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Notes From the Blockade | Lydia Ginzburg
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#WeeklyForecast 39/22

I actually finished The Rabbit Hutch after I took this pic. Review to come up soon. I loved it!
Booth is in progress, I am enjoying that one too. I am about to start the Africa book for the challenge and have the tagged one lined up too. Ambitions!

Cinfhen Glad you‘re enjoying 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did 🤍 1w
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Liz_M Any thoughts, news on Reading2023? I'm going to a book festival soon where Indy and small press publishers will be promoting their books. It's usually a great resource for translated literature. 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M You mean #ReadingTheAmericas2023? We‘re definitely going to do that but @Librarybelle and haven‘t formally announced it yet! But go ahead and get those books ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1w
Liz_M So south and central America as well as north America? Exciting! 1w
Megabooks Did you order The Rabbit Hutch on audio @Cinfhen ? 1w
Cinfhen I ordered the physical book @Megabooks 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Yes! But the US just counts for one country because we already did #ReadingUSA2019 in which we read each state. This will be Canada, US, Central and Latin America and the Caribbean! Looking forward to it too! 1w
Suet624 Glad you're enjoying Booth. I found some of the historical information about Lincoln and what the citizenry was doing at the time so reminiscent of today but on steroids. 1w
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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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I really don‘t know what to do. If I get a January #botm box, it‘ll be this. But I have no idea when I‘ll even get my December box and this is not the first time I‘ve had a shipping issue. It takes so long for the boxes to get to me, that I often start seeing my picks in my very good library before it arrives. I have 4 credits left. Do I cancel now and get my money back or use up the credits even though I have no idea when my box will arrive?

Hestapleton I‘d get my money back and use it + library to get the books you want in a timely manner. 2y
wanderinglynn If you don‘t want to collect/keep the books, then I say get your money back and use the library. 2y
vivastory If these aren't books you want to own I'd get a refund & use the money for books you do want for your library 2y
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Soubhiville I agree with the others- if you aren‘t into keeping the books, I‘d let it go. 2y
ValerieAndBooks If you have a great library system then you may know what to do. Ours has such a long wait list for new titles. You can always re-join if you feel you miss BOTM! 2y
Megabooks Agree with ⬆️⬆️ If I had your shipping issues with BOTM, I‘d buy books I really wanted from a more reliable source and/or get them from the library. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Hestapleton @wanderinglynn @vivastory @Soubhiville @ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks Thanks everyone, I needed to hear that! I know that‘s what I need to do, but then I get excited by the new picks and it derails me. So no January box and I will cancel as soon as my December box arrives (I want to make sure I still have access to customer service until then). You‘re the best! 2y
Soubhiville Off topic... did you do the challenge for reading all of the states? I‘m trying to find the most used hashtag for it, and can‘t remember exactly what it was called. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville I did! I did that one in 2019 and we used the hashtag #ReadingUSA2019. I think there was a group that did the challenge this year, but I don‘t know what tag they used. 2y
Soubhiville Thank you! I think that‘s the one challenge I‘m going to try for 2021. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville I really enjoyed it. Plus, Europe this year has been fun and I‘m carrying on with Asia for 2021. It‘s definitely my favorite challenge. In addition to looking at the tagged posts, you can also search the tags for individual state names if you‘re missing one state or another. That‘s helped me find options for Europe and will hopefully help for Asia as well. 2y
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Bishop's Wife | Mette Ivie Harrison
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The other day @suzie.reads posted her #ReadUSA map which led me to see how many states I‘ve read this year. I‘m pretty impressed 😁So now I‘m attempting the challenge ❣️This is for #Utah / it‘s really interesting so far. Are you hosting this one too @Librarybelle ????

