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Susanita

Susanita

Joined July 2016

Life's too short to read books you don't like.
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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
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Bonus queer author recommendation for #sundayfunday

How could I forget the Queen of Tartan Noir, Val McDermid? 🤦🏻‍♀️

ozma.of.oz This looks so interesting! Thank you for posting! 💙 (edited) 20h
Susanita @ozma.of.oz I don‘t know if the novel is queer, but the author is. She‘s another good follow on Twitter. 20h
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Lawn Boy | Jonathan Evison
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1. The book I most recently finished (Renovated to Death) opens with a dinner party where five of the six diners are gay…
2. Tagged!
3. Roxane Gay (and she‘s great on Twitter too)
#sundayfunday

Nutmegnc I just listened to the author of Renovated to Death on the Big Gay Fiction Podcast!! https://open.spotify.com/episode/2lNyEJW2na95kw9u8YWT3Q?si=S2mpw6EPR5e3sHYVaerK3... 22h
Susanita @Nutmegnc Thanks! I‘ll be sure to listen! 21h
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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It‘s the last week of June. What?!?

I‘m feeling a bit scattered at the moment, but I‘d like to finish at least one more book before turning the page to July.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen EXACTLY how I feel!!! 1d
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This wasn‘t a great week for reading. 🤔

I finished Renovated to Death. Imagine HGTV meets Murder She Wrote, if Jessica Fletcher were a gay couple. It was a fun read, but I don‘t know that I‘ll continue with the series if there is one.

I‘ve read a few chapters of some of the others, and I may set some aside for later…

#bookreport

Cinfhen I love your book description 😂😂 2d
tokorowilliamwallace Dodging and Burning, and A Ballad of Love and Death both sound like appropriate Cancer season reads, though. 2d
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I can‘t possibly read right now, so here‘s my list of July #roll100 selections. Will I end up reading any of them? 🤷🏻‍♀️

PuddleJumper Take care of yourself 2d
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On Animals | Susan Orlean
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I was out of town for a few days. It was a lovely trip, but it really messed with my reading time. For this weekend‘s #20in4 marathon, I‘d like to finish at least two of these books to get a little closer to my elusive June reading goal. Myspouse has some rare summer weekend time off, which could potentially cause more upheaval to my reading time…or maybe not.

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3d
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Carrie | Stephen King
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1. I don‘t read much horror.
2. 👮🕵️‍♂️🌂💼🩸🗡🗝🖊🚨⚰️🧐
3. I like mysteries because, while there are usually recognizable characters and tropes, the story can still go in many different directions and take place nearly anywhere.
4. If it‘s a true impulse read, interesting cover art would be more intriguing.
#thoughtfulthursday

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I‘m back from my little road trip with my friend and will now work on getting caught up with myself.

1. Valentine from the Mortal Instruments series is so annoying.
2. Boromir‘s death gets me EVERY TIME whether it‘s the book or the movie.
3. Laura Lippman lives right up the road in Baltimore.
#wondrouswednesday on Thursday

tokorowilliamwallace Yay, Baltimore rep! 4d
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 4d
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Riding Shotgun | Rita Mae Brown
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Goodreads says this book takes place in Nelson County, Virginia. This picture was taken in Nelson County, Virginia. (Don‘t worry. I was a passenger, not the driver!) I don‘t know if we were technically #inthemountains or still in the foothills, but it was very pretty. #bookmoods

Eggs Pretty 🤩 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💚 4d
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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1. Dark and gritty story. Flawed and troubled protagonist. Often features the underbelly of society.
2. I‘m not a big fan of noir, but I loved the tagged book.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 6d
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I wanted to finish three books during the #JoysofJune #readathon and so I did.
-True Biz
-All Shall Be Well
-The Sandcastle Girls
I‘m nearly finished with Renovated to Death and bailed on Vanishing Girls. For the next couple days I‘ll be on an adventure with my friend.

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Kew Gardens | Virginia Woolf
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1. I don‘t have much of a green thumb, and our current living situation doesn‘t have much cat-safe space for plants.
2. A friend of mine lived in Kew Gardens for a few years, but in NYC instead of UK!
3. I can‘t remember reading any books on gardening.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Virginia Woolf is an excellent choice! Thank you for sharing! 💚 (edited) 1w
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Here‘s an interesting looking fitness app…quest…thing:

https://www.theonering.net/torwp/2022/04/09/112855-new-fitness-challenge-app-let...

BFC2022

wanderinglynn That sounds like fun! 1w
JazzFeathers Whaaaaat??? 6d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Switching things up a bit this week!

-Finished True Biz yesterday afternoon
-Replaced Cantoras (own shelf) with Dodging and Burning which I had to hunt down from a neighboring library
-Finally added in Renovated to Death because I need a ridiculous cozy mystery in the midst of some heavier reads
-Picked up On Animals for end-of-month book club

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen 😍❣️🙌🏻 1w
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All books on my June list have been read, checked out, or put on hold. Plus the ones on my own shelf, and they‘re mostly the ones I haven‘t started yet! There‘s also been a substitution, which I‘ll talk about once I have the new book in hand.

