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Book Report: Publishing Strategies, Writing Tips, and 101 Literary Ideas for Aspiring Authors and Poets | Mark Shaw
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Based on practical advice from Mark Shaw, the author of fifteen published books, Book Report is the only reference on book publishing alternatives writers will ever need. Readers will learn: How To Decide if Your Book Concept has Publishing Potential, How to Create Unique Storytelling Ideas, How To Improve Writing Skills, Why It Is Important to Market the Book Proposal and Query Letter Not The Book, How to Create Exciting Book Proposals and Query Letters, How To Find the Right Literary Agent or Publisher, and Why it is Important to Avoid Subsidy Publishers.
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thebluestocking
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#bookreport
I made good progress this week, even though my reading took a backseat to other projects over the weekend. I really enjoyed both The Sentence and Several People are Typing for the #tob.

#weeklyforecast
I‘m hitting the Jenny Han book for book club and hope to knock the other two off of my #tob list. And maybe I‘ll get one more audio book in.

Cinfhen Nice!!! Cool graphics 🥰you‘re almost done with the shortlist 🙌🏻 3d
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Daisey
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#BookReport #DaiseysWeeklyReading
🎧 She
🎧 The Story Girl #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 Wuthering Heights
📖 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien #FellowshipOfTolkien
📖 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
🎧 Unsheltered #AuthorAMonth
📖 & 🎧 The Two Gentlemen of Verona #ShakespeareReadalong
📖 & 🎧 #BibleBuddyRead

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Just keep reading . . .

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Nessavamusic
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My #BookReport for Jan 16-22
Much better reading week! Thank you long weekends.
4 books last week done, 1 this morning
📔The Girl in the Mist 3⭐️
📔A History of Wild Places 4⭐️
🎧Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone 4⭐️
📔Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1-3 4⭐️
🎧His Majesty‘s Dragon 4⭐️

#WeeklyForecast
In Progress
📖Amari & the Night Brothers 9%
📖The Worst Guy 75%

Up Next
📚Stray Dogs, Little Thieves
🎧Dark Skye, The Inadequate Heir

Cinfhen Great week!!! Amen to long weekends 🥳🙏🏻 4d
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Butterfinger
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#BookReport @Cinfhen

A good snow = a great week of reading.

Cinfhen I miss snow days, but not the shoveling ❄️❄️❄️⛄️ 4d
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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen Love this! 👏👏 4d
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mhillis
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Can‘t believe it‘s the weekend already—this week went by so fast! I read a lot this week and finished:

The Power of Fun
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
Strange Weather in Tokyo
The Windsor Knot
Thank you, Mr. Nixon

Thank you, Mr. Nixon is my first Gish Jen and it is a short story collection! So I‘ve read 3 short story books this year! I‘m looking forward to reading a couple of her other books, especially The Resisters and Tiger Writing.

Cinfhen Great week!!! And some fabulous book covers 🤩 4d
mhillis @Cinfhen thanks! yes, lots of red on the covers! 4d
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DGRachel
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Combining my #bookreport with #weekendreading for @Andrew65 ☺️
I had a pretty good week, helped by an extra couple of days off work. I don‘t know if I‘ll finish any of my in progress reads today. Bailey is in my lap, so I can‘t hold a print book. I may just binge watch true crime stuff on Hulu. 🤣 The narrator on the Anne Frank audio is a little dry, so it‘s a bit of a struggle. Paris Noir & The Christie Affair are good so far.

Andrew65 A great week, and weekend of reading ahead. 5d
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squirrelbrain
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Another fab week… somewhat taken over by On Paradise but I *think* I liked The Trees better.

The two recipe books were immediately available on Libby so I skimmed through them and took a couple of screenshots from each.

I wasn‘t going to read another Kingsolver for #aam (they‘re sooo long!) but this one is my fave so far, so I‘m glad I picked it up. I can see that Crying in H Mart (on audio) is only going to get more upsetting as it goes along.

