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Blaire

Blaire

Joined May 2016

“I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Can‘t believe I hadn‘t read Steinbeck before this year. An epic story of good and evil and the choice we have in the type of person we become. Found the character of Cal to be one of the most fully realized and interesting, and was drawn into the Trask and Hamilton families. Some weaknesses esp with flat portrayal of the women w/ exception of Abra. Loved Lee and the empathy he brought to all. Lots to think about.

Blaire Thanks @cinfhen for making this a #buddyread. It really enhanced the experience. Thank you to @mrp27 @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @UwannaPublishme and many others I‘m forgetting to tag for the insightful discussion. @Kalalalatja (edited) 6h
batsy Nice review! I agree with your assessment about the characterisation. 6h
emilyhaldi Fabulous characters ❤️❤️❤️ 5h
erzascarletbookgasm Very interesting characters! I‘ll miss Lee. 5h
mrp27 Great review! 1h
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Harold and the Purple Crayon | Crockett Johnson
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Loved getting a chance to revisit this classic! Harold‘s imagination is wonderful and my favorite part has always been all the pies! 🥧 🥧 🥧 #Bbrc #picturebooksatoz @LibrarianRyan

Blaire @LibrarianJen excited to have you as my partner for #BBRC 7h
Lovesbooks87 The two year olds that I teach love this book. We have it in our library! 7h
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 7h
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Lindy 💜 🖍💜 6h
Lindy I revisited this classic 10 years ago on my book blog: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2009/06/harold-and-purple-crayon-by-crockett.ht... 6h
TheSpineView 💜💜📘 6h
Blaire @Lindy love that post! What a sweet memory. It really does hold up. 6h
Lindy @Blaire Thanks. 😊 4h
Megabooks I‘m wearing my OOP Harold shirt today! Love this book!! 2h
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Pre-bedtime reading. Finishing up #eoe if I can stay awake and drinking lemon-ginger tea out of my new litsy mug. Perfect way to wrap up a monday. Thanks @Litsy @TimSpalding

Chelsea.Poole Awesome! 1d
Crazeedi Where can I get a mug?? 1d
Litsy @Crazeedi So far, they're strictly prizes we've given out for photo contests and the like, but we hope to make them available on the LibraryThing (Litsy's sister site) Store soon! (edited) 1d
Cathythoughts Fab pic... loving the Litsy mug 😍 24h
Crazeedi @Litsy thanks for info! Guess I need to win a prize somehow!😉 20h
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Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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My 7 yo and I just started this series because he likes thinks that are a little scary. He loved it and is ready for book 2. The three Baudelaire orphans must work against the awful adults around them and foil the Count‘s evil plot. Found the part of the plot re marriage of the oldest Baudelaire super creepy and wasn‘t sure I bought the way it was solved but we will be continuing the series. #bbrc #readerschoice #middlegrade

Jerdencon The TV show with Neil Patrick Harris is really well done too. I found the books a bit repetitive but fun! 3d
JazzFeathers I read the first three books years ago and really liked them. La year l listened to the first book read by Jim Carrey: absolutely brilliant! 3d
LibrarianRyan I‘ve read the first 7. They get really repetitive but kids love them. And they are great vocabulary builders. 3d
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Blaire @Jerdencon ooh! I will check out the show! Thanks for the rec. 3d
Blaire @JazzFeathers we listened to some of this one - the audio is great! 3d
Blaire @LibrarianRyan good to know! My son can be a bit of a reluctant reader so I‘m in for anything that hooks him. 3d
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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The makings of a nice Sunday morning. Being outside, coffee, nytimes, bujo, and my planned reading. Hoping to finish #eoe today so I can read the discussion from Friday! #selfcare

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The Cellist of Sarajevo | Steven Galloway
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Movingly depicts daily life during the siege of Sarajevo through the perspective of different citizens of the city. Through each we see the small steps taken to preserve humanity and normalcy. I was brought to tears by the cellist‘s dedication and by the choices made by several characters. #featuresamusician #booked2019

