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JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

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reader/photographer/knitter/activist/advocate/library trustee/https://www.goodreads.com/JoyBlue
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The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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Pickpick

What a pleasant surprise from not my usual cup of tea!!!! I really enjoyed this. Funny, hot, sweet, heartbreaking (for a small portion)—just fun.

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Mehso-so

Fine premise. So very repetitive, with over-the-top flowery/fussy description. I'm glad I got to read it soon after publication so I didn't have the letdown of it hogging a hold spot for long. I won't recommend it; but I won't discourage it either, if you have your heart set on reading it.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I wish there had been a trigger warning. So, see mine in the spoiler comment below. I'm bailing at 42% (over 7 hours in!!!). I only gave it this much time because Weiner is one of my faves (at least In Her Shoes is). In addition to being traumatized, I was pretty seriously bored before this point—it's a bit tedious.

JoyBlue Sexual assault/abuse throughout the portion I read—many events, by several people. (edited) 4d
ohyeahthatgirl I felt the same way about The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang. I haven't seen/heard anyone else talk about it, so maybe it's just the way I read it but that's a yikes from me. 4d
Cinfhen I read this about a month ago. I already forgot most but in case u care, Bethie ends up living on a commune, falls in love and marries an African American man, becomes a millionairess ( she grows and produces some sort of jam(?) ) her sister ( already forgot her name) finds out her husband is cheating on her with one of her neighbors, they divorce, she reconnects with her college girlfriend, they become a couple. One of her daughters sort of 👇🏼 4d
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Cinfhen Sort of follows the footsteps of Bethie and becomes a free spirit. Her older sister gets her an internship at a magazine, where the boss makes a move on her, she tells her sister who doesn‘t believe her ( a nod to the #MeToo movement) the sisters stop talking and then Bethies sister finds out she has breast cancer, which she ultimately dies from. And then somebody adopts a baby but I can‘t remember the specifics of that one. I forgot already. 4d
Cinfhen You totally didn‘t miss anything. This book was so OVER WRITTEN. I thought it was a mess. 4d
JoyBlue @ohyeahthatgirl Thanks for the warning! 3d
JoyBlue @Cinfhen Wow—thanks for the summary. I *really* feel comfortable with my bail decision now! 3d
Cinfhen Ha!!! 3d
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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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OMG—I‘m about 40% in and I wish somebody (anybody? everybody?) had put a trigger warning on this for sexual assault/abuse. I‘m seriously considering bailing. Is there really any good reason for me to continue? I‘m also fairly bored. So, there we are—bored and traumatized. I think I‘ll at least take a break from it while hoping to hear from others who have finished it whether it‘s worth the slog & trauma.

Soubhiville I‘d say you should bail- I haven‘t read it but if you aren‘t enjoying it, you should move on to something you like more! 4d
JoyBlue @Soubhiville Thanks. I'm usually good about bailing if I'm not enjoying. I'm a big fan of Weiner's In Her Shoes, so I may be sabatoging myself hoping this one will get better. 4d
Chrissyreadit I agree with @Soubhiville - you can alway pick it up again later. 4d
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DivineDiana I too am a fan. So sorry to hear that she has changed a successful format. 4d
Dolly I agree with the above comments. I for one have just about reached my saturation point reading about abuse and assault. 4d
Cinfhen You can skip the rest 4d
JoyBlue @Dolly 💙 I'm glad I'm not the only one who's sensitive to that. 💙 4d
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I finished my summer reading requirements in the wee hours of the 7th day (a week ago yesterday), but I missed my regular library visit last week (out of town for Number One Son's spectacular wedding). Today, I collected my T-shirt. 📚💙😎

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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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This was compared to a couple other books, at least one of which I didn't like. I was frustrated with some of Andrew's behaviors, but not so much that I wanted to bail. I liked the relationships between Andrew and the girls and Andrew and his online buds the most. I also liked the event at the end. You'll know it when you get to it. 😉

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I liked it. It's all about the characters/relationships. Somewhat reminiscent of Terry McMillan's and Fannie Flagg's work.

