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Readerann

Readerann

Joined October 2016

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Can now cross ‘The Strand‘ off my Bookstore Bucket List. What a great place! (Visiting my daughter, who is working in NYC for the summer.) The tagged book is my purchase here - I‘m a big fan of DFW‘s writing.

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Loved the writing and was fascinated by the main character‘s life in Moscow. One of my favorites of the March ToB short list so far. I don‘t even know which book won yet. After I get through the list, I‘ll go back and read the results. Better late than never! #ToB

Suet624 Oh, thank you for reminding me to find this book! 3w
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Even if we don‘t love a book, I think we often feel better for reading it because it takes us to some knowledge and understanding of lives different from our own. #ToB

Suet624 Exactly. 3w
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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I had never REALLY looked at trees. I will now. #ToB

Cathythoughts I was going to pass on this one ... but your comment is making me interested 3w
Freespirit Great book❤️ 2w
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Excellent storytelling, although I did have a little trouble keeping track of the characters. I recommend the audiobook, read by the author. #ToB #audiobook

Suet624 Such a lovely book. 2mo
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Think I‘ll read a bit of this one until I have to give up and get some 💤. Hope some of you are still reading away! #readathon #ToB

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Had some interruptions, but now starting this one for #readathon. Looks like it‘s going to be good! #ToB

Mitch Fab mug 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
readingjedi Love that mug 😍 2mo
Readerann @Mitch @readingjedi Thx, it‘s my favorite mug. I bought it at The National Portrait Gallery after seeing the painting. It‘s gorgeous! 2mo
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Samplergal It just came in my library holds! 2mo
ReadingSusan Oh my I love your mug so much!! 2mo
Readerann @Samplergal I‘m really enjoying it! 2mo
LauraBrook That one looks so good! Both the book and the mug, that is. Happy to see you‘re still at it. How‘s it going so far? 😘 2mo
Readerann @LauraBrook It‘s going well, although I never get as many pages read as I want to! Hoping to last for several more hours, but we‘ll see. As you mentioned, advancing age makes an all-nighter extra challenging. 😩😘 2mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Good morning (or afternoon/evening, depending on your location) fellow Readathonners! I am starting off my Dewey‘s RAT with this book in honor of my best friend, who read with me for so many years. I miss her terribly. Wishing you all many happy reading hours! #readathon #nationalbookaward
ETA: I finished this and liked it a lot!

LauraBrook Good morning, RAT buddy! I‘m glad you‘re here - and I‘m sorry I‘ve missed so much in your world while I was gone from the interwebs. She was such a beautiful, sweet girl. 😢💔 2mo
Readerann @LauraBrook Thanks. It‘s tough to say goodbye to our furry kids, isn‘t it? And I totally get the social media break - I think it‘s healthy! ❤️ 2mo
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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My stack for Dewey‘s Readathon tomorrow! (Hey, a girl has to have options for every mood.) 😁 I already started the two on the right, which I may or may not try to finish tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s stacks/updates! 📚📚📚🤓😍 #readathon @DeweysReadathon

BarbaraBB Great stack! 2mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘m going to go back and read all your ToB posts once I‘ve read the whole shortlist. I‘m so far behind. 😩 2mo
BarbaraBB Never mind! Just read The House of Broken Angels 😀😘 2mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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This one will take me awhile - savoring it. #ToB

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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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This is so skillfully written, I felt I was in the main character‘s head (especially since I‘m also a mother and married to an immigrant). I‘m not sure about the ending, but I did like the book. #ToB

Cathythoughts Nice review... I‘m adding to my audible stack 👍🏻 3mo
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My first on The Tournament of Books short list (I‘m attempting to read most of them). Although Hero‘s story should have been fascinating, something about the writing style didn‘t draw me in and I never really connected with her. #ToB

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This woman is a wonderful writer, but she makes you face some hard truths. Don‘t expect to feel particularly jolly after finishing this.

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Yes, Chef: A Memoir | Marcus Samuelsson
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I don‘t love to cook, but I love READING about cooking. Plus, this guy has had a very interesting life, from being an orphan in Ethiopia to becoming a top chef. It‘s now on my bucket list to go to his restaurant in New York.

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Scottoline published this in 2009. If she only knew! 😂😢😩 #foreshadowing

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I didn‘t quite get this one finished for #24in48, but I am loving it. I ended up with a lot of audiobook time. Final totals: 17 hr 50 min (8 hr 31 min audio, 9 hr 19 min reading), 717 pages. That‘s the best I‘ve ever done! Hope all participants had a great time!

