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Susannah

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A Different Light by Elizabeth A. Lynn
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390 pages in, and Henry‘s first three wives are dead because of his insane drive to have a son. As ever, the ironies are that science has taught us that the male parent is responsible for the sex of his children; and it would be his daughter who became the most famous monarch in English history. (Did someone say “karma”?)

julesG Both daughters are famous. Kind of. 😉 3d
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Wednesday | Anne Bertier
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📚 Hmm. As I finish a book, I usually just get an urge that there is one book in particular I want to read next. 🤷‍♀️
📚 When I lived in Washington, DC, I read every day on the Metro. Now I live in a car culture, so I listen to audiobooks when I‘m in transit.
📚 Television, Internet
📚 Nothing reading-specific, but I do always like a handful of M&M‘s.
📚 Oh dear, this is late, but I‘m tagging @Kloves2read and @Jinster

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Love #1!!! Serendipity 4d
Susannah @Eggs, yes! Thank you. 😊 4d
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#OWLsReadathon2019 Progress/End, April 30

✔️ Ancient Runes / Retelling / 📚🧠🎓🗝: Radiance by Grace Draven
✔️ Charms / Read an Adult Work / 🧠🎓🗝: The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
✔️ Potions / Next Ingredient: Sequel / 🧠🎓🗝: When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr #2) by C.S. Harris
✔️ Transfiguration / Sprayed Edges or Red Cover / 📚🧠🗝: The Graces by Laure Eve

Susannah Well, I called it at seven books completed for the OWLs Readathon. I was all ready to get to 10, but then I lost the last week of April to a cold. Oh well. I did learn that I don‘t care for having prompts drive my book selections, so I won‘t be carrying on with the NEWTs. I‘m glad I tried it though! 3w
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#OWLsReadathon2019 Progress, April 11

✔️ Herbology / A Book with a Plant on the Cover / 🧠: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
✔️ Care of Magical Creatures / Land Animal on the Cover / 🎓: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
✔️ Muggle Studies / A Contemporary Book / 🧠🎓: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

📚 Librarian
🎓 Hogwarts Professor
🗝 Curse Breaker
🧠 Mind Mender

Susannah At this rate, I‘ll finish 7ish rather than the planned 10 books, but that‘s ok. 10 is a stretch goal. 🤓 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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For USA Littens with Audible accounts: look at today‘s Daily Deal! If you‘re remotely interested in Circe, I really recommend the audiobook, narrated by Perdita Weeks (she has an English accent). Terrific novel wonderfully narrated.

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🎵 “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
♈️ Aries
🖊 Judy Blume
❤️ I tag everyone who hasn‘t yet offered their #WondrousWednesday deets! 😁

Many thanks to @Eggs. These were fun!

Eggs So happy you enjoy these 😊💗😊 2mo
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No one will accuse Caryl Churchill of taking it easy on her audience. This play about a (British) man falling in love with a country (the USA, represented by another man—an Alpha male, natch) reflects Churchill‘s attitude about early 21st C. relations between the UK and US in fragmented conversations between the play‘s two characters. It‘s exhausting to read, but the concept is full of fascinating ideas. I‘d love to see it performed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emilymdxn LOVE this play 2mo
Susannah @Emilymdxn I really like the issues it raises. I do wonder if it will get much attention in the future, though. People who associate the play closely with Bush and Blair may ultimately wonder what all the fuss was about after the horrors of Trump and Brexit. 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
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The Kindle Pocket Guide | Scott McNulty
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KathyWheeler I have a Kindle Paperwhite, which I love. It‘s easy to read, there‘s no glare, fonts can be adjusted, and it‘s light. 2mo
That-Bookish-Hiker I have the newest kindle fire. I love it especially because it is a colored screen but I can also use my OverDrive app on it and check out books on it without having to do do it on my laptop. 2mo
JacqMac I have a Paperwhite and I love it. The no glare is my favourite part. And I can set the light low enough when reading in bed, that it doesn‘t disturb my hubby. The only con for me, is that it isn‘t compatible with Canadian libraries. 2mo
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Rachel.Rencher My husband and I both have Kindle fires. I think they're great, but definitely get a case. They're slippery buggers. 2mo
Susannah @KathyWheeler @That-Bookish-Hiker @JacqMac @Rachel.Rencher Thank you all so much! This info will definitely help with my decision. 2mo
TrishB Paperwhite 👍🏻 got last year and it‘s great. 2mo
Emilymdxn I have a paper white, I‘ve had it a few years and it‘s lasted very well and I love it a lot 2mo
jillrhudy Another vote for Paperwhite. I got the one with a reading light and ads (they are just images on the home screen and don‘t interrupt reading experience) four years ago on Prime Day for $79. Love it. 2mo
saresmoore I‘ve had a few different models, but the new Paperwhite is my favorite, far and away. 2mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Mehso-so

Disappointing. Each section seemed weaker than the last—and no one section was especially strong because there was little time to tell each character‘s story (with minimal overlap even though they were siblings).

