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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 Connecticut
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Table For Two | Amor Towles
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I‘m not normally a fan of short stories—just when I get into the plot, it‘s over. But I enjoyed this collection from Towles. I read a different one every day instead of trying to plow straight through. He does a wonderful job of character building. My favorite story was the novella titled “Eve in Hollywood.” I could definitely go for more Evelyn Ross.

vivastory If you haven't yet read “Gentleman In Moscow“ do you think it's ok to go ahead & read this one? 1w
Amiable @vivastory I‘d say yes. I don‘t think there are any storylines that continue from “Gentleman.” The Evelyn Ross character is from “Rules of Civility.” And honestly, I read that so long ago that I don‘t even remember the plot, anyway. It didn‘t detract from my enjoyment of the novella. 1w
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I couldn‘t choose just one NONFICTION for May —so I picked two! The tagged book for the May slot, and “The Wide Wide Sea” for the wildcard bonus slot. Which also advances to the quarterfinals by taking out the April winner. This bracket may be the most interesting race of the year!

#2024ReadingBrackets

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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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I think I forgot to post my brackets for April. Oops! And I‘m late with May. Oh, well. Here‘s where my FICTION bracket stands currently. I‘ve got a few good contenders for June already!

#2024ReadingBrackets

CBee I‘m excited that you liked Bright Young Women! I thought it was really well done. 2w
Amiable @CBee It kind of gave me nightmares, though! Since I knew it was based on real life. I remember going through a true-crime phase in my 20s where I read about serial killers all the time. I don't know what I was thinking. I'd have to sleep with the lights on if I regularly read that stuff now! 😳 (edited) 2w
CBee @Amiable we are so similar - I was the same and even wrote a research paper on serial killers for an abnormal psychology class! But now, it‘s harder for me to read about those things. 2w
Amiable @CBee I think we gain more empathy and understanding as we get older because now we know what heartbreak and tragedy feel like. So we can put ourselves in the shoes of the victims and their families. It‘s not abstract “entertainment” thrills anymore. (edited) 2w
CBee @Amiable well said 💯👍🏻 2w
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Great read. It sucked me in on page 1. My only complaint would be that the ending felt rushed. Now I‘m off to get a copy of “Huck Finn” for a (long overdue) re-read.

JLaurenceCohen That's interesting about the ending because most people complain that the ending of Huck Finn is too drawn out 2w
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I Love the 80s | Megan Crane
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Doing this now because I‘ll be traveling tomorrow! #TLT

75/100–and I left off a few that I think maybe I saw but I wasn‘t totally sure? The ‘80s were my decade: high school and college years!

Three faves:
1. Airplane: “I am serious, and don‘t call me Shirley.”
2. Footloose: I had the soundtrack and played it in my car All. The. Time. 😀
3. Good Morning, Vietnam! I mean, ROBIN WILLIAMS. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella OMG. Airplane! On bad days I often quote, “I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue”. 😆 2w
Amiable @Ruthiella It‘s the best! 😄 2w
willaful Surely you can't be serious! 2w
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dabbe We must be close to the same age, m'dear! HS and college = the 80s! 🤩🤩🤩 #1: 😂 #2: soundtrack meaning cassette or 8-track? 😂😂😂 #3: Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Morning, Vietnam! 🤩 Thanks for sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Amiable @dabbe Ha ha! Cassette in the car, but my sister and I did have an 8-track player in our bedroom! 😄 And also, I can‘t even look at the title of “Good Morning, Vietnam” without hearing it that way in my head. 😀 2w
dabbe @Amiable And I've been hearing it all day yesterday and today! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Real Americans | Rachel Khong
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I‘m not totally sure what I just read. Individually, I enjoyed the stories of Lily, Nick and May and how they each navigated their ways in the world. But the big reveal involving science and genetics left me scratching my head. And the decisions made by several characters seemed contrary to their natures. I was left feeling confused, unsatisfied and wanting more.

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Thanks for the tag, @Read4life !

Three college friends and I just got tickets to see Billy Joel and Rod Stewart in September! We‘re all road tripping from both coasts to meet up in Cleveland. 🙂 The best part? My friends haven‘t seen each other since college — 35 years ago! 😳

#WhatsNewWednesday

Suet624 Fantastic! 3w
booksellerbooster Amazing! 3w
KadaGul Amazing 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Ruthiella Wow! Sounds like fun! 🤩 3w
Read4life That‘s awesome! 🤓🤓🤓 3w
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It‘s history, so you think you already know how the story goes. But Hampton Sides somehow always manages to imbue his nonfiction accounts with suspense and a propulsive narrative that reads like a thriller. This details the third and final voyage of Capt. James Cook, which ended with his death in Hawaii in 1778. What precipitated that violent and tragic encounter on the beach? I couldn‘t put it down.

