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Ericalambbrown

Ericalambbrown

Joined January 2018

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Rearranged some shelves to make room for yesterday‘s $10 book haul from the Friends shop. I decided to keep my seasonal reads out. #Poe #Shelley #Stevenson #Stoker #Wilde

#teamstoker #scarathon

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Vaporetto 13 | Robert Girardi
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge promot is #thenumber13 . The tagged book is another by Robert Girardi. I really enjoy his work. It‘s often spooky and you aren‘t always sure whether all the characters are alive or even real for that matter.

#teamstoker #scarathon

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Fun little Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Michael Sheen horror spoof called Slaughterhouse Rulez was in Starz tonight while I was cooking dinner. #teamstoker #scarathon

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Her Fearful Symmetry | Audrey Niffenegger
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge prompt is #graveyard . Immediately I thought of this book. To me, London‘s Highgate Cemetery is as much a character as a setting in this book. Thinking of it again today, I may need to read this again.

#teamstoker #scarathon

Scochrane26 I‘ve read this book & then forgot I read it. When thinking of graveyards, I knew there was another book that featured a graveyard in England that I couldn‘t think of. 2d
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Battle (Revised) | John Toland
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Volunteering at our friends of the library shop this morning. Found some great stuff! I‘m particularly jazzed about the tagged book. My grandfather fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the copy of this book I snagged is the original 1959 edition.📚💕

Texreader Cool!!! 2d
CaitZ I need to read this. My Dad didn't fight in the Battle of the Bulge, but was close by. He had a cousin that was killed in it. 2d
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Every Friday night in October TCM is running classic monster movies. Tonight‘s is Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster, a Japanese Godzilla movie from 1965. It‘s so terrible in its subtitled, puppety glory that it‘s awesome. 😂🤣

#teamstoker #scarathon

TheReadingMermaid HA!!! 🧟‍♀️ 3d
LauraJ Hahahahaha! 🤣 3d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Have you ever seen the 1953 classic Robot Monster? It‘s amazingly terrible and I‘ve seen it twice. 3d
Ericalambbrown @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I have not! I will have to look for it. TCM is now running Invasion of Astro-Monster. It‘s basically all the awesomeness from the first movie - only in space! 😂🤣 3d
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Raven Girl | Audrey Niffenegger
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“Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a raven.” So begins the delightfully odd story by Audrey Niffenegger, which she illustrates as well. If you like offbeat stories, you may well enjoy this one.

This book fits the #chillingphotochallenge prompt #raven.

#teamstoker #scarathon

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Our little local library is getting new flooring so they asked us to checkout our limit to help clear the shelves. I took a bunch of big ol‘ cookbooks to help out. I was looking forward to going through some tonight for inspiration. Hank the Book Sniffer is sad puppo missing Daddy, who is away this week. I guess he‘s a book snuggler tonight. ☺️ #hankthebulldog

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 6d
Ericalambbrown @wanderinglynn Thanks! He‘s a super spoiled bulldog boy. 💕 6d
Susannah Aww, poor pupper. Glad you‘re benefiting from the snuggles though! 6d
Clare-Dragonfly You had to check out as many books as you could? What a sacrifice! 😆 6d
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge prompt is #ghostly. I love this collection of ghost stories put together and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. There are a variety of authors - from classic to modern - represented, which is nice. It introduced me to some authors I‘d not heard of which I always appreciate.

#teamstoker #scarathon

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Life lessons from the journal of Dr Seward 😂🧛‍♂️🦇

#draculabuddyread #teamstoker #scarathon

ElizaMarie So true!!! 6d
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aeeklund Bahahahahaha!! 6d
ElizaMarie I work psych inpatient mostly but right now I‘m in ER. But yeah it‘s like herding cats sometimes 6d
Ericalambbrown @ElizaMarie Bless you! It‘s such a hard job caring for those that may not be at all in control of themselves and suffer so. 🙏🏻 6d
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The Subtle Knife | Philip Pullman
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Finished this one up while doing chores this morning. While not in the theme for #scarathon, I wanted to get it returned for those waiting in line for it. Man, I‘d forgotten what an emotional little ride this book was.😢

I highly recommend this production. It is done by the BBC with a large and talented cast that reminds me of their fine radio drama productions.

#teamstoker

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GingerAntics Oh, I‘ll do just about anything by BBC. They do wonderful audio productions!!! 1w
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Just finished this lovely monstrosity over night while I was sleepless with some viral crud. Fun second book of the series!

