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SqueakyChu

Joined March 2018

BookCrosser | Little Free Library steward | Librarything member | DC United fan ... ¡Vamos!
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The Age of Wonders | Aharon Appelfeld
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This book is so sad. In every age people are so mean. The setting is 1939 Austria.

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This is a book bought for me by a friend. It was written by her friend, a woman I also know. I want to like this book, but I‘m having a hard time getting into it. I finally reached a part that interests me, but I‘ve already read about a third of this book. Well, let me read some more...

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I loved this book! It‘s a novel which provides a back story to a #teen #horror video game called Bendy and the Ink Machine. I bought the book because of my six-year-old grandson who was prohibited from playing the game (although by the time his parents found out, he knew the whole story). I wanted to know the story, too. Now my son is actually reading his son the story. They have the book so I have no picture to post at this time. 😃

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Melanie's Song | Joanna Biggar
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I received this book unrequested from the publisher prior to its publication (October, 2019). I was surprised, but I kind of figured out from where the publisher got my information. I started reading it, and, surprisingly, I decided to give up reading a highly rated bestseller (which I found unbelievable and boring) because this story found more favor in my eyes. I‘m about quarter way through it and am enjoying it much more than my previous read.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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This line speaks to me. I‘ll never stop loving or worrying about my #children, no matter how old they or I become. In my heart, they‘ll always be little and needing my protection.

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The Crazed | Ha Jin
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Really. ☹️

JulietBooks Woah...😯 2mo
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Black Orchid | Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
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Agreed!

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Black Orchid | Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
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I selected this book at a #BookCrossing meetup to release in my #LittleFreeLibrary. The problem was that I browsed through the book before placing it on the bookshelf. You guessed it! I‘m reading it now...and I never did release it on my bookshelf. This book is cruel and mean so far. That‘s okay because it fits with what I‘m seeing my country becoming. What‘s the answer? Maybe the answer is in this graphic novel.

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The Bridegroom Was a Dog | Y?ko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
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“There was a bed in the room next to the black door, so I went in and opened the closet to find seventeen nightgowns, neatly arranged in order of size, with the largest on the left. The smallest fitted me perfectly, but whether my husband expected me to grow into the next one, or had no idea what size I took, or had divorced sixteen other women, all bigger than me, I couldn‘t imagine.” 😳

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The Bridegroom Was a Dog | Y?ko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
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If you like “#weird”, is this the book for you! I‘m only on the second of the three stories it contains, but so far they are OFF THE WALL!! 😳 I found this book at my friend‘s used book store, The Write Bookshop, in St. Catherine‘s, #Ontario, Canada. What a find! Both the book and the bookshop. 😃

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The Bridegroom Was a Dog | Y?ko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
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Has anyone else read this book? It‘s starting off very #weird!! I‘m not so sure about it...

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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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I love this author‘s writing. I was so happy to find this new book of his at the public library. This book is about a #Jewish guy turned secular who deals with the #death of his religiously observant father.

SqueakyChu Wow! This book has so many Yiddish/Hebrew words I don‘t know. It‘s keeping me busy looking up definitions! :O 2mo
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The Guise of Another | Allen Eskens
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This was a new author to me. I liked his first book so much that I went right out to buy his second book. I‘m reading it right now! 😊

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The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
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This is EXACTLY what I was in the mood for reading—a novel that is page-turning with short chapters and compelling writing. I never heard of this author before, but I found this book in my own #LittleFreeLibrary from an anonymous donor. Many thanks!

CouronneDhiver I love that author - recommend them all! 3mo
SqueakyChu @CouronneDhiver Thanks! I LOVE his writing. It‘s very realistic and even funny at times. I will be sure to look for more of his books in the future. 3mo
SqueakyChu @CouronneDhiver I found one other book by this same author in a used book store today. Should these books be read in the order they were written, or does it not matter? 3mo
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March: Book Three | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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Barack Obama. John Lewis. I‘m reading March and am now on Book Three. I‘m saddened and feeling shamed by the little progress if any my own nation has made since the racism, hatred, voter suppression, gender inequality, and name-calling of the 1960s. I strongly recommend all three books of this graphic novel series.

