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The Ruins | Scott Smith
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If a person speaks a different language than your native tongue & they muster the full capacity of their English lexicon to give you a warning, “that place bad”…
If your taxi cab driver waives his fare and is willing to take you some place other than “that bad place” for free…
If none of the people in the tiny obscure village will look in your direction when you stumble into their locale & they assign a lookout to see where you go from there…

Nute If the dog that you nicknamed Creepy starts barking ferociously when your big toe lands on the other side of the very hidden away path in the middle of the sweltering hot jungle…
If there are no other people detected for miles around going remotely in the same direction as you with the same destination in mind…
Nute If you were just having the time of your life sunbathing on the beach, snorkeling in the shallows of a blue lagoon, frolicking in the waves, drinking Mai Tai‘s in the shade and the trade-off is miserable heat, rivulets of sweat soaking your clothes, and mosquito bites…
If you will have to pitch your tent on an old sacred burial site that no one wants to talk about…
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Nute If you and your buddies have no dope skills in dealing with creeping, crawling, slithering and wriggling things in the dark of a jungle night...

Why go?

Aren‘t your spidey-senses on hyper alert?
Isn‘t the robot screaming “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”⚠️ ☢️ ☣️

Come on now. Let‘s go back home, put on comfy pjs and watch a scary movie about young adults stuck in the bowels of a creepy jungle! Real life experiences are overrated!😳👇🏽
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Nute I spent a lot of time being upset while reading this book. So mad that they continued on when the whole world was throwing signs left and right saying DON‘T. And yet they did. So mad that not one of them said Let‘s go back. So mad that I knew soon there would be a body count. But a friend said “Stick with it.” 👇🏽 2d
Nute Well, Reggie was right, it was worth the read for the skilled handling of character studies and the insightful depiction of personality types. Who are we in the midst of storms? What is our value when our supposed skills and talents can‘t be manifested?
Thanks for the encouragement @reggie 🤗
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DaveGreen7777 This could be one of the best reviews I‘ve ever read! Bravo, @Nute 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2d
UnidragonFrag Ok, I really want to read the book now! The movie had me holler at the screen at the dummies who had SO many warnings to turn back but just kept going 😭🤦 2d
EvieBee So funny! Love it! 2d
DinoMom This was a great creepy read! 2d
Bookzombie I‘m planning to reread this one next year. My review will just be “See @Nute ‘s review!” 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙂 2d
Reggie “Who are we in the midst of storms? What is our value when our supposed skills and talents can‘t be manifested?” That is so brilliant. I‘m glad you stuck with it. And what a review!!! 2d
Bigwig One of my favorites. 1d
Trashcanman Hugs to you Kimberley 🤗 1d
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Christmas Card | Paul Theroux
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Getting holiday greetings underway first with those that must travel far away!

KatieDid927 I did the same! Got those out the door first. 4d
Liz_M Lovely photo! 4d
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3d
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#GratefulHarvest - Porch: The Women of Brewster Place. Inner-city tenement housing. A dead-end street. A group of black women trying to hold on to life or at least a resemblance to ordinary living. Fighting to survive the crap that rolls downhill and lands in the laps of the poor and the disenfranchised and more often than not, women.👇🏽

Nute Strengthening against hard times, stifling times, men coming and men going and men trampling on hearts, sorrow, brokenness, emptiness, frustrations, faces of corruption, and deliberately maneuvered stagnation.
Snatching small bits of joy and laughter. Bravely fostering hope, perseverance, resiliency, strength and friendship in the face of nothingness.👇🏽
Nute When the effort of living diminishes strength, shatters the spirit and flattens dignity, they gather like sisters, like a village of wise women, like a tribe of healers. They gather in small rooms, at kitchen tables and on front porches to put back together that which has broken. To discuss, to debate, to rant, to talk through troubles and pass around vulnerabilities. To rebuild, renew and redirect their gaze to a brighter tomorrow.👇🏽 1w
Nute This book is well-done, every aspect…well-written, well-developed and well-told.
Highly Recommended!

This is another author gone-too-soon.
RIP Gloria Naylor.

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TrishB Great review ❤️ 1w
batsy Yes, what a lovely review! And I love that image. I see I already have it stacked! 1w
Eggs Great choice❣️Naylor is a favorite - RIP 1w
Chelleo Love this image....I need to read this book...saw the movies years ago but don't recall much of the story. 1w
Nute @TrishB Thank you, Ms. Trish!💕 11h
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The City of Mist: Stories | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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#AuthorAMonth - November - Carlos Ruiz Zafón:
There is a familiarity about this book. As soon as I said the names of characters and places out loud while reading, all of the memories of a story that I refused to let go came flooding back. This was like drifting back in time to the place that I was before when introduced to The Library of Forgotten Books.??

Nute This was like meeting up again for a sharing of remembrances, yet exploring the footing of a new journey.
I was so willing to go that I forgot that some parts would probably be sad&haunting, mournful&longing, and that the melancholy would linger in recollection of the author‘s untimely death. Oh, but do I love the mythical and mysterious Barcelona? Yes, I do! And was I eager to see if things had changed or somehow remained the same?👇🏽
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Nute Yes! For those reasons, it was good to go back. It was good to visit there with old friends and acquaint with new ones.
Highly Recommended!

This is the last work of a gifted storyteller. Gosh! His ability to transport the reader from here to there was mesmerizing! Yes, many writers have that ability, but the way Mr. Zafón guided his stories with such tenderness and beauty leaves the reader breathless.

RIP C Ruiz Zafón.
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Eggs I read Angels Game and Prisoner of Heaven but still want to read this one too…. 1w
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emz711 I can't wait to get to those once I'm done with the 2 library books I have. One of my favorite authors. Well said! 4d
Nute @Eggs He is magical. I feel like I will always come back to his books.🙂 4d
Nute @emz711 We are kindred spirits, Ms. Emily, feeling him as a favorite author!🤗 4d
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Selected Poetry of Lord Byron | Lord George G. Byron
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#GratefulHarvest - Silence:
Lord Byron:
Dashing / Amorous / Unconventional / Flamboyant / Notorious / Defiant / Melancholy / Romantic paradox /
Licentious / Mad, bad and dangerous to know

These are the words that tended to circle him.

On the flip side:

Leading figure of the Romantic Movement / Poetic Revolutionist / Freethinker / Deep-thinker / Realist /Champion for Liberty / Commander of the English language

Nute Hmm….complexity, duality…conviction. Sounds like the makings of a poet. He was known to be one of the greatest English poets.

In secret we met—
   In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
   Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
   After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
   With silence and tears.

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Eggs Beautifully done ✅ 🥰📚👏🏻 2w
LeshaMac 💜 1w
Nute @Eggs @LeshaMac Thank you!💕 4d
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The City of Mist: Stories | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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#AuthorAMonth - November - Carlos Ruiz Zafón:
It was a pleasant surprise to see this on the New in Paperback table at the bookstore because it‘s length is short coming in under 200 pages and there is only a few days left in November to satisfy this challenge. Also, there‘s this caveat…this book puts the reader back in Barcelona and the gothic vibe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books that began with The Shadow of the Wind.

This is happening today!

Amiable I didn‘t know about this one! Stacking! 2w
Soubhiville Oh nice! Enjoy! 2w
Nute @Amiable Right on, Ms. Amy! Much love for this author!🤗 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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I almost forgot to say that I am thankful for you. Each of you…EVERY day making my heart go pitter-patter with resounding joy!
Thanks for being my people!
HUGS every which kind of way. I hope the day was a good one!😘

8:25pm…I‘m still in the kitchen washing dishes. Good grief! At this rate I‘ll be too tired to read even one page.😴💤

Oh, but I did buy a new poetry book yesterday. We‘ll see what happens…

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vivastory Happy Thanksgiving 🥧🍷📚 What book did you buy? 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy Thanksgiving! 2w
Ruthiella Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 2w
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Nute @vivastory Happy Thanksgiving, Scott! I picked up Bluets by Maggie Nelson. Poetry or prose-y vignettes. I don‘t really know how to describe it, but I found it in the poetry section. Are you familiar with it? 2w
Nute @Jee_HookedOnBookz Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Jee! How are you today? 2w
vivastory I've heard of it. It's been on my TBR for awhile. I've heard a lot of great things about Nelson. I'll be curious to see what you think of it. 2w
Nute @Ruthiella Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Ruth! I hope that you had a wonderful day! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Thanksgiving! 🍂 2w
Nute @erzascarletbookgasm Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Jessie! I hope that you had a wonderful day! 2w
Gissy I hope you had a great day🍂🍁🧡🤎🧡 2w
batsy Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🧡 2w
Nute @Gissy Happy Thanksgiving, Ms. Gisela! I hope that you had a wonderful day! 2w
Nute @batsy I‘m so happy that a day like yesterday reminds me to to say out loud words of thankfulness for friends and acquaintances.🧡 (edited) 2w
Gissy @Nute Yes, we did! Thank you🤗 2w
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The Good Immigrant | Nikesh Shukla
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#NewYearWhoDis - Match @kaysworld1 💕

We meet formally for the very first time, Ms. Kay!
I couldn‘t be more delighted at the prospect of our new friendship and getting to know you better through the selection of your literary favorites. I find this event thrilling! I immediately went to the bookstore the very next day after receiving your list.
I have ordered the two books shown above. It is how I shall begin us becoming better acquainted!🤗