Without giving to much of the fun away, I will say this: there are #vampires 😊🖤 So not only is it a book in the #scarathon theme finished for #teamstoker , but it also fits the #chillingphotochallenge 🦇 🧛‍♂️

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LiteraryinLititz Hope you feel better soon! Glad you made the best of it with some extra reading time. 1w
Ericalambbrown @LiteraryinLititz We are SO much better today, Thanks! 😘 1w
xxjenadanxx I love this series! Can't wait for the third! 1w
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✅ Creepy old manor falling into decrepitude
✅ Elderly housekeeper with a sinister demeanor
✅ Family secrets no one wants to talk about
✅ Murder? Accident? Who to trust? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fun little spooky page turner. #teamstoker #scarathon

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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge prompt is #horror. I immediately thought of the story Click-Clack the Rattle Bag in the tagged collection. Of course, Hank the Book Sniffer had to check out it‘s sniffiness while was taking the picture. 😂🐶

Here is a link to the delightful Mr Gaiman reading his creeptastic story at the NYPL: https://youtu.be/imLja6Emezo

#scarathon #teamstoker #hankthebulldog

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Kickin‘ it 1979 old school horror tonight with the lovely and talented Carol Kane. When a Stranger Calls scared the peewodden outta me when I was young babysitter. 🤣

#scarathon #teamstoker

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Suet624 Love her voice. 1w
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Five Black Cats | Patricia Hegarty
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge is #blackcat . This book is an adorable preschool Halloween book. If you have any littles in your lives you may want to check this one out.

#scarathon #teamstoker

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Today‘s prompt for the #chillingphotochallenge is #coffin . I immediately thought of this book, which is one of my favorites from this year‘s reading. There are lots of coffins in this book. They just call them sick beds. 🤣 ⚰️

#scarathon #teamstoker

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I bought this adorable little board book for the one year old son of a dear friend. It is lovely and bright! So stinkin‘ cute!

#teamstoker Not a book in theme, but a book nonetheless.

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I know this won‘t count for #scarathon because this is TV and not a movie, but I still wanted to share with my team. AHS: 1984 is good, old fashioned 80‘s slasher horror fun. The last couple seasons were a little off, but this season is back old school. 🔪 #teamstoker

ElizaMarie I‘m really liking it too!!! 2w
Ericalambbrown @ElizaMarie I love how inept the characters are, like in classic 80s movies. “What are you doing down there?” “I‘m dying! What does it look like?!?!?”😂🤣 (edited) 2w
ElizaMarie Haha yes!!! I love old horror movies! 2w
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BookwormAHN I'm really enjoying this season 2w
EKonrad Agreed! 🙌🏼 2w
Jemgirl2014 Loving it so far! 2w
Ericalambbrown @BookwormAHN @EKonrad @Jemgirl2014 Right? I feel like it‘s back! 2w
Jemgirl2014 @Ericalambbrown Yeah, I know! I love how Emma Watson is playing the nice non-bitchy type. That's a switch for her. She gets to show her range. 😃 2w
Ericalambbrown @Jemgirl2014 I know! Emma Roberts is so good in this season! Did you know she has bookish feed on Instagram? It‘s great! It‘s @belletrist You should check it out! 2w
Jemgirl2014 @Ericalambbrown Yes, she is doing a great job! Huh...I did not know that. I will definitely have to check that out. Thanks! 🤗 2w
mdm139 I watched a you tube thing that talked about the show and they pointed out some interesting things that I missed. The show is really well thought out and detailed oriented. They play different music for the different killers. 2w
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Today‘s prompt for the #chillingphotochallenge is #spell . I love this book. Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty . . . Under a sleeping spell . . . Prince Somebody . . . blah, blah, blah. But this one? This one is different. In a lovely, super Gaiman-y way with Chris Riddell‘s resplendent art. #scarathon #teamstoker Also, those crazy flowers are growing spontaneously in my sidewalk because Hank the Book Sniffer has not peed on them, miraculously. 😂

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First #scarathon book finished today! It wasn‘t scary, but with characters carrying names like Jekyll, Rappaccini, Frankenstein, Hyde, Moreau . . . I certainly think it fits. This was a super fun romp and I immediately started book 2 and book 3 arrived yesterday. If you are a purist, this may not be for you. If you are good with reimaginings, you may really enjoy it! #teamstoker

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Scochrane26 I‘m frustrated because my library doesn‘t have the last one yet. Not on Libby or hoopla. Might end up buying it, but I have other books to read, so I may wait. 2w
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 I‘m loving the second one, too! These are so fun! I preordered the third hardback from a little local bookshop because ✊🏻😂 2w
Lucy_Anywhere I'm reading this atm, and loving it 😀 2w
Linsy Beautiful pic! 💚 6d
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Madeleine's Ghost | Robert Girardi
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I love this book. I need to read it again. It had been a few years since I‘d read regularly and went looking for a book to get me back into reading. The clerk at the bookstore recommended this, bless him. It got me hooked on books again. And it was the first book I thought of when I saw #haunted prompt for the #chillingphotochallenge . #scarathon #teamstoker

