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Joined June 2017

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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
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At Dusk | Hwang Sok-Yong
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Park Minwoo is a Korean architect who is part of Seoul‘s rapid urban development. The traditional slums are fast being removed and replaced by modern buildings. But with it, Minwoo realizes his own roots and that of his country are disappearing. A slow, sad read. Very good!

(Pic: Amsterdam marathon)

Kalalalatja I love that you brought a book to a Marathon 😂 1d
LeahBergen Another great photo!! 😍 1d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yeah well... no excuse I think 😂 1d
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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For me this book was too crowded. Too many people, too many rooms and corners in the house, too many words. All of this made it hard for me to concentrate on what was happening. Still it was a scary read with smart twists. The horror was real and I am looking forward to discussing this one with the #NYRBBookClub!

(Pic: My son in his usual pose 😂)

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 made me feel claustrophobic! 3d
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ 3d
batsy Nice review! Thanks for the reminder that I should read this soon 😆 I keep thinking October lasts forever! 3d
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Bookwormjillk Ha! Looks like my son 😜 3d
Suet624 I was just wondering how folks were faring with this book. I chose to skip this one because I don‘t like being scared. 😁 3d
mklong Great review! And @batsy Same! I guess it doesn‘t last forever just bc I want it to. 3d
LeahBergen @batsy @mklong Me, too! I better get cracking on this one as it‘s my pick. 😆😆 2d
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In my teens I remember watching the scary movie Halloween and that was about all the association I had with the real thing until I met you guys here on Litsy. We don‘t celebrate it where I live and I am amazed each year about the buzz it creates on Litsy 😱!
I do eat 🎃 though 😉 and I am happy for you Rachel to reach 10K Litfluence! Congratulations 🎈, I am enjoying your post very much and hope I may join your #Big10k giveaway 😘

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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Hi #NYRBBookClub! Has anyone started reading this one yet? I am having a hard time concentrating. Such dense prose!

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not in the club but can I read along? 6d
Aimeesue Still waiting for my copy! 6d
Aimeesue @erzascarletbookgasm I'n not in the club either, but I do. It's more like there are folks who are now voting members (because they committed to read along) and others can jump in if they want to, if that makes sense. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but we just had a discussion about this last month because I was worried about stepping on toes uninvited. 😊 6d
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BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Yes you can! Please do! Like @Aimeesue says, the club are just the ones nominating and voting for now! 6d
erzascarletbookgasm @Aimeesue @BarbaraBB Thanks, that‘s great 👍 6d
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm there is also a discussion in the last weekend of the month, organized by @vivastory and @LeahBergen. You can join this discussion too of course! 6d
vivastory I read this a couple of years ago & loved it. Will be rereading it closer to our discussion so it's fresh in my mind. I do remember it being very atypical & almost having Shirley Jackson vibes. 6d
LeahBergen No, I haven‘t started it yet but I will be in the next day or two. I hope it starts flowing better for you soon! 🤞🏻😬 5d
LeahBergen @vivastory “Shirley Jackson vibes” bodes well! 👍🏻 5d
emilyhaldi I just finished last night and loved it!! I hear what you're saying about the prose, and the start is a bit slow, but it picks up! (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi That is good to know. I am a hundred pages in and still struggling! 4d
Litsi Read it decades ago. Remember that it was a bit gory/ scary for me. 8h
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Somehow I never read this one. I now did. In one breath. To imagine that what Wiesel went through happened here, in Europe, just 75 years ago! It‘s incredible and good to always be reminded of. This can never happen again and yet, when I read the news and realize that I know just a fraction of what is happening right now in Syria, in Central Africa, in Haiti, to name just a few. It‘s incomprehensible what people are able to do to one another 💔

Kalalalatja It truly is heartbreaking 💔 1w
Chrissyreadit Yes- good perspective- I feel like we are standing by while genocide has happened in this century already- Syria and Rohyngia to begin with. 1w
Amiable Elie Wiesel was a professor at my university when I was in college. He was equally as impressive a speaker as he was a writer. He would be speaking loudly and forcefully about what it going on in Syria today. 1w
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JenniferP I somehow haven‘t read this yet, either! 1w
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit Rohyngia indeed, how awful I forgot about them already 🤭 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @Amiable It must have been so special to have him as your professor. 1w
BarbaraBB @JenniferP It‘s a must-read I think, in line with Primo Levi and Jorge Semprun! 1w
Chrissyreadit @Amiable what an amazing opportunity!!! 1w
lele1432 I have never read this either. Bought it on audio a few months ago. I really need to get to it! Still kind of blows my mind it happened less than 100 years ago... 1w
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The Fugitive | Marcel Proust
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On this raining autumn day I finally finished another Proust.
In between the typical, endless meandering sentences, there does happen a lot in this 6th book of In Search of Lost Time. Albertine loses much of her magic when Marcel learns more about her after she falls from a horse. He feels finally free to visit Venice with his mother. Also he meets Gilberte again, on the brink of yet another unhappy marriage, of which the series has a lot!

Liz_M Captive/Fugitive were the weakest part of this story. The last volume has some stunning writing, as good or better than the best bits in the first volume! 1w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is good to know! I‘ll start it next month and will read about 50 pages a month so a year from now I will be finished. I think my next 1001 project then will be 1w
thebluestocking This is highly impressive. I have the first four volumes but haven‘t read past the first chapter of volume one! 1w
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BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It took me almost three years to get this far 😄 1w
jveezer I love Proust and am on the middle of a reread with the recent English translations. I‘m on Sodom & Gomorrah, which is the last one of the new translations available in the USA due to copyright, so I‘ll have to find used copies that someone bought in Europe to finish the cycle... 1w
BarbaraBB @jveezer I‘m reading them in Dutch or I would have send you my copies! 1w
thebluestocking @jveezer I didn‘t know the rest of the translations were done but not available in the US! I‘ll have to hunt down the others. 1w
Ruthiella BOOK SIX! Amazing - you‘re almost done. I‘ve always been daunted by these books. I had to read Swan in Love for a French lit class in college but I kinda just skimmed it unfortunately. Bad student! 1w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I have skimmed some parts too. That‘s unavoidable with Proust I think 😂 1w
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What a beautiful, sad book. So many beautiful sentences used to tell the story of the hard way of growing up when you‘re born in Vietnam, your family traumatized, and start a new life in America, where you are yellow and gay, small and with not enough English vocabulary to stand up for yourself. Heartbreaking 💔

