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Joined September 2016

I make books and I read books. That's pretty much it.
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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
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Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
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Rusty Brown | Chris Ware
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Day one - #7days7covers #covercrush

@Niso would you like to play?

Post a cover you love each day for seven days
No explanation needed. Tag someone new each day.

DrexEdit I know we're not supposed to explain but I just won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway and I'm SO FLIPPIN' EXCITED! 💓💓💓 6h
emilyhaldi Fun! 6h
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The Adventurers | Michelle Martin
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I'm following the lead of @quirkyreader who is sharing the #litsylove by thanking her first 10 followers. Since I just passed my third #litsyversary I thought this would be a good thing to do.

So thanks to those tagged, my first 10 followers! 😊💜 I may not be posting & liking as much as I want to, but Litsy & this fantastic reading community is never far from my thoughts. I've found my tribe! Thanks for sharing my bookish adventures! 😊

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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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My #lunchtimereading today. I'm hoping the #nyrbbookclub doesn't mind me tagging along with their reading. Between the NY theme and the stream of consciousness style, I'm really digging this book. I like the small snapshots that jump around.

But really this book had me from the beginning with: "Canadians, do not vomit on me!" surely I'm not the only one that's been vomited on on the NY subway! ???

BarbaraBB Of course you can join! This is not the best book though that we‘ve been reading together, imo. I am glad you‘re enjoying it though! (edited) 11h
DrexEdit @BarbaraBB it's weird how NYC tends to be a character in stories about the city. I feel like I know this NYC character the author is writing about, so it's enjoyable for me. I also know the tiniest bit about Lexington, but the author nails it as far as I'm concerned! 😊 So far, so good! 10h
BarbaraBB I did like the NYC character as well, but that was about it. 10h
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emilyhaldi The more the merrier!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9h
DrexEdit @emilyhaldi yay! 😊 7h
Leftcoastzen @emilyhaldi once I got to part 3 and she wrote about Billie , became alive for me. 4h
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Just finished this amazing book. This is the perfect follow-up to The Underground Railroad, bringing all the same racial issues into a 20th century setting. Just as serious and heart wrenching and horrifying. Beautifully written.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Got to see Margaret Atwood on the big screen albeit on tape delay. She was brilliant as always. Very excited to read this book!
#atwoodlive #almost
@Birdsong28

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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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Got this in on audio and I've got a road trip coming up this weekend. Perfect timing! 😊

Tanisha_A This book 💔 3w
DrexEdit @Tanisha_A this is my first reading of this book. I'm expecting no less. 3w
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Continuing my #lunchreading with the #OokBookClub book of the month. I've even got my own Great God Om to read with me (in the form of a frog). He's not talking though. At least not at the moment. 😂😂😂

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Apex Magazine February 2018 | Brian Keene, Lesley Conner, P. Clark, Alix Harrow, Walker McKnight

Another free short fiction Hugo award winner: A Witch‘s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies.

It‘s about finding the right book and the right book, the book you need, finding you. With a little bit of witchcraft.
https://www.apex-magazine.com/a-witchs-guide-to-escape-a-practical-compendium-of...

Smrloomis Thanks for posting this! 2w
DrexEdit @Smrloomis you are most welcome. Hope your enjoyed the story! 😊 1w
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A terrific little story from the Hugo Winners list. You can read it on the b&n sci fi blog or download it for free to your Nook from bn.com.

This author is already on my #TBR list but now I feel excited and want to read more of her stuff NOW! That ever happen to you!? 😊 LOL! 😄
#shortstories #scifi #lunchreading #gimmemore

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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My first #bookhaul post from three years ago. The only one of these books I've read is State of Wonder. I love Ann Patchett! 💜
#BookHaulChallenge

Reagan-reads I'm really feeling that you've only read 1/4 of those books from three years ago. 😅 1mo
DrexEdit @Reagan-reads inorite!? 😁😁 1mo
Lcsmcat You‘re in good company. 😀 1mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Did a little book shopping today. Can't wait to start this one!

crazyspine Enjoy! I loved it. 1mo
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Doing some gardening reading this morning. The neighbors unexpectedly and generously shared some flowers with us yesterday. Going to get them in the ground! 🌸🌸🌸

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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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I won a giveaway! I almost never do but then I don't enter all that many either. Only for books I really want to read. Looking forward to this tale about uploading your brain to the cloud. 👍😂😂☁️ Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks!

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When Beverly Cleary turned 103 last month, I discovered she had written, not one, but two memoirs. I finished A Girl from Yamhill and have just started My Own Two Feet. I recommend either of these books; the first covers up to when she left home for college and the second starts with her college years. I loved Beverly Cleary‘s books when I was younger. I‘m enjoying this chance to reconnect with her as an adult!