TrishB Good week Helen 👍🏻 5d
Caroline2 Great week and glad to hear Prodigal Summer is good. I‘m going to read Flight Behaviour soon. 👍 5d
Suet624 that's an amazing amount of reading! 5d
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BarbaraBB You liked The Trees better than To Paradise? Interesting! (edited) 5d
squirrelbrain I *think* I did @BarbaraBB 🤔 To Paradise was a very challenging read for me, so much so that I‘m not sure how much I enjoyed it. The Trees was challenging too, but in a different way. 5d
BarbaraBB That sounds rather tough. I wonder what I‘ll make of it. I hope to read it next month. 4d
Megabooks I‘ve felt Kingsolver‘s books are a bit wordy for their subject. Trees and Paradise were equally good for me. 👍🏻 4d
Cathythoughts Very good 👏👏👏 I want to read Trees and Paradise this spring 🤞 4d
Cinfhen Great week!!! You managed to finish Paradise and quite a few more!!!! 4d
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TrishB
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Should finish the Coben one today, needed a series comfort read.
Enjoyed the others this week, though Betty was a heart breaker 💔
#bookreport

Cinfhen Betty 💔 4d
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Butterfinger
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thebluestocking
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#bookreport
The New Year continues to include tons of reading. I loved When We Cease to Understand the World and really enjoyed Tiny Habits and Intimacies. The Supper Club book was a nice light read.

#weeklyforecast
It‘s probably all #tob reading for me this week. I‘m totally enjoying the audio of The Sentence. And I caved and bought the Ozeki, because my library hold prospects weren‘t good.

BarbaraBB You are on a roll. I‘m looking forward to 2w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘m really enjoying the #tob reading, but every year I tend to run out of steam at some point. I feel like it‘s a race against the clock, if that makes sense. 2w
Cinfhen I agree about the #ToB letdown / I feel like I read all the books I most wanted to, now the rest are more like assigned reading. I‘m not stressing or forcing myself to read them all. I‘ll be watching for your reviews 🤓 2w
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squirrelbrain I agree with you Jessica, and with @cinfhen. I‘m going to read Intimacies and The Trees, and then maybe The Sentence, if I can get hold of it when it‘s published here. After that, I‘m stopping with #tob, particularly now we know the brackets. 2w
Cinfhen I bailed on Copeland Cane, In Concrete and Several People are Typing. I‘m not buying Form especially since it‘s up against Cease (which I loved) so I think that only leaves Subdivision for me @squirrelbrain @thebluestocking which I will attempt again because it‘s gotten praise from lots of Littens. 2w
Flaneurette @Cinfhen thank you for giving me permission to avoid Copeland Cane! I totally get you on the assigned reading. 2w
Flaneurette I have When we cease coming up, glad to see you liked it and Supper club, which I checked out on a whim because of Litsy 2w
Cinfhen You‘re very welcome @Flaneurette 😘 2w
thebluestocking @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain I‘m glad I‘m not alone with the #tob fatigue. 💙 I don‘t usually bother with play-in titles, and I‘m really enjoying The Sentence, but I may not finish Copeland. It‘s good to remember that bailing is okay and that half of these books don‘t make it past the first round. 1w
thebluestocking @Flaneurette I hope you like both of those books. 💙 1w
Cinfhen That‘s so true!! Half do get knocked off in round one!!!! 1w
Suet624 Oh shoot. I thought I might enjoy Copeland but it sounds like you‘re not liking it. 1w
thebluestocking @Suet624 I‘m not far enough in to really make a call yet; the quitting would be more related to the fact that it‘s a play-in book and there is so much else to read! 1w
Suet624 Ah, yes, I see. 1w
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Daisey
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
📖 Glitch
🎧 Death on the Nile #FoodAndLit #Egypt

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 Wuthering Heights
📖 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien #FellowshipOfTolkien
📖 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
🎧 She
🎧 The Two Gentleman of Verona #ShakespeareReadalong
📖 & 🎧 #BibleBuddyRead

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Finish listening to She
📚 Start another January TBR audiobook

jannene Be exited for Six of Crows! 2w
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shawnmooney
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This is my first ever #BookReport - I‘m hoping to keep doing this as one way to increase my Litsy-specific content and interactions in 2022! 💖💖

Chelsea.Poole I recently just started too and it‘s fun ☺️ 2w
shawnmooney @Chelsea.Poole The eating an 🍊 one? Yes fun and really quite unique! 2w
LeahBergen Ahh! I love these updates from you! 2w
shawnmooney @LeahBergen I put the “sexy“ reference in just to grab your attention! 🤪 2w
Chelsea.Poole I mean I just started doing these #bookreport #weeklyforecast posts, which I‘m finding fun :) But yes definitely intrigued by the naked orange 😆 heading over to look it up from the library 🏃‍♀️ 2w
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mhillis
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#BookReport
Finished four books this week!
📚 The Inugami Curse #JanuaryinJapan
📚 The Beadworkers
📚 Ida B. the Queen
📚 Avidly Reads Poetry #NetGalley #arc

