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Joined April 2019

I had to choose between a fireplace or a library wall. I chose the library wall.
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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So last night the branch of my pub library discussed THT. I was well prepared because since August I binged-watched all 3 seasons of the series, read the graphic novel, and then read the original just in time to read The Testaments along with the audiobook. My lib made this Claire Daines reading available to me. I had to go there. It‘s been years since I‘ve listened to an audiobook via CD and surround sound rather than phone. It was great!

Nute It sounds like you were well prepared. I have read The Handmaid‘s Tale twice. I have not watched the adaptation or read the graphic novel or listened to the audiobook. I‘d like to listen to the audiobook...who is the narrator? Did you enjoy it? I‘ve haven‘t listened to an audiobook before. I think my attention might drift. The Testaments is getting mixed reviews, but I do plan to read it next year. 21h
Scochrane26 I really enjoyed listening to the audio-Claire Danes is great. I had read the book at least twice & wanted a different format. 21h
Scochrane26 @Nute I started using audiobooks years ago when I was driving a lot every day & still love them. It took me a few to get used to them, & if my attention wanders, I just rewind a little. Personally, I have a hard time if there‘s a lot of characters, so I often do NF or memoirs. 21h
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marleed @Nute Claire Daines narrates the audiobook as Offred and does an excellent job. It was like Homeland and the THT Hulu series combined! I listened to one CD a day over 9 days and through speakers audible throughout my house. I typically audiobook though earbuds on my phone so the CD experience was fun - I think I‘ll check audiobooks on CD more often now. 21h
marleed @Scochrane26 Aren‘t audiobook awesome!? I‘m alone often so and I love moving about my day with a story being told to me. Somehow this experience of one deliberate normal-play CD at a time with full speakers was such a treat. I guess I thought CDs were old technology and inconvenient compared to Overdrive, but it was fun. And can we just say, Claire Daines!! 20h
Scochrane26 @marleed I haven‘t used cd‘s in a year because after a wreck on thanksgiving last year, I got a car w/ no CD player. But, I do have a CD player in my kitchen, maybe I‘ll start checking them out again from library because I like to listen while I cook. 20h
Nute That might be the way for me to reacquaint myself with THT prior to reading The Testaments.🙂 18h
marleed @Scochrane26 BTW, I‘m sorry about your wreck. I hope you weren‘t injured. 14h
Scochrane26 @marleed it was a bad wreck, not my fault, but somehow I wasn‘t injured at all. Thanks for your concern. 12h
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I suspended my library hold until I could give this story my full attention. It is beautifully written and Ta-Nehisi Coates paints the emotional abuse of slavery into a masterpiece that I believe will be read for years to come.

Addison_Reads I'm finishing this one up today. Glad you liked it. 💚 2d
marleed I thought it was so good. I‘m really glad I waited until I could sink in and absorb it. Oprah seldom recommends an easy read for me! 2d
Scochrane26 He doesn‘t write easy books, but they always teach me a lot. 2d
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Next up on the eeny-meeny-miney-moe of my physical #NFNov reads is this little beauty. I loved how this was written - alternating chapters between a father and his grown son reflecting on the same or similar events. I‘m a fan of both Bill and Willie Geist. As I read, I couldn‘t help but think of what a treasure (grandfather/father) this published book will be for Willie‘s children when grown.

Suet624 Every time I see Willie on tv I think he‘s about 27 years old. He looks like such a kid. But he‘s not. 3d
marleed @Suet624 I got such a kick in the back and forth between theses two in the book. More often I read about a loving but strict parent. However, Willie was raised by loving but liberal parents so it makes the telling really interesting. 3d
Suet624 I‘ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation. 3d
ValerieAndBooks Stacking this! I loved this tagged book but haven‘t read anything else by the Geists yet 2d
marleed @ValerieAndBooks Oh cool! They just really enjoy each other. What a blessing - to be loved by your father. I wish everyone had that. 2d
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I like this book quite a bit and why I didn‘t love it is really my problem. I‘m discovering this about myself inside fiction wrapped in fascinating history to which I know little... I‘m often less engaged in the love interests of the characters than I am in those characters negotiating the history to which I am reading. So my minor disappointment was more about me than the quality of the book.

