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CSeydel

Joined February 2018

Science writer🔬Angeleno 🌴 Mom of teens Worst Buddy Read Partner Ever 📚⌛️😵
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Grown Ups: A Play | Jules Feiffer
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1. No homework
2. Cleaning the bathroom
3. Performing in marching band
4. Lab tech
5. You can‘t always control what happens, but you can control how you react to it

#helloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💛 7d
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Which one should I read? Does it matter which one comes first? Are they related?

#Grishaverse

julesG They are related, but in as much that they use the same fantasy world. I struggled with Language of Thorns but loved Six of Crows. 1w
CSeydel @julesG thanks! I started Language of Thorns since I was in the mood for a short story. The first two stories were great 7d
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Eye of the World | Robert Jordan
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I just found out Amazon is producing a Wheel of Time show! I think that means I really need to get started reading them. I‘ve been meaning to read them for 20 years but I‘m always too daunted by the sheer volume to launch in #wheeloftime #chunkster

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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree | Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Viviana Mazza
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#LMPBC GroupW

Mailed this today to @arubabookwoman ! Expected to arrive Tuesday.

This was an incredible book. I initially wasn‘t sure about the journal style format of short vignettes, but for the story that was being told, it worked very well and I got into it easily. The language was gorgeous and vivid without overshadowing the characters and the situations. Excellent choice, @lele1432 !

lele1432 Yay I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! Normally the vignette style doesn't work for me, but I thought it worked perfectly for this book! 🤗 3w
arubabookwoman Looking forward to it! 3w
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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree | Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Viviana Mazza
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lele1432 Yay! Hope you like it! 😊 1mo
CSeydel @lele1432 I loved it! I expected I‘d get it in the mail today to @arubabookwoman but it‘s going to have to go tomorrow. 3w
lele1432 @CSeydel I'm so glad you loved it!! 🤗 3w
lele1432 @CSeydel work got the best of me this month, I'm sorry. Sending yours this weekend! 3w
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Still meandering through my #NewYearWhoDis selections. This book was engaging and entertaining. It operates in a similar vein to Percy Jackson but a little older, a little more west coast, and a little more ... in your face, I guess? Creative, hilarious, action-packed, and even occasionally surprising. Thanks @ads0123 for recommending! I‘ll probably even read the next one.

monalyisha Cute! What age would you say it‘d be appropriate for? I work with elementary school kids up to grade 6 & always have my eyes peeled for more PJ read-alikes. 2mo
ads0123 I‘m glad you like this one! 2mo
CSeydel @monalyisha I would have a hard time recommending this book. The basic story is a Percy-Jackson-type (MC discovers personal link to mythological deities, commences fighting supernatural bad guys) but she‘s in high school and has high-school level emotional conflicts. A lot of the story involves her efforts to refine her college app. She‘s also a fan of the f-word, which would be a sticking point for some parents. 2mo
monalyisha @Cseydel Ah, got it. 👌🏻 Thanks for the heads-up! 2mo
CSeydel Also, unlike a lot of too-glib children‘s fiction, the characters in this one react more like real people. Genie gets mad - really mad. Violently mad. She fantasizes about destroying things. She gets distracted. She doubts herself, and not in a music-montage-hero‘s-journey kind of way. She worries what her best friend is going to think. It‘s refreshing. 2mo
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Job posting in my LinkedIn this morning: studio is looking for a Book Reader.

“Role details:
Read books (and sometimes pilots) and provide feedback and analysis for the Original Series team

Focused on female forward programming material OR genre & thriller material (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, etc.)”

Yes, please! Where do I sign up?

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#blitsyhistorymonth #BHMSwap

Ann! Thank you!!! I cant wait to see myself sipping cappuccino, eating shortbread, and partaking of chocolate truffles while settling in with one of my new books! I have been wanting to read both of these, you made great choices! TEWWG is one of those missed classics that I haven‘t managed to swing back and pick up yet. And Beale Street I bumped up my TBR since they‘re making the new movie. The bookmark is beautiful!

