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marleed

Joined April 2019

I had to choose between a fireplace or a library wall. I chose the library wall.
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Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
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The Wolf Wants in by Laura McHugh
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day4

No explanations required except of my 7 days, Monday seemed the right day to post this.

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Inland | Ta Obreht
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I‘ll give this a so-so since I liked the writing and the ending. But holy cow ‘er camel and a jug of water - it was a long long winding road to get there.

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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day3
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DivineDiana A favorite painting! 💚 1d
HOTPock3tt YEEsSS!! 😍💚🎉👍🏽 (edited) 1d
Amiable Nice one! 1d
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marleed @DivineDiana @HOTPock3tt @Amiable Thank you. My late husband bought a print of this Tamara de Lempicka 1920s print about 25 years ago. It has funny meaning and memory to each of us. We affectionately called her Bullet Breast but now I call her Evelyn! 23h
DivineDiana I do prefer Evelyn! 😉 21h
marleed @DivineDiana Me too! Tamara was a wild child of an artist back in her day (I‘ve since purchased an art book about her and her works). I think Evelyn is perfect for her woman with the white glove! 19h
Amiable My grandmother‘s name was Evelyn—I have a hard time thinking of her as “Bullet Breast!” 😄 16h
marleed @Amiable Haha. She may not have worn the undergarments as deprecated by de Lempicka either! But then again my art book features her nudes - it‘s not the undergarments that had my kids giving this painting that moniker! 16h
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#BFCr3 Week6 Final Check in:

1. Books: Finished 46/27 books with 17/9 from my own physical TBR shelves. 5, 3x3 grids!
2. Fitness: exceeded minimum 35 MPW with 93,404 steps / 40.05 miles
3. Do something new: I spent all day each weekday of BFCr3 dog sitting grand-dogs through construction - I‘ve never owned my own dog so this was a first. I need people more than I knew!

Now to rest my feet for a bit! Thank you @wanderinglynn , so much fun!

wanderinglynn What cuties! ❤️🐶 And way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 2d
marleed @wanderinglynn They‘ve learned to love me now! And thanks for all your effort on these challenges! 2d
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day2
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DivineDiana I was given an earlier edition of this book from a woman who told me she rereads it every summer. 💗 2d
marleed @DivineDiana I watch for early editions while thrifting books but have yet to come across one. I read it about 25 years ago and then reread it a couple years back. It had more impact when I was a busy young mom but even that was interesting to me. (edited) 2d
Amiable Beautiful! 2d
Tanisha_A Serene! 2d
DivineDiana @marleed I need to reread! 2d
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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day1
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Thanks for the invite @Amiable. @TamTracy My last communication was with you so would you like to join in!?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛💙 3d
marleed I have a fun little collection of Winnie the Pooh books and this one is my favorite! 3d
TamTracy Love it!!!! I‘ll join ♥️🥰 3d
batsy That's a sweet one 💙 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Love this! 2d
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Final 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Low score helps me appreciate the rest. Tagged my 5*, but 4 others were so close. 6-9 from my physical TBR!

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read and my own physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

1. 4.75 A
2. 4.75 A
3. 2.75 C-
4. 4.25 B+
5. 4.5 A-
6. 4 B
7. 4.75 A
8. 5 A+
9. 4.75 A

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I purchased my own physical copy and somehow was #1 on a library audio loan. So, I had an all-day, non-stop buddy read with Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia) as one of the narrators!

Wow. Wow. It‘s unfair to you, Dear Reader, if I say more.

Cinfhen Fabulous photo and great review...did you prefer one medium to the other?!? 4d
marleed @Cinfhen For this, both. I tend to remember stories in greater detail when I‘ve experienced them in print. And somehow reading beautiful writing has a greater impact on me than hearing it. But I love audiobooks too because I‘m often on the move. This is a great audio and both simultaneously was incredible. 4d
Cinfhen Dang!! So you‘re telling me I need to get both 😂😘 (edited) 4d
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marleed @Cinfhen Haha! Might I suggest a library loan on the audio! But a first edition book is a must for your collection! 4d
Cinfhen I have the book on its way...it was preordered and I could use my Audible credit once my book arrives xx 4d
marleed @Cinfhen Oh do, you won‘t regret it! 4d
Cinfhen 💚💚💚 4d
4thhouseontheleft Wow is right! I loved it. Didn‘t realize Ann Dowd was one of the narrators, that sounds fantastic. 4d
marleed @4thhouseontheleft It‘s so awesome. I treated all of yesterday like buddy read day. Mae Whitman and Bryce Dallas Howard are also narrators - i shouldn‘t say more less I give something away! 4d
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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I love receiving my Reese Witherspoon reading assignment on the first of each month especially when my awesome library allows me to participate in a timely manner. ... I was captivated by the historical fiction within this book and wanted more. I wanted much less of the American romance so I could stay inside this fascinating history. It was an interesting book to read on the heels of A Gentleman in Moscow.

