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The Mother: A Novel by Yvvette Edwards
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The Fugitive by Marcel Proust
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I flew through this one and I had a good time reading about Evelyn but I‘m pretty sure I‘ll forget about her just as soon.

(Pic: Wasatch Mountains, Utah)

Megabooks I‘m not sure I‘m going to finish Mrs. Everything. Have you gotten to it yet? 49m
squirrelbrain Lovely pic, shame about the book! 😁 46m
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Out of the blue I found this lovely bookstore in Park City, a lovely small town in the Wasatch mountains. Thanks for your suggestion @JaclynW it is so beautiful here! In the bookstore, that also sells icecream and caramel apples, I bought the tagged book because everyone is raving about it on Litsy and it is way out of my comfort zone!

AlaMich If you‘ve never had a caramel apple, do yourself a favor and get one!! 9h
AmyG What @AlaMich said. They are amazing. 9h
AlaMich @AmyG 🙌 9h
Hooked_on_books Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!!! I haven‘t seen one of those in so long. We went there when I was a kid in Colorado. They always had a giant plush bear outside. 9h
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After Trump‘s election the world turns against a Muslim doctor working in rural Minnesota, his family and his religion. He encounters a lot of hate and tries to turn his anger about this into something positive: a lecture to explain Islam and get into some prejudices against it (terrorism, women, sharia).
A thought provoking book about an important subject. I could say much more but will refrain from politics here.

(Pic: Rural Idaho)

kspenmoll Stacked! Thanks for a good review. (edited) 2d
Librarybelle Stacking! 2d
TrishB Great review. You could always put the politics in a spoiler and only those interested could read! I‘m always interested. Stacked 👍🏻 2d
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Kalalalatja Great review! And I‘m with @TrishB ☝️ 2d
JackOBotts I heard an interview with him NPR a week ago. I must‘ve missed the part where they mentioned he wrote a book. Stacked! 📚 2d
AbigailDays Thanks for such a good review, that sounds like a really cool book. And another beautiful picture! 1d
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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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“The good thing, finally, is to lead a devoted life, even if it swings around and strikes you in the face.”

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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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Baker strikes again with this fantastic book about a white boy who becomes obsessed with black jazz music and becomes the best horn player LA or New York has known until then. The reader feels the trip that his life becomes, drowned in alcohol, steamy as an underground jazz club.

I did like Daisy Jones, buy this book really rocks!

(Pic: The Painted Hills, Oregon)

Melissa_J So pretty! 3d
CarolynM I definitely need to read this one. Stacked 🙂 3d
DebinHawaii Gorgeous pic! You are in my old stomping grounds of Oregon--though I lived mostly in the Portland area. Enjoy! Hope you get up there and to Powell's. 📚📚📚📚📚 3d
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BarbaraBB @CarolynM I think you do need to read it indeed 😉❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Unfortunately not. We need to get west (travelling from San Francisco) to make it in time to Utah where we are expected on the 23th 😀 3d
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Is it a coincidence that @Hooked_on_books lived in Oregon too before moving to Hawaii? 3d
DebinHawaii @BarbaraBB Bummer! But better on the wallet & checked baggage weight I suppose! 😆 (edited) 3d
DebinHawaii @BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Hah! It's the Oregon rain! ☔️💦 Actually there are a lot of Hawaii people who go to university and/or move to Oregon & Washington so it's an exchange program I guess! 🤣🤣🤣 3d
AlaMich This sounds like such an amazing trip, and you are definitely making the most of it! 3d
BarbaraBB @AlaMich I am definitely trying to! It‘s a once in a lifetime trip probably 💕 3d
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii There definitely seems to be an Oregon-Hawaii connection! I‘ve only lived here a few months but have met several Oregonians. The funny part is that I moved from a place in Oregon (north coast) that has twice the average US rainfall yet only half the rainfall I have here in Hawaii. I live in a rain shadow on purpose, as I grow a rainforest flower. Not the Hawaii most people think of! 🌺💦 3d
AbigailDays The colors on those hills are so bright it almost doesn't seem real! You are giving me so many new places to add to my bucket list (and books to the reading list! ) 3d
QuintusMarcus I love Bix‘s music - I‘ve always intended to read this book, but thought it would be to depressing. If you‘ve never heard them, look up Bix‘s recordings with a very young Bing Crosby - superb! 3d
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays The colore are unreal, it is really gorgeous. One of the most beautiful landscapes I ever saw. Which State do you live in? 3d
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus I am going to listen to them, thanks for the suggestion! The book is not depressing, it is very intense though! 3d
AbigailDays @BarbaraBB I'm much further south, where the cactus and agave grow. I've never been up to Oregon, I had this idea it was all rain and pine trees! 2d
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays I saw your pictures, it looks amazing! There are many pine trees in Oregon as well, it is really diverse! 2d
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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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During this trip I realize how big and empty (#wherehaveallthecowboysgone?) the US are. My own country is so small and packed with people and places. So I am used to having 4G internet everywhere. I hadn‘t realized that of course that wouldn‘t be the case in gorgeous empty Oregon 💜But today we‘re staying on a small camping in an even smaller town and there is WiFi! So I can catch up on Litsy and am planning to read all afternoon! #LilithJuly

KarenUK Sounds wonderful💕 enjoy! 4d
Suet624 Enjoy!! 4d
TrishB Looks great 💕 4d
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tammysue Looks so peaceful! 4d
JennyM ❤️ 🏕 4d
Ms_T Enjoy! 4d
Crazeedi Yep, I drive through areas that the cell service drops, as in no cell service. Close to where I live 4d
Velvetfur What, they don't have random WiFi everywhere in the street in America?!?! 😂 It must be nice to have a break from it, lol 👍 Lovely picture too 😊 4d
BarbaraBB @Velvetfur Yes really, it is relaxing to take a break from it - now I notice how addicted I am 🙈 4d
Tamra I love being unplugged. ☺️ It‘s amazing how much mental noise is diminished. 4d
AbigailDays One of my favorite parts of traveling out west is being "off the grid". That looks like such a relaxing way to spend the day! 4d
Kalalalatja Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip! 4d
gradcat We always have random drops in our internet service as well...I guess that comes from living in the country. It looks beautiful where you are, though! Hope you enjoy your day reading in the sun! ♥️ 3d
BarbaraBB @gradcat I am loving my time here, with and without the internet 💜 3d
gradcat Can‘t ask for more than that, right? Have you have any good Chardonnay to go with that sun & those books? 😂 3d
BarbaraBB @gradcat I do, of course! Haven‘t found yours yet though! But I keep looking out for it 😉 3d
gradcat Let me know if you find it—I‘d love to know what you think of it. 2d
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This book is a poem, a lovesong, a serenade, a celebration. Of New York City and of Oliver Sacks. Every sentence in this book feels genuine and intimate. Hayes writes with so much respect about the people who make his city and about the two lovers who made him into the man who wrote this wonderful quiet book.

(Pic: Oregon‘s forests)

squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR.... are you having a fab time?! 5d
arubabookwoman I hope you got to (or will) get to the Oregon coast--among the most beautiful places in the world!! 5d
Tamra Mine kinda setting! 4d
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JennyM That sounds fantastic! You look to be having a great time, too ❤️ 4d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @JennyM I am! It‘s completely different from Europe! And this book... read it 💕 (edited) 4d
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman Unfortunately we won‘t. I know it must be gorgeous but so are the Painted Hills where we are staying now. It really is a beautiful state! 😍 4d
BarbaraBB @Tamra Are you living nearby? Oregon is so beautiful! 4d
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi You were so right about this book! I loved it 💜. @Rachel_nyc @Liz_M @mrozzz If you haven‘t read it yet, do. It‘s a poem on your city! 😘 (edited) 4d
Tamra @BarbaraBB no, but I grew up in AK and we every summer we camp for an extended period in the mountain west. 🤗 4d
BarbaraBB @Tamra That must have been lovely ❤️ 4d
emilyhaldi Oh, I‘m so so happy you loved it!!! ❤️ and that I now have someone else to share my love for this book with 😆 You described it perfectly ✨ enjoy your travel!!! 4d
batsy That looks simply magical 🌳🌲😍 4d
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Haven‘t read it yet but have added to my TBR! 4d
CarolynM I've wondered about this one for a while. The interviews he did when it was first published were really interesting. You and @emilyhaldi have convinced me to stack it. 3d
mrozzz Ahhhhh I love that you loved it. I have it somewhere- hopefully I‘ll find it while moving! 3d
BarbaraBB @mrozzz You‘re moving? Where to? 😘 2d
mrozzz With my husband to an apartment in our hometown. It‘s close to his work so it makes sense 😊 1d
BarbaraBB @mrozzz You‘re leaving NYC then? 1d
mrozzz Still working in NYC for the foreseeable future! Our hometown is where I started commuting from years ago so at least I know what to expect. 8h
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Yet another book about child molestation and its impact on the rest of a child‘s life. Marzano feels a connection between her own youth, that of phedophile and murderer Ricky Langley and the mother of the child he killed, which led to his conviction. She wants to understand what has driven them to be able to deal with her own past.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Louisiana
(Pic: Crater Lake, Oregon)

