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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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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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Listened to part of this book while enjoying a beautiful fall day. Much to think about...so far it is a good antidote to the productivity is everything message of 168 hours which made me so angry. #audiowalk #getoutside

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Sunday's Child | Edward Phillips
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The best way to start a Sunday. Nytimes, coffee, quiet, and a pastry. 😍

Blaire Also I love that John Greeb loved the baby-sifters club, the Anastasia books, and Judy Blume as kid. 2d
Hoopiefoot That plate 😍 2d
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My biggest goal of this challenge to run another 5k is done!! And I took 5 minutes off my time from #bfcr2. Progress! I was good about drinking water, got in 2 runs and 1 Lagree class, and managed to get outside everyday. Also finished 2 very enjoyable reads. Feeling good at the end of week 1. #bfcr4 @wanderinglynn @Kaylamburson @LauraBeth @m

Kaylamburson That's amazing @blaire. Congrats on a great first week!! 2d
ChasingOm Way to go! 2d
LauraBeth 5 minutes?!! That‘s HUGE - congratulations 🎉 That‘s a great first week! 2d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic first week! And congrats on your 5K - that's awesome! 1d
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Very moving portrayal of a warm and loving family raising a transgender child. It gets into the complexities of gender identity for a child, decisions that must be made, and the emotional impact.. Lots of wonderful characters. Loved the grandma, and the discussions between the parents. At first I thought the narration might be too witty/precious but I ended up really liking the style and it felt more real as the book progressed.

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These essays, originally published in 1983 are still relevant and insightful. favorites include how periods would be seen if men menstruated and not women and would be seen as a sign of strength and virility. Also loved the classic essay about her time undercover as a playboy bunny. Found the one about women becoming more radical as they age to be thought-provoking as well. #40thbdaychallenge #1983

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Mehso-so

Hedy Lamar iat the age of 19 marries an arms dealer with incredible influence in WW2 politics in Austria. She is pulled into a life of power and control. As a Jewish woman, she must escape Austria and this life. The story continues through her film career in the US and her work on an invention to hopefully help the war effort. A so-so because the writing style didn‘t click with me and it felt dry for such an interesting story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I think Benedict picks interesting topics and women for her novels. But I agree that her writing style is an impediment rather than an advantage. 1w
Blaire @BarbaraTheBibliophage exactly. This is the first of hers I read and I really wish the writing were better. 1w
Suet624 Sounds interesting. Too bad the writing is off. 5d
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Ready for #bfcr4! It‘s my busy season at work which has made it easy to get in a workout slump. My goals are: run a 5k, drink 3 swell bottles of water a day, walk outside daily (even just 10 minutes), 2 runs and 1 other workout, self-care of some type once a week, read or listen to 10 books. Pictured is the water bottle, book club book, and face mask.

Chrissyreadit I love your goals!!!!! 1w
Kaylamburson This is so great!! Do you already have a 5k booked? 1w
Blaire @Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 1w
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Blaire @Kaylamburson I do! Signed up yesterday for one on 10/12. 1w
Kaylamburson Wow, good for you!! 1w
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1w
LauraBeth Nice! I signed up for a 5k on 11/8 😀 1w
Blaire @LauraBeth yay!! Signing up for a race is so motivating. 1w
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Secret Pizza Party | Adam Rubin
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My daughter was being super quiet and I asked my son where she was and he said over there reading a book. It was so nice to come across. She‘s normally constantly on the run. Both my kids love this book. #raisingreaders

Cinfhen Adorable 1w
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Tao of Pooh | Benjamin Hoff
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I tried this one for my book from 1982 for my bday challenge and pretty quickly bailed. Found it pretty boring. I remember this being super popular when i was a young kid. Not for me.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Mehso-so

A high end surrogacy home is the backdrop for an examination of how class/race/privilege play out among the pregnant hosts with each other and the wealthy clients paying for surrogates. I didn‘t feel as emotionally invested in any of the characters as I expected and felt they were used more as a way to explore the themes of exploitation and choice. Would make a good book club choice. Lots to discuss.

