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Kristin_Reads

Joined December 2019

📗 She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. - Annie Dillard 🌿
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McNally Jackson - Seaport | New York, New York (Bookstore)
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Couldn‘t resist sharing this photo, too! It‘s really the best bookstore. They have an amazing selection, an adorable children‘s section, and an extensive section devoted to New York. 😍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2w
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McNally Jackson - Seaport | New York, New York (Bookstore)
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I love visiting indie bookstores when I travel and this one is the best! It‘s worth a trip if you‘re in NYC!

Kitta Love this one! 2w
CoffeeAndABook Oooh that looks absolutely enticing 😍 2w
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Vroman's Bookstore | Pasadena, CA (Bookstore)
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I love visiting indie bookstores when I travel to other cities. When I lived in Pasadena, Vroman‘s was my bookstore of choice. I recently visited again and it‘s still fabulous! Sadly, it‘s now up for sale 😢. Here‘s to hoping just the right buyer comes along 🙏🏼🤞🏻

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Absolution: A Novel | Alice McDermott
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I really liked this one! A compelling story of American women in Saigon in 1963. This is beautifully written, powerful, and thought-provoking. The pretty cover is a bonus.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💙💛 4mo
Crazeedi Oooo, sounds good 4mo
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Looking forward to another #BookSpin. Can‘t believe it‘s February already.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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This is brilliantly structured by featuring four mothers and four daughters, across four sections and sixteen chapters; similar to the structure of the Chinese game of mah jong. I‘m late to the party, but so glad I finally read this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella I loved this too. A modern classic. 4mo
Reggie My friend and I quoted this movie to each other one summer during our early 20s. For my birthday that summer he gave me a swan feather and told me it carried all his dreams and wishes for me in my next year. It was probably some 50 cent Joanne‘s fabric feather but I still have it and it‘s the best present I ever got. 4mo
Kristin_Reads @Reggie What an amazing story and special memory! Do you still keep in touch? 4mo
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Kristin_Reads @Ruthiella Truly a classic. 4mo
julieclair I am even later to the party… still haven‘t read this one! 4mo
UwannaPublishme Loved this book🙌🏻 4mo
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Fair Play | Tove Jansson
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Artistic and deceptively simple, this is about work and creativity and love. It‘s a slim novel of interconnected short stories. This has been on my TBR shelf for a couple of years, but thanks to #BookSpin I can now move it to my Read shelf! This was my #DoubleSpin pick ✅

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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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This is an unique, unusual, and haunting read. Very well-written and structured. I went into this completely blind and it took me 130 pages to get into it. I was compelled to finish because so many people rave about the ending and it does come together. Overall this is a soft pick for me though I see why people love it.

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I discovered Pym last year and absolutely have fallen in love with her novels. Reminiscent of Austen, Pym writes of comings and goings, contented middle-aged spinsters, vicars and curates, rejected proposals—and I‘m here for it. (Alas, this one does have a few sections that haven‘t aged well.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella I need to revisit this one. 4mo
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Day | Michael Cunningham
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Taking place on the same date across three years - 2019, 2020, and 2021 - this is a story of an untraditional family who face struggles and limitations. Full of literary allusions, this is brilliant writing. (The Hours is still my favorite by Cunningham.)

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The January Stars | Kate Constable
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My January reading intentions have been stacked! I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I love options. This includes my #Bookspin and #DoubleBookspin picks for the month (Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr & Fair Play by Tove Jansson) and my personal Author A Month choice (Amy Tan). Cheers to a new year of reading everyone!

