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Christine

Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I hurtled through this one! Crouch sure is good at coming up with a cool sci-fi concept and then bringing it to life with propulsive writing. This was a pretty-close-to-perfect mix of thrilling, entertaining, and brain-stretching, and I found it nearly unpausable on audio. I have a few feminist quibbles with some of the character development and plot points, but overall I enjoyed the ride.

TheSpineView I know! I loved it! 19h
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This starts with a unique and compelling premise, which I dug, but after that I‘ll admit it took me a minute to get into the story. But get into it I did, and I‘m so glad, because I really wanted to like this book! I‘ve listened to Linda on Pop Culture Happy Hour forEVER. After countless hours of her in my ears, I just want good things for her. 🙂 Overall this was sweet but not treacly, sharp-eyed, and a delightful read…so yay, Linda! 🦞

Christine Out Tuesday! Thanks, #netgalley 🙂 2d
marleed I‘m #12 on 1 copy coming Tuesday to my library. With that many early holds I have a feeling they‘ll purchase more copies and I‘ll get it soon! 2d
Christine @marleed Yes, 🤞!! 2d
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And last but the opposite of least, the books. Jill, you really shouldn‘t have, but thank you!! Bibliophile is a beautiful keepsake, and I can‘t stop paging through it. I‘ve been dreaming of my own copy of So Big ever since I listened to and loved it (and REALLY wanted this cover). And I adore Liz Climo, how did you know? Most treasured of all is the tagged. ❤️❤️❤️ The Handmaid‘s Tale has been my favorite book for decades, ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Christine and I‘ve so enjoyed seeing it portrayed visually in the Hulu series. Thrilled to have the graphic novel now. Thanks again, so much, for everything, @Jilly6183! #summersantagoespostal 4d
Jilly6183 I was excited to pick up all these great books for you. And I didn‘t know you liked Liz Climo, but I do! And I figured it‘s so adorable, who wouldn‘t? So glad you like it! Enjoy! 3d
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This item from my #summersantagoespostal box obviously required its own post. My very own Hand of the Queen/King pin!! 😮😍👑🐉⚔️❄️🔥 So very well done, @Jilly6183 !❤️❤️❤️

Leftcoastzen Cool 😎 4d
marleed Oh that‘s so cool. I hope you go out to dinner this evening and wear it! 4d
Christine @marleed Home with the kiddos tonight, but I really am looking forward to wearing it in public and seeing who recognizes what it is/has the nerve to comment on it! 😁 3d
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Christine @Leftcoastzen I love it! 3d
marleed Oh you must tell us about it when you do! 3d
Soubhiville That‘s so cool! 3d
Jilly6183 I was so excited about this find! It was before the last episode of the show aired, and I know [hope?] that new books are in our future, but I was nervous after that you might not be interested in it anymore lol 3d
Christine @Jilly6183 Haha!! I started as a show fan and have only read the first book so far. And (maybe because I haven‘t read the books?) I was one of those weirdos that mostly liked the final season and didn‘t mind the last episode! 😛 Hopefully no one rips it off of me and throws it Tyrion-style in protest when I wear it out! 😆 3d
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How did I get so lucky?! @Jilly6183, you‘re the most generous and thoughtful swap match, and I‘m so grateful. Multiple posts are therefore required. 😁 First, these top-notch goodies: lovely and sturdy tote, super cute book-themed Jacob‘s ladder, brilliant bullet journal bookmarks, clip bookmarks with all the best bookish phrases, fun summer stickers, a rainbow of pens. 😍😍😍 Plus the most AMAZING-smelling home fragrance oil in BOOKS scent. ⬇️⬇️

Christine And the Bibliophile cards I‘ve long been coveting. Perfection. Thank you for these unique and wonderful things, Jill! ❤️#summersantagoespostal 4d
Jilly6183 So glad you like your goodies!! ☺️ 3d
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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TFW when Hulu will not load the latest episode of Handmaid's Tale and your immediate reaction is “It's the patriarchy!!! They blocked it! 😡“ rather than assuming it's just a typical technological glitch. 😐

