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Aimeesue

Joined September 2016

We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one. ~ Doctor Who Yep, I'm holding a brain.
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Vintage Murder | Ngaio Marsh
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#5 in the Inspector Roderick Alleyn series. Death by giant champagne bottle. (That is not a baby!. It is a jade fertility tiki.😄)

batsy Fab cover. 2y
vivastory Haven't seen you on here in awhile. Hope everything is okay 2y
LeahBergen Where are you? I miss you! 😩 2y
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Death in Ecstasy | Ngaio Marsh
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More Roderick Alleyn. And a cult!

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Mehso-so



Roderick Alleyn #3
Detective Inspector Fox reappears, and Alleyn sets Nigel and Angela to work.

"“I asked you to come and see me,” she began very quietly, “because I believe my husband to have been murdered.” Fox did not speak for a moment. He sat stockily, very still, looking gravely before him. “I‘m sorry to hear that, Lady O‘Callaghan,” he said at last. “It sounds rather serious.” Apparently she had met her match in understatement."

Aimeesue "Nursing home" here = private hospital. 2y
rubyslippersreads Great vintage cover! 2y
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The second of the Roderick Alleyn mysteries. Nigel invites Inspector Alleyn to a play, in the course of which an actor is murdered while onstage in front of the audience. Many red herrings, but Alleyn, as always, finds the murderer out. Still no Troy.

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A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh
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I'd read a few of the Roderick Alleyn mysteries, and since Golden Age mysteries have been some of the only things I can focus on these days, I've decided to read the rest in order. This is the first in the series, and is not the best (the solution is rather far fetched, tbh,) but it's still rather fun watching Alleyn work it out. Troy has not been introduced yet, but we do meet Nigel and Angela, as well as Alleyn's delightful mother, Lady Alleyn.

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Close-up of a redbud tree. Completely unedited, and taken while two galumphing dogs were trying to drag me down the street. Luck favours a photographer who takes a hundred shots a day. If I'd *tried* to get a shot like this, I couldn't have done it in 1000 years.

Ruthiella That‘s how I take pictures too. Total luck when they turn out good! 😂 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Gorgeous! You should frame it. 2y
Suet624 So pretty!! 2y
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Tanisha_A Wow 🤩 2y
Aimeesue @Ruthiella Happens every once in a while - juuuuuuust often enough to keep me interested in taking more! 😋 2y
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ARC of the second Sparks & Bainbridge book. I was pleasantly surprised by the first, which was a lot of fun. Set in London just after WW2 in a matchmaking agency, of all things.

#ARC #NetGalley

jillrhudy I WANT TO READ IT but I neeeeeed the first one first! How much is it on Kindle should I look? (wring hands) 2y
jillrhudy Ok so. If St. Martins approves my NG request this is a miracle Easter sign that I should download the Kindle of Book 1 for $6.99. 2y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy They were quite good! A lot lit -ier than I expected. And snappy dialogue to boot! 2y
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I'm having a hard time reading anything these days, tbh. But this was a library hold that I've been waiting forever for, so I HAVE to read it straight away, yes? There are 52 people on the wait list for 3 copies, so I'd best get started.

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Fantastic Crowdcast interview & reading from N.K. Jemisin in lieu of the obviously cancelled book tour for The City We Became. She's doing more for the book stores, etc. she had been scheduled to visit on tour. It was a lot of fun. ❤️❤️❤️

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Yay!
Jemisin's doing a Crowdcast Spoiler Book Club Discussion on less than 3 hours!
I am way too excited about this. 😁

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Social Distancing, Day 9: finding things to occupy my hands and keep me busy.
I‘m having a hard time reading much of anything right now, but cookbooks tend to be short and punchy, right? 😋

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Iza's Ballad | Magda Szabo
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Started this one for #NYRBBookClub. Surrounded by dogs. Drinking tea. Life is still good.

#Stella #Suzie #DogsofLitsy #pibble

Leftcoastzen 👏🐶❤️ 3y
Liz_M I am happy to hear that life is still good! 🙂 3y
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#Audiobookwalk with the puppa luppas.
Tiny purple fleurs!

