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Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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I am both very much looking forward to this one and also intrigued by this cartoony cover on a memoir that I know will be tackling some tough topics. New trend?

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Overall a fun read! A lot of Tosi‘s ideas around food, joy, and the unique pleasures and powers of dessert resonate with me - as I suppose might be true for anyone who would choose to read a book with this title! 😁 I wasn‘t as into some of the self-help/business-y parts but loved the memoir elements and bits of Milk Bar history, and especially the theme of how dessert often connects us to the women who raised us.

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I know this might not “count” as a book, being an abridged version/dramatized production, but it will be only my second book of May, so I need to take the win that it‘s listed here on Litsy! 🤣 It really was excellent and a nice refresher since I haven‘t reread this one since 2017. (Also very excited that my hectic university teaching quarter will be ending in a couple of weeks - will absolutely feel the thrill of summer reading this year!)

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Loved it. Really I love reading anything she writes (though I'll admit I still haven‘t read Wordslut!). I‘ve seen reviews grumbling that in this she just gathers well-known social science concepts in one readable place…and?! That‘s a great thing to do, in my book! Furthermore, these are not well known by everyone, and having a nicely organized compendium of such concepts blended with reflective memoiry bits is just a good, thought-provoking time.

britt_brooke Love her! 1mo
ShyBookOwl Loved Wordslut! Definitely gonna check this one out 1mo
Christine @britt_brooke She‘s great. 😊 1mo
Christine @ShyBookOwl I hope you love it (and I hope/bet I‘ll love Wordslut)! 1mo
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An impressive find in one of my neighborhood Little Free Libraries!

Bklover Wow!! Good find!! 2mo
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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Thoroughly enjoyable!! I raced through this one, laughing all the way. I found it quite suspenseful at times and heard myself shouting “Get in the attic!!!!!“ more than once. 🤣 Adored the ending and the audiobook narration, too.

Deblovestoread Great review! 2mo
Christine @Deblovestoread Haha thanks! 2mo
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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This was a like more than a love for me, probably at least partially because of my slumpy state (I hadn‘t finished a book in almost a month!! 😱 Just work interfering, but still.) Three things I did love about this were (many of) the characters, all things library/librarian, and the Midwest setting.

cassareada I loved this one! 2mo
Christine @cassareada Yay!! I do feel it may have pulled me out of my slump. 😄 2mo
cassareada It pulled me out of my slump too! I was in a 4 month slump. It was worrying. 2mo
Christine @cassareada Four months?? Ugh! That's rough. 2mo
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I‘ve received some really amazing ARCs and bookmail lately. (Now if only I could find the time to read them! 😆) This one‘s at the top of my list! Sounds fantastic, and the book itself is a very lovely object - such a pretty cover and surprisingly heavyweight for its size. Looking forward to starting it soon (and/or seeing reviews of it here)!

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I‘ve read three journalist-who-grew-up-Evangelical nonfiction titles in the past six months, but this is the first by a woman (yay, finally!). I enjoyed it and think the subtitle “Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church” fits well, because this book considers all of those things in relatively few pages and therefore doesn‘t have space to dig super deeply into any (and this may just stand out to me more because I do ⬇️

Christine consume a lot of content about White Evangelical culture, political influence, people questioning or leaving the culture, etc.). I appreciate how McCammon shared intimate details about her own experiences and loved the in-their-own-words insights she included from interviews with others who‘ve left/are leaving their Evangelical cultures. A lot to relate to here for those of us who've lived a version of this. 3mo
marleed I‘m witnessing someone who was never particularly religious becoming a white evangelical because it matches political beliefs. I‘m a believer of the separation of church and state and I‘m uncomfortable looking to religious leaders for political reasons - or vice versa. 3mo
willaful Funny, I've read a bunch and they were all by women. I recommend Unfollow. 3mo
Christine @marleed Ugh, I‘m sorry. That must be hard to see happening. It definitely is a thing these days, and one that the author touches on in this book. 3mo
Christine @willaful Haha, good for you! I let myself be at the mercy of new releases sometimes. I did read Unfollow and loved it! 3mo
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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The hype is to be believed re: this one - just extraordinarily good. And Dominic Hoffman‘s audiobook narration is brilliant (thanks to #LibroFM for the ALC!). I‘m tempted to listen to it again right now and curious about the experience of it in print, too.