GypsyKat You did great!!! 👏👏👏 5mo
Bookworm83 Wonderful! 📚🎉📚 5mo
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Death of a Village | M. C. Beaton
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Have had to mostly listen to audio today, but am settling in to read now. At 14 hr 13 min so far for #24in48. Congrats to those of you who reach the 24 hours! I probably won‘t ever make it (but that‘s ok).

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Ugh - the time is going too fast! So far I‘m at 7hr 54min for #24in48. I‘m about to have an early dinner and settle in with Michelle for the evening (just starting this one). It‘s convenient that the hubs is out of town! 😁

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At 3hr 55min so far for #24in48 (most of it on audio while watching muted basketball and Australian Open tennis). Hoping to rack up many hours today. 🤞

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A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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This isn‘t in my #24in48 stack because I thought I‘d finish it before today. Hopefully, I can get close to finishing it tonight before giving in to 💤 😴. Happy reading weekend, everyone! 🤓📚📚
P.S. The book is good, but I‘m having a hard time with how the Indians are portrayed. #1001books

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I finally got my stack together for #24in48! I have a couple of these on audio and a few others on the Kindle. I tried to select mostly shortish books I already own that I can fit into my reading challenge (Goodreads Seasonal Reading Challenge). Last I checked, there were almost 2,000 participants signed up. That‘s awesome!
@24in48

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Well, there went most of my Saturday. I couldn‘t put this down!

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Mary Barton | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I didn‘t quite reach my goal of 100 books, but I‘m happy with my reading year. The tagged book is the last one I read in 2018. I liked it, but not as much as ‘North and South‘.

sprainedbrain I need to get to North and South... I‘ve heard so much good about it. 5mo
Readerann @sprainedbrain It IS good! I‘m about to read my third Gaskell on the 1001 list (Cranford). 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Just now getting around to posting my Christmas book haul. I may have bought and wrapped a few of these for myself. 🤫😉😁Hope everyone‘s bookish Christmas wishes came true!

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Exceeded my expectations. For the first time, I feel like I really know something about what it was like to grow up under apartheid.

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I love Bryson. His curiosity and humor are right up my alley. The “bathroom” chapter had a lot of “ewww” moments, but it had to be in the book! 😁

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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Since we were in Monterey, I thought it was time to buy and read this. It‘s not my favorite Steinbeck, but with his style and rich characters I can‘t imagine not liking anything he has written. (By-the-way, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is awesome.) #1001books

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The Children Act | Ian McEwan
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Another McEwan hit. I love his writing.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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This gets a pick in a “shallow entertainment-don‘t expect too much” sort of way. Am I the only one who thought the movie was better than the book?

eraderneely I listened to the book on audio and I thought the narrator nailed all the snarky side characters. 7mo
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Mozart's Starling | Lyanda Lynn Haupt
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I LOVED this random library pick. “An unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative expression.” - NPR. This has also inspired me to get my gorgeous bird photographs (by New Zealand photographer Stewart Nimmo) framed and on the wall.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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My favorite book of #readathon. Highly recommended . Final totals: 9 hr 35 min (6 hr 45 min reading, 2 hr 50 min audio), 515 pages. I‘m pretty happy with that, considering I was gone most of the afternoon. Hope everyone had a great Readathon! ❤️👍👏📚📚

LauraBrook Whoa, those are some impressive stats! Congratulations!!!🍾 Maybe next time we will both have a quiet Readathon day. 🤞🏼 Thanks for being my buddy as always! 😚💖💖 8mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Finished two short-ish books for #readathon and am now 50 pages into this one. It‘s excellent so far. I suspect I‘ll have to get some sleep soon. I‘m going to an opera tomorrow afternoon and don‘t want to snooze through it! I‘m hoping to be back for the last hour of the RAT. Hope everyone has had a good time! I‘ll check on your posts and do a wrap-up tomorrow.

LauraBrook Woo, finishing two books is excellent work! Especially since you had to do something outside the house, it‘s hard to get back into the swing of things sometimes. Hope you‘re off and sleeping peacefully! 😚💖 8mo
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I‘m back from my outside commitment (a candidate forum), and can focus on #readathon now! Starting this book of short stories. I loved Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

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A Girl of the Limberlost | Gene Stratton-Porter
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Exercised a bit while listening to this. It was my mom‘s favorite book and I‘ve been meaning to read it for a long time. I have to go help with a candidate event in an hour, so I‘ll listen to audio in the car to and from. Can‘t believe it‘s already the 5th hour of #readathon!

