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Swamplandia! (Turtleback School & Library)
Swamplandia! (Turtleback School & Library) | Karen Russell
Nominated for the Orange Prize Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family's island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.
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I am supposed to be reading our family book club pick, but I grabbed this out of my nearest #LittleFreeLibrary yesterday and oops! started it instead. I think Jenny knows. 😆 Really enjoying it so far! Hoping to finish it in a day or two so I can get back to Killers of the Flower Moon before the fam realizes I started another book. 📚

#currentread #swamplandia #femaleprotagonist #booknerd #canthelpmyself #paperback #meow #catlady #pageturner

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Billypar
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Swamplandia and The World of Darkness are two Florida theme parks in this novel, both given unflattering, behind the scenes portrayals, and somehow I still wanted to visit both. I think Russell's novel explores why we like places like this- how much our imagination can fill in the gaps of what is obviously phony. It's a coming of age novel focusing on the gator-wrestler children of Swamplandia, often funny but also equal parts disturbing 👇

Billypar The funny parts are very funny and the disturbing parts very disturbing (TW's under the spoiler mask below). This contrast highlights how drastically a child's world of imagination can clash with harsh reality. Russell also has a keen sense of how kids speak to each other and how they think. This book is a true journey- I finished it a week ago and I still feel like I'm in the Florida swamp with Ava. In my top 3 favorites of the year. 1mo
Billypar TW: a rape scene 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- I thought well written, but overall it was too disturbing for me to enjoy. 1mo
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Cathythoughts To stack 🤔or not to stack ... not sure 1mo
Billypar @Chrissyreadit I definitely get that- a rough read in many spots, but it doesn't seem like that starting out. 1mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Unfortunately, I don't know if this is one you can know ahead of time if it's for you. Opinion is pretty divided and I can see why you can like her writing and even her stories but not this novel. Not to undermine my gushing opinion, but I don't want to mislead either ☺️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy I was first introduced to the characters in this via 1mo
Billypar @ReadingEnvy I've only read Vampires in the Lemon Grove, but look forward to trying St. Lucy's and the new one. Swamplandia is a great one to discuss and unpack- lots to digest! 4w
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Billypar
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Is it possible this is the first time I've seen 'Na-uh' in print?
I have so many questions:
1) I'm not around kids much...do they still say this?
2) If the answer to #1 is yes, is there common advice to writers to avoid kid-slang? Is there even much other kid-slang that isn't just errors in grammar? I was trying to think of examples but I'm drawing a blank.
3) Is the accepted spelling for the common reply, 'Ya-huh'? Or 'Yuh-huh'?

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#Star #AyUpAugust
Hilola Bigtree was a star alligator wrestler and the biggest draw for the gator island theme park of the title. But her death from cancer left the novel's 14-year-old protagonist Ava without a mother and the family's park in danger of bankruptcy. I'm only 77 pages in, but loving this one so far. A little uneasy about the somewhat low Litsy & Goodreads ratings though- hope it doesn't lose steam as it goes 🤞

Cathythoughts Sounds good. And great pic 👍🏻 2mo
saresmoore Love the photo, hated the book. I can‘t remember why, exactly, but it felt sort of contrived and gratuitous to me. Or maybe I was just resentful, being a Floridian. 🙃 2mo
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Cinfhen This book is odd, but wonderful all the same! I‘m glad you‘re enjoying 😊great pic 2mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts @saresmoore @Cinfhen Thanks- the photo is courtesy of my fiancee/commuting companion/personal paparazzi 📸😎 2mo
Billypar @saresmoore Ah, good to know- I think I'm through enough that I know I won't hate it, but it could still turn south, and I get what you mean about how it could be contrived in some ways. I do like a good polarizing book! 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh personal paparazzi makes you sound soooo important! Great pic though! 2mo
saresmoore I do, too! Actually, how much you‘re enjoying it makes me want to give it another go. 😂 It‘s been a long time since I read it. 2mo
Billypar @squirrelbrain Ha- I know, makes me feel special. 2mo
Billypar @saresmoore I reread so rarely that I've never given a book I didn't like a 2nd chance, but I'd like to try that one day. One reading goal among so many though 😬 2mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore I didn‘t like it either. 🤫 2mo
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Totally not going to hit 24 because my kids keep me too busy on the weekends (plus I missed about 4 hours when I didn‘t know to use a timer!) but I‘m still using this challenge just to see how much I can squeeze in! #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread7

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My toddler‘s bookshelf since mine is entirely digital. #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread4

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Didn‘t know to start a timer 🤷🏼‍♀️ #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread3

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CaitlinR
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My niece recommended this (she read it in a course) and I gotta‘ tell you, I was blown away by the story. .SWAMPLANDIA tells the tale of the Bigtree family who are involved in “herpetological sports”

More importantly, Karen Russell, gives us the powerful story of three siblings, Ava, Ossie and Kiwi, who find very different solutions to their broken lives and discover “mothers burning inside the risen suns of their children”

Highly recommended.

