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I bring home books like a cat lover brings home strays and I bring home cats like a book lover brings home book hauls.
Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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I didn‘t love it but I didn‘t hate it either 😹. It started out great but then went off the rails for me. I felt like the author was really trying for something that she just quite couldn‘t pull off. I liked the premise of rewilding wolves in Scotland but some of the plot points were just ridiculous. My favorite thing about this book was that it introduced me to Werner‘s Book Of Colours. If you‘re a sensitive reader, stay far away from this one.

wanderinglynn What a cutie! 🧡🐱 2mo
LeahBergen But Kitty seems to like it. 😉 2mo
LibrarianRyan Hello. Just checking in to see if you sent off the LMPBC book. I want to make sure it wasn‘t lost in the mail. 2w
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I LOVE IT @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 ❤️❤️ It‘s perfect and I can‘t wait to put it together! Thank you!! 🤗 #puzzleswap

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Have you ever put together a round puzzle? The one you gave me, with it‘s irregularly shaped pieces, has been quite the very fun challenge so far. 2mo
wanderinglynn That‘s beautiful! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow! 2mo
Suet624 Gorgeous! 2mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Après le petit déjeuner ???☕️

TrishB Be interested in your comments 😁 3mo
KimM Lovely book 3mo
Jas16 My library hold for this one just came in. Looking forward to starting it. 3mo
LeahBergen They‘re sleeping off their meal quite nicely. 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll love it as much as I did ❤️ 3mo
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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I loved this - it was comforting every time I opened this book and returned to Boyne City to check in on Jane and her crew. Heiny is a great writer who is able to brilliantly capture mundane moments and ordinary people and make them memorable. “If she were a Crayola crayon, she‘d be Blue Bell.” For fans of Elizabeth Strout.

Cinfhen Agreed! This book was a warm comforting hug - I really loved it. 3mo
TrishB Reminds herself to read. 3mo
BittersweetBooks Completely agree, one of my favorites this year! 3mo
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CarolynM She's good. I enjoyed this one and loved 3mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen hope all is well with you and your family ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @TrishB it‘s a good fall/winter book! 3mo
LauraBeth @BittersweetBooks I think this will be in my top 10 for the year! 3mo
LauraBeth @CarolynM I still need to read that one and will probably get to it sooner rather than later! 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks for checking in !! We‘re well 😘Hope is all well with your fam! Your daughter must be a high schooler now 😱 3mo
LauraBeth @cinfhen She‘s a senior 🙀 I‘m not sure where that time went! Is your baby still in NYC? 3mo
Cinfhen No wayyyyyy; a senior!!!! Whoa! She was just a middle schooler!!! I feel OLD 3mo
Cinfhen My daughter is still in NYC but she‘s moving to Atlanta with her Hubby in December 😁 3mo
Cinfhen My baby baby turned 20 on Thursday!!! He‘s still here, in Israel. 3mo
LauraBeth 20! That‘s hard to believe! What brings your daughter to ATL? 3mo
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Practical Demonkeeping | Christopher Moore
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Spotted someone reading in the wild today at lunch.

TrishB Love it ♥️ 3mo
CarolynM 👍❤ 3mo
LeahBergen Yesss! 👏🏻 3mo
LauraBeth @TrishB, @CarolynM, @LeahBergen why does seeing people actually reading make us so giddy?! 😂 3mo
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Puzzles to Puzzle You | Devi Shakuntala
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rather_be_reading awesome! 3mo
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Someday, Someday, Maybe | Lauren Graham
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This was predictable and yet also funny and charming. This book lets you revisit mid-90s NYC while also revisiting your early adult years when you thought you had to have everything all figured out (because you just knew that everyone else your age was ahead of you with their careers and love lives). Great if you‘re in a book slump or just in need of a palate cleanser.

BkClubCare Agree 🌟 3mo
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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Going to give this one a whirl.

Leftcoastzen Awww!🐶 3mo
Megabooks It‘s fun! 3mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen she‘s my old girl ❤️ 3mo
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LauraBeth @Megabooks I love it so far! 3mo
CarolynM It's fun. Enjoy. 3mo
Suet624 I‘m reading it now too. 3mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I really love her figurative language 3mo
Suet624 Yes and she‘s making me guffaw now and again. 3mo
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM ! 😀 3mo
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Meet Your Baker | Ellie Alexander
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was cute and I‘d definitely read another book in this series. Loved the setting in a touristy town in Oregon and there are enough rabbit holes in the mystery to keep you guessing. Recipes included in the back of the book.

Surviving Savannah | Patti Callahan
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Here are a few selections

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sharread Wow these are some amazing reads. I'm not interested in Spying on the South, but anyone of the 3 is good to me. 3mo
mrsmarch I loooved Horowitz‘ Confederates in the Attic and would read Spying, especially since Olmstead is a well known personality here in Boston. Bayou Moon or Low Country would be my next votes. 3mo
Mynameisacolour These are awesome reads! So hard to choose but if I HAD to pick it would be either Low Country or Under the Bayou moon. I'd be happy to ready any of them though. 3mo
sharread @mrsmarch I'm open to any one especially since you read the author and enjoyed it. 3mo
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The Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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LibrarianRyan I would so reread the phantom toll booth. So so so much. And it‘s such a perfect t fit. 3mo
LauraBeth @LibrarianRyan it‘s one of those books that has always managed to escape me somehow and I‘d love to finally read it! 3mo
ozma.of.oz I‘ve read The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Every Heart a Doorway, and The Gilded Wolves and loved them all and would be down for a reread! The rest look fun and I‘ve got The Midnight Library on my TBR! 3mo
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WanderingBookaneer I‘ve read Stays of Paris and Gilded Wolves, but I‘d read any on these. 3mo
mrsmarch Non-group member opinion here, I read A Winter's Promise this year and it's gooood. Also, The Phantom Tollbooth is such a beautiful book. 3mo
LibrarianRyan Ello,

Just checking in to see if you picked a book. I am just updating my notes and reading list.
LauraBeth The Phantom Tollbooth @LibrarianRyan! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @LauraBeth cool beans 3mo
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Meet Your Baker | Ellie Alexander
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It‘s his month so I‘ll let him have it. 🐈‍⬛

I like the Shakespeare references in here after reading Hamnet.