arubabookwoman You‘re as far north as Crater Lake?? Are you coming as far north as Washington state (Seattle)? 6d
Hooked_on_books Hey, I recognize that lake! If you‘re still there and haven‘t seen it, there‘s a great video at the visitors‘ center that isn‘t right at the rim. It talks about how the lake formed from Mount Mazama. 6d
Kalalalatja Stunning photo! 6d
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Megabooks Wow!! Amazing!! 6d
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I‘d love to see Seattle but it‘s too far north this time. We‘ll be going west from here. 6d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Too late! But the Lake is stunning. Do you live nearby? 6d
AbigailDays Wow, that's beautiful! Crater Lake has been on my bucket list for ages. Can't wait to see more of your pictures! 6d
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Not anymore. I lived in Grants Pass, not terribly far from there, for 3 years and northern Oregon for another 6, so if you‘re headed to the Cannon Beach/Astoria area, I can give you tips. And if you‘re going to Portland, you MUST go to Powell‘s. I live in Hawaii now. 🌴🌺 6d
CarolynM 😍Gorgeous! 6d
Cathythoughts Stunning view ✨ 6d
Henrik_Madsen What a stunning view - and the book sounds interesting too. 6d
ValerieAndBooks My family and I camped at Crater Lake when I was young 😊 6d
Rachel_nyc Gorgeous photo! I hope you‘re having a great trip! 5d
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays Thank you! We will be travelling for a whole month so I hope to see many great places in the US! 4d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Hawaii, cool! Completely different from Oregon, which I‘m loving by the way. I won‘t be making it to Portland unfortunately. I went book shopping though in SF and have another on my list in Salt Lake City (thanks to @JaclynW the next big city I‘ll get to! 4d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @Cathythoughts @Henrik_Madsen @Rachel_nyc Thanks. I am seeing some places in Oregon that are among the most beautiful I‘ve ever seen 😍 4d
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks You will have good memories of that trip, I suppose. Camping here has been quite special! So beautiful! (edited) 4d
Hooked_on_books It‘s been an interesting change for sure. I‘m enjoying it. Oregon is such a beautiful place—I‘m glad I got to spend so much time there. Enjoy it! 4d
Centique That is a gorgeous view! 3d
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo! 3d
JaclynW Crater Lake is amazing! I'm glad you got to see it! Safe travels to SLC! Did I tell you about The King's English bookstore? And the SLC library (main branch)? Both are worth visiting. 3d
BarbaraBB @JaclynW I made a note of the bookstore already and added the library now. We‘ll be there after the weekend. Looking forward to it! 3d
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When a couple inherits a lake their whole life changes. Because in the Lake they discover many mussels and pearls. What to do with this sudden wealth? Is it allowed to use if for a risky medical treatment for their handicapped son? Will the money enrich them when they have been so happy without it?

(Pic: Pacific Coast, Mendocino, California)

Megabooks I hope you‘re enjoying your trip! 1w
Leftcoastzen Did you go to Gallery Bookshop? 1w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen No... where is it? 1w
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Very much! The pacific coast is incredible! So wild and beautiful! 1w
Graywacke Nice background! 1w
AbigailDays Wow, your pictures are beautiful! 1w
BarbaraBB @AbigailDays Thank you! So are your desert pictures. I hope to see a bit of the desert too while travelling through the US! 7d
AlaMich Mendocino is beautiful! 3d
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City Lights Books | San Francisco, CA (Bookstore)
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I can cross bookstore #1 off the bucketlist ✔️
What a great place, I could have stayed there forever but unfortunately I had three people outside waiting for me! I do have two new books in my #Posession though 😍. #LilithJuly

KarenUK And your weather looks fabulous too...😊💕 1w
Leftcoastzen Isn‘t it just heaven?Every section lovingly and pointedly selected .I miss it so. 1w
arubabookwoman My CityLights story: In 1969 before we were married I was returning to college after visiting my parents in Singapore and my boyfriend, now husband, was going to summer school at Stanford, so I stopped in SF for a visit. We went to CityLights, much smaller than it is now (more like a hole-in-the-wall) and Ferlinghetti was sitting in the back reading. I wish I had been brave enough to have him sign the 2 poetry books of his I bought. 1w
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman That is great, that it is such an old place. So much history! And Ferlinghetti in there reading, wow! 1w
Cinfhen Awesomeness!!!! I was looking at that blue sky too @KarenUK and GREAT story @arubabookwoman 💕so what did u buy @BarbaraBB !??!! 1w
batsy I can't wait to see your haul from this trip! 😆 1w
Cathythoughts Wow ! Great shot 1w
Hooked_on_books Nice! I enjoyed shopping there on my visit, too. 1w
Kalalalatja Great photo! And your photos are giving me serious wanderlust 😍 1w
youneverarrived 😍😍 1w
Tanisha_A Enjoyyyy! Looking forward to your photographs! 😍 1w
PaperbackPirate My first time there my family all waited in the car & I was thinking What is wrong with you people?! It‘s lovely. Glad you got to visit too. 1w
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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I knew nothing about this book except that some of my peers here recommend it (looking at you @Liz_M 😀) and that I can‘t resist Persephone. Diving in unprepared is what made this highly suspenseful noir so powerful. I can‘t say too much. Just read it. And don‘t read reviews on forehand. Dorothy Hughes made me feel how the main character must have felt. Impressive!

#ReadIngUSA2019 #Arizona
(Pic: San Francisco)

MicheleinPhilly Pretty sure I have the NYRB version of this! 2w
Leftcoastzen I‘d rather be in Alamo square than in Arizona where it‘s going to be be about 50 degrees hotter than SF. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Yes! There is a NYRB as well as a Persephone edition! 2w
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BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Sharp eye! Temperature here is perfect 😘 2w
Leftcoastzen I am ex Bay Area person ,Az is too hot.Enjoy your trip! 2w
Liz_M I am so glad you loved it as much as i do! I thought Hughes wrote a most excellent set up. 😍 2w
Tamra I just read the first sentence of the blurb and I‘m sold! 2w
Librarybelle 👍 1w
BarbaraBB @Tamra I am sure you‘ll love it! 1w
ValerieAndBooks Can‘t mistake those SF Victorians 💖. Looking forward to following your trip! 1w
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Safely arrived in San Francisco. Thank you so much for all your suggestions @Jas16 and @BooksForEmpathy 😘😘. As you can see, I‘ve been listening good! Jetlagging now with Litsy and my book in our hotel in The Mission District.

TrishB How fab ❤️ enjoy x 2w
JennyM Enjoy!!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Wheee! 👏😍 have fun! 2w
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Cathythoughts Enjoy 😊 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Welcome and keep posting and sharing your trip with us ❤️ 2w
KarenUK How exciting! Have loads of fun... 💕💕 2w
Crazeedi Looking forward to your posts! Have a great time!! 💕💕 2w
AmyG Enjoy your trip. What a wonderful city! 2w
Kalalalatja Lovely photos! Enjoy 💕 2w
Jas16 I hope you have an amazing time! 2w
Leftcoastzen Going to SFMOMA ?Think they have a Warhol exhibit up. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Thinking of it. I saw the announcement indeed. Not sure though if I get the kids into museum on their first visit to SF 😬😉 2w
youneverarrived Great photos! 😘 2w
Leftcoastzen Hear that!😂 2w
BooksForEmpathy Yay! @BarbaraBB That bottom right picture is right next to where I live! What have you liked so far!? 2w
BarbaraBB @BooksForEmpathy Really? Such a great neighbourhood! We arrives yesterday afternoon and just strolled through the Mission and Lower Haight. Gorgeous setting and houses. Today Chinatown, hopefully the Warhol exhibition (not sure the kids are willing) and a park I think. 😘 2w
arubabookwoman You need to go to City Lights Bookstore, established by Laurence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet. 1w
Leftcoastzen I think I recognize that taco /burrito place.I would like to go to Peet‘s and Blue Bottle coffee. (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen That burrito place is called Pancho Villa and we had coffee in Peet‘s today! 1w
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This is not about religion, fundamentalist Mormonism (FLDS) is about frustrated white men abusing women and children. I knew nothing about it, LDS is no big thing in my country but I am really shocked. And upset and angry. That is, if Krakauer used a balanced hand while writing. I tend to believe all he says, but maybe I shouldn‘t? What do you think, fellow buddy readers?

