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jimfields3

jimfields3

Joined June 2019

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“Tsundoku!” is my battle cry. Cataloging my books at https://www.librarything.com/catalog/jimfields3
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Coolidge by Amity Shlaes
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Coolidge | Amity Shlaes
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My #bookspin reads for October. Since I had some built-up Audible credits I now have audio copies of both for my daily commute on the bus. (I can‘t read in motion without getting sick.) I‘m feeling promising about this month‘s goal!

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I‘ve freed up time in my schedule and caught up on my #LMPBC reading (on their way to @TheAromaofBooks Monday). I‘m hopeful for this month, so I reused a lot of unchosen #bookspin titles from the last two months. Hope springs eternal!

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Here are my #bookspin and #doublespin selections for this month. I intend to make reading a higher priority this month, but I need to catch up on #lmpbc first.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Enjoy!! 1mo
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Reading has been a struggle for me lately. I‘m really late, but here‘s my September #bookspin list.

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🌸 Yes, but not always books. (Can I even post this on Litsy?)
🌼 Lunch breaks, evening down time, or hide in the bathroom. Audiobooks are great for commutes.
🌺 I seem drawn to literary fiction but am branching out into speculative fiction.

Thanks for the #wondrouswendesday tag, @Eggs !
How about you, @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @jb72 ?

Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🙌🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
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I‘m tagging my #doublespin selection since it‘s not been tagged by anyone yet. I recently read The Eulogist, and Campbell‘s famous debate with Owens was Pat if the protagonist‘s story. This is a book I‘ve had for 10+ years so I‘m looking forward to moving it off my TBR list. Thanks as always, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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I probably won‘t attempt bingo in August, so here is my #bookspin list. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for the friendly nudge.

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American Sphinx | Joseph J. Ellis
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I worry that we are drawing ever nearer to this point again. May God have mercy on us, and may we have mercy on each other!

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American Sphinx | Joseph J. Ellis
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I can certainly understand friends and colleagues among the Founding Fathers disagreeing on ideas and policies for the Republic they created, but this book fascinated me by showing they sometimes disagreed even on the meaning of what they did.

Lynnsoprano It‘s amazing all the things they disagreed about. When I read Founding Gardeners, I learned how different Jefferson‘s ideas for DC and the White House were. 3mo
jimfields3 @Lynnsoprano I‘ll have to check it that title. Reading this also gives me hope that we in 21st-Century America *might* not have fallen quite as far away from the ideals of our founding as I thought. 3mo
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American Sphinx | Joseph J. Ellis
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Jefferson was a complicated person, and Ellis chips away at the marble to help us examine the real person in his context. “He seemed destined by fate to end up a disappointed idealist.”

It‘s a dense book I would have edited down a little, but I highly recommend it to anyone interested in America‘s Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, or just interesting biographies in general.

My July #doublespin is done! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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2034 | Elliot Ackerman
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I‘m looking forward to digging into this one. I might have to wait for next month‘s #bookspin though.

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Ok, let‘s do this July #bookspinbingo thing! 💪💪💪
Maybe the free spaces will help… 🤞

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I Love You, Bingo | Jacky Davis
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I was not successful at #bookspinbingo for June, but I‘m more determined to complete it in July. Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for continuing to host this challenge!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Still a great month!!! 3mo
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Congratulations to @Hazel2019 on the milestone Litfluence, and thanks for the generous #hazel201925k giveaway, too! Here‘s to the next 25,000!

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The Eulogist | Terry Gamble
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As a native Cincinnatian I appreciated a novel set in our city‘s early years. As a descendant of abolitionists I appreciate a story that helps me imagine what I would have done had I been there.

The book covers about 30 years, and the skips in time seem a little disjointed and uneven. But overall a solid character-driven story. June #bookspin done!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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It seems with each passing month I get more and more excited to see what fate and @TheAromaofBooks “chooses” for me to read. It‘s great my #doublespin is a good choice for Independence Day. My #bookspin is an ebook I‘ve had for years, so it‘s beyond time for it to move to the Have Read pile. Yay!