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Super excellent book mail today! Just in time for the #DraculaBuddyRead with #TeamStoker for #Scarathon

Finding groovy used books is my favorite! 🖤

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Caroline2 What a beautiful edition!! 😍 2w
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Sir Snaggletooth (aka Hank the Book Sniffer) and I are starting a new book tonight, he with his new chew rope and me with my wee dram of Jameson. It‘s been a day. Night, y‘all! #hankthebulldog 📚💕🥃🐶

BookNAround Hank is so darn cute. 2w
Ericalambbrown @BookNAround Thanks! He‘s certainly good, goofy company 😂 2w
Stacypatrice Sir Snaggletooth is a hunk of gorgeous love ❤️ 2w
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Paperback.Propensity Such a cutie!! I finished this book recently and really enjoyed it. 2w
Gaylagal2 Love his face!🐾 2w
ShelleyBooksie Hank ♡♡ 2w
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Hank the Book Sniffer informs me that it‘s time settle in and read for the night. Night, y‘all! #HankTheBulldog

JulietBooks 🐶 3w
thereadingowlvina Just finished this book and loved it! 😁 3w
Ericalambbrown @thereadingowlvina I‘m loving it, too! I‘ll probably get it finished just in time for it to be my first #scarathon post 3w
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In honor of #BannedBookWeek . . . In 1998 I was new mom and kept hearing about challenges to this new book that promoted witchcraft. I thought I should check it out even if they were kids books, because . . . I was a new mom and needed to start reading more kids stuff. I bought the first one and read it. And I fell in love. 💕As soon as my baby girl was old enough we started reading them to her. She grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. 👇🏻

Ericalambbrown When her dad and I divorced, these were amongst the books we read with her - no matter who she was with the book was a connection between our homes, a unifying and loving force between the three of us even if her dad and I couldn‘t live together anymore. It‘s impossible for me to say all that these books mean to me. 3w
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 3w
Reggie 😢, omg, what a lovely post. 3w
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Megabooks What a loving act in your family during such a difficult time!! #greatparents! 💙 3w
BookNAround I started reading these around the same time as I had a baby and a one year old. I dragged my young children, including the eventual third in his stroller to the midnight launches for the later books because I wanted them to experience the excitement of the events, knowing how unusual it was to be for a book. 😁 3w
Christine Thanks for sharing, how wonderful. ❤️ 3w
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AAAS science blog shared reviews of three books books on our insect neighbors, including the tagged book. The blog is from July, but I‘ve not seen these before. They look wonderful! Sharing the link for those interested:

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2019/07/23/small-wonders/

ravenlee Interesting! Thanks for sharing. 3w
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Finished this one up today. Ooooofff. While not a comfortable read in places by any means, it was certainly a valuable read. It‘s not possible to condense my thoughts for the limited space here, so I will simply say that I think any American that cares about the integrity of our country should read this book. The more we sweep the folly of our past under the rug, the more damage we do to our future.

LauraJ Trying to talk my book club into reading this. 3w
Ericalambbrown @LauraJ It‘s really rough in places. I had to put it down and walk away at times, especially in the first few chapters that got into the heinous experiments perpetrated on captives by German and Japanese scientists during WWII. 3w
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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Reading this series again in preparation for the show coming out this fall. I‘d forgotten how good this one is!

Suet624 So good!!! 3w
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s the first Laura Lippman book I‘ve ever read. I will definitely be checking out her other work. I particularly loved the tenacity of the women in the book. I‘d seen criticism that the book swapped perspective to too many characters too often and it was confusing. I found that engaging and that was one of my favorite things about this book. If you want a good page-turner that sucks you in, maybe give this a go.

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“No wonder men didn‘t want women to wear bloomers! . . . . If they had pockets! With pockets women could conquer the world!”🤣

For so much of history women have been hampered by clothing. Power over women in the name of fashion. I just loved this middle paragraph.

