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AlaMich

AlaMich

Joined December 2016

Reading books since 19somethingorother
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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I rarely read romance but I picked this up on audio because it has rave reviews. And I see why; it‘s an original premise for romance and it‘s quite funny. The narrator is excellent, but I have learned that audio sex scenes make me cringe 😳. #romance #audioromance

DGRachel I do not do romance novels via audio for just that reason! 😂 1d
AlaMich @DGRachel It‘s a dilemma because the narrator really is so fantastic and does such a great job conveying the humor in the story. But yeah, I may have to do some fast forwarding. 1d
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Clinch | Martin Holmen
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I requested that the library purchase this right before the pandemic and then forgot about it. This first of a trilogy is gritty noir set in Sweden in 1932, with a queer protagonist. So yeah, I‘m pretty sure it‘s a one-of-a-kind!😄 #lgbtqia #nelson #dogsoflitsy

Bette What a glorious dog! ❤️🐶 3mo
wanderinglynn Someone seems to be trying to ignore you! What a beautiful pup! ❤️🐶 3mo
AlaMich @Bette Thank you! He‘s our big goofy greyhound baby! 3mo
AlaMich @wanderinglynn He‘s trying to be all nonchalant, like he‘s not super excited that his pic is going up on Litsy! 😂 3mo
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Oy! At the 80% mark this book is really starting to feel like a slog. The paperback is over 700 pages and I haven‘t been that enthusiastic about it since I started. I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora—the first book in the series—much more than this. #isitoveryet

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Current location ☀️📖
I was a teenager of the 80s so all the references to that time are a lot of fun for me. 😊

#summerreading

Megabooks It is a fun book!! 5mo
AlaMich @Megabooks The Claw!!🤣 5mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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I‘m visiting my dad in California and brought the tagged book for his partner. I got it out of a #LFL and passed it on to her; I‘m currently reading the sequel. Attica Locke has created a complex MC in Darren Mathews. I especially appreciate her depiction of his toxic relationship with his emotionally abusive mother, having some secondhand experience with this myself. #summerreading

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After falling into a Gutenberg rabbit hole, I discovered this. I‘m still reading the fourth Poldark novel, Warleggan, but I need a little non-fiction in my life as well at the moment. #patioreads

AlaMich @LeahBergen I have not! I am stacking it. I have read the novel Gutenberg‘s Apprentice and The Gutenberg Revolution, however, both of which I liked very much. (edited) 6mo
LeahBergen I have Gutenberg‘s Apprentice waiting on my shelves. 👍🏻 6mo
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Patio reading on this breezy morning with #nelson my reading buddy. I am enjoying this series so much. Graham has created such memorable, complex characters in a beautiful setting. I can see why Cornwall became a popular destination for Poldark fans.
#greyhounds #dogsoflitsy

Lesanne Nelson is beautiful!! I miss my greyhounds so much. 7mo
AlaMich @Lesanne Thank you! We think he‘s quite handsome, and he‘s a very sweet boy. 😊 7mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful!🐶 7mo
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AlaMich @Leftcoastzen Thank you! 7mo
batsy He is very handsome indeed 😍 7mo
LeahBergen *boop* 👉 7mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt I‘ve read the first book and seen some of the first series of the PBS show. I really enjoyed it. 7mo
AlaMich @Fr3NcHtOaSt I haven‘t seen the series, but maybe when I‘ve finished the books. Though I have a feeling I won‘t enjoy it nearly as much as I do the books. 7mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen Nellie says 👋 7mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt @AlaMich wasn‘t sure I‘d like the series but I really loved it. Yeah books are usually better then the series/movies but this is really good 7mo
UwannaPublishme Sweet pup! 😍 7mo
Desha Such a cutie! 💗🐶 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Chicago
2. Chicago, but I spent ages 2-college in California.
3. One brother, 9 years younger.
4. Don‘t remember being read to. My dad was a big reader and encouraged me, but I don‘t think he liked to read children‘s books. The first book I remember in general is Richard Scarry‘s Busy Busy World (I think).
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag, @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 😀 8mo
Eggs 💗Scarry💗. Thanks for playing 💕💕 8mo
BarbaraBB Chicago ❤️ 8mo
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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“He was looking at the spire. As the web of low-lying cloud scurried under the wind it seemed to breathe like a living thing. Sometimes it inhaled the light of day, and then its pallor enriched to the colour of a primrose; a moment later it waned, and pulled the misty air over it like a veil; and whether it brightened or waned it seemed to be flying towards him against the scudding sky so that he felt that ⬇️

