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Amiable

Joined May 2016

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis / A reader and tea lover in southeastern Connecticut
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Watergate: A New History by Garrett M. Graff
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This made me laugh out loud. I grew up in New England in the 1970s and ‘80s, and Carvel ice cream stores were everywhere. Cookiepuss and Fudgie the Whale cakes were a BIG DEAL. My husband is from Chicago and has never experienced Fudgie - in fact, he always sort of suspected I was making it up. Are there any other Fudgie the Whale fans out there? Anyone else remember Fudgie?

AmyG In New Jersey, we loved Carvel. The cakes had the chocolate crunchy middle. Every birthday had a Carvel cake. (edited) 2d
Amiable @AmyG Yes!! Loved the chocolate crunchy middle. 2d
DGRachel I grew up in Central Florida and I loved Fudgie the Whale. I begged for him every birthday! 😂 2d
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Aims42 I just know of Fudgie from “The Office” episode where Andy wants one for his birthday cake 😂 They look amazing, I wouldn‘t mind trying a piece 2d
Amiable @Aims42 OMG, I never saw that episode of “The Office”! I‘m going to have to find that and watch it. 😄 2d
Amiable @DGRachel It‘s odd that Fudgie made it to Florida and not Chicago! What a weird whale he was. 😀 (edited) 2d
keithmalek Yes. I grew up in NJ, so I know of Fudgie. Is Carvel only a Northeast thing? 1d
Amiable @keithmalek It was founded in New York, and I think for a long while it was a regional thing. I know there are some Carvel locations in other parts of the country, but I think the majority of them are still on the East Coast? Not totally sure. I still live in Connecticut and I haven‘t seen an actual Carvel store in years—the cakes are only available in the supermarkets. 1d
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Mehso-so

This book started off with promise, but I started to flag around 400 pages in. The storylines were uneven, and the ending was very abrupt. Plus it didn‘t appear as though the main character learned anything or grew as a person at all along the way—she was literally in the same life space after 661 pages. I wanted to like it. But … meh. That‘s all I can say. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella Did you read Pachinko? If yes, how did it compare in your opinion? 🤔 Pachinko is the only book I‘ve read from her so far. (edited) 2d
Amiable @Ruthiella Yes. I loved “Pachinko.” This one was her debut novel. And it shows. 2d
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New York City | David F. Marx
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In the NYT today: “What to say about New York? As both a place and an idea, it‘s too big to be summed up or even fully known. But that hasn‘t stopped countless writers from trying, often via fiction... the NYC novel has become its own literary category...“
Here's a list of the 25 most influential New York novels published between 1921 and 2021: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/22/t-magazine/new-york-city-novels-books.html?se...

TrishB @squirrelbrain will like this list 😁 5d
Amiable Here are the books, in case anyone can't access the NYT link: “Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee; “Rosemary‘s Baby” by Ira Levin; “Another Country” by James Baldwin; “Desperate Characters” by Paula Fox; “The Fortress of Solitude” by Jonathan Lethem; “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison; Manhattan Transfer” by John Dos Passos; “Passing” by Nella Larsen; “The Street” by Ann Petry; “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon... 5d
Amiable “The Golden Spur” by Dawn Powell; “Open City” by Teju Cole; “Brown Girl, Brownstones” by Paule Marshall; “Bright Lights, Big City” by Jay McInerney; “Speedboat” by Renata Adler; “The Flamethrowers” by Rachel Kushner; “Jazz” by Toni Morrison; “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow; “Someone” by Alice McDermott; “Underworld” by Don DeLillo; “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster; “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar; “Push” by Sapphire; “Watchmen” by Alan Moore .. 5d
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Amiable and “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh 5d
BarbaraBB Thanks so much! 5d
squirrelbrain Thanks for tagging me! @TrishB I‘ve only read two of these so best get on with it! 😁 5d
Liz_M Hunh, I've only read 17. Some of these I've not even heard of before. 5d
CarolynM Interesting list. I‘ve only read Ragtime☹️ Must try harder!😆 4d
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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I had high expectations for this book based on the rave reviews. When I first started reading, however, I thought it was a bit twee. It did get better, I‘m happy to report. But some of the stereotypes grated on my nerves. A pick for a breezy quick summer read, but I‘m not going to remember the plot in a few months. And the cat wasn‘t impressed. (Not that she ever is. 😀)
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen She is beautiful! 6d
Amiable @Leftcoastzen I have a soft spot for the black cats!
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Leftcoastzen Me too! 6d
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tracey38 Aww, I had hoped this would be a great book. It looks really cute. 6d
Amiable @tracey38 It‘s not bad! You should definitely read it if you think it looks appealing. 6d
CarolynM I‘m listening to the audio, and I have to say I agree it was disappointing start. But I‘m enjoying more now. 6d
BiblioLitten This fell below my expectations too. I enjoyed it while it lasted. 5d
tracey38 @Amiable It's on my radar if I see it. 5d
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A strong start that started to lose its way in the second half, IMO. However, the use of the second person was intriguing and effective. I gave it 3/5 stars (which means I liked it but I won‘t be giving it out for Christmas presents).

