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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 love an essay collection and this was a good one! For some reason I thought this was going to be funny, and though there is quirk, I felt much more anxiety than I expected to feel. The author‘s son began having seizures which is traumatic. She writes openly and eloquently about her worries for him and how it has impacted their family. Also, the essay about the visiting turtle is adorable. But definitely not as light-hearted as I imagined.

Cinfhen 💯/ great review 5d
Megabooks Great review! 3d
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THIS is why I read! The author has developed characters I cared about while maintaining a plot that had me turning pages and taught me so much! How did she do it?! Alternating POV from 3 characters—2 students and a teacher at a deaf school whose lives become intertwined, face issues experienced in deaf culture. Nonfiction “articles” are sprinkled throughout. The narrator of the audiobook signs when the characters do in the book! I learned so much!

Hooked_on_books I love how each of the main characters demonstrated a different aspect of the deaf world. I thought this one was fantastic! 5d
Cinfhen Awesome reviews 5d
Kdgordon88 Great review! I‘m hoping this is one of #CampLitsy picks for the summer. If not, it goes to the top of the pile. 4d
Megabooks Another amazing review!! 🤩🤩 3d
jlhammar I felt the same! Great review! 3d
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This title pretty much sums up this perfectly! I‘ve read Phoebe‘s second book but still need to read her first. I don‘t remember heavy topics in her other (tagged) but this one covered 2020 and you know what that means — pandemic and #BLM movement. But still lots to laugh about here. She always delivers and I lovvvvee her tangents, abbreviations, and hashtags. Excellent narration for the #audiobook.

ChaoticMissAdventures I don't remember which book it was in but her obsession with Bono cracks me up!! She is hilarious and her audios are perfect - laughing out loud in public with them perfect 😂 7d
Megabooks She‘s a funny lady for sure! 7d
Chelsea.Poole This is the other I‘ve read 7d
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Terrifying how these outrageous dystopian-adjacent works of fiction are becoming more and more like real life. As a mother, this one hit hard. Though it‘s not a perfect book, it is impactful. Readers spend the majority of the novel with our MC in the school for good mothers, as the title implies. It was a bit repetitive, though it serves a purpose— I felt as if I were there going through the program with the mothers. A book for our time.

mcctrish I bought this a while ago and and too many other books jump ahead of it. Then I read some reviews that weren‘t super awesome so it fell behind some more 🤦🏻‍♀️ now the world is a shit show and I‘m afraid to pick it up. I think I will thx to you 7d
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My #libraryhaul 📚
Work is a dangerous place…I can‘t resist these beauties 🤩

Christine Excellent stack! 1w
Megabooks I think you‘ll like those! 1w
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I wish I would‘ve passed on this one. It‘s newly published, posthumously, and translated from French to English. I think the combination of these two elements were working against it from the get-go for my reading taste. Though I see what the author was doing, I was bored to tears. It reminded me a bit of My Brilliant Friend but with less going for it.

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vivastory What a wonderful list📚📚 1w
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB thanks for the info, as always 😊🐓 #summercampsuggestions2022 (edited) 1w
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Ruthiella Fantastic! Now I‘m really hoping they will go with a full on NF list for camp. Your titles are all so intriguing. 1w
Megabooks I have Ancestor checked out from the library but am having trouble getting into it. Great list though! Very different from everyone else‘s! 1w
Cinfhen Some books I‘m totally not familiar with….need to investigate 🔬 I‘ve read an ARC for this one, which I did not enjoy - too long and the writing style just annoyed me 1w
squirrelbrain Love the cover for The Midcoast! 1w
BarbaraBB I love your choices. Such an eclectic mix! 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella I‘m with you! A full list of NF would be great! 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks oh no, and I‘ve been so looking forward to it…hope it gets better for you 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen ugh I hate it when books are too long for no reason. I missed your review but I‘ll look for it. The cover really speaks to me for that one 1w
Chelsea.Poole @squirrelbrain I agree — it was the only one in this bunch new to me that I stumbled upon while making selections, so I don‘t know much about it. 1w
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB thanks 😊 1w
thebluestocking I love this list!! 💙💙 It looks like a great mix. 1w
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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This really is a beautiful book. Although it isn‘t big on plot, I was very interested to see what would become of each of the well-developed characters. Liam, a 30-something man, arrives back in Solace and meets Clara, a young girl going through something big and they form a bond. An episode from Liam‘s past is slowly revealed by Mrs. Orchard, a neighbor he had a special bond with as a child. I teared up multiple times throughout this quiet novel.

