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arubabookwoman

arubabookwoman

Joined March 2018

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The book is on its way to you Jee and should get there Friday. I liked this book a lot, although I was a bit disappointed in the ending, which seems to call for a sequel. Still, highly recommended. #LMPBC @Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 @CSeydel

CSeydel Yes, I know what you mean. I had to rethink my understanding of the plot arc and the author‘s intention, when I reached the end. The central conflict/resolution was not what I expected. 1w
CSeydel Oh also @lele1432 I haven‘t received your next book yet. I‘m hoping you just haven‘t gotten around to sending it, and it‘s not lost in the mail somewhere! (edited) 1w
lele1432 @CSeydel so sorry I haven't gotten to send it yet. My grandfather fell ill rather suddenly and then passed away so things have been crazy with getting travel plans. ☹️ I will send it priority before I leave town by Friday!! 1w
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CSeydel @lele1432 no rush - I just wanted to know. I‘m so sorry about your grandfather! Please, take the time you need. Have a safe trip and best wishes to your family. 1w
lele1432 @CSeydel thanks so much! 1w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you @arubabookwoman! How are you doing? Hope you're settling well in your new place and you're feeling better! @lele1432 have you gotten the book I sent you yet? So sorry to hear about your grandfather...My condolences to you and your family... Take care, dear❤️❤️ 1w
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you Jee! And I did receive it! ❤️ (edited) 1w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman I received your book today! Thank you! ❤️ 1w
lele1432 @CSeydel your book is in the mail! 4d
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The Tattoo Murder Case | Akimitsu Takagi
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Do you think the dialogue in this otherwise enjoyable Japanese crime novel is a bit stilted?

BarbaraBB I don‘t know but I have that feeling too sometimes when reading translated Japanese novels. 2w
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Better Late Than Never | Jenn McKinlay
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Report on April Reading: Quantity is up, but I mostly read crime novels and nonfiction. Standouts which I can highly recommend are North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farrah and Bad Blood by John Carreyrou.

Liz_M Monkey God was fun, but a bit disjointed. 2w
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Alligators All Around | Maurice Sendak
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So when my oldest son told us he was moving to Florida last year, my 1st thought (in re my 2 young grandsons) was “Eek—Alligators!” Of course, my son ended up buying a house on a pond, which of course is inhabited by an ALLIGATOR! I took this pic when we visited in Feb, and I‘d estimate the alligator to be at least 6 feet long.

TrishB 😱😱 3w
Lcsmcat 😳 3w
batsy Oh my 😮😮 3w
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Tanisha_A 😶 3w
Liz_M Oop! 😲 3w
charl08 Yikes. 3w
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Space Needle | Julie Murray
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The window at the Hutch where my husband was receiving an infusion overlooks the Space Needle. Most days the sea planes land on Lake Union from the opposite direction, but today they came in over the city past the Space Needle.

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Got my Round 4 #lmpbc book back, and spent a lovely afternoon reading all the great comments from @sprainedbrain @jmofo and @Butterfinger . Thank you so much ladies, and I am thrilled that you seemed to like this book as much as I did. Anytime you want to do another 20th Century Classics read, count me in!

charl08 What a great idea! 3w
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Red Birds | Mohammed Hanif
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#lmpbc My book is on its way to Jee-sorry for the delay in sending it. Unfortunately, I didn‘t care for it. I think it‘s meant to be an anti-war satirical novel, but it fell utterly flat for me. Wish I had picked a different book. Hopefully, one of the other participants in #GroupW will find something of redeeming value in it. @Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 @CSeydel