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I‘m conflicted. I love Towles and his previous works, and dove eagerly into this one. And it‘s well written. I‘m not a person who needs all the characters to be lovely humans. But I just disliked one specific character so much that it impacted my reading experience. Every time I came to a chapter with his POV, I put the book down and couldn‘t bear to pick it up again. It took me nearly 2 months to get through this. It should have taken me a week.

BittersweetBooks Curious to hear which character you‘re talking about? 1w
Amiable @BittersweetBooks Duchess. I detested the way he took advantage of and used the people around him.
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Aims42 @Amiable I agree, he‘s a slime ball for sure 👎🏼 I loved the other characters, but he was tough to connect with throughout the entire book for me also 1w
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Amiable @Aims42 I couldn‘t bear to read his chapters and see how he was going to screw over Emmett and Wooley next. It made me want to reach into the book and smack him. 1w
Aims42 @Amiable LOL, yesss! That‘s exactly how I felt too 🤣 Especially with Wooley ❤️ 1w
BittersweetBooks @Amiable ugh yes I agree! His chapters were always ominous and I‘d get a pit in my stomach. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Yes. There are lots of jobs for writers: journalism, editing, marketing, public relations, communications, HR, etc. Authors are writers who write books.

2. I‘ve been a writer for my entire professional career—at a newspaper, at a university and now at a hospital (where I write marketing and communications materials all day, every day). I‘m not an author. And I don‘t aspire to be one. I like being a reader. 🙂

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView I'm with.on being a reader not author. Thanks for playing! 2w
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Book Lovers | Victoria Connelly
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Saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh. Because it‘s SO TRUE. 😀

kspenmoll 😀 2w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
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A soft pick. This is a memoir by Ann Hood about her 8 years as a flight attendant after college, and how the experience changed her. It‘s just about the right length —any longer and I may have lost interest. But still a nostalgic look back at the airline industry before deregulation and the ghosts of now-defunct airlines such as TWA and Pan Am.

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Congratulations, Helen! Great job persevering to the end. (I agree with your assessment: the peace parts were better than the war parts, ;) )

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@squirrelbrain

Lcsmcat Congratulations @squirrelbrain ! That‘s a major accomplishment. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Wow Helen! 👏👏👏Well done! @squirrelbrain 2w
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Ruthiella Wow! Impressive @squirrelbrain 👍 2w
JamieArc Congrats @squirrelbrain That‘s quite an achievement! 2w
Nessavamusic Congratulations @squirrelbrain ! 2w
Bookwormjillk Congratulations @squirrelbrain 👏 2w
squirrelbrain Thanks for posting! @Amiable 2w
slategreyskies @squirrelbrain congrats!! 🙌✨ 2w
Mollyanna Congrats @squirrelbrain Woohoo! 🥳 2w
Megabooks Wtg Helen!! 🥳🥳🥳 @squirrelbrain 2w
MaureenMc Congratulations! 🎊 2w
Lindy @squirrelbrain well done, Helen! 🧁🎉🏆 2w
TheAromaofBooks Awesome work @squirrelbrain !!! That is one serious chunkster!!! 2w
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell
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Congratulations, Sarah! Super effort on plugging through for several months to complete this chunkster!

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@thearomaofbooks

Megabooks Congratulations Sarah!! 🥳🥳 3w
Lindy Well done, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks 3w
AmyG Congrats! What a wonderful chunkster to read! 🎉 3w
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BookNAround Congratulations Sarah! 3w
slategreyskies Congrats, Sarah!! 🙌✨ 3w
squirrelbrain Congratulations Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Mollyanna Congrats Sarah! Awesome job! 🎉🎉🎉 @TheAromaofBooks 3w
Lcsmcat Congratulations!!! 3w
Ash.on.the.line Awesome! This one is hefty no matter what edition you get 😂 3w
MaureenMc Woot! 🙌 3w
Bookwormjillk Woo hoo 👏👏👏 3w
Kelly326 Nice! One of my favorites! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Well done!! @TheAromaofBooks 👏👏🙂 (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks @squirrelbrain @Mollyanna @Nessavamusic @Lcsmcat @Ash.on.the.line @MaureenMc @Bookwormjillk @Kelly326 @CoverToCoverGirl - Thank you so much!!! I've never read a book where I couldn't stand the main character and yet still wanted everything to work out for her! 😂 3w
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At 12, Amy McGrath decided to become a Marine F/A-18 pilot — even though women weren‘t allowed to serve in combat roles at the time. She worked hard to achieve her dream, including going through Navy flight school TWICE (once as a “back-seater” and again as a pilot). In 2020 she had another dream: Run for Senate against Mitch McConnell. She didn‘t win, sadly. Our country would be a better place if she had.

