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DivaDiane

DivaDiane

Joined January 2017

I'm addicted to books - SF and Fantasy are my gateway drugs. I have a passion for SF&F Poetry as well. In real life I sing. I podcast. Ravenclaw
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock, J. E. Lovelock
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An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
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It took me FOREVER to read this! It was off and on for over 2 years and then a couple of months on audio (it‘s a long listen!). But in the end I really enjoyed it. I‘m glad I read it.

GrilledCheeseSamurai You did it! 👏 6mo
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai I did! I actually finished it a couple of months ago, but I haven‘t been doing Litsy. 6mo
BarbaraBB Missing you and your posts! Hope all is well! 3mo
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DivaDiane @BarbaraBB that‘s very sweet of you! Yes, I‘ve had to take a step back from Litsy. It was take up too much of my life and I wasn‘t really getting good discussions out of it. I admit to going back to Goodreads for that. 3mo
BarbaraBB Ah, That‘s too bad. Can I follow you on Goodreads? 3mo
DivaDiane Of course! I‘d like that! I‘m Diane Severson Mori there. www.goodreads.com/DivaDiane 3mo
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I didn‘t take a picture of us reading it or the book I got from the library.

I read this as a child and loved it. I had 2 rather random and specific recollections about the book but otherwise remembered very little. I remembered that Mrs Frisby had to move her children and her home elsewhere to the “Lea” of the stone. I also remember the Shrew (a hysterical neighbor).

I read it out loud to my son and we loved it.

Leniverse This reminds me that I really need to get this book! I've never read it but I love the animated movie. I loved it as a child, and it's still a favourite. 6mo
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I thought that the Litsy community might be interested in this Kickstarter campaign. The tagged book is another previous project by the same publisher/product designer. Obvious State makes all sorts of literary art projects.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obviousstate/she-a-visual-ode-to-visionary-...

readordierachel Cool! 6mo
readinginthedark I contributed to this campaign, too! Love Obvious State! 6mo
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It‘s the end of the year and the end of the Mount TBR Challenge! Comment here below or post and tag me using the hashtag #MountTBRchallenge ! I‘m sure everyone has done well!

Amandajoy 10. I might get to 11. I wasn‘t my best reading year. 8mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Diane! 8mo
AnansiGirl Happy New Year to you! I read 19 out of 78. If I continue on with #mounttbrchallenge in 2019 should I keep on tagging you? 8mo
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SleepyDragon 26/18 I did pretty well. 8mo
DivaDiane @AnansiGirl Sure! I‘m not going to do anything official this year. I‘ve had to take a step back from Litsy, but I‘m still happy to get notifications and cheer you on! 8mo
DivaDiane @NeesyBeth You sure did! 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I helped Andrea create this wonderful Chapbook by funding it thru Kickstarter. I followed along, Andrea posting the poems as she discovered/uncovered them. It was an exciting thing to witness. I love how these poems look on the page & you do feel like they were there just waiting to be found. In recipes!! Love it! The poems are brief, but surprising &full of feeling. Revealing themselves &our inner lives as we navigate the erasures. #poetrymatters

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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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First, let me thank everyone who entered my #2x2giveaway with a recommendation of a book with a major musical element. My TBR stack has grown so much!

Second, let me apologize for setting the wrong date as the deadline for the giveaway. If you‘ve been waiting anxiously for me to announce, I‘m sorry! Life got in the way!

And finally, congrats to @Lindy , who the RNG has chosen as the winner!! Send your email addy to divadianepoetry at gmail !

AmyG Yay @Lindy 🎉 11mo
AsYouWish Yay!!! Congrats @Lindy 📚🎉📖🎊 11mo
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LeahBergen Yay, @Lindy !👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Lindy @DivaDiane I can‘t believe it! Thank you so much! I will send you an email with my contact info. 🎶💐💐💐🎶 11mo
Lindy @AmyG @AsYouWish @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen Wow. I put down my phone for a few hours to entertain Thanksgiving supper guests and look what an exciting thing happened! I‘m so pleased. 😁 11mo
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Last day to enter my #2x2giveaway!
I want to thank you all for that milestone!