Benjamin seemed more interested in proving that she knew the times and places she was writing about. Her acknowledgments included information on her research, which I found irksome: I wish she had cared more for her characters. ⭐️⭐️

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Ambition took over when I reviewed Booktuber Book Roast‘s Wizarding Careers Guidebook for her O.W.L. Readathon this month. Trying to keep my options open, I‘ve got to read 10 books, which, given my five-book-per-month average is a bit unlikely, but oh well. Above are the prompts I‘m going to follow. Here are my career choices (in order of preference):

📚 Librarian
🎓 Hogwarts Professor
🗝 Curse Breaker
🧠 Mind Mender

#OWLsReadathon2019

Susannah Actual books read to follow throughout the month, as I didn‘t want to lock down my TBR. (edited) 2mo
Susannah I really recommend Book Roast‘s readathon announcement video if you‘re at all interested. It‘s impossible not to be impressed by the work she did to put the readathon together. https://youtu.be/dk-wc72whn4 2mo
tpixie Herbology - does the word ‘plants‘ on the cover count? 2mo
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Susannah @tpixie I think you should be able to interpret the prompt however you wish. In other words, sure! 😁 2mo
tpixie ☺️ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa What is this? Tell me more!! 2mo
Susannah @Riveted_Reader_Melissa here are some useful links: Readathon Announcement Video: https://youtu.be/dk-wc72whn4
Book Prompts: http://tinyurl.com/y2g7mo37
Wizarding Careers Guidebook: http://tinyurl.com/y5eqtkwj
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you! 2mo
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I am forever starting book series that I have no interest in continuing, so I am excited to have enjoyed book one of this Sebastian St. Cyr series so much. While I think author C.S. Harris could do a slightly better job of establishing place and time (early 19th Century London), I appreciated that she includes the trauma faced by St. Cyr due to the time he spent fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. I‘m looking forward to book two.
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kspenmoll I enjoyed this as well. Want to get book two from library. 2mo
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Is That the Orange Cat? | Joanne Meier, Cecilia Minden
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This boy has been with me for a year today. After losing my four beloved girl kitties over the last three years, it‘s been such a gift to have him to lavish attention on. Happy cataversary, Rudy! ❤️😺

#catsoflitsy

julesG Happy Catsyversary! 2mo
Susannah Thank you, @julesG! 😻 2mo
batsy He's so sweet! 2mo
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cariashley Aw so cute! Love an orange cat 😻 2mo
AlaMich He looks like a sweetie! 😻 2mo
Susannah @batsy @cariashley @AlaMich Thank you! He is a sweet boy. ❤️ 2mo
kspenmoll Such a pretty color and those imploring eyes!😻 2mo
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Accurate #birthday card is accurate. 👩🏻🎂👵🏼

Texreader Oh yea... 2mo
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The Weekend | Bernhard Schlink
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📚 Whew, so many right now (I‘m hoping to finish at least a couple this weekend):
Red, White & Royal Blue
Whose Body?
Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?
A Place Called Winter
The Odd Women
🎞 “On the Town” during last Monday night‘s Turner Classic Movies‘ tribute to director Stanley Donen
🥤 I‘m not much for special drinks. Usually, it‘s just water or Diet Coke (my very own liquid kyptonite 🤣).

