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1. According to GR, A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison (104 pp), but I don't completely trust GR page counts.
2. The Lord of the Rings (1,216 pp as one volume). See note on GR page counts above.
3. Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman (printed 1953). Epic of Gilgamesh is older (c2100 BCE) but I don't have an original printing (inscription?) of that one.
4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Oct 2019)

@ljuliel #bookquestion

Scochrane26 I don‘t trust GR page counts either because it depends on the edition. I think what I listed was accurate though as far as shortest & longest. now
ljuliel I‘ve not read LOTR ,but I‘ve seen those combo- books where all the stories are in one book. It‘s huge ! now
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 I might just not be adept at sorting on GR. When I look at the Stats section, it lists PK Dick's The Minority Report (which I read in 2009) as 103 pp, but it didn't show up when I sorted my "read" shelf by page number. ? Oh, well. Not a huge deal. now
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I wasn't sure whether to include the big volume, but as Tolkien apparently wanted it published that way originally, I felt justified. 🙂 (Second-longest is The Stand at 1153 pp.) now
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1. Pilgrims, right?
2. Accompanying my children to Junior Scientist Day at my spouse's workplace. I suspect it was primarily an excuse for the grown-up scientists to play, which helped make it super awesome!
3. Leftovers and an early bedtime.
4. Nine living, two deceased.
5. On it!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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I met my reading goal for this year! I hope this doesn't mean I have to stop reading until 2020. Or maybe I just can't *finish* any books until January 1. I can probably swing that.

RvnclawWhovian That‘s awesome! I think I‘m going to fall woefully short haha. This year has been a year, that‘s for sure 18h
ImperfectCJ @RvnclawWhovian My secret is picture books. 🤫 18h
megzlynn Congrats! ✨ 17h
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jb72 Congratulations 🎈 17h
Bookwormjillk Congrats 🎊🎈🎉🍾 17h
TheDaysGoBy Congrats! 17h
MatchlessMarie Congrats! I barely reached 50% will probably need to adjust some expectations come December 1st lol 17h
Jas16 🙌🏽 14h
Hooked_on_books Hooray! And nah, you can keep reading. It just exceeds your total after you‘ve finished. 12h
Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳📚📚🍾🥂 12h
ImperfectCJ @MatchlessMarie I was saved this year by the #BBRC which includes 26 picture books. Without that challenge and taking into account that my children are past read-aloud picture book stage, I'm going to have to set a much lower goal for 2020. 😆 2h
ImperfectCJ @Hooked_on_books But if I'm not going to get more confetti, it hardly seems worth it. 😉 2h
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Pickpick

So, is Marjorie possessed or is she suffering from mental illness? It doesn't seem like the author ever really decided, which makes the story a little wishy-washy, but overall I liked this one. It's spooky and captures well the vulnerability of childhood, especially the precarious period on the cusp of adulthood when adults are afraid of us.

Pic: While listening to this book, I spotted this SoCal tree trying out "autumn in New England" cosplay.

Reagan-reads I felt the same but it has grown on me since. I liked the unknown. I felt the same with Cabin at the End of the World. 18h
ImperfectCJ @Reagan-reads What's funny is I felt like reading this one again as soon as I finished it. I might need to get it as a book-book instead of audio. And now I have to get Cabin at the End of the World... 18h
Eggs Tremblay-great writer 17h
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1. So many! Perspicacity, façade, tenacious, apocryphal, teleological, hegemony...
2. Should stop one book before it gets formulaic. Fave: the Ramona Quimby books.
3. Used to. Personal narrative, bad fiction, and I had an academic piece published in a collection this year. Now it's just letters and the occasional book review.
4. Not sure what "new followers" means. People who've recently followed me?
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Scochrane26 I loved the Ramona books when I was a kid. I always forget about them when thinking of my fave series. 💜 2d
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 My kids have been reading them and listening to the audiobooks for almost ten years. I thought they'd grow out of them, but not so far, which means I get to listen to the books, too! 2d
Scochrane26 @ImperfectCJ I listened to a couple of them a few years ago. I‘ve kind of regretted giving my few physical ones to my cousin, but I‘m hoping her kids enjoy them. 2d
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This is actually yesterday's prompt. I missed it, but I liked it enough I wanted to respond anyway.

In order of importance:
1. Reviews
2. Author
3. A tie between Title, Cover, and Length
4. Price (price is no object when you get books from the library 😉)

Most important, though, is whether it's on my TBR. I mood-read more than I'd like, but I try to prioritize my TBR.

