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PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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The Skeleton Key | Erin Kelly
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I was drawn to this because it is loosely based on the book Masquerade, a picture book containing clues to a buried treasure which captivated me many, many years ago. I am thoroughly enjoying this story altho reading the heavy print version reminds me why my arthritic old hands prefer the kindle!

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The White Lady: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Winspear‘s strength is her capacious knowledge of the World Wars, which is on display in her latest. Here, we have a retired spy/assassin who is trying to build a life away from the service. Try as she might, she cannot avoid getting involved with other humans, another thing that is common on Winspear‘s work. She has an uncanny way of writing characters who think they want to be alone but who end up forging important and long-lasting friendships.

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River Sing Me Home | Eleanor Shearer
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This stunning novel will take you on an emotional journey that you will not soon forget, especially if you are a parent. The experiences of mothers, fathers, children, siblings born into slavery & ripped away from each other are just too horrific to fully understand. While not an easy read, this is ultimately a story of joyous reunification driven by the incandescent love of a mother for her children.

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This is me tonight while I finish this new one in the La Lune series by M.J. Rose. Her books are the perfect blend of mystery, romance (sometimes a little spicy!), and supernatural.

Tomorrow? SOUP!

Artist credit: Naoko Stoop

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Saw this reading challenge on The Next Best Book blog and LOVED it! Thought there would be a few of you here who would also enjoy…
http://thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.com/
#OldPunk #StoryOfMyYouth

wanderinglynn How fun! I love The Cure. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Wow 😯 almost tempted! 1mo
squirrelbrain I was just about to tag you @TrishB but saw you‘d got there first! 🤣 But, have you seen how many prompts there are?! 😯 1mo
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PatriciaU @squirrelbrain Yeah, I think I might pick *one* album! 1mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @PatriciaU one album may be doable! But there is no way I could stick to that many prompts! I‘m as good as challenges as buddy reads 😁 1mo
CarolynM I do not need any more challenges, but some of these prompts are kind of hilarious. I might try to do the first album (I like that you get credit for a bail😆) 1mo
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This is definitely a Hygge day. #Snuggle #blankets #ReadAllDay

Bookzombie I love this graphic! 1mo
PatriciaU I wish I knew the artist! 1mo
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Hello Littens! I‘ve been writing a blog about books for 23 years, first at Blogspot and at Wordpress since 2005. I have recently spent some time revamping the site and adding new content. Take a look at http://itsallaboutthebook.org. In addition to reviews, I have 2 features on the site - Reader Profiles and Author Spotlights- and I am look for some new entries for both. If you‘re interested, let me know.

wanderinglynn That‘s awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 1mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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#12BooksOfChristmas2022 Day 2 - #February2022

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd - I devoured this book in one night! There‘s adventure, mystery, danger, and daring imagination here all spun into one of the best stories I‘ve read in ages. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Second nomination of that one today. 1mo
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The 12 Days of Christmas | Rachel Isadora
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Day 1 - #January2022

The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes - The story is just outright captivating. and had me turning pages as quickly as possible. Puri‘s budding relationships with her newly found siblings also add to the tension, and all of this human emotion and action set against the gorgeous backdrop of early 20th century Ecuador‘s chocolate plantations make this a winner. #12BooksOfChristmas2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Need a book for #Ecuador so stacking this. (edited) 1mo
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Buried in a Good Book | Tamara Berry
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It‘s been a long day and I just got to opening my #jolabokaflod package from @TheBookDream Thank you so very much for the lovely books and delicious chocolate! I‘m about to pour a glass of wine and settle down with one of the books. Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for managing the swap!

TheBookDream You‘re welcome! Enjoy! 2mo
CherylRussell I love this series! 1mo
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Friends, my intention to send you all holidays cards has been fruitless. I have been uplifted every single day by the beautiful cards from the #holidaycardswap and have had solid intentions of mailing my own out to you lovely folks. Alas, life has gotten in the way & those cards have not been written & mailed. So, look for some shiny Happy New Year cards soon. For now, I hope everyone stays warm and dry and enjoys a festive holiday weekend.

Bookzombie Have a lovely holiday weekend! 2mo
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Yup.

BethM 💯 2mo
Tamra 🤣 2mo
AllDebooks Guilty as charged 🤣📚📚📚📚📚🤣 2mo
julesG Is it supposed to work any other way? 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
PatriciaU 😂 this is for sure me, too! 2mo
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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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This is one of those books that is hard to characterize. Is it a mystery? Horror? Weirdly devised chick/bro lit? Bitingly witty workplace angst? This is ALL that! Keeping everything straight was a little chaotic, but well worth the effort. This is a multi-layered book that I can see generating some really lively book discussions.

