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Mid year check in:

Goodreads Reading Challenge:
You have read 59 out of 100 books

Winter - Completed
Spring - 4 out of 6
Summer - 5 out of 6
Fall - 1 out of 6

20 books read 6 to go

I‘m doing well on all of my challenges except #ReadingUSA2019 - I even switched over to a mixed track and there are NOT a lot of pretty colored squares on this map!!


IndoorDame My personal goals were: 1) to read more women authors ✅ most of the books I read this year have been by women 2) to read more authors of color ❎ this has been harder to do, mostly because I‘m excited by books that get press attention and they get my time, but also because I‘m noticing race isn‘t usually part of people‘s media bio, but I‘m hoping to do better in the second half of the year 3) to read more intentionally🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1d
Librarybelle You‘re doing well with your challenges! I‘ve fallen behind on mine...my mantra is there is still half a year. 1d
IndoorDame @Librarybelle totally! I felt waay behind too, that‘s why I decided to check in now. when I tallied everything up I was able to make it way more manageable with a few changes. like I‘d originally wanted to do AtoZ as titles but only had about 11 and when I switched to authors I had 20! 1d
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LibrarianJen Try this one for New Mexico. It‘s written by a local Navajo Woman who was the first poet laureate from the Navajo Nation. 24h
IndoorDame @LibrarianJen thanks! I've actually been trying to decide what to read for #booked2019 # indigenousauthor the past few days too so thats perfect! 23h
Reviewsbylola Great job! 🙌🏻 21h
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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#readingUSA2019 adding 12 more books to my tally! Tagged book is a western set in Oregon. It was quirky, dark humor, I enjoyed it!

BarbaraBB I read this one too for Oregon! Great map. How was the Prince book? 1d
Librarybelle You‘re doing great! And, I really like the representation between author and setting. 1d
AnneFindsJoy @BarbaraBB I liked the Prince book a lot! Mayte is a sweet soul , and she told her story very honestly and with grace! And It was fun to get a peek into Prince‘s world! 20h
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Part history, part travelogue, Northland will take you along the north border of the mainland US from Maine to Washington. I really feel like a both learned about and got a feel for each place described. I definitely recommend this one.

#ReadingUSA2019 #NorthDakota (also works for Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, and Washington)

Kaye Wow, you are on a roll and doing great. 👏🏽 2d
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting and I definitely need a North Dakota! 2d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain An alternative can be 2d
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain That's what I am going to read for North Dakota. It is supposed to be very good. Then you can use this one for another of the northern states if you need to. I am thinking of Montana for my states 😁 2d
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB Another ND option (which I haven‘t read yet but have) is 2d
Librarybelle I love these types of books! 2d
Pamwurtzler Oh good, I need a North Dakota book! 10h
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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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This book has so many great elements—massive drought causing a climate-based catastrophe, small groups of “survivors” forming, a cult-like leader in the desert. But it never quite came together for me. It didn‘t help that the audiobook reader drove me crazy, though I‘m not sure I would have loved the print book, either.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Utah

BarbaraBB I‘ve read so many mixed reviews about this book but I DO need one for Utah 😉 3d
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I was actually planning to read Krakauer‘s book for Utah, but then this one suddenly went there. I‘m afraid I just can‘t recommend it. Maybe 3d
BarbaraBB That is a great recommendation! I visit Salt Lake City later this year so it will be so interesting to read this before I‘ll be there! #stacked 3d
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jessinikkip Dont you hate an audiobook with a bad narrator? I know I would 3d
squirrelbrain That Krakauer sounds great - stacked! Now to see if I can find a library or cheap (ish) copy in the UK... 3d
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Awesome! I hope it works out for you both. 3d
Hooked_on_books @jessinikkip It‘s awful! The narrator can really make or break the book entirely. 3d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I just bought it for 5,69 euros at BookDepository 😉 3d
JaclynW @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Under the Banner of Heaven is an excellent book choice for Utah! Krakauer does an excellent job with his research and his story telling keeps you turning the pages. Plus the subject matter is totally Utah (the parts that many people here like to hide). @BarbaraBB Enjoy your visit to SLC! Utah is a beautiful place! If you need recommendations, let me know.🙂 3d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I win, just! Mine was Qc (used)! Fancy a buddy read? Thanks for the recommendation @Hooked_on_books and @JaclynW ?? 3d
Hooked_on_books @JaclynW I‘ve read several of his books and think he‘s a great writer. He imparts information while keeping things not just interesting but fascinating. I actually haven‘t even read this one yet, but it‘s been sitting on my shelves, patiently waiting. 😂 3d
Librarybelle I think I have this one slated for the #booked2019 challenge. Good review! 3d
JaclynW @Hooked_on_books You explained Krakauer's writing perfectly! 3d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘d like a buddy read, but I don‘t know if you have time for it the first half of July? I‘d like to finish it before I‘ll be in Utah around July 20... if that‘s an option for you, I‘m in! 3d
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Thank you! We‘ll be travelling from Idaho or Wyoming (not sure yet) into Utah and then have two days in SLC before taking the train to the east. We‘ll be (coincidentally!) in SLC on Pioneers Day! If you have any recommendations for the north of Utah or SLC, I‘d love to hear them! Thanks again 💜 3d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I can read it anytime, just let me know when... I‘m away the second week of July so I‘ll just have to put it in the #bookpile to take it with me! 3d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Great! Let‘s do this. Second week of July it is then! 🙌 3d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - great! I shall squirrel it onto the ‘definitely taking‘ pile when it arrives..! 3d
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I may just join you two in this endeavor! I still want to read it, even though I already have my Utah book. 😉 3d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yay, that would be great! Is 2nd week of July possible for you too? 3d
squirrelbrain Yay @Hooked_on_books - that‘ll be fab! 3d
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Yeah, I think that‘ll work. 3d
Cinfhen I read this book and thought the beginning was brilliant but it COMPLETELY fell apart for me towards the end. Her writing was good but her storytelling was off kilter. It just got SO WEIRD 16h
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Just as he‘s being fired by the NY Times, Michael Finkel learns he‘s been impersonated by an excused killer on the lam in Mexico. He subsequently develops a sort of friendship with the man. This was a fascinating portrait of a narcissist that I just couldn‘t look away from (train wreck style). It is also well-written true crime.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Montana (author from)

