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Chelsea.Poole

Chelsea.Poole

Joined December 2016

Librarian📚 Audiobook at all times. Nature, essays, bios, literary fiction and mysteries/thrillers are my favorites 🌻
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I‘m on the fence about this one. It has a lot to say about current work culture, especially in these COVID times, but in a small package. A fast read, or listen in my case. I probably won‘t remember the specifics of the book, but it will add to my view of some of the ridiculousness that goes on in modern jobs. I was surprised at the romance factor!

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What a great way to put yourself in the shoes of another! This book is about prison relationships, in several different forms. The central couple are a man incarcerated and a woman, Jo, on the “outside”. They met through a prison pen pal program and fell in love. They married in the prison. Another couple met in prison and are housed near each other. It‘s amazing what each of these couples has gone through. A fascinating read!
#BlameItOnLitsy

Chelsea.Poole Read @sebrittainclark ‘s review which prompted me to check this one out! Thanks again! 1d
vivastory This sounds intriguing. Adding to my tbr. America's justice system has been on my mind a lot the past week or so bc of this unreal story from my state:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/03/kevin-strickland-innocent-rel...
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sebrittainclark Glad to hear you enjoyed reading it too! 1d
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The Night Always Comes | Willy Vlautin
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Lynette has it rough. She lives with her mother and brother who has developmental disabilities. The family is dysfunctional and down on their luck. Lynette has been working multiple jobs in order to try to pull them out of their situation. When her plan to rebuild their lives falls apart things spiral downward. The author has a not-so-subtle comment about healthcare, wealth, and the various systems that shape life in America. Good, not great.

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#bookhaul #libraryhaul
Two #blameitonlitsy, one of which is a pick from @Mitch for #nywd — The Book of Memory.

Megabooks The graphic memoir is quite good. 5d
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This wasn‘t on my radar until I read about it on BookPage‘s best of the year list. I have since seen it on NYT‘s list of 100. I am totally blown away. This may also appear on my “best of the year” list. This slim novel allows readers into the mind of a father as he navigates parenthood, as his son grows from a newborn through elementary-age. Touching, eye-watering, humorous and perfectly captures the feelings for one‘s own children. All the 🌟

Well-ReadNeck Sold! Stacked! 5d
Chelsea.Poole TW: abortion 5d
EH2018 I really liked this one as well. Poignant. 5d
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I loved this audiobook. Featured in NPR‘s annual Books We Love (the new name for the Book Concierge) under the heading “let‘s talk about sex” and YES this book does! I appreciate the way Perkins knows what she wants and goes after exactly that. She‘s into “skinny dudes” who apparently are the best in bed 😂 🤷🏼‍♀️ who knew! I do love an essay collection and this one delivered!! #NPRBooksWeLove

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I‘ve been reading and enjoying everyone‘s #weeklyforecast for a long time and have finally made my own 😊
Found my current read (tagged) on a best of the year list. I believe BookPage‘s. It‘s great!!
Just finished Happy and it‘s sexy! 🥵
Pretty confident I can get to the next three I‘ve checked out on Libby before the week is over.

Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m so glad you‘re sharing your reads!! This way I get loads of inspiration 🥰Of course I‘m super interested in all the books you‘ve posted!!! 6d
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Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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One strange thing about me (of mannyyyy 😆) is I don‘t enjoy short story collections but I do love a collection of essays. I think of them as very different but when listening to this book I often found myself getting into the groove as if this was a collection of autobiographical details of an individual‘s (Veasna So) life as if it WERE a collection of essays. All of this to say that I enjoyed this debut which has a great sense of place. #ToB22

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Jane Goodall is the public figure I admire most. Her grace, gentleness, intelligence and HOPE of course is unsurpassed. This audiobook is an interview between Jane and Douglas Abrams, narrated by both of them as if listeners are there for their personal conversation! I appreciate her strategy of inspiring hope in people that all is not lost. We can come together to turn things around for ourselves, which means taking care of plants and animals.

BookBelle84 I love Jane Goodall and I can't wait to read this one. I went to one of her talks years ago and had the chance to meet her. She is so peaceful and thoughtful, she has been a role model for me since I was little. 2w
Cazxxx This sounds wonderful ☺️ 2w
Chelsea.Poole @BookBelle84 @Cazxxx it was very lovely to hear her voice. Highly recommend the audio if either of you do read this one! 2w
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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This hour long #audiobook includes a foreword and an afterword which definitely helped place this epistolary work of fiction in the historical context of the beginning of Hitler‘s rise to power. We, as readers, know it‘s often best to illustrate a point with a story. This collection of fictionalized letters between friends (one in America, the other in Germany) clues modern readers into the answer to the question: “how could this have happened?”

