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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks

Joined January 2017

“There where one burns books, one in the end burns men.” - Heinrich Heine
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Bck
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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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This fictional retelling of a Polish family‘s survival of WWII left me hollowed out. The Kurcs‘ sheer will, bravery, and hope while trying to survive and stay together is a gripping story I won‘t forget. The generations begat from this decimated population are truly a testament to the human spirit. You can sense Hunter‘s deep admiration for her family‘s history throughout; it shines as a memorial her ancestors can be proud of. 5⭐️

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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I stalled a bit on my #novelnovember reading goals, but I did finish “The Searcher” and am about 50% through the the tagged book. Looking forward to some quality reading time over the Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks @Andrew65 for the motivation!

Andrew65 Great, well done 👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😊 6d
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The Searcher | Tana French
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This is a slow burn, but absolutely worth it. French creates such a sense of foreboding against the backdrop of the gorgeous Ireland countryside, it has left me feeling unsettled for days. French‘s writing is excellent, and her characters so multi-layered it is impossible to slot them into clear categories of “good” and “evil.” Ultimately, a book about morality, “The Searcher” will leave you examining your own moral compass for ambiguities. 4⭐️

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The Searcher | Tana French
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For #NovelNovember my reading goals are to finish my #LMPBC #GroupD book (“The Searcher”), catch up on some #doublespin backlog (“We Were The Lucky Ones”), and start November‘s #bookspin (“The Good Earth”). Thanks @Andrew65 for the motivation!!

Andrew65 Glad it helps, I enjoyed The Searcher. 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @andrew65 😀 I am enjoying it so far too. 2w
Amiable All three of your picks are great reads —enjoy! 2w
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I spent an hour today with local celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl! These are her favorite books from the last year of reading. I was also thrilled to get a shout out from her when she couldn‘t remember Donna Tartt‘s name and title of her second book (The Little Friend). Here‘s to another year of great books!

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A departure from the typical focus of the true crime genre, Kolker centers exclusively on the Long Island Serial Killer‘s victims, the families left behind, and the small community impacted by these crimes. Though I missed reading thorough details of the investigation, forensics, theories, etc, Kolker‘s care in honoring the women on the fringes of our society and the various reasons they find themselves in sex work is to be admired. 3.5⭐️

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This had me laughing out loud while my stomach was in knots. A slow burn thriller with a lot of depth, Harris has created something unique here. She doesn‘t pull any punches while delving into office politics, internalized and systemic racism, and tokenism. Black women‘s hair is also an important and creative plot device. I really enjoyed this and find myself thinking about its meaning as much as I would reading a non-fiction anti-racism tome. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Thank you for a very fun round of #LMPBC @Erinreadsthebooks @MadDashReading @shellleigh33! This was my first time participating and I had a great time!! 3w
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The Good Earth | Pearl S. Bck
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My #bookspin bingo card for November. Looking forward to another great month of reading. 📚

Ericalambbrown You‘ve got some great reads on there! JK Simmons‘ audiobook interpretation of A Man Called Ove is just 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
EvieBee Love it and so neat! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 3w
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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Finally read THE great American novel and was not disappointed. I found myself reading particular sentences and paragraphs multiple times to savor Fitzgerald‘s beautiful prose. I truly had no idea how this tragic story ended, and am particularly disgusted that the realities of what one can get away with as a rich person still play out in similar situations today. The power this book has to disillusion us with the American Dream is timeless. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin book for July! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I honestly can't stand this book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! 😂 3w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks LOL!! It seems to be a divisive one. 3w
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Really excited for another round of Litsy Markup Postal Book Club! In #GroupD we are sharing favorite authors and #GroupT is reading True Crime. Happy Reading, everybody! #LMPBC

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Excited for another month of #bookspin! Here is my list for November. #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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The Collector | John Fowles
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Holds up incredibly well for an ≈60 year old psychological thriller. Frederick is a truly bone chilling character. His stalking, capture, and imprisonment of a young art student will leave you looking over your shoulder and side-eyeing any unassuming, lonely young men you encounter. The book lagged a little during Miranda‘s section, but the ending left me satisfyingly unsettled. This book has rightfully rippled through and inspired the genre. 4⭐️

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I signed up for the 2021 #WinterGames last night and will be scheming and making my reading plans over the weekend! Very excited to participate in this for the first time! Thank you @Clwojick and @StayCurious for hosting. I‘m really looking forward to it!

