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ScientistSam

ScientistSam

Joined November 2016

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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
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Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
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Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes
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Santa's Moose | Syd Hoff
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This #summersantagoespostal package will be on its way tomorrow!!! I really hope my match likes what I picked.

@BookishMarginalia

LeahBergen Pretty! 2d
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Got a great haul at the library booksale yesterday! Almost all were in pretty much brand new condition, too. The books with spines facing away are for a swap.

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Anna Dressed in Blood | Kendare Blake
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I'm not usually a big fan of ghost stories, but this YA story of a ghost hunter and the ghost he falls for is unusual and really well done. It's a story of a kid putting down roots despite himself, in the context of a world where ghosts and magic are real. It's also a story of a kid trying to live up to his idealized memory of his father, and plan revenge for his father's death.

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After #meetingup with the fantastic @MrBook (see what I did there?😜), I went to a book signing by one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Patricia Briggs. A great evening all around!

Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏👏 1w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
cobwebmoth Awesome! 1w
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My purchases from RJ Julia's and the tea shop down the street. #CTlitsymeetup

Amiable Happy to hear you made it to Savvy Tea and found something you liked! 2w
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Isn't this a great #stack of books from the #CTLitsy meetup this weekend? These were all from the bookswap.

kspenmoll I have read all but Alfie the Unseen. Each I enjoyed for redonda as different as the books! So sorry to miss you! Sounds like a wonderful time! 2w
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Any NYC Littens fans of Patricia Briggs? She's coming to the 86th Street Barnes and Noble this Thursday for a book signing for the latest Mercy Thompson book!

robinb Love her books! 2w
ScientistSam @robinb I'm so excited to see her! 2w
robinb @ScientistSam Hope it was fun! Share a pic if you have any, please! 😊 (edited) 1w
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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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Not to mention these lovelies!

#litsylove
@iread2much @Stacypatrice

Stacypatrice 🤗💛💌 2w
iread2much 😄 2w
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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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I've been crazy busy the past few weeks and haven't been able to post all the wonderful #litsylove that's come in. Thanks all - know that it's always brightened my day! I will get replies out... slowly 😜

And thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the great postcard and bookmark!

@Debdeb @whatsthEStorey @aroc @BethM @LibrarianJen @Lovesbooks87 @bookish_wookish @litenthusiast @Crazeedi @Canndor @AmyG

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Crazeedi 😍👍❣ 2w
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My favorite Toby Daye urban fantasy so far! Toby is called in to help her friend Stacy recover her missing children. At the same time, Tybalt asks Toby to help find some missing children from his court. Who - or what - stole all these children away, and how can Toby save them?

lroseriver Love her! 2w
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Mehso-so

A gorgeous cover but a pretty average YA fantasy in my opinion. I think it was a first novel, which could explain the uneven pacing. The first half felt very slow and the end a bit anticlimactic. I'm also not in the mood for teenage angst and lack of communication about love.

MrBook Nice review! 3w
JSW Thus wobbled between a pick and so so for me and I went with pick. My teen nieces loved it. 3w
ScientistSam @JSW I can see that, it was close for me too. I think it suffered by comparison after I finished reading a Lucy Parker romance. They actually communicate in that! (But of course they are also adults.) I can see where teens would love it. 3w
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This book is a fraught and frank account of one young woman's childhood in North Korea, escape to China only to be trafficked, and eventual escape to South Korea. It focuses more on her escape and time in the hands of traffickers, but every step of her story is something she stands as witness to. We can't fight for justice if we're not aware of the injustices, and Park has bravely shared her story in order to shed a light in this darkness.
4⭐

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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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Once again, Lucy Parker delivers a witty, sweet, enjoyable romance with protagonists who actually communicate. She's rapidly become one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.
5⭐
#romantsy

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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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Squee! Lucy Parker has a new book and so far it's just as delightful as her others!
#romantsy

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I was both intrigued by this book and hesitant to read it, because I'm not the kind of person who sits down with a book of poetry and just reads through it. But this worked as a compelling narrative as well as poetry, and I loved it. It actually deserves the hype. It deals with the raw and confusing emotions of high school in a lyrical way.

mreads I was surprised how much I liked it too, poetry and YA bot not really being my thing. The audio was fantastic the author narrates and she's won a slam poetry competitions. 3w
mandi1082 Loved loved loved this book. Agreed audiobook is great! 3w
ScientistSam @mreads @mandi1082 the audiobook sounds like it would be fantastic! 3w
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Hunted | Karen Robards
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Mehso-so

This was a reread, and I felt fairly meh about it. My biggest issue is that the female protagonist, despite being a hostage negotiator, didn't seem to have much agency.