Scochrane26 I need to post my review of the book, forgot yesterday. I feel much the same way. I was into it until toward the end. 4d
Scochrane26 I may be biased, but I liked Book Woman of Troublesome Creek better. 4d
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m still waiting on my lib loan of BWoTC. I‘ve spent the last 2 days trying to figure out why I‘m so hard on love stories embedded in HF - I mean I watch Hallmark movies so obviously I‘m good with romance stories. I think for me in HF if the romance is not integral to the history researched and told it is secondary to the story and undeserving of too much real estate in the telling of the book. Does that make sense? (edited) 4d
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Scochrane26 @Marleed yes, it does. BW does have a love interest, but it‘s more of a friendship most of the book & not as central as other plots. 4d
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading this now. I‘m really loving it so far so we‘ll see. 🤞🏻 3d
marleed @Reviewsbylola I hope you like it. It‘s such a good storyline. 3d
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Week6 #BFCr4
I loved this round - working toward a Fitbit-free day was a success, and I earned a free Saturday for 6 consecutive weeks by reaching my goal by Friday night, walking over 233 miles and finishing 29 books.

Fitness weekly Goal 35 miles: 40.03 miles/93,455 steps.
Book total goal of 27 books with the priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I finished at 29, 19:11.

Thank you @Wanderinglynn. Card is on the way!

marleed There are 7 LFLs I walk by (and support) on my daily walk. This one is my favorite to look at because the back is a beautiful as the front - and it is weathered to perfection! 5d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It looks like a mini haunted house. 🖤 5d
marleed @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The pole supporting is every bit as weathered. With each storm I find myself looking out for this guy and hoping it survives! 5d
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome job! I‘m so happy you were able to find something that worked for you. 5d
Reviewsbylola Wow, I LOVE that LFL! Looks like a haunted dollhouse! 3d
marleed @Reviewsbylola I love it. It‘s well designed on the inside too. It‘s even large enough to donate a few tabletop books! 3d
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I Remember Nothing | Nora Ephron
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I‘m randomly picking older #NFNov books from my shelves in between library drops, and I‘m so glad I eeny-meeny-miney-moed this title. I really enjoyed reading Nora‘s take on life and aging. I was even entertained by her thoughts on what is now dated technology - email. I sure wish she was still walking in this world with us.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I‘m grateful for authors who research history and teach us a truth using fiction because, well, sometimes I can‘t handle the full truth in all its messy we-did-this, we-do-this reality. Fiction is often the initial step for me to learn more. ...At times I wanted more character development of Elwood and Turner, but it may have been deliberate to leave us wanting more - and research for ourselves this horrible truth.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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My final 3x3 grid completed for #BFCr4. 4.5 and above falls in my A range and it‘s a big success when I have a 5* in my grid. The tagged book is so important. I‘m so grateful for the persistence of Ronan Farrow.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Having read Bear Town a couple months ago, I wanted to anticipate this book for a while. Although I preferred the storyline in the first book, It was still nice to curl up with these much loved characters to read their lives continue. ...I wouldn‘t recommend this book to those who haven‘t read the first because the character development in the original is so important to the sequel.

bookaholic1 I agree 😀 1w
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Oh the thrill of thrifting a book, reading it, and loving it. The relationship of Eleanor and Park is beautiful- I hope Rainbow Rowell continues their journey. While reading, I never once gave thought to the story as YA, and that‘s my favorite kind of YA to read.

Scochrane26 This was my 1st rainbow book, & I love it, too. 1w
marleed @Scochrane26 I have to thank Litsy for introducing me to Rainbow Rowell books. In the last 3 months I‘ve read 4 of her books. I also love how she incorporates Omaha and Nebraska into her stories. 1w
Scochrane26 I can‘t remember how I found about her, maybe I saw a review of Eleanor & Park somewhere. I like her ya better than adult books, but the adult ones are still good. 1w
marleed @Scochrane26 I haven‘t read an adult one yet. And YA is not typically my favorite genre because I‘m a bit critical of the genre for some reason - too much mom‘ing I guess! 1w
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#NamasteNovember Day9 #SpinePoem2
Lean in, Love Warrior.
This is Where I Leave You.

@Eggs

And since it‘s #NFNov I finally read the tagged after 6 years on my TBR. The information remains meaningful - even though the author (and come to think of it, me too) has a life now she couldn‘t have anticipated then. Come to think of it, Glennon Doyle has had significant life changes since she authored her book, as well!