Leftcoastzen I‘m behind a few episodes but ... grrr. 5d
BookwormM We are only on episode 2 on the UK episode 3 on Saturday 5d
Reggie Lolololol one time at work ( I work at a casino) all the ATMS went down and also our check cashing/cc advance went down, and I thought, omg what if the U.S financial system finally finally bit the dust and cash was no longer being given out because it was worthless and no one has any money. It‘s the times we live in, chica. It‘s understandable. 5d
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Susannah It‘s creepy how reasonable it is to assume the Democracy Apocalypse, isn‘t it. 😳 5d
Christine @BookwormM I was wondering how I‘d feel about this season, but I‘m as into it as ever. 5d
Christine @Reggie 🤣🤣🤣 to your story!! You‘re right, we can‘t be blamed for these reactions! 😝 5d
Christine @Susannah So creepy, and the worst. 😣 5d
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The New Me | Halle Butler
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I liked this quite a bit, even though the main character Millie‘s wobbly self-awareness was painful to observe. Butler deftly captures the push-pull between career ambition and apathy/revulsion toward the capitalist rat race that many of us, millennials or not, can experience. Also relatable: Millie‘s mental lists of endless “I should”s that might improve her life (been there a time or two! 🙄).

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Been meaning to read this one forever! Full of science-y info, but not densely so. It also examines the unquantifiable ways in which water relaxes, centers, excites, inspires, heals. Overall the book pleased this landlubber who still appreciates being in/on (sometimes) and around (always) water, and I think my marine scientist/ship captain/surfer/fisherman husband will like it even more. 💦 🌊 🏄🏻 🎣 💙

BookNAround This sounds amazing. I am such a water baby! 6d
Christine @BookNAround You may really love this, then! Hope you do, if you pick it up. 💙 6d
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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LOVED this book. Absolutely loved it. So much that I did not want to put it down after finishing, so I read everything on the jacket, and this bit from the front flap nicely sums up why I loved it: “brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose.” Yup, that‘s exactly it. 💚💙💚💙💚💙

DivineDiana Love how you staged your book! 💚 1w
Christine @DivineDiana Aww, thanks - that particular tomato plant has been begging for a photo op lately! 1w
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The Bliss | Jacqueline Navin
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Reading in the backyard hammock on a sunny 70° day (not pictured: cocktail, and the kids watching a 90+ minute movie). Bliss.

RaimeyGallant All that sky! So pretty. :) 1w
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I don‘t read as many books about autism as a mom of a kid on the spectrum probably should. But I‘d like to more regularly read books BY people with autism, because - besides being inherently important because #ownvoices - they tend to have the tone and perspectives that I find most valuable. This is a great one - the memoir of a brilliant, successful journalist diagnosed as an adult. Insightful, well-written, and entertaining.

riversong153 Nice cover! 2w
Christine @riversong153 Agreed! 🙂 2w
Owlizabeth I‘ve got two boys on the spectrum and I‘m always looking for #ownvoices books - stacked!! 1w
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I now get why Rachel Held Evans is so loved, and I‘m sorry I didn‘t follow her work while she was alive. In this book (and I presume everywhere else), her writing about faith and doubt was eloquent but down-to-earth, and uniquely honest. I relatedly strongly to her stories of a church-heavy evangelical upbringing and really admire her determination to confront the darker sides of Christianity in practice.

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I adored this book and am happily taking advantage of this deal for rereading and digital highlighting purposes. ❤️

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Everyday Heroes | Beth Johnson
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Not about books but technically involves reading 😛: a few months ago, I contacted my city with a request for them to remove the offensive sticker from a utility box near an intersection I cross multiple times daily with my kids. No response, but I was beyond thrilled to see today that some heroic citizen in my neighborhood took matters into their own hands! (Hard to see, but the masking tape says “RULES.”) 😂🎉❤️

RestlessFickleBookHoarder That's awesome! 2w
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The River | Peter Heller
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Guess I‘m making good progress toward my informal goal of reading mostly women, because at some point I was shocked to realize that “Whoa, this book is entirely about men. No women with agency. Weird!” 😆 But in spite of that this was a solidly suspenseful, pleasingly character-driven story with beautiful (if a bit flowery, at times) descriptive language, and I enjoyed it. 😀

Susannah I think that‘s Peter Heller‘s MO. I read The Painter with my all-female book club a couple of years ago, and we couldn‘t understand why all the women were little more than eye candy for the main character. Not exactly a satisfying reading experience. 2w
Christine @Susannah Oh wow, that is very interesting! I just assumed it was because The River takes place in the wilderness, so other humans of any gender were extremely scarce. The Painter has long been sitting on my bookshelf, unread... 2w
Susannah I think Heller is very interested in man vs man and man vs nature stories. Based on what you said here and what I know of The Painter, women seem secondary at best. 2w
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Summer Thrills | Kirk Jones
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So excited to receive this package from my still-secret summer Santa! ☀️📦😁

