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Joined June 2016

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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Damsel | Elana K. Arnold
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Wow! Read this for a work training on Monday. This one totally took me by surprise! It‘s YA fantasy, but DEFINITELY mature YA as there were LOT of triggers and mature themes throughout the story. Basically a prince slays a dragon to become king as tradition entails, is horrible to “his damsel” but the ending is nothing like I expected! This will make a great discussion with my coworkers in the car next week!

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Breadcrumbs | Anne Ursu
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Bummer that I was 2/3 of the way through this before finding out the author will not be making the panel next week and another author has been replaced. I wasn‘t a fan of this book because I felt it was really repetitious and slow going. It‘s marked as a 6th grade book for our summer reading books. I did think it portrayed the age group and tough friend relationships at that age and that I did like. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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A co-worker discovered we could get a free subscription to the Headspace app for meditation. I couldn‘t pass it up since I‘ve wanted to give it a try and have absolutely no idea how. I‘m 9 days in (not consecutive, but I‘m trying) and just finished Andy Puddicombe‘s Headspace book on audio. Meditation is coming together for me and I‘m looking forward to learning/practicing a new skill!

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The Moon Within | Aida Salazar
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Written in verse, with amazing multicultural characters! Celi is from a line of strong woman who await her coming of age and celebrate her first menstrual cycle with a Moon ceremony. For Celi, this causes a lot of embarrassment and anxiety at the same time she eases into her first relationship with a boy. Her best friend announces he‘s xochihuah and his family and close friends celebrate the male/female energies within his body.

TheBookKeepers This sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! 2w
Cortg @TheBookKeepers This book is full of positive vibes for middle grade girls. I‘ll get a chance to meet the author for a work thing at the end of the month and I can‘t wait! 2w
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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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This was a pretty good one! It takes place during the early parts of the Cold War. Half of the story was of women spies in DC, part of the OSS which later becomes the CIA. The other half is about the events that take place in The Soviet Union around the novel Doctor Zhivago, which I now need to read. Based on a true story, it was a fun read.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I really enjoyed listening to this one! At first I was like, WTH, it‘s a ton of kinky sex talk from a middle aged dude. It‘s basically about a doctor in his mid-40‘s going through a divorce. There were quirks that bugged me though.
1. The book is told mostly by Toby, also by Rachel as well as Toby‘s friend from college, making things a bit confusing on audio.
2. The book is 384 pages BUT the AUDIO is 14+ hours! That seems really off to me.

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Whew! I got a lot of reading in this month! I usually average 4-5 books a month 😀

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 🖤🎃🖤 3w
rather_be_reading 👏👏 1w
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Well then! I‘ve been on the fence about this one because 1. It‘s super popular and 2. I really wasn‘t a big fan of Everything I Never Told You (disclosure: I was in a pissy mood when I read it.) I just downloaded the audio and I‘m going to give it a shot, because it‘s available and I am a wee bit curious. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Other than the tornado watch, it‘s a beautiful evening for the trick-or-treaters tonight! I‘m hanging out on the porch with my book, candy and Halloween music.

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Dead Trees | Eli Constant
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I saw this on FB. 🙌🏼

Stacypatrice 😂😂 4w
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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Woke up to find some new bookmarks from my hubby‘s travels on my desk this morning! I‘ve popped one in The Secrets We Keep that I‘m starting today. I‘ll be at work all day but hoping to get some reading time in during my lunch break. Happy Saturday, Littens!

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The Great Divorce | C.S. Lewis
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The Great Divorce is a short but slow read. It reminds me a bit of Lincoln and the Bardo with the ghosts and whether to move on to heaven or not for whatever the reason, and a bit of the alchemist in the spiritual decisions one must make. This was a thought provoking book and will make an interesting discussion at book club next week.

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Permanent Record | Edward Snowden
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Curiosity got the best of me in this one! Going into the book, I thought I would find him to be whiney but, nope, not at all. He brought up some good points and just made me that much more aware with my computer usage. He also did a good job of explaining high tech concepts to those that may not be very techie and it was a bonus to hear him talk about my surroundings since he essentially grew up in my backyard.