Tamra Beautiful stack! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @Tamra Thank you! I can‘t wait to read them all 😊 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace Yes, I think I'm more about options than with actually choosing out those options. I just love following all with these monthly TBR games and prompts so I have fun stuff to choose from if I get into the mood. Scavenger hunts are a game to my brain I guess, just thinking about the possibilities which match a theme. 5mo
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What a Year! | Tomie DePaola
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My review page didn‘t show my favorite 5 star reads, but that‘s okay! I love this feature of StoryGraph. I had a great reading year in 2023 and looking forward to a new year. Cheers! 📚

tokorowilliamwallace I liked the new graph feature which shows collective mood, light vs dark themed. 5mo
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A great last book of the year! A funny and touching memoir.

tokorowilliamwallace This author came to speak at a Baltimore County library even when I lived in the area that I was able to attend! 5mo
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86 | This is one for those who love books, for sure. An established book publisher overcame challenges to open a bookshop during the pandemic in the tiny Tuscan village where she grew up. Diary entries are from January to June 2021 and list the books sold on each day. Swoon!

AnnR This sounds good! Thanks for the review. 5mo
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My list for the January #BookSpin. This is going to be a great year!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Kristin_Reads Memory Wall (6) and Fair Play (11) 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, you document where you purchase them! I put this down in my notebook, too, as well as had a TBR jar of prompts of all these spots I picked books up from to draw at random for a TBR game. 5mo
Kristin_Reads @tokorowilliamwallace That‘s a great idea 5mo
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The Stone Diaries | Carol Shields
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The writing in this is excellent… a story of a woman‘s life from birth to death told through her own point of view, her friends and family, letters, and photographs. I had a goal of reading 12 Pulitzers this year and this was my 12th. ✅ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BkClubCare One of my very favorites 5mo
jlhammar Loved this book! 5mo
Kristin_Reads @jlhammar @BkClubCare It‘s so well written… I can see why it‘s a favorite! (edited) 5mo
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Breathing Lessons | Anne Tyler
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82 || Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler
“It was amazing, Ira often said, how people fooled themselves into believing what they wanted to.”
This one made me laugh and cry. A story about family and love that persists despite imperfections.

CarolynM ❤️ Still my favourite Anne Tyler 5mo
Kristin_Reads @CarolynM It‘s great! Can‘t wait to read more Tyler books. 5mo
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Overall this is entertaining and it‘s a quick read, but it wasn‘t really my thing I guess. More spoiler-y thoughts in the comments. I‘m not a huge rom-com person so this was just okay for me.

Kristin_Reads I was pretty annoyed with the MC Iris most of the book for not clarifying so many things sooner. Also, I kept wondering who/where was Gio‘s mom. And I kept hoping she was right about who her dad was otherwise things could have turned out very awkward! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kristin_Reads I was thinking the same!! 4mo
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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❄️ A perfect read for this season. Cozy and heart-warming, even if a bit too perfect. Will definitely read another Pilcher. “The air was cold, but the sun beamed down upon them, and in the shelter of the house there was no breath of wind.”❄️

Gissy Do I have to read first Shell Seekers first. I heard that some characters appear in this book, Winter solstice. 5mo
Kristin_Reads @Gissy I heard that too but I‘ve never read Shell Seekers or any other Pilcher and I loved this one! 5mo
Gissy @Kristin_Reads Okay, good to know. Thank you 🤗 5mo
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MaureenMc @Gissy I‘ve read both Shell Seekers and Winter Solstice, and I don‘t remember there being any crossover characters. 🤔 5mo
Gissy @MaureenMc Oh, okay. I heard that form a YouTuber I think was Miranda Mills if I‘m not mistaken I think I head that firm her. 5mo
MaureenMc @Gissy It‘s quite possible there are crossover characters, but I simply didn‘t remember. 😄 All to say, I think you could read Winter Solstice first. 😁 5mo
Gissy @MaureenMc Yes! 🤗💚❤️💚❄️ 5mo
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Winter Solstice: An Essay | Nina MacLaughlin
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Love this collection of essays on winter, darkness, and nature. It‘s very short and a quick read. A perfect fit for the season. 🕯️

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A perfect cozy morning to read Harry Potter! A fire in the fireplace, pajamas, ambient scene with magical music… chefs kiss ✨

mabell Lovely cozy morning! 6mo
dabbe Are you sure you're not in heaven or Iowa? 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
Kristin_Reads @mabell @dabbe ✨ It‘s like heaven 6mo
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Massy Books | Vancouver, BC, Canada (Bookstore)
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We found the best bookstore in Vancouver! Picked up a couple of complimentary ARCs and a couple of used books, too! The pictured stairs lead up to their art and nature sections. Swoon…

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Starting the weekend off right with a book about cowboys! I have high hopes for this since I‘ve heard so many good things about it.