Nute #NewYearWhoDis 2022
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monalyisha I love it! And I love the sweet intro, especially. Enjoy! 💓 2w
kaysworld1 I am so excited you picked two great books to start with Territory of light was Brilliant, The Good Immigrant has a few great selection of stories. 2w
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Harvest of Pumpkins and Squash | Lou Seibert Pappas
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#GratefulHarvest - Pumpkin:

Pumpkin spice! Pumpkin bread! Pumpkin soup! Pumpkin smoothies! Pumpkin Chai Tea! Pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin donuts! Pumpkin cupcakes! Pumpkin grits! Pumpkin Alfredo! Pumpkin patch! Pumpkin carving! Pumpkin art!
Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Love it!!!🎃🧡
Oh, except Pumpkin pie. I don‘t know why, but I really don‘t like Pumpkin pie.🥧

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JenReadsAlot Omg I am the same!! 2w
TheSpineView Don't forget pumpkin pancakes! Yum! 2w
Eggs 🎃🎃🎃🎃 I like pumpkin anything for breakfast 🧇 🥧 🥞 2w
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Liz_M I will eat all your pumpkin pie! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎃🎃🎃🎃 2w
Nute @JenReadsAlot Kindred spirits, Ms. Jen!💕 2w
Nute @TheSpineView Oh, my! How did I forget pumpkin pancakes! Yum!🥞 2w
Nute @Eggs Yes, Girl!💕 2w
Nute @Liz_M I just started liking Sweet Potatoe Pie a few years back so maybe Pumpkin Pie is on the horizon. Or maybe I haven‘t had the ‘right‘ Pumpkin Pie yet. I am willing to try it again!🎃 2w
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks All the hearts!🧡 2w
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A Dark and Stormy Murder | Julia Buckley
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#GratefulHarvest - Cozy: I didn‘t know about using the phrase “cozy” to describe this genre of books until a few years ago. After getting the lowdown, I thought that is a perfect descriptive term for these type of gentle murder mysteries filled with warm, likable amateur sleuths, small town or village settings and quirky characters.
I really enjoy the ones revolving around bookstores, book clubs, writing societies and tea societies.👇🏽

Nute And I am super attracted to their covers and fun titles!😀 2w
Eggs I agree-cozy is good on so many levels👍🏼🥰👏🏻 2w
Crazeedi Love the cover, and I'd live in that house in a heartbeat, my dream home 2w
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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#GratefulHarvest - Begins with N: Night
We all know this book. Many folks, like I, have read it more than once as a reminder, as a promise to never forget. To never close our eyes to the evil that men do. To deeply mine the crevices of our thoughts in search of the fears and painful realities that haunt us. To watch the idle hands of men for the prospect of unkindness and savage behaviour. We are either perpetrators or victims or witnesses.👇🏽

Nute We cannot afford to wonder at the silence of voices and the inactions of human folk that allow horrific atrocities to happen. All narratives must be heard. All voices must be raised to honor lives lost, lives altered, lives subjected to inhumanity and injustices. Action against repetitive inhumane conduct is mandated. We can be a better people.👇🏽 3w
Nute Elie Wiesel‘s memories of the horror and brutality of the Holocaust leave no room for criticism. It is simply the truth of ugliness. It is the documentation of a human experience that is beyond painful, beyond profound, beyond disturbing, beyond evil. It is unbearable to read, to pull inside. But…it happened thus it deserves every telling, every examination. Please read. (edited) 3w
TrishB It is very moving. And I totally agree, we can be better people. 3w
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 3w
vivastory Although I have read several books about WW2 & about the Holocaust, this is one of the gaps in my reading that I really do need to remedy soon. Update: Just purchased & plan on reading before the month is over. Thank you for posting about this! (edited) 3w
Trashcanman 🤗🤗 3w
carlthecattt Such a great book, we had to read it in high school and it was one that everybody enjoyed. 3w
Eggs Well stated @Nute 💔😢 2w
Nute @TrishB Yes, we can, my Friend!💕 2w
Nute @Cathythoughts Hello, Ms. Cathy!👋🏽 2w
Nute @vivastory Every story of the Holocaust is important, but I feel that I can say with a sense of urgency, ‘Don‘t miss this one!‘ I was happy to read the update to your post.🙂 I‘ll be checking you out, Scott, not so patiently waiting to read your review! 2w
Nute @Trashcanman Hi, George! How are you today? 2w
Nute @carlthecattt Agreed! An important book! I gained a broader and much deeper perspective of the horrors of the Holocaust. And the importance of never forgetting. Never! 2w
Nute @Eggs Thank you!💕 2w
vivastory I read it today. Such an immensely powerful work. I reviewed it on my feed. 2w
Nute @vivastory Oh, going there now. 2w
Trashcanman @Nute Hi Kimberley, I'm adjusting to new medicine and playing Uber driver to my wife and kids. There's no way I'm going into any stores today. I'm faking it well I think. How are you? 2w
Nute @Trashcanman I‘m doing well. I also elected to stay out of stores today so it has been a relatively relaxing time. I decided to do laundry instead of shopping. I‘m not sure if that‘s a winning situation, but at least it was quiet. You still had a hand in the mix, because the driving can be just as hectic as the shopping. My advice: Bypass parking and just drive around until they come out of the store.😅 Thankful for your friendship, George!🧡 2w
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#GratefulHarvest - Brown: This is one of my most favorite exclamations. I‘ve never linked my use of it to Charlie Brown, because these types of phrases flow like water in my family. Nicknames, terms of endearment and off-the-wall phrases abound. Some are so creatively (or preposterously) made up that you have to ask the Speaker what she/he is talking about.😵‍💫👇🏽

Nute Anyway, it doesn‘t take long for even the youngest ones of my family to start using these.
Still loving Charlie Brown after all these years!
marleed That‘s funny. We have expressions that are part of our family lexicon as well. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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Eggs My coworker also says Good Gravy! 3w
vivastory Good gravy is a fave saying of mine 3w
Leftcoastzen My grandma used to say “Bless us & save us.”😁 3w
DivineDiana I like your family! ❤️ 2w
Nute @marleed Oh, do share at least one of your family expressions, Ms. Marlee. I can‘t wait to see if we have it in common.💕 (edited) 2w
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks All those hearts right back at you, Misty!💕 2w
Nute @eggs Good Gravy is going down in the record books!😆 2w
Nute @vivastory How do you think Good Gravy came into use, Scott? I sure do like it as an expression of many feelings!😆 2w
Nute @Leftcoastzen Aww, that‘s a good one! Putting it to quick use, Ms. Linda.💕 From this house, “Well, bless my soul.” 2w
Nute @DivineDiana Thank you, Ms. Diana!💕 They are a lovable bunch of folks! 2w
marleed @Nute kid: watcha doin? My dad: Building a porta board for a footicrance. …Kid: Where you goin? My dad: To paddle a row boat across the straits of macanac. …picking up a child: woop-dee-do. …My dad on anything silly: oh for Crise‘ sack. …We all use these all the time. (edited) 2w
marleed One more… And anyone who knows me knows what this means (and they use it too) - Speaking of panty hose. It essentially translates to, Not to change the subject, but… 2w
Nute @marleed Oh, I am so going to borrow the phrase, “Speaking of panty hose” when I notice the conversation drifting off point. All of these expressions witty! Your father seems to possess a wonderful sense of humor. Thanks for sharing! 2w
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#GratefulHarvest - Tradition: I don‘t remember a New Year‘s Day when this didn‘t happen. My Dad cooking a big pot of Black-eyed Peas and Ham Hocks on New Year‘s Eve. My Mom standing at the ready with spoons in hand to deliver the hope of prosperity for the coming new year after you got the midnight smooches.💋 When I was grown enough to hang out for a party or two, I remember my phone ringing like crazy after midnight.👇🏽

Nute My girlfriends steadily asking, “Who‘s that blowing up your phone?” “Girl, that‘s just my Mom leaving message after message telling me not to eat anything until I come home and get a big heaping spoonful of Black-eyed Peas.” Or Mom shouting into the phone, “Did you eat some Black-eye Peas?” Oh, dear Lord!

Time slides by. Now I‘m the pot watcher and the keeper of the spoons. The tradition passes on!