CSeydel Big thanks to Michelle for organizing this, and making it open to all. I enjoyed both the shopping and the receiving. I was also shocked at not being able to find bookish Black History month gifts at Barnes & Noble! I expected a display of stuff but ... nothing. Yikes! 😔 3mo
Annl You are welcome and so glad you liked it. 😀 3mo
lele1432 Gahhh!! I have TEWWG but have been wanting to get Beale Street before watching the movie!! And boooo to Barnes & Noble for not having anything! 3mo
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CSeydel @lele1432 I‘m considering reading Beale Street for our #Lmpbc book club group. What do you think? That means it could be a couple months before it gets to you, so let me know if you think you‘ll read it sooner. 3mo
lele1432 @CSeydel Ooohh I personally LOVE that idea!! That's fine on timing too, because I have library books and holds coming available soon I need to get to! 3mo
CSeydel Perfect! @lele1432 (edited) 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great swap box! 3mo
Chelleo Love me down Ms. Zora! Love your package! 3mo
Chelleo And I agree...big bookstores really need to get with the program...if they carry any swag at all it‘s usually for “classics” Morrison, Angelou, Hurston, Baldwin, Hughes, Giovanni....nothing for newer legends 3mo
BeaG WOW! Awesome package! 3mo
Annl I agree with you @Chelleo about big bookstores. 3mo
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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“The irony was beautiful. I was a victim of racism by virtue of my failing to acknowledge racial difference and by failing to have my art be defined as an exercise in racial self-expression.”
#blitsy

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Day 2 of Audible‘s Choose Your Own Adventure Instagram story.

Turn back? Seriously?

#audible

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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.

I am loving this book, way more than I expected to.

#serialreader

wordzie 3mo
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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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So many quotable lines in this book, but I had to share this one. Parenting never changes...

#serialreader

zsuzsanna_reads I have this conversation with my husband every weekend. #ParentingTheParent 3mo
mrsmarch “OMG River, don‘t just say you‘ll put your shoes on and then cry, just put your shoes on. Don‘t tell me, show me!” #raisingfuturewriters 2mo
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Solid entry in the franchise, and a fun read, but this one just didn‘t engage me as much as Bloodline or Lost Stars. I‘m a thoroughly 80s kid, and I had trouble fitting the Leia in this book with the Leia I grew up with. I appreciated the portrayal of her prior interactions with Tarkin, and in the legislature.

#StarWarsBuddyRead
@callielafleur @alicia @bookandcat @DivaDiane @ElyssaReads @NovelGirl82 @wtimblin @trioxin_sematary @Shadowfat

CSeydel The portrayal of Holdo as a flaky, Luna-Lovegood-esque character utterly confused me. And I had mixed feelings about the Keir Domati storyline. I did enjoy seeing Leia‘s parents‘ role in the political landscape of that time, and her relationship with Mon Mothma. (edited) 3mo
callielafleur I really loved this, and I could see how it was written for a younger audience. I thought that the portrayal of Holdo was interesting, given how little of her we got personality-wise in Last Jedi, other than her purple hair. She was a blank canvas that Claudia Grey could really fill in. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CSeydel I liked it, in the film Holdo always seems a bit ethereal and almost like she‘s not paying attention, at least until she essentially smacks Poe up alongside the head....this backstory felt right to me, and like she could fly under the radar for a long time before people realize what she‘s capable of. And yes, I loved seeing Leila‘s adoptive parents and their relationship. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @callielafleur I liked it, it felt like it all fit for me. And I liked that we got to see the younger and still learning her power and skills Leia. For me it worked much better than the YA Wonder Women that was out last year, you could see the still developing, but the peak at what was to come. (edited) 3mo
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Amazons Audible Audio Books | Albert N Thomas
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Go to #audible on Instagram and check out their Choose Your Own Adventure!
#80skid #nostalgia

zsuzsanna_reads 😍 I used to love these! 3mo
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Annoyed with myself that it took SO LONG to get my #BHMSwap goodies to the post office, but finally the box is en route to @Wannabe_Quijote ! Should arrive early next week. Also - expect a second (small) parcel shipping to you directly from Etsy seller TheTriniGee.