Here‘s what you do:

-Post (tagging me and the hashtag) or comment below about your favorite book with an important musical element. Can be the subject, the character(s), Fiction or non. Especially singers and vocal music for this!
- open internationally
- prize: 2 books from your stacked list and maybe some goodies from Book Depository.
- closes Oct 3.
#2x2giveaway

erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations on your milestone! This is the book with vocal music that first comes to mind (opera singing) 😊 11mo
sherryvdh The audiobook I'm listening to right now has an interesting musical element to it! 11mo
DivaDiane @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the reminder that this is a book I really should read! Good luck! 11mo
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DivaDiane @sherryvdh That does sound interesting! Thanks for entering! 11mo
sudi Congratulations on the milestone, i don't know many musically related books, but this one came to mind, as i plan on reading it myself 11mo
Jas16 Congratulations! I always love the way Nick Hornby writes about music so the first book that came to mind is 11mo
DivaDiane @sudi I know the movie, but didn‘t realize there‘s a book! Thanks! Good luck! 11mo
DivaDiane @Jas16 I didn‘t realize Nick Hornsby wrote so much about music!! Thanks! And thank you for entering! 11mo
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I apologize for it being soooo long since I posted about #MountTBR and our challenge! I‘ve been very busy with life, but it was more because I was afraid to post and miss a certain number of Litfluence for a giveaway! 🤪Silly I know but there you have it! You are all invited to try for my #2x2giveaway till Oct 3.

How‘re you doing with our #MountTBR challenge? Gaining on your declared goal? How many in Sept. were from your TBR? Post anew or here.

ju.ca.no 5 MTBR in September, which means I‘ve surpassed by initial goal and am now aiming for Mount Kilimanjaro (60books)💪🏼💪🏼 11mo
Mdargusch I‘ve only read 28 from my Mt. TBR so far this year and I only read 1 in September! Ugh! I need to step up my game! 11mo
julesG Managed 11 books off #MountTBR in September and have surpassed El Toro - 80 books. Am now heading straight towards 100 books read. 11mo
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mrp27 Can't believe I did it but buddy reads and reading challenges helped me achieve my goal, I'm 12/12! 11mo
DivaDiane I‘ve only managed 39 books from my Mount TBR of 48 books total this year. I barely managed one whole book in September, although I‘m working on 3 big books. 11mo
DivaDiane @ju.ca.no well done!! Onward! 11mo
DivaDiane @Mdargusch That‘s not bad! Better than none, I say. I‘m with you though. September was a hard month for me with reading. 11mo
DivaDiane @julesG That‘s amazing! Great job! 👍🏻 11mo
DivaDiane @mrp27 woot!! 11mo
Birdsong28 I have 3.5 books left as I have had some ARC'S from #Readersfirst that have taken priority and have left half of the current book I am reading on my #mounttbrchallenge. 📚📖 11mo
SleepyDragon I met my goal of 18/18, and now I'm padding it with reading additional books from my TBR without feeling guilty when I read something that isn't. 😊👍💙 11mo
DivaDiane @Birdsong28 Not bad! You‘ll manage that! 11mo
DivaDiane @NeesyBeth Perfect! 11mo
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This lovely little chapbook of poetry by a friend of mine just won the 2018 Elgin Award in the chapbook category given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. I‘m so pleased.

Check it out: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781938900242/a-catalogue-of-the-further-suns....

#poetrymatters

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Reposting this:

With this milestone I want to thank you all!

Here‘s what you do:

-Post (tagging me and the hashtag) or comment below about your favorite book with an important musical element. Can be the subject, the character(s), Fiction or non. Especially singers and vocal music for this!
- open internationally
- prize: 2 books from your stacked list and maybe some goodies from Book Depository.
- closes Oct 3.
#2x2giveaway

Cathythoughts Congratulations 🎉🎉I will enter this great celebration & thankyou 11mo
DivaDiane Thanks @Reggie for that reminder! I have this stacked already, but it just moved up a bit! Thanks for entering! (edited) 11mo
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Lindy Congratulations! My favourite book with a musical element is 11mo
ju.ca.no Ooh great catch! Congratulations😊🎉🎉 I‘m not sure if it counts as musical element- but the Comic Skin&earth by Lights is closely linked to her new record- the lyrics are part of the comic, the music videos show scenes to it etc- each chapter has one song (plus QR code so you can listen to it while reading) 11mo
DivaDiane @ju.ca.no Oh that sounds really interesting! 11mo
DivaDiane @Lindy Thank you for the recommendation! And thank you for entering. 11mo
ju.ca.no @DivaDiane it is something I‘ve never come across before, a very unique interaction of music and comic 😍 11mo
Meghagrawal Congratulations! That's a cool number. I would recommend 11mo
DivaDiane @StoriesandCode I‘ve always meant to read that book! Thanks for the rec and also for entering! 11mo
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Help Wanted: Wednesdays Only | Peggy Dymond Leavey
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1. I just love Anne. I missed out reading these books when I was a kid and I think I would‘ve learned a lot from her and been much freer.
2. Fave: Green, Least Fave: none. Except I can‘t wear Orange!
3. Berries with granola and yoghurt. And CoFFeE!!