AlaMich “in a moment it would bend down to his embrace.” I am absolutely loving this book. #dogsoflitsy #nelson #greyhounds (edited) 9mo
batsy I so want to read this! 9mo
AlaMich @batsy I recommend it highly! It‘s the most absorbing book I‘ve read in quite awhile, and STW writes so beautifully. 9mo
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LeahBergen Nelson! 👉 *boop* 9mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen He has a big ol‘ boopable snoot! 😂 9mo
Centique @batsy I want to read this too! 9mo
britt_brooke Oh my goodness. Just now seeing this ad I creep on your feed. 😂🙈 Nelson is a beauty! I may have mentioned this before but we used to have a retired racer. She was such a special dog. 🐾 7mo
AlaMich @britt_brooke Thank you! We‘ve had him since Christmas and we love him to bits. He‘s a big, lovey, goofy boy! ♥️ 7mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich Goofy seems to be a common greyhound trait, lol! Too funny. What a sweetie. 7mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This book is thoroughly delightful and the narrator is perfect! Highly recommended!

#audiobooks

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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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“Drawing his hand over his chops Sir Peter assumed an air of patience, and began to expound in easy language the doctrine of the sacraments, of the sacramental virtue which sets the priest apart from the ruck of the world. Pedantic fool! thought the prioress, saying courteously: ‘Of course Undoubtedly. How clearly you put it.‘

‘We shall miss your explanations,‘ added Dame Helen with sturdy malice.”

Mansplaining, 14th century style

LeahBergen I have this on my shelves. How are you liking it? 9mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen I am loving it so far, but I‘m only on page 30. I am a very slow reader and she writes dense, meaty prose which I love. I‘ve also had a lifelong fascination with nuns and the life of a convent (maybe odd for a Jewish girl 🤷🏻‍♀️?) especially during the Middle Ages. But I absolutely recommend it if those things are in your wheelhouse. (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen That sounds like my cup of tea. I‘ve always been fascinated by nuns, too (maybe it‘s a non-Catholic thing? 😆). Have you read this one? 9mo
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AlaMich @LeahBergen I haven‘t but I will definitely check it out! I would also recommend this one, although it‘s not precisely a nun nor a convent. But it‘s fascinating. 9mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Ah, yes! I have that on my shelves as well. I‘ve also recently bought this one (so I should be good for a while 😆) 9mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen One last rec on the subject is this non-fiction book, which I thought was amazing. If you‘re not familiar, Karen Armstrong writes on many religious topics, but this is her account of entering a convent and her decision to leave 9mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I‘ll add that to my list. It sounds fascinating. 9mo
Centique @AlaMich @LeahBergen just to say that thanks to this conversation I now have a corner of my TBR for Books about Nuns 😂😂 9mo
LeahBergen @Centique 😆😆 I love it! 9mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen @Centique 🤣 I‘m almost finished with The Corner (I‘m a VERY slow reader) and it will be the first five star read of the year for me. I think you both would enjoy it. (edited) 9mo
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The Wee Free Men | Terry Pratchett
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I‘m enjoying the heck out of this audiobook!! I already loved Terry Pratchett but I had never read any of his children‘s books. The narrator is hilarious when he reads the dialogue of the Nac Mac Feegles (Wee Free Men). I read somewhere that they speak with something of a Glaswegian accent, though I‘m sure Stephen Briggs is laying it on very thick and funnifying it. #audiobooks #childrensaudiobooks

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this sub-series with pict-sies. 11mo
Traci1 The Nac Mac Feegles are awesome. Ach, crivens! 11mo
AlaMich OMG, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Traci1 I‘ve been listening to this at night while I‘m falling asleep and I just lie there giggling to myself. Fortunately, my wife can sleep through anything. 😂 (edited) 11mo
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Blackbirds | Chuck Wendig
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Miriam Black knows how and when you will die.
This was the first book in the Miriam Black series, and I will definitely be reading the second. I realized after I began that it was just what I needed at the moment: very little description, just action and dialogue and a plot that never stopped moving forward.

