Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB

Joined June 2017

Books and Travelling and Books and Restaurants and Books and Amsterdam and Books and Art and Books...
reading now icon
The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
reading now icon
The Fugitive by Marcel Proust
blurb
BarbaraBB
Love Thy Neighbor | Ayaz Virji
post image

I have finished the third quarter of #Booked2019. Just in time. These were my six books. Now I‘m starting planning for the last quarter. Are you already thinking about #Booked2020, @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen ?! 😘

Ruthiella Well done! 4h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! And yes, we already have prompt ideas for #booked2020! 3h
33 likes2 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
post image
Mehso-so

I read this #GraphicNovel for #Booked2019 and because it‘s on the list of #1001books but I didn‘t fell for the genre. For me, looking at pictures is way more difficult than to just read, all those images soon dazzle me. And then it is about superheroes... in which I‘m not interested at all. However, I was intrigued and it kept me reading on. Never again though 🤪

ValerieAndBooks I actually got this recently only because it‘s #1001Books. I‘ll probably start it sooner rather than later because it should be a faster read than the many books with 500+ pages on the list 🤪 7h
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Well, it actually took me surprisingly long 😬😀 7h
Amiable I‘m right there with you. I read it for a reading Bingo challenge (“read a graphic novel”) and my husband and son love it. I was totally “meh” about it. 7h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats on surviving! ♥️📚👊🏻🤪 3h
36 likes4 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Panpan

When her girlfriend discovers Alice isn‘t dead (because she sees her on the news), Keisha starts looking for her, by driving through the US as a truck driver. So far so good. But then things start getting supernatural (first a bit but then a lot) and I lost interest. #podcast

pigeonsandcrows Is the book basically a rehashing of the same content as the podcast? 2d
Hooked_on_books Fun cover, though! 2d
68 likes2 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Bailedbailed

I just now discovered this #podcast but I could not concentrate on what was happening. Too weird for me, I admit it. Unfortunately because I liked the premise so much!

quote
BarbaraBB
Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
post image

#GroundsForDivorce #RedRoseSeptember

This book is so not my usual stuff, but okay, I‘ll give it a try. It works for #1001books, #Booked2019 and #ATY19.

arlenefinnigan Good choice! 4d
Cinfhen Yeah, It‘s NOT for me, either 😬 4d
Reagan-reads Oh I love it, and it was way out of my usual comfort zone. I dug the movie too. 4d
See All 7 Comments
batsy I wasn't into graphic novels when I first read this (or rather I hadn't read much comics up to that point) but I was really blown away by this! 4d
BarbaraBB @Reagan-reads @batsy That is hopeful, thanks for the thumbs-up 💕 3d
AudreyMorris This book put me into a 6-week reading slump. I forced myself to finish. It was a mistake! My high schooler has loved it for years, it was all his idea... 1d
BarbaraBB @AudreyMorris I can relate to that, it is so not for me. I have a hard time focusing on what‘s happening in all those graphics and who is talking etc. But I have to admit I do like it better than expected. 22h
58 likes7 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed Ling Ma‘s writing, her New York, her main character Candace. Shen Fever is spreading fast, everybody leaves the city or dies, but Candace stays as long as she can, because she lacks other options. When she finally leaves, there is that other storyline, which I thought was less good. It reminded me of many other dystopian novels. However, I am interested in what Ling Ma will write next.

#Booked2019 #genrebusting

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one! 5d
Megabooks I‘ve taken this on and off my TBR so many times. I really should just read it! Great review!!! 5d
Ruthiella I liked her take on “zombies” ( sorta right?) in this book. Less terrifying and more just pitiable. 4d
See All 11 Comments
Cinfhen I‘ve been eyeing this book for awhile too @Megabooks but I just promised my hubby NO new book purchases from now until December 1 🙄😩of course #BOTM & #DailyDeals don‘t count 😜 (edited) 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen really? Until December? That is so far away! 4d
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I KNOW!!!!!!! But my book buying has been a little out of control🙄😜 It‘s good I have a secret cash stash 😉🤫 4d
Cinfhen I love your wall art!!! 4d
readordierachel Great review! I loved this one, though I agree that some elements were stronger than others. And like @Ruthiella I really liked her take on zombies. 4d
BarbaraBB @readordierachel @Ruthiella The take on zombies was really plausible indeed. 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think it may be a good thing to see your tbr actually decline 😀💕 4d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you💕 4d
82 likes1 stack add11 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
post image

Day 7 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

For a week I‘ll post a favorite cover each day and tag someone new to join in.

@JaclynW do you want to share your seven favorite covers? No explanation needed.

Cathythoughts Nice lines 👍🏻💙 5d
Kalalalatja There‘s something about minimalist covers 🙌 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Another minimalist cover. 👍 5d
See All 12 Comments
Megabooks Love the minimalism! 5d
Hooked_on_books So simple but so cool! 5d
Tex2Flo 🤙👏🏽👏🏽🤗 that is just lovely. 5d
emilyhaldi Yes!! I agree with everyone else re: minimalist covers 💙 5d
Rachel_nyc I have been choosing more elaborate covers but agree with the others, sometimes simple is impactful. Love this one. 5d
Severnmeadows It‘s a lovely cover - I‘m influenced by the author, and the title 😊 5d
thebluestocking Ooh. I love this. 💙💙 5d
LauraBeth This is so simple and lovely - it also reminds me a bit of Moonglow by Chabon. 4d
JaclynW Pretty cover. There's something about simplicity. 🙂💙 4d
85 likes1 stack add12 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
post image

Day 6 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

For a week I‘ll post a favorite cover each day and tag someone new to join in.

@emmaturi do you want to share your seven favorite covers? No explanation needed.

Hooked_on_books Good choice! The book is languishing unread on my shelf, but I‘ve always liked the cover. 6d
Ruthiella I really enjoyed this one. I wish she would write another! 😀 (edited) 6d
Cinfhen I like this cover a lot!! I thought the book was ok but undeserving of all the hype it received 6d
See All 8 Comments
Tex2Flo @Cinfhen I‘ve been holding out reading it because I wanted to get away from the hype and just see if it stands up alone. From what you say, it was the right choice. 6d
BarbaraBB @Tex2Flo @Cinfhen I really liked the book, but I wasn‘t aware of the hype back then so maybe that‘s different 6d
Rachel_nyc I love this cover but still haven‘t read this one. 6d
emilyhaldi Oooohh good pic!!!❤️ 5d
LauraBeth I think I read this book because of the cover! 4d
78 likes2 stack adds8 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The Home Maker | Dorothy Canfield, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
post image

Day 5 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

For a week I‘ll post a favorite cover each day and tag someone new to join in.

I couldn‘t of course let this week go by without a #Persephone edition. I hope to read this one later this month.

@thebluestocking do you want to share your seven favorite covers? No explanation needed.

erzascarletbookgasm Ooo Persephone covers of course! 😍 7d
Tanisha_A This is beautiful. That light. 7d
Cinfhen Cover definitely draws you in. I think @Tex2Flo would love this cover! 7d
See All 11 Comments
Cathythoughts Oh cosy 7d
Hooked_on_books Very appealing! 7d
batsy Oooh I love this cover so much, too 💙 It's on my wishlist 😍 7d
saresmoore I would absolutely buy this for the cover alone. 7d
Tex2Flo @Cinfhen Only so right! It is intriguing enough to want to learn more about the story while not giving away the plot. I‘m a fan. 7d
LeahBergen Another Persephone that I still need to buy. 😆 6d
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen To buy 😂😂 6d
thebluestocking Thank you for the tag!!! I‘d love to share some favorite covers. 6d
88 likes11 comments
review
BarbaraBB
The Rotters' Club | Jonathan Coe
post image
Pickpick

Such a sparkling novel about a group of friends at a renowned school in Birmingham, England. They are the editors of the school newspaper in the turbulent seventies. Strikes and politics paralyze the country (not unlike today‘s England…), the IRA is terrorizing the city, and the boys discover pop music and love. Coe as always writes funny with a serious undertone.

batsy I might have said this multiple times before, but I really enjoyed this book! 😆 1w
Tanisha_A Sounds so good! 1w
Cinfhen I stacked this a few weeks ago based on a recommendation from @arlenefinnigan 💚 1w
See All 6 Comments
arlenefinnigan Love this book! 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Everyone does 😉, @arlenefinnigan is very convincing 🤪 1w
ValerieAndBooks This is in my TBR!! 1w
68 likes3 stack adds6 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
post image
Mehso-so

It was not easy to keep focussing on the beautiful sentences among the stream of conscience memoirs of Elizabeth Hardwick. I was not really in the mood for such a read unfortunately. #NYRBBookClub

The memories of her youth took place in #Kentucky so I can use the book for #ReadingUSA2019.