#summersantagoespostal
#summersolsticebookexchange

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I fully enjoyed this. It‘s worthy of all of the adjectives I‘ve either already heard used to describe it or expect to hear soon: fizzy, frothy, sizzling, crackling, sparkling, effervescent, glamorous, sexy, etc. 😁 But it serves up some lovely deep thoughts on the side, too. And though I often have mixed feelings about Gilbert, I always appreciate her way with words.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Started this one semi-reluctantly, because I think I‘m experiencing family saga fatigue or something! I always think I love to read them, but few have excited me lately. That said, I do think this was a good one. I liked the writing, themes, and many of the characters (though some were much more developed than others). So it‘s a pick for being well-done, even if I might need to give family sagas a rest for a bit!

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Theme of today‘s library new release shelf impulse borrows: Super Buzzy Books with Very Mixed Reviews on Litsy. Wondering which one to try first...🎲

Augustdana I really liked normal people, if that helps at all! 😁😁 3w
Christine @Augustdana Haha, yes, it does help! 3w
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I thought this was pretty great. Cep tells (at least) three big stories in one book, which meant it didn‘t dig quite as deep into any of them as I would have been happy to go. But I was fine with that, because now I have a bunch of topics I‘d love to read more about, especially the history of the true crime genre (fascinating!). And her storytelling style worked for me - journalistic, but a little pulpy and dramatic, too.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This was a wonderful, sweet YA story with complex and lovable characters and a lot of emotional depth. The food descriptions were fantastic (plus recipes! 😋). I missed the verse from The Poet X more than I thought I would, but Acevedo has so much to offer with her prose writing, too. I‘ll definitely continue to read anything she puts out into the world.

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Treated myself to a little midday solo Balboa Park jaunt today, visiting the tagged location (though just the museum, not its research library like the tag says - it has a research library?? Who knew?). I was happy to notice that two of the paintings focused on the most glorious subject of all time - a woman reading. 😁📚🖼❤️ (Left: Woman Reading, Eastman Johnson. Right: Female Nude Reading, Robert Delaunay.)

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Going Coastal | Wendy French
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Mailed today, West Coast ➡️➡️➡️ East Coast. ☀️📚📦
#summersantagoespostal
#summersolsticebookexchange

Stacypatrice Pretty!!! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Love the wrappers! 👍 4w
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As an early listener of MFM (less so recently, for various me-not-them reasons), I‘ve long awaited this one, and I liked it a lot. It‘s sharp, sincere, and so funny. Georgia and Karen clearly love their audience, and the book reflects their gratitude for and sense of responsibility to them. Of course this soars on audio, with G & K narrating their own stories and coming together for fun chapter wrap-ups (and Paul Giamatti was pretty good, too 😂).

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I really enjoyed this collection and found all of the pieces good, some of them great (like Leslie Jamison‘s - love her writing, can‘t believe I still haven‘t read The Empathy Exams!). I don‘t read too many essay collections organized by topic, but this makes me want to read more of them, because the way in which the writers‘ experiences are hugely different but still share many common threads is rich food for thought.

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So Big | Edna Ferber
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I LOVED THIS. The language was charmingly of its time, but also unbelievably modern-feeling. Selina Peake is a great character, and her story conveys so much about vocation, identity, beauty, and the meaning of life. And I loved the Midwest setting. I‘m finally reading Ferber after learning that she has roots in the same area of Wisconsin where I grew up. Not sure how I wasn‘t more aware of her back then, but I look forward to making up for that.

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Excellent book that vividly illustrates the risks of nuclear energy and the horrors of post-disaster radiation, and of a government wherein lies and coverups are systematized and dissent is punished (hmmmm…🤔). Brilliant storytelling, and I found it a great companion to the (also excellent) HBO Chernobyl miniseries.