Well done.

BennettBookworm Yes! So well done! 1mo
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Last Remains: A Mystery | Elly Griffiths
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Elly Griffith‘s Ruth Galloway series has become one of my “comfort” reads - books to pick up when the world becomes too much & I just want to escape into a fictional world. I was disappointed when I heard that this would be the last Galloway book but I must say Griffiths has done a masterful job of tying up lots of loose ends & esp. in the way she brings the series full-circle with the re-introduction of a particular character. Out in April 2023

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Received my #jolabokaflod package yesterday (not pictured) and just sent mine out! (Pictured) I really hope it arrives okay on Friday because I just noticed my receipt is blank!!! Fingers crossed… @MaleficentBookDragon

TheBookDream Glad it got there! Just remember to open the two wrapped packages first please (this is because the other gift has gift receipts juuuust in case) 🤫 2mo
PatriciaU @TheBookDream I will do that! Can‘t wait! Thank you. 2mo
JamieArc @PatriciaU Am I your swap match? If so, it arrived today! And thank you 😊 2mo
PatriciaU Yes!!! Hurray. Some good news on this cold a grey day. 2mo
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Death of a Fool | Ngaio Marsh
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Although a fan of Golden Age mysteries, I‘ve never read Ngaio Marsh‘s Roderick Alleyn series. So, I added this one to Libby and listened while I worked on a marathon baking session last week. Like most GA mysteries, the casual racism, ableism, and sexism is startling, and it was evident here in the blackface elements of Morris Dancing, the treatment of one of the characters who has epilepsy, and the overall depiction of women.

PatriciaU That led me to do some quick research on Morris Dancing and found that the blackface has been replaced with other colors, like red and blue. I was also pleased to see women performing the dances now along with the men.

The murder mystery is well-plotted and Alleyn‘s character clever and interesting. I‘ll probably try a couple others in this series.
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Mehso-so

This is very different from The Lost Apothecary, although the writing style is similar. Fans of Penner‘s debut novel may be disappointed in this one, which is sort of a murder mystery-spiritualist-lesbian drama. It‘s an enjoyable read but somehow less than I expected. However, I was super-distracted while reading this, so this could be a situation of “it‘s me, not you.” Out in March 2023.

Aims42 I loved her debut but after seeing reviews very similar to yours I think I‘ll sit this one out. Or wait until the library wait list is in the single digits lol 2mo
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Silver in the Bone | Alexandra Bracken
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Coming May 2023 from Alexandra Bracken. Just LOOK at this gorgeous cover!

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What a romp! Fans of cozy mystery will adore Vera Wang (or Wong!?!) and her uncanny ability to smother her son, judge everyone based on her very specific scales of proper behavior, and solve tricky murders. Vera is such a delightful character-a cross between Eleanor Oliphant and Monk with a dash of Molly the Maid thrown in for good measure. Jesse Sutanto has created one of the most interesting and endearing sleuths around. Out in March 23.

Aims42 This sounds awesome!! Stacked 📚👍 2mo
AmyG That sounds fun! 2mo
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Little Eve | Catriona Ward
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Atmospheric, cunning, and with surprises all along the way. Ward writes in her forward that this was her second novel and it *challenged* her considerably. Now that she has published other novels and established her residency among the best horror writers of her generation, Little Eve has made a reappearance. Put simply, this is a goddamn great story. Read it on a cold, gray weekend and I bet you won‘t sleep for a couple of days.

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What a day. The hubs had knee surgery and I just got him settled for the night. So far, so good. Now *I* am settling down to read this lovely little middle grade novel. Good night my friends, and good reading!

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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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This is a wicked, ingenious, and deliciously shocking ride of a story. Great characterizations and and absolutely awful/wonderful/crazy plot. #DarkAcademia at its best. So, so good!

GondorGirl I have this sitting on my shelf. Now I seriously need to hurry up and read it! 2mo
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Jess Kidd continues to deliver absolutely stunning novels. The dual stories here of two young people, hundreds of years apart, are horrifying and gripping. The historical and modern settings are not the usual choices and create a fascinating ambience from start to finish. Not for the faint-hearted.

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The Whispering Fog | Landra Jennings
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Awesome spooky middle grade novel inspired by the old Grimm tale Snow-White and Rose-Red. The relationship between the sisters is nicely written, but the friendships developed when one sister disappears and the other attempts to get her back — the friendships are the stars of the show.