I like short story collections lately—I‘ve already read two this year: Terminal Boredom and The Beadworkers. Every story in The Beadworkers was great, and I especially liked Beading Lesson.

slategreyskies I really liked Strange Weather in Tokyo. :) 2w
Cinfhen Nice mix of genres 🥰 2w
shawnmooney I have the Piatote collection on ebook - great to hear that you enjoyed it! 2w
mhillis @shawnmooney looking forward to your review! 4d
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DGRachel
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Not a bad reading week - cleared 2 books from my NetGalley queue, read the first of my #NYWD22 books, and checked off a couple more challenge boxes. I don‘t know if I‘ll finish any of my new reads today. The odds are not in my favor as I started a 30 day food elimination/dietary reset protocol on Wednesday. The detox from sugar and processed foods is no joke. 🤢😴😡😭
#bookreport

Cinfhen I hear ya!! I did a 30 day program and I lasted nearly 100 days!!! The first few weeks were SO HARD but then I started to feel SO GOOD!!! I should try again. Good luck 🍀 it should help with your migraines 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘m really struggling. Between the lethargy, sadness, constant dull headache, and craving for a snack (this only allows for 3 meals, no snacking), I‘m ready to throw in the towel. I know part of the goal is to separate emotions from eating and look at food as fuel, but then I think we‘re still in a pandemic, I should be able to mindlessly eat buttered popcorn while binge watching Netflix. 🤣😭😭😭 2w
Cinfhen Agreed, popcorn 🍿 is a necessity during a pandemic xx 2w
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Cinfhen
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I had a GREAT reading week!!! Two books from my #NYWD list and all 5 books worked for multiple reading challenges💚
The clear cut winner was To Paradise. I‘m dying to discuss this book with all my Litsy friends!!!! My poor hubby got an earful last night until he had to say “ Please, stop.”

Soubhiville My hubby can relate to yours. Not for this book yet, but probably to all the others ever, lol! 🤣 2w
Booksarelifeaddict @Cinfhen how did you like people we meet on vacation? Thinking about reading it 2w
Cinfhen Sometimes he‘ll humor me @Soubhiville and ask questions but after about 5 minutes of my trying to explain To Paradise, he simply ran out of patience. To his credit, it‘s a tough book to follow. 😁 I liked People on Vacation @Booksarelifeaddict but, I was hoping for a bit more substance. After awhile it felt redundant and overly wrought for really no reason. I liked the audio narration and the writing was witty and sharp. Good banter. 2w
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squirrelbrain Lol - you‘ll just have to try to be patient! I bet @TrishB will finish soon…. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m counting on @TrishB and @Megabooks and you too @squirrelbrain ! 2w
kspenmoll Simone St. James!❤️❤️❤️ 2w
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen 150 pages to go, I‘m trying to ignore everything else! 2w
Bookzombie My hubby can also relate to @Soubhiville and yours! 😂 I read your comment to him and he laughed. 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m not doing very well with ignoring everything else @TrishB - I‘m not even halfway yet…. 2w
Soubhiville @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @TrishB I hope to start To Paradise tomorrow or Monday, hopefully I‘ll join your conversation about it next weekend if you don‘t mind 😁 2w
Cinfhen Yesssss @Soubhiville I would love that!!! As would my hubby 😉 2w
Cinfhen I think it comes with the territory of living with a #BookWorm @Bookzombie tell your hubby he‘s in good company 😆 2w
Megabooks Gonna start when the mail carrier finally arrives!! so much anticipation!! Mom and I do that back and forth to each other about our books but rarely do we like the same ones so we just get frustrated telling each other. 🙄😂 2w
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squirrelbrain
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#bookreport

So many fabulous books this week! The top 3, I finished in the week; two from my #nywd list and Louding was a #buddyread.