Buechersuechtling Not book related but I find your table beautiful. 💗 Wonderful pattern. (edited) 3d
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Week 3 check-in. Made my steps goals 6/7 days; did yoga three times including teaching it at my work retreat! 🧘‍♀️; brought my lunch to work; meditated each evening; and finished 3 books bringing my total to 10/12. On Monday I‘m starting to run with two friends and am excited to have that set each week. #bfcr2 #bfc

MicrobeMom Great job! You‘re awesome!!! 👏👏♥️♥️ 3d
Chrissyreadit 🙌👏🎉🙌👏🥳🙌👏🎉👏 3d
Ash.on.the.line Great job!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3d
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Crazeedi Excellent !👏👏 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week and you‘re crushing your book goal! 🎉 3d
sudi You're doing great 👏👏👏🎉 3d
Charityann 😊👍🏼 3d
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The Gruffalo | Julia Donaldson
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This is a wonderful one to read aloud and watch the mouse‘s cleverness play out and pay off. “Good said the mouse, don‘t call me good! I‘m the scariest creature in the Wood. Just walk behind me and soon you‘ll see, everyone is afraid of me.” #picturebooksatoz #bbrc

Cathythoughts Ohhh ! Love the Gruffalo 7d
LibrarianRyan I love this book. 7d
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 7d
Lady_Tigana_20 One of my son‘s favorites. 7d
Blaire @Cathythoughts @librarianryan @britt_brooke @Lady_Tigana_20 it is so much fun to read...I never get sick of it. 4d
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Rooney really gets into the headspace of what it is like to be 21 and trying to define yourself in relationship to your friends and lovers. Irl book club pick and there was tons to talk about. Thought Frances perspective of herself vs others impression was particularly interesting. Each character had nuance and depth even if not the most likeable. I actually felt quite a bit for Nick. Think I will get on waitlist for normal ppl.

Moray_Reads I though Normal People was even better 7d
sarahbarnes Loved this one! Normal People is on my shelf and I‘m excited to get to it. 7d
Blaire @Kalalalatja @moray_reads great to hear! Will def get to normal people then! 4d
Blaire @sarahbarnes it gave my book club a lot to talk about!! 4d
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Frederick | Leo Lionni
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The other mice learn to value Frederick‘s tho it differs from the kind of work they do gathering food for winter. When they are stuck in the winter gloom Frederick‘s gift of poetry and his ability to evoke the colors of spring for the other mice is a valuable contribution like the physical sustenance. Sweet, simple drawings. #bbrc #picturebooksatoz #letterF

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 1w
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Finished another great week of #bfc #bfcr2. Met all my weekly goals including my big one for this challenge - running a 5k with my son! We had a great time and I‘m going to sign up for another race! Ended up at over 95k steps for the week!! Thanks to my fab and supportive team! Spent today put in nature with my kids and family friends. Great way to end week 2.

Crazeedi Wow! That is so fantastic!! Congrats!!👏👏 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Fantastic week! 🎉 And what an adorable running buddy! ❤️ 1w
Megabooks Great week!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
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Mitch Getting that 5K under your belt is amazing - you and your son are Litsy Champs! 🏆 1w
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻And how cute is your son! 💕 1w
Blaire @UwannaPublishme @wanderinglynn thank you! He‘s a great fitness partner. 1w
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Getting ready to start this one for my #feministbookclub. I‘m interested to see if it‘s for me. Opinions seem pretty divided between love and meh. @Mitch you‘ve inspired my Bircher breakfast choice (though this was store bought not homemade). #weekendreads

Mitch Oh, looks lovely 😊 2w
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An Egg Is Quiet | Dianna Hutts Aston
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This book is filled with beautiful illustrations of different animals and their eggs. It provides simple facts about all the different types of eggs and their varied textures, sizes, and colors. I think any kid who is interested in nature would enjoy looking through this book. #picturebooksatoz #bbrc #letterE @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Two of my kids‘ favorites that I always enjoy rereading. The pigeon books are a guaranteed laugh out loud for the 2-5 year old crowd and my sports loving son has had Dino-basketball memorized for years. I think we‘ve probably read it at least 100 times. He got it at age 2 and still loves it at 7. Both are clever and include jokes for the grown-ups too. #picturebooksatoz #bbrc #rereads @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2w
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The English Assassin | Daniel Silva
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Even better than the first Allon novel. I was totally drawn into the intrigue of the secretive world of the Swiss bankers and their dark secrets and the talented Anna Rolfe. Can‘t wait to continue this series. #thriller