(Pic: This summer I stayed in a hotel in Brooklyn with the best pillows ever. I have searched everywhere and was able to buy them online!)

Librarybelle The pillows do look very comfortable! 2w
Liz_M Now you have me curious about both the pillows and the hotel! 😉 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Lol it was the Indigo in Williamsburg, it opened the night we were there. First guests ever! And it was cheap! I just checked and I couldn‘t afford to go there again now! The pillows felt like clouds 😉, I never slept so good. In case you‘re interested, the brand is IHG (international hotel group) 😘 2w
See All 11 Comments
LeahBergen Oh oh! I hope I like it better. And I need new pillows, too. 😆 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen You probably will. For me it was just the wrong book at the wrong time. I was too impatient! 2w
emilyhaldi I'm in the market for some new pillows, so thank you for that!! 😆👌🏻 I'm starting this book today... 🤞🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll like it! And I feel like a sales person for the pillows 😂😴🛏 2w
youneverarrived Decent pillows make all the difference 👌 I think it‘ll be hit and miss this book...seems to get mixed reviews. 2w
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived The writing is gorgeous and poignant, I think many of us will love it! 🤞😘 2w
GatheringBooks felt exactly the same about this book. found it too self-indulgent and meandering, pretty sentences notwithstanding. 1w
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks I am glad you felt the same. I am looking forward to what our fellow readers will think! 1w
71 likes1 stack add11 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Panpan

Man it was hard not to throw this book in a corner. I kept wondering what was the point. People in a room, killing eachother, lots of gory details and unfinished sentences. The chapters kept repeating themselves, so did the conversations. I ended up bored and frustrated. It‘s probably me but what a waste of time. (Sorry @rajithr and @vivastory ...)

#ReadingUSA2019 #NewHampshire

squirrelbrain Oh dear - not good! 🙁 2w
LeahBergen Too bad! 2w
Librarybelle Oh boy! 🙁 2w
See All 10 Comments
Melissa_J I will not be reading this one! 2w
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB It‘s off my TBR list! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Oh boy! I did enjoy his other book.. 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Maybe you will like this one as well. At this moment don‘t feel like trying 😉 2w
Cinfhen You took one for the team✊🏼 2w
vivastory It's too bad you didn't like it. I thought you might since he seems to have some things in common with Iain Reid. 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I love Reid, you‘re right. And I do see the comparison. I think it was their being in that same room together all the time, it felt like a scene repeating itself continuously. While Reid‘s plots are more developing if I make myself clear? 2w
66 likes10 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
A Light in Dark Places | Jennifer Graves, Emily Clawson
post image

This book is written by the estranged sister of Josh Powell, one of the main characters in the #podcast Cold, a chilling podcast about a case gone cold. Josh‘s wife Susan disappeared one day and although everyone was sure he murdered her, he fooled the police and was never arrested. A few years later Josh killed their kids and himself. Will ever be known what happened to Susan? #PoorMisguidedFool #RedRoseSeptember

Cinfhen This sounds like something @Reviewsbylola would be interested in ...so sad 😔 2w
arlenefinnigan Sounds like a very tough read 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘ve read a book about this case but I don‘t think it was this one! @Cinfhen 2w
See All 23 Comments
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola It‘s such a sad story! Do you remember what book you read about Susan Powell? 2w
Lcsmcat I was living in Utah when this happened. He was slick, but even when he was on TV begging for the return of his wife something didn‘t add up. And the way he killed those poor boys! 2w
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat It must have been all over the media in Utah at the time. Such a strange case with her suddenly missing And of course that ending. And oh, do you remember his father? What a family... 2w
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Thanks Stephanie! I‘m a bit obsessed by the case at the moment 🙈 2w
Lcsmcat @BarbaraBB Oh yes! It was all over the media. 2w
JaclynW Yes, this was a disturbing case. It was all over the local news. It seemed obvious from the beginning that Josh was guilty. I listened to the podcast too. Bone chilling. That family!! Steven Powell was looney! It was all such a sad situation. I actually had my teenage daughter listen to the podcast. I think it's important to talk about abusive relationships and what red flags are. 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW I had to think of you when I listened to this podcast. I thought you would know about it since you live in Utah. What a family indeed. Josh was scary. That Steve too - his diaries 😱. And Michael of course. I do hope the case will come to a close one day. It‘s a sad thought chances are high Susan will never be found. 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Also - thanks for following my thread today! 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB You're welcome! I enjoy your posts! I've been missing lately due to school starting for my kids and all the busy that brings. Plus my 8 year old daughter had a friend/classmate die (hit by a car). Super sad situation that made it hard to focus/my focus became other things. 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB I'm holding out hope too that one day her body will be found. Bodies often turn up in the dessert or mountains. Everytime they find one, my first thought is Susan Powell. I kind of think Josh burned her body so that there would be no evidence. The entire time while listening to that podcast I was flabbergasted. Why couldn't they catch this guy?? Somehow he stayed one step ahead... 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW That is so sad, about your daughter‘s friend. A mothers worst nightmare. This must have hit you hard too. Wishing you lots of strength 🌹 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW And about Josh, it is such a pity they never arrested him. And he didn‘t seem overly concerned it the podcast / wire. I think indeed he made her disappear completely. 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Definitely a worst nightmare scenario. I knew the boy well. I've worked a lot with him as I volunteer in the classrooms often. My heart is broken for the family. 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Josh was super creepy. And totally guilty. I'm questioning the police work....or was Josh really that clever...what do you think? Did you listen to the entire podcast? 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yes I did and I do think the police should have put more pressure on him. Why didn‘t they ask him and the boys to take them to the place they went camping, for example? To me he didn‘t seem that smart. I‘d put some mental pressure om him but they stayed very pilote, never even asked him why he cleaned his whole house and minivan after being questioned. They were always a step behind him it seemed. Looking for the body instead of him... (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW ... making mistakes, which he did. And why didn‘t they really take the boys away from him and his creepy father? I feel frustrated by the case years after it happened. They let them all die without talking...! 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB YES!! Yes to all of that! My thoughts exactly! It's so aggravating!! They seem like obvious mistakes to me. But what do I know....I'm not a police officer! 😬😳🙄😔 Those poor innocent boys! That oldest boy knew something too I think. So many wasted opportunities.... 2w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yes, they should have spoken much more with the elders boy. It must have at least been possible to prove he lied!! Then again, when I heard the detective on the podcast he seemed very sincere. 2w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree. I think police officers have a lot of red tape to get through before they can arrest and everything they gathered was just short of that. Unfortunately. I'm sure the officers involved were frustrated and were also convinced that Josh did it. That's the vibe I got from the podcast. I know laws are in place for a reason, but sometimes those same laws inacted to protect are the same ones that let guilty people go free. 1w
53 likes2 stack adds23 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Mehso-so

Later today RHCP‘s bassist Flea 🌶hosts his bookclub live on Instagram. This month‘s choice was News of the World. I liked the ‘reading the news‘ subject as well as the relation between the travelling news reader and the little girl who travels with him through 19th century #Texas to be returned to her family after being kipdnapped by Kiowa indians.

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle Wow...I didn‘t know Flea has a book club! 3w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Cool isn‘t it? He is flea333 on Instagram 3w
Librarybelle Thanks! I‘ll have to check it out! 3w
See All 6 Comments
Cinfhen What??? Flea has a book club??? I want in!!!!! Didn‘t love this book either, and for such a short book, I still had trouble finishing it. What‘s next month‘s book??? 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen He hasn‘t announced yet but I‘ll keep you posted, or you can follow him on Instagram or Twitter. His handle is Flea333 🌶❤️ 2w
Cinfhen 🤟🏽 2w
69 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
post image

#auguststats #augustwrapup

Of 15 books these were my four favorites: one 5 stars, two 4,5 stars. It has been a very good month!