Eggs Great poem! Lovely post! 2w
marleed @Eggs Thanks. It‘s so rude, but it came together while building Poem1 and I couldn‘t resist! 2w
Eggs Nothing wrong with that 2w
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Velvetfur That was very clever! 2w
Nute You told me this was coming in my Spine Poem #1 post. I don‘t see it as rude. I see it as motivating with direct advice. I like it! 2w
Amiable I haven‘t read the book, so I‘m not sure exactly what is advocated. But a few years ago my place of employment started Lean In Circles for women who were already directors or above (which kind of misses the point, in the opinion of those of us who are not up there yet). And last week it was just announced that they would be starting additional Lean In Circles —for men. 😠 Which REALLY pissed off a significant chunk of the women folk. (edited) 2w
marleed @Nute oh I was hoping you‘d see my take - thanks! It really is fun to look at the titles as just words and do your own take on it! 2w
marleed @Amiable I wonder what Sheryl Sandberg would say to your perspective. She does seem to be speaking to women who strive to lead. I bet she‘d suggest you won‘t find your mentors at that company! I get that people in management positions should be continually trained to lead and not simply manage. But to exclude non management from leadership training creates a schism that‘s difficult if not impossible to cross. 2w
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Week5 @wanderinglynn #BFCr4
Here,s a unique privacy fence I walk past. The flowers change with the seasons. I don‘t know why I‘m obsessed with the two missing gourds.

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week with incentive of Fitbit-Free Saturdays: 40.03 miles/93,455 steps.
Book goal is now 27 books with the priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I‘m at 17:8.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And what a neat fence. 2w
BookNerd9906 Great job!!! What is Fitbit-Free?? 2w
marleed @BookNerd9906 In previous challenges I kept trying to best my steps every week and kind of burned myself out. So this time I decided to set a goal of 35 miles minimum and 40 max. If I could get to 35 miles before Saturday - then I earned myself a Fitbit-free Saturday where I don‘t check steps. It‘s been great fun! And I‘m not burned out! 2w
marleed @wanderinglynn That fence is so cool. The container plants in it change throughout the growing season. I love to walk by it. 2w
BookNerd9906 @marleed awesome! That‘s a great idea. Good for you! 2w
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I couldn‘t resist participating in the #BigLibraryRead because it‘s just such a great idea. It definitely had a YA feel and can lead to important discussion. I‘d recommend it for fans of The Hate You Give. It‘s a quick read so character development isn‘t as thorough as THUG. However, it‘s meaningful to read two girls of different ethnicity move together through a traumatic event where each brings to it their own perspectives.

lele1432 I thought this one might be a good one! 2w
marleed @lele1432 I think it‘s a good choice for the Big Library Read because of the discussions that might follow. 2w
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I‘m giving this a pick because it is thorough in capturing how part-time minimum wage work sans benefits is not a living wage - especially for a parent raising a child with little family support. (And as a Western Montana girl myself, I get the Missoula thing!) ...But there‘s a miss for me in a memoir when the author lacks any introspection and onus to their current life situation. #NFNov

Bookwormjillk I was torn about this one too. 2w
Caroline2 I love this photo!! 🥰 2w
OnlyYoo Beautiful picture 2w
marleed @Bookwormjillk I thought she painted a meaningful picture of surviving on minimum wage. But I felt like she was blaming her life on everyone and everything around her while only taking oness for good. 2w
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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I‘m hard on HF particularly when it‘s YA. I want an interesting, well-researched stetting, characters fitting seamlessly in the history and not encumbered with events too many to realistically endure. I want characters created with the mindset and mores of the day vice the book‘s publishing date. ...I took issue with a couple things here, but overall it‘s a pick.

IndoorDame Great review! 2w
marleed @IndoorDame Thanks. The main character is of half Chinese, half European descent. Initially, I thought the author missed the mark on that distinction. But in the 1890s if you had any distinguishable ancestry that was not of European descent, you were that and only that. (edited) 2w
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This is a quick #NFNov pick to read in the week where darkens rises an hour earlier providing more time to hunker down with a cuddly blanket, warm socks, a hot drink, and candles. That‘s my newfound Hyyge approach to this time change thing ;)

#TIL It‘s said Hygge is to Denmark what Freedom is to America. Hey Denmark, I just read Catch and Kill and I‘m awaiting She Said and Blowout... Please hang tight to your Hygge!

Amiable My husband and I went to Denmark back in April and I am all about the hygge! The whole principle of it is right up my alley. 2w
marleed @Amiable That must have been a wonderful trip! I think I should read this book every year just as a reminder of how to take advantage of longer nights and cold temps. 2w
rsteve388 9 pts 2w
rsteve388 Did you sign up I do not see you on my spreadsheet?! 2w
marleed @rsteve388 I didn‘t. But I‘m so inspired by the challenge of reading so many non fictions on my TBR that I thought I‘d sneak in and audit your challenge! So you don‘t have to track points for me. Also, I love the TIL hashtag with the NF. It‘s so intriguing to read the lesson learned from a book! 2w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I thought I knew this story but reading it hurts my soul. I am careful to ever apply the word shame. But the corrupt actions of the powerful and the depths we are willing to go to protect the men (it is men in this story) holding that power is shameful. #TIL In this world, right now, investigative journalists and whistle blowers are my heroes and my North Star.

