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PatriciaU

PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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This was the last audiobook I listened to - finished it last night and it was Good! For the #24in48 #audiobookchallenge, my favorite place to listen to audiobooks is while sitting on my front porch. Here is my typical view when I‘m there, although that beautiful Japanese Maple tree is now gone. 😢

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The first book I‘m reading for #24in48 isn‘t in the database yet - Mayhem, Murder & the PTA by Dave Cravens. It‘s in the pic. FIL just went to hospital, so will be getting lots of reading done there today. Can you see the beagle watching me in the background?

mabell I hope everything goes well at the hospital, and your father in law is doing better soon! ❤️ 3d
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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I discovered Ann Cleeves a couple years ago and binged through all her Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez books. Now she‘s introduced a new detective, Matthew Venn, who struggles with his past while he builds a future with husband Jonathan. Fabulous story, great characters. Grab this one when it‘s published in September. #Netgalley

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There is SO much going on here that I was reminded of the 1930‘s era madcap mystery movies where there are lots of characters, lots of motives & lots of movement. Ferreri does an excellent job of managing all the different strands and bringing some resolution to the two separate stories of the Crivelli paintings and the forged will. Full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.org

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This gorgeous book joins my Best of 2019 list, pretty darn close to the top. This is storytelling at its best, with characters who twine themselves around your heart and pull tight until you think you‘ll explode. The blend of Greek myth with a wholly original story about muses, memory, art, and love creates a narrative that leaves you emotionally spent. Image of Mnemosyne, Mother of Muses, from Wikipedia Commons.

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A friend recently raved about Abbi Waxman so I picked up this ARC from #Netglley. The writing is chatty and witty, so I get the appeal. The story is a cute modern fairy tale where shy girl born to outgoing single Mom discovers family she never knew she had at the same time her trivia team loses, her bookstore is bought out, she finds love and, you guys! IT'S ALL TOO MUCH FOR HER! Snark aside, this is a fun, quick read. Out July 9.

Peddler410 This sounds adorable 😊 1mo
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Love Story | Erich Segal
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I love these custom posters my library‘s Outreach Department is doing with their in-home clients! What were YOU reading in 1969?

LibrarianJen What a fun idea! I should ask my aunt, she would have been 11. 2mo
CarolynM Little Golden Books😂 2mo
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Why Read? | Mark Edmundson
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Why do YOU read, Littens?

JulietteGF Great question! Personally, learning & discovering things relax me, that's why I love reading, it's such a fun way to expand my knowledge, to experience things through other people's perspectives, and thus to question my own experiences. 2mo
CouronneDhiver For relaxation. For imagination. For stimulation ... because my mind goes miles a minute if it‘s not well occupied 2mo
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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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This book is a gift that I did not expect. The story is one of the most unusual and imaginative I‘ve read in years, and the characters by turns fascinating and exasperating. I first became interested in the properties of scent, particularly of how scent can trigger memories, when caring for an elderly relative in her last days. Scent was a trigger for her and she shared the loveliest memories with her family during those difficult days.

robinb Loved this one too! ❤️ 1w
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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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I have started to write this post about 10 times and simply cannot express the blend of tragedy and joy you will find in this book. Hoffman has taken the horrifying historical context of the Holocaust and distilled it into the stories of four women. It‘s about survival, disbelief, love, courage, and humanity. The best of the year for me. Image is a painting by Anthony Forster & what I imagine as one of the settings.

TrishB I can‘t wait for this one 👍🏻 2mo
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She was a thief and a murderess, but she paid her debts and she knew how to love someone.

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I was recently reminded of this brief and scarce little series from a favorite author and managed to get my hands on all three. Imogen Quy (rhymes with Why) is a character made for a Masterpiece series, and I cannot imagine a better job than the Wyndham Librarian! On to book 2, A Piece of Justice....

CarolynM Sounds great. Stacked. 2mo
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This book touched a nerve with me. I married into a family like Stella‘s, with a capo very like the men depicted here - autocratic, vulgar, and sly. As I read, I could feel my skin prickle and my heart pound as I raced through passages describing the utter hopelessness Stella felt in the face of the patriarchal familia in which she was caught. Needing to know how Stella‘s life turned out kept me going through the book, and I was not disappointed.

