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Joined April 2019

I had to choose between a fireplace or a library wall. I chose the library wall.
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I enjoyed One Day in December, and The Flatshare was my favorite rom-com read of 2019 so this one seemed liked a mix of the two. It‘s okay but I just didn‘t think there was enough story there.

mdm139 Bummer. I liked those other books too and had been eyeing this one. 11h
marleed @mdm139 It did make me think about the other two. And I like thinking about them - so there is that! (edited) 11h
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I journeyed through this book in audio format. I haven‘t listened to this many continuous hours of 9/11 coverage since following live in 2001. This is an incredibly important history book as it preserves the emotions on the day of so many people forever impacted by this tragedy. Its not an easy read but what brought me to tears time and again was not the horrors that must be remembered but the inherent goodness of those on the ground.

ljuliel Great review. 2d
Cinfhen That‘s how I felt after listening to this audio!! It broke my heart but at the same time gave me hope for humanity 2d
Cinfhen And yes, beautiful review! Im looking forward to listening to this book in 2020 2d
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CoverToCoverGirl A very moving review! (edited) 1d
marleed @ljuliel @Cinfhen @CoverToCoverGirl It‘s such good book. I went to a WWI museum over Thanksgiving with a young woman - freshman in college and National Guard. She was born 2 weeks prior to 9/11 and her HS graduating class was the last to have been born prior to the tragedy of that day. It‘s a incredible that within the year we will have soldiers entering the military that were born after that day. 1d
Cinfhen My youngest was born a few weeks after 9/11 and it‘s odd because he has grown up in the post 9/11 world but didn‘t experience that day. Even my older 2 children only remember being the “last” kids to be picked up from school. I was so rooted to the TV and 8 months pregnant that apparently I didn‘t race to their school like some of the other moms. They were 6 & 8 (edited) 23h
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The Noel Diary: A Novel | Richard Paul Evans
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I suppose I should give this book a pick based on the storyline of a famous writer making peace with a past where he was essentially abandoned by his mother. But nooo~~ I‘m giving it a pick because as the MC drove from Coeur D‘Alene to Salt Lake City to confront that past, he stopped in my hometown for lunch! I sure hope he had a John‘s Porkchop!

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Perhaps it is my age, that I love to walk, that I love big cities. Or that one of my favorite people is an octogenarian who speaks with such eloquence that I stop and listen to anything she has to say.
...I loved this book!

#DearDecember @Eggs I‘m a day late for #AgingCharacters but this current read also matches today‘s #BlackGoldCovers

marleed @TheEllieMo and @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks Might I say this book (and I audio‘d some of it while walking) is mellifluous! 4d
Amiable This was one of my favorites from last year! I loved Lillian. 4d
NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this book 4d
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8little_paws Oh what a fun cover! 4d
MargaretPinardAuthor I did too, and I‘m 38 and in Portland OR..,I guess I am a city walking girl but don‘t think that had anything to do with appreciating the tender pathos in this book. 💗 4d
marleed @Amiable I‘ve had this on my shelves for a bit. There‘s something about finally grabbing a TBR book and then giving it a 5-star that makes it extra special. 4d
marleed @8little_paws I find myself just staring at the cover. I think it represents the book well. 4d
marleed @MargaretPinardAuthor You are close to the age of the author! I love how the author wrote a woman 50 years her senior! 4d
marleed @NeedsMoreBooks I‘m going to carry Lillian with me for a long time. 4d
Eggs Love everything about this! Beautiful cover 🖤🧡🖤🧡 3d
TheEllieMo @marleed everything about this looks like my kind of book! 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Eleanor 💙 3d
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Knit the Season | Kate Jacobs
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I read Friday Night knitting club years ago as a break from technology books and certification tests. Back then I loved the book and enjoyed the sequel. I came upon this book last winter and saved it for this month. Funny how the characters came back to me as each was reintroduced. The actual story though, meh.

MargaretPinardAuthor I thought the same! Pretty picture though :) 5d
marleed @MargaretPinardAuthor Haha, thanks. When I finished it, I thought, well at least it‘s a shiny decoration. 5d
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This is not my grid of highest rating, but I‘m having fun reading the rather tall stack of holiday inspired books I‘ve thrifted this year. It‘s also apparent I should introduce more nonfiction into my reading! Tagged the 5 star I will physically own when next I visit my local indie. (Lowish rating on Station Eleven is on me for reading it at the wrong time.)