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But in the midst of the chaos and violence, there is this. 💙💙💙

#georgiarocks #democracyinaction

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank god! First thing the need to do is dig through McConnel‘s desk, dust off the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and pass it.... because after this the suppression laws and loopholes are going to quadruple from state legislatures and once they are passed it takes forever to overthrow them through the courts. 11mo
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Blackbirds | Chuck Wendig
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“Car lights strobe through busted motel
blinds.”

My first Chuck Wendig, and I think it‘s just what I needed right now. Nelson graciously offered his services as bookmodel! 🐶❤️
#dogsoflitsy #greyhounds #nelson

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

ladym30 Nelson is adorable!❤️ 11mo
AlaMich @ladym30 Thank you! We think so too! ☺️ 11mo
LeahBergen Hello, sweet Nelson. 😘 11mo
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AlaMich @LeahBergen Nelson says Happy New Year!! 🥳 11mo
Reggie He did so well! 11mo
AlaMich @Reggie He‘s handsome AND talented! 😄 11mo
mabell So cute! 🐶❤️😍 11mo
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We have a new family member!!! This is me with Nelson. He is a four year old retired racer from Florida. We had been on a waiting list for him since July and we got him earlier than we expected to, and we are so excited! He is very sweet and super chill, basically a couch potato. And did I mention that he is the size of a pony?! Eighty pounds, and you can see how long he is in this picture. ❤️ #greyhounds #dogsoflitsy #nelson

TrishB Beautiful ♥️♥️ 11mo
DGRachel Congratulations! I‘ve always hear that Greys have two speeds - 45 mph and dead stop. They love couches. 💖 11mo
LeahBergen Ohmygawwwd!! Hello, Nelson ... you handsome devil!!! 😘😘😘😘 11mo
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AlaMich @TrishB He is beautiful! Thank you (not that I had anything to do with it)! 11mo
AlaMich @DGRachel Basically. His foster mom told us that he‘s not even that enthusiastic about walks. 🤣 11mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen He‘s so handsome! My brother asked if we chose him because he matches our couch so well! 😂 11mo
DGRachel 🤣🤣 He must figure he‘s earned his retirement and comfy couch! 11mo
Jas16 That is so awesome! He is gorgeous. 11mo
AlaMich @DGRachel Yep! And when an 80 pound dog lies on the couch, he lies on the WHOLE couch! 11mo
MsMelissa Awww, he looks like a sweetheart 🥰 11mo
Megabooks Retired racers are some of the best pets! (I say this as a vet. I‘ve never met one I didn‘t like!) So cute! 😍😍 11mo
Bianca He is adorable! Congratulations! 11mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 💙 11mo
Reggie I almost couldn‘t see him cause he blends so well with the couch. For a sec I thought this was a selfie. He looks great! 11mo
AlaMich @Megabooks I‘ve wanted one for probably 15 years and I‘m so grateful to finally have Nelson! (edited) 11mo
AlaMich @Reggie Thank you! 11mo
AlaMich @Bianca Thank you! 11mo
Mollyanna What a beauty. I have friends that also adopt retired racers and they constantly mention how lazy they are... enjoy! 😉 11mo
AlaMich @Mollyanna That definitely seems to be the case! 😂 11mo
Bookzombie He is so handsome! 💕🐶 11mo
AlaMich @Bookzombie Thank you, we certainly think so! 😊 11mo
KVanRead What a big beautiful guy 😍 so nice you can give him a lovey lazy retirement. 11mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations! 💙 11mo
Centique He‘s so BIG! Wow! Hello Nelson and hope you‘re having a good time settling in to your new home 😍 11mo
AlaMich @Centique Thank you! And yes, he‘s big and STRONG! I already have a nasty bruise I got from roughhousing with him. 11mo
AlaMich @KVanRead Thanks! Lazy retirement is definitely the plan for him! 😊 11mo
UwannaPublishme How sweet he is! ❤️ 11mo
AlaMich @UwannaPublishme Thank you! He is a very sweet boy. 11mo
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The Red Slippers | Carolyn Keene
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A gift from one of the kids I work with. Aren‘t they awesome!! 😃