TrishB Love this series. 2w
Blaire @TrishB I‘m hooked now! 2w
Blaire I also think this would make a good pick for #booked2019 #featuresamusician 2w
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Corduroy | Don Freeman
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Started my morning right by listening to this classic and one of my all-time favorites. Corduroy is passed by bc he is missing a button, but Lisa notices him and takes him home and sews a button on his overalls. Explaining he is fine the way he was but that he‘ll prob me comfortable with a button. All the feels. One of the first books I had as a child that featured a black character while not being about race. #bbrc #picturebooksatoz

Blaire My absolute favorite is a pocket for corduroy. Made me really want to go to a laundromat. 2w
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2w
Drocchio03 @Blaire Came to say the same! 2w
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Blaire @Drocchio03 💕🙌 2w
Clwojick One of my childhood favourites. I was thrilled when I came across a copy in mint condition at the thrift store for $1 2w
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We get out all our baseball books during baseball season and this is one of our favorites. The bats all come out at night to cheer on their team. The rhymes are clever and the illustrations are great. We‘ve been reading it for years and it has not gotten old. #bbrc #picturebooksatoz Letter B.

Blaire @Clwojick saw you posted this one earlier, my son had just picked it up for another reread. We adore this book! 2w
Clwojick I truly loved it! 2w
Blaire @Clwojick it is so good and it is always nice when I enjoy the books as much as my kids. 2w
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LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2w
Christine We LOVE the Bats books!! 🦇❤️ 2w
rubyslippersreads Bats with bats! 😂❤️🦇 2w
Blaire @Christine we need to check out the other ones! My son is baseball obsessed and he got this one as a gift. 2w
Blaire @rubyslippersreads it‘s the best! 🦇 ⚾️ 2w
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A childhood favorite, I loved sharing this one with my kids. Always gives them a laugh when they have had a bad day. “ My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia . #bbrc #picturebooksatoz #a @LibrarianRyan

Dragonfairykats My mom gave me a copy when I was in high school because I was having so much trouble with depression. Sadly I think it got lost in one of my moves. 2w
LibrarianRyan A childhood favorite. 2w
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Who Was Neil Armstrong? | Roberta Edwards, Who Hq
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, my 7 yo and I read this biography of Neil Armstrong. This series is wonderful - the perfect length and content for the 6-9 yo crowd. I learned a lot myself about Armstrong‘s life and the training and logistics of the moon landing. 🌙 👩‍🚀 🚀

Dogearedcopy LOL, I remember seeing a review written (years ago) by a middle-schooler: “⭐This book was terrible. He died in the end!“ 2w
LibrarianJen I love these books also. OMG @dogearedcopy really? 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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Happy Canada Day!! 🇨🇦 Hoping to get to this novel by a First Nations author later this month. It is also my pick for #booked2019 #indigenousauthor #canada #letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🇨🇦😊 2w
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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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A fun twist on the classic murder mystery. Horowitz makes himself a character in role of a sidekick to the investigator following along as he tries to solve the mystery. Kept me guessing to the end and loved all the references to Horowitz other work such as Foyle‘s war. Looking forward to the next Hawthorne book. #audiobook #bfc #bfcr2. Great company on my walks and while folding laundry.

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I love to cook and I work hard to feed my family clean and nutrient dense foods. One of my favorite go-tos are veggie and grain bowls. Filling and easy. A whole family hit. Here‘s a picture of one we‘ve made a lot the past few months. #bfcr2 #bfc #week2photochallenge #healthyrecipe Will try and post a link in the comments.

