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Christine

Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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This is a pick for the Olive stories, which, as ever, I really enjoyed. I appreciated the chance to learn what came next for her. Olive is still cranky and often insufferable, but she also still has interesting, complicated flaws, and she still sometimes learns and grows. A couple of the Olive-adjacent stories felt heavy-handed and were just so-so for me, but overall I was happy to be back in Crosby, Maine. 🍂

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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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This fella brought me some much appreciated joy today. Meet “Alex Jr.” - my kiddo made him at school and excitedly gifted to me. My Alex (Sr.?) wears similar glasses, though they aren‘t bedazzled. 😎 My day has otherwise been dominated by fighting off the cold bug that had my other kid miserable for the past few days, and by way too much insanity in the national news (that letter!! 😳🤪🤬😭). Moments of reading the tagged have helped, too.

4thhouseontheleft I thought that letter was a fake, but every news source I have seen reports it as real. 😳🙅🏻‍♀️😵 2d
Christine @4thhouseontheleft YES. Same here. 😣 2d
Readerann Lots of ‘escape‘ reading these days 😩 2d
Christine @Readerann Sigh, yes!! 2d
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Oh, how I love taking my car to the (located-two-blocks-from-the-beach) mechanic. 🌊📚☀️

ljuliel Wow. You live in paradise. That‘d be my goal, to live that close to the beach. 1w
Sace Beautiful! 1w
Christine @ljuliel @RestlessFickleBookHoarder - It really is beautiful. I rarely give myself permission to just go down to the beach with a book; it takes being stranded without a vehicle to get me to do it! I should change that. 1w
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Toil & Trouble: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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This was EXACTLY the book I needed to get over the hump of a stress-infused, news-oversaturated week. I loved it. It‘s been years since I‘ve read an Augusten Burroughs book, but this makes me consider going back to catch up on the ones I‘ve missed. He‘s hilarious, his writing is smart and engaging, and, bonus, he‘s a witch! (The witchy parts were my favorite by far.) 🧙‍♂️🖤

AmyG I loved this book, too. He way he writes...about his witchiness, the new house, the quirky neighbors....just wonderful. 1w
Bakingbookworm This one caught my eye at the library. I may just have to check it out! 1w
Christine @AmyG Yes!! The interactions with the neighbors were so funny, as was the visit to the older male model‘s house with his real estate agent friend...😂 1w
Christine @Bakingbookworm If you do, I hope you love it! 1w
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If you‘ve read She Said, hearing more from Rowena Chiu feels like a really big deal. I highly recommend her concise, insightful, and heartbreaking essay (and, of course, still highly recommend the tagged). https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/opinion/sunday/harvey-weinstein-rowena-chiu.h...

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Such a good, satisfying read. Wonderful (as expected) writing, and I loved the characters and how their development was entwined over many years with the larger-than-life house. I have a pretty elaborate picture of the house in my mind thanks to Patchett‘s mastery of descriptive prose - rich with detail but never boring. The audiobook performance by Tom Hanks was extremely Tom Hanksian, so I loved it, too.

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One of our smallest nearby library branches reliably has one of the best ongoing book sales. Pretty pleased with my haul from the 5 for $1 rack. 📚❤️

