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Ncostell

Ncostell

Joined May 2016

"I can not sleep unless I am surrounded by books." Reader, mom and pharmacist.
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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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This is the first Wendell Berry that I‘ve read but certainly not my last as I loved this tale of Jayber Crow, the bachelor barber of Port William, Kentucky. Jayber lives his life on the sidelines with such grace and I enjoyed his observations and ruminations on the day to day life of the town and on the grand scheme of the universe. A quiet but beautiful read! #J #LitsyAtoZ2019

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This was great on audio as Rick Bragg reads it himself. This is a collection of essays that he‘s written over the years for different magazines. I have yet to read any of his other books but will definitely seek them out as he‘s such a wonderful storyteller. I think I‘ll check out the audiobooks as I could listen to him talk all day!

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While I‘ve really enjoyed Tana French‘s Dublin Murder Squad series, I did not find the same satisfaction from this stand alone book. It felt like there was a very long buildup until the central mystery was introduced which made me a bit impatient. There were a lot of dull stretches punctuated by interesting discoveries. At least I still have some Dublin Murder Squad books that I have yet to read.

Aswenson Agree! This took far too long to get to the point. Bits and pieces were interesting, but many parts dragged. 6d
BeckyMerilatt I thought it was a bit long, but the psychology and (main) character development had me totally sucked in. 6d
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Shape of Water | Andrea Camilleri
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This is the first in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series, translated from Italian. Camilleri brings the gritty yet beautiful setting of a seaside town in Sicily to life. There were notes in the back that gave a little more background on the different types of law enforcement and political factions within Italy which would have been helpful if I‘d discovered them before finishing the book. I‘d like to read more of the series for sure.

marleed Oh good for you for sticking with it! I was not in the right head space for this book I guess and DNF. 2w
Ncostell @marleed. It was definitely a bit darker than I expected and I think that some parts were a little clunky either due to the translation or my ignorance of the politics involved. The notes at the end gave me more insight but I wish they were added as footnotes so that I could have incorporated that information as I was reading the book. 2w
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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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While I enjoyed The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, I‘d have to say that this book has been my favorite of Paula McClain‘s works. I previously knew nothing about Martha Gellhorn, one of the most well respected war correspondents of the 20th century who also happened to be Ernest Hemingway‘s third wife. She was a fascinating woman who led a very unconventional life for her time and I‘d love to seek out some of her works now too.

marleed Oh I‘ll have to read. I‘m becoming more and more intrigued by EH. It‘s incredible how many books that I read namedrop EH in the most random of ways. Honestly I wish I had a tally sheet for how often it happens! 2w
Ncostell @marleed Yes, he does pop up quite often! The Paris Wife is also about Hemingway but focuses on his relationship with his first wife. 2w
marleed @Ncostell I read and audio‘d that one last fall while attending a wedding in Galveston. Now every time my eyes fall on it, I think of my long Sunday walk on that sea wall! 2w
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Ncostell @marleed It‘s always nice when you have fond memories associated with books read on vacation! 2w
kspenmoll Nice review! In my stack so moving it up! 2w
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! Martha Gellhorn‘s story was so interesting. I then fell down a rabbit hole googling more about her afterwards. 2w
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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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My current read fits today‘s #J prompt for #30JuneBooks. I was unfamiliar with Wendell Berry until I heard about him on Anne Bogel‘s What ShouId I Read Next podcast quite awhile ago. I‘m so glad I finally picked up Jayber Crow as I‘m thoroughly enjoying it so far!

Leftcoastzen Wendell is a wonderful writer!❤️ 3w
Leftcoastzen Wendell is a wonderful writer! 3w
Leftcoastzen I love Wendell Berry! 3w
Ncostell @Leftcoastzen I agree! I am not even finished with this book but already know that I will seek out his other books as well because I just love his writing. 3w
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I stopped by my library‘s book sale this morning which is always dangerous (but luckily inexpensive) as my TBR pile is getting out of control. Between the stack of books my daughter picked up as well and my stack, I spent $11. I just can never resist!