LyndseyReads I love her short stories. 3mo
CaitlinR Thanks for the tip, I‘ll check them out. 3mo
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Avanders
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Bailedbailed

Zafón is a literary genius. So simultaneously reading Labyrinth and Swamplandia! only highlighted how very poorly Russell stacks up. Also, this image depicts what is unfinishable about Swamplandia! when in the hands of someone who is, imho, incapable of handling it. #thankunext #ohhellno

So I release Swamplandia! back to the wild, and continue w Zafon. I also took up another Coyle installment & started Mount Misery today!

Read 1/2, then DNF.

Avanders #LMPBC @chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth @TK421 Nathan — I should be sending it back to you by the end of the week! Also tagging #LMPBC #groupv @maleficentbookdragon @bethm @tk421 (again 😁) @bklover #creaturefeature (edited) 4mo
Susanita I tried to read it three times and finally decided it wasn‘t for me. 4mo
BlameJennyJane That cover though for Swamplandia! 😍 It is odd but I love it. I almost got the book with a far less appealing cover (a gator on it, perhaps) but check the reviews on here and ultimately opted for something else. 4mo
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Chrissyreadit It was a very unpleasant book. 4mo
cobwebmoth I reached a point where I was hate reading it, so I had to bail. I don't have the emotional energy for some books. 4mo
Avanders @Susanita There are people who really enjoyed the book... i think it‘s just fine to not be in that group 😆 @BlameJennyJane it‘s a great visual/cover, I agree... and it‘s high-concept and maybe could have been good in someone else‘s hands.. 🤷🏽‍♀️ @chrissyreadit And way to go, finishing it!! 👏🏽👏🏽 @cobwebmoth right. I think that‘s the perfect time to bail on a book... when you‘re hating reading it! 👿🤢👋🏽 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders I had to finish- I hate feeling anxious about a character. 4mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit ohh yeah, I can see that. 😔 Well, I don‘t know if I‘m on a roll or if the books are, but I am skewering my current read.... It‘s one of the worst books I‘ve ever read... maybe it‘s just me 🤷🏽‍♀️😆 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders what is it? 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders just saw this response! I am not getting notifications for some comments. So odd. 4mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit same issue! @MaleficentBookDragon tagged me a few days ago and I never got notification! Boooo 4mo
Chrissyreadit Double boo. 4mo
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Avanders
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Last book on the #LMPBC tour (before return of own book): Swamplandia! Can‘t wait to get to it 😁

Thank you @Chrissyreadit for such thoughtful & generous & fun goodies!! That color-changing candle looks so cool! The notebook is gorgeous, the coffee-card, bookmark, and color postcards are perfect, the tissues are so cute, and I love those chocolate espresso beans! 🤤 I also cannot wait to try those tea spoons — so cool!! Thank you!!!
♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Avanders Ps I loved the creativity and the theme 🤗🤗 4mo
Chrissyreadit Oh good!!! 4mo
TK421 I'm curious to see what you think about the book. 4mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I will work hard to mail this tomorrow @Avanders I normally love character driven books but this was so depressing. And it had children not being cared for, some other triggers. I consider it well written but I hated the story. Possibly good if you like really sad books with horrible situations and ambiguous resolutions. #lmpbc

