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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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I forgot how good this adaptation is.

mrsmarch Seriously the best. This book is my reason for living. 5d
LauraBeth @mrsmarch probably the one book that has stood the test of time for me ❤️ 5d
Lynnsoprano I love this movie! I rewatched it last year after we visited Orchard House on our vacation. 4d
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The Undomestic Goddess | Sophie Kinsella
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At 24.5 miles this week, I met my #BFC fitness goal of walking/running a combined minimum of 20 miles each week. Bitsy walked/ran all of these miles with me. ❤️

I‘m killing my sleep goal! 😂

I listened to the tagged audiobook while walking.


DivineDiana 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👍🏻 Cheers to you and Bitsy! 1w
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 1w
CoverToCoverGirl What a team! Well done! 👊 1w
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wanderinglynn Way to go! Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 And sleep is super important for good health. 👍🏻👍🏻 1w
Clwojick Sophie Kinsella 😍 I love how light and funny her books are. 1w
RadicalReader @LauraBeth what app do you use to get this information? 1w
catebutler You did so well! I definitely think your sleep goal is admirable! 1w
Sharpeipup Good for you! Sleep is so important... 1w
Cinfhen Great job!!!!! I‘m in awe and cheers to Bitsy who outpaced me by 19 miles 😂😂😂 1w
bewareofwords Great work!! 👏🏽 1w
Megabooks You have a very fit resting heart rate! 👍🏻👍🏻💜 1w
BarbaraJean I bet Bitsy‘s keeping up with you on the sleep goal, too. 😂 What a great week! 1w
julesG Your sleep goal! 👏👏👏 Wish I could get 6 hours each night. 1w
TheSpineView Doing awesome! Keep up the good work! 1w
Blaire @julesG agree. My sleep goal is set to 7.5 and I think I hit it once or twice a month. 1w
VanChocStrawberry I want my step average to be as high as yours! Way to go! 1w
Suet624 I want to sleep as much as you do. 4 hours at a time seems to be my thing.
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Happy anniversary! | Robin Kring
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👋 So this happened. 🙀 I was supposed to post it on May 12, but life happened. 😹During this time, I‘ve read more books than ever and have made life-long friends here. 😘

julesG Happy Litsyversary! 🎂🎊🎈 1w
dariazeoli Yay! Happy Litsyversary 🎉 1w
rohit-sawant Awesome! Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎂📖🎉 1w
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saresmoore 📕♥️🥰♥️😘♥️😍♥️📕 1w
Soubhiville Yay! 📚💕📚 1w
tournevis 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 1w
britt_brooke So happy you‘re here! I joined in May 2016, too, but I‘m not sure of the exact day. Can‘t believe it‘s been 3 years!! 🎉🎉🎉 1w
Dragon Happy Litsy Anniversary! 🎉🥂🍾📖 1w
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 1w
AmyG Yay🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1w
TrishB 🎉🎉🎉😘 1w
AlaMich Woohoo!!🍾💐 1w
LeahBergen Woohoo!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
KarenUK Yay! 💕🍾🥂 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Me too! Happy Litsyversary! 1w
BarbaraBB 🥂💚 1w
Reggie Yay!!!! Happy Litsyversary!! 1w
kspenmoll I am a May anniversary 2016 as well! 1w
Suet624 I‘m so happy you joined. 1w
RadicalReader @LauraBeth I always get inspired with finding new books and making wonderful bookworm buddies 1w
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I haven‘t had a chance to post my #BFC goals yet - so here they are. The 20 miles a week will be from combined running/walking. So far this week we have 16 miles completed. I say “we” because I‘m doing the fitness challenge entirely with Bitsy.


Soubhiville How many hours of lounging on the floor upside down though? Bitsy insists! 1w
LauraBeth @Soubhiville oh she gets plenty of time lounging upside down! 😂 1w
julesG Great stats so far! 1w
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saresmoore Thank you for the running playlists...and the good advice! I‘ve been doing HIIT runs with music and it‘s been real good for my mental health. ♥️ Also, a book to add to your list is 1w
Kaye I bet your pup is having fun. Good job 👍🏼 1w
Laughterhp Great job so far! 👏🏻 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
4thhouseontheleft I love that your book goal is tied to the challenge theme! 1w
bewareofwords Yay! Great goals. 👏🏽 1w
audraelizabeth Great job 1w
LeahBergen Bitsy‘s gonna be exhausted. 😆😆 1w
mabell Way to go Bitsy! 1w
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Wonderful.. you have the cutest buddy! 1w
Clwojick Vital looks like she‘s a great motivational buddy! ♥️ 1w
Clwojick Bitsy, not Vital. Thanks autocorrect 🙄😂 1w
britt_brooke Love it!! 1w
kspenmoll Bitsy did well!!!! 1w
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1. Cardio Queen - give me all the endorphins
2. 🌲🐾🦋🦉🌞
3. If I get to the gym and discover I‘ve forgotten my headphones - I turn around and go home 🤦‍♀️
4. Running
5. This is my workout playlist for May (apologies for being an outlier and using Apple Music):


wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🙌🏻 2w
AlaMich Re: #3...I will go home too. It‘s too damn boring without earbuds. I will slip into a coma and fly off the treadmill. 2w
Kaila-ann I agree about number 3, no headphones = no workout. 2w
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LauraBeth @AlaMich 😂 I just can‘t do it. And yet I STILL manage to show up to the gym without my headphones! 2w
LauraBeth @Kaila-ann It Just can‘t happen! I agree 😂 2w
saresmoore Thank you for sharing your playlist! I have Apple Music, too, but am in dire need of some good playlists. 2w
LauraBeth @saresmoore follow me on Apple Music! I do new running playlists every month. 2w
saresmoore You‘re the best! ♥️ 2w
Clwojick Downloaded your playlist! Thanks for sharing ♥️ 2w
britt_brooke 100% with you on #3! 2w
Clwojick I just wanted to come back and say that I LOVE THIS PLAYLIST ❤ 2w
LauraBeth @Clwojick oh I‘m glad! I was binge-watching Grey‘s Anatomy while I was doing it - so was wondering how that affected it 😂 2w
britt_brooke @LauraBeth 😆 Too funny! 2w
Mimi28 ME!! ❤️❤️❤️ I‘ll follow you, I don‘t even know how to do playlists and I have had Apple Music since day 1!! Lol 3d
Mimi28 I‘m either under my real name or slickbutterfly76- my aol name, lol 3d
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Excited to be a part of the #bookfitnesschallenge! Exercise and reading are my jams. Need to figure out my goals...If anyone wears a Garmin, feel free to connect with me over there.

