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JamieArc

JamieArc

Joined June 2017

Bibliophile / Francophile / tea / tiny things / coziness / www.goodreads.com/user/show/5733517-jamie-archer / StoryGraph: bluestocking21
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Aw shoot. It‘s that time of year when my TBR explodes…

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/22/books/notable-books.html?smtyp=cu...

Chelsea.Poole Oh I love this list every year! 5d
JamieArc @Chelsea.Poole Me too! And the NPR one as well. 5d
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The Great Godden | Meg Rosoff
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#NewYearWhoDis has me in 2022 planning mode. Excited to make my way through @TheLudicReader ‘s list! I‘ve read 2,4, & 9 but Castle is due a reread. Most looking forward to the pictured. For my swap matches, I don‘t own any of these and would be perfectly happy receiving them 😊
@TheLudicReader After seeing your list, I‘m tempted to make recommendations from mine, but will resist.

monalyisha I saw you‘d read it but I‘m a little excited about the prospect of a reread. Castle‘s one of my absolute favorites. 💗 7d
TheLudicReader No, no, by all means recommend @JamieArc. 7d
Crazeedi We begin at the end is Excellent 6d
JamieArc @Crazeedi I‘ve been seeing some great things about it - it‘s on several NYWD lists. Really looking forward to it! 6d
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I can‘t say no to anything cozy, and focusing on reading goals and being cozy is a great way to get through short, dark, cold days. I‘ll set my goals once I get through November. #WinterCosy

PuddleJumper Sounds like a great plan! 3w
Crazeedi Sounds very wonderful @PuddleJumper 3w
kspenmoll Makes me feel warm already! 3w
JamieArc @kspenmoll Doesn‘t it? That‘s why I couldn‘t resist! 3w
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Who knew I needed mermaid horror in my life??? All you littens that recommended it, that‘s who! Loved this, and what a great time to read this during Halloween. It gave me some wicked dreams, and I hope I forget about it when I‘m in a boat on the ocean next week 😂. Highly recommend, and definitely recommend the prequel first (audiobook is great-3 hours and found it on hoopla). All the starfish for this book! 🧜🏽‍♀️

vivastory I loved this one. I need to check out the prequel. I don't know if you ever read graphic novels, but this has similar vibes 3w
JamieArc @vivastory Ooh! I do read graphic novels but hadn‘t heard of that. Thanks! And do check out the prequel. It‘s not as good, but just because it‘s shorter. It‘s an extra piece of goodness to the story. 3w
vivastory Will def check out the prequel. For some reason I thought the prequel was just a mini version of the same story, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all. 3w
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Reggie The dolphins!!! And the poor parrotfish just chillin or so he thought….😭lol glad you liked it! 3w
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
JamieArc @Reggie I know! I had seen someone mention the bit about the dolphins, so I was expecting it, but how much better would it have been if they were the ones to save the day?! 3w
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Well, opening day is the day before my birthday so how could I not sign up for the #LittleChristmasSwap ? I like how someone mentioned it‘s a nice thing to look forward to with the post-holiday blues. Thanks for hosting, @bookish_wookish ! Looking forward to it!

bookish_wookish Thanks for joining and sharing! 3w
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Does anyone else follow the American Library in Paris‘ book award? Last year, all the titles fascinated me and I immediately purchased them all (but have yet to read them 😂). This year‘s nominees are intriguing, and only one of these books were on my radar. Love being exposed to new books!

Erinreadsthebooks I loved Perestroika! 3w
JamieArc @Erinreadsthebooks I saw your review and it made me really want to read it! 3w
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Wow! The book I was rooting for wins the prize! I wasn‘t planning on reading the Booker nominees this year, but am so glad I did. I really enjoyed many of them, and this one in particular gave me a lot to think about. Congrats, Damon Galgut 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

vivastory The only nominee I read was Lockwood's. I do want to read several of them, including Galgut's, but haven't had the emotional energy for a lot of lit fic lately. 3w
Cathythoughts Such a great book!! I enjoyed it very much 👏🏻🎉 (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain I‘m glad I read them all too this year, and I‘m pleased this won. 3w
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November #Bookspin list, featuring a lot of Book of the Month books I‘m hoping to get through.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
JamieArc Note to self: B:6; DB:20 4w
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Out of the Wild Night | Blue Balliett
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A group of kids come together to fight the modernization and erasure of Nantucket‘s history. Are they teaming up with the island‘s ghosts or is there something more nefarious taking place? A fun read for the season, though the writing often felt pretty convoluted. And perhaps I should have seen it, but a good twist as well.

