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My Life with Bob
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues | Pamela Paul
Imagine keeping a record of every book youve ever read. What would this reading trajectory say about you? With passion, humor, and insight, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and then carefully removed from apartment to house to its current perch on a shelf over her desk reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob. Bob is Pauls Book of Books, a journal that records every book shes ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment. But My Life with Bob isnt really about those books. Its about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. Its about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path. Its about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are. Its about how we make our own stories.
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Leftcoastzen Word!👏🙋🏻‍♀️❤️ 2mo
Ncostell This quote makes me feel better! 2mo
TheSpineView @Ncostell It is nice to know there are others out there like me! 😊 2mo
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kaykay521
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Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and has kept a small notebook at her side most of her life, chronicling every book she‘s read. This is the story of the life lived among those books.

8little_paws I thought this was so cute. 3mo
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Bailedbailed

To be clear, there's nothing wrong with this book. I'm just not into it. It's well written, and some of the anecdotes told are engrossing, BUT I want to be reading a story, and the story here seems to have been told in its entirety on the book blurb that made me want to read it in the first place.

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sunnyaltman
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I might be trapped for the time being, but at least my captor is willing to be used as a bookstand.

Erofan 😻 6mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 6mo
UwannaPublishme How‘s this book? It‘s been on my TBR for awhile. 6mo
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sunnyaltman @UwannaPublishme I really liked it! It was a quick, fun read. It was interesting to see how she connects specific books to various times and events throughout her life. 6mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! Thx for the review. I‘ll be moving her up on my list. 😊👍🏻 I‘m a big fan of her podcast. 6mo
rretzler 😻 6mo
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batsy
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What I thought this was going to be: a full-on nerdy, obsessive book ABOUT books. What this is: a chatty memoir of the author as reader, or #FirstWorldProblemsWithBooks. I liked it well enough, though I found large parts skimmable. I enjoyed Paul best as a narrator when her second marriage & kids entered the picture. Memoirs are personal & subjective & readers respond differently. It was mostly an OK read, but I was left craving more book talk.

LeahBergen Well, that‘s annoying. It‘s waiting on my shelves. 😠 6mo
batsy @LeahBergen Plenty of good reviews, Leah, so don't let me put you off! It just wasn't for me 😬 6mo
Pruzy @batsy But wasn't the part where she almost gets kidnapped reading a book at a restaurant horrifying! 6mo
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batsy @Pruzy Definitely! She's had some experiences. But maybe the way she conveyed it—that jokey flippant tone—didn't quite hit the mark with me. 6mo
Pruzy @batsy That's fair! I guess her point is that she's come through life relatively unscathed. Do you listen to The NYTimes Book Review podcast? She's the host, such a great voice 6mo
batsy No I haven't! I should give it a listen. I've read some of her bookish essays and enjoyed those. 6mo
batsy Sorry @Pruzy forgot to tag 👆🏽 6mo
Pruzy @batsy It's a great weekly podcast that has actually interesting and well done author interviews from the week's new book releases and also a panel with NYTimes reviewers about what they've been recently reading 6mo
batsy @Pruzy That sounds pretty amazing. And definitely something the old TBR is in need of 😂 6mo
Centique I enjoyed it but - like you - I was expecting a good old nerdy brain dump of bookishness and didn‘t get it. The closest I‘ve found to that is this tagged book, a collection of 10yrs of newspaper columns by Hornby, who‘s a ravid reader, (author too of course) it‘s got TONS of books in it 6mo
batsy @Centique Thank you for that! I used to love reading his Believer columns when I had access to the mag as a student in Winnipeg 😍 6mo
Pruzy @batsy You studied in Winnipeg? How did you like it? Were you at the U of M or U of Winnipeg?? 6mo
batsy @Pruzy Yes, at the U of W. My university experience was pretty great. So many lovely professors. Winnipeg itself was both fascinating and challenging (brutal winters; the international student residence was located downtown and I began to learn about what the urban indigenous population goes through...) 6mo
Pruzy @batsy What did you study and where did you end up after that? 6mo
batsy @Pruzy I was an English major and ended up back in Malaysia after that :) Doing freelance writing and editing now. 6mo
Pruzy @batsy That‘s an amazing life path! You‘re pretty much an honorary Canadian after living in/surviving a winter in Manitoba! 6mo
batsy @Pruzy Thank you! 😆 Sorry if I missed this, but are you Canadian? From Manitoba? 6mo
Pruzy @batsy I am! Originally from Saskatchewan, but not there anymore. I‘ve been to Manitoba/Winnipeg a few times before 6mo
batsy @Pruzy Oh, that's awesome! I've only been to Regina but only to a friend's place. I regret so much not travelling around as much as I could when I was there; I was broke most of the time 😅 6mo
Pruzy @batsy Yeah, I understand. The tough life of a student (of which I still am). Did you ever get to make it to McNally Robinson while in Winnipeg? I am in love with the Saskatoon store 6mo
batsy @Pruzy Yes! There used to be a branch on Portage Place that was my second home but I think there's only one branch now at Grant Park and I remember it as being really lovely and well-stocked. 6mo
Pruzy @batsy Great! Well I'm at least happy that you managed to enjoy the greatness! I'm always impressed by how well stocked even the remaindered section was. 6mo
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annahenke
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This is an enjoyable and more #literary take on the #bookaboutbooks theme. Many books about books are charming and nostalgic, but the editor of the New York Times Book Review, unsurprisingly, presents a more sophisticated perspective. A good read.