SqueakyChu Just finished. Fabulous book. Just fabulous! 3mo
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I like this book very much already, but this photograph by Jeanne Lipsy endeared me to it even more. 💕

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“Every beginning is a merging of holding on and letting go.” This book appeared in a box of books donated to my #LittleFreeLibrary. As I looked at this book, I heard it “speaking” to me. Now I‘m reading it. 😊

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I was just about to release this book to another person‘s #LittleFreeLibrary when I glanced at the beginning of this book of short stories. The first story sounded good so I kept the book to read. I loved the first story, very much liked the second story, and look forward to the rest of them. I like that they take place in #NorthCarolina and have very interesting characters. I‘d never before heard of either this book or its author.

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Here‘s a book I‘m sure I‘ll like. I found it in a #LittleFreeLibrary earlier today, and I started reading it this evening. Who ever heard of a business book in #graphicnovel form?! This it it!

SqueakyChu Done. I loved this book!💕 3mo
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Cul De Sac: This Exit | Richard Thompson
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This comic book about preschooler Alice Otterloop didn‘t really reach out that much to my personal sense of humor, but the class guinea pig Mr. Danders and the #owl pictured here sure did! 😊

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Eden: A Novel | Yael Hedaya
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I hope it‘s never too late to read and review a book for #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer as I received this book in 2010. Uh oh! Anyway, it‘s a book about complicated relationships between families on a fictitious #moshav in #Israel. It‘s very detailed. I think it also helps to have a firsthand knowledge about day-to-day life in Israel to pick up on some subtleties of this novel.

Swe_Eva I loved that one when I read it for LTER. In 2010... 😂😂😂 Better late than never. 👍🏻 3mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva It is sooo detailed and goes on FOREVER! I‘m taking an intermission from it now, but I WILL finish it. 😃 (edited) 3mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu 😂 I didn‘t mind that, but you may want to check out her novellas instead. 😉 It has more DRAMA than her others that I‘ve read, but I think right before this one she became a TV writer, so that may have caused it. 3mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I still have an unread book by her that YOU sent me back in 2010. 😳 It‘s called “Accidents”. I might have to read that one next! 😃 3mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu I liked that one very much, hope you do too! 3mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I‘ll let you know in another nine years or less! 😉 📖 3mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu 😂😂😂 3mo
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This is such a fun book! I found it as a leftover after a yard sale. Before putting it out in my #LittleFreeLibrary, I decided to read it from cover to cover. I‘ve read about a third of it so far. It‘s an easy read and very useful. I love gardening. One gets such satisfaction from a garden well planted & maintained. I‘ll be using this book to keep me on track this year. The writer is very funny so this book is both entertaining and educational.

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In North Korea, there is only the ruling elite and the “other”. We are fast becoming like this in my own country, so much so that this “novel” is truly painful to read.

SqueakyChu Sadly, this novel made me even more aware of human rights and how they are being eroded in my own country. (edited) 4mo
SqueakyChu I liked how the author inserted himself into this novel. Nice! May there always be a beacon of hope for what is moral, even in our darkest hours. (edited) 4mo
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A novel about North Korea?! Okay. I‘ll bite. I know next to nothing about North Korea.

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Thanks, #AndrewGifford and #sfwp, for sharing the advance reviewer copy of this book with me! I started it today, and am enjoying lead character, Jack Dixon, as well as knowing the author is from #Baltimore. I think this book will be a quick and fun read.

SqueakyChu The author is from #Baltimore...and he‘s an #Orioles fan! 👍 5mo
SqueakyChu By the way, this book is full of funny one-liners that have me laughing out loud despite it being a mystery. 5mo
SqueakyChu I liked this book a lot. Look for it when it comes out this September. 5mo
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I‘d never heard of this author before, but I went searching for books in my public library about coal mining towns in Pennsylvania. That led me to finding this book of short stories. After I read the first story, I was hooked. What beautiful writing! For sure I‘ll like what will follow.

