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Blaire

Blaire

Joined May 2016

“I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Perfect Friday morning read. I had to go back and read a plot summary of the first book because it took me so long to get off the library waitlist. Continued story of Lara Jean‘s high school romance. I‘m a total sucker for this genre whether it is in book or movie form and these are especially well-done.

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Mehso-so

Jed bikes from Oregon to Patagonia when he turns 30 in an effort to find himself. Raised a devout Christian he questions his identity as he pushes himself physically. He is a young 30-many of the questions he asked himself felt more like college discussions and tho he comes to recognize his privilege I don‘t know if he fully got the level of it and some revelations felt shallow. Descriptions of being on road and ppl he met were the strongest.

saguarosally I left my life to engage in long term travel in my late thirties. It seemed like something I should have done after college, but I did it anyway later on. I learned a lot that I should have learned at a younger age, but better late than never. 1d
Blaire @saguarosally I agree. Certainly good to do this at any age. I‘ve always been a questioner of my own life/beliefs/path due prob in part to particular family circumstances and my personality and I‘m glad the author went on this journey I was just surprised how sheltered and unquestioning his life had been to that point despite some obvious conflicts he had not confronted. 1d
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Historical fiction depicting the lives of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic during the reign of Trujillo. Critical to the resistance against the regime. Their story is moving and tragic. It is not surprising that the women‘s bravery continues to inspire and be celebrated. Alvarez gives each woman a full and complex life. Powerful book.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i was assigned this book to read in college & absolutely loved it 5d
Kaye Excellent book 🌟 5d
Reggie If you ever think about reading her again try In the Name of Salome. One of of my favorite books ever!!! 5d
Blaire @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @kaye an author recommended it in the nytimes and it bumped it to the top of my tbr. So glad to have read it. 1d
Blaire @Reggie nice. Will check it out! 1d
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This was very soothing to listen to while walking. I liked hearing about her spiritual journey and how she confronted the doubts she had and learned to be at peace with doubt. Even though I‘m Jewish, I found her struggles with belief relatable and I learned a lot about the Christian tradition and the similarities it continues to share with Judaism. It is sad to know her voice is no longer with us. #litsywalkers

Kaye Thank you for the tag 💖 1w
gradcat Where is this? It‘s so beautiful! 1w
Blaire @gradcat it‘s the view outside my house in Charleston, West Virginia. 💕 1w
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Hoopiefoot I just finished this too. It was a bittersweet read knowing that she just passed. And I ❤️ WV 😀 1w
Blaire @Hoopiefoot yes, that‘s what made me pick it up and filled with a different kind of resonance. Don‘t know that I would have read it otherwise. 1w
Blaire @Hoopiefoot also so glad you are a WV fan...it is a beautiful place to live. Saw from your post you were recently here! Very cool. 1w
gradcat So lovely...I want to move there! 1w
Hoopiefoot @Blaire It is! Lived in Elkins until I was 8 & then we moved to PA near the northern panhandle. I love WV & go back every chance I can 😀 1w
Blaire @Hoopiefoot nice! I have several friends from Elkins. Beautiful part of the state. 6d
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Socks | Beverly Cleary
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The perfect Mother‘s Day gift. There was also a lovely bouquet of flowers 💐 #dogsandbooks #mothersday

Melissa_J I have the reading socks, but I want those dog socks 😂 2w
Blaire @Melissa_J they made me so happy. #funnybecauseitstrue 😂😂😂 2w
TheSpineView I love those dog socks! 💜🐶 2w
Kimberlone I have the same fuck off I‘m reading socks! Love them 2w
Blaire @TheSpineView @kimberlone 💕. These gifts were me to a tee. 1w
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A little humour for my fellow Canadian littens. My grandmother got me these napkins. “ you seem familiar, yet somehow strange — are you by any chance Canadian?”

merelybookish 🇨🇦🥌🍁💪😀 2w
Melissa_J LOL 🇨🇦😊 2w
PurpleyPumpkin 😂Love this!🇨🇦 2w
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CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Don‘t forget it 😉 Lol 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 Love it!! 2w
Dragon 👍😀 🇨🇦 2w
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The end of this trilogy didn‘t quite work for me. The ideas felt scattered and it didn‘t get in to as much depth as I would have liked. Binti continues her journey to finding her place in the world and making sense of her own history.

