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Portrait of a Murderer | Anne Meredith
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I decided each year I‘m going to buy myself a Christmas book (I‘ll likely stick with British Crime Library for the most part) and label the inside cover with the year so that I can see which book I read in which year. They‘ll likely all be murderous Christmas books. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤣

LeahBergen Perfect! And I want this one. 😂 9h
valeriegeary Love this idea! And love this cover! 8h
erzascarletbookgasm Good idea! 7h
batsy Murderous Christmas books is totally my jam 😆 I like the idea of noting the year 👍🏽 5h
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A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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Ok @Cinfhen I did it. My #top10ofthedecade. I chose only books that were published in that time frame (was that even a rule? I wasn‘t sure, but it helped me narrow it down) and I did fiction. Maybe I‘ll get around to do nonfic as well. 😆

Lindy 👍If I was making one of these lists, I think I would also include 1d
BarbaraBB @Lindy Do make one 😀! 1d
BarbaraBB Ooh great choices. Excited to see Dark Matter and Rules of Civility among them - I have both on my shelves to read soon! 1d
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Lindy @BarbaraBB I don‘t know if I can even narrow down a top 10 for 2019, never mind a whole decade. But… maybe. 1d
BarbaraBB @Lindy It‘s tough indeed and I already regret mine (having forgotten some great reads too) but it has been fun as well! 1d
Cinfhen Nice, Steph!!!!! A few surprises for me but I heartily approve of this list!!! I also focused on books published during 2010-2019 which made it easier @Lindy I‘d love to see your list!!!! 1d
Kalalalatja Yes to Hunger Games! I remember, that the box set was the first purchase I made on Amazon, and it started a bad habit (until Danish book sites started selling English books and having better prices) 😄 1d
Lindy @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Do you know if it‘s possible to sort Goodreads by stars? I would be looking through more than 3,000 titles, but if that was narrowed to 5-star reads, my initial list would be more manageable. 23h
KarenUK @lindy You can! That‘s how I narrowed mine down too.... 😊👍 23h
KarenUK Love your list Steph.... 💕 23h
Cinfhen I don‘t know if I knew that @Lindy @KarenUK but NOW I do...I‘m gonna check it out to see what gems I forgot to list 😂😂 23h
BarbaraBB @Lindy Yes! I did that on LIbraryThing to recollect my five star reads! 22h
Lindy @BarbaraBB it‘s been more than three years since I had to migrate to Goodreads from Shelfari and still I miss all the sorting capabilities that were easily possible in Shelfari. 22h
Reviewsbylola That‘s how I narrowed mine down @Lindy Otherwise I couldn‘t have curated this list without going absolutely bonkers. 21h
BarbaraBB @Lindy I‘m not a fan of Goodreads either. LT works better for cataloging 19h
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The Wives: A Novel | Tarryn Fisher
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Someone sure is comfortable. ♥️

squirrelbrain Oh! So cute! 4d
Cinfhen How‘s the book so far??? 4d
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰🥰 3d
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Megabooks Nice!! 💙💙 3d
Reviewsbylola I finished it right after this post. I thought the threads of the story were a bit convoluted overall, but still gave the book 4 stars. I couldn‘t read it fast enough and that is always good! @Cinfhen 3d
Cinfhen I read a sample chapter and I was hookEd!! I‘m just waiting for a #KindleDailyDeal 🤪 3d
Megabooks Good to know it‘s four stars!! I think I‘m starting Dear Edward now, but I‘m still not very good at finishing books!! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 Hope your Christmas prep is going well! 2d
Mdargusch Gertie! ❤️ I‘m glad you liked this since I got it too. 2d
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Ok, so I just finished this on #audio, on the recommendation of @Cinfhen @Megabooks and @britt_brooke

It was fantastic, as they said. But here‘s where I‘m perplexed. I noticed a movement to “free Ross,” including an online petition. The argument is that his sentence is unjust and the government is trying to make an example of him. That he‘s a “non violent” criminal that doesn‘t deserve to waste away in prison for the rest of his life. ⬇️

Reviewsbylola And I‘m just baffled. This is a dude that decided his political stance should dictate the right of people to do what they want—drugs, weapons, etc. As the judge said, everything he did was with the intention of stripping away the social fabric of this country and the world. He put out hits on people. Wtf kind of privileged bullshit is it for people to take up this dude‘s cause because he‘s a smart, educated white guy? Am I wrong to see it ⬇️ (edited) 4d
Reviewsbylola that way? Because literally all I see is glaring privilege and it‘s disgusting. Ross Ulbricht knew exactly what he was doing. He knew the consequences, should he be caught. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Why would anyone take up his cause? 4d
Megabooks I completely agree. It‘s people who are extreme libertarians, like Ross. Apparently they all just forget about that gulch experiment in South America. He took out hits on people. He had a conspiracy to distribute drugs on a scale beyond that of even Purdue pharma. He‘s the definition of an offender. Yeah... 4d
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Mdargusch I need to read this to be able to discuss. 4d
Cinfhen 💯 he should be locked up!! I think it‘s a very small group who favors his political views ( and maybe his looks) that want to see his sentence reduced. He created a mastermind black market that broke so MANY LAWS!!! He was selling body parts!!!!!! This dude is a criminal 4d
britt_brooke It‘s dilusional to me, but I‘m sure these whacked out extreme libertarians view him as their pseudo leader. He‘s a criminal on a massive scale. (edited) 4d
Reviewsbylola I‘m thinking this could count as my #politicalintrigue 🤔 What say you @Cinfhen 4d
Reviewsbylola It‘s just wild to me how many signatures he‘s gotten on his petition. I even had a “friend” on my FB share the petition. 🙄 @megabooks @cinfhen @britt_brooke Like seriously, find a worthier cause. (edited) 4d
Cinfhen Sure, it could work for political intrigue ❣️ 4d
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Digital Audiobooks: New Media, Users, and Experiences | Iben Have, Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen
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My library recently began offering audiobooks thru rb digital. I‘m thrilled to have even more audiobook options—I‘m just confused as to why they now utilize three platforms. Libby/overdrive, hoopla, and now rb digital. Anyone able to answer that question? Librarians?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Our library recently did away with Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla and Axis360 to go to only using Cloud Library. It is better than Axis360 but not sure about no more of the other platforms. There are more choices definitely though. (This doesn't answer your question though. Sorry!) 🙂 5d
TiredLibrarian @Reviewsbylola My system has all 3 of the ones you mentioned, and it's because the collections and borrowing terms are different. Ex: Hoopla has the biggest collection & no wait list but you can only get 3 items/mo.; Overdrive's collection has unlimited borrowing but wait lists & smaller collections. Libs subscribe to these services & it's a bit of a nightmare; it's expensive, complicated, and publishers & vendors often change their terms. 5d
jillrhudy Audiobooks exploded in popularity so we bought RBD with a shorter waitlist for bestsellers than on Overdrive. The catalog that Recorded Books offered was cheaper to subscribe to en masse than to buy audiobooks individually. 5d
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Reviewsbylola That makes a lot of sense! @jillrhudy 5d
Reviewsbylola We‘re actually able to borrow 12 titles per month on hoopla via my library, and I‘ve noticed the titles offered on it are usually different than Libby. And yes Libby/OD has the worst wait times. 😭 @TiredLibrarian 5d
Reviewsbylola Oh good, so there are even more platforms that could be added. 😅 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders 5d
sebrittainclark My library has RB digital, but I haven't had a ton finding audiobooks I'm interested in. I was told my library did it because it allows magazine rentals. 4d
Reviewsbylola That‘s interesting! My library uses a different (4th!) app for magazines. I haven‘t had much of a chance to browse rb digital yet but the true crime selection looks decent. @sebrittainclark 4d
Mdargusch So many options. I guess that‘s great for us! 2d
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I gave P&P 5 stars when I first read it over a decade ago. Upon my second reading, I‘d give it even more if I could.