Jaimelire It‘s been sitting in my TBR pile forever. I should give it a read soon. 1w
JoyBlue @Jaimelire Oooh—I hope you do & that you enjoy it at least as much as I did! 😉 1w
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I finished my first summer reading log at 1-something this morning! Woo hoo! I'll go get my T-shirt prize this week.

britt_brooke Nice!! 2w
SleepyDragon Is that the Beanstack app? My library just adopted that app, and I'm learning to use it before our SRP starts Monday. I like the tracking function so far. Sounds like your library has better prizes, though. Lol 2w
JoyBlue @SleepyDragon It is! I‘m not likely to use it to its fullest, as I already track in ~5 places, but it‘s handy for logging and interacting with the library. Enjoy your summer reading! 📚💙 2w
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Larkken I always forget to participate in the library reading programs! That's really fun. 2w
JoyBlue @Larkken Get ye to the library! Stat! 2w
Larkken @JoyBlue 💃🏻 haha 2w
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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We started reading this together in the car today on our way to Number One Son's wedding rehearsal (DH's first time reading; my second). We're taking next week off for staycation, so we should have plenty of co-reading time. Number Two Son is two to the right of his brother (dark hair, blue shirt).

bewareofwords I love this book—and congratulations to your son and family! 2w
JoyBlue @bewareofwords I did, too. Thanks so much! 💕 2w
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I didn't have sticky flags handy most of the time I was reading. I may have to buy my own copy and read it again soon. Quite a few of her reading habits match mine or at least resonate. Delightful little collection of essays! [I stayed up too late last night—just one more essay....]

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 25% 2:41:32—boring! Wish it hadn't hogged a hold spot for so long. Oh, well.

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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Mehso-so

This is my neighborhood book club's June pick. I don't think it's an improvement on the original.

[In case you're keeping track, my online book club's June pick is Anne Tyler's Clock Dance. Funny!]

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How to Party with an Infant | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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Mehso-so

Occasionally laugh-out-loud funny; occasionally cringe-worthy. I wouldn't recommend it, but it was entertaining enough as I didn't have any expectations about it.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Mehso-so

I've been looking forward to this for ages. It was a little too frenetic/insubstantial for me right now. Real life is so crazy-busy at the moment, I don't need that in my entertainment, too. Right now, I just need nice/fluffy/kind/easy/pleasant/light. It reminded me a bit of the frenetic The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey [maybe also of The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett (but not as good)]. The cover is pretty, though. 😉

Ashley_Nicoletto I have a long plane ride to Hawaii coming up and I was thinking about downloading this one for the flight (along with multiple others). 2w
Larkken @Ashley_Nicoletto I loved it! But I think it benefit from skimming (so, eyebook form?)... Frenetic is a great word for it @JoyBlue 😂 2w
JoyBlue @Ashley_Nicoletto Ooh—happy reading & have a great time in Hawaii! 2w
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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In my previous post you saw the signed edition of The Poisonwood Bible that is part of my anniversary gift. Tagging it in a separate blurb gives me a chance to share some photos with you from our 30 years of marriage so far. One of our friends joked w/DH today that he never has to worry about the traditional anniv gifts—paper always works for me! 📚 Number One Son is getting married Saturday. Our joy is multiplying. Can't wait!

Avanders Congratulations!! 🥂🥂 2w
julesG Congratulations! 2w
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 2w
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JoyBlue @Avanders @julesG @TrishB Thanks so much! 💙 2w
Reggie What a lovely post! Congratulations! 2w
JoyBlue @Reggie Thank you! 💙😃 2w
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My very clever lobster 🦞 gave me these treasures today to celebrate our 30th anniversary! 30 years sounds like a really long time; but it hasn't felt like it. We're ready for the next 30 years! 💙 🧡

DaveGreen7777 Wishing you and your hubby a very Happy Anniversary! 😀🥂 2w
JoyBlue Thank you, @DaveGreen7777! 😃 2w
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Classics and emerging classics in #picturebooks #RiotGrams