GinaKButler I loved this one! 10mo
Tamra Soooo good! You are in for a ride. 😉 10mo
Daisey It‘s such a good book! 10mo
Kristin_Reads @GinaKButler @Tamra @Daisey Oh good! I‘m already drawn in at page 60. (edited) 10mo
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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Really liked this! It‘s an engaging read and I‘ll likely read others in the series.

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The Boxtrolls: A Novel | Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
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Got to see the Boxtrolls at the “Films of Laika” (Coraline, etc) exhibit at The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle today and it was amazing! Probably time for a re-read!!

Christine Oh wow, I would adore that exhibit! Love Laika. 11mo
Caroline2 Wow the detail 😍 11mo
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This is such a comfort read! I‘ve loved watching the PBS series and the book is just delightful. Highly recommend!

AnnR Agreed! It is a great comfort read. I've read/listened to the books multiple times. The series is also really, really good on audio and both available narrators are excellent. Still waiting for “Every Single One“ the last (audio)book in the US, to release the version narrated by Nicholas Ralph. 11mo
Kristin_Reads @Ann_Reads Great tip! Thank you! 11mo
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I love this series! Reading a middle grade between denser, heavier reads is one of my favorite ways to cleanse my reading palate. 🌳

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American Primitive | Mary Oliver
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🌳 Whenever I‘m in a reading rut, or even a personal rut, I turn to Mary Oliver. This one is as beautiful and tender as her others. A breath of fresh air. 🌱

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Russell Books | Victoria, BC, Canada (Bookstore)
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Love this bookstore! I‘ve visited the nearby Munro Books, which is also lovely, but this was my first stop at Russell Books and it did not disappoint. Two floors of previously owned, vintage, and new books. Swoon!

melissajayne I‘ve heard of Russell Books. 12mo
Purpleness It‘s pretty awesome! 12mo
IuliaC Wonderful collection covers! 12mo
LeahBergen I LOVE this bookshop! 12mo
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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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📚5-13-23 || Starting this one today! The Pulitzer announcement bumped this one to the top of my TBR.

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📖 3-8-23 || Another delightful collection of connected essays from Katherine May! I think Wintering may still be my favorite of her three, but this is a close second. Highly relatable.

ncsufoxes I just ordered this earlier today. I didn‘t even realize she had a new book out. I love her writing 1y
Kristin_Reads @ncsufoxes Enjoy! She‘s a great writer. 1y
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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🎧 2-25-23 || Juliet Stevenson knocks it out of the park again with her narration. This is a re-read for me and it‘s been close to 30 years since I last read it so everything was new again. I‘d forgotten how poetic Woolf‘s writing is. It truly is a masterpiece.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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📖 2-11-23 || This is a soft pick for me. Pulitzer winner, dark humor, quick read. I can see why this gets mixed reviews. So many say they find Less unloveable yet I think that‘s entirely the point here. It‘s a story of Less coming to fully accept himself and his life in midlife and I suspect this is somewhat autobiographical.

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Fifty Words for Snow | Nancy Campbell
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2-4-23 || I‘ve tried to lean into the season this year by reading this slowly over the past couple of months. It‘s divided into 50 short chapters and also features 50 of Bentley‘s famous snowflake photographs. There are sections on everything from Estonia‘s ice roads to the Icelandic word for “snowflakes big as a dog‘s paw“ to the Kilimanjaro glaciers. A perfect read for this winter season. ❄️

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📖 2-3-23 || I have mixed feelings about this one… I totally can see why this is so popular. Loved, absolutely loved, the writing which pulled me in so much that I cried. However, I didn‘t love some of the characters, the ending, or most of the parts about gaming. Overall it‘s a pick for me and I will most certainly buy her next book.