Scochrane26 There‘s some great feminist quotes in this series. I would have hated to wear all those clothes. I have a hard time now wearing business casual all day. 4w
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 I‘m really loving this book so far! I‘ve ordered/preordered the next two. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked it up. 😊 4w
Scochrane26 @Ericalambbrown I just read them in July/August & am excited about the next one. I actually audiobooked Dr Jekyll & mr Hyde because of this series (never thought I‘d read that classic). I kept seeing the 1st on litsy. 4w
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Othello | William Shakespeare
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Audio gardening today. (I had a terrible mess going on - ‘before‘ is in the bottom.) Thank you, @mariaku21 , for recommending the production of Othello with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, and Kelly Reilly on Audible. It is exquisite! And it made my task easier to accomplish. 🌱 📚 🎧

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow! Looks lovely! 1mo
Ericalambbrown @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! I let it get so out of hand this summer. 🤣 4w
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Joseph Anton | Salman Rushdie
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Excellent book if you are a Rushdie fan. I‘d read some criticism that it was weird that he had written it in the third person. I found this to be not at all distracting and felt it was rather perfect given the meaning behind the title of the book. I also thought it allowed him to take the piss out of himself a little easier in places, which is welcome. He has quite an ego and would be insufferable were it not for his honesty about it. Great read!

MsLeah8417 It‘s been in my TBR shelf for far too long. I need to give myself a deadline for this! 😊📚 1mo
Ericalambbrown @MsLeah8417 I knew almost nothing about him so it was really interesting for me. I wound up adding several more of his books to my TBR as o read this one. 1mo
Catsandbooks Love those pumpkins! 🎃 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Catsandbooks Thanks! I thought they were nifty because they weren‘t traditional colors for fall. 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s here!!!!!! I‘ve been waiting for this since 1994 💕

Ubookquitous Lol I‘ve been waiting since 1985 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Ubookquitous I wasn‘t allowed to read this in 1985. 🤣 I had to wait until college. 1mo
Ubookquitous shush 🤫 now - I was IN college in 1985 LOL i 1mo
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This interview was bonkers! The author of the tagged book about Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA‘s experiments into mind control was on today‘s Fresh Air. It was simultaneously fascinating and absolutely sickening.

Here‘s the link is you‘d like to listen: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/09/759054577/the-cias-secret-search-for-mind-control

This book is now a must-read for me. Ooooof.

LauraJ Perfect for my book club! 1mo
Ericalambbrown @LauraJ I just ordered it. It comes out tomorrow 😊 1mo
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Leadership in Turbulent Times | Doris Kearns Goodwin
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I finished this gem yesterday. Outstanding book. It covers Lincoln‘s decision to go forward with the Emancipation Proclamation, Teddy Roosevelt‘s intervention in the coal strike of 1902, FDR‘s immediate attack of the Great Depression upon taking office, and LBJ‘s obsession to pass civil rights legislation in the wake of Kennedy‘s assassination. It also touches on the childhoods and deaths of these men. History nerds, this one‘s for you! 📚💕

Susanita She spoke at last year‘s national book festival and was very eloquent. 1mo
Amiable Like @Susanita , I had the privilege of hearing Doris Kearns Goodwin give a talk about this book (and her life‘s work). She kept the audience mesmerized for the entire presentation—she‘s a great speaker! (edited) 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Amiable @Susanita I am so jealous! I‘d love to hear her speak 💕 1mo
KathyWheeler I loved Team of Rivals and am looking forward to reading this one. 1mo
Ericalambbrown @KathyWheeler So did I, which is why I snagged this one. Now I want to find her book on LBJ, too. 1mo
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I just read this fantastic article on The Atlantic‘s site. It covers three books on women and aging - the most interesting of which, for me, I tagged. It apparently makes the argument that post-menopausal women provided an evolutionary edge to early societies. As a biologist, I‘m curious to read this book.
Here‘s the link if you‘d like to take a peak: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/the-secret-power-of-menopau...

Crazeedi We become the wise women, source of knowledge and comfort and mentoring to the younger women 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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I got the tagged book in the mail today since I‘d preordered it. (Excellent #bookmail day!) Expecting The Testaments on 9/10. I really need to look into the others. #bookerprize2019

Anyway, here‘s the link to the NPR story if y‘all are interested:
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/757031950/margaret-atwood-salman-rushdie-headline...

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This isn‘t a bad book for what it is. It‘s basically a bare bones run down of some myths that were prevalent in the Middle Ages. They aren‘t told as stories necessarily. Some give a bit of speculation regarding origin. Some have accompanying commentary from the Reverend, which is rather funny though not meant to be. Written in 1867, his resources were limited and it shows. I will look some of these up as I‘d like to know more.

