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sarahbellum

Joined December 2016

Librarian 📚 | Pet mom 😸🐶 | Runner, hiker, cross stitcher 🏃🏻‍♀️🧵| 📍Los Angeles, CA
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Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr | Anthea Bell, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Jeremy Adler
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Just happened upon a reference to The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr in chapter 4 of Middlemarch (“Who can tell what just criticisms Murr the Cat may be passing on us beings of wider speculation?”) and boy, does this fantasy(?) book sound like a trip! 😸 #george

vivastory I recently added This Hoffmann book to my TBR. It does sound pretty wild! 15h
Graywacke I recognized this cat by name, but I know absolutely nothing about Murr except the title. She has a lot of puzzling-to-me references. 15h
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Bailedbailed

Made it 20 pages before I lost patience with this one. It felt like the author was trying way too hard to be edgy and shocking by piling on traumas for everyone. Probably would have stuck it out if I read this as a teenager when it originally caught my eye 🤷🏻‍♀️

First Oct #roll100 is a bail ✅

PuddleJumper You tried! 1d
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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As best as I can tell, this highlighted line (what a burn!) was the last I read of Middlemarch in 2006/7 before putting it aside to work on other college assignments and never picking it back up- until now! I‘m going to try and read 10-20 pages/day to keep pace with @Graywacke , @vivastory , and friends on their buddy read 🤞😬 #george

Bonus find was this concert ticket I was using as a bookmark- any early aughts indie rock fans out there?

sarahbellum P.S. the thought of a 10pm concert in my mid-30s is a big nope 😵‍💫☠️👵🏻 3d
Kimberlone I‘m pretty sure I saw Minus the Bear at my college in 2008-9 time period! 3d
sarahbellum @Kimberlone yessss! They were my favorite band in my early to mid 20s. I‘ve seen them at least 10 times through the years 3d
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vivastory I'm glad you're joining us! I'm not familiar with Minus the Bear but I 💙indie rock 3d
Graywacke We had a 2 yr old and a new baby in Oct 2006. I have no idea what was happening in the broader world then. (This is when I first started drinking coffee regularly 🙂 ☕️). I love the line you ended with. 3d
sarahbellum @vivastory you‘re in for a treat if you decide to fire up the ol‘ time machine and give them a listen! 3d
sarahbellum @Graywacke completely understandable! I had a good laugh when I realized that was the last line with my notations. It was almost as if I was so offended that I gave up entirely 😂 (edited) 3d
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Happy #bookspinbingo day! 🎃

Both of the Misses got selected this month: #bookspin is The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and #doublespin is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 😄

Thanks, as always, @TheAromaofBooks ! And thanks to whoever added BookSpinBingo to the tag database 😂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fantastic!! And our new BookSpinBingo book is thanks to @claudiuo - such a fabulous idea!!! 4d
sarahbellum @claudiuo 👏👏👏 3d
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My last bit of September administrivia: #bookspinbingo! No bingos, yet again, but I got darn close!

Bailed on my #bookspin and read my #doublespin, which I‘d been trying to read since July, so I‘m calling that a net win.

Looking forward to October‘s board! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 5d
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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September was, overall, a 3 star reading month. Bummed by my bails, but very happy I read 9 books total!

✅ read my #doublespin
🚫 bailed on my #bookspin
✅ read #diversecozy buddy read
🚫bailed on two other books, my #foodandlit choice and #literarycrew buddy read
✅ read all 3 #roll100 selections
✅ 9/9 were from my TBR!
✅ added 5 more years to #192025

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October, October | Katya Balen
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I‘m not typically a big fan of fall, Halloween, or cooler weather, but you all are so contagious with your spooky season enthusiasm that I feel like I gotta let my inner witch play a little bit this month 😂👻🎃

Second chance #bookspin is working well for me. I‘m at the end of my list of prioritized TBR books from this year, so I‘ll be filling in empty slots with general categories until the end of the year

