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LiteraryinLawrence

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Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing | Maryla Szymiczkowa
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Hi to my #lmpbc group members! @Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 @sharread The choosing books part gets me excited every time! Here are some books I‘ve been meaning to read. Let me know if any look good to you! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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LiteraryinLawrence One Two Three is obviously the full book, not a small excerpt. But when I tagged the full book it didn‘t have a summary. The book is about 400 pages. 2mo
Kayla.Adriena Gosh they're all so different from one another! I haven't read any of them so whichever you choose is fine with me! I read all the descriptions and if I were to pick top two would be the House of Silk or One Two Three . How cool is it that they let him write a Sherlock Holmes book?! 2mo
shellleigh33 I vote for Instructions for Dancing or One Two Three bc they have been on my radar but they all sound great! 2mo
sharread They all sound great. I'm up for Instructions for Dancing or One. My second would be House of Silk then One, Two, Three. 😄 Someone needs to be a tie breaker. 🎃 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence @sharread Just to clarify, what‘s the difference between One and One, Two, Three in your comment? Want to make sure I‘m understanding! 1mo
sharread @LiteraryinLawrence The 400 pages and the plot bored me from the excerpt. But if everyone wants that one I'm open to reading it. 😁❤ 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence @sharread No, sorry. That‘s fine not to read that one. My question was, when you said you‘d like to read “Instructions for Dancing or One”, what did that mean? 1mo
sharread @LiteraryinLawrence 🤣🤣🤣 It was a brain fart sorry. It was a typo. 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Ok, so for my pick it‘s down to Instructions for Dancing versus House of Silk. I‘m excited either way! Which do you prefer? @Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 @sharread 1mo
shellleigh33 Instructions for dancing is my vote 1mo
Kayla.Adriena Instructions for Dancing 💃 works for me 1mo
sharread @LiteraryinLawrence Let's do some dancing 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♀️🤣 1mo
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So many tears with this one. Sad tears, happy tears, you name it. The writing style and story felt quite similar to Cerulean Sea though it was a standalone in a new setting. I liked it a lot, though not as much as Cerulean Sea. I hope to get to debrief with others who read it.

It‘s been weird for me going from reading almost 200 books in 2020 to now going about 4 months without finishing a book. Hoping the focus for reading continues. 💗

Bookishlie I‘m still reading it. I started it then got distracted by school and a BOTM pick. Now I must finish it because cerulean sea was a favorite! 2mo
asterese Totally agree with it feeling like Cerulean, but ultimately it isn't Cerulean. Still brought on a lot of tears. 🥺 2mo
LitStephanie Cute kitty! 2mo
Kempii Four months without finishing a book?! This makes me very concerned for you! 1mo
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Labyrinth Books | Princeton, NJ (Bookstore)
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It‘s so cool that you can tag bookstores now! I spent a good long time walking around in Labyrinth yesterday. It wasn‘t crowded and everyone was masked, so it didn‘t feel that dangerous. It was so calming to be surrounded by books again. 💗 I came out with these 2 lovelies. The sequel to Thursday Murder Club I was looking for, and the other one was an exciting surprise by an author I like. I wore this Indie Bookstore Day sweatshirt, fittingly.

Gissy So pretty that sweatshirt 😍 2mo
Jess I love Labyrinth! Sounds like a perfect day. 2mo
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Bear Necessity: A Novel | James Gould-Bourn
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I got a library card in my new state today!! I‘m really excited because it looks like a great library. 💗💗💗 Here are my first 2 borrowed books. Which should I start?

