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JoyBlue

JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

LibraryThing member joyblue

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lifelong bookdragon/photographer/knitter/activist/advocate/library trustee https://debbybrauer.org
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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
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Pierre: A Cationary Tale | Maurice Sendak
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Day 7: Santa Hat or Elf Shoes

Meet Pierre, named after the main character in the tagged book, who is the boy, *not* the lion. Did you follow all that? Anyway, my Pierre is sporting my Santa hat, because, yes, I can be a little bit naughty. 😉

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

StayCurious Ha this is great! 1h
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Day 6: Wrap It Up

My emotional support snek, Milo the zen python, played along in our game by letting me wrap him up in this cozy snowflake fleece blanket before our cuddle time tonight. Milo (a 4-year-old Mojave ball python) is named after the main character in the tagged book, because my partner wouldn't allow me to name either of our human children Milo 20+ years ago.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

marleed He‘s pretty - and great name! 1d
JoyBlue @marleed 🐍 💙 23h
sharread 🤯❤🎄 19h
StayCurious wow so cool! 1h
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Mehso-so

While I correctly guessed the killer‘s identity early on, I gave a tiny ratings boost for a surprise twist at the end. Overall, this mystery was lackluster. Read my full review here https://debbybrauer.org/#blackeyed-susans

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

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Light the Menorah | Jannie Ho
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Day 5: By Candlelight

Tonight is the last night of Chanukah, so I have a full menorah.

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Karkar That is a very cool menorah 3d
JoyBlue @Karkar Thank you! It's my favorite, but not my easiest to use. 3d
AmyG It‘s beautiful. Happy Hanukkah! 3d
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JoyBlue @AmyG Thank you! 3d
Leftcoastzen So pretty! Happy Hanukkah! 3d
IndoorDame Happy Hanukkah! Lovely chanukiyah! 3d
TheBookHippie Happy Hanukkah!!! Beautiful !!!! 2d
JoyBlue @Leftcoastzen Thank you! 2d
JoyBlue @IndoorDame Thank you on both counts! 2d
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie Thank you, and happy Hanukkah to you, too! 2d
StayCurious So pretty! 59m
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A Child of Books | Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
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keys_on_fire Woohoo! 2d
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Is This Anything? | Jerry Seinfeld
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Jerry Seinfeld‘s first book in 25 years is interesting and fun—just right for a holiday hustle break! Read my full review here https://debbybrauer.org/#is-this-anything

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021

#TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

keys_on_fire Great job! 2d
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Day 4: Book and Chill

Today is National Cookie Day. What better day is there to combine with “book and chill“?

[No books were harmed—I removed the cookie from the book's vicinity immediately after photographing. Also, the book pictured isn't the book tagged—I just wanted the extra points for connecting the photo to the book theme. 😉]

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

tpixie That book looks adorable. What is it? 3d
JoyBlue @tpixie This book *is* absolutely adorable (and more)! It's A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers. Look for my review post later today (hopefully). 💙 3d
tpixie @JoyBlue ok! Thx! 3d
StayCurious “no books were harmed“ - haha I love that 55m
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Dava Shastri's Last Day | Kirthana Ramisetti
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This debut novel about a dying billionaire matriarch and her clan might appeal to fans of dishy family dramas. Read my full review here https://debbybrauer.org/#dava-shastris-last-day

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021

#TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

keys_on_fire Interesting concept! 2d
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Day 3: Silver Bells

I have silver *chimes* on my drum set, and *multicolored* bells on a Christmas stocking, but the closest I can get to silver bells seems to be my partner's comfy-cozy flannel boxer shorts. They make me think of this Hershey's Kisses Christmas commercial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe4IZ7aGikw&ab_channel=E7than

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

Susanita I love that commercial! 5d
JoyBlue @Susanita 😂 😍 4d
StayCurious amazing haha 53m
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Change Sings | Amanda Gorman
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I borrowed Change Sings from my dear friend, Sharon. I loved it so much that I ordered my own copy immediately upon finishing it! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#change-sings-a-childrens-anthem

This is from my December TBR list for #WinterGames2021

#TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5d
keys_on_fire It looks so neat, I bought just from your Litsy review. I had the thought as I was ordering that it seems like a good candidate for the Newbery award. Be neat to see! 2d
JoyBlue @keys_on_fire I hope you love it, too! 💙 2d
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November reading recap: Last month, 17 of 29 books read rated high enough to make the list. https://debbybrauer.org/#november-2021-recap