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A Passage North: A Novel | Anuk Arudpragasam
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I expected to plod through this. Instead, I found myself following along as if I were listening to a fascinating lecture. After the death of Krishan‘s grandmother‘s previous caretaker, he travels north to the funeral. As he travels by foot, by train, by bus, by foot again, we take part in his ruminations and meditations on a lover, aging, the gaze, the effects of war with a unique perspective that I hadn‘t read before.

JamieArc I was rooting for The Promise to take the prize, but now I‘m torn and would be glad for either of these two to win. 4w
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This wasn‘t quite the large, warm, cozy cup of tea I was expecting, but it was still pretty lovely reading. A journey, the meeting of unexpected individuals, solitude versus community… and I really liked the commentary on the expectations we put on ourselves to have deep meaning in life and reach our potential as opposed to just being. A book to revisit. October #Bookspin complete.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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As often happens during #Deweys24HourReadathon, I start 5 new books and finish maybe one. This is the one I finish this year. A fun adventure throughout history and around the world discovering what the holiday means to different people.

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My most anticipated moment of #Deweys24HourReadathon was going to be starting this one while drinking tea at the bookstore. Alas, the town was taken over by witches. Literally. For the Witch on the Town event. Witches everywhere, including the bookstore. So instead, I get tea and read in the coziness of my apartment, while listening to witches cackle outside. I‘ll take a break for the witch dance party in the street this evening. 🧙‍♀️

Soubhiville That sounds fun. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo! Sounds fun 🧙🏻 1mo
mcctrish I‘m listening to this and I am kind of sad cuz the cover is so good ( I‘m really liking it ) 1mo
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Rolling in the Deep | Mira Grant
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Hours 5 and 6 of #Deweys24HourReadathon had me listening to the tagged audiobook while doing some audiopuzzling and taking a walk around town, including a stop at the cute library. So glad someone told me to listen to this before starting Into the Drowning Deep and that it was available on Hoopla!

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I love the planning that goes into #Deweys24hourReadathon. Books, snacks, and what to wear. Thanks to whichever Litten first posted this! It‘s cute, comfy, and perfect for the day!

IuliaC Love this! 😍 1mo
Gissy 😍 👻 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Dewey‘s 24-hour #readathon is one of my favorite days of the year! I super treated myself this year by renting a loft above a bookstore in my cute hometown, with a delightful library across the street. I couldn‘t be more excited for a day free of obligations, free to just read. The tagged book is the book I‘m looking forward to most. Anyone else readathoning?

Suet624 That's great!!! I'm so happy you did that for yourself. Enjoy. 1mo
suvata Love the Michigan picture in the background. My home state!!!! 1mo
keys_on_fire I‘m doing the readathon! Just saw this post on the FB group as well. I always rent a cabin at a local campground for this weekend as a getaway as well. Enjoy your reading time! The location sounds great! 1mo
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JamieArc @Suet624 Thanks ❤️. I‘m grateful to have the resources to do so and a spouse who doesn‘t get offended that I want a weekend to myself 😊 1mo
JamieArc @suvata I didn‘t realize Michigan is your home state. I live in Lansing. 1mo
JamieArc @keys_on_fire A cabin is one of my bucket list places to spend a readathon. Have a great readathon! 1mo
carlthecattt Love your Michigan art! 1mo
Elizabeth2 How fun! I‘ve dreamt of renting a hotel room, or a cabin for the Readathon. I‘d love to do that one year. ❤️📚 Have an awesome, relaxing, self-care weekend!! 1mo
JamieArc @Elizabeth2 I feel lucky to be able to do it! Have a great reading day! 1mo
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Normally me: legal thriller? Meh.
THIS legal thriller - Yes please and more from this author!
I won this through a GoodReads giveaway, so felt obligated to read it, and I‘m so glad I did! I loved the noir vibe, and there was something about this that made me want to keep reading. If you‘re on the fence about whether to read this one, don‘t be.

