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Joined November 2016

Readers have always known that the dreams of fiction give birth to the world we call real.-Alberto Manguel
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How Novels Work | John Mullan
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Mullan discussing Pamuk's extraordinary "My Name is Red" in his section on multiple narrators. I really need to a) read more Pamuk & b) reread that Pamuk. I encountered it several years ago and I still think about it regularly.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Published in 1993, Butler's dystopia begins only 4 years from now with company towns, environmental disasters, racial tensions & a politician whose solution to the many crises is increased deregulation. Narrator Lauren Olamina is a hyperempath, she shares others physical pain. Lauren is one of the most interesting characters I've recently read. She is not timid, in fact she is courageous & unlike most of the people in the book she is interested 👇

vivastory in more than mere survival. In the words of Station Eleven (quoting Star Trek): Survival is insufficient. There's been a flood of dystopian novels, I've read a few of these & Butler's stands out as one of the best. Eloquent, willing to address hard truths about both the personal & society. Just absolutely extraordinary. 15h
Leftcoastzen Love your review! 14h
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Thanks! I just loved it so much. I'll be thinking about it for a long time 14h
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lele1432 Yes this was an excellent review! I'm pretty sure I own this but still haven't read it smh. Your review is pushing me to finally read it soon! 13h
Hooked_on_books Sounds like she had our current society pegged pretty well, unfortunately. 13h
BarbaraBB This one sounds fab! 12h
erzascarletbookgasm This was a great read, I still need to read the second book. Nice review! 8h
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Iza's Ballad | Magda Szabo
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There are still a couple of people left to vote, but with 8 votes & the second & third nominations with 4 & 3 respectively, Szabo's "Iza's Ballad" is the clear winner. Join my co-host @GatheringBooks & I in March as we read & discuss!
#NYRBBookClub

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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I'm supposed to be at work right now. I haven't left home yet. I just can't stop reading the tagged book, it's so goddamn good!

Scochrane26 Having the same trouble today but w/ a different book. This is my problem with my “flexible” schedule. 😂 2d
vivastory @Scochrane26 I hear ya. My flexible schedule is great, as long as an interesting book doesn't derail it 📚📚😬😄 2d
sprainedbrain Loved that book! 2d
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Aimeesue OCTAVIA BUTLER is so goddamn good! I loves her. 2d
Leftcoastzen I need to get to the second book , this one so good. 2d
readordierachel You're already way past me 😆 2d
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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'I wonder if the people on the Gulf Coast still have faith. People have had faith through horrible disasters before. I read a lot about that kind of thing. I read a lot period. My favorite book of the Bible is Job. I think it says more about my father's God in particular and gods in general than anything else I've ever read."

readordierachel How are you liking it so far? 3d
Joyfulmimi Wow! Job is my favorite too. Can‘t believe so just opened up Litsy and saw this 3d
vivastory @readordierachel I'm only on page 50, but so far I'm really loving it 3d
Rina_Black I'd love to read it! I read Kindred last year, and it was super enjoyable ☺ 2d
vivastory @Rina_Black So far it's fantastic 2d
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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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"... I always find it prudent to suspect everybody just a little."
This, Christie's book that first features Miss Marple, is my first experience with her. A bit of a mixed bag. I liked the amateur detective aspect of it, although at times it felt like the entire village was trying to solve the murder. I also appreciated the cynical tone, reminiscent of one of my personal favorites "Crooked House." A clever ending though. I am planning on ?

vivastory continuing with the Miss Marple series, although I think my personal preference will always be for Poirot. 3d
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The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series | Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons
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I received my copy just a couple of days ago! I can't wait to dive into Jordan's epic world & discuss further! I'm so glad that I ordered this!
@Branwen @Lizpixie

Branwen HUZZAH! This is so exciting! Aren't the illustrations wonderful?! 😍 I just wish there were more of them, and that the girls got full page illustrations like the guys did! 4d
vivastory @Branwen I love all of the maps & illustrations, but I completely agree. They should have included the women characters in the full page illustrations. 4d
Lizpixie Yes! For a female centric story, it was a bit strange. But other than that it‘s totally worth the money! 3d
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Dead Astronauts | Jeff VanderMeer
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Went to pick up my library holds & next to them was the latest Vandermeer on hold for someone else.
Oh, how I do covet my neighbor's goods.
😈😈

NerdyRev If it helps, I am a huge Vandemeer fan and I thought this was a strange book, even for him. Things begin to take shape, but it takes a long trek through the book to get there. 4d
GrilledCheeseSamurai It is a very strange book. And I absolutely loved it for that. 😍 4d
Hooked_on_books I‘ve been known to ogle the holds of others at the library. Glad I‘m not alone. 4d
saresmoore I hate it when this happens! But I also love it, because it means other people are reading good books. 3d
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The Bookshop Book | Jen Campbell
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Excerpt from interview with Ian Rankin

MariettaSG 😂 5d
Hooked_on_books I loved this book! 5d
Aimeesue Bernard! The best book seller! ❤️❤️❤️ 5d
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vivastory @Aimeesue I often find myself at work restraining my inner Bernard 😄 5d
Suet624 Oh gosh. I have to find this book. I keep forgetting about it and then get sad that I haven‘t read it yet. 😳🤦🏻‍♀️ 5d
Aimeesue @vivastory 😂😂😂 5d
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Opening with the most famous incident from her life, her disappearance, this graphic novel bio proceeds in vignettes from childhood to her passing. Although I wished they had spent more time on certain episodes of her life, or that it had been longer, I learned quite a bit. And I was amused by her banter with Poirot when he popped in unannounced & his jealousy of her other characters, especially Miss Marple.