I‘m definitely in the mood for more JA rereads now but I think I‘ll keep my fare light and go with my newest #botm.

#publicdomain #booked2019

Reviewsbylola @Meredith3 this may be a JA you would like? Maybe??? 😆 5d
Mdargusch Doubtful she‘d like it. 🤣 2d
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I have a lot to do, but I just treated myself to a coffee so I‘m going to take the time to enjoy it with my current read.

I‘m so glad that #booked2019 gave me the push to reread this classic. It was assigned reading for my senior seminar course in college and I loved it then, but it‘s been awhile and I had forgotten how funny it is. I can‘t remember the last time I laughed aloud so much to a book. And I had forgotten Caroline Bingley. 😂

4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you had fun returning to an old favorite! 1w
Moray_Reads This looks like a lovely edition 1w
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Cinfhen What @4thhouseontheleft wrote 🥰 1w
LeahBergen And the illustrations are pretty, too! 👍🏻 1w
Reviewsbylola Such a nice touch. I wish they‘d come out with more books in this series. @LeahBergen 1w
Liz_M @Reviewsbylola What is reimagined? The text? Or is it the addition of illustrations and commentary? 7d
Reviewsbylola No commentary. Just illustrations. Text is exactly the same (I think.) @Liz_M 5d
Mdargusch Love the edition! 2d
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The Wives: A Novel | Tarryn Fisher
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So excited for both of these! #botm #bookmail

Lovesbooks87 The Wives was AMAZING! Enjoy! 1w
Cathythoughts The Wives sounds good. 👍🏻❤️... will check out a sample 1w
TheNerdyProfessor I'm so jealous yours has arrived already. My tracking hasn't updated for 3 days 😭😭😭 1w
Megabooks Same here @TheNerdyProfessor !! Arrrgghhh BOTM “free shipping” 😫😫😫 1w
Mdargusch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2d
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Eagle & Crane | Suzanne Rindell
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I love Suzanne Rindell, a must read author for me, BUT this doesn‘t stack up to her first two books. I liked the setting, the story, and the inspiration. On the flip side, it felt like the action could have started sooner—the pacing was off. The characters didn‘t come alive for me. I used this one for #soldierstory for #booked2019 because WWII was an integral part of the book and one of the MC‘s brothers enlisted, which was the catalyst for ⬇️

Reviewsbylola much of the action at the end of the book. 1w
Cinfhen I don‘t think I ever read this author before 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Mdargusch Me either @Cinfhen I guess I need to check her out. 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m glad my library is taking a stand against MacMillan publishing. I think it‘s greedy and disgusting that they‘re now limiting library access to their ebooks. #ebooksforall

Crazeedi Good for them, every library should do this 2w
julesG So they don't buy the ebook but still buy physical copies? Isn't that what the publisher wanted, more physical copies sold? 2w
Megabooks Good for them!! 2w
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Reviewsbylola Good point. But the publisher‘s stance is that the embargo will improve their sales because instead of being able to read the ebook from the library, readers will purchase the ebooks themselves. I think it would be a bit much personally to stop providing the books all together since, as far as I know, there‘s no limit on how many physical books libraries can purchase. @julesG 2w
julesG @Reviewsbylola See. It's a win for the publishers no matter what the library decides to do. And that's what annoys me the most about this embargo. 2w
Reviewsbylola I agree. Clearly they don‘t care and will continue to do what they want. That said, the embargo is only for the first 8 weeks of publication so it will hurt them when the libraries don‘t purchase additional copies after the 8 week mark. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. @julesG 2w
Bookzombie My library has also suspended the purchase of ebooks published by Macmillan. 1w
britt_brooke Nashville Public Library has done this, too, and I 100% support it! Screw MacMillan. And it‘s my understanding that even after the 8 week mark, ebook purchases will be limited. The whole thing is utter garbage and has the opposite effect on me. It makes me want to NEVER purchase a MacMillan book. 1w
britt_brooke @Bookzombie 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Mine, too. 1w
Bookzombie @britt_brooke I completely agree. San Antonio Public Library indicates they are suspending the purchase of titles until Macmillan reverses their decision or comes to the table about other options that would allow equitable access to ebooks. 1w
Mdargusch So ridiculous. 🤨 2d
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#movember was an #amazing reading month for me.

7 audiobooks
1 ebook
11 physical books

If I push even harder next month maybe I‘ll actually make my GR goal. Only 23 books to go!

Cinfhen That is an #Amazing month 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
Cinfhen Steph, I read the first line (paragraph) of Black Water. And it‘s really good!! I want to save it for #Pop20 #GreatFirstLine 😉can we put off our buddyread until January?? It‘s also super short and it will probably be a #OneSittingRead #Booked2020 2w
Kalalalatja You go go go 🙌👏🙌👏 2w
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BarbaraBB 😂 @Cinfhen that‘s how I‘m thinking all the time these days too! 2w
Reviewsbylola That works for me! @cinfhen 2w
Cinfhen I feel like December is book purgatory/ so many books I want to read but I need to “save” them @BarbaraBB 😂 2w
Mdargusch Great month! Good luck in December 🤞🏼 2w
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Thanksgiving | Ellen Cooney
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Our new tradition—eating pie in bed as we watch the Macy‘s parade. 🥰 I hope all that are celebrating have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️Happy Thanksgiving 2w
Amiable I love that tradition! 2w
LeahBergen This is awesome! Happy Thanksgiving to you! 😘😘 2w
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MicheleinPhilly YAASSSS! Excellent tradition! Happy Thanksgiving Steph! 2w
Hoopiefoot That‘s so cool! Happy Thanksgiving! 2w
Laura317 Happy Thanksgiving! Sweet tradition! 2w
ljuliel Happy Thanksgiving .. I think you could make that into a Dr Seuss rhyme. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 2w
ljuliel Do you like pie in the bed ? 2w
ljuliel Do you pie while standing on your head ? 2w
ljuliel Do you like your pie here 👈🏼 or there 👉🏽 2w
ljuliel I like pie everywhere 🦃 2w
Nute I love the start of a new family tradition and this is a wonderful one! Thankful for you, Ms. Stephanie. Have a wonderful day today!🧡 2w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime oo love that tradition 2w
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃 🍂 2w
Mdargusch ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I need names of the people at Time that created this list. 🤯 I haven‘t read all 10 books but what I have read, some were pretty good, some were not, and one was just downright appalling (@megabooks and @emilyhaldi know you‘d agree!)