@ljuliel #KeepLitsyActive

ljuliel I like your number 4 answer, as I‘m going to try harder to use my library rather than buy. My new goal. 3d
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I got in the habit of using the library instead of buying books when we lived in a tiny apartment in the Bay Area on my spouse's postdoc salary, and I've just continued the practice (although I buy a lot more books now with homeschooling). 3d
vumblereads Author 😄 and maybe if it was turned into a movie as well? That‘s another factor for me. 3d
ImperfectCJ @vumblereads Would the book being turned into a movie make you more or less likely to want to read it? 3d
vumblereads It would make me want to read it more especially before the movie comes out. So I can always say, “I read it before it came out!” 😝 3d
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Prompt from @ljuliel for #KeepLitsyActive:

Name an author that's an immediate purchase when they release a new book, plus you've read every other book they've written.

I don't buy a lot of books, but a few authors whose new releases I scoop up ASAP from the library: Marilynne Robinson, Otessa Moshfegh, and Margaret Atwood.

John Irving used to be my clear favorite, but I've not been as into his stuff since The Fourth Hand.

ljuliel Thanks, CJ. I don‘t buy all the books I read either . I guess I should have worded the question differently, to : what authors you‘ve read everything of , and will continue to read each of their books as they come out. (edited) 3d
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I understood what you meant, though. There are always different ways to word things, but if the meaning is clear, I don't think it should be too big a deal for a Litsy post one way or another. 🙂 3d
kaysworld1 I don't buy things brand new there too expensive even books, my first go to would be the library I can always order from another library. I don't borrow books from people I don't have any immediate friends that read. A new author I have come to like is Ambrose Parry I'm listening to his first book way of all flesh and I have the second one on reserve. 3d
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ImperfectCJ @kaysworld1 I hadn't heard of Ambrose Parry before your comment. I'll have to check out The Way of All Flesh. Yet another excuse to ignore my miles-long TBR. 🙃 3d
vumblereads I haven‘t read all his books but Neil Gaiman would be kind of an auto buy for me. 3d
ImperfectCJ @vumblereads Neil Gaiman's a good one! What's your favorite of his that you've read? (I really like The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but there are so many good ones.) 3d
vumblereads @ImperfectCJ my first Gaiman book was The Ocean at the End of the Road. That‘s were my fanaticism started 😂 I also love love love #norsemythology, and #thegraveyardbook. I liked #oddandthefrostgiants as well. I didn‘t really like Good Omens though. 3d
Theaelizabet Kate Atkinson 3d
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A Nearly Normal Family | Mattias Edvardsson
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Mehso-so

A young woman is charged with murder, but the pieces aren't lining up. Everyone has a reason to prevaricate so it's not clear who---if anyone---can be trusted.

Told in three voices, this novel addresses the messiness and malleability of "truth." Engaging at first, the courtroom stuff lost me, as did the anachronistic Axe body spray. The novel left me coveting the bikeability of Swedish roadways.

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"To reiterate, incubus that it can be, anxiety is not an affliction but the manifestation of our spiritual nature..."

I don't know... I think it can be both.

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Well, my timer messed up, but I added up the little bits and got in a solid 17 1/2 hours this weekend. Pictured is my breakfast (cocoa banana hazelnut smoothie...not very photogenic) and the dishcloth I worked on while listening to the tagged book today. It's been a fun #readathon! Now to bed to try and get enough sleep to be a productive member of society.

#MrBook1inaMillion. #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne
@Andrew65 @MrBook

wordslinger42 The dishcloth is so pretty!! And you made awesome time! 😊 5d
ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Thanks! I had to tear out and restart the dishcloth several times because I kept messing up stitches, but I'm pretty happy with it now. 5d
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ Pulling out stitches is always so frustrating (I've had to do it with cross stitch), but it looks like it was definitely worth the time to make 😊 I love the color choices! 5d
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ImperfectCJ @wordslinger42 Ha! It was meant to be solid blue but the pattern took up more blue yarn than I had! Luckily, the green I had on hand complements it pretty well, and I added a variegated trim that has both colors in it. I feel empowered to ad lib with dishcloths. :-) 5d
wordslinger42 @ImperfectCJ I love it when something like that happens in a craft project and it ends up being a happy accident 😊 5d
Crazeedi I love my dishcloth that I have like this, my mom used to make! And great job on your time!!❤🎉👏 4d
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Thanks! I was surprised how many hours it was and checked my math several times. 😁 4d
MrBook Fabulous!!! 😎👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥 4d
ImperfectCJ @MrBook Thank you! And congratulations on your cool mil! 4d
Andrew65 A great time, well done and thanks fir playing along. 👏👏👏😊👍🎯🥳🍾🥂 4d
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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A circus appears without warning and seems to make concrete our most fantastic dreams. But there is a larger purpose behind the show, a bigger story into which it fits.

