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Leftcoastzen

Joined June 2016

“When the going gets weird,the weird turn pro.” Hunter S. Thompson
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Humboldt's Gift | Saul Bellow
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Why I still read Bellow.

Ruthiella I‘ve only read this and Augie March, but I find Bellow exhausting to read. Every idea he ever had is stuffed in with the rest. I will still read this one, however 16h
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Am I really up to this? I did really enjoy Guinns Manson book but didn‘t read The Road to Jonestown .Interview with the author on Fresh Air made me do it!

LeahBergen I‘ll be interested to see how you find it. I‘m intrigued! 1d
RamsFan1963 The Road to Jonestown was excellent. You should check it out. 1d
Megabooks I finished this Thursday. It was really good!! 👍🏻👍🏻 19h
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“Archives”was 1 of my favorite reads of the assortment we read for the #NYRBbookclub.Malcom tried to write a regular autobiography, then abandoned it.Here,she uses photographs from her past to generate wonderful autobiographical essays,about her family leaving Europe & becoming New Yorkers, her formative years ,even the lawsuit connected to the Archives book.A wonderful read , I love her attention to detail and the way she saw the world.Brilliant!

sarahbarnes I loved Archives, too! 2d
shawnmooney This sounds incredible! Might I coax you to come onto Zoom sometime for 10-15 minutes to talk about this book for Bite-sized Book Chats, the series I run on BookTube? The playlist is here if you're not familiar with it: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. It would be awesome to have you on as a guest! 1d
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The Rembrandt Affair | Daniel Silva
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Despite the bookmark, this book doesn‘t suck. For some reason, mysteries & thrillers are comfort reads , maybe cuz mostly, the good guys win? Silva consistently delivers,spies, intrigue, art & history in his titles, hoping I get to the next one soon .
#seriesin2023 #catsofLitsy

Andrew65 A wonderful series, hoping to concentrate on this series during February. Well done 🥳 2d
TheSpineView I have the first couple of books. Just need to read them! Great job 2d
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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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I did audio, I drive soooo much. To be a Royal is to be a bird in a gilded cage.Of course everyone that remembers the 2 princes walking behind their mothers coffin feel a heavy sadness.Harry was hounded by the same “paps” that hound the entire family, & sometimes Harry‘s naïve indiscretions were spun out of control.Still between his military service, good works in Africa ,& finding Meghan, he‘s done his best to have an authentic life.

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The Pirate | Harold Robbins
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Books you hid from your parents 70s & 80s version!

vivastory 😂 I have never read Robbins. 4d
LeahBergen 🤣 3d
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m actually tempted to go back & get the 1960s ones!😂 3d
Hooked_on_books For me it was VC Andrews. Totally hid that I was reading those. 3d
Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books girls came up to the counter , looking from side to side before they dared to ask for VC Andrews!😄 3d
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I didn‘t know ,did you?. March, 7th,2023

BookwormM No but I gotta read it Babes in the Wood was my favourite nursery rhyme 6d
TrishB Going to see her talk on 17 March 👍🏻 6d
Leftcoastzen @TrishB oh wow! Have fun , I bet it will be great. 6d
TrishB There‘s a group of people from work going, should be very interesting. 6d
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Humboldt's Gift | Saul Bellow
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#bookplates Haven‘t posted one for awhile.Always fun finding these in a used book purchase ! Added value.😄

merelybookish They are special! 6d
LeahBergen Very cool! 6d
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Untitled | Unknown
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#JanuaryJazz #ChineseNewYear Beautiful stamps for the Lunar New Year! Happiness & Joy to all who celebrate !

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love these!! 7d
Leftcoastzen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks just got them day before yesterday! Maybe they are still at your post office, I know you send letters & cards . 6d
kwmg40 Beautiful! Happy Lunar New Year! 5d
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Rembrandt Affair | Daniel Silva
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Really long sort pack day for mom . Hoping some wine with Gabriel will help me wind down.
#serieslove2023

batsy Hope it worked and you got to relax a bit 💕 1w
TheSpineView Wine and a book, the perfect combo!🍷📘 7d
Andrew65 Love this series and it is on my list for #SeriesLove2023. Might choose to make it my February focus, I‘ve only finished the first 6 so far. 7d
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#WhartonBuddyRead can‘t wait for our discussion. Troy like many young men,was eager to go to war as a soldier or to help in some way.It‘s fair to say it‘s a propaganda piece.To be fair,most young men were drawn to the old myths & stories of heroism, positive change,& even winning the peace.In WWI the dynamic changed.A modern machine war.After,the lost generation would plunge into how horrible it was, so many lost,& how they were forever changed.

