three and I think they all deserve this list. I loved the Perfect Nanny, Educated, and There There. I have downloaded Washington Black but need to try to take a break from such heavy books. 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m definitely planning to pick a few of these up! 12mo
Tamra I have my eye on Frederick Douglas! 12mo
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Have a Nice Day | Julie Halpern
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The President (Kevin Kline) wakes up to a visit from the Angel of Death (Billy Crystal). Much hilarity ensues.

Just a couple hours long so perfect for a short road trip. This was one of my November free Audible selections.

mreads This made me think of the movie Dave from the 90s (dating myself) Kline played the president 12mo
Beckys_Books @mreads it reminded me of the same movie! 12mo
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I'm an engineer, so magical realism doesn't always work for me. I like Real. And I like Obvious Magic. Magical elements that make me question accepted reality - not so much. But, I LOVED THIS BOOK. it's based on the founding of Liberia. The desire for freedom by the 3 main characters is also the beginning of the nation's formation. But, like most people grounded in reality I now want to know the "real" story of Liberia.

Ruthiella Love it when a book surprises me like that! 😀 (edited) 12mo
Megabooks Sounds fantastic!! 12mo
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I love to read by the Christmas tree in the morning before getting ready for work. Only 50 pages left in this book, but I don't think I have enough time to finish it this morning.

Amiable Such a beautiful scene! 12mo
Chelsea.Poole Reading by the Christmas tree is just so cozy! I feel the same way...wish I had time to do it this morning! 12mo
CouronneDhiver 😍😍 12mo
Daisey ❤️ 🎄 12mo
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Iced coffee sounded good with breakfast today even though it is only 15F outside.

Tamra Perfect breakfast! 12mo
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Keep Reading!: A Source Book of Short Text | Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis
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Don't think I'll make it, but this is an ambitious goal for me.

TheBookStacker Yeah I won‘t be making my challenge either. It was a busy year full of reading slumps 12mo
MelissaSue81 My unofficial challenge is 200 and I‘m 35 books away. I was on pace but have fallen off a bit this month.. I don‘t think I‘ll make it with the holidays. I never upped my goal from 100 though because of my fear of failure, so technically I still got it! 12mo
Joyfulmimi I wanted to make it to 100 too. I don‘t think I will make it either. 😔 12mo
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Snow storm on the way? Bring it on. I've got a book and a blanket and no reason to leave the house.

Christine Bliss! 12mo
CouronneDhiver Lovely! 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh definitely! Bring it on .... 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
JacqMac Sounds like a perfect day. 12mo
nibech Perfect! 12mo
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College Days | Arthur Cridland, Trafford Publishing
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We just dropped Baby Girl off at college. Archie is most sad to see her go.

Tamra 😿 12mo
LauraJ Aww, poor Archie. 12mo
batsy Awww. 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ... poor pet 12mo
Purrfectpages How adorably sad. (edited) 12mo
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In my happy place...

What you can't see is The Christmas Chronicles playing on Netflix above the fireplace. It's the most wonderful time of year!

Planning to shop small tomorrow at our local downtown. There are a couple of lovely bookstores I plan to go to.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Book shopping is the best kinda shopping! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m all about Small Business Saturday. I love it! 12mo
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Rain, rain, go away | Janet Friend
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I love Mizzou football games but I could be home reading a book.

Cathythoughts Looks exciting 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Beckys_Books @Cathythoughts it was so wet and cold!! 12mo
Ericalambbrown Hey! My daughter attends MIZZOU! Hope the game was worth it! 12mo
Beckys_Books @Ericalambbrown we won 38-0! We live in Columbia and love to go to MU events. Our daughter goes there, too! 12mo
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Working my way through my recent purchases. Picked this for my next read because I can't handle the chunkster or another political nonfiction read.

reluctantangeleno Love the visual checklist! 12mo
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Informative and infuriating. So glad I read this. I highly recommend if you want to be an educated participant in our democracy. That's the only way we can stop the disfranchisement explained in this important book.

I'm giving this a "Pick" because "You Are Missing Out If You Don't Read This" isn't a choice!

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I knew this, but this book confirms it - our country is led by hypocrites who talk democracy but do whatever they can to subvert it and retain power. I'm mad.

lahousewyfe Right?! 12mo
Tamra Anything for voter suppression. 😠 12mo
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Hmmm, not sure what to say about this book. This did not read easy for me. Some really long sentences that I had to read more than once. In other places I just skimmed because I was bored. This seemed to diverge from Tana French's usual style, and it didn't work for me.

Booksnchill I am about 50% done and I swear every time I put it down and come back to it it seems to get even longer....plowing through but it is a slog. 13mo
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Waiting at the DMV. Wonder how many pages I'll get read?

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Decided to set a goal to read 100 pages each day so I can finish this book before I forget what happened at the beginning. The problem is I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter. So, I'm compromising and stopping at defined breaks. Here's how much I have to read today... and go to work, and finish the laundry, and cook dinner...

Jennick2004 I had set a goal of 50 pages a day for myself...but it doesn‘t happen with every book. Some books I can honestly only read 10-20 pages at a time! 13mo
Beckys_Books @Jennick2004 this is one of those books for me, I'm working hard for those 100 pages! 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Same here! But I go with % my goal each day is 30% of the book 😅 but it doesn't always happen especially of recent 😅 13mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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Audiobooks are a challenge for me since I don't really have a commute anymore. So I've been listening to this when on the treadmill, which isn't often enough!

