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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson
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Ebook on sale for $2.99. Works next month for #Iceland #foodandlit

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Susanita I just got this from the library to read for Bloody Scotland Book Club! 4h
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We, the Drowned | Carsten Jensen
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Ebook on sale today

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Queen of the South | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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That wonderful moment when your #foodandlit book describes the food of the month‘s country #Spain #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

#letterQ #litsyatoz

Aimeesue Well now I‘m hungry! 20h
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I‘ve started this audiobook in preparation of our trip there in July.

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This short story is set in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, #Spain, where two lovers are found sound asleep after a night of passion. An investigator prods them with questions--they were almost strangers to one another, yet she was wearing a wedding dress and he was wearing nothing--trying to find a crime they committed. Allende adds a touch of magical realism. A sweet fun story. #foodandlit @catsandbooks

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Untitled Addison Allen 3 | Sarah Addison Allen
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PurpleyPumpkin Her Sunday short stories are so entertaining and inventive! 3d
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Another exciting Saturday evening

RaeLovesToRead Aww, that sleek fur 🥰🥰 4d
Librarybelle The best type of evening! 4d
LynsLibrary Best way to spend a Saturday night 📚😺 4d
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FlowerFairy Happy Caturday! 4d
Leftcoastzen 👏😻 4d
dabbe In high school/college, I might have been depressed being home on a Saturday night. Now? YES! 🤩🤩🤩 Enjoy! 🖤🐾🖤 4d
Crazeedi Good book! 3d
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#5joysFriday Thanks @DebinHawaii for the tag! One of my favorite times of the week

1) spending last weekend with Mom and Dad
2) book haul for Mother‘s Day
3) growing tomatoes
4) son‘s receiving highest Eagle Scout scholarship from his troop
5) finding an awesome restaurant for #Spain #foodandlit

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 Congrats to your son, too! 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🎊 5d
KadaGul You've had an absolutely fantastic 🤩week filled with joy🥰! 5d
DebinHawaii What a lovely list of joys this week! 💛💛💛Family, food & a book haul too! 📚🎉 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 3d
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My daughter and I tried Toro, a Spanish (as opposed to Mexican) food restaurant for #foodandlit. It was extraordinary! We had montaditos (queso de cabra frito) which knocked our socks off. Then we shared baguette sandwiches (jamón serrano with manchego cheese and cochinita pibil) and salads, and for dessert, torrijas. Toro was a brilliant find and a new restaurant for our list of places to go like last month‘s Venezuelan restaurant. #Spain

Susanita 😋 6d
KadaGul This looks 👀 Delicious 🤤🤤 6d
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I wanted to love this book but it reminded me so much of The Hunger Games, I ended up feeling like it lacked originality and missed many opportunities. I liked the story: girls and one boy compete in a magical competition to become the king of Spain‘s magician, at a time when the Inquisition was still quite a threat to witches. The Familiar, as in the title, is the main character‘s “coach” through the games. I was sad the Inquisition played ⬇️

Texreader such a minor role in the book. I‘ve read books about the inquisition in #Spain and its Jews. It‘s a sad history that is worth reminding the world about now. So it‘s an entertaining read but if I gave a title to my review it would be: Missed Opportunities. #foodandlit @Catsandbooks 1w
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Final book haul for Mother‘s Day including the tagged book for an upcoming #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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More of my Mother‘s Day haul.

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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Mother‘s Day haul for #camplitsy2024

Soubhiville Yay! 1w
squirrelbrain Hooray! 🎉🎉🎉 1w
BarbaraBB That‘s awesome 😍😍 1w
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Just in case anyone needs to know this today.

Sleepswithbooks Yeeesssss!!!!!! 2w
TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2w
KadaGul It would be great to have this holiday 🎄 every 3 months instead of once ☝️a year. Personally, I celebrate this holiday 🎄 every day. (edited) 2w
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MaGoose Yeah, I could celebrate this holiday every day 🥳 😆 2w
dabbe #woohoo! 🤩😂😀 2w
Hooked_on_books I just consider this to be every day. 2w
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#5joys Friday Thanks @DebinHawaii for the tag again. I think this post is so important each week especially when it‘s been a tough week

1) my first garden harvest
2) I got a chance to cage my plants so they‘ll grow upwards rather than sprawling across the yard
3) I‘m staying with my parents again this weekend
4) my family is awesome
5) Litsy, I ❤️ Litsy

kspenmoll Live your Joys! 2w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Look at your garden grow! I agree that it is so helpful to focus on the positives when it‘s been a hard week. Focusing on my own joys & seeing other‘s joys really helps! 🤗 Thanks for joining in! 2w
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My next audiobook is for #Palau, my second book for that country. #readingOceania @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB So impressed that you find all those books! 2w
Librarybelle This one sounds interesting! 2w
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I‘m on a business trip so dining alone at Olive Garden. A chance by myself to read!