Rachel.Rencher I just now realized, after reading your blurb, that the cover has silhouettes of baby bumps. Never got that until now. 😂🤦‍♀️ 2w
marleed I was a so-so on this as well because I just wasn‘t engaged in the characters. I keep thinking if it is adapted to screen writers would take care of that and it would very interesting. 2w
Blaire @Rachel.Rencher I didn‘t realize it either the first many times I saw it. Then I had an aha moment. And a 🤦‍♀️. 2w
Blaire @marleed agree. I think I could have really cared about Ate, Jane, and Reagan but somehow they didn‘t come across as fully developed. 2w
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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The small town of three pines becomes the center of another investigation when a mysterious figure appears in town. Goes deep into how Gamache is trying to tackle his new responsibilities and moral questions about decisions. Most of it takes place in a courtroom so has a more procedural feel than some of the other Gamache mysteries. Love it as always and am pacing myself so I don‘t catch up with Ms. Penny and still have more to read.

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Maine | Courtney Sullivan
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Thoroughly enjoyed this multi-generational story of a Boston family. A summer home in Maine centers the story and shows how they interact with one another and react to each other and how this has shaped their lives. I‘ve seen reviews that found the characters unlikeable but I felt they were real flawed people and I could understand them. Also goes back in time to slowly reveal how the family matriarch came to be the person she is.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘d like to read this one. Stacked 2w
Blaire @Cathythoughts I think if you liked saints you would like this one too. I plan to read more of her backlist that I‘ve missed 2w
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Maine | Courtney Sullivan
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Enjoying digging into this older book of Sullivan‘s after loving A Saint for All Occasions. Seattle lives up to its rep as a coffee town. This one is wonderful.

RvnclawWhovian Victrola is my fave! If you have time, check out the Starbucks Reserve. It‘s pretty cool (edited) 3w
Blaire @RvnclawWhovian the coffee was so good! I went to Starbucks reserve yesterday. It was cool. 3w
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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Lots of mixed reviews on here but I loved this one. Nice to find a new series to get into. Maisie, who was a nurse during WWI, has a special intuition about people and uses it to conduct investigations and heal psyches. Her relationship with her father is beautiful and the her personal war time story brought me to tears.

Cathythoughts I have this ! Your review is making me want to pick it up 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Blaire @Cathythoughts I hope you like it...i found it to be a nice read while traveling. 3w
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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Morning book and coffee before we set off to explore the San Juan islands.

AmyG Lovely view. 3w
LeahBergen Pretty! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Fantastic photo. 3w
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RvnclawWhovian Beautiful area! This is prime whale watching season for both orcas and humpbacks 3w
Reecaspieces Lovely 3w
wanderinglynn Enjoy! 👋🏻 3w
Dragon Wow, great photo! 3w
valeriegeary 😍😍😍 3w
Moony Such a wonderful view! 3w
Blaire @AmyG @leahbergen @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @reecaspieces @dragon @moony @valeriegeary thank you all! I‘m really enjoying my time in the pnw. On a nice trip with my mom. 3w
Blaire @RvnclawWhovian the San Juan islands were gorgeous! Had a great time. Didn‘t spot any whales but didn‘t go out on a boat. Heard about lots of sightings. 3w
Blaire @wanderinglynn I am. It has been a wonderful getaway. 3w
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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An interesting study at how people react in this town when they know a bad event is coming and how they read into each other‘s motivations and intentions. Everyone knows these brothers are planning to kill Santiago and this reconstruction looks at the action or inaction /belief or disbelief with which the brothers are treated leading up to the murder of Santiago.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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On vacation so this is a bookshop spot. #7covers7days #covercrush day 7.

Ruthiella I had that one up for consideration. I really love it! 4w
sudi 😍 4w
Blaire @Ruthiella it is gorgeous. It‘s hard to capture the almost textural look it has in a photo. 4w
Blaire @sudi 💕 4w
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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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Middle-grade about a bright young girl in Pakistan who is attempting to get an education and go to college but due to unpaid debts her life veers off course and she must figure out a way to overcome these circumstances. Good introduction to the obstacles many around the world and particularly girls face in obtaining even a basic education. #booked2019 #diversemiddlegrade

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The Sentence is Death | Anthony Horowitz
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Another fun twist on the mystery genre from Horowitz. I really liked the word is murder and enjoyed this sequel as well. Horowitz himself is a character in the story playing Watson to Hawthorne‘s Sherlock. This time Hawthorne must solve the murder of a high-powered divorce attorney. Perfect for an airplane read.

Readswithcoffee I didn‘t know there was a sequel. Added to my TBR list. 4w
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Ruthiella A toe tag is the perfect cover! 4w
Blaire @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ruthiella thanks! It is also my favorite book of hers. 4w
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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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LibrarianRyan There is a sequel series to this coming out soon. 4w
Blaire @LibrarianRyan nice! I‘ll look out for it 4w
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Highly recommend. Audiobook is on hoopla. Loved this. Heart-warning story about how the people of Newfoundland opened up their homes and town to passengers who were stranded their on 9/11. Passengers from 38 flights landed in the small town of Gander. It goes into detail on some of the passengers stories and is very moving. An uplifting read on the anniversary of 9/11.

