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jdiehr

Joined March 2018

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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"...I was appalled at how easily an unguided thought, even one not expressed, could get plucked from the topsoil and still manage successfully to get through."

Very few paragraph breaks and chapters nearly 100 pages long are making it hard for me to get through this one, but I'm determined to finish!

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Whiskey in a Teacup | Reese Witherspoon
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Mehso-so

I was looking for a short audiobook to listen to while on the treadmill and this fit the bill.

Exactly as advertised - Reese shares her southern values as well as recipes.

Cute.

Also - Happy Thanksgiving!

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Eat Cake. Be Brave. | Melissa Radke
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I loved this book! Melissa Radke shares funny stories, sad stories and her faith in such a relatable way. I feel like I've made a new friend.

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Let It Snow | Holly Hobbie
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You guys - I have never lived where it snows. I can't pull myself away from the window!

How long before it gets old?? 😂

ljuliel About 8 hours. 2w
ljuliel ( joking...this is from someone who has lived in an area for almost 62 years‘s worth of snow. You‘ll probably enjoy it for awhile. Be careful when driving if you‘re not used to it yet. That can be a bit tricky. 2w
shellleigh33 This is so beautiful. I don‘t live where is snows either 2w
JacqMac It gets old as soon as you have to drive in it or shovel it more than once a day. Lol 2w
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Milkman | Anna Burns

"Males and mental hospitals went together far less than females and mental hospitals went together. "

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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A fascinating book about the pack horse librarian program and the blue people of Kentucky - two things of which I knew absolutely nothing about.

I highly recommend this book.

**Supposedly the new book by JoJo Moyes was "lifted" from this one. I hate to believe that since this was such a wonderful and well-researched story. It would be a shame if a more well-known author got credit that wasn't deserved

jillrhudy It sure would. Especially since this author is actually from Kentucky and Moyes is not even from this country 3w
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A humorous look at suburbia. Bombeck was such a fine observer and laugh out loud humorist.

I read this for free on my Kindle.

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This was a great book! The story of a 14 year old girl who loves her uncle fiercely, is struggling with her older sister and has formed an unconventional friendship with an adult man suffering from AIDS.

After typing that, I realize it sounds awful. Trust me - it's a good book. My only complaint is that there were things alluded to and story lines started that never went anywhere.

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Discovered a new bookstore yesterday ❤

tracey38 It's so fun finding new bookstores! 4w
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Holidays on Ice | David Sedaris
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I feel like all of my David Sedaris book reviews are the same - I either loved the essays or hated them, but I always give the book a thumbs up.

I have always listened to Sedaris' books on audio - an experience I highly recommend.

ljuliel Agreed, I really like his books. Once in awhile , one of his stories isn‘t quite as interesting, but there are good ones in every book. 🙂 1mo
Ruthiella Agree that audio read by Sedaris is the way to go. I love his deadpan delivery! 😀 1mo
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Not sure what took me so long to read this book from 1989, but I'm glad I finally did. It was a joy.

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Mehso-so

A friend loves this series and sent me a copy of the first book. I have never been into "who dunnits" and this book didn't change my mind. It wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it like I had hoped.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Cinfhen Pretty photo 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🎃🧡 1mo
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Listened to the audio for this one and enjoyed it. Fun, light-hearted and perfect for an #audiowalk.

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Speakeasy: A Novel | Alisa Smith
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I was traveling last week and my reading suffered for it, but I got to walk through a Narnia-like wardrobe and ended up in a speakeasy! No joke. My creative and talented sister has this secret room in her antique store. It was nothing short of magical.

Redwritinghood Very cool! 2mo
jillrhudy Life goals 3w
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Histoire de Bordeaux | Charles Higounet
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Look at this gorgeous bookcase at my sister's antique shop in Texas! What do you think of displaying the books spine-in?
The sign on it says "Biblioteque de Bordeaux."

britt_brooke I‘m not a fan of spine-in. Too impractical. This case is very nice, though! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the bookcase but not the spine-in. I can‘t find my books! 2mo
Suet624 Spines in would drive me nutty. Unless you plan on randomly selecting a book to read from your TBR. 2mo
Bookishthoughts It's artsy cute! But for a bookshelf that is being used....it would be hard. 2mo
Ruthiella Beautiful cupboard but I would want to see the spines. Unless someone is using it like a life sized TBR jar. 😀 2mo
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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I stumbled upon an excellent movie on Amazon Prime yesterday about Astrid Lindgren - author of Pippi Longstocking.