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo

Every time I think about Aman,
poems build inside me
like I've been gifted a box of metaphor Legos
that I stack and stack and stack.

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Posted | John David Anderson
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Next book sent yesterday @daniwithtea @CareBear!
#postlit

daniwithtea It arrived today - thank you! 1mo
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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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An entertaining read, though I guessed several of the twists. Perhaps I've been reading too many similar books this year. Between 3.5 and 4⭐

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I enjoyed this, but it was much more intense and darker than The Hating Game. Our protagonist has a lot of inner demons to work through.
#romantsy

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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On the surface a sci-fi novella about a young woman's journey to university hijacked by an alien species, this wonderful little gem is more fundamentally about belonging and otherness.

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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I've heard such great things that I figured it was time to read this!

JSW Enjoy! 1mo
suzisteffen OMG I can‘t wait until you read the whole trilogy! They‘re packaged together now in a new book that also has a new & more expansive ending, or so I‘ve heard. (I bought the book but haven‘t had time to reread/read the new part yet.) (edited) 1mo
ScientistSam @jsw @suzisteffen just finished it and it's so good! I need to put the next one on hold at the library!!! 1mo
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suzisteffen @ScientistSam ahhhhh I want to send you all three! That first one is intense. 1mo
Blaire I have this on my kindle right now! Up next after 1mo
Blaire Also, love your mug. 1mo
ScientistSam @Blaire I can't wait to see what you think! And thanks 😀☕ 1mo
ScientistSam @suzisteffen 😀😀😀 1mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I loved this reverse Pretty Woman with a heroine who is a brilliant econometrist with autism. The hero is the escort she hires because she wants to get better at sex and relationships. Of course, it pretty quickly becomes more than practice...
4.5💋
#romantsy

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Special Friendships: A Novel | Roger Peyrefitte
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More lovely #litsylove mail that made me smile last week! I promise I'm gradually working through replies - and sending out more letters to Littens on the list💖
@Catsandbooks your card was so creative, and I love the Ada Lovelace postcard 😀 @Bookwormjillk thanks for thinking of me on your vacation. Hope it was fantastic! @CoffeeNBooks and @bullbunny love the cute cards!

Catsandbooks Thank you for your kind words! 🥰 2mo
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I just 💞 this series! And this once again has all the elements that make me love it - the fantastic characters; the witty, sarcastic banter; and a decent story.

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Chicago's Famous Buildings | Franz Schulze, Kevin Harrington

Hey Chicago-area Littens, what are your favorite Chicago bookstores? I may be visiting Chicago and want to be prepared if I do go 😁📚

CaitZ If you want to travel to the western suburbs, Anderson's Bookshop has stores in Naperville, Downers Grove, and La Grange. There's also a Barnes & Noble downtown at Jackson and State about a block from the Harold Washington branch of the Chicago Public Library. It's the bookstore for DePaul University and doesn't always show up in searches. 2mo
Avanders I recommend Myopic.. http://www.myopicbookstore.com I don‘t live there anymore, but when I did, it was one of my favorites! Also if you make it to Hyde Park, there‘s 57th Street Bookstore which is also 💯. https://57th.semcoop.com 2mo
nitalibrarian I 2nd 57th Street Books. I also recommend The Book Table in Oak Park. 2mo
ScientistSam Thanks so much for the recommendations @CaitZ, @Avanders, @nitalibrarian! 2mo
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Santa in the Summer | Jay Schleifer
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Yay! It's been awhile since I've participated in a swap! Thanks for hosting @BookishMarginalia!!!

(Sorry for the worst photo ever😀)
#summersolsticebookexchange
#summersantagoespostal

hermyknee Oooo I really want to sign up but I really shouldn‘t spend any money... 2mo
ScientistSam @hermyknee the perpetual struggle for most of us! 2mo
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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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I really enjoyed this sci-fi romance! Strangely enough I read it pretty much right after Nightchaser (strange because sci-fi romance is not a big sub-genre), and I have to say I enjoyed it more.

