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CaitZ

CaitZ

Joined September 2016

LibraryThing member CaitZ

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How to Be an Elephant | Katherine Roy
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I picked up this one because the cover was so beautiful and I love elephants. The illustrations are magnificent! It's a nonfiction children's book and I think the text would keep a child interested. I even learned a couple of new facts.

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📚 A Walk Across America - Peter Jenkins
🎬 Roman Holiday
🎵 On The Road Again - Willie Nelson

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🧳 5d
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Poe: A Life Cut Short | Peter Ackroyd
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This seemed like the right time of year to read this one. Poe lived a tormented life filled with poverty and alcohol. His genius wasn't recognized while he was alive. It's amazing how many details of his life still exist, except for the truth about his death. This is between a pick and a so-so for me. It was well written but had more detail than I was interested in.

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Singing Stones | Phyllis A Whitney
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Many, many years ago when I was first starting to read adult books, my mother steered me to Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. I devoured them. I thought I'd read one again to see if they stand up over time. I did mostly enjoy it. It was published in 1990, but I felt it was written much earlier as there is a distinct lack of technology used - no cell phones or computers. When I noticed it, it kind of took me out of the story.

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Today is a good day. I stumbled across a book sale at a local library.

TheSpineView You picked up some good ones! 💜📚💜 3w
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Broken Bone China | Laura Childs
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I love this series. It feels like I'm visiting old friends every time I read one. The only problem - I'm all caught up 😢 Next one's not out till March.

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Is 59 too old to swing while listening to a book? It was a cool, cloudy day and the park was empty so I had some fun. I resisted the urge to go down the slide - didn't want to chance breaking anything.

I'm enjoying the book and love Xe Sands' narration. It's just the right amount of spooky for me.

VioletBramble You‘re never too old to swing I love the swings. 1mo
CaitZ @VioletBramble 😃👍 1mo
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I spent this gloomy Sunday learning about the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. I love all of Sy Montgomery's books and even though this one is meant for kids, I found it engaging and educational.

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I went to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, but it was such a beautiful day I sat by the lake and finished this instead. The museum will be there when it's cold. The book was just what I needed - light and cozy.

QuietlyLaura Sounds like a wonderful day! ☺️ 2mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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I sat in my favorite park yesterday and read this whole thing. I enjoyed Murderbot's snarky take on life.

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A quick trip to the library last night and I'm all set for the weekend

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Book: The Wave - Susan Casey
Movie: Gidget
Song: Wipe Out - Surfaris

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🏄🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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Set during the Civil War in the South, two spies work to disrupt Confederate plans. Elle, a strong, intelligent woman risks everything posing as a deaf-mute slave in a Southern Senator's household. Malcolm poses as a Confederate soldier to ferret out information for the Union. A romance blooms.

It is a well written and researched story. I'm not a big romance reader, but I will definitely read more of Alyssa Cole's books.

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I started listening to this on my walk this evening and met a couple of friends along the way. Somehow I missed reading this as a kid.

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Why did I wait so long to read this? It was wonderful! I haven't been so emotionally involved with characters in ages. I might even have teared up some at the end. In the 1870s, Capitan Kidd travels Texas bringing news of the larger world to small towns. He is entrusted with returning a child kidnapped by the Kiowa to her family. Their story is perfectly told.

Zelma I absolutely loved it too. What a gem. 3mo
megnews I loved this! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have had this on my TBR since it came out. I love when people review back listed books, bc It reminds me about them! Great review! 3mo
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ChasingOm I read this on audio and it was fantastic that was as well. 3mo
Mdargusch This is one of my favorites! 3mo
BarbaraBB This is so good to know. I just posted about this one, which will be discussed in the bookclub Flea (bassist of the Red Hot Chilu Peppers) started. 3mo
CaitZ @BarbaraBB Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to check out the book club 3mo
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I've got time this afternoon for some reading in the park. This seems appropriate.

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Thank you @rretzler for the tag

1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. My brother got me hooked on it.
2. 30 apps that didn't come with the phone.
3. Currently it's Candy Crush Friends
4. Litsy! I love being able to talk about books in such a friendly community.
5. @Shemac77 @Ericalambbrown @brit91 @Ddzmini @PickwickPlockPlock

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🎈🤗👏🏻 4mo
rretzler 😁 4mo
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White Fire | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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A perfect book for this hot summer. It's set in Roaring Forks, Colorado (a fictional town I think is based on places like Aspen and Vail) in the middle of winter. It revolves around greed, murder, silver mines, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Preston and Child write suspense with a touch of horror. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story.