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Working on figure #3 in Larissa Holland‘s “Ebenezer” ornament series. This one is Ghost of Christmas Past. Finished Ebenezer and Marley last year. This one seems to be taking forever. Don‘t really like the metallic felt. #LitsyCrafters

Kimzey Oh, fun! Never heard of metallic felt though. Does that make it more difficult?
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PatriciaU @kimzey it‘s felt with an overlay of a thin metallic sheet that I‘m finding unravels and frays when cut. It also adds some thickness to the felt which makes sewing it tricky. 3mo
Linsy Beautiful!!! 3mo
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Way Past Bedtime | Tara Lazar
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Look at these sweet painted rocks delivered to my office this week! They were done by a library patron who no longer lives in the area, but who was visiting. She follows our libraries on social media and made these as a “thank you” for everything our libraries do for the community!

RebelReader How sweet!💕💕💕 3mo
Bookzombie So cute! 3mo
CarolynM That‘s lovely 🥰 (edited) 3mo
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Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween! I am gobsmacked over this fabulous #BasicWitchSwap package from @Chrissyreadit thank you for starting my day off just right. And big thanks to @sprainedbrain Dear Jenni for organizing! This is going to be a fantastic day!

Chrissyreadit Blessed Samhain! I‘m so glad you like everything 🖤 3mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous gifts! Have a fabulous Samhain❤️ 3mo
Avanders Ahh-mazing! 3mo
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What an absolute delight in the #NightmareMakersSwap package I received from @LibrarianRyan! Three books I‘ve been wanting to read for ages, the fabulous Frankenstein bag, three handmade spooky booksleeves, and some other fun goodies! Thank you so very much. This swap has been one of the most fun I‘ve ever done! #NMS #NightmareMakerSwap

Avanders 😍😍 awesome! 😄 4mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 4mo
Chrissyreadit Those book sleeves 😍 4mo
mabell What a cool package! 4mo
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I forgot to take a pic and post when I mailed my #BasicWitchSwap package. Feeling a little sheepish! Anyway, it should be delivered on Monday. @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain 😂 4mo
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Got my package today! Very excited. Mine will go out tomorrow. #BWS #BasicWitchSwap @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Yay! 4mo
Chrissyreadit Oh good! I was just coming to tell you if you get a package from me it‘s your basic witch swap. 4mo
PatriciaU @Chrissyreadit it looks so tempting! Can‘t wait to open it! Thank you.. 4mo
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The Pig Did It | Joseph Caldwell
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I saw this book in the newest Bas Bleu catalog and thought it sounded interesting. I was wrong. This book is so odd, and filled with misogyny. It follows the “adventures” of a man who flees to Ireland when rejected by a woman and then twists into a strange murder mystery. This is not a book for me.

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Lute | Jennifer Marie Thorne
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Got this in the mail today and *devoured* it in a couple hours tonight. So, so good. A genre-bending story that just takes hold and won‘t let go. #FantasticStrangelings #JennyLawson

Linsy Ooh, can't wait!!! 4mo
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Sent my #NightmareMakersSwap package off today. Swift travels, my lovely. #NMS @LibrarianRyan #SpookySeason

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 4mo
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The last few days I haven‘t been excited by any of the things in my TBR pile, so I turned to a “comfort author” - Martha Grimes. I pulled her very first book in the Richard Jury series off my bookshelf and settled in to get reacquainted with Jury, Melrose Plant, Agatha, Marshall, and Vivian. Let me tell you, the dialog in this book hasn‘t aged well, but it‘s been fun to revisit the start of the Jury/Plant stories.

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This lovely box showed up on my doorstep this afternoon! Can‘t wait to open it! #NightmareMakersSwap @LibrarianRyan #NMS

LibrarianRyan Yeah 4mo
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The Library | Sarah Stewart
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This poster from Marin County Free Library tells you everything you need to know about libraries. Love this so much….

AlaMich I grew up there and spent a LOT of time in that library in the amazing Frank Lloyd Wright building. 4mo
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The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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So torn on this one. The writing is beautiful with an engaging plot, but this is SO much like Katherine Arden‘s Winternight Trilogy. Similar plot, similar characters, similar folklore, even the same names in some instances. This felt like a prologue to Winternight except it is set after Arden‘s trilogy. Any thoughts on this, fellow readers?

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Red meets Kill Bill in this delicious romp featuring 4 of the most entertaining, deadly female characters ever put to page. This is such a different type of story from Raybourn and proves she‘s a versatile writer. Fans of her 19th century series may not appreciate the departure, but I sincerely hope they give this a chance.

If you‘re looking for a purely entertaining, action-packed adventure, this is your book.

