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ValerieAndBooks

Joined April 2016

Never enough bookshelves for all the books 📚😊. ❤️ non-fic, art, memoirs, most fic genres. Ravenclaw. 🇺🇸
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Arrived (from Philadelphia) at the San Francisco airport at 9:30 pm last night to find that my final destination flight (near my Mom‘s) was cancelled and rescheduled for 8:17am this morning 😭. After sleeping in snatches here and there at the airport, felt I needed to reward myself at their bookstore 😆. I‘ll read the tagged until it‘s time to board in a couple hours.

Billypar Ugh- that's the worst, but the bookstore decision was a good move! 1w
Liz_M How awful and annoying. And mean of the airlines to no longer bother with finding accommodations. But you did buy two very excellent books! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar only bookstore I‘ve seen that actually opens at 6am 😂 1w
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ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M they did give me a pack of some toiletries and a water bottle and blanket. And just got an email for $150 towards a future flight purchase. Better than nothing 😅 (edited) 1w
LeahBergen How annoying! 😠 I think you‘ll like Killers of the Flower Moon. 1w
Suet624 Well, the tagged book will make your blood boil even more. 6d
Lynnsoprano Of course you needed bookstore therapy! I hope the rest of your trip is better. 12h
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Tom has a condition that causes him to age so slowly that, in the present day, he‘s over 400 years old. But he‘s not the only one. He also manages to rub elbows with Shakespeare, Fitzgerald etc 🙄 but the real focus of the story is what it‘s like to have love and loss. I liked this much more than expected!

Suet624 I appreciate Haig so much for who he is and what he writes about. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 this was my first by him and I‘ll definitely be on the lookout for his other works! Have you read this one? 1w
Suet624 Nope. The one I really liked was 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 looks like it‘s a good, and thoughtful, memoir. Will be sure to stack it. 1w
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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I‘m kind of in book limbo right now! No current reads, but am traveling on Friday (will be at my mom‘s for two weeks, helping out with her downsizing of stuff) and would prefer to take a just-started book with me on the plane. So I‘m hoping I finish this one by Friday!

Literary_Siren I absolutely loved this story! Enjoy! 2w
MicrobeMom Great cover! 2w
ErinSueMreads I have started this one too!! 2w
Leftcoastzen My the force be with you , downsizing so hard. 2w
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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope | Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
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I‘m finally a member of the #BOTM club! Had been thinking of joining for a long time but the referral code @Hollie gave me convinced me to give the club a try! This was my pick.

As a newbie, any tips are appreciated 🤗!

Hooked_on_books If you put more than one book in your box, the default is that you‘ll pay a credit for each book. Credits are $12.99 or more depending on your plan. You can opt instead to pay $9.99 per book. You just have to check the little box to do so. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books good to know, I‘ll look for that. So if I opt for the cheaper price for the add-on(s), there is no credit point applied, correct? 2w
Hooked_on_books @ValerieAndBooks Yes, correct. They just bill you for the amount. I usually prefer to do it that way to pay less. 2w
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Blindness | Jos Saramago
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An epidemic of white blindness (a blank white is experienced) suddenly hits and the first sufferers are sent to an asylum. As more people are struck, everything spirals into epic dystopian proportions.

Wow, I loved this and would love to discuss. Punctuation is minimal (see my previous post) but easy to get into the narrative flow.

Unforgettable! Definitely seeking out author‘s other works; several are #1001Books, but not this one.

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ValerieAndBooks This counts as a one-word title for #ReadWithMrBook @MrBook . Also #ReadingEurope2020 (#Portugal — although it doesn‘t specify that it‘s set there, the author is Portuguese) @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 2w
4thhouseontheleft I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. What did you think of the ending? There is actually a sequel 2w
Hooked_on_books I read this one a while back and loved, loved, loved it! 2w
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Liz_M I've read 3 or 4 of his novels, my favorite is tagged. I am not a fan of history or historical novels and so was less interested in The History of the Siege of Lisbon, but you might like it! The present-day city description was fabulous, just not the history stuff. 😂 2w
BarbaraBB I loved Blindness too. But then I read the tagged one and bailed so I am always hesitating to read him! (edited) 2w
Suet624 Hmm..this one is stacked already. I don‘t remember ever hearing about it though. 2w
Librarybelle Good choice for Portugal! 2w
MrBook Oh, nice review! On my TBR! 😁 2w
Blaire This has been on my tbr forever!!! 2w
Freespirit Amazing book...frightening, riveting 2w
ValerieAndBooks @4thhouseontheleft I really liked the ending -- very hopeful. I do wonder how they reconstructed after the people started to recover. The sequel has definitely been on my radar and I hope to find it soon 👍! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books Yes, it is fantastic! It was in my TBR for so long....but better late than never! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I'm definitely eager to seek out his other works. I usually buy used, but he might have to be an exception! And I love history so the Lisbon one might be my type also 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB Hmm, do you remember what made you bail? Not the right time, or definitely bad writing? I know not all of any author's works can always satisfy everyone. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 However you stacked it, I hope you like it when you get to it 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Librarybelle Thanks -- two countries down, many more to go 😉 2w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook Thanks for this month's prompt which got me to finally pull it out of the TBR! Loved it. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Blaire It was in my TBR for a long time -- LT tells me since Nov. 2009 😮 . Can't believe it took me this long to finally get to it! Hope you do, soon 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Freespirit yes, exactly! So many thoughts with it. What was scary was how society broke down as a result! 2w
BarbaraBB I couldn‘t get into it. An ongoing stream of conscience while Blindness was plot driven, which I prefer! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB that makes sense. I prefer plot driven, also 😂! 2w
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Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I have been engrossed with this story of what happens when an epidemic of blindness hits, in spite of the punctuation style throughout (see above). Also none of the characters have names — they‘re “the doctor‘s wife”, “girl with dark glasses”, etc.

