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Joined December 2017

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
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Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn
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Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health by Gregory Gourdet, JJ Goode, EdD.
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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
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Thanksgiving | Ellen Cooney
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Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful day filled with joy.

AmyG Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁🍽 1d
TheSpineView And to you also!❤🦃 1d
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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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I loved this one! Pages, Squires, Vassels, Rootcraft, Bloodcraft, mediums, legacy, belonging, grief and love. Bree learned to find herself and grow in a place that as she said, was built by people who looked like her, but was never for them or her. The Order is a microcosm of the world at large and Bree has decided to step up and claim her place in it. Chunkster, but every page a gem. Ready for book two!

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What a fun little book. If you ever wonder why your eye is drawn to certain colors or shapes, or why there‘s a certain amount of space between shapes, wonder no more. An informative guide about how shapes and angles inform our emotions and draw, or repel, us to certain images.

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Very cleverly done. Really enjoyed this one. Charlotte meets Moriarty and his daughter and gets embroiled in the one case she can‘t refuse. As usual, this series gets better and better with each entry. Already wondering where the next one will go.

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robinb Ohhh, I can‘t wait! Thanks for sharing! 😊 5d
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I enjoyed this one…but I wish I‘d known ahead of time about the dog.

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A Solitude of Wolverines | Alice Henderson
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There was a point where I thought things had taken a really wrong turn somehow but all was made clear and then a lot of things clicked into place. Already looking forward to book two. Loved the Em Hansen mysteries by Sarah Andrews and the Anna Pigeon series from Nevada Barr. Alex Carter has that same naturalist spirit. Excited to continue this series.

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The Gravity of Us | Brittainy C. Cherry
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Hadn‘t read anything by Cherry before, but based on this one, I‘ll definitely be reading more. The story of Lucy and Graham seemed impossible and doomed, with all the odds stacked against them. You wanted to cry, cheer, weep, and beg for them to have some small measure of happiness together. Not a light and fluffy romance, but one that‘ll keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping and wondering.

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Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health | Gregory Gourdet, JJ Goode, EdD.
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This evening, I finished a puzzle, started two new reads, and enjoyed a snack. Life is good. 😁
Love the Lady Sherlock series and this cookbook looks excellent so far. Can‘t wait to try some of the recipes. The jerk cauliflower and roasted eggplant look particularly tasty.

robinb Would love to hear what you think of the new Lady Sherlock! I‘m looking forward to getting my hands on it. ❤️ 2w
4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a wonderful evening! 2w
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There was a lot in this one that I didn‘t know. I enjoyed the background and trivia on the landmarks and places he visited. It‘s interesting to see how two people can look at the same thing and come away with vastly different impressions. The epilogue made me want to cry when he spoke of how he saw his grandfather versus how his grandfather had been treated as a child growing up during segregation. One to think of long after finishing.

lele1432 I need to pick this one back up! 2w
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I thought I‘d like it more but it was just okay for me. Pacing and plot issues and at times the characters felt flat. Not bad overall, but the pieces just didn‘t come together enough to love it.

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The Russian Cage | Charlaine Harris
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Well, I can say that I‘ve read book three, and it‘s very readable, but wasn‘t really crazy about it. I liked seeing the characters again. But overall, book three in this series felt too simplistic and kinda slow. On the other hand, Harris writes in a way that makes it hard to put the book down.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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This one seemed timely. 😂

#humor #litsyhumor #halloween #halloweenlaughs

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This was an #audiolisten and I loved the different narrators voices. Five people of various ages and backgrounds get trapped in an old library during a fierce winter storm. They lose power and heat and must rely on each other to make it through til rescue comes. The diverse backgrounds and how they start to see beneath each other‘s veneers was well done. Nora seems stuck in a never-ending rut but redeems herself at the end. Recommend this one.

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I was not expecting a ghost story. A black woman returns to the home of her youth to attend a white childhood friend‘s plantation wedding. There‘s a lot going on in this book, and there are interesting characters. Some parts were really good and others were a bit of a stretch. Overall, it wasn‘t bad and the ending was not what it seemed at first glance.

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Winfred started drawing and painting scenes from his youth using leather tooling skills he learned in prison when he was in his 50‘s. He illustrates the cotton friends, Civil Rights protests, brutalities of incarceration, and even the lynchings of his youth, and includes meeting his wife and illustrates their relationship as well. Loved the art more than the stories, but the stories are short and explain the art.

