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Suet624

Joined September 2016

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
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“If you had the bad luck to be from Ireland, it felt, you had to suck it up and never have sex or else have the baby.”

You could also include 21 states in the U.S. where this now applies as well.

Hooked_on_books I‘m disgusted by our country. Parts of it for fighting for this to happen and other parts for sitting back and letting it when the strategy was clear. I can only hope that, like Ireland, there‘s a popular uprising to restore women‘s reproductive rights. It took too long there and no doubt it‘ll take too long here, but hopefully someday. We‘ve certainly already seen that in the states where the voters were allowed to decide. 3d
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books you‘ve said it all. I agree 100%. 3d
vivastory This is what I found so frustrating when people talked about “it could never happen here.“ I'd always point them in the very recent history w/ Ireland 3d
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Amiable Ugh to all of it. It infuriates me. 🤬 3d
Suet624 @vivastory Ireland is better off than the US at this point. 3d
vivastory @Suet624 Yeah, I know things have changed there recently 3d
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one. 3d
JenniferEgnor SCOTUS is hearing the EMTALA case out of Idaho this week. I‘m worried about how they‘ll rule. Hard to believe it‘s 2024 and this is where we‘re at. 3d
Suet624 @JenniferEgnor The Republicans didn‘t allow Obama his right to appoint a Supreme Court judge and then they proceeded to appoint three members who lied to Congress about a woman‘s right to choose as being established law. I have no use for people who vote for Republican candidates after witnessing just how often the Republicans lie and cheat. (edited) 3d
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I‘m sitting at Safelite getting a new windshield with a bunch of very quiet people. Thankfully they don‘t have a tv on. Suddenly I noticed that both my book and my sweatshirt have the same logo. A bit of overkill? If I‘m lucky the folks will think I work at Galaxy. 😊

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Untitled | Unknown
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❤️ I‘m still buzzing from the total eclipse, watching videos of the darkness & people‘s delight. It was amazing.
❤️ I‘m astonished and so grateful it was a blue sky day for the eclipse - so rare in Vermont in April.
❤️ The Boston Celtics are in the first round of the playoffs.
❤️ The Boston Bruins are in the first round of the playoffs.
❤️ Charley, my granddaughter, can‘t walk yet at 15 months but you should see her ride her bike!
#5JoysFriday

kspenmoll Good for her! Bike riding faster than walking… so happy you are still enjoying eclipse joy! 4d
Suet624 @kspenmoll thanks Katherine! 4d
DebinHawaii Such a great joyful list! 💛💛 I remain envious of the eclipse viewers! Charley with that hat on her bike is definitely a joy sparker! How adorable! 🥰 Thank you for joining in! 4d
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West of Sunset | Stewart O'Nan
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Did I really mean to read a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s last few years and Zelda‘s hospitalization? No. But I did want to read an O‘Nan story. Somehow the author kept my interest through his writing style, even as the book began to lag. Not necessarily O‘Nan‘s fault - I mean how many times can you make it interesting that Fitzgerald fell off the wagon yet again? Would I recommend the book? Probably not. But I enjoyed O‘Nan‘s effort.

BarbaraBB I always enjoy O‘Nan too. I haven‘t read this one though 6d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB this might be a good one to skip. :)
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BarbaraBB I thought so 😉 6d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Haha. I guess that was obvious. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5d
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After reading @suvata ‘s review, I happened to see this at the library. Her enthusiasm inspired me. Albom is generally hit or miss for me and over time I‘ve tended to stay away. However, I really enjoyed this one. The structure and pace of the story was great. A boat blows up, there are 11 survivors in a life raft. One of them says they are the Lord. Of course it‘s about faith because that‘s Albom‘s jam, but I thought the story was well done.

suvata I‘m so happy to hear that you liked it. I‘m glad you gave it a try. 1w
Suet624 @suvata Thank you for the recommendation! 5d
suvata @Suet624 my pleasure 5d
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My daughter-in-law‘s mother knows how much I love Anne‘s writing and sent me this book. I‘ve read her books ever since she wrote Operating Instructions (a brilliant book if you haven‘t read it) and I go to hear her speak whenever she‘s close by.

BarbaraBB I don‘t know her, and will change that! 2w
UwannaPublishme Love Anne too! 🙌🏻 I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 2w
quietlycuriouskate I heard her talking about this just yesterday, on Elise Loehnen's "Pulling the Thread" podcast. 2w
goodbyefrancie Seeing her tonight, and I'm so excited! 6d
Suet624 @goodbyefrancie that's wonderful! Enjoy! She's a delight and an inspiration. 6d
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The author is many things: a medical biochemist, a botanist, & an author just to name a few. This book, part memoir & part call to action, was what I needed right now. Overcoming her lonely childhood, thankfully living in the summers with relatives who taught her the essential Celtic wisdom of nature and its gifts, to her eventually creating her own vision of Eden by collecting nearly extinct trees from all over the world, this woman is amazing.

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In Vermont we are still buzzing from this event. The total eclipse was so beyond anything I could have imagined. The cold, the darkness, the stars, the return of light. Strangers embracing strangers. Grandchildren running wild in the darkness and screaming that it was the best day of their lives. It happened in my backyard and it was sunny (unheard of!) I see why people chase this experience. It has affected me deeply. 💕💕

