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Reviewsbylola

Joined June 2016

Bookworm and professional bath taker.
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This is my issue with buying used books. I typically don‘t minder underlining or notes, but the random circling is already driving me nuts and it‘s only the first page. 🤦🏼‍♀️

vivastory I don't even understand why they circled those parts..🤔 9h
LeahBergen What the fu? ⭕️ 9h
LeslieO It‘s so distracting. I get sidetracked wondering why these parts were underlined. 9h
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IamIamIam Ugh, that's awful! Totally random!! 9h
ljuliel I can‘t read books that have writing in them. Too distracting. I‘m always stopping to see why they u declined stuff. 9h
Ruthiella I find it usually falls off after a few pages. I always wonder if they gave up on the books or just the underlining . But it is distracting I agree. 6h
Suet624 Oh, jeez. So annoying. 1h
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Madam: A Novel of New Orleans | Cari Lynn, Kellie Martin
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I‘ve not read this, but I‘m guessing the brothel owner protagonist was packing some heat. What madame doesn‘t have a #revolver at the ready? 😆 #movember

Cinfhen This looks good!!! 16h
LeahBergen I‘m kinda digging her tights (and shoes)! 😆 9h
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Lizzie Borden | Michael Burgan
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She was still at it during the walk to school this morning. I told her to leave the book in her backpack while at school tho. I don‘t need any calls from the school about questionable reading material. 😆

Megabooks My third grade reader had cannibalism tales of the donner party! 20h
AlaMich Ha!! 😆 18h
BarbaraBB Incredible! Love it! You must be so proud 😍 17h
LeahBergen 😆😆 9h
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I‘m a sucker for annotated and/or illustrated editions. #masterpiece #movember

marleed That‘s beautiful! 1d
Cinfhen Agreeing with @marleed maybe that‘s a good way for me to tackle the classics that I haven‘t read yet 1d
sprainedbrain Gosh I love that edition! I just get it out and flip through it often. 🥰 1d
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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Marilyn Monroe started off as a bright, shining, #luckystar, before her unfortunate descent into loneliness and tragedy.

JCO is so hit or miss for me, but her stellar depiction of Norma Jean rocked my world. #movember

Cinfhen I haven‘t read her yet ...I think we were meant to buddyread a book by her 3d
Ladyval05 That‘s an oldie! Nice to see it pop up. I did enjoy it when I read however many years ago. 😊 3d
Reviewsbylola Haha, I‘m ready!! @Cinfhen 3d
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Cinfhen How about first week of December, Steph?? 3d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is a good one - the only JCO I liked so far. Oh and I liked 3d
Blaire I loved this one in high school. We read one of her short stories in my sophomore lit class and I went on a JCO binge. Her odd and dark stories and novels made her a good fit for my wannabe dark and rebellious high school self. 3d
Reviewsbylola I need to check that one out. @barbarabb My other favorite JCO is her other fictionalized account of a true story. 3d
Reviewsbylola That works for me! @Cinfhen 3d
Cinfhen Great!! Let‘s hope we don‘t forget in the next 2 weeks 😜 2d
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#trueblue took me down a path that wasn‘t intended by this prompt, but given the book I finished today, it immediately struck me as “having the blues.”

Jen Ashton is a celebrity whose life was rocked on Feb 11, 2017 when her ex husband took his own life. This book is the story of how she and her 2 teenage children dealt with and grew from their grief. So enlightening, albeit tragic. #movember

Cinfhen This sounds really heartbreaking but necessary. Very recently somebody from our community lost their husband to suicide. He suffered silently from bipolar disorder. It left the community shocked. Only 52, he appeared jovial, upbeat, was financially successful and articulate. Always with a smile and laugh/ so suicide seemed so out of character. 3d
marleed Oh my gosh, I will have to read this. I was in my 40s and my two kids were teenagers at the time of my husband‘s suicide. These years later I find that my efforts in the suicide discussion lean more toward those moving through the aftermath. 3d
ljuliel Very sorry to hear that @marleed ♥️ 3d
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Reviewsbylola I‘m so sorry. @marleed. Dr Ashton definitely appears to talk quite a bit about prevention (I think—I don‘t watch any of the shows she frequents), but in her case, she had a close relationship with her ex and there were no warning signs, so she definitely focuses mostly on the aftermath for suicide survivors and how to help, as well as what that journey looks like. In the book, she also shares stories of others who have been thru it too. ♥️ 3d
marleed @Reviewsbylola @ljuliel Oh thank you. I will definitely check it out. It‘s been a few years for me. I‘ve moved a couple times so as not to be the curator in the museum of my former life so it‘s all fine for me now. He was such a great guy and we are all the point where that is what we remember most. What most people didn‘t know was he had stage 4, terminal depression - and suicide is so often the result. 3d
Megabooks My longest friend, we‘ve been close since first grade and eat lunch every other week now, her husband committed suicide very rashly last year. It came after a fight about something he was hiding from her. She had no intention of divorcing him, but his own internal pressure popped. The last year has been horrible, tragic and difficult for her, her daughters, her mom, his family etc. She is honestly so fucking strong for her daughters. She amazes me (edited) 1h
Megabooks She is the epitome of grace under pressure, and I‘m glad I can listen to her vent whenever she needs it. Our moms are best friends, which is also cool! 1h
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I finished four books this week. Two audiobooks and two ebooks. The three books on the right are my current reads. Two I started today and one, Mommie Dearest, I‘ve been reading FOREVER. Joan Crawford was a grade A bitch. #bookreport

Centique I remember reading Mommie Dearest in my late teens and feeling So Angry which may have spilled over into arguing with my own mother as well 😂😂 5d
Reviewsbylola It‘s so brutal. @Centique 5d
Cinfhen How was the Attenberg???? I love her but this one has gotten meh reviews 4d
Reviewsbylola I thought it was her best yet (from the three I‘ve read.) Painfully honest, and all the more special because I had just heard her insight into it before I read it. @Cinfhen 4d
Cinfhen 👍🏽yay 4d
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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Anyone else surprised by this choice? Granted, I never read the first one, and I‘m not a devotee of Oprah‘s book club (or any celebrity book club, for that matter.) it just seems odd to me to choose a book that‘s a sequel.

