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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 3/5

JaclynW I think it helped to lighten the traumatic events of the book 2w
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think she necessarily intended suspense here. And I think the humor as well as the focus on character development shows that. Plus there are awful, dark things happening to people here, so the humor helps lift you away from those feelings. I think that‘s why she made the humor so off-color, to balance the violent components. I loved the humor! 2w
JaclynW Oops. I hit send too soon. If it had been one traumatic thing after another, she may have lost readers because it may have gotten too heavy. 2w
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JaclynW @Hooked_on_books I liked the humourous bits too. 2w
TrishB It‘s very real to me to see humour in very dark situations. Whether it‘s a Brit thing I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️ but this felt very everyday. 2w
vivastory I loved the humor. I felt it alleviated some of the grief, which would have been overwhelming at times, & added extra depth to the characters. It felt very true to life. 2w
Billypar The humor was ultimately what sold me in the end. I agree that it acted as a counterweight to the more depressing parts. It also helped me enjoy the relative slowness in the investigations. Usually with mysteries I'm more ravenous when it comes to having new developments or twists, but I didn't mind the pace as much since she had me cracking up the whole way. 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I agree. I‘ve always viewed it as something of a Scorpio defense mechanism. ☺️ 2w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly that‘s definitely it! The amount of times I‘ve made inappropriate comments and got the look from family members!! 2w
TrishB @Billypar I think the mysteries in these is always secondary to the characters and the personalities and the humour. 2w
readordierachel Agree with you @JaclynW and @Hooked_on_books that the humor balances out the violence and trauma. The humor was what I appreciated most. 2w
Bklover I found the humor more prominent than the mysteries. Almost as if the mysteries were there to promote the humor. If that makes any sense. 2w
Mdargusch The humor made the book more than a whodunit since it added another layer. I laughed out loud so many times during the chapters on Caroline! 2w
JaclynW @Billypar Very true. 2w
JaclynW @Mdargusch Yes! Layered is the perfect way to describe it. 2w
BarbaraBB It can be a Scorpio thing indeed, I know I use it too 😉 @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly. It didn‘t do so much for me in this novel though. I admit to laughing about the cat called ‘nigger‘ 🤭 but Julia and Amelia became a bit too grotesque for me and therefore a bit unrealistic. 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB I now can‘t admit to having any of these characters in my extended family can I!! I think Julia and Amelia are maybe a bit out dated now, but definitely existed.... 2w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘 always being told to watch what people might be thinking 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ whatever that means!! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Haha, it‘s probably fun to have them in your extended family 😀 2w
BookwormAHN I think the humor was definitely needed to lighten up the mood but the cat called "nigger" was too much ??‍♀️ 2w
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Another Scorpio here who uses it too! ♏️ Amazing How humour can get you through difficult situations and times! Also balances out nicely the dark points of the book. 2w
Kalalalatja #TeamScorpio here, too! @BarbaraBB @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Andrew65 I use humor quite a lot in my therapy sessions with clients, as it helps to get through some of the tougher subjects, so it makes sense to me there is so much of it in the book 2w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja That is very plausible explanation, thanks 🙏 2w
TrishB @BookwormAHN to me this was highlighting racism in older people very well in the U.K. (sadly). I could well have imagined my Nan doing that ☹️ 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Oh really? To me it was so absurd that I found it funny 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB maybe it‘s a U.K. thing? A lot of my friends (and me!) have horror stories about racist grandparents? 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I don‘t know, maybe everyone‘s grandparents here are racist too except mine because they were Indonesian 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @BarbaraBB Sadly not limited to the UK. I could see some of my ancient neighbors doing that sort of thing TODAY. 😒 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB 😂😂 a good reason! My Nan was Irish but still profoundly racist against people coming into the country! 2w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly ☹️🤷‍♀️ we can only fight back! 2w
Cinfhen I agree the “humor” was meant to lighten the otherwise dark stories but to me the humor seemed more slapstick and unnatural. It just didn‘t work for me @Hooked_on_books @JaclynW @TrishB @vivastory @Billypar @readordierachel @Bklover @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @Kalalalatja I thought the humor sort of out dated the story / 2w
Cinfhen There is no way naming a cat “nigger” in ANY book now (2020) would ever get published!!!!! I‘m still in shock over that 😱 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen very true, thankfully, but sadly wouldn‘t stop it happening ☹️ 2w
CarolynM I agree with @Hooked_on_books I don't think suspense was intended. I think she was using the "detective" format to write about a bunch of traumatised people. I think one of the things she does very well is to show violence and trauma are part of everyday life for some people and humour is also part of everyday life - from observation of the contradictions and absurdities. 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I wonder why she used the format, as a writer she has proven she doesn‘t need it and the murder cases were a bit predictable and for me detracting (is that the correct word?) from the overall story. 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB interesting question! Don‘t know the answer though. 2w
CarolynM @TrishB I thought Binky (and to a lesser extent Caroline's husband and family) was hilarious but I am hugely amused by that stereotype of early 20th century British superiority (the novels of Dornford Yates and PC Wren for example). I think a lot of racism in the past came from a lack of understanding that other cultures were just as valid as (in yours and mine case) Anglo - Irish culture.👇 2w
CarolynM 🖕My grandparents felt so sorry for their Italian and Greek neighbours for their ignorance and backwardness when all they were doing were things that were normal where they had come from. 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I don't know the answer either. Maybe because it provides a reason for her hero to encounter so many people who have been profoundly affected by violence? 2w
TrishB @CarolynM such a good summary! Sadly I think now we‘ve reverted backwards to still thinking that‘s the superior culture (in the U.K. anyway and certainly stirred up by Brexit). 2w
Crazeedi People use humor when uncomfortable with situations, so maybe that's why 2w
erzascarletbookgasm For me, there‘s no suspense, and I went in thinking it‘s a traditional mystery story but found out soon enough the whodunnits are not the main things. I really liked the humour, like what @CarolynM said earlier, not lol but more of ‘smile moments‘. Agree with what others said about the humour as a balance to the dark parts. 2w
batsy I love bleak, dark humour. The Russians especially used it to great effect in their literature. (shoutout to my man, Dostoyevsky! 😆) Sorry to be the party pooper again, but I didn't quite get on with Atkinson's brand of humour. I guess it's a subjective thing and maybe that's why I didn't quite enjoy the book. 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘d prefer Dostojevski any time. Or Nathan Englander, who I just finished a book by! 1w
Simona Well @batsy I have to tag you again, I totally agree with you 😄 Bizarre, dark humor is my kind of humor, but it is ineffective in this story ... as @BarbaraBB said - with the exception of the black cat. 1w
DebinHawaii I liked the humor & for me it is a natural place too go in uncomfortable situations too. (Am I a closet Scorpio? 🤔) i didn‘t think it too much to take away from the story & I liked how the dark sarcasm was a balm to some of the pain. Regarding the cat, sadly I have older relations long gone now that would have viewed it as normal. 🥺I think that was a bit for shock factor though but I did enjoy Jackson & then Howell‘s reaction to it. 1w
bookandcat The humor was fine. I didn't find this book as suspenseful and taut as I would like (I am more of a Tana French fan). This felt more literary strolling through a PI's life for me. The resolutions of most of the cases did not feel too surprising for me. 1w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Repost for my lovely friend @Lizpixie @Clwojick #JumpStart2020 with a three week readathon 🎉📚😁For more details check out their pages ❣️❣️❣️Happy Reading 🥳

