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Amiable

Joined May 2016

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." --C.S. Lewis / A reader and tea lover in southeastern Connecticut
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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Watergate hearings open in Congress, May 17, 1973: an investigation into the criminal wrongdoings of a president who was fueled by deceit and paranoia and the conviction that an election (1960) had been stolen from him. Revealed is a tortuous sequence of criminal acts, firings, bombshell journalistic revelations, whimpering Republican cowardice and simpering GOP loyalty.

The more things change with the GOP, the more they stay the same.

Megabooks 💯💯💯💯 2h
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Namaste on the couch and read my book. 📚🧘🏻

BarbaraTheBibliophage The reader in me appreciates and acknowledges the reader in you. Bookaste… 🤗 2d
Blueberry 🧡 2d
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage Very good! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Bookaste. 🫶🏼 2d
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Literally the story of my life. 😖😬

Buchbeeg Ugh! Same! 5d
Leftcoastzen So relatable! 5d
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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When you inadvertently color-coordinate your reading material with your volunteer job at the polls on primary Election Day. #Democracy #Vote

MicheleinPhilly Thank you for serving! ✊🏼 1w
Aims42 Love it 😍 Thanks for volunteering!! 1w
marleed Oh kudos to you! 1w
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4d
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Very sad to hear about the death of David McCullough today. He was my favorite historian and a must-buy anytime he published a new book. Posting this photo in his memory. I met him in 2015 when he was giving a presentation at Yale University (which he attended). I work at Yale New Haven Hospital around the block, bumped into him on the street and followed him into the lecture. He was warm and gracious and a wonderful speaker. RIP, Mr. McCullough.

KristiAhlers Oh this makes me sad. I‘ve always loved his books! 2w
JamieArc What a great memory ❤️ 2w
kspenmoll What a lovely tribute! 2w
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Easy like Sunday morning. 🌞🌻🫖☕️📚

Ruthiella Nice! 😉 2w
Amiable @Ruthiella Attempted to get some fresh air before the heat and humidity drove me back inside onto the couch! It didn‘t last long. 😖 2w
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Bookmarks: 400 Patterns | Marcus W. Clemons, Jr.
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@alexus_sb Alexus, thank you so much for the bookmarks! They are absolutely adorable and I love them all. 😍

#summerbookmarkswap

cwarnier You can never have too big of a stack of books! 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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📖 Yes. I feel out of sorts if I don‘t read SOMETHING every day.
📖 I commute an hour each way to work — usually on the train. That gives me lots of reading time! Plus I read every night before bed.
📖 Hmm. Maybe a cozy mystery? I usually just reach for whatever I‘m currently reading. Because the act of reading itself brings me comfort more than any specific genre.

Thanks for the tag, @GinaKButler !

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs I agree #3 🙌🏻📚👏🏻 2w
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Excellent nonfiction account of the 1986 Challenger disaster is my #LetterB entry for the #AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag, @GinaKButler !

Tagging @Ddzmini @marleed @DogMomIrene

GinaKButler Ohhh…I‘ve been dying to read this one! 2w
kspenmoll Sounds really good! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This broke my heart 💔 2w
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Amiable @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know! You just wanted to reach into the pages and yell at the astronauts to not get on the shuttle. 😕 2w
DogMomIrene This one sounds really good. I learned a lot from the Netflix docuseries, but this account sounds even more horrifying. 2w
Amiable @DogMomIrene It definitely had some of the same information that was in the Netflix series, and extra stuff as well. Very well written. 2w
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Persistence gets you to the last page every time! Great job, Caroline! This chunkster looks really good.

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@caroline2

MaureenMc Congratulations! 👏 3w
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎉🍾🎈 3w
Mollyanna @Caroline2 Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 3w
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squirrelbrain Yay @Caroline2 ! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Caroline2 Thanks. 😃 It is a really good book and well worth all those pages. 👍 3w
slategreyskies Congrats, @Caroline2 !! 🙌✨ 3w
AmyG Great job! @Caroline2 🙌🏻👊🏻🎉 2w
GinaKButler Woo-hoo! Congrats, @Caroline2 2w
Blackink_WhitePaper Congratulations 🎉 2w
Lindy Congratulations Caroline! I remember enjoying this book years ago. 😊 @Caroline2 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Well done @Caroline2 🎉🥳 I really need to read her. I only hear amazing things. 2w
JuniperWilde Congratulations 🎉 2w
Megabooks Congratulations @Caroline2 !!! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
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A classic for #LetterA in the #AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag, @CoverToCoverGirl !