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I‘ve been on a nonfiction kick lately, so I‘ll start off Dewey‘s #readathon with this little gem.

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Here‘s my stack for the #readathon and beyond. It‘s a tradition - I MUST have ten books! 🤓 This eclectic bunch should cover all my moods (including my severely impaired ability to focus at around 1:00 a.m. - that‘s when my friend, Nancy, steps in). Tomorrow is “tidy up, plan food” day. Excited to begin at 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Hope many Litsy friends are participating!
@DeweysReadathon

SamHeartCoffee A Girl of the Limberlost is wonderful and very near and dear to my Mom‘s heart. 8mo
Jinjer Yep! I‘ll be there!!!! 8mo
Readerann @SamHeartCoffee It was my mom‘s favorite book! I‘ve been meaning to read it for years. (edited) 8mo
Readerann @Jinjer Great! I‘ll look for your updates. 8mo
LauraBrook Good morning, my readathon pal! You‘ve got an awesome-lookin stack as usual. I hope you‘re hanging in there okay with your extra-early start! 8mo
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Ok, a few implausible plot lines, but the great characters make up for it.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Is it just me or does your shadow look like Darth Vader impaled by a giant tree....admittedly I‘m reading Star Wars right now so it‘s probably just me 🤪😂. I hope your book gets better. 8mo
Readerann @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ha Ha! Apparently, photographic composition is not one of my strong suits. I can see now that shadow is pretty overwhelming! 😁 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Readerann Please don‘t second guess yourself, it‘s a beautiful view... and it was just me, because literally no one else saw it but me. hahaha. That‘s what I get for trying to finish up my Star Wars book this weekend, Star Wars on the brain. Sometimes our brains work in mysterious ways when they interpret random shapes. 8mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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My first historical fiction set in Colombia. Excellent.

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THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA | Thomas Hardy
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Thomas Hardy ❤️👏 #1001books

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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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It took me a while to get into this, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. In return, it is going to stick with ME. As is the case with many #tournamentofbooks selections, it‘s unique. BTW, I looked up many of the old (1920‘s) blues recordings mentioned and they really do exist. #tob

BookwormM Loved this book 10mo
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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But...but...5 cents each! 😁😩 #librarysale

BarbaraBB Great pic 😂😍 10mo
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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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I actually liked this one better than ‘Rebecca‘. Suspense builds, but you‘re not hit over the head with foreshadowing.

Cathythoughts Recently read this too 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 11mo
MizDoniaBuding my current read...the movie was good too 10mo
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The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library | The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
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Laughing and crying at the same time. 😁😗😩😢

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I feel like Alexander Chee pours his guts into his writing. I wish I could be his friend.

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Just 30 pages into this one, but I am enjoying it. Final #24in48 stats: 15 hours 24 minutes. Hope everyone had fun. I sure did! What‘s better than having an excuse to read for a whole weekend?! 😀

Jess7 🎉📚🤗 11mo
GypsyKat Great job! 🎉📚⏱ 11mo
UwannaPublishme Yay!! Awesome job! 🙌🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 11mo
BekahB 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
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Well, that was intense. I have to give it a ‘pick‘ because I was deeply engrossed. Not sure I‘ll jump right into another Ng, however (this was my first). Time to come up for air and make my first #24in48 post of the day. I‘m at 11 hours 45 minutes. Back to it! 👍📚📚❤️

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And now a little audio before I turn in. I was happy to see this book released, as I like Harris‘s Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard series more than Sookie Stackhouse. At 5 hr 30 min for #24in48. Hope to do better tomorrow. Goodnight, all. 😴🌙💤

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I‘m enjoying this so far (50 pages in). Sitting at 4 hours for #24in48. This sweet old girl is 14 1/2 and the best reading companion ever! #dogsoflitsy

JoScho Sweet girl ❤️ 11mo
UwannaPublishme ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Thought I would finish this before #24in48, but instead it will be my first book completed of the readathon. George‘s novels are dark, but so cleverly written that I‘ll keep reading the Lynley series. Hope everyone is off to a great reading weekend!