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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Liking my current view. 😊 Happy Friday!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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So excited to start this!!!

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The City of Mirrors | Justin Cronin
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The end of a great trilogy. I‘m going to miss it.

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This book is fascinating. Might try this on the first day of school. Haha! “There are tablets and medicated chewing gum that prevent travel sickness by numbing the nerves of the gut. When the nausea abates, feelings of anxiety often disappear, too. If unaccountable grumpiness or anxiety can originate in the gut (even without nausea), is it possible that these drugs could be used to banish them? By temporarily numbing a troubled gut, so to speak?”

brilliantglow That book was such an interesting read! I really enjoyed it 3mo
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Also began this one - saw it on Audible, but the Kindle ebook was only $2.99 and has pictures. Hoping it will answer some questions about what has been going on with my stomach lately!

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Vanessa
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Since I finished an audiobook yesterday and have a credit expiring soon, I browsed Audible for a new book. I don‘t always immediately start listening to books I select with my credits, but I did this time. I would never have expected to choose this book, but the sample was so interesting, so... sometimes it just happens that way.

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Also, finished listening to this today. Also excellent; changed my perception of the funeral industry and made me think about how much we are disconnected from and in denial of death as a natural, inevitable process.

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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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Read the last third of the book in a dead sprint today. SO good — I think even better than the first one.

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The Twelve | Justin Cronin
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Last book was a no, returning to a trilogy that I know is a YAAAASSSS for me. I ❤️ Alicia!!

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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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I was really hoping from the accolades this book has received that I would enjoy it. Instead I dragged myself through nearly 600 pages of unnecessary details, cringy dialogue, and ill-conceived plot.

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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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I hadn‘t intended to read this next, but it was finally my turn with the ebook after a month on the library waitlist. 10% in. I‘m hooked.

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Vanessa
The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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This book: a small dark gem, full of horror and beauty, death and life.

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Vanessa
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Yeah. This took me forever to read, but I loved it. I‘m going to have to read the next one soon, if not right this second.

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Vanessa
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Only 15 minutes into this audiobook and I‘m already certain I‘m going to love it.

DogEaredBooks It‘s really great although a little too detailed at times. Her other book is also amazing if you haven‘t read it: 4mo
Vanessa @DogEaredBooks I hadn‘t known she‘d written another one. May check that out, thank you! 4mo
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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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Finished listening to this tonight — my first Nora Ephron. Full disclosure — the writing was great and funny, but I think Meryl Streep‘s masterful narration is what really made this work for me.

cdreincarnate Agreed 4mo
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, or at least really like it. The Boston Globe called it “Very funny” in large font on the back cover. Dammit, Boston.

I still like Mindy Kaling, and I thought her book was fun... just not really funNY.

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Overall, I enjoyed listening to this enough that I bought a physical copy to flip through from time to time for a little pick-me-up or to share with my students when they are feeling paralyzed by perfectionism and fear of failure. Gilbert embraces failure as part of a “Who cares? Just have fun” process - not a new idea by any means, but comforting nonetheless.

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This book. SO good. It‘s bonkers and beautiful and about so many things: humanity, history, culture, personal vs social obligation, colonialism, politics, climate change... I think I‘m in the minority, but I liked this more than All the Birds in the Sky.

#teamSophie

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I am all in on Team Sophie.
Happy Saturday! Got my book and my Scotch; hubby‘s got his fishing pole (and three fish, so far).

KarenO 1. What‘s your favorite brand of scotch? 2. What‘s team Sophie? (edited) 5mo
Vanessa Right now it‘s Shieldaig Single Malt, 12 year. Macallan and Oban are also good, but they don‘t beat the Shieldag. Sophie is the main character. :) 4mo
Vanessa @KarenO you joined Litsy! Yay! 4mo
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Mehso-so

Some lines were beautiful. I found chunks here and there that I understood and appreciated. Then there was the incomprehensible remainder. I felt like I was trying to view a beautiful painting in a pitch dark room with nothing but a small flashlight to help me; I‘d get glimpses of brushstrokes or colors that I would recognize or enjoy but could never see the whole picture. Apparently, I‘m just not “bright” enough to “get” these poems...

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Didn‘t love it. Didn‘t hate it. It was okay. I do think it is a thought-provoking commentary on our justice system, love, and the American Dream.

KarenO My sentiments exactly. 5mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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😓😥

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Vanessa
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Started this audiobook today. Elizabeth Gilbert has such a soothing voice!

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Finished this one today. So messed up. I feel guilty for liking it.

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Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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“No Human eye can isolate the unhappy coincidence of line and place which suggests evil in the face of a house, and yet somehow a manic juxtaposition, a badly turned angle, some chance meeting of roof and sky, turned Hill House into a place of despair, more frightening because the face of Hill House seemed awake...” .
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Loving this book so far (and Shirley Jackson‘s writing!) and can‘t wait to check out the Netflix series once I‘m done.

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Vanessa
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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What a week. So grateful for a small bit of time this evening to read.