#kindergarten #paraprofessionals #holidaygifts

BethM I have these too! 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading Amazing! 😄 12mo
AlaMich @BethM I love them! The little girl who gave them to me is one of my favorite kids in the class. 🤫 12mo
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Leftcoastzen So cool! 12mo
LeahBergen Ruby slippers! 12mo
Jas16 So awesome! 12mo
TheBookHippie Love them!! 12mo
Megabooks Awesome! 12mo
batsy Fab! 12mo
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Waiting for the ortho doc in the fancy new medical offices, wearing paper shorts (as one does😆) so he can look at my knee.
This book is of a genre I knew nothing about until recently, classic Japanese locked-room mysteries. There are rules to this genre. The author has to include a list of characters, provide all the clues so that a reader could, in theory, solve the puzzle herself, and there are usually maps and/or diagrams.

MicheleinPhilly Sounds fun! 12mo
AlaMich @MicheleinPhilly which, the book or the paper shorts? 😉 12mo
LeahBergen Paper shorts 😆 12mo
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AlaMich @LeahBergen I looked stunning! 12mo
Centique This genre sounds fascinating. Also laughing at the paper shorts! 😂 12mo
Suet624 Wow! Sounds fascinating. 12mo
AlaMich @Suet624 Meh. I DNF‘d it. 12mo
Suet624 Oh! Good to know! 😂😂 12mo
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I just started listening to this. It‘s my first Agatha Raisin and why did no one tell me how delightfully snarky she is??? 🤣

#audiobook

Andrew65 A great series! 13mo
AlaMich @Andrew65 I‘m always so excited when I discover a new series that I think I‘ll love! 13mo
Andrew65 @AlaMich Plenty of them to read too. Also recommend her Hamish MacBeth series. 13mo
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AlaMich @Andrew65 Thanks, I will check it out also. 😊 13mo
LeahBergen I‘ve watched a few episodes of the TV series, too. It‘s very silly and fun. 13mo
AlaMich @LeahBergen I‘ve never seen the TV series. I didn‘t even realize when I borrowed it that what I thought was the audiobook version is actually part of a BBC dramatized version of her books. It‘s hilarious! 13mo
MsMelissa I really need to try this series! 13mo
AlaMich @Book_Fiend_Melissa Well, I can definitely vouch for the BBC dramatizations. The woman playing Agatha is perfect! 13mo
MsMelissa I‘ll probably have to go with print. I don‘t get along with audiobooks. Reading on paper isn‘t an issue, but my mind wanders terribly when trying to listen to books. The only time I‘ve ever managed audiobooks is when I suffered from a prolonged period of vertigo and could do nothing but lie in bed and listen to them. When I recovered I went right back to being distracted again 😂 13mo
Suet624 @Book_Fiend_Melissa I‘m with you. 12mo
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I finally remembered to dig this T-shirt out of the closet today, courtesy of Out Of Print.

Fingers crossed 🤞💙🤞💙🤞💙

#vote

Heideschrampf Fingers crossed from germany! Couldn‘t imagine the suspense if i were living over there... 13mo
MsMelissa Love it. My fingers are crossed for you from across the northern border 🤞🏻 13mo
Traci1 💙💙 13mo
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AmyG 🤞🏻🙏🏻 13mo
LeahBergen 💙💙 13mo
AlaMich Thank you @Book_Fiend_Melissa @Heideschrampf We need all the help we can get over here!! 13mo
KVanRead Yesss!💙 13mo
Bette Great shirt! 👍 13mo
AlaMich @Bette Thank you! 13mo
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Call Me Clumsy | Matthew Weinrich
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I have dropped my Kobo Clara approximately 384 times, and this is the result. I know it doesn‘t look like much, but it‘s driving me 🍌!! #bookwormproblems

Suet624 Oh no! 1y
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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Halfway through this and I‘m hanging in there mainly to find out what the big twist is. I‘m annoyed by the male narrator, who uses his Serious Ominous Voice for the entire book, even when it‘s very inappropriate for the line he‘s reading or the whole scene.
#audiobook

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The Bookshop | Penelope Fitzgerald
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I just recently learned that our Barnes & Noble closed back in May (haven‘t been getting out much lately 😷). The space is going to be converted into doctors‘ offices. ☹️ I didn‘t even shop there much but I liked knowing it was there.

