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BarbaraBB

Joined June 2017

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
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The Fugitive by Marcel Proust
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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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 👍🏻 15h
Ruthiella I‘m no fan of Beckett either! I might read this if it wins the Booker however just out of curiosity.😀 14h
Redwritinghood I‘m not a Beckett fan, either, but I loved this book. I enjoyed the language and the simple, melancholy story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13h
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AnneCecilie I have no opinion regarding Beckett so I will still give this a chance 10h
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. 9h
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Do! Everyone loves this book, don‘t let my opinion ruin it for you 💕 9h
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I liked his book 9h
BarbaraBB @vivastory Okay when you say so, I‘ll give Barry another chance! 9h
vivastory I like your new profile pic btw 5h
BarbaraBB @vivastory thanks! It‘s me and my son! 2h
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Faraway Places | Tom Spanbauer
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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! 2d
LapReader That cover scares me off the book. 2d
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 2d
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) 2d
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I think I just finished my favorite summer read, Meg. A perfect beach read but I think everyone has already read it 😀. Congratulations with your enormous Litfluence, well deserved, and thank you for your #25Etsy giveaway! ❤️💃💋

Megabooks I loved Bernadette! I‘ve read it twice. Thanks for entering! 😘 3d
KarenUK Loved this one.... 💕 3d
Rachel_nyc Such a fun book! I‘m always skeptical of adaptations but the movie looks good. 3d
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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 ❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain If you haven‘t read a book for Washington yet, this is the one 😀💕 3d
Djspens Love your shelves! 3d
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BarbaraBB @Djspens Thank you, I just installed them! (edited) 3d
squirrelbrain I‘ve done Washington already but never mind...! Still sounds worth reading.... 3d
AnneCecilie I love this book, and your shelves 3d
Librarybelle I really like this book! 3d
Ddzmini Love your shelf‘s 🥰📖📚😋 3d
Tamra I‘m going to have to check this one out - everyone seems to like it! 3d
Kalalalatja Love your shelves 👌 3d
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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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! 5d
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think so too. Have you started yet? 5d
vivastory I'm starting it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. 5d
mklong I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m starting today too. 5d
AlaMich I just finished this on audio and it was excellent. The narrator was perfect. 5d
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All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
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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 💗😉 1w
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! 1w
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 😍😉 7d
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TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 7d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read your review about it. Very good! 7d
youneverarrived Looking forward to reading this one. 5d
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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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! 😀 1w
TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 (edited) 1w
sisilia Leah is my hero! 😻 but I enjoyed finding wrongly-used words that Rachel dropped here and there.. it‘s so fun! 1w
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BarbaraBB @sisilia Yeah, Leah is really cool and interesting. Rachel is so politically incorrect it made me laugh out loud! 1w
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! 1w
BarbaraBB @MEGR Oh yes, those ants 😱 1w
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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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 😉💕 2w
Megabooks So glad you made it home safely! 2w
TrishB Looks like you had a wonderful holiday ❤️ 2w
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Cathythoughts Sounds a great trip ! Always lovely to come home 2w
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 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you dear Meg 😘 2w
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) 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB the feelings mutual ❤️ 2w
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. 2w
JennyM Welcome home. I‘ve loved your pictures. Hope you ease back into reality slowly 😘 2w
sisilia 32 days!!! Wow wow 😍 2w
youneverarrived I‘ve loved your photos. Glad you had a great trip ♥️ 1w
ValerieAndBooks Glad you made it back home and also glad you now have so many good memories and experiences of the USA 🇺🇸 😊 1w
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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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. 😕 2w
Soubhiville I did not love it. 2w
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)! 2w
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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. 2w
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 ☺️ 2w
rethier1 Sounds like you‘ve had a fabulous trip! It is pretty cool how every city has its own personality. 2w
Jess861 I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. 2w
Leftcoastzen I think it‘s a good book , but I found it a little hard to get into as well. 2w
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. 2w
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! 2w
youneverarrived I love this cover! I‘m in Washington in October, you‘ll have to let me know any must sees etc 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I will! It‘s a great place to visit. The locals can maybe give you some suggestions as well! @JessNevertheless @Aimeesue 2w
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🔽 2w
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 2w
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? 2w
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! 2w
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 2w
Cinfhen Can‘t believe it‘s your last day!!!!! Safe travels and I hope this book grows on you. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!! 2w
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. 2w
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 ❤️ 2w
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 2w
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! ❤️ 2w
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? 1w
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! 1w
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! 1w
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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. 2w
BarbaraBB @ChasingOm Thanks. That is so good to know! 2w
Suet624 Really enjoyed this book too. 2w
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intothehallofbooks This book is so so good!! 2w
TrishB I‘ve had this on the pile for a while now! 2w
Redwritinghood I liked this one. And it‘s really short, so not a big investment of time. 2w
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? 2w
DivineDiana I liked this book. Heartwarming.❤️ 2w
TrishB It hasn‘t leapt off the shelf yet! 2w
Cinfhen It‘s short but packs a punch 🥊 although I did find myself skimming a lot for such a short book 🙄 2w
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Turbulence | David Szalay
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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??? 2w
Kalalalatja Looks lovely! 2w
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) 2w
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😁 2w
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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! 2w
ljuliel Really good book 📚 2w
Cinfhen I really liked this book but I found the mother‘s actions most questionable 🤦‍♀️ 2w
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Cinfhen You still out in the Hamptons??!?! 2w
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) 2w
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? 2w
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. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sounds like you have a lot of quality time with your family and friends, happy for you! 💜 2w
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Goodbye Tony Morrison. Thank you for bringing us your language 💔