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Newberry Library | Chicago, IL (Library)
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How I spent my afternoon - 8 books for $22. I was thrilled to find The Lions of Tsavo. The question is do I go back tomorrow?

wanderinglynn Great haul at a fantastic price! 🙌🏻 4mo
Ddzmini Let me know how you like “Here Be Dragons” it‘s on my tbr 📖😋 4mo
Ddzmini Thank you @Andrew65 📖😋 (edited) 4mo
Andrew65 @Ddzmini Love the whole trilogy, one of my favourites in historical fiction. 4mo
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All I can say is I would not like to be this lady's neighbor, but I really enjoyed her stories.

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I can't believe it's been 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I so remember watching it on our little black and white tv. I'm grateful my parents thought it was important enough to let me stay up past my bedtime. I've been enthralled with space and science ever since.

UwannaPublishme I remember watching way back when, too! 4mo
rretzler Me, too! 4mo
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Old World Murder | Kathleen Ernst
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This one was ok. The characters were interesting enough to make me want to read/listen to the next one, but the pop culture references really made it feel dated.

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My World | Peter Sagan
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If it's July, I must be reading a cycling book. Peter Sagan is riding in the Tour de France this month. His book looks at his career so far and a little about his life. Maybe it was just the way it was translated (he's from Slovakia), but I got the feeling it wasn't written by him. I found it interesting anyway. I think you'd have to be a cycling fan to enjoy this.

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This is a few years old but its take on male privilege fits in with today. I was expecting something more light, but still enjoyed it

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1. Yes - two zoos and an aquarium
2. Yes - last week. And the aquarium has free admission next week
3. Leopards, Elephants, Red Pandas, and Octopus
4. Nope
5. @LiteraryinLititz @JoScho @CouronneDhiver @Kaye

#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

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I've always liked Gary Sinise's acting, but after reading this I admire his dedication to the armed forces. He volunteers much of his time visiting, encouraging and raising money for veterans.

He lays out his story, from a kid without much direction to an outstanding actor and director, not glossing over the hard times. A very well written and engaging book.

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The Last Elephants | Don Pinnock, Colin Bell
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I spent some time paging through this book today at the library. It's filled with beautiful photos and thought provoking essays. I think this is one I need to buy.

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Starr: My Life in Football | Bart Starr, Murray Olderman
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I just heard my childhood hero passed away this morning and I'm sitting here crying. I think it's time to read his book again

gradcat Omigod! I loved Bart Starr, too. I didn‘t know he died, so thanks for the post. ♥️ 6mo
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I just learned that Loie Fuller was born in 1862 in a tavern not far from where I live. The area is now a county forest preserve. She was known around the world for the way she used lighting in her dances. This was a short introduction to her life. I'll have to find more about her.

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Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Veronica and Stoker once again solve an intriguing mystery. This one is set on an island and leans a little more to romance than previous stories. I really enjoy this series. This is the 4th book.

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Uh-Oh. I think I'm in trouble. The local library just put this rack of free books at the train station. This will not be good for my TBR pile.

I only took two this time. ☺

Swe_Eva MY library has one of those too by the exit - I have learned how to get from the check-out counter and out the front door with my eyes closed! 😂 6mo
LiteraryinLititz That‘s so cool! Which 2? 6mo
CaitZ @LiteraryinLititz The Clockmaker's Daughter and Yogi: the life and times of an American original. Hopefully I'll get to them soon. 6mo
CaitZ @Swe_Eva I may have to develop that skill or avoid going into the station 6mo
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I stayed up way too late last night finishing this. Anne Hillerman is one of my favorite authors. While the mystery part of her stories is always interesting and well-written, I am fascinated by the Navajo history and culture she includes in each book. I learn something every time.

JazzFeathers But... is she a relative of Tony Hillerman? 6mo
CaitZ @JazzFeathers She's his daughter 6mo
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I finished this a couple if days ago and have been thinking about ever since. I enjoyed the writing. It had a lyrical feel and I could believe the characters would've spoken in that manner. I'm still not sure how I feel about the end. It's between a pick and a so-so for me.

