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britt_brooke

Joined May 2016

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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One this day 8 years ago, I met the Ignatius J. Reilly statue in front of the former DH Holmes department store. Our first, and somehow only, trip to a very hot and humid New Orleans. I want to go back! 🎷📿

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Real Americans | Rachel Khong
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Poolside reading might be my favorite!

#BOTM

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you don‘t follow The Holderness Family on socials, you should! Their videos are so witty and smart. Penn, the dad, was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, and it was obvs life-changing to finally understand himself. Though they are not experts, this is informative in general, but especially in how it relates to their family; the daily challenges and the incredible positives. Narrated by Penn and Kim, I def recommend audio.

eskoch28 I was diagnosed at 31 and boy did that clear a lot of my life up 😂 I'll definitely check this out! 1w
britt_brooke @eskoch28 Finally knowing, and understanding, to be so eye-opening! 🩷 1w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Funny and irreverent. I thoroughly enjoy Jacobs‘s lifestyle experiments. If you haven‘t read The Year of Living Biblically, or any of his others, you‘re missing out on some legit good points, but also general hilarity and embarrassment at his expense. Bless his patient family! PS. His quill-written letter to Majorie Taylor Greene regarding her constitutional originalism is hysterical.

TieDyeDude I saw a profile on him on CBS Sunday Morning. This sounds ridiculous and great! 1w
britt_brooke @TieDyeDude Very ridiculous! 😄 1w
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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters | Kurt Vonnegut
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Broke out my #Vonnegut pint glass. Best gift ever from @HeatherBookNerd 🩶 It‘s a beautiful evening in Tennessee, and the cicadas are calm (for now).

#dogsoflitsy

HeatherBookNerd And look at your beautiful dog. Looks like a nice evening. 2w
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd Zero complaints! 2w
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Cathythoughts Looks lovely and relaxing 🐶 2w
TieDyeDude Cheers! 🍻 1w
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An imaginative retelling of Huck Finn, told through Jim‘s eyes, in his voice. Everett did Twain justice with this creative homage to the classic adventure story. Clever, funny, and beautifully written. Not surprised it was a Pulitzer finalist! This was my first experience with this author. Very much looking forward to his backlist.

BarbaraBB You‘ll love it! 2w
Hooked_on_books The Trees was my first and convinced me the man is a genius. I‘ve now read 5 more (including this one) and he‘s just so good. 2w
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britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books So good to hear! 2w
sblbooks My library hold just came in. I'm looking forward to reading this one for camp litsy. 1w
britt_brooke @sblbooks Hope you enjoy! 1w
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The Demon Next Door | Bryan Burrough
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heard about Daniel Lee Corwin on a podcast, so I found this quick listen, free with my Audible subscription. I‘ve already said this recently, but the number of serial murderers in this country‘s history is bonkers. The Texas prison system failed spectacularly by releasing him early after he was sentenced appropriately for rape and attempted murder. Of course, he killed again. Idiots.

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Monster: My True Story | Aileen Wuornos, Christopher Berry-Dee
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of the worst, and honestly creepiest, covers I‘ve ever seen. Been reading about this broad topic a lot lately, and never knew Aileen‘s story beyond the sex worker piece, so it was time. Her tumultuous upbringing was truly horrific, giving her zero chance at a stable adulthood. Still not an excuse for murdering 7 men. I could buy self defense once, maybe twice, but every time? Honey, please. Unsurprisingly, Wuornos had many diagnoses.

bookaholic1 The movie is good too 2w
britt_brooke @bookaholic1 I‘ve never seen it, but may have to watch finally. 2w
bookaholic1 They did a good job with the movie and the model that played her 2w
Hooked_on_books That cover is disturbingly brilliant. 2w
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books 😂 It really is! 2w
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Just for the Summer | Abby Jimenez
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Really enjoyed this, my first Abby Jimenez! Loved the silly dating “curses” and the “Toilet King” detail. Funny and serious and cute. The unstable family part was a bit much, but felt kind of real, and was a necessary part of the background and story, so I get it. Looking forward to reading the other #PartofYourWorld books!

