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BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage

Joined May 2016

Blog: https://linktr.ee/barbara_searles | Co-Host for #Booked2022 Reading Challenge | proud liberal | eclectic reader
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The author blends real-life situations, scientific knowledge, and analysis. Ending with 15 antidotes helps parents and mentors counter the toxicity of girls‘ everyday lives. Divided into 3 sections it explains the situation, explores the science, and offers achievable options. And she uses the lives of three young women to illustrate her points and balance science with reality.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Four more for my bingo card! #pantone2022

@Clwojick

Clwojick Great match! 6d
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I read Gilbert‘s first memoir as an ebook and listened to the second. All in two weeks. Full disclosure, we‘re the same age. So I loved her pop culture references. Yes, her privilege is vast, but she also tries to do good in the world. And she‘s dealt with addiction, chronic pain, and some really shitty husbands too. So it‘s not all sunshine and Half Pint.

My full and combined review is at https://www.TheBibliophage.com

#thebibliophage2022

Ruthiella I‘m her/your age too. It‘s funny how we think of these celebrities we‘ve grown up with as somehow acquaintances. Brooke Shields and Phoebe Cates are also my “friends”. 😂 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ruthiella For sure. Definitely felt this for Brooke and all of the Brat Pack folks. I have a bunch of their memoirs but have been holding some for when I need a “comfort read.” 6d
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Dandelion Wine | Ray Bradbury
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This is a masterwork in the art of connected stories or vignettes. In the hands of Ray Bradbury, small-town America in the summer of 1928 comes alive. Kids run free and adults sip glasses of dandelion wine on their porches. But there‘s also an unsettling undercurrent of both evil and the inevitable passage of time.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #classicAmericanLit

sprainedbrain I love this book so much. 💛 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sprainedbrain 🌼🌞 The essence of summer … with a twist or two! 6d
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It‘s not uncommon to find yourself walking a path you never wanted. Every parent dreads the idea of a child dying. And we don‘t want to see political upheaval and violence in our countries. Yet, Congressman Ruskin experienced both in the last days of 2020 and on Jan 6, 2021. His well-done story of his experience is intense and heart breaking on multiple levels. 4.5/5 stars

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #nonfiction2022 #imadisaster

Amiable I have this one in my pile but haven‘t started it yet. Great review! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Thanks. It‘s an intense one! 1w
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Clark and Division | Naomi Hirahara
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This is a soft pick for me. The historical detail is great but writing and mystery aspect are just so-so. The MC is 20 but super sheltered, which makes cultural sense. New to Chicago after leaving the Japanese internment camps, she struggles with her older sister‘s untimely death. The author gets the often untold history right (my MIL was in the camps and then Chicago). The writing however is just meh.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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Four more matches for the #pantone2022 challenge!

Clwojick Way to go! Great matches! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks! Have you released any more colors? I wondered if an autumn season was in the works … (edited) 3w
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Classics in the literature of HIV/AIDS and gay life in NYC during the 1980s. These are heartbreaking and highly emotional plays. I‘ve had them on my shelf forever and am glad I used them for the #booked2022 #aboutHIVAIDS prompt. Kramer is semi-autobiographical, especially in Destiny, which I wish I‘d read first. It‘s more of a coming out story. Normal Heart is focused on the early days of the epidemic

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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I read book one of this duo pre-COVID. It was everything I loved about pandemic stories, with a side helping of cults. Reading book two in today‘s world meant I said, “Nah … it won‘t be like that” way more often. Still, I enjoyed this story and the excellent narration.

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Sheffield is a rock journalist with backstage access to this rock legend. And he‘s also got a (practically) lifelong adoration of Stevie‘s music and style. So this is his chance to delve into how she started, what Fleetwood Mac was really like, and what she‘s doing in her (gasp!) 70s. Hint: she still wears boots and top hats on stage!

#nonfictionchallenge2022 #imrocknroll

Texreader Any music scattered in it? If so I‘m in! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Texreader Unfortunately, there is not. But I did think about sourcing my own soundtrack. (And I don‘t mean digging my Rumors LP out of the basement!) 3w
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Oh my, this is a rough read. But every word is important. We need to understand how militia groups are empowered and growing. This explains some history, but also more immediate info of concern, like how people are radicalized. It‘s very timely considering the Jan 6th Committee Hearings happening now. Highly recommend, but full of scary stuff.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #nonfictionchallenge2022 #imadisaster

Susanita Mark Levin says the J6 hearings are nothing but “false evidence.” 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Susanita Of course he does. 🙇🏼‍♀️ 3w
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More book cover matches with posted reviews! #pantone2022