ImperfectCJ Ooh! I'll have to check out that branch! I've had good luck at Scripps Ranch, too. (Too much luck, some members of my family would say...) 3w
Christine @ImperfectCJ Hi, San Diego Litsy friend (I always feel like there should be more of us on here)! Now I‘ll have to try out Scripps Ranch, I don‘t think I‘ve ever been there. 😁 3w
ImperfectCJ @Christine It's definitely a treat to discover local Littens on here. I was so excited when I saw you'd tagged a SDPL branch! We (my kids and I, not the royal "we") have yet to get to the Clairemont branch, but we're collecting them all, so we'll make it eventually. :-) 3w
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Christine @ImperfectCJ We love to check out new branches, too (city and county)! It‘s so fun discovering the unique perks of each. The tagged Clairemont one really is pretty tiny, but in addition to good for-sale books they usually have an impressive number of new release DVDs in stock. 3w
Hooked_on_books My mom lives in Carlsbad. She loves her library branch but almost never buys books (I‘m not sure what‘s wrong with her—maybe I‘m adopted? 😆). 3w
Christine @Hooked_on_books Carlsbad is so great! But I‘ve never been to that branch, either....another to add to the list! And 😆, too funny about your non-genetic book buying tendencies! 3w
ImperfectCJ @Christine We use the county system for ebooks and audiobooks (we're completely dependent upon Libby/Overdrive), but we rarely visit the county branches because I live in fear if mixing up city and county books. I like to think I'm a rebel, but really I'm a goody-two-shoes rule follower. 😆 Agreed on the fun of finding the perks/quirks of the branches. 3w
Christine @ImperfectCJ YES re: county Libby/Overdrive! Their audiobooks supply the majority of my book consumption, and I‘m so grateful for their impressive catalog. And agreed, we rarely visit or borrow from their branches (mostly because we don‘t have one nearby, relatively speaking), but whenever we do visit one I‘m always impressed by their physical collections as well. 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Litsy beloveds: for my sanity, please tell me to stop endlessly streaming news during every free moment and start listening to this instead!! 🤦‍♀️ #morebookslesscnn #dyingtoreadthis

Prairiegirl_reading I‘m totally feeling this too. I‘ve had a news ban for so long but today I put on cnn and then my husband came home and said “I can‘t stop watching this.” Pretty much all evening. 😫 3w
Christine @Prairiegirl_reading Same! I mostly news-ban, too, but then sometimes I get obsessed, watch too much, and then feel gross and drained. 😣 3w
Prairiegirl_reading @Christine yes!! And this being read by Tom Hanks and yet we can‘t pull ourselves away! I think I just want to see you know who to burn so badly!! I won‘t watch any tomorrow so it‘ll even out. Lol!! 3w
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Christine @Prairiegirl_reading 😂❤️ If Tom Hanks can‘t save us, who can?? But I totally just watched more news and was grateful to see Maxine Waters on, speaking with so much integrity and grace. Still, I‘ll try to emulate your no-watching tomorrow! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading @Christine lol!!! Shoot! I missed that! See what happens once I shut it off? Good luck tomorrow anyway! 😄 3w
Kimzey Good luck! I‘m having the same compulsion, at least while at home. 🙈🙉🙊 3w
Hooked_on_books I cut out tv news years ago when I realized how much they speculate to fill space. I‘m not ok with that. I stick to articles only, which I can stop reading at any moment but still keep up. It was a great choice and I don‘t regret it at all. It‘s still possible to get sucked in, of course, but it‘s helped me a lot. 3w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime lol I'm having the exact same problem these past few days 3w
Christine @Hooked_on_books So true. I normally do the same but sometimes slip into news-watching (or, more accurately, listening to TV news like it‘s radio/a podcast) during these “big, historic moments.” Mostly a choice I later regret, even if it does sometimes include interesting guests/perspectives. 3w
Christine @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Ugh, it‘s painful! I‘m proud to say I‘ve been awake for a full hour today and haven‘t yet consumed any news...we‘ll see how long that lasts! 😆🤞 3w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Christine haha good luck!! i haven't been so lucky 3w
Reggie For your mental sanity it‘s ok to put your head in the sand. I almost got suckered into watching the news the other day when I saw impeachment inquiry but they‘ll say the same thing for 5 hours between 9 different people. Read a book. 3w
Christine Thank you, @Reggie ! ❤️ Sage advice, and I‘m glad you resisted the news!! I started The Dutch House audiobook this morning and have been glued to it in my spare moments ever since. I feel cleansed. 😄 3w
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Listening to this author-narrated audiobook was a complete joy, especially when paired with reading the recipes in the e-book version. I was appalled to see that, according to Goodreads, I‘ve never read any of her other books (though I think I may have read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in the decades before GR, when I [ugh!] didn‘t keep any record of my reading). Guess I‘m lucky to have many Maya Angelou books ahead of me. ❤️

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I am very far from the first person to say so on Litsy or elsewhere, but this really feels like an essential read. No matter how compassionate or progressive or woke we white people might think we are, we all often behave in ways that perpetuate racial inequality. DiAngelo provides great tips for ditching our defensiveness, confronting our ingrained racist thought and behavior patterns, and for actively striving to be antiracist.