But tonight am having a hard time. I‘m sure it didn‘t help that I had two mango martinis along with a very filling Indian dinner 😋 with hubby tonight 🥴🍸🍸. Will get back to this tomorrow!

Leftcoastzen Hang in there ! This is on my TBR. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I have about 75 pages left, definitely should be able to finish tomorrow when I‘m more alert 😊. This had been in my TBR, too, for a long time. 2w
TieDyeDude If I remember correctly, I reread this almost immediately after my first readthough. Amazing work. I can see the writing style being hard to deal with while intoxicated, though. 😁 2w
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Reggie I‘m jealous of the martinis and the Indian food!!! Sounds like a good night! 2w
Liz_M This is such an amazing book, once you fall into the flow of the no punctuation writing style! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @TieDyeDude Yes, this was so good. I'm still thinking about it! I know there is a sequel of sorts (Seeing) and now I want to read that ASAP! Have you read it yet? And yes those drinks packed a punch -- next time I know to get just one 🙃 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie It was a good night indeed 😁 . I don't think there's much Indian food where you are? BTW this book would be right up your alley I think! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M Yes, definitely amazing, and the great thing is that it didn't take long at all to fall into that flow... after a couple pages I was sucked right in! 2w
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Interesting & thought-provoking. Several Professional (they make sure you know this) Historians provide essays on Hamilton, the play. Ranges from what was left out, representation in Broadway history & films, even the shortcomings of Chernow‘s bio of Hamilton. Some points were repeated by some essayists but overall the consensus is that the play, such as it is, is welcomed in that it can spark dialogues & interest, plus it‘s great theater!

rubyslippersreads Sounds interesting. I ❤️ the musical but haven‘t yet plowed through the Chernow bio. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @rubyslippersreads I read the bio long before the musical came out and found it informative then. But some of the historians in this essay collection feel that Chernow wasn‘t even-handed in the facts — but I think it‘s expected that most biographers of anyone tend to emphasize what they want to. 2w
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Mehso-so

I know Backman‘s works are well-loved, & I‘ve tried him a few times but always DNF‘ed. This novella, which I found in a LFL, I was able to finish. It‘s heart-wrenching, especially because I‘ve experienced (as I think most of us have) loved ones with dementia. Backman states in intro “this is a story about memories and about letting go” —it‘s personal for him— and he does conveys all the emotions well.

#authoramonth2020
#ReadingEurope2020 #Sweden

Moray_Reads I've given up on Backman, I find something a little trite and contrived in his characters and I just can't warm to him 3w
Emilymdxn I found that when I read Beartown, I felt like it was so desperate for me to find it profound I just didn‘t like it 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Moray_Reads @Emilymdxn I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. I found Ove to be irritating and I tried twice with him and once with another book (I think the Grandma one) 🤷🏻‍♀️ . (edited) 3w
Librarybelle I had started and never finished My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You... I haven‘t really rushed to try another one. 3w
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Look at what I just saw on Facebook! Details are still forthcoming on how the DAR Library will run this new book club (virtually? In-person? When? Etc) , but maybe it‘d be something you‘d like to do also @mrsmarch @umbrellagirl (and share thoughts here on Litsy) ?! I‘m definitely interested in reading both.

ValerieAndBooks @mrsmarch I have to admit that I‘ve seen it, but didn‘t pick it up for a closer look because the cover made it appear that it was historical fiction. But will now definitely plan on getting a copy soon! We visited Monticello last fall, and since then I‘ve certainly wanted to learn more about his family and Sally Hemings. 3w
umbrellagirl Looks good! 3w
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Finished this, after three months of reading, on this foggy morning. Very detailed and focuses on the military maneuvers and decisions and decision-makers of the Revolutionary War in America. Once the trilogy is complete (only this one, the first, is currently out), it‘ll be a good reference source. Recommend for those who already have an interest in the subject.

teainthelibrary I've had this on my TBR for a long time! 3w
Liz_M Outside Looks perfect for taking inside! 3w
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Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I don‘t usually put my reading goals out there as far as challenges, etc — but I‘m excited about the ones I plan to do in 2020! They‘re as follows:
#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville
#readwithmrbook @MrBook
#ReadingEurope2020 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#classicschallenge2020 @Reviewsbylola
#1001Books (ongoing challenge)

I don‘t expect to get much reading done in January as I‘ll be away the second half.