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Real Americans | Rachel Khong
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When you‘re reading your current book and suddenly stumble across the place where you work! 🤯

I had to look up the author‘s bio—yep, she went to Yale. Of course. Lots of references to New Haven locations in here.

Aims42 That‘s so fun! Like a little Easter egg just for you 🥰 Whenever a book mentions towns in Iowa I smile and my mental rating for it always goes up half a star lol 4w
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Me: “I‘m going to relax and read a book and not think about work.”
The book: 🤗

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Aims42 @Amiable 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3w
Jerdencon Love when things like that happen! 2w
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When your boss messages and says, “log off at 2 pm and enjoy the holiday weekend!” And by 2:05 you are on the back patio with a book and a cold drink basking in the glorious 79-degrees-with-no-humidity weather. 🥰

LeahBergen Perfect! 1mo
sarahbarnes The best kind of message! 1mo
Aimeesue Nice! 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Yay! 1mo
MallenNC Great way to start a long weekend! 1mo
BarbaraBB Perfect!! 1mo
Velvetfur I wish we had that weather right now in England! Enjoy 😁 1mo
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 1mo
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Oh, how I love it when a box of books arrives in my mailbox. 😍

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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Are there a few style issues with this book? Yes. But I appreciate the angle taken, one that focuses on the WOMEN —those who were victimized by The Defendant, those who survived and those who didn‘t. Their stories always deserve to be told, but too often are not. Why is it that things a woman sees and experiences with her own eyes are dismissed as less relevant than something a man says or believes? It‘s infuriating. This book will stay with me.

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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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YES. THIS. So much this.

As a woman in my 50s who has witnessed and experienced decades of misogyny and mansplaining and “there-there-little-lady” pats on the head of condescension and dismissal of our thoughts and feelings and fears, so much of this book resonates with me. And angers me.

TrishB I think it‘s worse now than in my teens 😞 1mo
Amiable @TrishB It‘s absolutely feels like we are going backwards at a rapid pace. 😠 1mo
TrishB It definitely does. 1mo
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Megabooks 💯💯🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
quietlycuriouskate Wish I could say I have no idea what you are talking about, but alas... 😠 1mo
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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I‘m not a fan of the romance genre. But I picked up “Book Lovers” on a whim —and loved it. So I thought, maybe I like romance if it‘s written by Emily Henry? Alas, every other book by her has been just a soft pick for me. I guess it‘s difficult to repeatedly capture lightning in a bottle. 🤷🏻‍♀️ A quick, predictable read. I won‘t remember the plot in a few months, but it was frothy fun while it lasted.

Aims42 I‘m a fellow “some but not all romance is for me” member 😁 They‘re a good palate cleanser for sure! 1mo
Amiable @Aims42 I‘m mostly “meh” about romance, to be honest. I don‘t ever seek it out on its own. Usually I end up with it because I‘m reading something that‘s in the realm of “chick lit” and it‘s cross-tagged as romance. 1mo
Aims42 @Amiable Totally get that 👍 1mo
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The Hunter: A Novel | Tana French
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Some reviews complain that nothing happens in this book. But I think that‘s the point. It goes deeper under the surface than just a whodunnit. It‘s about what people think and plan and believe and the actions they may or may not take based on those inner monologues. It‘s about community and your place in it. What is an outsider? Can you can ever fit in if you are one – even if you‘ve lived there your whole life? I couldn‘t put it down.

Susanita She is the queen of the slow burn 1mo
Amiable @Susanita She's the best! 1mo
Crazeedi I just looked at this at the library, but didn't get it. May have to get! Thanks for the review 1mo
Amiable @Crazeedi Definitely read the first one before this if you haven't already -- it will explain the motives for several characters: 1mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one! 1mo
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Excellent account of the months leading up to April 12, 1861, when the first shells were launched by Confederate forces on Fort Sumter and the U.S. Civil War began. Larson draws on diaries and various narratives from both sides to show how they danced warily around each other until the inevitable clash. I was most fascinated by the parts about Lincoln‘s preparations for his arrival into DC for his inauguration.

Karisimo I'm halfway through it right now! I like how the intro encouraged readers to forget they know the outcome and view it as the people of the day would have. 1mo
Amiable @Karisimo Yes! I was also amazed that Larson could maintain a sense of tension throughout the book when we do all know how it ends. And also -- it's fascinating to see how much circling around and “nothingness“ happened in the months leading up to the attack. Makes you really think about how wars start and what the final straw is that nudges the parties over that final cliff to the land of no return. (edited) 1mo
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Every spring I wait for this cherry tree to bloom in our front yard. It puts on a glorious show for about 2-3 weeks. And I think, how lucky are we to live in a world that offers glimpses of beauty like this? 🥰

#notbookrelated

Clare-Dragonfly These are my favorite trees ever 😍🌸❤️ 2mo
dabbe #absolutelygobsmacked 🩷🩷🩷 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Gorgeous 😍😍 2mo
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peanutnine So beautiful! 😍💖 2mo
Cupcake12 Stunning photo x 2mo
JenReadsAlot Beautiful! 2mo
CarolynM Glorious! 2mo
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After Annie: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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I‘m calling this a pick even though it left me wanting more in ways I can‘t quite articulate. It‘s the story of a family as they struggle to deal with the sudden death of their mother, wife and best friend. The tone of it felt almost dispassionate at times, though —I felt emotionally detached in a way that surprised me, given the subject. A decent read, although I likely won‘t remember the plot in 6 months.