Lifeisasnap Which one did you find appalling? I want to see if it‘s the same one I think was just no bueno... 2w
Megabooks Completely. Mediocre. List. The only one I really liked was Goon Squad, yes, I‘m puking 🤢 like the kid in the car. 😂😂 2w
Reviewsbylola Sing Unburied Sing. I thought it was absolutely horrible! @Lifeisasnap (edited) 2w
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Nute Well, this list is interesting. I am surprised by several of the selections for a list titled The Best Books of the 2010s. This type of list will never make everyone happy.😬 2w
AnneCecilie I‘ve read 9 out of 10 books. The only one I haven‘t read is The Sellout. I didn‘t like/ get the Goon Squad. I think they have the wrong Ng book. Other than that it‘s okay. 2w
Libby1 Out of the four I‘ve read I only liked one! 2w
ljuliel I‘ve only read one ! I tend to pick weird books I guess. I rarely read the ones from bestseller lists. 2w
8little_paws I've read all of them. I think goon squad aged horribly 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Jas16 I have read four out of ten (although a few others are on my shelves waiting for me to get to them within the next decade). Only one of them would have made my personal list. 2w
Amiable Huh. I agree that I didn‘t actually LIKE all of these choices. But I guess I can buy into their inclusion on this list based on criteria like the specific impacts the book had on writing styles or changing the genre in some way. I guess. 2w
sprainedbrain I stopped scrolling at Gone Girl. Wtf? 🙄 2w
emilyhaldi this list is complete and utter garbage!!!!!!!! 2w
Mdargusch Interesting list. Out of all the books they chose these. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
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Portrait of a Murderer | Anne Meredith
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Because wtf is Christmas without a murder thrown in?! #holiday #movember

Tamra I liked this one! 😁 2w
LeahBergen Exactly! 2w
Cinfhen Honestly 😉 2w
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batsy I enjoyed this! 2w
MicheleinPhilly After extended family time my thoughts sometimes stray towards that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Mdargusch Looks so good! 2w
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The Wives: A Novel | Tarryn Fisher
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I stuck with only two. Go me! 😆🤦🏼‍♀️🥳🥳 #botm

Megabooks Congratulations!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 2w
Mdargusch Woohoo! 😂 2w
The_Heeler_Booklife I just started to read The Wives and it is really good so far! 2w
Mdargusch I‘m hoping the Wives is a good one. 2w
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Time heals all wounds, and Rachel seems to have moved on from the toxic friendship she had with Anna. But what a wild ride! I can see how Anna was able to scam Rachel in the moment. What I don‘t understand is why Rachel was friends with Anna in the first place. I get wanting to have a good time but Anna just seems like a vile person. #thepowerofgoodbye #movember

Megabooks Exactly!! Why did they become friends?? Anna was bad news from the start. 2w
Cinfhen Looking forward to this book!!! 2w
Reviewsbylola Right! She says she wasn‘t using Anna for her money but I have a hard time believing she would have hung out with her if Anna was just a normal person. Because what would be the draw then? Certainly not her personality. @Megabooks 2w
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Turkey Trouble | Wendi J. Silvano
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Florence‘s class made their own Thanksgiving cookbook. Florence‘s turkey recipe may be indicative of psychopathic tendencies. 😆 🦃

KarenUK 😂😂💕🦃 2w
mabell Very practical! And I never would have thought of using a microwave - a much speedier way to Thanksgiving dinner! 😂 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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Gina That's spectacular! 2w
Amiable Love this! 😄 2w
Laura317 She‘s awesome! 😎 2w
ravenlee 😂😂😂 2w
LeahBergen It‘s the Lizzie Borden influence. 😂 2w
BarbaraBB Blame it on Lizzie 🤣🤣 2w
Megabooks Oh good lord!! 😂😂😂 2w
Mdargusch 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2w
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A great blend of fiction and history. It‘s been years since I read this one, but I‘m a sucker for anything that involves the plague. #fever #movember

emilyhaldi Stacking this ☠️ 3w
Cinfhen Looks fascinating!! I‘ve been wanting to read this book forever 👉🏽 3w
Reviewsbylola I just bought that! @Cinfhen 3w
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Cinfhen That‘s wild!! Let me know how it is ~ was it a #BookOutlet buy!?!!! 3w
Mdargusch I need to check that one out @Cinfhen 2w
Cinfhen I just ordered it from #BookOutlet on Black Friday @Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read it for so long!! 2w
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Mommie Dearest | Christina Crawford
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I‘m still not even 70% into this book and I‘ve been reading it FOREVER. The story itself is compelling. Joan‘s a vile bitch. But man, couldn‘t someone have edited this book? It‘s so unnecessarily long and detailed, to the point of being painful. #hollywood #movember

rather_be_reading omg this is a book?! 3w
Reviewsbylola Yes! Written by Joan‘s daughter! @rather_be_reading (edited) 3w
Nute Instant memory, “No more wire hangers!” That was some crazy mess!😂🤣 3w
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Eggs I believe the author was adopted from the orphanage in Before We Were Yours. Only they weren‘t orphans-they we‘re straight-up kidnapped and treated horribly, then sold to the wealthy 3w
Megabooks Have you watched the movie? Hulu is recommending it to me. 3w
Cinfhen @Nute SAME!!!! Nightmares from that scene 3w
Cinfhen Watch the film @Megabooks although I bet it feels very dated 3w
Mdargusch That‘s crazy! @eggs 3w
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Desperately needed #bathandbook 🐫 🛀 📖

Nute Yes! 3w
BarbaraBB Hope you like the book! 3w
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Reviewsbylola I really do! @BarbaraBB Definitely one of my favorite NYRB titles so far. Spinster lit is my jam apparently. 3w
BarbaraBB Nothing beats a bath and spinster lit, I agree 😀 3w
Megabooks I live vicariously through your bath bombs! I can‘t use them in the tub here. ☹️ 3w
Kalalalatja @Megabooks I‘m with you, I don‘t even have a tub, but every time I see a bath bomb pic I relax a little bit more 😄 3w
Mdargusch Looks very festive! 3w
Suet624 I wish Judith had some bath bombs in her life. 3w
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Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes
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Gertie and I both give this one a resounding five stars!