arubabookwoman BTW, the background in the photo is the view from the new apartment in downtown Seattle we moved to 2 weeks ago. The 2 buildings are Amazon‘s corporate headquarters. The building under construction is another Amazon building, which my husband was the architect for. We will be able to watch its progress as my husband undergoes his treatment. 2mo
lele1432 Oh wow! That's very cool about the building construction. I wish your husband all the best in treatment!! 2mo
Liz_M I hope the move went well and that life is less stressful now. Best wishes for a successful treatment. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Looking forward to reading it! Sorry you didn't enjoy it... Hopefully the next one will be better! Also wishing you all the best in your new place! And wowwww so close to Amazon's HQ! 😊👍🏼 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman thank you for mailing the book! Looking forward to reading it :) 1mo
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The Magic Kingdom | Stanley Elkin
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Well I‘ve been in the hospital since Sunday with blood clots in both lungs, but hopefully going home today. I also have a torn meniscus, arthritis and other knee issues that have been keeping me immobile for several weeks. The house we‘ve lived in 30+ years sold last week and we have to be out by 3/20. To say the least I continue to be too stressed to read.

BiblioLitten I‘m so sorry to hear that. Warm hugs to you. 💕 3mo
merelybookish Oh my! That's a lot to cope with, but try to focus on getting better! 3mo
JoScho Sending love ❤️ 3mo
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BookNAround Oh my! That‘s a lot to handle. I hope you‘re feeling better soon and have lots of people you can delegate packing and moving to. 3mo
BookwormM Hope the move goes well and that your pains settle down xxx 3mo
Tanisha_A Super fast recovery to you! ♥️ 3mo
batsy That is a lot to have to deal with. Much love and strength to you ❤️ Take care. 3mo
Liz_M Oh no! I hope you can find/hire people to do the packing and putting into storage or moving for you. Best wishes for a quick recovery! 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sorry this is happening- all my love to you! 3mo
Crazeedi Oh my, sending lots of healing vibes, I cant imagine your stress, I hope you have some great help so you can heal! 💜 3mo
RavenLovelyReads Hope you‘re feeling better- sending good juju for a quick recovery! 💕 3mo
overtheedge Positive energy your way, hope things all work out for you and your feeling better soon. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Just saw this... Hope you're feeling better, Deborah! Rest well! Sending well wishes your way! 2mo
Graywacke I just saw this today. That‘s a lot at once. Wishing health and wellness to you and your family. 2mo
kspenmoll Just saw this-hope you are healing.💕💕 2mo
charl08 More good wishes from me: sorry to hear you've been so unwell. 2mo
lele1432 I hope you're feeling much better!! ❤️ 2mo
CSeydel So sorry 💕 Hope things are improving. 2mo
Tonton Hope you are feeling better!Tore my meniscus and relating to your pain. 1mo
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Current Libby library books I have checked out. I try to read in order of due date, because I have lots of stress in my life now, so only easy reads are calling me. In particular I want to read Joe Victim next. It‘s the sequel to New Zealand crime novel The Cleaner, narrated largely by Joe, the cleaner, a psychopathic serial killer, which I just finished, and couldn‘t put down. Checked out Joe Victim minutes after finishing The Cleaner.

Tanisha_A Hope you feel stress-free soon! 🎈 3mo
Liz_M You're including D. McCullough in "light reads"? ? 3mo
arubabookwoman @Liz_M oh no. That‘s one of the books with the earlier due date that I‘m skipping over to get to the crime novels. It may end up going back to the library unread along with most of the others. 3mo
kspenmoll I get it- under stress I go to easy reading mysteries for escapism. Hope the stress in your life eases! 3mo
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Pets | DK
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#loveyourpetday Our dog Dante turned 16 on Valentines Day. This was taken a couple of weeks ago. He still looks and acts like a puppy.

Leftcoastzen Sweet photo! 3mo
kspenmoll What a cutie! Love the name!!! 3mo
Graywacke An elegant pup. Great picture. 3mo
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Tanisha_A Oh he looks so cute 3mo
IndoorDame Adorable!!! 3mo
BiblioLitten What a sweetheart. 💕💕 3mo
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I‘ve been interested in books about D-Day since we visited the Normandy beaches a few years ago. Just started this nonfiction about the five double agents whose efforts prevented the Nazis from learning the location of the landing. These spies sound stranger than fiction. “A bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial French-woman, a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming.”

