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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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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Packages for #bestof2021swap and #jolabokaflodswap are bundled up, shipping out and headed on their ways today!

candority Awesome! 😊📚 2d
BeckyRoy @Amiable yay!! Yours shipped out Tuesday 1d
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Getting ready to start this book for the “Nonfiction Nerds” discussion group on Goodreads. We‘re reading it for December. Join us! (FYI, it‘s available on Hoopla.) 🙂

dariazeoli I‘m planning on the audiobook since I completely failed with November‘s read! 5d
Amiable @dariazeoli I‘ve had a rough November reading-wise as well! Here‘s hoping the craziness will settle down by the new year. 5d
EvieBee Ooh. Sounds just like my cup of tea. (edited) 4d
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The Great Hibernation | Tara Dairman
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“Winter … is a period of rest, of going within ourselves & taking in all that we have been through in this year. This time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds. Winter takes away the distractions & presents us with the perfect time to rest & withdraw…& then the new year will begin again, & like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy to dance in the sunlight.” — Bridget Anna McNeil

kspenmoll Just love everything about this! 6d
Amiable @kspenmoll It‘s honestly what I love about winter! 6d
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Well-researched narrative of the incredible life of Thomas Francis Meagher. He led a failed uprising against British rule in Ireland, was banished to Tasmania for life, escaped and made his way to America where he served as general of the Irish Brigade in the Civil War, and became governor of the Montana Territory—all before the age of 43.

CoverToCoverGirl That sounds fascinating, added! 1w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl It was! I‘m also debating right now which chunkster to pick for #ChunksterChallenge2022 1w
CoverToCoverGirl @Amiable me too! My problem is I keep revising it..🤔 1w
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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Here are my first picks from my fabulous #NewYearWhoDis match, @Singout ! Because I requested a match partner who had a list that was balanced with both fiction and nonfiction, I picked one of each to start off with in January. I already own “Salt Houses” and “When They Call You a Terrorist” was on my TBR, so it was an easy choice! 🙂

#NYWD22

monalyisha And -- BONUS! -- both covers are gorgeous! 😍 2w
Amiable @monalyisha They are! It makes me wish I could paint. 2w
JamieArc I really enjoyed Salt Houses. Happy reading 😊 2w
Singout Enjoy! 2w
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Who wants some holiday cheer in their mailbox instead of bills or junk mail? This girl right here! I just signed up for the #cardswap hosted by @LibrarianRyan All winter holidays are celebrated! So head over to her page or hit the hashtag above and sign yourself (and your mailbox) up for some cheer.

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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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I‘m so thrilled with my #NewYearWhoDis reading list from @Singout — a super mix of thoughtful nonfiction and literary fiction, which is right up my alley! I‘m thoroughly amazed by your matchmaking skills, @monalyisha —are/were you a therapist or a yenta in this life or a previous one? 😀

#NYWD22

monalyisha @Amiable Ha! I'm not sure whether or not I'm a yenta...I don't think my Google search quite gave me the full picture (“busybody“?) -- but I'm not a therapist. I've been working in libraries, largely in Children's services, for almost 15 years. Other skills include: work with googly eyes & construction paper, coming up with terrible puns for promotion & signage, & making realistic animal noises. 😅 2w
Amiable @monalyisha It‘s a Yiddish word that‘s also used to mean a matchmaker for marriages! Can you find my son a nice girlfriend, too? 😀 2w
monalyisha @Amiable! Ha. I'm on it. Send me his dating profile. ;) Jk. Mostly. But if he wants to date a 30-something year old reader with a wicked sense of humor, a no nonsense attitude, & an appreciation for a great whiskey/beer, I've got just the single friend. 2w
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TheKidUpstairs Great list! Chop Suey Nation was a totally under the radar pick for me when I read it 2w
Clare-Dragonfly So I‘m not the only one who gets Matchmaker, Matchmaker stuck in my head? 😂 2w
Amiable @TheKidUpstairs That one looks especially intriguing! 2w
Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly Nope! It‘s in my head, too. 😀 2w
Singout Thanks, @amiable and @monalysha! I love my list too! Lots of really interesting and thought-provoking material there.
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Amiable @monalyisha Your friend sounds right up his alley—but he‘s only (almost) 25. 😬 If she‘s interested in a younger aerospace engineer who‘s wicked smart and witty with a dry sense of humor and who loves to read and travel, I‘ll send along his contact info! 😉 2w
monalyisha @Amiable Something tells me that she might not appreciate my meddling. 🙈 But he sounds great! 2w
monalyisha @Amiable Me, to her: “Don‘t ask questions…but do you want to talk to a single, 25-year-old aerospace engineer?” 😅 2w
monalyisha God help us both. 2w
Amiable @monalyisha 😄 PS He lives in Baltimore. That might kill the deal before it‘s even off the ground. 2w
monalyisha She said to hit her up when he‘s 30. 😜 I‘m sure they‘ll both find their matches. 💖 2w
Amiable @monalyisha Tell her if things don‘t work out for his older brother (who just started to date a girl I haven‘t met yet), I‘ll send HIM along instead. He‘s almost 28 and a helicopter pilot in the Marines. Does she like a man in a uniform? 😄 2w
monalyisha Ha! Well, she reads romance novels. So, there‘s a good chance. 😉 2w
Singout @TheKidUpstairs I found Chop Suey Nation riveting: I‘d always wondered about the lives of the solo Chinese families running restaurants in the towns I grew up in, and how they felt about the food they were expected to serve! It was also a book I could give my mom to get her thinking about racism without turning her off. @Amiable I tried not to duplicate themes and hope it isn‘t too Canadian for you to access if you‘re not in Canada! (edited) 2w
Amiable @Singout I am not in Canada, but I am looking forward to reading about Canada! 🙂 It looks like I might be able to get “Chop Suey Nation” through Hoopla, although it‘s only available as an audiobook. (edited) 2w
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Barnes and Noble, Smithfield, RI | Smithfield, Rhode Island (Library)
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Spent the morning volunteering as a patient escort at Planned Parenthood, where groups of old white men spent their time yelling about how much God hates me. 🙄 Felt like I deserved a treat after that, so now I‘m in my happy place. 🥰

