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Motherland | Lauren Beukes
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#MOvember This book is set in a #Future America, where males are an extinct species and harboring one is a grave criminal offense. So a young mother must do what she can to keep her son alive and hidden. This book is available April 2020.

vivastory I can't wait for this one, have you read Beukes? I loved Broken Monsters & Shining Girls. 1h
Cinfhen I read Shining Girls!! She‘s a dark writer so I‘m thinking this one is going to be a real hit or miss for me @vivastory I didn‘t love 1h
vivastory I have high hopes. Hopefully it works for you too! 1h
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Kalalalatja The premise sounds really interesting, so I‘ll be looking forward to when reviews of it start popping up 1h
Megabooks So you picked a book about the future that comes out in the future? Damn, double hit!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1h
TrishB I‘m looking forward to this one! 34m
Cinfhen HaHa!! Thanks for pointing out my awesomeness 😂😂 @Megabooks 34m
Cinfhen I agree @Kalalalatja this could potentially be a hit 🤞🏽🤞🏽lets hope @vivastory @TrishB (edited) 33m
BarbaraBB Sounds good. I‘ve never heard of this writer. 28m
vivastory @BarbaraBB Her book The Shining Girls is about a time traveling serial killer. I really liked it, but it didn't work for Cindy. 22m
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks. That sounds like a hit or miss to me! I‘ll have to find out! 18m
BookwormM I loved The Shining Girls have stacked this now
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Up next / one for #NonfictionNovember and a cover that‘s calling to me. Five Days was gifted to me nearly 2 years ago from the lovely @Bklover & Speak No Evil was a gift from @Hooked_on_books ❣️❣️Excited to try both books, thanks friends 🙏🏼😘

Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ 13h
TheRiehlDeal I have Five Days at Memorial on my TBR. Let me know what you think of it! 12h
Samplergal I loved Five Days. 12h
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Cinfhen Will do @TheRiehlDeal I‘ve only read the first 50 pages and I‘m already seething @Samplergal I‘m thinking this would make for a great bookclub discussion 11h
Cinfhen 😘😘😘 @Bklover 11h
Hooked_on_books I liked both of these! I was in health care for many years before the 🌺 took over my life, so I had an interesting perspective going into that book. 10h
AlaMich I‘ve had Five Days on my Kindle for several years. I never seem to be able to work up the nerve to read it. 7h
Cinfhen It‘s daunting for sure @AlaMich but I can already tell im going to be hooked. I‘m trying not to make any judgements @Hooked_on_books because I‘m sure those 5 days were chaotic BUT.... the premise of what these doctors are considering is shocking 2h
arubabookwoman Although it‘s long, it‘s a page-turner. My three oldest children were born at Memorial (although it was then Southern Baptist Hospital). 2h
Cinfhen Oh wow @arubabookwoman was it difficult for you to read this book?? 2h
Hooked_on_books Certainly shocking. Some of their decisions I actually understand given the circumstances, but others were ethically and legally wrong, without question. I found it fairly simple to put myself in their shoes given my former profession. 2h
arubabookwoman The whole subject of Katrina is very difficult for me. We lived in NO for 18 years, and I have a deep love for the city, so the destruction & suffering of the city & its people was personal to me, even tho‘ we had moved several years before Katrina. I think the book presents the issues that arose at Memorial in a thoughtful & objective way. 2h
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In Pieces | Sally Field
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This was such a powerful memoir. Sally shares so many pieces of herself, much more than I would have expected. My heart broke into pieces right along with Sally‘s. She shares intimate memories & experiences with raw intensity. I have so much respect for this Hollywood icon; a survivor and trailblazer. From Gidget to Mary Todd Lincoln to a Flying Nun Sally Field has had quite a colorful screen life while masking a dark childhood & beyond. **TW**

TheRiehlDeal Glad you liked it! ☺️ I have this on my TBR. For me, I know her most from Mrs. Doubtfire. 12h
Cinfhen This memoir was way darker than I was expecting but the audio narration read by Sally herself was so good @TheRiehlDeal I forgot she was in Mrs Doubtfire, I don‘t even think she mentions it or Steel Magnolias 🤔wait, I remember she does mention Steel Magnolias but I don‘t think she mentions Mrs. Doubtfire. And I don‘t recall her talking about Forest Gump🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 11h
Hooked_on_books This is the second review of this book I‘ve read that mentions her dark childhood. It puts a sad slant on the “you really like me” Oscar speech. 😥 7h
Cinfhen Oh My God, yesssssss @Hooked_on_books she was so insecure and understandably, now knowing her anything less than idyllic childhood. Even as a young actor in Hollywood she experienced some terrible levels of sexual abuse/ harassment 2h
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In Pieces | Sally Field
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Final 2 hours. Sally is spilling the beans about Burt Reynolds 😮🤗VERY juicy #NonfictionNovember

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻❤️ 20h
Cinfhen I picked this up on a whim and I‘ve been hooked from the very first sentence @Cathythoughts 20h
Megabooks All that chest hair!! 🤨 (edited) 18h
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Cinfhen I was waiting to see if Sally would out Burt Reynolds @Megabooks but no, although she doesn‘t really portray him in the most flattering light. 18h
MicheleinPhilly Out him as in revealing he was gay??? 16h
Cinfhen Well sort of @MicheleinPhilly I always felt he was bisexual & I think he was homophobic when he gave interviews ( which kind of bothered me) 16h
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen Huh. That had never occurred to me but I admittedly never paid much attention to him. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 15h
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#MOvember When a #BeautifulStranger comes to town claiming to be the son of a devil, he upends the peace & tranquility of a small Ohio town.
🎶 I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumbling down
You're the devil in disguise
That's why I'm singing this song🎶

JennyM I remember reading this a few years ago during a very hot summer that pretty much did melt everything!! 🥵 1d
Reggie Have you read this? I was literally sobbing out loud. Lol 23h
Cinfhen Not yet @Reggie I see it‘s available on audio through my library so im thinking of trying it that way. 21h
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The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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A lighthearted read that actually went a little too overboard (😉) towards the end of the novel. If you like reading about dysfunctional families, topped with rich people problems and a bit of #JewishHumor then this book will definitely float your boat 🛳😜 I enjoyed this story for what is was; fluff and fun. I would #BorrowNotBuy

Cinfhen Tagging @KarenUK because I think this one is totally your jam 💜 2d
KarenUK Thanks @Cinfhen 👍😘 Stacked! 💕😊 1d
emilyhaldi Fun review 🤗 1d
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The Floating Feldmans | Elyssa Friedland
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Just enjoying a cup of serenity tea ☕️ while finishing the last few chapters of this lighthearted read. Thanks for the lovely cuppa #JohnnyBergen ‘s mom ❣️❣️❣️and those maple honey sucking candies are pretty delish as wel🇨🇦

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Where do you get your cool sounding tea 🍵?? ❤️ 2d
Cinfhen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one was gifted to me from the sweetest @LeahBergen and it‘s wonderful 2d
Cathythoughts Maple honey 😋😋😋 2d
emilyhaldi Love the hashtag 🐶 2d
LeahBergen Johnny says you are very welcome. 😆 1d
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#MOvember I don‘t understand the low Litsy ratings!!!??! This book is part memoir, part Wild West narrative, part ghost story, part Jewish history and it‘s truly fascinating. Hannah Nordhaus traces her families roots from 1800‘s Germany to a little #GhostTown in Santa Fe in the early 1900‘s where her great great grandmother is said to haunt her once elegant mansion which is now a boutique hotel.

TrishB This is the weird algorithm!! As most of the posts aren‘t even ratings. 2d
ljuliel I read the book and thought it was ok. Not terrific, but not bad. The rating system in here is a bit hard to figure out. You do the 👍🏼👎🏼👉🏽or bail. That‘s why I try to rate with stars if I have the space. When I read this, it reminded me of the tv show Ghost Adventures . I like ghost shows that don‘t go overboard, but that Zak dude is a bit on the edge 🙄. They supposedly investigated this place. (edited) 2d
Cinfhen I really liked the history @ljuliel I wasn‘t aware that Jews from Germany immigrated out west. It just blew me away. 2d
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Cinfhen The algorithms are SO frustrating @TrishB / I need to be mindful of that when looking up a book on Litsy 2d
Librarybelle This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Stacking this! 2d
ljuliel I just looked this up, as your post made me a bit curious. I‘ve always figured that all the folks in our country, no matter what religion or race, generally settled wherever they wanted, whether it was East or West. I found this that tells a bit more about Jewish people settling out West. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_the_United_States 2d
Tex2Flo How cool to have your own relative be a haunting presence! Intrigued and stacked. 2d
Cinfhen Thanks for the link @ljuliel ♥️ 2d
Cinfhen I hope you both pick it up @Tex2Flo @Librarybelle I really enjoyed the journey 2d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#WeeklyForecast Week 3
I‘m hoping to finish up In Pieces & Floating Feldmans~ enjoying both
Looking to start Five Days At Memorial #NFNovember and hoping to add one ARC a week to finish out 2019
Speak No Evil is calling to me, so I plan to start that one too.
I‘ve been averaging at least one bail a week so let‘s see what happens 🤭

Megabooks Excited to read your thoughts on Speak No Evil 👍🏻 2d
Cathythoughts I don‘t know any of these ... look forward to your book report next week 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Cinfhen I‘ll keep you both posted @Megabooks @Cathythoughts 😁 2d
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#NonfictionNovember There is no doubt that Jesmyn Ward is a talented writer & an important voice for our times. However, her memoir failed to move me the same way her fiction book Sing, Unburied Sing did. I‘m not sure if it was the choppy structure or detached tone but I always felt at arms length while reading. Her brutal childhood has certainly given her plenty of writing material. Im interested in picking up her essay collection next.