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Mehso-so

This book deserved better from me. I was determined to read it in 2019 and time was getting short so I went in. When my head is in the right place a dystopian story can rank among my favorite reads. I liked the concept of the Georgian Flu, the location, and the writing but didn‘t connect with the characters. I hope to revisit later.

TheHeartlandBookFairy Please do revisit it! I read it a year ago when it was our NEA Big Read book. I didn't expect to love it, I'd only hoped to like it and in the end it made it into my top five (out of more than 130 books) for the year! 6d
marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy Oh thanks, I will. I almost chose pick as I was posting this because I just know I didn‘t give myself the space to sink into the characters. I really liked the premise. Even today with all our concerns with what devisive politics could do to our future - there is always the possibility of a pandemic! (edited) 6d
TheHeartlandBookFairy @marleed, exactly! What was Erie was that I finished the book while flying back home from vacation. We ended up being stuck on the tarmac for almost an hour and I was at the part of the book that was taking place in the abandoned airport. When I arrived home, I had no internet and it took about 24 hours for the cable company to figure it out. And the whole time this was all going on I could only think about the book and what happened lol 😂 6d
marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy HaHa. And that‘s when you raced to the nearest drug store for your flu shot! 5d
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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FourJasmine Guillory books ago, my original was a 3-star, meh read. I just didn‘t think the writing was all that good. I still don‘t, but now I‘m all in and I‘m completely caught up in her characters. This was my favorite of the four. In ‘The Bachelor‘ fashion, I find myself paying attention to her supporting characters in hopes of calling the MC for her next book.

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A while back I made a forgotten library purchase request for the tagged audiobook. It seems I was awaiting the American release as it showed up in my loans yesterday and 16,887 steps later I finished the book without giving thought to my distance! It‘s so good and pulled at all my emotions - funny, sad, frustrating, informative, and ‘oh-no-they-didn‘t!‘ all in one book. Also recommend as a nonfiction for #ReadingEurope2020.

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. As a kid, I loved the Little Drummer Boy. I can never pick anew because that memory is so sweet. BTW, My life long least favorite is Oh Christmas Tree - just torture for 8 yr old choir practice!
2. I walked by these ?Reindeer pigs? today. I want to know these people!
3. Well, my new hit seems to be Chrissy Tiegen‘s smashed potatoes.
4. Not anymore, and my ever-lovin-livin‘ husband (rip) even worked for Hallmark!
#WondrousWednesday

marleed Thank you @Eggs! 1w
Eggs Reindeer 🐷😂😂 I could get onboard with that 1w
marleed @Eggs There has to be a story there! 1w
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Those who rose together to begin the culture change that is #MeToo have fought the good fight - I‘m so proud of them. They could not have done it with united fists alone. It took the investigative journalistic intestinal fortitude of Jodi Kantor, her peers, and her investigative competitors (thank you Rowan) to provide the gloves for the knockout. Everyone should read this book.

Theaelizabet Such a good book. I‘m going to read Farrow‘s soon. 1w
marleed @Theaelizabet Mine was a library loan. But I decided last year to purchase one full price book a quarter from my local indie bookstore in order to support them. My thought - would I donate $100 a year to keep a local bookstore open. Yes, I would. So with that in mind my 4 books are really free ;). And if I purchase this book it‘s double free in support or investigative journalism! 1w
Theaelizabet @marleed That‘s such a great idea and a perfect bit of reasoning. I threw a lot of support to our local bookstore, but now it‘s an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. 1w
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A Redbird Christmas | Fannie Flagg
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Fannie Flagg writing a Christmas story is akin to dipping a sugar cookie into hot chocolate with marshmallows all while wrapped in your favorite old blanket and wearing a brand new pair of fuzzy socks. It‘s rather irresistible.

Desha 😂😂😂 Sounds like fun! 2w
Bookzombie I read this last year. Great review! 1w
marleed @Bookzombie @desha I can be hard on certain genres of books. Ie I‘m very picky in what I want from historical fiction. But a Christmas book - I just want sugar overload. In fact I wasn‘t liking the book Marley (a Christmas book by characters only) and had to remember A Christmas Carol only offered Sugar at the very end. 1w
BookDragonNotWorm Best Fannie Flagg book description ever! 1w
marleed @BookDragonNotWorm I could almost taste the melted marshmallows while reading! 1w
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Timepiece | Richard Paul Evans
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I have a collection of Richard Paul Evans books to read this month so I‘m down for some short stories of love through trial. This one worked for me mostly. But darn, the little life of Andrea read more tragic than the story necessitated. Still a pick because he tells his stories beautifully.