Bookwormjillk That‘s great! We were only at about 85% here but I loved that for about a half hour everyone just stopped and observed nature. 2w
Aims42 I saw it from my backyard by myself and I think being with a crowd would make it infinitely more exciting 😁 It was cool, but being with others would‘ve made it even better 2w
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squirrelbrain Sounds like a wonderful experience! 2w
kspenmoll It must have been gorgeous in the snow. I stayed home with the cats while F& R went to my brother‘s in VT- they traveled to Shelburne Museum where they had spots for the day. They returned, astonished, dazzled,Awestruck,with this universal & community experience. 2w
LeahBergen So cool! 2w
Cathythoughts Brilliant ♥️ 2w
youneverarrived ♥️♥️ 2w
Leftcoastzen I was thinking you would be in a good spot for it!Yay! 2w
Suet624 @Aims42 It's funny because I couldn't tell if my experience would have been even better if I were by myself :) 2w
Suet624 @squirrelbrain It truly was. I'll never forget how it felt, that's for sure. 2w
quietjenn I very much relate, although I saw it in Ohio. Kinda want to become one of those eclipse chasers now. Just phenomenal in so many ways 2w
Reggie Very cool, Sue! 2w
Suet624 @quietjenn My family and I all agreed that we could see why so many people chase the totality of the eclipse. There's nothing like it. 2w
Suet624 @Reggie It's truly a once in a lifetime event. I hope you can experience it sometime. 2w
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The Searcher | Tana French
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I‘d never read a Tana French book & @DavidDiamond suggested reading this one before reading her new book. Two great things about it: 1. French was born in Burlington, Vermont (love that fact) & 2. This was set in Ireland and the language and descriptions of Ireland were so good! A retired cop moves to Ireland and ends up, of course, having to find a missing person. I grew to really care for all of the characters and look forward to reading more.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too. 👍🏻❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB I want to read it too thanks to @DavidDiamond and now to you (edited) 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB haha. I really needed something different than the super sad books I‘d been reading and this really fit the bill. 2w
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BarbaraBB Yes we need something light more than ever between sad books and harsh reality 💔 2w
AvidReader25 I love this author! This one is definitely slower moving than some of her others, but I am loving the sequel which has a similar feel. I love her murder squad books too. 2w
Suet624 @AvidReader25 the murder squad ones sound great! I agree this was slower moving but it‘s just what I needed. I look forward to exploring more of her books. 2w
DavidDiamond I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I have less than 100 pages to go! Anyone interested in reading this series should start with The Searcher before moving on to The Hunter. While it's not essential, a major character twist is spoiled if you don't. I've already put “In The Woods“ (Dublin Murder Squad Book #1) on my hold list! She's definitely one of my new favorite authors! 2w
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The Searcher | Tana French
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Considering I had 18 inches of snow yesterday and an earthquake rocked my house today enough to make me feel as if I were on a boat, this quote hit home.

Suzze Yikes! I‘m in SE Michigan, whee we rarely get anything drastic. 3w
Suet624 @Suzze this is very unusual. 🥴 3w
dabbe Hope you're tuckered in and cozied up! 💚🩷💚 3w
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AmyG You felt the earthquake? Wow. 3w
Suet624 @dabbe I‘m reading and I‘m happy. 💕 3w
Suet624 @AmyG yes! It‘s wild that it came all the way to my part of VT. It‘s such an eerie feeling. 3w
kspenmoll The earthquake hit you?! Did you know what it was ? (edited) 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll There was no question in my mind what it was. There's nothing like it. We've had a few in Vermont over the years. The power of nature is really something and as you feel your house moving around all you can do is hold your breath and be amazed. Thankfully, I think the house is fine. 😁 3w
Leftcoastzen Wow , wondered if you could feel that earthquake. Glad the house seems fine. 3w
Reggie Omg, Sue. I hope for nothing but boring weather days ahead of you. 3w
Tamra 😬😵‍💫When I lived in AK, the noise was more frightening than the movement. Ominous! 3w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen to be honest I haven't actually gone into that dark basement to check it out! :) 3w
Suet624 @Reggie thank you for your good wishes, Reggie. After the eclipse I'm expecting everything to settle right down. 3w
Suet624 @Tamra Ooooh, yeah. So true. 3w
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Day | Michael Cunningham
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Taken at 6:30 am & it‘s still snowing at 4 pm. Power on & off all day. Funny how my mood improves the minute power is restored. A week after reading Day, here is what I remember: a character is living in Iceland & Cunningham‘s description of the cold & the climate is so accurate it puts you right smack dab in that location. I‘ve never been there but I know what the sound & smells are like at -20C. The book is fine, but that part was my favorite.

dabbe Icily beautiful! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Suet624 @dabbe it‘s really beautiful. 3w
Megabooks I hope your power stays on! 3w
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Suet624 @Megabooks it was off and on all day but it‘s back and I‘m a happy girl 3w
Aimeesue Brrrrrrr! 3w
Jeg I‘m just watching your ABC news here in Perth West Aussie. You sprung to my mind and wondering if you are ok. 3w
BarbaraBB 🎼Sometimes it snows in April.., but so much?! I saw your beautiful pics on IG and only thought of the beauty. Never realized how cold it must be, without power especially. I hope it stays on now! 3w
Cathythoughts Beautiful photo 🤍 3w
Suet624 @Jeg All is well. Thanks for thinking me of me all the way from Perth! I'm usually fine with the snow - it's just the power going off that I don't like. I end up feeling forlorn. :) 3w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB In April it tends not to be as cold - yesterday it was 30c. The house stayed mostly warm and I have a lot of blankets. If the power goes out anytime in January or February though it can be more scary with pipes freezing, etc. It can get very cold here then. 3w
Suet624 @Cathythoughts Thank you! 3w
Jeg Just woke to news of earthquake. Did you feel the earth move.?. 3w
Suet624 @Jeg I felt my house move, for sure. I was on the second floor and the house was moving. It's happened a few times here in Vermont and it's the eeriest feeling. Like I said in another post, I felt like I was on a boat. 3w
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Up to 20 inches of snow projected to fall over the next few days. I have a multitude of books and magazines to entertain myself with when I‘m not shoveling. This is one book I‘ll be dipping in and out of.

IndoorDame Yikes! Stay warm! 3w
batsy Wow. That almost sounds wonderful—we're having heat, heat, and more unbearable heat. 3w
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Suet624 @IndoorDame high winds are part of this storm too so I‘m really hoping I don‘t lose power. 😳 3w
Suet624 @batsy oh no! High heat is a tough one. 3w
IndoorDame @Suet624 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 3w
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I‘ve written 3 reviews and deleted them. I‘m so angry and want to point fingers at one state in the US that seems particularly heartless - looking at you, Texas - but I‘m sure the fate of foster kids is abysmal everywhere. This is a look at racism in fostering choices and a system that cannot see its way to help families rather than destroy them. It‘s a book worth reading but it‘s a tough one.