Cinfhen Ohhhh, you liked Turbulence too!!!! We‘re on a roll with a book choices 💕💕💕I really liked 3/4 of your picks. Wasn‘t a fan of 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen We‘re in sync again indeed 😀although I fear we won‘t agree on 2w
Cinfhen Ha!!! That might be the case 💋 2w
61 likes3 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
post image

🍀Washington: Where‘d you go, Bernadette
🍀Idaho: Faraway Places
🍀North Dakota: Three Women
🍀Texas: News of the World (current read)

Another four books finished in August. With 35 out of 50, I am still on schedule, although it gets more difficult to find good books for those last states. #ReadingUSA2019

Laughterhp For South Carolina you should try 3w
bromeliad I'm not sure if you like Neil Gaiman at all, but “American Gods“ includes House on the Rock, which is located in Wisconsin :) 3w
See All 26 Comments
Lcsmcat Montana - almost anything by Ivan Doig, although @leftcoastzen had a good one of his. For SC, 3w
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @bromeliad @Leftcoastzen @Lcsmcat Thank you friends, this is so welcome!! 💜 3w
squirrelbrain Well done Barbara - you‘re doing good! 😘 3w
Samplergal Great progress! I hear you attempting to find good books. If I can help let me know. I did enjoy this challenge. (edited) 3w
Samplergal This was a great book if you like non fiction. 3w
Bklover Part of The Goldfinch takes place is Las Vegas. You‘re doing great!!! 3w
Susanita I loved this book set in Indiana: 3w
Susanita Also let me know if you‘re still looking for Maryland books. 3w
Librarybelle Awesome progress! 3w
jessinikkip Way to go!! I'll be struggling to finish, hope I get a shot to redeem myself next year 3w
Rachel_nyc Great work! I‘m impressed! 3w
Pamwurtzler Nice work!! 3w
Cinfhen OMG!!! You‘re slaying it 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope so! I‘m still on track. It‘s a great challenge, especially with this year‘s trip to the US! 2w
Cinfhen Are u still missing books for states?? 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen my line-up is almost ready but I am still missing Nevada and Arkansas! 2w
Cinfhen I just posted a book today that is set in Nevada. It‘s a good read 2w
Cinfhen And this book is set in Arkansas and it was sooooo good 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you!! I‘ll go after them! 💕 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen I don‘t own either of the books, if I did I would send u both books. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know 😘 2w
54 likes26 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

All the lies! I liked every bit of this legal thriller that pierced my soul at times too- all the mistakes people make by thinking, acting, saying and not saying.

Blaire Me too! One of my fave reads this year. 3w
Rachel_nyc I knew you‘d like this one! 3w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Yes I was sure too! 3w
Cinfhen Liked this one a lot!! 2w
71 likes5 stack adds4 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
post image
Mehso-so

I don‘t get the hype about this book. I feel like I‘ve read it a thousand times before or seen it it real life. And I feel like Taddeo wanted to point out how all women in the end turned out to be victims, which maybe these three are, but it‘a not as if that‘s always the case when women are having sex with other people then their husband or without being married. So the book annoyed me more than I enjoyed it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #NorthDakota

squirrelbrain Agree with your review.... 😘 4w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I know what you mean now, about not liking it! 4w
Librarybelle I‘ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one. 4w
See All 9 Comments
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes, people seem to either love or hate it. 4w
Rachel_nyc My library ebook just came through. Despite the hype, I‘ve been hesitant to read it and your review makes me even more sure I‘ll fee the same way. Still going to give it a shot but glad I know what I‘m getting into. 3w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Maybe you‘ll like it, many people do. But to be honest, I doubt it 😉 3w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB ha ha! I doubted it before and with your review, I doubt it even more! I‘ll report back. 3w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it 😀 3w
Cinfhen Hmmmm, interesting. So far I‘m captivated 2w
84 likes9 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
post image
Panpan

I seem to be the first to not like this book but I really didn‘t. Although the storyline set in the present (two men waiting in a Spanish harbour for the girl Dilly to arrive) had some potential, the storyline set in the past (about the two men doing drugs and things - a subject I mostly find annoying) didn‘t work for me. This author has been compared to Beckett. That may be a compliment but I‘m no fan of Beckett either. Not at all. #bookerprize

TrishB Great review though 👍🏻 4w
Ruthiella I‘m no fan of Beckett either! I might read this if it wins the Booker however just out of curiosity.😀 4w
Redwritinghood I‘m not a Beckett fan, either, but I loved this book. I enjoyed the language and the simple, melancholy story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
See All 12 Comments
AnneCecilie I have no opinion regarding Beckett so I will still give this a chance 4w
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood I know what you mean. I was just too annoyed to enjoy the language even though I noticed that it was beautiful at times. 4w
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Do! Everyone loves this book, don‘t let my opinion ruin it for you 💕 4w
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I liked his book 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Okay when you say so, I‘ll give Barry another chance! 4w
vivastory I like your new profile pic btw 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory thanks! It‘s me and my son! 4w
jhod I agree! Reading this at the mo and just finding it dull! 3w
58 likes2 stack adds12 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Faraway Places | Tom Spanbauer
post image
Pickpick

A farmboy in Idaho in the 1950s becomes aware of injustice and bigotry; over the course of a long hot summer he witnesses a cruel murder and the false accusation of a black man. It is time for the boy to make up his mind and trust what he sees and believes in. He grows up fast. I enjoyed his voice and the atmosphere in this rural drama.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

Librarybelle Sounds like a good one! 1mo
LapReader That cover scares me off the book. 1mo
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 1mo
BarbaraBB @LapReader It‘s pretty dark, as is the book. But I think you‘d appreciate it @Kalalalatja! How was your night train by the way? (edited) 1mo
66 likes6 stack adds4 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

What a delightful witty book! Exactly what I was in the mood for. Bernadette is the most unconventional type of mother, surrounded by mothers who are judging her because she‘s not as active at the school of their kids as they are. So recognizable, it made me laugh out loud. A combination of events (all rather hilarious) lead to Bernadette‘s disappearance. Daughter Bee and her father set out to find her. Recommended!

#ReadingUSA2019 #Washington

squirrelbrain Sounds great! Stacked ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain If you haven‘t read a book for Washington yet, this is the one 😀💕 1mo
Djspens Love your shelves! 1mo
See All 10 Comments
BarbaraBB @Djspens Thank you, I just installed them! (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve done Washington already but never mind...! Still sounds worth reading.... 1mo
AnneCecilie I love this book, and your shelves 1mo
Librarybelle I really like this book! 1mo
Ddzmini Love your shelf‘s 🥰📖📚😋 1mo
Tamra I‘m going to have to check this one out - everyone seems to like it! 1mo
Kalalalatja Love your shelves 👌 1mo
81 likes3 stack adds10 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
post image
Pickpick

Tim Sunblade, an escaped convict, has planned a heist that will set him up for life. But the partner who helped him plan didn‘t survive the prison escape, so he has to find someone else. After all, it‘s a two-person job. Then he meets Virginia. Their cat-and-mouse relationship is memorable 💕
The story is noir crime fiction at its best, with great dialogue, a quickly moving plot and a startling ending.

Great choice, Katie! #NYRBBookClub

vivastory Great review! This should make for a fun discussion! 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think so too. Have you started yet? 1mo
vivastory I'm starting it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. 1mo
mklong I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m starting today too. 1mo
AlaMich I just finished this on audio and it was excellent. The narrator was perfect. 1mo
77 likes6 stack adds5 comments
review
BarbaraBB
All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
post image
Pickpick

This is one of the most beautiful lovestories I‘ve ever read. Liat and Hilmi meet in NYC and fall in love but they know it won‘t last. Because she is Israelian and he Palestinian. A wall and animosity seperate their two countries, which are so similar in a way. Yet love like theirs give hope that these barriers could be broken down one day. Because they talk and fight and make up and are willing to try again.
#Booked2019 A gift - thanks Cindy 😘

Cinfhen So glad you loved this one!!! Seems like we‘re back in sync 💗😉 1mo
Reggie I was so mad at the woman in here. Like when that woman is flirting at the party with him and her friend is like doesn‘t that make you mad and then she says it‘s practice for when he‘s not hers anymore. And then she gets sick and he takes care of her. Ughhhhhh she soooo took him for granted. I loved this book though!!!! Nice review! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie That was annoying but also very human I think. Both weren‘t perfect, he was so soft when his brother was around and he didn‘t defend her. But overall I must say I‘d kill for a guy like him 😍😉 1mo
See All 6 Comments
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read your review about it. Very good! 1mo
youneverarrived Looking forward to reading this one. 1mo
61 likes2 stack adds6 comments
review
BarbaraBB
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
post image
Pickpick

Four sisters move to the jungle of the Congo with their parents. The father is a fanatic missionary. All deal differently with this new reality that has an impact on the rest of their lives.
What I enjoyed about this book was all I learned about Congo‘s history. It felt so real that the country grew on me a bit as well. Also the characters are great (Rachel is hilarious)! For me the book could have had a 100 pages less though. #1001books #ATY2019