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Out of Africa | Karen Blixen
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Sigh. It‘s time to be honest with myself and admit that I am not enjoying this book. It‘s a classic that‘s been on my TBR for ages, but the writing style is not doing it for me. There are some excellent descriptions of African landscapes, but there‘s no real sense of a story here. It‘s just random observations about people and events. All of the colonialist and racist elements are also getting to me. Hibernating this one for now 🐻

Ann_Reads In this case, I think the movie was better than the book. 6d
BarbaraBB What @Ann_Reads says! 6d
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Mehso-so

Chabon is so hit or miss for me. When I love his books, I LOVE them (Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys), but others feel so phoned in (Summerland and this one, unfortunately). This was somehow both overwritten and underdeveloped. Chabon had an aversion to using names (MC was never named), which made it difficult to figure out who was doing/saying what. Blessedly short.

My 3rd Sept #roll100 complete!

#dogsoflitsy

PuddleJumper You're doing great! 1w
Ruthiella I feel the same about Chabon. I didn‘t love C&K however. 1w
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Since many of you are in the midst of planning your spooky reads for October 👻 and we are somehow almost in the 4th quarter of the year 😱, I wanted to put in a plug/reminder for the #diversecozy reads that are planned for the rest of ‘22:
Oct: Still Life
Nov: A Rising Man
Dec: In the Winter Woods

Join us for these super casual buddy reads! If you‘ve already read the first book of the series, feel free to read whichever‘s next for you 🙂

ozma.of.oz Woo! Very excited for the next one! 2w
sarahbellum @ozma.of.oz yay, me too! I know many people love this series 1w
Mollyanna Since I already read Still Life, I‘m going to read the second book in the series for October. Can‘t wait to get back to Three Pines 😊 1w
sarahbellum @Mollyanna sounds great! I‘m excited to read my first Inspector Gamache! 1w
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My public library branch had a big book sale today! I‘m not a big book buyer in general, as I prefer to borrow from the library whenever possible, but I wanted to support my library and a few beauties begged to come home with me 🤓

EvieBee Switch Bitch! Nice. (edited) 2w
Ruthiella Who could say no to a well priced black spine Penguin Classic? 👍 2w
sarahbellum @EvieBee yes! I was shocked when I spotted it. Looking forward to trying out some more mature Dahl 😏 2w
sarahbellum @Ruthiella right?! Paperbacks were 3 for a dollar! 2w
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Bailedbailed

Screenshot from The Atlantic

I‘m not a historian, literary scholar, or etymologist, but the anachronistic word choices are driving me batty in this book set in the 1700s. Within the same chapter, Lee was centuries off with the use of “shithole” and “prick” as insults.

I didn‘t realize how much of a romance this was and I‘m not a romance reader, so I‘m sadly bailing. I know so many of you love this series, but it‘s clearly not for me ☹️

sarahbellum This was my #bookspin for September @TheAromaofBooks 2w
julesG According to Merriam-Webster.com 'shithole' was first used circa 1629 referring to anus. 'prick' as vulgar/slang term was first used in the 16th century (wiktionary.com). 2w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't a match. At least it's off the list!!! 2w
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sarahbellum @julesG yes, I found those references too. Monty refers to Paris as a shithole and using shithole to describe a place wasn‘t used until the 20th cen (highlighted screenshot). Prick was used as slang for penis for centuries, but wasn‘t used to insult a person (Percy calls Monty a prick) until the 20th cen 2w
sarahbellum @julesG I‘m happy to be wrong here (like I said, I‘m not an expert!), but hopefully this context helps explain how I drew the conclusions that I did 🙂 2w
julesG I'm not an expert either. But now I'm interested and might dig deeper. 2w
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Q & A: A Novel | Vikas Swarup
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Mehso-so

If you like wild coincidences and main characters with loads of childhood trauma, have I got a book for you! 😕🤷🏻‍♀️

Second September #roll100 title complete ✅

PuddleJumper Nicely done! 2w
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Rolling Dice | Beth Reekles
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The spooky October dice selected two Ray Bradbury titles for me, so I switched one of them out for a different book 👻. Here‘s what I have to look forward to next month for #roll100:
#100 is The Martian Chronicles
#6 is The Tribes of Palos Verdes (chance of DNF is >50% since I added this as a teenager)
#71 is In Defense of Food

Thanks, as always, @PuddleJumper !

