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SamAnne

SamAnne

Joined January 2019

I seek books that help me understand the world and books that let me escape it. Love rivers, dogs, gardens and the Big Outside.
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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Started this one tonight. I love SGJ but this one might have too much gore for me. And I think, I should work on getting better at handling gore to read a good story….and then I wonder if that is really something I want to aspire to? 😂😬😂😬😂😬 #Scarathalon #TeamSlaughter

MsRadioSilence Hey Sam! Could you shoot me an email with the tracking number for the LLFS? I wanna make sure it wasn‘t stolen out of my apartment building‘s mail room (which has apparently been a big issue recently 😒 i can‘t wait to move) 2mo
wanderinglynn Hi Sam! Do you have an estimate on when you will ship your #HauntedHollowSwap box to your match? 1mo
Chrissyreadit Hope you are ok! Sending The Round House back to you today ❤️ 1mo
wanderinglynn I just emailed you. Please respond ASAP. 1mo
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Life has been busy so just getting my #BookSpinBingo board together. I need it this month because I can‘t decide what to read! I might even score my first Bingo this month with #Scarathon #TeamSlaughter #Screamathon challenges. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 2mo
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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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What a fun read! Vampire story meets Aztec history/lore meets crime thriller featuring a jaded hard bitten female detective with Mexico City as the backdrop. My favorite Moreno-Garcia novel yet! Offered me a mental break from my battle with the developers who want to turn that forest—which should be added to the park it is adjacent to—into 7 homes. Wish me luck. It breaks my heart. #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalon #Screamathon @Clwojick

BookwormAHN Good luck 🍀 2mo
SamAnne This is taken from my deck looking out at my garden. 2mo
SamAnne Oh, and I just got my unintended joke. Story with vampires. Hard bitten female detective.😂😂😂😂 2mo
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TheRiehlDeal Such a shame that those trees will have to get cut down. At least plant new trees if your going to cut them down. 2mo
SamAnne @TheRiehlDeal we aren‘t proposing to cut them down! A developer wants to. And they are 100, 150 years old. But I am a damn good squeaky wheel and have news crews coming out this week! We might stop it. Don‘t mess with a grassroots organizer. 2mo
TheRiehlDeal @SamAnne I know you aren‘t. I‘m just saying— rhetorically speaking — if you‘re going to cut trees down then plant new ones. Hopefully it turns out in your favor! 2mo
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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘m loving this crime noir meets Aztec lore meets True Blood style vampires. What a hoot. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is always a fun read. Perfect to begin #Scarathalon #TeamSlaughter Action Jackson would rather I play ball. #screamathon

wanderinglynn That face! ❤️🐶 Too precious! 2mo
Dilara I did a double take - I thought the ball was a peeled onion! 2mo
Sleepswithbooks 🐶🥰🐶🥰 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😁🐶 2mo
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Absolutely loved Circe. This one is making me laugh out loud with the purple prose and tunic-ripping purple prose. I‘m not a romance reader and this one is feeling like a Harlequin. I‘m told it gets better after 160 pages or so. Am reading a chapter a day…”He smelled like almonds and earth. He pressed against me, crushing my lips to wine.” These kinds of sentences are on replay….

jdiehr What? No mention of throbbing manhood?? 2mo
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I‘m really going to need #BookspinBingo to help me choose my October reads. I switched things up with more mysteries (but I still need a few monsters for the season) since I am #TeamSlaughter for #Scarathlon! #Screamathon @Clwojick @4thhouseontheleft @TheAromaofBooks Oh and I get my first 50 points! Let the games begin.

Zoes_Human Love Silvia Moreno-Garcia! Both of those are good. 2mo
SamAnne Mexican Gothic is a reread for me—my book club chose it. And I‘m looking forward to discussing it! @Zoes_Human (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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These are some working titles for #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter Spooky reads, mystery reads will definitely include Karin Slaughter (of course!), Silvia Moreno Garcia #LatinxHeritageMonth Tana French, S.A. Crosby Stephen Graham Jones (gotta have some monsters), and Nordic Noir. Final list depends on library holds. I will need #BookspinBingo to help with decisions!. @Clwojick @StayCurious

5feet.of.fury Oooh great stack! I‘ve really been wanting to read My Sister, the Serial Killer. 2mo
Clwojick Ahhhh! You‘ve got some good books in this stack! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice stack 😱 2mo
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Loving this read so far. Sneaking in some reading before meeting a friend and a great cocktail bar. And I love a bar that lets my dog in too!