CBee I liked it but I also completely agree with your review - it felt like it needed something more. 2mo
Amiable @CBee And the situation with Jenny, the friend? It seemed odd to insert that as a side thread. It kind of confused me. 2mo
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This is a what I‘d call a niche book about an event in U.S. history that‘s been largely forgotten —the attack by French and Indian forces on the village of Deerfield, MA, in 1704. Half the villagers were taken captive and brought to Canada. I‘m a direct descendant of two of them, so this story has personal relevance. From a writing perspective, though, the book is repetitive in parts. I‘d call it a soft pick if esoteric history is your jam.

LeahBergen This sounds fascinating! I‘ve been a bit obsessed since my early teens with the history of (what used to be called) “Indian captivity” tales. It all started when I read this book in junior high … 2mo
Amiable @LeahBergen You‘ll definitely enjoy, then! John Williams, who was the minister and was taken in the raid, wrote what became a Puritan bestseller captivity account called “The Redeemed Captive” after his release. It was apparently one of the sources that inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write “The Last of the Mohicans.” (Williams was also my 8x-great-grandfather.) 🙂 His son, Stephen (my 7x gg), wrote his own account as well. 2mo
Amiable @LeahBergen I‘d also recommend this book about the Deerfield event 2mo
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LeahBergen Thank you! I‘ll look into that one. 2mo
Suet624 This post is really freaky to see. I lived in Deerfield as a teenager, loved the place. But I always felt a spookiness there. Hard to describe. (I also lived in Gettysburg for 2 years and talk about spooky! Walking through the battlefield on a misty morning you could feel the spirits all around you. Anyway! I actually have a distant relative who was kidnapped by the Indians -there is a plaque in NH outlining his name and experience. Not sure how 2mo
Suet624 @amiable @leahbergen But the event is connected to Deerfield. My mother‘s side if the family is full of wild historic events. 2mo
Amiable @Suet624 Maybe we‘re related! 🙂 I agree with you about Gettysburg —that battlefield really does feel alive in a very mystical way. 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 That‘s so cool! The novel that I tagged above is set in NH and based (loosely perhaps?) on real events. I wonder if it is the same time period, etc. as Deerfield? And Gettysburg is on my bucket list of places to visit! 2mo
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Big Books for Little Readers | Robin Works Davis
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I think #Clarissa would get them over the top as well. 😄

BarbaraJean 😂😂 2mo
dabbe So would THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. #thebros 😂 2mo
CarolynM 🤣 2mo
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When She Woke: A Novel | Hillary Jordan
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Written before Roe v. Wade was overturned, this book envisions a U.S. controlled by the religious right. Women who have abortions must have their skin turned red as evidence of their “crime.” As we sat in line at the U.S.-Canadian border today, a chill went down my spine. This page describes the path that the protagonist must take to escape to freedom — directly through the town where we were. It made the horror of this world feel very real. 🥺

Amiable @TEArificbooks Ugh, it‘s all terrible because it feels like these books were a prediction rather than works of fiction. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I read this years ago when it first came out and it still sticks with me. Jordan did an excellent job here. 2mo
TEArificbooks @Amiable they could be moved to the “current events” section of the library 2mo
JenniferEgnor I read this one several years back and it was intense, very disturbing. Sadly, it feels all too real. How they would love to shame us in this way. In a way, they are I guess they are already reddening us, by letting us die. But, we won‘t need to be painted red. Our blood will stain us at their own will. (edited) 2mo
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Paragraphe Bookstore Librairie | Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Bookstore)
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Spending the weekend in Montreal. Of course I had to stop into this bookstore located near the campus of McGill University. And buy a book by a Canadian author.

