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Joined June 2016

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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It has been a looooooong freakin‘ week! I‘m planning to make a big dent in this tonight. I have the grill fired up and waiting for the boys to finish grocery shopping! Happy Friday Littens!

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This was my choice for October book club! I wanted to introduce some of them to graphic novels and chose 3 non-fiction graphic novels for the club to choose from. I‘m glad they chose this one. It‘s interesting to get an inside look at life in North Korea. I have a few other books about NK I‘d like to read; like Cuba the lifestyle intrigues me and I want to learn more. I‘m so curious to hear the reviews about this on Friday.

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I loved listening to this one on audio! Nina is a great character; book loving, stick to the routine, trivia nerd, raised as an only child only to find out the father she never knew lived nearby, included her in his will and opened her up to a large, unconventional family of sorts after he passed away. Throw in book store drama and a new beau, this made for a light, fun read.

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A plus to working the closing shift is morning audio walks with Angus! I‘m loving Nina Hill!

Graciouswarriorprincess I saw the author at the Winston-Salem book festival a couple of weeks ago. On my TBR pile to read. Happy reading! 2w
Cortg @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s super cute! I love books w/ quirky characters! 2w
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Everything you wanted to learn about libraries, historical and today. This also reminded me of
1. A memoir or biography of The Central Library as if the library were a person.
2. A murder mystery...Who burned down the library?
I enjoyed the people that were interwoven throughout the book. This is definitely an intriguing, eclectic book and I loved it!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I love matching my bookmarks with my books!

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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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Completed September reads...

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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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I finally picked up Drama and read it before work this morning. I adored this one; probably because I have a theater kid who reminds me so much of the main character. I may have shed a tear at the end. ❤️

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Book 8...Completed!
I liked this one a lot! I felt their living in N.C. in the previous books were a bit slow but this one picked up speed. I enjoyed the Revolutionary War parts and Bree & Roger‘s smaller parts were entertaining as well.

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I‘m bringing in 3-4 books for my book club to choose from. We haven‘t done any fantasy or sci-fi yet and I‘d like to introduce this genre. I don‘t want them to have to continue on a series so I‘m wondering if these books wrap up nicely or leave you with a cliff hanger. Any thoughts?

valeriegeary I love Bear and Nightingale so so much but feel like it doesn't do well as a standalone, you need to read the whole series. Another possibility, a similar kind of book that would standalone might be Spinning Silver. It's a little on the long side but reads pretty fast. 2w
BookNAround Several of my book clubs have read The Calculating Stars and while many people have chosen to read further, you don‘t have to to have a sense of an ending. 2w
Cortg @valeriegeary Thank you! I've had Bear and the Nightingale on my TBR for a while now and was hoping to kill 2 birds with 1 stone but I'll hold off and read the series on my own. I'll take a look at Spinning Silver. Thank you for the recommendation!
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Cortg @BookNAround Thanks so much! It's also good to know several of your book clubs have chosen this book. Whew! 2w
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I don‘t want summer weather to end! I‘m soaking up what‘s left of the warm weather and finishing up this book!.

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Blackfriars Library, Oxford | Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Hubby is NOT a big reader, but his work trip took him to Oxford and he actually went into the Bodleian Library AND brought me goodies!

DebinHawaii Nice! 😍 3w
Laughterhp What an awesome tote! 3w
Crazeedi My daughter go me this tote at Bodleian too! And an awesome pencil!! 3w
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Crazeedi And a bookmark like yours but a different color!! 3w
Ruthiella I love that quote on the bag! 3w
Cortg @Crazeedi Great minds think alike! Green is my favorite color so I‘m assuming that‘s why he chose it 😉 3w
Cortg @DebinHawaii He did good! I was super impressed. @Laughterhp @Ruthiella Yes! He said he immediately thought of me and he needed a reusable bag that day so it was a win-win! 3w
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Go Ask Alice | Anonymous
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Swung by my Little Free Library today and and replaced 1/2 the books with banned/challenged books with little banned book bookmarks.

cleoh I love this! 3w
megzlynn Great idea! Also, The Great Illustrated Classics make me so nostalgic. 3w
Tamra Great idea! 3w
Cortg @megzlynn I know ❤️ I loved them as a kid and they always go quickly! 3w
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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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My first Meg Wolitzer book and I REALLY enjoyed it! Excellent story and I really like her writing style, especially the time line and when/how she executed the the big, awe type events. I heard her speak last year and I‘m so glad I did!

Ruthiella I like her style too. I‘ve only read two books so far however! 4w
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Bookish movie tonight 😀 On a side note, my high schooler just came home from her new book club! TheY chose Ender‘s Game and are reading it like a “buddy read.” They‘ll meet up in 2 weeks to discuss chapters 1-6, talk about books they‘re reading and just hang out. I love this!

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This started out a little slow but once it got moving, I found it interesting to hear about Obama‘s life and experiences before his presidency. I find this man so intriguing and inspiring.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Ugh! Our library system has a glitch on it‘s website and isn‘t showing this book online for patrons, but it shows up on the librarians catalog system. I put this on hold Tuesday afternoon at the branch figuring I could read it in November or December. Nope. It was in my box last night! Now I have to decide if I should read it now or return it and put it on hold for later. Too many books, too little time!