jessinikkip I do have a Garmin, and if I happen to find it, I'll connect. See what happened was, we packed up and moved and I told my wife to put it where we could find it. And now we have no idea where that somewhere may be. 2w
LauraBeth @jessinikkip if I was your wife and you asked me to put it where we could find it - I‘d put it on your wrist 😂 2w
jessinikkip I figured she would put it with the electronic stuff. Or in my bookbag with the phones. Or in the bathroom stuff since I usually take it off to shower. The 3 places it would make sense. Nope. Who knows where its at 2w
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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When it‘s New Release Tuesday ❤️

KimM The Farm is very good 3w
tpixie Woot!! 🥳📚🥳 3w
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
minkyb ‼️😱😂😍 3w
RadicalReader @LauraBeth do you prefer Litsy or Goodreads? 1w
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TheLibrarian Awww love the animals!!! ❤️ 3w
readordierachel 👋🏼👋🏼 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy to see Bitsy in full possession of her bed for once. 3w
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batsy Hello! 3w
Cinfhen Hi!!!!! Happy Sunday to you and the girls!!!! 3w
JenReadsAlot Hello! I'm devouring that book right now! 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
LeahBergen 😘😘 The BFG is getting bigger!! 3w
Suet624 Can I tell you how happy I am to see you posting again?? 💕💕 3w
JSW Hellooooo!! 👋🏻 3w
Leftcoastzen Cute ! Critters make reading better! 3w
BarbaraBB Good to see you posting again. Litsy isn‘t the same without you! I really want to read this book too! 💜 3w
LauraBeth @TheLibrarian And that‘s not even all of them 😹 3w
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly Oh you know as soon as I took that pic, Big Fatty Made Bitsy move...😹 3w
LauraBeth @batsy I have a lot of catching up to do! 3w
LauraBeth @Cinfhen Thanks for your posts checking in on me 💕💕 3w
LauraBeth @JenReadsAlot I‘m enjoying it so far! 3w
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😘 He weighs 15 lbs now 😹🙀but he‘s delightfully adorable. 3w
LauraBeth @Suet624 ❤️ I‘ve missed you! 3w
LauraBeth @JSW 👋👋👋👋 3w
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB thanks! 😘 3w
DGRachel 👋🏻👋🏻😘😘 3w
Redwritinghood 👋🏻👋🏻 3w
LauraBeth @DGRachel 😘Has Bailey been staying out of trouble? 3w
DGRachel @LauraBeth you know that depends on who you ask. Accordingly to Bailey, she never causes trouble. 😆 3w
UwannaPublishme Missed you and Bitsy and your troupe of 😺😺😺! 💕💕💕 2w
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Gutted by the tragic loss of Rachel Held Evans. I was on the launch team of her last book, not because of how much I love books, but because of how much I loved her and what her voice meant to me. I genuinely feel like a light just got extinguished, but I also feel like this tweet speaks truth to the influence she had.

JamieArc I was so sad to see this. She was an important voice in the world. 3w
MallenNC Very sad. 3w
TheBookHippie I am gutted as well. 3w
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KathyWheeler I have loved her books and I was so sad to see this. 3w
CouronneDhiver 😢🖤 3w
MaureenMc 😔 3w
Chrissyreadit I am so sad to learn she died. 3w
Suet624 Your post and that tweet just made me cry in a restaurant. You are so right. A light has been extinguished. But you and I (and many others) are still here. Let‘s do our best to offer an illumination that she‘d be proud of. 3w
LauraBeth @Suet624 You‘re so right - we should strive to continue to illuminate. Rachel sincerely wanted people to feel loved and included, and while we‘re still here, we can carry on with that mission. ❤️ 3w
LauraBeth @JamieArc Her voice was truly an important one and will be missed! 3w
LauraBeth @MallenNC I‘m just so shocked over it. 3w
LauraBeth @TheBookHippie such a huge loss for a lot of people who really admired her. 3w
LauraBeth @KathyWheeler I love her books as well - I‘m going to miss her writing. 3w
LauraBeth @CouronneDhiver one day we‘ll see how all the pieces fit together ❤️ 3w
LauraBeth @Chrissyreadit It‘s such a tragic loss 💔 3w
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Raven | Edgar Allen Poe
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On the bar...😂

Faibka 😂😂😂 3mo
TheBookHippie This makes me LMAO every time 🤣🤣🤣🤣🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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RealLifeReading 👍👍 3mo
AlaMich 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😂😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 2mo
kspenmoll This is great! Will have to share with my kitty Poe! 😂 😹 (edited) 2mo
whatshesreadingnow 👏🏻😂 2mo
Suet624 Oh no! Have we lost you? 💕💕 2mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! Hope all is well 2mo
CarolynM Echoing Cindy, hope all is well. Missing you😘 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m popping in to check on you. Well ... you and the BFG. 😆 2mo
sprainedbrain Hey, Laura! Hope you are all doing well! 😃 2mo
TrishB Just been thinking about you 💜 2mo
Annl How are you? Miss seeing your posts! 2mo
Tanisha_A Hello! Hope all is well there! 🙂 2mo
LauraBeth @Suet624, @Cinfhen, @CarolynM, @LeahBergen, @sprainedbrain, @TrishB, @Annl, @Tanisha_A 👋👋 thanks y‘all! I‘m fine - the husband decided to binge-watch Grey‘s Anatomy and I had never seen it so that has been my March 😂 It prevented me from reading much so I didn‘t have much to post about with regards to books. But the BFG, Bitsy and Grey Cat send their love 💕 2mo
Cinfhen Glad to know the whole menagerie is doing well 😘😘😘 2mo
TrishB Good to know 😘 Grey‘s is worth binging! 2mo
LeahBergen And a big 😘 to all four of you! 2mo
CarolynM Good to know. Hope your square eyes get back to reading-shape quickly😂 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
Izai.Amorim Greetings from the other side of the world. I hope you‘re fine. 2mo
Cinfhen Missing you!!!!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB Just checking in. Hope all is well 💜 1mo
Kappadeemom Missing my GA friend! 1mo
julesG Haven't seen you around for some time. Hope you're okay. 1mo
Cinfhen Hey.... Just a shoutout to my favorite “Jewish” Non Jew ❤️Happy Holidays 😘 1mo
Suet624 Waaaaahhhhhh..miss you. 💕💕 1mo
RadicalReader @LauraBeth I love the wonderful works of Edgar Allen Poe 1w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Tanisha_A The irises be bloomin' and loomin'! Love love love the photograph. 💠 3mo
AlaMich Man I need spring so freakin‘ bad!!! ? It‘s 28° here on March 6. That‘s insane! 3mo
UwannaPublishme I‘m reading Dreyer‘s English now and those footnotes of his are cracking me up. 😂 3mo
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LauraBeth 😊 Spring can‘t get here fast enough! 3mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich I hope it warms up soon for you! 3mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme they‘re hilarious 😂 3mo
Suet624 I still have 5 feet of snow (at least) and it was 1F this morning. Those colors in your photo are heavenly. 3mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 oh Sue - that is terrible! But on the upside - you get to live in VT! 3mo
kspenmoll You really have flowers?! Beautiful! Still snow here inCT. 2mo
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I love that there‘s a copy of Surviving Infidelity (next to The Cave Painters) on Grace & Frankie‘s coffee table - a subtle nod to the fact that even though everything seems great with the exes (and even though they seem 3 years post-divorce), they‘re still dealing with the pain of it. Life definitely has a lot of mysteries and whether it‘s marriage or cave art - we have a desire to understand them and connect the past to the present.