Cathythoughts This does sound good ! I‘ll be looking out for your review 👍🏻 2y
Verity Oh this is really cool. I wonder how many I‘ve done so far this year. 2y
Megabooks Did Barbara and Jess do the USA last year? There is a group doing a relaxed multi-year read, but I haven‘t seen any posts in awhile. @BarbaraBB (edited) 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm You‘re adding another challenge?! I‘m not even halfway in my existing ones! 😆 But, you go, girl! 💪 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha, thanks @erzascarletbookgasm !!! I figure there‘s still half a year left @Verity @Megabooks I think @squirrelbrain is loosely participating 🐿💕 2y
Cinfhen I‘ll let you know @Cathythoughts 👍🏽 2y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen @Megabooks I am not hosting it this year, but I love the spirit of it is continuing! I think the Litten who started it, after asking me if they could do so, is not active anymore. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Librarybelle ♥️ 2y
BarbaraBB That is impressive. I participated in this challenge last year and loved it. @squirrelbrain finished it last year too. 2y
BarbaraBB If you want suggestions I‘ll tag you in my overview of the books I read for #ReadingUSA2019. (edited) 2y
squirrelbrain Yes, @BarbaraBB is right - I completed all of the states last year. Let me know if you want to see my list! 😁👍 2y
TheAromaofBooks I know both @Andrew65 and I are doing this challenge, and it's also part of our larger, multi-year challenge to read the #SeparatedbyaPondTour (every state/territory/province/county in the US, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, & Ireland... the countries traditionally considered separated by the Pond haha). You've already had quite the traveling year!!! 2y
Cinfhen Wow!!! That‘s super ambitious @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 🙌🏻❤️ 2y
Cinfhen I‘d love to see your lists @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain ❣️❣️❣️ 2y
KarenUK Wow! You‘ve read so many already! 💕 2y
Cinfhen It was hard to remember where some were set @KarenUK I needed help from Google to refresh my memory 😉 2y
BarbaraBB I tagged you! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @BarbaraBB I see a few books I own for states I‘m missing ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Too bad we aren‘t reading this one....I think I need Kansas 2y
suzie.reads You are doing well. I need inspiration off everyone please 🤣 2y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen I never do things by half 🤣 So far as at end of April these are my totals for the #SeperatedByaPondTour
US : 19
Canada : 0
England : 18
Scotland : 6
Wales : 0
Ireland : 2
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Andrew65 @Cinfhen @TheAromaofBooks If that‘s not enough also doing #ReadingEurope2020 😳. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I‘m about halfway through #ReadingEurope2020 @Andrew65 and it‘s A LOT!! Can‘t believe @TheAromaofBooks is doing #SeparatedByAPond and #ReadingEurope 😳 2y
Cinfhen Great stats on your challenge @Andrew65 !!! I don‘t even know what all the territories are 🤪 2y
Cinfhen Let me know what states are stomping you @suzie.reads and I‘ll share my book titles with you!!! 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo @Andrew65 I read the Murakami and I don‘t know why I was thinking Boston but it works for Hawaii!!! Yay!!!! 2y
Cinfhen And I need a Rhode Island book so that was super helpful too @Andrew65 🙌🏻 2y
suzie.reads I have the next 5 states planned my brain hurt looking at all the states 🤣 2y
Cinfhen I think I want to try to get Vermont and New Hampshire next, I‘m in middle of Utah & Oregon @suzie.reads plus I‘m still working on #Belgium 🤪🤪🤪 2y
Cinfhen That list was incredible @squirrelbrain THANK YOU!!!! My bookclub is reading Stoner in June so I was excited to see that on your list #Missouri 2y
