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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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#MorningCoffee ☕️Thinking of you @Kalalalatja I still use this mug ALL the time!! I hope you‘re feeling well 🤰💕That was a FUN swap @TheKidUpstairs #MugLove …you should bring it back 🥰I haven‘t done a swap in ages but I‘d happily participate in that one🤩I‘m on page 349 / 200 more to go. I‘m liking this book, but NOT loving it. Its like a tasty dish but there‘s a lot of prep work first.

LeahBergen I loved the mug swap, too! 😊 7mo
LeticiaToraci Nice mug! 7mo
Cathythoughts I love the idea of the mug swap 😄👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Cinfhen It was such a sweet & simple swap @Cathythoughts I don‘t even think a book was involved , I remember it was a mug and maybe tea or coffee. It was really perfect 💕 7mo
Cinfhen I love this mug because it feels so right in my hands @LeticiaToraci the colors & textures 💜 7mo
Cinfhen It was a good one @LeahBergen 🥰 7mo
BarbaraBB Interesting thoughts on the book. I am curious where I‘ll end up. And that mug looks real Scandinavian 😍 7mo
merelybookish Beautiful mug! I still have mine from that swap too. 7mo
TheKidUpstairs This made me smile this morning! I'll think about hosting another one in the new year... 7mo
Cinfhen Those were the good ole days @merelybookish when all 200 of us “knew” each other 😘😘 7mo
Bklover Trying to decide if I want to read this one but definitely think a mug swap is in order! 6mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋🏽 @Bklover what‘s going on!??? Isn‘t it your birthday soon??? The book was good, I think you‘d like it. But I agree,we need another #MugLove #Swap xxx 6mo
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This mug arrived in the mail yesterday, and it made me so happy to drink out of it this morning. It depicts all the You‘ve Got Mail references, including Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, and a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.

DivineDiana I think I should watch that movie again! Missed the references! 12mo
Bookish.SAM #muglove 😍 definitely some great words to have handy! 12mo
merelybookish I love that movie! And Meg Ryan's wardrobe. 12mo
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EvieBee @DivineDiana Oh, yes! So good. ❤️ 12mo
EvieBee @Bookish.SAM Right?! It will all shake out. ❤️❤️ 12mo
EvieBee @merelybookish Absolutely! And we need a moment for her ridiculously cute apartment. ❤️❤️ 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Your hashtag! 😁 12mo
EvieBee @erzascarletbookgasm LOL I couldn‘t think of anything else that would work 😄🤓 12mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️ the mug and the movie, which also mentions the #BetsyTacy books. 12mo
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads Yes! I forgot that she recommends the books to his “aunt.” 12mo
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I guess September isn‘t ALL bad 🍁🎃

TheNeverendingTBR That looks like a tasty beverage! 🤤 2y
Freespirit I love your mug😍 2y
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Lindy Love that book! ❤️Thomas King. 2y
Sleepswithbooks Your drink looks scrumptious!!! 2y
Jgotham That drink looks so good 2y
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It‘s been two years since my sock swap and I‘m still thinking about that bomb tea I got from @mgiroir so I ordered some 😂 and a Taylors sampler lol

Jess_Read_This Oh wow. This looks absolutely amazing. The perfect summer tea! Off to try to find a box for myself now! 2y
blithebuoyant @Jess_Read_This It‘s amazing! My niece drank half of mine when I got it and then my mother lost the rest of it 😂 2y
Jess_Read_This @blithebuoyant Order placed. I saw a smaller box then thought “Nah, I‘m going to need that 100 count box!” I saw the other ingredients in the blend and it looks like everything I love in a fruity tea! I‘m so glad you shared this. Thank you! 2y
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blithebuoyant @Jess_Read_This of course! I LOVE fruity teas too! Let me know how you like it! I prefer it iced 2y
Jess_Read_This @blithebuoyant Oh yes! I‘m already looking forward to sitting outside with this as iced tea and a good book. 2y
blithebuoyant @Jess_Read_This if you haven‘t already checked out DAVIDsTEA, they have some AMAZING chunky loose leaf fruity teas! 2y
Jess_Read_This @blithebuoyant oh gosh... 💸💸😂I haven‘t heard of David‘s Teas before. Thanks for the tip! I have a citrus and lavender chunky fruit tea that I‘m almost out of. I think David‘s sounds like the place to go for a replacement blend! 2y
blithebuoyant @Jess_Read_This it was sent to me in my very first swap ever, I think it was #MugLove? I was skeptical because I HATE beets and there were little chunks of beet in it for color but it ended up being lovely lmao 2y
Jess_Read_This @blithebuoyant Now I‘m super curious about the brand. I‘d have the same reaction to seeing chunks of beets in a tea blend (and I like beets lol) Though I bet it makes the tea healthier for us? 2y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Day 8 - #BookAndBeverage #GratefulReads

Getting ready for tomorrow‘s #MrBook1InAMillion #Readathon! How about you? Are you ready?

Bookish.SAM Need this mug!! #muglove 🖤 3y
EadieB @Bookish.SAM Bought it online! My husband hates when I use this cup because he thinks I am talking to him! lol 3y
Andrew65 Love Nicci French 3y
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EadieB @Andrew65 I do too but I doubt she will be able to top the Frieda Klein novels. (edited) 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB Her standalones are very different to the Frieda books, but I still love most of them, so psychological. 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 I have to start reading some of those. I must have a dozen of them. 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘ve read most of her standalones but not read this one. 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 This one was published this year. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the mug!! 3y
EadieB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Definitely a statement mug! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EadieB I have the socks!! Now I need the mug!! 3y
OriginalCyn620 That mug! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Earlene I have those socks too. 3y
Daisey Great mug! 😂 3y
bookaholic1 Love the mug ❤❤❤ 3y
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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! 3y
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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. 3y
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) 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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😂 3y
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 3y
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 😂😂💕 3y
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 3y
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 3y
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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?? 3y
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. 😬 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 3y
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 3y
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. 😔 3y
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 3y
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 3y
lele1432 Well stated! 3y
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 😘😘 3y
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. 💜 3y
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 👇🏼 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 🙂 3y
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 3y
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. 3y
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.☹️ 3y
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. 3y
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) 3y
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 👇🏼 3y
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 3y
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. 💕 3y
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! 🧡 3y
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. 3y
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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 3y
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 3y
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! 3y
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 3y
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 3y
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 💙🤗😘 3y
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Finished this one with the help of a second cup of coffee and a keto pumpkin cheesecake muffin. This latest in the magical bakery mystery did not disappoint. Bailey Cates put our main character in quite a position and you couldn‘t help but feel all the emotions she was going through. Just loved it and love where it‘s going next.

#ilovecozies #cozymystery #keto #muglove

Star1 Oh good. That‘s my next read. Glad you liked it. 3y
lynneamch Sounds just like the kind of book I enjoy on audio. Stacked. 3y
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Am I trying to jam a book club book into a week? Yup sure am. The writing in this one is very choppy. It's almost uncomfortable to read for me - but hopefully I will get used to it. That's the point of book clubs right? To get you to read books you normally wouldn't? #procrastinationstation #bookclubpick #booksandcoffee #muglove