LitStephanie Several People Are Typing sounds interesting. Funny cover art! 2mo
Bookzombie A new library is exciting! 2mo
BekaReid Exciting! Both the total and cover art on Several People Are Typing are intriguing 2mo
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Last night we visited a new-to-us bookstore and it was delightful! In addition to some wonderful new releases (TJ Klune‘s new one for example!!) they had the tagged book from the backlist of one of my favorite mystery authors. Then today I saw the number was selected for #bookspinbingo. I‘m excited to dive in! The cats were very cute during my photo session, when I put the books on the many packed book boxes (can‘t wait til we move and unpack!).

mom2bugnbee I LOVED the Anthony Horowitz Sherlock retellings! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence @mom2bugnbee Oh good! I bought Moriarty and was going to read it but then I realized it was the second in the series. I‘ve loved all of Horowitz‘s books that I‘ve read so I bet I‘ll like these too! 2mo
LeafingThroughLife I really liked Instructions for Dancing! Happy reading! 😀 2mo
BennettBookworm Yayyy welcome back! 2mo
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Hi, friends! It‘s been a while! I haven‘t been doing a lot of reading lately but I want October to be the month I spend time on Litsy again and read when I can. I filled out a #bookspin list for the first time in several months and I‘m excited!

I feel a little out of the loop on what books are getting buzz lately. Suggestions are welcome! 💗

LiteraryinLawrence @TheAromaofBooks Count me in this month! 2mo
staci.reads Glad to see you back! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you back!!! 2mo
peanutnine Nice list! You've got a bunch of good, buzzy books on there ☺️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Glad to have you! 2mo
kspenmoll Great to have you back!!! 2mo
bthegood Just finished How Lucky, loved it. Welcome back😊 2mo
BennettBookworm Stellar list! 2mo
DivineDiana Glad you‘re back! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
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Moving day is tomorrow! Aghhhhhh! How I wish I could pause with a book amidst all this craziness! 🙃

ozma.of.oz Good luck with your move! 👍🏻 4mo
Lindy 🍀 4mo
Jess Good luck! 4mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Good luck! 4mo
BethM It gets better! 4mo
Mollyanna Best of luck! 4mo
Texreader Good luck!! 4mo
TheSpineView Hope the move goes smoothly! 👍🏡 4mo
Ruthiella Good luck 👍🍀😀 4mo
ElizaMarie So you have an audiobook going that you can listen to while you continue the move! Also moving is so draining but it could be so exciting! 4mo
RedxoHearts Good luck with the move! 4mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Sending good wishes - I'm moving myself in 1 month and hate the way packing all my books makes me resentful of them in ways that never happen normally! 4mo
Bookzombie I hope your move goes well! 4mo
staci.reads Hope all is going well with the move! 4mo
DivineDiana Best wishes for your move! 4mo
UwannaPublishme Happy Moving! 4mo
WJCintron LOL We just moved a month ago too!!! SOOOO Many boxes! The moving guys didn't like us, lol
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The move is almost here! I‘ve changed my Litsy name since I won‘t be in Lititz any more. How lucky is it that I‘m moving to another L town? 😋 Things have been pretty hectic lately and I haven‘t had the focus to read at my normal pace in months. But I‘m super excited for a new job and new town and will definitely be back on Litsy soon. It‘s my favorite corner of the internet. 💗💗💗 Hope to connect with some NJ Littens!

DivineDiana Wishing you much happiness in your new job and home! 4mo
BoleyBooks Safe travels 😊 4mo
BekaReid Best of luck in the move! 4mo
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Jess Good luck with the move and welcome to Jersey! Lawrence in Mercer County? I work in Trenton so we are almost neighbors. 4mo
Gissy I wish you the best in this new start!! New goals, second chances!!! You can do it!!! Yes🙌
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shellleigh33 Congratulations on your new move and best of wishes!! 4mo
marleed Oh have fun with your move! 4mo
Bookzombie Congratulations! I hope your move goes smoothly. 🙂 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Jess Yes, we will be neighbors! I‘ve heard Classics is the book store to go to in Trenton but I‘ve never been. Do you agree? Thanks for the welcome! 4mo
Kempii Best wishes on a smooth and stress-free move! We‘re getting our hardwood floors torn out and replaced, which means we had to move everything out of the main floor of our home. It was like moving all over again, but it will be worth it. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Welcome to NJ! I haven't been down that way in over 10 years so I'm not much help with recommendations. I'm near Newark. I hope the move goes smoothly. 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Kempii Thanks, friend! I bet your floors are going to look amazing but yes, that‘s a major hassle! 4mo
BennettBookworm I saw your new name in a comment thread and thought, “Woah, that‘s very close to someone else‘s Litsy handle I know!” 😂😍And then it was YOU! Love it, so convenient! 4mo
vivastory Good luck with the move! When I saw the handle, at first I thought it was Lawrence Kansas 😂 4mo
BookishMarginalia Good luck and safe move! 4mo
BookNAround Wishing you a smooth move and look forward to seeing you back here when you‘re settled. 4mo
Jess Hope the move went well. Take a break unpacking and treat yourself to a bookstore trip to labyrinth in Princeton. Great store! 4mo
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I just received my book back after its 4-month #lmpbc journey. When I reread my inscription I realized how much has changed. I finally DID get a job last week, and we HAVE been vaccinated! That‘s a lot to celebrate.