Such an atmospheric story of hope and redemption. I tore through it. A lot of unfortunate fathers and father figures in this one, but the trailblazing women forge on. #papadontpreach #movember

Cinfhen The cover gives me The Great Alone vibes and you know how much I disliked that book🥴Hi Gertie🐶❤️ 3w
Reviewsbylola It totally reminded me of that book a bit actually! @Cinfhen 3w
Gaylagal2 Gertie is the cutest ever!🐾🐾🐾 3w
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Bookish.SAM Such a cute pup 😍🐾 3w
britt_brooke Waiting on this from the library. 💚🐾 3w
Gissy So cute🐶❤️❤️❤️ 3w
bio_chem06 I love the name Gertie!! 3w
Mdargusch Wow! I was afraid this book would be cheesy. Hi Gertie 😘 3w
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Stepford Wives | Ira Levin
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I found some delicacies that would have come in handy for our #stepfordsummerparty


If you‘re looking for something a little different for your Christmas feast this year, give this one a go! 😆

ravenlee Well, now I‘ve lost my appetite for lunch. Thanks for that! 🤢 3w
Cinfhen Oh God!!! That‘s NASTY!!! But what a creative candle 3w
MicheleinPhilly I'm sure the wilted dirty lettuce on the plate really adds a “WOW“ factor. 3w
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vivastory Thanks for the nightmare fuel 😂 3w
mabell Oh my gosh! That is hilarious, because I was literally thinking this morning about the Stepford party food! I was even trying to remember the hashtag! 😂 3w
ValerieAndBooks Good times!! Maybe we need a #stepfordchristmasparty now 😂 3w
Mdargusch 🤣🤣🤣 3w
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Thank You Book | Mo Willems
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I‘m in our school library shelving books for the librarian so often that he offered yesterday to show me how to check books in and out. Uh, YES PLEASE. 😄 I can now fulfill my fantasy of being a librarian.

Tamra Fun!! 3w
Cinfhen You look like a natural / top bun and all ❣️❣️❣️ 3w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 3w
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ravenlee You need some horn-rimmed glasses! 3w
Ruthiella Dreams do come true!😍😜 3w
ljuliel Pretty as a picture. ( and not scary looking like our librarians when I was a kid ! ) 😱. If I wouldn‘t have liked to read so much , I would never have gone in the place. My knees would knock together. (edited) 3w
Bookzombie Cool! I would love that. 🙂 3w
DrexEdit My siblings and I used to play "library" so often as kids, it's not too weird that my three brothers all work with libraries and I work at a publisher. Right? ??? 3w
Reviewsbylola I think the kids just thought I was nuts. I wanted to chat with each one about the books they picked out. It was a 2nd grade class so a lot of Mo Willems. 😆 @ljuliel 3w
Reviewsbylola Sounds like a family I would love!! @DrexEdit 3w
Kalalalatja Sounds perfect! 3w
readordierachel This is great. Fake it til you make it! 3w
Simona You're living my dream 😍 3w
Mdargusch Dream job! 💙 3w
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This is my issue with buying used books. I typically don‘t minder underlining or notes, but the random circling is already driving me nuts and it‘s only the first page. 🤦🏼‍♀️

vivastory I don't even understand why they circled those parts..🤔 3w
LeahBergen What the fu? ⭕️ 3w
LeslieO It‘s so distracting. I get sidetracked wondering why these parts were underlined. 3w
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IamIamIam Ugh, that's awful! Totally random!! 3w
ljuliel I can‘t read books that have writing in them. Too distracting. I‘m always stopping to see why they underlined stuff. (edited) 3w
Ruthiella I find it usually falls off after a few pages. I always wonder if they gave up on the books or just the underlining . But it is distracting I agree. 3w
Suet624 Oh, jeez. So annoying. 3w
MicheleinPhilly What a freak. The previous owner, not you. 3w
Billypar But such an interesting observation - I mean 'aunt', 'tissue', 'Sacred Heart' - gives you a whole new perspective on the novel 😁 3w
Reviewsbylola It‘s so distracting. And I can‘t read the person‘s handwriting either, which is even more infuriating. If you‘re going to notate a book, at least make sure I can read it! 🙄😆 @vivastory @LeahBergen @LeslieO @IamIamIam @ljuliel @Ruthiella @Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly @Billypar 3w
IamIamIam Where did you get it from? I had an issue with a book from Thriftbooks & they sent a new book. Granted, it was a cookbook and someone had ripped out the recipes they wanted... lol 3w
MicheleinPhilly @IamIamIam 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
Reviewsbylola I don‘t remember but I‘m guessing AbeBooks. @IamIamIam 3w
Mdargusch So interesting because the markings seem so random. 3w
Reviewsbylola I thought maybe they would start to make sense to me as the story progressed, but no. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @mdargusch 3w
emilyhaldi Oh man I ran into that with my used edition of Stoner and it was so distracting!!! 3w
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Madam: A Novel of New Orleans | Cari Lynn, Kellie Martin
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I‘ve not read this, but I‘m guessing the brothel owner protagonist was packing some heat. What madame doesn‘t have a #revolver at the ready? 😆 #movember

Cinfhen This looks good!!! 3w
LeahBergen I‘m kinda digging her tights (and shoes)! 😆 3w
Reviewsbylola It‘s the type of look that not many could pull off! @LeahBergen 3w
Mdargusch Such a great cover! 💚 3w
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Lizzie Borden | Michael Burgan
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She was still at it during the walk to school this morning. I told her to leave the book in her backpack while at school tho. I don‘t need any calls from the school about questionable reading material. 😆

Megabooks My third grade reader had cannibalism tales of the donner party! 3w
AlaMich Ha!! 😆 3w
BarbaraBB Incredible! Love it! You must be so proud 😍 3w
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LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
Reviewsbylola I had to explain to her last night what an autopsy is. Starting em young! 😆🤦🏼‍♀️ @Megabooks @alamich @barbarabb @LeahBergen 3w
BarbaraBB So funny! 😂😂 3w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Lovely!! 😂😂 3w
Bookzombie So funny and cute! 3w
Mdargusch 🥰🥰🥰 3w
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I‘m a sucker for annotated and/or illustrated editions. #masterpiece #movember

marleed That‘s beautiful! 3w
Cinfhen Agreeing with @marleed maybe that‘s a good way for me to tackle the classics that I haven‘t read yet 3w
sprainedbrain Gosh I love that edition! I just get it out and flip through it often. 🥰 3w
Mdargusch Me too! 3w
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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Marilyn Monroe started off as a bright, shining, #luckystar, before her unfortunate descent into loneliness and tragedy.