TiredLibrarian Great pic - & I see kitty ears on your bookmark, too! 😻❤ 3mo
LeahBergen Now, which kitty is this? I feel out of touch with the menagerie! 😆 3mo
TNbookworm 😻 3mo
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LauraBeth @TiredLibrarian I got the kitty bookmark from Hub City Booksbop (it was tucked into a book I bought and it‘s their store cat, Zora) 😻 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I need to do a pet update and GET a pet update from everyone 😹 This is Robbie. 3mo
Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 3mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 3mo
batsy This photo 😍 3mo
kspenmoll That eye is staring at me! 3mo
Gissy 😻 🐈‍⬛ ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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It‘s a baby dragon and a cat - that‘s all you need to know! But also great for readers getting into chapter fiction. Love the smart and compassionate character, Zoey.

DGRachel Bitsy! 💖 3mo
Soubhiville Hey Bitsy! 3mo
BookNAround I just bought this one to give to my daughter‘s best friend for her 2nd grade classroom. She‘s a new teacher and it‘s a Title 1 school so I decided I needed to help her classroom library grow. 3mo
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LauraBeth @DGRachel 👋 How is your Bailey? 3mo
LauraBeth @Soubhiville 👋 - hope Sietje is well! 3mo
LauraBeth @BookNAround oh her students will love it! That was so kind of you to help get her started! It‘s a great series to teach kids to do their own research and form conclusions that are grounded in science. 3mo
ravenlee I love this series! 3mo
BethM Love the puppers! 3mo
LauraBeth @ravenlee it‘s so good! I guess I‘m gonna have to read all of the books! 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @BethM ☺️ she‘s getting old! 3mo
Soubhiville Sietje is great, thanks! I felt like I hadn‘t seen Bitsy on for a while. Everything good there? 3mo
LauraBeth @Soubhiville oh good - I‘m glad to hear! I took some time off Litsy because I totally couldn‘t read at all in 2020 and have just now found my reading groove back 😀 3mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you‘ve got your Mojo back. I think a lot of us had changes in reading habits. 💜 3mo
LeahBergen Hello, darling Bitsy! 😘 3mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth Bailey is a brat. 🤣 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘ve missed seeing johnnybergen ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @Soubhiville I‘m glad my reading mojo is back as well! 3mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel 😂😂 3mo
BarbaraJean Oh, it‘s so good to see you posting again! I‘ve missed you and Bitsy and the gang! 🤗 3mo
LauraBeth Awww thanks 😊 @BarbaraJean! I‘ve missed everyone! 3mo
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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.”

Leftcoastzen 😻 4mo
Megabooks #coverlove 🤩🤩 4mo
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CarolynM 🙄😣😆 4mo
TrishB Most days in work. 4mo
Sumi 😀 4mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen, @Prairiegirl_reading, @CarolynM, @TrishB, @Sumi I‘m glad to see that it wasn‘t just me that this resonated with! 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks I‘m so glad they changed the original cover! 3mo
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Someday, Someday, Maybe | Lauren Graham
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This is charming, earnest, and funny. I‘ve enjoyed getting to know Franny Banks in 1995 NYC. 1995 was three years prior to one of the greatest ever films being released: You‘ve Got Mail. 😂 Don‘t worry - Bitsy is also in the car. We needed a Dunkin‘ pick-me-up and if I was going, we were ALL going!

slategreyskies I love You‘ve Got Mail!! One of my favorites! ❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @slategreyskies me too! I watch it every year! 4mo
CarolynM Looks like Miles would like to drive😆 4mo
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UwannaPublishme Aww! Been missing your Bitsy posts! Glad to see you having fun with Miles too! 4mo
LauraBeth @CarolynM 😂 not sure he‘d reach the pedals! 3mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme awww thanks! 😊Hope you are well! I‘ve missed everyone! 3mo
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“The gift of close reading translates into the gift of perspective. Thoreau can look at Walden and see not only the subtle changes in the place as the seasons progress, he can see the layers of humanity upon the land, the past, present, and future existing all at once…Read so closely that the landscape you‘re in or the book you‘re reading becomes you. It is through such constant, intense close reading that you can touch the edges of your soul.

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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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I picked this book up because I loved the cover and it ended up blowing me away. This is a delightful read if you love nature writing.

“…I forgot all the imperfections when the wood
thrush returned and the notes drifted
through me
it slung its song straight into my heart the harmony
it made with itself
hung onto heaven pierced my
soul brought back love
from a place I‘d never known”

Suet624 It's the elusive southern beauty, Laura Beth! Flying through on her way to ever more exciting reads. I was so excited to see your post this morning. Thank you for the recommendation.
LauraBeth @Suet624 ❤️❤️ I hope you‘ve been well! 4mo
Tamra I love nature writing. 🪶 4mo
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LeahBergen That cover! 😍 4mo
LauraBeth @Tamra me too! It‘s definitely an underrated genre! 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I love it when the pages in-between a great cover surprise me! 4mo
Tamra @LauraBeth after looking it up I realized it‘s the same author of The Home Place, which I adored! So of course I immediately ordered Sparrow Envy. 😃 (edited) 4mo
LauraBeth @Tamra I haven‘t read Home Place but it‘s been on my TBR! I‘m really looking forward to reading it now! 4mo
Tamra @LauraBeth please do! I so enjoyed it and it‘s one of those rare books that is deserving of rereads. I‘m not surprised he also writes poetry. 4mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a lovely book but I can see that it may not be everyone‘s jam. It actually reminded me a lot of Lincoln In The Bardo in the sense of how does a child‘s death affect a family.

PS we‘ve adopted my friend‘s mini Schnauzer (after he became too sick to care for him). His name is Miles.

Hope everyone in the Litsy Fam is doing well!