Readerann Ahhh, those library sales... 😩📚📚📚 3w
Ncostell @Readerann I can‘t keep away yet I‘m running out of room for all of my books! 3w
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Whew! I finally finished The Count of Monte Cristo which took me a loooong time as I was reading many other books simultaneously. It was definitely worth the time and effort to read this classic tale of Edmond Dantes‘ revenge on the people who wronged him. I can see why this book has stood the test of time and I‘m so glad that I‘ve finally read it.

Emilymdxn I loved this one too! Agree it was totally worth the effort 1mo
Ncostell @Emilymdxn. The length was daunting but it was a page turner nonetheless! 1mo
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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I don‘t know how Robin Sloan pulled this off but he somehow made a book about sourdough weirdly entertaining. Lois works at a high tech company in San Francisco and is given sourdough starter by acquaintances who need to leave the country. The sourdough starter takes on a life of its own and is a character unto itself. It was a fun read and left me hankering for some bread!

DebinHawaii I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
Ncostell @DebinHawaii It was a good one-I‘ll never look at sourdough the same way again! 1mo
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Onions in the Stew | Betty MacDonald
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I discovered this on Hoopla when I was looking for an audiobook not knowing anything about Betty MacDonald. This was her story of life with her family in the 1950s on the island of Vashon, located in the Puget Sound. She‘s very humorous and had many funny anecdotes of the trials and tribulations of living on the island and raising adolescents (which apparently involved a lot of cocktails and cigarettes back in the day).

rubyslippersreads I love her books. My favorite (though you wouldn‘t think there could possibly be anything funny about the subject matter) is 1mo
Ncostell @rubyslippersreads I‘ll definitely have to check it out! I do want to read her earlier books having really enjoyed this one. 1mo
Dragon I watched an old movie based on her book 1mo
Ncostell @Dragon. I‘ll have to look out for that too! 1mo
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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for years and finally got around to it. It was well worth the wait as I was entranced by du Maurier‘s ability to write such a taut psychological thriller which could be open to different interpretations. Now I think it‘s time for a reread of “Rebecca” which I read many moons ago and loved as well.

lynneamch Same here. Had been meaning to read it for so long. Just finished the audio and loved it. After I finished, I had to go back and listen to the first chapter again. She was a masterful storyteller. 1mo
Ncostell @lynneamch I went back to reread the first chapter too! I can definitely see why this is a classic. 1mo
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This past weekend I saw Come From Away at our local theater in Hartford. It‘s based on the book “The Day the World Came to Town” which I read earlier. Based on the true story of the townsfolk of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of the airline passengers grounded there after 9/11, both the book and musical were heartwarming despite the awful circumstances.

Areader2 Love the Bushnell 🎭 2mo
Ncostell @Areader2. Yes, I do too! It‘s nice & close and they put on so many great productions. 2mo
Areader2 And easy parking! Have you ever been to any of the Ct Forum events?they are very good. I saw John Irving,Jonathan Franzen one other author can‘t think of her name. Michelle Obama was one of their speakers,they have a website if you want to check their upcoming events sometime. 2mo
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Ncostell @Areader2 I have not been to their Forum events, I will have to check it out! Are you in CT? We just did a CT Litsy Meetup this weekend at RJ Julia‘s in Madison. I can let you know the next time we have a Meetup if you‘d like. You can find some of the posts under #ctlitsymeetup. (edited) 2mo
Areader2 Yes I live in Enfield, ok thanks! 2mo
Ncostell @Areader2. I‘m in Hebron. I‘ll tag you next time we plan a Meetup. So far we‘ve met up twice at RJ Julia‘s and once a few of us went to hear Stephanie Land, the author of the memoir “Maid” at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. 2mo
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I listened to this which was read by the author. Milicent Patrick was the artist who designed the image of the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon and Mallory O‘Meara examines her life in the misogynistic world of early Hollywood. The author, who is a producer of horror films, unfortunately finds many parallels between the sexism experienced by Milicent in the 1940s and 50s and what she experiences in the film industry today.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I was excited to get this book at our book swap at the Litsy Meetup in CT on Saturday. It was so nice to get together with everyone and spend an afternoon talking books. Thanks again @CareBear for organizing our get together and for the great Litsy bookmark with our Litsy handles on the back. Sorry we missed you @kspenmoll @MrBook @mcipher and @bookish_wookish , hopefully we‘ll see you next time! #ctlitsymeetup