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Trying to follow my mug‘s instructions on this foggy and temporarily quiet Sunday morning. And FINALLY digging into this book, which has been on my TBR and bookshelf for years.

Tamra Love your mug! 🍁🍂 4w
Tamra This sounds good - I really enjoyed Fisher‘s essays. 4w
Christine @Tamra Thanks! And yes, I‘ve heard so many good things about this, and Fisher‘s The Art of Eating is another book that‘s been on my TBR/bookshelf forever (and I know I will love)! (edited) 4w
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I loved this moving, interestingly constructed story about growing up in the U.S. in an immigrant family. Tunde was a wonderful main character, and I learned a lot from his struggle to negotiate belonging, relationships, and identity as a first generation Nigerian-American. My only complaint is that I wanted to spend more time with pretty much all of the characters.

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Terrific behind-the-scenes look at some highly impactful journalism. Loved the authors‘ transparency about so many parts of their process. The writing is, of course, great. Nice to hear more from some of the women who were harassed or assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, from Christine Blasey Ford, and from other women with well-known #metoo stories. Makes me want to shout “Real journalism is so important!!” from the rooftops even more than usual.

Gaylagal2 I love these two journalists and this is at the top if my read list! 🤙 1mo
Reggie I heard about this on the For Real podcast, totally wanna read it!!! 1mo
Christine @Gaylagal2 Yay! It's so, so good. 1mo
Christine @Reggie I finished it right before listening to For Real (definitely one of my fave BR podcasts) and was so glad they featured it!! Totally agree with what Kim said she had heard, that it resembles a feminist All the President's Men. Love me some thriller-y journalism tales! :) 1mo
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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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I was impressed by this intense, sometimes wild, often relatable story of female friendship and its complex, emotionally rich characters who make some big bad decisions yet plenty of good ones along the way. Great Julia Whelan narration, too. Love this quote: “It was not possible to rescue anyone, she knew by now, but you could recognize her. You could see what she showed you, flinch and keep looking, let her find in your own face the truth.”

Megabooks Sounds great! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I really, truly loved this. I‘m grateful for the chance to learn more about Gilead, and I liked the new protagonists and found their arcs satisfying. And I would read thousands more pages written in Aunt Lydia‘s voice (and then happily devour them all over again on audio if Ann Dowd was narrating) - she‘s a problematic character, to be sure, but a fascinating one. A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from this definitely biased Atwood fanwoman. 😁❤️

Jemmygem Can‘t wait to get my hands on it. 1mo
marleed Hey, did you know she does narrate this!? 1mo
Christine @Jemmygem I hope you love it, too! 1mo
Christine @marleed Yes, I both listened and read with eyes! I liked all of the narrators but Ann Dowd was incredible. 1mo
marleed @Christine Oh that‘s what I did - simply the best. Ann Dowd is fabulous! 1mo
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I was a little surprised to find these hot new titles still on the shelf at one of my nearby military base libraries this afternoon (but sadly only a little surprised - they are decidedly [gasp] feminist 😛). But I was happy to snap them up! I‘m halfway through The Testaments on audio, but I‘ve been wanting to see some name spellings/experience it in print. And I heard a compelling interview with the authors of the tagged on Fresh Air.

Christine (Apologies for their distressing lower left sticker placement!) 1mo
marleed I loved having a simultaneous buddy read with print and audio- it defined my entire yesterday! 1mo
Christine @marleed Perfect!! 💙💚 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh no, not feminist! 😱😬😆 1mo
Christine @Hooked_on_books 😂 Yes, scandalous! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Proud of my fellow library patrons (because even though I recommended this one in Overdrive many months ago I was still number 14 on the hold list) and my county library system (for ordering plenty of copies, apparently)! I‘ve just started it, and already I‘m in love with Ann Dowd‘s part of the narration. 💙💚💙💚💙💚

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Squeezed in one more reread (via this paperback + audiobook) before the big day tomorrow. Still chilling, still the finest writing, and still my favorite. #testamentsprep

