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ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ

Joined May 2019

The party don't start 'til I walk in. http://imperfecthappiness.org The Storygraph: imperfectcj, IG: @ctlvoiceover
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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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Although occasionally the message overpowers the story, and there are a couple of minor characters I'm not sure are necessary, overall this is a powerful story powerfully told. It's like Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow as a novel. The ending gave me chills.

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"Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up...But a child's purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn't disdain what only lives for a day. It pours the whole of itself into each moment... Life's bounty is in its flow. Later is too late."

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82/100 Not too shabby!

Three of my faves from the list:
1) The Sixth Sense
2) The Matrix
3) The Silence of the Lambs

And three faves not on the list:
1) Office Space
2) Slingblade
3) The Spitfire Grill

Edited to add The Big Lebowski, one of the best movies of all time!

#ThreeListThursday #TLT @dabbe

dabbe The dude didn't make the list! How could he not! #thedudeabides Thanks for playing and sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 4d
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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I figured out when I saw David Sedaris live in Raleigh in the late 90s or early aughts that hearing him read his essays is probably the best way to experience them, so although I will read his books in print from time to time, I prefer the audiobook versions. Sedaris is a little the curmudgeon in these essays, but he's self-consciously so, which works. As usual, the essays are hilarious, poignant, or squirm-inducing (and sometimes all three).

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Mehso-so

I alternated between the print book and audiobook on this one. I really like it on a word-and-sentence level, and the imagery is vivid, which I love, but the overall meaning eludes me. This is possibly the point, but it also makes the novel a little too slippery. I still love Oyeyemi's writing, but this one doesn't quite hit for me.

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The drawing for my 100K #ClearMyShelves Giveaway is complete!

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate by entering the giveaway, by sharing the giveaway posts, and by leaving sweet comments!

Winners: I'm tagging you individually in the comments, along with the books that will be heading your way shortly. I'll email you when your book is on the way, but if you have questions/concerns in the meantime, please email or leave me a comment!

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dabbe #woohoo! Thanks, and congratulations again! 💙💚💙 1w
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa, thanks! I never win things! 1w
Susanita Sweet! Thanks! 1w
TheQuietQuill Wow, thank you so much! 🥰 1w
Cupcake12 Wow! A nice surprise to wake up to. Thank you so much 😊 1w
JackOBotts Wow! Thanks! 🙌🏼 1w
Meshell1313 Oooh how exciting!!!! Thank you soo much! 🎉🥰 1w
emz711 Whoo hoo! Can't wait 4d
JackOBotts Death Valley arrived today! Thanks! 7h
ImperfectCJ @JackOBotts Hooray! Thank you for letting me know! 2h
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My first time playing #5JoysFriday!

☀️ My firstborn came home from college for the summer, and we immediately went on a family hike and saw blooming thistles.

☀️ This morning, the dew revealed dozens of spider webs on the hill behind our house.

☀️ Camille demonstrated how to lounge.

☀️ I made dangerously yummy granola.

@DebinHawaii

Roary47 Making granola sounds yummy. 😍 1w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 What is it about spiderwebs 🕸️ 🤍in the dew?! So pretty! I‘m so glad you joined in—thank you for spreading the joy! 🤗 1w
kspenmoll I love your list! 4d
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Just about 24 hours left until the drawing for my #ClearMyShelves Giveaway!

I'm celebrating my 5-Year Litsyversary and 100,000 Litfluence by holding a drawing for ten gently read books (mostly hardcovers)! Drawing will be on Friday, June 7.

Enter and share!

https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

Questions? Let me know in the comments!

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The ending of this one was, frankly, alarming. But aside from that alarm and the fact that the mystery is convoluted, and the moral seems almost to be "trust no one," I liked the novel overall. I really appreciate how Wimsey seems like just a silly guy, but he's actually empathetic and kind and complex. It's his character (and Sayers's style) that keeps me reading this series. I just hope this kind of ending doesn't happen often.