CoverToCoverGirl That book is on my shelf, I just need to get to it. Excellent choice! 2w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl I finally read it for the first time last year. I don‘t know why it took me so long! 2w
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Bookmarks: 400 Patterns | Marcus W. Clemons, Jr.
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@allureofbeauty Thank you, Andrea, for the adorable bookmarks! I especially love the kitten on the stack of books. 😻

And thank you for hosting, @cwarnier ! I love this annual swap.

#summerbookmarkswap

allureofbeauty I‘m so glad you got them and liked them 🖤 3w
cwarnier I love the “Go Home and read a book“. It just needs to at outside to make it even better.
2w
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This is 100% correct.

Rissa1 I need this on about 6 t-shirts. Every year we do a week long trip with my husband's friends who don't understand my reading. This is exactly how I feel with them. 3w
kaysworld1 My boss sent me this asking is that why I read 😆 3w
Tamra 😂 3w
batsy 🤣 3w
AmyG Exactly. 3w
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The Baxley family has a rare and fatal neurological condition called GSS. All have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it. This book traces the research into the discovery of GSS and how family members used scientific breakthroughs in genetic counseling and fertility treatments to test and screen for it so as to avoid passing it down. Very readable and interesting. But who is the saint? Why, science— of course!

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Saint

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great review…stacking!! 4w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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“Pandemics don‘t approach like wars, with the distant thud of artillery growing louder every day and flashes of bombs on the horizon. They arrive in retrospect, essentially. It‘s disorienting. The pandemic is far away and then it‘s all around you, with seemingly no intermediate step.”

This book. My God. 😳

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Dialogue from a scene set in 2203. It‘s very depressing to think that 200 years from now women would still be questioned and judged for having a job while raising children. Ugh. 😖

TrishB Sadly so I think! 1mo
ShyBookOwl Great response though! 1mo
Amiable @TrishB I think so, too. Especially given that here in the U.S. at least women's rights are being rolled back at an alarming speed. By 2203 we might be living in the 1850s here. 😬 1mo
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Amiable @ShyBookOwl I used to say stuff like this when my kids were young and people would make comments about my husband “babysitting“ them. It's not babysitting if they are his kids! 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Amiable Good! I'm pregnant now and I bet I'll encounter this down the line too. I also intend to call ppl out for this kind of backwards thinking 1mo
ravenlee @Amiable @ShyBookOwl I just say “that word is pronounced ‘parenting.‘” 1mo
ravenlee And it‘s depressing to think that men will still be celebrated for doing the absolute bare minimum (oh, you dressed your child! What a good daddy!) while women are criticized for not doing everything to the highest level (why don‘t your child‘s socks match? What kind of mother are you to let your child out of the house in mismatched socks?!). 1mo
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee I know. It's infuriating and speaks volumes about how we've gendered parenting as well as domestic and social roles, and how little progress we've actually made challenging those expectations and what they mean. 1mo
ShyBookOwl @ravenlee Love it. Enough said. 1mo
Amiable @ShyBookOwl @ravenee Amen! My kids are 28 and 25 now. It was even worse 20 years ago. I'd get comments about how great my husband was to “help“ out so I could have a career. The irony was that he made a drastic career change after 9/11 to leave his job as an engineer and become a firefighter. His rotating shifts meant that he was often the one who was home with our boys during the day. It was more like I was “helping“ him to have HIS career. (edited) 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Amiable 🙄 people love to make assumptions. Seems that never changes. 1mo
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Well, that was one hell of a ride. I spent most of it trying to decide who should play each character in the movie. (There‘s gotta be a movie in the works, right?) I know Buddy Lee was described as a Sam Elliott lookalike, but I envisioned Matthew McConaughey (a la the seedier Rust Cohle in “True Detectives). For Ike, my immediate thought was Samuel L. Jackson, but I think he might be too old. So maybe Morris Chestnut…? 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I pictured Matthew McConaghey too. Ha! 1mo
CBee I think Sam could do it! He could totally pull that off. LOVED this book 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Amiable @AmyG I totally heard Matthew McConaghey‘s voice in every bit of Buddy Lee‘s dialogue! 1mo
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Amiable @CBee It‘s just that Sam is almost 80! I‘m not sure I could stomach watching an elderly guy get the 💩 kicked out of him on film! 😬 1mo
Ruthiella I just finished a book where a 50 year old Jeff Bridges would be perfectly cast were it adapted and the I remembered he‘s in his 70s and too old. 😆 1mo
CBee @Amiable okay, that‘s totally true. It‘s just so hard for me to believe he‘s almost 80! 1mo
Amiable @Ruthiella If you‘re looking for another actor who looks like Jeff Bridges instead I‘d say Kurt Russell, but I think he‘s just as old! 😀 1mo
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With No Regrets | Julie N. Ford
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Nope. No regrets. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 1mo
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An account of the earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964, when the ground “rocked and rolled” for nearly 5 minutes. The narrative centers on Genie Chance, a reporter at KENI radio station in Anchorage, who stayed on the air for more than 50 hours as the city grappled with rescue and recovery efforts. Interesting glimpse at the early days of Alaska‘s statehood and the misogyny she faced as a female reporter.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m Rock ‘n Roll