cobwebmoth I agree. I just couldn't make myself finish it.😩 4mo
TK421 The more I think about this book, the less I like it. 4mo
AudreyMorris Agreed! 4mo
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Soubhiville I didn‘t like this one either. 4mo
BookishTrish I read it when it first came out and LOVED it, but don‘t think I‘ve met a single person since who did. Must reread sometime... 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent review! 4mo
Avanders Okay but... does it go anywhere other than just: depressing coming of age story? I‘m waiting for the words from the reviews to come into play: “suspenseful,” “haunted,” “wild ride”... @cobwebmoth @tk421 (edited) 4mo
TK421 @Avanders no, it really doesn't go anywhere but depressing. I thought it was very well written, but almost a pointless story. By the end of the story I didn't like a single character. 4mo
Avanders @TK421 🤔 that is very helpful. I‘m going to stick it out a little longer and see if I can get compelled 😁 Thanks! 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders if by wild ride they mean the ferryman crossing the River Styx and dropping you off with no food, water shelter or hope, then that is an accurate description. ( @TK421 @cobwebmoth ) 4mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit 🤣🤣 yeah... that‘s what I was beginning to suspect. 🤭 4mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I am using the #bookfitnesschallenge in a different way. Chronic pain has limited many types of movement, so this challenge has inspired and encouraged me to work on daily activities I have been unable to do (relying on my kids) such as cooking more (standing) and cleaning/organizing spaces with the idea that movement is movement. So I have (with help) organized and cleaned my garage (3hours) and storage room (2hours)in addition to above. #bfc

Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen not sure if you would find it helpful but I just ordered the exercise ball with resistance bands to help me develop strength. 4mo
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn I‘m super appreciative- while my movement is not exercise I have mindfully moved more in past few weeks than past year. I forgot to add that I have reintroduced meditation too. 4mo
wanderinglynn You‘re doing great! 🙌🏻 Fitness encompasses a wide variety of things, not just gym-workouts. We each have our abilities and limitations and must work within those parameters. Don‘t discount what you are doing. And mindfulness is a type of mental fitness. You are making great progress. 💜 keep up the great work! 4mo
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Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Awesome! 4mo
Stacy_31 I love that you‘ve adapted to the challenge to your needs and abilities! Looks like you‘ve accomplished so much already! 👍🎉🎉 4mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻👍🏻💪🏻 4mo
Lauram I love this! Your activity is purposeful, goal-directed, and meaningful. I can‘t wait to see what else you do! 4mo
cobwebmoth I think it's wonderful how you've been able to adapt and make things work.❤ 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
mabell Nice!! Productive exercise 💪 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the suggestion and you‘re really inspiring 🙌🏻💜 4mo
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Currently rates right there with Lord of The Flies, The Catcher in the Rye and The Road. (I have not read the road and have no intention of ever reading the road). I‘m trying my #lmpbc friends- @TK421 @cobwebmoth @Avanders I keep thinking there‘s got to be a happy ending- but then I realize the way this book is written it, happy ending may have a very different meaning.

TK421 It took me forever to read this book. I liked a few parts of it, but the longer I think about it the more I dislike the book as a whole. I really picked a winner for our group this time. 😕 5mo
Chrissyreadit @TK421 I am kind of glad you picked it- it has been on my TBR for a while. I thought it was like Carl Hiasson - and had no idea- so this was a good way to find out. And her use of language is excellent. To be very honest- her skill with telling the story is too or I would not have such a visceral reaction to the book. These are all great discussion issues too. ❤️ 5mo
Avanders I‘m suuuuper looking forward to this... 😳😆😆 no but really, notwithstanding your feelings and Laura‘s bailing on it... I‘ll give it a fair shake 😁 5mo
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Chrissyreadit @Avanders I completely understand the literary appeal. It is well written. But fiction is my literal escape from the stuff I deal with at work so all of this is reminding me of the daily burdens I face. 5mo
Avanders I hear that! I also tend to read non-realistic fiction in my “down time” due to my work-time obligations... when it‘s a book group pick, though, I still try... Don‘t always succeed, sometimes bail, but try. 😜 5mo
Avanders (Non-realistic? I just mean not real-life drama‘y stuff. 🤷🏽‍♀️) 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Avanders 😁 honestly, I‘m okay reading it in chunks. It‘s odd that true crime doesn‘t bother me.... 5mo
Avanders Nice! 😁 Yeah true crime is an area I generally avoid 😬 (nonetheless, I totally got sucked into the OJ Simpson miniseries on Netflix ... does that count? 😉) 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I am just getting home for the day and able to post s picture and thank @cobwebmoth and @TK421 for my #LMPBC and tea and cute notepad and brewing basket. I love that you made the tea Laura! And you were so smart to put everything in plastic bags. We have so much rain and flooding!!! The paper tantrum notepad is exactly what I need!!!!

cobwebmoth 🤗❤ 5mo
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cobwebmoth
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Bailedbailed

Yeah, no. I tried, but I really don't like this book. I've never bailed on a postal book club book before, but life's too short and all that. It will be on its way to you shortly @Chrissyreadit
#LMPBC @TK421 @Avanders