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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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Positively DELIGHTED to be matched with @Mitch for #newyearwhodis!! Hamnet was on my list, Secret Lives of Church Ladies easily could have been, and I read Matrix last month. I haven‘t read the 7 shown on my (wonky 😆) graphic. Loving these nonfiction titles which are right up my alley! I‘ve only heard of Braiding Sweetgrass which has been TBR for too long. I‘ll probably start with that one in Jan. and track down the others as well! Squee! #nywd22

Amiable I have “The Address Book” in my pile and have been looking forward to reading it. 2w
monalyisha @Chelsea.Poole @Mitch I‘m excited about this match! I added several books from both of your lists to my TBR, & I‘ll be reading Braiding Sweetgrass with my IRL Book Club this coming year (month TBD). I hope you both enjoy! 😍💓📚 2w
Mitch So glad it‘s a list that you can relate to ! I‘ve had a strange reading year ( moving house took its toll!) but on reflection when I was putting the list together the little I have read I‘ve enjoyed! As always it‘s an eclectic list- but hope you find something you love 2w
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Mitch @monalyisha - you really did well with this match! Thank you 🙏 2w
Mitch I‘ve sent some picks from your list to my Indie bookstore on Saturday. She‘s ordering me some in and then I‘ll reveal my January reading pile ! You have me lots of great ones to chose from! 2w
Mitch @Amiable it was an Unexpected delight! It has made me really look at something as a basic as an address in a new light ! And I‘ve bored my friends with lots of ….” Did you know….” Moments! 2w
monalyisha @Mitch I *love* boring my friends! 😅 2w
Megabooks @Amiable I loved the address book! It was fascinating. Great list! @Mitch (edited) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Amiable I have seen it around, but never really looked into it as much as I should have. So glad to have it pop up on @Mitch ‘s list, because it sounds fascinating! (edited) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Mitch I‘ll take quality over quantity any day! Glad to hear you‘ve enjoyed what you did read and now I have a chance to experience these great titles myself. Agreed, @monalyisha I‘m so pleased and impressed with how well you got me! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Mitch this is my first year participating (after last year I told myself I was going to try my best to get a spot!) and I‘m a bit nervous about my list because I quickly threw it together. I hope there‘s something you‘ll enjoy! Can‘t wait to see what your January pile looks like. 📚 2w
Mitch @Chelsea.Poole I think if you do it at speed it‘s the really memorable books that come to mind first. It‘s a great lists - I‘ve read a few and I‘ve picked three meaty ones for January ! 2w
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I must preface this by saying I went in blind and had I known this book is one of those in the category of “lonely older man finds kinship” I would have never read it. I actually really do not enjoy those 😆 Never even read A Man Called Ove and sure don‘t want to. All of that being said, I really did love this story. The amazing audiobook narration could have been a big reason why.

Megabooks Sold! 2w
Megabooks Also I‘m dying to see your #NewYearWhoDis list!! 2w
slategreyskies What are the links that are in the photo? They look really cool. Did you make them? 2w
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Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I‘m interested to see what you think. Really isn‘t me but I heard about it in a librarian preview earlier this year (someone raved about it) and just now got around to it. (edited) 2w
Christine LOL! “Lonely older man finds kinship” is also on my Not-TBR, but glad you found this one an exception! :) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks ditto!! I bet yours is epic! Although I‘m sooo wishing I would have put a couple on my list that I forgot about. I was super exited and nervous I was going to miss out so I rushed and now I‘m regretting missing 2 books that definitely should have made the cut. 😔 2w
Chelsea.Poole @slategreyskies aren‘t those cool?? That was taken in my office. The links were made by a fabric artist in our knitting group at the library. She knitted scraps to make a very colorful chain! We thought about using it to decorate the Christmas tree but it‘s a bit too small. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Christine lol! It totally is a whole sub genre these days it seems like. Did you read 2w
Christine No re: Ove, and your comment about it is my feeling too, 100%! 😂 2w
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Another great memoir! Glimpses of Tarana‘s childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood that led to the work and creation of the #metoo movement. Definitely felt her disappointment with the fact that white women using the hashtag created the global movement as we know it today.