There's running from bounty hunters, politics, romance, and actual attempts at communication between the romantic leads😀 All of this on spaceships of course!
4 to 4.5🚀
#romantsy

Dragon Sounds good! Stacking 👍😀 2mo
ScientistSam @Dragon hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
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Nightchaser | Amanda Bouchet
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This was an enjoyable romance in a sci-fi setting, but I liked but did not love it. I think there were too many instances of failure to communicate in the romance part of the story, and some of the biological sci fi struck me as somewhat unlikely. However, the story was still an enjoyable read, so I'll give it a pick.
Between 3.5 and 4🚀
#romantsy

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Year One | Nora Roberts
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This was between a pick and a so-so for me, and I'm still sorting out how I feel about it.

Imagine that there's a pandemic of such epic proportions that more than half the world population dies, and rapidly. At the same time, some people experience a strengthening of magic powers. What would the world look like? And what would happen if that first generation were to give birth to a child of magical prophecy?

Suet624 Is this the Nora Roberts who writes romance novels? 2mo
ScientistSam @Suet624 it is. It's a very different genre from most of her books, though she does have a few romances with magic in them. This is definitely not a romance! 2mo
Slajaunie I‘m going to have to read this one. As a teenager and young adult I loved romance and this was one of my favorite authors. I have not read one of her books in years. This one sounds right up my ally though. 2mo
ScientistSam @Slajaunie I'd love to know what you think! It's definitely not her typical genre😀 2mo
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Wizard and Glass | Stephen King
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I was inspired by all the #audiowalking posts I've seen to try it myself this pretty but chilly spring day!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 2mo
CarolynM Beautiful! I love crocuses😍 2mo
tracey38 Beautiful 2mo
ScientistSam Thanks @CarolynM, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @tracey38 ! Crocuses make me so happy - they are such an early and lovely sign of spring! 2mo
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The Mailbox | Audrey Shafer
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More wonderful #litsylove letters this past week made me smile.

Thanks @robinb, @BookwormAHN, @whatsthEStorey, @AmyG, @BethM, @Bookgoil, @Canndor, @catebutler, @Crazeedi, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks!!!!

Hope I didn't miss anyone 😀 I'll start working on replies along with some new letters...

BookwormAHN 😺😺 2mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I finished this in one day, because once again Angie Thomas tells a compelling story. This one has a narrower scope than The Hate U Give, and feels more straight-forward YA. But it's still YA that deals with issues children of color shouldn't face but do on a daily basis, along with other issues that all teens face. Bri is a realistic heroine (aka an often annoying teen) and I was at the edge of my seat seeing whether she can fulfill her dreams.

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While this started a little slowly, it really picked up by the end and left me interested in reading the next book. I'd rate it good but not great, but I hear the series develops well.

Overall I'm interested in seeing more development in explaining the politics of this world, since they are critical to the plot, as well as getting a deeper understanding of the magic system.

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A compelling book detailing cases where the justice system has been anything but just, focusing particularly on application of the death penalty. Some of the additional cases, while very interesting, confused the timeline somewhat for the main case outlined, so I would have preferred a somewhat different layout. However, that does not negate the fact that this is a gripping read that brings up important points about our criminal justice system.

Suet624 Don‘t know if you‘re interested in reading more, but Bryan represented an innocent man who was on death row for 30 years. The book was really good, Hinton was inspirational, and somehow the book was uplifting. 2mo
ScientistSam @Suet624 thanks! Added to my stack! 2mo
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This was a novel premise and a cute YA novel that focuses not only on growing up but also on family and the bonds between sisters. When I'm next in the mood for some YA, I'll definitely consider the next books in the series.

LibrarianJen I‘ve been told the next book is even better! I haven‘t gotten around to it yet though. 2mo
ScientistSam @LibrarianJen something to look forward to! 2mo
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The Mailbox | Audrey Shafer
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More lovely #litsylove this past week! Thanks @Betty, @aroc, @bookish_wookish, @WeeziesBooks, and @Bklover for the wonderful mail!

Bklover Yay! Glad it arrived!💕💕 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi I received your note, one is coming back to you! 2mo
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Treachery in Death | J. D. Robb
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Had to do a quick reread of this one, which is one of my favs! Peabody overhears a dirty cop and the team has to bring down an entire dirty squad.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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I just finished watching season 1 of the mini-series, and overall I enjoyed it but really preferred the book. It was definitely interesting to see what they did to transplant the story to California, but I hated the changes to Madeline's story.

What did y'all think?

