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Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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In one of Calvino's greatest books, Marco Polo relates his journeys to fantastical cities #sofaraway to Kublai Khan. Like much of his other work, Invisible Cities defies easy categorization. Variously described as a whimsical postmodern version of Herodotus, prose poetry & a forerunner of flash fiction. Illustrations are from a wonderful Lithub article:

Cinfhen Beautiful images book sounds like a hard one to tackle. I prefer lighter reads 😛 2mo
Theaelizabet This sits on my shelves, but I‘ve yet to get to it (I‘ve only read Baron in the Trees), but when I do, I‘m going to remember “whimsical postmodern version of Herodotus.” 2mo
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emilyhaldi I‘m really into the sound of this!!! Definitely #stacking 😄 2mo
emilyhaldi Wonder if this could work for #booked2018 #genrebusting 🤔 @Cinfhen 2mo
Reviewsbylola Very whimsical. ❤️ 2mo
Mdargusch Great choice for this prompt! 2mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I look forward to your thoughts. I plan on eventually reading all of Calvino's work. 2mo
vivastory @Theaelizabet Did you like Baron in the Trees? I really enjoyed it. 2mo
vivastory @Mdargusch Thanks! 2mo
Theaelizabet @vivastory Yes, I thought it was very clever. 2mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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After a lot of searching for a fairy tale retelling I was actually interested in, I came across this book. I'm so glad I chose it. It was a beautiful story. One that I had to take in small sips to experience the setting and atmosphere fully.
Now it's on to spring!!
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Glad u found a winner!! Looking forward to seeing your spring reads 🦋🌷🌞 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I loved this book. 2mo
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Wow! Finally a thriller again that I really, really liked, from the first to the last page. It‘s Japanese, thus unusual. And it‘s not so much (we know who did it!) about the murder but about the investigation.

Last but not least it #RemindsMeOfMyHappyPlace, which is Japan, where I had the most wonderful time some years ago and where I really want to return to some day. #Booked2019

TrishB I‘d love to go to Japan! 3mo
julesG It reminds her of her happy place, says the woman who's reading on a Caribbean island right now. 🙈🙈🙈😸😸 3mo
BarbaraBB @julesG Ooooh, I sound horrible! You‘re absolutely right!! I am so very happy right now too. I just chose this book months ago as the one for this prompt, not knowing then where I would be reading it 😯🙈🙈🙈🙈😘 3mo
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julesG 😁😁 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked this one too! I recommend you read more of Higashino. 🙂 And I love Japan too! 3mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I will 😁, I mmediately bought a used copy of (edited) 3mo
arubabookwoman That was the 1st book I read by Higashino and I liked it a lot. I've read a couple of others by him that I liked too. I envy your time in Curacao-of course I would pop over to Aruba too. 3mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I hope you‘ll get there one day again, when your husband feels better! 3mo
Cinfhen Since #booked2018 and the #JapaneseThriller prompt I‘ve become a fan of this genre. Your review of this book sounds excellent ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Ha, but after reading the publisher‘s blurb I realized I bailed on this book last year 😂😂😂 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Really? For me it was the thriller I had been waiting for for months: one that didn‘t disappoint! #booked2018 made me a real fan too, That‘s why I used one again for #Booked2019 😉😘 3mo
cathysaid Love this author. Just discovered 2017-18. 3mo
BarbaraBB @cathysaid thanks! The Nakano Thrift Shop is on my tbr. Have you read 3mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read either book @cathysaid but I‘ve seen good reviews for Traveling Cat. 3mo
cathysaid @BarbaraBB No! But it is now stacked...thanks! 3mo
cathysaid @Cinfhen I was concerned the book would be too “sweet” but it was actually quite clever and beautifully written! 3mo
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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4.5⭐️ This was just such a wonderful book. Ghost is a young guy who comes from the wrong side of town. But he loves to run. He wants to be a big basketball star, his running is there, but not much else. He never realized that he could become an entirely new person by finding the fun in running. It started out as an “I‘ll show you” to the preps acting crazy on the track, but it will turn into a new family and mentor he never expected.