DHill Have the audio on Notify Me on Libby. Can‘t wait to get it! (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow. Looking forward to it! 3mo
Christine @DHill May you be high on the list and/or your library get many copies! 3mo
Christine @BarbaraBB I couldn‘t stop listening. Hope it works for you too! 3mo
tpixie @Christine I‘m listening to it now. The narration is great ! 3mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Was slumping a bit so shopped my own shelves. This was great! My second Dermansky and I liked it at least as much as the first. I‘m still unsettled by the almost total lack of contractions (and Litsy confirms that I was whining about this with The Red Car, too! 😆). But I did just google it this time and learned a bit about why she doesn‘t use them, which soothed me. I did a hybrid read of this + the (excellent, full cast)
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Ruthiella This has been on my list for forever! 3mo
BarbaraBB This one made me laugh so hard! And I think it is better than Red car too. 3mo
Christine @Ruthiella I felt the same! Well worth making time for. 3mo
Christine @BarbaraBB Yes, so funny (and the audio narrators heightened that for me, too)! 3mo
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The Last Animal: A Novel | Ramona Ausubel
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Lovely surprise bookmail! Been meaning to read this one for so long. One of my kids keeps carrying it around the house because he can‘t stop admiring the baby mammoth‘s cuteness. ❤️ Thanks, @RiverheadBooks !

monalyisha Adorable! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Pretty picture! We love mammoths in our household too 🦣 3mo
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Thanks for the tag, @monalyisha ! At first I misread the prompt as “your 3 favorite” and thought “An impossible task!” bc I love so much nonfiction. But really it says “3 of your favorite,” so that‘s easy! 😁 Here are three that spring to mind:
- If You Want to Write - I‘ve reread this multiple times, but I think it‘s time for another reread since all I remember is that it's lovely and inspiring,
- The Sum of Us - One of the best and most

Christine hopeful books I‘ve read about how we can come together across difference to fight inequality.
- Buttermilk Graffiti - I love so much food writing, but this remains at/near the top of my list and has so much to say about the U.S. and how each of us finds our American identity.
#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe
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monalyisha I haven‘t read any of your choices. Exciting! I do own Buttermilk Graffiti, though. Sounds like I need to bump it up on my TBR. 🙌🏻 3mo
Christine @monalyisha Oh fun, I hope you love it if/when you try it! I came to it with high expectations bc I loved the author from Top Chef, and it didn't let me down. (edited) 3mo
dabbe Oh, to have had you teach my kids the power of just one word: “of“ ... makes all the difference! 3 more on the TBR; thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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I‘ll admit that I picked this one up for the Lando of it all, but what an interesting man/life! He had a fascinating, art- and culture-immersed youth in NYC (and more than once referred to himself and his peers being part of the “Black bourgeoisie”), followed by far more accomplishments on the stage and screen than I‘d realized. He‘s very intellectually engaged and shares a lot about his (complicated and sometimes almost contradictory) ⬇️

Christine views on race and romance and life. Plus he was good friends with James Baldwin?! The audiobook has its quirks but worth it for the emotion that comes through in several parts. 4mo
marleed Oh gosh it‘s been years since I‘ve seen him in the movie Mahogany with Diana Ross, but that was my pre Star Wars introduction to him. I swooned😍😍 4mo
Aimeesue That‘s a most excellent title, too 😁 4mo
Christine @marleed Oh fun! I had never heard of that movie but his writing about it/working with Diana Ross makes me want to check it out, as does your comment! 😄 4mo
Christine @Aimeesue Indeed! 4mo
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Delightful, funny, super-quick read. Loved Zimmerman‘s voice on the page and narrating the audio (available on hoopla). Hope he writes more books!

willaful Wow, what a title! 4mo
Christine @willaful Right?? I was sold based on that alone! 😆 4mo
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Really excellent essay collection! Wasn‘t familiar with Jenn Jackson but am an instant fan of theirs after reading this. Super accessible and engaging introduction to some important Black feminists and their work, with references to many others, connected beautifully to Jackson‘s own fascinating personal and professional experiences. Great author-narrated audio, too. Definitely one I will be sharing with/recommending to students!

kspenmoll Wonderful review! I have not heard of this book- thanks! 4mo
Christine @kspenmoll It‘s really great! I hope more readers find their way to it. 4mo
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Just fantastic! Fascinating exploration of identity, growing up Vietnamese American, navigating tough family times, finding oneself in books/music/subcultures. Wonderfully written and narrated by Tran. I really loved it from start to finish. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jlhammar Such a great audiobook! 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds great! 4mo
Christine @jlhammar Truly! 4mo
Christine @BarbaraBB It really is! He‘s also of my era (born in the mid 70s), which made the coming of age part even more fun. 4mo
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I thought this was really great! My first Everett. Biting, disturbing, but with characters I cared about. Probably should have chosen The Trees from @Deblovestoread ‘s #AuldLangSpine list, but of course I couldn‘t resist this one because of the movie. But I absolutely hope to read The Trees and other Everett titles soon. EXCELLENT audio narration by Sean Crisden.

