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Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
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The Fugitive by Marcel Proust
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I read this book in preparation of a roadtrip through the US later this year. I admit I only read the parts set in the states we‘re planning to visit. That may be the reason why I was not captured by the book. It read more like a diary then an edited book.

Two men are travelling the Oregon Trail in the traditional way: in a covered wagon with mules. They cross many states of course of which I choose #Wyoming for my #ReadUSA2019 challenge.

jessinikkip Sounds good! 1d
squirrelbrain That‘s a shame that you didn‘t really like it, but at least it‘s another state ticked off the list 😁👍 1d
Kaye I liked it, but I listened to the audio version. Maybe the print version is a bit dry. I usually like odd books that others don‘t like , for some reason 🧐 23h
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janerzy Interesting. There was actually a video game developed in the 70s called “The Oregon Trail” that role-plays wagons of settlers traveling from Missouri to Oregon. I wonder if the author of this book tried to do the same route? I‘m from Oregon and I love our trails! But I prefer to hike them than reading about them 😉🤣 23h
Librarybelle Yay for another state off the list! 22h
BarbaraBB @Kaye It is a bit dry indeed, you‘re right. And it‘s cool that you like odd books, I think! 😘 17h
BarbaraBB @janerzy They did start in Missouri indeed and followed the trail from the pioneers from there on. I can imagine Oregon is a great place for hiking! I‘ll know for sure after our visit this summer! 17h
janerzy @BarbaraBB Have a great visit Barbara and enjoy all the nature that we have to offer! Summer is the best here! 💚 4h
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait! We‘ll be there in July! 3h
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Are you ready for discussing Cassandra? Everyone is welcome to join the first #NYRB discussion on Saturday May 25 at 2 PM EST.

I have the feeling we all love Cassandra but there‘s still a lot to talk about!

@vivastory and I have come up with some questions and hope to share them with all of you! Please tune in here at 2 PM!


saresmoore I‘m looking forward to it! 2d
Theaelizabet See you then! 2d
Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it! 2d
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Cathythoughts Thankyou for including me. I would love to see the discussion... 👍🏻♥️ 2d
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Of course, you‘ve been reading along! 💜 2d
MicheleinPhilly I‘m gonna have to set my alarm. 😂 2d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Am I making a mistake in the time? That‘s certainly possible ☺️. How late is it in Philadelphia? 2d
MicheleinPhilly No, it‘s the opposite - it will be 9 a.m. in Philly. Which I‘ll probably be wide awake for truthfully because my body likes to sleep in Mon. through Fri. and pop up at 7 on the weekend. 😒 2d
Suet624 I have a Bernie Sanders rally that I‘m working at. I‘m booked from 10:30 to 3. I guess I can just add comments when I‘m done. 2d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly It should be 2 PM EST! I‘ll change that. Maybe that will be easier for you too @Suet624 although I don‘t want to keep you from working for Bernie Sanders!! (edited) 2d
Izai.Amorim That's 8 pm continental time, right? (CET) (edited) 2d
Samplergal I‘ll be there. I‘m just back from Mexico and haven‘t touched it. I‘ll have a lot if not all read by then. 2d
CarolynM Thanks for including me too. I'm very interested in how everyone responds to this wonderful book.🙂 2d
vivastory The love for this one has been unanimous, so I'm really looking forward to our discussion! 2d
sisilia I‘m so excited for this 😃 2d
batsy Looking forward! It'll be 2am here so I'll most likely be asleep, but I'll add with comments later when I'm up ☺️ 2d
sprainedbrain Looking forward to it! 2d
GatheringBooks awesome! i finished reading the book! :) ready to discuss. 🧚🏼‍♀️ 2d
BarbaraBB @Izai.Amorim Yes! 2d
LeahBergen I‘ll try to be home (and available) for this discussion! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2d
youneverarrived I‘ll be there 😁 2d
Reviewsbylola I‘m not sure I love Cassandra. 😬 1d
mklong I‘ll be visiting family in Alabama, but will try to sneak away! If not, I‘ll check in when I‘m home on Sunday. 1d
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola she‘s horrible. And yet..! I love hearing your opinion on her! 1d
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! Marking my calendar 📆 soooo much to discuss 19h
GatheringBooks i may be late for the discussion (singapore time) but really looking forward to it! 12h
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Bottled Goods | Sophie van Llewyn
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Alina lives in Romania under the communist regime of Ceaucescu. The secret service is everywhere, privacy a thing of the past. Alina and her husband make plans to leave the country. This little, flash fiction book mixes harsh reality with magical realism. The result is... unexpected, to say the least!

Great read, thanks for sending me this one Jessie 💕

Tamra Ummmm, looks like you are reading and driving. 😜 2d
marleed And in a Mini Cooper! 2d
BarbaraBB @Tamra @marleed I parked the Mini Cooper just to take the picture 🤓 2d
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marleed I have a Mini, as well! 2d
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m glad you find it a great read. 💕 1d
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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I can‘t imagine the effect this book must have had on readers in the 19th century when there was so much less diversion than today and when it was published in episodes in the newspaper. How readers must have looked forward to the next installment.

In the 21th century this book still is the ultimate revenge novel, the revenge of Edmond Dantès who, after having innocently spent years in a dungeon, returns as the Count of Monte Cristo. #1001books

LeahBergen Isn‘t it wonderful? 😍 3d
Taylor Yeah it is the ultimate revenge novel. 3d
JackOBotts This is a favorite of mine. 3d
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LapReader Love your shelves. 3d
AshleyHoss820 Oh my gosh, yes!! This is one of my favorite books! I can‘t imagine having to wait for each installment! 3d
Kalalalatja So glad you liked it 👏👏 3d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes very much!! 2d
hilded Redd it last year, loved it! Never read 1000+ pages so fast before 🤣 2d
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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The Mississippi Delta right after WWII. A way of life like it has been for ages: white farmers, black tenants, separated lives. For both a white and a black soldier who fought and were received as heroes in Europe it is strange to go back to a place where nothing changed. Where all is about race.

A disturbing and emotional read with very real characters. Highly recommended.

#ReadUSA2019 #Mississippi

squirrelbrain Sounds great! 👍 4d
TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 4d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I remember your review, long ago! 4d
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TrishB You have a good memory! 4d
Librarybelle This was such a good book! Great pick! 4d
teainthelibrary The movie was so tragic and heartbreaking.. can‘t imagine how tough the book is! 4d
Laughterhp I read this book for a #LMPBC round. It was really good book! 4d
Kaye Great review. Sounds good ! 4d
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Mudbound | Hillary Jordan
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The lyrics of #WhenTheLeveeBreaks make me think of the power of nature, which is also so perfectly descibed in this great quote by Florence, a colored woman in my current read. I‘m loving it so far.


Cinfhen Ohhhh!! I own this book but haven‘t read it yet! I‘ve been curious ever since @emilyhaldi posted about this book 😊❤️ 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I may have bought it because of her review too, I don‘t remember why I bought it but it is set in Mississippi so it fits my challenge. It is really good, so far. You should get to it soon 😀😘 (edited) 4d
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 though sad and made me angry! 4d
Tamra Good one! 4d
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this book. 👍🏻 4d
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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Two families own two houses on a deserted beach in Alabama. There is a third house, almost completely covered by sand. Everyone is scared of that one because it has been haunted for years. Yet both families keep coming back to Beldame.
The horror didn‘t scare me at all, yet in combination with great characters it made for a highly enjoyable read.

Thanks for sending me your copy Cindy, as always so well chosen!💜😘

#ReadingUSA2019 #Alabama

Cinfhen Im glad it worked for your Map challenge!!! I was entertained too! How many states do u have left??? 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 29! It‘s a hell of a challenge 😉 6d
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! It is a hell of a challenge😂😂are there any states you are missing?? I might have a book or two.... let me know 6d
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I can‘t find any book set in Nevada or West-Virginia. I have some ideas but no books for Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, N&S Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington & Wyoming. Suggestions are very welcome! 6d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB For West Virginia I'd recommend either Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (wonderful dog story) or The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb. 6d
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Thanks!! Since I seem to be into classic horror 😀, the Grubb one sounds perfect! The blurb here on Litsy mentions Ohio but also a journey, maybe that journey leads into West-Virginia? (edited) 6d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB It's been quite awhile since I read it, it was my mom's copy, but I remember at least a portion of the story took place in WV. 6d
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Then it‘ll do! Thank you! #stacked 6d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB If I'm wrong there's another good book by Grubbs you might like called The Watchman, which I am 99% sure was set in a small town in WV. 6d
Cinfhen I will look through and see what I have! Off the top of my head I‘m pretty sure GoldFinch would work for Nevada. But I don‘t own that one anymore 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ve read that one - but not this year! Thanks for the suggestion!! 💕 6d
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 6d
Kaye Good job 👍🏼. I‘m missing some of the same states you are. There just aren‘t as many books set in some states as others. I‘ve read a lot set in Texas , NY, California, so cant count them. 6d
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @Kaye for Vermont you could use this book. It starts there but the MC travels across the USA, however Proulx does return to the family home in some chapters. 6d
BarbaraBB @Kaye NY and California are the easy ones indeed. Texas I haven‘t read yet but I do have books set there. It is nice though, looking for some of the less used states! 6d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Thanks Jennifer! “Unfortunately” I‘ve read it already! 6d
Kaye Thanks @jenniferw88 I think I read that a long time back when I read something else by that author. I used to do that a lot. If I‘d find one author I liked, I‘d read more by them, all right in a row. 6d
Kaye Barbara , here are a couple ideas for WV that I‘ve read - Rocket Boys / The Coalwood Way were both excellent. Also, here are a few. https://wvtourism.com/wv-author-books-novels-read/ (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB @Kaye Thanks so much, That helps a lot. I‘ve been enjoying your posts about the various states so much! 💜 5d
Kaye Yes I hit a clog. I need to go back and complete them but the state I stopped on was drawing a blank. Some states have so many to choose from, while others have slim pickings. I‘ll start it up again today and see what I can find. 5d
BarbaraBB @Kaye I didn‘t mean to make you start it up again, I‘vr been happy with the states so far 😀 5d
Kaye No problem...I‘ve been meaning to finish them , so now is a good time. Been awake for hours. Gives me something to do. 5d
Librarybelle So glad you liked this one! 5d
Cinfhen So I think these two might work. For Washington I have 5d
Cinfhen And for Connecticut 5d
Cinfhen Also for Connecticut but I no longer own but HIGHLY recommend 5d
Cinfhen I also read but don‘t own this book set in the Rocky Mountains... I‘m not sure which state anymore but it might be Wyoming 5d
LeahBergen This was such a fun read!! 👍🏻 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you!! I have read Revolutionary Road and Stepford Wives (both I loved, especially RR!) but the others seem just what I like! Great suggestions! ❤️ 5d
Cinfhen Well I‘m super happy to hand deliver Hotel to you when we meet up 🤗🤗 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is great! I am already collecting some books for you too for when we meet! 💕 so exciting! 5d
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Boekhandel Het Martyrium | Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bookstore)
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It does work for the Netherlands too, @Litsy @TimSpalding and it‘s a great feature! We can now add locations of bookstores!
Here is my favorite one in Amsterdam 💜

Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 1w
Rachel.Rencher Beautiful 😍 1w
Sarah83 Now we need only a feature, where we can list all the bookshops, we want to visit. Something like the tbr but only for bookshops 🤩 @TimSpalding 1w
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BarbaraBB @Sarah83 You can stack bookstores too 😉 1w
Sarah83 Really? In the app they are also on my tbr list 🙄 1w
BarbaraBB @Sarah83 Yes they are, but at least you will be able to find them back this way! 1w
Sarah83 That's definitely true. I am in bredevoort this weekend should I look for anything for you? 1w
BarbaraBB @Sarah83 Oh your going again, how good! Thanks for the offer but I am planning on going myself there too next month! You‘re too kind 😘 1w
Pruzy I wish I knew about this yesterday! 1w
Sarah83 Sounds great 🤩 1w
Litsy @Sarah83 For now you can put them on the TBR list, but I agree the app needs to distinguish. 1w
batsy Very cool! 1w
Megabooks Awesome! Looks like a great place to get lost in. 6d
Amiable Loved that store when my husband and I visited Amsterdam a few years ago! 5d
BarbaraBB @Amiable Really? That is so cool, since it is not really in the tourist hoods! Good you‘ve found it! 💜 5d
Amiable @barbaraBB When we travel, I make it a point to seek out bookstores -- even if the stores don't carry any English books! My absolute favorite in the Netherlands, however, was Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht. It was absolutely stunning! 5d
BarbaraBB @Amiable That‘s the one in the church, isn‘t it? It‘s amazing indeed! Great idea to seek out bookstores before travelling! 5d
Amiable @BarbaraBB Yes, in the 13th-century cathedral! I just HAD to visit that one. 5d
BarbaraBB @Amiable I‘ve been there too. It‘s stunning indeed. What‘s your all time favorite? 5d
Amiable @BarbaraBB I'm rather partial to The Strand in New York City, although I don't get to shop there as often as I'd like! 5d
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Pigs in Heaven: Novel, A | Barbara Kingsolver
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The character building in this book is so good! Although the plot fell a bit flat in the middle, I was captured completely by the story of Taylor and her adopted daughter Turtle, a Cherokee. A Cherokee lawyer fights the adoption and states that Turtle should be raised by her own community. Taylor of course can‘t let her go and fights back in the only way she knows.

#ReadingUSA2019 OK
#ATY2019 book about indigenous people
#SaveMe #MayMovieMagic

Leftcoastzen 👏👍❤️ 1w
Hooked_on_books Oh nice, I have this one! I‘ve liked everything I‘ve read from Kingsolver. 1w
Cinfhen Nice, Barb!! You hit lots of prompts with this one ‼️ 1w
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BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It was my first Kingsolver (finally!) but I really want more by her. Fortunately I have this one on my shelves 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lol, I have to! #somanychallengessolittletime 😉😂 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Love the hashtag 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻and the above tagged Kingsolver is AMAZING 1w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t heard of this one before.... 1w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Poisonwood is one of my all time faves! 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know it‘s a favorite of yours so I‘m going to read it later this year for one of the challenges!😘 1w
Librarybelle I was not aware of this one by Kingsolver. Great pick! 1w
rohit-sawant Nice one! 1w
LeeRHarry She is in my top 5 fave authors 😊 1w
Pamwurtzler I‘ve never seen that - good pick! 1w
jveezer Love her books, especially the early ones. I think my fave is Animal Dreams. 1w
Suet624 I‘d never heard of this one either 1w
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A daughter tries to make sense of the death of her mother who, aged 61, committed suicide. The result is a beautiful yet painful portrait of a French bohemian family in the 20th century. They seem so light-hearted and carefree but below the surface much has happened and it‘s a tough journey for the daughter, discovering her mother‘s past, and reliving her own youth with a mentally ill mother.

#Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle

Centique That sounds so interesting - and your garden looks lovely and green! 😍 2w
Cinfhen Nice choice🙌🏻❣️sounds like a poignant read (edited) 2w
Henrik_Madsen That is a great book. I have two more of her novels on the shelves, so it might be time to look them up🤔 2w
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Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️I see I have it stacked already! (edited) 2w
hilded What a lovely garden 🌱🍃 2w
BarbaraBB @Centique @hilded Thank you! It‘s not very big but in the city it feels like an oasis 😉🍀 2w
Freespirit It sounds great! 2w
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Thank you so much Jessie, for sending me this book, that I have been eyeing since the many intriguing reviews it get. It was such a surprise, nothing is better than unexpected bookmail. Thank you again, I am very grateful for your friendship from across the world ❤️😘

batsy Lovely 💕 2w
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s one super quick delivery! Hope you‘ll enjoy it. 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll read it soon! You‘re too kind 💕 2w
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Dystopia | Richard Christian Matheson
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Megabooks I was thinking about using The Circle for #booked2019 #socialmediafocus, but I can‘t decide since I haven‘t liked some of his other books. @Cinfhen Did you like it, Barbara? 2w
Cinfhen I did not like The Circle @Megabooks but others did. It didn‘t work as dystopian for me and I thought the MC was a dishrag!!!! 2w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen That sounds like a Dave Eggers MC! 😂😂 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I liked the first part, then it spun a bit out of control imo. But it has its strong points and describes a really possible (and scary) scenario for our future. I‘d give it a try if I were you! 2w
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Dystopia | Richard Christian Matheson
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@Megabooks @Cinfhen

I was scrolling through my LIbraryThing tag ‘dystopia‘ because of Meg‘s post about The Handmaid‘s Tale and found so many good ones. Thought I‘d share them with you (post 1 of 2).

Somehow I love dystopian novels even though I‘m no fan of SF, fantasy or YA. Recommendations are welcome - as always 💕

Jason7 Severance by Ling Ma. It‘s a bit different, and that‘s what I liked about it. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing 💋 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve heard about that one @Jason7 thanks for putting it back on my radar 2w
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Jason7 👍🏼 Maybe you‘ll like it. 2w
Megabooks Barbara! Thank you so much!! @Jason7 That‘s on my radar!! 2w
Jason7 👍🏼 oh, and If you like Atwood and haven‘t read The Maddaddam trilogy, maybe give that a try. I liked it better than Handmaids. Plus, there‘s 3 of them. 2w
CarolynM I'm not really into dystopia but the Chaos Walking trilogy is really excellent even if it is technically YA 2w
BarbaraBB @Jason7 That‘s one I‘ve been meaning to read too! 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I need to check that one out, there‘s no blurb on Litsy! 2w
CarolynM I don't like fantasy or sci-fi much either, I had to fight my reaction to the sci-fi element at first, but the thing is, it means there's no way of avoiding the moral dilemmas the story raises. 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That‘s indeed what appeals to me in dystopia too! Thank you! 2w
Lcsmcat I agree with @jason7, plus you should check out 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I remember you loving this one. Isn‘t it dystopian as well? 2w
Liz_M I loved the tagged book both times I read it. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world but is really about survival and the father-son relationship. 2w
Liz_M Another favorite, read for a women's study class in college, is 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I have read The Road but I‘ll definitely check out the other one! How is the moving going? 2w
fleeting Have you read this one? I loved it. 2d
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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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A book about the empty nester: Eve, a divorcee, needs to reinvent herself and her life after her only son leaves for college. Her first escape is the internet, where she Googles the word MILF and discovers a whole new, porn-based world. Luckily there‘s more to the book than that.
I liked the way Perrotta handles some of today‘s taboos but he should have made Eve a man - I really couldn‘t connect to her as a woman.

#Booked2019 #SocialMediaFocus

Cinfhen I soooooooo agree with your review!!!! I also felt like Eve was 💯written by a man...as a woman I didn‘t find her believable 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
TrishB Good to know 👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hate it when that happens, women described as a male fantasy 😬 2w
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BarbaraBB @TrishB I guess we won‘t meet in Madrid after all 😢! I am sooo in favour of Liverpool now, as you will understand 😉⚽️ 2w
TrishB Awww....I wasn‘t going to say anything because I always need a couple of days to get over such matches. We will find out next Thursday if we have tickets. 🤞🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I hope you‘ll have them. That would be awesome for you!! 🍀 2w
Cinfhen Sorry @BarbaraBB about last night ~ watched with hubby 2w
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼 @TrishB I was meant to be in Madrid May 19 - 25 but had to cancel our plans 😩hubby needs to be in states 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen aww...😔 we are in a ballot for tickets. Son says we have 16% chance of both getting one. Then we have to decide whether to go on our own if only one gets one. Charlotte has exam on the Monday so hasn‘t gone in the ballot so not to be tempted!! 2w
Susannah Too bad this isn‘t the Jessica Fletcher (Murder, She Wrote) origin story. That‘s a book I would read! 🤣 2w
BarbaraBB @Susannah haha, no, unfortunately not 😂 2w
Reggie I know I‘m a guy saying this but I saw her as a woman. Who due to empty nest and being a divorcée tried out new things. Had it been written by the common man she would have kept sleeping with the young guy. 2w
BarbaraBB @Reggie Lol 😀 you‘re probably right! 2w
readordierachel This was a so-so for me too. He writes well but...meh 2w
Megabooks I love Perrota‘s early stuff, but it seems like each book has been watered down. I feel the same way about Liane Moriarty. 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks He was a new to me author and I‘ve never read Moriarty, so there‘s a lot of me to read. I discovered these author‘s names here on Litsy, I guess they are not as well-known in Europe. 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB It‘s really interesting who is popular where! I feel lucky that a lot of books are translated to English, but unfortunately, we don‘t get a lot of them in my small town library. I have to seek them out online. If you find Election, The Abstinence Teacher, or The Leftovers by Perrotta, they‘re my favorites. If you come across Moriarty, I like The Husband‘s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you for these recommendations, I will look into them! 😘 2w
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The Stranger's Child | Alan Hollinghurst
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I was sure I would love this book. Hollinghurst is such a good writer and I love his English-ness and his plots. At least I did in In the Line of Beauty and The Swimming Pool Library.
So I didn‘t want to give up but halfway through this one I had to admit I wasn‘t in the least interested in the parade of characters that came and went. It is more a portrait of England in the 20th century than a novel I think. For me that didn‘t work. #manbooker

