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arubabookwoman

arubabookwoman

Joined March 2018

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I was very excited to receive this in the mail today from @leslieseidel . I'm excited to read it, in part because it's set in Brooklyn where one of my sons lives. I'm not quite finished with my choice, #Upstate, but it should be on its way to you soon @Shadowfat . #LMPBC #GroupT @DarcysMom

Shadowfat I just wanted to check in @arubabookwoman to see if you had finished your book? I haven't gotten anything so I wanted to make sure it wasn't lost in the mail. 6d
arubabookwoman @Shadowfat Just sent you an email explaining the situation. @DarcysMom @leslieseidel My husband is in the hospital and I haven‘t been able to go to the PO. I am so sorry for messing up the orderly progression of the LMPBC, and hope you understand. Will mail as soon as I can. (edited) 6d
Smrloomis Sending good thoughts for your husband! 💕💕💕 hope the situation improves soon! 🤞🏽 6d
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I‘ve read (and loved) a few books of Nick Hornby‘s columns on reading. These were responsible for several obscure items on my Kindle, I.e. #AusterityBritain. This book collects all his columns into one volume. The quote above illustrates the bibliophile‘s dilemma—the impossibility of reading all the good books published in the last 6 months, much less from the more distant past. All I can do is fill my shelves with good books.

Liz_M I LOVE his Believer columns! I have the individual books rather than the 10-year volume. 😍 3w
arubabookwoman @Liz_M I read a few of his other books, probably from the library since they're not on my shelf, so I was glad to find this complete collection. I love his snark, and his ability to make the most unpromising books sound intriguing. 3w
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Since the 2016 election, I‘ve read many books to understand the Trump phenomenon and our broken political system. This focuses on the inner workings of Congress, and covers the period from 2016 through the recent self-inflicted government shutdown. There‘s lots of behind the scenes maneuvering, and explanations of political calculations, as well as glimpses of the personalities behind the members I see on TV all the time. Surprisingly non-partisan

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The Ditch | Herman Koch
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Just wondering if that‘s how the Dutch see the royal family? @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I don‘t think they do, generally. Most people I know don‘t really care about the royal family, but we are not opposed to it either. Maxima created a lot of goodwill (being cool and ambitious) while Willem Alexander behaved a bit like in the quote while he was in college, but weren‘t we all at the time?! I think Koch is provocating - as usual 😉 2mo
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Happy Fourth of July! | Alex Appleby
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Boats on Lake Union in Seattle today waiting for tonight‘s fireworks. Happy Fourth of July everyone.

Megabooks Wow! 2mo
kspenmoll Beautiful! 2mo
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With all the renewed attempts to restrict women‘s reproductive rights, I decided it was time to read this. Oates frequently novelizes real events or characters, and this is a fictionalized account of the murder of an abortion doctor by a religious fanatic. I almost bailed-for the 1st 100 pages we are in the mind of the assassin and must read a lot of his religious ramblings as he attempts to justify the murder. But most of the book..cont‘d below:

arubabookwoman focuses on the families of the 2 men, the murderer and the murdered, and the effects the two men‘s‘ actions had on their families. Oates is one of my favorite writers, amazingly prolific, and very insightful. Recommended. (edited) 2mo
lele1432 This one's been on my shelf for a while. I need to finally crack it open! 2mo
charl08 Added to the list! 2mo
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Upstate | James Wood
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I‘m wondering if any #GroupT members would mind if I changed my choice to Upstate by James Wood? If you‘ve already read it, let me know, and I‘ll choose something else.
Also, would you all mind noting your choices for the #LMPBC, either in the comments here or in a separate note, what you‘ve chosen so I can see what I have to look forward to? I‘m very excited to begin! @DarcysMom @leslieseidel @Shadowfat

