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BarbaraBB
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Fuyuko hardly speaks or connects with other people. She starts drinking after years of abstinence, yet living her life in a disciplined way, each day repeating the one before. I didn‘t understand her at all, kept asking myself why she did (or mostly didn‘t do) the things she did. Yet she made a fascinating character and I loved the Japanese context and Kawakami‘s writing style.

(Pic: Chioggia, Italy)

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo ♥️ 2mo
jlhammar I haven‘t tried Kawakami yet. Sounds good. Love that photo! 2mo
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Laughterhp You always take the coolest photos! 2mo
squirrelbrain What @Laughterhp said! 😁 2mo
Librarybelle Your photo setting looks delightful and peaceful! 2mo
LeahBergen This photo! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Megabooks Love this photo and I‘m so glad you enjoyed the book! 2mo
Megabooks As if there were ever any doubt! 😉😘 2mo
DivineDiana Wish I could transport myself into that photo! ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No doubt at all! Now I‘m all set for Chandelier! 2mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks! I think you would enjoy her books too. My favorite so far is 2mo
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana Italy is so photogenic! This place is nicknamed “Little Venice” (edited) 2mo
jlhammar @BarbaraBB Good to know! I think I‘ll give Heaven a try first. 2mo
KarenUK Beautiful 😍 💕 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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A great book! Such real to life and loving characters, their story, their lives and their games. They pulled me back into the 90s, into playing adventure games on enormous computers with hardly any capacity. I laughed and cried with Sam, Sadie and Marx and they left me behind with a smile on my face.

#pop22 #CharacterOnAceSpectrum
#52books #TechnologyThemed

Cinfhen Lovely photo and review! What did your kids think of this one??! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Robin read it and she enjoyed it a lot except for the Pioneers chapter! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She also read Every Last Fear, Crossroads, and The House Across the Lake so I am pretty proud. Thomas read Cabin Fever, and The Secret History! 2mo
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fredamans I'm just starting this one today! 2mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! R needs to join Litsy 💜and I agree with her review - I didn‘t care for the pioneers chapter either !!!!!! Stopped me from giving the book 5 stars!!! 2mo
Cinfhen Nice job, Barbara #RaisingReaders 🎉🙌🏻♥️ 2mo
Megabooks Wow! This kids did a lot of beach reading. That‘s fantastic! I‘m glad you enjoyed this too! 💜💜🏝 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ll tell her that. She‘ll breek reassured! By the way, her red string broke in Costa Rica, she sent me a picture when it did! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I really did. And I loved Sam! 2mo
Cinfhen Next time I go to Rachel‘s Tomb I‘ll get another string for R ♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen ❤️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m going to have to pick this one up! So much love for it 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole It‘s your kind of book too, I‘m sure! 2mo
BooknerdsLife Love this book so much! The frienship, love & grief for loved ones! 2mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Meh. You know those people who post vague status updates on Facebook, hoping you'll either ask them about it, and you just end up filling in the blanks yourself, concocting a ridiculous narrative about their VagueBooking? That is what this felt like.

At the end of a drunken dinner party with her friend Abby and their husbands, Sienna suggests they swap husbands for the night. No sex, just a change of pace. Oddly, the other three go along ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick with it. Days later, one of the men disappear. Sienna heard one sentence and assumed she knew what Abby was talking about. Abby's POV told us vaguely about something pertinent to the arc, but you're just left wondering WTF she's talking about. The overall turn of events was interesting in theory, but this felt terribly repetitive with all the internal dialogue GUESSING what was happening. If only people opened up to the police or asked ⬇️ 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick questions...UGH. This just felt tedious and by about 40% through I wanted the big twist to be that they all disappeared. I wasn't that lucky.
@thearomaofbooks a square for July's #bookspinbingo 📚#pop22 #ABookWithCutleryOnCoverOrInTheTitle 📚 #52Books #HouseholdObjectOnTheCover
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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What's not to like? This is essentially the bathroom equivalent of a coffee table book - a Toilet Tanker, if you will. I love baseball. I love snarky humor. I appreciate odd creativity. Basically, these brothers took old baseball cards, vandalized them, made a Tumblr, and got a book deal. my sense of humor is on par with a 12 year old boy so a few of these made me cackle with glee. I loved it! ❤ One of the least offensive cards shown above.

TheAromaofBooks I love it when you find a whacky book that just works!! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
The Decagon House Murders | Yukito Ayatsuji
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A club of university students spends a week on an island off the coast of Japan where a gruesome crime has recently occurred. Soon the first among them is murdered.
The characters in the book are flat, there is no poetic line to be found, but this cult book is an example of the “shin honkaku” genre — a Japan-specific reboot of the classic whodunit. Recommended!