#NFNov

rsteve388 9 pts 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 2w
marleed @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought my blood had stopped boiling over HW, but no. I hope we can look at these last 3 years at some point down the road as the pivot in which we learned to do better. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I hope so too! 2w
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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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I liked the historical setting in this story and I was content with how the journeys resolved for the three main characters, But my journey in this book couldn‘t find a way out of so-so status. I found the dialogue corney, and the cliff-hanging pivots from one POV to another made me want to skip pages to stay with the current storyline.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Second 3x3 grid completed for #BFCr4. 4.5 and above falls in my A range and the tagged 5* toppled my Top6Reads of 2019.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Prairiegirl_reading I also loved the Dutch House and JVN! 3w
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Just thinking of JBN makes me smile! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading @marleed he‘s so adorable. You have to follow him on Instagram if you don‘t already. 😸😸😸😸 2w
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Haha. After his memoir I started following him and Michelle Kwan! (edited) 2w
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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#NamasteNovember Day3 #SpinePoem1

Once upon a more enchanted time when breath becomes air - under the banner of heaven, cage of stars, into thin air... I let you go, Teacher Man.

Gone with the wind.

Watch me disappear, Evvie Drake starts over.

Eggs Ah that‘s great 😃👍🏼💕👏🏻 3w
marleed @inthegreensandblues @eggs This is such a fun way to look at the books on my shelves. Where I started and where I ended have nothing in common! But somewhere on the middle I did come up with Poem2, as well! 3w
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SilversReviews AWESOME JOB!! 2w
marleed @SilversReviews oh thank you. I love spine poetry. It‘s such a fascinating way to look at my book collection. It also kinda cracks me up to use a title in a way that has nothing to do with the context of its actual story. 2w
SilversReviews @marleed 😍😍😍😍 2w
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I met my reading goal so I‘ll up it by another grid of 9 books. I barely met my fitness goal but it was an unseasonably cold, snow-touched Halloween so look at the candy I‘m left with. I fear I will dip-in and void my hard-earned Fitbit-free Saturday ;(

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week with incentive of Fitbit-Free Saturdays: 36.7 miles/85,682 steps.
Book goal is now 27 books with priority of 18:9 (2:1) library:personally owned. I‘m at 13:6

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What a treat! I can only hope that when I‘m in my 80s I have the grace and humility to look back at the people and events of my adulting life with the wisdom exampled by Julie Andrews.

cathipink I saw her on Stephen Colbert and want to read it now 🙂 have you read Home? 3w
marleed @cathipink I did not so I appreciated her short recap of her growing up years. 3w
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Here‘s my October wrap up. I forgot to include the first two cards in my September pic but I liked my font for Bear Town so I sneaked them in here. Currently I have my card collection sorted by my assigned stars but maybe I should brush up on the dewey decimal system from my work-study college years stacking books at the library!

#OctoberWrapup #Spooktober @Eggs
#Wrapup

RachelO I love these! 3w
Eggs Excellente!! 3w
Chrissyreadit Wow!! I love your cards! 3w
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marleed @RachelO @Eggs Thank you. They are fun to do, and writing down just what I‘ve room for on the lined backside has really helped me retain what I‘ve read! 3w
cleoh This is so fun! Do you keep after you‘ve made them? 3w
Meaw_catlady This is super neat! 3w
Bklover This is a great idea!! 3w
marleed @Chrissyreadit @Bklover @Meaw_catlady @cleoh Thank you! Yes, I keep them - I want to find an old library drawer for storage. I have piles a book but nearly 2/3 of what I read is downloaded from the library. This gives me a touchy feely sense of what I‘ve completed! 3w
cleoh @marleed I love that! I might have to start doing something similar. I write everything I read down, but I love the artistic/creative element of making flash cards. 3w
marleed @cleoh Oh I hope you do! I use the Heavy index cards and markers that don‘t bleed through so I can write on the back. I find it to be It‘s super relaxing. I went with the index cards because I feared I‘d fall behind on a bullet journal and give up. 3w
cleoh @marleed excellent advice! I have the same worry about starting a bullet journal, which is why I stick just making a list 3w
Mandoul I love that - brilliant! 3w
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#Spooktober Day29 #Graveyard
@Eggs

I‘ve had this set of books for nearly 25 years. You might be able to see that the pages are separating from the cover from its many reads. ... Years ago I saw Walter Wick at a children‘s book tour, and it was fascinating to see how the photos were taken.