MrBook Very glad it was a great time! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Definitely plan on being at the next one. 🤗 2mo
mrozzz 💗 Looking forward to seeing what you think about this book! Hopefully we meet up again at THAT Bookstore or Riverbend, or the Wesleyan RJ Julia! Right @CareBear ?? 😉 2mo
KatieDid927 Yay! 2mo
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ScientistSam It was lovely to meet you and everyone else (and see a few folks I knew)! 2mo
Amiable So glad I was able to make this one and meet you all IRL! 🙂 2mo
kspenmoll So sorry to miss you all! Next time! 2mo
CareBear Yessss @mrozzz !! I‘m going to try to get something a little more informal together for June! I think @Ncostell @kspenmoll would like to go, too! 2mo
CareBear Yessss @mrozzz !! I‘m going to try to get something a little more informal together for June! I think @Ncostell @kspenmoll would like to go, too! 2mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Count me in! I‘m down for any of those places. (edited) 2mo
mcipher I‘m so glad you all had fun! I will definitely try to make it next time!! 2mo
CareBear @mrozzz @Ncostell @kspenmoll how about 6/8? Late afternoon cocktails and book shopping at that bookstore? Riverbend is like 10 mins from there too if we wanted to hit both 😊 1mo
mrozzz Possibly! I was thinking of going up to Boston that weekend. Nothing in stone yet. @CareBear (edited) 1mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/8 we will be celebrating my husband‘s birthday. I know it‘s hard finding dates that everyone is available! 1mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Upon further thought I could take my husband out on 6/1 (his birthday is 6/6) which would free up 6/8 for me. His birthday falls on a Thursday and he‘d rather go out to dinner on a Saturday. 1mo
CareBear @Ncostell @mrozzz @kspenmoll I can do 6/15 too if that works better for everyone 1mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/15 is my daughter‘s dance recital, so I can‘t make that date unfortunately. 1mo
CareBear Ok but 6/8 works Nicole? @Ncostell 1mo
CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll @mrozzz I have all your numbers, would you guys mind if I group texted you? Might be easier. 1mo
Ncostell @CareBear. Texting is definitely easier 1mo
kspenmoll @CareBear sorry I have been not checking Litsy consistently. 6/8 works for me but 6/15 i cannot do. Group text is perfect! 1mo
mrozzz Hi sorry, I got married this weekend 😉 Yes! Please text— 6/8 will work I think. May do Boston or Providence the next day @CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll 1mo
kspenmoll @mrozzz Congratulations on your🎉🎉🎊🎊 marriage!!! 1mo
mrozzz 💝 💝 💝 @kspenmoll 1mo
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This was a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and turns but some parts I felt were a bit gratuitous and far-fetched. Perhaps that‘s the point of a thriller and maybe it‘s just not my favorite genre. I keep getting suckered in to picking them up again though!

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As I grew up watching Mr. Rogers back in the day I had to read this biography. I picked up many interesting tidbits about this icon of children‘s programming but felt the book was a little dry at times. I listened to most of it on audio read by LeVar Burton but switched to the book near the end. Now I need to check out the documentary on Netflix.

Zelma Are you talking about Won‘t You Be My Neighbor? It‘s so good. I was a teary mess by the end. 2mo
Ncostell @Zelma Yes, I am looking forward to watching it. I‘ll definitely keep the tissues handy! 2mo
Zelma @Ncostell I mean, I know how it ends, but it still have me lots of feelings. I miss Mr. Rogers so much. 2mo
Ncostell @Zelma. He was one of a kind and such a positive person who is greatly missed for sure! 2mo
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Finished this one up on our trip to Boston. This is number 22 in the Capital Crimes mystery series but only the second that I‘ve read in the series. The series is set in Washington, DC and I actually enjoy the insider‘s look at DC a bit more than the actual mystery.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I read a couple of hers years and years ago and enjoyed them. Wish I had written down the books back then. 2mo
Ncostell @JanuarieTimewalker13. I know what you mean. I haven‘t kept track of my reading until the past several years and wish I had started writing down my books read years ago. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 What‘s most frightening is that we can say “years and years” Hahahahahaha, or I should say, it‘s most fortunate! 2mo
Ncostell @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, it‘s a little of both. Frightening and fortunate! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha!!! True!! I like that!!!✋🏽I think that‘s a high five, but I‘m not sure. Lol 2mo
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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We toured Louisa May Alcott‘s home, Orchard House yesterday which was a real treat. The docent was terrific and very enthusiastic so we learned a lot about Louisa, her family and famous friends such as Emerson and Thoreau. It was very cool to see the desk that she sat at while writing Little Women. A great place to visit if you‘re in the Boston area!

