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CindyMyLifeIsLit

CindyMyLifeIsLit

Joined May 2017

HS Librarian, lifelong book-addict, -lover, -hoarder, -reader, etc. I'm on GR (www.goodreads.com/user/show/6082517-cindy-newton)
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The Haunted by Bentley Little
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Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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1. I‘m decent—I probably know a little more than most people my age but can‘t hold a candle to the youngsters! Although I have noticed that their extensive tech knowledge doesn‘t extend to practical applications. They‘re experts with social media posting and video games, but they‘re lost if you ask them to create a spreadsheet or format a text document. 🤦‍♀️
2. The Circle by Dave Eggers - I loved it—so satirical!
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!😊 18h
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1. Not really—I need one, I guess! I usually just go for the title that keeps popping up in references by other readers. These can be new (like Fourth Wing) or old (like War and Peace). My guilt for not having read War and Peace increases incrementally every time I see it mentioned. Eventually the guilt will tip the scales!
2. Right now, I‘ll probably be deciding between Fourth Wing and Demon Copperhead next!
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView I intended to read War and Peace this year. Doesn't look it is going to happen. Thanks for playing 1w
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1. Helping kids gain confidence in their ability to write and communicate, introducing them to the beauty of poetry and the written word, and helping them rediscover the joy of reading.
2. I stopped believing that balance is possible. 🤷‍♀️
3. I used to love to play school, so yes!
#WondrousWednesday

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I used to play school as a kid, too. As I got older, we came to realize I just liked telling people what to do & hoped they'd be less stupid. 🤣 3w
Eggs Even when you‘re off work, it‘s still hovering your mind! 3w
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hear you! I used to teach preschool and I realized that decorating the classroom and planning the activities was the fun part. That‘s when I realized that I don‘t do so well with the littles—I love high school! It often bears a disconcerting similarity to preschool (in behavior and decision-making) but they‘re also a lot of fun! I do get to tell them what to do and they do it (most of the time). 😁 3w
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The Egg and I | Betty MacDonald
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1. I don‘t live in my car, so I can tolerate that a lot more than a dirty house!
2. Ma and Pa Kettle, from the tagged book, are my favorite literary slobs!
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Agree on both. Thanks for playing 3w
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Dave Eggars! I loved The Circle and can‘t wait to read more of his work. #SundayFunday

BookmarkTavern Nice! Thanks for posting! 3w
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It was yesterday, but I just hit 7 years on Litsy! I love this platform—it‘s so welcoming and so fun!! Here‘s to many more! 🥂🎂🎉

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1 & 3 — My husband‘s Mother‘s Day spread and my daughter‘s gift to me!
2. My thoughtful neighbor knew I had been struggling with the loss of my mother and my job cut and brought me an incredible goodie bag.
4. Although I‘m no longer the librarian, I found out that I get to stay at my campus and was welcomed warmly to the 12th grade English team.
5. We survived the tornadic storm that hit Houston last night unscathed!
#5JoysFriday

CindyMyLifeIsLit My joy was in finding love and support from so many during what has been a very difficult time in my life. ❤️❤️ 1mo
Susanita What a nice neighbor! 1mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Susanita She‘s always been very nice, but this blew me away! She made the sloth air freshener and the key ring, and stamped the metal in the key ring and spoon herself. The key ring says “Forever in my heart—Mom” (I lost my mother last month), and the spoon says “Read books, eat ice cream, be happy.” She knows me well! 1mo
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dabbe You are well loved! 💙🩵💙 1mo
SpellboundReader Condolences on the recent loss of your Mom. What a wonderful neighbor, to be so thoughtful. 🤗 1mo
Amor4Libros How beautiful! And how wonderful that you are surrounded by love during a tough time. I wish you the best on your healing journey and be patient with yourself ❤️ 1mo
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 I am so sorry about your mom. 💜I can tell you that while the pain doesn‘t go away, it does lessen over time. I‘m glad you have such great support of family, friends & neighbors. Thank you for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 1mo
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I‘m old, so . . .
1. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
2. 4 by Foreigner
3. Pyromania by Def Leppard
(and everything by the Eagles)! 😁
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