PuddleJumper Looks good! 2w
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Murder in G Major | Alexia Gordon
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Pickpick

This was a great, quick read for the flight home yesterday and acclimating to being back home today. I‘m not typically one for the supernatural, but it was handled with a lot of humor in this cozy, which made it easier for me to suspend my disbelief. A few things bothered me about the storyline (sooo many village “crazies” and some inconsistencies), but it was mainly good, fluffy fun. Also loved learning a bunch of Irish slang 🙃 #diversecozy

sarahbellum Gus is also very happy we‘re home 🐶💖 #dogsoflitsy 3w
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, some Irish slang. That's one of the interesting parts about Seanan McGuire's October Daye series: the use of Irish Gaelic terms/names and mythology. Also with these Phil Rickman supernatural horrors I just recently picked up: the use of Welsh and its urban legends. 3w
ozma.of.oz Can‘t wait to get to this one! 👍🏻 (edited) 3w
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About to bail on this one. Boring and I don‘t think I have it in me to hang in long enough to finally get to the point of it all. Really wanted to like this one, but stealing slips of paper and letters containing others‘ work and calling it your dictionary isn‘t doing it for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ #unpopularopinion #literarycrew

Ann_Reads Oh, that's too bad the novel didn't click with you. I can understand your pov. I listened to it on audio, so I think that helped me connect with the main character more. 3w
LapReader I‘m find it dull too. 3w
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After a hellish 24 hrs of travel (yesterday, our plane turned around 2 hrs into our flight and then got rescheduled 4 times before finally leaving this morning), we‘ve arrived in Maui! The upside is that I had time to finish this book on the flights. I really enjoyed this, especially the characterizations and descriptions of France. WWII isn‘t usually my thing, so I was surprised I liked it as much as I did

sarahbellum I had been trying to read this since July #foodandlit. It was also my Aug #bookspin and Sept #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 4w
PaperbackPirate Sorry for the rocky start to your trip, but hopefully it‘s all uphill from here! Glad you had a good book to pass the time! 🌺📖 4w
TheAromaofBooks Goodness, that sounds incredibly stressful!!! Hopefully the rest of your trip goes smoothly!! 4w
TheLudicReader Yikes. Turned around at the two hour mark? 4w
Jas16 What an awful day of travel! 4w
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Mehso-so

A meh children‘s fantasy book from the 1890s. Some scenes would have appealed to me as a kid, but the ending was a stinker and I will probably completely forget it in a day or two.
First September #roll100 complete!

PuddleJumper That's great! 1mo
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Absent in the Spring | Mary Westmacott
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Today got up to 108 degrees F 🥵! It finally cooled off enough before dinner for me to paint a wall in the backyard and this audiobook kept me company while I applied the first coat.

This isn‘t what I was expecting, but Christie‘s style is all over it. Getting a lot of Hagar Shipley (from The Stone Angel) and Undine Spragg (if she were middle aged and had a conscience, from Custom of the Country) vibes from the MC. Not entirely pleasant 😬

LeahBergen Oh, Hagar? I may like this one. 👍 1mo
sarahbellum @LeahBergen so far, it‘s a very introspective journey through a middle aged woman‘s realization that her life is not perfect and she‘s largely to blame for her family‘s miseries 1mo
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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My very ambitious library #bookstack for September 😬. I am taking two weeks off from work, so hoping the time off will go a long way towards helping me read down these beauties. Gus is looking rather skeptical of my plan 🤔 #dogsoflitsy

mabell Oh Gus! 😄❤️🐶 1mo
batsy Gus! So noble, so skeptical 😆😍 1mo
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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Happy #bookspinbingo day, everyone! 🤩

#bookspin is The Gentleman‘s Guide to Vice & Virtue

#doublespin is All the Light We Cannot See- I‘ve been trying to read this since July‘s #foodandlit buddy read and it was my bookspin in August. The universe really wants me to finish this book already 🤣

Thanks so much, @TheAromaofBooks !