Lizpixie Thank you so much my #sisterfromanothermister😘Will you be joining us? 3w
Cathythoughts Will check 👍🏻👍🏻❤️❤️ 3w
Cinfhen I‘m trying to stay away from setting goals ~ quality over quantity @Lizpixie I will track my books and attempt to participate in several Litsy based reading challenges 😁 3w
Reviewsbylola Ooooh I‘ll have to check it out! 3w
Clwojick Thank you for the repost! ♥️ 3w
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I‘ve got the window open (see temps 👆🏻) and am lying on ice packs. My body just feels hot. Seeing GP tomorrow.

I think 🤔 my bone is beginning to grow together in my fusion. You remember growing pains? Yeah, kinda like that. Not going to lie, there have been some tears today.

Trick Mirror is distracting me somewhat. The chapter I‘m reading about her brief foray into reality TV at 16 is hilarious!

Good choice for #millennialauthor #booked2020

Cinfhen I really want to read this collection. I‘m so sorry you‘re having a rough day/ night. Sending healing vibes and loads of get well wishes 💖💝💖💝💖💝 2mo
Lizpixie Feeling for you lovely. I‘m having a CT scan on my spine on Friday. Though I‘m having the opposite weather, it‘s 40C(104F)with choking smoke haze🥵 2mo
JennyM Thinking of you Meg. ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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kspenmoll Hope you are feeling better- so much to go through! Sending healing thoughts to you.Recovery from back surgery is rough. 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you!! I think it would be a good choice for booked if you hold off til the new year. Thank you so much for the get well wishes! 💕💕💕💕💕💕 2mo
Megabooks @Lizpixie oh dear! I‘m so sorry, Liz!! I hope you‘re able to get some answers. I‘ll be thinking about you! And I‘m definitely a winter person. I hope the heat doesn‘t stay that oppressive!! 💜💜❤️❤️💙💙 2mo
Megabooks @JennyM Thank you!! 💕💕💕 2mo
Megabooks @kspenmoll It is! Thank you so much for the support!! 2mo
Cinfhen Sending well wishes your way too @Lizpixie 😘😘😘 2mo
Lizpixie Thank you @Cinfhen my #sisterfromanothermister ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan Aw hope you feel better soon x 2mo
Megabooks @arlenefinnigan Thank you!! Just a matter of time and patience. 💙 2mo
batsy ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Emilymdxn Sending love 💛💛 that‘s a shitty situation to be in even though I don‘t understand Fahrenheit at all! Trick mirror is one of the best books I‘ve read this year, I love it so much and hope you enjoy too. You‘re strong and amazing and can do this whatever your bones think 💛 2mo
TrishB Hoping you feel better soon ♥️ 2mo
Bookwormjillk Hope today is a better day @Megabooks 2mo
Megabooks @batsy 😊❤️💙 2mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Thanks so much for your understanding. It is shitty. It‘s about 4 C. So right around freezing. (Freezing is 32 F. Totally makes sense 😝🤪) I‘m really liking Trick Mirror and my hometown is randomly mentioned twice!! 👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks @TrishB Thank you! I hope you are, too. 💙 2mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk Thank you! I‘m trying to get sleepy now. 😴 2mo
8little_paws Re:shaggy yes there's a lot of scooby doo fan theory that all the kids in it are queer and either are gay or are all polyamorous 2mo
BethM Good luck at the doc I hope they get you fixed up! 2mo
Zelma @8little_paws I actually love that theory and can totally see it. 2mo
Megabooks @8little_paws @Zelma I haven‘t watched since I was a kid, and as an ace, I didn‘t really think of those overtones. I think sexualization hit me later, and I don‘t always quite get it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But I hope kids found something to identify with. (Honestly that‘s even frustrating for me as an adult, finding my sexual identity in literature. Damn near impossible!) 2mo
Megabooks @BethM Thanks! I went this morning and was able to get my meds changed a bit, so hopefully that will help. 2mo
8little_paws @megabooks I can't really speak to the theory, I just know it exists cause I see people tweet about it occasionally. I couldn't tell you last time I even saw anything SD related LOL 2mo
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I‘ve taken the time to really think about my response to these questions. I don‘t mean any disrespect or offense to anyone.
1. The many friendships I‘ve made. I‘ve seen true kindness & compassion.
2. I feel the swaps became an ugly monster on Litsy. Once the scamming, complaining, and likes & dislikes started the tone of Litsy changed for me personally. Im not against swaps but I do think it brought out a darker side. 👇🏼

Cinfhen 3. New stickers, please!!!