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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Book, wine, fan. Hotter than hell in our house, but somehow this makes it okay.

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The journey is the destination with this book. If you are looking for answers, you will probably be frustrated. Some answers are given, but not enough to tie things up with a neat bow. And more questions are raised that will never be answered. If you are just looking for more time in Area X with the characters from the first two books and are willing to accept the fact that this doesn‘t end with you “knowing,” then enjoy.

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Vanessa
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Summer. 📚 🍷 😎

samesfoley Feels like a very appropriate bookmark for the series 😂 14mo
Vanessa @samesfoley Haha! You‘re right! 😆 14mo
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In it for the long haul—this better be good...
(Also, I love Sprout bookmarks!)

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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Mehso-so

Processing... I mean, I get the WHY of the book‘s existence. I liked it. But it‘s no ANNIHILATION. It‘s more of a world-building /state of government institutions / lead-in to what I hope will be all the crap hitting the fan in the final book of the trilogy.

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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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YES.

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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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It occurred to me that much of what I have read/am reading so far this month features a blue and yellow cover. 💙💛

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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“You understand, I could no more have turned back than gone back in time. My free will was compromised, if only by the severe temptation of the unknown.”

I can‘t tear myself away from this book. Also I feel like my pjs oddly match the cover‘s style...

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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I read most of this book today in one sitting. I didn‘t cry until the very end, when the sheer beauty of what I‘d just read hit me and made me tear up a little. SO good.

Tamra Woodson is beautiful. Next time you are in a bookstore or library, see if a copy of her picture book “Each Kindness” is available to read. It‘s a heartrending lesson. 1y
Vanessa @Tamra Thank you! I will have to look for that. 1y
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I went to the Festival of Books with the top three to get them signed... and came home with all the rest, many of those signed as well 😱😂 #latimesfestivalofbooks #bookfest #bookchella

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KarenO I read that last summer with my f2f group of two and was sorry I‘d let it sit on my shelf so long. Really loved it. 5mo
Vanessa @KarenO I only have read a short story collection. I have this one and meant to read it... but shortly after I met him, some allegations surfaced about him behaving inappropriately toward women, which IIRC, he confirmed. I was really sad to hear that, and the book sat. 4mo
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My goodies from Phoenix Books in San Luis Obispo and Book Loft in Solvang, CA. I peeked through the first several pages of Blue Iris — lovely, but of course. It‘s Mary Oliver! ❤️ #buyindie #booksnaps

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Exactly.

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It‘s the first day back to work... except I am home feeling like death and trying my best to not give a f**k what is happening in my classroom in my absence.

Lindy Get well soon. 🌻 2y
Vanessa @Lindy Thank you! 2y
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It | Stephen King
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Mostly good... a book that long better hold my interest, and it did. But some things in the end — the kid orgy? “It” is a giant spider? — just left me disappointed and wishing for better. I felt like King got to the end and didn‘t know what to do, so he decided a sex scene with 12-year-olds would be a good idea... and the spider just felt so uninspired. What I enjoyed the most was the story about the kids and their relationship over that summer.

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It | Stephen King
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😱 So good! Taking me forever, but worth it.

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Hey, Fall -- where are you? I'm ready! Let's do this.

Lindy That's a lovely stitch pattern. 2y
Vanessa Thanks @Lindy -- you can't tell right now, but it's actually a leaf lace! 2y
Lindy @Vanessa I didn't see that. It's been many years since I made a baby dress in leaf lace pattern. 2y
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Every time I come back to this book, I wonder what took me so long to return to it.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Has its flaws, yeah, yeah... but it's fun! Glad I finally got around to it. #summerreading

MarriedtoMrT ❤️ 2y
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It | Stephen King
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Yeah. I said it wasn't going to read this now, not when I need to read other things to recommend to my students.
And then I spent three hours reading it today in my #scribd app. So maybe I can get through it in less than a year, and still have time for other books, if It becomes my daily work lunch date. 🤔

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The Dog Stars | Peter Heller
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It's been a while since I've finished a book and felt so... bereft. I wish it wasn't over and don't know how the heck I'm going to settle in with anything else. It's a downright depressing post-apocalyptic world, but I could listen to Hig talk about it forever.

KarenO I enjoyed this book so much and I say I don‘t like the post-apocalyptic genre. Maybe I should rethink that... Have you read his second novel, The Painter? 5mo
Vanessa @KarenO No, but I have it on my shelves because of you! I remember you gave it really high marks and recommended it. Did you know he has another book out? 4mo
KarenO Yes. Picked up The River at Costco recently and will get to it... soon. With my f2f group of 2. He had another a couple of years ago titled Celine that I wasn‘t that wild about. It wasn‘t bad, but there‘s no reason to recommend it either. 4mo
Vanessa @KarenO Let me know how The River is! 4mo
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The Dog Stars | Peter Heller
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In one night, this book has had me crying and then flipping pages like ohmyGodwhatisevenhappeningrightnow.

Good stuff.