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This is a book of conversations between the author, son of Holocaust survivors, and the late Elie Wiesel, himself a Holocaust survivor. I just started reading this book last night. I identify with quite a bit of what is being said. It‘s a moving, thought-provoking read.

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Fascinating! I heard the author speak today and bought her book to learn how to use gravity to prevent symptoms of aging. This might sound strange, but her advice stems from her scientific research as a member of NASA where she studied the effects of minimal gravity on our astronauts. The results of her studies are astonishing!

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Halfway through this novel...beautiful, detailed story, but feeling sad for these kids‘ rough life.

laytonwoman3rd Are you following the American Authors challenge on LT? We're reading Ward this month. Powerful, isn't she? 6mo
SqueakyChu @laytonwoman3rd She can really evoke powerful reactions to what she writes. I'm not following the American Authors challenge, but I will take a look at that thread after I finish the book, Thanks for calling my attention to that thread. 6mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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So the whalers in this story caught their first sperm-whale (not Moby Dick)...but it made me sad. ☹️

SqueakyChu What a great book this is! It keeps getting better and better!! 💕🐳 6mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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I found Moby Dick! He‘s on page 264!! 😃
An FYI: Moby Dick was really white...not blue. 😊

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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I don‘t know a thing about this book other than those who read it liked it. I started it last night. I find it fun to start books as a blank slate and to just wait to see what they do for me. And you?!

readingjedi Generally, yes, I love reading "blind" so to speak but in this case if cruelty to animals upsets you be prepared. 6mo
SqueakyChu @readingjedi I obviously don‘t like it, but at least I know this is fiction. Thanks for the heads up, though. 6mo
Graywacke Reading blind and open-minded can be the best way. It‘s the second part I find not so easy (hence, often avoid the first part). 6mo
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SqueakyChu @Graywacke Let me try to understand what you‘re saying. You don‘t often read blind because you cannot be open-minded about some subjects (animal cruelty, let‘s say)? I will read blind, but I‘ll stop reading if I find something which truly offends me (although I can‘t for the life of me think of an example!). 6mo
Weaponxgirl I like to know certain things as I‘m a mood reader but for me this is more a is this a plot on interior emotions driven book. Just a general feel for what kind of book it is as I enjoy most kind of books depending on my mood at the time. No point me trying a experimental writing style book if I‘m in the mood for something more story based. But when it comes to plot I quite like going in blind, just give me the basics and I‘m happy to go a ride 6mo
Weaponxgirl I have no idea if that made sense btw 6mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu hmm. Not so easy to explain. I get impatient with books that are doing things I don‘t understand or expect 6mo
SqueakyChu @Weaponxgirl I understand. You need to know at least something about a book before reading it. I literally knew nothing about this book other than the title and author. I saw from the front of the book that it was a National Book Award winner (a point in its favor) and knew that the author was liked very much by kidzdoc, a fellow LibraryThing member. I had this copy of the book at home so I thought I‘d give it a try. (edited) 6mo
SqueakyChu I generally have no hesitancy to stop reading a book that I don‘t like or especially one I find boring. At the beginning of this book (I‘ve only read two chapters so far), I thought, “Uh oh! Pit bulls! I wonder if that will mean illegal activity or dogfighting?!” To be fair, I have a nephew who has a pet pit bull named Mabel! 😃 6mo
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This is one of my current reads. Dave Barry is hilarious! Even though this book is somewhat dated (it was published in 1992), it‘s giving me many laugh-out-loud moments. #humor #Japan