ImperfectCJ I probably should have said the ending was "unpleasant" to match the title, but while it was that, the alarmingness of it struck me more than the unpleasantness. 2w
rubyslippersreads Is that the new Kobo Libra Colour? 2w
ImperfectCJ @rubyslippersreads Yes! It was my Mother's Day gift. I very much like it. I have a Kobo Libra H2O that I've loved for a few years, and even aside from the color thing, this one feels more gentle on my eyes, and the case is more rounded and comfortable to hold. Not that the other is uncomfortable or tough on my eyes, this one is just "even better" 2w
rwmg Do you find yourself using the stylus much?
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ImperfectCJ @rwmg I use it pretty regularly, but I feel like I could use it more, especially for the ability to color code. On this book, I used it to keep track of characters and clues. There's a notebook function that I find myself using to take notes more often than I would have expected to. The handwriting-to-text function is decent, but I more often just write things without converting it to text. (Kind of a stream-of-consciousness review.) 2w
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I got 86/100, thanks to my parents having the cable movie channels during most of the 1980s.

Three enduring faves:
1) Ghostbusters
2) Steel Magnolias
3) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

But I have fond memories of SO many more (especially 9 to 5, Airplane, Terms of Endearment, and Mr. Mom. And I was with neighbors watching Octopussy at the theater while my brother was being born.)

#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe

dabbe Just like songs, movies can take us to an exact moment in our lives. STEEL MAGNOLIAS! 😭 Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Amiable I cry during the cemetery scene every single time! 2w
ImperfectCJ @dabbe @Amiable It's my catharsis movie...If I need a good cry, I watch Steel Magnolias or Terms of Endearment and feel much better afterward. I'm so well conditioned, I actually start crying during the opening credits and just continue at different intensities throughout. My kids find it intriguing to watch me. 2w
dabbe @ImperfectCJ I would join you in this much-needed-and-dear club, but we'd have to add THE WAY WE WERE (even though that was 1973). 😭😂🤩 2w
Amiable @ImperfectCJ @dabbe I‘d also have to add “Field of Dreams”— the game of catch with Dad and “No, Ray, it was YOU” gets my tear ducts flowing every time! 2w
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Just two more days until the drawing for my #ClearMyShelves Giveaway!

I'm celebrating my 5-Year Litsyversary and 100,000 Litfluence by holding a drawing for ten gently read books (mostly hardcovers)! Drawing will be on Friday, June 7.

Enter and share!

https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

Questions? Let me know in the comments!

ImperfectCJ And when I say "gently read," I mean some of these I bought and then ended up listening to the audiobook, so they're essentially new. 2w
wanderinglynn What a fantastic idea! And happy Litsyversary! 🎉🥳 2w
mcctrish @ImperfectCJ I laughed out loud at your ‘gently used‘ description- this is the year I have given myself permission to listen to books I have on my shelves ( especially the non-fiction) of that‘s how I will enjoy them 2w
ImperfectCJ @mcctrish It works well when I want to regift books. :-) I also have started really enjoying the back-and-forth method (switching between audiobook and print). 2w
Cupcake12 Such a great idea 🌟 2w
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Audiocooking (granola, chicken, Brussels sprouts, NOT all mixed together) to the tagged book, which is leaving me feeling a little drunk and a lot like I need to visit Prague.

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Today is devoted to trying to get the second page of this tune under my fingers and maybe starting to think about dynamics and style rather than just panicking about notes. Therefore, this is my entry for #TuesdayTunes: https://spotify.link/hslnv4k49Jb

@TieDyeDude

TieDyeDude Good luck! Thanks for sharing the Spotify link 2w
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I love how consistently Miss Marple is underestimated because of her appearance and gender. If she weren't a goodie, I bet she'd make a great murderer. This one has some overlap in detail with the Sayers novel I'm reading right now, so I got confused a couple of times about which clues went with which story. Once I got it straight, though, this was a pleasant listen.

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Just a reminder about my #ClearMyShelves Giveaway!

I'm celebrating my 5-Year Litsyversary and 100,000 Litfluence by holding a drawing for ten gently read books! Drawing will be on Friday, June 7.

To see the offered books (mostly hardcovers) and enter: https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

Questions? Let me know in the comments!

dabbe Thanks for such a generous drawing, and congrats! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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My somewhat moody (thanks to the sunlight) June #bookspinbingo card.

I don't have any predictions for how my month in reading is going to proceed. I guess I'll figure it out as I go.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!! 2w
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Update on my 100K #ClearMyShelves Giveaway: After doing more research into international shipping of books from the US, I am thrilled to announce that this giveaway is now international! (The only exception is countries where USPS international service is currently suspended.)