Graywacke Love the dog smile. 🙂 (reviews I‘ve read of this vary so much) 4mo
Ruthiella Hi Miles! ❤️🐶 4mo
KarenUK Hi Miles (and lovely Bitsy!) 💕💕 4mo
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Jas16 Loved this book. 4mo
LauraBeth @Graywacke thanks 😊 I think that O‘Farrell‘s book is reminiscent of books by Sally Rooney and Lauren Geoff. You‘ll either really love it or really hate it 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @Ruthiella 👋👋 4mo
LauraBeth @KarenUK hellloooo! 👋 4mo
LauraBeth @Jas16 this book will be in my top three of this year as well as one of my all-time favorites! 4mo
CarolynM 👋 Lovely to see you and Bitsy - looks like she's happy to have a live-in friend! 4mo
BarbaraBB I loved Hamnet much more than Lincoln. Your friend must be happy you adopted his dog ❤️ (edited) 4mo
Reggie Hi! 4mo
batsy Hello! 😍 4mo
LeahBergen Hello!! It looks like Bitsy is enjoying her new brother! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @CarolynM 👋 We‘ve had Miles since July and Bitsy LOVES having him around! They became best buddies 😀 4mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I loved Hamnet 100 times more than Lincoln (and in many ways, you can‘t really compare the two)! There was just some type of invisible string between the two stories that I could see. I now want to read everything that Maggie O‘Farrell has ever written. 4mo
LauraBeth @Reggie 👋 hellooo - I hope you‘ve been doing well! ❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @batsy great to see you! 👋 Hope all is well! ❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 👋 Oh Bitsy is in love with him 😂 We also have another cat that‘s going to need a nickname…❤️ 4mo
TrishB Hi 👋 hope you and the family are good. I loved this book and the author. 4mo
LauraBeth 👋 Hi @TrishB I closed the book and was like, “Well - I guess have a new favorite author now!” 😂 We‘ve been hanging in there - hope you and your family has been well also! 4mo
BarbaraBB Do! I love O‘Farrell 🤍 4mo
Bookzombie Hi!! 💕 4mo
Gissy 🐕 🐕 ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Welcome, Miles! Good to see you back. 3mo
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I‘m not sure I‘ve ever read a memoir so earnest before this book. Sean lost his dad to suicide at age 12 and he takes you through trying to reconcile his feelings over it. Before I finished the book, my own dad died and I found solace in Sean‘s words. The circle may never be unbroken (the circle of abuse, poverty, depression, addiction), but Sean gives you hope that even though it may continue, you can still be okay. ❤️

Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry for your loss 9mo
bookworm92 I have depression and am struggling to stay away from some substances I have a problem with, I am gonna see if I can find a copy of this book 9mo
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss 9mo
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CoverToCoverGirl I‘m sorry for your loss. 9mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about your dad. Sending love. 💗 9mo
Leftcoastzen Sorry for your loss . Hugs to you . 9mo
Librarybelle I‘m sorry for your loss 9mo
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ you, boo. 😘 9mo
KVanRead So sorry for your loss 🤍 9mo
Megabooks Very sorry for your loss. I‘m glad you found something relatable. 💕 9mo
Ruthiella I‘m so sorry. I‘m glad this book provided you with some comfort. ❤️ 9mo
BookNAround I‘m so sorry for the loss of you dad. May you come to peace with his passing. 9mo
MaureenMc Sorry for your loss. 💗 9mo
BarbaraBB I am so sorry to read this. It has been a hell of a year for you so far. Wishing you lots of strength and better times ahead 🤍 9mo
TrishB Sorry to hear about your Dad ♥️♥️ 9mo
LeahBergen You‘ve been having a bit of a time of it this year, haven‘t you? Sending love to you. 😘😘 9mo
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️ It's so valuable when another person's similar experience helps to provide some solace. 9mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review... it‘s good to know we can still be ok ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Reggie Always thinking of you, because you know, Georgia has been in the news lately, a lot actually, but I always think about the woman who loves to read from there. 💜 Sorry about your dad. 9mo
Suet624 What Reggie said. ❤️❤️. 8mo
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We had to put our beautiful BFG to sleep this week due to him having an incurable disease that was becoming painful for him. He was always by my side while I was reading and I‘ll miss him terribly. 💔 Thanks to @LeahBergen for giving him his beloved nickname.

saresmoore Oh, I‘m so sorry for your loss, friend. 🙏 10mo
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry for your loss! 😢💔 10mo
Jnnlb I‘m so sorry for your loss 😢 10mo
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daena I‘m so sorry 💕 10mo
Tamra So hard, I know. 💜💜 10mo
Ruthiella Oh, I am so very sorry. It‘s so hard to say goodbye to our animal companions. ❤️ 10mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m so sorry to hear about your handsome boy. 😿♥️ 10mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 10mo
LeahBergen Oh, no!!! I‘m so terribly sorry to hear this. I‘ll miss seeing that big beautiful boy and I know you‘ll miss his sweet presence. 😭😭😭 Sending love to you, my friend. 💗💗💗 10mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry! My heart is breaking for you . 10mo
rabbitprincess ♥️♥️😿 Oh no! I am so sorry for your loss. A handsome boy indeed ♥️ 10mo
DGRachel I‘m so so sorry. Sending big hugs. 10mo
xicanti I‘ll so sorry. 10mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss... 10mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry! 💔 10mo
SaturnDoo Awww so sorry 😭 sending you lots of hugs, love and warm thoughts❤💜❤💜 10mo
TNbookworm I'm so sorry💔 10mo
Jess Oh no! I am so sorry. 10mo
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 10mo
BittersweetBooks My condolences to you and your family! It‘s always so heartbreaking. 10mo
Soubhiville Oh, I‘m so sorry. He was very handsome. 10mo
marleed Oh I‘m sorry! 10mo
CoverToCoverGirl So sorry for your loss, sending hugs and support to you and your family. 💔💜 10mo
RainyDayReading So sorry for your loss 💔 10mo
KVanRead So sorry 💔 10mo
Palimpsest I‘m so sorry for your loss. 10mo
Reggie Oh, I‘m so sorry, LauraBeth. 10mo
BarbaraBB How you‘ll miss him. So sorry for you all 🤍 10mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m so sorry 💔 10mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry 💔 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm So sorry 😞 10mo
batsy I'm sorry 💔💔 10mo
Simona I‘m so sorry 💔 10mo
youneverarrived I‘m so sorry 😢 10mo
Susanita Oh no. I‘m so sorry. 😢 10mo
Redwritinghood 💔💔 10mo
valeriegeary So sorry! 💔💔💔 You have him a good life. Thank you for sharing his cute little whiskers with all of us. 10mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry. 💜💜 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m so sorry. 💗💗💗 10mo
MaureenMc 😿💗💗💗 10mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry to hear this. He was lucky to have you and you were lucky to have him. Sending lots of love to you. ❤️ 10mo
CarolynM Oh, that's so sad💔 I'm sorry for your loss, Laura Beth. {Hugs} 10mo
ValerieAndBooks Just saw this. So very sorry— he‘ll be much missed ❤️ 10mo
Suet624 Just saw this. I‘m so very sorry ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Waitlisted | Laurel Gans
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Me: Oh - ok. That‘s a long time but maybe by the time that rolls around, I‘ll have gotten to read some other things. *places hold*

30 mins later: What‘s that notification from the library? That hold came in?! The 8 week hold? I WAS NOT READY! 😂