#ReadingUSA2019 #Connecticut #Booked2019 #Newin2019

batsy I need to read this! Lovely review. 1w
Librarybelle Great review! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I really need to get to this one. 1w
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Cinfhen So glad you loved it too 💗and awesome that it worked for Connecticut 1w
rohit-sawant Wonderfully put. 1w
Kalalalatja Great review! 1w
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Thanks so much for yet another awesome bookmail Cindy 💕. Of course I‘ll read the tagged one, I completely trust your judgment😀! And The Dumb House I have been wanting to read ever since @Kalalalatja started raving about it! I really like disturbed books 🙈!
Thanks so much for everything, dear friend 💜😘

TrishB Lovely 💕 1w
LeahBergen I liked A Head Full of Ghosts! 👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Enjoy 😘 1w
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Kalalalatja How nice! 💕 1w
Libby1 Hello! Will you be in Amsterdam this Wednesday or Thursday? I will be there then and it would be lovely to meet you for a quick coffee and chat if you‘re free. My schedule is very flexible, as I‘ll be arriving from Delft sometime on Wednesday and flying home after 9 PM on Thursday. 1w
BarbaraBB @Libby1 Oh Libby that would be so nice, as you are one of the first friends I made on Litsy. Unfortunately I‘ll be in Den Bosch in the south of the country for work from Tuesday on.. 😞😘 1w
BarbaraBB @Libby1 There is a great exhibition in Delft by the way that I can recommend: Pieter de Hoogh in Prinsenhof. It just opened! As did Rembrandt and Velasquez in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam if you‘re into some art... 1w
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I‘ve pre-ordered this one ages ago. It won‘t be long now: Flea‘s memoirs have finally been published ❤️🌶💃 (pic: Flea on Instagram)

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This thriller kept me awake half the night. Not because it was so scary that I couldn't sleep, but because I couldn't stop reading. The story of Jess, who as a client comes under the spell of the perfect and mysterious psychiatrist Doctor Shields, is filled with twists that kept me guessing until the end. Recommended!

Cathythoughts Well that‘s a great recommendation! Stacked 2w
Readswithcoffee Agreed! I‘m not usually a fan of the psychological thriller genre, but this is a good one. (edited) 2w
riversong153 I remember really enjoying this book when I read it but now I can‘t remember the twist lol! 2w
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BarbaraBB @riversong153 I have that all the time as well! 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m not a thriller reader, but with a psychiatrist-client relationship involved, I‘m suddenly interested! 2w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja If you don‘t expect too much you might enjoy the psychiatric aspects in the book. I did! 2w
Mdargusch I still need to read the Wife Between Us. It‘s been on my shelf for months! 2w
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I enjoyed that one too but I think I prefer this one. 1w
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Told from the perspective of four women, Red Clocks re-imagines what the US would be like if abortion was once again illegal and criminalized while also outlawing single parents from adopting. The women in this novel each deal with this new reality in different ways. Zumas did a good job in creating four wildly different characters whose paths cross and who all in their own way are so strong and authentic.

rambiepaige This is such a great book! ❤️ 2w
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#20booksby2020

I made it halfway through the challenge so far. Three more months for 10 books. It does sound easy!

megnews 👏👏👏 I‘ve got 8, working on my 9th now. Too easily distracted by so many other great books. (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Way to go!!! It‘s great having a “concrete” plan, although I have read some books not on my “list” 2w
Cinfhen I‘m super curious about that memoir 2w
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Cinfhen Oh, YOU read Shotgun LoveSong???? Isn‘t it great?!!? 2w
BarbaraBB @megnews I read many others too, I doubt I will even make these 20 but so far so good! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It was a pick for me, but not a five star one! 2w
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Maeve Brennan was a 20th century Irish writer who has recently been rediscovered in my country - and rightfully so. She writes in short stories about Delia, a woman in the middle of a loveless marriage in Catholic Ireland. All is about her kids, her garden and her estranged husband. Her loneliness, vulnerability and regret are painful, yet the way Brennan writes about it is somehow hopeful.

(Picture: Dürnstein, Austria)

Tamra Stacked! 2w
Leftcoastzen Beautiful photo and cover! 2w
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BarbaraBB @jillrhudy That sounds really good as well! 2w
Ruthiella Love finding underrated/undiscovered classics!😀 2w
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Schiphol Airport. Waiting for my flight to Vienna. I love flying and the anticipation and I feel like the woman in my current read!

Cinfhen Safe travels 🧡 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you! 💕 2w
AmyG Have a wonderful trip! 2w
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Cathythoughts Vienna ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
squirrelbrain Have a great trip! ❤️ 2w
youneverarrived I love that feeling. Have a great trip 💕 2w
LeahBergen Oh, lucky you! Have a lovely time. 💕💕 2w
Liz_M Beautiful illustration! Enjoy Vienna. 2w
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The Work of Wolves | Kent Meyers
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I don‘t remember who recommended this book to me for #SouthDakota in the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge but I really loved it. All different worlds come together (the wild west, an Indian reservation and Nazi Germany) in this western about friendship and horses. Very atmospheric, very little is said but with so much meaning.
The book gets hardly any attention here on Litsy but it‘a absolutely worth reading.

squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one! Stacked anyway, even though I don‘t need South Dakota! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I thought you might but then I scrolles your timeline and found your read! 2w
squirrelbrain I only read my South Dakota book recently! Maybe next year if I do it again.... 🤪 2w
youneverarrived Great photo. 2w
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The Home-maker | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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September wasn‘t the best month for me. I didn‘t read much, partly because I didn‘t really like any of the books I read. All 2 or 3 star reads, with the exception of the tagged one - that one I looooved 💜.

#SeptemberStats #SeptemperWrapUp

Kalalalatja That‘s too bad! A lot of my reading time this month was spent on a bad book, too, and looking back, I wish I had bailed 😅 3w
LeeRHarry I had similar luck - hopefully October will be a better month for us 😊 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja O really? Which one? 3w
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Liz_M You didn't like Severence? Maybe I won't try to hunt it down. 3w
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry Let‘s hope so indeed, it gets a bit frustrating, reading disappointing books! 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I did like it, but it was nothing out of the ordinary. I don‘t remember much about it even now! 3w
Kalalalatja This 👉 I think part of it was timing, but it just bored me, and felt like a chore I had to get through 3w
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The Tennis Partner | Abraham Verghese
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I loved Cutting for Stone and this one by Verghese has been on my tbr ever since. I am sorry to say it disappointed. It is autobiographical and tells about his career as a doctor and teacher in a Texan hospital and about his friendship with an intern, David, with whom he plays tennis and talks. There is a lot however, David doesn‘t tell. The result is very personal but not necessarily interesting for the reader. #Booked2019 #BookAboutAddiction

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the review. I loved Cutting for Stone too, but now I don‘t have to stack this follow up. 👊🏻📚♥️ 3w
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage He wrote this one before Cutting for Stone 😅, he obviously matured. So I am still looking forward to his next one. 3w
Amiable If you haven‘t read “My Own Country” yet, definitely do! It covers the years before “The Tennis Partner” And is light years better. It was incredible—I‘d have given it 6 stars on Goodreads if I could. @BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage (edited) 3w
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BarbaraBB @Amiable Thank you! I didn‘t know about that one! I‘m glad you say it‘s much better! 3w
Reggie I like how him and his wife discussed their arranged marriage in here. Which is sad because they‘re divorced now and he has another family. I totally second My Own Country. Loved that book. 3w
BarbaraBB @Reggie That is one of the better parts indeed, their talking about their marriage. I think Verghese is a master in writing dialogues. 3w
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The Tennis Partner | Abraham Verghese
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This may be true but it does sound very harsh 💔#BookAboutAddiction #Booked2019

Tamra Agreed. 3w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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Getting closer to the finish. I have finished books set in 39 states now.