4. I post daily and sometimes multiple times a day.

5. I like that Litsy offers interactive/connective activities.

6. For me Litsy is foremost about books and sharing our love of books and reading. I do think a small handful of people have made Litsy about popularity or Litfluence points, so I‘d like to see that feature eliminated.
merelybookish Well said! 3mo
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merelybookish I have also been thinking about these questions too...I know something has changed but haven't figured out exactly what...but I still love lots about Litsy. 3mo
Cinfhen I agree @merelybookish I ❤️Litsy and the early days were magical. The first #SecretSantaGoesPostal swap started by @BookishMarginalia was AMAZING 🙌🏻 We just experienced growing pains but I still think this is THE BEST PLACE to talk about books (edited) 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps, wholeheartedly. I loved the first swap I participated in but then they went crazy. They became geographically limited (so many US only) or with so many expected inclusions that international postage was just exorbitant. For a long time, every time I opened my Listy, a swap I couldn‘t participate in or wasn‘t welcome in was all I found.... or people complaining about said. They‘ve got to be managed better. 3mo
BookwormAHN I know I stayed a way from joining Litsy for a while over the Litsy influence thing and I admit now that I've been here for awhile it can be fun to see the numbers increase. However I still think there is a lot of intimidation with that. 3mo
Balibee146 Have to say I agree about the swaps too. I don't participate in them so apols if I sound a bit Bah Humbug. On opening days the posts now can crowd out everything else and with more and more swaps that scrolling experience has gone from a very occasional one to very regular. 3mo
Cinfhen For me the swaps became like a hostage negotiation with so many demands which turned me sour from all swaps @GlassAsDiamonds @Balibee146 but I‘m not trying to ban them. I know they can be fun and enjoyable. But there does seem to be a swap for every occasion under the sun😂 3mo
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 3mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen yup and multiple different ones sometimes for every occasion - which can suit different groups. I saw a suggestion about creating a way to filter them to a separate dedicated place.... Someone said you can already hide specific tags but I can't see how on my phone... These sorts of possibilities would be fab I think - swappers can have their fun without the whole feed getting filled up 😂😂💕 3mo
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 3mo
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 3mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oh yeah, they can be so much fun!!! But... I think they‘re out of hand and often highly exclusionary at the moment. Regulations would be good & maybe a way to corral them as well as @Balibee146 mentioned. I want to be able to participate in at least a few but at the moment it feels like we‘re creating these very hard divisions within Litsy between constant swapers and non/partial swappers. 3mo
lele1432 @BookwormAHN so agree with this! I didn't post at all specifically for that reason. It can be intimidating. I think the best thing about Litsy is the interaction, so I definitely understand having something in place to try to keep that up, but maybe it could be something different. 3mo
lele1432 @Cinfhen I always want new stickers!! And as someone who just started participating in swaps, it was a great experience for me but I can understand what you've mentioned and I also think it would be good to have a way to maybe separate them so they don't feel exclusionary or take over timelines all the time lol. Like a gifts/games tab maybe?? 3mo
Hooked_on_books Initially, I LOVED the swaps. I thought they were such fun! And then I saw people really going overboard with their purchases and it felt more like a competition. Then I didn‘t receive a swap package at all because someone decided not to send me one. So I‘ve soured on swaps other than those set up between certain fabulous individuals. 😬 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 3mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope Litsy will remain the favoured platform to talk about BOOKS and books related stuff for all of us. Instead of turning it to another popularity thing. 😔 3mo
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not saying the Litfluence encourages that type of competition @BookwormAHN @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm but it does seem to create a sort of false hierarchy which is irrelevant to discussing books 3mo
lele1432 Well stated! 3mo
Balibee146 More Stickers would be awesome. I love the simplicity of the app but sometimes I wish I could quickly search friends' stacks to see if they have read and reviewed a book..... So many wonderful folks and I trust their opinions 😘😘 3mo
