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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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To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Great questions this week! @Eggs
Thanks for the tag! @DarkMina

1. Christmas Eve service, Christmas dinners with his and my families, NYE with friends.
2. Louise Penny, Laura Lippman, Alka Joshi
3. A Remote Control of Boredom and Rice

#wondrouswednesday

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This was an interesting mystery, but I think maybe I need to have read the whole series to appreciate it more? Anyway, it‘s finished in time for book club tomorrow, and I think we‘ll have a good discussion. Here‘s a gratuitous picture of Kili doing his upside down pose. #catsoflitsy

Meanwhile, Goodreads is back!

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Good Reads: The Bath Short Story Award 2013 | Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Andrew Blackman
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Well that stinks.

WJCintron Yeah! 😢
First thing I did this morning. It's out!
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marleed When I took a course about cloud services prior to a certification test a few years back, it was explained Amazon shopping is a drop in the bucket compared to their cloud services. They serve 80% of cloud services in the world. Every other cloud company - in the world - only makes up 20%. Very unusual for this to happen to AWS. 1d
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Cold Granite | Stuart MacBride
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Top is the #libraryhaul I took on my trip last weekend but left in the car because we got to the hotel so late. I‘ll start one or both tomorrow when I have NOTHING on my schedule. 😌

Bottom is #bookstorehaul from the park visitor center. They‘re for my brother-in-law but I might keep one for myself. 😎

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This is a delightfully zany podcast from Dominic Monaghan (#Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin). #wishesandblessings

vonnie862 Thanks for the suggestion! This would be fun to listen to! 3d
AkashaVampie It is pretty good. I've watched a few on youtube. 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
Eggs Looks fun 🤩 3d
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Wolf Winter | Cecilia Ekback
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1. In the tagged book they suffer a devastating blizzard … in OCTOBER 🥶
2. I like it if I‘m inside…
3. Snow Falling on Cedars
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz It‘s snowed a couple times on Halloween a couple times where I live, and it brooks my brain every time. 😂 Thanks for posting! 3d
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The Antietam Campaign | Gary W. Gallagher
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Antietam Illumination

megnews My 4th great grandfather died at Antietam. I took my kids to walk through the West Woods where his company was. I would love to get down there for the Illumination some day. 4d
Chrissyreadit @megnews Let me know if you make it to Antietam again- I could easily meet you there- it‘s only about a 1/2 hour away on backroads! Have you been to Nora Roberts bookstore in Boonsboro? It‘s only about 15 minutes from Antietam. (edited) 4d
megnews @Chrissyreadit will do! No I haven‘t been there. 4d
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Bookwormjillk I‘ve always wanted to see the Antietam Illumination. Thanks for sharing. (edited) 4d
Susanita @megnews That‘s fascinating about your ancestor. My picture doesn‘t do justice to the event. I hope you get to see it someday. Just be sure to line up early and fill your gas tank beforehand! 3d
Susanita @Chrissyreadit I used to go there 2-3 times a year in the “old days.” Don‘t know when I‘ll go next. They‘re currently renovating the visitor center. I‘d like to go to the bookstore sometime too. 3d
Chrissyreadit @Susanita we could have a meet up!!! Let me know if you head that way! Or we could plan a litsy picnic in the spring!!! 3d
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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes | Ann Morris
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My friend and I are both wearing our Skechers! Hers have dogs. Mine have cats.

Chrissyreadit That‘s awesome and adorable! 4d
WJCintron 👍 😃 3d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Trying again after a premature post!

Anyway, I‘m taking a quick road trip with my friend in a little while, so this week is “in the books.”

Finished The 13th Gift in one sitting.

Started Probable Claws.

Turned the corner on CRZ and How the Word Is Passed, but unfortunately I‘m back on the hold list for the latter.

I got to a stopping point in Outlaw Ocean and added it to my #roll100 list.

#bookreport
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Road trip sounds like fun…enjoy 5d
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I was looking through the notes on my phone and realized I never posted my #Thanksgiving list. Better late than never!