Tanisha_A Such interesting bios! 😁 4mo
BookNAround Sounds fascinating. I might have to get it for myself and then leave it out in plain view for the history nerd boys in my family to stumble across. 4mo
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Polar: A Photicular Book | Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann
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The polar vortex hit Seattle last night. It rarely snows here, but we woke up to this, and it‘s still snowing.

Tanisha_A Stay safe and warm! 4mo
Leftcoastzen So pretty! Stay safe 4mo
Kimzey Enjoy! ☃️ 4mo
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The Mountain | Paul Yoon

The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

arubabookwoman Oops! Sorry for double post. 4mo
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The Mountain | Paul Yoon
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The mountain was out earlier this week when we went into the city to the hospital. Another thing I will miss about this beautiful city.

Tanisha_A Such a view! Where is this? 4mo
arubabookwoman On the Lake Washington bridge between Seattle and the eastern suburbs. The mountain is Mount Ranier. @Tanisha_A 4mo
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Librarything provided free passes to the ALA convention here in Seattle last weekend. I went, not intending to get any of the free books there would allegedly be available. Although I was fairly restrained, I still picked up the books pictured. Did I say they were FREE?

charl08 Wow. How are you getting them home?! 4mo
arubabookwoman Oh I live in Seattle, so I brought them home in my car. I could have gone back for 2 more days, and they apparently put new books out all the time. But since we‘re moving soon, and I already have such a huge TBR pile I refrained. I‘m most looking forward to the Marlantes, the Hanif, and the Jian. @charl08 4mo
charl08 Smart move. I have always wanted to go to one of these, but wondered if they would turn me down for the free stuff because I was from the UK! 4mo
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arubabookwoman Also I met up with Michigantrumpet and Benitastrnad of the 75 group, and they got many more books than me and had to arrange mailing/packing. @charl08 4mo
charl08 Sounds good. 4mo
gradcat I need to go to one of these, too @charl08 ... what a haul! And free? Nothing better than that 😊😊😊 4mo
Butterfinger Good for you!!! 4mo
batsy It was your duty! 😆 Optic Nerve and After the Party are on my radar. 4mo
Liz_M So many books 😍 4mo
kspenmoll That is amazing!! 4mo
Crazeedi Wow! That's awesome! 4mo
Graywacke 😮!! 4mo
overtheedge Nice work!! 2mo
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This memoir is organized around a year of the Existential Crisis Reading Group, which gathers monthly in New Orleans to discuss readings, books, and the various existential crises of its members. The author is from a New Orleans Catholic family, and suffers through major events like Katrina, the suicides of twin sisters and the death of her father. While sometimes a bit pretentious, I loved reliving the places, food and ambience of New Orleans.

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Four of my kids got together this week in NYC (actually Brooklyn) for a meal at world-famous Peter Lugar‘s Steak House. The daughter in Houston couldn‘t make it, and neither could we in Seattle.

merelybookish Lovely! 4mo
LazyDays 💛 4mo
sprainedbrain What a nice photo! 4mo
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Megabooks That‘s fantastic! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I want to go there! 4mo
kspenmoll How wonderful for them! 4mo
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Well that‘s honest.

BarbaraBB Haha! 4mo
Leftcoastzen 🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀 4mo
Lesliereads No thank you! My TBR is already outsized😂🙄 4mo
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Oh my! Look what came in the mail: The #LMPBC book from #sprainedbrain along with some book-related goodies. Thanks so much Jenni.
I read the first story last night, and all I can say is I‘m puzzled...
#Butterfinger #Buddenbrooks was sent to you last week and I hope you ‘ve received it by now.

@jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Yay! Glad it has arrived. 😃 6mo
Butterfinger Yes @arubabookwoman. I was so excited. I'm afraid to write in it so I'm going to purchase some post it's tomorrow before the snow comes. Jim Cantore is in my neck of the woods. I have to warn you, I left it on my side table to go to the bathroom and my 7 year old gets it, runs, trips over our new puppy, and drops it just so she can "bring me the book that you were excited about, momma." It is now on my highest shelf. I'm treating it like my Bible 6mo
Butterfinger I didn't want an apostrophe in the word post-its. 6mo
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Butterfinger @jmofo have you received Shirley Jackson? 6mo
arubabookwoman Oh please write in the book! Post-it‘s have a way of migrating, and I would like to have people‘s comments permanently in the book. You‘ll see I did lots of writing in the book. Your 7 year old sounds very sweet! @Butterfinger 6mo
Butterfinger Ok. I will. She is, but WILD. Maybe there should have been a question on the survey, "Do you have young children?" ? I hope it snows so much my husband will have to stay home and I will be able to read without interruption. 6mo
jmofo @Butterfinger I have not it will no doubt be here soon. May I write in your book? I write in my own when inspired. It‘s cool your kiddo gets excited about what you‘re excited about. 😊 6mo
Butterfinger Oh yes you may. @jmofo I love that wild little girl so much. 6mo
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Humboldt's Gift | Saul Bellow
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I started keeping a list of books I read in 1977. These pages show the books I read thru 2008. From 1-1-09 I have tracked my reading on LT. The first books listed in 1977 were Humbolt‘s Gift, What I‘m Going To Do I Think, Tristram Shandy, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Japanese Stories, Pickwick Papers, Auto-de-Fe, Riders in the Chariot, The Painted Bird, African Stories, & Middlemarch. I think I read more seriously then.

Flaneurette I wish I had done this- I only started to keep track when I joined goodreads in 2009 6mo
LeahBergen That‘s so awesome!! I have a written record of my reading since 1993. 👍🏻 6mo
arubabookwoman Looking at the picture I noticed on the top page near the end of the second column after Nabokov and before Wharton I‘ve noted “Matthew is born.” That‘s my oldest son, born 7-18-78. On the 2nd p. middle of the 2nd column is “5-13-83 Brandon born”. He‘s my 3rd child, 2nd son. My daughter born in 1980 is on the back, right after Rhyss‘s Good Morning Midnight. (edited) 6mo
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Emilymdxn It‘s incredible that you have these!! I‘m lucky I was young enough to catalogue online - I‘ve been using LT since I was 13, around 9 years ago, but don‘t have exact dates for a huge number of books. 6mo
Centique That is AMAZING. What a treasure trove! 6mo
batsy Wow, amazing! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Very cool!! 5mo
Crazeedi I am so jealous! I have wished that I had kept a list of books I've read. Lucky you 5mo
Liz_M What fun to find again! ☺ 5mo
thebluestocking This is amazing!! 😍 5mo
charl08 Wow. 5mo
Graywacke That‘s just beautiful (a bit late catching this). My list from senior year of high school through 200? is packed away somewhere. Each silly book (nothing like your first entries, wow) written in with whatever pen or marker was at hand. Now I use Word and Excel (LT could form a patchwork list.) 4mo
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2 of 2 Here is the second batch of old TBRs I ‘m trying to decide whether to keep or purge. Has anyone read any of these or otherwise have an opinion as to whether they‘re good reads?

LeahBergen I remember really enjoying The Northern Clemency. 6mo
Leftcoastzen What‘s weird is I liked this one it was quite snarky, but it was due at the Library so I never finished it! 6mo
BarbaraBB I liked both Oh the Glory of it all and The Half Brother (according to my LT rating) but I don‘t remember them...! 6mo
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Vindication: 18 Copy Dumpbin | Sherwood Frances Staff
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1 of 2 The great book purge in preparation for the move to the east coast continues. Unfortunately I‘m now having to make decisions about my TBR books. Pictured here and in an accompanying post are some of my older TBRs. Does anyone have an opinion on the merit of these?

LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to read Vindication, too. 6mo
Liz_M Are they available from the library? If so, pitch them all and only take the ones you are sure about. Then when you settle in, hopefully you'll have room to purchase books you know you want to read /own. 😁 6mo
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A Peanuts strip commenting on using our imaginations reprinted in the tagged book.

Tanisha_A Peanuts! ♥️ 6mo
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I'm in Houston at the International Quilt Festival, seeing the show and taking classes, and this is what I made in my class today.

VioletBramble That's gorgeous and really colorful. 6mo
JoScho 😍 6mo
tournevis Wow! 6mo
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Tanisha_A So pretty! 6mo
merelybookish Wow! I love quilts. Have fun! 6mo
Lesliereads Beautiful 😍 6mo
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Flipped | Wendelin Van Draanen
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So relieved we will have at least one sane house in Congress, and hope to see some oversight. So disappointed that the wave didn't carry over to the senate, and too many states elected Repub governors. Don't understand why people keep voting agaimst their own best interests, and how so many support an evil, corrupt, racist, criminal liar. Sorry to be so emotional. Will try to (mostly) avoid politics here from now on.

merelybookish Agreed. There were some significant victories but some disappointments too. Much work to be done! 7mo
BarbaraBB I so agree. I really don‘t understand it 7mo
Samplergal Because they too are racist and don‘t have a world view. I live in the good part of Florida. But I see it here too. More work. 7mo
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arubabookwoman @Samplergal I think I am coming to accept that, but it is so disheartening that there are so many racist and/or ignorant people. I was really hoping that a lot of people who voted trump/repub in 2016 would heed the evidence of the last 2 yrs and mend their ways. Voter suppression and gerrymandering doesn't help either. 7mo
Bookwomble I've felt the same dumbfoundedness and amazement after every political vote since 2010. I think that because I don't subscribe to right-wing news sources, I don't see the inflammatory stories and opinions that big chunks of the populace are seemingly exposed to. I've tried to step outside my "echo-chamber", but feel too polluted to stay out of it very long. 7mo
arubabookwoman @Bookwomble I become too angry/sick to watch/read right-wing news sources-I can't stand the lies and hype. As to the people who rely on these sources, I find that I can't deal with their ignorance and belief of outright lies. I know we're supposed to talk to the other side, and try to compromise, but when 1 side is in Lala Land, I prefer not to engage. 7mo
Graywacke Just sending sympathy and appreciation of the one little political post. Things look better today than just after the election, but it‘s still disturbing to see all this open embracement of racism and to know it‘s all out there waiting for 2020. 6mo
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Hope everyone voted.

Leftcoastzen Darling! 7mo
MaGoose Yup. 7mo
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BarbaraBB Too cute 😍 7mo
Ericalambbrown Look at those sweet little elfin ears! 😍 6mo
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Colors (Colores) | Eric Carle
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Love the fall #color, #gratitude30, but last week I looked at just a few days of leaves in my driveway and sighed!

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Started this, I guess you'd call it a humorous thriller, with super-sleuthes Joe Biden and Barack Obama, on the plane down to Houston. But it does make a few serious political points, as evidenced by the quote above.

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I‘m in Houston visiting my daughter and grandkids and will attend the Quilt Show next week. I love that the house abutting her backyard is painted a la Starry, starry night.

Tanisha_A Simply gorgeous! 7mo
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Thursday | Mary Lindeen
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Thanks to @jmofo for the tag.
1. To read a bit more-I‘ve been a bit distracted and in a slump the past few months.
2. No to NaNoWriMo. I journal occasionally.
3. International Quilt Festival in Houston. I‘m off tomorrow!
4. Happy November to all Littens, esp. Group F!

sprainedbrain Happy November to you, Deborah! ❤️ 7mo
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Homesick: A Memoir | Sela Ward
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#Gratitude39 #Home I haven‘t had a lot of geographical homes, 16 years in Aruba, 1 year in London, 18 years in New Orleans, and the past 33 years in this house in the Seattle area. Within the next few months we will be pulling up roots here to move somewhere on the east coast to be closer to our kids, who have all moved cross country. Very bittersweet. I will miss the color of this smoke bush every fall.