Kalalalatja I have seen some mixed reviews for this, which always surprises me because I loved Sing, Unburied, Sing. But based on your review, I get it more. I would have a tough time being fully engaged in a memoir with a detached tone 2d
Hooked_on_books So I have a theory (watch out! 😆). I think Ward‘s tone could be described as matter of fact, which is something I have always responded well to, but I can see it coming across as cold and sterile. I just bailed on Inheritance, which I saw that you loved, because I found it overly dramatic. So my theory is that more nakedly emotional memoir works better for you while matter of fact ones work better for me. Based on my n of 2, of course. 😬 1d
Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books nailed it!!!!!!! That makes a lot of sense 🙌🏻I LOVED 1d
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In Pieces | Sally Field
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When life gives you mushy bananas 🍌 you make sugar free banana muffins 🧁#AudioBaking I‘m in awe of Sally Field. If you‘re looking for a book for #Booked2020 #SetInHollywood I highly recommend this one, especially on audio 🙌🏻

LauraBeth Oohh - I have six mushy bananas on my counter. 🍌 3d
Cinfhen I had 3 so your 6 🍌should give you 2 dozen muffins. Recipe says they freeze well @LauraBeth 3d
LauraBeth Do you have a link to the recipe? 3d
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Cinfhen I added pecans and omitted the extra oats on top @LauraBeth 3d
LauraBeth Thanks - making this right now! 3d
Cinfhen Oh great!! Better than throwing those mushy bananas away 😋 @LauraBeth 3d
Hooked_on_books Yum! Send one of those muffins my way! 🤤😉 2d
julesG I am going to make them for breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe. 2d
Cinfhen They came out super tasty @julesG @Hooked_on_books 😃 2d
erzascarletbookgasm They look soooo good! 😋 The last time I made them, they didn‘t turn out nice (aesthetics wise)! 2d
Cinfhen Try the recipe @erzascarletbookgasm they were simple to make and taste yummy 😋 2d
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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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#BookReport

🎧✅Dracula ~ full cast was excellent 🌟🌟🌟🌟
📖✅Monster of Florence ~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟#NF #TrueCrime
📖🚫Lilli De Jong - bailed 🙈- more me than book
📖Floating Feldman‘s- still really enjoying
🎧 🚫Member of the Family Bailed🙄not what I was hoping for/ Narrator was terrible
🎧In Pieces - #NF Only 2 hours into Sally Field‘s memoir & it‘s shaping up to be pretty explosive 🧨 She‘s a fantastic writer & her story is very powerful 👇🏽

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📖✅Men We Reap ~ #NF well written but a little sterile- wasn‘t a fan of the book‘s structure. Prefer JW fiction this was only a so-so
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TrishB Good week 👍🏻 3d
Megabooks Glad to see this is good. Interested in your final thoughts 3d
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Sace @Cinfhen I remember having to adjust to the structure as well. I'm glad I read a physical copy so I could easily go back and forth and flip through when I needed too. 3d
Reviewsbylola I will say LDJ is not a quick or easy read. I read it on vacation and I wish I had read it at a different time. 3d
Cinfhen I‘m LOVING the Feldman‘s @Megabooks it reminds me a lot of 3d
Cinfhen I definitely had a good week @TrishB and stayed pretty much on forecast 🧡Men We Reap was an impromptu BuddyRead with @Hooked_on_books 3d
Cinfhen I found Lilli to be a little overwrought and trite @Reviewsbylola but I think I had too many other books in progress and Lilli was just the least interesting 😣 3d
BarbaraBB Great overview! 2d
valeriegeary 👏👏👏 2d
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#MOvember #LaIslaBonita Set on the lush island of Mallorca its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, promise an escape for the Post family, who each have plenty they are hiding. I LOVED this novel full of light humor and rich peoples problems. This could work for #LoL #Booked2020

KarenUK Loved this one too! Can‘t wait for her new one next year.... 💕 3d
Cinfhen Ohhh, thanks @KarenUK for the heads up ♥️ 3d
jillrhudy I should be on an Isla Bonita right now; instead I have to go in to work on a Saturday 😑 3d
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Cinfhen Yeah, working on Saturday is rough!!! 3d
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy I feel your pain, just 40 minutes to go... 3d
jillrhudy @Moray_Reads five...more...hours 3d
jillrhudy @Cinfhen but I have this great Madonna earworm in my head to help me endure 💃🏻 🌴 3d
Reviewsbylola I loved this one too! And the cover you used it awesome! 3d
Cinfhen Glad Madonna is buzzing around your brain 🧠 @jillrhudy do you work in retail?? 3d
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In Pieces | Sally Field
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Oh God!!! This book is leaving ME In Pieces 😢😭😢TW: sexual abuse
Wow, Sally Field‘s can write so viscerally and passionately
I‘m sorry, Sally. You deserved better. I don‘t wish to judge your mother but she failed you. Weakness is not an excuse for a parent.

ljuliel Sounds very good, although very sad. Sometimes the best books ( to me ) are ones like this , that can emotionally hit you. 4d
Cinfhen I was expecting a light, maybe gossipy book about Hollywood @ljuliel this is NOT what I‘m getting. It‘s raw but so elegantly told. Im amazed at Sally‘s composure and openness to go there. 4d
ljuliel Yes, I never knew much about her. She was the Flying Nun when I was a kid. She has always been cute. I don‘t keep up much with movie stars , so my information on them is very sparse. It sounds as if she has overcome a lot to be where she is today. Probably lots of therapy ? 4d
Kdgordon88 This has been on my Kindle for awhile now. You have inspired me to move it closer to the top of my queue. 4d
Cinfhen Let me know when you start! I‘d love to hear your thoughts @Kdgordon88 (edited) 3d
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I fear this is going to be an #infinitetissueread 😭Good thing I‘m still reading a lighter book, because I‘m going to need to balance my emotions @Hooked_on_books

Hooked_on_books I‘m actually alternating back and forth with this fabulous book so I don‘t get buried in sadness: 4d
RachelO This is wise. 💔 4d
LibrarianRyan You a nd your pretty flowers! 4d
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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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#MOvember
Eve Fletcher is 46, divorced and a newly empty nester. She‘s discovering there‘s a lot of pleasure to be had, if one chooses to #ExpressYourself This book was a little naughty and some parts felt disingenuous but still a fun read tackling some heavy topics.

vivastory I've only read one Perrotta, but I did like it 4d
BarbaraBB Fun read indeed. No more no less 💕 4d
erzascarletbookgasm I have this, wanted to read it for #socialmediafocus prompt but changed to another book. 4d
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Cinfhen Hmmmm, that book sounds sublime @vivastory 😜 4d
Cinfhen That would have been a good choice for that prompt @erzascarletbookgasm I think this would work for #LOL #Booked2020 if you still want to read it for a challenge 4d
Cinfhen I remember your review @BarbaraBB and I recall we had similar feelings towards the character of Eve 4d
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s great, Cindy. I‘d better start planning for my #Booked2020 reads! 4d
Cinfhen I‘m not sure why I plan @erzascarletbookgasm because I change my mind 2 dozen times!!! But it‘s always fun to plan, anyway 😃 4d
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Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation | Steve Wozniak, Jonathan Zufi, Jim Dalrymple
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#GuessWhat can you name this #iconic book from the cover design????

Do you have a book cover you want to share?!?

Post using the hashtag #GuessWhat and tag @BarbaraBB

I‘ll tag my #Booked2020 cohosts if they would like to join in @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Answer is underneath under spoiler tag

batsy Well played! I couldn't guess this one :) 5d
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BarbaraBB Oooh it looks so familiar. I am in a meeting so I can think of it a bit more in the mean time 😉 5d
4thhouseontheleft This is one of the few books I had to read for school that I never finished. 😵 That was so long ago, I should go back and read it as an adult. 5d
GlassAsDiamonds Damnit - I did not guess that AND I‘ve read it!! 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂 5d
Cinfhen I love this book!!!!! @4thhouseontheleft definitely go back and read it again!!!! Thanks for playing @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @GlassAsDiamonds 🧡 5d
readordierachel Clearly I need to go read this book! I had no idea what it was. 5d
BarbaraBB Okay. My guess is (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB Oh yay! I was right. And I didn‘t even read it! 5d
Cinfhen Good job @BarbaraBB and yes @readordierachel READ THIS BOOK!!!! 5d
BarbaraBB I will read it! Great choice! 5d
mrp27 Fun idea! Loving these this morning. 5d
JulAnna Love this book, but never saw it with this cover😊 5d
Cinfhen This is the cover I had in high school @JulAnna @mrp27 just a few years ago 😜 5d
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In Pieces | Sally Field
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Up next 🎧let‘s see if I really like her 😉
#NonfictionNovember

Bookzombie I see what you did there. 😂 5d
Cinfhen @Bookzombie 😜and so far, I like her, I really like her!!! 5d
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Blaire 😂😂😂. She was my dad‘s favorite actress. 4d
Cinfhen I‘m not really a fan but this was an Audible deal so I figured why not. So far, im really enjoying her back story @Bookwormjillk she‘s very personable @Blaire (how are u feeling??) 4d
Blaire I‘ve had a very easy recovery, so feeling grateful., a Should be able to go back to my regular routine by Monday. For now I‘m using the mandated downtime to catch up on books! Thanks for checking in! (edited) 4d
Cinfhen Glad to hear you‘re doing well @Blaire shabbat Shalom 😘 4d
Bookwormjillk @Cinfhen I‘m listening to Elton John now. Maybe I‘ll have to start this one next. 4d
Cinfhen @Bookwormjillk she‘s a powerhouse of a storyteller but there is some TW for sexual abuse 💔 4d
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Eowyn Ivey really knows how to capture a #WinterTheme with her evocative and atmospheric novels ❄️☃️❄️☃️ I absolutely loved the tagged book!!! A story of love and isolation set in the Alaskan wilderness. #NamasteNovember

merelybookish I also loved the tag book! Historical fiction at its best, imo! 5d
LeeRHarry I loved the Snow Child but haven‘t read this one yet 😊 5d
TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 5d
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Eggs Well done❄️💗❄️ 5d
JenReadsAlot Loved these books! 5d
Nute Lovely post! I enjoy Eowyn Ivey‘s writing. It is lush and atmospheric! 5d
Cinfhen Lush is the perfect word @Nute I wasn‘t too crazy about The Snow Child but she did manage to convey that sense of enchantment and dread beautifully @JenReadsAlot @eggs @LeeRHarry @merelybookish @TrishB 5d
jillrhudy Need to try this one; loved 4d
Cinfhen I thought tagged book was excellent @jillrhudy but read the physical book. There are visuals included in book that you‘ll miss on audio. 4d
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#MOvember What could be more #Iconic than the little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s???? Perhaps Madonna‘s slutty wedding dress at the MTV awards?!?! Megan Hess illustrates the most iconic and memorable moments in fashion. I bought this book for my daughter/ it‘s stunning!! And @GlassAsDiamonds posted a different book of Megan Hess yesterday, that also looks amazing.