Meanwhile, this week I finished two books.

Cinfhen Woohoo!! 1w
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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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Very compelling story that could have gone very maudlin but didn‘t. There are even moments of dark and other types of humor. I was unsure about the dual timeline structure, but in the end I think it worked to make the story more accessible to current times. This is my second @ChrisBohjalian book, and I‘m intrigued by the range of topics between the two books, as well as among those I haven‘t yet read. #authoramonth

Lcsmcat This is my favorite of his! 1w
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Renovated to Death | Frank Anthony Polito
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Not my #currentread but one I plan to get to soon.
I‘m not very good at taking a #selfie and ended up taking a blurry picture of my closet instead. #bookmoods

Eggs So funny 😂 well done❣️ 2w
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1. Central Pennsylvania
2. The Violin Conspiracy
3. Our Last Days in Barcelona
I think that actually came out a few weeks ago (with evolving pub dates, it‘s hard to tell), but nothing else on my radar is due for at least two months.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing!! 2w
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1. Interesting question. 🤔 Google suggests that an author is someone whose writing has been published, while a writer is anyone who engages in the writing process regardless of recognition or compensation.
2. When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer, but these days I mostly stick to journal entries and the occasional newsy email. #two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2w
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I use Goodreads, Litsy, and Libby every day. I use Bookclubs a few times a week. They‘re all quirky in one way or another, but for the most part they‘re helpful. My local library also has CloudLibrary which I like, and I wish there were more books on it. Another library I patronize has its own app, which is pretty good. I tried Booksloth but found it cumbersome and limited.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Library apps are so cool! Thank you for sharing! 💖 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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The hold fairies did come through with the new Reyna Grande, so that‘s a nice addition to the stack.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Ohhhh, nice!!! 2w
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Two more books finished this week. The rest are in various but mostly early stages of completion. This week myspouse finally realized he needs a new phone, and that endeavor ate up far more time than I expected.
#bookreport

Cinfhen That made me giggle…new phone shopping shouldn‘t be so complicated and yet…. #Relatable 😜😂 2w
Cathythoughts I find the‘ new phone‘ a very stressful operation. And yes it takes so long 🙄. Sounds like your spouse is sorted for now 👍🏻😁 2w
Susanita @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen It‘s especially fun when he asks me how to do something on his Samsung, knowing that I have an iPhone. 🤦🏻‍♀️😀 2w
Cinfhen Men🙄 2w
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Hooray for the return of outdoor festivals! Especially when you can get amazing scented candles, adorable coasters made from repurposed fabric, a giant helping of strawberry shortcake, and a book from a series you somehow never read in your youth. #secret #bigjunereadathon

Tamra This reminds me to read book 2 aloud with my daughter this summer. 😊 I didn‘t read the series in my childhood either. 2w
BookBabe Wow, I remember reading this as a child…looking at this book brings back all the feels of summertime, childhood, the excitement of the story, the smell and feel of the book in my hands 😄💙 2w
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I never posted my June goals for #BFC22 🤦🏻‍♀️

My Fitbit is being wonky, so I‘m not tracking miles at the moment. But I‘m still walking and exercising!

I‘d like to finish ten books this month. So far I‘ve read three and plan to read at least three more for #JoysofJune

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2w
Andrew65 Not done as well as i wanted to, only walked 26,663 steps this month, means i need to do 73,337 to get to my 100,000. 2w
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A cozy mystery series that #includesrecipes (as well as a very sassy side character) and takes place just down the road from me? Yes please! Tagged is book three of at least four. #bookmoods

Eggs 🥩 ❤️🥓 💚🥬 2w
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You know I‘ll be grabbing up the rest of these as soon as summer is over. 😀

-iced coffee
-swimming pool
-paperbacks
-outdoor festivals

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😎 3w
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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One of the books added to my #TBR thanks to my library‘s summer reading showcase.

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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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🌸 🇦🇲🇹🇳⚔️🪖👩🏻‍🦰🧔🏽🧕🏽🥵💔
🪷 I would say The Violin Conspiracy…except I feel like Ray has already been through enough and doesn‘t need another adventure.
🪺⭐️⭐️⭐️

#wondrouswednesday

Sharpeipup Agree with you about Ray. Such horrible people in his life! 3w
Eggs Great post👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Audiobook is excellent. #CelebBookClubPick (Oprah) #bookmoods

JuliaTheBookNerd I picked the same book 😊 3w
Eggs 📚📚 3w
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A Madness of Sunshine | Nalini Singh
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Tonight is the library‘s summer reading showcase, so I‘m trimming the deadwood from my TBR list to make room for new treasures. This book is not one that I‘m moving; in fact I hope to read it soon. Ish.

Another #sunshine book 😎
#bigjunereadathon

Susanita Edited to correct the tag 😬 3w
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Tuesday Afternoon Talks | Charles Cullis
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1. It was a cozy mystery with a suitably cozy cover.
2. I was going to read it anyway, but the cover was a nice bonus.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 3w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This book is just over #600pages and is one I hope to read eventually. Though I haven‘t had much luck with his books to date…

I have a picture of this bust on Cannery Row from 1993, but I‘m too lazy to dig out my old camera chip and upload it to the laptop. This photo is courtesy of the Library of Congress website.