The four books I read in September for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge are set in:

🍀 New Hampshire: The Cabin at the End of the World
🍀 Kentucky: Sleepless Nights
🍀 Vermont: The Home Maker
🍀 Wisconsin: Shotgun Lovesongs

Bookwormjillk Wow! That‘s super impressive! 3w
ljuliel Wow, you‘re doing great ! I think you‘ll make it before year‘s end ! 3w
Hooked_on_books Woo-hoo! Looks like you‘re right on track! 3w
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squirrelbrain Doing good! We have some of the same states left to read... Montana, Nevada, South Carolina.... 3w
Librarybelle Really great progress! You‘re on track! 3w
Libby1 Well done! What a great idea. 3w
Libby1 Which book did you read for Illinois? 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain For South Carolina I have this one lined up for October 3w
BarbaraBB @Libby1 I really enjoy reading a book set in all states, especially since I travelled through the US this summer. For Illinois I read and loved 3w
Libby1 That sounds good. 😊 3w
Pamwurtzler Nice!! 3w
squirrelbrain I read that one a few years ago @BarbaraBB - loved it! ❤️🐝 3w
NatalieR 👏👏👏 3w
Liz_M Amazing! 3w
Samplergal Making great progress! 3w
Redwritinghood Impressive! I see that you haven‘t gotten to my home state of Connecticut or the state where I grew up (Indiana) yet, though. I‘m curious to see what you read for those. 3w
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood For Connecticut I‘ll read next month‘s NYRB BookClub‘s choice: 3w
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood For Indiana I‘m not sure yet, so any suggestions are welcome! 3w
Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB Most of John Green‘s books have Indiana settings. Also, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater by Vonnegut. And the classic 3w
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Shotgun Lovesongs | Nickolas Butler
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Life in rural #Wisconsin as lived by four friends who grew up together. They went through a lot, maybe they aren‘t even friends anymore, but there is so much that binds them.
The story is well written with good character building, however I think it‘ll turn out to be one of those books I‘ll soon forget all about.

#ReadingUSA2019

Kalalalatja Nice looking reading spot you have found there 👌 4w
BarbaraBB Thanks @Kalalalatja this is at my parents house! 💕 4w
Flaneurette My home state! I‘ve had this on my kindle forever bc I got it as a daily deal but just haven‘t been motivated to read it.. 3w
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The Home Maker | Dorothy Canfield, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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An apparently cozy novel about a family where the man becomes paralyzed and is home bound, which means that the mother has to go to working. However, there is so much under the surface. Written in 1924, Canfield Fisher breaks in each sentence with traditional role patterns, as experienced by both adults, their children and their community. A beautiful, poignant book.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Vermont

Ruthiella Definitely on my list!😀 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good 👍 1mo
Librarybelle This sounds good! 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely review ❤️ 1mo
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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This is the plan for the fall prompts of #Booked2019. I am looking forward to all of them!
From left to right: Soldier‘s story - Political intrigue - New in 2019 - Public domain - PoC MC - About addiction

Cinfhen I‘ve always meant to read 1mo
Cinfhen And I used Kindred for the same prompt 😉 1mo
sarahbarnes I really liked Beware of Pity! 1mo
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Love Thy Neighbor | Ayaz Virji
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I have finished the third quarter of #Booked2019. Just in time. These were my six books. Now I‘m starting planning for the last quarter. Are you already thinking about #Booked2020, @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen ?! 😘

Ruthiella Well done! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! And yes, we already have prompt ideas for #booked2020! 1mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage wow! That‘s great! 💕 (edited) 1mo
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Cinfhen You KNOW we do!!!! Can‘t wait for 2020 ‼️‼️‼️ 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats on completing summer prompts 💗what ya gonna read for #Winter?? Any ideas yet?? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yay! Can‘t wait for the prompts. I‘ll post my winter plans later today. Have to Google some covers! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Hey, don‘t confuse me. We are finishing summer and moving to fall. Winter 2019 is done. 🤪 1mo
Cinfhen OMG!!!! @BarbaraTheBibliophage How the heck did that happen? You‘re right 😂🤣😂🤣😂 1mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Of course! Fall! 🍁🍂 1mo
jenniferw88 I'm afraid I'm going to confuse things for you... I did my Spring prompts January-March, Summer April-June and will be posting Winter October-December! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 3w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 haha that IS confusing indeed! 3w
Cinfhen It‘s fine!! @jenniferw88 😃 (edited) 3w
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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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I read this #GraphicNovel for #Booked2019 and because it‘s on the list of #1001books but I didn‘t fell for the genre. For me, looking at pictures is way more difficult than to just read, all those images soon dazzle me. And then it is about superheroes... in which I‘m not interested at all. However, I was intrigued and it kept me reading on. Never again though 🤪

ValerieAndBooks I actually got this recently only because it‘s #1001Books. I‘ll probably start it sooner rather than later because it should be a faster read than the many books with 500+ pages on the list 🤪 1mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Well, it actually took me surprisingly long 😬😀 1mo
Amiable I‘m right there with you. I read it for a reading Bingo challenge (“read a graphic novel”) and my husband and son love it. I was totally “meh” about it. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats on surviving! ♥️📚👊🏻🤪 1mo
Cinfhen Gotta agree with you ~ I just can‘t enjoy books in comic format. It doesn‘t work for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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When her girlfriend discovers Alice isn‘t dead (because she sees her on the news), Keisha starts looking for her, by driving through the US as a truck driver. So far so good. But then things start getting supernatural (first a bit but then a lot) and I lost interest. #podcast

pigeonsandcrows Is the book basically a rehashing of the same content as the podcast? 1mo
Hooked_on_books Fun cover, though! 1mo
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I enjoyed Ling Ma‘s writing, her New York, her main character Candace. Shen Fever is spreading fast, everybody leaves the city or dies, but Candace stays as long as she can, because she lacks other options. When she finally leaves, there is that other storyline, which I thought was less good. It reminded me of many other dystopian novels. However, I am interested in what Ling Ma will write next.

