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Sparklemn

Joined August 2020

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Kindness Goes Unpunished | Craig Johnson
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Mehso-so

The mystery in this one didn‘t hold my interest but I love thinking about Walt and Henry waking the streets of Philadelphia and maybe wandering by this beautiful sculpture. 💙💙

KathyWheeler Yeah — I had the same problem with the mystery. 2w
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler I‘m still going to give the next one a try. Have you kept going with the series? 2w
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn I have read them off and on and in no particular order, which has caused some confusion. This one is number 3 but I read about 5 of the later books before I read this one. I liked them. (edited) 2w
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Does this ring true for any Litsy introverts?? 😁

KathyWheeler I will leave the gas station rather than go in. 3w
Ruthiella I hate that too! But I go in because I put off getting gas for so long and really need it! 3w
LauraBrook This just happened to me on Friday! I left and went to a different station. 3w
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Q84 I always leave and go to another station. I want to pay at the pump so I don't have to go in. When I do go in I always end up sending 20 buck on thing I don't need or even really want. No thanks 3w
Bookwormjillk Yes, and a no go when I had babies in the car 3w
megnews Definitely! 3w
Sparklemn @q84 Same! 3w
marleed Ha. I leave too. It‘s been many years since I‘ve entered a station to pay for gas. The bathrooms though - that‘s another thing ;) 3w
Sparklemn @marleed My sister thinks I‘m strange because I feel l need to buy something when I use a gas station bathroom…even it‘s just a pack of gum. 3w
marleed @Sparklemn omg - me too! And since I pay for gas at the pump it‘s usually a fountain soda. 3w
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The Ghost in the House | Sara O'Leary
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Short but sweet audiobook. Thought I should read something with a Halloween theme although I finished it a bit late. 🤷‍♀️👻

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Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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Bailedbailed

I tried. I really did. But, unlike other Russian novels that I've enjoyed, this goes so deep into the Soviet political and war machines that I just couldn't get into it. It might work for someone else! #boxwalla

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Ok, I‘ll admit that this one took me a while to get through. The narration was great in the audiobook but I may have had better luck keeping the names straight with a paper version.

Amazing story that read like fiction but was actually gleaned from letters and diaries and real-life interviews. I‘ll try another by this author. 👍

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Maple Mayhem | Jessie Crockett
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The story is cute. The maple syrup making storyline reminds me of my own family‘s operation years ago. I loved being outside in early spring collecting sap and the lovely aroma from the cooker.

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Pic from my favorite episode of Parts Unknown — Quebec!

Those interviewed for the book alternated between saying Tony was a selfish narcissist and a truly kind and generous person. My guess is that both descriptions were true. Regardless, it was a sad ending for a talented and charming man. 😞

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Mehso-so

I made it to the end. 🥱😴 I‘ll rate it so-so because it did move the story along a bit. I need a break before I read the next book in the series.

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Ok, not really serious. 😆😜 But man, this book is such a disappointment. Where is Tyrion? Please tell me the next book is better!

Ruthiella I remember this one and A Dance With Dragons as being very slow and instead of bringing the story in, Martin kept expanding it with new characters and seemingly tangential events. But also, at that time I thought Winds of Winter would be published in a couple of years...😢 1mo
KathyWheeler This was the only one of those books that bored me to tears. I finished it but I mostly didn‘t care about what happened in it. 1mo
TrishB There are some very, very, very long bits….. 1mo
Sparklemn @Ruthiella @KathyWheeler @TrishB I just rewatched the TV series and was looking forward to finding out how the book differed and getting more of the color behind my favorite characters that you can‘t capture on film. Not really happening. I think I‘m going to skim the rest of it 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn probably best. This book was such and odd experience for me because I flew through the rest of them but this was a slog! 1mo
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So much fun to reread these books!

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Untitled | V.E. Schwab
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I've read many good things about V.E. Schwab but I don't know where to start. Any recommendations on a first book to try?

GondorGirl If you like high fantasy, try A Darker Shade of Magic. If you like more contemporary (with a dash of magic) try The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. 1mo
NikkiCureton A Darker Shade of Magic is really good 1mo
Sparklemn @gondorgirl, @nikkicureton -- I'll try them both. Thank you!! 1mo
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vlwelser Addie LaRue! 1mo
Megabooks I read Addie LaRue this month and very much enjoyed it! Count me in that camp as well and I generally don‘t like historical, fantasy, or romance. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
Sparklemn @Megabooks Awesome. Thanks! 😊 1mo
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I‘ve been a fan of Leslie‘s since Will & Grace. This book was more amusing than funny to me, but there were a few laugh-out-loud moments. All in all, I enjoyed it!

wanderinglynn 💜💜💜 2mo
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This book was powerful. I love the author‘s honesty about what a “winter” can feel like and that sometimes you just need to let it happen and take care of yourself. That‘s a lesson that will stick with me. I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator to delightful. I‘ll buy this for friends when they‘re struggling with their own winters. 💙

