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LiteraryinLititz

LiteraryinLititz

Joined April 2016

reader, teacher, counselor, cat person
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Giant Days, Vol. 4 by John Allison
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Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
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Giant Days Vol. 3 | John Allison
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I looooooove Giant Days! I received the first 9 volumes for my birthday last month and have read the first 3 so far. The friendship between Esther, Daisy, and Susan is just so real and gets them through all the craziness at college. Daisy reminds me of a friend of mine. 💜 I love the art, especially the panels by Lissa Treiman. McGraw is one of my favorite characters! I highly recommend this series.

Annl Beautiful cats! 7d
JenReadsAlot Cuteness!! 7d
8little_paws Oh your sweet cats! 7d
JSW I love Giant Days SO MUCH!!! 7d
rretzler 😻 7d
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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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Read it.

That‘s the takeaway from this review. ☺️

But if you‘d like more details, I was impressed with the character development and writing style in this book, the first I‘ve read by Rowley. Jackie O felt like a developed character, not a caricature (which was one of my pet peeves about The Dinner List). I breezed through the book quickly but at several points slowed myself down to appreciate a beautiful phrase or idea. An enjoyable read!!

RavenLovelyReads Aww!you caught your leopard mid roar!! 2w
LiteraryinLititz @RavenLovelyReads I know! And every time I look at the picture, I yawn too. 😁 2w
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I think this author may just not be for me. While I really got into the writing style and the word choices, I just felt like not enough happened. I guess I like my mysteries to be a little... grittier? Higher stakes? There was nothing remotely mysterious (or in my mind interesting) about the 3 crimes this police department solved. It all just seemed a little too “lite.” Though again, charming writing.

Tamra He is a very charming writer. It this series is like #1 Ladies, it will be about the characters‘ development over time. He is a palette cleanser read for me. 2w
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Patina | Jason Reynolds
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I read Patina and Sunny, the middle 2 books in this series, back to back. They were very quick reads and I enjoyed them! I like how the track series is great to recommend to girls and boys, athletes and non-athletes, kids who like reading and those who don‘t (yet!). Jason Reynolds does a good job with dialogue and reproducing authentic conversation styles from lots of different demographics. Pick!

Tamra So good! 2w
stacybmartin He‘s such a great author - I‘ve loved every book of his that I‘ve read! 2w
Crazeedi Such beautiful kitties!😻 2w
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Crush | Svetlana Chmakova
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Time to catch up on my last few books!

After proctoring the SATs all day a few Saturdays ago, this light middle grade graphic novel was just my speed! It was charming and I loved the illustrations. I especially loved the part at the end where the author described her creative process. Not sure why I haven‘t heard of her before since I love Raina Telgemeier and books like hers, but I will definitely read others by Chmakova!

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This was a bookful week for me!! For my birthday, I received the books on the right from @wanderer15 and a bookstore gift certificate from @BennettBookworm which I used to buy some of the ones in the middle. I celebrated Independent Bookstore Day by visiting my local indie plus a new-to-me one (Firefly Books in Kutztown, PA) and bought the tote and the remaining books pictured.

Now I‘m just fantasizing about taking a week off to read! 🤔

Tamra The track series is fun! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Very nice haul and great photo! 4w
BennettBookworm Yayyy such a bookful week!! 4w
Librariana I picked up the same title during Indie Bookstore Day! 😁💜📚 4w
BookNAround Nice! 3w
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I loved reading this! On Wednesday nights I like to listen to The Moth stories on NPR sometimes, but until recently I didn‘t know some of the stories had been compiled into books. I thoroughly enjoyed this format of stories that were told aloud first. They really drew me in more than collections of essays or short stories. Too many favorites to name!

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Hmm. Well, I finally forced myself to finish this. It was my own pick for #lmpbc but it didn‘t really click with me and it was a slog to get through. I‘m still not quite sure what I think of it. I am really curious what my other group members think. Sorry it‘s so late, friends! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm

mcctrish I remember this being a slog too, I think I liked the beginning and then I kept hoping it would get back to that ? (edited) 1mo
nikirtehsuxlol Yeah I wasn‘t a fan. Still might try the audiobook of Florida (or whatever her other book is called). 1mo
Jenken1998 I never made it through.. just didn't hold my attention. 1mo
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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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Reading this book in a 24 hour period was like getting a hug. 💗 Iris is a wonderfully endearing young protagonist who learns about a whale who can‘t communicate with other whales because he sings at a different frequency. As a Deaf girl at a hearing school, she immediately empathizes with the whale and wants to help. Her journey- physical and emotional- is well worth taking. Not strictly believable but heartfelt with great side characters. Pick!