stephothebesto That sounds good! After reading A Gentleman in Moscow, my brother and I went on a Russian reading spree. My favs were The Revolution of Marina M (sequel is out now!) and The Patriots 5d
Redwritinghood This is the Harvard Book Store signed debut fiction pick for the fall. I‘m eagerly awaiting my copy. They don‘t send them out until after the author‘s visit to the store. 5d
marleed @Redwritinghood This would be a great bookclub discussion- I want to come! 4d
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Years ago I read Les Miserables. I was so proud of myself, and must have boasted about it. What I remember is this women asking if I read the abridged version. Of course not, said I. It was a long book, said I. A few days later I arranged my completed book on a shelf. Woops, it was abridged - and I don‘t recall correcting my declaration. All this to explain AGIM gave me wonderful Russian Jean Valjean / Cosette vibes!

ruskigurl16 I need to move this book up my TBR! Ugh! 6d
marleed @ruskigurl16 It‘s a beautiful read. And funny, I‘m following it up with the The Secrets We Kept because Reese gives me assigned reading on the first of each month. What a fun way to get some Russian history. 6d
LoverofLit Love the mug! The Roasterie is some of my favorite coffee local to me. 6d
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marleed @LoverofLit I have this new thing about picking up mugs by a city‘s local coffee. It seemed only right since I pick up the Starbucks you are here mugs on my travels! And I‘m a tea drinker! ...Are you in Kansas City? (edited) 6d
LoverofLit @marleed I am in Kansas City, MO. Born and raised 😊 6d
marleed @LoverofLit Oh cool! I just moved back here from San Antonio. I‘m in a little old house in Prairie Village - I love living a downsized life! 6d
Scochrane26 This is a favorite book. Read it in December & still love it. 6d
Lauren890 A Gentleman in Moscow is SO good! I also love the Roasterie! I grew up in KC and moved away but I occasionally splurge and order their coffee online. So good! 6d
marleed @Lauren890 @LoverofLit Oh my Gosh, how fun to connect over a coffee mug!! Lauren, where do you live now? 6d
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m going to have feels about this book for a long time. I‘m so happy I own it! 6d
Lauren890 @marleed I live in northern Virginia now - we‘re close to D.C. I like it here but I miss KC! 6d
marleed @Lauren890 Well let us know if you come back to visit! 6d
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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For two weeks in August I watched three seasons of The Handmaid‘s Tale. That created a personal requirement to read and appreciate this unbelievable book prior to my bookmail arriving with its sequel. I would like to think I had the sophistication to appreciate THT in 1986, but alas, I was in Richard Chamberlain Thorn Birds lust. ...And with no way of imagining a certain real estate billionaire then could make this book so believable now.

mcctrish I read THT around the time it came out and recently a new graphic novel version of it while I have been binge watching the show ( halfway through season 3, I won‘t push it before I see MA speak on the 10th) and while it haunted me back then enough that I can still feel that first reading 20 years later, now it feels so much more ‘real‘ thx to extremist religious people north and south of the 49th parallel 1w
AmyN.Clegg I was so lucky to have been assigned to read this story in my high school AP lit class. Since then, I have re-read this book every year. Its amazing. When the show first premiered, I was worried that there was no way they could do it justice. But it did. I also loved seeing Margret Atwood's cameos in the show ^^
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marleed @AmyN.Clegg @mcctrish I envy you your early reading! As I read, I just kept wondering what the experience would have been. I was so caught up the all too real dystopia having experienced all 3 seasons back-to-back that my head can‘t separate the excellent book from the excellent show. I‘m so glad MA agrees with the show. Oh to the book I said aloud JUNE, your name is June! 7d
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AmyN.Clegg I read a great interview about the name June. MA said she never gave the character a name. She did the intentionally but the readers named her and she didn‘t expect that. And then so many readers refereed to her as June that, in MAs mind that became her name. :o 7d
marleed @AmyN.Clegg I think it‘s so cool that MA was fine with her audience determining June as her name. In my paperback version she provides some 2017 thoughts to her book so it made me really notice June not saying her name. ...Once again, not sure I would have noticed otherwise! 7d
Scochrane26 I read THT around 2000 while in grad school & have read it over at least twice since then. It scared me back then but scared me more a couple of yrs ago. 7d
Scochrane26 Haven‘t watched the show still. 7d
marleed @Scochrane26 It breaks my heart how scary and possible this world is today. I think the show is a great tribute to the book. 4d
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The Queer Eye show is pure goodness. It was fun to read Tan having opinions that muddy up those waters. ...PSAs from Tan France are simply the best!