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

ProfReader Thirteen Reasons Why; Creed; tea 2mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I am terrible about reading my books from #netgalley in a timely manner, but I started this late last night and tore through the first 100 pages. It‘s adorable! Light as a feather in the best way and a perfect antidote to a frustrating work week.😍

Beachesnbooks I just got this one from netgalley too and based on all the reviews i‘m super excited to read it! 😄 2mo
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I did my own #marchintothe70s with this book. I usually have little patience for overlong books on popular music (this was 687 pages), but I loved the essay style of each chapter. David Bowie was, unsurprisingly, a thread in almost every chapter, but otherwise the chapters were quite self-contained, which really kept me interested. Needless to say, my “Glamorama” playlist has been getting quite a workout recently! 👩🏻‍🎤🎵 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lizpixie This sounds fantastic! #stacked 2mo
Susannah @Lizpixie, it was fun. You‘ll just want to warn your family, friends, and neighbors that David Bowie, T. Rex, and many other glam rock bands will be in heavy rotation while you‘re reading it! 😉 2mo
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I was frustrated by how Ruth Ware made her main character, Harriet (Hal) Westaway intuitive enough to make a living as a tarot reader but dim enough to place herself, alone, in the path of a homicidal lunatic; however, I also understand what these types of books are trying to be: Pure entertainment. It‘s best not to ponder the possible character inconsistencies and plot holes too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

callielafleur I think this very thing is why so many thrillers and mysteries bother me- smart people doing dumb things purely in service to extending the plot. 2mo
Susannah @callielafleur YES! Exactly. For some reason, I believe that readers have gotten more—not less—sophisticated since Agatha Christie was writing, so I expect more intelligent popular mystery. Evidently, popular mystery writers disagree with me. 😒 2mo
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If I Ran for President | Catherine Stier
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I don‘t know about y‘all, but I‘ll be keeping this tweet handy. 🇺🇸🗳

#themoreyouknow🌈

Susannah Especially BOOT-edge-edge. Whew! 2mo
Susannah Thanks, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa! I was going to tag @MelissaSue81, then forgot. 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So many good names in the mix! #diversityinpolitics 2mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker Yaaas! Love it. 😂 3mo
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 3mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 Yes! 3mo
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Betrayal | Harold Pinter
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Thank heavens I was able to find an audio version of this play (BBC radio drama with Olivia Colman and Andrew Scott, no less!) because at the halfway point, I was totally adrift.

I can‘t remember if Pinter always writes this way, but Betrayal is not great for play readers. I can imagine actors have a field day with everything he leaves off the page, but for me, reading this was akin to this Eddie Izzard bit: https://youtu.be/Qfw60qXtOH0

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Susannah That said, I do recommend this if you like plays. The more I sit with it, the more I realize how effective it was (if you can set aside how Pinter‘s characters are very much beset by first-world problems that ring rather hollow in these times). 3mo
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Try as he might, author Mark Griffin doesn‘t provide any new insights into Rock Hudson in this new biography. He simultaneously echoes many of the details of Robert Hofler‘s salacious biography of Hudson‘s slimy agent, Henry Willson; glances off the actual relationships Hudson had; and gives short shrift to Hudson‘s professional career in movies and TV. At almost 500 pages, I expected better. Much better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reecaspieces I found this to be extremely slow. Glad you so so liked it. Lol. I did not finish it. 3mo
Susannah @Reecaspieces I found the audiobook on Scribd so listened to much of it, which helped a lot. In my opinion, though, it also made the shortcomings of the book really stand out. 3mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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📚 #YA, specifically, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
📚 Errands: Groceries, Car mechanic, Library(!!)
📚 👆🏺🌞👸🧜‍♂️🦑🏝🐅⚓️🍷🐖💑🤱🧑⛵️🗾⚔️⚰️👩‍👦👩‍👦💑🤱❤️
📚 Nothing—unless you count the “galloping myopia” my optometrist once told me I had 🤔🤣
📚 👋👍

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I loved this book. The care that Madeline Miller gives to the telling of her stories is so evident, from the inner thoughts of her main characters (her use of a first-person narrator creates such a close connection between reader and storyteller) to the vividness of the characters and environments they live in. I can think of few contemporary authors whose writing is so rich.

Recommended for everyone who loves a well-told story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Susannah Images (clockwise): Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses by John William Waterhouse; Circe and Scylla by John Melhuish Strudwick; Circe Punishes Glaucos by Turning Scylla into a Monster by Eglon van der Neer 3mo
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Peggy Finds the Theater | Virginia Hughes
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I had a disappointing start to my reading year, but thanks to @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads, and aspiring actress Peggy Lane, it‘s getting better.

For the time it was written (early 1960s), Peggy‘s story is not nearly as stereotypical as it could be. Peggy decides she wants to become an actor, so she and her parents strike a bargain that she can try it for one year. If she‘s successful, she can continue; if she‘s not, she‘ll return to college.👇

Susannah After moving her to NYC, they trust that she‘s mature enough to take care of herself. There‘s a bit of intrigue, but most of the fun in the story comes from Peggy experiencing NYC and meeting other people in the theater.