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😢😢😢 2w
Kalalalatja 💔 2w
CarolynM 💔 2w
ephemeralwaltz She is immortal 2w
ephemeralwaltz 💔💔💔 2w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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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. 2w
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 2w
Rachel_nyc Wow you read quickly! Fantastic review and I love the cover of your copy! Great photo as well! 2w
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AnneCecilie I have this out from the library and after seeing all the positive reviews I‘m looking forward to this one 2w
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! 2w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve got very little else to do at the moment 😉 2w
Cinfhen Looks like you‘re relaxing and enjoying ~ and of course #stacked 2w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 😜🏖🍹 2w
kindergartenkat LOVED this book! I was just wondering where you are that has that cover? 2w
BarbaraBB @kindergartenkat I bought it in the Netherlands where I live so I think it is the UK edition! 2w
kindergartenkat It just fascinates me! The US edition has a different cover 2w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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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!!!! 3w
Crazeedi Very well done! 3w
Kalalalatja Great picks! 3w
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Mdargusch Great list! 3w
KarenUK Love your list 👍💕 3w
megnews Great list! Thanks for sharing! 2w
GatheringBooks this is in my list too 5d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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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 3w
Scorpioseah My next read. 3w
Avidreader25 I‘m halfway through it right now. Just wow! 3w
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BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕. We‘re having such a great time. One more week to go... 3w
BarbaraBB @Avidreader25 Right? Looking forward to your review! 3w
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? 3w
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! 3w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB The Hamptons can definitely be a little crazy! Enjoy your relaxing beach time! 🏖 3w
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The Strand | Ellen Santilli Vaughn
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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! 3w
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼 Haul pics please! 3w
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳🥳 3w
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ElishaLovesBooks Such a fabulous place!!! 💜 3w
Kalalalatja Yes you are! 🙌🙌 3w
saresmoore You are so worth it! 3w
Lcsmcat I love that store! 3w
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“... 3w
kspenmoll You totally deserve to treat yourself!!!‘ 3w
BarbaraBB @Litsy Thanks for checking! 3w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly I‘ll post my haul soon! 3w
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! Still on my bucket list!! Looking forward to seeing your haul. 3w
Rachel_nyc My favorite bookstore! Looking forward to seeing your haul! 3w
batsy 😁😁 3w
Liz_M My second favorite bookstore! (I love the treasure hunt aspect of used books at HWUB). 3w
emilyhaldi Always deserved!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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! 3w
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. 📚 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That sounds awesome. You can buy so many books that way! 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! You made it to Mecca 🙌🏻❣️🥳 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sure felt that way 😀😍 3w
Cinfhen You still in NY??! 3w
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) 3w
Cinfhen South Hampton is great!!! Yes, we‘re still with friends at their beach house in Atlantic Beach. Niki & her boyfriend are here too 💕 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen that is so good, being surrounded by friends and family 💕. How long will you be staying in the US? 3w
Cinfhen We fly back the last week of August. I think it‘s the 27!?!! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh that is still so far away, how good for you! What are your plans after Atlantic Beach? 3w
youneverarrived 😂👍 look forward to seeing your haul! 3w
Hamlet “18 miles of books,” what a great store! Glad you found a way to visit it. 3w
BarbaraBB @Hamlet Yes it‘s incredible! 3w
LeahBergen You‘ve been having a great bookish holiday on my side of the pond while I was doing the same on yours! 😆 4d
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! 3d
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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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.
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(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.
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Emilymdxn Im so glad you enjoyed this, I loved it so much 3w
Kalalalatja Agree with everything you said! 3w
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Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo! 3w
emilyhaldi I am looking forward to this one the most out of all man booker nominees 🤗 3w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It‘s an unusual read with gorgeous sentences. 3w
Cinfhen Great review and excellent photo!!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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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. 😊 3w
Redwritinghood Oh, I remember reading these as a kid. Not sure I would enjoy them as much as an adult. 3w
Kalalalatja I feel you! I read them all too close together, and they all got jumbled together in my mind 😅 3w
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BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 I read them in between other books but even that didn‘t help! 3w
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! 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Oh, man!! That sucks! Some things are better left in our childhood, sometimes! 😄😄😄 3w
Liz_M I think this is best in an abridged form and only trading one or two stories a day. 3w
Cinfhen Just missed you!! We were in Lake Placid 😘 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen We keep training eachother! I was impressed by upstate New York. I had no idea it would be so green and beautiful! 3w
Cinfhen Agreed, upstate NY was just gorgeous 😍 3w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Pruzy Haha, you would like that sentiment! 3w
BarbaraJean Absolutely correct. 😂 3w
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) 3w
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Cathythoughts There you are now ♥️ 3w
Cinfhen Perfect!!!! 3w
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Really? I am halfway through and am enjoying it too. Looking forward to the second half! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts It‘s always nice to see your name coming up 😉😘 3w
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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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#julystats #bestofjuly