AlaMich I‘m obsessed with the miniseries! HBO is also doing a companion podcast, in which Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin (show creator) discuss one tv episode per podcast episode. A lot of behind the scenes stuff, more history...it‘s really good. 1mo
AlaMich Not surprisingly, it‘s called The Chernobyl Podcast. 1mo
Christine @AlaMich Yes!! I love the podcast at least as much as the show, I think! So good. Like Mazin mentioned on the podcast, this book is really good and just sort of provides more detail and background info. (edited) 1mo
MellieAntoinette @Christine @AlaMich 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ me three! 1mo
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Nuclear Physics for Babies | Chris Ferrie, Cara Florance
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I‘m consuming a lot of nuclear physics-related content right now (Chernobyl HBO series and accompanying podcast and a couple of books), but to be honest I still don‘t quite understand how fission and nuclear power work...😬 So you can bet I snapped this right up when it caught my eye on a new children‘s books display at my library. It helped, a little. 😆

AthenaWins I love these books! They're simplified, but it's perfect for early learning. And hey! We adults need things simplified sometimes too! 1mo
Aswenson I have this set of 4 for my one year old, but I don‘t understand much of what I‘m reading to him! 😆 1mo
Christine @AthenaWins They do seem like great books! And yes, simplified is so nice for all ages when you just want an overview...one of my kids is obsessed with the Who Was?/What Was?/Where Is? books, and I always learn so much when we read them together. 1mo
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Christine @Aswenson LOL! Bonus learning opportunity for you. 😄 Wish there had been more books like this when my kiddos were babies 10+ years ago. 1mo
Smrloomis Thanks for posting this. This looks great although I might also need the Nuclear Physics for Dummies Guide - that totally exists, right? 😆 1mo
Christine @Smrloomis - LOL! I also need that book, so please let me know if you find it. I will say that between this book, the HBO show, and the book I just posted about a minute ago, my understanding has at least improved greatly! 1mo
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Not sure why I put this one off, because I pretty much always love Kingsolver. I really enjoyed everything about it - characters, setting, and themes like class issues around science and knowledge and climate change denial as part of culture and identity. Plus butterflies - I love butterflies and have been lucky enough to live near several major monarch migration pit stops. 🦋🧡 And, as always, her writing was pure literary comfort food for me.

Bibliogeekery Love the idea of Kingsolver as pure literary comfort food! Beautiful! 1mo
sprainedbrain I loved this one! Totally agree with you about Kingsolver. I‘ve adored everything of hers I have read. 💕 1mo
Christine @Bibliogeekery Aww, thanks! ❤ 1mo
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Christine @sprainedbrain She's just so good! In recent years I've been listening to some of her books instead of reading in print, and I've come to love the sound of her voice, too (as long as I increase the speed a bit ;). 1mo
sprainedbrain @Christine yes! I love her narration. I do speed it up, though. 😂 1mo
Christine @sprainedbrain 😂❤️, a must!! 1mo
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A wonderful memoir. It‘s not just about Patterson‘s role as mom to a transgender child, though of course that story is compelling. I was equally moved by her stories about her life as a black girl/young woman/professional/partner/mother of five - always relatively privileged, but with her own challenges around family, identity, and purpose. And her writing is great enough to make that as much of a reason to read this as the absorbing content.

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Scored a nice $5 haul from one of my neighborhood library branches, which, despite being quite small, invariably has some great books on its for-sale shelves. Found two from my #summersantagoespostal match‘s TBR, three from my own (Danticat, Euphoria, Bluebird), Unsheltered (which I loved), and an extra copy of my beloved Poisonwood to have on hand for emergency sharing needs! 😁

DeeLew Excellent haul! Love Barbara Kingsover and the Poisonwood Bible is one of my all time favorite books. 😊 1mo
Christine @DeeLew Poisonwood is just so good!! I‘m planning to try the audiobook soon. I‘ve only read in print. 1mo
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Another news day, another scary step backward. 😔

(Art by Zoë van Dijk, https://www.zoevandijk.com/BLESSED-BE)

MelissaSue81 I am so disheartened. Even if we “make it“ to 2020, I'm not sure the damage can be undone.
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Christine @melissasue81 I know. 😣 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Christine Honestly, when I started reading sci-fi back in the early 70s, this is definitely not what I imagined friggin 2020 to look like. 1mo
Christine @RamsFan1963 Ugh yes, way too true! 😖 1mo
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Bought a very inexpensive used copy of this via eBay after hearing Melinda Gates praise it highly on not one but two podcasts. Fun to see it‘s signed by the authors, with a fantastic bonus signature (on the left) from what Google tells me is the first author‘s mom, age 91 at the time: “It‘s Sunday - I do not think on Sunday - it‘s my day of rest.” 😂❤️

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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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I really enjoyed this. My husband and I loved Kwame on Top Chef, but I didn‘t know much about his younger years (complicated and fascinating) or his post-show DC restaurant career (same modifiers apply). I was impressed by his insights about identity and ambition, and even more so by his frankness about racism and discrimination in his industry (and he most definitely named names). I fully recommend the audio.

