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Joined December 2017

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
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Enjoyed this look at humanity finding their footing in the intergalactic community. Aliens and humans used a reality show to get their points across. The eripi were a good look at what happened when the trial period wasn‘t properly handled and how status could easily be changed from full citizens to drudges. Nice if you like sci-fi, aliens, space doctors, family drama, and clean romance.

*Didn‘t see this in the Litsy database.

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In the beginning it was slow and rambling and I was tempted to quit. But then suddenly I was caught up in the story and the characters and I was swept along until the end. Not sure I could tell you everything that happened but glad I stuck with it.

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Gertie and Hedy were enjoyable characters and Bingham Books made a great setting. Hemingway the dog was a bonus. Wonderful to see people pull together and lend a helping hand when it‘s needed most and to watch them develop their own found family.

#fiction #WWIIFiction

Monica5 Wasn't this a good book 1mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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You really never know what people are going through. Heartbreaking, maddening, humorous, vulnerable, resilient, and encouraging. It says a lot about the human spirit that she could survive all that and not be completely jaded and bitter. I hope her future is a bright, healthy, and happy one.

#nonfiction #memoir

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So true! 😂😂😂

#litsyhumor #humor

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The snow pea and pecorino salad was a great surprise and the angry grandma pizza crust turned out well. Always enjoy trying recipes from Perelman.

#cookbook

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There‘s a section on double layer cakes where you can mix and match batters, fillings, and icings and create your own cake from the different selections. The single layer cakes were also interesting. Tons of decorating tips, gorgeous photos and not your typical flavor combinations. But parts seem inaccessible…how much time does the average person have to make one of these? Great for passionate bakers, maybe not so much for casual bakers. #cookbook

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I enjoyed the historical background and research that went into this one. Laura and Sadie both had interesting stories. Having the mystery of the book thefts take place in the library was a clever way to tie the two timelines together.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I debated on watching this, reading the text, or audiolistening. Chose to #audiolisten and the audio made it interesting. Enjoyed how the different viewpoints developed and wove together. It also made me want to try black cake. 😂

#audiolisten

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I live 2 miles away from 1 branch, 3.4 miles away from a second branch, and work a block away from the main branch. My address is an EJT though, so I‘m a non resident. To me this change is great news. Can‘t wait til March arrives. Hopefully this is good news to other Littens also.

#austinpubliclibrary

https://communityimpact.com/austin/south-central-austin/government/2023/12/14/au...

Soubhiville Sweet! I‘ve been in Pflugerville for years and paying because Austin has better availability on Libby. I‘m about to move far away and plan to keep using Austin electronic services, so this is pretty exciting! 2mo
SW-T @Soubhiville Excellent! Glad the news was helpful. 😄 2mo
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Good advice! 😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Juniper Song is problematic in so many ways. It‘s interesting to see her rationalize her decisions as the book progresses and how she manages to make everything about her and the wrongs done to her, all the way to the bitter end. Very cleverly done. Enjoyed it.

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TheBookgeekFrau You and me both 🤣😂 4mo
dabbe 🤣🤩🤗 4mo
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Pagination Bookshop | Springfield, MO (Bookstore)
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I was passing through Springfield, MO and took a little time out to explore this charming bookstore. Nice selection of books and helpful staff made it a worthwhile stop. They also had a fun selection of bookish swag such as socks, earrings, and board games.

LeeRHarry Great name! 😊 4mo
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Assistant to the Villain | Hannah Nicole Maehrer
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Loved it! My only problem with it is that apparently book two comes out in 2024. Sigh.

Skeeterisme @SW-T Agree! 4mo
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This book on grief covers everything from losing a family member to losing a job, pet, friendship or sentimental item. It also talks about the physical response our bodies have to grief and provides sample responses to give (or not give) when you or someone close to you is going through a loss. Even how to tell someone you aren‘t ready to talk about your grief at this time. Gentle, compassionate and kind, it‘s one you can revisit as needed.

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Fun #audiolisten. Enjoying this series.