kspenmoll 💜💛 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Singout yes! I read that one last year. Great comparison, thanks for mentioning it 😊 2w
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My fellow readers, this book! Brought to tears, but also chuckled?! That‘s the work of a great author in my book. Loved this more than Blacktop Wasteland and can see both being adapted for the big screen. In this one, two fathers seek revenge for their sons‘ deaths. So much plot, but also strong character development and the action never stops. 5 🌟

Cortg Sold! I was debating between two library books I have and I‘ll go with this one. I‘ve heard great things. *The other choice is 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Cortg oh gosh, that‘s a great one too! Are you an audiobook person? Razorblade tears is EXCELLENT on audio! Enjoy ☺️ 2w
Hooked_on_books Because of these 2 books, I am an SA Cosby true believer! He just balances things so well, giving us the right amount of humor to balance the dark themes. He‘s so good! And both are great on audio! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books same here! I‘ll be signing up for whatever he does next 🙌 and agree! I think a big reason why I enjoy them so much is the audiobook, just great stuff! 2w
Cortg Thanks for the recommendation @Chelsea.Poole I put an eaudiobook hold on Razorblade Tears and I‘ll read Cloud Cuckoo Land next! 😊 2w
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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Just me, Seth Rogan, and Andrew Carnegie 😂
I listened to this narrated by Rogan, which is certainly the way to go. There‘s cameos and sound effects and Rogan‘s humorous delivery enhances the experience. As many have already mentioned, there is drug use, spoken about casually. I wasn‘t offended but also couldn‘t relate to his experiences. Not lol and not life changing, but a quick and entertaining listen.

BarbaraBB Beautiful pic 😍 3w
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB thanks 🥰 3w
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Stolen: A Memoir | Elizabeth Gilpin
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I‘d like to start using 👉#nonfictionnovember but I‘ve been on such a nonfiction kick this year, I can‘t say I‘m specifically dedicating the month to it. Also, this one continues #theyearofthememoir from the perspective of a survivor of a “troubled teen” program. Gilpin‘s ordeal began when her parents enrolled her in a program with Carlbrook School (now closed). She spent the first 3 months in the woods followed by intense “reform” at the school.

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Love unexpected book mail, especially when the cover art is so pretty 🪴📖📫💕
#bookmail #arc #2022 #covercrush

BiblioLitten It is! 💙💖 3w
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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My second from this author; she‘s been getting some love here on Litsy and I can see why. I really appreciate thrillers than come together well and make sense, plus both of Howard‘s I‘ve read are set in Ireland. Though a bit repetitive, it does help to understand the different perspectives on the events. COVID as a plot device! I have a feeling we‘ll be seeing more of this!

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Not a single ounce of happiness in this one 😖
Super short but no less impactful.
Black and British, our narrator is part of the 1% because of her hard work but cannot escape the pervasive racism I. Her life which she recounts while preparing to attend her boyfriend‘s family‘s garden party.
What struck me most is spoiler territory so it‘s hidden in the comments.

Chelsea.Poole The cancer diagnosis and her refusal to receive treatment just cut me to the bone. 😭 THATS what I‘ll remember most. 1mo
BeaG I loved this one. 1mo
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A whodunnit with multiple perspectives and tragic backstories. Several viable suspects with intertwined relationships. How did a body end up on a houseboat? Was it the last person to see the dead man? Several familiar troupes are featured including the meddling older woman. There‘s another vein running throughout, sort of a mystery within a mystery that didn‘t work for me. While I wasn‘t totally sold on this, I was entertained.

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There‘s so much that “you” (media/Hillbilly Elegy/politicians) get wrong about Appalachia. It‘s a far-reaching area full of complex people w varied identities. I live in + love Appalachia, but have issues with how the culture is portrayed. In some aspects, it IS the place full of backwards hill people. This book aims to highlight everything Hillbilly Elegy blamed on individuals rather than the real entities at fault: the government + corporations

wanderinglynn Stacked. That‘s one of the reasons why I disliked Hillbilly Elegy. He made such sweeping cultural generalizations about the region when really it‘s not one culture. 1mo
OneCent76 I highly disliked Hillbilly Elegy and his high & mighty attitude. Stacked 1mo
SkeletonKey My WV family and I hated Hillbilly Elegy but this was definitely a better one. 1mo
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This cover art 😍
Dear Abby-style questions for John Paul, an American with Mexican heritage. As the subtitle promises, readers get a glimpse into his life including a bit of his childhood, coming of age, and early experiences with sexuality. Funny at times, self depreciating, and covers the hard stuff too. Only complaint — a bit too short! I would have gladly listened to more of his stories!

