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SaraFair
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Morning work toward a better heart, which I have learned leads to better speech from my lips. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. “ Proverbs 4:23

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A Defence of Calvinism | Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Finished my first piece of Victorian writing for #Victober. The Prince of Preachers explains theology in easy to understand wording. This is a small booklet, yet holds so much. Look up Charles Spurgeon and read a few of his nuggets of wisdom!

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Loved listening to Ruth Reichl read this. It was so interesting to hear the behind the scenes look at the magazine business, learn the vocabulary, and learn what sells. Little anecdotes about certain issues were fun, even though I have never read one Gourmet magazine. Food and business go great together.

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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination | Anthony Daniels, Boston Museum of Science
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Upcoming - I bet this is going to be full of little tidbits!!

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The Secret Woman | Victoria Holt
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Wheee! Worth the time rummaging around thrift stores this week for some out if the ordinary choices. I have never even seen that Victoria Holt in book form anywhere. She is always a great in between read for me. A book lover‘s idea of fun-

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Covering her birth through her titling as queen, it gives the history of Mary Tudor‘s rule and the brief rule of Edward. Hard to find books on that in between part of history. Weir is my favorite for teaching the history and giving the fictional thoughts of the subject as well. This book gave me a greater knowledge of Elizabeth‘s early relationships, vast intelligence, and place within all the other personalities in this time period.

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I, Elizabeth: A Novel | Rosalind Miles
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Gonna pause on this book for a while. I like it, it‘s a bit too much about Elizabeth‘s feelings and less about the day to day of her rule. Do you think I need to go to non fiction for that? Any ideas?

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Took a while to get into the rhythm of this book, but once I started being aware of the dates I caught on. Then I really liked the home life of WW I described in it. Not so much the WWII home life in Britain with the bombings. However I really liked the family and will pick up the next one. Oh fyi it looks like a chunky book, but there is a lot of white space on the pages because of the way the chapters are done- don‘t be intimidated!f

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Methuselah's Children | Robert Anson Heinlein
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Picked this book up for old time sci fi despite this guy‘s pants. It was awesome! Published in 1958, it foresees many of our current amenities and science, including gps and probiotics. Easy to get through and so imaginative. The flap summary inside doesn‘t do it justiceNow I am on the lookout for more Heinlein asap!

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Carrot Cake Murder | Joanne Fluke
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Finished this easily on vacation. It has quite a few recipes I want to try. I just love Hannah‘s town and wish they would do more movies. It‘s so easy to picture their faces during the reading!

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Lamentation | C.J. Sansom
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Three historicals from Ollie‘s! Total of $8 and right up my alley.

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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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Could not get into this and I really wanted to have it under my belt. I have read other Heinlein books and had no problem. There are so many other books, I just couldn‘t put more time toward it. 😩

JanuarieTimewalker13 I totally understand that!! 4mo
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This was a delightful little book to listen to as it is short and to the point. We get little stories of all the dogs owned by Steele and her family. That is a lot of dogs since I think she had 9 children and they allowed each one to have a dog. Good thing she wrote so many books! What a household that must have been.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Something about the way this book was written made me read it super fast. It was time travel, split personalities, and great futuristic sci fi ideas. Loved it all and thought it would be a great movie!

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Was disappointed that I didn‘t like this Timothy Zahn as much as any of the others I have written. This time I got weary of the descriptions of combat and interiors of buildings. I liked the parallel of Thrawn working with either Darth Vader or Anakin Skywalker in two different timelines, but bleh. Had to push through and that‘s not normal for me and a book in the Star Wars cannon.

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O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
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Finished this earlier in the week after so many suggestions for Willa Cather on The Readers podcast. I loved the writing, the twist at the end, and the length of the book in general. Does anyone have thoughts on the rest of the trilogy? It doesn‘t seem to be about the same characters. Suggestions on other Cather novels??

kristankremer I'm a few chapters into the Song of the Lark after reading O Pioneers. I'm not sure yet, but it has been mentioned that the mother of the protagonist brought "one fourth of her father's broad acres in Nebraska" so I wanted to think she is Milly grown up. 1mo
SaraFair @kristankremer - ok thanks. So I guess you don‘t have to read them in order, but it gives you an idea of their background if you do. 1mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Finished this audiobook in the amount of time it takes to make one dinner and a cake. The audio made the Japanese words pop. I think Keiko must feel in her convenience store like I do in Target or Barnes and Noble. I really enjoyed this odd little book with a small peek into Japanese life.