Whimsical and magical and deadly serious, this novel was a pleasure to read. The ending is a little precious, but endings are tough, so no points docked for that.

2nd book down for #MrBook1inaMillion. #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne
@MrBook @Andrew65

ImperfectCJ The bowl used to contain salt & vinegar potato chips and the spoon used to contain peanut butter. The cat contains kibble, cute, and orneriness. 6d
Andrew65 Well done. 👏👏👏 I love this book. 6d
MrBook I love all of this 😆😎🙌🏻! Your 🐈 is so beautiful!!! 😻😻😻 6d
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Mehso-so

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, hosts of the wildly popular My Favorite Murder podcast, share personal stories about what led up to the podcast and how it's affected their lives.

Part laugh-out-loud funny, part fist-pumping "heck yeah!", but mostly just two people talking about their experiences in therapy. I enjoyed their perspectives on victim-blaming and Georgia's love of Ray Bradbury, but it wasn't very engaging to me overall.

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Audiocooking. I now will forever associate the voice of Karen Kilgariff with the smell of fresh ginger. Homemade curry paste in the works to make some yellow curry soup with black rice once I acquire some black rice. Also featured: my squash stash.

#24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne #MrBook1inaMillion
@MrBook @Andrew65 @Alisnazzy @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Should Make for interesting meals in the future! (edited) 6d
xicanti I like the sound of that soup. 6d
ImperfectCJ @xicanti It's one I like a lot, although my family aren't as excited about it. It's based on a recipe on the Fitness Blender website, if you're interested in trying it. I just bump up the number of veggies and use my own curry paste instead of store-bought: https://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/yellow-curry-soup-with-black-rice 6d
xicanti Thanks! I‘m gonna give it a try. 6d
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6d
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Well, I got in about ten minutes of listening before my ten-year-old said, "Sorry for interrupting you, Mom. I just love talking to you." And suddenly I couldn't enjoy my audiobook. But I did manage to get a photo of the beautiful persimmons I plan to devour during my reading time this weekend.

#readathon #24B4Monday #MrBook1inaMillion #LitsyPartyofOne
@MrBook @Alisnazzy @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @TheReadingMermaid

Settings You have persimmons... I am ridiculously jealous. 7d
ImperfectCJ @Settings I'm a little jealous of myself, actually. 😆 I love persimmons. We've been getting them in our CSA box. We were supposed to go persimmon picking last weekend but my son had a fever. I'm lobbying to go this weekend, but as the only persimmon fan in the family, the others aren't very motivated. 7d
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes we have to remember that we can always come back to a book, but we can't always come back to a person. Glad you got to spend some time with your little guy. ❤️ 7d
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Scochrane26 That‘s so sweet 7d
Andrew65 A healthy snack. 👍 7d
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks Indeed. It's often easier to immerse myself in reading than to engage with other people, including a young person intent upon quizzing me about WWII, but you're right. Books will wait. 7d
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 Right? He tests me at times, but then he comes out with this kind of thing and I melt. 7d
ImperfectCJ @Andrew65 I've been pushing it with sugar lately, so healthy is what's on the menu this weekend. 🙂 7d
Andrew65 @ImperfectCJ I‘m having to avoid sugar so fruit and nuts for me. 7d
MrBook Aww 😂👏🏻🙌🏻! One of the few acceptable excuses 🙃. Thank you for participating when you can! ☺️🤗 7d
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A few minutes before Friday on the West Coast, but close enough:

1. Catan
2. National Park road trip across the US (as many times as necessary)
3. 97/100 for my Goodreads goal
4. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
5. You have to wear a shirt with only one word on it every day for one year. What word do you choose? (credit: the first result when I Googled “ice breaker questions“) Bonus: Include punctuation.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