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Story of Bip | Marcel Marceau
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 4. I‘ve owned this book since I was a child and it‘s probably the first book I remember picking for the cover.

Leftcoastzen So cool! 1mo
Cathythoughts Love it 😍 1mo
Erofan Beautiful 😍 1mo
LeahBergen Love! ❤️ 1mo
BiblioLitten 😍 4w
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 3. Not sure who hasn‘t been tagged yet. @Tamra ?

Ruthiella Great cover! I almost picked the Virago hardcover edition of this title one of my posts! 😀 (edited) 1mo
Tamra Thank you for thinking of me, but my books are in boxes. (Except for TBR) Very evocative cover! 1mo
Blaire @Ruthiella thanks! I still haven‘t read it. Heard of it on book riot and bought it bc of the cover. 1mo
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Ruthiella @Blaire I‘ve not read it either yet! 1mo
Blaire @Ruthiella I really need to get to it! I love the cover and the title so much. 1mo
Suet624 This sounds really interesting. 4w
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Goal Achiever | Bob Proctor
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Had a good end to the week of #bfcr3. Pushed myself hard during my run, got in 4 yoga sessions, meditated each night, and finished 14 books for the 6 weeks. Truly appreciated my supportive team and great I have some good habits on place. Finishing out the evening reading to my daughter outside.

Amiable That sunset looks like a painting! It‘s gorgeous! 1mo
DivineDiana How fantastic is that sunset! 1mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful view! And way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 1mo
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LeahBergen So beautiful. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Your view is stunning! 1mo
Chrissyreadit And you finished strong! 🙌👏❤️ 1mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
nelehelen That‘s awesome!! 1mo
sudi Awesome 👏👏👏 and i'm always in awe of the beautiful view you have 😍 1mo
Centique How beautiful! 😍 1mo
Mitch Wow that‘s some view! So glad you‘ve knocked it out of the park 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
Crazeedi Great work, we had a great team!!👏👏 1mo
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Wild Insects and Spiders! (Wild Kratts) | Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt
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We are big Kratt Brothers‘ fans in my household. This book delivers fun facts about insects in an easy reader format. Plus it has stickers so my daughter loved it. #bbrc #easyreadernonfiction @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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#7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush. Day 2. @andrew61 want to join in? Post a cover for 7 days no explanation. Tag someone else each day.

BarbaraBB Beautiful cover! 1mo
TrishB Lovely 💜 1mo
Tanisha_A Love this! 1mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 1mo
sudi 😍 1mo
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Pick but with a quibble. She entertainingly discusses how her family went w/o sugar for a year and the reasonable exceptions they made. I found their journey interesting as I‘ve been watching my sugar intake pretty closely. Quibble: I thought her sections on why she eats meat to be unneeded and lacking in logic; she was a vegetarian who ate an unhealthy diet - adding meat back in is not the only solution. Pic of my sugar-free dinner.

Mitch Looks yum 🤩 1mo
BarbaraBB It does - and the wine does complete the meal 😍😍 1mo
sudi That looks delicious 😋 1mo
Blaire @Mitch @barbarabb @sudi thank you!! And my kids liked it too! 1mo
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The Name Jar | Yangsook Choi
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A Korean girl moves to New York and is teased about her name on the bus. When she gets to school she doesn‘t share her name. Her classmates leave potential names in a jar for her. Over the course of the story and with the help of a friend she realizes she can still cherish her Korean culture and name in the U.S, and her classmates make the effort to welcome her and pronounce her name properly. Sweet immigrant story. #bbrc #picturebooksatoz

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍💗 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻💕💕💕 1mo
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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave
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#7days7covers #covercrush pick a book a day and post the cover no explanation. Tag a kitten each day. Thanks for the tag @merelybookish @rubyslippersreads if you haven‘t been tagged yet - want to join in?