Leftcoastzen Dog Bar! There was one in Fairfax,Ca.that let dogs in . 2mo
SamAnne @Leftcoastzen I love that my city is pretty chill about these things. Several bars have given him total bar access because he is a great bar dog!! I respect folks who don‘t want dogs in their space but I frequent ones that are fine. And all he does is curl up next to my chair. 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good time all round ! Enjoy ❤️ 2mo
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I want to give a warm welcome to a new Litten, my good friend Sherry Jones! She is an author with a bent for historical fiction and a good human on this planet. Her last book was on Josephine Baker! Welcome Sherry to this quirky warmhearted community of readers around the world. @SherryJones

Karkar @LitStephanie welcome to Litsy!! 2mo
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Ruthiella Welcome to Litsy @SherryJones ! 😀 2mo
LitStephanie Hi Sherry! Welcome to Litsy! @SherryJones 2mo
SherryJones Thank you, Sam, and everyone! It‘s great to see old friends and new here. I love to write and I love to read — it‘s hard to say which I enjoy more — and I am super psyched about this site, and the chance to talk about books with you all. I write historical fiction (mostly) but I read everything that‘s good! 2mo
TiredLibrarian Welcome @SherryJones 👋🏻😊 2mo
Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy! @SherryJones (edited) 2mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy @SherryJones 🙂👋 2mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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I know he isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I am very much looking forward to Richard Powers' new novel. The Overstory is one of my favorite reads on the past decade, and one that I will revisit. I really appreciate Tracy K. Smith's review in today's NYT (one of my favorite poets!) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/books/review/bewilderment-richard-powers.html... And have to share 👇

SamAnne The first review of Bewilderment in the NYT, from last week. It is the harshest book review I ever remember reading in the Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/books/review-bewilderment-richard-powers.html... Who the f**k is Mr Garner anyway? I will reread Smith's review before beginning my read. 2mo
Ruthiella I liked The Overstory but with reservations. But I think I‘m going to give this one a go. He is such an intelligent guy. 2mo
Jeg Overstory was the book that made me really think and I joined a political party because of it. Will look out this book 2mo
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Wayward | Dana Spiotta
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And women report their “blow-by-blow election night story with the same boring annotated specificity with which women report their labor narratives after giving birth…”. I love this dark humor novel making me laugh at myself….How many times have I told my story? 😂😬🥲🥲

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Not my cup of tea. More YA than I was expecting. It is 20 years old and only recently translated into English. Sexism and judgement against women pervades. Frankly was shocked to get to the end and realize the author was a woman. It was a book club pick or I would have DNF‘d it. A soul is given a chance to go live in the body of a teenage boy who commits suicide. If he doesn‘t learn these lessons he can‘t be reincarnated.

Hooked_on_books I get so mad when women do that! Let‘s support each other, ladies! That‘s the only way this works! 2mo
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Wayward | Dana Spiotta
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As a Samantha who has always gone by Sam, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book with my namesake. And from the descriptions, this one could hit close to home in other ways. While I‘m not a mother or a housewife…oh menopause. I love Dana Spiotta!!!

jdiehr The 'm' word... 2mo
SamAnne @jdiehr I haven‘t laughed out loud so many times in 30 pages in a long time. I will devour this book. 2mo
jdiehr @SamAnne Stacked it! The last menopause book I read was so NOT what I was looking for 2mo
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TiredLibrarian I'll be curious to see what you think. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I loved it . Dark humor, I still think about it. 2mo
SamAnne @jdiehr @Leftcoastzen yes such dark humor. I hit menopause with the Trump election. First time I‘ve been able to laugh about some of the dark moments. 2mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A qualified pick. Beautiful writing and I loved the main character. Having reread Austen's novels and delving into other classics, I liked how the novel explored how the genteel manor life of England and the pursuits of “gentlemen scientists“ were often financially supported by riches made from horrific plantations and slavery. I liked how it explored the complexities of racism, among the abolitionists and in the close relationships.👇

SamAnne But aspects of the story were so unbelievable that the author should have fully embraced the magic realism device rather than skirt it. Other aspects of the story just did not seem believable. I found the ending very dissatisfying, rushed. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Palmares: Vol. 6 | Gayl Jones
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I put Palmares on my TBR list after reading a short blurb on it. I knew nothing about the author or her story and role as a groundbreaking author. This is her first novel in decades. Great article on her legacy and forthcoming novel. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mROZqAO4XvGBMlokJ7-SKtyKQcsVlO0SZkRlZW9I...