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Reading Quirks | Javier Garcia del Moral, Andres de la Casa Huertas
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I loved the webcomic Reading Quirks, so when I found out it had been published in hardcover it was an immediate purchase. I remember the majority of these, there's a few I don't recall, but it was still a joy to revisit. If you like Sarah Andersen & Tom Gauld's literary oriented work, you'll definitely like this.

BiblioLitten I love Reading Quirks too. Had even posted a few on Litsy. This would make a wonderful gift for book lovers too! 5d
SW-T Love Reading Quirks! Glad to hear there‘s a book out. 😊 5d
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Reading Quirks | Javier Garcia del Moral, Andres de la Casa Huertas
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LeahBergen I think I need this. 😄 5d
vivastory @LeahBergen It makes me wonder what the #NYRBBookClub would be like if we were meeting IRL 😂 5d
LeahBergen 😆😆 Add some booze and it might turn ugly. 5d
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vivastory @LeahBergen What do you mean you thought Harriet was insufferable?!! 🍷🍷📚📚😂 5d
vivastory @LeahBergen I STILL think of the ending of the Other when I reach the end of a bota box & the wine turns into a trickle 5d
Liz_M I think the wine would be safe but there might be an epic food fight. 😁 5d
vivastory @Liz_M I think you're right! 🍰🍮🧀😂 5d
LeahBergen 😂😂 And ewwww, I‘ll be thinking of that when I finish a boxed wine now! 🤮 5d
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Add Mors Irrumat Omnia to your stockpile of colorful literary Latin phrases such as Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum & Te occidere possunt sed tedere non possunt nefas est. Bardugo's latest, a genre bending mashup of fantasy/whodunnit/& horror, by all accounts shouldn't work. It shouldn't be this damn compulsively readable & addictive. I found certain elements to work stronger, but I didn't think any of them failed. And that's remarkable in a 👇

vivastory book as ambitious & hard to pin down as this one. I loved it. 5d
GrilledCheeseSamurai Yaaaas! 👏👏 5d
Owlizabeth 🥳🎉 5d
lele1432 I can‘t wait to read this one! 5d
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Why yes, yes I am the kind of bookworm who will intentionally match their wardrobe with their current read. 🤓📚

CourtSmall Currently listening to audiobook of Crooked Kingdom and Ninth House is the first book on top of my physical TBR pile 😉 6d
vivastory @CourtSmall I still need to read Crooked Kingdom! I don't know why I haven't yet 😬 6d
Branwen Yaaasssss! I love that book so much! 4d
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I returned home yesterday evening drenched from the freezing rain & drained from a slow work week. I didn't think I had much energy to read, but I started the tagged book & before I knew it I was on page 75 & although it was 9 & I hadn't ate dinner, all I wanted to do was keep reading.

Addison_Reads I just picked this one up from the library. I can't wait to start it tomorrow. 6d
vivastory @Addison_Reads I hope to finish tonight. It's a really unique genre blend of fantasy/mystery & horror. It shouldn't work with all of those elements, but Bardugo pulls it off 6d
sprainedbrain I‘m glad to hear you‘re enjoying this one. I hope to get to it soon. 6d
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Professional_Book_Dragon I just started this one myself! 75 pages in! 6d
vivastory @sprainedbrain I think you'll really like it! 6d
vivastory @Professional_Book_Dragon Enjoy! It's a great one! 6d
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the 00s, although I don't share Brodie's overwhelming affinity for country music (there is one song on here that I'm fairly sure would also be on his playlist), we both seem to gravitate towards the depressing. The aughts were a golden age for commercially successful indie pop. If the 90s were angst & quirk, the 00s were doom & gloom.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vDWCefpwTshw3C42b7LUB

readordierachel Regina Spektor ❤ 6d
vivastory @readordierachel One of the greatest IMO 6d
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Leftcoastzen Yay ,Wilco! 6d
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 I put Hurt too and Interpol. 6d
BarbaraBB Lets get Aughty 😂. Yay for The white Stripes (I think) and Interpol! 6d
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V for Vendetta | Alan Moore
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Part 2 of my 20 favorite movies of the aughts. With my favorite beverages in the middle. Makers Mark & Coke. Really any Boulevard is great.
The 2000s were a time of major life changes for me. It was the decade I was in my 20s & early 30s:
I traveled frequently, fell in love & eventually married (& eventually out of love & divorced 😂), became politically aware due to GW, moved to another state for several years, attended great cultural events.