I had no idea that Lindgren was a single, teenage mother. What she went through and overcame makes for a very inspiring movie.

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I really like this Seven Sisters series. The Pearl Sister was no exception. The historical part of this book was about the pearl industry in Australia - which I knew nothing about. The modern part was about sister CeCe finding her way in the world and discovering her ancestry.

I don't think it's a spoiler to say that I suspect young Eddie is more than just a supporting character...

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A book for book nerds! Loved everything about this. My nerdy heart is soaring.

jillrhudy I got a hardcover ARC of this from the publisher and almost died. Better than Christmas. 3w
jdiehr @jillrhudy That's awesome! I feel like I need a hard copy of this book. I enjoyed it on my Kindle, but can only imagine how fantastic the actual book is 3w
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Mehso-so

This book was exactly what I thought it would be - encouragement with the biblical story of Joseph as the backdrop.

It was my Amazom Prime pick last month. Nothing I would have spent money on, but not bad for a free book.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Cool garage sale find today 😍

AmyG Ooooo ❤️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Wow! 2mo
JoScho I feel like @LeahBergen will love this. 2mo
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batsy 😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen @JoScho Yes!! I love this edition illustrated by Eichenberg! 😍😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love it! 2mo
staci.reads I have this one and love it!! 2mo
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 7

I've enjoyed this challenge!

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Love That Dog | Sharon Creech
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Ruthiella Adorable!😀 3mo
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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Ruthiella Oh C. Thomas Howell! 😀 3mo
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Book of Haikus | Jack Kerouac
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Ruthiella Nice! 3mo
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Jacob Have I Loved | Katherine Paterson
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 2

One cover a day for 7 days. No explanation. Tag a Litten each day.

@TrishB - I tag you 😊

Ruthiella A childhood classic that unfortunately I never read! 3mo
Amiable My goodness, I loved that book as a child! This takes me back! 3mo
TrishB Thank you 👍🏻 I‘m half way through and just keep forgetting to finish! 3mo
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Anne of Green Gables | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 1

7 covers you love. 1 a day for 7 days. No explanations. Tag a different Litten each day.

I'll tag @Insightsintobooks

Insightsintobooks Ohh Thank you for the tag!! 😃❤ 3mo
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Hide the Elephant | Jonathan Dunne
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I saw here on Litsy that Jonathan Dunne's books were free on Amazon so I got them and hoped that I would be able to give a good review since @JonathanDunne is on here! Readers, I am happy to report that I can honestly give this book a solid thumbs up.
Quirky, funny, sad. All the feels for this story. I even welled up a bit in the last few pages.
Looking forward to reading the other titles I picked up by Dunne.

JonathanDunne TY🐘👌🏻🤗 3mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I downloaded too. 3mo
Insightsintobooks Oh. Thank you for the info. 3mo
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Loved this book! So many beautiful words strung together to make lovely sentences.

Enger also wrote 'Peace Like a River' which has been in my top five favorite books for years.

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Not too shabby for a free Kindle book. This is the first in a series that I am sure I would have eaten up as a tween.
A tomboy who begins to feel like a girl, Leda takes us with her on her last summer adventure before starting middle school.
An enjoyable read, but I won't be buying the next installment. Maybe if it comes up free...

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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"...just because a thing was poetry didn't mean it never happened in the actual world, or that it couldn't happen still."

robinb I enjoyed this one. 😊 3mo
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If I were to divide this book into 3 parts, I would say I loved the first third and the last third and slogged through the middle.

I love how Gaiman describes the importance of art and words and books and storytelling. I also thoroughly enjoyed the parts about his wife, Amanda Palmer.

But all of the speeches and introductions about people I know nothing about got long. However - I did Google a couple of then which would make Gaiman happy I think

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger

"Memory's oldest trick is convincing us of its accuracy."

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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You. Guys.