4. I‘m creative, but not artsy/crafty (no patience really). I‘m a professional singer and I write poetry.
5. My blood sugar monitor (I have Type 1 diabetes), sugar tablets, my phone.
#humpdaypost

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I have been afraid to post, for fear of missing this Litfluence number! 22,222 was my goal for doing another #giveaway. 😁

So here‘s the deal, repost tagging me and using hashtag #2x2giveaway with your recommendation for a book (fiction or non-fiction - your choice) with a prominent musical element. A musician character (with preference for singers!), a book about music, or by or about a musician (again think singers).

Closes on 3 October!

DivaDiane Or just post your recommendation below. I will let the random number generator choose the winner. Win 2 books and some bookish goodies from Book Depository. Open internationally! (edited) 11mo
Mitch Congratulations! Love those numbers! 11mo
julesG Congratulations! Great catch! 11mo
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TrishB Congrats ! Will have a think 🤔 11mo
Reggie Congrats!!! 11mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 11mo
Lisaw13 I'm not entering but want to recommend 11mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa No recommendations come to mind, but Congratulations!! 11mo
DivaDiane @Lisaw13 That sounds really interesting!! Thanks for the recommendation. Why not enter? 11mo
Lisaw13 Honestly I was just too lazy to repost but wanted to give you my recommendation 😜 11mo
DivaDiane @Lisaw13 Haha! That‘s fine, I‘ll enter you anyway! 😘 11mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Anywhere, anytime, anything, interrupted, infrequent!

Those are my 5 words for @Mitch ‘s #50kreadinglifegiveaway (Thank you!). They may seem contradictory & they are. I always have something with me to read & will do it anywhere and anytime. Sometimes that means I‘ll read anything (cereal boxes, anyone?), but if a book holds my interest, it doesn‘t matter what it‘s about! I do NOT have enough time to read & constantly get interrupted.

DivaDiane Or how about: SF, Fantasy, Poetry, Memoirs and Music? 12mo
Mitch Love all of those! X 12mo
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Seraphina | Rachel Hartman
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I am so thrilled with this package, @Itchyfeetreader !! Thank you so much! From the great historical postcards from Penguin, to the Raspberry Fool chocolate, with gorgeous metal bookmarks, perfect book plates (I was running out!), 3! books that sound so interesting (especially the tagged one!! How perfect: a musician and dragons!!) and a printed recipe BOOK. A book guys! I‘m overwhelmed. I can‘t even. 😊

Itchyfeetreader Yay glad you liked! When I read the blurb on that book I it felt like to was written for you!! Enjoy ! 13mo
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So this just arrived by Special Delivery from @Itchyfeetreader my 2nd/2 for the #feedareader swap! Can‘t wait to open it!!

Stay tuned!

Itchyfeetreader That‘s amazing I only put it in the post at 4 o clock yesterday afternoon! I hope you like! 13mo
DivaDiane It says it‘s guaranteed delivery before 1pm. Good thing it wasn‘t guaranteed for yesterday - the postman couldn‘t get through to deliver! (BT was doing works and blocking the whole lane...) 13mo
jenniferw88 Hi @DivaDiane I'm getting Jo's parcel for #feedareader ready but I am aware that there is rather more there than in your parcel (because I had longer to look!). I am now feeling guilty about yours - I don't mind sending a few extra things to you to make up? 11mo
DivaDiane Oh @jenniferw88 Don‘t worry at all! I was delighted with my package. I still have yours to get together too! Haven‘t forgot! 11mo
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The 2018 Rhysling Anthology | Linda D. Addison
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July - I mean, JUNE Reading stats. It was a stellar month for reading. 8 Books is something of a record for me. And they weren‘t all poetry chapbooks either!! Not chunksters, but not super short either!

MicheleinPhilly What‘s it like in the future? Can you give me the winning Powerball numbers? 😉 14mo
Lindy @MicheleinPhilly I was wondering the same thing... it‘s tomorrow already in NZ & Australia... and August somewhere? 14mo
MCYmermaid I do that constantly— whose idea was it to have June & July be consecutive months, anyway? 😆 14mo
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Lindy @DivaDiane I‘m glad I‘m not the only person who makes mistakes like this. I hope you realized the teasing was meant lovingly. 😊 14mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh most definitely @Lindy. You‘re talking to the girl who was once on her cell phone with her sister and then said, “I have to walk the dog. Where the hell is my phone?” 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 14mo
Reviewsbylola Great month!! 14mo
Crewgurl All TBRs is impressive!!! 14mo
DivaDiane @Lindy Oh, definitely! No worries! It was definitely a 🤦‍♀️ moment. 14mo
Clare-Dragonfly Blame Julius Caesar 😜 14mo
MCYmermaid ^^ Will do!! 14mo
kspenmoll Congrats!!! 14mo
jfalkens Happy birthday!! 14mo
DivaDiane @jfalkens Thank you!! I had forgotten that I told “Litsy” when my birthday was! What a lovely surprise! 14mo
jfalkens @DivaDiane no problem! Hope your having a wonderful birthday!! 14mo
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It‘s been a while since I posted a check in, but we‘ve just closed out 6 months of the #MountTBRchallenge, June just ended AND it‘s Monday, so I thought it was due!

