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I bring home books like a cat lover brings home strays and I bring home cats like a book lover brings home book hauls.
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I‘m one hour into this and have already looked up how to get to Positano, places to stay and restaurants. Just checking to see if that‘s normal 😂

JenReadsAlot I absolutely did the same thing when I read that book! 7mo
Read4life Me, too! 🤓 7mo
BarbaraBB I always do that 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
LeahBergen Absolutely normal. 😆 7mo
marleed Haha. That‘s the sign of a good story! 7mo
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Oprah: A Biography | Kitty Kelley
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Oprah - one of us 😂

charl08 One of those photos where I just want to zoom in and try and ID the books! 8mo
TrishB Love this ♥️ 8mo
wanderinglynn @charl08 she probably has all the books. 😆 8mo
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Gissy What a wonderful photo of what a happy place can be! I will be there all day long! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚🙌😌 8mo
BarbaraBB Fabulous photo! She IS one of us! 8mo
Suet624 Now that‘s a picture of real wealth. To own as many books as you want. 😍 7mo
LauraBeth @charl08 right?!? 7mo
LauraBeth @TrishB love that this has always been a part of her identity! 7mo
LauraBeth @wanderinglynn and @Gissy can you imagine being a guest in her home and seeing her library? 😍 7mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB she really is! 7mo
Gissy @LauraBeth Yes! 📚📚📚📚🙌 7mo
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You, Again | Kate Goldbeck
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Things I hide from my family.

LeahBergen 😆😆 8mo
AmyG Oh, we get it. 🤣 8mo
Mimi28 Yep. Lol 😉 8mo
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Leftcoastzen 😁👏 8mo
Librarybelle Love it! 8mo
BarbaraBB Haha I get it. You can show us what‘s inside though 😉 8mo
CarolynM I‘ve not been on Litsy so much lately and missed your return. I‘m delighted to see you back. Hope all is well with you and yours💕 8mo
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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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I ended up going to see Jesmyn Ward last night and man - am@I glad that I did! First of all, if you‘re not familiar with the moderator, Regina Bradley, go and run and buy her book, Chronicling Stankonia. Bradley‘s grandmother was murdered in front of her eyes and she remarked that one of the things she admires most about Jesmyn is her ability to let us sit in grief with the characters in her books.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so jealous and happy for you! Jesmyn is amazing! 8mo
Suet624 I was so surprised and happy to see your post! So glad you got to see both of these amazing folks. 8mo
BarbaraBB So glad you decided to go! 8mo
squirrelbrain Amazing! I just got Ward‘s book on BorrowBox and will see if I can get the other one you recommended. 8mo
LeahBergen That sounds like an amazing evening! 8mo
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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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I should clearly go to this, correct?

MicheleinPhilly Well duh. 8mo
EKonrad Just finished this book - it‘s truly something special! 8mo
TrishB Yep! This book looks great. 8mo
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BarbaraBB Yes do! And report back to us 😉 8mo
Hooked_on_books Absolutely! I want to hear all about it. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to go!! 8mo
Reggie Ughh, duhhh. Lol. 8mo
TrishB I‘ve just brought the book today! 8mo
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When a Kindle is the only barrier between him and your pizza slice.

Gissy And who is there....so cute🐶🐾🐾🖤🖤🖤 8mo
tpixie Lol 😂 adorable 8mo
LeahBergen 🥰🥰 8mo
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CatLass007 🐶🐶🐶 8mo
Mimi28 Aaaawww!!! ❤️😊 8mo
TheSpineView 🖤🤍🐾 8mo
Tamra 🤣 8mo
Reggie Lol, sooo cute! 8mo
LauraBeth @Gissy This is Miles! He's 10 but thinks he's 1 😂 He was my friend's dog but unfortunately, my friend passed away and so I took him in so he can live out his golden years in style because he deserves it 💕 💕 8mo
LauraBeth @tpixie oh he knows he's adorable... 😂 8mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I mean, what's one more pet, right?? 8mo
LauraBeth @CatLass007 Bitsy had to come around to him 😂 8mo
LauraBeth @Mimi28 he's a good boy 8mo
LauraBeth @TheSpineView 💜 💜 8mo
LauraBeth @Tamra when I took him for his vet checkup I told the vet: “I know nothing about this breed of dog, please educate me...“ and the vet said, “The only thing you really need to know is that you cannot and should not under any circumstances, feed him table food bc mini-schnauzers can't handle it.“ I was like, you're gonna need to deliver that message to him, not me! 😂 8mo
LauraBeth @Reggie He's a cutie 8mo
Tamra @LauraBeth hahaha! Both of my dogs (Lab & mini Aussie) are highly food driven so I totally get it! 8mo
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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I finished this three months ago and loved it so much that I haven‘t shelved it. It just sits here on my desk - hogging up room I don‘t have.

BarbaraBB Yes, Lucy Barton is such a memorable character and how Strout describes the Covid years takes me right back there 8mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I still need to read Oh William! - I‘ve been saving it 😀 8mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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Just another Saturday night 🫶 Please note I‘ve had this rug since I started Litsy. I don‘t think it was meant to last this long 😂 #Bitsy #BabyCakes