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One last book experience for the day: The Book Deal, my new favorite local used book store. They post book stack photos to their Facebook page. You can "dibs" any book pictured and they'll hold it for you until you can pick it up. Excellent and Dangerous service! Score! More books for me! I feel like I won the book lottery. ?? #saturdaybookday #bookdate #itcountsasadate #MKEadventure

DivineDiana What a great marketing idea! 4mo
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Next stop: the famous Boswells Books in MKE. My first time here. This could be very bad for the wallet! 😊 💜 📚📚📚📚💵💵💵

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First stop: the Half Price Books clearance sale!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙 So jealous! 4mo
DrexEdit @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it's my first time at one of these events. Soooooo many books! 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m jealous!!!!! 4mo
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The spousal unit has planned an outing day based around book shopping. He's a good guy. I hope he doesn't have to tell me this and I hope he does! 😂😂 #saturdaybookday #bookdate

Cinfhen Enjoy!!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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#humpdaypost @MinDea

📍This weekend I went to the local college football game, but I didn't take any pictures.
📍So here's a picture of the last concert I went to last summer. It was a line up of 80s bands. Pictured is modern English singing I'll melt with you.
📍I worry too much.
📍I don't have netflix but I'm still trying to keep up with The Crown 👑. Anybody know when season 2 will be out on DVD?
📍A re-read! A Confederacy of Dunces!

britt_brooke Enjoy your reread! One of my favorites. 💚 12mo
Samplergal I hope the crown is on soon!! I LOVE that series. 12mo
DrexEdit @britt_brooke thanks! One of mine too! 12mo
DrexEdit @Samplergal me too! I don't have netflix though so I have to wait until the DVDs are released so I can get them from the library. 12mo
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#tuesdaytidbits #thisorthat
@JenlovesJT47
⚀ The Wizard of Oz, for sure!
⚁ Both!
⚂ Fantasy
⚃ Coke
⚄ Consider yourself tagged! 😊

That's me in a nutshell, fussy about everything but my book covers! 😊

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 12mo
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Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
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I'm so out of the loop I didn't even realize it was a readathon weekend. I never seem to have as much time as I want to read on the weekends, but these are the 2 books I'll be trying to make the most progress with.

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Death's End | Cixin Liu
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July so far is a very busy month. Not as much time to read and not as much time to post about it. Sigh.

This is one book I did finish. It's a pick for me, the last in a trilogy all of which I thought was very good. It's a first contact story and it didn't quite end up where I thought it would.

This checks some reading goal boxes for me though! #yearofthechunkster #finishtheseries #mountTBRchallenge @DivaDiane

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The Ninth Hour | Alice McDermott
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June reading wrapup. Made some progress in #finishtheseries by reading the next installment and a short story in the Harry Dresden series. Also re - read sweetness at the bottom of the pie in preparation for reading more in that series.

My favorite books this month were I'll Be Gone in the Dark and Parable of the Sower. And Mort, if course, which I've included here even though I probably won't finish it until tomorrow!
#mountTBRchallenge

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Some much needed light lunchtime reading.

#OokBOokClub

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Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel
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Been on a Hilary Mantel buying kick lately. I also now have all the Dark Tower books except for #5. That series is getting so *read* this year! 😊 📚📚

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The hubby and I are watching the PBS shows on The Photo Ark project this morning. There is also a companion book (pictured). This guy has spent years photographing the world's rarest animals before they disappear. He goes to great lengths to shoot them in front of a white or black background so he can eliminate distractions and really show off the beauty of the animals. Highly recommended based on the TV shows! 🐯🐼🐦🐊🐙🐌🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I've been busy today. This is the tragic end of yet another purple editing pen. #bookpeopleproblems

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1⃣ I love a great cover, but it's more a consideration when purchasing books I already know. I generally don't choose books to read based on covers.
2⃣ If my summer porch were summer ready I'd be out there reading! 🌞
3⃣ I like to finish a chapter or at least a section.
4⃣ Definitely a bookmark user. Not always proper though.
5⃣ You betcha! 😄
@SilversReviews

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. Good way of choosing. I know I have seen some BAD covers, though, and the book was really good. 1y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Now that it's pretty much mid - June I thought I'd commit to some reading goals for the month. A few buddy reads and some personal #mountTBRchallenge books that work towards #finishtheseries. What are you reading this month?