So for my job, I‘m going to be moving to Princeton, NJ in the next few weeks! Any Littens in the area? 💗

RaeLovesToRead Out of curiosity... what is LMPBC? 5mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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Prairiegirl_reading Congrats!!! 5mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations and good luck with the move! 5mo
BookishBelle Yay!! Congratulations!! 🎉 5mo
CaffeineAndCandy Superb yay! Congrats 🍾🎈 5mo
sharread Congratulations! 🥳 5mo
Hooked_on_books So will you then be LiteraryinPrinceton? 😉 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Hooked_on_books I don‘t know!! It‘s not alliteration then… I‘m still thinking. 😋 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence @RaeLovesToRead It‘s a Litsy book club that @suvata organizes and a new round starts every 4 months. It stands for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club if I‘m not mistaken. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @LiteraryinLititz sounds awesome! 😊 and congratulations on the new job ❤ 5mo
suvata @LiteraryinLititz You are correct 😎 5mo
staci.reads Congratulations on the new job, the move, and the vaccinations 🙂 5mo
Pogue Congratulations on the job and the move! 5mo
Kempii Congrats @LiteraryinLititz! I was thinking about you and your job search and am delighted to hear you found the right fit. Best wishes on the move! 5mo
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Dunbar | Edward St. Aubyn
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Hi to my group mates from #lmpbc! Here are some options for my book for our literary fiction round. The grey cover that‘s hard to read is the tagged book. Let me know your thoughts! @staci.reads @Hestapleton @Mynameisacolour

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staci.reads I have read The Invention of Wings, Go Set a Watchman, and Rules of Civility - all excellent reads! I'm good with any of the others. A Tale for the Time Being looks really good. 5mo
Hestapleton I‘ve read Go Set a Watchman and the Ozeki (though I‘m more than fine with rereading that one). Dunbar is probably my top choice! 5mo
Mynameisacolour I've read Go Set A Watchman and am good with any of the others. 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence Ok, so between Dunbar and the Ozeki, can you each let me know your preference? Thanks! @Mynameisacolour @staci.reads @Hestapleton 5mo
Hestapleton @LiteraryinLititz Dunbar is my first choice. 5mo
staci.reads I'm good with either. 5mo
Hestapleton @LiteraryinLawrence hope the move is going well! Did you ship DUNBAR out? Wanted to see if it was lost in the mail or not. :) 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Hestapleton Not yet. I‘m so sorry! I‘m aiming for this weekend. Thanks for the good wishes. The new job and town are great even though it‘s been super hectic. 4mo
Hestapleton @LiteraryinLawrence no worries at all! Moving is the WORST and I hope the adjustment continues to go well. Lots of good change! 4mo
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If you wanted to sign up for the next round of the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club, you still can! We have one spot left in group V, where we will focus on literary fiction. Head over to @suvata for the link if you want to join me, @staci.reads and @Mynameisacolour ! ☺️ #lmpbc