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A Passage North: A Novel | Anuk Arudpragasam
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Thankfully, I am not having a busy workday, so I‘m sneaking some reading in for @TheAromaofBooks and her #BirthdayBash ! Really enjoying this Booker shortlist nominee - beautiful writing and beautiful thoughts.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I love it!!! 1mo
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Cackle | Rachel Harrison
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Such a fun read for the season! Annie moves to a new town after a breakup leaves her feeling sorry for herself. She meets the compelling Sophie, and witchy shenanigans ensue. A light read on the outside, but I appreciated the celebration of witchy women at the heart of this book. And who knew spiders could be so cute and endearing?? 🕷

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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Finally just over halfway through this chunkster! I‘m on goal to finish by the end of this year 🤞🏻 #chunksterchallenge2021

rockpools You can do it! I‘m at a similar stage (600 pages: half way) with a similar goal with my chunkster. It looks at me occasionally… 👀 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one 2mo
Reggie This one‘s great! 2mo
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EvieBee Yay! Goals. 2mo
BiblioLitten Rooting for you since I only got halfway through 🥳 1mo
JamieArc @BiblioLitten Thanks! Some interesting things just happened in the book, so it has me turning pages a little quicker. 1mo
JamieArc @rockpools Thanks! Too far to quit now, lol. 1mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Attending an online talk by the author of Firekeeper‘s Daughter hosted by my library. Lovely human, and super fun because Michigan is so well repped in this book. Geeked out when she answered my question 🤓

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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This book is why I make myself read the Booker nominees when I rarely really enjoy them - because once in a while there is an absolute gem. I love this epic saga of Marian Graves, aviatrix. Well-crafted sentences that keep you reading, even all the details of aircraft and flight were interesting. I have a book hangover now, and am grieving the fact that Marian is not a real perso.

JamieArc And that ending - so unexpected. I read the last bit starting with the flight with dread, thinking I knew what was coming, so that ending was so exciting and such a relief! 2mo
JamieArc Major spoiler above, be warned! 2mo
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Bellewether | Susanna Kearsley
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September #Bookspin complete. I didn‘t think I would like this one as much as I did. My favorite aspect of Kearsley‘s books is the setting, and I didn‘t care to be in this setting. But my mind changed when I began reading. Kearsley does dual timelines so well. I wanted to know how both storylines were going to play out. A perfect fall read.

TheAromaofBooks Despite the fact that it had a lot of elements I don't usually like, I loved this one!! 2mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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October #Bookspin list! I keep thinking I can‘t wait to read ALL of these books in October when I have to remind myself that I might read 6 🤦🏻‍♀️. The 24-hour readathon is at the end of the month, so I included some short, quick, fall-themed books for that.

MelAnn I‘m the same way - I want to read ALL of the books on my list in October! 2mo
JamieArc @MelAnn Here‘s hoping we both have a great reading month! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
JamieArc Note to self: BookSpin 9, DoubleSpin 7 2mo
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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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Keeping this tab open and refreshing as I eagerly await the announcement of the shortlist… #BookerPrize #shortlist

JamieArc I‘ve only read 2/6 (No One… and The Promise, which I really liked). Looking forward to getting to the next 4 before the winner is announced. 2mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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I‘ve been reading through the Booker Longlist and have been finding them surprisingly intriguing. This one starts off quite bookery (I think @squirrelbrain dubbed the term), with its shifting narration, but it quickly captivated me as the saga of the white South African family played out. Four chapters, four funerals. With each new chapter, I had to know what was going to happen, if the promise would be kept.