KVanRead 😔 I‘m worried about how many bookstores will survive this. 1y
BethM :( we lost our last book store a year ago. It sucked. 1y
AlaMich @KVanRead @BethM Their lease was up and they decided not to renew. We are even a Big 10 university town, and they didn‘t think it was worth it to stay here. 1y
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DGRachel That‘s so sad. I hate seeing bookstores close. I just saw a go fund me on Twitter today-an attempt to save an independent bookstore in Boone, NC. It‘s only been in business 4 years. I don‘t know how it will survive. 😔 1y
AlaMich @DGRachel It is sad. Yet another reason to avoid reading the news these days. 1y
Hollie That‘s so sad. I wish I lived near a bookstore. The closest one is a three hour (one way) drive for me. Ugh. 1y
AlaMich @Hollie Good grief! That‘s a long drive!! 1y
wanderinglynn 😢 so sad. 1y
LeahBergen Boo! 😒 1y
Sace Our closed in 2009(?). Just so sad. I can remember a time when there were 4 chain bookstores and several locally owned new and used bookstores in town. Now we are down to 1 BAM. 😢 1y
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I am really trying to have compassion for the parents in this tragic story, but they are also making me very angry. Am I a horrible person?

Megabooks No 1y
Megabooks The parents are quite strange 1y
AlaMich @Megabooks They wanted to have all of these kids, but then they failed to protect them from each other. 1y
Megabooks Exactly. They were really neglectful parents. 1y
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I miss my library so much!! 😢 They have not even opened for curbside pickup yet. I‘m an impulsive reader and frequently made unplanned trips when an interesting book or topic landed on my radar. The ebook selection can‘t come close.
#library

slategreyskies I know what you mean! Have you tried Hoopla? It‘s not as good as an actually brick & mortar library, but it‘s nice that there are no wait times. My library doesn‘t participate in Hoopla, so I did a search for other libraries in my state that participate and that offer cards for free to people who live out of area but in the same state. I got a card online through another library and can borrow on Hoopla now. Something to look into if you haven‘t. 1y
AlaMich @slategreyskies I do use Hoopla and I think it‘s great. But it‘s selection can be somewhat limited, although occasionally I am surprised. 1y
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Some of the best days are when you discover some new techy tidbit, you try it, it actually works the way it‘s supposed to the FIRST TIME, and then it improves your life in some small but appreciable way.
I figured out that I could add the Hoopla channel to my Roku, and now I can watch my borrowed video content on a big screen!
#smallvictories #techwins #hoopla

DGRachel Nice! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I didn‘t know that was possible! I can‘t wait to try this! 1y
AlaMich @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s great! We watched the first season of The Alienist, which was very good. The four borrows/month limit my library allows make it a little challenging to watch a series, but I cheat and use my wife‘s Hoopla account also. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Smart idea! Ha!! 1y
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It‘s the return of #loanerdog! Kallie has come to hang with us again today and we are so happy!

TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 2y
Caroline2 Ahhhhhhh!!! 😍 2y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 😁 2y
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JoScho Yay!!! 2y
ladym30 She is adorable!❤️ 2y
Megabooks Cute!! 2y
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The Lying Room | Nicci French
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Yay, my library hold just came in, right when I was looking for my next book. It‘s my first Nicci French, and I have heard great things about her! #libby

JoScho I love when the timing works out like that. 2y
AlaMich @JoScho Especially when you totally forgot about the hold, as I had! 😊 2y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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I finished it and it was marvelous!! At 1242 pages unabridged, it‘s the longest book I have ever read. It took me around 8 weeks and, for better or worse, will forever be linked in my memory to covid-19 and the Quarantimes. #chunksters #classics