Mimi28 Welcome back!! Oh how I have missed you friend!! ❤️😊🙏🏽☺️😎🤩 8mo
MallenNC It‘s nice to see you on here! 8mo
LeahBergen OH MY GOD. It‘s YOU! 🥰🥰 And my sweet Bitsy! 🥰🥰 8mo
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mabell Welcome back! Hi Bitsy! 8mo
Librarybelle It‘s great to see you! Welcome back! 8mo
KathyWheeler Im glad you‘re back. 8mo
mcipher So nice to see you back here!!! 8mo
MaureenMc 👋👋😁 8mo
batsy Hello! It's good to see you! And Bitsy! 🥰 8mo
mrp27 Bitsy!! 8mo
BarbaraBB Hi!! Such a wonderful surprise to see you here - and your rug! @Megabooks loved this book so I bought it too but haven‘t read it yet. I hope you‘re enjoying it! 8mo
Simona Happy to see you … and yours buddy readers 😍 8mo
squirrelbrain Exactly what @barbarabb said - lovely to see you! And I also got the book(on NG) after Meg‘s review @megabooks. 8mo
Megabooks Good to see you here!! Yes, this definitely will be on my best of the year list!! Enjoy! @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 8mo
LauraBeth 👋 hope that you‘ve been well @MallenNC ! 8mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen helloooo! How is my sweet Johnny doing? 8mo
LauraBeth Thanks @mabell ! A big congratulations on your sweet baby girl! ❤️ 8mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Librarybelle ! Hope that you and your kitties are well! 😺 8mo
LauraBeth Thanks @KathyWheeler ! I‘m so sorry to hear about your dad and your brother ❤️ That‘s a lot for sure. Glad to see you‘re taking care of yourself by walking outside. 8mo
LauraBeth Thanks @mcipher ! Hope you and the cats are doing great! Happy news about your new house! Congratulations! 8mo
LauraBeth 👋 @MaureenMc hope all is well! Glad to see you have an Ella - which is the best of cat names! 8mo
LauraBeth Hey @batsy 👋! Hope all is well! I‘m looking forward to doing a deep dive on your page and getting some great book recs! 8mo
Librarybelle Thank you! We are doing well! 8mo
LauraBeth Bitsy is hanging in there! Good to see you @mrp27 - have missed seeing your middle grade reviews! 8mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB 👋👋 so good to see you - I‘ve missed my Litsy family! I‘m really enjoying it so far! @Megabooks has great taste so I‘m sure it‘ll be great! Hope that you‘re well! 8mo
LauraBeth @Simona 👋 I‘m so happy to see pics of your sweet pup during your audio walks! What a cutie pie 🥰 8mo
LauraBeth @squirrelbrain good to see you ! 👋 Looks like you and Henry have been having a wonderful reading year! 8mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks did you also read The Nix? 8mo
LauraBeth @Mimi28 👋 I hope you‘ve been well! 8mo
Megabooks @LauraBeth I did and I loved it too!! 8mo
Megabooks And thank you! 😘 8mo
LeahBergen He‘s 4 now! And as bad as ever. 😆😆 8mo
LauraBeth Oh I don‘t believe that ONE BIT @LeahBergen !! 😂 8mo
BarbaraJean Wait, whaaat is that name in my feed?!? Welcome back!! You've been missed! And Bitsy!! 8mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraJean thanks - good to be back! 😀 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading Welcome back!!! Hi Bitsy!! Missed you both! 8mo
TrishB Hi 🐶🐶 and Bitsy!! Only just seen x 8mo
mabell Thank you! She is a sweetheart 💕 8mo
Suet624 Really so happy to see your posts. 8mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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I didn‘t love it but I didn‘t hate it either 😹. It started out great but then went off the rails for me. I felt like the author was really trying for something that she just quite couldn‘t pull off. I liked the premise of rewilding wolves in Scotland but some of the plot points were just ridiculous. My favorite thing about this book was that it introduced me to Werner‘s Book Of Colours. If you‘re a sensitive reader, stay far away from this one.

wanderinglynn What a cutie! 🧡🐱 3y
LeahBergen But Kitty seems to like it. 😉 3y
LibrarianRyan Hello. Just checking in to see if you sent off the LMPBC book. I want to make sure it wasn‘t lost in the mail. 2y
LauraBeth Omg @LibrarianRyan I am SO SORRY! My life has been one big cluster the past few months! I need to email the group and see what I need to do. 2y
LibrarianRyan @LauraBeth I understand. It happens. Hope your okay. 2y
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I LOVE IT @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 ❤️❤️ It‘s perfect and I can‘t wait to put it together! Thank you!! 🤗 #puzzleswap

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Have you ever put together a round puzzle? The one you gave me, with it‘s irregularly shaped pieces, has been quite the very fun challenge so far. 3y
wanderinglynn That‘s beautiful! 3y
BarbaraBB Wow! 3y
Suet624 Gorgeous! 3y
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Après le petit déjeuner ???☕️

TrishB Be interested in your comments 😁 3y
KimM Lovely book 3y
Jas16 My library hold for this one just came in. Looking forward to starting it. 3y
LeahBergen They‘re sleeping off their meal quite nicely. 😆 3y
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll love it as much as I did ❤️ 3y
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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I loved this - it was comforting every time I opened this book and returned to Boyne City to check in on Jane and her crew. Heiny is a great writer who is able to brilliantly capture mundane moments and ordinary people and make them memorable. “If she were a Crayola crayon, she‘d be Blue Bell.” For fans of Elizabeth Strout.

Cinfhen Agreed! This book was a warm comforting hug - I really loved it. 3y
TrishB Reminds herself to read. 3y
BittersweetBooks Completely agree, one of my favorites this year! 3y
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CarolynM She's good. I enjoyed this one and loved 3y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen hope all is well with you and your family ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @TrishB it‘s a good fall/winter book! 3y
LauraBeth @BittersweetBooks I think this will be in my top 10 for the year! 3y
LauraBeth @CarolynM I still need to read that one and will probably get to it sooner rather than later! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for checking in !! We‘re well 😘Hope is all well with your fam! Your daughter must be a high schooler now 😱 3y
LauraBeth @cinfhen She‘s a senior 🙀 I‘m not sure where that time went! Is your baby still in NYC? 3y
Cinfhen No wayyyyyy; a senior!!!! Whoa! She was just a middle schooler!!! I feel OLD 3y
Cinfhen My daughter is still in NYC but she‘s moving to Atlanta with her Hubby in December 😁 3y
Cinfhen My baby baby turned 20 on Thursday!!! He‘s still here, in Israel. 3y
LauraBeth 20! That‘s hard to believe! What brings your daughter to ATL? 3y
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Practical Demonkeeping | Christopher Moore
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Spotted someone reading in the wild today at lunch.

TrishB Love it ♥️ 3y
CarolynM 👍❤ 3y
LeahBergen Yesss! 👏🏻 3y
LauraBeth @TrishB, @CarolynM, @LeahBergen why does seeing people actually reading make us so giddy?! 😂 3y
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Puzzles to Puzzle You | Devi Shakuntala
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rather_be_reading awesome! 3y
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Someday, Someday, Maybe | Lauren Graham
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This was predictable and yet also funny and charming. This book lets you revisit mid-90s NYC while also revisiting your early adult years when you thought you had to have everything all figured out (because you just knew that everyone else your age was ahead of you with their careers and love lives). Great if you‘re in a book slump or just in need of a palate cleanser.

BkClubCare Agree 🌟 3y
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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Going to give this one a whirl.

Leftcoastzen Awww!🐶 3y
Megabooks It‘s fun! 3y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen she‘s my old girl ❤️ 3y
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LauraBeth @Megabooks I love it so far! 3y
CarolynM It's fun. Enjoy. 3y
Suet624 I‘m reading it now too. 3y
LauraBeth @Suet624 I really love her figurative language 3y
Suet624 Yes and she‘s making me guffaw now and again. 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM ! 😀 3y
UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re doing well along with your family and fur babies. Miss seeing your hilarious posts of #Bitsy! Give her a big hug for me. 🤗❤️ 2y
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Meet Your Baker | Ellie Alexander
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was cute and I‘d definitely read another book in this series. Loved the setting in a touristy town in Oregon and there are enough rabbit holes in the mystery to keep you guessing. Recipes included in the back of the book.