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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My favorite post of the month is showing you my Nov wrap-up through my indexed card bullet journaled format. I‘ll finish up Timepiece today and that will mean the month was 50% fiction to nonfiction. ...Tagging The Downstairs Girl because those letters were so fun to create - even after erroneously writing girls in plural and deciding oh well.

#NovemberWrapUp #NovemberStats #NamasteNovember. #bujo

wanderinglynn Awesome month! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉 2w
RachelO Love seeing your wrap-up posts! 2w
marleed @RachelO @wanderinglynn Thank you! I‘m not sure which is more fun - creating the card - or having a touchy feely way to look at all I‘ve read in 2019. 2w
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Eggs Beautiful collection!! Thanks for posting this ❤️ @marleed 2w
Copwithabook Beautiful art work! 2w
readordierachel What a fabulous way to show everything! 2w
Bookishlie I love seeing this! What a wonderful idea:) 2w
marleed @Copwithabook @readordierachel @Bookishlie @eggs Thank you. I never would have thought of doing this without Litsy inspiration! 1w
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Marley: A Novel | Jon Clinch
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This book was barely hanging onto to a so-so status from me because the reimagined ill-gotten gains of Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge were just too egregious. But it‘s very well-written and I started liking the book at the 2/3 mark. So why a pick? Well, in retrospect I clearly understand the homage to A Christmas Carol - when we know better we do better.

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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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It was time for me to get myself in the holiday spirit with this gem Since it‘s been awhile since I‘ve read it. Sometimes it‘s fun to remember each paragraph right before you hit the last sentence.
Happy Thanksgivings to American Littens! Safe travels to those traveling over the river and through the woods to break bread with loved ones. And we raise a turkey leg of thanks to all the International Littens in this wonderful virtual family!

4thhouseontheleft This is in my stack I picked up from the library yesterday! 2w
marleed @4thhouseontheleft Oh I hope you enjoy. Its funny, especially if you‘ve ever lived in, for the good and the bad, a fishbowl-like community. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed I grew up in small town America. I fled in college and never went back. 🤣 2w
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃 🍂 2w
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Inside Out | Demi Moore
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I grew up in the era of soap operas so Demi Moore has been on my radar ever since General Hospital hoped she‘d be the actress to soothe our Genie Francis broken hearts. This story is powerful and it‘s obvious Demi has considered her life and accepts responsibility for her decisions . I felt she was remarkably respectful of the people in her orbit. #NFNov

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Me before you
Before I go to sleep
Before and again
Before she knew him
Before we were yours
The summer before the war
Before the fall -
I was Anastasia.

#NamasteNovember Day26 #SpinePoem3

Eggs Oh my that‘s wonderful!! Lovin‘ these Spine Poems 🤗👏🏻❤️ 2w
marleed @Eggs it‘s such a fun way to look at my books. Sometimes I see the title as just words and other times I can‘t separate the title from its contents. 2w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I‘m so happy with this 3x3 grid! I am 2:1 for #NFNov and even my fiction was historical in genre! I believe this is also my highest rated grid where every book garnered a B+ (4.25) or above. Tagged this gorgeous 5 star!

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

lele1432 Looks like some really good reads! 2w
marleed @lele1432 I love looking at my books in a grid and getting a sense of what I like reading right now. Funny thing I read more fiction than nonfiction. But this is my highest rated grid and I have more nonfiction. Hmmmm. 2w
lele1432 I know what you mean! When it's like "oh, maybe I should read more of these types of books!" Lol 2w
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Oh sure, you might wonder - Didn‘t she recently post a similar #NFNov pic after reading, I Remember Nothing? No wonder she followed up with this book.

Well, there is that. But also, I was looking in the mirror this week while getting all dolled up for a dinner. I gotta tell ya, I feel bad about my neck :(

wanderinglynn 😂 I listened to the audio version last month & now I totally feel bad about my neck. Never really noticed it before. 3w
marleed @wanderinglynn That‘s exactly what happened to me. I never thought about looking at my neck before! Years ago when I was in my early 30s an older woman told this story of how she thought she was sexier tuning her back to her husband as she undressed - until she caught an accidental glimpse at her aging back. It was an hilarious story. That story came to mind when I studied my neck! I laughed at this book though! 3w
Crazeedi The first thing you look at is someone's neck, a dead giveaway on age, even if someone has had a facelift! I havent read this book, but my sisters and I have always observed necks!! 2w
marleed @Crazeedi Geez, I recent realized that i need to start thinking about my bare arms in photo ops. And now it‘s my neck, as well! I‘m going to have to just embrace this age thing! 2w
Crazeedi @marleed yep! Triceps and necks! LOL!!!! 2w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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My sister and I have been casting Daisy Jones since we read the book last March. We didn‘t consider the granddaughter of Elvis Presley for the part. But yeah!