ShananigansReads You are in for a good ride. Enjoy! 2w
wanderinglynn Love her books. ❤️ 2w
ItsAnotherJen Def one of my go-to authors now. I haven't read this one yet 2w
britt_brooke @wanderinglynn @ItsAnotherJen Excited to read more from her! 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One more about Israel Keyes. It‘s a weird need to be a pseudo expert sometimes, not this would ever be a normal topic of conversation. I‘ve had enough now. This guy was the worst kind of monster. Thankful he was caught before inflicting even more suffering and death. That he had a daughter blows my mind. Even being a father couldn‘t save his disgusting deviant behavior.

KathyWheeler I have the weird need too — with me, it‘s white supremacy movements, so I have a lot of books about the KKK and other groups. Not a topic that comes up much in conversation. 😄 Before that, it was serial killers; I don‘t know anything about Israel Keyes though. I‘ll have to read this. (edited) 2w
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler It‘s that desire to become an expert. Definitely think it‘s a personality thing. The need to not feel dumb should the occasion for these very specific conversations arise. 😂 2w
LeahBergen I do these exact sort of deep dives, too. 😆 2w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen 😂 Sweet validation! 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ FBI Profiler John Douglas takes us inside the Bureau‘s elite serial crime unit. For years, he meticulously studied serial criminals with the intent to understand motive, MO, signature, and other dark behaviors. “To understand the ‘artist,‘ you must study his ‘art.‘” Perhaps a morbid way to state it, but yeah. Douglas goes into immense detail of several crimes and criminals. A brilliant dude. Maybe one day I‘ll watch the Netflix series.

LeahBergen The Netflix series is so well done (especially the casting for each serial killer)! 2w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I need to give it a try! I think we canceled Netflix recently. I hope not! 2w
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Sociopath: A Memoir | Patric Gagne
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sociopathy doesn‘t just apply to criminals. Seems obvious now, but I‘d never given it much thought. Dr. Patric Gagne (pseudonym) sets out to destigmatize this diagnosis, explaining what it was like to discover her disorder, and to learn how to navigate the challenges. I‘ve seen people stating inconsistencies and questioning the authenticity, which honestly kind of tracks, but what do I know? Well-written and eye opening, regardless.

Hooked_on_books Looks like her mom cut her bangs, like mine did. 😂 Unfortunately, mine would notice they were uneven and keep trying to even them out, so I would end up with them halfway up my forehead! 3w
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Monster: My True Story | Aileen Wuornos, Christopher Berry-Dee
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Cool, but also kind of gross. The cicadas are becoming more prevalent each day in Middle Tennessee. #audiowalk

AlaMich I live in Chicago which is sort of ground zero and I personally haven‘t seen any yet. 3w
IuliaC Beautiful! 3w
SamAnne Very cool! 3w
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dabbe 😱😱😱 3w
AmyG I have been hearing about them. 😬 3w
Meshell1313 Nightmare fuel. 3w
JenReadsAlot Yikes! 3w
britt_brooke @AlaMich I‘ve seen a few in our driveway the last few days but nothing too crazy. My husband told me to check the trees while walking the dog and holy cow. Starting today, too, we can hear them at our house and it‘s loud! 3w
britt_brooke @IuliaC @SamAnne Agree! I‘m fascinated. 3w
britt_brooke @dabbe @Meshell1313 @JenReadsAlot @AmyG I‘m torn between fascination and yikes! It‘s supposed to get really wild soon. Like 1M per acre or something. I‘m not ready for all that. (edited) 3w
dabbe @britt_brooke I think I would keel over and die. 😂 3w
AlaMich They‘re sort of entertaining because they are slow and clumsy fliers, and they are deafening!! 3w
Suet624 That must be wild! 3w
britt_brooke @Suet624 I hear it‘s supposed to get pretty crazy the next couple of weeks, like to the point of not wanting to go outside. 🫣 3w
Suet624 😳😳😳 3w
Hooked_on_books They‘re enormous! 🫣 I‘m a little horrified! 3w
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books Yeah, some of them are pretty big, some are small. I‘m not looking forward to when they‘re out full force. 3w
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The title and premise are clever and full circle without being too cheesy. It‘s gotta be hard to pull off romance tropes in a unique way, but Henry absolutely delivers: a fun story, likable characters, and trademark humor. Fake dating, forced proximity, whatever. Yes. Do it all. It works so well. This hit me at the perfect time (a departure from my true crime binge). Her best yet, IMO.

