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LauraJ

LauraJ

Joined March 2016

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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The impulsive part of my personality loves this new loan feature. 💚

ferskner I haven't seen this! How does it work? 1d
LauraJ @ferskner The library offers some highly requested titles for immediate checkout, but it‘s only a 7-day loan. 1d
ferskner Oh wow, that's very cool! I'll have to see if my library has good stuff with that option. 1d
merelybookish Loved this book! 1d
ValerieAndBooks 🤔 I have Libby too — will have to see if my library does this! 8h
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Mehso-so

This started as a historical fiction/noir mashup, which was good. Then it evolved into a good girl/damsel in distress meets bad boy/fugitive love story. And they‘re being pursued by a hit man. The different aspects of the story never gel. Not sure why this is ending up on so many end of year “best” lists. Is there payola in the publishing industry?

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Face It | Debbie Harry
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Mehso-so

I‘ve been a fan of Debbie Harry since the 70‘s and was excited to hear her narrate this book. Her love of New York shines throughout her memoir, but otherwise it was so-so. I expected her to tell her story, but she just reads it. Many of her stories revolve around clothing. Overall, it felt impersonal.
#nfnov

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Not sure why I‘m listening to this one...N‘awlins accents are hard to do.

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The audiobook is fun. Houghton narrates it himself and his love of these often misguided ideas (along with many “dad” jokes) elevates this to a pick. #til project Acoustic Kitty was a real attempt by the CIA to wire a cat with an audio transmitter under the skin on scruff of her neck for spying. It worked, but the cat couldn‘t be trained to cooperate. #nfnov

jenniferw88 That's cats for you! 😂😂😂 3d
rsteve388 6 pts 2d
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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I loved this book...just like everyone else!

Cathythoughts ❤️💔 3d
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Kids always have good questions and Caitlin Doughty always has good answers. The pairing results in a fun discussion of death that‘s appropriate for all ages.
#nfnov

GypsyKat I kinda love her. 🖤 3d
vivastory Yes, yes it will 😼 3d
Reviewsbylola Can‘t wait to read this one! 3d
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rsteve388 6 pts 2d
LauraJ @GypsyKat Me too! 1d
LauraJ @Reviewsbylola It makes for great dinner conversation! 1d
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Oh, Rachel Maddow, you are wonderful! The audiobook is the way to go on this one since Rachel narrates it with her endearingly witty trademark snark and includes a track from Pussy Riot. The book goes through some twists and turns before coming together to expose the depth of corruption in the oil and gas industry and the effect it has on the world. #nfnov

Clwojick 6 pt 1w
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Another great freebie from tor.com!
https://ebookclub.tor.com/

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Mehso-so

I understand that this was supposed to be a Stephen King type epic, but there are too many insignificant characters and the plot eventually just gets stuck. Moments that are supposed to be deep are cliched and repeated too often. By chapter 100, I had to switch to the audiobook to finish and the payoff was lame. Argh! The first half was promising.

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Short answer...nothing.

But I did learn that the ideal temperature for popping popcorn is 365F. Remember that the next time your microwave burns your popcorn!
#nfnov #fil

Clwojick 4 pt 😂 1w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I did it! Half of this was Blowout on audiobook and the rest was Imaginary Friend (which I‘m begging to think is way too long).
Congrats on making it to a million @MrBook 🎈
#24b4Monday #mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone

Texreader Wow! Congrats! 1w
Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳 1w
MrBook Thank you ☺️🤗! Well done! 😎👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 1w
Andrew65 Fantadtic. You are awesome. Thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏🙌🥳👍🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳🎯🎈​ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ntG50eXbBtc 1w
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If you get the audiobook, it includes the Pussy Riot song Putin Zassal (Путин зассал) at the beginning of a chapter. #til that the English translation is, “Putin Pissed His Pants”. Nice.
#nfnov #mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday

MrBook 😳😆 2w
Clwojick 4 pts 1w
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So, #til that real Russian spies are nowhere as badass as they seem on tv...unless you‘re talking about Boris and Natasha from cartoons. Best chapter of the book yet!
#nfnov #litsypartyofone #24b4monday #mrbook1inamillion

Andrew65 Love the cover! 2w
Clwojick Interesting! 4pts. 2w
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#til that in 2010 Exxon Mobil‘s regional oil spill response plan for the Gulf of Mexico listed local walruses as a resource. Never mind that walruses don‘t live in the Gulf.
#nfnov #litsypartyofone #24b4monday #mrbook1inamillion

ChasingOm I got this for my birthday, but I‘m afraid to read it. 🤣 2w
LauraJ @ChasingOm it‘s not too grizzly yet. 2w
MrBook 😳🙈 2w
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Here‘s my stack for the #MrBook1inaMillion #24b4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne bash. Snacks tbd.