batsy Thank you for your thoughts; I think I agree with almost everything. Like @merelybookish I feel something has changed and mainly I think it's the intimate feel. It does make me feel a bit sad; Litsy has always seemed different to me than other social media because it's more about connections and bookish chat instead of popularity and noise. 💜 3mo
ljuliel Wow, this will be a challenging post to answer because if so many replies. I‘ll try to respond accordingly to everyone. First of all, @Cinfhen , thanks for your honesty. If there are things bugging people, it‘s best to say something so we can possibly address it. I agree with swaps. I did some in the past but won‘t do another. I think they‘re too lopsided in a way bi see some people getting a box load filled with items , while another gets 👇🏼 3mo
ljuliel 👆🏼a toothpick and a pencil. I mentioned awhile back that they should have different levels for a swap ( like set amounts of money and you could join either a small, medium or large price range, so it was more fair) Then sometimes we have people coming out of the woodwork to be in things where they might win a prize, but we never see them any other time ......then those that get a nice box of items and don‘t send ANYTHING. They really bug me. 3mo
ljuliel Swaps are a problem in my opinion. I‘m with others who would like to block certain hashtags so you don‘t see certain things, but that feature won‘t work for me. I‘m not sure why. It has to be done from the Litsy web page, not from the app. I type in the names time after time and it never takes them or saves them. I‘m not sure if swaps are the main reason so many Oldies left, but it could be for some of them. 3mo
ljuliel @merelybookish thanks for posting in here. I hope you also filled out a questionnaire. I just woke up so catching up from middle of the night posts. 🙂 3mo
ljuliel @GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps. There‘s gotta be a way so all can participate if they want to. Maybe dividing the list up into regions would help ? I‘m not sure, but it really isn‘t fair that some are left out because of location. I know there used to be so many swaps that was what the majority of posts were. Way too many swaps at the same time. I also mentioned that awhile back, but was shot down.There CAN be too much of a good thing 3mo
ljuliel @BookwormAHN Yes,the likes and points things CAN be looked at as a popularity thing, but I don‘t pay much attention to it anymore. I just prefer a good talk with other book people, so I don‘t care how many points they have 200 or 20,000. Doesn‘t matter. I just want people to participate, talk books, reviews, new books coming out, pretty covers, ebooks, audios, etc. Just talk books. That‘s why we‘re here. The numbers arent important. 3mo
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books I‘m sorry you got ripped off in a swap. Exactly one of the reasons I don‘t like them. We have people that are members who never or rarely post, but they come out if the woodwork when the word SWAP is mentioned. They get a nice package but send nothing in return. That‘s REALLY nasty. I hate when that happens. I ran a few swaps where people didn‘t send their packages so I bought stuff and filled 2 more boxes for those left out.☹️ 3mo
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel Yes, that‘s exactly what happens! Those people suck. I‘ve put together swap boxes for those who didn‘t get them as well. I remember how badly I felt, missing out on box opening day, and I hated for others to feel that way. I figure it‘s just not worth it and now I only swap books on an individual basis, which has been great. 3mo
ljuliel @Balibee146 I know what you mean about scrolling through truckloads of swap posts to find a BOOK post. There‘s supposed to be a way to weed out certain hashtags, but it doesn‘t work for me. (edited) 3mo
ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm Agreed. I‘d like to focus a lot more on the book end of things. I won‘t go into any detail here , but I jumped into a lot of things social- wise in here earlier , and it ended badly with some folks. It makes me sad , but I‘ve learned that if I want to stay, I have to move on and only focus on the books and not get that involved again. It was hurtful , and there may be hurt feelings on the other end as well. I can‘t 👇🏼 3mo
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 3mo
ljuliel @batsy I‘m hoping we can get some of that old feeling back. If we all work at it, I think it‘ll be a new and improved place. 💕 3mo
BarbaraBB Great answers my friend. I must say I am hardly aware of anyone‘s Litfluence and agree with you it doesn‘t interest me in the least. It‘s the books and the people that make this such a great place. And I‘d like to work on it to keep it that way! 🧡 3mo