MCYmermaid Well-spotted! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Love that show , need to catch up. 3mo
saresmoore Ooh, excellent analysis! 3mo
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Spring is finally here! 🌸🌼🌞

Listened to the tagged book on our #audiowalk. Bitsy did 3 miles. 🐶

Notafraidofwords Who said? I woke up to a snow storm ! 3mo
IndyHannaJones S...pr..ing? Am I saying that right? I'm unfamiliar with the term... 3mo
kspenmoll So happy for you! We have snow here today (Connecticut) & big snow prediction for Sunday into Monday. Making up for little snow in January & February. 3mo
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Redwritinghood Umm . . . We got three inches of snow last night and expecting more tomorrow night. I wish it was finally spring! 3mo
LauraBeth @Notafraidofwords, @IndyHannaJones, @kspenmoll, @Redwritinghood well there is a trade off for this weather - you have to live in Georgia...😂 I hope that Spring comes for everyone soon! 3mo
sprainedbrain So jealous, but that‘s lovely! 3mo
Coleen I wish! But yes....that looks wonderful! 3mo
DGRachel Lovely! I miss the sun. What kind of trees are those? They‘re pretty, but they kind of look like the dead fish trees that are blooming here in Charlotte. 🤢 3mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel dead fish trees! 😂 Yes - Atlanta is brimming with Bradford Pears too. I don‘t know of anyone who willingly plants them anymore now that they‘re so invasive and grow everywhere! 3mo
LauraBeth @sprainedbrain and @Coleen I hope spring comes soon! 🌸 3mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth I have two in my yard that I‘m hoping to get cut down this year and replaced with something just as pretty, but less vile. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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In today‘s binge of Grace and Frankie, Grace recommends State Of Wonder to her daughter by saying, “The first chapter is tough but if you stick with it, it‘s smooth sailing.”

Lcsmcat 😳 I wouldn‘t call it “smooth sailing!” But still good advice. 3mo
Tanisha_A I am watching s3 right now, and having a blast. Count Drinkula is etched in my mind forever and everytime i think about it, i burst out laughing. I love love Frankie's character, so eccentric! 3mo
hermyknee @Lcsmcat there‘s really nothing smooth about the sailing at all 😅😳🙌🏼 3mo
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AmyG A bail for me. 😬 3mo
Melissa_J I haven‘t watched this show (other than sports I don‘t watch TV), but my husband loves it! 3mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat and @hermyknee I found it comical that she said it was smooth sailing. I noticed that she said pretty much the exact same thing a few scenes later about The Velveteen Rabbit and it made me wonder if you‘re really seeing those books through her character‘s eyes. Or maybe it‘s just her pontificating on life itself - for her the first chapter of any situation is rough but then it‘s smooth sailing. 🤔 3mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A Oohh - I haven‘t gotten to Count Drinkula yet! 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @AmyG I haven‘t read this one yet but I‘ve heard all of the mixed reviews about it! 3mo
Reecaspieces This show cracks me up! 3mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J It‘s hilarious and very well written and acted. I don‘t watch much tv either (because I‘d rather be reading), but this is really high caliber tv! My husband was actually resistant to it but then I made him watch one episode and now he‘s hooked. 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces I just want to watch Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin act in everything 😂 3mo
saresmoore Yes! Have you gotten a glimpse of the shelves in Brianna‘s apartment yet? There are some hidden gems. 3mo
saresmoore My husband tolerates the show, but it‘s pretty much the only thing I find to be worth watching, these days. It resonates with me unlike anything else. 3mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I‘m going to have to pause the screen at Brianna‘s apartment 😂 Agree with you that this resonates unlike anything else. The subtle nuances in the conversations are everything. I love how Frankie was stalking her yam man at the farmer‘s market and he said, “It was nice seeing you.” and she responded with, “It‘s nice being seen.” 💕 3mo
GloVerdino I loved that book! 3mo
LauraBeth @GloVerdino I haven‘t read this Patchett yet - I need to bump it up on my TBR! 3mo
8little_paws Having read this I would actually kind of agree with that assessment 😁 it took me a bit to get into that book but I ended up loving it 3mo
BarbaraBB I had it stacked already, it definitely looks good. 3mo
Tex2Flo It was a lovely surprise. Never quite know about Patchett. 3mo
Daisey Apparently, I need to pay closer attention to the books when I watch more of this show! 3mo
DivineDiana I must have somehow missed this episode!?! Loved this book! 3mo
Rachel.Rencher I was wondering where I'd seen this book before! Grace subliminally sold it to me 🤣 2mo
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Lit: A Memoir | Mary Karr
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I love that Grace from Grace and Frankie is a reader (and admits that she hates poetry after reading Rumi 😂). ❤️

eanderson I love Grace and Frankie! 3mo
LauraBeth @eanderson I‘ve been living under a rock and haven‘t seen it until now. @MicheleinPhilly told me to watch a while ago and I never got around to it (now she has to endure me telling her how hot I think Jane Fonda is 😂). 3mo
alleyfam51699 We love Grace and Frankie! It‘s such a great show. 3mo
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saresmoore THIS is a great place to get the book for Popsugar‘s prompt! You‘re brilliant! She referenced “finally finishing The Goldfinch” in the episode I watched last night. Also, Jane Fonda is so hot, it‘s ridiculous! 3mo
Cathythoughts I don‘t know this show , but yes about Jane 👍🏻she looks amazing .... 💕 3mo
AmyG Jane Fonda is such a beautiful woman. And this show is the best. 3mo
LazyDays That show and those two women are the best! 3mo
Elma Just started rewatching it, this time with my husband. It's so good. 3mo
LauraBeth @alleyfam51699 I‘m so glad that I started watching it - it‘s so good! 3mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore YOU‘RE brilliant because you thought of It! Also, “finally finishing The Goldfinch” sounds so on brand for Grace 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts if you have Netflix, I encourage you to watch it! I‘m not a big TV person and am really picky with what I watch - this is one of the best shows on tv right now. 3mo
LauraBeth @amyg I love everything about Jane Fonda and this show ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @lazydays truly! 3mo
LauraBeth @Elma I‘m already looking forward to watching this a second time! 3mo
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Flavia is a delightful character and I‘m enjoying this book immensely.