BarbaraBB I still need to read this one too. 2w
Cinfhen It‘s on my TBR too @BarbaraBB Glad to hear it‘s a winner 🌸 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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#BookSpin and #DoubleBookSpin for May!
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks ☺️
Maude West is a leftover from @Mitch ‘s #NYWD list and this is just the push I needed to get going on it!
Also, I‘ve been looking forward to Solace quite sometime!

EJG31 A Town Called Solace is very good. My favourite of hers is Crow Lake. 2w
Mitch Yeah! Enjoy! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @EJG31 there‘s lots of love for her here! I am looking forward to this one and I may get around to Crow Lake if Solace is a winner ☺️ 2w
kwmg40 I loved both A Town Called Solace and Crow Lake! 2w
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#bookreport and #weeklyforecast in one. I‘m a sucker for the royals and really loving The Palace Papers. Looking forward to my reading week 😊

Cinfhen Those royals really are addictive 😆 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen yes!! Have you watched The Crown? 2w
Cinfhen No, I know I‘d be hooked!!! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen one of my favorite shows! So good! 2w
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Many of these made an appearance on my #bookspin list from April, gonna see what the spin has in store for May 🌸

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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My idea of #sundayfunday

KristiAhlers I just bought this book today! 2w
Chelsea.Poole @KristiAhlers it‘s a page-turner, for sure! 2w
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Ocean State | Stewart O'Nan
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Is this slim novel confused about what it is trying to be? Or maybe, myself as a reader tried to fit it into a box rather than just taking in the story. Either way it felt like YA and could have easily been. It also felt horribly dark in parts but then turned around and downplayed horrific events. After some thought I actually think this is skill from O‘Nan in his ability to inhabit the minds of his characters so compelling that he created.

Chelsea.Poole Read for #Roll100 …my number 85. @PuddleJumper 2w
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 2w
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The I-5 Killer | Ann Rule
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I knew nothing about this serial killer, which is rare because I‘ve read and watched so much #truecrime. Ann Rule is the undisputed queen of the genre and she certainly didn‘t disappoint in this coverage of the crimes committed in Oregon and California in the late 70s. The audiobook is available on #hoopla.

Chelsea.Poole Oh yeah, this was my #BookSpin for April. @TheAromaofBooks — so glad I‘m participating because I would have continued to put this one off, I‘m sure. And I really enjoyed it. Thank you!! ☺️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 2w
EvieBee Wow, sounds intriguing! 2w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book provided a reading experience that burrowed into my brain. It at once felt like a lived experience for me (the pandemic) but also completely out-of-this-world (literally!). This author is magical. Also, a great companion to The Glass Hotel which should be read first. Sci-fi isn‘t my jam but St. John Mandel‘s particular brand is perfection. So much contained in such a slim novel…I‘m amazed! Loved it.

BarbaraBB Great review. I felt the same! 2w
AmyG I am so glad I read The Glass Hotel first, though it wasn‘t necessary. It just added to this book. She writes so beautifully and while, I guess sci-fi, it just feels so real (not “out there”). I loved this, too. 2w
sprainedbrain Excellent review! 2w
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Time Is a Mother | Ocean Vuong
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In a word: melancholic
More words, more do to with me than the book: For some reason, all the while I was anticipating this book‘s release, I had no idea it was poetry. Probably because I hate spoilers and rarely read the book‘s synopsis if it‘s an author I know I‘ll want to read anyway…? Anyhoo, did not see the poetry part, just the Ocean Vuong part and would have been less excited because poetry is typically not my thing.