TheKidUpstairs This has happened to me a lot lately! Glad to know I'm not alone 😂 13mo
TNbookworm 😂 13mo
Traci1 123 copies?? Good lord. I think our library's maybe gotten 4 of the really popular books. 13mo
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Copwithabook Agreed- 123 copies?!! 13mo
CarolynM Happy New Year, Laura💕 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly That definitely happens to me 😂 What book is this that they have 123 copies of?! 13mo
Powered_By_Plants 🤣🤣 Brilliant, happens here all the time ❤️ 13mo
Laalaleighh 💙💙💙 12mo
LauraBeth Happy New Year @carolynm! 12mo
LauraBeth I rarely used to place holds on digital copies before Covid, but now that I see that you don‘t actually have to wait a gazillion weeks, it‘s all I use now 😹😹 @thekidupstairs, @tnbookworm 12mo
LauraBeth @traci1, @copwithabook I do feel really fortunate to live in a large metropolitan area! (edited) 12mo
LauraBeth @clare-dragonfly it‘s Obama‘s book 12mo
robinb Miss you @LauraBeth . Hope you are well. 💕 11mo
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New Rick Bragg book coming in August:

Speck is not a good boy. He is, a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon.


monkeygirlsmama Okay, I've gotta read this. Going on my TBR list. 13mo
Kdgordon88 Love Rick Bragg! 13mo
LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
ValerieAndBooks I love Rick Bragg and his mom! And now his dog! 12mo
Suet624 This sounds like such a great homage to Speck. 12mo
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batsy 😆 13mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 13mo
LauraBeth @batsy and @LeahBergen we used to find it cute and funny until this spring! 😹 13mo
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I‘ve wanted to read this since NPR listed it as a 2019 favorite on their Book Concierge. So far, I really like Tomlinson‘s writing - it‘s very reminiscent of Rick Bragg‘s storytelling.

Just disregard the look on the BFG‘s face. There are some cardinals that nest outside our window and they drive him bonkers.

CocoReads He does look very intense. (edited) 13mo
Sharpeipup I really enjoyed his writing and his honesty in his journey. 13mo
Megabooks I‘ve read it twice. Really good! 13mo
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LeahBergen He looks crazed by those birds. 😆😆 13mo
LauraBeth @CocoReads thankfully, he‘s an indoor cat. Otherwise he‘d be a notorious bird killer! 😹 13mo
LauraBeth @Sharpeipup I‘m almost done with it and completely agree about enjoying his writing and honesty. 13mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks I can see myself reading this again! 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen he is crazed by everything! 😹 13mo
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This was a pleasant surprise. While some of the dialogue sounds very much like it‘s been hashed out with therapists, it also shows Gould‘s keen insight into human nature and life and it helped prop up the stale prose. I also felt everything was underdeveloped: the characters, the plot, even the setting fell flat at times. And yet, despite all of this, there was still a spark to make this compulsively readable. Emma Straub fans will enjoy

Megabooks Very Straub-like. Good point. I‘ve missed you here! 13mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks 🥰 I‘ve missed being here! 13mo
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Happy Holidays!
Bitsy, The BFG, Grey Cat, Robbie, Mr. Bird

TrishB Happy Christmas 🎄❤️ 13mo
Crazeedi Merry Christmas!!🎄☃️🌠🎁 13mo
Nute Merry Christmas, Ms. Laura!💚 13mo
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Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 💕 13mo
TNbookworm Merry Christmas🎄 13mo
BarbaraBB Happy holidays for you and your crew 🤍 13mo
Suet624 Merry Christmas to you all!! Thank you for coming back to Litsy. You've made my world a better place. 13mo
CarolynM Happy holidays to all of you🎄😘 13mo
LauraBeth @TrishB Merry Christmas ❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @Crazeedi Merry Christmas 💕 13mo
LauraBeth @nute Merry Christmas ❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @Bookzombie Merry Christmas 💕 13mo
LauraBeth @TNbookworm Merry Christmas ❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB Happy Holidays ❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 Awww - you‘re too kind ❤️ It‘s good to be back! 13mo
Megabooks Happy holidays!! 13mo
LeahBergen Happy Holidays to all of you!! 😘😘😘 13mo
LauraBeth Happy Holidays @Megabooks! ❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Happy Holidays to you and JB! 😘 13mo
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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LeahBergen He‘s pretty much stuck to you like glue, isn‘t he? 🥰 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I think he just likes me because I can sit still reading for long stretches of time 😹 13mo
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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Football, starting a new book, quasi napping with the BFG = Sunday

LeahBergen He looks like such a cuddler! 🥰 13mo
Trashcanman Nice to see you. 13mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 13mo
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LauraBeth @LeahBergen he‘s a cuddle monster 😹 13mo
LauraBeth @Trashcanman and you! I hope you‘re doing well! 13mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Because I‘m 15 in my heart - I paired this with Taylor Swift songs:

Chapter 1 (Coming Home) Shake it off
The Logan Era: Dear John
The Jordy Era: Tolerate It, Mean, I Forgot That You Existed
The Tea Cake Era in Eatonville: Delicate, End Game and Out of the Woods
The Tea Cake Era in the Muck: Lover, Willow
The Janie Era: Invisible String (except the invisible string is about her and not a man)

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 You‘re ridiculous. 13mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😹 In all seriousness- this was one of my all-time favorite reads. Ever ❤️ 13mo
Suet624 I loved your Goodreads review of this book. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 13mo
LauraBeth Merry Christmas! @Suet624 😘 13mo
ValerieAndBooks You are brilliant 😄 12mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I was going to start another book but began reading passages from this, so I think that now I‘m officially in the midst of a re-read.

LeahBergen His little tongue and fangs! 😆😆 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen probably the only things “little” about this chonk 😹 13mo
LeahBergen He‘ll always be The BFG. 😆😆 13mo
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Leftcoastzen 👏😹😻 13mo
DebinHawaii Love that sleepy face! 😽❤️ 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen oh we call him the BFG! 😹 13mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen he looks like this all the time 🤣 13mo
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii he‘s a derpy cat 😹 13mo
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I‘m going to bail on this one. I can already tell it‘ll just be a so-so read for me and I won‘t even remember it in six months.