ChaoticMissAdventures I liked this too! And I thought the movie did really well adapting it, things had to be cut and changed but it felt like the spirit of the book was still there. 5mo
Christine @ChaoticMissAdventures That's so good to know! Can't wait to see it. 4mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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This was lovely and another total win from @Deblovestoread ‘s epic #AuldLangSpine list. I wondered a bit at the ending and enjoyed the thoughts about it and more that Keegan shared in this brief Q&A (with schoolchildren! How sweet.): https://www.juliangirdham.com/blog/claire-keegan-on-foster

Karisa Such a beautifully written book! 5mo
Deblovestoread I love Keegan‘s writing and this article really cements why. I am always impressed by a full bodied story done in 100 pages or so. I‘m so glad you enjoyed it and recommend this if you haven‘t read it yet 5mo
SamAnne Her books are beautiful and heartbreaking but always end on a sliver of hope. Just love her. (edited) 5mo
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Christine @Karisa Truly! 5mo
Christine @Deblovestoread Yes, what she can do in so few pages is quite amazing. And I have read and loved Small Things Like These, but nothing else by her. Any other favorites? 5mo
Christine @SamAnne Yes! Perfectly stated. 5mo
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I had picked up and put this one down a while back for reasons I couldn‘t remember, so I was intrigued to retry based on @Deblovestoread ‘s #AuldLangSpine list. I ended up thinking it was quite good. I liked the writing, and after getting off of my “I don‘t want to hear the backstory of the murderer” high horse, I just went with the flow of the story and in the end appreciated each part of it. Thanks for the great pick, Deb!

marleed This one is on my shelves tipping off my TBR, as well. 5mo
Deblovestoread I‘m glad it ended up being a pick for you. 💜 5mo
Christine @marleed I await your review! 5mo
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New opportunities in my teaching career have been interfering with the blissful January of full immersion in @Deblovestoread 's #AuldLangSpine list that I‘d anticipated! 😝 However, I did already make time to read this and am so glad! Fantastic. I‘m not sure what I was expecting but this was far different and better than that. I especially loved the science-y bits about the mutations and some of the family stories. Thanks, Deb! 🦈❤️

Texreader Such a gorgeous cover! 5mo
Deblovestoread I always love when a book is more than I expected it to be. Glad you loved it, too. 💜 5mo
monalyisha I‘m so interested in this one! Happy to see another favorable review. 5mo
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Christine @Texreader It really is! I read via Libby but might need to add this to my print copy wishlist. 5mo
Christine @Deblovestoread Yes, the best!! I‘m grateful that your list got this off my TBR. 5mo
Christine @monalyisha I look forward to reading your thoughts, if/when you get to it! 5mo
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I enjoyed these experts‘ take on how to talk about race, racism, and various identity- and diversity-related issues. I was impressed by how they embrace the idea that we can all change and grow, suggesting that a “calling in” rather than a “calling out” approach can often be most effective (while also acknowledging that this approach will not work for everyone or always be appropriate). Great tips and a solid grounding in social science research.

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It was a lovely year of reading, made all the lovelier by sharing it with each of you! Happy New Year to all, and may 2024 bring many good books and happy moments! ❤️💚🍾📚 #Top23of23

Megabooks Fantastic list!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Wow what a great list!! Screenshotting! Happy new year 💚 5mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year to you! 🥳 5mo
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Reggie You cheater, that‘s 24 right? Lol. Happy New Year! 5mo
Christine @Megabooks Thank you! I have to go back and find yours, as I‘d expect we have some picks in common and/or I‘ll want to add everything on yours to my TBR! 😁 5mo
Christine @BarbaraBB Yay! Thanks for carrying on this Litsy tradition. I‘m hoping for a big screenshotting session of others‘ lists myself today. 😄 Happy New Year! 5mo
Christine @Ruthiella Thank you!! Hope yours is off to a happy start and that you have the best of reading years! 5mo
Christine @Reggie OMG, you made me count them AGAIN even though I did so several times already despite it being a 5X5 grid and knowing I had two boxes with just graphics!!! 🤣🤣🤣 I still count 23, but math is the worst so I reserve the right to be wrong!! 5mo
Reggie No you‘re right, lololo, I‘m blind you have 2 graphics. My bad. 5mo
Christine @Reggie LOL, I‘m hopeless with most list-y Litsy posts unless I screenshot and zoom!! But at least my elementary math skills have apparently held up. Happy 2024, hope you‘ve had a good holiday season!! 5mo
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The perfect sweet and salty treat if you‘re still in a Christmasy mood! Really funny, and I especially adored all of the discussion of Midwestern food culture and his family‘s particular Italian-influenced version of it. The audiobook was fantastic, but I had to find the ebook (on hoopla!) to see the photos and illustrations. ❤️💚