Surviving Savannah | Patti Callahan
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Here are a few selections

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sharread Wow these are some amazing reads. I'm not interested in Spying on the South, but anyone of the 3 is good to me. 3y
mrsmarch I loooved Horowitz‘ Confederates in the Attic and would read Spying, especially since Olmstead is a well known personality here in Boston. Bayou Moon or Low Country would be my next votes. 3y
HeathHof These are awesome reads! So hard to choose but if I HAD to pick it would be either Low Country or Under the Bayou moon. I'd be happy to ready any of them though. 3y
sharread @mrsmarch I'm open to any one especially since you read the author and enjoyed it. 3y
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The Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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LibrarianRyan I would so reread the phantom toll booth. So so so much. And it‘s such a perfect t fit. 3y
LauraBeth @LibrarianRyan it‘s one of those books that has always managed to escape me somehow and I‘d love to finally read it! 3y
BookmarkTavern I‘ve read The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Every Heart a Doorway, and The Gilded Wolves and loved them all and would be down for a reread! The rest look fun and I‘ve got The Midnight Library on my TBR! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer I‘ve read Stays of Paris and Gilded Wolves, but I‘d read any on these. 3y
mrsmarch Non-group member opinion here, I read A Winter's Promise this year and it's gooood. Also, The Phantom Tollbooth is such a beautiful book. 3y
LibrarianRyan Ello,

Just checking in to see if you picked a book. I am just updating my notes and reading list.
LauraBeth The Phantom Tollbooth @LibrarianRyan! 3y
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Meet Your Baker | Ellie Alexander
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It‘s his month so I‘ll let him have it. 🐈‍⬛

I like the Shakespeare references in here after reading Hamnet.

TiredLibrarian Great pic - & I see kitty ears on your bookmark, too! 😻❤ 3y
LeahBergen Now, which kitty is this? I feel out of touch with the menagerie! 😆 3y
TNbookworm 😻 3y
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LauraBeth @TiredLibrarian I got the kitty bookmark from Hub City Booksbop (it was tucked into a book I bought and it‘s their store cat, Zora) 😻 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I need to do a pet update and GET a pet update from everyone 😹 This is Robbie. 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 3y
Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
batsy This photo 😍 3y
kspenmoll That eye is staring at me! 3y
Gissy 😻 🐈‍⬛ ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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It‘s a baby dragon and a cat - that‘s all you need to know! But also great for readers getting into chapter fiction. Love the smart and compassionate character, Zoey.

DGRachel Bitsy! 💖 3y
Soubhiville Hey Bitsy! 3y
BookNAround I just bought this one to give to my daughter‘s best friend for her 2nd grade classroom. She‘s a new teacher and it‘s a Title 1 school so I decided I needed to help her classroom library grow. 3y
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LauraBeth @DGRachel 👋 How is your Bailey? 3y
LauraBeth @Soubhiville 👋 - hope Sietje is well! 3y
LauraBeth @BookNAround oh her students will love it! That was so kind of you to help get her started! It‘s a great series to teach kids to do their own research and form conclusions that are grounded in science. 3y
ravenlee I love this series! 3y
BethM Love the puppers! 3y
LauraBeth @ravenlee it‘s so good! I guess I‘m gonna have to read all of the books! 😂 3y
LauraBeth @BethM ☺️ she‘s getting old! 3y
Soubhiville Sietje is great, thanks! I felt like I hadn‘t seen Bitsy on for a while. Everything good there? 3y
LauraBeth @Soubhiville oh good - I‘m glad to hear! I took some time off Litsy because I totally couldn‘t read at all in 2020 and have just now found my reading groove back 😀 3y
Soubhiville I‘m glad you‘ve got your Mojo back. I think a lot of us had changes in reading habits. 💜 3y
LeahBergen Hello, darling Bitsy! 😘 3y
DGRachel @LauraBeth Bailey is a brat. 🤣 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘ve missed seeing johnnybergen ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @Soubhiville I‘m glad my reading mojo is back as well! 3y
LauraBeth @DGRachel 😂😂 3y
BarbaraJean Oh, it‘s so good to see you posting again! I‘ve missed you and Bitsy and the gang! 🤗 3y
LauraBeth Awww thanks 😊 @BarbaraJean! I‘ve missed everyone! 3y
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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.”

Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
Megabooks #coverlove 🤩🤩 3y
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CarolynM 🙄😣😆 3y
TrishB Most days in work. 3y
Sumi 😀 3y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen, @Prairiegirl_reading, @CarolynM, @TrishB, @Sumi I‘m glad to see that it wasn‘t just me that this resonated with! 😂 3y
LauraBeth @Megabooks I‘m so glad they changed the original cover! 3y
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Someday, Someday, Maybe | Lauren Graham
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This is charming, earnest, and funny. I‘ve enjoyed getting to know Franny Banks in 1995 NYC. 1995 was three years prior to one of the greatest ever films being released: You‘ve Got Mail. 😂 Don‘t worry - Bitsy is also in the car. We needed a Dunkin‘ pick-me-up and if I was going, we were ALL going!

slategreyskies I love You‘ve Got Mail!! One of my favorites! ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @slategreyskies me too! I watch it every year! 3y
CarolynM Looks like Miles would like to drive😆 3y
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UwannaPublishme Aww! Been missing your Bitsy posts! Glad to see you having fun with Miles too! 3y
LauraBeth @CarolynM 😂 not sure he‘d reach the pedals! 3y
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme awww thanks! 😊Hope you are well! I‘ve missed everyone! 3y
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“The gift of close reading translates into the gift of perspective. Thoreau can look at Walden and see not only the subtle changes in the place as the seasons progress, he can see the layers of humanity upon the land, the past, present, and future existing all at once…Read so closely that the landscape you‘re in or the book you‘re reading becomes you. It is through such constant, intense close reading that you can touch the edges of your soul.

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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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I picked this book up because I loved the cover and it ended up blowing me away. This is a delightful read if you love nature writing.

“…I forgot all the imperfections when the wood
thrush returned and the notes drifted
through me
it slung its song straight into my heart the harmony
it made with itself
hung onto heaven pierced my
soul brought back love
from a place I‘d never known”

Suet624 It's the elusive southern beauty, Laura Beth! Flying through on her way to ever more exciting reads. I was so excited to see your post this morning. Thank you for the recommendation.
LauraBeth @Suet624 ❤️❤️ I hope you‘ve been well! 3y
Tamra I love nature writing. 🪶 3y
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LeahBergen That cover! 😍 3y
LauraBeth @Tamra me too! It‘s definitely an underrated genre! 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I love it when the pages in-between a great cover surprise me! 3y
Tamra @LauraBeth after looking it up I realized it‘s the same author of The Home Place, which I adored! So of course I immediately ordered Sparrow Envy. 😃 (edited) 3y
LauraBeth @Tamra I haven‘t read Home Place but it‘s been on my TBR! I‘m really looking forward to reading it now! 3y
Tamra @LauraBeth please do! I so enjoyed it and it‘s one of those rare books that is deserving of rereads. I‘m not surprised he also writes poetry. 3y
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a lovely book but I can see that it may not be everyone‘s jam. It actually reminded me a lot of Lincoln In The Bardo in the sense of how does a child‘s death affect a family.