BarbaraBB I read this book for #ATY2019: book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR. 2w
TrishB I‘m hoping to get to In the Line of Beauty soon! 2w
saresmoore Good to know! I really liked The Line of Beauty, too. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Bummer :( 2w
Cathythoughts I got a sample ( my new plan .. ) of In The Line Of Beauty last night @TrishB ... I‘ll get it for holls if I like it 👍🏻 2w
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So have you seen this yet? The announcement of Camp ToB 2019. We have until May 13 to vote for the six Summer reads. The selection is unconventional of course, I‘ve read none except for Daisy Jones! What books are you voting for? #camptob2019


Megabooks Thanks for the tag!! I‘ll have to look! 2w
Ruthiella OMG so excited! Thanks for the heads up! I‘ve not read any but will definitely vote for Trust Exercise since I have it on hold at the library!!! 2w
saresmoore This is so fun! I am intrigued by at least six of the selections. 2w
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merelybookish Yes! This popped up on Facebook. Ive only read one (Lost Children Archive). I mostly avoided voting for some titles: the Marlon James book because I don't want to read it 😬 and Bowlaway because I keep seeing bad reviews. 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella That one sounds good indeed. One of my six votes! 2w
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Such weird choices, but intriguing indeed! 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I voted for Lost Childrens Archive because I have a copy. I don‘t want to read the Marlon James neither and Bowalaway sounds too weird to my taste. I am really curious to see where this will go! 2w
saresmoore @merelybookish @BarbaraBB I agree re: Marlon James and Bowlaway. I‘ll be interested to see what gets chosen! 2w
Rachel_nyc So fun! I haven‘t read any yet but a few were on my radar. I need to look up the others before voting. 2w
merelybookish @saresmoore @BarbaraBB Ive also seen mixed review of Trust Exercise but the criticisms intrigue me. Unlike Bowlaway which just sounds weird 2w
Redwritinghood I haven‘t read any of them, so I just voted for the ones I own and haven‘t yet read. 2w
Suet624 Thank you for tagging me. I got the email about it but I haven‘t looked yet. I‘m very excited. 2w
batsy This is so fun! I didn't vote for the James and McCracken and so I'm relieved to see your comments @merelybookish 😆 I want to read the Luiselli and Choi books. 2w
merelybookish @batsy Im thrilled to see I'm not alone in my opinions! 2w
BkClubCare Yes! I immediately clicked over and voted super quick. Many look great. I really liked Bowlaway 2w
BkClubCare And.... seeing now that many are not interested in Bowlaway. I love quirkiness - it was so right up my alley (ha - bowling reference! #sorrynotsorry) 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare Now I feel tempted to read it just because you like it! 2w
thebluestocking Yes! I‘m so excited! I really want to read Bowlaway but not the James. But other than that, I will just be excited to see what books make it in. It‘ll be a fun way to spend the summer. 💙 2w
minkyb Thanks for posting. 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Just one more quote from this incredible book! ❤️💔#NYRBBookClub

Rachel_nyc I‘m about halfway through and really enjoying it. So many good quotes and Cassandra‘s character alone will give us much to discuss in the #NYRBbookclub ! 3w
vivastory This book is quotable, in a brilliant way 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All the love for Cassandra! Her character is one of the most intense I‘ve ever met and I hung on her for every worth. Cassandra is dark, smart, infuriating and captivating. The way she manipulates her twin sister and tries to sabotage her marriage is incredible, as is the fact that as a reader you still love her. 👇👇 Continued below


BarbaraBB When the point of view turns to Judith, the twin, that adds an extra level of complexity to the story and a new perspective on both sisters, unseparable, and their excentric family. I could quote forever from this book and look forward to discuss it later this month 3w
LeeRHarry I have this on my shelf, I need to move it up my TBR 😊 3w
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry Absolutely, I‘d put it right on top if I were you! 💕 3w
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LeeRHarry @BarbaraBB I think I am going to have to after both yourself and @CarolynM heartily recommend it! 😊 3w
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry I read it too because of @CarolynM 3w
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 3w
Tanisha_A Ahh! Makes me want to get my hands on a copy right away. 3w
mklong Sounds great! This one is on the schedule for closer to the end of this month, but now I‘m really looking forward to it. 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m loving it too .. nearly finished 3w
CarolynM @LeeRHarry 😘 It really is a remarkable piece of writing. 3w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB 😘 I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I haven't often encountered characters with as many layers and textures as these, or with such genuinely complicated emotions surrounding their relationships. 3w
AnneCecilie I‘m waiting for this from the library. I hope to get it before the end of the month so I can read it and participate in the discussion. From your review I‘m looking forward to this. 3w
merelybookish Great review and description of C. I haven't reached part 2 yet but am excited to get Judith's perspective too! Excellent kickoff to the #nyrbbookclub! 3w
Amyegia I just loved this book! 3w
Liz_M I am moving next week ~sigh~ I hope to get to this at the end of the month 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M You must! You‘ll love it! 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Where are you moving to? 3w
Kalalalatja Great review! 3w
batsy Lovely and enthusiastic review! My reading has been so slow these past few days but I can't wait to sink into this properly this weekend. 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy Once you‘ll do you won‘t be able to stop either, is my guess. I can‘t wait for your review! (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Great review!!! 3w
Kalalalatja I still need to buy it first, but I‘m in the middle of buying my first car, but once I get that over with, I‘m going book shopping! 💸 3w
youneverarrived Excellent review! I‘m not up to Judith‘s point of view yet but I‘m intrigued. Absolutely loving it so far. 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Of course, a car goes first with your new job coming up! 😘 3w
vivastory Stellar review! I'm planning on finishing it today. 3w
BarbaraBB @vivastory looking forward to your review! 3w
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Transit | Anna Seghers
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Great idea Scott, to post about our favorite #NYRB book for the #NYRBBookClub. I don‘t have many yet (I‘m sure that will change soon!) I haven‘t read The Door but of the others I liked Transit best.

fleeting Jealous! I'd love to collect them too but am not familiar with most. But I also just bought The Door from a 2nd hand bookshop! :) 3w
batsy Aaah 😍 3w
sisilia I have Transit, unread 😬 3w
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vivastory Will definitely be checking out Transit! 3w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yes that one is very good too! 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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“I looked across the space behind the bar and saw my face in a blue mirror between two shelves of bottles. The bottles looked familiar enough, but I didn‘t immediately recognize the face, mostly, I think, because I didn‘t want to. It‘s a face that‘s given me a lot of trouble.”

Here we go! 💜 #NYRBBookClub #NYRB
(Pic: Girona, Spain)

Samplergal May I join in ? Or is it too late? 3w
saresmoore I‘m loving it so far! 3w
BarbaraBB @Samplergal Of course you may! We are reading the book this month, share our thoughts with the hashtag #NYRBBookClub and will have a discussion the last week of the month. @vivastory (edited) 3w
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BarbaraBB @saresmoore I am just a few pages in but I have a feeling I‘ll love it too! 3w
kamoorephoto That makes me nervous! Don‘t drop it! 3w
Theaelizabet Two chapters in and very hopeful about this one! 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m loving it so far 👍🏻 3w
vivastory I'm starting it soon. Judging from your posted quote, it will be quite an experience. 3w
merelybookish I've read the first chapter. So good!! 3w
merelybookish And that cover is decidedly more attractive than the one I have! 3w
batsy I'm going to start today! 3w
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Perfection in writing I think, the way Lucia Berlin arranged the short stories in this book. Each sentence is beautiful in its own. So much so that it at times distracted me from reading the stories as a whole.
Together they tell the lives of ordinary women who have lived the hard life.
A book to read very slowly - which I didn‘t have the patience for, so I may have to read them again one day.

#ReadingUSA2019 #NewMexico
(Pic: Girona, Spain)

Cinfhen Lovely photo and review !!!!! 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks. It is a cathedral that was a setting in Game of Thrones (I wouldn‘t know), many fans here 😉😀 3w
Cinfhen Ha!!! What do we know?!???! 3w
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Leftcoastzen It‘s got some scenes that really grind the reader down. 3w
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Indeed, and they feel so real! 3w
Megabooks Agreed @Leftcoastzen and Barbara! 3w
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Foe | Iain Reid
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#AprilWrapUp #AprilStats

It has been another good month. I read 14 books, am on track with my challenges and read some real good ones. No 5 star reads (they are sparce) but the ones above were 4 or 4,5 stars. It is notabele that three of the five are thrillers, a genre I used to like but that I found lately almost always disappointing. These three were real suspenseful though.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 3w
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Patience | John Coates
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‘Patience. A proper girl, improperly in love‘

Patience is a devout Roman Catholic, trying to live a life without Sin. She‘s married to Edward, but then she meets Philip, falls in love and Sin becomes suddenly all she‘s ever wanted. Coates (a man!) writes tenderly and with humor of Patience‘s discovery of love and sexuality and of her losing her innocence and naivity.