Kaye Isn‘t that neat ? I like visiting historical places. Lots of “vibes” in them.. 2mo
TheNerdyProfessor We visited this a few years ago. Have you also stopped by Sleepy Hollow, Ralph Waldo Emerson's home, or the The Wayside House? Oh I'm so jealous! Have so much fun! 2mo
Samplergal Loved touring that one. Enjoy Massachusetts. It‘s great. 2mo
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Ncostell @kaye Yes, I enjoy visiting these places too and know what you mean about the “vibes”! 2mo
Ncostell @TheNerdyProfessor Because we‘re traveling with my teenage son we had to make a surgical strike and just went to Orchard House as I don‘t think he would make it through additional places. I definitely want to come back though as there is a lot more to see! (edited) 2mo
Ncostell @Samplergal. Thanks! We‘re enjoying our little getaway to the Boston area. So much history in this region. 2mo
Mdargusch Looks like a fun trip. 2mo
Ncostell @Mdargusch. Thanks, we‘re having a great time! 2mo
kspenmoll Been saying forever I need to get there! So glad you did! 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It‘s a great area to visit and we just scratched the surface. The town of Concord is really charming too. 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I had mixed feelings about this book. I‘ve long been fascinated by Alaska and by people who are rugged enough to live in that environment so I enjoyed that aspect of the novel. However I felt that the last third or so of the book was rushed and a bit too melodramatic. She did a nice job setting up the atmosphere of the 1970s and I found the information on homesteading during that time period to be really interesting. It was a mixed bag for me.

kspenmoll I felt the same way; thought it should have stopped sooner. Beautiful descriptive writing of Alaska & some of her characters but lost me with the non-ending drama. My brother lives in Kenai & I have visited but only in summer! 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll That‘s really cool. I hope to visit Alaska some day too, also in the summer! 2mo
marleed I just finished this book. I enjoyed it but thought the ending rushed compared to the detail of the rest of the book. What might have been a significant court finale was brushed aside as though it just takes knowing influential lawmakers. Somehow that bugged me. 2mo
Ncostell @marmedav I agree, that was very unrealistic. 2mo
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Nobody's Fool | Richard Russo
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Finished up Nobody‘s Fool this afternoon after work outside on the porch because the weather is so beautiful. I loved Russo‘s Empire Falls maybe a bit more than this one but still really enjoyed this as well. The dialogue is so quick and funny that I often reread many passages. I want to check out the movie as I haven‘t seen it yet. Sully is a character I won‘t soon forget and I look forward to reading Everybody‘s Fool.

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This is the second book in the Sally Solari mystery series which I picked up at my library‘s used book sale. I hadn‘t read any other books in the series but didn‘t have any trouble jumping into this one. Sally is the manager of two of her family‘s restaurants in Santa Cruz. In her spare time she sings in a choral group filled with lots of drama and a little murder too. It was an enjoyable cozy and I may read more of the series at some point.