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Cuz who doesn‘t want to read about rabies as a pandemic rages?
But also, after a discussion with my kids today about vaccines, I need to know why dogs get rabies vaccines but humans don‘t.

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Mythos is the member's daily deal today at Audible.
Having Stephen Fry's voice in your ears for 14+ hours is a good, good thing. Aural security blanket.

mcctrish This is my older son‘s favourite book 3y
Aimeesue @mcctrish It is excellent! Heroes is just as wonderful. I'm reading the ARC, but I can't wait to get a hard copy too. ❤️ (edited) 3y
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Waiting for it, world…

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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New book for the daily #audiobookwalk
I‘m enjoying it, although I have to say, it also makes me very angry about the way we treat each other. And unrestrained corporate capitalism. Grrrrr.

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I love Jane Gardam and have been saving this one for when I have the time to savor it. Seems like that time has arrived. ❤️

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#Stella is not feeling the Being a Book Model thing tonight.
Sunday night after returning a kid to school calls for a witty yet easy to follow WW2 era mystery. I‘m so lazy now.

#pibble
#pitbull
#DogsofLitsy

DGRachel Bailey gives me that same diva attitude sometimes. 😂😂 3y
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What practical things have you learned from books?

Aimeesue Not that I actually HAVE a treadle operated sewing machine, mind you. 😂 (edited) 3y
Butterfinger Make a fire with money. Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. 3y
julesG I'm still sorry my grandfather didn't allow me to take my great-grandmother's treadle sewing machine. But I'm fairly certain that I'm well-learned and well-read should disaster strike. 😁 3y
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Aimeesue @Butterfinger Yessssssss! It's not like we can burn books! 3y
Aimeesue @julesG Oh, my! I'm sad just hearing about it! There still quite a few around, and in use, apparently. 3y
ImperfectCJ I learned so much from the Little House books, like how to make buttermilk, how to build a smokehouse, how to train oxen, and how to treat frostbitten extremities, all very useful in San Diego. 3y
julesG @ImperfectCJ 😂😂😂 3y
Bklover @ImperfectCJ 😂😂😂. 3y
Aimeesue @ImperfectCJ Yes! And how to make maple syrup candy in the snow! Which I've done. And I've actually tapped maple trees and helped boil it down into syrup - rural New England 5th grade project. 🤣🤣🤣 3y
ImperfectCJ @Aimeesue Yep! We (my kids and I) read the books while we were living in Massachusetts, so we got to experience a lot more than we would have had we read them in CA. And I've actually used the buttermilk instructions for Girl Scout projects...Ingalls's notes on that were very helpful! 3y
Aimeesue @ImperfectCJ I grew up in the Berkshires. 😁 3y
ImperfectCJ @Aimeesue Awesome spot to grow up! We lived in Marlborough for 6+ years. Different from the Berkshires. :-) 3y
Aimeesue @ImperfectCJ A former mill town, yes? Not sure you'd get a lot of tree tapping done there these days, but OTOH, probably fewer bears too. 😂 (edited) 3y
ImperfectCJ @Aimeesue True, we had to drive a little for tree tapping, but fewer bears. We did have a lot of u-pick farms, though, which made us feel connected to agrarian life. 😆 3y
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Thrifty stuff, bookish edition:

Book owl canvas bag
Bas Bleu mug "Never underestimate a well-read woman."
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision From the National Collection
The Marvels - Brian Selznick
Forge - Laurie Halse Anderson
All laying on top of a Scottish lambswool shawl.

My girlie and I had such a fun day.

Crazeedi ❤❤❤❤ 3y
Tamra What a haul! 3y
LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Heroes | Stephen Fry
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When you run across a phrase in a book and the only thing you can think of is the complete opposite of what the author was actually talking about. Hoo, boy, monstrous all right. 😂😂😂

In Greek Mythology, Echidna was a half woman- half serpent monster, which was really what Stephen Fry was talking about. But my brain gives me THIS.

CarolynM My mind would do the same. I wonder how those cute, harmless little creatures wound up with such a monstrous name? 3y
Aimeesue @CarolynM I'm glad I'm not the only one! 3y
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Heroes | Stephen Fry
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SUPER SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!