So if you're interested in entering the drawing for one of these 10 books, fill out the Google form by June 7, 2024: https://forms.gle/EebWf6hXY9jvR7FN9

Texreader Is there an affordable way to send it internationally? I‘d love to do this! 2w
ImperfectCJ @Texreader Sending just a book isn't too bad. I'm not sure it's "affordable" to do often, but since it's likely going to be a while before I hit 200K, I figure I can splurge this time. I'll likely use pirateship.com and save a bit sending USPS. And hopefully not *everyone* who wins the drawing is outside the US. :-) 2w
Texreader Pirateship? I‘ll have to check it out! Thanks!! 2w
Gissy Congratulations 🥳📚🎉📚🎉 2w
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June's #bookspin list!

@TheAromaofBooks

And a reminder about my 100K #ClearMyShelves Giveaway, accepting entries until June 7: https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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May #bookspinbingo card! Nine titles total, one bingo, neither #bookspin nor #doublespin.

@TheAromaofBooks

And a reminder about my #ClearMyShelves giveaway, accepting entries until June 7: https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 2w
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51/100 for me, although I watched so many disaster movies, I might be overestimating. I probably made up for it by forgetting which Pink Panther movies I watched and not marking any.

Faves:
1) The Muppet Movie
2) The Jerk
3) The French Connection

Link to the quiz: https://www.listchallenges.com/litsy-list-of-highest-grossing-movies-of-the-1970...

#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe

PaperbackPirate The Jerk is so funny! 3w
dabbe @PaperbackPirate Agree 💯! 2w
dabbe I love how different all 3 of your choices are! Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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This week, I had my 5-year Litsyversary and I'm right on the cusp of 100,000 Litfluence! To celebrate this convergence of milestones, I'm hosting a #ClearMyShelves giveaway of the ten books pictured (and stealing a hashtag).

Entries open until June 7, 2024, 5pm PDT, open to US and Canada addresses (because I haven't figured out shipping to other locations). Google Form to enter: https://forms.gle/NxzqAKwMKFPSgu33A

BarbaraBB Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway! I am glad to have met you here! 3w
Soubhiville Yay! Congratulations! So glad you‘re in the Litsy community. 😁 3w
charl08 Have fun celebrating 🍾 3w
Librarybelle Yay! Congratulations! 3w
Meshell1313 Ooh what an amazing milestone and generous giveaway! 🎉🙌 3w
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Mehso-so

I really like the premise behind this novel. It's unique (and quite a treat to read about the US falling from power for reasons other than climate change or zombies), but it didn't quite hit for me in the execution. (Also the narrator gave a Brooklyn accent to a character with a Boston accent, which is a small thing, but it bugs me.)

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All Fours | Miranda July
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#CampLitsy24 is discussing this in July, and it turns out I'm Activity Leader for this one on the #CampToB website in August. I'll be following the July discussion led by @Megabooks here on Litsy in addition to developing my own discussion questions!

On the #CampToB site, Part 1 discussion will start August 7, and Part 2 to the end will start August 14, in case you'd like to mark your calendars. I'll plan to post more details as I receive them.

BarbaraBB That is so cool!! I‘ll definitely keep up with ToB‘s discussion too and I hope we can be of help 😇 3w
Megabooks I can‘t wait to compare notes with you!! 3w
Ruthiella I‘ll start gathering popsicle sticks for the arts and craft section. 😅 3w
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Everett has written an adept, emotionally honest reframe of Twain's story. His skill as an author is in full force with this one. The audiobook was helpful to highlight the code switching. I was thinking, if I hadn't been born and lived all my life so far in the US and could watch as a detached observer how the country responds to the legacy of slavery, I would find it intriguing. But because this country is my home, it's rather more complicated.

BarbaraBB That could be a great start for our #CampLitsy24 discussion! I am curious to see what my reaction will be 3w
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64/100 for me. Not too shabby! Just earlier this week I was looking at Rolling Stone's top 500 albums list for my audio technology class. I've got a lock on the Beatles and Radiohead :-)

#TLT #ThreeListThursday
Thanks for the tag, @dabbe !

dabbe Radiohead is now on my new music TBLT (To Be Listened To)! Excellent score, btw! 🤩😂😀 (edited) 4w
Billypar Nice! I just took it and got 62. I liked the list more than I thought I would - not sure what I was expecting. There were also several that I felt sure I listened to, but there was no evidence in my Spotify or memory of the songs, so I think I have some listening to do. 4w
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Under the Storm: A Novel | Christoffer Carlsson
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This Scandinavian thriller is deliberate, quiet, with a feeling of a lot of space, a lot of gray sky, and this sense that in an environment where the climate is harsh and where we rely on fellow humans for reassurance, when something not-reassuring happens, it upends everything. I suspect this happens elsewhere, too, but the Scandinavian thrillers I've read seem to focus on this more than those from North America where the focus is on punishment.