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My IRL book club usually reads a short and sweet Christmas book for our December meeting, and this was our selection this year. Sometimes they‘re super sappy, but this one doesn‘t go too far down that path, although it could have.

The family is still reeling from the sudden death of the author‘s husband in October, and she‘s not feeling Christmas AT ALL. Then some #angels begin to leave festive gifts on the doorstep.

#wishesandblessings

Susanita Yes, we do find out at the end who left the gifts and why. 6d
Eggs Nicely done 👼📚🙌🏻 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 😇📚 6d
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Light on Snow | Anita Shreve
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This picture is NOT from today. 😕

However, this book IS part of my #roll100 list and would also work for #booked2022 if one is so inclined.

Not sure if this will work, but here‘s my whole list for anyone who‘s interested.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7342394?shelf=2022-roll100&sort=date_added...

#snow
#wishesandblessings

PuddleJumper Whoo! Thanks for sharing! 6d
Leftcoastzen I just saw a license plate from the district today , not a common sighting in Az.! I would have won the license plate game!😁 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❄️ 6d
Eggs Pretty ☃️❄️🎄 6d
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Goals | Tracy
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I‘m done with formal post-op PT/rehab (for now at least) and transitioning to treating the problem I went to the doctor for in the first place. I‘ve started walking a half mile on the track at the community center several times a week and would like to increase that to a mile by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, I have to finish 14 books to meet my Goodreads goal for the year. Some in this month‘s TBR are partially finished so…

#bfc21

wanderinglynn Awesome goals! 🙌🏻🎉 1w
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1. Christmas Eve service
2. Tagged book is delightful
3. Last PT yesterday & first annuity payment today
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🎄💗🙌🏻 1w
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The Glovemaker: A Novel | Ann Weisgarber
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As I said when I first posted about this book, I‘m surprised it didn‘t get more love at the time. I don‘t even remember where I first heard about, but it must have been a pretty random mention somewhere that just happened to cross my path. Anyway, it‘s a compelling #historicalfiction about a woman who makes #gloves to supplement the family income. As she waits for her husband who‘s overdue returning from a trip, things happen! #wishesandblessings

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooohhhh sound good!! 🧤 1w
Pageturner1 i like the cover and it sounds interesting 1w
Eggs Perfection 💕🧤💗 1w
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December | Phil Rickman
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1. Christmas music!
2. The House in the Cerulean Sea
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView ❤🎄🎶💚 Thanks for playing! 1w
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I was hoping to finish two more books this month, but they both have more hours to go than there are hours left in the day so… I‘ll roll them over to December!

Be that as it may, I did finish four books, of which The Widows of Malabar Hill was my favorite.

#wrapup

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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I think bingo was a bridge too far for me this month, so I‘ll stick to #bookspin and #doublespin for December. It‘s a mix of unfinished books from this year (and earlier 🥴) plus book club choices and other “assigned” books.

I‘m a bit behind with my Goodreads goal, so I‘ll just read as much as I can!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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American Airlines put the kibosh on my IRL readathon this weekend, so I‘ll have to have a mini one today while hubby watches football. I don‘t think I‘m going to manage a bingo, but it‘s remotely possible.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Finished Winter Counts and Decoding “Despacito”

The rest are in progress. I need to take a long road trip to finish the CRZ, but instead I‘m off to Small Business Saturday!

Next week I‘ll pivot to December (!) reading.

#weeklyforecast
#bookreport

Cinfhen I can‘t believe it‘s almost December 😱I recently picked up this book….I heard it‘s great, I‘ll be watching for your review 2w
Susanita Edited to add the ✅! 2w
keithmalek The Outaw Ocean is very good. 2w
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MEAN SPIRIT | Linda Hogan
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1. The Angel‘s Game (still)
2. Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
3. Tagged!
#weekendreads

Bookzombie I just got a copy of the tagged book. I won‘t get to it before the end of the month though. 2w
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy) has talked about mysteries that take place on two planes. There‘s the actual mystery and there‘s also the character development. This book has both, along with some “other stuff.”