#AllMyLove for this book ❤️❤️. #AnglophileApril
(Picture: Girona, Spain 🇪🇸)

Cinfhen How beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Eyelit I love #PersephoneBooks 😍 great review and pic! 3w
TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ 3w
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Mdargusch Lovely! I already have this stacked or I would stack it. 👌🏼 3w
Kalalalatja Oh, what a view and what a review 😍 3w
Reviewsbylola I need to read this ASAP. I‘m so pissed I didn‘t buy it! 3w
LeahBergen I‘m definitely getting this one in my next Persephone order! 3w
emilyhaldi Yayyyyy!!!! So happy you liked it... Let's keep spreading the Patience love 🥰 ps. I must know, did you BAWL reading the last page or was it just me?!?! 3w
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Patience | John Coates
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‘As the door shut behind him Patience knelt down and waited to be sick. And she couldn‘t, as usual, help thinking that if Catholic women weren‘t on their knees for one reason, they were probably on them for another‘

Thanks @emilyhaldi for bringing this gem to my attention 💜

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! What a sentence 🙌🏻❣️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it‘s great, isn‘t it!! 😂 3w
emilyhaldi Yes!!! 👏🏻👏🏻 I could have quoted this book SO many times! 3w
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Kalalalatja This and the tagged books are the books that‘ll make me break my book buying ban 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I understand! I am starting Cassandra now too, so excited to! 💕 3w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Me too, so many great great quotes!! 😍 3w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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April is almost over. I managed to read another five books for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge:

🍀 Virginia: American Fire
🍀 Florida: Gone So Long
🍀 Ohio: Everything I Never Told You
🍀 Iowa: Big Brother
🍀 Michigan: Bird Box

This makes 18 so far. Another 32 to go...!

squirrelbrain 👍 Doing well! 😁 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 That sounds like fun!! 3w
NatalieR Great job! 🥳 3w
jessinikkip You're doing so good! I'm so behind on states. I need to do better 😫 3w
Librarybelle Awesome job! 3w
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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This was really something. I didn‘t expect much but I did race through this book, I couldn‘t put it down and it was really scary without getting cheesy or cheap.

Afterwards I watched the movie with my daughter but compared to the book it‘s so much less psychological and I realize that‘s what makes the book so good.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Michigan

Librarybelle I have this on my to read stack...not my usual type of book, but @Chrissyreadit listed it as a good one for the #NewYearWhoDis , so I‘m game for it! (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I started it just to tackle another #ReadingUSA2019 state, but then it was unexpectedly very good, so I should give it a try if I were you! 4w
Cathythoughts I‘m still afraid to read it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
Billypar I strongly preferred the book to the movie, in spite of the fact that I thought the characters were stronger in the movie. But I didn't find the movie scary: the book did a much better job building suspense. 4w
BarbaraBB @Billypar Yes, you‘re right, the book was much more suspenseful. 4w
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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So we‘re having King‘s night in Holland (using our King‘s birthday as an excuse to drink and dance in the streets all night) and upon coming home (tired, I‘m way beyond eighteen 😂) I find this parcel from Cindy! You have no idea how much this means to me! The books, which I‘ve been wanting to read, the fact they are #BOTM editions (I now have four, thanks to you. In Europe I‘m sure that‘s many!) and the card. Thank you so much my friend 💜💕

Cathythoughts So nice ♥️👍🏻 4w
Suet624 💕💕💕 4w
JennyM Beautiful kindness ♥️ And I just got Behold the Dreamers - looking forward to it 4w
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Tamra Lovely flowers too! 🌸 4w
Cinfhen It‘s with real affection xx so happy to share with you!!! And yes... fabulous flowers 💐Happy King‘s Day 😘😘😘 4w
Megabooks I liked both those books. I hope you enjoy them, too! Happy King‘s Day! 4w
BarbaraBB Thank you @Megabooks 😘 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Normally I don‘t like getting books as people always buy the wrong ones for me. It is so cool that you know exactly what I like to read and why. So thoughtful ❤️😘 4w
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Finally a psychological thriller that didn't leave me a bit disappointed after finishing. This one had lots and lots of twists, some of which I could predict, but they all led to this grande finale that I didn't see coming. A real pageturner about a seemingly normal couple who kills young women just for the kick and because it arouses them sexually. Highly recommended in its genre!

JennyM Glad you enjoyed. It was refreshingly different, and totally bonkers! 4w
BarbaraBB @JennyM It was, wasn‘t it? What an imagination Samantha Downing must have! 4w
Tashreads Oooh, sounds good. I‘ve had a bad run of thrillers lately, so will definitely pick this one up. 4w
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️just got on kindle for 99p 4w
whatshesreadingnow So glad you liked it! I see on GR where she has another book coming out next year. 🙌🏻😁 4w
BarbaraBB @whatshesreadingnow That is really something to look forward too. I‘d like to know what she comes up with next! 4w
BarbaraBB @Tashreads I feel the same about thrillers but this one really stands out! 4w
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Yesterday I saw A Little Life on stage, performed by International Theater Amsterdam (ITA). It was almost as good as the book and just as heartbreaking. On a surface of 10 square meters Jude and his friends came to live again, Jude being just as vulnerable on stage as in the novel. Apparently Yanagihara saw the performance and was as impressed with the play as I was. 💔

JennyM That must have been fabulous, if not heartbreaking. I would love to see this ♥️ 1mo
TrishB Wow 😮 sounds great! 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so jealous, that sounds amazing! 1mo
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Reggie Ughhhhh, I don‘t know if I could watch that. I just picture the audience all crying for a couple of hours. Lol, glad you liked it. 1mo
Oryx Sounds amazing. Not sure if my heart could cope! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie It took four hours and the audience was soooo quiet for all those hours. While on stage there was a lot of noise and music and all was fast! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve still not read the book, but everyone says it‘s 💔. How can you allow yourself to go through all that 😭😫 again? Glad you ‘enjoyed‘ yourself 😊 1mo
Ms_T I would absolutely LOVE to see this. I‘m so jealous! 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a powerful experience.... I loved the book at the time .. I think I would like to go - giving myself permission to leave if it became too much 👍🏻♥️💔 1mo
CoffeeK8 Wow! This must have been amazing! 1mo
readordierachel Oh my goodness. I can't imagine! 1mo
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I‘m a sucker for Japanese fiction so I was eager to discover this new to me author. I started with this book, consisting of three novellas. They are weird and horrible things happen, described with a complete lack of emotion. This may be the point of these novellas but to me it made them too flat and empty.

Kalalalatja Lovely photo, though! 1mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I thought the following by her was interesting 1mo
Reggie I just got this book. Oh no! Because I enjoyed Revenge. (We‘re twinkies @vivastory Lol) 1mo
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Foe | Iain Reid
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Ooh, such a good read. I couldn‘t stop reading, had to know what was going on with Junior and Hen since a visitor arrived at their house in a dystopian, rural and almost deserted environment. The visitor announced that Junior was longlisted for a journey to an Installation in space. You feel something isn‘t right but what is it? It takes this book to figure that out. It‘s weird and scary but man, does it deliver!

#ATY2019 Speculative fiction

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1mo
Ms_T Love this review! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻stacked 1mo
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hilded Sounds fascinating 👍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review! Stacking of course! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I love a good dystopian book! Stacked. 1mo
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Big Brother: A Novel | Lionel Shriver
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A sister takes care of her morbide obese brother while neglecting her own family. Because siblings are inseperable and should take care of eachother. I don‘t know if I agree and under what conditions. I could connect with Pandora herself and her conversations with her adolescent (step)kids but the whole sibling thing left me uneasy and a bit uninterested.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Iowa

Cinfhen I have this one but I haven‘t read it yet 🤷‍♀️now I‘m certainly not in a rush 1mo
Kaye You must be one who‘s able to keep reading even though you don‘t like the book much ? I‘m not able to do that. Sometimes I wonder if I miss out on any good reads by doing that. 1mo
BarbaraBB @kaye Well she writes good and it‘s an easy read. I wanted to know where it would all lead to but ended up disappointed! 1mo
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Librarybelle Sounds like this one tackles some tough issues 1mo
NatalieR Good review and beautiful picture! ⛵️ 1mo
Hooked_on_books Interesting. I have this one, so maybe I should give it a go, though I suspect I‘ll have a similar response. I do still need to check off Iowa, so we shall see. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It‘s the only reason why I read it now 😀 1mo
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All the father wants for his daughter is to fit in. All the mother wants for her is to be exceptional. Both parents project on Lydia their own youth traumas. And then she dies.

I liked this novel by Celeste Ng, though not as much as Little Fires Everywhere. I kept wondering why the whole dysfunctional family #NeverEver talked to eachother, neither before nor after Lydia‘s death.

#AnglophileApril #ReadingUSA2019 #Ohio

emilyhaldi I wondered the same damn thing! 1mo
Kalalalatja It is so weird they don‘t just talk to one another! 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @Kalalalatja It was pretty frustrating. No one talked about anything, for years! The title covers it all 😂 1mo
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Mdargusch Good choice. I think it‘s so odd when families don‘t talk to each other. 1mo
NatalieR I remember being sucked into this one. Such an emotional story. 1mo
Librarybelle I really enjoyed this book...good choice! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t care for this one at all but liked Little Fires! 1mo
jessinikkip I havent been able to get a copy but I keep hearing good things. Thanks for the review! 1mo
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The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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“It is absurd asking me to behave myself, quite absurd. I must rattle my chains, and groan through keyholes, and walk about at night, if that is what you mean. It‘s my only reason for existing.”

This was a short read about a ghost who can‘t scare the new American tenants of his old English castle.

In the background the Champions League match between Ajax and Juventus. On to the semi finals we go ⚽️🎉!

batsy I didn't wake up to watch the match but I recorded it 🤓 Ajax, what a feat 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
jveezer I‘m so excited. Ajax is my Dutch team. My English team didn‘t do quite so well today. 😝 Nor did I expect them too. Ajax to the finals next‼️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @jveezer This is so unexpected, the team being so young and without any real iconic players. It is super exciting, though it will be hard to keep winning from the great teams! ⚽️ 1mo
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Gone So Long | Andre Dubus III
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There is Daniel, who long ago killed his wife, their daughter Susan who witnessed it all and her grandmother Lois, who raises her after her father goes to prison and makes sure they never get in touch. 40 years later Daniel is dying and wants to come to terms with his past and to once meet his daughter again. Lois wants to prevent this and Susan is confused and angry. A dense, painful story with memorable characters.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Florida

Kaye I‘ve had my eye on this for awhile now. I‘ve been wondering how it is. Sounds good. 1mo
Librarybelle Wow...sounds so tragic and emotional 1mo
TheNerdyProfessor I tried the first few pages months ago but wasn't drawn to the writing. Your post has encouraged me to try again! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @TheNerdyProfessor I agree it needs a bit of getting into but once you‘ve got the hang of it, it is really powerful writing! 1mo
Samplergal I loved it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Samplergal I remember your review. It made me want to read it immediately! 1mo
NatalieR I snagged a signed copy at my local indie a couple weeks ago. Looking forward to reading it! 👍 1mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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We have a winner! Even though Liz didn‘t vote yet, Cassandra can‘t be beaten anymore! So this will be our first NYRB buddy read. We‘ll read it in May and have a discussion at the end of the month.
Details about the discussion will follow, keep checking Scott‘s page. Thank you for voting, I felt lucky to be the one to nominate our first read and hope it‘ll be a good one! 💜 #NYRBBookClub