How‘s the hewing of #MountTBR going?!?

I‘ve read 35/70 for my Goodreads challenge, 30 of which were TBRs in the loosest sense (at least a month “old” or having a deadline (bookclub or library due date). Only 16 in the strictest sense (pre-2018).

How about you? Comment or repost!

JuliaTheBookNerd I‘ve completed 63/200 on my #MountOlympus #MountTBR 😬 14mo
DivaDiane Ruh roh!! Not quite halfway! You can do it! Choose the slim volumes! 14mo
Ash.on.the.line I‘ve around 150/200 so it‘s going well! I have slowed down some. Hopefully I get back at it! 14mo
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Birdsong28 I've completed my Goodreads challenge (40 books) 🎉🎊. I'm on my 11/20 for my #mounttbrchallenge 📚📖 14mo
Pamwurtzler I‘m reading 34/too many to count for #MountTBRChallenge. I‘ve slowed down . . . 14mo
Mdargusch I‘ve read 23 so far out of a book case full. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 14mo
DivaDiane @Ash.on.the.line @Birdsong28 @Pamwurtzler @Mdargusch Well, done Gurls!! 14mo
Bookzombie I have read 12 out of 24 and I have a couple in progress. 14mo
DivaDiane @Bookzombie That‘s great! Right on target! 14mo
mrp27 8/12, way better than I thought I would be doing! 14mo
DivaDiane @mrp27 Woot! I bet you are discovering you had good taste when you bought the books languishing on your shelves! 14mo
SleepyDragon I've read 16/18 of my #MtTBRChallenge goal, and am close to finishing #17. I've done 13/24 prompts on the #readharder2018 challenge after discovering that I was accidentally completing it anyway. Since I'm nearly done with my main #TBR list, I started pulling from my #tbrsupplemental. Not too shabby for someone who has to read in 5-10 minute bursts throughout the day.😊 14mo
DivaDiane Way to go!! 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds Complete disaster!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Nothing I read this month was actually on my TBR 14mo
DivaDiane @GlassAsDiamonds Ah, well. It‘s a new month. Just pick yourself up and let the next one you start be a TBR! Good luck! 14mo
quirkyreader I just finished Number 84. 14mo
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Deception Peak | Dianne Lynn Gardner
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I really enjoyed this short YA novel, which had basically no romantic intrigue, about a 15 year old boy and his dad blundering into a cyber-fantasy world through their computer and getting separated. It turns dystopian at that point when Ian finds himself captured and enslaved by a people enslaved by a malevolent dragon. From then on he‘s on a quest to free himself and find his father so they can go home. There are a lot of loose ends, though.

DivaDiane The audio book was lovely too with some music interwoven with the story. The narrator was good too. 14mo
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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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I just had to finish this book in a rush. It grabbed me and I could barely put it down. So, instead of doing things like housework or actual work, I sat in the garden for lunch reading and continued until I was done.

What a great book.

I feel like this should be required reading for all teens to illustrate why we should err on the side of kindness and how our indifference, and behavior and especially deliberate cruelty can affect another.

MommyOfTwo Loved this book! 14mo
corycatelyn This book and the Netflix series are amazing! 14mo
ephemeralwaltz The series is also great! 14mo
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English Food | Jane Grigson
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Thank you @PagesOfKate so very much for all the goodies, the lunchbox book and the excellent food-themed books! Can‘t wait to dig in. Oh wait, I‘ve already sampled the goodies! #foodimentarywatson !!!

Thank you @wordslinger42 for organizing!!

wordslinger42 You're welcome!! Love that lunchbox 😍 1y
PagesOfKate Glad you like your gifts @DivaDiane . Following your email I thought I'd try and get a couple of books that dealt with regional English recipes - since my own knowledge was non-existent! I was a little worried the chocolate would melt on route to you, hope it wasn't too melty! 1y
DivaDiane Not at all! It is just fine! Yours? 1y
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PagesOfKate Perfect, no problems at my end. That being said, your parcel was excellently wrapped and I'd squashed a bit too much into a rather small box! @DivaDiane 1y
RadicalReader @DivaDiane seriously love your name seriously couldn‘t be more perfect of the iconic and wonderful Wonder Woman 1y
DivaDiane @RadicalReader Aww, thank you! I‘m a singer (classical) in real life. Unfortunately, the picture is not me (I wish I were that slim! But I do have the WW looks 😊), but rather a photo artist from Holland (Susanne Middelburg) who did a series of photos of “Everyday” WW. It‘s awesome - google it! 😘 1y
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All ready to take to the post office on Monday @PagesOfKate !! I‘m sure it‘ll be with you by Friday!