#artbooks

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Untitled | Anonymous
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😂😂😂

Chelleo Dang…I feel attacked. I‘m a multitasker. 😂 1mo
SW-T @Chelleo LOL! I think we all are to some degree. 😉😂 1mo
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The Book Boyfriend | Karli Perrin
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LOL! Truth. 😂

#humor #litsyhumor

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The Final Girl Support Group | Grady Grady Hendrix
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Hendrix is definitely a go-to for me now. Timely read for Halloween. 😂

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This one wasn‘t for me. The friends weren‘t very likable, the main character wasn‘t very likable, and after she got her medical diagnosis from her doctor, she decided to use her boyfriend to get what she wanted. I get stress and anxiety making you do things you might not normally do, but I didn‘t get that impression here. Think it was all her. Might be for someone else, but I don‘t need the sequel. Moving on.

Chelleo I started it, put it down and never picked it back. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 1mo
SW-T @Chelleo Smart move! 1mo
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More please! Love this series more with each entry. 😁

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I think this would be great for young women, not just black women, who are veering off the expected path of marriage, religion, and motherhood. Keturah discusses how she came to terms with being happily childfree, single, and not following the faith of her childhood. What I really liked was her description of living as an expat in other countries, making new friends there, and learning more about other cultures with no restrictions.

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The Princess Trap | Talia Hibbert
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This early Hibbert had a lot more depth than expected. Not a light and fluffy read. Great preview of how she explores issues of race, illness, domestic abuse, and of course, romance.

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Home ec began as an intellectual haven for smart women―Black and white―who were otherwise blocked from studying science. These women were chemists, nurses, and marketers. They studied nutrition, health, and exercise, and along with testing parachutes, created astronaut food, and took bold steps in childhood development and education. They were innovators and businesswomen who changed what was known as the revolutionary science of better living.

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Love this series. This one involved a tricky crime and plenty of false trails while also doing a deep dive into how the various settlements formed. Ready for the next entry!

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If you enjoy anecdotes and trivia related to everyday household objects, then this is for you. This book reveals the fascinating stories behind more than 60 everyday household objects and furnishings. Every object has a story about it came to be that way, and this book explores them in a very approachable format.

wanderinglynn I love trivia like this! 1mo
Crazeedi @wanderinglynn so do I, looks light a very intriguing book 1mo
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The Queen of Blood | Sarah Beth Durst
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Loved the opening, then it took a while to pick back up. Lots of unexpected turns. I liked that Daleina wasn‘t the strongest magic user, not the fast runner, etc. But she had grit, determination, and compassion. Good read.

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We Are Each Other's Harvest | Natalie Baszile
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A collection of essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories that examines black people‘s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. It celebrates the farm culture and knowledge brought from Africa that passed to new generations of family. It pays tribute to the identity, culture, heritage, voices, and stories of black farmers and people of color, celebrating their perseverance and resilience.

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Make Mine Magic | Shanna Swendson
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I adored the Enchanted Inc series. Decided to try Swendson‘s magic series and it was equally delightful. Just the right touch of magic, a hint of romance, and a magic library. Delightful comfort read. Will certainly check out more of this series.

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There‘s a lot to like about this one, especially the historical information. But it took me a while to finish. Some of the subplots didn‘t seem to fit and at times I hit a snag on the writing style. But the history and characters were interesting, even if at times things didn‘t seem to hold together.

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I‘m loving this cookbook. So far, the recipes have all been big hits. Between the stories and the recipes, I‘m spending a lot more time baking than I used to. Love it. 🍞🥐🍰🧁🥮

#cookbooks #cookbookaddict #baking

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A Gentle Reminder | BIanca Sparacino
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Busy couple of weeks. Today was the perfect day for this carton. The weather was gorgeous. Our systems at work went down for a bit and our director told everyone to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. So I took a short walk, then enjoyed a cup of tea until things were up and running again. Sometimes it‘s hard to make yourself slow down and enjoy the little things. Plus, I started a new book after work and decided laundry could wait another day. 😊

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No matter how many times I look at Dilbert cartoons, they never grow old. Always good for a few chuckles.

