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ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ

Joined May 2019

Home educator, reader, autodidact, dilettante. http://imperfecthappiness.org GR & IG: imperfecthappiness, Twitter: @indigoJan43
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Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC (Bookstore)
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No trip to Asheville is complete without a stop at Malaprop's.

Graywacke Yes! There‘s a lovely but less well-named used book store nearby. 7h
ImperfectCJ @Graywacke Is it Downtown Books and News? I've heard of it but haven't been. 7h
Graywacke @ImperfectCJ yes. I recommend! (Ok, was there like 8 years ago. But i loved it then. Lots of obscure interesting stuff.) 7h
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I'm currently on the last several days of three weeks of travel. I haven't gotten a lot of reading done, but I did manage to listen to some of the tagged book this morning before hiking to this waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One more state before we fly home. It's been fun, but it will feel so nice to be back home for a while (even though I have SO MUCH to do when I get back).

Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous photo! 1d
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re having such a great vacation! 56m
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Splurged on some travel reading while I was out picking up some supplies. Hopefully these will help occupy me during the cross-country flight to which I am not looking forward to a destination I'm feeling grouchy about visiting.

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The Apartment | S. L. Grey
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I finished the tagged book on a somewhat gratuitous but sorely needed solo audiowalk. Although the premise---a vacation rental that goes creepily awry---is perhaps not the wisest choice a day before I check into a short-term rental, it was an enjoyable listen. It's also my June #bookspin selection.

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A view from my travels this week. I wanted to post a picture of the sign I saw driving through Las Vegas for "The Library," advertised as "18+" and "now full nude," but I wasn't quick enough to get a photo (delayed because I was aghast), so you'll have to settle for the Grand Canyon. In other news, my family is not enjoying Under the Whispering Door as much as I am, so I spent much of today's drive listening to The Apartment on headphones.

AmyG Beautiful! 6d
MaureenMc They do libraries differently in Vegas. 😆 6d
Roary47 🥰If you still have my address and your swinging by my neck of the woods I‘d love to say a quick hi. 💛 6d
ImperfectCJ @Roary47 Oh, how sweet! I completely forgot about seeing how close we were to Litsy people on this trip! We're actually closer to your neck of the woods at home than we were on this trip...all of our travels were north of the Grand Canyon this time and high altitude because we were trying to stay cool-ish. Next round of travel takes us to humidity (and is obligatory family travel), and I'm trying not to be grouchy about it. 6d
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Road trip listening. Getting mixed reviews from my family. I think not all of them are on board with the slow burn.

LiteraryinLawrence It‘s definitely a heavy book. Worth the read, but sad. 1w
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I enjoyed the latest books enough that I decided to go back to the beginning. Not bad. This is also when I found out that there's a long-running TV series about Bosch. Shows how much I pay attention to TV, I guess.

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Salt Lake City Public Library - Main Library | Salt Lake City, UT (Library)
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Came back to confirm that this is still my favorite library. Next time I move, I'm going to base my decision primarily on what the library is like. I hear the one in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) is pretty awesome.

Cupcake12 Wow 🤩 2w
RaeLovesToRead 😲😲😲 2w
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ozma.of.oz Yo! That‘s my library! ❤️❤️❤️ Love that place. 2w
ImperfectCJ @ozma.of.oz It was ours until we moved away in 2011. We saw that in the children's library they changed the ice cave to "Wild Woods"...as the parent of a kid who got a good knock falling on the hard surfaces of the ice cave years ago, I find this change positive! 2w
ozma.of.oz That sounds like a good change! I haven‘t been in a while. 💖 2w
DisneyFan I‘ve never been to salt Lake but might need to visit based on that gorgeous library alone. Thanks for sharing! 2w
ImperfectCJ @DisneyFan I really like SLC. It's a beautiful and quirky place. If it weren't for the air quality and water shortage issues, I'd push for my spouse to get an all-remote job so we could move back. I like where I live now, but I like moving, and I really miss this library. 2w
DogMomIrene That‘s a gorgeous space! Seems like a place you‘d never want to leave. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘ve been to SLC and I somehow missed this library 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
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The Dark Hours | Michael Connelly
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This series is starting to feel a little insubstantial. Not light, at least not in content, but it feels too intentionally and superficially tied to reality, like a checklist (LA traffic, homelessness, pandemic, insurrection: check). That said, I'm still enjoying it quite a bit. The stories and interactions between characters are engaging, and it's a welcome break to put Connelly's books in my headphones after people talking to me all day.