rretzler Haven‘t thought about Dave Barry in a long time. He is hilarious 6mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I haven‘t read Dave Barry‘s books for years. I still miss his weekly column in The Washington Post magazine (I never cared for Gene Weingarten‘s columns which replaced Barry‘s). I grabbed this book when I saw it because my older son visits Japan yearly just for fun so I thought this book would be a good read. I was right! 👍 6mo
rretzler We did one of his books on tape (remember when that was a thing) many, many years ago while on vacation. Don‘t remember which one it was but it was great. I still have a few cut outs of some of his old columns around somewhere 6mo
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SqueakyChu @rretzler It‘s funny, though. The more I read of this book, the more I see that Barry‘s whirlwind three-week vacation tour of Japan back in the 90‘s is leaving me disappointed in his “appreciation” of Japanese culture. That‘s also what turned me off to Bill Bryson‘s travel humor in the past. What‘s funny about poking fun over something one truly knows doesn‘t come off as well when poking humor at another culture, something deeply personal. (edited) 6mo
rretzler You‘re right. That would turn me off as well. That‘s too bad because he‘s a funny guy otherwise. I don‘t think I‘ve read any of his travel humor. I do enjoy Bill Bryson‘s travel humor, though. 6mo
SqueakyChu @rretzler I‘ve read two of Barry‘s novels which (as they are fictitious) are hilarious. I still am a great fan of his. 6mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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First #whale spotted! “There she blows!”

Note: I‘m on page 222. 😃

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Warm fuzzies... 🐱😃

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Ahahahaha! This is so...Richard Brautigan!

Swe_Eva 😂 I‘ve only recently heard of this author, but I already know I‘ll have to check him out! 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva When I was in my 20s, I collected any book of his I could find. They‘re really still the only books I don‘t give away. It was just a “thing” with me. San Francisco, hippies, youth, freedom of expression... You know! 😃 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Hey, man, nothing wrong with a little flower-power. 🌸☮️✌🏻I‘ve just completely missed him for some reason - I‘ve put Trout Fishing in America on my library list. 6mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Trout Fishing in America (probably his best known book) was the only book of his I couldn‘t really get into. I don‘t think I ever finished it. Read this fun book instead: (edited) 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu I‘ll be on the lookout for it - looks like the library doesn‘t have an ebook copy, unfortunately. (edited) 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva ☹️ 6mo
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Love the poetic images in this story! 💕

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Hahahahaha!

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I know. A blast from the past. It‘s been years since I read a book by Richard Brautigan, but I thought it‘d be fun to read one of his books again. I never read all of the ones I collected over the years because I didn‘t want to not be able to read more of his books in the future after his tragic #suicide.

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I loved that this book was about #gratitude. Even more important, I‘m grateful this book was about #coffee!! 😃💕

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I just ate a banana! “¡Vamos!” is what I say about my fave soccer team, DC United! I get to watch them play this Sunday. Lin-Manuel Miranda, did you read my mind?!

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I needed a pick-me-up book so I chose this book by Lin-Manuel Miranda from the library today.

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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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Yes! After 126 pages of this novel, I finally get to meet Captain Ahab! It took 107 pages just to hoist the anchor and set sail. Away we go on this whaling adventure... What a book so far! Only 106 more chapters to go!! 😃 ⛵️