TrishB Looks interesting 👍🏻 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, the timeless LBD! 👏 5d
KarenUK This book sounds gorgeous! 😍 5d
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4thhouseontheleft Maya‘s friend dressed up as Audrey Hepburn for Halloween this year! 5d
TheSpineView This is the book I need to get my grand daughter who loves drawing and designing clothes! 5d
Cinfhen It‘s such a gorgeous book @TheSpineView @KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB and what a great idea for a costume @4thhouseontheleft although did any of the kids know who Audrey Hepburn was???? 5d
TheSpineView @Cinfhen I doubt my granddaughter knows who Audrey Hepburn is. I put the book on my list of gift ideas. 5d
4thhouseontheleft Nope. I showed the 3 girls some pictures before they went trick or treating. The costume was her friends aunt‘s idea. She rocked the look though! 5d
Cinfhen It‘s such a cute idea 💡 @4thhouseontheleft 5d
GlassAsDiamonds Ooh.... I think I may need more of her books!!! 😻😻😻😻 5d
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The Monster of Florence | Mario Spezi, Douglas J. Preston
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This book falls under the category of #RealLifeIsStrangerThanFiction 🤯What a wild read!! Douglas Preston is a gifted storyteller & this book didn‘t disappoint. Preston later ties in the Amanda Knox case which took place in the same area and with the same shoddy investigators. Makes one question the abuse of power & legal system worldwide. Thanks for the impromptu buddyread @vivastory and hope you enjoy this book @peaknit #NonFictionNovember

Cathythoughts Sounds great ! I have it stacked 👍❤️ 5d
vivastory I enjoyed the buddy read! 5d
peaknit @Cinfhen and @vivastory it‘s making me want to travel to Florence too, the birthplace of so many amazing things...and a killer🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
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Bookzombie @Chrissyreadit gave this one to me in the Halloween swap. 🙂 I foresee it being in a weekly forecast soon. 5d
Chrissyreadit Nice! I‘m glad it was a good book! 5d
Cinfhen Ha @Bookzombie funny how we create our reading lists!!! Do you read much true crime @Cathythoughts ??? I agree @peaknit Florence is definitely one of the characters. I feel like this could work for #ArmchairTravel #Booked2020 😉 5d
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I do read a bit of true crime ... I reread In Cold Blood this year .. excellent! I also really loved this year .... 5d
Cathythoughts Sorry text went too fast .. also loved Ann Rules: The Stranger Beside Me & also 5d
Cinfhen Yes @Cathythoughts I‘ve read them all!! So good. Then I think you‘ll like this one a lot and im hoping to do a buddy read middle of November with @vivastory and @peaknit for this book if you care to join (edited) 5d
Cathythoughts Oh yes I‘d love to join in that buddyread & Thankyou for asking 👍❤️...I‘ll save the Monster in Florence for #booked2020 .... I‘m very curious about it 5d
Cinfhen Great @Cathythoughts I‘ll keep u in the loop/ looking to start Nov 18 or there about 5d
lele1432 I have been wanting to read this one for ages! Loved the movie. I may be reading along with you! 😊 3d
Cinfhen Great @lele1432 I just tagged you in a different post. Looks like @Marni wasn‘t a fan 😜 3d
lele1432 Lol oh shoot! I guess we'll see how this goes! 😊 2d
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I‘m following the lead of some others and posting my very tentative #WinterPicks for #Booked2020 🎉I own all 6 books which helps with my goal this year...to use at least half the books I own for challenges. I also choose 3 nonfiction picks. Can‘t wait to see what others are planning to read🤓

Sace Oooo... Who will lead us looks interesting! 6d
Sace *Who Will Lead Us 6d
TrishB I have a Place for Us- which prompt are you using that for? I haven‘t started any planning yet! 6d
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TrishB I didn‘t even know what that meant so thank you 😘 6d
BarbaraBB Interesting choices. Which one is set in Hollywood and which one is about learning? 6d
Sace I've got several books on Hasidim that I should *finally* read. 5d
Cinfhen @Sace I was surprised that this book was suggested for bookclub but it received an unanimous vote 5d
Cinfhen I think the author may Skype in with us @Sace 5d
BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ll look into them! 5d
Cinfhen @TrishB a millennial author is someone born between 1982 and 2004 (the closest range to "official" when it comes to millennials) FYI ( just ask Siri) 5d
Cinfhen My pleasure @BarbaraBB 🥰 5d
TrishB Ta 😘 5d
Bookzombie I really enjoyed The Lady from the Black Lagoon and is perfect for the Hollywood catagory. 🙂 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks, just as I expected! 😘 5d
Cinfhen Awwww, thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I choose all my Spring picks too 🙈all from books I own!!!! 5d
Cinfhen I‘m excited to hear that @Bookzombie I bought it from Audible a few weeks ago on a #DailyDeal 😊 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I have to find some time to work on my 2020 spreadsheet. Of course, I still have several weeks. But still, I‘m anxious to make my picks! 5d
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I‘ve taken the time to really think about my response to these questions. I don‘t mean any disrespect or offense to anyone.
1. The many friendships I‘ve made. I‘ve seen true kindness & compassion.
2. I feel the swaps became an ugly monster on Litsy. Once the scamming, complaining, and likes & dislikes started the tone of Litsy changed for me personally. Im not against swaps but I do think it brought out a darker side. 👇🏼

Cinfhen 3. New stickers, please!!!