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

emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 3w
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Chocky | John Wyndham
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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? 3w
Cinfhen Great photo ♥️ 3w
Cinfhen And awesome review😃 3w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes very much. Great city with lots of cultures and cool places and neighbourhoods! 3w
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 ! 3w
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. 3w
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/ 3w
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Thank you so much for looking this up. I am really glad to know all this ❤️😘 3w
ValerieAndBooks You‘re welcome — I‘m glad to know now, too! 🤗 3w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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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) 3w
Librarybelle Great job! 3w
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Cinfhen Wow!!! Almost there❤️ 3w
Ruthiella Well done!😀 3w
squirrelbrain 👍😁 Well done! 3w
cjk What are the guidelines for this challenge? It looks like a lot of fun! Thanks! 😊📚 3w
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) 3w
Louise Wow! That‘s great! 🎉 3w
cjk Thanks for the information! I know what I‘ll be doing my day off. 📚😊 3w
BarbaraBB @cjk Looking forward to what you (have) read! 3w
kspenmoll Congratulations!!!‘ 3w
JaclynW That's awesome! What a fun challenge! I will have to try that one year. 3w
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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! 4w
Leftcoastzen I love Chicago! 4w
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!! 4w
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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!!!! 🙀 4w
BarbaraBB @Readergrrl And Yes, a biography would be better 😂 4w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen What a great city, I had no idea! 4w
4thhouseontheleft He certainly seems like a borderline sociopath, but I do have this book on my TBR. 4w
Cinfhen I‘m so mad we missed Chicago on our road trip...did you hit up any of Niki‘s recommendations??? 3w
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. 3w
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) 3w
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. 3w
Cinfhen How much longer will u be in the states??? 3w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you loved Chicago!! Niki keeps swearing she wants to move there!!!! 3w
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? 3w
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. 3w
Cinfhen You still have another 10 days!!! That‘s awesome!!!! Where are u after Niagra??? 3w
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? 3w
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... 3w
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll Much will have changed, many new buildings, but I‘m sure you‘ll still love it! 3w
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. 3w
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 😉😘 3w
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. 2w
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!) 2w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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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. 4w
GatheringBooks the book seems to fit right in! :) 4w
AbigailDays The background looks straight out of a scifi novel! Sounds like an interesting premise, depending on how the author handled it. 4w
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Kalalalatja I know I was part of getting your expectations up, so, sorry for that 😅 4w
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! 4w
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks You‘re right! I didn‘t even notice that myself 😀😘 4w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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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! 💕 4w
Megabooks Cool! I‘ve never been to Utah, Nebraska, or Iowa. 4w
Blaire That sounds like a dream trip! I love long train rides. Utah is gorgeous! 4w
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Mdargusch Enjoy! I love trains! 4w
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.🚂🚊 4w
Lcsmcat I‘ve done that route, years ago. The scenery is amazing. 4w
batsy Lovely 💕 4w
Kalalalatja Sounds amazing! 4w
Simona Enjoy❣️ 4w
8little_paws that's super cool! I love a good long train ride. 4w
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. 4w
youneverarrived Sounds lovely ♥️ and this is a brilliant book! 4w
AlaMich What are your Chicago plans? 4w
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! 💕 4w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes definitely, the reading challenge was perfectly planned! 4w
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! 😊 4w
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!! 💜 4w
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) 4w
8little_paws @BarbaraBB I live in Chicago. Ask me anything! 4w
8little_paws And yes the amish and mennonites often travel by rail. I grew up in the heart of new York's amish country! 4w
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. 4w
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) 4w
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! 4w
Cinfhen Just seeing this now!!! Yay 😁 3w
JaclynW The train would be such a fun way to travel! 3w
emilyhaldi Omg so jealous of this!!! We Americans don‘t take advantage of the trains here... sounds dreamy ☺️ 3w
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! 3w
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The Mother: A Novel | Yvvette Edwards
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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! 1mo
Freespirit Wonderful picture😍 4w
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. 4w
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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. 3w
BarbaraBB @JaclynW We had a tour around Temple Square. Quite interesting. There was a free performance at the Tabernacle! 3w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Oh nice! The performances are cool. And yes, it is quite interesting. 3w
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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 📚 1mo
Ruthiella I love book prize long lists! I‘ve only read two (both thanks to the TOB)🎈 1mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! But I own the Obioma book, so hopefully I‘ll get to that soonish 🤞 1mo
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Simona O yes, looks quite challenging! 1mo
jhod I think its a great list, though I'm scared about the doorstop! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m looking at that door step too ..... 1000 pages 1mo
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. 1mo
jhod @Cathythoughts just read the goodreads reviews and they make me want to read it! 1mo
Cinfhen Need to investigate 🤓 1mo
Severnmeadows I thought Girl, Woman, Other was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed it. 4w
BarbaraBB @Severnmeadows Thank you! It‘s one of the most appealing to me! 4w
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The King's English Bookshop | Salt Lake City, UT (Bookstore)
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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! 1mo
AbigailDays Vacation idea: pick an interstate and visit all the cute, tiny bookstores along it. I'll have to try this! 1mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays And make it even better: stay away from the interstate and take the scenic byways! ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Tanisha_A Such a pretty sight. 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Looks gorgeous 1mo
Hooked_on_books Very appealing storefront 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
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! 4w
JaclynW @BarbaraBB It is definitely a unique place. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here.😊 Safe travels to your remaining destinations! 4w
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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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? 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pic, shame about the book! 😁 1mo
JennyM Look at that scenery! Beautiful 🌲 1mo
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TrishB Gorgeous ❤️ 1mo
Andrew65 Great picture! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Are you thinking about Mormon Fundamentalists while in Utah? 😱 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m living through your pics 😍🙌 1mo
Lcsmcat Lovely picture! I miss those mountains! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No, but I almost bought it yesterday! Glad I didn‘t. Is it not worth it? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Yes! I feel the need for polygamy 😂. 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
AbigailDays Ohh, your pictures are just beautiful! I don't know how you concentrate on reading when the mountains look like that. 😄 1mo
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. 1mo
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) 1mo
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! 😘 1mo
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! 1mo
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! 1mo
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! 1mo
Cinfhen This was just meh for me too but your view is fabulous 1mo
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.) 1mo
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) 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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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!! 1mo
AmyG What @AlaMich said. They are amazing. 1mo
AlaMich @AmyG 🙌 1mo
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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. 1mo
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 1mo
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. 1mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I was pleasantly surprised too! Such a pretty place! Have you visited the bookshop? 1mo
Cinfhen Stunning view!!! Looks like you‘re having an awesome time 😍 1mo
Purrfectpages I love their sign! 🐱 📚 1mo
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! 1mo
JaclynW I should have recommended some restaurants up there. Did you find a nice place? There are several good restaurants up there. 1mo
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! 1mo
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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) 1mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 1mo
TrishB Great review. You could always put the politics in a spoiler and only those interested could read! I‘m always interested. Stacked 👍🏻 1mo
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Kalalalatja Great review! And I‘m with @TrishB ☝️ 1mo
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! 📚 1mo
AbigailDays Thanks for such a good review, that sounds like a really cool book. And another beautiful picture! 1mo
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) 1mo
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) 1mo
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). 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Kalalalatja Above some of my thoughts regarding the political and religious themes of the book! 1mo
Kalalalatja Very insightful comments! 1mo
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. 1mo
Cinfhen Wow!! You‘re hitting so many states!!! Excited to be catching up on your trip 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This sounds fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to review and include the detailed comments. It‘s going on my TBR! 3w
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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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“The good thing, finally, is to lead a devoted life, even if it swings around and strikes you in the face.”

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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! 1mo
CarolynM I definitely need to read this one. Stacked 🙂 1mo
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. 📚📚📚📚📚 1mo
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BarbaraBB @CarolynM I think you do need to read it indeed 😉❤️ 1mo
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 😀 1mo
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Is it a coincidence that @Hooked_on_books lived in Oregon too before moving to Hawaii? 1mo
DebinHawaii @BarbaraBB Bummer! But better on the wallet & checked baggage weight I suppose! 😆 (edited) 1mo
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! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
AlaMich This sounds like such an amazing trip, and you are definitely making the most of it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @AlaMich I am definitely trying to! It‘s a once in a lifetime trip probably 💕 1mo
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! 🌺💦 1mo
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! ) 1mo
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! 1mo
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? 1mo
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus I am going to listen to them, thanks for the suggestion! The book is not depressing, it is very intense though! 1mo
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! 1mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays I saw your pictures, it looks amazing! There are many pine trees in Oregon as well, it is really diverse! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m just loving your photos 🤩 1mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous!! ❤️❤️ 4d
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This book is a poem, a lovesong, a serenade, a celebration. Of New York City and of Oliver Sacks. Every sentence in this book feels genuine and intimate. Hayes writes with so much respect about the people who make his city and about the two lovers who made him into the man who wrote this wonderful quiet book.