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Great cultural, design, & social history of the mall .The rush to the suburbs, who it was designed to attract & exclude.The return to the urban, like the Ferry building renewal in San Francisco.The generations of teens that first experienced freedom left at the mall by the parents, the same generation whose first job may have been at the same mall , or they just loved hanging at the food court or the arcade.Highly recommended!

Bookwomble I was wondering why this book title seemed familiar, then the penny dropped! 🗣️🎙️ 🎶 Slap me on the patio...🎶 7d
Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble Smiths! I knew it reminded me of something too!👏😄 7d
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Soubhiville 💔 1w
SamAnne Such sad news. I am at least happy he made it to 81--he's damn lucky to live that long. And he lived life to its fullest and to the end. RIP David. Thanks for all the music. So glad I got to see him live a few times, both solo and with CSN. 1w
Leftcoastzen @SamAnne You are so right , he made it hard for himself at times! Treasure the music! 1w
batsy Oh 💔 1w
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Well go to an Ace Hardware in a senior area and what do you expect!

AmyG Hahahaha…thanks for making me think of my Mom. 1w
TheBookHippie Omg…🤣 1w
Leftcoastzen @AmyG you are welcome! I love coffee , I love tea , I love the Java Jive & it loves me!🎼 1w
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AlaMich Those remind me of hearing the percolator when I woke up in the morning at my grandparents‘ house. 😊 1w
keys_on_fire This reminds of Shocky from How I Met Your Mother!!! 🤣🤣 1w
Leftcoastzen @keys_on_fire hilarious! I forgot all about Shocky ! 1w
Leftcoastzen @AlaMich that‘s I great memory, my grandparents too ! I had an uncle who refused to go to drip . 1w
Bklover I didn‘t even know they still made these! Reminds me of my mother on bridge night. 1w
Suet624 Wow! 1w
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Scruples | Judith Krantz
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I haven‘t seen so many Judith Krantz books since the 1980s…till today.

AmyG I think I have read them all. 😬 1w
batsy Omg the nostalgia ... Used to borrow my sister's books. My friends and I used to pass it around in secondary school like contraband 😆 1w
dabbe As a tween, I used to snag my mom's Krantz books and look for the (ahem) “interesting“ parts. 🤣 1w
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Bklover @AmyG Me too! 1w
marleed Oh fun. In the last couple years I‘ve read 3 Sidney Sheldon books from the seventies and I loved all 3! 1w
LeahBergen 🤣 What a blast from my teen past! 1w
AmyG @dabbe Ha! I read Harold Robbins for that. 🤣 1w
Leftcoastzen @AmyG funny you should mention Robbins , there were many of his there too.I almost bet they were donated from the same collection. A little library store. 1w
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In the Caf of Lost Youth | Patrick Modiano
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#JanuaryJazz #café A #NYRB book I haven‘t read .

Eggs Cover love! 2w
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The Poetical Works of Robert Burns | Robert Burns, Alexander Smith
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Tonton Lovely poetry collection 🌟❣️ 2w
Palimpsest ♥️ 2w
Leftcoastzen @Tonton thank you! 2w
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batsy Oh, I love it! 😍 2w
LeahBergen Very cool! 2w
Eggs Great poetry display-love ED💗 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Leftcoastzen @batsy thanks ! 2w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen says the lady who has the most beautiful bookcases! 2w
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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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#ManicMonday #LetterW
📚White Noise Don DeLillo
🖋️Walt Whitman
📺The Wonder Years
🎥Witness
🎹Tom Waits
🎤Won‘t get Fooled Again -The Who

kricheal I love Tom Waits! 2w
vivastory Have you watched the White Noise adaptation? I've been curious... 2w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I have not, maybe soon. 2w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I‘m riveted by Kindred on Hulu!😁 2w
vivastory I don't have a current Hulu subscription, but I'm glad to hear that it's worthwhile. I'll add it to my watchlist 👏 2w
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The Closers | Michael Connelly
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#serieslove2023 Bosch ditches the PI gig & goes back to LAPD.Chief Irving “welcomes “ him back calling him a retread & saying he‘s watching for the screw up. Bosch has one of the hardest tasks , closing very old cases.The murder of a teen , decades old . I love Bosch , he and the city of L.A.are great characters.Been a long time since I read 2 in a row from a continuing series.