Hestapleton Gosh dang it I‘m in. I‘ve got a bunch of lit fiction on my shelves that I still need to read 😂 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Hestapleton Yay!!!! That‘s the best news! 5mo
Mynameisacolour Yess!!!🙌🙌🙌 5mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This was utterly delightful. Clever, lots of heart, poignant parts mixed in with plenty of comedy, and mysteries that to me were unsolvable. Thanks to @BookishBelle and @Annie1215 for their margin notes and @Pogue I hope you like it too! I‘ll be mailing it tomorrow. #lmpbc

Jaimelire Reading it right now. Love it so far 6mo
HeatherBookNerd 👍🏼 6mo
BookishBelle I'm so glad you liked it! :) I may have to read the next in the series! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Pogue Mailed it today and it should get to you on Friday! 6mo
youngreadrshelf I really enjoyed this one! 6mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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So I‘ve been in a reading slump for a few weeks but not any more! I loooooved this book and flew through it! Hilarious, outlandishly creative plot, great female characters, sweet, fun dialogue. I‘m going to be recommending this one to everyone this summer!

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It‘s not this book‘s fault that I‘ve been really distracted by my job search lately and read it in tiny fits and spurts. So I didn‘t love it, but it could very well just be me. If there‘s a sequel, I would read it. The characters had potential.

Librariana Hope there's something positive and promising waiting for you in the employment department! Wishing you luck 🍀 on your search! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Librariana You‘re so sweet! Thanks! Yeah, we‘ll see. I‘ve been searching since Thanksgiving. Lots of interviews but no offers. Fingers crossed! 6mo
Birdsong28 There is a sequel it's called 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Birdsong28 Oooh, thanks for the heads up! Stacking... 6mo
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Can anyone suggest some good RECENT books in the action-thriller category?

My father-in-law just shared that he hasn‘t really read since the start of the pandemic because he hasn‘t been able to visit the library. Oh no!! He used to read daily and I want to help, but my thrillers are more mysteries or psychological and not as much “automatic weapons fire,” which is his favorite part. 😋 Any recommendations from 2020 or 2021? Thanks, Littens!

Twainy Patterson, Carr, Baldacci, Clancy, Coben, Grisham, Connelly?

You can get library books on a Kindle.

I‘ve taken out over 200 audiobooks on Libby/Hoopla APPs during the pandemic. I love the library!! I could take out e-books but 3 weeks probably wouldn‘t be enough time 😫 good luck. 🤗
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Ruthiella Anything by Harlan Coben. This isn‘t a sub genre I read, but my mom does and she likes Coben‘s books. 7mo
Ruthiella Also, if he likes military thrillers, I recommend the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn. 7mo
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MsMelissa He might enjoy Matthew Reilly‘s Jack West Jr series. They are super action packed and very fast-paced. First book is 7mo
Larkken Libbey is a lifesaver! I very much enjoyed the tagged book. 7mo
Bookwormjillk I recently read 7mo
sharread Anything by James Patterson is my goto author for a good thriller. 7mo
JeffyRoo And he has another one out soon too. Plus it's long 🙂 7mo
vlwelser I'm totally hooked on this series. It's like Robert Ludlum. Except obviously more current. 7mo
mandarchy I bought my parents kindles and added Libby to their phones with library cards. It took some management on my part, but now they can get their own books. The hard part, since goodreads and Amazon are connected, is keeping my parents from adding books to my goodreads. But it's fun and given us a new way to connect. 7mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I can check another book off my TBR! I‘ve been wanting to read this book for years and now that I have, I don‘t feel a need to read the rest of the trilogy. The characters were so over the top and unlikeable that I didn‘t connect to them. As a satire it was good, but I didn‘t need to be in that world any longer. I bet the movie would be fun, though, because of all that opulence!