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic & review ❤️ 2mo
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This book was wonderful. Highly recommended if you enjoy the Band of Brothers mini-series like I do. 💙

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A thought that kept running through my head as I read this book was how much the word “should” can really mess with your mind. I‘m making a conscious effort to replace “should” with “could”, giving me permission to choose how I spend my four thousand weeks. 🙂

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The Book of Awesome | Neil Pasricha
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I‘m usually a fairly upbeat person, but the news lately is starting to wear on me. I think this book is just what I need! 😊

wanderinglynn I feel ya. 💚 I‘ve gotten to the point where I don‘t even turn on the news or social media on the weekends because I just can‘t. 3mo
Sparklemn @wanderinglynn Same! And this week I‘ve stayed off social media altogether…except Litsy of course. It‘s helped. 3mo
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Mehso-so

It took me a long time to get through this. It wasn‘t my favorite but I did learn a bit about South African politics. 🌻🐝 #boxwalla

SamAnne Love that image! 3mo
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Loved it! Already putting some of the practices in place.

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The Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac
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Wow - 2nd book I‘ve bailed on this evening. The next one will be the one, I just know it!

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Bailedbailed

Not for me. I read about 20 pages.

wanderinglynn I didn‘t get into this book either. 4mo
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I knew my cat was smart but little did I know that he could use his tail to select a book from my library and write a review. I don‘t know what “l.k.ioo” means, but I‘m sure it‘s insightful. 😜🐱🧐

BookwormM 🤣🤣 4mo
TNbookworm 😹😹 4mo
PaperbackPirate 🙀😹 3mo
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Definitely a pick. It could use some editing to smooth the transitions from one moment to another. It was choppy at times. Did anyone watch Loki on Disney +? I saw similarities in going back to points in time with major destruction and chaos so the time travelers could come and go without being noticed or impacting the timeline.

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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This is a definite pick. However, I'll admit to zoning out every so often toward the end. Wow, that was a long audiobook! I don't regret the format though. His voice is so soothing.

#librofm

This picture represents to me how President Obama tries to listen as much, if not more, than he speaks. You can't say that about many politicians...or non-politicians for that matter!

Suet624 So nice to see this photo while scrolling through Litsy. 6mo
Sparklemn @Suet624 Glad you enjoyed it 💙 6mo
marleed I think he speaks slowly because he even listens to himself! And that‘s a good thing! 6mo
Sparklemn @marleed I agree! 6mo
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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Ugliness, secrets and betrayals are the three words I use to describe this story. I didn‘t like the main character but I understood her. Worth a read! #boxwalla

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 6mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Enjoyable read. The main character was strong and stubborn. I loved her! After this and Northanger Abbey, I‘m loving Gothics. Happy to hear any recommendations! (Not Jane Eyre...not a fan.)

Texreader Have you read 8mo
Sparklemn @Texreader I have not. It‘s on my list! 8mo
Texreader @Sparklemn It‘s a classic! I hope you enjoy it! I just finished my umpteenth (I lost count) reread of it. 8mo
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Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
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Bailedbailed

Wow - It‘s hard to read women (it‘s always women...) being described as fat, massive and a heifer. This book made a reference like this on almost every page. What tipped me over the edge was seeing people with disabilities being called a name that I won‘t even type. This was written in 1985. I can‘t believe the series was made into a TV show. On top of that, the writing was awful. No thanks.

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Wonder Boys | Michael Chabon
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The story takes place over a weekend and involves the antics of a writer whose life is crashing down around him. I loved his character and that of his friends. Heading to the couch to rewatch the movie right now. 💙🛋🥔

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Fairly predictable story about a small town girl, her family, the local characters, and her big city dreams. However, it was a quick and fun read.

UwannaPublishme I enjoyed this book too. The hilarious title won me over immediately. 😆 8mo
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The Peach Keeper: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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This was a fun, lighthearted read and makes me dream about long summer days. ☀️

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Fun look at ways to focus on what matters and not waste our time and energy on what doesn‘t. It was a quick read.

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Met my 2020 Goodreads goal! Finishing with a Postsecret book feels like a bit of a cheat but I can live with it. 😜

Cathythoughts Nice work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

The Florida depicted in these stories would never be described as the Sunshine State. Most, if not all, of the stories are very dark...too dark for my 2020 state of mind. 😐

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Am I the only one panic-reading to meet my 2020 Goodreads goal? No? Just me?