JSW It surprised me, too. I didn‘t love either the first or the sequel. 5d
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valeriegeary This surprised me too. Mostly because I like when celebrity book clubs pick lesser known books, and I think because of this being a sequel and a TV show a lot of people already knew about it. I scratched my head as this one. 😆🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
Caroline2 Meh, I couldn‘t finish the first book. It was too hard work. 😓 5d
Zelma Bought she was just picking classics now. I am really out of the Oprah loop. 4d
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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Our morning of dance classes is over, so I‘m going to take some time with a fresh cup of coffee to finish Attenberg‘s latest. It‘s my favorite book of hers. I can‘t say enough of the deep character studies and raw, realistic portrayal of the good/bad binary.

And PSA. This maple latte creamer is amazing and I‘m obsessed with Aldi‘s maple vanilla whipped cream. I may or may not have had @HotdogZanzabaar buy 5 cans today. 😆

AlaMich That creamer sounds goood! And if you are a maple fan, maple Oreos don‘t suck either. 😋 5d
Reviewsbylola That‘s good to know! I often think most of their special flavors sound disgusting and then end up pleasantly surprised. Peeps Oreos, for example, are the absolute bomb! Who would have thought?! @AlaMich 5d
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola Peeps Oreos? Does it just taste like marshmallow creme? 5d
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Reviewsbylola Yes, marshmallow flavored cream with little sugar crystals in it! 😍 @alamich 5d
AlaMich Oooh! The crunchy sugar crystals are the best part of Peeps! 5d
emilyhaldi Youre so extra with your coffee 😆 but I may have to try that creamer... 5d
emilyhaldi And I need to borrow that book! 5d
Reviewsbylola It‘s so amazing. The book is fantastic too! @emilyhaldi 5d
Mdargusch Yum! 2d
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In the Kingdom of Ice | Hampton Sides
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Hampton Sides is a fantastic story teller. He can take any historical account and render it in a way that you feel the compulsive need to turn each page. We read this for a family book club and it was enjoyed by all. The USS Jeannette was trapped in ice and its occupants were forced to trek across the ice in an attempt to live. Snow blindness and unbearable cold plagued the men for months. 🥶 #frozen #movember

Amiable This was such a great read! Love it
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Daisey I might have to look this up. I just read a book about this expedition written for younger readers which I had added to my class library. 6d
mdm139 Thanks for the recommendation. My son is doing a research project on this. @Daisy I will look up that book too. 6d
Cinfhen I see I‘ve already stacked!!! I love expedition narratives!!! 5d
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Motivating Reluctant Readers | International Reading Association, Alfred J. Ciani
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I‘m wondering if any of you have tips for a reluctant reader. My gut tells me she just needs time. I think it‘s frustrating for her that she can‘t read, but she‘s never been a kid that loves books or begs me to read to her. We have hundred of books, including titles she likes or has chosen herself. My issue is she only will read her one story before bed. She was flagged for reading intervention and her reading specialist also wants her to do ⤵️