squirrelbrain A well-deserved treat! 😘 2w
Ellohcin Such a beautiful sight! Enjoy. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Yes you do! Did you get anything? 2w
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Karisa (((Hugs)))💗💐 2w
Singout Sorry you had to experience that! Thank you for your courage. 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I think the world needs more people like you! 🤗 2w
Leftcoastzen Yes, what @Prairiegirl_reading said! Hugs ! 📚 2w
Amiable @squirrelbrain @Ellohcin @Karisa @Singout @Prairiegirl_reading @Leftcoastzen Thank you! It‘s really all about the patients. Nobody should have to be emotionally tortured just because they need an abortion or a Pap smear or a breast exam. @erzascarletbookgasm I did! I love the “buy-one-get-one-at-50%” sale tables at B&N. Probably a little more than I should. 😀 (edited) 2w
vivastory Definitely well-deserved! You are doing great work 👏 2w
Aims42 I second @Singout Thank you 🙌🏻❤️ Glad you found some well deserved treats!! 2w
TrishB Definitely deserved 😘 2w
Amiable @vivastory @Aims42 @TrishB It‘s amazing how hateful people who think they are doing “God‘s work” can be. 😖 Thanks! 2w
Amoon Could we please focus on books and not politics please? (edited) 2w
Amiable @Amoon Um, if you don‘t like the comments or my posts, you are welcome to not follow me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
batsy I am sorry for you and everyone else who experienced that 😠 Such is the world... I hope you got yourself a treat 💕 2w
Amiable @batsy Thank you! I did —I got two books. AND a hot chocolate from the Starbucks kiosk inside the store. 🙂 2w
Amoon Thanks for the tip 1w
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1. Not currently. Have been in 2 in the past.
2. The tagged book resulted in quite a spirited discussion about parenting and nature vs. nurture.
3. I prefer a debate. Although when we discussed the tagged book, one club member got so freaked out by it because it made her worry that she might be making the “wrong” parenting choices and turning her kids into sociopaths. She never came back to the club meetings again. 😬
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Ouch. That sounds rough. Although, if she‘s worried about it, I would say that's a decent indicator she‘s not doing too bad. Thank you for sharing! 3w
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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Finished this #ChunksterChallenge2021 read. It‘s a pick with reservations. Needs editing, IMO. It took nearly 450 pages before I was fully invested. That‘s way too much time. I get that McMurtry was aiming for a sweeping epic, but the scope was too wide for him to properly wrap his arms around because some of the storylines petered out or felt unnecessary to the whole. Favorite characters: Gus and Clara.
Glad to have finally read this, though!

rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 3w
EvieBee Yay!!! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations!! 👏👏🎉🎉 Well done! 3w
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Kelly326 Congrats on finishing! I still have a little over 200 pages to go. 2w
Amiable @Kelly326 What do you think about it? Do you think you would want to continue to the rest of the series? I'm not sure I will. 2w
Kelly326 I am enjoying the book. I love the characters. I don‘t know that I will read any more of them, but I am glad I read it. 2w
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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I finally made it to Part III (page 619 in my copy). Where‘re y‘all at now, @GinaKButler @Kelly326 @CoverToCoverGirl ?

