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LibrarianChels

Joined June 2016

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1776: America and Britain at War by David G. McCullough
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1776: America and Britain at War | David G. McCullough
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I‘ve always wanted to read this, but the page count has held me back. Checking out the audio version instead. McCullough has a nice, deep voice and is great to listen to.

Crazeedi He reads this? So this would be a great audio for me! Thamks!! 1d
MichaelK I did the audiobook as well and enjoyed it 👍 1d
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Only took 30 minutes to read during an #NJLA19 conference break. Powerful words that all women feel. Now how do we achieve?

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Frying in the sun, but enjoying the view and this new book. It‘s literature with a bit of mystery. Reminds me of Dickens in that you know everything will come to a neat end albeit with a surprise.

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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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Amazing descriptions in this book. It‘s a bit long, but I intend to finish it for Book Club on Thursday.

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I love history and the Revolution, so this book was right up my alley. A quick read due to the authors‘ thriller style, and it would have been even faster if they didn‘t repeat so often.

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“Her ladyship is fucking bored with such formality.”

I need to start saying this to people.

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This has been on my list for years! Finally starting it on a thunderstormy night.

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1. I support anything that promotes and celebrates literacy = both
2. A library patron saying she can‘t believe our library. It‘s small but alive in a way her town‘s isn‘t. #notacompetition #winning
3. I love to talk about Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. My favorite recommendation though is anything that fits the persons need exactly.
4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
5. @SamAnne @Hope_a @Spencer_Labbe @williamthelibrarian @goodbyefrancie

SamAnne I love Amor Towles. 4mo
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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I wish it had a more conclusive ending, but I suppose it mirrors the lack of finality to America‘s race problems 45 years later. What a sad situation. This will bring Thursday‘s book club talk down a notch.

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It seems appropriate to follow up A Kingdom Strange with Mayflower. Both authors give full histories of England‘s takeover of Native American lands, even the ugly, selfish parts.

SamAnne I‘ve read Mayflower but have not hear of Kingdom Strange. Looking it up now. 4mo
LibrarianChels @SamAnne it was a very quick read! 4mo
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Trying to decide on a soup for my cookbook club on Monday. Everything sounds so good! Definitely the spinach and sun-dried tomato scones as a side.

9999 A cookbook club sounds amazing! 5mo
LibrarianChels @sskk It is amazing! We meet once a month for a potluck using recipes from the selected book. It‘s called Bogota‘s Test Kitchen and hosted at my library. 5mo
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How to Read the Air | Dinaw Mengestu
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I always appreciate Mengestu‘s observations. There‘s nothing like good literature.

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How to Read the Air | Dinaw Mengestu
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Loved his The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and digging the first chapter of this one. The sign of a good writer is when I breeze through pages without the benefit of a ton of dialogue.

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Mehso-so

It was fine. Predictable. Onto the next.

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Bailedbailed

I know many love this book, but I feel no connection. 97 pages in and I realized mid-sentence that I don‘t care about any of the lovers in the story. Reading just to get to the end is no way to live life. Moving on.

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Just re-read this for a book club. I‘m completely in love with Amor Towles‘s writing (his other book is A Gentleman in Moscow). His style is everything I love about Dickens and Fitzgerald blended together into stories that you want to read again and again. Waiting for a third novel is agony!

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Bailedbailed

My final #litsypassport book of the year and I bailed. Written in first person with a narrator who rambles and is unclear. I read 50 pages and give up trying to see if an understandable chapter will appear.

(P.S. Bjork is quoted on the cover as saying this author “can best express the female psyche of now.” The narrator is so confusing and unstable, and I hope to hell she‘s wrong.)

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Perfect dedication. Excited to read this book that‘s been on my shelf for a couple of months.

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Broken Angels | Gemma Liviero
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This was a long 456-page book club read, but it flowed swiftly. The author brought so many of the WWII tragedies to life. My only complaint is that each of the three narrators had the same voice, and occasionally I would forget who was narrating the chapter I was reading.

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Scott and Zelda has such a tumultuous relationship. I never realized how destructive it was until I read this. Highly recommended if you love Fitzgerald‘s writing.

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Bitter Grounds: A Novel | Sandra Benitez
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Bailedbailed

I can‘t get into this after 100 pages and there‘s no way I‘ll make it to 445. I like the storyline in theory, but there‘s almost too much detail and it‘s slowing down the rhythm. Second #litsypassport fail for me.

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Lonely Planet Fast Talk Spanish | Lonely Planet, Marta Lopez, Cristina Hernandez Montero
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Off to Munich for Oktoberfest, Mallorca for rock climbing, and Barcelona for the food and art! I need to cut at least two books out, but I can‘t decide...

keithmalek I'm jealous (especially of the Oktoberfest part). 9mo
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I would have enjoyed a more sequential memoir, but this gave me good insight into apartheid. It‘s strange to think that Noah is my age, but has lived through and done so much more with his life already.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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“Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job—not a calling.” This book spoke to me on many levels. Highly recommend it, although you may drop some tears.

BakingAndBooks Definitely cried at the end 😭 10mo
LibrarianChels @BakingAndBooks, definitely got a lump in my throat well before the end! 10mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Mehso-so

I finished this book feeling heavy, but emotionless. Not sure I took anything away from it other than crossing it off my to-read list.