Reviewsbylola Lexia for a set time every week. Again, she‘s not interested. My issue is I don‘t want reading to feel like a chore or obligation to her. My one idea at this moment is to do a reading chart. Read for 20 minutes, get a sticker. Lexia for 20 minutes, get a sticker. With the idea of her earning a small toy once she gets enough stickers. Thoughts? Ideas that worked for your kids? 6d
Redwritinghood My oldest was not a reader. I used to set a timer so that he didn‘t feel like there was an open-ended reading session (like I might intentionally ignore the time and make him read longer). I think also finding something he enjoyed was hard but helped. 6d
Karisa My son was like this. He liked being read to though. So, kept reading to him and let him pick any book he wanted. He drifted to graphic novels that tied into tv shows he liked. We both realized that while fun these didn't make great readaloud books. He started reading them himself (we found other books to read together). Took a long time for him to branch out but now as a 5th grader he's on a Rick Riordan kick (and still loves read alouds)! 6d
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Karisa Your kiddo is super cute by the way! Hope she finds her own reading path that works. 💗 6d
ravenlee Parents magazine had an article a while back about non-traditional reading to encourage reluctant readers. The Read-Aloud Handbook had some good tips too. Have you tried audiobooks, in the car maybe? Our library has books that have text and audio together, like the book and tape sets from years ago. Interactive books like The Book with No Pictures, or mysteries like Cam Jansen that encourage the reader to look for clues? Good luck to you both. 6d
Lindy @Reviewsbylola Small incentives like stickers might give her an extra push until she finds reading is itself a reward. If she loves having one-on-one time with you, that could be exploited for a regular reading session outside of bedtime. The Lexia program will provide data for the specialist but may not do much to make your child a reader, according to independent research. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Intervention/230 6d
ravenlee Also, there‘s a school of thought (unschooling, or child-led education) in the homeschool world that kids will read when they‘re ready, as long as you make a variety of material available, model the behavior in an appealing way, and respond to her cues about readiness. Studies show that kids who learn to read later in this method catch up to their peers quickly with no lasting hindrances. 6d
Lindy Also, what @Redwritinghood said about finding a book that‘s interesting is key. Hard, but worth it. Division 1 nonfiction might be a section to ask about in your local library. 6d
wanderinglynn She is super cute. What about kid-friendly graphic novels or comic books? I‘ve also seen programs where reluctant kids or kids with reading problems read aloud to dogs. 6d
CoffeeK8 @Lindy I agree, Lexia has some great qualities, but research is iffy. We use it at my school but only as a support not as the main program. How old is she? Some kids are just ready a little later. I recommend to parents to model reading behavior, read aloud to her, audiobooks, graphic novels, let her pick as much as possible 6d
CoffeeK8 Oh also, putting on closed captioning on the TV is a sneaky way to get more reading in. 6d
Reviewsbylola Every child at our elementary uses Lexia, but there‘s definitely more of a focus on it for the kids receiving intervention. I‘m happy to have her do it at home when and if she‘s interested, but I just don‘t feel comfortable forcing her. She‘s only in kindergarten. Luckily, her kindergarten teacher has a much different approach and really stays away from homework and assignments. She tells me just to forget the Lexia. 😆 @kindy @CoffeeK8 6d
Reviewsbylola Also, @coffeek8, she‘s only 5. And I definitely think she‘s just not ready. She loves kindergarten but there‘s also been a big change to her confidence. She‘s very hard on herself. 6d
Reviewsbylola Ha! She may be interested in reading to our dog or hamster. I‘ll have to give that a shot. @wanderinglynn 6d
Reviewsbylola I think that‘s more along the lines of what I‘m thinking. @ravenlee I went to a talk the other night given by two women from the NYT that said we push reading on our kids much too early, and that in some European countries they don‘t even start reading basics until age 7. I think she‘s definitely showing me she‘s not ready, and that‘s totally fine, but I wonder if there‘s a way I can make reading aloud to her more appealing for her. 6d
Reviewsbylola Thank you! @karisa I always let her choose what she wants to read and nothing is off limits. She‘s just not interested. I think for now I just need to be ok with the idea that bedtime reading is all the reading that she‘s going to do for now. 6d
CoffeeK8 @Reviewsbylola not to say you shouldn‘t keep your eye on it, but it‘s developmentally ok to not be reading until you turn 6. FWIW my son didn‘t read until he was 6 and in the middle of first grade, and I wasn‘t concerned (I‘m a reading specialist) but all kids are different. 6d
ravenlee I‘ve been very lucky - my kid was ready to read very early (she‘s 6 and was reading just before 4) and there‘s been no stopping her, but they‘re all different. Maybe try reading to her while she‘s doing something else? Coloring, building blocks, doing some simple exercise, something to occupy her body. Also, I read to my kid while she has bedtime snack, or other snacks during the day. And it‘s novels, so we have cliffhangers to drive us forward! 5d
Blaire @Reviewsbylola that‘s really young for such a big push. My son is 7 (almost 8) and I would categorize him as a reluctant reader. His teacher has said she really isn‘t concerned until half way through second grade bc different kids are ready at different times. He has liked audiobooks and dogman series. We‘ll also switch off a page each or he‘ll read one character and I‘ll read the narration. 5d
Reviewsbylola That‘s what I‘m thinking. I tend to really beat myself up when she misses her 20 minutes per day but I‘m just going to take a deep breath and listen to her more. She‘s so young and I think just the fact that she has to many books at her disposal and that she constantly sees her dad and me reading will influence her a lot. @blaire 5d
AlaMich There was a book that made the argument that giving tangible rewards like stickers for behavior that you want kids to develop an intrinsic appreciation for had the opposite effect. 5d
AlaMich The theory being, “if they have to give me a sticker or pizza coupon to do X, it must not be a worthwhile activity in its own right.” 5d
Reviewsbylola Yes, that‘s kind of what I was worried about. I think I‘m going to sit on the idea for now and just give her time. @AlaMich 5d
Caroline2 My son refused to read all the way through reception (kindergarten). He would not read a single book and even got upset when I read to him. I just ignored it then he started year 1 in sept and now he can read (he‘s 6 now) and he loves it! I say just give her time. 👍 5d
Amiable This happened with my oldest son—we were afraid he‘d never read. When he hit 2nd grade, though, he took off like a rocket. The secret for him was discovering that he is not a fiction reader —he loves nonfiction. In his kindergarten and 1st grade classes there was a push toward books with stories because they are easier for early readers. He wants facts! Today he is 25 and he still doesn‘t read fiction. 4d
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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#bathandbook tonight.

After hearing Jami speak the other day, I had to get started on her new book right away.

For my bath, I‘m pumped about these new Dr Teals tea bath soaks. For about $5, you get three sachets. This one is lavender, with epsom salt, oats, and botanicals. They‘re not as strongly scented in the bath as I‘d prefer, but still worth it.

Insightsintobooks That sounds wonderful! Enjoy! 6d
Nute Tea bath soaks. What a cool idea?! 6d
emilyhaldi Sounds lovely!! I think I need the soak and the book 🥰 6d
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LeahBergen They sound lovely! 6d
saresmoore Ooh, I‘m gonna have to get some of those! I love Dr. Teal‘s. Where did you find them? 6d
Reviewsbylola I got them on Amazon! Typically the Dr Teals stuff is so marked up on there, so I buy it at Target, but these are the same price on Amazon as they are in stores (and I only know that from checking Target‘s website. I‘ve never actually seen them at the store!) @saresmoore 6d
saresmoore You‘re the best, thank you! ♥️ 6d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I think it‘s part of #humannature to want to know where we came from, and to leave our own histories.