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In love with this list, @Deblovestoread ‘s reading taste, and @monalyisha ‘s keen ability to match readers for #AuldLangSpine ! The checked ones I‘ve read and loved, and I plan to get to a good number of the rest in January, and maybe all of them throughout the year. This is so much fun already! 😁

IndoorDame Great list! Happy reading! 6mo
Deblovestoread I LOVE this post and hope you have an amazing reading experience in 2024 with these books. They all left a mark. Happy New Year! 🍾 6mo
TheKidUpstairs Great list! And I love your graphic 😊 6mo
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AmyG It‘s a great list. 6mo
CBee Fantastic list! @Deblovestoread we have a few of the same favorites ♥️ 6mo
BarbaraBB It‘s a fab list indeed 😍 6mo
monalyisha @CBee Yes! One of the trickiest things about matching is when you think you‘ve got a great pairing, and the tastes are all aligned…and then you realize that the two people are TOO well-matched and have read all of the same books already. 😖🙈😅 (edited) 6mo
monalyisha @Christine I love when I agonize over whether I‘ve made the right choice for a match and then see a post like this. Always satisfying and such a relief! 6mo
CBee @monalyisha I‘m a bit in awe of how you do it! You always find the best matches 😊 (edited) 6mo
Christine @IndoorDame Right? I really hit the jackpot! Happy reading feels assured. 🙂 6mo
Christine @Deblovestoread Aww yay, right back at you! I truly do find your list glorious and can't wait to get started. ❤️ 6mo
Christine @TheKidUpstairs A list this good deserves a cute graphic, that's for sure! 😄 6mo
Christine @CBee So fantastic, right? @Deblovestoread clearly has impeccable taste in books. 🤩 6mo
Christine @BarbaraBB Fab is right!! I'm lucky. 😊 6mo
Christine @monalyisha Aww yay! Your effort and care shine through in match perfection - grateful for it. ❤️ 6mo
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Oh @JamieArc - thank you for this incredibly thoughtful and lovely gift!! I wish the picture did it more justice (stuck in my gift-wrapping cave, which explains both the lighting and the lateness!), but the paper and card were so special and the book is just perfection. And local mint chocolates 😍, and I gasped when I saw the caramels, which appear to be from a shop in the small-town WI area where I grew up! 😮🥰 Merry Christmas!! ❤️

Christine Thank you again for the best of swaps, @MaleficentBookDragon ! ❤️ #JolabokaflodSwap (edited) 6mo
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Been binging holiday content, and of the books included this has easily been my favorite so far! So funny and charming and great on audio. I have not read any Janice Hallett before, which is perhaps ill-advised because this does seem to contain plenty of spoilers for The Appeal…but oh well, still might go back and read that if it‘s anywhere near as delightful as this!

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Delighted to receive this #JolabokaflodSwap package from the lovely @JamieArc today! Can‘t wait for Sunday.

JamieArc Glad it got there quickly! 6mo
kspenmoll I love your book stack with the lights! 6mo
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I really loved this! If music and particular songs are meaningful to you, I highly recommend this. I‘m not an active follower/fan of Wilco or Jeff Tweedy. Most of what I know about him comes from stories told by Nick Offerman about their friendship and adventures. But I was completely charmed by Tweedy's writing voice and his laidback narration of this one and will 100% be checking out his previous books.