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s a fun read. I loved his opinion on the Olive Garden. 🤣 1w
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Oh me too. Now when I bite into that wonderful gooeyness, I‘m going to tell myself it‘s in exchange for letting sh*t go! It‘s a good exchange, I think! 1w
NaomiO Love love love him. I realized after reading his book that he is one of my spirit animals. I think he is such a wonderful guy. 7d
marleed @NaomiO I just love him, too - even more with the book and my sigh of relief that he is among us mere mortals in thought and opinion! 7d
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#BFCr3 Week5 Check in:

1. Books: Finished 42/27 books with 15/9 from my own physical TBR shelves. 4, 3x3 grids!
2. Fitness: hit minimum 35 MPW with 94,637 steps /40.56 miles
3. Do something new: I got crafty for the first time in over a year and painted 3 items to fit my new space. I‘m sure this is only accomplished by my something new challenge.

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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Such fun experiencing Cath, her Simon Snow fan fiction passion, her toe-dipping into adulting, her relationships with Wren, Reagan, Levi, her dad, and compassionate Prof. Piper.

If you are smart, yearn to read and write, you are ‘normal‘. You are awesome. In YA I fear authors feed into the stereotype by casting this character as a misfit.

Nebraska, writing, Cath‘er‘ ...I so hoped for a shout-out to Willa Cather!

Megabooks Rainbow has said all the characters are named for buildings on the Nebraska campus. I don‘t know if the building Cather is named for Willa Cather though. 1w
marleed @Megabooks oh that‘s so cool - I‘d bet my lunch money it is! I stacked this book on Litsy recommendation. It was my first Rainbow Rowell read. I can‘t wait to read Carry On and to read about the author! 1w
LoverofLit This is probably my favorite of Rowell's. As a smart, introverted misfit I related so well with Cath it made my heart ache. I loved Levi and still count him as one of my favorite book boyfriends! 1w
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marleed @LoverofLit He‘s an awesome book boyfriend. I just loved these characters and the Nebraska setting. 1w
Scochrane26 This is also my fave of Rowell‘s, but I love all her ya ones. She did say at the signing I went to that Levi is her favorite character she‘s written, & everyone cheered. 1w
marleed @Scochrane26 oh you make me wonder what the restraint must be for an author to have a secondary character as her favorite. 1w
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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All the wonderful things Littens say about this book, yea, like they said.

This story makes me think about my own grandmother. If you are lucky enough to have a grandparent, ask them about their story before they were a parent. It will be fascinating. I only had one living grandparent, and oh what I never asked :(

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Growing up, a new toy came once a year and new clothes maybe twice yearly. However, I could pick as many books as wanted from the monthly Scholastic form so long as I read them - and I did. Years later with my Kansas-born kids, I read hundreds of books again and anew. ...But I had never read this, until now!

Tanisha_A Aw! Love this photograph! 2w
marleed @Tanisha_A I had such fun with Paisleigh, the book, and the yellow brick road. It was hard to choose which pic to use. The funniest was as she held the book. I was trying to take a photo, title out, but she kept flipping it. She wanted to look at the front cover as I snapped pics! 2w
BooknerdsLife This is such an adorable photo! 🥰❤️ 1w
marleed @BooknerdsLife Thank you. I specifically took my book to this shopping area so I could snap that pic on the yellow brick road - seemed I had to do something special since I‘m in Kansas. Lunching with my daughter and her little pal, Paisleigh was a lovely bonus! ...P‘s mom never expected this fun collection of pics! 1w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I was captivated by the history, four generations, the path from Korea to Japan, and what it means to be ethnic Korean in Japan. ...And, I‘ve now taken several virtual YouTube tours of pachinko parlors - I had no idea! ...This was nearly a 5* read for me, but a shiny tip dulled as new generations came to maturity and the stories of aging characters faded before I was ready to let them go.