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Night Fire | Michael Connelly
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I enjoyed this one. There were a couple of things that were confusing to me (like how I thought Ballard and Olivas had shifted a little in their relationship with one another in the previous novel, but in this one, it's like none of that happened), but overall it was a fun ride. Bosch and Ballard are an interesting team.

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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Mehso-so

So, that's how it ends? I feel like this novel never got up to speed. The narrator is the same age I am, or the same age I was at the time the narrator is that age, and I relate to her in a lot of ways, particularly in her attempts to decode the world and in her unsuccessful but persistent attempts to be straightforward. But I can't say I found the aimlessness or the hanging out in her head very enjoyable most of the time.

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I'm finalizing our summer road trip audiobook list and was wondering if Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro would be a good family listen for spouse, two teens, and me. The description seems like something we'd like (fans of Neil Gaiman & The Umbrella Academy), but I nixed Lev Grossman's The Magicians because of at least one scene that I think would be...awkward to listen to as a family. Swearing is fine, but sexy stuff and gore get iffy.

Thoughts?

ImperfectCJ Our short list: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune and The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

Long list includes Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris, Pony by RJ Palacio, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Funny Farm by Laurie Zaleski, and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (which is a re-read for teens and me but new for their dad)
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Hooked_on_books Not sure if it‘s too late, but I just finished this one. There‘s no sex but there is a bit of gore. I strongly vote for Born a Crime. It‘s incredible on audio. 1w
ImperfectCJ @Hooked_on_books Thank you! I suspect we'll finish Under the Whispering Door before we finish driving, and I'll make sure to have Born a Crime downloaded for after that. 1w
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Jumping in on this one!

🏖️Beach (because it's right by home now!)
🧋Iced Coffee (nitro is especially yum; if only I could find it in decaf)
🗺️ Road Trip!! (with audiobooks on the speakers)
🎪 Outdoor Concerts (when my kids are playing; not a huge fan otherwise)

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😎 3w
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Mehso-so

I found this volume fatiguing. I had trouble connecting with and keeping track of the characters, and since this trilogy is a period of US history told through the lives of individual characters, not connecting with them makes it difficult to glean meaning. I did note the use of the word "privilege" and other sentiments in use today, which gives me a sense of history repeating itself. Knowing what happened after WWI, this isn't comforting.

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🍻🍸🥃🛟🚢🪖🥃🍻👔👗🥃🍻🚂🍸🇺🇸
Nothing to See Here, maybe?
3.5⭐

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

kspenmoll Lots of drinks!!! 3w
ImperfectCJ @kspenmoll Indeed! So. Many. Drinks. I always have this vague concern that I might not be safe to drive after reading anything by this generation of authors, there's so much alcohol in their stories. 3w
kspenmoll @ImperfectCJ 😂😂😂 3w
Eggs War, ships, and lots of alcohol 🤣 3w
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Huh. This went in a different direction than I expected when I started reading it. I like the interwoven-stories format, but I'm not sure if it accomplishes all that Nagamatsu intends it to, which is a lot. It seems at the same time depressing and unrealistically optimistic. I couldn't help but think there would be some major supply chain issues that the novel doesn't address at all, but I like the sense of unity, even if I don't quite buy it.

ImperfectCJ I'm having trouble finding the discussion posts for this for #camplitsy again, so hopefully I get another tag for this weekend's discussion (although I probably won't have time to participate with as busy as things are looking to be). 3w
Soubhiville @squirrelbrain posted them, so if you go to her page you‘ll see them a few posts down 😊 3w
ImperfectCJ @Soubhiville Thank you, that worked! I forgot who was leading this discussion and the hashtag gave me too much to scroll through. 3w
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squirrelbrain Great review - looking forward to hearing more at the weekend. We‘ll continue to tag everyone anyway. There are so many #camplitsy posts aren‘t there?! I‘m hosting the first two books in June, followed by @Megabooks in July and @BarbaraBB in August. 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks @Soubhiville - you can be my Camp Cabin assistant if you like?! 🤣 3w
Soubhiville @squirrelbrain I‘ll be in charge of tiki torches and the first aid kit? 😆 3w
Megabooks I will double check your handle is correct on the master tag list. If you have a chance, I‘d love for you to elaborate on your thoughts ⬆️. I remember thinking about supply chain when I first read it in April, so thank you for jogging my memory! I think there were some blind spots, but he also created a really compelling world. 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds perfect! @Soubhiville 🏕 ⛑ 3w
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It must be challenging to think up so many titles for so many novels. That's the only explanation I can think of for the choice of title for this one as it only barely relates to the story at all. I like the dog, but Hastings kind of gets on my nerves in this one. Poirot seems a little snippy this time, so maybe Hastings is annoying him, too. The whole novel feels a little haphazard, like Christie was feeling weary also. Or I might be projecting.

