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Ncostell

Joined May 2016

"I can not sleep unless I am surrounded by books." Reader, mom and pharmacist.
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Do Not Become Alarmed | Maile Meloy
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I had mixed feelings about this book. It started off strong - several families take a cruise with their children and the trip quickly takes a turn for the worse when the kids are separated from the adults on an excursion. Told from multiple characters‘ perspectives, it moves along quickly but many parts felt rushed to me.

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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Alice falls off her bike during a spin class, bumps her head and forgets the past ten years of her life, believing she‘s 29 instead of 39. This book made me pause for thought, reflecting on what my younger self would think of my life right now. At 459 pages, I felt it could have been cut down a bit but a good read all the same.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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CindyMyLifeIsLit Love this book!! 2w
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CindyMyLifeIsLit Love this book!! 2w
RachelAmphlett One of the creepiest experiences I‘ve ever had was climbing Hanging Rock - it‘s so eerie! 2w
Freespirit Loved this growing up.. and the movie. 2w
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Day 4 #7days7covers. I haven‘t read this one yet but felt this was an eye catching cover.

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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Day 3 #7days7covers. I love all of the covers in the Kopp Sisters series!

Daisey Me too! 2w
Jas16 Agreed! 2w
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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I‘m so glad that I picked up this book that gives a glimpse into the life of a well read woman looking back on her life in Beirut. Aaliya spends most of her time alone, translating great works of literature into Arabic. Although she has a quite solitary existence, her inner life is so rich that it really brings this quiet story to life. I highly recommend this, it was a great read and my U book for #LitsyAtoZ2019.

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The Snow Gypsy | Lindsay Jayne Ashford
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Day 2 #7days7covers. I haven‘t read this one yet but probably bought it because of the cover!

DivineDiana What a beauty! ❤️ 3w
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Paris: The Novel | Edward Rutherfurd
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Thanks for the tag @CareBear . Sorry it too so long to post my first #7days7covers!

Tanisha_A 😍 3w
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While I enjoyed the setting of this book in a riding camp/school for girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during the Great Depression, I didn‘t feel a connection to the main character. Her actions were often questionable and she did not have much sympathy for those adversely affected by her decisions. At least it was my Y book for #LitsyAtoZ2019.

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This is the story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) run by the British government to send spies into occupied European countries during WWII. Women were part of this network, putting their lives on the line, sending radio messages and sabotaging Axis maneuvers. I really enjoyed the first half of the book but found some of the plot of the second half to be far fetched. Interesting back story but didn‘t completely hit the mark for me.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This is a book that I feel will stay with me awhile as I process it. Ishiguro is a masterful writer. Although many of the interactions between the characters were told in such a straight forward manner, they were so fraught with underlying tension that it was almost palpable at times. The perils of advancing technology is one of many themes that really leave you with food for thought. I will definitely seek out more of his works.

rachelk That‘s how I felt too! I followed up by reading this, it‘s totally different but so well written. (edited) 1mo
Ncostell @rachelk. I think that‘s the next one I‘m going to pick up! 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too and also the one @rachelk recommends! 1mo
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Ncostell @BarbaraBB I can see why he gets all of the accolades for his writing and this is the first of his works that I‘ve read. More to look forward to! 1mo
kspenmoll Great review! 4w
Suet624 I read it in 2012 and I still remember how it gutted me. 3w
Ncostell @Suet624 Yes, I think this is one I‘ll think about too for a long time to come. 3w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I flew through this book despite its 480 pages. I loved visiting the theater world of NYC in the 1940s with its mix of high and lowbrow entertainment, glamour and grit. The book slowed down a bit in the latter half but I slowly began to appreciate the evolvement of the main character as she grew to embrace her whole self despite missteps she had made in her past.

kspenmoll Nice review. The last half dragged for me. It seemed such a switch of tone I could not get used to it. 1mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I know what you mean, the first half was definitely more engaging. 1mo
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The Rocks: A Novel | Peter Nichols
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This is the story of a divorced couple told in reverse chronological order from 2005 to 1948 set on the island of Mallorca. Although this book received mixed reviews I enjoyed the setting and piecing the story together in reverse.

rabbitprincess Beautiful bookmark! 1mo
Ncostell @rabbitprincess Thanks! My mother taught me cross stitching when I was a kid and I made this back in the day. 1mo
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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Thanks for the #wondrouswednesday tag @kspenmoll !
1️⃣ Middlemarch
2️⃣Pride and Prejudice
3️⃣1762 as per my Goodreads list (I keep adding to it every time I hear of something interesting)!
4️⃣Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5️⃣I‘ll tag anyone who wants to join in!