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It‘s incredible to think she wrote this as barely a teen. I guess beautiful storytelling comes naturally when you have a literary father and a Puka-Pukan mother. “Goodnight, Mama! O. K., Mama!” #litsypassport #CookIslands

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What a fun little book! Each chapter has a short quiz to help you narrow down the suggestions.

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Ways of Going Home: A Novel | Alejandro Zambra
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“Now I think the best thing I‘ve done in recent years has been to drink a lot of beer and reread certain books...”

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“Forming your worldview by relying on the media would be like forming your view about me by looking at a picture of my foot.” Very eye opening book. It‘s amazing the things we‘re brought up to believe with no factual basis.

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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Mehso-so

This Lizzie Borden story wasn‘t that great. Schmidt splits the narrative into three voices - Lizzie, sister Emma, and would-be villian Benjamin - but they all sound the same. I had to continuously remind myself who was speaking. There was also no mystery despite the book cover‘s implication. Got through it, but wish I had the time back to go toward something more satisfying.

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The Girl Who Fell to Earth | Sophia Al-Maria
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Mehso-so

I grabbed this book for my #litsypassport July read, which featured Qatar. I had hoped for more cultural elements, but the book was too inside the author‘s head to get a solid feel for life there.

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What to do after a long day? Blanton‘s and browsing through this book. Turns out it‘s a good one to share with someone as you go. So many facts that my husband and I are ignorant of.

Rcoco Just picked this up from the library! I can‘t even remember why I requested it but good to know! 11mo
LibrarianChels Same here, @Rcoco! It just arrived and I have no recollection of placing a hold. 11mo
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Perfect day for finishing a book in Brookdale Park‘s Rose Garden. I‘m reading Wonder with my nephew who just turned ten. Only a psychopath wouldn‘t learn empathy from this story.

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So many cookbooks with a Cincinnati chili recipe this year! Who knew it would become trendy.

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Bailedbailed

I tried really hard to finish this one, but there are too many ramblings where the author is trying to be as funny as possible. I‘d rather she get to the meat of how her and her husband succeeded in becoming financially independent.

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Flipping through looking for easy crockpot recipes to avoid using the stove/oven during the heat wave, and what do I stumble upon? A recipe for Cincinnati chili. Didn‘t think it would ever be it in a national cookbook!

MarriedtoMrT What‘s next? Skyline as a national chain? Maybe! 12mo
LibrarianChels I can only hope, @MarriedtoMrT! 12mo
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Need a quick, inspirational grad gift? Check out this book. A thousand times better than most of the graduation commencement speeches teens are forced to hear. And a very quick read that even a reluctant reader can endure.

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Alternating between a coma patient‘s POV, her week leading up to the coma, and a young girl‘s diary, I couldn‘t put this book down. What does Amber lie about? And what‘s her sister‘s story? And is her husband faithful or does he pose a threat?

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Diving into the next @MPL book club read! Looks like someone was reading this one in the bath or next to the pool...

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Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival | Sara Tuvel Bernstein
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“One of the American soldiers was carrying me. I closed my eyes again. ‘Is it raining again?‘ I thought. ‘No, we‘re inside now where it would not rain.‘ Then I realized that the soldier carrying me was crying, his tears falling on my face.” #feels #litsypassport

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One of the best cookbooks I‘ve ever used! The instructions are clear and each recipe includes tips. Making a Pomegranate Chicken with Warm Farro Salad for dinner tonight, and a Turkish Red Pepper and Bulgur soup for my lunches this week.

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Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival | Sara Tuvel Bernstein
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I‘ve picked some difficult books for #litsypassport, but this one might make me tear up.

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Evie and Jack | Glenn Haybittle
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Absolutely loved this book! Haybittle used loads of historical details, none of which rang false. Reminded me of Kristin Hannah‘s Nightingale. #netgalley #arc

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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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Quick read. I appreciate that this book brings domestic violence awareness to the forefront. I kept expecting a plot twist, but nothing happened that I didn‘t see coming. Also, Strawser is a hometown author so 👍.

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Panpan

Moderately disappointed in this one. Was hoping to pick up wisdom, but it didn‘t include any new information. Mostly skimmed it because it was too dull to read intently. (LOVE the cover though.)

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Starting my May #litsypassport book. I know nothing about Suriname or its history. Very excited for this one!

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This book was evenly paced until the end when it all came to a head. My favorite theme is parental love, which inevitably exists even when a parent appears to be absent. The plot was twisted, but not so strange as to be impossible. And it leaves you with a cliffhanger that makes me want a sequel.

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Did I leave the bar to come do this? Yep. Strange take so far.

rather_be_reading 😂😂 14mo
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This first time the protagonist woke up in another character‘s body, I wasn‘t sure I would get through it. But plenty of suspense and the uncertainty with how it could end kept me reading. #netgalley #ARC

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First, is it the 7 Deaths or 7 1/2 Deaths? Second, what is going on with this book?!? Intriguing and unexpected and definitely Agatha Christie-like. It‘s an ebook and I lost my Kindle charger, so I‘m forced to read it on my phone. Enjoy this picture of my wine. #bringmemorewine