KathyWheeler I had liked this and the other two when I read them, but I was unable to take his latest because I was so grossed out by the way the characters wasted their obscene wealth. The difference is I read the Crazy Rich Asians series before COVID and the latest craziness and selfishness. I read the latest one after, so I was disgusted by rather than amused by the characters. (edited) 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence @KathyWheeler I think you‘re absolutely right. I probably would have felt a lot different if I‘d read it pre-COVID. 7mo
TheLudicReader I loved the movie, but I have no desire to read the book. 😂 7mo
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thewallflower0707 The movie is so much more enjoyable. It really embraces the trashy aspect of it and does a lot of things better than the book. 7mo
iread2much This is one where I liked the movie much much more than the book 7mo
Librariana I felt the same way about this series: read the first; not interested in reading any of the others. The first book felt unnecessarily lengthy to me! 6mo
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How It Ends | Catherine Lo
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Meh. I wasn‘t too impressed with this story about teenagers and their bad judgment. I usually like MG and YA, but I didn‘t connect with this one. I also didn‘t totally buy the portrayal of anxiety; I‘ve seen other novels present it a lot better.

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How It Ends | Catherine Lo
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How April #bookspinbingo ends is with 13 completed books, 2 bails (which I know count for bingos but I keep track of them separately), and 2 bingos! It‘s been an up and down month for me emotionally but a pretty good one for reading. My favorites were Moonflower Murders and Anxious People.

The tagged book is on my list for next month. I‘m ready for the number drawing on Sunday, @TheAromaofBooks ! Thanks for doing this each month! 💗

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 7mo
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Vaclav & Lena: A Novel | Haley Tanner
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... Interesting. Well, this book has been on my shelf for years, and I‘m glad I finally read it. The storytelling voice was really strong, but ultimately I think the whole novel was less than the sum of its parts. Maybe it would have worked better as a collection of vignettes? I think the author is talented and the characters were interesting, but I didn‘t feel it worked as a complete story somehow.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
jmtrivera Exactly how I felt! 7mo
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Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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Last night I was feeling down and wanted a quick middle grade read to distract me. I picked this one and it was a good choice for what I was looking for. Izzy was a great main character- an eleven year old who goes through family and race-related situations with an inquisitive attitude. A good introduction to many heavy topics that would be great for a young reader. I always like Draper‘s books. 💗

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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Anthony Horowitz is the best. Seriously, I have loved every one of his books. This one was so clever!!! A book within a book format with clues that are right there for you to see... but I didn‘t see a single one of them until everything was revealed. Such a satisfying read!

Ruthiella I think his books are fun to read. Pure entertainment! 😀 (edited) 7mo
Aims42 I love his books!!! 7mo
Twainy Magpie murders are on my TBR ... I think they‘ll be my first 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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This was really good! Less than sympathetic characters but a twisty plot about a famous author writing under a pseudonym and her assistant. Once I got into it I just kept reading and reading. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen 😻 7mo
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So in my previous post I mentioned that I had gone to celebrate #IndependentBookstoreDay but hadn‘t actually liked any of the swag that my store had. I found that on Bonfire they are selling shirts and sweatshirts with the various official designs for this year! I am probably going to get something and I figured I‘d share the link! https://www.bonfire.com/store/independent-bookstore-day/ I think it‘s only available today.

Aims42 That‘s where I bought my shirt from, they were great to order from 👍🏻 7mo
ScientistSam I love the design! 7mo
Julsmarshall Oops, I just bought a shirt after shopping 2 indie stores, one online, one in person. Now I‘m done :) #blameitonlitsy 7mo
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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My husband @wanderer15 and I went to our indie bookstore today for the first time since the start of the pandemic. I had ordered books from them at different times during the lockdown and done contactless pickup, but this time we felt comfortable being fully vaccinated and wearing masks to go browse. It was so nice! 💗💗💗 I came away with this birthday book haul. Where to begin??
It was also indie bookstore day but none of the swag spoke to us.

Aims42 I want to read “The Windsor Knot” so bad, I love the summary ❤️ A great haul 🙌🏻 7mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻 7mo
BennettBookworm Yayyyy birthday books!! 7mo
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Shiver | Allie Reynolds
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Fun! This one reminded me a lot of Ruth Ware‘s One By One with the reunion in a ski resort gone wrong vibe. A very fast read and a strong debut!