Scochrane26 I‘ve been told several times that I should read this. 2w
Leftcoastzen I really liked it too!Nice review! 2w
DivineDiana Just finished this! Enthralled! Now, off to YouTube Pachinko parlors! 😉 2w
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marleed @Scochrane26 oh do read it. Even if you are not enthralled with the fictitious family, the history alone makes it worth the read! 2w
marleed @Leftcoastzen @DivineDiana I just thought this was historical fiction done right. I will remember this always. Enjoy the virtual pachinko parlors! 2w
BooknerdsLife Love your review! I did enjoy the historical background of this story ...somehow I got distracted by other books during the middle of it 😆 , guess I really need to finish it! 1w
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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Well, I love the cover even though it lacks an 80s feel. Except for some fun name-dropping of 80s titles, this was less than a meh for me. The author didn‘t develop Eve or Frannie into characters I cared about. Henry and Tillie‘s marriage or lack thereof was of no interest. Jeremy‘s story and the underdeveloped why of it could have been the most interesting aspect to unpack, but he was a secondary character.

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Newest 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Tagged the book in which I keep thinking of the writing style.

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read, I want my own physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

1. 3.75 B-
2. 3 C
3. 4 B
4. 4.25 B+
5. 4.75 A
6. 3.5 C+
7. 3.5
8. 3.5
9. 5* A+

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Mehso-so

Sometimes I‘m down for story of stereotypical rich people problems, names, and attitudes with the here-he-comes-to-save-the-day dude from the wrong side of the tracks sweeping in to shatter apparent perfection. The one thing altering the predictable plot into complicated interest came too late. I didn‘t care about a happy ending fo the MC‘s- not sure I even wanted one. There was just not enough for me to nudge this from a so-so to a pick.

BooknerdsLife Great review! 👏🏼 1w
marleed @BooknerdsLife I hate to give a bad review, but then again a couple bad ones really help me appreciate the good ones all the more! 7d
BooknerdsLife @marleed Totally agree with you and I appreciate seeing honest reviews even if they are a negative one 🥰 7d
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#BFCr3 Week4 Check in - almost forgot since I took the day off to give my feet a needed break!

1. Books: Finished 36/27 books with 13/9 from my physical TBR. 4, 3x3 grids!
2. Fitness: hit minimum 35 MPW with 91,690 steps /49.32 miles
3. Do something new: I rode an elevator with a giraffe- I mean how often will that happen!

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mcipher Okay so... is there any backstory on the giraffe?! 😳 2w
marleed @mcipher Haha! I wish I could post a second pic of this giraffe on stilted legs and even taller stilted arms to display her presence. She had to get 10 stories up to a rooftop party and stairs weren‘t an option (for either of us). I happened to get in the elevator with her and realized at floor 9 I wanted a pic. It seemed rude to ask her to pose for a selfie so this is what I got! (edited) 2w
julesG Great picture and story! And great BFC week. 2w
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marleed @julesG oh here‘s the highlight video my son created for the event - the giraffe is there! https://www.facebook.com/11280942755/posts/10156748099907756?sfns=mo 2w
julesG Soooooo cooool! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And great photo/story! 2w
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Here‘s my August reading by way Bullet Journal index cards. Star ratings and notes on the backside. I should brush up on the dewey decimal system method and find an old library drawer to store them!