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An older woman (40) 🙄 (the “silver fox“) escapes the city life when her boyfriend cheats on her, moving into the #NewZealand‘s Alps. Turns out she‘s a handy carpenter turning a bus into a home until she can build her dream home. Neighbor problems-love affair/getting over ex boyfriend/disputes over easement/and the prospective loss of her view from her new home ensue. And some heat from that love affair. Well written, but not really my thing. ⬇️

Texreader So for me it‘s right on the line between a pick and so-so, but the issue is me, not the author. So I give it a thumbs up. #readingOceania #letterY #litsyatoz 2w
Librarybelle Sounds like it could be a fun read! 2w
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Queen of the South | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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#wondrouswednesday Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag!

1) ❤️ (love of family, pet, friends) 🏡 (home) ⚖️ (a good job)

2) 👨‍🎓 (son‘s graduation from high school in 2 weeks) 👩‍🎓(daughter‘s graduation from college in a year) 🌅 (retirement on the horizon)

TheSpineView You're welcome! 2w
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Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mehso-so

A young woman is abducted by her father and they almost never stop traveling as she‘s followed by a private investigator hired by her mother. Her boyfriend goes to Montreal to find her. Strange details (why did her mom cover a window and pick up broken glass before the police arrived?) appear throughout that come together in the end. My problem is there‘s an awful lot of philosophizing that doesn‘t change anything about the story. This could / ⬇️

Texreader should have been a short story and I think it would have been better for it. It felt muddled with all the extraneous parts that just felt like they were filling space. I even waited a long time to write a review to see if I felt differently later on. Nope. It was a short book but not short enough. I‘m still ready to give another book I have by her a try. #authoramonth (edited) 2w
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I have lots of accidents.

BookmarkTavern LOL me too! 😅 2w
KadaGul I'm going to take an executive decision and say 90% of us are victims of this accident. 🤣🤣 2w
Sace I am so accident prone 🤦‍♀️ 2w
Tamra I need a helmet. 🤣 2w
Mimi28 And I want the cute cat 🐈‍⬛ too!! lol 2w
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As a Texas Longhorn I‘m not sure I can tolerate a book where a character is going to A&M. The Longhorns have what they believe to be a healthy rivalry against Texas A&M, but I‘ve learned recently from parents whose kids go there, A&M actually has a Freshman orientation about how much they have to hate the Longhorns. It‘s really weird and a lot of wasted energy to encourage hate. 😕

#foodandlit #Spain @Catsandbooks

Smrloomis Huh, I thought it was a more healthy rivalry too… encouraging it in a negative way is just bizarre! 2w
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Untitled Addison Allen 3 | Sarah Addison Allen
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ShelleyBooksie Beautiful light 2w
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I‘m very excited for my next audiobook. For #Spain #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks I really want to read this one! 3w
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#5joysFriday

1) daughter moved back home from college
2) son‘s rocket ship has been assembled and awaiting finishing touches to take off in White Sands, NM next month
3) son got awards in senior awards ceremony today for grades and for guitar 🎸
4) cuddles from my kitty 🐈‍⬛ during reading time
5) starting a new #foodandlit country: Spain! 🇪🇸

DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Congrats to your son & nice to have your daughter back home! Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 3w
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Deblovestoread I found this fascinating and think I may incorporate some reading out loud when I have time alone. 3w
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#wondrouswednesday

1) sadly, allergies, but also here in Texas, bluebonnets ❤️❤️❤️
2) tagged
3) my son‘s high school graduation

dabbe Congrats to your son! 🤩🤩🤩 Sorry about the allergies. 💙🩵💙 3w
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#two4Tuesday Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag!

1) A collection of short stories called A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga

2) Tagged, because every book I‘ve read by this author is so good

TheSpineView Both books sound good. Thanks for playing 3w
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I decided to go for a quick light book for a change right now. And I need a #letterY book for #litsyatoz

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I‘ve really slowed down reading for the month of April with only 8 books finished. Six were for #foodandlit #Venezuela, 1 for #authoramonth (I wasn‘t inclined to read more by this author), and 1 for #readingOceania #Tonga (and completing that challenge for the year). I‘ve tagged my favorite book this month, oddly a book of short stories that I normally don‘t care for, but these were exceptional.

Librarybelle Still a great reading month! 3w
Catsandbooks Awesome! 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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I‘ve come to love nonfiction works from authors who‘ve trekked the world thanks to the #readingthecontinents challenges. So I couldn‘t miss this book written about the author‘s journey through #Venezuela from 1798-1804. He was a naturalist so he includes many in-depth descriptions of plants and animals, landscapes and people. He was obviously extremely knowledgeable and tough to deal with the harsh terrains of all sorts. He was sensitive to the ⬇️

Texreader plight of slaves, but less sensitive to some tribes he labeled lazy. But he was fair, too, identifying the good, the bad, the ugly, and the lovely (and sometimes the crazy) about all the people he encountered. One obviously native man insisted he was white and held himself out as so pretentious it was quite comical. Sometimes a bit boring, but overall this was a fascinating peak at a world far distant from our own. #foodandljt @Catsandbooks 3w
Catsandbooks ❤️👏🏼🇻🇪 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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Ugh! He described the mosquitos being so thick he couldn‘t see the horizon to take location measurements. Their faces and hands would swell from the biting and poking insects. Just miserable.

