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At Home: A Short History of Private Life | Bill Bryson
With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.
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Dietz123
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Good, but a bit of a slog. You have to be well rested and ready for a lot of historical detail. Nobody brings history to like with the great humor of Mr. Bryson.

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Macnjen
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Very interesting audiobook about the history of homes and their component rooms and structures. LOTS of detail, probably better suited as an eye-read vs. audible if you want to digest the numbers. Bill Bryson has a great voice for a narrator. At times he delved so deep into the statistics I did get lost but that was okay. I learned a lot, don't remember much but enjoyed this history of our dwellings.

MargaretPinardAuthor I‘ve read Winifred Gallagher and witold rybsczinsky (sp?) on the home concept and I still find it so fascinating! Just got bill brysons audiobook about he workings of the body so glad to hear he‘s a good narrator! 2mo
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Macnjen
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Next up audiobook!

melissajayne Loved this book. 5mo
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24in48
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As we get well into day 2 of #24in48, a reminder that getting up and moving in some way can be a great way to reset your energy and power through! Try a new location, go for a walk (if it's not too hot...), stretch. Then check 24in48.com to see if you won one of this hour's door prizes from @littlebrown, and then back to the books. (Image of an open book with text overlay that reads, "Hour 39: Get up and go go go! Time to check in at 24in48.com")

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Kaila-ann
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Kaila-ann
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What an amazingly informative read. This book is full of stories and facts about how we have come to know our homes as they are now. It‘s fascinating how most of the modern conveniences we take for granted took so long to come into everyday use. A truly thought provoking read.

2019 page goal: 13,171/30,000 = 43.9%

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Kaila-ann
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So many interesting facts in this book.

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Kaila-ann
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Still reading the tagged book - it‘s so informative but it‘s definitely one you have to push yourself through. I may pick up a lighter/quicker read to alternate with this one.

#fridaynightbookclub

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 8mo
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Kaila-ann
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This book is kind of dense in the sheer amount of information it presents but I am fascinated nonetheless.

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Kaila-ann
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Hanging out at the dealership while they reprogram my key. Due to my own stupidity, the spare was stolen over the weekend and now I get to spend my Monday afternoon at Toyota as my punishment 😜. At least I brought my book and my headphones with me.

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Lcsmcat
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While not his most uproariously funny book, there is plenty of Bryson‘s characteristic humor to be enjoyed. And the sheer breadth and depth of the information astounds. At times rambling, but never boring. And Balthazar approved. #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

Kaye Excellent. Educational without being boring. 10mo
Graywacke Have a copy of this...but I like him so much on audio, it‘s hard to think about just reading this. 10mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I get it. But with him on audio I have to keep going back because I was laughing too hard to hear what came next. 😂 10mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat 🤣🤣 10mo
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Lcsmcat
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“John Jacob Astor, one of the richest men in America but not evidently the most cultivated, astounded his hosts at one dinner party by leaning over and wiping his hands on the dress of the lady sitting next to him.”

gradcat How very rude!! 😂 11mo
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Lcsmcat
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Rather than spend precious reading time going back and forth about what to read next, I numbered my shelves and used a random number generator to pick one. Then I had to choose a book off that shelf. So here it is. 😀 (large print is because this was my in-laws) #currentlyreading

Aims42 Loved this book! Bill Bryson is an “insta-buy author” for me 11mo
Crazeedi I love Bill Bryson! This one I listened to on tape (lol😉) years ago in my car, and I cracked up the whole time 11mo
Kaye Really liked this one. So much cool info. 11mo
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Lcsmcat @Crazeedi We listened to that on a road trip years ago and sometimes could hardly drive for laughing! 11mo
Lcsmcat @kaye It is fascinating, isn‘t it? 11mo
Kaye It answered the question I‘ve always had. Why have a multiple seat outhouse ? I can‘t think of anyone I‘d want to sit next to on a toilet seat. 11mo
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Avatar.of.sonia
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This book is really sounding interesting, and it would have been if it weren‘t for lack of information. I was really looking forward to a fast paced book, with lots of little information about items around the house. Unfortunately I found it to drag around a few items/materials.