DarcysMom I haven't read it, it looks good! I chose 2mo
leslieseidel Looks good to me too! 2mo
leslieseidel I initially chose City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert but it isn't deep enough for this sort of reading (mark-up). So I am checking out two other books: 2mo
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arubabookwoman Thanks @leslieseidel and @DarcysMom . @Shadowfat have you chosen yet? 2mo
Shadowfat @arubabookwoman I'll be picking options this weekend. I had surgery yesterday so I haven't had a chance to look through my TBR pile. 2mo
arubabookwoman @Shadowfat Hope you recover quickly and feel better soon. Looking forward to seeing your choice. Thanks! 2mo
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Foggage | Patrick McGinley
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Foggy day in Seattle today. High may not break 70. They say that summer doesn‘t begin in Seattle until after the 4th of July, and I‘ve found that true in my 30+ years here.

wanderinglynn That‘s a great view! I really need to get over to Seattle one of these days. 💚 2mo
rretzler Many years ago, my husband and I used to jokingly argue about where we should move. He wanted to live in Denver, and I chose Seattle. There is way too much snow for me to live in Denver and he was scared away by the rumors of rain in Seattle, so we stayed in Central Ohio where if you don‘t like the weather you just wait 30 minutes and it will change. Except when it‘s in the 90s and humid, like today, when the weather will last forever... 2mo
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EEG: A Novel | Daa Drndic
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My bookstore haul from today, including two magazines. Has anyone read any of these?

Tanisha_A No! Also, what's the book with the beautiful bird art? 2mo
arubabookwoman @Tanisha_A It‘s actually a lovely magazine, Uppercase, the focus of which is, I guess, creativity. This issue has an article on folk artist Nara Mirtalipova whose work is featured on the cover. 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB tagged Foe as one of her top six of 2019. 2mo
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BarbaraBB I‘d like to see the top 6 of both of you 😉 @Liz_M @arubabookwoman 2mo
arubabookwoman @BarbaraBB I thought I hadn‘t read many good books this year, but when I looked at my list, I saw quite a few. In no particular order: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton; The Seventh Cross (Seghers); Seventeen (Yokohama); Labyrinths (Borges); North of Dawn (Farrah); A Change of Time (Jensen); If Beale Street Could Talk (Baldwin); Her Body & Other Parties (Machado); Cassandra at the Wedding (Baker). 2mo
arubabookwoman @BarbaraBb For nonfiction, these stand out: The Apprentice by Greg Miller (v. good & complete expose of Trump); Bad Blood by Carreyrou; and The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler (If you liked the ideas raised in Atul Gawande‘s Being Mortal, this has lots of good information on how to implement them, from middle-age to very old old-age. 2mo
BarbaraBB That is a great list. I take a screenshot, thanks! 😘 2mo
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Due to all the doctor's appointments etc associated with my husband's transplant it's been hard for me to visit a bookstore for several months. Finally got to stop by one of my favorite indies today, and I might have bought a few books.

rretzler 💕 2mo
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Bookwomble Wishing your husband well, Deborah 💗 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Hope he‘s doing well.Hugs to you! 2mo
Tanisha_A YES! 😀 2mo
Tanisha_A Wishing your husband a fast recovery! 2mo
Theaelizabet Hugs to you and your husband.💕 2mo
arubabookwoman @Tanisha_A @Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble @BiblioLitten @rretzler Thank you. It‘s a long process. At day 76 post-transplant it‘s still a roller coaster ride. (edited) 2mo
Graywacke Wishing you well and your husband a good recovery. 1mo
Nute Thinking of you and your husband. Hoping that things are going well. {{{HUGS}}} 1mo
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The seagull came back today. Or maybe it‘s a different one.

batsy 😆 2mo
Tanisha_A She likes it there! 2mo
Liz_M Be thankful the bird is outside the building! In my previous building tenants opened the stairway windows to smoke and the pigeons would come in and hang out in the hallways. 2mo
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Beaufort | Ron Leshem
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This is the 2nd book I‘ve read recently about the Israeli occupation of forts in southern Lebanon in the late 1990‘s and the Mother‘s Movement protesting the occupation for causing the needless deaths of young Israeli soldiers for no apparent reason. As an anti-war novel, this ranks up there with The Things That They Carried and Matterhorn. Highly recommended. (The other book is the memoir Pumpkinflowers, also recommended).

