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End of the Year Mental Health Check-In: How are you doing today? ❤️ What is one thing you‘re grateful for? ✨ How do you take care of yourself during the Holiday Season? 🏃🏻‍♀️💆🏻‍♀️ How will you celebrate the ending of a year and the beginning of a new one tomorrow?


TheBookAddict I usually read and listen to soothing music to escape holiday stress. 🙂 3w
bohemian_yogini @TheBookAddict sounds like a perfect way to spend the day! What are you currently reading and what do you enjoy listening to while you read? 📖 3w
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How Quickly She Disappears | Raymond Fleischmann
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#MOvember #catchup
I‘m so behind on Litsy & life so here is a #tripledip post. It‘s #TrueBlue is my favorite color & the cover & background represent💙well. This is Nigella‘s Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp & it‘s delicious & would be perfect for the book‘s #Frozen Alaska setting. I‘m trying to restart this one & its tagline is “The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs” so I guess it‘s on the #Borderline of literary suspense & psychological thriller.

DebinHawaii Here‘s a link to my #soupersundays post with Nigella Lawson‘s soup recipe with my adaptations: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2019/11/nigellas-thai-noodle-soup-with-shrimp... 2mo
KarenUK #tripledip for the win!!!! 🙌🙌🙌💕 2mo
Cinfhen Echoing @KarenUK Thanks for the catchup post!!! Always love seeing a post from you xx How‘s Max??? 2mo
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DebinHawaii @KarenUK Thank you! 🤗🥇😆 2mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen He‘s doing pretty well. Thanks for asking. 😽❤️Just posted a pic. Hope all is well with you.😘 2mo
Stacypatrice Soup looks delicious!! 2mo
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Okay, my book-buying ban lasted a day. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I picked this one up because I loved her first book (tagged 👇🏻), and there has been so much controversy around this book, my library has not purchased it.

Definitely makes me think of a #borderline because Jennine is a first-generation Cuban-American. #movember @Cinfhen

(BTW, my favorite Madonna song!)

Cinfhen Will look into both of these books!!!!! Thanks for sharing. How are you feeling??? 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Sleepy. I‘m having trouble reading fiction right now because I‘ll get like 100 pages into a book then sleep for 12 hours and be fuzzy on what I‘ve read. I‘m sleeping through the day and up all night right now. I think I‘m just in that post surgery mess/funk. I‘m just trying not to be hard on myself right now. That‘s the main thing because I am definitely my own worst critic!! Thank you so much for asking!! 😘😘😘 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Post surgery haze can take weeks!!! Self care and self love 💕 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks 💜💜 I‘m trying. I called my doctor‘s office Tuesday/Wednesday to see if my type of pain was normal, and they were basically like, “Two weeks after surgery, any type of pain may be normal.” (Subtext: quit worrying silly!) 2mo
Texreader I was in pain at a least a month or more after similar surgery. (I cried a lot about the pain; it eventually subsided though so hang in there.) Please rest (and read). Take care of yourself. 😘 2mo
Megabooks @Texreader Thank you 💙❤️💕 it‘s really helpful to hear that it will end. I know with most of my surgeries, there‘s a day where I just turn a corner and suddenly don‘t need pain medication or help with living as much. I think I‘ve gotten so caught up in that, and I‘ve forgotten that, like you said, it‘s generally a month or more after surgery. I‘m still not at 3 weeks. Patience grasshopper... 2mo
RachelO 🌻🌻🌻 Wishing you a speedy recovery - take it easy 💐And wow, I hadn‘t heard of this controversy. 2mo
Megabooks @RachelO The book had passed my radar, but something made me think of her last night. I looked deeper into the controversy and decided I wanted to read the essays. So far, they are excellent! And thank you! 💙💜❤️ 2mo
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My current audiobook. Irby's essays on topics such as love, weight, and depression sometimes straddle that #borderline between painful hilarity and hilarious pain. @cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen I listened to this one!! Some are very funny others not soooo much but I agree/ it‘s all done with a humorous tone and subtlety! 2mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen I agree! Some are definitely funnier than others! I did laugh pretty hard at the one about her cat Helen Keller. 🤣 2mo
Cinfhen Me too!!! 2mo
readordierachel I love her 🧡 2mo
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The Border Trilogy | Cormac McCarthy
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#borderline #MOvember
I try not to repeat myself as much as possible, so for those of you who have already heard my tired Cormac McCarthy sermon, I apologize. But here it is again. The Road and Blood Meridian are fine novels, but books 2 and 3 of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, are his best (imho).
Do you all have favorites that get overshadowed by other works from the same author? I'd like to hear them!