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Readerann
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I love Bryson. His curiosity and humor are right up my alley. The “bathroom” chapter had a lot of “ewww” moments, but it had to be in the book! 😁

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smilingshelves
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Centique I loved this Bill Bryson book! So many “did you know?” moments 😍 12mo
vkois88 Ooooh fiber optic tree!! 12mo
smilingshelves @Centique Yes! I always learn so much when I read a Bill Bryson book! 12mo
smilingshelves @vkois88 It's surprisingly mesmerizing! ☺️ 12mo
vkois88 I've always loved them! 12mo
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wallacereads
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We are home after a couple of weeks in Italy. As much as I love travelling; it feels so good to be home with my books.

rather_be_reading love your shelves! 😍 1y
Samplergal It‘s true. I love travel, but there really is no place like home. 1y
candority Beautiful shelves! 1y
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Mdargusch ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
EllieDottie Happy Returns!!! Also your bookshelves are amazing!!! 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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1. Yes
2. I read more fiction. 13 of my 75 books so far this year have been NF, ~ 17%.
3. I like a variety: scientific, political, historical, social sciences, etc.
4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Just Mercy; And Lab Girl.
5. Tagged last finished and. Current read is also NF.

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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This was barely a 👍🏽 from me. Although some chapters were fascinating, others were drudgery. I usually like Bryson‘s ramblings, but this was definitely not the book I thought I was getting based on the title. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #pop18 #microhistory

Happily, I also finish August having met my #Goodreads goal! 🎉🎉🎉

TheBookKeepers Congrats! 1y
Pamwurtzler Congratulations!!🍾🎈🎉 1y
julesG Congratulations! 1y
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wanderinglynn Congrats! 👏🏻🎉🙌🏻 1y
Mollyanna Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
LoverofLit Whoooo hoooo! You're awesome 💪📚 1y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 1y
Jas16 🙌🏽 1y
Kalalalatja Well done 👏👏👍 1y
Birdsong28 Congrats 🎉🎊📚📖 1y
CoffeeK8 Congrats! 🎉 1y
juliannebenford Congratulations! I also met my Goodreads challenge goal this month though mine was way lower 😊 1y
JoScho 💖🎉💖🎉💖 1y
CoverToCoverGirl 💃💃🎉😊 1y
rather_be_reading congrats! 1y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Since @Samplergal kept the #12intwo fairly flexible, I started at 3pm Friday, which means I‘ve hit the halfway point! Fairly pleased with my reading time so far, considering we spent the whole morning at a living history farm.

Finished An American Marriage, and I am 12% through this delightful book that I am reading for #pop18 #microhistory. I love books filled with interesting trivia and etymology!

Aims42 I loved this Bill Bryson Book! Gave it immediately to my Dad to read when I was done 1y
Andrew65 Doing great! 👏 1y
mabell I really enjoyed this one! My husband gave it to me when it first came out, and I loaned it to a friend after I read it. It didn't come back 😭 1y
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Sarah83
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#10booksthatchangedme

This is second section 😍 here you go. @jpmcwisemorgan

@LeahBergen @DeborahSmall @scripturient @Izai.Amorim what are your ten books?

Izai.Amorim The sincere answer is: I don't know. Different books at different times. 1y
Sarah83 @Izai.Amorim that's pretty true 😍 1y
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captainpunchmerica
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The final moving pic of my box mountain of books!

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MyBookSwapClub
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I'm addicted for the good reason #BillBryson! Have you read or listened to this?

Page55 Try his book A Short History of Everything 2y
MyBookSwapClub @Page55 thank you! I'll. I'm almost done with this one :) 2y
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Page55

DNF I just couldn‘t get into this one

MyBookSwapClub Oh I'm listening to this now 2y
BookishMe I have given up trying to understand his humor ;o 2y
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RiaWritten
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May have splurged a little at ThriftBooks for my birthday. Very good #bookmail to return from Philly and find!