MrBook Niiiiiice!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗 2w
Linsy I loved the Caitlin Doughty! She‘s the best 2w
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Finished this documentary today. Disturbing, but worth watching
#nfnov

TheBookAddict I may have to check it out. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Starting to watch it now- very disturbing. 2w
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Home 🤒 today, but having Rachel Maddow read to me is a good distraction. #nfnov

AmyG This book is wild. 2w
Clwojick Hope you're felling better soon! 1pt. 2w
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Don't Look Now: Stories | Daphne Du Maurier, Patrick McGrath
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Love everything I‘ve read by Du Maurier and this short story collection of strange tales is no exception!

CoverToCoverGirl You have a very charming reading buddy. 2w
LauraJ @CoverToCoverGirl That‘s Sabrina. She‘s been my foster cat for months and my neighbor is going to adopt her! Hopefully this adoption sticks 🤞🏼 2w
readordierachel Oh good! I have a copy of this waiting to be read. 2w
LauraJ @readordierachel I kept hoping the #nyrbbookclub would choose this, but I got impatient! 2w
Leftcoastzen She‘s beautiful! 1w
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Founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes ran Theranos like a cult. I‘m not sure if she‘s a sociopath or just deeply delusional. Her technology that was to allow dozens of lab tests to be analyzed from a few drops of blood never worked. Employees who acknowledged this were either fired or told they didn‘t know what they were doing. Holmes, who will go on trial in 2020, seems remorseless. Excellent investigative journalism.
#nfnov

Clwojick 6pts 2w
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This is a story that pissed me off. Finally getting around to the book. #nfnov

Amiable This one‘s on my TBR too. 2w
rsteve388 1 pt 2w
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Not for the casual listener! Lots of numbers, ancient geography and a myriad of likely migration patterns all drawn from current DNA analysis. Fascinating, but too detailed for me to take in as an audiobook. #nfnov

rsteve388 6 pts 2w
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As a nurse, I‘ve seen dead bodies and spent time in the morgue, but I had no idea that there can be enough electricity stored in the muscles to cause a twitch 12 hours later. Not creepy at all. 😬
#FIL #nfnov

Marmie7 Same here @LauraJ I worked Hospice and we had bodies that sat for hours before funeral homes came to get them. Glad I never witnessed that! 2w
LauraJ @Marmie7 Me too! 2w
Balibee146 A friend's mum used to work in a morgue.... She told stories about bodies that would twitch and sigh hours and hours after death.... Yikes 😱 2w
Amiable Isn‘t that how/why wakes were instituted—to watch the body for a few days to make sure the person was really dead? I thought I remembered reading that somewhere. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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I read the book about 10 years ago and didn‘t realize there was a documentary until @Kaila-ann mentioned it. Nowhere near as comprehensive as the book, but it‘s amazing to watch the inventions mentioned in action. #nfnov

Kaila-ann I‘m definitely going to have to pick up the book. 2w
rsteve388 6 pts I assume you finished this documentary? 2w
LauraJ @rsteve388 absolutely! 2w
Kaila-ann @LauraJ thanks for the recommendation 😊 2w
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This is a pick because of the tale told within, but not the way it was told. The first section is fascinating and then the book peters out. The text is large and widely spaced with lots of big pictures. The facts get repetitive and occasionally irrelevant. There‘s just not enough material for a 300 page book.
#nfnov

rsteve388 6 pts 2w
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Up next for #nfnov!
@rsteve388

rsteve388 1 pt 2w
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Most of the material in this book is review for me, so the audiobook was fine. A hard copy should be easier to follow for those with less familiarity, as it hopefully includes graphics to summarize more complex concepts. Would have preferred more science and less storytelling. #FIL adequate sleep and stress reduction are still the best things to keep our immune systems functioning smoothly. Good luck with that. 😉 #nfnov

rsteve388 9 pts 2w
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Horror For Christmas | Richard Dalby
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How much fun is this?! Follow @teebe for details. #creepychristmas

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Potato chips
2. Yes! Especially for book club picks.
3. Hopefully cooler weather
4. One. And a cupcake. And about a half dozen cookies.
5. Black
#friyayintro

ljuliel #4 😂. 🍭. 🧁. 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 🍪 (edited) 3w
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Jumping into #nfnov with this one!

rsteve388 Score 1pt! 3w
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Don't Look Now: Stories | Daphne Du Maurier, Patrick McGrath
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1. Finishing Don‘t Look Now
2. The Bastard Brigade
3. 13, plus a bunch of graphic novels and solo issues
4. Lots of nonfiction!
#teamstoker #scarathlon

TheReadingMermaid Excellent job sweetheart. You did a great job this month!!! 🧟‍♀️ 3w
LauraJ @TheReadingMermaid Thanks for your tireless hosting. I had a blast! 3w
TheReadingMermaid You are very welcome sweetheart!!! We had a blast too 😁 3w
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The Influence | Ramsey Campbell
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Wrapping up Halloween with creepy movie, based on the book of the same name. Good foreign horror film.
#teamstoker #scarathlon

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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Hottie Lumberjack | Tawna Fenske
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Happy Halloween!
#catsoflitsy