Nute Love the unexpectedness of this moment. And now you‘re a willing poetry reader again, Chelsea! Yay!🤗 3w
Megabooks I‘m waiting for the audiobook. I knew it was poetry, but I never know if I‘ll like it more on audio or in print. I‘ll be prepared for the sad now. 3w
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Lakewood: A Novel | Megan Giddings
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Excellent audio narration! I picked this one up for #Booked2022 for #BlackOwnedPublisherOrImprint and I‘m glad I did. While I do agree wish some reviewers who mention the pacing issues, I liked the concept enough to overlook it. Our MC is hurting for cash so she enlists in a series of studies at Lakewood, where the benefits are great but come at a great price. A commentary on race and raises plenty of ethical issues which I appreciate in fiction.

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Ok, life has been getting in the way of my reading. Both boys celebrated birthdays this past week — 7 & 5 years old! 😭 🥰my sister in law was in to visit for birthday celebrations and the perfect weather had us outside playing baseball in the backyard. Lots of great memories but not so many books consumed. Gonna take the pressure off and hope I get caught up with these in-progress reads. #weeklyforecast #bookreort

Cinfhen Hurray for birthday boys!!!! So nice to be able to celebrate and enjoy with family again!!! Books can wait!!! 3w
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Oh, this was a nice distraction! A zany misadventure with a recently divorced mom of young children “killing it” in more than one way! I can see why this is getting so much love and I‘m glad I gave it a go even though the description didn‘t really appeal to me. I see the comparisons to the Stephanie Plum series and though that‘s not my jam, this one worked for me! There seems to be more meat here and I can see it being a movie.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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Had the absolute best time last night out to dinner and then to see DAVID SEDARIS with my mom ♥️
He was fabulous!! I spent the day leaving up to seeing him listening to the tagged book which covers his early days abroad learning French.
At the event, he read several essays from his upcoming Happy-Go-Lucky (releasing next month!), other essays and journal entries and even plugged another author — Patricia Lockwood. The best time ♥️

jlhammar Sounds like a great evening. Can‘t wait for Happy-Go-Lucky! 4w
JenReadsAlot Awesome! 4w
Suet624 Sounds wonderful! And Patricia Lockwood is 🔥🔥 4w
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Graywacke Fun! I saw him once years ago and he was terrific. 4w
AmyG He is the best! My kids saw him and said he was fabulous. He is supposed to come around here next year and I can‘t wait! 4w
Cinfhen Sounds AMAZING 🤩 3w
LitStephanie Live book tours are back, yay!!! 3w
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Bright Burning Things | Lisa Harding
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I‘m so impressed with the audio narration for this title. Such a great take on motherhood and the stress of keeping it all together. This mother has an added issue — substance abuse disorder which has greatly impacted her life and the way she‘s raising her son. This was so well done; I felt like I was in the MC‘s shoes the entire way. 💔

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Crazy busy week. None from my #BookReport are outstanding, This Might Hurt was a pan, the other two decent enough.
#weeklyforecast
Looking forward to each of these. It‘s finally David Sedaris week— we see him on Thursday!
Currently reading
Trailed — an ARC and it‘s good!
Finlay — just started, wacky
Tranquility— I‘ve been reading in print and life has just been so busy that I haven‘t had a chance to really get going. It‘s a winner though!

Cinfhen Sedaris 🙌🏻So jealous!!!! Have the BEST time♥️ 1mo
vivastory I hope you had a great time seeing Sedaris! 4w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen @vivastory he was brilliant! A wonderful evening!! 3w
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This Might Hurt | Stephanie Wrobel
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I really did not enjoy this. I was lured in by the premise: there‘s a cult, psychological thriller with twists. I wish I would have bailed when I wasn‘t enjoying it at the beginning but so many references to the “spectacular ending” made me want to see if it was worth it. It wasn‘t. I suppose I prefer my cult books to be nonfiction. I listened to the audiobook and found it dull. As sad as it was, the child abuse scenes were the most well-done.

Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I can‘t recommend. But some others did like it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Alfoster Good to know! It looks so good but I trust Litsy folk so I‘ll return to the many books I have on my TBR shelf! 1mo
Megabooks I‘ll pass 1mo
Megabooks Thanks! 1mo
LKK526 @Chelsea.Poole @alfoster I‘m with you. I trust Litsy people for their honesty 1mo
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We started a new weekly program at my library. We talk about what we‘re reading each Wednesday at noon on Zoom. It‘s free and open to all and it‘s been pretty fun so far! I have been thinking Litsy may be into it! If you are, fill out this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZn4bkWMEMM5FeKyajSBmBqsKaHs5wmcU7zvZj...

BiblioLitten It‘s a great idea! 1mo
Smrloomis This is cool! What time zone is it in? 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Smrloomis oh gesh! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I‘m so used to advertising for the library where everyone is in the same area. It‘s eastern standard time. 1mo
BkClubCare Grape hyacinths ❤️ 1mo
Smrloomis @Chelsea.Poole Cool 😂 Good to know! 1mo
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I read something that described this as a “reverse false imprisonment story” and that‘s pretty spot-on. This is the unbelievable account of murderer Edgar Smith‘s crimes, time in prison (and lack thereof), relationships (notably with William F Buckley Jr —politician) and multiple trials. Unsettling to read 2 books so close together about white men who literally get away with murder in our criminal justice system while innocent BIPOC sit in prison.

Megabooks Great review! 1mo
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A mix of true crime and memoir, this is squarely in my wheelhouse. Rachel Rear, the author, has written an examination of her stepsister‘s disappearance. It‘s a bit problematic because Rear never met Stephanie and writes this book against Stephanie‘s sister‘s wishes. Rear uses case files she has access to as a member of the family, and interviews people close to Stephanie. The case is ultimately solved and I was hooked until the end.

LoverOfLearning What a great cover! 1mo
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I love Emily Oster‘s parenting books. She‘s an economist and uses research to make her parenting decisions. Her children are slightly older than mine, so each time she releases a new book my kids are the perfect age for the content. I‘ve followed her since “Expecting Better”, my favorite pregnancy book. This one is for school aged kids and covers topics like, when to get kids phones (12!), redshirting kindergartners & extracurricular activities.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I recently read Cribsheet (I've got a 7-month-old) and found it quite useful! I wonder if this book will be relevant for my kid by the time she's old enough! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I read Cribsheet also! It was a bit too young for my kids when I read it so I didn‘t end up reading the sections that didn‘t apply any longer. I also subscribe to her newsletter which is often more focused on baby and toddlerhood but still find interesting tidbits! I bet this will still be pretty relevant. Unless kids start getting phones in kindergarten within the next 5 years (totally possible!! And covered here) 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Chelsea.Poole her newsletter is great! That was my intro to her writing actually. Phones in kindergarten 😱 1mo
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#BookReport
Another amazing bunch of books! Lost & Found was my top favorite but all were great!!
#WeeklyForecast ⛅️
Not sure exactly what I‘ll get to, but these three are most likely. Finlay is my #bookspin
Currently Reading 📖
Can‘t wait to really get going on Sea of Tranquility! I‘ve read wonderful things! It‘s getting cracked open tomorrow hopefully!

Megabooks Interested in what you think of 1mo
Megabooks I‘m not sure about the death in Lost. I‘ve been weird about that in book‘s recently. 1mo
Cinfhen I get FOMO every week when I see your forecast!!! I WANT to read EVERYTHING you‘re reading 😍 1mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks just started This Might Hurt and it‘s not what I was expecting…feeling more novel-ish at the moment, to me, rather than thriller-ish. If that makes sense…? I mean thrillers are novels too I suppose…? It‘s the middle of the night and I‘m struggling to explain well lol 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks also SAME with death and dying in books. I have placed and canceled the hold for this one so many times. My mom was diagnosed with cancer last year and things just hit differently and much harder these days. I avoid for the most part. (She‘s gone through treatment and is finally back to being herself and no sign of cancer!!) Still haven‘t read it… 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen ☺️ same with your posts! So many books so little time!! 📚 1mo
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Lost and Found | Kathryn Schulz
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An amazing memoir, likely one of the most memorable books of the year. A heartbreaking and perfect examination of the death of Schulz's father and it‘s impact on her life (Lost), followed by being Found (part 2) by the love of her life, fellow author Casey Cep (Furious Hours). The final section “&” —a mingling of the worst and best times of Schulz‘s life. This is full of the stuff of life: joy and grief, death and love, the mundane and profound.

Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I know you‘re not focusing on memoirs as much these days, but if you happen to feel an urge, this one is beautiful and definitely worth a try. 😊 1mo
Lindy @Chelsea.Poole 💯agree! 1mo
Megabooks Thanks for the recommendation!! 1mo
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In one word— relatable. I haven‘t read the author‘s advice column but apparently I need to because I love her tone and down-to-earth, realistic self-depreciating (and husband-depreciating!!) tone. I laughed out loud more than once and also sympathized and could have nearly cried at the end. Shes alternatively feeling repulsed, annoyed, but ultimately loved by & hugely grateful for her life partner, throat-clearer that he is! (I have one myself!🫠)

Megabooks I don‘t like her column as much as this book, fwiw. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks ok good to hear actually. I don‘t need even one more thing to try to fit into my life to read, book or article or column 😬 **heads over to Litsy feed and adds 5 books to stack** 😆 (edited) 1mo
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A perfect Friday night! I don‘t even mind this horrible cold weather that‘s supposed to be spring because I have this gorgeous new fireplace! 🔥 And here I am in my turnip socks, book in hand, as promised 😊

Cupcake12 Sounds and looks so cosy….enjoy ❤️ 1mo
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After school playground session for my boys while I antisocially read in the car 😅😏📖

AmyG Ha. I knew I liked you. I would do pick up at my kids middle school. All the moms chatted in the parking lot while I read in the car. (edited) 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks Small talk is terrifying. I‘d much rather read in the car 😁🙋‍♀️ 1mo
sarahbarnes Cheers! I just did this tonight while picking up from ballet while moms chatted in the parking lot. 😁 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG @Erinreadsthebooks @sarahbarnes I knew I‘d be in good company here with you all! So I guess I wasn‘t so antisocial after all—I did post to Litsy and get to interact with you all! 😆 1mo
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My new fireplace! A true dream come true!!! Custom built-in reading bench on all sides. This is where you‘ll find me with my book, hot tea, and a cozy blanket. I‘ve been waiting years for this and so happy to finally have it installed. 😍
🔥 📖

sprainedbrain Love it! 😍 1mo
Soubhiville Beautiful! 1mo
Clwojick Jealous!!!! 1mo
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Cathythoughts You have your spot 👍❤️ 1mo
JenReadsAlot Love it! 1mo
kstadt929 So cozy! 1mo
Tamra Enjoy!! 1mo
Cupcake12 Love it x 1mo
marleed It‘s beautiful! 1mo
Megabooks Gorgeous! 1mo
janeycanuck Ooh, how lovely!! Enjoy! 1mo
BarbaraBB That is fantastic 🤩 1mo
Gissy Beautiful! 😍 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Amazing! 😍 1mo
mrp27 Perfectly cozy! 1mo
Tera66 Wow! It's perfect! 1mo
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#BookReport ✔️
A great reading week. I highly recommend each of these!!
#currentlyreading 📖
👑WILL is extra intriguing after the events at the Oscars
🪶SPARROW is #truecrime and excellent so far
#WeeklyForecast ⛅️
I‘ve got some nonfiction titles lined up for the upcoming week. Not sure I‘ll get to all of these but I‘ve been looking forward to Foreverland so I‘ll probably prioritize that one.

Cinfhen I‘m glad you liked French Braid 💖It was too vanilla for me. 1mo
marleed I read Will when it first came out and liked it but I think it would read differently now. I keep thinking of his describing his need for his premieres to top that of Tom Cruise. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen I totally get that! I know she‘s not for everyone but her writing just clicks for me 😊 1mo
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Chelsea.Poole @marleed oh yeah, it certainly hits different after all of that. It‘s very interesting listening to it…there is almost a sense of foreshadowing of the incident. (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I LOVED Will when I listened- it was 5 stars for me but now like @marleed I wonder how i might react. I do think there are lots of “warning” signs/ I don‘t want to spoil anything but I think you raised a good point. “Knowing” more of his family background, I totally agree. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen I have been on hold for Will for a long time from the library and it happened to just pop up this week as available, a few days after the Oscars. The timing is funny, after he‘s been in the news everywhere, so I‘m extra interested to see what made the man behind the slap heard round the world! 1mo
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Ok, this was my first time trying this out— and I didn‘t complete all the winter prompts for #Booked2022 :(
However! I now have a better plan to get some I left out accomplished. Plus, I finally crossed some off my list to fit prompts that I ended up really enjoying!