LiljaPleasant I have no idea... Could be "reader" or sth like that ^^ 1w
CoffeeCatsBooks Hmm...Coffee (maybe people will take it as a warning and bring me some). 1w
ImperfectCJ I'd probably go with “Indeed.“ It goes well with my one raised eyebrow, which is my signature facial expression. 1w
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Balibee146 'loading'.... Can I have a half filled loafing bar graphic underneath? 1w
ljuliel This is 2 words but I like it.. PARTY ANIMAL ......and if you‘d see me, I look about as much like a party animal as Betty White does. 1w
QuietlyLaura "Love" with a heart graphic. ? 1w
DaveGreen7777 Mine would just say “shirt”! Sure to get lots of “huh?” reactions! 😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks We also keep looking at the map and planning unlikely but would-be-awesome national park loops!! For a shirt, probably Shhhh 1w
wanderinglynn I‘d go with my booknerd shirt. 😀 1w
ImperfectCJ @Balibee146 I think we can manage that. :-) 1w
ImperfectCJ @QuietlyLaura That is very sweet! Way to raise the vibration! 1w
ImperfectCJ @DaveGreen7777 Would you use that same punctuation, quotation marks plus exclamation point outside of them? Might subtly influence the meaning. 1w
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks The closest I've gotten so far is orchestrating several cross-country moves that we just HAVE to drive. I hope to swing a California National Park road trip in the next two years. 1w
ImperfectCJ @Enchanted_Bibliophile I like it! Right down to business. 1w
ImperfectCJ @wanderinglynn Sounds like you're ready for this challenge already! 1w
ImperfectCJ @CoffeeCatsBooks Ooh! I like your plan to use the shirt to influence others' behavior. 😆 1w
ImperfectCJ @LiljaPleasant Right to the point! With or without the quotation marks? 1w
LiljaPleasant @ImperfectCJ Without. 😊 1w
DaveGreen7777 @imperfect I‘d probably go with no punctuation at all, just to make it even harder to understand why I‘d be wearing it! 😂 1w
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel The element of surprise! I like it! If you want to go with one word, you could always go with "carouser." Or maybe "bacchanal" or "bacchante" depending on how you party. 1w
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In response to @ljuliel 's query about historical book preferences, I don't seek out historical fiction/NF history in particular (I like to read books written during the time period rather than modern books looking back), but I do have some individual books that I love. The tagged book, Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels about Gettysburg, and Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower are a few favorites.

#KeepLitsyActive #historybooks

ljuliel I like reading about the Civil War too. Thanks for posting. 1w
rubyslippersreads All three of these sound fascinating. 1w
Crazeedi The tagged book sounds great, the authors you mentioned are excellent 1w
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ValerieAndBooks I recently came across a list of recommendations for historical fiction set in the Revolutionary War, and Jeff Shaara was recommended, so I‘m keeping an eye out. Philbrick is a history author I like, too! 1w
ImperfectCJ @ValerieAndBooks The only thing I've read by Philbrick is the Mayflower book, which I read in part because we were living in Massachusetts at the time. Are there other titles by him that you particularly like? 1w
ValerieAndBooks @ImperfectCJ I read Mayflower because I‘m a Mayflower descendant 😊. But I also liked this one 1w
ValerieAndBooks Not really history, but I also enjoyed this tagged book. And have a couple others of his TBR 1w
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi @rubyslippersreads I did really like these three. Cooney's book in particular provided an intriguing picture of the period along with a lot of information about the limitations of historical research and how the biases of historians influence how our stories about the past are crafted. She also has a book of shorter profiles of a collection of ancient rulers (tagged) that my daughter really likes. 1w
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel Killer Angels isn't something I would have picked up on my own, but the book club I was in at the time selected it one month. Score one for book clubs! 1w
ImperfectCJ @ValerieAndBooks Ooh! I might be taking a trip to Montreal and the Lake Champlain area next year, and Valiant Ambition sounds like it might be a good accompaniment for that trip. Thanks! 1w
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The Devil in Silver | Victor LaValle
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Pepper doesn't belong in the psych ward, yet here he is, forced to face his assumptions about mental illness and a literal monster that roams the halls at night.

This is a solid so-so. It's amusing enough, but it feels loose, unpolished. I fear that Lavalle is using "but they're crazy" to excuse some inconsistencies in the characters. The novel does a good job, though, of capturing the Catch-22 that is mental healthcare in the US.

ImperfectCJ I will also note that Lavalle uses a variation on the term “bleed out“ twice in this novel. This is developing into a pet peeve...authors seem to use this term so much, and I can't figure out why except maybe that it's pseudo-technical and feels kind of like insider language. Not that the term alone is going to turn me off on a novel any more than a split infinitive (also a pet peeve) is going to, it's just a pebble in my shoe. 1w
TheAromaofBooks It is funny how certain words/phrases become really “in“ for a while. I'm also always surprised when a word is repeated frequently throughout a book - isn't that what editors are for?? I can't remember what book I was reading (it was an older one) where the author frequently used the word “panted“ and I couldn't get over it. “Oh no!“ she panted, etc. 1w
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks "isn't that what editors are for?" This. I can totally get it when an author gets a particular word or phrase in their head and it keeps coming out on the page---we all do it, I think---but ideally an editor would help take in the novel as a whole and ensure variety, where appropriate. I suspect that editors are pretty swamped with words and work and deadlines, though, so "ideal" is probably impractical/unattainable. 1w
TheAromaofBooks I've always thought being an editor would be an interesting job, helping an author hone their work into its best possible incarnation, but it's probably just super stressful haha 1w
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks I was an editor at a pharmaceutical company (promotions/advertising), and that was fun but frantic. I did a stint as an editorial intern at a small academic press after college, and that cured many of my romantic ideas about being an editor at a publishing company. But maybe someone higher up than an intern or someone freelancing could do more honing. 1w
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Here are the books at which I hope to chip away during the #MrBook1inaMillion extravaganza. The tagged book is my audio choice for this #Readathon. My kids/schedule/way of life have me reading in little bits here and there rather than in big chunks so I usually just estimate my reading time, but I might play with keeping a timer this time, just for kicks. 😉