JoyBlue Tagged book on this comment was written by one of my childhood friends. We're again/still friends today. We get together as much as possible when he's “home“ in Chicago or when we visit the DC area. 2w
JoyBlue Today, I'm wearing my new “I'll Eat You Up“ T-shirt from Out of Print. Love it!! 😍https://outofprint.com/products/ill-eat-you-up-womens-relaxed-fit-t-shirt 2w
JoyBlue My original post won't update to note that tagged book is an excellent and hilarious early activism primer. 😉 2w
tracey38 I love children's books. 2w
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The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse
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“What are you thinking?“ Matt said. “You look thinky.“

🤔 😂

jb72 I just got this from the library and hope to start it next. 2w
JoyBlue @jb72 Hope you enjoy! 😀 2w
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The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse
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Not bad/not great earns a so-so from me. The characters are certainly flawed (being generous here). Overall, the book wasn't as funny as I needed it to be in terms of either the book's events or providing a fun escape from reality. 😉

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Reasons to love June:

1️⃣ Wedding anniversary 💙🧡

2️⃣ Number One Son's wedding

3️⃣ Summer Reading at the Palatine Public Library

4️⃣ #riotgrams

#BooksAndSocks

Poet422 All your missing is a completely versatile towel.... #vorgonpoetry #whataretheodds “It‘s like being drunk.” “That doesn‘t sound so bad.” “Oh yes? Ask a glass of water...” 3w
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May reading recap: 23 (not including bailed: 2)

*4-star or 5-star reads (in order of reading)*

Speaking from Among the Bones, Alan Bradley

Bellwether, Connie Willis

Jennifer Government, Max Berry (reread)

A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver
, Mark Shriver

The Tale Teller, Anne Hillerman

JoyBlue *honorable mention (3+ or 4-)*

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates

IQ, Joe Ide

I'll Be Your Blue Sky, Marisa de los Santos
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 💖📚💖 3w
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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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The library was *hoppin'* during the Summer Reading kick-off! We entered a raffle for park district experiences, picked up pins & genre rubber ducks (DH let me pick both of ours—I picked mystery & sci-fi), made post-it dispensers, and picked up registration scratch-off cards/coupons (neither won prizes). We got to chat with several staff members—always a treat. Finally, I snagged my neighborhood book club's June pick (tagged) in the book nook!

JoyBlue Of course, also returned materials that were due and picked up my book on hold. 3w
DebinHawaii Nice! I wish our libraries had such a big summer kick off. Love the 🦆🦆😉 3w
JoyBlue @DebinHawaii LOL—aren‘t they a hoot?! Our library is so awesome! I‘ve loved it since we moved here 26 years ago, and I love serving as trustee (I‘m halfway through my 4-year term). 3w
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June 1 is one of my favorite days of the year—Summer Reading starts at the library! By 12:13 this morning, I had registered online. [I might have done it sooner, but I was busy logging my last book read in May, which I finished just before midnight.] Anyway, I posted this screenshot on my library trustee Facebook page before 😴; I‘ll drop in to the celebration at main library this afternoon. Happy Summer Reading, dear Littens!

LibrarianRyan I love and miss Summer Reading. 3w
DarcysMom We can't sign up until Monday for summer reading at my library - and you have to do it in person. I expect we'll be there when it opens. 🙃 3w
JoyBlue @LibrarianRyan I‘m so sad for you! Hugs! 3w
JoyBlue @DarcysMom Awww—well, enjoy Monday! 😀 3w
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Pickpick

Hillerman writes consistently good mysteries, with strong character and plot development. I'm glad she so capably picked up and continued the series after her dad's death.

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DH was shocked to get home from last night's hockey game at nearly 1 am this morning to find me still working on my jigsaw puzzle and reading with my ears [and I didn't stop until well after he went to bed]. Before he left for tonight's game, he asked "What are you doing tonight?" I just held up my book. Follow-up question (with judgy tone): "Until what time?" Hey—I'm already in bed! That's promising, right? ?