MicheleinPhilly Bitsy is judging you! Or you‘re eating. 13mo
LauraBeth I told her to sit and this was her face. 😂 13mo
LeahBergen Oh, Bitsy! 😆 13mo
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TrishBovell Cute doggie 13mo
DebinHawaii Hi Bitsy! 🐶❤️ 13mo
Suet624 Good call. 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen some things never change 😹 13mo
LauraBeth @TrishBovell thanks 😊 13mo
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii 👋👋 Bitsy has missed having her pic taken with books 😹 13mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I ditched it for Their Eyes Were Watching God and definitely think it was a good call! (edited) 13mo
Suet624 Haha. Now those two books can‘t even share the same shelf. You‘re in much better company now. 13mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I see that now! 13mo
Redwritinghood Wise decision 13mo
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Butterface | Avery Flynn
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“Oh you‘d like your book back? I don‘t think so.”

TrishB Awww 🥰 13mo
LeahBergen He‘s the handsomest lad. 🥰 13mo
BiblioLitten 😁🥰 13mo
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KVanRead Look at that satisfied grin!😍 13mo
LauraBeth @TrishB he‘s THE BEST cat I‘ve ever had 😍 13mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen and he knows it! 😂 13mo
LauraBeth @KVanRead 😂😂 13mo
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Vesper Flights | HELEN. MACDONALD
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Confession: I was away from the bookish world SO much in 2020 that I was completely unaware that Helen Macdonald had a new book out.

JennyM It‘s so nice to have you back 💙 14mo
Megabooks Glad you‘re back! I hope 2021 is a better reading year. 💜 14mo
Crazeedi It's been a tough reading year for a lot of us. Welcome back 14mo
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LeahBergen Man, I‘m glad you‘re back! 😘 14mo
BarbaraBB I was right in the middle of it and was unaware of it... (edited) 14mo
LauraBeth It‘s good to be back @JennyM! 😊 14mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks thanks 😊 I have a feeling that 2021 will be a much better reading year! 14mo
LauraBeth @Crazeedi thanks 😊 it has definitely been a difficult year for most everyone ❤️ Hopefully, 2021 will be a better reading year for all of us! 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘m glad I‘m back! 😂😘 14mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I think several books that were published this year slipped under the radar. 14mo
Redwritinghood Glad you found your way back! 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Redwritinghood - it‘s good to be back and to be reading again! 😊 13mo
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The Peregrine | John Alec Baker
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Yesterday I bought a copy of The Peregrine and then went online to see who had recently written about it. The New Yorker ran an article in 2017 http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-beauty-of-j-a-bakers-the-peregrin... and after reading that, I was reminded of Derek Walcott because he was referenced in the article. And then I spent a couple of hours this morning reading some of Wolcatt‘s poetry - which is amazing. #bookishsidetracks

vivastory I see that Werner Herzog blurbed it too! 14mo
LauraBeth @vivastory he gave such a great interview explaining why he loves it so much: https://www.ttbook.org/interview/werner-herzog-peregrine 14mo
vivastory I'll have to check that out! Thanks for the link 14mo
Suet624 I love that kind of dive. 13mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m glad you‘re back. It‘s been great catching up on your your doings and readings (and your four-legged family members 💖) 12mo
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Me: “Maybe if I download an audiobook it‘ll force me to go outside and take a walk.”

Also me: “Or I could just listen to it while doing this.”

Bookwormjillk 😻😻 14mo
AlaMich You made the right choice! I‘m glad you‘re back. ☺️ 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin Good call!😂 14mo
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valeriegeary That is a cute puzzle ❤️ 14mo
LeahBergen You chose wisely. 😉 14mo
LauraBeth @Bookwormjillk I can‘t tell you how many times I‘ve had to recreate this puzzle bc of her! 14mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich awww - thanks! I hope you‘ve been well! 14mo
LauraBeth @PurpleyPumpkin I agree! 😂 14mo
LauraBeth @valeriegeary there‘s a LOT of brown! 😂 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 100% agree! 😂 14mo
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I went to the library today for the first time in forever and my absence was long enough for me to forget my library card PIN. When the librarian was helping me change it, she asked what I wanted the new PIN to be and I spit out 4 numbers and then hesitated bc I didn‘t know why I was choosing those numbers and I wasn‘t sure I‘d remember them. All day I was trying to figure out those numbers. Then it occurred to me that it‘s the husband‘s bday 😂

LauraBeth We‘re clearly just going to call it a day over here. 14mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 our library makes our default PIN the last 4 digits of our phone # luckily. 14mo
Leftcoastzen Now I‘m trying to remember mine!😂Still on curbside so not using it.🤔 14mo
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LeahBergen 😂😂 Well, at least you know his birthday (if only subliminally). 14mo
Librariana We had to go back to curbside after a spike 😔 And boy, do we miss our customers! But I hope everyone knows how hard we work behind the scenes to get books (print, audio, you name it!), movies, and music out to our community 😊 We're ordering all the things! Multiples of all the things! 😁 14mo
Kappadeemom Glad to see you back on Litsy! 14mo
Suet624 It‘s been a hard year. 🤣 14mo
LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola *trying to remember the last four digits of my phone number* 😂 14mo
LauraBeth It‘s so weird @Leftcoastzen bc I‘m someone who has used that PIN almost daily for almost 15 years! 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂 as soon as I told her that PIN, I opened my Notes app and typed it in. I‘ll need to go in and amend it to denote it‘s his bday too 14mo
LauraBeth @Librariana y‘all are honestly the unsung heroes of this whole mess bc y‘all kept it going and pivoted in new ways to help get readers their books. We appreciate you! 14mo
LauraBeth @Kappadeemom I hope you and your crew (and your puppers) are doing well! 14mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 completely! 😂 14mo
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Confession time: I‘ve read two books in 2020. Two. I read The Dearly Beloved and The Heart‘s invisible Furies. I didn‘t pay attention to new book releases - I have some idea of some “hot” new releases this year, but for the most part - I‘m not quite sure what all was released. So I‘m giving myself grace to accept that this just wasn‘t a reading year for me. ❤️ Bitsy and the BFG were happy to have me work from home for most of the year.