Zelma Happy birthday and nice stack! 2y
Purrsistently NIMONA 😻 2y
AmyG Happy Birthday! That alone is reason to splurge. 🎂🎉🎈🎊 2y
Aims42 Happy Birthday!!! I hope you love ‘At Home‘, I really enjoyed it 😃 2y
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No_One
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Mehso-so

This book was okay. I thought I'd be listening to new facts about the THINGS in a home, but it was more about the PEOPLE who created/invented/popularized the rooms in our homes and how they are used, and many many side stories that are only tangentially related. Bait & switch Bill Bryson!!! Oh, and why so many book cover designs? 🤔

ferskner I felt the same way, but luckily I really enjoyed all the tangents so it worked out okay. :) 2y
No_One @ferskner I will give another of his books a try! I also liked most of it the details. Now I know what to expect and I'll be mentally prepared. 😊 2y
No_One @ferskner also, he really seems to be the kind of guy I'd love to sit and have a drink with. I should probably drink a little while listening to his books... 🤔 2y
ferskner Hahahaha! 2y
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Aims42
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Fascinating!!! I will admit I skipped a few sections because, well, to be frank, bedroom habits and child rearing practices during the Victorian age just doesn‘t interest me lol Overall though, a very interesting read!! 4/5 stars Ugh, now to wait for my next books to be delivered 😞

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Aims42
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At home, reading ‘At Home‘. (Guys, I‘ve been reading this book for almost a week and waited until now to post that pun. That‘s restraint 🧐💪🏼😂) The Book is beyond fascinating!!

Kaye Loved that book. You learn so many neat things that you‘ve probably never even thought about before. 2y
Aims42 @Kaye It‘s very interesting! I‘m at ‘The Garden‘ now and cannot put it down. Another favorite Bryson Book for me 😃 (edited) 2y
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My parents are moving soon (anyone looking for a house in the western suburbs of Chicago??) and this just rang true LOL 😂😂😂

Suet624 Oh boy. Guilty as charged. Carried too many boxes of baby clothes from place to place. 2y
Aims42 @Suet624 No judgement from me! 👍🏻😂 2y
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Aims42
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Happy Daytona 500 Day to my fellow NASCAR fans on Litsy! My Sunday ritual of race watching and reading are back, YAY!!

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rabbitprincess
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Calling this a Pick even though I didn't finish the audiobook. Interesting framework and plenty of jumping-off points for discussion. Should reread this in print sometime!

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rabbitprincess
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BF, earlier: "Are you OK with doing the dishes? There's a lot of them." (He does meal prep on weekends and had just made all of his lunches for the coming week.)
Me: "That's what audiobooks are for."

Finished Disc 9. Four more to go!
#24in48

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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I've been listening to this unique book by Bill Bryson for the last 6 weeks in my car. 10 minutes one day, maybe a half an hour another little my little I've enjoyed this absolutely fascinating history!

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annalibris
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Pickpick

This isn‘t my first time with this book, since Bryson is one of my favorite authors, but it does make for such excellent reading as I drive back-and-forth to work. He finds the most interesting information about the most mundane details of our lives, and writes about it so beautifully.

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Aims42
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Headed outta town tomorrow, so I wanted to post my annual “Christmas Present Books” today. So excited to dive into these 😍 I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!

Grrlbrarian Love the book-stack: and the chair it‘s in! Hope you had a great Christmas! 2y
emilyhaldi Nice!👏🏻📚🎁 2y
Aims42 @Grrlbrarian Thank you!! I had a wonderful Christmas, busy but good 😄 I hope you did too!! 2y
Aims42 @emilyhaldi Thanks!! ☺️ 2y
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rabbitprincess
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#audiobaking with Four and Twelve. Scones for the team Christmas party tomorrow 😊