Thanks for a fun swap @wordslinger42 ! #foodimemtarywatson

Melissa_J That paper!! 😍😍 1y
SilversReviews That paper is AWESOME!! 1y
Slajaunie Love that paper! I thought it was a couch at first glance. Would love that couch! 1y
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JoScho @Slajaunie I thought it was a couch too! 1y
PagesOfKate That wrapping is perfect @DivaDiane Bring on opening day! 1y
wordslinger42 Thanks for joining in!! 😄 That wrapping paper is beautiful!! 1y
LeahBergen Gorgeous paper 😍 1y
DivaDiane @Slajaunie @JoScho I see it! That would be my dream couch!! 1y
DivaDiane @Melissa_J @SilversReviews @Slajaunie @JoScho @PagesOfKate @wordslinger42 @LeahBergen When I saw it at the Marlow Bookshop (which I just discovered the other day - see previous post!) I had to have for these swaps. I love it too. It says it‘s a picture of the stacks at the Bodleian Library. 1y
Slajaunie @DivaDiane ooh! That is even better! 1y
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I don‘t know why it took me so long, but I finally found a decent bookshop nearby! I went in an spent an hour just staring at the Fiction shelves. I love that they don‘t break it up into genres!

readordierachel Hooray for decent bookshops! I love when bookstores do that, mix all the genres. So much fun to peruse. 1y
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1. INCLUDING Harry Potter by a looong shot (risking excommunication here, I know), my favorite series is Robin Hobbs‘ Realms of the Elderlings
2. Alias
3. Nope
4. Côte de Boeff imported from France!

@jesshowbooks #Friyayintro
5. Not really, he preferred to read summaries of books rather than the book itself.

ReadingMeagan Love Alias!!! 1y
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•💙💚
•🌷🌼🌺🐝🐣(Spring)
•🚀 🦄 🦖🦕🐲☄️🌈🛰 (SF&F)
•Reading, and now gardening
•🥜 🍫 🍿 Nuts, chocolate, popcorn
•☕️ 🍷 🥤 Coffee (mostly I drink decaf), Wine, Hard Cider, Diet Coke, (diet) Ginger Ale.
•Book plates

@PagesOfKate Fill this out for me too, please? 😘
@Tiffy_Reads #gettingtoknowyou

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#friyayintro @jesshowbooks - Very late, but whatevs.
1. Green and Blue
2. That 70s show
3. Chemical Letters, by Octavia Cade - poetry around the Periodic Table. Very cool. Should be required reading for all Chemistry Students
4. Mayo, Ketchup, lettuce, tomato
5. Well, we had a BBQ, played golf, sang U2 at church, fellowship lunch, hand washed the car. Fun WE.

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I‘m reading this to my son. We started it last week actually and are almost 100 pages in. I thought I‘d read this 16 or so years ago, but I remember zippo. But really, nothing. We‘re enjoying it.

ReadZenRites I love the kids‘ attitude that they can do just about anything themselves if they are only allowed to look up the instructions first. 💕💕 1y
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I‘ve stalled again on Vol. 1 of Otherland, so I checked Audible once again, because I couldn‘t believe there really wasn‘t an audiobook version of it already and lo, and behold! It comes out on July 17, so I pre-ordered it, using one of the credits that‘ve been piling up. I‘m sure I will finally be able to put this to rest as an audio book. @GrilledCheeseSamurai

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've started actively reading this one again. Im around the 25% mark now. 👍 1y
DivaDiane @grilledcheesesamurai Slow down there, Flash! I won‘t be starting again till July 17, when I get the audio book! Goodreads tells me I‘m at 28%. (edited) 14mo
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai So, to start a bit of discussion: I‘m really liking the story of Renie looking for her brother. I‘m rather bored and perplexed by the other story that seems more like a surreal dreamscape (or probably video game hallucinations) than a coherent story. That said, the most recent but I Read was interesting. 14mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai @DivaDiane I rather like the story with Paul Jonas. I suppose the main focus though is indeed on Renie and !Xabu. Waddya think of Mr. SELLER 14mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Oops. Waddya think of Mr. Sellers, the creepy old dude that eats soap? Oh...oh...and that Dread guy! Friggen awesome! 🤘 14mo
DivaDiane Oh! Mr. Sellers! I‘d completely forgotten about him! Who‘s the Dread guy? @GrilledCheeseSamurai (edited) 14mo
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai I‘m afraid the release of the audio book has been delayed. By a whopping 6 weeks! I won‘t get it till 30 August!! Arrgh! Who‘s the Dread guy?!? 14mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Dread is the Murderer guy that listens to music jacked into his head? 14mo
DivaDiane @GrilledCheeseSamurai why is that not ringing a bell?!? 14mo
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Ice Cream
Both? Depends!
Drumsticks
Both
Salty!!!
Books? Either!