4. I post daily and sometimes multiple times a day.

5. I like that Litsy offers interactive/connective activities.

6. For me Litsy is foremost about books and sharing our love of books and reading. I do think a small handful of people have made Litsy about popularity or Litfluence points, so I‘d like to see that feature eliminated.
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merelybookish Well said! 6d
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merelybookish I have also been thinking about these questions too...I know something has changed but haven't figured out exactly what...but I still love lots about Litsy. 6d
Cinfhen I agree @merelybookish I ❤️Litsy and the early days were magical. The first #SecretSantaGoesPostal swap started by @BookishMarginalia was AMAZING 🙌🏻 We just experienced growing pains but I still think this is THE BEST PLACE to talk about books (edited) 6d
GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps, wholeheartedly. I loved the first swap I participated in but then they went crazy. They became geographically limited (so many US only) or with so many expected inclusions that international postage was just exorbitant. For a long time, every time I opened my Listy, a swap I couldn‘t participate in or wasn‘t welcome in was all I found.... or people complaining about said. They‘ve got to be managed better. 6d
BookwormAHN I know I stayed a way from joining Litsy for a while over the Litsy influence thing and I admit now that I've been here for awhile it can be fun to see the numbers increase. However I still think there is a lot of intimidation with that. 6d
Balibee146 Have to say I agree about the swaps too. I don't participate in them so apols if I sound a bit Bah Humbug. On opening days the posts now can crowd out everything else and with more and more swaps that scrolling experience has gone from a very occasional one to very regular. 6d
Cinfhen For me the swaps became like a hostage negotiation with so many demands which turned me sour from all swaps @GlassAsDiamonds @Balibee146 but I‘m not trying to ban them. I know they can be fun and enjoyable. But there does seem to be a swap for every occasion under the sun😂 6d
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 6d
Balibee146 @cinfhen yup and multiple different ones sometimes for every occasion - which can suit different groups. I saw a suggestion about creating a way to filter them to a separate dedicated place.... Someone said you can already hide specific tags but I can't see how on my phone... These sorts of possibilities would be fab I think - swappers can have their fun without the whole feed getting filled up 😂😂💕 6d
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 6d
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 6d
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 6d
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oh yeah, they can be so much fun!!! But... I think they‘re out of hand and often highly exclusionary at the moment. Regulations would be good & maybe a way to corral them as well as @Balibee146 mentioned. I want to be able to participate in at least a few but at the moment it feels like we‘re creating these very hard divisions within Litsy between constant swapers and non/partial swappers. 6d
lele1432 @BookwormAHN so agree with this! I didn't post at all specifically for that reason. It can be intimidating. I think the best thing about Litsy is the interaction, so I definitely understand having something in place to try to keep that up, but maybe it could be something different. 6d
lele1432 @Cinfhen I always want new stickers!! And as someone who just started participating in swaps, it was a great experience for me but I can understand what you've mentioned and I also think it would be good to have a way to maybe separate them so they don't feel exclusionary or take over timelines all the time lol. Like a gifts/games tab maybe?? 6d
Hooked_on_books Initially, I LOVED the swaps. I thought they were such fun! And then I saw people really going overboard with their purchases and it felt more like a competition. Then I didn‘t receive a swap package at all because someone decided not to send me one. So I‘ve soured on swaps other than those set up between certain fabulous individuals. 😬 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 6d
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 6d
erzascarletbookgasm I hope Litsy will remain the favoured platform to talk about BOOKS and books related stuff for all of us. Instead of turning it to another popularity thing. 😔 6d
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 6d
Cinfhen I‘m not saying the Litfluence encourages that type of competition @BookwormAHN @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm but it does seem to create a sort of false hierarchy which is irrelevant to discussing books 6d
lele1432 Well stated! 6d
Balibee146 More Stickers would be awesome. I love the simplicity of the app but sometimes I wish I could quickly search friends' stacks to see if they have read and reviewed a book..... So many wonderful folks and I trust their opinions 😘😘 6d
batsy Thank you for your thoughts; I think I agree with almost everything. Like @merelybookish I feel something has changed and mainly I think it's the intimate feel. It does make me feel a bit sad; Litsy has always seemed different to me than other social media because it's more about connections and bookish chat instead of popularity and noise. 💜 6d
ljuliel Wow, this will be a challenging post to answer because if so many replies. I‘ll try to respond accordingly to everyone. First of all, @Cinfhen , thanks for your honesty. If there are things bugging people, it‘s best to say something so we can possibly address it. I agree with swaps. I did some in the past but won‘t do another. I think they‘re too lopsided in a way bi see some people getting a box load filled with items , while another gets 👇🏼 6d
ljuliel 👆🏼a toothpick and a pencil. I mentioned awhile back that they should have different levels for a swap ( like set amounts of money and you could join either a small, medium or large price range, so it was more fair) Then sometimes we have people coming out of the woodwork to be in things where they might win a prize, but we never see them any other time ......then those that get a nice box of items and don‘t send ANYTHING. They really bug me. 6d
ljuliel Swaps are a problem in my opinion. I‘m with others who would like to block certain hashtags so you don‘t see certain things, but that feature won‘t work for me. I‘m not sure why. It has to be done from the Litsy web page, not from the app. I type in the names time after time and it never takes them or saves them. I‘m not sure if swaps are the main reason so many Oldies left, but it could be for some of them. 6d
ljuliel @merelybookish thanks for posting in here. I hope you also filled out a questionnaire. I just woke up so catching up from middle of the night posts. 🙂 6d
ljuliel @GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps. There‘s gotta be a way so all can participate if they want to. Maybe dividing the list up into regions would help ? I‘m not sure, but it really isn‘t fair that some are left out because of location. I know there used to be so many swaps that was what the majority of posts were. Way too many swaps at the same time. I also mentioned that awhile back, but was shot down.There CAN be too much of a good thing 6d
ljuliel @BookwormAHN Yes,the likes and points things CAN be looked at as a popularity thing, but I don‘t pay much attention to it anymore. I just prefer a good talk with other book people, so I don‘t care how many points they have 200 or 20,000. Doesn‘t matter. I just want people to participate, talk books, reviews, new books coming out, pretty covers, ebooks, audios, etc. Just talk books. That‘s why we‘re here. The numbers arent important. 6d
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books I‘m sorry you got ripped off in a swap. Exactly one of the reasons I don‘t like them. We have people that are members who never or rarely post, but they come out if the woodwork when the word SWAP is mentioned. They get a nice package but send nothing in return. That‘s REALLY nasty. I hate when that happens. I ran a few swaps where people didn‘t send their packages so I bought stuff and filled 2 more boxes for those left out.☹️ 6d
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel Yes, that‘s exactly what happens! Those people suck. I‘ve put together swap boxes for those who didn‘t get them as well. I remember how badly I felt, missing out on box opening day, and I hated for others to feel that way. I figure it‘s just not worth it and now I only swap books on an individual basis, which has been great. 6d
ljuliel @Balibee146 I know what you mean about scrolling through truckloads of swap posts to find a BOOK post. There‘s supposed to be a way to weed out certain hashtags, but it doesn‘t work for me. (edited) 6d
ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm Agreed. I‘d like to focus a lot more on the book end of things. I won‘t go into any detail here , but I jumped into a lot of things social- wise in here earlier , and it ended badly with some folks. It makes me sad , but I‘ve learned that if I want to stay, I have to move on and only focus on the books and not get that involved again. It was hurtful , and there may be hurt feelings on the other end as well. I can‘t 👇🏼 6d
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 6d
ljuliel @batsy I‘m hoping we can get some of that old feeling back. If we all work at it, I think it‘ll be a new and improved place. 💕 6d
BarbaraBB Great answers my friend. I must say I am hardly aware of anyone‘s Litfluence and agree with you it doesn‘t interest me in the least. It‘s the books and the people that make this such a great place. And I‘d like to work on it to keep it that way! 🧡 6d
janeycanuck Oh, it warms my heart to know I‘m not the only one wondering where the book posts are. As soon as I see a new swap, I screenshot it and mute the hashtag next time I‘m at the computer. I wish we could mute from the app. 6d
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 6d
janeycanuck @ljuliel That really sucks. With what feels like the bulk of posts not being about books, I‘d probably have left Litsy by now if I couldn‘t mute. 6d
ljuliel @janeycanuck That makes me sad...that might be why so many others left. All we can do is try to get more focus on the books. I just have to keep on rolling to get past things I‘m not much interested in. I don‘t care if others like it..that‘s fine. I‘m just trying to stick with the books at this point. 6d
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 6d
4thhouseontheleft I agree with almost all of this! I have cut down my participation in swaps tremendously, despite hosting one for my first time in Oct. I think the plethora of posts around some challenges (including ones I have participated in 😂) can get tiring, and I'm sure it's off-putting for some Littens who don't participate in them at all. There are a lot less reviews and book discussions in my feed these days. 6d
janeycanuck @ljuliel Yeah, I think it‘s great that people enjoy stuff and I don‘t want that to go away for them, I just don‘t want to see it. Everyone should be able to Litsy how they want to Litsy - and it would be awesome if the app could give people more control over their own experience. 6d
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds Would you be willing to share more detail about how swaps feel exclusionary? I only hosted my first swap last October, and am still on the fence if I will do it again next year during #Screamathon. But, if I do, I absolutely want to do whatever I can to make it as inclusive as possible. I cut down my swap participation tremendously, I do 2 a year at the most. 6d
Cinfhen I‘m not trying to bash Litsy or those that host/participate in the swaps but the swaps seem to shift the focus of Litsy a little bit and that saddens me @janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 6d
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft I‘d love to (& be happy to take it to email if you‘d prefer so I‘m not ranting in @Cinfhen ‘s timeline!). I love swaps and I really don‘t want them stopped completely but there are SO many that are “US only”. International participation isn‘t that hard. We pay for the postage anyway so excluding us just seems lazy or worse. Similarly, price restrictions don‘t help if you aren‘t paying US prices whereas item limits are easy. 6d
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t realize that many excluded non-US Littens! That is a shame. I‘ve never seen price restrictions, but I admittedly don‘t look at the details of most swaps. 6d
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft oh man, the US Only! It‘s a nagging pain that‘s not just Litsy but since we‘re community building AND participants pay postage, it really annoys me here. Price limits are a great idea in theory and really help curtail the crazy consumerism BUT if I‘m buying a new book here in Singapore, I will not get out of it for US$20- no matter what I buy. A criteria like “one book and a bookmark” however is achievable world wide. 6d
ravenlee I really liked swaps at first. Now I don‘t. I‘ve followed the requirements, or even felt like I went a little over the top, and then I received either something so extravagant it makes me feel bad for my recipient to get so little, or I get the bare minimum or less and feel cheated. I did one for my daughter and we sent a nice gift, and what she got for hers was less than the posted minimum, and none of her interests. Broke my heart. 6d
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry that both you & your daughter had a bad swap experience @ravenlee 😔I think I would be heartbroken too if my child was soured by this experience. 6d
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 6d
janeycanuck @Cinfhen Agreed! I‘d hate to see them go away for those who enjoy & participate. It‘s just not my cup of tea. Happily, muting works for me and I just hide them! 6d
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 6d
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 5d
Cinfhen I think we are lucky @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola as we have developed friendships and are able to create our own little book exchanges amongst ourselves❣️The swaps were fun in the beginning but they really got out of hand. I don‘t miss them at all!!! My last one was the #MugLove and I received the BEST MUG 💙🤗😘 5d
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#MOvember 🎶It‘s your love that I still #Crave 🎶This memoir sounds like it‘s right in my wheelhouse. And it would also work for #Booked2020 #ParentChildMemoir I‘m eagerly awaiting the #NFChallenge hosted by @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

vivastory I must admit, I'm pretty tempted to join in with #Booked2020 6d
Tanisha_A A memoir on food and longing, sounds good! 6d
Kalalalatja I‘m so glad you are giving tips for #Booked2020, I need the inspiration 😂 6d
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Cinfhen JOIN!!!!! @vivastory there is NO downside and you‘ll love it!!! I promise xx 6d
Cinfhen Isn‘t planning part of the fun @Kalalalatja and this memoir sounds like all the points I love reading about @Tanisha_A 6d
Kalalalatja It is! I‘m waiting to see which books I get for my birthday this year, before I start really planning, but I love getting inspiration in advance 😄 6d
britt_brooke I bought this on ebook deal recently. Sounds good! 6d
Cinfhen I‘m hoping another #kindleDailyDeal surfaces soon on this book @britt_brooke 6d
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The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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Just got a big laugh after reading Douglas Preston describing “transitions” and “cultural differences” 😂😂😂In August 2000 he moved to Florence with his wife and two young children “ Living in Italy was going to be the adventure of a lifetime, for which we were singularly unprepared.” Yup!!!! #LifeOfAnExpat #NoClue

#NonFictionNovember

vivastory 😂 The chainsmoking teachers 7d
Cinfhen Yup @vivastory 😂😂hilarious 7d
Suet624 And thinking that sending them off to the nuns might be better! 7d
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Cinfhen Ha @Suet624 I guess spanking is better than smoking 🚬 7d
Crazeedi This sounds like a great read! 6d
Insightsintobooks Oh thats sounds like a good read, plus I could use a laugh. 6d
Cinfhen Not too many laughs in this book @Insightsintobooks as it‘s a true crime about an Italian serial killer but it‘s compulsive and hard to put down @Crazeedi 6d
Insightsintobooks @Cinfhen well, that's what I get for not reading the description of the book but I think I'll still look into it. 6d
Cinfhen Hahaha @Insightsintobooks I‘ve done that before!!!! Preston is such a good writer that he DOES manage to bring gaiety to even the darkest subjects. 6d
Mdargusch I‘ve always wondered about this book since I love true crime. 6d
Cinfhen Im happy to send it to you @Mdargusch I think you will LOVE IT 6d
Reviewsbylola 😆😆 I bet you can relate! 6d
Cinfhen I chuckled so hard!!! @Reviewsbylola (edited) 5d
Mdargusch You are sweet. 😘 5d
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The Monster of Florence | Mario Spezi, Douglas J. Preston
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This story keeps getting stranger and stranger @vivastory It‘s hard NOT to imagine The Pink Panther‘s inept police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau when I read about the Polizia and Carabinieri.

