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BestDogDad

BestDogDad

Joined December 2016

I work with numbers all day, still trying to figure out how words work. Thanks for your patience. www.goodreads.com/Jeff_Koeppen
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I'm not necessarily a Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac fan but I enjoy music so I thought this would at least be interesting. It was! There is a lot of shawl and twirling talk as you would imagine! I liked the stories behind some of the notable Fleetwood Mac songs, Stevie's collaboration with Tom Petty, and encounter with local hero, Prince.

It was a worthwhile listen. Anyone growing up in the MTV music video generation like myself will relate.

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The City And The Stars | Arthur C. Clarke
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This novel was full of big ideas but I thought it got bogged down under the weight of trying to pack too many mind-bending concepts in to one novel. It held my interest and challenged my mind but eventually just got too muddled for my tastes. The audiobook featured a full cast but suffered from stiff, unnatural dialogue, and the sound effects were irritating. It took a lot away from the novel in my opinion. Maybe I‘ll read a paper copy someday.

rwmg Oh dear, that deoesn't sound too promising. It's on my TBR shelf. 19h
BestDogDad @rwmg I love everything ACC. He was a futurist and always had mind-blowing science and technology but this is probably my least favorite of his. Maybe it was the audio. It‘s highly rated on Goodreads, maybe it‘s just me! 19h
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Alas, Babylon | Pat Frank
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This book was based on the premise that haunted all of us kids of the 1970s and 1980s - what if Russia nuked the United States? I remember watching the film "The Day After" in my dorm room in 1983 and being freaked out.
The audio book was expertly narrated by Will Patton. He did a great job narrating another book I recently listened to: Train Dreams. His voice is perfect for books set in the Southern United States.

Aimeesue One of my favorites, although, as a diabetic, it made me hope I was within blast range should the worst ever happen. 😋 1w
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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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The last chapter is full of quips and unfinished thoughts. The final jottings of a great man. How sad. 😥

Crazeedi He was a unique person 1w
Crazeedi I hope he found grace and mercy in the end 1w
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Only four books read in May but that was partly due to tackling the amazing epic, GWTW, which I read for the. #readingenvyreadalong. Patio reading season has arrived in Minnesota so I‘m hoping to pick up the pace. #maywrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego GWTW is no small feat. 💖📚💖 2w
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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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I so miss Hitch and his way with words. Sharp even in his final days. 😔

Suet624 💕💕💕 2w
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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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Hitchens‘ take on his “fighting” cancer. 😢

Suet624 This hurts to read. 2w
BestDogDad @Suet624 I know. He is missed. 2w
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My only exposure to Gone with the Wind prior to April was the Carol Burnett sketch and seeing the famous book cover where Rhett and Scarlett are lovingly looking in to each others' eyes. I wrote it off as a romance, and I don't read romance. Fiddle-dee-dee!

The writing was amazing! The audio book was impeccably narrated by Linda Stephens, she seamlessly transitioned between many characters and dialects. The whole experience was epic!

Aimeesue Mitchell wrote it backwards -last chapter first- while she was recovering from a leg injury. I used to hang out at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta when we were stationed in GA; I've never read this book though! 😂 3w
BestDogDad @Aimeesue Interesting! I would love to visit her house someday. The book is a huge commitment- you‘ll have to give it a try someday when you have an extra 50 hours! 3w
Suet624 @Aimeesue I didn‘t know that! Fascinating. I, too, encourage you to read the book. It‘s so well done. 2w
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Ingersoll‘s quotes about Darwin, evolution, and science were as pithy as any I've ever heard. I literally can't believe I haven't run across any of his writings or speeches before now. I will seek out a more robust volume of Ingersoll's work. What a fascinating individual he was. He had an unparalleled way with words and as a speaker had no equal in his time, the Hitchens of his day!

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It boggles my mind that Ingersoll could draw thousands (50K once in Chicago (before microphones!)) while delivering opinions which couldn‘t have been popular during these more religious times.

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Ingersoll is my spirit animal.

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How bad was this in the 19th century. What would Ingersoll have thought about these billionaire megs-church leaders? Tax‘em already.

Suet624 Seriously. Sometimes I think it‘s just us schlubs paying taxes. (edited) 2w
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Ingersoll was one of the brightest minds of the 19th century, drawing tens of thousands for speeches; but, just like today, was not electable for higher public office because he didn‘t believe in the supernatural.

LauraJ 🤜🏼 4w
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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1️⃣ Done.