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Rewind | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Borrowed this after seeing a post from @Megabooks because I‘m always on the hunt for a good thriller. I have to say, this one delivered. Differing storylines intertwine, but I didn‘t find it confusing in the least.
Influencers, surveillance, blackmail, and obsession. Takes place in Ireland and the narrator was great. I‘m waiting for 56 Days and hoping it‘s as good!

Megabooks I liked this 0.25⭐️ more than 56 Days, but they‘re both awesome!! Glad you liked this. 1mo
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One of our library system‘s branches is in an old barn with a gorgeous maple out front that always puts on a great fall show🍁
Got my time in for the week and waiting to pick up my son from school. Found this book in my bag, so I‘ll read with this excellent view 📖

ravenlee That‘s such a cool place for a library! 1mo
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A great contemporary novel about parenthood, unconditional love, and making impossible decisions. The storyline was interesting but could have failed in a less-skilled author‘s hands. This grabbed ahold of me and didn‘t let go until the conclusion. Heart wrenching in parts.

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Adored this #memoir of a biologist/zoologist professor who
leads a solitary lifestyle until she meets Fox. In all her
training and professional life it is well-known that "humans
shouldn't interfere in a wild animal's life" and one should
never anthropomorphize animals. She has gone along with this thought but eventually comes to the conclusion that humans are animals too. Having a Fox as a best friend seems so epic; I‘d love this life! Had ?

BkClubCare Nonfiction that made you good-cry? Ok! 1mo
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Yes, Daddy | Jonathan Parks-Ramage
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A so-so because things went downhill. I was enjoying it but then it seemed like the author was told the book needed to be longer and added a bunch of unnecessary filler. The original storyline I liked. A gay #metoo situation, but somewhat outlandish. Also, Rebecca vibes anyone??

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I know the author made some trouble for herself when she trolled some book reviewers on Goodreads for giving a 4 star review. Unnecessary and shouldn‘t have happened. I read the book anyway, as it had already been purchased for the library. Essay collections are my jam and this was a good collection. Brutal descriptions of anti-lgbt actions against her while in the armed forces, homelessness, and her early years in a cult. Some great writing here.

Yuki_Onna Do you give it 5 stars? Because if you don't, you could get into serious trouble... 😉
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Megabooks I tried the audiobook and ended up returning it. Glad you enjoyed it though. 2mo
Yuki_Onna I normally don't care about the actions of authors on social media or in public; I don't care in the least whether they are regarded as 'problematic', I will buy and read their books anyway when I'm interested.
But what she did was - well - so unnecessary and her posts afterwards so intentionally offensive that I cannot bring myself to read anything she might have to say. 😑
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Chelsea.Poole @Yuki_Onna lol! I‘m in trouble then! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I am enthralled when a person is able to share their experiences and emotions well enough that I‘m able to put myself in their shoes. This hit that mark. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Yuki_Onna I definitely understand. I knew that not everyone here would agree with my choice to read this. I must admit that I didn‘t follow much after the initial post. I don‘t agree with what she did, for sure. 2mo
allureofbeauty This is one I probably would have read. Like it would have been right up my alley. But all that drama the author made I don‘t know if I ever will. 2mo
Yuki_Onna And I completely understand your decision to read it - my post was not meant to criticize your choice in any way! In such matters one should choose as one feels most comfortable with.
But: NO 5 stars?!? Beware! If Lauren is a Litsy member, you're in some trouble!😆
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An excellent addition to the titles I‘ve been reading to help me better understand race in America. Definitely learned some things I didn‘t know and more about some things I only had surface-level knowledge of. Smith travelled to places across the country and even other parts of the world to learn about the current attitudes about slavery, while reflecting on the traumas of the past. Monticello, Antigone, New York City and more are featured.

ChaoticMissAdventures This is on my list, I really appreciate Smiths ability to break things down and his writing is always wonderful. 2mo
Jess I just finished this one on audio today. Fantastic. 2mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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Listened to the audiobook of this amazing novel. A wonderful reading experience with a perfect narrator. Highly recommend this but will refrain from saying much about the content. I went in blind and glad I did.