#Booked2019 #genrebusting

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
Megabooks I‘ve taken this on and off my TBR so many times. I really should just read it! Great review!!! 1mo
Ruthiella I liked her take on “zombies” ( sorta right?) in this book. Less terrifying and more just pitiable. 1mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve been eyeing this book for awhile too @Megabooks but I just promised my hubby NO new book purchases from now until December 1 🙄😩of course #BOTM & #DailyDeals don‘t count 😜 (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen really? Until December? That is so far away! 1mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I KNOW!!!!!!! But my book buying has been a little out of control🙄😜 It‘s good I have a secret cash stash 😉🤫 1mo
Cinfhen I love your wall art!!! 1mo
readordierachel Great review! I loved this one, though I agree that some elements were stronger than others. And like @Ruthiella I really liked her take on zombies. 1mo
BarbaraBB @readordierachel @Ruthiella The take on zombies was really plausible indeed. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think it may be a good thing to see your tbr actually decline 😀💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you💕 1mo
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The Rotters' Club | Jonathan Coe
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Such a sparkling novel about a group of friends at a renowned school in Birmingham, England. They are the editors of the school newspaper in the turbulent seventies. Strikes and politics paralyze the country (not unlike today‘s England…), the IRA is terrorizing the city, and the boys discover pop music and love. Coe as always writes funny with a serious undertone.

batsy I might have said this multiple times before, but I really enjoyed this book! 😆 1mo
Tanisha_A Sounds so good! 1mo
Cinfhen I stacked this a few weeks ago based on a recommendation from @arlenefinnigan 💚 1mo
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arlenefinnigan Love this book! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Everyone does 😉, @arlenefinnigan is very convincing 🤪 1mo
ValerieAndBooks This is in my TBR!! 1mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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It was not easy to keep focussing on the beautiful sentences among the stream of conscience memoirs of Elizabeth Hardwick. I was not really in the mood for such a read unfortunately. #NYRBBookClub

The memories of her youth took place in #Kentucky so I can use the book for #ReadingUSA2019.

(Pic: This summer I stayed in a hotel in Brooklyn with the best pillows ever. I have searched everywhere and was able to buy them online!)

Librarybelle The pillows do look very comfortable! 1mo
Liz_M Now you have me curious about both the pillows and the hotel! 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Lol it was the Indigo in Williamsburg, it opened the night we were there. First guests ever! And it was cheap! I just checked and I couldn‘t afford to go there again now! The pillows felt like clouds 😉, I never slept so good. In case you‘re interested, the brand is IHG (international hotel group) 😘 1mo
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LeahBergen Oh oh! I hope I like it better. And I need new pillows, too. 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen You probably will. For me it was just the wrong book at the wrong time. I was too impatient! 1mo
emilyhaldi I'm in the market for some new pillows, so thank you for that!! 😆👌🏻 I'm starting this book today... 🤞🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I hope you‘ll like it! And I feel like a sales person for the pillows 😂😴🛏 1mo
youneverarrived Decent pillows make all the difference 👌 I think it‘ll be hit and miss this book...seems to get mixed reviews. 1mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived The writing is gorgeous and poignant, I think many of us will love it! 🤞😘 1mo
GatheringBooks felt exactly the same about this book. found it too self-indulgent and meandering, pretty sentences notwithstanding. 1mo
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks I am glad you felt the same. I am looking forward to what our fellow readers will think! 1mo
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Man it was hard not to throw this book in a corner. I kept wondering what was the point. People in a room, killing eachother, lots of gory details and unfinished sentences. The chapters kept repeating themselves, so did the conversations. I ended up bored and frustrated. It‘s probably me but what a waste of time. (Sorry @rajithr and @vivastory ...)

#ReadingUSA2019 #NewHampshire

squirrelbrain Oh dear - not good! 🙁 1mo
LeahBergen Too bad! 1mo
Librarybelle Oh boy! 🙁 1mo
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Melissa_J I will not be reading this one! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB It‘s off my TBR list! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh boy! I did enjoy his other book.. 1mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Maybe you will like this one as well. At this moment don‘t feel like trying 😉 1mo
Cinfhen You took one for the team✊🏼 1mo
vivastory It's too bad you didn't like it. I thought you might since he seems to have some things in common with Iain Reid. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I love Reid, you‘re right. And I do see the comparison. I think it was their being in that same room together all the time, it felt like a scene repeating itself continuously. While Reid‘s plots are more developing if I make myself clear? 1mo
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A Light in Dark Places | Jennifer Graves, Emily Clawson
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This book is written by the estranged sister of Josh Powell, one of the main characters in the #podcast Cold, a chilling podcast about a case gone cold. Josh‘s wife Susan disappeared one day and although everyone was sure he murdered her, he fooled the police and was never arrested. A few years later Josh killed their kids and himself. Will ever be known what happened to Susan? #PoorMisguidedFool #RedRoseSeptember