GingerAntics That sounds interesting. 1mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics It was, but i wish there‘d been more information. It was pretty bare, but given when it was written I kinda get it. 1mo
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My guy D just got home from work and is playing with Hank the book sniffer while I read. That‘s right. We like to party. We like to get down. 🤣😂 Happy weekend, y‘all! 😘 #HankTheBulldog

Catsandbooks That's my kind of weekend! 😂💕 1mo
Stacypatrice My kind of partiers!! Hank the book sniffer 💜 1mo
Gaylagal2 Love bulldogs!🐾 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Gaylagal2 Hank‘s a snuggle bug! We got so lucky to get to adopt him. We‘d never had a bulldog before but we sure would adopt another if the opportunity arose! He sheds like it‘s his job - that surprised us! 1mo
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Well. That was interesting! Not much I can say without giving something away, so here‘s a look at the breakfast I ate while finishing this sincerely engrossing book. 🤣

@BookLover29 , you were so right! I did love it! 📚💕

vivastory I selected this as a BOTM add-on for September. Really looking forward to it! 1mo
Ericalambbrown @vivastory I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I read it in three sittings, which is odd for me. I‘m not typically quite that absorbed. (edited) 1mo
pariisannja @Ericalambbrown I am soo happy you liked it 😃 1mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Oooooofff. This was a tough one. Tough enough I had to augment my reading time on this super rainy day by baking/grilling English muffins. I understand why some who have read this were less than satisfied after finishing it. Simply put, it hurts to care for people who are suffering - real or not. And it really hurts when their story may not end as you‘d hoped. But that was why I give this book a pick. It was hard to read because it felt real.

CBee Perfect description of how I felt after reading this one! 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Interesting. I just borrowed this one from the library and I wonder if I‘ll have the same impression! 2mo
Ericalambbrown @LiteraryinLititz I hope you are glad when you‘ve you read it. I thought it was really well done and I‘m so glad I picked it up, but I could see how this could be too much fir some readers. (edited) 2mo
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SassyPants617 Just finished this. I couldn‘t put it down. I definitely agree with your review. I sometimes double checked that I was reading a YA book. It was heavy. 2mo
IamIamIam Homemade English muffins 😍🤤🤤🤤 2mo
Ericalambbrown @IamIamIam To slow me down on carb intake, I decided I‘d only eat bread I make myself at home. I‘m getting faster and better at it! 😂🤣 2mo
IamIamIam @Ericalambbrown That's quite an undertaking!!! It's also more rewarding to eat bread you've made yourself because it's quite a chore sometimes!! Good for you! 2mo
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The Other Queen: A Novel | Philippa Gregory
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Finished up this series via audiobook. (Whew! All 15 in a year.) The performances were wonderful even if the story wasn‘t all I‘d hoped it would be. I enjoyed the earlier books in the series far more than the last few. I did, however, appreciate that the story of this book was told in part from the perspective of the Shrewsburys. That bumped it to pick, even though I feel like it‘s between pick and so-so for me.

Scochrane26 I can‘t remember if I read this one. I quit at some point because her characters had become whiny and boring. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 This is the last one if you read them chronologically. I loved the first ones and was continually stopping to look things up, so I learned a lot. With the exception of The Last Tudor I by far prefer the first half of the series. 2mo
Scochrane26 @Ericalambbrown when I looked at the synopsis, I remembered I have read this one. I didn‘t read the last Tudor. I also like the first ones better & have several at home. I learned a lot, too. 2mo
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Excellent book mail today! 📚🖤❤️🖤

Jennick2004 Such an amazing cover! 2mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Wow! 😍 2mo
flying_monkeys One of THE best Snow White retellings ever. Gorgeous book 😍 2mo
Ericalambbrown @flying_monkeys I love all of Gaiman‘s retellings! I can‘t wait to reread this one with the artwork. 🥰 2mo
Aimeesue Lovely edition! One of my favorite of his short stories, along with "Instructions." ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘ve seen a good deal of skepticism in Goodreads and Amazon reviews regarding the authenticity of this story. Living in southern Missouri, I have known lots of people like the author‘s father. Not all have the religious bent, some fall into the “sovereign citizen” category of paranoia. I also served in the military with home-schooled folk who had many of the same educational gaps as the author due to the extremist views of their parents. 👇🏻