Tagged book fits 2 of the challenges 📚📚

Reviewsbylola Good luck with your challenges. I‘m glad you‘re joining us! 3w
Suet624 good luck! 3w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to another year of reading with you 💕 3w
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MrBook What an honor #ReadWithMrBook is one of your choices! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 3w
Librarybelle Good luck! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola this will be fun, trying 😊📚📚📚 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 thanks, I might need it! Didn‘t realize how many European countries there are 😅! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB same!! I started looking up possibilities...I don‘t know if I‘ll get to all the countries, but look forward to broadening my reading horizons 😊 3w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook I couldn‘t resist your reading prompts for the year 😘 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Librarybelle thanks! I look forward to the different perspectives I‘m sure I‘ll encounter. 3w
Suet624 I really have never been good at challenges of any kind my entire life. So I‘m particularly impressed by your desire to push yourself. 3w
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This will be my last finished book of 2019! About 100 pages left. Enjoying NYE at home with drinks and snacks 😊. We‘ll finish watching The Crown Season 3, also. Happy New Year‘s, Littens! May 2020 be a great reading year for us all!

merelybookish Sounds like a lovely NYE! Happy New Years! 4w
Kammbia1 Happy New Year @ValerieAndBooks
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LeahBergen Happy New Year, Valerie! 😘 4w
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LauraJ 🥳 Happy New Year! 🎆 4w
mrp27 🎉📚🍾 4w
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 4w
Bookishthoughts 📚😘 4w
Reggie 🥳Happy New Year, Valerie!!!! 4w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!!🎆 🎉🥳 4w
ValerieAndBooks @merelybookish thanks 😊📚! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Kammbia1 thank you; here‘s to 2020! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen thank you! Wishing you all (including Johnny Bergen) a great year 💖 3w
ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ thank you 😽 3w
ValerieAndBooks @mrp27 happy new year to you! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Redwritinghood Thanks! The same for you 📚📚! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Bookishthoughts 😊📚📚Happy New Year! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie Hope 2020 is good to you 💖— and should be a lot of good reads ahead 📚 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Bookishthoughts Happy New Year 📚😊📚! 3w
Suet624 Happy New Year! 3w
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I did get surprised with one book for Christmas— from daughter‘s girlfriend. I saw the movie with Tom Hanks many years ago but never did read this. Almost halfway through 😊

vivastory Nice! I really want to find an edition of this that contains the serial releases. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory yes— I‘m sure it‘s a challenge finding and gathering together a full collection of the individual releases. 4w
LeahBergen I remember buying each instalment at the grocery store as they were released! @vivastory 4w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen that‘s cool! You still have them all? 4w
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks Nope! They were traded in at the secondhand bookshop many, MANY years ago. 😆 4w
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Hope you all had/are having a wonderful holiday season— I did 😊! Finally some time to read; this is an essay collection of a variety of historians weighing in on Hamilton the man and Hamilton the musical. Not a Christmas gift but one I picked up very recently at the Museum of the American Revolution along with the bookmark (“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages” - George Washington).

BarbaraBB Your room looks so cosy 😍 4w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB 😊. It‘s raining today; glad I don‘t have to go anywhere and can be cozy and read for a while ! 4w
Suet624 All those bookshelves. Sigh. 3w
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Merry early Christmas to me 😊. Both of these were like new at the used bookstore (which is a couple doors down from my hairdresser!) and just $6 total.

Tomorrow my mom arrives from CA and will stay until the 26th 💖. I want to wish you all in advance a happy holiday season!

Sace A colleague was just talking about that Chernow book yesterday. 1mo
Hollie I hope you and your mom have a lovely visit! Merry Christmas! 1mo
LeahBergen Nice! 1mo
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JacqMac I hope you have a great visit. My dad has been bothering me for a week already. But I love him. lol 1mo
batsy Happy holidays to you 🎄❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Happy holidays! 💖 1mo
NHLibrarian Happy holidays to you, too! 1mo
Liz_M And a very happy holiday season to you! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Wishing you a very happy holiday with your family. ❤️🎄😘 1mo
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I actually finished this a couple weeks ago and nothing from it was anything I could really recall now. So it‘s a so-so 🤷🏻‍♀️

Lindy The title story has stuck with me for 30 years, but I don‘t remember the others. 1mo
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It‘s been very busy this month, but Dahl‘s short stories are perfect for “dip in & out” reading! They‘re not difficult, and he‘s a genius at surprise endings. Sometimes his views towards women are not enlightened, though. I‘ll seek out more of his adult fiction.

I‘ve enjoyed #authoramonth this year! The only author I didn‘t finish anything of was VE Schwab (sorry) but enjoyed the experience of reading the rest. Thanks @Soubhiville for hosting.

erzascarletbookgasm The Dahl book I‘m reading has the short story The Great Automatic Grammatizator too! 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you‘ve enjoyed it! You read a lot for it! I hope you‘ll join us next year too. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm that short story in particular made me realize we are not that far off with that technology today, what with predictive text and all 😂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I definitely plan to be part of the fun next year 😊. Thanks for it all! 1mo
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Switch Bitch | Roald Dahl
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The four short stories in this volume were all once originally published in Playboy magazine 🙄. They also have chauvinistic/sexist tones. Each one has a twist ending — “Expect the Unexpected “, indeed.

Can‘t imagine, though, that in today‘s society that an author could get away with this kind of content and also get their children‘s books published 🤷🏻‍♀️

#authoramonth

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This was in today‘s mail, via #LibraryThing Early Reviewers. I‘m very much looking forward to reading Leduc‘s perspectives, especially since I‘m Deaf which is considered a disability.