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Megabooks We do this as well! 3w
BeaG My family as well. 3w
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eeclayton Here in Hungary, we eat lentils for the same reason. 3w
Lesliereads I keep this tradition, too! ♥️ 3w
Eggs My fam too P.S. there is no black eyed pea emoji 🧐 3w
Reggie This is lovely. Thanks for sharing. 3w
Amiable ❤️❤️ 3w
carlthecattt I‘ve never done this before, but it sounds like a great tradition! 3w
Nute @Megabooks I shall be thinking fondly of you after midnight on New Years‘s Eve, Ms. Meg!💕 2w
Nute @BeaG I shall be thinking fondly of you after midnight on New Years‘s Eve, Ms. Jocelyn!💕 2w
Nute @eeclayton Ooh, I love that you responded to this post with the cultural tradition of your country! Maybe I‘ll cook lentils on New Year‘s Eve this year and celebrate our friendship, Ms. Gabi!💕 2w
Nute @Lesliereads I‘ve missed you, my Friend! How have you been? I shall be thinking fondly of you after midnight on New Year‘s Eve, Ms. Leslie!💕 2w
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I knew that this would be a tradition of many families in Mississippi. I shall be thinking fondly of you after midnight on New Year‘s Eve, Ms. Misty!💕 2w
Nute @Eggs I am always in need of a new emoji!😆 I shall be thinking fondly of you after midnight on New Year‘s Eve, Ms. Sherri!💕 2w
Nute @Reggie Aww, thanks, Reggie!💕 Do you have any food traditions in your family? 2w
Nute @Amiable Hey, Ms. Amy!💕 How are you? 2w
Nute @carlthecattt Thanks, Ms. Takara!💕 What traditions does your family have at this time of the year? 2w
Amiable @Nute I‘m feeling wonderful! My Marine son is back from his deployment and home on his holiday leave! It‘s been a year since we‘ve seen him. (edited) 2w
Nute @amiable Oh, my! That is the BEST news! What a lovely gift to celebrate at Thanksgiving time…a wonderful homecoming. I‘m so happy for you.☺️ 2w
BeaG @Nute 😊 2w
carlthecattt @Nute we always give Christmas Eve pajamas, and last year we started a new Christmas Day tradition of ordering Chinese takeout for dinner. But for New Years we don‘t really do much, it‘s never been something we really celebrate. 2w
Nute @carlthecattt We do the Christmas Eve pajamas as well. You eat Chinese Food takeout on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? We look for any occasion to start a new thing.😆 It‘s fun to hear about the traditions that other families and cultures do. 2w
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The Body in the Library | Agatha Christie
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#GratefulHarvest - Orange: Everything is orange-hued in this photo. A very fall colour theme!
Oh, it‘s my annual Agatha Christie read. I think that I read this one already, but that‘s okay. She‘s worth a second go at it!

Andrew65 This is a favourite of mine. In fact rewrote this for an assignment at school when I was 15. 🤔🙄 Was told I was a budding Agatha Christie, little did the teacher know! 3w
Eggs Gorgeous 🧡🍊🤎 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🍂🤎 3w
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Nute @Andrew65 I love that memory, Andrew! According to the PBS Documentary on Agatha Christie, her interest in crime and mysteries was spurred by listening to her Mother and her Friends discussing the crime section of the newspaper. They would temper their discussions because of her presence in the room which is probably what gives her stories that cozy mystery feeling. 2w
Nute @eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks HUGS and KISSES, Ladies!!!💕 2w
Andrew65 @Nute Love that story, very illuminating! 2w
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🍁 Yes. We‘ve been going strong for a number of years. We have seen a dip in attendance over the last year since resorting to Virtual Zoom Meetings.

🍂 All literature is a good choice for Book Clubs.

🍁 I choose debate opportunities for reading selections. My last two recommendations have been for high debate purposes which seems to be off-putting for many members who have stated that the topics were too raw&brutal especially now.

ozma.of.oz Hmm. That is something to be aware of, like what kinds of topics may be too close to the surface at certain times. Thank you for sharing! 3w
Larkken I know what you mean about number 3. I find it easier / more interesting to read tough books with others, but my book club friends that don‘t read as much have mentioned how much they look forward to having something light to read when we pick something like that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Nute @ozma.of.oz I think that it is a wise consideration to be aware of how certain topics might adversely impact Bookclub Members, but to shy away from tough conversations regarding current affairs I think is something entirely different. My Bookclub has pretty much told me that the books I selected were too heavy&intense. We ‘somewhat‘ voted and decided that next year‘s selections are to be light and filled with gaiety. Cozy mysteries are also okay. (edited) 2w
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Nute @Larkken I agree with you. Certain books beg for discussion and it is far more interesting with large groups of people especially if there are opposing opinions. To shy away from tough conversations regarding current affairs I think defeats the purpose of raising awareness and deep thinking solutions. My Bookclub has pretty told me that the books I selected were too heavy and intense.👇🏽 2w
Nute @Larkken 👆🏽We ‘somewhat‘ voted and decided that next year‘s selections are to be light and filled with gaiety. Cozy mysteries are also okay. 2w
ozma.of.oz Oh absolutely! There‘s definitely a difference between books that poke at particular traumas and books that result in a necessary discomfort addressing difficult topics. 2w
Nute @ozma.of.oz We get each other!😃 2w
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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#AuthorAMonth - November - Carlos Ruiz Zafón:
I have read this book again and again on many occasions. I am not going to reread it right now. The recollection of it is strong. Its tender story, its lyrical structure, its dazzling prose, its fine beauty is unforgettable. The author reveals himself a poet. The reader is damn lucky. Every memory of reading this book is wondrous. A favorite book for which I will forever be grateful.

RIP C Ruiz Zafón.

Lesliereads I‘ve read The Prisoner of Heaven and The Labyrinth of the Spirits and so agree that Zafon was a poet!🧡 4w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve been meaning to read it for years ! Your description is inspiring! 4w
Amiable Such a good book! Great review. 4w
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Andrew65 A wonderful book! 3w
Nute @Lesliereads I knew that you would recognize the lyrical writing talent in his work. His books also benefit from the skills of the translator, Lucia Graves, who has strong ties to poetic writing. She has published Spanish-language editions of her father‘s work, the British poet Robert Graves. 2w
Nute @Leftcoastzen I feel that I could gush for days about this book. It will always have a special place in my heart. I know that sometimes a great admiration for a book is related to the reader‘s mind space at the time of reading. I can only hope that this book speaks to many hearts. 2w
Nute @Amiable Thank you, Ms. Amy! You and I keep discovering more things that we have in common!💕 2w
Nute @Andrew65 Thank you, Andrew! Sending HUGS today! How are you and your wife doing? 2w
Andrew65 @Nute COvID wise much better, I still get tired evenings and weekends but slowing improving. I had my booster jab so feeling pretty bad today shivery, headaches, tired but just the reaction to the jab. Hope you are well 😊 (edited) 2w
Andrew65 I pick up the third book in this series from the library later this week. 2w
Nute @Andrew65 Happy to hear that your health is improving. Always so grateful for folks in the education profession. I know that things are super tough right now. I hope that the Pandemic brings about change for many things and that the voices of those in the teaching and healthcare professions are heard loud and clear. 2w
Nute @Andrew65 I came across the paperback edition of The City of Mist last week. I didn‘t pick it up, but now I‘ve been longing for it. Might rectify that after work today.😆 2w
Andrew65 @Nute Unfortunately at the moment both those professions are being targeted negatively here as if the Pandemic is out thought, but thanks. Good luck with picking up The City of Mist. 2w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I had heard that there is a BIG twist at near-end of this book shortly after it‘s publication. There was a lot of buzz, so of course, when you know that something surprising or startling is coming up, you spend all of your time in Sherlock Holmes mode - trying to solve the mystery, trying to see around the corner from the straightaway, trying to deflate the jolting moment, well before it happens.👇🏽

Nute This story is pure psychological thriller. I was not here for literary enlightenment…just a thrill ride. It delivers on that premise…fast, tingly, magnetic with enough backdrop on the two protagonists to make the reader care about their outcome and some attention to the plight of mental health care and the consequence of adverse childhood experiences on later health status. I appreciated the raising of awareness.👇🏽 1mo
Nute Remember, not here for deep thinking. Okay with tropes. Okay with implausibility. Okay with the means justifying the end (Why did Kathy say “Yes?” IDK!🤷🏽‍♀️). Plot problems - bypass.😶 Sexism (drugged up silent “Siren” working some kind of magical seduction in the Psych Ward) - WTF….conclusion: BS!!!😐 But what this story did BEST was the Unexpected Thing!👇🏽 (edited) 1mo
eanderson 100% agree with your review! This book caught me off guard and it was awesome! 1mo
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cinda.marie Great review! Well-said and I completely agree! 1mo
Kdgordon88 What a compelling review.! It puts this book back on my radar. 1mo
Nute ***Sorry for the interruptions. Writing this while at work***

👆🏽I didn‘t see that Thing coming for miles around even with my Sherlock Holmes hat and pipe in place (Did you?). When it reveled itself, I was flabbergasted. I had to read those last few pages again and revisit previous chapters to hunt for clues.
Recommended just for that sheer craziness or brilliance!
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BeaG I absolutely loved this book. I couldn‘t start a new for days because I kept thinking about this one. 4w
Nute @eanderson Thank you, Ms. Elisabeth!💕 That Unexpected Thing should make the Best Twist List!😄 4w
Nute @cinda.marie Thank you, Ms. Cinda!💕 4w
Nute @Kdgordon88 Thank you, Ms. Debra!💕 I hear you…I‘m feeling like I should have this book a whole lot sooner just to be in the know of that twisty detail. Let me know what you think when you get around to this book.🙂 4w
Nute @BeaG It definitely begs some afterthought! 4w
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Always FUN, Ms. Lisa ( @TheSpineView )!💕

📖 Oh, yes! The list is so long. I would be so happy to wander the aisles of The Strand and Powell‘s Bookstore —> because of the buzz; Underground Books, Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Marcus Books —> in support of black-owned bookstores (Marcus Books is known to be the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the U.S., still kickin‘ it after 60+ years in business);👇🏽

Nute Northshire Bookstore —> because of Ann Kingman‘s love for this bookstore on the Books on the Nightstand Podcast; and also An Unlikely Story or Parnassus Books —> just to see what goes down in an Author-owned bookstore.