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Cheers to the end of a very long week! Enjoying my wine, my view, and my book. #tgif

Erofan 😍 Beautiful view! 2w
saresmoore Gorgeous! 2w
Leftcoastzen So beautiful! Enjoy! 2w
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SarahHarts_books Love the view!! 😍😍 2w
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
JessNevertheless Jealous!! Looks so peaceful! 2w
Tamra 💚 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️. Listened as an audiobook and the stories kept me entertained while folding laundry. I love the west wing but didn‘t have any particular interest in learning more about rob Lowe going in but he has had some unique experiences and liked the explanation of his choices and in-depth look at what it was like to be a teen actor and then make a career. Dragged a bit but fine for audio since I wasn‘t super focused.

sammisho But he's handsome! 😍 2w
Blaire @sammisho yep. So pretty. 2w
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Emily Climbs | L M Montgomery
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Sometimes what I need is a good reread. Loved seeing Emily come into her own when she goes off to Shrewsbury. Her understanding of her family, friends, and self deepens in this book and the adults become more multi-faceted. The characters all grow in satisfying ways in this book. Perfect book for a break from daily stress.

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Emily Climbs | L M Montgomery
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Trying to do better with self-care this week and so I got out in nature. I found this lovely trail behind my local playground. I‘ve been coming here for years and never knew it existed. I think L.M. Montgomery would approve of this reading spot. So much green and the sound of a rushing water. #litsywalkers #readingbreak

LeahBergen She would! 👏🏻 3w
squirrelbrain Looks lovely! 3w
Kaye Looks like a nice shady spot to sit or hike ! ( depending on your book type). 🎧 📖 3w
Blaire @LeahBergen I wish I had a wonderful name for this trail. The hidden green wood? 2w
Blaire @squirrelbrain @kaye it was so nice and a much needed respite even when I only had 20 min. 2w
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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I need to get back to this book. Right now my life involves getting up at 5 am to work instead of doing yoga, and tossing and turning all night with stress dreams. I can feel the tension building up. I did have a dance party with my kids last night and that helped. But I can wait to get back to a typical schedule with more reading and less stress.

4thhouseontheleft Yoga always helps me with stress, that‘s too bad you can‘t fit it in right now! I sometimes do Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube when I am really tight on time. 3w
JennyM Hugs to you 😘😘😘 3w
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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ElishaLovesBooks 💕💛 3w
Lindy Insomnia is the worst. Hope everything is in balance soon. 🌻 3w
ShyBookOwl I wish you luck 💕 3w
ChasingOm This book is on my list too. I hope you‘re able to get back to your normal soon! 3w
Blaire @4thhouseontheleft I need to make the time for it...I know it‘s more important than usual when I‘m stressed but this month has been a hard one for self-care. I also love yoga with adriene. I usually start my mornings with one of her videos, I need to give myself a rest and get back to it. 3w
Blaire @JennyM @chrissyreadit @elishalovesbooks thank you! It should start to calm down in June...just need to make it through and breathe. 3w
Blaire @Lindy @shybookowl thank you both! I‘m working on it. One of things that is hard about litigation, haven‘t found a way to keep the stress from getting to me. Hopefully when I make it through the book I‘ll be better able to prepare myself in the future. 3w
Blaire @ChasingOm thank you. Hoping the summer will bring some calm. 3w
4thhouseontheleft 💞💞 I know what that can be like. I struggle with self-care when we have long-term house guests, like I have at the moment. 3w
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I‘m amazed by the risks people willingly subject themselves to. The fearlessness it took to enter the Amazonian jungle is astounding and the conditions fawcett endured for exploration. I was fascinated both by Grann‘s decision to undertake the journey as well as Fawcett‘s and the ending was very satisfying. I will say all those bugs and maggots - I would never cut it. So many scenes made me shudder.