JamieArc I found the character of Amor quite lovely. I will be thinking about this book for a while. 3mo
vivastory I have heard so many interesting things about Galgut. I do want to read this one. I will be very interested see what the short list will be! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review and I agree with all of your thoughts! 3mo
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EvieBee His books always make me cry. Did this one? Debating if I‘m up for another sad book. 3mo
JamieArc @EvieBee This is the first of his books I‘ve read. I did not cry. When each of the funerals happened, there was a distance between me and the character, so no tears. 3mo
JamieArc @EvieBee There‘s definitely a mix of hope and depression though. If you need a really uplifting book, this isn‘t it. But definitely read it at some point! 3mo
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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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This is my reading situation on National Read A Book Day. Squeezing out the last bits of summer in northern Michigan, and getting immediately hooked to the tagged book. It‘s also a great reading companion to A Suitable Boy, my current chunkster read.

lynneamch It was beautiful for us visiting Gaylord and Petosky last week. Enjoy! 3mo
wanderinglynn Great view! 3mo
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JamieArc @lynneamch We are in Glen Arbor. It‘s been a beautiful weekend! 3mo
JamieArc @BarbaraBB I am enjoying ASB. Some parts are more engaging than others, and it‘s very slow going for me, but well worth it! 3mo
Reggie I loved A Suitable Boy! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely place to be ❤️… I loved the book 3mo
IuliaC Lovely view! 😍 3mo
BiblioLitten Finishing A Suitable Boy is my bookish goal. I loved it a lot but had to leave it halfway because… life! 2mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I didn‘t love Daisy Jones, and TJR gets so much hype, so my expectations were low. They were blown out of the water. I loved the Riva family saga. They were characters with such complexities, I wanted to follow them wherever they took me. And that ending… on point. August #Doublespin complete

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! 3mo
Cathythoughts Hmmmmm .. stacked 3mo
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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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I don‘t normally gravitate towards domestic dramas, but my curiosity got the best of me with this one. I‘m a Quaker, and Quakers are rarely represented in contemporary fiction. Tompkins did it justice. I found the Quaker bits accurate and true to real life. The story also pulled me in, and kept me up all night reading it. I‘m really glad I read this story and have it in my mental warehouse now. August #Bookspin complete

JamieArc Pictured here is my meetinghouse, which I miss being in so much, with the beautiful light coming through. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! And I'm glad to hear that your community was written well. I feel like religious groups aren't always researched well in fiction. 3mo
JamieArc @TheAromaofBooks Quakerism is usually only written about in a very historical context, so it gets stereotyped, and easy to get modern day Quakerism wrong. I was impressed with this author. I also thing she did a good job at portraying the things our faith does well and the things we don‘t do so well. 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ 3mo
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September #Bookspin list! I wish I could take life off for the next month so that I can just read all the books!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
JamieArc Note to self: BookSpin 13, Double Spin 15 3mo
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Skinny Dip | Carl Hiaasen
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After purchasing it at a library sale years ago, this book has been waiting to be my summer read for a long time. I‘m so glad I finally got to it! Who knew murder could be so funny? Reminiscent of Christopher Moore, this screwball plot and quirky cast of characters hooked me and made me laugh a lot. Just as interesting - finding a newspaper clipping in the book of a husband who went missing from a cruise! Highly recommend this super fun read.

Traci1 I love Hiassen's stuff. 4mo
JamieArc @Traci1 This is the first of his that I‘ve read. What others do you recommend? 4mo
Traci1 @JamieArc The first book in the Skink series is Double Whammy. I liked that one a lot. Bad Monkey is another good one. And I like his kid/ya books like Hoot and Flush (two different books not one called hoot and flush). All of his that I've read have a sort of environmental activism bent. 4mo
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JamieArc @Traci1 Thanks! 4mo
JamieArc @Traci1 I just saw that Bad Monkey is being adapted for TV, so perhaps I‘ll start there. 4mo
Traci1 @JamieArc ooh I didn't know about that. 4mo
CarolynM I read tagged book years ago and loved it. I don't know why I haven't read any others 4mo
DivineDiana Sounds fun! Stacked! I can relate to saving a book for a season. I also had a used library book on my shelves for years waiting for a Summer Read! Finally, finished it! 3mo
AlaMich I read this on a cruise a long time ago. It was very apropos! 3mo
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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I had intended to take a year off from being sucked in by the #manbooker nominees, yet here we are. I was drawn in to the premise of this short book, and true to form, with its stream-of-conscious thought by M, who grew quite insufferable to me, I thought this was going to be a slog to get through. Surprisingly, I couldn‘t put it down. There is a plot that left me needing to know what was going to happen. (Cont.)