IndoorDame Gentleman‘s Guide is so much fun! Enjoy! 1mo
sarahbellum Thank you! I‘ve heard great things 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!! 1mo
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Murder in G Major | Alexia Gordon
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September‘s #diversecozy buddy read is Murder in G Major!

“Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra… The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage‘s murdered owner haunts the place… he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace.”

Join us! Or read the next in the series if you‘ve already read this first book 🙂

Liatrek Love this series ❤️ 1mo
mhillis Great choice! I‘ve been meaning to read the next book 1mo
Librarybelle My cozy mystery book group at the library is discussing this one this month too! 1mo
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Mollyanna I am picking up my copy from the library today! 🥳 1mo
ozma.of.oz Got my copy! 1mo
sarahbellum @Liatrek @mhillis @Librarybelle I‘ve heard very good things! I‘m not normally big on paranormal elements, so I‘m going outside of my comfort zone with this one 🙃 1mo
sarahbellum @Mollyanna @ozma.of.oz Woohoo! Looking forward to your reviews 🤓 1mo
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August | Judith Rossner
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August was an odd reading month. Not many stellar reads, but higher than average number of books for me
✅read 1 #roll100 selection, bailed on the second, and had previously read the third in July
✅read my #doublespin, but not my #bookspin
✅read Aug‘s #whartonbuddyread
✅read Aug‘s #diversecozy which also worked for #foodandlit
✅added 7 more books to #192025
✅6/9 from my TBR

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Bingo Is Hiding | Annette Smith
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Just finished listening to my last book of August, Carry On, Jeeves, so here‘s another month of my #bookspin bingo board looking like I was intentionally avoiding a bingo 😂

Didn‘t get to my #bookspin, but I did finally read my #doublespin, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was originally my double spin for March 🚀

BkClubCare And it looks lovely! Am maybe setting a goal to not do this on paper but digitally, in Sept. 1mo
DisneyFan Princess Bride is one of my most fave books! Excited to see it here. 1mo
melissajayne Testing 1mo
melissajayne testing 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Great month!!! 1mo
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Bingo's Run: A Novel | James Levine
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I will most likely be doing second chance #bookspin bingo boards for the rest of the year since there are many books that came up in previous months that I still want to read this year.

Hoping to get a lot of reading done in September since I‘m taking two weeks off from work 😎

5feet.of.fury Nice! Enjoy your time off! 1mo
sarahbellum @5feet.of.fury thank you! I badly need a break 🏝 1mo
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2001: A Space Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke
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Mehso-so

Basil made his opinion clear about this one 😂

I was pretty much enjoying this until the last 40 pages or so. Then the story took a hard right turn and I don‘t think I‘m into sci-fi enough to appreciate the ending. Instead I have a headache 😵‍💫

But! August #doublespin complete (this was also my double spin for March, but I didn‘t get to it) and another #1001books under my belt

TheAromaofBooks Basil's bowtie is a very dapper look!!! 1mo
sarahbellum @TheAromaofBooks We got a bowtie collar for our dog, Gus, too 😁🎩 1mo
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Happy #roll100 day 🎉

#12 is The Final Solution
#95 is Q & A
#54 is The Garden Behind the Moon

Really looking forward to these three! Thanks, as always, @PuddleJumper !

PuddleJumper Whoop! 1mo
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Pickpick

I may have taken an extra long lunch today to finish this one up 🤫
A soft pick for me. I figured out the major twist about halfway in, but still wanted to see how it all came together. It gave me some Christie/Poirot vibes with the heavy focus on motive, personalities, and assumptions. I wanted it to be twistier! Might read more Higashino in the future since I liked his style more than I didn‘t. #diversecozy #foodandlit

ozma.of.oz It totally did give Christie vibes! Also reminded me a bit of Columbo. 1mo
sarahbellum @ozma.of.oz I‘ve never watched Columbo, but I feel like I should! 🧐 1mo
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Pickpick