SamAnne He is very well-spoken. I“m looking forward to starting the audio book today on a long drive. Really enjoyed his Fresh Air Interview. 1w
Cortg @SamAnne Drive safe and enjoy! 1w
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The Great Divorce | C.S. Lewis
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It‘s cold, and rainy, and dark already! I‘ve been dreaming of this perfect moment all day! I have the house to myself for a bit and I‘m diving into my next book club choice. #dogsoflitsy

rather_be_reading love ur mug! 1w
Cortg @rather_be_reading Thanks! The other side has a dog that looks a bit like Angus 😀 1w
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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I, personally enjoyed this graphic novel but for it being a YA book, I don‘t know if teens would really like it as much. The characters were more middle school age but the maturity level of this book is much higher. It‘s left me a bit confused, but overall, I thought it was good.

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Reading this has had so many beautiful friends, that are first generation Americans, pop up in my mind. My parents refer to where I live as the “United Nations” and I am so happy to live where I do! I have been touched by so many wonderful people and have learned about so many cultures and lifestyles it warms my heart. This book of poems is powerful and amazing and wonderful and frustrating and hopeful and powerful. I highly recommend it!

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Starting this tonight for my library‘s October book challenge!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Ok, I can see why people are enjoying this book because it continues and ends the story; however...I was not a fan. This book did not read like The Handmaid‘s Tale, does not have the same feel of the original, and IMO was just not necessary.
Overall: I was a bit disappointed but I seem to be in the minority on this opinion 🤷🏼‍♀️

HOTPock3tt I felt the exact same way 😞 I gave it a “so-so” as well.... 4w
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I really loved this book! I also love Amor Towles‘ writing style. It was a fun visit to 1930‘s NYC and I hope he writes another book soon!
Side note: I found playing Majong on my phone is a perfect, brainless, game to play while listening to an audiobook. 📚

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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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When all the good book holds come in at the same time! I need a reading vacation 😜

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It has been a looooooong freakin‘ week! I‘m planning to make a big dent in this tonight. I have the grill fired up and waiting for the boys to finish grocery shopping! Happy Friday Littens!

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This was my choice for October book club! I wanted to introduce some of them to graphic novels and chose 3 non-fiction graphic novels for the club to choose from. I‘m glad they chose this one. It‘s interesting to get an inside look at life in North Korea. I have a few other books about NK I‘d like to read; like Cuba the lifestyle intrigues me and I want to learn more. I‘m so curious to hear the reviews about this on Friday.

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I loved listening to this one on audio! Nina is a great character; book loving, stick to the routine, trivia nerd, raised as an only child only to find out the father she never knew lived nearby, included her in his will and opened her up to a large, unconventional family of sorts after he passed away. Throw in book store drama and a new beau, this made for a light, fun read.

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A plus to working the closing shift is morning audio walks with Angus! I‘m loving Nina Hill!

Graciouswarriorprincess I saw the author at the Winston-Salem book festival a couple of weeks ago. On my TBR pile to read. Happy reading! 2mo
Cortg @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s super cute! I love books w/ quirky characters! 2mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Everything you wanted to learn about libraries, historical and today. This also reminded me of
1. A memoir or biography of The Central Library as if the library were a person.
2. A murder mystery...Who burned down the library?
I enjoyed the people that were interwoven throughout the book. This is definitely an intriguing, eclectic book and I loved it!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I love matching my bookmarks with my books!

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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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Completed September reads...

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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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I finally picked up Drama and read it before work this morning. I adored this one; probably because I have a theater kid who reminds me so much of the main character. I may have shed a tear at the end. ❤️

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Book 8...Completed!
I liked this one a lot! I felt their living in N.C. in the previous books were a bit slow but this one picked up speed. I enjoyed the Revolutionary War parts and Bree & Roger‘s smaller parts were entertaining as well.