Johanna414 I loved this one. Still need to read the rest in the series 4mo
Bradleygirl @Johanna414 me too! I'm happy they're on Scribd. 4mo
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Have you wanted to know just a little more about what the readers of #Booked2018 did? I combed through our spreadsheet and found some interesting facts.

We got excited at the beginning, but lots of people didn‘t finish. So if you struggled, you‘re not alone.

Most people used the challenge as we intend it—for fun and to connect with other readers.

p.s. It‘s not too late to join in 2019! Link in comments.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Details for 2019 can be found in the sign-up link here: https://goo.gl/forms/5jbH9jk5TaNPTvKt2 4mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
IamIamIam I may make this my only challenge this year... one question, though. What is Cli-Fi for the Earth Day prompt? 4mo
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RachelO Yay! Love this. Thanks to all of you for all of your work on the challenge🌻 4mo
Pamwurtzler Thanks! Those are interesting stats. I can‘t remember if I officially signed up for 2019 or not so I‘m going to do it just to make sure! 4mo
llwheeler Fun stats! Thanks for sharing, and for all your work hosting! 4mo
gradcat This is fantastic...will you be keeping up with #Booked2019 like this? 😊 4mo
gradcat @IamIamIam I‘m guessing fiction involving the climate? 🤔 4mo
IamIamIam @gradcat AHA, that sounds like a viable option! Good thinking! 4mo
mrp27 This is great! Thanks for the stats, so interesting. 4mo
saresmoore Cool stats! 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much for sharing these stats 🙌🏻😀I‘m happy to report that as of Jan 14 2019, I‘ve already entered 156 names for the quarterly drawing!!!! Looks like our Littens are off to a strong start!!! (edited) 4mo
AnneCecilie Thanks for sharing the stats. 4mo
Cinfhen The literary movement “Cli-Fi” (modeled after the term “sci-fi“) is any fictional work written about the effects of climate change and global warming. @IamIamIam if you google cli-fi it takes you to several book lists 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam @gradcat That‘s exactly right. Fiction involving climate change. Search the #clifi hashtag for some suggestions! 4mo
AmyG Oh wow. I am honored to be one of the 20 to complete this. Thank you to the hosts...I had a blast! 4mo
IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks so much for the info and for hosting!!! I'm excited to go through #mountTBR and make a plan for the challenge!!! Looking forward to it! 😘🤗🤟 4mo
LibrarianRyan Awesome. Thank you. Very interesting. 4mo
squirrelbrain Really interesting - thanks for letting us all know! 4mo
Cinfhen Glad you‘re joining us @IamIamIam I‘m also trying to use only books I own or I can borrow 🤞🏼🤞🏼 (edited) 4mo
IamIamIam @Cinfhen Yes, library books will be key!!! Lol 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RachelO You‘re welcome. Thanks for joining us! 🥰 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Pamwurtzler You‘re welcome. Glad you‘re in for 2019! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @llwheeler You‘re welcome! I love looking for info like this. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @gradcat I‘m sure that by the end of the year I will have looked for some fun stats. Not sure how much I‘ll do each quarter, though. 4mo
BarbaraBB Love the stats and I must admit I‘m a little proud to be one of the 20 who completed the challenge ☺️😉😘 4mo
Kalalalatja I‘m super proud to be one of the 20 who finished! Here‘s to doing the same in 2019 🙌 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Thanks for calculating these! @gradcat the spreadsheet we keep makes it easier to compile these stats, so we do plan on doing it in 2019 too! Maybe on a quarterly basis this year? @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @AmyG You deserve a 👏👏👏 for being in the group to complete all the prompts! 4mo
AmyG Thanks @4thhouseontheleft. I was determinded to do this. I usually drop out of challenges. (edited) 4mo
Butterfinger When it says "tag each of us," who are all involved?My next library haul is next week for winter's 6 prompts so I want to make sure I know what I'm doing because I usually don't. My next question, have I signed up for it already? 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Butterfinger I double checked—you‘re on the list! When you review a book you read for the prompt tag me, @Cinfhen and @4thhouseontheleft so we can track you for the giveaways. And because we like to high five ya! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmyG @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja We are so so excited that you guys finished every prompt. It‘s a big deal for everyone who finishes a challenge. 🥰 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LibrarianRyan @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I‘m glad you guys appreciate these. I truly wasn‘t sure how many people would be interested! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mrp27 @saresmoore @AnneCecilie Thanks for letting me know you like stats the way I do! 🥰 4mo
Bookzombie Even though I was down to the wire finishing last year, I‘m so happy I completed #Booked2018 . I loved many of the prompts and I‘m excited about this year‘s too. (edited) 4mo
AmyG @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you. It felt good. 4mo
CouronneDhiver Interesting! 4mo
BarbaraBB @IamIamIam For #clifi I can sooo recommend this book. It is a chunksters, I know, but you‘ll speed through: it reads like a mystery novel! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the stats! I only took up two seasons and I‘m glad I completed them. This year I think I‘m ready for all the seasons. 4mo
IamIamIam @BarbaraBB Thanks so much for the recommendation! It looks great! 4mo
sprainedbrain This is cool! 4mo
Cinfhen Cheers to my lovely readers who completed the challenge 🥂💞🎉 @AmyG @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @Bookzombie & my fabulous cohosts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 4mo
AmyG Thank you so much @cinfhen 😘 4mo
Cathythoughts Just seeing this ! Very interesting to see how last year went 👍🏻♥️. Thankyou ! 3mo
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Decided to join #Booked2019! Hopefully I‘ll do better this time than I did with #Booked2018, lol. I got a bit overwhelmed with my reading challenges. I‘m feeling pretty confident, but I guess we‘ll see how it goes this time around. I already have ideas of what I‘ll read for some of these prompts📚🤓🎉
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! Just have fun and see where your reading takes you!!! 5mo
mhillis Looking forward to seeing the books you choose!! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Glad you are joining in again! 5mo
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Nessavamusic Yay! I‘m doing this one too! 5mo
LibLib #8 under spring, what is Cli-Fi? 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LibLib Cli-fi is fictional works related to climate change. They run the gamut from contemporary to speculative fiction. It‘s an interesting up and coming category. #clifi #climatechange 5mo
LibLib @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you! The definitely answers my question 😊 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LibLib My pleasure! Don‘t forget we have a Goodreads group for this challenge. It‘s also a good place to gather ideas for the various prompts. 5mo
mreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage is there a link to the goodreads group? I signed up for but never received any information about that. Thanks 5mo
mreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you I've just joined 5mo
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Fully Booked | Emma Strandberg
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A bit delayed with the post- but these are my #Booked2018 picks!! 📚Underdog Hero- The Spaceship Next Door 📚Features a Holiday- The Adults 📚 Main Character Over 70- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules 📚 New in 2018- In The Night Wood 📚Main Character with Invisible Illness- Lying in Wait 📚Spooky Read- Zoje Stage