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This was wonderful. I just love The Handmaid‘s Tale so much and will take all the (Mother Margaret-approved) versions of it I can get. This one features stunning artwork and thought-provoking visual interpretations. It did feel a little white, especially after the Hulu adaptation, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. Big thanks again to @Jilly6183 for including this in my #summersantagoespostal box. ❤️ #testamentsprep

marleed Oh I noticed the whiteness, as well, esp in contrast to the Hulu adaptation. 1mo
Jilly6183 Glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
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The overwhelming violence in Chicago is often examined from a structural point of view - as well it should be, because it‘s tied to so many complicated systemic issues. But sometimes that reduces the individuals affected to stereotypes (like victim, perpetrator, gang member, witness) that don‘t reflect that complexity. This book tells many Chicagoans‘ rich, multilayered stories with great empathy - super valuable data for changemakers.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s been quite some time since I‘ve been this excited about an upcoming book release. (Handmaid‘s Tale is my all-time favorite.) My phone appropriately recognized that this NPR review was breaking, notification-worthy news. 😁 https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/755868251/the-testaments-takes-us-back-to-gilead-...

4thhouseontheleft It‘s been my all-time favorite too! Since the late 90‘s when I first read it for a Women‘s Lit class. SO EXCITED!!! 1mo
Christine @4thhouseontheleft I read it in the 90s too! Back when I was still immersed in my conservative Christian culture of origin and thought feminism was a dirty word. 🤦‍♀️ But I still loved it. I would be so excited for this regardless, but the Booker shortlist has turned it up a notch! 1mo
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I loved this audiobook. The writing was beautiful, and listening to Davis‘s gentle, clear, potent voice was almost like meditating. Everything she wrote seems even more meaningful when conveyed through her (seriously, unusually wonderful, especially for an author) narration. I thought the balance between personal reflections, stories about her indomitable mother, and historical data about Detroit and its Numbers culture was perfect.

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A solid adventure memoir. Heinerth has had many fascinating and harrowing experiences as a cave diver, and I loved how attentive she was to the prevalence of sexism and gender inequality in her field. Her personality and approach to risk and fear are SO different from my own, and I feel like I understand the adventurer mindset a bit better after reading this. The prose wasn‘t my favorite, but overall I found it a good, interesting read.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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I‘m really moved by Kendi‘s clear framework and specific language for understanding racism, and by his argument for a laser focus on changing and preventing racist policies. It‘s not good enough to claim to be, or even strive to be, “not racist” - Kendi discusses the many times he‘s confronted his own racist ideas and beliefs. His definition of “antiracist” is powerful, optimistic, and action-oriented, and I hope it catches on in a big way.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I have this on my #ARC stack. Looking forward to it! 2mo
cathipink I wish I could perpetually see your tbr- I love the books you choose and hearing what you think (although I suppose Litsy suffices pretty well 🙂). 2mo
Christine @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! I hope you are as impressed by it as I was! 2mo
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Christine @cathipink Aww, what a lovely thing to say! We must be kindred book spirits. ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine I‘m guessing I will be. I just finished a more historical social justice book, and this should be a good follow up to it. (edited) 2mo
Christine @BarbaraTheBibliophage Excellent - I really need to read White Rage, have returned to the library unread multiple times. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine It‘s very good, and not all that long. But she wastes no words, so it‘s packed with history. 2mo
RaimeyGallant Sold! 2mo
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On a brief getaway from our California home to another California location, reading about yet another part of California, where we previously lived. Guess I‘m stuck in an endless California loop - could be worse! ☀️ 🐝 💛

BookNAround I really enjoyed this book. 2mo
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I was really looking forward to this but didn‘t end up loving it. For me the style mostly outweighed the substance, but I could imagine it resonating more with other readers. At least the cover consistently made me happy whenever I opened Libby. 😄

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I‘ve been slumping hard for a solid week (unusual for me in the Litsy era!). Started and stopped so many books that would normally hold my attention. And then came Olive. I really loved this. Lucy Barton was so-so for me; Anything Is Possible I liked more. But this is my favorite Strout yet. ❤️

Christine Now I‘ll be impatiently waiting for 2mo
HeatherBookNerd I really loved this one. 2mo
Blaire I love everything strout and this is the one that got me hooked. 2mo
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Has anyone read this (or any other books by the author)? The related Netflix docuseries is very 😳!!