Smrloomis Ok this might be a little self-serving but I think you should read it now and tell us what you think! 🤔😆 1mo
marleed Oh stop everything and read it now! 1mo
Cortg @Smrloomis @marleed I‘m hearing great reviews so as soon as I finish my current read I‘ll start it! 1mo
Smrloomis @Cortg yes!!! 1mo
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Multitasking before work. Reading, doggie snuggles and laundry!

Hooked_on_books 🐶💙 1mo
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We went on a camping adventure with some friends this weekend. I didn‘t get much reading in but thought I‘d give my Littens a chuckle for the day. This is what coastal flooding is!

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I thought this was really good! There are a lot of layers to it and it would make a great discussion. It was creepy, especially the more I thought about it. Two girls and their uncle, living in what was a beautiful, high society house after a public family murder. The towns people are awful to them for various reasons. Circumstances change drastically and their story becomes that much more eerie. More reason to stay away from sugar 😜

MCYmermaid ☕️❓ 1mo
Cortg I stopped putting sugar in my coffee a few years ago! @MCYmermaid (edited) 1mo
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DC traffic is no joke! I decided to meet a friend in her neck of the woods and hike the Manassas Battlefield and grab some lunch. 60 miles took me 1.5 hours there 2 hours and 15 minutes to get home! I made a HUGE dent in my audiobook! Now I‘m chillaxin in the backyard with the dog, sipping on my drinky drink hubs whipped up when I walked through the door ❤️

Tamra Sounds like an ideal reward. 😁 1mo
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Our library system has a mascot, Sneaks the cat! I‘m one of two people at my branch willing to dress up. I got to hang with the Chic-Fil-A cow and cheese it up at an elementary school block party today!

LauraBeth Now wishing my library had a cute mascot... 2mo
Cortg @LauraBeth Tons of kids recognize Sneaks when he‘s out and about! It‘s really fun 😜 2mo
JulietBooks 😆 1mo
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Serial Killers | Charlotte Greig

I've visited a studio where volunteers record audio-books for the blind in Baltimore but thought this was interesting.
https://www.shared.com/serial-killer-audio-books/

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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For whatever reason, every, single, time I turn this audio on, my mind wanders to a place of it‘s own. I‘m bailing on the audio but still plan to pick the actual book up and read it with my 👀.

LauraBeth I have to really concentrate while I‘m listening to audiobooks and often times - they make me really sleepy 😴 2mo
Cortg @LauraBeth I usually have no problem with audiobooks but 20% in and I had no idea who the characters are or what was happening. It was bizarre! 2mo
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Took my buddy on a much needed evening walk. We met some deer and this neighborhood fox.

Eyelit Aw! 2mo
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Lunch break reading and Angus wants attention!

ladym30 Angus is a cutie!❤️ 2mo
Cortg @ladym30 Thanks! He‘s my little buddy. 2mo
JulietBooks Give Angus some attention. 😍 2mo
Cortg @JulietBooks He got some! He also got a nice long walk after dinner! 2mo
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This book sat at my kitchen table over the summer. I read it while eating breakfast and lunch most days. This is my W30 compliant breakfast hoping to offset the piece of Bailey‘s Irish Cream Cheesecake I had for dessert last night. I try! It‘s all about Food Freedom 😉

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I finished this 18 hour monstrosity...the 3rd book in the Dark Towers series. I switched over to audio and I‘ve decided to continue the series in this format. I feel invested to finish at this point and I‘m looking forward to the 4th book though I feel like not a ton happens for the size and quantity of the books.

Ashley_Nicoletto I enjoyed book 4 much more than this one. 2mo
Cortg @Ashley_Nicoletto Thanks for the positive note! I may start the 4th one in a month or so! 2mo
sprainedbrain This series is so good on audio. Great narrators. 2mo
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Cortg @sprainedbrain I‘m glad I made the switch! I loved the narrator for #3. I‘ll have to investigate how many narrators they have for the books. I need a longer space between books series books when the narrators change a lot but I‘m invested so I‘m sticking with it! 2mo
sprainedbrain @Cortg I read the first book, then listened to the rest. Books 1-4 were narrated by Frank Mueller (who I loved) but he had a motorcycle accident and eventually passed away so he couldn‘t finish. I listened to George Guidall for the rest and thought he was great too. 😃 2mo
Cortg @sprainedbrain Thanks for the info! It‘s sad to hear about Mueller‘s death. I love his narration voice. 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Congrats @Megabooks What a fantastic milestone! My favorite book this summer has been Daisy Jones and the Six! #25etsy

Megabooks Awesome!! Thanks for entering! 2mo
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The Secret About Time | Kathryn Murphy
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I purchased 2 books for my Kindle first thing this morning. Both books are author friend/co-workers. Went to breakfast and there was a hard copy of one of the books I just purchased! It must be a sign to read it soon! The place at the end of my street has a LFL bookcase. I stocked it upon arrival and saw a kid devour the 1st book and start a 2nd graphic novel series our previous neighbor had written. Kudos to ALL the authors in this world!