Though I predicted a couple of the story beats, the actual mystery is solid and plausible. The MC and supporting players are relatable and nuanced.

The “other stuff” is all about the Native community: good, bad, and ugly.

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Susanita Good: sense of community and looking out for each other. Bad: poor conditions and dietary habits. Ugly: systemic racism by USG against the Native population. Cover: to learn how applicable the picture is, read the book! Series? Maybe. It could stand alone, but there‘s a way in to a new installment at the end. 2w
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Turkey Trot Murder | Leslie Meier
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Since I wasn‘t sure if I could walk at the Turkey Trot this year (I probably could but even more slowly 🐢 than usual), I‘m volunteering to help register participants and give out packets. It‘s going to be #chilly in the morning. What was I thinking?!?

Also, I need to read the tagged book!

#gratefulharvest

Lcsmcat You live in Laurel? I used to teach at Eisenhower Middle School back in the 80s. 2w
Susanita @Lcsmcat Yes, I live in Laurel. I know exactly where that school is! 2w
Eggs You can do it 🤩🥶💪 2w
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1. Sue Grafton, Tolkien, Laura Lippman
2. Zaphod Beeblebrox from H2G2
3. Tagged book for #authoramonth 2022
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Well done-thanks for playing ❤️📚🥰 2w
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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1. Thursday we‘ll be bouncing from pillar to post BUT Friday hubby is working, so I‘ll try to knock off the remaining 62% of this audiobook. 😳
2. Green bean casserole!
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Love green beans any way you fix them! Happy Thanksgiving! 2w
Aims42 Yay to another green bean casserole fan!! 😊 2w
Susanita @Aims42 @TheSpineView It‘s all about the fried onions on top! 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Two more books finished this week. I think I predicted three books for #NovelNovember but it‘s okay. I‘m not going to say it didn‘t help that my library still doesn‘t have copies of a book published 9 November…but it didn‘t help. 😎

Some of the rest are going to go to the #roll100 challenge for next year.

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1. Decoding Despacito, Winter Counts, The Angel‘s Game
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Going with another Louise Penny for this (tagged)
#weekendreads

Thanks for the tag!

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"I" is for Innocent | Sue Grafton
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1. In grateful for Louise Penny. She not only created a great character in Armand Gamache, but also she‘s a very passionate advocate for the mystery genre.
2. Not specifically. Maybe I should start doing that?
3. I‘m grateful for all of the Alphabet books. The series was my “gateway” to mysteries back in the day, and that‘s enriched my reading life greatly ever since.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz My mother adores Grafton‘s books! You both have excellent taste! Thanks for posting! 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Finished The Mothers. I think I liked it better than The Vanishing Half.

I should finish Despacito and Winter Counts soon. The other two are interesting but long and depressing in different ways.

This week I had book club meetings for The Mothers and The Widows of Malabar Hill. Both generated good talks. I also spent some time planning my reading for the next few months and organizing my library tags accordingly.

#bookreport
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen It‘s fun to organize upcoming reads!! Can‘t wait to see what you‘ll be reading 🤓 3w
Ruthiella I liked The Mothers better than the Vanishing Half too. 3w
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What can be more #cozy than a baking dog? #gratefulharvest

Ruthiella At first I read “barking” dog and thought, “Is she nuts to find a barking dog cozy?!” 😆 3w
Eggs 👏🏻🤩🤣 3w
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Shanghai Girls | Lisa See
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1. No, I‘m not a fan of unreliable narrators.
2. I have a Lord of the Rings t-shirt that says on the back: Look if you must, but don‘t touch my precious!
3. Just one favorite? In light of next year‘s #authoramonth choices, I chose a book from March‘s author. The first book stands alone BUT you‘ll probably want to read the sequel immediately to find out what happens. #thoughtfulthursday

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Here‘s a #yellow rose at the same park. #gratefulharvest