marleed I didn‘t make create a post because I couldn‘t get past the 3 albums that immediately came to mind because of how often I played them. Rumors is first to come to mind! 2 and 3 are Piano Man by Billy Joel and Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf. If I thought beyond that, I‘d have so many I would not be able to limit to 3. 1mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @marleed I forgot about Bat Out of Hell!! Is there a more fantastic, crazy original song than Paradise by the Dashboard Light?!? I think not!! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1mo
dabbe @CindyMyLifeIsLit Dancing to it was also crazy fun! 😂 1mo
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dabbe We must be around the same age! Thanks for sharing. 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @dabbe Even my students now agree that we had the best music back then! 😁 1mo
dabbe @CindyMyLifeIsLit On the last day of school before exams, kids had basically a day of doing nothing (only day all year). I played my 80s music, and they just rocked it! For one day I was actually cool! 😂😂😂 1mo
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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1. I remember riding my bike to the tiny library in my small town and riding home, my new library books secure in the basket on the front. I would spend quite some time deliberating on my choices since I was only allowed to check out four—it was a tough decision!
2. Most of my books have come from bookstores, but a healthy amount from library book sales, as well.
3. The tagged book—and it‘s quite good!
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs #1 oh what memories I have riding my bike to our small town library for 📚 Thanks for playing 🤗 1mo
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1. 👩‍❤️‍👨👫- Family and friends‘ love
🩺 - Health (means more as I age!)
📚 - my books!
2. 👶 - that one of my children will eventually produce a grandchild
💰 - that my school district will receive funding so that all of the librarians whose jobs were cut (myself included) can get our jobs back
👩‍🏫 - that I will survive returning to the classroom with all the grading & planning I escaped when I left
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Oh gosh - your hope # 3 !!! I‘m going to hope with you that you can remain a librarian!!! 1mo
kspenmoll I so hope you get to remain a librarian. We are going through similar cuts in our district. 1mo
dabbe Hoping and crossing fingers that you can stay as a librarian! 🤞💙🤞 1mo
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This is from last Thursday, but too fun not to do it! I got 111 out of 187–better than 68% of quiz takers! Some of the favorites on the list that I would love to rewatch are Amadeus, Dangerous Liaisons, and Blood Simple. #TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe Excellent! I've never seen BLOOD SIMPLE; it's on the list! Thanks for sharing. 💙🩵💙 1mo
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1. It‘s not springtime without amazing thunderstorms (and, unfortunately, STAAR testing 😫).
2. The tagged book is both spooky and funny!
3. My plans for May include boxing up my office and mentally preparing myself for whatever job I get next. My district cut over 50 librarians and I was among them. Two years was not long enough in my dream job! 😢
#Wondrous Wednesday

Susanita Ugh. I‘m sorry about your job. 😕 2mo
ShyBookOwl So sorry about your job! My dream job lasted 4 yrs before the company sold to a cold corporation that I can't stand. I get it! There's a grieving process to be had. I hope u have a stack of comfort reads to get u through! 2mo
ElizaMarie I am so sorry to hear about the job! That sucks! I hear about this all over. Librarians are much needed. Its so sad to see so many go. 2mo
Eggs So sorry to hear about librarian cuts!! That‘s brutal. I‘ve seen a good bit of that in 40+ years of teaching. Praying you will find the job you deserve🙏🏻🥰 2mo
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I‘m late but here I am!! 😁
1. I really enjoyed the tagged book—lots of creepy things but lots of humor, as well.
2. I‘m trying to decide between Fourth Wing and Demon Copperhead. 🤔
Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView !
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Never too late to play. Loved Fourth Wing 2mo
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1. I currently live in the suburbs of Houston but would prefer living in the mountains (a place like Flagstaff, AZ).
2. The tagged book is set in Houston, although I prefer his other book set in Texas (Lonesome Dove).
#Two4Tuesday
Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView ! ❤️