Emilymdxn That‘s so fascinating and I‘m so glad this book exists (or will exist soon)! I just saw a panel discussion earlier this year which touched on disability in fairy tale and it was so great. I have a chronic condition, which i never know if I should define as a disability or not, but it‘s made me have a more personal stake in these issues. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Emilymdxn that‘s so interesting that you got to see that discussion! From the quick look at this book, it seems the author is not the only one that examines this. I‘ll have more chance to read it deeply after Christmas, I‘m sure. And yes I can imagine that chronic conditions can identify as a disability as well, if one has to make adjustments at least some of the time because of it. The author has CP and also has dealt with depression, btw. 1mo
Liz_M Looks fascinating! 1mo
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These stories are dark and most if not all ended with a twist. There were three that seemed to try to imitate Hemingway (maybe that was intentional on Dahl‘s part?) and liked those the least. But overall a pick!

I read this on my ancient iPad 2, and after finishing dropped it and I can‘t revive it in any way 😭! Don‘t know how I‘ll manage at the fitness center now.

Hoping to read one more Dahl this week for #authoramonth but I‘ve been so busy!

Soubhiville Oh no, sorry to hear about your iPad! Maybe time to get a kindle? 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville my husband has one he never uses, so I‘ll try borrowing it for now. Have to figure out how to read Libby (library app) on it! Ultimately I know I prefer an iPad but that‘ll have to wait quite a while 🤷🏻‍♀️. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville thanks 😊. I have two of his more-adult books in my physical TBR, so will try to finish at least one by Sunday! 2mo
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Went up to CT this weekend to see daughter dance. In between shows, hubby and I went to the local history museum. These books were on a shelf labeled FREE! 🤩! Tagged two-volume set is an extensive collection of first-hand accounts of participants in the war. All these published in the 1950s. Have to wait until next week after I get back from California to look closely.
Happy Thanksgiving, American Littens & hope everyone has a good week.

Alfoster Free books? Yahoo!!❤️❤️ 2mo
Sace Score! 2mo
Crazeedi This is very awesome, and they look very interesting 2mo
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Reggie Happy Thanksgiving to you too and hope your week goes well!! 2mo
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 2mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! Have you been able to make any contact with @DivineDiana ?? I tried emailing and through Litsy but no reply. It‘s not like Diana to be silent for so long 😞 2mo
Suet624 Great find! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 2mo
kspenmoll Any chance it was CT Historical Society? 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thank you! Hope yours was good, too. It went well, but have been behind on everything since! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Bookzombie thanks, hopefully yours was good! 🦃 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen I found her on IG (and PM‘ed her, but no response). She has posted there more recently, though. I miss her on Litsy, too! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 trying to catch up on everything now...it was good, and hope yours was too! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll I haven‘t been there yet; it was the Museum of Connecticut History we were at 😊 2mo
Cinfhen Well I‘m glad to hear she‘s ok and on IG / I miss her and was worried 2mo
Cinfhen Hope all is well with you😘 2mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I bought the 1001 Books (and the app) two years ago. I keep that bookmark in it as a reminder lol. My efforts to keep up have been fruitless 😜. Sometimes I feel like giving up! Especially since so many are chunksters and that the app says I need to read 4/month from the list 🤪. This Ishiguro, fortunately, is just 245 pages. Starting it tonight. #1001Books

CafeMom Your App still works? Mine stopped working. You can do it, one book at a time. 2mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this book! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom yes it still works— but it always had this one glitch (since I had it) where it crashes if you try to take a picture of the book cover, while still in the app. Have to “upload “ it instead. Did yours stop working with a newer phone, perhaps? And thanks for the encouragement— guess I have to live a very long time 😂!! 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I have to admit I didn‘t much like Never Let Me Go, but this is okay so far! 2mo
Daisey @CafeMom @ValerieAndBooks My app still works too, but it has that same glitch. Hoping it keeps on a while longer. 2mo
dragondrool I'm glad someone else didn't care for Never Let Me Go. 2mo
LeahBergen This is the only book of his that I‘ve read (and I‘ve heard decidedly mixed reviews for Never Let Me Go 🤔). 2mo
Liz_M You just have to choose your chunksters wisely -- some 700 page books read faster than 70 page novellas!

Also, I love how Ishiguro can write such different novels, many very successfully, from sci-fi, to quintessential British novels, to more ethereal Japanese books.
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Suet624 4 a month? Yikes. 2mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Found this at Goodwill when dropping off donations 😮! It‘s going to be for my younger son who collects/reads SK in hardback 😊 . So, my book buying ban doesn‘t count. Even if I re-read it someday 😉 — I read this way back in HS from a mass market that I no longer have.