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A thorough examination of how being alone impacts us individually and also as a nation. America personified as the cowboy, a symbol of rugged individualism, something I hadn‘t considered before reading this. Connection to others has changed tremendously over time and the lack of community has a negative impact on our health. Amazing artwork with interesting facts make an impressive, page-turning graphic novel.

BarbaraBB I am not American but very intrigued. 2mo
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it too!! It is very good @BarbaraBB 👍🏻 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB I honestly wondered why she put an emphasis on America in the subtitle. While there is some focus on the US, I felt most of the topics are universal. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I saw your review! I‘ve been reading several great graphic novels of late 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘d think so too! 2mo
Megabooks Have you read this one? 2mo
Megabooks I enjoyed both! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks oh my gosh I just, today, checked out from the library 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I haven‘t read Dr. Laura but I believe our library does have it. I‘ve seen it around a lot but haven‘t opened it. Now that I have a trusted reader‘s opinion I‘ll have to change that! 2mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole lol! We are such 👯‍♀️!! Definitely check out Dr. Laura when you have chance! 👍🏻 2mo
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An entertaining way to spend a few hours. Middle-aged women dark humor. It was fine, but not as lol-inducing as I had hoped.

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Falling | T J Newman
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Good for what it was, if a bit over-the-top. This has to be made into a movie, I‘m sure?! A plane is hijacked in a different way, and a pilot is presented with an unbelievably difficult predicament. A fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thriller that was a page turning, fast read. I know this type of thing isn‘t for me usually, but FOMO and I read it anyway lol. Silly in some ways, but spoilers so I won‘t say more.

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A great coffee table book for plant-lovers. This book inspired me to think outside the box when it comes to “living with nature”. Although, we already are all nature ourselves, this encourages us to find the beauty in plants, both inside our homes, and in gardens outdoors. Cuttings, potted pants, and even homes built around trees, etc. Stylish and a bit pretentious. An inspiration to see how others have made plants their lives‘ work.

MayJasper I like your description 'stylish and a bit pretentious' 2mo
Cathythoughts “ we are already all nature ourselves “ 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A beautiful, all-encompassing book. It‘s about libraries which is to say it‘s about everything the library contains. So, this is about humanity over the centuries, but also individuals. Felt a bit like an epic fairy tale for the modern age. Much different than All the Light We Cannot See. But I found myself thinking about John Boyne‘s Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom. One of my best of the year. We are all connected across space and time. 🌎🌱⏳📖

AmyG Great review. This will be my next ebook. (edited) 2mo
Soubhiville A bookseller at B&N recommended this to me on Friday. I was shopping for other people so I didn‘t get it, but she made it sound like something I‘d love. ❤️ 2mo
Librariana I picked this one up yesterday 😊 Hope to get to it once I finish my current reads and any library check outs needing to go back here soon 😆😁 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole @AmyG I hope you enjoy it. ♥️ I‘ll look for your review! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Soubhiville it really worked for me! I borrow all of my books from the library, but this is one I wouldn‘t mind owning myself. Your book seller sounds like a good one ☺️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Librariana ugh, my library stack just grows and grows, so I can relate! Hope you enjoy this one when you get to it 😊 2mo
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Basically, a review of what I learned from HBO‘s documentary The Vow. The cult of NXIVM, a “self improvement” pyramid scheme led by Keith Raniere, which was big in the news several years ago, was embraced by some semi famous people. Although the documentary heavily features Catherine and India Oxenburg, and this focuses on others like Daniela who was a 16 year old Mexican girl imprisoned in a room by her parents and Keith Raniere, there‘s overlap.