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I‘ll check this book out. Another anti war book set in Israël that I loved is 2mo
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Aberration of Starlight | Gilbert Sorrentino
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Hi #GroupT. Looking forward to getting to know you. Here are some of my potential choices. Do any repel you? Do any really call out to you? Have you already read any of these? 1. Aberration of Starlight-rural NJ boarding house 1939; 2. Tenants of Moonbloom-loser works for his slumlord brother NYC; 3. Mother‘s Boys-family drama involving mothers and their sons; 4. Rabbits for Food-life in a psych ward; 5. Daniel Stein, Interpreter- (see below)

arubabookwoman 5. Cont‘d Jewish Holocaust survivor becomes a priest, emigrates to Israel. @Shadowfat @DarcysMom @leslieseidel 2mo
DarcysMom They all look interesting! I am going to get my books up later tonight or tomorrow. 😁 2mo
leslieseidel I vote for Rabbits for Food but they all look interesting. 2mo
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I was reading the other afternoon and heard tapping on our window, 31 floors up. I looked over to see this.

RvnclawWhovian 😂😂😂 2mo
valeriegeary 😱😂 2mo
Tadams4 Nice surprise! 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Those panhandlers! 2mo
BarbaraBB It would scare me! I hope your husband is doing well/better 💜 2mo
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The book is on its way to you Jee and should get there Friday. I liked this book a lot, although I was a bit disappointed in the ending, which seems to call for a sequel. Still, highly recommended. #LMPBC @Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 @CSeydel

CSeydel Yes, I know what you mean. I had to rethink my understanding of the plot arc and the author‘s intention, when I reached the end. The central conflict/resolution was not what I expected. 3mo
CSeydel Oh also @lele1432 I haven‘t received your next book yet. I‘m hoping you just haven‘t gotten around to sending it, and it‘s not lost in the mail somewhere! (edited) 3mo
lele1432 @CSeydel so sorry I haven't gotten to send it yet. My grandfather fell ill rather suddenly and then passed away so things have been crazy with getting travel plans. ☹️ I will send it priority before I leave town by Friday!! 3mo
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CSeydel @lele1432 no rush - I just wanted to know. I‘m so sorry about your grandfather! Please, take the time you need. Have a safe trip and best wishes to your family. 3mo
lele1432 @CSeydel thanks so much! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you @arubabookwoman! How are you doing? Hope you're settling well in your new place and you're feeling better! @lele1432 have you gotten the book I sent you yet? So sorry to hear about your grandfather...My condolences to you and your family... Take care, dear❤️❤️ 3mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you Jee! And I did receive it! ❤️ (edited) 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 ❤️❤️ 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman I received your book today! Thank you! ❤️ 3mo
lele1432 @CSeydel your book is in the mail! 3mo
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The Tattoo Murder Case | Akimitsu Takagi
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Do you think the dialogue in this otherwise enjoyable Japanese crime novel is a bit stilted?

BarbaraBB I don‘t know but I have that feeling too sometimes when reading translated Japanese novels. 3mo
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Better Late Than Never | Jenn McKinlay
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Report on April Reading: Quantity is up, but I mostly read crime novels and nonfiction. Standouts which I can highly recommend are North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farrah and Bad Blood by John Carreyrou.

Liz_M Monkey God was fun, but a bit disjointed. 3mo
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Alligators All Around | Maurice Sendak
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So when my oldest son told us he was moving to Florida last year, my 1st thought (in re my 2 young grandsons) was “Eek—Alligators!” Of course, my son ended up buying a house on a pond, which of course is inhabited by an ALLIGATOR! I took this pic when we visited in Feb, and I‘d estimate the alligator to be at least 6 feet long.

TrishB 😱😱 4mo
Lcsmcat 😳 4mo
batsy Oh my 😮😮 4mo
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Tanisha_A 😶 4mo
Liz_M Oop! 😲 4mo
charl08 Yikes. 4mo
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Space Needle | Julie Murray
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The window at the Hutch where my husband was receiving an infusion overlooks the Space Needle. Most days the sea planes land on Lake Union from the opposite direction, but today they came in over the city past the Space Needle.