readordierachel Damn, I've never seen The Host. I will have to rectify that immediately! 7d
Leftcoastzen Love sideways! 7d
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Leftcoastzen Zodiac and Darko are faves Dream was amazing. 7d
vivastory @readordierachel I need to rewatch it. Bong Joon-Ho is one of my favorite directors. Didn't you say you watched Parasite? 7d
Suet624 Darko! 7d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I remember seeing Sideways in the theater twice. I almost never rewatch movies, especially in the theater 7d
vivastory @Suet624 Now I feel like rewatching it 😄 7d
readordierachel Yep! It was so good. Have you seen it? 7d
vivastory @readordierachel Not yet. I think I might rent it this weekend, I'm going to be snowed in. 7d
readordierachel That's no fun. Hope it's not too much of a hassle. Good excuse to watch movies and read. (Not that you need an excuse for that 🙂) 7d
Suet624 And now I feel like watching Sideways again! 😀 7d
vlwelser 😍 Amelie. Saw it in the theater any time someone wanted to go. 7d
Leftcoastzen Never saw There will be Blood or V for vendetta or Host .I have a no Cruise policy 😎Like Amelie! (edited) 7d
batsy Fab collage. Some of these are my favourites... Amelie, 21 Grams, Donnie Darko, Requiem, Vendetta.... 😍 7d
inthegreensandblues Good taste in bev 🍻 7d
Cinfhen 🍺🍺🍺and to falling back in love ❣️It‘s the mom in me 6d
BarbaraBB I don‘t know much about movies (hardly ever watch any ☺️) but I do like to read about your life story 😍 6d
Tanisha_A Amelie, love that movie ❤️ 6d
vivastory @Cinfhen 🙂🍻 Maybe one day. Although right now I'm in a comitted relationship with my books. 6d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! I enjoyed learning more about your life too 😊 6d
Cinfhen Fair enough 💓💓💓books really are wonderful companions ☺️ 6d
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I don't watch movies as frequently as I did in the early 2000s. That's valuable reading time! Still, I thought it would be fun to make a list of my 20 favorite movies of 2000-2009. This is part 1 with my favorite movie snacks.
#belowzer00s
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

KarenUK So many great ones! 💕 7d
readordierachel Love your list. We have the same taste in movies 😁 7d
vivastory @KarenUK Thanks! 7d
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vivastory @readordierachel We do! 🙌 Speaking of, did you see the trailer for Locke & Key? 7d
readordierachel I did! It looks so good! 7d
Leftcoastzen Love most of these Gangs of NY an all time fave , need to see Saddest Music! 7d
batsy Ghost World, Eternal Sunshine & Pan's Labyrinth... Amazing films 7d
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6d
youneverarrived I don‘t know how many times I‘ve watched Ghost World. One of my favourites. 6d
BarbaraBB Eternal sunshine 😍 6d
Liz_M Is it at all worrisome that I am most pleased to see Kill Bill and V?😁 6d
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...Or America's library shelves. Replaced the tagged book, displayed on the shelf with the pictured. And before any librarians wonder, I did put it back in the right place.

skye071803 COMPLETELY iconic of you 1w
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I love it when Colbert unleashes his inner nerd 😂😂
YouTube.com/watch?v=mTWSf-22we4

OrangeMooseReads Yeah Colbert is a LotR scholar he knows more than Tolkien did lol 1w
readordierachel 😆😆 1w
tdrosebud That was awesome! 1w
sprainedbrain He just WENT OFF. 😂 1w
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Atkinson's book memorably deviates from typical mystery novel territory. The nonlinear style is wonderfully effective as we are introduced to a cast of memorably eccentric characters. A character driven book, the procedural aspect of solving the crime frequently takes a back seat to Atkinson's observations on the various ways people learn to come to terms with unimaginable grief. Although at times it seemed like a lot of loose threads, I trusted👇

