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Vbrrgirl

Joined November 2016

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This book is probably the most lovely thing I‘ve read in a very long time. Bravo!❤️. Please add it to your holiday reading!

UnidragonFrag This looks cute! 2w
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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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This may be a collection that I can‘t find enough of the right words to express the impact it has had on me. Powerful, stunning, educational, remarkable and a book to revisit with others. Let‘s start there. I am in awe of you Claudia Rankine. Thanks for making me read, think and emote simultaneously.

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The Deep Blue Good-By | John Dann MacDonald
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Picked up the first 3 of this series in Florida. Wasn‘t drawn by the cover but by the comments from Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, John Saul and Lee Child. Love finding these older mystery series and what a powerhouse group of fans! Only took a few chapters in to see why.

Cinfhen Cool 😊 10mo
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I have been off Litsy forever!! But I retired effective Jan 1st and have finished 4 books already. This book though... I can not recommend it enough (although I am guessing most have read it by now). I fell in love with the characters and the book‘s letter format. While the story‘s setting in time is heart wrenching, its ending is beautiful and hopeful. I am saddened by the author‘s untimely death. Her work is incredible.

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New cover for my IPad and a Kindle and cover in the mail yesterday. Preparing for a December European journey with @Redy2trvl down the Rhine. Excited to talk books, relax, shop the Christmas markets and... drink a lot of wine 🍷

Sarah83 Sounds great 😍😊 1y
Redy2trvl I can‘t wait!!!!!! 1y
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Suite francese | Irne Nmirovsky
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Next up on my daily commute. The opening music is lovely. Looking forward to my ride home this afternoon.

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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read Conroy before A Lowcountry Life. Love his memoir works - excited to try his fiction.

callielafleur This is my favorite of his! 1y
Vbrrgirl @callielafleur that‘s a good sign. Yay! Excited to get started. 1y
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The Last Bookaneer | Matthew Pearl
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Next up on my road to retirement commute. #audiobooks #wherehaveyoubeenallmylife #commutingintothesunset

Redy2trvl Can‘t wait to hear how this is!!! 1y
Vbrrgirl @Redy2trvl you would love this book - fun story and many literary references. 1y
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No editing skills obviously. But this is my truth.

Redy2trvl Mine too! 1y
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Next up for the commute.

Vbrrgirl I simply adore this book. The genesis of the title was unknown to me but I can‘t stop reading the Rules and wishing everyone would follow them. 1y
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Going to fan girl and read Bobby Bones‘ newest.

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Seeing Red | Sandra Brown
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Mehso-so

The story was fine - although predictable; Brown‘s formula is clear. My real problem was the narrator, Victor Slezak. His voice was not even close to what I expected, or would have wanted, for John Trapper.

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Lamb | Christopher Moore
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Next up for my daily commute.

Readergrrl I read this years ago and had forgotten all about it! I loved it!! Chris Moore is wonderful!! 1y
Vbrrgirl @Readergrrl I recommend Sacre Blue! I love Moore‘s humor. 1y
Readergrrl @Vbrrgirl Yes!!! I love it! I feel like I learned quite a bit about the art world and, of course, the Sacred Blue!! I never knew that was the etymology of the phrase, Sacre Bleu! But of course it makes sense! Have you read Serpent of Venice? I have it but haven‘t read it yet. 1y
Vbrrgirl @Readergrrl I have Serpent of Venice, next up in my TBR. You‘re right about the art world education from SB. That‘s another reason why Moore is a favorite for me! 1y
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Seeing Red | Sandra Brown
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And the car is loaded for Monday‘s commute.

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Seemed like the right time to read this. It had been lingering on my shelves for far too long.

Megabooks Hope you enjoy it 1y
Vbrrgirl @Megabooks about 1/3 in and love it. His voice truly comes through in his writing. 1y
britt_brooke Hope you enjoy. I love this one! His other nonfiction is great, too. I‘m so sad he‘s gone. 1y
Vbrrgirl @britt_brooke I feel the same way. I think there is one more if his on my very messy shelves. Going to look for it! 1y
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Finished this quickly. The author is an acquaintance. I applaud her honesty in telling her story. Military wives everywhere should be able to relate.

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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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Just finished this in audio. This book broke my heart- poor Pearl. What I‘m curious about though- is there a follow up? Sure left me wanting to know what happens next!

Lcsmcat There is a sequel: 1y
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Beloved Dog | Maira Kalman
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Several month ago I bought this book for my significant other when his best pet friend was ailing. Fortunately she is better and I forgot I had it. Unfortunately, 2 weeks ago, we lost my best pet friend and I found the book last night when I sought some quiet in my office/library. The drawings and words are beautifully done and I found it very touching. #readingsoothesthesoul

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Finished this up this morning. I worked with the author‘s father in the railroad industry and curiosity got the best of me. Regardless of my original intentions, the writing was excellent and the author‘s thoughts on unions and poetry were so intriguing to me.