EvieBee Wow! Sounds riveting. 1mo
Amiable @EvieBee It might have lost steam if it were any longer. It was just the right length. 1mo
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Three cheers on crossing the finish line, Tina! This is one of my all-time favorite books. Hope you loved it as well! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@BookNerd9906

Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🍾 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations @BookNerd9906 ! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Megabooks Awesome job @BookNerd9906 !! 🥳🥳 1mo
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JenReadsAlot Great book! 1mo
slategreyskies Congrats!! 🙌✨ 1mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @booknerd9906!! 1mo
MaureenMc 👏🎊👏 1mo
Nessavamusic Congratulations! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! Hip! Hip! Hooray! 👏👏🎉 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! Hip! Hip! Hooray! 👏👏🎉 @BookNerd9906 1mo
AmyG Congrats. Such a good book. 1mo
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Have Libby library app on my iPad, will wait for my flight from Seattle to Boston. And wait. And wait. 😖

JenReadsAlot I flew today from Seattle to Chicago 😊 1mo
Amiable @JenReadsAlot We managed to get out of SeaTac only an hour late! It was a miracle. 😀 Hope your flight went well! (edited) 1mo
JenReadsAlot It did, thank goodness! 1mo
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This made me laugh out loud. Poor Greg. 😄

PaperbackPirate 😂🔥 2mo
peaknit 😂lol! 2mo
batsy 😆 2mo
CarolynM 🤣 2mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Congratulations on completing #ChunksterChallenge2022, Jill! It feels so good to reach that last page, doesn't it? :)

@bookwormjillk

Megabooks Congratulations @Bookwormjillk !! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
GinaKButler Congratulations, @Bookwormjillk Love this classic! 2mo
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rockpools Congratulations @Bookwormjillk - I really enjoyed this, back along - one day I‘ll re-read it! 2mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! @Bookwormjillk 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Lcsmcat Who hoo! Congratulations @Bookwormjillk ! 2mo
AmyG Hooray! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 2mo
Mollyanna Nicely done! Congrats @Bookwormjillk 2mo
Lindy Well done, Jill! Middlemarch is referred to in so many other books that I was very pleased when I finally read it. I hope you feel the same. @Bookwormjillk 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations 🎉 🎉🎉🥳. @Bookwormjillk 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous work @Bookwormjillk!!! 2mo
willaful Just bopping in to say I love your name! My daughter is also Amy and adores puns on her name. When we go for a long trip, she packs her Am-usments bag. 😁 2mo
Amiable @willaful Thank you! There were 4 Amys in my high school back in the ‘80s (Amy was a very popular name in the late ‘60s and ‘70s! 😀) My friends used to call me Amiable to differentiate me from the other three. Tell your daughter we can start an Am-azing Amys Club! 🙂 2mo
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This made me laugh out loud. I grew up in New England in the 1970s and ‘80s, and Carvel ice cream stores were everywhere. Cookiepuss and Fudgie the Whale cakes were a BIG DEAL. My husband is from Chicago and has never experienced Fudgie - in fact, he always sort of suspected I was making it up. Are there any other Fudgie the Whale fans out there? Anyone else remember Fudgie?