PS we‘ve adopted my friend‘s mini Schnauzer (after he became too sick to care for him). His name is Miles.

Hope everyone in the Litsy Fam is doing well!

Graywacke Love the dog smile. 🙂 (reviews I‘ve read of this vary so much) 3y
Ruthiella Hi Miles! ❤️🐶 3y
KarenUK Hi Miles (and lovely Bitsy!) 💕💕 3y
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Jas16 Loved this book. 3y
LauraBeth @Graywacke thanks 😊 I think that O‘Farrell‘s book is reminiscent of books by Sally Rooney and Lauren Geoff. You‘ll either really love it or really hate it 😂 3y
LauraBeth @Ruthiella 👋👋 3y
LauraBeth @KarenUK hellloooo! 👋 3y
LauraBeth @Jas16 this book will be in my top three of this year as well as one of my all-time favorites! 3y
CarolynM 👋 Lovely to see you and Bitsy - looks like she's happy to have a live-in friend! 3y
BarbaraBB I loved Hamnet much more than Lincoln. Your friend must be happy you adopted his dog ❤️ (edited) 3y
Reggie Hi! 3y
batsy Hello! 😍 3y
LeahBergen Hello!! It looks like Bitsy is enjoying her new brother! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @CarolynM 👋 We‘ve had Miles since July and Bitsy LOVES having him around! They became best buddies 😀 3y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I loved Hamnet 100 times more than Lincoln (and in many ways, you can‘t really compare the two)! There was just some type of invisible string between the two stories that I could see. I now want to read everything that Maggie O‘Farrell has ever written. 3y
LauraBeth @Reggie 👋 hellooo - I hope you‘ve been doing well! ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @batsy great to see you! 👋 Hope all is well! ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 👋 Oh Bitsy is in love with him 😂 We also have another cat that‘s going to need a nickname…❤️ 3y
TrishB Hi 👋 hope you and the family are good. I loved this book and the author. 3y
LauraBeth 👋 Hi @TrishB I closed the book and was like, “Well - I guess have a new favorite author now!” 😂 We‘ve been hanging in there - hope you and your family has been well also! 3y
BarbaraBB Do! I love O‘Farrell 🤍 3y
Bookzombie Hi!! 💕 3y
Gissy 🐕 🐕 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks Welcome, Miles! Good to see you back. 3y
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I‘m not sure I‘ve ever read a memoir so earnest before this book. Sean lost his dad to suicide at age 12 and he takes you through trying to reconcile his feelings over it. Before I finished the book, my own dad died and I found solace in Sean‘s words. The circle may never be unbroken (the circle of abuse, poverty, depression, addiction), but Sean gives you hope that even though it may continue, you can still be okay. ❤️

Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry for your loss 3y
bookworm92 I have depression and am struggling to stay away from some substances I have a problem with, I am gonna see if I can find a copy of this book 3y
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss 3y
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CoverToCoverGirl I‘m sorry for your loss. 3y
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about your dad. Sending love. 💗 3y
Leftcoastzen Sorry for your loss . Hugs to you . 3y
Librarybelle I‘m sorry for your loss 3y
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ you, boo. 😘 3y
KVanRead So sorry for your loss 🤍 3y
Megabooks Very sorry for your loss. I‘m glad you found something relatable. 💕 3y
Ruthiella I‘m so sorry. I‘m glad this book provided you with some comfort. ❤️ 3y
BookNAround I‘m so sorry for the loss of you dad. May you come to peace with his passing. 3y
MaureenMc Sorry for your loss. 💗 3y
BarbaraBB I am so sorry to read this. It has been a hell of a year for you so far. Wishing you lots of strength and better times ahead 🤍 3y
TrishB Sorry to hear about your Dad ♥️♥️ 3y
LeahBergen You‘ve been having a bit of a time of it this year, haven‘t you? Sending love to you. 😘😘 3y
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️ It's so valuable when another person's similar experience helps to provide some solace. 3y
Cathythoughts Beautiful review... it‘s good to know we can still be ok ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Reggie Always thinking of you, because you know, Georgia has been in the news lately, a lot actually, but I always think about the woman who loves to read from there. 💜 Sorry about your dad. 3y
Suet624 What Reggie said. ❤️❤️. 3y
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We had to put our beautiful BFG to sleep this week due to him having an incurable disease that was becoming painful for him. He was always by my side while I was reading and I‘ll miss him terribly. 💔 Thanks to @LeahBergen for giving him his beloved nickname.

saresmoore Oh, I‘m so sorry for your loss, friend. 🙏 3y
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry for your loss! 😢💔 3y
Jnnlb I‘m so sorry for your loss 😢 3y
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daena I‘m so sorry 💕 3y
Tamra So hard, I know. 💜💜 3y
Ruthiella Oh, I am so very sorry. It‘s so hard to say goodbye to our animal companions. ❤️ 3y
rubyslippersreads I‘m so sorry to hear about your handsome boy. 😿♥️ 3y
Jas16 I am so sorry 3y
LeahBergen Oh, no!!! I‘m so terribly sorry to hear this. I‘ll miss seeing that big beautiful boy and I know you‘ll miss his sweet presence. 😭😭😭 Sending love to you, my friend. 💗💗💗 3y
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry! My heart is breaking for you . 3y
rabbitprincess ♥️♥️😿 Oh no! I am so sorry for your loss. A handsome boy indeed ♥️ 3y
DGRachel I‘m so so sorry. Sending big hugs. 3y
xicanti I‘ll so sorry. 3y
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss... 3y
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry! 💔 3y
SaturnDoo Awww so sorry 😭 sending you lots of hugs, love and warm thoughts❤💜❤💜 3y
TNbookworm I'm so sorry💔 3y
Jess Oh no! I am so sorry. 3y
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 3y
BittersweetBooks My condolences to you and your family! It‘s always so heartbreaking. 3y
Soubhiville Oh, I‘m so sorry. He was very handsome. 3y
marleed Oh I‘m sorry! 3y
CoverToCoverGirl So sorry for your loss, sending hugs and support to you and your family. 💔💜 3y
RainyDayReading So sorry for your loss 💔 3y
KVanRead So sorry 💔 3y
Palimpsest I‘m so sorry for your loss. 3y
Reggie Oh, I‘m so sorry, LauraBeth. 3y
BarbaraBB How you‘ll miss him. So sorry for you all 🤍 3y
Bookwormjillk I‘m so sorry 💔 3y
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry 💔 3y
erzascarletbookgasm So sorry 😞 3y
batsy I'm sorry 💔💔 3y
Simona I‘m so sorry 💔 3y
youneverarrived I‘m so sorry 😢 3y
Susanita Oh no. I‘m so sorry. 😢 3y
Redwritinghood 💔💔 3y
valeriegeary So sorry! 💔💔💔 You have him a good life. Thank you for sharing his cute little whiskers with all of us. 3y
Megabooks I‘m so sorry. 💜💜 3y
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m so sorry. 💗💗💗 3y
MaureenMc 😿💗💗💗 3y
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry to hear this. He was lucky to have you and you were lucky to have him. Sending lots of love to you. ❤️ 3y
CarolynM Oh, that's so sad💔 I'm sorry for your loss, Laura Beth. {Hugs} 3y
ValerieAndBooks Just saw this. So very sorry— he‘ll be much missed ❤️ 3y
Suet624 Just saw this. I‘m so very sorry ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Waitlisted | Laurel Gans
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Me: Oh - ok. That‘s a long time but maybe by the time that rolls around, I‘ll have gotten to read some other things. *places hold*