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Megabooks I had the pleasure of voting for her. I just wish more people had. 3w
Amiable @Megabooks She really seems like an awesome candidate — intelligent, principled, honest. Not sure why anyone would pick McConnell instead. 🤮 3w
Megabooks Same. I really hate that he‘s my representative. 3w
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Seriously, why isn‘t this a thing??

Kappadeemom I love it!! 3w
Seekingtardis Yes please!! 3w
JenReadsAlot I'm in! 3w
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Amiable @Kappadeemom @Seekingtardis @JenReadsAlot It can be a reality show, and we can all be on! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I would definitely watch that! 3w
LiteraryinLawrence I would watch for sure! 3w
LeahBergen 👏👏 3w
Smrloomis Oooh I would watch this too! 3w
Kayla.Adriena It needs a host and NOT Reese Witherspoon 😆🙈. Someone funny like Samantha Irby or Blake Lively 🤔 3w
Sharpeipup We should film it ourselves… Reading Road Tour! 3w
Ruthiella Totally would watch that! 👍 3w
BkClubCare Do it!! How fun. 3w
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@GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Another one to add to future #ChunksterChallenge lists! It‘s 900+ pages.

bookishdawg Massie is a wonderful writer 👍🏻 3w
Amiable @bookishdawg That‘s good to hear—especially when you have 900 pages to get through. 😀 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for sharing and helping me grow my TBR list. 🦋🙂 3w
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Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Always happy to share the Chunkster love! 😀 3w
KCofKaysville @Amiable Loved this book many years ago. Taught me quite a bit of Russian history 3w
Amiable @KCofKaysville Excellent! It‘s on my list for a future Chunkster Challenge. 👍🏼 3w
GinaKButler Ohh...I‘ve read Nicholas and Alexandria by him. It was fantastic! 3w
GinaKButler ...and, I was recently telling @Kelly326 that I‘d like to read more about Catherine the Great. Looks like he has a biography about her as well. 3w
Amiable @GinaKButler It looks like “Nicholas and Alexandra” is #3 in the series —I‘m going to have to read them in order! I‘m OCD like that. 😬😀 (edited) 3w
Kelly326 Nice… next year @GinaKButler. 3w
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#Accurate 🙄😬😀

Amiable I should amend to say “Accurate unless you are @LeahBergen “ 😀 3w
DaveGreen7777 It‘s funny ‘cause it‘s true! 🤣🤣🤣 3w
Amiable @DaveGreen7777 Right?? 😄 3w
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I *must* use a specially chosen bookmark. It‘s a sickness. 🤣🤣 3w
tjwill I‘ve used absolutely all of those, but I do prefer to use my fun bookmarks. 3w
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I just finished this book, and now I‘m sad. It‘s the last book in Mary Lawson‘s backlist and now I have to wait (years? Decades?) for her to write another one. Each book has been a tremendous reading experience and I urge everyone I know to read them all. (But do it slowly, to delay the inevitable sadness that you‘ll feel when you too get to the end.)

Tamra I know! ❤️ 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Such a great review! I haven‘t read anything by her yet but I have this one on my shelf 3w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl That was the first one of hers that I read, too! Then I immediately went to the library to find her previous 3 novels. 3w
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Amiable @Tamra This one might be my favorite! I can‘t decide. But what an emotional gut punch—wow. 🥺 3w
jlhammar I can't wait to read more Lawson. A Town Called Solace was so good! I just wasn't sure which one I should try next. I know I want to read them all eventually so maybe I should just order all three. 3w
Amiable @jlhammar “Crow Lake” was her first book —that‘s what I picked up after reading “Solace.” 3w
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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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I‘m embarrassed to admit that I was woefully unaware of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. This book educated me about events and people I probably should have known. Thanks to #AuthoraMonth for pushing me to read it!

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Mehso-so

As a longtime amateur genealogist, I wanted to love this book. Alas, I did not. It did have some interesting parts, but they were interspersed with long dry stretches that dragged. It was a bit of a struggle for me to finish it.