#bannerbuddy #ReadingUSA2019 #Utah

bookandcat I have read part of this book (haven't finished it yet) but did read other books about FLDS. Warren Jeffs was incredibly abusive and so were many in his and similar communities. Even members of other offshoot communities of LDS will say so. Krakauer tends to be a very fair reporter in his writing, even about controversial subjects. It's heartbreaking. 2w
cathysaid I'm a little obsessed with the FLDS and other “fringe“ (for lack of a better word) religions. Based on the books I have read, I completely believe this is true. Read anything about Warren Jeffs and you might be surprised. Memoirs by women who have managed to escape FLDS are especially frightening. I am sure there are kind and loving people in the FLDS but man do they also have some screwed up members! (edited) 2w
Tove_Reads Oh good old Brigham Young with his 55 wives... To become a state they officially had to get rid of polygamy in Utah. 2w
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marleed I read this a long time ago but have always kept the book. He did an excellent job in reporting this story. I‘m thinking at the time I read this Warren Jeffs still had some legitimacy which now seems unimaginable. 2w
MicheleinPhilly I still have to start it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ It‘s been a busy week. ☹️ 2w
Stacy_31 I‘m only a few chapters in, as we just returned from vacation on Sunday. But from what I‘ve read, Krakauer is pretty spot-on. Last year, I read Carolyn Jessop‘s memoir, Escape, in which she escaped LDS with her children. Some of them were so indoctrinated at their young ages, that they were angry with her for leaving. 😢. I‘m sure there are good people in the religion, but there seems to be an incredible amount of brainwashing involved. (edited) 2w
Aimeesue My mom and her husband are LDS. The whole religion is weird, but maybe that's to be expected when you base it on angel- endowed golden plates that you need special glasses to read, which then disappear after good ol' Joe read them. It's the underwear that kills me, though. Well, that and the entrenched gender roles that the religion is built to reinforce and support. 2w
BarbaraBB @cathysaid I understand that obsession. I know @britt_brooke has been too. I am completely blown away about what‘s happening TODAY! 2w
BarbaraBB @bookandcat I think and hope FLDS is completely different from LDS. It must be hard for LDS to be associated with people like Warren Jeffs, Brigham Young and the Lafferty brothers. @Tove_Reads 2w
BarbaraBB @marleed I hope it is unimaginable. I doubt everything after finishing this book 😳 2w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @Stacy_31 I will be following what you‘ll think! 💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue Please tell me more about the underwear 😂😉! Seriously though, your mother turned LDS after meeting her husband? You weren‘t brought up that way? I am fascinated I have to admit, and I hope the differences between LDS and FLDS are huge! 2w
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through, and everyone in this book is nuts! I love the terribly convenient “revelations.” 🙄 Every fundamentalist religion is frightening and about control, but I see a lot of control in LDS as well given the low status of women. I‘ve wanted to throw this book several times but nothing in it truly surprises me. I live in a fucked up country. 😕 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Is that so, that women have a low status in LDS as well? Why is it so popular then? Your country is so weird sometimes I really don‘t understand it at all! 2w
bookandcat @BarbaraBB yes, LDS is mainstream Mormonism. FLDS is one kind of offshoot that takes some of the original Joseph Smith principles more literally and extremely. LDS has disowned FLDS and other offshoots. However, if you want a very, very irreverent explanation of the history/founding of Church of LDS, check out Season 7 Episode 12 of South Park (All About Mormons). It's a musical episode. 2w
Aimeesue @BarbaraBB Yes, she joined with her husband. I was definitely NOT brought up LDS. Almost the exact opposite - I was brought up in the progressive United Church of Christ, but am now an atheist and a Unitarian Universalist. Yes, I am an atheist who goes to church! 😄 (edited) 2w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Mainstream LDS is way different than FLDS, but it‘s still an odd religion, IMO. I lived in Salt Lake City for a couple of years and know several Mormons where I live now and there are definitely some weird rules. My female friends don‘t wear the “underwear” but some of the men do. As an atheist myself, I find any type of ritualistic stuff completely bizarre. FLDS is a whole other whacked out, completely subservient, mind fuck. 2w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB There are several books out there about the Arizona/Utah border towns and the Yearning for Zion compound in Texas all controlled by pedophile and complete sociopath Warren Jeffs. I also recommend the documentary “Prophet‘s Prey.” It‘s based on a book of the same name. (edited) 2w
Rachel_nyc @bookandcat 🤣🤣🤣I love that episode! 2w
Rachel_nyc I too tend to trust Krakauer‘s journalism. As others have already stated, FLDS is completely different and like most fundamentalist offshoots, they are their own brand of crazy! I don‘t know a whole lot about LDS but it is definitely a quirky religion. The underwear mentioned is super weird but the simple rule of no alcohol or caffeine is enough for me to give it a big NO from me! 2w
Librarybelle I‘ve found the comments from the buddy readers to be interesting - I haven‘t read this yet. Sounds like a shocking read! 2w
BarbaraBB @bookandcat Thanks you for the South Park suggestion! I will definitely watch! 2w
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue The underwear is a big thing! I had no idea! It must be hard to see your mother make such extreme choices. And I love that your an atheïst going to church. Thanks for your story ? 2w
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke Thank you, I‘ll look out for Prophet‘s Prey. It sounds so scary. As do those FLDS communities in Arizona/Utah. 2w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc All those rules scare me off! 2w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB You and me both! The book went a little ways into the lower status of women in LDS: all men are automatically in the “priesthood” but women are not allowed, women are measured by how many children they have and are encouraged not to work outside the home. I chafe at those forms of control. 2w
Tove_Reads Been meaning to read this book for years. Finally placed a hold and will get it soon! 2w
Tove_Reads We have this odd religion here with 100 000 followers. Naturally the only ones going to heaven... They have 10+ kids, women are birthing machines. No alcohol, TV, music (unless it‘s psalms), dancing, makeup etc. internet and smoking are OK. Men rule and women obey. Our former PM belongs to an offshoot of this movement. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads LDS too or another cult? It does sound ridiculous too! 2w
Tove_Reads It‘s a separate one. Almost all live in Finland, some in Sweden and the U.S. They are Lutherans, but have formed their own movement far from what Protestants normally are. We have LDS all over the country, but I doubt FLDS could ever officially be a religion here. 2w
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads It sounds fascinating, I need to Google that! 2w
BarbaraBB @Tove_Reads Thanks for posting. Unreal!! 2w
JaclynW I do think Krakauer does his journalistic duty to provide facts. As many stated above, there are several crazy (and honestly very sad) stories stemming from fundamentalist religions. There are many such stories here in Utah with the FLDS. Also from the LDS mainstream too.⬇️ 1w
JaclynW In Utah, we have a high rate of suicides in the state as well as prescriptions for anti-depressants/anti-anxiety medications. Some say the LDS religion is at the root. This culture is an interesting one to live in. It's very narrow minded and judgmental. You basically have one path to follow. One role to fufill.⬇️
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JaclynW While in Utah, you REALLY must visit Temple Square. Go through all of the buildings. They do a great job explaining their beliefs and practices. It will give you a good peek into this religion. It is really quite fascinating. They'd also be happy to send missionaries to your door for more detailed lessons.😉😆 ⬇️ 1w
JaclynW For a (Utah) counter culture experience, get tickets to Saturday's Voyeur from the Salt Lake Acting Company while you are in SLC. It is an excellent show that pokes fun at the quirks of "the church" (that's what everyone here calls the LDS church), Utah culture/politics and it stabs at big issues that need to be addressed here. Tgis show is definitely worth going to. They do a new version of this show every summer, so if you miss it, come back!⬇️ 1w
JaclynW I've lived in Utah all my life. I've had several experiences with "the church" and its' followers - many not pleasant. Personally, I think there are a lot of abuses going on in the mainstream LDS religion too (not just FLDS). The people in it, of course, would disagree with me. I think overall they are great people just trying to live their best life like everyone else - unfortunately they are often very close minded. I could go on and on. ⬇️ 1w
JaclynW I feel justified in saying all of this because I used to be a Mormon. I know all sides of this coin. I left because I could see the abuses, I no longer believed in several of its' teachings, I didn't like who I was becoming and I couldn't bring myself to raise my children in it. (Which by the way, they don't like to be called Mormons any more. They want to be referred to as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) ⬇️ 1w
JaclynW I'm glad you read the book! Enjoy your time in our beautiful state of Utah! Let me know how it goes. 😊 1w
BarbaraBB Wow, thanks for your story. There is so much more to it, to this religion and all that‘s behind it. It‘s all so new to me. We‘ll be in SLC on Pioneers Day, that will be impressive I guess. I don‘t know if tours through the Temple will be possible then however. 1w
jamicuns I am a Mormon (yes, we aren‘t suppose to call ourselves that anymore but I do a lot of things that we aren‘t suppose to do. 😉😂) and I read half of this book. I didn‘t find his reporting to be false or hyperbolic, but I did find it a bit too narrow. I wish he didn‘t just focus on Mormon fundamentalists. I felt his thesis was dangerous things can happen when someone takes their religious creeds too far and become extremists, no matter the religion 4d
jamicuns I think his anticipated demographics are Christians but by focusing solely on Mormonism he gave Christians an out by thinking their religion is exempt bc Mormons aren‘t Christians in their eyes. I live in the Bible Belt and so I‘m fully aware of how many Christians view Mormons and we are definitely not Christians to them. I don‘t say that contentiously, I promise. 😀 (edited) 4d
jamicuns I wish he would have used multiple examples of extremists from different Christian sects to get his point across instead of focusing solely on one religion. I hope my comments make sense. Also hope you enjoyed Salt Lake City. I was born there and visit often. It‘s a lovely, yet quirky, city. 4d
BarbaraBB @jamicuns Thank you for replying. I definitely see your point in that Krakauer solely focuses on FLDS while there are other extreme Christian sects too. Do you have to defend your religion often, even as a less-strict Mormon? My visit to SLC is still upcoming. I am looking forward to it, I expect to learn a bit more about LDS, a religion I know so little about (except for what is said about it in this book). 4d
jamicuns @BarbaraBB I had to defend my religion a lot growing up. It never really bothered me bc most of the questions/accusations were based off misinformation and so I loved setting the record straight. As an adult, I still have to clear up misinformation but it doesn‘t feel like having to defend anything so that‘s an improvement. Enjoy SLC and definitely visit temple square if you are interested in learning more. 😀 3d
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Lonely Planet Usa's Best Trips | Lonely Planet, Kate Armstrong, Carolyn Bain, Amy C Balfour, Sara Benson, Celeste Brash, Gregor Clark, Ray Bartlett, Simon Richmond, Michael Grosberg
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#DontDreamItsOver when it‘s just about to begin! Today is about packing our bags, tomorrow we‘ll be flying to San Francisco and we‘ll have the next month to make our way to Washington DC by RV, train and car. I‘ve been so looking forward to this!! 💃💃💃