As appalling as Undine‘s behavior was, I was drawn in by the superb writing, character studies, social commentary, and world building. I can‘t say that I loved this book, but I have a deep appreciation for the skill needed to make me not chuck the book across the room when Undine played people like pawns for her greedy, selfish, social climber lifestyle.

sarahbellum I read Ethan Frome in high school and really disliked it, so I was grateful for the opportunity to revisit Wharton as an adult with #whartonbuddyread. Sorry for finishing early 🙃 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Interesting, and I just started Heather Graham's King James era historical romantic fantasy suspense, Ondine last night. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m loving it , nearly finished 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
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Girl | Blake Nelson
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So I started reading this book. And then I just had to stop. I just like couldn‘t with all the teen speak, you know? It was just so random and, I guess, vapid with all the high school gossip over frozen yogurt.

Maybe I‘m just too old now to read this type of YA 😵‍💫

My third and last #roll100 for August!

PuddleJumper Yay! That's great! 2mo
yash_sy Hi,
My name is Yash Patel, a UX designer by profession. I am designing an app for avid readers like you, where you can borrow & lend your books over the internet across the city/state level. For this, I am conducting the survey. I would appreciate it if you spare a few minutes and participate in this survey.
Here is the link: https://forms.gle/FV68nCWMXNx1H1WD6
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A Small Place | Jamaica Kincaid
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So glad this was a #roll100 selection for me this month. Short, but scathingly brilliant essays about colonialism. Gotta get my hands on some more Jamaica Kincaid! 🔥

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My boyfriend, who isn‘t the biggest reader, loves Sandman and he‘s excited to start the new Netflix series. Getting a wiggle on so I can watch with him. My first Gaiman!

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Thank you, @TheAromaofBooks , for always making the second of the month more fun with #bookspinbingo!

#bookspin is All the Light We Cannot See, which I already started
#doublespin is 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was originally my double spin for March, so hopefully this time it takes 😆

Fingers crossed this second chance bingo board helps me clear out some of these old TBRs! 🤞

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!!! 2mo
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July | Henry Gould
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I somehow read more and less than I thought I would in July 🤷🏻‍♀️. I didn‘t get to my #doublespin and the #foodandlit buddy read, but still managed to read 9 books (higher than average for me). Amazingly, no DNF books either!
#pemberlittens buddy read
#diversecozy buddy read
✅ all 3 #roll100 titles + 1 Aug #roll100 book
#bookspin
✅ 8 years added for #192025

tokorowilliamwallace Looks like there's a few fun ones in there. 2mo
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Just finished Winter in the Blood, so this is my completed #bookspinbingo board for July: looks like I was intentionally avoiding a bingo 😆. Managed my #bookspin, but not my #doublespin. Still pleased with my progress! Thanks, as always, for hosting, @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks It's amazing how many squares you can check off and still not score a bingo! 😂 2mo
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Panpan

Welp, I couldn‘t help myself: I read this August #roll100 pick in about 20 minutes last night. Very forgettable and meh. Edward Gorey did it way better, in my (very novice and non-horror loving) opinion. I‘d recommend a read for the biggest Tim Burton fans and a pass for everyone else.
Nice to get a jump on August‘s #roll100 picks though!

PuddleJumper Nicely done! 😂 2mo
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My latest #librarystack! 😍 Prepping for my August reads and finishing up Winter in the Blood this weekend

The #diversecozy buddy read for August is The Devotion of Suspect X, chosen to correspond with #foodandlit‘s August country, Japan 🇯🇵. I‘ve seen some great reviews for this one, so 🤞

Let me know if you‘d like to join in for this casual, read at your own pace buddy read! @ozma.of.oz @Mollyanna @mhillis