CarolynM I enjoyed the series, but I thought it lost the humour that was in the book. I agree about Madeleine. 2mo
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Totally different from The Martian, and probably more readable for those who aren't complete science nerds as there are fewer long passages about the science involved, Artemis is ultimately a heist story. While I quite enjoyed it, the pacing was a bit off, with a lengthy intro and a lot of the shenanigans left to the second half. Still a lot fun to read!

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Hold Me | Courtney Milan
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Courtney Milan is now officially one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. This is a fantastic enemies to lovers romance, and I swear Courtney Milan has either gone through grad school in the sciences or had someone near and dear to her do so. Some of the things she writes about it are just spot on.
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Heretherebedragons Same. I love that about her books. 👩‍🔬 And yes, you are correct. She does have a background in the sciences. She did an interview a podcast a while back and mentioned something a grad degree in theoretical chemistry, I think. So cool. 2mo
jpmcwisemorgan I don‘t know about a science background but she was a lawyer. 2mo
jpmcwisemorgan @Heretherebedragons I‘m was curious so I went to check out her bio on Twitter and yes, she has a Masters in theoretical chemistry to go along with her law degree. That explains a lot! (edited) 2mo
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Pen Pals | Olivia Goldsmith
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Got some lovely #litsylove the last couple of days! Thanks all!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think our letters crossed in the mail!
@iread2much and @Stacypatrice I'll be writing replies this week 😀

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Probably so!!! It seems like it took yours a while to get there... 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Stacypatrice Looking forward to hearing from you 😊 2mo
iread2much You‘re welcome! 2mo
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Pen Pals | Kelly Burkholder
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Ten more #litsylove cards going out today!

litenthusiast I love your stamps! 2mo
ScientistSam @litenthusiast thanks! Snowy Day seemed appropriate both for the winter we've been having and the fact that these are going to a bunch of readers 😀 2mo
AmyG Thank you for your lovely note. 😘 2mo
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LibrarianJen I have these stamps too! I saw them at Christmas so of course I had to buy 4 books 🤣 2mo
Bklover Got your note today! Thank you- you‘ll hear from me soon!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
ScientistSam @AmyG you're welcome!😀 2mo
ScientistSam @LibrarianJen they make me so happy 😀 2mo
ScientistSam @bklover looking forward to it! 2mo
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The Flame and the Flower | Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
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I know this is an old book with problematic tropes for today's reader, but I wanted to read it anyway to get a historical perspective on modern romance writing. But I can't get past the first 50 pages. Maybe someday I will pick it up again, but for now, nope.

CoverToCoverGirl I love this book and have read it several times. That probably dates me but I do enjoy vintage historical romance alongside with today‘s contemporary version historical romance too. (edited) 2mo
ScientistSam @CoverToCoverGirl I can totally see that. I've enjoyed some vintage romances too. Just wasn't feeling it today I guess. 2mo
LibrarianRyan I read all her books in high school. I loved them. But I don‘t think I would enjoy them now. 2mo
ScientistSam @LibrarianRyan different times, different moods, different culture all make the experience different for rereads for sure. 2mo
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Posted | John David Anderson
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Got the next #postlit book last night! It came really quickly. Thanks for the yummy addition to the package, @JulAnna!

What a lovely notebook, @StellarDoc. It goes well with the book, which happens to be a reread for me😀

@CareBear

aroc Eeee! Enjoy it! I loved that pick! 2mo
ScientistSam @aroc thanks! 2mo
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Wow, you'd think this story was fictional - or that the movie made up some of the most wild parts of this undercover sting - and you'd be wrong! This is a fascinating book, despite some technical issues with the writing (like repeat informational paragraphs in different chapters that should have been edited out, and the feel at times that it reads like a police report).

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I really enjoyed Phoebe's story. I liked watching her emerge from mourning and decide to get involved in estate management and other areas "unnecessary for a woman". There were some priceless, funny quotes. My one disappointment is that there wasn't a lot of West, and West is my favorite Ravenel. This felt much more like Phoebe's story than Phoebe and West's story.
4?

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OK, this had me almost snorting with laughter!

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Just heard these two interesting authors talk!

ScientistSam A piece of the world 2mo
litenthusiast I loved A Piece of the World. I'm glad the talk was good. 2mo
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Dots & Jots Notecard Book | Denyse Schmidt
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A book of notecards seems perfect for writing Litsy penpals! Next set of 5 #litsylove cards mailed 💕

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