Lesliereads Thank you for pointing me in the direction of the article. It‘s been decades since I‘ve read anything by Gayle Jones, and I‘m actually more curious about her story than I am about Palmares. 2mo
SamAnne @Lesliereads me too. I think if I read her I will choose one of her older books. What a life she has had. 2mo
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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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This book is pissing me off. I‘d rather read a book entitled Self care So You Can Do Something. I really dislike “self-help” books written from a place of privilege. While she addresses that issue at different points, it is the place Odell is writing from. Too much about rich techies trying to get away from it all. Climate change is hammering us, whether it is the West on fire or poor people being crushed by hurricanes. 👇

SamAnne We are in crisis as a world and I‘d rather focus on how we inspire ourselves to get involved. She has good comments to make about what capitalism is doing to people, monetizing time, etc. But I‘d rather read the authors she quotes like Rebecca Solnit.. As a conservation activist facing the wall of burn out, I agree with the need for self care. But I‘d rather turn to Thomas Merton for inspiration. #unpopularopinion (edited) 2mo
TiredLibrarian I bailed on this too. It was nothing like I thought it would be, based on reviews I'd read. 2mo
JamieArc I didn‘t like this either. What pissed me off was that for a book about doing nothing, I had to put a heck of a lot of energy into focusing on what she was saying and following as I listened to the audio 😂 2mo
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SamAnne @JamieArc and the downside to audiobooks is you can‘t hurl them out the car window! 😂😂 2mo
SamAnne @TiredLibrarian I should never pick up books like this. Haven‘t been so irritated since Having to read The Happiness Project for book club. Or Sallie Tilsdale‘s Advice for Future Corpses…a book on death and dying focused only on people having peaceful deaths with no conflict. Which wasn‘t the book I needed to read when helping my mom in her final month. No patience for the privileged position of such writers. (edited) 2mo
ravenlee I read part of a parenting book like this - realized very early that it had nothing whatsoever to offer me as a middle-class SAHM. The acknowledgements included such close friends of the author as big-name actors and “personalities” and right away it smacked of nannies and housekeepers and gardeners. Sure enough. Ugh. 2mo
suvata I try to stay away from “self help“ books altogether. They usually annoy me. 2mo
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My #spookyaesthetic for #hauntedhollowswap #HHS I'm not a big decorator--where we live we don't get trick-or-treaters much. But I love Day of the Dead motifs, and we do a big Mole enchilada party in Nov,. The skeleton guitarist painting hangs on our wall all year round. Love old silent horror movies like Nosferatu, carving pumpkins and fall champagne cocktails. Elphaba is my favorite witch. True Blood my favorite vampire show. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 2mo
DebinHawaii Love me some Eric Northman! 😍😘🤤😉 2mo
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Sunflowers 🌻 Halloween 🎃 Thanksgiving 🦃. Bonfires 🔥 October 👻☠️. Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit !

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Great profile of Anthony Doerr in NYT. He talks about the need to restore Snake River salmon and remove 4 dams blocking access to thousands of miles of river habitat. An issue I've devoted more than 2 decades to. Photo is of a projection Tribal people dead on one of the dams. Image to the right is of a Native platform fishing. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/16/books/anthony-doerr-cloud-cuckoo-land.html #freethesnake #HonorTreaties

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This has received mixed reviews on LItsy. For me, between so-so and thumbs up. I appreciated the historical backdrop of this noir story and the Mexico City setting. Some readers have noted they didn't like the “unlikable“ characters. I liked that aspect. I liked the ending. Story centers on Maite, a 30ish frumpy secretary who escapes into romance graphic comics, who finds herself in the middle of a dangerous situation involving student👇

SamAnne Uprisings facing violent and illegal crackdowns by a corrupt Mexican government in the 70s. I‘d suggest reading the afterword first, where Moreno-Garcia talks about the historical context. And I loved she included a “playlist” at the end. Such the rage with cookbooks these days! 2mo
SamAnne I also appreciate Moreno-Garcia‘s bravery as a writer, diving into different genres. This one might not be perfect, but I love she wrote a noir. Plan to read Certain Dark Things in October! 2mo
Reggie One of my favorite books of hers that didn‘t get a lot of press was Untamed Shore. She writes in the back that she is driving out to promote it and that‘s when we all went into lockdown. And then she released Mexican Gothic and Untamed Shore slipped into the darkness. It‘s soooo good. 2mo
SamAnne @Reggie thanks for the recommendation. Stacking! 2mo
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Wow! Martin Scorsese is directing a Killers of the Flower Moon movie. Starring Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Leonardo Di Caprio. I will watch. https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/killers-of-the-flower-moon-release-date-cast-d...