TheSpineView Gifts don't count! 2mo
Reagan Nice! I love the vintage hardcovers. I bought a vey early edition of A Time to Kill last year, not worth much but a beloved book and so neat to have a copy that isn‘t the mass market paperback. 2mo
TrishB Nice copy 👍🏻 2mo
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LeahBergen Nice! I read the old mass market back in my teens, too. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView they sure don‘t 😂 as long as I know it‘s something *they* would read 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reagan-reads that‘s cool! I think my son has that too — he has a few Grishams. And, given the fact that my eyes are getting older, I can‘t read from mass markets that well anyways, so why not 😊 (edited) 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @TrishB I was surprised to find it there! It‘s a book club edition from 1977 with a young SK photo on the inner back flap 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen yes— mine was the gray tone cover with the blank face. Should have kept it for nostalgia ‘s sake 😂 2mo
TrishB It‘s a great find! 2mo
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Author effectively summarizes the whys & hows that led to the Separatists journeying to the New World, & describing the excruciating first year there. Many deaths & hardships. And describes the getting acquainted with the indigenous peoples there.

However, he often presents his info very tongue in cheek, and I‘m still wondering over his choice of using “savages” until they meet the Pilgrims, even though he explains his reasoning in the preface.

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M Is for Magic | Neil Gaiman
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Some of these stories I‘ve read elsewhere— a few are also in Fragile Things (which I read a few years ago). My favorite, which is in both collections, is “How to Talk to Girls at Parties “. What a mind trip that one is!

#authoramonth

erzascarletbookgasm I read that story in Fragile Things recently. Cool story. 2mo
Soubhiville I hadn‘t heard of this collection before 😊. Logged 📚 2mo
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Ah, young Francis Billington. Ancestor of President Garfield (I did not know this) , and myself. This story of how Billington‘s Sea was “discovered “ had been recounted a few times from my dad.

Bookwormjillk Cool! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Bookwormjillk there‘s good info in this one!! 2mo
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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“When you‘re scared but still do it anyway, that‘s brave”. — Coraline

Do you have those dreams where you discover your house has rooms you never knew (or forgot) existed? And you explore, and meet people? This story is like that, but a lot creepier! A creepy I could handle, though. still have to watch the movie someday.

Read for #authoramonth

erzascarletbookgasm Haha love those buttons! 👍 2mo
JazzFeathers Although nice, the movie doesn't come close. 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm wish I had some marbles too 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers not surprising— “the book was better”, right😂?! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville 👍! Currently reading 2mo
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Sister of My Heart shows the meaning and heartache of two girls‘ close emotional bond — a bond that is tested a few times, especially when each grow up and marry. Set mostly in India. Many lovely written passages (without being too flowery). There‘s a sequel, which I‘ll look for, but will read with trepidation because I‘m hoping for happy endings in that sequel.

Thanks @Reggie for this book 💖!

Reggie You‘re welcome!! I just glad you liked it. 2mo
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Didn‘t get to do much #litsypartyofone last night (hubby wanted to try a brewery taproom) but tonight I‘m settling in with a warm blanket and this book! Will make a martini soon🍸 . @Reggie I had to reread the first couple chapters to get a grasp of who‘s who but think I‘ll like this!

#mrbook1inamillion

Andrew65 Always good to be able to concentrate on a night‘s reading. 3mo
Lynnsoprano I just had my glass of wine 😄 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie correction: I reread the first three chapters. I have a feeling there‘ll be some kind of surprise twist at the end of the book?! 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Andrew65 yes especially when it‘s this cold out (30°F)! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano cheers 😊🍷🍸 3mo
MrBook Taprooms 😎🙌🏻! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook this taproom was a nice little one just across the border, In Delaware 👍 3mo
Reggie Um....idk if a twist is coming?🤷🏽‍♂️Lol I hope you like the book. I need to reread it. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie finished 💖! Review coming soon. Spoiler tag for you below👇 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie yep there was kind of a twist. Near the end, when Singhji reveals who he really is! 2mo
Reggie Yeah, I didn‘t want to ruin it for you. It was a big Star Wars “I‘m your father” moment for me in here. Lol 2mo
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Hey @KarenUK look what was for dinner tonight 😋 ! I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin and luckily halloumi is easy to find here (we love it).

It was so delicious. And perfect for this cold fall weather. Thanks for posting the recipe — you‘re the best 😘

MicheleinPhilly Love squeaky cheese! ☺️ 3mo
Lynnsoprano I wish I could find halloumi. 3mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom What is halloumi? I've never heard of it. 3mo
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KarenUK Yay! @ValerieAndBooks I used Butternut too! I have to go to Wholefoods to get Haloumi... next time..... 💕 3mo
Hooked_on_books Love halloumi. Yum! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly yes halloumi is sooo good!! 😋 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano maybe you can find it at your local Whole Foods, as @KarenUK mentions? 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @WorldsOkayestStepMom ohh, it‘s awesome! Halloumi is a cheese with a high melting point, which means it‘s delicious (I‘d say even better ) grilled, or cooked on the stovetop. I find it in the gourmet cheese section of grocery stores — in some areas, it might only be found at certain stores (like Whole Foods). But it‘s worth looking for it 😋 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I hate trying to cube squash (would I lose a finger ?!) so was glad to find that pre-cut. Hopefully Whole Foods isn‘t too far for you! We have one nearby but fortunately a couple groceries are even closer that carry halloumi. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books yay, another halloumi fan 👍! 3mo
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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It‘s #litsypartyofone weekend!! Celebrating @MrBook ‘s #mrbook1inamillion event which includes a readathon that I won‘t have time for 😢. But I plan to party with my current reads and snacks today and tomorrow 😋 . Not pictured: any drinks I‘ll be having in the evenings 🍸🍷🍺