Ericalambbrown If you do audiobooks at all, Juliet Stevenson has an unabridged narration of Middlemarch that is absolutely fantastic. I got it through Audible, but your library may have it on Libby. 1mo
Ncostell @Ericalambbrown Thanks for the heads up. I love audio books too and just looked on my library‘s Hoopla app to find that they have this edition with Juliet Stevenson. I will definitely check that out! 1mo
Ericalambbrown @Ncostell I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I thought she did a wonderful job. 1mo
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Eggs Thanks for playing 🌺😍👏🏻 1mo
kspenmoll I read Middlemarch for the first tome about 3 yrs ago. I had not yet discovered audiobooks so I read it on serial reader - I did not see how fat it was that way! My sister had bern trying to get me to read it since college. I loved it! Rewarded myself with a copy of the book when I finished. Would live to hear the audio version! 1mo
Ncostell That is very impressive that you read it on Serial Reader-that must have taken quite some time! I have it on my Kindle but might try reading and listening to it too. I‘m a sucker for anything read with an English accent! @kspenmoll (edited) 1mo
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This was a murder mystery unlike any I‘ve read before. The main character inhabits the bodies of eight hosts in order to attempt to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Helpfully there was a list of characters at the front to keep everyone straight although you still really had to pay attention to all of the twists and turns in the story.

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The Rocks: A Novel | Peter Nichols
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I got a lot of reading time in while waiting for my kids while they went on rides at Six Flags today. I‘ll take my book and a nice bench in the shade over crazy roller coasters any day!

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This is the fifth book in the Maisie Dobbs series which finds Maisie investigating a series of mysterious fires in a small English town full of secrets. I really enjoy following Maisie‘s evolvement as the series moves along and the look at life between the World Wars. There are still many more books in the series for me to look forward to reading yet.

cathysaid I loved this series on audio. 2mo
Ncostell I bet they‘re fantastic on audio. I‘ll have to check that out-it looks like I can listen to a few of them on Hoopla. @cathysaid (edited) 2mo
Smarkies I need to start reading this series. Have it stacked up. 😁 2mo
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Ncostell @Smarkies. Hope you enjoy it! 2mo
kspenmoll Live this series. Have not picked it up in a long time. 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll I‘ve been slowly reading through this series. I really enjoy it but the TBR pile is so high that I find it takes me awhile to get back to these! 2mo
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This was a look into the life of movie star Hedy Lamarr. Her marriage to a wealthy and abusive arms dealer in her native Austria is detailed as WWII is on the horizon. But she was not just another pretty face, and she took the information gleaned from that relationship and her interest of science and technology to create an invention that could benefit the Allied forces. I would love to learn more about her as she was a fascinating person.

kspenmoll I have this! Great review! I must read it soon! 2mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll it's a great story. 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! It was a quick read but very interesting. Hope you enjoy it too! 2mo
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This was a delightful read that I enjoyed immensely. Auntie Mame‘s adventures with her nephew were irreverent indeed and I loved reading of their madcap escapades. I remember watching the very beginning of the movie with Rosalind Russell when I was much younger but don‘t think I saw the whole thing. I‘ll have to remedy that now and go watch the movie too.

kspenmoll This was the only Broadway( based on book) play My parents too us three oldest too. I still have the playbill! 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll That is really cool! What a great memento to hold onto! 2mo
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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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After reading Hamilton I knew I wanted to tackle this book too, especially as it won the Pulitzer Prize. Chernow really brought Washington to life, revealing his human qualities, both positive and negative. I really appreciate learning more about him and the fascinating birth of the country now as an adult than I did back in my school days. Now I‘m on an early American history reading kick but may take a break before moving onto John Adams!

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Jane Harper hits it out of the park again with this book. I really enjoyed the two books in the Aaron Falk series and this stand alone book did not disappoint either. She really knows how to pace a good mystery, reeling out information slowly as the tension builds. I love that her settings become a character in themselves, in this case the Australian Outback. I will continue to pick up anything that she writes!

MallenNC I agree 100%! When I first heard this was a stand-alone, I was disappointed but then I read it and loved it. Her pacing and sense of place are so enjoyable. 2mo
LapReader Aaron is indirectly mentioned in the book. Did you catch it? 2mo
Ncostell @MallenNC I had the same initial reaction when I heard that it was a stand-alone but quickly found that I enjoyed it just as much as the series. 2mo
Ncostell @LapReader. No, I didn‘t catch it but read that in someone‘s Good Reads review that there was a reference in the book. Where was it? I‘ll have to go back and look! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks for the tag @kspenmoll !
1. Kindness
2. Lack of empathy
3. My friend Alison is the person outside of my family who has known me the longest. We‘ve known each other since first grade and although she lives in NJ and I‘m in CT we can always pick up where we left off when we get together!
4. I tag anyone who wants to join in!