jillrhudy I like it! 3w
marleed I do too! And I bet she will love playing what may be an iconic music role. 3w
Jillylovesbooks I think this is good casting. I hope this production gets the music right and includes the songs from the book. 2w
marleed @Jillylovesbooks Me too. I‘m going to have to buy the music in album form. I bet there is piles of thought going into the album cover as well as the music. 2w
JenlovesJT47 I think this is perfect casting! Can‘t wait for the show to come out! 🥳 2w
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I walked by this book and B&N the other day and it had to be my next #NFNov read. Great history read, and yes I‘m biased. I recently spent 5 years living on the SA Riverwalk, working at Fort Sam Houston, and running/walking by the Alamo nearly everyday. I have many appropriately beautiful pics of the Alamo, but this... my son always dresses in celebration of occasions so he really wanted to take PeeWee to the basement of the Alamo.

cathipink Perfect! I love that PeeWee went with you 🙂 3w
marleed @cathipink He came down on a week when it was about 512°. That backpack is filled with his camera equipment but it was too hot and crowded for him to get the pics he imagined. The 2 PeeWee pics were with my phone. He also bought a PeeWee t-shirt for the occasion. Little kids wondered why adults thought it was so funny. 3w
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Every child deserves to know they belong in the home in which they reside and it is their right to feel, and indeed be, safe in that home. My first thought upon finishing this #NFNov story was gratitude that Alan Cumming was able to rise above the muck that was his father. I was then overcome with sadness realizing that it is every single day he must continue to rise above that failure to love.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this memoir. I wish I could meet Alan and give him a hug. 3w
marleed @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh my gosh, I thought the very same thing! 3w
CarolynM Loved this one❤️ 3w
marleed @CarolynM Me too. I‘m so grateful that I never doubted my father‘s love. 3w
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This #NFNov book would have fit October challenges, as well, because oh geez, it is frightening. From perspectives human, political and environmental - just scary.

rsteve388 This book has been on my TBR forever! Lord. 3w
marleed @rsteve388 Well you can at least take credit for inspiring me to fill my November reads with this and other Nonfiction reads - old and new! So thank you! (edited) 3w
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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So last night the branch of my pub library discussed THT. I was well prepared because since August I binged-watched all 3 seasons of the series, read the graphic novel, and then read the original just in time to read The Testaments along with the audiobook. My lib made this Claire Daines reading available to me. I had to go there. It‘s been years since I‘ve listened to an audiobook via CD and surround sound rather than phone. It was great!

Nute It sounds like you were well prepared. I have read The Handmaid‘s Tale twice. I have not watched the adaptation or read the graphic novel or listened to the audiobook. I‘d like to listen to the audiobook...who is the narrator? Did you enjoy it? I‘ve haven‘t listened to an audiobook before. I think my attention might drift. The Testaments is getting mixed reviews, but I do plan to read it next year. 3w
Scochrane26 I really enjoyed listening to the audio-Claire Danes is great. I had read the book at least twice & wanted a different format. 3w
Scochrane26 @Nute I started using audiobooks years ago when I was driving a lot every day & still love them. It took me a few to get used to them, & if my attention wanders, I just rewind a little. Personally, I have a hard time if there‘s a lot of characters, so I often do NF or memoirs. 3w
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marleed @Nute Claire Daines narrates the audiobook as Offred and does an excellent job. It was like Homeland and the THT Hulu series combined! I listened to one CD a day over 9 days and through speakers audible throughout my house. I typically audiobook though earbuds on my phone so the CD experience was fun - I think I‘ll check audiobooks on CD more often now. 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 Aren‘t audiobook awesome!? I‘m alone often so and I love moving about my day with a story being told to me. Somehow this experience of one deliberate normal-play CD at a time with full speakers was such a treat. I guess I thought CDs were old technology and inconvenient compared to Overdrive, but it was fun. And can we just say, Claire Daines!! 3w
Scochrane26 @marleed I haven‘t used cd‘s in a year because after a wreck on thanksgiving last year, I got a car w/ no CD player. But, I do have a CD player in my kitchen, maybe I‘ll start checking them out again from library because I like to listen while I cook. 3w
Nute That might be the way for me to reacquaint myself with THT prior to reading The Testaments.🙂 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 BTW, I‘m sorry about your wreck. I hope you weren‘t injured. 3w
Scochrane26 @marleed it was a bad wreck, not my fault, but somehow I wasn‘t injured at all. Thanks for your concern. 3w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I suspended my library hold until I could give this story my full attention. It is beautifully written and Ta-Nehisi Coates paints the emotional abuse of slavery into a masterpiece that I believe will be read for years to come.