Cinfhen This sounds like something @Reviewsbylola would be interested in ...so sad 😔 2mo
arlenefinnigan Sounds like a very tough read 2mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve read a book about this case but I don‘t think it was this one! @Cinfhen 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola It‘s such a sad story! Do you remember what book you read about Susan Powell? 2mo
Lcsmcat I was living in Utah when this happened. He was slick, but even when he was on TV begging for the return of his wife something didn‘t add up. And the way he killed those poor boys! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat It must have been all over the media in Utah at the time. Such a strange case with her suddenly missing And of course that ending. And oh, do you remember his father? What a family... 2mo
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Thanks Stephanie! I‘m a bit obsessed by the case at the moment 🙈 2mo
Lcsmcat @BarbaraBB Oh yes! It was all over the media. 2mo
JaclynW Yes, this was a disturbing case. It was all over the local news. It seemed obvious from the beginning that Josh was guilty. I listened to the podcast too. Bone chilling. That family!! Steven Powell was looney! It was all such a sad situation. I actually had my teenage daughter listen to the podcast. I think it's important to talk about abusive relationships and what red flags are. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW I had to think of you when I listened to this podcast. I thought you would know about it since you live in Utah. What a family indeed. Josh was scary. That Steve too - his diaries 😱. And Michael of course. I do hope the case will come to a close one day. It‘s a sad thought chances are high Susan will never be found. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Also - thanks for following my thread today! 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB You're welcome! I enjoy your posts! I've been missing lately due to school starting for my kids and all the busy that brings. Plus my 8 year old daughter had a friend/classmate die (hit by a car). Super sad situation that made it hard to focus/my focus became other things. 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB I'm holding out hope too that one day her body will be found. Bodies often turn up in the dessert or mountains. Everytime they find one, my first thought is Susan Powell. I kind of think Josh burned her body so that there would be no evidence. The entire time while listening to that podcast I was flabbergasted. Why couldn't they catch this guy?? Somehow he stayed one step ahead... 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW That is so sad, about your daughter‘s friend. A mothers worst nightmare. This must have hit you hard too. Wishing you lots of strength 🌹 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW And about Josh, it is such a pity they never arrested him. And he didn‘t seem overly concerned it the podcast / wire. I think indeed he made her disappear completely. 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Definitely a worst nightmare scenario. I knew the boy well. I've worked a lot with him as I volunteer in the classrooms often. My heart is broken for the family. 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Josh was super creepy. And totally guilty. I'm questioning the police work....or was Josh really that clever...what do you think? Did you listen to the entire podcast? 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yes I did and I do think the police should have put more pressure on him. Why didn‘t they ask him and the boys to take them to the place they went camping, for example? To me he didn‘t seem that smart. I‘d put some mental pressure om him but they stayed very pilote, never even asked him why he cleaned his whole house and minivan after being questioned. They were always a step behind him it seemed. Looking for the body instead of him... (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW ... making mistakes, which he did. And why didn‘t they really take the boys away from him and his creepy father? I feel frustrated by the case years after it happened. They let them all die without talking...! 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB YES!! Yes to all of that! My thoughts exactly! It's so aggravating!! They seem like obvious mistakes to me. But what do I know....I'm not a police officer! 😬😳🙄😔 Those poor innocent boys! That oldest boy knew something too I think. So many wasted opportunities.... 1mo
BarbaraBB @JaclynW Yes, they should have spoken much more with the elders boy. It must have at least been possible to prove he lied!! Then again, when I heard the detective on the podcast he seemed very sincere. 1mo
JaclynW @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree. I think police officers have a lot of red tape to get through before they can arrest and everything they gathered was just short of that. Unfortunately. I'm sure the officers involved were frustrated and were also convinced that Josh did it. That's the vibe I got from the podcast. I know laws are in place for a reason, but sometimes those same laws inacted to protect are the same ones that let guilty people go free. 1mo
ljuliel Thanks for mentioning the book written about this. I haven‘t listened to this podcast but may do so now. The whole story is just so sad and frustrating . They‘ll probably never find poor Susan so her family can bury her. Those poor boys .. It makes me so angry that they didn‘t find a way to nail Josh before he took himself and the boys out all at once. Heartbreaking. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @ljuliel The podcast is very good. Heartbreaking too of course. And unbelievable. 2w
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Later today RHCP‘s bassist Flea 🌶hosts his bookclub live on Instagram. This month‘s choice was News of the World. I liked the ‘reading the news‘ subject as well as the relation between the travelling news reader and the little girl who travels with him through 19th century #Texas to be returned to her family after being kipdnapped by Kiowa indians.

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle Wow...I didn‘t know Flea has a book club! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Cool isn‘t it? He is flea333 on Instagram 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks! I‘ll have to check it out! 2mo
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Cinfhen What??? Flea has a book club??? I want in!!!!! Didn‘t love this book either, and for such a short book, I still had trouble finishing it. What‘s next month‘s book??? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen He hasn‘t announced yet but I‘ll keep you posted, or you can follow him on Instagram or Twitter. His handle is Flea333 🌶❤️ 2mo
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All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
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#auguststats #augustwrapup

Of 15 books these were my four favorites: one 5 stars, two 4,5 stars. It has been a very good month!

Cinfhen Ohhhh, you liked Turbulence too!!!! We‘re on a roll with a book choices 💕💕💕I really liked 3/4 of your picks. Wasn‘t a fan of 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen We‘re in sync again indeed 😀although I fear we won‘t agree on 2mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! That might be the case 💋 2mo
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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🍀Washington: Where‘d you go, Bernadette
🍀Idaho: Faraway Places
🍀North Dakota: Three Women
🍀Texas: News of the World (current read)

Another four books finished in August. With 35 out of 50, I am still on schedule, although it gets more difficult to find good books for those last states. #ReadingUSA2019

Laughterhp For South Carolina you should try 2mo
bromeliad I'm not sure if you like Neil Gaiman at all, but “American Gods“ includes House on the Rock, which is located in Wisconsin :) 2mo
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Lcsmcat Montana - almost anything by Ivan Doig, although @leftcoastzen had a good one of his. For SC, 2mo
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @bromeliad @Leftcoastzen @Lcsmcat Thank you friends, this is so welcome!! 💜 2mo
squirrelbrain Well done Barbara - you‘re doing good! 😘 2mo
Samplergal Great progress! I hear you attempting to find good books. If I can help let me know. I did enjoy this challenge. (edited) 2mo
Samplergal This was a great book if you like non fiction. 2mo
Bklover Part of The Goldfinch takes place is Las Vegas. You‘re doing great!!! 2mo
Susanita I loved this book set in Indiana: 2mo
Susanita Also let me know if you‘re still looking for Maryland books. 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome progress! 2mo
jessinikkip Way to go!! I'll be struggling to finish, hope I get a shot to redeem myself next year 2mo
Rachel_nyc Great work! I‘m impressed! 2mo
Pamwurtzler Nice work!! 2mo
Cinfhen OMG!!! You‘re slaying it 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope so! I‘m still on track. It‘s a great challenge, especially with this year‘s trip to the US! 2mo
Cinfhen Are u still missing books for states?? 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen my line-up is almost ready but I am still missing Nevada and Arkansas! 2mo
Cinfhen I just posted a book today that is set in Nevada. It‘s a good read 2mo
Cinfhen And this book is set in Arkansas and it was sooooo good 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you!! I‘ll go after them! 💕 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen I don‘t own either of the books, if I did I would send u both books. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know 😘 2mo
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All the lies! I liked every bit of this legal thriller that pierced my soul at times too- all the mistakes people make by thinking, acting, saying and not saying.