Djspens This sounds good! 2mo
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Monroe County Central Library | Rochester, NY (Library)
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My day time home! Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (NY)

Kristy_K That‘s an awesome looking library! 2mo
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Littens, my TBR list has just exploded. Kroger and Anderson have written a *readable* and engaging piece of non-fiction that delves into all the kick-ass women who wrote sci-fi, paranormal, and speculative fiction from the 17th c. on. Many of them wrote using male pseudonyms, but others started their own goddamned publishing houses just for women! I‘m thinking about putting together a reading challenge around this. Stay tuned.

saresmoore This all sounds flippin‘ fantastic! 2mo
LA_Mead OMG I NEED TO BUY THAT RIGHT NOW!!! 2mo
PatriciaU @LA_Mead it‘s out in September, but available on #NetGalley right now. So, so good. It had me combing through my collection of English & Victorian ghost story, Weird Fiction and Strand Magazine books to see if any of the lesser known authors were represented. Huzzah, many of them are in the collections! 2mo
Eyelit Very cool! I‘d be interested in your reading challenge 2mo
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My main criticism of this book - it is definitely written from a place of privilege. There's little to no understanding by the author that many Americans live in food deserts, where they can't easily access fresh food & certainly can't afford to pay for some of the ingredients used here. That said, this will find an audience with the semi-affluent to affluent Moms who are trying to get their families to eat healthy. Image from prouditaliancook.com

MayJasper Interesting. I have never heard that term before - 'food desert' 2mo
Tamra Good observation. There are many pockets of food deserts - for example college students (especially my population) experience hunger and resort to food that is not nutritious. 😑 2mo
PatriciaU @Tamra, yes! College students are an often-overlooked population that struggles with food access. The community college in my city has been deliberately working on that by providing food pantries and free produce distribution on campus. 2mo
Tamra @PatriciaU ours just started one too! 2mo
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People who love books, reading & authors will love this book. It‘s like a compilation of People magazine stories, but focusing solely on authors. There is information galore on famous feuds, who drank what & when, how & where certain authors liked to write, muses & obsessions, and just plain gossip. However, buried under the 21st century short attention span sections is some real, solid information about authors, writing, and reading. Out in June.

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The Book Supremacy | Kate Carlisle
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I have a soft spot for this bookish series from Kate Carlisle, mostly because I enjoy the occupation of main character Brooklyn, who is a book restorer. Set in San Francisco, the series follows Brooklyn & her ex-spy husband as they solve murder mysteries. In this entry, Brooklyn and Derek are caught up in some loose ends of an old spy escapade that involved some of Derek's oldest friends and a valuable first edition Ian Fleming book. Out in June.

Eyelit Ooh, I started this series forever ago and then got frustrated that there were only 3 available at the time... I should make my way back. I loved how the character talked a lot about her book restoration projects! 3mo
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Bewitched and Betrothed | Juliet Blackwell
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One of the things I have enjoyed about this series is how the characters have grown. Each book has brought them farther along; eg - Conrad has gone from the stoned “gutter punk“ to a guy trying to get sober. Lily has grown from a suspicious, solitary witch to someone who values friendship and love, which is a theme that appears often in this book & which she ultimately embraces in the thrilling climax where she does, indeed, save San Francisco.

PatriciaU Out in June! 3mo
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True crime fans will be fascinated by this fresh look into one of America‘s most notorious crimes. Here is a story that was very nearly lost to a shredder in Oklahoma when Harold Nye‘s wife emptied their home after his death. Nye was one of the lead agents who investigated the Clutter murders and who was befriended and interviewed by Truman Capote. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/04/14/and-every-word-is-true-by-gary-mcavoy/

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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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The concept of a town librarian hearing books talk and giving the right book to the right person at the right time is the stuff of magic for people who love books. Pair that with a small town full of down to earth people who love each other despite their differences, and a set of main characters so appealing that it‘s impossible not to like this book. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/04/10/the-book-charmer-by-karen-hawkins/

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Folktales have been told/retold for centuries & I am always up for reading something new. Often, the retellings are interesting but not very original. Erin Craig has produced an imaginative, lovely, original retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses which takes the kernel of the old story and builds a whole new world peopled by fascinating characters and customs. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/02/26/house-of-salt-sorrow-by-erin-craig/

emtobiasz I have an ARC of this one and haven‘t started it yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed it— it‘s based on one of my favorite fairy tales! 4mo
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Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite fictional characters and I recommend them in my libraries and on my blog. The American Agent signals the true beginning of a new chapter in Maisie's life, and is every bit as good as previous entries in the series. The mystery here is secondary to the bigger story of Maisie moving on with her life, although it is handled with the same cleverness and wit we have come to expect from Winspear.