AmyG In New Jersey, we loved Carvel. The cakes had the chocolate crunchy middle. Every birthday had a Carvel cake. (edited) 2mo
Amiable @AmyG Yes!! Loved the chocolate crunchy middle. 2mo
DGRachel I grew up in Central Florida and I loved Fudgie the Whale. I begged for him every birthday! 😂 2mo
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Aims42 I just know of Fudgie from “The Office” episode where Andy wants one for his birthday cake 😂 They look amazing, I wouldn‘t mind trying a piece 2mo
Amiable @Aims42 OMG, I never saw that episode of “The Office”! I‘m going to have to find that and watch it. 😄 2mo
Amiable @DGRachel It‘s odd that Fudgie made it to Florida and not Chicago! What a weird whale he was. 😀 (edited) 2mo
keithmalek Yes. I grew up in NJ, so I know of Fudgie. Is Carvel only a Northeast thing? 2mo
Amiable @keithmalek It was founded in New York, and I think for a long while it was a regional thing. I know there are some Carvel locations in other parts of the country, but I think the majority of them are still on the East Coast? Not totally sure. I still live in Connecticut and I haven‘t seen an actual Carvel store in years—the cakes are only available in the supermarkets. 2mo
CBee I saw a Carvel truck the other day - and I‘m in Alabama 🤷‍♀️ I‘d never heard of it before! 1mo
Amiable @CBee Carvel ice cream was the gustatory soundtrack to my childhood! We couldn‘t have a birthday without a Carvel cake. 😍 1mo
CBee @Amiable gustatory!! What an amazing word. Now I want ice cream cake 😂😂 1mo
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Mehso-so

This book started off with promise, but I started to flag around 400 pages in. The storylines were uneven, and the ending was very abrupt. Plus it didn‘t appear as though the main character learned anything or grew as a person at all along the way—she was literally in the same life space after 661 pages. I wanted to like it. But … meh. That‘s all I can say. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella Did you read Pachinko? If yes, how did it compare in your opinion? 🤔 Pachinko is the only book I‘ve read from her so far. (edited) 2mo
Amiable @Ruthiella Yes. I loved “Pachinko.” This one was her debut novel. And it shows. 2mo
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New York City | David F. Marx
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In the NYT today: “What to say about New York? As both a place and an idea, it‘s too big to be summed up or even fully known. But that hasn‘t stopped countless writers from trying, often via fiction... the NYC novel has become its own literary category...“
Here's a list of the 25 most influential New York novels published between 1921 and 2021: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/22/t-magazine/new-york-city-novels-books.html?se...