Zelma I really loved this one too. 7mo
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annahenke
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Enjoying this literary #bookaboutbooks!

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Croissonter
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This is every reader's catch-22: the more you read, the more you realize you haven't read; the more you yearn to read more, the more you understand that you have, in fact, read nothing. There is no way to finish, and perhaps that shouldn't be the goal.

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annahenke
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I'm just in the mood for some #booksaboutbooks this weekend! On to another with this library hold just in!

TheHeartlandBookFairy @annahenke I really enjoyed this book! And, I've had a BOB for years 😂 Do You have a BOB? If you're reading books about books, I would highly recommend Dear Fahrenheit 45: Love & Heartbreak in the Stacks and, I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life For two more non-fiction pics! if we're going to stop talking about fictional books about books then there is not enough room here lol 😂📚📚📚📖 8mo
annahenke @TheHeartlandBookFairy I'm starting one! This is so funny. I just finished I'd Rather Be Reading like an hour ago. Absolutely loved it. I will have to check out your other pick! 😍 8mo
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Pamela Paul has written a thoughtful and amusing read. I enjoyed her voice a lot. She is honest and witty. The journey of her life she takes us on is moving and entertaining. From childhood to growing up, to traveling and work, childbirth, divorce, the loss of her father and more. Throughout all these ups and downs the constant that was always there for her was books. Its something I could relate to.

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Court7
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Yes, I am the kind of reader who will read a memoir about reading and love it. :)

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Lauram
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I‘ve just passed the 5 hour mark and feeling good about my pace. I‘ve finished 1 and hope to wrap up 2 more before the night is done. #24b42019 #readathon

Andrew65 Going well and on track to get to 24 hours. 👏 11mo
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This is my book of books 📚 I keep track with this journal as well as on goodreads. I surpassed my goal of 50 books this year and I am so proud!!
#bookofbooks #bob #read #readharder #happyreading #allthebooks #trytobehappy #reader #books #bigbooks #audiobooks #ebooks #colorcoaded #journal #journaling #iheartbooks

Ruthiella Such beautiful penmanship! I‘ve only kept track of my reading since this century. I wish had started a BOB when I was a child. What a treasure that would be!📚😀 11mo
Bklover Congratulations!! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🙌🏻🎊 11mo
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LapReader
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Thankyou. Everything is gorgeous right down to the sparkly wrapping. I forgot to take a picture of the tote which is equally beautiful #dwaliswap

Rissreads I was wondering if you had got it! You forgot to tag me. You will have to let me know what the book is like! It‘s on my list too! 🧡 12mo
LapReader Whoops sorry @Rissreads 12mo
Alfoster @LapReader Just got your letter today! What an exciting life you have! Will respond soon when I figure out one exciting thing I do!😂😂😂 12mo
LapReader Ha! @Alfoster it‘s hectic that is for sure. 12mo
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candority
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My last library book sale of the year and I‘m pretty pleased! Today was the $2-a-bag sale, but it was way more picked over than usual. In previous years, the $2 sale was held on Sunday, but this year it was 50% off on Saturday and Sunday. I think I‘ll go to one of those instead next year!