BarbaraBB Love your review 🤍 3w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you for always being my cheerleader. 💕💕 3w
Reggie A friend just finished reading this one and she said she was so devastated. So many failures on so many levels. 3w
Suet624 @Reggie I agree with her. I was really shaken by what the state did to these families. Just terrible. 3w
BarbaraBB Honestly! 3w
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A Lucky Day | Carlos Server
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All for $1 at the library sale. Some great authors. Now I need to stop going to the library so I can actually read some of my own books.

Ruthiella Great haul! 👍 The lure of a good library sale is hard to resist. 4w
Tamra Jackson! 4w
Suet624 @Ruthiella it sure is. 4w
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Suet624 @Tamra yes!!! 4w
Leftcoastzen Nice! 4w
LeahBergen I love that Shirley Jackson collection! 👍 4w
Suet624 @LeahBergen that‘s great to know!! 4w
BarbaraBB Curious about that O‘Nan! 4w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB the librarian said she loved it. 4w
Jeg Quite a lovely haul. 4w
Suet624 @Jeg thanks! The haul was unexpected. I‘d already been there earlier in the week and i guess these hadn‘t been added to the sale yet. I‘m pretty happy about it all. 😃 (edited) 4w
Cathythoughts Nice book haul 👍🏻♥️ 4w
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Surprises | Liza Charlesworth
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This was not the outcome I expected from the Tournament of Books. https://www.tournamentofbooks.com/2024/championship-blackouts-v-heaven-earth-gro...

(A random photo of a dove outside one of my windows. I love them and it always feels very special to have them visit.)

Ruthiella I haven‘t followed the real ToB this year, but I‘ve definitely come to expect the unexpected over the years. 🙃 4w
Suet624 @Ruthiella you‘re right. I kept a side-eye glance at the TOB judging this year. I wasn‘t drawn to reading many of the books so didn‘t participate. But I was sure they‘d go with Heaven and Earth. Everyone but me liked that book. 4w
squirrelbrain Quite a significant win too! 4w
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Suet624 @squirrelbrain right. Now I guess I have to read it. I keep avoiding it. 4w
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love it - a bit too strange for me. Or maybe I‘m not clever enough for that particular book. 🤔And I thought Heaven and Earth was just OK. 🤷‍♀️ 4w
BarbaraBB I have been avoiding it too. I haven‘t read one appealing review. 4w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB to be honest, I just keep grabbing books that I‘m excited to read. Don‘t think I‘ll spend time with Blackouts. 4w
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Remote Sympathy | Catherine Chidgey
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After finishing Pet I just had to read more by Chidgey. This fictional novel, thoroughly researched, involves a German administration officer at Buchenwald, his wife & child, a prisoner of the camp, and, randomly, an account from townsfolk. The events going on in the camp are written in such a way as to slowly numb you because, of course, what‘s happening couldn‘t actually be happening. It‘s a tough one to read but masterful in how it‘s written.

BarbaraBB Great review. I want to read it too. Is it better than Pet? 4w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I honestly don‘t know if it‘s better. It‘s completely different and very sobering. It‘s a book from Europa if that tells you anything. Very well done but it brought up a lot for me. 4w
squirrelbrain Great review - this was a tough read. 4w
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Suet624 @squirrelbrain thank you. It sure was. 4w
Suet624 @squirrelbrain And yet somehow still very readable
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Tamra Wonderful review! I have it stacked to get to hopefully in my lifetime. 😉 4w
Suet624 @Tamra thank you …💕 4w
Cathythoughts Great review. I loved Pet. 4w
BarbaraBB Europa is always good! 4w
batsy It sounds really good but a tough read (subject wise). I'm hoping I will get to it in the near future 🤞🏾 4w
Suet624 @Cathythoughts so did I. Curious to see what she comes up with next. 4w
Suet624 @batsy I would love to read your review of it. I bet it would be brilliant. 4w
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I‘m listening to the very disturbing tagged book while also reading a book about Buchenwald concentration camp. Suddenly I had had enough. Too much pain. So I drove an hour to see my granddaughter, Charley. I‘m so close to the end of each book that I‘ll finish them tomorrow but today I was fortunate to play with a sweet little girl and count my blessings.

Ruthiella Good idea. ❤️ 4w
Suet624 @Ruthiella not sure how I get myself into these depressing book overloads! 4w
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sarahbarnes ♥️♥️ 4w
Gissy 💖 4w
Tamra 😘 4w
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
KathyWheeler Sounds like you made an excellent decision! 4w
BarbaraBB You were right to do so ❤️ 4w
batsy How sweet 💕 4w
Hooked_on_books Those books sound so heavy, but look at that hair! 4w
squirrelbrain Aw, she‘s a cutie! 🥰 4w
quietlycuriouskate Good medicine, right there! ❤️ 4w
Cathythoughts Yes ♥️ I count my blessings too. Grandchildren bring such joy. 4w
Cuilin Smart choice!! ❤️ 4w
CarolynM 😍 Gorgeous photo! Cuddling a little cutie like that sounds like the perfect antidote to those books. 4w
dabbe To your gorgeous photo: 🤩💙🤩 4w
Suet624 @dabbe 💕💕💕 4w
Suet624 @CarolynM definitely. So glad I was able to do it. 4w
Suet624 @Cathythoughts they sure do. Three out of five of my grandkids are very close by and I‘m so fortunate to be able to drop in when I need a squeeze. 😊😊 4w
RohitSawant How adorable! 💖 4w
Suet624 @RohitSawant she‘s a cutie. 💕 4w
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At first I thought the author included too much information but as I reflect on it I think it was all necessary and added to the book. Divers find a German U-boat in the deep section of the sea. Only accomplished divers can go that deep to explore. Over time, it becomes the mission of two divers to determine which U-boat this is. The dangers involved in exploring the vessel to find the identification of the boat are enormous. Their mission to 🔽

Suet624 Identify the boat becomes a mission to be able to inform the families of the deceased of the location of their loved ones. The section in which one of the divers goes to Germany to track down family members was especially poignant. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review Sue 🤍 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thank you! 1mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I ran away from home with a former medic in the Green Berets stationed in Vietnam. He was eight years older than me and came home with a heroin habit. The Vietnam War was a nightly nightmare for him that heroin just barely alleviated. This book brought up a lot of memories for me. While it provides a lot of info to those unaware of the history, the romances within it were far fetched and drew me away from what the story could have been.