Megabooks I read this before The Vow, and the documentary was at least as complete if not more than this book. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Did you watch Seduced? It originally aired on Starz but is available, I believe, on Hulu. I thought it was much better than The Vow. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I have to agree. Now I‘m wondering about the other Seduced, @MicheleinPhilly. I don‘t have access to Starz but I do have Hulu so I‘m going to check for it there. Thanks!! 2mo
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Somewhat book related, in that the subject of this new HBO documentary is the author of weight loss books. But guys, I just have to share — this is 🍌 👖 and I know some of you like that type of thing. I binged all the episodes in a bout a day. Especially for those of you interested in cults! (Like me 👋)

MicheleinPhilly She could easily lose 5 pounds if she got rid of whatever that is on her head. 2mo
Tera0707 @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂🤣 2mo
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BookBosomed1 Whelp. This post led me down an Internet rabbit hole. That is *not* an hour I‘ll get back from my life. 🤣 As a person who grew up in a very traditional Southern evangelical culture (and survived), I‘m certainly interested in this documentary. The higher the hair, the closer to God. 😬😬😬 2mo
rambiepaige This was absolutely a wild ride!!!! 2mo
AmyG Thanks for posting this. I need a good binge and I do love crazy. And ha! @MicheleinPhilly 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @AmyG Have you watched LulaRich on Amazon Prime? It is BONKERS. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @BookBosomed1 I have lost more than an hour of my life to this story 😆 spent some time on Instagram, Revenant Church‘s website and all other avenues last night myself. I bet our rabbit hole-paths crossed!! 🐰 🕳 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @rambiepaige heck yes it was!! I look forward to the next part. Have you seen The Vow on HBO? I was obsessed with that for a bit too! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG hope you enjoy it! I always appreciate when I see a “watch this right now!” type of post. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @MicheleinPhilly yesss!! I watched that one as well and definitely on the same wavelength as this one. @AmyG you‘ve got a list going 😂 📺 2mo
rambiepaige @Chelsea.Poole oh yes!!! You should check out the Lularoe doc on Amazon Prime next! 2mo
plemmdog The local press hardly covered it here in Nashville when the plane went down. I‘m considering getting HBOMax just for this… 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @rambiepaige I watched the LuLaRoe one last weekend! Also crazy good! Any other recs?? 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @plemmdog so strange! I love HBO Max for their excellent documentaries. The Lady Dale, Who Killed Garrett Phillips, LFG, The Mystery of DB Cooper, The Crime of the Century, Allen v. Farrow. And not a doc but amazing — Mare of Easttown. There‘s a lot to keep busy with on there! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Chelsea.Poole Did you watch Class Action Park? That was WILD. I subsequently learned that my older sister had her skin ripped off on one of their waterslides. 2mo
AmyG Thanks @MicheleinPhilly No…thanks. Ha….and the list begins. @Chelsea.Poole I just watched 2 episodes of The Way Down….batshit crazy to say the least. Man, people just want to believe anything. Crazy. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @MicheleinPhilly thanks for the recommendation, I hadn‘t watched that one! I just finished it. Insanity. Tag me in any other good stuff you come across!! 2mo
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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I‘ve been saving this one for this time of year. Honestly, I read this purely because of the epic cover art, but I‘m happy to report the actual story delivered too! Very YA which is typically not my jam these days. From the point of view of Iris, who along with her sister Vivi are searching for their third sister Grey who is missing. Creepy with some slight gore. 🌸 🎃

Johanna414 I have this one at work and keep eyeing the cover... if it doesn't get checked out by a student in the next week or two, I'll probably snag it. 2mo
Lovesbooks87 When I finished reading it I was like what did I just read!! 2mo
Karkar That cover 😍 2mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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An intense historical fiction character study of Marie de France, from her early days to the day she died and the abbey she left behind. I had to look this up: the book begins in 1158. A slim novel, based on a real person. A character seared into my brain. Very glad to have read it and really appreciate some aspects but can‘t say I‘m blown away like the buzz around this one suggests I should be.

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Glaciers | Alexis Smith
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It could be because I‘m the exact audience for this short audiobook, but I adored it. Isabella lived in Alaska as a child and has a fondness for glaciers and desperately worries about their disappearance. She relocates to the Portland where the present day action takes place. Isabella is basically me: lover of thrift stores, vegetarian, works in a library, concerned about the changing world, loves books, old things and cats. A rec from @Liberty

Kangaj1 I also loved this one! 2mo
EvieBee This is amazing! 2mo
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My terrible secret is this: I am no Shakespeare lover. 😱 I‘m always chasing that Secret History high though, so I gave this college-campus-set novel a chance. I liked the setting, but couldn‘t handle the characters speaking to each other in Shakespeare quotes. Which is on me. But I can‘t say I thought the mystery was surprising. A lot of theater major angst. Over all, so-so. But lovely cover.