It is officially time to start a book buying ban (unless there are some really good deals on my Kobo - but at least those don‘t take up physical space)!

jb72 I really enjoyed The Last Lecture (and listen to the actual lecture too). 13mo
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emtobiasz
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Enjoying this book about books. The essay format makes it a great choice to pick up in chunks between other reads 📚📚📚

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Lauram
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Starting a new book and finishing the last piece of the best cake I‘ve ever baked.

Trashcanman Save me some of that cake. 14mo
Lauram @Trashcanman I couldn‘t finish it all. Cream cheese pound cake YUM 14mo
Trashcanman @Lauram Uber it over here. 😉 14mo
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Lauram Next time I make them, I‘ll ship one to you. (edited) 14mo
Trashcanman @Lauram those words will haunt you. Hehehehe 14mo
Lauram @Trashcanman 😀 I‘ll def let you know so that I can get your mailing info. 14mo
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1. This sunday was my last day as a teaching volunteer at a local slum area. I am the one in the grey t-shirt in the foreground.
2. None, unless a kawwali night in college counts.
3. Biting nails.
4. Nothing new as of now.
5. My Life with Bob
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Centique
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This was a quick easy read - a memoir of a bookish person, each chapter a story of her life recounted by remembering what she was reading at the time. Pamela Paul is the same age as me so I got to feel nostalgic about many of the same books she read as a child and a teenager. Amazing how the same books were attracting me in much the same ways. Very enjoyable 😊

ephemeralwaltz Loved it!! 1y
RaimeyGallant This sounds delightful. Adding! 1y
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Joanne1
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When I picked this up I thought it would dip in and out, instead I was really enthralled by it. Looking at what makes a reader, why we read, how we pick books and what they mean to us I find inherently interesting -good thing I'm a fledgling librarian. I did notice the author read a LOT of men (probably mostly white men). I wonder what my list would look like if I'd kept it from childhood. I did go through a Jeffrey Archer phase.

Rissreads This sounds interesting! 1y
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Morning train trip, it's frosty but beautiful and I can feel spring coming.

SassyBookworm I love how Litsy connects so many of us from around the world! You said it‘s starting to feel like spring where you live and where I live it‘s kinda the unofficial last day of summer and start of fall! 1y
Joanne1 @SassyBookworm it's cool isn't it. I'm making my first trip to the US in January as part of my uni course. I'll be leaving in the middle of what is usually a very hot, dry summer and arriving in a Washington winter. The cold is quite intimidating, I definitely do not have an appropriate wardrobe. 1y
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I remember when I thought I HAD to read certain weighty tomes in order to be taken as a serious reader. Thankfully I got over that and read only what sparks my interest now.

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Suelizbeth
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I love reading books about books and the readers who read them. This book takes us through Pamela Paul‘s reading life, from beginning to the present. It was great fun watching her mature and become a more assured reader. Each chapter centers around a particular book and I enjoyed seeing whether I had read it or wanted to. Extremely entertaining and easily read in one sitting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #24in48

Crystallinegirl Oh hey! I just finished reading that! If you liked it, you might check out Tolstoy and the Purple Chair - which I actually liked more than Bob. Based on those two, I need to read more books about reading, because I really enjoyed both. Also My Ideal Bookshelf. 1y
Crystallinegirl Tagging the other book. :) 1y
Suelizbeth @Crystallinegirl Thanks for the recommendations. I‘ll check them out. 1y
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Who else is still up and reading? I‘m a little bleary, but I‘m still awake. I want to finish this book before I consider a nap. #24in48

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First book, one hour in, I need a Diet Coke, and a cookie. #24in48

