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Joined March 2018

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The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
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This book begins with one of the more famous opening lines of a novel. I saw the movie starring Julie Christie years ago, but am only now reading this #1001 book.

Cinfhen Love that line!!!! 2d
ljuliel Such a good book ! 2d
BookwormM One of my favourite books ever 2d
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Found this pressed four leaf clover (I think) in the final pages of the book I was reading, purchased used several years ago.

batsy Lovely! 2d
Lcsmcat I used to press them in books whenever I found 4 leaf clovers! (But I protected the pages with a paper towel and waxed paper!) Fun find! 2d
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Very gloomy day in Seattle today—typical Pacific NW winter weather. Time to snuggle in a cozy chair and read.

Amiable My husband has family in Seattle and environs, and they all tell us about the cloudy, gloomy weather. But we only ever visit in July, and the weather is always gorgeous when we are there! I was starting to believe they lie about the weather to keep more people from moving there. LOL 3d
Suet624 Oh boy. 3d
arubabookwoman @amiable I actually don't mind the gloomy weather that much. It doesn't get light until late, & it gets dark early, but there is so much greenery that remains thru winter that the scenery is not drab. The rain is usually light, more like mist & temps are mild, so we are rarely housebound in the winter. Summers, tho' brief, are usually perfect (70's and sunny). 2d
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1. Mostly the books: what people are reading, what they love/hate, new books on the horizon. I also love the pictures people post of the places they live or travel to, their pets, their kids, their projects. My absolute favorite part of Litsy is the monthly postal book club.
2. I‘m not particularly fond of the peripheral events that lead to massive amounts of non-book related postings. 👇🏻 continued

arubabookwoman I‘m glad all the Halloween stuff is over, and I‘ve mostly skimmed over all the fitness/exercise stuff. Sometimes the massive number of these types of posts make it difficult to get to the book stuff, but it is what it is. 2w
arubabookwoman 3. I‘d really like a larger character limit than 450 or whatever it is. I‘d like to post (and read) longer reviews, at least occasionally. I‘m always tailoring reviews to fit the letter limit, and end up expressing myself awkwardly and incompletely. 2w
arubabookwoman 4. I probably only post once a week or so, but I read every day, and comment when I think I have something to say. 5. I don‘t participate in these (yet), but I‘m open to readathons and buddy reads. I did a swap once, was pretty stressed out, and got burned (rec‘d nothing). So I think I‘ll avoid those. 6. See 3 above. @ljuliel 2w
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Megabooks Re: 3. I don‘t “no character limit” because that‘s one of the things I don‘t like about goodreads and bookstagram, but it would be nice if the author of the post could pin a comment so then for those who want it, the character limit would be more like 900. 2w
ljuliel Thanks. I agree, it‘s be nice to have more space to write a longer book review. It‘s hard for me to fit everything into that small a space. I‘m sorry to hear you got ripped off in a swap. I really hate it when people do that. 2w
lele1432 I struggle with your #3 too! I don't want to post massively long reviews; I like clear and concise. But 450 characters feels really short sometimes! 2w
Suet624 You know that you can block the swaps, right? 3d
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Many of the side effects/complications from my husband‘s transplant in April are resolving and we got released from the Hutch as of 10/1. So I got some of my reading mojo back, and read more this month than any other this year. Some v. good books too, and geographically diverse with authors from Taiwan, Italy, France, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the US. My faves: #TheUnpassing; #HappyAreTheHappy; #Newcomer

wanderinglynn I‘m so happy to hear things are going better. 💚 2w
TrishB Good to hear 😁 2w
merelybookish Such good news! 2w
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batsy That's great news 💛 2w
BarbaraBB I am happy you‘re back to reading and that your husband‘s condition is improving 🧡 2w
Tanisha_A ❤️ 2w
BookNAround Such good news! 2w
charl08 I missed this - great news re your husband's health. I love the Mick Herron books, waiting for the next one! 5d
Suet624 Great books and I‘m so happy for your hubby! 3d
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I love the “Slow Horses” series, of which this is the second to last (so far). They‘re very witty with lots of sly humor. Although the series is British, I loved this comment on the state of our American politics!

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I narrowed my choice from the first group of books I posted to Outlaws by Javier Cercas. Then I was in a bookstore and started reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai, and I think I‘d like to choose that, but it was everywhere last year and I suspect one of you may have already read it. Have any of you read it? Any preferences between these 2? @DarcysMom @Shakespearience @mcipher
Do you all have your choices yet?