#ARC #NetGalley #Heroes

TheBookStacker Oh I‘m definitely getting this on audiobook 3y
Aimeesue @TheBookStacker Fry is such a fabulous narrator! I have Mythos on audio, and I love it. What a voice! 3y
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I do so love #SlightlyFoxed day!

The #NYRBbookclub will be amused to hear that there‘s a piece about our friend Judy Hearne in this issue. 😄

Leftcoastzen Judy gets around!😂 3y
LeahBergen Oh, good! Mine should be arriving soon then. 👍🏻 3y
Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen Judy doesn't know how she got there, but she sure does get around! 😋 3y
Aimeesue @LeahBergen It's nice that I can serves as a SF Early Warning System so you can clear your schedule! 😁 3y
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Jack | Connie Willis
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New novella from Connie Willis. Takes place during the Blitz i. London, so I'm hoping it fits in with Blackout and All Clear.
#NetGalley #ARC #Jack

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I had to attend a funeral last week (not someone I was close to, more for the family) and started listening to this after, as death brings up questions, and I had it on audio. Surprisingly, it kind of helped? Not sure I'd listen to it immediately after a loved one's funeral, but Doughty's tone and forthrightness worked very well in her narration.

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Onward and Upward in the Garden | Katherine S. White
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Thanks for the tag @TheBookStacker

1. Oh, so hard. You don't even know. Unless they're MLs with Blumenthal bindings. They get a free pass.
2. Went hunting NYRB, ML, and Europa Editions at Riverby Books today.
3. NYT, WashPo, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, and Al Jezeera
4. I get up immediately
5. @jillrhudy

#friYAYiintro
@4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

jillrhudy Is there a Saturyay? 3y
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Don't you just love when publishers hold on to your #NetGalley request for eons, then give you the ARC 2 weeks before pub date? ?
That aside, this is an impressive debut. What happens to the other family members when one child is elevated to "savior" status? Almost literally here, in the context of the old Hawaiian gods, but metaphorically, it could apply to a lot of families in more mundane contexts. The family drama is the heart of this book.

diovival Ooo I've been curious about this one. 3y
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I requested this from #NetGalley on a whim, and I could NOT stop reading it. Flew through it in two days. The book is based on a single mention of an enslaved woman who was on Francis Drake's ship in 1579 when he was looking for a new passage around the Americas. Hair-raising adventure indeed.
Pub date 16 March 2020

Full review here:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3202441968

#ARC #OnWilderSeas

jillrhudy I‘m wondering if it might be a little triggering for the likes of me. I‘m very intrigued. 3y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Hmmmmm. I think most of the interpersonal violence is *implied* or threatened rather than a direct representation. Or it's talked about in fairly vague terms if it's in the past. 3y
jillrhudy Your review is very well done! I requested it myself just now. AND I need to read “The Splendid and the Vile“ so whew! 3y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I has been practicin my review skills. ? A big part of my "real" job is picking out the important/essential bits and summarizing those concisely. Apparently, it's sort of a transferable skill? Who knew? I hope you enjoy it. Not Great Literature by any means, but it's a compelling story. (edited) 3y
Aimeesue The Internet Archive has links to copies of Nuttall's New Light On Drake, too, which was really interesting. https://archive.org/search.php?query=New%20light%20on%20drake 3y
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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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And now for something completely different…

"Science fiction lends itself readily to imaginative subversion of any status quo. Bureaucrats and politicians, who can‘t afford to cultivate their imaginations, tend to assume it‘s all ray-guns and nonsense, good for children." From The forward, Ursula K. Leguin

vivastory I read this one a few years ago. I don't remember much about it. 😬 3y
Aimeesue @Vivastory I love the premise - that we humans think that if/when we find artifacts from some off-Earth civilization, we'll figure them out. And I will say that there's a heck of a lot of smoking in this one! Boy, the Seventies, huh? 3y
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Irretrievable | Theodor Fontane
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This one is a liiiiiiiitle slower paced than my last read. From Drake on the high seas to Schleswig-Holstein. Interestingly, they both have a lot of Lutherans running about.
#NYRBBookclub
#Stella
#Suzie
#DogsofLitsy