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛 🌹 3w
Eggs Gorgeous 💛🌹💛 3w
DivineDiana Exquisite! 2w
Susanita @DivineDiana Isn‘t it? I especially love roses like this with a hint of another color on the petals. 2w
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Red Rose | Mary Balogh
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1. Many of my recent photos are for Litsy! However, this is a “regular” photo I took at a local park a couple weeks ago.
2. Short answer: I found a #littlefreelibrary in an unexpected place. Long answer in comments.
3. I‘m grateful that my friend has returned from visiting her in-laws, and now we can start planning things to do on weekdays.
#wondrouswednesday

Susanita One day last week I had a setback in my recovery. A couple days after that I had a slightly discouraging post-op visit with the surgeon. I spent the afternoon moping about that before finally pulling myself together so I could enjoy the weekend, which I did. Yesterday at PT I had a good talk with my therapist, and he told me I‘m right on track with my recovery and not to be discouraged if sometimes the progress isn‘t always linear. ⬇️ 3w
Susanita On my way home from PT I stopped at the nearby recreation center to check out their senior programs. That‘s when I discovered the LFL! Also, the woman I spoke to couldn‘t believe I‘m old enough to take advantage of the programs. I told her she was very kind and assured her that I am in fact over 50. 😀 3w
Crazeedi @Susanita it can be difficult but your therapist is right, I'm glad you received encouragement. And that you found a LFL! It was a sign!! And a lift to the heart that she thought you weren't old enough 🥰 3w
Eggs Thanks for playing ❤️👍🏼📚 3w
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1. I‘m way behind on my Goodreads goal, but I completed one of my tasks to get caught up with Inspector Gamache.
2. Enough books to meet my goal!
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Is there ever enough books?!😂 Thanks for playing! 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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One of my favorites! #orange #gratefulharvest

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 🧡🖤 3w
Eggs 🧡🍊🧡 3w
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1. I‘m part of six book clubs.
2. Something with a “meaty” story, such as the tagged book. Maybe a little bit speculative too.
3. Discussions are more interesting when not everyone loves the book. HOWEVER, telling everyone at 6:59 that you hated the book when the meeting starts at 7:00…is not helpful.

#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Six?!? I was barely keeping up when I had three going on! You‘re amazing! Thank you for sharing! 3w
Susanita @ozma.of.oz I don‘t always read every book every month. 😎 3w
ravenlee I have to say, one of the more interesting discussions of my old book club (though extremely short) was when we read Dorothy Must Die and everybody loathed it. Only two of us even finished, five others bailed, and a couple of them were kind of hedging at the start of our discussion but the other lady who finished it and I were just blasting out of the starting gate about why we despised it. It was pretty funny - we never agreed like that. 3w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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One book finished this week!

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m about to go to a “beer and books” event in the country, but first my#bookreport #weeklyforecast #NovelNovember thoughts/plans.

Finished The Widows of Malabar Hill. It‘s good! Interesting mystery mixed with the MC‘s back story and historical/social commentary.

The rest are in various stages of completion. 😎

For the readathon I‘d like to complete six books but will more likely complete three.

Cinfhen Beer and books sounds great 😊 enjoy 📚🍺and I‘m glad to hear Widows was good 4w
Susanita @Cinfhen I ended up having hard cider with blood orange syrup. Very tasty and a lovely color. I saw someone from book club there, and we agreed we can‘t wait to discuss Widows. 4w
BiblioLitten I really enjoyed reading The Widows of Malabar Hill. 4w
Cinfhen That‘s awesome!!! I suggested Widows to my bookclub, so im happy to hear it‘s a good choice 😉 4w
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📖 Tagged!
🍁Listening to Latin music while I read
📚”Someone was screaming. They realized it was them.” Also, not answering a crucial phone call just to amp up the plot tension.

Thanks for the tag!