I am sad to leave Paris and these characters who I have truly been living with for so long. But it was a peak reading experience for me and I wish it hadn‘t taken me so long to get around to it.

sisilia Wow! Well done! This is my chunkster pick for Nov this year 2y
Lauren.Archer I am reading right now, and I absolutely love it. 2y
AlaMich @sisilia I think you‘ll really enjoy it. Simply put, Dumas just tells a really excellent story. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Well done! I still need to read this. 2y
AlaMich @Lauren.Archer Are you reading the Penguin/Buss translation also? It was very accessible. 2y
Lauren.Archer I am not sure, it is the Word Cloud edition. 2y
AlaMich @erzascarletbookgasm You should! And I do recommend the Buss translation, if you‘re picky about that sort of thing. 2y
AvidReader25 This is such a fantastic book. I need to re-read it! I do think it‘s fascinating how books become linked to situations or places in my mind as I read them. 14mo
AlaMich @AvidReader25 I just ordered The Three Musketeers and am looking forward to that. 14mo
AvidReader25 @AlaMich it‘s fun and I hope you enjoy it. It definitely doesn‘t have the same depth though. A very different read. 14mo
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This book Had. It. All. ⭐️
High adventure, romance, travel, humor, family secrets...and I highly, so highly, recommend the audio version. Christian Coulson, who played Tom Riddle in the HP movies, is the reader, and he is gloriously perfect for this book. #audiobooks

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This was a fascinating, mind-bending short story on the podcast #levarburtonreads. The author is Ted Chiang, who wrote the short story that the movie Arrival was based on.
It takes the concept of a portal through time to a twisty new place, and LeVar Burton does it justice. #podcasts #audiobooks #audioshorts

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This is Kalli, on loan to us for the day. We have been without animals since we lost our cat Maddie last summer, for the first time in the 25 years of our relationship.
So our friends kindly lent us this beautiful girl, who is just one year old. She‘s a sweetheart!
#loanerdog

kspenmoll She‘s lovely.💜 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful 2y
AmyG She is a beautiful girl. It‘s so nice to have a pet in the house. Our daughter brought her roommates dog with her for a bit...we were all so much happier. 2y
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AlaMich @kspenmoll @Cathythoughts She is a beauty. Her fur is a gorgeous red-gold. 2y
AlaMich @AmyG Having her around has brightened things up in our home. I honestly feel that not having a pet during covid isolation has made it harder to deal with. 2y
MicheleinPhilly I am happy to ship Pickles to you for a few weeks. 😜 2y
JoScho Love this picture! You guys should go get a cat or dog from the shelter 🤗 2y
AlaMich @MicheleinPhilly She seems like a sweetie. Send her on over!! 😃 2y
AlaMich @JoScho We‘ve been discussing it...😊 We had been before COVID actually. 2y
JoScho @AlaMich aww I love that and it makes my heart all kinds of happy. Three of my four dogs are rescues and all three cats. I honestly don‘t know what I do without them. If you decide to do that eventually please share. 🖤 2y
LeahBergen Awww! She‘s a darling. ❤️❤️ 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen She really is. I can‘t wait until we can “borrow” her again. 😊 2y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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“Come, Count,” said Villefort, “come, I pray you, let us say no more about these family troubles. Yes, my fortune will go to enrich the poor: it is they who truly have the wealth today. “

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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What has he been doing for the past nine years?!?!?!

