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Summerheat | Charleen Hunter
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After a weekend filled with #DecemberChill It‘s time to thaw out with our next BuddyRead weekend! @BarbaraBB and I would like to bring on some #SummerHeat ☀️🍉👙

Let‘s celebrate and read a STEAMY novel 😉Weekend of June 17-19. All suggestions are very welcomed and encouraged!! So please share your ideas. Open to all♥️

And thanks to all who participated in #DrZ #DecemberChill - we loved seeing your pics and hearing your tunes💕🎶🤩

Cinfhen We‘ve already got some great suggestions on @BarbaraBB page!!!! 12mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like fun ❤️👍🏻 12mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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We‘re starting out #DrZ discussion as the final part of our #DecemberChill weekend. Let‘s see how far we get with discussing this book, that turned out to be a tough one for many of us.

Question 1 of 5: Did you read the book? Did you enjoy it?

Leftcoastzen I didn‘t get to it.😔 12mo
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jenniferw88 I got to chapter 3 and bailed! 12mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen I preferred School for Love too 😉 12mo
Kimberlone I made it about 30% 12mo
MatchlessMarie I did finish it this morning. I found myself enjoying parts of it but it felt disjointed but that‘s probably my fault. I think this one is probably hard to follow without taking notes. (edited) 12mo
vlwelser I finished. And I'm wavering back and forth about whether I actually liked it or not. 12mo
Simona I didn‘t finished it, but I really did try. Twice in English with different translators … I thought that my huge non interest is consequence of translation, and for my third attempt I was reading Slovenian translation. I finally gave up around page 300. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm still reading it. I find I enjoy it in small bits, so it will likely take me months. But I'd rather continue that way and enjoy it, rather than force myself to plow through and dislike it! 12mo
Librarybelle I‘m still reading! It‘s stark, dark, and the abruptness of some of the language seems like the usual Russian literature translated into English prose. I‘m liking it so far, but I still have quite a bit to go! One thing - I forgot that it‘s best to read books like these with breaks. 12mo
Deblovestoread I bailed early. I probably didn‘t give it a fair shot but it wasn‘t holding my attention. 12mo
TrishB I‘m stuck at about 15%- not sure I will go back! 12mo
BookwormAHN I finished it. I liked the parts with Yury and Lara but felt rather lost with the Revolution. 12mo
BarbaraBB I read it a long time ago and really enjoyed it back then. Looking back I think I read it without knowing too much about its context, I mostly enjoyed the romance parts! 12mo
Billypar I'm 2/3 of the way through it. I've appreciated the writing and historical detail, but there is too much description for my taste without the narrative advancing quickly enough as it went. 12mo
TheBookHippie Yes. I still LOVE it. Me, Myself and I. ❤ 12mo
Mirazzles I‘m about over half way through. So far I am enjoying it. It just took a while to get into it because I kept confusing the character names. 12mo
peaknit I bailed, too heavy for me as it starts getting so dark and cold in the Midwest. Light reads only for me it seems. 12mo
Cinfhen Congrats to you for reading this one @MatchlessMarie @vlwelser @BookwormAHN I kind of wish I stuck with it but it was REALLY DIFFICULT to stay motivated & invested. 12mo
Cinfhen Big kudos to you @TheBookHippie a re-read!!!! 12mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie 😂 You can have this one all to yourself. I liked it but it's not my fav. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy to hear you‘re all still motivated to keep going @Librarybelle @AWildMandaPanda @Billypar @TheKidUpstairs 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m in your camp @jenniferw88 @Kimberlone @Simona @Kdgordon88 @TrishB @peaknit I got to page 450 and I just said EFF it!! I couldn‘t go on any longer 🤪It was SO BLEAK 12mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I‘m so dark 🖤 the book is soothing to me 😂 12mo
LeahBergen I never started it as I was so turned off by everyone‘s initial impressions. 🤣 12mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I actual think YOU might have enjoyed it! 12mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie I get that. It's soothing because you realize your own life isn't so bad. I may be projecting there. I maybe was in a cheerful place and not ready for this. 12mo
Hooked_on_books Nope! 😂 I think I would have tried it if my hold had come in midway through November when I expected it, but I finally got the book after seeing lots of bail posts, so I ended up not even trying. Maybe I‘ll try it someday now that the idea of reading it has been planted. 12mo
Bookwormjillk I was trying to read the audiobook, but the voice was so soothing I kept falling asleep 🤦‍♀️ I want to try again in print. 12mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I've been dark my whole life. Probably the most peaceful dark person, people sing hello darkness my old friend to me -a lot. BAHAHAHA. 12mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘ve had it on my shelves for years! 12mo
wanderinglynn No, I wasn‘t in the mindset for it. I may try again after the new year. 12mo
rubyslippersreads I have to confess, I didn‘t read it. Maybe someday … 😏 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm I knew I wouldn‘t be able to finish it on time, if I started it. I can‘t do thick classics at this time if the year. 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
i.besteph Nope! I bailed after reaching 25% 😅 12mo
batsy Sorry for the lack of participation this time around. Didn't read the book but I hope that those who did it found it worthwhile 🙂 12mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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How is it December???
Loved seeing the #DecemberChill #MusicalMatters playlists and #Chill photos 😍Thanks to everyone who shared -
Don‘t forget our big ( maybe not so big) discussion of #DrZ is today on @BarbaraBB page 2pmEST, 7pmGMT , 8pmCET
Plus we‘ll announce our next theme read 🤗
This week I need to reread A Children‘s Bible for bookclub ( I‘m not enjoying it at all on the retake) and I‘m focusing on my #BookSpin #DoubleSpin & #ToB 🐓