Clwojick Perfect!! 1mo
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This was a great listen! The authors‘ share correspondence from a year late in her life. It‘s vulnerable and sweet. But there are also lovely tributes to life in Manhattan and the value of parental involvement. I also appreciated their discussion of how we look at life—whether planning for the worst or hoping for the rainbow.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #weathertermintitle

Cinfhen Clever 🌈🙌🏻❣️I‘ve been meaning to listen to this one 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It‘s so good on audio! And all the NYC revenues are fab. 💗 1mo
Cinfhen Moving it up my #ListenersList 💕🎧 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. The Shape of Sound, The Lost Family, The 1619 Project, Cultish, The Light of the World and Think Again.

2. That‘s my pop with his first great grandchild, back in 1997. Sadly, they‘re both in heaven now. 😢 (And I‘m scanning old photos this week.)

Eggs 💔❤️ 1mo
tpixie 2. Adorable. I‘m sorry they are now in Heaven. It‘s hard missing loved ones. Scanning takes forever, but I‘m so glad my husband did! (edited) 1mo
Gissy Lovely photo❤️ 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie Thank you! Yes, it‘s a slog to get everything scanned but it‘s also been fun and often bittersweet. Well worth the effort! 1mo
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Wild Seed | Octavia E Butler
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Two weeks ago was Octavia Butler‘s birthday. Had cancer not taken her too soon, surely she‘d still be writing today at 75. It‘s a terrible loss for SFF readers everywhere. This book is a unique take on modifying human DNA to include supernatural qualities over the course of centuries. Incredible pair to read alongside Upgrade by Blake Crouch. Same topic, vastly different executions.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

Ruthiella She was definitely taken from us too soon. I know she had to have had many, many more stories to tell. 😢 1mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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This focuses on using genetics for good or evil. Main character Logan Ramsay experiences both in the course of the story. It‘s heavy on science and the perfect read for a genetics nerd like me. Modifying DNA, more or less on the fly, is a scary and topical thriller plot line. Still, prepare yourself for extended sequences that read like an Intro to Genetics course. 🧬

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#thxnetgalley

Megabooks So excited for this! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks It‘s really good. My only regret is that I finished it one or two pages at a time, instead of in a few long and intense sessions. I think the latter would‘ve made it perfect! 1mo
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I finally finished one of my #pantone2022 boards! This is really a fun challenge because it‘s simply visual. I love making the matches fit. On my second board I‘m just down to the last ten or so squares. (All but one book are also reviewed here.)

Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! 1mo
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This was my #rememberingJenny choice to commemorate the lovely @ReadingEnvy . She was re-reading it when she passed away unexpectedly.

First, I also plan to reread this. It‘s just chock full of great suggestions to improve our communication skills. But fundamentally it‘s about how we think and allow ourselves to rethink our beliefs. One read is not enough to absorb everything.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

BkClubCare Agreed. I will reread this and keep for reference. 1mo
Centique Thank you for participating Barbara and remembering Jenny 😘 I have been listening to a podcast called “You are not so smart” about psychology and he interviewed Adam Grant about this book - an absolute must read for me too. 1mo
Centique The podcast writer has a book on a similar theme publishing soon too 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Centique I‘m glad we had the opportunity to collectively remember her. And thanks for the heads up about the podcast. 1mo
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The deadline was midnight and we drew a winner this morning. We are excited to announce its @Christyco125 who completed six books towards the challenge this quarter! Thanks to everyone for reading, posting, and tagging your hosts. Even if we don‘t always respond, we are ALL excited to know how much Littens enjoy (or love to hate) the prompts.

Hey, @Christyco125 - please email me at barbarathebibliophage at Gmail.com to discuss your prize! 💕

BookwormAHN Congratulations @Christyco125 👏🏻 🎊 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats @Christyco125 🥳🎉🙌🏻❣️ 1mo
Ruthiella Congratulations @Christyco125 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! @Christyco125 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Gissy Congratulation! @Christyco125 🎉📚👏👏👏 1mo
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Hi #Booked2022 friends 😁 Just another reminder….
You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30th to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

Here's the submission link

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

Here are the 24 prompts for #Booked2022 along with the sign up info https://forms.gle/g1ZtgxMHEaLDFdXR9