Eggs #3 best kind of friend to have🤗💗 2mo
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The Bridge | Doug Marlette
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I read this a long time ago and have kept it around for a possible reread at some point. I don‘t remember much but that I enjoyed it at the time. #bridge #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 Nice cover! 2mo
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Orient | Christopher Bollen
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This was a recent read of mine that has a #lighthouse on the cover. It was a good, twisty mystery that I really enjoyed. Orient Beach Long Bar Light pictured here is nicknamed “Bug Light” and is located off of the North Fork of Long Island. The original structure was destroyed by arsonists in 1963 but local residents banded together to have it rebuilt in 1990. #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻📚 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💙 2mo
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Isle of Palms | Dorothea Benton Frank
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We‘re back from our vacation in Myrtle Beach and I miss my spot on the balcony overlooking the sand and water. I picked up Isle of Palms which I figured might be a good beach read with its setting in the South Carolina Lowcountry. I didn‘t love the book unfortunately but did love being at the beach!

Megabooks I love that area! 2mo
Ncostell @Megabooks I agree, it‘s a great area. The beach was really beautiful and there was a lot to do when we wanted a break from the beach as well. 2mo
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Orient | Christopher Bollen
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I really enjoyed this literary thriller set in the town of Orient on the North Fork of Long Island. A young drifter meets an Orient native in NYC who needs help with odd jobs around his home. Soon afterwards, several people in the small town die under suspicious circumstances. This was my O book for #litsyAtoZ2019.

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This was the heart wrenching story of Alan Cumming‘s relationship with his abusive father interspersed with the search for information on the mysterious death of his maternal grandfather. Although he covers some very difficult topics, I really enjoyed listening to Alan Cumming‘s narration with his lovely Scottish accent.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I went to see Colson Whitehead speak in Madison, CT on Friday evening. He was an incredible speaker and I‘d definitely recommend going to see him if he comes to a town near you. Thanks @bookish_wookish for the heads up!

bookish_wookish So glad it was amazing!! ☺️ 3mo
SamAnne He is such a great speaker. Saw him in Spokane WA a few years ago. And eagerly waiting to get my hands on Nickel Boys. 3mo
Ncostell @SamAnne. I‘m looking forward to reading Nickel Boys too. Was he on The Underground Railroad book tour when you saw him speak? 3mo
SamAnne @Ncostell no the zombie book which I‘ve not read. He did a joint reading with a great Spokane-based author named Jess Walter for our Literary Festival. Both are wicked funny and it was a great night! 3mo
Ncostell @SamAnne I loved Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I bet that was an awesome evening! 3mo
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The Prince of Tides | Pat Conroy
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I have never seen this movie so I went into this book completely blind, and I‘m glad that I did. The story of Tom Wingo and his family‘s complicated history in the low country of South Carolina is one I won‘t soon forget. Conroy certainly had a way with words and I will definitely pick up some of his other works.

Lynnsoprano You can‘t go wrong with Conroy‘s books. I‘ve never seen the movie, either. I did find that having visited Charleston and the Low Country a few times really helped me visualize the settings. 3mo
Ncostell @Lynnsoprano. I don‘t think I‘m going to watch the movie because I don‘t want to ruin my experience with the book. I did go to Charleston as a kid on a family vacation many years ago and I‘d love to go back again. My sister-in-law moved there recently so I‘ll have to visit! 3mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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This was between a pick and so-so for me as its chipper tone was difficult for me to adjust to after recently reading The Book Thief and Love and Ruin. However as I decided to just go with the flow it did grow on me and I did appreciate its portrayal of women‘s day to day hardships in WWII England.

kspenmoll I found it a tonic after I finished 3mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Yes, I can see that too. Lilac Girls was a much heavier read for sure! 3mo
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for the longest time and recently picked it up from the Little Free Library we have at work. It was worth the wait as I loved this poignant look at World War II told by an unlikely narrator, Death.