LiteraryinLawrence Good job giving yourself grace! This year impacted everyone in different ways, and the books- old and new- will be there for you whenever you want. 💜 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve missed you and your animals! Maybe hasn‘t been a great reading year or even a good year in any way but weird is the new normal, it‘s all good! 😄 14mo
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz very true! I‘m not too worried about it - hopefully, I‘ll pick up my voracious reading again! ❤️ 14mo
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LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s been a totally weird year! 😂 I‘ve missed you and Litsy as well! My animals have all been the stars of my work zoom calls as they are super annoying and want to be the center of everything. 😂 14mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good to hear from you, reading or not. I am glad you and the animals are doing okay and still working - although you‘re probably will have enough of zooming all day. I know I have... take care 💜 14mo
LeahBergen I‘ve missed Bitsy and The BFG soooo much (and you, too, I guess 😉). Reading-schmeading ... your books will still be waiting for you when the time is right. 😘😘 14mo
CarolynM It's really great to see you here again, you (and the animals) have been missed! I hope your work is making you happy as well as keeping you busy, and that you and your family are well💕 14mo
saresmoore So lovely to hear from you, friend! And I‘m glad to hear you‘ve been working from home. ♥️♥️♥️ 14mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore out of ALL of the lovely things I missed this year on Litsy - I think the biggest was missing out on seeing your precious baby! What a doll ❤️ What a joy to see your family pics! Yes, we‘ve ALL been home since March - all day and every day! 😂 14mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB thanks ❤️ Since I haven‘t been reading this year, I didn‘t feel like I had much to contribute to the Litsy conversation 😂 Here‘s hoping that my reading picks up! 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘ve missed you and Johnny Bergen! ❤️ I missed his entire puppyhood! 😢 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM ❤️ I hope you‘ve been doing well! We‘re all hanging in there as best we can! 14mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s been a year for sure. All that matters is you got through it. The books will always be there waiting when you‘re ready again. 14mo
Tanisha_A I have missed seeing your posts! The reading will come back for sure! ❤️ 14mo
batsy It's nice to see you and the lil fluff babies back! I hope you've been well ❤️ 14mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Saaaaaame here with the all day, every day. And my mom has been living with us since March. 🤪 I‘m glad to everyone is still alive and (I hope) mostly sane. 😅 14mo
ValerieAndBooks So glad to see your post and picture! Some years are just not good for reading and that‘s okay 💖 14mo
Suet624 My heart skipped a beat when I saw you had responded to someone‘s post. It‘s so nice to see that you are well. I‘ve missed you!! 14mo
LauraBeth So true @Hooked_on_books! This has been the longest season of not reading that I‘ve ever encountered! 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Tanisha_A ❤️ I‘ve already noticed that it‘s slowly coming back! 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy! ❤️ I‘ve missed everyone on Litsy! 14mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore oh man 😂 that‘s a lot! We‘ve decided we need a much bigger house! 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks ❤️ I think we‘re all ready to move on from this year! 😂 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Suet624 ❤️ I hope you‘re doing well! I‘ve missed you and everyone on Litsy! 14mo
UwannaPublishme So happy to see you back on Litsy! Missed you and Bitsy, all the fur babies and your hilarious posts. Glad you‘re surviving this crazy year with grace and 💪🏻 and ❤️. We‘re always here for you. 14mo
TrishB Hi 👋 lovely to see your post, missed you and Bitsy and co 😘 (edited) 14mo
TNbookworm Hey @LauraBeth so glad to see you and Bitsy and company! 14mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Welcome back 💜You‘ve been missed!! 13mo
Cinfhen Hope your human family are all safe and happy, as well as the furry ones too!!!! 13mo
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Today is the first day that my library is (partially) opening back up (they closed in early March) with curbside pickup of holds. Was I supposed to be putting books on hold during all of this?! 😂 Now I‘m just gonna have to wait for @MicheleinPhilly to support her local indie and mail me the good summer releases...

kyraleseberg Curbside has been successful at my library the last 3 weeks. Hope it works just as well for yours! 2y
Princess-Kingofkings My library isn't willing to think outside the box and try it! 2y
MicheleinPhilly I will use one of the MANY gift cards I have purchased since this clusterscrew began! 😘 2y
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Chrys My library just started taking returns today and will do curbside pickup next week. They have frozen our ability to place holds until then, so I have a list in a notebook ready and waiting 😊 2y
rabbitprincess Our library is planning to do curbside pickup and returns starting in June, but at select branches only (ones that can handle the massive volume of returns). They also set my books to be due July 15, so I am in no hurry to go...also my local branch is not one of the ones opening. 2y
MallenNC My library has been closed since mid-March and they haven‘t allowed any holds during that time (just ebooks on Libby). I wish I could put some on hold now but I guess they still don‘t know when they‘ll reopen, even curbside. 2y
LauraBeth That‘s great to hear @kyraleseberg! 2y
LauraBeth @Princess-Kingofkings Yeah - I think it definitely takes some out-of-the-box thinking from the library‘s leadership. There are a LOT of changes they‘ve had to implement! 2y
LauraBeth @Chrys I hope they unfreeze it soon! I was under the assumption that my library had done the same thing! 2y
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess I‘m going to hold off on going for now bc my library hasn‘t even set a date as to when returns are due. They‘ve also changed it so you have until the end of June to get holds. 2y
LauraBeth @MallenNC there‘s just something about being able to put on hold, isn‘t there? 😃 2y
Suet624 I miss you. 2y
Trashcanman Where ya been? 1y
Cinfhen Just thinking about you! Hope all is well 💗 1y
TrishB Same as Cindy! Must have been thinking of you at the same time ❤️ 1y
Trashcanman Where ya been...again?? 1y
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👋 currently reading like it‘s 2017 over here.

Mitch Beauty xxx 2y
Prairiegirl_reading That‘s a book I wish I could read for the first time all over again! ❤️ How have you been? It‘s been a while! 😄 2y
Leftcoastzen 😻Great read! 2y
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TrishB But reading ❤️ hope you and Bitsy and gang are well. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Wait for meeeee!!!! 2y
LauraBeth @Mitch he‘s truly the sweetest cat I‘ve ever had 😺 2y
LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading it HAS been a while! We‘re hanging in there - thanks for asking! Hope all is well with you! 2y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen I‘m enjoying it so far! 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @TrishB ❤️ We‘re well - hope you are too! 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I‘m only on page 50! 2y
cariashley Awww beautiful pic! 😻 and the book is so good! 2y
AmyG @Prairiegirl_reading YES!!!!! Enjoy. This is the book that made me a huge John Boyne fan. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This is a lovely shot 📸 👍. And you‘re in for a treat with the book. 2y
Mimi28 😻😻😻I hope you guys are doing ok. Welcome back!! ❤️❤️ 2y
sprainedbrain Missed you! (Love that book) 2y
CarolynM Lovely to see you👋 Hope you, your family and the animals are all doing well😘 2y
BarbaraBB Great post! Good to see you back, cool picture and a perfect book to get you through crazy times like these! 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!!! You‘re still here!!!! I‘ve been missing you ❤️ 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @cariashley! 😺 I‘m enjoying it so far! 2y
LauraBeth @AmyG lots of John Boyne love here! 2y
LauraBeth I missed all of you guys @sprainedbrain! 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM! We‘re all doing well! Hope you are too! 😽 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @BarbaraBB! Good to be back! 2y
LauraBeth I‘m still here @Cinfhen! I haven‘t posted much because I haven‘t been reading much in 2020. This is only my third book 😂 I finally feel like reading again! I guess I needed a bit of a reading break! 😘 2y
LeahBergen Hello, BFG!! 😘😘 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😘 he just keeps getting bigger 😂 How is the regal Johnny doing? 2y
DGRachel @LauraBeth !! I‘m so happy to see you posting again! 💖💖 I was missing you just the other day. Yay! 2y
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I spent my business trip scouring the local library. 😂