JamieArc Whenever people talk about the Amanda Knox case, or ask for a true crime rec, this is always the book I suggest. Make sure you read the author‘s commentary on the case at the very end. 7d
Cinfhen I‘m SOOOO tempted to read the afterward NOW @JamieArc but will it ruin parts of Monster??? 7d
JamieArc @Cinfhen I don‘t remember! So it‘s probably best to wait 😬. 7d
Crazeedi @Cinfhen and now that I see this post, I remember reading something about this book or hearing about it 6d
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Wow, this was such an evocative, intensely dark and well rounded story. I can understand how this tome has become a well lauded classic. Having just read Haunting of Hill House, I was curious to go back and read an original Gothic tale. Aside from being a little too winded towards the end , the Audible original full cast recording pushed this book into 4 star status. Thanks to @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace @batsy for reading along with me.

4thhouseontheleft I think I‘m going to reread this next year! It‘s my favorite gothic horror. 7d
erzascarletbookgasm You blazed through this! 👏 I am enjoying it much although some comments about the fairer sex made me 🙄 a bit! 😆 7d
Cinfhen Perfect for #GothicHorror @4thhouseontheleft 🧛‍♂️🏰I know what you mean @erzascarletbookgasm although Mina was pretty kick ass 💄it took me about 9 days to get through book & audio, towards the end I felt it dragging 7d
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Sace I am still in the very early part of the audiobook. I've got a long weekend coming up and I hope to make some good progress. 7d
Cinfhen The audio saved me on this one @Sace I did read parts on @SerialReader but overall it was the audio narration that kept me hooked! 7d
Sace I can already say the same. Even the little I've listened too is addictive. 7d
batsy Woohoo! 👏🏽 I'm so glad I'm reading this; I'm not sure what I expected but this is stranger than what I expected (in a very good way, if that makes sense 😅) 7d
Cinfhen Agreed @batsy I thought the language would be off putting but it‘s pretty straightforward 7d
Andrew65 This was a great production, I listened to it a couple of years Go. 6d
Sace Egads! I just got to the bit when Harker saw the Count crawling "lizard-like" down a wall. ? *shudder* 6d
Cinfhen Yes!!! @Sace so atmospheric and anxiety inducing 6d
Cinfhen This recording is a great production @Andrew65 and I feel like the actors really took on their characters 6d
Mdargusch I‘ve heard mixed reviews on this that made me decide not to read this. I believe @Reviewsbylola maybe? 6d
Reviewsbylola I think you‘re thinking of Frankenstein. @mdargusch And don‘t take my word for it because I read it in college. 6d
Cinfhen I was really pleasantly surprised by how well crafted and readable this novel was @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola 6d
Mdargusch Now I might need to read it then. 5d
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#MOvember Such a quirky book but full of charm and heart. Very similar to Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close which niggled me a little bit, #sorry 🤷🏼‍♀️still an endearing story of love and loss.

Andrew65 Grrr.... I was going to choose this book, back to the drawing board. 😂 7d
AnansiGirl Sorry not sorry, I‘m giggling like a Game of Thrones fangirl over the UK title version 6d
Cinfhen I know @AnansiGirl it‘s so weird when publishers change book titles for regions🙄 6d
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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I like when the dates lineup 🗓and today, November 4 is my baby‘s 18th birthday 🎂 😊♥️ #TimeFlies 🕰⏰⏱🧭 Going out for a celebratory dinner 🍴 🍾

julesG Happy Birthday to your baby! 🎉😉 1w
batsy Omg! I'm still at June 24 😂 Happy birthday to your baby :) Enjoy your dinner 💕 1w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday to your youngest ! Times flies for sure. Enjoy your celebrations 1w
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Cathythoughts 🥳🥳🥳 1w
Suet624 @batsy hey, what a coincidence! June 24th is my birthday! 😀 1w
Suet624 Happy birthday to your baby. 💕 1w
4thhouseontheleft Aww, congrats to your youngest! 🎉🎈 1w
Tanisha_A Congratulations! 🎉 1w
TrishB Aww happy birthday 🎉🎉 enjoy celebrating 🥂 1w
MicheleinPhilly 18? 😱 Get that young man a voter registration form ASAP! 😉 Enjoy! 1w
Megabooks Happy birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful celebration! 1w
youneverarrived Aw have a great time!! Happy Birthday to him 🥳 1w
mrp27 Neat! HBD to your son. 🎉 1w
BarbaraBB Have a great night with your adult son!! 1w
JennyM Congrats to the birthday boy! Hope you had a lovely celebration 🥳 1w
KarenUK Have a wonderful celebration! 😘💕 1w
batsy @Suet624 Neat coincidence Sue but I'm sorry to say it's not a happy day at Dracula's castle! 🧛🏻‍♂️😣😬 #nodayisahappydayatDraculascastle 1w
Suet624 @batsy haha 1w
Cinfhen November 4 wasn‘t a happy day at the castle 🏰 either @batsy @Suet624 but it was in Israel 🇮🇱 we had a wonderful dinner @KarenUK @JennyM 1w
batsy Glad you had a lovely dinner 💕 1w
Cinfhen Finished the book @batsy really glad I read it but it was a bit too long 1w
batsy I'm enjoying it a lot but every time I see how much I've progressed it's not very much 😆 It's a slow read for me & the tiny print in my edition fooled me into thinking it's not that long! Lol 1w
Cinfhen Thank goodness for the audio @batsy it was SO GOOD and kept me glued to the story while freeing up my hands so I could still do other tasks. 1w
ValerieAndBooks Happy belated birthday to your baby!! 6d
Cinfhen Thanks so much @ValerieAndBooks 💕💕💕how‘s your gang??? 6d
Reviewsbylola Happy birthday to your youngest! 6d
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen we're doing good -- getting used to being empty nesters (and looking forward to the holidays when we're all together), with the last one off to college now. Will that be you next year? 5d
Cinfhen Yup!!! Hard to imagine @ValerieAndBooks although my youngest will probably take a Gap Year and do a combination of traveling and volunteering 5d
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola THANK YOU 🙏🏼 😘 5d
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The Monster of Florence | Mario Spezi, Douglas J. Preston
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Whoa @vivastory I can‘t stop reading !!! Book is so wild ~ and tantalizing 😲I was in Florence the summer of 1984/ backpacking with a friend. I have no recall about this terrifying case.Scary to think a serial killer was on the loose☠️I just finished chapter 18 and I need to force myself to put the book down so I can run a bunch of errands.

peaknit Sounds awesome, on the hold list it goes! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m only done with the first third but it‘s excellent so far @peaknit I can also recommend this book by him 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds excellent! Stacked 1w
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vivastory @peaknit I second the recommendation of Lost City of the Monkey God. Preston knows how to write a nf so that it reads like a novel. Several times so far in Monster I had to remind myself that this really happened, such a bizarre story. 1w
vivastory That's crazy that you were backpacking in the area when all of this occurred, Cindy! I checked out my copy from the library, but I will definitely be going to the bookstore to read the additional materials about the Knox case. 1w
peaknit @Cinfhen @vivastory thank you!! I got this one right away today from the library on my kindle, I will check out your other recommendation too. It‘s non fiction Nov after all 😊 1w
Cinfhen Hope you enjoy both books @peaknit tag us and share your thoughts!!!! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m curious about the Amanda Knox connection @vivastory I almost want to flip ahead to that section but I don‘t want to ruin any parts of the Monster story. It‘s so compulsive!! 1w
Mdargusch Stacking! 6d
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The Monster of Florence | Mario Spezi, Douglas J. Preston
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Seems I better get cracking on my #BuddyRead with @vivastory Scott has managed 100 pages already 🙌🏻 BUT first, coffee ☕️ There are 5 pages of secondary character index😳

Hooked_on_books It‘s so readable! Don‘t be intimidated. 😬 1w
Cinfhen I‘m totally hooked @Hooked_on_books im about 50 pages in and I love it!!!!! I recently read and LOVED 1w
Cinfhen His writing is SO GOOD!!!!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Yes, that one‘s good, too! I love him poking fun at himself in the jungle. 😂 So relatable. 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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#NamasteNovember Thanks to the wonderful and generous @BarbaraBB I knew I owned at least one book with an #orangeCover 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

BarbaraBB And it‘s one of a kind 🧡 1w
Cathythoughts Great book 👍 1w
Eggs Lovely photo 😊 1w
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous edition. 😍 6d
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#MOvember #GirlsGoneWild I‘m really looking forward to reading this book. It was my November #BOTM add on and I‘m using it for #Booked2020 #ParentChildMemoir 🎶Hey,ey,ey,ey🎶

TrishB Are you all planned already ?? 😁 1w
Cathythoughts Wooohooo 🥳 here comes another year the booked challenge 1w
Cinfhen No, not at all @TrishB but I‘ve been wanting to read this book and it fits the prompt so I‘ll just wait until January to read it! I LOVE planning almost as much as reading @Cathythoughts 1w
Reviewsbylola I have this on my TBR too! 6d
Cinfhen I‘m REALLY looking forward to reading this one @Reviewsbylola 5d
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We‘re SO excited to share our 3rd annual reading challenge #Booked2020❣️
As in years past, there are 24 prompts broken into 4 quarters/seasons. You are free to read in any order you wish. Just one book per prompt, please.