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The Wordy Shipmates | Sarah Vowell
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Sarah Vowell has a unique way of presenting history and I enjoyed her look at the Puritans and the Massachusetts Bay Colony although it was pretty dry at times. I did really appreciate some insights into local New England history especially regarding the Pequot War which took place in Mystic, CT. I also learned about Anne Hutchinson who I knew nothing about and found that the Hutchinson Parkway was named after her. V for #litsyatoz2019

BookNAround I always thoroughly enjoy her books. 3mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 3mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I didn‘t expect the history in this one to include such local CT history so I found it very interesting. 2mo
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I have mixed feelings on this tenth book of the Flavia de Luce series. While I always enjoy revisiting the quaint English town of Bishop‘s Lacey and spending time with the inquisitive Flavia, I felt this installment was all over the place at times and the resolution of the mystery left me with more questions. I‘ll read these books though as long as he continues to write them as they‘re still entertaining anyway.

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Is it just me or do Louise Penny‘s books in the Inspector Gamache series just keep getting better and better? In this seventh book in the series, a murdered woman is found in Clara Morrow‘s garden the night after her first art exhibit at a prominent Montreal museum. As usual the mystery is interesting, but the evolution of the main characters‘ relationships really elevates this series to another level.

CarolynM I agree. I've recently read the 9th in the series and it's still getting better. 3mo
Ncostell @CarolynM. That‘s good to hear! I‘m glad that I still have more in the series to look forward to reading. 3mo
kspenmoll They get better each year! I am awaiting her new one being released in November I think. I have the one before that yet to read. I am envious that you have more to read but I can always reread!!! 3mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Yes, I know that feeling of wanting to read something that you really enjoy but don‘t want to reach the end either! 2mo
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Ok, I‘m going in! I‘ve been putting it off because it‘s like a million pages but today‘s the day I go for it! The past couple of years I‘ve challenged myself to read a classic chunkster. Last year it was Anna Karenina and the year before that it was Don Quixote and I loved both of those books. I know this one is a favorite of many readers so here goes nothing!

KrystleTheBookSlayer I need to read this one too, but the size is so intimidating 😳 3mo
swishandflick When I was in middle school I checked this out from my school library and the librarian told me I could keep it bc I was the first student to check it out in 5+ years 😂 It's been one of my favorite classics ever since! 3mo
Ncostell @swishandflick That‘s such a great memory and encouraging to hear that you enjoyed it so much! 3mo
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Ncostell @KrystleTheBookSlayer Yes, the page count has been scaring me off too! 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s worth it!! 3mo
Ncostell @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s good to hear, I needed some encouragement as I begin! 3mo
Amiable Loved this book! I‘m with you on the chunkster challenge—last year I finally read “Middlemarch,” too. 3mo
Ncostell @Amiable. That‘s so funny because I was debating between this and “Middlemarch”! Maybe next year will be the year for “Middlemarch”. 3mo
Amiable I alternate my chunksters every year —fiction one year, nonfiction the next. This year is nonfiction so I‘m reading “Truman” by David McCullough. Not sure what I‘ll pick for 2020, yet! 3mo
Ncostell @Amiable. That sounds like a good plan! “Truman” looks like it will be a good read. I have only read McCollough‘s book on the Wright Brothers which I really enjoyed. 3mo
Suet624 I hope to read the Count soon. It‘s a tantalizing prospect. 3mo
Ncostell @Suet624 It‘s been enjoyable so far although it may take me awhile to get through as I‘m reading several books at once! (edited) 3mo
kspenmoll Middlemarch is fabulous although I have not read the Count either. How is it going? 3mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It‘s going slowly but well! I‘m chipping away at it and am about a third of the way through as I like to read a few books at the same time. I can definitely see why it‘s a classic-Dumas was quite the story teller! 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This was a very powerful story of the urban Native American experience told from varying viewpoints. Each chapter focuses on a separate character and at first they almost seem like short stories in and of themselves. As the book continues the connections between characters become clearer, leading up to the climactic Oakland Powwow. This was one of those reads that really lived up to the hype surrounding it.