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ephemeralwaltz
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4.5 glowing ⭐ for Pamela Paul's memoir! Her life proved to be very interesting to me and I found that I couldn't put this down. She revisits certain episodes in her life, especially during young age and adolescence, that had been marked by certain books and talks about how reading has meant different things for her in different moments of her life. It's intimate, funny, and very relatable! I also added a few books to my TBR in the process.

vivastory Great review! I loved this one. 1y
Kalalalatja Stacked! 1y
Pruzy I will be forever haunted by the time she almost got kidnapped while reading in a European coffeeshop! What was your most memorable moment or moments? 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy That scares me so much!! Real testimonies like that make me afraid of travelling solo as a female. I loved when she impulsively decided to get a one-way ticket to Thailand! I think those chapters resonated with me because that's when she was my age and unsure of what to do next :) 1y
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz I also really enjoyed how she described finding her people in France when she was staying with her host family during her exchange. 1y
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Great ending! 😍

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ephemeralwaltz @BookishMe I haven't read that one. Thanks for the rec! 1y
BookishMe My pleasure 👌🏾👌🏾 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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The challenges of reading while employed or being a student in the 21st century. The Internet part is frequently me at night. Not proud of it.

ephemeralwaltz I always forget to make these 'quote' posts instead of 'blurb's 🙄 1y
Beckys_Books Same problem here 1y
Smarkies So true! The internet sucks time away from us. 😞 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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The accurate anxieties of keeping count of books read. I feel myself getting anxious when I haven't finished a book in a week -- We've all been there but when did quantifying our reading become so important? I love keeping a log but do admit that I've forgotten so much about so many books, because I haven't paid sufficient attention to them while reading them or haven't taken my time to reflect on them and write longer reviews when I've finished.

LeahBergen I know. I purposely set my Goodreads challenge low so I wouldn‘t worry about stupid totals. 😂 1y
ephemeralwaltz @LeahBergen I'm a slower-ish reader so I always set a lower challenge and I've almost completed it this year and it's only July. However this makes me want to fit in as much as I can before December instead of taking the rest of the year slower and maybe dedicating the deserved time to some chunksters. 1y
Trashcanman That's why I don't do the 12 in 48 or challenges as such. At least for me it takes away from the relaxation /joy of reading. Honest post 😊 1y
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LeahBergen I decided to tackle some big books and classics this year and I‘m really enjoying my leisurely pace. 😄 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Trashcanman thanks for your comment! I think this is a conversation that so many of us have thought about bringing up but for some reason don't... And seeing so many people read 100-200+ books a year on the Internet adds to that hesitation... 1y
ephemeralwaltz @LeahBergen that's so great! I'm happy for you. I'm definitely going to take my time this summer too. 1y
Weaponxgirl @Trashcanman I tried a readathon and I hated it! When I finish a book I like a little while to mull it over and putter about. I felt under pressure and will never do one again. 1y
Weaponxgirl I read quickly but one reason I read so many books on a good year is because I include graphic novels. I like keeping track of what I read but I don't like putting a num on how many books I read as then I will be put off reading those books that take longer either due to size or the writing style. I'd rather challenge myself to read diversely by including genres, translated books ect rather than by a number 1y
KGlibrarian I can so relate to this—I‘m reading Hamilton now and am fully enjoying it but occasionally I get this anxious feeling to read faster. I listen to Pamela Paul‘s podcast for the Book Review—love her! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl I can imagine.. I've never participated in a readathon but you can still have a great readathon reading just one book, but of course it feels like pressured competition to see who reads more. 1y
ephemeralwaltz @KGlibrarian I'll have to give that a listen! I'm enjoying this read very much :) Her life seems to have been very interesting. 1y
Trashcanman @Weaponxgirl yea I think that's how'd I be too. Reading is the ONLY thing that I've been doing lately that makes me think about something besides how shitty I'm feeling. 1y
batsy I have the same concerns and in my own reading life have become wary of stats. 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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This is such an accurate quote. We've all been there (and are there) 😫