BiblioLitten Superb view🌳🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳 4w
Tamra Perfect green setting for that book! That story is a real adventure. 4w
Crazeedi Beautiful place to read! Lucky you, and so green!!❤❤ 4w
Blaire @Crazeedi @tamra @bibliolitten thank you! Feel very lucky to have this view. 3w
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A Woman of Substance | Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Started this one recently. It‘s my pick for a book from 1979. Trying to read a book from each year for my own personal 40th bday challenge. #soccermom #40bdaychallenge

squirrelbrain What a great idea for a challenge! 4w
andrew61 That is a great idea, enjoy it, although mine would be more challenging 😂 4w
Cathythoughts Excellent idea ♥️👍🏻 4w
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Solitary | Albert Woodfox
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Here‘s a pic of just of a few of the many law books on our shelves. What can I say, I‘m a lawyer married to a lawyer. The tagged book is on my #tbr. It is written by a man who spent decades in solitary in the infamous Angola prison for a crime he did not commit and managed to retain his humanity and hope. #ifoughtthelaw #anglophileapril

Crazeedi That would be a hard one to read 1mo
Mdargusch Good choice! What a tragic situation. 1mo
emilyhaldi I went to the Angola Prison Rodeo one year while I was in college nearby. It was really cool to attend the arts/crafts fair... All of the products are made by the prisoners 🙃 1mo
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emilyhaldi Ps. The book you're referring to sounds BRUTAL 1mo
Cinfhen I agree @emilyhaldi book sounds devastating but I want to read it. I‘m truly amazed at the will to live and how one can overcome such incredible obstacles 1mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh I hate to hear stories of wrongful convictions. 😢 1mo
Blaire @Crazeedi yes. I think it will be difficult but also a real testament to what people can overcome. 1mo
Blaire @Mdargusch so much injustice in the justice system. 1mo
Blaire @emilyhaldi so did my husband. Still has the t-shirt. He went to Tulane for law school. 1mo
Blaire @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @reviewsbylola yes. I find it incredible how he maintained his humanity and powerful that he wrote his own story. I‘ve read a lot about injustice and wrongful convictions, but seems rare to read a first person account. 1mo
emilyhaldi I went to Tulane for undergrad!!! So I‘m a bit biased in saying it‘s the best school (and New Orleans the best city!) ever!!!! Hopefully your husband agrees 😉 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I hate to say this about a book I was really excited about...excited enough to buy the hardcover, but after months of trying, I‘m calling it a bail. I tried to get into it and skimmed about 90 pages but none of it was new to me. It may be a function of the amount of knowledge I had going in (possibly too much on this topic), but I just wasn‘t drawn in. #unpopularopinion

MelissaSue81 I struggled with this one too. It was just.. missing something.. 1mo
Blaire @MelissaSue81 so glad I‘m not alone. 1mo
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Inspired to reread this one after its appearance in “Russian Doll.” Orphaned Emily must make a home for herself among her relatives at New Moon who are not keen on having her at first. Emily uses her writing to cope with all the difficult adults in her life and grows to appreciate life at new moon as those at new moon grow to love her. Per the intro Emily is the character most like lm Montgomery.

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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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Binti heads home bringing an alien being in an attempt to bring harmony among different species. When she returns she must confront how she is now different from her community and take a deeper look at her family‘s history. Ends on a big cliffhanger. Still not a sci-fi person but I‘ve enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy.

Leftcoastzen I‘m fascinated with And Prairie Dogs aren‘t Kosher.😃 1mo
tournevis Being talked about at the panel I'm listening to right now! 1mo
Blaire @Leftcoastzen I‘m staying at my aunt‘s house and it‘s on her shelf...it‘s a history of Jewish women in the upper Midwest in the 1800s. 1mo
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Blaire @tournevis cool! Any good insights? 1mo
Lcsmcat I have that edition of My Bookhouse. It was my father and his older brother‘s. 1mo
tournevis @Blaire Many, more than I have space to write here. It's such a great exploration of identity and empire? 1mo
tournevis @Blaire Supposed to be an exclamation point there 1mo
Blaire @Lcsmcat cool! This set was my grandfather‘s and was passed down to my aunt. 1mo
Blaire @tournevis yes, I liked how this one really delved into the meaning of identity and family. Just got the third one from the library. 1mo
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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Hoping this book will help me through emotional burnout and learn to manage all the expectations I put on myself instead of shutting down. I‘ve only read the intro so far but the approach is promising.Thanks for the recommendation @CoffeeK8 #fixyou #anglophileapril