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If you need to laugh, and I mean laugh hard- you must read this book. It just shows that so much in the human life is the same in the United States. And it makes me think of friends I haven‘t thought of in a ling time. I can‘t wait to read more of her stuff asap, free on Overdrive.

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I had to go back to the car and get another dollar to pay for my stack this week at our local “Recycled Reader”. Sometimes you hit the jackpot!

Clwojick I really enjoyed Family Pictures. 6mo
SaraFair @Clwojick - ok awesome, that will be the first one I try. Now I don‘t have to decide! 6mo
Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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My newest audiobook, I just can‘t believe how fast time is flying while I am painting the porch. Thank you Lord for allowing me to be born in the 20th century. I could never have made it back then. Wearing a fur covering with a fire in the fireplace while in labor in July. Strong chicks! If you have any interest in the Tudor time period, this is for you.

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Slowly getting to Oliver Sacks‘ books about one a year. This is so interesting so far. I love learning about the brain!

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Dani Shapiro has started a podcast called “Family Secrets”. She interviews people with their own unearthed issues within their families and how each guest came about the truth. The idea came for this after her own research about her family that turned into her book “Inheritance “. Each podcast is a different guest yet she is finding they all have similar thoughts on secrets. I highly recommend!

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Probably because it was written as told, the action in this book barely stopped. What a testimony to how far we have come in opening our minds. It is unbelievable also to a comfort lover like me that people live in such cold, wild conditions. Heard the suggestion on What Should I Read Next podcast-

SaraFair @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - you are gonna love it! 8mo
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The Queen of Hearts | Kimmery Martin
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Wow did I receive this book at just the right time. It has added some drama, spice and witty reminders of little children running around. Highly suggested if you like medical dramas and books that you can read really fast. Bumping up my books read in February!

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Food for thought. She has a great voice to read it for me.

quanners Do you recommend it thus far? 8mo
SaraFair quanners - yes but definitely audio right now. I am not very far in. 8mo
SaraFair @quanners -further in now. I have been looking for something to give me help on dealing with social media and opposite opinions. She gives personal situations and Biblical reasoning behind her responses. Very good and has really made me think twice before getting mad quickly. (edited) 8mo
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I need a bigger lap!

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I like most veterinary case books, but this author is exceptionally good. All kinds of cases with all kinds of animals. Each story is a chapter and he captures the mood of the situation so well.

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The only nonfiction I have read about Henry‘s wives, and the most difficult. It contains all the pertinent facts but I don‘t have a feeling of what she was like. I look forward to Allison Weir‘s next book in her historical fiction series including a book on each wife, which will be about Anne of Cleves.

Literary_Siren Allison Weir, Jean Plaidy and Philippa Gregory are the best writers when it comes to the Tudors. 9mo
SaraFair I agree @Literary_Siren! I love searching for them in used book stores. 9mo
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Bloodline | Claudia Gray
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Took less than a chapter to get into this one, with all of the familiar names involved. No new movie at Christmas time, so have to get my Star Wars fix. This one listed as next for me in the new canon.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed this one too! My favorite of the new canon (that I‘ve read so far anyway) 10mo
SaraFair Yes, I miss the old canon. But I am embracing the new so I can better understand the books. Although some I pick up and don‘t see even one name I recognize. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ! (edited) 10mo
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Reading about the queens in order after finishing “The Tudors” on Netflix. The Renaissance English History podcast has many interviews of Alison Weir that I listen to often. She is going to teach me something today!

CouronneDhiver I‘m hoping to read that one soon! 13mo
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The Last Colony | John Scalzi
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Was dying to read more of the “Old Man‘s War” series, so I got them for cheap from Thriftbooks. I think there are even more, and I love it when you can add more stories to the world in which you have already invested.

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This ebook not on file w Litsy but probably connected to the tagged book above. Got this via Amazon Prime free reading. Unreal that moms gave their premie babies to this doctor for a Coney Island sideshow. Even more wild that he saved many using the $$ for admission to create incubators. Short and so interesting.

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For Mother‘s Day, a chunk of reading time by myself please! So much going on in this nonfiction trip to Antarctica, that I need quiet to capture it all. Exciting and scary, but I am skimming some of the long descriptions of the ice! When I read of what all the explorers did to conquer the earth, I am blown away by what mankind can do.