Ruthiella Naturally, you had to! 😄 2mo
youneverarrived Lovely photos 🥰 2mo
Pruzy Wow looks amazing! I‘ve been to Montreal a couple times and never been! 2mo
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Julsmarshall Ooh! I popped in there when I visited too-so lovely! 2mo
tpixie What a great looking store!! You look lovely & happy! 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️❤️ I love Montreal. 2mo
Cathythoughts I just bought that one too a few days ago ♥️ Happy Birthday 🎂 2mo
Amiable @tpixie @youneverarrived Aww, thank you! 😘 (edited) 2mo
Amiable @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 2mo
Amiable @Cathythoughts I hadn‘t heard anything about it until I saw the display, but it has really good reviews so I figured why not! Thanks! 2mo
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When She Woke: A Novel | Hillary Jordan
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Hubby: “Why do you have a bag full of books? We‘re only going away for a 4-day weekend.”
Me: “I don‘t understand the question.” 🤷🏻‍♀️

marleed I hear you! 2mo
TEArificbooks Don‘t underestimate me 2mo
Amiable @marleed @TEArificbooks It‘s like he‘s never met me. I wanted to say, “Are you new here??” 😄 2mo
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AmyG Only 4? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 I‘m here for this. 2mo
Amiable @AmyG Spot the iPad (loaded with my Barnes & Noble, Kindle, Libby and Hoopla apps) stuffed in there as well! 😄 2mo
Deblovestoread I definitely would have been asking “Do you know me at all?” 😂 2mo
sarahbarnes I too do not understand the question. 🤓 2mo
Ruthiella The answer to the question is “yes”. 😆 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2mo
Aimeesue How is that even enough??? 😂😂😂 2mo
Larkken Good call on the iPad. You never know when an emergency new book may be needed! 2mo
BarbaraJean I feel this in my soul. Last week I spent a day pet-sitting my friend‘s puppy. I got nervous looking at the two print books I planned to take, and promptly downloaded two library books onto my Kindle just in case. Because what if I needed them? During that one day? More precisely, during that 8 hours? 😂😂 2mo
Hooked_on_books What a silly man! 2mo
CarolynM 😆 2mo
Amiable @marleed @TEArificbooks @willaful @AmyG @Suet624 @Deblovestoread @sarahbarnes @Ruthiella @UwannaPublishme @Aimeesue @Larkken @BarbaraJean @Hooked_on_books @CarolynM He actually said, “can‘t you just take 1 book that you‘re enjoying and read that until you‘re done with it?” And I was like, you‘re so cute. That‘s not how any of this works. 😄 (edited) 2mo
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I dragged my feet on picking a NONFICTION winner for #2024ReadingBrackets to move on. For March, the clear winner was the tagged book, a true story about police corruption in Baltimore. I first saw the HBO series about the scandal, produced by David Simon (“The Wire”). Once I heard it was based on a book … I flew through it. It was a great read (and TV show). But I keep thinking about Raskin's book, so I had to move that through.

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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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So far I‘ve been late with every single one of my # #2024ReadingBrackets. #Consistency! 😊 For my March FICTION bracket, I went with a two-fer. Before reading “Tom Lake,” I took @dabbe ‘s advice and read “Our Town.” And I loved them both. You don‘t need to read “Our Town” first—but I believe it adds an even richer, deeper dimension to an enjoyable reading experience.

dabbe Yay! I love how you positioned them side-by-side in your grid, too! 💙🩵💙 2mo
Amiable @dabbe That took some finesse, let me tell you! I made the image on my phone using PicCollage. Navigating with my fat fingers. 😄 2mo
dabbe @Amiable You da #fancyfinesser 🤩😘🤗 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I struggle so much trying to get these images the right size and aligned on my phone in PicCollage! 😂 2mo
Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly RIGHT?? Is there a secret to making the pictures smaller without them suddenly skewing sideways and getting larger? 😖😀 2mo
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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote | Bonnie Worth, Katherine Ross
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When you work at the polls for your state‘s primary elections and the candidates for both parties are already decided, you‘d better bring a large book. And a fully charged e-reader that‘s loaded with more. Yawn. 🥱

thewallflower0707 Hold on tight, you‘re doing important work 🙌 3mo
JamieArc Sounds like good #chunkster reading time! 3mo
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Have library book and full travel mug of tea, will wait 3 hours at car dealership for service. 😖

Tamra Oh good grief, that‘s ridiculous! So thankful for books! 3mo
Ruthiella A three hour wait is no service at all! ☹️ Thank goodness you had a book. 3mo
Amiable @Tamra @Ruthiella I was positive my car would need new brakes so when I made the service appointment for its regular maintenance check, I booked the extra time. But the service technician said I don‘t need to replace the brakes yet —so I got that time back AND kept the extra money in my pocket. Score! 🙂 3mo
Tamra @Amiable woot! 🎉 3mo
Ruthiella Yahoo! 3mo
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The irony of this made me laugh. 😄

#weirdwordwednesday
#weirdwords

CBee This is a great one 😂😁 3mo
Tamra 😳say that ten times fast! 3mo
Amiable @Tamra I‘m not even sure I can say it once! 😀 3mo
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1. “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King
2. “Night” by Elie Wiesel
3. “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” by Katherine Ann Porter
And a bonus:
4. “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder

Thanks for the tag, @dabbe !
#ThreeListThursday
#TLT

dabbe #2: 😭 #1: only saw the movie, and I loved it--I need to read the novella! And the others are on the TBR! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
AmyG I forgot Night. 🙌🏻 3mo
Amiable @AmyG Elie Wiesel was a professor at Boston University when I was an undergraduate there. 3mo
AmyG Did you ever get to see him speak? Wow. 3mo
Amiable @AmyG Yes, but I was too young to appreciate the experience. What I wouldn‘t give to do it over again. 3mo
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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I have a love ❤️/ meh 😏 relationship with Ann Patchett. (The Dutch House: ❤️; Bel Canto, Commonwealth and State of Wonder: 😏). Add this to the ❤️ pile. I adored this story—how it unfolded, the characters, the plot, everything. Read it! And take @dabbe ‘s advice and read “Our Town” first if you haven‘t already —it definitely adds a richer dimension to the experience.

dabbe This was my FIRST Patchett read; I got lucky! ☘️ I'll take your advice and read THE DUTCH HOUSE next. 💚💙💚 3mo
Amiable @dabbe “Bel Canto“ is my aunt's all-time favorite book -- so while it wasn't a hit for me, I feel compelled to point out that it was a home run for others. For what it's worth. 😃 (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB I have a similar relationship with Ann Patchett. I liked this one best I think but she‘s still no favorite of mine. 3mo
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Amiable @BarbaraBB I always feel like I SHOULD love her but then I usually end up feeling meh about the book. This one was great, though. 3mo
BarbaraBB I know that feeling! I want to love her 😄. I feel the same about Barbara Kingsolver by the way! 3mo
Amiable @BarbaraBB Ha ha, I‘ve been reading “Demon Copperhead” for 4 months now so I think I‘m with you on that one, too! 😄 3mo
BarbaraBB 🤣🤣 3mo
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Book 3 ✔️ for #DiseaseoftheMonthBookClub (prompt: Read a book about the brain)

This is a memoir of Rosen‘s friendship with Michael Laudor, who, despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia, breezed through Yale as an undergrad and law student and was heralded as an example of how people can triumph over the stigma of mental illness—until he killed his girlfriend. It‘s also an examination of how society has failed those with mental illnesses.

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I decided to mix it up and use a different template for my NONFICTION reads in #2024ReadingBrackets because why not? 🤷🏻‍♀️ February‘s pick was this detailed biography of baseball legend Ted Williams. And I don‘t have to pick between it and January‘s book by Jamie Raskin, which was also great. Winning! 🏆

CatLass007 I read Ted Williams autobiography, My Turn At Bat, years ago. I probably still have the copy of the book packed away in a box. Now you‘ve got me wanting to read The Kid. 3mo
Amiable @CatLass007 It‘s really good, and shows how very complicated Ted was as a human being. 3mo
CatLass007 I think My Turn At Bat also shows how complicated he was, although it‘s been so long since I read it that I only remember how he felt when BoSox fans booed him and after that he refused to tip his hat no matter how loudly he they cheered. 3mo
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I made my #2024ReadingBrackets for February and then forgot to post them. Sheesh. 🙄 For FICTION, my pick was “The Marriage Portrait.” O‘Farrell does a masterful job of creating tension throughout a book whose end we already know from the very beginning. That‘s a talent, for sure. But in the matchup I had to lean towards “Wellness” to move on.

youneverarrived I thought that was such a great element of The Marriage Portrait. Wellness is high on my tbr 👍 3mo
Amiable @youneverarrived Wellness“ is weird and witty and snarky -- I loved it! 3mo
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Yesterday a friend called and said, “wanna do breakfast and bookstores tomorrow?” Um, YEAH. 😍 So we drove up to Providence, had brunch in a hipster-y restaurant near Brown University, and browsed through two used bookstores (one of which had a furry, fairly friendly bouncer at the front door. 🐈) Based on my stacks I‘m apparently in a nonfiction state of mind right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Sounds like a fab day. 3mo
marleed A perfect day! 3mo
Tamra That isn‘t really a question. 😜 3mo
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Amiable @Tamra This is what I‘m saying! I mean, duh. 😀 3mo
TheBookHippie What a perfect day. 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
ncsufoxes My kind of day. My son goes to URI, I‘ll have to make a stop in Providence when going down to Kingston. 3mo
Amiable @ncsufoxes There‘s a nice Barnes & Noble in Warwick, too. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Great day ! Love the kitty! 3mo
batsy Your friend knows what's up 🥰 Perfect day. 3mo
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Guilty Not Guilty | Felix Francis
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I regret nothing.

dabbe 😂😂😂 3mo
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I adore good narrative nonfiction, so picking only 3 is very difficult! So I‘m going to cheat. 😀

1. Tagged
2. “And the Band Played On”
3. “My Own Country: A Doctor‘s Story”
4. “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl”
5. “Eleni”

