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BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage

Joined May 2016

Blog: https://linktr.ee/barbara_searles | Phage = from the Greek: φαγεῖν (phagein), "to devour" | Co-Host for #Booked2019 Reading Challenge
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Shifting my other audio choice to ebook so I can listen to this one from Scribd. It‘s my IRL book group‘s pick for this month! (Not very Christmas-y!)

Pricel101 Completely awed by the writing. Looking forward to your review! 15m
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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Two genres I want to read more of this year are memoirs and mysteries. When I started to make myself a pretty bingo card, I thought “let‘s make a challenge!” So, if you want to add another challenge, please come join me. The prompts are deliberately short and broad, so you can interpret as you prefer. Only rule is read from the genres.

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

**sharing is appreciated, even if you aren‘t joining in**😘😘

Cinfhen I‘ll happily share 💕💕💕 4h
Librarybelle Oh! I‘m terrible at following through with challenges, including my own (🙄), but I‘m very intrigued! Thanks for the tag! 4h
Theeclecticreader This seems like fun! At rush of sounding stupid, what‘s a POC author? 3h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Theeclecticreader Thanks. That‘s a person of color who‘s an author. 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks sweetie! 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Librarybelle Haha. Yes, I ditched one this year. Just lost focus ... 🤪 3h
Theeclecticreader @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! Of course now that seems obvious 🙄 3h
4thhouseontheleft I‘ll give it a go! I listen to memoirs on audiobook frequently, so this may be doable for me! 3h
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! I'm in!📚 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Yay!! Hopefully it‘ll be easy to double up among challenges too! 👊🏻♥️📚 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheSpineView Yay! Glad to have ya! Now I‘ve got to do some planning ... 3h
4thhouseontheleft I guess we can‘t start now, huh? 😂 I‘m listening to a great one for the celebrity prompt! 3h
Cathythoughts Thankyou! For the tag ! I‘ve taken a screenshot & I will join in ... mystery I love ... memoir will be a challenge ... One can but try 👍🏻❤️📚 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft ooooh I‘ve been wondering how that is. Does he narrate? (And, yeah ... you can‘t count it for 2020, darn it ...) 3h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cathythoughts No reason you couldn‘t do the whole thing with mysteries ... either way, it‘ll be fun to face the bingo card together! 3h
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage It's a different narrator, but he does a fantastic job. 2h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Thanks—I‘m looking forward to your full review! 2h
Megabooks I will share later today and then try to figure out if I could complete it with mostly memoirs. 😂😂 My mom pretty much only reads mysteries with the occasional historical fiction, but I only read them for challenges. I don‘t like whodunnits, but maybe I should try cozies? You‘ve certainly got me thinking, Barbara! 2h
Crazeedi I think ill add to my #booked2020! Thanks! I love both genres 2h
RedxoHearts This looks like a fun challenge for the new year! I can already think of several memoirs I've been meaning to read to fill the spots 2h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Yay!! I love them too and read entirely too few mysteries this year! 1h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Thanks for sharing whenever you have time. I think each prompt works for either genre, but maybe a cozy or two would stretch your reading year a bit. It‘s up to you! 😘 1h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RedxoHearts Would love to have you!! ♥️😎📚 1h
vivastory This sounds great! I'm definitely interested! 1h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory Yay!! Hope it works for you! 1h
vivastory Would new series be a series that I've never read, or one that is relatively recent with just 2 or 3 titles? 59m
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory It could be either. Whichever works for you! 49m
vivastory Great. Thanks for posting this! 43m
LeahBergen This sounds fun! I‘m changing up my challenges for the upcoming year and adding a few “personally tailored” ones like yours. I‘m challenging myself to read one Persephone book per month. 😄 1m
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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Just so darn good. I inhaled this like a dog who tips over the treat jar in an empty house. Boylan tells stories of her childhood, teenage years, and adult life through the lens of dog ownership. In some stories dogs are central, and often misbehaving. In others, they are bit players. I laughed a lot, and also learned more about the trans journey. 4 enthusiastic stars.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#celadonreads

Crazeedi Awww this sounds so good, I'd probably cry 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I did way more laughing than crying ... 🐶 3d
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage well then I'm putting this on TBR, sounds really good! Thank you! 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2d
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One book a month sounds like a great challenge! I‘ll give it a go!

From @MrBook : There are plenty of activities on Litsy. If you‘re looking for something else, I present to you: #ReadWithMrBook 😊!

It‘s simple: Every month read a book based on that month‘s theme. Share the book you read on the 29th of each month (Feb. has 29 in 2020 😆) with the #ReadWithMrBook and that month‘s hashtags—for example, January‘s is #1WordTitle.

MrBook Yaaay!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻☺️🤗🤗🤗 5d
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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Listened to this great book while decorating my Christmas tree this afternoon. The cover of this audiobook is creepy, though. I‘m a huge fan of the narrator, Davina Porter, who also does all the Outlander books.