(Pic: Oregon‘s forests)

squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR.... are you having a fab time?! 1mo
arubabookwoman I hope you got to (or will) get to the Oregon coast--among the most beautiful places in the world!! 1mo
Tamra Mine kinda setting! 1mo
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JennyM That sounds fantastic! You look to be having a great time, too ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @JennyM I am! It‘s completely different from Europe! And this book... read it 💕 (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman Unfortunately we won‘t. I know it must be gorgeous but so are the Painted Hills where we are staying now. It really is a beautiful state! 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tamra Are you living nearby? Oregon is so beautiful! 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi You were so right about this book! I loved it 💜. @Rachel_nyc @Liz_M @mrozzz If you haven‘t read it yet, do. It‘s a poem on your city! 😘 (edited) 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB no, but I grew up in AK and we every summer we camp for an extended period in the mountain west. 🤗 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tamra That must have been lovely ❤️ 1mo
emilyhaldi Oh, I‘m so so happy you loved it!!! ❤️ and that I now have someone else to share my love for this book with 😆 You described it perfectly ✨ enjoy your travel!!! 1mo
batsy That looks simply magical 🌳🌲😍 1mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Haven‘t read it yet but have added to my TBR! 1mo
CarolynM I've wondered about this one for a while. The interviews he did when it was first published were really interesting. You and @emilyhaldi have convinced me to stack it. 1mo
mrozzz Ahhhhh I love that you loved it. I have it somewhere- hopefully I‘ll find it while moving! 1mo
BarbaraBB @mrozzz You‘re moving? Where to? 😘 1mo
mrozzz With my husband to an apartment in our hometown. It‘s close to his work so it makes sense 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB @mrozzz You‘re leaving NYC then? 1mo
mrozzz Still working in NYC for the foreseeable future! Our hometown is where I started commuting from years ago so at least I know what to expect. 1mo
Cinfhen Are u using filters??? The colors are so vivid!!! And you‘re reading SO MUCH!!! I can‘t seem to read anything 😝 1mo
BarbaraBB No filters! It really is gorgeous. And I‘ve loved the emptyness and rawness of the landscape. How is your trip going? @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Yet another book about child molestation and its impact on the rest of a child‘s life. Marzano feels a connection between her own youth, that of phedophile and murderer Ricky Langley and the mother of the child he killed, which led to his conviction. She wants to understand what has driven them to be able to deal with her own past.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Louisiana
(Pic: Crater Lake, Oregon)

arubabookwoman You‘re as far north as Crater Lake?? Are you coming as far north as Washington state (Seattle)? 1mo
Hooked_on_books Hey, I recognize that lake! If you‘re still there and haven‘t seen it, there‘s a great video at the visitors‘ center that isn‘t right at the rim. It talks about how the lake formed from Mount Mazama. 1mo
Kalalalatja Stunning photo! 1mo
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Megabooks Wow!! Amazing!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I‘d love to see Seattle but it‘s too far north this time. We‘ll be going west from here. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Too late! But the Lake is stunning. Do you live nearby? 1mo
AbigailDays Wow, that's beautiful! Crater Lake has been on my bucket list for ages. Can't wait to see more of your pictures! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Not anymore. I lived in Grants Pass, not terribly far from there, for 3 years and northern Oregon for another 6, so if you‘re headed to the Cannon Beach/Astoria area, I can give you tips. And if you‘re going to Portland, you MUST go to Powell‘s. I live in Hawaii now. 🌴🌺 1mo
CarolynM 😍Gorgeous! 1mo
Cathythoughts Stunning view ✨ 1mo
Henrik_Madsen What a stunning view - and the book sounds interesting too. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks My family and I camped at Crater Lake when I was young 😊 1mo
Rachel_nyc Gorgeous photo! I hope you‘re having a great trip! 1mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays Thank you! We will be travelling for a whole month so I hope to see many great places in the US! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Hawaii, cool! Completely different from Oregon, which I‘m loving by the way. I won‘t be making it to Portland unfortunately. I went book shopping though in SF and have another on my list in Salt Lake City (thanks to @JaclynW the next big city I‘ll get to! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @Cathythoughts @Henrik_Madsen @Rachel_nyc Thanks. I am seeing some places in Oregon that are among the most beautiful I‘ve ever seen 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks You will have good memories of that trip, I suppose. Camping here has been quite special! So beautiful! (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s been an interesting change for sure. I‘m enjoying it. Oregon is such a beautiful place—I‘m glad I got to spend so much time there. Enjoy it! 1mo
Centique That is a gorgeous view! 1mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo! 1mo
JaclynW Crater Lake is amazing! I'm glad you got to see it! Safe travels to SLC! Did I tell you about The King's English bookstore? And the SLC library (main branch)? Both are worth visiting. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW I made a note of the bookstore already and added the library now. We‘ll be there after the weekend. Looking forward to it! 1mo
Cinfhen Another spectacular photo! I have this book on kindle and audio!! Maybe it‘ll break my reading slump🧐 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen A reading slump or just no time to read with your family and friends around? That is a good reason for not reading 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Also I don‘t think this one will break the slump. This one may, it is an easy engaging read, full of great sentences: 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendations!! It‘s a combination of limited free time and no desire to pick up a book 😝 1mo
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When a couple inherits a lake their whole life changes. Because in the Lake they discover many mussels and pearls. What to do with this sudden wealth? Is it allowed to use if for a risky medical treatment for their handicapped son? Will the money enrich them when they have been so happy without it?