kspenmoll Nice review! In my TBR- maybe I should try for next month by taking it off the shelf! 3mo
erank58 This has been sitting on my shelf since last September--waiting for the right time to pick it up! 3mo
MichelleScott_author My book club picked this for their next selection. I‘m looking forward to it. 3mo
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Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! It was on my TBR for awhile too and I kept hearing about it on different podcasts so I moved it up the list! 3mo
Ncostell @erank58 I know, there‘s so many books to read that it‘s hard to squeeze them all in! 3mo
Ncostell @MichelleScott_author This would make for a great book club selection as I can imagine it will spark some interesting discussion! 3mo
Suet624 I enjoyed this book a lot too. 3mo
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I absolutely loved this story of Cyril Avery, told in seven year installments from his birth until his old age. Heartbreaking and very funny at the same time, it lived up to my expectations as I‘d heard quite a bit about it beforehand. This is one of those books that will cause a book hangover for sure as I‘ll miss Cyril and the other colorful characters in this book. This was my H book for #litsyatoz2019.

suvata ♥️ John Boyne 4mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
BiblioLitten 💕 The characters were so good. My favourite was his mother, though. (edited) 4mo
Ncostell @BiblioLitten. I loved his mother as well! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cyril!💜 3mo
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Before picking up this book I knew nothing of Percy Fawcett and his ill fated search for the City of Z, his name for the legendary El Dorado, in the jungles of the Amazon in 1925. He was quite a character, a real life Indiana Jones and I loved reading of his adventures and of the Royal Geographical Society to which he and other famous explorers belonged. This was my L book for #litsyatoz2019.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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This was a great read, told through two different characters‘ viewpoints and time periods. It was an emotional look at the Cuban experience, seen from the vantage point of those who left Cuba when Castro took over and those who remained. There was romance thrown in for good measure as well, however the most gripping aspect of the book for me was the human impact of separation from home and loved ones.

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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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While I would never in a million years consider climbing Mount Everest I am fascinated by those who have so Krakauer‘s firsthand account of his ascent of Everest and the disastrous climb of 1996 was really absorbing. Perhaps not the best book to read on my ski vacation in New Hampshire however! Here‘s a few pictures from the Black Swan Inn in Tilton, NH which is a cozy B&B with delicious breakfast! Letter I book for #LitsyAtoZchallenge2019.

Crazeedi Read this several years ago, crazy people! Your B and B looks amazing! 4mo
Ncostell @Crazeedi Yes, my idea of a fun vacation is staying at a lovely B&B rather than climbing Everest! 4mo
Crazeedi @Ncostell definitely a better choice!👍❤️ 4mo
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Suet624 I read the magazine article that the author wrote immediately following the event. It was raw and filled with details that he was unable to put in the book because of lawsuits. I thought he did a good job with the book but it wasn‘t quite as impactful as the article. 3mo
Ncostell @Suet624 I‘ll have to track down the article, sounds fascinating. 3mo
Suet624 I‘m. It sure you‘ll be able to find it. I‘ve tried. It was in Outside Magazine and I think they were required to pull the article due to lawsuits, primarily from the woman who was on the climb. 3mo
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I really liked The Dry which was the first in the Aaron Falk series but enjoyed this second book even more. Five women go on a team building excursion in Australia‘s Giralong Ranges but only four return. Is the fifth woman lost in the wilderness or did something more sinister happen to her? This was a fast paced read with lots of twists and turns and was my letter F selection for #litsyatoz2019.

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed this one a lot too 👍🏼 4mo
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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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I finally finished Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I wasn‘t able to finish it before seeing Hamilton in December but I‘m glad nevertheless to have completed it. It‘s a great thing that Lin Manuel Miranda is a reader too as he inspired so many to pick up this book and revisit a piece of American history that was skimmed over for many of us in grade school.

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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This was a creepy read about a woman whose teenage daughter disappears. Years later she starts dating a man whose young daughter looks eerily like her own daughter at that age. The story moved along quickly, told from various characters‘ perspectives. This is my second Lisa Jewell book, the first being The House We Grew Up In, which I also enjoyed. I‘ll definitely pick up some more of her books.

KristenDuck I read this book recently away and agree with your review. I have already shared it with coworkers - definitely a creepy read! 5mo
Ncostell @KristenDuck Yes, a page turner for sure but a little unsettling - probably a mark of a good thriller! 5mo
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This is the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of the passengers and crew of the 38 planes forced to land on September 11th, 2001 in their small town as US airspace was shut down. It was a heartwarming look at the beauty and strength of the human spirit in the face of horrible tragedy. A play based on this story called Come From Away is coming to my local theater this spring and I definitely want to check it out.