JamieArc Probably a lot of interesting things to ponder, but nothing I wanted to really engage with. Man Booker Longlist 1 done, now on to the next! 4mo
JamieArc @Cathythoughts Here is my review. When I read your review, I felt similar to you. 4mo
squirrelbrain I feel similar too - I‘ll post my review tomorrow. 4mo
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squirrelbrain And, funnily enough, I was also *not* going to read the nominees this year…that didn‘t work out! 4mo
JamieArc @squirrelbrain I will look forward to seeing it. Why can‘t we resist??? For me, there have been a few that I really loved, so I can‘t resist in case there are one or two this year that I will really love too. 4mo
Cathythoughts I agree I wasn‘t going to bother being under pressure to read Booker books 🙄😂… and her we are ! Yes , we have similar feelings.. the plot kept me going to .. and it was short 👍🏻 and I‘m glad I read it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc @squirrelbrain That‘s why I can‘t resist either , Jamie, just in case I miss a really good one. Plus it‘s fun that a lot of us are reading them and can share thoughts 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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When I have 10 books I REALLY want to read, I‘ll read the first few paragraphs of each and see which ones pull me in. This one is a very strong contender, lol. “When we were eight, Dad cut me open from throat to stomach.” 😳🤔😂

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Emily Henry can sure write a vacation read. This is the story of Poppy and Alex and their journey from friends to lovers to strangers, and then maybe, lovers again (look up the song Strange by Celeste!). I loved reading about their different vacations, and reflecting on my own (2019 trip to Marseilles, France pictured here). July #DoubleBookspin completed.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond | Esther Freud, Margaret Drabble, Sophie Mackintosh
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I can‘t resist a book about swimming, and this was lovely. A collection of essays from a variety of lenses about swimming at the Hampstead Ladies‘ Pond in London. I have aspirations to be a cold water swimmer of lakes, so this was inspiring. July #Bookspin complete. #blameitonlitsy

TheAromaofBooks I love the artwork on the cover!! 4mo
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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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August #Bookspin List, featuring a bunch of #BOTM titles, some Man Booker Nominees, last books I want to get to this summer, and some motivation to help get through the massive A Suitable Boy (4 parts is over 400 of the 1400+ pages).

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
JamieArc Note to self: BookSpin-11, Double Spin-2 4mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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My #BOTM selections. I don‘t think I will be trying to read all of the Man Booker Longlist this year, but I am looking forward to reading China Room.

squirrelbrain I just got China Room from the library! 😁 4mo
JamieArc @squirrelbrain I often go on a spree purchasing a lot of the man Booker nominees (especially since many are usually not available in the US yet so I buy them from british sites), but this year I decided to put them all on hold at the library. China Room is the only I‘m actually buying. We‘ll see which ones I read this year 😊 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve got most of them on hold either on Libby or at the physical library - one (Powers) isn‘t published here until Nov! 4mo
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Skinny Dip | Carl Hiaasen
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Current Beach Read. My first Hiaasen and really enjoying it.

Reggie He can be so hilarious at times. 4mo
BarbaraBB This one was so fun! 4mo
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On vacation in northern Michigan. It‘s been a long time since I‘ve had the focus to just sit and read for a long time. It‘s peaceful, beautiful, there‘s a nice breeze - the perfect way to spend a summer day reading.

DrexEdit Sounds lovely! 😊 4mo
Librariana And it looks lovely, too 💜🌲 4mo
youneverarrived Sounds perfect 😍 4mo
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Does anyone else slightly panic when they have no audiobooks available to listen to? Just me? I feel like I usually do a good job of taking holds off of suspend in time for the next one to come by the time I finish one. I‘ve been waiting two days for one to become available. Usually I would go to Hoopla, where there are no wait times, but nothing is catching my eye. I‘m also being picky because I‘m about to go on vacation. #firstworldproblems