Bellman & Black, and Yellow Bird are also from my #nywd list, and the Kingsolver is for #authoramonth. And last, but definitely not least, I‘m going to read some more of ‘To Paradise‘ this afternoon. It hasn‘t got above freezing here today so the afternoon consists of reading by the fire!

youneverarrived I left the house to go for a walk and coffee this morning but soon came back 🥶 sounds like a perfect afternoon for this weather 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 stay warm 💜 2w
Megabooks The cold can be a great excuse for indoor reading! 2w
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TrishB
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#bookreport
Started a new series with Scared to Death(because you know I needed to!)
Love The Girl- great read.
Half way through To Paradise- should be my weekends focus after catching up on all the other stuff that hasn‘t been done this week! It‘s such a read ❤️

rockpools ‘All the other stuff‘ is almost as annoying as ‘that work stuff‘. Have a relaxing weekend Trish! 2w
julesG There's other stuff? I'm not sure you have your priorities right. 😉 2w
TrishB @julesG I totally agree and have failed somewhere ☹️ having to shop for non book things kills me 😁 2w
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TrishB @rockpools you too Rachel 😊 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve just finished Book 1 of To Paradise, also have ‘stuff‘ to do today and then ‘people‘ visiting tomorrow….🙄 2w
TrishB @squirrelbrain I now can‘t put it down! 2w
Cinfhen Wow!!! Halfway through 💕💕Can‘t wait to hear more 2w
Cathythoughts I remember not being able to put A Little Life Down... I wasn‘t aware of this book , I stacked it from an earlier post .... sounds good Trish ❤️ 2w
TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘ve finished it and absolutely loved it ❤️ 2w
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Bookzombie
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#BookReport

I fell asleep before posting this last night. I enjoyed all of my reads from the week.

Cinfhen These graphics are GORGEOUS 🥰LOVE LOVE LOVE 2w
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I can‘t take much credit as is a template on PicCollage. 🙂 2w
Cinfhen I haven‘t seen it before!!! It‘s so soothing 💓💓💓 2w
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Butterfinger
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MadelineMcCrae Classic Starts were my childhood! 3w
Cinfhen So interesting/ @Megabooks was just saying that Klara reminded her of Pinocchio and you read both books this week. Did you find them at all similar?? 2w
Butterfinger @Cinfhen @Megabooks I didn't think of it till it was brought to my attention, but I see it now. 2w
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Megabooks It would‘ve been interesting to me to read the two together. 2w
Butterfinger @Megabooks Pinocchio was definitely a caution tale -Don't do this, or this will happen and I definitely see that with Klara - Lift your child, this might happen. 2w
Cinfhen I love how simple comments and observations can spark something new @Butterfinger @Megabooks ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 2w
Megabooks @Butterfinger @Cinfhen I didn‘t finish Klara, but in the first half, it seemed like she was a “puppet” who wanted to feel more real. It is interesting you bring up the cautionary tale as well. I have never read the true Pinocchio story. I probably should but am still a bit creeped out by even the Disney version!! 2w
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thebluestocking
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#bookreport
Another great reading week for me in terms of quantity. I enjoyed All‘s Well and Drowned Girls, but not so much the other two.

#weeklyforecast
I‘ve got two books in progress, and then I‘ll be tackling two more from the #tob shortlist. I have high hopes for Intimacies based on the #litsylove it has already garnished.

BarbaraBB You‘re on a roll. Can‘t wait to see what you maken of Intimacies! 3w
Cinfhen I liked the Awad too!! It was the right amount of weird for me. I didn‘t care too much for Libertie and I‘m not really looking forward to 2w
Cinfhen It‘s in my top 3 with Intimacies and 2w
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Daisey
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🔹 Designate my #WeekendReading

📖 A Month in the Country
🎧🔹 We Dream of Space
📖🔹 Pinocchio #ChildrensClassicRead2022

#CurrentlyReading
📖 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien #FellowshipOfTolkien
🎧🔹 Wuthering Heights
🎧 She
📖 & 🎧🔹#BibleBuddyRead
📖🔹 Glitch
📖 & 🎧🔹Two Gentlemen of Verona #ShakespeareReadalong

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Start Death on the Nile for #FoodAndLit

Cinfhen Still my favorite format 🙌🏻♥️🎉Happy Reading 😄 3w
Daisey @Cinfhen Thanks! I debated changing it up a bit for a new year, but I like the format too much the way it is. All I did was choose a new font. 3w
Cinfhen I like the fancy script 😁 2w
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DGRachel
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For once, I definitely posted my #bookreport too early. I got a fair amount of reading done and several countries checked off the Africa list, so here‘s part 2 of my book report. 🥰 I‘m still way behind the “plan” but it feels good to have books finished.

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! You really hit the button too soon 😁🎉Well done ✅ GREAT WEEK 3w
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mhillis
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#BookReport Some great books to start the year!