Blaire Me too! One of my fave reads this year. 2mo
Rachel_nyc I knew you‘d like this one! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Yes I was sure too! 2mo
Cinfhen Liked this one a lot!! 2mo
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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I don‘t get the hype about this book. I feel like I‘ve read it a thousand times before or seen it it real life. And I feel like Taddeo wanted to point out how all women in the end turned out to be victims, which maybe these three are, but it‘a not as if that‘s always the case when women are having sex with other people then their husband or without being married. So the book annoyed me more than I enjoyed it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #NorthDakota

squirrelbrain Agree with your review.... 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I know what you mean now, about not liking it! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one. 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes, people seem to either love or hate it. 2mo
Rachel_nyc My library ebook just came through. Despite the hype, I‘ve been hesitant to read it and your review makes me even more sure I‘ll fee the same way. Still going to give it a shot but glad I know what I‘m getting into. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Maybe you‘ll like it, many people do. But to be honest, I doubt it 😉 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB ha ha! I doubted it before and with your review, I doubt it even more! I‘ll report back. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Looking forward to it 😀 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, interesting. So far I‘m captivated 2mo
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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I seem to be the first to not like this book but I really didn‘t. Although the storyline set in the present (two men waiting in a Spanish harbour for the girl Dilly to arrive) had some potential, the storyline set in the past (about the two men doing drugs and things - a subject I mostly find annoying) didn‘t work for me. This author has been compared to Beckett. That may be a compliment but I‘m no fan of Beckett either. Not at all. #bookerprize

TrishB Great review though 👍🏻 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m no fan of Beckett either! I might read this if it wins the Booker however just out of curiosity.😀 2mo
Redwritinghood I‘m not a Beckett fan, either, but I loved this book. I enjoyed the language and the simple, melancholy story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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AnneCecilie I have no opinion regarding Beckett so I will still give this a chance 2mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood I know what you mean. I was just too annoyed to enjoy the language even though I noticed that it was beautiful at times. 2mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Do! Everyone loves this book, don‘t let my opinion ruin it for you 💕 2mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I liked his book 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Okay when you say so, I‘ll give Barry another chance! 2mo
vivastory I like your new profile pic btw 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory thanks! It‘s me and my son! 2mo
jhod I agree! Reading this at the mo and just finding it dull! 2mo
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Faraway Places | Tom Spanbauer
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A farmboy in Idaho in the 1950s becomes aware of injustice and bigotry; over the course of a long hot summer he witnesses a cruel murder and the false accusation of a black man. It is time for the boy to make up his mind and trust what he sees and believes in. He grows up fast. I enjoyed his voice and the atmosphere in this rural drama.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

Librarybelle Sounds like a good one! 2mo
LapReader That cover scares me off the book. 2mo
Kalalalatja Sounds great! 2mo
BarbaraBB @LapReader It‘s pretty dark, as is the book. But I think you‘d appreciate it @Kalalalatja! How was your night train by the way? (edited) 2mo
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What a delightful witty book! Exactly what I was in the mood for. Bernadette is the most unconventional type of mother, surrounded by mothers who are judging her because she‘s not as active at the school of their kids as they are. So recognizable, it made me laugh out loud. A combination of events (all rather hilarious) lead to Bernadette‘s disappearance. Daughter Bee and her father set out to find her. Recommended!

#ReadingUSA2019 #Washington

squirrelbrain Sounds great! Stacked ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain If you haven‘t read a book for Washington yet, this is the one 😀💕 2mo
Djspens Love your shelves! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Djspens Thank you, I just installed them! (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve done Washington already but never mind...! Still sounds worth reading.... 2mo
AnneCecilie I love this book, and your shelves 2mo
Librarybelle I really like this book! 2mo
Ddzmini Love your shelf‘s 🥰📖📚😋 2mo
Tamra I‘m going to have to check this one out - everyone seems to like it! 2mo
Kalalalatja Love your shelves 👌 2mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Tim Sunblade, an escaped convict, has planned a heist that will set him up for life. But the partner who helped him plan didn‘t survive the prison escape, so he has to find someone else. After all, it‘s a two-person job. Then he meets Virginia. Their cat-and-mouse relationship is memorable 💕
The story is noir crime fiction at its best, with great dialogue, a quickly moving plot and a startling ending.

Great choice, Katie! #NYRBBookClub

vivastory Great review! This should make for a fun discussion! 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think so too. Have you started yet? 2mo
vivastory I'm starting it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. 2mo
mklong I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m starting today too. 2mo
AlaMich I just finished this on audio and it was excellent. The narrator was perfect. 2mo
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All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
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This is one of the most beautiful lovestories I‘ve ever read. Liat and Hilmi meet in NYC and fall in love but they know it won‘t last. Because she is Israelian and he Palestinian. A wall and animosity seperate their two countries, which are so similar in a way. Yet love like theirs give hope that these barriers could be broken down one day. Because they talk and fight and make up and are willing to try again.
#Booked2019 A gift - thanks Cindy 😘

Cinfhen So glad you loved this one!!! Seems like we‘re back in sync 💗😉 2mo
Reggie I was so mad at the woman in here. Like when that woman is flirting at the party with him and her friend is like doesn‘t that make you mad and then she says it‘s practice for when he‘s not hers anymore. And then she gets sick and he takes care of her. Ughhhhhh she soooo took him for granted. I loved this book though!!!! Nice review! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie That was annoying but also very human I think. Both weren‘t perfect, he was so soft when his brother was around and he didn‘t defend her. But overall I must say I‘d kill for a guy like him 😍😉 2mo
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TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read your review about it. Very good! 2mo
youneverarrived Looking forward to reading this one. 2mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Four sisters move to the jungle of the Congo with their parents. The father is a fanatic missionary. All deal differently with this new reality that has an impact on the rest of their lives.
What I enjoyed about this book was all I learned about Congo‘s history. It felt so real that the country grew on me a bit as well. Also the characters are great (Rachel is hilarious)! For me the book could have had a 100 pages less though. #1001books #ATY2019

Ruthiella I loved this one too! 😀 2mo
TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
sisilia Leah is my hero! 😻 but I enjoyed finding wrongly-used words that Rachel dropped here and there.. it‘s so fun! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @sisilia Yeah, Leah is really cool and interesting. Rachel is so politically incorrect it made me laugh out loud! 2mo
MEGR I must have read that book 15 years ago and I STILL think about the ants 🐜 from the book whenever I see one in my own home! 2mo
BarbaraBB @MEGR Oh yes, those ants 😱 2mo
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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I am home again. After 32 amazing days across the US it‘s hard to go back to reality now. But things immediately look better since I opened these two bookish parcels. You‘re both so thoughtful, Carolyn and Katja, and I am really touched by your words and the books. Your recommendation of them means a lot! Thank you so much ❤️😘

Kalalalatja That was fast! I‘m glad my little package made it a bit easier to get home, but it is always bittersweet when a lovely trip ends. I have enjoyed seeing all your photos, and have been more than a little jealous 😉💕 2mo
Megabooks So glad you made it home safely! 2mo
TrishB Looks like you had a wonderful holiday ❤️ 2mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds a great trip ! Always lovely to come home 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Kalalalatja - I‘ve loved seeing all the wonderful pictures of your trip Barbara! How nice to come home to gifts from lovely Littens 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you dear Meg 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thank you, I may be a bit sentimental due to my jetlag but I feel lucky to have you among my friends 💜 (edited) 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB the feelings mutual ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM Glad you had such a wonderful trip (I loved seeing your photos) and that the parcel was there when you got home. The book just won the Miles Franklin Award (I'm delighted) - I hope you like it. 2mo
JennyM Welcome home. I‘ve loved your pictures. Hope you ease back into reality slowly 😘 2mo
sisilia 32 days!!! Wow wow 😍 2mo
youneverarrived I‘ve loved your photos. Glad you had a great trip ♥️ 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Glad you made it back home and also glad you now have so many good memories and experiences of the USA 🇺🇸 😊 2mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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And the last stop of my vacation: Washington DC. I know everybody loves this book and I‘m sure I will too but so far I have a hard time getting into it.
@JessNevertheless tonight we‘ll check out some of your restaurant suggestions! Thanks again for the excel-sheet 😘.