BarbaraJean 😂I feel so accomplished when I‘ve finished all my audiobooks—I just switch over to bookish podcasts when I run out! 4mo
Tamra I use Libravox when that happens. 4mo
JamieArc @Tamra I‘ll check it out! Thanks! 4mo
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JamieArc @BarbaraJean Good idea! I‘m out of the loop with current podcasts. What do you suggest? 4mo
BarbaraJean @JamieArc One of my favorites is Harry Potter and the Sacred Text—my lack of a commute during COVID means I‘ve gotten super behind! Others I enjoy are What Should I Read Next, BBC‘s Bookclub and World Book Club, and Levar Burton Reads. 4mo
JamieArc @BarbaraJean Thanks! I‘ll check some of them out. 4mo
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Thank you for passing this along to me, @catiewithac As per usual, your package came at just the right time. I was also really excited about the Washi tape - I had been covering them for a while, but never pushed the purchase button, so thank you! Lastly, the card was beautiful! The best design I‘ve seen yet 😊

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Transformation comes in the most unexpected ways sometimes 🤣. Book - meh. But I‘m super curious about its Hulu adaptation, and think I will like it better on screen.

Megabooks I‘m looking forward to the adaptation as well. I think Kidman will make a great Masha. 4mo
JamieArc @Megabooks I saw a trailer for the adaptation and was intrigued. It‘s what got me to listen to the book. I‘m looking forward to it! 4mo
Reggie Sooo yeah, just saw the trailer today and thought the same thing- I should read this. Lol 4mo
JamieArc @Reggie I didn‘t love the audiobook, but it hasn‘t stopped me from really wanting to see the series. 4mo
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My first Ellery Adams is in the books. A cast of quirky characters, a fun plot, and the setting is a bibliophile‘s paradise. I look forward to inhaling the rest once the cozy season starts in the fall.

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It only took 5 months to finish my February #Bookspin pick 🤦🏻‍♀️. Definitely a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I have loved everything Silko writes. This book just took a little more focus that I obviously didn‘t have. I still highly recommend reading Tayo‘s story - the search for self, culture, tradition.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Here is my July #Bookspin list, working off of last month‘s, as they are all books that give me summer vibes, and I‘m definitely a seasonal reader.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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I won this through a GR Giveaway, and I‘m so glad I did! Books about books are hit-or-miss for me, so I had low expectations. But it hooked me right away with the mysterious list of books to read, including one I‘m trying to get through now (A Suitable Boy). I‘ve realize that one of my favorite plots lately revolves around a diverse, inter generational community coming together to fight for a shared space (like a library or pool). (cont.)

JamieArc This book made me laugh and cry, multiple times. The characters are endearing, had quirks and flaws, but grew. And the story had so much heart. 5mo
JamieArc My one complaint was that the list of books seemed to stereotypical, featuring the normal classics, so I was happy to discover the author included her own list featuring books outside the normal cannon. This will be one of my favorites this year. 5mo
JamieArc Another great #Bookspin pick for June! @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 5mo
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EvieBee Sounds awesome! I just put myself in my library hold list. 5mo
JamieArc @EvieBee I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great review!!! 5mo
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GoodReads was a little too generous after I won this book in a giveaway and they sent me two copies! That‘s good news for you! If you want to receive a copy, just comment here that you are interested. I‘ll randomly choose someone Monday morning.

DivineDiana I would love to receive a copy! Thank you! 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm interested!!! Thanks for sharing the wealth! 5mo
JamieArc @DivineDiana and @TheKidUpstairs Since you two are the only ones interested, I‘m sending you each a copy! Email me your address at jamielarcher at gmail. 5mo
DivineDiana Thank you, so much! Sending my address! 5mo
TheKidUpstairs Thanks so much Jamie!!! 5mo
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Thanks for a great 4 years, Litsy! 🎉🎉📚📚💙

Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 5mo
Avanders Happy Litsyversary!! 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! Happy Litsyversary! 🥳 5mo
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JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏🎉📚 5mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary!!!! 5mo
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I‘ve been bad at posting what I‘ve been reading, but this one is worth a post. I don‘t read a lot of memoirs, but loved this one. Phuc would always have been too cool for me, but I have a little crush on him now. He‘s a great storyteller, using literature and punk to understand his own identity. Also loved the audio and listening to his pronunciations. 5⭐️ (also embarrassed it took forever to get the title 🤦🏻‍♀️)

SamAnne I really loved this one too! 6mo
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