Cathythoughts Oh dear ! I relate to chasing that Secret History high 👍🏻.. I have this one , so I‘ll give a go soon 2mo
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The story gets a thumbs up. 👍
The writing gets a thumbs down. 👎
Duchess Day Radley is 13, her brother Robin is 6. He‘s the thing she loves most in this world and their relationship was touching. They have a hard go of things mostly due to their mother‘s past trauma. So many things happen, definitely not short on plot. But I was confused so many times and had to go back to reread sentences because the author got reallll into flowery situations.

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Downright spectacular. Do you ever read fiction and just know particular scenes are going to stick with you? This book is full of these! Peach cobbler will never be the same! 😂😢🍑
Full of heartache but also love and even a bit of humor sprinkled throughout. Perspectives of black women who are impacted by church in some way. I‘ve read such great things about this and happy to say they are all true. Listen to the audiobook if you get the chance.

Bookboss Just downloaded the audiobook from my library! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Bookboss hope you love it! 2mo
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In: A Graphic Novel | Will McPhail
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My heart is in pieces on the floor. I‘m not huge on graphic novels, but this is gorgeous and relatable. A young man attempts to make meaningful connections with strangers and later, his family. Sad but also funny. I usually don‘t check trigger warnings but I wish I had known some things going in. I don‘t want to spoil anything, so hidden in comments are the TWs. I think this struck me so deeply because I‘ve been going through similar situations.

Chelsea.Poole Trigger warnings: death of parent, cancer. 2mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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So behind on my reviews here. 😅
I really liked this. An Australian tennis family: aging parents Stan and Joy who started a tennis coaching business, in which their four grown children all participated. Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke each have their own lives, relationships and quirks which readers get to know all about. Enter Savannah, a mysterious young woman who upends things.
*Peep our library‘s old card catalog which proudly sits on my desk.

LeslieO Just put a hold on this one at the library. I‘m 191st in the queue. Might have to just buy it. 2mo
MrsMalaprop Heard the author being interviewed on the radio last week. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @LeslieO maybe that‘ll prompt your library to purchase some additional copies! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @MrsMalaprop come to think of it, I don‘t think I know much about her. I‘ll have to look up interviews with her too. Thanks! 2mo
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The Prophets | Robert Jones, Jr.
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Heart wrenching. A difficult read, both because of the horrific content and the lyrical writing style which is lovely, but also nonlinear which was challenging. And it‘s long. I did love the beautiful relationship between Samuel and Isaiah and the flashes from Africa, which I believe to be ancestors of the enslaved, though I never understood if it was a direct lineage. Jones admires Toni Morrison, and this definitely felt like one of hers.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Dropped my mom at and appointment and found a great park nearby for my youngest to play while I sneak in some pages! 📖

caitlin.reads.books I bought this book last week and can‘t wait to start it soon! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through this one and loving it! I‘m reading it to my mom and she can‘t get enough. 2mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I love weekends. That‘s all.
📚 🍑 🍷 🎃 🌸

Branwen Just finished Matrix and absolutely LOVED it! 3mo
Megabooks Matrix 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m waiting on Matrix in the post .. also interested in that other book I see there 3mo
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Two Irish best friends Alice and Eileen have millennial thoughts and relationships. Alice ruminates on becoming a literary sensation, something she does not enjoy (undoubtedly a biographical character for Rooney) while Eileen feels less-than successful with her career prospects and personal life. Both have significant others; Simon, a lifelong crush for Eileen and Felix, a Tender match for Alice. I loved it though had a bit of a problem. ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole I found the way the characters were able to realize flaws about themselves/perceive their own emotions and issues and then explain their feelings with such brutal honesty to each other to be a bit unbelievable. I know this is what Rooney does and I‘m here for it, but it requires a bit of suspension of belief for me. Or do people really talk like that to each other constantly? Am I doing life wrong? 3mo
CarolynM Interesting! My complaint about Rooney's first 2 books (especially Conversations) was the complete lack of communication between the characters. I'm looking forward to this new one even more now. 2mo
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Read by the author, an immersive memoir of a child‘s immigrant experience from China to America. The details are visceral: the smelly man who took Qian‘s family to McDonald‘s, the comfort of the cat on her bed, the feelings of shame at school. I have no idea how the author was able to tap into her childhood with such feeling. Books like this are why I love memoirs; I have walked in the shoes of this young girl. Exceptional. #theyearofthememoir

Megabooks Currently reading this in print. 👯‍♀️ 3mo
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