Tjackson ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
readtheworld ☝️so incredibly true! 1y
Eggs Amen 1y
GatheringBooks my “anti-library” is the only thing that keeps me excited about eventual retirement. 😍😭🤣📚 1y
KGlibrarian Wow I have to get this book! 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Excited to jump into this bookish memoir! The detail on this cover, really 😍😍😍 Much nicer than the hardcover in my opinion.

saresmoore Agreed, much better! 1y
Pruzy Excited to hear what you think! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy will share my thoughts for sure when I finish! Enjoying it so far! I should read more memoirs. 1y
GatheringBooks nice! i have yet to read a reading memoir that i really like or resonates closely with my own reading experience. but i keep reading them though, if only to expand my ever-growing reading stack 📚 1y
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Pam.Kokomo
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Books about books are my jam.

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sb3626
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Really enjoying the stories that Pamela Paul has to tell. It‘s a great read. Hoping to finish this on this lovely Saturday. I‘m really enjoying having the last two weekends free to just read

Librariana I keep hoping I can get to this one soon! 1y
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A book about books? And it‘s a memoir? Twist my arm! #CurrentlyReading

Pruzy I really enjoyed it! 1y
RaimeyGallant Sounds rough. ;) 1y
OneLitChick @Pruzy Yay! Just started it! 1y
OneLitChick @RaimeyGallant IKR? 😂😂😂 1y
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Mindyrecycles
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Must get to this one soon. It sounds really fun...but that cover is dreadful! #BooksAboutBooks #readingresolutions @Jess7

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emtobiasz
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I just got back from a trip to my parents' house, where I got very little reading done. I did manage, however, to go digging through my closets and find my old journals. I've been an intermittent journaler since 4th grade, but sometime around high school I also began using my notebooks to track my reading, and of course now I'm really interested to revisit these lists...

MaureenMc Missouri Driver Guide 2001👍😁 2y
emtobiasz @MaureenMc right?! Let's hope that's one of the ones that's stuck with me 🙄 2y
Chelleo Awesome find!!! 2y
AlaMich Cool! And I love all the ink colors!! That‘s totally something I would‘ve done 😊 2y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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I thought I'd love this book. What's not to love about a like-minded book loving individual writing a book about books! However, I only just liked it. I never felt compelled to read just one more chapter, instead only barely finishing the chapters I assigned for myself for the evening. This was our February book club book. I agreed with many things she wrote and yet realize we are quite different. I didn't dislike the book, I just didn't love it.

TheHeartlandBookFairy The red book is my "BOB". Do you all have a by BOB? 2y
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At first I thought this book was a bit slow but I thought it would be different. Once I figured out this was more a a memoir with books on the side I fell into its rhythm and enjoyed it immensely. Ultimately it concluded by wrapping life and books together as most readers have similarly entwined lives. Now a new favorite read.

emilyhaldi So true- I really expected more book talk and was somewhat disappointed 🙃 2y
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Pickpick

Not what I expected, but I still enjoyed this memoir. It really leaned a lot more on Pamela Paul‘s life occurrences, which was interesting enough. However, I had hoped for more meaningful discussion of the books she had read and how they tied into her life. More in between “pick” and “so-so”.

EvieBee I love your books about books shelfie! Such good selections! (edited) 2y
Leftcoastzen I have to say I started it , she was too full of herself👎🤷‍♀️DNF. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @EvieBee thanks 😊. It‘s one of my favorite shelves 📚📚📚 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I get what you mean — the Ivy League education, frequent stays in Paris, etc — I thought it got stronger after she had to deal with real adult life (divorce, remarriage, having kids). Agree it could have been a better book. 2y
Suet624 Good to know. Now I‘m a bit less interested in reading it. 2y
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“At least kids force you to prioritize. You learn to let go of the bad books more easily and savor the good.”

True! There was several years (that felt long at the time) when I just did not read that much, also. If you asked me what I read between 1995 (birth of oldest) to 2007 (youngest enters 1st grade) other than parenting books, I would mostly draw a blank. Wish I had a BOB back then.