This is from a family history that my grandfather‘s nana gifted him in 1941. My mom and her sisters had it bound into books and we all got a copy. 🥰 #movember

Cinfhen That‘s so cool! How precious. Wish my grandparents had done that for us 7d
emilyhaldi Any chance there are any extra of these around your house @Mdargusch ...??😬 6d
Reviewsbylola Yours is probably lurking in her garage somewhere. @emilyhaldi 6d
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Megabooks How wonderful!! 6d
Mdargusch I do have an extra one but I will have to see whose it is @emilyhaldi 4d
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3d
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This was an interesting one. Part true crime, part history of LA‘s main library, and part sociological history of libraries in general. I loved the little tidbits, like the fact that the main Overdrive office has a huge interactive map on their lobby wall that shows in real time the books people are checking out from OD and from where.

8little_paws OMG that map! that sounds amazing. 7d
Lauram Wow! I live 20 minutes away from the Overdrive main office. I‘m going to visit ASAP. 7d
Megabooks I still can‘t believe how much NF you‘re reading!! 😱😱 I really enjoyed this book too! 6d
Reviewsbylola Believe it or not, when I was younger NF was my preferred genre! It still is when it comes to audio or ebooks. I just cannot get onboard with fiction in those formats for some reason. But I would say these days almost all of my NF is memoir or true crime. I love narrative NF but otherwise it can feel dry to me. @Megabooks 6d
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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I‘ve got a sick kid today (nothing serious, slight fever from ear infection) and she is very concerned that I‘m writing in my book. 😆 I realized quite quickly that I had to explain that usually it‘s NOT ok to write in books. Especially library or school books. And to always ask mom first if you need to write in a book. She seems accepting of this. 🤞🏻 #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww I hope she feel better 💕💕 7d
Cinfhen Awww! What a sweet thing. Hope she doesn‘t rat you out to G 😜what are your thoughts about Picnic? I feel a little anxious as I think I suggested it for your markup😬 7d
Reviewsbylola Just finished it. Loved it!! @Cinfhen 7d
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Reviewsbylola She claims to feel fine and was begging to go to the mall earlier. 🤦🏼‍♀️😆 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 7d
Cinfhen Oh good!!! And tell Flo, I think a trip to the mall is an excellent idea 😘 7d
kellyann28 I am nervous about my 4 year old doing the same thing while I'm doing my LMPBC! 7d
Reviewsbylola This particular child is known to draw on everything. Herself, furniture, etc. so I was extra worried. I‘m not sure my other child would ever consider NOT drawing on paper. 😆 @kellyann28 7d
emilyhaldi Love that mischievous little one 😛 6d
CarolynM 😂 Adorable! Glad to hear she's feeling better. 6d
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#likeaprayer #movember

Because if you‘re praying, you must be a believer. 😆

Cinfhen Sounds interesting! I like books that deal with faith / since I‘m a believer 🙏🏼💋 1w
Crazeedi Sounds like a book I want to read 1w
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve had this on my shelf for YEARS. 7d
Reviewsbylola Girl, same. I bought it because I loved Notes on a Scandal, so it‘s probably been on my TBR for at least ten years. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @micheleinphilly 6d
MicheleinPhilly HA! That‘s exactly why I bought it! 👯‍♀️ 6d
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You're It | Leighann Kopans
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One of my friends is a published author and has a new book out today under her new pen name, Alessandra Thomas. The tagged book is one of her YA titles (and personally my favorite because it deals with a very controversial topic in our town, senior tag 😂)

Check out Just Down the Hall!

emilyhaldi This is news to me 🤔🤔 6d
Reviewsbylola Her youngest daughter was in preschool with G. I didn‘t realize she wrote adult novels. You know how I feel about YA. 🤪 Although I read two of her YA novels and thought they were well done. Another author in SoBex has a book coming out in May. She‘s a poet and it deals with her recent divorce. Her son is currently in G‘s class. 6d
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi ⬆️ She also wrote a great article about her divorce for NY Times. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/style/modern-love-end-of... 6d
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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@Mdargusch and I got to go to a lovely luncheon with Jami Attenberg today! Her flight was delayed, so we thought she wouldn‘t make it, but luckily she made it at the end! It was a fantastic atmosphere, and one man at our table even drove three hours to be there because he loved All Grown Up so much! You can see him in one pic reading us a portion as we waited. 😄 Jami was so down to earth and inspiring. I can‘t wait to read her new novel after ⬇️