One of my favorite authors liked my Instagram post! It was the same picture I posted here yesterday.

Made this nerd's day 😄

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love when that happens! 3mo
BridgetteM 🎉 That‘s awesome! 3mo
tpixie Awesomeness!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 i‘m just starting this book tonight for book club. I‘ve never read him before —-but how cool for you! 3mo
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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The bookmark says, "Books, cats, life is good."

Yep

Melissa_J What a beautiful cat! 4mo
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A beautiful post-rain #audiowalk this morning

Cathythoughts Beautiful 4mo
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Mehso-so

While I found myself intrigued during various parts of this story, I was never super excited to get back to it after setting it down. For that reason, I am giving this a "so-so" rating.

Liesel would much rather play ball.

bookishbitch I agree. I thought parts of it were excellent, but not all of it. 4mo
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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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My friend and I have seen these ladies live twice and loved every minute of their show. The book is no exception. They make the trials of marriage and motherhood funny as well as encouraging people to support one another. Both Jen and Kristin write part of each chapter.
A quick, fun read. And if you ever get a chance to see them live - do it!

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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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We'll come back to this after a little cat nap

rretzler 😻 4mo
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Another funny collection of essays from Sedaris. My favorite was the last one where David looks at his living room through the eyes of a stranger.

There were some stories I liked more than others, but I keep coming back for more so I suppose that makes me a fan.

I love listening to him read the audiobooks.

Ruthiella His deadpan delivery is the best! 4mo
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Sad yet joyful
Frustrating yet hopeful
Un-put-down-able

This book was all of the above!

LoveToReadLiveToRead Love, love, love this book! 4mo
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I love when I come across the book's title in the story. In this case, though, it's heartbreaking.

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As Lila and Lenu get older, marry and have children, their story keeps getting better and better. Ferrante is so good at describing the relationship between girlfriends and spouses.

One more book in this Neapolitan series. Good stuff!

Trashcanman I hope you are well. 4mo
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Naked | David Sedaris
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Entertaining as usual, but not my favorite by Sedaris

lkurgs I have read a total of seven books of his and I think Naked is my least favorite. That is not to say that I didn‘t enjoy it. I like all of his books but I found that Naked had about 70 or so pages that I didn‘t enjoy (his hitchhiking days). Although I felt that he ended the book brilliantly. 4mo
jdiehr @lkurgs There are always parts in all of his books that rub me the wrong way, but the good always seems to far outweigh the bad. I keep coming back for more! 4mo
lkurgs @jdiehr couldn‘t agree more! I finally have all of his books and intend to read them all by the end of August. I feel as if I were under a Sedaris spell! Love his writing and his hilarious and crazy stories. 4mo
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rretzler @lkurgs @jdiehr I think I only have one or two of his left to read and my least favorite by far was Squirrel Meets Chipmunk, followed by Holiday on Ice (if it only had Santaland Diaries and Six to Eight Black Men it would have been my favorite!) It‘s funny, I‘ve been on a recent Sedaris kick and I keep seeing so many other Littens reading/listening to him right now too! For me, nothing beats his audiobooks as he is a great performer too! 4mo
jdiehr @rretzler Yes - all of my Sedaris books have been audiobooks. I haven't read the 2 you mentioned yet but, good review or bad review, I will check them out 😊 4mo
rretzler Of course, you need to read them all! I really like Sedaris‘ stories about himself and his family. Some of his fictional stories are a little off putting to me or just meh. One of the stories in Holidays on Ice was definitely NOT for me. 🤣 I think I have left Theft by Finding, Let‘s Explore Diabetes With Owls and Barrel Fever left to listen to! 4mo
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The Night Swimmers | Peter Rock
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Meh.

The audiobook was only about 5 hours, but it sure felt longer.

Just a whole lot of nothing much for me. I found myself getting excited for some storylines, but nothing ever came of any of it.

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"...We need to give the impression that we are a happy, loving family."

"We are a happy, loving family," said Maude, sounding offended by any suggestion to the contrary.

"That's the spirit," said Charles.

? Loving this book so far

AmyG It is SO SO SO good. 5mo
kspenmoll It is FABulous!! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🥰 5mo
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