Ruthiella I loved this one too! 😀 1mo
TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
sisilia Leah is my hero! 😻 but I enjoyed finding wrongly-used words that Rachel dropped here and there.. it‘s so fun! 1mo
See All 6 Comments
BarbaraBB @sisilia Yeah, Leah is really cool and interesting. Rachel is so politically incorrect it made me laugh out loud! 1mo
MEGR I must have read that book 15 years ago and I STILL think about the ants 🐜 from the book whenever I see one in my own home! 1mo
BarbaraBB @MEGR Oh yes, those ants 😱 1mo
75 likes3 stack adds6 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
post image

I am home again. After 32 amazing days across the US it‘s hard to go back to reality now. But things immediately look better since I opened these two bookish parcels. You‘re both so thoughtful, Carolyn and Katja, and I am really touched by your words and the books. Your recommendation of them means a lot! Thank you so much ❤️😘

Kalalalatja That was fast! I‘m glad my little package made it a bit easier to get home, but it is always bittersweet when a lovely trip ends. I have enjoyed seeing all your photos, and have been more than a little jealous 😉💕 1mo
Megabooks So glad you made it home safely! 1mo
TrishB Looks like you had a wonderful holiday ❤️ 1mo
See All 14 Comments
Cathythoughts Sounds a great trip ! Always lovely to come home 1mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Kalalalatja - I‘ve loved seeing all the wonderful pictures of your trip Barbara! How nice to come home to gifts from lovely Littens 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you dear Meg 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thank you, I may be a bit sentimental due to my jetlag but I feel lucky to have you among my friends 💜 (edited) 1mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB the feelings mutual ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM Glad you had such a wonderful trip (I loved seeing your photos) and that the parcel was there when you got home. The book just won the Miles Franklin Award (I'm delighted) - I hope you like it. 1mo
JennyM Welcome home. I‘ve loved your pictures. Hope you ease back into reality slowly 😘 1mo
sisilia 32 days!!! Wow wow 😍 1mo
youneverarrived I‘ve loved your photos. Glad you had a great trip ♥️ 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Glad you made it back home and also glad you now have so many good memories and experiences of the USA 🇺🇸 😊 1mo
69 likes1 stack add14 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
post image

And the last stop of my vacation: Washington DC. I know everybody loves this book and I‘m sure I will too but so far I have a hard time getting into it.
@JessNevertheless tonight we‘ll check out some of your restaurant suggestions! Thanks again for the excel-sheet 😘.

DivineDiana It was not a favorite of mine. 😕 1mo
Soubhiville I did not love it. 1mo
rethier1 Welcome to town!! There are lots of things to see and do in DC, but if you have time, check out Old Town Alexandria (just across the river in VA)! 1mo
See All 25 Comments
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville @DivineDiana Really? I thought everyone loved this one! But, I am a 100 pages in now and think I am getting the rhythm. 1mo
BarbaraBB @rethier1 Thank you. What a great town! One of the thing that surprised me most in my trip across the US is how all cities different from one another! DC is so interesting, I think I could spend weeks in the Smithsonian. I‘d love to visit Alexandria but I am afraid there won‘t be time ☺️ 1mo
rethier1 Sounds like you‘ve had a fabulous trip! It is pretty cool how every city has its own personality. 1mo
Jess861 I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I think it‘s a good book , but I found it a little hard to get into as well. 1mo
Aimeesue Oooh, DC in August! Hothothot! At least the weekend's going to be a little less humid. The Mall at night can be pretty nice, too. And the downstairs cafeteria-type restaurant at the Museum of American History has the best fries in that area. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue It sure is hot 😅 but we had a great day and we had dinner close to our AirBnB in Capitol Hill at Rose‘s Luxury, which was absolutely great! 1mo
youneverarrived I love this cover! I‘m in Washington in October, you‘ll have to let me know any must sees etc 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I will! It‘s a great place to visit. The locals can maybe give you some suggestions as well! @JessNevertheless @Aimeesue 1mo
Aimeesue @youneverarrived Definitely do some pre-trip planning. DC is full of things to see and it's impossible to see them ALL in one trip. Smithsonian museums are extensive and free. The National Park Service oversees a lot of sites, but some (Ford's Theater, Wash Monumant) require free tickets for definite times. I love Mount Vernon, but that's in Alexandria and not free. The restaurant there is great and has GW's favorite peanut soup. The crispy🔽 1mo
Aimeesue Brussels sprouts salad is my favorite. A visit to Politics and Prose is a must for bookish folks. NPS https://www.nps.gov/state/dc/index.htm 1mo
ValerieAndBooks You have been visiting some great places! I love DC too. What about Library of Congress? I haven‘t been there yet but maybe you can or have? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Also I didn‘t care much for The Poisonwood Bible myself... funny thing is that I read it on a trip to London in 2000! 1mo
Aimeesue And I forgot about the Folger Shakespeare Library. If you want to see the reading room and the Seven Ages of Man stained glass windows, you have to reserve a spot on the tour on Sat or Sun. https://www.folger.edu 1mo
Cinfhen Can‘t believe it‘s your last day!!!!! Safe travels and I hope this book grows on you. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!! 1mo
youneverarrived Thanks so much @Aimeesue 😚 really helpful! I definitely plan on doing the Folger Shakespeare Library so thanks for the tip! I‘m there 5 nights so hoping to fit Alexandria in too. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, I am home again now! We had such a great time! I do like the Kingsolver now (almost halfway through)! Have a great time there Cindy, you know time flies so make the most of it ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Welcome home!!! I‘m so glad you had an awesome trip!!! It sounds like you created so many great memories ❤️I‘m still relishing all my days left 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Many, many memories to cherish for some time to come. You have a great country (I‘m not quoting DT) and I loved every moment of it! ❤️ 1mo
JessNevertheless Yay! Glad you got to check out Rose's Luxury! Hope you had an AMAZING time in DC!! Any other favorites I should pass along to other visitors? 1mo
BarbaraBB @JessNevertheless We went to Le Diplomate as well. Real French and very good. And in a nice neighborhood. Do you know it? Also we had an AirBnB in Capitol Hill, as you suggested. Very nice neighbourhood as well! So yes, we had an awesome time and I am missing it already! 1mo
JessNevertheless I do but I haven't actually eaten there yet, will definitely check it out eventually. Glad you liked the restaurant and the Hill. It is a really charming area! Hope you can visit again! 1mo
87 likes1 stack add25 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
post image

I ❤️ Flea and love to join this book club. I just wonder, is this book good? Should I read it? #instagram #flea333 #rhcp

ChasingOm I loved this book!! I listened to it on audio. 1mo
BarbaraBB @ChasingOm Thanks. That is so good to know! 1mo
Suet624 Really enjoyed this book too. 1mo
See All 10 Comments
intothehallofbooks This book is so so good!! 1mo
TrishB I‘ve had this on the pile for a while now! 1mo
Redwritinghood I liked this one. And it‘s really short, so not a big investment of time. 1mo
BarbaraBB @intothehallofbooks @Suet624 @Redwritinghood Thanks, you have convinced me! I‘ll try to join September 2 with Flea. Aren‘t you up to it yet @TrishB? 1mo
DivineDiana I liked this book. Heartwarming.❤️ 1mo
TrishB It hasn‘t leapt off the shelf yet! 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s short but packs a punch 🥊 although I did find myself skimming a lot for such a short book 🙄 1mo
53 likes1 stack add10 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Turbulence | David Szalay
post image
Pickpick

Based on @Cinfhen ‘s review I bought this one and she was right, it is very good! Losely connected stories, all based on people travelling by plane to go home, visit friends, family, escape the turbulence of their own life etc.
Just like in Szalay‘s other book, All That Man Is, his characters and plots are so interesting that I would like to read (much) more about all of them.