Crazeedi Blessings on your new life! It must be hard to leave your friends. But I know you will find more happiness! 7mo
Cinfhen Beautiful 💕💕new beginnings are hard but there‘s always something to celebrate xx 7mo
laytonwoman3rd We have lots of lovely color on the East Coast too. 7mo
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CouronneDhiver We have great fall colours on the east coast too... have you decided where you‘re going? 7mo
Suet624 My heart goes out to you. It‘s a challenge, for sure, but the east coast has lots of lovely attributes too. Best wishes to you. 7mo
Butterfinger I feel for you. That is your bush. It might do well over here if you take a cutting. We do have burning bushes in NC. I wonder if they are similar. 7mo
arubabookwoman @Crazeedi @Cinfhen @laytonwoman3rd @CouronneDhiver @Suet624 @Butterfinger Thank you all for the encouragement. I know I will adjust, and enjoy life on the east coast. The process of purging so many years of “stuff” has just been exhausting and emotionally draining. 7mo
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Well, unless I hear any protests today or tomorrow about the length of this book it‘s my choice for the #lmpbc. @jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain . My cat Dinah has given her paw of approval.

sprainedbrain No complaints from me! This one is on my tbr. 😉 7mo
Butterfinger I'm happy with it. 7mo
Liz_M Good choice, a surprisingly quick read 7mo
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Malevil | Robert Merle

Thanks for the tag @tournevis
@JenlovesJT47
1. Hand out candy-love to see the little kids in their costumes!
2. Had an issue with a bat when I was a kid, and I‘ve had several lovely black cats over the years (most recently Mamacat who we lost to cancer in May), so black cats it is.
3. Don‘t care for spooky either in books or movies, but in general books do it better so I‘ll go with books.

tournevis 😘😘😘 7mo
arubabookwoman Oops- don‘t know how I got a double post. Sorry! 7mo
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Malevil | Robert Merle
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Thanks for the tag @tournevis
@JenlovesJT47
1. Hand out candy-love to see the little kids in their costumes!
2. Had an issue with a bat when I was a kid, and I‘ve had several lovely black cats over the years (most recently Mamacat who we lost to cancer in May), so black cats it is.
3. Don‘t care for spooky either in books or movies, but in general books do it better so I‘ll go with books.

tournevis 😘😘😘 7mo
arubabookwoman 4. Since I don‘t like horror, or supernatural, or spooky, my “scarey” books are post-apocalyptic, particularly post nuclear holocaust. The tagged book is an oldie but goodie. 7mo
JenlovesJT47 🖤🧡🖤 7mo
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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I enjoyed this book narrated by Elvis, a young girl, as she attempts to come to terms with her mother‘s death. Elvis‘s voice is precocious, yet not annoying, and the story is scattered with intriguing factoids about animals, sleepwalking, and the Guinness Book of World Records. While some of the quirky references occasionally strained credibility, I learned you can, indeed, purchase coyote urine on Amazon!

arubabookwoman @collegecatlady My trip to NYC to visit new grandchild put me a little behind in finishing this since I was afraid I would lose it if I traveled with it. It will be on its way back to you tomorrow. Great choice for #lmpbc. 7mo
TrishB A lovely read 👍🏻 7mo
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Sorry—You don‘t “knit” a quilt. You piece it, or stitch it, or sew it. This grated, but I am otherwise moved by this very readable novel about a young couple battling cancer.

Lcsmcat Wow - that would bother me too. 7mo
Megabooks I hated Oliver so much it ended up ruining the book for me. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it more. 👍🏻 7mo
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A big thank you to the other members of the first #lmpbc I participated in. I received my book back and I loved the thoughtful comments you all made! This was a wonderful experience for me. @Laura317 @suvata @collegecatlady

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Visiting NYC this week we stayed a few days we stayed a few days at my younger daughter‘s. While perusing her bookshelves I came across her bound copy of her Ph.D thesis.