DarcysMom I am working on getting my choices up. I haven't read either of the books pictured. 3w
mcipher I haven‘t read either of these! I like the sound of the tagged book. And I‘m still stuck on my choices but I‘ll figure it out in the nick of time 🙃 (edited) 3w
Shakespearience I haven‘t read either! 3w
arubabookwoman Well, I think I will go with The Great Believers as my choice then! @Shakespearience @mcipher @DarcysMom 3w
DarcysMom Sounds great to me! 3w
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I Can't Make Up My Mind | Alfred W. Auner, Wanamaker & Brown
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Group M: I‘m having a hard time making up my mind. The Blind Assassin has been on my shelf the longest, and really appeals, but I‘m afraid most people have already read it. Have you read any of these? Do any sound especially appealing to you? Do any sound like they would utterly bore you? @DarcysMom @Shakespearience @mcipher I will tag the books in the comments.

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arubabookwoman #ToLive by Yo Hua 1mo
arubabookwoman #TheKites by Romain Gary (edited) 1mo
arubabookwoman #LittleManWhatNow? By Hans Fallada 1mo
mcipher I‘m pretty sure I‘ve also read The Blind Assassin, but yeeeaaars ago. Don‘t know any of the others so I‘m game! I have not come up with my short list yet. 1mo
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Dear Mr. M: A Novel | Herman Koch
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The beginning about the famous but past his prime writer and his young wife being stalked obsessively by their creepy neighbor intrigued me. But the long interlude of teenage angst mostly bored me, and the promised “twist” was on the yawn-worthy side. But even though the book didn‘t live up to its promise, I‘m not sorry I read it.

arubabookwoman @Shadowfat @DarcysMom @leslieseidel The book is on its way to you Molly. 2mo
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Ride the Pink Horse | Dorothy B. Hughes
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7days7covers Day 5

arubabookwoman Hmmm.... I used the square format on my iPhone to take the picture (at least I think I did), but the top still got cut off. Any other suggestions about what I'm doing wrong? Will try again tomorrow. @LeahBergen 2mo
LeahBergen 🤔 When you opened your camera on your phone, did you slide it (on the bottom of the screen) from “PHOTO” to “SQUARE” before taking your photo? It should be giving you a screen that fits this Litsy one when you take photos. 2mo
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Tanisha_A So true! 2mo
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Day 4 #7days7covers I'm going to have to figure out how to download my photos so the tops aren't always cut off when I post. Sorry.🤪

LeahBergen Do you have an iPhone? Switch to square mode when you‘re taking photos. 😀 2mo
Tanisha_A I love this! 2mo
arubabookwoman @LeahBergen Thanks! I do have an iPhone, and will try that with today's choice, 2mo
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The Living and the Dead | Patrick White
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#7days7covers
This cover is a painting by Malcom Drummond titled Backs of Houses, Chelsea. Day 3.

Leftcoastzen I like it! 2mo
batsy Nice one. Soothing, yet kind of melancholy. 2mo
BarbaraBB I love covers with real works of art on them. 2mo
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We, the Drowned | Carsten Jensen
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#7days7covers Day 2
Posting late on Day 2- left my phone at home when I went to the hospital today, so had to wait til I got home to post picture.

batsy Nice one! 2mo
Tanisha_A Loveeeee this! 2mo
Tex2Flo That is beautiful. Love the look of a woodcut. 2mo
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Tide Running | Oonya Kempadoo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Thanks for the tag @Tex2Flo Most of my books are in storage, but I'll try to find some covers among those I left out--mostly TBRs I wanted to read immediately as I was packing.
We don't need to give reasons, but I love this one because it reminds me of Aruba. @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I can imagine! Aruba 😍 2mo
arubabookwoman I will tag @Lindy and @Butterfinger and hope they join in. 2mo
Tanisha_A 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten ♥️ 2mo
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I had never heard of this. Has anyone seen one of these?

Megabooks No, but that‘s fascinating. 2mo
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Although this book is about the pre-WW II plight of European Jews, many of the situations and attitudes echo and parallel what‘s going on today. The quote above, from a speech given by a senator in 1941, could have been made today by a certain White House occupant.😪

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This gut-wrenching book examines the plight of German Jews trying to emigrate after the rise of Hitler, & the nearly impossible obstacles they faced due to restrictive immigration laws, the bureaucratic hoops they were forced to jump through, and the nasty anti-Semitic mood prevalent at the time even in the US. The book views the issues thru the lens of a group of families from a small German village, so the stories are very personal & 💔breaking.