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Great! Thoughtful analysis of LGBTQIA+ community & identity, funny, and I was charmed by personal connections (author is from WI like me; lives in the small MN town where I went to college, where her husband is the first trans man to hold office in MN outside of the Twin Cities area; a bar in my current hometown of San Diego is featured). Cool how each chapter focused on a city and its bar(s) while weaving in elements of memoir/personal history.

kspenmoll Stacked! 6mo
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Just sent this #JolabokaflodSwap package off on its coast-to-coast journey! 🎄📚🍫

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If you, like me, appreciate Tim Alberta‘s journalism in The Atlantic or on TV news, I think you‘ll be riveted by this. It‘s a far-reaching analysis of the influence of Evangelical institutions/personalities on politics (and vice versa). Alberta‘s a Christian and his late dad was a prominent pastor, so it‘s insider-y. I was a bit 😳 seeing it was over 18 hrs on audio, but it was so engaging that I inhaled in just a couple of days (at 2.0 speed).

AmyG I just borrowed this audiobook. Bracing myself. 😬 6mo
Christine @AmyG I‘ll look forward to your review! It‘s rough but a bit hopeful! 6mo
Suet624 Hoopla has American Carnage. Is that worth checking out? 6mo
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AmyG @Suet624 I‘d check it out as he is a wonderful writer. 6mo
Suet624 @AmyG thanks. 6mo
Megabooks I‘m on hold for this at the library! 6mo
Christine @Suet624 What @AmyG said! I haven‘t tried it but I bet it‘s great. 6mo
Christine @Megabooks I certainly look forward to your thoughts on it! 6mo
Suet624 Thanks! 6mo
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Really enjoyed this memoir! Great writing and excellent pop culture analysis, including a response to the “What do we do about art made by problematic people?“ question that spoke to me more than Monsters by Claire Dederer did. (A note re: the audio version on Hoopla - I wonder if the wrong file was uploaded, as it had a decent number of errors/stops and restarts, etc. that I can't imagine were meant for the final product. 😳)

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I enjoyed this, perhaps buoyed by being back in the Hunger Games world/low expectations/interest in the movie. I love Santino Fontana as a narrator but this was maybe not my favorite of his performances - his portrayal of female characters didn't always hit for me, and I (unreasonably) wanted him to sing all of the song lyrics he narrated, simply bc I knew he could. 🤣 (Granted some likely didn't have melodies yet, but still.)

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Cravings: Hungry for More | Chrissy Teigen
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My library system hosted a fun book sale crawl today! I failed in getting my passport stamped at each branch, but I succeeded in scoring this sweet haul. Some new to me; some I‘ve loved but didn‘t own; and a couple (Matrix and Nickel Boys) that I loved, own, and am eager to pass on to other readers/area Little Free Libraries. Even better than this haul was seeing the enthusiasm for the event - lots of teen/young adult friend groups shopping! 😍

marleed I thrift books to place in the LFLs near me, as well! It‘s such a thrill if I walk by a couple days later and my contribution was picked up! 7mo
Christine @marleed Yes!! A neighbor on my block just put one up this week and I gasped loudly with delight when I saw it! 😆 7mo
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I loved this as much as I figured I would! Such a witty and fun overview of some of the women pioneers of dark and spooky fiction, and it definitely introduced me to a few I‘d never heard of but now want to read, like Pauline E. Hopkins, Margery Lawrence, and Dorothy Macardle. Loved how it recommended specific works and similar contemporary titles/authors for each profiled author, too. Thanks again to @wen4blu for this excellent #AHRS gift!

wen4blu Hooray, I‘m so glad! 7mo
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I can rarely resist an “I grew up super conservative Evangelical/Christian and am now unpacking that” memoir, and this is a worthwhile addition to the canon. Wasn‘t familiar with Ward until his face kept popping up on the CNN.com front page last week, but I‘m glad it did because this was interesting. He is still very Christian but not okay with the political standpoints/activities of his faith communities of origin. Ward‘s ⬇️⬇️

Christine unique perspective is that he‘s a journalist and therefore had to grapple with the “the media is the enemy” narrative complicating his already strained family relationships. The well-done audio version is on Hoopla. 7mo
willaful I find them fascinating too. 7mo
Megabooks Stacking!! Nice that it‘s on hoopla! 7mo
Christine @willaful It‘s so interesting to see the similarities and differences in how people navigate that experience. 7mo
Christine @Megabooks Yes re: hoopla (and your reply taught me something - I never really noticed that they don‘t capitalize their brand name [Insert The More You Know jingle 💫 ] 😁)! I‘ll look forward to your review of this. 7mo
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The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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This was incredible! I loved everything about it, including maybe my favorite use of ghosts in a story ever. It's long but also thrilling so it flies by even as it's breaking your heart. FINALLY have read my first Tananarive Due and am eager to explore her backlist bc she's so brilliant (including on social media). I really enjoyed the audio narration, too.