Clare-Dragonfly What a bizarre cover. Creepy is not entirely off-base for this book, but three men on the cover certainly is! I suppose they are Arthur, Taliesin, and some symbolic priest. But why have someone other than Morgaine on the cover? Morgaine and Arthur, maybe. (edited) 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clare-Dragonfly That‘s what I thought! Although I‘m not too far along, it‘s all the female perspective. Some man designed the cover! 6d
Crazeedi This was my all time fave when I read years ago!! 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I‘m pretty sure I read it in high school and loved it. But I‘m so old that it all seems mostly new. And I‘m enjoying it again! 3d
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I have it on my shelf, I may have to read again too 3d
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Untitled | Anonymous
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10 #NFNov books completed—& a Bingo! I‘m a big nonfiction reader, but this was a fun reason to focus more. Thanks so much @rsteve388 and @Clwojick for co-hosting!

Barbarian Days - 400+ p
Now Go Out There - Free
You‘re Not Listening - Culture
One Doctor - Suggested by friend
Over-Diagnosed - Audio
You Are Awesome - 2019 release
Brown Girl Dreaming - poetry
Writing Creative Nonfiction - hobby
They Called us Enemy - law
Educated - Female author

Addison_Reads Great job! 🎉 1w
Clwojick Thank you for joining! you did amazing! 7d
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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This is Takei‘s remembrance of his childhood in the Japanese internment camps during WWII. But I especially like how he tells the story of life after the war, and about the government making financial reparations to those incarcerated people. I didn‘t know much about this history until I met my husband, whose mother was a child near Takei‘s age when she was in the camps with her family. Her family lost businesses and homes, like many others. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage As you can imagine, she and her siblings didn‘t talk much about that time once they were adults. One of Mr B‘s cousins was born in the camps too. Seems funny, but the family also has a couple of recipes they made for many decades after being released, all based on camp recipes. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Posting here before reviewing on my blog b/c of #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick 1w
Clwojick 6 pt. 7d
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Written in lyrical prose poetry, this coming-of-age memoir is enchanting. It covers tough topics and delicate memories. Woodson is a master of her craft, and her narration is top-notch. If you love memoir and want to experience a unique one, this is the book for you.

I may write a longer review for my blog, but I wanted to get this out there in time for #NFNov!

Addison_Reads I loved this one. 💚 1w
cajunsyd I loved it! 1w
Tamra 💜💜 1w
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HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️ 1w
hermyknee Did you enjoy the audio? I have an audible credit ☺️ 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @hermyknee It‘s wonderful on audio, and I‘m not usually a fan of author narrators. But also only 3 hours ... which isn‘t much for a credit ... 1w
Clwojick 6 pt 7d
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health | H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steve Woloshin
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The fundamental questions raised by the authors are vital medical ethics and practice concerns. To simplify a complex set of topics, Welch encourages patients and even physicians to think carefully about the cost versus benefit of early detection and treatment. He applies it to various cancers, high cholesterol and blood pressure, DNA testing and more.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

Clwojick 6 pt/. 7d
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Watching The Man in the High Castle and reading this. A lot of intensity, all at once!

#TIL that Takei was held in Arkansas, same as one place where my MIL‘s family was held. Ultimately her family was in three different camps.

#NFNov

Megabooks Wow. And we‘re doing it again. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks And so much worse this time ... 😰 1w
Clwojick 4pt 1w
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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It sounds like this is a challenging read, but I‘m all in. Note the anemic confetti—but at least I got some this month! #botm

MicheleinPhilly Weird. I got copious confetti. Sorry for hogging it! 😉 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly LOL—so that‘s what happened! 🤪 2w
MicheleinPhilly Early bird gets the confetti! 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Right ... slow decision makers get bupkis. 2w
Megabooks The confetti is lame now. 2w
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Listening to this beautiful prose poetry, narrated by the author. Just what I needed! #NFNov

Tamra It is one of my 💜 favorites. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I can understand why—it‘s gorgeous! 2w
kyraleseberg Definitely a favorite. This one seriously knocked me off my feet when I read it the first time. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kyraleseberg Yes, for sure. I listened but also pulled out the ebook b/c her writing is so amazing. 2w
Clwojick 1pt 1w
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Ferris creates the art journal and diary of Karen Reyes, a 1960s Chicago pre-teen, balancing the difficulties of her own adolescence with a family that‘s only marginally stable. And what she wants most in the world is to become a werewolf.

If you like a quirky kid, stories of growing up too fast, and fantastic art, give this graphic novel a whirl.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hey, my favorite co-hosts, I finally (long after you) finished our challenge! Autumn summary coming soon! 😘😘 2w
Cinfhen Woo Hoo!!!! Great job, Barb!!!!!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks, my friend. ♥️ 2w
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This is an urban fantasy with a side helping of Arthurian legend. It‘s a tantalizing reading combination, especially in a time when we know our leaders by their tweets rather than by their ancestry. I like an engaging good versus evil story like The Midsummer Wife, especially when the real world is stressful. Strong writing, and I‘m already on to the sequel!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

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Darn you Audible! Picked up some new listens—with strong recommendations from friends—that look terrific. Can‘t complain about the price for over 40 hours of listening, either.