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What a weekend! Each day involved 2 hours of teaching (plus prep) and 4-6 hours of animation voiceover workshop. It was awesome, and I learned (and theoretically taught) a lot, but man, am I glad to get to spend some quality time with my Kobo, an aspirational stack of books, and a cold, dry cider before I fall asleep...and start the week over again tomorrow. Come on, summer break! I need you!

Ruthiella Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Ruthiella My son has orchestra concerts both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, but at least I don't have to work...and there's Monday off, which will hopefully be restful. 1mo
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The Last Animal: A Novel | Ramona Ausubel
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I loved Ausubel's No One is Here Except All of Us, so I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, it didn't quite do it for me. The portrayal of lab life is outdated at best, and the character interactions mostly seem...weird to me. The baby mammoth is cute, though, so there's that.

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1) OK Computer (Radiohead, 1997)
2) Our Time in Eden (10,000 Maniacs, 1992)
3) How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Florence + The Machine, 2015)

And lots of other runners-up. :-)

#TLT #ThreeListThursday
@dabbe

ImperfectCJ And just to clarify my evaluation system, a "favorite album" isn't just one with songs I love and can listen to on repeat, but rather an album that hangs as a whole, with each song leading into the next in a way that makes me only want to listen to it in order and rarely (if ever) hit shuffle. 1mo
TheBookHippie I agree with your synopsis. I love Florence. 1mo
BarbaraBB Radiohead and Florence 🩷 1mo
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dabbe @ImperfectCJ Agree 💯. An album that tells a story. 😀 1mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 1mo
Billypar I love #1, but I feel like 10,000 Maniacs is so underrated. They got pushed into this easy listening/ adult contemporary category, but there's so much depth to this album and Natalie Merchant's solo work. 1mo
merelybookish OMG I was obsessed with that 10,000 Maniacs album!! What a fun one to include. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Billypar Agreed! There's so much friction between the lyrics and the way the music sounds in both her solo work and the songs with the Maniacs. I feel like she really pioneered that in rock/pop music, and then groups like Weezer took off with it. 1mo
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Today's #WondrousWednesday inspired me to locate (and collageify) photos of my very first library card. It must have been 1980-1982 when I got it (I was 4 or 5). My signature is actually less legible now than it was then.

Susanita What a find! 1mo
slategreyskies Awww, I still have all of mine too. I haven‘t looked through them in a while, but I don‘t expect I‘ll ever get rid of them. 📚 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😍🙌🏻 1mo
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1. So many! There was the time we held snakes, the time we interacted with birds of prey, the time my newly potty-trained son peed on the couch in the children's area, the time I organized a kids' ASL class series, the time we signed up for a library coding activity while visiting a city and ended up on their website about the program.
2. Library (but anywhere but Amazon)
3. The Last Animal by Ramona Ausubel
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great library adventures!! Thanks for sharing them💜 1mo
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There are so many worst songs in the world, but aside from almost every U2 song, one of my least favorite songs is "Freedom" by Paul McCartney.

Today I'm enjoying a mix inspired by a friend's recommendation. There are some awesomely raunchy songs on the mix (think Riot Grrrl x10), but two of the less radio-unfriendly songs:

"Villain" by Bella Poarch https://spotify.link/ucFCLa5ZAJb

"Angry Too" by Lola Blanc https://spotify.link/NBaYOt6ZAJb

TheBookHippie I agree about U2 just NO 1mo
BarbaraBB Almost every U2 song lol 😜 1mo
TieDyeDude I'm surprised more people haven't brought up U2 😁

I remember liking the Driving Rain album, but Freedom is a pretty lazy song. Sounds like a rushed 9/11 tribute?