#24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

veritysalter I‘ve read Horrorstör - it‘s a fabulous horror farce and SSDGM was good, although I misunderstood and thought it was about true crime, not a biography (although still interesting to learn more about K&G). Happy reading ♥️ 1w
ImperfectCJ @veritysalter Thanks for the tips! I tried Horrostör a couple of years ago and couldn't get into it, but I read a couple of reviews recently that made me want to try it again. As far as Stay Sexy goes, I have mixed feelings about the podcast and about memoirs in general, but the reviews have left me curious. I guess we'll see how it goes! 1w
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The Yearling | Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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At the suggestion of @ljuliel , here are two books that had a strong emotional effect on me. I very rarely cry at books, but I made the mistake of reading The Yearling aloud to my daughter and sobbing my way through a whole section of it. Fierce Kingdom didn't bother me (except for the adrenaline rush) until I finished reading. I closed the back cover and lost it, snot, zubzubs, and all. Very unlike me.

And there you are!

#keeplitsyactive

rubyslippersreads The Yearling is heartbreaking. 🦌💔 1w
ImperfectCJ @rubyslippersreads Indeed. And I make a point of knowing as little about books as possible before I read them, so I was a little blindsided. I knew something bad was going to happen (animals in children's books often don't fare well), but ugh. 1w
rubyslippersreads @ImperfectCJ I doubt if I‘ll ever reread the book (although I have a lovely vintage copy) or watch the movie again. 😢 1w
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TheBookAddict 💕💕💕 I have had The Yearling for a really long time but I haven‘t read it. I may have to read it soon. I‘ll make sure to keep a box of tissue handy. (edited) 1w
ImperfectCJ @TheBookAddict A box of tissues is well-advised. 😭 It really is a beautiful story, just rough. 1w
ImperfectCJ @rubyslippersreads I know what you mean. There was a Franklin Library edition at the library book sale yesterday, but I didn't buy it because I didn't think I'd read it again. Now that I think about it, though, I should probably go and buy it and all of the other Franklin editions they had... 1w
TheBookAddict @ImperfectCJ 😊💕 thanks for the tip. 1w
ImperfectCJ I should probably mention that both of these books affected me because of the parenting themes, trying to make the right choices for our children, the friction between wanting them to be happy in the moment and wanting to prepare them for the wider world, and not having any clue if what we're doing is the right thing or not. 1w
ljuliel Thank you for such a good post and explaining why you chose these books. Very well done 💕 (edited) 1w
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1. Not a big fan of meeting authors, but wouldn't mind having dinner with Ottessa Moshfegh, Shirley Jackson, Gary Shteyngart, George Eliot, Audre Lorde
2. Just want to chat about human nature, life's absurdities/challenges, relationships
3. LT says 68, but I haven't updated my “owned“ tag in a while. Maybe as much as twice that by now.
4. Ugh, I never know whom to tag! I'm still new here and don't want to be presumptuous.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Megabooks Nice choices on authors!! 1w
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks Thanks! Thinking more about it, that would be one odd dinner party. I wonder what I'd serve to eat... 1w
Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚🤗 1w
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#keeplitsyactive #litsyquestionnaire @ljuliel

1. Nice people who share my passion for reading, feeling comfortable posting comments on anyone's posts, even if I don't know them (not sure if they like it, but I feel like having read the same book is connection enough for me to comment).
2. (see below; can't find arrow emoji on the desktop version)