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I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
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I read this largely while working on my latest jigsaw puzzle. The combo allowed me to stay up waaaaaaaay too late! Some repetition and a fairly obvious twist. Satisfied with the way it ended.

wanderinglynn Ooh! 💜 I just got that puzzle! I can‘t wait to do it (I just have to find the time to finish the current one I‘m working on.) 😉 3w
Soubhiville Cool puzzle! 3w
TheSpineView I love that puzzle! 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Really a beautiful puzzle. 3w
JoyBlue @wanderinglynn 😎 What's your current puzzle? This one was more fun than I expected because the pieces aren't all the same shape and they don't match up in obvious ways. Also, when I was sorting, it was sometimes hard to tell which shades of a color would apply to which panel. 3w
JoyBlue @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree! I gazed at it for a while after finishing tonight. So pretty! 😍 3w
wanderinglynn @JoyBlue I‘m currently working on Lime in the Coconut (https://www.puzzlewarehouse.com/product/search.cfm?criteria=Lime+in+the+coconut) but I haven‘t had much time recently to work on it. I‘m hoping to put some time in this weekend. ☺️ 3w
JoyBlue @wanderinglynn OMG!!! Two things: 1️⃣ Your puzzle looks like fun! I hope you enjoy some quality time with it this weekend. 2️⃣ I‘m pretty sure you‘ve just opened a Pandora‘s box for me by introducing me to that puzzle site! DH is not going to be happy!! 😜🤣 3w
wanderinglynn @JoyBlue I love Puzzle Warehouse! They have a physical store in St. Louis, which is amazing. Plus, they have a puzzle of the month club, which I‘ve done for the last 2 years—so much fun! 3w
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I have the great honor and joy of volunteering for Save the Children Action Network, of which Mark Shriver is CEO. I thoroughly appreciated that Mark shared so deeply his relationship with his dad, what he learned from him, and his own feelings about leadership and parenting in light of those lessons.

We ordered this signed first edition because I didn't want to wait until I *might* have a chance to get a signature the next time I'm in DC.

rabbitprincess I spy Super Grover in the background! 😍 3w
JoyBlue @rabbitprincess You do, indeed! He was a “just because“ gift from Number One Son a couple/few years ago. I luuuuuuurve him (well, them, actually). Funny story: A week from Saturday, NOS is getting married, and our mother/son dance song is “Fuzzy and Blue“! 😍 3w
rabbitprincess @JoyBlue That's adorable! Congrats to your son 😊 3w
JoyBlue @rabbitprincess Thank you! 💙 3w
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Bailedbailed

I bailed at 21% / 3:08:47. Dislike all of the characters. Bored with every story line.

Liatrek I started this one a few weeks ago and I was surprised how much I didn‘t like it but only got about 50 pages before bailing. I normally love Jojo books and planned to try again. 3w
DivineDiana Too bad! 😕 3w
marleed I get that. I stayed with it because I hated to give up on JoJo. I would have given it a pan except that I enjoyed the last third raising it to a SoSo. I won‘t remember this when I look back on my 2019 reads. 3w
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Traci1 Aw that stinks. I have this one sitting on my tbr shelves. It's so pretty i had high hopes. 😕 3w
JoyBlue @marleed I‘m glad it redeemed itself at least a bit. 🙂 3w
JoyBlue @Traci1 I hope it will live up to your high hopes! 💙 3w
JoyBlue @Liatrek Good luck with your retry! 🙂 3w
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Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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I've had this on my TBR for quite a while, but wasn't in a rush to read it until it became the pick of my online book club. I'll be moderating discussion in June.

I've read two other Tyler works, at least one of which I rated highly. Clock Dance was fine. Yes, I said it—it was fine. It was average. It was fairly nondescript.

I came across this signed first edition at Half Price Books this weekend—seemed like a sign. I may return it.

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This installment was a bit of a letdown after the book 5 cliffhanger. Nonetheless, Flavia is always at least a little bit fun. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes now that Flavia is off to boarding school.

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Walk Two Moons | Sharon Creech
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Oh, no—I read the wrong book! When I came across/bailed on another of Creech's books last week, I thought I remembered *loving* one of her books that I had read with one of my boys. I searched our book logs, and thought it was Walk Two Moons. Nope. It was Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer. Back to WTM: I *did* read this with Number One Son many moons ago. I can only assume that I was just as bored with it then, and that I quickly put it out of my mind.