LeahBergen Pretty! 1mo
Cathythoughts Sooo lovely 1mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @leahbergen thanks! Found these editions at Faulkner books on my list Nola visit. 1mo
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Finally Friday | Melinda Michelle
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Don‘t #panic it is finally Friday. I am working from home today and so am enjoying a lovely breakfast outside. Next up: audiocleaning before a conference call. #redroseseptember #tgif

Mitch Enjoy such a nice start to the day 😘 1mo
arlenefinnigan Very jealous! 1mo
Cinfhen Such a pretty photo!!! What ya eating??? Looks good! 1mo
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Blaire @Mitch thank you! 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen it‘s veggie bacon and kalamata olive bread - one slice with butter and one with goat cheese. 1mo
Blaire @arlenefinnigan I am savoring it. 1mo
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When You Reach Me | Rebecca Stead
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So apparently this was a reread. Goodreads shows I read it in 2014, but I only had a vague recollection. Flew through it in a evening. It was really fun and especially recommend for fans of a wrinkle in time as it features prominently. Miranda, a 12 yo in nyc in the 70s starts getting mysterious notes and must determine their meaning. #bbrc #ya #lollipopfiction

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1mo
merelybookish I love Stead's writing! 1mo
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Men are seen as the default gender to such an extent that women are forgotten in the data and this has led to outcomes that make life not only more inconvenient and uncomfortable for women, but dangerous with life-threatening conditions disregarded, unsafe designs, and many other impacts of gender bias. Eye-opening read. One can only hope that the world stops seeing women as atypical and too difficult to include in studies bc of hormones.

SW-T An eye opening read for sure! 1mo
Dogearedcopy John Oliver recently did a segment about gender bias in women‘s health care! It was a bit shocking: Women are basically seen as men “with extras” physiologically speaking and, as a result women‘s health issues are often trivialized or dismissed. This book sounds like a great way to dig deeper into the topic! (edited) 1mo
Blaire @Dogearedcopy yes! She looks at this phenomenon in all area - bus route design, refugee camp setup, health, leave policies. And does it without it seeming dry at all but with lots of citations and vivid examples. 1mo
Blaire @SW-T yes! I‘m excited to discuss it with my book club. 1mo
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This series is great and led to a lot of discussion about U.S. history and slavery. Felt very comprehensive for a graphic novel and I learned a lot about Harriet Tubman that I either never knew or had forgotten - Particularly about her role as a spy and leading raids during the civil war. Does not shy away from the cruelty and brutality of slavery and owners of enslaved persons, but does so in an age appropriate manner.

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This book is aimed at high-earning two-income families that can adjust work hours as they wish. Her advice is to track your hours to see how you spend time, determine whether it‘s in a fulfilling/career advancing way, if it‘s not change it. Also pay someone else to do stuff. This book could have been 10 bullet points instead of 9 hours. Assumes lots of tv watching that can be turned into free time. Not the book for me or my life. ⬇️

Blaire Her advice was the same for person after person - hire people to do things for you; get up early to spend time with your kids; work from 9-5 and then from 8:30-11, but also exercise 7 hours a week, spend two hours thinking about how to advance your career, etc... and you may think you don‘t sleep much, but you do. 1mo
Blaire Also the book has weird religious undertones. Many examples of things you might want to find more time for were: praying (she suggests doing this in the shower or while running), bible study, and reading religious texts (she suggests this as a waiting room activity). Also lots of talk of doing fun things with her kids but still all being in the pew on Sunday morning. 1mo
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LeahBergen 🙄🙄 1mo
Blaire @Leftcoastzen @leahbergen yeah, it really irritated me. Tho it‘s an unpopular opinion, the other Litsy reviews are good. 1mo
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I had a good week. Fit in 4 yoga sessions, a run with friends, and avoided fast food. The weather cooled down and my son accompanied me on an hour long walk today. I ended the week with an anniversary dinner with my husband. I rarely post pics of myself here, but here‘s one from our night out. #bfcr3