Nebklvr Feel-good book. (edited) 5mo
gradcat Why didn‘t I know about this? Thanks for the post! 🙏❤️ 5mo
MuddyPuddle I saw Come From Away on Broadway – it was wonderful! 5mo
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squirrelbrain I loved this book, and also adored Come From Away on Broadway. @gradcat @MuddyPuddle 5mo
Ncostell @gradcat You‘re very welcome! It‘s a great read, nice to read about the goodness of human nature. 5mo
Ncostell @MuddyPuddle, @squirrelbrain Glad to hear that you loved Come From Away as well. I‘m going to rope my husband into going to see it with me this spring! 5mo
Ncostell @Nebklvr Yes, definitely a feel good book for sure! 5mo
gradcat @squirrelbrain I‘d never heard of the play either, thanks for sharing 😍 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I listened to the first three quarters of this book on audio until I had to return it to the library and finished it up when my book hold came through. It was wonderful listening to Michelle tell her story and I also enjoyed reading it as well. She‘s such a strong, classy and inspirational woman.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I just never get tired of reading about David Sedaris‘ life, even when he writes about picking up trash on the roads near his home it still manages to be entertaining. There were many moments that made me laugh and many moments that were poignant as he reflects on aging and painful memories from his family history.

britt_brooke I really loved this one. It was a good mix. 5mo
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The Color of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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I‘m not going to lie, I had a tough time with the beginning of this book as it‘s pretty kooky and I wasn‘t sure if I was going to make it through and keep all of the characters straight. Once I started to just go with the flow of the book however, I began to appreciate its humor and the crazy, unpredictable journey of the wizard Rincewind and the tourist Twoflower through Discworld. I‘ll read more of the series for sure. #litsyatoz2019 C.

PickwickPlockPlock There are whole web pages about the question: where to start with the discworld? There's no right answer, but most agree you should NOT start with The Colour of Magic. 😎 It gets so much better later on! 5mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
Ncostell @PickwickPlockPlock. Yes, once I started this and poked around a bit I did find that many people agreed that the series improves as it goes along so I‘m intrigued to continue! 5mo
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Before I Go to Sleep | Steven J. Watson
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I enjoyed this thriller about a woman with amnesia who relies on her journal to keep track of her life as she forgets everything after she goes to sleep each night. It did drag a bit as it was somewhat repetitive but overall it was a good read and made you think about the importance of memory and the richness it adds to our lives. This was my B selection for the #litsyatoz2019 challenge.

SailorMoon A good read indeed! I liked it very much! There's a movie based on it, if I am not mistaken... with Nicole Kidman possibly... 5mo
Ncostell @Hufflepuff16 I have not seen the movie yet but will have to check it out! 5mo
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This was a great read, very funny at times but with many more serious themes throughout. It mixed in some romance and thriller aspects as well. Ultimately it told of the power women have when they get to tell their own stories. And as an added bonus I‘ve learned that an eggplant is known as an aubergine in England (which sounds so much nicer than eggplant!)

BookwormM We also have courgette instead of zucchini 🤣🤣 5mo
Ncostell @BookwormM Courgette also sounds better than zucchini. Much more sophisticated! 5mo
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The Art Forger: A Novel | B. A. Shapiro
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This was my A title for #litsyatoz2019 and it has been on my shelf for several years since I picked it up at my library‘s book sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had been signed by the author. It was a fast paced read touching on the art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The author clearly did a lot of research regarding art forgery which I found very interesting.

DivineDiana What a wonderful surprise! I liked this book! 5mo
AmyG Yes...great surprise! 5mo
Ncostell @DivineDiana, @AmyG. Yes, it‘s been on my shelf for about 2 years so it was a neat surprise! Love those library book sales! 5mo
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DivineDiana As do I! But I must try and stay away. Overcrowded with unread books! 😉 5mo
Ncostell @DivineDiana I know, that‘s why it‘s taken me two years to get to this book! 5mo
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Shockaholic | Carrie Fisher
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I listened to this and despite listening to several other of her memoirs I still never tire of hearing Carrie Fisher tell stories from her incredible life. She was always very candid and does not hold anything back in many of the anecdotes from this book either whether telling of her electroshock therapy or her complicated relationship with her father.