4thhouseontheleft No, but now I‘m curious! 2mo
Christine @4thhouseontheleft Yes, me too. I binged the doc and am still trying to process it all. 2mo
ChasingOm Ooooooooooh. Gonna add that to the queue. I almost never watch tv, but I‘m a sucker for documentaries! 😂 2mo
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DivineDiana No, but it sounds fascinating! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I have not but I‘ve had it for AGES. When we were scrolling through Netflix last night I literally said, “Shit, I should probably read that.” 2mo
Emilymdxn I just watched the show! I binged it while home sick from work. really liked it and want to read the books it was based on for sure. It was A Lot to process but very well made, I‘ve been recommending it to everyone since I watched it. (edited) 2mo
Megabooks I watched the trailer and, while I wasn‘t surprised, I was fully freaked out and terrified. It‘s on my TBW (to be watched)! 2mo
Christine @ChasingOm Me too!! This one is so crazy. 2mo
Christine @DivineDiana Based on the docuseries, it really is! Disturbing on so many levels, but fascinating. 2mo
Christine @MicheleinPhilly LOL! Really? I hadn‘t even heard of the book! I will be very interested in your review if/when you do read it. It is a MESSED UP story and unfortunately I now have a whole new thing to fear. 😝 2mo
Christine @Emilymdxn Isn‘t it a crazy story?? Things like the National Prayer Breakfast always made me go “Hmm...” because, well, I‘m fond of the separation of church and state, but I had NO idea of what was really going on. 2mo
Christine @Megabooks YEP. To all of that. I‘ll be interested in your thoughts if/when you watch! 2mo
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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This is well-done - funny, frank, and charming. It just wasn‘t quite for me. I could identify with many of her experiences, but overall her tone and themes didn‘t speak to me. I could see this being a strong pick for others, though.

Megabooks Completely agree! 2mo
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As a very experienced workplace outsider (only partly by choice 😬), I‘m REALLY looking forward to diving into this one! #bookmail #librarything #earlyreviewers

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting. 2mo
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I love TV, and because I like loving TV, I‘m sometimes tired of TV criticism. But I don‘t tire of Emily Nussbaum. I mostly know her from her smart and entertaining tweets, so these pieces were new to me, and I enjoyed every one. Her critiques are well-grounded in cultural context and never feel nitpicky. And her love of TV, and her firm belief that it should be respected as an artistic medium, always shine through.

cathipink I listened to her on Fresh Air and I'm intrigued. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 3mo
Christine @cathipink I enjoyed that Fresh Air interview, too! 3mo
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VERY happy to have found this 🤬 presumed-lost book! Our library system replaced fines with hold/checkout/renewal blocking at overdue Day 1 (WAY more painful, and therefore effective, than fines for me! 😭😜). So I was highly motivated to find this, esp. when told it‘d be $36 to replace. Thanks to one of surprisingly many online lists of places to find lost library books, I FINALLY found this after hours of searching over several days. 🤦‍♀️🥳💃🏆

AlaMich There‘s a list of places in one‘s home to look for lost library books? I wonder if it works for other lost items, cuz I could sure use that!! (edited) 3mo
Christine @AlaMich Yes, there are so many of these lists!! For books, other specific items like keys, general lists. Totally helped me. 😆 3mo
AlaMich @Christine I had no idea! 3mo
cathipink I remember this series- my son read through all of them (that our library had). Glad you found it! Those thin books can hide in a lot of spots! 3mo
Christine @cathipink Aww, fun memory! And yes, they certainly can re: thin books! 3mo
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84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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Like so many of you have said, this is sweet, funny, and the best. 💜💜💜

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I feel like I‘ve been on the library hold list for this FOREVER, and still I‘m #13! Well, no more waiting, thanks to this deal. (I do prefer print cookbooks, but e-cookbooks at least deliver the recipes. And I happily pay for the Eat Your Books service, which allows you to search all of your cookbooks easily - well worth a few bucks a month, as it makes me use my cookbooks, whatever their format, so much more!)