Laura317 Can‘t go wrong with TWO Doctors helping. 2y
julesG Two Doctors and magic powder! 2y
rabbitprincess @Laura317 They did admirably. I ate three scones for quality control purposes 😋 @julesG It's like a Potter/Who crossover 😉 2y
tpixie Yum! 2y
rabbitprincess @tpixie Indeed they are yum! 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Getting ready to do some #audiochristmascardwriting. I have a spreadsheet to keep track of who's received what design in previous years so that I don't duplicate cards 🤓

rubyslippersreads What a great idea! (Both the spreadsheet and listening to an audiobook while addressing. 😊) 2y
LeahBergen Sunday Crosswords. 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
rabbitprincess @rubyslippersreads My BF teases me a bit about the spreadsheet but it works really well! The audiobook was fun too 😊 @LeahBergen Those are the BF's. He keeps them on the kitchen table for the odd weekend. He actually times himself doing the crossword 😆 2y
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UnabridgedTomes
Mehso-so

Bryson explores the history of his English country house. Every. Single. Infinitesimal. Detail. Concept-wise: I‘m all *grabby hands*, but in reality, meh.

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smilingshelves
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Nonfiction is my go-to #genre when I want to #exercise my brain. Represented in this stack are three of my favorite nonfiction authors. #30daysofreadathon

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Readerann
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27 days to Dewey's! Here's the reddest book I own for today's #30daysofreadathon . I haven't actually read this red 😉book yet, but fully expect to love it as BB is one of my favorite writers.

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Kaye
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Pickpick

Bill Bryson! I like his travel books a lot, but this one is an absolute fountain of information about things most of us probably never think of. I'd like to know how long it took him to research for this book. A house & the history of how each item was invented. You name it. Forks, beds, windows, hangers, doors...just everything. I always wondered why they made 2 seater outhouses. I found out by reading this book. Educational,but fascinating.

No_One I've heard about this. It seems very interesting! 2y
Kaye @No_one Yes it's a whopper of a book, chock full of how things we use daily got their start. I bet it took him a long time to write this one ! 2y
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MrBook
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I'm using @BookBabe 's picture ?, she did a great job with this one ????. So, our first bookclub meeting of the day in #NYC today was with #The2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub. Short and brief ?. We read Bill Bryson's "At Home", and it was a glorious time with new members showing up ???????.

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BookBabe
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First #bookclub of the day! "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson with the #2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub that @MrBook and I run in #NYC!

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MrBook
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Our bookclub TBR for August!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Doesn't @BookBabe do a tremendous job with the penmanship? ☺️😍 Anything on here you want to read?

Kenziejo All The Ugly and Wonderful Things is one that I plan to read soon! I have it on hold at the library right now. 😁 2y
Lkardos12 Shadow of the Wind is so good, I reread every few years. The first reading is such an adventure -enjoy! 2y
librarygoddess619 Shadow of the Wind has been on my list for a while. What a beautiful list! 2y
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emily_m_tubb I've been meaning to read Animal Farm for years! 🐖 2y
Nikki15 An absolutely great book 2y
CocoReads Ugly and Wonderful and Shadow of the Wind are favorites of mine. I'd totally reread them! 2y
Marmie7 I haven't read any of these! Animal farm is on my tbr🙂 2y
Peddler410 The Shadow of the Wind...I think that's coming through LGPOG 2y
Sarah83 That answers my question, if you have already read 'At home'. 😉 I've read it and already 'Animal farm'. But 'Shadow of the wind' is also waiting for me. 🤗 2y
Nebklvr Animal Farm...oh the hostility. Read it in high school and only recently picked up another Orwell. Mixed feelings about relationship in Ugly and Wonderful. Love, love, love Shadow of the Wind. Beautiful penmanship 2y
Reviewsbylola All the Ugly is fantastic! 2y
Jenny4Books I am jealous of everyone who will be reading Shadow of the Wind for the first time. I love it so much. 2y
britt_brooke I first read Animal Farm in 7th grade (too young) for school and loathed it. I reread it at about age 30 and loved it. Hope you guys enjoy! 2y
rwmg So, how does your bookclub work? Does everbody have to read all 7 books in the month? 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 The shadow and the wind! 2y
Avanders @rwmg that was also my question ☺️. Also, I'm another fan of 2y
MrBook @rwmg @Avanders The bookclub we don't run, that's theme-based, so everyone reads their own choice and we have a bunch of books to find out about. We run 5 others, one every other month because it has books over 500 pages. So, there are 6 bookclubs instead of 7 😊. The others' selections are chosen by all members. They submit 3 suggestions each to me, I whittle those down to 12 and put them in a poll, and we read the top vote-getters. (edited) 2y
rwmg @MrBook It sounds complicated but probably isn't in practice 2y
MrBook @rwmg It's fun, and it gets people more involved 😊. 2y
batsy @BookBabe 's penmanship is perfect 👌 2y
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Sarah83
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Ich fand das Buch richtig toll. Auf Grund eines Haus die Entwicklung der Menschheit der letzten gut 600 Jahre zu beschreiben, ist mal ein ganz anderer Ansatz für ein Sachbuch. Neue Informationen gemischt mit schon bekanntem, dabei eine flüssige und witzige Sprache macht es wirklich zu einem lesenswerten Buch. Wenn ich mir nur mehr hätte merken können.