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Got my Round 4 #lmpbc book back, and spent a lovely afternoon reading all the great comments from @sprainedbrain @jmofo and @Butterfinger . Thank you so much ladies, and I am thrilled that you seemed to like this book as much as I did. Anytime you want to do another 20th Century Classics read, count me in!

charl08 What a great idea! 4mo
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Red Birds | Mohammed Hanif
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#lmpbc My book is on its way to Jee-sorry for the delay in sending it. Unfortunately, I didn‘t care for it. I think it‘s meant to be an anti-war satirical novel, but it fell utterly flat for me. Wish I had picked a different book. Hopefully, one of the other participants in #GroupW will find something of redeeming value in it. @Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 @CSeydel

arubabookwoman BTW, the background in the photo is the view from the new apartment in downtown Seattle we moved to 2 weeks ago. The 2 buildings are Amazon‘s corporate headquarters. The building under construction is another Amazon building, which my husband was the architect for. We will be able to watch its progress as my husband undergoes his treatment. 5mo
lele1432 Oh wow! That's very cool about the building construction. I wish your husband all the best in treatment!! 5mo
Liz_M I hope the move went well and that life is less stressful now. Best wishes for a successful treatment. 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Looking forward to reading it! Sorry you didn't enjoy it... Hopefully the next one will be better! Also wishing you all the best in your new place! And wowwww so close to Amazon's HQ! 😊👍🏼 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman thank you for mailing the book! Looking forward to reading it :) 4mo
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The Magic Kingdom | Stanley Elkin
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Well I‘ve been in the hospital since Sunday with blood clots in both lungs, but hopefully going home today. I also have a torn meniscus, arthritis and other knee issues that have been keeping me immobile for several weeks. The house we‘ve lived in 30+ years sold last week and we have to be out by 3/20. To say the least I continue to be too stressed to read.

BiblioLitten I‘m so sorry to hear that. Warm hugs to you. 💕 5mo
merelybookish Oh my! That's a lot to cope with, but try to focus on getting better! 5mo
JoScho Sending love ❤️ 5mo
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BookNAround Oh my! That‘s a lot to handle. I hope you‘re feeling better soon and have lots of people you can delegate packing and moving to. 5mo
BookwormM Hope the move goes well and that your pains settle down xxx 5mo
Tanisha_A Super fast recovery to you! ♥️ 5mo
batsy That is a lot to have to deal with. Much love and strength to you ❤️ Take care. 5mo
Liz_M Oh no! I hope you can find/hire people to do the packing and putting into storage or moving for you. Best wishes for a quick recovery! 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sorry this is happening- all my love to you! 5mo
Crazeedi Oh my, sending lots of healing vibes, I cant imagine your stress, I hope you have some great help so you can heal! 💜 5mo
RavenLovelyReads Hope you‘re feeling better- sending good juju for a quick recovery! 💕 5mo
overtheedge Positive energy your way, hope things all work out for you and your feeling better soon. 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Just saw this... Hope you're feeling better, Deborah! Rest well! Sending well wishes your way! 5mo
Graywacke I just saw this today. That‘s a lot at once. Wishing health and wellness to you and your family. 5mo
kspenmoll Just saw this-hope you are healing.💕💕 5mo
charl08 More good wishes from me: sorry to hear you've been so unwell. 5mo
lele1432 I hope you're feeling much better!! ❤️ 5mo
CSeydel So sorry 💕 Hope things are improving. 5mo
Tonton Hope you are feeling better!Tore my meniscus and relating to your pain. 4mo
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Current Libby library books I have checked out. I try to read in order of due date, because I have lots of stress in my life now, so only easy reads are calling me. In particular I want to read Joe Victim next. It‘s the sequel to New Zealand crime novel The Cleaner, narrated largely by Joe, the cleaner, a psychopathic serial killer, which I just finished, and couldn‘t put down. Checked out Joe Victim minutes after finishing The Cleaner.