Megabooks I couldn‘t get into this and bailed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
Amiable @Megabooks I was so excited about it when it came out. I should have waited to see more reviews before buying it. Ugh. 3w
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A reporter by trade, the author took on a series of low-wage service jobs: an Amazon warehouse, an AT&T call center and McDonald‘s. Her account of her experience is interspersed with commentary on the sociological, physical and emotional implications of such jobs. Throughout, the author kept herself going by reminding herself that “I can leave.” So many of those who work in these jobs can‘t. Excellent read.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m an Escapee

Megabooks This is one of my all time favorite NF books. 1mo
Amiable @Megabooks Everyone should read this one! 1mo
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Visited The Morgan Library in NYC today. It was the library of J. Pierpont Morgan and includes illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. To this core collection, he added the earliest evidence of writing as manifested in ancient seals, tablets, and papyrus fragments from Egypt and the Near East. Morgan also collected manuscripts and printed materials significant to American history.

LeahBergen I LOVE The Morgan Library! ❤️❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow 🤩 1mo
Amiable @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it spectacular? 😍 1mo
CarolynM Isn‘t it fabulous? Thanks for bringing back some happy memories😀 4w
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192 Books | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Whenever we‘re in New York City, I usually make a pilgrimage to the Strand Bookstore. Today, however, my husband, son and I discovered 192 Books, an adorable independent bookstore on Tenth Avenue at 21st Street. It‘s small but has a surprisingly wide selection.

4thhouseontheleft Adding that to my NYC bookstore list for my next visit! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Looks great! 1mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I‘m going to make my way through this list! https://newyorksimply.com/best-bookstores-new-york-city/ (edited) 1mo
Liz_M That list is tragically missing the tagged store. And a couple of other good Brooklyn bookstores. 1mo
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Celebrations | Delicious Magazine
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Six years? Time flies when you‘re reading with friends. Thanks, everyone! ❤️

Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 1mo
Kdgordon88 Happy Litsyversary 🎉 1mo
julesG Happy Litsyversary! 1mo
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batsy Happy Litsyversary! 📚🎉 1mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🍾🥂👏 1mo
Simona Yay for Litsyversary 🥂🍾 1mo
TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary!🥳 1mo
Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 1mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊🥳📖 1mo
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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Mehso-so

Admittedly, as a 55-year-old woman who doesn‘t drink or smoke and has never taken any drug stronger than an epidural (and gave birth once without even that), I am likely not the target audience for this essay collection that does a deep dive into Rogen‘s fondness for using various drugs. A few of the essays were amusing. This might have been better on audio in Rogen‘s own voice. In the end, my review: “Meh.”

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Sinner

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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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This started with a laugh and I was amused for 100 pages. It bogged down in the middle and I wondered what all the fuss was about. The last 70 pages were a rush and left me in tears by the end. That‘s a roller coaster ride of emotions to pack into only 320 pages.

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Nicolas Cage: The Unauthorized Biography | Ian Markham-Smith, Liz Hodgson
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Currently bouncing back and forth between a nonfiction book of essays (“Yearbook” by Seth Rogen) and a work of fiction (“Hell of a Book” by Jason Mott) —and within minutes I find a reference to Nicolas Cage in both of them. Odd coincidence? Some urgent message from the universe that I need to decode? 🤷🏻‍♀️

AlaMich I think he‘s sort of having a moment right now. I feel like I‘ve been seeing him more lately. 1mo
Ruthiella I think you need to see a Nic Cage movie STAT! 😂 Check your local listings. 1mo
Megabooks I love coincidences like that! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I love when this happens! I had two books that both mentioned Old Spice that I read one day apart one time. So random! 1mo
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When you go to the library to pick up the one book you had on hold and you come home with five. 🤭

Ruthiella Oopsie Whoopsie! 🙊 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, such a shame! 🤣 1mo
kspenmoll Just like the test of us! 1mo
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Nute That‘s the way to do it! 1mo
BarbaraJean Yep! It‘s nearly impossible for me to check out just one book from the library—I‘ve taken to having my husband pick up my holds if I really need to keep my library pile down! 1mo
Amiable @Ruthiella @Ruthiella @kspenmoll @Nute Now I just have to finish them all before they‘re due! 😀 1mo
Amiable @BarbaraJean I hear you! I‘ve been trying to borrow e-books through my library‘s Libby app—that way I just get the one I want and get out. It‘s harder to browse that way! But this one was only available in print. So I went crazy in the stacks. 😀 1mo
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Way to go, Caroline! I love that you used Serial Reader to help you conquer this chunkster. Well done! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@Caroline2