*New this Year* the last week of each quarter you MUST post and tag us with your completed prompts in order to be eligible for the quarterly drawing.

Any questions ~ ask away
Sign up👇🏼

https://tinyurl.com/y62p9fxs

TrishB The link doesn‘t work for me, tried yours and @4thhouseontheleft one. 1w
Cinfhen Uh oh @TrishB our technical director just stepped out of the house 😜might need a bit of time to correct link 1w
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squirrelbrain Ha! Just read a good one for #16! 1w
BarbaraBB Yay, there it is! Such great prompts! @vivastory I notice ‘tartan noir‘ again 😉 1w
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage link is working now @TrishB 🤞🏼 1w
Cinfhen Yay friends!!!!! So happy to FINALLY share the prompts @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @JennyM 1w
Cinfhen Please share @LitsyHappenings 🙏🏻 1w
Cinfhen Just in case you missed this @Simona xx 1w
TrishB Yay it does 🎉🎉 looks great. Thanks you three 😘 1w
4thhouseontheleft @trishb The last letter was left off. Oops! I fixed my post, looks like @cinfhen did too! Should be working now! 1w
TrishB You‘re all very efficient @4thhouseontheleft 😘 1w
BarbaraBB Really cool prompts! I can‘t wait to start planning! 💕 1w
Charityann Sounds like fun!😊 1w
youneverarrived Eeee I‘m looking forward to it already! Thanks to you all for putting it together each year 💕 1w
Cinfhen Yay @youneverarrived start checking your shelves 🥳😜 (edited) 1w
JazzFeathers I failed epically this year. But l still want to try again 😊 1w
Cinfhen @Charityann hope you‘ll join us!!! Glad you‘re back @JazzFeathers 1w
MicheleinPhilly WTF is tartan noir?? 😂 1w
Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly well since you asked so NICELY: Tartan Noir is a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers. 1w
MicheleinPhilly Hey, you know me Cindy! I don‘t beat around the bush! 😘 #philly 1w
Cinfhen I said SO NICELY for a reason #PottyMouth @MicheleinPhilly 😘 1w
erzascarletbookgasm VERY interesting. Will take a look 🧐😘 1w
erzascarletbookgasm What‘s Silk Punk?? 1w
TheEllieMo Not done this one before, can I check something? By “free to read in any order” do you mean that if I read something in Spring that fits a Fall prompt, I can still tick it off? 1w
Cinfhen Yup @TheEllieMo you can read complete seasons or bits and pieces from each season spread throughout the year🤓whatever strikes your fancy 1w
Cailey_Mac Sooo basically you can read any prompt from any season, as long as you finish all the seasons in one year correct? And is this starting in 2020 or now? 😊 1w
Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm silkpunk is a blend of science fiction and fantasy. silkpunk draws inspiration from classical East Asian antiquity. I‘ll find the list of recommendations and tag you 1w
Cinfhen @Cailey_Mac it starts Jan 1 - Dec 31 2020!!! It‘s fun and people get really creative with their choices which is always great!!! 1w
Cinfhen @Cailey_Mac and even if you only complete 10 prompts you‘re eligible to be entered on a drawing for each book read earns you a chance to win a gift card 1w
Cailey_Mac @Cinfhen oh cool! I think I will join then, and I hope with this next semester of college I will be able to balance my time out better so I can read; this semester has been murder for my reading 😅 1w
Cinfhen Awesome @Cailey_Mac don‘t stress about it!! Just read whatever you like and you‘ll be surprised how many boxes you‘ll tick off without even trying 🥳 1w
Cailey_Mac @Cinfhen awesome, will do! I‘m sure I will have fun doing it too📖🤗 1w
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen thanks 😊 1w
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen thanks 😊 1w
AnneCecilie I‘ve signed up. Looking forward to it. 1w
Cinfhen I actually get inspired from others posts and completely switch my books around @Cailey_Mac Ive discovered some awesome new books, authors and genres. Glad you‘re gonna give it a go 🧡 1w
Librarybelle Yay! Signed up! 1w
Kalalalatja Great prompts! I‘ll sign up right away! 1w
Cinfhen Yay @TheEllieMo @AnneCecilie can‘t wait to see your picks!!!!! Fun times ahead ♥️ 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 @Kalalalatja @Librarybelle I‘m super excited to see how Littens interpret the prompts!!!! 1w
Reviewsbylola Yay! Just signed up! 🥳🥳 Also, can‘t believe it‘s almost 2020! 1w
Cinfhen Right @Reviewsbylola ??!!?? 2020 sounds so futuristic 🤖👽👾and im obviously thrilled you‘re back for another round 😘 (edited) 1w
KarenUK Woohoo! Just signed up! And the planning begins (which is half the fun!) 1w
Cinfhen TOTALLY @KarenUK 🙌🏻♥️📚 1w
tdrosebud Yay! All signed up! 1w
Cinfhen @tdrosebud great!!!! Can‘t wait to see your choices!!! I love getting ideas from other #Booked participants ♥️📚👍🏽 1w
LibrarianRyan Dang. I‘m almost done with 19. 1w
Megabooks I‘m going to sign up (too much fun!), but I‘m awful about finishing (mood reader!). 🤞🏻🤞🏻 for 2020 success! 1w
Cinfhen I feel like every book read is a win @Megabooks so just have fun!! AND There‘s still 2 months left for 2019 @LibrarianRyan ♥️🙌🏻 1w
Reviewsbylola I quit #pop19 mid year for that reason! @Megabooks I‘m just doing this one next year. 1w
Bookzombie I‘m not sure I‘m going to complete this year‘s challenge. 😕I told myself no challenges next year, but your challenge is always fun and tempting! 🤔 1w
Cinfhen We tried to keep the prompts pretty vague @Bookzombie so lots of different books would work. Hopefully you‘ll find books that work without even trying 😊 and every book read earns a drawing entry so it‘s always a win!!! 1w
mrp27 Yay, I'm in! But I better get cracking so I can finish 2019! 😬 1w
Cinfhen Fantastic @mrp27 💜📚🧡📚💚📚 1w
JennyM I love waking up to find you‘ve dropped the prompts!!!! Thanks so much ladies for all you do. I so enjoy this challenge @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 1w
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! I realized a week ago that I never posted my reads from last quarter 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
4thhouseontheleft @JennyM Thanks for the 💜! So happy you enjoy it! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @emilyhaldi You can still do it! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JennyM Aww. Glad we could make your morning. 😘 1w
Cinfhen @JennyM as you were waking up, I was falling asleep 😴 So happy you‘re back for another round xx💋 1w
Cinfhen @emilyhaldi It‘s never too late/ whatever wasn‘t entered last quarter can count for this quarter‘s drawing 😘 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m very excited 🤸‍♀️ prompts are brilliant ! 1w
Cinfhen Yay @Cathythoughts ❤️🙌🏻📚🥂can‘t wait to see what you come up with❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1w
Cathythoughts Signed up & all 👍❤️ 1w
jenniferw88 Signed up! Can't wait to start planning later. Can probably give lots of recommendations for #gothichorror as my ma dissertation is on this! 1w
Cinfhen Great @jenniferw88 I‘ll definitely be asking you for suggestions when the time comes!!! I‘m reading Dracula now and I‘m really enjoying it way more than I ever expected 1w
Simona Just signed up! With my sporadic visits here it was quite possible that I would overlook my favorite challenge ... Thank you Cindy for tag ♥️ and thank you ladies for your work, time and thoughtful prompts. @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m in the planning mood 🤓😘 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Simona Glad you‘re coming back for another year! 1w
Cinfhen It wouldn‘t be a complete challenge without your participation @Simona xx so glad you‘re joining us 💕 1w
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen currently composing you an email re #gothichorror - you've chosen another of my #hobbyhorses (another being a certain tv show lol!). Will share some on here later but can go into more detail on the email! 7d
Cinfhen Thanks @jenniferw88 looking forward to seeing your thoughts 7d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen just sent it! There's quite a few 🤣🤣🤣 7d
Crazeedi I just signed up!! 6d
Crazeedi I've not done this, are there rules? Do I have to have books planned and posted?? 6d
Hooked_on_books Ok, I‘ve seen these posts before but haven‘t previously joined, but I plan to jump in for 2020! Just signed up. 6d
SaturnDoo So excited to see this. I've been patiently waiting 🤣😂 thank you for hosting again. Lots of fun. 6d
Cinfhen Nope @Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books not necessary to “commit” to a plan!! Just read what you like/ when you like and you‘ll be amazed at how many prompts you‘ll check off. There are only 3 “rules” 1. Have FUN!! 2. U can ONLY use 1 book towards 1 prompt 3. To be eligible for the quarterly drawing you need to post a wrap up summary anytime during the last 10 days of the quarter (More info is given on the signup form) 6d
Cinfhen Excellent @SaturnDoo ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️looking forward to seeing what you read 😊 6d
Crazeedi @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen some of the prompts I dont understand, so I'm thinking I can ask for help?? 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Crazeedi you can absolutely ask for help! There are slightly longer explanations on the google form, have you had a look at that? If that doesn't answer your question, ask away! 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi We like to pick prompts that are a bit open to your own interpretation also. If it‘s a new genre to you, try googling also. There are always articles with ‘10 best/new books of this genre.” If not, ask away! 6d
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#WeeklyForecast
Bottom 3 are all in progress
Top 3 are for #NonFictionNovember hoping to start later in the week. Sally Fields & Manson Family will be an audio & Monster is an impromptu #BuddyRead with @vivastory

What‘s on your #ReadingRadar ?!?