mrsmarch This is the second time I‘ve seen someone say this is her best. Better than Book Lovers even?! 3w
britt_brooke @mrsmarch IMO, yes, but I loved that one, too! 3w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s disturbing how many serial killers have existed in this country. Anchorage-based Israel Keyes was a real piece of shit, obviously: bank robber, rapist, murderer. I‘m not upset to speak of him in the past tense. Interesting tidbit is that he was born Fundamentalist LDS then his folks joined a white supremacy cult, so there‘s a bit of unpacking to be done in the nature/nurture conversation.

Christine This was already on my mental TBR, but every word of your review has bumped it up higher! 1mo
Texreader Wow! Quite the review!! Already on my tbr. 1mo
LeahBergen I thought this one was really well done, too. 4w
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britt_brooke @Texreader Thank you! 4w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Very! (This seems to be my year of serial killers. Not sure why that‘s happened. 🫣) 4w
Amandakay I just listened to an entire podcast series about him. Monster. 4w
britt_brooke @Amandakay I‘ll have to look for that - thanks! 4w
ericarobynreads Oooh I have this one but haven‘t read it yet! I need to get to this soon!! 4w
Suet624 Hmmm... I think he was in Vermont at some point. Can't remember the details but I believe he killed a husband and wife. 3w
britt_brooke @Suet624 Yes, you are correct. 3w
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler This one is good, too. It was the first one I read about Keyes. A bit of white supremacy overlap regarding his upbringing. (edited) 2w
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Saga Volume 11 | Brian K. Vaughan
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alana struggles. The war rages on. Hazel‘s narration is incredible as always and the artwork draws you wholly into the story. So timely, so vibrant.

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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The world changes for men, Francis. For women, it stays pretty much the same.” Grandma dropping knowledge. Army Nurse 2LT Frankie and her boys (patients) demanded my attention. These portions were gut-wrenching and genuine. Remembrance matters. Liked the friendships, too. The rest of the devastation and heartache were too much, too predictable. Conclusion: Romantic/romanticized war stories are super corny. Kristin Hannah is not for me.

Prairiegirl_reading Yes to remembrance matters!! Kristin Hannah is not for me either. I have been holding out on this one because I know she‘s not for me but I‘ve been wavering a bit with all the good reviews. Thanks for yours!! I know I‘ve been right to stay away!! 1mo
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading The hype got me. The only other book of hers I‘ve read is The Nightingale and I felt the same. I appreciate that she brings these stories attention, but I‘m more interested in who they are based on. This one is inspired by Dianne Carlson Evan‘s “Healing Wounds,” so I plan to read that sometime. (edited) 1mo
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading Also, happy to provide a helpful review! 🩶 1mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I used to be in a Book Club that constantly wanted to read her. After Covid/Lockdowns I never went back. The Nightingale was the only one of her books I could stand. The one that really did me in was The Winter Garden. It was like a very maudlin Hallmark movie.
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Prairiegirl_reading The only one I read was Firefly Lane and it‘s pretty high on my most hated list. 1mo
Kitta @Crinoline_Laphroaig I am skipping the Women but am interested in reading the Nightingale (mainly because I have a nightingale tattoo after the Oscar Wilde short story and I wonder if people will think it‘s after this Nightingale story. Also, I want to see what the hype is all about). Glad to hear you thought it was a bit better! 4w
britt_brooke @Crinoline_Laphroaig “Maudlin Hallmark movie” seems to be her vibe. Well put! 4w
slategreyskies @Crinoline_Laphroaig a maudlin Hallmark movie!? Okay, that made me laugh! 🤣 4w
JenP @Crinoline_Laphroaig your comment made me laugh. I dropped out of my town book club bc we read one of her books and everyone but me loved it and people kept wanting to read more too. Maudlin hallmark movie 😂 yes!!! 4w
Suet624 I'm so glad we had a similar opinion of this book. 3w
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Headshot: A Novel | Rita Bullwinkel
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Bodies are weird things to live in.” Indeed they are. This slim novel about teen female boxing was a bit less developed than I‘d hoped, but stylistically, the snippets ended up working well. The incessant firstname lastname repetition started driving me mad by the halfway mark, though.