janeycanuck Oh, it warms my heart to know I‘m not the only one wondering where the book posts are. As soon as I see a new swap, I screenshot it and mute the hashtag next time I‘m at the computer. I wish we could mute from the app. 3mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 3mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel That really sucks. With what feels like the bulk of posts not being about books, I‘d probably have left Litsy by now if I couldn‘t mute. 3mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck That makes me sad...that might be why so many others left. All we can do is try to get more focus on the books. I just have to keep on rolling to get past things I‘m not much interested in. I don‘t care if others like it..that‘s fine. I‘m just trying to stick with the books at this point. 3mo
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I agree with almost all of this! I have cut down my participation in swaps tremendously, despite hosting one for my first time in Oct. I think the plethora of posts around some challenges (including ones I have participated in 😂) can get tiring, and I'm sure it's off-putting for some Littens who don't participate in them at all. There are a lot less reviews and book discussions in my feed these days. 3mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel Yeah, I think it‘s great that people enjoy stuff and I don‘t want that to go away for them, I just don‘t want to see it. Everyone should be able to Litsy how they want to Litsy - and it would be awesome if the app could give people more control over their own experience. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds Would you be willing to share more detail about how swaps feel exclusionary? I only hosted my first swap last October, and am still on the fence if I will do it again next year during #Screamathon. But, if I do, I absolutely want to do whatever I can to make it as inclusive as possible. I cut down my swap participation tremendously, I do 2 a year at the most. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not trying to bash Litsy or those that host/participate in the swaps but the swaps seem to shift the focus of Litsy a little bit and that saddens me @janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft I‘d love to (& be happy to take it to email if you‘d prefer so I‘m not ranting in @Cinfhen ‘s timeline!). I love swaps and I really don‘t want them stopped completely but there are SO many that are “US only”. International participation isn‘t that hard. We pay for the postage anyway so excluding us just seems lazy or worse. Similarly, price restrictions don‘t help if you aren‘t paying US prices whereas item limits are easy. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t realize that many excluded non-US Littens! That is a shame. I‘ve never seen price restrictions, but I admittedly don‘t look at the details of most swaps. 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft oh man, the US Only! It‘s a nagging pain that‘s not just Litsy but since we‘re community building AND participants pay postage, it really annoys me here. Price limits are a great idea in theory and really help curtail the crazy consumerism BUT if I‘m buying a new book here in Singapore, I will not get out of it for US$20- no matter what I buy. A criteria like “one book and a bookmark” however is achievable world wide. 3mo
ravenlee I really liked swaps at first. Now I don‘t. I‘ve followed the requirements, or even felt like I went a little over the top, and then I received either something so extravagant it makes me feel bad for my recipient to get so little, or I get the bare minimum or less and feel cheated. I did one for my daughter and we sent a nice gift, and what she got for hers was less than the posted minimum, and none of her interests. Broke my heart. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry that both you & your daughter had a bad swap experience @ravenlee 😔I think I would be heartbroken too if my child was soured by this experience. 3mo
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 3mo
janeycanuck @Cinfhen Agreed! I‘d hate to see them go away for those who enjoy & participate. It‘s just not my cup of tea. Happily, muting works for me and I just hide them! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 3mo
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 3mo
Cinfhen I think we are lucky @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola as we have developed friendships and are able to create our own little book exchanges amongst ourselves❣️The swaps were fun in the beginning but they really got out of hand. I don‘t miss them at all!!! My last one was the #MugLove and I received the BEST MUG 💙🤗😘 3mo
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I have 1 more to go for my #Summer #Booked2019 & 8 more to finish. I have books chosen for everything except the #SocialMediaFocus prompt, could I get some suggestions? My books for Summer were
13. A Big Ship At The End Of The Universe
14. *Among The Ruins* (not finished yet)
15. The Haunting Of Hill House
16. Lady Mechanika Vol2
17. If We Were Villians
18. The Westing Game

