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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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My first Susan Orlean book, though I‘ve read her essays in The New Yorker. I completely nerded out in this book—the history of libraries is FASCINATING. The central theme of the book is the fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986, an intriguing story in and of itself. Susan Orlean deftly blends library history and crime reporting in this book.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Started in Dec 2019, finished in the wee hours of 2020. Beautiful book. Why is Ann Patchett so good at what she does?

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Untitled | Unknown
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A, A, gingerbread man, B, walnut?!, because it‘s summer time in Australia!, B, C, True, C, B, A, D, A, B #wintergames #thefilthyanimals

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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An exciting retelling of Rumpleskiltskin, set in some Slavic kingdom where winter and summer fight a battle for survival, bringing together three unlikely allies to restore balance in the universe. A perfect story for Chanukah, if you ask me! I wish this was a series...

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My sister is on an epic road trip across the country and when she hit Nashville, she sent me these goodies from The Book Shop. ✌️

rather_be_reading awesome!! 😍 1mo
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Getting a print ARC is gold but getting some swag with it is even better! #celadonreads #readsaintx

rather_be_reading i agree!! 1mo
Nute For sure! 1mo
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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Honestly, Blueberry needs to stay in their lane! #wintergames #thefilthyanimals

cathipink Donuts or blueberries is just not a fair or realistic matchup 🤣 1mo
The_Real_Nani @cathipink was kinda hoping that was a typo. lol. blueberry donut, maybe? 1mo
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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1.
2. Mistletoe
3. Angel
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6. Reindeer
7. Tobbogan
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12.Silent
13.Jingle
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15. Santa
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18. December
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20. Noel

I know I'm Jewish and all, but this was surprisingly hard for me! LOL #wintergames #TheFilthyAnimals

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The Chanukkah Guest | Eric A. Kimmel
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Making potato latkes is a real PITA and to be honest, Trader Joe‘s does it better than me, so I‘m skipping the #sharedholidayrecipe and going for these. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #wintergames #thefilthyanimals

4thhouseontheleft those look good! A lot of potato pancake products don't actually remind me of latkes, but these do! They are a PITA to make, but we always have fun doing it. Of course, I make sure I am never the one to do that grating. I do the cooking, not the prep work for this meal. 😂 1mo
cathipink I love these from TJs 🙂🙂 1mo
The_Real_Nani @4thhouseontheleft it‘s the cooking that gets me, all the oil and the smell! 1mo
The_Real_Nani @cathipink TJs does so many things well! 1mo
rather_be_reading haha!!! 6pts🤶 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I hardly ever make phone calls but I had to call in and report my kid‘s absence from school! I would like to know who has a text from before 2018?! #thefilthyanimals #wintergames

4thhouseontheleft I do! I saved the conversation from 2017 from my half-sisters when we first discovered each other existed. 💙💜 2mo
The_Real_Nani @4thhouseontheleft that‘s so awesome! 2mo
rather_be_reading 41pts❄ 2mo
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I would love to go home for Christmas! Being across the country from my family kinda blows, especially at this time of year. 😭 #thefilthyanimals #wintergames

SamAnne Yeah, been there. Treat Yourself! 2mo
rather_be_reading 6pts🎁 2mo
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A perfect #holidayread for our interfaith household, plus one of my kids is named Stella! #thefilthyanimals #wintergames

4thhouseontheleft This is a great book for interfaith families! I wish it had been published when my daughter was a baby. 2mo
The_Real_Nani It‘s really cute. My 6 year old and my 9 year old still love to read it. 2mo
rather_be_reading 21 pts ☃️ 2mo
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Lost Hills | Lee Goldberg
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This book was too short! 😩 I read it while stuck in epic Thanksgiving traffic, and really wished I had Book 2. This book reminded me why I like police procedurals, and Eve Ronin is a great character.

