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Hello! I‘m starting on a trip of reading from a whole bunch of American states. Anyone want to come along on a #bookroadtrip? #Arizona can be our starting point, how about it?

BarbaraBB There is this year‘s challenge: #ReadingUSA2019 in which a few of us have read a book from all states. You can check it out for inspiration! Good luck, it‘s a great trip! 4w
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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I just finished the book above and loved how someone was so intrigued by succulents, especially in the UK. Any great recent succulent reads, friends? #SucculentSaturday

Leftcoastzen Such a cool mug! 2mo
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen It‘s the office mug. 😁 2mo
ReadosaurusText That is a fantastic mug! 2mo
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText It‘s my smiling mug! 2mo
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Are cacti romantic? I don‘t need romance books. I can break my own heart. #cactus

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The 1976 Ford pickup (green, of course) was way more memorable than any limo. 😂 #prom

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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You have to choose joy. I just chose something different but no. Move forward, choose joy.

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I need to start a category for books read because the subject or author of the book found me on social media. I think that number is around 3-5, but bear in mind my Instagram is definitely not bookish. #retro #americana #roadside #diner

Leftcoastzen I love diners! 3mo
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen They are fascinating. 3mo
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I‘m doing some serious identifying with this question. I already made my first big leap. That put kids out of the equation. I‘m working on the second big leap. Will it all work out? Am I just watching forty go past me and not achieving what I should achieve?

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The Family Next Door | Sally Hepworth
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I‘m amused by Ange‘s perspectives on social media and her addiction to it. Therefore I will use social media to say something boring and post a picture taken in front of a Dumpster while waiting for someone to photograph a brick wall. (This post fueled by way too much social media and Cafe Bustelo.)

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The Good Luck Charm | Helena Hunting
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I‘m stuck in the city and there‘s wicked traffic? Is that a thing people say in Minnesota? That sounds straight out of Boston.

bromeliad In Minneapolis yeah, but not anywhere else! 3mo
bromeliad Although it's more likely to be "awful traffic" than "wicked"...that's not a common term around here. 3mo
saguarosally @bromeliad They are in Minneapolis. I just thought of that saying as a New England thing. 3mo
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You Know Me Well | David Levithan, Nina LaCour
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Kiddo, heartbreak doesn‘t care about facts like not being together. Just remember that heartbreak isn‘t permanent, but it‘s no easier when you‘re 80.

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Seeing the beauty in the world can be really overwhelming. I‘m learning just to see and live it (and when my wannabe amateur photographer eyes come out it gets worse), but truly, it is so much. And what is beauty anyway?

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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I don‘t mean to dismiss the narrative arc of this book, but the sense of place, of geography, of how lives are forged by these places just speaks to my soul. It might just be my love of New England.

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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I‘ve never noticed the setting of a book so intently before. I love reading books that are contemporary and set in real places. Most of the time I‘m reading, i either know a place fairly well, or I don‘t. Haverhill in the 70s had to have been very different, and I don‘t know Haverhill that well anyway. I find myself trying to imagine the places mentioned and I can just barely imagine them. #haverhill #newengland

Leftcoastzen I loved that book. 4mo
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen I‘m almost done. I need to go walking through Haverhill again soon to get more of an idea of the geography of the town based on the markers in the book. It appears navigation here by locals is very different from how I try to navigate as an outsider. 4mo
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2. Probably one of the Minions movies?
3. This summer, Polar Seltzer and hot dogs.
4. No clue. Maybe 25-ish, but then there are their children, their grandchildren, their great grandchildren...
5. 👌 #friyayintro @howjessreads

Beatlefan129 Great book recommendation. I read it while I was in nursing school and it really stayed with me (edited) 4mo
saguarosally @Beatlefan129 I was also thrilled to meet the author at a book festival a few months ago! 4mo
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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I hate romances. This is going to turn out just fine. It‘s a book, not my Dumpster fire of unrequited crushes. I‘m too old for this. Solo road trips are mostly okay.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Here we go again, falling for another fictional character. Even the real ones are fictional. #lousyromantic #fictionalcrush

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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From the first time I set foot in Haverhill (which would be when I took this photo in December 2018), I wanted to be there forever. This book definitely makes me question that impulse, but at least the Merrimack River is no longer brown.