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Very different with its interview format, but I really liked it! I think it lived up to the hype. The last 100 pages were especially compelling. I was impressed with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I still like this author a lot!

Christine11 Ooh I just bought this recently - I really want to forget my TBR and read it now! 😅 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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The Next to Die: A Novel | Sophie Hannah
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Wow! What a completely bizarre ending! This book completely kept me guessing the whole way through. When there were 50 pages left I still had no idea what the resolution would be. I‘m torn because it was a really enjoyable reading experience but then the ending was pretty big stretch. I don‘t know. I want other people to read it so we can discuss, though!

rretzler 😻Cute kitty! 1mo
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Hi #lmpbc friends! I just wanted to let you know that I‘m still working on finishing the tagged book for our group. One of the reasons is shown in the picture: I‘m a nun in The Sound of Music at the school where I work. It‘s been SO MUCH time for rehearsals that I have not been able to spend reading! Looking forward to getting back to reading soon and then sending the book along!

bookseller_cate Such a fun musical! I also played a nun in a community theatre production. Enjoy it! 2mo
JennyM Love it! Awesome photo. 😘 2mo
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kstadt929 How fun! Don‘t worry about it, it will be fun to read whenever it gets around to us 😁 2mo
darklydreaming So fun!! Enjoy 😊 2mo
BekaReid This looks so fun! 2mo
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Hi, Littens. For the last couple months I‘ve been really stressed with my job. I‘m at work late every night, and when I get home I don‘t even feel like reading or going on Litsy. That‘s how I know I‘m not myself. I just went to the library and stared at the new book shelf and didn‘t recognize anything.

Can you help me catch up on what‘s new? What books are everyone talking about lately? Can you suggest a slump-buster? Thanks and sending hugs!

Birdsong28 Welcome back. 😘❤️📖📚 2mo
TG789 That has happened to me more times than I can count- I hope you get back to yourself soon 🤗 I‘m currently reading Daisy Jones and The Six- enjoying it so far! Seems like it‘ll be quick so maybe that‘ll help get you out of your funk! 2mo
BarbaraBB Welcome back! I think the most talked of right now and it seems good to draw you back into reading is 2mo
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BarbaraBB @TG789 Similar minds 😉 (edited) 2mo
TG789 @BarbaraBB haha! Seriously, must be good advice! 👏🏼 2mo
squirrelbrain Sorry to hear you‘ve been so stressed 😥 hopefully you‘ll find a book you love soon ❤️ 2mo
ravenlee My favorite recent release is 2mo
AsYouWish When I am in a slump, I go back to an old favorite or quick reads that get me excited to read. 2mo
TheLibrarian Sorry to hear that. As some others have mentioned - 2mo
jmtrivera I know that feeling. Hope it gets better! 💜 2mo
readordierachel Sorry about the slump! Those are no fun. I like to read Rainbow Rowell's books when nothing else is clicking. Sometimes that pulls me out. Hope it ends soon! 2mo
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Ok, here are my ideas for #lmpbc! I liked @BennettBookworm ‘s idea about each group member choosing 2 favorites from this batch (unless you have read or just hate the sound of them all! 😬) and then I‘ll decide where the consensus is. Happy picking! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929

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BennettBookworm Woah awesome picks! Exciting!! 😁 My top 2 are Fates & Furies and Rules of Civility! I think I‘d also prefer Three Things over Did You Ever. 3mo
kstadt929 I guess I would vote for Fates & Furies? To be honest I disliked A Gentleman in Moscow so much that I‘m scared to read Rules of Civility 😦 The other two sound just okay to me, but I‘d gladly read along with everyone‘s comments on any one you choose 😁 3mo
Mem_ugh Oooh! I think I‘d like Fates and Furies or Three Things About Elsie, but the others are solid choices as well 😁 3mo
LiteraryinLititz Fates and Furies it is!! Excited! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm 3mo
kstadt929 Yay! 😁 3mo
BennettBookworm Woohoo! 3mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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So... for some unknown reason I read this whole book in one long sitting. I guess it was a perfect storm of early dismissal from work, no set plans, and an interesting (terrifying) story. I‘m bleary-eyed now! Ultimately, the author created a scarily-possible dystopian scenario and really evoked my anger. Then, she lost me in the middle and end with some really weird plot choices. I‘m so glad I read this one with my #lmpbc group!!