#bookhaul #audiblesale #holidayshoppingformyself

Samplergal I have all three on my wish list! Enjoy! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal Hey, you have good taste in books! 🤣🤣 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Just realized this is kind of a #NFNov post ... am I right? @rsteve388 ? 2w
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My #bookreport for the week looks eclectic, as usual. Needed some escapist reads to go with my science ones.

Finished: Eleanor Oliphant, Now Go Out There, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and The Midsummer Wife
In Progress: Over-Diagnosed, The Solstice Bride, and The Angel and the Assassin

Megabooks How is Overdiagnosed so far? 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks It‘s interesting, but also dated (almost 10 years old) and repetitive. Still, the ethical issues are timeless. (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Nice genre mashup!!! How was Monsters??? 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! I‘m gathering my thoughts for a review, but overall it‘s excellent—drawing and story! 2w
4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you liked Monsters, I loved it and plan to reread it before the sequel comes out next year. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad I waited so long—less wait time before the second book! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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No puppies at our house due to allergies, but I have wonderful memories of my pre-marriage dogs. It‘s also fortuitous that this book landed with me the day after a family member came out to us as a trans man. Hoping this‘ll be a book to share with people just learning to be allies. #celadonreads #goodboy

BarbaraTheBibliophage Might try to squeeze this into #NFNov ... depending on how the holiday weekend goes! @rsteve388 @Clwojick 2w
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Messed with my reading plans to slide this book up to the top of my ARC list. And it‘s just so stinking fascinating...if you like to read about brain cells, like me.

#TIL that microglia are the brain-based component of the immune system, which science didn‘t acknowledge until ridiculously recently. #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 2w
LauraJ Got approved for this and hope to start it this weekend. Thanks for sharing! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraJ Nice! I‘m already wishing I could post quotes ... 2w
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Eleanor Oliphant is the oddest of odd ducks. She has a way with words. In fact, it‘s not hyperbole to say she‘s a magnificent and prodigious over-describer. The story Honeyman creates is simple enough. Eleanor is essentially a damaged person, who begins to heal during the book‘s narrative. Not my favorite book this year, but she did grow on me.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage @FashionableObserver Review is on my blog. She did grow on me! 2w
FashionableObserver That makes me so happy! I can‘t wait to read the blog post! 2w
Gissy Love that book😍❤️ 2w
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lynneamch Good on audio! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lynneamch Yes, the narrator was terrific! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gissy I almost loved it—more of a strong like for me. 2w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Ive just acquired this book and looking forward to reading it and your review 🙂 6d
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I bought this AGES ago, thought maybe I‘d read it for the Halloween season this year. Alas, I‘m just now starting...but it‘s intriguing so far. Can‘t wait to see what my granddaughter thinks of it this afternoon (she‘s nine). #comicorgraphicnovel #booked2020 #lasthosttofinish

Cinfhen Enjoy your afternoon guest 😘 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I will. Right now she‘s making paper airplanes! 2w
writerlibrarian It is one of the really popular books at my library. We had to buy additional copies twice already. 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @writerlibrarian I can imagine! It sure isn‘t a kids book ... even though the MC is one. 2w
writerlibrarian @BarbaraTheBibliophage it is very much an adult book. The French translation edition is a soft cover one. We have to send them to be bind into a hardcover so the books aren't damaged after a couple of loans. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @writerlibrarian I‘m being so careful with mine—it seems like I could break the spine in a snap! 2w
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health | H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steve Woloshin
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Started a new listen today. Right now it feels like a researcher‘s dream, but I also appreciate his practical medical attitude.

#TIL: treating people with mild disease (think hypertension or osteoporosis) nets drug companies a lot of money, but doesn‘t actually create proportionally healthier outcomes (don‘t take my word for it—talk to your doctor)

#NFNov

outlawsaturn Healthcare in general all feels very corrupt. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @outlawsaturn Sure does. So far, this book is more about the way doctors prescribe and why. Less about the corruption. But I just started! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t stand listening to some of the ads for drugs and their side effects. For example you could get lymphoma from a drug you are taking for psoriasis. Really? Why is that ok? I think I would be filled with rage if I read that. I‘m pretty sure I‘m already filled with rage! 3w
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LeeRHarry As soon as hospitals started calling patients clients you knew you were on a slippery slope 😡 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s good to know your limits about certain information. I‘m finding I can‘t listen to this for extended periods, because it is kind of crazy making. But there are a zillion podcast episodes on my list, so I‘ve got balance. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeeRHarry Oh yes, that‘s no bueno. 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @rsteve388 Thank you for this event! ♥️👊🏻📚 2w
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Despite its subtitle of A Surfing Life, this is part discussion of surfing theory, combined with travelogue, buddy road trip, and memoir. Finnegan covers a lot of his life, starting in his pre-teen years and ending in his 50s. Through it all, surfing is the one constant. Definitely worth the praise. But be prepared for some long paddles out before the roar of the wave takes you.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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Life‘s been a whirlwind lately. I‘m still reading, but also busy w/ so many things. Work has been nuts. Family too. I‘m taking a memoir workshop, and writing some intense pieces about my family of origin. Today I finally took an afternoon to read ... and nap.