We love to see what you read 😍

Cinfhen Can you believe another quarter has gone by??? 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Definitely not. Time goes by SO fast! 1mo
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The Light of the World: A Memoir | Elizabeth Alexander
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The author‘s husband dies unexpectedly and too soon. Their young son finds him in his last moments. And his beloved wife, now a widow, processes these events and figures out how to go on alone. Yup, super emotional. And absolutely beautifully written. Alexander is a poet and professor. She knows the craft of writing. And it shows. Loved every word of this!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #includesarecipe

jlhammar I loved this memoir. Great review! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Thanks - it‘s easy to review such a good book! 1mo
Cinfhen This sounds amazing 🤩 #stacked 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen It definitely is. My book group friends listened to the audio, which the author read. They said it‘s excellent. 1mo
Cinfhen Good to know!! Thanks for the audio tip ♥️ 1mo
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Adding four more choices to my grid!!

#pantone2022 @Clwojick

Clwojick Yes! Way to go! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks!! This has been such a fun and low pressure challenge for me. I‘ve matched *most* of my book covers. 🤓💜 1mo
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This has languished on my Audible shelf forever. So I turned it into a prompt for Kiss Your Mate Day. For me, choosing a romance is a **hard** prompt to complete, despite 27 years of happy marriage. So this one, with its topical nature fit the bill well. The MC is a Vietnam vet with trauma who helps an undocumented family and reconnects with a lost love.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #makeyourownprompt #booked2022

KathyWheeler I love the title. 1mo
Cinfhen I like your prompt idea 💕 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. All we need to do for 2023 is collect the prompts our participants have come up with for this prompt. Easy peasy!! 🤣🤣🤣 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Ha!! You know I‘m already thinking of ideas 🙈 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Me too! My list is growing! 1mo
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This is a solid mystery with female child abductions at its core (TW). The main character is Anna, who experiences abandonments if not abductions. She‘s a hot mess, but we like her anyway. McLain combines some real-life details in her 1993 setting, and also uses Anna and others to teach readers about the affects of trauma and more.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
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CBee I enjoyed this one. And I tend to gravitate towards the hot messes so I definitely liked Anna 😂😊 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CBee Oh, I do as well. A damaged protagonist is super engaging for me. 1mo
CBee @BarbaraTheBibliophage me too! The book I‘m reading right now has one too, it‘s really good so far. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CBee I‘ll have to look that one up!! 🤓 1mo
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More catching up on #pantone2022 choices!

@Clwojick

Clwojick Great matches! 1mo
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IF you need something dark and long to dive into, this is my latest recommendation. But if the world feels pretty dark (not surprisingly), now isn‘t the time. I loved The Secret History decades ago and shouldn‘t have waited so long to read this one. So many genres and topics all deftly blended together. Tartt is a master of her craft.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #darkacademia

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Catching up on books completed a while ago!

@Clwojick #pantone2022

Clwojick Great matches! 2mo
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Elsewhere: A Novel | Alexis Schaitkin
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This is a soft pick for me. It‘s a a melancholy, unsettling book. The setting is an imaginary town, high in the mountains. It‘s so near the mountaintop that the clouds settle in there during the evenings. Elsewhere feels as elusive as those mountaintop clouds. It‘s just slightly inside the fog, which means readers never fully understand the town or its inhabitants.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #celadonreads

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This is set in SoCal 1987 and centers at wound a police detective and medical examiner. They‘re investigating a series of diverse crimes that have hate at their core. It‘s heavy and sometimes ponderous. But the issues are just as relevant today as back then. The writing style made it a low pick. And sometimes it was so dark I had to put it aside for a day or so. #thxnetgalley

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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This is two parts heartstring-pulling pain and philosophical pondering, combined with two parts anger and frustration. There‘s some hopefulness added in the manner of icing on the cake, but it‘s quite tentative. All in all, if a chronic illness has touched you or those you love, this book is a must-read. Extraordinarily well-done discussion of a difficult topic to capture.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

Megabooks Great review! I enjoyed this too. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Thanks. I wish it didn‘t feel so close to my own experiences. But as such, she does a good job describing the situation with the right balance of fact vs emotion. 2mo
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Cults—religious and not—function on the foundation of specific language. Montell explains how they draw members in and keep them hooked. She also points out how MANY types of entities use this language to achieve cult-like ends—businesses, fitness companies, indeed practically any brand wanting to be the next big thing.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage #booked2022 #aboutcultorreligion #nonfiction2022 #imasinner

BarbaraTheBibliophage Montell specifically talks about SoulCycle — then I saw THIS article today. (Apologies for the paywall.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/23/peoplehood-soulcycle-relation... 3mo
kspenmoll Thanks for the article Barbara-SoulCycle etc new to me. Will read your review 3mo
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Recently did a review / post about memoirs that use essays instead of straight through chronology. I liked both of these although they‘re wildly different. O‘Farrell titles her with drama, but ultimately it felt gentle in tone. OTOH, Madden has a semi-whimsical title and every essay is a heartbreaking gut punch.