#JanuaryInJapan
Terminal Boredom
Heaven

The Last Rose of Shanghai
The Subtweet 🎧
Body and Soul Food
Bull Shit Jobs 🎧

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏽 I‘m hoping to read/listen to this one ever since I think @Lindy posted it 3w
mhillis @Cinfhen I enjoyed it and it is completely different from 3w
Lindy @mhillis @Cinfhen Vivek Shraya has immense talent. I‘m looking forward to her latest: 3w
mhillis @Lindy I hadn‘t seen that yet! thanks! 3w
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squirrelbrain
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#bookreport

The top 3 are all from my #nywd list from @LeeRHarry - such a great list, I‘m loving them all! (Review of Tiddas to follow soon). Dignity is my only ongoing book currently, also from my #nywd list. I‘m not very far into this at the moment and had hoped to lose myself in it this weekend but I‘m having to work instead. 🙄

The two graphic books were very short so took no time to read and I also loved the Kingsolver. A great week!

TrishB Work, agh, but a good weeks reading 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Sorry about weekend work 😖 3w
LeeRHarry Shame you have to work the weekend 😔 makes me happy that you‘re enjoying the books 😊 3w
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My first full week of January reads has been pretty awesome!! I‘m enjoying my #NYWD list from @MallenNC and I borrowed a few titles from others #Top21of21 list ❤️🙌🏻🎉

squirrelbrain Rather a lot of books there! 3w
KarenUK Wow! Sooooo many already!!! 3w
Cinfhen Well 2 I finished before Sunday but didn‘t make last week‘s report and 2 were less than 2 hours each on audio….so… not THAT many but still a VERY decent amount @squirrelbrain and they were all good!!! 3w
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Cinfhen I start strong EVERY January but by April I totally start to fizzle @KarenUK 3w
TrishB Great week 👍🏻 3w
Kdgordon88 Great start to your reading year! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB @Kdgordon88 !! Hope you got the gift card, Debra💗 3w
Kdgordon88 I did! Combining it with a card I received for Christmas and making my choices today. 3w
Cinfhen Yay!! Can‘t wait to see what u pick @Kdgordon88 🎊🎊🎊 3w
BarbaraBB Great week 😍😍 3w
Megabooks Wow! You‘re hitting the year off well! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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DGRachel
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I finished a handful of short books this week, including 3 books for #readingafrica2022 and my first for #booked2022. I hope to finish The Dead of Winter today, but I have yard work to do and an errand or two to run, so I‘m not sure if I will. I thought about waiting until this evening to post, but putting off my #bookreport post gives me anxiety. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤪

Cinfhen Nooooo, don‘t ever get hung up over #BookReports …. I don‘t take off points for late submissions 😉 3w
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Nessavamusic
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My #bookreport for Jan 2-8

6 books finished this week!
🎧All the Feels - 3⭐️
Razorblade Tears - 5⭐️
🎧All Systems Red - 4.5⭐️
🎧Mexican Gothic - 4⭐️
Red as Blood - 1.5⭐️
🎧MacRieve - 3.5⭐️

In Progress:
🎧Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone 2%
Fated Blades - 70%
Iron Widow - 5%

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#bookreport
So I managed to get some reading done this week 😁 every cloud etc etc
Just stated Scared to Death this morning, finished the rest. A diverse mix of good stuff!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👏🏻 3w
merelybookish I missed that you were in quarantine but glad to see you found an upside. Hope you're feeling better! 3w
Cinfhen Looks like your reading mojo hasn‘t been effected 😘 3w
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TrishB @merelybookish much better thank you 😁 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen thank goodness! Would have been even worse! 3w
CarolynM Glad you're feeling better 💕 3w
erzascarletbookgasm So glad you‘re getting better. 😘 3w
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thebluestocking
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#bookreport
I had a great reading week in both quantity and quality. I loved Once There Were Wolves, and The Trees is one of my favorite reads so far from the #tob shortlist.

#weeklyforecast
This week I hope to tackle three more books from the #tob shortlist, and it‘s always nice to read a habit book around the beginning of the year.