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Interesting quote about rereading.

arubabookwoman And a couple of lines down, not highlighted: “there are at least two readers, the older one and the younger one.” (edited) 2mo
Tanisha_A Very interesting! 2mo
BiblioLitten I am about to reread 😃 2mo
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Dead Lions | Mick Herron
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The second volume of the “Slow Horses” series of spy thrillers. I love the humor with which the author writes-not taking anything too seriously-and the vividly created characters. A lot of the characters carry over, but inevitably some will meet with a noble (or ignominious as the case may be) demise, and the inscrutable Jackson Lamb continues to reign over all. On to volume three!

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And the quote above illustrates only one of the many reasons for the miscommunications between doctors and patients.

BarbaraBB I can‘t read the whole of it but do you think it‘s good that you can go to a doctor just to talk or not? 2mo
arubabookwoman Sorry the quote got cut off. I will post it in full in the next comment. There is another quote that noted that doctors typically interrupt a patient after about 12 seconds. In the US at least, the standard doctor visit is supposed to be 15 minutes, including charting time. So, yes, I think time should be allowed for talking, and doctors shld let patients tell their full story. @BarbaraBB 2mo
arubabookwoman Full quote: “Recently the Dutch government approved an insurance code for listening-that is doctors can include listening as a legitimate part of the medical visit, on par with procedures & tests. You might think listening is a sine qua non of a doctor‘s visit, but because it wasn‘t possible to bill for it, procedures & tests naturally took precedence.” 2mo
BarbaraBB Thank you, now I understand what you mean. And I agree. I can‘t believe what you say about cutting off the patient 12 seconds! That is completely ridiculous! 2mo
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Excellent book about the miscommunications that can occur between patients and doctors. Well-written, logically organized, and full of compelling examples.

Itchyfeetreader As someone who has spent a lot of time with a lot of doctors over the last year and a half this sounds fascinating 2mo
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Narrative non-fiction at its best! The minute-by-minute story of 9/11, not from a political or historical perspective, but from the perspective of the humans most affected by this devastating event. I loved it, and read this tome in just 2 days. However, if you or someone you know were personally involved, it may be too soon for you to relive that traumatic day through this book.

overtheedge Looks great!! Added!! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Deborah! How are you? I got your book mail! Thank you :) so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️ 3mo
britt_brooke Zuckoff is amazing. This was difficult and draining, but one of the best books I‘ve read this year. These stories deserve to be heard. 2mo
keithmalek I'm a New Yorker, so I don't even want to try to read this. However, I have managed to read two related books that I want to recommend here. One is about the intelligence failures that lead up to 9/11(why that's somehow easier for me to deal with I don't understand) called The Watchdogs Didn‘t Bark. The other book is "Grand Illusion" by Wayne Barrett, which is about Giuliani's negligence to protect the WTC between the '93 bombing and 9/11. 2mo
arubabookwoman @keithmalek I can definitely understand why someone in NYC on 9/11 would choose not to read a book this personal. Thanks for the other recommendations-will check them out. 2mo
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@Shadowfat I finally got a chance to get away from the hospital for a morning, so #Upstate is on its way to you a bit late, and #AWomanIsNoMan is on its way to you a bit early. I enjoyed both books (very different) and I hope you do too. @DarcysMom @leslieseidel

Butterfinger Still praying for you. If there is anything else I can do, please let me know.
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arubabookwoman @Butterfinger Thank you. His transplant is considered a “success” (it has “taken” and he is cancer-free), but we are still dealing with a number of side effects, some of them fairly serious. Right now he is in the hospital with pneumonia, but seems to have turned the corner and is slowly on the mend. 3mo
Liz_M I hope the good health tend continues! 3mo
Shadowfat Thank you for letting me know, I'll look out for them! I'm glad the surgery went well and I hope his recovery does too. 3mo
Smrloomis Sending some good thoughts for your husband‘s health 💕💕💕 3mo
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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. 3mo
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) 3mo
Smrloomis Sending good thoughts for your husband! 💕💕💕 hope the situation improves soon! 🤞🏽 3mo
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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. 😍 4mo
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. 4mo
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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 😉 5mo
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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! 5mo
kspenmoll Beautiful! 5mo
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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) 5mo
lele1432 This one's been on my shelf for a while. I need to finally crack it open! 5mo
charl08 Added to the list! 5mo
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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 5mo
leslieseidel Looks good to me too! 5mo
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: 5mo
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arubabookwoman Thanks @leslieseidel and @DarcysMom . @Shadowfat have you chosen yet? 5mo
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. 5mo
arubabookwoman @Shadowfat Hope you recover quickly and feel better soon. Looking forward to seeing your choice. Thanks! 5mo
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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. 💚 5mo
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... 5mo
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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? 5mo
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. 5mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB tagged Foe as one of her top six of 2019. 5mo
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BarbaraBB I‘d like to see the top 6 of both of you 😉 @Liz_M @arubabookwoman 5mo
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). 5mo
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. 5mo
BarbaraBB That is a great list. I take a screenshot, thanks! 😘 5mo
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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 💕 5mo
BiblioLitten 💕 5mo
Bookwomble Wishing your husband well, Deborah 💗 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Hope he‘s doing well.Hugs to you! 5mo
Tanisha_A YES! 😀 5mo
Tanisha_A Wishing your husband a fast recovery! 5mo
Theaelizabet Hugs to you and your husband.💕 5mo
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) 5mo
Graywacke Wishing you well and your husband a good recovery. 4mo
Nute Thinking of you and your husband. Hoping that things are going well. {{{HUGS}}} 4mo
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The seagull came back today. Or maybe it‘s a different one.