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I didn‘t expect to experience every emotion in this book. I didn‘t expect to even sympathize with the identification with the rural West and the allure of New England. I didn‘t anticipate all the feelings.

Just another picture of Boston, though you can‘t see it from this picture. I went up this hill because you can see the Boston skyline from 30 miles away, and what do I find at the top of the hill but two Adirondack chairs? So New England.

mdm139 Perfect reading spot 4mo
saguarosally @mdm139 Except for the bugs. 😁 4mo
jb72 I read that book some time ago and was surprised at how emotional it was for the reader and the author. 4mo
saguarosally @jb72 Exactly. And it‘s like it just keeps speaking. 4mo
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I‘m feeling everything in this book. The difficult parent relationships. The pull of the East Coast and the rural West. The living on the age divide between those that have only known a digital life and those that recall the analog life. I don‘t have a clue how to portray this so here‘s a picture of Boston I took last month. #memoir #ebook

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It‘s funny when you come across a book because you‘re Googling that nice writer you met once in the mid-2000s. The perspective is different when people in a biography or memoir are real. Have you ever read a biography or memoir and had some personal acquaintance with some of the people in it?

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#indiebookmarks
Market Street Books, Troy, NY
The Book Rack, Arlington, MA
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

I‘m sure I have more.

kspenmoll I just bet you do have more! 4mo
Pruzy Market Street and Water Street are my faves 4mo
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I can‘t help but be reminded of the time Google Maps tried to guide me directly into the Mystic River. Boston is the most horrible place in which to try to follow a GPS. The GPS probably just laughs at you and says good luck, it‘s Boston. 🙄😂

ValerieAndBooks Yes!! My son went to school in Boston (loved visiting!) but the GPS couldn‘t keep up with all the turns!! (edited) 3mo
saguarosally @ValerieAndBooks The whole region is like this. I‘m just waiting for Google to send me into another river. 😂 3mo
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Two of my favorite books are #kindledeals today. Here‘s the first.

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Skeleton Canyon | J. A. Jance
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It‘s time for the #SucculentSaturday This or That edition. I know it‘s pretty Southwestern US centric this time, but that‘s what I know. 😁🌵So here we go!

1. Desert.
2. Prickly pear, but maybe I‘m just craving a prickly pear jelly or such.
3. Gila Monster. It‘s smaller. 😂

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I‘m about halfway through and I just love Peter. Lately I‘m loving characters that initially come across as self-absorbed jerks only to be the nicest people you‘ll know. I‘m sure it‘s because I‘ve known a few in my life.

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This book had so many layers and so many tales, yet I kept coming back to the story of John. He‘s so awful and boorish and yet he‘s my favorite character in a long time. I tend to pick friends like him, and there‘s a good reason.

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I guess I better get with #SucculentSaturday here in the great desert of Massachusetts! 😂🌵

1. No. Just kidding, lived in the desert most of my life.
2. I‘m prone to killing succulents. 😳🌵
3. Probably Becoming by Michelle Obama.

@ReadosaurusText

ReadosaurusText Succulents are my favorite because they are the only plant that stand a chance! 🤣 5mo
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText I will try once more! 5mo
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1. I can‘t remember anything. It was so long ago. I remember some histories of Mexico, but not the titles or the authors.
2. Black.
3. Do sports games count? I haven‘t binged TV in years.
4. Whatever one is in my latest book.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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This is the saddest possible chapter in everything. Everyone in life seems like John sometimes, whether as a funny jerk or as someone who has gone through horrible pain. It‘s still a book you both love and hate.

hermyknee I loved this book 💛 5mo
ChasingOm I was really enjoying this book, but had to return it to the library. 😢 I may buy a copy for myself when it comes out in paperback. 5mo
saguarosally @hermyknee @ChasingOm I just finished it. More details to come! 5mo
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This book is generally too emotionally resonant for a work listen, but I really love the stories about John. I‘m waiting for a sequel all about John. #audiobook

BooksForEmpathy Haha! Yes! Did you finish it? His story was really captivating. 6mo
saguarosally @BooksForEmpathy Not yet. I have a habit of bonding more with difficult people so his story is fascinating. 6mo
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That sounds like something I would do. I mean, I have an Instagram account dedicated to plastic signs with cars on them. They‘re everywhere in New England. (For the curious, @ wheelynicesigns )

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I love this discussion of home because I‘m the exact opposite. I spent nearly my entire life in Arizona. There are roots. But the first time I experienced Northeastern brusqueness, it was a matter of weeks before I knew this was my place.