30 mins later: What‘s that notification from the library? That hold came in?! The 8 week hold? I WAS NOT READY! 😂

TheKidUpstairs This has happened to me a lot lately! Glad to know I'm not alone 😂 3y
TNbookworm 😂 3y
Traci1 123 copies?? Good lord. I think our library's maybe gotten 4 of the really popular books. 3y
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Copwithabook Agreed- 123 copies?!! 3y
CarolynM Happy New Year, Laura💕 3y
Clare-Dragonfly That definitely happens to me 😂 What book is this that they have 123 copies of?! 3y
Powered_By_Plants 🤣🤣 Brilliant, happens here all the time ❤️ 3y
Laalaleighh 💙💙💙 3y
LauraBeth Happy New Year @carolynm! 3y
LauraBeth I rarely used to place holds on digital copies before Covid, but now that I see that you don‘t actually have to wait a gazillion weeks, it‘s all I use now 😹😹 @thekidupstairs, @tnbookworm 3y
LauraBeth @traci1, @copwithabook I do feel really fortunate to live in a large metropolitan area! (edited) 3y
LauraBeth @clare-dragonfly it‘s Obama‘s book 3y
robinb Miss you @LauraBeth . Hope you are well. 💕 3y
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New Rick Bragg book coming in August:

Speck is not a good boy. He is, a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon.


monkeygirlsmama Okay, I've gotta read this. Going on my TBR list. 3y
Deblovestoread Love Rick Bragg! 3y
LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
ValerieAndBooks I love Rick Bragg and his mom! And now his dog! 3y
Suet624 This sounds like such a great homage to Speck. 3y
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batsy 😆 3y
LeahBergen 😂😂 3y
LauraBeth @batsy and @LeahBergen we used to find it cute and funny until this spring! 😹 3y
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I‘ve wanted to read this since NPR listed it as a 2019 favorite on their Book Concierge. So far, I really like Tomlinson‘s writing - it‘s very reminiscent of Rick Bragg‘s storytelling.

Just disregard the look on the BFG‘s face. There are some cardinals that nest outside our window and they drive him bonkers.

CocoReads He does look very intense. (edited) 3y
Sharpeipup I really enjoyed his writing and his honesty in his journey. 3y
Megabooks I‘ve read it twice. Really good! 3y
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LeahBergen He looks crazed by those birds. 😆😆 3y
LauraBeth @CocoReads thankfully, he‘s an indoor cat. Otherwise he‘d be a notorious bird killer! 😹 3y
LauraBeth @Sharpeipup I‘m almost done with it and completely agree about enjoying his writing and honesty. 3y
LauraBeth @Megabooks I can see myself reading this again! 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen he is crazed by everything! 😹 3y
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This was a pleasant surprise. While some of the dialogue sounds very much like it‘s been hashed out with therapists, it also shows Gould‘s keen insight into human nature and life and it helped prop up the stale prose. I also felt everything was underdeveloped: the characters, the plot, even the setting fell flat at times. And yet, despite all of this, there was still a spark to make this compulsively readable. Emma Straub fans will enjoy

Megabooks Very Straub-like. Good point. I‘ve missed you here! 3y
LauraBeth @Megabooks 🥰 I‘ve missed being here! 3y
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Happy Holidays!
Bitsy, The BFG, Grey Cat, Robbie, Mr. Bird

TrishB Happy Christmas 🎄❤️ 3y
Crazeedi Merry Christmas!!🎄☃️🌠🎁 3y
Nute Merry Christmas, Ms. Laura!💚 3y
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Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 💕 3y
TNbookworm Merry Christmas🎄 3y
BarbaraBB Happy holidays for you and your crew 🤍 3y
Suet624 Merry Christmas to you all!! Thank you for coming back to Litsy. You've made my world a better place. 3y
CarolynM Happy holidays to all of you🎄😘 3y
LauraBeth @TrishB Merry Christmas ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @Crazeedi Merry Christmas 💕 3y
LauraBeth @nute Merry Christmas ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @Bookzombie Merry Christmas 💕 3y
LauraBeth @TNbookworm Merry Christmas ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB Happy Holidays ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @Suet624 Awww - you‘re too kind ❤️ It‘s good to be back! 3y
Megabooks Happy holidays!! 3y
LeahBergen Happy Holidays to all of you!! 😘😘😘 3y
LauraBeth Happy Holidays @Megabooks! ❤️ 3y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Happy Holidays to you and JB! 😘 3y
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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LeahBergen He‘s pretty much stuck to you like glue, isn‘t he? 🥰 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I think he just likes me because I can sit still reading for long stretches of time 😹 3y
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Perfect Tunes | Emily Gould
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Football, starting a new book, quasi napping with the BFG = Sunday

LeahBergen He looks like such a cuddler! 🥰 4y
Trashcanman Nice to see you. 4y
Leftcoastzen 😻 4y
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LauraBeth @LeahBergen he‘s a cuddle monster 😹 4y
LauraBeth @Trashcanman and you! I hope you‘re doing well! 4y
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Because I‘m 15 in my heart - I paired this with Taylor Swift songs:

Chapter 1 (Coming Home) Shake it off
The Logan Era: Dear John
The Jordy Era: Tolerate It, Mean, I Forgot That You Existed
The Tea Cake Era in Eatonville: Delicate, End Game and Out of the Woods
The Tea Cake Era in the Muck: Lover, Willow
The Janie Era: Invisible String (except the invisible string is about her and not a man)

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 You‘re ridiculous. 4y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😹 In all seriousness- this was one of my all-time favorite reads. Ever ❤️ 4y
Suet624 I loved your Goodreads review of this book. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 3y
LauraBeth Merry Christmas! @Suet624 😘 3y
ValerieAndBooks You are brilliant 😄 3y
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I was going to start another book but began reading passages from this, so I think that now I‘m officially in the midst of a re-read.