BarbaraBB You should write a book 🩷 1mo
Megabooks It's really good to have your perspective on this one. I think Vietnam hits different for people of a certain age. My mom lost a lot of friends who were drafted. I think it still doesn't feel historical for her even all these years later. I have a strong memory of her crying at the wall when we went to DC in 89. 1mo
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Suet624 @Megabooks Thanks, Meg. you‘re absolutely right. Those days still seem very close. I cried at the wall too. There‘s not enough space here to tell the stories of friends lost or ruined. Now so many people go to Vietnam as tourists and I can‘t imagine ever doing it. To add to that, we killed so many folks and destroyed their land with poisons and yet somehow they welcome us with open arms. War sucks. 1mo
Megabooks My uncle did two tours, and he just started being able to share stories in the past 5 or so years. I remember he couldn‘t drive in the rain for most of my childhood. And yes, I can‘t believe how welcoming they are. It‘s weird that I was scrolling through instagram earlier today and saw a post about Bourdain and Obama‘s meal in Vietnam and that the restaurant had the table encased in glass. Idk. Forgiveness is amazing on any level. 1mo
Suet624 @Megabooks wow. Your uncle not being able to drive in the rain. That hits hard. 1mo
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Covid arrives and the author decides to make a sweater from scratch. From shearing the sheep, spinning and dyeing the wool, and making the sweater. I enjoyed her humor and the particular items she chose to go into depth on, especially color and the origin of particular colors (from bugs). The last quarter of the book got a bit bogged down, but overall I enjoyed it.

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February | June Makle
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February reads. I wish every book could make me speedread like I did with Pet, I love Niall Williams‘ writing (History of the Rain), and Edith Wharton‘s The Mother‘s Recompense was incredibly engaging.

BarbaraBB What a great month! 😍 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I read more than I thought 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Pet was really good 👍🏻. Good reading month ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts it definitely was a good month! 2mo
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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A beautiful teacher comes to town & a class of 12 year olds are enthralled. All of the students want to please her and be the teacher‘s pet. When items of the students begin to be stolen, the story takes off. We follow our main character, still grieving the death of a parent, as she navigates the hierarchy within a teenage world & the manipulative world of an adult. It‘s a page turner I could not put down. Already grabbed another by this author.

Aimeesue Great review! 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue thank you! 2mo
Tamra I‘ve had my eye on this one. Great review! 2mo
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Suet624 @Tamra I could NOT put it down. A satisfying read, for sure. 2mo
BarbaraBB I am glad you liked it too. Interested in her other books too. 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB you were right. If all books were like this one I‘d fly through that stack of library books I picked up. 2mo
Cathythoughts I agree. Such a good read ❤️ 2mo
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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So apparently I‘ve abandoned the many books on my shelves and overindulged at the library. The pressure is now on to read them all before their due date. And I have a week coming up that is filled with elections, registering voters, and alphabetizing returning absentee ballots. Yeehaw!

Tamra I really dislike the pressure of due dates! It often detracts from my enjoyment of a book. 😔 2mo
Suet624 @Tamra same!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Just read Pet and you‘ll be fine 😉 Good luck doing those good things ❤️ 2mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB just at the start of Pet and really enjoying it. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Gosh, I‘ve never done that before! Nope, never! Really! 😬 2mo
sarahbarnes Thanks for the work you‘re doing there! And I agree with @BarbaraBB on Pet. Glad you‘re enjoying it so far. 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved Pet too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
tpixie Wow! I‘ve never heard of Pet. I‘m gonna have to check it out after all these endorsements!! I am excited to read Hannah‘s The Women 2mo
Suet624 @tpixie I‘m really enjoying it. One of those books that make me rush through my chores so I can sit with it. I‘m looking forward to Hannah‘s book too. 2mo
tpixie @Suet624 the best kind of book! 2mo
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My time spent reading Taylor‘s book included comparing it to the exhaustive study done by Homestead. That‘s not really fair. Taylor‘s book is short and informative. For those who don‘t know of Cather‘s works or her life it‘s a great intro. I appreciated the way he reviewed each book & tied it to her personal experiences. The best part of reading this was hearing my mother‘s voice again, telling me stories of Willa and Edith, my mother‘s aunt. 💕

LeahBergen I always love hearing about your family connection to Cather. 🥰 2mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you, Leah. 2mo
sarahbarnes Wow, that is really cool! I grew up in Nebraska and learned a lot about her in school. I would appreciate it more now than I did then. 2mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes yes, I imagine you‘d get more out of it now. 😀 I‘d really like to get to Red Cloud to see where Willa grew up. I hope to go to Jaffrey, NH this summer to see where Willa and my great-aunt are buried. 2mo
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This book started as a great idea. Studying the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, and Malcolm X is a great idea. Behind every great man is a great woman, right? However, I think Tubbs took on more than she could deliver. A pet peeve was that she referred to each woman only by their first name. I spent 3/4s of the audiobook trying to remember which mother she was referring to. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I learned a few things but knew a lot already.