#chunksterchallenge2021

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Gaylagal2 I read Lonesome Dove many, many years ago with my Mom. Such a great memory you reminded me of......thank you! We would talk for hours about what we read, and drinking tons of coffee🤓 Lonesome Dove was the first book I read with such a huge amount of pages (I think 845). 3w
Amiable @Gaylagal2 ❤️❤️ I‘m so glad this brought you a beautiful memory of your mom. 3w
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CoverToCoverGirl You‘re powering through it. Unfortunately I‘ve decided to read this one for 2022‘s chunkster challenge. I hope you‘re hosting again. 😁 3w
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl Sure thing! 🙂 3w
GinaKButler I just got to Part III today! 2w
Amiable @GinaKButler It‘s all coasting from here! 🙂 2w
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The Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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When reading a book about spirits it‘s good to have a black cat around. It helps with the ambiance. 😀 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛
#catsoflitsy
#authoramonth

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The Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Starting this one for November‘s #AuthorAMonth —it‘s a chunkster at 800 pages!

A head start on #ChunksterChallenge2022, @CoverToCoverGirl @GinaKButler @Kelly326 ? 😀

Kelly326 Awesome! I would love to know what you think of it. I loved The Shadow of the Wind, but the next 2 were just okay for me. I haven‘t read that one. 4w
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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A long, 15-hour day of volunteering at the polls for the municipal election in my town just begs for a chunkster on hand. Good thing I‘m already in the middle of one. 😀

AmyG Thank you for volunteering! And what a great book. 1mo
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The Godfather | Mario Puzo
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Weather forecaster on radio: “It‘s going to be a rainy, raw day today. Go back to bed. It‘s a total waste of a day.”

Me: “I beg to differ…” 🙂

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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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This is what love looks like: My husband, reading the chapter in “Lonesome Dove” that details an apparently graphic snake-related scene in order to summarize it for me so I don‘t have to read it myself and trigger my reptile phobia. ❤️❤️❤️
(Thanks again for the advance warning, @Graywacke ! 🙂)

ValerieAndBooks I have this book in my TBR and I don‘t like snakes either 😅. So nice of your hubby to do this for you! 1mo
Johanna414 And he likes cats too?! You've got a keeper! 1mo
Graywacke Brilliant! He gets lots of points. 1mo
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Amiable @ValerieAndBooks Avoid chpt. 35! 😬 1mo
Amiable @Johanna414 He does! Good thing because the cat actually likes him best. 😄 1mo
Amiable @Graywacke His initial summary was just: “They were crossing a river and someone got bit by a bunch of snakes and died.” 😖 I had to ask very specific questions to get more details —like, for instance, WHO DIED?? 🙄😬 1mo
Crazeedi That's a loving husband 1mo
CarolynM True love ❤ 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for the heads up 😂. Or at least I‘ll know to brace myself for that one if I decide to read anyways 😬 1mo
Amiable @Crazeedi @CarolynM He‘s definitely a keeper! 🙂 1mo
Graywacke @Amiable 😆 …. well, he wasn‘t wrong. (edited) 1mo
AlaMich Sweet picture! My cat used to sleep on top of one of the back couch cushions too, right in front of our picture window. We called the resulting cushion dip “Luna‘s dent.” 1mo
GinaKButler True love, indeed! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great picture ❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Aw, cute! 1mo
batsy Awww ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly SWOON. This is the sweetest. 1mo
Kelly326 Very sweet! That was one rough chapter!! 1mo
BiblioLitten 🥰 🥺 1mo
marleed Ohhhhh. 1mo
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My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
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I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Julia Child in this memoir —she was witty, intelligent and wickedly funny. I admire her passion for learning how to cook and mastering her craft. Some of the book is overly detailed (too much so, IMO), but Julia‘s charm and joie de vivre wins out in the end. Thanks for the experience, #LMPBC #Round12 #GroupN !

sharread Yippee 📚👻🎃❤ 1mo
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The Last Bookstore | Los Angeles, CA (Bookstore)
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Spent the weekend in LA —and of course I had to stop here! It‘s the largest new and used bookstore in California — 22,000 sq. feet with a record store, comic book store, 5 art studios, an epic yarn shop, a book tunnel, and unexpected nooks of funkiness. It‘s located in a hundred-year-old bank building, so there are vaults and (supposedly) ghosts.