MallenNC I've read some of these but out of order. I liked what I've read so I want to start over and read in the right order. 4mo
daena I‘ve been interested in reading these Maisie Dobbs for a while now. Could you recommend which book I should begin with? (edited) 4mo
PatriciaU @daena definitely begin with Maisie Dobbs, the first in the series, and read in order. There are events that build up and occur throughout the series and if you read out of order, you‘ll miss a lot of context. 4mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Started this gorgeous thing today! Love Helen Oyeyemi!

AlaMich Awww! 5mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Photos of the pack librarians of Kentucky have been all over library social media, so I was pleased to find a book about the service. While this story includes the service as a central element, the real story is Book Woman Cussy Mary, a member of Blue Fugate family. I was prompted to research the Blue Fugates because I‘d never heard of them and was fascinated to learn about how the family evolved. Trigger warning for violence against women, tho.

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Zelma This another good one. Written for a young audience it lot of photos. 5mo
PatriciaU @Zelma Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check it out! 5mo
megnews Lynn Austin is a Christian fiction author but I recall her writing being light on the Christian message. I enjoyed her novel about this called 5mo
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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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Enger specializes in writing allegorical stories rich in symbolism, and he does the same here. Took me some time to really engage with the story because it seemed to be going nowhere for the first few chapters, but it turned into a lovely story about life and love, growth and remembrance, and the power of friendship. Photo is of my Great Lake, Ontario, in zero degree weather, reminiscent of Enger‘s Lake Superior. Photo by John Kucko.

Cinfhen Stunning photo 5mo
AiBBot Amazing photo! Thank you for sharing it. 5mo
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Libraries as social infrastructure? Hell, yes! Sociologist Klinenberg has examined what makes libraries an integral part of a community. Must reading for #LibrariansOfLitsy. Read my full review and essay at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/02/18/places-for-the-people-by-eric-klinenbe...

MelissaSue81 1) your blog post is fantastic! 2) I clicked to see where that great mural is, and am super excited to see its close enough for me to drive to! 3) I need to read this book and that article. I‘d seen the headline but never read it. (edited) 5mo
PatriciaU @MelissaSue81 if you go visit the Arnett Library in Rochester, make sure to go inside and say hello to Bruce, the Branch Manager. He‘s an awesome guy and responsible for getting the artist to do those murals. 5mo
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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Raybourn has delivered another rollicking mystery in the Veronica Speedwell series. The flirtatious relationship between Veronica & Stoker continues & moves into serious territory, all while they are working to solve a clever & villainous mystery in a spooky castle on an island off the Cornish coast, complete with a poison garden and a raft of prevaricating people. Really, all you need for a few hours of fun reading! (image is Veronica Speedwell!)

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There have been so many books out lately that revolve around things that are lost and found and I didn‘t expect a much different story here. Silly me. Phaedra Patrick has given us a story about a middle-aged woman who never says no...until she does. What happens next is one of the most poignant stories I‘ve read in a long time. If you‘re looking for a light, gentle read, this is your book.

MelissaSue81 I have this in my netgalley queue. I want to get to it soon. 5mo
LibrarianJen I read the title wrong and immediately thought about all the interesting things you find in the library‘s lost and found. 😂 5mo
PatriciaU @LibrarianJen that‘s a whole ‘nother book! 😂😂😂 5mo
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Here‘s a Book Heart for all my Litsy Valentines. Hope your day was filled with lots of reading!

LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Howe‘s Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was a favorite of mine in 2009 so I was thrilled to get this ARC, which continues the story of Connie Goodwin and her search for truth in her past. Howe‘s writing is wonderful as usual, and the story isn‘t bad. However it‘s not as engaging as PBODD. The primary plot line is reminiscent of Practical Magic, but Connie‘s relationships with both the past and present do make this one well worth reading.

sprainedbrain Oh I can‘t wait!! 😍 5mo
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I am listening to this tonight because I just got the ARC of Howe‘s new book and wanted to refresh my memory. It‘s as good as I remember and now I don‘t want to go to bed. I may listen all night!

sprainedbrain I didn‘t know there was another book coming! I‘ve just requested it from both of my libraries. Loved this book. ❤️ 6mo
PatriciaU @sprainedbrain Jenni, this one is so, so good. Even better the second time around. Can‘t wait to delve into Daughters of Temperance Hobbs! 5mo
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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ that this book won the Stonewall award during today‘s Youth Media Awards from the American Library Association. I find myself enjoying the “smaller” awards more every year and finding the Caldecott & Newbery less interesting. Plus, Julian is my current favorite character, so yay!