LeahBergen His little tongue and fangs! 😆😆 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen probably the only things “little” about this chonk 😹 4y
LeahBergen He‘ll always be The BFG. 😆😆 4y
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Leftcoastzen 👏😹😻 4y
DebinHawaii Love that sleepy face! 😽❤️ 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen oh we call him the BFG! 😹 4y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen he looks like this all the time 🤣 4y
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii he‘s a derpy cat 😹 4y
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I‘m going to bail on this one. I can already tell it‘ll just be a so-so read for me and I won‘t even remember it in six months.

MicheleinPhilly Bitsy is judging you! Or you‘re eating. 4y
LauraBeth I told her to sit and this was her face. 😂 4y
LeahBergen Oh, Bitsy! 😆 4y
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TrishBovell Cute doggie 4y
DebinHawaii Hi Bitsy! 🐶❤️ 4y
Suet624 Good call. 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen some things never change 😹 4y
LauraBeth @TrishBovell thanks 😊 4y
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii 👋👋 Bitsy has missed having her pic taken with books 😹 4y
LauraBeth @Suet624 I ditched it for Their Eyes Were Watching God and definitely think it was a good call! (edited) 4y
Suet624 Haha. Now those two books can‘t even share the same shelf. You‘re in much better company now. 4y
LauraBeth @Suet624 I see that now! 4y
Redwritinghood Wise decision 4y
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Butterface | Avery Flynn
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“Oh you‘d like your book back? I don‘t think so.”

TrishB Awww 🥰 4y
LeahBergen He‘s the handsomest lad. 🥰 4y
BiblioLitten 😁🥰 4y
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KVanRead Look at that satisfied grin!😍 4y
LauraBeth @TrishB he‘s THE BEST cat I‘ve ever had 😍 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen and he knows it! 😂 4y
LauraBeth @KVanRead 😂😂 4y
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Vesper Flights | HELEN. MACDONALD
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Confession: I was away from the bookish world SO much in 2020 that I was completely unaware that Helen Macdonald had a new book out.

JennyM It‘s so nice to have you back 💙 4y
Megabooks Glad you‘re back! I hope 2021 is a better reading year. 💜 4y
Crazeedi It's been a tough reading year for a lot of us. Welcome back 4y
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LeahBergen Man, I‘m glad you‘re back! 😘 4y
BarbaraBB I was right in the middle of it and was unaware of it... (edited) 4y
LauraBeth It‘s good to be back @JennyM! 😊 4y
LauraBeth @Megabooks thanks 😊 I have a feeling that 2021 will be a much better reading year! 4y
LauraBeth @Crazeedi thanks 😊 it has definitely been a difficult year for most everyone ❤️ Hopefully, 2021 will be a better reading year for all of us! 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘m glad I‘m back! 😂😘 4y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB I think several books that were published this year slipped under the radar. 4y
Redwritinghood Glad you found your way back! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @Redwritinghood - it‘s good to be back and to be reading again! 😊 4y
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The Peregrine | John Alec Baker
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Yesterday I bought a copy of The Peregrine and then went online to see who had recently written about it. The New Yorker ran an article in 2017 http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-beauty-of-j-a-bakers-the-peregrin... and after reading that, I was reminded of Derek Walcott because he was referenced in the article. And then I spent a couple of hours this morning reading some of Wolcatt‘s poetry - which is amazing. #bookishsidetracks

vivastory I see that Werner Herzog blurbed it too! 4y
LauraBeth @vivastory he gave such a great interview explaining why he loves it so much: https://www.ttbook.org/interview/werner-herzog-peregrine 4y
vivastory I'll have to check that out! Thanks for the link 4y
Suet624 I love that kind of dive. 4y
ValerieAndBooks I‘m glad you‘re back. It‘s been great catching up on your your doings and readings (and your four-legged family members 💖) 3y
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Me: “Maybe if I download an audiobook it‘ll force me to go outside and take a walk.”

Also me: “Or I could just listen to it while doing this.”

Bookwormjillk 😻😻 4y
AlaMich You made the right choice! I‘m glad you‘re back. ☺️ 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Good call!😂 4y
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valeriegeary That is a cute puzzle ❤️ 4y
LeahBergen You chose wisely. 😉 4y
LauraBeth @Bookwormjillk I can‘t tell you how many times I‘ve had to recreate this puzzle bc of her! 4y
LauraBeth @AlaMich awww - thanks! I hope you‘ve been well! 4y
LauraBeth @PurpleyPumpkin I agree! 😂 4y
LauraBeth @valeriegeary there‘s a LOT of brown! 😂 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 100% agree! 😂 4y
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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I went to the library today for the first time in forever and my absence was long enough for me to forget my library card PIN. When the librarian was helping me change it, she asked what I wanted the new PIN to be and I spit out 4 numbers and then hesitated bc I didn‘t know why I was choosing those numbers and I wasn‘t sure I‘d remember them. All day I was trying to figure out those numbers. Then it occurred to me that it‘s the husband‘s bday 😂

LauraBeth We‘re clearly just going to call it a day over here. 4y
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 our library makes our default PIN the last 4 digits of our phone # luckily. 4y
Leftcoastzen Now I‘m trying to remember mine!😂Still on curbside so not using it.🤔 4y
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LeahBergen 😂😂 Well, at least you know his birthday (if only subliminally). 4y
Librariana We had to go back to curbside after a spike 😔 And boy, do we miss our customers! But I hope everyone knows how hard we work behind the scenes to get books (print, audio, you name it!), movies, and music out to our community 😊 We're ordering all the things! Multiples of all the things! 😁 4y
Kappadeemom Glad to see you back on Litsy! 4y
Suet624 It‘s been a hard year. 🤣 4y
LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola *trying to remember the last four digits of my phone number* 😂 4y
LauraBeth It‘s so weird @Leftcoastzen bc I‘m someone who has used that PIN almost daily for almost 15 years! 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂 as soon as I told her that PIN, I opened my Notes app and typed it in. I‘ll need to go in and amend it to denote it‘s his bday too 4y
LauraBeth @Librariana y‘all are honestly the unsung heroes of this whole mess bc y‘all kept it going and pivoted in new ways to help get readers their books. We appreciate you! 4y
LauraBeth @Kappadeemom I hope you and your crew (and your puppers) are doing well! 4y
LauraBeth @Suet624 completely! 😂 4y
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Confession time: I‘ve read two books in 2020. Two. I read The Dearly Beloved and The Heart‘s invisible Furies. I didn‘t pay attention to new book releases - I have some idea of some “hot” new releases this year, but for the most part - I‘m not quite sure what all was released. So I‘m giving myself grace to accept that this just wasn‘t a reading year for me. ❤️ Bitsy and the BFG were happy to have me work from home for most of the year.

