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JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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Bailedbailed

I'm bailing at 48% (3:47:26 in audio). It's fine—I've just had enough. It's reminiscent of the old Paul Harvey radio series "The Rest of the Story."

Laughterhp I like his podcast. Just a 10 min story a week! 1d
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Pickpick

This installment is not among my favorites, but it's good. I especially liked the increased participation of Dogger.

jb72 I‘ve read two of The Flavia books. I really like her. 2d
emz711 I bought them all too! Paperback though, I did the math on hardcover and couldn't bring myself to do it. Love the rainbow on my shelf 2d
JoyBlue @jb72 It's so cool to have a young, smart, girl scientist in a series. I wish she had been around when I was growing up! 😁 1d
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JoyBlue @emz711 I tend to put them on my gift wish lists. I still don't have the 10th book. I'm hoping someone will finally buy it for me this season. 😉 Do you ever listen to the audio editions? Jayne Entwistle narrates them all. 1d
emz711 @JoyBlue I never have! Any good? 1d
JoyBlue @emz711 I like them. Occasionally there will be a jarring sound, but I've come to recognize her voices for the recurring characters and I find it comforting in its consistency. I can't remember if I've seen any of her film work. If I do now, I wonder how I'll feel about the comparison. Will I be able to separate it from her Flavia audio? 😂 1d
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Stumbling on Happiness | Daniel Gilbert
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Panpan

Advertised as “witty“ and even “hilarious,“ and being compared to books by Malcolm Gladwell, I expected to be much more interested/fulfilled. I was practically bored to death. Gilbert isn't nearly as witty as he thinks himself, and he beats every idea/example to death. Bottom line: we're lousy at predicting what will make us happy and largely disinterested in choosing more wisely. [See more in comments.]

JoyBlue Almost every example I shared with my DH, DH said came from the research of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman (and his research partner), which could be read in (the later-published) Thinking Fast and Slow. 5d
JoyBlue At the very end of the book, Gilbert suggests that, as we're so lousy at predicting our happy outcomes, we should ask someone who's *right now* going through what we're contemplating for the future. He says that we're hardly unique (as we all believe ourselves to be), so employing a surrogate and doing what they're doing now (assuming they report being happy with their results) is a much better way to predict our future happiness. 5d
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Bailedbailed

I'm bailing at 74%. There's still almost 3 hours in the audiobbook (only ~1:45 left at 1.6 playback speed). It's not cute enough to continue when very little has happened in the first ~7.5 hours (~4:45 at 1.6 playback speed).

JoyBlue I do give it a brownie point for this: “Chloe did not have the time for kerfuffles.“ 6d
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Pickpick

Creepy and disturbing. Unsure about my star rating (on other platforms). Definitely a pick, though.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Pickpick

It's rare that I read an 18.5-hour book, let alone finish it waffling about whether I'd like there to be a sequel. (I really liked it! Will a sequel do it justice or fall flat?)

vumblereads Did you read the Night Circus? Which ones better? 1w
tracey38 I'm so happy to hear this one this book is also amazing. 💛 1w
JoyBlue @vumblereads I read/really liked Night Circus over five years ago. I think The Starless Sea is probably better. 1w
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The Matchmaker's List | Sonya Lalli
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Bailedbailed

bailed at 24% 2:33:09

DrexEdit Cute cover though! 😊 2w
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Pickpick

I'm so glad that #BigLibraryRead *finally* made audio available. Otherwise, I might have missed this book. While it clearly takes place in the present, the atmosphere reminds me of the '92 LA riots after the beating of Rodney King.

I liked the developing relationship between Lena and Campbell, as well as several supporting characters. While there isn't time for a lot of character development, I felt like I had enough to go on.

Addison_Reads I've been debating on listening to this one. You're the second good review I've seen posted today, so I think I'm going to go download it. ☺ 2w
JoyBlue @Addison_Reads I hope you like it, too! Let me know what you think (good, bad, or indifferent). 2w
CrowCAH Follow the hashtag and I‘ll be posting discussion questions everyday. 2w
CrowCAH @Addison_Reads yes, please, join the discussion! 2w
Addison_Reads @JoyBlue @CrowCAH I downloaded it today and will start it tomorrow. 😁 2w
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This is the first time (according to my memory) that the audio edition has been included in #BigLibraryRead. Hooray! I'm in!

marleed I‘m going to participate as well. My first time in! 2w
JoyBlue @marleed Yay!!!! 😎 😍 2w
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“I do not encourage early morning chirpiness, even in those whom I know and love. It is generally a sign of a sloppy mind, and is not to be encouraged.“ [101]

Flavia, girl, you crack me up! You are not wrong.