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Fully enjoyed this one. Super charming, lots of lovable characters, many authentic Minnesota/Midwest touches, and a very fun focus on beer and brewing - and pie! But mostly beer. I will continue to read anything J. Ryan Stradal writes. 🍺🥧🍺

kspenmoll Really enjoyed her first book! 3mo
Christine @kspenmoll Me too! (Stradal is a man, but I often find that hard to believe because he writes women so well! 😄) 3mo
kspenmoll @Christine He writes women so well I just assumed!!!‘ Thanks for info! 3mo
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Just started this and am loving Judith Ivey‘s narration!! I often seek out fiction set in my native Midwest, but audio versions can be hit or miss for me, mostly bc I really want the narrator to pull off a believable Midwest accent. Ivey is nailing it. And the text is off to a great start in the authenticity dept, too - a character described something she clearly didn‘t like as “kinda different” - my (non-Midwesterner) husband and I (cont.) ⬇️⬇️

Christine have shared many laughs over how whenever my mom or late dad called something “different,” it 100% meant they actually thought that thing was “the worst.” 😂❤️😂 (edited) 3mo
rachelm I loved his first novel 3mo
Christine @rachelm Me too! ❤️ 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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EXCELLENT. I can‘t quite figure out how Whitehead makes his characters feel so alive with so few words. I‘ve only read his Underground Railroad before this, but I‘ll go back and read his earlier works now. This felt extremely timely, even though little of it took place in the modern era of its opening pages. Upon finishing this audiobook, I immediately went back and listened to the last 5-6 chapters again - a first for me, I think! ❤️

ErinSueMreads That is Barnes and nobles next book club pick! 3mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Joining the club and gushing over this exceptionally pretty bookmail. ✨💙 And after reading the first paragraph of the prologue (a musing about parenthood that rings way too true for me), I‘m hooked. Thanks, @WilliamMorrowBooks !

kstadt929 Pretty cover 😍 3mo
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This book is great. Really hilarious, informative, empowering - just great. I was finally compelled to try it after seeing it on the Local Authors shelf at the library, had no idea Altman lives here in San Diego. Love her voice, written and speaking - the audio was terrific. The sheltered, decade-or-two younger me would have found this very TMI, but now I find it JtRAoI (just the right amount of information. There must be a better acronym 😂).

Hooked_on_books I loved this one! 3mo
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Just lucked into one of my best Little Free Library finds ever. 😍🥐😋 And certainly the heaviest...Dorie‘s cookbooks are superchunks!

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Yippee!: Poems | Wolf Larsen
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Hooray!! This was my fourth (I think?) #24in48, but my first time reaching 24 hours!! 🥳🎉🍾💃 I leaned heavily on audiobooks, because kids, and stayed up way past my mom/aspiring old lady bedtime two nights in a row. And so much coffee. 😛 Feels good to achieve that goal, and as always it was so great to share in the readathon fun with you all! ❤️❤️❤️

DebinHawaii Congratulations!!! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉Awesome job! 3mo
Readerann Way to go!! 3mo
mrp27 Congrats! 🎉🎉 3mo
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BekahB Congrats!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏 3mo
TrishB Well done 🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks Great job!! 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉🥳📚💃🏻😁 3mo
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations❣️ 3mo
Eyelit Fantastic! 🎉📚👏📚🎉 3mo
Reggie Yayyy!!!! Great job!! 3mo
Oryx Wow. Amazing 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yay!! 👏 3mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
Christine @DebinHawaii @Readerann @mrp27 @BekahB @wanderinglynn @julesG @TrishB @Megabooks @Simona @Eyelit @Reggie @Oryx @erzascarletbookgasm @Librarybelle @Jas16 Thank you so much!! It‘s definitely a fun weekend - but I‘m looking forward to an early bedtime tonight. 😜 3mo
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Dance with DJ Lance | Ellie Seiss
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Scrambling to make it to 24 hours after a trip to our Central Library, because when you have the chance to meet DJ Lance, you must act. My kiddo has been a fan since toddlerhood, so he was over the moon. 🧡🧡🧡#yogabbagabba #sdcc #djlancedjlancedjlancerock #24in48