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I‘m bringing in 3-4 books for my book club to choose from. We haven‘t done any fantasy or sci-fi yet and I‘d like to introduce this genre. I don‘t want them to have to continue on a series so I‘m wondering if these books wrap up nicely or leave you with a cliff hanger. Any thoughts?

valeriegeary I love Bear and Nightingale so so much but feel like it doesn't do well as a standalone, you need to read the whole series. Another possibility, a similar kind of book that would standalone might be Spinning Silver. It's a little on the long side but reads pretty fast. 2mo
BookNAround Several of my book clubs have read The Calculating Stars and while many people have chosen to read further, you don‘t have to to have a sense of an ending. 2mo
Cortg @valeriegeary Thank you! I've had Bear and the Nightingale on my TBR for a while now and was hoping to kill 2 birds with 1 stone but I'll hold off and read the series on my own. I'll take a look at Spinning Silver. Thank you for the recommendation!
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Cortg @BookNAround Thanks so much! It's also good to know several of your book clubs have chosen this book. Whew! 2mo
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I don‘t want summer weather to end! I‘m soaking up what‘s left of the warm weather and finishing up this book!.

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Blackfriars Library, Oxford | Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Hubby is NOT a big reader, but his work trip took him to Oxford and he actually went into the Bodleian Library AND brought me goodies!

DebinHawaii Nice! 😍 2mo
Laughterhp What an awesome tote! 2mo
Crazeedi My daughter go me this tote at Bodleian too! And an awesome pencil!! 2mo
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Crazeedi And a bookmark like yours but a different color!! 2mo
Ruthiella I love that quote on the bag! 2mo
Cortg @Crazeedi Great minds think alike! Green is my favorite color so I‘m assuming that‘s why he chose it 😉 2mo
Cortg @DebinHawaii He did good! I was super impressed. @Laughterhp @Ruthiella Yes! He said he immediately thought of me and he needed a reusable bag that day so it was a win-win! 2mo
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Go Ask Alice | Anonymous
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Swung by my Little Free Library today and and replaced 1/2 the books with banned/challenged books with little banned book bookmarks.

cleoh I love this! 2mo
megzlynn Great idea! Also, The Great Illustrated Classics make me so nostalgic. 2mo
Tamra Great idea! 2mo
Cortg @megzlynn I know ❤️ I loved them as a kid and they always go quickly! 2mo
Cortg @cleoh @Tamra Thanks! 2mo
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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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My first Meg Wolitzer book and I REALLY enjoyed it! Excellent story and I really like her writing style, especially the time line and when/how she executed the the big, awe type events. I heard her speak last year and I‘m so glad I did!

Ruthiella I like her style too. I‘ve only read two books so far however! 2mo
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Bookish movie tonight 😀 On a side note, my high schooler just came home from her new book club! TheY chose Ender‘s Game and are reading it like a “buddy read.” They‘ll meet up in 2 weeks to discuss chapters 1-6, talk about books they‘re reading and just hang out. I love this!

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This started out a little slow but once it got moving, I found it interesting to hear about Obama‘s life and experiences before his presidency. I find this man so intriguing and inspiring.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Ugh! Our library system has a glitch on it‘s website and isn‘t showing this book online for patrons, but it shows up on the librarians catalog system. I put this on hold Tuesday afternoon at the branch figuring I could read it in November or December. Nope. It was in my box last night! Now I have to decide if I should read it now or return it and put it on hold for later. Too many books, too little time!

Smrloomis Ok this might be a little self-serving but I think you should read it now and tell us what you think! 🤔😆 2mo
marleed Oh stop everything and read it now! 2mo
Cortg @Smrloomis @marleed I‘m hearing great reviews so as soon as I finish my current read I‘ll start it! 2mo
Smrloomis @Cortg yes!!! 2mo
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Multitasking before work. Reading, doggie snuggles and laundry!

Hooked_on_books 🐶💙 2mo
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We went on a camping adventure with some friends this weekend. I didn‘t get much reading in but thought I‘d give my Littens a chuckle for the day. This is what coastal flooding is!