DocBrown I found this book fascinating! I had no idea that Alberta King was assassinated in church! 2mo
Suet624 @DocBrown I think this is an important book and hopefully people will read it. I just didn‘t like the way it was written. 🥴 Those mothers were so courageous, so loving, and so disregarded. The fear they lived with, fear for their children, was so sad. I‘ve read some other bios so I knew about Alberta. Wasn‘t that awful? (edited) 2mo
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“In April 1990, a fictional library in a Richard Brautigan novel became a real place in Burlington. The Brautigan Library only accepted unpublished books. As the national media spread the news of the library's existence, unpublished manuscripts began arriving from all over North America. The library had visitors from as far away as Los Angeles & London who came to Burlington to experience it. Over 100 local volunteers kept the library running.” 🔽

Suet624 I walked by this library so often and loved knowing it was in my town. It‘s no longer there. In 2010, the library moved to Vancouver, WA, where it is overseen by Washington State University and a local museum. https:// www.toddrlockwood.com/the-brautigan-library.html (edited) 2mo
Aims42 That is so neat! I love the mayonnaise jar system 😂 2mo
Leftcoastzen I wanna go! 2mo
Reggie How cool! 2mo
Tamra How awesome! 2mo
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Grann knows how to tell a complex story in a way that compels you to keep turning the pages. Much like the story of the Endurance‘s struggles, the Wager‘s journey in the 1700‘s highlights just how difficult a journey by boat could be. I‘m often left wondering how I would do in a situation like this: a raging sea, climbing up masts to lower the sails in the middle of snow squalls, starving, & dealing with a murderous mutiny. I‘d give up early on.

Suet624 Ugh. And scurvy! What a horrendous experience. 2mo
AmyG I am almost done with this book….and now I understand the atories of ships and scurvy-back then. Yikes. And I would never survive this. It all sounds like a horror. 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG have you read Endurance? It‘s an amazing true story. There was no mutiny, which was nice, but what they went through - and survived - is amazing. 2mo
AmyG I haven‘t! Thanks for the recommendation. I will need a break from sea travel…it kind of freaks me out what they have to deal with. I can not imagine. 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG I read it about 15 years ago. Still remember so many of the amazing things that crew accomplished. 2mo
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I‘m confused. Little random snippets from his diary. He complains about making a movie but I have no idea which movie he‘s talking about. And while I imagine he wouldn‘t have published his own diaries, I do wish he had narrated this book. I‘ll go for another hour but so far it‘s disappointing.

Graywacke Hmm. Too bad… wish he had written an autobiography. (edited) 2mo
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Not book related, except for the fact that my book reading was limited a bit by my spending time/babysitting this sweetie. My 5th grandchild, Charley Jane, had her first birthday. 💕💕

BarbaraBB Ooooow, she‘s so cute 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen So sweet! 🥰🥰 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen the best part? She thinks life is so funny! Smiles all the time. 2mo
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DocBrown FIVE grandchildren! You are blessed!! And this one looks absolutely adorable! 2mo
JenniferEgnor I love her little dress! 2mo
monalyisha Can‘t help myself. Tagging a picture book. Occupational hazard. 😉 2mo
Suet624 @monalyisha love it! 2mo
Suet624 @JenniferEgnor haha. I think it might have been her first dress and she had trouble figuring out how to crawl around in it. 2mo
Suet624 @DocBrown I was fortunate to spend 7 years babysitting two of my grandkids full time. I do feel blessed to be able to spend a good amount of time with them. 2mo
Jeg So beautiful. So lucky. You are very blessed. Especially with that beautiful hair colour. The years spent looking after my one grandchild were very precious. Enjoy. ❤️ 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Gissy So pretty! Adorable💖💖💖Look that skirt😍 2mo
AmyG Adorable! ❤️ 2mo
mcctrish The cutest reason not to read 2mo
Tamra Cute overload! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awww 🩷 2mo
batsy She's absolutely adorable! And the contrast in size between her and the lovely doggo 🥹 2mo
Reggie What batsy said!!! Soooo cute!!! 2mo
youneverarrived So cute. Such a precious age 🥰 2mo
bthegood 💕adorable 💕 2mo
Suet624 @batsy @reggie I doubt you can tell but Biggie looks a bit stressed. He has been so great with her since she was born but she can get pretty wild with him. :) 2mo
marleed She‘s a sweetheart! Two of my 3 grandsons are one year apart and your wee one fits snuggly in the middle of their ages! 2mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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It is so gray here that you can‘t tell that‘s a lovely red fox staring at me as I approached. I‘m fairly picky about audiobooks & usually don‘t like fiction on audio, but this story was great & the audio kept my attention. An elderly woman mourning the death of her son 30 years ago, a young man searching for his father, & an octopus who is delightful. An enjoyable read that kept me occupied on my hour-long drive to City Hall to work on elections.

Ruthiella Hello fox! 🦊 2mo
BarbaraBB A fox! I‘ve never seen one! I‘d run for my life 😀 2mo
jlhammar Oh wow, beautiful! 2mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB I was surprised how long he stood there waiting for me to get closer. I‘ve seen him before and he‘s really quite beautiful. 2mo
Tamra It‘s a lucky day when you get to see one during daylight! Long story short, one time was out very late at night in my neighborhood and came across what I thought was a large cat. I called it and called it and it just stood there staring at me. 😜 It was not a cat. I‘m sure the fox thought I was batty. 😂 (edited) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great photos! The one with the fox looks like something out of a fiction book! 2mo
batsy I would love to meet a fox 🦊 Stunning photos! 2mo
Reggie You should make these into postcards. They‘re beautiful. 2mo
Suet624 @Tamra This fox seems to own the territory. I see it once every six months or so from afar, running across the fields. She/he is so beautiful. I wish I could have taken a better photo. I was just so surprised that it didn't bolt as I came closer. I love your story. Very glad it wasn't a skunk that you were calling to you.
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Suet624 @batsy @Reggie At one point I wondered if the fox was going to come after me. I've never had a wild animal stare at me for so long. 2mo
AnnieMcC I really enjoyed this book! Love the fox too!
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Lucinda Williams has worked her butt off writing songs and playing guitar since she was 12. Growing up, her mother had serious mental health issues. Meanwhile, her father, a poet, held literary parties with famous authors. Her family moved constantly. In this memoir, Williams takes us through her career, explains the background of many of her songs, and shares stories of her many love/flirty interests. The print version includes photos.

sarahbarnes I love her. 2mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes me too. 😊💕 2mo
Leftcoastzen It was a good read. 2mo
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Eastbound | Maylis de Kerangal
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A Russian conscript trying to flee from his duties and a woman leaving a man behind meet on a train. Can the soldier escape his fate with her help? This is a very short book and like @Bookboss I‘m not sure why I‘ve heard so much about it. It was a pick because of the tension provided at the end but otherwise it was just okay.