Avanders This is an outdated term that means you cannot speak… if the witness is the dog, maybe… 🤔 4w
ImperfectCJ @Avanders Yes, I'm familiar with “dumb“ used to mean “mute“, I'm just notorious for giving spoilers that I don't think are spoilers, so I err on the side of cryptic and end up saying nothing of substance. I don't recall the dog witnessing the murder, though, which is why I think the title doesn't make a lot of sense (and which is what I was afraid might be a spoiler). (edited) 4w
Avanders Lol ahhhh sorry - I can understand that! 😁 And interesting re the dog! You‘re so right… I was just trying to come up with *some* reason for that title! 😂 (your review made me lol and stop and think 😜) 4w
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My #litsyversary came and went, and I totally forgot about it! It was May 27th (or 28th...I think time zones mess with the date). It's been three years since I joined, and what an unusual three years it's been!

This is Camille saying, "Hi!"

Susanita Hi, Camille! 😻 4w
Ruthiella Happy belated Litsyversary! 🥳 Camille is on the prowl! 😻 4w
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One of my students recommended this book to me, and I decided to surprise her and read it before our last class of the school year. It's a fun little book, with both fart jokes and emotional sensitivity. I think I'll read the second in the series, too...and maybe re-read Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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May #bookspinbingo card. I count 4 bingos (2 vertical and 1 each diagonal and horizontal). I DNFed 2 titles and finished my #bookspin (Emma in the Night) but not my #doublespin (Beauty for Truth's Sake).
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 1mo
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I learned about DeRoche from friends who were circumnavigating with their kids several years ago. I followed her blog, so I knew the basic outline of her story and what happens after the book. She has some interesting---and some funny---adventures, but knowing how the story turns out, I couldn't help but assign greater significance to some of the events and interactions. Basically, it's a quick memoir that doesn't make me want to sail.

TheBookHippie NEVER. I loathe water and this book freaked me out! BUT I did enjoy it! (edited) 1mo
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June #bookspin list! Some of these might not come in at my library in time, but I decided to be optimistic and include them.

I'm trying to finish one or two in the last hours of May before posting my May #bookspinbingo card.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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A qualified "pick" for this one. It's better than most self-helpy books, and I appreciate how much variety they offer in their examples, including examples of relationships that maybe aren't destined to become "exceptional," but the example dialogues feel somewhat contrived and biased towards a particular way of living life (full-time career, going for drinks with friends) that feels a little limiting. (Cont'd in comments)

ImperfectCJ And right now my difficulty is with establishing friendships rather than growing them, so the utility of the suggestions for me is less than it might be for someone else. There's also a misattributed quote at the very beginning of the book that felt sloppy to me and probably colored my experience of the book as a whole. 1mo
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Bailedbailed

Bailing for now, not because I'm not enjoying this one (I am!) but because I only have access to the audio right now, and the recording gives essentially no indication of whose voice is being read, something that, as I understand, is indicated by italics or non-italics in the print version. I just find it too difficult to follow without knowing who's speaking. So, I hope to pick this one up again once I get it in print or eBook.

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This novel provides a look at many facets of Deaf culture, addressing schooling, trends in medical recommendations (often influenced by discrimination and bias within the hearing culture), racism, ASL and BASL, classism, and protest, all set within southwest Ohio. The characters are vivid and the story is interesting, but the ending is abrupt and I don't quite understand what point the author was trying to make ending it as she did.