Theaelizabet Good job @BarbaraBB! Can‘t wait! 1mo
mklong Your picks were so great it was hard to choose! Looking forward to it! 1mo
Suet624 Wonderful! 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Looking forward to it! 1mo
vivastory I can't wait to start reading this one! 1mo
Kalalalatja This book sounds so good I might just have to join in! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja That would be so nice! 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @Theaelizabet @mklong Thank you 💕😊 1mo
sisilia 😍 So exciting!!! I have Skylark for the IRL bookclub, and Cassandra. May is going to be a good month! 1mo
KarenUK I just ordered this last week from book depository! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yay!! Ordering now. 😁 1mo
merelybookish Yay!! 1mo
saresmoore Exciting! 🙌 1mo
Rachel_nyc So excited! My library copy should be available right around the 1st but I‘ll probably just end up buying one so I can start a collection. 📚 1mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK so join us in May! ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘m thinking of collecting them too. Hard to resist! 1mo
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m looking forward to this one! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
GatheringBooks woohoo!! 1mo
batsy Yay!! Looking forward ❤️🎉 1mo
Leftcoastzen Looks good yay May! 1mo
GatheringBooks reserved it now from our library. awesome! 1mo
emilyhaldi Whelp, guess I‘ll just have to order another NYRB!! 😉😜 #sorrynotsorry 1mo
youneverarrived Looking forward to it 👍 1mo
Liz_M @Rachel_nyc You're in the right city for collecting these! The Strand always has titles for half price and if you go to Housing Works first weekend of the month 30% off Sales, you can always find used copies in near perfect condition. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @Rachel_nyc You lucky girls!! 😘 1mo
Liz_M 😁 Not that I know from experience. It's a.....friend.... That has >100 unread nyrb books. @BarbaraBB 1mo
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M @BarbaraBB I was planning on going to The Strand but thanks for the tip about the Housing Works sale! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Yeah right 😂 1mo
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Chocky | John Wyndham
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It has been difficult to narrow them down, but here are my three nominations for our brandnew #NYRBBookClub, to read in May! 🎉

I chose one classic from the #1001books list, one American that I had stacked already and one that has been on my shelves for way too long and that I really want to read, a Hungarian one.

I am looking forward to your votes!
All credits to the awesome Scott for organizing. Thanks so much 💕

MicheleinPhilly WOOHOO! My vote is for the following because I already own it: 1mo
mklong Excellent choices and I‘d be happy with any of them, but I‘ve been meaning to read this one for a while 1mo
merelybookish Any will do but my first pick is 1mo
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batsy Great picks! Magda Szabo is high on my list of authors to read but I'm going with Cassandra at the Wedding because I have the Kindle version 🙂 1mo
Theaelizabet Great choices! I would be happy to read any of them, but since I have The Door I‘ll vote for it. 1mo
Tamra The Door is good! 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve read The Door. Cassandra would be my first choice but happy with any. 1mo
youneverarrived I‘m going with The Door as it‘s one I‘ve been wanting to read but I‘ll be happy to read any of them. 1mo
vivastory Stellar choices! I haven't read any of them, but my vote is for the one that has also been on my shelves for a long time 1mo
sisilia I vote for Cassandra 1mo
sprainedbrain Great choices! I would be happy with any of these, and can get my hands on all of them, but my first choice would be 1mo
saresmoore Excellent picks! I vote for 1mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m up for any but my vote goes to Cassandra. 1mo
LeahBergen Gahhh! I didn‘t realize this would be so hard! 😆😆 I own Chocky and The Door but have been dying to read Cassandra. Okay, I‘ll go with the one that I‘ve owned for longer.... my vote is for 1mo
CarolynM I'm not voting because I'm not joining you on this journey but I can't resist telling you that I read Cassandra at the Wedding not that long ago and thought it was really good. (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Oh ,they all look so good,voting for 1mo
vivastory It's almost a tie between The Door & Cassandra... so much anticipation 1mo
emilyhaldi Great choices!!! All 3 have caught my eye in the past, but I‘ve had this one stacked for way too long so it‘s getting my vote! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Your review made me nominate it 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory It still can be a tie with two more votes to go! Too bad Chocky won‘t make it but I want to read all three of them now 😂 1mo
vivastory Same here! I have the feeling that your #2 choice will be on someone else's list very soon & I'm really tempted to read Chocky soon. If I do, I will tag you. 1mo
Rachel_nyc I love the drama! I just checked and my library has both of the top picks so I should be all set either way although I have a feeling I will want these in my collection. 1mo
vivastory @Rachel_nyc They're affordable, durable, beautiful editions. It's so hard to resist them!! 1mo
GatheringBooks i vote for Cassandra at the wedding and The Door. :) 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Cassandra it is, with only @Liz_M left to vote! Do you take over from here? I‘m excited for the start of our book club! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory and I‘m going to buy Chocky too so let me know when you‘ll get to it! 1mo
vivastory Sounds good! I'm going to buy Cassandra & Chocky tomorrow. Great choices! 1mo
vivastory Yes, I thought that throughout the month the group could post their thoughts as they're reading & then towards the end of the month we'd have a more structured discussion. I can do the discussion, or you can. It's up to you. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory We can think of some questions per email and do the discussion together? I won‘t have the book before half May however (BookDepository is cheap but slow). 1mo
vivastory That sounds like a good plan. I've used book depository a handful of times, I had good experiences with them overall. 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m popping back in to see the voting results! 😆😆 @vivastory 1mo
Liz_M Sorry! I only check litsy once or twice a week and had no idea voting had started and (effectively) ended. Luckily y'all choose the one I want to read. 😁 😁 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I‘m glad your happy with the outcome! No apologies needed! 💕 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😘 1mo
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A year ago the mayor of the city where I live, died of cancer. He left behind a wife and three young children. In his last interview he asked us to take care of our city. To make sure it would stay the tolerant, open and kind place he knew it to be (his words). In this book his wife tells of her first year without him, raising their kids in the city he loved so much. Deeply touching.

Kalalalatja It sounds really sad 💔 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. This sounds gut-wrenching. 1mo
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Above all this book for me was look into vanishing American rural communities. It is depressing. The hopeless situation and the couple portrayed, the arsonists who set fire to more than 60 of the 100s of abandoned houses there. Their personal situation seemed about as depressing and hopeless as that of the county they lived in. And then that Tonya.. such a manupulative #BadGirl
Thanks for sending me this one Cindy 😘

#ReadingUSA2019 VA

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed. Wasn‘t sure if u like nonfiction/true crime. Great review 🤓 1mo
Librarybelle Yes - I appreciated this one more for its look at a socioeconomic decline in a once vibrant area. 1mo
Crazeedi This was a good book 1mo
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Mdargusch Perfect choice! She was such a bad girl and why? I actually stalked her on FB after I read this because I was so weirded out by that couple. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Tonya is the perfect choice for this prompt! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m intrigued and adding this to my tbr. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I‘ve been looking for her on FB too, but couldn‘t find her. There probably is no FB in prison (I have no idea)? Such a weird couple indeed. And I somehow feel sorry for Charly! 1mo
Mdargusch It was her old FB where she was trying to sell her clothes. Sorry you couldn‘t find it because it was creepy. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch Oh that one! I can imagine it must have been creepy! I love that you‘ve been stalking her! 1mo
emilyhaldi So true, what a depressing decline 😖 1mo
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Home is #SoFarAway when you‘re driving with a dead refugee in the trunk of your car from Morroco to the Netherlands. And where is home actually when your parents are Morrocan but you are born and raised in the Netherlands? Neither feels like home. The eternal dilemma of the migrant and the current flow of North Africans crossing the Mediterranean form the core of this novel.

#ATY2019 Set in a Mediterranean country

Kalalalatja Oh, sounds really good! 2mo
Mdargusch Great review! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Very intriguing. 2mo
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Cinfhen Your review makes me want to read this book, even though @Simona gave it a so-so. But im gonna go library route #BorrowNotBuy 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it is a #borrownotbuy kind of book indeed! I would have send you my copy but I‘m afraid it wouldn‘t be of much help 😉😘 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! You‘re so sweet and I see it‘s in Dutch!!! How awesome 🙌🏻😂😂 2mo
emilyhaldi Yikes!!! Sounds like a rough road trip 😬 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Good not great, as @Cinfhen described it, is exactly how I feel about this book. Of course I was drawn in immediately by its style and the interview format. And I couldn‘t put it down, I wanted to know how things would end up for Camila and Billy (definitely not an #EasyLover) and of course for Daisy. I felt all electricity but think I‘ll forget about it soon too.

#Booked2019 Features a Musician #AnglophileApril

Cinfhen LOVE this photo!!! Great review and well played prompt choice 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
vivastory Thanks for an honest review. I was wondering if this one had too much hype. I will still read it, but might wait a bit. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s the view from my house. Still Winter here... 2mo
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BarbaraBB @vivastory The ones I mentioned yesterday to you are better, if you ask me! 2mo
vivastory I have Rooney's latest arriving in the mail any day now, so I will probably wait a bit to read Conversations with Friends. This weekend I'm going to try to read 2mo
Cinfhen What a fabulous view💟 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I am almost sure you‘ll love the Angels! And Normal People is great too. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘 2mo
Kalalalatja That‘s the view from your house????? Lucky you 😍😍😍 2mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I think the picture is better than the actual view 😉 2mo
Reviewsbylola Certainly agree on your assessment of Billy, and the book in general. 2mo
gradcat So maybe I should read this after all?! I‘m glad you liked it, and thanks for the good review! My interest is piqued! 📚 2mo
Mdargusch I can‘t wait to read this and weigh in. 2mo
BarbaraBB @gradcat I really had a good time reading it. It‘s gripping for sure but not one you‘ll remember in the long run. A perfect easy read for when you‘re in the mood! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I‘d be interested in what you‘ll think! 2mo
TrishB On the pile, for when the hype blows over! 2mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo ☺️ 2mo
emilyhaldi SO jealous of this view from your house!!!! 🙌🏻 2mo
Megabooks I felt like some of the characters were a bit one dimensional. Okay/good, not great for me. I like the prompt choice! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous background 😍 2mo
readordierachel What a lovely reading spot! 2mo
gradcat Good to know, thank you very much! 2mo
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Part of my #wonderwall 😉, more specifically these are the books I read for #pop19 in the first quarter of the year. #AnglophileApril

vivastory Now I must ask, what was your favorite? 2mo
Reviewsbylola What a great looking group of spines! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Cool! My Mom loved The Great Believers so I'm hoping to pick it up soon. What were your thoughts on it? 2mo
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Mdargusch 💗💗💗 I still have that Penelope Lively book on my TBR. 2mo
AmyG @ephemeralwaltz The Great Believers was absolutely wonderful. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha, I like your take on #wonderwall 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Conversations with Friends but I also loved The House of Broken Angels. And The Great Believers. And Heat Wave 😉 2mo
BarbaraBB @ephemeralwaltz It is really good. I‘ve read a lot of novels about AIDS lately (coincidentally?) but this one really stands out. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch She writes so good! 2mo
BarbaraBB @AmyG Yes, a favorite this year so far! 2mo
Kalalalatja I love your wonder wall 👌 2mo
vivastory I haven't read any of those, I will definitely be remedying that! 2mo
emilyhaldi Nice!!! I should probably check in to see how much progress I've made 😆 2mo
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The Anishinaabe have lived for generations isolated in Northern Ontario. When the Apocalypse puts an end to modern life they fall back on the survival skills of their ancestors
to get through the winter. Reading this novel feels like living among them.