(Pic: Pacific Coast, Mendocino, California)

Megabooks I hope you‘re enjoying your trip! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Did you go to Gallery Bookshop? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen No... where is it? 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very much! The pacific coast is incredible! So wild and beautiful! 1mo
Graywacke Nice background! 1mo
AbigailDays Wow, your pictures are beautiful! 1mo
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays Thank you! So are your desert pictures. I hope to see a bit of the desert too while travelling through the US! 1mo
AlaMich Mendocino is beautiful! 1mo
Cinfhen What a trip!!! I‘m loving your photos 🙌🏻♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you! 💜 1mo
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City Lights Books | San Francisco, CA (Bookstore)
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I can cross bookstore #1 off the bucketlist ✔️
What a great place, I could have stayed there forever but unfortunately I had three people outside waiting for me! I do have two new books in my #Posession though 😍. #LilithJuly

KarenUK And your weather looks fabulous too...😊💕 1mo
Leftcoastzen Isn‘t it just heaven?Every section lovingly and pointedly selected .I miss it so. 1mo
arubabookwoman My CityLights story: In 1969 before we were married I was returning to college after visiting my parents in Singapore and my boyfriend, now husband, was going to summer school at Stanford, so I stopped in SF for a visit. We went to CityLights, much smaller than it is now (more like a hole-in-the-wall) and Ferlinghetti was sitting in the back reading. I wish I had been brave enough to have him sign the 2 poetry books of his I bought. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman That is great, that it is such an old place. So much history! And Ferlinghetti in there reading, wow! 1mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness!!!! I was looking at that blue sky too @KarenUK and GREAT story @arubabookwoman 💕so what did u buy @BarbaraBB !??!! 1mo
batsy I can't wait to see your haul from this trip! 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Wow ! Great shot 1mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! I enjoyed shopping there on my visit, too. 1mo
Kalalalatja Great photo! And your photos are giving me serious wanderlust 😍 1mo
youneverarrived 😍😍 1mo
Tanisha_A Enjoyyyy! Looking forward to your photographs! 😍 1mo
PaperbackPirate My first time there my family all waited in the car & I was thinking What is wrong with you people?! It‘s lovely. Glad you got to visit too. 1mo
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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I knew nothing about this book except that some of my peers here recommend it (looking at you @Liz_M 😀) and that I can‘t resist Persephone. Diving in unprepared is what made this highly suspenseful noir so powerful. I can‘t say too much. Just read it. And don‘t read reviews on forehand. Dorothy Hughes made me feel how the main character must have felt. Impressive!

#ReadIngUSA2019 #Arizona
(Pic: San Francisco)

MicheleinPhilly Pretty sure I have the NYRB version of this! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘d rather be in Alamo square than in Arizona where it‘s going to be be about 50 degrees hotter than SF. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Yes! There is a NYRB as well as a Persephone edition! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Sharp eye! Temperature here is perfect 😘 1mo
Leftcoastzen I am ex Bay Area person ,Az is too hot.Enjoy your trip! 1mo
Liz_M I am so glad you loved it as much as i do! I thought Hughes wrote a most excellent set up. 😍 1mo
Tamra I just read the first sentence of the blurb and I‘m sold! 1mo
Librarybelle 👍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tamra I am sure you‘ll love it! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Can‘t mistake those SF Victorians 💖. Looking forward to following your trip! 1mo
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This is not about religion, fundamentalist Mormonism (FLDS) is about frustrated white men abusing women and children. I knew nothing about it, LDS is no big thing in my country but I am really shocked. And upset and angry. That is, if Krakauer used a balanced hand while writing. I tend to believe all he says, but maybe I shouldn‘t? What do you think, fellow buddy readers?