ImperfectCJ I will also mention that I alternated between eBook and audio on this one, and I found the way they handled each to be very interesting. For example, the eBook has diagrams and descriptions of ASL usages, and the audiobook has audio of the author signing dialogue that's in ASL. Each brings a different dimension to the language. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I took a few sign languages in college and visited Gallaudet for a short internship where I learned a lot about Deaf culture. It‘s been years, but my neighbor‘s parents are Deaf, so I‘ve been retracting myself. Can‘t wait to read this book! 1mo
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ImperfectCJ @4thhouseontheleft We had dinner with my spouse's Deaf cousin and her CODA son last night, and they own the book and plan to read it during some upcoming travel, and I really look forward to getting their impressions. The son did say a Deaf friend of his recommended it to him, but that's all they had as far as feedback so far, aside from correcting my "true biz" sign. :-) The bit of Gallaudet history in this one is very interesting to me! 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 1mo
Suet624 I‘m with you on the sudden ending! 2w
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Dark Sacred Night | Michael Connelly
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I like the characters in this one a lot, but the story doesn't quite work for me. A couple of the coincidences seem a little off, and some of the smaller subplots are dropped too abruptly. Maybe this is the kind of series where these are picked up in other books?

Photo is a thistle I saw when I was walking today. I really love this purple.

Soubhiville Thistles are so pretty, it‘s a shame they‘re so prickly. 1mo
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The Late Show | Michael Connelly
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Finished this one up on audio so I could get some chores done this morning. It was relatively fun, and I can see myself picking up more of the novels featuring Renée Ballard. The police protocol details are a little more nitty-gritty than I require, but I like the setting, and it tickled me a bit that, although I have only been to downtown LA once, one of the places I visited---The Last Bookstore---plays a small but significant role in this novel.

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1. Somewhere without bugs, seagulls, or crowds. Maybe a beach in Acadia National Park two weeks before Memorial Day.
2. My little family (spouse, our two teens, and me).
3. Hummus, green olive and artichoke tapenade, rice crackers, sliced veggies, watermelon, chocolate tart, NiCola LaCroix.

@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

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The Late Show | Michael Connelly
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I've never been totally clear on what people meant when they referred to a "police procedural," but now that I've read a scene in which a main character figures out what search terms to use in a case database, I think I'm starting to get the idea.

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The 42nd Parallel | John Dos Passos
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I'm enjoying these little slices of American life in the early 20th century. This first volume definitely ends abruptly, and I might have to pick up the second before I get the characters from this one all jumbled in my head. This epic is better, less dry than I expected it to be, at least so far. We'll see if it holds my interest through two more volumes.

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The 42nd Parallel | John Dos Passos
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Last P.E. class until August. I spent most of it, as usual, audiowalking. I'm still tickled that part of this book takes place in San Diego (although it's set more than 100 years ago so is a very different San Diego than the one I live in, there are still people hoping to make it rich in real estate).

Also, I never think the grass looks this brown in real life.

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The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway
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Thoughts while listening to this book:
-Memories of Spain and trying to imagine it in the 1920s (Madrid is easiest, but I probably still pictured it very wrong).
-How does Hemingway put so much imagery and emotion into such straightforward statements?
-These characters are about my grandparents' parents ages, and it gives me vertigo to think of them young like this and trying to figure out life.

Photo: erasers.

ImperfectCJ Also, my grandfather once said that when he was evacuated from Spain at age 13, he met a man named Ernesto who said he was from Oak Park, Illinois, and on the one hand, it seems like meeting Hemingway is something that could have happened to my grandpa (and vice versa), and on the other, it seems very unlikely, but I still like the story. 1mo
tpixie @ImperfectCJ great story! 1mo
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I really like Hemingway, but his subdued style and the up-all-night-in-Paris partying in this novel make this audiobook a strange listen while running. I wonder how many other people on the trail with me this morning had Papa's words in their ears?

Ruthiella There was so much drinking to excess in this book, it made me feel a little ill at the time. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Ruthiella Same here. I'm like, "Please don't pour her a brandy. Don't you have to be at work in a couple of hours?" I think I can blame these characters for how difficult the run felt this morning. 1mo
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is a stirring look at how individual lives shape and are shaped by national events and at what the terms "military coup" and "civil war" mean in everyday life, but I'm afraid that everything that's happened since 2016 has left me leery of reading about government instability and the tyranny of the masses. I'm glad to have learned about this period in history, though, and about how the US in the 60s looked to other parts of the world.

ImperfectCJ And yes, I know this novel is about Nigeria and the short-lived country of Biafra, not the US, but I really appreciated how Adichie put the situation in Nigeria in context for me as a United Statesian by pointing out how chaotic and violent the US looked to those outside at this time. 1mo
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"Oscar Wilde, among others, wryly commented, 'Be yourself, everybody else is taken.'"