#Booked2019 Indigenous author
#ATY2019 A book with a title related to an astronomical term

Cinfhen Well done and fabulous photo🌜 2mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! Sounds really good 👌 2mo
CouronneDhiver I have this one on my #kobo app right now... getting to it soon! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds unique! 2mo
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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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Thank you all for participating in #90sSpringFling. It was so much fun to see how we all over the world lived our lives through the 90s, listened to the same music and dressed the same way.
The Fight Club buddy read has really taken the book to new level. @Cinfhen thank you for organizing. I hope you‘ve had a great wedding party tonight. 💕

Next will be a #BelowZer00s buddy read (and party 🎉🎈), January 10-12. Details will follow! 😘❤️

TrishB Thanks for hosting you two 😁 I didn‘t have much to add to discussions as I didn‘t finish. I really enjoyed reading everyone‘s comments though. 2mo
Billypar Thanks to you and @Cinfhen for putting this together! Really enjoyed the 90s nostalgia, and Fight Club discussion 😃 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I loved your posts this weekend about music and style! Looking forward to the 00‘s! 😘 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Billypar Thank you for being there. Your posts were great and your FC observations sharp as ever. I hope you‘ll join again for the 00‘s 😘 2mo
Kalalalatja Woohoo! Thanks for hosting 😘 2mo
BethM What book is the next one? And in what month not Jan right? 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks to you and @Cinfhen for hosting! Looking forward to the ‘00‘s! 2mo
Megabooks Thanks for the fun! Really enjoyed it Barbara and @Cinfhen 😁💜 2mo
Mtroiano Thanks for hosting! It was fun! 2mo
peaknit Thank you both! I look forward to the next read! 2mo
TrishB Looking forward to it 👍🏻😘 00s Trish had red hair for a while 😁 2mo
BookwormAHN That was fun, thanks for hosting 😺 2mo
GripLitGrl Thank you both for hosting! Looking forward to the next one sorry i was late to discussion today 2mo
batsy Thank you both for the fab photo challenge and discussion ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you both for hosting. Great discussion points and loving all the 90s icon that came with the Qs @BarbaraBB 😉. Looking forward to the next buddy read. @Cinfhen always host such memorable and fun parties! 😘 2mo
Cinfhen Haven‘t had a chance to check out the discussion yet....NEED COFFEE FIRST 🙄but I‘m sure @BarbaraBB did a magnificent job 🙌🏻❤️Thank you all for celebrating the arrival of Spring with us, we‘re excited to cozy up with you guys for #BelowZer00s ☃️❄️🍵 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @GripLitGrl @BookwormAHN @TrishB @peaknit @Mtroiano @Megabooks @Librarybelle @Kalalalatja @Billypar and don‘t forget to nominate a book written in the aughts @bethm Jan! 2mo
JaclynW Thanks for hosting and creating these fun reads! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB It's always good fun! 2mo
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Question 7 of 7.

If you participated in #StepfordSummerParty and or #HellOween  buddy reads did you have a favorite book? How did Fight Club compare to the other two books? How did you feel about Palahniuk‘s writing compared to the others? Do you see any similarities between the three books? Would you consider Fight Club horror???

Megabooks I didn‘t do either of those buddy reads, but I have read The Stepford Wives. I think Fight Club is more suspense than horror, but I did find FC scarier! 2mo
BookwormAHN I missed The Stepford Wives, but I really loved The Elementals. I liked the way Palahniuk writes but I didn't think that Fight Club was horror. I think it was more psychological suspense. 2mo
BarbaraBB I agree, FC is much more psychological than horror. I didn‘t do either of the other buddy reads but I will be joining from now on ♥️ 2mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve participated in all 3! Stepford Wives was the spookiest for me, I think. The Elementals I didn‘t really enjoy and thought a little campy, though I know I was in the minority on that. Fight Club is more psychological. All three have been fun to read, and I‘m excited to see what the next read will be! 2mo
TrishB I loved The Elementals. Didn‘t do Stepford Wives and bailed on Fight Club. 2mo
peaknit I‘ve participated in all three as well. I enjoyed The Stepford Wives the most I think because the 70‘s were such an odd time. I didn‘t think any of them were particularly scary, but all definitely weird 😊 I‘m with @Librarybelle on The Elementals, campy is a good word. 2mo
Kalalalatja I read The Elementals and enjoyed it way more than FC! 2mo
thereadingowlvina I didn't join The Stepford Wives, loved The Elementals and bailed on Fight Club. I didn't like the writing at all 😔 2mo
DebinHawaii I joined in all three & Stepford Wives was my favorite. All had dark elements mixed with dark humor. I agree that Fight Club was more psychological suspense than horror. I listened to The Elementals on audio which I think enhanced its campiness & made it fun-scary. Fight Club just grossed me out. So for me, I'd rank them in the order we read them. Thanks for hosting @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB looking forward to another buddy read. 🤗 2mo
CarolynM I wouldn't have read any of them without the buddy reads but I felt that all of them were interesting reads. I think The Stepford Wives was the best of them. It was atmospheric and insightful and I actually cared about the characters. Thanks for the party @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB 😘😘 2mo
GripLitGrl The stepford wives was my fave the book had a more creepy vibe & diffrent ending to the film. So while i saw the movie the book felt diffrent & kept my interest. Elementals would be my second pick. fight club the book was so-so for me really translated better for me as a film. 2mo
GripLitGrl I Definitely dont see fight club as horror genre. The other two books fit into the horor genre. 2mo
batsy All three are such fascinating books that I probably would have put off for longer if I didn't do the buddy reads, so thank you for that ❤️😁 Stepford and Elementals win out over Fight Club, but I'm glad I read FC; it's definitely a book that disrupts one's perspective! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t do The Elementals (couldn‘t get a copy on time), SW and FC were great reads though I liked SW better. Wouldn‘t have picked up FC if not for the buddy read. Both are thought provoking and have loads of discussion points. FC is definitely not horror. 2mo
Cinfhen First to my triple hit players @batsy @GripLitGrl @CarolynM @DebinHawaii @peaknit @Librarybelle Thank you for partying with me through the decades! It‘s been super fun and I‘ve found our discussions really insightful. For me, SW was my fav too. The story just worked on all the levels and it‘s withstood the test of time. I too thought Elementals was more of a spoof and campy is the perfect word. It was more atmospheric than scary. Hated FC 2mo
Cinfhen @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Kalalalatja @thereadingowlvina See above comments and THANKS for sharing your LOVE of reading with me!!! These buddy reads are only successful because of your participation!! So fun to share music, fashion and books with you all!!! Hope you‘ll be back for #BelowZer00s in Jan 2020😜 2mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I missed the Stepford Wives buddy read 🙁 but I've done the last 2 reads. I liked both The Elementals and Fight Club. I agree with others about Fight Club being more psychological and Elementals more horror (campy, yes). I think Stepford Wives would be more MY kind of book than the other two so I've got to read it someday. I have it, just need to carve out the time. I've read 2 other books from that author and LOVED them both!! 2mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen Count me in for #BelowZer00s ! 2mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yay! You can still nominate a book from the 00s - see @Cinfhen ‘s page! 2mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Great! Thanks! I will start thinking. 2mo
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Question 6 of 7.

CrowCAH Floppy disks 💾!!! 2mo
Librarybelle Maybe it‘s the owning of an idea that ends up taking over your whole life? The more you think about an idea, the more it take over. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I miss my floppy disks 💾😹 2mo
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Mtroiano “Deliver me from my Swedish furniture. Deliver me from my clever art. May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.” I think he realizes he has been trying to buy things and create a persona to try to make himself happy and he‘s just not. That‘s why the destruction is so appealing. He‘s ready to blow up the “fake” self he‘s created and ironically become another “fake” self. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Mtroiano great analysis and quote. It‘s all fake in the end. 2mo
Billypar Agreed @Librarybelle - that idea reminds me of the parts near the end where he finds himself unable to stop what he's created. 2mo
DebinHawaii Excellent quote @Mtroiano I loved my ?too ?and the stack of Readers Digest magazines. Growing up my parents subscribed & all of the "I am Joe's Clenching Bowels" & "I am Joe's xxx" references made me laugh. ? 2mo
batsy Great points @Librarybelle @Mtroiano. I also can't help but think of the Marxist critique of capitalist society, that things rule over people. So we live our lives in service of acquiring more things as the goal; I feel like that's a part of the book's critique and satire on contemporary society. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good analysis @Mtroiano and yes to @batsy ‘s comment. Leads me to think of the concept of minimalist lifestyle which is a good tool in assisting people to find freedom..from worry, depression, trappings from consumer culture..etc. 2mo
Cinfhen Great points!! The whole concept of Project Mayhem was about freeing ourselves from stuff and destroying what most members of society are striving for...owning stuff we don‘t need but want to possess. Like the soap he makes & sells from discarded body fat (that we pay to remove) to purchase expensive soap to keep us looking younger @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Mtroiano @Librarybelle @DebinHawaii @Billypar 2mo
JaclynW @Mtroiano Great thoughts! "Stuff" doesn't make you who you are. That's why he felt so empty, incomplete and unhappy. He was chasing the wrong things to build himself. @betsy Yes! I agree. @erzascarletbookgasm Exactly! @Cinfhen The soap making from other people's fat and then those people were paying for the expensive product was quite hilarious! Buying back their fat. ? 2mo
JaclynW @Mtroiano The Swedish furniture bit made me laugh too. Reminds me of my trips to IKEA. 😂 2mo
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Question 5 of 7. Of course we need to make the comparison with the movie!