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I probably need this one!! 1mo
saresmoore I‘m working my way through it slowly and it‘s very illuminating and helpful so far. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I hope it works for you. I hate that feeling. 😖 1mo
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Mdargusch I hope it works for you! 1mo
emilyhaldi 🙏🏻 1mo
Cinfhen So relatable!!! Hope you find some inner peace & strength ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like it will be a helpful book ♥️👍🏻 1mo
CoffeeK8 I hope you find it helpful 💕 1mo
Blaire @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve finished the first chapter and it provides good reminders of the need to release stress daily and not let it build. 1mo
Blaire @saresmoore I agree. I know I‘m entering a period with a lot of stressors and can tell by the state of my fingernails that I need this book. 1mo
Blaire @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @cinfhen thank you! I‘m in a job (special ed attorney) where I sometimes take on my clients stress and emotions on top of my own and it can lead to anxiety/shutdown and I think this book has productive suggestions on breaking through that. 1mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @coffeek8 I‘m taking notes in my bullet journal. I‘m liking how specific it is. I know my overstressed signs but I think I often fail to do daily stress release especially during a high stress period. 1mo
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A Rainy Day | Robin Nelson
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Enjoying this rainy Sunday of my screened in porch. Reading the nytimes and adding to my tbr. #springrain #nytimes

AmyG My favorite part of the book review is the editors choice. I am always adding books to my tbr from that list. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I want a screened porch so badly! Or a screened gazebo. Super high on my life wish list . 1mo
Blaire @AmyG yes! I also find a lot in the by the book interview. Love seeing what different authors read and recommend. 1mo
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Blaire @Chrissyreadit we redid our back deck a number of years ago and screened in a portion of it. It brings me a lot of happiness. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 1mo
Swe_Eva 🤣 It took me a second to realize you do NOT have handcuffs just laying about on your table. 😱😂 1mo
Blaire @Swe_Eva 😂😂😂they do look 3-d in that shot. 1mo
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The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani
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In this middle grade book, the conflict between Muslims and Hindus and the large migrations at the time of India‘s independence is told through 12 yo Nisha‘s family‘s flight from their town in the newly formed Pakistan to India. Nisha and her twin Amil are compelling characters and their relationships with their dad, Muslim cook Kazi and their uncle Rashid are moving. The story has complexity not always seen in novels for younger readers.

Blaire This is my pick for #booked2019 #nightorientedtitle 1mo
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I loved this book of a poetry when I was a kid. I read this and Now We Are Six many times and had many of the poems memorized. My son loved it as well. I hope it was a good introduction to poetry for him. We read several before bed each night and he said it calmed him.

Tanisha_A The edition is so pretty! 1mo
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Dad Is Fat | Jim Gaffigan
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If you have kids under the age of 10, I think this book will crack you up. Gaffigan lives with his wife and five kids in a two bedroom apartment in NYC. His observations about life with littles is spot on and had me laughing out loud. Recommend on audio because I think the delivery of the lines is part of the charm.