Also fitting because even though it‘s the end of April it‘s in the 30s outside today! Brr...

SerenaCrawford I enjoyed it too—quick read 7mo
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With Fitz keeping me company in case I got scared, I finished up this round‘s #LMPBC mystery last night! It was good, and I hope the rest of my group likes it too. I enjoyed reading your comments, @Annie1215 ! I felt a little distracted during parts of it, which I‘m chalking up to my ever-present job search. But overall Gardner did a solid job and some of the plot points were really clever! I liked Emmanuel and Lotham best.

Off to @Pogue now!

Brooke_H My cat is named Fitz also! 😸 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽📚❤️ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Brooke_H mine is Felix! Lots of cats with awesome names that start with F 😽 7mo
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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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Awesome book in free verse about the lived experience of Ellie, a budding writer who is bullied at home and at school because of people‘s perceptions of her weight. This book should be in all middle school libraries.

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By the Book | Julia Sonneborn
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Ok, the ending raised it from a so-so to a pick for me! The pacing overall was great, but it initially bothered me how there were so many judgy (sp?) descriptions of how women look. And I can‘t blame it on misogyny: the author and main character are women. But that lessened in time and overall I think book lovers will enjoy this story about books, teaching, writing, libraries, etc. Especially if you have 3 fuzzy reading companions!

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 8mo
AutumnRLS Kitties are so cute. I love reading with my little dog. It makes everything so cozy ❤ And women can unknowingly contribute to patriarchy and misogyny. It is simply a system that values men over women. It encourages women to compete with eachother under the fallacy that there are limited seats for woman at the table. 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @AutumnRLS You‘re so right, that‘s a great point. 8mo
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The Book of Joe | Jonathan Tropper
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Mostly I‘m just happy to finally have this off of my TBR list after many years. It was ok. Started off kind of slow and definitely felt a bit dated to me (it‘s only from the early 2000s, but it just felt a little out of touch?). The main guy‘s defining characteristic seemed to be horniness, both in the present day and in his high school memories. All the descriptions of women‘s breasts got old. The end got better but I still didn‘t love it.

LiteraryinLawrence What a weird optical illusion! The left hand is mine but the other one is the book cover! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @TheAromaofBooks This was my #bookspin for April! 8mo
Jennaree3 Yeah, your fingers had me staring at this picture for a while lol 8mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I was also trying to figure out the hands 😂 Great progress getting this one checked off!! 8mo
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Racing in the Rain | Garth Stein
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I received this amazing package today from @Tattooedteacher ! Thanks so much! This book, which is the middle grade version of a book for adults, sounds delightful! And the tea smells delicious. Thank you!

SqueakyChu I loved the adult version of this book. It made me cry. 8mo
Tattooedteacher Yay! I‘m so glad it made it. I cried at the adult version as well. Enjoy. 8mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Wow. Incredible. I feel so lucky to have been the final reader in our #lmpbc round to read this so I could see everyone else‘s comments. What an experience! This is sure to be in my top 5-10 books for the year. 💗💗💗💗💗 @sharread @shellleigh33 @BennettBookworm

Backman is in a class by himself.

BennettBookworm Yayyyy he is the BEST 😭❤️☀️ 8mo
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I finally read @SReed151 ‘s book and it was fantastic! Just so well written, with humorous and heartfelt stories about life as a teacher. Shannon‘s teaching experiences run the gamut between pre-school and college, so there is something for everyone to relate to. I really recommend this to anyone who is a teacher or has ever had a teacher. 😋 Congrats on your book @SReed151 !

BennettBookworm This looks awesome and I‘m so excited to read it! 8mo
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Thanks so much @MaleficentBookDragon ! It was so above and beyond to not only send back my original #lmpbc book but to also send a book from my TBR. How thoughtful!! I‘m psyched to read through everyone‘s comments from our Agatha round. 😁

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Solid YA book that I read in a day! It took me a little bit to get into the characters‘ teen way of speaking (I felt so uncool) but then I was all in. For me, it was a great book to borrow from the library but not own, but I get the sense others loved it more.