What is home anyway?

KathyWheeler Louisiana is like that for me. I was in my 30s when we moved there and was still in my 30s when we left, yet it‘s the only place I‘ve ever gotten that “I‘m home where I belong” feeling. 6mo
saguarosally @KathyWheeler It‘s interesting to explore home. I don‘t fit at home, but it‘s home. I fit here, but it‘s not home. Either way I like Louisiana! 6mo
KathyWheeler @saguarosally the idea of home is indeed interesting. Feeling that sense of belonging was weird as I was a military kid so I had never experienced that before; it was especially odd to feel it in a place I‘d never been. 6mo
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About a year ago I took pictures of about a dozen books in front of a saguaro. It has come in handy since then! PS: It‘s the author‘s birthday. #succulentsaturday @ReadosaurusText

ReadosaurusText That is a beautiful saguaro!!! 6mo
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText They all are! 💚🌵 6mo
ReadosaurusText @saguarosally I can‘t argue with that!!! 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown

I have failed at #bfc and am ending participation in such. I‘ll go back to occasional book posts and a few succulents, and trying to get in shape on my own.

wanderinglynn Oh no! Don‘t give up! You can change your goals. What can we do to help you? 💚 6mo
saguarosally @wanderinglynn Get rid of the book goal because I know it‘s too much for me now. Also I failed at the whole thing and I don‘t like failing? 6mo
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wanderinglynn You haven‘t failed. The only way to fail is to never start. You started, so you‘re already succeeding. If you need to reduce your book goal to 0, do it. Life happens and so we adapt. The important thing is that today is a new day. And tomorrow will be another new day. Make small daily goals & take one day at a time. Do what you can each day. 💜 We are here for you. 6mo
Simona I increase/decrease my weekly bookish and fitness goals, depending on the upcoming week, and I think that my goals are the lowest in the group. I‘m taking this challenge as opportunity to do something for myself and not as competition. Sometimes small steps are much more important than big ones. I‘m rooting for you❣️ 6mo
saguarosally @wanderinglynn I‘ve adapted, my life is based on adaptation. I just don‘t have the ability to do anything except maybe starting tomorrow. I‘ve neglected myself so long that I barely have time to get back on track. 6mo
wanderinglynn 💜 I hear you.💜 sending you positive vibes & {hugs}. Let me know if you need anything. You can always email me at lynn@wanderingly.com if you ever need anything. 6mo
BookwormAHN Hugs 💙 6mo
saguarosally @Simona Not a competition? Not sure I have that setting in my DNA. 😂 Right now I literally just need to feel well enough to be able to get healthy groceries. 🙄 I‘m used to the perspective of I‘ll sleep when I‘m dead. It‘s not the same going nonstop at nearly 40 as it was at 19? 6mo
saguarosally @wanderinglynn I‘m good. Bad day. I‘m trying to get on track to take care of myself but I‘m fine for a few weeks and then health is going downhill. I know it‘s just fatigue. But that‘s life. 6mo
saguarosally @BookwormAHN Thank you. 💜 6mo
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@ReadosaurusText might have reminded me about #succulentsaturday while I was reading this book. 😁🌵

ReadosaurusText Perfection! 6mo
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I don‘t know. I‘d love to see this from the perspective of a transgender Texan or a lesbian from Utah, not a person with the perspective of a city dweller looking in. I know too many LGBT people from rural and conservative areas maybe.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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1. Road trips, going on the ocean...ok, work. 😂
2. Not yet.
3. Polar Seltzer, boiled peanuts, and saladitos. If only all three were available somewhere!
4. Either 101 or 122, depending on where I live.

@laurenslibrary #thursdaysurvey

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I joined #BFC and went up a mountain (ok, a hill and this is the view) and ever since I‘m feeling off at best. So my #bookfitnesschallenge has pretty much gone nowhere. Hoping for redemption.