batsy 😆 5mo
Tanisha_A She likes it there! 5mo
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. 5mo
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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 5mo
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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 5mo
DarcysMom They all look interesting! I am going to get my books up later tonight or tomorrow. 😁 5mo
leslieseidel I vote for Rabbits for Food but they all look interesting. 5mo
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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 😂😂😂 5mo
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MrBook 😆👏🏻 5mo
Leftcoastzen Those panhandlers! 5mo
BarbaraBB It would scare me! I hope your husband is doing well/better 💜 5mo
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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. 6mo
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) 6mo
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!! 6mo
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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. 6mo
lele1432 @CSeydel thanks so much! 6mo
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❤️❤️ 6mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you Jee! And I did receive it! ❤️ (edited) 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 ❤️❤️ 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman I received your book today! Thank you! ❤️ 6mo
lele1432 @CSeydel your book is in the mail! 6mo
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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. 6mo
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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. 6mo
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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 😱😱 7mo
Lcsmcat 😳 7mo
batsy Oh my 😮😮 7mo
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Liz_M Oop! 😲 7mo
charl08 Yikes. 7mo
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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! 7mo
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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. 8mo
lele1432 Oh wow! That's very cool about the building construction. I wish your husband all the best in treatment!! 8mo
Liz_M I hope the move went well and that life is less stressful now. Best wishes for a successful treatment. 7mo
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! 😊👍🏼 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman thank you for mailing the book! Looking forward to reading it :) 7mo
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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. 💕 9mo
merelybookish Oh my! That's a lot to cope with, but try to focus on getting better! 9mo
JoScho Sending love ❤️ 9mo
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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. 9mo
BookwormM Hope the move goes well and that your pains settle down xxx 9mo
Tanisha_A Super fast recovery to you! ♥️ 9mo
batsy That is a lot to have to deal with. Much love and strength to you ❤️ Take care. 8mo
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! 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sorry this is happening- all my love to you! 8mo
Crazeedi Oh my, sending lots of healing vibes, I cant imagine your stress, I hope you have some great help so you can heal! 💜 8mo
RavenLovelyReads Hope you‘re feeling better- sending good juju for a quick recovery! 💕 8mo
overtheedge Positive energy your way, hope things all work out for you and your feeling better soon. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Just saw this... Hope you're feeling better, Deborah! Rest well! Sending well wishes your way! 8mo
Graywacke I just saw this today. That‘s a lot at once. Wishing health and wellness to you and your family. 8mo
kspenmoll Just saw this-hope you are healing.💕💕 8mo
charl08 More good wishes from me: sorry to hear you've been so unwell. 8mo
lele1432 I hope you're feeling much better!! ❤️ 8mo
CSeydel So sorry 💕 Hope things are improving. 8mo
Tonton Hope you are feeling better!Tore my meniscus and relating to your pain. 7mo
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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! 🎈 9mo
Liz_M You're including D. McCullough in "light reads"? ? 9mo
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. 9mo
kspenmoll I get it- under stress I go to easy reading mysteries for escapism. Hope the stress in your life eases! 9mo
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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! 9mo
kspenmoll What a cutie! Love the name!!! 9mo
Graywacke An elegant pup. Great picture. 9mo
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Tanisha_A Oh he looks so cute 9mo
IndoorDame Adorable!!! 9mo
BiblioLitten What a sweetheart. 💕💕 9mo
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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! 😁 9mo
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. 9mo
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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! 10mo
Leftcoastzen So pretty! Stay safe 10mo
Kimzey Enjoy! ☃️ 10mo
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