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Next up to make my ride to work bearable- I‘m returning to Sandra Brown.

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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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Well I didn‘t get through #4in48 but I did get through The Stranger and Train Dreams. Both books were odd. I have learned that I need to choose lighter reads for these challenges. @Syndelle777

TheReadingMermaid You pushed yourself & that was awesome! Great job!🤘🏻👏🏻😁 2y
Vbrrgirl @Syndelle777 I enjoyed being amongst my books all weekend. Thanks for the challenge. Put 2 books in my bag for the workweek 2y
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Tinkers | Paul Harding
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@Syndelle777 Ready for #4in48readathon. Thinking The Stranger, Tinkers and Disgrace will work for the #litsyclassicschallenge also. @Sarah83

TheReadingMermaid I'm liking it! ❤️ Be sure to update us on your status throughout the weekend 😃 2y
Sarah83 Looks great 2y
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Just started this on the way to work. Even if your not a fan or a writer, listen to the beautiful tribute by his wife and fellow author Cassandra King in the forward. Beautiful words.

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all of it is you.: poetry | Nico Tortorella
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Thanks to lovely family members, I had 3 gift cards at B&N to spend yesterday. Continued to add to my growing poetry collection. I also received this custom bookmark among others, from @Redy2trvl this weekend as part of our Happy Independent Bookstore Day celebration! Yay!!! I‘m a happy Litten this morning.

Redy2trvl Yaaay!!! 2y
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The Swan Thieves: A Novel | Elizabeth Kostova
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About 40 chapters in and I couldn‘t love this story more. I am in awe of authors who perfectly describe the pain felt in divorce. While I am well past my own, I find it cathartic to hear described in the most perfect words what those days were like. Of course this book is also so much more, fine art, mental health, Paris....

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How Lucky You Are | Kristyn Kusek Lewis
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Birthday.book haul! What an amazingly wonderful day I have had. Lots of friends, fellowship and FOOD! And these books to remember it by. Which do I read first Littens?

rather_be_reading happy birthday!! 2y
rather_be_reading 🎁🎂🎉 2y
Vbrrgirl Thank you! I love the Litsy community! 2y
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Eggs @Vbrrgirl Happy Birthday 🎁🎊🎉 2y
Sarah83 Happy birthday 🎂 2y
Vbrrgirl Thank you all! 2y
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Good Poems | Various
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Just going to buy bday cards at B&N - that never works. Adding to the poetry section of my bookshelves. 💕🤗

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Sacre Bleu LP: A Comedy d'Art | Christopher Moore
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Newest commute listen (oh how I don‘t miss redundant radio). The audio gods must be shining on me - a story about all the great painters with a mystical angle. Written by one of my favorites! Happy 😃 Camper!

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Tennessee Williams
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Because letter B is kicking my butt - going to read this for letter C and then go back. #litsyclassicschallenge @Sarah83

Vbrrgirl Well Letter C #Litsyclassicschallenge was wonderful. May be the first play I‘ve actually read, but I really enjoyed visualizing the stage direction throughout outstanding dialogue. Recommend! 2y
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Continuing my post- vacation reading. Interesting read having just visited the city.

JoyBlue I‘m heading there soon. Any recommendations for sites or food? I started reading Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil yesterday, on the recommendation of our library Executive Director. 2y
Vbrrgirl @JoyBlue take a trolley tour to see everything first - gives you a great overall picture of the city. Eat at the the Cotten Exchange in the river - shrimp and grits are superb. 2y
JoyBlue @Vbrrgirl Thank you! 2y
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Picked this up on vacation last week in HHI. Just got started at lunch but this will be a quick read. Very much a paperback Dateline.

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The Beautiful and the Damned | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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😊It was a movie - The Sound of Music 😊Austria of course 😊Christmas markets on the Rhine 😊Fly or by boat 😊Both!
#manicmonday @JoScho

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Can I Do It? | John Bianchi
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OMG - I did it! Successful crop of a photo to eliminate someone else‘s info! Yay!!!!

1. Used to be yellow - leaning toward purple now
2. I love all thing Autumn
3. Mystery - but enjoying the classics thanks to #Litsyclassics and @Sarah83
4. Reading of course and some writing
5. 🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀🧀
6. 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
7. My new book light which hangs around my neck with two lights!

Check this out @Redy2trvl 😊😊😊

Redy2trvl I‘m so proud of you!!!!! 2y
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The Beautiful and Damned | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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#Litsyclassics #letterb @Sarah83 Next up Fitzgerald. Not sure how I feel about this author - based on Amazon series influence- but love the time period involved. Let‘s get started.