ValerieAndBooks My kids loved those books, too! We didn't have all of them, though. I even made an “I Spy“ quilt years ago -- I'll try to post a picture of that soon. 3w
Eggs Great choice!! 3w
marleed @ValerieAndBooks I pulled these out and it felt like I was going through our photo album. We studied them so often! 3w
marleed @Eggs oh thanks! And good thing I submitted as I then looked at my calendar to insure it was indeed the 29th. No it isn‘t! Tomorrow is Halloween and I need to go buy some candy! 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I loved this story so much that my #Top6Reads for 2019 needs adjusting. Based on Litsy input I experienced the Tom Hanks narration. This sibling relationship is beautifully written, and I completely understand how a house, the good and the bad of it, is a living breathing member of a family. ...You know how judges on singing competitions describe a vocalist by their ability to sing a phone book? Well, Tom Hanks can narrate a phone book!

Scochrane26 My librarian told us this is our January book for book club. I‘ve read one Patchett that I didn‘t love, so I‘m hoping I like this better. 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 I would love to talk to this book IRL. There‘s nothing exciting about the story itself but it‘s just so well written . I just loved it and the perspective from which it was told. Tom Hanks narration is soo good so it‘s possible I‘m positively tainted by that but I‘m pretty sure I‘d give it 5 stars with words alone. 3w
Scochrane26 @marleed that‘s good to know. She was in my area recently, & I didn‘t go, so I‘m hoping I don‘t regret that. I might after reading this book. 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 ohh, I‘m kinda hoping you do because it might mean you loved the book! 3w
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Oohhhh, if you could put hot chocolate, a warm cookie, fuzzy socks, and a cozy blanket in a book, this would be it. It‘s a wonderful cast of customers at Nightingale Books. ...I would recommend this for anyone who loved the setting for the Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

marleed This was book was a #BFCr3 win from @wonderinglyn so thank you Lynn! 3w
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The Institute | Stephen King
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I‘ve read On Writing, but this is my first Stephen King fiction. It was so good. When I put it down, I thought about it until I could pick it up again. I even woke up thinking about it! I seldom remember my dreams but what I know for sure is that I couldn‘t have dreamed anything better than this.

Christine I‘ve been thinking of trying this as my first (fiction or non-) King... 4w
marleed @Christine Oh go for it. It‘s not a creepy ghost story which scare me to pieces. It‘s more sci-go scary. It‘s just good! 4w
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Week3 @wanderinglynn
#BFCr4 er‘s audiowalk at your own peri! I fear #scareathlon and #screamathon have conspired to set dragons upon us. I‘m calling a Fitbit-free Saturday for me!

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week: 39.04 miles/91,087 steps.
Book goal is 18 books with the priority of 12:6 (2:1) library:personally owned. I‘m at 9:5.
#BFCr4 goal change: From 5 MPD(ay) to 35 MPW(eek) with an incentive be Fitbit free on Day7.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And great photo! 4w
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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1. I‘ve lost track of how often I‘ve recommended this book this year.
2. Yes. It‘s a meditation thing on taking time for myself and it‘s nice to crawl into a made bed.
3. Sometimes if there‘s leftovers
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5. Thank you @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m honored to be among your Litten friends! I‘ll tag @Bookzombie because she lives in my happy place!
@howjessreads #Friyayintro

JanuarieTimewalker13 Awhhh, thank you!!!💕and I have to say thank you to @Eggs for choosing me!!💕It‘s one big happy Litsy family🖖🏽 4w
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 It is. I‘m so happy I found this warm cozy Litten place! 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to say you‘re an adorable soul. You ooze goodness. I‘m sending you some magic💫 and positive vibes🧚🏽‍♂️ 4w
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Eggs Sweet moments among us 💕💕💕 4w
Bookzombie I wasn‘t on Litsy much this weekend so I missed this. Thanks for tagging me! I loved Daisy & The Six too! It was great on audio. I do make my bed most days. Pizza, anytime. Usually I wear an 8.5 or 9 US. 🙂 3w
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Bleachers | John Grisham
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Did I choose this Grisham because Friday night high school football goes with October? Yes I did. Did I take this pic so I could sneak in this super cute purse gifted to me by a sister? Yes I did!

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I learned of Ms Rowell in Sep so my anticipation for Wayward Son was brief. As the drive across America began I couldn‘t wait to read how Nebraska would be addressed. To quote Willa Cather: An interesting thing about Nebraska is that it is all day Nebraska. It‘s even better when Simon, Baz, and Penelope check out a Ren Fen!