#areyoukiddingmerightnow #gameofthrones #asongoficeandfire

Bookzombie It would seem he has been doing everything but writing/finishing the sixth book. 😕 2y
AlaMich @Bookzombie The tone of the article made it seem that now that no one can leave their house, maybe I‘ll finally sit down and write that book everyone has been nagging me about. 2y
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So the elementary school where I work will be closed indefinitely beginning tomorrow and I think this is the universe trying to give me a kick in the butt. I have like sixteen scribbled pages of a TBR that I‘ve been planning to create a spreadsheet for and procrastinating forever. Spreadsheets are not my natural habitat.
#tbr #spreadsheet

PurpleyPumpkin So, dare I ask how this project is going? It certainly looks challenging. 2y
AlaMich @PurpleyPumpkin I made a good start, then got a little sidetracked by some other stuff I needed to do. But it was going pretty fast. 😊 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Excellent! It always feels good to get tasks like this done. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my spreadsheet. It keeps me on track in so many ways. Well done! 2y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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‘Listen to the finale: it‘s splendid, and Coselli sings it exceptionally well.‘
‘Yes, but look how he carries himself!‘
‘No one could act better than La Spech.‘
‘You know, when you‘ve seen La Sontag and La Malibran...‘
‘Don‘t you find Moriani‘s technique excellent?‘
‘I don‘t like brunettes who sing blonde.‘

Boom! 🤣🤣

QuietlyLaura Thanks for the early morning smile! 😊 2y
AlaMich @QuietlyLaura My pleasure! 2y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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“Well, so much the better for him,” said the inspector. “When he is altogether mad, he will suffer less.” As you can see, this inspector was a man of the utmost humanity and altogether worthy of the philanthropic office with which he had been entrusted.

Alexandre Dumas throwing some shade!

rockpools Ha! 2y
DGRachel 💙💙 2y
BrownGirlReading All the time throwing shade!❤️ 2y
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Crampton Hodnet | Barbara Pym
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1. I do. I‘m not exactly proud of it but I always notice things like fonts and artwork. If it doesn‘t work visually it does influence me a bit.
2. Tagged
3. Digital versions of NY Times, CNN, Wash Post
4. Snooze!!
5. @Kaddele if you‘d like!

@4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads
#friyayintro

Megabooks I read the same news sources! 👍🏻 2y
AlaMich @Megabooks I forgot to mention NPR also. And periodically I fall down a news podcast rabbit hole, too. 😅 2y
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Halfway through my first Barbara Pym, I lost my mind and had to have the Virago editions of all her books. I ordered them from Abebooks and received a Virago large print for one of the titles! Why don‘t they understand that they all have to be the same?! 🙁
#bookwormproblems #firstworldproblems

saresmoore Mmm, lovely! I‘m reading Some Tame Gazelle right now; recently finished A Glass of Blessings. Love them all, so far! 2y
Geenie 😍💖 2y
AlaMich @saresmoore What does Belinda see in the archdeacon anyway? 2y
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LeahBergen Wonderful! And yes, what is UP with that Archdeacon? 😆😆 @saresmoore 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen He‘s a crashing bore! 2y
LauraBrook I‘ll be reading my first Pym soon and I so feel this! 2y
saresmoore @LeahBergen @AlaMich Ahahaha! He‘s terrible, the most pathetic of narcissists! Unfortunately, I can relate to Belinda. 😆 2y
AlaMich @LauraBrook You‘re in for a treat! 😊 2y
sisilia 😍😍😍 What an awesome collection! I only have the tagged book with me, but am now tempted to collect the whole lot 🤪 7mo
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A new bookish podcast that may be of interest...Marlon and Jake Read Dead People. It‘s Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and Jake Morrissey, James‘ editor. They only discuss books by deceased authors, which gives them freedom to be, often hilariously, brutal in their opinions.
#podcasts #bookishpodcasts

TheBookStacker I love this podcast! 2y
Patchshank Thank you for sharing. It sounds really interesting. 2y
AlaMich @TheBookStacker So far, my favorite is their Literary Grudge Match episode (Trollope vs Dickens) 😆 2y
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“After all, you both love the Archdeacon,” Harriet had explained, and Belinda supposed that it was true, though one could hardly admit it to oneself. Possibly, thought Belinda, I love him more than Agatha does, but my feeling may be the stronger for not having married him.”

Ya think?