#BlitsyHistoryMonth

Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🤩 3mo
Wannabe_Quijote Thanks! Can‘t wait! 3mo
wordzie 🙌 3mo
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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#NewYearWhoDis
I forgot to post a review when I finished this one! Overall: I enjoyed it. But I have a mixed review. It was intellectually engaging, which I greatly appreciate. Heavily plot driven, and the plot was superb. The writing, unfortunately, was not great. It started out frankly annoying, in that “but why would he DO that?” way. At some point I started listening to the audiobook, which helped me gloss over some of the stylistic crimes.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one! And it introduced me to Crouch. I‘ve since read four more of his books, which I also enjoyed. 3mo
monalyisha Hmm, the writing critique makes me hesitant. How was the audio performance? 3mo
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CSeydel @monalyisha It was good once I was invested. The author reads with a more “tough guy” voice than I expected, given the character is a physics professor. But it worked once I was absorbed in the story. 3mo
CSeydel The writing flaws are (at least in some cases) probably just my personal preference. He tends to use single-sentence paragraphs and sentence fragments, which I found annoying. The prose is overwritten in the way that action-thrillers tend to be. Nobody turns off a light, they “kill the lights” There are also a few “where was your editor?!” moments, like when he refers to light-years as a unit of time. 3mo
CSeydel Not surprised to learn that he‘s a screenwriter, or that this is in works to be made into a movie. It‘s written like a movie, and it would be a good movie. 3mo
kathedron It's on my actual TBR stack, but maybe not near the top. 3mo
CSeydel @kathedron I am glad I read it. It was an interesting blend of cerebral and visceral. Hard to mentally categorize, but enjoyable. 3mo
Gissy I lost my beautiful hardcover, well someone have not return it yet! I need my books to be safe with me!😟what a terrible mother, I allow to be in other hands😩😫 3mo
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#BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMSwap #blitsy

Thank you @Annl the package arrived today! Woot! Now ... to wait patiently ...

I plan to send mine out by Friday at the latest. Should easily arrive by 2/28! Thank you @Chelleo for organizing. I‘m excited!

Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾♥️ 3mo
Annl Glad it is there! I am counting down the days! 3mo
riversong153 Wonderful! 3mo
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1. Mystery short stories: Miss Marple, Ellery Queen, Sherlock - love them
2. Color Guard competition with my daughter
3. 🎣🦆🕵️‍♂️
4. I can fit my whole hand inside a Pringles can
5. 👋🏻👏🏻
#friyayintro

donnalyy Yay, colorguard! Good luck to your daughter ✨ I was in drumline many years ago, totally understand those competition weekends 3mo
Susanita 🖐🏻#1 3mo
LeahBergen # 4! 😆😆 3mo
BiblioLitten 4. Very useful 😁 3mo
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Just found out about the #nonfiction2019 challenge. Yeah baby! That‘s my kind of challenge. So far I‘ve got:
O-1: Educated, by Tara Westover
B-4: The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson
G-5: Rigor Mortis, by Richard Harris

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Still catching up ...
#blitsyhistorymonth #BHMswap

1. Condoleezza Rice. Ruby Bridges. Nelson Mandela. Emmett Smith. Will Smith. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
2. Percival Everett. Thomas Sowell. Langston Hughes. James Baldwin. N.K. Jemisin.
3. Yes
4. Nonfiction, literary fiction, mystery, science fiction
5. The Harlem Renaissance; Toni Morrison; the African immigrant experience; lots of things

CSeydel Oh how could I forget: SHURI! 4mo
Chelleo I just added Shuri to my TBR! 4mo
CSeydel @Chelleo nice! 4mo
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A Room With a View | E. M. Forster
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28 issues = perfect February read!
#serialreader