TrishB @squirrelbrain will like this list 😁 2mo
Amiable Here are the books, in case anyone can't access the NYT link: “Native Speaker” by Chang-rae Lee; “Rosemary‘s Baby” by Ira Levin; “Another Country” by James Baldwin; “Desperate Characters” by Paula Fox; “The Fortress of Solitude” by Jonathan Lethem; “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison; Manhattan Transfer” by John Dos Passos; “Passing” by Nella Larsen; “The Street” by Ann Petry; “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon... 2mo
Amiable “The Golden Spur” by Dawn Powell; “Open City” by Teju Cole; “Brown Girl, Brownstones” by Paule Marshall; “Bright Lights, Big City” by Jay McInerney; “Speedboat” by Renata Adler; “The Flamethrowers” by Rachel Kushner; “Jazz” by Toni Morrison; “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow; “Someone” by Alice McDermott; “Underworld” by Don DeLillo; “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster; “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar; “Push” by Sapphire; “Watchmen” by Alan Moore .. 2mo
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Amiable and “Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks so much! 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for tagging me! @TrishB I‘ve only read two of these so best get on with it! 😁 2mo
Liz_M Hunh, I've only read 17. Some of these I've not even heard of before. 2mo
CarolynM Interesting list. I‘ve only read Ragtime☹️ Must try harder!😆 2mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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I had high expectations for this book based on the rave reviews. When I first started reading, however, I thought it was a bit twee. It did get better, I‘m happy to report. But some of the stereotypes grated on my nerves. A pick for a breezy quick summer read, but I‘m not going to remember the plot in a few months. And the cat wasn‘t impressed. (Not that she ever is. 😀)
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen She is beautiful! 2mo
Amiable @Leftcoastzen I have a soft spot for the black cats!
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Leftcoastzen Me too! 2mo
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tracey38 Aww, I had hoped this would be a great book. It looks really cute. 2mo
Amiable @tracey38 It‘s not bad! You should definitely read it if you think it looks appealing. 2mo
CarolynM I‘m listening to the audio, and I have to say I agree it was disappointing start. But I‘m enjoying more now. 2mo
BiblioLitten This fell below my expectations too. I enjoyed it while it lasted. 2mo
tracey38 @Amiable It's on my radar if I see it. 2mo
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A strong start that started to lose its way in the second half, IMO. However, the use of the second person was intriguing and effective. I gave it 3/5 stars (which means I liked it but I won‘t be giving it out for Christmas presents).

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I‘m conflicted. I love Towles and his previous works, and dove eagerly into this one. And it‘s well written. I‘m not a person who needs all the characters to be lovely humans. But I just disliked one specific character so much that it impacted my reading experience. Every time I came to a chapter with his POV, I put the book down and couldn‘t bear to pick it up again. It took me nearly 2 months to get through this. It should have taken me a week.

BittersweetBooks Curious to hear which character you‘re talking about? 2mo
Amiable @BittersweetBooks Duchess. I detested the way he took advantage of and used the people around him.
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Aims42 @Amiable I agree, he‘s a slime ball for sure 👎🏼 I loved the other characters, but he was tough to connect with throughout the entire book for me also 2mo
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Amiable @Aims42 I couldn‘t bear to read his chapters and see how he was going to screw over Emmett and Wooley next. It made me want to reach into the book and smack him. 2mo
Aims42 @Amiable LOL, yesss! That‘s exactly how I felt too 🤣 Especially with Wooley ❤️ 2mo
BittersweetBooks @Amiable ugh yes I agree! His chapters were always ominous and I‘d get a pit in my stomach. 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Yes. There are lots of jobs for writers: journalism, editing, marketing, public relations, communications, HR, etc. Authors are writers who write books.

2. I‘ve been a writer for my entire professional career—at a newspaper, at a university and now at a hospital (where I write marketing and communications materials all day, every day). I‘m not an author. And I don‘t aspire to be one. I like being a reader. 🙂

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView I'm with.on being a reader not author. Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Book Lovers | Victoria Connelly
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Saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh. Because it‘s SO TRUE. 😀

kspenmoll 😀 2mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
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A soft pick. This is a memoir by Ann Hood about her 8 years as a flight attendant after college, and how the experience changed her. It‘s just about the right length —any longer and I may have lost interest. But still a nostalgic look back at the airline industry before deregulation and the ghosts of now-defunct airlines such as TWA and Pan Am.