#bannerbuddy #ReadingUSA2019 #Utah

bookandcat I have read part of this book (haven't finished it yet) but did read other books about FLDS. Warren Jeffs was incredibly abusive and so were many in his and similar communities. Even members of other offshoot communities of LDS will say so. Krakauer tends to be a very fair reporter in his writing, even about controversial subjects. It's heartbreaking. 1mo
cathysaid I'm a little obsessed with the FLDS and other “fringe“ (for lack of a better word) religions. Based on the books I have read, I completely believe this is true. Read anything about Warren Jeffs and you might be surprised. Memoirs by women who have managed to escape FLDS are especially frightening. I am sure there are kind and loving people in the FLDS but man do they also have some screwed up members! (edited) 1mo
Tove_Reads Oh good old Brigham Young with his 55 wives... To become a state they officially had to get rid of polygamy in Utah. 1mo
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marleed I read this a long time ago but have always kept the book. He did an excellent job in reporting this story. I‘m thinking at the time I read this Warren Jeffs still had some legitimacy which now seems unimaginable. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I still have to start it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ It‘s been a busy week. ☹️ 1mo
Stacy_31 I‘m only a few chapters in, as we just returned from vacation on Sunday. But from what I‘ve read, Krakauer is pretty spot-on. Last year, I read Carolyn Jessop‘s memoir, Escape, in which she escaped LDS with her children. Some of them were so indoctrinated at their young ages, that they were angry with her for leaving. 😢. I‘m sure there are good people in the religion, but there seems to be an incredible amount of brainwashing involved. (edited) 1mo
Aimeesue My mom and her husband are LDS. The whole religion is weird, but maybe that's to be expected when you base it on angel- endowed golden plates that you need special glasses to read, which then disappear after good ol' Joe read them. It's the underwear that kills me, though. Well, that and the entrenched gender roles that the religion is built to reinforce and support. 1mo
BarbaraBB @cathysaid I understand that obsession. I know @britt_brooke has been too. I am completely blown away about what‘s happening TODAY! 1mo
BarbaraBB @bookandcat I think and hope FLDS is completely different from LDS. It must be hard for LDS to be associated with people like Warren Jeffs, Brigham Young and the Lafferty brothers. @Tove_Reads 1mo
BarbaraBB @marleed I hope it is unimaginable. I doubt everything after finishing this book 😳 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @Stacy_31 I will be following what you‘ll think! 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue Please tell me more about the underwear 😂😉! Seriously though, your mother turned LDS after meeting her husband? You weren‘t brought up that way? I am fascinated I have to admit, and I hope the differences between LDS and FLDS are huge! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through, and everyone in this book is nuts! I love the terribly convenient “revelations.” 🙄 Every fundamentalist religion is frightening and about control, but I see a lot of control in LDS as well given the low status of women. I‘ve wanted to throw this book several times but nothing in it truly surprises me. I live in a fucked up country. 😕 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Is that so, that women have a low status in LDS as well? Why is it so popular then? Your country is so weird sometimes I really don‘t understand it at all! 1mo
bookandcat @BarbaraBB yes, LDS is mainstream Mormonism. FLDS is one kind of offshoot that takes some of the original Joseph Smith principles more literally and extremely. LDS has disowned FLDS and other offshoots. However, if you want a very, very irreverent explanation of the history/founding of Church of LDS, check out Season 7 Episode 12 of South Park (All About Mormons). It's a musical episode. 1mo
Aimeesue @BarbaraBB Yes, she joined with her husband. I was definitely NOT brought up LDS. Almost the exact opposite - I was brought up in the progressive United Church of Christ, but am now an atheist and a Unitarian Universalist. Yes, I am an atheist who goes to church! 😄 (edited) 1mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Mainstream LDS is way different than FLDS, but it‘s still an odd religion, IMO. I lived in Salt Lake City for a couple of years and know several Mormons where I live now and there are definitely some weird rules. My female friends don‘t wear the “underwear” but some of the men do. As an atheist myself, I find any type of ritualistic stuff completely bizarre. FLDS is a whole other whacked out, completely subservient, mind fuck. 1mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB There are several books out there about the Arizona/Utah border towns and the Yearning for Zion compound in Texas all controlled by pedophile and complete sociopath Warren Jeffs. I also recommend the documentary “Prophet‘s Prey.” It‘s based on a book of the same name. (edited) 1mo
Rachel_nyc @bookandcat 🤣🤣🤣I love that episode! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I too tend to trust Krakauer‘s journalism. As others have already stated, FLDS is completely different and like most fundamentalist offshoots, they are their own brand of crazy! I don‘t know a whole lot about LDS but it is definitely a quirky religion. The underwear mentioned is super weird but the simple rule of no alcohol or caffeine is enough for me to give it a big NO from me! 1mo
Librarybelle I‘ve found the comments from the buddy readers to be interesting - I haven‘t read this yet. Sounds like a shocking read! 1mo
BarbaraBB @bookandcat Thanks you for the South Park suggestion! I will definitely watch! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue The underwear is a big thing! I had no idea! It must be hard to see your mother make such extreme choices. And I love that your an atheïst going to church. Thanks for your story ? 1mo
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke Thank you, I‘ll look out for Prophet‘s Prey. It sounds so scary. As do those FLDS communities in Arizona/Utah. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc All those rules scare me off! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB You and me both! The book went a little ways into the lower status of women in LDS: all men are automatically in the “priesthood” but women are not allowed, women are measured by how many children they have and are encouraged not to work outside the home. I chafe at those forms of control. 1mo
Tove_Reads Been meaning to read this book for years. Finally placed a hold and will get it soon! 1mo
Tove_Reads We have this odd religion here with 100 000 followers. Naturally the only ones going to heaven... They have 10+ kids, women are birthing machines. No alcohol, TV, music (unless it‘s psalms), dancing, makeup etc. internet and smoking are OK. Men rule and women obey. Our former PM belongs to an offshoot of this movement. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads LDS too or another cult? It does sound ridiculous too! 1mo
Tove_Reads It‘s a separate one. Almost all live in Finland, some in Sweden and the U.S. They are Lutherans, but have formed their own movement far from what Protestants normally are. We have LDS all over the country, but I doubt FLDS could ever officially be a religion here. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads It sounds fascinating, I need to Google that! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads Thanks for posting. Unreal!! 1mo
JaclynW I do think Krakauer does his journalistic duty to provide facts. As many stated above, there are several crazy (and honestly very sad) stories stemming from fundamentalist religions. There are many such stories here in Utah with the FLDS. Also from the LDS mainstream too.⬇️ 1mo
JaclynW In Utah, we have a high rate of suicides in the state as well as prescriptions for anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medications. Some say the LDS religion is at the root. This culture is an interesting one to live in. It's very narrow minded and judgmental. You basically have one path to follow. One role to fufill.⬇️
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JaclynW While in Utah, you REALLY must visit Temple Square. Go through all of the buildings. They do a great job explaining their beliefs and practices. It will give you a good peek into this religion. It is really quite fascinating. They'd also be happy to send missionaries to your door for more detailed lessons.😉😆 ⬇️ 1mo
JaclynW For a (Utah) counter culture experience, get tickets to Saturday's Voyeur from the Salt Lake Acting Company while you are in SLC. It is an excellent show that pokes fun at the quirks of "the church" (that's what everyone here calls the LDS church), Utah culture/politics and it stabs at big issues that need to be addressed here. Tgis show is definitely worth going to. They do a new version of this show every summer, so if you miss it, come back!⬇️ 1mo
JaclynW I've lived in Utah all my life. I've had several experiences with "the church" and its' followers - many not pleasant. Personally, I think there are a lot of abuses going on in the mainstream LDS religion too (not just FLDS). The people in it, of course, would disagree with me. I think overall they are great people just trying to live their best life like everyone else - unfortunately they are often very close minded. I could go on and on. ⬇️ 1mo
JaclynW I feel justified in saying all of this because I used to be a Mormon. I know all sides of this coin. I left because I could see the abuses, I no longer believed in several of its' teachings, I didn't like who I was becoming and I couldn't bring myself to raise my children in it. (Which by the way, they don't like to be called Mormons any more. They want to be referred to as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) ⬇️ 1mo
JaclynW I'm glad you read the book! Enjoy your time in our beautiful state of Utah! Let me know how it goes. 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow, thanks for your story. There is so much more to it, to this religion and all that‘s behind it. It‘s all so new to me. We‘ll be in SLC on Pioneers Day, that will be impressive I guess. I don‘t know if tours through the Temple will be possible then however. 1mo
jamicuns I am a Mormon (yes, we aren‘t suppose to call ourselves that anymore but I do a lot of things that we aren‘t suppose to do. 😉😂) and I read half of this book. I didn‘t find his reporting to be false or hyperbolic, but I did find it a bit too narrow. I wish he didn‘t just focus on Mormon fundamentalists. I felt his thesis was dangerous things can happen when someone takes their religious creeds too far and become extremists, no matter the religion 1mo
jamicuns I think his anticipated demographics are Christians but by focusing solely on Mormonism he gave Christians an out by thinking their religion is exempt bc Mormons aren‘t Christians in their eyes. I live in the Bible Belt and so I‘m fully aware of how many Christians view Mormons and we are definitely not Christians to them. I don‘t say that contentiously, I promise. 😀 (edited) 1mo
jamicuns I wish he would have used multiple examples of extremists from different Christian sects to get his point across instead of focusing solely on one religion. I hope my comments make sense. Also hope you enjoyed Salt Lake City. I was born there and visit often. It‘s a lovely, yet quirky, city. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jamicuns Thank you for replying. I definitely see your point in that Krakauer solely focuses on FLDS while there are other extreme Christian sects too. Do you have to defend your religion often, even as a less-strict Mormon? My visit to SLC is still upcoming. I am looking forward to it, I expect to learn a bit more about LDS, a religion I know so little about (except for what is said about it in this book). 1mo
jamicuns @BarbaraBB I had to defend my religion a lot growing up. It never really bothered me bc most of the questions/accusations were based off misinformation and so I loved setting the record straight. As an adult, I still have to clear up misinformation but it doesn‘t feel like having to defend anything so that‘s an improvement. Enjoy SLC and definitely visit temple square if you are interested in learning more. 😀 1mo
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Lonely Planet Usa's Best Trips | Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong, Carolyn Bain, Amy C Balfour, Sara Benson, Celeste Brash, Gregor Clark, Ray Bartlett, Simon Richmond, Michael Grosberg
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#DontDreamItsOver when it‘s just about to begin! Today is about packing our bags, tomorrow we‘ll be flying to San Francisco and we‘ll have the next month to make our way to Washington DC by RV, train and car. I‘ve been so looking forward to this!! 💃💃💃