TheAromaofBooks I've enjoyed the Kearsley books I've read so far, but I haven't gotten to this one yet!! 3mo
jimfields3 @TheAromaofBooks this will be my first of hers. The plot sounds intriguing 3mo
TheAromaofBooks She actually combines several things that I don't usually enjoy, like dual timelines and a bit of ghostiness, but I really liked Mariana and Bellewether was one of my favorite books of 2020. 3mo
jimfields3 That‘s neat to hear. If I like this one I‘ll have to add those to my TBR list. (What‘s two more?!) 😆 3mo
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July | Kathleen Ossip
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Here are my selections for #bookspin and #doublespin for July. I have been doing well these last few months reading one or both selections, but June‘s attempt at #bookspinbingo fell short. Hence just the 20 books instead of the ambitious 25. I can always add free choices for 21-25 if I choose, right @TheAromaofBooks ? 😁

TheAromaofBooks Absolutely!! Also, I LOVE the Brother Cadfael series!! 3mo
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Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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I might come back to this later, but for now it‘s slowing my momentum. When reading doesn‘t sound good, it‘s time for me to pick something else. I‘m glad DNFs count for #bookspinbingo (not that I‘m likely to achieve it this month).

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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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All right #LMPBC #GroupV I‘m leaning towards the tagged book for my contribution to the group, and here are several other choices I have on hand. Anyone have any opinions either way? What say you?
@BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose

fredthemoose Sounds great to me! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm good with the tagged book. I also would love to read Scarlet Pimpernel as it has been soooo long since I read it in high school!! A couple of the others are a smidge on the long side for #LMPBC - generally, less than 400ish pages is recommended to help make sure everyone can read it in a month!!! 😊 4mo
jimfields3 @TheAromaofBooks That was a very close second for me, so I‘ll choose that one, barring any objections from @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks and @fredthemoose of course. 4mo
fredthemoose Also sounds great! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @jimfields3 Would love to read The Scarlet Pimpernel! And I WILL be watching Looney Tunes‘s “The Scarlett Pumpernickel” to commemorate. 😂😂 Great choices! 4mo
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The Realms Thereunder | Ross Lawhead
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I think this is a solid pick. It‘s a little slow at times but about what I would expect for the first book of a trilogy. It also has a few good lessons for the audience along the way. I wouldn‘t recommend it to every person, but Anglophiles, fans of folklore, and fantasy readers should enjoy it. And June‘s #doublespin is checked off.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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The Realms Thereunder | Ross Lawhead
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I want to be a stronger thread. #pickuptheslack

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The Realms Thereunder | Ross Lawhead
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“It seems that people carry corruption around inside of them wherever they go.”
“You mean we can't do anything?”
“I mean that we must do everything, but that even that may not be enough.”

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I‘ve become quite a fan of Murakami, but this one misses the mark for me. It‘s rather confusing, and I think it could be significantly shorter. I just finished reading it s few minutes ago, so as I continue to mull it over I may need to amend my evaluation.

Another #doublespin marked off the TBR list at least. @TheAromaofBooks

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“Once it has taken root in your heart, hatred is the most difficult thing in the world to shake off.” #harukimurakami

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I Love You, Bingo | Jacky Davis
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This will be my first attempt at a #BookSpinBingo and I‘m feeling hopeful.

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The Eulogist | Terry Gamble
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June‘s #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin selections as chosen by @TheAromaofBooks

These are both books that have been low on my TBR pile, so I‘m looking forward to marking them off.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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I almost want to learn Japanese to experience Murakami‘s words firsthand, but from what I‘m reading Jay Rubin is a fantastic writer in his own right.

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Junebug | Cherie Doyen
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I seem to get more and more excited about #bookspin that I started my June list in early May! I have some vacation time coming up so I‘m seriously considering shooting for #bookspinbingo too. We‘ll see…

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 4mo
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Baume is such an exquisite writer, I saved 16 quotes and could have easily saved at least a dozen more. It‘s a semi-autobiographical book about life with depression, but Baume “didn‘t intend to start a conversation about mental illness.”

If, like me, your mood is affected while reading it I suggest pushing through. The end is a hopeful one.

I‘d definitely reread this book, a rare verdict from me. May #bookspin completed, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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So far this #BookSpin book is delightful in its prose and profound in its insights. I feel like I could have shared at least one quote per page.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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If you enjoyed All The Light You Cannot See, you will priestly enjoy this one the same. (Between the two I‘d probably choose the former.) Though very different in content he writes with a consistent style. I didn‘t love this book, but I finished it. I guess I don‘t have award-winning taste.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I could see where the author was going with this motif, and I enjoy the way he phrased it.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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My #bookspin and #doublespin selections for May

Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for hosting. These monthly challenges have helped me leave the reading slump I was in for far too long.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I can‘t find anything in Help. Does anyone know?