DivineDiana It was not a favorite of mine. 😕 2mo
Soubhiville I did not love it. 2mo
rethier1 Welcome to town!! There are lots of things to see and do in DC, but if you have time, check out Old Town Alexandria (just across the river in VA)! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Soubhiville @DivineDiana Really? I thought everyone loved this one! But, I am a 100 pages in now and think I am getting the rhythm. 2mo
BarbaraBB @rethier1 Thank you. What a great town! One of the thing that surprised me most in my trip across the US is how all cities different from one another! DC is so interesting, I think I could spend weeks in the Smithsonian. I‘d love to visit Alexandria but I am afraid there won‘t be time ☺️ 2mo
rethier1 Sounds like you‘ve had a fabulous trip! It is pretty cool how every city has its own personality. 2mo
Jess861 I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I think it‘s a good book , but I found it a little hard to get into as well. 2mo
Aimeesue Oooh, DC in August! Hothothot! At least the weekend's going to be a little less humid. The Mall at night can be pretty nice, too. And the downstairs cafeteria-type restaurant at the Museum of American History has the best fries in that area. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue It sure is hot 😅 but we had a great day and we had dinner close to our AirBnB in Capitol Hill at Rose‘s Luxury, which was absolutely great! 2mo
youneverarrived I love this cover! I‘m in Washington in October, you‘ll have to let me know any must sees etc 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I will! It‘s a great place to visit. The locals can maybe give you some suggestions as well! @JessNevertheless @Aimeesue 2mo
Aimeesue @youneverarrived Definitely do some pre-trip planning. DC is full of things to see and it's impossible to see them ALL in one trip. Smithsonian museums are extensive and free. The National Park Service oversees a lot of sites, but some (Ford's Theater, Wash Monumant) require free tickets for definite times. I love Mount Vernon, but that's in Alexandria and not free. The restaurant there is great and has GW's favorite peanut soup. The crispy🔽 2mo
Aimeesue Brussels sprouts salad is my favorite. A visit to Politics and Prose is a must for bookish folks. NPS https://www.nps.gov/state/dc/index.htm 2mo
ValerieAndBooks You have been visiting some great places! I love DC too. What about Library of Congress? I haven‘t been there yet but maybe you can or have? 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Also I didn‘t care much for The Poisonwood Bible myself... funny thing is that I read it on a trip to London in 2000! 2mo
Aimeesue And I forgot about the Folger Shakespeare Library. If you want to see the reading room and the Seven Ages of Man stained glass windows, you have to reserve a spot on the tour on Sat or Sun. https://www.folger.edu 2mo
Cinfhen Can‘t believe it‘s your last day!!!!! Safe travels and I hope this book grows on you. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!! 2mo
youneverarrived Thanks so much @Aimeesue 😚 really helpful! I definitely plan on doing the Folger Shakespeare Library so thanks for the tip! I‘m there 5 nights so hoping to fit Alexandria in too. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, I am home again now! We had such a great time! I do like the Kingsolver now (almost halfway through)! Have a great time there Cindy, you know time flies so make the most of it ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Welcome home!!! I‘m so glad you had an awesome trip!!! It sounds like you created so many great memories ❤️I‘m still relishing all my days left 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Many, many memories to cherish for some time to come. You have a great country (I‘m not quoting DT) and I loved every moment of it! ❤️ 2mo
JessNevertheless Yay! Glad you got to check out Rose's Luxury! Hope you had an AMAZING time in DC!! Any other favorites I should pass along to other visitors? 2mo
BarbaraBB @JessNevertheless We went to Le Diplomate as well. Real French and very good. And in a nice neighborhood. Do you know it? Also we had an AirBnB in Capitol Hill, as you suggested. Very nice neighbourhood as well! So yes, we had an awesome time and I am missing it already! 2mo
JessNevertheless I do but I haven't actually eaten there yet, will definitely check it out eventually. Glad you liked the restaurant and the Hill. It is a really charming area! Hope you can visit again! 2mo
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I ❤️ Flea and love to join this book club. I just wonder, is this book good? Should I read it? #instagram #flea333 #rhcp

ChasingOm I loved this book!! I listened to it on audio. 2mo
BarbaraBB @ChasingOm Thanks. That is so good to know! 2mo
Suet624 Really enjoyed this book too. 2mo
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intothehallofbooks This book is so so good!! 2mo
TrishB I‘ve had this on the pile for a while now! 2mo
Redwritinghood I liked this one. And it‘s really short, so not a big investment of time. 2mo
BarbaraBB @intothehallofbooks @Suet624 @Redwritinghood Thanks, you have convinced me! I‘ll try to join September 2 with Flea. Aren‘t you up to it yet @TrishB? 2mo
DivineDiana I liked this book. Heartwarming.❤️ 2mo
TrishB It hasn‘t leapt off the shelf yet! 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s short but packs a punch 🥊 although I did find myself skimming a lot for such a short book 🙄 2mo
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Turbulence | David Szalay
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Based on @Cinfhen ‘s review I bought this one and she was right, it is very good! Losely connected stories, all based on people travelling by plane to go home, visit friends, family, escape the turbulence of their own life etc.
Just like in Szalay‘s other book, All That Man Is, his characters and plots are so interesting that I would like to read (much) more about all of them.