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Last Christmas | Emma Thompson, Greg Wise
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First holiday rom com of the year! #wintergames #thefilthyanimals #festivephotochallenge

4thhouseontheleft How was I‘m looking forward to seeing this movie! 2mo
The_Real_Nani @4thhouseontheleft I really enjoyed it! It did make me mad, though. I can‘t tell you why without spoiling it, so come back here after you‘ve seen it. 😂 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @The_Real_Nani We are thinking of going next Saturday! 2mo
The_Real_Nani A fun movie to see with girlfriends! 2mo
rather_be_reading 6pts☃️ 2mo
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Lost Hills | Lee Goldberg
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Some months, I don‘t want any of the books offered in First Reads but this month, I had a hard time choosing!

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Untitled | Unknown
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#wintergames Some of these were hard to choose!

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. At least 30. 2. I think two books a month, but I don‘t remember! 3. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. 4. Hibernating! Cozying up and not feeling compelled to be busy all the time. #wintergames

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Riddle me this: why can I read a Kindle in the car without getting sick but not an actual book? 🤔

Tamra Hmmm, that is puzzling..... 2mo
The_Real_Nani ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 2mo
marleed Fascinating. 2mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Confession: I‘m a huge Alice Hoffman fan but I‘ve never read Practical Magic, just seen the movie. 🙈 When the ebook came up on BookBub, I decided to rectify that wrong!

Linsy I‘m the opposite. I‘ve only read her witchy ones! 2mo
rather_be_reading MUST READ!! This was me last year 2mo
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Went to Joshua Tree for a couple of days, and in keeping with recent habit, picked up local literature as a “souvenir.”

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So well-written, so heartbreaking. Highly recommend this insight into what it means to be an immigrant in America.

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It Would Be Night in Caracas | Karina Sainz Borgo
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I heard a knock at the door the other day and opened it to find the postman dropping this package off at my door! Thanks HarperVia for sending me these titles! HarperVia is a new imprint from @HarperCollins for international titles.

cathipink I heard the author of Caracas on NPR yesterday - I'll be curious to hear your thoughts 🙂 3mo
The_Real_Nani @cathipink I‘ll have to look for the interview! 3mo
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The World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Had an amazing time with Alice Hoffman last night, who came to speak at Kepler‘s Books in Menlo Park. If you have not read her new book, which launched to NYT Best Seller Status, go read it now!

rather_be_reading 😲😲😲 2mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age would almost be a comedy of errors if the whole situation wasn‘t so pathetic. Overall, I enjoyed this book--it gives the genre a little meatiness and moves away somewhat from the coziness that the chick lit genre seems to embody--almost like when everyone's favorite sitcom decides to “take a risk“ and tackle a pressing social issue of the day. Read the full review at https://www.therealnani.com/such-fun-age/

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Won a copy of Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid in a giveaway from @HarperCollins Good so far but I have some thoughts...

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Just realized this is due tomorrow!! Yikes!!! Guess I‘ll be binging tonight... I had planned to read this to participate in Rachel Cargle‘s Loveland Hall lecture but didn‘t get the book in time. It wasn‘t in any of the libraries by me and I had to request it from a university library.

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Mehso-so

As I write this, I‘m not sure if this is a Pick or a So-So. I did read it in one sitting because the story went quickly. I guess I just never know how to feel about poor white people making it a point to show that they REALLY don‘t have that much privilege. How much of her ability to climb out of poverty is a result of white privilege is a question that bugged me at the end. The rest of it, I already knew from Nickle and Dimed.

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Guilty as charged... (reviewing this one for Losethecape.com)

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Reading at the elementary school movie night is totally normal, right?

Linsy Ha, of course! 2mo
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My library has a Lucky Day shelf, and this is the second time I‘ve gotten lucky!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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#littlefreelibrary score 🙌🏼

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Texts I send my sister. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

cathipink I have tickets to see her in November and I can't wait! Glad to hear it's a good one. 5mo
The_Real_Nani @cathipink that‘s so cool! Enjoy the show! 4mo
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Another day, another park, another book. When my kids were very small, I looked forward to the day I could sit and read my book while they played instead of helping them up stairs and down slides, and making sure they didn‘t throw themselves off the play structure. Comes quicker than you think!