In all actuality, I would like to visit ALL the bookstores in every country all over the planet. Yeah, that would be pure joy!👇🏽
Nute 📖 Yes! I usually have a list of desired purchases when I visit a bookstore. I often leave without a single one of those listed books.🤦🏽‍♀️ 1mo
BookBosomed1 Thanks for the tag! I‘ve been to Powell‘s. It is magical. :) 1mo
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TheSpineView I know! So many bookstores! So many books! Would love to travel just to go to bookstores! Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! ❤📚❤ 1mo
Mynameisacolour Thanks for the tag! I'd love to go to both of the stores you mentioned. 1mo
Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! I‘ve been to Powell‘s once. It was a bit of a pilgrimage! 😅 1mo
Nute @BookBosomed1 💕 I hope that I get to Powell‘s one day! 4w
Nute @TheSpineView I‘m glad to know that if someone was to ask, “What‘s the main purpose for this vacation?” That both my friend, Lisa, and I would reply, “We braved the airports and travelled many miles to go to that bookstore!”😂 4w
Nute @Mynameisacolour 💕 What are your favorite bookstores close to where you live? 4w
Nute @Ruthiella 💕 I wish that we could visit the bookstores that you mentioned in your post together!🙂 4w
Ruthiella @Nute Totally! Would a Litsy organized “field trip” to all these bookstores be great? We can dream! 4w
Nute @Ruthiella That‘s a lovely dream!😊 4w
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Reposting for @Liz_M Thanks for the tag!💕

Ms. Liz has proposed a great idea to keep activities on Litsy easily assessable. Please add your thoughts and ideas to the mix.


Hashtag LitsyList

coffeewithbooks Sound like a great idea and will love to help if possible 1mo
Liz_M Thanks for reposting 😊 1mo
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Tera66 I can't figure out how to comment, I feel like I'm always am having to ask how things work😄 1mo
Nute @Tera66 Every question is a good question, Ms. Tera! You can connect inside Litsy by using the hashtag location ( #LitsyList ). And then you can read the thread from the first post and comment there.🙂 1mo
Tera66 @Nute Thank you, friend!😊 1mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Saturday morning. Book club reading. It doesn‘t feel like a hustle this time because this story pulls the reader along at rocket propulsion speed.🚀

IamIamIam 👏👏👏👏 1mo
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Thank you for the tags: @Andrew65 @TheSpineView @Enchanted_Bibliophile @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs @MoonWitch94 🥰

Thanks to each and every wonderful person on Litsy for being so warm, kind, generous and caring! It truly is a lovely community of folks!💕

Andrew65 This is lovely, and thanks for the tag @Nute 😍 1mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Love this one 😍 1mo
Bookwomble That post brought an unexpected smile to my face 😊 Thank you 💗 1mo
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TheSpineView Love this one!💕 1mo
leah152 Always love seeing this meme, but the artwork on this is lovely 😊 1mo
SamanthaMarie Lovely 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
Amiable Got a wonderful letter from you today, @Nute ! And the answer is yes! 🙂 1mo
Nute @Andrew65 You are a wonderful example of kindness and thoughtfulness, Andrew! So happy to know you!💕 1mo
Nute @Bookwomble You bring an amazing depth to Litsy, Michael. I enjoy reading your post and connecting to your thoughts on literature. So brilliant!💕 1mo
Nute @TheSpineView I can always count on being thought of by you, Ms. Lisa. I thank you for you awesome kindness!💕 1mo
Nute @leah152 Love the words, but just like you, Ms. Leah, I was definitely feeling the artwork.💕 1mo
Nute @SamanthaMarie Thank you!💕 1mo
Nute @Amiable Glad to know that it arrived. We‘re at the start of something. You‘re making me smile, Ms. Amy!😁 1mo
leah152 😊🌸🌳 1mo
Bookwomble @Nute 🙂💗 1mo
Andrew65 @Nute What a lovely thing to to say, thank you Nute 🥰 My life is so enriched for knowing you 😍 1mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh I love this! So true! Thank you! ❤️ 1mo
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Em: A Novel | Kim Thuy
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I came across a favorite author‘s book today in the bookstore. I always seem to find her books almost accidentally. While I‘m 💯 focused on a mad-hunt for something else, she finds me. We cross paths. Maybe serendipitously…I could call it that because I consider it a favorable encounter. You see, I took her to heart with the first book that I read by her many years ago.👇🏽

Nute I slid her underneath that favorite author cloak and added her books to a ‘special‘ shelf.
She snags my attention at these unexpected meetings. Her storytelling is an emotional drenching. She writes with pureness of heart. It‘s easy to tag along. I‘ll fall asleep with this one tonight. Or I‘ll stay up ‘til sunrise if we are still groovin‘ with each other.
Trashcanman 🤗❤️ 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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michellelav I'll have to check her out! Love finding new authors to read 😁 1mo
Nute @michellelav I hope that you find time to discover her writing. Please let me know if and when you read something by her so that we can chat.☺️ 2w
michellelav @Nute absolutely! It would probably be in the new year but I'll keep you in mind 😁 2w
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The Bookshop | Penelope Fitzgerald
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Undone by seasonal allergies. The day has had a horizontal viewpoint. I filled the between sneezes and itchy moments with this book. It‘s a slim novel telling a quiet story that felt right for a Sunday afternoon. Never once did I feel the urge to assume a vertical viewpoint until close to the end when I realized that sometimes unkind schemes result in a permanent alteration to sweet hopes and dreams, unlikeable people often remain unlikeable,👇🏽

Nute good folks and good intentions are easily pushed into obscurity by the trampling of the powerful and the privileges of money-class-caste…all of that shall surely define our ruin and vanquishing. Yet, still I was pulling for Florence…for goodness sake, she owns a bookstore. As readers we always pull for the keeper of books, right?👇🏽 (edited) 2mo
Nute I was pulling for her bookshop in a town where not many desired to read & few had leisure time past what is required to survive. How brave to introduce Lolita to that citizenry! I was hoping that there would be a miraculous shifting of power and voice. Maybe there was…Florence hopefully left an indelible impression on someone…reading can raise you up, literature can carry you far from where you physically are & give intelligence bumper points.👇🏽 (edited) 2mo
Nute Didn‘t do too much for putting despicable people in their place so unfortunately the story leaves you feeling a bit sad. Maybe that‘s the rub though, sometimes shifty folks get away with their shifty behaviours. I didn‘t mind this story for it‘s intended purposes. Always nice to read about a bookstore, even a short lived one so I still say Recommended. (edited) 2mo
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megnews Ugh. I feel your pain. I could scratch my eyeballs out right now. 2mo
Trashcanman 😘😘🤗👏 2mo
TrishB My brain deleted the f in shifty, I guess it still has the same meaning. 2mo
Nute @megnews My sister, commiseration always appreciated! Hang in there!🙂 2mo
Nute @Trashcanman Hugs to you today, George!💕 2mo
Nute @TrishB So funny, Ms. Trish, because I definitely had the other word which more accurately describes Mrs. Gamart in the original post.🥴 Milo remains just plain shifty.😒 2mo
Chrissyreadit Hope allergies clear up 🧡 2mo
TiredLibrarian The allergies & sinus problems have been off the charts lately. Hope you feel better! 👃🏻❤ 2mo
Nute @chrissy @TiredLibrarian Thank you for the well-wishes. Every year right about this time, I think that I am going to squeak by untouched by this discomfort because cool weather has arrived. Pollen (and other such stuff) counts are decreasing. Yet, late seasonal allergies get delivered to me like a Farewell-to-Summer Gift!😵‍💫 To whom do I complain to let know that this present is not desired!😆 2mo
kspenmoll I so get it; my allergies are awful too! Great review- 2mo
Sungirl79 My allergies have been horrible too!!😩 2mo
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The Ruins | Scott Smith
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I hope that this book is not going to creep me out. I‘m starting to get vibes similar to The Troop and I didn‘t enjoy that grossly disgusting story at all.😳

Reggie It does get pretty gross but the characterization is top notch. Try and stick with it. 2mo
Nute @reggie I don‘t know, Reggie, my stomach is already starting to feel that pre-queasy sensation.🤢 2mo
bookaholic1 This book is so good, I liked it cause it's a different kind of read 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Pulled along by tiny dreadful images. Sucked into an uncomfortable wonder at the possibility of a horrific underlying truth. Dragged into a relentless and unblinking telling of a history…somewhat imagined and yet somehow wholly the truth. Thrown down the rabbit hole in search of facts. Another swig from the well of bitter waters. Another shadow in the mirror reflecting a venomous darkness.👇🏽

Nute Another voice filled with cries of injustices that humans inflict on one another. I tried to feel better at the end, but even that ‘revelation‘ wasn‘t enough to make the taste of it, the feel of it, the sight of it tolerable. The stories that take up residence within us, that we must one day tell all of our children shed tears enough to drown the whole planet. I would read it again if I thought that I could once again bear it to the end. (edited) 2mo
CallMeIshmael This book shook me 2mo
Brooke_H Whitehead is so fantastic at what he does 2mo
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Nute @CallMeIshmael It did the same thing to me. It wrung out all of my emotions. I won‘t forget it! 2mo
Nute @Brooke_H Agreed! He is a talented writer. Did you read this book? 2mo
Brooke_H @Nute Yes, I just finished it a couple of weeks ago. Remarkable. 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Reading for Book Club. I‘m always caught up in a less than 24-hour countdown every single month for book club. No matter how hard I try, no matter how determined I am to start the next book right after the conclusion of the last book, it never happens. It‘s a mad hustle in the end. &This month I think that I am the moderator.😳
Today…nothing, but reading! Too bad that I was up late last night watching scary movies & I‘m actually really sleepy!🥱😴