AsYouWish For social media ideas: A Simple Favor, Girl Online, and Finding Fraser are all amazing! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have 8 left to read too! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa For Social Media focus I was thinking about reading 4mo
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Cinfhen Yay Liz!!! Despite your health and vision acting up you still read soooo many books!!!! If you click #socialmediafocus it should take you to past books read. I read a free book from Kindle titled #MeToo but it was #MoreMehThanYeah 4mo
JazzFeathers 👏👏👏😀 4mo
Lizpixie @AsYouWish thank you! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa great minds & all that. I have 8 left on your #NonFiction2019 too! I find this is the hardest part of the year for challenges, the only ones left are usually ones you‘re not looking forward to or have no idea how to fill🤔Thanks for the tip for #social media focus 4mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen thanks my #sisterfromanothermister✌️being chronically ill is mostly a bonus for reading time, unless of course you‘re having a flare & are too sick to even do that.Thankfully the new glasses have helped so much with the vision, as long as I remember to put my eye drops in, it‘s fine(though I have a hatred of anything wet in my 👀)The incredible support from you guys has meant so much to me as well, thank you from the bottom of my heart♥️ 4mo
Lizpixie @JazzFeathers 😘♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa For 12 though, I highly recommend this one, there is a drink on the cover, but it‘s a quick picture book about an introvert and reader. So quick, fun read. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And for book about addiction, I read another graphic memoir, if you have any interest 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hope it helps, enjoy whatever you decide to read. 4mo
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Thanks for the #FriYayIntro shoutout @Klou @Lizpixie @julesG ♥️♥️♥️
1. I seem to be recommending the tagged book a lot and everyone has been loving it.
2. Saw the Elton John movie “Rocketman” ~ it was good not great
3. Fresh summer fruit cobbler 😋
4. 3 first cousins on my side and 7 on my hubby‘s side. I‘m close with 2 of my hubby‘s first cousins.
5. I‘ll tag some Canadian Littens since I‘m on their side of the pond @LeahBergen @Melissa_J 🇨🇦