Leftcoastzen 🐶🐶❤️It‘s a slower pace but I‘m enjoying it .about 100 pages in. 3y
Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen Oh, I‘m enjoying it; it‘s just an adjustment. I did kind of want to hie off to Scicily with Baron Steen to watch Etna erupt, though. 😁 (edited) 3y
merelybookish I've started to skin the political sections. 🙈 3y
Aimeesue @merelybookish Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get through things. 😂 3y
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An enslaved woman, escaping one horrible shipboard situation, ends up on Francis Drake's ship, heading into the arctic in search of the NorthWest Passage. Adventure and horror on the high seas. And as if that's not dangerous enough, there's the added complication of being a woman and a slave on board a ship full of men.
I'm not sure "enjoying" is the word I want - the 16th century was pretty horrible - but I can't stop reading.
#ARC #NetGalley

Aimeesue Pub Date 16 Mar 2020 3y
LeahBergen Based on a true story?? Holy hell! 3y
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Pretty much! Brrrrrr! I'm at a bit now where some older sailor are terrifying the cabin boys by telling them about icebergs crushing ships and ships that get icebound. 😱 3y
readordierachel Sounds intense! 3y
Aimeesue @readordierachel For sure! It's also set in the middle of the Spanish/English colonization and looting power struggle, so there's the added stresses of war and having your vessel set on fire in the middle of the ocean. Yikes! 3y
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Oh, I can SO relate! (From a slightly different cause - I have chronic shoulder pain which, pre- bedtime meds, would unfailingly wake me up at 2 AM. Ugh. )

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I‘m thoroughly enjoying this witty, super helpful guide to help keep your life stable while dealing with a mood disorder. In graphic novel format!
She has bipolar disorder, but I can see where it would be super helpful for those with anxiety, depression, SAD. In addition to doctors, therapy and meds, of course. I‘m buying a copy for work.

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On sale today in US ebook stores. Newly published Zora!

LatrelWhite I got it today!!!!☺️ 3y
Aimeesue @Latrelwhite Metoo! I was so excited - new Zora!❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Book haul from the Book Sorting today. Somebody only got about 20 pages into The Topeka School before they bailed, leaving a lovely tree bookmark.
Lucky me!

Tamra So fun! 3y
Aimeesue @Tamra It's the best volunteer gig EVER! 😁 3y
LatrelWhite Pax is a great story! 3y
vivastory I want to read literally every single one of these. Great haul! 3y
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Hue and Cry: Stories | James Alan McPherson
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Found this on the New Books shelf at the library - originally published in 1968, HarperCollins republished it in 2019 with a new preface by Edward P. Jones.
Glad it caught my eye - the writing is stellar. Why have I never read McPherson before?

Tamra I haven‘t either, but I‘d like to.....stacked! 3y
vivastory Blurb by Ralph Ellison?! Stacked!! 3y
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Heads of the Colored People: Stories | Nafissa Thompson-Spires
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My library hold came in! I'm about halfway through and am really liking these stories. Thompson-Spires is a real talent to watch.

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A new Little Free Library appeared on my usual walking route today!
That makes two in my neighborhood!

SqueakyChu My husband builds them! He‘s making #LittleFreeLibrary number 10 now. 😃 3y
Aimeesue @SqueakyChu How exciting! I really need one for my yard. Someday! 3y
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Mr. Loverman | Bernardine Evaristo
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I was looking for a new audiobook this morning and saw @ljuliel 'S post about this book. Hoopla had it, so I snatched it up.
So glad I did! The audio is phenomenal and there are a lot of funny bits in there too. Yay, And yay for Littens who share the good stuff. ❤️