The tagged was chosen because I think it‘s a great book for discussion - and those letters were so fun to draw. #AugustWrapUp

Nute Thoroughly impressive, system and reading accomplishments! 2w
OnlyYoo Wow this is so beautiful! 2w
Centique I love the idea of storing them in a library drawer - what an heirloom that would be! 😍 2w
marleed @Nute @OnlyYoo @Centique Thank you. I have a ‘reading room‘ full of books but nearly 2/3 of my reads tend to drop from my library. I wanted a touchy-feely way to track what I‘ve actually read and this works great. I was sorting by month. But when a month is over I sort by stars. The index cards give me all sorts of options for sorting! (edited) 2w
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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This is a beautiful memoir. It could only have been made exquisite had this neurosurgeon time to ponder the parts of his story that yearned for detail or perfected writing. But time did not belong to him.
I can‘t imagine what it takes to write through incredible physical pain, still saving lives, experiencing the new life of your only child - all while acutely aware of your own death.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! Yes ! A beautiful memoir 2w
marleed @Cathythoughts Thank you! 2w
BooknerdsLife What a beautiful review💗 I have yet to read this one...don‘t want to cry my eyes out yet 😔 1w
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marleed @BooknerdsLife I remember talking with my brother in his final days of life and him explaining death was a selfish thing. You just can‘t move through it for the sake of other people. I thought a lot about that conversation as I read this book. 7d
BooknerdsLife @marleed I‘m so sorry about your brother! I can‘t imagine how hard it must be to lose your sibling! it‘s hard for the loved ones who are left behind too...it‘s been almost 10years and I still miss & think about my Dad all the time. But it‘s also nice to know that they stay in our heart no matter how long. One of the reason I don‘t think I‘m ready to read this book yet. Sending lots of love your way💕 7d
marleed @BooknerdsLife Oh thank you. It‘s been a while now so it‘s all good memories. 6d
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From the first sentence of the first paragraph to the last sentence of the last paragraph - I loved this book, don‘t cha know.

Pic - I can‘t miss this opportunity to give a shout out to KC‘s local brewery.

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I‘m waiting on it fro the library. 👍🏻♥️ 3w
marleed @Cathythoughts The writing is so interesting. There are events that could drag you down in family saga yet the author pulls you through in an uplifting way. 3w
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Distributing self-help advice via fictional novel is an interesting approach. Claude is a life coach with a striking resemblance to Sean Connery guiding Camille out of ‘routinitis‘. My favorite piece of advice (excepting the title), ‘Get off your cross. We need the wood.‘

Pic: Since this book was translated from French the poodle seemed appropriate.

brit91 Cute picture!💖💖💖 3w
marleed @brit91 Thank you - I couldn‘t resist. 3w
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This was a fun book; however, in a rom-com I typically imagine beautiful people. For me, it detracts from an otherwise good yarn when the author repeatedly details the physical beauty of their characters. I kept thinking if she left out 75% of the beauty descriptors, there may have been space for Josh‘s perspective in the story. Still a pick, though.

Centique I get that feeling often too. Yup, they‘re beautiful, got it, don‘t need to keep telling me every other page about his sparkling eyes or her pouty lips. 😂 2w
marleed @Centique Haha! And let‘s not a tight ass! The dangly tips of my stars start dropping off if while I read I‘m wondering about the editing process. 2w
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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I was 2/3 the way through this enjoyable cat and mouse story and that pivotal thing happened - the thing that alters the trajectory of the book, when all of a sudden the entire ending came rolling out of one of those cavernous corners in my twisty mind. Yep, I read this one. Liked it then and again now! When the physical book is not in my hot little hands, this often happens. So, maybe I‘ll enjoy it for a third time in another couple years!

marleed Haha. So I just went to Goodreads to see when this was published. June 2019! Obviously, I had not read it before. Now I‘m racking my brain trying to think of a book similar enough that this ending fully unfolded for me! 3w
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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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I started this book as audio read by the author. She is sorely lacking in narration skills - I bailed. I moved to print because of an upcoming IRL bookclub. I was invested in the last half so it could be my first book that moved from a pan to a pick.

For this pic I looked through my shelves for 5 IRD (in real dead!?) folks in which to dine for an evening. This dinner could prove interesting!

Kaila-ann I almost bailed on this book too but was glad I stuck with it. 3w
marleed @Kaila-ann I don‘t know what her editors were drinking when they read the first half, or who agreed she should narrate her own book. But I really did like the last half. I‘m glad I‘m committed to finishing bookclub picks! 3w
Kaila-ann @marleed I had some serious doubts about the first half as well and wasn‘t sure I was going to like the main character enough to keep going. A narrator can definitely make or break a book. 3w
Centique I would love to have Katherine Hepburn to dinner - what a strong character! 😍 2w
marleed @Centique oh me too! I‘m thinking Steve Jobs might spend my entire dinner on his phone! 2w
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#BFCr3 Week4 Check in with 6 minutes to spare!