Finished this Mary Karr in a flash! It‘s lovely for anyone going through big life changes. If you‘re questioning whether difficult times will help you grow—she says they will! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraTheBibliophage This book would be a great pick for #finishinaday #booked2020 prompt! 3w
wordslinger42 I hope things settle down & your writing goes well 💜 I also have family stuff and trying to write (I'm using stories from my family in my writing), and sometimes it's hard to find time to relax and read in the middle of it all! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @wordslinger42 Thanks so much. ♥️ I hope your writing goes well too! 3w
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Reviewsbylola I love Mary Karr. I need to read that! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola I need to read more of her work. This is a teaser—the text of a graduation talk she gave at Syracuse. 3w
wordslinger42 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you very much! 💜 3w
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New read—it‘s a mash up of post-apocalyptic urban fantasy and Arthurian legend. Maybe not the best writing ever, but not bad either. After about 20%, I‘m glad I agreed to read and review.

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Thrilled I got to read this ahead of its 1/2020 release. Make listening better your New Year‘s resolution—I know this book has inspired me to do it. I learned a ton, and the author kept me engaged by balancing research, interviews, and analysis. Her experts contributed great stories too. For your own sake, give it a go!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#listening2020 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL That the average attention span of a goldfish is longer than the average attention span of a human. (Per a study from Microsoft) 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL That listening to opposing opinions activates the amygdala in your brain. That‘s your “fight or flight” instinct. No wonder it makes our hearts pound to have those contentious conversations! 4w
rsteve388 Wow a gold fish has a better attention span then me... That's just sad. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rsteve388 It is shocking, right? 3w
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New listen for my IRL book group. Love the Scottish setting and language. Eleanor, not so much ...

FashionableObserver She grows on you. I promise! 4w
RedLeaves Oh I hope you love her eventually 🥰 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RedLeaves @FashionableObserver I saw a LOT of reviews saying to give it time. Plus, when it‘s a book club book, I make every effort to finish. So I will give her every chance! 😘 4w
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FashionableObserver @BarbaraTheBibliophage Let me know what you think of her when you finish! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @FashionableObserver I‘ll try to remember to tag you when I review! 3w
LoverOfLearning I bailed on this book. Was not hooked, was not a fan of Eleanor, and I just felt eh. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LoverOfLearning I can understand that. I might have bailed early on, but it‘s for my IRL book group. So I kept going. She grew on me, but I wouldn‘t say I loved her. 2w
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This book both covers a lot of ground, and is intensely intimate. One child‘s story of escaping a dysfunctional and abusive family. She inspires me. And I want to give her 10-year-old self, working in her dad‘s junkyard, a giant hug, shower, and ride to school. None of those things were forthcoming in her family. That it‘s a harrowing memoir is an understatement. But I loved it.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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Bakingbookworm Great review! I also loved it. I‘m glad it continues to be so popular. 4w
Tamra I am completely in the minority on this one. Her story is compelling, but I felt like it could have benefited from a paring down. I ended up skimming much of the last third. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 4w
Caroline2 I loved this book too. 💖 4w
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IndoorDame Great review! I listened to this a year ago and loved it. I think I‘d like to go back and read it now. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I can see how it could have been slimmed down, even though I didn‘t mind it‘s pacing. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bakingbookworm Thanks. It sure is. Been on Amazon‘s “most read” charts for 89 weeks ... not that that‘s the only judge. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Caroline2 It‘s just so good! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IndoorDame Thanks. I read the ebook, but would be interested in the audiobook—after a while! 4w
Clwojick This has been on my tbr for a while, and thanks to my MIL I now have a copy. I need to get to it soon. 6 pt. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Nice MIL. Hope you find this as interesting as I did. 4w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I recently found a group of letters from my grandmother to my mother. In this one, Gram is extolling her ability to read and watch TV at the same time, in order to get a book done in a week. Now I know where I inherited that skill!! 👊🏻📚🤪