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VERY happy to receive this bookmail today. (Thanks, #librarything #earlyreviewers !)

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Celebrating Mother's Day: Mom's Memory Box | Sandi Hill, Susan Banta, Joel Kupperstein
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My son‘s classroom hosted a Mother‘s Day luncheon in their school garden today - so sweet and adorable. The kids showered us with homemade gifts, including the cutest (laminated! 🤓❤️) letters, which they read aloud. My little guy made a few educated guesses (I don‘t know that I‘d list 🥩 and 🍓 as faves, though I do like them, and he overestimates my personal love for SpongeBob...😛), but I was pleased to see that my bookishness was noted. 😊❤️

Jennick2004 You love 🍓 and 🥩 because they‘re your favorite color 🤣🤷‍♀️ 1mo
xxjenadanxx Aww that‘s so sweet!! 1mo
SarahHarts_books So cute!! 😍😍 1mo
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Reggie Lol, this is awesome! 1mo
RealLifeReading That's so sweet 1mo
Christine @Jennick2004 That really might have been his rationale! 😂❤️ 1mo
Christine @xxjenadanxx @SarahHarts_books @Suet624 @Reggie @RealLifeReading It was really precious - the kids also acted as servers, taking our orders from menus they made and serving/clearing multiple courses. (Lucked out with an especially great teacher, obviously!) 1mo
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This is an excellent analysis of the systemic problems of prosecutorial power in the U.S. and a very readable, well-written book. The author is clearly passionate about the issue, and I was moved by her deep caring for the two young people whose stories she tells. The facts are infuriating, but her tone is hopeful, because reform is entirely possible (and we can/must vote for it!). Definitely an addition to my list of essential books in the genre.

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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As a Game of Thrones fan (the show...I‘ve only read the first book), I‘m mostly feeling sad that it‘s soon coming to an end. The one thing that will be good, though, is that I‘ll get back into my regular audiobook routine; my reading has slowed significantly based on my apparently insatiable appetite for (funny, conversational, not-too-critical) GoT podcasts over the past month! The pictured are some of my favorites. 🐉 ❄️ 🔥 ⚔️ 🎧

Khalifus @Christine Valar Moghulis! 2mo
Christine @Khalifus Valar dohaeris! 😁 2mo
Khalifus @Christine What do we say to the God of death? 2mo
Christine @Khalifus Not today, sir!! 2mo
Khalifus @Christine Because death is so final, but life is full of possibilities. 🙏🏻 2mo
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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Rarely are mom rewards so immediate: I ran into Dollar Tree for some last-minute necessities for the SpongeBob 20th Anniversary party my kids really thought we ought to have today (😂), and with only seconds to peruse the books section before checkout I found both the only Nickolas Butler I haven‘t read (having read his most recent last week) and the tagged, which has been on my TBR forever! 🥳

TheSpineView Score!💜📚 2mo
merelybookish Book score and serious mom points for the party! 2mo
AlaMich That‘s awesome! Plus, any excuse for cake, I always say!! 2mo
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Christine @TheSpineView Yes, I felt that I hit a mini-jackpot. 🤓 2mo
Christine @merelybookish The kids did enjoy it all, so a double win! :) 2mo
Christine @AlaMich Agreed completely re: cake! We also just got my first-ever brand new oven last week, so I'm even more easily persuaded to impulse bake! 😛 2mo
britt_brooke Ha! I‘m just seeing this. I found The Animators at Dollar Tree yesterday. I‘ve already read it, but couldn‘t help but buy a few copies to give away. It‘s by far the best book I‘ve found at my local Dollar Tree. 4w
Christine @britt_brooke Aww, that‘s a great idea to buy and give away! ❤️ (Did you love the book? I started it a long time ago but didn‘t love the audio narration, so I‘m looking forward to trying again in print!) (edited) 4w
britt_brooke @Christine I really liked it. 4 stars, but it took me a bit to get into it. Maybe you‘ll have better luck in print. 🤞🏻 4w
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I enjoyed this collection quite a bit. The stories more tightly focused on a woman‘s experiences and inner dialogue were fantastic, and this applies to the majority of them, really. (Just a few meandered in ways that worked less well for me.) I was impressed by Rosenwaike‘s writing, and many observations and themes definitely rang true to my pregnancy/new mom experiences with my now-tween boys. I‘d certainly read more from her!