1. Books: Finished 29/27 books with 10/9 from my physical TBR
2. Fitness: barely hit minimum 35 MPW with 87,432 steps / 37.49 miles - I‘m tired of the heat!
3. Do something new: Drove 100 blocks south and slowly made my way back through suburbia and shops (this was a silly big deal!)
Pic: Kansas City Country Club Plaza since our burbs look like any burbs.

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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘ve crushed your book goal! 🎉 3w
Scochrane26 It was so much cooler where I live today. It was amazing. 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 I swore I wouldn‘t complain last February but somehow my head knows these 90 degree temps are in their final stretch. My head is telling my feet to just wait it out in AC! 3w
marleed @wanderinglynn This has been my best year ever for reading. I know it won‘t always be this way but I‘m trying to take advantage of it! 3w
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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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I gave a so-so to the first two books in this sort-of-series because the writing is kind of wonky for me. On the other hand, I was anticipating this third installment and excited to see the 4th is awaiting its publication date. Truth is, I like these characters and their stories so they‘ve become a pick for me, after all!

charl08 I didn't realise she'd written another one, will look out for this! Thank you. 3w
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I like to read immigrant stories and was interested to see this Jamaican journey to its end. It was a slow burn to be fully engaged in Patsy since emotions behind her facts were missing for me. On the other hand, I was completely intrigued by Patsy‘s daughter, Tru, and her coming-of-age story. I leave this book thinking most about children born to a parent that is not prepared to love a child.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Next 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Tagged an unexpected favorite. Good reading on this one!

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read and I want to own a physical copy. A+, Honors in impact.
4*= Liked a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF. F

1. 4.75 A
2. 4 B
3. 4.5 A-
4. 4
5. 5* A+
6. 4.25 B+
7. 4.5
8. 5*
9. 3.75 B-

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I like your star ratings right on the pictures! Good idea! Also - I have Malala in my stack. Bumping up! 4w
Scochrane26 Malala is so good, & I like that they made young readers editions for kids. I have Mrs. Everything & also want to read Magic for liars. 4w
marleed @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks. It‘s taken me a few grids to figure out my rating system! 4w
marleed @Scochrane26 I loved Malala. I‘d tell others to read it but I feel like I‘m the last one to open its pages. It was a good grid of reading for me! 4w
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I dunno Idaho. This was a beautifully written story, but it‘s just sad, everyday, every year sad. I wanted to change up my fun, light reads so this pick is for my reading experience. Unless you have fluffy kittens and adorable puppies pulling you back to the light, take heed before diving in.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous photo!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know bc I bought this book about a couple of months ago. It was a bargain book at my local BN 4w
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you - sometimes my green walls work! I was born and raised in Western Montana so I couldn‘t resist the B&N bargain price of Idaho. I get the DNFs on this book because I think your head has to be in the right place to go there. The writing though kept me hanging on. 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, thank you. That‘s a state I need to see!!! I‘m afraid I‘ll fall in love so much I‘ll want to live there. Lol 4w
allureofbeauty I actually just found this one at a library book sale and picked it up. Such a lovely cover. 4w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This is not my go-to genre but holy cow, maybe it should be. This was a wild ride through a limited span of time travel. I‘m going to think about this one for a long time. I may even convince an IRL friend to read this - and that‘s one qualifier for my 5* assignment!

Rachel_nyc This is not my typical genre either but I keep hearing good things. I need to push this up higher on my TBR. 4w
marleed @Rachel_nyc I‘ve read so many lighthearted summer stories that I was becoming unnecessarily critical of the plot lines. So I needed to switch out genres. I was surprised to be so intrigued- and from the get go! 4w
PaperbackPirate I loved Dark Matter so I‘m looking forward to this one! 4w
marleed @PaperbackPirate I need to read that one! 4w
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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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Jennifer Weiner writes such complicated characters that I knew my head had to be in the right place before engaging in the lifespan of the Kaufman sisters. In ‘In Her Shoes‘ fashion there were times when I wished the author would have led one or the other down a different path. That‘s the way it goes though, sisters don‘t always take the path we‘d choose for them.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I‘m not sure if this was more fantasy or detective-mystery. Whatever it was, I liked it. The remaining mystery for me is whether or not I‘m the only one that sees a crossed-legged bear gracing this cover!?