Andrew65 An excellent series that I really need to get back to. Well done 👏👏👏 2w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
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#JanuaryJazz #NationalHatDay If you read a book set in 1848-1850 , yes , there will be hats !

Eggs Great cover 👒💗🎩 2w
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Cloudsplitter | Russell Banks
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Sad to see he had passed.I have read a couple of his books , but not the tagged one often considered his masterpiece. https://apnews.com/article/russell-banks-dead-cloudsplitter-affliction-sweet-her...

vivastory Sad news. The first movie I saw in an indie theater in KC was Egoyan's Sweet Hereafter & I still remember it vividly. I read one of his short stories in the following anthology recently & LOVED IT 2w
vivastory Was also saddened by the news of Charles Simic's passing a few days ago. 2w
Suet624 @vivastory @Leftcoastzen The Sweet Hereafter has stayed with me over these many years. Cloudsplitter too. An immersive book as well as a history lesson. I was so sad to see he had died. I want to continue to read other books of his. 2w
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory yes ! There was a nice segment on NPR about Simic today.Time marches on, we are losing so many of the elder statesmen & women of music , writing & the arts. 2w
Bookmarkie Such a great writer…probably more unappreciated than he should be 2w
plemmdog I still haven‘t read Cloudsplitter or Affliction and need to add them to my TBR pile. I loved Rule of The Bone and Sweet Hereafter is probably my favorite… 2w
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#whartonbuddyread
Hemingway was working with the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. He was on a canteen run to bring chocolate & Cigarettes to the soldiers. Got hit by mortar fire. Ended up falling in love with his nurse.Agnes thought he was too young.

Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing. I knew that was the basis for A Farewell to Arms, but I didn‘t know what point in his career he was at this point. 2w
Graywacke Cool info. Imagine getting hurt for cigarettes and chocolate… 2w
jewright Cigarettes and chocolate were basically currency during the war. 2w
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When they are a Buck a book at your library, I just couldn‘t leave them there!

Suet624 Of course you couldn't. 2w
Ruthiella Fantastic haul! 👍 2w
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Have yet to crack open this book of essays, but couldn‘t walk away & leave it in the store! 👿👹🧟‍♂️

Liz_M What a cover! 😍 2w
Rissreads I made a birthday cake for my daughters 17th birthday that looked just like this cover! 2w
Leftcoastzen @Rissreads wow! That sounds cool! 2w
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Volumes Bookcafe | Chicago, IL (Bookstore)
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😡 At least people have been helping them out by ordering some books.

TheBookHippie And they‘ve had such a tough road!!! I love them and go every time I‘m near. They have a fabulous shop! (Wicker Park) 2w
wanderinglynn OMG! What a horrible person! I‘m so glad the book community came together to help out this shop. 2w
readingjedi "Stage their home"?????‍♀️ Make it make sense!! 2w
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MicheleinPhilly Gosh, I hate people. 😡 2w
Leftcoastzen @TheBookHippie oh wow! I have a friend in WI ,I will go visit if I go back there. 2w
TheBookHippie @Leftcoastzen it‘s such a fun Chicago neighbourhood they do have a shop in city too but that has a different vibe. They do a ton for the community too, and during covid they did such wonderful services for the neighbourhood to see this happen is just cruel. 2w
dabbe I've unfortunately never been there, but I'll be buying from their online website. How can people be so horrific? #grrr 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is awful!!! 2w
Leftcoastzen @TheBookHippie it‘s my favorite neighborhood in Chicago , the last time I was there was before this store opened.I did buy some John Fluevog shoes that trip though.😀 2w
TheBookHippie @Leftcoastzen The record store is amazing FYI -DUSTY GROOVE. They‘ve opened a few new shops and coffee places . Myopic is my favourite but this bookstore is wonderful as well. 2w
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The Closers | Michael Connelly
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Why Littens don‘t exactly hate jury duty !😀📚

LeahBergen Ooo, I hope you get an interesting trial! 3w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen I sat there most of the day, ended up excused. 3w
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen Someone saw you reading and thought, " We don't want a reflective person capable of critical analysis on the jury," perhaps? ??? 3w
AmyG I call those…reading opportunities! 3w
dabbe When I was a teacher, I'd bring my stack of papers to grade. 📝 So glad to now be able to bring a book--or two--or three--or just the Kindle. 🤣 3w
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The Narrows | Michael Connelly
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Actually the first book I finished this year ,a few days ago .Happy to be working on #serieslove2023
The FBI has reason to believe a serial killer , the Poet who eluded them years ago has resurfaced,as Bosch , now doing the PI thing gets a call from a wife of a friend questioning if her husband‘s death was really a health issue or something else ? Where the stories intersect, there are definitely some leads in common.10th Bosch in series.