#lettersfromgram #memories #howtoreadmore

rubyslippersreads I could do that when I was a kid, but lost the knack somewhere along the way. 😕 4w
tjwill I love that! 4w
Megabooks How wonderful! 4w
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squirrelbrain How lovely to find those letters! 4w
RachelO That‘s wonderful. 4w
Lcsmcat What a great find! 4w
ljuliel I‘m with @rubyslippersreads I used to be able to read when everyone was home, I was making supper and the tv was on. Now I need absolute quiet or I can‘t concentrate. Also it‘d be really neat to have a grandma and mom who liked to read. 4w
UwannaPublishme Wow! What a treasure to discover! 4w
valeriegeary Oh that's neat! 😍 4w
rwmg I'm another one who used to be able to do that but not any more. Even music is distracting unless it's sung in a language I don't know 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rubyslippersreads I‘m nowhere near as effective at it as I used to be! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @RachelO @Lcsmcat @UwannaPublishme @valeriegeary They‘ve been a joy to read - I‘m stretching them out slowly because I don‘t want them to end! (Like a good book.) 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I used to be better at it. These letters have really reminded me what an influence Gram had on my reading life, too. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rwmg I agree. I just generally like my space quieter as I get older, for everything I do. 4w
Misty1_2 I love this!!!!! 💖💖 4w
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Writing Creative Nonfiction | Tilar J. Mazzeo, Teaching Company, LLC, The
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Despite plenty of English Lit, my degree in Business didn‘t prepare me for the #writinglife. This instructional audiobook (with a PDF) is a good start to filling in the blanks. Mazzeo is an author and Ph.D professor. She organizes and delivers the content well. I used her exercises to improve my current project. Another great addition to my #selfdirectedwritingcourse.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage #TIL: That learning new writing skills also changes the way I read and review. 1mo
kgriffith This is quite timely, as I‘m shifting to a writing focus myself and looking to build a practice. Thanks for the rec! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kgriffith Glad to help and good for you! I also just found some courses at Udemy that looked good. The old Ebates site (now Rakuten) has great coupons. Plus, of course a million good books! 😘 4w
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kgriffith @BarbaraTheBibliophage good to know! I bet LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) has, too... 🤔 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kgriffith Another good idea! Thanks. Feel free to tag me if you need a cheerleader or some support! 😘 4w
Clwojick 9 pts. 4w
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I‘ve had several conversations on Twitter with this author. And then she tweeted me about her book being on NetGalley. What a lovely person! (And smart to get people to NetGalley.) I recommend her work!

Hope the approval comes through in time for #NFNov ...

LauraJ Sounds like something I would love! Off to NetGalley... 1mo
Clwojick Awe, this is really sweet. Crossing my fingers that it comes in time. 1 pt. 1mo
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Backgammon (does that count?)
2. Hawaii, Hawaii (the Big Island)
3. Very happy with what I‘ve read
4. Edith Wharton
5. Last thing you read aloud?

Scochrane26 I very reluctantly agreed to participate in our church‘s Christmas play/skit this yr. I read my lines while practicing. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Scochrane26 Oh my ... that‘s a commitment! Enjoy! 1mo
Jen_Reads I read part of the lord of the rings to my dogs in a terrible British accent. 1mo
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ljuliel Good question. Probably some article online to my husband. I can‘t remember. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jen_Reads LOL - well, that made me smile! What a good answer! 😁😁 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel Oh, I do that too! He half listens ... 🤪 1mo
ljuliel Same....I like playing a trick on him. I stop and ask him a question. Then I get this look. 😳. Deer in the headlights. He has no clue what I just told him. 1mo
Dolly Road signs or menu 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel Hahaha. Yup, same at my house! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Dolly Good call ... 👍🏻 1mo
TheLudicReader I recently taught my son to play backgammon so I‘d have someone to play with. 1mo
TheSpineView I can't remember. A Long Time ago to my grandson. Like 8+ years?? 🙃 1mo
Hooked_on_books I can help with #2—I have a lovely guest room on the southeast side of the island! 1mo
IndoorDame Last week I read to my students 1mo
Susanita Probably some wackadoodle headline to my office mate. 1mo
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Here‘s a pick for #GuessWhat from @BarbaraBB — an #iconic #nonfiction cover. Yes, it‘s a movie tie-in edition. And it might relate to current events in the U. S. (Answer in comments under a spoiler tag.)

Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😎

Cinfhen OMG💙💙Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman- they are sooooo young!!!! I know the movie 🍿 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen IKR? The passage of time ... 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hestapleton Yes, that‘s the one! 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh wow they are so young! I had to look behind the spoiler but of course I know the film. I didn‘t know it was based on a book 🙈 1mo
Tamra I haven‘t read the book, but I loved the movie. And they have such comparative baby faces! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Aww, they look so young! I had to look at the spoiler, I was drawing a blank on the title. 1mo
Amiable Great book! I was lucky enough to meet Bob Woodward when he spoke at a university where I used to work in public relations. He‘s still awesome. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I have it in the original hardback, so the cover‘s different (found used some years ago)! 1mo
batsy All the President's Men 🙂 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm They‘re so young! Don‘t know the book 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm They were such movie idols when I was a kid ... especially Redford. My dad sat next to him on a plane and had a whole conversation. Said he was an interesting guy! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @batsy Right-o! 👊🏻 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks Nice! I couldn‘t use the original, since it was mostly the title! 🤪 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Oh cool. Glad to know. I‘ve been appreciating his news commentary lately. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft They were *so* young! I‘d still like to read the book. 1mo
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Writing Creative Nonfiction | Tilar J. Mazzeo, Teaching Company, LLC, The
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I have about three hours left in this instructional audiobook. It‘s been fascinating, since I mostly just write by the seat of my pants. I‘m super proud of myself for stopping and truly completing (most of) the exercises as I listen. And today I have between two and three hours of driving to do, depending on weather and traffic. So, the end is in sight!