ImperfectCJ 2. Non-book posts, and some of the “-athon“ posting gets a little much at times (almost took a break during October because my feed was so full of athons and point counts). Not that I think people shouldn't post these, it just might be nice to have a way to opt out/filter as others have suggested.
3. See 2.
4. At least once a day, usually.
5. All but read-alongs (can't figure them out).
6. Anything to encourage more conversation.
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ValerieAndBooks Idk if you know, but if you go to the desktop version— Litsy.com, there‘s the option to choose hashtags you want to mute. I‘ve done it several times 😂 1w
ImperfectCJ @ValerieAndBooks I didn't know about that, thanks! I'm on the desktop site at this very moment...I'll have to play with that feature! 1w
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ljuliel Thanks for your responses. I can‘t get the hashtags to stop, but maybe it‘ll work for you. I agree on more book posts. 1w
LibrarianRyan the ⬇ is under the ⭐ section 4th row down 4th from the right on the desk top. And wouldn't better desk top emoji's be awesome. maybe it varies by computer that you are on. 1w
ImperfectCJ @LibrarianRyan Aha! There it is! Looks a little different on my Mac vs my PC, but it's on both. Thanks! 1w
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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My youngest has a weekly band rehearsal next door to one of the city library branches. It's too far to head home in between drop-off and pick-up, so I'm forced to hang out at the library for two hours. The sacrifices I make for my children.

marleed Haha. I kept a bucket in my car full of goodies for the 60-90 minutes of all those practices - even birthday parties. I never attempted to go home because I made that time with my bucket my own! 2w
ImperfectCJ @marleed A goodie bucket is a brilliant idea! I send my kids with treats, why not me? The only thing I worry about with sitting in the car the whole time is needing to use the bathroom. (I don't think that's what I want to use the bucket for...) 2w
marleed @ImperfectCJ haha! I was picking up someone from the airport a couple years back. Plane delayed and I was stuck waiting in the cell phone parking lot. Geez if I‘d have had my bucket! Because then I had to get her to her destination through rush hour traffic. It was a test to my bladder that I never want to make again! 1w
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I quite enjoyed following Alex's convoluted route through Yale's campus trailed by her past and the pasts of others, seeking truth and belonging among the wealthy and self-important. It's helped me remember why I always read the first book in a series only after the whole series is out. Darn you, Bardugo.

Why do authors always have their characters use the term "bled out" instead of "bled to death"? Is it the influence of crime dramas?

LibrarianRyan Maybe. I'm on chapter 5 and trying to finish for tomorrows BN bookclub. 2w
ImperfectCJ @LibrarianRyan That was my deadline, too. Is your BN Book Club well-attended? At my local BN, for Inland I was the only person there, and for The Testaments I was one of three (but the only one who'd read either that book or The Handmaid's Tale). I'm hopeful this one will draw a bigger crowd. 2w
LibrarianRyan @ImperfectCJ I have no idea. It's the first time I am going. They had a murder mystery night that I didn't realize was part of the NF book club. It had 4 people and me. So I shall see. I am in there all the time and they begged me to come. So it's reading and nothing else tonight. Even if I don't finish I want to be 3/4 of the way. I think I can do that. 2w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Dear Book,

Please keep being as awesome as your first 200 pages have been.

Love and kisses,
Charity

(Cashing in on the extra hour from the end of daylight saving to scare myself right before bedtime.)

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Pen Pals | Alexandra Pichard
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Apologies in advance to all of you who are about to receive the #litsylove notes I wrote after having too much coffee. ☕

Stacypatrice 😂☕️☕️☕️ 2w
Crazeedi The best time to write!! 2w
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Hopefully you feel the same way when you get your note. 😆 2w
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Crazeedi @ImperfectCJ ❤❤❤ I'm almost caught up with my replies, just in time to send out some more letters! 2w
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Do you have enough coffee? 2w
Crazeedi @ImperfectCJ I never have enough! Lol 2w
TheBookHippie I‘ve done this on pain meds 🤣🤣🤣 2w
UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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The Girl in Red | Christina Henry
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Mehso-so

Well, this was different than I expected.

Some bits were gratuitous, like a clunky couple of paragraphs about Red's attractions, and some were a little off, like some of the ways the youngest characters acted, and some were just kind of bizarre, like some spoilery things I won't mention.

Overall it was a quick, fun read that I'm certain to forget almost immediately.

ImperfectCJ And I should also mention that the ending was profoundly disappointing but not in a way that's likely to stick with me. 2w
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Popcorn with vegan butter, a sprinkle of brewer's yeast, and a veritable storm of nutritional yeast.
2. Yes!
3. Lower tides (tidepooling!), rain (decreased fire risk!), and food (teaching the kids to cook for me!).
4. Zero! (Except for some dark chocolate, but I eat that every day.)
5. Depends on what the item is. I like all of them, really.

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

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Please share your favorite books about journaling.