vivastory in her ability to bring everything together in the end. I was not disappointed. #belowzer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 1w
gradcat You‘re absolutely correct that the mystery is not the up-front point ofthese books. I think your review is spot on! 👍♥️ (edited) 1w
vivastory @gradcat Thank you! I really enjoyed it & can't wait to read more. 1w
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Cinfhen Can‘t wait for our discussion on Sunday 1w
gradcat @Cinfhen How exactly do you guys have the discussion? Is it here on Litsy? 1w
LeahBergen Great review. I loved this one! 1w
BarbaraBB Great review. I agree Atkinson did a wonderful job bringing it all together. 1w
BarbaraBB @gradcat Sunday discussion ‪starts 1pm EST‬ or ‪7pm CET‬ her on Litsy! Hope you‘ll be there 👍🏼 1w
gradcat @BarbaraBB Thanks for the info, Barbara...it‘s very helpful. One of my old friends is driving in that day; I guess I‘ll have time, but I‘m going to have to play it by ear. I‘m definitely going to be around for the rest of the events beginning tomorrow: I‘m ready with fave books, music, TV & movies of the decade (as well as other stuff 😉)! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review. I liked that it‘s character driven too. 1w
Cinfhen Glad @BarbaraBB responded to you @gradcat you can always join in later on / as it happens I won‘t be “around” during discussion time either 😜but I plan on reading all the comments later in the day ( night for me) and of course responding 😘 (edited) 1w
CarolynM Lovely review. I absolutely agree that solving the "mystery" isn't the point - it's all about the impact of violence and the spreading ripples of that impact through families and through time. 1w
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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"He drove down Silver Street, listening to Gillian Welch's Hell Among the Yearlings album. His taste in music was getting more depressive by the minute, if that was possible."
I love book synchronicity! I "discovered" this album while at work today. Really enjoyed what I heard. #belowzer00s
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB That is so cool. I loved this part of the book too, so recognizable ☺️ 1w
Cinfhen #BookSynchronicity indeed ❤️I thought it was funny that Jackson Brodie was a fan of country music 🤠 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Yes, very relatable! 1w
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vivastory @Cinfhen Me too 😄 1w
LauraJ I live down the street from the mural from the Eliott Smith album. (edited) 1w
vivastory @LauraJ Wow! That's awesome! 1w
Leftcoastzen Hey , did you look at my iPod?😃 1w
Suet624 Oh no. Elliott Smith. I get so damn sad every time I am reminded of him. I listened to him non-stop. When he died I couldn‘t listen anymore. I miss him. 7d
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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😼😹☠
I'm only 50 pages in, but I'm LOVING this one so far.
#belowzer00s
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hmmmmm, I‘m wondering what I missed 🧐 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB I‘m happy to hear that! I hope it‘ll stay that way! 1w
TrishB Loved it too 👍🏻 1w
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Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through and digging it. I think the unusual structure is working well. 1w
CarolynM I loved the description of Binky too. "Bleck Cets" really made me giggle. I've been fighting the urge to post quotes because I don't think I'd be able to stop? 1w
Hollie Stacked! I‘ll be interested to see your review once you‘ve finished. 1w
readordierachel She's very funny. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Well, work, but ya know...

j.rye I love this meme so much. 😂 1w
umbrellagirl 🤣🤣🤣 1w
readordierachel Ha! 😆 1w
skye071803 Don‘t call us all out like this!! 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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Kean's riveting account of the international efforts to sabotage the Nazi nuclear program. Kean explains, & makes accessible, the science behind r & d of the atomic bomb. He also provides a good portrait of the OSS, the freewheeling precursor to the CIA, & the unbelievable heists & espionage that the brigade was involved in. I'm going to just sit here patiently until Netflix/HBO adapts it. Another day, another fantastic #NewYearWhoDis selection!

LauraJ Glad you liked it. One of my favorite books from 2019. 1w
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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My #BOTM arrived, along with my tote for leveling up to BFF status. I feel like I've finally become one of the cool kids. Also, I like to keep my BOTM in their shrinkwrap until I'm ready to read them. #readerquirk

sprainedbrain You are several months cooler than me! 😎 2w
vivastory @sprainedbrain Not going to lie, I felt a sense of accomplishment 😂 Also, I'm assuming that people are using the inside of the tote for random stuff (clothes etc) & putting their book in the book pocket. All I could think was, I wonder how many books I can fit in it? 🤔😄 2w
Moray_Reads I really enjoyed Things in Jars, Jess Kidd is a brilliant writer 1w
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vivastory @Moray_Reads this will be my first time reading Kidd. I'm really looking forward to it! 1w
Moray_Reads I've loved all her books, especially Himself which was her debut
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Leftcoastzen Hooray for shrink wrapped books, shiny and clean , winking at you from the shelf!😉 1w
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader Hahaha 😂 true 2w
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I haven't posted a #weeklyforecast in awhile. I'm currently in the middle of the tagged book. I'm really looking forward to the Atkinson buddy read. I keep hearing great things about Bardugo's novel, I moved it up after @Owlizabeth & @GrilledCheeseSamurai recent glowing praise. I received the gn about Agatha Christie from my cousin for Xmas. Definitely intrigued. A nice, eclectic stack. Just the way I like it.
@Cinfhen

catiewithac I'm curious to know what you think of the Agatha Christie bio!! 2w
vivastory @catiewithac looking forward to it. I know very little about her! 2w
catiewithac @vivastory Her fugue state disappearance should be interesting then! :) Can't wait to read this version of her life myself! 2w
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saresmoore I‘m tempted to buy the Bardugo. I started a library 7-day loan, but had to return it. 😔 I liked what I managed to read, though! 2w
vivastory @saresmoore You should! You're buying books for 2 now! 🙂 2w
saresmoore @vivastory Ahahaha! That‘s the best thing I‘ve heard in a long time! 2w
Bookwormjillk That graphic novel sounds great. I just put a hold on it at the library 2w
vivastory @Bookwormjillk I hope you like it! It sounds promising 2w
Owlizabeth Ahhhh no pressure!! I really hope you like it! 2w
RamsFan1963 I'm a big fan of Sam Kean. I'll have to add The Bastard Brigade to my stacks 2w
GrilledCheeseSamurai Ninth House totally surprised me! I was expecting a 3-star review at the most. After reading it I gave it all 5.🤘🤷🏼‍♂️🤘 2w
readordierachel A graphic novel about Agatha Christie! How neat! 2w
Cinfhen Just the way I like it, too🎉🎉🎉 2w
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I'm loving this one so far. I can't believe I didn't hear about it until I received my #NewYearWhoDis list. It's great narrative nonfiction, along the lines of Erik Larson, featuring a wide cast of memorable individuals.
@LauraJ @monalyisha