My IRL peeps know nothing of Rainbow. I was relieved to see this display since I‘m a mere 2 hours from the Neb border!

rachelm I love Fangirl. Set at UNL, I thibk 4w
rachelm Ugh pardon the misspell lol. Think 4w
thekeeperoflostbooks Can't wait to read wayward son, i bought it last week but haven't gotten it in the mail yet and the anticipation is killing me🤗 4w
marleed @rachelm One of my favorite things about Fangirl was her subtle homages to Nebraska so I just knew they had to go I80 across Nebraska rather than I70 across Kansas as they made their way west! 4w
marleed @thekeeperoflostbooks Oh have fun! Well at least I now get to be one with Rainbow Rowell fans in anticipation of the story to continuing! 4w
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Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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Oh my gosh, these five fabulous queer eye men are the embodiment of goodness and light. Even when they individually let us in on darker moments they teach us how to love and forgive our own messy selves. I hear them speak and I just want to step out into the universe and love people a little more. ...And gosh it would be awesome to hang out with JVN and talk my favorite 90s figure skaters!

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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Nuri and Afra are fictional characters fleeing Syria in search of safety, freedom, and hope but they are written with incredible beauty and relevance. Their journey gives emotion and humanity to so many anonymous faces. It reminds us we share external experiences but how we internally receive that experience is unique. ...This is a book to sit with and absorb the writing on each page.

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This was my first Riley Sager book and I was all in. I opted out of watching two back-to-back movies Because neither seemed more interesting than reading Jules to the end - of which I didn‘t see coming!

emmaturi Yes, I also didn't get the ending either! 1mo
marleed @emmaturi I even flipped back wondering if I missed any clues! 1mo
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-I live in Kansas City. Previously San Antonio. Born and raised in Western Montana. Three distinct weather experiences!
-I‘m old! But I identify as maybe 45 :)
-I‘m surrounded by so many book thrifting opportunities that it‘s become my favorite hobby. And I have an awesome public e-library.
-widow, but it‘s been a while. I‘ve become quite content at doing this life on my own.
-she/her
-first name, last initial.
#GettingToKnowYou @JoScho

Eggs I‘m a widow too. Not spider 🕷 tho 1mo
cathipink I had assumed your name was Marley/Marlee this whole time 🤣 1mo
marleed @Eggs It took me a day to respond because I wasn‘t sure how to describe that status. It‘s been a while so I‘m not sure widow is the correct card to put down but on the other hand I‘ve really never figured out the single status either! 1mo
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marleed @cathipink I considered explaining my handle as old enough that my first name is now past tense - haha! 1mo
inthegreensandblues KCPL's ebook/audio selection is pretty good, I'm glad they allow me to be a member there. 😄 1mo
marleed @inthegreensandblues Can you get a reciprocal card with Mid Continent Library? They have an awesome e-lib. I was so sad when my San Antonio lib card expired because they have a premiere e-lib. I hunted around until I found I could reciprocate with Mid Continent- almost as good as SA! 1mo
inthegreensandblues @marleed I'm not sure, I'll have to look into that! 1mo
marleed @inthegreensandblues oh check, it‘s life changing. Mid-Continent supports all the Missouri side of KC that is not specifically KCMO. I live on the Kansas side but the JOCo library reciprocates with them. 1mo
Daisey I agree about Mid-Continent! I live further east in Missouri, but just close enough that my county library also has a reciprocal agreement. 1mo
marleed @Daisey Isn‘t it awesome! I love a great public library. 1mo
Amiable I love your comment about being old enough that your first name is now past tense. 😄 1mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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First 3x3 grid completed #BFCr4. Two at 4.5*=A-, two at 4.75 A, and a 5*=A+ that I‘m still thinking about the perspectives presented

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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Good thing I earned myself a Fitbit-free Saturday because look what‘s happening to dog walkers in my neighborhood!

Fitness Goal 35 miles per week: Met at 38.59 miles/90k steps.
Book Goal 18 total with 1 physically owned per 2 library loans: I‘m at 9 read with 4 coming from my shelves!

#BFCr4 Week2 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Awesome photo! And great week! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 1mo
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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So it looks like another October will pass without my having read Dracula. But I love this newfound vampire, Baz. ...Thank you Littens for introducing me to the world of Rainbow Rowell - I would have never known her work without you!

readordierachel Isn't she wonderful? 1mo
marleed @readordierachel Yes! And I‘ve mention her to a few people in my IRL life orbit and no one has heard of her or her work. Proving why I need my Litsy friends! 1mo
Liatrek I ❤️❤️❤️ her so much! There‘s only one book of hers I haven‘t read yet but I‘ve loved all the others. 1mo
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This book is so darn cute and one of our Halloween treasures.