Tanisha_A Hope you feel stress-free soon! 🎈 6mo
Liz_M You're including D. McCullough in "light reads"? ? 6mo
arubabookwoman @Liz_M oh no. That‘s one of the books with the earlier due date that I‘m skipping over to get to the crime novels. It may end up going back to the library unread along with most of the others. 6mo
kspenmoll I get it- under stress I go to easy reading mysteries for escapism. Hope the stress in your life eases! 6mo
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Pets | DK
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#loveyourpetday Our dog Dante turned 16 on Valentines Day. This was taken a couple of weeks ago. He still looks and acts like a puppy.

Leftcoastzen Sweet photo! 6mo
kspenmoll What a cutie! Love the name!!! 6mo
Graywacke An elegant pup. Great picture. 6mo
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Tanisha_A Oh he looks so cute 6mo
IndoorDame Adorable!!! 6mo
BiblioLitten What a sweetheart. 💕💕 6mo
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I‘ve been interested in books about D-Day since we visited the Normandy beaches a few years ago. Just started this nonfiction about the five double agents whose efforts prevented the Nazis from learning the location of the landing. These spies sound stranger than fiction. “A bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial French-woman, a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming.”

Tanisha_A Such interesting bios! 😁 6mo
BookNAround Sounds fascinating. I might have to get it for myself and then leave it out in plain view for the history nerd boys in my family to stumble across. 6mo
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Polar: A Photicular Book | Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann
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The polar vortex hit Seattle last night. It rarely snows here, but we woke up to this, and it‘s still snowing.

Tanisha_A Stay safe and warm! 7mo
Leftcoastzen So pretty! Stay safe 7mo
Kimzey Enjoy! ☃️ 7mo
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The Mountain | Paul Yoon

The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

arubabookwoman Oops! Sorry for double post. 7mo
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The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

Tanisha_A Such a view! Where is this? 7mo
arubabookwoman On the Lake Washington bridge between Seattle and the eastern suburbs. The mountain is Mount Ranier. @Tanisha_A 7mo
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Librarything provided free passes to the ALA convention here in Seattle last weekend. I went, not intending to get any of the free books there would allegedly be available. Although I was fairly restrained, I still picked up the books pictured. Did I say they were FREE?

charl08 Wow. How are you getting them home?! 7mo
arubabookwoman Oh I live in Seattle, so I brought them home in my car. I could have gone back for 2 more days, and they apparently put new books out all the time. But since we‘re moving soon, and I already have such a huge TBR pile I refrained. I‘m most looking forward to the Marlantes, the Hanif, and the Jian. @charl08 7mo
charl08 Smart move. I have always wanted to go to one of these, but wondered if they would turn me down for the free stuff because I was from the UK! 7mo
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arubabookwoman Also I met up with Michigantrumpet and Benitastrnad of the 75 group, and they got many more books than me and had to arrange mailing/packing. @charl08 7mo
charl08 Sounds good. 7mo
gradcat I need to go to one of these, too @charl08 ... what a haul! And free? Nothing better than that 😊😊😊 7mo
Butterfinger Good for you!!! 7mo
batsy It was your duty! 😆 Optic Nerve and After the Party are on my radar. 7mo
Liz_M So many books 😍 7mo
kspenmoll That is amazing!! 7mo
Crazeedi Wow! That's awesome! 7mo
Graywacke 😮!! 7mo
overtheedge Nice work!! 5mo
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This memoir is organized around a year of the Existential Crisis Reading Group, which gathers monthly in New Orleans to discuss readings, books, and the various existential crises of its members. The author is from a New Orleans Catholic family, and suffers through major events like Katrina, the suicides of twin sisters and the death of her father. While sometimes a bit pretentious, I loved reliving the places, food and ambience of New Orleans.

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Four of my kids got together this week in NYC (actually Brooklyn) for a meal at world-famous Peter Lugar‘s Steak House. The daughter in Houston couldn‘t make it, and neither could we in Seattle.

merelybookish Lovely! 7mo
LazyDays 💛 7mo
sprainedbrain What a nice photo! 7mo
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Megabooks That‘s fantastic! 7mo
Leftcoastzen I want to go there! 7mo
kspenmoll How wonderful for them! 7mo
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Well that‘s honest.