#NFNov #selfdirectedwritingcourse

lele1432 This sounds interesting! 1mo
Addison_Reads Sounds like an informative read. Safe travels ☺ 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lele1432 It‘s been really helpful for me, given my lack of creative writing education. Might be too basic for someone else. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Addison_Reads Thanks - so far so good. And the book‘s interesting today as well. 😎 1mo
Hooked_on_books I used a business course from the same company to learn stuff before running my own business and I thought it was great. I plan to listen to/watch other courses from them. 1mo
Clwojick Way to go! You're almost there! 1pt. 1mo
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#NFNov #TIL

Did you know that speakers give worse talks when their listeners don‘t listen? It‘s been studied. And having inattentive listeners means that a speaker will be less articulate and even remember less of the information they meant to convey.

Fascinating!

Kaylamburson That's so fascinating! I do find myself caring less or just trailing off if I can tell someone isn't listening. 1mo
Texreader I do tons of public speaking. That sounds so true. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft That feels true to me. If I‘m giving a presentation, and I notice people not paying attention, I struggle with staying focused because internally I‘m freaking out. 1mo
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You guys inspired me! Here are some ideas from my Kindle and Audible shelves. #booked2020 #winterplan

1. The Bone Season — from my way way back Kindle section
2. When We Were The Kennedys — also terribly old and unread
3. Nine Pints — gimme more medical
4. Play It as It Lays — a Didion novel
5. Of Blood and Bone — loved book one
6. My Lost Family — a great prompt for all those free Audible Originals

ChasingOm Man, I want to read your TBR for this prompt now! 😂 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ChasingOm That‘s the original meaning of #litfluence! 🤣🤣 1mo
ljuliel #2 is so good ! 1mo
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Cinfhen These tentative plans always make me question my choices!! All of a sudden I want to read what someone else is reading!!! Love your picks and GRAPHICS 🙌🏻♥️ 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel So I heard ... can‘t believe I still haven‘t read it. I really try to get to my back list with reading early in the year. Then I get caught up in new releases ... 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s fun to see everyone‘s ideas, and hey, we don‘t have to call this a firm commitment. 😘#iknowillchangemymind (edited) 1mo
MeganAnn The Bone Season is one of my favorites! ❤️✨ 1mo
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Questionnaire | Evan Kindley
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@ljuliel #litsyquestionnaire
1. The best book suggestions, insightful reviews, and genuinely lovely people.
2. I haven‘t been a joiner lately, but I like seeing what others are doing. I wish Litsy would solve the irritating double posting issue.
3. Please, for the love of all that‘s holy, fix the horrible problems since the 13.x iOS update. Litsy is unusable on my phone now. Nearly every inch sends my away from posts. I‘m not updating my ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage iPad although I should! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage 5. I like it all, but am most likely to do a readalong. Timing on other stuff always seems off. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage 6. See number 3 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage 4. (Ooops!) 7-10 times a week ... or so ... 1mo
ljuliel Thanks for your input. I agree, that screen/ scrolling issue thing was driving me bonkers. They had yet another update recently and it‘s improved a bit. Maybe they‘ll get the kinks worked out soon. I hope 🤞🏼. I just did a read along and it was fun. Very low key, no stress. I plan to do another of them myself. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I haven‘t seen any improvement with iOS updates since 13.0. And Litsy hasn‘t done an app update for 8 months. But I‘ll cross my fingers too! 1mo
ljuliel @BarbaraTheBibliophage My latest iPad update says it‘s 13.2 , so maybe that was the last one ? I never remember to look for Litsy app updates. It sounds like maybe it‘s time for an overhaul if it‘s been that long. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ljuliel I‘m going to do the 13.2 update tonight and see if it helps! 1mo
lele1432 Yessss to this!! I was shocked I didn't see more people complaining about the terrible iOS update, but maybe everyone just stopped posting as much like I did lol. Every scroll takes me to a link or hashtag! 😠 1mo
ljuliel Good luck Barbara. I hope it helps you ! 1mo
ljuliel @lele1432 Yes it was really frustrating for awhile. Every time you touch the screen, it‘d shoot you off in a different direction. Either sideways or clear back up to the top. Mine is behaving better now than before. It‘s not perfect, but better. 1mo
lele1432 @ljuliel mine has calmed down as well since I updated again, but I still have to be careful to avoid anything with a link, whereas before it was just so fluid! It never sent me anywhere I didn't wanna go. Ugh Apple lol. 🙄 1mo
ljuliel I agree, but I love my Apple devices. They‘ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands. 😊 @lele1432 1mo
lele1432 @ljuliel mine too, so I can't complain too much lol 😂 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lele1432 I honestly wonder how much is iOS and how much is Litsy. I get that this app runs on a shoestring, but most of my apps have updated since 13.0 released from Apple. 1mo
Laughterhp For some reason my phone is no longer having the issues of super sensitive links.. thankfully! I am on 13.2 iOS now. 1mo
Palimpsest I barely can scroll without triggering some hadhtag or link. It‘s maddening. I haven‘t been on Litsy as much because i find it that problematic. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laughterhp I‘m doing the update for that tonight. Crossing fingers. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Palimpsest Same here. People above are saying it gets better with 13.2. I‘ll try to make a note here if it helps ... 1mo
Litsi More user help would help. Like I don‘t know how to ger access to the questionnaire. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Litsi Hi - glad you asked. If you want to post your own answers to this list of questions, just make a screen grab of my image. Then pick a book to post it under (use the one I did if that‘s easiest). And answer the questions (remember to use the hashtag) in your post and the comments. Hope that helps! 1mo
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Dr. Brendan Reilly creates a gripping memoir, One Doctor, by balancing several elements. As a hospitalist, working strictly with patients admitted to hospital, he details individual cases. He also reflects on how the cases affect him beyond the medicine. He struggles to strike a balance between caring attitude and doctorly objectivity. Plus, he‘s caregiving for aging parents.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #NFNov