Texreader ❤️ Lonesome Dove 2mo
TheSpineView Flagstaff is a beautiful city. Thanks for playing 2mo
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I have met quite a few since I became a librarian a couple of years ago. To name a few: Kwame Alexander, Julie Murphy, Tehereh Mafi, Neal Shusterman, Justin Cronin, Dan Santat, Jerry Craft, April Henry, and Tracy Wolff, among others. Thank goodness for librarian conferences! 😁
#SundayFunday

BookmarkTavern That‘s a great list! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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1. Emma Thompson
2. Diane Keaton
3. Sally Field
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe Yes! 🖤 all 3! Thanks for sharing! 💜🧡💜 2mo
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The Far Pavilions | M. M. Kaye
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A title that captures the last six months of my life would be Things Fall Apart. Watching my mother‘s rapid decline from Alzheimer‘s ending with her death Thursday has been agonizing, and trying to support my dad through it is equally so. Next week I will find out whether I will have a job next year or not (I‘m a school librarian in Texas, where the governor is holding our school funding hostage for his voucher program) so there‘s that . . . 😫

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 2mo
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Susanita I‘m so sorry. 😢 2mo
Texreader Oh my gosh! My condolences. And hoping for best with our state guv here in TX. I can barely comprehend what‘s happening. My 💙 goes out to you during this very difficult time. 2mo
dabbe So sorry for your loss and the difficulties you are facing. Keeping you in my thoughts. 💙🩵💙 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Librarybelle @LeahBergen @Susanita @Texreader @dabbe Thanks, Litsy friends! Posting book stuff helps take my mind off things! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
TheSpineView So sorry for your loss! I will keep you in my thoughts. Sending hugs💞 2mo
daena So sorry for your loss. Positive thoughts to you for the road ahead 💕 2mo
wanderinglynn So sorry for your loss & the challenges you & your colleagues are facing. {hugs} 2mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm so sorry for your loss and am the uncertainty you face. Sending a huge hug and good vibes. 💞💛 2mo
BarbaraJean I‘m so sorry for your loss, and for the job uncertainties in the midst of an already difficult time. Sending hugs and praying for peace, comfort and strength for you as you support your dad. 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit Thanks, everyone, for your condolences and good thoughts! ❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Illiad | Homer
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I have a copy of The Iliad and a set of Dickens‘ works that were both published in 1870. I also have a set of Thackeray published in 1890. I started collecting antique books a couple of years ago!
#SundayFunday

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
BookmarkTavern Those look so beautiful! Thanks for posting! 2mo
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I‘m late AND I‘m not following directions because I can‘t choose only 3! So sorry, not sorry! 😂
1. The Big Chill
2. The Shining
3. The Princess Bride
4. Amadeus
5. The Lost Boys
6. Willow
7. Raising Arizona
8. Moonstruck
9. Aliens
10. The Thing
11. Die Hard
12. Ghostbusters
13. Grease
14. The ‘Burbs
15. Dangerous Liaisons
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe Excellent choices! Thanks for sharing! 💙🩵💙 2mo
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1. Of course, the quintessential example of movie trumping book—The Princess Bride!
2. Jaws
3. The Shawshank Redemption

There are other examples of great movies coming from great books, like Jurassic Park, No Country for Old Men, and Doctor Sleep, but to me, they are more equal, while the ones I chose for my list evinced a greater disparity in quality. Just my opinion! 😁
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚🩷💚 3mo
tpixie Homeward Bound- with Michael J Fox as Chance was so much better than 2mo
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Happy School Librarian‘s Day!! 📚❤️
#LibrariansofLitsy

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Just to clarify—I love my Kindle and audiobooks!! It‘s just that nothing trumps a physical book. They‘re all great ways to read though!
#WondrousWednesday

Ruthiella Agree! I love being able to read in all three formats: ebook, audio or physical! 😃 3mo
Eggs Agree! 🩷💜🩷 3mo
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Read some great books on March! Especially loved Episode Thirteen and The Power!