JamieArc This one should be arriving in my mailbox soon. Looking forward to it! 7mo
Christine @JamieArc I hope you love it too!! 7mo
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The Weight of Blood | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I've never read Carrie and don't read a ton of YA, but I like Tiffany D. Jackson and really liked this! A good, compelling story with multidimensional characters told in an interesting way. I loved how it invites the reader to consider all kinds of biases and assumptions (including their own!). And though at times I felt I could do without the teen romance, in the end I actually quite appreciated how it fit into the story.

Reggie Yeah, I thought this was sooo good. I wanted her to win the Stoker for best YA so bad and she didn‘t. 7mo
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@wen4blu !! Thank you so much for this perfect #AHRS gift! I couldn‘t love it more. So excited to own the tagged book! The monogram bookmark is fantastic and the candy from your local shop was so thoughtful/is really delicious (lovely chocolate, and also the candy corn is notably better than your average candy corn! 😁). And OMG re: the Chiltern Frankenstein edition - it is SO gorgeous and special. 😍😍😍 Thanks again and have a great Halloween!

Christine And thank you for hosting, @MaleficentBookDragon - wishing you a great Halloween too! 8mo
LeahBergen The tagged book is so good! 8mo
wen4blu So happy you like it! Happy Halloween! 8mo
MatchlessMarie I loved the tagged book! Pretty too! 8mo
Christine @LeahBergen @MatchlessMarie I can‘t wait to start it!! Will do so tonight if I have any energy left after kid activities. 😆 Happy Halloween! 🖤🧡 8mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Aww. This was sad! But great on audio and an interesting/good choice of narrator in (white) Michelle Williams. I remember the very first time I went to a bar in my college town after turning 21 and I heard “Baby One More Time” on the radio and said “Ooh, this song is good - who is this?” and a friend was surprised I hadn‘t yet heard of the hot new young artist Britney Spears, haha. I‘ll always wish her well and hope good things come her way.

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My #AllHallowsReadSwap package is on its way! 🎃📚🍫🌴➡️🤠 #ARHS

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Lucky me to receive this box from a swap buddy from years ago! Thanks in advance, @wen4blu ! 📚🎃🖤🧡 #AllHallowsReadSwap #AHRS

wen4blu I knew it! How funny. 8mo
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Christine
Mister Magic | Kiersten White
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Just barely a pick for me. Either I‘m not the right reader for this one or the past week has been too heartbreaking and heavy and overloaded with news consumption for me to become immersed in this story. (It‘s definitely the latter but maybe the former, too.) I may try more Kiersten White in the future as I find her personal story compelling: https://religionnews.com/2023/10/05/kiersten-white-bestselling-novelist-explains...

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Christine
How Can I Help You | Laura Sims
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I thought this was great! The library setting, creepy/disturbed/delightfully detestable main character, interesting side characters and relationships, and engaging audio narration made this a very effective mini-slump buster for me. The ending...was what it was. But overall this was a fun read that flew by fast, which suited me fine (even though I would have enjoyed more time with Margo! 😬).

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Christine
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Always fun when a book on your wishlist pops up in your neighborhood Little Free Library! I feel like this will come in handy in those (many) moments when I don‘t really need a recipe but could use a little inspiration re: using up something in my fridge/garden/pantry.

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Christine
The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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I am not a highlighter of fiction, but I highlighted like crazy in this one! The writing and ideas (esp. around gender, and religion, too) were just that good. I paired this with the audio, which was a great experience. For my other thoughts, just see the previous review by @Megabooks - I agree with every word! 😁 (Thanks again to @RiverheadBooks for the ARC!)

ManyWordsLater When does it come out? 9mo
Christine @ManyWordsLater It just did on the 12th (in the U.S., at least)! 9mo
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Christine
Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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Really liked this oft-recommended super-quick read and definitely agree that going in knowing very little is a plus! Not sure whether Valente‘s backlist titles are in my wheelhouse, but I did enjoy her writing enough to consider exploring them.

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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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If I hadn‘t already started reading this, I certainly would have done so after this interview! ❤️ https://www.npr.org/2023/09/15/1196977059/nprs-book-of-the-day-draft-09-15-2023

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Christine
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I agree with the many who call this a must-read. Such a beautifully crafted history of that horrific day. The part of the book that inspired the title (what was happening on Air Force One) was the least interesting to me, though I still appreciated learning more about that. What affected me most were the memories shared by survivors, loved ones, bystanders in NY/DC area/PA, and everyday Americans (especially the kids!).

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