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Congratulations, Helen! Great job persevering to the end. (I agree with your assessment: the peace parts were better than the war parts, ;) )

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@squirrelbrain

Lcsmcat Congratulations @squirrelbrain ! That‘s a major accomplishment. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow Helen! 👏👏👏Well done! @squirrelbrain 2mo
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Ruthiella Wow! Impressive @squirrelbrain 👍 2mo
JamieArc Congrats @squirrelbrain That‘s quite an achievement! 2mo
Nessavamusic Congratulations @squirrelbrain ! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations @squirrelbrain 👏 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for posting! @Amiable 2mo
slategreyskies @squirrelbrain congrats!! 🙌✨ 2mo
Mollyanna Congrats @squirrelbrain Woohoo! 🥳 2mo
Megabooks Wtg Helen!! 🥳🥳🥳 @squirrelbrain 2mo
MaureenMc Congratulations! 🎊 2mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain well done, Helen! 🧁🎉🏆 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Awesome work @squirrelbrain !!! That is one serious chunkster!!! 2mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell
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Congratulations, Sarah! Super effort on plugging through for several months to complete this chunkster!

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@thearomaofbooks

Megabooks Congratulations Sarah!! 🥳🥳 2mo
Lindy Well done, Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
AmyG Congrats! What a wonderful chunkster to read! 🎉 2mo
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BookNAround Congratulations Sarah! 2mo
slategreyskies Congrats, Sarah!! 🙌✨ 2mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Mollyanna Congrats Sarah! Awesome job! 🎉🎉🎉 @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations!!! 2mo
Ash.on.the.line Awesome! This one is hefty no matter what edition you get 😂 2mo
MaureenMc Woot! 🙌 2mo
Bookwormjillk Woo hoo 👏👏👏 2mo
Kelly326 Nice! One of my favorites! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done!! @TheAromaofBooks 👏👏🙂 (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @squirrelbrain @Mollyanna @Nessavamusic @Lcsmcat @Ash.on.the.line @MaureenMc @Bookwormjillk @Kelly326 @CoverToCoverGirl - Thank you so much!!! I've never read a book where I couldn't stand the main character and yet still wanted everything to work out for her! 😂 2mo
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At 12, Amy McGrath decided to become a Marine F/A-18 pilot — even though women weren‘t allowed to serve in combat roles at the time. She worked hard to achieve her dream, including going through Navy flight school TWICE (once as a “back-seater” and again as a pilot). In 2020 she had another dream: Run for Senate against Mitch McConnell. She didn‘t win, sadly. Our country would be a better place if she had.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Dream

Megabooks I had the pleasure of voting for her. I just wish more people had. 2mo
Amiable @Megabooks She really seems like an awesome candidate — intelligent, principled, honest. Not sure why anyone would pick McConnell instead. 🤮 2mo
Megabooks Same. I really hate that he‘s my representative. 2mo
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Seriously, why isn‘t this a thing??

Kappadeemom I love it!! 3mo
Seekingtardis Yes please!! 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm in! 3mo
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Amiable @Kappadeemom @Seekingtardis @JenReadsAlot It can be a reality show, and we can all be on! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading I would definitely watch that! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence I would watch for sure! 3mo
LeahBergen 👏👏 3mo
Smrloomis Oooh I would watch this too! 3mo
Kayla.Adriena It needs a host and NOT Reese Witherspoon 😆🙈. Someone funny like Samantha Irby or Blake Lively 🤔 3mo
Sharpeipup We should film it ourselves… Reading Road Tour! 3mo
Ruthiella Totally would watch that! 👍 3mo
BkClubCare Do it!! How fun. 3mo
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@GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Another one to add to future #ChunksterChallenge lists! It‘s 900+ pages.

bookishdawg Massie is a wonderful writer 👍🏻 3mo
Amiable @bookishdawg That‘s good to hear—especially when you have 900 pages to get through. 😀 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for sharing and helping me grow my TBR list. 🦋🙂 3mo
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Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Always happy to share the Chunkster love! 😀 3mo
KCofKaysville @Amiable Loved this book many years ago. Taught me quite a bit of Russian history 3mo
Amiable @KCofKaysville Excellent! It‘s on my list for a future Chunkster Challenge. 👍🏼 3mo
GinaKButler Ohh...I‘ve read Nicholas and Alexandria by him. It was fantastic! 3mo
GinaKButler ...and, I was recently telling @Kelly326 that I‘d like to read more about Catherine the Great. Looks like he has a biography about her as well. 3mo
Amiable @GinaKButler It looks like “Nicholas and Alexandra” is #3 in the series —I‘m going to have to read them in order! I‘m OCD like that. 😬😀 (edited) 3mo
Kelly326 Nice… next year @GinaKButler. 3mo
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#Accurate 🙄😬😀