suzie.reads I've done New Hampshire but none of your other three. I'm just starting Arkansas and Minnesota 2y
squirrelbrain I‘ll send you my list from last year @suzie.reads - it includes quite a lot of suggestions from web pages that @Librarybelle highlighted at the time. 2y
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Cindy. I really liked Stoner, and it will be good for book club discussions. 2y
suzie.reads @squirrelbrain that would be fantastic, thank you 🙂 2y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen I‘ve really enjoyed the Hazel Gaynor books. 2y
marleed Oh good for you. I‘m doing ReadTheUSA2020 and to date I‘ve read 48 states and DC. I have Mississippi and North Dakota left, and my priority was to read from my shelf of a state was there - that‘s been a fun self imposed additional challenge. I think I should read Guam and Puerto Rico, as well, to represent US governors. 2y
BarbaraBB I want to read The Topeka school too but no one nominated it 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 2y
TheAromaofBooks I'm theoretically also doing #ReadingEurope2020 but am kind of failing at that one, so I'm embracing #ReadtheUSA2020 and #SeparatedbyaPondTour 😂 I have 19 states checked off so far!!! 2y
Hooked_on_books I did this challenge last year and it made me curious enough to track where my books are set this year, though just for fun. I have a chalkboard placemat of the states on my wall and make a mark in a state each time I read a book set there. I‘m running out of room in NY! 2y
Cinfhen That‘s a cool idea @Hooked_on_books maybe I‘ll incorporate that in my reading log for 2021😊and WOWZA @marleed 48 all from your TBR 🙌🏻♥️thats awesomeness 2y
marleed @Cinfhen I didn‘t quite hit all the states from my TBR, I‘ll have to count but I‘m estimating 40 or more from my shelves. I had to be creative in counting Playing for Pizza for Ohio but it was where the story for the MC began. And I‘d already read Little Fires Everywhere in 2019 - dang! 2y
Cinfhen That‘s still amazing @marleed I‘m sure as the year draws nearer to December I may need to get creative too😉 2y
JaclynW I can't believe how many challenges people are doing. 😱 I WANT to do all of them! But. It's harder to fit in than I thought! I'm super impressed at those that are managing all of these. How are people doing this!?? @Andrew65 @Cinfhen @TheAromaofBooks 2y
Cinfhen I like the challenges as it gives me a sort of reading guide but they are definitely not for everyone @JaclynW 2y
Suet624 @JaclynW I feel like such a slacker when I see how many challenges people are doing. 2y
Suet624 If you‘re looking for a Vermont book, there are quite a few. But this one I really enjoyed: 2y
TheAromaofBooks @JaclynW - I have to say that, for the most part, I do challenges backwards. I read books that I want to read, and then see if they fit any of the challenges! That's totally how I'm doing #ReadtheUSA2020 and #SeparatedbyaPondTour. Maybe when I get down to just the last few I'll have to actually do some research, but for now... I just read along and hope for the best! 😂 2y
Cinfhen Going to search for that book @Suet624 although I think I own a book already for Vermont 2y
JaclynW @TheAromaofBooks That has been what I have resorted to as well. It is a fairly decent method. Bit I'm not always completing challenges. I would love to check those boxes and complete them all! 😄👍 2y
JaclynW @Cinfhen I love the challenges to be used as a reading guide too. I also love that it gets me to read new things I may have not originally picked up. They are fun! 2y
JaclynW @Suet624 You aren't a slacker! Reading is a very individual sport. ? I am amazed at how "sporty" some readers are though! ?? 2y
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The Bookseller: A Novel | Cynthia Swanson
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So out of nowhere, the day after I thought of #bookbystate , my brother and I moved to a new house! More about that later. Today's state is Colorado!

