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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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A gorgeously written story of love and war and people, with a bit of magic thrown in.

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I realized that between the move and the new job and all the other excitement I‘ve had this summer I hadn‘t updated my blog since February! Giant catch-up post from me for March through July. Up to 94 for the year, over 50% from my TBR list. My oldest TBR book was from January 2017, which is when I‘m pretty sure I wiped my Goodreads lists and started fresh. The tagged book was one of my favorites, though there were many.

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If you love medical history and the strange and wonderful things the human body does, I definitely recommend a trip to the Mutter museum in Philly. (The book is good so far as well!)

thereadingowlvina I loved this one as well! It was eye-opening for me! 3w
daniwithtea @thereadingowlvina have you been to the museum? It‘s SO COOL. 3w
thereadingowlvina @daniwithtea Oh no. Hopefully one day! But I enjoy the book. It was rather morbid but such a great book! 😁 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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A little late with last week‘s #bfcr2 check-in. I only hit my step goal twice last week, but I finished the tagged book plus You May Now Kill the Bride and Algorithms to Live By. this will probably be a low-steps week as well, as I continue to recover from this annoying hip injury, but I hit 10k yesterday just doing stuff around the house, so who knows? @wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn That looks like a solid week to me especially considering your hip injury. 🙌🏻 So I‘m going to delete the word “only” and rewrite your sentence to say: “I hit my step goal twice this week!” (complete with exclamation point). It‘s good to strive for more, but take time to celebrate what you accomplished! 🎉 4w
daniwithtea @wanderinglynn ha ha fair point! I‘m glad to be on the mend, even if it is going more slowly than I‘d like. 3w
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This was me as a kid, 100%. I read A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest when I was in elementary school because I found them in a box in the basement, along with a weird horror book about dancers being murdered.

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Mehso-so

This book was not particularly well-written, though the last five chapters or so made me remember why I used to love Fear Street books so much.

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...did this book on algorithms just Rick Roll me?!

Megabooks Idk, it‘s never gonna run around and desert you. 😉 1mo
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Mister Monkey: A Novel | Francine Prose
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Bailedbailed

Bailed ten minutes into the chapter that is mostly just a teenage boy talking about his penis. Not what I want to be listening to while I run.

Maria514626 Your description. 😂😂😂 1mo
Soubhiville Huh. This is on my TBR, but that‘s definitely not very appealing! 1mo
RaimeyGallant Lol. I just snorted with laughter, actually. 1mo
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Week 4 of #bfcr2:
✅ 10,000 steps per day 7/7 days
✅ 4/1 books read: Talk Sweetly To Me, The Hidden Power of Fucking Up, We Are Everywhere, and the tagged book.

Also signed up for round 3: same goals of 10k steps/day and one book/week, with the addition of five runs each week since my work challenge is ending.

@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

mhillis Great job!! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 Fantastic week! 🎉 And so happy you're joining R3! 1mo
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Powerful. Amazing. If we had a coffee table, this would be on it.

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Had a rough pain week, but I‘m celebrating that I let my body rest when I needed to, and got some fun things in there (like a wing night with friends) while I was at it.

✅ 10k step goal met on days when I could
✅ 4 books instead of just 1 - finished Leadership: In Turbulent Times and The Pun Also Rises, and read the tagged book and Suffragette Scandal start to finish.

#bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 I love the way you viewed your week! That‘s the power of #positivity. 🎉 You are celebrating what you did do and that‘s awesome! But I am sorry you faced some pain days this week. I hope this week is pain-free. 💚 1mo
Charityann Nice job!👍🏼 1mo
daniwithtea @wanderinglynn thanks! Things are looking up! 1mo
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The Hidden Power of F*cking Up | The Try Guys, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer
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I‘m so glad I got this on audio. Ned sounds like a muppet narrating a noir detective story (it‘s adorable), and WOW, I‘d listen to Eugene read anything.

I‘m not sure the book itself is my cup of tea, but I adore these goobers so I figured I‘d give it a shot.

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This was a quick read, especially following on the heels of our group‘s previous pick! A bit rambly, but overall I enjoyed it. Will get it in the mail this weekend. #nfornonfiction @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s good to know! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. I‘ll look forward to it....once I finish the one I have. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice—glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Week 2 of #bfcr2 complete!

✅ 10,000 steps/day every day except the day that I fell in the driveway taking out the trash 🤪
✅ one book/week - finished the tagged book

@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

sudi Great job 👏👏👏 2mo
wanderinglynn w00t! Way to go! 🙌 Great week! 🎉 2mo
daniwithtea @sudi thanks! 2mo
daniwithtea @wanderinglynn thanks! I hope you are taking time to cheer yourself on in between cheering the rest of us on! 2mo
wanderinglynn With all this #BFC positivity and encouragement, I'm definitely feeling the love. ❤ 2mo
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Part of today‘s library haul. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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That dinner when you‘re exhausted because you only got 3 hours of sleep last night because the cat is *not* adjusting well to the new move, but past you was smart and stuck easy Trader Joe‘s foods in the freezer.

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Week 1 of #bfcr2 complete!
✅ 10,000 steps/day (harder than I expected!)
✅ one book/week - finished Down Girl and read the tagged book start to finish.