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! That looks delicious and I love simple. 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
julesG Oh. Perfect. I have most of the ingredients around. 2w
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ephemeralwaltz Looks great - thank you! 2w
BarbaraBB Looks delicious! 2w
Blaire @wanderinglynn @julesg @ephemeralwaltz @barbarabb thanks! We love it. It‘s easy and easy to sub in other veggies if needed. 2w
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I plan to spend the rest of the evening relaxing working on my reading goal. Loved #BFCr2 #bfc week 1. Was inspired by my team members and I definitely made a lot more effort to get daily exercise in. Happy to report I met all my goals for week one. Hit 93000 steps!!

MicrobeMom Yay! Great job!!! 2w
Dawn_Rodriguez1970 Awesome job! 2w
wanderinglynn Great week 1! 🙌🏻 Keep that momentum going! You got this! 2w
sudi Great job 👏👏👏 2w
Mitch Wow - well done Blaire. You‘ve made an amazing start to this round - have a great weekend 💕 2w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Spending some time this afternoon getting caught up on #EOE buddy read. Hoping to be able to rejoin the discussion next week or later this week. It is engrossing.

Cathythoughts There‘s that beautiful view again ✨✨✨✨✨ 2w
Cinfhen Glad you caught up!!! 2w
Blaire @Cathythoughts that one‘s actually from a local restaurant with a similar view! But one of my photos from my deck got picked for a litsy #downphoto!! 2w
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Blaire @Cinfhen me too! Love the discussions really adds to the reading experience. 2w
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s great !! I‘m not surprised, what a perfect down time pic. I‘ll always be happy to see it 👍🏻✨✨✨✨ 2w
Blaire @Cathythoughts thanks!! I was pleased and surprised to be one of the winners! 😍 2w
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All I Want Is Everything | Cecily von Ziegesar
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Ok, my gg kick is over. B and S head to St Bart‘s...J comes to some realizations about N. V and D continue their romance and artistic pursuits. I get bored. But may still return to these when I need a trashy palate cleanser. #ya #palatecleanser

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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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Mid-week #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge update. I‘ve managed to make all my goals so far this week. Appreciate the motivation and support of my small team. I‘ve been listening to this audiobook on my walk and it is a fun spin on the classic murder mystery. (Pic from last night‘s walk). @Mitch @Itchyfeetreader @wanderinglynn @MicrobeMom @Chrissyreadit @ErinSueGreads @phatsallylee @sudi

wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 3w
Mitch Beautiful walk ... with wildlife! Well done superstar for kicking this challenge off with such energy and commitment. You‘ve inspired me loads 😘 3w
TheSpineView Great job! 3w
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Centique Wow! Beautiful deer 😍 3w
Chrissyreadit Yes- very inspiring! 3w
Tanisha_A Oh the sweet faces of those deers. 😍 3w
MicrobeMom Looks like a great walk! Awesome job in hitting all your goals! 3w
Itchyfeetreader Fab photo and thanks for your support also 3w
phatsallylee That is a great picture! The tagged book sounds great! 3w
sudi Awesome work 👏👏👏 and those deers look so cute 💕 3w
Blaire @Mitch @chrissyreadit 🥰 same to you both. 3w
Blaire @Centique @tanisha thank you! My neighborhood has tons of wildlife. I try to appreciate it as much as possible. 3w
Blaire @phatsallylee thank you! It is really good. 3w
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️great job! 3w
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A Korean family moves to America and opens a “miracle submarine” to treat kids with autism with pure oxygen. After a fire occurs, a criminal trial ensues. I suspected multiple ppl throughout (tho my initial suspicion was right). Could not put it down. As a special needs mom I found her description of what it is like to parent a child with a disability to be spot on. She got at the frustration, loneliness, and of course fierce love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this one 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Blaire @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll really like it! I hope she continues to write would def check out any future books. 2w
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Was reading this before I went to bed last night and that was a bad decision. I couldn‘t get it out of my head to sleep. Definitely a day time read for me. I‘m riveted. #currentread

