😆😆 And on that note, I‘m calling it a day with just under 4 hours for #24b4monday. I won‘t get much reading done tomorrow because I‘m going to see Avengers: Endgame, but since Monday is a holiday, maybe I‘ll make #24b4Tuesday. 🤔
Another delightful Narwhal and Jelly book. Won‘t be my favorite, but still cute and fun. Narwhal discovers the joys of peanut butter!
AKA the one where Narwhal discovers his true super power (Spoiler alert: its AWESOME!).
I adore these books! My only quibble is the Edna Mode voice in my head shouting “No Capes!” 😂
Barnes & Noble has a 20% off your entire purchase for the Memorial Day Weekend, so I had to stop on my way home from work. Super excited for all of these! 🎶happy birthday to me🎶 😆🎁📚
I love my #indiebookstore #parkroadbooks. Sherri ordered all of the Ben Clanton books for me and found this accessible book on Emmett Till. Best of all, everyone shared my enthusiasm for Narwhal and Jelly and #nojudgement for the fact I bought them for myself. I don‘t have kids or even have nearby friends with kids. These puppets and books are all mine! 🤣🤣
#unpopularopinion #triggerwarning #animalviolence
I started this today. While the writing was captivating and the story is terrifyingly real for dystopian science fiction, something happens on page 44 which I‘ll put in a spoiler comment, and I‘m out. It‘s my line in the sand. The rest of the story was already making me uncomfortable and this was the last straw.
Totally NBR - how cute are these pictures of #Bailey that her day care sent to me? I love that she‘s having a good time and using her brain instead of going nuts at home while we have contractors in doing a bathroom renovation. #dogsoflitsy #pibble #pitbullsoflitsy #americanstaffordshireterrier #amstaff #smartdog #bestestgirl
I‘m so sorry #LMPBC GroupR, but I just can‘t with this book. I can‘t handle the abuse and the sadness and I‘m only 45 pages in. Forgive me for bailing, but I just can‘t cope with the negative emotions right now. @LauraBeth I will try to get this is in the mail this weekend.
I came home from vacation to some wonderful #litsylove #birthday mail, including a copy of the tagged book from @Kaila-ann and a mini letter set from @nelehelen 😍 Thank you for the early #birthdaylove, everyone! I will do my best to get replies out the door in the next two weeks. I know I still owe a bunch of replies. 😔
Just a reminder that June‘s #losersclub read is #Christine! Buy, borrow, or beg your copy and check back in next month when we begin reading this one (discussion on July 18th). I‘m hoping to find time to squeeze this one in!
#StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #PlymouthFury #Fury
The next book in our epic buddy read is #PetSematary and reading starts today! Grab your copy and check back June 18th for open discussion! I will be sitting this one out, but look forward to your comments. 😊 #ghosthost
#petsematary #LosersClub #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion
Welcome to the #LosersClub open discussion for #DifferentSeasons!
Please be mindful of spoilers. We have new readers to King who haven‘t read all of his books. When referencing his other work, please keep this in mind for our new-to-King friends. Don‘t forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!
Oops! I‘m a day late again. #vacationbrain Sorry. Discussion starts NOW!
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I went to pick up my preorder of the tagged book from Park Road Books yesterday, and because I didn‘t buy enough books on vacation (*cough, cough*), I grabbed a couple more. I got the best compliment from a bookseller there yesterday. She was reading an ARC of a sequel and went to check my account to see if I‘d preordered it saying “you read a great variety of books and I know if Rachel preorders something, I have to get it.” 🥰
I‘ll make this my last post for today since I‘ve already overwhelmed your feeds with vacation photos. This is the combined book haul from Gettysburg and Washington D.C., with the exception of the three books I bought at the Freer and Sackler Galleries and had shipped home. I‘ll share those three on Monday, when they arrive. #vacationshopping #bookhaul #allthebooks
Our last stop in D.C. was the Renwick Gallery, right by our hotel. David Best‘s Temple was stunning, and if you have a chance to visit before Jan 5, 2020, you really should. I wish they had had a book. 😢 I didn‘t take pictures because it just felt wrong, but it was breathtaking. Of course, I couldn‘t leave the gift shop empty handed...#vacationshopping #bookhaul #daysix #shopthree
Thursday, @dsfisher and I started at the Freer/Sackler Galleries. As I mentioned earlier, we learned our lesson and had all our book purchases, except the tagged one shipped home. They should arrive Monday. 😊 After Freer/Sackler, we walked around the Sculpture Gardens (no books) and then went to the National Portrait Gallery, which has a phenomenal Votes for Women exhibit! #vacationshopping #bookhaul #daysix #shopone #shoptwo
After 4 hours in the African American museum, we walked to the NMNH to see the Sea Monsters exhibit and the rest of the Ocean Hall. I ❤️this museum, now have a new favorite dinosaur (mosasaur), which is technically a giant sea lizard, and learned my lesson about buying books in gift shops. I nearly died walking back to the hotel. #vacationshopping #bookhaul #dayfive #shoptwo #shouldhaveshippedthebookshome #heavy #lessonlearned
Wednesday was our first full day in D.C. and we started with a walk from the Hay Adams Hotel, past the White House, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is an amazing museum - 7 floors of very moving exhibits. These are the books we got in the gift shop. #vacationshopping #bookhaul #dayfive #shopone I wanted a book on Emmitt Till, but neither of the two in the shop appealed to me, so I will have to go hunting locally.