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Mehso-so

I was *really* worried about reading this—people seem to love it or hate it. I didn't feel that strongly about it one way or another. I definitely could have done without Mark; probably could have done without Ollie. All in all, not particularly enjoyable, deep, enlightening, touching, or anything else one might expect from a dysfunctional family at a major life event. It makes me want to watch Table 19 again, though.

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Panpan

I was morbidly curious about whether the story could be redeemed, so I stuck with it. I oughtn't make that mistake again. My friends and I weren‘t even remotely so shallow and immature at Sasha‘s age and neither are my younger son and his friends, who are now roughly/were recently her age. Ick!

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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Mehso-so

I considered bailing *really* early on because of the huge astrology angle. Despite that, it wasn't a bad story. It reminded me a bit of “Love Actually“ or “New Year's Eve,“ in that there were a bunch of characters with various cross stories. If you *are* an astrology fan, or if you think you can ignore that aspect, and you'd like a fluffy beach read, give this a try.

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When I first read this 11 years ago, I was using a book app that suddenly disappeared, along with most of my data. I remembered really liking it; but, anymore, that makes me apprehensive about rereading [my tastes have changed, understandably, through the years]. Luckily, I really liked it this time, too! This particular dystopia isn't triggering me as much as many of my old faves do now that we're living them. Whew—dodged a bullet there!

iread2much I read this maybe 9 years ago...I remember liking it, but I don‘t remember much more about it. I‘m glad to see someone else enjoyed it 1mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This could have been a much better book had been significantly shorter (better edited and focused). Paris story line was largely unnecessary. I didn't form a strong interest in any of the characters, save Nora, who was incidental (especially if the Paris story line was cut). Possibly, I could have mustered up more interest in Yale, had the book been focused on his story line (set in the mid- to late-80s, on the AIDS crisis in Chicago).

JoyBlue Hmmmm . . . I didn't like Makkai's The Hundred-Year House, either. Guess she's not my cup of tea. 1mo
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Bellwether | Connie Willis
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Well, shoot—I finished that in less than a day! It's completely not what I expected from science fiction. It's really more fiction about scientists, with humor, social commentary, a little romance, and a lot of silliness mixed in. Anyway, I was quite delighted! This was a great companion to driving, doing chores, and working on a jigsaw puzzle. I completely forgot all my cares for a few hours.

dragondrool I thought this one would just be okay, but was won over immediately. I loved it! 1mo
JoyBlue @dragondrool Yay! Have you read others of her work? If so, what did you especially like/would you recommend? 1mo
dragondrool @JoyBlue The Doomsday Book is fabulous. Passage was pretty great as well. I believe I've only read those three. 1mo
JoyBlue @dragondrool Thanks! 😎 1mo
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I was delighted to hear/meet Cokie Roberts in DC in April. Her keynote was smart and funny. So, this signed first edition was an obvious choice of Mother's Day present for me from Number One Son (an excellent gift-giver in his own right, though this pick was facilitated by Dad). Sadly, I found this book incredibly dull.

For better or worse, Hubby has discovered Alabama Booksmith and has gone on a spree. See comments for more.

JoyBlue At the bottom of the pictured stack is the first book DH snagged from Alabama Booksmith. I get it—it was an awesome book. We had to have it! I then told him that he had to stop buying signed first editions (he was at it before he discovered this shop). When I caught a glimpse of our latest credit card bill, I almost went through the roof. Then I realized that it was almost Mother's Day. Trap shut! [1/2] 1mo
JoyBlue Anyway, NOS picked Founding Mothers to give to me (and reimbursed his dad). Dear Husband presented me with Art Matters (also signed). And, I hear that there are other goodies from that shipment for future occasions. All in all, I think he's done a fine shopping job. 😂 💙 📘 [2/2] 1mo
DivineDiana He certainly has! ❤️ 1mo
JoyBlue @DivineDiana I'll tell him you said that. 😉 💝 1mo
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Mehso-so

If I wasn't of a certain age & experience, I might be more impressed. If this is your first habits book and/or you're young/inexperienced, you may really enjoy it! I read this for one of my book discussion groups. I wouldn't recommend it, particularly; but, it was approachable/quick enough that I'm not salty about it taking up my time. I do have to say that I went for a walk both days I was reading it, so it was at least momentarily effective. 😂

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Windfall | Diksha Basu
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Mehso-so

This was a decent enough fluffy read. It was mildly amusing. I'm not the type to worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Would I appreciate the book more if I were?

