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Joined December 2017

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
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“Readers can get their hands on books for free and get paid to read them while WordsRated can produce more studies that will hopefully have an impact on publishing, writing and books as a whole."

Article about the program:
https://www.newsweek.com/read-books-company-pay-cash-novel-finish-1705684?amp=1

To apply:
https://wordsrated.com/bibliophile-at-large/

Good luck, Littens!

Jemgirl2014 I‘ve been looking for a gig like this! Thanks! 8h
Hooked_on_books I saw this earlier today and applied. What a fun find! 7h
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Yes, if you‘re reading this, it means you. 🥰

#positivepost #positiveenergy #positivity

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Doing a free trial on Audible and while browsing spotted Haunt the Johnsons by Mandee Johnson, Joel Mandelkorn, Jude Tedmori, and Alex Hanpeter. An over-achieving teenager in New York City accidentally becomes a medium and starts to crack from seeing ghosts everywhere. Her parents move her to a small town….and a haunted house. It was a fun listen.

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Love this selection of titles.🥰

Indie Book Awards: the shortlist has been revealed and it‘s full of summer holiday reading material

https://www.stylist.co.uk/books/best-books-summer-2022/659560

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Lovely post - enjoy!

“There are so many personal benefits of reading – no matter the genre. They can provide you with purpose, uplift your mood, give you new energy, help you through a difficult time or step away from one for a bit, connect you with someone in a situation just like yours or bring you into a new world you didn‘t know existed. They bring a sense of comfort and wonderment.”

https://www.jctarpbooks.com/get-lost/why-reading-is-cool

Zoes_Human What if you're already a book-sniffing, feral librarian? (Asking for a friend 😳) 2d
SW-T @Zoes_Human Then “your friend” has no worries! 😂😂😂 8h
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Canada‘s first romance only bookstore opens. Online only for now. Looks like they have a wide, and pretty diverse, selection of titles and authors to choose from.


https://happilyeverafterbooks.ca/

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Defekt | Nino Cipri
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Loved it! I enjoyed Finna and Defekt didn‘t disappoint. I feel like reading both again, back to back. Derek was great and to have multiple versions was even better. Excellent read. ❤️

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Cute cozy. Liked the relationship between Melanie and her grandmother Liza. Good start to a series, especially if you like cozies and ghosts. Will definitely try the next book.

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I‘d heard him mentioned on a history show, but didn‘t know much about him. Saw this at the library and figured I‘d give it a try. Raised in segregationist Mississippi he became a distinguished pilot, founder of the Tuskegee Institute‘s school of aviation, a bold defender of Ethiopia during the 1935 Italian invasion, and, finally, founder of the Ethiopian Air Force. Great for history and aviation history buffs. True success story.

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Bug Spray: A Tale of Madness | Felix I D Dimaro
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Weird, but good! Liked the ending too. Saw the review from @ReadingOver50 and had to check it out.

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LOL! This sounds incredibly familiar! 😂😂😂

#humor

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Hopepunk | Preston Norton
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Short but interesting read on hope punk, novels that focus on hope and redemption. Hope is something we can all use a dose of now and then.

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220113-the-sci-fi-genre-offering-radical-h...

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Enjoyed the dual storylines and how the character‘s backgrounds are revealed. Especially liked all the references to real celebrities of the day, notorious and otherwise, like Capone, Cab Calloway, Oscar Micheaux, Louis Armstrong, and the black Valentino, Lorenzo Tucker. Plot twists kept things interesting.

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😂😂😂

#humor #litsyhumor

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 2w
AmyG Ha! 2w
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Fallen Angels Book Club | R. Franklin James
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Everyone in book club is a white collar criminal. One night they argue about a book and the next day a member ends up dead…killed like the character in the book they read. Interesting premise, and plot, decent writing, but wasn‘t crazy about the actual characters. Might try the next book in the series just to see how it goes.

Nute Too bad about not liking the characters because the storyline sounds so good. 2w
SW-T @Nute Yeah. For some reason they just didn‘t work for me. Premise was great though! 😂 2w
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The Weird Sisters | Eleanor Brown
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So I got stuck on the didn‘t get arrested for embezzlement part. Really? But it was the big dark secret for one sister and her reason for coming home and staying there after getting the news about her mom‘s diagnosis. The sisters weren‘t bad, and though I like Shakespeare, the dad only spoke in Shakespeare quotes and it got kind of old after a while. Though it was supposed to show how they were raised. Felt contrived more than eccentric.