Notafraidofwords I read it. It bogs down in the middle. But the ending is amazing. 2y
Sarah83 Enjoy 🤗 2y
Vbrrgirl Thanks @Notafraidofwords for that info. I will know there is something to hold on for!😊 2y
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia | Julian Fellowes
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And my commute has been classed up a bit from the Jackie Collins read along to a story that I‘m so excited to hear. Loved Downton - hoping to fill that void!

Redy2trvl I‘ve been thinking about this one. Keep me posted! 2y
Vbrrgirl @Redy2trvl want the book? In a bag to go out. 2y
Redy2trvl Yes, please!!!! I‘m headed to Atlanta tomorrow for the weekend. When I get back let‘s get together and swap bags. Thank you!! 2y
Vbrrgirl @Redy2trvl You got it! 2y
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Take Me With You | Andrea Gibson
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This book is a gem. Lines throughout will take your breath away. And Gibson‘s spoken word recordings are some of the best. Highly recommend.🙌🏻💕🙌🏻💕

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MARRIED LOVERS | Jackie Collins
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Finished this audiobook this morning. Fun story - predictable though in plot and dialogue.

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Agnes Grey | Anne Bront, Acton Bell
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#Litsyclassics#lettera @Sarah83 First book completes on this challenge. Thank you Agnes for so eloquently explaining to me why I love Poetry in Chapter 17. Love this version - great historical info included and the explanatory notes were helpful. On to #letterb

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Thank you @BookwormAHN for the wonderful gift 📦 💕.dear friend‘s son was hit by a drunk driver and critically injured on Sunday - little to smile about recently.. but your gift is so wonderful! stamps made me smile, candy was a lovely sweet treat. The Community coffee is going to come in handy SOON! the books are perfect - can‘t wait to start the series and I will give romance a try! Thank you so very much! Happy Valentines Day to you!

BookwormAHN Sorry to hear about your friend's son, but I'm glad I could help cheer you up. Enjoy 😸 2y
Vbrrgirl @BookwormAHN you did indeed. And I‘m into the coffee and it‘s just what I needed. 2y
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Bklover Oh @Vbrrgirl I am so sorry. This is a parent‘s worst nightmare- much love to you and your friend and her family. 💙💙 2y
Vbrrgirl Thank you so much @Bklover. I will pass on your good wishes! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I hope the goodness in this package has helped you get through this rough time. How is your friend‘s son doing? 💓💓 2y
Vbrrgirl @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you for your kind wishes. However, he is not recovering. It is a difficult time. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Vbrrgirl Oh no! I am so sorry. We lost a beloved young family member two years ago to a car accident, so I thoroughly understand the shock and sorrow. 😰😰 2y
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MARRIED LOVERS | Jackie Collins
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My reading time has been hard to get to. New audiobook in the car. Thank you Jackie Collins for some smutty fun commute time.

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MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💘💘 2y
Vbrrgirl @chelreads USPS advises that package was delivered to a front porch! Hope it was yours. 2y
chelreads Haha, I hope so too! I‘ll be home later tonight so I‘ll let you know for sure! Thank you! 2y
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@BookwormAHN Its‘s here! Thank you so much - now the waiting begins!

BookwormAHN I'm glad it made it. 2y
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As much as I love to read. I love to play with art supplies. These books came from the Artists Network. Can‘t wait to work the tips and the Abstract book is gorgeous.

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Finished this audiobook this morning - very funny stuff!

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Time to get started with #litsyclassicsatoz. Pretty sure this is not the book I picked for A - knowing myself, I will probably change my mind through all 26 letters! 😳

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A friend found this collection of poetry in her mother‘s things. Certainly not the most poetic collection written - but the author was quite the cad. He “loves” and laments many women during his years as a pilot. He has a couple of other volumes on Amazon - but I probably know enough about him now!😳☺️

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Oh Well!. | Dick King

I have tried to screen shot the #cupidgoespostal Q and A and do the editing a couple of times and I am hopeless! So here‘s my old school way of answering the questions:
Love coffee, chocolates, bookmarks, mugs, all things paper, pen and pencil, candles, socks. My Litsy TBR is all booked I don‘t own. #notechskills

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Racing Hummingbirds | Jeanann Verlee, Richard N. Swift
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First collection of 2018. Recommended by a local Virginia Poet who I will now be indebted to for such a powerful recommendation.

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Signed up for Page Habit boxes for next year. Excited about getting book packages. What‘s been everyone‘s experience with Page Habit or other services? 📚

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No Regrets | Shannon K. Butcher
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Happy New Year fellow Littens! Here‘s to good reading, bookish friends and a never-ending library.🎉📚📖💕