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Tamra

Tamra

Joined October 2016

I love literary fiction!
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Wealth of Nations | Adam Smith
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Multitasking in the car. Not my favorite read. 🧐

There were some interesting tidbits about the colonization of the Americas. One was the native agricultural products were not “esteemed” by the English or Europeans. How ironic given the corn & potato & tomato production and consumption in the modern world. I read elsewhere China is the largest consumer of potatoes, followed by India & US. 😲

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I checked this one out from the library again and the ribbon bookmarked our favorite recipe, as if nobody else had checked out the book since! 😆

Kitchen Sink cookies are so good and I‘m not the huge cookie fan my husband and kids are - they gobble them up. Kieffer‘s recipe contains pretzels and potato chips so the salt balances the sweet butterscotch chips.

I HINTED about this cookbook and another to my kids. We‘ll see if I get any results. 😜

Cathythoughts 🤞🏻I hope they took the hint 😁… looks great. So exciting to find I new recipe you like 2d
LeslieO Kitchen sink cookies sound amazing! I wish I were a baker, but alas, I stink at it. 2d
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤞🏾🤞🏾😆 2d
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Tamra @LeslieO I‘m only a very basic baker. These aren‘t difficult! I finally figured out to bake cookies the minimum number of minutes listed. 🥴 2d
LeahBergen I bought this one after seeing how much you loved it. I must try those cookies soon! 2d
Tamra @LeahBergen yes, they are good! I hope it‘s under my tree this year. 🤞🏾 2d
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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Guilt free fiction reading today!! Woot! 🎉 This is one of my top 10 favorite novels. ❤️♥️

It‘s not entirely fun reading though since I‘m doing a social contract analysis for a class. So it‘s not leisurely reading, but I‘ll take it!

keys_on_fire Pretty cover! 3d
Angeles I do love that cover! 3d
Suet624 Kind of embarrassing to admit I‘ve never read this. 3d
Tamra @Suet624 give it a go! It‘s relatively short. I have a different interpretation each time I read it. 😁 3d
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Santa Mouse | Michael Brown
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My daughter is numbering our Xmas advent books and Santa Mouse is sooooo adorable.

Bookzombie I had this one as a kid. 🙂 4d
Tamra @Bookzombie I will keep them all with the hopes they‘ll read them someday to their kids. 😁 4d
Bookzombie @Tamra That‘s lovely. 💗 4d
aperfectmjk I was going to wrap mine, but decided against it. Maybe I'll use the Spin The Wheel app. 🤔 4d
Tamra @aperfectmjk that‘s a great idea! 3d
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Oh my gosh, this book is meticulously researched and includes excellent historical background, but I‘m only about 3/4 the way through the first woman‘s biography and the misery is relentless! I don‘t imagine it gets any lighter either. 😐

Crazeedi It doesn't, but it was a good book 6d
Tamra @Crazeedi it definitely seems to be, but I‘m not sure it‘s the right time for me now. 6d
MallenNC This one was definitely a tough read bc it doesn‘t let up. I‘m glad I read it but it‘s not one that I could read nonstop. 6d
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Cathythoughts Would you believe I‘m still reading this ( on & off ) over a year later … it‘s almost too detailed.. but I‘m not bailing .. just taking my time … I may never finish it at this rate 😂 6d
Pogue My book club read this and it was so informative and interesting. 6d
EvieBee We‘re picking our book club picks for next year and I was considering this one as one of my 3. Hmmm. Make for good conversation? (edited) 5d
Tamra @EvieBee yes! The book is jam packed with topics for conversation given the amount of historical background, especially on the social conditions that existed. 5d
Tamra @Cathythoughts ha! Yes I‘d believe it. I would be better off with the book in print in order to dip in & out. It‘s very well written, just depressing. 5d
Tamra @Pogue very! 5d
Tamra @MallenNC glad I‘m not the only one! (edited) 5d
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

This book checked off all my boxes, so it should have been a great read. Alas, it fell flat. I never did feel emotionally connected with any of the characters, in a positive or negative way. I was engaged enough to listen to the end and Groff does have some amazing descriptive powers, hence the so-so rating.

I‘m curious about Fates & Furies and it was available on audio so I‘m going to it check it out.