#coverlove

squirrelbrain I had high hopes for this one, but maybe not. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
britt_brooke @squirrelbrain Still give it a try! It‘s not bad, just not maybe what I expected. Would be curious to hear what you think! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️ Oof. I appreciate Rule‘s attention to detail, and the recreated dialogue, but this book was so much longer than necessary. Took me forever to complete. And the subject matter - Pat Taylor (plus her various other monickers) - was not even that interesting. Too much true crime lately has me oddly desensitized in my reading, I guess.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In her third book, linguist Amanda Montell dives into the irrational human mind: cognitive biases, magical thinking, anxiety, imposter syndrome, and more. Informative, smart, and witty, this is precisely how I like to expand my mind and learn about human behaviors. Not only a must-read author for me, but a must-buy as well. If you haven‘t listened to her pod, Sounds Like a Cult, you 100% should!

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Butcher and Blackbird | Brynne Weaver
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⭐️⭐️ Body horror romance? I‘m not sure what provoked me to choose this as my BOTM. The pretty cover? Idk, but I have major regrets. Vigilantes who hunt and kill serial killers, but who themselves are also serial killers. So dumb. That said, I liked the characters well enough, but maggots should never be present in the opening scene. I repeat: Don‘t set the tone with maggots. Barf. Why did I read this?!

britt_brooke @dabbe Haha, exactly!! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An artistic attempt to reconcile the shift in society during the pandemic through current day. During Covid, Naomi Klein was often confused with Naomi Wolf, who devolved into quite a conspiracy theorist. Klein, obvs was not thrilled by this. Interesting, but an odd choice to lean so hard on the “Naomi Mirroring” when it was but a small piece. Props to marketing genius, I guess.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Was not previously familiar with this lunatic, but his journalist daughter recently interviewed Gypsy Rose Blanchard prior to her release. I read the transcript, and the serial killer father was mentioned in passing. Anyway, I started researching and found this short bio. Long-haul trucker Keith Hunter Jespersen got cocky and got caught, thankfully.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ A nonfiction companion to Before We Were Yours. Due to the awareness Wingate‘s novel brought upon the Tennessee Children‘s Home Society, many people realized their family secrets and truths, deciding to further dig. Christie follows 15 stories documenting various instances of reuniting, both positive and negative. A very emotional, but ultimately uplifting read.

Deblovestoread I did not know about this book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 1mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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I own the most copies of Dunces. Frankenstein and The Catcher in the Rye are close, though! #SundayFunday

vivastory I was listening to an episode of Reading Glasses & one of the hosts said that they were at a party at a celebrity's home & this person had a whole bookcase of CoD. They wouldn't say who it was...I'm guessing maybe Nick Offerman 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory That‘s a good guess! 1mo
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Leftcoastzen And an oh so cool phone! 1mo
BookmarkTavern What a fun stack! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen Thank you! It belonged to my grandma. I love it so much! 1mo
britt_brooke @BookmarkTavern Thanks for a fun prompt! 🩶 1mo
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Gorgeous 5 mile #audiowalk today! ☀️