#LilithJuly

Itchyfeetreader Wow amazing trip happy travels 1mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 💕I‘m sooooo excited for you 😁 1mo
Caroline2 Oh wow!! 😯 that sounds fantastic!! Enjoy! 👍🏻 1mo
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Sarah83 Sounds like a great trip. Have a wonderful time 😍 1mo
Megabooks So cool!! 1mo
CarolynM How exciting! I look forward to seeing photos. Safe travels. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds amazing 😮wow ! Enjoy 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wohoo! Exciting times! 1mo
Simona Have a wonderful trip❣️ 1mo
Susannah I love road trips! Have a fantastic time and post pictures to us when you can. 1mo
RachelO Have fun! 1mo
merelybookish Have a wonderful trip! 1mo
Tanisha_A Happy and safe trip! 1mo
batsy Fantastic! Safe and happy travels 💖 1mo
Librarybelle Have a wonderful trip! 1mo
Crazeedi It sounds like a wonderful vacation ! I would love it! Enjoy!!💕💕 1mo
KarenUK Wow! Sounds so amazing! Be safe and have the best time! 💕 1mo
Kalalalatja That sounds like the best roadtrip ever! Have all the fun 💕 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Have a wonderful time! Safe travels! Also, swing a few more miles up I-95 and come visit. ☺️ 1mo
Liz_M Oh my god, a whole month off to road trip through a huge foreign country! Sounds amazing! 1mo
Jas16 Safe travels. I hope you have an amazing time. Don‘t hesitate to be in touch if you need anything while you are in San Francisco. 1mo
sarahbarnes Wow! Have an amazing trip! 1mo
gradcat I hope you have a great time & safe travels! 🥂 1mo
LeeRHarry Safe travels! 😊 1mo
TrishB So cool 👍🏻 enjoy. 1mo
youneverarrived Sounds fab! Have a great time 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you! And I know now that I will have something to look forward to when I come back 😘❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Oh THAT would be SO COOL if you drove through Philly❤️we could all hang out @MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB 1mo
Cinfhen Safe travels 😘😘😘😘😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly Do you two know eachother from Philly? That is so cool! Are you friends? Wow 😍 I‘ll let you know if our two weeks from Chicago to DC include Philadelphia! 💕💕 1mo
Cinfhen We are MOST definitely friends. And we did meet via Litsy @BarbaraBB #PhillyGirlsRock @MicheleinPhilly there‘s a bunch of really awesome #PhillyLittens ♥️need a Liberty Bell emoji or a cheesesteak 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly Really? You are both from Philly and met via Litsy, wow! Are you meeting up this summer again? awesome! 💜 1mo
Rachel_nyc Sounds like a fantastic trip! Too bad you‘re not coming to NYC... 1mo
DivineDiana How exciting! Have a blast! 1mo
Redwritinghood That‘s quite a trip! How long do you plan for the drive? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc We were in NYC for a week last year so we probably won‘t visit this time but its appeal is high of course so I‘m not completely sure! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood We will travel by train from Salt Lake City to Chicago in 36 hours (I am so looking forward to that trip). That leaves us two weeks on both the west and the east side of these places. 1mo
thebluestocking I hope you have an amazing trip!! I like to think that you‘ll be passing nearby. (I live near Salt Lake.) 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Thank you! I am looking forward to Utah! Just arrived in California! 1mo
JaclynW An entire month! Wow! What an amazing trip! You will be able to see/do so much! 1mo
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How cool is this? Bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers has started a book club. The first read is this one, to be discussed on July 25, at 11 AM Los Angeles time. For more information check out his Instagram, flea333 ❤️🌶

Gina How neat is that!?!?!?! 2mo
batsy He picked a really interesting one to start with! 2mo
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echalpan So cool! 🌶🌶🌶 2mo
DivineDiana Love it! 1mo
JaclynW Awesome! 1mo
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The weekend has started and with it the Banner Buddyread. Let‘s try to finish this one this week and share our thoughts with hashtag #bannerbuddy. If you wanna join us, do so!

I just read the prologue (I didn‘t know the story) and Googled Dan Lafferty. Scary man!

MicheleinPhilly What‘s the schedule? Should we just read the whole book this week and discuss next weekend? 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good to me. I will be travelling though next weekend so not sure if I will be able to join the discussion. 2mo
Rachel_nyc I read this book years ago but found it fascinating (and disturbing). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 2mo
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vivastory I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I'm definitely in the mood for some great nonfiction. 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve just arrived at our campsite for the next week... nearly finished setting up so will be able to start soon.... 2mo
Hooked_on_books Yikes, he‘s creepy! I‘ll be starting tomorrow. I haven‘t yet finished my buddy read pages for a different book for discussion tomorrow. 🙄 2mo
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This was an example of the wrong book at the wrong time I think. I wasn‘t in the least grabbed by or interested in all hardship and drama Oscar and his family had to deal with in life. I felt even annoyed by how all went wrong. All. Fuku they call it in the Dominican Republic where part of the book is set. The other half is set in New Jersey so that counts for #ReadingUSA2019! #1001books