LiteraryinLititz Nice review and also beautiful picture! 7mo
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This is ridiculous! I'm heading back to bed with a large cup of tea and my book

sblbooks It sure is pretty though. 7mo
Stacy_31 Yikes!! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz What region are you in? 7mo
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CaitZ @LiteraryinLititz I'm in the Chicago suburbs. It's supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow 7mo
Swe_Eva 😨 7mo
CouronneDhiver Lame 😒 Bring on spring! 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Know how you feel we had snowfall on Sunday and Tuesday last week totalling around 20 centimetre mark😳 7mo
Buechersuechtling @CaitZ I feel you. I hope you could enjoy your day off, anyway. 7mo
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It was finally a nice enough day to spent some time outside reading at the train station. YAY!

This is a cozy mystery set in a small town library in Michigan. I like it.

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I spent a little over an hour at the library paging through this. It's a wonderful record of an historic presidency. Everyone should take a look at it, no matter your politics.

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Spring Has Sprung! | Mitchell Kriegman, Kiki Thorpe
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It's official! It's Spring in Chicagoland. It's a cold, foggy, misty day and the geese are back nesting on the building across from the train station. 😆

Buechersuechtling Aaaawwwww, how lovely‼️😍 7mo
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Paczki day means a late breakfast and reading

monalyisha I‘m jelly! 8mo
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I've been enjoying the tagged book and learning a lot about dinosaurs, so I thought I'd visit a few today. These are are at the Field Museum in Chicago.

AmberWB I ❤️ that museum!!! 9mo
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I can really connect with many of the panels in this graphic novel. They convey my thoughts and feelings better than I can. Unfortunately, hoopla won't let me take screenshots to share with you all. Sarah Anderson has become a favorite.

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Library | Sarah Stewart
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@kaye Here's the library at the Grand Canyon. It's tiny but has internet access which is extremely limited in the rest of the park. The bottom picture is basically the whole library. There was another small area for kids. Being from Illinois there were a bunch of plants and trees I had never seen before. I found a great little book here to identity them.
#showyourlibrary

Kaye That is so cute. Is it in the park area or a nearby town ? I‘ve never been out there. Does Grand Canyon have a town ? It looks like a log cabin. Very neat. Thanks for sharing. 9mo
Lauram Love this! I didn‘t know there was a library. (edited) 9mo
CaitZ @kaye It's in the area of the park where the employees live. There is a "village" with hotels, restaurants, a visitor center, gift shops and even a post office and grocery store. And yet there are still so many areas where you can get away from civilization. I love it there. 9mo
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Plum Tea Crazy | Laura Childs
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It's -17F here so I'm hiding in bed and taking a trip to Charleston, South Carolina this afternoon. I love this series.

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I started this on New Year's Eve (because that's when Lillian took her walk) and had a hard time connecting to the story. One day I forgot the book and switched to audio. That did it. Xe Sands makes it feel like you're sitting and listening to a friend tell her story. I loved it.

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I listened to this while I shoveled today. I think it would have been better if I read the book. The gmornings, gnights all run together in the audiobook. They run the gamut from ok to profound and there were a few I'd like to keep. It's kinda between a pick and a so-so for me.

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I had a pretty good reading year in 2018. Here's to another in 2019!

I hope you all reach your goals this year.

Erofan 😃👍 10mo
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It's a cold, rainy and generally yucky day today. Which makes it a perfect day to stay home and read. This seems like an appropriate book.

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This is Harley. My brother was dogsitting him. I think he had his best Christmas. He was totally spoiled. #dogsoflitsy

britt_brooke Such a cute face! 💚🐾 11mo
inthegreensandblues Aww he looks like a sweetie 💘 11mo
BookNAround What a lovely boy! 11mo
DGRachel Adorable! 😍 11mo
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An excellent gift from my nieces. They really know me. The holiday was good.

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Mystery in White | J Farjeon
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My gifts from #SantaThing. My Santa picked perfect books. I think I'll start with Mystery in White.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I listened to this while running around doing last minute things today. I loved Jim Dale's narration