Amiable I should amend to say “Accurate unless you are @LeahBergen “ 😀 3mo
DaveGreen7777 It‘s funny ‘cause it‘s true! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Amiable @DaveGreen7777 Right?? 😄 3mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I *must* use a specially chosen bookmark. It‘s a sickness. 🤣🤣 3mo
tjwill I‘ve used absolutely all of those, but I do prefer to use my fun bookmarks. 3mo
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I just finished this book, and now I‘m sad. It‘s the last book in Mary Lawson‘s backlist and now I have to wait (years? Decades?) for her to write another one. Each book has been a tremendous reading experience and I urge everyone I know to read them all. (But do it slowly, to delay the inevitable sadness that you‘ll feel when you too get to the end.)

Tamra I know! ❤️ 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Such a great review! I haven‘t read anything by her yet but I have this one on my shelf 3mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl That was the first one of hers that I read, too! Then I immediately went to the library to find her previous 3 novels. 3mo
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Amiable @Tamra This one might be my favorite! I can‘t decide. But what an emotional gut punch—wow. 🥺 3mo
jlhammar I can't wait to read more Lawson. A Town Called Solace was so good! I just wasn't sure which one I should try next. I know I want to read them all eventually so maybe I should just order all three. 3mo
Amiable @jlhammar “Crow Lake” was her first book —that‘s what I picked up after reading “Solace.” 3mo
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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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I‘m embarrassed to admit that I was woefully unaware of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. This book educated me about events and people I probably should have known. Thanks to #AuthoraMonth for pushing me to read it!

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As a longtime amateur genealogist, I wanted to love this book. Alas, I did not. It did have some interesting parts, but they were interspersed with long dry stretches that dragged. It was a bit of a struggle for me to finish it.

Megabooks I couldn‘t get into this and bailed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Amiable @Megabooks I was so excited about it when it came out. I should have waited to see more reviews before buying it. Ugh. 3mo
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A reporter by trade, the author took on a series of low-wage service jobs: an Amazon warehouse, an AT&T call center and McDonald‘s. Her account of her experience is interspersed with commentary on the sociological, physical and emotional implications of such jobs. Throughout, the author kept herself going by reminding herself that “I can leave.” So many of those who work in these jobs can‘t. Excellent read.

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m an Escapee

Megabooks This is one of my all time favorite NF books. 3mo
Amiable @Megabooks Everyone should read this one! 3mo
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Visited The Morgan Library in NYC today. It was the library of J. Pierpont Morgan and includes illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. To this core collection, he added the earliest evidence of writing as manifested in ancient seals, tablets, and papyrus fragments from Egypt and the Near East. Morgan also collected manuscripts and printed materials significant to American history.

LeahBergen I LOVE The Morgan Library! ❤️❤️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow 🤩 3mo
Amiable @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it spectacular? 😍 3mo
CarolynM Isn‘t it fabulous? Thanks for bringing back some happy memories😀 3mo
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192 Books | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Whenever we‘re in New York City, I usually make a pilgrimage to the Strand Bookstore. Today, however, my husband, son and I discovered 192 Books, an adorable independent bookstore on Tenth Avenue at 21st Street. It‘s small but has a surprisingly wide selection.