BarbaraBB I am glad to see we‘re still book twins 👯‍♀️! I loved Wolves and the Trees too. Looking forward to your thoughts on the three #tob books! 3w
Cinfhen Agreed about Trees & Wolves!! I liked the Awad but wasn‘t too keen on Libertie. Haven‘t read Subdivision but it‘s getting #LittenLove 3w
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DGRachel
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Taking a break from my #readingafrica2022 children‘s books, so I doubt I‘ll finish anything else tonight. I finished the three books I really wanted to for December, started a holiday mystery, and made a solid start on the Reading Africa challenge.
#bookreport

Cinfhen Fabulous ♥️🙌🏻 4w
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mhillis
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I haven‘t finished any books in the New Year, so these are the last four books of 2021! Whereabouts was so good and I‘d definitely put it on my best of 2021 list! #BookReport
The Mercies
Northern Spy
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Whereabouts

Cinfhen I really enjoyed Whereabouts too and I‘ll be reading this book with the #literaryCrew next month 4w
Cinfhen Did u enjoy Mercies?? 4w
mhillis @Cinfhen Yes! I listened to the audio. A little long, but good. 4w
Cinfhen I have the print book but good to know audio is another option 😁 4w
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Cinfhen
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My #LastFirst2022BookReport 🤓Loving my current audio (Love After Love) and really enjoyed Circling the Sun. Monster was difficult at times but glad to have persevered. SummerWater was tense but engaging. Brat & Bewilderment were fine but left me slightly underwhelmed. Excited for all the new challenge reads!!

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Daisey
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Sorry for so many stats and list posts, but I do enjoy that my weekly post lines up with the new year.

#BookReport #DaiseysWeeklyReading
🎧 The Canyon‘s Edge
🎧 The Five
📖 Booked (graphic novel version)
📖 96 Miles
📖 Professor Martens‘ Departure
📖 The Purloined Letter

#CurrentlyReading
📖 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
📖 #BibleBuddyRead
📖 A Month in the Country

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads!
📚 Start She: A History of Adventure

BookBabe 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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#bookreport I think it‘s Saturday 🤔
Started Go Tell the Bees yesterday. It‘s massive (900+ pages) so I‘m going to use my own prompt for #booked2022
Finished all the others this week and loved them all. Good weeks reading. If only work didn‘t have to return!
Happy New Year all ❤️

La_Cori Happy New Year! 🥳💕 4w
Cathythoughts Excellent week Trish 👍❤️ 4w
Gissy Happy New Year!🎉🎊 4w
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TrishB @La_Cori @Gissy happy new year 🎉🎉 4w
TrishB @Cathythoughts it was 😁 4w
Cinfhen Wow!!! What a busy week you had xx well done 4w
Cinfhen And of course, happy happy new year xx 4w
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#bookreport
Apologies for a day late- but as I had a good week wanted to post 😁
Bitter Wash Road - new Aussie detective series 👍🏻
Without You- sobering inside view of North Korea
Small Pleasures- between pick/so-so
The Holiday- holiday fluff!
Harbour Street- good 👍🏻
To Star the Dark- good new (to me) poetry.
Weekly forecast later 😁

BarbaraBB Great reading week 👍🏽 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice stack of books you‘ve read 😁👏🏻 1mo
Centique Wow! You are powering through! Great week 😍 1mo
TrishB @Centique amazing what you can read with no work! 1mo
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#BookReport holiday edition! Five books finished!

This week I perused #NetGalley for the first time in ages, and hit the jackpot with two translated titles and a book about writing! I‘ll say more about these when their pub days are closer: The Equestrienne, Refuse to Be Done, & Kamusari Tales Told at Night.

I got Air Pods for Xmas and listened to a short audiobook on them already—Small Things Like These. Also finished reading Sorrow and Bliss.

EvieBee Did you like Sorrow and Bliss? One of my favorites for the year. 1mo
mhillis @EvieBee Yes, I did! I was surprised by where the story went 1mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness 🎉🙌🏻🎉 1mo
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Cathythoughts I loved Sorrow and Bliss too. Looking forward to the Keegan (edited) 1mo
Liz_M Lovely collage - a reading rainbow 1mo
mhillis @Liz_M I hadn‘t noticed that!! 🌈 1mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Thanks 🙌 1mo
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I bailed on two, and HEAVILY skimmed my IRL bookclub book, One Night Markovitch 😖( horrible, choice) and I sort of read, lightly skimmed the two #ToBPlayIn choices; The Sentence & Country Friends. I liked the other 3 with the winner being When We Cease To Understand The World (#ToB22ShortList)
To all who are celebrating today, Merry Christmas ♥️To all others, I hope you‘re having a lovely weekend.