Addison_Reads I'm finishing this one up today. Glad you liked it. 💚 3w
marleed I thought it was so good. I‘m really glad I waited until I could sink in and absorb it. Oprah seldom recommends an easy read for me! 3w
Scochrane26 He doesn‘t write easy books, but they always teach me a lot. 3w
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Next up on the eeny-meeny-miney-moe of my physical #NFNov reads is this little beauty. I loved how this was written - alternating chapters between a father and his grown son reflecting on the same or similar events. I‘m a fan of both Bill and Willie Geist. As I read, I couldn‘t help but think of what a treasure (grandfather/father) this published book will be for Willie‘s children when grown.

Suet624 Every time I see Willie on tv I think he‘s about 27 years old. He looks like such a kid. But he‘s not. 3w
marleed @Suet624 I got such a kick in the back and forth between theses two in the book. More often I read about a loving but strict parent. However, Willie was raised by loving but liberal parents so it makes the telling really interesting. 3w
Suet624 I‘ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation. 3w
ValerieAndBooks Stacking this! I loved this tagged book but haven‘t read anything else by the Geists yet 3w
marleed @ValerieAndBooks Oh cool! They just really enjoy each other. What a blessing - to be loved by your father. I wish everyone had that. 3w
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I like this book quite a bit and why I didn‘t love it is really my problem. I‘m discovering this about myself inside fiction wrapped in fascinating history to which I know little... I‘m often less engaged in the love interests of the characters than I am in those characters negotiating the history to which I am reading. So my minor disappointment was more about me than the quality of the book.

Scochrane26 I need to post my review of the book, forgot yesterday. I feel much the same way. I was into it until toward the end. 4w
Scochrane26 I may be biased, but I liked Book Woman of Troublesome Creek better. 4w
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m still waiting on my lib loan of BWoTC. I‘ve spent the last 2 days trying to figure out why I‘m so hard on love stories embedded in HF - I mean I watch Hallmark movies so obviously I‘m good with romance stories. I think for me in HF if the romance is not integral to the history researched and told it is secondary to the story and undeserving of too much real estate in the telling of the book. Does that make sense? (edited) 4w
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Scochrane26 @Marleed yes, it does. BW does have a love interest, but it‘s more of a friendship most of the book & not as central as other plots. 4w
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading this now. I‘m really loving it so far so we‘ll see. 🤞🏻 4w
marleed @Reviewsbylola I hope you like it. It‘s such a good storyline. 4w
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Week6 #BFCr4
I loved this round - working toward a Fitbit-free day was a success, and I earned a free Saturday for 6 consecutive weeks by reaching my goal by Friday night, walking over 233 miles and finishing 29 books.

Fitness weekly Goal 35 miles: 40.03 miles/93,455 steps.
Book total goal of 27 books with the priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I finished at 29, 19:11.

Thank you @Wanderinglynn. Card is on the way!

marleed There are 7 LFLs I walk by (and support) on my daily walk. This one is my favorite to look at because the back is a beautiful as the front - and it is weathered to perfection! 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It looks like a mini haunted house. 🖤 4w
marleed @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The pole supporting is every bit as weathered. With each storm I find myself looking out for this guy and hoping it survives! 4w
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome job! I‘m so happy you were able to find something that worked for you. 4w
Reviewsbylola Wow, I LOVE that LFL! Looks like a haunted dollhouse! 4w
marleed @Reviewsbylola I love it. It‘s well designed on the inside too. It‘s even large enough to donate a few tabletop books! 4w
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I Remember Nothing | Nora Ephron
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I‘m randomly picking older #NFNov books from my shelves in between library drops, and I‘m so glad I eeny-meeny-miney-moed this title. I really enjoyed reading Nora‘s take on life and aging. I was even entertained by her thoughts on what is now dated technology - email. I sure wish she was still walking in this world with us.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I‘m grateful for authors who research history and teach us a truth using fiction because, well, sometimes I can‘t handle the full truth in all its messy we-did-this, we-do-this reality. Fiction is often the initial step for me to learn more. ...At times I wanted more character development of Elwood and Turner, but it may have been deliberate to leave us wanting more - and research for ourselves this horrible truth.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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My final 3x3 grid completed for #BFCr4. 4.5 and above falls in my A range and it‘s a big success when I have a 5* in my grid. The tagged book is so important. I‘m so grateful for the persistence of Ronan Farrow.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Having read Bear Town a couple months ago, I wanted to anticipate this book for a while. Although I preferred the storyline in the first book, It was still nice to curl up with these much loved characters to read their lives continue. ...I wouldn‘t recommend this book to those who haven‘t read the first because the character development in the original is so important to the sequel.