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The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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All of this!

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Started this series 6 years ago. Book 9 should be coming out soon, and I‘m super excited to get started on book 8! I‘m taking my time because I don‘t want this series to ever end! I think I read somewhere that a book 10 is in the works?!

cariashley I‘ve been doing the same with these and reading one every year! I have book six next 😁 2mo
Cortg @cariashley I‘m glad I‘m not the only one reading this series slow and steady. There were a couple years I read two but thought, woah, no need to rush! 2mo
cariashley @Cortg I just realized I‘m even slower.. I started in 2010 on my honeymoon! I did re-read the first one right before the show came out though! 2mo
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Soooo, I‘ve had this on my TBR for a while now. The story itself is mah, not great, not terrible. I wanted to read it because it was written in 1893 about a boy named Baron Trump who lived in a castle and goes on an adventure to the underworld in...Russia. Very strange. I‘ve always wandered if time travel is a thing or has been / will be figured out. I mean, Ben Franklin sure did invent an awful lot of things in his lifetime 🤷🏼‍♀️

ChasingOm 😳😳😳 2mo
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Sneaking in a little reading time in between chores and errands. I would LOVE to finish this book soon so I‘m hoping to be productive today so I can sit around and read tomorrow!

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3 days in NYC+2 shows+2 college tours = a great girls trip! Reality has been a bit difficult today back at work.

megnews It‘s so hard to come back from NYC! 2mo
swishandflick Come From Away is such a great show! 2mo
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Letting the teen sleep in after tromping around the city for 2 days. #nycrooftops

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Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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I am a ridiculously slow reader and managed to finish the 2nd half this morning before book club. The characters and relationships had a lot of layers to them and their faults were just a strong as their qualities. Santopolo has written children and young adult books, this is her first adult and I really enjoyed it!

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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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Perfect beach day and about half way done with this book!

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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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Getting my morning reading in! Last day in Savannah and we‘re beach bound. I have high hopes of getting some reading in since the adults are all pretty exhausted today 🏖

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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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In Savannah, GA with 20 Girls Scouts and moms/g‘ma‘s. NOT much time for reading but I‘m catching some quiet time this morning while everyone sleeps. Book club is Friday and finishing this on time does not look promising BUT the trip so far has been GREAT!

MayJasper Glad to hear it. Enjoy! 3mo
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Our library reading challenge this month is to read a science book. September‘s book club book is The Girl Who Drew Butterflies. The county has this book listed in their 8th grade summer reading list and it‘s also a choice for the upcoming Books for the Beast in Baltimore. So...I picked it up, and found it so intriguing, I took photos of a moth in my yard and compared pictures of said moth with a neighbor who also took pictures! I learned so much!

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Got the house clean yesterday and finished this before work today! After reading Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, I needed some more Lady Chablis. She “Pours the tea” and tells all about her eclectic life as a show girl and transie. She had quite the life! I loved that she added her vocab to the end, some southern recipes and a “phone book” of who‘s who.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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Finished with 3 hrs left on my library loan! I‘ve had this on my radar because of the Cuban setting. This book was way more than I expected! One story is in the present when Marisol, a journalist, goes to Cuba for her 1st time to spread her grandmother‘s ashes and to learn more about her. The other story goes back to her grandmother‘s love story and how she came to America. There is a lot of information about the history/politics of Cuba.

AJBowers Love this one!! I just read the prequel to this too and it was equally amazing 3mo
Cortg @AJBowers Thanks! I did not realize there was a prequel! I‘ll have to put it on my TBR list! 3mo
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I‘ve heard so many mixed reviews, I was hesitant to pick this one up, but I‘m glad I did. I WAS able to piece together Anna‘s story pretty quickly but still enjoyed listening as it unfolded. I wasn‘t thrilled with the way it ended but I still give it a 👍🏼

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This library book is an oldie!

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Pashmina | Nidhi Chanani
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Local beer and Pashmina! I‘ve been meaning to read this for so long. Great GN about an India(n)-American girl seeking info about her heritage and where she comes from.

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Pashmina | Nidhi Chanani
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Reading Pashmina this evening. The first page totally sums up my life!

Ruthiella My mother still uses the invisible brake pedal when she is a passenger an I drive! 3mo
Cortg @Ruthiella I picked that habit up! I don‘t even like driving when my husband drives anymore. They all stress me out! 3mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This one has stirred up a lot of hype and I can see why! I love the 70‘s era and the music of that time. A super unique way to tell the story; documentary style as if everyone was interviewed and the book was pieced together from what was said. I also loved that those “interviewed” on a topic often saw things differently from another person interviewed about the same topic. Such a FUN read! And the song lyrics at the end was the cream on top!

NicoleCeBallos This is one of my favorite of the year. 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I sooooo needed this tonight!

BarbaraBB Enjoy! 💕 3mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Internet was down at work most of the day and I came across this and thought I‘d share. The tagged book is my current “hard copy” book. I‘m also listening to the e-audio book, The Woman in the Window 😀