LauraJ I was surprised that this didn‘t make it on to any year end “best of” lists. It was one of the rare books that my entire book club loved. All of Kean‘s books are great. 2w
vivastory @LauraJ This is my first Kean. I read the dust jacket & noticed he also wrote to Tales of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. I remember I bought it after hearing him on a Halloween edition of Science Friday a few years ago, & it was such a bizarre story. It's been sitting on my shelves, but I will definitely move it up my TBR because I'm loving Bastard Brigade! 2w
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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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I read "Changeling'" the third book in Wesolowski's Six Stories series several months ago & I thought it was an atmospheric & brilliant story. The tagged is the first book, & although he had yet to truly perfect the podcast feeling of his later book via inclusion of background noise & more varied speech patterns among the interviewees, this was an engaging & surprising debut. Definitely recommend.

Hooked_on_books This sounds fascinating! 2w
EmilyM I loved this one! 2w
Aimeesue Who doesn't love dark origami? 2w
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vivastory @Hooked_on_books If you liked Sadie, I think you'd like it. I've heard that the second one is great as well. 2w
vivastory @EmilyM I noticed he just published a fourth one in the series. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint. 2w
vivastory @Aimeesue I know I do! 😂 2w
Hooked_on_books My library doesn‘t have it, but B&N has three books together for $12, so I‘ll probably go that route. I haven‘t read Sadie yet, but she‘s staring at me from my shelves! 2w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books Do you have Kindle? I have it on ebook too. I could send it to you & you could see if you like it 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s awesome, thanks, but I‘m afraid I‘m a bit anti-Amazon, so no kindle here. I‘ll likely stick to the Nook option. $4 per book won‘t kill me! 😆 2w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I'm becoming more and more anti-Amazon. Especially after their shenanigans over the past year. 2w
Hooked_on_books It‘s so disappointing. They have so much power in the book world and could be a force for good, but instead they tend to be greedy and strong-arm publishers and writers. Not cool. But I get why people shop with them. It‘s hard to turn away from their pricing. 2w
Hooked_on_books Along those lines, I think you‘d really like The Warehouse if you haven‘t read it. It‘s a near-future dystopia set in an Amazon-like company. I loved it. 2w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books That one has been on my TBR. I think I'll move it up. I keep hearing good things about it! 2w
EmilyM @vivastory I didn't realize there were more than just this one! 2w
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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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readordierachel Yikes! 2w
vivastory @Aimeesue "I knew he'd come to naughty little Suck-A-Thumb" That picture!!! ??? 2w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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While the focus of Porter's hybrid novel is on Lanny & his family (along with his art mentor & a shapeshifter that I pictured as the offspring of the Babadook & an Arcimboldo painting), their village serves as more than mere setting. Porter's prose occasionally offers a collage of the musings, passions & prejudices of the inhabitants. I found certain techniques by Porter to be more effective than others, but I deeply admire the emotional 👇

vivastory connection to his characters that is never lost. There's a warmth to Lanny that is somewhat rare for such experimental prose. A contemporary fable that speaks hard about the personal & the political. Yet another great book for #NewYearWhoDis @LauraJ @monalyisha 2w
vivastory *that speaks hard truths 👆 2w
monalyisha This is one that I‘m planning to read at some point this year! Great review! 2w
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vivastory @monalyisha Thanks! I think you'll really dig it! 2w
readordierachel Nice review! This was a pick for me too. 2w
Cinfhen Great review!!! @monalyisha you are quite the matchmaker!!!!! Everyone is LOVING their lists 🙌🏻❤️ 2w
vivastory @readordierachel It's such a unique book. I think it'll stick with me for a long time! 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen So true! I have loved the 3 that I've read so far 🙌 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen I'm looking forward to the Atkinson discussion. Are you going to create a Spotify playlist of your favorite songs of the aughts? 2w
Cinfhen Absolutely, Scott!!! Are you??? 🎶♥️ 2w
vivastory @Cinfhen Definitely! I'm going to work on it this weekend. I'll make a post when I finish 👍 2w
youneverarrived Great review! 2w
Kalalalatja Great review! 👌 2w
Emilymdxn I loved this book so much! One of my best novels of last year for sure. Glad you loved it as much as I did 2w
monalyisha Thanks @Cinfhen 🤗! 2w
Liz_M The love for this book prompted me to read the tagged. Unique style. 2w
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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I entered HPB with the intention of buying one book. So, I rewarded myself with three more.
#noregrets #firsthaulof2020

Hooked_on_books Good intentions should be rewarded! 😬 2w
saresmoore 😂 You‘re my favorite, Scott. 2w
readordierachel As you should! 2w
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BarbaraBB Great reward. Well deserved of course 😂👏 2w
sprainedbrain Ooooh, The Starless Sea. 😍 2w
Reggie Love that cover on the left. 2w
vivastory @Reggie Scroll down my feed a little for a close-up 👇 2w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books Agreed! 👏😄 2w
vivastory @sprainedbrain I flipped through it & I'm really looking forward to it! 2w
LeahBergen As one does. 😉 2w
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Although the Skywalker saga has ended, Doescher is continuing his Shakespeare retellings 😬😄