Prairiegirl_reading 🤣🤣🤣that is hilarious and accurate!! 3w
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Pickpick

I almost always feel like Flavia books go by too quickly. I suppose that's better than allowing them to wear out their welcome. 😉

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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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October reading recap: 15 books finished (not including bailed: 4)

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*4-star reads (in order of reading)*

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2), J.K. Rowling **** (reread)

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2), Maureen Johnson ****

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*honorable mention (3+)*

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old (Hendrik Groen #1), Hendrik Groen

Magpie Murders (Magpie Murders #1), Anthony Horowitz

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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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Pickpick

This falls between Pick and So-So for me, so I'm erring on the side of generosity as Sir Terry has entertained me mightily in the past. I guess I was in the mood for something more silly and funny, in keeping with Pratchett's other books I've read.

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Pickpick

Largely family and Beatles photos, with some nice candids and posed shots of other rockers, actors, and more (like this one of Brian Jones and Mick Jagger).

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Bailedbailed

Subtitled "Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women," I was hoping for that. Nope—it's supposed to be humorous. [That's what I get for not checking the genre before reading. Oops.] Me of 10-20 years ago might have found it mildly amusing/nodded my head in resigned agreement. Me of 2019 doesn't find much humor or interest in the sorry state of our society. Maybe things will be funny and interesting again if we survive our current situation.

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Mehso-so

The title had me excited. The content was unremarkable.

Heatherfeather Oh that sucks. This cover is so great! 3w
JoyBlue @Heatherfeather Right?! It wasn‘t bad, and it‘s a quick read, at least. 3w
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Pickpick

I was a huge fan of Agatha Christie's . . . when I was around 8 years old. I'm not sure how well her books have held up. This was fine, but it's really short and not that exciting. Still, read it if you've never read AC. I reread this because I'm moderating discussion on it for one of my online reading groups. I'll supplement the discussion with bits from Murder Ink, Murderess Ink, and The Bedside Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie.

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Mehso-so

It started out so hot and sassy—I thought this was going to be a slam dunk. It lost some of its razzle by trotting out all the goodies upfront and then drawing out too long. I'm not mad that I read it . . . just wish it could have sustained a little (or a lot) longer.

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Mehso-so

I'm glad I read it, but it didn't sit quite right with me. All the while that the author was surely trying to express the all-consuming dedication and difficulties of mothering, she was sort of rubbing me the wrong way. There were times that I felt Amy was going beyond the normal doubts about whether she was a good mom to her actually buying in to the idea that she was a bad mom because she was finally taking some time for herself.

Eggs I agree with you—a skewed dichotomy 1mo
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Bailedbailed

bailed at 33% (2:08:23)

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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Mehso-so

Fine diversion. Most of the characters are mildly or moderately unlikable.

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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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Bailedbailed

I think I'm actually further along, but my bookmarks aren't syncing from device to device. Anyway, I'm just not digging it (it's sooooo slooooow and boring, so far), so I'm bailing at 1:05:26 / 6%.

I'm actually pretty bummed about this—I've been looking forward to reading it for a long time. Maybe someday I'll try again.

Tamra I finished it and I didn‘t enjoy. 😑 1mo
JoyBlue @Tamra Bummer! Thanks for letting me know I‘m not alone. 1mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Pickpick

This was very much what I expected based on the blurbs & reviews. It was entertaining, but overly long and not twisty enough, IMHO. Still, would rate it above average (maybe 3+/5)

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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I've exhausted my renewals and must return to the library. I read only the introduction and a smattering of letters, but I looked at all of the art at least twice through. It's impossible to pick a favorite—there's a lot of fun and gorgeous work.

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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". . . libraries are bastions of democracy and oxygen for the life of the mind, which, as my great-grandfather knew, is our single most ferocious frontier of resistance to inequality and injustice." [from the introduction]

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Pickpick

Didn't live up to the premise or my expectations, but not bad either. Would have liked a couple of supporting characters to have been further developed.