FelinesAndFelonies I was just meh on this one too. I felt like there were too many characters in the book. Their movement in and out of the story made it hard to connect with any of them. 1w
Ruthiella I‘ll be curious to hear what you think about 1w
Vansa Fates and Furies is excellent!! The characters are very well written and it's a beautiful narrative. How disappointing that this book doesn't seem as good! 1w
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Tamra @Vansa I hope I like it! 🤞🏾 1w
Tamra @Ruthiella I‘m skeptical, but I‘m going to try it. 🤞🏾 1w
Tamra @FelinesAndFelonies I agree there were a lot of characters without focus. 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m still reading .. I agree .. there are parts that blew me away … but I‘m so - so as I get to the end. It will be a pick for me .. but not as brilliant as it started out. 1w
Cathythoughts I did love Fates & Furies .. would look forward to your thoughts on that one 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes, it has some very good parts so I stuck with it! For me it just didn‘t live up to its potential. (Ha! I cringe with my commentary because I certainly can‘t write so who am I to judge?!) 🤪 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I hope it‘s a winner! 1w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Didn‘t like Fates and Furies at all. LOVED The Monsters of Templeton. 1w
thewallflower0707 I finished #Matrix today and I have to agree with you. For me, it started very strong and then it just skipped over the most interesting part and just continued to be a list of new characters, characters who die, new projects, new visions. No actual story behind it 😔 1w
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Betty Crocker's Cookbook | Betty Crocker
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Backside of said book. 😜

Ruthiella Are those scorch marks? 😱😆 🔥 1w
Tamra @Ruthiella 😳😝 Yes! I‘ve learned a couple of lessons since then. 1w
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Betty Crocker's Cookbook | Betty Crocker
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Let the Thanksgiving prep begin!

I‘ve had this book since 1988 - I think it was a wedding gift? I use the same 3 recipes each year. 😄

Cathythoughts Tried & trusted 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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First Ladies | National Public Radio
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NPR has a Book of the Day podcast - new to me!

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First Ladies | National Public Radio
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NPR book guide! Picks by staffers. 😃 This is the first I‘ve heard of it.

https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2021

MicheleinPhilly This is always my favorite year end list. So many hidden gems! 1w
JamieArc I think this is what they used to call the Book Concierge, and I loved it because you could filter through so many different ways to get just the book you were looking for. My TBR is going to explode! 1w
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Tamra @JamieArc ahhhh yes! A makeover! 1w
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I agree 100% 1w
vivastory @JamieArc I've been checking periodically to see if it had been released. I love Book Concierge! (I wish they had kept the name lol) 1w
JamieArc @vivastory I wish they had kept the name as well! 1w
BarbaraBB I must check this! Especially since @vivastory and @MicheleinPhilly recommend it too! 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think you'll find some titles for your TBR I added about 15 to mine 1w
BarbaraBB @vivastory 15?! 😂, I‘ll have a look now immediately! (edited) 1w
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America's Glorious Quilts | Dennis Duke, Deborah Harding
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I would love to open up this beautiful coffee table book, but it is an Xmas gift for MIL. 😏 Tempted……

rockpools Surely you need to check that the pages are in tact, there are no printing or binding errors, and that it‘s as beautiful as it looks from the outside?! 2w
Tamra @rockpools ha! You have a strong argument there. 2w
LeahBergen I just bought 2 cookbooks for gifts and I was trying to peek through them without opening the spines all the way. 🤣 2w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Halfway thru the audio and though there is some beautiful writing, I‘m not hooked. I‘m not caring about any of the characters and little is happening aside from the visions. 🤔 I don‘t know whether to continue.

I think this is my first Groff.

merelybookish I'm split on Groff. I loved Arcadia but did not like Fates & Furies. I'm curious about this one though. 2w
Cathythoughts .. I‘m 2/3‘s into this one & I love it , I love the time in history, and I‘m impressed with the MC … I loved Fates & Furies too. … I must get Arcadia 2w
Ruthiella Her style irks me. I didn‘t like Fates and Furies or Arcadia. I‘ll only read this if it makes the TOB shortlist. 2w
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Chelsea.Poole I felt the same about this one but actually liked Fates & Furies. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I will stick with it for now. 70% in and an event has happened that piqued my interest. 🤔 2w
Tamra @Ruthiella maybe it will pan out in the end, but I‘ve been tempted to bail. 2w
Tamra @Chelsea.Poole I‘ve thought about trying that one. 2w
Tamra @merelybookish shoot. I hate it when that happens, always such a disappointment. 2w
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Daughter was proud of her homemade meal of tomato soup & grilled cheese. 😋 It‘s fun to watch kids gain confidence cooking!