JCO is so hit or miss for me, but her stellar depiction of Norma Jean rocked my world. #movember

Cinfhen I haven‘t read her yet ...I think we were meant to buddyread a book by her 4w
Ladyval05 That‘s an oldie! Nice to see it pop up. I did enjoy it when I read however many years ago. 😊 4w
Reviewsbylola Haha, I‘m ready!! @Cinfhen 4w
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Cinfhen How about first week of December, Steph?? 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is a good one - the only JCO I liked so far. Oh and I liked 4w
Blaire I loved this one in high school. We read one of her short stories in my sophomore lit class and I went on a JCO binge. Her odd and dark stories and novels made her a good fit for my wannabe dark and rebellious high school self. 4w
Reviewsbylola I need to check that one out. @barbarabb My other favorite JCO is her other fictionalized account of a true story. 4w
Reviewsbylola That works for me! @Cinfhen 4w
Cinfhen Great!! Let‘s hope we don‘t forget in the next 2 weeks 😜 4w
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#trueblue took me down a path that wasn‘t intended by this prompt, but given the book I finished today, it immediately struck me as “having the blues.”

Jen Ashton is a celebrity whose life was rocked on Feb 11, 2017 when her ex husband took his own life. This book is the story of how she and her 2 teenage children dealt with and grew from their grief. So enlightening, albeit tragic. #movember

Cinfhen This sounds really heartbreaking but necessary. Very recently somebody from our community lost their husband to suicide. He suffered silently from bipolar disorder. It left the community shocked. Only 52, he appeared jovial, upbeat, was financially successful and articulate. Always with a smile and laugh/ so suicide seemed so out of character. 4w
marleed Oh my gosh, I will have to read this. I was in my 40s and my two kids were teenagers at the time of my husband‘s suicide. These years later I find that my efforts in the suicide discussion lean more toward those moving through the aftermath. 4w
ljuliel Very sorry to hear that @marleed ♥️ 4w
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Reviewsbylola I‘m so sorry. @marleed. Dr Ashton definitely appears to talk quite a bit about prevention (I think—I don‘t watch any of the shows she frequents), but in her case, she had a close relationship with her ex and there were no warning signs, so she definitely focuses mostly on the aftermath for suicide survivors and how to help, as well as what that journey looks like. In the book, she also shares stories of others who have been thru it too. ♥️ 4w
marleed @Reviewsbylola @ljuliel Oh thank you. I will definitely check it out. It‘s been a few years for me. I‘ve moved a couple times so as not to be the curator in the museum of my former life so it‘s all fine for me now. He was such a great guy and we are all the point where that is what we remember most. What most people didn‘t know was he had stage 4, terminal depression - and suicide is so often the result. 4w
Megabooks My longest friend, we‘ve been close since first grade and eat lunch every other week now, her husband committed suicide very rashly last year. It came after a fight about something he was hiding from her. She had no intention of divorcing him, but his own internal pressure popped. The last year has been horrible, tragic and difficult for her, her daughters, her mom, his family etc. She is honestly so fucking strong for her daughters. She amazes me (edited) 3w
Megabooks She is the epitome of grace under pressure, and I‘m glad I can listen to her vent whenever she needs it. Our moms are best friends, which is also cool! 3w
Mdargusch So tragic @marleed 😢 3w
marleed @Mdargusch Oh thank you. It never occurred to me to cover up the manner of his death. I wanted my kids and all our friends to grieve honestly. I think that made a difference. His mom was of the generation where suicide was a family secret. She did not come to his funeral or allow me to contact family until after the funeral. She grieved to friends and family a heart attack that never happened. She passed five years after her son. 3w
Reviewsbylola That‘s so heartbreaking. @marleed 3w
Reviewsbylola ♥️♥️♥️ @Megabooks 3w
marleed @Reviewsbylola I explain that we held him high on a 3-legged pedastool and when one leg was kicked out, he just could not maintain balance. These days I think of his depression as a terminal, stage 4 fight in which he ultimately lost the battle. ...For me, I thought our life was soo easy. I just did not recognize the severity of the situation until depression was deep in his bones. People actually got mad at my Pollyanna easy life. 3w
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I finished four books this week. Two audiobooks and two ebooks. The three books on the right are my current reads. Two I started today and one, Mommie Dearest, I‘ve been reading FOREVER. Joan Crawford was a grade A bitch. #bookreport

Centique I remember reading Mommie Dearest in my late teens and feeling So Angry which may have spilled over into arguing with my own mother as well 😂😂 4w
Reviewsbylola It‘s so brutal. @Centique 4w
Cinfhen How was the Attenberg???? I love her but this one has gotten meh reviews 4w
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Reviewsbylola I thought it was her best yet (from the three I‘ve read.) Painfully honest, and all the more special because I had just heard her insight into it before I read it. @Cinfhen 4w
Cinfhen 👍🏽yay 4w
Mdargusch Great week! 3w
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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Anyone else surprised by this choice? Granted, I never read the first one, and I‘m not a devotee of Oprah‘s book club (or any celebrity book club, for that matter.) it just seems odd to me to choose a book that‘s a sequel.

JSW It surprised me, too. I didn‘t love either the first or the sequel. 4w
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valeriegeary This surprised me too. Mostly because I like when celebrity book clubs pick lesser known books, and I think because of this being a sequel and a TV show a lot of people already knew about it. I scratched my head as this one. 😆🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
Caroline2 Meh, I couldn‘t finish the first book. It was too hard work. 😓 4w
Zelma Bought she was just picking classics now. I am really out of the Oprah loop. 4w
Mdargusch I don‘t trust any of her choices. 3w
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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Our morning of dance classes is over, so I‘m going to take some time with a fresh cup of coffee to finish Attenberg‘s latest. It‘s my favorite book of hers. I can‘t say enough of the deep character studies and raw, realistic portrayal of the good/bad binary.

And PSA. This maple latte creamer is amazing and I‘m obsessed with Aldi‘s maple vanilla whipped cream. I may or may not have had @HotdogZanzabaar buy 5 cans today. 😆

AlaMich That creamer sounds goood! And if you are a maple fan, maple Oreos don‘t suck either. 😋 4w
Reviewsbylola That‘s good to know! I often think most of their special flavors sound disgusting and then end up pleasantly surprised. Peeps Oreos, for example, are the absolute bomb! Who would have thought?! @AlaMich 4w
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola Peeps Oreos? Does it just taste like marshmallow creme? 4w
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Reviewsbylola Yes, marshmallow flavored cream with little sugar crystals in it! 😍 @alamich 4w
AlaMich Oooh! The crunchy sugar crystals are the best part of Peeps! 4w
emilyhaldi Youre so extra with your coffee 😆 but I may have to try that creamer... 4w
emilyhaldi And I need to borrow that book! 4w
Reviewsbylola It‘s so amazing. The book is fantastic too! @emilyhaldi 4w
Mdargusch Yum! 4w
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In the Kingdom of Ice | Hampton Sides
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Hampton Sides is a fantastic story teller. He can take any historical account and render it in a way that you feel the compulsive need to turn each page. We read this for a family book club and it was enjoyed by all. The USS Jeannette was trapped in ice and its occupants were forced to trek across the ice in an attempt to live. Snow blindness and unbearable cold plagued the men for months. 🥶 #frozen #movember