#bookmoods

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 3w
DebinHawaii Definitely GMTA. I actually ended up liking it more than I expected to, but I was encouraged by the buddy read. 😉 3w
Teresereading I loved my visit to Cannery Row but I don't think I saw this 3w
DivineDiana East of Eden was a favorite read of mine! 2w
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Death in the Sunshine | Steph Broadribb
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One of the June selections for Bloody Scotland Book Club and a #4wordtitle - now I just need it to arrive through ILL. #bookmoods

Eggs Sounds good 👌🏼 3w
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A Dark and Stormy Murder | Julia Buckley
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Another book down in my #52mysteries challenge.

A fun cozy mystery set at a beautiful lakeside house. A young woman gets her dream job as an assistant to her favorite author. There‘s a cat, two dogs, lots of delicious food, a handsome neighbor, and … MURDER.

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Bloody January | Alan Parks
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1. Can I like both? 😀
2. I like the depth of a single perspective and the variety of multiple perspectives.
3. Tagged book has its flaws, but there‘s at least one #laughoutloud funny scene. It‘s a family saga/road trip/rich people problems story that even has a chapter narrated by the car.

#bookmoods
#Sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Of course you can like both! 😁 Thank for you sharing! 💙 3w
Eggs Thank you 🏷 💕 3w
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Just an excuse to congratulate Rafa and the #wild colors he wears. Now who wants guacamole? #bigjunereadathon

Cathythoughts Great picture ! 3w
Clwojick Lol! I do! 🥑 3w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I expect to finish at least two of these this week (HHWGITD & Dark and Stormy). I‘ve started the rest and could feed in some more depending on the hold fairies. #weeklyforecast

Suzze The Sandcastle Girls is my favorite Bohjalian book. I recommend it all the time. ❤️ 3w
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Two books finished. Pausing The Seeker for now. Picked up a library haul from another county. Working on buddy reads and other things.

#bookreport

Cinfhen Sounds like a solid plan 🧡👍🏽📚 3w
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Five months later I‘m using this book for the #bright post. 😆

It came up as one of my #roll100 selections this month, so maybe I‘ll actually read it once my hold comes through at the library.

#bigjunereadathon

Clwojick Great choice! 3w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Part of my BAM haul a couple years ago when I learned the local store was closing. Not part of #bigjunereadathon but it could always come up in a future month. #dance

Clwojick Another one that I haven‘t read, but the cover has always intrigued me. 💙 3w
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All Shall Be Well | Deborah Crombie
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My book club read the first one as our March 2020 selection, which obviously was postponed to April 2020. 😷

I‘m finally getting around to the #secondinaseries thanks to #roll100 this month.

#bookmoods

Eggs Perfect 🤩 3w
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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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For a few months Bookriot had a fun podcast about movie adaptations. Then it went out of production. This was the last book they featured. #becameamovie #bookmoods

Eggs Nicely done ✅ 3w
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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This is very much a #summer book. Aside from some backstory information, it takes place from mid May until roughly September. There are thunderstorms and baby animals and an exuberant growing season. I started it in winter and finished in late spring. The pace of my listening corresponded with the leisurely pace of the book, and I especially liked the birdsong between chapters.

#BigJuneReadathon
#authoramonth #betterlatethannever

Susanita PS It amused me that Lexington VA was referred to as “the big city.” 4w
Clwojick Great choice! 4w
Cathythoughts The birdsong sounds lovely ❤️ 4w
PaperbackPirate My favorite by her! 💙 3w
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I finished seven books in May. I only got halfway through the Seeker, but I didn‘t feel like changing the collage again! (It‘s interesting but tense. I‘ll try to read a chapter here and there around my other reading.)

Except for Of Women and Salt, which I found depressing and strangely written (book club mostly agreed), I enjoyed everything I read. Of course the book about a cat was my favorite.

#wrapup

🎲#roll100
🎡#bookspin

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Thursdays Child | Helen Forrester
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🌙I write in my journal and reflect on the day in various ways.
🌙Sometimes, if it‘s not a creepy book.
🌙I like it cool, dark, and quiet. However, since someone likes to watch TV in the next room, I usually play “sleepy music” on my phone.

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌙📖🙂 3w
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Flashback | Nevada Barr
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⭐️Not yet! But I‘ve definitely added places to my “book-it” list, such as the Dry Tortugas in Florida.
⭐️⭐️Yes, I‘ve bought Kindle versions of books I‘ve read, both intentionally and accidentally.
⭐️⭐️⭐️I have a few automatic authors, but usually it‘s the synopsis. However, if the cover is REALLY striking…

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs I know what you mean - thanks for playing along! 4w
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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It‘s June already. 🤪

A book with #anynumberintitle written by the same author as a book with #lies in the title. 😎

#bigjunereadathon
#bookmoods

Eggs Great double play! 4w
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Jamaica Inn | Daphne Du Maurier
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1. Yes
2. Bleak setting, emo characters, story that involves secrets and lies

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Secrets and lies make a perfect moody book. Thanks for playing! 4w
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