TheRomantiCate Oooh Mister Magic…!!! Is it good?! 3mo
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Spent last Saturday at Teen Book Con in Houston. Got to hear some great YA authors discuss their process: Tahereh Mafi, Melissa Albert, Faridah Abike-Iyimide, Mason Deaver, Huda Fahmy, Gabi Burton, Kim Johnson, Axie Oh, Ellen Oh, Liselle Sambury, Kristen Simmons, and others. Such a great time! ❤️

Suet624 Sounds terrific! 3mo
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1. Classics I‘ve taught—Animal Farm, A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, etc.
2. Every regency romance written by Georgette Heyer—they‘re my palate-cleansing comfort reads!
3. My favorite epics—Shogun, Lonesome Dove, The Far Pavilions, The Rich are Different
I know this is kind of cheating 😁 but it is three types, so maybe that‘s okay? 😂
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe The more the merrier! Excellent choices! 🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
Suet624 What a rich list of literature. 3mo
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It | Stephen King
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Three of my favorite bildingsromans are:
1. It by Stephen King—there‘s nothing like a killer paranormal clown to help you transition to adulthood! 🤡
2. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton—I fell in love with this as a teenager and still love it today. This tiny book packs a real emotional wallop! ❤️
3. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward—a lyrical tale of magical realism.
#TLT #ThreeListThursday
Thanks for the tag, @dabbe !

TheLudicReader Excellent choices. I agree re: IT. Such a great book. 3mo
dabbe I'm afraid to read IT, but I really should. Fab choices! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I didn‘t love this but it‘s definitely thought-provoking. Women are suddenly imbued with the power to kill men at will, and chaos results. Men are understandably less than thrilled at suddenly becoming the weaker sex. I felt sympathy for the men being victimized by the women, but then my mind would go to the centuries of women enduring the same treatment. It proves my theory that everything comes back to Animal Farm—humans are corrupted by power!

TheIntrovertedDodoBird The TV adaptation of this is absolutely incredible! I really must read the book. Excellent, thought-provoking review! 3mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. That you have no idea what can be motivating people‘s unpleasant behavior. I‘ve worked with kids whose disruptive, defiant behavior drove me crazy, but when I learned what was going on in their lives, I wondered how they had the energy to even get out of bed in the morning. 😢
2. I‘m a high-school English teacher turned librarian.
3. High-school librarian is my dream job!
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Absolutely 💯 agree #1 3mo
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I‘m not a big nonfiction reader, but here goes:
1. I‘m a big SK fan, so his life story woven around tips from his writing experience is a win for me.
2. Hyperbole and a Half is one of the funniest memoirs ever!
3. The Glass Castle left me flabbergasted—I couldn‘t believe those events actually happened.
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

monalyisha Gosh, reading Allie Brosh‘s blog was so formative for me. I remember the emotional highs and lows of her posting, disappearing, reappearing (and sharing her struggles with depression) so keenly! I also had a print of her ALOT in my office when I worked as a professional writing tutor. Great pick! 💖 3mo
KathyWheeler I have read many books on writing — King‘s is one of the best both in terms of practical advice and in terms of readability. I‘ve read it multiple times and listened to it. 3mo
dabbe Some great ones to explore! Thanks for sharing! 💚💙💚 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @monalyisha My daughter, who struggles with depression, said Brosh‘s description of it is the best she‘s ever read. 3mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @KathyWheeler Yes, even people who are not fans of his novels enjoy this book. Like him or not, the man has a LOT of experience! 😁 3mo
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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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1. My daughter discovered that she could still control our upstairs stereo with an app on her phone after she moved to CA (we‘re in TX). While my husband and I were downstairs, she turned on the stereo upstairs and cranked the volume up and down while it played “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim (Insidious)! My husband‘s face!! I professed ignorance but couldn‘t help laughing as we crept up the stairs!
2. Puck, the quintessential prankster!

Susanita That‘s funny!😆😆 4mo
TheSpineView That's so funny!🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Texreader Hilarious!! 4mo
peaKnit That‘s a good one!! 4mo
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The September House | Carissa Orlando
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I went into this blind and so was even more blown away by this quirky, drily humorous and simultaneously gory haunted house tale! Haunted houses are my favorite, but this was like no other haunted house I‘ve ever heard of. The bleeding walls, the shrieking ghosts, the biting ghosts, and a host of other paranormal oddities are dealt with in a matter-of-fact tone that only makes them more surreal. Absolutely LOVED it!!