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I thought this was really good! There are a lot of layers to it and it would make a great discussion. It was creepy, especially the more I thought about it. Two girls and their uncle, living in what was a beautiful, high society house after a public family murder. The towns people are awful to them for various reasons. Circumstances change drastically and their story becomes that much more eerie. More reason to stay away from sugar 😜

MCYmermaid ☕️❓ 3mo
Cortg I stopped putting sugar in my coffee a few years ago! @MCYmermaid (edited) 3mo
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DC traffic is no joke! I decided to meet a friend in her neck of the woods and hike the Manassas Battlefield and grab some lunch. 60 miles took me 1.5 hours there 2 hours and 15 minutes to get home! I made a HUGE dent in my audiobook! Now I‘m chillaxin in the backyard with the dog, sipping on my drinky drink hubs whipped up when I walked through the door ❤️

Tamra Sounds like an ideal reward. 😁 3mo
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Our library system has a mascot, Sneaks the cat! I‘m one of two people at my branch willing to dress up. I got to hang with the Chic-Fil-A cow and cheese it up at an elementary school block party today!

LauraBeth Now wishing my library had a cute mascot... 3mo
Cortg @LauraBeth Tons of kids recognize Sneaks when he‘s out and about! It‘s really fun 😜 3mo
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Serial Killers | Charlotte Greig

I've visited a studio where volunteers record audio-books for the blind in Baltimore but thought this was interesting.
https://www.shared.com/serial-killer-audio-books/

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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For whatever reason, every, single, time I turn this audio on, my mind wanders to a place of it‘s own. I‘m bailing on the audio but still plan to pick the actual book up and read it with my 👀.

LauraBeth I have to really concentrate while I‘m listening to audiobooks and often times - they make me really sleepy 😴 3mo
Cortg @LauraBeth I usually have no problem with audiobooks but 20% in and I had no idea who the characters are or what was happening. It was bizarre! 3mo
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Took my buddy on a much needed evening walk. We met some deer and this neighborhood fox.

Eyelit Aw! 3mo
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Lunch break reading and Angus wants attention!

ladym30 Angus is a cutie!❤️ 3mo
Cortg @ladym30 Thanks! He‘s my little buddy. 3mo
DrawingSustenance Give Angus some attention. 😍 3mo
Cortg @JulietBooks He got some! He also got a nice long walk after dinner! 3mo
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This book sat at my kitchen table over the summer. I read it while eating breakfast and lunch most days. This is my W30 compliant breakfast hoping to offset the piece of Bailey‘s Irish Cream Cheesecake I had for dessert last night. I try! It‘s all about Food Freedom 😉

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I finished this 18 hour monstrosity...the 3rd book in the Dark Towers series. I switched over to audio and I‘ve decided to continue the series in this format. I feel invested to finish at this point and I‘m looking forward to the 4th book though I feel like not a ton happens for the size and quantity of the books.

Ashley_Nicoletto I enjoyed book 4 much more than this one. 3mo
Cortg @Ashley_Nicoletto Thanks for the positive note! I may start the 4th one in a month or so! 3mo
sprainedbrain This series is so good on audio. Great narrators. 3mo
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Cortg @sprainedbrain I‘m glad I made the switch! I loved the narrator for #3. I‘ll have to investigate how many narrators they have for the books. I need a longer space between books series books when the narrators change a lot but I‘m invested so I‘m sticking with it! 3mo
sprainedbrain @Cortg I read the first book, then listened to the rest. Books 1-4 were narrated by Frank Mueller (who I loved) but he had a motorcycle accident and eventually passed away so he couldn‘t finish. I listened to George Guidall for the rest and thought he was great too. 😃 3mo
Cortg @sprainedbrain Thanks for the info! It‘s sad to hear about Mueller‘s death. I love his narration voice. 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Congrats @Megabooks What a fantastic milestone! My favorite book this summer has been Daisy Jones and the Six! #25etsy

Megabooks Awesome!! Thanks for entering! 3mo
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The Secret About Time | Kathryn Murphy
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I purchased 2 books for my Kindle first thing this morning. Both books are author friend/co-workers. Went to breakfast and there was a hard copy of one of the books I just purchased! It must be a sign to read it soon! The place at the end of my street has a LFL bookcase. I stocked it upon arrival and saw a kid devour the 1st book and start a 2nd graphic novel series our previous neighbor had written. Kudos to ALL the authors in this world!