Day17 #Pumpkins #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge
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The Litigators | John Grisham
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Well, it may take a lot of October‘s for me to get to the bottom of my thrifted Grisham collection, but I‘m down for it. Including legal thrillers into the books I read has been fun and this one is an easy read. I seem to appreciate all my stories better if I mix up my genres.

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Roar | Cecelia Ahern
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This book is so wonderfully wacky and weird - and literal. I‘m not sure if I‘d call it 30 short stories so much as 30 parables. Maybe self-help. Maybe Cecelia‘s Fairy Tales for Grown-ass Women. ... I recommend this as a book savored over days one story at a time

ValerieAndBooks Looks good. Just requested this as a e-book from the library! 1mo
marleed @ValerieAndBooks oh I hope you enjoy it. I typically read a book straight through but these stories or so wacky that I opted to change my reading style. So that I could sit with each story, I read a story at a time at 4 different points throughout the day. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I just read the first one and was like, wow. I think your suggestion to space them out is a good idea! 1mo
marleed @ValerieAndBooks Haha! I couldn‘t read them altogether. But when I let space come between each story I found that I really thought about them. 1mo
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Although I‘m awaiting my library loan of The Institute, this is the only Stephen King book I‘ve actually read. Yesterday, I was so excited to thrift a copy for my 5-star shelf of favorite books. I read this book 2 years ago - I‘m not a writer, but it absolutely changed the way I read.

Graywacke This appeals - even though I‘m not sure I‘ll ever read his fiction (I have tried a couple times.) 1mo
marleed @Graywacke This book was published in 2000 and I read it in 2017. Two years later, as I read a book and decide there is something in the writing that‘s not working for me, I can often connect it to what I gained from reading this book. I highly recommend for readers! 1mo
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The Whistler | John Grisham
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Working down my Grisham‘s, and this was a good story-driven book. And timely, since it allows me to give a shout out to the intestinal fortitude of whistler-blowers!

I picked this one because the cover matched the month, and I finished it just in time for the Day14 #OrangeAndBlack #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge !

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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This book is so interesting. It‘s a well written character-study that pulled me in from the very beginning, and the ending will have me thinking about the three main characters for a long time.

Redwritinghood I can‘t believe this didn‘t make the shortlist for the National Book Award. It was so good. 1mo
marleed @Redwritinghood i loved it. Even as I was reading I was wondering why I was so engaged in this character study. ...And then the end just calmly slipped in. I just can‘t stop think about who it is we are in relationships. 1mo
cathipink I really enjoyed this one too. I didn't realize she had written a lot for the NYT - going to have to check some of her profiles there. Looking forward to her next novel. 1mo
marleed @cathipink I wonder if her NYT experiences gives her an enhanced ability to consider perspective. 1mo
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Check in time! #BFCr4 Week1
@wanderinglynn

This round I changed my goal from 5 miles a day to 35 miles per week (40 max) with an incentive be Fitbit free on Day7. I hit 35 miles so it‘s a free day!

My book goal is 18 books with the priority of 12:6 (2:1) library:personally owned. So far I‘m at 4:1!

And oh just yeah, it‘s blowup yard decor season for my walking view entertainment!

wanderinglynn That‘s an awesome way to do it! Love the Fitbit free day idea. 👍🏻👍🏻 Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
marleed @wanderinglynn I‘m interested in seeing if I have a bit more fun with my fitness if I work toward a day off rather than my constant attempt at a higher step count. Well, that and a foot problem I‘m forced to let rest :( 1mo
MatchlessMarie I saw an inflatable grim reaper at the Walmart entrance pointing at their flu shot sign recently 😂 1mo
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marleed @MatchlessMarie That‘s a good one. To the utter delight meant of my grown daughter, she is entertained by my lack of love for blow up yard ornaments. Even if they started to grow on me, I‘d have to stop - my daughter wouldn‘t have nearly the fun teasing me! 1mo
MatchlessMarie @marleed 😅 my sister has been waiting for the cool weather to get an inflatable Trex costume to go walking in if she does it I bet she will make the news because it's a small town 🦖 1mo
marleed @MatchlessMarie OMG. That‘s awesome! There‘s a viral video of someone snowblowing in a t-Rex mascot suit and it cracks me up every time I see it. 1mo
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The Pumpkin Blanket | Deborah Turney Zagwyn
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Day12 #Blanket #FallIsBooked @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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In Oct ‘97 favorite book of my 5, but my 7 thought the lovely illustrations were disproportionate and it freaked him out. And then! The elementary art teacher requested a meeting - please don‘t stifle your son. His proof - a perfectly proportionate construction-paper bat which to my eye looked pretty much like the 60+ other bats. But we heeded well this sage advice!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
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mdm139 Sounds like he has an artist‘s eye. He may like the new Dr Seuss The Horse Museum 1mo
marleed @mdm139 I have such great respect for art teachers and the need to keep art in schools. Two years later in a different school an art teacher again called and suggested a city run program. Logistically, I couldn‘t get him there. So she took him and I picked him up! 1mo
marleed @OriginalCyn620 Thank you! 1mo
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Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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There is nothing about my current life in which I‘m the intended audience here, but my self-imposed reading for the RW Bookclub made this an October requirement.
...It was interesting to read in retrospect, and recall times where I was convinced I was the single busiest woman in the world. ...I felt this advice paints family life as a drudgery to endure. I wish I could tell my young-mom self that those moments now are the best I ever had.