LiteraryinLawrence Good job giving yourself grace! This year impacted everyone in different ways, and the books- old and new- will be there for you whenever you want. 💜 4y
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve missed you and your animals! Maybe hasn‘t been a great reading year or even a good year in any way but weird is the new normal, it‘s all good! 😄 4y
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz very true! I‘m not too worried about it - hopefully, I‘ll pick up my voracious reading again! ❤️ 4y
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LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s been a totally weird year! 😂 I‘ve missed you and Litsy as well! My animals have all been the stars of my work zoom calls as they are super annoying and want to be the center of everything. 😂 4y
BarbaraBB It‘s so good to hear from you, reading or not. I am glad you and the animals are doing okay and still working - although you‘re probably will have enough of zooming all day. I know I have... take care 💜 4y
LeahBergen I‘ve missed Bitsy and The BFG soooo much (and you, too, I guess 😉). Reading-schmeading ... your books will still be waiting for you when the time is right. 😘😘 4y
CarolynM It's really great to see you here again, you (and the animals) have been missed! I hope your work is making you happy as well as keeping you busy, and that you and your family are well💕 4y
saresmoore So lovely to hear from you, friend! And I‘m glad to hear you‘ve been working from home. ♥️♥️♥️ 4y
LauraBeth @saresmoore out of ALL of the lovely things I missed this year on Litsy - I think the biggest was missing out on seeing your precious baby! What a doll ❤️ What a joy to see your family pics! Yes, we‘ve ALL been home since March - all day and every day! 😂 4y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB thanks ❤️ Since I haven‘t been reading this year, I didn‘t feel like I had much to contribute to the Litsy conversation 😂 Here‘s hoping that my reading picks up! 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘ve missed you and Johnny Bergen! ❤️ I missed his entire puppyhood! 😢 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM ❤️ I hope you‘ve been doing well! We‘re all hanging in there as best we can! 4y
Hooked_on_books It‘s been a year for sure. All that matters is you got through it. The books will always be there waiting when you‘re ready again. 4y
Tanisha_A I have missed seeing your posts! The reading will come back for sure! ❤️ 4y
batsy It's nice to see you and the lil fluff babies back! I hope you've been well ❤️ 4y
saresmoore @LauraBeth Saaaaaame here with the all day, every day. And my mom has been living with us since March. 🤪 I‘m glad to everyone is still alive and (I hope) mostly sane. 😅 4y
ValerieAndBooks So glad to see your post and picture! Some years are just not good for reading and that‘s okay 💖 4y
Suet624 My heart skipped a beat when I saw you had responded to someone‘s post. It‘s so nice to see that you are well. I‘ve missed you!! 4y
LauraBeth So true @Hooked_on_books! This has been the longest season of not reading that I‘ve ever encountered! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @Tanisha_A ❤️ I‘ve already noticed that it‘s slowly coming back! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy! ❤️ I‘ve missed everyone on Litsy! 4y
LauraBeth @saresmoore oh man 😂 that‘s a lot! We‘ve decided we need a much bigger house! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks ❤️ I think we‘re all ready to move on from this year! 😂 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @Suet624 ❤️ I hope you‘re doing well! I‘ve missed you and everyone on Litsy! 4y
UwannaPublishme So happy to see you back on Litsy! Missed you and Bitsy, all the fur babies and your hilarious posts. Glad you‘re surviving this crazy year with grace and 💪🏻 and ❤️. We‘re always here for you. 4y
TrishB Hi 👋 lovely to see your post, missed you and Bitsy and co 😘 (edited) 4y
TNbookworm Hey @LauraBeth so glad to see you and Bitsy and company! 4y
Cinfhen Yay!! Welcome back 💜You‘ve been missed!! 4y
Cinfhen Hope your human family are all safe and happy, as well as the furry ones too!!!! 4y
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Today is the first day that my library is (partially) opening back up (they closed in early March) with curbside pickup of holds. Was I supposed to be putting books on hold during all of this?! 😂 Now I‘m just gonna have to wait for @MicheleinPhilly to support her local indie and mail me the good summer releases...

kyraleseberg Curbside has been successful at my library the last 3 weeks. Hope it works just as well for yours! 4y
Princess-Kingofkings My library isn't willing to think outside the box and try it! 4y
MicheleinPhilly I will use one of the MANY gift cards I have purchased since this clusterscrew began! 😘 4y
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Chrys My library just started taking returns today and will do curbside pickup next week. They have frozen our ability to place holds until then, so I have a list in a notebook ready and waiting 😊 4y
rabbitprincess Our library is planning to do curbside pickup and returns starting in June, but at select branches only (ones that can handle the massive volume of returns). They also set my books to be due July 15, so I am in no hurry to go...also my local branch is not one of the ones opening. 4y
MallenNC My library has been closed since mid-March and they haven‘t allowed any holds during that time (just ebooks on Libby). I wish I could put some on hold now but I guess they still don‘t know when they‘ll reopen, even curbside. 4y
LauraBeth That‘s great to hear @kyraleseberg! 4y
LauraBeth @Princess-Kingofkings Yeah - I think it definitely takes some out-of-the-box thinking from the library‘s leadership. There are a LOT of changes they‘ve had to implement! 4y
LauraBeth @Chrys I hope they unfreeze it soon! I was under the assumption that my library had done the same thing! 4y
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess I‘m going to hold off on going for now bc my library hasn‘t even set a date as to when returns are due. They‘ve also changed it so you have until the end of June to get holds. 4y
LauraBeth @MallenNC there‘s just something about being able to put on hold, isn‘t there? 😃 4y
Suet624 I miss you. 4y
Trashcanman Where ya been? 4y
Cinfhen Just thinking about you! Hope all is well 💗 4y
TrishB Same as Cindy! Must have been thinking of you at the same time ❤️ 4y
Trashcanman Where ya been...again?? 4y
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👋 currently reading like it‘s 2017 over here.