P.S. The soup was really tasty. Great book for anyone with a nice variety of types of dishes, but especially good for new cooks because the recipes have limited ingredients. Sometimes less is more!

DivineDiana Cheers to your daughter! And her Mom for inspiring her! 👏🏻 🥘📚 2w
Mollyanna One of the best food combos ever! 😋. I love seeing kids interested in getting in the kitchen. 🥳 2w
KathyWheeler My favorite comfort meal. She should be proud! 2w
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Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture ❤️ 2w
Amandajoy I used to recommend this to my patients - you can get the pdf for free. 2w
Nute Love love love this post! Oh, tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich is still a favorite meal!😋 1w
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No recreational reading this week aside from bits & pieces of The Matrix on audio at night. I baked pumpkin bread from this baking bible though. 😋 Tomorrow morning I‘m giving orange cranberry bread a go.

ChasingOm Yummmmm! I love all of those flavors, lol. 2w
Tamra @ChasingOm highly recommend this book! Dangerous though for sure. 2w
LeahBergen Yum! 2w
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Bklover I‘m baking a cross of them both tomorrow - pumpkin cranberry bread! Looks delicious! 2w
JamieArc Ill have to check out this book. The tagged is my bread baking bible. 2w
Ruthiella 😋 Looks delicious! 2w
Cathythoughts It does look delicious 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
ChasingOm Just added to my Christmas list! 😄 2w
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Madness of Crowds | Louise Penny
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I loved being back in Three Pines! 🌲🌲🌲

I had a laugh when the narrator acknowledges the omnipresence of murder in the tiny village.

The themes were fully engaging, BUT, is it just me or has Penny recently been making the solutions more convoluted and revelations more protracted? With the last two novels they‘ve felt belabored and I was getting frustrated with the stalling. Just seems more than necessary for a cathartic climax.

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Madness of Crowds | Louise Penny
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Enjoying this one a great deal as I‘m eager to find out how the pieces fit together. Hits a little close to home though re: the collective pandemic anxiety, which isn‘t over by any means.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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This was the right speed for my brain right now. 🤪 The plot took a rather serious turn, but overall I thought it was charming and I enjoyed the book & reading references. I haven‘t read all of the books mentioned, but I know A Suitable Boy is an intimidating behemoth!

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Great novel adapted for screen. 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾I think I need to reread first though because it‘s been a long time. I do remember it being so well written!

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Leviathan | Thomas Hobbes
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My study buddy. ☺️ He‘s happy to submit to authority for food as part of our social contract.

Hooked_on_books What a gorgeous face! 😍 4w
Leftcoastzen 🐶awwwww! 4w
Soubhiville He‘s sweet. Those eyes! 4w
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TrishB Awww 🐶❤️ 4w
Cathythoughts What a lovely study buddy ❤️ 4w
batsy What a sweet pup ❤️ 4w
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Contract and Domination | Carole Pateman, Charles Mills
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☹️😢 My reading life for the next eight weeks. I hope it‘s better than I am anticipating. 🤞🏾🤞🏾

My recreational reading will dwindle to dribs and drabs until right after Xmas.

Chittavrtti I have issues with Emile. 1mo
Tamra @Chittavrtti yes, I can see why thumbing though it briefly. Obviously a product of his time. 1mo
Crazeedi Wealth of Nations👍 1mo
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merelybookish Economics class? 1mo
Tamra @merelybookish of sorts yes. 😐 1mo
LeahBergen Wow! That‘s some heavy reading! 1mo
Cathythoughts You‘re mind will be growing & growing.. exciting! Well done for taking this on 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 1mo
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Exit | Belinda Bauer
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This was a very entertaining novel and the narration for the audio is outstanding! Felix, one of the main characters, has a bit of Ove Lindahl about him. The “who dunnit” plot got a little convoluted and far fetched in the end, but that didn‘t detract from the enjoyment.

Will have my eye out for more from Bauer!

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Perfect for the haunted season! I‘d like to know more about the true story behind the novel.