2BR02B Some great selections here. I loved Parable and The Scar. 1y
DrexEdit @2BR02B I'm loving Parable so far. Really great read. Haven't started The Scar yet. Just finished Perdido Street Station a couple of months ago. Was glad to find out there was more to read in this world! 1y
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This book is really well written & presents the case very clearly. I never found myself lost in the details even though at least half of the book is reconstructed from the author's notes (she died in 2016) & other writings. I wish she had gotten the time to write more books. It's a pick for me & I think true crime enthusiasts will like it even more.

RaimeyGallant I wish that, too. 1y
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When your library hold comes in and its a new book so you only have 2 weeks to read it, and there are over 500 holds on it (not even counting the hold list for the ebook) so there's no chance for a timely renewal; then you drop all reading plans and get this done!
#bookpeopleproblems

suvata It‘s a great book. Enjoy! 1y
DrexEdit @suvata thanks! 😊 I'm 30 pages in and totally hooked! 👍 1y
RaimeyGallant It's a delight to read in a very disturbing way. 1y
DrexEdit @RaimeyGallant sounds perfect! 👌 1y
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Sorry I'm a little late in posting this!
1. I read Kindred last year.

2. I've got a nice mass market paperback for this. Perfect on-the-go size. 😊

3. I have an ebook of the Patternmaster series that I thought I was going to read next, but then I saw this buddy read and I wanted to get in on it! 😊 I'm almost to the end of the first section of reading and I'm just loving it!
#earthseedbuddyread
@BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so glad you‘re joining in! I‘m just getting started today and loving it so far. 1y
DrexEdit @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks! Looking forward to discussion! 1y
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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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May reading wrap-up. I read 6 books in May. That's a LOT for me. The Bell Jar and State of Wonder were my two favorites. I liked SoW just a tiny bit more. Ann Patchett can do no wrong! And I'm not sure you can really enjoy the Bell Jar even though it is a brilliant book. The Library at Mount Char was also a 👍 & I'm slowly creeping up to the end of the Jack Reacher books (until a new one comes out!)
#mountTBRchallenge @DivaDiane
#finishtheseries

BookBridget Stacked! I love Ann Patchett booka. 1y
DrexEdit @BookBridget me too! This one's a slow burn then Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Through the whole second half! 1y
DivineDiana State of Wonder is a favorite! 1y
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Richryan52 Gotta love Reacher. Have you tried Daniel Silva? 1y
DrexEdit @Richryan52 I haven't yet but it looks like I put him on my TBR list at some point on goodreads! Maybe after I finish the last couple of Reacher short stories I can fit some Silva in! 😊 1y
Richryan52 They key to Silva is to read him in order because the later books contain spoilers. Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? 1y
DrexEdit @Richryan52 thanks for the tip! 😊 I wouldn't say I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan but I've read a few stories. 1y
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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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This is my second #buddyread for June. The #OokBookClub is up to book #4 in the #Discworld series. This #epicbuddyread is super chill. Start reading on the 8th; discussion is the following month on the 7th.

Hosted by the lovely @TricksyTails so you know we'll be having fun! 😊 This is a great way to pace yourself through the extensive #terrypratchett world!

Above is the 2018 schedule. Follow @TricksyTails for the complete #OokBookClub list!

TricksyTails Aww you made my day! Thank you for the kind words and for sharing! 🤗♥️😘 1y
Iblu Yay! I was just looking for the schedule and I have realised I‘ve done already June too!!! They‘re so fun as audiobooks it is rather easy to get carried away 😜 1y
DrexEdit @Iblu I'll bet the audio is fun! I might have to try one or two like that. 1y
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1. Hanging with friends and replacing a ceiling fan. And doing some freelance editing.

2. Hit a slow patch at work this week.

3. Well the one I live in is pretty great. Milwaukee and Chicago are both close. I'd still go to London though. 😊

4. Sloth

5. 87 or 88 or thereabouts with serious humidity. After 85 I stop paying attention. It's all just hot at that point.
#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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My next Litsy #buddyread #earthseedbuddyread hosted by the marvelous @BarbaraTheBibliophage! You should join us. Octavia Butler is a wonderful writer.

One of two buddy reads for me in June. It's going to be a busy month! 😊 📚📚

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks (belatedly) for sharing! 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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@MinDea your post about the problems of collecting a series of books reminded me of this photo my friend sent me the other day. She knows this kind of stuff drives me up a wall! 😂😨

Compare the volume 19 spine with the previous 18. This shouldn't happen. Someone's messing with us! 😂

Tadams4 That is messed up! Or is it intentional to ignite new interest in a long series? 1y
DrexEdit I wish I knew! For me it just makes me want to throw the whole set out the window. 😂 1y
BarbaraBB Not in the least because the titles are written upside down on all 19... 1y
DrexEdit @BarbaraBB that's just not a comfortable angle to read! 😄 1y
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I've done some good reading. I need to do some more. Except for those books I will never read (you know who you are!)