Ericalambbrown None of this book sounded far-fetched to me given what I‘ve known people from these sorts of backgrounds to overcome. As a recovering Southern Baptist I‘ve even experienced some of the religious pushback she describes, though at a milder level. Excellent writing and narrative. If you aren‘t familiar with folks like these, try to keep an open mind because it could seem very illogical to typically raised people. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics This is still on my wish list, but it‘s definitely realistic. Some people are scary in what they will prevent their children from knowing. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics The scariest part, from my experience, is that these folks honestly believe these delusions. I‘ve seen children almost die because parents are legitimately scared of antibiotics. Reading the book, I never once questioned whether or not the author‘s parents loved her. It was obvious they do. But they are so bound by their beliefs that it skewed their judgement in an abhorrent way. I hope you get to read it. (edited) 2mo
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GingerAntics Those parents always trouble me. We like to talk about love being enough, but in some cases like these is clearly is not. I‘ve seen so many kids/young adults hurt by madness like this and other extreme beliefs that seem to have no basis in fact. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics Right? And when those beliefs are tied to an ideology that threatens eternal damnation it can be so hard to overcome them. I have family that still worry for my soul because I accept the tenets of science and raised my daughter outside the church. It‘s maddening and frustrating as hell (pun intended 😂) but I know it comes from love and honest worry because they are frightened and trapped in dogma. 2mo
GingerAntics You are a bigger woman than I am. I just recently got out of the dogma circle I grew up in. Maybe I need more time away before I can be open to others still in it. It is really frustrating to talk to them because they believe so staunchly in this book written by a bunch of men that had none of the advances we‘ve seen in the last 3,000 years. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics Honestly, there‘s a lot I just can‘t talk to them about because of what you just described. I avoid a lot because I know some of my family would for real grieve if they really knew I left by choice and not laziness. I don‘t pretend, but I don‘t open up either. I‘ve learned to ignore a lot in the last 15 years. I‘ve also observed their growing bitterness and fear and that makes me sad for them. I hope time helps you as it did me. 2mo
GingerAntics Yeah, it‘s been less than a year for me, so you definitely have the advantage there. I already see that there are topics I just don‘t bring up or engage with depending on who I‘m talking to. I don‘t mind talking about “free will” or “the existence of an eternal soul” philosophically, but with some people there is no philosophy there. You do have to pick your battles. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics Yes. Yes, you do have to pick your battles. I just hope they don‘t hold an intervention for you like they did for me.🤣😂 That was infuriating! If you ever need a friendly ear, don‘t hesitate to hit me up. I use the same handle on goodreads and Instagram. Also on gmail. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics An intervention? Wow. I‘ve never heard of a salvation intervention. Good lord. 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown sorry to invite myself to your convo. I‘m sorry you both were raised in an environment w/ such rigid beliefs. I‘m fortunate that my parents decided to change churches (to Presbyterian) when I was young, or I might have been in the same boat. I was able to grow up in a church that allows questions, is accepting of everyone, & preaches love & peace. Hope you all can limit your exposure to negative family. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 I‘m glad there are still churches out there that haven‘t gone to the extreme. 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics Presbyterian USA, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anglican, most Methodists, disciples of Christ, Unitarian, etc. The more “liberal” churches. (edited) 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 No apology necessary! Welcome to the convo! I can certainly respect empathetic people of faith even if I wasn‘t able to abide in my experience. I will say the Presbyterian churches in my area have done a great job of being an alternative shelter to the SBC and Assemblies of God dogma in my area (Springfield, MO, AoG world HQ). I appreciate that. Love & Peace to you, dear one. 😘 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 there are some. I feel like very few of them are in my area here in TX. My aunt is a priest for the Anglican Church, so I know they‘re definitely more liberal. I miss moderate human beings, honestly. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics so do I. Moderates are missing in so many areas of life nowadays. 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics I‘m in KY, which might be better than TX but only in the urban areas. I‘ve had a client whose husband abused her for yrs, then threatened her once w/ a gun. Her pastor came over & prayed for them instead of calling the police, then members of the church would call her saying she should go back to him. 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 yup, that‘s about what it‘s like here. Anything to protect the patriarchy and keep women out of control of their own lives. Hell, I have a “Christian councillor” tell me my sexual abuse wasn‘t actually abuse...it‘s just what old people do. 🙄 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics Ewwww. I get fired up when that kind of stuff is said. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 This rings SO true for me! I listened to a pastor say a wife in the congregation should be grateful for her two black eyes because her husband was in church that Sunday and him beating her brought him to church for the first time in months. That was one of many beginnings of my end in church. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 you and me both. I wanted to punch him in the face. I completely left that church (and all churches) after that. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics OMG!!! I searched for ages a secular counselor for this exact reason. I hear you! 😢 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown I drank the koolade on this one. I believed I needed a Christian councillor, that a secular councillor was going to hurt me. 🙄 This dimwit put me into a 12 step program so I could find “my part” in my childhood abuse. I bought in until he said that, at which point I was done. I walked out and never went back. 2mo
Scochrane26 My church has had female pastors for about 20 yrs. it‘s gotten better, but there are still some pastors in my county who don‘t like that we have a female. I also have several female friends who are pastors. 2mo
Scochrane26 Are you sure the councillor had a degree in therapy? Sounds like a crackpot to me. @GingerAntics 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics I did too for a long time! I am sorry that happened to you but so glad you walked away. That whole situation is so hard to navigate. But keep going. Find a secular counselor that you like. It makes it easier. 2mo