Mem_ugh Oh my word, I can‘t believe you read it all in one sitting! You pretty much summed up how I felt about it as well 🤷🏻‍♀️ it had such potential and then just kind of fell flat 4mo
Erinreadsthebooks Yep, just lost its way. The beginning was so good...😕 4mo
minkyb I remember feeling the same. 3mo
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The Song Remains the Same | Allison Winn Scotch
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Booooring. That is my verdict. BUT it was genuinely fun to read the comments by @kstadt929 and @Mem_ugh in the margins! Even though the second half of this book didn‘t at all deliver on the interesting premise established at the beginning, I still enjoyed reading it “alongside” my #lmpbc girls and my furry girls too. 😋

LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm it‘s coming to you next! 4mo
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The Litsy community never fails to blow me away with its kindness and thoughtfulness. @kstadt929 , thank you SO much for the amazing portable wedding planner that I just received, along with the stress-reducing chocolates! I‘ve been having sort of a stressful week and the fact that you thought of me, even though we‘ve never met, really means a lot. Thank you, my #lmpbc friend!!

kstadt929 Yay I‘m glad it arrived safely 😁 I hope the planner comes in handy for you!! Enjoy the chocolates ❤️ I love reading the dove chocolate wrappers. Hope your week gets less stressful! 4mo
BennettBookworm This makes my heart sing, @kstadt929 !!! 3mo
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What an unusual little book! This short, simply told story focuses on an efficient and responsible Nigerian nurse who takes good care of her stunningly beautiful and probably sociopathic younger sister, who seems to always end up killing her boyfriends. It‘s not a comedic story but nor is it tragic. It‘s hard to describe except to say that the narrative voice is fresh and it‘s a quick read. I highly recommend it and am still scratching my head.

BarbaraBB Great review. I enjoyed this one too. 4mo
Christine11 I‘m just about to start this one - it‘s been all over litsy recently! 4mo
LiteraryinLititz @Christine11 I‘ll be curious to hear what you think! 4mo
SW-T I enjoyed it as well 😊 4mo
pl.2886 I've seen so much buzz about this one, can't wait to read it! Glad you enjoyed! 4mo
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I finished this today, and it‘s only my 3rd book in 2019 as I‘ve been distracted with wedding planning. I don‘t always enjoy epistolary novels or ones set in war-time, but I really connected with this one! @BennettBookworm recommended it to me years ago and I‘m glad I finally read it! Some very vividly drawn female characters (loved Mrs. Tilling and Kitty especially!) who discover their own strength and sisterhood as WW2 draws closer to home.

Kaye Really good book ! 4mo
BennettBookworm So glad you liked it!!! 4mo
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I read an ARC of this and recommend it! It held my interest from the start and I read it in a few long sessions. The premise of an anonymous girl in a research study felt fresh to me. I read a lot of this type of book, and while I‘m not going to suggest it to everyone I know, I‘d consider it a totally solid mystery/thriller if you‘re thinking of reading it!

BekaReid Hmmm, this title caught my eye earlier. I may have to check it out. 4mo
LiteraryinLititz @BekaReid I actually got the ARC at that event at Aaron‘s last month. ☺️ 4mo
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American Panda | Gloria Chao
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Catching up on my January reads so far. This was my first book of 2019 and it was really enjoyable! Mei is a great protagonist with plenty of depth. Parts of the plot seemed outlandish to me, but I really liked some of the secondary characters like her roommate and her mom. Her family dynamic was interesting to read about. A glossary of Chinese phrases would have been a helpful touch!

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Three Things about Elsie | Joanna Cannon (Psychiatrist)
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It‘s January, and I‘m sitting on a balcony overlooking an orange tree! I‘m soaking up the novelty of being in Scottsdale, Arizona at a barely 48-hour professional development conference. I visited The Poisoned Pen, an amazing indie bookstore here, and demonstrated serious restraint in only coming away with these 2 books. Their selection was SO good. There were also a number of beautiful art galleries. Now I‘m set for the 6 hour flight tomorrow! ☺️

CouronneDhiver That looks significantly warmer than here. I miss sun! 😂 4mo
Tamra Envious! 4mo
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Louise My old stomping ground! Glad you enjoyed it! 🌵 4mo
merelybookish Enjoy! 4mo
BennettBookworm This makes me so happy!! 4mo
iamtoddseal Hang on... there are THREE books there, right? Or am I seeing things wrong? Your restraint seems over sold! 4mo
LiteraryinLititz @iamtoddseal Ha! There are two books and one pamphlet from an art gallery. 😋 I would never lie to my Littens! 4mo
iamtoddseal @LiteraryinLititz, I suggest only an exaggeration, not a lie. And one could hardly blame buying 3 books instead of 2! But pamphlet, got it. 4mo
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#ReadInTheNewYear Still reading American Panda but I have 2 other books for backup if needed. My bookish sweatshirt is here if I get cold, and my computer if I need a reading break. We are staying with family members, so no cats to keep me company tonight, unfortunately, and I‘m not in one of my normal book nooks. @hermyknee