“If there is a thing I truly despise, it is being addressed as ‘dearie.‘ When I write my magnum opus, A Treatise Upon All Poison, and come to “Cyanide,” I am going to put under “Uses” the phrase “Particularly efficacious in the cure of those who call one ‘Dearie.‘” 🙌🙌

LeahBergen I like this series, too! 3mo
ElishaLovesBooks This is on my TBR! I hope to get to it soon! Glad to hear it‘s good! 3mo
valeriegeary I love Flavia to death! I need to jump back into this series asap! 3mo
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TNbookworm Flavia is my favorite❤ 3mo
batsy Flavia 💜 3mo
LauraBeth @ElishaLovesBooks it‘s actually better than I expected! Hope you‘re able to get to it soon. 😀 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen, @valeriegeary, @TNbookworm, @batsy I‘m a big Flavia fan now! 😀 🧪 3mo
ApplesandSpindles I loved this one! 3mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I read a comment that you left on a Rachel Hollis book and was like, “I need to friend her...”😀 3mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Lol! It's fun when you find a book twin. 😛 3mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles 👯‍♀️ 3mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Also, now I am wondering what I said! Lol!! I am not always kind where she is concerned. #sorrynotsorry 3mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles you said it perfectly: “She floats around Austin in a cluelessly elitist way. She is not our proudest bit.” 😂😂 3mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth ??? I forgot about that! Still true! I recently commented on Silent Book Club (on facebook) that "The quicker she sashays out of Austin, the happier we'll be." 3mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth I am not really this mean. Now I feel bad...at least a little. 3mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I thought it was hilarious! 😂 3mo
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If you haven‘t eaten lunch on the couch while reading from your Kindle (and while the dog is staring at you and the cat is napping in his Nike shoebox) - then what are you waiting for?

Hooked_on_books I am so very familiar with that expression! 🐶😂 3mo
Tanisha_A Hahahahahah. My life is such a waste 3mo
Stephaniereads1 I‘ve seen that look. 3mo
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Reecaspieces Hey Bitsy! And if I am home...I usually have 4 looking at me 😂😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve done all but the dog part. 😀 3mo
Melissa_J I love that the cat enjoys hanging in a shoe box 😂 3mo
AlaMich That‘s some quality multitasking on your part! 😆 3mo
UwannaPublishme Bitsy‘s look is priceless! 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Hooked_on_books 😂 “I‘m starving!” 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A 😂 noooo - you travel! And paint! 💕 I have animals staring at me while I eat. 3mo
LauraBeth @Stephaniereads1 😂 it‘s a look I think they try and work on privately to refine it. 3mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces 😂😂 Bitsy just saw the sun for the first time in over a week so I made her go for a long walk. She says hi to you and your crew 👋 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen The BFG has already put on enough weight that he busted the box 😹 3mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat then you‘re doing life right! 😂 3mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J 😂 he has an actual bed but... 3mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich 😂😂 3mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme 😂 she‘s pitiful 3mo
Tanisha_A @LauraBeth Aw! ♥️ I think I'd like to have a baby elephant stare at me while i eat. 3mo
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Ten years later - this movie really holds up and is delightful. Also ten years later, I now have a cat that looks like Julie‘s cat.

SitsWithaBook I loved the movie. I'm so glad I watched it before I tried to read the book as I found it tough going. It's my go-to reference for the rare example of the movie being better than the book! 3mo
AmyG This is a comfort movie for me. ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @SitsWithaBook agree! This is that rare example of the movie being much better than the book! 3mo
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Ajessgirl One of my favorites! I always stop to watch if it‘s on. 3mo
plemmdog I loved the Meryl Streep parts. I cringed at the Amy Adams scenes (and I‘m a huge Amy Adams fan) 3mo
LauraBeth @AmyG Before today, it has been years since I‘ve watched it and I don‘t know why because this is THE perfect comfort movie! 3mo
LauraBeth @Ajessgirl I need to watch this movie more! 😀 3mo
LauraBeth @plemmdog Amy Adams just doesn‘t do it for me - I kept thinking of all the other actresses I would have preferred in that role. 😂 3mo
Carolyn11215 Loved the book and the movie! 3mo
AmyG @plemmdog I really watch it for the Meryl Streep Julia. 3mo
ReadingEnvy They really made Julie so much nicer / palatable in the movie version. I read her original blog when it was still around. 3mo
LauraBeth Agree @ReadingEnvy! I read her original blog too when she started it and while that was quite a few years ago, I thought she came across as narcissistic and not very respectful of Child (this is based on my poor memory though 😹). I eventually quit reading it before her year was over. 3mo
ReadingEnvy @LauraBeth yeah she is like the quintessential millennial of selfishness and bad reputation 3mo
mrp27 I enjoyed both book and movie, movie is one of my comfort watches. I read her second book, Cleaving and although the topic of butchering was interesting the book was awful and she was equally awful. 3mo
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Rainy night in Georgia ⛈☔️

Well-ReadNeck I‘m excited to start this one. I saw Anissa Gray last night and have it queued up!! 3mo
LauraBeth @Well-ReadNeck oh I bet that was a wonderful conversation with her and Joshilyn! 3mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3mo
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Crazeedi Awww so sweet!😻 3mo
kspenmoll Sweetie! 3mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh... 😩 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
JennyM Oh I want to smooch that face ❤️ 3mo
heikemarie Ughhhhh so cute!! Reminds me of my Puck. 3mo
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I thought this was an interesting look at the Obama White House. Because the pictures are juxtaposed to throw “shade” at something Trump said or did - I found the compilation of the things the Trump Administration has done in two years - overwhelmingly sad and jarring when put all together in this format:

Full review:

Reecaspieces Interesting.....I will have to check it out. Sadly, most trumpsters don‘t see it this way. HEY BITSY 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad Souza took the time to do this. 3mo
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Bitsy Sandwich 😺🐶😺 Happy Friday!