Librarybelle That sounds fascinating! 4d
NatalieR Great review! I love true crime and haven‘t heard of this story. Stacked!! 4d
Kaye Good book ! 4d
squirrelbrain Sounds fab and I need a Montana book - stacked! 4d
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Wild Bird | Wendelin Van Draanen
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Another recent YA audiobook that I really enjoyed.

Wren is a troubled teen whose parents have reached the end of their rope with her. She is sent off to a wilderness camp in #Utah to see if she can get herself together.

This is more a story about never giving up and realizing that no matter what mistakes you have made, take responsibility and start fresh. I definitely recommend this if you have an angsty teenager in your life.


In the Tall Grass | Joe Hill, Stephen King
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Creepy story by King and his son, Joe Hill. The premise was great. Two people traveling cross-country hear a kid yelling for help. They venture into the tall grass to help him and then the scare factor increases as they find themselves separated and lost. Things go extremely dark at the end and a little off the rails, which is why this is a so-so pick for me. Apparently, it is currently being made into a movie too.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Maine

marleed Haha I saw this photo and read thinking it was for yesterday‘s challenge on the green green grass of home! (edited) 6d
Addison_Reads @marleed That was probably a bit of a shock. 😁 6d
marleed Well, I‘m So relieved you do not live on Steven King‘s Carrie street! 6d
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Unpopular opinion.

I've seen lots of love for this book, but sadly it was just okay for me. Incorporating the podcast was interesting and I felt it was great addition to this YA book since teens use so many different forms of social media. In fact, I enjoyed the podcast sections more than Sadie's.

The story is intriguing, but I never felt a connection to the characters so it made the story drag a bit for me.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Colorado

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I really enjoyed this true crime book set in #delaware. It was quite a chunkster at nearly 700 pages and there was a point about 1/4 of the way in where it slowed a bit but then it soon picked up again and I couldn‘t put it down.

I like the way that Rule‘s books focus on the psychological aspects of not just the murderer, but the victim too and many other peripheral characters.

Thanks so much to Barbara for sending it to me. 😘


Librarybelle Anne Rule does write interesting books...great pick! 7d
jessinikkip I love her books, shame my library only has a couple 7d
BarbaraBB You‘re so welcome 😘 7d
NatalieR Anne Rule always wrote great true crime books. 7d
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This good book has been on my bookshelf for far too long. Dr. Bill Bass shares how he became interested in forensic anthropology and the progression of his career. Fascinating story of how the body farm came into existence and grew. He talks about his relationship with Patricia Cornwell and her book The Body Farm. #MountTBR #ReadingUSA2019 #Tennessee

Addison_Reads I read this years ago and thought it was very well done and extremely informative. Great review. 😁 7d
BarbaraBB I still need one for Tennessee. This one sounds good. 7d
Librarybelle I‘m stacking this one! 7d
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cathysaid Is this the guy in/near Knoxville? 7d
jessinikkip Wow, sounds excellent!!! 7d
Hooked_on_books Great choice! I had forgotten all about this book, but I loved it. 7d
NatalieR @Addison_Reads Thanks! 😊 7d
NatalieR @cathysaid Yes, in Knoxville. He created the body farm while working at UT. 7d
NatalieR @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a go. 😄 7d
NatalieR @Librarybelle Awesome! 👍 7d
NatalieR @Hooked_on_books Thanks! 😊 7d
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