FashionableObserver I could go for those dill pickle chips right about now! (And the beverages...especially the beverages) Enjoy! 🤓 3mo
Lynnsoprano I‘ll be having some of those beverages, too 😊 Ah, Ritter Sport! 3mo
FlowerFairy Lay‘s Dill Pickle chips are my fave! 3mo
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Andrew65 Some great snacks 😋 3mo
MrBook Oooh, I love this 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Cookie ‘n cream popcorn 😳😱?! I‘m so incredibly happy you‘re joining the fun, my good friend! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @FashionableObserver I didn‘t get to read as much as I wanted but I did make sure to enjoy most of these snacks and drinks 😂! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I love their marzipan version 😋! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @FlowerFairy one of my favorite flavors too— and one I know I get all to myself, as my husband doesn‘t like dill 😂 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Andrew65 have to have good snacks for this momentous event 👍🙌! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook I would have loved to participate/party more this weekend! But glad I could in a small way. You‘re awesome 😎! (And yes that cookies and cream popcorn is 👍) 3mo
FlowerFairy Hahahaha!!! I‘m the only one who eats them as well. Finally a snack my kids won‘t snarfle down before I get some. 🤣 3mo
Lynnsoprano When I first read this post on my phone I couldn't tell what all the books were. Looking forward to reading RBG. I'm anxious to hear what you think of the Atkinson. Hubby has read some of his other books, and I've been thinking about this one as a Christmas gift for him. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I think Atkinson would be a good Christmas gift if he‘s enjoyed his other works. There‘s a lot of details, so it‘s slow going for me, but it‘s not dry. 2mo
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@ljuliel asks what‘s our favorite time period(s) for history, whether it‘s non-fiction or fiction. I ❤️ History of all kinds, places, cultures! I go through cycles (that sometimes I return to). My current phase is the American Revolutionary War era (1770-1800). This is one of my current reads. Next year my focus may be very different. Generally I‘m fond of American history & British royalty (any era) & art history.

#historybooks #keeplitsyactive

ljuliel Thanks for posting. I‘ve got that book on audio. How is it ? And isn‘t it the first of a set or series ? I couldn‘t remember ... (edited) 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @ljuliel there‘s a lot of details about battles and a lot of maps but he inserts interesting things often enough to keep it moving along! It‘s the first of an “anticipated” trilogy and I don‘t know when the next one will be out. 3mo
ljuliel Well, I might just have to pick up a copy I can see then, unless the audio comes with pdf files of some sort. It sounds good I like reading the details about the battles. I think this was just recently new wasn‘t it ? If so, we‘ll probably have a bit of a wait til the next one. 3mo
MeganAnn I go through phases too! Once I get interested in a certain time/place I‘m on the lookout for everything I can read set there. 3mo
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This novel, by Neil Gaiman, really had me racing through the story! As such, I must reread again soon to catch the intricacies of this unforgettable story that felt like a mythological re-telling. I loved it.

Will catch my breath with some other book(s) before reading more of Gaiman for #authoramonth.

KarenUK I loved this one... partly because it‘s setting was so familiar ( I was born and grew up in Sussex) ... and the writing is lovely 💕 3mo
readordierachel I loved it too 🧡 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I know the writing is lovely but I didn‘t linger over it as long as I should have because I wanted to know what happened! So I know I will reread at some point. Setting can really add to the reading experience, especially if you relate to it and/or familiar with the locale 💖. 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks @readordierachel 👍! if you‘ve read others by Gaiman, would you say this was your favorite? 3mo
readordierachel I've only read Neverwhere and Norse Mythology, and though I really enjoyed them both, yes I would say this is my favorite. I was more moved by it. 3mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked this one. 3mo
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Running errands in the vicinity of the used bookstore and I *know* I‘m on a book-buying ban 🙈 but I couldn‘t help myself with their current price specials. $13 + tax for all these. Especially happy to find the tagged book!

And Infinite Jest is a #1001Books; if I never get to it, well I‘m only out a dollar 😂. And if you‘ve seen some of my recent posts, you know I‘m totally a nerd for picking up the “official” On the Road version.

rubyslippersreads This sounds really interesting. 3mo
LauraBeth Anything under $20 doesn‘t count! 😺 3mo
Sace @LauraBeth I'm making this my guiding philosophy from now on! 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks @rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to learn more about Dolley for a while, so was glad to finally come across something specifically on her. Will try to get to it soon and find out whether it's dry or not 😊 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth you're such a enabler 😘 ! Right, @Sace?! I just need to try to catch up a bit on my ever-growing TBR 😅 😂 3mo
Sace @ValerieAndBooks I'll never be caught up in mine 🙄 3mo
Hooked_on_books Bold to grab IJ! I only got through it because of a buddy read, so if you‘re serious about reading it, that‘s what I recommend. It‘s a beast and I didn‘t particularly like it. 😜 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books I remember there was an IJ buddy read here on Litsy — were you one of the participants? I honestly have no idea when I‘ll feel like tackling it but yes, doing it with others probably is a good idea 😂 3mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, that‘s the buddy read I did! About 2.5 years ago, I think. It also helps to break the book down into sections and read on a schedule. I‘m usually not an advocate of that approach, but it really helped for this book. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books that long ago already? I should have jumped on the bandwagon then 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Writers and money. That‘s the gist of this collection of essays and interviews with a variety of writers. Don‘t be surprised to find writing usually doesn‘t make you rich 😂. Still, several are insightful, particularly writers of color sharing their relationships with publishers, etc. And I can‘t help but wonder if Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner knew their pieces would be back to back 🤔 (they‘ve supposedly feuded with each other).