Ruthiella I found it a mixed bad too. Definitely preferred the first half over the second. 1y
Kristin_Reads @Ruthiella Me too! For the first third of the book I thought for sure it was going to be one of my all-time favorite books. But it turned out not to be. 1y
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🎧 1-27-23 || I love Lucy Worsley‘s biographies, and this is no exception! She handles Christie‘s disappearance with sensitivity and is very thorough in her research. I especially liked listening to this one at the same time as I read one of the Miss Marple mysteries. 🔍

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4:50 from Paddington | Agatha Christie
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📖 1-27-23 || My second Christie and just my first Miss Marple. I was a little disappointed that we didn‘t see more of Miss Marple herself in this one. But it was still fun to guess and to see how it would all come together in the end.**This was the January pick for the Comfort Book Club of my favorite bookish YouTuber, Miranda Mills:
https://youtu.be/7pHYp34y3d0

thegreensofa Great review! 😃. 1y
Kristin_Reads @thegreensofa Thank you 😊 1y
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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📖 1-21-23 || This is the year I‘ve discovered Barbara Pym! Why did I go so long before picking this one up? It is a pure delight… funny, subtle, and reflective.

These podcast episodes have added to my appreciation:
The first has snippets of audio from her interviews - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/backlisted/id1063252175?i=1000471273492
Another favorite -
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slightly-foxed/id1441881918?i=100055768427...

LeslieO Pym! That‘s a pretty cover! 1y
Kristin_Reads @LeslieO I love the old-fashioned style! 1y
batsy Yes! I loved this and I really must read more of her (as I've been saying for years 🙈) 1y
Kristin_Reads @batsy I just ordered three more Pyms! 1y
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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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🎧 1-22-23 || This was my read for #AuthorAMonth and I really liked it. I think it would be a good companion piece or alternate to Little House on the Prairie. Sensitive readers should be aware that It does have some traumatic events.
I‘ve also read The Sentence by Erdrich and really like her writing.

mcctrish I read this ages ago to my boys on a camping trip around Lake Superior and I totally didn‘t not pay attention to the author 🤦🏻‍♀️ I need to get on with reading The Sentence 1y
Kristin_Reads @mcctrish What a perfect choice for that trip! 1y
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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🎧 1-21-23 || This felt like a bit of an over-share but what was I expecting? I‘m now most interested in the Pulitzer winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer, and after a bit more research on *him*, I want to read his other books including his own autobiography, The Tender Bar.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-64217330.amp

dariazeoli He did a great job with Andre Agassi‘s memoir. I‘m not a tennis fan and I found it to be a great read. 1y
Kristin_Reads @dariazeoli Good to know! I have my eye on that one. 1y
MoonWitch94 Ohhh thanks for sharing! 1y
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Suet624 I liked Andre Agassi's memoir a lot. Very personal and accessible. I have The Tender Bar on my shelf waiting to be read. 1y
Kimzey I did like The Tender Bar when I read it years ago. 1y
Kristin_Reads @MoonWitch94 Of course! 😊 1y
Kristin_Reads @Suet624 @Kimzey Agassi‘s memoir and Tender Bar added to my TBR ✅ (edited) 1y
Megabooks Thanks for sharing the ghost writer‘s name. I‘m always curious about that. 1y
Leftcoastzen Tender Bar is one of my all time favorite books! 1y
Kristin_Reads @Leftcoastzen Ooh… good to know! 1y
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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📖 1-9-23 || What a masterpiece. This is just stunning and I won‘t forget it. It‘s a retelling of Dicken‘s David Copperfield but you don‘t have to know that story to love this one. This is compelling and unputdownable. All the stars. Also, this podcast episode goes into the mechanics of how Kingsolver structured and wrote the novel and I find it fascinating:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-case/id1621128813?i=1000589361856
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing the link to the podcast ❣️I will definitely check it out 🤗 1y
BiblioLitten David Copperfield is an all-time favourite! 1y
Kristin_Reads @BiblioLitten I haven‘t read that one yet but this makes me want to! 1y
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Happy New Year! ✨ And we‘re off… This is going to be a great reading year! This game is one of my favorite parts of Litsy. Thank you, @TheAromaofBooks ! #Bookspin #DoubleSpin