bookaholic1 I agree 😀 1mo
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Oh the thrill of thrifting a book, reading it, and loving it. The relationship of Eleanor and Park is beautiful- I hope Rainbow Rowell continues their journey. While reading, I never once gave thought to the story as YA, and that‘s my favorite kind of YA to read.

Scochrane26 This was my 1st rainbow book, & I love it, too. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I have to thank Litsy for introducing me to Rainbow Rowell books. In the last 3 months I‘ve read 4 of her books. I also love how she incorporates Omaha and Nebraska into her stories. 1mo
Scochrane26 I can‘t remember how I found about her, maybe I saw a review of Eleanor & Park somewhere. I like her ya better than adult books, but the adult ones are still good. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I haven‘t read an adult one yet. And YA is not typically my favorite genre because I‘m a bit critical of the genre for some reason - too much mom‘ing I guess! 1mo
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#NamasteNovember Day9 #SpinePoem2
Lean in, Love Warrior.
This is Where I Leave You.

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And since it‘s #NFNov I finally read the tagged after 6 years on my TBR. The information remains meaningful - even though the author (and come to think of it, me too) has a life now she couldn‘t have anticipated then. Come to think of it, Glennon Doyle has had significant life changes since she authored her book, as well!

Eggs Great poem! Lovely post! 1mo
marleed @Eggs Thanks. It‘s so rude, but it came together while building Poem1 and I couldn‘t resist! 1mo
Eggs Nothing wrong with that 1mo
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Velvetfur That was very clever! 1mo
Nute You told me this was coming in my Spine Poem #1 post. I don‘t see it as rude. I see it as motivating with direct advice. I like it! 1mo
Amiable I haven‘t read the book, so I‘m not sure exactly what is advocated. But a few years ago my place of employment started Lean In Circles for women who were already directors or above (which kind of misses the point, in the opinion of those of us who are not up there yet). And last week it was just announced that they would be starting additional Lean In Circles —for men. 😠 Which REALLY pissed off a significant chunk of the women folk. (edited) 1mo
marleed @Nute oh I was hoping you‘d see my take - thanks! It really is fun to look at the titles as just words and do your own take on it! 1mo
marleed @Amiable I wonder what Sheryl Sandberg would say to your perspective. She does seem to be speaking to women who strive to lead. I bet she‘d suggest you won‘t find your mentors at that company! I get that people in management positions should be continually trained to lead and not simply manage. But to exclude non management from leadership training creates a schism that‘s difficult if not impossible to cross. 1mo
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Week5 @wanderinglynn #BFCr4
Here,s a unique privacy fence I walk past. The flowers change with the seasons. I don‘t know why I‘m obsessed with the two missing gourds.

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week with incentive of Fitbit-Free Saturdays: 40.03 miles/93,455 steps.
Book goal is now 27 books with the priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I‘m at 17:8.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And what a neat fence. 1mo
BookNerd9906 Great job!!! What is Fitbit-Free?? 1mo
marleed @BookNerd9906 In previous challenges I kept trying to best my steps every week and kind of burned myself out. So this time I decided to set a goal of 35 miles minimum and 40 max. If I could get to 35 miles before Saturday - then I earned myself a Fitbit-free Saturday where I don‘t check steps. It‘s been great fun! And I‘m not burned out! 1mo
marleed @wanderinglynn That fence is so cool. The container plants in it change throughout the growing season. I love to walk by it. 1mo
BookNerd9906 @marleed awesome! That‘s a great idea. Good for you! 1mo
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I couldn‘t resist participating in the #BigLibraryRead because it‘s just such a great idea. It definitely had a YA feel and can lead to important discussion. I‘d recommend it for fans of The Hate You Give. It‘s a quick read so character development isn‘t as thorough as THUG. However, it‘s meaningful to read two girls of different ethnicity move together through a traumatic event where each brings to it their own perspectives.