BarbaraBB Haha! 7mo
Leftcoastzen 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀 7mo
Lesliereads No thank you! My TBR is already outsized😂🙄 7mo
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Oh my! Look what came in the mail: The #LMPBC book from #sprainedbrain along with some book-related goodies. Thanks so much Jenni.
I read the first story last night, and all I can say is I‘m puzzled...
#Butterfinger #Buddenbrooks was sent to you last week and I hope you ‘ve received it by now.

@jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Yay! Glad it has arrived. 😃 8mo
Butterfinger Yes @arubabookwoman. I was so excited. I'm afraid to write in it so I'm going to purchase some post it's tomorrow before the snow comes. Jim Cantore is in my neck of the woods. I have to warn you, I left it on my side table to go to the bathroom and my 7 year old gets it, runs, trips over our new puppy, and drops it just so she can "bring me the book that you were excited about, momma." It is now on my highest shelf. I'm treating it like my Bible 8mo
Butterfinger I didn't want an apostrophe in the word post-its. 8mo
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Butterfinger @jmofo have you received Shirley Jackson? 8mo
arubabookwoman Oh please write in the book! Post-it‘s have a way of migrating, and I would like to have people‘s comments permanently in the book. You‘ll see I did lots of writing in the book. Your 7 year old sounds very sweet! @Butterfinger 8mo
Butterfinger Ok. I will. She is, but WILD. Maybe there should have been a question on the survey, "Do you have young children?" ? I hope it snows so much my husband will have to stay home and I will be able to read without interruption. 8mo
jmofo @Butterfinger I have not it will no doubt be here soon. May I write in your book? I write in my own when inspired. It‘s cool your kiddo gets excited about what you‘re excited about. 😊 8mo
Butterfinger Oh yes you may. @jmofo I love that wild little girl so much. 8mo
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Humboldt's Gift | Saul Bellow
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I started keeping a list of books I read in 1977. These pages show the books I read thru 2008. From 1-1-09 I have tracked my reading on LT. The first books listed in 1977 were Humbolt‘s Gift, What I‘m Going To Do I Think, Tristram Shandy, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Japanese Stories, Pickwick Papers, Auto-de-Fe, Riders in the Chariot, The Painted Bird, African Stories, & Middlemarch. I think I read more seriously then.

Flaneurette I wish I had done this- I only started to keep track when I joined goodreads in 2009 9mo
LeahBergen That‘s so awesome!! I have a written record of my reading since 1993. 👍🏻 9mo
arubabookwoman Looking at the picture I noticed on the top page near the end of the second column after Nabokov and before Wharton I‘ve noted “Matthew is born.” That‘s my oldest son, born 7-18-78. On the 2nd p. middle of the 2nd column is “5-13-83 Brandon born”. He‘s my 3rd child, 2nd son. My daughter born in 1980 is on the back, right after Rhyss‘s Good Morning Midnight. (edited) 9mo
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Emilymdxn It‘s incredible that you have these!! I‘m lucky I was young enough to catalogue online - I‘ve been using LT since I was 13, around 9 years ago, but don‘t have exact dates for a huge number of books. 9mo
Centique That is AMAZING. What a treasure trove! 9mo
batsy Wow, amazing! 9mo
ValerieAndBooks Very cool!! 8mo
Crazeedi I am so jealous! I have wished that I had kept a list of books I've read. Lucky you 8mo
Liz_M What fun to find again! ☺ 8mo
thebluestocking This is amazing!! 😍 8mo
charl08 Wow. 8mo
Graywacke That‘s just beautiful (a bit late catching this). My list from senior year of high school through 200? is packed away somewhere. Each silly book (nothing like your first entries, wow) written in with whatever pen or marker was at hand. Now I use Word and Excel (LT could form a patchwork list.) 7mo
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2 of 2 Here is the second batch of old TBRs I ‘m trying to decide whether to keep or purge. Has anyone read any of these or otherwise have an opinion as to whether they‘re good reads?