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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

kspenmoll Great review! 3mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I really loved this one. 3mo
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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. 4mo
BeckyMerilatt I thought it was a bit long, but the psychology and (main) character development had me totally sucked in. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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! 4mo
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. 4mo
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! 4mo
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Ncostell @marleed It‘s always nice when you have fond memories associated with books read on vacation! 4mo
kspenmoll Nice review! In my stack so moving it up! 4mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! Martha Gellhorn‘s story was so interesting. I then fell down a rabbit hole googling more about her afterwards. 4mo
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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!❤️ 4mo
Leftcoastzen Wendell is a wonderful writer! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I love Wendell Berry! 4mo
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. 4mo
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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... 😩📚📚📚 4mo
Ncostell @Readerann I can‘t keep away yet I‘m running out of room for all of my books! 4mo
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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 5mo
Ncostell @Emilymdxn. The length was daunting but it was a page turner nonetheless! 5mo
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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! 5mo
Ncostell @DebinHawaii It was a good one-I‘ll never look at sourdough the same way again! 5mo
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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 5mo
Ncostell @rubyslippersreads I‘ll definitely have to check it out! I do want to read her earlier books having really enjoyed this one. 5mo
Dragon I watched an old movie based on her book 5mo
Ncostell @Dragon. I‘ll have to look out for that too! 5mo
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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. 5mo
Ncostell @lynneamch I went back to reread the first chapter too! I can definitely see why this is a classic. 5mo
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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 🎭 5mo
Ncostell @Areader2. Yes, I do too! It‘s nice & close and they put on so many great productions. 5mo
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. 5mo
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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) 5mo
Areader2 Yes I live in Enfield, ok thanks! 5mo
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. 5mo
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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. 🤗 5mo
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 ?? 😉 5mo
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ScientistSam It was lovely to meet you and everyone else (and see a few folks I knew)! 5mo
Amiable So glad I was able to make this one and meet you all IRL! 🙂 5mo
kspenmoll So sorry to miss you all! Next time! 5mo
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! 5mo
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! 5mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll Count me in! I‘m down for any of those places. (edited) 5mo
mcipher I‘m so glad you all had fun! I will definitely try to make it next time!! 5mo
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 😊 5mo
mrozzz Possibly! I was thinking of going up to Boston that weekend. Nothing in stone yet. @CareBear (edited) 5mo
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! 5mo
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. 5mo
CareBear @Ncostell @mrozzz @kspenmoll I can do 6/15 too if that works better for everyone 5mo
Ncostell @CareBear, @mrozzz, @kspenmoll 6/15 is my daughter‘s dance recital, so I can‘t make that date unfortunately. 5mo
CareBear Ok but 6/8 works Nicole? @Ncostell 5mo
CareBear @Ncostell @kspenmoll @mrozzz I have all your numbers, would you guys mind if I group texted you? Might be easier. 5mo
Ncostell @CareBear. Texting is definitely easier 5mo
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! 5mo
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 5mo
kspenmoll @mrozzz Congratulations on your🎉🎉🎊🎊 marriage!!! 5mo
mrozzz 💝 💝 💝 @kspenmoll 5mo
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Mehso-so

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. 6mo
Ncostell @Zelma Yes, I am looking forward to watching it. I‘ll definitely keep the tissues handy! 6mo
Zelma @Ncostell I mean, I know how it ends, but it still have me lots of feelings. I miss Mr. Rogers so much. 6mo
Ncostell @Zelma. He was one of a kind and such a positive person who is greatly missed for sure! 6mo
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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. 6mo
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. 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 What‘s most frightening is that we can say “years and years” Hahahahahaha, or I should say, it‘s most fortunate! 6mo
Ncostell @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, it‘s a little of both. Frightening and fortunate! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha!!! True!! I like that!!!✋🏽I think that‘s a high five, but I‘m not sure. Lol 6mo
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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.. 6mo
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! 6mo
Samplergal Loved touring that one. Enjoy Massachusetts. It‘s great. 6mo
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Ncostell @kaye Yes, I enjoy visiting these places too and know what you mean about the “vibes”! 6mo
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) 6mo
Ncostell @Samplergal. Thanks! We‘re enjoying our little getaway to the Boston area. So much history in this region. 6mo
Mdargusch Looks like a fun trip. 6mo
Ncostell @Mdargusch. Thanks, we‘re having a great time! 6mo
kspenmoll Been saying forever I need to get there! So glad you did! 6mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It‘s a great area to visit and we just scratched the surface. The town of Concord is really charming too. 6mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Mehso-so

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! 6mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll That‘s really cool. I hope to visit Alaska some day too, also in the summer! 6mo
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. 6mo
Ncostell @marmedav I agree, that was very unrealistic. 6mo
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