DivineDiana I understand completely! I have faith in you! 👍🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
Nute @DivineDiana Thank you, Ms. Diana! I finished it today, no doubt, in part to your encouragement.🙂 2mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👍🏻 2mo
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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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#FallTreasures - A Gifted Book: Occasionally someone gives you a book for no reason at all. You are surprised because that person is not a reader and, yet, somehow they managed to pick out a really good book. I had kind of given up on Oprah‘s Book Club by the time that this book was published and then released in paperback because Oprah was always recommending sorrow-filled broke-down stories filled with sad and stuck people.👇🏽

Nute I read it anyway because the gift-giver was my Mother. My Mother who doesn‘t hang out in bookstores or libraries. My Mother who hasn‘t picked up a book for pleasurable reading in years. My mother who likes to ask 20 Questions about my reading habits. I was so astonished that there was nothing else to do but start reading it on the spot. I‘m glad that I did because this book is actually quite brilliant, sad&heartbreaking, but brilliant nonetheless! (edited) 2mo
Suet624 Love this post. Thank you for sharing. 2mo
Ruthiella Yes, I often avoided Oprah recommendations because of her predilection for brutally tragic books. But I loved this one too. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen One of my favorite people has recommended it to me several times. Need to get to it. 2mo
Tamra I loved the experience of this book! 2mo
Eggs Great review and story❤️👏🏻❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts ❤️💔the characters! 2mo
andrew61 A great story, thanks for sharing. One of my favourite books. 2mo
Nute @Suet624 Thank you, Ms. Sue!💕 2mo
Nute @Ruthiella “Brutally tragic books” - a very fitting description. I have been reading some of her recent selections…she seems to have lighten the preference definition for book choices. Whew!😥 2mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen It‘s an excellent story! Let me know how you get on.🙂 2mo
Nute @Tamra Agreed! It left a mark! 2mo
Nute Thanks, Sherri! The prompts were so much fun for September. I wish that I could have completed them all!💕 @Eggs and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2mo
Nute @Cathythoughts The journeys we take as readers… Walking a mile in another person‘s shoes is definitely an eye opening and possibly very sad moment. 2mo
Nute @andrew61 I almost missed out on this story, Andrew! Glad my Mom was looking out that day. Now you and I share a favorite book!😃 2mo
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Found Money | James Grippando
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#FallTreasures - Two Word Title: Who doesn‘t want a single mother or a small-town doctor to come into some money? I was all about rooting for the loot becoming theirs permanently after the scoundrels were out of the picture.
Yes, I know that at some point as an adult, I need to think about the possibility of a criminal element, but let‘s be real, a secret stash FOUND in the attic, an anonymous deposit in my bank account,👇🏽

Nute Come On Now…Show Me the Money!!!💰

Yes, there could have been a more somber approach. Is FOUND money the finder‘s money? Is any alteration to character acceptable in protection of the money? Let‘s not go there! This story was fun. That‘s enough! A reader can breeze through books like this. Ultimate escapism! In the end, in mass market genre production, we just want to be told a satisfying story that concludes with good coming out on top!
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome review!! 2mo
Nute Thanks, Misty! The prompts were so much fun for September. I wish that I could have completed them all!💕 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @Eggs 2mo
Eggs Well done 🖤💰 💙 2mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#FallTreasures - Banned Book: I wonder what words I would say in a letter to my son on living in America today. On becoming a young black man in America today. On chasing after education, dreams & prosperity in America today. On hoping for a good job, healthcare and home ownership in America today. On how to handle a possible encounter with law enforcement officers in America today. On desiring fair opportunity and happiness in America today.👇🏽

Nute On a Mother‘s prayer that racism is not encountered with every step outside his home in America today. On assessing the feeling that he is being judged by the brown hue of his skin instead of the outstanding content of his character in America today.👇🏽
Nute What if this simple heartfelt letter to my son somehow found its way into public scrutiny and some entity decided that these words of truth and pain and honesty and fear are in opposition to EVERY person‘s reality in America today? That the continued articulation on distorted illusions of character and the perpetuation of a maligned history is what actually gets in the way of fair treatment in America today.👇🏽 2mo
Nute That this mother‘s voice on what it feels like to be black in America today should not be heard outside her home. It should not be a shared experience with our non-black brothers and sisters or our black brothers and sisters who feel that things are going along swimmingly with much progress since MLK days.👇🏽 2mo
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Nute That these folks who read it, hear it, feel it, might begin to relate to it as insight, raised awareness, learning, understanding and then choose to react to it with a demand for change, growth and betterment. Literature has the opportunity to put every person‘s truth out there in hopes of exposure, recognition, critical examination in place of indoctrination and human decency.👇🏽 (edited) 2mo
Nute This book by Ta-Nehisi Coates was recently banned. He was informed on a morning news show today in America.

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Leftcoastzen Great post ! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Scochrane26 I loved this book! It really set me on a journey to learn more. 2mo
Reggie Great post, Kimberly. I‘ll never forget the range of emotions he goes through when that woman pushes his son out of the way and how he knows he can‘t react because of how the color of his skin is perceived and how he could actually be placing his son in more danger. And how he wants to apologize to his son for forgetting that. So upsetting. 2mo
SantieWantie Great post! I was so emotional after reading this book and the words of Tupac Shakur kept on repeating themselves in my head : ‘Please explain why they can‘t stand us‘. There was nothing else to do but go back and start reading the book again when I was through the first time. Very good book, very good writing. I love Ta Nahesi Coates, he‘s a gifted writer 2mo
kspenmoll Love your post. And this book. Banning it is obscene. 2mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen Thank you,Ms. Linda!💕 2mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Many hearts right back at you,Misty!🙂 2mo
Nute @Scochrane26 That‘s probably one of its primary goals, Ms. Shannon…to get and keep all of us thinking! 2mo
Nute @Reggie Thank you, Reggie!💕 I think that the title of the book gives the full gamut of exactly what you are saying, Reggie. What are the things that create a barrier between us and the world? What keeps us from the possibility of ourselves? What reduces us to inaction? What fears come alive beyond the comfort of home. Are the fears so great that we are then incapacitated? As you said, my Friend, “upsetting.” 2mo
Nute @SantieWantie Thank you, Santie!💕A powerful and sad question for any one to have to ask. It breaks my heart. 2mo
Nute @kspenmoll Thank you, Ms. Katherine!💕 Agreed! Let the reader decide. 2mo
Malthe Hello nute 2mo
Nute @malthe Good Morning, Malthe! How are you?🙂 2mo
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#FallTreasures - Slow Burn: I feel that this is considered a slow moving story by many. Readers seems to have a polarized opinion of its merit. It‘s love or hate with no middle ground. I thought that it was captivating not in a thriller sense which is maybe what most folks are seeking being that it is supposedly a vampire story. Its hypnotic trance is in the writing. It is lush and brooding.👇🏽

Nute Filled with rich descriptive wording and long winding passages. It is abundant in that way and probably rendered unappealing to some folks. But recall from the title it is a story of the researcher. A person on a trek of discovering and confirming information. By natural tendency it holds the expectation of being convoluted and meandering. It is her family‘s history and how it intertwines with that of Vlad the Impaler.👇🏽 2mo
Nute There were many chilling parts. Does it amount to a scary book? I don‘t think so. I like the phrases that someone used, “intellectual suspense” and “casually erudite” and “a compelling inversion of literature and history.” Yeah, that‘s more the ticket.

Always a favorite book.
Highly recommended!
TrishB What a wonderful review ❤️ I loved this book. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen I started it ,I need to try again. I was enjoying it have the feeling it was more timing issue . Love your review! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks As always your words beautiful ❤️ 2mo
Trashcanman ❤️❤️‍🩹 2mo
Jobridge I love this book so much. I read it around the time I did a stage production of Dracula and it was fantastic. 2mo
Eggs Gorgeous photo capture ❤️🖤❤️🖤 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl My copy is waiting patiently for me to finally get to it. 2mo
Crewgurl Love this one!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Nute @TrishB Thank you, Trish!💕Wonderful book! 2mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen Thank you, Ms. Linda!💕 I hope that you do try again. I really enjoyed it. I think that it makes a difference not to be expecting a scary vampire story, but instead an exploration a family history involving a ‘vampire.‘ 2mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you, Misty! 2mo
Nute @Trashcanman Hi George! Sending {{{HUGS}}}💕 2mo
Nute @Jobridge Wow! Very cool timing! Did reading this book at the same time as your stage production performance give more depth to character portrayal? 2mo
Nute @Eggs Thanks, Sherri!💕 2mo
Jobridge @Nute Yes it very much was great for the vibe of the play. My director recommended it and I just loved it. 2mo
Nute @Jobridge Way cool!!! 2mo
Nute @CoverToCoverGirl Hopefully soon, Ms. CJ!🙂 2mo
Nute @Crewgurl Such a good book!🙂 2mo
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Rich Boy | Sharon Pomerantz
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#FallTreasures- Over 500 Pages: It was the shoes. The ones shown on the book cover. That was the reason why I purchased this book. Shiny patent leather shoes like my Dad use to wear when really dressing up. Black. Amazingly glossy. Reflective. My Dad use to show me how a drop of water could glide across the surface never finding a place to puddle. I didn‘t read the blurb. I didn‘t consider the 504 pages. Just the thought of Dad & his shoes again.