AshleyHoss820 The colors!! 😍 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful! 1mo
Soubhiville Wow! 🤩 1mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Suet624 So beautiful 3w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ The fictionalization of a real-life villain and the adoption atrocities she committed. Georgia Tann, of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, stole children from the impoverished and sold them to wealthy folks who could not conceive. I‘m over dual timeline historical fiction, otherwise this was a solid #bookclub selection. Now, off to find a nonfiction account.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Written by the journalist son of Detective Tom Jensen, this graphic novelization of the Green River Killer case, and his father‘s part, is a bit of an odd endeavor, but thoughtfully created. Out of print, purchase second-hand, and well worth the $30. This completed my brief deep dive into this case (enneagram 5 #iykyk). Fuck you, Gary Ridgway.

vivastory I almost picked up that B&N tote the other day. Glad you liked this one 1mo
britt_brooke @vivastory I bought it at our B&N on its last days in business. 😩 But it‘s my new favorite bag! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Holly Jackson is so good at creating fiction that reads like true crime. Rachel Price went missing years ago. Now her family, desperate for money, is participating in a documentary about her disappearance. Suddenly, as the title implies, she reappears. Now her daughter Bel is trying to piece together what happened. A bit of a wild ride, but so much more than your average thriller. I couldn‘t stop listening!

Dragon Sounds interesting, stacking ❤️🐉 1mo
britt_brooke @Dragon Hope you enjoy! 1mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 💚🐉 1mo
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Love That Dog | Sharon Creech
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cry-cry-crying. I read this on the recommendation of both of my boys. Super cute and clever, but so dang sad.

#dogsoflitsy #raisingreaders

Daisey It‘s so good! I love many of Sharon Creech‘s books. 1mo
britt_brooke @Daisey I need to check out more! 1mo
Soubhiville Look at your sweet pup! 🐶🩷 1mo
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TheBookHippie It‘s a favourite. 1mo
mrp27 I enjoyed this one too! 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Hooked_on_books Nothing like a sleepy puppy pic! 🩵🐶 1mo
batsy His sweet little sleepy face! 1mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books @batsy The school car rider line is one of his fave snooze spots. 🙂💤 1mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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My boy loved our greenway walk this morning! We usually walk in our neighborhood, so he digs a little change of pace.

#audiowalk #dogsoflitsy

LeahBergen The bottom photo! He‘s blissed out. 😆 1mo
Princess-Kingofkings Ooh, he is handsome! 1mo
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daena Ahhh. That face, so sweet. 1mo
AlaMich What a sweetie pie! 1mo
ericarobynreads Oh my gosh 🥰😍 1mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 1mo
dabbe He has definitely found his bliss. 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
britt_brooke @Princess-Kingofkings @daena @AlaMich @ericarobynreads @Ruthiella @dabbe Thanks, all! He‘s my sweet goofball best buddy. 🐾 1mo
Gissy 🐶 🤎 🤎🤎 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💚 🐶 1mo
rubyslippersreads What a lovely smile! 🐶 1mo
batsy What a gorgeous place and dog 😁 He's so happy in the second one, I can't 💚 1mo
britt_brooke @batsy Thank you! He‘s my precious baby. 🩶🐾 And this spot is right by our library, too! 1mo
NatalieR Adorable fur baby! ❤️🐾 Beautiful place for a walk! 😎 1mo
britt_brooke @NatalieR Thank you! 🩶🐾 We‘re lucky it‘s close by! 1mo
lazydaizee Lovely photos. 1mo
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Butcher and Blackbird | Brynne Weaver
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Grabbing a few chapters at soccer practice. This book is a hot mess.

TheBookgeekFrau I love your book blanket! 😍 1mo
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Headshot: A Novel | Rita Bullwinkel
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Started a new book during my boys‘ soccer training. It‘s a chilly, windy day, but the park is beautiful!