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Well that sounds horrible! 3w
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The Deserter: A Novel | Nelson DeMille, Alex DeMille
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#Venezuela is a very bad place to be for Americans, if this book is to be believed. Based on my other readings about the country, sadly I do believe it. Once a thriving country, rich because of its oil and a thriving economy, it is now a solid dictatorship rife with corruption and crime. So, Caracas is the perfect place for an AWOL‘d soldier escaping the Taliban to be found. But what is his real motive and what is America‘s for Venezuela? CID ⬇️

Texreader officers Brody and Taylor are sent first to Caracas to find and apprehend him and they follow his tracks deep into the jungle—both places, Caracas and the jungle, are characters as much as the people and as likely to kill them. Action-packed but also a lot of “telling” about back stories and repetition that gets a bit numbing. Still a good read that likely accurately portrays a country in serious distress. #foodandlit @Catsandbooks 3w
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🇻🇪 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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I‘m very curious about what happened in the Andes now!

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Susanita Me too! 3w
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My first book for May‘s country #Spain #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Hooked_on_books I really liked this one. I learned a lot about Spain‘s history from it that I didn‘t know. 3w
Catsandbooks ❤️🇪🇸 3w
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Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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My first book for May‘s #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Superb short stories, the first being the title of this book. The giant tortoise named Tu'i Malila was captured by Captain Cook stuck in the ship‘s hold without food and water for a year, to be fresh meat if the crew needed. When he got to #Tonga he gifted her to the queen. The tortoise lives like royalty but never forgets the pain of that year. 😭 Each story is unique and I felt the author did an amazing amount of research. One is hilarious: ⬇️

Texreader Darwin in Heaven had me rolling with laughter. Even though the rest of the stories are not set in Oceania, I‘m counting it for #readingOceania and I highly recommend it. 3w
Librarybelle Hooray!! 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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Catsandbooks Maybe I should try that... 😂 3w
MaGoose 😆 2w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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In praise of chocolate

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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MaGoose Yeah, it seems we're trending away from that. 2w
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Audiobook from Audible is on sale today

Tamra Oh so good! 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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In the early 1800s this author/naturalist was trying to tell the world to beware!

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Bookwormjillk When will we listen? 3w
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Jaguars and Electric Eels | Alexander von Humboldt
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Written in the early 1800s, I appreciate that the author was sensitive to the slaves‘ plight in #Venezuela.

#foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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#5joysofFriday

1) Husband came home safe and sound from hiking/camping 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail
2) I‘m spending today and this weekend crafting with friends
3) I‘m reliving my trip to Italy from last year by scrapbooking—pictured here is Piazza Navona
4) Planning for our trip this summer to England/Ireland is underway
5) It‘s Fiesta here in San Antonio, a huge city-wide 1+ week party—I don‘t partake anymore but it‘s a happy time

DebinHawaii What a fantastic joy list! 💛💛💛 Your scrapbook photos are stunning! 🖼️ Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
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#tlt #threelistThursday

1) Norwegian band Aha‘s Take On Me
2) Toto‘s Africa
3) U2‘s With or Without You

I was married in 1988 and the first two songs were prescient: I‘d marry a guy from Norway who spent half his life growing up in Zambia, Africa. When we met, U2‘s song was at the top of the charts and we both loved it so it‘s always been “our song.” Especially when he had to go back home to Norway after we met. So much ❤️ for these 🎶

dabbe Wow! What a story! 🤩

Added to our new Spotify Playlist: LITSY SONGS OF THE 1980s! Thanks for sharing! 🤩🎶🤩

Click below for the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5sZRAAKVORN1SRh7S6l60g
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#wondrouswednesday Thanks @Eggs for the tag!

Obviously my immediate family for 1 & 2, but also:

1) My Grandpa Parker who made me feel special

2) My paralegal Elise who is ready to retire but is going to keep working very part time to help me transition to finding someone to replace her. She can‘t be replaced. 😢

3) Found family: the Sigma Force team in James Rollins‘ books or the Department Q team in Jussi Adler Olsen‘s books

Eggs You‘re welcome and thanks for playing 🤗 4w
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I adored this book of short stories (review to come). But this book marks my completion of the #readingOceania challenge!! I do plan to keep reading for the challenge because I found so many good books I want to read. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Susanita Good job!! 4w
Bookwormjillk Wow, way to go! 4w
Librarybelle Yay!!! Congratulations! 4w
Deblovestoread Well done 🎉 4w
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Free ebook right now

Roary47 Sweet! Just got my copy. 😍 4w
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