2️⃣ Listened the hell out of Gone With the Wind on commutes and on walks with my BFF doggies, and finished today!

3️⃣ Chinese!

4️⃣ Four, all on mother‘s side

5️⃣ Happy weekend to y‘all!

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

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Celebrating today‘s accomplishment of finishing Gone With the Wind with a homemade brandy Old Fashioned. Because Scarlett and I both love our brandy! Fiddle-dee-dee! #readingenvyreadalong

wanderinglynn That's awesome! 👍 1mo
BestDogDad @wanderinglynn Thanks! I can‘t believe how good it was (book, and drink too). 1mo
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Scarlett is just something else! #readingenvyreadalong

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Rotten, racist carpetbaggers. One of the saddest parts of the book so far.

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I love how blunt and candid Scarlett is.

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25?! Poor India Wilkes!

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I‘m just going to run in to Half Price Books and pick up a copy of Gone With the Wind for the Reading Envy Readalong. Twenty minutes later..........
👍🏼😂👍🏼 #readingenvyreadalong

SarahHarts_books I like your little reading buddy!😍😍 1mo
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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April reading wrap-up. Much goodness. Do Not Say We Have Nothing was epic, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy was an excellent companion novel to Harold Fry, Mala was poignant and well narrated, and Bertrand is one of the great minds of the 20th century. #Aprilwrapup

Suet624 Queenie ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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This is the epic tale of three generations of a Chinese family. The plot centers around three historical events in China: Mao's Agrarian reform The Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and Tiananmen Square. This book was beautifully written with well fleshed-out characters. There is so much detail, I think a second reading would reveal nuances I missed in this reading. I might give the audio version a try some day. Highly recommended!

saresmoore I absolutely loved this book! Audio for a reread is a great idea. 2mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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There are so many great quotes in this book. What a joy it is to read.

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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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I can‘t believe how good this is. I‘ve been reading for 50 years and am sorry I haven‘t read this before now.

Suet624 At least you finally got to it. 😀 1mo
BestDogDad @Suet624 Yes! And I‘ll need to watch the movie after I‘m done. 1mo
Suet624 The movie is great too. 1mo
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I bought this awesome Kurt Vonnegut Secular Saint candle in the gift shop of the American Writers Museum in Chicago. Awesome place to visit if you are ever in the Windy City.

LauraJ 🖤 2mo
vivastory This is great. I will definitely be visiting that museum next time I'm there. 2mo
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Rounding up intellectuals, artists, land owners, and others with wealth or Western influence and eliminating them - so disturbing. To a MUCH lesser degree it reminds me of the anti-intellectualism that has been permeating the US under the current administration. Loving this bleak, affecting book so far.

TrishB I loved this book💕 2mo
bedandabook I loved this book too. Some novels just speak to you. 2mo
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This companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (I gave ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads) was also excellent! This is Queenie‘s story, told in part with flashbacks and in part with her writing a letter to Harold while in hospice with terminal cancer. The hospice chapters aren‘t as sad as you would think as she is surrounded by an interesting menagerie of characters. Like with Harold‘s book, the ending is beautifully sad and wiped me out. 😰

Readergrrl Oh my, don‘t I love Harold Fry. I have this novel too but I‘ve been afraid to read it... I worry that it‘ll change how I feel about Unlikely Pilgrimage! I love that book SO much. What do you think? Are my fears unfounded? 2mo
BestDogDad @Readergrrl I was kind of afraid of that, too. I didn‘t want my Harold Fry experience to be lessened or tainted and for me it wasn‘t. There is a lot of new background information about David which will fill in his story. But as far as her and Harold go it was neat experiencing their interactions through her eyes, especially the end. 😭 2mo
Kaye I‘m also in the Harold Fry Camp. One of the best books ever. I like books like that, that teach a life lesson but yet are entertaining. I also have had Queenie sitting here a long time, not wanting her story to mess up Harold‘s side of the story, if that makes any sense. (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Readergrrl @Kaye I loved Harold‘s story. Queenie was a lovely addition to the story. They each hold a special spot in my heart. 1mo
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Thank you for adding this family tree to help me keep track of the folks in this novel. In my old age it seems I need rosters and illustrations in my novels. 😣

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This is a collection of fifteen lectures and essays dating back to 1899, with the most recent essay written in 1952. Bertrand died in 1970. Overall, I really liked this collection, although each chapter / essay resonated at a different level. It is a very interesting look in to the mind of a great philosopher and writer, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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This reminds me of the pushback my science teacher wife gets from parents on occasion when teaching evolution in her public school. They think that because their taxes pay her salary that this entitles them to a say in to what is taught in science class. Spoiler alert: it ain‘t science! 😖

Samplergal 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼( public school retiree here) 2mo
iread2much When I taught middle school TAG classes, I had parents pull that on me, I even had kids pulled from my class because I refused to remove some parts of my curriculum 2mo
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Written in 1940. I want to believe that both sides of the argument are taught in the 21st century and that the fanatical bigots are a product of ignorance and LACK of education.