Cathythoughts I‘ve been in the fence .. but you liking it has made me jump off .. I‘ll try it 👍🏻😁 1mo
AmyG I enjoyed this book, too. 1mo
Crazeedi Hmmm never heard of this but I'm now intrigued, stacking!! 1mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts I didn‘t realize until after I Googled for the factual story that it took place in 1900. I have to wonder why the author decided to set hers in the 70‘s. 🤔 May have to Google that too. 1mo
Tamra @Crazeedi given nobody knows what really happened, I bet there have been a lot of retellings filling in the blanks. 1mo
Tamra @AmyG 😊 1mo
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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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From the selection titled Hard Pan Life.

Cathythoughts Great title ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is. 😁 1mo
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Apparently engrossing for the age group (6th grade), because my daughter is less than half way thru this one and has requested the whole series for her shelves. Library copies need not apply. 😏

Leftcoastzen 😸cutie! 1mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen what a blob huh? 😹 1mo
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Seasonally appropriate and throughly entertaining! Definitely has Rebecca vibes. 🥺 I really didn‘t expect one of the turns of character and was a brave choice on Whitfield‘s part.

Tamra MC turned out to be not entirely likable and not all the victim perhaps she seems to be in the beginning. As a woman, she had to do what she had to do to survive. 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed too … and yes !! What a turn of events !! 1mo
Cathythoughts I think this is a debut… I hope she writes more books 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes! This one is coming out next year. 😄 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh very interesting! I may have to pre-order 😊 1mo
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Overall a thumbs up. 👍🏾 It took the story a bit to pick up steam, but by the end I wanted to know where exactly Haywood was going to take the characters. I wish it had included an adult relationship between Helen & Klytemnestra following the war because there would have been a reckoning at hand. Though I suppose Helen could claim she was a “silly little fool” whose head was turned by Paris.

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Audio dip manicure today - self care. Enjoying the tagged book! Has Rebecca vibes. 🥺

Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you - it‘s a a lot darker purple than the pic. Perfect for fall! 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice colour ! It does have Rebecca vibes !! 2mo
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Balibee146 Oh I absolutely love dip powder.... I have tons of them 💕💕 2w
Tamra @Balibee146 how well does the process work at home? Last very long? 2w
Balibee146 @Tamra as long as the pre nail prep is good they last on me until I want a change of need to remove or backfill due to growth. I love dip powders lol. 2w
Balibee146 I've just started experimenting with builder gels as a nail overlay underneath the dip and about to do a nail tech course for that element! UV gels need to be done right with good quality brands (some well known ones have alleged problems!) or risk allergies etc....clear dip under the coloured ones can be used as a nail overly too without those hassles 👍 2w
Tamra @Balibee146 I‘m not confident in my patience to do it myself. 😏 2w
Balibee146 @Tamra i hated my first application... Wasn't fun at all though it looked alright. I'd suggest a You Tuber called Marla Kris.... Her tutorials are awesome....there's been a problem with music rights on old videos so they are often no music but worth a watch. She has a Facebook group too. My beginner mistake was using a cuticle remover liquid... They are all oily... Just gentle prep and take your time with a light colour 👍 2w
Tamra @Balibee146 thank you for the advice! 2w
Balibee146 @tamra you are welcome.... Oh and that colour is beautiful, what is it if you don't mind? 2w
Tamra @Balibee146 Unfortunately I don‘t recall! I‘ve had another color since. 2w
Balibee146 Ah no worries but thanks 😁 2w
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This is a spectacularly beautiful book! The lore from around world about animals life, trees, plants, weather, charms, etc.

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My book & bag finds yesterday at Magers & Quinn! Had a lovely day shopping at a Hmong farmer‘s market, ate a super tasty Thai lunch, and concluded with book shopping. I should have taken a photo of the amazing colors and quantities of peppers at the market! 🌈

Amiable Sounds like a wonderful day! 2mo
LeahBergen Wow! That sounds wonderful! 2mo
TNbookworm Love the bag😻 2mo
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I got thru the Prologue and a few pages into the first chapter on audio and it was SO GOOD I knew I needed to read it in print to better absorb the content.