All right I don't really like popularity contests and many of the best books ever are not even in this list, but if it gets people talking about and reading books, I'm in. Even I can find ways to expand my reading from this list. What books from the list are you catching up with? New books you want to try?

2BR02B I was surprised to see several titles I had never heard of. I had assumed it would be a predictable mix of tried-and-true and contemporary classics. 1y
4thhouseontheleft You should check out my bingo challenge to coincide with the show! You can join in any time! #garbingo 1y
DrexEdit @2BR02B I know right? Sister Soulja wrote a book? But it looks good! 1y
DrexEdit @4thhouseontheleft thanks! I will do that! 😊 1y
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Join The Bell Jar buddy read in May! All are welcome. I'm glad to be finally making the time to read this classic! Hosted by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @Nuwanda

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻👏🏻 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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An announcement from the @litsy account. This account should be more active now with new owners.

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I can't handle big cities anymore. I like my medium-sized town though. Small enough to be friendly; big enough to have plenty to do. My rock is going to be most everyone else's retro. And I love a good scoundrel but my heart will always belong to Mr. Darcy. 😊💜
Thanks @readherwriteher!

JewelsEnd I don't think I've grown up at all. I'd still pick Rhett. Lol 1y
DrexEdit @JewelsEnd lol! 😄 1y
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I've never done the HP House quiz. No idea. I should probably bail on books more, but it's more likely that I'll "postpone" it. Doing that with two books I'm reading now; taking a second run at them after years in hiatus.

DrexEdit Always forgetting the tags. Sorry @reallifereading! 1y
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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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Loved the middle east setting. Terrific action scenes & layers of story. Excellent world-building. I get a little tired with the fish-out-of-water trope; I hate that books have to make strong women helpless so we can all learn stuff thru the story. Still it's a pick for me. First of a planned trilogy! I'm looking forward to the next book!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The library where my husband works is getting a new building. So we're at one of our local bars for a fundraiser. One of the things you can do to donate is launch a dollar bill to the ceiling with a tack in it and a weight folded up behind it so the weight carries the bill up to the ceiling and pushes the tack in so it sticks. Hubby is demonstrating his technique in the photo. You can see a bunch of bills stuck to the ceiling already! 😊

Kaye Good idea. I need to set one of those up at my house. Everybody that comes in, bring a dollar. I‘ll provide the thumbtack. 👍 1y
DrexEdit @Kaye lol! 😄 1y
Alfoster That‘s so cool! @Kaye I love it!😍 1y
Louise Oh, goodness! I hope no one gets hurt by falling tacks! 😱 1y
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I'm almost never in Twitter these days. But today I log in and this is the first thing I see.

No announcement on @Litsy yet?

@tsutrav welcome to Litsy. Got any details on this acquisition for us?

readherwriteher Interesting. Off to see what I can find on the internet. 2y
DrexEdit LibraryThing has a blog post about it. 2y
tsutrav No additional info from me. Just a huge fan of LT. I did just get the automated official announcement email from Litsy and it came from a Librarything address which shows how quickly they‘re moving today. 2y
DrexEdit @tsutrav sorry! Didn't mean to put you on the spot! I'm not a LT user but would love if there was some sharpening of the book database here. 😊 2y
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I'm not a big memoir person but I do enjoy the occasional celebrity autobio. This one was fun with lots of comedy name dropping. Martin Short is such a normal-seeming person despite the fame. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Hubby has been learning about cocktails so we have cocktail hour every once in a while. He does most of the cooking too. It just works out that way. Plus he's the best! 💜

I do try to use bookmarks but more often it's whatever is closest to hand.

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Well, it wasn't my favorite thriller ever. It was a page turner. I did finish it. But I found the characters rather wooden. The dialog stiff; almost canned. Everyone here seems to love Karen Slaughter books so much that I'm hoping these are just first book flaws. So, to sum up: terrific plotting, writing needs improvement.

BlameJennyJane I love some of the recent Slaughter books and this one keeps popping up as a suggestion for me, but I‘ve been hesitant. Given your review, I‘m not moving it to the the top of the TBR! 1y
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hello! hello! | Matthew Cordell
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1. Fiction
2. Paper route!
3. Managing editor for a small press
4. Hmm... Anything that pays a lot of money and has no time commitments. Lol!
5. Tea

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Your dream job sounds perfect for me! 2y
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It's only a tiny bit contagious, but there's a lot of it going around.

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Insightsintobooks So true! 1y
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