Chrissyreadit No worries!!!! 5mo
Lcsmcat I felt the same way about this one. 5mo
Traci1 I bailed on this one as well. 5mo
Avanders 😳🤭 I‘m still looking forward to it anyway... 😁 Also, @Chrissyreadit ‘s book is on its way to you and @TK421 ! ☺️☺️ 5mo
LeahBergen I know so many people who loved this one and I was a bit “meh”. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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Palindrome
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We begin with something few have opportunity to utter: Yikes! Our island home and adjacent family-owned-and-operated alligator-wrestling theme park are besieged with trouble! But that‘s what‘s happening here, and that‘s the beauty of swamp fiction, we suppose. Swamplandia! makes us feel all brackish! and reptilian! and sweaty! It may deserve an award for morass literature. Someday, we‘ll think of it in positive terms. But for now, what the heck.

Lcsmcat I had a similar reaction! Glad I checked it out of the library! 6mo
Susanita I tried to read this three times and finally gave up on it. 6mo
Lauram This book was a DNF for me. 5mo
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TK421
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My #LMPBC book has been hand delivered to @cobwebmoth . I mostly enjoyed this book. I was a little late finishing it, but I have faith in Laura's mad reading skills. Everything should still be sent out on time to you @Chrissyreadit . I'm jumping right in to @Avanders book now.
#teamgloriousdisaster

Chrissyreadit 🤣🤣🤣😆😆😆 6mo
Avanders 😆😆😂 you guys are so cute. I‘m looking forward to thoughts on my book... it was, in no way, what I was expecting! 😁🔮 6mo
TK421 The more I reflect on this book, the more I dislike it. 5mo
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TK421
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1. I finally remembered that I need to read my #LMPBC book, so I just started Swamplandia.

2. Captain Marvel. It was awesome! One of the best Marvel movies so far.

3. Coffee with enough cream and sugar to be the color of this graphic.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Gissy I just saw today Captain Marvel and of course after the movie I needed to buy the funko pop☺️ 7mo
Carol.Ann.Kauffman 1. Run Like the Wind by Gerald L. Guy 2. Alita, the Battle Angel 3. Black coffee (edited) 7mo
Texreader Captain Marvel was awesome! Agreed! 7mo
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tonyahoswalt What did you think of Swamplandia? 6mo
TK421 @tonyahoswalt I'm about halfway done with it, but I like it so far. 6mo
tonyahoswalt I read it about 6 years ago in grad school for my young adult literature class that included adult fiction that could cross over. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I actually really enjoyed it! 6mo
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I love the illustration on the cover of this audiobook. Just starting, so no thoughts on the text yet.

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amyf0x
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Ava Bigtree, a young protagonist with an awesome voice and insight, dreams of saving both her family from various plights and their failing crocodile park in a Florida swamp.

(Trying this ebook thing, not a bad setup! I do prefer real books still. Enjoy this picture of a dog in snow boots in lieu of a book pic.)

Read January 18-21
Book 5/55

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Bourriquet76
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Thank you @robinb
What a sweet Christmas surprise! 💕💕💕

robinb You are most welcome! Hope you haven‘t read it yet. 😊 10mo
Bourriquet76 @robinb I haven‘t! So looking forward to it too! :) 10mo
robinb @Bourriquet76 Oh good, I‘m so glad! 😊🤗 10mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Mehso-so

This book is about belief; it‘s necessity and it‘s dangers. It never really grabbed me.

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madamereadsalot1
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Day 23 #sisforseptember is #scenic & I'm going with this book that has amazing descriptions of the Florida Everglade swamps. I never finished this one for some reason, but I loved what I had read. It was quirky and evocative. I'll start it again.
@CaliforniaCay

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LouLouLane
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Read this lovely novel about Florida down in South Florida while in one of my favorite coffee shops. I first started this about five years ago when I was walking the Florida trail but my reading was a little all over the place on that trip. Loved it this time through!