AlaMich It‘s nice that you inherited some cool cousins when you got married! 6mo
Cinfhen That‘s true @AlaMich I like your way of looking at it 😊 6mo
Klou You're welcome! That book sounds so good!!! Stacked! 6mo
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LeahBergen And I‘m over in the UK right now. 😆 6mo
Lizpixie You are more than welcome my #sisterfromanothermister I‘ll be trying the tagged book ASAP.♥️ 6mo
TrishB @LeahBergen cool 👍🏻 you know if you‘re anywhere near Liverpool! 6mo
Hollie I recommended this one a lot, too. 6mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Not on this trip but I was thinking of you at The British Library the other day! 😘😘 6mo
TrishB @LeahBergen ahh, one of my favs, and especially the shop ❤️ Enjoy your trip. 6mo
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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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It‘s my #Litsyversary🥳🥳🥳So today I‘m showing gratitude to my wonderful Littens
I‘m grateful for.....
1.The many incredible friendships I‘ve made
2.All the wonderful book recommendations I‘ve been given
3.The warmth, kindness and generosity I‘ve discovered from all of you💕

Clwojick Congratulations ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
mrp27 🎉💕📚 9mo
vivastory Happy Litsyversary, Cindy! Litsy would be worse off without your presence! 🙌👏 9mo
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AmyG What a pure joy you have been on Litsy! Thank you for coming her and Happy Anniversary! 🎉❤️😘 9mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 9mo
Soubhiville Yay, congratulations! We should have some cake! 9mo
dariazeoli Happy Litsyversary! We‘re lucky to have you ❤️ 9mo
Birdsong28 Happy litsyversery 🎉🎊📚📚 9mo
squirrelbrain Happy Litsyversary! ❤️ 9mo
MicheleinPhilly YAY! Happy Anniversary OG! 😘😘😘 9mo
tammysue Yay for you Cindy!! Happy Anniversary! ♥️💐 9mo
DivineDiana Happy Anniversary!!! 🎉❤️😘Celebrate with a new book! 😉 9mo
JennyM Happy anniversary Cindy! You are very much the heart and soul of Litsy, and I‘m so glad we get to chat books. Have all the cake today to celebrate 🎊😘 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Litsyversary!! So happy to be your friend!! ❤️❤️ 9mo
Kalalalatja Harpy Litsyversary sweet Cindy! 💕💕 #LitsyMom (edited) 9mo
Eggs Awww congratulations 🍾🎊🎈 We love you too🥰 9mo
LeahBergen Yay!! 😘😘😘 9mo
CarolynM Happy Litsyversary🎉 I'm grateful to you for always being so welcoming and making this such a fun and interesting place😘 9mo
JoScho 🥳🥳🥳🥳 9mo
britt_brooke Woot!! Mine is next month. Can‘t believe it‘s been 3 years. You‘re one of my earliest, and most favorite, friends here! 💚💚💚 9mo
Cinfhen I feel ABSOLUTELY the SAME @britt_brooke 😘Right back at ya❣️ 9mo
Cinfhen Thank you so much @JennyM @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kalalalatja @Eggs @LeahBergen @CarolynM @JoScho I ENJOY and APPRECIATE you all SO MUCH💕🙏🏻you brighten my feed and fill my heart with happiness 🥰🥰🥰You guys make Litsy my Happy Place 📚🙌🏻🎶 9mo
JoScho 😘😘😘 9mo
TrishB Feel the same ❤️ thanks for everything. 9mo
Simona Congratulations 🍾 🥂♥️ 9mo
KarenUK Love this! 😘💕 9mo
rohit-sawant How wonderful! Happy Litsyversary! 🎉📚🎉 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @rohit-sawant 💕 9mo
Suet624 Happy anniversary! I can‘t imagine this place without you in it. ❤️❤️ 9mo
GatheringBooks happy litsiversary! glad to be connected to so many awesome people through Litsy! 9mo
Lizpixie Happy belated litsyversary my #sisterfromanothermister I feel exactly the same, knowing this wonderful community is here for me got me through some awful days. If you email me your address I‘d love to send you a card or letter lovely, it‘s my 3rd litsyversary too, in a month, us #OGLittens need to stick together! Email is: green-eyed-pixie@hotmail.com #oncean80sgirlalwaysan80sgirl 9mo
Cinfhen Awww, thank you my sweet friend. We #OGLittens DO NEED to stick together 💚💚💚I will email xx Hope you‘re feeling stronger every day 9mo
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Hammer of the Gods | Stephen Davis
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#MarchIntoThe70s #day31 #SexAndDrugsAndRockAndRoll It‘s been an honour and a blast hosting this month,a huge thank you to my #sisterfromanothermister @Cinfhen and a huge thank you to every litten that shared their joy at finding new music,it was a privilege sharing the love.The first band I think of hearing this song(beside Ian Dury, the original Blockhead)is Led Zeppelin.Robert Plant radiated sex,drugs were taken like candy & they were rock&roll!