Megabooks Wow!! 🤯 congratulations! 1mo
Caroline2 Thanks! 😃 I‘m not gonna lie, it was a slog!!! Defo not my favourite Chunkster. I‘m reading The Sunne in Splendour now which is my other chunkster challenge. Luckily, it‘s really good! 😉 👍 1mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏 1mo
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rubyslippersreads @Caroline2 The Sunne in Splendour has been on my TBR forever. 1mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Caroline2 ! 1mo
JamieArc Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Kimzey Congratulations on finishing the chunkster! 🎉 1mo
Mollyanna Congrats @Caroline2 🥳🎉🥳 1mo
Lindy Congratulations, @Caroline2 ! I quite enjoyed the Sunne in Splendour and I hope you do too. 1mo
KristiAhlers Congratulations! I love that story. That one and Les Miserables 1mo
Bookwormjillk So impressed! Way to go @Caroline2 1mo
MaureenMc Impressive! 👏 1mo
Nute Excellent!🙌🏽 1mo
Texreader Amazing!! Way to go! 1mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
AmyG Wow! 🎉🙌🏻👊🏻 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done!👏 Congratulations! 1mo
slategreyskies Wow!! Congrats, Caroline!! 👏👏👏 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace I just saw that a reader/reviewer I follow on Goodreads is currently going through this tagged collection (different edition, or 2 different editions). 21.000+ pages 1mo
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A mom with anxiety disorder writes about her young son, who awakes one day in distress. The dash to the ER kicks off a search to solve the genetic mystery of his illness. In the process, she and her husband undergo testing — that reveals an unexpected and deadly genetic surprise of her own. In searching for answers for her son, her own life was saved. For this, she considers him her guardian angel.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m an Angel
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I legitimately laughed out loud at this line from the memoir I‘m reading. When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I used to tell people that there were three of us making this baby: me, Ben and Jerry. 😄 My husband and I jokingly considered naming him Benjamin to commemorate the experience. 😀

kspenmoll 😂😂 1mo
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City on Fire: A Novel | Don Winslow
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Sharing a laugh with author Don Winslow after a thought-provoking Q&A session and reading from his new book in Westerly, Rhode Island. This is his final book tour! He‘s retiring to concentrate his efforts on being an advocate and activist for democracy.

EvieBee Nice! Lovely photos too! 1mo
Amiable @EvieBee Thanks! It was a great event. 1mo
Cinfhen Wonderful 1mo
kspenmoll Looks like such a good time! 1mo
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Will | Will Smith
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Not sure how I feel about WHAT I read or how to fit any of it into the context of the now-infamous Oscar slap. And I‘m skeptical of Will Smith‘s take on some events because it differs from the public record. I feel sorry for Jada—it can‘t be easy navigating his giant ego. I don‘t like Will Smith any better for getting through this. But I have to say it was a helluva read. I couldn‘t put it down.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Rule Breaker

Cinfhen Great review!!! #ScorchedEarth 😉I really loved the audio but after the slap incident I wonder how I‘d feel now about the book 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Amiable @Cinfhen Early in the book he talks about the time he discovered his high school girlfriend had cheated on him, and he trashes her mom‘s house on his way out. His quote: “I knew I had to do something violent to punctuate my departure.” That made me cringe. 1mo
HOTPock3tt I enjoyed this book too. I read it before the slap… I wonder how I would feel too afterwards 1mo
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squirrelbrain Great review! I was more than halfway through this at the time of ‘the slap‘ and I nearly bailed. It was really interesting to put it into a different context. 1mo
Amiable @squirrelbrain @HOTPock3tt I almost canceled my library hold on it after the Oscars, but decided to give it a go anyway. (edited) 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great review! Was never a fan of him or his movies. He actions clearly speak volumes and volumes to his character. 1mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl I do love the first “Men in Black” movie, although that has nothing to do with Will Smith and everything to do with Tommy Lee Jones! 😀 1mo
BeaG I loved this one. The audiobook was excellent. 1mo
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Leftcoastzen 👏😄 1mo
AlaMich 😂 Richard Scarry‘s are the first books I remember from childhood. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved the Richard Scarry books when I was a kid! I still have them, somewhere up in our attic. 1mo
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vivastory 😂 😂 1mo
Tamra 👌🏾 1mo
kspenmoll Love Richard Scarry. Always a big hit in a preschool i worked in. 1mo
batsy The accuracy 😂 1mo
BookBabe 😂 I loved these books as a child! Thanks for reminding me, so I can share them with my little daughter! 1mo
Amiable @BookBabe My sons loved them when they were kids, too. 🙂 1mo
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Will | Will Smith
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I mean, everyone brings two hardcovers and a fully stocked iPad with them to wait for service at the car dealership, right? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Lindy Of course 1mo
Kimbono YES! 1mo
BarbaraBB 🤣 1mo
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Tamra Be prepared! 1mo
EvieBee Always! 😉🤣 1mo
MoonWitch94 Yes. Absolutely yes. #bookwormproblems 1mo
ncsufoxes I‘m going to be curious to see what you think about Hell of a Book & Ancestor Trouble. They are both sitting in my to buy cart. They both sound good but I have too many to read right now. But always good to have future prospects lined up 1mo
Amiable @ncsufoxes I‘m about 100 pages into “Hell of a Book” and thoroughly enjoying it. About 140 pages into “Ancestor Trouble” and finding it a bit of a slog. Not enough that I won‘t finish it, but I‘m not in a huge hurry to pick it back up every time I put it down. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Suet624 Hell of a book was great! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl ✔️✔️✔️🙂 1mo
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A day late with this, which shows what kind of week it‘s been. Ugh. 😖