#19822022 #1987 #52books #InvolvesAClub #pop22 #SetInThe80s

(Pic: Havana, Cuba)

Cinfhen I‘m loving your photos ♥️Hope you‘re having an amazing time xx 3mo
Cathythoughts Great pic 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 2mo
Megabooks Gorgeous photo! 2mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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After We Were Stolen is compelling. Avery deals with some rough situations, but despite the heavy subject matter, it's fast paced and reads easily. If you prefer your beach reads to be something grittier than a kissing book, After We Were Stolen gets my vote.

I've known Brooke for about 30 years so I'm extremely proud of her achievement. It really is good. I'm also proud that I didn't cry like pageant mom during her reading.

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BarbaraBB
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A cruiseschip sets sail in March 2020 and inevitably COVID travels with one of the thousands of passengers. While people are getting sick the world closes down and leaves the ship drifting. The book reads like a horrifying thriller.

Trigger warning: The parts describing how the seriously I‘ll people fight for their lives were very painful to read.

#pop22 #SetOnCruiseShip #52books #NonFictionBestseller

(Pic: Cayo Guillermo, Cuba)

RaeLovesToRead I've read several books on boats this year already, but I haven't counted them for the challenge because it specifies "cruise ship" ?? 3mo
Megabooks Glad you liked this, and I did find the parts where people were sick, especially the crew, who definitely seemed to have it worse, difficult to read. 💔 3mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead Be prepared if you decide to read this one. It‘s a page turner but it feels ambivalent because it really happened. 3mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very difficult those fighting for their lives and yes, that crew 💔 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I struggle to read about real life tragedies, so I'll probably choose something lighter. 3mo
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead before I read CF, I used this for cruise ship. Even though I just liked it, it‘s gotten favorable reviews on litsy and is indeed MUCH lighter! 3mo
Cortg This sounds both horrifying and intriguing 🤨 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks I'll check it out! 😊 I just started reading a book today and realised after a couple of pages that it was set in the 80s... yay! Another prompt to be fulfilled 😎 3mo
squirrelbrain Gosh, Barbara, I bet that was a tough one to read. I‘ve read a few extracts in the press and it seems horrific. 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I think I‘ll try a sample 👍🏻 3mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Why did I pick up this obscure read? Well, it's my #MakeYourOwnPrompt prompt for #Booked2022 "Written by someone with whom you've shared a meal"

Author Doug Walsh is my step-cousin (is that even a thing?) and while he is a few years older and we're not close, having spent a few Thanksgiving meals together as teens was the perfect excuse to push his debut fiction novel to the top of my list. For the sake of honesty, I'll tell you, ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick my dear Littens, I didn't love it. The premise, writing, and descriptions were good. The details of the biking trip are authentic, inspired by the author's own around the world biking trip with his wife. The narrator has an annoying voice for Kara but was fine with the men. Edward was not a likeable character, at all, and he's someone I should be rooting for in the end. I wasn't. The bickering between Edward & Kara hindered their enjoyment ⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick of the trip for longer than I'd have liked. The characters who find themselves in another time, though interesting, didn't seem to fit into the story until much later, so most of those scenes felt jarring. One particular guy, a villain of sorts, was a total blowhard douche bag & felt way over the top. Overall, this was a low pick. Interesting enough, but not anything I'd read again or press into someone's hand as a must read. Sorry Doug!⬇️ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope I'm not shunned from sharing a meal and a pint in the PNW sometime in the future.

@4thHouseontheLeft @BarbaratheBibliophage @Cinfhen - July #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks - #52Books #AnIndieRead - #Pop22 #ABookWhoseTitleBeginsWithTheLastLetterOfYourPreviousRead which was The Flight Attendant on audio and I didn't even plan it. Funny how that works out.
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Cinfhen Hahaha!! Love the full and honest review!!!! Too bad it wasn‘t fabulous but nice that you saw it through to the end…I might have bailed 😊😜 3mo
TheAromaofBooks It's hard to read things written by people you know, I think 😂 My brother is writing a book and keeps having me read various sections of it and it's hard to give opinions without crushing his excitement!! 3mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Well this was fun! I have NOT watched the show so I was interested throughout to see what was going to happen. Cassandra is a flight attendant who enjoys her drunken debauchery. After a night in Dubai, she wakes up next to a dead body. This is the story of Cassandra trying to fill figure out what happened when she got black out drunk, how to deal with the situation, and what's next. I listened on audio and enjoyed having three different ⬇️

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BarbaraBB
Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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A man retires, a life changing affair. What to do with his time? Gardening? Writing a book? It takes getting used to, for him and his wife.

Another wonderful book by Sheriff, whose A Fortnight in September I loved too, about daily life of two decent people in the early 20th century. A real gem!

#52books #BookISawSomeoneReadInPublic

LeahBergen Yay! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it, too. ❤️ 3mo
Megabooks Great review! 💜💜 3mo
CarolynM Such a great read. I don‘t know how he did it, but he made so much of so very little. I‘m looking forward to reading Fortnight in September (my copy arrived last week🙂) 3mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You‘ll love it! He does exactly that again: making so much of so little. 3mo
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