ljuliel Thanks for the tag. 💕. I got my copies on Hoopla too. Ebook and audio. I like reading and listening along if I can find both at once. This will be one of my favorite of the year, I can tell already. 😊 3y
AlaMich I loved this! The story was awesome, the narrator was phenomenal...it was a little gem. 😊 3y
Aimeesue @ljuliel I do the read along with audio thing too. Why did we ever stop doing this after second grade? It's great! 3y
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Aimeesue @AlaMich I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I completely agree. Magnifique! (edited) 3y
ljuliel @Aimeesue Yes it‘s really nice to read and listen together. Just finished the book. I wore out both batteries in my iPad and iPad mini. Had to listen to the last few minutes on my iPod. Such a good book. ❤️ 3y
readordierachel Oh, I will have to check this out! I loved Girl, Woman, Other so much 😍 3y
Aimeesue @readordierachel G,W,O is on my holds list at the library! This one is absolutely fantastic. The audio is brilliantly done. 3y
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Just FYI: It is super hard to be anxious while covered in blankets and dogs. I recommend sleepy dog piles to EVERYONE.
#Stella
#Suzie
#Pibble
#DogsofLitsy

DGRachel YES! Dogs are the best medicine. 😍 3y
Aimeesue @DGRachel We adopted Stella as an unofficial “therapy” dog for my daughter, who has sometimes debilitating anxiety. Best decision we ever made - she‘s helped so much! 3y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 3y
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️ 3y
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GIANTs on the right, with some regularly sized MLS to the left.
#ModernLibrary

vivastory Amazing!! I'm going by HPB tomorrow, will definitely be on the lookout for ML editions! 3y
Aimeesue @vivastory Good luck! 3y
Lcsmcat Cool! 3y
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quirkyreader @vivastory good luck. At one point in the late 80‘s early 90‘s they were everywhere. 3y
Leftcoastzen Woot , woot! Love them! 3y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I think there is a HPB coupon this weekend. 3y
Liz_M I love that Look Homeward, Angel is almost as thick as War and Peace. It certainly felt longer than W&P! 😆😁 3y
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@Tamra posted this one a bit ago, and I *for real* love a variety of foods on platters/boards/trays. But I'm not going to buy a cookbook without flipping through it, so I scoured the libraries.
One of my libraries subscribes to Hoopla and they have it. Yay! Hoopla has a LOT of cookbooks. Who knew?

Tamra Yay!!! Some really pretty pics and fun ideas. I don‘t know that I‘ll purchase, unless my daughter begs me. 😆 3y
Aimeesue @Tamra There were some good ideas! But also some TERRIBLE ideas: A grilled cheese board? Nobody wants cold or lukewarm grilled cheeses, lady! They must be eaten straight out of the pan!😂 3y
Tamra @Aimeesue hahahaha! So far I‘ve only looked at the ones my daughter wanted me to see. But you are totally right on that one! Maybe the board should have cheese & bread & condiment selections, to be grilled to order. 😋 3y
Aimeesue @Tamra See, now THAT would make more sense! 3y
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The puppas are not enjoying this walk in the rain, yet they INSIST on going out. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Listening to Hughes, fabulously narrated (and sung! In multiple voices!) by the incredibly talented Myra Lucretia Taylor.
James McBride used a lot of similar themes in Deacon King Kong, which I read and loved recently. Both books are great.
#Stella #Suzie #pibble #soggydogs
#AudioBookWalk

LeahBergen Their raincoats!! 💙💙 3y
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Stella@would wear hers all winter if you let her. Suzie, OTOH, is all "I'm a LAB. I LAUGH AT THE RAIN!" But I hate drying them off, so coats it is. ? 3y
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Reading this in bits and pieces for review. Gotta say, it's pretty inspiring. And a welcome reminder that nobody's life is as perfect as social media makes it look. Pub date 15 September 2020
#ARC #NetGalley

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The Undocumented Americans | Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
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Starting this one with anger, trepidation, and hope.
#ARC #NetGalley
Out March 24, 2020

DGRachel Very interested to hear what you think about this one! 3y
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Cup/Brain Overflow - why aren't we ALL using this metaphor??? Yesssssssss.

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Well laid out with easy instructions and ways to increase/decrease difficulty to fit a child's level. Great resource for families in an age when Occupational therapy is trending downward in many school systems. Recommended.
#ARC #NetGalley

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Wow. Scary, plausible spec fic. Gripping.

jillrhudy The parents! Especially the mom! 3y
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This one came through the Book Sorting a few weeks ago. This is about all I currently have the energy to focus on - well laid out mysteries with familiar characters.
#Stella
#Pibble

jillrhudy 🥰 3y
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