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I‘m excited for tomorrow‘s draw for #bookspinbingo! This month I‘m looking to continue my progress on reading books I‘ve owned for a long time. The rest are mainly library books. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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This book was sort of mind blowing. It just made me think about my relationship with my body and attitudes towards bodies in general in a whole new way. I really admire how the author sees the idea of radical self love as a revolutionary movement with the power to make so many changes. I suspect I‘ll be thinking about this for a while, which is a good thing.

This was my last March read. I completed 15 books but this one gives me my sole bingo!

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Solid memoir. The author used a factual style that was effective, though I usually prefer more of a touchy feely vibe. She organized it as a series of vignettes about her life experiences. I would have also enjoyed reading about her personal experiences but this focused mainly on her academic and professional ones. It‘s her choice what to share, but at one point it implied she was in a serious relationship and she‘d never mentioned that at all.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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So sad! There were so many parts that made me cry. The story was strange and creative and some elements remained unanswered at the end. I agree with @IuliaC that the translation of this series might not be the best. I‘m glad I read it but now need to read a bit of something lighter/happier before going to sleep.

IuliaC I liked both this one and its sequel, which feels a bit lighter, as I already got used to the emotional charge from the first book 👍😊 8mo
Gissy I loved that book and I will like it as a play in a theatre. I have the second one already. 8mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Thanks to @BennettBookworm for putting this on my radar years ago. I finally read it and it was lovely. Just beautiful. I actually think it resonated more to read it after a year in lockdown. I will be thinking of this for a good long time.

SamAnne I‘m planning a reread with a book club this year and am looking forward to the revisit. 8mo
CoffeeAndABook I‘ve read this years ago & still have a strong memory of its impact. It‘s an incredible story. I can see how reading it during lockdown would enhance the experience!!! 8mo
Billypar I loved it as well. If someone asked me to compare it to another book, I have zero examples to offer - it's completely unique as far as I can tell. 8mo
marleed I love this book - love the movie too! 8mo
BennettBookworm Yes!! So glad!! One of my all time favorites ❤️ 8mo
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I‘m not the biggest fan of short stories as a genre, but I thought these were great. Each one felt like a little snapshot of a life. There were intriguing ideas about religion, sexuality, family dynamics, morality, and more. The collection overall was also quite short, so I really flew through this.

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Eeeeeeee! Excellent new detective duo of Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker. I love the female, queer, and disability rep in this 1940s-style mystery. I hope the rest of my #lmpbc enjoys this as much as I did!! Can‘t wait to read your comments!
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Just to confirm, I‘m mailing this to @Pogue correct?

Annie1215 Your new book should arrive to you by tomorrow! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Annie1215 It‘s here, it‘s here! Thanks! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Pogue The book should get to you by Monday! 8mo
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Very interesting! I‘d recommend this book to people who enjoy info about words, their origins, and speech patterns of different demographics. It was based on a combination of research and anecdotes, I‘d say. I didn‘t agree with all of Montell‘s points but I definitely found a lot of food for thought! Some of it echoed what I remember learning in a Linguistic Anthropology class 20 years ago, but some was more recent/relevant.

jmofo Have you read Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue? It‘s pretty delightful and full of interesting ideas and bits of history. 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @jmofo No, I haven‘t! Thanks for the recommendation! 8mo
BennettBookworm Beautiful plant, too! ;) 8mo
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Death of a Hollow Man | Caroline Graham
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I really liked book 2 of this series as well! A great mystery set in a community theatre. I‘m definitely going to read the rest of the series!