I‘ll definitely be reading the other books in the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ fun!
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LeahBergen I‘m glad it was enjoyable! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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The Weekend | Bernhard Schlink
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📚 Circe by Madeline Miller
📚 Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
📚 “History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club.” 
― John W. Campbell Jr.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Susannah Hmm, I just realized that my quote isn‘t very literary. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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This was nothing like an epic love story. ⭐️⭐️

BibliOphelia That is a winning one-sentence review!! 😂👍 4mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Finally starting this, reading it for my book club. I loved The Song of Achilles so much that I‘ve been a little hesitant to read Circe. What if I don‘t like it as well? 📚🏺❤️😳

#readerproblems
#bookishproblems

EchoLogical I didn't care for The Song of Achilles but loved this one! 4mo
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I haven‘t read any of Marlon James‘s novels, but his newest (out next week) has really caught my attention. That cover! 😍

The New Yorker has a profile on him in this week‘s issue that I thought was excellent and really recommend if you like backstory on your books and their authors.

Link: https://tinyurl.com/y87xehh2 (Note that there is also link to an audio recording of the article if you have time to listen but not read.)

Emilymdxn I am SO excited for this one! 4mo
batsy I really enjoyed reading that profile! 4mo
Susannah @Emilymdxn I am too! I hope it‘s as good as it sounds. 4mo
Susannah @batsy Oh good! I‘m happy to hear that. (edited) 4mo
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Panpan

I hate saying “bad,” but this book was. The part of it that focused on the immigrant-actors who made up much of Casablanca‘s supporting cast was interesting but not news, and the chapters about long-term critical response were a failed attempt at high-mindedness.

If you know anything about Casablanca, this book is not insightful. If you don‘t know anything about it, watch the movie (!!) and read Aljean Harmetz‘s Round Up the Usual Suspects. ⭐️⭐️

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The Red Garden | Alice Hoffman
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I wasn‘t expecting the short story format of this book, but I enjoyed it. The overlapping elements of each story were fun to tie together.

With that said, however, the simplistic way Alice Hoffman brought male and female characters together (i.e., when in doubt, make them have sex) really, really didn‘t work for me. And while she seemed to want to have the same themes run through the whole book, she just created repetition, not an echo. ⭐️⭐️-1/2

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Do you ever have that thing where you have a couple of books to finish but then a book you‘re really excited to read comes in the mail, so you start that, and you need a new audio book, so you start one but determine after listening for an hour or so that it would be better to read the print version, then you remember that your book club is in a week, so you start that book right away? Yeah, me too. 😩

#bookishproblems #goodproblems

BlameJennyJane All the time! 🤣 4mo
Reviewsbylola Ha! I started two different books this afternoon so I can relate. 😂 4mo
Susannah When I start finishing these, it‘s going to be awesome.... I just hope it‘s this month. 😆 4mo
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rubyslippersreads So glad your Peggy book arrived. 😊 4mo
Susannah Thank you, @rubyslippersreads! If not for you and @LeahBergen I wouldn‘t know anything about Peggy Lane, and what a bummer that would be! Thank you both so much. 🎭😍 4mo
LeahBergen @Susannah I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! Right, @rubyslippersreads ? 😄 4mo
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I am happy with the number of books I finished in 2018, but I am not particularly happy that I didn‘t read the longer classics I hoped to get to, nor did I read as widely as I would have liked. In #2019, I‘m targeting 48 books, which will include lengthy novels, plays, graphic novels/nonfiction/comic bind ups, and poetry as well as my usual fiction and nonfiction selections. 📚❤️

#2018Wrapup

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Happy New Year, Littens! I can‘t believe it‘s 2019. 🤭

Here‘s to another great year of reading and continued connections in this wonderful community. Now, back to my tagged book. 🤓📚🎉❤️

#ReadInTheNewYear #2018Wrapup #2019 @hermyknee

LauraJ 🥳 5mo
Simona Happy New Year to you too❣️🍾🥂 5mo
Kaye 🥳 Happy New Year 5mo
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Affinity | Sarah Waters
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I looked forward to reading this book for a long time, but I was so disappointed. While Sarah Waters will always earn an extra star from me for the way she constructs her novels, the pace was almost unbearably slow.