@dabbe #ThreeListThursday

TheBookHippie Oh #2 for sure!!! 4mo
AmyG #2 is a great book! Forgot about that one. 4mo
dabbe Whew! You gave me some great ones to look into! Thanks for sharing! 💚💙💚 4mo
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kspenmoll Agree with you @TheBookHippie @AmyG about #2 4mo
monalyisha Definitely almost chose five, too. Should‘ve waited until tomorrow & tagged it #FLF. 😂 4mo
Amiable @monalyisha I could have kept going! 😀 4mo
monalyisha @Amiable Oh, I know. I‘m still tempted to just make another one. 🙈 4mo
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Completed my “Chunkster” read for #ChunksterChallenge2024. This biography of Red Sox great Ted Williams is well-written and very readable. A lot about baseball, yes —but also much about Ted‘s childhood, his troubled personal life —and all the gory details you can handle about his head being frozen for posterity. 😳 Definitely recommend, @GinaKButler !

#Nonfiction2024

GinaKButler It‘s on my list!!! Thank you! 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
UwannaPublishme 😳🥶😵‍💫 4mo
Amiable @UwannaPublishme Right? It‘s weird and cringey—you almost can‘t believe it‘s true, but it is! Ted‘s head is in a deep-freeze container somewhere in Arizona. 😬 4mo
UwannaPublishme Very creepy! I had no idea! 😬 4mo
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Book 2 ✔️ for #DiseaseoftheMonthBookClub
(Prompt: Read a book about a virus)

Fascinating look at the scientific research that was being conducted on coronaviruses after the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which enabled scientists to quickly pivot to create a vaccine when COVID-19 spilled over into the human population. A bit technical so I‘m glad I had at least a semester of college-level biology.

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There‘s a word for everything! Even a word for things that aren‘t words.

#weirdwordwednesday
#weirdwords
@CBee

Deblovestoread Something I didn‘t know I needed to know! Love it 💜 4mo
monalyisha Thanks for this super fun fact! 4mo
Amiable @monalyisha This would be an awesome Scrabble word, too. If I played Scrabble. 😃 4mo
monalyisha @Amiable Omg, 7 letters too (which would get you a 50 point bonus)! Salivating at the prospect… (edited) 4mo
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I love everything about this: the word “vellichor” itself, the definition of it, the concept of a dictionary of obscure sorrows and the reason for its existence— EVERYTHING. 😍

#weirdwords
#weirdwordwednesday

@CBee

Crazeedi I love books like this, I have 2 or 3 that are so intriguing! 4mo
IndoorDame 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
CBee I‘m going to have to look this book up! Sounds fabulous 😍 4mo
BookmarkTavern The book is amazing! 💖 (edited) 4mo
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A Drink Before the War | Dennis Lehane
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Thanks for the tags, @dabbe and @Cuilin !

1. Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro
2. Armand Gamache
3. My OG detective girl Trixie Belden! I wanted to BE Trixie when I was a kid. 😍

#TLT

Cuilin I also love how a lot of us have added in child detectives, me too!! 4mo
Amiable @Cuilin I loved Trixie so much I tried to get my family to start calling me Trixie when I was about 11. It didn‘t work. 😄 4mo
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Amiable @Cuilin Also? The first couple of books in Louise Penny‘s Three Pines series are ok. Keep going. It‘s when she starts to create a narrative arc that runs through the series as a whole (independent of the individual mystery in each book) that it really takes off. IMO, anyway. 4mo
Cuilin @Amiable ok, thanks for that info. I‘ll push through. 4mo
dabbe I started with Penny's 3rd book, A FATAL GRACE (for the holidays). I just ordered 1 and 2, and my sister is going to give me the others. I love him and the world Penny has created. I've never heard of #1 (on the TBR), and OMG Trixie Belden! 🤩 Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 4mo
Bookwormjillk 🌲🌲🌲 4mo
kspenmoll Gamache! 4mo
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Saw this word and couldn‘t resist for #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords ! 😀

@CBee

IndoorDame 😆😆😆😆 4mo
CBee 😂😂😂😂 nice 4mo
dabbe Now that's a word I can stand behind! 😃 4mo
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Amiable @dabbe LMAO! 😆 4mo
dabbe @Amiable 🤩😂😍 4mo
Soubhiville Love it! 4mo
Tamra 😂who knew? 4mo
Daisey 😂🤣 4mo
LoverOfLearning Lmao! 4mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Written by Coates as an essay/letter to his son, this is a powerful narrative about what it‘s like to inhabit a black body in America and how to find your own way to live with it. Like the protagonist in the prompt book, Coates was also profoundly affected by the death of a college friend at the hands of the police. And like Angie Thomas‘ novel, this book has also been banned by schools and libraries in the south.
#Nonfiction2024