TrishB Awwww 🐶😘 3mo
AlaMich Bitsy looks like a different dog when you shoot her right side up! 😆🐶❤️😻😻 3mo
batsy What @AlaMich said! 😁😍 3mo
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LeahBergen Bitsy‘s face looks so long in this pic! 😆 3mo
Suet624 Yes to what @AlaMich and @batsy and @LeahBergen said! 3mo
Notafraidofwords They need jobs lol 3mo
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Rush hour epiphanies. 😂

BookNerd9906 🤯 3mo
saresmoore That scene! I was listening with my girls in the car and it was so quietly poignant, it brought tears to my eyes. I‘m so glad you recommended it to me (us)! 3mo
Reggie ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @BookNerd9906, @saresmoore, @reggie nothing like a middle grade novel to make you ponder things in traffic! 😂😘 3mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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I haven‘t read any of these! Let me know your thoughts @DGRachel @Chili @ItsAngel

#LMPBC #GroupR #Round5

Chili @LauraBeth I haven‘t read any of them. Any one of them is fine with me. 🙂 3mo
DGRachel I haven‘t read any of these either. One in a Million Boy and Young Jane Young are the most intriguing to me, but I‘m good with any of them. 😊 3mo
kspenmoll Read tThe Bean Trees quite awhile back but loved the characters etc. 3mo
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ItsAngel @LauraBeth I haven‘t read any of them either but most drawn to Young Jane Young 😊 3mo
LauraBeth Let‘s go with Young Jane Young @DGRachel, @chili, @ItsAngel 3mo
ItsAngel Well those were easy decisions! 🤗 Looking forward to it, ladies! 3mo
Chili 👍😊 3mo
DGRachel @LauraBelle @ItsAngel @Chili Yay! I‘m excited for our picks! 3mo
ItsAngel @LauraBeth hi! 👋🏼 Have you have a chance to mail out your #LMPBC book? 2mo
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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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Buckle up kids!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
Ashley85 Haha love it! 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 😂😂😂 3mo
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JennyM I do that! 😆 3mo
Wife Safety first!😉 3mo
julesG Always! 3mo
Sherri Protect thine books!! 3mo
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My kid: “I never appreciated the smallness of Grey Cat‘s head until we got the other cat.” 😹

Tanisha_A 🤣 3mo
Tanisha_A I like that philosophy! 🤣 3mo
Bookzombie 😂 💕🐱 3mo
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 Im going to have to see a GC vs The BFG side-by-side comparison soon! 3mo
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 3mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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That time I fell down a rabbit hole while reading about rabbit holes...🐇


TrishB 😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen “Carroll did not, of course, invent the rabbit hole; that distinction belongs to rabbits”. 😆😆 3mo
britt_brooke 😆 3mo
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Tanisha_A Bahahahahaha 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂 3mo
LauraBeth @TrishB, @britt_brooke, @Tanisha_A, @LeahBergen Also after reading this, I ran into my neighbor at the store and he mentioned he saw a couple of rabbits in my yard. And I‘m like, “Don‘t rabbits hibernate?” 🤔 So I had to google that. Turns out they don‘t. ‘Twas too many meta moments for me yesterday with regards to this topic. 😂🐰 3mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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LeahBergen *forehead kiss* 😘😘 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 🥰🥰 3mo
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Crazeedi Omg, I love your kitty, mine like shoeboxes too...😉😍🐱 3mo
TheSpineView 💜🐾 3mo
valeriegeary "If it fits...I sits...." ? 3mo
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LeahBergen Ohhhh! 😍 3mo
JoScho Yellow cat loves living with you ❤️ 3mo
TNbookworm 😻😍 3mo
Dragon 😻😻😻 3mo
Reggie How you liking this one? Word on the street is that it‘s not as good as The Hating Game. 3mo
LauraBeth @Crazeedi shoeboxes have replaced Amazon boxes as the new favorite around here 😹 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen he‘s a good boy 😻 3mo
LauraBeth @JoScho 😽 He‘s living his best life! 😹 3mo
LauraBeth @Reggie I‘ve been slow to warm up to it so far...🤔 3mo
LauraBeth @Dragon, @TNbookworm, @TheSpineView he‘s one of the sweetest cats I‘ve ever had 😻 3mo
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If you‘re a P&P fan, you‘ll adore this. It‘s very similarly structured to the original with the fresh spin being a Pakistan setting.

If you don‘t care for Austen and stories that scrutinize the institution of marriage and social class - this may not be your cup of tea.

I found this book to be delightful. Although, in hindsight, I may have been better served at having spaced this out further from the last P&P re-telling I read (Zoboi‘s Pride).

mrsmarch “Cup of tea” lol I see what you did there 3mo
Cinfhen This is probably an easy pass for me 😂😂 3mo
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LauraBeth Just keep it moving @Cinfhen! You‘d hate it! 😂😂 3mo
Cinfhen I do appreciate the cover design 😂😉💜 3mo
KarenUK @cinfhen @laurabeth whereas I am stacking it immediately! 😂 3mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 3mo
Melissa_J I‘m looking forward to reading this one 😊 3mo
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Good stuff to think about (which is applicable to more than just writing) from Alexander Chee.

saresmoore !!! I love this. 3mo
LittleBug Very profound, love it! 3mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore It really resonated with me! Glad to hear it did with you as well. 😀 3mo
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LauraBeth @LittleBug I know, right?! 3mo
JSW This is powerful! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow!! 3mo
LauraBeth @jsw I thought so too! 3mo
Suet624 That‘s lovely. 3mo
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Not just a closer look at what went down at Theranos, but since the author was the whistle-blower with his WSJ story - it‘s also a timely look into journalism today - during a time when journalists are still blackmailed and extorted and stories get killed every day. People like Elizabeth Holmes get rich at the expense of the public and then use that as power to continue to elude people. 🤬

This was my pick for #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast

saresmoore Are you counting this for #ReadHarder as a business book or written by/about a journalist? #allthereadingchallenges 3mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I am! I ran out of space to mention it 😂 I think this should be required reading for all B School students. 3mo
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Cinfhen Just picked this up last week. I‘m looking forward to reading it!! 3mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen It‘s really good! My only gripe (and it‘s a minor one) is that the author introduces a LOT of characters and they can be difficult to keep track of at times. 3mo
batsy Cat in a box! 🐱 3mo
LauraBeth @batsy he claimed it! 😹 3mo
Reecaspieces Hey bitsy! 3mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces Bitsy says Happy Friday! 👋 3mo
Bklover Bitsy fits just perfectly in that box!❤️ 3mo
Just_reading Love your fan club in the background! 3mo
LauraBeth @Just_reading 😹 they‘re the best fan club anyone could ever ask for 💕 3mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😆😆😆 3mo
TNbookworm Love your crew❤ 3mo
LauraBeth @TNbookworm 😽😽 3mo
UwannaPublishme You‘ve got an adorable Appreciation Club there! 😁 3mo
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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Master of my library‘s new release holds list should be somewhere on my resume.