cathipink Lots of good authors in this one - I'll have to look for it! 3mo
cathipink I think Franzen has feuded with everyone at this point, right? 🤣 3mo
Bookzombie This sounds interesting. Stacked! 3mo
readordierachel What @Bookzombie said! 👆🏼 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathipink It brought to my attention some unknown to me authors, too! And yes you‘re probably right about Jonathan Franzen lol 😂!! 3mo
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November ‘s #authoramonth is Neil Gaiman. Starting tagged e-book from library! Maybe The Graveyard Book, from my TBR, will be next— depends on how soon the two other Gaimans come off my library holds. I‘ve only read one short story collection of his previously, so we‘ll see how it goes this month!

TheSpineView I loved both of these!😍 3mo
JacqMac These are two of my favourites from him. I either really love his books or really hate them. There‘s no middle. Lol 3mo
tjwill I ❤️ Neil Gaiman! 3mo
Reggie The tagged book is like a beautiful adult fairy tale. Hope you like it!! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView @JacqMac @tjwill @Reggie So far I‘m liking it and its suspenseful overtones! 3mo
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The Sacco Gang | Andrea Camilleri
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Taking place in 1920s Fascist Italy, the Sacco family are Socialist-leaning and also believe in reporting crimes to the police, bypassing the Mafia. What ensues in this short novel is an “Italian Western”, as the book‘s blurb calls it. Between pick and so-so — would have been better if characters had been fleshed out more; it was a bit hard keeping them all straight.

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The Sacco Gang | Andrea Camilleri
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This one is grabbing my attention (hope it lasts) after recently abandoning a few novels early in!

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The Raven | Edgar Allan Poe
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Happy Halloween, everyone 🎃🧡. If you have about 12 minutes to spare, you may enjoy Crom Saunders‘ ASL rendition of “The Raven” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sou6wZMFdBw

More of his ASL translations of other poems (under the “ ink-stained” tab) at: http://thecromsaunders.com

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After reading Cokie Roberts‘ Ladies of Liberty, I went to Book Outlet‘s site hoping to find something on Dolley Madison. I did not, but Madison‘s Gift seems to include a lot about Dolley. Tagged book is about Louisa Adams, John Quincy‘s wife, another intriguing person!

Yes I ordered just two, although I‘d have loved to get more! My TBR is way out of control though 😂. Think I‘ll have to do a book-buying ban for myself until after Christmas.

mrsmarch I‘ve been off Litsy since Halloween because it‘s been crazy here. Louisa (& her husband, & her parents in law) is buried here in my town! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @mrsmarch that‘s cool. I want to visit Quincy someday! It really frustrated me that even though my oldest went to school in Boston (Berklee ‘18) there was never time to see everything I‘d have liked to in the area! BTW my DAR membership was verified/approved and I should be getting my membership number next month 😊! 2mo
mrsmarch @ValerieAndBooks I was just thinking it‘s time to check on your application! 😂 Welcome to the sisterhood! 2mo
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Roar | Cecelia Ahern
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This is a thought-provoking collection of parables themed around women and how they deal with whatever life hands them. Titles like “The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared” and “The Woman Who Cherry-Picked” hint at the tone of these stories. Borrowed, but I‘d like a print copy for myself someday!
(Note: I haven‘t read this author before).

ValerieAndBooks @marleed ‘s review is what prompted me to pick this up 👍! 3mo
marleed Oh I‘m so happy you read it. Is so wacky, and I had to take it slow to asorb and ponder it, but I really liked it. A couple times since I‘ve even inwardly smiled at the literal translations from conversation I‘ve been in. Knowing they hadn‘t and wouldn‘t read the book, I kept my smile to myself - which,come to think of it, could be another story! 3mo
marleed I read her first book when it came out 15 years ago, PS I love you. At the time she was the daughter of the PM of Ireland. By the time it was adapted to movie, I‘d become a young widow myself so it had special significance. So now I even follow her on Instagram :) 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks @marleed I feel like I‘ll be the same way now, inwardly smiling at situations that the stories refer to. Another reason why I want a hard copy is so that I can show it to my daughter (21 years old). I want her to be a strong woman (roar!). 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @marleed so this author means something to you 💖. I definitely will seek her out! 3mo
marleed Oh I hope your daughter roars through life! ...Yes, she‘s written many books in the last 15 year but PS I love you was her first. This summer, 15 years later, she wrote its sequel. It was fun to watch her in Dublin on Instagram on release day hiding newly signed copies in public locations! I wonder if authors do that - so cute to see her so excited. 3mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Adichie is a gifted writer, but I absolutely hated the relentless depiction of domestic violence perpetrated by the religious zealot father. This was the most depressing book I ever read and almost bailed a couple times. I liked Americanah 100% better. Read for #authoramonth