Scochrane26 Also, I need to read Educated. It‘s been so hyped, but I haven‘t gotten around to reading it myself. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 yup, he actually had a couple of masters. He had a masters in theology, a masters in counselling. I think he let the theology over ride the counselling. When I left, he was working on another masters in Christian counselling, so I‘m sure that‘s where he was learning about the “over reporting” of sexual abuse. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 @GingerAntics Oh, there are SO many counselors that spout that crap. I‘ve witnessed it. In my area is super hard to find a non-religious counselor. It‘s hard for secular/non-religious counselors to get business here. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics what you describe is why I‘m considering getting my masters in counseling after my kid is through school and I can afford to make less. There is such a need. 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown I think there are some options here in Dallas, but not many. Even when you think you‘ve found a secular/non-religious one, all of a sudden they pull some crap out of their back side. They‘ll claim to be impartial or non-religious, then pull some BS and you know they‘ve lied. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 the Bible Belt is a real “special” place. (edited) 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics not surprised one bit 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown I really don‘t see how saying you‘re not when you are is ethical. I‘m glad you‘ve found one, though. (edited) 2mo
Scochrane26 @Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics it must be different in my state. I would consider myself a secular counselor because I don‘t talk about religion unless a client brings it up, which is rare. I do work w/ kids, & they‘ll sometimes ask questions or talk about church, but I‘m careful in what I say. I only know one person who has had a Christian counseling practice. Rules are in our ethics code (which should be same everywhere). 2mo
Scochrane26 Also, abuse is over reported?!!!! I worked with juvie sex offenders. Abuse is definitely under reported. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 I‘m surprised but happy to hear this about Kentucky! And I agree - abuse is underreported from my experience. I, and most I‘ve talked to, never reported. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 oh everyone with a clue knows it‘s under reported. I‘ve heard people say people, especially women, is abuse allegations to hurt men and go against “gods will.” They see a lot of it as a husband‘s/father‘s duty or right. 🙄 It‘s sickening. 2mo
Scochrane26 We do often ask about a person‘s spiritual beliefs, but that is because it‘s a factor in suicide risk & is sometimes a part of culture. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 I KNEW there was an ethical code. I‘m pretty sure they‘re violating a bunch of what‘s in that code. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 I totally get that. If you were counselling someone here, you‘d want to know where they were on the crazy spectrum religiously. That makes so much sense. 2mo
Scochrane26 @Ericalambbrown yes, I‘ve heard some horrific stories from my days w/ the offenders, including one where it was normal in the fam. Those parents went to jail. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 of course being sensitive to one‘s spiritual beliefs in counseling is so important. I respect that more than I can express. 💕 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics of course there‘s a code of ethics. At least in social work. I have to go to a 3 hr ethics training every 3 yrs for my license. I‘m sure psych and others have one, too. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 I know we had to take a “professional ethics” course when I was studying psychology, and they said something about continuing courses on ethics to get and remain licensed...but I also remember being told that anyone can open an office and offer counselling services without any kind of licensing in Texas. It‘s probably how these “Christian councillors” get away with their madness. 2mo
Scochrane26 @GingerAntics that‘s weird. Unless you‘re getting paid cash, you‘d have to have license in order to bill insurance. Anyone should make sure of credentials before starting counseling. I also have to have my license where clients can see it. 2mo
GingerAntics @Scochrane26 Texas has different laws. I think it protects these religious nuts. I‘m not sure how that works with insurance. I know a lot of places here go through medical, there will be one doctor in the practice that does all the billing. Others work on “donations.” 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics @Scochrane26 Missouri has religious protections, too. It‘s pretty much a free-for-all. All a provider has to do is claim religious exemption. I even had to change pediatricians to get my daughter the HPV vaccine here because her board certified pediatrician refused to give it on religious grounds - he said giving it was promoting promiscuous behavior. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown @Scochrane26 yup, that pretty much covers it. It‘s pathetic. That is one terrible paediatrician. Ugh. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown I didn‘t know Missouri was that bad. I thought that was out of the Bible Belt enough that people were a little saner. That is terrifying. These nuts are everywhere!!! 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics oh, no, honey! Springfield, MO is the world headquarters of the Assemblies of God. Check out Evangel University. Jerry Falwell graduated from the Bible Baptist College in Springfield before going on to found Liberty University. Look up College of the Ozarks just down the road in Point Lookout, MO - it‘s super creepy right wing religious. And Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, MO. We are just about evangelical central, darlin‘! 😘 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown I am SO sorry. That is some massively crazy shite! So basically Missouri is the cradle (belt buckle?) of the Bible Belt then. That is horrendous. I am so sorry. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics I actually joke about living in the buckle of the Bible Belt/Hee Haw Hell. 😂 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown 🤣😂🤣 NAILED IT!!! 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics oooohhhh! And how could I forget this! Remember Jim Bakker from the 80‘s PTL scandal? He‘s running almost the same scam with his second wife, Tammy Faye 2.0, out of Branson, MO. His paid programming bilks thousands from shut ins selling “end of the world” supplies every day. 2mo
GingerAntics @Ericalambbrown that just disgusts me... scamming people and breaking the law is the will of god?! Their god is an absolute a-hole. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics I just followed you on IG. I have the same profile picture on there as on here. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics yay! I followed you back! 2mo
GingerAntics Ah, there it is. Missouri‘s total abortion ban after 8 weeks knocked down by a federal judge. I‘m having to redefine the Bible Belt in my brain now. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics oh yeah . . . And most counties have “in god we trust” on their cop cars. 2mo
GingerAntics So if I don‘t believe in God, they won‘t help me? 2mo
Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics They‘ll help you, but if you wind up dead they‘ll say it‘s what god has planned. 😐 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-missing-3-year... 2mo
GingerAntics That‘s just disturbing. Then why bother arresting people for murder. It‘s what god had planned. 🙄 2mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Full disclosure: I went into this expecting to dislike this book. I have now both read the book and listened it. And I thought it was wonderful. It‘s the most uniquely original book I‘ve read in ages. The audiobook is extraordinary with Nick Offerman and David Sedaris leading a huge cast. Bill Hader and Megan Mullally as the gloriously foul-mouthed Barons are particularly delightful. Don‘t get me wrong- this is weird book. But I adored it!