StayCurious Yay! Glad you‘ll be joining us! 1mo
Clwojick Thanks for sharing! ❤️🎄 1mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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My 3rd Atkinson, and I finally understand the fuss. Though the premise of this novel is a familiar one, its execution was flawless for me. I was especially moved by the sections set during the Blitz. Ursula‘s time as a volunteer during the nightly raids was harrowing and the respect I have for those that served England in this way is unshakeable. The affection I have for the Todd family is deep and I could spend many more lifetimes with them. 5⭐️

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I met my goal for #outstandingoctober yesterday by starting my #bookspin book “Life After Life.” I did not expect to read “Imaginary Friend” in two days, so that put me well ahead of schedule. Looking forward to getting a couple more books read this month!

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🥳 🍾 🥂🙌😊 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Andrew65 Thank you! 😀 1mo
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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A perfect spooky read for October, I devoured these 700 pages in two days. With hints of Stephen King and Stranger Things, the creep factor is high and left me shaken over and over again. As a lapsed Catholic, the small town of Mill Grove was achingly familiar to my own hometown; weekly CCD and the questions of morality and redemption could have come from my own childhood. Even when the book veers into intense religious allegory, I was hooked. 5⭐️

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This was a quick and fun way to spend an October Sunday! This darkly funny collection centered around the octogenarian, Maud, had me chuckling all day. Maud‘s solutions to life‘s inconveniences are a bit murderous, but as the chills travel down your spine, you‘ll find yourself smiling at her cleverness. 3⭐️#outstandingoctober

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Outlawed | Anna North
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What an adventure! I didn‘t know what to expect with this book, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. North‘s prose is fast-paced, fun, and easy to consume. Her alt-history of the United States in the 1890s and take on the Western genre is fresh, but women‘s precarious position in this fertility focused society is a little too close for comfort if you‘re concerned about the attack on reproductive justice unfolding today. 4 ⭐️

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October, October | Katya Balen
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For #OutstandingOctober my reading goals are to finish “An Elderly Woman…” and “Imaginary Friend.” My stretch goal is starting my October #bookspin book, “Life After Life.” Looking forward to a some spooky reading over the next week!

Andrew65 Loved Life After Life. 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Andrew65 Life After Life was incredible!! I loved it. 2w
Andrew65 Have you read the partner book 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Hello #LMPBC #GroupD! Here are some choices by my favorite authors that have been on my TBR. Do you see anything you‘d like to read? 😀

carlthecattt The Searcher is a great book, I would reread that one for sure! I haven‘t read any of the other ones. 1mo
AmandaBorchers I haven‘t read any of these! I like Tana French and Steinbeck a lot and I‘ve always wanted to read something by Margaret Atwood…all these options look great 😁 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Pogue Let me know if you have a preference!! 1mo
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Pogue I do not have a preference. I will say the few times I have tried to read Atwood I just could not get into her. But I am up for anything! 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @carlthecattt Are you sure you would like to reread The Searcher? I want you to be able to enjoy this round of LMPBC. 1mo
carlthecattt @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks for sure! I really enjoyed it, and I flew through it so it‘s a good reason to slow down while reading it 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Pogue @AmandaBorchers @carlthecattt Ok! I am really leaning towards The Searcher, so that will be my pick! 1mo
Pogue Sounds good! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Hello #LMPBC #GroupT! I am really excited to have some consistent true crime titles in my reading queue! Here are some choices off of my TBR. Please let me know what sparks your interest! 😀