Alora Love her book club but I sat this one out :( Did you enjoy it? 1mo
marleed @Alora I think she‘s speaking to a very specific audience - Young busy hetero married couple with young kids where male earns the larger income. I was that at one time but my life is very different now. For the most part, it would not have worked for us because it treats family life like a business, and neither of us would have wanted to treat our family life that way. But still interesting points to consider. 1mo
Alora @marleed Wow thats different! Interesting for sure! I‘m excited to see next months. It will be the first month I participate! 😀📖 I‘ve read the other books suggested but not during the same month as everyone else! So this should be fun. 1mo
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marleed @Alora I have so much fun reading her picks. Some I‘ve liked much more than others but that‘s part of the fun. I follow her news feed closely on the last day of the month hoping the hints and guesses were right as I put a library hold on the best guess. Sometimes I end up with the lib loan on day 1 which makes me feel like I won the lottery! And my mostly thrifted physical collection of RW bookclub picks is growing quickly! 1mo
Alora @marleed That‘s so awesome! I have followed on the last day as well hoping to guess the pick. Never been right though. My favourites so far have been Daisy Jones and The Six and Where The Crawdads Sing. Hands down two of my favourites this year, maybe all time! 😍 1mo
marleed @Alora I was so obsessed with DJATS (book and audio) that I ordered the hardback of Evelyn Hugo. I loved that so much that I ordered 4 more TJR paperbacks. Finished and loved 2. I deliberately didn‘t dive into my last 2 so I can anticipate my new favorite author for a while! 1mo
Alora Hahaha yes!! I‘m waiting for Evelyn Hugo right now! I‘ll have to check out her others as well! 1mo
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Yesterday, I listened to the full-cast audiobook, and it is laugh laugh-out-loud entertaining. Realizing it was a Wednesday, I even changed into a pink sweater for the third act! If you are a fan of the movie, Mean Girls, treat yourself to this Shakespearean remix. ...I was thinking I should push it forward in favor of more Octoberish reads, but look at this cover!

ElizaMarie It looks super interesting!!! 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oooh! Full cast recording you say... I have the paperback but it‘d be amazing on audio! 1mo
marleed @ElizaMarie It‘s just fun! @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I had so much fun listening that I really want the physical book now! 1mo
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Old Black Witch! | Wende Devlin
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#Spooktober Day10 #Witches @Eggs

When I was little my dad gifted me a year subscription of picture books - delivered via mail once a month. It was the best thing ever and I still have 8 of them. So this 1966 edition of an old witch is a treasure!

Eggs Oh sweet!! 1mo
marleed @Eggs 3 of the 8 are October themed so maybe I can sneak the other two in photo challenges this month! 1mo
plemmdog I think I have that same one, somewhere. My mom also ordered the book club for me. I still have them all! I think my favorite was The King With Six Friends. 1mo
marleed @plemmdog oh my gosh that‘s so cool! I was so enamored with my book mail that the next year my dad challenged me with some monthly geography book where the pictures were these stickers that I had to lick the back side and put in their proper place. I secretly wanted the picture books to continue! ... I didn‘t save those geography books! 1mo
Alora This is so cool and such a keepsake! Love it 1mo
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Bee books seem right for October because I love hot apple cider - and honey bees want what I have in hand.

I‘m always down for that eat-pray-love search to reset one‘s life when its trajectory goes askew. Impacting that life via humanitarian mission could have been a fascinating story. But the constant overly described appearance and attire of the secondary characters threw this story off kilter for me.