BennettBookworm The best!!! 6mo
Annl I am going to buy this for my grandchildren. Thanks I also agree with you about the awards! 6mo
PatriciaU Just to be clear, all the award winners are deserving, but I have been thoroughly enjoying the broadening of the field by the addition of the other awards. Also, TBH, I *was* hoping to see two of my other favorites win - Louisiana‘s Way Home and The Unforgettable Guinevere St.Clair. 6mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This book is racking up 5 star, essay-length reviews on Goodreads, rhapsodizing about the brilliance of it all. This was a solid 4 stars for me, mostly because the format of short, interview-like answers never allowed for good character development. Really, it read like a Rolling Stone interview more than a novel. Enjoyable? Absolutely. Ground-breaking? Nope. Final @24in48 book for me...

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More @24in48 this time a food-related challenge. My current go-to, much-recommended favorite food related book is Salt Fat Acid Heat by the completely charming Samin Nosrat. I adore cookbooks that are more than a collection of recipes. Here, Nosrat shares her personal history entwined with the histories of saltfatacidheat in cooking. Just a gorgeous book, and the Netflix series is one of the best food shows I‘ve ever seen.

Traci1 I've only seen the first episode of the show, but I love it. She's fabulous. 6mo
PatriciaU @Traci1 she‘s so natural, unlike so many of the fake celebrity cooks. 6mo
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Is there anything more fascinating than the Dead Letters Depot where all the letters that go astray in the mail end up & where William Woolf works. All those letters to to Santa, God & Elvis. Those love letters with the incorrect address. The wedding invitations and birthday cards. All those lost words and feelings, collected and cared for by 30 Letter Detectives. What a smashingly cool job! Too bad the story didn‘t match the premise. @24in48 #2

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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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I‘m late to the Litsy @24in48 party due to a cold, but I have been getting some reading done, like this new gem. This creepy, eerie and imaginative story grabbed me by the back of the neck and held on from first to last page. The plot is a refreshing take on the “monster in the woods” trope and features some sassy, kick-ass characters. Reminded me a bit of Katherine Arden‘s Small Spaces.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Oh my goodness, Melanie @Kappadeemom ! You are too kind. This #FeedAReader box is out of this world. Guys, do you see that cookie cutter? It‘s a #BEAGLE! Thank you ever so much. @MinDea @TricksyTails

Kappadeemom You are so welcome! 6mo
emtobiasz That cookie cutter! 😍 6mo
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A huge Thank You going out to @TiredLibrarian for this wonderful surprise gift that greeted me at the end of pretty tough week. #KindLitsy is fabulous!

TiredLibrarian @PatriciaU Welcome - I'm glad it came at a time when you needed a little pick-me-up 😊 6mo
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Readopolis | Bertrand Laverdure
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I‘ve run a reading challenge for staff in my library system for the last few years and thought I‘d share what we‘re doing this year. READO is a riff on BINGO where participants get a READO and become eligible for a monthly $25 gift drawing. So far, we‘ve done boards for Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors, World Literature, Reading Experiences & Mystery & Suspense Authors.

gossamerchild What a great idea! Do you get a lot of participants? 6mo
PatriciaU @gossamerchild there have been around 50 regular participants over the last couple years. We‘ve done A to Z challenges, and others similar to the PopSugar lists. 6mo
gossamerchild @PatriciaU that's so cool 🤩🤩. I'm very curious as to how you implement something like this 6mo
PatriciaU @gossamerchild We‘ve used a Goodreads group for the last few years. The challenge gets posted there and people check in by adding the books they complete to the bookshelf. I keep track of monthly participation and do the drawing, which is for a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N. For READO, participants can post on Goodreads or send me an email, text, etc. to let me know they‘ve got a READO and to be entered into the monthly drawing. 6mo
gossamerchild @PatriciaU so fun! I'd totally steal this idea if I thought I could get our staff to participate 🤣🤣 6mo
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I *always* forget to take a photo of the boxes I mail to fellow Littens, so I‘m shamelessly borrowing this pic of a gorgeous kitty in a box to tell @mabell to expect her #FeedAReader box soon and @ApoptyGina69 to look out for her next #LitsyGoesPostalOG box.

mabell 😂😂 Yay!! 7mo
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Something Borrowed | Emily Giffin
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Tell me whether you loved, hated, or were indifferent to the top 10 most borrowed book in my library system!