Thanks for balancing them out with some true recommendations. I like the dark, edgy vibes of those songs!
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ImperfectCJ @TieDyeDude "Freedom" is irritating to me because I know McCartney is a legitimately good musician. I think you're right about the 9/11 tribute (and the rushed part). I'm glad you liked the two longs I linked. I definitely enjoy them! One of the lines from "Angry Too" reminds me of being in the sea of Teslas inundating the part of town I live in. 1mo
ImperfectCJ And by "longs" I mean "songs," which is probably apparent but I feel weird leaving it without comment. 1mo
The_Book_Ninja I hate U2 with a passion. And when they artificially inseminated their lousy music into my iTunes…😡 1mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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I started this one on e-book, continued in hardcover, then finished on audio. It's well written, but I found the recitation of one story after another a little tedious to read at times. I'm giving it a pick because it's beautiful, but I doubt I'll read it again because it's depressing to think about climate change and environmental degradation and how much we as a species have destroyed, even though it's pleasant to spend some time in old woods.

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My plan worked! My family got me a color Kobo for Mother's Day and even remembered a sleep cover and threw in a stylus! Now to clear my schedule so I can spend some quality time with my new e-reader. 📚

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Awesome! 1mo
Ruthiella Picture Hannibal Smith “I love it when a plan comes together”! 😅 Glad you got what you wanted . 1mo
rwmg Did you have a black and white Kobo before? If so, please let us know how they compare 1mo
ImperfectCJ @rwmg I do have a b&w Kobo Libra H2O I got a few years ago (and Kindle Paperwhite...I like the Kobo better). I'll definitely make a point of posting my impressions of each after I've had a chance to play around with the Libra Colour. So far, the stylus is really cool, but I'm not sure how much I'll actually use it. Setting up Overdrive was super easy, though. And I like the colors a lot so far. 1mo
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Whalefall: A Novel | Daniel Kraus
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Soft pick on this one. I'm pretty sure this ended up on my TBR when I was trying to add another novel by the same name, but I figured I'd read this one anyway. The moral of this story seems to be, "It's easier to get into a whale than to get out of one." There are some really yucky bits and some rather on-the-nose metaphors, but I found it an enjoyable listen. Having lived in Monterey as a child, the on-land setting was interesting to me, too.

ImperfectCJ I just saw that in a blurb, this one is described as "powerfully humane" and "scientifically accurate." High praise. Or maybe just weird praise. 1mo
Roary47 That cover terrified me a bit. 😱 I‘m glad you liked it even though it was a random book that was picked up. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Roary47 Agree on the cover! This book is definitely one that will trigger any claustrophobic tendencies in readers. I'm pretty terrified of swimming in the ocean anyway (I have this attachment to breathing and not being mistaken for prey), so this was perhaps not the best choice for me. But I almost joined the Navy (twice), so I suppose that would have been an even worse choice. :-) 1mo
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I can't remember how this book got on my radar, but overall I like it a lot. There's a lot here that resonates with my recent experiences working full-time after a long, long break then choosing to go back to part-time. I think I'm less prone to define myself by my work, but I'm not immune to our culture's take on the virtue of labor. I wish I had a better roadmap for influencing systemic change, but the book provides welcome validation.

Aimeesue Stacked! I‘m working a good enough job that I mostly like, but the pressure to excell! and do more! and advance! Is relentless. I just want to have enough $ and time to enjoy my actual life, thanks. 1mo
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My class is working on rough drafts of their mystery stories, so in between answering questions, I can catch up on my re-read of the course text. It's always amusing to me how many tiny details I remember and how many big plot points I forget.

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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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This is an interesting novel. My spouse asked me about it, and I described it as "quiet." When asked to elaborate, I explained that the story unfolds quietly, slowly, haltingly. There are delays, but even in those delays, things happen. It's introspective but is very efficient with the words used to describe that introspection. The tone of the story is paralleled by the feeling of the setting---isolated, remote, cold, foggy. Definitely a mood.

ImperfectCJ I look forward to discussing this one for #camplitsy24! 1mo
kspenmoll Great review! 1mo
Tamra I love Davies‘ writing. I would have liked more wrap up to the ending for this one. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Tamra It definitely ends abruptly. I turned the page and was like, "Oh, Author's Note? Okay." 1mo
BarbaraBB I am saving this for June (#CampLitsy24) and am looking forward to it 1mo
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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I went to the local bookstore for book club for Clear, but apparently this group is one that periodically just decides not to meet, so I chatted with the bookseller a bit then bought another #camplitsy24 selection. I almost bought Whale Fall, too, before I remembered I'd preordered it from bookshop.org already. That was a near miss!