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This is the second book I‘ve read by Williams & I just can‘t say how much I appreciate his writing. While this novel definitely has a plot and characters I grew to adore, it is the writing, the turn of phrase, the truths that so resonated for me that made this special. There is a brief lull where I wondered where we were going and why, but it didn‘t matter ultimately. It‘s a meandering, extremely Irish, tale - one I was delighted to sit with.

BarbaraBB So glad with this review 🤍 3mo
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The Mother's Recompense | Edith Wharton
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The #whartonbuddyread group selected this for February but due to work schedules & Hoopla I jumped right into it. Written a century ago this felt so current. Kate, who left her husband & young daughter behind is called to return to live with her grown daughter. Kate‘s panic as she finds who her daughter intends to marry jumps off the page. Does she reveal secrets or save her daughter from the pain of knowing. This was well written and relatable.

Gissy Sounds good stacked 3mo
Suet624 @Gissy curious to hear what you think of it. 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds very good indeed. I have loved everything I‘ve read by Wharton so far. Stacking! 3mo
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Dilara You can't leave us with this cliff hanger! Now I'll have to find the book and read it to know 😄 3mo
batsy I know I was forgetting something! 😅 Thanks for the reminder and glad it was a pick. Sounds so good... Wharton is so good with ratcheting up the interpersonal tension! 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I was surprised by how much I liked it. Considering when it was written I'd be curious to see what people thought of it when it was published. 3mo
Suet624 @Dilara LOL. If your library has Hoopla, you could probably find it there. 3mo
Suet624 @batsy Happy to help. That's so true - the interpersonal tension kept me riveted. 3mo
Dilara @Suet624 I've found it on Project Gutenberg, so I'm all set 😁 3mo
BarbaraBB Indeed, her books don‘t feel outdated at all! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Wow , just about to start it. 3mo
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I have lived with this feeling for years!

kspenmoll Ha!!!! 3mo
AmyG I‘m not even Irish and I get it. 😳🤣 3mo
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Suet624 @AmyG haha. Yup. 3mo
julesG @AmyG Same! 3mo
batsy @AmyG Yep! 3mo
AnnieMcC “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
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My great-grandparents to the US came from Ireland. Is that why I love the writing of Williams so much? Ireland is in my blood and each line of this book feels perfectly attuned to what I need in an Irish story. It meanders & digresses. I don‘t understand how Williams writes the way he does. It‘s so potent & creative and funny and surprising. I‘m moving very slowly through the book which just demonstrates the amount of respect I have for him.

Libby1 I agree. His books are a feast. 💚 3mo
Suet624 @Libby1 I see this book has a 60% rating on Litsy. It‘s definitely not for everyone, but holy toledo! It‘s wild and magical. 3mo
Gissy It seems to be a good book for next March🤗 3mo
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Suet624 @Gissy I liked This is Happiness a lot too. He gets into minutiae which I loved, considering the fact that I grew up with a dad who told lengthy and digressive stories. I think that can be a hard book to read if you don‘t just surrender to it. 😊 3mo
Gissy @Suet624 Let‘s try it. I have read a couple of novels by different Irish authors and some stories were hard. I don‘t have the heritage as you do, but there is something I adored in those books I have read. I have a stack of books by Irish authors. I will add this one too🤗 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much more than This is Happiness. But I can imagine it adds a bit extra with your Irish roots. Have you read 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Nora Webster is still on my shelf and one of the few of Toibin's books I haven't read. 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved that one too. I am pretty sure you will too. 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB great! I‘ll get to it soon. 3mo
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@JenniferEgnor wrote a review of this book and posted several entries and I can‘t top them. So check those out. I‘m not a novice to this subject matter. I‘ve done the type of caregiving she recommends when someone is dying. What this book does so well is remind us that dying will happen and you really do need to prepare, for yourself and your family. She outlines pitfalls and possibilities. I‘m going to purchase the paper version to refer back to.

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If you‘re a mom and it‘s the first day of school for your little one, you know this feeling.

monkeygirlsmama They don't even have to be little! 3mo
Suet624 @monkeygirlsmama great point. In this story, it‘s a mom with young kids so that‘s why I was so attuned to young ones, but I can still feel that way on occasion with my adult children. 3mo
BarbaraBB I know that feeling ❤️❤️‍🩹 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB 💕💕💕 3mo
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This made me laugh out loud. It seems pretty accurate. I‘m really enjoying this book. Each paragraph has a sentence that‘s so unexpected.

LeahBergen 😆 3mo
Jeg 😂😂 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book! I read it a few years ago but I hope you will too 🤍 3mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB I so enjoy his writing. 3mo
BarbaraBB I did too. And I vividly remember one scene while I read it ages ago. It‘s about hair washing… have you read it yet? 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB not yet! Can‘t wait though. 3mo
kspenmoll 😂😂 3mo
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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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This one was fun to listen to and the audio is really the way to go with it. It‘s perfect for a long drive or cleaning. Considering how many drugs Rogen admittedly does, it amazes me that he is as successful as he is at writing and producing movies. I was able to get it from Libby - definitely a borrow, not a buy.

lynneamch Good to know. Thx. 3mo
Suet624 @lynneamch you‘re welcome! 3mo
LeahBergen We listened to this on a road trip last year. 👍 3mo
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This fairly short book of essays about the author‘s time living during a war in Croatia and then living in Amsterdam and the United States is taking me a good deal of time to get through. Her experiences, reflections, and sentences require that I stop and take in some very sad truths about how those of us lucky enough to feel “safe” view the brutality of occupation/war from such an emotional distance. Written in 1993, it‘s all so accurate today.

vivastory Nadezhdda Mandelstam's memoir “Hope Against Hope“ is one of my favorite nonfiction books of all time. 3mo
Tamra 😕 sometimes fiction can evoke that emotional connection. 3mo
batsy I greatly enjoyed her essays in this one and need to read more by her 3mo
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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(This book is written by Keegan, not by Rowling, as you can see on the cover.) These short stories are pure Keegan & of course the writing is beautiful. However, maybe because it feels like the 120th day of no sunshine in VT, these stories all felt so sad. Then I realized all of Keegan‘s stories are sad. I‘m a sucker for sad stories usually but this time it was harder for me to recover from her world of complicated & depressed Irish men & women.