keithmalek Perhaps you skipped the passage where he was happy on 9/11 that first responders died? No book should be banned, but if they are going to be banned, this wouldn't be a bad place to start. Same with "White Fragility," "How to Be an Anti-racist," and other RACIST garbage that promotes a false sense of victimhood. 5mo
Amiable @keithmalek My husband has been a career firefighter for 25 years—and no, I‘m not offended by Coates‘ honesty. What does offend me are white men who think they get to decide how and what black Americans feel and think and say about THEIR lived experiences. And also people who say “books shouldn‘t be banned —except this one.” Don‘t like MY thoughts? The unfollow button is right up there ⬆️, Bubba. 5mo
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keithmalek I didn't say that it should be banned. But I get it. You're "woke." Congratulations on being so virtuous. 5mo
Amiable @keithmalek Don‘t let the door hit you in your racist ass on the way out, Strom Thurmond. 👋🏼 5mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie Get a load of this guy. ☝🏼 5mo
keithmalek Don't just tag TheBookHippie. Tag everyone so that everyone knows how woke you are. 5mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable blocked him a long time ago. Not worth my energy. 5mo
Amiable @keithmalek Telling me I‘m woke is the nicest compliment I‘ve gotten all week. Thanks! It‘s also amusing to see how triggered guys like you get. 😊 5mo
keithmalek You know as much about me as you do about politics, which is to say, nothing. 5mo
keithmalek I'll let you have the last word though. It's pretty clear that you need it. 5mo
Amiable @keithmalek 👋🏼👋🏼 5mo
Chrissyreadit I thought this was a powerful book too. In HS i had a teacher who had us read information for the purpose of understanding other viewpoints- and it has stuck with me as one of the best classes i have ever had. I am exhausted from people discounting lived experiences that make them uncomfortable. Especially in a world that is on a precipice. Honestly i‘m shocked that we do not hear more anger from Native Americans and POC . 5mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit Same thoughts. 5mo
kspenmoll We are able in my district in CT to have multi cultural etc. books for our students to read Hate U Give is a bookclub choice for our 9 th graders, & Coates book is on display in our classroom lending library. It is beyond vital to expose our students to other lives, visions, ideas. We have students that have lost family members to racial violence. Yay you & your husband! (edited) 4mo
kspenmoll @Chrissyreadit so well stated! Thank you! 4mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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It‘s about time. SOMEBODY needed to catch that guy. 😬😖 😄

dabbe 😂😂😂 5mo
Aimeesue OMG, I pulled a bunch of ancient, yellowed, foxed mass market PBs out of my LFL today. Not sure who thinks anyone is still reading Sidney Sheldon‘s pulp, but they need to stop! 😂 5mo
CSeydel Around here, these days, they just clean out the boxes - drive around, take everything and leave them all empty. I think they sell them at the flea market? but who knows. Annoying 5mo
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AmyG Hahahahaha! 5mo
KadaGul My friend and I regularly fill LFLs and move books around. It blows our mind what people think LFL is. Like we found trash 🚮, books in poor shape(If someone doesn't have courage to pitch their books in dumpster that doesn't mean they live the world to help them do it ) heavy books 📚 (if there is no weight limit doesn't mean you can dump 19th Century encyclopedia) C'Mon People 😔😖😫😵‍💫🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 5mo
Gissy Wow! Many things happening in those LFL😳 5mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 5mo
Amiable @Aimeesue Totally agree! 😄 5mo
Amiable @CSeydel That‘s so obnoxious and rude! I know the libraries are “free,” but that‘s basically stealing. 5mo
Amiable @KadaGul Right? It sucks when people think of the LFLs as trash receptacles. 😖 5mo
Aimeesue @CSeydel @Aimiable LFL raiders are everywhere. Some of them use barcode scanners to determine if a book‘s worth reselling or not. Stewards really have to develop strategies to deter them, like spacing out when you add recent titles and not adding whole series at one time. Not much you can do about the religious tracts and racist political pamphlets, but that last one was solved when that neighbor moved. 😂 5mo
KadaGul @Aimeesue My friend's LFL is being used as Pop-Up Used bookstore. I told her & sent her ARCs, bc majority of bookstore won't take it. It's just a shame what's stewards have to do. My friend & I have a box of books 📚 in our car 🚘.I have few LFLs that I visit regular few by the libraries, office, City Hall, grocery 🏬. I have seen few LFLs that found traction bc LFLs was being replenished. It's not just stewards job to replenish but communities. 5mo
Aimeesue @KadaGul Community involvement is key! Someone in my neighborhood puts a lot of ARCs in mine as well - definitely appreciated! People seem to have a very hard time disposing of books, no matter how outdated or dilapidated they are. I‘m perfectly comfortable tossing them for those folks! 5mo
KadaGul @Aimeesue I do the same w/ tossing people trash 🚮 out. I see LFL and I start organizing it. Books 📚 give us so much love ❤️ and joy 🥹, they should be respected🫡. #Booklover #LFL 5mo
Amiable @KadaGul @Aimeesue You guys are awesome! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 What areas do you live in/patrol for LFL? 5mo
KadaGul @Amiable i lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years so around North Hills, Cranberry, Evan City. My friend's nephew LFL is in North Hills. Then we went to Columbus, OH and went around. Then I live and moved back recently Barrington, IL. So NW Suburbs of Chicago. 5mo
Amiable @KadaGul Nice! My husband grew up in Arlington Heights —is that kind of near you? 5mo
KadaGul @Amiable Yes , Arlington Heights is near us. Do you visit Chicagoland? 5mo
Aimeesue @Amiable I‘m right outside of DC, in Alexandria VA. We‘re a block away from an elementary school, so I focus on kids‘ books 5mo
Amiable @KadaGul My in-laws live in Chicago now—we visit every few years. 5mo
Amiable @Aimeesue My youngest son went to College Park —I love the DC area! He lives in Baltimore now, though. 5mo
Aimeesue @Amiable We love going to Baltimore! I even made the whole family visit the Poe residence/apartment there! 5mo
Amiable @Aimeesue We love Baltimore, too! So many people cringe and say, “But … ‘The Wire‘…” when we tell them our son lives there. It‘s so much more than that TV show from 20 years ago. 🙄 5mo
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My last NONFICTION read of January was also my favorite for #2024ReadingBrackets. Jamie Raskin writes beautifully about his sorrow over the death of his son by suicide and Trump‘s attempted coup against our country —both of which happened within the same week. He tells the story of how these two disparate events collided and merged in his personal and professional life. Highly recommend.