[Now that I've caught up with November (which was atypically high) I'm only a tiny bit behind on reviews. After today or tomorrow, my reading posts should settle down for a bit, fingers crossed!]

readingjedi I read The Day the Crayons Quit in November too! And October. And September. And August. And every other month too. In fact, it and the sequel are probably my most read books of this year 😅 5d
JoyBlue @readingjedi That's awesome! 😎 You cracked me up! 😂 5d
readingjedi @JoyBlue 7 year olds are relentless! Luckily now it's December I get to read her the Christmas one as well 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5d
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An Ambush of Widows | Jeff Abbott
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This mystery‘s ability to keep my interest was a bit of a rollercoaster, but the story was ultimately satisfying. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#an-ambush-of-widows

EvieBee This sounds interesting. I don‘t stack books here, but I‘ve noted it on my spreadsheet. Thank you! 5d
JoyBlue @EvieBee You're most welcome! I hope you enjoy it. 5d
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The M&M's Brand Addition Book | Barbara Barbieri McGrath
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The mint M&Ms come in white, too! Today, I played with my food. [That's not as unusual an occurrence as you might expect from a grown-up. 🤣]

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #RedAndWhite #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

StayCurious 😁 52m
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I started out engaged by Abitha‘s plight . . . until the story took an irrecoverable turn. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#slewfoot-a-tale-of-bewitchery

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Hawthorne School | Sylvie Perry
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Expected publication day for this supposed mystery/thriller is December 7. I didn‘t find it mysterious or thrilling. I‘ll give it creepy (in an icky—not scary—way). Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-hawthorne-school

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #TheHawthorneSchool

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After seeing his illustrations for The Day the Crayons Quit last week, I‘m on an Oliver Jeffers kick. In addition to this book, I have two more children‘s books both written and illustrated by Jeffers waiting near the top of my TBR list. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#here-we-are-notes-for-living-on-plan...

Thndrstd Have you read Stuck? My daughter and I love that one 6d
JoyBlue @Thndrstd I don't believe I have. I'll check it out soon. Thanks for the recommendation!!!! 💙 6d
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The M&M's Brand Counting Book | Barbara Barbieri McGrath
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All year, we look forward to mint M&Ms. Last year we had none (we also had no family celebration 😢). This year, we'll have both M&Ms in our stockings *and* family celebration! Happy, happy!

#WinterGames2021 #FestivePhotoChallenge #RedAndGreen #TeamGameSleighers

@StayCurious

EJG31 So glad to hear that you will celebrate with family this year and enjoy festive m&ms. 6d
JoyBlue @EJG31 💙 6d
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The premise of this book shares some similarities with A Man Called Ove. It‘s a charming story with a varied cast of characters. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#all-the-lonely-people

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We Are Water Protectors | Carole Lindstrom
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Recommend for ages three to six years, this beautiful book could be enjoyed by thoughtful people of all ages. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#we-are-water-protectors

megnews I love this!! 7d
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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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A widowed mother and her younger son are dissatisfied with their lives, keeping big secrets, and wondering what to do next in this family drama coming out on December 7. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#tell-me-how-to-be

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #FlatironBooks #TellMeHowToBe

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Here's my #WinterGames2021 TBR list (in no particular order). Go, #TeamGameSleighers! 📚 🌟

@StayCurious

sharread Awesome ❤ 1w
StayCurious Some great picks here! 7d
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The Every: A Novel | Dave Eggers
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Were you crazy about Eggers‘ The Circle? Here‘s the next installment. Need a break from the state of society? Proceed with caution . . . or skip it. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-every

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Here's a short, fun picture book for grown-ups of (or approaching) a certain age. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#i-am-why-do-i-need-venmo-years-old-a...