Im übrigen endlich mal wieder ein #LitsyAtoZ. 😉
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Sarah83 I really liked this book. The story of mankind of the last 600 years is described by walking through the house. Every time Bryson sees something he talks in fluent and funny language about its history. Really a good idea to write a nonfiction book. Some new information mixed up with known stuff makes it easy to follow. I hoped I could remember more of what I've read. This is even again a #LitsyAtoZ Letter E. 😊 2y
Sarah83 @MrBook I saw you read Summer 1927 at last, have you already read this one too? And if did you like it? 😉 2y
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Bambolina_81 Lovely! 2y
Suet624 ❤️❤️ 2y
Jess7 Is that your shelf? Pretty!! 2y
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wallacereads @Jess7 - Yes! My husband built the shelves and I took care of the buying. 🤓 2y
Jess7 Soooooo pretty! 📕📙📒📗📘💜 2y
Zelma Very pretty! 2y
mrozzz 😲😲😲 2y
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Sarah83
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Nachdem dem täglichen buddyread, geht es kurz im Haus weiter. Leider kann ich mich bei Sachbüchern nicht lange konzentrieren, also gibt es nur ein paar Seiten. 😉 Dazu eine gute Tasse Tee. 😍

After the daily buddy read, I continue reading 'at home'. I can't concentrate on reading non-fiction books very long, so I will read only a few pages. 😉 Now a nice cup of tea. 😍 #mugsoflitsy

Dragon That's a cute tea set. 🐦👍🐉 2y
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Sarah83
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Langsam geht es auch mit diesem Buch vorwärts. Es ist schon interessant, wie sich unser Heim im Lauf der Jahrhunderte verändert hat und wenn ich bedenke, dass ich nachts nicht genug Licht zum Lesen hätte, bin ich doch froh, dass ich heute lebe. 😉

I read slowly through this book. It is really interesting, how everything changes at our home throughout the years. If I think about having not enough light to read, I'm glad that I live nowadays. 😉

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Sarah83
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Die letzten Tage nie wirklich Lust zu lesen gehabt, jetzt ist wieder Freitag abend, ich bin allein zu Hause und mache es mir mit einer schönen Tasse Tee mit Bill Bryson gemütlich. 😉

The last days I haven't read much, but today it's Friday evening, I'm alone at home and have a nice cup of tea 'at home' with Bill Bryson. 😉

rubyslippersreads Adorable teapot and ☕️! 😍 3y
Bambolina_81 Looks like the perfect Friday evening to me! 3y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads Yeah. I really like this set. 😉 3y
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Sarah83 @Bambolina_81 Yes it is. After a stressful week it is definitely the right way to start the weekend 😉 3y
Laalaleighh That book on the left looks interesting 3y
RealLifeReading That's the cutest tea set! 3y
Sarah83 @Laalaleighh This is the English edition 😉 3y
Sarah83 @RealLifeReading I really love, even though I have four other ones. 😉 3y
Laalaleighh Thank you! That sounds really interesting! Adding it! 3y
Sarah83 @Laalaleighh I start it yesterday. I seems to be very nice and a cozy read. 😉 3y
Jinjer What a cute teapot! 3y
Sarah83 @Jinjer Thank you 😉 3y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook It's a great read 3y
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