KathyWheeler I‘m fixing to read this soon. I just finished The Killings at Badger‘s Drift. 8mo
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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I‘ve had this on my shelf for years now, so I‘m very glad to finally have read it. I did like it, but some parts more than others. I wouldn‘t say it‘s a new favorite. But I absolutely am thinking about flowers and their meanings differently now! It makes me want to go back and remember what flowers I had at my wedding and then decode what they meant. 💐🌺🌼🌸

melissajayne Read it about 10 years ago and loved it. 8mo
JenReadsAlot Great book! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @melissajayne Yeah, so many people recommended it that I wanted to read it! 8mo
Bookish_B Loved this book! 8mo
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What a great read. This collection would be a great starting point for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the lived experiences of people with disabilities. At every turn the writers are pushing back on overused tropes of inspiration porn and the ableist assumption of praying for a cure. I am glad I read this and look forward to finding more in this field.

Hooked_on_books I‘m not usually big on celebrity memoir, but Michael J Fox does an amazing job of showing what it‘s like to live with Parkinson‘s in his latest book. The things so many of us take for granted, he has to carefully plan out so he doesn‘t get injured or hurt someone else. And it will only get worse for him. But he‘s very matter of fact about it. It really made me think. 8mo
tenar I loved this, too, and also wanted more! Right now I‘m in the middle of a collection of shorter essays, excellent so far, and including a great piece by Alice Wong: 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence @tenar Thanks for that suggestion! 8mo
Kempii Thanks for the recommendation. I look forward to checking it out. This is definitely an area where I know I can learn more. 8mo
jmofo Alice Wong‘s online presence has taught me much. I am looking forward to reading this. 8mo
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This is a definite #blameitonLitsy read! Specifically, I stacked this after reading @BookishMarginalia and others‘ posts. This book was great! Fast paced, ballsy, sweet, and I loved the main character Finn. I wonder if there will be a sequel?

SeaToSkyes Loved this one! 9mo
BookishMarginalia Yey! So glad you liked it! 9mo
EKonrad I‘d love a sequel!! 9mo
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This book was phenomenal. Taussig is an excellent storyteller who writes about her lived experiences as a member of the disability community. Everything is presented with such nuance. This would be valuable to read on its own or as a complement to other Disability Studies books, for either disabled or nondisabled people. I read the library‘s copy but will buy one because it was that good.

tenar I felt the same way, especially about the nuance. This ended up being one of my top reads from last year! 🧡 9mo
Kempii Great review! Can‘t wait to read it. 9mo
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Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing | Maryla Szymiczkowa
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Here is my #bookhaul from my favorite indie Aaron‘s Books! I ordered these a few weeks ago and they arrived today. So excited to dive in!

-Giant Days 13 to bring my collection up to date (love that crew!)
-Fortune Favors the Dead for #lmpbc @Pogue @BookishBelle @Annie1215
-Nina Hill because I loved it when I borrowed it from @BennettBookworm
-Mrs Mohr because my group mate suggested it and it sounds awesome!

BennettBookworm Yayyy solid! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay — Aaron‘s!! Enjoy the new books. 9mo
BookishBelle Awesome! I‘ll have to read Mrs. Mohr now too! 9mo
kspenmoll You got some great books! 7mo
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I‘m all ready for the #bookspin and #doublespin draws and the bingo board tomorrow! Thanks again to @TheAromaofBooks for organizing, as always! ☺️☺️☺️

This month I read 3 from my longtime TBR list, and I‘m hoping to make more progress in March. Those are the ones with a T next to them!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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My #lmpbc book has returned to me! Thanks @sharread I‘m currently in possession of 3 books...😬 @BennettBookworm never got to read the tagged one in the rotation, so I‘m sending that to her. Once I finish Anxious People (hers originally) I‘ll send that back to her. AND the main problem is that I never sent How to Walk Away for Feb.🤦🏻‍♀️@shellleigh33 do you mind a delay in getting it back? If that‘s ok, then all 3 are coming to Suzy next.

shellleigh33 No I am perfectly fine with that @LiteraryinLititz 9mo
shellleigh33 I just finished up Us Against You today ❤️❤️❤️ so it will be headed to @sharread in a couple days 9mo
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BennettBookworm Lolll that just means a lot of fun #bookmail for me 😂 9mo
sharread Sounds good! This was a ton of fun. 9mo
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