BarbaraBB Children‘s Bible is not a book I‘d want to reread. Looking forward to your thoughts on the #ToB22 reads. The Trees is brutal but I loved it. How are @TrishB and you doing on the Lamb? 12mo
Cinfhen I think Children‘s Bible will make for good discussion @BarbaraBB and it‘s short, so it‘s not too terrible. I‘m LOVING the Lamb but it‘s super long, with wayyyyy too many sub storylines and certain parts feel dated. The good news is both @TrishB and I haven‘t bailed, yet!!! 12mo
Megabooks I don‘t think I would‘ve liked children‘s Bible as much if had read it in print. The audiobook was quite enjoyable. 12mo
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Cinfhen Yeah, Xe Sands is a great narrator @Megabooks 🙌🏻‼️ 12mo
TrishB I have to admit I‘m tempted today!! As I can‘t wait to read something else, this is one of those times were reading other things is probably a good idea. I‘m 52% in and would really like to finish today but can‘t see it.🤞🏻 12mo
Cinfhen Oh no!!! Don‘t hang on for me @TrishB xx I can answer all your questions when I‘m done. I think I **may** finish today 🤞🏽 12mo
TrishB I‘m pushing through! You know I‘d bail if I really wanted to! 😁 12mo
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TrishB What a fab collage ❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Looks great Cindy 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Some amazing lunches here 😋 (edited) 12mo
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squirrelbrain Fab pics! ❤️ 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks!!! Ive missed all my brunch dates since Covid @Cathythoughts but we‘ve started up again @squirrelbrain @TrishB it‘s wonderful 😍 12mo
BookBabe Yaaaasssss, I love a good brunch!! 😃 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BookBabe How are you?? How‘s your sweet daughter?? 12mo
LeahBergen I always love your photo collages 🥰🥰🥰 12mo
DivineDiana Love this! ❤️ 12mo
BarbaraBB Wow that‘s the kind of #DecemberChill I‘d kill for! Sun and brunches and friends: perfect 😍 (edited) 12mo
Megabooks Fantastic collage!! Fun in the sun is a great way to beat the #DecemberChill! 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s fun to scroll through my old photos @LeahBergen @DivineDiana @BarbaraBB @Megabooks since I usually delete 99% of them 😉 12mo
BookBabe @Cinfhen we‘re doing great, thank you for asking! Little Rebecca gets cuter by the day. 🥰 How are you and your family? ….And what?! You delete 99% of your photos?! 😳😮 I need to learn to let go—I‘ve already maxed out my 2TB iCloud storage, and after forcing myself to delete thousands of pics, I‘m now down to 106K in my photo library 😬 12mo
Cinfhen Awww, Rebecca is a lovely name @BookBabe and yesssss, I‘m guilty of deletion 🙈 I‘m kicking myself for deleting so many photos but i can‘t help myself. I don‘t like “clutter” 12mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe how many photos you have saved @BookBabe !!!!! It‘s literally unimaginable 12mo
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I have literally been forcing myself to read at least a few pages of something every day. I‘m still really sick and it took me 3 days to read the 70 page short story, The Battersea Barricades, but at least I‘m checking books off my TBR. #bookreport Super sad that I‘m not going to be able to even attempt #DrZ, but I barely have brain power enough for St. Mary‘s. There‘s no way I can handle a Russian. 😭