Bklover I admire your enthusiasm! 7mo
SqueakyChu Update: My younger son is also reading another copy of this book to my five-year-old grandson! They‘re up to Chapter 11 (of 135 chapters!). 7mo
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Swe_Eva 😂😂😂 7mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva My son and grandson are STILL reading this book together! I can‘t believe it. My son always hated reading (until he had his own kids), and my grandson‘s only five years old! I did buy them a copy because we didn‘t have enough renewals left at our public library for the book I borrowed for them. 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu That is quite impressive! I barely made it through the Cliff Notes version and that was an as adult, not at 5. 😁 I‘m going to try it on Serial Reader, maybe it helps getting it serves in smaller portions. 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I like it best with no footnotes or explanations, all of which I find distracting. I‘m reading it a chapter a day. Chapters are often two or three pages. It helps to have someone else whom you know reading it at the same time. My son says sometimes he only reads a paragraph a night to his son who is still fully immersed in the story. Amazing! 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I do keep my phone handy to sometimes look up and record vocabulary words and definitions. I also have my own list of characters and who they are. Recently, I can‘t read without my phone handy! 😃 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I have the Cliff notes, but other than Melville‘s biography which I read this morning, I‘m not going to refer back to it. I find it more interesting to only look up those things I really want to know. 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Serial Reader “sends” a 10-minute section every day so that might be perfect. It is one of those books that I want to have read. We read a few chapters at University, but not the whole thing. 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Truthfully, I never thought I‘d ever read this book. I remember looking at it once when my younger son was in high school and telling him NOT to read it. English was NOT his best subject. It was HIS five-year-old son who wanted to hear this story and got both his dad and me to start reading it to him...and got both of us interested in reading the whole thing. That 10-minute section a day does sound perfect! 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Give it a try, but read at least a few chapters before you decide whether or not to continue. I love it! 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu It does seem to be one of those that has a worse reputation than it deserves. I think there was an LT group read one year where pretty much everyone was surprised how much they enjoyed it, not so much a slog as they had expected. 😂👍🏻 (edited) 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I already bookmarked that group read but I don‘t want to read it until I finish the book. It will be fun later seeing what everyone said. 6mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I‘m about halfway through this book. I‘m pretty certain it will be my favorite ever novel by the time I finish it. I can now see why some people call it the best ever novel. It‘s not for everyone, though. I think I‘m reading it at the best time ever for me. 6mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu That is great news - it's moving up the list for me. 6mo
Nute Well, this post is very motivational. I will enjoy telling folks that a five year old made me read Moby Dick!😃 2mo
SqueakyChu @Nute I should go back and finish this book. I sort of stopped halfway though only because I had some other books I wanted to read. Thanks for the reminder! 👍 2mo
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This is a fun book in which the author literally thanks a thousand people responsible for his morning cup of #coffee (...and mine, as well)!

Swe_Eva Love the orchid! 💜 7mo
SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva Thanks! I must have done something right this year. I usually kill orchids! 😉 7mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu My mum is an orchid-whisperer, but I‘ve not inherited her magic skills. 😁 7mo
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SqueakyChu @Swe_Eva I killed the only orchid my daughter ever gave me! ☹️ 7mo
Swe_Eva @SqueakyChu Well done! 😂😂😂 7mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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Important words, especially during these days of increasing #intolerance. Be kind to others, whatever their religion.

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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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I did it! I bought myself a copy of this book, knowing full well I will not finish reading my library copy before it becomes due. I hate interrupting a book that way! I‘m proudly up to Chapter 9 (of 125 chapters!). 😃

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Moby Dick Or The Whale | Herman Melville
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589 pages, notwithstanding, I am determined to read this book. My son is now reading it to his five-year-old son. I can‘t be “out-classiced” by them! 😃

jillannjohn This was the only required book that I did NOT finish in high school! 😮 One day.... 7mo
SqueakyChu @jillannjohn Truthfully, I never thought I‘d ever pick this book up. My five-year-old grandson knew it was about a #whale and insisted on hearing the grown-up version of this story. I read two chapters to him, and we both worked on understanding it paragraph by paragraph. No promises by anyone about finishing it, but we‘ll see... 😃 (edited) 7mo
SqueakyChu I‘m going to like this book! 7mo
SqueakyChu Don‘t you just ❤️ the cover of this book? I do! 7mo
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The Gravedigger's Daughter | Joyce Carol Oates
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I just started reading this book. It‘s been many years since I‘ve read a book by this author. I remember seeing Joyce Carol Oates at a past #NationalBookFestival when this book was new. She had remarked that, while writing this book, she had felt compelled to research her family‘s #Jewish roots. I‘m wondering what this book (by such a prolific author) is about. I‘ll soon find out! 😃

SqueakyChu I bailed because I had an intense dislike for the three main male characters and did not like the direction in which the story was going. I might have forced my way through this book if it had not been over 500 pages. (edited) 7mo
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This book, which I received as an #EarlyReviewer from #LibraryThing arrived today. It is compelling reading which I should finish later this evening.

SqueakyChu This was an extraordinarily emotionally moving book which I read through in one sitting. The nonagenarian author shares painful memories as well as thoughts about aging, religion, and what the future might hold. Very highly recommended. (edited) 7mo
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