Pictured is my newest orchid—a thank-you from Number One Son and
Almost-Daughter-In-Law for co-hosting their couple shower on Saturday. 💝

Beatlefan129 Animal! I love The Muppets 1mo
JoScho @Beatlefan129 me too! 1mo
BookwormM Very pretty orchid looks like a rhubarb and custard sweet 1mo
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JoyBlue @Beatlefan129 @JoScho Yay! Animal is one of my alter-egos. What you don't see in the photo is my drum set directly in front of the window. I haven't played for years. It's high on my “getting back to being me now that my kids are launched“ list. [Hope it doesn't have to wait for years to be on the “finally not working so darn hard“ list! 🙄] 1mo
JoyBlue @BookwormM Thank you! I don't know anything about the types. I just love and collect them (this is my 5th).
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Eaglesfan Love how the colors of the orchid blend with the walls and Animal! 1mo
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Heads You Lose | Lisa Lutz, David Hayward
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I thought the premise of two authors (exes) co-writing a mystery (she writes odd chapters; he writes evens) was interesting. Unfortunately, I thought the execution fell *way* short. Maybe it wasn't the resulting story that fell short, so much as the weird “Notes“ sections between chapters (and sometimes comments within chapters), which amounted to passive-aggressive bickering. This was probably meant to be funny. It was really just grating.

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IQ | Joe Ide
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I wasn't sure what to expect, but, overall, I liked it. Good character development. I'll probably try the second in the series. [Trigger warning: There is violence toward humans and animals.]

QueenJen I think this would make a fantastic action flick! 1mo
JoyBlue @QueenJen I could see that. 1mo
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Really interesting. I think Melinda and I could be friends. We're on the same page about several advocacy issues and what the benefits are of various programs. So much good to families and societies can be done when women are given resources, autonomy, and equality—no matter the specific event/location/circumstances.

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A good-but-not-great read—I may adjust my attitude a bit when I review the almost-20 bookmarks I made for myself.

My ears really perked up toward the end, when he was discussing a study involving a 6-month-old girl named Nora. I'm almost positive that he's referring to a study that I just saw in the upcoming documentary “No Small Matter,“ about the importance of high-quality early childhood education experiences. I love it when that happens! 😃

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I'm a Flavia fan, woefully behind in the series (this is the 5th of 10 books published so far). I had non-spoiler advance warning from a Goodreads reviewer that there was quite the cliffhanger. Was there ever! I might have to read the next installment sooner than I would normally!

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Panpan

Don't ask me—I didn't have any of the typical reactions to this story.

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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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"But Charlotte," said Wilbur, "I'm not terrific."

"That doesn't make a particle of difference," replied Charlotte. "Not a particle. People believe almost anything they see in print." [89]

"People believe almost anything they see in print." Isn't that the frightening truth?!

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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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"Can I have a pig, too, Pop?" asked Avery.

"No, I only distribute pigs to early risers," said Mr. Arable. "Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one, to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly. [5]

To Fern: You go, girl! I like to rid the world of injustice, too! ??

rretzler Isn‘t it funny that Charlotte‘s Web is so beloved after all these years and it only won the Newbery Honor, while no one reads the Newbery Medal winner from that year anymore 2mo
JoyBlue @rretzler I don't think I've even heard of the medal winner! 2mo
rretzler I actually hadn‘t either. It really makes me want to go through all the years of Newberys now to see if there are any other years where an honors book is more remembered that the medal book. 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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"That‘s how it was back then. I was just supposed to be the inspiration for some man‘s great idea. Well, fuck that. That‘s why I started writing my own stuff."