TheSpineView Take it slow if you have not exercised in a while. Think little steps... I know you can do it! 6mo
BookwormAHN Great view 💙 6mo
saguarosally @TheSpineView I know about that‘s part; this is an easy hill. I think the traveling between New England and Arizona got to me. 6mo
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saguarosally @BookwormAHN That‘s just halfway! 6mo
Bookwormjillk Hang in there! 6mo
saguarosally @Bookwormjillk Right now I‘m not feeling great about it. Maybe later. 6mo
Caterina So sorry. I hope you feel better soon. ❤ 6mo
saguarosally @Caterina Definitely better today. Allergens must be not as bad. 6mo
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I hereby declare this #succulentsaturday . Who else is in? Show me your succs! @ReadosaurusText

BlameJennyJane Gorgeous! 6mo
saguarosally @BlameJennyJane Thanks! It was an amazing venue with great light! 6mo
ReadosaurusText Yas!!! 🌵 6mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama

The passing of her father just makes you want to sob. And the argument over the casket, I remember arguing over shoes. Like it matters in the end? 🤷‍♀️

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Let‘s see, I achieved none of my goals, but I went up a nice hill and came down with something. Back on the wagon, self. But I am still slowly but surely listening to this audiobook. #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

BookwormAHN Way to stick with it 🌻 6mo
Brewychock48 A well written, interesting read. I am glad I am reading it 6mo
VanChocStrawberry Just keep...walking? 😂 6mo
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saguarosally @BookwormAHN I hope so! Just not feeling it right now, but I have to get in some shape to live. 6mo
saguarosally @Brewychock48 It is interesting so far, just a long audiobook! 6mo
saguarosally @VanChocStrawberry That‘ll do. Stick a camera in my hand and a bunch of no parking signs everywhere and golly I‘ll walk miles upon miles. 6mo
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1. 😂😁😳
2. No, they all graduated long ago.
3. Going back to New England.
4. Last on both sides by many years. You know, accident...
5. Yes ma‘am!
#friyayintro @howjessreads

madamereadsalot1 Have a safe trip! (None of my favorite emojis really work well for that! 😆) 6mo
saguarosally @madamereadsalot1 It‘ll be good, I needed some desert. 😁🌵 6mo
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1. Cardio
2. Outside. The gym bores me to death.
3. Silence, please.
4. Hiking at the moment and I‘m doing none of it. Ugh.
5. Just have me climb up a relatively easy mountain. 👍

@wanderinglynn #hellothursday #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🙌🏻 (edited) 6mo
LMJenkins Have a great day and start to the challenge! 👋🏼⭐️🏃🏼‍♀️ 6mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge

Book goal: 4, and that‘s spectacularly ambitious. I was aiming for two.

Fitness goal: Work out 4x weekly for at least 30 minutes. (May occasionally be substituted for wandering like 5-8 miles around Boston on weekends.)

That‘s all.

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 6mo
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I usually don‘t care about celebrity deaths but this might go a bit higher on the TBR just about now.

Heideschrampf How christian-y is it? Would it be interesting for an atheist, too? As social study? 7mo
saguarosally @Heideschrampf I suspect from everything else it could well be of atheist interest. Go for it! 7mo
Heideschrampf @saguarosally great, onto the TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation! 7mo
SleepyDragon I had never heard of her before today, but just added three of her books to my GR TBR, including this one. Though I noticed my library only has a copy of Searching for Sunday. Sigh. 7mo
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I‘ve loved her work since her first book and can‘t wait to read this. Loved hearing her at Newburyport Lit Fest! #nbptlitfest #boston #literaryfestival

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Behind the author during her presentation. New insights: *I never thought of this book as YA, but it well could be. *I had no idea of the pervasive influence of medicine in the book when I read it. *I didn‘t think the only Litten I‘d see would be @ChrisBohjalian . *How were there audiences full of what looked like only white people?

Nice day to be at #newburyportlitfest !

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Anyone ever been to the Newburyport Lit Fest? It looks like it‘s very much in the format of Tucson Festival of Books, but smaller. If anyone has been or is going, I‘m curious to hear about it! It‘s April 26 and 27 in Newburyport, MA, which appears to be about 45 minutes north of Boston.

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I read some of this on the train back to CT and now it‘s time for a trip to New Bedford. Photo taken outside the NYPL tourist museum. Should‘ve gone across the street, oops.

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Confess: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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For #nationallibraryweek I‘ve posted a few recent library photos over on Instagram. Here‘s one interesting library in North Andover, MA. It‘s nearly round! #libraryshelfie