(Pic: Our AirBnB in The Hamptons, New York)

Cinfhen It really needed to be longer!!!! I loved this book but it left me wanting more. Did it storm by you today???? How many books did you read on your trip??? How many new books are you bringing back??? 1mo
Kalalalatja Looks lovely! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen we had a beautiful day but I think the storm is approaching now. I‘ll send you a copy of All that Man is when I‘m home, it is just as good as this one and longer! I just started my 17th book 😊 and bought 12... 🙈. We also bought an extra suitcase because my kids bought sneakers and stuff like that. How about you? Did Niki bring tons of book that had been waiting for you in her apartment 🤣?! (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen My stack of books is ridiculous 😜hubby is already having fits and I still have another 3 weeks left!!!! I‘d love to read All That Man Is xx thank you 😘have you posted your haul? I‘ll have to go back and see what you bought!!! I know you went to Strand 🙌🏻❤️ what an amazing trip you planned!!! I‘m sure kids had a blast. Zach ALWAYS brings back sneakers!! It‘s always our first (and last) stop😁 1mo
68 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

How far would you go to protect your loved ones? That‘s what keeps her parents going when Stella is arrested for murder. The story is told from the pov of al 3 members of this far from #perfect family. You feel you have to take side with one of them. As if they all stand trial - which in a way they do. I chose Stella because I could identify even less with the parents (esp the father). Interesting. #AyUpAugust

(Pic: Southampton beach, New York)

batsy Great photo! 1mo
ljuliel Really good book 📚 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked this book but I found the mother‘s actions most questionable 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
See All 8 Comments
Cinfhen You still out in the Hamptons??!?! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is true, but if I was Stella, I would have gone crazy with a father like that. Of course, as a parent I would go crazy with a kid like Stella 😂. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, it felt so good to do absolutely nothing that we booked an extra day. Tomorrow we‘ll leave. Have you left Long Island yet? 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha so true! We are still in LI but we‘re heading to Northern NJ for a long weekend with friends later today😄I‘m back in Philly Monday. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sounds like you have a lot of quality time with your family and friends, happy for you! 💜 1mo
66 likes8 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
post image
Pickpick

A truly wonderful book that many many people should read. Beside the incredible well written plot of a marriage falling apart and the children noticing, it describes the reality of our current world, in which our leaders refuse child refugees at our borders, and leave them by themselves in the most inhumanly way. Must read and must win the #Bookerprize

(Pic: Southampton, New York)

RidgewayGirl This was such a surprisingly powerful book. 1mo
Emilymdxn I loved this one too! I‘m waiting to proclaim a fave for the booker til I‘ve read the whole list but this has a solid shot at being my fave on the list 1mo
Rachel_nyc Wow you read quickly! Fantastic review and I love the cover of your copy! Great photo as well! 1mo
See All 11 Comments
AnneCecilie I have this out from the library and after seeing all the positive reviews I‘m looking forward to this one 1mo
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn You are right of course, I only read 4 of them. But I‘m sure I wouldn‘t mind if this one wins! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve got very little else to do at the moment 😉 1mo
Cinfhen Looks like you‘re relaxing and enjoying ~ and of course #stacked 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 😜🏖🍹 1mo
kindergartenkat LOVED this book! I was just wondering where you are that has that cover? 1mo
BarbaraBB @kindergartenkat I bought it in the Netherlands where I live so I think it is the UK edition! 1mo
kindergartenkat It just fascinates me! The US edition has a different cover 1mo
71 likes10 stack adds11 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The Other | Thomas Tryon
post image

Great idea Megan, to share our #20booksby2020! These are some of my choices of books to read before the end of the year. They are #bookerprize nominated books, books from the #1001books list, one to be read for the #nyrbbookclub and books for this year‘s various challenges (#booked2019, #ATY2019, #pop2019 and #ReadingUSA2019).

I am looking forward to seeing the reading plans from others 💕🤓

Cinfhen You‘ve got some AWESOME titles!!!! 1mo
Crazeedi Very well done! 1mo
Kalalalatja Great picks! 1mo
See All 7 Comments
Mdargusch Great list! 1mo
KarenUK Love your list 👍💕 1mo
megnews Great list! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
GatheringBooks this is in my list too 1mo
71 likes7 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Recursion | Blake Crouch
post image
Pickpick

Wow, what did I just read? An absolute mind-bending read about science, memory and time. A book of love and loss. Although a lot went over my head, reality as Crouch creates it, feels completely plausible. I couldn‘t stop reading and will be thinking of this one for some time to come. Worth the hype!

(Pic: Williamsburg, NYC)

Cathythoughts Great pic ... what a lovely trip 2mo
Scorpioseah My next read. 2mo
Avidreader25 I‘m halfway through it right now. Just wow! 1mo
See All 8 Comments
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕. We‘re having such a great time. One more week to go... 1mo
BarbaraBB @Avidreader25 Right? Looking forward to your review! 1mo
Rachel_nyc Ok I‘m officially stacking this now! I was just 3 blocks from where you took this photo. Are you still in NYC or off on a new adventure? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Really? That is such a coincidence! I am in The Hamptons now, in a very small AirBnB between HUGE villas! Helicopters are flying on and off picking people up 😱🤩 But we are very close to the sea and are having a few very lazy days! 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB The Hamptons can definitely be a little crazy! Enjoy your relaxing beach time! 🏖 1mo
94 likes5 stack adds8 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The Strand | Ellen Santilli Vaughn
post image

No idea why this fab bookstore isn‘t in the Litsy database but anyhow, I made it. And spoiled myself. Because I‘m worth it 😂😂❤️❤️

KatieDid927 It‘s not?! Nuts! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼 Haul pics please! 2mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳🥳 2mo
See All 33 Comments
ElishaLovesBooks Such a fabulous place!!! 💜 2mo
Kalalalatja Yes you are! 🙌🙌 2mo
saresmoore You are so worth it! 2mo
Lcsmcat I love that store! 2mo
Litsy Hmm, it should be in here already, but you're right that I'm not seeing it turn up in searching for a venue—even by the name it's listed under on LT (which is where we're pulling those names from) “Strand Bookstore“... 2mo
kspenmoll You totally deserve to treat yourself!!!‘ 2mo
BarbaraBB @Litsy Thanks for checking! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly I‘ll post my haul soon! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! Still on my bucket list!! Looking forward to seeing your haul. 2mo
Rachel_nyc My favorite bookstore! Looking forward to seeing your haul! 2mo
batsy 😁😁 2mo
Liz_M My second favorite bookstore! (I love the treasure hunt aspect of used books at HWUB). 2mo
emilyhaldi Always deserved!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I know that one as well. It‘s in Soho, right? I‘ve been there a few years ago and got lost in there! 2mo
Liz_M Yes, it's in Soho. I only go during the monthly 30% off Sale and try to limit myself to $50. 😁 It doesn't always work. 📚 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That sounds awesome. You can buy so many books that way! 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! You made it to Mecca 🙌🏻❣️🥳 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sure felt that way 😀😍 2mo
Cinfhen You still in NY??! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No, I left this morning. We are now at the beach in Southampton 😍. You are still in the beach house with your friends? (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen South Hampton is great!!! Yes, we‘re still with friends at their beach house in Atlantic Beach. Niki & her boyfriend are here too 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen that is so good, being surrounded by friends and family 💕. How long will you be staying in the US? 2mo
Cinfhen We fly back the last week of August. I think it‘s the 27!?!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh that is still so far away, how good for you! What are your plans after Atlantic Beach? 1mo
youneverarrived 😂👍 look forward to seeing your haul! 1mo
Hamlet “18 miles of books,” what a great store! Glad you found a way to visit it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hamlet Yes it‘s incredible! 1mo
LeahBergen You‘ve been having a great bookish holiday on my side of the pond while I was doing the same on yours! 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yes I had such a good time. Bookish and otherwise! And I even was in Canada for a bit. Amazing how different it is from the US just across the border! 1mo
86 likes1 stack add33 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
post image
Pickpick

Lanny is a little boy, busy talking to trees and doing other interesting things in the rural village he recently moved to with his parents - who both still live partly in London, at least mentally.
His mother arranges for Lanny to have art lessons with Pete, a local (once famous and controversial) resident. This provides the catalyst for the plot.
Continued below ⬇️⬇️⬇️

(Pic: Niagara Falls)

BarbaraBB This book contains so much: current themes of our society go alongside the spiritual presence of Dead Papa Toothwort, an ancient spirit who has seen all life in this place.
Although the climax felt a bit too constructed to me, I really enjoyed this book and think it‘s a worthy candidate for the #bookerprize.
(edited) 2mo
Emilymdxn Im so glad you enjoyed this, I loved it so much 2mo
Kalalalatja Agree with everything you said! 2mo
See All 8 Comments
Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo! 2mo
emilyhaldi I am looking forward to this one the most out of all man booker nominees 🤗 2mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It‘s an unusual read with gorgeous sentences. 2mo
Cinfhen Great review and excellent photo!!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Love love love! So surprised it wasn't shortlisted.. but this year's shortlist choices seem a bit sketchy.. 2d
82 likes1 stack add8 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Panpan

I had to read this one for the #1001books list but I have to admit it bored the hell out of me. I‘m sure it‘s a masterpiece which influenced many later books but listening to all those short stories (many of which I knew already because I am old and wise 😂) just was too much. I am glad I had the lovely and beautiful landscape of upstate New York to enjoy in the mean time.