Oh, and it also has tons of books. 😀

Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow!!!! I‘m envious! Have fun! 1mo
LeahBergen Lucky you! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Wow! That sounds amazing!!! 1mo
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Just finished this account of the 1918 flu pandemic. This passage struck a chord. When I was a child in CT in the 1970s, my mother made us wear camphor bags during flu season every year. I hated it. I later discovered that my great-grandmother had survived the pandemic, and for the rest of her life wore a camphor bag in winter. As did my grandmother and mother. It‘s amazing how long the memory of that horrific time impacted my family‘s actions.

squirrelbrain Wow, that‘s amazing! 1mo
Suet624 Fascinating! 1mo
LA_Mead Wow! 1mo
Nute I received something special in the mail from you today. My heart is so happy, Ms . Amy!💕 1mo
Amiable @Nute Yay! I‘m glad it got there so quickly! 1mo
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I flew from Rhode Island to California today to attend a wedding this weekend. Trying to stay awake a few more hours to let my body adjust to the time difference, so I wandered down the street to the shopping promenade near my hotel. Hmmm. I can‘t imagine how I‘ll be able to kill that much time. 🧐😀

Ruthiella I sense a book haul... 😅 1mo
kplovesbooks Omg. Whatever will you do?? 😏 1mo
TrishB Go for it 😁 1mo
Hooked_on_books You are a wise bookworm! 1mo
squirrelbrain Maybe you‘re even still in there 5 hours later?! 🤣 1mo
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Where Sadness Begins | John MacKenna
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They may be sleepless in Seattle, but we‘re just sad here in Providence (at the airport). Casualty of COVID? ☹️

DivineDiana 😢 1mo
Laughterhp Oh no! I haven‘t been to the providence airport in a while but that‘s so sad! Probably the only store I stop it in an airport. 1mo
Amiable @Laughterhp Me too! Even though I‘m always traveling with my e-reader and a paperback or two and I really don‘t need to shop for more at the airport. 😀 Luckily (?) there were several bookstores at the Newark airport where I had a layover! 1mo
Ddzmini 😲😰 1mo
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My cousin just sent me this. She said when she saw it she immediately bought it because “it has books and tea and that‘s what I think of when I think of you!”
I think my work here on the planet is done. 🙌🏼👊🏼

KristiAhlers Ok I‘m tea mug jealous! That‘s the best travel mug I‘ve seen in a long while! ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s it 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Tamra Awesome! 1mo
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MaureenMc 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen I love it! 1mo
Crazeedi So majorly cool!!💕 1mo
sharread So cute! Love it. 🎃 1mo
CarolynM Perfect! 1mo
Gissy Beautiful 😱📚📚📚❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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Got up early this morning so I could net an hour of reading time in honor of @TheAromaofBooks before logging onto work. Happy birthday, Sarah! I‘m working a full day today too so my contributions toward your #BirthdayBash will be sporadic throughout the day.

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for joining in!! I also managed to wiggle in some reading before and after work, and while I was eating lunch 😂 Where there's a will, there's a way!! 1mo
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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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Ok, yeah—it‘s a political thriller so you know that someone will end up saving the day. But DAY-UM it was a wild-ass ride to get there. Whoever had the idea to pair Louise Penny‘s storytelling talents with Hillary Clinton‘s DC-insider knowledge deserves a big fat promotion. And the Three Pines Easter eggs were brilliantly done. Although it‘s scary how realistic the plot scenarios are. I may not sleep much tonight … or, well, ever. 😳

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I saw them interviewed about this book on The View, and Penny said she asked Clinton about x and about y about being Sec of State, etc and then said she asked the question she should have asked Clinton first….what her nightmare scenario would have been. 1mo
Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I saw a story about them on CBS “Sunday Morning” a few weeks ago which said that Louise asked what keeps Hillary awake at night. She came up with 3 scenarios—this was # 1. So maybe we‘ll get 2 more books about the others? I hope so—I‘m going to need something to read since I might never sleep again after this one! 😬 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM Great review! I'm looking forward to this even more now🙂 1mo
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Tamra Oh, 3 🌲 Easter eggs?? So fun! 1mo
JamieArc I have been hesitant to read this because Penny has only ever done Gamache books, so I was worried this might be a let down. Glad to see a good review! I‘m sure more will be coming in! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m over halfway through this. The plot is terrific! I just wish they‘d made the prior President a little different than very obviously Trump only with a different name. 1mo
Amiable @Hooked_on_books In the interviews I‘ve seen, they say the president is not supposed to be Trump—but he is there as a character to show how horribly things can go wrong when we have a president who is weak, narcissistic, uninformed, intellectually lazy and opportunistic. It‘s a warning to us all about being careful who we vote for. The fact that Trump fits that profile … 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Amiable @JamieArc The first 50 pages or so I was “meh, not sure this is going to work” but then it picked up the pace and didn‘t stop. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Amiable I would buy that explanation if they had changed a few bits. Have him live somewhere other than Florida, for one, there‘s 49 other choices. It‘s just too close and makes it very obvious that it‘s him, regardless of them trying to claim it isn‘t. Though I do agree with showing the dangers, even if it‘s a bit of preaching to the choir. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I finished tonight. Did you read the acknowledgments? Really lovely. 1mo
Amiable @Hooked_on_books I did —they were wonderful! And I don‘t disagree about how much the Eric Dunn character resembles Trump, as much as they say it isn‘t. Maybe they wanted it to be really glaringly obvious for even the people in the back of the room what a danger he really is? Or others who emulate him and embrace Trumpism (ie Abbott, DeSantis, etc.) Like, hit-you-in-the-head obvious. (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m sure their reasoning made sense to them. And it doesn‘t surprise me that HRC would write it this way, given her specific positioning. And I noticed a moment in there where I‘m pretty sure she was living vicariously through Ellen and doing a little cackling. It‘s her due. 1mo
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Thanks for the tag, @EadieB !