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Old Country | Harrison Query, Matt Query
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I really enjoyed this! I feel like it‘s not easy to come up with unique horror tales, and this one was, imo, very different from anything else I‘ve read. The ending was a little weak, and I wanted to kill the male MC a couple of times (can you say toxic masculinity? 🙄) but it was very gripping! Highly recommended for horror fans!

Bec_lectic I‘ll have to add to my stack! I love a good creepy book 😊 4mo
Reggie I actually have this. Good to hear you liked it. 4mo
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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Oh no! I don‘t like where this is going!! I want to put the book in the freezer like Joey! 😭😭

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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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I‘m finally reading this and absolutely love Finch! ❤️

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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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Ugh!! It‘s been a long time since I‘ve disliked a book like this. I still can‘t believe that Canas used the lure of vampires to trick us into reading this sappy Romeo & Juliet love story. The vampires ended up being more of a minor plot point. When they finally show up, the MC, Nena, just tells them to go away and they do. Then she makes friends with them and saves them from the evil white men. WTH?? 🤦‍♀️ Just, no.

Texreader Yikes!! 4mo
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Rules of Prey | John Sandford
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1. Lucas Davenport from the Prey series by John Sandford. I‘ve been reading this series for decades!
2. Virgil Flowers—one of Lucas‘s friends who got his own spinoff series.
3. Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files. I love a good magical detective!
#TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe 3 more I don't know that I've added to my TBR. Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 4mo
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I love Wharton‘s writing and this was another great one. Undine Spragg is a memorable character, indeed! She is like a chameleon, adapting herself to every new environment to ensure that she achieves her goals. The changes are surface-level only—inside, her character stays the same: selfish, self-centered, greedy, and ambitious. She hasn‘t a thought to spare for anyone but herself. She actually makes Scarlett O‘Hara look sympathetic! 🤔

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1. Oh, gosh, there are so many!! If no one is watching, I‘ll get down to just about anything from disco hits to 70s and 80‘s rock. I guess faves are Boogie Wonderland by Earth Wind & Fire, Footloose, and anything BeeGees, Patti LaBelle, or ELO. 😁
2. Paris, London, Rome . . . I‘d live in any of these places without hesitation!
3. Pjs, a hot cup of coffee, a soft blanket, and my book! ❤️
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Footloose!! ELO!! Thanks for playing 🥳 4mo
Vansa THose were among my top 10 too, BOogie WOnderland (or anything by Earth,WInd&Fire and the BEe Gees!) 4mo
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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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OMG!! A vampire appeared briefly at the beginning and we‘re just now seeing them again—at 55% in!! Hello! WHY are the title characters so absent?!? Instead we have a vapid romance between characters I frankly don‘t care about. I‘m just there for the vampires!! *feeling disgruntled*

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The Ruins | Scott Smith
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This is late, but I‘m doing it anyway! 😁
1. Tagged book. I couldn‘t put it down and I‘m still thinking about it.
2. Either Fourth Wing (🤞 I don‘t have a great track record with wildly popular books 😬) or Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Never too late to play! 👍🤩📚 5mo
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This was . . . different! It was quite a page-turner, though. I couldn‘t put it down. There‘s a high creep factor throughout the mildly bizarre events of the narrator meeting her boyfriend‘s parents. The mildly bizarre ratchets up to really bizarre and the action kicks in. Still not sure I completely understand the ending! 🤔 Great read!

Vansa The wasp factory is by a different author though? 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Vansa You‘re right! I got my Iains confused! 😁 I edited my review to avoid confusion. Thanks! (edited) 5mo
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Master Humphrey's Clock | Charles Dickens
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1. Taking down the winter decorations and putting up Valentines Day stuff in the library. Planning displays is so much fun—it beats the heck out of grading essays! 😂
2. Tagged! Also listening to Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Canas.
3. Chill and funny (or so I‘m told)!
#MotivationalMonday

Cupcake12 Sounds like a busy week! Thanks for joining in x 5mo
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The Ruins | Scott Smith
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I had heard repeatedly that this was a genuinely creepy book, and they were right! I had trouble putting this down. I got annoyed with some of the foolish choices of the characters, but who in the hell could be expected to fully understand what they were up against? Very gripping horror story!