#reread #comics #Dilbert

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
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Loved Zafir! He was awesome. Glad Dani figured things out and made the big gesture. Along with enjoying the book, I had fun checking out all the fan art. One more sister left in this trilogy. After Zafir and Redford, wondering what type of person Eve will get matched up with.

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LOL! Some days I look at my TBR stacks and feel like this. 😂😂😂

#humor #tacklingmttbr #tbrpile

AkashaVampie haha love this and totally agree! 2mo
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An interesting look at all types of craft, from metal to wood to clay and even handwriting. Gorges talks to and works with calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, woodworkers and more and looks at how the act of creating changes you. He also looks at dealing with failure, the search for perfection, and working through both triumph and grief. Didn‘t realize there was a tv show, but it sounds like it‘d be good.

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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Darker than expected, but I loved the character growth in this one. The situation with her dad was heartbreaking and seeing how her sister treated her was hard. But she figured things out and found the love and support she needed, at her own pace. Hoang really put a lot into this one and it shows.

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The Duchess of Rochester | Karyn Langhorne
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An Austen inspired novel complete with someone locked away. Liked the angle of looking for any contact or knowledge Austen had of people of color during her day. But, though the story was interesting enough to keep me reading, there was a need for more line editing. The story itself kind of went off the rails for a bit, but the resolution pulled it back together.

#austenadaptation

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Down Among the Dead | K. B. Wagers
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There Before the Chaos wasn‘t a bad entry to the trilogy, but it was very slow moving. Down Among the Dead picked up the pace a bit and dropped lots of clues about who the Farian gods really were and why there might be an intergalactic war coming. One more to go in this trilogy.

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marleed Absolutely! 2mo
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The Double Comfort Safari Club | Alexander McCall Smith
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Another excellent addition to the series. Love how Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makustsi brought in reinforcements to help deal with Phuti Radiphuti‘s aunt. Mma Pokowane is truly a force to be reckoned with!

Ruthiella Love this series! 😀 2mo
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There Before the Chaos | K. B. Wagers
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The adventures of Hailimi Bristol continue. Loved the Indranan trilogy and excited to start the Farian trilogy.

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Wisdom | Patrick Tylee
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Books don‘t read themselves, and housework is still housework. 😉😂

#humor

marleed I love this! 3mo
Ruthiella Word! ❤️ 3mo
bthegood I don't want to be remembered for my clean house😊 3mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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😂😂😂

#humor #litsyhumor

SamAnne Love this! 3mo
Reggie Lololol 3mo
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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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The downside of finishing a good book in a series is waiting for the next one. Love this series! Gethsemane Brown is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. Love the Midsomer reference in this one. 😂

Liatrek Absolutely love this series! I can‘t till the next on is released. 3mo
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Finished several books recently, including the tagged. Well…the ending wasn‘t quite what I expected, but upon reflection not sure how else it could‘ve concluded. This trilogy had great world building and interesting characters. Curious how they‘ll adapt it to the screen.

SamAnne It‘s being turned into a movie??!!!! 3mo
SamAnne @SW-T thanks for the share! Better get busy and finish the trilogy and tackle the Inheritance Trilogy. It‘s great Jemisin the one doing the adapatation. 3mo
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For the #DowntonAbbey fans 😄 I liked the series and the movie too.

Ruthiella 😹😹😹 3mo
Reggie Lolololol 3mo
Nebklvr 😂 3mo
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Execution in E | Alexia Gordon
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Chores are done, so enjoying an afternoon read with a cup of coffee (caramel truffle) and a good book. Love weekend reading. 🥰

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I think is even better than White Fragility. Both should be read, but if you only pick one, I think this should be it.

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Sometimes you need quotes and this a thoughtfully curated collection. Some are inspiring, some humorous, some mood lifting or self affirming. One that stuck with me was this one: “And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” ~ Sana Dabbas

#quotes

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Untitled | Ernest Cline
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#WondrousWednesday

1. Sometimes. But if I can guess too much I end up not liking it as much.
2. Kushiel‘s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey, and the Gesthemane Brown mysteries.
3. Love a good quest story.
4. My herb garden. Made a lovely pesto to go with some pasta tonight.

Thanks for the tag @Eggs and @RaeLovesToRead 😁

Eggs Mmmm fresh pesto😋😋 Thanks for playing 📚🤗🙌🏻 3mo
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