🌸Meditation, yoga, and making a concerted effort to engage in activities and with people who lift me up. And saying no to the things and people who do not.
🌸Took today off from work— just because I needed a break. Going to spend it reading with a pot of tea. 📚🫖

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 BOTH are excellent things!! Not always easy but so important. Thanks for playing 🌸📖☺️ 1mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Confession: I am not a huge Ann Patchett fan. All of the books I‘ve read by her have been 3-star reads for me. Bel Canto, Commonwealth, State of Wonder—all were ok, I liked but didn‘t love them, and I barely remember the plots. But this one? I tore through it in 2 days. I was fully invested in the characters and the plot and the setting. Great read. 👍🏼👍🏼

Cathythoughts I agree ! My fave I‘ve read of hers 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
thebluestocking I love love love this book! 2mo
Tamra I think I‘ve only read this one - it was on audio. 2mo
Amiable @Tamra I don‘t listen to very many audiobooks (my mind wanders) but Tom Hanks as narrator for this one intrigues me! 2mo
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The Last Letter Home | Gustaf Lannestock, Vilhelm Moberg
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Just finished this 4-book historical fiction series about the Swedish immigrant experience to the U.S. If you have ancestors who came to America from Sweden in the mid-1800s and settled in the upper Midwest, this is their story. And it‘s an absorbing one. The author did a great deal of research to make sure the details are historically accurate. Definitely recommend.

EvieBee This sounds great! I‘m a fan of Cather‘s immigrant trilogy so this sounds fab. 2mo
Amiable @EvieBee My great-grandparents came from Sweden in the 1920s and settled near NYC, so their experience was different. But my husband's ancestors followed the actual path depicted in the books -- same time period, made their ways to Minnesota to carve out farmland, etc. It felt like I was reading a diary of his family! Very good. (edited) 2mo
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Fascinating exploration of street addresses and what they reveal about race, wealth, class and power. The author takes you on a journey around the world and throughout history to illuminate the complex and hidden stories behind the names of streets. Way more interesting than you think a book about addresses would be! 🙂

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m Adventurous
BINGO x3

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds very interesting 2mo
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Amen! 🙌🏼

Karisa 💯% 👏👏👏 2mo
CarolynM Preach! 2mo
Ddzmini Exactly 👀😳🤗 2mo
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My Birthday | Anita Slegers
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Today is my birthday, so of course I‘m spending it in my favorite place: a bookstore! Special shout-out to my birthday twin, Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her 96th birthday today. Looking good, Lizzie!

CBee Happy happy birthday ♥️🌷 2mo
DogMomIrene 🥳 Happy birthday! I hope you bought that terrible 50s sign! I totally relate to that one. Probably my husband too🙄 2mo
Beatlefan129 Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎁 2mo
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xicanti Happy birthday! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 🎈 🎁 2mo
Eyelit Happy birthday! 🎉 2mo
BookNAround Happy birthday! I‘m in my terrible 50s too. 😂 2mo
AmyG Happy Birthday! To you and the Queen. 🎂 2mo
HeathHof Happy Birthday 🥳 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Happy birthday! 🎈 (edited) 2mo
mom2bugnbee Happy Birthday! I share a birthday with Prince William, so we're both connected to royalty! 😂 Hope you had a great day. 2mo
Booksarelifeaddict Happy Birthday 🎁🎉🎈🎊🎂 2mo
Amiable @DogMomIrene @BookNAround I feel like I‘m at the age where I should probably come with a warning label. 😀 2mo
Amiable @mom2bugnbee I‘m still kind of miffed that I didn‘t get an invite to any of the royal weddings! Being birthday twins with the Queen and all. 🤷🏻‍♀️😀 2mo
Hooked_on_books Happy Birthday! Looks like it was fun. I love the card! 😆 2mo
kspenmoll Happy Birthday! You look lime you are having such fun celebrating!🌷🌼🎂🧁🎁🎈🎊🎉 2mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉 📚🎉 2mo
MoonWitch94 Happy Birthday!!!!! 🥳📚🥳📚 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
marleed Happy Birthday!! 2mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 💜🥳 2mo
CarolynM Great photos😍 Looks like it was a fun day. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🎈📚 2mo
LeahBergen I love the pic of you and Liz! 😆😆 2mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎉💐🎂📚 2mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🥳 2mo
Amiable @LeahBergen She looks pretty good for 96, doesn‘t she? 😀 2mo
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I mean, everyone who gets a birthday coupon from Barnes & Noble immediately goes out and buys a book about horrible diseases with it, right?