(Pic: Aurora, Finger Lakes, New York)

AshleyHoss820 I personally enjoyed it but mostly because it gave me major nostalgia, which helps. 😂 I also read a few stories then read something else. All at once would be a bit tedious. 😊 2mo
Redwritinghood Oh, I remember reading these as a kid. Not sure I would enjoy them as much as an adult. 2mo
Kalalalatja I feel you! I read them all too close together, and they all got jumbled together in my mind 😅 2mo
See All 10 Comments
BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 I read them in between other books but even that didn‘t help! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood I read many of them as a kid too, a completely different experience! @Kalalalatja exactly. And I think Andersen‘s fairytales are way better, for kids as well as adults! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Oh, man!! That sucks! Some things are better left in our childhood, sometimes! 😄😄😄 2mo
Liz_M I think this is best in an abridged form and only trading one or two stories a day. 2mo
Cinfhen Just missed you!! We were in Lake Placid 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen We keep training eachother! I was impressed by upstate New York. I had no idea it would be so green and beautiful! 2mo
Cinfhen Agreed, upstate NY was just gorgeous 😍 2mo
58 likes2 stack adds10 comments
quote
BarbaraBB
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
post image

😂

Pruzy Haha, you would like that sentiment! 2mo
BarbaraJean Absolutely correct. 😂 2mo
JamieArc This part made me laugh out loud too. I loved these moments in the first half. The second half, I flew through and finished last night. I won‘t be mad if this one wins the Booker 😊 (edited) 2mo
See All 7 Comments
Cathythoughts There you are now ♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen Perfect!!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Really? I am halfway through and am enjoying it too. Looking forward to the second half! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts It‘s always nice to see your name coming up 😉😘 2mo
54 likes1 stack add7 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
post image

#julystats #bestofjuly

Of the 14 books I read this month, these three were my favorites (4,5* each).

emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 2mo
59 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
BarbaraBB
Chocky | John Wyndham
post image
Pickpick

Matthew (12) doesn‘t have a simple imaginary friend, he is talking to Chocky, a supernatural invader who learns Matthew scientific stuff way beyond his years.

Starting from this simple fact, John Wyndham has written a clever and fascinating SF story, centered around the intriguing question: if there are intelligent beings from another world, how and when will they get in touch?

#1001books (Pic: Toronto, Canada)

Megabooks Love Toronto! Are you enjoying it? 2mo
Cinfhen Great photo ♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen And awesome review😃 2mo
See All 9 Comments
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes very much. Great city with lots of cultures and cool places and neighbourhoods! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Another city I‘ve loved that I haven‘t been to in years!! That Bourgeois spider sculpture must be a relatively new presence there ! 2mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks I think it may be temporary. It reminds me of a similar spider in Tokyo and one I saw recently in Amsterdam (that I am sure is temporarily). But I couldn‘t find information about the artist. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Hmm! You got me curious— apparently the one in Toronto is *not* bu Louise Bourgeois but another artist https://www.dittwald.com/torontosculpture . However the ones in Amsterdam and Tokyo *are* Bourgeois https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/press/press-releases/louise-bourgeois-in-the-rijks... and https://tokyocheapo.com/place/maman-spider-sculpture-roppongi-hills/ 2mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Thank you so much for looking this up. I am really glad to know all this ❤️😘 2mo
ValerieAndBooks You‘re welcome — I‘m glad to know now, too! 🤗 2mo
64 likes6 stack adds9 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
post image

In July I have added three more books to the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge:
🍀 Utah: Under the Banner of Heaven
🍀 Arizona: The Expendable Man
🍀 Louisiana: The Fact of a Body

My total now is 31. Just 19 left!

BarbaraBB @Kaye (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle Great job! 2mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
See All 14 Comments
Hooked_on_books Nice! 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Almost there❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella Well done!😀 2mo
squirrelbrain 👍😁 Well done! 2mo
cjk What are the guidelines for this challenge? It looks like a lot of fun! Thanks! 😊📚 2mo
BarbaraBB @cjk We are trying to read a book or an author out of every state. We share what we read with the hashtag #readingusa2019. Under that hashtag you can find some inspiration and you are of course very welcome to join! The idea for this challenge comes from @Librarybelle 💕 (edited) 2mo
Louise Wow! That‘s great! 🎉 2mo
cjk Thanks for the information! I know what I‘ll be doing my day off. 📚😊 2mo
BarbaraBB @cjk Looking forward to what you (have) read! 2mo
kspenmoll Congratulations!!!‘ 2mo
JaclynW That's awesome! What a fun challenge! I will have to try that one year. 2mo
56 likes14 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

I have no respect for the author at all after all I learned about him in the past few months (he should write an autobiography!), but I did like this book. It‘s a solid thriller with an unreliable narrator who has agoraphobia, and it kept me reading half the night.

#Booked2019 #booktomovie

(Pic: Chicago. What an amazing city that is 😍😍)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good review! Happy vacation! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I love Chicago! 2mo
Readergrrl After reading your comment about AJ Finn, I googled and found a FASCINATING piece in the New Yorker about him (Dan Mallory). You are correct! I‘d love to read more about his own story. But I‘d rather a biography....I wouldn‘t trust a word of his autobiography! 😂 Or maybe both in a side by side publication? 😂 Wow! What a tale!! 2mo
See All 24 Comments
KarenUK @Readergrrl @BarbaraBB He did a signing where I work and was so charming and friendly and talked with many of us one on one. We all thought he was lovely! Then six months later I read that article!!!! 🙀 2mo
BarbaraBB @Readergrrl And Yes, a biography would be better 😂 2mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen What a great city, I had no idea! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft He certainly seems like a borderline sociopath, but I do have this book on my TBR. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m so mad we missed Chicago on our road trip...did you hit up any of Niki‘s recommendations??? 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I have not been to Chicago for 18 years, yet recognized right away where you were ❤ . Would love to go back and also to visit the new American Writers Museum. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes we went to two of her recommendations: Cindy‘s and RPM Italian, which was around the corner from our AirBnB. Both were great 💜And I really loved that city. I think I like it even better than NYC and SF. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks It‘s an amazing city, I didn‘t know much about it but was very impressed! I hope you‘ll be there one dag again too. And I am so sorry that I didn‘t know about that museum... I‘ve already left unfortunately. 2mo
Cinfhen How much longer will u be in the states??? 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you loved Chicago!! Niki keeps swearing she wants to move there!!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I completely understand Niki! We‘ll be flying home on August 11. What about you? I am in Toronto right now, tomorrow the Niagara Falls. Have you been yet? 2mo
Cinfhen I was in Niagra last Wednesday & Thursday, Toronto on Friday & Saturday Montreal on Sunday & Quebec City Monday & Tuesday. We just got to Lake Placid, NY about an hour ago. We‘ve been having a great time. 2mo
Cinfhen You still have another 10 days!!! That‘s awesome!!!! Where are u after Niagra??? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen did you like Toronto? I do very much! I‘d like to go to Montréal as well but we‘re up to Niagara tomorrow and then on to NYC but we‘ll stop somewhere in between tomorrow night. After NYC we want to go to the beach a few days, not sure where yet! Our final destination is DC, from where we fly back. How about you? 2mo
kspenmoll Sounds like an amazing vacation! Like @ValerieAndBooks I have not been there in years- even more than she, 25 yrs! I better get back... 2mo
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll Much will have changed, many new buildings, but I‘m sure you‘ll still love it! 2mo
Cinfhen Our friends have a beautiful beach house in Atlantic Beach, NY so we are heading there tomorrow night. We have theatre tickets for Thursday night and we‘re spending the weekend with our friends (and Niki & her boyfriend) at their beach house. Tuesday night we are going to see Queen preform in NYC then we‘re going to stay with different friends in NJ. We thought Toronto was great. We stayed at The Westin, right on the harbor. 2mo
BarbaraBB That sounds so good! Spending time with family and friends. And the beach. And NYC! Toronto‘s harbour is great, we are staying in Bellwoods, a really cool neighbourhood. Enjoy it all. And tell Niki to move to Chicago 😉😘 2mo
AlaMich I‘m so glad you loved Chicago! People do think we are just a “flyover” city, that the coastal cities (well, actually, we ARE a coastal city) are the real deal. But then they are surprised when they arrive and see how great Chicago really is. 1mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich It is definitely more than a flyover city. I admit I was surprised but now that I know I won‘t forget it. I even liked it better than NYC (at least in summer, it was so crowded there, too crowded!) 1mo
87 likes24 comments
review
BarbaraBB
Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
post image
Mehso-so

I went in with high expectations. A man wants to live like ‘folks‘ did in prehistoric times and brings his family with him. They are submitting to his wishes even though they don‘t want to relive ancient times themselves. I liked the premise of this novella but wasn‘t that impressed in the end.