Cinfhen Really??? 5 kids!!! My brother & SIL live in a converted 3 bedroom with 4 kids on the UWS and it‘s the wild kingdom 😝 and her oldest is 9 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen right!! My house is fairly large and I only have two and it feels so loud all.the.time. And their apt is on the 5th floor of a walk-up! Hopefully they‘ve moved since the book was published. 🤪😂🤪 1mo
Cinfhen You gotta love New Yorkers!!!! 1mo
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Amy and Isabelle | Elizabeth Strout
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The high school math teacher that takes advantage of teenage Amy in this book is a super #creep. I love Elizabeth Strout and loved hitting up her backlist and reading this novel about the relationship between a mother and daughter. #anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola Pretty sure I read this one but it‘s been a loooooooong time! 2mo
Cinfhen Ooooh, I don‘t think I read this one!! 2mo
Blaire @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen I really liked it. Strout writes complete/complex characters so well. Mother-daughter relationship felt very real and also liked her depiction of female friendship. 2mo
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Mdargusch Creepy old man. 🤨 2mo
Centique I really liked this too @Cinfhen keep thinking about it. Such an atmospheric book too. 2mo
emilyhaldi Slowly working my way through her books!! ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Good to know @Centique 🤗🤗🤗 2mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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I generally don‘t read sci-fi, but had seen a lot of good reviews on here and was wanting a read I could easily do in a couple hours. A story about overcoming differences, trust, and making your own path, I am interested to see what happens to Binti next.

rretzler I was planning to read Bingo this month as well. Glad it was good 2mo
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Korede, plain and responsible, must decide whether to continue to cover up for her beautiful and reckless younger sister Ayoola‘s, misdeeds. Fast-paced, with short snappy chapters, I liked it but found the plot weak and predictable in some spots. It was missing something for me, but I would read more from this author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Enjoying the spring day and this quick read while my daughter naps. #springhassprung

alvingregorio I can almost smell those daffodils. Enjoy nap time. 2mo
Crazeedi Beautiful!! 2mo
Blaire @Crazeedi @alvingregorio I love all the flowers this time of year even though my allergies are going crazy. 2mo
Crazeedi @Blaire thank goodness I dont have allergies, and I love the flowers too! 2mo
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A few of my books with #flowers on the cover. I love this rifle paper edition of Anne. #springintoreading (photo is of my grandmother (in a floral frame)).

Tanisha_A That cover of Anne certainly! 😍 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful grandmother 💗💗 2mo
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Blaire @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you! I never got the chance to meet her, but I am named after her. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Blaire awwww beautiful name and lady ❤️❤️ My youngest is Claire... 2mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 1mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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Was wearing this sweatshirt today from out of print books featuring one of literature‘s most well-known rabbits. “I‘m late, I‘m late, for a very important date.” #rabbits #bookishgear #springintoreading #kidlit

JoScho I love my Out of Print sweatshirt. It is so soft and cozy! 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo I have the tee shirt version of that! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need this!! 2mo
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Blaire @JoScho their stuff is the best! 2mo
Blaire @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks out of print‘s website is a dangerous one for me to browse. 2mo
vkois88 LOVE! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Blaire I should probably steer clear!! ❌😵 2mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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I was on edge the entire book waiting as our narrator learns the secrets of Maxim, Rebecca, and Manderley. The constant sense of apprehension felt by the narrator is also felt by the reader. I did skim some of the lengthier descriptions bc I needed to know how it would resolve. The scenes with Mrs. Danvers in particular will continue to haunt me. Manderely and what goes on within its walls will stay with me. #wonderwall #anglophileapril

Blaire Also will the unnamed narrator “be the one to save” Maxim “maybe...you‘ll be the one to save me” 🎶 2mo
Reviewsbylola I need to reread this one. I loved it! 2mo
Mdargusch Perfect! One of my all time favorite books. 2mo
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emilyhaldi LOVE this book!!!! I‘ve read it twice and NEED to read it again ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
Blaire @Reviewsbylola @mdargusch @emilyhaldi it was a stay up all night kind of book! And would work for today‘s prompt too...Rebecca was not an #easylover 2mo
BiblioLitten I love this book💕💕 2mo
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Working on decluttering the playroom, finally finished this built in bookcase. So nice to see what I own and now I have two big boxes to donate to the library/goodwill.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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French toast soaking, fresh coffee, and the tagged book. I‘ve wanted to read it forever. So much foreboding at Manderely.