1. I don‘t actively seek out books about witches, wizards or paranormal activities. I can‘t think of any fictional ones that I‘ve especially enjoyed other than “A Wrinkle in Time.”

2. I‘m a nonfiction gal. My favorites would include accounts of actual witch hunts throughout history, including the tagged one and others by Yale historian John Putnam Demos.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍📖 1mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for participating! 1mo
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The Winds of War | Herman Wouk
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@GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl Look what I picked up at a library book sale today for $1! They are in perfect condition—I don‘t think they‘ve ever been read. #chunksterchallenge2022 , perhaps …

Ruthiella Excellent find! 2mo
GinaKButler Woo-hoo!! 2mo
JenniferP I read those about a decade ago and really loved them! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl An amazingly fortuitous find… serendipity.❤️👏😃 2mo
shawnmooney Nice set! 2mo
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Otis Library | Norwich, CT (Library)
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Just spent an hour browsing the fall library book sale in the city where my husband works. ❤️ My #bookhaul is on the left—some for me and a few others that I‘ve already read for my dad. Plus I picked up an entire bag of paperbacks for the inpatient book cart at the hospital where I work. All for $18! Score! Love these library sales.

Leftcoastzen The best! 2mo
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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Chunkster check in: I‘m plugging along—made it to page 210 (chpt. 23 in my edition). I‘m still not in love with it, but I‘m invested enough that I‘ll keep the momentum going (slowly). How are you doing, @GinaKButler @Kelly326 @CoverToCoverGirl ?

Soubhiville I‘m planning to read this next January for #chunksterchallenge. I hope it gets better for you! 2mo
Tamra Ohhhh, that‘s too bad. I hope it picks up for you. I fell in love with the characters. 2mo
Amiable @Soubhiville I‘ve just never been into westerns. It‘s me, not the book. Everyone on the planet seems to love this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️😀 2mo
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Amiable @Tamra I don‘t hate it. It‘s fine while I‘m reading, but I‘m not in a hurry to pick it back up once I put it down. It might just be the mood I‘m in. In any case, I‘ll definitely keep going—if only to finally see what all the fuss has been about all these years! 😀 2mo
Amandajoy We named our puppy after Augustus McCray. He‘s my favorite. 2mo
Mollyanna I took forever to read this book too, but loved it in the end. The characters stay with you. 2mo
Amiable @Amandajoy So far he‘s my favorite, too! 2mo
Amiable @Mollyanna Did you read the other three books in the series or did you stop after this one? 2mo
GinaKButler My plan is to get to Part 2 buy the end of the weekend. I love it so far. The characters, the dialogue...I hope it picks up for you! 2mo
GinaKButler @Amandajoy Love! I told my kids that our next dog would be named Auggie, because we love St Augustine, but short for Augustus would work, too! (edited) 2mo
Amandajoy @GinaKButler we call him Gus, but Auggie is a good name for a dog too! 2mo
Mollyanna I plan on reading the others (or at least giving them a try), but haven‘t gotten to them yet. Like you, Westerns are not really my thing. Which was why I was surprised by how much I enjoyed LD. 2mo
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The Strand on Columbus Avenue | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Spent the night in NYC to see “Hamilton” on Broadway. And of course no trip to NYC can ever be complete without a pilgrimage to the Strand. 🙌🏼