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Whoa!! I will watch this too! 2mo
Cortg I‘m super excited for this! 2mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Really great profile on author of The Overstory & Bewilderment in the NYT. The Overstory is one of the best novels I've read this decade. Will read Bewilderment as soon as I can, but worry I am not in the right emotional/mental space to handle it. I work in conservation of rivers & wild salmon & grieve daily, trying to keep my hope. Might hit too close to the bone...https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/books/richard-powers-bewilderment.html

kspenmoll Thanks for article! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my 😭 2mo
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🎃Treats.
🎃Both!
🎃 Scary Book
🎃. Apple bobbing is gross. Give me a sliced apple with peanut butter and a caramel as dessert
🎃. Dracula.
🎃. Costume Party!
🎃. Chocolate
🎃. Skeleton
🎃. Hot,Chocolate
🎃. Bats! We put up a bat house. Love to watch them on summer evenings.

#HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I love that y‘all put up a bat house! That‘s awesome! 🖤🦇 2mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Halfway through and enjoying this read. Spent the weekend camping and fishing on the St. Joe river in north Idaho and stopped in a tiny “town” called Avery, which for the past few months has been dwarfed by a large firefighter camp battling a big blaze. Heavy rains came Friday thankfully. I stopped in at a new wood fired pizza place that was delicious. It is interesting to read this boom after being immersed in rereading Austen‘s novels. 👇

SamAnne There are Austen characters who are involved in the slave trade. This novel hits that issue directly—that genteel manor lifestyle was often supported by plantations and horrific slavery. I want to read more on Austen‘s views, but my understanding is that she was an abolitionist in her views, but not active in the cause. #pemberlittens (edited) 2mo
Smrloomis Loved your post! I‘ve been meaning to read this… and that pizza looks delicious! 2mo
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EvieBee Yes, a theme that I appreciated being touched on in the movie adaptation of Mansfield Park. 2mo
rwmg Such a shame she didn't live long enough to get further with Sanditon so we could see what she did with a mixed race character from the West Indies 2mo
SamAnne @rwmg agreed. 2mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry. Too busy looking at the pizza to see the book! 😂🤤🤤🤤 2mo
rabbitprincess That pizza looks AMAZING! 2mo
SamAnne @megabooks @rabbitprincess it was delicious! I wasn't expecting a beautiful copper woodfire pizza oven in redneck little Avery, ID. The place was full of firefighters, flyfishermen like me and dirtbikers. 2mo
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1. China/Hong Kong in the early 90s, rafting trips down the Grand Canyon, London and England. 2. Reading, camping/hiking. 3. Empire of Pain. 4. I work to keep wild salmon and steelhead thriving in the Columbia and Snake Rivers—we need to get 4 dams off the lower Snake River in eastern Washington for them to thrive. Today I am grateful for the thousands of salmon supporters speaking out to save these amazing fish. @Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs 👍🏼 🇨🇳📚 3mo
HotMessJess I used to live in China!! I loved it there! I miss it every day 1mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Wow. All the stars and the last few pages brought tears. Evaristo brilliantly brings together so many characters and life stories reflecting the good, bad and ugly of society and our times, as well as the love, beauty and hope as well, all intertwined. My soul needed this novel. And the stream-of-consciousness, prose style worked so well!