Lovesbooks87 I loved American Panda!! Enjoy! 💜📚💜📚 5mo
RebL I liked American Panda too. The author is warm and lovely. She was really kind to my teen son who was interested in MIT. 5mo
BlameJennyJane I keep hearing about American Panda. I‘ll have to investigate! 5mo
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JoScho I love that sweatshirt so much! 5mo
BookHoarder32 That sweatshirt is awesome! 5mo
pl.2886 I loved American Panda! And really excited about Trust Exercise. 5mo
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American Panda | Gloria Chao
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#ReadInTheNewYear @hermyknee Ok, I‘m going to put Litsy away now and actually get back to reading this book (which was a swap gift from @Mommamanzi )!

BlameJennyJane I keep hearing about this book. I am really going to have to look into getting a copy! 5mo
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I‘m calling it- I‘m not finishing any other books in 2018. My final tally was 129, which I believe is my highest reading total ever. It was a great year of books, but these made the top 18. Here‘s to a wonderful year of reading for all of us in 2019!

#18in2018

pl.2886 Great selections! I loved Chemistry and Roller Girl is on my TBR! 5mo
BennettBookworm Almost Sisters, Young Jane Young, and Dear Mrs Bird are also on my favorites list!! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @pl.2886 Roller Girl was my first book of 2018 and I loved it! I went on to read her other graphic novel which was also great: 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm I‘d love to hear your top 18! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Reading in 2019 🥂 5mo
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Happy New Year to my Litsy family! I wanted to share the good news that a couple days ago, on the 5-year anniversary of our first date, @wanderer15 (Will) and I got engaged! We are excited!

It‘s still very new, but I‘ve always dreamed of having a lot of bookish elements at the wedding. I know many of you have experience with that, so suggestions are very welcome! 💜

Avatar.of.sonia Congratulations!!!!! 5mo
Crazeedi Congrats on your engagement! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
RadicalReader @LiteraryinLititz so happy for you both. Wishing you a wonderful wedding planning. Wishing you many marvelous memories together 5mo
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Kayla.Adriena Congratulations ! I've never been to a bookish wedding but I think it would be AMAZING! Goodluck! 5mo
monalyisha Congratulations! What a great way to kick off the new year! 🎉💖 5mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Congratulations! 🎉💍 5mo
zezeki Congrats!! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
BookFreakOut Congrats!!! I had a few bookish things at mine. Stacks of my books tied with tulle for reception centerpieces with a little plant on top. For the guest book we got blank checkout cards (the kind that slide into pockets), got a stamp with our names for the top and borrowed a date stamp to put the date on it, then people could write on them and put them in a little box. 5mo
Amiable Congratulations! Best wishes to you both! 5mo
Betty Have the wedding in a library or bookstore 5mo
Jerdencon Congrats!!! 🎉🥂 5mo
Melissa_J Congratulations! 5mo
EastWind76 Congratulations!! 5mo
BookFreakOut I also photographed my brother getting engaged at the library. I think we googled library/bookstore engagement pictures or something like that to get ideas, looking through shelves, holding their faves, holding wedding planning books with obvious bride/groom oriented covers. 5mo
Lizpixie Congratulations!🎉 Pinterest will have all you need for inspiration, they have tons of gorgeous pictures of decorations, invitations etc. Have fun planning👰🏼🤵🏻 5mo
Jas16 Congratulations!!!🍾🎉❤️ 5mo
KaatjeH Congratulations!!🥂 5mo
JenReadsAlot Congratulations 🎉😊 5mo
Nute Congratulations to both of you!💍💗 Thoroughly excited about a wedding with ‘bookish elements.‘ Can‘t wait to hear about what you come up with. There are probably millions of wonderful ideas. Happy planning! 5mo
SiriuslyWeasley Congrats! 5mo
BekaReid Congrats!! 5mo
erank58 Congrats! Have fun with the planning!! 5mo
SheReadsAndWrites Congratulations! 🎉 5mo
madamereadsalot1 Congrats! 🥂 5mo
JaneyWaneyB Congratulations 🎉🍾🥂 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations! 🥂 5mo
kstadt929 Yay!!!!! How exciting!! Congratulations!!! 🎊🎉❤️❤️❤️ Welcome to your new adventure!! 😁 Planning is a wild ride and it is so fun to personalize your perfect day. Have fun with it!!! I made a binder to keep all the contracts, payment dates and info organized which really helped us 5mo
Tamra Congrats!! 5mo
valeriegeary Congrats! I went to a wedding reception where they had books as centerpieces and it was delightful! 5mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🍾🎉🍾🎉 5mo
Cathythoughts 🎉🍾🍾🍾 5mo
Kaye Congratulations 👰🏻 🤵🏽 🎂. How exciting ...I love talking about weddings. Colors, dresses and CAKE. 5mo
Simona Congratulations❣️🍾🥂 5mo
readordierachel Congratulations!! 🎉🎉 5mo
Naj Congratulations 💕🍾🎉 5mo
Redwritinghood Congratulations and Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎊🎊 5mo
ravenlee Congratulations! I just hosted a bridal shower, and made a game matching up happily-ever-after couples (no Romeo and Juliet, thank you). That could be a fun way to mark tables for a wedding reception - you‘re seated at the Elizabeth+Mr. Darcy table! 5mo
Rachbb3 Congratulations! 😀🎉🎉🎉 5mo
SW-T Congratulations 😊💍🍾 5mo
Ms_T Congratulations and happy New Year! 5mo
Cailey_Mac Congratulations!🎉 🎊 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 5mo
saresmoore Congratulations! 5mo
QuietlyLaura Congratulations! ❤️🎉 5mo
emtobiasz Congrats! 5mo
JoScho Yay!!! 5mo
Birdsong28 Happy new year and Congrats 🎉🎊📚📖 5mo
Purrfectpages Aw! Congrats! 5mo
tracey38 Congratulations!! 5mo
Elma Congratulations!! 5mo
Jess Congrats and happy planning! 5mo
pl.2886 Congratulations! 5mo
BennettBookworm ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉!!! 5mo
CarolynM Congratulations and Happy New Year ❤️🎉 5mo
jfalkens Congrats! 🎊🎉🎊 5mo
quietjenn Congratulations! 5mo
LeahBergen Congrats!! ❤️ 5mo
Hannah_Haymond 💗💗💗 5mo
SleepyDragon Congrats! My husband and I gave each table the name of one of our favorite authors. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I totally missed this! So, very belated congratulations to you both! ♥️ 4mo
LiteraryinLititz @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks!! After 5 years, trust me, 3 weeks still feels very current. ☺️ 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LiteraryinLititz How soon is the wedding?? I saw your post about the planner and came back to see this. The planning is so fun and also stressful. 4mo
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Congrats to @kaye on her milestone! My guess for how many pages are in this stack of books is 3,700! #150k