(Pic: ‘Our‘ California Zephyr train at Denver Station, Colorado)

RaimeyGallant I'm torn on the premise. 2mo
GatheringBooks the book seems to fit right in! :) 2mo
AbigailDays The background looks straight out of a scifi novel! Sounds like an interesting premise, depending on how the author handled it. 2mo
See All 6 Comments
Kalalalatja I know I was part of getting your expectations up, so, sorry for that 😅 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes you were 😉 but almost all my peers here love this book and I wonder why I didn‘t. Reading back your reviews I can agree with all that is said. And yet it didn‘t have the impact on me it had on others. Unfortunately! 2mo
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks You‘re right! I didn‘t even notice that myself 😀😘 2mo
62 likes6 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
post image

I am travelling by train from Salt Lake City to Chicago. 36 hours through the scenery of Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. 36 hours to eat and sleep, read and listen to podcasts. Living the dream 😍😍

KarenUK That sounds wonderful.... enjoy! 💕 2mo
Megabooks Cool! I‘ve never been to Utah, Nebraska, or Iowa. 2mo
Blaire That sounds like a dream trip! I love long train rides. Utah is gorgeous! 2mo
See All 27 Comments
Mdargusch Enjoy! I love trains! 2mo
Lizpixie I love train travel! I used to take the XPT from Sydney to Brisbane then change to a Qld sleeper to Bundaberg. 22hrs Of clickety clack bliss. I‘ve always wanted to do the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth, right across the middle of Australia, or the Ghan, Adelaide to Darwin. When I was a teenager I used to skip school & ride the trains around Metro Sydney or up into the Blue Mountains all day.🚂🚊 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve done that route, years ago. The scenery is amazing. 2mo
batsy Lovely 💕 2mo
Kalalalatja Sounds amazing! 2mo
Simona Enjoy❣️ 2mo
8little_paws that's super cool! I love a good long train ride. 2mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re really taking a bite out of the US. That‘s great! And it coordinates well with our reading USA challenge. 2mo
youneverarrived Sounds lovely ♥️ and this is a brilliant book! 2mo
AlaMich What are your Chicago plans? 2mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich I hope to do a boat tour, visit the Art Institute and we have reservations for dinner at Alinea, my long time dream 😊. If you have any suggestions or must see‘s, I‘d love to hear them! 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes definitely, the reading challenge was perfectly planned! 2mo
AlaMich You are doing Chicago right!! My brother went to Alinea several years ago—also his dream—and said it was unforgettable. The Architectural Foundation boat tour is also fun and interesting. I know you don‘t have much time, so I would say you made very good choices! 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich Thanks! The tour by the Architectural Foundation seems great, thanks, I‘d love to see and hear more about Chicago‘s architecture! Thank you!! 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB @8little_paws @Simona @Kalalalatja @batsy @Lcsmcat @Mdargusch @Blaire @Megabooks @KarenUK It was a fantastic trip! In 36 hours the scenery went from desert to Rockies to agriculture, ending with the amazing skyline of Chicago. What a beautiful country you Americans have! So much space and emptiness! 😍 Also, many Amish people on the train. Super fascinating for this European - I never saw them before! (edited) 2mo
8little_paws @BarbaraBB I live in Chicago. Ask me anything! 2mo
8little_paws And yes the amish and mennonites often travel by rail. I grew up in the heart of new York's amish country! 2mo
8little_paws For a boat tour the architecture foundation one is great , you can also just buy a ticket for a water taxi and cruise around that way! Consider visiting the Chicago cultural center as well. If you want any other food recommendations just ask. 2mo
BarbaraBB @8little_paws @AlaMich You are so lucky! I am blown away by Chicago! I had no idea that it would be so beautiful and atmospheric and wow, I could live here! The Architecture Tour was awesome, Alinea was living the dream and next will be the White Socks game. I am smitten! 😍😍 Also, @Cinfhen thank Niki for her restaurant recs! We had breakfast at Cindy‘s, a great rooftop place viewing Millennium Park ❤️❤️ (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @8little_paws Thank you so much for your offer, I didn‘t know or I would have asked you a thousand things. We only have two days here unfortunately so we will be leaving again tomorrow. But I definitely want to come back! 2mo
Cinfhen Just seeing this now!!! Yay 😁 2mo
JaclynW The train would be such a fun way to travel! 2mo
emilyhaldi Omg so jealous of this!!! We Americans don‘t take advantage of the trains here... sounds dreamy ☺️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I noticed that about Americans using the train. It were mainly Amish/Mennonites, which I found very interesting as well! the train goes way slower than in Europe so I can understand you go by plane to cover such distance. But for me it was a great way to travel and see all the scenery. I loved it! 2mo
76 likes1 stack add27 comments
review
BarbaraBB
The Mother: A Novel | Yvvette Edwards
post image
Mehso-so

A parent‘s nightmare: their 16 years old kid was murdered. After seven months of grief and estrangement the trial against the boy who is accused of the murder starts.
A sad read but it didn‘t touch me as much as A Cupboard Full of Coats did.

(Pic: Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah)

AbigailDays That looks far more like a gothic cathedral than any of the temples I've seen. Thank you for sharing another beautiful picture! 2mo
Freespirit Wonderful picture😍 2mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays @Freespirit Thank you, you‘re so kind! It was special to see this Temple after reading a book about the Mormons of whom I knew next to nothing. 2mo
See All 6 Comments
JaclynW How did you like Temple Square? Did you go into any of the buildings to get more of the history? I can recommend lots more books about LDS culture (nonfiction and fiction) if you are curious. 2mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW We had a tour around Temple Square. Quite interesting. There was a free performance at the Tabernacle! 2mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Oh nice! The performances are cool. And yes, it is quite interesting. 2mo
64 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
post image

There we go again. No longer the #manbooker but still the #bookerprize. This year‘s longlist looks really exciting I think!

LauraJ Oh no! More books to read 📚 2mo
Ruthiella I love book prize long lists! I‘ve only read two (both thanks to the TOB)🎈 2mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! But I own the Obioma book, so hopefully I‘ll get to that soonish 🤞 2mo
See All 11 Comments
Simona O yes, looks quite challenging! 2mo
jhod I think its a great list, though I'm scared about the doorstop! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m looking at that door step too ..... 1000 pages 2mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t read any of these. So I‘ll start with the one I already own, Lanny. Then I‘ll see if my library has any of these. 2mo
jhod @Cathythoughts just read the goodreads reviews and they make me want to read it! 2mo
Cinfhen Need to investigate 🤓 2mo
Severnmeadows I thought Girl, Woman, Other was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Severnmeadows Thank you! It‘s one of the most appealing to me! 2mo
68 likes11 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
The King's English Bookshop | Salt Lake City, UT (Bookstore)
post image

You were so right, @JaclynW this bookshop is absolute fantastic! Such nice people working there! They helped my daughter choose some YA and I had a hard time buying just one book!

Amiable Such a cute-looking store! 2mo
AbigailDays Vacation idea: pick an interstate and visit all the cute, tiny bookstores along it. I'll have to try this! 2mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays And make it even better: stay away from the interstate and take the scenic byways! ❤️❤️ 2mo
See All 10 Comments
Tanisha_A Such a pretty sight. 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Looks gorgeous 2mo
Hooked_on_books Very appealing storefront 2mo
JaclynW The people there definitely make the bookstore even more special. The kids area is darling. They often have special events and author visits. We love it there! We don't make it there often unfortunately because we live an hour north of the store which makes it difficult for frequent visits. 2mo
JaclynW If you make it to the main branch of the SLC library, walk to the roof top for a great view of the city. 2mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW We left SLC but had a great time, also thanks to you! It is a place unlike any other and with some good food too! 2mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB It is definitely a unique place. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here.😊 Safe travels to your remaining destinations! 2mo
72 likes10 comments
review
BarbaraBB
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
post image
Mehso-so

I flew through this one and I had a good time reading about Evelyn but I‘m pretty sure I‘ll forget about her just as soon.