Aims42 I‘ve heard good things about this book 14mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘ve been curious to read this. Ava who grows up in an alligator-themed amusement #park in Florida, where her family entertains tourists by swimming and wrestling with alligators. When her mother, a famous alligator wrestler, died, Ava trains to become the world‘s youngest alligator wrestler. Anyone read this? Recommended?
#AugustIsATrip

BiblioLitten Sounds very interesting! I really want to know what littens think about it. 1y
gossamerchild I enjoyed it! Found her writing style a bit overbearing at times, but in general it's a bizarre, beautiful story. 1y
wanderinglynn I read it, but thought it was so-so (3/5 stars) IMO, while the concept is interesting, the story gets bogged, there‘s some plot issues, and the ending was rushed and poorly executed. 1y
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vkois88 I'd heard of it but never really knew what it was about. 1y
JamieArc I enjoyed it. I liked the setting a lot. The story ended up very different than I thought, but it was a worthwhile read. 1y
mrp27 I read it and it's between a lick and a so so. I liked the storytelling and it was different 1y
mrp27 Lick?! 😂😂 obviously I didn't proof read, PICK 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @mrp27 lol I saw that and giggled, wanted to tease you but changed my mind 😂 1y
Kelican17 What is the background of your pick? Inside cover of the book? Cause I love it!!! 💚💚💚 1y
tonyahoswalt I read this for YA Lit class in grad school. Wasn't too sure about it going in, as it wasn't my usual style, but I actually thought it was really well written. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Kelican17 It‘s lovely, isn‘t it? I found it on Pinterest! 1y
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mjdegrandpre
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Talk about a random stack...

RaimeyGallant Pretty! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸 1y
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Blueberry
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#Bookwithonewordtitle from my 2018 reading list.
#Julyinbooks18

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Blueberry
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Mehso-so

This was not very cohesive....separate storylines that came out of nowhere. I enjoyed it for awhile but by the end I was skimming everything that wasn't dialogue. The dark at the end was a surprise as well.

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julia-gulia
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I cannot recommend this book enough.... it was absolutely one of my favorite reads of all time.. the story, writing, heroine - it was absolutely a treat. I laught and cried, and 4 years later after I've read it, I can't stop thinking of this book. Karen Russel is incredibly talented and I'm looking forward to read more stories in the future

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goodthinkrebel
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DNF

I tried. I really tried, but I got to page 130 and still was struggling to keep reading. It was an interesting story but I wasn't compelled to keep going.
#bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #bookworm #booklove #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookquotes #instabooks #booklion #book #library #shelfie #bookaholic #reading #reader #currentlyreading #newbook #booklove

Lauram Same. I really wanted to like it, too. 1y
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Mdargusch Sounds like an exciting swimming hole! 🐊🐊🐊 1y
saresmoore I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of this one, Shawn. It was either a bail or a pan for me several years ago, but if you end up loving it, I may have to give it another try. 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore I‘m sensing a future bail here. 😆 1y
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shawnmooney @LeahBergen was right, but mostly my bail just now was because I didn‘t think I could endure the audio narrator‘s voice for 12+ hours. Wasn‘t sure enough about the writing either, but parts of it were gorgeous. I‘ll come back to it textually in due course… @saresmoore 1y
Lindy I still remember the dreamy, immersive feeling I got every time I sunk into this novel. Loved it. 1y
shawnmooney @Lindy Great! I hear such mixed reviews and am worried the magical realism at the end might turn me off but I will give this another try at some point! 😍😍 1y
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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

So I finally finished Swamplandia! last night. I made myself finish because I was so ready to move on to whatever the next book was going to be. Swamplandia! is creative, full of quotable quotes, has a fantastic main character, but for some reason, I wasn't rushing back home to read it. I didn't miss it when I wasn't reading it. So, for that reason alone, I have to rate it so-so. Wish I liked it more.

Jenny Hate when that happens. Kudos for finishing. 1y
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goodthinkrebel
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So I've been on hiatus dealing with some life stuff but I have some cool things in the works! But I take the time to savor Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

#bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #bookworm #booklove #bookstagram

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jdiehr
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"It was strange to watch a face having that kind of secret disagreement with itself."

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I wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I love stories set in the swamps. A family that runs an alligator wrestling theme park, that alone is fascinating to me. I would have liked to see more of the day to day operations of the park.

I felt like the book was the strongest when describing the two theme parks. The imagery of the swamp was beautiful. I just wish the girls hadn't made such stupid decisions.

kgriffith I got this from SantaThing (LibraryThing‘s secret Santa) two years ago and really need to bump it up the TBR! 1y
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I was going through my office and discovered I have a second copy of the book I am currently reading. I am disappointed in myself that I didn‘t realize I already had the book. I seriously need to organize my shelves.