Kaye Thanks 💖 5mo
tpixie You were the 1st person to comment on one of my posts 3 years ago! 5mo
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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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Winter is the perfect time to read this mystery! It takes place in a remote inn where the guests and staff are snowed in for the weekend. And they all have a great time and everyone comes out alive... 😬 Er, not quite!

There were pros and cons, but overall I had fun reading this for my #lmpbc group. @Mem_ugh I loved reading your comments! I will hand it off to @BennettBookworm in person this week, and then later it‘ll go to @kstadt929 !

kstadt929 Can‘t wait to see all the comments ! 😁😁 5mo
ericarobynreads I can‘t wait to read this one!! 5mo
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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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Having a bookish morning! My family doesn‘t celebrate Christmas but we‘re still enjoying a festive week together. 💜 A few hours ago @BennettBookworm and I were reading our #lmpbc books side by side. I‘m enjoying this one at the halfway point!

@Mem_ugh @kstadt929

kstadt929 How fun! 5mo
Mem_ugh How sweet! Sisters are fun! 5mo
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Someone recently mentioned this was their favorite read this year, so I borrowed it from the library. It was a great collection! I still don‘t prefer short stories to novels, but I enjoyed reading these. My favorites were Off the Record, Bad Latch, and Plausible Deniability. But honestly, they were all pretty good!

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American Panda | Gloria Chao
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Thank you thank you thank you @Mommamanzi ! I couldn‘t wait until later in the day to open my #jolabokaflodswap package, and I‘m grinning maniacally now because I love what you chose! So excited to read and eat chocolate later!

@MaleficentBookDragon

Lovesbooks87 American Panda was so good! Enjoy! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great pic of you 👍🙂 5mo
LazyDays Cute picture!!💗💗 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @erzascarletbookgasm @LazyDays Ha, thanks! I think I look a little crazed... but that sums up how psyched I am. 😋 5mo
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... Hmm. I can‘t say I liked it, exactly, but I respect the fact that the author tried something different? The gimmick of this book is that there is a whole stereotypical YA fantasy plot going on at the periphery involving the “indie kids” while in the mean time the 4 teenagers in THIS story have their own slightly less outlandish plot. If it sounds confusing and a little contrived, it was.

BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @BookishMarginalia Thanks Gloria! This is Fitz. 💜 Our other cats Zoe and Emmie also frequently appear in my Litsy posts. Is the weather any better now? 5mo
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MrBook Great review! 😻😻😻 5mo
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I believe this is my #jolabokaflodswap package! Nicole, is it from you @Mommamanzi ? Thank you so much! I can‘t wait to open it (but I will, I promise)! 😁

Thanks for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon

Mommamanzi Yes it is! My husband sent it out for me, I see he failed to label it and draw anything cute on it (or maybe it‘s on the back?) like he was instructed to do. Enjoy!!! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @Mommamanzi 😋 There‘s just the return address on it, but that was enough to figure out what it was! How is your recovery going? 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon 💚 those photos! Did you take them? 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @MaleficentBookDragon I wish! No, I got them at an art fair. 5mo
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I just came home from a readers‘ night event at my favorite indie bookstore! We discussed our favorite books of 2018 and previewed some 2019 releases. AND the coolest thing was that we each got to take home 3 ARCs! My choices are here (with Fitz crashing the picture). Have you read any of them and if so what did you think?

Wish you were there @BekaReid and @BarbaraTheBibliophage 💜

saresmoore Cute photo! 😻 5mo
JoScho Just finished An Anonymous Girl and really enjoyed it 🖤 5mo
BekaReid @LiteraryinLititz that sounds awesome! Wished I could have been there too but had a schedule conflict. 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage That sounds like such fun. I couldn‘t have made it tonight, but I‘d love to be there another time. 5mo
ravenlee What a sweetie! 5mo
Hestapleton I haven‘t read them yet but I have Netgalley arcs of all of these! 5mo
minkyb Nice swag! 5mo
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Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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Hmm. I‘m giving this a lukewarm Pick. Telling the story in reverse was a bold choice... and it didn‘t totally work for me. I definitely like many of her other books better. There was one plot reveal that truly surprised me and another that I guess was supposed to surprise me but didn‘t... Yeah, it didn‘t live up to my (admittedly very high) expectations.

Chelsea.Poole I also didn't enjoy the reverse storyline. I didn't feel engaged with the characters until the end, and then had to go back to the beginning to reread it! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree! 5mo
BookNAround Her very first book was a reverse storyline too. How fascinating that she went back to it for this one. 5mo
peaknit Agree! 4mo
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What an odd little book! This tiny short story collection is about Maud, an old woman who deals with problematic people in her life by simply killing them. (Don‘t worry- that‘s not a spoiler! It‘s the premise of the collection) Honestly, if this was a full length novel, I don‘t think it would have held my interest. But as a short story collection, it was entertaining enough!

Ruthiella I bought one of the other books from the series for my elderly mother. I think she‘ll get a kick out of it. 5mo
SW-T I just picked this up! Looked like a quick read. Thanks for the review 😊 5mo
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TheDaysGoBy Your kitty is so cute! 😻 5mo
thegreensofa Sounds interesting 🤔. And that is the happiest sleeping kitty face ever! 😻❤️ 5mo
readordierachel That kitty looks so comfy! 5mo
nikirtehsuxlol I‘m just here for the kitty 🐱 5mo
minkyb I am curious about this. Appreciate your review. 5mo
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While @wanderer15 is down with the flu, I‘m spending a lot of time sitting with him while he naps and reading with my book light. I just read this whole book in that manner, and it was so much fun! Is it high literature? No, not really. But it‘s such a cute buddy cop story with really endearing portrayals of Biden and Obama. I miss them so much! The mystery element is clever enough, too. I will totally read a sequel if there is one.

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Looking for Alaska | John Green
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Sorry for all the posts! Just catching up on what I‘ve finished over the last few days.

I can see why Looking for Alaska has such a following. It felt a little like A Separate Peace or Brideshead Revisited in that it was an immersive story about an insular boarding school environment. The nicknames, pranks, secrets, changing relationships...It also touched on the looming unanswerable questions in life. Powerful, memorable, feels like a classic.

TheBookStacker I think it‘s becoming either a movie or a show I forget which. 5mo
RebL I‘m playing catch up too! 5mo
kristincatastrophic Loved that one! 5mo
Zelma @TheBookStacker I just looked and it‘s going to be an eight-part Hulu series. 5mo
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I want to go out and buy a dozen copies of this book to give to people I know. It was soooooooo good. A nuanced portrayal of a teenage boy navigating his identity as a Persian American, a son, a big brother, and a person with depression. I respect that Darius was a regular kid working through who he was and who others wanted him to be. Suitable for the YA crowd but by no means just for teens.... this review isn‘t doing it justice. It‘s just great.