Also, I seem to have developed an aversion to stories in which women make assumptions for which they are ultimately humiliated. It‘s why I didn‘t finish The House of Mirth earlier this year. 😕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

AlaMich I agree. I really enjoy Waters, but this was my least favorite of her books. 5mo
Susannah @AlaMich I‘ve only read this one and The Paying Guest. I know that some/many people thought The Paying Guest was lackluster, but I liked it better than Affinity. I really need to get to Fingersmith soon, as I‘m thinking that folks agree that‘s one of her best. Which did you like best? 5mo
AlaMich @Susannah Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet are both awesome!! 5mo
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Can You Guess? | Jennifer VanVoorst
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Congratulations on #150K, @Kaye ! I‘m terrible at these kinds of guess-the-number-of-jelly-beans-in-the-jar challenges, but for an Amazon gift card, I‘ll do pretty much whatever you want. 😜 My guess is 2,464 pages.

Kaye Thanks 💖 5mo
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This book had me through the first third or so. The short chapters in a variety of styles, including what-if (what if Margaret had become queen instead of Elizabeth?), worked well. However, the second half was not very good, and it became increasingly difficult not to see each chapter as an anecdote lifted from someone else‘s diary, memoir, or letter. I think 49 glimpses would have been more than enough. ⭐️⭐️-1/2

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Just a Normal Tuesday | Kim Turrisi
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Taking a moment from Christmas mania to wish all of you who aren‘t celebrating a very good Tuesday. If you‘re working, I hope it‘s quiet; if you‘re at home, I hope your book is excellent. 😉 #joinin

Kaye Thanks ! Actually haven‘t had time to pick up a book yet. I‘m not sure how I spent that many hours. Working on the updated jb list and yakking on here a lot. ♥️ 5mo
iread2much Thank you! 5mo
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Thank you so much for the #kindlitsy book, Katie! I read The Changeling last year and have wanted to read more Victor LaValle ever since. I‘m really looking forward to this one. 🤓📚❤️

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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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I‘m getting such a kick out of Santa Tracker this year. Apparently I‘m five. 🎅🏻👧🏻❤️😁

CouronneDhiver Me too! So fun 😊😊 5mo
Susannah @CouronneDhiver I know! It‘s after midnight here, and he‘s still over an hour away even though he got to Washington, DC, before midnight Eastern time. I feel that this is a result of the odd way he zigzags north to south. 🤣 (edited) 5mo
Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 Merry Christmas!! 🎁🎄⭐️ 5mo
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@Lynnsoprano I am thrilled to receive this book! Thank you so much. I know I‘ll love it. 🎁📚❤️ #kindlitsy

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Dangerous Liaisons | Choderlos De Laclos
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@dariazeoli thank you so much! I am putting together my classics TBR for 2019, and Dangerous Liaisons is now on it. And the Austen, Brontes, and popular culture essays will be so much fun. I love these! 🎄🎁📚❤️ #kindlitsy

LeahBergen Dangerous Liaisons is so good! 5mo
dariazeoli You‘re welcome! 😉 5mo
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This book was fantastic—really well structured with succinct writing and tons of interesting details, showing how each of R&H‘s musicals evolved from idea to creation to production. Among their shows, they wrote Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music in just over 15 years. Now all I want to do is listen to the original cast recordings and see the movie adaptations again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Calendars | Brian Williams
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Help me, Littens, you‘re my only hope!

Have any of you seen the Book Lover‘s Page-a-Day Calendar for 2019?! I haven‘t been able to find it anywhere online, and the Page-a-Day site doesn‘t list it (this is not a good sign). I‘ve gotten this calendar every year since 1994, and I love it. I‘ll be crushed if it‘s been discontinued.

Tamra Oh no! I hope you find it! 6mo
TheReadingMermaid I have a profound theory that if it's not on Amazon or ebay that it doesn't exist. I have checked both mediums and cannot find it. So that does not bode well ☹️ 6mo
Susannah Thank you, @Tamra! @TheReadingMermaid I‘m afraid you‘re right. I feel like I‘ve done a fair amount of due diligence, but I had to ask. It‘s such a bummer. 😢 6mo
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Tamra @Susannah I checked for you too. 😟 6mo
LeahBergen Nooooooo! I get it every year, too!! 😩😩 6mo
Susannah @LeahBergen 😩😩 indeed. Please know that I feel your pain. 😭 6mo
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Tom Doyle knows how to write books about popular musicians: Pick a critical period of their careers and dig in for 250 pages. Don‘t do an entire career; don‘t try to write 500 pages.