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Restless | William Boyd
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Currently browsing HPB, just stumbled across the tagged. I love the Bloomsbury Classic editions, this one will definitely be going home with me.

saresmoore Ooh, great cover. 2w
Leftcoastzen Nice ! That‘s why I sometimes have to remind myself to browse,there are gems hidden at HPB!😃 2w
vivastory @saresmoore Isn't it great? I can't wait to read it! 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen So true! Often I run in & look for a specific book, but my most rewarding experiences have been when I've just wandered the aisles for an hour or so. 2w
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Foe | Iain Reid
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As I have to be awake in a little over 5 hours, I'm feeling this meme. I just couldn't put it down. I recommend going in knowing as little about this one as possible. With immediate echoes of Shirley Jackson, among others, there's an immediate pervasive & relentless sense of unease. As chilling as waking up in the middle of the night with a three-horned rhinoceros beetle crawling down your arm. Another #NewYearWhoDis win! @monalyisha @LauraJ

monalyisha You had me at Shirley Jackson. 🖤 2w
vivastory @Reggie @sprainedbrain @readordierachel @rohit-sawant I think you'd all dig this one 2w
vivastory @monalyisha I've noticed more nods towards Jackson the past couple of years, in books & movies, & it makes my heart glad 2w
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sprainedbrain I read this one in October and it was a definite pick for me... so you are right! 😂 I just loved the way the tension ratchets up steadily through the book. 😱 2w
Velvetfur I wish I could sympathise with this meme but actually, I fall asleep when I'm reading in bed at night! Which is highly annoying as I'm fighting to stay awake and read, then have to reread that same bit the next day! 😂 2w
JackOBotts Thanks for the review! His other writing kept me up late, too. 2w
TheLudicReader Reid is awesome. 2w
readordierachel That would be chilling indeed! Adding it to my list! 2w
LauraJ That was a rec from @candority for last year‘s #NewYearWhoDis. Love that it‘s something I never would have come across on my own. 2w
kalinichta “As chilling as waking up in the middle of the night with a three-horned rhinoceros beetle crawling down your arm.“ Well, that's very specific. 😆 Speaking from experience? 2w
vivastory @kalinichta Thankfully no. 😂 It's a reference to the book. 2w
BarbaraBB One of my favorite last year! So creepy! 2w
kalinichta @vivastory Ha! Thank goodness for that. 2w
Reggie I‘ve had my eye on it. I‘ve had his other one on my kindle for awhile. Need to get to it. 2w
candority So glad you and @LauraJ loved it! 2w
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Irretrievable | Theodor Fontane
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Our first vote of the year, & it was another close one. I rechecked several times & there's one member who has yet to vote, but with two more votes than second place, Fontane's "Irretrievable" is our February selection! Another month of varied nominations, another month of a lively voting process! I look forward to co-hosting with @MicheleinPhilly
#NYRBBookClub

BarbaraBB Thank you again Scott and @MicheleinPhilly. I have already ordered my copy and am looking forward to it! 2w
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LeahBergen Woohoo! Off to place my order... 2w
youneverarrived Looking forward to it 😀 2w
emilyhaldi Yay!! I will be placing my order soon too 🤗 2w
Suet624 Yay! 2w
MicheleinPhilly 🎉🎉🎉 2w
saresmoore Eww, who‘s the (in her defense, pregnant) slacker who didn‘t vote?! 😬 Looking forward to it! 2w
vivastory @saresmoore You get a pass 😜😄 2w
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore Wait, what???? How did I miss this??? Emailing yoooouuuuuuu! 2w
GatheringBooks will it be my turn to pick out the book for march, @vivastory ? 2w
vivastory @GatheringBooks Yep. You will post the nominations at the end of January/beginning of February 2w
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Miserable Mill | Lemony Snicket
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"Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasons for their wickedness."-Lemony Snicket
Sage wisdom.

MoonWitch94 Preach!!! 2w
JenniferEgnor You just made my day. #dumptrump 2w
CarolynM Yes! 2w
sprainedbrain YES. 🙌🏻 2w
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Stoner | John Williams
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Although novels occasionally feature characters (real & invented) who are well-known for various reasons, it has always excelled like no other art form at portraying ordinary people. Of course in the best of these books, these people have rich & interesting emotional & psychological lives. There's a welcome echo of McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" in Williams' masterpiece. Both authors were concerned by the gap between what we feel & ?