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Abraham Lincoln | Lucia Raatma
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My grandson has a great costume too. Wish our current president was more in tune with the ideals and aspirations of the U.S.

merelybookish Cute! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Awwww! 7mo
Tanisha_A Super cute! 7mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️ 7mo
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Lady Liberty: A Biography | Doreen Rappaport, Matt Tavares
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My granddaughter has a great costume this year!

Leftcoastzen Super cute! 7mo
Tanisha_A Adorable! 7mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Amazing 7mo
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On the Road (Revised) | Jack Kerouac
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Off to NYC for a week or so to meet new grandchild, Milo Paul. Left cloudy Seattle early this morning, but once we were above the clouds, the Cascades were beautiful.

britt_brooke Have a fun, safe trip! (edited) 7mo
Leftcoastzen Wow ,safe travels , absolutely gorgeous! 7mo
JoScho Enjoy! 7mo
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Trashcanman Safe travels and congratulations. 7mo
BiblioLitten 😍 7mo
BarbaraBB Have a great time! 7mo
kspenmoll Enjoy your trip. What a beautiful pic! Congrats 🎉🎊 7mo
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Choices | Skyy
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@jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain I think I have narrowed it down to 4: 1. Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence-the only Lawrence I want to reread. Read it when I was about 16. About the relationship between a son and his mother, and now that I have grown sons I want to reread. 2. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann-family saga one of my favorite books ever. I‘m really leaning towards this, but it‘s long (700+pp) and I don‘t want to burden anyone.

arubabookwoman 3. Group Portrait With Lady by Heinrich Boll-read about the time he won the Nobel. Written in an interesting documentarian style. I would be interested in seeing if his writing of a woman comports with 21st century feminist sensibilities. 4. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller—in these tumultuous times this might be particularly relevant. Might be too similar in tone to Confederacy of Dunces though.#lmpbc (edited) 7mo
sprainedbrain I know I sound like a broken record, but I would seriously be happy with any of these, including Buddenbrooks. All are on my tbr, and I don‘t already have any of them. I was just reading reviews on Buddenbrooks and it‘s very intriguing! 7mo
jmofo @arubabookwoman I, too, am good with any of these. 😬 7mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Another Kate Atkinson winner. Builds slowly to an impeccable climax and resolution, and along the way we learn how morally ambiguous spying in both WW II and the Cold War is. Lots of fascinating details about BBC educational broadcasting too. I loved Atkinson‘s afterword (see quote above) about the confluence of fact and fiction in the novel, and the depth of her sources.

arubabookwoman Apologies for the misaligned photo. The quote I highlighted says, “After many conversations with myself, I went ahead and invented whatever I felt like—the novelist‘s prerogative, I suppose.” 7mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 7mo
Emilymdxn This sounds wonderful! I really wanna read this now 7mo
CarolynM Excellent review. I loved the book too❤️ 7mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Great review. I really think she isn't everyone's cup of tea and some reviews have been blah, but since I love all her books I am now sure I will also love this one. 7mo
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I now have a new word to describe people I don‘t like—vespine.
Continue to enjoy Kate Atkinson, although I would not describe it as “fast-paced”. (It‘s been described as a spy thriller.)

TrishB It‘s not fast paced. It‘s very well written though! 7mo
arubabookwoman @TrishB Just finished it. I loved it! 7mo
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A Bend in the River | V.S. Naipaul
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Back in 1982 my 2 oldest kids didn‘t go for kid lit—they went for the heavy stuff! Not sure what book my daughter was opening, but my son, age 4 is going for V. S. Naipaul.

Leftcoastzen I was that kind of kid!👍 7mo
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Say hello to our newest grandchild born earlier today in NYC. We are heading there next week to meet him. Can‘t wait.