Like his Man on the Run about Paul McCartney‘s first post-Beatles decade, this book covers Elton John in the Seventies. It‘s a bit repetitive—make an album, go on tour, drama—but Doyle‘s spare writing helps to keep it from feeling like a drudge. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Release | Patrick Ness
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Kudos to Patrick Ness for writing experimental #YA. After reading What If It‘s Us, it‘s clear that he is on a whole different level from writers like Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera with this retelling of Mrs. Dalloway.

That said, while I admire how Ness echoed Virginia Woolf—using his parallel narrative to shine a light on the American opioid epidemic, no less—like others, the story of Katherine/the Queen did not work for me at all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

merelybookish Agreed! I wanted it to work but it just didn't (for me.) 6mo
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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I don't know whether to be pleased or ticked that this book took 300 pages to expose the Stock Becky Albertalli Character™ for the melodramatic, self-pitying twerp I suspected him to be all along.

The book was not bad, but I can't stop thinking about how @LauraBeth's daughter said #YA was written for 30-40-year-old women. If that's the case, then we deserve better than authors who write the same characters over and over again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Susannah An #unpopularopinion, to be sure. And I know: I need to stop reading their books. They just started out so well, I didn't expect the law of diminishing returns to be in effect with them. 6mo
GondorGirl I thought it was cute, but it lacked the magic of Albertalli's first two books . 6mo
Susannah I agree @GondorGirl. Parts were cute, but I was disappointed overall. Oh well. Lots more books out there to read. 🤓 (edited) 6mo
Spacecowboytx Adams other books are better as well this was just a flop 6mo
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Susannah
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this Tennessee Williams/The Fall of the House of Usher mashup.

Somehow, I spent very little time on the Gulf Coast when I was growing up in Mississippi, but I know enough to say the atmosphere and description of heat is spot on. People I know from the coast say, "You go inside in May and don't come out until October." I honestly cannot imagine how people in the South functioned before AC. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Susannah Spoiler questions: Why did the third house kill Odessa? I get Dauphine--even though he was kind, he was still a Savage. Also, what was that baby/creature in the third house? Was that supposed to be a Savage? I admit that I didn't get why the house was punishing the Savages the most. How were they different, truly, from the Macrays? 6mo
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Susannah
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I really wanted to give this a thumbs up, but unfortunately I've got whiplash from presentation of female characters: A strong female character who experiences trauma and doesn't immediately bounce back? ? Same character has "sense talked into her" by a man? ? A female character who makes horrible mistakes but is written with thoughtfulness and nuance? ? Same character treated as other because she's sexually forward? ? ⬇️

Susannah I've heard great things about Juliet Marillier's women characters, but I think this might not have been the best book to start with. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 7mo
Susannah Oh! And at the risk of completely alienating everyone from this book: avoid the audiobook. The book has a setting that is supposed to be ancient Ireland, but the audiobook has flat-voiced Midwestern US narrators. Nothing like being taken out of a fantasy story when the narrator sounds like my Great Uncle Clark (no offense, Uncle Clark). (edited) 7mo
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I already posted a picture of this book's cover, and nobody needs to see that again. Here's a reminder instead. #GoVote

I'm surprised by all the so-so reviews I'm seeing for this book. Yes, it reinforced much of what we already know, but it was so compellingly written. The only complaint I have is one entirely out of Woodward's control: How does it end? (By necessity, the book just stops. Heaven help us.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Notafraidofwords It‘s worse every day 7mo
sprainedbrain As I‘m scrolling through Litsy and came to your post, my 7-year-old son sitting next to me just asked why we don‘t fire Trump and give the job to Hillary. If only! 7mo
Susannah @Notafraidofwords Every day. 🤦‍♀️ 7mo
Susannah @sprainedbrain Oh, I love that. If only, indeed! 💕 7mo
KTOHARA That's one smart kid! We can use him in government! 7mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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I really liked the sense of time and place (London during the Blitz) in this novel. While it seemed to take GREAT pains to capture the "Keep Calm and Carry On" attitude of the English during WWII, it didn't shy away from the horrible losses of the war.

Though the story was slight, and I'd have liked it to pursue one thread more completely or both a little more in depth, I still enjoyed it. Recommended if you like homefront stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️