CSeydel “It is so difficult — at least, I find it difficult — to understand people who speak the truth.” 4mo
jmofo 🖤👏🖤🎉 I love this book. I hope you enjoy it!!! 4mo
CSeydel @jmofo I‘m quite fond of it so far! 4mo
jmofo @CSeydel I‘m not a huge romantic, really, so Mr Emerson the elder is my MC. This is, incidentally, my favorite book to movie transfer! 4mo
tournevis I really liked this one. Not as much as Maurice, but close. 4mo
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Mailed my #justabookswap package today so I opened my book from @collegecatlady - WOOHOO! Thank you so much! I am definitely excited to read this one. Plus I love the cover art! Gorgeous!
Thanks for the nice note. I enjoyed being in the #LMPBC with you too. I was sad when the books got stuck, and I never received the last two. But Purple Hibiscus was a great read, so glad you chose it.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Well January flew by! I‘m finally starting my first book for #NewYearWhoDis. (To give you some idea, I haven‘t sent my Christmas cards yet.) I don‘t care what the calendar says ... I‘m still playing! I have Six of Crows and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo on hold at the library. I‘m working today, but I should be able to read some later!

Patchshank I'm currently reading the same book. I'm only about two chapters in though. 4mo
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Turns out mice are actually a really unreliable model for human studies.

Reecaspieces And aspirin would have never been approved for over the counter medication today. It was grandfathered into the food and drug act. It was in the market before 1900. So it missed the law. 4mo
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This Is Where I Leave You | Tropper, Jonathan
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Realized I‘ve fallen way behind on reviews!
⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was good, a quick read, funny, poignant, and entertaining. A very Jewish aesthetic, I felt, with the layering of existential sadness over everything. Strong themes of how families communicate, how people live up (or down) to their familial roles, and a heaping helping of what-might-have-beens. As an ex-northeasterner, I enjoyed all the comic characters that dropped in.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Congratulations @Nessavamusic on your 20,000 Litfluence and 1,000 followers! Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway. A book I‘ve been wanting to read but don‘t own is Beartown. I‘ve heard nothing but good things about it. I loved A Man Called Ove way more than I expected to so I‘m looking forward to this one. #20k1kgiveaway

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#Justabookswap package arrived today! Thanks @collegecatlady - such a cute envelope. To open, or not to open? I‘m thinking I ought to wait until I mail mine ... only seems fair.

GA_Bookworm07 I'm still waiting on 3 of my swaps and with the way mail runs I don't see them coming or they'll be late. 4mo
CSeydel @GA_Bookworm07 I‘m sorry to hear that ... which swaps are no-shows? Did you let the organizer know? They may be able to find out if they were mailed out when they were supposed to. 4mo
collegecatlady I‘m glad it arrived! I hope you like it! 4mo
TheBookKeepers Yay!!! Cute packaging! Excited to see what You got! 4mo
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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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Nice and simple! No shopping required. Just. A. Book. I love this.

Hosted by @TheBookKeepers
#JustaBookSwap
Here‘s the form to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiIZLER9hmh178Hz_5OV80X8OnEZkVINfu3a_f...

TheBookKeepers Woohoo!!! Thank you for sharing the link and joining the fun!! 📚 4mo
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These stories fall into a few big categories: (a) they narrate an off-screen event that necessarily happened during the movie, in exactly the way you probably imagined it happening; (b) they fill in plot holes or elaborate on fans‘ in-jokes, or (c) they take a known quantity from the movie and tell its story in such a creative, original way that your perception completely flips. Nnedi Okarafor‘s story on the dianaga is one of these. 👇