Full reviews https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

Chelsea.Poole I loved both of these! 3mo
Megabooks Love both!! 3mo
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The Dragon Republic | R. F. Kuang
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Good second book in trilogy. A little battle / war heavy for me. But I still love how Kuang melds the fantasy elements with real Asian history. And Ren is a flawed heroine for the ages!

Forgot to post this, so if want the full review, scroll down a bit at https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

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A Rip Through Time: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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This genre-defying story features a Canadian police detective named Mallory. Out jogging in Edinburgh, Scotland (while visiting her gravely ill grandma), she hears a crime down an alley. And whooops … the next thing she knows, she‘s in the body of a teenage housemaid in 1869. Same town, but different time and body! Of course there‘s a murder to solve. And how to get home. ⬇️

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022

BarbaraTheBibliophage As the first in the series, there‘s a LOT of internal dialogue from Mallory, which sets up her personality and back story. And honestly, I wanted this to grab me more. But I like the whole idea enough to read another book. 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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It‘s difficult to capture the gravity of these essays in a review, especially a short one. Suffice it to say, this book is a must read for everyone. Plow through it or take it small bites. Whatever works. Just do it.

And many thanks to @4thhouseontheleft and @staci.reads for their ongoing discussion topics here. I didn‘t always stay on target, but it helped to see others on the path with me. 💙

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com

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I reviewed two vastly different genealogy / history books recently on my blog (https://www.TheBibliophage.com). Decided to post here, since Newton‘s book is brand new. Family history fascinates me—whether it‘s my own or not. So Newton‘s rambling discourse on her own family was a treat. I wish I‘d liked more of the people she talks about. But that really is the true challenge of family research. Sometimes you learn difficult things. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Newton has that in spades, along with research and discussion on the phenomenon of family genealogy research. As for the Sykes book, it‘s *very* dry and academic. But since I wanted to know more about why so much Norwegian ancestry shows up in my DNA, it fit the bill. My family tree is predominantly from British Isles, so he helped me see the options. 3mo
jlhammar Great reviews. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Thanks. I appreciated yours as well. Especially because you also found the pace pretty slow. I struggled with this one more than I expected to. 3mo
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Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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For the last few months, I haven‘t been present much here on Litsy. Even before I fell and fractured four bones in February, I just wasn‘t feeling like “reading in public.” Writing reviews feels more like a struggle and duty, so I‘m slacking there also. But the fractures are healing well, and I‘m (hopefully) feeling more bookish.

Anyway, apologies to everyone who‘s tagged me for #Booked2022 reading. And to my cohosts. I appreciate you all! 💗

Cinfhen I‘m so glad you‘re starting to feel better….I miss you xxx and I‘m sorry if I haven‘t been checking in on you enough 💜 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen You‘re so sweet! I‘ve been to a zillion physio and doctor appts in the last ten weeks. Been working “light duty” at a desk 3 nights a week. So it‘s just loony here. Books are my hideout! 3mo
AmyG Your health is most important. Take care and get well. We are always here. 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmyG Thank you! 💜 3mo
andrew61 Best wishes Barbara. 3mo
Smarkies Take care Barbara! Hope that you heal up well! 🤗 3mo
Alfoster Virtual hugs!👍🥰 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad to hear you‘re on the mend. ❤️❤️ 3mo
SW-T Glad to hear you‘re on the mend! Hope things keep improving for you. 😊 3mo
EvieBee Glad you‘re healing. 3mo
Bklover Oh no! That sounds awful! Hopefully you will be back to yourself soon!💖💖 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜 3mo
squirrelbrain Glad to hear you‘re feeling a bit better and hope that things continue to improve. ❤️ 3mo
sprainedbrain Glad to hear you‘re healing! ❤️ 3mo
LibrarianRyan Oh No! Glad your feeling better. 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hang in there, Barbara. I‘m so sorry you‘re struggling. 💗 3mo
CaroPi Take all the time in the world and recover 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @andrew61 @Smarkies @Alfoster @LeahBergen @SW-T @EvieBee Thanks, friends. I appreciate the 💗 and support. 3mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m glad the healing is going well! Take all the time you need! 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about your fall and struggling in general. I‘m glad to hear you are healing. 💗💗 3mo
Ruthiella Glad you are feeling better ! ❤️ Litsy will be here when you are ready. 3mo
CarolynM Sorry to hear you've been struggling but glad you're improving. Hope you're feeling 100% soon. 💕💕 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ozma.of.oz @Bookzombie @Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks for the 💗 and support! I‘m well on my way to normalcy … and very grateful for that. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Oh dear @Cinfhen you‘ve been managing most of #booked2022! @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry I didn‘t realize you injured yourself earlier this year. I have also been off Litsy more than in the past. It‘s been another rough year. 😔 3mo
kspenmoll So sorry you fell & had fractures. You totally needed to devote time to your healing. 3mo
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Hari covers so much ground here—all of it a necessary look at our collective declining attention span. I listened on audio (great author narration) and immediately bought the ebook to revisit specific ideas. While there are plenty of tips for individuals (including our kids), Hari also challenges us to reject encroaching surveillance capitalism.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022 #nonfiction2022 #quietormeditative