SaraFair @Redwritinghood - I think a great temperature to imagine in these first warm days, but hard to imagine the mindset of an explorer! 1y
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First Frost | Sarah Addison Allen
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Got lucky to find a Readers Digest version of another Sara Addison Allen that I had not yet read. It was just as the others, so fun with a little mystery alongside magical realism. I will keep looking for more-

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A great little book with animal intelligence stories. Lots of different situations and species. Birds continue to amaze me, and so I always pick up odd books like this one!

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Up from Slavery | Booker T. Washington
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My audiobook this month, for Black History. Unending fortitude to get an education. Several “Booker T” schools in my area and my son‘s friend recently got a full ride at what is now Hampton U. Mr Washington is to the point and gives some insight on the race relations after the Civil War and how the ex- slaves coped with their new found freedom. An easy read and even though written in 1901, sets you right there with him.

TheBookHippie We read this last year for book club. It was amazing to read about his life. Sent me to the library for more! 2y
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Heard this author, John August, interviewed on “What Should I Read Next” podcast. He is about to release the above referenced middle grade book and is doing the podcast “Launch” about his process in writing it. I gave it a try, and it is SO informative and interesting. He speaks of his whole experience from creating a title, to making a cover, and visiting the printer. He explains it all and we go through it with him, learning as it happens-love!

Little_Reader I‘ve been listening, too! So interesting! 2y
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A wonderful read setting the background/political history of the new Star Wars canon. It seems to be ya, so it is an easy, fun book introducing characters that “popped up” in the newest movies. I was so enjoying all the imagery and knowledge of Alderaan until I remembered the “huge incident” on movie #4!!! Wahhhh 😩😩😩! Already bought Bloodline for the next read.

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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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This book really made me think and expanded my imagination! After I have learned all the background and the world set up, I made sure to order the rest of the trilogy today. The suggestion was from a sci fi lover on “What Should I Read Next”. Gonna go back and check his other favorites, as our taste matches!

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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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Great on audio if you have watched the Durrells in Corfu on pbs. The narrator captures the different voices and many of the same adventures but with details. Can‘t believe these are true stories!

LeahBergen The second in the series is really good, too 2y
SaraFair @LeahBergen - thank you! I will get it in some form. Hope it‘s in audio. 2y
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Candy Cane Murder | Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier
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Found a little time to read this quick mystery within the baking and shopping! Miss you guys as I haven‘t had much time for Litsy. Perhaps after Christmas?

No_One Sounds like a fun read! And those 🍪 look delicious! Happy Holidays! 🎄 2y
MaureenMc I made chocolate chip cookies this morning, too. Great minds! 😁 2y
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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I just love books about lost memories. No huge reveal in this one, but I enjoy Moriarty‘s writing. Her books are so easy to read, I can zoom right through them.

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Untitled | Unknown
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A little novella by Carol Drinkwater that I found on Amazon. Could not find it in the Litsy listing of books. I really liked her book The Olive Farm, so I gave this one a try. Set in France at a lemon festival, short but sweet.

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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My brain is shot after finishing this book this morning. How does someone come up with all that????

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Born Again | Charles W. Colson
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What a cool look at the other side of Watergate and how overlooking each other‘s politics makes much more possible. Lesson to me: all this back and forth was going on just as strongly back then.

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A sweet book about all the Dalmations in one life. I love people who get addicted to a breed and connect with their personalities. However, there is an overall feeling of melancholy/sadness for this author as she has a family history of depression. Wonderful how pets love above it all.

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Lisette's List | Susan Vreeland
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1/3 of the way through and I am just stuck for some reason. Why can't I enjoy this when I love anything French related and also loved her "Clara and Mr Tiffany"? Should I push through? So depressing, not my thing.

DivineDiana Did you persist? 2y
SaraFair @DivaDiana - lol no. I skipped through and didnt see anything that made me want to persist, so I moved on to something else. 2y
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Star Wars Darth Vader | Kieron Gillen
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Did NOT know until today that I could get certain comic books free on Kindle for iphone with prime. Downloaded this one to have for waiting rooms and times when you don't have enough time to concentrate on a book with lots of words. Fun!

BookInMyHands Good to know, thanks! 2y
Balibee146 Did not realise this either.... Investigating once get home to Kindle thanks 2y
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Thrawn | Timothy Zahn
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It's about time for there to be a stand alone movie about a villain/Empire character. All of the personalities in this were well thought out. I think it went great to read it as a prequel after The Thrawn Trilogy. Mr. Zahn knows how to write an exciting book! Loved it.

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Finally found some time for reading. This nonfiction was great for being able to pick up, put down with each chapter being it's own story. Kind of like a human James Harriott set in Scotland in the 70's.

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