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been thinking of things to clean today so I could listen to my audiobook more. 😆 13mo
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I enjoyed this book, plus I learned that John William, author of one of my favorite books, was pretty much an asshole. He went through marriages about as frequently as some people buy cars. He pretty much did what he wanted when he wanted to do it, never mind he had three kids he didn't see that much. Knowing this though doesn't take away from my appreciation of Stoner. Debating whether to read his other two novels.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I started Stoner on Kindle but couldn't really see where it was going - worth persevering, then, if it's one of your favourite novels? 13mo
Beckys_Books @MommyWantsToReadHerBook its more of a character driven slow burn kind of book, but I truly love it! 13mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Beckys_Books thanks, I'll give it another try! 13mo
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Friday eve plans - Toasted Coconut Caramel Sundae and a good book.

Sweettartlaura 😮😋❤️ 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz That looks so good!! 13mo
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Apparently John Williams's (author of Stoner) grandfather cautioned him "Don't read so much. You'll make your brain tired."

What a foolish thing to tell a child.

MayJasper Perhaps the grandfather could not read 13mo
TrishB My optician told me to read less and wear less eyeliner....I‘ve opted for glasses instead! 13mo
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These are my latest purchases that I'm going to make myself finish before buying another book or borrowing anything from the library.

Starting with the tagged book because Stoner is an all time favorite and I want to know more about its author. I'm just afraid I will have a few items from John Williams's backlist to add to my #tbr list.

sammisho I just read Stoner this year. I can't believe it is npt more pf a fan favorite. 13mo
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For Better and Worse | Margot Hunt
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Natalie and Will met in law school and discussed the perfect way to murder someone on their first date. Years later Natalie takes justice into her own hands, but has to include Will, now her husband, to finish the job.

There are several aspects of the story that didn't ring true, but it is still a page turner. Trigger warning for pedophilia. The topic is given about as soft a treatment as possible, but it's still horrible to think about.

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For Better and Worse | Margot Hunt
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This is so true

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Went to the bookstore today and didn't buy any books, but did make a purchase. Trying to decide which pair of gloves to keep and which to give my daughter in her Christmas stocking. Feeling good I actually have a Christmas gift purchased.

Cathythoughts They are gorgeous cosy gloves. I love grey ❤️ 13mo
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Gillian Flynn Peers Into the Dark Side of Femininity https://nyti.ms/2yWugEs

Yep, posting another link to another article in the New York Times.

Cathythoughts Thankyou! Will have a look later on ❤️👍🏻 13mo
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For Better and Worse | Margot Hunt
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Just arrived yesterday and I'm actually going to start the tagged book tonight. Must be a #botm record for me.

Jeannineth I‘m expecting my copy soon. It looks interesting! 13mo
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By the Book | Julia Sonneborn
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A cute modern romance which I finished in less than 2 days (which is quick for me). I have to admit some frustration with the main female character's decisions/behavior. Since this is a common complaint of mine I think it is more a reflection on me than the books I read.

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By the Book | Julia Sonneborn
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I'm enjoying this book and coffee this morning. Whipped cream always makes for a great start to the day!

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By the Book | Julia Sonneborn
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Starting this while watching election returns. Fingers crossed I'm happy with both.🤞

BookishMarginalia I live in Florida, so I‘m not too hopeful 13mo
Beckys_Books @BookishMarginalia I'm in Missouri with one of the tightest Senate races in the country. I'm so nervous for Claire! 13mo
vivastory Same here! She's in the margin of error. 13mo
BookishMarginalia We‘re anxious for Bill Nelson 13mo
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Not sure how I missed this scandal when it happened, but so glad I read this nonfiction account of Elizabeth Holmes and her blood testing company Theranos. Prime example of how greed and ambition can drive people to do really bad things.

If the woman pictured ever asks you to invest in her company run away as fast as you can!

LiteraryinLititz I don‘t read a lot of non-fiction, but this sounds fascinating! 13mo
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The library took its audiobook back before I finished, but I don't mind. Just couldn't get into this audio which happens sometimes with me.

Andrew65 I sometimes find there are some audiobooks that don‘t work for me but enjoy them as ebooks or physical books. 13mo
TrishB I think this would probably be way too slow in audible! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Andrew65 I agree, I‘ve definitely had that experience with a few books, audiobook torturous, partly the pace, partly the narration,but the ebook I breezed through and enjoyed. 13mo
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Back at the car dealership to get my stereo software upgraded and excited to start this.

Dolly It‘s gooood. Enjoy! 13mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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This book takes an investment of time at almost 500 pages, but it is returned to the reader through writing that makes one forget mermaids aren't real. Mr. Hancock comes to own a mermaid baby he puts on display. The fortune he earns allows him to search for another mermaid in the hope of winning favor with Angelica Neal, a well known whore and future Mrs. Hancock. Angelica is the true center of the story which has an evident female theme.

Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this one, your review gives me hope to try again 💚 13mo
MaggieCarr Agreeing with @Cinfhen I bailed after 100 pages. Thanks for re-peaking my interest. 13mo
Beckys_Books @Cinfhen @MaggieCarr it's a slow read for sure but I think it will be a Booker Prize candidate because the writing is incredible. 13mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s a bold statement 🙌🏻 13mo
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