KatieDid927 I‘m always visiting Niantic/East Lyme so it‘s nice to see you visiting here too! Looks like your trip is productive! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yay! 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
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Amiable @KatieDid927 I‘m so happy that things have settled down to a point where it feels safe and comfortable to travel into the city again! I‘ve missed it . 2mo
Liz_M The Strand! 🤗 2mo
TrishB A life goal 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh, so jealous! One day I‘ll visit again….! 2mo
Nute Only in my dreams. 2mo
Amiable @TrishB @nute @squirrelbrain I got a pile of bookmarks from The Strand —if you‘d like one, I‘d be happy to send to you! Let me know and I‘ll give you my email addy to send a mailing address. 🙂 2mo
Nute @Amiable I wish that I could get tons of bookmarks from indie bookstores all over. I would be over-the-moon to have one from The Strand, Ms. Amy!😃 2mo
Amiable @Nute My email addy is AmyBF45 at gmail dot com. Let me know where to send it! I also love collecting bookmarks from indy bookstores everywhere! So I totally understand. 🙂 2mo
Nute @Amiable I just emailed you!☺️ 2mo
Amiable 🙂@Nute I'm on it! 👍 2mo
Amiable 🙂@Nute I'm on it! 👍 2mo
squirrelbrain You‘re so sweet Amy; I‘ve just sent you an email. 😘 2mo
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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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Celebrated hubby‘s birthday by spending it with Alexander Hamilton and Company. So grateful that Broadway is open again! It was simply incredible. Still amazed that Lin Manuel Miranda managed to turn Ron Chernow‘s weighty nonfiction tome into this musical masterpiece.

Ruthiella I saw it a couple of months ago after TWO cancellations due to the pandemic. It was awesome. Nothing beats live theater! 2mo
TrishB Loved it ❤️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to see it again next month. 🤗 2mo
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Unto a Good Land | Vilhelm Moberg
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Book 2 in “The Emigrants” series about a Swedish family‘s journey from their homeland to America in 1850. This volume starts with their arrival in NYC and details their journey to Minnesota Territory and the first year as they struggle to make a home and a working farm. Excellent read.

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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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Watched the interview on “CBS Sunday Morning” with Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny about their new book, which releases on Oct. 12. Immediately went to Barnes & Noble and pre-ordered the e-book. Can‘t wait for it to arrive on my tablet!

TrishB I‘m looking forward to it too 👍🏻 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so confused. How did this happen? Such an unlikely combo. (edited) 2mo
Amiable @Suet624 They had a mutual friend who introduced them. 2mo
CarolynM I'm looking forward to reading this too 🙂 2mo
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Awww, thank you so much for the treats package, @Lauram ! Completely unnecessary because I thoroughly enjoyed participating in your #summer2021 giveaway, but totally appreciated all the same!

Lauram I‘m so sorry for the delay! I hope you enjoy your books. 2mo
Amiable @Lauram I'm sure I will! Still baffled by the box being returned to you. The postal service seems to get more unreliable every day, unfortunately. 2mo
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Lonesome Dove | Larry McMurtry
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It‘s time to dive into this chunkster with fellow #chunksterchallenge2021 fans @GinaKButler and @CoverToCoverGirl ! I‘ve never read it, and have been looking forward to it. Although the mention of a rattlesnake in the very first sentence is making me cringe (person with a major snake phobia over here 👋🏼). 😖😬

wanderinglynn Such a great epic story. Enjoy! 2mo
Graywacke Enjoy! A terrific book to get lost in. 2mo
Amiable @wanderinglynn @graywacke Does the snake theme continue past chapter one? Inquiring (and phobic) minds want to know ... 2mo
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Graywacke @Amiable there are definitely snakes in the first quarter or so. But I don‘t think it should discourage you. Just an uncomfortable section. 2mo
Amiable @Graywacke Thank you! Spiders and mice and crawly insects don't faze me in the least. But even the mention of snakes makes my skin crawl. 😩 I will soldier on in the pursuit of good literature, though. 😉 2mo
Graywacke @Amiable thinking about this more. if this fear of snakes is something you‘re really seriously concerned about, i might suggest you don‘t read the book. The scene I remember is striking, and thinking about it now, i feel some responsibility to warn you of that. But if it‘s more like a small cringe kind of thing, like an Indiana Jones kind of thing, and you think you can soldier on, then read on, it‘s a terrific novel. 2mo
Graywacke @Amiable (maybe Indiana Jones is a good meter. If you‘re able to watch Raiders of the Lost Arc you should be ok. 🙂) 2mo
Amiable @Graywacke AHHH!! I absolutely cannot watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark!” I saw it when it came out in the theaters and was traumatized. No, no and hell no! Crap. (edited) 2mo
Amiable Ugh. This is my father‘s favorite book. I‘m going to ask him what scene you are referencing and see what he thinks. Thank you for the heads up! 2mo
Amiable @Graywacke OK, I talked to a family member who advised me that the scene you are referencing happens in chapter 35. I've marked that chapter with a bookmark, so when I get there I am going to proceed with caution and/or have my husband read it and summarize for me. Thank you SO MUCH for the trigger warning! I know that my phobia may seem excessive to others, but it's very real to me. So I am very grateful to you for mentioning it. 🙂 2mo
Amiable @Graywacke And also? You understand why I live in the north where it's cold. 😃 2mo
Graywacke @Amiable that‘s funny about living in the north. I‘m glad you asked and really happy you will still read the book. 2mo
Graywacke @Amiable that‘s funny about living in the north. I‘m glad you asked and really happy you will still read the book. 2mo
Suet624 I‘ve read this twice. Such a great engrossing story. 2mo
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Sitting on the shuttle bus into work. We‘re stuck in traffic with an accident on our side of the highway. These are the times when I‘m glad that I always have a book with me.