Soubhiville I agree with you. Beautiful writing but what a bleak depressing story. Have you read 3mo
Soubhiville I‘m wondering how it might fit between her other novels. PH is so different from Americanah. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I kept hoping something positive would happen, but no 😰. I put Half of a Yellow Sun on hold (ebook) from the library, at the beginning of the month. Wait time as of today is estimated to be 6 weeks. I, too, am curious how it compares to the other two novels. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I just read a raving review of this book by @Simona Interesting since I value both your opinion‘s high! 3mo
Soubhiville @BarbaraBB I actually rated Purple Hibiscus a pick. Even though it‘s a difficult subject, I still found it to be an excellent book. 3mo
emtobiasz I really liked the author‘s short story collection, but it remains the only thing I‘ve read by her: 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @soubhiville @barbarabb I kept thinking about how I would rate this. If it was based on literary merit alone, definitely a pick. But the subject matter...no one could possibly “enjoy“ reading it. We all know domestic violence is horrible. And that happy endings cannot be expected from that kind of situation. Maybe giving this a pan was too strong, but I went with how I felt while reading rather than literary analysis. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @emtobiasz I definitely want to give her short story collection a try someday.
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Suet624 Well that one‘s off my list now. 3mo
Reggie Aww, now I want to read it more. Lol. Great review! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Read it ... now 😘 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I‘m glad this wasn‘t the first one of hers I read (it was her first published book I think), otherwise I wouldn‘t have wanted to pick her up again and would have missed out. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I‘ll be curious what you think if/when you get to it! Others like @Simona have loved it. 3mo
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Rosemary's Baby | Ira Levin
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Couldn‘t resist picking up this beer 😂! Roadsmary‘s Baby Scary Good Pumpkin Ale, by Two Roads Brewing Co. Will try it tonight, along with reading a ghost story or two.

Fun fact: in this book, Rosemary‘s baby is conceived on the very same exact date I was born 😱 !

I still haven‘t seen the movie 😳. Think I will plan to this weekend, or at least before Halloween!

LeahBergen Love it! 😆 3mo
Reggie Lol, I am jealous. Hope you enjoy it!!! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen the beer was good (bought just one can) but doesn‘t make me want more of it 😊 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie hubby doesn‘t want to watch it with me 🙄 so I‘ll do it while he‘s at work. I‘ll let you know what I think of it!! 3mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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When I pulled On the Road out of my TBR to read for #1001Books, I didn‘t realize it (right) was the first draft of the novel. I compared some passages to the published version (L), and while I have some issues with both, feel the first draft is more honest. For instance, the sexual relationship between Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg is basically censored in the final version.

Real names were changed to fictional for the published version👇:

ValerieAndBooks Jack Kerouac = Sal Paradise, Neal Cassady = Dean Moriarty, Allen Ginsberg = Carlo Marx, William (Bill) Burroughs=Old Bull Lee (edited) 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I feel I should clarify I read the “first draft “ in its entirety but just a few passages from the published version. I don‘t feel compelled right now to read the full published version but maybe someday? 3mo
CafeMom This one is so-so for me too. 3mo
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It‘s that time of year to take this off the shelf! I read a few from this annually 🍂 👻🍂.

(I‘m not much on seasonal decor in my house other than Christmas but couldn‘t resist these bookish ones 📚 💀📚💀)

ValerieAndBooks Funny to see how I‘ve posted about this one every year since I‘ve been on Litsy 🙂 3mo
LeahBergen That looks like a fun one! 👍🏻 3mo
Reggie I love the dark ambience of this photo. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen it‘s a great collection. I think you might have another collection that‘s edited by him 🤔? 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks! Photo is unedited— I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out; didn‘t expect the candlelight to throw cool shadows like that 😍 3mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I am about halfway through On the Road: The Original Scroll, and starting to realize it‘s a lot different than the version published in 1957. I‘ve never read the latter, but just did some comparisons, as above. The scroll version (typed on one long piece of blank newsprint) has no paragraph or chapter breaks and was the very first draft. Pictured: intro lines from both versions. top is the published version. Bottom: the scroll aka first draft.

Suet624 Well that‘s interesting. Divorce or death. Which is it? 3mo
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Oops — this one is also part of my non-fiction book haul! I took it in the other room to remove sticker residue, using Goo Gone.

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Profiles in Courage | John F. Kennedy
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My non-fiction haul! (See previous post for fiction haul). Tagged book‘s jacket is a bit worn, but not bad for $1.50 and being an early edition.

It‘s been rainy— perfect for reading for the rest of today!

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 3mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Went to the Lion‘s Club Book Barn today. Used books for sale, open Fri-Sun only, and seasonal: From April to October. Here‘s my fiction haul! The SKs are really for younger son although I‘ll read them someday (maybe). Have all the Dark Towers now except VIII.

Tagged book is an upgrade from my PB copy 😊. Spine really looks like that, meant to look old.

Bookishthoughts Great picks! 3mo
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
Suet624 Nice!!! 3mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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Starting this one, and now I‘m thinking of Ducks, Newburyport (of which I still need to get, but we all know about “the fact that...” and the stream of consciousness within). 😂

#1001Books

Ruthiella I know! I haven‘t even read Ducks yet but every time I hear or read “the fact that” I think of it!😆 3mo
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