Cathythoughts Lovely pic though 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕 . At home! 2mo
KatieDid927 I did not enjoy this book either. 2mo
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Kalalalatja Great decor 👌 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I really really liked that book!! I think it‘s bc I just like glimpses into different cultures. 2mo
Susanita This book contained a sentence that went on for 2.5 pages! 🤬 2mo
Rachel_nyc Uh oh. I was planning on reading it this year but I may put it off. 2mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I do too, very much even, and I did like the cultural aspects of the book. I don‘t know why I wasn‘t interested in the family. 2mo
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 I am happy to hear that! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Susanita Yes, with a lot of repeating in it 😉. I did like that sentence, actually, it describes Oscar‘s arrival in the DR, or do you mean another one? 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 It happens! 2mo
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I really really liked this one. And I didn‘t for a moment expect to since I was so annoyed by The Centre of the Earth!
But this is a book about a nerdy control freak (so like myself 😉) who has a tight schedule to travel the world in 80 days. It‘s about countries and travelling in the old days and it‘s a bit of an adventure. I hope it fits the #middlegrade prompt for #Booked2019 since everyone I know read it at that age! #1001books

Cinfhen Works for me!! Glad u like it 🤓 2mo
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Mid-year Report ... | Silk Association of America
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What a great hashtag, #top6reads. I‘ve loved seeing everyone‘s posts! Thanks for tagging me @Cinfhen and @vivastory 💜, I‘m happy to share my favorites, partly influenced by both of you, no doubt about that!

I‘ll tag @emilyhaldi @Liz_M @Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella @youneverarrived @thebluestocking , just a few of the people whose picks I stack automatically and whose top 6 I have not seen yet! 💕

Cinfhen I‘m excited to read 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing your picks 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
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Rachel_nyc Some of my favorites as well! Stacking Foe right now since it‘s the one not on my radar. Thanks for the nudge, I will work on mine this afternoon. 2mo
KatieDid927 I just won Foe from Goodreads! Glad to know you liked it. 2mo
Kalalalatja Great picks! 2mo
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 It‘s not for everyone, according to the reviews, but I loved its atmosphere. So creepy! I hope you‘ll like it too! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it! 2mo
KarenUK We match 2/6 and almost 3! (Cassandra was #7!) 😊💕 2mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I liked all of your other choices too! #booktwins 💃💃 (edited) 2mo
KatieDid927 @BarbaraBB I like creepy! 2mo
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 Then you‘ll be fine, I think! Looking forward to your review 💕 2mo
youneverarrived I own the Rooney and O‘Farrell but not read them yet. Will have to get to them soon! Thanks for the tag I‘ll have a think. Cassandra is definitely in my top 6 🧡 2mo
TrishB Love O‘Farrell 💕 2mo
vivastory Wonderful list! I'm going to stack the ones I haven't read. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m interested in Golden State ♥️👍🏻 2mo
thebluestocking Thank you so much for the tag!! I shall ponder my picks and report. 💙 2mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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No NYRB edition for me of this book. This is the Dutch edition which I read years ago because this novella is one of the #1001books to read before you die. It is a gem, you‘re in for a treat, #NYRBBookClub ♟🖤

Cathythoughts I have resistance to it ... but I‘ll try it soon ... 2mo
vivastory This has been on my TBR for awhile now. I'm looking forward to reading it. Are you going to reread it? 2mo
Theaelizabet It‘s been on my TBR forever. Looking forward to finally reading it. 2mo
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Jari-chan This will always be the book I remember reading in a disco 🤣 2mo
Henrik_Madsen This a compelling and terrible story. Much recommended. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I‘d give it a try if I were you, I think you‘ll be pleasantly surprised! 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I don‘t think so, I am travelling most of July and don‘t want to take too many books with me 2mo
BarbaraBB @Jari-chan Tell us more 😀! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Henrik_Madsen Yes! Glad you felt that way too! 2mo
Jari-chan @BarbaraBB Well, nothing really special about it. I'm not that much into partying (not at all...), so I got bored pretty fast. But my friends were enjoying themselves, so I just grabbed the next book at hand (this one) and went looking for a good light spot 😁 We all had a good time that night 😁 2mo
vivastory @Jari-chan That's a fantastic story! 2mo
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The Descendants: A Novel | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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#JuneStats #JuneWrapUp

In June I read 10 books of which the three pictured above were my favorites (four stars, no five stars this month).

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻. I remember seeing the movie of tagged book years ago ... I imagine the book is way better 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I really liked - unexpectedly. I haven‘t seen the movie! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! I managed 10 books as well this month, which is good for me. Lol. 💖📖💖 2mo
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emilyhaldi Harriet made the list! 🙌🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Definitely. Yours? 2mo
emilyhaldi Absolutely!! June was a big of a mediocre reading month for me, so actually Harriet probably comes in at #1 2mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll have some good ones in July 💕 2mo
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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#ReadingUSA2019 challenge: Halfway through the year, I‘m still on track for this challenge and enjoying it very much. In June I could add five more states:

? Hawaï: The Descendants
? Kansas: Heartland
☘️ Minnesota: Shadow Tag
? Tennessee: Mourning Dove
? New Jersey: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

28 states done, 22 more to go. Let‘s do this!

Librarybelle That is awesome...great job! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Nice job! 2mo
squirrelbrain 😁👍 Doing well! 2mo
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jessinikkip Nice job! I am liking it, but I am not doing as well, I'm very behind, but starting in July I'll hopefully catch up! 2mo
Laughterhp Great job! I haven‘t added any states in a while! 2mo
Samplergal I‘m hoping to add Alaska this weekend with 2mo
BarbaraBB @Samplergal I read that one for Alaska too and really liked it! 2mo
BarbaraBB @kaye I can‘t tag you because I can‘t find you when I search among ‘persons‘.... weird! 2mo
NatalieR Excellent progress! 👏 2mo
Pamwurtzler Nice job! I can‘t wait for July because I have a couple books that work for #ReadingUSA2019 & #cozyinthesun. 2mo
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Nothing, and So be it | Oriana Fallaci
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You can‘t go wrong with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. Her interviews were always very political and very balanced. I learned so much from her books. This one about Vietnam I can recommend to everyone who wants to know a bit more about how it was to live there in and after the war. A poignant read.
#GoodnightSaigon #WanderingJune

Cinfhen Not familiar with the author or title but your blurb interests me!!!! #LiveAndLearn ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She was brilliant and was able to write about heavy subjects in a human and respectful way. 2mo
Caroline2 Sounds good! Stacked! 👍🏻 2mo
Chrissyreadit Stacked ❤️ 2mo
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