BarbaraTheBibliophage TIL: Get one doctor who helps you manage specialists, and who watches over your general health. Don‘t just rely on specialists. #TIL 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage I completely agree with your TIL! The key is finding an excellent primary care doctor. My husband can always tell when the patients that come to him for surgery with multiple complicated health issues, also have a good GP that they see regularly. It makes a big difference in quality of care overall, and helps prevent unnecessary specialist visits and procedures. 1mo
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Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage absolutely on your advice, that's why I dont understand the movement away from a general practitioner, there has to be a dr who knows all of you. 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage and this book looks so interesting, I'm adding for sure, thanks!! 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage that's why I'm not crazy about hospitalists, why they took the family dr away from hospital rounds. They're the ones who know you 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Not surprised he can tell the difference. I think a good PCP educates and watches over heir patients. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I‘m guessing you‘d like this book. He talks honestly about hospitalists too. 1mo
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The world is chock full of self-help books, and it‘s often overwhelming. Are we honestly THIS messed up? Maybe. You Are Awesome stakes out some original territory, and also retreads some typical fare. Still, the author‘s ideas and style grew on me. Sure, he‘s a privileged guy, but he also tweeted me back and said he recognizes that. I think he‘s trying to make life better for people.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks to Gallery Books and the author for a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. 1mo
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Taking a road trip with a great friend today up to an enormous bookstore. Then off to an early dinner nearby. #perfectSunday #bookhaul #bookstoretravel

Top three work for #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388 !

Tamra Envious! 1mo
Mitch That does sound like a #perfectsunday 1mo
Crazeedi An enormous bookstore, perfect! 1mo
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Megabooks Fun!!! 👍🏻 1mo
MatchlessMarie I'm gonna have to add that Fighting God book to my list. Sounds interesting! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra Aww, I know, right? It was lovely. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Mitch It was! Thanks. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi It‘s so enormous that I never plan to buy specific books. I like to wander ..: 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks It was super fun!! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MatchlessMarie It‘s been on my list for a while, so I was happy to see it on the sale table. Not sure when I‘ll get to it, though! 1mo
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We‘re SO excited to share our 3rd annual reading challenge #Booked2020❣️

As in years past, there are 24 prompts broken into 4 quarters/seasons. You are free to read in any order you wish. Just one book per prompt, please

*New this Year*  the last week of each quarter you MUST post and tag us with your completed prompts in order to be eligible for the quarterly drawing. 

Any questions ~ ask away!

Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y62p9fxs

tjwill I signed up! I‘m excited to get booked again next year! 1mo
CocoReads One of these days I might actually finish a challenge. Here goes nothing—I‘m going to sign up again. 😬😁 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @CocoReads Glad you‘re going to give it a go!! 1mo
CocoReads @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m always trying to give it a shot. I need to stretch myself more and this looks like a good way to do it! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CocoReads We like to make if a fun and low pressure way to stretch! 😘 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m going to give this a go next year! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Sarahreadstoomuch Yay!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 1mo
Butterfinger So excited. Thank you ladies! @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Butterfinger YAY! Glad you‘re in for 2020. And you‘re welcome ... we have so much fun doing this challenge. Mwwwwaaaahhhh. 1mo
bookandbedandtea This sounds like so much fun! I'm going to try this. (My record at finishing challenges is abysmal but maybe this will be the one I stick with!) I'm off to research books for the prompts. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I haven't participated in this before, but I'm definitely going to in 2020! This looks like so much fun, and I already started making my list of books! 📚 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @bookandbedandtea @CoffeeNBooks Yay! I‘m glad you‘re joining in!! 1mo
Samplergal I‘m in. Just signed up! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal Yaaaay!! So glad you‘re joining us! 😘 2w
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Happy dance—a nonfiction choice with a fantasy add-on. Thanks #botm! #bookhaul

vivastory I almost made the exact same choice, but since I still haven't read Brain on Fire I decided to stick with Ninth House 1mo
Copwithabook @vivastory definitely read Brain on Fire! It was so good and a surprisingly quick read 1mo
vivastory @Copwithabook It sounds like it'd be a great one for nonfiction November 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Copwithabook @vivastory Yes, I loved Brain on Fire. It was incredibly intense on audio. Super excited for both of these, actually. I don‘t read YA but have been intrigued by Bardugo. Happier to experience her writing for adults! 1mo
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Thanks for the tag @kspenmoll and the idea @monalyisha ! My book club would never actually let me pick ... but here are some choices on my Kindle that I‘d really like to read!

#myidealbookclub #ihadathousandoptions #somanybooksolittletime

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In Saint X, Schaitkin alternates between whodunit, love letter to Caribbean islands, and character study, using a combination of the MC perspective, a third-person narrative, and snippets from other players in the mystery. She spins a complex tale, with lush descriptions of her locations. I liked it, but had some reservations about some aspects of the writing and plot. ⬇️

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #readsaintx

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks to Celadon Books and the author for the ARC and related goodies, including recipes! 🌴👙🏄🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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I‘ve seen this on so many “best memoir” lists. It‘s time to dive in!

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This collection of Sherlockian stories pairs each with a piece of art. The publishers quoted my review in Twitter (above), but didn‘t pick up the parts where I said the stories were uneven in quality. Some truly failed to grab me, but that‘s the nature of a collection. Loved the art, though! And if you enjoy Holmes and Watson, consider this a pick and search out a copy for yourself.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

Cinfhen Nice work, Barb!!! And the secret power of editing 😉 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! For sure, editing makes all the difference. 🤪 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday lovely lady! 🎉 1mo
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Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Thank you, Michele! 😘 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Redwritinghood Thanks ever so much! 😘 1mo
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My #weeklyforecast — great idea @Cinfhen

On the left, an ARC that needs to be finished and reviewed by Wednesday.
Top right, my ongoing audiobook. May add one more, since I‘m behind on exercises for the course.
Bottom right, my ebook for the gym and on the go.

Cinfhen Hi!!!!! All ok??? Been thinking of you!!! Thanks for posting. Your review book has a great cover 🥰 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen We are muddling through ... ups and downs like everyone else in the world. 😏 Thanks for asking! 😘 The review book is pretty good, but it‘s a debut so there are some frustrating elements. Still, she‘s good enough to get picked up by Celadon ... 1mo
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Ayyyyaaaaayyyaaay! Such a busy weekend and I need to get these ARCs read asap! And here I am ... trying to juggle again!

Gezemice Get to read ARCs. So sorry for you... being forced and all, lol. How does one get an ARC? 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice Haha. True dat. I signed up for NetGalley and started a blog. I got myself listed on a blog directory, which authors use to contact me. And I also signed up for a “first readers” ARC program at Celadon. It‘s all my fault. 🤪 1mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage I see! It is hard work! I follow your blog, it is great. I probably would flake out after two weeks, lol. Great work on keeping it going! I usually look at Goodreads first, though. 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

🧡 Joined in May 2016

🧡 That article a lot of us found in Book Riot

🧡 More volume and variety x 100

🧡 Politics, Mystery / Thrillers, Medical memoirs

🧡 @Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ReadingOver50 @Simona 😘😘

Eggs Thanks for joining in 💕📚🤗 2mo
Megabooks ❤️❤️ So glad I met my nonfiction friend! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Me too! Sending you lots of hugs. 😘 1mo
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#gettoknowyou

❤️ Lancaster, PA, USA
🧡 54.99999 (bday soon!)
💛 Work my fingers to the bone—forever!
💚 Married (25 years together, 24 married)
💙 she / her
💜 Mom sent me the word ‘bibliophage‘ from Dictionary.com and it‘s been me ever since

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Julián Castro is third-generation Mexican American. His grandmother walked over the border as a 7-year-old orphan. She and his mother instilled two key values in Julián and his twin, Joaquin—education and public service. The writing reads quickly, it‘s not overly political, and the story is inspiring.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#readthecandidates #2020candidates #ownvoices

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