TheSpineView Sounds interesting! Great job!💙📖📚 3w
Andrew65 I really need to get back to this series, only read the first 4 books 🤷‍♂️ Well done 🥳 3w
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Book Soup | West Hollywood, CA (Bookstore)
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#JanuaryJazz #soup One of my favorite places ! Miss going there so much. https://www.booksoup.com/

Brooke_H Love that shop! 3w
Ericalambbrown Damn! I wish I‘d known about this place when I visited my daughter in LA last fall! 3w
Eggs Looks so fun! 3w
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MicheleinPhilly I used to live down the street from Book Soup! LOVED IT! 3w
Leftcoastzen @Ericalambbrown when you go back, visit! Vromans & Skylight Books are very good as well . 3w
Ericalambbrown @Leftcoastzen Thank you!!! I absolutely will 3w
Leftcoastzen @MicheleinPhilly I lived in Long Beach , but every bookstore in the LA basin was a place I wanted to visit.Miss Bodhi Tree too ! Know that it closed . 3w
MicheleinPhilly I never went to Bodhi Tree but I used to walk past it every day with my dog. 3w
mrp27 Love this store but parking is awful. 3w
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Wine's Up? | Wendy Meadows
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Wine , salad , & Chiefs . Contemplating my next move . Who am I kidding? Go home & read 📚

AmyG Go Chiefs! 3w
Leftcoastzen @AmyG hey ! I‘m a niner fan but on my moms side ,KC fan too ! My great aunt came to sports late but loved Chiefs & Royals . 3w
AmyG I like Mahomes. And Denver is SO bad. 3w
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Leftcoastzen @AmyG I have a friend who is a Denver native, I call them the Donkeys! But I feel his / CO. Pain .I‘m team Mahomes! 3w
vivastory When in doubt, always go home & read/ 3w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory rock , chalk, Jayhawk! 3w
Tamra 😆 perfect set up for the night! 3w
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The Closers | Michael Connelly
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Bosch & a beer .Happy Friday night !
#SeriesLove2023

vivastory I need to give Bosch a chance 3w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory it‘s so funny , I was grabbing them for a friend at library sales & thrift stores , didn‘t read them.Eventually tried one , I was hooked . 😁 3w
vivastory I've only ever heard good things about them! 3w
TrishB That‘s a perfect combination! One series I‘m actually up to date with. 3w
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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#12booksof2022 Father & son try to survive in a post apocalyptic world .Such a dark , powerful read . so my 12 days of Christmas Booklist now done , this was the book for December. I was blessed in December, in a sense, a three tie.”Joan is Okay “by Weike Wang & “Mrs.Palfrey at The Claremont “ by Elizabeth Taylor were brilliant!

Andrew65 An excellent choice. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a great way to review the year of reading. 3w
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Resentment: A Comedy | Gary Indiana
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#12booksof2022 Nov.pick.Seth goes back to LA , he has history there but is sent as a journalist to cover the Martinez brothers (Menendez) trial & a young actor playing a gay role even though he‘s straight.It‘s the mid 90s & Indiana skewers the media, people obsessed w/ criminal trials,NY ,LA, & those that believe their own hype.The edgy 80s gave way to a tired despair in some ways I think. Sarcastic & snarky,as Seth dismantles things in his past.

Andrew65 Sounds a good read. 3w
Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 he has been an art & culture critic, etc .I suggest people check out goodreads reviews or the description of his titles on MIT press site.Gives you a better idea of what he‘s about . 3w
Reggie This sounds fantastic. 3w
Leftcoastzen @Reggie I think & hope you would like his writing. I haven‘t read everything by him. I was hooked with his first novel 3w
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The Beats in Mexico | David Stephen Calonne
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#doublespin Dec. last bk I finished 22‘.They were seekers of knowledge, not satisfied w/ the button down conformity of the U.S. post WWII.This book was well written & includes women who were important in the group but not often covered. Margaret Randall, Bonnie Bremser, Joanne Kyger.
Chapters on Kerouac,Ginsburg, Ferlinghetti, McClure ,Lamantia.Thing they learned there became part of their causes & work.Great read for Beat fans!Highly recommended

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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#JanuaryJazz #cuddleupday Just what Tom Tom is best at !Me , book , coffee , back in bed for cuddles!