merelybookish Happy Anniversary! Great pic! ❤️ 1mo
Lcsmcat Lovely! 1mo
Reggie Happy Anniversary!! What a nice pic!!! 1mo
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sarahbarnes Beautiful! 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn Happy anniversary! 🥳 Great photo! And great week! 🙌🏻 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Happy Anniversary! 😀🥂 1mo
MallenNC Happy anniversary! Great picture. 1mo
sprainedbrain Happy anniversary! You look great! ❤️ 1mo
JennyM Gorgeous photo! 1mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥂 1mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Anniversary! Great job on your goals! And that is a beautiful picture! 1mo
Ddzmini Happy anniversary 🎉🎊🥂🍾 1mo
Tanisha_A Happy anniversary! 🎂 1mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic! 1mo
CarolynM You look like such a happy couple. Happy anniversary❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen You look fantastic! Happy Anniversary! 😘😘 1mo
Simona Beautiful❣️ Happy anniversary 🍾🥂 1mo
Mitch What a stunning happy pair you make. Happy happy anniversary super star xxxx 1mo
JoScho Happy anniversary pretty lady! 1mo
Cathythoughts Looking beautiful 👍🏻Happy Anniversary 👍🏻🎉 1mo
Crazeedi Happy anniversary! 🥂 and your dress is gorgeous, I love it. Beautiful couple, congrats 💞🎉🎶 1mo
MicrobeMom Happy anniversary! You are beautiful! Glad it was a great week. 1mo
Blaire @BarbaraBB @carolynm @leahbergen @simona @mitch thank you all! Love reading all these comments. Appreciate them so much! 1mo
Blaire @JoScho @cathythoughts @crazeedi @microbemom thank you!! Can‘t believe it‘s been 10(!) years! 1mo
Blaire @Crazeedi thank you! I fell in love with the dress and bought in June and have been looking for an excuse to wear it. 1mo
Crazeedi @Blaire you found the perfect day to wear it, looks great on you! 1mo
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So far a lot of this book gets an 🙄 from me. None of it seems new and is very geared to people who can control own hours and outsource things with extra money. And for a time management book feels overly long. I‘m listening at 1.75 time to maybe glean the helpful parts. It does deal with the #mathematics of using the weekly hours you have to advance your career and still have a life. #redroseseptember

valeriegeary "for a time management book feels overly long..." ???? 1mo
Cinfhen Love that line too @valeriegeary 😂😂😂very clever, Blaire👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s how I felt about The OverStory ~ for a book about saving trees why did the author have to verbally regurgitate and produce a 500+ pages ~ that‘s a lot of paper consumption 1mo
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arlenefinnigan Yeah I'm not a fan of the theory that "you have the same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé" - well I don't do I? Beyoncé doesn't have to clean her own toilet. 1mo
saresmoore @arlenefinnigan You made me lol! 😅 1mo
gradcat Ditto @valeriegeary & @Cinfhen & @arlenefinnigan ... y‘all are crackin‘ me up, today! 😂🤣😂 1mo
Blaire @valeriegeary @cinfhen 😂😂😂. It did not improve - not the book for me. Tho it does get generally good reviews. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Blaire @arlenefinnigan exactly. She notes her privilege...but not the level of it. Obviously I know it would save time to pay other people to do stuff for me. 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
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The Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Loved this classic suspense/thriller. I was on edge waiting to see if/how Tom got away with his crimes. Tom Ripley uses his chameleon like talents to make his way into Dickie Greenleaf‘s life in an attempt to escape his own. A calculating sociopath, Highsmith‘s study of him was fascinating. Couldn‘t put it down and want to rewatch the movie now.

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People who bicycle for fun and professional cyclists often 🎶 “get knocked down, but get up again.” 🎶 This book which got a short write up in the nyt is about how doping became so ingrained in competitive cycling. #tubthumping #wentwiththelyric #redroseseptember @arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

CarolynM 👏👏👏 1mo
Cinfhen Both of those books sound interesting ~ thanks for sharing ❣️ 1mo
arlenefinnigan Sounds interesting - my husband read Racing Through The Dark by David Millar last year, it's disturbing just how widespread it was. 1mo
gradcat Clever take on the prompt! 🙌 1mo
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Current listening obsession. The podcast “the dream” about direct sales and multi-level marketing such as Mary Kay, 31, lipsense, amway , etc...and about their history, how they recruit people, scam people, and how people are defrauded in these pyramid schemes. Fascinating. MLMs take advantage of women and blame the people who fail (99% of those who sign up) as a #poormisguidedfool #redroseseptember

michellelav I can't find it on my podcast streamer, I tried looking up The Dream, any other names perhaps? 😊 1mo
arlenefinnigan Sounds interesting! 1mo
Blaire @michellelav hmm...it‘s a stitcher podcast and was a one season run that ended in 2198. Proper name is the dream I found it on apple podcasts. Maybe look up mlm or multi-level marketing? 1mo
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Blaire @arlenefinnigan it‘s so good!! I‘m binge-listening while cleaning. 1mo
michellelav @Blaire I found it! Thank you so much 😊 1mo
RvnclawWhovian Loved this podcast! Pretty sure I binged the whole thing while working one day 1mo
Blaire @michellelav hope you like it as much as I did! 1mo
Blaire @RvnclawWhovian yes!! I had listened to two episodes and finished the rest today. So. Good. 1mo
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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The first Virginia Woolf I read, after reading and absolutely loving The Hours. It portrays #adayinthelife of Clarissa Dalloway. I‘m due for a reread. #redroseseptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan I‘ve missed the last few challenges, hoping to make time to keep up this month.