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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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Here‘s my #independentbookstoreday haul. Our store had no swag left, but double points for their rewards program gave me a $10 coupon for next time. I‘ll take it! Most curious about the tagged book.

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

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My list for May‘s #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin. I‘m ready for @TheAromaofBooks to pull the numbers!

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Hear the Wind Sing | Haruki Murakami
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If you haven‘t read any Murakami yet I don‘t recommend this be your first. If you have already enjoyed some of his other works this is a nice one to check off your list.

I appreciate his style, because at the end everything isn‘t all wrapped up with a pretty bow. I enjoy the balance he strikes between strange and opaque. I find this book to lean a little more towards opaque, hence the So-So rating.

My first completed #DoubleSpin too!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Hear the Wind Sing | Haruki Murakami
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A #profound #truth from my first #DoubleSpin read

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I rather liked this book. I have disagreements with some of the author‘s choices, but overall he wrote well enough that I finished this in less than a week, a brisk pace for this slow reader.

This also makes my second consecutive month to complete my #BookSpin choice! Yay!! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
AmyG This was my bookspin last month. I agree with your experience....I flew through this one. Not the greatest book but it sure kept me reading. 6mo
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A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Pros
➡️ It‘s a quick read
➡️ It makes you think afterwards
Cons
➡️ It‘s not very engaging

All in all it‘s worth the time, in my opinion, but don‘t be upset if you don‘t get to it.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I‘m looking forward to the tagged book coming off my TBR list. I enjoyed The Silent Patient, but I‘ve heard from others who did who were disappointed with The Maidens. Whatever my ultimate opinion it will be accomplished. Thanks, as always, to @TheAromaofBooks for hosting the #Bookspin challenge!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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My first #bookspin completion! It was…

Interesting to get more insight into the thinking of the men who created and then advocated for the Constitution.
Disheartening that we've drifted so far away from their ideals, especially since it's mostly been a "creep" and not specific legislation.

It falls short of what it could be. It would have been so much better to have a final chapter or epilogue that gives ideas for what to do now. ⬇️

jimfields3 Contacting my goverment officials with the request to act/govern/serve more "Constitutionally" will have limited--if any--effect. What is a concerned citizen to do on the 364 days other than Election Day? Some ideas would have been great. (There were a few ideas scattered throughout the book; a concentrated treatment would have been much more effective.) 6mo
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for April. I‘m almost done with March‘s book!

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I‘d like to say I‘m excited about what #bookspin chose for me this month, but I wouldn‘t be truthful. But the point is to get books off our to-read list, right @TheAromaofBooks 😁

TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks (And sometimes it's just the push you need to realize that the reason you aren't excited about a book is because the book isn't for you... so remember that DNFs count!! 😁) 7mo
jimfields3 Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for the encouragement! 7mo
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A History of Wales | John Davies
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Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!
Happy St. David‘s Day!

St. David is the patron Saint of Wales and is said to have died in this day in A.D. 589. I have been learning Welsh for a while now and have found recent evidence I may have Welsh ancestry (to be confirmed). I‘m looking forward to being joyful today. #StDavidsDay #Wales #WelshHistory #DoTheLittleThings

BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy St. David‘s Day! I‘m part Welsh, so I always appreciate this bit of Welsh history and culture in our year. Impressed you‘re learning Welsh! 7mo
jimfields3 Thanks! I started because it sounds fascinating to me, and I like learning an under-used language. Cymru am byth! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 7mo
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My March #BookSpin list, and I am determined to finish the selection this month!

Tomorrow is St. David‘s Day, so I have several Welsh-related books. I also want to make a dent in my TBR‘s Murakami list. Let‘s do this!

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This is a quirky little book. It didn‘t pull me in very much, but the ending made me review the whole plot. My jaw was literally left hanging open.

At only 120 pages I think it‘s worth the time, especially for fellow Anglophiles.

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The four words I hate to say the most (generally, but especially about books) are “I don‘t get it.”

When I finish a book I want to say, “This was great and here‘s why,” or “Here is why I didn‘t like this book.” Hofmann‘s writing is good enough to carry me through, but I have so many unanswered questions.

Maybe it‘s a better read for a discussion group. Any other readers care to chime in?

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Very dense but very good. We often hear that gender, race, and class are just social constructs. In this book Murray meticulously details what years—in many cases decades—of research says about these popular statements.

This book gives you plenty to think about and, I believe, sets a high bar. Disagree with his conclusions? The challenge becomes finding other explanations supported by the data.