#LilithJuly

Itchyfeetreader Wow amazing trip happy travels 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 💕I‘m sooooo excited for you 😁 2w
Caroline2 Oh wow!! 😯 that sounds fantastic!! Enjoy! 👍🏻 2w
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Sarah83 Sounds like a great trip. Have a wonderful time 😍 2w
Megabooks So cool!! 2w
CarolynM How exciting! I look forward to seeing photos. Safe travels. 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds amazing 😮wow ! Enjoy 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Wohoo! Exciting times! 2w
Simona Have a wonderful trip❣️ 2w
Susannah I love road trips! Have a fantastic time and post pictures to us when you can. 2w
RachelO Have fun! 2w
merelybookish Have a wonderful trip! 2w
Tanisha_A Happy and safe trip! 2w
batsy Fantastic! Safe and happy travels 💖 2w
Librarybelle Have a wonderful trip! 2w
Crazeedi It sounds like a wonderful vacation ! I would love it! Enjoy!!💕💕 2w
KarenUK Wow! Sounds so amazing! Be safe and have the best time! 💕 2w
Kalalalatja That sounds like the best roadtrip ever! Have all the fun 💕 2w
MicheleinPhilly Have a wonderful time! Safe travels! Also, swing a few more miles up I-95 and come visit. ☺️ 2w
Liz_M Oh my god, a whole month off to road trip through a huge foreign country! Sounds amazing! 2w
Jas16 Safe travels. I hope you have an amazing time. Don‘t hesitate to be in touch if you need anything while you are in San Francisco. 2w
sarahbarnes Wow! Have an amazing trip! 2w
gradcat I hope you have a great time & safe travels! 🥂 2w
LeeRHarry Safe travels! 😊 2w
TrishB So cool 👍🏻 enjoy. 2w
youneverarrived Sounds fab! Have a great time 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you! And I know now that I will have something to look forward to when I come back 😘❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Oh THAT would be SO COOL if you drove through Philly❤️we could all hang out @MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB 2w
Cinfhen Safe travels 😘😘😘😘😘 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly Do you two know eachother from Philly? That is so cool! Are you friends? Wow 😍 I‘ll let you know if our two weeks from Chicago to DC include Philadelphia! 💕💕 2w
Cinfhen We are MOST definitely friends. And we did meet via Litsy @BarbaraBB #PhillyGirlsRock @MicheleinPhilly there‘s a bunch of really awesome #PhillyLittens ♥️need a Liberty Bell emoji or a cheesesteak 😉 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly Really? You are both from Philly and met via Litsy, wow! Are you meeting up this summer again? awesome! 💜 2w
Rachel_nyc Sounds like a fantastic trip! Too bad you‘re not coming to NYC... 2w
DivineDiana How exciting! Have a blast! 2w
Redwritinghood That‘s quite a trip! How long do you plan for the drive? 2w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc We were in NYC for a week last year so we probably won‘t visit this time but its appeal is high of course so I‘m not completely sure! 2w
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood We will travel by train from Salt Lake City to Chicago in 36 hours (I am so looking forward to that trip). That leaves us two weeks on both the west and the east side of these places. 2w
thebluestocking I hope you have an amazing trip!! I like to think that you‘ll be passing nearby. (I live near Salt Lake.) 💙 2w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Thank you! I am looking forward to Utah! Just arrived in California! 2w
JaclynW An entire month! Wow! What an amazing trip! You will be able to see/do so much! 1w
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Me in my #Windowseat cruising the country with Aesop‘s Fables on audio. It‘s hard to avoid falling asleep... #LilithJuly

Cinfhen That doesn‘t sound like a very exciting audio book 😂😂😂 2w
gradcat I agree with @Cinfhen 😂😂 Lovely picture of you, though ♥️ 2w
Cinfhen Agreed @gradcat nice pic, Barb ❤️ 2w
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Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 2w
KarenUK It is a great pic... not sure about the audio choice either! 💕😂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Great pic! Haven‘t read Aesop‘s Fables since I was a kid! 🙂 2w
Bklover Great photo!! (You might pick a different book though!)😉 (edited) 2w
Cathythoughts Love the pic ♥️ 2w
batsy Such a fab pic 💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @gradcat @karenuk @Bklover I should have explained that it‘s one of the 1001 books to read before you die, this is the easier way to tick off some of the less appealing ones 😉 2w
LeahBergen Great photo! ❤️ 2w
Reviewsbylola 🥰🥰🥰 2w
Cinfhen ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
sprainedbrain Lovely! ❤️ 2w
gradcat @BarbaraBB Wow! I really admire your dedication to reading classic literature...you seem to have read a lot of them! 2w
BarbaraBB @gradcat I have indeed. It‘s kind of an addiction, that list. 🤓 2w
gradcat Nothing wrong with that kind of addiction! 😂 2w
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How cool is this? Bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers has started a book club. The first read is this one, to be discussed on July 25, at 11 AM Los Angeles time. For more information check out his Instagram, flea333 ❤️🌶

Gina How neat is that!?!?!?! 2w
batsy He picked a really interesting one to start with! 2w
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echalpan So cool! 🌶🌶🌶 2w
DivineDiana Love it! 2w
JaclynW Awesome! 1w
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The weekend has started and with it the Banner Buddyread. Let‘s try to finish this one this week and share our thoughts with hashtag #bannerbuddy. If you wanna join us, do so!

I just read the prologue (I didn‘t know the story) and Googled Dan Lafferty. Scary man!