KristiAhlers Seems like a solid choice to me 🤣 2mo
AmyG You are a glutton for punishment….says all hypochondriacs. 2mo
EvieBee Always. 2mo
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Amiable @KristiAhlers @AmyG @EvieBee I have a weird fascination with epidemiology. My husband refers to my reading selections as my “Disease of the Month Book Club.” 😀 2mo
EvieBee Lol! They‘re fascinating! Have you by chance read this one? 2mo
Amiable @EvieBee I have not but I LOVE THE LOOKS OF IT! Thanks for the heads up! Stacking right now.
FYI, I work at a hospital and part of my job is to write patient education documents, so that's why I'm fascinated by this stuff. I'm not really a hypochondriac or a complete weirdo. ;)
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EvieBee @Amiable LOL! I love mysteries of all kinds even medical ones. 2mo
KristiAhlers @Amiable hey nothing wrong with that. I‘m not allowed to read those kinda books or visit webMD as I‘ll have all the diseases according to the hubby 🤣 2mo
Amiable @KristiAhlers Ha! He‘s not wrong —WebMD is a dangerous place! 😀 2mo
RamsFan1963 I've read this, it was extremely entertaining and also rather gross at times 2mo
Amiable @RamsFan1963 The photos might be a bit much! 😬 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
Amiable @LeahBergen Thanks! 🙂 2mo
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Yay, Karen! I'm so happy that you chose this for your chunkster reads -- it's one of the best chunksters of all time! Well done.

#ChunksterChallenge2022
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squirrelbrain Congratulations! @texreader 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Texreader ! 🥂👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
slategreyskies Way to go, Karen!! Congrats!!!! 🙌✨ 3mo
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Alfoster Woohoo!👍👊 3mo
AmyG Hooray Karen! 🎉 3mo
Kelly326 Congrats! I read Roots last year and loved it! 3mo
Butterfinger Congratulations Karen. I'm not getting tagged. I remember writing my goals for Chernow's Grant. It is totally possible I dreamed it. I'm currently reading Ulysses. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 3mo
Texreader Thank you!! 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Such a great book! Well done @Texreader 🎊👏🎉 (edited) 3mo
MaureenMc Woot! 🙌 3mo
GinaKButler @Texreader I loved this book so much! Congrats! 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Texreader !! 3mo
Amiable @Butterfinger Oops, so sorry —I have to manually tag the list each time, and I must have missed you at one point! I‘ll add you again. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! @texreader fabulous progress!!! 3mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @Texreader Nicely done. I am sad to admit that I never read this though I loved the miniseries. Maybe this will be my chunkster for 2023. 3mo
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Our Ancestors | Italo Calvino
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Pretty sure that‘s probably one of my great-grandpas. 😀

AmyG Ha! Looks like we‘re related. 😂 (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
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mcctrish This is awesome 3mo
CarolynM Love it🤣 3mo
batsy Omg 🤣 3mo
Nute So funny! He‘s my kind of Norseman.😆 3mo
BiblioLitten 🤣🤣 2mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Great job sticking it out to the end, Linda! That's how we wrestle a chunkster to the ground in the Chunkster Challenge Crew. :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
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rockpools 🎉😊📚🎉 - Congratulations @Lcsmcat ! 3mo
mandarchy Din Quixote! That's such a good one. 3mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 3mo
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AmyG Wow! Congrats!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Well done @Lcsmcat ! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
slategreyskies Way to go, Linda!! High five! 🙌 ✨ 3mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉 3mo
Lcsmcat @mandarchy There we‘re certainly parts that I loved, but I don‘t think I‘ll reread it any time soon. 😂 3mo
Mollyanna Congrats @Lcsmcat Nicely done! 🥳🎉🥳 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! @Lcsmcat 👏😁 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations @Lcsmcat !! 🥳🥳 3mo
Smarkies Well done @Lcsmcat ! A book I have been looking to tackle. Which translation did you read? 3mo
Amiable @Smarkies I think she said it was the Grossman translation on Kindle… 3mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous progress @Lcsmcat !!! I've had this one on my shelf foreverrrr 3mo
Lcsmcat @Smarkies Thanks. I read the Edith Grossman translation. 3mo
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Stuff Every Tea Lover Should Know | Candace Rose Rardon
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I gave my husband a 6-month subscription to a coffee club for Christmas. On a whim I signed myself up for their tea club. So now every month I get a box with two teas from the featured country. The box also includes postcards and fact sheets with details about the tea industry in the specific country. I might be even more thrilled about the cards than I am for the tea itself! 😀