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Written in 1940. Still true, although folks on the far ends of both sides have stopped listening it seems.

Suet624 Agreed. 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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This Audible Original was one of the free offerings in February. It is read by the author and is about her struggles dealing with her dying parents in their last months. The timeline is not linear, she jumps from story to story, and from parent to parent. The stories are sometimes funny but usually they are sad and profound. Ms. Lopez does a great job sharing her difficult family stories with us in an affecting manner.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Audible started this book with a warning, "this title contains explicit language and depictions of physical and sexual violence that may be upsetting to some listeners." I should've stopped right there. This was one of the worst books I've ever read. Junk contained so many things that don‘t interest me: gratuitous violence, advanced ancient civilizations, levitating witches, warlocks, magic, aliens, psychics, excessive profanity, and on and on...

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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March reading wrap up with Goodreads ratings. Train Dreams and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry were my favorite with The End of Days right up there as well. #Marchwrapup #dogsoflitsy

JoScho Brittney ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Suet624 I love Harold. 2mo
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I'm glad I didn't read reviews of this book before I listened to it. I expected a whimsical story about a funny little English fellow strolling through the countryside going from one caper to the next. What I experienced, rather, was a wonderfully poignant story about a common man on a quest to deliver a message to his dying friend, Queenie. I was drawn in further and further as I listened on, and the ending for me was just beautifully perfect.

Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
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Tender is the Night | F Scott Fitzgerald
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I thought it was OK. Through the first third of the book I was uninterested but as I pressed on the plot began to darken and motivations of the characters became more evident. And everyone got more drunk and depressed and I became more interested. I didn't quite buy the ending.

Fun facts: I play basketball weekly at the high school F. Scott Fitzgerald attended: St. Paul Academy. Go Spartans!I‘ve spent many a night in F. Scott‘s theater.

Centique That‘s so cool to hang out at his high school - wow! 😍 3mo
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My last quote from this book. The tone and writing really registered with me. Review forthcoming.

Suet624 Such a lovely story. Great quote too. 3mo
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Another sad quote. I was an expecting a whimsical adventure but instead got something poignant and touching.

Suet624 Agree. Same thing happened with me. 3mo
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So much good melancholia in this book. I‘m just loving it.

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Sounds about right.

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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I heard Jenny and Thomas discuss this book on the last Reading Envy podcast. I ordered on Audible right away. Will Patton's narration was absolutely perfect for this book. It was mesmerizing and added so much to the experience!

The writing is fantastic and not a word is wasted.

When you are done listening you'll be surprised that the author crammed this much story in to two hours and twenty minutes. This is an absolute classic.

#readingenvy

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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I just love the writing in this book.

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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Us soft Minnesota fellers! I love Arn.

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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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This novella is chock full of great lines.

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The End of Days | Jenny Erpenbeck
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The End of Days is similar in style to Kate Atkinson's excellent book Life After Life, although I would rank Kate's book higher.

The novel is broken out in to five "books", each one ending with the death of the main character. In between each book there is an "intermezzo" which addresses the circumstances of her death and then asks "what if an event or two changed and the main character survived?” This is a dark, poignant, and unusual novel.

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Only four books in February. I need to pick up the pace. I blame the low output on my inability to stay up late due to being exhausted from shoveling 40” of snow this month. #Februarywrapup

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1️⃣ Picture taken a couple days ago before the 5” of snow today 😖

2️⃣ It‘s OK. The winters are long but we live near the Mississippi River which is scenic

3️⃣ 🚀

4️⃣ Evenings until I fall asleep

5️⃣ Tacos

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Grass | Sheri S. Tepper
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Grass is a big chunk of science fiction goodness. The novel is named after the planet Grass on which most of the novel takes place. It is set in the far future, where humans have colonized other planets and Earth is ruled by an all-powerful religious organization called Sanctity. The people of Earth and the other inhabited planets are mysteriously dying of plague, but Grass is immune. What is going on?

Highly recommended.

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