MicheleinPhilly What‘s the schedule? Should we just read the whole book this week and discuss next weekend? 2w
BarbaraBB Sounds good to me. I will be travelling though next weekend so not sure if I will be able to join the discussion. 2w
Rachel_nyc I read this book years ago but found it fascinating (and disturbing). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 2w
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vivastory I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I'm definitely in the mood for some great nonfiction. 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve just arrived at our campsite for the next week... nearly finished setting up so will be able to start soon.... 2w
Hooked_on_books Yikes, he‘s creepy! I‘ll be starting tomorrow. I haven‘t yet finished my buddy read pages for a different book for discussion tomorrow. 🙄 2w
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This was an example of the wrong book at the wrong time I think. I wasn‘t in the least grabbed by or interested in all hardship and drama Oscar and his family had to deal with in life. I felt even annoyed by how all went wrong. All. Fuku they call it in the Dominican Republic where part of the book is set. The other half is set in New Jersey so that counts for #ReadingUSA2019! #1001books

Cathythoughts Lovely pic though 😊 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕 . At home! 3w
KatieDid927 I did not enjoy this book either. 3w
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Kalalalatja Great decor 👌 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I really really liked that book!! I think it‘s bc I just like glimpses into different cultures. 3w
Susanita This book contained a sentence that went on for 2.5 pages! 🤬 3w
Rachel_nyc Uh oh. I was planning on reading it this year but I may put it off. 3w
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I do too, very much even, and I did like the cultural aspects of the book. I don‘t know why I wasn‘t interested in the family. 2w
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 I am happy to hear that! 2w
BarbaraBB @Susanita Yes, with a lot of repeating in it 😉. I did like that sentence, actually, it describes Oscar‘s arrival in the DR, or do you mean another one? 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 It happens! 2w
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I really really liked this one. And I didn‘t for a moment expect to since I was so annoyed by The Centre of the Earth!
But this is a book about a nerdy control freak (so like myself 😉) who has a tight schedule to travel the world in 80 days. It‘s about countries and travelling in the old days and it‘s a bit of an adventure. I hope it fits the #middlegrade prompt for #Booked2019 since everyone I know read it at that age! #1001books

Cinfhen Works for me!! Glad u like it 🤓 3w
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Mid-year Report ... | Silk Association of America
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What a great hashtag, #top6reads. I‘ve loved seeing everyone‘s posts! Thanks for tagging me @Cinfhen and @vivastory 💜, I‘m happy to share my favorites, partly influenced by both of you, no doubt about that!

I‘ll tag @emilyhaldi @Liz_M @Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella @youneverarrived @thebluestocking , just a few of the people whose picks I stack automatically and whose top 6 I have not seen yet! 💕

Cinfhen I‘m excited to read 3w
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing your picks 🧡🧡🧡 3w
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Rachel_nyc Some of my favorites as well! Stacking Foe right now since it‘s the one not on my radar. Thanks for the nudge, I will work on mine this afternoon. 3w
KatieDid927 I just won Foe from Goodreads! Glad to know you liked it. 3w
Kalalalatja Great picks! 3w
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 It‘s not for everyone, according to the reviews, but I loved its atmosphere. So creepy! I hope you‘ll like it too! 3w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it! 3w
KarenUK We match 2/6 and almost 3! (Cassandra was #7!) 😊💕 3w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I liked all of your other choices too! #booktwins 💃💃 (edited) 3w
KatieDid927 @BarbaraBB I like creepy! 3w
BarbaraBB @KatieDid927 Then you‘ll be fine, I think! Looking forward to your review 💕 3w
youneverarrived I own the Rooney and O‘Farrell but not read them yet. Will have to get to them soon! Thanks for the tag I‘ll have a think. Cassandra is definitely in my top 6 🧡 3w
TrishB Love O‘Farrell 💕 3w
vivastory Wonderful list! I'm going to stack the ones I haven't read. 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m interested in Golden State ♥️👍🏻 3w
thebluestocking Thank you so much for the tag!! I shall ponder my picks and report. 💙 3w
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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No NYRB edition for me of this book. This is the Dutch edition which I read years ago because this novella is one of the #1001books to read before you die. It is a gem, you‘re in for a treat, #NYRBBookClub ♟🖤

Cathythoughts I have resistance to it ... but I‘ll try it soon ... 3w
vivastory This has been on my TBR for awhile now. I'm looking forward to reading it. Are you going to reread it? 3w
Theaelizabet It‘s been on my TBR forever. Looking forward to finally reading it. 3w
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Jari-chan This will always be the book I remember reading in a disco 🤣 3w
Henrik_Madsen This a compelling and terrible story. Much recommended. 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I‘d give it a try if I were you, I think you‘ll be pleasantly surprised! 3w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I don‘t think so, I am travelling most of July and don‘t want to take too many books with me 3w
BarbaraBB @Jari-chan Tell us more 😀! 3w
BarbaraBB @Henrik_Madsen Yes! Glad you felt that way too! 3w
Jari-chan @BarbaraBB Well, nothing really special about it. I'm not that much into partying (not at all...), so I got bored pretty fast. But my friends were enjoying themselves, so I just grabbed the next book at hand (this one) and went looking for a good light spot 😁 We all had a good time that night 😁 3w
vivastory @Jari-chan That's a fantastic story! 3w
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The Descendants: A Novel | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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#JuneStats #JuneWrapUp

In June I read 10 books of which the three pictured above were my favorites (four stars, no five stars this month).

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻. I remember seeing the movie of tagged book years ago ... I imagine the book is way better 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I really liked - unexpectedly. I haven‘t seen the movie! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome job! I managed 10 books as well this month, which is good for me. Lol. 💖📖💖 3w
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emilyhaldi Harriet made the list! 🙌🏻 3w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Definitely. Yours? 3w
emilyhaldi Absolutely!! June was a big of a mediocre reading month for me, so actually Harriet probably comes in at #1 3w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll have some good ones in July 💕 3w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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#ReadingUSA2019 challenge: Halfway through the year, I‘m still on track for this challenge and enjoying it very much. In June I could add five more states:

? Hawaï: The Descendants
? Kansas: Heartland
☘️ Minnesota: Shadow Tag
? Tennessee: Mourning Dove
? New Jersey: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (current read)

28 states done, 22 more to go. Let‘s do this!

Librarybelle That is awesome...great job! 3w
Hooked_on_books Nice job! 3w
squirrelbrain 😁👍 Doing well! 3w
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jessinikkip Nice job! I am liking it, but I am not doing as well, I'm very behind, but starting in July I'll hopefully catch up! 3w
Laughterhp Great job! I haven‘t added any states in a while! 3w
Samplergal I‘m hoping to add Alaska this weekend with 3w
BarbaraBB @Samplergal I read that one for Alaska too and really liked it! 3w
BarbaraBB @kaye I can‘t tag you because I can‘t find you when I search among ‘persons‘.... weird! 3w
NatalieR Excellent progress! 👏 3w
Pamwurtzler Nice job! I can‘t wait for July because I have a couple books that work for #ReadingUSA2019 & #cozyinthesun. 3w
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Nothing, and So be it | Oriana Fallaci
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You can‘t go wrong with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. Her interviews were always very political and very balanced. I learned so much from her books. This one about Vietnam I can recommend to everyone who wants to know a bit more about how it was to live there in and after the war. A poignant read.
#GoodnightSaigon #WanderingJune

Cinfhen Not familiar with the author or title but your blurb interests me!!!! #LiveAndLearn ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She was brilliant and was able to write about heavy subjects in a human and respectful way. 4w
Caroline2 Sounds good! Stacked! 👍🏻 4w
Chrissyreadit Stacked ❤️ 4w
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Mourning Dove | Fullerton Claire
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Camille and her brother Finley grow up together in an unstable household. They support each other but then Finley moves out and they drift apart. Although it is well written, the story rambles and goes on way too long. In the end I just wanted to be done with it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Tennessee

squirrelbrain I gave this one a pick but perhaps should have been a so-so. I felt that the story of Finlay felt really distant when he moved out- like we weren‘t involved at all... 4w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes I completely agreed with your review. It didn‘t make sense to make the story about him while he‘s not there most of the time! 4w
Librarybelle What a shame, but at least you have another state completed! 4w
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“Later, she could smell him make himself a sweet pancake for his lunch. She thought this a childish thing to eat, and selfish, too. If he were a gentleman he would now come to her room and save her from the prison her foolishness had made for her. He did not come.”

A typical sentence for their relationship. Oscar & Lucinda are one of my favourite couples ever. This book is set in and written by an author from #DownUnder. #WanderingJune #1001books

Ruthiella Have you read any other Peter Carey that you can recommend?🤔 4w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella No! I read but didn‘t like Parrot and Olivier and I bailed on The Kelly Gang...! But @MrsMalaprop knows all about #ozfiction. Maybe she has some suggestions! (edited) 4w
readordierachel I loved this book so much ❤ 4w
thebluestocking What a great sentence! I need to read this. 4w
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Look Helen and Holly! BookDepository delivered fast! I am all set for out buddy read!