Just got a copy today. 👏🏾 Cover is bent, but oh well I‘m not too fussy for $6.50.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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My husband and I have little overlap in our reading tastes. But, I‘m happy to report he enjoyed LIB! He tried print with audio and dumped that, then he bailed altogether once, but then decided to go back to it. He was glad he adjusted his approach and now intends to read it again at some point. I agree there is so much going on in LIB it‘s worthy and now if I can just get him to listen to it! I think I‘ve listen 4x now. 🎧

Cathythoughts Beautiful book 💫 2mo
MrsMalaprop This is a boon my husband & I read too. (And there‘s not a huge amount of crossover for us either). 2mo
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Struggling with this one and it isn‘t because of Clara‘s character; I‘m just not particularly drawn to principle characters who are children. 🧐

Cathythoughts Interesting! Look forward to your final thoughts 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts well, if another audio book comes available on my shelf I may bail.😏 (edited) 2mo
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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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This made me grin. Johnny refers to James Audubon. 😏

From the poem entitled Octoroon Warbler.

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Up next!

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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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Really glad to have read this novel; it provided a lot to think about and digest. I won‘t forget this one and is worthy of a reread. Captures the struggle of the Dakhota peoples to recover from the traumas of past & present, as well as the crisis we‘re creating with environmental degradation, in this case as to soil & seed.

“Love the seeds as you love your children, and the people will survive.” 🌱🌱💚

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you. Being a reader and not a writer, I ever do the books justice. 😏 2mo
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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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I‘m so excited about this book of poetry and prose because I loved Lanham‘s The Home Place.

Thanks to @LauraBeth for posting it!

LauraBeth I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on it! 2mo
Cathythoughts What a great title ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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Heartbreaking. Imagine your children removed from your home to be assimilated. 😩

In reference to the policy of removal to Indian boarding schools.

Suet624 There are just so many people to apologize to. 2mo
Tamra @Suet624 unfortunately that is true. 2mo
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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The universe must be instructing me to give Krueger another go. It was supposed to be a month wait when I placed the hold. 🤔

GingerAntics This was a good one. I quite enjoyed it. I hope you do, too. 2mo
Tamra Me too - the premise & setting is promising! 2mo
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Making a batch of fire cider today. One whiff will clear out your head! ☄️

I made two half gallon recipes last year. It lasted through the winter and spring between my daughter and I. It‘s a kick in the pants to get you moving in the morning.

Hestapleton Ooo recipe? 2mo
Tamra @Hestapleton cover horseradish, turmeric, onion, garlic, ginger, cayenne, & rosemary with cider vinegar (with mother). Ferment for 3-4 weeks at room temp, shaking once per day. Strain & bottle. If you Google Rosemary Gladstar and fire cider you‘ll find plenty of recipes & variations. 🙂 2mo
Hestapleton @Tamra perfect! God knows I need a kick in the pants in the morning during winter! 2mo
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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I‘d much rather be reading. Sooooo good!

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💕 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts a book siren is always nearby calling….😅 2mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 2mo
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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There was enough to keep me listening, but the pacing was excruciatingly slow and the denouement was predictable. How many times can two boys eavesdrop to move the plot forward before boring readers???? I won‘t remember this one in a month.

This is my first Krueger read and despite the lackluster intro, I do want to try his latest novel that has been well received.

Bookwormjillk I love Krueger and I love audiobooks but I can‘t listen to Krueger audiobooks. Something about the pace makes them go in one ear and out the other. 2mo
Tamra @Bookwormjillk maybe that was the problem. I should have sped up the narration. I did just place Tender is the Night audio on hold. 🤞🏾🤞🏾 2mo
BkClubCare Oh! This is another one that I admit I have only heard good things! Now tempered. 😊 2mo
Tamra @BkClubCare probably just me. 😉 2mo
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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Started this one and it‘s firing on all cylinders!

Love this blurb from Milkweed Editions, especially the last sentence.

GingerAntics Oh, I like that. 2mo
Cathythoughts I like that too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
BookNAround This was such a good read! 2mo
Tamra @BookNAround I‘m enjoying so far! 2mo
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A Ghost in the Throat | Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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I loved the writing, naturally because Ghriofa is a poet! She made her quest to discover Eibhlin‘s story intriguing such that it kept me turning pages. I appreciated the “female text” theme throughout and understand how it applies to more than the written word.