Cinfhen Great playlist my beautiful musical free spirit and happy end to your birthday month 💚 10mo
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#MarchIntoThe70s Thanks to my Ozzie sista for this bitchin‘ playlist🤟🏽LOVED IT!!! Don‘t forget tomorrow the Royal Family Of Litsy will be cohosting #AnglophileApril 👑👛⛑🇬🇧 ( they think they‘re British😉) My #CurrentRead has a WHOLE LOT of #SexAndDrugsAndRockAndRoll and alcohol, loads of alcohol 🍷🍺🍹🍾🍸🥃 Writer Sarah Hepola confronts her addiction with brutal honesty and insightful humor. So far, this book is excellent.

CarolynM This looks interesting. It might be what you're looking for @hermyknee 10mo
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 10mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen Thank you my #sisterfromanothermister for your kind words & allowing me to cohost my birthday month. I‘ve shared my favourite Aussie rock & this month it was my fave 70s music. A hint for next March; you may need to crimp your hair, pull on some lace gloves & a CHOOSE LIFE day-glo top & Get Into The Groove!👩🏼‍🦱🧡💚🎧 10mo
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Cinfhen Have you read this one @TrishB ??? I was going to include it with Christodora. I know you‘re not a fan of NF but this is a really great memoir. 10mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! There‘s nothing better than #LycraNeonandSpandex 💚💛🧡💜❤️ @Lizpixie 10mo
TrishB No 👍🏻 you‘re broadening my horizons with NF. 10mo
TrishB I think I messed up with Christodora!! Just been brought it for Mother‘s Day. 10mo
Cinfhen Ha; no worries @TrishB glad I hadn‘t sent it yet. I‘ll find something else to send along with Blackout. 💋and it works for #BookAboutAddiction #Booked2019 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 was still pondering that one! 10mo
Leftcoastzen I remember that I liked this book.I remember cringing over some of it. 10mo
Mdargusch 😂😂😂 10mo
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#MarchIntoThe70s #Day27 #WhatAFoolBelieves I can‘t believe we‘re almost at the end of March! This year is flying by already. I‘m going for a literal interpretation of today‘s prompt, I thought this book was highly appropriate. Elizabeth Holmes had quite a few not just intelligent people, but savvy business minded people, believing her ‘pie-in-the-sky‘ fairy stories about what her technology could do. She certainly made fools of all her believers.

Cinfhen I swear, I almost posted this book but I was too lazy to look for my copy 😜#GreatMindsThinkAlike ❤️ 10mo
gradcat Great choice! 10mo
Cinfhen You know it 😘😘😘😘 10mo
britt_brooke Perfect choice! 10mo
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