Cinfhen Good job on finishing the last quarter💕💕💕 thanks for sharing your reads 5mo
Cinfhen Which was your favorite??? 5mo
TorieStorieS Thanks, @Cinfhen - and that would be a tough one!! Maybe In The Night Wood? Baby Teeth?? It‘s a toss up!! 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 5mo
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The Winner | David Baldacci
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So excited to announce the final quarter winner of #Booked2018.....Congrats to @mrp27 🎉💕📚
And a huge round of applause to ALL THE LITTENS who joined us in 2018👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻We loved seeing your posts, picks and reviews. Looking forward to seeing your #Booked2019 choices❣️❣️❣️Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Cinfhen Hi @mrp27 we will be in touch to see how you want your gift card!!! Congrats 🎉🍾🎈 5mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhh 5mo
AmyG Congrats!!!🎉 5mo
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Bookzombie Congratulations!! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congratulations @mrp27 — May you buy awesome books with the drawing prize! 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 5mo
Kaye Good job @mrp27 🎈🎈🎈 5mo
mrp27 OMGeeeeeee!! Yay! Thank you so much!!! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Congrats @mrp27 !!!🎉🎉🎉 It was so much fun participating with all of you this year, and I know 2019 will be even better!! 5mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 5mo
Pamwurtzler Congrats @mrp27 !!! 5mo
readordierachel Congratulations @mrp27 🎉🎊🎉! 5mo
emilyhaldi Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 5mo
4thhouseontheleft @mrp27 Keep an eye out for an email later today to arrange sending you the giveaway prize! 5mo
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