Thanks for hosting! @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage @Cinfhen

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick But you read 1/4 of the prompts so you're on track. I don't do them by season either. 1mo
Cinfhen Exactly what @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick !!! Read out of season/ whatever works for you!! There‘s no wrong or right way to complete this challenge! Just have fun!! Awesome progress 🥳 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage You do you! We just organize it into seasons because we connect with holidays and other “special” days throughout the year. It‘s just meant to be fun, like @Cinfhen said! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you all for the encouragement! It is really fun fitting titles with these prompts. And I‘m discovering new genres and books I wouldn‘t have read otherwise 😊♥️📖 1mo
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleBookSpin for April ☁️
The queen of true crime, Ann Rule is first and then going to dig into Finlay Donovan — heard some great things about it!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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A years-long view of an extended family told through snippets of various members in different stages of life. Though a big undertaking, the chapters zoom in on the minutiae of the characters‘ everyday life in Anne Tyler‘s signature style.

Anne Tyler is magnificent. I fell in love with her books with A Spool of Blue Thread. This one is a close second to that one, although I‘ve only read 5. Tyler backlist, here I come!

MrsMalaprop Love her too. Luckily there are many more to work our way through 🤗. 1mo
Megabooks I want to read more too 👍🏻 1mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Absolutely dynamite! I won‘t be able to offer anything more than what has already been said about this one-of-kind novel, but will add my name to the list of those blown away by it. I think someone has said this here, but it‘s all I can come up with — the funniest book about racism and injustice I‘ve ever read. This is a testament to the author‘s skill. I must read others by Everett. Read this for the Tournament of Books which has broadened ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole (⬆️cont.) my reading horizons. I am going make a point to read the #ToB titles every year since I‘ve discovered some amazing books this year. 📚 ♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Glad you got a chance to read it and I am happy you loved it too! 1mo
Bookboss I just bought this! 1mo
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One that I‘ve been eyeing for quite awhile, which was worth the wait! I love a memoir in essays!! ♥️ and O‘Farrell certainly did not disappoint. Harrowing, but also relatable, these stories of near-death experiences range from medical issues she‘s experienced to violence and even swimming mishaps. Adored Hamnet, which is so different, but makes me want to read her others ASAP. Also, be warned - this can be difficult/traumatic. Read TWs.

Suet624 I liked this one too. Some moving pieces. 2mo
Reagan It‘s one of my favourite books. Her writing takes my breath away 2mo
Cinfhen I remember being a bit underwhelmed by this one although her writing is gorgeous! Great choice for prompt!! 2mo
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Continuing on my #SedarisSpree (which I totally just made up, but does happen to be a thing), in preparation for seeing him next month!! 🙌 I mean, the man just doesn‘t disappoint. Though there are a few dated parts, it did not take away from my enjoyment of this kindred spirit‘s shenanigans. I listened to the audiobook which is the only way to go with his essays. I mean, utterly hilarious. I can‘t get enough. Next!

Megabooks This is my favorite Sedaris! 2mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Very behind on reviews here!
This author has definitely found her groove. Similar in style and tone two of her previous novels — The Sun Down Motel and The Broken Girls, this was those with a different setting. I can appreciate her vibe of thriller/horror-lite/supernatural/plucky heroine and the mysteries are always engaging. A good choice if you‘ve read and enjoyed the other two mentioned. Anyone else feel like the title is misleading…?