LiteraryinLititz @LauraBeth @minkyb I think I added the book to my TBR based on your recommendations. THANK YOU! 5mo
LauraBeth 🙌glad you loved it! 5mo
britt_brooke Pretty photo! 5mo
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BennettBookworm Such a rave review! Hoorah! 5mo
kspenmoll Just saw this book today! 5mo
minkyb It really is a special book! I love recommending it. 5mo
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The Art Forger: A Novel | B. A. Shapiro
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When @BennettBookworm recommended this book to me, I was a little worried it would be too artsy for me. I don‘t really know much about art history. But I really enjoyed it! The author does a good job of explaining what you need to know about different artistic periods and art restoration. The characters felt vibrant and the author revealed their history at a good pace. It was a Pick for me!

BookBabe Yes!! I loved this book! ❤️🎨 5mo
BennettBookworm Love!! 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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My #Jolabokaflodswap package was mailed yesterday! If you live in New Jersey, it might be on its way to you...

Thanks for organizing, @MaleficentBookDragon 💜

MaleficentBookDragon 💚🎁❤📚 🍫 5mo
wen4blu 😀 5mo
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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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This book is a totally WANTED guest in my house! It arrived today from @Mem_ugh for the #lmpbc and I‘m excited to dive in over the weekend. @BennettBookworm @kstadt929

Thanks for the adorable bookmark!! It‘s not pictured so the other group members will be just as surprised when they get theirs. ☺️

kstadt929 Cute caption 🥰 5mo
RainyDayReading Enjoy! I just finished this one last week. Definitely a good read for the winter months. 5mo
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@Rachel.Rencher #rencher10k Thanks for this cool giveaway opportunity! Here is one of our bookshelves. I‘ve marked where the Agatha Christie section is... she is my favorite! I even have a little Poirot figurine keeping watch. ☺️

Jinjer 👀WHERE DID U GET THAT POIROT????👀 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Omg those AC! 😍 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @Jinjer 😋 Etsy. It was a gift so I‘m not sure which exact seller. 6mo
kspenmoll Love your Poirot! And your bookshelves! 5mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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#festivebookishbox @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for this bookish giveaway opportunity! My reading year has been really lovely. Work has become less stressful compared due to a shift in responsibilities, so I‘ve had more time to read. Also, I‘ve stopped committing to reading challenges. It turns out I‘m a total mood reader! I love to pick my next book based only on how I‘m feeling, not on feeling like I “need” to read something. 🤷🏻‍♀️

CaroPi I gave up the reading challenge that are in many pages but create my own like read at least 12 non fiction books. Read for at least 6 countries no US or UK and read at least 10 books in my mother tongue (Spanish) Guess what? I can accomplish that ones and I enjoy more my reading experience 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I understand, as I‘m a mood reader too. I‘ll pick out books I plan to read for a reading challenge and along the way I‘ve changed most of the books! 😄 Thanks for entering. I‘ve got your name in the hat. 🍀 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CaroPi I am totally for creating your own reading challenge! Last year, my only challenge was to read the books that I owned as I need to put a dent on my massive owned-TBR. 6mo
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear | E.K. Johnston
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I think this book is generally well-liked, but I wasn‘t convinced. To me, the way the high schoolers acted/talked often seemed unbelievable. Then again, there were a lot of Canada-specific plot points, so maybe as an American I just didn‘t understand? Not sure. Overall, there were good aspects (the friendship between Polly and Hermione 💜) but it wasn‘t a win for me. BUT a side character shares my last name, which was sort of cool.

BennettBookworm WHAT?!?! How did I not know?!?! I‘ve never seen our last name in a book! 😱 5mo
LiteraryinLititz @BennettBookworm I know, me neither! 5mo
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My better half @wanderer15 is leaving today for an international Scrabble tournament. I miss him already! We were wondering if any Littens have suggestions for things to do in either Hong Kong (he‘ll be starting the trip in Kowloon) or Penang, Malaysia (the tournament is in George Town). Any cool book stores he should visit? Thanks! 💜