Cathythoughts Very nice! I‘m getting ready for Custom of the Country too. ❤️ 2mo
mhillis Great choice! I haven‘t read book three in the series, so I‘ll go with it 2mo
Mollyanna Just downloaded the #diversecozy book! Looking forward to it. Still haven‘t had a chance to get to the others, but they are definitely coming up soon on my TBR. 2mo
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ozma.of.oz My hold just came in yesterday! 👍🏻 2mo
sarahbellum @Cathythoughts the only Wharton I‘ve read is Ethan Frome, which I really disliked. I had to read it for high school though, so I‘m hoping Custom of the Country will redeem Wharton for me! 2mo
sarahbellum @Mollyanna @ozma.of.oz Awesome, looking forward to hearing your thoughts! @mhillis Yay, hoping the series holds up for you! 🤞 2mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I know many of you adore this book, but, at the risk of sounding heartless, this book wasn‘t for me. I don‘t want to yuck your yum, so I‘ll just leave it at that instead of spiraling into a rant. I know Backman has quite a following here- are all his books similar to this one?

July #bookspin complete!

fredthemoose No—I‘ve reacted differently to several of his books. I loved Beartown and Us Against You, hated Anxious People, and was somewhere in the middle for this one. 🤷‍♀️ He could be worth another try. 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence So I read Ove back when it came out and loved it, and since then I‘ve read 5+ of his others and loved them for different reasons. The thing is, I‘m not sure I would love Ove if I read it now. The mood has sort of changed and it might seem to saccharin now. But either way, my opinion is, don‘t write him off yet. 2mo
sarahbellum @fredthemoose @LiteraryinLawrence thank you both! Sounds like I should give him another shot 2mo
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MadelineMcCrae I really loved all of his books, but Beartown and Us Against You weren‘t really my cup of tea. I think it just depends on if the plot of the book is something you‘d be interested in. (edited) 2mo
sarahbellum @MadelineMcCrae thanks for the insight! 🙂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Different books fit different people!! 2mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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Yay, thank you @PuddleJumper for this monthly highlight!

My #roll100 picks for August:
#22 is Girl (likelihood of a DNF is >50% for this one- I added it to my TBR when I was a teenager 😬)
#100 is A Small Place
#17 is The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories (I‘m not big on creepy and weird, but it‘s super short, so we‘ll see)

PuddleJumper Good luck! 2mo
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Bingo! | Roger Caron
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Readying myself for August #bookspinbingo!
Shaking it up a bit this month- I‘m doing a “second chance” bingo board for books that caught my eye or were #doublespins during previous months, but I didn‘t get a chance to read. Rounded it out with a few buddy reads as well 🤞

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Infused | Henrietta Lovell
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9 years ago, I clutched my tea mug for hours after getting a frantic early morning call from my brother on the east coast: our dad was being rushed to the ER after suffering a heart attack and his prognosis was not good. I cried and I waited and I drank tea. I‘ve always loved tea, but it has held a special place in my heart since that fateful morning.
Read this beautiful ode to tea if you: ⬇️

sarahbellum ✅love tea
✅love travel
✅love memoirs
✅love learning about other people‘s obsessions
✅are in need of a comforting read
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sarahbellum A tiny warning about the audio: the author narrates and, at certain points, is almost whispering. I found it to be distracting and made the prose in those sections a little purple. A small critique for an otherwise very enjoyable listen! 2mo
mabell I can‘t imagine! 💔 What a testament to tea that you were able to find comfort in it. 2mo
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Avanders ♥️♥️ 2mo
MaureenMc 💗 2mo
jlhammar I have this on my shelves. Now I'm looking forward to reading it even more! 2mo
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Mehso-so

This book… started out very promising and then went sideways. I really enjoyed the majority of the first 200 pages: evocative descriptions of college life, interesting tidbits about art and design, solid teenage irreverence. Some dark, contradictory events unfurl (trigger warnings in comments) and the ending was just sleep deprived, rambling nonsense.
Ah well, my last #roll100 complete for July!

PuddleJumper That's great! 3mo
sarahbellum Trigger warning: attempted rape, blood 2mo
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Forrest Gump | Winston Groom
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A soft pick. If you can suspend disbelief like you could for the movie while also not expecting the book to be a lot like the movie, you might enjoy this! While fast paced and easy to read, Forrest didn‘t exactly charm me with his antics. About halfway through I started thinking “oh geez, what now” instead of “oh boy, what next.”