Megabooks I‘ve never seen the movie, but I want that water ring toss!! 2mo
Mtroiano I‘ve never seen the movie but now I want to! 2mo
BookwormAHN I think I actually like the movie better. 2mo
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BarbaraBB I saw the movie but forgot all about it. 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve seen parts of the movie...this makes me want to see it again. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Me too, I can‘t imagine how the twist was visualized in the movie. 2mo
TrishB I hated both 🤷‍♀️ I did the buddy read as thought I might enjoy more than the film! 2mo
britt_brooke It‘s been 20 years or so since I‘ve seen the film and I can‘t remember it at all. I loved the book, but have often heard the movie is better, so I really want to watch it again soon. 2mo
Billypar @britt_brooke I think it's been about as long for me too. I remember really liking the first half of the film and becoming less interested once the Project Mayhem section started. That didn't happen in the book as much, even though I already knew what was going to happen. So I think it's the book for me. 2mo
Kalalalatja I have seen the film, but didn‘t really remember anything other than the twist 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
DebinHawaii I saw parts of the movie, ages ago after it came out & never had the desire to watch the whole thing until reading the book with this group. Now I'd like to to see how they handled everything. I tried to watch it before this discussion, but ran out of time. 2mo
BethM I‘m with @BookwormAHN and thought the movie was better than the Book. The book was difficult for me to get into but the movie completely captivated me. 2mo
GripLitGrl I prefer the film to the book. I saw the film first & so many times it's still great i stop to watch it when it's on. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm No comment on that as I‘ve never watched. Just want to say I used to own a water toss ring like that! So fun! 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @erzascarletbookgasm MY kids loved that game!!! Sooooo fun 😜🙌🏻 2mo
Cinfhen The movie helped me visualize what I wasn‘t understanding/grasping in the novel. It worked much better in that format (for me) but I‘m glad I tried the novel first even though I hated it. Discussing with you guys makes it so much better @Megabooks @Mtroiano @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @Billypar @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @GripLitGrl Movie was very violent and chaotic but it was easier to follow the progression & GOOD CLUES 2mo
JaclynW @Megabooks @Mtroiano @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @Billypar @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @GripLitGrl @BarbaraBB @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I've seen the movie YEARS ago. I liked (not loved) both. It was quite violent. The book had my head spinning at its craziness. But I liked the WAY it was written. It worked well with the characters and events. I really need to watch the movie again to do an accurate comparison. 2mo
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Question 4 of 7. This one needs a spoiler alert. You know what I mean when you‘ve read the book.

BarbaraBB I didn‘t even get it when reading that he never saw Marla and Tyler together. 😊 2mo
batsy I haven't watched the movie so I honestly didn't really see that coming, though a part of me was wondering what was up when Tyler was never around when Marla entered their home (and the narrator pointing out that he recognised this dysfunctional dynamic between his estranged parents, I think...? If I remember correctly 😬) 2mo
BarbaraBB @batsy Neither did I. Him repeating “I used to be such a nice guy” made me thinking and finally getting it. 2mo
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Megabooks When Hal Sparks ruined it for me on I 💜 the 90s on VH1. 👎🏻😆 I‘ve never seen the movie, and I‘m jealous that you guys didn‘t know the twist! 2mo
BookwormAHN Originally when I saw the movie, but in the book it became more obvious when Darla and Tyler were never in the same room together. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think that may be why the book was a pick for me, the twist was really good and showed hard how twisted the narrator‘s mind had become. (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle I already knew from seeing the movie! But, I tried to pick up any clues in the book. They were subtle, but I think it‘s a good twist! 2mo
britt_brooke I knew going in that there was a multiple personality involved, but I had no clue how it unfolded. It‘s been ages since I‘ve seen the film and I remembered nothing about it. 2mo
peaknit I had no idea until all of a sudden, it was obvious😂 2mo
Kalalalatja I had seen the movie, so it wasn‘t a big surprise for me. But I was impressive with all the subtle hints throughout the book 2mo
DebinHawaii I only remember seeing part of the movie years and years ago but I had an idea going in from that & discussions about the movie and I kept an eye out for the clues like @Librarybelle I would have rather gone into it without knowing because I agree that it is a good twist. 2mo
Mynameisacolour I've seen the film so already knew but I agree, it was enjoyable discovering hints throughout the book. 2mo
BethM I DNF the book but loved the movie. I remember watching the movie and the big reveal was a complete surprise to me. 2mo
CarolynM I've never seen the film, but I knew from people talking about it that the 2 were 1. Like @Megabooks I envy those of you who read the book without knowing. I don't think I would have worked it out before the reveal 2mo
GripLitGrl I knew from the movie like most of you but felt the book left a subtle hint of it with the Tyler & Marla situation. 2mo
batsy @peaknit Yeah! I felt the same. And I think that's one of the book's strengths in terms of its structure. Something I didn't see coming and when it came it seemed like the most obvious thing of all! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve never watched the film and it was a surprise when revealed..how could I not suspect, with all the hints? 2mo
Cinfhen Having read the book first and NOT knowing the twist I was honestly surprised and it took me a few minutes to process what I read even after I read it. It works on a psychological level but now I‘m wondering if what @CarolynM said is true. Could FC & Project Mayhem also been figments of his imagination @batsy @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @peaknit @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @BethM @Mynameisacolour otherwise not plausible 2mo
JaclynW I knew from watching the movie years ago. I wish I hadn't known! That twist would have hit me like a ton of bricks I'm sure. Knowing the twist, I was hyper-alert to the clues. You all mentioned those above. This book is a head-trip/mindboggling kind of book for sure! @batsy @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @Librarybelle @britt_brooke @peaknit @Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii @Mynameisacolour @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @BethM @CarolynM @GripLitGrl @erzascarletbookgasm 2mo
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Question 3 of 7