vivastory It's a super power! 4mo
AlaMich That is a highly sought-after skill! 🤣 4mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich it‘s taken years to refine and hone it! 4mo
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LauraBeth @vivastory 😂 truly a superpower that only fellow book people appreciate! 💪 (edited) 4mo
saresmoore 🙌 4mo
AmyG Ha! Good job. 4mo
AlaMich Bowlaway sounds awesome. I‘ve never read McCracken. 4mo
minkyb Well done! 4mo
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Maida Heatter‘s Georgia Pecan Bread:

I appreciate how much The BFG likes my cooking. 😹

LeahBergen His eyes!! 😆😆😆 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I went to the pet store and bought a collar (size Large) for him and it was too small 😹🤦‍♀️ 4mo
LeahBergen Nooo! 😂😂 I wonder if he‘s going to grow into his huge head and be massive? How old is he? 4mo
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Grimscythe Eee! Gorgeous #gingerbrat! 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😹 He‘s one. The vet said his large head size is due to him not being neutered when he was younger. It‘s a typical “Tom Cat Head” as he put it. He was neutered the day before we got him. ✂️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Dote X ♥️ 4mo
saresmoore From the girl cats: 🎶 I like big heads and I cannot lie; You other kitties can‘t deny; When a tom slinks with an itty bitty waist and a round & giant face, you just pounce! 🎶 4mo
8little_paws I fostered a big head cat like that. I loved him to bits and pieces and I was there when he got adopted from the shelter. It was such a happy day because he was a real piece of work and his new owner totally understood his behavior without frustration. 4mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore 😹😹😹 the siren song of gray cat! 4mo
LauraBeth @8little_paws I bet that‘s a wonderful thing to see when a cat you‘ve fostered gets a loving home ❤️ Not many people may recognize all of the work that fosters do with animals to help get them socialized for adoption. So here‘s my heartfelt thanks to you for all of the work you do. And here‘s to all of the big-headed Toms in shelters everywhere who need a family. 😻 4mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Grimscythe 😻 Gingerbrats are sweethearts! 4mo
Dragon 😻 4mo
Bookzombie @saresmoore 😂😂 love the song! @LauraBeth He is so cute! 💕🐱 4mo
rubyslippersreads Big Head Boy matches the batter! 😹 3mo
LauraBeth @rubyslippersreads He does! 😹 I didn‘t notice! 3mo
Suet624 I love how the color matches each item in the photo. 3mo
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On to the next book 😀 There‘s actually no bad blood between these two chuckleheads.

amycollard I‘m reading that book right now. So fascinating! 4mo
Reviewsbylola 😻😻 4mo
Blaire This book is so so good!! 4mo
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DivineDiana So sweet! ❤️❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen But I‘m still enjoying the ominous tone of this photo. 😆😆 4mo
TNbookworm 😍 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen that‘s about as ominous as things get around here 😹 4mo
LauraBeth @amycollard I keep putting it down and telling the husband: “Would you believe...” 4mo
LauraBeth @Blaire It‘s really fascinating so far! Very fast-paced. 4mo
LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola, @DivineDiana, @TNbookworm It‘s not always an easy road to dog/cat peace 😹 4mo
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The End of Loneliness | Benedict Wells
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My family is feeling compelled to place their food orders for tomorrow‘s Super Bowl - so I‘m gonna go hide with a book. And perhaps a cat.

Cathythoughts 😃👍🏻plan 4mo
LeahBergen Throw some money at them with a few takeout menus. 😆😆 4mo
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The Elements of Style | E. B. White, William Strunk
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I had the Penguin Illustrated Edition of Strunk & White and kept it in my office at work — and one of my colleagues stole it. It‘s been ten years and I‘m still upset about it.

I‘m excited to get my hands on a copy of Dreyer‘s English.

And that sums up my feelings about grammar. 😀

hermyknee Ahhh I can‘t believe someone stole it! I had that copy, too! I finally passed it on to someone else recently, but I would be so mad if it had been stolen!!!!! 4mo
Cweeeevs That's awful! Sorry to hear that. I'd still be mad too! 4mo
LauraBeth @hermyknee Exactly! If someone had asked for it, I would have given it to them. 4mo
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LauraBeth @Cweeeevs There was a part of my nerd heart that was okay with someone wanting it badly enough to steal it! 😂 4mo
Cweeeevs @LauraBeth that's very sweet of you! Let's hope it went to a good home 😄 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I would be mad too! I used to refer to this book all the time. 4mo
DGRachel I‘m mad for you! 🤬🤬 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s terrible! 4mo
BookNAround Not okay on your colleague‘s part! I have the regular Strunk and White but bought myself the illustrated version too when I saw it. You can never have too many good grammar books. 4mo
LauraBeth @4thhouseontheleft it was the only thing I‘ve ever had stolen from my office. 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel I‘m hoping it at least went to a good home 😀 4mo
LauraBeth @Clare-Dragonfly I need to just replace it already! 4mo
LauraBeth @BookNAround You‘re right about that - you can never have too many good grammar books! 4mo
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Gray Cat has finally accepted that there is another cat in the house and has resumed talking to me again.😺

TrishB 😂😂 4mo
MelissaSue81 He looks like my boy! 4mo
Tanisha_A Happy to know all is well between you two! 4mo
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Reecaspieces Awe....tell Bitsy 👋 4mo
Suet624 Awwww 4mo
LeahBergen It‘s the Call of the Wild (Sockeye Salmon) that did it. 😆 4mo
valeriegeary How's this book treating you? 4mo
LauraBeth @valeriegeary I only read 75 pages of it today, but so far I‘m liking it! 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen that may have something to do with it 🤔😹 4mo
LauraBeth @MelissaSue81 they could be twins! 😺😺 4mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces Give your crew some nose boops from me! 4mo
LauraBeth @TrishB, @Tanisha_A, @Suet624 I‘ve missed my girl - glad she decided to come around 😺 4mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Spread the word - new Jackson Brodie coming June 18 😀

TrishB Can‘t wait 😁 4mo
saresmoore Oh, I think I just peed a little! 4mo
Caroline2 Oh stacked!!! 👍🏻 4mo
LeahBergen Eeeeeeee! 4mo
CarolynM So looking forward to it! 4mo
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January Books! I feel terrible that I‘m bailing on A Very Large Expanse Of Sea but it‘s just not clicking with me right now. 😞

BarbaraBB What was your favorite? 4mo
BarbaraBB I already stacked that because of your recommendation. A must have I guess! 4mo
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RealLifeReading Nevermoor was a cute read! 4mo
LauraBeth @RealLifeReading I LOVED Nevermoor! 4mo
AlaMich Every time I see that book, The Borrower, I think of the children‘s series, The Borrowers, about the tiny people who live in big people‘s houses. Those were wonderful! 4mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich she references The Borrowers in the book! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month!📚💕 4mo
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I‘m just gonna say it - I feel like the author googled every single 2002 cultural reference and then threw them ALL into this book - and now I just want to bail. Right now it reads like fleshed out Wikipedia entries. #unpopularopinion

Flaneurette I hate that! 4mo
CouronneDhiver Oh no. Run. That is not worth it... don‘t care what anyone says. All the nopes 4mo
ValerieAndBooks Maybe I should read this...what happened in 2002 other than my youngest turning 1 year old ?! I can‘t remember 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @Flaneurette and @CouronneDhiver I ended up bailing on it - I have too many other books I could be enjoying! 😀 4mo
LauraBeth @ValerieAndBooks 😂😂 We refer to those years in our house as the “lost years”. 4mo
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Trying to stay on top of tracking the books that I read this year. So far, the Book Riot spreadsheet is working for me.