lele1432 I thought this one might be a good one! 1mo
marleed @lele1432 I think it‘s a good choice for the Big Library Read because of the discussions that might follow. 1mo
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I‘m giving this a pick because it is thorough in capturing how part-time minimum wage work sans benefits is not a living wage - especially for a parent raising a child with little family support. (And as a Western Montana girl myself, I get the Missoula thing!) ...But there‘s a miss for me in a memoir when the author lacks any introspection and onus to their current life situation. #NFNov

Bookwormjillk I was torn about this one too. 1mo
Caroline2 I love this photo!! 🥰 1mo
OnlyYoo Beautiful picture 1mo
marleed @Bookwormjillk I thought she painted a meaningful picture of surviving on minimum wage. But I felt like she was blaming her life on everyone and everything around her while only taking oness for good. 1mo
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I‘m hard on HF particularly when it‘s YA. I want an interesting, well-researched stetting, characters fitting seamlessly in the history and not encumbered with events too many to realistically endure. I want characters created with the mindset and mores of the day vice the book‘s publishing date. ...I took issue with a couple things here, but overall it‘s a pick.

IndoorDame Great review! 1mo
marleed @IndoorDame Thanks. The main character is of half Chinese, half European descent. Initially, I thought the author missed the mark on that distinction. But in the 1890s if you had any distinguishable ancestry that was not of European descent, you were that and only that. (edited) 1mo
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This is a quick #NFNov pick to read in the week where darkens rises an hour earlier providing more time to hunker down with a cuddly blanket, warm socks, a hot drink, and candles. That‘s my newfound Hyyge approach to this time change thing ;)

#TIL It‘s said Hygge is to Denmark what Freedom is to America. Hey Denmark, I just read Catch and Kill and I‘m awaiting She Said and Blowout... Please hang tight to your Hygge!

Amiable My husband and I went to Denmark back in April and I am all about the hygge! The whole principle of it is right up my alley. 1mo
marleed @Amiable That must have been a wonderful trip! I think I should read this book every year just as a reminder of how to take advantage of longer nights and cold temps. 1mo
rsteve388 9 pts 1mo
rsteve388 Did you sign up I do not see you on my spreadsheet?! 1mo
marleed @rsteve388 I didn‘t. But I‘m so inspired by the challenge of reading so many non fictions on my TBR that I thought I‘d sneak in and audit your challenge! So you don‘t have to track points for me. Also, I love the TIL hashtag with the NF. It‘s so intriguing to read the lesson learned from a book! 1mo
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I thought I knew this story but reading it hurts my soul. I am careful to ever apply the word shame. But the corrupt actions of the powerful and the depths we are willing to go to protect the men (it is men in this story) holding that power is shameful. #TIL In this world, right now, investigative journalists and whistle blowers are my heroes and my North Star.

#NFNov

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 1mo
marleed @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought my blood had stopped boiling over HW, but no. I hope we can look at these last 3 years at some point down the road as the pivot in which we learned to do better. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I hope so too! 1mo
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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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I liked the historical setting in this story and I was content with how the journeys resolved for the three main characters, But my journey in this book couldn‘t find a way out of so-so status. I found the dialogue corney, and the cliff-hanging pivots from one POV to another made me want to skip pages to stay with the current storyline.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Second 3x3 grid completed for #BFCr4. 4.5 and above falls in my A range and the tagged 5* toppled my Top6Reads of 2019.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Prairiegirl_reading I also loved the Dutch House and JVN! 1mo
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Just thinking of JBN makes me smile! 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @marleed he‘s so adorable. You have to follow him on Instagram if you don‘t already. 😸😸😸😸 1mo
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Haha. After his memoir I started following him and Michelle Kwan! (edited) 1mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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#NamasteNovember Day3 #SpinePoem1

Once upon a more enchanted time when breath becomes air - under the banner of heaven, cage of stars, into thin air... I let you go, Teacher Man.

Gone with the wind.

Watch me disappear, Evvie Drake starts over.

Eggs Ah that‘s great 😃👍🏼💕👏🏻 1mo
marleed @inthegreensandblues @eggs This is such a fun way to look at the books on my shelves. Where I started and where I ended have nothing in common! But somewhere on the middle I did come up with Poem2, as well! 1mo
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SilversReviews AWESOME JOB!! 1mo
marleed @SilversReviews oh thank you. I love spine poetry. It‘s such a fascinating way to look at my book collection. It also kinda cracks me up to use a title in a way that has nothing to do with the context of its actual story. 1mo
SilversReviews @marleed 😍😍😍😍 1mo
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I met my reading goal so I‘ll up it by another grid of 9 books. I barely met my fitness goal but it was an unseasonably cold, snow-touched Halloween so look at the candy I‘m left with. I fear I will dip-in and void my hard-earned Fitbit-free Saturday ;(