BookNAround Such a cool memory! 2mo
Leftcoastzen That is a cool memory.interconnected random things fascinate me. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I bought this book based on the cover alone too. Still haven‘t read it but what else is new. ☺️ 2mo
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Amiable That‘s lovely! 2mo
TrishB Fab memory ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts I love this post … great shoes ❤️, great memories ❤️ 2mo
TNbookworm Love this post❤ 2mo
Eggs Oh how sweet this memory is ... this would be my brother with his black glossy spit-shined shoes 🥰👌🏼🤗 R.I.P. (edited) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen Me too! The more random, the more fascinating!😃 2mo
Nute @MicheleinPhilly So many books that we just gotta have,and, yet, we don‘t have time to read.🥴 2mo
Nute @Amiable Thank you, Ms. Amy!💕 2mo
Nute @TrishB @Cathythoughts I can‘t believe that it was a forgotten memory until searching for a book for that particular prompt. 2mo
Nute @TNbookworm Thank you, Ms. Reba!💕 2mo
Nute @Eggs Your brother was the same way! It‘s good that we remember with fondness and love, Sherri!💕 2mo
Eggs @Nute 🥰😓 2mo
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Love Poems | Pablo Neruda
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#FallTreasures - Pocket Book: His is a poetry of yearning and deep longing not for love or love‘s sake, but for the Lover. For the passion ignited as one soul burns for another. The one that is breath and sunlight, water and air, food and sustenance. His words map the journey of the heart in Eros. It is sensual and pure and beautiful!👇🏽

Nute He is a poet that I would invite to the Come Back Table for a night of conversing over food and drink if there was such a possibility.
And if he should happen to read his poetry to me… *blush***swoon*
Eggs Beautiful photo 💙💙💙 2mo
CBee @Nute I got your wonderful letter. I apologize as I‘m still struggling with hand issues which makes it difficult to write for longer periods of time 😕 2mo
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Nute @Eggs 💕 2mo
Nute @CBee Always praying for a healing for you, Cydney. No worries about timely correspondence. We‘ll pick up where we left off one day in the future when you are able to with comfort.☺️ (edited) 2mo
CBee @Nute thank you ♥️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 2mo
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#FallTreasures - Face On Cover: Some voids are never filled! This book is still on the coffee table. A legacy remembered!

Eggs Great photo and book choice 👏🏻📖❤️ 3mo
Nute @Eggs Thanks, Sherri!💕 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have the celebration of his life still recorded and I still can‘t watch it… just hurts my heart 💔💔💔😓😓😓 (edited) 2mo
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BeaG I love this book. I have a hardcopy. 2mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Some folks‘ lives though they are strangers or only known to us through celebrity/fame touch us so deeply that we are greatly impacted by their death especially if it is an untimely loss of life. I definitely understand why you can‘t view Kobe‘s Celebration of Life right now. One day though…when our heart mend a little bit more.❤️‍🩹 2mo
Nute @BeaG It‘s a wonderful tribute to Kobe‘s basketball career.🙂 2mo
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#FallTreasures - Lesser Known Book: It‘s probably not memorable to most of its readers. It happens in hushed tones. When I read this I was in a subdued mood so this type of story worked for me. A girl going blind, an aristocratic fiancé (then husband) absorbed in business endeavors, a peculiar and far more interesting childhood friend now inventor. A story of vision I suppose…what one is capable of seeing as the world dims and then goes dark.??

Nute Clearly Turri served as a guide into imagination by invention of the typewriter and then imagination was conducive to sight unhindered, uncontainable and untethered. It‘s kind of a similar experience we have as readers. We read words and then our minds are flooded with sights and sounds and colors. And sometimes even tastes and smells. We travel the pathways of our imaginations lit up through our senses. Feeling more this and seeing more that.👇🏽 (edited) 3mo
Nute The Contessa gained an inner effervescence as the world‘s light extinguished. It must have been sad in some places. I don‘t really remember, but that probably registered back then. I do remember thinking that it was beautiful. Recommended! 3mo
Palimpsest Great review! 3mo
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Eggs Great choice/review👌🏼📚👏🏻 3mo
BeaG Sounds interesting. 3mo
shawnmooney This sounds like it might be a “Shawn book“ - I'm intrigued! Might I DM you to invite you to have a 10-minute Zoom chat about this novel? It‘s for a new series, Bite-sized Book Chats, on my BookTube channel. You can check out the first few episodes here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. I‘d be delighted if you‘d consider being a guest. Several Litsy folks have been on already. 2mo
Nute @Palimpsest Thank you, Ms. Karie!💕 2mo
Nute @Eggs Thank you, Ms. Sherri!💕 2mo
Nute @BeaG I liked it! I‘m okay with a quiet story. Let me know if you read it.🙂 2mo
Nute @shawnmooney OMG, Shawn!!! I didn‘t know that you are a ‘BookTuber.‘ I love BookTube and like to show support. I will subscribe immediately.🙂 2mo
Nute @shawnmooney Oh, the book is quite lovely. Not eventful, but beautiful. I love a story like this that moves in a quiet way. I hope that you do give it a go, and I hope that it qualifies as a “Shawn book.”🙂 2mo
Nute @shawnmooney YOU INVITED ME TO BE A GUEST ON YOUR BOOKTUBE CHANNEL!!! Oh my! Thank you! I am quite the introvert and very shy. I would have to muster an extraordinary amount of courage to do this. I will hit up the link and listen to you and my fellow Littens and then get back with you. Is that okay? I am tickled pink over just the invite though.😁 Thanks again!💕 2mo
shawnmooney @Nute Ha ha. Well I‘d love to have you as a guest – please think about it and you might be able to tell from watching some of the videos that it‘s not all that scary at all. Perhaps @TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @merelybookish or @Centique might be able to allay some of your worries about this — they have all appeared and I don‘t think any of them found the experience too scary! :-) 2mo
Centique @Nute @shawnmooney oh yes! I get pretty nervous too and Shawn made me feel so calm. We talked a bit first and he told me he can edit anything out, like if I needed to pause and have a think or look something up. I find that when you‘re able to look at the other persons face while you‘re talking, you can just talk to THEM and forget that anyone else might see it. Anyway no pressure, because i do get that it can be difficult 💕💕 2mo
BeaG @Nute I will let you know. I just finished When Breath Becomes Air. 2mo
Nute @BeaG Hmm…how many boxes of Kleenex did you go through? That book wrecked me!😭 2mo
TrishB @Nute @shawnmooney Shawn is an expert 😁 it basically feels like you‘re just having a chat with him about a book. 2mo
BeaG @nute I didn‘t cry. LOL It was heavy though. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LOVED this book. I even fan-emailed the author like some kind of star-struck adolescent. 2mo
shawnmooney I don‘t know if my Litsy besties have sold you but I would sure love to have a Zoom chat with you. Please let me know if you have any questions. Eager to have you take part! (But, of course, no pressure.) 2mo
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#Two4Tuesday - Does the title of a book influence your decision to read or purchase it?
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView @DarkMina and @kspenmoll 💕

I‘m often moved by the mere title of a book. Sometimes the title reads like a first line of poetry. It is immediately heartbreaking or joyful or possesses a hip vibe. I‘m hypnotized and pulled into the story before I even open the book to commence reading.👇🏽

Nute I already want to go the distance trusting the author to deliver on the words (the seeming message) laid bare across the cover of the book… ever hopeful with unquestioning wide eyed curiosity that the author intends to take me on a magnificent journey.

Examples of lovely titles:
- When the Moon Is Low
- We Begin at the End
- Tonight No Poetry Will Serve
- All Creatures Great and Small
- Speak, Silence
- In Every Mirror She‘s Black

Nute - ‘Til the Well Runs Dry
- The Lonely Londoners
- The Prince of Mournful Thoughts
- Landscape in Sunlight
- The Well of Loneliness
- A Place to Hang the Moon
- Build Your House Around My Body
- The Hidden Light of Objects
- But Some of Us Are Brave
- Where Angels Fear to Tread
TheSpineView Those are great titles! Thanks for playing! 🤩📚 3mo
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SantieWantie Now that I think about it, this has happened to me, yes. Examples of titles that have moved me are : Their Eyes Were Watching God, Veronica Decides to Die, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, When Breath Becomes Air, Go Set a Watchman. Do you get excited when the book title is mentioned in the book? 3mo
Nute @SantieWantie I‘m so flummoxed that I failed to mention Their Eyes Were Watching God, When Breath Becomes Air and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Such lovely book titles! 3mo
Nute @SantieWantie Oh, yes, I have enjoyed coming across the book title neatly tucked into folds of the story. It‘s funny what a reader will delight in!😆 3mo
Nute @SantieWantie How have you been? 3mo
DarkMina @Nute You‘re welcome! 3mo
BeaG Titles and book covers get me. 3mo
TheBookHippie I hope you got my letter! 3mo
Nute @BeaG Yes! So many ways to pull us into the story. 2mo
Nute @TheBookHippie Yes, received and answered. It was lovely to hear from you, Christine.💕 2mo
TheBookHippie @Nute ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Because I woke up early and watched BookTube.

Only on page one and I‘m already mad, upset, angry and disgusted by circumstances.

This already feels necessary.