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#BFCr3 Week3 Checkin.

1. Books: Finished 15/27 books with 3/9 from my physical TBR
2. Fitness: Exceeded 35 MPW with 100,429 steps / 43.07 miles
3. Do something new: Finally attended a Sporting KC soccer match in their permanent stadium.

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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 1mo
marleed @wanderinglynn Thank you. So much fun! 1mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Awesome!! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Great week! 1mo
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I‘ve read several fictional books of late where a character wore a hijab. Meanwhile, this memoir sat nestled in my TBR because I thought I knew Malala‘s story. Wrong.. The descriptions of the Pakistan history, country, people, religion, family, politics, ruling factions, conspiracy theories, and culture were captivating. That all this experienced and told by such an eloquent young woman is sometimes beautiful and oftentimes heartbreaking.

DebReads4fun Great review and pretty photo. 1mo
Eggs Beautiful pic!!! 1mo
marleed @DebReads4fun @Eggs. Thank you - I thought she deserved a pretty pic! 1mo
Eggs The pashminas are perfect for her, beautiful colors 1mo
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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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Oh Boom - I was correctly distrustful of one character but my logic was all wrong!

This was basically assigned reading in my challenge to keep up with the Reese Witherspoon bookclub. Thanks RW - this was a good one!

CarolynM I sent Euphoria to you earlier in the week. Hope it gets to you before you leave🙂 1mo
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I found myself thinking of the writing process while listening to this audiobook. It must be a challenge to create a badass female lead when a budding romance is involved since personal vulnerability is needed, as well. But I think Cassie was as badass as she could be given the restraints of the genre. So yea, it‘s a pick for me.

Flowers from my #BFCr3 walk seemed fitting for this title!

Sassiekat Great review! I'm love this author, I didn't realize she had a new book out! I'll be picking this one up. 1mo
marleed @Sassiekat Thank you! The MC is the female fireman noted for just a paragraph in When to Walk Away. I would have missed it had another Litten not pointed it out. 1mo
Crazeedi Beautiful flowers and interesting review!! 1mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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It‘s fun to experience a rom-com unfold to its happy ending, and I thought the shared flat scenario for this one was intriguing.
Also, it successfully addresses a serious issue (gaslighting) using a comical perspective. It could help readers who are burdened with this kind of emotional abuse.

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I realized I‘d just read fiction vs memoir while watching you-tube videos about the poet/author. His intent is not a story with plot but dialog and language. He could best do this by his MC, Little Dog, writing a never-to-be-read letter to his grandmother. It is beautiful prose which may be best appreciated if you see his interviews first. ...BTW, he comically wrote this book in a closet, and the irony is not lost on this young gay man.

erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tips, will look out his interviews 🙂 1mo
marleed @erzascarletbookgasm I want to reread parts of this following his interviews! 1mo
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First 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Tagged a sweet favorite. Bottom row (7-9) was from my physical TBR - Yes!

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read and I want to own a physical copy. A+, Honors in impact.
4*= Liked and would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF. F

1. 4.75 A
2. 4.75
3. 4.5 A-
4. 4.5
5. 3.25 C+
6. 4.25 B+
7. 4 B
8. 4.75
9. 4.25

Margot0817 Looks like you've had a lot of good reads lately! 🙌 Thank you for the reviews 💕👏 1mo
marleed @Margot0817 I‘m having so much fun dog-sitting two large dogs to keep them calm while a major exterior facelift is happening to my son and dil‘s home. I‘m nearly completing a book a day! 1mo
Sassiekat Love how you rated all these books. I have quite a few of those that I've read or they're in my shelf. Seeing your review has helped me decide which book I'll pick up next.. thank you! 1mo
marleed @Sassiekat I tend to like and would love to talk about (but seldom do) must books I read - a 4*. So I had to distinguish for myself the quarter points to that elusive 5*! 1mo
Sassiekat @marleed Thanks so much for tagging me about Katherine Centre's book and Abbi Waxman book. I went to the library to see if they had them (though I have 1000+ of my own books to read, I still love the library) but they didn't... however I did reserve them for when they're available. I'm new to the app, still trying to figure it out.. then I will post my 4+ star rated books hopefully with pics! 1mo
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I tend to keep or collect impactful books so my shelves are filled with books of significant meaning. However, as I head out this morning the tagged is going in a LFL. The memoir of this young, thoughtful, intelligent, ambitious transgender woman and the people in her life is inspiring. I hope someone else will pick it out, read it, and be forevermore a bit more compassionate. ...And vote.