Reviewsbylola hearing her talk about it. She‘s lived in NOLA for two years and that is the setting for this book. She intended for the novel to start on what is now chapter six, but after Maria Semple (😮😮 part of her “reading group,” which also includes Lauren Geoff and Courtney Sullivan!!!) told her the story needed more background, she wrote what are now the first six chapters. She has an active dislike for the patriarch of the book Victor, and she even ⬇️ 1w
Reviewsbylola shared with us details of what she‘s working on next. (Spoiler alert, it‘s a NF essay collection! You may be extra interested @megabooks. It seems up your alley!) I‘m totally fan girling over here. 🥰 1w
LauraBeth Oohh - thanks for all of these details! This sounds like it was a fabulous time. She‘s very active on Twitter and fun to follow. I feel like I‘ve gotten to know all about her living in NOLA and her dog. 😀 1w
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Reviewsbylola I‘m not a twitterer but it was funny, once we heard she was late and may not make it, we all jumped on Twitter to see her status. She had tweeted an hour before that her plane still hadn‘t taken off and then gone radio silent so we assumed that meant she was in the air and that we had a chance. 😆 @LauraBeth 1w
Cinfhen So awesome!!! I love her books!!! A little jealous 😘 1w
Reviewsbylola She was awesome! I definitely recommend seeing her if the opportunity arises! @Cinfhen 1w
Mdargusch Such a great recap. 😊 1w
Megabooks Omg, that is so cool!!! I‘m dying to read her new book!! I plan on getting it for Christmas. I love All Grown Up and The Middlesteins!! So happy you had a good time!! 💙💙💙💙 1w
Megabooks Agree about Twitter @LauraBeth ! She‘s even tweeted me back 👍🏻 1w
LeahBergen How fun for you and Mom! 😘 1w
LeahBergen Oh, and I was just thinking about you a couple of hours ago. That Letters From Christopher author was on the Dr Oz show. 😆 1w
Reviewsbylola What?!? Is that CBS?? Must check it out!! @LeahBergen 1w
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I‘m not a Dr Oz fan but he‘s started doing True Crime Tuesdays. 😆 1w
vivastory How fun! I loved Middlesteins & Saint Mazie! 1w
MicheleinPhilly Amazing! And so happy to “see” you both! You look smashing! @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola 1w
Reggie As somebody who just turned 40 I really appreciated All Grown Up when I read it this past summer. 1w
Mdargusch The faces behind the names @MicheleinPhilly 🥴 1w
emilyhaldi So fun!!! Sad that I missed this 😩 but excited for her new book 😄 6d
Reviewsbylola I started it yesterday and I‘m really liking it. And of course it‘s super cool reading it after hearing Jami‘s insight. @emilyhaldi 6d
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Emily Dickinson: Poems | Emily Dickinson
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Emily was quite the #beautifulstranger. She rarely left her bedroom, much less her house, and often insisted on speaking to visitors through her closed from door. #movember

cathysaid I feel ya, Emily. 💕 1w
Cinfhen Interesting #LiveAndLearn 1w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know! Interesting fact! 1w
emilyhaldi My kinda gal 6d
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Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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I just recommended this book to @AnnieD so it‘s fresh in my mind. I absolutely loved this one. What was meant to be an idyllic vacation to Sicily turned out to be anything but. #laislabonita #MOvember

Megabooks I always meant to read this. Thanks for reminding me! 2w
Cinfhen Loved this one too!! And it‘s a little deeper than I anticipated. I can‘t believe you missed this #BOTM @Megabooks 2w
L_auren @Cinfhen @Megabooks I Endorse x3!! 1w
emilyhaldi I loved this too!!!! 6d
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Inside the O'Briens | Lisa Genova
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Starbucks dropped their holiday drinks today. It was pandemonium. It took 50 minutes for my mobile order, and they were out of the reusable cups and holiday cups, BUT I got my chestnut praline latte and that‘s all that matters! Those poor Sbux employees.

Now I need to read a bit to decompress. 😅 I‘m midway thru this one and it‘s not grabbing me the way her other books do but I‘m enjoying it.

LauraBeth I had a Peppermint Mocha this morning 😋😋 2w
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 but I never do Starbucks! 2w
Cathythoughts Book sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 2w
MommyOfTwo Wow, that‘s a crazy wait. My husband and I were both able to get the reusable cups. Now I just need to get in the habit of taking them when I‘m planning a trip to SB. 2w
JulAnna I didn‘t like this one as much as Still Alice or Left Neglected, but it was still good! 2w
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Marjorie Morningstar | Herman Wouk
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I #crave good coming of age stories. This one is old but timeless (at least from what I‘ve been told. It‘s still on my TBR.) Marjorie is a young woman trying to make it on her own when she is caught up in a torrid love affair. #MOvember

jillrhudy Hey, it happens! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Cinfhen I don‘t know why but I always think of Barbara Streisand when I think of this book 🤷🏼‍♀️I‘m going to suggest this for my bookclub 😃 2w
Reviewsbylola Beware, it‘s a chunkster! @Cinfhen 2w
Cinfhen I saw! Maybe it will be a good summer read for our bookclub 👙 2w
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New book acquisitions today. 🥰 #botm

L_auren I couldn‘t put Anna down. I was on my honeymoon and still found time to rush through it. 😂 1w
Reviewsbylola Glad to see you back @L_auren !! Congrats on your wedding! 🥳🥳 1w
L_auren @Reviewsbylola thank you!!! 1w
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How to Raise a Reader | Pamela Paul, Maria Russo
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I got to hear the authors speak last night and was so impressed. A lot of what they said made so much sense and the book is gorgeous! It includes a lot of recommended reading too. As soon as I got home, I started buying and reserving books as I perused the lists. 😅

