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Bloomingjen

Joined July 2016

Dogs Beaches Trails & Books|Hufflepuff|Goodreads Jen Barron (bloomingjen)
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Rainy Saturday morning, 2 dogs, and a book. I see no reason to get out of bed.

cathysaid Truth. 7mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Deep thought and I am only on page 20-something

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Did some Xmas shopping at B&N today and had to gift myself this one. It is so beautiful. Check it out if you haven‘t. Our BN is closing in Feb and I don‘t have a lot of extra money for books so this might be my last trip in the store. Say what you will about the evils of corporate bookstores but to be young in Evansville IN and have a store with a gay and lesbian section was a marvel (esp in the 90s which were a lot different than today)

gradcat Is the B&N going out of business there? So sad...even if it is corporate. Some small cities don‘t have anything else.... 7mo
NatalieR That‘s terrible news about your BN. I was in Evansville this past weekend for a concert and drove by BN. It was too late for shopping though. 7mo
Bloomingjen @NatalieR the Bloomington BN is closing. I am not sure about Eville. My mom heard it was closing but it is still open so she doesn‘t know what is up with that one. 7mo
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The pride of Indianapolis and Indiana

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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It has been an unusual year for me in that I have read a lot of the NBA finalists in the year they were nominated. Believers has been my favorite read with There There being a close second. The Friend was total 💩. And I understood going into it that it wasn‘t really about the dog but I read it hoping to find some insight into grief. It was unreadable crap.

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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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ReadingSusan Wow this is an awesome display! Well done. 10mo
Susannah I don't know whether to be appalled or depressed by the small-mindedness. Both? Ugh 10mo
DivineDiana This is so well done! Is it in your Library? 9mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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I am enjoying this book because I like the main character and the writing is great. it is also making me anxious because I am worried something bad will happen to her or an animal (any animal). I know the anxiety is also part of what makes it such a good book but I don‘t know if I can take it. Is it worth it to finish it if I can‘t enjoy myself?

Eyelit Imho, no - it‘s not worth it if you can‘t enjoy yourself 10mo
Bloomingjen Thanks! I made it through part 2 but idk if I will go on. There is so much killing 10mo
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Dietland | Sarai Walker
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Considering what is happening in this country right now- I‘m finding this book quite satisfying

Megabooks I‘ve read this book once as print and twice as audio. I rather like it! 10mo
Bloomingjen It sounds like I need to check out the audio lol 10mo
DivineDiana I was pleasantly surprised by this book! 9mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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1 A great place to read and admire the dome at West Baden Springs Hotel. We did a Mixology class where we learned the history of a few cocktails from the past and also sampled them, of course 2 Last concert was the goddess Brandi Carlile and the twins ❤️ pic from a couple of weekends ago 3 bad habit picking on hangnails 4. Anne with an E, the Good Place- don‘t watch a ton 5 I have read about 10 pages of Whiskey... original voice

Bloomingjen @MinDea I forgot to tag you (edited) 10mo
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Book - James and the Giant Peach
Author - Shirley Jackson
Movie- the Joy Luck Club - I almost said this book but then realized I could say it for movie. I loved them both.
Food - Junior Mints
#manicmonday
#letterJ
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JoScho 💚💚💚 10mo
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So Cold the River | Michael Koryta
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At the amazing West Baden Springs Hotel on which the fictional hotel in this book is based. I bought a copy of this book at the hotel because I am dorky and like buying a book that has a connection to a place - if that makes sense.

DivineDiana It makes perfect sense! Not dorky at all! 🙂 10mo
charl08 Me too! 10mo
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I really want to finish my book but I can‘t reach it and this girl is snoring away beside me

Laura317 Looks like a couple of snuggle buddies! Sweet! 10mo
DGRachel So cute! 10mo
Reecaspieces 😍😍😍 10mo
Mdargusch Cozy! 10mo
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I had a nice long weekend but I am ready to go back to work so I can rest as they say. Here‘s hoping I can stay awake for a couple of chapters at least.

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It is really happening. It exists!

cathysaid I want to go to there. 11mo
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Just found out there is a place called Books and Brews with books for sale AND beer named after famous characters and I can barely (barley?) contain my excitement https://www.booksnbrews.com

JoyNorstrom Dang! I‘m sad there isn‘t one closer to where I live. I suppose I‘ll have to plan a trip now 😊 11mo
Bloomingjen I live about 45 mins away from one and never knew about it @JoyNorstrom (edited) 11mo
Christine 👏 to barley pun. ❤️ 11mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I haven‘t posted in forever but I had to hop on just to say this book is incredible. The author does a fairly good job of representing what it was like to live through the AIDS crisis in the 80s. I had a hard time reading it at times because of the memories it brought up.

saresmoore I loved it, too! 11mo
JenFischS I just finished this last week. I thought it was great. 11mo
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The U.S. hasn‘t changed - It is just more extreme with all pretense of civility discarded.