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Little Faith | Nickolas Butler
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I found this to be a moving family story and a quite believable portrayal of how some people might struggle with the roles of faith and organized religion in their lives. Sometimes the journey is deep and philosophical, other times urgent, emotional, and/or practical - and I think this book conveyed that really well. As he has in everything of his that I‘ve read, Nickolas Butler nailed his descriptions of Wisconsin‘s culture and natural setting.

Suet624 Your review and the beautiful cover of the book have me hooked. 2mo
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Had to leave my day open for an appliance delivery, so when I found out they‘d be coming in the afternoon, l was left with a free morning. I could‘ve caught up on some reading…but I‘ll admit to being glad I didn‘t, because this was spectacular. 😂😭😭❤️❤️❤️

RamsFan1963 I just came out of the theater. What an amazing movie. I know I'm supposed to be marathon reading but I couldn't miss this. 2mo
KristenDuck Can‘t wait to see this !! 2mo
Christine @RamsFan1963 Yes, so amazing!! Even though you weren‘t reading, you were still filling your brain with a wonderful story. ❤️ 2mo
Christine @KristenDuck I hope you love it, too!! It was so emotional in so many ways…glad I ran out of time to put on any make-up before I took my kids to school and then went straight to the theater, because I cried so many times! 😜 2mo
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I‘ve long been a fan of Dooner‘s online writing about her anti-diet (which, BTW, she named ages ago, before half of the self-help books published had “f*ck” in the title!! 😛). This is a great summary of her common-sense yet deep and holistic approach. Good inclusion of scientific data, and excellent thoughts about health at any size, the perils of dieting-induced stress, and how counterproductive restricting or demonizing foods is. (Audio = 💯)

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This seems not-book-related...but really for me it is book-related, bc my reading this week has taken a serious hit from my full-on obsession with bingeing the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I‘m on the penultimate episode but can‘t imagine anything preventing this from being near/at the top of my all-time favorite rom-coms list. That it‘s a musical is an unfair advantage, but still. (Also: the tagged book exists! Strange and wonderful. 😂💕)

danimgill This is probably my new all time favorite show and no one I know in real life watches it! Enjoy the finale!! (And the concert special 🥳) 2mo
Zelma I‘ve been wondering about this one. I‘ll check it out when I‘m done with Making a Murderer. 2mo
EKonrad I‘m gonna miss this show so much!!! 😢 2mo
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Christine @danimgill I love it so much and also have no one in my life that shares this love!! I adored the finale, so perfect, and the concert was amazing. Still marinating in all the thoughts and feels about it right now. 💕 2mo
Christine @Zelma I hope you love it, if you try it!! Definitely one of my favorite shows ever. (I really enjoyed Making a Murderer, too, esp. bc I have Wisconsin roots and so many of the cultural elements rang true.) 2mo
Christine @EKonrad Aaack, me too!! I finished the concert special and went directly to Spotify to listen to the soundtracks. 🤓💕 2mo
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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Loved this book. Exhibiting zero willpower, I started this the same day I finished my first Toews, Women Talking, and it confirmed that I‘ve found a new must-read author. I just really, really love her settings and characters, and her brilliant way of reflecting how the heartbreaking and the hilarious often coexist. (Also really enjoyed the audiobook narrator.)

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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I liked this a lot! I would have enjoyed more time with the characters, storylines, and badass spy machinations, but in a good, leave-the-reader-wanting-more sort of way. Lots of political and moral stuff to chew on, too, despite it being a quick read.