Anyone else interested in reading this nonfiction book about the origin and evolution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and a modern double murder committed in the name of God fundamentalist Mormons?

@Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain and I will #buddyread this book the second week of July. You‘re welcome to join us!

vivastory I'm in! I recently picked this up & I'm itching to read a good nonfiction. 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Great! Always good buddyreading with you 🖐 4w
vivastory Definitely looking forward to it 🤗 4w
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Kayla.Adriena This book is on my TBR high up on TBR list! I might join 4w
Suet624 Oh my gosh. This book made me so angry. Looking forward to your thoughts. 4w
BarbaraBB @Kayla.Adriena That would be nice! 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I remember that. I think it‘ll have a similar effect on me. 4w
squirrelbrain 😁 I‘ve had mine for a week or so! 4w
Stacy_31 I‘d like to join! I have the book and have read maybe the first 5 pages, but haven‘t picked it up since. Maybe buddy-reading would help me finish it . 😁😁 4w
BarbaraBB @Stacy_31 Yes! Great! 4w
Rachel_nyc I read this awhile back but thought it was fantastic. Very disturbing but really well done. 4w
Hooked_on_books Hooray! You got a great cover! I like that you‘re growing our buddy read group. The more the merrier. 👍🏼 4w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That‘s nice, isn‘t it? 4w
MicheleinPhilly I‘m in! I read the first 40 pages or so last year but put it down cause it was making me stabby. 4w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Yay! Good to have you join us! 💜 4w
Mike.Hall I read this a few months ago! It's very good 4w
BarbaraBB @Mike.Hall Good to know! I just read your review, thanks! 4w
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It may be that for a non-native like me English books are harder to listen to than to read.
I think I understand what I hear but audiobooks don‘t often touch me as a book that I read myself can do.
This book, for example, to me felt just like listening to a lot of landscape-with-sheep descriptions, and a soap opera in which three men circle around one woman. There must and will be more to it, but I missed it. #1001books

jenniferw88 Actually, that's pretty accurate when it comes to this book! 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Haha, you‘re right! But O think I miss some of the style or meaning that makes it one of the books I should read before I die...?! 1mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB there's the background of the Napoleonic Wars. Hardy was local-ish to me & i used this book for a uni presentation so feel free to ask me questions! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 that is interesting about the Napoleonic wars. Troy was a soldier of course but I didn‘t make the connection. What is your favorite Hardy? 1mo
jenniferw88 Probably this one, actually. I also like The Mayor of Casterbridge, but if you like plot twists/surprise endings I can thoroughly recommend 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I read and loved Tess! Hardy has 7 books on the list of 1001 books, so a lot to come. My next one will be the Mayor of Casterbridge! 1mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB ? enjoy! If you're wondering (you're probably not!), my uni presentation was on the literature of sexuality & i presented this book in "blind date" format! (Google "blind date cilla black" if you don't know the tv show!) 1mo
TrishB I think you summed up Hardy exactly right!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I Googled and I know that tv format. How cool to use that! I wonder how you did it?! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB 😉😘 1mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB with a lot of help from my team partners! Basically the same format as the tv show with Bathsheba looking for 'mr right'! 1mo
Liz_M (Shameless plug 😁): I summarize the reason for the 1001-inclusion in my LT reviews: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590#5285625
Basically, it's because of the scenery. 😂
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BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 That is so cool! I can visualize it completely! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M the link doesn‘t work? Which year did you read it? Then I can look it up myself! 1mo
Liz_M Shoot, I thought @litsy/LT had fixed the link-with-pound-signs problem. I read it in 2015, post 46 in my previous thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/191590 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Great and helpful review. You may like it too @jenniferw88 💜 1mo
Litsy @Liz_M On the web, yes. Fixing it on the app will have to wait for next release—it's not something we can just push without a proper update, unfortunately. 😞 1mo
Suet624 I‘m the same way with audiobooks. Fiction generally doesn‘t stand a chance. I can handle non-fiction on audio for some reason, but not fiction. 4w
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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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The #Summer quarter of #Booked2019 is a real challenge for me since I never read graphic novels or middle grade but for now I have these six beauties lined up! Looking forward to all of them, although they may change of course!

MicheleinPhilly I have somehow already filled 3 prompts for this. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Middle grade is going to be tough although I can likely knock it out in an hour. I think. I don‘t even know what counts as middle grade. 1mo
youneverarrived The Fault in Our Stars is a great choice. 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Neither do I, but I guess The Fault in Our Stars Will do. I saw the movie so am prepared for its sadness! 😢 1mo
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Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly I can easily recommend Jaclyn Woodson or Jason Reynolds for #MiddleGrade both books phenomenal and I listened to the audio for this one 👉🏾 1mo
Cinfhen Excited to see #Summer picks going up!!! ☀️ 1mo
monalyisha I'd also be happy to recommend some Middle Grade! Tagging a book I read for the Rhode Island Middle School Book Award & unexpectedly LOVED. (I think “The Fault in Our Stars“ is more straight-up YA/Teen but I'm sure no one's enforcing super-strict guidelines ;) ). 1mo
BarbaraBB @monalyisha Neither am I. I thought it would more or less be the same 😊 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I love Woodson! Don‘t know why I hadn‘t thought of her before. Thanks love! 1mo
emilyhaldi My husband made me read Watchmen when we first started dating and I admit I was not thrilled to comply... But totally loved it! In fact, may reread it for the booked challenge too 😊 1mo
emilyhaldi Thanks for the recs! @Cinfhen I was stumped by middle grade but am excited to give this one a try 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I actually like middle grade more than YA, but I can‘t articulate the exact reason. Here‘s one I loved 1mo
Taylor Watchmen is really good! 1mo
Reggie All the Rivers!!!! So good!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Taylor That is really good to know ‘cause it doesn‘t appeal to me at all 😀. It‘s on the list of #1001books though! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie I am looking forward to that one! 1mo
Cinfhen The Woodson & The Reynolds we‘re both excellent @emilyhaldi I think I may have preferred Jason Reynolds. His voice is really soothing and super sexy 😜💕 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB If you can't find our don't enjoy Watchman, the tagged is also excellent. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I‘vre had a copy on my shelves for years because of the list. I figured this may be the perfect chance to finally read it 🤞 1mo
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Shadow Tag: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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Irene and Gil are married and have three children. They can‘t live with nor without eachother. Booze, art and secret diaries become weapons in a fight between them where no one can gain from, there‘s too much at stake. So much to lose.
Between a pick and a so-so.

#ReadingUSA2019 Minnesota

Cathythoughts That‘s a pity about the “so-so” part ... I was about to stack it , it sounds good 🤔 1mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think you‘ll like it @Cathythoughts although I was almost positive that Barbara would love it!! I listened on audio and I think that helped get me through some of the drier parts. 1mo
Flaneurette Erdrich is a favorite author of mine but this book was sooo bleak.I kept getting the feeling she was exorcising some personal demons w this one. However I still think about it years later, so it has stuck w me,which is something 1mo
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jveezer Love her writing, especially the Love Medicine cycle. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I DID like it, liked the premise and the first half. After that it went on a bit too long imo. And I agree with @Flaneurette it felt so personal I wanted to look away. 1mo
BarbaraBB @jveezer It was my first Erdrich and I am looking forward to more! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t give up on it because of my thoughts. It really is good and authentic! 1mo
Librarybelle I‘ve read one book by Erdrich, The Painted Drum, and just thought it was okay. I know some readers absolutely love her... 1mo
jveezer @BarbaraBB i would definitely start with Love Medicine or Last Report From Little No Horse. 1mo
Suet624 @Flaneurette Definitely felt that way to me too. 4w
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Shadow Tag: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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The game nails Irene and Gil‘s relationship. Smart title!

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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“We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there you get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.”

All the love 💕 for this #AfricanLady (she was born in Ghana in 1989 and grew up in Alabama). #WanderingJune

erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 I was thinking of this too! Great read! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Great pick! 1mo
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Otmars zonen | Peter Buwalda
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This is the hottest book in the Netherlands at the moment. All reviews in the leading media were raving. 600 pages full of different pov‘s about oil, oil company Shell, boardrooms, Beethoven, journalism and kinky sex. It is lot. And it‘s only the first instalment. There are two more on its way. It is a so-so read for me, although I probably will read the second part once it will be published.