Kdgordon88 You got my attention! Looking forward to your review. 3mo
Trashcanman Hi Kimberley, I hope you are well ❤️‍🩹 3mo
Nute @Kdgordon88 This is so immediate, I might have something to say by the end of the day.😳 3mo
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Nute @Trashcanman George! I miss you, Friend!!! I am well. How are you? 3mo
EvieBee Yes! I checked this out from the library. 💕 3mo
Trashcanman @Nute I'm glad you are well. I'm the same, taking it day by day. Someday are worse than others. All I want to do is sleep. 3mo
Nute @EvieBee Keep me posted as you get on. 3mo
Nute @Trashcanman Taking things day by day is a good way to measure out balance. 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView 💕
And thanks to other Littens ( @Eggs @Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DarkMina @EadieB ) who have tagged in the past. I am always tickled pink!💓

Tag: @BeaG @Tera66
To play post a positive quote and tag a fellow Litten.

Andrew65 A great quote 😊 3mo
EadieB Nice! Thanks for the tag! 3mo
NikkiM5 ❤️ beautiful quote ❤️ 3mo
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TheSpineView 😘🥰😊 3mo
Eggs Thanks for tagging me 💜💗💜!! 3mo
EvieBee Yaaas! 💕💕 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 3mo
Mavey Beautiful!!💝💖 3mo
Nute For my friend, George ( @Trashcanman ), we need YOU in the mix!💝 I hope that you are doing well! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just found your letter with my response in my bag!! 😫😫😫 3mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s all good, Misty! This is how cool and funny things can be between friends!😂🤪😜 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Nute thank you! Your writing is just so beautiful! The penmanship and the words! I feel like I‘m reading a poem! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Poetry feels like a lifeline of sorts as my attention span for reading has faltered this past year and it has become a challenge to finish any book despite its initial appeal. It was concerning at first to fail so miserably at all attempts to read just one book to the last page. Then poetry happened or re-happened or somehow felt more vital. Short distillations. Pretty words. Desperate truths. Impactful & powerful, but most importantly brief…👇🏽

Nute concise and fleeting things…doable reading. It felt like a homecoming. I find myself increasingly ever more grateful for poets and their lyrical admissions that I can drift in and out of in small passages of time which baffling still feels like the utmost of my ability these days, but it is something representative of a long lasting love affair with the written word.

This quote from Carl Sandburg sums this gravitational force.

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MaureenMc Beautiful 💗 4mo
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TiredLibrarian Well said. I always liked this quote from William Carlos Williams: It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. 4mo
jmofo I feel this. Thank you for saying it so well. I‘m glad poetry is connecting for you, there is so much to be found in poetry. 💜 4mo
Reggie This post is beautiful and yes to not being able to concentrate this year. Novellas and short stories have really saved me this year. Beautiful post. 4mo
Nute @MaureenMc Thank you, Ms Maureen!💕 4mo
Nute @TiredLibrarian Thank you, Friend! I like the quote that you shared. I find a wise truth contained there. Poetry is a gift to humankind with its insights and observations of the human experience. 4mo
Nute @jmofo Thank you, Jessie! There has always been a connection to poetry for me, but now it feels like an urgent affinity…the light at the end of the tunnel kind of thing. Do you enjoy reading poetry? 4mo
Nute @Reggie Thank you, Reggie! I should try novellas. I bet those books would work well also. Do you have some specific recommendations? 4mo
jmofo @Nute I do love reading poetry! I‘m very inconsistent about it though. I like to try to write it as well, when I need to express something that is difficult to translate into prose. Do you have favorites? I‘m always looking for new poems to fall in love with. 4mo
merelybookish I became a true poetry lover for all the reasons you describe when my kids were little while I was also teaching and working on a degree . One poem can pack a lot of punch and could satisfy many of my reading needs ( beautiful language, ideas, other viewpoints, etc.) 4mo
Nute @jmofo I stay pretty true to poetry with regular readings. But for the past year it has been fervent. It has felt like it is everything or the only thing that allows a tangible grasp. Aah, you are a writer!🤗 If you ever want to share your poetry and prose, I would like to read it. I have many favorite poems. Many favorite poets. I have taken a shine to new poets and contemporary poetry lately…most of it is from desperate places or 👇🏽 4mo
Nute @jmofo or cries out against injustices or pleas for understanding. Do you like that kind of thing? 4mo
Nute @merelybookish Yes! I wholeheartedly agree! Poetry fulfills many literary desires in the face of other time-consuming demands and distractions. Thank goodness, as readers, we have reading options!🙂 4mo
jmofo @Nute It is amazingly kind and generous to offer to read my writing! (My writing is not very noble or impassioned, it is a method for me to process so I‘d be willing to share but there‘s no pressure.) I am interested in hearing more about the poets who have been moving you lately. One of my all time favorites (and heroine) is Audre Lorde, although I have not read as much of her poetry. 3mo
Mavey So beautifully and astutely put! As Leoanrd Cohen said, Poetry is the evidence of life!🥰💝 I highly recommend Chris Ferreiras on IG and his book, The Sun Underground and All The Colours In Between if you want to explore beautifully simplistic, impactful contemporary poetry!🤗💕 3mo
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#AuthorAMonth - August - Amy Tan: Two of my favorite stories are credited to this author. After reading The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter‘s Daughter, I thought that I would be a voracious reader of her books, but to this day those two remain the only books of hers that I have read. So it‘s good to participate in the Author-A-Month Book Group for this month. Hopefully, I can add one or two more to the “have read” list starting with this book.

vlwelser Amy Tan calls this one her favorite in her first memoir. Enjoy! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I have still never read Amy Tan. 😬 I own a couple but have never picked them up. Must rectify. 4mo
Nute @vlwelser Oh, that makes me very excited to read this!🤗 4mo
Nute @MicheleinPhilly I wish that I was reading The Bonesetter‘s Daughter for the very first time. I enjoyed that story immensely. Let me know how you get on with her books.🙂 4mo
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An evening out with friends. It will be fun, but this book is smuggled in my purse just in case the night gets away from us as nights sometimes can. Just in case I prefer a quiet corner or a lighted rooftop patio seat under the stars.✨
Just me and a few poets. Right on! Right on!

AJBowers It's lovely! 4mo
Soubhiville Perfect book purse! I love it 🥰 4mo
Amiable Love your purse! 4mo
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Andrea313 Gorgeous photo, gorgeous purse, and YES to always carrying a book. You just never know! ❤️📚 4mo
Tamra Always have a backup! 🙂 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 💛📚 4mo
kspenmoll Love all of this! Photo, purse, book- always a book! 4mo
rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this photo! 4mo
Texreader I hope it went well this evening! I got your letter!! Thanks so much! Made me smile on a crazy busy day. 4mo
Cathythoughts Just you and a few poets … ❤️ 4mo
Nute @AJBowers Thank you, Ms. Ashley!💕 (edited) 4mo
Nute @Soubhiville @Amiable I almost hesitated to buy it. I was looking for something much bigger, but it has turned out to be the perfect little purse!☺️ 4mo
Nute @Andrea313 @kspenmoll Thank you! You are quite right…we never know when a book might be needed!☺️ 4mo
Nute @Tamra Things go a lot smoother when there is a backup plan.😆 4mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks, Misty! Sending hugs!💕 4mo
Nute @rubyslippersreads Thank you, Ms. Ruby!💕 4mo
Nute @Texreader It was a nice evening, Karen. It always is with friends. Sometimes I just prefer a quieter venue. So happy that the letter arrived. Sending hugs!💕 4mo
Nute @Cathythoughts Aww! Litsy is such a comforting place. Thank you, Ms. Cathy, for your warmth!😊 4mo
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I could never pick a favorite out of these bookmarks. I like each of them so much. Handcrafted gifts get me every time. I attach a lot of sentimentality to them so I thank you, Ms. Malina ( @aperfectmjk ), for thinking of me with such kindness.💕

aperfectmjk Yayyyyyyyy! I'm so glad they arrived and I'm so glad you enjoy them! 🥰 4mo
Nute @aperfectmjk I love the watercolor painted ones. They are so pretty. I can‘t wait to use them! 4mo
aperfectmjk @Nute confession... I bought the same ones for myself! 🤭 4mo
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Nute @aperfectmjk Right on! I would have done the same thing.😄 4mo
Amiable Those are so gorgeous! 4mo
SantieWantie So pretty! I especially love the one with the quote that says ‘everything in the universe is within you‘ 4mo
Nute @Amiable Agree!🙂 4mo
Nute @SantieWantie That is a cool quote! Hoping that you are well, Santie!🙂 4mo
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Dead Poets Society | N. H. Kleinbaum
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📖 I choose Dead Poets Society again and again and again for a prompt such as this! Poetry, classic literature, and an inspiring teacher of young minds. And the empowering advice to Seize the Day! The BEST!

🎥 So many books. It‘s usually sci-fi fantasy that I would like to see realized. I‘ll go with N. K. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth Trilogy starting with The Fifth Season, but on the small screen as a multi-episode series on Netflix.