Cathythoughts Exciting.. I did get this on kindle recently ... 👍🏻♥️👍🏻 3w
LiteraryinLititz I‘m up to about page 200 and it‘s so good!! 3w
Blaire @Cathythoughts @LiteraryinLititz I can‘t put it down and have already suspected several different ppl! Can‘t to discuss with my irl bookclub on Wednesday. 3w
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My 7 yo‘s teacher read this to him at school and he wanted to read it again with me. We both fell for Jenny Linsky and the adventures of her cat club. A sweet black cat that lives with captain tinker, Jenny has adventures and learns about being a good friend and gaining self-confidence. #nyrb #nyrbkids #raisingreaders

LeahBergen And there are more in this series, right? Maybe your son will like the others. 🙂 3w
Blaire @LeahBergen yes, we will be on the lookout for others. He can start his own nyrb collection. 😍 3w
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A bit slow in places but overcome by the powerful portrait of the relationship between the parents and children in a religious Muslim family. Questions of how much responsibility parents have for who their children become. The father‘s evolution brought me to tears. I also learned a lot about the practice of Islam. Looking forward to discussing this at family bookclub. #muslimmc #familybookclub

ChasingOm I love that you have a family bookclub! 3w
ReadingOverSleeping Family book club is awesome!! Stealing, if they cooperate 😁😂 3w
Reggie The part where the dad tells the grandson what to say on the phone....😭😭😭 3w
Blaire @Reggie yes! And that conversation with him at the wedding. First book that‘s made me cry in a while. 3w
Blaire @ChasingOm @readingoversleeping I highly recommend it. Mine is my mom, grandma, sister, and me. We do the discussion by video chat. It‘s nice to get the inter generational perspective and gives us more to talk about than family news. 3w
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Enjoying a quiet Saturday morning read. The scenes between Amar and his father are heart-breaking. Didn‘t expect to be so moved.

Crazeedi I love your reading area! Your view is lovely! 4w
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wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 4w
Crazeedi Great goals! 4w
TheSpineView Excellant set of goals! 4w
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phatsallylee Great goals! 4w
Mitch Fantastic Blaire 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
Chrissyreadit Perfect! 4w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Finally digging into this one today. Can already see why it‘s a classic. Looking forward to the discussion. #EoE #buddyread @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yum....what are you eating?? 4w
Blaire @Cinfhen cherry-orange scone. It was good. 4w
Cinfhen It looks better than good!!! I love a good scone!! YUM 😋😋😋😋can‘t wait to be back in the states in a few weeks!! Can‘t get a scone in Israel 😢only rogelach 4w
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FYI: if you haven‘t seen this, it‘s a great update to @Litsy if you follow @PostsAboutYourBooks you will see updates in your feed when others post about books you‘ve posted about or stacked. Cool way to find other members reading books you‘re interested in. #newfeature

Heideschrampf I wish i'd have had this in the beginning. Great way to find the first littens to follow and grow from that 1mo
RachelO Thanks for reposting this - I‘d missed it! 1mo
Blaire @Heideschrampf yes! Completely. 1mo
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Blaire @RachelO np. It‘s a cool feature. 1mo
Susannah I hadn‘t seen this. Thank you! 4w
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A book made for book-lovers. @Cinfhen thank you so much for this recommendation - I found the author‘s letters to books completely charming. She hit on many of my own favorites. Captures the magic of being a reader, how perspectives on how books shift on rereading, and just made me smile.Especially loved her imagining of her ideal bookshelves. Listened but will be buying a hardcover so I can look at the lists that make up the end of the book.

Cinfhen I felt the same way!! It‘s a book I want to own and peruse. And I thought she had such a wonderful sense of humor. I totally want to hang out with Annie & go on a book store crawl!!!! 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen yes!! She did! The book store crawl would be so fab. 1mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Another beautiful evening for reading on the deck. Digging into the tagged book for my family book club. Starting to get intriguing. Happy weekend! #familybookclub #shabbatreads #tgif #downphoto