Cinfhen Yay!! So glad to have you on board!!! It‘s #BackToSchool 🍎📏📍 1mo
arlenefinnigan Welcome aboard! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Woolf ,Woolf ,Woolf,Yay! 1mo
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The Fitness Mindset | Sheba Blake
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#bfcr3 had a good week...got in a nice run with a friend, and some nice basketball playing today. Read 5 books, meditated every night, and did yoga three times. Picture from the basketball court in the forest at my in-laws.

Blaire Apologies to anyone in my group I failed to tag...don‘t have my list with me. 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit Also there‘s something magical about finding a basketball court in the woods, maybe not as magical as a lamppost in a wardrobe, but still... 1mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
Crazeedi What a great photo!! ❤❤👏👏 1mo
Blaire @Chrissyreadit right, the first time I saw it I thought it was so cool. It‘s totally hidden until you get to this little clearing. 1mo
Blaire @wanderinglynn thank you! 1mo
Blaire @Crazeedi thanks!! 1mo
MicrobeMom Great week!!! 1mo
Mitch Wonderful setting 😘Great job Blaire 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
nelehelen What a gorgeous place to shoot some hoops!!! 1mo
sudi Great week👏👏👏 and what a beautiful spot ❤ 1mo
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Blaire
Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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Mehso-so

Dystopian fiction - Ray and Luz must flee California to find somewhere with water. this book was interesting and strange, it did not all come together for me. there were interludes that did not make sense and jumps in time that felt unnecessary. Still it kept my attention and I think will make for a good discussion. With the amazon burning and our current govt some of what was depicted seemed not too far fetched.

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Blaire
Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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Love reading outdoors in the morning. My in-laws home is in the woods and it is just perfect. Happy long weekend!

Cathythoughts You all live in such beautiful places ♥️ 1mo
Tamra Beautiful spot! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Very pretty spot! 1mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts @tamra @leftcoastzen thank you! One of my fave things about West Virginia is how wooded and green it is. 1mo
sisilia Beautiful! I‘d love to live in the woods some day 1mo
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Completed my 6 books for #booked2019 summer. Went with a kids‘ book for the graphic novel...I still find this to be a challenging category for me to enjoy. I do recommend this series for middle grade readers. Absolutely loved Miracle Creek. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Grrrreeat job! 📚♥️👊🏻 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not really a fan of the GN either but it‘s always good to try something new from time to time xx Great job on completing your prompts!!! 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen yep. It‘s good to get out of my typical genres and my son loves graphic novels and it is more fun for me when I see his excitement. 1mo
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Blaire
Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Mehso-so

Fun, breezy, and escapist this was a fine read, but I wish there had been more to it. Enjoyed the love story between the prince of England and FSOTUS, and the friendships portrayed...and of course a female president putting liberal policies in place. I would have liked more about her administration and also more on the British side of the story.

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Pickpick

My 7 yo loves these books. Depicts the story of the invention of ironclad ships and the role they played in the civil war off the coast of Virginia. Covers war strategy, key players in the navy of the north and the south, with a focus on Cushing and Ericsson. My son was totally absorbed in it and I learned a lot too. #bbrc #middlegradegraphicnf #booked2019 #graphicnovel

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍💗 2mo
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Blaire
Mr. Maxwell's Mouse | Frank Asch
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Pickpick

Me. Maxwell prepares to dine on his favorite dish, live mouse, but is drawn into a conversation with his meal. The mouse cleverly outwits the cat with rather painful results. A bit wordy for a picture book, I end up skipping quite a few sentences, but great illustrations and an impactful ending. #bbrc #picturebooksatoz

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁❤️ 2mo
LibrarianJen I love the pictures in this one 2mo
Blaire @LibrarianJen yes! Me too. Looks like an old movie. 2mo
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Blaire
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Pickpick

Not the tagged book, but one focused on parenting. Believe this was originally two lectures that was published as a book. This short audiobook lays out some principles of parenting in an easy to implement manner. Talks about guilt vs shame; healthy striving vs seeking perfection; being vulnerable; allowing your kids to see that you too struggle and are imperfect; setting boundaries; practicing gratitude and play. Lots of useful advice.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Time to get to my book club book. Have seen lots of great reviews of this one here. Looking forward to it.