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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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So if you dated someone for 8 years, broke up, and he was engaged to your younger sister within 3 months, and your parents told you to be supportive, you‘d be living our heroines life. The publisher she works for doesn‘t do “genre” and she wants to write romance novels. She‘s also kind of jaded about relationships right now. Predictable, but also sweet, fun, and hopeful. Enjoyable, lighthearted read overall with some self discovery and growth.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems | William Shakespeare
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😂😂😂

#humor

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I wasn‘t sure what to expect when I checked this one out of the library, but I ended up glad I got it. A thoughtful exploration of how Andre Henry decided to stop arguing with white people who denied racism and it‘s legacy. Just day to day interactions and their implications. Not protest rallies and parades, but holiday gatherings, workplace interactions, and other daily activities. He reconsidered his connections to both white and black friends.

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Girl In Ice | Erica Ferencik
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Mehso-so

Still working on a couple things, and while the tagged wasn‘t bad, it was hard to suspend belief and simply enjoy the plot. Slow pace didn‘t help. We have a stereotypical mad scientist, his enigmatic assistant, the divers, and our linguist, who‘s troubled, lonely, and grieving. The secret to why the frozen girl revived was hard to believe and the ending wasn‘t the strongest. Interesting concept though.

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This this one offers a lot of inter-generational selections great for get-togethers and getting the entire family involved in the kitchen.

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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon | Alexander McCall Smith
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This series is still as heartwarming as ever. Fun to watch Mma Makutsi settle into her new role and see how Mma Ramotswe solves cases with Mma Makutsi on maternity leave. The two continue to make a great team and their friendship evolves yet again. 😊

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I loved her first book and this one was just as good, if not better. Wonder what she‘ll do for a third? I certainly hope there is a third!

#memoir

Zoes_Human Me too! Did you read a print or an audio? She does a marvelous job of narrating as well! 3w
SW-T @Zoes_Human It was audio. I read a print copy of her first one. Audio for memoirs is great since you get to hear them tell their own stories. 😊 3w
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What a twisty tale. The first copy sank with the Titanic and the second was burned in the Blitz. Perhaps the universe was trying to say something? There is a third copy…under lock and key, which is probably for the best!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-57683638

#trivia #booktrivia

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RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😹😂 1mo
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Wolfsbane | Rhiannon Held
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Yes, for lots of reasons. For example, I forgot I had the tagged. Other times it‘s the last of a series I don‘t want to end just yet, I got distracted by something else, or my interest waned over time.

2. Cough cough…years🙄

@TheSpineView @LiteraryinLawrence @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kyndrill @TheIntrovertedDodoBird @IndoorDame @Anya09

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Have a great day! ❤📚❤ 1mo
Kyndrill I totally understand about not wanting to finish a series quite yet! I‘m deliberately leaving some of the Discworld books unread so I can slowly savor them☺️ 1mo
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This is true. 😂

#humor

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I remember the books and the movies. R.I.P. Ms.MacLachlan. 😢

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Yum!

Loving the recipes in this one. 😋

#cookbooks #cookbookaddict #cookbooklove

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This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
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A hard one to review. I loved the premise, the writing style, and how it showed the complexity of different kinds of grief. On the other hand, Tallie‘s therapy methods seemed questionable, she and “Emmett” based their relationship on lies, Emmett pretending to be Tallie and emailing her ex Joel was inappropriate and the ending felt abrupt and incomplete. For every plus there was a minus. Overall, glad I read it, but it was often frustrating.

LiteraryinLawrence I was frustrated too even though I was looking forward to this one. 1mo
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The #audiolisten was amazing. Can‘t think of a thing I didn‘t like about it. Yes, it was violent in places, but that fits both the characters and the people they‘re dealing with. Not the type to solve things with words. Really like how they stayed true to themselves throughout, but that they were still able to grow without changing the essential bits of who they were. Love, love, loved this one.

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Liked it well enough. Loved the backstage look at the music business. Feel like this was a good standalone but there‘s another book coming out. Wondering if this one will feature Candi more and give some backstory about what caused her downhill slide.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover ❤️📚 1mo
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Little snippets of science on every page and they cover so much. Thermodynamics, the solar system, the electric current in your house, your car engine, circulatory system, gravity, plant pollination, and more. Love that they‘re just little snippets in plain language that you can read and absorb at your own pace. A great book that‘s packed full of the rules of science in a uniquely approachable way.

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This one wasn‘t for me. Could tell it was well researched. Some authors can put together a good narrative with relatively little information. Others have to insert “it‘s believed” or “experts think” or “it‘s unknown” into the mix. That, for me, halts the narrative too much so it‘s start-stop-start-stop and there was enough of that here to be distracting. Appreciate the effort to tell the story, but the method didn‘t work well for me.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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The movie Undercover Brother came to mind a couple times. Instead of delivering mind altering chemicals through food, it‘s hair products. Microagressions, office politics, respectability politics, and more were covered. Had some small issues (uneven pacing in spots for example), but overall a good read. Just enough darkness to provide atmosphere but not enough to lose sleep over. Would certainly try this author again.