Actually, no, he didn't: https://www.professorbuzzkill.com/qnq-23-wilde-be-yourself/

I'm getting so fatigued reading misattributed quotes. It's annoying but somewhat excusable in a social media post, but it really makes me question an author's---and publisher's---credibility when it's in a book. I'm only on page 4, and I've already got one foot out the door.

DogMomIrene Yikes! Especially when the author has a Ph.D. Duuuuuude, I have a blog, but I fact check like crazy. You‘re publishing an actual book, c‘mon! 1mo
ImperfectCJ After erroneously crediting A.A. Milne with Disney-created Pooh pap twice in just a few months, NY Times Crossword is on the verge of losing my paid subscription, and I currently have a 532-day streak, which should give a sense of how much this bothers me. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @DogMomIrene I do the same thing with my blog. I'm terrified of publishing inaccuracies, and I don't even have that many readers. I read something like this, and I'm like, "have some dignity, man!" 1mo
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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💠 Done
💠 Audiobook that I started on a run. It's not necessarily well-suited for that purpose.
💠 I really couldn't say. It's just kind of in the buildup right now.
💠 If I own a book, I will sometimes use a pencil to underline or mark a passage with a star then take notes in a separate notebook. Mostly I don't mark them, though, unless it's for #lmpbc :-)

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Want to play? @phantomx @Jadams1776 @allureofbeauty

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 1mo
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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This novel feels very male-oriented in a kind of Stand By Me, A River Runs Through It way. It has that view of women and girls as peripheral to the main action of life, acted upon but rarely, if ever, acting for themselves. It's a view I associate with my parents' generation, one that generation seems to look back on with fondness (not as individuals, but in general). I enjoyed this novel a lot, but this masculine bias was always in my awareness.

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Mehso-so

Not my usual fare. In fact, I've studiously avoided romance since I grew out of my high school Jude Deveraux phase, but after many people whose reading tastes I trust insisted I try some of the newer romances, I figured I ought, out of fairness, to give one a try. And it's fine. It doesn't feel true to the time period at all and is pretty boring in between the steamy bits, but for what it is, it's fine. Now I can resume ignoring the genre.

sarahbellum Sounds like we feel similarly about romance 😂. My general feeling after reading one is “meh,” much to the chagrin of my book club 1mo
ImperfectCJ @sarahbellum “Meh“ pretty much covers it. I don't feel strongly enough about the genre to hate it, but I did feel a surprisingly strong sense of relief starting some literary fiction after this one, like coming home after a business trip or something. (edited) 1mo
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I wasn't in quite the right mood for this book (I've already been chewing on a lot of these ideas, and I really don't get into dance, which made up a good bit of the mastery discussion and took me back to a very uncomfortable ADF I attended in the early aughts), but I appreciate what Lewis is doing here. I also really like the concept of "nimble grit," the idea that persistence is incredibly valuable, but so is knowing when to pivot.

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I found this book delightful. It's a little over-the-top at times, but only enough to be improbable, not impossible. And really, bombings and air raids and evacuations of children and really most of WWII are over-the-top but completely factual, so there you are. The novel feels like an honest depiction of several types of trauma and cultural biases from a child's perspective.

megnews I loved this. 2mo
mandarchy I love this book, it reminds me of Angela's Ashes, but 4th grade style. 2mo
merelybookish Loved it too! There's a sequel but have never gotten around to it 2mo
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Goddess of Filth | V. Castro
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Panpan

This is a quick read that didn't really do it for me. The timeline is unclear and the writing style cursory. Castro is an author with a good message but no faith that her readers will get the message without her repeating it in plain language over and over again, which is fine, just not what I read fiction for.

I'll plan to get this one in the mail tomorrow or Thursday.
#lmpbc @phantomx @allureofbeauty @Jadams1776 @suvata

allureofbeauty Looking forward to it. 2mo
ImperfectCJ @allureofbeauty The other two readers in our group loved it, so I think there's a good chance you'll like it, too. Just wait until after you've read it to read my "final thoughts" so my grouchiness won't taint your experience. :-) 2mo
allureofbeauty Haha will do. I‘ve been wanting to read it for forever it feels like so I hope it doesn‘t suck (for me) like the blackened teeth one did. Hated that one. 2mo
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Remainder | Tom McCarthy
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Throughout this book I kept thinking about unfettered capitalism and the impunity with which the wealthy move through the world, how in a capitalist economy, enough wealth gives a person license to stop thinking of other people as people but rather as objects, or worse than objects because in capitalist societies, objects have value.