LeahBergen Whoa! Impressive. 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
saresmoore You‘re doing amazingly at tracking! 4mo
irre I love the Book Riot spreadsheet!!! 4mo
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Gillyreads I‘m already behind on tracking 😬 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen and @saresmoore the wheels will start to fall off around March 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @irre this is the first year I‘ve used it and I really like it! 4mo
LauraBeth @Gillyreads it‘s only January - don‘t worry - you‘re not behind on tracking! 4mo
DGRachel I love this spreadsheet. I was bored, went back through Goodreads, and filled out one of the spreadsheets for 2018, 2017, and 2016. 2016 was the first year I had good data in Goodreads, but I may do a combo spreadsheet for 2012-2015 with the tiny bit of data I have. 4mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel that‘s a great idea to go back and populate with prior years! 4mo
DGRachel I found the charts fascinating. I had always thought I read more crime fiction than anything else and was almost anti-SciFi/Fantasy at least before Litsy, but going back to 2016, Sci-Fi/Fantasy represented the largest percentage of books by genre each year! 4mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel exactly! It‘s interesting to see what you actually read vs. what you *think* you read. 4mo
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I‘m on page four and already want to insert myself in the story just to punch Shirin‘s English teacher in the throat. So clearly I‘ve had much too much coffee this morning...

Also - this isn‘t due to angles or framing - but our cat‘s face is actually ginormous.

saresmoore Such a pretty huge face! 4mo
Tanisha_A I like much too much coffee. High-5! 4mo
Bklover Beautiful eyes! 4mo
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Reggie Lololol, 4mo
readordierachel 😆😆 4mo
booksandsympathy Beautiful kitty! 💜 4mo
LeahBergen The BFG (the big-faced ginger). 😂😂😂 (edited) 4mo
JennyM Ha! You always make me smile 😘😘 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 🤣🤣 Winner, winner, chicken dinner! 4mo
LauraBeth @JennyM 😊😘 4mo
LauraBeth @booksandsympathy he‘s perfect 😍 4mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore It‘s SO big! 😹 4mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A I had to cut myself off from the coffee drip this morning 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @Reggie and @readordierachel it‘s been the one consistent comment people make when they see him. “Um - your cat‘s head is huge!” (edited) 4mo
TNbookworm Such a pretty boy😻 4mo
MaleficentBookDragon That face! 😻 4mo
rohit-sawant 😹😻 4mo
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“Migratory birds have internalized compasses; they use Earth‘s geomagnetic field—along with light, stars, and other cues—to guide them as they fly. I had been clueless about my own coordinates. Beneath all the comments I had fielded thrummed the most fundamental questions: Who are you? What are you? ...For the rest of my life, I wanted a visual reminder that now I had my own internalized compass. I knew what and who I was. Now, the map was mine.”

LauraBeth Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pic from Dani Shapiro‘s Instagram. This book would make an EXCELLENT book club pick and could open the door to some interesting philosophical discussions. (edited) 4mo
Christine Ooh the tattoo! Thanks for sharing. 4mo
Suet624 She always makes me pause and reflect. 4mo
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DivineDiana Now I‘m off to follow her on Instagram! 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I love that she‘s a “writer‘s writer” and all throughout the book, she used literary extracts to better understand what she feels or thinks—Jane Kenyon, Moby Thomas Mann, Keats, etc. This was the first book of hers that I‘ve read and now I want to read everything she‘s ever written. 😀 4mo
LauraBeth @christine and @DivineDiana I had to go look at her feed as soon as I finished! 😂 4mo
Suet624 @LauraBeth Yes, she is a wonderful teacher as well. Maybe you would be interested in attending one of her courses? 4mo
LauraBeth Y‘all can add one more book for #Booked2019. This fulfills the New To You Author cateogory. 😀 @Cinfhen, @4thhouseontheleft, @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s been noted ✅ and you‘re really making me want to order this book on kindle right now!!!!! 4mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I know I‘m a #starslut, but this one really is that good! 4mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Anxious to read this one!! 4mo
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“All my life I had known there was a secret. What I hadn‘t known: the secret was me.”

Well I guess I‘ll have another cup of coffee and shift some plans around because I can‘t stop reading this.

Laura317 Must be cold there. Bitsy is all curled up and not in her floozy pose. 😀🐶💕 4mo
LauraBeth @Laura317 it is SO cold! 🥶 I need to turn up the heat but I don‘t want to disturb the sleeping cat in my lap 😹 I need to install a Nest thermostat so I can control it from my phone. 4mo
TrishB Aww - we call that foxy mode when Sansa sleeps like that 🐶❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @TrishB Foxy Mode! 😍 4mo
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The Borrower: A Novel | Rebecca Makkai
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The Borrower is Makkai‘s debut novel. If you enjoyed The Great Believers (or if you‘d like an entry into Makkai), consider reading this because it‘s delightful. With cheeky nods to Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum and Nabokov (also sprinkled throughout is the philosophy of the simple slope from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), this is a fun read. If you love libraries, books and stories (and are willing to just go with the premise), you‘ll love this.