#ATY2019 Book inspired by something blue

andrew61 Oh i really liked bonita avenue - hopefully it will be out in English soon. 1mo
BarbaraBB @andrew61 How cool that you read Bonita Avenue. I liked that one a lot too. I think this one will be translated as well. 1mo
batsy That's an interesting combination of themes! I'll be on the lookout for the English translation 🙂 1mo
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Segu | Maryse Conde
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🎶 I'll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name 🎶

The lyrics of #WhereTheStreetsHaveNoName remind me of this family saga, set in the desert city of Segu, Mali. The book shows the chaos in 19th century Africa as a result of spirituality, religious fervor, violence, national rivalries, racism, and commerce coming together. Recommended! #WanderingJune

Kalalalatja Stacked! 1mo
batsy Sounds very interesting 👍🏽 1mo
Cathythoughts It does sound really good 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cinfhen Sounds sound but good. And I don‘t think I‘ve read that setting before #stacked 1mo
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A Severed Head | Iris Murdoch
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What a strange book. Six people in London, living a merry go round of relationships. With eachother. They are so unlikable, all of them. And stubborn and vain and stupid. Murdoch did a great job making me feel this way but in the end it‘s certainly not my favorite book by her.

#1001books #stdb2018 #ATY2019 Book inspired by something borrowed

Reviewsbylola Yeah the characters sound very frustrating! 1mo
RaimeyGallant Is it a mystery? 1mo
BarbaraBB @RaimeyGallant No, I wonder too why that sworth is on the cover! 1mo
RaimeyGallant Lol :) 1mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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“It‘s not the future, but it‘s a version of a future, and it feels a lot like a version of the future that we are heading for.”

This is John Lanchester describing the tagged book, about England after an (utterly believable) apocalypse due to climate changes. It is a very good book and it fits The Clash‘s lyrics perfectly!

#LondonCalling #WanderingJune 📸: Google

Cinfhen This sounds really good!! I remember you recently reviewed it!! I think I may have stacked it then 🤩 1mo
Cinfhen Nope, but I did now!!! #Stacked 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is a short one and easy to read but its impact is as huge as the wall surrounding England 😘 1mo
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TrishB Have already stacked this! Waiting for a bargain. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool!! I‘m starting this today!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I think you‘ll like it. I am looking forward to your thoughts! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB The paperback will be published in September! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraBB The beginning is sluggish, but I‘m going to plod along...🐢 1mo
BarbaraBB There will be action soon! @JanuarieTimewalker13 (edited) 1mo
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On the Beach | Nevil Shute
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It‘s #ARoadToNowhere, the lives of the people of Melbourne. They await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the North, following a nuclear war a year previously. Each character deals with this truth differently. A heartbreaking story 💔
#WanderingJune

RachelAmphlett Remember reading that years ago - it‘s one of those stories that stays with you 1mo
Cinfhen Think I might have to read this one!! #stacked 1mo
CarolynM It certainly does stay with you😭 @RachelAmphlett 1mo
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LeeRHarry Sad to say I haven‘t read this one #takeawaymyAussiepassport 😏 1mo
Billypar I remember really liking the film adaptation with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. 1mo
JennyM This is very sad...has a long lingering feel to it 1mo
Texreader I read this years ago. Hard read. Great writer. 1mo
Texreader My fave book by Shute, maybe you‘ve read it, is 1mo
BarbaraBB @RachelAmphlett @CarolynM I read it years ago too, but it is one of those books that stay with you forever! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You need to ;) 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry You still can make up for it 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB @Texreader I read that one too but On the Beach is still my favorite, maybe because I read it as a teenager and my emotions were all over the place! 1mo
DebinHawaii Someday I shall read this one. 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 1mo
rubyslippersreads @Texreader I ❤️ that one! 1mo
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The Perfect Couple | Elin Hilderbrand
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This was exactly what I expected of it. A well written whodunit with a good cast of characters. I figured out halfway who murdered the maid of honor on the night before the wedding but there were enough storylines to keep me reading on feverishly.

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Darling | Iris Owens, Harriet Daimler
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#NYRBBookClub

See what I discovered on Wikipedia: Iris Owens earned her money writing erotic novels under the pseudonym Harriet Daimler. That‘s right: Harriet! Interesting, don‘t you think?

Leftcoastzen 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen Hmmmm... 1mo
emilyhaldi Yes!! This made total sense to me after reading Claude 😆 1mo
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BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Especially that part when Maxime asks how Harriet keeps such a good skin, what she used for it 😂😂 (edited) 1mo
emilyhaldi I LOL‘d really hard at that part!!!!!! 🤣 1mo
Theaelizabet Good catch! 1mo
mklong It‘s interesting too considering how much Harriet in the book dislikes her name. 1mo
BarbaraBB @mklong I didn‘t even think of that, but you‘re right. Interesting. 1mo
Suet624 Nice sleuthing! 1mo
vivastory That's really interesting. Good catch! 1mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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What a surprising read. Harriet is one of the most political incorrect characters I‘ve ever met and she made me laugh out loud. I am glad I don‘t know anyone like her in real life! In the first part she is getting dumped by Claude (or the other way around as she claims). I loved that part. The after Claude part fell a bit flat for me. I am looking forward to what the #NYRBBookClub thinks of her ‘saviour‘ in the #GrandHotel.

#WanderingJune

vivastory Wonderful review. I'm going to read it this week. Looking forward to it! 1mo
Theaelizabet Intriguing review! Starting this soon.. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Great review ! I‘m starting soon as well 1mo
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LeahBergen I‘ll be starting it next weekend! 👍🏻 1mo
Liz_M It's this the #nyrbbookclub of witty, dysfunctional female protagonists? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M It seems to be! What does this say about us voters 😉 ?! 1mo
batsy I'm intrigued by this review! Still waiting for my copy to arrive 😂😭 1mo
emilyhaldi I‘m glad this was a pick for you!! Was beginning to worry Harriet was too much for anyone 😆 I found her to be hilarious for the most part but politically incorrect and cringe-worthy at the same time 😖 and I agree 100% about the after-Claude part of the book... 1mo
Mdargusch She reminds me of a female Ignatius @emilyhaldi! So politically incorrect! 1mo
emilyhaldi Yes!!! I thought that so many times while reading @Mdargusch and was curious how many others would feel the same 😁😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi I was really irritated by Ignatius, I remember. So much that I bailed on the book ☺️. But I do see the comparison! 1mo
Mdargusch Exactly! @BarbaraBB Harriet was as annoying. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I think now that I should have had more patience with Ignacius, not have given up that soon, since I really enjoyed Harriet! 1mo
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“The term ‘poor‘ is used to represent those without money, and it also is a descriptor meaning outright badness, as in ‘poor health‘ or ‘poor results‘. In a country where personal value is supposed to create wealth, it is easy for a poor person to feel himself a bad one.”

I learned a lot about rural #Kansas and growing up in poverty. Smarsh makes such objective and intelligent observations. I admire her and her family highly.

Librarybelle Great pick! 1mo
GatheringBooks i read hillbilly elegy a year ago and i have a feeling it will be a good book to pair with this one. 1mo
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks I think so too but I haven‘t read that one. 1mo
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Poverty described as a #GypsyRoad in my current read. An intense one, so far. #WanderingJune

saguarosally The other beauty of poverty is that since you have few possessions or ties, if you have a chance to get out, it‘s easier. 1mo
Cinfhen On my TBR 1mo
Crazeedi Must read 1mo
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Yes! I finished my Spring reads for #Booked2019!

🔹 Night oriented: Nothing holds back the night
🔹 Cli-Fi: The Wall
🔹 Indigenous Author: Moon of the crusted snow
🔹 Musician: Daisy Jones and the Six
🔹 Social Media: Mrs Fletcher
🔹 Food or beverage: Seating arrangements

The Summer quarter will be an out of my comfort zone one, but I am looking forward to it!

Crazeedi 👏👏❣ 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Way to go!! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, cool challenge!! Great job!! 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 2mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 Are you in yet? You can still join for the next quarter! 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo❣️❣️❣️congrats 🥳 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraBB I‘m terrible with challenges, but I admire other people who join in. Right now I feel like my whole life is a challenge😕 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Does it go by season? Are the summer prompts up yet? never mind, found them!! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 And do are you up to it? Or too many challenges right now?! 1mo
andrew61 Great choices - i have seating arrangements somewhere, didn't think to try it. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I may try summer-when is the start date? 6/22? 1mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I think you can start anytime but just to make sure I‘ll ask @Cinfhen ! 1mo
Cinfhen Hi @JanuarieTimewalker13 You can join #Booked2019 whenever!! It‘s 24 prompts broken into 4 quarters but the goal is to read all 24 by Dec 31,2019. You might have read a bunch already without knowing. I‘ll look for the original 24 prompts and tag u. Just use #hashtag #Booked2019 when u post a review and tag me and my cohosts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft We do a quarterly drawing for a $20 gift card each quarter 👇🏼 1mo
Cinfhen And for every book read, no matter from which quarter/ season you earn a chance for the drawing. One book per prompt with a maximum of 24 entries! It‘s fun and no pressure 💞 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen ok, cool, thank you!! So if I have books I‘ve already read that fit, I should just go back and tag them? 1mo
Cinfhen Yes @JanuarieTimewalker13 ❤️and I‘m sorry I forgot to search for the original prompts. I will try later today 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen No worries, I found them just below this post!! 1mo
Cinfhen Oh that‘s great @JanuarieTimewalker13 🧡welcome to #booked2019 📚📚📚 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Mahalo!!🌸 1mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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The UK has build a wall around its coastline to protect its inhabitants against the rising sea and refugees trying to enter the country after the Change. We follow some people who take turns defending the Wall.