Amiable This was such a great read! Love it
Daisey I might have to look this up. I just read a book about this expedition written for younger readers which I had added to my class library. 1mo
mdm139 Thanks for the recommendation. My son is doing a research project on this. @Daisy I will look up that book too. 1mo
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Cinfhen I see I‘ve already stacked!!! I love expedition narratives!!! 1mo
Mdargusch Still one of my favorite books! 3w
Mdargusch The book @daisey mentioned might be a good for your book club. 3w
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Motivating Reluctant Readers | International Reading Association, Alfred J. Ciani
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I‘m wondering if any of you have tips for a reluctant reader. My gut tells me she just needs time. I think it‘s frustrating for her that she can‘t read, but she‘s never been a kid that loves books or begs me to read to her. We have hundred of books, including titles she likes or has chosen herself. My issue is she only will read her one story before bed. She was flagged for reading intervention and her reading specialist also wants her to do ⤵️

Reviewsbylola Lexia for a set time every week. Again, she‘s not interested. My issue is I don‘t want reading to feel like a chore or obligation to her. My one idea at this moment is to do a reading chart. Read for 20 minutes, get a sticker. Lexia for 20 minutes, get a sticker. With the idea of her earning a small toy once she gets enough stickers. Thoughts? Ideas that worked for your kids? 1mo
Redwritinghood My oldest was not a reader. I used to set a timer so that he didn‘t feel like there was an open-ended reading session (like I might intentionally ignore the time and make him read longer). I think also finding something he enjoyed was hard but helped. 1mo
Karisa My son was like this. He liked being read to though. So, kept reading to him and let him pick any book he wanted. He drifted to graphic novels that tied into tv shows he liked. We both realized that while fun these didn't make great readaloud books. He started reading them himself (we found other books to read together). Took a long time for him to branch out but now as a 5th grader he's on a Rick Riordan kick (and still loves read alouds)! 1mo
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Karisa Your kiddo is super cute by the way! Hope she finds her own reading path that works. 💗 1mo
ravenlee Parents magazine had an article a while back about non-traditional reading to encourage reluctant readers. The Read-Aloud Handbook had some good tips too. Have you tried audiobooks, in the car maybe? Our library has books that have text and audio together, like the book and tape sets from years ago. Interactive books like The Book with No Pictures, or mysteries like Cam Jansen that encourage the reader to look for clues? Good luck to you both. 1mo
Lindy @Reviewsbylola Small incentives like stickers might give her an extra push until she finds reading is itself a reward. If she loves having one-on-one time with you, that could be exploited for a regular reading session outside of bedtime. The Lexia program will provide data for the specialist but may not do much to make your child a reader, according to independent research. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Intervention/230 1mo
ravenlee Also, there‘s a school of thought (unschooling, or child-led education) in the homeschool world that kids will read when they‘re ready, as long as you make a variety of material available, model the behavior in an appealing way, and respond to her cues about readiness. Studies show that kids who learn to read later in this method catch up to their peers quickly with no lasting hindrances. 1mo
Lindy Also, what @Redwritinghood said about finding a book that‘s interesting is key. Hard, but worth it. Division 1 nonfiction might be a section to ask about in your local library. 1mo
wanderinglynn She is super cute. What about kid-friendly graphic novels or comic books? I‘ve also seen programs where reluctant kids or kids with reading problems read aloud to dogs. 1mo
CoffeeK8 @Lindy I agree, Lexia has some great qualities, but research is iffy. We use it at my school but only as a support not as the main program. How old is she? Some kids are just ready a little later. I recommend to parents to model reading behavior, read aloud to her, audiobooks, graphic novels, let her pick as much as possible 1mo
CoffeeK8 Oh also, putting on closed captioning on the TV is a sneaky way to get more reading in. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Every child at our elementary uses Lexia, but there‘s definitely more of a focus on it for the kids receiving intervention. I‘m happy to have her do it at home when and if she‘s interested, but I just don‘t feel comfortable forcing her. She‘s only in kindergarten. Luckily, her kindergarten teacher has a much different approach and really stays away from homework and assignments. She tells me just to forget the Lexia. 😆 @kindy @CoffeeK8 1mo
Reviewsbylola Also, @coffeek8, she‘s only 5. And I definitely think she‘s just not ready. She loves kindergarten but there‘s also been a big change to her confidence. She‘s very hard on herself. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Ha! She may be interested in reading to our dog or hamster. I‘ll have to give that a shot. @wanderinglynn 1mo
Reviewsbylola I think that‘s more along the lines of what I‘m thinking. @ravenlee I went to a talk the other night given by two women from the NYT that said we push reading on our kids much too early, and that in some European countries they don‘t even start reading basics until age 7. I think she‘s definitely showing me she‘s not ready, and that‘s totally fine, but I wonder if there‘s a way I can make reading aloud to her more appealing for her. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Thank you! @karisa I always let her choose what she wants to read and nothing is off limits. She‘s just not interested. I think for now I just need to be ok with the idea that bedtime reading is all the reading that she‘s going to do for now. 1mo
CoffeeK8 @Reviewsbylola not to say you shouldn‘t keep your eye on it, but it‘s developmentally ok to not be reading until you turn 6. FWIW my son didn‘t read until he was 6 and in the middle of first grade, and I wasn‘t concerned (I‘m a reading specialist) but all kids are different. 1mo
ravenlee I‘ve been very lucky - my kid was ready to read very early (she‘s 6 and was reading just before 4) and there‘s been no stopping her, but they‘re all different. Maybe try reading to her while she‘s doing something else? Coloring, building blocks, doing some simple exercise, something to occupy her body. Also, I read to my kid while she has bedtime snack, or other snacks during the day. And it‘s novels, so we have cliffhangers to drive us forward! 1mo
Blaire @Reviewsbylola that‘s really young for such a big push. My son is 7 (almost 8) and I would categorize him as a reluctant reader. His teacher has said she really isn‘t concerned until half way through second grade bc different kids are ready at different times. He has liked audiobooks and dogman series. We‘ll also switch off a page each or he‘ll read one character and I‘ll read the narration. 4w
Reviewsbylola That‘s what I‘m thinking. I tend to really beat myself up when she misses her 20 minutes per day but I‘m just going to take a deep breath and listen to her more. She‘s so young and I think just the fact that she has to many books at her disposal and that she constantly sees her dad and me reading will influence her a lot. @blaire 4w
AlaMich There was a book that made the argument that giving tangible rewards like stickers for behavior that you want kids to develop an intrinsic appreciation for had the opposite effect. 4w
AlaMich The theory being, “if they have to give me a sticker or pizza coupon to do X, it must not be a worthwhile activity in its own right.” 4w
Reviewsbylola Yes, that‘s kind of what I was worried about. I think I‘m going to sit on the idea for now and just give her time. @AlaMich 4w
Caroline2 My son refused to read all the way through reception (kindergarten). He would not read a single book and even got upset when I read to him. I just ignored it then he started year 1 in sept and now he can read (he‘s 6 now) and he loves it! I say just give her time. 👍 4w
Amiable This happened with my oldest son—we were afraid he‘d never read. When he hit 2nd grade, though, he took off like a rocket. The secret for him was discovering that he is not a fiction reader —he loves nonfiction. In his kindergarten and 1st grade classes there was a push toward books with stories because they are easier for early readers. He wants facts! Today he is 25 and he still doesn‘t read fiction. 4w
Mdargusch Lots of great advice. Your sister Meredith was never very interested in reading and she loves it now. 🤞🏼 3w
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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#bathandbook tonight.