Texreader Prayers you are 100% soon! 12mo
DGRachel @Texreader thank you ☺️ 12mo
Cinfhen Ugh, you‘re still not feeling well 😕I‘m sorry ❤️‍🩹 12mo
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Jas16 Hoping that you feel better soon 12mo
julesG Hope you're feeling better soon! 12mo
julesG You'll like the Steam Pump Jump. Markham at his best. 12mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen It sucks and I‘m a terrible patient. I‘m so frustrated and angry 😔 @Jas16 thank you. @julesG thank you. I do love Markham. I‘ve just gotten to the jump and am looking forward to the chaos. 😂 12mo
Nute Thinking of you. Hoping that you feel better soon!💕 12mo
DGRachel @Nute thank you ☺️ 12mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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This is a difficult book. It's continuously hard to get into and the names are difficult to keep straight. But I still enjoyed the relationship between Yury & Lara. And I'm glad I finally read it. Although in this case the movie may be better 🤦🏼‍♀️
#DecemberChill #DrZ @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
#BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB You did finish it! And give it a pick! That‘s awesome!! 12mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!!!! Congrats for completing the novel!!!!! And I‘m so glad you liked the book 😃 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! From what I gather, this can be a tough one to get through, so fabulous work!! 12mo
Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎄🎉🎁👍🏻 12mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Keeping my forecast brief as I‘ve got three books in progress and it‘s a busy week with Hanukkah 🕎 #DrZ will probably be a bail, the Lamb is 900 pages, but I‘m loving it and my current audio is good not great, I‘m ready for it to be over! I‘m looking forward to my next 2 audios that were both gifted to me ( thank you @KarenUK & @Megabooks ) and The Millet is a re-read for bookclub on the 7th. I‘d like to add a #ToBLonglist but waiting to borrow😁

Cathythoughts I‘ve never read Wally Lamb.. I‘d like to try one 👍🏻❤️ have a good week Cindy😘 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ve read two already and both were very good @Cathythoughts 12mo
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Cinfhen And this one I‘m reading now is wonderful 12mo
TrishB I will probably start the Lamb one later or tomorrow now. I do want to give it a go. 12mo
Cinfhen I hope it works for you @TrishB xx 😘 12mo
KarenUK Happy Hanukkah my lovely friend. Hope you enjoy the ‘fluff with some depth‘… be warned the ending is feel good but not really believable! 😉 12mo
Megabooks I hope you love it! Happy Hanukkah dear friend and sister!! 💜💜 12mo
britt_brooke Happy Hanukkah! 12mo
CarolynM Happy Hanukkah to you and your family 💕 12mo
Bklover Happy Hanukkah 🕎! Love to you and yours!😘 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much for the Hanukkah wishes @Bklover @CarolynM @britt_brooke I hope all is well with you & your families/ stay healthy 😘 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m excited for my new listens and reads you wonderful kind generous peeps xx Thanks for your friendship and holiday wishes @KarenUK @Megabooks 💜💜 #LittensAreTheBest 12mo
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#NonFictionNovember continues to be providing me with some AMAZING reads!!! I LOVED both the Will Smith & Cicely Tyson memoirs. The wreckage of my presence was also good. I‘ve started listening/ reading books from the #ToBLongList - 3 this week - the best for me was The Echo Wife. I really hope it advances to the next round. Didn‘t care for Dream Girl & found Crossroads just ok. #DrZ is NOT going well, I think I‘m OUT. My other 2 in progress 👍🏻

rockpools A great week - even with Dr Z! 12mo
TheBookHippie You may enjoy the movie #DRZ 😅 12mo
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie @Cinfhen the movie is excellent (remembering from 40ish years ago!!) 12mo
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Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll see if I can find the movie @Crazeedi but I hear it‘s VERY different from the book 12mo
Cinfhen It was a great week @rockpools 💜lots of great audios 🎧❣️ 12mo
TheBookHippie @Crazeedi I remember the same 🤍 12mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen yes it is. I read the book way back when too 12mo
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Our #DecemberChill #buddyread is nearing and while #DrZ turns out to be a bit of a challenge, let‘s take a cue from our theme & chill 😉

Dec 3: 🎧what music do you relax to during these chilly days? Is it jazz, acoustic or blues? Holiday music? Let‘s hear it 🎶

Dec 4: 📸 Share some chill photos! A beach stroll with your dog, having coffee with a friend, building a snowman?? Anything goes!

Dec 5: 📚 A very basic bookish discussion of DrZ 🤓

Cinfhen Feel free to participate in any or all of the weekend festivities!! 12mo
merelybookish I have been enjoying this chill buddy read where everyone is avoiding the book. 😂 12mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 it‘s hilarious @merelybookish !!! First question for our discussion Did you read the book??? 12mo
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TrishB Ermmm, not quite yet 😁 12mo
Billypar I'm struggling but trying to keep going with the hope that there's an interesting novella hidden somewhere inside the larger book 🙂 Either way, looking forward to the festivities! 12mo
Cinfhen Im FINALLY at a place (page 355) where I feel a story beginning to blossom @Billypar but there‘s lots to weed through!!!!! 12mo
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