Lynnsoprano I‘ve been perplexed about gifts for our daughter in law for Christmas. Thanks for a great idea! 2w
Reviewsbylola It‘s got beautiful graphics and illustrations as well as being very helpful! @Lynnsoprano 2w
ravenlee Ha! I just started this book last night, and was about to tag you in a post about it! 5d
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Reviewsbylola Lolol, I know, I kept telling myself today I need to read that chapter again. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @ravenlee She found a book today she really liked and then had me whisper the words to her so she could “read” it aloud. 🥰 5d
ravenlee I ❤️ your kid! Have you tried Elephant and Piggie or the Pigeon books? 5d
Reviewsbylola My older daughter loves those so we read them frequently but she‘s not drawn to them. @ravenlee 5d
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The Persephone Biannually arrived yesterday! I am definitely adding their new title Expiation to my list. 😍

saresmoore I‘ve been resisting opening the envelope. Would it be crazy to ask my family for an all-Persephone Christmas? 🙃 2w
LeahBergen @saresmoore Oh my!!! That would be perfect!! 😍😍 2w
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I‘ve already ordered both of the non-Woolf books. 🤭 2w
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Mdargusch Did we get a bookmark? I haven‘t opened mine yet! 2w
Reviewsbylola That sounds like the perfect idea to me! @saresmoore 2w
Reviewsbylola Omg I‘m so jealous!! @LeahBergen 2w
emilyhaldi Why don't I get this?!?! 6d
Reviewsbylola I think you can request it on their website! @emilyhaldi 6d
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A coming of age novel that centers around the friendship of two girls. I loved this one. #girlgonewild #MOvember

Megabooks Did you see @ChrisBohjalian ‘s post about her new novel coming out in 2020? I‘m excited for it! 2w
Cinfhen This was a good book!! Great choice 2w
Cinfhen And exciting news @Megabooks 2w
Mdargusch Would I like it? I usually like coming of age books. 2w
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This book was screaming #rescueme from the book sale shelf at the library yesterday. Obviously, I obliged.

Likewise, the plot revolves around a young woman who is begging to be rescued. #movember

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on it! 3w
Cinfhen I SO wanted to love this book but it ultimately left me disappointed 😞 3w
Mdargusch Darn. I would‘ve actually bought that if I had gone. Good find! 2w
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I‘ve been curious about this one since I missed seeing the author at a book festival in 2018. Essays that blend culture and #music intrigue me, and I like the title and cover. #movember

Cinfhen Great mug and im also intrigued by this book! It doesn‘t seem to be available in my library system😖 3w
Cinfhen I bought the book today \ using it for #Booked2020 #AnimalOnCover 🐺 3w
Mdargusch 🦊🦊🦊 2w
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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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Tonight should be a bath night but I just don‘t have the energy after a miserable bedtime with my kids. Plus these new sheets from Aldi are calling my name. They‘re kind of ugly but SO comfortable.

Lindy They don‘t look ugly to me. Have a wonderful sleep! 3w
Cpg I luv Aldi❣️ 3w
Reviewsbylola They look kind of cheesy because they‘re a velour type of material. But they‘re so soft and cozy! @lindy 3w
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Reviewsbylola I‘m kind of obsessed with Aldi! @Cpg 3w
Cpg @Reviewsbylola Yes, once we discovered it- I don‘t know how we lived without it! Cut our grocery bills way down!!! 🙌 2w
Mdargusch Sorry about that bedtime. 😠 2w
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I #cherish the view from my bed. 🥰 #MOvember

Bookzombie It‘s a lovely view! 3w
britt_brooke 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Gissy The best view!📚📚📚📚😍 3w
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous shelves! 3w
Cinfhen That‘s awesome ♥️ 3w
Centique 😍 3w
Mdargusch ❤️🤩🧡 2w
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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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October was one of my best reading months. 21 books!

11 physical books (ok, 10.5. I bailed on Gilead with 100 pages to go.)
8 audiobooks (def a record for me!)
2 ebooks

Here‘s to a great November for all of us!

IamIamIam 👏👏👏 3w
emilyhaldi Sorry about Gilead 😂 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved The Loney!! 3w
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BarbaraBB So much!! 👍🏼 3w
Cinfhen Whoa!!!! Awesomeness 3w
Mdargusch How in the world do you find the time? 2w
Reviewsbylola It‘s all I do after my kids go to sleep every night. 😆 @mdargusch 2w
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Oops 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ #botm

Cinfhen I ordered Great Pretender, Anna and 3w
Cinfhen And then I checked Litsy and saw all the terrible reviews for 3w
MicheleinPhilly I limited myself to Great Pretender. 🎉 3w
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Laughterhp I got the Great Pretender too! It sounds really intriguing! 3w
Reviewsbylola Yeah I looked at the reviews first before ordering and was a bit hesitant but obviously decided to go for it. Time will tell if I regret it or not. 😆 @cinfhen 3w
Mdargusch I‘m getting the Moyes but not sure what else. 🤔 3w
Megabooks Look at you ordering all that nonfiction! #soproud! 3w
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Refreshing nonstop since yesterday and now we‘re finally getting somewhere. 😂 #botm

Librarybelle I‘ve been checking all morning! 3w
Cinfhen What book are you so hot for?!!?!! 3w
vivastory Hmmm... I'm having a really hard time deciding this month... leaning towards Ninth House or Great Pretender 3w
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Reviewsbylola None of them. It‘s just the thrill of the chase. 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️ @Cinfhen 3w
Reviewsbylola I take that back. @cinfhen. The Callahan and Moyes look promising. 3w
Cinfhen I didn‘t peg you for the Moyes, but then I remembered how much you LOVED 3w
Mdargusch Looks like there‘s a lot of good add ons 3w
ValerieAndBooks I thought you had washed your hands of BOTM? This caught my attention because, also, every so often I think about joining...but haven‘t yet, as my hubby hates any kind of auto charges. 3w
Reviewsbylola I did. And then went crawling back. 🤣🤣 @ValerieAndBooks 3w
L_auren LOL 😆 1w
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I have no idea what this book is about but I‘d buy it solely for the cover. They just don‘t make covers like they used to. #theswordfight #soaringscores