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Allen gives us a flawed protagonist striking out on her own for the first time & trying to learn more about the mother she doesn‘t remember. She encounters other sorts of mothers and daughters and sons, all with complicated maternal relationships. The stories and their many pathways circle around, duck under, and weave back in to create a bubble of a world that is full of love, regret, and hope. One of the best of the year.

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Griffiths is already one of my go-to authors and I am so pleased to see her ramping up the Harbinder Kaur series at the same time she ends Ruth Galloway.
Kaur is a magnificent protagonist - wry, funny, brave, and well-able to hold her own in the male-dominated world of London CID. Her social awkwardness is endearing and familiar to anyone who has found themselves in a new, unfamiliar, but exciting city. Out Nov 15.

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Madwoman | Louisa Treger
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I just placed a bunch of holds at my library. Wanna bet they all come in at once? Hoping this one comes right away. It looks amazing!

PatriciaU Update: The hold finally came in and the result is…okay. The writing is simple enough that this could definitely be a YA novel. That doesn‘t mean the writing is bad - it is NOT - it‘s just a very accessible structure. The story is phenomenal, if a bit MarySue-ish. I am sure Bly saw and endured a lot more horrific things during her time in the asylum, but the horror conveyed here is very effective. The things that were done to women…gives you pause 4mo
PatriciaU about where we‘re headed today. Committed because you couldn‘t have a baby, committed because you were outspoken, committed because your husband wanted a divorce and didn‘t want to pay for it, committed because you couldn‘t speak English. Jesus Christ. Bly was ahead of her time and the first of the “stunt journalists.” The “romance” was unnecessary, although Bly did apparently have a relationship with a doctor from the island. 4mo
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Spice Road | Maiya Ibrahim
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Just started this ARC and I am utterly captivated. The first book in an epic fantasy series set in an Arabian-inspired land with secret spice magic. Raised to protect her nation from the monsters lurking in the sands, sixteen-year-old Imani must fight to find her brother, whose betrayal is now the country's greatest threat.

PatriciaU This book was fantastic. If you enjoy fast-paced fantasy with lots of magic and monsters, you will LOVE this! So, so good! 4mo
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Just got home from a relaxing weekend away from the grind to find this. My daughter was helping clean out my in-laws home and she found her grandmother‘s super-secret stash of recipe cards. My SIL graciously allowed my daughter to keep this treasure. Both in-laws died of Covid last year so this is so special.

Cinfhen So special 💕 5mo
Cortg Wonderful find! ❤️ 5mo
Dragon Those rum balls sound yummy 💚🐉 5mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 5mo
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First book well begun this weekend: an ARC of A Killing of Innocents by Deborah Crombie. If you enjoy witty, intricate British mysteries, Crombie‘s Kincaid and James series is one of the best. This is her newest, which hits the shelves Feb 2023. So far it‘s pretty damn good!

PatriciaU Finished this tonight and will say it‘s one of Crombie‘s best in the series. I can usually spot the guilty one at least halfway through most mysteries but I was totally wrong on this one! It‘s a captivating continuation of the series, but if you haven‘t read the earlier ones, you can still follow the plot here. But then go read the earlier books in the series. You‘ll enjoy them! 5mo
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Lake Life: A Novel | David James Poissant
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The last couple weeks have been a little challenging at work for both the hubs and me so we‘re ditching the city for the NY north country. Here‘s to a weekend of reading, good coffee, and the start of autumn!

Dragon Sounds heavenly- enjoy 📚💚🐉 5mo
RebelReader Enjoy! 5mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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“But yeah, mostly it was the dog. I loved her, you see, and I didn‘t want to let her go.”
I lost the best beagle ever almost a year ago. I can really connect with Charlie on this one.

Texreader What a cutie. I‘m sorry you lost the best beagle! Losing a pet is massively hard. I still grieve some pets I‘ve lost as a child and decades ago. 5mo
kspenmoll I am sorry you lost your beagle. I had one growing up- so loving! 5mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I‘m about 1/3 of the way through Fairy Tale and just realized - this is a Jack Tale!!!
Photo courtesy of AppalachianHistory.net

Leftcoastzen 👏😉 5mo
TrishB I‘m a third of the way through too ❤️ trying not to rush! 5mo
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Anyone who loves to read will be captivated by this story centered on the concept of books as actual food, overlaid with what turns out to be a pretty harrowing & dark tale. Dean‘s writing is some of the best I‘ve read this year – tight and descriptive then flowing and expansive – all coming together in a whopper of a story.

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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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Murder Games | James Patterson
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A few years ago, the staff at my library did an internal summer reading program. All the titles and authors they read were put into this word cloud, then made into a poster. The image showed up in my online memories today and reminded me how much fun this was!

kspenmoll What a creative idea! 5mo
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