CSeydel It‘s brilliant and unexpected without being forced or artificial. It contradicts nothing in the movie while completely upending your perception of the scene. Entertaining and creative. (edited) 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love those! So far I am really enjoying this collection, I love how it picked up right where I stopped with Rogue One, and carrying on the story through different eyes from there. I am loving it 5mo
CSeydel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m dipping into it sporadically, as I tend to do with short story collections. Some of them I have found decidedly meh. Others are an absolute joy. I have about 10 left to go, but so far my faves are The Baptist, The Red One, The Kloo Horn Cantina Caper, and Rites. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CSeydel Sounds like you are reading it like me, a few here and a few there. 5mo
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I can‘t find the post now, but thank you to the Litten who shared the photo of this puzzle the other day! I ordered one for my husband for Christmas, and we all had a fun time assembling it. #StarWars

GrilledCheeseSamurai 👏👍😍 5mo
RaimeyGallant Want! 5mo
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Oh, joy! Oh, delight! @Texreader your Norwegian Hardanger ornament is exquisite! Thank you!! And I think you handmade the lovely greeting card as well! I love pecan pralines, and I‘ve been wanting those Staedtler pens 😊 - can‘t wait to do some lettering and meditate with the mandala journal over break. Finally: the book!! Remains of the Day was one of my best books of 2018, so I‘m eager to read this one. Thank you! So thoughtful 😇

vkois88 How beautiful 😍😍😍 5mo
CSeydel Thank you so much for organizing @vkois88 ! This was a lot of fun. 5mo
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vkois88 Awww, thank you for participating! 5mo
Libby1 Great gifts! This book is EXCELLENT. 5mo
Texreader So glad you like the ornament. It took way longer and more angst than it should have. I‘m going to try to reteach myself because I‘d love to have these ornaments on my tree too! I had much fun buying gifts for you! Merry Christmas! 5mo
Texreader By the way, I have these markers too. That‘s why I got them when I saw them on your Elf list. They are excellent. Have a wonderful Christmas!! 5mo
CSeydel @Texreader So thoughtful! I‘m sorry about the angst, but the ornament came out great! Merry Christmas! 5mo
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A Texas Christmas | Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, Dewanna Pace
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#xmasxstitchexchange
Getting ready to open my cross stitch gifts! Such festive wrapping, I love the tartan! And I don‘t know if you can see the amazing Texas ornaments but I 😍 them! I actually used to live in Texas and these ornaments are adorable!

Now I get to open the packages...

vkois88 So cute!!! 5mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 5mo
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#StarWarsBuddyRead
How is everyone enjoying the stories so far? I love how differently they each read. Some are really good while others of course are less so. I quite liked the Mos Eisley Kloo Horn Caper.

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CrossTalk | Connie Willis
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Ok @Avanders you hit a home run on this! I have never read anything by Justin Cronin and I‘m looking forward to diving into the trilogy. I also haven‘t read Connie Willis, and my husband has enjoyed several of her books so I‘ve been meaning to try her out. Thank you! The coasters are my favorite. The socks are adorable, I used to collect holiday socks and I was thinking of getting some more this year! And the tote! Thank you so much!

CSeydel #BlindDateBookSwap everything is so thoughtful and cute. I feel guilty ... It‘s too much ☺️ Thank you! 5mo
Avanders Yay I'm glad you like everything!! Lol definitely don't feel guilty! 😜 I love recommending Sci Fi for people, I was so happy to do that for you! Merry Christmas!! 🥰♥️🎄 (edited) 5mo
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Blind Date | Bella Jewel
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Good morning from the west coast! Look how cutely @Avanders wrapped my #blinddatebookswap goodies! I feel absolutely decadent opening them before Christmas! And heaps of yummy chocolate, yes!

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 5mo
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Wow! I‘ve never had this happen before. I already got the book from another library and finished it, but I‘m still pleased that they bought it. #lovemylibrary

Leftcoastzen Yay! 5mo
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#SundayFunday

Rigor Mortis by Richard Harris
She Has Her Mother‘s Laugh by Carl Zimmer
From Here to Eternity by Caitlyn Doughty
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff

#nonfiction

BookNerd9906 Becoming by Michelle Obama. ❤️ 5mo
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Blind Date | R. L. Stine
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#blinddatebookswap and #xmasxstitchexchange packages MAILED!