CarolynM Hope you're not stuck for too long. 2mo
Tamra Never Leave Home Without A Book - readers‘ motto 😁 2mo
Amiable @Tamra When I was growing up, my grandmother told us to remember two life lessons: Bring a book with you and always pee before you leave. :) 2mo
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Amiable @CarolynM Got to work only about 20 minutes late, which isn't horrible in the grand scheme of things! 2mo
Tamra @Amiable 👌🏾👍🏾 Rules to live a good life. 😆 2mo
ravenlee Those are two of my life rules, too! The others are: never turn down a breath mint when it‘s offered, and always treat the secretary well. 2mo
SamAnne I have this one and can‘t wait to get to it. Grew up in a lumber mill town and it made me an environmentalist. 2mo
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Fascinating bio of Anne Hutchinson, who was banished from Massachusetts Colony for heresy and helped settle the colony that would become Rhode Island. The first part focuses on her trial with written transcripts, which is a bit of a slog. Nearly 400 years later, the obvious sexism against her is appalling, but her intelligence and wit while holding her own against her male accusers shines through. She was a feminist before the word was invented.

Suet624 Wow! I know nothing about any of this! And I live in the northeast. Shame on me. 2mo
Amiable @Suet624 I live in Connecticut and I also knew very little about Anne Hutchinson. I did know that she was one of the early settlers of Rhode Island with Roger Williams, but the main details were fuzzy. (edited) 2mo
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I‘m conflicted by this memoir of a female naval aviator. She makes great points about the sexism she experienced in the jet community and the need for gender equality in the military, but she also leans way into stereotypes about what women think or want. And the timeline is all over the place. I think I‘d enjoy this more as a straight nonfiction account instead of a memoir because the author‘s voice actually got in my way.
#LMPBC

sharread Can't wait to read the comments. 💞💞💞 2mo
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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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@magyklyXdelish ! What a fabulous treat box for #FallingForFallSwap #FFFS ! No tricks here. 😀 I love everything—especially the leaves! It was like opening a box full of autumn. Thank you so much!

And thank you for organizing this swap again, @Avanders

magyklyXdelish Yay I‘m glad you liked it! I was worried I may have gone overboard on the leaves. I ordered a package of 300 and didn‘t realize how much that actually was 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Amiable @magyklyXdelish I thought they were real at first and was like, wow, where does she live that autumn is here already! Lol 2mo
magyklyXdelish @Amiable lol I still have so many left over haha 2mo
Avanders 😍😍🍁🍂🧡 (and love the leaves 😁) 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m never getting out of there. 😬😱

BennettBookworm Hilarious!! 2mo
Tamra 🤣 2mo
Karkar I would so fail. 2mo
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kplovesbooks Trapped for life. 🤣 2mo
Soubhiville 🤣📚 2mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
Bianca I live there now. 2mo
Cupcake12 I‘d have no chance 🤣🤣 2mo
BookDadGirlDad I'd so fail. 2mo
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One Two Three: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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Ok, this made me LOL. 😄
Possibly because I raised two boys. 🙄
And I have four brothers. 😬😖

MidnightBookGirl That is funny! 2mo
kspenmoll Love this! Sounds just like a you g teen boy! 2mo
Soubhiville Yep, anyone who has ever met boys/ men! 2mo
CarolynM Pretty much sums up what I thought of it when they made me read it at school. 2mo
Suet624 This is perfect. It might be my least favorite book for that reason. 2mo
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Lunch break on the back patio at work. I don‘t want to go back inside. The book is too good. 😬😀

Bookwormjillk So good 3mo
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Lyme Public Library | Lyme, CT (Library)
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Oh, library book sales … how I‘ve missed you. 🥰

ravenlee 😍😍😍 3mo
Leftcoastzen 🤗👏👏👏 3mo
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Detailed account of the Challenger shuttle tragedy, with a heavy dive into the personal lives of the 7 who were lost (6 astronauts and Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher in Space). Learning so much about them adds to the tension that builds as the launch date approaches—you want to reach into the pages and yell “don‘t get on that shuttle!” I vividly remember watching the launch and explosion live on TV, and this brought it all back.