AlaMich The new Billie Jean King Library in Long Beach was the first thing I put on our itinerary for our upcoming trip to California at the end of March. My wife doesn't know yet...😄 2y
MissAimz_55 That‘s what I do when I‘m on trips. Always the library and also local book stores. 2y
LeahBergen You‘re a good little bookworm. 🐛 2y
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batsy As one should! 😁 2y
Balibee146 so cool... love it!
Suet624 Love investigating libraries. Thanks for sharing! 2y
Suet624 Miss you. 2y
Cinfhen Hi!!! Just thinking of you. Hope all is well xx 2y
CarolynM Hi Laurabeth👋 I know you've been a busy worker again so no time for Litsy, but I just wanted to check in with you in this strange and worrying time. Hope all is well with you and yours. Love and hugs💕🤗 2y
BarbaraBB Just checking in, hope all is well in this weird time 🍀💚 2y
kspenmoll Just checking in . Hope you & your family are well. Miss you! 2y
Cinfhen Was thinking about you, the family and all your furry friends xx Hope the whole gang is well....and of course I‘m curious what you‘ve been reading??? 2y
robinb Hope all is well with you...thinking of you. 💕 2y
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Good news about 2020:
1.Half-Price Books is down the street from my office
2. I formed an IRL book club - we‘re meeting tomorrow

Bad news about 2020:
1. The bottom picture represents my pile of work and because of it...
2. I haven‘t read a single book in 2020 (including the one I‘m supposed to have read for the book club...that I formed...that meets tomorrow)
3. I had to put today‘s date on a form earlier today and I put that it was 2018...

TrishB I know I shouldn‘t laugh 😂. Hope job is going well! 2y
marleed Lol. I hear you! 2y
Ms_T The second number 2 😂 2y
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LauraBrook Wow, I have missed out on a lot in my absence. Belated congrats on the job! And I feel ya on the “bad” stuff too. I said 2007 last week and it took me far longer than it should have to figure out the actual year. Hope you can power-read your Bookclub book tonight! 2y
rabbitprincess I nearly wrote 2010 on a form today! Not sure how that happened 😆 Good luck with the book club read! 😁 2y
CarolynM Hope you're enjoying the job anyway😘 2y
Izai.Amorim I know the feelling... 😁 I hope you're enjoying the job. 2y
LeahBergen I snorted out loud at 2018!! 😆😆 2y
BarbaraBB You make me LOL again while you probably don‘t mean too. Hope you have a great evening with the book club anyway and that work will get back to normal soon (hmmm, you‘re back in advertising aren‘t you?) 😘 (edited) 2y
Suet624 Of course you'd be the one to organize a book club at your job. :) 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @TrishB! It‘s going well - I just wish that I had more time to read! 2y
LauraBeth @marleed 😂😂 2y
LauraBeth @Ms_T it turned out okay! 😅 2y
LauraBeth @LauraBrook thanks! I was able to do a bit of power-reading before the book club! 😂😅 2y
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess 😂😂I‘m glad to know I‘m not alone in this problem! 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM - I am! 2y
LauraBeth @Izai.Amorim thanks - it‘s good to be back in marketing and PR! 🤗 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘m on a slow path to dementia for sure! 😂 2y
LauraBeth Thanks @BarbaraBB! Yes - I can‘t seem to quit advertising 😂 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 😂😂 2y
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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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There are a lot of informative discussions taking place on Instagram about American Dirt. I‘ve reconsidered reading it and will choose something else. @Lupita.Reads has some great suggestions for Mexican American authors in her stories.

I saw this review as well:

Megabooks I was considering checking it out from the library, but I will instead check out an own voices book I‘ve been meaning to read. 2y
Megabooks Thank you for sharing this!!! 2y
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TrishB Thank you - will have a look at these. 2y
NerdyRev Thank you for sharing this. I wasn‘t aware of some of the criticisms around this book. 2y
Chrissyreadit I suspect there are more complications than this. One book on my TBR is an own voices I wonder how they compare. 2y
Chrissyreadit @Megabooks I loved that book- and Esperanza Rising also. 2y
Sharpeipup Thanks for sharing as I hasn‘t heard anything about this until now. 2y
Annl Thanks for sharing! There are so many beautiful stories to read. I shy away from ones with negative controversy. 2y
Redwritinghood I‘ve seen the critiques and they‘re fair, but I will probably read it anyway just to see for myself. I‘ll get it from the library though, not buy. 2y
DGRachel I was absolutely horrified when I read that review a couple days ago as I had no idea and it‘s completely tainted how I feel about the book. ☹️ 2y
ChasingOm Welp, taking that off my TBR. 👋 2y
Reagan Wow. Adding Mean to my TBR. 2y
802Librarian I bought this for my library because it is my job to anticipate what the community will want. I‘ll be really interested to hear what my patrons think! 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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We took a drive today and stumbled upon a used bookstore. $5 for 5 books!

Suet624 Awesome! For some reason I assumed you‘d read Fates and Furies already. 2y
TrishB Bargain 👍🏻 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 F&F is one of my all-time favorites! I bought this copy to give to someone! 😀 2y
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LauraBeth @TrishB that‘s what i thought too! 😀 2y
Suet624 Ahhh... a great gift. 2y
emilyhaldi Wow great haul!!! I was about to tell you how much I love F&F and then saw the comments about 😂 glad we‘re in the same boat! 2y
MEGR LOVED Fates and Furies! 2y
Tanisha_A WhatAMoment! 🎈🙂 2y
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi and @MEGR Lauren Groff may be my favorite living writer. 2y
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A I love a deal! 😀 2y
LauraBeth @Redwritinghood It‘s been a while since I‘ve had an inexpensive book haul! 😆 2y
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! I‘ve been in love with the 1994 adaptation since it came out and THIS blew it away. I can‘t begin to describe how amazing this is - but trust me. It is amazing.