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Mehso-so

I'm torn about how to rate this numerically. I gave the first in the series a 3+. For much of this, second, installment, I might have rated the same. Ultimately, however, I'd rate it a 2+ or 3- because of graphic description of extreme violence, including a sexual assault. This is supposed to be entertainment! Sexual assault is not entertaining. Full stop.

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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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Pickpick

Again, with the cliffhanger ending!!!! When the third book comes out, I'm buying it right away. No more jealousy because my bookish friends read it weeks ago. No more waiting for this mystery chick! 😉

ladym30 Love the duck!❤️ 1mo
JoyBlue @ladym30 It cracks me up! I think this came from the kick-off of this year's summer reading program at our library [time flies so fast, it's hard to keep up with what happened when]. My husband let me pick his duck, too, so I have the science fiction duck, too. Its hat is a spaceship. 😂 1mo
ladym30 @JoyBlue What a great idea from the library. Please post the science fiction duck some time. I would love to see it😍 1mo
JoyBlue @ladym30 I will try to remember! 1mo
ladym30 @JoyBlue Thanks!💕 1mo
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“Oh, the snakes don‘t bother me none. I like them more than people sometimes.“ [1:31:05 13%]

🐍🐍 🐍 🐍 🐍
💙 💙 💙 💙 💙

[Milo is looking dry here because this was taken a couple days before he shed. Now he's all shiny and bright again! He's posing with my first-ever knitted gnome, Gnora.]

#PetsOfLitsy #SnakesOfLitsy #Milo

Aims42 He‘s so beautiful!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How did I not know you had a snake?!?! 1mo
cobwebmoth 😍 1mo
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LauraJ He looks very comfortable. 1mo
JoyBlue @Aims42 Thank you! Right? Even when he's in blue, he looks wonderful. 😍 1mo
JoyBlue @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOL—oops, I let the cat—I mean snake—out of the bag. When I write to my pen pals, I usually save Milo for the second letter. Now I've gone and ruined the surprise! 😂 1mo
JoyBlue @cobwebmoth You can say that again! 😍 (edited) 1mo
JoyBlue @LauraJ He's very chill. I call him my zen python. 🙏 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoyBlue 🤣🤣🤣 Milo is pretty, but I would be scared 😱 1mo
JoyBlue @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I used to be *really* afraid, too. Once I got a chance to learn about snakes, I started to appreciate and love them. He‘s my perfect pet—quiet, low-maintenance, and I‘m not allergic to him! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoyBlue I will admire him from afar ❤️🐍❤️🤣 1mo
JoyBlue @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect! 🥰😂 1mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Mehso-so

Aspects of the writing were beautiful. Overall, I wasn't excited or wowed.

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Pickpick

As a family, we first read this in 2003. I still love it, years/rereadings later!

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First Grave On The Right | Darynda Jones
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Panpan

While this book has a similar feel to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (one of my fluffier pleasures), I was dismayed by the violent portrayal of a sexual relationship. Aspects of the way it was written clearly qualify as sexual assault and rape, even though other interchanges are consensual. I might have been interested in continuing the series for character development and humor. I won't now.

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Pickpick

Loved the funny bits—you know, the ones that elicit a snort! 😂

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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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September reading recap: 19 (not including bailed: 2)

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*4-star reads (in order of reading)*
The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman
The Garden of Small Beginnings, Abbi Waxman
The Institute, Stephen King
The Innocent (Will Robie #1), David Baldacci
Midnight at the Blackbird Café, Heather Webber

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*honorable mention (3+/4-)*
The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan

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Pickpick

I can't remember how I came across this relationship-heavy, multi-generational, small-town tale, but I'm so glad I did!

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Panpan

I was hoping for a fun romp. Instead got a hot mess.

On the plus side: animals and fun new friends, including the local drag queen/pug parent (really, too minor a character).

On the minus side: poor judgment in the face of a hurricane, sexual assault, animal abuse, over-the-top family drama (can't detail this much for fear of spoiling), cavalier treatment of a gun incident, and general ridiculousness.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Bailedbailed

I can see that this is much admired, but I am not getting into it. I don't feel anything for these characters yet, and I suspect that there's a lot of "extra" description that isn't adding value. [bailing at 8% / 1:22:49]

mdm139 I connected with the mother in this book. And the end is from the fathers point of view, which was great cause it showed you he wasn‘t as emotional distant as I thought. 2mo
JoyBlue @mdm139 I'm glad you were able to make those connections. 😊 2mo
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The Innocent | David Baldacci
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Pickpick

Guessing the bad guy before the end didn't diminish my reading enjoyment. My first impression of Will Robie/this book was that it reminded me of a cross between the movie Wild Target and Lee Child's Jack Reacher character. I like both of those a lot, so this book was a pretty good pick for me.