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Chelleo Aww, thanks for tagging me ☺️ 1mo
Tera66 Thank you for the tag, friend!😺 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 1mo
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This sounds true. 😉😂

#humor #litsyhumor

RaeLovesToRead Crying 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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This was an #audiolisten and also my favorite of her books so far. Think she has definitely grown as a writer and person and found her voice. Look forward to seeing what she does next.

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Always blame the shelf. 😂

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AmyG I can hear his voice saying that. 😂 2mo
BiblioLitten 😁😁 2mo
SilversReviews Oh my….I love this!! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
SW-T @AmyG Me too. 😂 2mo
SW-T @SilversReviews Welcome. 😂 2mo
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God of Lost Words | A J Hackwith
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Loved the ending to this trilogy. But oh, it made me sad to think that was the end.

#trilogy #trilogylove

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Read My Pins | Madeleine Albright
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R.I.P. Ms. Albright

The tagged was a good book. Highlighted her wit, charm, wisdom, and political savvy. Got to see an exhibit of her pins in person. Extensive collection of varying styles and sizes.

wanderinglynn So sad! Sone years ago, I read her memoir. What a fascinating person. 2mo
sprainedbrain 💔 2mo
Chrissyreadit Amazing Woman 🙌💔 2mo
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Not sure if anyone else is following this, but Sanderson has some interesting thoughts on bookstores, Kickstarter, and publishing in general.

Brandon Sanderson Talks About His Record-Breaking Kickstarter: https://comicbook.com/irl/news/brandon-sanderson-kickstarter-interview-part-1/

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#humor #LitsyHumor

(St Patrick is said to have driven all the snakes out of Ireland. Because sometimes we need a reminder. A belated Happy St Patrick‘s Day!)

vivastory 😂 😂 2mo
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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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A middle grade book that thoughtfully and carefully addresses some dark adult topics, such as racism, privilege, class, and death. Enjoyed Ophie‘s determination and resourcefulness. Loved how the houses and the ghosts were all portrayed as strong secondary characters. The time period and social norms of the day were an excellent backdrop for the ghosts Ophie met and engaged with while working at the manor.

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EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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It made me think of Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (which I liked) and a bit of Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. With that said, wasn‘t really crazy about it. What I did like was that instead of dating material, vampires were back to being dark and scary creatures no human would want to run into. So basically a captive telling his story, with lots of violence tossed in, and a search for the Holy Grail sprinkled on top.

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The Library: A Fragile History | Andrew Pettegree, Arthur der Weduwen
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An odd book. While it says it‘s a comprehensive history of the library, it spends a lot of time on white male Europeans who were private collectors. Glances over places like China, Tibet, India, and Japan. Some of the information seemed out of date, other information inaccurate, and they contradict themselves in some spots. Felt like a couple academics with dreams but no real world exposure decided to publish a big book to show their friends.

Chelleo 😂🤣😂 Love this review! 2mo
SW-T @Chelleo Thanks. The book made it easy. 😉🤣 2mo
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The geopolitical information was in depth and obviously well researched. Included space, the next frontier, as well. The style was a bit dry and felt like sitting in a lecture hall, but the information itself was interesting and insightful. Certainly learned a lot.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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If you love epic multigenerational family sagas, this is the book for you. If chunksters make you happy, it‘s the book for you. If you just like a good read, this is the book for you. Loved how it followed a Creek family, a white family, and a black family…and how their interconnectedness is revealed over time. While there‘s a lot of darkness in this one, there‘s also a lot of hope, joy, personal agency, and growth.

TrishB All those things apply! I just need to get to it! 2mo
jlhammar Loved this one. Was happy to see that it just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. 2mo
Cathythoughts All these work for me , except ‘chunkster‘… but I think it will be a great read 👍❤️ 2mo
SW-T @jlhammar Me too. 2mo
SW-T @TrishB @Cathythoughts Hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it. ☺️ 2mo
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Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? | Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
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Loved it! As I was reading, I kept thinking of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. When I read that one I found myself frustrated by the heroine, but here, I was rooting for Yinka the whole way. Family pressure, job issues, romance issues, friend drama…watched Yinka falling apart and slowly putting herself back together into a stronger, fuller, more well-rounded whole person. Laughed, cried, and cheered for Yinka. Enjoyable read.

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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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There is a comfort listed for everyone. If peanut butter toast isn‘t for you, it might be getting up and taking a shower and a walk. Exactly as titled, this book of comforts is a comfort read. What‘s really nice is that you can pick a section or a comfort and don‘t have to read in sequential order. If you have limited time or trouble focusing, that can be a comfort as well.