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This was just a random pick from Hoopla while between books. I knew of Barbara Pym and had always intended to read her, and now I wish I gotten around to it sooner. This book is charming and just what I needed right now! #happyaccidents

LeahBergen Isn‘t it marvellous? 😍 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen It really is, although I would like to shake some sense into Belinda and tell her to stop pining after that jerk the archdeacon! 2y
Aimeesue Always makes me want cauliflower cheese. Well, kinda. 😂 2y
AlaMich @Aimeesue *snort* 😂 2y
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After about 15 years of being a member, I just discovered that my local YMCA has what amounts to a Little Free Library in the lounge. Volunteers of the public library stock it, or you can leave books at the front desk. How cool is that!! 😃

Leftcoastzen 😀👏👍 2y
Tamra Wow! 2y
LeahBergen Very cool! 👏🏻 2y
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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I‘m giving this a pick, but only for the audio version. Juliet Stevenson reads it and she is marvelous! Her ability to voice various characters to differentiate them and give them life is a wonder.
The book itself could have been shorter and meandered a bit, but listening to it, I didn‘t really mind.
#audiobooks

KarenUK Juliet Stevenson is the best audio narrator! I‘ll listen to anything she narrates! I‘ll have to try this one..... 👍 2y
AlaMich @KarenUK I will be scanning for her name when I look for future audiobooks. She could make a telephone directory sound fascinating! 2y
Moray_Reads I buy everything Juliet Stevenson narrates, even if it doesn't otherwise appeal. She's an absolute master of narration. I agree, the book itself could have been considerably shorter 2y
AlaMich @Moray_Reads Last night I googled all the books she has read. I will definitely be doing her Austens at some point, surely others as well. 2y
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I‘m about halfway through this. It‘s the first of three novellas that were combined to create The Gameshouse. I loved the premise: a casino on steroids in Venice where, if you are chosen, you compete with others to enter “the higher league.” But the story is told using an odd, omniscient narrator device in a style that gets very grating. And the writer thinks she is just a bit more of a wordsmith than she actually is. #kobo ⬇️

AlaMich Claire North is also the author of The Fifteen Lives of Harry August, though Claire North is actually a pen name. 2y
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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#audiowalking on the Northwestern University campus. Lake Michigan can kind of almost be seen in the distance.

Juliet Stevenson can read all the books, as far as I‘m concerned.

#newyearsday #2020

Tamra Isn‘t she fantastic?! (edited) 2y
AlaMich @Tamra She really is. 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful place ❤️ 2y
AlaMich @Cathythoughts Yes, it is a lovely campus. 😊 2y
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The Grammarians: A Novel | Cathleen Schine
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I just discovered this banana-pants-awesome sounding book on the NPR Book Concierge...how did I not know about it?!? Identical twins obsessed with language who find themselves holding opposing views on what language is and should be.

Butterfinger Interesting topic. 2y
LauraBeth This book sounds 🔥 2y
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This is a book I‘d buy for the cover alone! ❤️

#coverlove

Tamra Totally! 2y
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The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths
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My #libraryhaul of this afternoon. The tagged book is by the author of the Ruth Galloway series, which I have heard great things about. But the premise of this series sounds like fun.

Sace Oh wow! That *does* sound good! I'm off to see if any of my libraries has it. 2y
janeycanuck I really enjoyed the Zig Zag Girl. Hope you do, too! 2y
AlaMich @Sace She‘s already written four books in this new series. It certainly wins points for originality! 😊 2y
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I just can‘t.

#downwithmovietieins

Avanders 🤭😁 2y
lost.in.a.book 😂😂😂 2y
LeahBergen 😆😆 2y
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JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen Thank you! ☺️ 2y
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2y
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 2y
AlaMich @Aimeesue Whyyyyy do they have to ruin wonderful books with appalling tie-in covers?? 😩 2y
Sace I despise tie in covers 😡 2y
AlaMich @RestlessFickleBookHoarder So do I, but this one, with the giant face and trickling blood, is especially heinous. 2y
Sace The "smolder" is pretty annoying too ? 2y
LauraBeth 😹😹 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Lol! I did this once in high school over 30 years ago, but I was reading The Shining so the cover was creepy, not tacky, lol! 2y
AlaMich @Curiouser_and_curiouser I‘ve realized recently that I have a thing about photographs on book covers. I don‘t like them in general, but this one is egregiously bad! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @AlaMich I agree with you on this cover. Pink lined paper is an improvement 😉 2y
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