(Pic: Wasatch Mountains, Utah)

Megabooks I‘m not sure I‘m going to finish Mrs. Everything. Have you gotten to it yet? 2mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pic, shame about the book! 😁 2mo
JennyM Look at that scenery! Beautiful 🌲 2mo
See All 22 Comments
TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 2mo
Andrew65 Great picture! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Are you thinking about Mormon Fundamentalists while in Utah? 😱 2mo
Kalalalatja I‘m living through your pics 😍🙌 2mo
Lcsmcat Lovely picture! I miss those mountains! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No, but I almost bought it yesterday! Glad I didn‘t. Is it not worth it? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes! I feel the need for polygamy 😂. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m trying to decide whether to push through a section I find psychologically unpleasant. I like books that cover nearly the entirety women‘s lives, but it‘s just icky for me. I‘ll put it in a spoiler tag. 2mo
Megabooks One of the girls gets molested by her uncle. The scenes aren‘t graphic, but they‘re unpleasantly protracted for me personally. I just had to put it down. 2mo
AbigailDays Ohh, your pictures are just beautiful! I don't know how you concentrate on reading when the mountains look like that. 😄 2mo
Rachel_nyc I felt pretty much the same about this one (unsurprisingly!). It was a fun read but I figured out the “twist” early o and it felt very anti-climactic especially after all the hype. 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @JennyM @TrishB @Andrew65 @Kalalalatja @Lcsmcat @AbigailDays Thank you, I am so happy and grateful for having a chance to make this trip and visit all these wonderful places 💕 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I have just read two books about that same subject so I think I‘ll let this one go by for now. Thanks for the update! 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Of course we felt the same 💕! The twist wasn‘t very surprising indeed. I don‘t think the book needed that twist though, it was a bit far fetched imo! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Agreed! An enjoyable, breezy read but as you said, not one that stuck with me. Btw, I love seeing all of your photos of the trip! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Thanks! We are leaving the west soon, later this week we‘ll go by train to Chicago. I think that will be completely different! For now it‘s Salt Lake City though, a city different from any other American city I‘ve seen so far! 2mo
Cinfhen This was just meh for me too but your view is fabulous 2mo
JaclynW Our mountains!! 😍 Mountains are one of the things I love most about living in Utah. Fun fact: The Paramount Pictures logo was modeled after mountain I live on. If you get a chance to come back to Utah, go down south to our red rock mountains. They are completely opposite of what is up north. (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Moab, Canyonlands, etc.) 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘d really like to come back some day to see the south of Utah. It was the most obvious choice of course to go there after arriving in San Francisco but we like to go a bit off the beaten track. @JaclynW (edited) 2mo
80 likes22 comments
blurb
BarbaraBB
Recursion | Blake Crouch
post image

Out of the blue I found this lovely bookstore in Park City, a lovely small town in the Wasatch mountains. Thanks for your suggestion @JaclynW it is so beautiful here! In the bookstore, that also sells icecream and caramel apples, I bought the tagged book because everyone is raving about it on Litsy and it is way out of my comfort zone!

AlaMich If you‘ve never had a caramel apple, do yourself a favor and get one!! 2mo
AmyG What @AlaMich said. They are amazing. 2mo
AlaMich @AmyG 🙌 2mo
See All 12 Comments
Hooked_on_books Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!!! I haven‘t seen one of those in so long. We went there when I was a kid in Colorado. They always had a giant plush bear outside. 2mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich @AmyG I didn‘t had a chance when I posted this but I discovered another one in Salt Lake City where I am now, so I‘ll make sure to get one! @Hooked_on_books 2mo
arubabookwoman My sister has a home there in Park City so I've visited a couple of times, only in the summer (not a skiier). It's very pretty there. 2mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I was pleasantly surprised too! Such a pretty place! Have you visited the bookshop? 2mo
Cinfhen Stunning view!!! Looks like you‘re having an awesome time 😍 2mo
Purrfectpages I love their sign! 🐱 📚 2mo
JaclynW Oh yes!!! I love that bookstore too! I have been several times and I always buy me a chocolate treat or a caramel apple. I love Park City! It's gorgeous up there year round! I'm glad you are enjoying your stay! 2mo
JaclynW I should have recommended some restaurants up there. Did you find a nice place? There are several good restaurants up there. 2mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW It really is a great place and the mountains surrounding it as well. So beautiful! We had lunch at 501 On Main Street, which is across from Dolly! 2mo
85 likes1 stack add12 comments
review
BarbaraBB
post image
Pickpick

After Trump‘s election the world turns against a Muslim doctor working in rural Minnesota, his family and his religion. He encounters a lot of hate and tries to turn his anger into something positive: a lecture to explain Islam and address prejudices against it (terrorism, women, sharia).
A thought provoking book about an important subject. I could say much more but will refrain from politics here.

#Booked2019 Muslim author
(Pic: Rural Idaho)

kspenmoll Stacked! Thanks for a good review. (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 2mo
TrishB Great review. You could always put the politics in a spoiler and only those interested could read! I‘m always interested. Stacked 👍🏻 2mo
See All 14 Comments
Kalalalatja Great review! And I‘m with @TrishB ☝️ 2mo
JackOBotts I heard an interview with him NPR a week ago. I must‘ve missed the part where they mentioned he wrote a book. Stacked! 📚 2mo
AbigailDays Thanks for such a good review, that sounds like a really cool book. And another beautiful picture! 2mo
BarbaraBB His rage against Trump is so real and understandable. And I love that he demands an explanation from everyone who voted for him in a town where talking politics is a taboo. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Regarding the religion part: he writes a lecture explaining Islam to the locals, to get rid of prejudices. He compared the Quran with the Bible and shows they are much alike. My problem with this part however is that most prejudices against Islam are not based on its religious roots but on its interpretation by groups in various countries in practicing it (or using the religion for other purposes). (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB There is no real dialogue with the people who come and listen to his lecture. That is a chance missed I think. He is a well educated man who impresses with his knowledge but I doubt if he really connects to his public (the people in his tiny, religious and conservative town). 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Kalalalatja Above some of my thoughts regarding the political and religious themes of the book! 2mo
Kalalalatja Very insightful comments! 2mo
TrishB Thanks Barbara. Have stacked already! I think the Bible is also used like this - extremist groups interpreting its messages. I‘m not religious, but extremism is a problem with most religions worldwide. I would also love an explanation as to why people voted for hate filled Trump. Waiting for a GE in U.K. now. 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!! You‘re hitting so many states!!! Excited to be catching up on your trip 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This sounds fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to review and include the detailed comments. It‘s going on my TBR! 2mo
80 likes13 stack adds14 comments
quote
BarbaraBB
Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
post image

“The good thing, finally, is to lead a devoted life, even if it swings around and strikes you in the face.”

57 likes1 stack add
review
BarbaraBB
Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
post image
Pickpick

Baker strikes again with this fantastic book about a white boy who becomes obsessed with black jazz music and becomes the best horn player LA or New York has known until then. The reader feels the trip that his life becomes, drowned in alcohol, steamy as an underground jazz club.

I did like Daisy Jones, buy this book really rocks!

(Pic: The Painted Hills, Oregon)

Melissa_J So pretty! 2mo
CarolynM I definitely need to read this one. Stacked 🙂 2mo
DebinHawaii Gorgeous pic! You are in my old stomping grounds of Oregon--though I lived mostly in the Portland area. Enjoy! Hope you get up there and to Powell's. 📚📚📚📚📚 2mo
See All 20 Comments
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I think you do need to read it indeed 😉❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Unfortunately not. We need to get west (travelling from San Francisco) to make it in time to Utah where we are expected on the 23th 😀 2mo
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Is it a coincidence that @Hooked_on_books lived in Oregon too before moving to Hawaii? 2mo
DebinHawaii @BarbaraBB Bummer! But better on the wallet & checked baggage weight I suppose! 😆 (edited) 2mo
DebinHawaii @BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Hah! It's the Oregon rain! ☔️💦 Actually there are a lot of Hawaii people who go to university and/or move to Oregon & Washington so it's an exchange program I guess! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
AlaMich This sounds like such an amazing trip, and you are definitely making the most of it! 2mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich I am definitely trying to! It‘s a once in a lifetime trip probably 💕 2mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii There definitely seems to be an Oregon-Hawaii connection! I‘ve only lived here a few months but have met several Oregonians. The funny part is that I moved from a place in Oregon (north coast) that has twice the average US rainfall yet only half the rainfall I have here in Hawaii. I live in a rain shadow on purpose, as I grow a rainforest flower. Not the Hawaii most people think of! 🌺💦 2mo
AbigailDays The colors on those hills are so bright it almost doesn't seem real! You are giving me so many new places to add to my bucket list (and books to the reading list! ) 2mo
QuintusMarcus I love Bix‘s music - I‘ve always intended to read this book, but thought it would be to depressing. If you‘ve never heard them, look up Bix‘s recordings with a very young Bing Crosby - superb! 2mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays The colore are unreal, it is really gorgeous. One of the most beautiful landscapes I ever saw. Which State do you live in? 2mo
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus I am going to listen to them, thanks for the suggestion! The book is not depressing, it is very intense though! 2mo
AbigailDays @BarbaraBB I'm much further south, where the cactus and agave grow. I've never been up to Oregon, I had this idea it was all rain and pine trees! 2mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays I saw your pictures, it looks amazing! There are many pine trees in Oregon as well, it is really diverse! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m just loving your photos 🤩 2mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
72 likes5 stack adds20 comments