Megabooks It‘s fantastic! Very polarizing in opinions, though! 2mo
Ericalambbrown @Megabooks It actually pulled me in and made me think way more than I had anticipated. This is exactly why I try to challenge myself to read things that may have value beyond just what I would expect for mere entertainment purposes. 2mo
Howard_L Me too. Very strange and took a bit of adjusting but I‘m glad that I read it. 2mo
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charl08 I really want to listen to the audiobook. Thanks for the reminder. 2mo
mom2bugnbee I bailed on it when reading, but I've been told that the audio makes it easier to comprehend. I might revisit it, becsuse I'm very intrigued. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @mom2bugnbee I read it first, but I picked up more on the audio. There are like 150 people in the cast, so the different voices help break it up more than you get in just the written word. Also, there are a few passages that you probably don‘t want little ears around for. 🤣 2mo
mom2bugnbee @Ericalambbrown Thank you for that warning! ☺ 2mo
Gina I just scored this book at my local thrift shop! Super stoked. 2mo
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Mid-19th century burn. 🤣. The good Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould intends to take down the William Tell myth (in his 1867 book - 1977 version tagged). I almost feel as though I‘m doing him a disservice if I do not respond to his stated intention by growling “Do your worst, sir!” 😂

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could hardly put it down. If you enjoyed The Ghost Bride you will probably enjoy this one as well. I really appreciate how the author weaves the lore and superstition of her culture into the narrative. I thought this was a fantastic read that clipped along briskly and I wasn‘t ready for it to end. 🖤

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The Virgin's Lover | Philippa Gregory
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While I understand this is fiction, I‘m disappointed in PG‘s treatment of both Elizabeth and Amy Robsart. Amy was not an illiterate dolt as she is portrayed here. And Elizabeth is made out to be an easily pliable, over emotional ninny who mirrored the opinions of whomever was nearest. By all accounts she was demanding and spoiled, but she was also remarkably astute politically or she‘d never have held her crown.

Boooo, Philippa Gregory.

Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics You know, there are some things I don‘t particularly mind in historical fiction - taking conversations that happened by letter and making them face-to-face, for example. Hell, I don‘t even mind speculation to fill in the gaps of a narrative and then noting it as “best guess” from what is known of the subject. But this seemed out of character given everything academic I‘ve read about Elizabeth (a lot) and Amy (the little available). 2mo
GingerAntics There are a few (very few) historical fiction pieces I can stand. Most I can‘t. “Best guesses” need to at least keep with the spirit of the person, and fiction authors rarely, if ever, do their homework enough to be able to do that. 2mo
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The second I sat down to read, Le Petit Monsieur (aka Hank the Book Sniffer) had to hop on my lap and check out my latest purchase. To be fair, he was left alone for a couple of hours and it got dark before we got home, so tout va bien. 🤣 🐶 #HankTheBulldog

britt_brooke Hank, you are so handsome! 💚🐾 2mo
Ericalambbrown @britt_brooke He said thank you. He also wants you to know that farting is his super power. (I told him he shouldn‘t list that as a talent but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Hank ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ 2mo
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