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Although this book has some mixed reviews, I enjoyed it. I thought that Meg Wolitzer really summed up the awkward stage after college when a person is trying to figure out their life and purpose. Her characters had their flaws, but that made them more realistic if not more likeable. This is the first book I‘ve read by Wolitzer and I would like to read more of her books.

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Here‘s a snapshot of my 2018 year in books. It‘s been my highest number thus far and I‘m sure that‘s due to Litsy! My count has exponentially increased over the past several years that I‘ve been on Litsy and my reading life has broadened as I‘ve read different genres that I would never have picked up before. Here‘s to a happy, healthy 2019 and to many more great books!

Suet624 My reading has dramatically increased as well! 😁😁 3mo
Ncostell @Suet624 It‘s definitely an added benefit to being on Litsy! 3mo
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Martian | Andy Weir
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I just finished The Martian and have now officially completed the Litsy Reading Challenge 2018 right under the wire! It was a great challenge and I read a few books that I otherwise would never have read. The Passage trilogy and Lonesome Dove were some of my favorite reads of the year and were both from genres I usually avoid. Looking forward to 2019 challenges! #LRC2018

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I read this for the #LRC2018 for a book that is also a song title but it just wasn‘t for me. Ellen is newly married and runs into her ex-boyfriend which results in her examining the choices she‘s made with her life. While I didn‘t mind the premise, I found her to be way too whiny and unsympathetic. Oh well, on to the next book!

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Sometimes I did not really know what I was reading as some of these short stories were a little out there for me but the beauty of the short story is that you can move on quickly to the next one. My favorite story was called “Books and Roses” which makes reference to St. Jordi‘s Day, a holiday in Spain when people exchange books and roses. Sounds like my kind of holiday!

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Christmas Stories | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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This was a fun read on #serialreader to get me in a holiday mood consisting of sweet little Christmas vignettes. Most of the stories were not related to Anne of Green Gables but it did include the short piece about Matthew getting Anne‘s dress with the puffed sleeves ❤️❤️

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I‘m on a Western kick, reading this on the heels of Lonesome Dove. Lonesome Dove was a tough act to follow, yet I just loved this story with two more characters I won‘t soon forget. Captain Kidd is an older gentleman who travels through 1870s Texas reading the news in small towns where such information is scarce. He is tasked with returning Johanna, a young girl captured by the Kiowas, to her relatives outside of San Antonio and adventure ensues.

intothehallofbooks I loved this one too. I just recently bought a copy of Lonesome Dove and I‘m looking forward to reading it in the new year. 7mo
Ncostell @intothehallofbooks I hope you enjoy it! They‘re both set in the same time period and Lonesome Dove has its own set of great characters. 7mo
Suet624 I think I did the same thing - read this after LD - and somehow this book managed to find its own soft spot in my heart. 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I really enjoyed reading Susan Orlean‘s homage to libraries in general and to the LA Public Library in particular. She covers the story of the fire in 1986 that destroyed 400,000 books and damaged another 700,000 books in LA Central Library while weaving in the history of the LA Public Library system and the interesting people who have worked there throughout its lifespan beginning in the 1870s. A great read for book lovers!

Suet624 I LOVED this book so much!! 3mo
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Hamilton Affair | Elizabeth Cobbs
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I am finally going to see Hamilton later this month and am reading the Ron Chernow biography too. However, in the interest of time I‘m glad that I picked this historical fiction version of Hamilton‘s story to read the highlights (and lowlights!) of his life. I just don‘t think I‘m going to finish the Chernow biography beforehand with the holidays approaching!

MallenNC I finally saw Hamilton in November. I hope you love it as much as I did. I was worried I'd built it up too much but it exceeded my expectations! 7mo
Ncostell @MallenNC. That‘s good to hear. I‘ve been waiting so long to see it that I know what you mean! 7mo
MallenNC @Ncostell Everyone I know who saw it loved it too. Have fun! 7mo
Ncostell @MallenNC Thanks! 7mo
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