Basically, I find this book intriguing and depressing. So, a qualified "Pick," I guess.

Fr3NcHtOaSt How do you like the kobo? I have a kindle but wondering how the kobo is 2mo
ImperfectCJ @Fr3NcHtOaSt I like it a lot. It's easier to get library books on it (if the library uses Overdrive), and I find it more responsive when I'm taking notes on it than my Paperwhite. 2mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt @ImperfectCJ I use libby to get my library books on kindle. Don‘t ever use the notes function on kindle so I can‘t speak for that but overall I‘ve been pleased with my kindle paperwhite 2mo
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ImperfectCJ @Fr3NcHtOaSt you can get library books directly on the kobo (Overdrive is built in, and Libby is part of Overdrive). I usually use the Libby app and then they automatically show up on the kobo when I sync it, no extra step through my Amazon account. I also like that I'm not supporting Amazon and that I can get library books from my non-Overdrive library, with an extra step, but I know those aren't going to be as important to everyone 2mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt @ImperfectCJ a lot of times I just download books elsewhere and convert with an app I have on my phone and email to my kindle via the kindle email address. Works great that way too. 2mo
ImperfectCJ @Fr3NcHtOaSt If what you have works for you, there's not much reason to change. These are just the things I like about the kobo I have compared to the Paperwhite. 2mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt @ImperfectCJ thanks. I was just curious is all 2mo
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I found this one fun, with multiple sleuths, one of them a writer of mystery novels, which felt playfully meta. I have absolutely no knowledge of bridge, except to know that it's way more complicated than euchre and therefore not something I'm likely to play well, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the novel.

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Drove across town twice, jogged three miles, helped one of my kids record an orchestra audition, and figured out where the painters left the lightbulbs from the dining room light fixtures (but not why) and still found time to read from three different books, the tagged on audio (while jogging, driving, cooking, cleaning), Remainder on Kobo, and Watership Down as a read-aloud with my son while he put clean sheets on his bed. Multitasking!

Ruthiella Many years ago my mother made the painters buy new curtain hardware because it had disappeared. We found it months later in a closet. 😆 2mo
Smrloomis Wow, you got a TON of stuff done! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
ImperfectCJ @Ruthiella I can totally see that happening! I was actually on the phone with the painting company talking about the bulbs when I found them, which was amusing. 2mo
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Riot Baby | Tochi Onyebuchi
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Although I think I missed some things listening to this on audio, I did get the rich, evocative imagery and the sense of rage and power vs hopelessness and helplessness. This is a novel that looks into the near future, imagining what happens when we as a society continue to choose to accept injustice for some for the illusion of peace. This story suggests that reforming a broken system isn't going to be nearly enough.

Readergrrl I really loved this short novel! I‘ve suggested it many times to friends. It wasn‘t the easiest of reads (the shifting voices, time periods, and elements of magical realism paired with a gritty topic) for me, but SO worth it!! (edited) 2mo
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If Burnt Offerings had been written by a woman, it could have been a feminist horror novel, but as it stands, it instead feels vaguely like an indictment of a certain type of woman/wife/mother. I enjoyed reading it but didn't really find it scary or spooky, perhaps because I was a little stuck on the 1970s feel (which I also get reading The Shining). A worthwhile addition for anyone with a desire to get a sense of the history of the horror genre.

ImperfectCJ This is the novel I was supposed to read for April for #lmpbc, but I forgot what month it was. I'm back on track now, though! @Jadams1776 @phantomx @allureofbeauty @suvata 2mo
LeahBergen I kinda love ‘70s horror. 😆 2mo
allureofbeauty Love the covers and it sounds good lol 2mo
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Emma in the Night | Wendy Walker
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This novel isn't what I expected, but I enjoyed reading/listening to it. Without going into spoiler-level detail, I'll just say that I appreciate the nuanced redemption in this book.

It's also my May #bookspin, so the month is off to a solid start, reading-wise.

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Trying to get back into the #bookspinbingo swing of things this month!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 2mo
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I enjoyed the nurse narrator Christie uses in this novel, although the accents (especially the American ones) the audiobook narrator chose were a little distracting. I tend to listen to Christie mysteries at the beginning of the month, which is when I do the monthly deep-clean of the cats' litter boxes, so I find I associate Hercule Poirot with that chore.

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