The element I didn‘t fully appreciate was Ghriofa‘s personal melodramas - there was just a tad too much. Felt a little self indulgent, though there is much to relate to re: motherhood.

squirrelbrain Great review Tamra - even more intrigued now! 2mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain definitely check it out! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I hear you , I only read the first few pages but her ‘personal melodramas ‘ as you say .. they put me off straight away .. husband read on because he loves the poem / lament this book is based on .. and he says the most moving parts in the book were about her own life ( even though some of that was annoying) a funny book in that way , he says. I‘ve yet to read it .. 2mo
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The Feast | Margaret Kennedy
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This beauty came today! 😁

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
quietjenn I thought I was going to be ho-hum on this one, but ended up liking it immensely. And it's very pretty! 2mo
Cathythoughts I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻😁 2mo
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Tamra @quietjenn yay! Looking. Forward to it. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts great minds…..😄 2mo
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A Ghost in the Throat | Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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“Caoineadh”

I‘m falling down a rabbit hole instead of working. I also had to check out several audio pronunciations. 🤓

BkClubCare Love-hate when this happens - so much fun but “I have work to do!” 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Keening is such a powerful word … it is that sorrow coming from the throat .. that moaning breathy sound .. I must read this one too ❤️ (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts very much so and language is important in this work. I did some cursory Googling and have stickies inside the cover for pronunciations! It led me to wonder about Gaeilge and whether there is any ongoing effort in Ireland to encourage its use and preservation? 2mo
Tamra @BkClubCare ugh, like right now! 😬 2mo
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Fortnight in September | R C Sherriff
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Really a quietly insightful novel about what it means to anticipate, be on, and return from “holiday.” I will definitely reread which makes it a 5⭐️ book for me. Loved it!

I couldn‘t help but think of Mr. Stevens from Remains of the Day throughout! Not only because of the family name, but it has a similar reflective vibe, period English manners & seaside, blurb by Ishiguro, etc. 😊

catebutler Great review! I‘m currently listening to the audiobook, and so far I‘d have to agree with your rating! 💫 2mo
Tamra @catebutler 💜 it‘s lovely. 2mo
Ruthiella I love that cover! 😍 I read and loved this a few years ago and should really re-read it... 2mo
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Tamra @Ruthiella it‘s certainly has the substance for a reread! 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB I just bought this book and I loved Remains of the Day so I should be fine! 2mo
LeahBergen Ah, true! Definitely Remains of the Day vibes. 👌 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ stacked already 2mo
batsy Seen so many positive reviews of this lately and I'm *itching* to order it 😆 2mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll like it! 😊 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen surprising how much so - have to wonder if Ishiguro was familiar with it before writing Remains. 🤔 2mo
Tamra @batsy you won‘t regret scratching that itch! 😌 2mo
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Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Erdrich does character devo like no other. By the time you get to the end of her novels it feels like you live with them. I really enjoyed the history of this one, the attempted “emancipation” of the Chippewa Turtle Mtn tribe from the federal govt., which was a bunch of hooey of course. She also painted a vivid picture of the culture and lifestyle on the reservation in the 50‘s.

Erdrich is a fabulous narrator!

SamAnne Absolutely loved this one. 2mo
Tamra @SamAnne it was a great story! Her novels are hit & miss for me. (edited) 2mo
RebelReader I think this is one of her best books! 2mo
Tamra @RebelReader 👌🏾👍🏾 It is! She has one come out in November - set in Indie bookstore in Minneapolis! 😄 I must get at her bookstore. (edited) 2mo
RebelReader @Tamra I didn‘t know that. I‘ll be looking for it. I haven‘t been to her store in a few years. Might have to venture over and buy her new book too. 2mo
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Apropos to the calendar. 😊

Strong black tea is called for this morning for lack of restful sleep. Husband gone overnight for a gig (jazz bassist), which hasn‘t happened since the pandemic. I see a nap in my future. 😴

LeahBergen I loved this and hope you do, too. 🤞 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I believe I will - already several quotable passages. 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts Well if you two are giving it the thumbs up , I‘m stacking 👍🏻 @LeahBergen 2mo
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Lawson is a master at pacing domestic tension! Another 5⭐️

I‘m disappointed this one is the last of her backlist for me. She doesn‘t seem to write quickly so I‘m left waiting for the next new novel.

Cathythoughts Sounds so good .. I have it stacked already 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s been a fun run through her work. I hope you like them too! 2mo
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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Got a long listening session in on the tagged novel. I‘m very much enjoying the history and long character devo, something Erdrich is good at.

Internet was out all morning and early afternoon so I couldn‘t work. Instead I audio canned chicken broth, made corn tortillas, and baked banana chocolate chip muffins. My kinda day! 😊

EvieBee Sounds like an awesome, productive day! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great work .. all sounds good ❤️ 3mo
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