AmyG You ever see the Progressive commercials? Young people becoming their parents? This reminds me of that. I am all these things. 😥 1w
JoyBlue @AmyG Yes—a little like that! It's OK—every phase has its good parts. 💙 1w
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The Bone Cay: A Novel | Eliza Nellums
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Expected publication day for this mystery/thriller is December 7. I think it‘s worth getting on the hold list now! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-bone-cay

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #TheBoneCay

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While the story is cute, it‘s the illustrations that really make this children‘s picture book fun. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-day-the-crayons-quit

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Renegades: Born in the USA | Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen
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This gorgeous coffee-table book is an extension of the two close friends‘ podcast. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#renegades-born-in-the-usa

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Stanley Tucci‘s memoir about his relationship with food is interesting, funny, and emotional. His narration is, itself, delicious. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#taste-my-life-through-food

keys_on_fire Another audiobook to add to my list! I love Stanley Tucci; he‘s so diverse as an actor! 2w
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Roommaid | Sariah Wilson
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This story is pretty silly and definitely predictable, but is still decent, light fare. As a “bonus,” in this review I step onto my soapbox to talk about two genres and their misuse (in my humble opinion). Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#roommaid

Vansa Seriously. I don't see Tom Clancy's genre being called " weapons obsessive drivel", for instance! 1w
JoyBlue @Vansa Right?! 😂 1w
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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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I didn't feel like the book quite lived up to the hype of the publisher description. Nonetheless, this was a slightly more interesting than average read. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#these-silent-woods

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You Can Run: A Novel | Karen Cleveland
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The end of this mystery/thriller made me smile with satisfaction. That‘s an accomplishment! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#you-can-run

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This log of the author‘s daily delights recorded from one birthday to the next was, as promised, delightful! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-book-of-delights

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The Party Crasher | Sophie Kinsella
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Sophie Kinsella‘s latest is consistent fare—part rom-com, part family dramedy. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-party-crasher

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If This Gets Out: A Novel | Cale Dietrich, Sophie Gonzales
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Ruben and Zach are best friends who work together in a popular boy-band. As they become more than friends, they face challenges from within, their management company, their families, and the public. The story is written with depth and sensitivity. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#if-this-gets-out

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #WednesdayBooks #IfThisGetsOut

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In this mystery fan‘s opinion, this was lackluster. Others rave. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#find-her-alive-detective-josie-quinn...

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The Girl I Was | Jeneva Rose
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An immature woman in her mid–30s involuntarily time travels to “fix” her younger self. Does it work (is she successful *and* am I satisfied as a reader)? Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-girl-i-was

#NetGalley #DreamscapeMedia #TheGirlIWas

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If you‘re willing to completely suspend your disbelief in a whirlwind love story with a meet-cute orchestrated by a dog, this book (along with others in the series) is a good candidate. I‘m not sorry. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-happy-ever-after-playlist-the-fr...

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This compendium is for the most super of Douglas Adams superfans. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#dont-panic-douglas-adams-the-hitchhi...

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The middle-aged me is still every bit as delighted by this science fiction comedy as the teen me was shortly after its publication. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy

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Alan Cumming‘s latest memoir is a treat (mostly)! If you‘re his fan, or even just a movie/TV/theatre fan, give it a try. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#baggage-tales-from-a-fully-packed-li...

CarolynM I saw this in the bookshop last week and put it straight on my Christmas list🙂 Glad to know you enjoyed it. 1mo
JoyBlue @CarolynM I hope you get it, and that you enjoy it! 💙 1mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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In the mood for an explosive family drama with a satisfying ending? Look no further! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#malibu-rising

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The tension remains high throughout this mystery/thriller about a Black woman corporate attorney keeping secrets, present and past. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#all-her-little-secrets

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Series devotee or newbie, get ready for the new Stephanie Plum–led romp. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#game-on-tempting-twentyeight

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My #UnpopularOpinion of the day: This is probably the dullest piece of Gothic fiction I‘ve ever read. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-lighthouse-witches

julesG I kind of agree 1mo
JoyBlue @julesG So sad for us! 😢 1mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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October reading recap: Last month, 10 of 16 books read rated high enough to make the list. https://debbybrauer.org/#october-2021-recap

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This debut mystery thriller is set in Chicago (pro). The author has room to grow in her fiction writing (hopefully temporary con). I‘m not sorry I read this, but I expected to like it much more. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#as-the-wicked-watch-jordan-manning-1

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This light mystery was pleasantly surprising—a nice mix of mystery and silliness. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#grave-reservations-the-booking-agent...

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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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It's not a mystery masterpiece, but if one keeps expectations reasonable, it‘s a fine way to pass the time. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#a-line-to-kill-hawthorne-and-horowit...

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This collection of speeches and essays fell far short of my expectations based on the publisher‘s description and in relation to other books of similar topic. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#entertaining-race-performing-blackne...

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #StMartinsPress

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Nick Offerman communes with—and has adventures in—nature and lives to tell about it with humor and seriousness. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#where-the-deer-and-the-antelope-play...

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