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 4w
DarkMina You‘re welcome! 4w
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1. If I can‘t go hang out at Rivendell, I‘ll settle for a nice B&B in one of the nooks and crannies of Shetland.
2. A beautiful sunny day!
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs 🧡 Shetland 🧡 1mo
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If nothing else, working from home provided an excuse to clean off the dining room #table once and for all. Now it‘s my personal work space for whatever it is that I‘m doing. #gratefulharvest

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻❤️ 1mo
Eggs 💻 🖤🍽 1mo
SilversReviews Love it!! 4w
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Loyalty Bookstore | Silver Spring, MD (Bookstore)
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Thanks for the tags! Double tagged is double blessed. 😊

1. I need to visit this local bookstore and/or the other branch in DC. Also, Powell‘s, Strand, any store in Wigtown…
2. Kind of. I have a tag in Goodreads for books that aren‘t in the library, and I might consult that. Usually, though, I just make a beeline for the mystery section and see what happens from there.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! ❤📚 1mo
Nute I‘ve always wanted to visit Politics and Prose Bookstore in D.C. Have you been there? 1mo
Susanita @Nute Yes! They have a good selection. 1mo
Jennaree3 Apparently there is a bookstore on a boat in London. That's on my list. And I always go waiting to be romanced by a cover or a title or a synopsis. It's like falling in love...takes some searching and some time, patience, but it's worth it. 1mo
Susanita @Jennaree3 A bookstore on a boat sounds delightful! 1mo
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I‘m starting to think that the slot of mystery book club coordinator at the library is their equivalent of the DADA professor at Hogwarts. Not that bad things happen to them, but nobody seems to stay in the position very long. I started attending regularly in September 2016, there have been five coordinators.

The latest one left to become…a flight attendant. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Not that there‘s anything wrong with that, but it seems like a 180 career turn!

AlaMich Wow! And these days, being a flight attendant means taking your life in your hands, with all those deranged passengers. 1mo
Reggie Lololol we have a position like that at work where nobody lasts more than a year. I‘m glad someone else uses this reference. 1mo
Magpiegem 😂 I left a job as a Senior Lecturer at a University to become cabin crew (air hostess). Trust me, when you fly the people looking after you come from allllllllll walks of life, it‘s fascinating. 1mo
Susanita @Magpiegem Wow! That‘s awesome! 1mo
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Eggs Love this concept of simplicity and generosity 💕 1mo
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1. This one is a little bittersweet due to the outcome of the case…
2. It‘s the only season with its own scent.
3. So autumnal it‘s ridiculous.
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Oh that is a gorgeous cover! Thank you for sharing! 1mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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My afternoon plans kind of got derailed, but tomorrow is another day! Meanwhile, this week‘s progress on the bingo board is that I DNF‘d a book. #bookspin

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Hubby wanted to take drive to look at 🍁so we‘re on the road today. I brought Widows along to read.

I finished The Guide just in time for October wrap up. As many have noted, it spoils The River, so read at your own risk.

I‘m officially bailing on Big Sky, especially since I can‘t go to the book club meeting anyway.

I just started Despacito, and it‘s interesting so far.

I‘m about 1/3 through The Angel‘s Game.

#weeklyforecast
#bookreport

Cinfhen How are you liking 1mo
Susanita @Cinfhen I‘ll let you know! I just got it from the library and haven‘t started it yet. 1mo
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as other book club members did - I found Flavia to be a bit much! - but it does mention #pie at least in passing.
#gratefulharvest

Ruthiella Yes, one has to like Flavia to like this series! I loved her, as obnoxious as she is! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🥧📚 1mo
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From one of my favorite B-52s songs:
There‘s a #moon in the sky
It‘s called the moon

#gratefulharvest

Eggs Nicely done ✔️ 🎶 1mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Per my last post, the P&P glasses were for my sister for her birthday in mid October. For various reasons we couldn‘t get together until Monday, when we went to lunch after I fulfilled my final out-processing task at the office.

She said she has a book of Austen inspired cocktail recipes for which they‘d be perfect! (The tea was for me.)

#Pemberlittens

marleed Oh I hope you had a nice lunch. The glasses are great. 1mo
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