Bloomingjen Actually not more extreme- just no pretense of civility 12mo
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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LOVE this original line

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LOVED this! - devoured this book after the horror that was My Absolute Darling. This was so refreshing and such a sweet story.

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I am about 50 pages in and I just can‘t do this book. I get what he is doing but I can‘t take it.

Soubhiville It‘s brutal. 1y
Burghbookaddict Yeah I quit on this one too 1y
merelybookish I have soooo many problems with this book. I think I finished it so I could feel justified in my hate. 1y
8little_paws Yup i stepped out at about the same point. The world doesn't need more books like this written by men. 1y
Bloomingjen It was like child abuse porn 1y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I got on my library wait list early so I got a copy as soon as it was released. I am about 50 pages in and I am enjoying it so far. I don‘t think I read her last book. I just couldn‘t get into it.

Quirkybookworm The author was at the B&N when it first came out. I didn‘t go because the description was off putting at the moment. 14mo
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"A Good Man is Hard to Find" | Flannery O'Connor
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Just came across this on Twitter - quite fitting for the weekend

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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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Preparing for Rushdie‘s visit while catching some post-season basketball

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True Stories | Margaret Atwood
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love this postcard advertising a literature course for next semester as well as this Atwood postcard celebrating International Women‘s Day

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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just started this book and I havr to say, it smells sooo good! I bought it while visiting family in Canada so now I wonder if all paperbacks from Canada smell this good or maybe just those from this bookstore...Oh, and this book is sooo awesonr so far!

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The Library | Zoran Živković
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Barren Island | Carol Zoref
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“Flat Sammy survived for no reason except that most of us die in pieces, not all at once.” I am on page 2 and already loving this book.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I finished another book for #Booked2018 - different from his other books and really intense - not what I expected. I just happened to think, they sure do spend a lot of time in the forest for people living in a place called Beartown, You‘d think they would worry about bears. FYI this adorable guy is the first pic to pop up when one does a Google image search for “Norway bear” I recalled after finding this that he is actually Swedish but this guy

ferskner He's so cute! I want to hug him. 2y
CathyJ I really loved Beartown. Can't wait for the sequel! 2y
UrsulaMonarch Great pic! 🐻😊 2y
Tashaxlynn I‘m currently reading this book, love it so far! 2y
Cinfhen Cute 🐻 2y
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I listened to this and then realized it would work for #Booked2018 POC author. I tried to read it last year but it was just too violent. I am not sure why listening to it made it easier to take. Anyway, 1 book down and only about 150 pages left in Beartown.

4thhouseontheleft Congrats on finishing a prompt! I heard Colson Whitehead at a reading when he was on book tour. Did he do the audio book? Hearing a passage in his voice before I read it definitely contributed to why I liked it so much. (edited) 2y
Bloomingjen It was read by Bahni Turpin - a woman- since the story is told from Cora's POV 2y
Cinfhen Great book❤️glad the audio worked for u 2y
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tickets went on sale 12 mins ago and this all that is left...and this is Indiana

BookMaven407 I would love the opportunity to see her. I hope you get tickets 🤞 2y
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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I just finished wk1 of #Luminariesbuddyread last night but, thanks to a bunch of rain and sleet, I have a 4 day weekend and can't really go anywhere (at least not today) so maybe I will catch up.

Reviewsbylola I just finished a couple days ago but probably won‘t start section two until I finish another book. 2y
Bloomingjen @Reviewsbylola I should do that. I am reading about 10 books right now 2y
AmyG @Bloomingjen Me too. Just trying to keep them all atraight in my head. 2y
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Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
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Have you guys heard about the Bowie Book Club? It was started by his son to read Bowie's 100 favorite books. Unfortunately, he unknowingly started with a book that is out of print and hard to find. I am interested in reading the club books but I think I will start with February and come back to this one when the price is reasonable.

TrishB Can get paperback on amazon uk for Qe.39! Wonder why there‘s such a difference. Hubby is doing this read along. I‘m sure I can send you when he‘s read it if you want? 2y
Bloomingjen that would be amazing if he doesnt mind. i can pay a reasonable amount for it!!! 2y
rubyslippersreads It looks like Open Library has the ebook, though there's a waiting list. 2y
Bloomingjen Awesome. I found a copy at the university where I work so I am working on getting that copy. 2y
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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I'm obviously not going to be able to keep up with the #luminariesbuddyread since I am on page 18 and probably won't have that much reading time over the weekend. I am so glad I joined the buddy read, though. It got me to pick up this book finally. I am really enjoying it now that I have read past the first couple of pages.