LeahBergen I remember really enjoying The Northern Clemency. 9mo
Leftcoastzen What‘s weird is I liked this one it was quite snarky, but it was due at the Library so I never finished it! 9mo
BarbaraBB I liked both Oh the Glory of it all and The Half Brother (according to my LT rating) but I don‘t remember them...! 9mo
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Vindication: 18 Copy Dumpbin | Sherwood Frances Staff
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1 of 2 The great book purge in preparation for the move to the east coast continues. Unfortunately I‘m now having to make decisions about my TBR books. Pictured here and in an accompanying post are some of my older TBRs. Does anyone have an opinion on the merit of these?

LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to read Vindication, too. 9mo
Liz_M Are they available from the library? If so, pitch them all and only take the ones you are sure about. Then when you settle in, hopefully you'll have room to purchase books you know you want to read /own. 😁 9mo
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A Peanuts strip commenting on using our imaginations reprinted in the tagged book.

Tanisha_A Peanuts! ♥️ 9mo
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I'm in Houston at the International Quilt Festival, seeing the show and taking classes, and this is what I made in my class today.

VioletBramble That's gorgeous and really colorful. 9mo
JoScho 😍 9mo
tournevis Wow! 9mo
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Tanisha_A So pretty! 9mo
merelybookish Wow! I love quilts. Have fun! 9mo
Lesliereads Beautiful 😍 9mo
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Flipped | Wendelin Van Draanen
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So relieved we will have at least one sane house in Congress, and hope to see some oversight. So disappointed that the wave didn't carry over to the senate, and too many states elected Repub governors. Don't understand why people keep voting agaimst their own best interests, and how so many support an evil, corrupt, racist, criminal liar. Sorry to be so emotional. Will try to (mostly) avoid politics here from now on.

merelybookish Agreed. There were some significant victories but some disappointments too. Much work to be done! 9mo
BarbaraBB I so agree. I really don‘t understand it 9mo
Samplergal Because they too are racist and don‘t have a world view. I live in the good part of Florida. But I see it here too. More work. 9mo
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arubabookwoman @Samplergal I think I am coming to accept that, but it is so disheartening that there are so many racist and/or ignorant people. I was really hoping that a lot of people who voted trump/repub in 2016 would heed the evidence of the last 2 yrs and mend their ways. Voter suppression and gerrymandering doesn't help either. 9mo
Bookwomble I've felt the same dumbfoundedness and amazement after every political vote since 2010. I think that because I don't subscribe to right-wing news sources, I don't see the inflammatory stories and opinions that big chunks of the populace are seemingly exposed to. I've tried to step outside my "echo-chamber", but feel too polluted to stay out of it very long. 9mo
arubabookwoman @Bookwomble I become too angry/sick to watch/read right-wing news sources-I can't stand the lies and hype. As to the people who rely on these sources, I find that I can't deal with their ignorance and belief of outright lies. I know we're supposed to talk to the other side, and try to compromise, but when 1 side is in Lala Land, I prefer not to engage. 9mo
Graywacke Just sending sympathy and appreciation of the one little political post. Things look better today than just after the election, but it‘s still disturbing to see all this open embracement of racism and to know it‘s all out there waiting for 2020. 9mo
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Hope everyone voted.

Leftcoastzen Darling! 9mo
MaGoose Yup. 9mo
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BarbaraBB Too cute 😍 9mo
Ericalambbrown Look at those sweet little elfin ears! 😍 8mo
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Colors (Colores) | Eric Carle
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Love the fall #color, #gratitude30, but last week I looked at just a few days of leaves in my driveway and sighed!

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Started this, I guess you'd call it a humorous thriller, with super-sleuthes Joe Biden and Barack Obama, on the plane down to Houston. But it does make a few serious political points, as evidenced by the quote above.

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I‘m in Houston visiting my daughter and grandkids and will attend the Quilt Show next week. I love that the house abutting her backyard is painted a la Starry, starry night.