Megabooks Hmmm. I think it has to do with leaving your profession, your relationships , and daily identity at the door. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I never thought of it that way. Smart. I was thinking of equality. That those feelings are beyond hiërarchy, race or wealth. 2mo
Mtroiano Was it fight club or project mayhem? Project mayhem was more like an army so that‘s why I was thinking they dressed and groomed the same 2mo
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peaknit Being anonymous? 2mo
BookwormAHN I think they originally were doing it to be anonymous but I think there was also some mob mentality going on. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can see your perspective too. 2mo
Librarybelle I think you‘re right, @Mtroiano ...a definite conformity, like an army or a mob, with Project Mayhem. There is also the anonymous idea too, @peaknit and @BookwormAHN ...they burn off their fingerprints to make identity harder to track. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love the Kipling backpack! 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks @peaknit @BookwormAHN I agree, it had to do with anonymity and conformity. It was also about seeing how our narrator could control them. He was seeing how far people would go, I think. 2mo
Megabooks The control is a really good point @britt_brooke 2mo
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @Megabooks But why did he want to control them? 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I think it‘s to gain control over himself. His life was spiraling, and he felt more in control when he was controlling others, even though I think that‘s why his own schism deepened. 2mo
Mtroiano @britt_brooke @megabooks that‘s a good point. I think the desire to control others comes from feeling out of control in his own life 2mo
Mtroiano @Megabooks ha! We posted at the same time. Yes, agreed! 2mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Maybe because he felt so out of control? I think that‘s a big reason why he formed Project Mayhem. Since he was mentally unstable, some of his extreme behavior is difficult to understand. @Megabooks 2mo
DebinHawaii I also thought anonymity & conformity @Mtroiano like a cult or army, not thinking for themselves, blending in. 2mo
britt_brooke @Mtroiano @Megabooks Ha! I posted at the same time, too. 2mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Mtroiano Does this mean we have to start dressing alike? 😉😝 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks 😆👯‍♀️👯‍♀️ @Mtroiano 2mo
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii Blending in is a good one, the best way to forget about yourself. 2mo
CarolynM I'm not entirely sure that both fight club and project mayhem weren't just fantasy (or maybe delusion would be a better word) He was doing all sorts of violent stuff, but his followers were as much a product of his own mind as Tyler Durden was. 2mo
Megabooks @CarolynM That‘s a really interesting perspective I didn‘t think about. Now that you say it, it sort of makes sense. 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmmm @CarolynM is that a possibility??? So much of this book didn‘t make “sense” to me. I agree my initial opinion was that Project Mayhem was Tyler‘s need to control and even in a club where all are meant to be equal, there‘s still a leader and some sort of hierarchy @Megabooks @Mtroiano @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @BookwormAHN @peaknit I HATED THIS PART. It seemed juvenile and too violent for me. 2mo
BarbaraBB That‘s such an interesting pov, @CarolynM that shines a whole new light on much of the novel cq Project Mayhem. 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Megabooks I'm not saying I'm sure of it, but there is an awful lot of stuff that seems to come out of nowhere and if a major character is illusory, why not a lot of the action? 2mo
Billypar @CarolynM I like that idea- the whole thing does feel like a dark fantasy of a food disordered mind. Would also explain why the building doesn't explode instead of the 'used the wrong explosives' explanation he provides. 2mo
britt_brooke @CarolynM I agree with your theory! 2mo
JaclynW @CarolynM I also wondered if Project Mayhem was fantasy/delusion. It would make the violence easier to take! That part was hard for me too @Cinfhen . 2mo
JaclynW What struck me about the "uniforms" was the conformity. It seemed that part of his "fight" was against just that. He didn't want to be like everyone else. I guess it was control due to the lack of control he felt within himself 2mo
JaclynW ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️@megabooks @BarbaraBB @Mtroiano @peaknit @BookwormAHN @librarybelle @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @CarolynM @Cinfhen @billypar (I hit send too soon! My fingers are struggling this morning. 😆) Anyway...I though that was odd. And I had to laugh that his rules came back to bit him. 😯 2mo
JaclynW @Megabooks oops! It didn't link you. ⬆️ 2mo
Megabooks @JaclynW Thanks! What you‘re saying makes sense for both the books and some other leaders, possibly religious fanatics?? 2mo
JaclynW @Megabooks Exactly! Fanatics of any kind really. Political, religious, even things like sports fans (it can be applied everywhere!). There is comfort in numbers I guess. But as with any large group, there needs to be conformity to operate properly/effectively. You lose a lot of individuality this way and probably most importantly, you lose THOUGHT. It is rare for members of "the group" to question authority. 2mo
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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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batsy I think the powerlessness they feel in their daily lives, working meaningless jobs & a lack of control that stems from their economic situation, manifests itself in aggression as a form of reclaiming power. Underneath that there is also a search for a masculine ideal, a sense of brotherhood. As a reader I'm torn between understanding their powerlessness & hating that it manifests in the usual violent hetero-masculinity... 2mo
Megabooks I like your answer @batsy . I think even powerful people sometimes yearn to have a loss of control. Whereas more powerless members can have an equal shot at gaining control over others that they couldn‘t in real life. 2mo
BarbaraBB This is why the book reminds me of Easton Ellis. The complete lack of feeling, of empathy. Meedong blood and pain to feel. But I agree @batsy on the usual hetero- masculinity. 2mo
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peaknit Maybe because anger is just so much easier to express than sadness or loneliness? 2mo
BookwormAHN I also agree @batsy but I think that some of their antics were rather childish though. 2mo
BarbaraBB @peaknit Yes I think you‘re right and that it‘s that cliché hetero masculinity 2mo
Librarybelle I like that idea, @peaknit . There is that underlying level of loneliness in the book, but also anger over the “system.” I‘m thinking of the waiters and drivers and officers who join in the fights. And yes, the underlying current of hetero-masculinity. 2mo
Billypar @batsy It's interesting how only the economic aspect is overtly part of Tyler's anarchist philosophy- he never addresses anything about masculinity directly, even though it's an obvious defining feature. It's like they want the brotherhood without any emotional acknowledgement. Before Project Mayhem gave a focus to the destructive forces, maybe the violence was a reaction against feelings of vulnerability as well as powerlessness? 2mo
Billypar @peaknit I definitely agree! And part of the reason they don't talk about it is because talking about why they enjoy it will bring up all those other feelings. 2mo
peaknit @Billypar YES! I work as a probation agent and if I had a dollar for all of the sad people who broke things, hit their partner, got drunk and destructive, I‘d be able to retire. Talking about it is so hard. I‘ve had burly men crying in my office which often only makes them mad all over again, pissed that they cried. 😢 😡 2mo
britt_brooke Sometimes it simply feels good to break shit. Fighting is a different level, but I think it‘s the same idea. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Billypar You are so right. They want to feel pain physically to deny their emotions. It‘s so sad and unfortunately it‘s less fiction than i‘d imagine, according to @peaknit 😳 (edited) 2mo
Kalalalatja This is actually quite a discussion point among psychologist, because a lot of men with depression, doesn‘t show the “normal” symptoms of depression like sadness, rumination, and inward anger. Instead, men are more outward reacting, and turn to violence or drinking or cheating. So there have been discussions whether to change the diagnostic criteria to fit more men into it 2mo
Billypar @peaknit It's so sad, and must be difficult to respond sympathetically when you're dealing with people who perpetrate domestic abuse. But the right response is whatever makes it less likely to reoccur, and it seems like it has to involve promoting an acceptance and even awareness of those feelings. 2mo
DebinHawaii Such great thoughts everyone. In my library e-book there is an afterward by the author where he talks about fight club style groups & how in the mountains of Bolivia where the book isn't published where the poorest people in the village gather to celebrate "Tinku" & beat each other with bare fists chanting , "We are men. We are men. We are men." I found that so interesting. (Is it bad that I liked the afterward more than the book?) ? 2mo
Billypar @Kalalalatja Such an interesting debate in psychology- how to go beyond the external symptoms and look for the underlying cause during diagnosis. It's a huge challenge, but a critical question to address. 2mo
BarbaraBB These are interesting add-on‘s @DebinHawaii and @Kalalalatja 2mo
Kalalalatja @DebinHawaii I think that was the introduction in my edition 😄😄 2mo
CarolynM @britt_brooke Good point. @Kalalalatja That's really interesting and makes intuitive sense to me. 2mo
britt_brooke @DebinHawaii The afterword was fascinating. 2mo
madamereadsalot1 I've read somewhere before that Palahniuk wrote this as a commentary on society & toxic masculinity. He's a gay man who grew up hiding that he was gay & that he wanted the be a writer (It wasn't seen as a smart move for sustainability). Also, I've seen it discussed that the book could be seen as a violent analogy for how we neurotically strive towards "success" by working tirelessly to own things & be seen as something, all to our detriment. 2mo
GripLitGrl It's such a wierd way to let out feelings and aggression. fight club they even enjoy the pain of getting hit themselves wearing bruises like badges of honor. Now there are places that charge you money to go in & break stuff so the urge to destroy has gone from primal to paying money for a service that's sets things up for you to destroy. 2mo
batsy Thanks for that insight @Kalalalatja on gendered modes of expression. "Men get angry, women get sad" —people are obviously so much more complex than that, but that's the narrative and social norm that tends to be enforced. @madamereadsalot1 That's interesting! And how I kind of read it. I've been meaning to look up interviews with the author about the motivations for writing this book. 2mo
batsy @Billypar That's true. The narrator wanting to belong & not having a father figure & seeing his boss as a father was interesting to me: "If you're male, and you're Christian and living in America, your father is your model for God. And sometimes you find your father in your career." That kind of summed up quite a bit of the book for me. And then the reference elsewhere to the prodigal son and the fatted calf. The Freudian in me perked up ? 2mo
Billypar @batsy Yes- the absent father role seems to be key- in the Afterword, Palahniuk said the novel started as a short story that became chapter 6. That chapter is filled with information about the role of fathers, and it includes his boss. Combine that with the killing of his boss and all the castration stuff.... yes, I think Freud would raise an eyebrow ☺️ 2mo
Cinfhen I don‘t have much to add, you guys are making so many fascinating points. I read the premise of FC as an FU to the world but again, it traces back to men having some sort of “intimacy” & physical contact (like with support group) @Billypar @batsy @GripLitGrl @madamereadsalot1 @britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @peaknit @Librarybelle @BookwormAHN @Megabooks and their NEED to FEEL 2mo
JaclynW @Billypar Many eyebrow raises from Freud for sure in this book! 2mo
JaclynW @DebinHawaii I didn't have an afterward in my book! That is pretty fascinating. Thanks for sharing! 2mo
JaclynW I shouldn't come so late to the party! You all (again) have said everything that I'd want to say. I appreciate all of your comments. They help me to expand my thoughts on this crazy book. @batsy @megabooks @DebinHawaii @Billypar @peaknit @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @britt_brooke @Kalalalatja @griplitgirl @madamereadsalot1 @CarolynM @Cinfhen 2mo
britt_brooke @JaclynW There‘s one near me, too. I don‘t think I‘d ever go, though. 2mo
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @JaclynW Rage Rooms? I can‘t believe they really exist 😱 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @JaclynW I honestly don't know. The sound of things breaking cause anxiety for me. Balloons popping, loud banging, etc. I don't think I could. But I also think it could be so cathartic and fun. 2mo
BarbaraBB @britt_brooke @JaclynW I started googling, and the first one I come across is situated less than a kilometer from where I live! 2mo
Cinfhen My friend just told me she took her family ( she has 5 kids & her daughter is married ) so 8 of them went to an Axe throwing bar/ restaurant in NYC , it was $39.99 per person for 75 minutes. I‘m sorry but that sounds ridiculous - to throw an axe?!? I must be old @JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 she said it was oddly “therapeutic” and her family was “insanely competitive” about hitting the bullseye. To me it sounds wasteful🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen It didn‘t even include any drinks!!!! 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen that is SO ridiculous. Go buy an axe and targets from Academy Sports and Outdoors and do it in your yard. 😆 Much cheaper! 2mo
BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @JaclynW @britt_brooke It sounds wasteful but to also a bit scary, as if FC is just around the corner and will be reality one day. 2mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen There is an axe throwing place opening up here soon. Like you, I don't get the appeal! 2mo
Megabooks @JaclynW I have a punching bag at home. I think I‘ll stick with that! 😉 @Cinfhen is it me or is that a lot of money for 75 minutes entertainment?? 2mo
GripLitGrl @JaclynW my brother went with some friends & loved it. Me personally not something I'd go out of my way to do unless my brother planned a group event that I had to go to . I don't think it would be therapeutic for me as a neat freak broken things just don't sit well with me. 2mo
Cinfhen For a group of 8 people x $40 ~ that‘s over $300 and they threw axes @Megabooks I can think of better ways to spend the $$ and they probably spent another $40 on drinks & food per person...it‘s Manhattan 🙄 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Right @madamereadsalot1 @BarbaraBB I worry about people and how they view recreation 2mo
JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii @Megabooks @GripLitGrl Yes, it's true they exist! 😂😜 As crazy as it sounds. I can't believe how expensive they are! I'm with you about there being better ways to spend money. Yardwork is a bit like tearing things apart! That's free! 😂 I'm not certain I'd do it either. I'm such a rule follower and breaking things seems wrong. 😬🤣 But in another was it does sound a bit therapeutic. 2mo
JaclynW @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @madamereadsalot1 @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii @Megabooks @GripLitGrl Also, I get that emotions of any kind can build up. But. There are better/healthier ways to "lighten the load." Violence tends to walk a fine line. I read an article about the rage rooms and therapists were concerned that it would train people to use violence as an outlet. Funny thing..my friend who is a therapist was the one who told me/wants to go to one.? 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen The axe thing seems to be trendy right now. There‘s a league in Nashville. Can‘t say it‘s something that interests me. It seems like an especially bad idea in a bar setting. 😵 2mo
JaclynW @britt_brooke So true. Alcohol + Weapons = NOT a good idea. 2mo
britt_brooke @JaclynW 😆 I can‘t help but wonder about the insurance involved. 2mo
JaclynW @britt_brooke 😂 No kidding! Nightmarish! 2mo
GripLitGrl @JaclynW you're right everyone has a different outlets. If fight club is a real thing lets just hope it never hits project mayhem level lol😄 2mo
JaclynW @GripLitGrl For sure! 🥺😬😂 2mo
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