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Jadams1776 I‘ve read The Good Nurse. All others look good! 1mo
TiredLibrarian Lost Girls is excellent. Missoula appears to be a great book, but I had to bail because of the intense and detailed rape descriptions. If that's a pick, consider trigger warnings. 1mo
Annie1215 All look good, I would say I would be interested in dialogue on rape culture in a college town and I grew up on Long Island so lost girls is a familiar topic for me - I can probably add some color commentary on the area lol 1mo
Bookwormjillk I'm good with any, but lean a little more towards American Heiress. 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Thanks for the insight @TiredLibrarian! Trigger warnings are definitely important to think about. 1mo
Jadams1776 Woohoo! 1mo
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Moore again dazzles with a narrative nonfiction detailing Elizabeth Packard‘s commitment to an asylum by her husband, her fight for freedom, and the unrelenting advocacy she performed on behalf of women and the mentally ill. I was particularly struck by Moore‘s postscript where the parallel between Packard‘s experience and modern women‘s continued fight against those that dismiss us as “crazy” is drawn. Well, “just look at what crazy can do.” 5⭐️

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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My #bookspin bingo card for October! I am very much looking forward to lots of rainy and blustery nights cuddled up with a book (I live in the PNW). My #bookspin book is tagged and my #doublespin book is Brit Bennett‘s “The Mothers.” Excited to read them both!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!! 2mo
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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This is an incredibly ambitious novel covering the history of the North American forests for 300 years, and following the descendants of two French immigrants through the generations. Proulx‘s writing is to be admired, but I found myself bored when the saga focused too much on the intricacies of the timber business. The book was also devastating in its unflinching account of the colonization of our natural resources and indigenous peoples. 3⭐️

ReadingEnvy I'm a little stuck behind, whoops.... 2mo
SamAnne Great story to tell. But I grow more irritated by authors unwilling to edit down their novels. I love long novels when there is a purpose to the length. I think about what Colton Whitehead did with Nickel Boys. Short, not one wasted word. And so good. (edited) 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @ReadingEnvy I had moments when I didn‘t want to read it, so I was behind for awhile too. 😀 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @SamAnne I agree about the story being a great one, but also share your irritation. I love long novels too, but I was not sucked into this one enough. 2mo
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Results for 3Q2021 Favorite Books are in! It‘s hard to believe there are only a few months of the year left!

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Rosemary's Baby | Ira Levin
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My #bookspin list for October 2021! Hoping for some spooky reads this month. 👻 🎃

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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For my #superseptember #readathon, my goal is to catch up on the Barkskins #readingenvyreadalong and finish the latest from Kate Moore (I adored “Radium Girls”). Get well soon, Andrew!!

ReadingEnvy Woot woot 3mo
EadieB Enjoy your books! 3mo
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This book was so gut-wrenching, but I found myself not wanting to put it down. It has been a long time since I read a book with so many heart-stopping and heartbreaking moments. Not for the faint of heart. But, absolutely for anyone willing to unpack the history of violence, brutality, and generational trauma wrought upon Black people in this country, and sit with the notion that “America, too, is a delusion, the grandest one of all.” 4⭐️

Linsy Agreed! I felt so similarly when I read it! SO GOOD, but also so difficult. I've heard watching the mini series is even harder, I haven't been able to bring myself to try yet. 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Linsy Oh snap! I didn‘t know about the miniseries. I‘m not sure I‘m up for that yet. 😬 3mo
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My #bookspin Bingo card for September! My reading took a hit the last couple of weeks due to my best friend‘s wedding, but hopefully I can get back on track this month! 😀

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Coming in hot with my September #bookspin list! #bookspin has really been pivotal in getting me out of my reading slump from last year. I look forward to it every month and can‘t wait to see what I‘ll be reading!!