Next month's selection is The Guest by Emma Cline, so I might try to make it to that one.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I enjoy the way that this story of generational trauma unfolds, even though it's frustrating at times how obtuse the characters can be. They're realistic but maddening in the way that they jump to conclusions and make assumptions and keep secrets that are better revealed. I'm glad to know that "Outback teacher" is a possible career path (although not keen on 45C temps).

Photo: Death Valley NP, California

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April #bookspinbingo card. No bingos again this month, but I'm not surprised as between work, school, volunteer stuff, and just regular life, I have had very limited reading time. And it turns out I completely forgot the title of one of the books I read, so I put it on my May list, thinking I hadn't read it (even though I read and loved it, I forgot the title). This is where my brain is at this moment in time. 🙄

@TheAromaofBooks

Jari-chan 🫂🫂 I know that feeling 🤪 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!! Sometimes life interferes with reading, so annoying 😂 1mo
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Anyone can whittle!

The book on the far left is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

I find this library display delightful and kind of hilarious.

ImperfectCJ @Princess-Kingofkings One of the things I find funny about this display is that I was like, "wow, all of these look pretty interesting!" and then I saw the "Older Americans Month" part. I suppose if the shoe fits ? 1mo
Princess-Kingofkings @ImperfectCJ I saw it but didn‘t really “get” it. Probably, because both shoes fit, lol.😂 1mo
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This one is a fairly fun if a little bland Christie mystery. Poirot is back yet again, but he seems a little tired. I guess it's good he's staying busy and keeping his mind sharp, and growing marrows in the country wasn't his thing, but he tries to retire and people just keep bothering him. Maybe he could open a school to teach younger generations to solve mysteries and grow elaborate mustaches so they can fend for themselves eventually.

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I ignored the imperative of the title of my textbook and did May's #bookspinbingo card first. Now I'll wrestle with chords until my next class.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!!! 2mo
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Finally posting for #TuesdayTunes!

The final project for my audio tech class involves composing and mixing a (mostly) electronic song, so I've been listening to Daft Punk for ideas for how to layer different sounds. So far, I like their first album (Homework) better than their later albums. https://spotify.link/56S3xu2deJb

@TieDyeDude

TieDyeDude Great inspiration! Good luck with the project. 2mo
BarbaraBB Daft Punk! Those were the days! 2mo
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May #bookspin list! I finished it while having lunch in my car between classes. I kind of wish there were a couple more days in April so I could finish another book or two before jumping into May. I'll have to write a letter to my elected officials about this potential calendar change.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Maybe they could take those days from January? That month went on forever 😂 2mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Well, #sdbookcrawl is over, and I didn't collect any prizes, but I did get a second book for #CampLitsy24 today! And I found out that my local indie bookstore is having a book club about this one in May...quite tempting!

BarbaraBB Exciting! You can share your insights with us in June! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! Glad you were able to have fun on the #sdbookcrawl! I missed it. 2mo
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Kobo eReader For Dummies | Corey Sandler
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I casually mentioned the existence of the new color Kobo e-readers to my spouse, alongside the casual mention of the dates of Mother's Day, my birthday, our anniversary (I'm pretty sure 25th is traditionally the e-reader anniversary), and Christmas.

Now, we wait.

(And then we get antsy and casually send him the link to the Kobo website, just to be on the safe side.)

(Photo from the Kobo website, in case that wasn't apparent.)

Bklover Good luck! 🍀 ❤️👏 2mo
Larkken Ha! Good luck. 2mo
Ruthiella Here‘s hoping! 🤞 2mo
Tamra Smart! 😉 2mo
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The Iliad | Homer
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It's a tie between The Iliad and The Odyssey (4 each), although I guess it's maybe different than "copies" since they're all different translations/interpretations. Not counting audiobooks, the next closest are Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, Feeding the Whole Family, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, and Roget's Thesaurus (2 editions each).

#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern Oh wow! So cool! Thanks for posting! 2mo
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If you've listened to the author on Ezra Klein's podcast, you probably got pretty much all you need from the book, although the final chapter on the limitations of marriage is really interesting. Cohen's picture of intimate platonic friendships challenges paradigms, but I feel a little like I'm learning about a different species as this type of friendship, although appealing, is not one I've experienced personally, and I'm not sure how it happens.

ImperfectCJ Photo: Another waterfall pic from Zion NP, Lower Emerald Pool. 2mo
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