bnp At least you know you really want to read it. 1y
Autumnlong Such a good book! 1y
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cswaingiggles This is why I had to catalog my library! It happened 3 times in as many months 😬 1y
cswaingiggles I use the Libib app if that helps you! 1y
Ruthiella On the bright side you can donate the spare and which makes room on your shelf! The most painless cull!🤪 1y
Reviewsbylola Ha! We‘ve all been there I‘m sure! I know this has happened to me before with Kate Morton. Her books all look the same to me. 😂 1y
CassiM LibraryThing is what I use and you can scan the barcodes or enter the ISBN number or do like here and search 😀 1y
cj82487 I've done this with ebooks a couple times 😕 I don't realize i have the physical book, see the ebook on sale and jump on it... Or vice versa 1y
dragondrool I've done this at least three times. To be fair, one was a re-issue of short stories where they had changed the title and cover. I've also triggered the "Oops...looks like you already bought this" thingie on Amazon. 1y
sloanghost Apropos of nothing but the covers, I used to work with gators. Miss them. 1y
Ddzmini Been there done that 😝📚 1y
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Getting some reading done this morning. I feel like I have been reading less and less lately and I want to change that. I need to prioritize reading more.

PeanutButterPie I feel like I might have read this back during an Orange Prize Binge read but the story blurb isn‘t ringing any bells other than the “put this on your to read list” bell 2y
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Bath bomb, beer, book.

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Packing for a little vacation. Trying to decide if I should pack more books 😄

tstan I spend more time deciding what books to pack and queue up on my iPad than I do on clothes. Priorities! 2y
Autumnlong Eee. I loved this book! Happy travels & hope you enjoy! 2y
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LeahBergen If there‘s only the one book in there ... YES! Pack more. 😆 2y
EricaReads The answer is always yes! 2y
kspenmoll I say more too! 2y
MiyakoBunny Enjoy your vacay!!! & Safe Travels 🤗 2y
tammysue Ha! Yes! 2y
anrobe Always more! 😀 2y
sloanghost The only time I'm grateful that I can only read ebooks... 2y
Anovelobsession If you can pack just one book for vacation - you must tell me your secret! I usually pack more books than clothes 2y
tonyahoswalt Had to read this in grad school. Really enjoyed it. Yes to more books! 2y
Zelma Is that a rhetorical question? 😆 2y
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Mehso-so

Ugh. I can‘t decide if I disliked/liked it, if I want to pause and think about it or start a new read to #fugetaboutit. The ending felt rushed, especially since something terrible happens to the MC less than 50 pages from the end. The message that the world is dark is evident in this read (like ridiculously evident, there‘s even a theme park named “The World of Darkness”). I just want to go eat a cookie and think of nice things #raindropsonroses

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New book bag, new book 📖 🧡 #totoro

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There really is no better place to read than in the Florida marsh. My heart lives here. ❤

Have you read Swamplandia by Karen Russell? She grew up here in Florida and this awesome book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012.

mrp27 I read it and I liked it. It's the only book of hers I have read. 2y
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I'm off to a conference and this is my plane ride entertainment. I started this en route to my first fall conference (September) and am trying to finish it during this trip, which is my last fall conference. #bookgoals #publife #bookhustle

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book was definitely different!! What do you think so far? 2y
ReadosaurusText @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled "Different" is a good way to put it! I'm about halfway through and definitely along for the ride. 2y
Cstabile I loved the first half (I grew up in an amusement park). Then, not so much. Interested in what others think! 2y
ReadosaurusText @Cstabile I am about 2/3 of the way through. I'm interested to see how things wrap up. 2y
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This is the first book that I‘ve ever abandoned. Made it 60 pages in and found myself not caring at all about what happened to the flat characters. Felt kind of like a watered down Geek Love.

JSW Congratulations on bailing! It‘s very freeing. I recommend the judicious practice of it. 2y
sarahbellum @JSW Thanks! I hope this experience causes me to do it more in the future 2y
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Thank you so much @Graciouswarriorprincess for the awesome #allhallowsreadbookexchange gifts. I have been wanting to read Swamplandia since it came out. The other books look great and the gifts are awesome. I can‘t wait to dig into these 😀

cathysaid You are going to love Shadow of the Wind! 2y
callielafleur Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorites! 2y
heikemarie Great book choices 👍 2y
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LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I also loved shadow of the wind. 2y
Aleida Shadow of the Wind. It‘s a gothic masterpiece. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @ReadingOver50 So glad that you liked everything! Happy reading!! 2y
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It's still a tad too hot for that perfect fall #audiowalking weather, but much much better than the summer!

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I scared the egret away before I could get a good picture. 😢 #audiowalking

Puredragonstar Awe but it‘s still a pretty picture! 2y
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