Suet624 I know what you mean. For years the best I could do was read Vanity Fair magazine. 2y
ashimilie This sounds so interesting! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 right?! Or for me, reading Parenting or Family Fun magazines. I can‘t believe I did that! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ashimilie it was good for the most part! I need to write a review soon. 2y
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“...Brave New World is one of the most frequently banned books in America, due to to its ‘subversive‘ content.”

When your bookmark matches something in your current read. Bookmark is @BookBabe ‘s artwork; I love it!

batsy Nice! Love the bookmark. 2y
BookBabe Yay! Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying your bookmark! 😘 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That bookmark looks like a great reading list to me! 2y
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saresmoore Fun #bookserendipity! And @BookBabe is so incredibly talented! 2y
Chrissyreadit Love the bookmark! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @BookBabe it is awesome! When I placed my recent order today, I ordered another one of this also to give as a gift 😊 2y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy I agree! @BookBabe ‘s art is great and these are really nice quality, too. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think so, too! I just looked and it seems like I have 4 still left to read from it, but that is probably more due to how so many books have been banned for no good reason! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore yes to both! And I just know when I start Moby-Dick (as the chunkster after the Crime and Punishment buddy read), I‘ll use this bookmark! @BookBabe 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Chrissyreadit it‘s definitely a fun bookmark to look at, with all those titles 😊! 2y
rather_be_reading love the bookmark! 2y
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks Hooray! Moby-Dick is on the schedule after C&P for me, too! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore 😊👍 Is there a planned readalong for Moby-Dick? 2y
saresmoore Not officially! I know some others, especially @batsy and @vivastory had expressed interest in Moby-Dick this year, so I‘m sure we could round up some buddy readers. 2y
vivastory @ValerieAndBooks I'm planning on reading it sometime this summer 2y
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore cool, I was just curious about whether there was a planned readalong later. I‘ll probably just pick it up when I feel like it! @batsy @vivastory 2y
batsy Yes! @saresmoore I'm game for MD! And what is this about C&P *ears prick up* Haha. Are you doing that for litsyclassics, too? 2y
saresmoore @batsy Yes, I am! A buddy read spawned almost entirely based on one strikingly weird cover! We start March 1—would love to have you join. 2y
BookBabe @saresmoore thank you so much, so sweet of you to say! ❤️ 2y
BookBabe @batsy @Chrissyreadit @rather_be_reading Thank you! Makes me happy to hear that! ☺️❤️ 2y
ValerieAndBooks @BookBabe my bookmark order arrived today 😍! Love them. 2y
BookBabe @ValerieAndBooks Yay!! I‘m so glad! 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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LisaJo
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Finished. Not a favorite read. I liked the second-half better than I like the first half; once she had a family: a husband and kids. I just enjoyed the books she talked about in the second half during that time of her life, how they integrate it with that time of her life. A lot of people have liked this book. Just not my cup of tea. PS - I am such a slow reader.

Bookladylinda Me too! 🙁 2y
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Andrea313
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#Riotgrams Day 3: #NakedHardcovers

My two most recent purchases just happen to be sitting naked beside me.

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LisaJo
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To have had Katniss, Hermione, and the others growing up...

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LisaJo
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1. After bookclub. Sunday bookclub comes first. 2. 43°… And that groundhog picks colder weather for the next six weeks. 3. My life with Bob. Note: not really like this book very much. 4. My dream vacation was Paris. I was able to do that a couple years ago. So now my dream vacation is Iceland. 5. @sameeramirez #friyayintroers

Kimzey @LisaJo ✋🏼 2y
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LisaJo @Kimzey See you in a couple months at the book festival. I‘m so excited to hear Gin Phillips talk about her book. 2y
Kimzey @LisaJo Yes, Litsy Book Fest reunion! Have you read it? It might be too nerve-wracking for me! 2y
LisaJo @Kimzey I have not. I picked it as my Book-of-the-Month club selection when it came out, but I haven‘t read it yet. I know it‘s about a zoo, so, since she lives in Birmingham I have a feeling the zoo will be a lot like the Birmingham Zoo. And that‘s going to kind of freak me out. I‘m sure I will read it before the festival. 2y
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LisaJo
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“… The hope that the right book will magically spur strangers… “