Bklover Looking forward to this one! 2mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1mo
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#BookReport
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Great reading week! The Murder Book graphic novel was by far my favorite. A top for the year, I‘m sure. Scoundrel was great too!
#WeeklyForecast 📚
Bumped I Am (from last week) for the new St. James, but looking forward to it next.
Current Reads📖
LOVING The Trees and French Braid — one in print and the other an ebook. The Sedaris is my current audiobook.

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! So many good books!!! I‘m happy to hear you‘re enjoying the new Anne Tyler 😁 2mo
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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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Spending this cold day cuddled up with my bff Anne! Each one of hers I‘ve read just speaks to me ♥️
I need to slowly chip away at her backlist.

vivastory Do you have a favorite? I've only read one. I really enjoyed it, despite the rushed ending. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @vivastory this one really blew me away. I had read a few when I was younger but didn‘t fully “get” her until this one. Not sure if it was the book itself or being an adult that opened my eyes to her amazingness. 2mo
vivastory @Chelsea.Poole Thanks for the recommendation! I placed a hold on it at the library! 2mo
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jlhammar Yes, couldn‘t agree more! I‘m enjoying this new one so far. A Spool of Blue Thread is one of my favorites. 2mo
cariashley Weirdly I‘ve never read her! Any other particular authors you would cite as being similar to her - ie if I‘m a fan of x I‘d like Tyler? (edited) 2mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory just to jump in , I like these a lot Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant & The Accidental Tourist . Though I did read them when they were newish .I wonder how they hold up. 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've heard great things about both of those. I'm intrigued by both👏 2mo
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Checked this out for my mom because it seems right up her alley. May read a bit of it myself before it goes back to the library. I love a rescue situation…and this is 600 rescues! 🐶🐱🐷🐮🐤🐰

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The Ballerinas: A Novel | Rachel Kapelke-Dale
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I was immersed in the Paris ballet school setting. There‘s a past and present timeline which normally I am fine with, but this was a little off, in that I wasn‘t as intrigued to hear about the “middle” part which connected the two timelines if that makes sense. Anyway, a bit longer than I‘d have liked but I‘m into ballerinas in general so kept me interested. Tried to do some super feminist stuff which I wasn‘t sold on.

EvieBee This one interested me but the negative reviews put me off it. I think I‘m going to request it from the library. Great review! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @EvieBee beware — it was between a pick and a so-so for me! I think the setting is it‘s saving grace. But it was too long for a less than perfect payoff ending! But like I said, if you like ballerinas this is for you! 🩰 2mo
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It‘s like I wrote this book…if I were the least bit talented like Hilary. I love love loved her personality which came shining through this graphic novel about her obsession with true crime, which she imagines was passed down from her mom, and to her from Hilary‘s grandmother (like my family!). There are excellent true crime recs: from documentaries to books and podcasts. Also, a look at what it is about true crime that attracts women. Loved it!!

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My giant stack of library books to read. I‘ve moved them into my bedroom so they stare at me every morning which is some motivation. 📚

merelybookish Both Priestdaddy and I Am I Am I Am are fabulous reads! And pretty quick! 2mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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April #BookSpin
Switching up how I organize my list because I love the visuals of the covers. Haven‘t done the actual bingo, but I may give it a go in April. ⛅️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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Hello, weekend! So ready for ya! This is my #libraryhaul from yesterday. Tagging the one that is cut off below ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole The one that‘s cut out of the picture — A #nwyd pick I still need to get to from @mitch 2mo
Mitch @Chelsea.Poole 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
Megabooks I‘m reading FB now. It‘s good! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Eek! Glad it‘s @Megabooks approved ☺️☺️ 2mo
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I couldn‘t sleep last night so I made a list of 100 audiobook titles available on hoopla (always available) that I‘ve had #TBR for however long— some a pretty long time. I already had these 3 at the top of my list so I strategically placed them 😂 (cheater!?) 🤷🏼‍♀️ BUT from now on I plan to play along with #Roll100 since I‘m having such a great time with #BookSpin this year. Plus it‘ll help me with backlist titles 😊

PuddleJumper 😂 😂 If it helps to clear down your TBR pile then a bit of cheating is acceptable 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @PuddleJumper thanks for allowing my mischief 😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!!! 2mo
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