After hearing Jami speak the other day, I had to get started on her new book right away.

For my bath, I‘m pumped about these new Dr Teals tea bath soaks. For about $5, you get three sachets. This one is lavender, with epsom salt, oats, and botanicals. They‘re not as strongly scented in the bath as I‘d prefer, but still worth it.

Insightsintobooks That sounds wonderful! Enjoy! 1mo
Nute Tea bath soaks. What a cool idea?! 1mo
emilyhaldi Sounds lovely!! I think I need the soak and the book 🥰 1mo
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LeahBergen They sound lovely! 1mo
saresmoore Ooh, I‘m gonna have to get some of those! I love Dr. Teal‘s. Where did you find them? 1mo
Reviewsbylola I got them on Amazon! Typically the Dr Teals stuff is so marked up on there, so I buy it at Target, but these are the same price on Amazon as they are in stores (and I only know that from checking Target‘s website. I‘ve never actually seen them at the store!) @saresmoore 1mo
saresmoore You‘re the best, thank you! ♥️ 1mo
Mdargusch So cool. Did you like it? 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I think it‘s part of #humannature to want to know where we came from, and to leave our own histories.

This is from a family history that my grandfather‘s nana gifted him in 1941. My mom and her sisters had it bound into books and we all got a copy. 🥰 #movember

Cinfhen That‘s so cool! How precious. Wish my grandparents had done that for us 1mo
emilyhaldi Any chance there are any extra of these around your house @Mdargusch ...??😬 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yours is probably lurking in her garage somewhere. @emilyhaldi 1mo
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Megabooks How wonderful!! 1mo
Mdargusch I do have an extra one but I will have to see whose it is @emilyhaldi 4w
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This was an interesting one. Part true crime, part history of LA‘s main library, and part sociological history of libraries in general. I loved the little tidbits, like the fact that the main Overdrive office has a huge interactive map on their lobby wall that shows in real time the books people are checking out from OD and from where.

8little_paws OMG that map! that sounds amazing. 1mo
Lauram Wow! I live 20 minutes away from the Overdrive main office. I‘m going to visit ASAP. 1mo
Megabooks I still can‘t believe how much NF you‘re reading!! 😱😱 I really enjoyed this book too! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Believe it or not, when I was younger NF was my preferred genre! It still is when it comes to audio or ebooks. I just cannot get onboard with fiction in those formats for some reason. But I would say these days almost all of my NF is memoir or true crime. I love narrative NF but otherwise it can feel dry to me. @Megabooks 1mo
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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I‘ve got a sick kid today (nothing serious, slight fever from ear infection) and she is very concerned that I‘m writing in my book. 😆 I realized quite quickly that I had to explain that usually it‘s NOT ok to write in books. Especially library or school books. And to always ask mom first if you need to write in a book. She seems accepting of this. 🤞🏻 #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww I hope she feel better 💕💕 1mo
Cinfhen Awww! What a sweet thing. Hope she doesn‘t rat you out to G 😜what are your thoughts about Picnic? I feel a little anxious as I think I suggested it for your markup😬 1mo
Reviewsbylola Just finished it. Loved it!! @Cinfhen 1mo
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Reviewsbylola She claims to feel fine and was begging to go to the mall earlier. 🤦🏼‍♀️😆 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 1mo
Cinfhen Oh good!!! And tell Flo, I think a trip to the mall is an excellent idea 😘 1mo
kellyann28 I am nervous about my 4 year old doing the same thing while I'm doing my LMPBC! 1mo
Reviewsbylola This particular child is known to draw on everything. Herself, furniture, etc. so I was extra worried. I‘m not sure my other child would ever consider NOT drawing on paper. 😆 @kellyann28 1mo
emilyhaldi Love that mischievous little one 😛 1mo
CarolynM 😂 Adorable! Glad to hear she's feeling better. 1mo
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#likeaprayer #movember

Because if you‘re praying, you must be a believer. 😆

Cinfhen Sounds interesting! I like books that deal with faith / since I‘m a believer 🙏🏼💋 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a book I want to read 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve had this on my shelf for YEARS. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Girl, same. I bought it because I loved Notes on a Scandal, so it‘s probably been on my TBR for at least ten years. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @micheleinphilly 1mo
MicheleinPhilly HA! That‘s exactly why I bought it! 👯‍♀️ 1mo
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You're It | Leighann Kopans
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One of my friends is a published author and has a new book out today under her new pen name, Alessandra Thomas. The tagged book is one of her YA titles (and personally my favorite because it deals with a very controversial topic in our town, senior tag 😂)

Check out Just Down the Hall!

emilyhaldi This is news to me 🤔🤔 1mo
Reviewsbylola Her youngest daughter was in preschool with G. I didn‘t realize she wrote adult novels. You know how I feel about YA. 🤪 Although I read two of her YA novels and thought they were well done. Another author in SoBex has a book coming out in May. She‘s a poet and it deals with her recent divorce. Her son is currently in G‘s class. 1mo
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi ⬆️ She also wrote a great article about her divorce for NY Times. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/style/modern-love-end-of... 1mo
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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@Mdargusch and I got to go to a lovely luncheon with Jami Attenberg today! Her flight was delayed, so we thought she wouldn‘t make it, but luckily she made it at the end! It was a fantastic atmosphere, and one man at our table even drove three hours to be there because he loved All Grown Up so much! You can see him in one pic reading us a portion as we waited. 😄 Jami was so down to earth and inspiring. I can‘t wait to read her new novel after ⬇️