Jerdencon Pretty! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous! 🍷 1mo
RealLifeReading Nice view! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Love that book. Perfect for a family book club 1mo
Crazeedi Beautiful view!! 1mo
Kaylamburson This would be a great #downphoto! 1mo
BarbaraBB That view! Is that your home or are you vacationing? 1mo
Cathythoughts I always love your view ... beautiful 1mo
LeahBergen Wow. That‘s beautiful. 1mo
Blaire @Jerdencon @Chelsea.Poole @RealLifeReading thanks!! My favorite reading spot. 💕 1mo
Blaire @Bookwormjillk good to hear! Looking forward to hearing my fam‘s thoughts. It‘s nice to get feedback from different generations. 1mo
Blaire @Crazeedi @barbarabb @Cathythoughts thanks! It never gets old. @barbarabb it‘s the view from my front deck! 1mo
Blaire @LeahBergen thank you! We‘ve had some lovely nights this summer. 1mo
Blaire @Kaylamburson thanks! I‘ll tag it litsy! 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m the same ... we live by the river ... it never gets old & never gets taken for granted. My husband says daily with amazement... ( after 25 years ) Look where we live !! We are so lucky .... You & yours / & me & mine 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 1mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts yes! 💕 so nice to have access to daily beauty. 1mo
Blaire @Kaylamburson thanks for suggesting I submit it for a #downphoto...it was one of the ones selected! 2w
Kaylamburson That's amazing!! Congrats! So glad I could play a part! 2w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Sweet story about Kai, a man with autism, and his mother‘s search for a romantic match for him. Esme agrees to come over from Vietnam to try and win Kai‘s heart. Story of self-discovery as Kai must confront his own ideas about his emotions. Steamy and cheesy (in the best rom-com way), it still takes on real issues of life with a disability, immigration, all told through the lens of a Vietnamese family in California.

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Spring Has Sprung | Ruth Heller
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Went a little off-script this quarter and hopped around to summer and fall for prompts, but 6 done for #booked2019. POC paranormal definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone. (I think only other book I‘ve ever read in this genre is Kindred (which I liked more than Binti).

Cinfhen Beautiful photo and great reading!!! 1mo
andrew61 Well done, look like interesting choices. 1mo
Blaire @andrew61 @cinfhen thanks! I realized I was never going to finish madaddam in June or the cellist of Sarajevo so did a bit of a shuffle, and now have two good ones to get to for summer. 😀 1mo
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Cinfhen Really moving - I loved 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen I have it loaded on my kindle. Now to keep it on airplane mode while I get through all my books! 😂 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job—glad you did the shuffle to get to six! ✔️👊🏻📚 1mo
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The White Album | Joan Didion
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As in any book of essays I ended up skimming some, but the ones that caught me really drew me in. My particular favorites were on Hawaii, migraines, Malibu, okeefe, and relationships. She has a particular way of capturing human experience and is a keen observer of culture and the way people think. Captures life in California and Hawaii I‘m the 1960s. #1979 #publishedin1979 #40thbdaychallenge

janerzy I like her essays too! 3w
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The White Album | Joan Didion
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Post-bedtime porch read. Enjoying this lovely night and Didion‘s essays. #1979 #40thbdaychallenge

Bradleygirl happy 40th year! mine was this February. #1979solidarity 1mo
Blaire @Bradleygirl yay for 70s babies! My 40th is in October. 1mo
Cathythoughts I love where you live ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Blaire @Cathythoughts thank you! Trying to take full advantage of it this summer. 1mo
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My adopted home is very green especially in the spring. This is a poem by Marc Harshman written for the state‘s 150th year. “Take up the patches of this history quilt...wave if high and walk proud these crumpled folds and drags of mountain and valley, these green rolling hills.” #greengreengrassofhome #wanderingjune