Expected delivery Monday. Sorry I forgot as always to photograph the packages in the hubbub at the post office.

vkois88 Awesome! Thank you ❤ 5mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘 5mo
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#in2018 @RealLifeReading

Been a fun year, Litsy. Who‘s ready to do it again?

RealLifeReading 🙋‍♀️ 5mo
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Blind Date | R. L. Stine
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#BlindDateBookSwap

My package arrived! Wow! I‘m standing here making dinner and I hear my daughter at the front door ... “Mom you got a package, and it‘s really heavy!” It feels like dozens of books! I can‘t wait to see what you picked out @Avanders Thank you 😍 🎄

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 fun! And no... definitely not dozens of books 😜 5mo
CSeydel @Avanders hyperbole is my middle name 😁 5mo
Avanders @CSeydel 😁 I have the somewhat awkward condition of being both hyperbolic w my language..... and literal. 😳😬😘 5mo
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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith
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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
Agatha Christie mysteries
Discworld (specifically the City Watch)
Collections of mystery short stories, like “50 Years of Ellery Queen” or “100 Years of Crime Stories by Women” etc.
#sundayfunday

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Hey littens, my middle school daughter is looking for a middle school pen pal/swap partner from another part of the country. Anybody interested?
#middlegrade
#MG #tweens
#litsyswaps

Texreader In what state do you live? 5mo
BookishTrish Is Canada ok? Let me speak to my 11 yo 5mo
CSeydel @Texreader We live in Southern California (but my daughter always claims she‘s from Texas, for some reason). @BookishTrish Canada would be wonderful! My family are from Canada, but we‘ve not visited very often, so she would probably enjoy learning more about what it‘s like to live there. 5mo
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BookishTrish P is in! Email me at kindianaj at gmail dot com please. 5mo
CSeydel @bookishtrish awesome! (edited) 5mo
CSeydel Email sent 📧 5mo
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Panic O'clock | Christopher Hodder-Williams
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I‘m seeing everyone‘s #blinddatebookswap posts, and every day I panic a little more, because I have no idea what to send to my match! She asked for Romance, which I never read, and she also said “no nonfiction” - which most of my favorite books are.

So ... romance peeps ... send me your recommendations!! What would you send to someone looking to try out the romance genre (“not erotica and not overly goofy”)?

#romantsy

CSeydel Does Pride & Prejudice count as Romance? 6mo
JoScho Anything by Colleen Hoover 6mo
TheReadingMermaid Jude Deveraux 6mo
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TheReadingMermaid Janet Evanovich 6mo
CSeydel I‘ll shop today & get it mailed early next week - 6mo
Dragon Check out @EloisaJames feed for some wonderful romance novel suggestions 😀👍🐉 6mo
Reggie Check out Christina Lauren. Josh and Hazel‘s Guide to not Dating had me rolling on the floor and all gushy inside. Love and Other Words was also great. If your friend likes the slow burn try Mariana Zapata. If ur friend can do M/M romance try Him by Sarina Bowen. 6mo
LizzieChantree @julesG Thanks for the mention Jules! Happy reading everyone. 🌸🌈📚 6mo
Bookzombie Lisa Kleypas is another one to check out. As well as, Julia Quinn. 6mo
CSeydel Thank you @julesG @Dragon @Reggie @Bookzombie ! Great suggestions 5mo
CSeydel @Bookzombie Can the Hathaways series be read out of order? I bought “Married by Morning” not realizing it was no 4 5mo
Bookzombie Yes, I don‘t think it‘s a big deal. You may find couples mentioned that were the basis for the first 3 books. I don‘t find that to be a spoiler since most romances are happy ever afters. I didn‘t realize I haven‘t finished this series. I own them, lol. 5mo
CSeydel @Bookzombie awesome! Thanks so much 5mo
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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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Great read! I am not a bird lover by any stretch, but I found this review of the research on bird cognition utterly riveting. Each chapter explores a different aspect of mental ability, from problem solving to social behavior to song to navigation. Though it‘s clear Ackerman has great respect for her avian subjects, she never oversells the evidence, always presenting the “killjoy” explanation when tempted to anthropomorphize.
#nonfiction #science