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Sometimes when you‘re the only (human) female in your household, you need to make yourself a pink birthday cake. 😊 Tried the yellow cake and Superstable Fruity Whipped Cream Frosting (which is flavored/colored with freeze-dried fruit - in this case strawberries - ground to a powder) recipes from the tagged cookbook. From my sampling during the process, I‘m optimistic that they‘ll both be keepers!

mcctrish I hear you! I‘m the only girl in my household too 2mo
EchoLogical That looks delicious and also happy birthday! 2mo
rather_be_reading yum! and happy birthday!! 🎂 2mo
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Alfoster Yummy! I‘ll be right over!👏👏😍😂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo That looks amazing! Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎉 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Happy Birthday!!!🌸 2mo
Palimpsest Happy birthday! 🎂 🎉 2mo
mrp27 Looks scrumptious! Happy Birthday! 🎂📚🎉 2mo
ferskner I LOVE Food52! Happy Birthday! 2mo
Bibliogeekery Happy Birthday! 2mo
diovival Pretty! 2mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎊🎈🎁🎉 📚😋 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 2mo
Erofan Happy birthday 🎉🎁🎂💐🎈💕 2mo
Tanisha_A Happy happy birthday! 🎂🥳📚 That looks soooo good! Have a beautiful day and year ahead! 2mo
Reggie Happy Birthday!!! 2mo
Lesliereads Happy Birthday💝👚👛🌸🎀 2mo
Simona Happy birthday❣️ 🍾🥂 2mo
Kloves2read Happy Birthday! 🎂 2mo
Christine @mcctrish Haha, solidarity! Wishing you pink cake or other feminine fun whenever needed! 💕 2mo
Christine @EchoLogical @rather_be_reading @WhatWouldJaneDo @mrp27 @Tanisha_A Thank you!! The cake lived up to expectations and was super yummy! 😋 2mo
Christine @Alfoster Haha, I wish you had come over! There are still a few slices left...😁 2mo
Christine @ferskner Yes, Food52 is the best! I mostly use the site and borrow the books from the library....are any of the books particular favorites of yours? 2mo
ferskner I just have Genius Recipes, but I love their podcast and their site. 2mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Extraordinary. Heavy, as the book is full of philosophy and pain and horrible acts occurring in a culture of patriarchy and misogyny to the extreme. But there‘s also much light, with many funny moments and characters I completely loved, and these characters‘ thoughts and choices felt searingly relevant. This is a book I will almost certainly reread (after I go back and read everything else Miriam Toews has written - this is my first of hers).

Tanisha_A Nice review! 👌🏽 3mo
Christine @Tanisha_A Aww, thanks! 3mo
Lindy My favourite of hers is 3mo
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Reggie I laughed so hard when Grant goes up into the loft and says numbers aloud, does 2 laps and then honks and leaves. She knew how to break things up and her writing also tells me she‘s a poet. I want to read other books by her now also. Anyways, love the review and we‘re reading twinkies!!! 3mo
Reggie Also, one more thing I loved was Greta‘s love for her horses Cheryl and Russ that started to get on everyone‘s nerves. 3mo
Christine @Lindy Oh good! I‘ve heard so many wonderful things about that one...moving it up to the top of my TBR! 3mo
Christine @Reggie Haha yes to Grant, and the endless Ruth and Cheryl concerns! 😂 Aww, I‘m totally laughing and smiling again thinking about SO MANY funny moments - like you said, who would have thought?? Toews just seems like a genius. I think I‘ll be starting All My Puny Sorrows soon. And I LOVE that we were having a secret (to even ourselves 😆) buddy read! ❤️ 3mo
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I really love Ruth Reichl‘s work. It was cool to learn so much about Gourmet, publishing, and NYC during the years Reichl spent at the magazine. But it‘s her writing that I most appreciate. She‘s funny and blunt, but also sensitive and reflective. She writes confidently about both her achievements and her vulnerabilities, acknowledging her privileges along the way. I‘m so glad I‘ve not yet read a few of her backlist titles - more delights await!

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This was outstanding - highly recommend. Eberhardt expertly demonstrates (via study after scientific study, and plenty of heartfelt anecdotal evidence from her own experiences and those of others) that we ALL are racially biased, and how American culture is teeming with racial bias. And that we need to work much harder on recognizing, admitting to, and confronting it. Loved the audio - the author reads with passion.

SW-T Sounds like a good read. We form thoughts quickly and unconsciously, regardless of our intentions. Reminds me of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman or Malcolm Gladwell‘s 3mo
Christine @SW-T Yes, and good call re: the similar titles! I still need to read the Kahneman book. 3mo
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