Cinfhen 💚 1mo
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Gossip Girl | Cecily von Ziegesar
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As a fan of the first couple seasons of the show it was fun to read this soapy book. A basic sort of trashy novel about the lives of the mostly spoiled teens on nyc‘s upper east side. Chuck comes off even creepier in the book if that‘s possible. S tries to return but has a harder time than she thought. Will be B and S reconcile...guess I‘ll have to keep reading. Xoxo. #socialmediafocused #booked2019 #canthelpmyself #guiltypleasure #sobaditsgood

mrp27 This book series was my guilty pleasure a few years ago, loved it! 1mo
Blaire @mrp27 happy to hear you loved it, I was mildly embarrassed to mark it as a pick. 😂🥰😂 1mo
Cinfhen Oppps, missed this!! 4w
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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Jessie moves to LA from Chicago and must adjust to a new school, and new step-family. She starts getting anonymous emails giving her advice on how to cope at her snobby private school. As much about female friendship and grief, as finding our who the anon emailed is. Tho I figured out the secret pretty early on, I still liked watching Jessie make friends and find a new home. Sweet YA read. #californication #wanderingjune

Cinfhen Can‘t do YA most of the time but sometimes as #brainCandy they‘re perfect 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen yes, I‘ve been on a real YA kick lately. I can tell how stressful work is by the books I need to escape. 1mo
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I recently read this novel about a #smalltownboy. Loved his depiction of small-town life in the summer. Here are some of the many covers for this book. #wanderingjune

BiblioLitten There are Dandelions all over the place, and I was thinking about this book. 💛🇨🇦 1mo
Cinfhen I recently read a book about books and Dandelion Wine was on the list for best book. This book was fabulous 👉🏼 1mo
Blaire @BiblioLitten yes! Dandelions make me happy. Wish a dandelion emoji existed. 1mo
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Blaire @Cinfhen this sounds like my kind of book. #stacked 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s so good!!!! I want a physical copy as I listened via Hoopla. The audio was actually hilarious and I HIGHLY recommend!!!!! 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen nice! It will be my next audiobook. 1mo
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Who Is J. K. Rowling? | Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso
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My 7 yo and Harry Potter fan enjoyed this short biography of Rowling, he liked learning about how she wrote the books, how it got published in the US, and how writing them changed her life. At about 100 pages with pictures it was the perfect length for him. Would recommend for 6-9 year olds.

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Waiting | Ha Jin
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I read this book many (18 or so) years ago...it is about a man caught between living with the traditional #chinagirl in his arranges marriage and the modern woman he is in love with. I‘ve read and enjoyed several books by this author. #wanderingjune @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I loved this book when I read it but don‘t remember much about it now! 1mo
Blaire @BarbaraBB same. 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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A retelling and expansion of Circe‘s story, it took me a bit to get into but then was drawn into her story. Especially liked the exploration of her relationship with her son, Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus. Liked watching how she dealt with motherhood, her own past actions, and the honing and use of her powers. Feel a bit mixed about the ending..looking forward to my book club‘s discussion of this one.

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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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I remember from my visit to PEI that Anne is very #biginjapan. There were lots of Japanese tourists there coming to see where the fictional Anne lived. #wanderingjune @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

LeahBergen I saw a bus load of Japanese women at Green Gables with Anne wigs and hats. 😆😆 It made my day!! 1mo
BarbaraBB That is new to me. @StayCurious mentioned it earlier today but I really didn‘t know before! 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s hilarious @LeahBergen we must ask @shawnmooney about this phenomenon 1mo
Blaire @LeahBergen yes! It really adds to the Anne/PEI experience. 1mo
Blaire @Cinfhen @barbarabb @leahbergen yes, it is a neat phenomenon. Here a little about it. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39809999 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This is my feminist book club‘s pick for this month. When I tried to pick it up a while ago I couldn‘t focus enough to get into it. But my second go is much better. Feel more drawn into the story. My son is home sick so I‘m hoping to get a big chunk of it knocked out today.

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Emily's Quest | L.M. Montgomery
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Loved this reread. All the female characters have wonderful ambition and confidence. Emily, Ilse, Teddy, and Perry all come into their own. The ending was very satisfying...I couldn‘t remember how it came about and I was getting nervous it didn‘t end the way I remembered. L.M. Montgomery always meets my need for a nostalgia filled reread. #reread #childhoodfave

LeahBergen I need to do a reread, too! 2mo
Blaire @LeahBergen it was so enjoyable! Perfect escape reading. 2mo
BiblioLitten I think I need this right now! 1mo
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