[I thought this was my first Baldacci, but my log says I read one of his in 2006. 😂]

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Machine Man | Max Barry
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Mehso-so

Having rated Jennifer Government highly twice, I was looking forward to Machine Man. What started out as a 4-star read for me, ended up a 2. The first (almost-)half was darkly funny and clever. Then, it just plodded on, becoming more and more ridiculous with no real progress or development. It was a chore to finish.

Addison_Reads I love Jennifer Government 💚 2mo
JoyBlue @Addison_Reads 💙😎 2mo
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Pickpick

Fairly predictable and occasionally unreasonably convenient, and yet I really enjoyed it. There are a few nice relationships, and we get to hear some of the stories from different times and perspectives.

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One Last Thing Before I Go | Jonathan Tropper
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Mehso-so

I've really liked everything I've read of Tropper's . . . until this one. For the bulk of this one, I was disappointed. Really close to the end, it started getting funny . . . until the very end, when it fell on its rump again. Sigh. I'll appreciate the chuckles I got. I guess I can't expect him to hit it out of the park every single time. 😉

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Mehso-so

TIL: dog-narrated mysteries are not my jam. Now I know! 😂 It was fine, but it could have been better (and/or shorter!) without all the dog commentary.

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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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Mehso-so

I really tried, y'all. Romance is not the genre for me.

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The Institute | Stephen King
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Pickpick

Well, now maybe I'll be able to concentrate on real life again.

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Mehso-so

I was underwhelmed. It was OK. If you‘re a fan, I‘d love to hear what was most appealing to you.

RaimeyGallant Good to know! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Okay for me as well.... 2mo
Laughterhp I currently have about 50 pages left. Right now it‘s a so-so for me, but I‘m hoping the end will save it... we‘ll see! (edited) 2mo
JoyBlue @Laughterhp Good luck—I‘m rooting for you! 😀 2mo
CarolynM Underwhelmed sums it up for me too. As I said to someone else just now, great premise, disappointing execution. 2mo
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Pickpick

The illustrations are beautiful!

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Pickpick

I wanted to like this more than I did. It was promising at times, but then would take a disappointing turn in the writing/plot. I'm unsure whether I'll continue reading the series. I liked the cultural aspects of the story (and the cover photo). Torn between Pick and So-So.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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I know that it looks like I haven't been reading for a few days. Crazy, right?! I *have* been reading; but, I've been in Washington DC doing annual Save the Children Action Network volunteer leadership training & advocating for kids with our legislators. It may take me a day or two to catch up my various reading logs.

I reread tagged book for virtual book club. Found a few new tidbits.

[Photo from Uber ride on the way back to the airport Tu pm.]

britt_brooke ♥️ 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Good luck! ❤️ 2mo
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Mehso-so

I've had this on my TBR for ages, but was never really all that interested in reading it (I'm not a short story fan). I finally read it out of desperation (empty Overdrive pipeline), and I'm glad I did. Some of the stories were pretty funny. Others not so much. But, I'm glad to get out of my comfort zone occasionally.

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Pickpick

I didn't know what to expect (maybe I didn't expect much). Probably between a pick and a so-so. I'll err on the positive—I did laugh.

Overdrive can't keep my pipeline full because of its stingy hold limit, so I'm really reaching for things to read. DH conked out early tonight, so I had extra jigsaw and reading time to myself.

jb72 What is with that hold limit? I don‘t get it at all. It should be unlimited. 3mo
JoyBlue @jb72 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who gets it! I mean, the loan limit is super-stingy, too. So, what difference does it make how many holds I have, since I can only check out 5 things at a time? It‘s not like I‘m hoarding books and keeping others waiting! Grrrr! Now I‘m rereading something I just read a month ago, since I‘m sort of at a loss [reading again for book club, but wouldn‘t really need to—it‘s still fresh in my mind]. 2mo
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