#audiowalk

tpixie Great bridge 💚 2mo
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Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom | Melissa Moore, Gypsy-Rose Blanchard, Michele Matrisciani
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⭐️⭐️ Phone conversations between Gypsy-Rose and journalist Melissa Moore, whose father, weirdly enough, is a serial killer (I will obvs be going down that rabbit hole soon). Anyway, this was the worst quality ebook I‘ve ever read. I bet, in total, about 20 pages wouldn‘t load. I just kept going as I got the gist. Still annoying. Looking forward to Gypsy‘s actual memoir which she mentions here, but I can‘t find a pub date yet.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An intimate portrait of RuPaul‘s life, but I wanted a higher page count! It‘s not his first book, so maybe I‘ll check the backlist. Regardless, Ru shares his story how he pleases, and I respect that. It‘s thoughtful, raw, honest, and undeniably entertaining. Perfect cover; fabulous narration.

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Blue Lock 11 | Yusuke Nomura
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11 year old: Mom, come here. Is this grammatically correct?

Me: Oh yeah, that‘s the past tense of shit.

11 year old: *dies laughing*

#raisingreaders

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 2mo
vivastory 😂 😂 2mo
CBee My 11 year old is very concerned with swear words, so I would‘ve said to him, it‘s the past tense of the “s” word 😂😂😂 2mo
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britt_brooke @CBee I have a terrible mouth. 😆 2mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😂 2mo
Bette Hilarious 😂 2mo
Awk_Word_Smith As a New Yorker, I have been shat on by a pigeon. I loathe those little flying rats! 2mo
CBee @britt_brooke I used to 😂😂 But he‘s like the swear police over here 🫢 2mo
batsy That's so cute 😆 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quirky in the same way real life tends to be. Enid is deaf in one ear, has an unusual phobia, and an obsession with true crime pods. The title will make sense once you get rolling. Often funny and ultimately hopeful. A fab spin on family drama, too. I loved it so much!

Leftcoastzen Your review gives me hope! There is a lot of mixed reviews on this one. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I borrowed this after hearing Dunlop speak on Sounds Like a Cult Podcast. This novel, with a Munchausen by Proxy side story, follows Katie, a former competitive skier, who escapes her tumultuous public life for an interlude in Buenos Aires. She bonds with others also seeking escape. Based on the author‘s sister who committed medical child abuse, and tried to keep the book from publication. A solid read!

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My neighborhood is so pretty right now! 👟

#audiowalk #bookclub

LeahBergen Wow! 2mo
AmyG Just gorgeous ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2mo
maich Beautiful😍🥰 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful. 🤍🤍🤍 2mo
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More: A Memoir of Open Marriage | Molly Roden Winter
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ How could this possibly go wrong? Blaming a trusted book friend for this one. 😂 Memoir is one of my favorite genres because learning about others‘ lives is fascinating and helps us better understand other humans. This was quite out of my wheelhouse, but I don‘t regret it. I did, however, want more on how this arrangement affected the children. Beyond cringy at times, but I‘m trying very hard not to judge. It‘s difficult.

Hooked_on_books I am a firm believer that so-called “open” marriages do not work and are indicative of a deeper, unresolved problem. 2mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books I agree, especially after reading this. 2mo
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ St. James is a creepy ghost story master, but this backstory bothered me: recurring mention of Eddie fighting in Iraq. This takes place in 1995! And it‘s clearly not referencing the Gulf War. And all actual 90s references felt forced. It should‘ve just been set more recently. These details were so distracting as Eddie and April worked the mystery of the “Lost Girl.” Overall, pretty mid for one of my most anticipated books of 2024. #BOTM

KathyWheeler Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm was 1990-1991. Maybe I‘m missing something but it seemed like they were talking about the Gulf War to me. (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler Right, but the book only mentioned Iraq, and repeatedly. If it had said Desert Shield or Desert Storm, that would‘ve made sense, but it didn‘t. Once, it even referenced a 14-month deployment. That conflict was not that long and certainly deployments were not 14 months at that time. My husband served in Iraq 3x so it just bothered me that the references didn‘t add up. 2mo
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke ok. That makes sense. 2mo
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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My first Freida McFadden. It‘s possible I have a new go-to palate-cleansing author. Skeevy characters enveloped in a disturbing, deceitful, and oddly funny story. Intentionally vague opening scene keeps you guessing. Pure brain candy.