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1. I came home from Italy and found this enormous cucumber!
2. I have! It was so much fun to meet some Littens in London and do a walking tour of some bookshops. Thanks to @Mitch !
3. Pasta
4. A dark blue/green or Teal
5. I‘ve read 40 of them. And I have 14 others physically on my shelf waiting to be read!

AmyG 1. There is a joke there...somewhere. 🤣 1y
AceOnRoam Lol, I'm just hoping you have a veggie patch in the back yard. 1y
DivaDiane @AmyG haha!! 1y
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DivaDiane @AceOnRoam 😂Yes, it‘s been quietly growing for a month now (the only one, although we have several plants) and then when we came home it had gotten huge! 1y
AceOnRoam @DivaDiane cucumber and yogurt dip is nice if its already a bit too far gone for a salad. Enjoy 😊 1y
Lindy @AceOnRoam I‘m with you. Yogurt and cucumber is tops. 1y
AceOnRoam @Lindy lot's of crushed garlic too! 1y
Lindy @AceOnRoam of course. 😋 1y
DivaDiane @AceOnRoam @Lindy Thanks for the recs!! 1y
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I spent some time reorganizing my book shelves and now they are relatively tidy and beautiful!!

TrishB Lovely 💕 1y
britt_brooke So pretty! 1y
Nute Nice!!! 12mo
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The Tao of Pooh | Benjamin Hoff, Ernest Howard Shepard
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I really enjoyed this slim volume. It is pleasant and easy to read. I would‘ve finished it in about a day (& I‘m a slow reader), but I had to get off the plane!

I expect it helps to know a little bit about Taoism to start with, otherwise you might be slightly put off by how the author describes how “wrong” all the other approaches to life are. I found it quite humorous & it‘s delightful to discover just how Tao Pooh is. That‘s why we love him.

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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I don‘t know what made me wait so long to listen to this because I really enjoyed it.

It‘s quite emotional at times & it seems like an impossible situation. Now that the immediate threat has been resolved I have to listen to the next one immediately!

I listened to it & I don‘t care much for Carolyn McCormick‘s delivery, but it‘s not awful & much easier to take at x1.25 speed. She is good at giving characters their own voice, in a subtle way.

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Congratulations on reaching 10k @LiterRohde ! I‘ll agree that the Littens are especially wonderful!

I chose The Wave in the Mind, by Ursula K LeGuin at the risk of being redundant. It is no secret that I love UKL‘s work and I find it all incredibly inspiring and moving. I‘ve hoarded many of her books and delayed reading them so that I would continue to be inspired by her afresh after her death. Now that it‘s come to pass, I‘ll be reading them.

LiterRohde I have not read anything by her. I‘ll have to get on that *sound of TBR pile groaning under the stress*. Thanks for sharing! 1y
DivaDiane @LiterRohde She is far sand away my favorite author. She has written fiction (mostly SF and Fantasy but also literary fiction), poetry and non-fiction (mostly about writing). I love it all. 1y
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This feels like a failure month, but I‘m nearly finished with 2 other books (an audio book and the Famous Five I‘m reading to my son), so in actual fact it‘s not been too bad. PLUS, I managed to read some poetry. I have been sadly slacking on that front!

SleepyDragon If it's any consolation, your "failure month" is 2-4 books better than my best month so far ... ? 1y
DivaDiane @NeesyBeth Oh, don‘t feel bad! We all read at our own paces and have varying amounts of time to read. I‘m actually a very slow reader and 3 of those 6 books I did finish were very, very slim (a kids picture book and 2 poetry chapbooks)! I mostly feel like I failed my #MountTBR challenge by only reading 2 for that. All the rest were new. 😬 1y
SleepyDragon Oh, I don't feel bad. I was just trying to make you feel better. Lol One of my 4 was actually a short novella. Lol 1y
DivaDiane @NeesyBeth 😂two peas in a pod! 1y
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I think most people know I‘m a huge fan of Ursula K. LeGuin and I think I‘ve interested a couple people here in her work.

There‘s a kickstarter that just started to publish her last collection of poetry “So Far So Good.” The publisher is Copper Canyon Press and they are a non-profit poetry publisher.

Go here to support them: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/896286441/ursula-k-le-guin-a-poets-legacy

silentrequiem Thanks for sharing! 1y
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The Tao of Pooh | Benjamin Hoff, Ernest Howard Shepard
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I‘m loving this book. There‘s a lot of wisdom in Pooh.