Eyelit I loved it SO MUCH! I def want to see again 🥰 2y
LauraBeth @Eyelit I‘m taking my friend to see it today and I‘m looking forward to seeing it again 😍 2y
rubyslippersreads I saw it on Christmas Day and really enjoyed it. Now I‘m rereading the book. 😊 2y
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LeahBergen I‘m going to haul the husband out to see this with me very soon. He‘ll pretend he doesn‘t want to see it and then cry along with me. Shhh! 😆😆 2y
reluctantangeleno I LOVE the 1994 version! This version was good too, but I kind wish the 1994 cast had performed the 2019 script. Then it would have been absolutely perfect! 2y
Johanna414 We have one movie theater within an hour and a half of us, and they aren't getting this movie! 😭😭😭😭 2y
KarenUK Can‘t wait... 💕 2y
sudi It hasn't released here in Mumbai, but i can't wait. 2y
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One more - I‘m also looking forward to this. March 2020. #mostanticipated2020

KarenUK Me too! 2y
LauraBeth @KarenUK did you know there will also be a sequel to The Royal We in 2020? 2y
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Good idea, @KarenUK - here are my #mostanticipated2020.

I‘m a glutton for punishment, which is why I added Stephanie Danler‘s book! 😂

KarenUK Awesome list! More to add to my mountain, including the Stephanie Danler one! 😂📚⛰ (edited) 2y
MicheleinPhilly Masochist. 2y
Laughterhp I just added Transcendent Kingdom to my TBR! 2y
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Lindy So many great books to look forward to! I‘m most excited about 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m very interested in 2y
CherylRussell is on my radar. 🙂 2y
Amandajoy Yaa Gyasi has a new one too? Need to preorder that ASAP! (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB Great ones!! 2y
DGRachel @MicheleinPhilly 😂 😂 😂 2y
TrishB Great list 👍🏻 2y
LauraBeth @KarenUK I‘m sure it will be a buzzy book! 😂 2y
LauraBeth @Laughterhp that one looks SO good! 2y
LauraBeth @Lindy Did you read Dept. Of Speculation? 2y
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts and @CherylRussell I‘m so glad that one comes out soon! 2y
LauraBeth @DGRachel she knows me 😂 2y
Lindy @LauraBeth Yes! Loved it. Also love her picture books like 2y
jillrhudy Got a galley of “Weather” and it‘s very good. (edited) 2y
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I just watched It‘s A Wonderful Life for the first time and I know they were trying to show how Mary‘s life would have been in shambles if George had never been born, but personally - I thought she was living her best life. She had the greatest job ever as the town librarian; she didn‘t have to constantly stroke her husband‘s fragile ego; she didn‘t have all of those kids. She had time to read! Hollywood‘s version of old maid is 🔥

CarolynM Agreed. #unpopularopinion It's not a great movie. 2y
Sace I've never seen it and don't really care to. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
tournevis I've seen it once, to see what the fuss was all about, and I found it quite meh. 2y
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dgingo It‘s depressing to me. George also has to give up his dreams of travel 🧳 and exploring the world to help his father, brother, and the town. He sacrifices himself to save others—lovely message for some, but it‘s all heartbreaking and depressing to me. 2y
JacqMac My husband says Mary messes up everything. When she makes her wish she ruins George‘s life forever. He‘s dreams never get to come true, because she wished them all away. 2y
Sharpeipup I just read that the director regretted calling her an old maid so that made me feel better. 2y
tapgurl Hate that movie. Too much yelling 2y
LauraBeth @CarolynM, @sace, @tournevis, @dgingo, @JacqMac, @Sharpeipup, @tapgurl I honestly thought I‘d hate (and kind of wanted to hate it), but I didn‘t hate it! 😂 I mean - I had to definitely put on my 1947 goggles to watch it to avoid getting irritated by some of it. I also think we tend to think that George‘s life was pretty much over but he was still really young at the end of it. I‘d like to think that he still got to travel in his adult years. 2y
dgingo @LauraBeth I don‘t hate it, but I don‘t find it to be the feel good movie that others do. I think the glasses were a good idea and that‘s nice to think that he still traveled. I‘ll hope so too. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 2y
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Coming August 19th 💃💃💃💃

Also - this book isn‘t in the database yet and didn‘t know how to add it. 😬

LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! Exciting news!!!! I loved the original one and would definitely read a sequel. 2y
Reggie Woohoo can‘t wait!! 2y
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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@LeahBergen it‘s off by a letter but Johnny makes a somewhat-cameo here 😀

TrishB 😂😂 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 And “There‘s always that one kid...” Yep, that‘s him. 2y
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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Bitsy just wants to know when the ham will be ready. 😂

Leftcoastzen 😂cute! 2y
Bookzombie Aww, Bitsy! I‘m eyeing what I think is peppermint bark on the couch. Happy Holidays! 2y
DGRachel Mmm, ham. I‘m with Bitsy on that one! Merry Christmas! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly The BFG looks like a ham. “Turn around Bitsy!” 2y
saresmoore I‘ve never managed to successfully heat a ham by the allotted mealtime. 2y
Mimi28 Hi Bitsy!! Hi new orange cat ( sorry, I don‘t know it‘s name) Happy Holidays!! 🎄❤️🎁😊😻 2y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen thanks ☺️ 2y
LauraBeth @Bookzombie yes indeed - that was some peppermint bark - which is now all in my belly! 😀 2y
LauraBeth @DGRachel Merry Christmas! 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😹😹🐖 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore same! My answer to “When is it going to be ready??” is usually: “In like six hours!” 2y
LauraBeth @Mimi28 👋👋 2y
saresmoore Or “Tomorrow, for sandwiches.” 🤷‍♀️ 2y
CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and your family, the four-legged members too😘🎄 2y
LeahBergen And did she get a hunk of ham? 😆 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore 😂 my family googled if McDonalds was open yesterday. 2y
LauraBeth @CarolynM Merry Christmas! 😘 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen she got plenty of ham! Plus, I dropped the dish that contained the fancy Mac and Cheese, so she ate that as well! 😂 2y
LeahBergen Yum! That sounds like something I‘d eat off the floor, too. 😂😂 2y
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