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One Summer in Savannah: A Novel | Terah Shelton Harris
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This was a different way to look at forgiveness. The audio really brought the characters to life. Each character has to deal with forgiveness and moving forward in their own way. No easy decisions here. While parts of it seemed far fetched at first glance it was all woven together into a pattern that helped the characters confront the past and move fully into their futures.

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Ghoulish co-owners Max and Lori Booth decided to crack open a ghostly bookshop in Selma, TX after running their own haunted publishing house for about a decade. They carry all types of horror books for all ages, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, crafts, and coloring books. The tagged is one of the books they published.

Their website:
https://ghoulish.rip/

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Entertaining #audiolisten full of intrigue and blackmail. I liked how the backstory was slowly unveiled explaining the tensions between the characters and how perception and reality were different for each one. Seeing the caste system and cultural references in action were interesting as well.

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Absolutely loved the audiobook. Every Cosby book I listen to seems to be better than the last. Cosby has a gift with making his characters feel like real people. Great characters, plot, and narration made this one awesome.

#authorcrush

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Paper Cuts | Ellery Adams
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Being a triathlete is hard work, but someone‘s gotta do it. 😉😂

Love this series and looking forward to this one.

dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s my kind of athletics! 7mo
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Some days this is very true….😂😂😂

#bookwormproblems

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A Light in the Dark | Miranda Sapphire
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Beast was the ultimate cinnamon roll hero. He was under a curse and the fae who cursed him was in violation of the QuestingGuild rules. Claire came along and actually saw him for who he was now, not the teen who‘d gotten himself cursed for lacking courage. She decided to get him help and break his curse. Claire had a good backstory also and they gave each other exactly what the other needed. Slow burn, strong friendship, found family love story.

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What the Fang? | Stacey Kennedy
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They had me at pet dragons. 😂

LiteraryinLawrence Even this title makes me smile! 7mo
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Translation State | Ann Leckie
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A welcome return to the Imperial Radch universe. Clever and twisty read.

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I liked it. A cozy for sure but covered some things I wasn‘t expecting. Poppy‘s health issues made her seem more real and fully fleshed out. While she was a widow it was interesting to learn about the relationship she had with her husband and how it came about. Enjoyed her sleuthing and how she eventually figured things out.

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Maybe it was the audio, but Lucy just seemed really, really whiny and she annoyed me. Seemed to have unrealistic expectations regarding the adoption process and made promises to Christopher that she wasn‘t in a position to keep at the time she made them. The whole thing seemed unrealistic. Wasn‘t nuts about Hugo either. Christopher and Jack were okay. Okay, but not a feel-good read for me.

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Lady of Ashes | Christine Trent
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Loved the historical details in this one and how her commitment to her career began to clash with her marriage and her husband‘s aspirations. Really added depth to the story. Looking forward to the next entry in the series.

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The Blood Trials: A Novel | N. E. Davenport
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Dystopian YA where young adults have to survive deadly trials to become warriors. Ikenna has another mission though, and it‘s to find out who killed her grandfather. Liked the audiobook version of this one, though occasionally Ikenna‘s impulsiveness got old. But she‘s grieving and angry and mistrustful of pretty much everyone around her, so her stress outburst also make sense. Definitely reading book two. Curious about how things will turn out.

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More memoir than birding, but a good read. Cooper has a very interesting background and I‘m glad to see his book out. He makes birding look approachable and accessible to everyone and with his background makes blerds look pretty cool. Glad to meet him through his words.

#memoir

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A friend suggested this and I was skeptical at first, but it ended up being super charming, and super sweet. Viktor and Lucy were absolutely adorable. If you like romance, it‘s worth checking out. Loosely based on Frankenstein, it shows “monsters” in a whole new light. Loved the part where he brought the dogs home. 🥰

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Didn‘t know what to expect but it wasn‘t insta-love. Love, love, loved it! Definitely one I‘ll read again.

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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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Mehso-so

Some humor, some charm, but didn‘t stand out either.