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📚 12-31-22 || Final book of 2022 🎉 I ended up really liking this one, though the first quarter seemed to drag. The last half flew by and this author is now an auto-buy for me. A group of women in London become friends while mending wedding dresses to loan to brides during WWII. “An uplifting read that‘s as soothing as a warm cup of Earl Grey on a gloomy morning” (Booklist) 😊🫖

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Reading Is Cool | Frank Schaffer
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I love the StoryGraph charts! My top 20 genres from this year are all over the place… and I have another twenty genres on the board (but they didn‘t all fit here.) What‘s your favorite way to track your books read?

Scochrane26 I use GR, but I love all the graphs, so I spent awhile last week putting this year‘s books into storygraph. 1y
Kristin_Reads @Scochrane26 Well done! I decided last year that I wanted the charts and it‘s the main reason why I used SG this year. 1y
Smarkies I have been using story graph as well. I like the analytics that they have. Plus it helps me track when I start / end reading something. 1y
perfectsinner Goodreads since 2011. 1y
Desha I love StoryGraph too! 📚♥️ 1y
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A Good Book | Sumner, Washington (Bookstore)
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One of my reading goals for the upcoming year is to visit more independent bookshops. I live in a bookstore desert where the closest shop is more than a 45 min drive away. I got a jumpstart today and came away with this book haul from a magical small indie (tagged)✨📚

LeahBergen That‘s a nice Rebecca! 👏 1y
Kristin_Reads @LeahBergen I love the Everyman‘s editions! 1y
LeahBergen I do, too! 1y
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This makes my Gen-X heart so happy! I highly recommend the audio of this as Bono weaves his personal story of faith, love, and reconciliation through 40 of U2‘s classic songs. With snippets of original recordings, this is my favorite audiobook of the year (just under the wire)!

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I hear these are Santa‘s favorite Chocolate Chunk cookies… 🎄✨🍪

https://smittenkitchen.com/2015/04/salted-chocolate-chunk-cookies/

Soubhiville I don‘t know about Santa, but I think they look delicious! 1y
AnnR Wow, those look so yummy! 1y
Kristin_Reads @Soubhiville @Ann_Reads I had to test them to make sure they tasted okay 😉 1y
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Poems to Night | Rainer Maria Rilke
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📖12-19-22 || One of my 2022 reading goals was to expand my poetry horizons by reading a book of poetry each month. I missed two months this year so I‘m quickly catching up. I figured this is an appropriate choice as we approach the winter solstice. I can‘t say I “get” all of these but I do like Rilke and this is a very concise volume.

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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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📖 12-19-22 || This is a soft pick because though I enjoy Benedict‘s writing this one dragged a little. I was disappointed to realize that the MC is completely fictional. It‘s apparent that Benedict did thoroughly research Carnegie and his transition from industrialist to philanthropist, as well as the immigrant experience of the Irish in the later 1800s. I enjoyed The Personal Librarian and still plan to read other books by Benedict.

Crazeedi I agree this one was not as good as her others, but I still like her as an author. Read most of them 1y
Kristin_Reads @Crazeedi which one is your favorite? 1y
Crazeedi This one is so good and about a woman I am in aww. Never knew this story 1y
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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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This just makes so much sense to me! 📚📚📚

Suet624 That‘s wonderful. And so true. 1y
LeahBergen That‘s absolutely true! I always say that I like to age my books on my shelves for a while before they‘re perfect for reading. 😆 1y
Kristin_Reads @Suet624 I love the reframe! 1y
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Kristin_Reads @LeahBergen Love it! Aging your books 😀 1y
jlhammar Yes, exactly! 1y
janeycanuck Definitely going to be calling it my “TBR cellar” now! (Which is a more accurate description, size-wise, than shelf, as well) (edited) 1y
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