LauraJ I‘d frame that one! 🖤 3w
AmyRebecca Her facial expression is pretty intense lol 3w
JazzFeathers 😍 3w
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CrowCAH The cover looks nefarious! 🐱 3w
Cinfhen This cover is screaming @LeahBergen ♥️😜 3w
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen Umm, yes please!!! 😍😍 3w
Mdargusch So great!🖤 3w
emilyhaldi I need it 3w
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Frozen Charlotte | Alex Bell
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Thank you @LeahBergen for putting this book on my radar. I finished it last night and immediately bought the second book. Despite being YA, it had everything I love in a horror book. Old secluded schoolhouse. ✔️ Haunted vintage porcelain dolls. ✔️ MAJOR creep factor. ✔️ I loved every second of it.

lele1432 Looks good and creepy!! 3w
LeahBergen Wasn‘t it FUN? I would‘ve lapped that shit UP in junior high. 😂😂 3w
LeahBergen Oh, and I read the prequel/sequel. I noticed that some reviewers liked it more and some liked it less. We shall discuss when you‘ve finished it! 😘 3w
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Reviewsbylola Oh me too!! I‘m saving it for my girls because this was so something I would have loved as a kid. And I will let you know when I get to no. 2! @LeahBergen 3w
Mdargusch Now you have really piqued my interest! 3w
Cinfhen Sooooo creepy 🙈 3w
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Someone got second place for top reader in her class for the readathon. The top two readers in each class got to be put on the reader hall of fame bulletin board in the hallway. 😍

merelybookish Congrats! What a cute pic! 3w
cathipink What a sweetheart 💗 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations 🎉 3w
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JoScho She is adorable! 3w
TheSpineView Awesome! Cute too! 3w
rachelm Yay!! And Dog Man is amazing! 3w
Come-read-with-me @Reviewsbylola Fantastic! Big congratulations to an amazing reader!! 💐💐💐 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww congratulations 🎉🎈🎊 3w
AmyRebecca Wow! Great job!!!🧡🐱📚 3w
JennyM I just love this. Well done little one xx 3w
Gissy 🎉🎊👏👏👏 3w
ValerieAndBooks Congratulations 🎉📚💖!! 3w
mrp27 Super awesome! 3w
Mdargusch So wonderful! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Cinfhen That‘s awesome!!!!! 3w
L_auren Ahhhh so sweet!!! Her smile! Her glasses! But most importantly her reading 😍 1w
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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This is my pick for our next round of #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub and I‘m planning on starting it ASAP. A group of girls goes on a picnic in 1900 and not all of them returned. Did they die? Were they murdered? #howiwoulddie #soaringscores

CrowCAH Hmm sounds mysterious for sure! 4w
Cinfhen I‘m hoping it‘s a hit for you all!!! 🤞🏽🤞🏽 3w
Freespirit An Australian classic and a great movie version also 3w
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Cathythoughts Looking forward to reading this one some day 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Mdargusch Hurry please. 👍🏼 3w
L_auren Did you guys like?? I read it not long ago 1w
Reviewsbylola I‘m on chapter 3. I really like it so far! @L_auren 1w
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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@HotdogZanzabaar and I went with literary costumes this year. I was the hotdog to his Ignatius.

tjwill 😂👏🏽 4w
vivastory I'm literally lol this is the best 😂😂👏 4w
Aims42 Haha!! Love this 🌭😂 4w
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suvata What wonderful costumes. Good job! 4w
CoffeeNBooks Great costumes! 4w
mrp27 Perfect! 4w
BarbaraBB Love it! Great pic too! 4w
Kalalalatja Fun idea! 4w
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#thisisberk #soaringscores

An old unsolved murder that occurred in the Berkshires. May Fosburgh was barely out of her teens when she was murdered in her bed in the middle of the night. Her family was in the home but everyone else was unscathed. Was it intruders? A family member? At this point we‘ll never know.

Librarybelle This sounds good! 4w
Lmstraubie Eek! I'm in the Berkshires now. Making sure my door is locked tight tonight! 4w
Cinfhen That is spooky? Must be a family member!! 4w
CrowCAH Wow that‘s a spooky story! 4w
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#thehunting #soaringscores

This is a good companion book to Helter Skelter. Much broader in scope with brief trial coverage, this kept me rapt.

Bklover I‘m going to have to look for this one!! Love this stuff! 4w
CrowCAH Manson is an interesting case to learn about. 4w
britt_brooke Ooh, sounds good! #stacked 4w
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This Is Where I Leave You | Tropper, Jonathan
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This was my portion of our #bookhaul. Anything I need to get to ASAP?

Nute I always wanted to read A Night to Remember. 4w
JenReadsAlot I really liked both of the Jonathan Tropper books! 4w
Alfoster @JenReadsAlot I love his books too! Laugh out loud funny!😍 4w
LeahBergen I loved A Night to Remember. 👍🏻 4w
britt_brooke I LOVED This is Where I Leave You. The movie is fantastic, too. 4w
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When your family #bookoutlet haul arrives.

Don‘t mind Flo. She wasn‘t thrilled about her picture being taken. 😆🙄

brit91 Awww🤣😍📚 4w
LeahBergen Aww, Flo! 😆😆 4w
britt_brooke Love it!! 4w
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My #libraryhaul from the morning. The tagged book is @LeahBergen ‘s fault. 😆 Then I happened upon the other two.