ReadingMeagan The Great Alone stressed me out! It was just so intense! The Woman in the Window reminded me of a Hitchcock movie and I really enjoy the twists. I couldn‘t get through The President is Missing 👎👎 7mo
CouronneDhiver I haven‘t read any of these... I assume most are new releases... I‘ll get to them in a year or three 😂😂 7mo
LibrarianRyan I listened to the Woman in the Window. HATED IT! It was boring, repetitive, and thoroughly predictable. I wanted to DNF so many times. . 7mo
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Bookzombie The only one I have read is The Handmaid‘s Tale! 😂 It‘s great! 7mo
PatriciaU @LibrarianRyan I hear you. I received an unsolicited print arc of it and was totally put off by the slick packaging and promotion. I twigged the main plot element by the end of chapter 2. 7mo
melbeautyandbooks The Woman in the Window did not live up to the rave reviews at all. The MC was awful. I just didn‘t care what happened to her or anyone else. I should have DNFed it. 7mo
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Tis the season for book trees, and here‘s a very pretty example from Longwood Gardens. All those books will be given as gifts. This picture doesn‘t do this tree justice because you can‘t see the whole thing. Go to FB and search for Longwood Gardens then look for this in their photo feed. Do you have any favorite book trees to share?

Well-ReadNeck This is FABULOUS!!!! 7mo
merelybookish Gorgeous! 7mo
wen4blu I'm headed there next week! 7mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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As usual, most of the books on the “Best Of” lists are ones I haven‘t read and have no interest in reading, except for this one. Circe is one of the best of the year for me, along with Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield and Whiskey When We‘re Dry by John Larison. What are your “Best Of” titles that aren‘t on any lists?

Myhusbandhatesreading I LOVED this book!! ❤️❤️💜💜 8mo
sprainedbrain Circe is on my list for sure, but most of my best books read this year we‘re definitely not published this year! 8mo
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Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga | Kate Forsyth, Lissa Sloan, Szmeralda Shanel, Jill Marie Ross, Rebecca A. Coates, Jessamy Corob Cook, Charlotte Honigman
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I adore modern tales that take traditional stories & twist them up a bit. This book does a remarkable job of taking ancient tales & making them new again. Here Baba Yaga transforms from the ugly, terrifying old witch in traditional tales to the old grandmother, the older grandmother & the oldest. The ‘maiden, mother, crone” archetype is depicted here with skill and tenderness.

Soubhiville This looks fun. 8mo
Mimi28 Ooooo!!! Stacked!! Thanks!! 👍🏽👍🏽 8mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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I‘d hoped to spend the weekend reading this end to the gorgeous Winternight Trilogy. Alas, that didn‘t happen....because I finished it in a day. Arden has brought the tales begun in The Bear and the Nightingale full circle and created a tale for the ages. I don‘t buy a lot of print books these days, but I have purchased a set of these books and will keep and re-read them for years to come. Someone please make this a Netflix series!

AlaMich Wait, I thought that wasn‘t being released until January? 8mo
PatriciaU I got an advanced review copy from Netgalley and pre-ordered a signed copy from the Vermont Book Shop. 8mo
CherylRussell Loved her first two books! 7mo
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Had the honor and crazy experience tonight of sitting next to David Cay Johnston at my library‘s annual dinner. Talk about a mind-bending conversation - from federal depository libraries to Eisenhower to babysitting in libraries to his college days, followed by a riveting speech on America and American principles and the Constitution. His best advice for weathering the current political climate n the U.S? BE A CITIZEN.

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Totally in love with this AMAZING #FeedAReader package from @PolaroidPoet Thank you so much Jessica! @MinDea

kgriffith What‘s the one with tiramisú in the title?? (edited) 8mo
PatriciaU @kgriffith it‘s a cookbook in Italian! 8mo
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The Wendy | Erin Michelle Sky, Steven Brown
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Such wonderful #bookmail today from @TamarackTrail #FeedAReader. Cool book, wonderful bag, and delicious recipes. Definitely making the Bannock this weekend! Thank you! @MinDea @TricksyTails

TamarackTrail Yay!!!! I'm so glad it arrived safe and sound! 9mo
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