mreads 😻😻 4mo
LauraBeth This was my selection for #booked2019 (happy place), #readingwomenchallenge (book you bought or borrowed in 2019) and #popsugar (debut novel) 4mo
LauraBeth @mreads he‘s an excellent reading buddy 😺 4mo
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WanderingBookaneer I didn‘t realize it was the same author! Also, 😻 4mo
TNbookworm Sweet reading friend😻 4mo
rabbitprincess Awww the sweet little sleeping face ♥️ 4mo
LeahBergen He doesn‘t look like he‘s settling in AT ALL. ❤️❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen So much sweetness here 😻😻😻Great review 4mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I never would have read this book had it not been for doing challenges this year. So glad I found it ❤️❤️ 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😹 I think he likes it here 💕 which is good because we like him here 4mo
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess there‘s nothing like a paw pillow to hold your head 😻 4mo
LauraBeth @TNbookworm he‘s very mellow 😻 4mo
LauraBeth @WanderingBookaneer Try it - you may really enjoy it! 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 during their road trip, the state that gets the most musings is Vermont 😀 4mo
Suet624 This book sounded awesome even before you mentioned Vermont. Thanks for letting me know. Can‘t wait to read it! 4mo
Cinfhen That makes me soooo happy to hear❣️❣️❣️yay 4mo
AlaMich He‘s a sweetie pie, for sure! 😻 4mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich his file at the shelter said “cruelty case” 😿 So for the rest of his life he‘s going to be surrounded by a lot of love, toys, good food and he can do whatever he wants 😸 (edited) 4mo
ValerieAndBooks New cat!! aww!! Stacking the book. 4mo
AlaMich @LauraBeth Four of the five animals we‘ve had have been rescued, but not from shelters. I never knew much about their histories but it would‘ve been so difficult to know that they had been the victims of cruelty. 4mo
Suet624 Did you see that this author lives in Vermont part time? 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 oh that makes sense - she really had a lot to say about the different types of people who live in VT 😂 (edited) 4mo
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The Borrower: A Novel | Rebecca Makkai
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I‘m going to spend the next ten minutes wondering how Children‘s Librarians keep their cool and don‘t kill anyone.

Suet624 Don‘t all books have the breath of God in them? 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 That would have been the perfect comeback 😀 4mo
gradcat @Suet624 😂😂😂 I love both the post & the comeback 😍👍 4mo
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LibrarianRyan With a smile and a slammed door to the office when the mother leaves. Plus Tuck Everlasting is good for the soul and spirit. 4mo
LauraBeth @LibrarianRyan 😂👏👏 4mo
LauraBeth @gradcat and @Suet624 My comeback would have gotten me fired 4mo
gradcat @LauraBeth 😂🤣😂👍❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen 🙄🙄🙄🙄 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly How does Tuck Everlasting not have the breath of god in it?! Fifty Shades of Grey I would understand… 4mo
sprainedbrain Oh gosh. 🙄 4mo
batsy @Suet624 Perfect. 4mo
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The Borrower: A Novel | Rebecca Makkai
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Up next.

I‘m happy to discover that Mr. Fancy Pants does not mind being a book prop. He‘s probably agreeable because he‘s already had his sockeye salmon breakfast. 😻

wanderinglynn Love gingers! I have a big fluffy one myself. 🧡🐱 4mo
LauraBeth @wanderinglynn Gingers are lovely 😻 4mo
valeriegeary Look at his cute little white booties. 😻 4mo
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RealBooks4ever 😻💜 4mo
LeahBergen What does Gray Cat think of his special meals? 😆😆 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen she‘s been enjoying these special meals, although she hasn‘t talked to me in a week 😹 4mo
LauraBeth @RealBooks4ever he‘s the sweetest 😻 4mo
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To Be Honest | Maggie Ann Martin
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a realistic peek into the generational differences in mindset with how women view themselves. It looks at moms (who weren‘t raised in an era that embraced body positivity), who are obsessed with their workouts and Whole 30-type diets and how it affects their families. It made me think about the behaviors we‘re modeling for our body-positive daughters (what‘s healthy and what‘s obsessive). YA Lit through through my “mom lens”. 🧐🤓

saresmoore I feel a bit like my generation is caught between the two (though I suppose my kid is already a tween 😱). Most of my friends care more about long-term health, how their life habits impact the economy, culture, Earth, and their children‘s overall well-being. It‘s more about feeling good than looking good. Maybe we got just a bit of the body positivity message? Hurm, now you have me thinking! 4mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore You‘re doing it right! ❤️ 4mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- my focus is health, but both of my kids are big on body positivity. My daughters friends are amazingly non judgemental. I look forward to the next generation. 4mo
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LauraBeth @Chrissyreadit I‘m also looking forward to seeing what the next generation brings 🙌 4mo
valeriegeary Oh good. Bitsy is still getting her picture taken. I thought Mr. Pants might have taken over for good. 🤣😊😉 4mo
LauraBeth @valeriegeary I have to make sure Bitsy doesn‘t get too jealous 😂 4mo
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To Be Honest | Maggie Ann Martin
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I may have been married too long because I think this is some pretty good flirting from a high school junior. 😂Intellectual, creative and conveys he can make a lifetime commitment. He‘s a keeper!

Now I just have to wait for the entire book while they pretend-hate each other...I could save Savannah 300 pages of pretend drama.

kgriffith Omg that is part of why I can‘t deal with YA realistic fiction 😂 4mo
LauraBeth @kgriffith 🤣🤣 4mo
Mimi28 These millennials are nothing but trouble, 😂😂 You‘d be surprised what comes out of their mouths nowadays. They are very slick and smooth. Still I bet this is something Barack would have said to Michelle, lol 4mo
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To Be Honest | Maggie Ann Martin
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Starting this one - it came on my radar when NPR selected it as a “best of” for 2018.

So far Mr. Fancy Pants over here has only eaten my expensive wild Sockeye Salmon and not a bite of anything else. He is going to need to tone down the fancy a notch. 😹

Suet624 I‘ll say! 4mo
Crazeedi Mr Fancy Pants is adorable ❤️🐱 4mo
britt_brooke 😹 4mo
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Lindy He will probably get an appetite for regular food once he feels completely settled. 4mo
Redwritinghood Not his fault he has standards! 😂😂 Seriously, though, he probably just needs more time to adjust. I miss having a cat - my younger son is very allergic. Maybe when he moves out. 4mo
LeahBergen Wait!!! Mr Fancy Pants??? What have I missed since I‘ve been on holiday?? 😮😮 I‘m off to troll back through your feed ... 4mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😹 it was spur of the moment, but we decided to go to the shelter on Sunday. We also had certain “boxes” we wanted checked. No orange tabbies (bc we didn‘t want to feel like we were just replacing Teeny Ginger) and we wanted a female. When we got there this guy hopped into the husband‘s arms and that was it. Male orange tabby it is! 😹 Feel free to christen him with a nickname. I hope your holiday was wonderful! 😘 4mo
LauraBeth @Lindy I hope so! I like my salmon 😹 I‘m sure coming in here is quite stressful for him - hopefully, he‘ll be settled in soon. 4mo
LauraBeth @Redwritinghood 😹 he will probably eat all of the salmon before he settles down! I went about 20 years without having any cats and I always missed having one. 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624, @Crazeedi, @britt_brooke hopefully, he‘ll settle in soon because I‘m selfish with my salmon 😹🍣 4mo
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