4thhouseontheleft Adding that to my NYC bookstore list for my next visit! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Looks great! 3mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I‘m going to make my way through this list! https://newyorksimply.com/best-bookstores-new-york-city/ (edited) 3mo
Liz_M That list is tragically missing the tagged store. And a couple of other good Brooklyn bookstores. 3mo
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Celebrations | Delicious Magazine
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Six years? Time flies when you‘re reading with friends. Thanks, everyone! ❤️

Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 3mo
Kdgordon88 Happy Litsyversary 🎉 3mo
julesG Happy Litsyversary! 3mo
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batsy Happy Litsyversary! 📚🎉 3mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🍾🥂👏 3mo
Simona Yay for Litsyversary 🥂🍾 3mo
TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary!🥳 3mo
Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 3mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊🥳📖 3mo
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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Mehso-so

Admittedly, as a 55-year-old woman who doesn‘t drink or smoke and has never taken any drug stronger than an epidural (and gave birth once without even that), I am likely not the target audience for this essay collection that does a deep dive into Rogen‘s fondness for using various drugs. A few of the essays were amusing. This might have been better on audio in Rogen‘s own voice. In the end, my review: “Meh.”

#Nonfiction2022
Prompt: I‘m a Sinner

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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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This started with a laugh and I was amused for 100 pages. It bogged down in the middle and I wondered what all the fuss was about. The last 70 pages were a rush and left me in tears by the end. That‘s a roller coaster ride of emotions to pack into only 320 pages.

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Nicolas Cage: The Unauthorized Biography | Ian Markham-Smith, Liz Hodgson
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Currently bouncing back and forth between a nonfiction book of essays (“Yearbook” by Seth Rogen) and a work of fiction (“Hell of a Book” by Jason Mott) —and within minutes I find a reference to Nicolas Cage in both of them. Odd coincidence? Some urgent message from the universe that I need to decode? 🤷🏻‍♀️

AlaMich I think he‘s sort of having a moment right now. I feel like I‘ve been seeing him more lately. 3mo
Ruthiella I think you need to see a Nic Cage movie STAT! 😂 Check your local listings. 3mo
Megabooks I love coincidences like that! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I love when this happens! I had two books that both mentioned Old Spice that I read one day apart one time. So random! 3mo
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When you go to the library to pick up the one book you had on hold and you come home with five. 🤭

Ruthiella Oopsie Whoopsie! 🙊 😂 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, such a shame! 🤣 3mo
kspenmoll Just like the test of us! 3mo
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Nute That‘s the way to do it! 3mo
BarbaraJean Yep! It‘s nearly impossible for me to check out just one book from the library—I‘ve taken to having my husband pick up my holds if I really need to keep my library pile down! 3mo
Amiable @Ruthiella @Ruthiella @kspenmoll @Nute Now I just have to finish them all before they‘re due! 😀 3mo
Amiable @BarbaraJean I hear you! I‘ve been trying to borrow e-books through my library‘s Libby app—that way I just get the one I want and get out. It‘s harder to browse that way! But this one was only available in print. So I went crazy in the stacks. 😀 3mo
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Way to go, Caroline! I love that you used Serial Reader to help you conquer this chunkster. Well done! :)

#ChunksterChallenge2022
@Caroline2

Megabooks Wow!! 🤯 congratulations! 3mo
Caroline2 Thanks! 😃 I‘m not gonna lie, it was a slog!!! Defo not my favourite Chunkster. I‘m reading The Sunne in Splendour now which is my other chunkster challenge. Luckily, it‘s really good! 😉 👍 3mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏 3mo
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rubyslippersreads @Caroline2 The Sunne in Splendour has been on my TBR forever. 3mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Caroline2 ! 3mo
JamieArc Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Kimzey Congratulations on finishing the chunkster! 🎉 3mo
Mollyanna Congrats @Caroline2 🥳🎉🥳 3mo
Lindy Congratulations, @Caroline2 ! I quite enjoyed the Sunne in Splendour and I hope you do too. 3mo
KristiAhlers Congratulations! I love that story. That one and Les Miserables 3mo
Bookwormjillk So impressed! Way to go @Caroline2 3mo
MaureenMc Impressive! 👏 3mo
Nute Excellent!🙌🏽 3mo
Texreader Amazing!! Way to go! 3mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
AmyG Wow! 🎉🙌🏻👊🏻 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done!👏 Congratulations! 3mo
slategreyskies Wow!! Congrats, Caroline!! 👏👏👏 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace I just saw that a reader/reviewer I follow on Goodreads is currently going through this tagged collection (different edition, or 2 different editions). 21.000+ pages 3mo
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