Crazeedi Peace and love sent your way Cindy!💚❤ 1mo
Cinfhen Thank you so much @Crazeedi Right back at ya 😘😘And best wishes for health and happiness in the coming new year 💞💞💞 1mo
kspenmoll Have a wonderful New Year! I got The Sentence for Christmas so I shall see… 1mo
Centique Arohanui from NZ to you my lovely friend 💕 1mo
Megabooks I‘m listening to this right now! If it‘s not good, idk who I‘ll root for in the play-in!! 1mo
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I know it‘s Christmas, but I am so excited to have finished books this week, that I had to post. They were mostly short holiday themed reads, but it feels good to have books completed. I‘m hoping to finish The Passengers today. It‘s so good and really creepy in a near-future techno-terror kind of way. But, I‘ll probably bail on Yule. I hope everyone has a good day today, no matter your holiday plans. . Sending love to all. #bookreport

vivastory Adding The Passengers to my TBR. Glad you're feeling better & able to finish your books! Merry Christmas 🎄📚 1mo
kspenmoll Very festive list!!! Some good ideas for next Christmas! (edited) 1mo
DGRachel @vivastory Merry Christmas to you, too! 1mo
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Cinfhen Happy Holidays, Rachel ♥️💚♥️So glad to hear you‘re feeling better 😁 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen Happy Holidays to you, Cindy! It is really nice to be able to focus on a book again! 1mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas!🎄 1mo
DGRachel @Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 1mo
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#BookReport

I finished the top two last Sunday as Rare Danger is a novella and Christmas Witch is really short. Otherwise it was a slow reading week. I wrapped up Malabar Hill yesterday.

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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
📖 & 🎧 Pericles #ShakespeareReadalong
🎧 Splinters of Scarlet
📖 Closer to Nowhere

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 The Grapes of Wrath
📖 Land - still paused
📖 Professor Martens‘ Departure
📖 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien #FellowshipOfTolkien

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads & pick up more MG/YA
📚 Probably listen to some as yet unchosen holiday audiobooks

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#bookreport

Not much time to read with a new puppy to keep an eye on all of the time….

Finished 2 from the #ToBlonglist that I already had out of the library.

The ongoing are all #ToBshortlist. I was hoping to get out for an #audiowalk today to finish Subdivision, as hubby is not at work, but the weather is meh so that didn‘t happen! Might finish it tomorrow as there is ironing to do. Started The Echo Wife at 5am this morning when pup got up!

Cinfhen How‘s Henry??? Exciting days!!!! 1mo
squirrelbrain He‘s doing well thank you for asking @Cinfhen - he has his moments (usually when he gets tired) but he‘s learning to sit and fetch already and he‘s such a cutie! 1mo
LeahBergen Puppies are EXHAUSTING 😆😆 1mo
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I actually have books to report this week after 11 straight days of finishing nothing. I will be trying to force my way through my #lmpbc books this weekend. Really hoping my brain and bronchitis let that happen. Anyway - Peacocks took me 17 days to get through (wish I‘d bailed), the St. Mary‘s, which I enjoyed, took a week, but I sunk into A Christmas Carol yesterday afternoon. I hate Amazon, but I loved Grant‘s narration. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookreport

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My #BookReport for Dec 12-18

7 books finished this week!
5⭐️ Blankets, Ninth Rain
4⭐️ Christmas Pawdcast, Whiteout, Christmas in Quincy, Merry Inkmas
3⭐️ Christmas in Silver Bell Falls

3 in progress:
🎧In a Holidaze (reread) 45%
📖 Mistletoe Christmas Anthology 80%
📖 The Way of Kings 4%

Will probably finish the anthology today, sadly not loving it.

Cinfhen Wow!! Another fabulous week 1mo
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#bookreport

Stressful week in work and I felt I hardly read at all
Love and Virtue was a good read
Leonard has been put into hibernation, I may go back to it, I wasn‘t gelling with the style of writing, but it may have been me.
Crying in H Mart was great
Reading Harbour Street as my brain can‘t take anything that requires too much thought at the moment.