Mitch Beauty xxx 4y
Prairiegirl_reading That‘s a book I wish I could read for the first time all over again! ❤️ How have you been? It‘s been a while! 😄 4y
Leftcoastzen 😻Great read! 4y
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TrishB But reading ❤️ hope you and Bitsy and gang are well. 4y
MicheleinPhilly Wait for meeeee!!!! 4y
LauraBeth @Mitch he‘s truly the sweetest cat I‘ve ever had 😺 4y
LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading it HAS been a while! We‘re hanging in there - thanks for asking! Hope all is well with you! 4y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen I‘m enjoying it so far! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @TrishB ❤️ We‘re well - hope you are too! 4y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I‘m only on page 50! 4y
cariashley Awww beautiful pic! 😻 and the book is so good! 4y
AmyG @Prairiegirl_reading YES!!!!! Enjoy. This is the book that made me a huge John Boyne fan. 4y
erzascarletbookgasm This is a lovely shot 📸 👍. And you‘re in for a treat with the book. 4y
Mimi28 😻😻😻I hope you guys are doing ok. Welcome back!! ❤️❤️ 4y
sprainedbrain Missed you! (Love that book) 4y
CarolynM Lovely to see you👋 Hope you, your family and the animals are all doing well😘 4y
BarbaraBB Great post! Good to see you back, cool picture and a perfect book to get you through crazy times like these! 4y
Cinfhen Yay!!!! You‘re still here!!!! I‘ve been missing you ❤️ 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @cariashley! 😺 I‘m enjoying it so far! 4y
LauraBeth @AmyG lots of John Boyne love here! 4y
LauraBeth I missed all of you guys @sprainedbrain! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM! We‘re all doing well! Hope you are too! 😽 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @BarbaraBB! Good to be back! 4y
LauraBeth I‘m still here @Cinfhen! I haven‘t posted much because I haven‘t been reading much in 2020. This is only my third book 😂 I finally feel like reading again! I guess I needed a bit of a reading break! 😘 4y
LeahBergen Hello, BFG!! 😘😘 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😘 he just keeps getting bigger 😂 How is the regal Johnny doing? 4y
DGRachel @LauraBeth !! I‘m so happy to see you posting again! 💖💖 I was missing you just the other day. Yay! 4y
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I spent my business trip scouring the local library. 😂

AlaMich The new Billie Jean King Library in Long Beach was the first thing I put on our itinerary for our upcoming trip to California at the end of March. My wife doesn't know yet...😄 4y
MissAimz_55 That‘s what I do when I‘m on trips. Always the library and also local book stores. 4y
LeahBergen You‘re a good little bookworm. 🐛 4y
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batsy As one should! 😁 4y
Balibee146 so cool... love it!
Suet624 Love investigating libraries. Thanks for sharing! 4y
Suet624 Miss you. 4y
Cinfhen Hi!!! Just thinking of you. Hope all is well xx 4y
CarolynM Hi Laurabeth👋 I know you've been a busy worker again so no time for Litsy, but I just wanted to check in with you in this strange and worrying time. Hope all is well with you and yours. Love and hugs💕🤗 4y
BarbaraBB Just checking in, hope all is well in this weird time 🍀💚 4y
kspenmoll Just checking in . Hope you & your family are well. Miss you! 4y
Cinfhen Was thinking about you, the family and all your furry friends xx Hope the whole gang is well....and of course I‘m curious what you‘ve been reading??? 4y
robinb Hope all is well with you...thinking of you. 💕 4y
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Good news about 2020:
1.Half-Price Books is down the street from my office
2. I formed an IRL book club - we‘re meeting tomorrow

Bad news about 2020:
1. The bottom picture represents my pile of work and because of it...
2. I haven‘t read a single book in 2020 (including the one I‘m supposed to have read for the book club...that I formed...that meets tomorrow)
3. I had to put today‘s date on a form earlier today and I put that it was 2018...

TrishB I know I shouldn‘t laugh 😂. Hope job is going well! 4y
marleed Lol. I hear you! 4y
Ms_T The second number 2 😂 4y
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LauraBrook Wow, I have missed out on a lot in my absence. Belated congrats on the job! And I feel ya on the “bad” stuff too. I said 2007 last week and it took me far longer than it should have to figure out the actual year. Hope you can power-read your Bookclub book tonight! 4y
rabbitprincess I nearly wrote 2010 on a form today! Not sure how that happened 😆 Good luck with the book club read! 😁 4y
CarolynM Hope you're enjoying the job anyway😘 4y
Izai.Amorim I know the feelling... 😁 I hope you're enjoying the job. 4y
LeahBergen I snorted out loud at 2018!! 😆😆 4y
BarbaraBB You make me LOL again while you probably don‘t mean too. Hope you have a great evening with the book club anyway and that work will get back to normal soon (hmmm, you‘re back in advertising aren‘t you?) 😘 (edited) 4y
Suet624 Of course you'd be the one to organize a book club at your job. :) 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @TrishB! It‘s going well - I just wish that I had more time to read! 4y
LauraBeth @marleed 😂😂 4y
LauraBeth @Ms_T it turned out okay! 😅 4y
LauraBeth @LauraBrook thanks! I was able to do a bit of power-reading before the book club! 😂😅 4y
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess 😂😂I‘m glad to know I‘m not alone in this problem! 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM - I am! 4y
LauraBeth @Izai.Amorim thanks - it‘s good to be back in marketing and PR! 🤗 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘m on a slow path to dementia for sure! 😂 4y
LauraBeth Thanks @BarbaraBB! Yes - I can‘t seem to quit advertising 😂 4y
LauraBeth @Suet624 😂😂 4y
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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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There are a lot of informative discussions taking place on Instagram about American Dirt. I‘ve reconsidered reading it and will choose something else. @Lupita.Reads has some great suggestions for Mexican American authors in her stories.

I saw this review as well:

Megabooks I was considering checking it out from the library, but I will instead check out an own voices book I‘ve been meaning to read. 4y
Megabooks Thank you for sharing this!!! 4y
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TrishB Thank you - will have a look at these. 4y
NerdyRev Thank you for sharing this. I wasn‘t aware of some of the criticisms around this book. 4y
Chrissyreadit I suspect there are more complications than this. One book on my TBR is an own voices I wonder how they compare. 4y
Chrissyreadit @Megabooks I loved that book- and Esperanza Rising also. 4y
Sharpeipup Thanks for sharing as I hasn‘t heard anything about this until now. 4y
Annl Thanks for sharing! There are so many beautiful stories to read. I shy away from ones with negative controversy. 4y
Redwritinghood I‘ve seen the critiques and they‘re fair, but I will probably read it anyway just to see for myself. I‘ll get it from the library though, not buy. 4y
DGRachel I was absolutely horrified when I read that review a couple days ago as I had no idea and it‘s completely tainted how I feel about the book. ☹️ 4y
ChasingOm Welp, taking that off my TBR. 👋 4y
Reagan Wow. Adding Mean to my TBR. 4y
802Librarian I bought this for my library because it is my job to anticipate what the community will want. I‘ll be really interested to hear what my patrons think! 4y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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