(Pic: Our AirBnB in The Hamptons, New York)

Cinfhen It really needed to be longer!!!! I loved this book but it left me wanting more. Did it storm by you today???? How many books did you read on your trip??? How many new books are you bringing back??? 2mo
Kalalalatja Looks lovely! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen we had a beautiful day but I think the storm is approaching now. I‘ll send you a copy of All that Man is when I‘m home, it is just as good as this one and longer! I just started my 17th book 😊 and bought 12... 🙈. We also bought an extra suitcase because my kids bought sneakers and stuff like that. How about you? Did Niki bring tons of book that had been waiting for you in her apartment 🤣?! (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen My stack of books is ridiculous 😜hubby is already having fits and I still have another 3 weeks left!!!! I‘d love to read All That Man Is xx thank you 😘have you posted your haul? I‘ll have to go back and see what you bought!!! I know you went to Strand 🙌🏻❤️ what an amazing trip you planned!!! I‘m sure kids had a blast. Zach ALWAYS brings back sneakers!! It‘s always our first (and last) stop😁 2mo
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How far would you go to protect your loved ones? That‘s what keeps her parents going when Stella is arrested for murder. The story is told from the pov of al 3 members of this far from #perfect family. You feel you have to take side with one of them. As if they all stand trial - which in a way they do. I chose Stella because I could identify even less with the parents (esp the father). Interesting. #AyUpAugust

(Pic: Southampton beach, New York)

batsy Great photo! 2mo
ljuliel Really good book 📚 2mo
Cinfhen I really liked this book but I found the mother‘s actions most questionable 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
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Cinfhen You still out in the Hamptons??!?! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is true, but if I was Stella, I would have gone crazy with a father like that. Of course, as a parent I would go crazy with a kid like Stella 😂. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes, it felt so good to do absolutely nothing that we booked an extra day. Tomorrow we‘ll leave. Have you left Long Island yet? 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha so true! We are still in LI but we‘re heading to Northern NJ for a long weekend with friends later today😄I‘m back in Philly Monday. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sounds like you have a lot of quality time with your family and friends, happy for you! 💜 2mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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A truly wonderful book that many many people should read. Beside the incredible well written plot of a marriage falling apart and the children noticing, it describes the reality of our current world, in which our leaders refuse child refugees at our borders, and leave them by themselves in the most inhumanly way. Must read and must win the #Bookerprize

(Pic: Southampton, New York)

RidgewayGirl This was such a surprisingly powerful book. 3mo
Emilymdxn I loved this one too! I‘m waiting to proclaim a fave for the booker til I‘ve read the whole list but this has a solid shot at being my fave on the list 3mo
Rachel_nyc Wow you read quickly! Fantastic review and I love the cover of your copy! Great photo as well! 3mo
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AnneCecilie I have this out from the library and after seeing all the positive reviews I‘m looking forward to this one 3mo
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn You are right of course, I only read 4 of them. But I‘m sure I wouldn‘t mind if this one wins! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve got very little else to do at the moment 😉 3mo
Cinfhen Looks like you‘re relaxing and enjoying ~ and of course #stacked 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 😜🏖🍹 3mo
kindergartenkat LOVED this book! I was just wondering where you are that has that cover? 2mo
BarbaraBB @kindergartenkat I bought it in the Netherlands where I live so I think it is the UK edition! 2mo
kindergartenkat It just fascinates me! The US edition has a different cover 2mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Great idea Megan, to share our #20booksby2020! These are some of my choices of books to read before the end of the year. They are #bookerprize nominated books, books from the #1001books list, one to be read for the #nyrbbookclub and books for this year‘s various challenges (#booked2019, #ATY2019, #pop2019 and #ReadingUSA2019).

I am looking forward to seeing the reading plans from others 💕🤓

Cinfhen You‘ve got some AWESOME titles!!!! 3mo
Crazeedi Very well done! 3mo
Kalalalatja Great picks! 3mo
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Mdargusch Great list! 3mo
KarenUK Love your list 👍💕 3mo
megnews Great list! Thanks for sharing! 3mo
GatheringBooks this is in my list too 2mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Wow, what did I just read? An absolute mind-bending read about science, memory and time. A book of love and loss. Although a lot went over my head, reality as Crouch creates it, feels completely plausible. I couldn‘t stop reading and will be thinking of this one for some time to come. Worth the hype!

(Pic: Williamsburg, NYC)

Cathythoughts Great pic ... what a lovely trip 3mo
Scorpioseah My next read. 3mo
Avidreader25 I‘m halfway through it right now. Just wow! 3mo
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BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕. We‘re having such a great time. One more week to go... 3mo
BarbaraBB @Avidreader25 Right? Looking forward to your review! 3mo
Rachel_nyc Ok I‘m officially stacking this now! I was just 3 blocks from where you took this photo. Are you still in NYC or off on a new adventure? 3mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Really? That is such a coincidence! I am in The Hamptons now, in a very small AirBnB between HUGE villas! Helicopters are flying on and off picking people up 😱🤩 But we are very close to the sea and are having a few very lazy days! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB The Hamptons can definitely be a little crazy! Enjoy your relaxing beach time! 🏖 3mo
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The Strand | Ellen Santilli Vaughn
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No idea why this fab bookstore isn‘t in the Litsy database but anyhow, I made it. And spoiled myself. Because I‘m worth it 😂😂❤️❤️

KatieDid927 It‘s not?! Nuts! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼 Haul pics please! 3mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳🥳 3mo
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ElishaLovesBooks Such a fabulous place!!! 💜 3mo
Kalalalatja Yes you are! 🙌🙌 3mo
saresmoore You are so worth it! 3mo
Lcsmcat I love that store! 3mo
Litsy Hmm, it should be in here already, but you're right that I'm not seeing it turn up in searching for a venue—even by the name it's listed under on LT (which is where we're pulling those names from) “Strand Bookstore“... 3mo
kspenmoll You totally deserve to treat yourself!!!‘ 3mo
BarbaraBB @Litsy Thanks for checking! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly I‘ll post my haul soon! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! Still on my bucket list!! Looking forward to seeing your haul. 3mo
Rachel_nyc My favorite bookstore! Looking forward to seeing your haul! 3mo
batsy 😁😁 3mo
Liz_M My second favorite bookstore! (I love the treasure hunt aspect of used books at HWUB). 3mo
emilyhaldi Always deserved!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I know that one as well. It‘s in Soho, right? I‘ve been there a few years ago and got lost in there! 3mo
Liz_M Yes, it's in Soho. I only go during the monthly 30% off Sale and try to limit myself to $50. 😁 It doesn't always work. 📚 3mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That sounds awesome. You can buy so many books that way! 3mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! You made it to Mecca 🙌🏻❣️🥳 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It sure felt that way 😀😍 3mo
Cinfhen You still in NY??! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No, I left this morning. We are now at the beach in Southampton 😍. You are still in the beach house with your friends? (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen South Hampton is great!!! Yes, we‘re still with friends at their beach house in Atlantic Beach. Niki & her boyfriend are here too 💕 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen that is so good, being surrounded by friends and family 💕. How long will you be staying in the US? 3mo
Cinfhen We fly back the last week of August. I think it‘s the 27!?!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh that is still so far away, how good for you! What are your plans after Atlantic Beach? 3mo
youneverarrived 😂👍 look forward to seeing your haul! 3mo
Hamlet “18 miles of books,” what a great store! Glad you found a way to visit it. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hamlet Yes it‘s incredible! 3mo
LeahBergen You‘ve been having a great bookish holiday on my side of the pond while I was doing the same on yours! 😆 2mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yes I had such a good time. Bookish and otherwise! And I even was in Canada for a bit. Amazing how different it is from the US just across the border! 2mo
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