BarbaraBB I feel you. Stress at work and anxious to see what the upcoming days will bring. So f**ing fed up with having no perspective and a government without a plan. 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB your last sentence made me want to cry!! That‘s exactly it. I‘m in a complete energy slump today and I have so much to do, which is making me feel even worse! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Hope that things settle down at work soon 💕 1mo
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BarbaraBB It‘s hard to stay positive, I am trying so hard but some days I just can‘t. 1mo
Oryx Hope you feel better soon (everything feels very complicated just now) and you have been able to turn your work computer off for a while at least! 1mo
DGRachel I‘m so sorry you had a stressful week. Sending hugs and hope for a better week ahead! 1mo
TrishB @RaeLovesToRead thank you ❤️ 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB yes I know exactly what you mean. ♥️ 1mo
TrishB @Oryx hoping manage to get through Christmas 🤞🏻🤞🏻 it‘s all a bit unsettled again! 1mo
TrishB @DGRachel thank you ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Love & Virtue is high on my list for next year 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I hope you‘ll get to take some time off and recharge. We had a department Christmas Zoom yesterday and it featured a Quiz of Nonsense. All of my colleagues were fully into the silly spirit of it and all of my answers were doom and gloom about COVID and governments. Bit of a party pooper. 😬 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen an interesting read 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly that would be me! I‘m supposed to be off now until 5 Jan 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I hope so! I‘m off now until the 4th and I almost sobbed with relief when I shut my computer off last night. ❤️ 1mo
Nute You just don‘t know how much I am feelin‘ you right now. Too much work stress! Too much daily life stress! Too much sheer madness! I just try to stay focused on the good stuff and fill all voids with positivity. Some days I opt for delight in perplexity!😆 Time off, sweatpants, tea and a big book…and prayers, that‘s the relief! Oh, and hugs from family and friends…I‘m into those!🥰 Take care, Trish! Peace and relaxation!!! 1mo
TrishB @Nute there are so many dips in this covid roller coaster ☹️ stay safe and take care ❤️ 1mo
Nute Thank you, my Friend! 1mo
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I haven‘t had a #bookreport in months!! But I‘m happy to say that I finally feel like reading again! yayyyyy

Finished
✔️ Clark and Division
✔️ Maids of Misfortune

In Progress
Sorrow and Bliss

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Glad you‘re back 💝 1mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Thanks ☺️ 💕 1mo
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#BookReport

Here are my completed reads for the week. All were picks. I have been trying to read a few festive ones this month.

Cinfhen I‘m LOVING these graphics 🥰 1mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Thank you! ☺️ 1mo
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#BookReport : finished IAm-I Am -I Am , a so-so rating
Finished : Matrix 👍🏻❤️
Finished : My Husband Simon 👍🏻❤️

#WeeklyForecast is in my picture… 🤔 I‘m in the mood for a thriller, so maybe I‘ll try Echo Wife first

Happy Reading week everyone ❤️ having tea in bed 👍🏻
Hi Cindy 🤚

TrishB Looks like a great plan ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks! That‘s the plan anyway … 👍🏻😁 2mo
BarbaraBB All sound good! 2mo
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Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB 🤞🏻😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Some good books there! 😘 2mo
rmaclean4 I loved Matrix! 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @rmaclean4 Yes ! It‘s so good 💫 2mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋🏽 I hope you enjoy Echo Wife!!! I thought it was clever. And I was also meh about the o‘farrell 1mo
Megabooks Yea in bed looks lovely! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday! 1mo
LeahBergen I need to get to Chatterton Square soon. 1mo
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My #bookreport for Dec 5-11 Great week!

6 books finished
All finished were 4⭐️ reads - reviews on my page
🎧Tis the Season to be Kissed - may finish tonight
📖 The Ninth Rain 50%
📖Merry Inkmas - just started

DNF A Cajun Christmas Killing

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 fantastic week 2mo
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A small report, but the Lamb was 900 pages!! I liked the novel, but it felt dated in parts (published 1998) and I think the story within the story could have been a little shorter, but still I‘m happy I FINALLY read it 🤓 A Children‘s Bible was a re-read for bookclub- ladies were split half hated the book other half thought it was a good choice for bookclub (agreed). Libertie was ok, not my favorite from #ToB ~ started The TREES (very good) 👇🏼

Cinfhen Bright Burning Things was ok, don‘t think I‘ll remember it in 6 months. 2mo
TrishB Agree totally about the Lamb 😁 2mo
Ruthiella I hated The Children‘s Bible but agree that it is a good book club pick - lots to discuss! 2mo
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Cinfhen We had a really good discussion @Ruthiella !!! 2mo
Cinfhen So glad we both made it to the end without bailing @TrishB 🥳 2mo
Amandajoy I‘ll be reading The Children‘s Book for a book club in February. I like a book that sparks a discussion. 2mo
Cinfhen Agreed @Amandajoy Hope you end up enjoying the book 🤓 2mo
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