CuriousG If I was even close to my goal I might be panicking, but I'm 11 books short so there is no way I'm going to make it. Good luck with yours though! 11mo
Sparklemn @CuriousG Thank you!! 11mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Me! I have two books to finish. I think that I can do it though. 11mo
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julesG Reset the goal? Maybe? It's 2020, I am going out on a limb and say, lots of people either struggle to meet their goal, or met their initial goal months ago already. 11mo
Sparklemn @Graciouswarriorprincess Two books for me, too. Good luck! 11mo
Sparklemn @julesG I might have to reset! I won‘t be hard on myself if I do. 💙 11mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Sparklemn Good luck! We can do this! 11mo
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Drizzled with Death | Jessie Crockett
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Cute story. Don‘t read when hungry. Mmmm...pancakes... 😋🤤

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The Art of Solitude | Stephen Batchelor
Bailedbailed

I‘m not sure what I expected. Maybe something more like Susan Cain‘s Quiet? I hate to bail on books but I need engaging books to meet my 2020 Goodreads challenge. Tick tock!! ⏰

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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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So very cute! Highly recommended for all bookworms. 😊

HannaPolkadots I know! Loved this ❤ 11mo
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The Summer Set: A Novel | Aimee Agresti
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This was a fairly enjoyable light read. However, I can‘t fully recommend it as I felt like the storyline of the main couple dragged out much too long. Some editing was definitely needed.

I‘ve never been to an outdoor Shakespeare production but this is what I imagine it to be. 💙🎭🎟

Cathythoughts Great pic ✨ 11mo
Sparklemn @Cathythoughts Makes me a bit wistful. Never thought I‘d miss crowded performances. Someday... 💙 11mo
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this for the most part but the lengthy story-in-a-story was over the top...which I guess was the point. #boxwalla

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This was a frothy, light mystery. Nothing of substance in the story, but I enjoyed the main character enough to try another one in the series. 🧁☕️🧁

marleed Yea, this was kind of fun to read but I thought it kind of blew rules of a mystery - like some hints along the way! 12mo
Sparklemn @marleed Exactly! 12mo
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I enjoyed the alternating chapters between the father/super and daughter. Definitely want to visit the Museum of Natural History in NYC after reading this. #librofm

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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I don‘t know why this sat on my Nook for so long. Really enjoyed it! At first it felt like Twilight for grown-ups but it turned out to have much more substance. I will definitely continue with the series. 🧛‍♂️🍷🚣‍♂️📖

Abunfill My favorite trilogy! 12mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I received this adorable pin in my #boxwalla subscription box. 💙

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Thanks @rockpools for asking me to play! This is my first “game“ on Litsy. 😊

1. The tagged book Effin' Birds. Can't decide if I'm going to keep it or give it to a bird-watching friend who will LOVE the humor.

2. I bought Hour of Land for a friend who is currently visiting several National Parks in the Southwest U.S.

I discovered both of these books on Litsy. 💙

rockpools Effin Birds looks brilliant! I just fell down a bit of an Internet rabbit hole, looking at their shop - thankfully the cost of international shipping saved me from myself! Also, tagging @TheSpineView #two4tuesday, cos I forgot to do it in my own post and I don‘t want to be a bad influence! 13mo
TheSpineView Litsy is great for finding new books! Thanks for playing! 😊 13mo
Sparklemn @rockpools Thank you! 13mo
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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book. This caught my eye. Is this a nod to Interview with the Vampire? I'm thinking about Lestat, the character that Tom Cruise played in the movie.

Butterfinger I wondered that as well. 13mo
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CNN, the Inside Story | Hank Whittemore
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John King is my new TV boyfriend. We've been together for five days and have spent almost every minute together. We couldn't be happier! 💙 💙 💙

Leftcoastzen 😂😂😂👏👏♥️♥️💙💙💙💙💙 (edited) 13mo
AmyG Dana Bash would not be happy! (She‘s his wife) 🤣 13mo
Sparklemn I did not know that! She seems nice. I think she‘ll share. 😉 13mo
Cathythoughts He‘s a lovely man ❤️👍🏻 13mo
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Mystery Off Glen Road | Julie Campbell
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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and a big part of this story. It‘s likely why this book is one of my favorites of the Trixie Belden series. 🦃 🤎

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I love that this takes place at Halloween! 🕷🕸🎃

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Trixie‘s mom has a strawberry pincushion. My mom has a tomato. Not nearly as fun. 🍓😐

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Oh how I wanted to go on a road trip in an Airstream like Trixie and Honey! In reality, I hate camping of any kind. Give me a hotel and shower, please. 🙂🚿💙

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The Secret of the Mansion | Julie Campbell
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I‘m doing a slow re-read of my Trixie Belden collection as a distraction while I‘ve had CNN on 24-7 since Tuesday afternoon. I‘m wondering if this book was the source of my mild snake phobia. 😮🐍

CindiB I think it‘s the snake itself. I have a huge phobia and am not American, so feel confident saying this. 13mo
Sparklemn @CindiB A garter snake slithered across my bare foot once. Totally harmless...but I cried. 😳 😜 13mo
CindiB @Sparklemn I scream when I see a photo of them. Literally scream. Loud. 13mo
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