Gissy I recently bought this book by in a charity store. I need to read it then❤️ 3mo
Suet624 @Gissy the stories are all quite good. As we‘ve come to expect. 😊 3mo
sarahbarnes Another Keegan I haven‘t read yet! Stacking. I love the sadness of her writing as well. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I hadn‘t heard of this one. She writes so much! And I‘ve loved each book so far 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB this book was published in 2007 so it‘s not new. 3mo
BarbaraBB Has she been writing for all these years? Her backlist must be enormous.. so much to catch up! 3mo
Reggie I hope the sun comes out soon for you, Sue. It rained for 6 days straight in Las Cruces in 2006. I remember thinking how down I was after the 4th day of no sun. Hope you feel better. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie thanks for your comment, Reggie. I‘ve grown accustomed to gray skies but this phase has seemed endless. My little light box is getting a workout. Plus I‘m feeling pretty fragile around all the wars and the Republican dictator wanna be‘s. So sad books and I need to take a bit of a break. 3mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Near the beginning of this book I discovered that the author also wrote The Man Who Can Move Clouds (a great read) and I was delighted to know I was in good hands. This author is a “must read” for me. This book is a novelized rendering of life as she knew it while living and eventually fleeing Colombia. It is the time of Pablo Escobar and kidnappings and fear. Chula, a 7 year old, tells us the stories from that time. It‘s very moving.

Reggie So the last part of this novel, at first I didn‘t think was needed but then I was like even though you have left a situation sometimes the situation never leaves you. I loved how sometimes she would just go check on the cows and she would moo to them. I loved this book. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie I forgot to respond! I agree. But I felt as if Peyton‘s was not willingly with that guy at the end. And that gave me the shivers. I‘m glad to hear you loved this book too. Have you read her second one? I think you‘d really like it. 3mo
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I can‘t possibly review this book adequately in the space allotted here. Alberta, a pastor‘s son and very familiar with church teachings, travels the U.S. and brings us an in-depth analysis of what the mega churches and evangelicals are preaching. It‘s fascinating, infuriating, frightening. He also outlines what some leaders are trying to do to return their churchgoers to the teachings of Jesus. Please check it out. I would suggest the audiobook.

Megabooks Great review! 4mo
Suet624 @Megabooks thanks! Your review does a better job of describing the specifics of the book. I just hope more people get their hands on it. 4mo
HettyG I read an excerpt of this book in The Atlantic, it was all the things you describe. 4mo
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sarahbarnes Wow. 4mo
Amiable I‘ve had my eye on this one —thanks for the thoughtful review. 4mo
Suet624 @HettyG Alberta does such a good job of making the information accessible to all, whether you are a churchgoer or not. It was also stunning (and scary) to see in one chapter the model of Putinism turned into Trumpism in the evangelical church. I don‘t think people realize just how much certain individuals want to remove the idea of democracy and have done that through the church. 4mo
Suet624 @Amiable if I could put the book in your hands I would. 😊 it‘s worth the read. 4mo
Amiable @Suet624 The problem is that I‘ve grown numb to books that are shouting out all the warnings. The people who are already alarmed are reading them, but the people who SHOULD read them are not. And I‘m also in a constant state of incredulity that our country has gotten to a state where we even need the incessant warnings in the first place. 4mo
Suet624 @Amiable I completely understand. What I found interesting was learning about all the people in the church who are trying to open the eyes of those who have been affected by the virus of hate and us vs. them. It‘s been a difficult task but I think they are making a difference in some churches. 4mo
sarahbarnes I don‘t know if I have the stomach for this. Great review. 4mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes you know what‘s best for you. 💕💕 4mo
Deblovestoread @Amiable I‘m in the same place. I‘m reading books who are “preaching to the choir” so to speak and if I put that book in someone‘s hands who should read it they won‘t because their minds are closed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve seen so many great reviews for this, but it‘s difficult to get hold of here in the UK. I can get a physical copy, but it feels like it would work so much better on audio. 4mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain I hope the audio becomes easier for you to find. I think it‘s definitely the way to go with this book. 4mo
Suet624 @Deblovestoread I may be overly optimistic but I just wonder if a moment comes where they see the book, read one chapter and see how they‘ve strayed from what they purportedly believe in. Some people have moved so far from the teachings of Jesus that just being reminded of that can remove a brain fog of bombast and hate. Again, maybe just a hope and not realistic on my part. 🤷🏻‍♀️All I can say is I learned a lot from this book. 4mo
Singout Thank you, that looks powerful. Something I as a sheltered leftist Canadian Christian need to learn more about as it really feeds the scary changes that are happening now. 4mo
batsy I definitely want to read this, because I'm learning that the influence of American Evangelicals is being exported in many ways and works with local conservative movements to further the usual agendas 🫤 (https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/03/19/africa-uganda-evangelicals-homophobia-antigay-bill/) 4mo
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This is what my #Bookspin read will be for January. It‘s been on my shelf for years. It sounds like a bit of a dark read but I‘m ready for it.

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BarbaraBB Sounds interesting. I always meant to read her too. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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I read this book for #NunLitQuarterly and all I can say is Thank You! to @jlhammar for bringing this one into my world. I raced through it. I can imagine devout Catholics may squirm through parts of it. The story is rich, with nuns doing good works while priests carry on and abuse their power. Dillon does not hold back in her honest portrayal of what nuns face in their calling. I was not expecting to be so riveted.