TheBookHippie My letter to you went out this morning in the mailbox! 4mo
Nute @TheBookHippie Yay! I will try to be patient, but expected letters bring great anticipation!🤗 4mo
TheSpineView Totally agree with you on both answers! Great minds! 😁 Thanks for playing! 4mo
Cathythoughts Dead Poets Society ❤️ 4mo
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This was such a nice surprise, Ms. Christina! I like it! The color yellow speaks to my heart!🌻💛 Thank for hosting the bookmark swap. Always so much fun!🤗

MidnightBookGirl That\'s gorgeous!
Nute @MidnightBookGirl Agree!🙂 4mo
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Yay! Some bookmarks are on the way to you @aperfectmjk today!😃

aperfectmjk Yay! Thank you @Nute 🥰 4mo
Nute @aperfectmjk Definitely happy and excited to do this!💕 4mo
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Look what I found (see my last post)! I was determined to find this book on my bookshelves after watching the tv adaptation. Looking behind & under books. I knew that I had one copy. I had forgotten that I have two copies, but now I recall the bewildering fact that I liked the tv tie-in edition as much as the original paperback edition. So I kept it when I brought it home even when realizing that I already owned it. I am so eager to read this now!

Amiable I was reading this book when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I loved the way the author‘s name looked in print on the cover. So we ended up naming our son Caleb. A few years ago I gave him the book for his birthday and told him the story about how he got his name. He called me up later and said, “you named me after a book about a serial killer??” I said yeah, but it‘s a really good book! 😀 (edited) 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Amiable 😂😂 That‘s the best! @Nute I loved this book! 4mo
AmyG @Amiable Ha! @Nute I loved this book, too…and the TV series. 4mo
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Nute @Amiable So funny! lmbo 4mo
Centique I‘m so glad you found a copy! @Amiable that‘s a brilliant story 😂😂 4mo
Nute @MicheleinPhilly I‘m already sucked in and completely committed…all of that in less than ten pages. 4mo
Nute @AmyG The adaptation for television was brilliant. When I finish reading this book, I plan to watch the entire first season over again.🙂 4mo
Nute @Centique 💕 4mo
Tera66 Yay! Glad you found it! 4mo
Nute @Tera66 The hunt was intense. There has been very little sleep in my house these last few evenings. I‘m glad there was good news in the end.🙂 4mo
Ruthiella You found not only one but TWO copies! 🤩👏👏👏 4mo
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There is no excuse. I couldn‘t locate the book on my shelves. It‘s been an incredibly long time since I purchased it. I thought that I might get some motivation to really look for it by taking just a little peep at the tv adaptation. It was so good. I couldn‘t help myself. I watched the WHOLE thing! Well-acted! Superbly eerie! Wonderfully mysterious!

Now, I‘ll be up all night looking for the book!👀

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julesG The show is very good. The books are, too. Good luck finding your copy. 4mo
Centique I loved this series too! I read the books years ago and loved them at the time so I hope you find yours 🤞 4mo
Tera66 I try not to watch the adaptation first too, but with this one I couldn't wait. I'm hoping with distance I'll enjoy the books too. 4mo
Nute @julesG @Centique @Tera66 I‘ve had this series (both 1st and 2nd season) recorded on my DVR since they came out. I think that might be more than three years for season one. It was on hold until I caught up with the books. That goal is taking a long time so I decided to get a feel for the show. It was sooo good. I watched all of season one, but went back to the original goal as far as season two is concerned. I‘m going to read the books first,👇🏽 (edited) 4mo
Nute @julesG @Centique @Tera66 that is if I can find them. I am sad about the fact that my bookshelves are now in such disarray (stuffed every which way) that I no longer know where books are located on them. A couple of times I have repurchased books that I know are already owned by me.😕 Last night I searched and searched, but no luck. I might buy them on my Kindle as I am now so excited to read them.🙂 (edited) 4mo
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Lyric Poems | John Keats
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Just enjoying my swap gift in the late evening!😌

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Why Poetry Matters | Jay Parini
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Thank you @TheBookHippie for the wonderful items that you sent to me. Your generosity is heartwarming. Because of you, Ms. Christine, I have my very first book sleeve. I have wanted one for so long! The leather bookmark is a treasure. And the poetry books…Keats and Dickinson are favorite poets of mine and Lang Leav is a new-to-me poet. I shall be settling down with old comforts and exploring new realms. Thank you!💕

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! 💜💜💜💜💜 4mo
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SignedBooksJunkie I love Lang Leav. Never read their printed books but loved everything they used to post on Tumblr. 4mo
Nute @TrishB 💕 4mo
Nute @SignedBooksJunkie A new poet for me. Excited to get acquainted! 4mo
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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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#AuthorAMonth - July - James Baldwin:

I knew that the reread journey would lead here, though there are other books that remain unexplored. This book can never be read too many times. This book states a message that continues to be as relevant today as it was some 58 years ago. Am I shocked? No, humans seem to be predisposed to a base level unkindness to one another.👇🏽

Nute So much so that now we must engage in campaigns to tell us to resist this innate tendency and choose kindness as a disposition. We convince ourselves to like one another. Will there ever be a day when there is no need for a discussion about race relations? Has God even grown weary of our derelict behaviors? It seems He has given up on the rainbow and sends not another drop water, instead it is the fire this time! It is the fire now!👇🏽 4mo
Nute It will always be the fire as long as a people remain being defined only in the space of racism. As long as a people continue to be seen through the lens of derogatory explanations of who and what they supposedly are. As long as a people are bound by the hatred and anger of misconceptions, and mistaken/biased perceptions.
I reread this book again as I shall another day because there is still so much work to be done.👇🏽
Nute There are still so many lessons to learn. There is still a need for wisdom and guidance. There is still a hurting people. And somehow the Black Experience in America is still a broken, corrupt, shackling, unfair thing. It will take in part the truth of literature such as this that assaults the nostrils and slaps the face to awaken folks. Literature will never be enough for this awakening, but it is a start.👇🏽 4mo
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Nute The words of James Baldwin, “this brilliant dude” as a fellow Litten put it….profound and prophetic…these words are a start.
Highly recommended!
TrishB It is shocking how relevant things remain 😞 sometimes I feel like we‘ve made no progress. 4mo
katy4peas It feels like every time we take 1 step forward, we take 2 steps back. I hope we are trying harder now, but it is a continual fight to improve things. Thanks for the rec. read! 4mo
vlwelser Definitely a brilliant dude. I look forward to continuing my James Baldwin journey. ❤❤❤ 4mo
SamAnne I didn‘t have time to fit any Baldwin in this month but plan to next month! 4mo
Nute @TrishB A very sad and maddening truth!😞 4mo
Nute @katy4peas It is the constant hope that things are better and the sad reality that things are not. I can see a fairer world and a lovelier place, but how to get there? The people that I encounter in my daily walk, it seems that there wouldn‘t be as many steps backward. But I know only a small small number of folks up close and personal. Everything else is what we think we know about people.👇🏽 4mo
Nute @katy4peas I hope that there is a greater push for positive change that surmounts the push for negative stagnation. 4mo
Nute @vlwelser Hi Vanessa! You‘re the Litten that made the statement “This dude was sort of brilliant.” I loved it. It made me smile. I hope that you don‘t mind that I referred to you. I just wanted to show solidarity!🙂 4mo
Nute @SamAnne I reread only a couple of James Baldwin‘s books this month. He is always on a repeat read cycle for me especially when encouraged by some event or opportunity. He remains so relevant and motivational. He seemed to always be hopeful that we could achieve a betterment of capabilities. Good luck with your next month‘s goal! 4mo
Eggbeater Excellent review! Now I have to read it. Thanks! 4mo
SamAnne @Nute I had not read him until this year. I read the tagged and now I want to read everything he‘s written. 4mo
vlwelser Definitely feel free to do that any time. I'm glad it made you smile. 😃 4mo
staci.reads @Nute I loved reading your thoughts on Baldwin. Thank you for sharing them with us. "It will take in part the truth of literature such as this that assaults the nostrils and slaps the face to awaken folks." Yes! Beautifully put. I believe authors will always be on the front lines, holding up the mirrors in front of us that we need to show us who we really are. 4mo
Centique Brilliantly said @Nute Can‘t add to what you‘ve already said - except I have hope. I see my kids and their friends here in NZ be better - not all of them but a lot of them, I see the work, the anger, the trauma getting heard and having impact in this generation. (Here at least). I pray it keeps going and changes the whole world 🤞🤞🤞 4mo
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#AuthorAMonth - July - James Baldwin: When considering where to start this rereading venture I recalled an admission made by the author in an interview that I had read awhile back. James Baldwin thought of himself as a poet first, not a novelist, not an essayist. He filled sheets of paper with poems and then later fleshed them out into stories or longer compositions.👇🏽

Nute So last night I started our reacquaintance here, Jimmy‘s Blues, with his poetic voice that strays from the usual rhythmical beats and metaphorical tendencies, instead syncopating with jazz inflections and shifting structure of stanzas, displaying an unrestrained freedom to tell the bitter truth and nature of this world in the ways that he chooses. He‘s blunt, but with requirement for a lesson was needed THEN and, sadly, NOW!
Always recommended!
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Alfoster Great review!👍 4mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 4mo
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TheBookHippie He‘s so good! Also My tracking says delivery !!! And I just got your letter!!! I‘ll write back soon! 4mo
Nute @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit Yay! I have received my #SummerPoetrySwap package. So excited! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Nute PHEW! 😂 4mo
Chrissyreadit @Nute I received your lovely letter Friday, but was away until yesterday. You have gorgeous handwriting! I will def respond soon. 4mo
Nute @Chrissyreadit Thank you, Chrissy! I‘m so crazy about poetry. I‘m glad that I didn‘t miss this swap!💕 4mo
Centique What a fantastic quote. Thank god for the poets and activists that did their work even though they weren‘t appreciated in their lifetimes. 💕 4mo
Nute @Centique Agree! 4mo
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