Megabooks Stacking 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Knowing your reading choices, I think you will love this one. @Lindy posted a lot of quotes a while ago, so you can hunt those down for a taste of his content. 3mo
Lindy @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I‘m still thinking about it. 3mo
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rwmg I think I may need to read this. My attention span has definitely declined. I put it down to a combination of pandemic effects and aging but perhaps there is more to it. Even my reading has been affected. Although I have some real chunksters on my shelves I will now take any excuse to read something else. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rwmg Yes, I think you‘ll find this eye opening. It‘s very approachable also—not overly academic. I picked it up for essentially the same reasons you mentioned. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! Stacking! 3mo
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My book club chose this without knowing Hough‘s book-review-related controversies. We still appreciated her writing style, despite its angry, dark edge. And there‘s plenty to discuss here—from a cult childhood and its after effects to misogynistic bosses and how people become unhoused. Def better than 3/5 but not quite 4/5.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2022
#nonfiction2022 #imarebel #rebel
#pantone2022 #arcticwolf

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The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Set in the true historical horror of the WWII Japanese internment camps, this is atmospheric and hallucinogenic. It‘s also perfect for readers of historical fiction. Its undercurrents of horror, both human and supernatural, add a twist that hits all too close to home. Katsu draws on family experiences, colored by her own perspective on the last few years in the US. Excellent!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
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Clwojick Way to go! 💖 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks! Now that we have the new color grid, I‘ve been matching a few covers that didn‘t fit the first one. 🙌🏻 4mo
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Vonk is an anthropology student interested in the life of migrants / refugees traveling through Mexico. Early on he meets Axel, who‘s got a complicated and unique story. They form a bond and traverse the dangers of cartels, immigration officers, and police together. This is a gripping true story with multiple caveats.

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#thebibliophage2020
#nonfiction2022 #imacriminal
#pantone2022 #poppyseed

Christine Tempting review! Curious about the caveats… 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine So … Volk states right up front that most people in the caravans lie to protect themselves. The caveat is that you‘ll never know for sure that anyone‘s story is completely truthful. Even some parts of Volk‘s. But it‘s more about protection from harm than trying to “enhance” the narrative. Take a peak at my full review if you want to know more. 4mo
Christine Super interesting - will read your full review for sure! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Christine LMK what you think if you read the book! 4mo
Christine Will do! 4mo
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#thinkpositivebepositive - Because dog, bikes, and books are positive, right? 🤓🤪🤗

Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView !

To play post a positive quote and tag a Litten friend or two.

Hope your day is spectacular!

@paperwitchs
@SRWCF
@SarahBookInterrupted

BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. This is Waldo. He belongs to our son and his family. (edited) 4mo
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Probably I should use more restraint in my book buying. Naaaaaahhhh … 🤪📚🤪

BarbaraBB Naaah 😄 4mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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This epic fantasy is solidly based in real China / Japan relations during the 20th century. At the same time, the main character has meaningful development as she transforms from a rural orphan to a military neophyte. She‘s charming and smart, if also completely beyond her depth. The fantasy aspects are rooted in Chinese culture and myth. Overall a win!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#setinchina #booked2022

BarbaraTheBibliophage Decided to go alternate China for this prompt — not realizing how historically based this book is. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 4mo
Lexeegee Great book. I have read the first two of the series. Looking forward to the third. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lexeegee My plan is to dive into book two this month!! 4mo
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Be sure to to enter the first #quarterlydrawing for #Booked2022 before midnight (EDT) !! We‘ll draw our winner over the next few days. Every book you‘ve finished counts as an entry so look everything over! 🤓👀🙋🏼🙋🏼‍♀️📚🎁🎁