Leftcoastzen Pretty printing! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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A sobering look at the depths of white greed and callousness while living with the Osage in the 1920s. The far-reaching conspiracy to rob the Osage of their oil headrights through systematic murder is one of the most sinister things you‘ve never heard of. Grann‘s extensive investigation lays bare the hard truth of America‘s long held prejudice against the indigenous and provides a sharp look at the early days of the historically esteemed FBI. 4⭐️

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The way that Roy tells a story is like looking at a elaborate tapestry; you recognize a new, incredible detail every time you look at it. This novel unfolds exquisitely; each layer deepening the experience of trauma, tradition, family obligation, and how the small moments of life lead to big ones every time. Roy‘s use of language, perspective, and sense of place to tell this story is so special, and her writing style is poetic and innovative. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #bookspin book for July (I‘m a little behind. Haha.). 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! No worries on being behind, you have until the end of the year to get them checked off!! 😂 3mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks Thank goodness! 😅 3mo
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The Kingmaker's Daughter | Philippa Gregory
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Really enjoying this series and the perspectives of the women involved during this volatile time in history. This novel is told by Anne Neville, eventual wife of King Richard III, and I was once again caught up in the royal world of jealousy, betrayal, tragedy, and battles for the throne. Though not a very well-documented Queen, Gregory brings her to life and also gives a kinder interpretation of the historically villainous King Richard III. 4⭐️

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The Kingmaker's Daughter | Philippa Gregory
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#AwesomeAugust Day 5

I finished The Kingmaker‘s Daughter last night, so have finished 1/4 books and 412/1700 pages. Probably won‘t meet my lofty goals, but it‘s fun trying!!

Andrew65 Well done and plenty of time yet. 👏👏👏 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @andrew65 Thank you for the encouragement!! 😀 4mo
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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1. I have a few! The 1994 version of “Little Women” with Winona Ryder. I just adore Jo March and my daughter Josephine is named for her. Another great one is “Misery.” Kathy Bates is simply phenomenal in it!

2. I would love to see “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” on the big screen. It would have beautiful cinematography and would be a tear-jerker. I love crying from movies. Haha.

Thanks for the tag!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😀💙📖💙📚💙📽🤩 4mo
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The Thorn Birds | Colleen McCullough
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I was simply carried away by this book. The Australian Outback, the characters, the forbidden love, the tragedy. I was here for it all. This sweeping family saga was completely engrossing. I would‘ve read this in one long sitting if I could‘ve. I‘m a glutton for being destroyed, and this book did that again and again. I can‘t stop thinking about that perfect last paragraph. Breathtaking. 5⭐️

Thank you, @TheSpineView for leading this read along!

TheSpineView You're welcome! I am glad you enjoyed. I liked it also. 4mo
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The Thorn Birds | Colleen McCullough
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#litsysummercamp Day 7

I was able to finish “The Thorn Birds” this week, and started Philippa Gregory‘s “The Kingmaker‘s Daughter.” My favorite spooky campfire story is a classic. A couple at a Lover‘s Lane hear about an escaped mental patient that has a hook for a hand. The girlfriend demands to be taken home, and when they arrive they find a bloody hook swinging from the door handle! Thank you, @ImperfectCJ for fun week at camp!

Karisa 😅 That was the scary campfire story exactly in one picture! #LitsySummerCamp 😂 4mo
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The Kingmaker's Daughter | Philippa Gregory
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My #awesomeAugust readathon goal is to finish four books! This is about 1700 pages, so I‘m shooting for about 200 pages/day for the duration of the readathon. Thanks, @Andrew65 for the “build your own” challenge. I‘m looking forward to it!

Andrew65 Great to ha e you with us, good luck 😊👍 (edited) 4mo
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#litsysummercamp Day 6

A staple on all our camping trips is a foil pack meal! Cooking this way is so quick and easy, and makes it possible to have yummy and flavorful meals when in the woods! Pictured is our favorite recipe from Chelsea‘s Messy Apron blog! I‘ve even made this at home in the oven because it is so delicious. Yum!