SamAnne I found it the perfect book to read sitting mostly passenger on a road trip through gorgeous country….I could watch the beauty outside the car in between reading a short paragraph or two without my mind getting disconnected from the story. 3mo
Megabooks I loved this as well. I‘ve read it three times! 3mo
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1. I love carving pumpkins! 2. No, wear super comfy running/hiking socks. 3. Autumn red, pumping orange, green, blue. 4. Earrings or anything Day of the.Dead themed, mittens/gloves. 5. Bookmarks, coffee mugs. 6. Frida Kahlo 7. Slouchy and/or warm hats! #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I bet Frida was a fun costume! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I loved learning about the main character through her conversations and interactions with the many characters around her. Beautiful writing and I found myself noting passages throughout the book. I will read more Cusk. And loved finishing it on a deck overlooking the Salmon river in Stanley Idaho. Now on to some hiking and fishing!

merelybookish Sounds like a great day! Loved this series. Definitely worth reading on! 3mo
Tamra Lucky you! 3mo
Reggie What a really nice pic! 3mo
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Cosby is on my must-read list for this Fall. Great article in the New York Times today on him, his writing and his hard road to success. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/05/books/s-a-cosby-razorblade-tears-crime-noveli...

candority I‘m starting this book next! I‘ve heard only great things. 3mo
Reggie One of my favorite horror writers, Max Booth III has a podcast called Ghoulish and he interviewed Crosby and he just sounded like such a great guy. I haven‘t read anything by him but he made me want to support him. 3mo
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1. Current reads include East of Eden, Outline, and starting Velvet Was the Night and Song of Achilles. 2. Fav book from August was Empire of Pain. 3. I‘m looking forward to 3 days camping on the Salmon River in Idaho—headed there now! And glad we left by noon as they‘ve evacuated my block due to a serious gas leak! #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Enjoy your trip and glad you made it out safe! 3mo
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East of Eden is my #Bookspin and Moby Dick is my #Dpublespin. I never get a bingo but I still fill the card out every month. #Bookspinbingo 🙄

Ruthiella Those are two CHUNKSTERS! 😧 3mo
SamAnne @Ruthiella LOL yes. This is why I never score bingos. 😁😁 3mo
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A day late….best novel was Persuasion-of course! And best non-fiction was Empire of Pain, which will be one of the best of the year! Not doing any swaps or challenges for September but am full on for October. #two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Never too late to play! 🤩😍😊 3mo
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Gilda says what the cluck? This book is infuriating! While the writing and lists of statistics could have been better. It is an important read! Better late than never for #SheSaid

Leftcoastzen So cool!🐓 3mo
SamAnne @Leftcoastzen she jumps up into my lap when I read on the deck. It‘s not affection really, just hope that I may have a treat. Which I usually do… 3mo
GondorGirl Gilda is absolutely perfect! 🥰 3mo
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Reggie I like that Gilda‘s actual look into the camera matches her what the cluck statement. Lol. Awesome post. 3mo
Cathythoughts Good heavens ! Good morning Gilda 😁 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great photo! I love Gilda! 3mo
SamAnne @Riveted_Reader_Melissa she certainly makes sure SHE isn't invisible whenever I read on my deck. 😁 😁 😁 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SamAnne And she has the right idea! Don‘t accept invisibility, make yourself clucking seen. 😉 3mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Memoir about loss of a mother, indentity and coming of age as an American with a Korean mom. A thumbs up for sure and I loved the food descriptions woven in. But…I wanted to like it more. And that makes me feel like an asshole. I was drawn to the story because I too took care of my mom in her final days in Eugene, OR. Dragged in places, coulda been shorter. Maybe it just dredged up some buried anger and pain for me. Audio is good! @Desha

Desha @SamAnne thank you! I started it at one point and it was kind of dragging for me so I put it away for later on my TBR...sounds like it‘s worth finishing! ♥️ 3mo
SamAnne @Desha it dragged for me too. Audio was good because I could speed up on the parts that went on. It could have been a tighter book for sure. I think I‘m reluctant to criticize memoirs about difficult life moments….so my review is being a bit generous. (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Absolutely agree with your review! 3mo
Suet624 Completely agree. 2mo
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I rarely do readathons because my work/life schedule makes it difficult, but this one worked for my schedule! Hilariously, I fell asleep reading my book with only 15 minutes away from making 20 hours! 😂🙄😂🙄 I did mostly audio, finishing Empire of Pain, A Thousand Ships and Crying In H-Mart, and Invisble Women. Thank you for hosting @Andrew65 #20in4