Suet624 Good morning! 2mo
SilversReviews Loved. REBECCA. ENJOY. 2mo
rretzler Great book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 2mo
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sammisho Rebecca is one of my all time faves! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Can I come to your house for breakfast?🤤 2mo
Blaire @Leftcoastzen It‘s a family fave - we use our leftover challah every Saturday morning. 😍 2mo
Blaire @Suet624 yes! 2mo
Blaire @SilversReviews @rretzler @sammisho I finished it last night! So good. Now I want to watch the Hitchcock film. 2mo
SilversReviews @Blaire 😍😍😍 2mo
rretzler Anything Hitchcock is worth a watch and Rebecca is no exception! 2mo
Simona Njam, njam 🤤😋 I like French toast with a lot of sugar and cinnamon very much. 2mo
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Atalanta can “run as fast as the wind” and insists on running in the race the king sets up for her suitors. Atalanta ties with the winner and at least in the free to be you and me version decides to see the world before considering marriage and instead makes a friend. I loved Free to Be You and Me as a kid. #80skid #girlpower #borntorun #marchintothe70s

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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This story about greasers vs. socs holds up well. Ponyboy is a greaser, loyal to his brothers and crew, but willing to look beyond labels and question the assumptions everyone in his town makes about each other. Nice depiction of male friendship between Ponyboy and Johnny. Pretty impressive that the author was only 16 when she started this novel. Now I need to see the movie. “Stay gold, ponyboy.”

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Girls were hired by the dozen to paint watch dials with radium paint. They were instructed to point the brush with their lips “lip, dip, paint.” Over the years that followed many succumbed to radium poisoning. These women, many dying in their 20s, took this fight to court and fought back against an industry that had deceived them and left their bodies poisoned. Powerfully told story. The anguish of these women hit me hard.

EKonrad This story has stayed with me for a long time. So moving. 2mo
Blaire @EKonrad yes. These women had so much courage to pursue their case and seek justice. 2mo
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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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This graphic novel trilogy is a powerful depiction of the fight for civil rights. A number of years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Selma and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was an emotional experience. #bridgeovertroubledwater #marchintothe70s

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Loved. Union covers so much ground. I knew little about her and am now a huge fan. She covers racism, being black in a white space, sex positivity, the interplay between wealth, race, and celebrity (and how money/fame doesn‘t overcome ppl‘s prejudices), parenthood, infertility, and does it all with grace, humor, and authenticity. Highly recommend the audio. This was a complete #blameitonlitsy and I am so happy to have discovered it.

Suet624 Yes, I especially enjoyed the audio. I felt as though we were just hanging out together. 2mo
Blaire @Suet624 completely agree. She accomplished her goal of making it feel like dinner with a good girlfriend. 2mo
Blaire @Suet624 also I was very happy to see that she and Dwyane has a baby a few months ago! 2mo
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Christine Same here re: everything you said in your review! 2mo
Suet624 Yes, me too. And you‘re right. She covered so much territory in this book. 2mo
Blaire @Christine it was wonderful and unexpected! 2mo
Blaire @Suet624 yes! 😍 2mo
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The Missing Baseball | Mike Lupica
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Mehso-so

2.5 stars. My son liked this and we finished it in just a couple of nights, twins try to solve mystery of a missing baseball. It was filled with platitudes about being a good friend and person and how that‘s better than winning. Lots of showing the lesson and then explicitly explaining it. Meh for me, but my son immediately wanted to start the next in the series -so appealed a lot to my sports loving 7 year old.

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I came home to a delightful surprise this afternoon. The books I bought on my NOLA trip had arrived. I had completely forgotten about them. Love the gorgeous editions sold at Faulkner House Books. #bookmail #nola

thegirlwiththelibrarybag The bookmail that we‘ve forgotten about buying is perhaps the sweetest bookmail! Enjoy! 2mo
Blaire @thegirlwiththelibrarybag thank you! It made my afternoon. 2mo
Tamra Beauties! 2mo
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French does it again. She knows how to build suspense. I was on edge trying to figure out who knew the mystery of the wych elm and how each character‘s destiny played out. I questioned each character‘s motives. An unreliable narrator story that didn‘t feel overdone. Toby genuinely questions himself and his recollections and belief of himself as a good guy.

Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻looking forward to it 2mo
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Feeling a little sick but still taking advantage of the beautiful nearly spring weather to sit outside and read. This book has really pulled me in. Love Tana French.

Tamra Envy! 2mo
merelybookish Looks like a great reading spot! Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
Tanisha_A So lovely! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Feel better ! I have that book too ... must get to it 2mo
BiblioLitten The sunshine is so inviting! 💛💛 2mo
JennyM I hope the beautiful spring sunshine helped you feel better 😘 2mo
Blaire @Tamra so glad I took advantage of it! 2mo
Blaire @merelybookish thanks! I think the fresh air helped! 2mo
Blaire @Tanisha_A @bibliolitten it was wonderful! 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts thank you! I do feel better and the book is so good. She knows how to keep one on edge. 2mo
Blaire @JennyM thank you! It did! 2mo
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A Complicated Kindness | Miriam Toews
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I loved this book, but don‘t think it would be for everyone. Very plot light, it is told through Nomi‘s experiences as a teenager in a Mennonite town. Her mom and sister disappear, Nomi is left with her dad to push against the strictures of her town. I loved Nomi‘s wry observations about life and laughed out loud a number of times. Found her to be a real teenage voice whose cutting view of the world was spot on.

Blaire Also as a native Manitoban the setting was very familiar. 2mo
LeahBergen True! I very much think that knowing Manitoba (and Steinbach or other Mennonite towns) adds to your enjoyment of this novel. (edited) 2mo
Reggie Great review! Stacked. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds really good. I did love All My Puny Sorrows , she is a lovely writer. 2mo
Blaire @LeahBergen yes! I could picture the exact scenes and having spent time at falcon lake as a kid there was some nice nostalgia in there too. 2mo
Blaire @Reggie thank you! 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts this was my first Toews and I loved her style. 2mo
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Devotion: A Memoir | Dani Shapiro
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Dani‘s search for her Jewish identity, her beliefs, and find a religious home for her family was easy for me to identify with. Esp raising children in a place with not many Jews. I have the same attitude toward bad things happening, i.e. why not me as opposed to why me. I found parts of her story re her son‘s infantile illness difficult to hear as I still struggle to process my child‘s disability. (Pic from my walk).

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The Crucible | Arthur Miller
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The people of Salem believed that the women of the town were witches and on #highwaytohell #marchintothe70s @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Haven‘t read this one 😔 2mo
Blaire @Cinfhen it was required high school reading for me. I saw the play performed in law school and thought it was great. 2mo
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A Complicated Kindness | Miriam Toews
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Really liking the tone and voice in this one so far. #cafedumonde #nola

Louise Did they give you enough powdered sugar? 😂 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, I love that place! 2mo
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Bookish.SAM 😍 this pic makes me so nostalgic for NOLA!! 2mo
Mtroiano 🤤 2mo
Blaire @Louise I scooped some of it into my coffee!! #breakfastofchampions 😍 2mo
Blaire @LeahBergen @bookish.SAM I‘ve been lucky enough to go the last two years. Such a great city! And yes, beignets are the best way to start the day. 😍 2mo
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Devotion: A Memoir | Dani Shapiro
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Enjoyed this #audiobook while on a morning walk before my conference this morning. #litsywalker #nola

WhatWouldJaneDo What a magnificently spooky morning in NOLA! 3mo
Dogearedcopy I keep coming back to this photo in my feed. It's absolutely mesmerizing! 😍 3mo
Tanisha_A 😍 3mo
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charl08 Gorgeous picture! Hope there is plenty of time for bookshops as well as work. 3mo
Blaire @Dogearedcopy thank you!! 3mo
Blaire @WhatWouldJaneDo it really was! 3mo
Blaire @Tanisha_A thank you! 3mo
Blaire @charl08 yes! Hit up Faulkner house books and crescent city used books. 3mo
BiblioLitten What a charming pic! 😍 2mo
Blaire @BiblioLitten thank you! 2mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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I was gripped from start to finish. Wash‘s story of escaping slavery in Barbados and finding a way to make his own life while confronting the traumas he faced, the prejudices across countries, and the constant fear of being recaptured was a page-turner. It addresses the horrors of slavery but doesn‘t reduce to good and evil, also addresses the prejudice of those that were abolitionists. Also love and science and marine animals.