Bookpearl I‘m loving her too! This was my first read by her and now I‘m hooked. The Housemaid had me in a chokehold. 2mo
britt_brooke @Bookpearl I‘m planning to read that soon! 2mo
Bookpearl Ohhh!! Get ready for the ride! 2mo
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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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Walt Disney World rest day. Reading on our resort‘s beach. Totally alone.

LeahBergen Nice!! 👏👏 2mo
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I‘m so sad. Our local B&N just announced it‘s closing April 2 due to the landlord not renewing their lease. Instead, it will become a gym. Word is, B&N is actively looking for a new location. We‘ll see.

#bookhaul #cults

Leftcoastzen Hope the other ones aren‘t too far away. B&N is opening much smaller stores often when closing the big ones . That‘s what happened on the westside of Phoenix area . 2mo
CrowCAH We had one close too. Not sure the exact reason. But the store is still vacant after a year. 2mo
LeafingThroughLife What a bummer. Hope they find a new spot! 2mo
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britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen The closest ones are about an hour away. I‘d love a smaller version locally. Hope that‘s what happens! 2mo
britt_brooke @LeafingThroughLife 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2mo
brittanyreads Two of ours closed and relocated a few months later. They are now both the much smaller, cafe-less, newer versions of B&N. I hope that happens for you, too! 2mo
britt_brooke @brittanyreads I would be totally happy with that! 2mo
vivastory That's terrible! Fingers crossed that they find a new spot!! 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reichert worked for over twenty years to solve the Green River Killer case. This is his firsthand recounting of the grueling hours, days, years he chased leads, logged evidence, and ultimately got that asshole Gary Ridgway.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Making a point to read more Ann Rule. This, her 23rd book, covers the Green River Killer, one of America‘s most prolific murderers. For 20 years, authorities diligently pieced together evidence until technological advances in DNA profiling came into existence. Rule does something I really appreciate here. She tells us about many of the victims; their lives, not just their horrific deaths. This, of course, led me down a GRK rabbit hole.

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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Book pillow. School pick up line snooze time.

#BOTM #dogsoflitsy

CBee That nose is so boopable 😃 3mo
squirrelbrain Aw, such a cute snoof! ❤️ 3mo
JenReadsAlot That's adorable! 3mo
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Tamra Boop! 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Look at that adorable nose ♡♡ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 So cute!! 🐶❤️ 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Crazeedi Sweetie!!!🐶 3mo
Bookpearl Soo precious!! 3mo
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰 3mo
Hooked_on_books 🐶❤️ 3mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nothing makes me happier than a witty rendition of all the dumb shit humans do. This is quite the exploration of modern American depths and shallows. College sweethearts Jack and Elizabeth hit multiple bumps at 20 years married, and try to navigate careers, parenthood, and their relationship in a variety of ways. You‘re going to find something relatable. A brilliant satire on contemporary life!

britt_brooke #tbrtarot #march | Biggest book on my shelf! 3mo
CBee Woot! Can‘t wait to read this 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
britt_brooke @CBee Hope you love it, too! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen I loved it too! Glad you did as well! 3mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen So good! 🧡 3mo
AmyG I absolutely loved reading about Jack‘s young life. That was my favorite part. 3mo
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Leslie F*cking Jones | Leslie Jones
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Leslie Fucking Jones doesn‘t read straight from the print book, but rather uses it as an outline for the audio production. A 300-page memoir does not need to span a very frenetic 17 hours on audio. And I have a pretty foul mouth but, holy shit. These stories get lost in an absolute tsunami of swear words. I have to think the print version is better edited. The best parts were when she cracked up at her own expense. She has the best laugh!

Readerann Thanks for the warning! I recently bought the book, but also had the audio on a library hold. I think I‘ll just read it. 🙉😏 3mo
britt_brooke @Readerann I‘d love to know what you think about the print version! 3mo
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Love this #dedication 🤍

EKonrad Love that!! ❤️ 3mo
CBee Looking forward to this one! That dedication is perfect 😍 3mo
AmyG 🙌🏻❤️ 3mo
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