Desha How did you like Crying in H Mart? It‘s coming up in my TBR! :) 3mo
Andrew65 Oh no! 🙈 But well done on a brilliant achievement 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳🥳😍 3mo
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I never get a bingo. I usually read my #bookspin and #doublespin books. This month those were Persuasion and A Thousand Ships. But here is my bingo list! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Graywacke Fun list. I‘m tempted to nudge some titles, maybe discourage a few. 🙂 3mo
SamAnne @graywacke please do! 3mo
Graywacke Beale Street, Outline and Stamped get full recommendations from me. (Pretty much anything connected to James Baldwin does). Everyone likes Girl, Woman Other but me. And two discouragements: Might be a taste thing, but I hated Washington Black. Too much wishful thinking. Finally, I‘m glad i listened to The New Wilderness, but it‘s a frustrating thing. I wouldn‘t recommend it to anyone unless you really really need to read it. 🙂 3mo
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SamAnne @Graywacke thank you. I‘m halfway through Stamped and have never taken so many notes in a book—I majored in early American history and I find his book illuminating. I‘m also halfway thru Outline and love it. I‘m a little into New Wilderness and will see. Washington Black is for book club…and looking forward to reading more Baldwin. Can‘t believe it took me until the last year to start reading him. 3mo
Graywacke I only read Baldwin for the first time in 2019. He was my sort of classic author theme that year. (It‘s Nabokov this year…and last year too). He‘s amazing in many different ways. Cool about Stamped. I found his critical analysis of some important figures so interesting. And at least some of his ideas that were new to me have stuck. And maybe you will take to Wilderness. It has its good things. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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I love retellings and enjoyed this one of the Trojan year, told from the perspective of the women. I think I like Madeline Miller‘s Circe more though! Starting The Song of Achilles next month as well as a reread of The Iliad, Caroline Alexander‘s translation.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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A recent issue of the New Yorker had 2 Austen-adjacent articles. One on rationality, that used the examples of Lizzie Bennet & Charlotte Lucas: Charlotte exercised rational choice-making by marrying the safe Mr. Collins. Lizzie's initial dismissal of Mr. Darcy was not. Ha! Another article discussed the darker side of Britain's country houses, how many of them were funded by slavery, a fact that Austen touches on. #Pemberlittens @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Oooh, thanks for sharing this! 3mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Fans of the tagged will enjoy Episode 6 of Reservation Dogs. This time it is Deer Woman, played by my fave Kaniehtilo Horn who played the bad ass Tanis on the Canadian show Letterkenney. Absolutely loved this episode of this great show.

SamAnne And @litstephanie, no violence against animals...just men who deserve it. 3mo
LitStephanie LOL, I have been wanting to watch this series anyway! Maybe I will start it this week. 3mo
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Another 5 star nonfiction read from Patrick Radden Keefe about the Sackler family‘s role in the opioid crisis and their efforts to avoid a criminal reckoning. At least their name has been stripped from art galleries, museums and universities. And more than 10 hours in for #20in4 Now on to Crying in H Mart for my audio as as do yard chores. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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Making spicy ginger peach chutney is a meditative activity as I listen to this excellent book on the Sackler family & the opioid crisis. Even for a cynic, the family‘s refusal to take any responsibility for hurting millions of people combined w/ their ruthless business practices & determination to continue making profits from the destruction of people is stunning. I‘m more than 6 hours in for #20in4 readathon. @Andrew65 #audiocanning

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 3mo
Leftcoastzen Well written and infuriating! Beautiful photo! 3mo
kspenmoll This was my favorite book of the year. Loved hearing the author narrate. 3mo
CarolynM Those peaches look delicious😋 3mo
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Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Between a pick and so-so. Not nearly as good as The Only Good Indians, but I liked the scrappy werewolf family, and the themes of fitting into society, not knowing where one belongs, having a foot in two worlds. Headed your way @Pogue on Monday. TW for violence towards humans and animals. Read for the #LMPBC group Indigenous authors. @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit I agree 100% with your review 3mo
LitStephanie Thank you for the warning about violence to animals. Violence to humans, meh, violence to animals, that I can't take. 🤣 3mo
SamAnne @Chrissyreadit I agree with your comment in the book that it might have worked better as a novella. It didn‘t wrap up perfectly. In the endnote Q&A he says he wrote it in 2 weeks and it feels like it would have been a bit better if he‘s taken a little longer with it. 3mo
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Twainy I‘ve had this in my audible library for years. LOL I keep thinking about reading it … 3mo
CarolynM I couldn't keep going after the incident with the rabbit in the hospital😩 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Oh, it‘s beat up, but my favorite mug to drink coffee in while I read is this clever “Transcend the Bullshit” beauty. It is an image that one of my favorite local artists snuck into a public sculpture in our downtown Riverfront Park. It‘s kind of become our city‘s motto. #littensdressedinblodd @MidnightBookGirl

Chrissyreadit Love it! 3mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
MidnightBookGirl That‘s a fantastic mug and motto! 3mo
marleed That‘s awesome! 3mo
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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A decent 4 star thriller. Kept me reading! Some good twists and turns.