Cathythoughts Great review... I must get there soon ♥️👍🏻✨✨✨ 3mo
andrew61 Definitely a must read now - thanks for the great review. 3mo
Blaire @andrew61 @cathythoughts it was a good travel book bc I was so engrossed. Hope you like it! 3mo
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Cathythoughts I think it might work for #Booked2019 #genrebusting ? Do you think it‘s genrebusting ( remember someone else may have said this .... 3mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts hmmm. I‘m not sure. I think that‘s a tough category. I would classify this as literary fiction/adventure. 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts I don‘t think I really understand what genre busting means. 🤷🏼‍♀️I wasn‘t planning to use this read for that category. (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m not sure what genre busting means either .... I‘m going to read this one anyway .... meanwhile I‘m sure there will be plenty of suggestions for the #genrebusting book .... thanks ! Your very good to get back to me 😘 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts of course. I‘ll be following the hashtag for ideas! 😍 2mo
BkClubCare @Cathythoughts @Blaire - the TOB commentary addresses the genre busting concepts. Something about how it is has elements of typical romance adventure but turns it somehow. #shrug (edited) 2mo
Blaire @BkClubCare @Cathythoughts interesting...I think I‘m probably not well-versed enough in genre conventions to say what‘s busting them. 😂. But @cathythoughts if TOB says it is then prob counts, 2mo
Cathythoughts @Blaire @BkClubcare I‘m afraid I don‘t even know what TOB is 🤭... ( thinking out of the box came up when I googled it - among other things ) we will have to get to the bottom of this 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️ DI @Blaire @BkClubCare 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @BkClubCare it‘s the tournament of books. The morning news runs it at the same time as basketball March madness and sets up brackets where different new books compete against each other. A judge reads two and chooses between them. It‘s fun to follow. 2mo
Cathythoughts @Blaire thanks !! We don‘t have that here as far as I know. Well if TOB says Washington Black is genre busting .... that‘s good enough for me 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts I agree! 😍. If you want to follow the TOB here is the link https://themorningnews.org/tob/ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Blaire Ahhh Thankyou!! I‘ll definitely give it a try 😀👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh I just had look ! Looks exciting 😍Thankyou 2mo
BkClubCare @Cathythoughts - whoops! Sorry - I had assumed this was a #tob2019 post and didn‘t realize you might not know abt it. It is the best thing abt March! (Well, except for #piDay) 2mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Reading the tagged book while I wait for my flight. Traveling without the fam means a lot more reading time.

andrew61 Look forward to your thoughts as its a book that im keen to read. 3mo
Cathythoughts On my TBR ... also interested to hear your thoughts... ♥️👍🏻 (edited) 3mo
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Misty Copeland was the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet theatre. When she first started ballet no one thought this undersized and underprivileged 13 yo to become a prima ballerina. (Donating these items to a library auction basket featuring female athletes) #tinydancer #marchintothe70s

LeahBergen I would bid on this item. 😆😆 3mo
gradcat I love Misty Copeland! 🥰 3mo
Blaire @LeahBergen our book club puts together a basket every year for the library fundraiser. It‘s really fun! 3mo
Blaire @gradcat she‘s amazing! 3mo
Cinfhen What a fabulous idea from your bookclub 💞👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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The Top 10 of Everything in Sports | The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
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My 7 year old picked this one out during our last book store outing. Here‘s a spread featuring sports prodigies. #alltheyoungdudes and the Williams sisters. #marchintothe70s @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

writerlibrarian Sid the Kid 😁😁😁 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s awesome 😎 my son used to love these top 10 books too. Super informative but not overwhelming 👍🏻 3mo
Blaire @Cinfhen exactly! 3mo
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