8little_paws Omg this must feel so tense to read! 3mo
MallenNC Oh my goodness. I don‘t know if I could read this, but I want to try. I remember the Challenger so vividly. I was in the fifth grade and was home from school on a snow day so I watched it happen. I was too young to realize at first something horrible had gone wrong. 3mo
Amiable @MallenNC I was a freshman in college and was watching TV as I was getting ready for a class (ironically, an astronomy class). I remember leaving my dorm in a daze, still not believing what I‘d just seen. 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m just starting this. I suspect I‘ll finish it quickly! It‘s so good. 3mo
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage You will! I started it yesterday and finished it today. It‘s mesmerizing. 3mo
Megabooks Stacking this!! 3mo
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You guys! I went into the library to pick up the book I‘ve had on hold for a month (The Burning Blue) and the latest Louise Penny novel was sitting on the “new books” shelf—obviously just waiting for me to snag it! I grabbed that sucker so fast … I can‘t believe there isn‘t a huge wait list for it. Today‘s my lucky day!

Bookwormjillk Nice! 3mo
suvata Lucky 🍀 you! 3mo
Tamra Yay!!! 3mo
CarolynM I'm just about to start it🙂 3mo
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Visiting Leavenworth, Washington, home of the world‘s largest nutcracker museum. (More than 7,000 nutcrackers!) Spotted some literary pieces: a few Shakespeares, a couple Charles Dickens, and a Mark Twain.

Ruthiella Neat! 3mo
LeahBergen Love these! 3mo
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Have book, will wait for ferry from Kitsap Peninsula into Seattle.

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I mean, everyone goes on vacation with a fully stocked e-reader AND two extra paperbacks just in case AND stops at several local bookstores during their trip and buys even more books that will have to fit into the already jam-packed carry-on suitcase. Right?

Tamra Who doesn‘t? 😏 3mo
MallenNC It‘s been awhile since I‘ve gone on a trip, but I think this is required! 3mo
rubyslippersreads Of course, because what if you ran out of reading material! 😱 3mo
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Amiable @Tamra My husband. 🙄 And then he complains when he has to find space in HIS suitcase for my purchases. 😄 (edited) 3mo
Tamra @Amiable 😂 Tisk tisk - the trauma of being partnered with a reader. 3mo
Lindy Of course! 📚 3mo
katy4peas He should have learned by now. 😁 3mo
katy4peas I know knitters who pack plastic water bottles in their suitcases. They buy yarn on vacation and swap out the water bottles for the yarn. They weigh about the same and are shaped similarly. So the trade off works well for swapping. Plus yarn is squishy. 😂 Books are slightly harder to plan for packing though… 🤔🤔 3mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
Amiable @katy4peas That is genius! 3mo
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Liberty Bay Books | Poulsbo, WA (Bookstore)
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Visiting relatives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, so of course I had to scout out the local bookstore in Poulsbo. It‘s adorable. 🥰

Hooked_on_books I haven‘t been to that one, but I have fond memories of a bookstore on Bainbridge Island. It‘s near the ferry terminal to Seattle. 3mo
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1. 🌷🌞🍁❄️I love all the seasons —that‘s why I live in New England

2. Reading. Always. 😀

3. Hay-on-Wye, the book town in Wales

4. Grateful that my Marine son, who is deployed in the Persian Gulf and assisted with the evacuation of Afghanistan, is safe. And thankful to have a president who stepped up & made the hard choices necessary to get us out of a 20-year war and finally bring our troops home. 🙌🏼

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Ruthiella I‘m glad your son is safe too. ❤️ 3mo
Amiable @Ruthiella Thank you ❤️ 3mo
MallenNC I‘m glad your son is safe! 3mo
Megabooks So glad he‘s safe and totally agree. 💜💜 3mo
Amiable @MallenNC @Megabooks Thank you! ❤️ 3mo
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It‘s here! It‘s here! My #FFFS #FallingForFallSwap box is here!

Now to stare at it until Sept. 22. 😬

@Avanders

magyklyXdelish Yay! I hope you like everything 🤗🤗🤗 September 22nd has never felt so far away 😩😩 3mo
Avanders Woohoo!! 🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 3mo
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