ProudDaughterPublishing I bought this for my husband fir Christmas. Haven't had a chance to read it yet. 3mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This is a beautifully written and vividly described saga of family, geopolitics, and social mobility in the face of pervasive ethnic discrimination. The nature of the bias changes over the years but it inexorably shapes each generation of the family.

The pacing changes partway through, shifting from a largely linear story to a series of anecdotes, skipping through time, from different characters‘ POV. Disorienting at first but still enjoyable.

kathedron I loved it until the halfway-through change of pace that you mentioned. To me it felt like a completely different book after that point and, sadly, I rated it a so-so. 6mo
CSeydel @kathedron It definitely felt like a different book. It almost lost me, feeling too disjointed, but once I let go and accepted the new structure, I enjoyed the different anecdotes. We got aspects of the story that couldn‘t be told entirely from Sunja‘s point of view. It felt like a device to get the story encompass a larger era, though. 6mo
Smrloomis Lovely review. I agree completely and still found that I enjoyed this so thoroughly that I was sad when it was over. 6mo
CSeydel @Smrloomis Thank you! It probably helped that I was listening to the audio in installments, in the car - it made it easier to move through the later time period anecdotally. 6mo
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CSeydel
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Slowly but surely ... trying to keep up with my reading groups!

#StarWarsBuddyRead
#IncarnationsChapteraDay
#ScienceandInquiry
#MountTBR

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like a great group for December 6mo
CSeydel I slipped off the Star Wars train for Rogue One, but this one looks really cool 6mo
CSeydel @Ubookquitous ? Are you still reading Incarnations or did you give up? 😬 6mo
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InLibrisVeritas How are you liking the Incarnations books so far? I had to drop out after the first one 😅 I wasn't a fan. 6mo
CSeydel @InLibrisVeritas I don‘t blame you. In honesty I‘m reading them for the nostalgia. I devoured them when I first read them, some 25 years ago. Since then, my expectations for quality literature have shifted somewhat. I‘m not as impressed this time around. 6mo
Ubookquitous @CSeydel I am - figured I‘d started Skein Dec 1st if everyone was good with that? 6mo
CSeydel @Ubookquitous Oh yay! I thought I had fallen irredeemably behind. 6mo
Ubookquitous Lol no I couple of people were far behind so I figured we could delay the start of novel five 6mo
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CSeydel
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What gives, Google?

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CSeydel
Bearing an Hourglass | Piers Anthony
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Ubookquitous Yay! 7mo
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CSeydel
Blind Date | R. L. Stine
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As if I needed another deadline. Or more books! Well, I signed up anyway, because packages are fun. Go sign up! You can even choose your level of commitment - as little as 1 book/1 gift. Nice and simple.

Opening Day: December 22

Open internationally
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc05g9Uclcf4InVu_3s3JZkDZHBUtkardrNVa-K...

#BlindDateBookSwap @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Thank you for sharing dollface 🤗💕 7mo
CSeydel @TheReadingMermaid at least, I think I signed up. I don‘t see a confirmation email. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 7mo
TheReadingMermaid Yes you did, you're good to go 😉 7mo
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CSeydel
The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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#HelloThursday

This school year has been CRAZY busy and I‘ve neglected Litsy horribly. Just saw this and decided to go for it anyway even though it‘s from a million years ago.

1. Nonfiction is my favorite!
2. Maybe 50-50? Are we counting by books, pages, or hours? 🤔 I usually have one of each going
3. Science, esp biology & history of science
4. Like...ever?? 😬 📚
How about, favorite this year: I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong.
5. Current read

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️💚 7mo
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