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I don‘t do many readathons, but I have a few books two-thirds finished that I need to close the loop on. I will be doing more audio than print as I have a lot of work to do around the yard/house. Goals are to complete 20 hours of reading/audio. Finish Mongrels, Empire of Pain, Invisible Women and Outline. Make some progress on Word
Slut, A Thousand Ships and start Crying in H Mart. Thanks for,hosting @Andrew65 !

JuniperWilde I loved A Thousand Ships 3mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Great to have you with us. 3mo
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Cozy mysteries are not my genre, but the titles often crack me up. An embroidery mystery? 😁 😁 😁 For today's #littensdressedinblood prompt of a punny mystery title. @midnightbookgirl

MidnightBookGirl I am often disappointed in cozies, but the titles continue to draw me in! 3mo
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Home Is Not a Country | Safia Elhillo
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Really enjoyed with collection of poems put into a narrative about a Sudanese Muslim immigrant‘s struggle with her indentity, what makes “home,” her family history, and facing discrimination growing up in the U.S. post 9/11. The magic realism worked in some ways for me and not others, but an overall pick for me. Makes me want to read Poet X next. #LMPBC @TheBookKeepers @WanderingBookaneer @phantomx

GondorGirl 🐔🐔🐔🐔! 3mo
slategreyskies I loved Poet X. I haven‘t read this one yet, but it looks good! 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I have a chicken just like that one!!! ❤️🐓❤️ 3mo
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SamAnne @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I love polish. She has a big personality! Bad Ass Billy Bird, named after Billy Idol. As a very young pullet she has a flat top just like his. (edited) 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Love it! 🤣😂🤣 I name all of mine after dinosaurs so her full name is Pentaceratops and Penny for short. 3mo
SamAnne @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm that‘s great. Because they are like little modern dinos strutting around! 3mo
TheBookKeepers I loved Poet X so much! Worth checking out! 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Despite being a Steinbeck fan, I have never read East of Eden. Starting a buddy read with my neighbor.

Tamra Me too, a fan but never read EE. I may think I may have started the audio, but because it‘s so long I decided it would be easier to follow in print. (edited) 3mo
4thhouseontheleft East of Eden was the first Steinbeck I ever read! He was my favorite author in high school, but I haven‘t gone back to him in years. I was thinking of doing rereads (but Dickens is higher up my reread list) 3mo
SamAnne @4thhouseontheleft I want to reread Dickens too. Have been very tempted by the Litsy group but find myself participating in too many readalongs! Maybe in a couple months! 3mo
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DivineDiana One of my favorite books of all times! ❤️ 3mo
BookwormM Enjoy this is my fav Steinbeck 3mo
melissajayne That‘s such a good book! 3mo
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Our city passed a new bond to upgrade and build new libraries. This is my new neighborhood library slated to open this fall. Can‘t wait. It is a major upgrade from our current one. I live in a mixed income, diverse neighborhood. A good library is a lifeline!!!! #littensdressedinblood @MidnightBookGirl

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Congrats!! 🎉🎈🍾🎊 The opening of a new library is definitely cause for celebration!!! 😍 3mo
Jeg Wonderful. 3mo
Tamra Yay!!! Woot!! 3mo
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marleed Oh cool! 3mo
TheRiehlDeal That‘s awesome! 📚📚 3mo
Ruthiella Wonderful! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed @tamra@ @Jeg@ @Ruthiella @TheRiehlDeal it‘s a big turnaround from when they tried to close our neighborhood library a few years ago. The library is the only place many of my neighbors can go for access to a computer. When I first saw the construction I thought Wow! More than I expected. 3mo
MidnightBookGirl So glad you‘re getting a new library- they really are a lifeline to the communities they serve. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole 👏📚♥️ 3mo
Leftcoastzen So glad. That is awesome. 3mo
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