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Keep Climbing, Girls | Beah E. Richards
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... and Boys!!

How are we all doing? I‘ve stalled completely, it seems, reading The Doctor and the Diva, which is not on my TBR. But I did make good progress on my audio book (Hunger Games #2 - Catching Fire 🔥) before leaving for Italy (for half term break). I brought a few books to read because I anticipate getting a lot of time to read while here. 😀

And you?

Captivatedbybooks Awww that fury butt 1y
eanderson I've won a few books and have received a few ARCs in the mail... I've knocked off a few from my #mounttbrchallenge though! 1y
Pamwurtzler I have 2 in progress after not reading a single one from that ‘pile‘ in weeks. 1y
mrp27 Still holding at 6/12. Hoping to knock another title out soon. 1y
AnneCecilie So far 12 of 26 books comes from my tbr. This month I've participated in two buddy reads here on Litsy that helped me read a book that has been on my shelves since 2002 and another from 2011. That I'm really happy about. In June I'm going to focus on the books I've bought so far this year. 1y
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To the Top!: Climbing the World's Highest Mountain | Sydelle A Kramer, S a Kramer, National Geographic Learning, Kramer Sydelle
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How‘s everyone doing on their quest? If you like comment to this post how many books you‘ve read from your #MountTBR and how many books total YTD.

Me, I‘m indulging in a book I just bought and that has never been on any of my TBR lists. 😱I‘ve read 25 of my goal of 70 total. 18/40 from TBR.

How about you?

cajunsyd I am on 14/40 but am hoping to get some extra reading done this summer! The total TBR list is probably as tall as Mt Everest!! 🙃😂 1y
Ash.on.the.line I‘m somewhere around 80ish of my 200 goal. My TBR pile has definitely gone down! 1y
DGRachel I‘ve read 70 of my 75 total goal, but only 29 count towards my Mount TBR goal of 50. 😭😭 1y
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Andrew65 I‘ve just finished my 87th book this year but only read 12 books from My TBR! Too many shiny books at the library, too many Series I am trying to catch up on that I don‘t own and too many group reads! But at same time loving my reading. At this rate will finish my Mount TBR in about 34 years IF I buy no more books. Aim to do better in the rest of the year. #blameitonlitsy 1y
Andrew65 @DGRachel As a proportion done much better than me! 1y
AnneCecilie 10 of 23 books that I've finished, comes from my tbr. Reading two books from my tbr now as well. I don't have a specific number as a goal, but overall I want to read more books than I buy. 1y
DGRachel @Andrew65 The most important thing in your comment is something I tend to lose sight of: “at the same time loving my reading”. THAT, my friend, is all the really matters at the end of the day! 😍😍 1y
AWahle I've read 16 out of 36. No more putting hold requests at the library until I get to 30! 1y
Smarkies I have significantly slowed down as the last 3 books I have read are book club books. I think I have bought fewer books than I have read though. 1y
Mdargusch I‘ve read 17 books from my TBR shelves so far. It feels so good to move some those books out! They‘ve been on my shelves for so long. 1y
LeahBergen I‘m at 21 Mount TBR reads now. 👍🏻 1y
SleepyDragon YTD I've read 14 books. 12 were TBR. I passed my first goal post of 10/18, and am halfway to my next goal post of 14/18. I bought a bunch of books from a library sale, but that's next year's problem. Lol 1y
Crewgurl I‘ve read 28 books and none were from my TBR shelves 😂 (edited) 1y
Bookzombie I have read 60 books this year and 9 are Mount TBR reads. 1y
Bookchipmunk 36 from my TBR! And 47 total. I'm really trying to make a dent this year and have not bought any new books (yet) 🤓 (edited) 1y
mrp27 This is the best I've ever done with mount tbr, 6/12. 1y
Marni I‘m only at 3/12, but I spent most of the year reading library books. Now I‘m working on my kindle backlog! 1y
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@SamHeartCoffee - you are so generous to send me 2 books! And a letter. As my pen pal, and seeing how expensive it is to mail a package like that from the States, I hope you don‘t think that it is required! I‘m humbled (and a little shamed) by your generosity! BUT, I am so excited about both books! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! It was fun to learn a little bit about you - I will write back soon!

mom2bugnbee Horton! 🐘 ❤️ 1y
SamHeartCoffee Wow that was fast!! You are so welcome! Just happened to have those titles calling out your name so thought I‘d send them along. Super glad you like them! 😁😺 1y
DivaDiane @mom2bugnbee @SamHeartCoffee Also, I ♥️Horton! 1y
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Look what came in the mail today!! My book from our first round of the #LPMBC back@from @jhod !! Jessica, your generosity is humbling! I ❤️ mint & this is delish (I‘m eating a piece right now!)! The stationery is just my style! Thank you!