GatheringBooks so cuuuute!!! congratulations, grandma! 7mo
Tanisha_A Adorable! Congratulations! 🙂 7mo
rather_be_reading awww congrats!! 👏👏 7mo
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TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 7mo
readordierachel Congratulations! 💕 7mo
BarbaraBB Oh Deborah so cute! Congrats 💕 7mo
RachelO Congratulations! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz Congratulations on the new addition! 7mo
batsy Aww! Congratulations! 💕 7mo
JoScho Congrats!! 👶🏻 7mo
rustoryhuf Congrats. Grand babies are simply wonderful. 7mo
RidgewayGirl Congratulations! How wonderful! 7mo
BookNAround Congratulations! What a happy day! 7mo
Mdargusch That is so wonderful! Congratulations! 7mo
CarolynM Congratulations 💕 7mo
LeahBergen Congratulations!! ❤️ 7mo
Graywacke I‘m late, but congrats Deborah. Very exciting 7mo
Joyfulmimi Grandkids are the best! Congratulations! 7mo
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I love Kate Atkinson, and the passage above from her new book is an example of why. I have a feeling this relationship is not going to work out.

CarolynM Yes, the wittiness of her writing is a lot of the charm, but I think she is very insightful too. 7mo
BarbaraBB “He had no Shakespeare” ❤️ 7mo
arubabookwoman @Carolyn Definitely. This passage made me laugh out loud. 7mo
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collegecatlady Hey! I just wanted to check in about #lmpbc! I haven‘t gotten a book this month and I know the only one I have left to read is suvata‘s pick. Do you still have that one? (edited) 7mo
arubabookwoman @collegecatlady Oh no! I did mail it a few days late, but I think it should have gotten there by now. I mailed it by Media mail on Monday October 2. If you don‘t receive it by Monday, let me know and I will see if there is any way to trace it. If we can‘t locate it, I will send a replacement, but I‘m sick at the thought of losing all the good comments. I will keep my fingers crossed. @suvata @laura317 7mo
collegecatlady Sounds good! I‘ll keep a close eye on my mailbox. The receipt should have a tracking number on it if you still have it! 7mo
suvata Fingers crossed 7mo
arubabookwoman @collegecatlady Just @spoke to my husband who was the actual “mailer” and he did not actually mail it until last Thursday, 10/4. They said it would take 7-10 days, so I am very hopeful it is not lost and you will receive it soon. I‘m feeling better, although I apologize profusely for the delay. It is an engaging read, so I don‘t think you will have a problem finishing it. But let me know if you don‘t receive it Monday. 7mo
collegecatlady I just got the book today so everything is good but I may be a little behind on getting this one back to @suvata 7mo
BookNAround She‘s a wonderful writer and really understands subtlety, which I always appreciate. 7mo
Laura317 I am glad the book made it! I‘m starting mine tonight. We‘ve been on vacation, and I‘ve had very little time to read. @suvata @collegecatlady @arubabookwoman 7mo
Graywacke Charming, especially seeing now as I just finished reading Macbeth Sunday. (For the first time. Before then I had no Shakespeare either, at least in this way) 7mo
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In these trying times, I find myself only able to read books not requiring a lot of concentration or effort to read. I‘ve never read anything by Elmore Leonard, and this is on the #1001 list so I picked it up. It took a few pages to get into the rhythm of Leonard‘s prose and the story he‘s telling, but once I was in it was all forward flow. A brutal story full of low-life‘s, but also lots of humor. He is a great prose stylist. I‘ll be readingmore.

vivastory I really liked this one 8mo
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#FeministFriday So once this book was in my hand, I had to open it, and this was the first paragraph of the introduction. So apropos of the whole issue of feminism.

Leftcoastzen Argh 8mo
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#FeministFriday I bought this about a year ago for my scientist daughter, but decided to read it myself first. A year later it‘s still on the TBR shelf. She‘s visiting from NYC this coming week. Maybe I can squeeze it in this weekend?

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