BarbaraBB Great question. I have to think of that. 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, that‘s interesting.i need to think as well 2mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is hard to think of examples. I also don't have very many authors where I've gone deep into their catalogues- I usually just read the bigger hits, so I wonder what I'm missing out on. 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve been thinking all day but haven‘t really come up with any good examples 2mo
Taylor As someone who takes the time to read deep into authors‘ catalogues, I can answer this pretty well. “Just Above My Head” is Baldwin‘s best novel probably; DeLillo‘s “Point Omega” is incredible, as well as his newest one, “Zero K,” which is better and more profound than a lot of his older famous ones; Toni Morrison‘s last novel, “God Help the Child” is superb and I way prefer it to “Song of Solomon” or the “The Bluest Eye.” 2mo
Taylor Pynchon‘s “Bleeding Edge” is better than any of his other novels besides “Gravity‘s Rainbow”; Faulkner‘s Snopes trilogy ought to be talked about as much as his earlier stuff because it is phenomenal; Bret Easton Ellis‘s “Lunar Park” is his second best novel IMO; and “Demons” is one of my favorite Dostoevsky novels! That‘s about all I got, that I can think of. (edited) 2mo
Billypar @Taylor Wow, thanks for all these examples: I've read all of these authors and almost none of these selections ☺ Lunar Park is the exception - really enjoyed it, probably about as much as Glamorama or Rules of Attraction 2mo
Billypar @Taylor I didn't like either of the Delillo novels I tried - White Noise and Running Dog- but they were still interesting enough that I'd try one of the two you mentioned (provided they're shorter than Underworld!) 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Yes well you might not like DeLillo in general, and in that case I doubt you‘d like “Point Omega” or “Zero K.” Just hard to tell. Either way they‘re both really short, especially Point Omega. Anyway it‘s a really cool question you asked, and one that I never hear discussed much. It‘s tough to point out examples because it takes a huge time commitment to read deeply into an author‘s catalog. 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Personally, I‘d rather know an author really well rather than have read one or two hits a bunch of famous authors have written. The result is I have big gaps in my reading, like huge authors I haven‘t read a word of. (Marquez, off the top of my head.) But on the other hand I kind of consider only knowing one or two books by an author to be a gap in its own way, so...there you go. 😂 (edited) 2mo
Billypar @Taylor Since I started reading more in the past few years I feel I've been driven to do exactly what you mentioned- read only 1-2 works and move on in a drive to find new authors. But I think that's changing and I'm craving deep dives into a few authors - Morrison, Erdrich, Calvino, and Oyeyemi are a few I'm targeting. You're right though - too much out there not to have gaps of some kind! 2mo
Taylor @Billypar Yeah it‘s a give and take. I guess one way to do it is you could read one author in depth, but take breaks in between their books to read a book by a different author, then get back to that first author. Maybe I‘ll do that more actually. 2mo
Reggie Everyone who has ever heard of Julia Alvarez always says that In the Time of Butterflies and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent are her best but they‘re not!!!! That honor goes to In the Name of Salome followed by Yo! 2mo
Billypar @Reggie This is perfect because I haven't read Alvarez yet and I would have definitely gone with one of the first two you said. I'm stacking Name of Salome & Yo! 2mo
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Poem Strip | Dino Buzzati
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On the street of Via Saterna in Milan, there exists a mansion guarded by a wall, rumored to be a #borderline between life and death. Once Orfi sees his girlfriend disappear behind the wall, he must follow her and find the truth for himself. This is a bizarre read for sure, with trippy illustrations to match... I read this for #booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel #movember

Reviewsbylola Ummm this sounds like I would hate it but it looks really cool! 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds like I would love it! Are the graphics just on the cover or inside as well? 2mo
batsy Nice! I have this one on my shelf! 2mo
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Cinfhen You‘ve become a devotee to NYRB ~ book looks amazing by the way 🤩 2mo
Liz_M I love the cover. Intrigued... 2mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB inside as well! It‘s a full on graphic novel 🤩 2mo
BarbaraBB Really? That‘s great, I read a ‘regular‘ novel by him. 2mo
Mdargusch Trippy equals a no for me. 2mo
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The Da Vinci Code | Dan Brown
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Taking as much artistic licence with today's prompt as Dan Brown took with the Paris Meridian. 😁😉


#MOvember @Cinfhen

CarolynM 😂 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 2mo
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Border | Robert McCammon
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#borderline #movember
Not read either yet on my kindle.

Cinfhen What else is new?!?!! 😜 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen so true! 2mo
Reggie Read the McCammon. It‘s so good. I know I‘m a McCammon pusher but I can‘t help it. Lol 2mo
TrishB @Reggie the SF tag has been putting me off this one 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Another book on the tbr stack. 📚 Along the #borderline of US and Mexico is the Sonoran Desert where a group of men attempted to cross through in 2001.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I‘ve seen this book on lots of lists ~ it‘s meant to be excellent 2mo
AnansiGirl @Cinfhen I‘ve been seeing reviews it‘s good and a heartbreaking story. (edited) 2mo
lele1432 I have this! Still sitting in my TBR line... 2mo
AnansiGirl @lele1432 so many tbrs so little time to read them 2mo
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The Border: A Novel | Don Winslow
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Winslow's "The Cartel" turned out to be one of the most memorable & powerful reading experiences of the year. So, I'm obviously looking forward to reading his final installment in his trilogy. I hope to get to it by the end of the year, I just know that once I start reading I'll be immediately hooked.
#borderline #MOvember @Cinfhen

Amiable Oh, this series is so good!! I love Don Winslow‘s books! 2mo
vivastory @Amiable This series are the only Winslow I've read, but I also have 2mo
Cinfhen Been on my TBR for awhile #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 2mo
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lele1432 I loved The Force! Have been meaning to get to this series since I finished that book. Although this seems even more violent, so I've been holding off into I'm in the right headspace. 2mo
vivastory @Cinfhen You speak the truth! 2mo
vivastory @lele1432 The first book in the series Power of the Dog contained some violence, but the second book really went to a new level with it. Which is understandable because Cartel covered the most violent years, but it is a very uncomfortable reading experience at times. But still powerful 2mo
Amiable @vivastory “The Force” is excellent, too! 2mo
andrew61 Look forward to seeing your comments as the ending of the cartel made me wonder where he could go next, wherever however i can't wait ☺ 2mo
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