RachelO How exciting! No suggestions I'm afraid, but Good Luck @wanderer15 🍀 6mo
TrishB Tagging those in Malaysia who may be able to help @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm 6mo
Pamwurtzler How fun! Good luck, @wanderer15 ! 6mo
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MaGoose Exciting! Good luck. No suggestions, sorry. 6mo
batsy For Georgetown: I haven't been to the bookshop yet but I heard the Gerakbudaya bookshop is pretty great. If he likes architecture, the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion is lovely. And if history is his thing, can't miss Fort Cornwallis. Penang Hill is great for a hike & views & there's lots of wonderful Chinese temples like Kek Lok Si. Don't miss the food & ambience at Gurney Drive. I think the latter has lost some allure lately, but is still required :) 6mo
DivineDiana How exciting for him! Sending him lots of good luck! 🍀 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @batsy Wow, thank you for this fantastic advice! The tournament is at a hotel on Gurney Drive, so I‘m sure he‘ll be able to check out that area a lot. And your recommendations for things to do are amazing (wish I was going to be there too!). Thanks. 💜 6mo
batsy You're welcome 💜 I hope it helps and hope he has a wonderful time! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yup, definitely Gerakbudaya bookshop, it has great local literature. And the places of interest mentioned above 👍. If he‘s interested in secondhand/vintage books, the Chowrasta Market, which has a whole second floor dedicated to books! Hope he has a lovely time in Georgetown and good luck with his tournament. 😊 6mo
CarolynM OMG it's about 35 years since I visited Penang, but my suggestion would be eat and then go lie on the beach!😂😂😂 @batsy I have happy memories of Penang Hill until the 3 o'clock downpour! Good luck with the tournament @wanderer15 6mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Chowrasta! Yes, excellent suggestion. @CarolynM That is the ideal plan for Penang 😆❤️ Yup, gotta be prepared for the regular downpours like clockwork ... A good time to just head back to the hotel room for a lil siesta before heading out again in the evening for more food 😁 6mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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By far my least favorite of this author‘s books, and I‘ve read all but 1 of them. Promising characters and premise that devolved in the middle into such an outlandish story with a “who cares?” ending, in my opinion. I am curious what my other #lmpbc members will think... @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh @BennettBookworm

Sorry, guys? I really thought this one would be a slam dunk!

Sills Well I'm sad-just got the book at her author signing last week. She was a delight. I've read 3 of her books. I sure hope I like it🤔 6mo
kstadt929 It will still be fun to read and see everyone‘s comments ☺️ I think 3 out of the 4 books have so-so this time around 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @Sills I hope so too! 6mo
Briget66 Sadly, I agree with you. I couldn‘t WAIT to read this but felt the same as you did. My least favorite by far. 6mo
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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Bummer. This one felt more like an underdeveloped writing exercise (“Imagine that any 5 people living or dead are having dinner together... now WRITE!”) than a well conceived novel. Half of the characters were completely two dimensional. There were interesting sections with the more main characters of Sabrina, Tobias, and Jess, but ultimately even those were unsatisfying. Overall, I definitely think this one is missable.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Ok. I'll return this one to the library. I was going to bring it as a suggestion for our book club, but it sounds like a pass. We've read too many duds lately to add more to that pile. 😒 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Sorry! Of course, everyone is going to respond to a book differently, but yeah, I can‘t recommend it. Hope your book club finds a winner! 6mo
Dolly Those toes ! 😻 6mo
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Archival Quality | Ivy Noelle Weir
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I stopped by the library today and picked up these shiny beauties! Then I proceeded to read the top one in the library parking lot. It was a graphic novel about a women fighting for her own mental well-being while working as an archivist at a medical museum. It was well illustrated and well conceived. I liked it! And I‘m hoping to read the other books during the rest of the week that I have off!

Zoe approves.

Jennick2004 I‘m totally laughing out loud that you read it in the parking lot 🤣🤷‍♀️ 6mo
BookFreakOut Darius is SO good, I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @Jennick2004 I know! It was such a luxury to have off from work and no particular clock to punch for the errands I was doing. I was just going to read the first couple pages... but then I got sucked in. 😋 6mo
JSW I‘m with Zoe. 😂 6mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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New #LMPBC book? Check. Purple pen? Check. Furry company? Check. I‘m starting!

Thanks for the inspiration, @Mem_ugh ☺️

RadicalReader @LiteraryinLititz your kitty looks just like mine same coloring on it too 6mo
kstadt929 Haha! I was going to start my book tonight or tomorrow! (Depends when I finish the book I‘m on now ☺️) 6mo
Velvetfur Aaww love the pretty-coloured kitty 💜 6mo
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GloVerdino What is LMPBC? 6mo
Hannah_Haymond Happy reading! 6mo
LiteraryinLititz @GloVerdino It stands for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club. It‘s this thing where we‘re in groups of 4, and each person picks a book, reads it while making comments in the book, and then mails it to the next person. In 4 months, everyone gets their original book back with everyone‘s comments! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @LiteraryinLititz this sounds really interesting! Can anyone join anytime? 6mo
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