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26

Kimberlone Thanks for the reminder, just submitted the form! 4mo
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I‘m always b*tching that #botm doesn‘t offer enough narrative nonfiction. But yay!! This month they did so I snapped it right up. Also read some good stuff about True Biz, so I couldn‘t resist.

tapgurl Me too but both picks this month look similar to me. Saddish and reflective 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tapgurl Right! But I probably won‘t read them together, so I‘m not risking too much sadness. 4mo
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Growing Up Biden: A Memoir | Valerie Biden Owens
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This is the memoir of a younger sister and social studies teacher who ended up managing decades of US Senate campaigns for her brother Joe. It‘s about family that implicitly trusts each other more than anyone else. They pull together for every tragedy and laugh plenty when times are good. Even if you don‘t agree with their politics, this memoir is heartwarming and full of faith.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022

TheBookHippie Well I‘ll add this to my list. 💙 4mo
Clwojick Great match 💖 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheBookHippie I think you‘ll appreciate it!! 4mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m sure I will! 4mo
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This was a strong pick for me. I love the process of genealogy research. But adding DNA testing to the process does create conflict and confusion for some folks. Copeland offers an unvarnished look at both ups and downs of getting tested. The true stories she tells are compelling. There‘s so much relevance to 21st century life here.

p.s. Yes, that IS my Ancestry family tree in the background.

#nonfiction2022 #outofyourcomfortzone

jlhammar Agreed, this was a good one! So fascinating. 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading Just checked and it‘s included in audible! Sounds fascinating! I just finished inheritance last month. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Prairiegirl_reading Yea, it is. I read the ebook but had the audio queued up just in case. It‘s a great pair with 5mo
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jlhammar @Prairiegirl_reading I loved Inheritance! I think you're going to enjoy The Lost Family. I am really excited for and preordered this one. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar LOL I preordered that one also. I think it drops next week, right? That‘s one of the reasons I pushed The Lost Family to the top of my TBR. 5mo
jlhammar @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I think so! That is too funny. It is such an interesting topic though (to me anyhow). Hope we like it! I read and really enjoyed this one about a journalist digging into his family history/secrets. Not DNA-specific, but it might be one you'd like if you haven't tried it yet. 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar that one sounds awesome too!!! Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar this one sounds fascinating too!! And now we know why genealogy is such a huge business right!!?? So interesting! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @jlhammar Oooh. That sounds fascinating. Families did this stuff so much in the early to middle 20th century. And obviously before that also. Terribly sad. Have you listened to Dani Shapiro‘s podcast called Family Secrets? Also very fascinating. 5mo
jlhammar Yes, love Family Secrets! Great podcast. 5mo
Amiable As a fellow amateur genealogist, I enjoyed this book, too. I'm stacking “Ancestor Trouble,“ -- thanks for the recommendation, @jlhammar ! I second the “Family Secrets“ podcast -- I've been listening to it since I read “Inheritance.“ Shapiro has such a soothing voice, too! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable @jlhammar I think I‘ll be putting down my 💤 read when I receive Ancestor Trouble. I‘m excited. Here‘s my current read - it‘s good but slow to read. 4mo
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m going to have to find that book —I have a fair amount of Irish heritage on my mother‘s side. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable It‘s pretty old, so the focus is more on mitochondrial DNA and Y-DNA. But that‘s foundational stuff, so it‘s okay. Not sure if he will get into autosomal DNA. So far it‘s more science and less history. That‘s what I wanted but it is DRY. 4mo
ncsufoxes This one sounds interesting, my first degree is in history, so I love learning about genealogy. My husband is also a geneticist (although he‘s an oncology researcher), he‘s adopted so he grapples a lot with wanting to know more about his family‘s medical history without knowing his biological family. And as a geneticist knowing all of the intricacies of testing & so on. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ncsufoxes Yes, it sounds like you both would appreciate and enjoy this book! If you have Audible Plus, it‘s included in the catalog. 4mo
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Jubilee | Margaret Walker
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Jubilee - Wicked - Night - Becoming are all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ favorites of mine and all have one word titles.

One word titles are rare but not better necessarily. It‘s hard to distill a whole book‘s ideas and themes to a single word.

#Two4Tuesday

emmalouise1 For me it's alice by Christina henry 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @emmalouise1 Ahhhh. Good call! 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 5mo
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