MicheleinPhilly That‘s a fantastic title! 😂 4w
LeahBergen Glad to be of assistance 😆😆 4w
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I finished this one earlier today on audio, and it seems like the perfect pick for the #soaringscores prompt. Cudjo Lewis was the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade when ZNH wrote this book in 1927. The audio, not to mention Zora herself in writing the book, did an excellent job maintaining the integrity of Cudjo‘s speech. Definitely a worthy read. #nowwearefree

CrowCAH Perfect timing! 🕰 1mo
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If you‘re frequenting the hostess restaurants in Roppongi, Tokyo, you‘re the Japanese equivalent of a #partyman. This book is so atmospheric, about the disappearance of a British woman in Tokyo in 2000. I‘m fully immersed in the culture and lifestyle. #soaringscores

LeahBergen I‘ve heard this is a good one. 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB This one sounds soo good! #stacked 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ! I‘m scared , but I‘m stacking 👍🏻 1mo
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CrowCAH Was she ever found?! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve stacked previously but now I‘m HUNGRY for this book!! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly This one was good but SOOOOO creepy. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I think so but I‘m only 100 pages in so I can‘t confirm! @crowcah 1mo
CrowCAH @Reviewsbylola gotchya. 1mo
cathipink This is a random question (sorry!) but do you have a fave BTK book? Have you read the John Douglas one? I'm thinking of picking it up. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I actually think I‘ve only read one book about BTK. I need to remedy that. 🤔 It was the one written by his daughter and it was pretty good, although the religious aspect got a bit tiresome. @cathipink 1mo
cathipink Thank you so much! I've been reading the new John Douglas and it's made me think I need to read one. Sorry again for the randomness 🙂 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m always happy to talk true crime! @cathipink 4w
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This book is so dense and so gut wrenching that I couldn‘t read it straight through. At almost 500 pages, every page was difficult to read. There were a lot of lesser known shootings, and I was especially riveted by those pre-Columbine, during a time school shooter hadn‘t yet entered our vernacular. #publishedin2019 #booked2019

Cinfhen This one sounds really painful to read 💔 1mo
Mdargusch The title is gut wrenching just to start. 1mo
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I listened to this on audio and it encouraged me to de clutter and pitch stuff, so that‘s a win. 😆 The lesson that resonated with me the most was to buy things you need, and not for the person you want to be. I find myself buying things to fit a persona that I want to emulate, so that has been in the back of my mind. Since the author deals with addiction to alcohol and shopping, I‘m counting this for #booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction

vkois88 I want to read this but I feel like I need to buy it... which means breaking the main rule ??? That's what kills me about these types of NF "self-help" books. Otherwise, I'd definitely be interested. 1mo
Reviewsbylola 😆😆 I borrowed it through my library so I didn‘t have any guilt. But the author did denounce book buying and that I could never do. 😱😱 @vkois88 1mo
Cinfhen Interesting / how true about our need to “Dress to Impress” ~ as I get older, im getting better about falling into that designer addiction/ I care much less 1mo
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vkois88 Lol I'll have to see if my library system has it!!! 1mo
charl08 Well I was tempted until I read about the book buying... 1mo
Mdargusch Very interesting. Too bad amazon is just so easy. 1mo
Zelma I really liked this book. Less as a decluttering book and more about a memoir on grief and addiction. It totally worked for me and I wish it had been marketed as such. 1mo
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@Mdargusch passed this one on to me after she read it a few years ago. I absolutely loved it—a fictionalized account of a murder wherein the dead bride supposedly comes to her mother after death and tells her that she was murdered by her new husband?! Yes please! This really happened (the circumstances—not the actual haunting. Unless it really did. 😆 #skeptic) Google Greenbrier Ghost. #soaringscores #didimakethemostoflovingyou

Hollie Yes! I talk about this in class and the students are always like wtf when I tell them they allowed testimony from the murder victims ghost into the courtroom 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m using this one for #personofcolorMCparanormal. Half of the book is told from the perspective of one of the attorneys that defended the ghost‘s husband, and the attorney was a POC. @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 1mo
emtobiasz They told this story on an episode I just watched of the show Drunk History! 📺 1mo
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Cinfhen Cool!!!! I probably stacked this based on a review from @Mdargusch xx 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I am just starting this one! Glad you liked it! 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, this sounds good! 1mo
Mdargusch This was an interesting book! And I had forgotten all about it! Perfect read for October! 1mo
CrowCAH Wow that‘s quite the tale! Ghosts accusing the living of murder! 1mo
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Sweet Surprises | Shirlee McCoy
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Thank you so I have for the adorable stickers and bookmarks @Megabooks . My kids were so thrilled to get something special, and I am always on the hunt for fun bookmarks! So sweet. 🥰

Megabooks So glad you all liked them!! I have the book reading a book one myself. 😁📚 1mo
Soubhiville Cute! 1mo
Reviewsbylola They were so excited to pick out their stuff this morning! G is now reading in bed with her new bookmark. 🥰 @Megabooks 1mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Aww yay!! 👍🏻❤️📚😊 1mo
Mdargusch So cute! 1mo
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#theskyboatsong made me think of the Hindenburg. It looks like a submarine. In the sky. What can I say? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I loved this book! Lawhon‘s best so far, imo. #soaringscores

Cinfhen I started the tagged book but couldn‘t get into it🤷🏼‍♀️it‘s in #Hibernation 🐻eventually I‘ll try again 1mo
Mdargusch Still one of my favorite books! 1mo
CrowCAH Yup, a type of “ship” in the sky! 1mo
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