MrsMalaprop Have this on my shelf. Need to try to get to it this year. 2w
vivastory how we communicate said emotions. Unlike the inescapable loneliness of McCullers' book, there are scattered throughout Stoner scenes of genuine connections. Most important is the ethical one that William Stoner makes first with literature, & as a result with teaching. This book has been sitting on my TBR for years. Thanks to #NewYearWhoDis I can check it off! @LauraJ @monalyisha 2w
Tamra My all time favorite novel! 💜 2w
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Leftcoastzen Wow ,your review is superb! It‘s in my house but I need to finish a couple first, gotta get to this. 2w
vivastory @Tamra I could see that! I have to admit in taking some pride that it's set in my state 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I imagine that at some point our NYRB group will nominate it. I'd definitely reread it, which I hardly ever do. It's brilliant! 2w
LauraJ Glad you liked it! Hard to believe it was panned when originally released. I‘m starting with Joe Hill‘s 2w
vivastory @LauraJ Have you read any other books by Williams? 2w
BarbaraBB This is such a wonderful book. It was almost forgotten and then somehow rediscovered and now it has been published all over again. Fortunately! 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB It's an incredible book. It's hard to believe that it was overlooked for so long. It's a very quiet book, but emotionally rich 2w
Cathythoughts I loved this one too ... I remember it well 👍🏻 (edited) 2w
Liz_M I'm going to have to read this -- I got halfway through the audio years ago, but never finished it. Perhaps it was too quiet for the half-attention I pay to audiobooks. 2w
readordierachel Fantastic review! I'm planning to read this sometime this year. 2w
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Stoner | John Williams
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Thanks for the fun giveaway @BookNAround
My final book of 2019 was King's "The Long Walk"
My first book of 2020 is John Williams' "Stoner" I have about 50 pages left in Williams book, but I'm guessing it's going to be a 5⭐read, as was King's.
#lastfirst

sisilia I loved Stoner 💕 2w
Freespirit I loved Stoner too❤️❤️ 2w
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Stoner | John Williams
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This book, THIS book...💙
(That's 100 pages in one sitting, BTW. I just can't stop reading.)
#NewYearWhoDis
@monalyisha @LauraJ

LauraJ 👍🏼 2w
TrishB This was a lovely read 💜 2w
monalyisha YESSS! 🙌🏻 2w
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squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s a good one 👍🏻❤️ 2w
youneverarrived It‘s brilliant! 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading this one for #newyearwhodis. Can‘t wait! (edited) 2w
lele1432 I am so in love with this book!! 💙💙💙 2w
Ruthiella Loved this one too! 😍 2w
JenniferP One of my favorites! 2w
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A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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I want to first off thank everyone for their kind comments, & furthermore in helping make this group what it is. It gives me great joy to know that at the end of the month we can rely on a respectful, insightful, articulate discussion about our monthly selection. It seems like our group is working very well & I'm eager to see what 2020 brings. I want to thank @Liz_M again for co-hosting in December. Our inaugural selection of the year will be 👇

vivastory co-hosted with my longtime Litsy acquaintance & former KC resident @merelybookish I look forward to seeing your nominations for February @MicheleinPhilly 2w
sprainedbrain Thank you for continuing to host! Hopefully I will have better luck getting the monthly choices from the library in time in the new year. 😬😂 2w
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GatheringBooks ordered this via amazon while we are here in california. hopefully it reaches me before we leave for the UAE. 2w
LeahBergen As always, this book club is such a joy. Thanks so much, Scott, for all you do and Happy New Year to the rest of my #NYRBBookClub chums! 2w
youneverarrived I always look forward to this every month. Thank you for keeping it going! 2w
BarbaraBB Happy New Year Scott! Here‘s to another one of great NYRB books and of course our bookclub ❤️ 2w
emilyhaldi Thank you Scott for putting this bookclub together! It‘s been a pleasure indulging my NYRB obsession with such a thoughtful group of readers 😊 Happy New Year!! 🥳 2w
Theaelizabet Thanks so much, Scott, for all that you do. Sorry to miss December. We traveled and best laid plans... But I really missed what is always a thoughtful experience. 2w
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Long Walk | Stephen King
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My final book of the decade. As I've previously mentioned, I gained a deeper appreciation of King this year after reading The Dark Tower. There's simply nothing else like it. Long Walk is my first experience with his Richard Bachman books. It initially came to my attention when someone on Litsy compared it to the Hunger Games, only a couple of decades before Collins book. I think Stand by Me meets the Hunger Games is a pretty good description.👇

vivastory Will there come a time when King stops surprising me?! Don't count on it! This was a great way to end the year! 2w
vivastory Also, I need these minimalist designs by Jim Tierney to be available for all of King's paperbacks!! They're currently available mostly as ebook, but I love them! 2w
LauraJ Right?! Love these covers. Wish I had seen them when they were released a few years ago. 2w
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vivastory @LauraJ I think they're available for only a couple of the paperbacks. I wish they'd release an entire set! 2w
sprainedbrain What a great way to end the year. ❤️ 2w
readordierachel Agreed. These covers are awesome! 2w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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My final library haul of the decade was a great one. Amongst other books I checked out the pictured titles for #NewYearWhoDis I greatly enjoyed Reid's prior novel, so Foe has been on my TBR since I first heard about it. I added Lanny to my TBR a week prior to getting my match after a booktuber favorably compared it to Ali Smith. I've decided to begin the New Year with another selection from the list, John Williams' "Stoner".
@monalyisha @LauraJ

Lana1 I think Lanny is one of my favourite books that I've read this year. So beautifully written. 2w
rmaclean4 Lanny is amazing!! I loved it. 2w
LauraJ Hope you enjoy them! I‘m going to get my January stack together after work today. 2w
kathedron I agree with @Lana1 and @rmaclean4 : fabulous book! 2w
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Long Walk | Stephen King
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Although I've already started planning my first book of 2020, I also put as much thought into my final book of the year. One of my favorite reading experiences this year was Dark Tower, so I'm going to send the year off with another King. I plan on finishing by 11:59 pm 12/31 no matter what it takes!