BarbaraBB Lots to read! 1w
TrishB Will have a think! Maybe we should all say in book report how much it matched up to weekly forecast!! (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Good plan @TrishB 😉 1w
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Sace @TrishB I can already predict that for me, my forecast and book report will not match up 🤣 1w
4thhouseontheleft You finished #nonfiction2019, right? I‘m struggling to find a NF book about music that holds my interest. Any suggestions? 1w
Cinfhen I read the memoir by Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers @4thhouseontheleft It was excellent but a little dated ( I think it was published 2002) 1w
Cinfhen I also listened to this one on audio via Hoopla and it was very good @4thhouseontheleft (edited) 1w
TrishB @Sace same! 😁 1w
TrishB @4thhouseontheleft I‘ve just finished the Debbie Harry memoir/autobiography and I thought it was really good 👍🏻 1w
Reviewsbylola Lilli de Jong is a good one! 6d
Cinfhen I think I might be bailing on Lilli @Reviewsbylola it‘s not really holding/grabbing my attention 6d
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#MOvember #RescueMe 🎶I‘m drowning, Baby throw out your rope🎶 I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this book so I‘m thinking #BorrowNotBuy ~ anyone read this book?? Thoughts

Cathythoughts I havnt read tagged book ... but it sounds really good ❤️👍 1w
TrishB Not on my radar. 1w
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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I was unfamiliar with the Stanford rape case. From the very first page I was gripped by Chanel Miller‘s plight and hung on her every word. She so eloquently and viscerally walks us through that life changing night and then the ensuing aftermath. With raw details and inspired prose Chanel shares her fears, pain, anger, confusion and sadness. This should be required reading for all college freshmen.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 Would actually like to read this one! 1w
Cinfhen It‘s going to break your heart @TrishB and being the mum of a uni girl you‘re blood boil!!!! 1w
RealBooks4ever This is a must read for me. I signed a petition to get the backward judge off the bench. 🥊 What an injustice the trial was! 😡 1w
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Cinfhen Yay for you @RealBooks4ever THAT JUDGE 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬unbelievable 1w
squirrelbrain There was an article about this in the UK press recently (I think maybe the Sunday Times?) I really want to read this too... 1w
MicheleinPhilly @RealBooks4ever I signed that petition too. This case made me FULL OF RAGE. So disgusting. 1w
RealBooks4ever @MicheleinPhilly We took him DOWN! 💪 1w
cariashley I really want to read this one - waiting for it from my library. 1w
Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏻so worth reading @squirrelbrain @cariashley and I‘ve heard the audio is phenomenal 1w
cariashley @Cinfhen ooh good to hear, that‘s what I‘m waiting for! 1w
Marla I listened to the book. Chanel reads it and when she gets to her statement she read in court she has a hard time. You can hear her struggling to stay in control of her emotions. Very powerful book. 1w
Cinfhen @Marla I‘m sure listening to hear read the victim statement had to be so moving!!! That Judge 🤬 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Just saw your review. I‘m going to get myself a copy. I heard she‘s very fun and witty on Instagram. 18h
Cinfhen Be prepared to get good and mad @erzascarletbookgasm 17h
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My first #BookReport
🎧👎🏼I bailed on Where The Desert Meets the Sea ~ cliche characters and terrible narration
📚👍🏻The Floating Feldmans ~ #LoL read with really good writing 😂only halfway through
🎧+📚👍🏻Dracula ~ first time reading / listening - AMAZING Audible cast about 2/3 done
👇🏽continue below

Cinfhen 📚Lilli De Jong
I completed first part of #LilliRead Right now, this is my weakest read. I‘m finding the story “preachy” & the writing a little too trite. Not sure if I‘ll continue.
Know My Name 📚👍🏽
#NonFictionNovember
started Friday evening finished Saturday afternoon
Absolutely absorbing/ compelling & powerful

How was your reading week?!?!

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Megabooks My reading week was so weird, but I did finish 3 audiobooks in the hospital (all reread David Sedaris). It was kind of a strange fever dream listening to him. I‘ve finally finished a print book 🎉🎉🎉 at the hotel. A reread of L. Moriarty‘s latest. So glad you had a good reading week! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend! 😘😘 1w
Cinfhen I‘m sure listening to David Sedaris while on pain meds must have been some wild trip @Megabooks xx glad you‘re back on Litsy!!! Hope you‘re feeling stronger every day 1w
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BarbaraBB Great report. I am enjoying all reports so much and am looking forward to tomorrow‘s forecasts! 1w
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB I‘m enjoying the forecasts and reports too 🤓 1w
CafeMom Dracula audio sounds amazing. 1w
Cinfhen The audio cast is fantastic @CafeMom it‘s a multi narration cast and they are all so talented. 1w
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#MOvember This book is still languishing on my shelf😬A story about four strangers brought together by #music #MusicMakesThePeopleComeTogether

JennyM You know I loved this one! ♥️ 💐 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this but what a pretty cover! 1w
Cinfhen The cover is definitely a #CoverCrush @erzascarletbookgasm 🥰and I remember your review @JennyM I plan on finally reading this book in 2020 1w
emilyhaldi It better be good to live up to that cover 😁 1w
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November | Gabrielle Lord
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My #NonfictionNovember contenders 🤓 some have been on my shelves pre-Litsy

Librarybelle The Monster of Florence is good! 2w
Hooked_on_books Monster and Five Days are both terrific. I have the Ward but haven‘t read it yet; I don‘t think you can miss with her. And I‘ve heard great things about Know My Name—I anxiously await my library hold! 2w
Cinfhen You want to try and buddy read Men @Hooked_on_books since our Friday Black was a flop!!! 2w
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Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to Monster @Librarybelle 2w
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I‘d be up for that. Maybe the week after next? I‘m quite backlogged on my library stack and haven‘t been able to read as much this week, as my MIL is in town. 2w
Cinfhen Sure @Hooked_on_books give me a heads up when u want to start and hopefully we‘ll have better luck 🤞🏼 2w
Hooked_on_books I shall! I‘ve read a bit of Friday Black but am taking it slow. I‘m finding it a bit uneven. I can see why you guys bailed. 2w
TorieStorieS I also really enjoyed 2w
SamAnne Loved Men We Reaped.
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Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad to be getting such positive feedback @TorieStorieS @SamAnne 2w
MicheleinPhilly Five Days is TOUGH but excellent. 2w
Blaire @MicheleinPhilly agree. Very glad I read it. I‘d say the same about men we reaped. 2w
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Blaire I agree! I loved that one too! 2w
Cinfhen Yay!! Glad to know my shelves will not be disappointing me @Blaire @MicheleinPhilly @4thhouseontheleft 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I had a hard time choosing a reasonable number to read in a month, so my posted stack will probably grow and change as the month progresses! 🤣 2w
Cinfhen 5 seemed like a decent number and yes we always have the right to mix it up @4thhouseontheleft 2w
Reviewsbylola Memorial is so good but difficult to read. I can‘t read Jessamyn Ward again after 1w
britt_brooke Like @Reviewsbylola said, Five Days at Memorial is so good, but it‘s an incredibly difficult 500+ pages. 1w
vivastory Monster of Florence is pretty high on my list 1w
Cinfhen Poor JW really did a number on u @Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard 5 Days is dense @britt_brooke but really a necessary read!! Do you own Monster @vivastory I‘ll buddy read with you???? 1w
vivastory I'd definitely be interested in a buddy read of Monster! 1w
Cinfhen Can u start this week @vivastory ??? #NoPressure 😁😜 1w
vivastory I can! I should be finished with my current book by tomorrow night or Monday & then I'll start. I've been in the mood for a good true crime 👍 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo @vivastory I might start tomorrow but I‘ll keep you posted 🥰 1w
vivastory Looking forward to it! 1w
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#BookMail and just in time for #NonFictionNovember

MelissaSue81 It‘s SO Good. 2w
Cinfhen My friend read it and then sent it to me because she couldn‘t stop talking about it @MelissaSue81 I‘m looking forward to reading it!!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I heard it‘s soooo good! Already have this stacked! 😊👍 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll let you know @erzascarletbookgasm 😊 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘ve got this on hold thru my library. 1w
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Woohoo 🥳 I‘m ready to share my love for Madonna with the #MOvember challenge 🎧 I #cherish her ability to constantly reinvent herself and speak up for what she believes 🙌🏻 I‘m going with a Romeo & Juliet re-telling told through the eyes of Juliette‘s wet nurse. 🎶I can‘t hide my need for two hearts that bleed with burning love🎶

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Woohoo 🎉 🎉 Thank you SO MUCH @LibraryThing 💗I haven‘t won a book in FOREVER ‼️This one sounds really good:

“Combining the emotional resonance of Home Fire with the ambition and innovation of Asymmetry, a lyrical and thought-provoking debut novel that explores the complex web of grief, memory, time, physics, history, and selfhood in the immigrant experience, and the complicated bond between daughters and mothers.”