I've kept a journal (often more than one) since I was ten years old, but over the past year or so, I've lost my journaling mojo. I feel bored of my own writing voice. I'm looking for a book that addresses the challenges of journaling long-term rather than a book that's just prompts or tips for beginners. If such a book exists, I figured the Litsy crowd would know about it. :-)

LauraJ I‘ve never run across a book better than the one you‘ve tagged, but I‘m curious to see what suggestions other Littens have. 2w
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I didn't manage to visit any bookshops on my recent trip to the desert, but I did visit the World Famous Crochet Museum. And I finished the tagged book. The museum was quirky and fun and perfectly desert-like, but the book was pretty meh. Too many gratuitous twists and turns, characters acting inconsistently/out of character, and a couple of scenes that just made me roll my eyes. Disappointing follow-up to Six of Crows.

ImperfectCJ I just looked at this and realized that it appears that I'm giving the Crochet Museum a poor rating, which is not at all the case. Just to clarify, the museum gets a thumbs up, the book...not so much. 2w
ljuliel I‘ve never heard of the Crochet Museum . Gotta go look it up and see if they have any photos online. 2w
ImperfectCJ @ljuliel It's very cute. It's in a converted drive-through photo place. They have a website with a lot of photos, but I didn't really get how tiny it was until we visited. 2w
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I brought two books with me on our jaunt to the desert, but I'm being tempted by the books in our rental. Not Infinite Jest, though.

vivastory The Lost City of Z & Last Policeman are both solid reads 3w
Addison_Reads I second The Lost City of Z. I recently read it and really enjoyed it. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Addison_Reads @vivastory The Last Policeman is on my TBR, but I'd never heard of The Lost City of Z, so I appreciate the rec! Between epic hikes and my family's insistence on interrupting me every 2-3 minutes when I sit down to read, I think I'll have to pick these up when we get home. *sigh* 2w
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Hooray! I finished one whole book during this #deweysreadathon!

I was hesitant when I saw this one had been made into a TV series (apparently set not in Australia as the book is but in Monterey, CA, where I lived for a few years as a child, although probably in a less-tony part of town than the show), but I really enjoyed it. The mystery unfolds in a compelling way, and the characters are messy, complex, and (mostly) believable.

#deweysoct

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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This is what I love about reading multiple books at once: Finding little coincidences like these two similar passages about nurturing grudges, one from Leigh Bardugo's Crooked Kingdom and the other from Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I find it kind of comforting, like maybe there's order in the universe after all. Or maybe grudges are just part of the Zeitgeist.

#deweysoct #deweysreadathon

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Dewey's Hour 9: After summer squash and eggs, coffee and chocolate, LaCroix and popcorn, with a warm breeze blowing in through the window, I stretched out to read on the couch...and crashed. I didn't even realize I'd fallen asleep until I found myself struggling into wakefulness through the streets of Ketterdam. Probably time to turn on the ceiling fan and take an intentional nap.

#deweys24hourreadathon #deweysoct #readathon

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Dewey's Readathon Opening Survey:

1) I'm in San Diego, California
2) Most looking forward to: All of them? :-)
3) I don't really have any snacks lined up, but the UPS driver dropped off a big box of chocolate the other day, so that will probably make an appearance.
4) About myself: I'm 3+ inches shorter than my 14yo daughter.
5) This is my first Dewey's since I joined Litsy. I'm excited!

#deweys24hourreadathon #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Getting ready for Dewey's #readathon by setting up my stack and following a bunch of other Litsy readathoners. I will not finish all of these---or probably any of these---but I'll make a dent, I hope. Thank goodness for audiobooks so I can read while cleaning house! Now for some shut-eye so I can be up for the 5am Pacific start time...

julesG I have the top two on my TBR, too. 3w
CareBear ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
ImperfectCJ @CareBear My teen has been encouraging me to read that one for ages. Figured it was time for me to read it. :-) 3w
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1. Not only is it a great parenting book, the playdough recipe is invaluable.
2. Yes, before I even leave the bedroom.
3. No, that's what microwaves are for. That and reheating my coffee over and over because I keep forgetting about it.
4. 38/7.5-ish in regular shoes, 39/8.5-ish in running shoes.
5. On it!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Recommended to me by my teenager, this was a fun, fanciful story with a vision of what it might look like to confront hatred with compassion. There were a couple of steamy scenes that made me second-guess abandoning pre-screening all of my daughter's reading, but then I realized that I rarely feel a pull to censor a book for her because of violence, and I got caught up wondering why I'd be okay with her reading about bloodshed but not smooching.🤔