NaomiO I have heard that it is a wonderful book. 1mo
marleed @NaomiO Oh my gosh, so often there is so much sadness in the life of a trans person. Sarah‘s life is one of joy (with love evident in times of sadness). It is a wonderful testament to a person‘s potential when they are loved for the core of who they are. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Some books just need to be shared 💖 1mo
marleed @ValerieAndBooks I believe this is the first time where Ive let go of my specific book because stacking on my shelves could be a missed opportunity in compassion. 1mo
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This book was nothing like what I expected when I initially stacked it, but for different reasons I liked it just as much as anticipated. I listened to the audio and felt like I was lunching on my own, completely engrossed in the conversation at a booth separated only by one of those flimsy plastic wavy boards. My takeaway... Follow your dreams, even if you have to quit your day job. Just, pay for your own stuff!

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I started off thinking I might not be in the right mood to follow this sweetly predictable light-hearted aftermath of an unarguably tragic circumstance. Turns out I was very much in the mood.

tammysue Happy you enjoyed it Marlee! 💛 1mo
marleed @tammysue I‘m anticipating Things you burn in the fire to drop to me this week so I‘m excited to continue on with this author! 1mo
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1. Books: Finished 7/27 books 2/9 from physical TBR
2. Fitness: Exceeded 35 MPW with 100k+ steps / 43+ miles
3. Do something new every week: I finally bought a couch. Seeing permanence in this space is so good for my psyche! I‘ll be sitting here reading if anyone is looking for me :)

#BFCr3 @wanderinglynn

Megabooks Awesome!! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Dawnrod1970 Great job! 1mo
Crazeedi Nice! Love the table too!! 💖 1mo
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Centique Love it! 😍 1mo
marleed @Dawnrod1970 @Megabooks @Crazeedi @Centique Thank you! My big boned suburb home couches just didn‘t fit in this small-framed old city house. Fortunately those c-tables have worked for 20+ years! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Ohh, I wanted to get to the end of this book - in a good way. You, too, might want to get yourself to the end of this book!

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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There are some books where I fall in love with the characters and how each unfolds as a story continues. Other times, it‘s the story that has precedence and the characters provide the perspectives for presented ideas. This, for me, was the latter. If ‘lively bookclub discussable‘ was a genre, this would make that list.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Great, eloquent review!!! 1mo
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh thank you, for me it‘s a valuable distinction to realize when I read. I felt that way with the Whisper Network, too. 1mo
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I read many books where a quirky MC, lovable or ornery, is presented their chance for love or friendship. Many times this genre is a sweet pick for me.

Parts of this story seemed disjointed and Ellie‘s dishonesty garnered no interest in me seeing her become a champion for Dan. This one is just barely a pick for me, and I might edit to a so-so as I give it more thought.

Lindy Sometimes I move my Goodreads star rating up or down a star on further reflection. 1mo
marleed @Lindy Beginning this year I keep index cards on each book I read. I rate in pencil upon finishing because I‘m discovering that my opinion may change upon reflection. For me a Pick must come in at least a C+, 3.5*. I‘m afraid this one is in between a C and C+, 3.25. 1mo
Lindy @marleed I‘m a softy when it comes to judging books. For me, 5 stars is A+, 4 stars is A, 3 stars is a B: these are all picks for me on Litsy. 2 stars is a C: that‘s so-so. A rare (for me) 1 star rating is a pan. 1mo
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marleed @Lindy Oh that‘s so interesting. Like you, I seldom read a book that‘s below my Meh/3*/C rating so the 1*/2* options are not often there for me. If I adopted your assignment I might give up my anal quarter points. 5/A+, 4.75*/A-, 4.5*/A, 4.25/B+, 4/B ... 1mo
Lindy @marleed We all need to find our comfort zone in judging books. It‘s so subjective, isn‘t it? 1mo
marleed @Lindy It is. It‘s even subjective the mood I‘m in when I read. When I don‘t like a book, I try to consider my mood at the time and if my opinion has more to do with me than the book. Lol! 1mo
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