Reviewsbylola hearing her talk about it. She‘s lived in NOLA for two years and that is the setting for this book. She intended for the novel to start on what is now chapter six, but after Maria Semple (😮😮 part of her “reading group,” which also includes Lauren Geoff and Courtney Sullivan!!!) told her the story needed more background, she wrote what are now the first six chapters. She has an active dislike for the patriarch of the book Victor, and she even ⬇️ 1mo
Reviewsbylola shared with us details of what she‘s working on next. (Spoiler alert, it‘s a NF essay collection! You may be extra interested @megabooks. It seems up your alley!) I‘m totally fan girling over here. 🥰 1mo
LauraBeth Oohh - thanks for all of these details! This sounds like it was a fabulous time. She‘s very active on Twitter and fun to follow. I feel like I‘ve gotten to know all about her living in NOLA and her dog. 😀 1mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘m not a twitterer but it was funny, once we heard she was late and may not make it, we all jumped on Twitter to see her status. She had tweeted an hour before that her plane still hadn‘t taken off and then gone radio silent so we assumed that meant she was in the air and that we had a chance. 😆 @LauraBeth 1mo
Cinfhen So awesome!!! I love her books!!! A little jealous 😘 1mo
Reviewsbylola She was awesome! I definitely recommend seeing her if the opportunity arises! @Cinfhen 1mo
Mdargusch Such a great recap. 😊 1mo
Megabooks Omg, that is so cool!!! I‘m dying to read her new book!! I plan on getting it for Christmas. I love All Grown Up and The Middlesteins!! So happy you had a good time!! 💙💙💙💙 1mo
Megabooks Agree about Twitter @LauraBeth ! She‘s even tweeted me back 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen How fun for you and Mom! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, and I was just thinking about you a couple of hours ago. That Letters From Christopher author was on the Dr Oz show. 😆 1mo
Reviewsbylola What?!? Is that CBS?? Must check it out!! @LeahBergen 1mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I‘m not a Dr Oz fan but he‘s started doing True Crime Tuesdays. 😆 1mo
vivastory How fun! I loved Middlesteins & Saint Mazie! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Amazing! And so happy to “see” you both! You look smashing! @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola 1mo
Reggie As somebody who just turned 40 I really appreciated All Grown Up when I read it this past summer. 1mo
Mdargusch The faces behind the names @MicheleinPhilly 🥴 1mo
emilyhaldi So fun!!! Sad that I missed this 😩 but excited for her new book 😄 1mo
Reviewsbylola I started it yesterday and I‘m really liking it. And of course it‘s super cool reading it after hearing Jami‘s insight. @emilyhaldi 1mo
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Emily Dickinson: Poems | Emily Dickinson
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Emily was quite the #beautifulstranger. She rarely left her bedroom, much less her house, and often insisted on speaking to visitors through her closed from door. #movember

cathysaid I feel ya, Emily. 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Interesting #LiveAndLearn 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know! Interesting fact! 1mo
emilyhaldi My kinda gal 1mo
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Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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I just recommended this book to @AnnieD so it‘s fresh in my mind. I absolutely loved this one. What was meant to be an idyllic vacation to Sicily turned out to be anything but. #laislabonita #MOvember

Megabooks I always meant to read this. Thanks for reminding me! 1mo
Cinfhen Loved this one too!! And it‘s a little deeper than I anticipated. I can‘t believe you missed this #BOTM @Megabooks 1mo
L_auren @Cinfhen @Megabooks I Endorse x3!! 1mo
emilyhaldi I loved this too!!!! 1mo
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Inside the O'Briens | Lisa Genova
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Starbucks dropped their holiday drinks today. It was pandemonium. It took 50 minutes for my mobile order, and they were out of the reusable cups and holiday cups, BUT I got my chestnut praline latte and that‘s all that matters! Those poor Sbux employees.

Now I need to read a bit to decompress. 😅 I‘m midway thru this one and it‘s not grabbing me the way her other books do but I‘m enjoying it.

LauraBeth I had a Peppermint Mocha this morning 😋😋 1mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 but I never do Starbucks! 1mo
Cathythoughts Book sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
MommyOfTwo Wow, that‘s a crazy wait. My husband and I were both able to get the reusable cups. Now I just need to get in the habit of taking them when I‘m planning a trip to SB. 1mo
JulAnna I didn‘t like this one as much as Still Alice or Left Neglected, but it was still good! 1mo
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Marjorie Morningstar | Herman Wouk
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I #crave good coming of age stories. This one is old but timeless (at least from what I‘ve been told. It‘s still on my TBR.) Marjorie is a young woman trying to make it on her own when she is caught up in a torrid love affair. #MOvember

jillrhudy Hey, it happens! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Cinfhen I don‘t know why but I always think of Barbara Streisand when I think of this book 🤷🏼‍♀️I‘m going to suggest this for my bookclub 😃 1mo
Reviewsbylola Beware, it‘s a chunkster! @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen I saw! Maybe it will be a good summer read for our bookclub 👙 1mo
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New book acquisitions today. 🥰 #botm

L_auren I couldn‘t put Anna down. I was on my honeymoon and still found time to rush through it. 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola Glad to see you back @L_auren !! Congrats on your wedding! 🥳🥳 1mo
L_auren @Reviewsbylola thank you!!! 1mo
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How to Raise a Reader | Pamela Paul, Maria Russo
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I got to hear the authors speak last night and was so impressed. A lot of what they said made so much sense and the book is gorgeous! It includes a lot of recommended reading too. As soon as I got home, I started buying and reserving books as I perused the lists. 😅

Lynnsoprano I‘ve been perplexed about gifts for our daughter in law for Christmas. Thanks for a great idea! 1mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s got beautiful graphics and illustrations as well as being very helpful! @Lynnsoprano 1mo
ravenlee Ha! I just started this book last night, and was about to tag you in a post about it! 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Lolol, I know, I kept telling myself today I need to read that chapter again. 🤦🏼‍♀️ @ravenlee She found a book today she really liked and then had me whisper the words to her so she could “read” it aloud. 🥰 1mo
ravenlee I ❤️ your kid! Have you tried Elephant and Piggie or the Pigeon books? 1mo
Reviewsbylola My older daughter loves those so we read them frequently but she‘s not drawn to them. @ravenlee 4w
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The Persephone Biannually arrived yesterday! I am definitely adding their new title Expiation to my list. 😍

saresmoore I‘ve been resisting opening the envelope. Would it be crazy to ask my family for an all-Persephone Christmas? 🙃 1mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Oh my!!! That would be perfect!! 😍😍 1mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I‘ve already ordered both of the non-Woolf books. 🤭 1mo
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Mdargusch Did we get a bookmark? I haven‘t opened mine yet! 1mo
Reviewsbylola That sounds like the perfect idea to me! @saresmoore 1mo
Reviewsbylola Omg I‘m so jealous!! @LeahBergen 1mo
emilyhaldi Why don't I get this?!?! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I think you can request it on their website! @emilyhaldi 1mo
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A coming of age novel that centers around the friendship of two girls. I loved this one. #girlgonewild #MOvember

Megabooks Did you see @ChrisBohjalian ‘s post about her new novel coming out in 2020? I‘m excited for it! 1mo
Cinfhen This was a good book!! Great choice 1mo
Cinfhen And exciting news @Megabooks 1mo
Mdargusch Would I like it? I usually like coming of age books. 1mo
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This book was screaming #rescueme from the book sale shelf at the library yesterday. Obviously, I obliged.

Likewise, the plot revolves around a young woman who is begging to be rescued. #movember

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on it! 1mo
Cinfhen I SO wanted to love this book but it ultimately left me disappointed 😞 1mo
Mdargusch Darn. I would‘ve actually bought that if I had gone. Good find! 1mo
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