Bloomingjen "The full account of what transpired during this last leg of the voyage is Moody's own, and must be left to him." So I thought he was the one doing the telling. 2y
BarbaraBB Me too, I am glad to have finally started this one. I never would have thought it turned out so amusing and readable! 2y
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happy new year, Littens. I will be hanging with this little guy for the eve. I am at my brother‘s for the holidays and this little guy just came to his forever home today.

AmyG ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
drokka Look at those eyes, sucking you in. He's gorgeous! 😍 2y
Notafraidofwords His eyes melt me. 2y
Mdargusch Adorable! 2y
ChrisM So sweet!! 2y
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"A" is for Alibi | Sue Grafton

R.I.P. Sue Grafton. I enjoy listening to Ms. Grafton's books. They are a lot of fun. cancer sucks

DivineDiana So sad to read this. 🙁 2y
Lindy 🙁 2y
AmyG I just read she died yesterday. 😪 2y
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I always think I will do this but then forget about it. Maybe I will make it a resolution. lol. thanks for setting this up @Jess7

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Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons | Flannery O'Connor, Kelly Gerald
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Dropped some donations at the bookstore in my library's main branch & took the opportunity to browse. I don't think i knew this was a thing. very excited to check it out

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My one bookish gift- The Book Seat. It is awesome and works very well as demonstrated by this book I just started, The Familiar, which is huge and very heavy. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Monday to all.

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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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Feeling super spoiled thanks to all of the holiday cheer from @Book_in_hands Thank you so much for this adorable card and these awesome bookmarks. Merry Christmas to you as well. I will be north of the border in a week or so. I will be sure to wave. Thank you @megt for arranging this swap.

Book_in_hands Glad it made it just in time for Christmas 🎄Enjoy the holidays and happy reading!!! 👋🏻back to you! (edited) 2y
megt So happy to have arranged it! It‘s been great seeing everyone‘s beautiful cards. 2y
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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@erinreads I would love to win this book because I heard it is amazing #50kgiveaway Thanks for doing this

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Miss Rumphius | Barbara Cooney
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I just read an article in The Atlantic about this author/illustrator so thought I would check out her work. so cute

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This looks charming!! 2y
tpixie I want to frame that! 2y
tpixie I want to frame that!! 2y
AWahle I love this book! It was one of my favorites when I was getting my Elementary Ed degree. 2y
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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Thank you so much @megt for the adorable postcard. Today was kind of crappy so it felt so good to find this in my mailbox. Happy Holidays to you! #HolidayPostcard

megt You‘re welcome! 💕 2y
robinb Hope your night is better than your day! 2y
Bloomingjen Thanks @robinb a bit of wine and binging on 'The Crown' so feeling better 2y
robinb @Bloomingjen 👍😊 2y
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I am in love with this series. It is so adorable.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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I will read just about anything about witches but I didn't care for this. I don't like the witches as devil worshippers angle for one thing but also there was too much evilnesses (which I guess goes along with the devil thing).

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The Dovekeepers: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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1 last book to finish #LitsyRC and 4/5 reading challenges- didn't finish Mount TBR but I'm fine with that. I have mixed feelings about reading challenges after my 1st yr of completing them. I had a blast organizing and planning books but I looked over my list of books read for the yr & realized I didn't love any of them. Maybe RCs aren't to blame for that but I have a ton of books I am dying to read & I am holding off to finish RCs.

Betty That's why I decided not to do any challenges next year. Makes me feel like I'm back in school with a dozen mandatory homework assignments. I'll read what I want when I want! So Be It! 2y
DivineDiana @Betty I am leaning the same way! It‘s enough with my Book Club reads being chosen for me! 2y
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The world only spins forward. We will be citizens.

Enjoyed revisiting this play very much. This is such a great reminder of what we have gone through to get to where we are today. It is so applicable to the world we are living in now. There are so many connections to today in this book. It is painful to consider the history. Thank you @Susannah for choosing this for #qgp2

Susannah I always go to the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park where this last scene takes place when I visit New York City. Angels in America is so incredible. It gives me more every time I read it. 2y
Bloomingjen @Susannah I will have to check it out. Also, wow, what a horrible entry I wrote. I obviously needed sleep. 2y
Susannah Not at all! I knew just what you meant. 2y
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I mean, she's not wrong.

LiteraryinLititz This play is amazing. So intense though. 2y
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We Need New Names: A Novel | NoViolet Bulawayo
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This woman can go all the way to hell for the way she ended this book. I can't even see the point she was trying to make. I just can't stand to read about animals being abused or injured. This book featured both. There was some beautiful writing throughout this book but I couldn't enjoy it.

BekahPat I will definitely NOT be reading this book, but your review cracked me up. All the way to hell! 2y
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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HRC finishes this book up with a mention of ElRo and Vall Kill.

Zelma What a cozy spot! 2y
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