Tanisha_A Simply gorgeous! 10mo
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Thursday | Mary Lindeen
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Thanks to @jmofo for the tag.
1. To read a bit more-I‘ve been a bit distracted and in a slump the past few months.
2. No to NaNoWriMo. I journal occasionally.
3. International Quilt Festival in Houston. I‘m off tomorrow!
4. Happy November to all Littens, esp. Group F!

sprainedbrain Happy November to you, Deborah! ❤️ 10mo
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Homesick: A Memoir | Sela Ward
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#Gratitude39 #Home I haven‘t had a lot of geographical homes, 16 years in Aruba, 1 year in London, 18 years in New Orleans, and the past 33 years in this house in the Seattle area. Within the next few months we will be pulling up roots here to move somewhere on the east coast to be closer to our kids, who have all moved cross country. Very bittersweet. I will miss the color of this smoke bush every fall.

Crazeedi Blessings on your new life! It must be hard to leave your friends. But I know you will find more happiness! 10mo
Cinfhen Beautiful 💕💕new beginnings are hard but there‘s always something to celebrate xx 10mo
laytonwoman3rd We have lots of lovely color on the East Coast too. 10mo
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CouronneDhiver We have great fall colours on the east coast too... have you decided where you‘re going? 10mo
Suet624 My heart goes out to you. It‘s a challenge, for sure, but the east coast has lots of lovely attributes too. Best wishes to you. 10mo
Butterfinger I feel for you. That is your bush. It might do well over here if you take a cutting. We do have burning bushes in NC. I wonder if they are similar. 10mo
arubabookwoman @Crazeedi @Cinfhen @laytonwoman3rd @CouronneDhiver @Suet624 @Butterfinger Thank you all for the encouragement. I know I will adjust, and enjoy life on the east coast. The process of purging so many years of “stuff” has just been exhausting and emotionally draining. 10mo
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Well, unless I hear any protests today or tomorrow about the length of this book it‘s my choice for the #lmpbc. @jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain . My cat Dinah has given her paw of approval.

sprainedbrain No complaints from me! This one is on my tbr. 😉 10mo
Butterfinger I'm happy with it. 10mo
Liz_M Good choice, a surprisingly quick read 10mo
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Malevil | Robert Merle

Thanks for the tag @tournevis
@JenlovesJT47
1. Hand out candy-love to see the little kids in their costumes!
2. Had an issue with a bat when I was a kid, and I‘ve had several lovely black cats over the years (most recently Mamacat who we lost to cancer in May), so black cats it is.
3. Don‘t care for spooky either in books or movies, but in general books do it better so I‘ll go with books.

tournevis 😘😘😘 10mo
arubabookwoman Oops- don‘t know how I got a double post. Sorry! 10mo
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Malevil | Robert Merle
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Thanks for the tag @tournevis
@JenlovesJT47
1. Hand out candy-love to see the little kids in their costumes!
2. Had an issue with a bat when I was a kid, and I‘ve had several lovely black cats over the years (most recently Mamacat who we lost to cancer in May), so black cats it is.
3. Don‘t care for spooky either in books or movies, but in general books do it better so I‘ll go with books.

tournevis 😘😘😘 10mo
arubabookwoman 4. Since I don‘t like horror, or supernatural, or spooky, my “scarey” books are post-apocalyptic, particularly post nuclear holocaust. The tagged book is an oldie but goodie. 10mo
JenlovesJT47 🖤🧡🖤 10mo
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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I enjoyed this book narrated by Elvis, a young girl, as she attempts to come to terms with her mother‘s death. Elvis‘s voice is precocious, yet not annoying, and the story is scattered with intriguing factoids about animals, sleepwalking, and the Guinness Book of World Records. While some of the quirky references occasionally strained credibility, I learned you can, indeed, purchase coyote urine on Amazon!

arubabookwoman @collegecatlady My trip to NYC to visit new grandchild put me a little behind in finishing this since I was afraid I would lose it if I traveled with it. It will be on its way back to you tomorrow. Great choice for #lmpbc. 10mo
TrishB A lovely read 👍🏻 10mo
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Sorry—You don‘t “knit” a quilt. You piece it, or stitch it, or sew it. This grated, but I am otherwise moved by this very readable novel about a young couple battling cancer.

Lcsmcat Wow - that would bother me too. 10mo
Megabooks I hated Oliver so much it ended up ruining the book for me. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it more. 👍🏻 10mo
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