Scochrane26 I think we see that in movies, too. We are much more likely to let kids watch violence than sexual situations in movies. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 Yes, there's a George Carlin bit to this effect. I guess I assumed that I was immune because I was so enlightened. 3w
AmyG Charity, thank you so very much for the birthday card. How sweet of you! 😘 3w
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ImperfectCJ @AmyG You're so welcome! I'm sorry it was late. My intentions often outstrip my implementation (and not just in relation to birthday cards), but my heart is in it. :-) 3w
AmyG Not a problem. Makes my birthday last longer- and I keep my cards out for weeks. 3w
TheAromaofBooks I really love this book, but felt like the steamy scenes were unnecessary, and honestly prevent me from recommending this to some younger(ish) readers that I think would otherwise enjoy it. Still quite fond of the story though. 3w
ImperfectCJ @TheAromaofBooks Yes! I think she could have gotten the point across about the shift in the relationship without so much...detail. I mentioned it to my daughter, and she said, "Mom, I've read much steamier stuff." ? 3w
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The Odyssey | Homer
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Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Odyssey is awesome. Odysseus is such an arrogant jerk. He caused so many of his own problems yet Homer seems to love him all the more for it. My daughter said at one point, "This is a really Odysseus-centered book, isn't it?"

My children and I laughed at so many parts of this book, but naked Odysseus jumping on the threshold to announce his killing spree really cracked us up. Playtime is over, indeed.

QuietlyLaura 😳😂 3w
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Still thinking about this book...

"If the gods created everything, was truth not just another creation?"

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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?May 2019
? I heard about Litsy through readathons (Dewey's, 24in48), but didn't join until I saw through LibraryThing that it was newly available on the web.
? About the same, I think.
?Goodness, I couldn't say. I read all over the place. I really like strong, literary horror and fantasy, but it's difficult to find.
?"know" in the online sense is tough for me to define.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗👏🏻📚 3w
ImperfectCJ @Eggs Thanks for hosting every week! These are fun! 3w
Eggs You‘re welcome! And it‘s a pleasure for me hearing everyone‘s responses 🤗 3w
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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95°F, 10% relative humidity...perfect fall weather to curl up with a book.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I wasn't sure that this book would be my thing, but I found it hilarious and poignant and cringe-inducing. The ending is ho-hum, but overall I found it to be a pleasant audiobook accompaniment to household chores. I alternated this one with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which was a strange juxtaposition, and The Odyssey, which was apt.

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Tracker is telling to his Inquisitor the tale of his search for a boy, which ends up interwoven with the story of Tracker's life and love, his childhood and his coming of age and his compromises with loss. It's a bizarre story and so, so violent, but I'm glad I read to the end. I have no idea whom I'd feel comfortable recommending it to, though.

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Birthday greetings ready to head out, some late, some early, maybe one on time. 🥳

I love that #litsylove gives me an excuse to buy stationery!

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Untitled | Unknown
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❤️ San Diego, CA
🧡 Old enough to know better. (42)
💛 Libraries, libraries, libraries! (And book sales.)
💚 Married
💙 No particular preference, but I'm accustomed to she/her/hers.
💜 It's a combo of the name of my blog and my childhood nickname. It's also my name on LibraryThing.

@JoScho #gettingtoknowyou

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When the text description doesn't match the map. I suspect someone just didn't catch that one "Southwest" should have been a "Southeast." This kind of thing bugs me, but I wonder if it were my job to edit books if I would actually catch these mistakes or if I only see them because I have the luxury of reading at my own pace.

On a positive note, I think I'm finally getting my bearings in this novel. Only took 250+ pages...

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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1. Circe seems appropriate here.
2. Bare feet (unless I'm somewhere with scorpions, in which case, hard-soled slippers).
3. Not counting airplane travel, probably ~10,000 feet while hiking near Salt Lake City.
4. American cheese. *shudder*
5. Not likely.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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“But let me tell you what I see instead. The neediness of it. The begging to be applauded. As if the praise of a thousand strangers would ever make up for the fact that you didn‘t feel loved enough as a child. Oh, you poor thing. You were begging to be devoured.“

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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A quick read exploring the role of myths and fairy tales in our lives and culture. The story is clunky at times and there are enough inconsistencies and inaccuracies to keep me from being drawn in completely, but it was spooky enough to make me hesitant to walk to the bathroom through the dark house so there's that going for it. Are people really as knee-jerk violent as so many of the books I'm reading now suggest?

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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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The first section was annoying, the second and third were promising (if gory), the fourth was just ridiculous, and the coda was unnecessary. I'm perhaps a little sensitive about people dumping on Ohio (it's like how no one's allowed to pick on your siblings except you), but if you're going to do it, at least make the story believable (or so fanciful it becomes magical realism, which could still be emotionally believable).