sudi Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @sudi @Graciouswarriorprincess 🧡🖤🧡🖤 2w
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Jas16 🙌🏽 2w
TrishB Woohoo 🎉🎉 2w
Cinfhen I‘m excited for a “free” book @Jas16 @TrishB Like I NEED more books 🙄 2w
Cinfhen Welcome back @TrishB Hope you had a good trip ❤️😘 2w
TrishB Just in cab from airport! Very tired... 2w
TrishB Just in cab from airport. Knackered 😘 2w
TrishB I had to tell you twice! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m glad you‘re almost home!! Rest up @TrishB (edited) 2w
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#20BooksBy2020 Monthly check in!!
I read 9 more books this month bringing my total to 19!!
Only one to go and it‘s my IRL December bookclub ~ Purple Hibiscus
Favorite this month: Girl, Woman, Other

MelissaSue81 I‘m having trouble getting into girl, woman, other. I keep setting it aside for something else. I should stick it out though? 2w
RachelO Great going! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm So many great titles! 2w
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Cathythoughts What @erzascarletbookgasm said ... great titles there 👏👏👏 2w
KarenUK Wow! Awesome job! 💕😊 2w
charl08 Love purple hibiscus. A favourite! 2w
charl08 Great graphic, too. A fun month? 2w
Lifeisasnap Nice job!! How did you like The Dutch House? 2w
Cinfhen @MelissaSue81 stick with Girl!!! In the beginning it seems disjointed but soon the stories start to connect and it‘s super satisfying ♥️🙌🏻 2w
Cinfhen I did have a fun month of reading @charl08 and I DID read some awesome books @KarenUK @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @RachelO Dutch House was beautifully written & I was really absorbed in the story @Lifeisasnap BUT I wasn‘t a fan of the ending 😬 2w
marleed @Lifeisasnap @cinfhen I sank into the audiobook of the Dutch House narrated by Tom Hanks and now must own the physical book. I think it will be one of my Top6Reads for 2019. 2w
Cinfhen I bet Tom Hanks was a phenomenal narrator @marleed 2w
marleed @Cinfhen Yes! I‘m curious if I would have loved the story less had I absorbed it in print because Tom Hanks is so good. His ability to speak with the mind of a child is fascinating. 2w
Cinfhen Danny was such a great character @marleed but the mom 🤯🤬 2w
marleed @Cinfhen It reminds my of a good friend whose mother was seldom a part of her childhood. The mom is there in adulthood and I‘m amazed my friend is so accepting of her. My friend explained she just accepts her mother for what she is because that anger is futile. 2w
Cinfhen Your friend is much kinder and smarter than me @marleed Good for her #LifeIsTooShort 2w
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Can‘t believe it‘s #TheEnd of October 🎃Thanks to my fabulous cohost @CrowCAH for providing us with a month of #SoaringScores 🎼 I read the tagged book years ago and it really left an indelible impression on me. A simple question, “what are you currently reading?” leads to an unforgettable experience for both a dying mom and her adult son. #InfiniteTissueRead

Please join me tomorrow for #MOVember ~ a musical tribute to Madonna ❤️🎤

JennyM I loved this one...and I sobbed throughout! Looking forward to joining you tomorrow 😘 2w
Cinfhen Yay @JennyM looking forward #GetIntoTheGroove 💋 2w
CrowCAH Thanks for allowing me to co-host with you this month! It was great! 🥰 2w
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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“Nothing speaks so boldly as a flower.” #TRUTH 🌸🌹🌻🌷🌼🌺 #LilliRead I‘m only a little bit into the book, but so far the writing and story is engaging. Getting Hannah Kent vibes.

megnews I‘ll be starting Friday. Trying to wrap up a couple others first! Glad you‘re enjoying it so far. 2w
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Starting November 1.....It‘s #MOvember A “Celebration” featuring the “Iconic” “Music״ of Madonna 🤗🎶❣️Please join me #MusicMakesThePeopleComeTogether #ExpressYourself

https://open.spotify.com/user/cindyhenzel/playlist/6k1P7b4Rq7wvSdu0w2Kzmz?si=4bF...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Madonna!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB I‘ll be there 🎶💃🎶 2w
Itchyfeetreader I have been a bit murky recently but I think this will have me back and playing! 2w
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 @BarbaraBB @Itchyfeetreader can‘t wait to “cherish” this month with you both ♥️Maybe you‘ll join too @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘Happy Birthday 🎂 🌺📚 2w
Lmstraubie OMGosh!!! This is great!!! 2w
Cinfhen @Lmstraubie ❌❌⭕️⭕️❌❌ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thank you Cindy 💗💗💗 2w
Klou Awesome!!! ❤❤ 2w
Klou Is it just you this time @Cinfhen? 2w
Cinfhen Yes @Klou !! Im going solo this month 🤪 2w
Klou @Cinfhen awesome!! Looking forward to it!! 2w
Cinfhen Yay @Klou 😘 2w
vivastory I will definitely participate! 2w
britt_brooke Oooh, I‘ve loved her since I was tiny. I‘m in! 2w
sarahnicoloff No Hung Up? 2w
Cinfhen I know!!!! Too many to choose from @sarahnicoloff 🎶 Time goes by so slowly🎶 2w
jenniferw88 Oh for 🦊 sake! I'm going to have to do this one with Jenny dressing up as her last year & the possibility of her covering a song in the next few weeks (love you really! 😂😂😂) 2w
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @jenniferw88 💓😘💓 2w
emilyhaldi Solo hosting?! And it's Madonna?!? I think I may just have to dust myself off and join in this month 😁 2w
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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#SoaringScores #EntryIntoTheGreatHall #BookishConfession I‘ve never read Hilary Mantel🙈where should I start?!!! Are they all #chunksters ?!?! #PageCountPhobia

SamAnne I‘m wondering too! Recently picked up a couple of her books used. I‘m thinking of starting with Wolf Hall. Other suggestions? (edited) 2w
merelybookish I've only read Wolf Hall. I liked it. It's historical fiction with a slant 2w
BarbaraBB I liked Wolf Hall too. Aftereards I started its sequel, Bring up the Bodies, but I couldn‘t get into that one. I‘ll try again, one day.... 😉 2w
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Kalalalatja I have read Wolf Hall, and I wasn‘t impressed 😅 and it is a bit chunky 2w
CarolynM I loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. I'm not looking forward to the last one in the trilogy though. That's the problem with fictionalised history - you know where it's going. 2w
Centique I loved them too but then I love this period of history and I‘m hungry to get a good feel for that world. It will be either love or hate for you I think. So #borrowdontbuy 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for all the feedback @merelybookish @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Centique I think the #BorrowNotBuy is a good idea 💡 and I hear ya @CarolynM although I‘m fuzzy with all my world history 🤪 2w
Cinfhen @SamAnne seems like Wolf Hall is a good place to start!!! 2w
Hooked_on_books I like audio for chunksters, so maybe that‘s a way to go. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll look into that option @Hooked_on_books Good suggestion 😌 2w
jillrhudy The third book in the trilogy is coming out March 3 with a 300,000 first printing from Henry Holt & Co. 2w
RealBooks4ever Loved Wolf Hall. It's not a tough read, never mind the page count. 💜 2w
CrowCAH I enjoyed the PBS miniseries based on this book! 2w
TrishB Love these ❤️ I can‘t wait for the 3rd! 2w
vivastory I LOVED the following (& it's not a chunkster) 2w
Reviewsbylola You shouldn‘t start. 😆 1w
Reviewsbylola Granted, I‘ve only read the first 150 pages of WH but never again!! 1w
Reviewsbylola I do think Mantel is very talented, but I don‘t have the energy or headspace that her books require. (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Hahaha @Reviewsbylola I think I may be in the same boat as you!!! Head space is KEY these days!!! 1w
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Fully Booked | Emma Strandberg
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I completed my #Booked2019 challenge a few months ago but I never shared my final 6 reads👆🏽♥️Stay tuned we‘ll be unveiling the NEW PROMPTS for #Booked2020 in the coming days!!!!!!!

nelehelen Yay!! Can‘t wait for the new prompts!! 2w
AnneCecilie I‘m really looking forward to the new prompts. I‘ve enjoyed doing this year‘s 2w
BarbaraBB So looking forward to the prompts! 2w
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JennyM Flappy hands!!!! Looking forward to the new prompts! 2w
Cinfhen Yay!!!!! We can‘t wait to share the new prompts with you @JennyM @BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie @nelehelen It‘s going to be a fun year of reading!!!! 2w
Kalalalatja How exciting! 👏👏👏 2w
TrishB Woohoo 👍🏻 still got 2 to go if I remember correctly. 2w
mhillis Ohhh can‘t wait!! 2w
Cinfhen So glad you‘re feeling #Booked @TrishB @Kalalalatja @mhillis 📚❤️Get ready to start scouring your shelves 😜 2w
Cathythoughts New prompts on next coming days ..... 💃🏾I‘m excited 2w
TorieStorieS Oooooooo!!!!! I‘m not quite done yet with winter, but I do need to get started on my 2020 planner, so it will be great to have the new prompts early!! 🥳🥳🥳 2w
Cinfhen They‘re dropping later today @TorieStorieS #TrickorTreat 2w
TorieStorieS Yay!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
Reviewsbylola Can‘t wait. 🥳🥳 1w
Cinfhen Hopefully by the end of today the sign up form will be complete @Reviewsbylola 1w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Whoa 😲things just got a little bit kinky up in Dracula‘s castle 🏰

Soubhiville Wow, those are lovely. 2w
Sace What a teaser! 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve never read Dracula before and I had no clue where the story was heading @Sace I‘m hooked!! Thanks @Soubhiville they are from last week but still looking good 🌺💚 2w
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AmyG Beautiful flowers. 2w
batsy Ooh you got me itching to start! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Now I‘m curious..what kinky part? 🤔 I‘ll be starting this later in the week. 2w
AmyRebecca 😁 2w
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