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week with incentive of Fitbit-Free Saturdays: 36.7 miles/85,682 steps.
Book goal is now 27 books with priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I‘m at 13:6

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What a treat! I can only hope that when I‘m in my 80s I have the grace and humility to look back at the people and events of my adulting life with the wisdom exampled by Julie Andrews.

cathipink I saw her on Stephen Colbert and want to read it now 🙂 have you read Home? 1mo
marleed @cathipink I did not so I appreciated her short recap of her growing up years. 1mo
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Here‘s my October wrap up. I forgot to include the first two cards in my September pic but I liked my font for Bear Town so I sneaked them in here. Currently I have my card collection sorted by my assigned stars but maybe I should brush up on the dewey decimal system from my work-study college years stacking books at the library!

#OctoberWrapup #Spooktober @Eggs
#Wrapup

RachelO I love these! 1mo
Eggs Excellente!! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow!! I love your cards! 1mo
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marleed @RachelO @Eggs Thank you. They are fun to do, and writing down just what I‘ve room for on the lined backside has really helped me retain what I‘ve read! 1mo
cleoh This is so fun! Do you keep after you‘ve made them? 1mo
Meaw_catlady This is super neat! 1mo
Bklover This is a great idea!! 1mo
marleed @Chrissyreadit @Bklover @Meaw_catlady @cleoh Thank you! Yes, I keep them - I want to find an old library drawer for storage. I have piles a book but nearly 2/3 of what I read is downloaded from the library. This gives me a touchy feely sense of what I‘ve completed! 1mo
cleoh @marleed I love that! I might have to start doing something similar. I write everything I read down, but I love the artistic/creative element of making flash cards. 1mo
marleed @cleoh Oh I hope you do! I use the Heavy index cards and markers that don‘t bleed through so I can write on the back. I find it to be It‘s super relaxing. I went with the index cards because I feared I‘d fall behind on a bullet journal and give up. 1mo
cleoh @marleed excellent advice! I have the same worry about starting a bullet journal, which is why I stick just making a list 1mo
Mandoul I love that - brilliant! 1mo
thereadingunicorn I love this idea ! 2w
marleed @thereadingunicorn Thank you! It works well for me. I don‘t worry about getting behind since each book has its own card. 2w
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#Spooktober Day29 #Graveyard
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I‘ve had this set of books for nearly 25 years. You might be able to see that the pages are separating from the cover from its many reads. ... Years ago I saw Walter Wick at a children‘s book tour, and it was fascinating to see how the photos were taken.

ValerieAndBooks My kids loved those books, too! We didn't have all of them, though. I even made an “I Spy“ quilt years ago -- I'll try to post a picture of that soon. 1mo
Eggs Great choice!! 1mo
marleed @ValerieAndBooks I pulled these out and it felt like I was going through our photo album. We studied them so often! 1mo
marleed @Eggs oh thanks! And good thing I submitted as I then looked at my calendar to insure it was indeed the 29th. No it isn‘t! Tomorrow is Halloween and I need to go buy some candy! 1mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I loved this story so much that my #Top6Reads for 2019 needs adjusting. Based on Litsy input I experienced the Tom Hanks narration. This sibling relationship is beautifully written, and I completely understand how a house, the good and the bad of it, is a living breathing member of a family. ...You know how judges on singing competitions describe a vocalist by their ability to sing a phone book? Well, Tom Hanks can narrate a phone book!

Scochrane26 My librarian told us this is our January book for book club. I‘ve read one Patchett that I didn‘t love, so I‘m hoping I like this better. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I would love to talk to this book IRL. There‘s nothing exciting about the story itself but it‘s just so well written . I just loved it and the perspective from which it was told. Tom Hanks narration is soo good so it‘s possible I‘m positively tainted by that but I‘m pretty sure I‘d give it 5 stars with words alone. 1mo
Scochrane26 @marleed that‘s good to know. She was in my area recently, & I didn‘t go, so I‘m hoping I don‘t regret that. I might after reading this book. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 ohh, I‘m kinda hoping you do because it might mean you loved the book! 1mo
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Oohhhh, if you could put hot chocolate, a warm cookie, fuzzy socks, and a cozy blanket in a book, this would be it. It‘s a wonderful cast of customers at Nightingale Books. ...I would recommend this for anyone who loved the setting for the Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

marleed This was book was a #BFCr3 win from @wonderinglyn so thank you Lynn! 2mo
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