batsy Adorable! 3w
Leftcoastzen @batsy thanks! And he knows it .😂 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute 🥰 3w
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sarahbarnes 😍😍😍 3w
Soubhiville Aw, snuggly kitty. 💜 3w
AmyG Awwww ❤️ 3w
Eggs Sweet kitty boy ❤️🤍🖤 3w
Ruthiella Heaven! 😻 3w
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Late to the party but hoping some #serieslove2023 will help me get my TBR down.I am so often charmed by a book here & there I forget to focus on series that I enjoy.Almost done with The Narrows .
The year of Connelly , Silva , Leon,& Thompson with her New York gaslight mysteries.

TheSpineView Looks good! Good luck! 4w
Andrew65 Daniel Silva and Victoria Thompson are both on my list. Welcome and enjoy. 4w
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Custom of the Country | Edith Wharton
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#12booksof2022 my September pick.Undine Spragg, the main character of this novel is a relentless social climber,to reach her next goal she cares not who she damages or leaves behind in her wake.Wharton is so good at nuanced & detailed writing, and doesn‘t hesitate to skewer people of her class .I read several of Wharton‘s books this year , some with the group
#WhartonBuddyRead the discussions are a treat!

Andrew65 I loved her books when we read them on #AuthorAMonth. 4w
CarolynM One of my favourites of last year too. 4w
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#lastfirst was excited when I found The Beats in Mexico and it didn‘t disappoint. Review later. I finished it about 11:30 last night! I thought getting back to Bosch in the new year , a comfort crime read though there‘s nothing cozy about Bosch, I am used to him.😁, 10 in the series I think .

BookNAround I should really return to series that I‘ve started and are reliable, comfortable reads for me (regardless of subject matter). 4w
Leftcoastzen @BookNAround it‘s good to have them in the stash .Sometimes I wish I would do one a month but I‘m such a mood reader. 4w
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My goal was actually 101 this year, my mom had some health issues and of course, I wanted to help her. She is much improved & I was WAY behind on my goal but caught up somewhat.As many Littens might agree, reading keeps us sane.On to 2023!

vivastory Wishing you a peaceful '23. Full of great books & good health for you & your family. 4w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory thank you! Wishing the best for you and yours as well. 4w
TrishB Sometimes life does a few twists ♥️ happy new reading year. (edited) 4w
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CBee Our shortest book was the same 😊♥️ 4w
Leftcoastzen @TrishB Indeed ! Hope you and yours have a wonderful year! Good reading too! 4w
Leftcoastzen @CBee 👏Saga so good! 4w
CBee @Leftcoastzen YES 🙌🏻 4w
Liz_M I'm glad to hear your mum is better. I wish you a 2023 with fewer scares and distractions! 4w
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M thanks! I hope so yet we never know so I try to appreciate every day . Not always successful though.😄 4w
sarahbarnes Great work and I‘m glad your mom is doing better. I read 98 books this year, too. 😊 4w
Leftcoastzen @sarahbarnes congratulations! And thanks ! 4w
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 4w
Reggie Wishing you and your family nothing but health and happiness and some great reads this year. 4w
Leftcoastzen @Reggie Thank you! Hoping the same for you & yours ! 4w
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#12booksof2022 August pick.I love this graphic novel, I think many could learn from it .It filled me with compassion for Maia , and more understanding of how complicated our relationship even to ourselves can be.I‘m a bit saddened it‘s often mired in controversy.

Andrew65 Ridiculous that it is mired in controversy! 4w
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In My Backyard | Valarie Giogas
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Drama ! Happy New Year‘s Eve! I‘m about 6 hours from midnight right now , maybe I will finish another book, but I know I‘m going to have a cocktail! 🍸

vivastory Happy New Year's Eve, Linda! 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory thank you ! Right back at you! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Happy New Year!! 😊🎉🎉 1mo
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Leftcoastzen @RaeLovesToRead thank you ! Happy New Year to you as well !🥳 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy New Year! 🎇💕 1mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🍾🥂 1mo
Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm Yay! Right back to you ! 🥳 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella to you too ! Happy New Year! 🥳👏 1mo
MaureenMc Happy New Year!🎆 1mo
batsy So pretty! Happy New Year 💜🎉 1mo
BiblioLitten Stunning! 😍 Happy New Year 4w
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Operation Heartbreak | Max Arthur, Duff Cooper
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#12Booksof2022 July This book! Just scroll through the reviews.I just couldn‘t stop reading it.I had me in its grasp and I wouldn‘t have found it if the
#persephoneclub didn‘t exist.Thanks to them.I read some good books in July , but this was the best!