Tamra Totally! 5mo
Centique Ain‘t that the truth! 😬 (wishes for a time travel device) 5mo
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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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A beautiful, beautiful book. Like Suzanne says, a memoir written without memory but she takes up the challenge gracefully and the end result is a moving homage to her family, and to her childhood.

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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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Really glad I was able to convince my kids that the air conditioned library is a better place to hang out than the skate park on this disgustingly hot day. 🥵

The_Real_Nani Update: apparently, I wasn‘t convincing enough. *sigh* At least the skate park has shade. 5mo
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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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Probably going to finish this book tonight, tbh.

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Death Wore White | Shelly Knox
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Murder ✅Romance ✅ Mystery ✅⠀Are you a #bookblogger? Sign up for the Betrayed #booktour! Shoot an email to booktours@cavillones.com to sign up and get your ARC!

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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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So exciting when your friends publish books! Can‘t wait to dive into this one. Suzanne is a beautiful writer!

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Mehso-so

This fell flat for me. The ending seemed like an easy way out, and there was no real grappling with the consequences of Cilla‘s actions. I also found the plot uninspired.

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I don‘t know what it is but lately, it feels like sex in books has become overdescriptive, even in so-called literary fiction. I‘m no prude but I appreciate subtlety and leaving something to the imagination. What do you think?

readingjedi It's one of those things that is so easy to do very badly but so hard to do well. I prefer the subtle, the suggestive, the 'what's NOT said' approach. 5mo
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Death Wore White | Shelly Knox
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Betrayed by Shelly Knox is going on tour! We‘re looking for book bloggers and reviewers to join us. Shoot an email to booktours@cavillones.com to sign up and get your ARC. #murder #romance #mystery #blogtour #ARCs

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

DNF 😬 A good book but I couldn‘t focus!

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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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2. A cleaning superpower
3. Cancer on the cusp of Leo
4. Soccer tournament (for my 9 year old) and teacher training (for me)
Thanks for the #friyaytag, @MrsMalaprop !

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Rabbit at Rest | John Updike
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I ransacked the Little Free Library on my way home from Back to School night.

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Followers | Megan Angelo
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Yikes! This one hits a little too close to home. Can it be dystopian fiction when you have no problem believing it could happen someday, and in fact, has already happened to some degree? This is a good story—two plot lines that converge in the middle to pitch forward together to the end. If you liked Ready Player One and The Farm, you‘ll like this one. Coming out in January 2020 from Graydon House/ @HarperCollins /Harlequin.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Holy hell. There was so much hype about this book, that I wondered if it would really live up to it. I‘ll say it again. Holy hell. The things that happen in this book are so bizarre, so ridiculous, it‘s a wonder anyone survives. I read this in one go. It‘s compelling, bewildering, just nuts.

Mdargusch It is crazy that all of that really happened. I ended up stalking that family on FB after reading this book. 😂 6mo
The_Real_Nani @Mdargusch 😆I believe it!! Do they have public FB pages?! 6mo
Mdargusch They did at one point. 6mo
rather_be_reading yes! insane! 3mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Halfway through, and no one has died, surprisingly. I don‘t know a lot about this book but enough that I‘m bracing myself for what the second half will bring.

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The Waiting Room | Leah Kaminsky
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Heartbreaking. Intergenerational trauma is the thread throughout this book, and is so vividly wrought.

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Bone Horses | Lesley Poling-Kempes
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If you like books where places are characters, you‘ll love this. Great story!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I found this on the Lucky Day shelf at the library, and indeed, it does feel like my lucky day! I can take myself off the waitlist I‘ve been on for at least a month.