LeahBergen That sounds lovely! 🫖 3mo
DivineDiana I love this! ☕️ 2mo
Amiable @DivineDiana @LeahBergen It‘s been really fun to learn about different teas! 2mo
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The Steal | Mark Bowden
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An account of the 9 weeks between the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with portraits of many of the people who blocked the attempts of the former president and his administration to overturn the will of the voters. It‘s frightening to see how close we came to experiencing an actual coup in this country. God bless the brave folks who held firm.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Criminal

CoverToCoverGirl Agreed! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking! Sounds like a very important read at the moment! 3mo
Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s just under 300 pages, so you can read it quickly if you have the stomach for it . 😖 3mo
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Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Want to hear a scary story? Whoever uploaded this book into the StoryGraph database tagged it as “fiction.” I had to submit a request ticket to get it retagged correctly as nonfiction. 😖 (edited) 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable people are really crazy 3mo
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After Amy Bloom‘s husband Brian was diagnosed with Alzheimer‘s at the age of 66, he made the decision to “die on his feet, not live on his knees.” This is the account of how Amy helped Brian achieve his wish to end his life with dignity and grace through accompanied suicide with Dignitas. It‘s lovely and poignant and sad and also very funny. An excellent read.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Lover

BINGO x2

SRWCF Wow. Heavy. 3mo
melissajayne She was recently on Just the Right Book talking about the book. 3mo
Amiable @melissajayne I‘m not surprised—she lives in Stony Creek, which is about 10 miles from RJ Julia‘s (the bookstore that Roxanne Coady, the host of that podcast) owns. 3mo
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CarolynM I love Amy Bloom's books. I hadn't heard about this one. Stacked🙂 3mo
Amiable @CarolynM I think it just came out this month? It‘s a slim book, but it packs a big punch to the heart. 3mo
kspenmoll This book sounds wonderful- thanks for the review💛 3mo
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A deep dive into the dysfunctional corporate culture that led to the crashes of several Boeing 737 MAX airplanes a few years ago. Selected for this prompt because it demonstrates that just because a group of smarty-pants rocket scientists are involved it doesn‘t guarantee intelligent decisions will be made.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Brain

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An account of how the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting became a foundational story for false conspiracy narratives in the U.S. It details the harassment the grieving families were subjected to after the tragedy— directly fueled by Alex Jones and “Infowars.” It draws a direct line from Sandy Hook to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by those who insisted the 2020 election was “stolen.” Gripping and powerful read.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: FREE

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking…. 3mo
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Hmm. I‘m going to go with: 1, because it combines two things I love —books and travel; and 4, because it would come in handy when I‘m reading nonfiction.
How about you guys?

brittanybooks 3 and 6 for sure! 3mo
KateReadsYA 4 and 8 🙂 3mo
BookDadGirlDad I'm with @brittanybooks. 3 and 6 (maybe 8 if 6 was my net income) 3mo
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MicrobeMom It is a #2 and #3 for me! (edited) 3mo
DogMomIrene 1 and 6 🤓 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly 1 and 6! @DogMomIrene twins!!! 😄 3mo
DogMomIrene @Clare-Dragonfly 👏🏼It‘s a winning combo. Write a best seller and then travel to all the book stores to meet readers 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hmm. Definitely 2 and then I think 8! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence What do you think @BennettBookworm ? 3mo
Kdgordon88 1 and 2, I think 3mo
BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLawrence yes I think 2 and 6! 3mo
youneverarrived 2 & 8 for me 3mo
Ddzmini 1 & 4 and if not those two 3 & 8 would work 🤗📖🤨 3mo
UwannaPublishme I‘d probably opt for #1 and #7. But if I‘m traveling to all those bookstores, I‘ll definitely need #2. 😆 3mo
Amiable @brittanybooks @KateReadsYA @BookDadGirlDad @MicrobeMom @DogMomIrene @Clare-Dragonfly @LiteraryinLawrence @Kdgordon88 @BennettBookworm @youneverarrived @Ddzmini @UwannaPublishme I think it‘s fascinating that none of us picked 5! Which two authors would you pick to bring back? I might pick John Steinbeck. And possibly Sue Grafton, because it drives me crazy that she didn‘t finish the alphabet! (edited) 3mo
DogMomIrene #5 is scary🧟but I see the appeal of Sue Grafton. I haven‘t read those books, but I‘ve got the OCDs😉 3mo
Kdgordon88 Sue Grafton is an excellent choice! Jane Austen would be my second pick. 3mo
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ALYSHIA!! How did you know that I have the exact plant to match these bookmarks?? 😄 Thank you!

@monalyisha
#NYWD22

Texreader Wow. That‘s so cool! 🌱 3mo
Wife Sprouts are the best! 🌱 3mo
readordierachel How cute! 3mo
monalyisha Ha! Call it Bibliophile's Intuition... 😉 3mo
BooknerdsLife OMG This is so cute! 😃🍀 3mo
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