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I tried the printed version, then the audio. Plot sounded interesting, but the execution didn‘t work for me, so decided to move on. This one just not for me.

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People Person | Candice Carty-Williams
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Really liked this one. The siblings, Cyril, and the mothers were all fully developed and realistic. Enjoyed seeing Dimple develop relationships with her siblings and seeing each of them navigate their own relationship with Cyril. It was nice to see the tension and mistrust between them, along with the developing closeness, which made their newly formed relationships richer and more realistic as the story developed.

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LOL! Some days it seems that way. 😁📚

dabbe That's pretty much correct! 🤩🤣😍 8mo
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Engaging read. Learned a lot about her, her career and the cast of Little House.

#nonfiction #memoir

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Tress of the Emerald Sea | Brandon Sanderson
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Bit of whimsy for adults and YA readers. Not quite a fairy tale but close. It is an adventure, coming of age, and young love story for sure. Tress is resourceful and smart and makes a great heroine. Quick read to pass some time.

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Great selection of recipes, including tapas, dumplings, and salads, with both meat and veggie dishes, dips, sauces, and serving ideas for pretty much any occasion. Nice selection.

#cookbook

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The recipes look good but you need ingredients like togarashi, chermoula and einkorn flour for many of them. Also, there‘s a breakfast porridge that “comes together quickly” but when you read the instructions, it takes over an hour. So not horrible, but maybe not quick either. If you have time, access to all the ingredients and want something different, a good cookbook that targets specific health concerns.

#cookbook

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This looks like it‘ll be a fun read. Only a chapter in, but liking it so far. Look forward to seeing where it goes.

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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Loved the historical fiction elements and how seamlessly the western and horror elements were blended in. The setting was the perfect vehicle and liked how LaValle showcased the strong, independent and diverse women in the story. Meeting the townspeople and her fellow travelers showcased well how sometimes monstrous things aren‘t always in monstrous packages. Plus, that opening! We meet Adelaide front and center.

#historical #western #horror

Aimeesue Lavalle is so good! 9mo
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Murder at the Mena House | Erica Ruth Neubauer
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Surprisingly refreshing. Jane was a fun heroine to get to know. Liked how her background was revealed and how she used her wits to investigate. Really liked the setting as well. Redvers was interesting and got to understand a bit more about Aunt Millie‘s odd behaviors as the story progressed. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.

#mystery

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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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I ended up liking the concept more than the execution. Seemed to have a lot of build up but lacked follow through. Wasn‘t bad, but somehow not a lot of emotional impact or connection. As people struggled to make decisions or figure out their next steps, the impact on them and their families was seen more than felt.

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Rambo and Nurse Ratched! 😂😂😂 Loved the audio for this one. It really brought all the characters to life. Looking forward to Klune‘s next one.

#audiolisten

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R.I.P.

GHABI4ROSES I never saw that coming. 9mo
eeclayton 💔 9mo
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The practice treating a secular book as scared text was interesting. Zoltan primarily uses Jane Eyre, but also Little Women, Harry Potter, and The Great Gatsby. If you love reading, have a book you turn to constantly, or like to write notes in margins, you might be doing it already. An interesting and thought provoking read dealing with legacy and identity and of course, how books help us deal with every facet of our lives.

emz711 Have you listened to her podcast? They did a harry potter one and now are branching out to other works 9mo
SW-T @emz711 No, I haven‘t yet. Now that I‘ve read her book I might give it a try. 9mo
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Cat reasoning. 😹

#humor #pets

Ruthiella So true! 😹 9mo
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Legends and Lore of Texas Wildflowers | Elizabeth Silverthorne
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We had a freeze a while back and lost some small trees and several branches off the larger ones. But the added sunlight let us have a wildflower garden this year. We enjoy sitting outside identifying various flowers as they bloom. It gets plenty of visitors: hummingbirds, insects, lizards, butterflies, and plenty of songbirds. Our patio plants are also happy. 🦎🐝🐌🦋 Out neighbor‘s cat likes napping in the flowers too. 😂