Trigger warnings: racial slurs, detailed descriptions of combat

My second #roll100 for July!

Graywacke It‘s wonder to me how this bitter Vietnam War book became that hopeful charming movie. 🙂 3mo
KathyWheeler @Graywacke Me too! I just cannot see that book as the source for the movie at all. 3mo
PuddleJumper Brilliant! 3mo
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Forrest Gump | Winston Groom
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So much for reading, I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️😹 #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Haha 😅💕 3mo
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Whoops, I‘m almost 6 months early 😂🎉

The most I‘ve ever read in a year is 52 books, so 2022 is going to completely obliterate that record. I really have to give it to all of you kind, passionate, and encouraging readers here: Litsy has absolutely played a role in increasing not only my stats, but my love of reading (which I didn‘t know was possible!). Y‘all are the best and I‘m so grateful for your great recommendations and welcoming spirit 🤗

Suet624 I agree with everything you‘ve said. 💕💕 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Wow, nice work! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 And Litsy is the best 😊💕 3mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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Kimberlone Congrats!! 3mo
Deblovestoread Well done! 3mo
Zuhkeeyah Congrats!! 🎉 3mo
Ruthiella Excellent work! 👏👏👏 3mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 3mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations! 📚👏 3mo
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The Black Jersey | Jorge Zepeda Patterson
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Forgot to snap a pic before I returned the book to the library, so here‘s a glamor shot of Gus instead 🐶

I have to give the author props for keeping me consistently interested in competitive cycling (something I knew next to nothing about) throughout the mystery. I did guess the saboteur fairly early on, I wasn‘t wowed by the ending, and this definitely would not pass the Bechdel test, but I somehow still wound up liking it overall!
#diversecozy

batsy Gus! 😍 3mo
AmyG He is a handsome guy. ❤️ (edited) 3mo
JenReadsAlot Handsome boy 😍 3mo
sarahbellum @batsy @AmyG @JenReadsAlot He‘s the sweetest 💛 3mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Well, this was a delight. Unhurried and quietly humorous, I really enjoyed this peek into the domestic life of a 1950s British spinster. While opportunities have certainly increased, elements of this gentle commentary on older unmarried women‘s place in society and people‘s difficulties respecting their life choices and boundaries still feel familiar today.

My first Pym, but definitely not my last! #pemberlittens

CarolynM It‘s a gateway drug 🤣 3mo
AlaMich I really enjoyed this Pym as well. I read a very interesting essay somewhere about how Pym writes about food in her novels, a thing I hadn‘t noticed myself. 3mo
sarahbellum @AlaMich I really enjoyed all the mentions of eating and drinking, especially Mildred‘s concerns that she‘ll be known for always providing tea in times of crisis. I was struck by all the mentions of rations- I didn‘t know that England was still rationing into the 50s! 3mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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A little Sunday morning update. Even though I‘ve been making good progress in Excellent Women, The Black Jersey, and Infused (audiobook), I didn‘t finish anything this week 😒

I‘ll almost certainly finish Excellent Women today (I‘m not great at only one chapter a day: sorry, #pemberlittens!) and might even finish Black Jersey if I manage to really melt into my couch 😆

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Between a so-so and a pan. Maybe I wasn‘t in the right mood for this (reading about more sea voyages after finishing Life of Pi probably wasn‘t the best choice) or maybe pirates just aren‘t for me in general, but I didn‘t find the silliness to be as smart and funny as the author thought it was. It was blessedly very short, so at least it was a brief struggle.

My first July #roll100 is complete!

PuddleJumper That's amazing! 3mo
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Basil wanted to help me take a picture of my latest #librarystack, but he kept blinking 😆

Currently in the midst of Pirates (for #roll100) and Excellent Women (for #pemberlittens) 📚

#catsoflitsy

Graywacke Basil is a cutie. That Winston Groom book…it‘s a curious thing. Not really like the movie at all. 3mo
AmyG So cute ❤️ 3mo
sarahbellum @Graywacke I‘ve heard it‘s quite different, but I‘m willing to give it a shot! 3mo
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