Deblovestoread I trust your nonfiction recommendations, stacked 📚 5mo
Amiable @deblovestoread Aw, that‘s sweet of you! FYI, this one almost made the cut this month —it was very close! It was in my #AuldLangSpine list from @MallenNC : (edited) 5mo
Deblovestoread Thank you! 5mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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My #2024ReadingBrackets FICTION pick for January was the tagged book. I loved the witty snarkiness of the story about two people who meet as college students in the 1990s and how their lives progress into the present while dealing with the challenges of parenting, marital boredom, mindfulness apps, Facebook algorithms, and relatives brainwashed by fake news. It reminded me of a John Irving novel as the tangled plot strands merged into one.

Karisimo Wellness was my top read in January too! 5mo
Amiable @Karisimo It was so good! Loved it. 5mo
Chelsea.Poole It was my favorite too! 5mo
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Wonderful narrative by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) as he recounts the week between 12/31/20 (when he lost his son to suicide) and 1/6/21 (when Trump incited his supporters to attempt an insurrection to stop Biden‘s election win from being certified). As Raskin details his subsequent role as impeachment manager, he (like Orwell) discusses the role of truth and facts within societies and how they can be manipulated by a demagogue.
#Nonfiction2024

JenReadsAlot I'm listening to this now and it's heartbreaking. 5mo
Amiable @JenReadsAlot You can feel Raskin‘s pain - it‘s visceral. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is one I‘ve been meaning to read, and I know it will be heartbreaking so I keep putting it off 5mo
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Thanks for the tag, @Cuilin ! This is #MotivationalMonday Not Spotted Until Tuesday. 😬😀
1. Work, yoga, reading, TV. My typical winter-blah-month activities here in New England.
2. Re-reading the tagged book, plus “Breathless” by David Quammen
3. Inquisitive and skeptical

@Cupcake12

Cupcake12 I like your answers to no.3, have a great week x 5mo
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For this week‘s entry, I present a word that was apparently invented for an episode of “The Simpsons” and is now an actual entry in Merriam-Webster. I‘d say that‘s a perfectly cromulent way of adding to the English language.

#weirdwords
#weirdwordwednesday

IndoorDame Love it! 5mo
CBee Hilarious! Love it 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
dabbe 🤩😍😀 5mo
Daisey Such a fun fact! 5mo
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My anxiety and my blood pressure are ticking higher now that we are into 2024 and another presidential election.

JenReadsAlot Same! 5mo
Bookwormjillk Same! 5mo
CatLass007 If I close my eyes, hold my nose, and cover my ears, will all the nonsense not happen? If a tree falls in the forest… 5mo
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cariashley Same 🤯 5mo
AmyG To think that democracy is at stake is unbelievable. Yet here we are. At a defining point, the fight of our lifetime. 5mo
ravenlee I just finished Liz Cheney‘s book, and…same. Not sure I‘m ready for this one. 5mo
Deblovestoread The anxiety is overwhelming! I can‘t believe we are here again. 5mo
JenniferEgnor I‘m terrified of what‘s coming. 💔 5mo
UwannaPublishme Same! 😬 5mo
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