Bookzombie Good luck! I really like this one. 3w
Mitch13 Great book and great choice to finish off the year .. have two books I am working on before the year end myself... the dead house by Billy O'Callaghan and Strange Weather by Joe Hill ... Good luck and cant wait to see your reaction and review of your year end read 3w
Scochrane26 I‘ve put more thought into it this year, too. Last year, I ended on a boring book, this time I would like to end on a really good one. It‘s the end of a decade! 3w
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LauraJ My favorite of the Bachman books. 3w
Mitch13 @LauraJ toss up for me .. also really really liked Blaze 3w
Cinfhen I agree #LastFirst deserves serious contemplation 🤓 3w
Soubhiville This story has stayed with me more so than any other King. (edited) 3w
vivastory @Bookzombie I'm about 70 pages in, liking it so far! 3w
vivastory @Mitch13 Strange Weather was one of my favorites of the year. Hope you enjoy! I'm glad to hear that you liked Long Walk. 3w
vivastory @Scochrane26 Exactly! Last book of the decade, it's a big deal!! Hope you finish with a great one! 3w
vivastory @LauraJ This is my first Bachman. Really liking it so far. 3w
vivastory @Cinfhen I knew you'd understand! 3w
vivastory @Soubhiville Wow, that's saying quite a bit! I'm really enjoying it so far. 3w
Avidreader25 I can remember scenes from this one so vividly! 3w
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Bunnicula (Anniversary) | Deborah Howe, James Howe
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This is what I ordered with my Xmas gift card

Reviewsbylola Nice! 3w
MaureenMc I introduced my 8 year-old to Bunnicula this year. She loved it! I love that edition. 3w
Aimeesue Binoculars! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Andrea4 Bunnicula 😍😍😍😍 3w
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Just found this Xmas card at Target

readordierachel Love it! 3w
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Needful Things | Stephen King
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Yeesh! I made out like a bandit this year! Happy Holidays indeed! 🎄📚📚🎄

Texreader Fantastic!! Merry Christmas!!🎁🎄 🎅 3w
Lucy_Anywhere A great stash! I love that copy of GoT 😍 3w
Bookzombie Happy Holidays! 3w
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Leftcoastzen Yay!Merry Christmas! 3w
LauraJ Merry Christmas! 🎄 3w
vivastory @Lucy_Anywhere It's amazing! There's both b&w & color illustrations inside. I'm going to get volume 2 this week too. 3w
Leftcoastzen I love that GoT , want volume 2 as well. 3w
readordierachel Score! Merry Christmas! 🎄👍 3w
LeahBergen You did! Merry Christmas! 😘 3w
Suet624 Congratulations!! 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Happy Holidays, Littens. Hopefully it's a bookish & peaceful day. 🎄📚🎄📚

umbrellagirl 🤣🤣🤣 Merry Christmas 🎄🎄 3w
Meaw_catlady Happy Holidays!! 3w
Bookzombie Happy Holidays! 🎄 3w
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JazzFeathers Merry Christmas! 3w
vivastory @umbrellagirl Thanks! I hope you have a splendid day as well! 3w
vivastory @Bookzombie Thanks so much! You too! 🎄📚 3w
vivastory @JazzFeathers You too! 🎄📚 3w
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Join my co-host @Liz_M & I for the final #NYRBBookClub of the year, this Saturday (12/28) at 11 AM EST. I know this is a busy time of year for everyone, but drop in when you're able to & comment your thoughts on this book, or your favorite book that the group has read so far. Happy Holidays!
@BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @sprainedbrain @mklong @youneverarrived @LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @merelybookish @MicheleinPhilly @GatheringBooks @saresmoore @sisilia

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to it! 3w
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vivastory @LeahBergen Me too! I found out earlier today that Hughes was born & raised in KC! 3w
GatheringBooks looking forward to it! 3w
Leftcoastzen I‘ll be there. 3w
youneverarrived Mine still hasn‘t arrived so probably won‘t be able to join 😔 3w
vivastory @youneverarrived I'm sorry to hear that!! I'd be interested in your thoughts when you do read it. 3w
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! I‘m looking forward to joining in during a lazy Saturday at home 🤗 3w
Reviewsbylola I will be late to the party as I still have to finish the book. I‘m loving it though! 3w
batsy I also haven't finished the book 😭 But I hope to go over the discussion once I'm done with it soon! 3w
Liz_M @Reviewsbylola @batsy If you've made it to chapter three (~page 56), you can answer the first question. 😁 3w
Suet624 Gah!!! Sewage in the basement! I‘ll be on later! (edited) 3w
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 OMG, so sorry.😳😬 3w
vivastory @Suet624 I'm sorry to hear that!! 🙁 3w
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