ImperfectCJ We make foil packet meals at home sometimes (we call it Roman dinner because somehow we got the idea that Roman soldiers cooked in a similar way), but the one time I tried it while camping, it took forever to get everything cooked. I probably need to work on my technique. 4mo
Nute That looks scrumptious!😋 4mo
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The Edge of Nowhere | Elizabeth George
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#litsysummercamp Day 5

We camp a lot, and love to explore! This is me and my 2 year old on the Bluff Trail at Fort Ebey on Whidbey Island, WA. Author Elizabeth George (Inspector Lynley mysteries) made her home on Whidbey Island for a long time and it is the setting for her Whidbey Island Saga young adult series. I hope to get into hiking again when the kids are a little older.

ImperfectCJ I love hiking with my kids! My son was about your son's age when he first hiked a full mile without me carrying him at all (it took forever, but he did it). My daughter rode in a carrier for hikes for her first three years, but my son wanted to be on his feet. They're both excellent hikers now (at 16 and almost 12). 4mo
EvieBee Just gorgeous! I love George and hadn‘t realized that she wrote books other than Lynley. Mind blown. 4mo
aperfectmjk How serene! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @ImperfectCJ Great! I have back problems, so can‘t do carriers. Both kids have to be able to walk themselves. We definitely go on walks in the woods, but won‘t be able to venture on longer hikes for awhile yet. 4mo
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The Hunger Games: Volume 1 | Suzanne Collins
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#litsysummercamp Day 4

My favorite camp activity as a kid was archery. The precision, patience, and focus needed have always appealed to my perfectionist tendencies, and it‘s just plain fun! Would love to spend my day in the quiet of the forest and a bow (and NOT in a Hunger Games arena).

In other news, I‘m halfway finished with my #litsysummercampreadathon goal since I finished The Thorn Birds last night. 😍

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#litsysummercamp Day 3

Would love to have time to learn how to cross-stitch someday! I think they are so cute and would be a perfect activity for decompressing. This is something I really would like to pick up when the kids are a little older and I have a less demanding job. A girl can hope!

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#litsysummercamp Day 2!

The weather here (near Seattle, WA) was a bit hazy with wildfire smoke, but a pleasant 80 degrees. It‘s hard to beat a PNW summer. It‘s perfect for a week of camp!

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My #bookspinbingo card for August! I feel good about the chances of getting a bingo this month! 🤞🏻My #bookspin book is “Killers of the Flower Moon” and my #doublespin is “We Were the Lucky Ones.” ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 4mo
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1. In our camper!
2. Camp Anawanna
3. The tagged book is a favorite from my childhood
3. Finish 2 books

#litsysummercamp #litsysummercampreadathon #saluteyourshorts

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Follow Me | Kathleen Barber
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This is my second Barber, and meh. Once again, she takes a topical subject rich with possibility (the lives we curate on social media), and creates a shallow and vapid story. The main character is unrelatable, unremarkable, and impossible to root for. The stalker is easily identifiable early on and is garden-variety creepy. And the ending was a wasted opportunity for a twist. So many better thrillers out there. 2⭐️

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Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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My #bookspin list for August! I have some catching up to do from July, but excited to see what the new picks are!

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I haven‘t stopped thinking about this since I finished. Compelling prose and impressive distinction in the voices of the multiple narrators. I had empathy and distaste for the characters and their choices in equal measure. The build up in tension as the conclusion unfolded was like watching a car crash that you can‘t look away from. Full credit for the emotional experience, but I‘m happy to leave these reckless and damaged characters behind. 4⭐️

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Finished my #LMPBC book today, so it will go out in the mail tomorrow! Review forthcoming. 😀

BarbaraBB I loved this one when I read it years ago. 4mo
Tamra I recall liking this one too, but that‘s all I remember. 😌 4mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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This read started very haltingly for me, but once I got used to the over usage of “he” and the large cast list, I was hooked. I am not much of an Anglophile, but when I dive in I always end up enchanted. Mantel is a brilliant writer; the detail and historical research that went into this is astounding. Cromwell is a fascinating historical character, and Mantel brought humanity to this enigmatic man. Looking forward to finishing the trilogy! 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin for June! (edited) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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