Aimeesue Nice review! Makes me eager to get started on this one 💙 4mo
jlhammar So glad this was a pick for you. Fantastic review. Can‘t wait to get started! 4mo
marleed Like you, I did not expect all the feels I had for this one! 4mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue @jlhammar I hope you like it! 4mo
Suet624 @marleed I was telling the storyline to a friend and I kept realizing just how much she was able to get into that story. 4mo
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The Prospectors: A Novel | Ariel Djanikian
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From the #TOB24 long list. I listened to it, which always dulls a story down for me.

A multi-generational story of the Yukon Gold Rush and the resulting riches. The story had both too much detail and not enough, if that makes sense. Two storylines to follow, with one of them being completely unnecessary.

Megabooks Sorry you didn‘t like it. 👎🏻 4mo
Suet624 @Megabooks I really think I shouldn't listen to fiction. The stories just never settle into me the same way it would if I had physically read the book. Nonfiction on audio is perfectly fine for some reason, but not fiction. 4mo
Megabooks yes, fiction is much harder for me on audio as well. I can do it, but in months like December, where my fiction listening is higher (due to tob and few new nonfiction releases that aren‘t self help), I get a bit overwhelmed. I‘m trying Julia again on Spotify. Okay so far…🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
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Keegan has a way of getting inside a setting and a feeling so quickly. It‘s really astonishing. A very small book filled with three stories that convey so much. I loved it.

Photo is of the extraordinary hot chocolates my daughter-in-law made last night after a day of ice skating at a local resort. Always fun as a local to hang with the rich tourists and see how the other half lives.

5feet.of.fury So pretty! 😍 4mo
AmyG I just finished one of her books. She speaks volumes in so few words. Love her. And those look amazing! 4mo
Cuilin 🩷 Keegan. 4mo
kspenmoll Looks so cozy & yummy. I have the book on library waiting list. 4mo
batsy Yummy! 4mo
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This was a low pick for me. Considering how many people had this on their best of ‘23 lists I expected a bit more. Can‘t quite put a finger on my discontent but it‘s not one I‘ll be recommending to friends.

Tamra I bailed on the audio. I‘m going to wait for more reviews until I try it in print. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m perplexed by the adoration for this book. I really like McBride and am thrilled to see him get accolades, but for me Deacon King Kong and The Good Lord Bird were so much better than this one, which was just ok for me. 4mo
vivastory I honestly felt the same about Deacon King Kong. It's the only McBride that I've read, so I do want to give him another chance. I have been meaning to ask, have you read Dave Grohl's newest? 4mo
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BarbaraBB I am afraid I‘ll feel the same about this one. Keep postponing reading it. 4mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory A new Grohl? After Taylor‘s death? 4mo
squirrelbrain I also hibernated the audio, but am about to start this in print. 4mo
Suet624 @Tamra As I said, I“m not sure I'd recommend it but certainly a lot of people seem to like it. 4mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books And the Color of Water!! I'm always second guessing myself when I don't like a book that everyone else loves but this felt like a bit of a mess. 4mo
Suet624 @vivastory BarbaraBB I would suggest reading The Color of Water. So good. As for my buddy Dave, I saw his book in the bookstore with a new cover. My understanding was that a new section had been added, but when I looked in the back of the book it seemed to me it was just some stuff that he had said in the audiobook that hadn't been included in the original book. I could be wrong though. Don't see how he could have written about Taylor so soon. 4mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain Good luck! I hope you enjoy it more than the audio. 4mo
Suet624 @vivastory @Barbarabb (continued) ... Also, I just listened to this episode of song exploder where Dave talks almost exclusively about how he wrote The Teacher, the song he wrote about his mom. I thought both Dave and the interviewer were quite good. https://www.instagram.com/p/C1FraujSXRL/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loadin... 4mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Sue, such a fantastic song ❤️‍🩹 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB You're welcome. Truly fantastic song. 4mo
Graywacke @vivastory @BarbaraBB - seconding The Color of Water. A book i finished on audio with so many warm emotions. It‘s special. @Suet624 - very interesting about this one. It‘s on like every 2023 list, but I think only kirkus gave it actual independent best. Which is interesting to me. I‘m thinking about another McBride. Maybe this isn‘t it. (edited) 4mo
Graywacke @Suet624 I haven‘t read this book, so can‘t judge it truly. But i hate that so many us-focused best of whatever years lists include books that aren‘t actually great. If it‘s only ok, it shouldn‘t be on your best of list. (/rant. Love to all. 😁) 4mo
Suet624 @Graywacke @vivastory @BarbaraBB Obama even had it on his list of books! I can see why he would put it on there to be honest - the book explores people of color and Jews working/living together in a community. But as a story, something just didn't click when reading it. 4mo
Suet624 @Graywacke Exactly. I think only one newspaper put North Woods on their top ten list. I thought that book was fantastic and worthy of shouting from the rooftops about the story. 4mo
Graywacke @Suet624 noting North Woods. I‘ve seen the title come up a lot but don‘t know anything about it 4mo
Graywacke @Suet624 and i saw Obama‘s list too. Every year it‘s curiously sprinkled with ok books. I assumed we just have different tastes. I also admire how much he reads and shares about it. 4mo
sarahbarnes I gave in and ordered a copy of this because there are over 500 holds on it at my library. I am hoping it will be worth it. 4mo
sarahbarnes Also noting North Woods 4mo
TrishB Just finished this one and I really enjoyed. And really didn‘t enjoy North Woods. Sometimes it is just different tastes. 4mo
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Thank you to #NunLitQuarterly for the introduction to this 1st in a series of mysteries. A Reverend Mother in 1920‘s Cork works to help solve a case. Mixing a bit of politics, a bit of social conditions and culture into the story, it was a fast paced read and one I enjoyed. Quotes from Thomas Aquinas start each chapter and made me want to read more of those! Honestly, the cover itself made me want to get my hands on the book. I love that area.

batsy Glad you liked it! 4mo
jlhammar That is a great cover. Happy to hear you enjoyed it! I‘m terrible about completing series, but would like to give the second book a try. 4mo
kspenmoll My library has some of these so I have read 2 out of order since #nunlit. All good for reading u indicated Sue-like your review. Happy Solstice! 4mo
Suet624 Same to you!! 4mo
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