I can‘t wait to thumb through the book & read all of your amazing comments and insights. I‘ll take a couple of pictures & post about it again. I‘m delighted that you all enjoyed it! @Balibee146 @samharnold

jhod Pleased you like it x 1y
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@cobwebmoth is doing a wonderful giveaway: to enter by anyone, anywhere should repost about it, &choose what you want to win - a gift card, a box of goodies or 2 books from Book Depository. So awesome!

Our giveaway girl lives in Ohio, & I live in the U.K. I‘m going to choose a gift card (for Amazon.co.uk if that‘s ok?) so I can get myself a box of goodies & she doesn‘t have to pay shipping! I need more books like I need a hole in my head! 😊

jhod Moubt tbr might get bigger!! 1y
cobwebmoth Thanks for entering!☺ 1y
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This is YA novel set in nearish future Australia after an apocalyptic viral infection has killed just about everyone. The MCs are a set of twins about 15 years old.

I loved the surreal dreamscape of the Changeland, where teenagers transform and where anything could happen.

Because the 2 main characters are a set of psychically linked twins, and they are on alternate quests to save one another, there‘s a bit of repetition. Good first novel!

2BR02B The cover is really eye-catching! 1y
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I couldn‘t resist starting this one right away. I got it on a recent unsupervised trip to the charity shop. It‘s new to me and sounded good. It‘s obviously not a from my #MountTBR, though. 😬

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Mistakenly went into the charity shop. I came out with all of these!! Got a nice hardcover of A Clockwork Orange (a favorite) a few that have been on my radar for a while (Americanah, A Child Called ‘It‘, Sabriel, Never Let Me Go) and a couple that caught my eye (the tagged book, A Monstor Calls)!! Way to blow the book buying ban for #MountTBR , Diane!

tammysue Wow great haul! 🙌🏻 1y
erzascarletbookgasm You hauled some good reads there. So 👏 1y
Reviewsbylola Nice haul! I need to get to Americanah. 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Great haul x 1y
ephemeralwaltz Great haul!! A Child Called It was an anticipated read for me as well but I didn't enjoy it one bit... I thought the execution was terrible. I hope you enjoy it more!! I need to get to Americanah as well @Reviewsbylola 1y
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Hounded | Kevin Hearne
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Thanks for this giveaway! If it‘s ok, should I win, I‘d like you to send it to my mom in Montana. I‘ll be visiting her in August! #IronDruidGiveaway @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing & good luck! 🍀 😀 1y
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1. With my son‘s school having an Inset Day (teacher training day), the weekend sort of started today! Yay! I got to sleep in (sort of), despite my husband forgetting that I didn‘t have to get up early. Grill party this evening, movie date tomorrow and LEGOland on Monday.
2. No clue what cake pops are, but glazed donuts are the best!
3. Nope 😱
4. Recording Nursery rhymes this morning!
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Debiw781 Legoland? Which one are you visiting? I live near the one in Winter Haven 1y
DivaDiane @Debiw781 We‘re in the U.K. and the nearest one is only about a 20 minute drive away in Windsor. 1y
Debiw781 @DivaDiane very cool! 1y
SamHeartCoffee Legoland!! Awesome I‘m so jealous! 1y
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Thursday | Mary Lindeen
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#trivialthursdays @GarthRanzz

1. Any of the original 3, although I have liked all of them from the past few years. I should add that we have a ton of them (my husband‘s collection) most in Italian but plenty in English.

2. Princess Leia, of course!

3. Sure, why not. I‘m not much of a comic book reader though.

And while we‘re at it (in anticipation of tomorrow): May the fourth be with you!!

SamHeartCoffee Yes, of course Princess Leia!! 1y
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#7favesin7days

Day 2 - kept forgetting to do this!

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Probability Moon | Nancy Kress
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I loved this book. I listened to it (on recommendation) and the narration was indeed excellent. It‘s only a little difficult to grok the hard SF info dumps while driving! 😂 They were few and far between and actually not tedious as that sort of info in a novel can be sometime. No, this book had an excellent balance of Hard and Soft SF elements. There were some shocking things that happen and really a lot to think about. Definitely one to reread.

tournevis Kress is marvelous 1y
DivaDiane I have loved each book of hers I read. Have you read Beggars in Spain? 1y
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Memory (Hardcover) | Lois McMaster Bujold
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#readingresolutions @Jess7 #memory

This is on my #MountTBR and has been for quite a while. Mostly because I have to read previous books in the series before I can read this one. It won an award (the Hugo maybe?), I think, and I love this series and the author‘s writing. Definitely fun, with a bit of food for thought thrown in for spice.