Megabooks 😎😎😎 3mo
saresmoore OMG SO COOL! 3mo
Christine @saresmoore @megabooks As the second biggest Yo Gabba Gabba fan in the household, I was pretty into it, too. 😛 3mo
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Supper Club | Lara Williams
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Really enjoyed this funny, feminist novel about figuring out what it means to be a woman in a body in the world. Food, cooking, and eating factor into this process for the main character in many interesting ways. There‘s fumbling and trauma and complicated relationships, but also growing and empowerment and humor (all of which are captured in a great moment about asking for a sandwich that made me shout “Yesssss, girl!!” 😂). Book 3 of #24in48.

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84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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Sitting down with a coffee refill, this forever-on-the-TBR selection, and a big sense of optimism that I might actually make it to 24 hours for the first time!! 😬🤞#24in48

KarenUK Yay! 3mo
parttimedomestic Looking good! 🎉 3mo
TheSpineView Doing outstanding! 3mo
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Readerann I loved this one. And woohoo on those hours!! (edited) 3mo
Freespirit Just read this one and loved it💕 3mo
Christine @KarenUK @parttimedomestic @TheSpineView The readathon was so much fun! But I‘m still tired. 😜 3mo
Christine @Readerann @Freespirit Mom duty called, so I had to set this one aside after just a few letters, but I was hooked immediately! Can‘t wait to get back to it. 3mo
Freespirit You must read The follow up book too😄 3mo
Christine @Freespirit I somehow didn‘t know there was a follow up - thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 3mo
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OMG. Not sure a 25-hour audiobook about my state‘s water crisis and its relationship to systemic agricultural craziness was the perfect choice for #24in48...😳😂 (I did listen at 1.75 speed, but still!) It was really good, though. Excellent writing, and I loved the memoir elements. I may not be able to eat an almond again without a pang of guilt, but I‘m certainly glad I read this. (Next up for the readathon - ANYthing light and fun!! 😛)

Freespirit It such an important subject..water security..we have a macadamia nut farm here in Australia and have had several very dry years. We don't irrigate..we have tried to enrich the soil to compensate but the lack of rain is getting scary😬 3mo
Christine @Freespirit Oh wow, a macadamia farm - amazing! (My favorite nut, actually! 😋) But yes, water security is such a scary issue. 3mo
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Finished my first #24in48 book, and it was a GREAT one. Despite her relative youth, Madden has a complicated personal and family history and has been through a LOT of stuff. She writes about all of it brilliantly. I am very much hoping for a Part 2, because it‘s clear she has much more story to tell.

cathipink I loved this book so much. Can't wait for her next work. 3mo
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Time for takeout fish tacos on the deck! 🌮🌮
#24in48
#stillreading
#audiotacos

Tamra Yum! Terrific view in the sunshine. 🌞 3mo
cariashley 😍😍 3mo
Christine @Tamra Thanks! We don‘t eat enough meals outside, must remedy that. 3mo
Readerann Beautiful! 3mo
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Just Peachy | Belinda Smith-Sullivan
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As in everyday life, about 75% of my #24in48 reading will probably be done via audiobook. Thanks to my four library systems (two local and two military) and trusty apps (Libby, Overdrive, and RBdigital), I always have more great books checked out than I‘ll ever have time to finish. Doing a little #audiopeachpicking in the backyard this morning. 🍑😋🎧 #hour12audiobookschallenge

Ms_T Peachy! 3mo
Tamra Gorgeous color! 3mo
Christine @Ms_T @Tamra They are so delicious, too! 3mo
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Up and at ‘em this beautiful #24in48 morning! (No heat wave here in San Diego...😬 - sending cool vibes to you, melting friends!) Kids are fed and I‘m on the way to being suitably caffeinated. For the Hour 6 challenge: I love SFF, though I don‘t read as much of it as I‘d like. But it‘s my #1 path to bookish bonding with my 14-year-old. We‘re reading this one together at bedtime these days. 🚀🧪🔮🐉

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Up past my bedtime, but this book makes it easy to stay awake! So good so far. ✨ #24in48

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