Reggie I still think about the character who wants to be a doctor and comes to the face the fact that he can‘t save people no matter how much he wants to. 5mo
AmyG Have you read A Simple Plan? His previous book? Wonderful…I loved it. 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Reggie He‘s not even the last man standing! I‘m still thinking about this book. It was every bit as good as everyone said it was! 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @AmyG No, I haven‘t heard of it, but I‘m definitely going to get it now! Thanks! 😊 5mo
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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I absolutely loved this! It might have upped the plot complexity to have made Mae more conflicted about what was happening, but I feel like her “sheeple”-like quality represents society as a whole. The book is so spot-on with the approach to social media. Especially terrifying is the thought process behind their ever-more controlling surveillance tactics. I can see people today agreeing with them. Highly recommended for dystopian fans!

KathyWheeler Did you see the movie? 5mo
Reggie I laughed when she gets in trouble because the guy was like we‘ve both been to Portugal and you ignored me. lol something like that. It got crazy. 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @KathyWheeler No, and now I‘m reluctant to. I enjoyed the book so much and they usually ruin it with the movie! Did you like the movie? 5mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Reggie Yes, their sensitivity was off the charts! What a great life—spending every minute trying to acknowledge every stranger on the internet who shows you the slightest bit of attention. I thought the book was an amazing commentary on our society! 5mo
KathyWheeler @CindyMyLifeIsLit I didn‘t particularly care for the movie; to me it was completely forgettable. Which was a shame because I really liked the book. 5mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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My total #WinterGames points for the month are 12,955! This has been a lot of fun, and I thank @dabbe for being an amazing, super-organized team leader! Also thanks to @Clwojick and @StayCurious for organizing this huge event. Yay #UglySweaterSquad for being the best team! Happy New Year, Littens!

dabbe #yahooyou! So glad to have you be a part of #USS! 🖤💙🖤 6mo
AnnR 🥳👏📚👍 6mo
Clwojick Great job! Thank you for participating! It's been a blast! 6mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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1. I gifted a book in the Jolabokaflod swap, and I purchased a small stack for my son‘s girlfriend (all requested—she‘s getting her PhD in English!!), but that‘s it. I received my swap book (Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel) and my daughter gave me Slewfoot by Brom. We‘re supposed to have another gift exchange when my son arrives on the 29th, so more are possible! 🤞
2. I love to give book sleeves!
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView ❤️ Book sleeves! Thanks for playing 6mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Merry Christmas, Litsy friends! Hope you‘re having a wonderful day! 🎄🎅🎁

AnnR Merry Christmas. 🙂🎄☃️ 6mo
LeahBergen Merry Christmas!! 🎄 6mo
wanderinglynn Merry Christmas 🎄 6mo
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monalyisha Your tree looks so cheery! Merry Christmas! 6mo
Ruthiella Merry Christmas!🎄 6mo
Gissy Merry Christmas 🎄💚❤️💚 6mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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The book has been on my tbr for awhile and the candy is my favorite. Thanks, @sblbooks for my #JolabokaflodSwap gift!

sblbooks You're welcome and happy reading! I read Station Eleven by this author. Hopefully, this one will be just as good. 6mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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1. Ugh—this is hard! It‘s a tie between A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version!).
2. All I want for Christmas is a good time for a party with friends in the city.
3. A Christmas Carol or NOS4A2. One is all warm and fuzzy—the other not so much! 😂
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs #2 😂😅🤣 6mo
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The Spite House: A Novel | Johnny Compton
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I do love a good haunted house tale! This sounds most promising! “The house would not let them live there without them doing what they were paid to do. The question was whether the money would be enough of a compensation for what the house might do to them. Eunice‘s previous tenants in the Masson House—Jane and Max Renner—could attest to that, presuming Max cared to ever resurface and Jane regained the ability to speak” (38). No spoilers, please!

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