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
Scochrane26 Next yr, I‘m going to find a cute hat or something and make my cat wear it for a pic! 3w
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Eyelit ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
readordierachel Omg 😍 3w
ValerieAndBooks Ha!! Cute 😃 3w
Nerdfins Cutie baby! 😻 3w
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It | Stephen King
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TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Stoker also wrote The Lair of The White Worm, Miss Betty, The Primrose Path, The Jewel of the Seven Stars and The Lady of the Shroud.
#teamstoker

TheReadingMermaid Awesome job sweetheart 70 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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This is what a few days of 5% humidity does to pumpkins. 👿
May your Halloween be less desiccated!
#teamstoker #scarathlon #pumpkincarvingcontest hahahahaha

TheReadingMermaid 😲😲😲 🧟‍♀️ 3w
ImperfectCJ Well, now I feel less bad about slacking on carving pumpkins before we went out of town during a Santa Ana. Back east they got eaten by squirrels and/or rotted before Halloween. I think this is better, but still not ideal. 3w
JacqMac Oh no! We have so much snow that we aren‘t carving ours until after school today. 3w
LauraJ @JacqMac Mine have melted and yours will be frozen! 3w
Susannah This is so sad! 🎃🥺 3w
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Book Scavenger | Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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Unknown Book 11150377 | Unknown Unknown
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Quote by Clive Barker
The Great and Secret Show
Cabal
The Damnation Game

TheReadingMermaid Excellent job 50 points!!! 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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Halloween Trivia | Tonya Lambert
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TheReadingMermaid Fantastic my dear you got all of them right. 100 points for you!!! 🧟‍♀️ 3w
LauraJ @TheReadingMermaid woo-hoo! The candy ones were hard. 3w
TheReadingMermaid Yeah they were!!! You did great though 👍😃👍 3w
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The Premature Burial | Edgar Allan Poe
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The Pit & the Pendulum
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Never Bet the Devil Your Head
Ligeia
The Imp of the Perverse

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Scavenger Hunt | Stephen Goldin
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1. We Sold Our Souls
2. Bone Parish
3. Halloween
4. Tim Burton‘s Nightmare Before Christmas
5. Harrow County
6. Gideon the Ninth
7. Dark Shadows
8. Dracula
9. Shaun of the Dead
10. Halloween II
11. Parasite
12. Moon Over Soho
13. The Sentinel
#teamstoker #scaryscavengerhunt

TheReadingMermaid Awesome sweetie I will add you to the list 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Finished my Dracula reread for #teamstoker!
#scaryscavengerhunt (with a matte cover)

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
GypsyKat Beautiful edition!🖤 3w
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Shaun of the Dead | Chris Ryall, Zach Howard
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If you like the movie, you‘ll like the graphic novel!
#teamstoker #scaryscavengerhunt (with zombies 🧟‍♂️)

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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The Sentinel | Jeffrey Konvitz
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More 70‘s horror. The Catholic Church is the villain in this one. It‘s really hard not to read this in a 2019 frame of mind.
#teamstoker #scaryscavengerhunt (that scares me)

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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Great Catsby | Kathi Daley
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Happy National Cat Day from this furry bastard who is posing with his work on my old reading chair.
#catsoflitsy

Balibee146 Gorgeous 😍😍 3w
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Oh my gosh, #teamstoker! How did we miss this cookbook? The cover is hilarious.

TheReadingMermaid LMAO 😂😂😂 🧟‍♀️ 3w
Come-read-with-me @LauraJ 🤣 Great cover!!! 3w
Bookwormjillk 😂😂😂 3w
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Don't Look Now: Stories | Daphne Du Maurier, Patrick McGrath
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And so it begins! The fight for a seat in the new reading chair...
#catsoflitsy #teamstoker

TheReadingMermaid LOL 🧟‍♀️ 3w
LauraJ @TheReadingMermaid And this cat doesn‘t even live here! 3w
TheReadingMermaid 😲😲😲 3w
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LeahBergen What a lovely chair! 3w
Eyelit The never ending struggle 😹 3w
Tamra Cat always wins. 😼 3w
Leftcoastzen Cats always believe the new item is for them.😂 3w
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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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ElizaMarie Same!!! 3w
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3w
BookwormM Couldn‘t resist I got Annie Wilkes from Misery not entirely sure what this says about me 3w
LauraJ @BookwormM That‘s what I expected to get. Must be my taste in candy that threw off the result. 😉 3w
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My new reading chair arrives tomorrow. Hoping it‘s as comfy as the reviews claim it is. 🤞🏼 If so, I may never leave my apartment again! (If the cats don‘t claim it first)

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 3w
CoffeeCatsBooks Stylish! 3w
akfreeborn Beautiful. Where is it from? 3w
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JoScho Love it! 3w
Redwritinghood Looks great! 3w
ValerieAndBooks It does look great! And the arms should be perfect for resting books on. 3w
Ruthiella You know the cats are gonna claim it! 😅 3w
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