What's your favorite book set in Colorado? Mine if The Bookseller by my friend Cynthia Swanson. It's about a woman who is living two separate lives and doesn't know which is reality!

Susanita A golden oldie: 2y
BarbaraBB The book I read for #ReadingUSA2019 set in Colorado was 2y
Sharpeipup That sounds fascinating! 2y
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bookaholic1 Loved the book 2y
marleed Oh I‘m doing ReadTheUSA2020. For Colorado: 2y
ErinSueMreads What's readtheusa2020????????? @marleed 2y
marleed #ReadTheUSA2020 is a fun Litsy hashtag that rolled over from #ReadTheUSA2019. I don‘t think it has an official sponsor this year. It may have been @ljuliel but sadly she has left Litsy. ...I have 7 states to complete for 2020 but then I think I should read the territories so all 54 governors are represented. 2y
ErinSueMreads That's aweeeesome!!! @marleed 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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So 2019 wasn't my best reading year. I had a long reading slump early on and I ended up not finishing any challenges. With the exception of 1 challenge, I did manage to finish at least halfway through though. Here's to 2020!
#LitsyAtoZ - 19/26 @BookishMarginalia
#ReadingUSA2019 - 22/50 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle They are still really good numbers! 3y
Reggie You did great!! 3y
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The Lesson | Cadwell Turnbull
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An alien ship suddenly appears over #StThomas, with the islanders required to learn to live alongside the mostly peaceful race. The catch? If they feel threatened, they can and will rip people apart. I enjoyed the story, but as with other reviewers, it just didn‘t come all the way together for me. Great idea but not fully realized.

#ReadingUSA2019 bonus #USVI

Librarybelle Nice picking up a bonus! 3y
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Bring Her Home | David Bell
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Widower and single dad Bill‘s daughter Summer disappears and this then found badly beaten. He is driven to rash actions trying to learn what happened to her. I guessed most of the twists and thus burned a bit more slowly than I would like in a thriller. A soft pick, but still a pick.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Kentucky

Librarybelle Nice! 3y
ljuliel Very good M 3y
BarbaraBB You‘re doing good! How many states left? 3y
squirrelbrain 😁👍 3y
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1. I‘ve been doing Goodreads challenge for years. I‘ve tried others, this year #ReadingUSA2019, and I‘m not too good at them because my attention is drawn elsewhere. I am doing pretty good at #BBRC.
2. I‘m going to try #ReadtheUSA2020-36 state choices shown above. And I thought of a couple easy challenges I‘ll share here to try to be more successful at them.

ljuliel Wow ! I‘m impressed. You are so organized ! It looks like you‘ve made lots of good choices for the upcoming year ! 3y
megnews @ljuliel I‘m really good at planning. Execution is sometimes a different matter. 😂 But I‘m going to try! These are mostly books that have been in my tbr for awhile anyway. (edited) 3y
ljuliel Well, I wish you luck this year. Just take one at a time and you‘ll get there. Sometimes when I look at the big picture, it‘s a bit intimidating , so I‘m going to try picking one state at a time. I think different strategies work for different people.. we‘ll all just do our best. 😊 3y
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TheSpineView You are so organized! I should do that! Happy Tuesday! 3y
Hooked_on_books It‘s a fun challenge. I‘m on my final state and excited to be about to complete it. I actually almost didn‘t plan at all. But everyone works best it different ways. The hashtags helped me when I was struggling with certain states. 3y
megnews @Hooked_on_books I didn‘t plan last year. I started late & just wanted to see what states I covered with my normal picks. Heavy in nyc & southern fiction. The choices here are *mostly* from my tbr so I think I should be able to do it because I‘m not forcing myself to read a book I don‘t want to to check it off the list. I have lots of other loose monthly themed books I want to read as well so we‘ll see how it goes. I‘m not stressing it. 3y
Hooked_on_books That‘s a great approach. I really tried to read what I would have read anyway as well. And there are so many NYC books! I‘ve definitely noticed that, too. Also lots of authors live there. I‘m looking at the Europe challenge now for 2020 and it‘s the same thing with England. Some of those countries are going to be really tough. But, like you, I‘m not stressing it. Reading should be fun. 3y
sblbooks Is #BBRC the one where you read all age ranges and are they doing that again this year? Is there a link? 3y
megnews @sblbooks. Yes it‘s birth and beyond. I believe it runs July-June so it‘s not too late to join and it‘s a lot of fun. @LibrarianRyan could you post the link here? 3y
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Fa. Scin. A. Ting! From the importance of scent to the influence a plate‘s size/color has on how we perceive food (and how much we eat), this book delves into the biology and psychology of food choices backed by research. I got so much out of this book and enjoyed it utterly. You could even call it delectable. 😉