Tuesday was traveling day from Gettysburg to D.C. One of our last stops was the Jenny Wade House, where we made our last book purchase in Gettysburg. Ironically, despite being called the Jenny Wade House, Jenny didn‘t actually live here. She was helping to take care of her sister when she was killed by a Confederate bullet. #vacationshopping #bookhaul #jennywade #dayfour #shopone
Mom and I were searching for a place that was still open after dinner on Monday and stumbled into a shop called The Little Drummer Boy that specializes in Civil War antiques. I bought the tagged book for Mom as an early birthday present, inscribed by the author sometime between 1889 and 1917. The other book is new, written by a friend of the shop owner. #vacationshopping #daythree #shoptwo
#vacationshopping #daythree #shopone I just realized I didn‘t buy books on our first full day in Gettysburg. That was the day my aunt bought my second hand Folio Society collection! I‘ll let @dsfisher post her books from that shop. These are the ones we bought at the Gettysburg Visitor Center on Monday. The Cyclorama was Ah-May-Zing!!!! Oh, and we met the author of The Little Bugler and had his book signed. 😊
7 days of vacation split between Gettysburg and Washington D. C. means five days of bookstores! I will try to spread out my posts for you. 😉 I grabbed these at For the Historian in downtown #Gettysburg. #daytwo #shopone
I came back from vacation today to this lovely piece of #bookmail sitting on my porch, because I‘m a dumba$$ who thought I preordered the Kindle version from Amazon and a hard copy from my local #indie #ParkRoadBooks. No. I will have two copies once I picked up the other from #PRB. 🤦🏻♀️ Giveaway time, methinks.
I got this book and a new friend at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It is a super cute, fun read about a happy Narwhal and his adventures with his friend Jellyfish. I‘m sure I would have loved this when I was little. There‘s even a Narwhal song. ❤️
SQUEE! Look at the gorgeous early birthday present I received from my aunt! It‘s a secondhand four volume collection from the Folio Society that I fell in love with at a small, hidden gem of a bookstore in Cashtown, PA called Rock Top Books and Bindery. 😍😍
A forgettable thriller with an unsympathetic lead. I bought the audiobook to help catch up on my NetGalley backlist and wish I‘d saved my money. I never came to care about Elle or what happened to her and the audio narrator‘s performance was over the top ridiculous. The solution here is silly, too. There are better thrillers out there that you‘ll actually remember. Skip this one.
I have been chomping at the bit for this #bookmail ever since I saw that Berlin was planned, and I couldn‘t pass up Houston, either, since I lived just outside of Houston for a couple of years when I was much younger. 🤩 #akashicnoir #noir #bookbirthday
I bailed on The Mermaids Singing years ago, but I still clicked the read now button on NetGalley for this one. I‘m so glad I did. I love DCI Karen Pirie and her colleague, Jason. I was impressed that even though I haven‘t read the first books of the series, I never felt lost and there was never a big info dump either. There are multiple mysteries and the solutions are believable and well paced. I‘ll definitely read more of this series. 4 1/2 ⭐️
Sometimes it is a really bad idea to look at other early reviews before you start reading an ARC because now I really don‘t want to read this, but it publishes on Tuesday, so I must slog through it. *sigh* #Bailey is settled in for the long haul.
#librarything #earlyreviewers #arc #notwhatIexpected #bookandbailey #sundaysnuggles #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy
This is a reluctant pick. It is the slowest of slow burns, and while it shares some key elements with P&P like issues of class and privilege, misunderstandings, and an evil Wickham character, it‘s painfully slow in the beginning. It takes 400 pages to get to the details of the terrible thing Trisha supposedly did 15 years earlier. But, the last 100 pages make up for the s l o w start, and it left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling, so it gets a pick.
#BOTM arrived quickly. I love the book pocket on the new tote, too. It‘s like they knew I was “this close” to canceling and rolled out the #bff program just in time for my birthday month book! Curse you, BOTM. *shakes fist* 😆
If you‘ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love Ausma Zehanat Khan. She‘s an amazing person and a gifted author, so even though I am not Muslim and I don‘t have children, I bought this book because she authored it. It‘s a great primer on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, featuring history, varied traditions, and heartwarming quotes from children about what Ramadan and Eid mean to them. Highly recommended to all.
#AprilStats Thank God for audiobooks. Five of my completed reads were audio. It‘s been another rough month - struggled to focus on reading anything, but the tagged last minute NetGalley offering was my favorite read. The top row of books in the image were also great fun.
Got out of work early, but I can‘t go home because they are doing work on trees at the house and they‘ve blocked the street. So, I‘m spending the afternoon reading this new release and having a yummy treat. 🥳
A woman on vacation with her husband in Paris decides she can no longer bear her life, and in an attempt to control her fate, jumps in the river to kill herself. She is rescued. This is the story of what she does with her second chance at life. While there were a few poignant moments, mostly I was bored, and I found myself wishing that she'd succeeded in her suicide attempt so I would have been spared the rest of the book. #LMPBC #GroupR
A delightful historical mystery set at the end of WWII. The MCs were smart, strong, and sassy. The secondary cast was entertaining. I laughed and cried, cheered and held my breath. Not quite a cozy, but not a hard-boiled detective novel either. Definitely special and I‘m glad I dropped my other reads for this one. Exactly what I needed. Full review on my blog: https://tailsfromthedogside.blog/2019/04/27/the-right-sort-of-man/