This is a frightening and very realistic novel about migration and climate change, about survival in harsh and uncertain times. The book describes a world that is unmistakably ours, albeit irreparably damaged.

#Booked2019 Cli-Fi

TrishB I quite fancy this one! Stacked... 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds interesting 🤓great review 2mo
Kalalalatja Ooooh, this sounds good! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, your review makes me want to give this a try! 2mo
readordierachel Sounds very timely. Stacked! 1mo
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Lancelot | Walker Percy
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#LetsGetLost

One of my all time favorite series: Lost. One of my all time favorite characters: Sawyer. Not in the least because he reads all the time. And okay, he‘s got the looks as well 😜

#WanderingJune

Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍📚📖 2mo
readingjedi I loved it when Kate called him James. He looks like a James in that shot! 2mo
KarenUK Loved Sawyer too.... great choice! 👍💕 2mo
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GripLitGrl 😍😍😍Sawyer🙌 2mo
BarbaraBB @readingjedi I loved all about him and Kate. I so hoped she wouldn‘t end up with Jack. 2mo
marleed Love this pic - and LOST - and Sawyer! 2mo
marleed Again but better is a fun book to read just to give you references to LOST. 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh my kids LOVED this series!!!!! 2mo
tjwill I loved Sawyer too! 2mo
BarbaraBB @tjwill Good taste 😀🙌 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Cool kids 😜. You didn‘t? 2mo
Cinfhen No, I never watched!! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Well, if you ever have the chance 😀 2mo
gradcat Yum. 😋 2mo
Kalalalatja Loved Lost, and definitely #TeamSawyer! 🙌 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yay 🙌. Great outcome by the way of your national elections. You took care of populism. Very good!! 2mo
Kalalalatja I know, I‘m so happy! Although, Mette Frederiksen, who‘ll most likely end up as Prime Minister, and her party have an immigration policy I just can‘t get behind and aren‘t very ambitious regarding climate change, so I‘m hoping the other parties on the left will pull her in the right direction 🤞 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja It is so much better than in other parts of Europe. I wonder how the immigration policy will work out. It sounds very rigid but then again, they seem to want to invest much in integration programmes too, if I understand correctly. I will look closely if and how this works out! 2mo
Kalalalatja I know, Denmark isn‘t the worst by a long shot! But we stopped taking quota refugees a couple of years ago, going against the UN human Rights convention. So I‘m hoping that will change, and focus will be on integration instead of sending immigrants and refugees home as soon as possible. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I hope so too. Let Denmark be an example of an alternative for populism in Europe. And yes with a focus on integration and the climate. I hope you‘ll succeed! 🧡 1mo
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The Descendants: A Novel | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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I chose this book only because it is set in #Hawaii and I needed that for my #ReadingUSA2019 challenge.
It was an unexpectedly good read. While she‘s dying a man discovers his wife was in love with someone else. With both his daughters (who he hardly knows because he was always working) he starts looking for this man, so he will be able to say goodbye as well. I was impressed by the main character, the way he deals with this all.

CoffeeNBooks I read this recently for one of the prompts for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge and really liked it! 2mo
squirrelbrain That‘s interesting - a lot of other people *haven‘t* liked this one.... 2mo
Avidreader25 I read this one for my Reading the States project too! 2mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve gone back and forth on whether or not I want to read this one...so glad you liked it! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Avidreader25 maybe it was your review that made me read it. @squirrelbrain did you read it? 2mo
BarbaraBB @CoffeeNBooks Happy you liked it too! So you can give it a try too I think, @Librarybelle ! 2mo
squirrelbrain No I haven‘t read it @BarbaraBB as it had some poor reviews. My first Ann Rule book was 50/50 Oregon/Hawaii and I was undecided which state to count it as. Now I‘ve just ordered a used copy of The Descendants for Qa.50 so that‘s decision made....?? 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll like it! It‘s an easy and quick read anyhow! 2mo
Reggie Have you seen the movie of this with George Clooney? It was really well done. 2mo
Centique @Reggie I was just reading this thinking I‘ve seen a movie like that. I LOVED that movie! 😍😍😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie no but I have Clooney on the cover of my edition so kept thinking of him as the main character. I‘d like to watch the movie! 1mo
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Still thinking of yesterday‘s prompt, my #ImaginaryPlaces take me to a Japanese writer as well. I love Ishiguro. This one is partly fantasy and set in a wonderful atmospheric landscape. And I love this picture by Robert Frank Hunter.

#WanderingJune

Libby1 Was this artwork created for this book? It is perfect. 2mo
BarbaraBB He made it for a review of the book in a magazine. But I think it‘s perfect too. That fragile couple... @Libby1 (edited) 2mo
Tanisha_A I love Ishiguro too. The Remains of the Day is one of my favourites. Need to read this one though! 2mo
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JennyM Beautiful image. ♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t read this but the image is lovely. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Tanisha_A That‘s my favorite too, as is 2mo
Cinfhen That is stunning!! I would love a print 😻 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 2mo
rohit-sawant Lovely picture! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too. And he made many more book illustrations. And covers too, for example 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen ... which I‘ve been wanting to read solely because of its cover! 2mo
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The Sea of Fertility | Yukio Mishima
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The Sea of Fertility tetralogy is #BigInJapan and quite interesting. The story describes Japan from 1912 to 1975, as experienced by Shigekuni Honda, who grows up from being a law student to a wealthy retired judge. In each installment Honda meets a reincarnation of his schoolfriend Kiyoaki Matsugae, who died young.
#WanderingJune #1001books

Cinfhen Sounds really good and probably full of interesting information. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read one of his books and liked it. 👍He‘s a controversial figure in Japan literary world. His premature death is rather sad. 2mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm His death somehow suits him, I think, after reading these books. But I can imagine he is controversial. 2mo
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batsy It's embarrassing how long he's been on my TBR and I've yet to read him! 2mo
DebinHawaii Sounds fascinating! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Although I have read some Mishima, I still haven‘t read this series. The first one has long been in my TBR! 2mo
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Young Man with a Horn | Dorothy Baker, Gary Giddins
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My #NYRBBookClub friends will understand why I couldn‘t resist another book by Dorothy Baker. I can‘t imagine the young man can live up to the expectations (after Cassandra) but I am willing to find out!

vivastory Some have said it is even better. I'm pretty sceptical of that claim! 2mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s weird , they have mentioned that she used Bix Beiderbecke as inspiration, Bix came from a well to do family who loved that their kids were talented in music , but horrified by his love of jazz.Sent Bix to a boarding school outside of Chicago to break him of it,guess who just played hooky all the time to listen to jazz in Chicago.Guess I will read it sometime keeping in mind inspiration can be very loosely based on someone. 2mo
sisilia I heard that this is better than Cassandra 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen That is such an interesting story! Thanks for posting. 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory @sisilia I dare not believe that. I hardly dare reading this one 😂 and will wait a bit longer! 2mo
CarolynM Look forward to seeing your review. I may have to get a copy...🙂 2mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh! I can‘t wait to hear how you like it! 2mo
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Her Body and Other Parties | Carmen Maria Machado
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These short stories definitely hold a promise for future work by Carmen Maria Machado. In this book I loved some of the stories (The Husband Stich, Inventory, Mothers, Eight Bites, Real Women Have Bodies), while others did nothing for me (Especially Heinous, The Resident, Difficult at Parties). In general though they are very well written and sometimes hard ro read because the women in the stories are struggling with their bodies and their lives.

ChasingOm Ooh, I like this cover! 2mo
BarbaraBB @ChasingOm It suits the stories! It is the UK edition, I think. (edited) 2mo
Severnmeadows Thanks for the interesting review. I got this out from the library a month ago- I‘ll read it now😊 2mo
readordierachel Ok, I need to pull this off my shelf already. Sounds great. 2mo
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