#ReadingUSA2019 #RhodeIsland (author from)

One state to go! 🎉

Librarybelle Woohoo! And, the book does sound fascinating! 3y
ljuliel Wow, great job on almost being done ! 3y
squirrelbrain Nearly there - and this book sounds fab! 👍😁 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds fascinating...stacking! 3y
Addison_Reads Awesome! You're almost there. 😁 3y
vivastory Sounds really intriguing! About 3 years ago I decided to retry, with an open mind, all of the foods that I didn't like & hadn't consumed in years. There were some big surprises. Especially avocado & olives. 3y
Hooked_on_books @vivastory We should probably all do that! She actually doesn‘t much get into how tastes change, other than some stuff in childhood and the loss of smell as we age. 3y
NatalieR Way to go! Keep it up! 3y
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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I did it! I read a book set in all 50 US states. Above you can see the books I read. I enjoyed this #ReadingUSA2019 challenge so much and can recommend it to everyone! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

Next year will be the year of #ReadingEurope2020, I am excited to start it! 🇪🇺 🇪🇺

Megabooks Awesome friend!! 🍾🍾 3y
BarbaraBB Thank you Meg 😊😘! I read your email and loved it! I will answer - of course! @Megabooks (edited) 3y
MoonWitch94 So impressed 🥳 3y
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MicheleinPhilly WOW! Nicely done! 3y
Suet624 I'm so impressed!! 3y
Marina_h Well done! I took on too many challenges so this one got lost between some of the others. Will you do the Europe challenge next year? 3y
Cinfhen Fantastic!!! Did any of the books make your favorites of the year??? 3y
Laughterhp Yay! Great job! 3y
ljuliel Great job ! That list will come in handy ! 3y
Crazeedi Congrats! Well done 👏🎉 3y
BarbaraBB @Marina_h Yes I will do #ReadingEurope2020, or at least try! Will you? 3y
Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! Nice job! 🎉🍾 3y
merelybookish Congrats! That's amazing! 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I really loved many of them! Some favorites are The Home-Maker, We are Called to Rise, Mudbound, On Earth we‘re Briefly Gorgeous, The Expendable Man.... I really have to think good about my #19in2019 😀😘 3y
Marina_h Yeah, I'm going to give it a go with #ReadingEurope2020. There will be some tricky countries I think, but I've already seen some great recommendations on Litsy 3y
squirrelbrain Yay well done you! Onto #readingeurope2020.... 👍🎉😘 3y
BarbaraBB @Marina_h I don‘t have the illusion to finish them all but I like to try! 3y
Cortg Congratulations! That‘s AWESOME! 🥰 3y
Cinfhen 👍🏻I‘m thinking of mine too 3y
Librarybelle Hooray! Congratulations!🎉🎊🎈 3y
Cathythoughts Nice work 👍🏻❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
JennyM That is awesome! Well done 👍 3y
Kalalalatja Woohoo! 🙌🙌🙌 3y
LeahBergen Wow! That‘s amazing! 3y
KarenUK Amazing job! 💕🙌🙌 3y
KarenUK And I‘m working on my #19in2019 too.... it‘s so hard this year! 💕 @cinfhen 3y
NatalieR Congrats! You‘re amazing! 🏆👏🎉 3y
Cinfhen I read lots of great books this year but I‘m pretty sure I have my #19In2019 @KarenUK 3y
batsy Well done!! 👏🏽👏🏽 Super impressive! 3y
youneverarrived Brilliant 🙌🙌 3y
thebluestocking This is amazing!! Congratulations. 🎉 3y
Reggie Wow! Congrats!!! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 WOW!!! That‘s fantastic!!🏆 3y
BarbaraBB @ljuliel Here are my results for #ReadingUSA2019, it may come in handy! Good luck reading the US! 3y
ljuliel Very good ! 📚 📚 📚 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Here is my list. A lot of good ones among them! 2y
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