Andrew65 Not hear of it but looks excellent. 1mo
quietjenn One of my favorites of the year, for sure 💙 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a good book ♥️ 1mo
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LeahBergen One of my favourites of the year, too! 4w
CarolynM It was my favourite of this year‘s #PersephoneClub books too. I wanted to read it, but it was a total surprise, I had no idea! 4w
Leftcoastzen @CarolynM definitely an unforgettable read . 4w
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The Beats in Mexico | David Stephen Calonne
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The tagged book may/may not be the last book I finish this year. Meanwhile after reading the Ferlinghetti chapter decided I should just do this short side read of The Mexican Night since it‘s in the collection.Pad that Goodreads total with a slim volume!😄📚

Bookwomble Most of my total books read is padding! 😁 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble happy new year to you and yours . many blessings, good reads , & a toast to you !🥃 1mo
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen Happy New Year to you send your family, too, Linda. Wishing you a great 2023 😊 1mo
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#12booksof2022 June pick.Published in 1989 , it quickly became a favorite of many readers .I was an Irving fan , but avoided it.MAYBE IT WAS BECAUSE OWEN SPOKE IN CAPS! Maybe it is because this book talks a lot about faith , which I don‘t really have a good relationship with!😄And while I loved it , it is STILL NOT MY FAVORITE IRVING!😄Another factor, sometimes you want a book you deliberately didn‘t read by a fave in case something happens.🤷‍♀️

Ruthiella This is POTENTIALLY my favorite Irving. I haven‘t read them all (yet) and I definitely want to re-read this too. 1mo
Andrew65 I own this and need to read it. What would be your favourite Irving? (edited) 1mo
CuriousG For someone with a tenuous relationship with faith, some of my favourite books of all time include significant faith themes. This novel and The Sparrow/Children of God (Mary Doria Russell) top that list. Spiritual aspects aside, I think the character development of Owen is so intriguing. 1mo
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Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 I think it will always be Garp. 1mo
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen Me too, I loved that book and read it before the film was made. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 I read it before the film as well. I liked the film adaptation a lot . Can‘t always say that. 1mo
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen That is so true. 1mo
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The Undocumented Americans | Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
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#12Booksof2022 my May pick ! It has stuck with me . Karla meets the undocumented where they live and work &shares their experiences ,often heartbreaking. Tales of exploitation, grief, while trying to create a better life. There is plenty of blame to go around for both major parties infighting or ignoring that our immigration policies are a shambles.And DACA ! Don‘t get me started.

Leftcoastzen Honorable mention 1mo
Andrew65 An interesting looking book. 1mo
Aimeesue I read this as an ARC a long time ago, and it has really stuck with me. All the issues you never have to think about that can seriously impact someone's life - like dental pain?? Eye opening. 1mo
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TrishB Heart broken 💔 a force of nature. RIP 1mo
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April .leave it to me to pick a novel from 1862 .😂this semi autobiographical novel was where Dostoevsky cut his chops on developing characters & worked on the psychological elements of his novels .So not plot driven.I felt I was there .😱I adore this cover of this old Grove Press Evergreen edition that has lived in my collection for years. #12Booksof2022

batsy Yay for Dosty! Brilliant author. I've yet to read this, though. That edition 👌🏾 1mo
Andrew65 A true classic! 1mo
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Here Be Icebergs | Katya Adaui
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Kudos to Charco Press for more books in translation! The author is from #peru though the topic in these short stories is family drama ,dysfunction, in families we choose & those we are born into.Some interesting writing a soft pick.I found this just browsing the new shelf at my library, a simple pleasure indeed .

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#12Booksof2022 my pick for best of March.A remarkable autobiography of a woman who would not be stopped when it came to fighting for justice.They burned down her newspaper office, she was threatened constantly, but still continued on.One of the founders of the NAACP.

Andrew65 This looks a must read. 1mo
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Am I gonna want my $3.99 back? Clerks III

wanderinglynn Oh, I‘m curious. I read some rather negative reviews about it. But I haven‘t watched it yet. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @wanderinglynn Amy Sedaris plays a doctor in a witch costume, this may be ok 😂 1mo
booklover3258 I thought it was a great movie! Great homage to the first one. 1mo
Addison_Reads I thought it was a great ending for the series, but it is different than the first two. My husband wasn't pleased though. 1mo
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