@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 Keep that momentum going! You got this! 2mo
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Here‘s the thing about Rowling. It doesn‘t matter how that button got clicked. What matters is the crappy response. Because somewhere, there‘s a kid, a teen, an adult, who feels the Potter universe in their bones, and who is now crushed under the weight that its creator might believe that they are somehow invalid. If you are that person, YOU MATTER. Trans women are real women. Trans men are real men. All genders are valid. Fuck Rowling.

tournevis I've been cursing that woman for quite a few years now. She'd reached the bottom of the barrel, but now she's just broken through and she's digging under. 2mo
JacqMac Yes! I wished she‘d just stayed her castle, siting on her piles of money. We loved Harry Potter, in our house, and now it‘s hard for any of us to have anything to do with it anymore. 2mo
Shley9225 What did she do this time? 2mo
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Finished this over lunch today; will drop it in the mail tomorrow. What a powerful read. My only complaint is that it‘s such a dense read - which I loved (I enjoyed the depth of the near-academic format) but there are a number of people I know would enjoy the themes and concepts but that would find the format inaccessible. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill #NForNonfictionRidesAgain

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know what you mean, there almost needs to be a lite version of a lot of great but dense books for wider circulation. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely a good point, @daniwithtea — maybe articles featuring the author would be a good “lite” version. 2mo
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daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa agreed. I can‘t see any better way to present this one in particular, though - everything seemed so important in building her case. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea maybe this is a calling, we should start a cliffnotes like lite version of a bunch of great reads. 2mo
daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage ha ha ha “N For NonFiction Lite”? 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea That‘d make a great name 😂 (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just want to let you know the book arrived here safely today! Thank you. 2mo
daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa wow, that took a while! Glad it made it safely. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea I know, we mail them the same distance each time and yet sometimes they arrive much faster than others🤷‍♀️ 2mo
daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa maybe the post office likes to keep us on our toes 🙂 2mo
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Book number two in our non-fiction swap has arrived! I‘m almost down with Down Girl, expect to ship it out on Friday. Excited to get my puns on! @tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay! No rush though, I‘m still working on the one I have now. 🤫 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh wow—that got to you super fast! I mailed it Media Mail on Thursday. Enjoy! 👊🏻📚👊🏻📚 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, for sure. I‘m just ahead this month b/c of Mr. B being gone at the beginning. Had lots of extra reading time for a week. 😎 2mo
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We are still in the midst of moving, but I‘m excited to join you all for round 2 of the #bookfitnesschallenge. My goals are 6 books over 6 weeks, and to keep up 10k steps a day, which I‘ve hit almost every day recently thanks to the move. I have running goals as well, but I‘ve tied those to my fitness challenge at work. (Any other Littens doing the Cigna global fitness challenge?)

Clwojick Off to research that challenge now 😉🤔💙 2mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Saw this elsewhere; reminded me of one of our current reads @tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

squirrelbrain Have you seen this @RachelO ?! 🤣 2mo
tjwill 😂 2mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 Wise words at the top there. I‘d never dare, of course, but some days the struggle is real! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hahaha! Voluminous indeed! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage OMG that‘s awesome. Now I need to know what book this is in! 2mo
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pausing for coffee (and some reading, of course) between packing, carting boxes downstairs, and unpacking. And laundry. So much laundry. Lol

Puredragonstar Love your mug!!!! 😍😍😍 (edited) 2mo
daniwithtea @Puredragonstar thanks!! It was a gift from my MIL. The artist has a bunch of great stuff (for GG and other fandoms) - check out ratherkeen.com ! 2mo
MCYmermaid Great mug!! (Although I never was able to appreciate the Loreleis‘ love o‘ coffee.) 2mo
daniwithtea @MCYmermaid thanks! (I don‘t know if there‘s anyone in the real world who loves coffee as much as they do...) 2mo
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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She can no more conceive of failure than a butterfly can conceive of calculus. ❤️❤️

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Moving House | Anne Civardi
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What a day of mixed emotions. While we‘re upstairs packing to move to the downstairs flat, our neighbors and dear friends are moving out of the downstairs flat and on to their next adventure. We‘re so excited and so sad at the same time. (They are big readers so I already know all the best spots to curl up with a book!)

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Leadership in Turbulent Times | Doris Kearns Goodwin
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...ah, yes. There was a time before running for office was “circuslike”. Anyone have a time machine? I‘d like to ask LBJ‘s team to please not do that. 😂

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The pollen count was finally low enough to venture out for a quick run. No audiobook, but a lovely chat with my husband - I jogged alongside him while he walked. Love these quiet vacation mornings. Got some reading in this morning as well - finished The Countess Conspiracy and Essential Scrum, and got a few more chapters into Leadership in Turbulent Times.

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This book has a really solid section on tech debt. If you work on or with technical teams, even if they‘re not using Agile or Scrum methodologies, I‘d recommend grabbing a copy for this chapter alone.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I am SO excited for this. There are about a dozen other books “in line” (AKA due back to the library) before this one, but I have a feeling this will jump to the top of the pile.

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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I‘m not sure which was more terrible: the people in this book or the writing itself. Wow.

Readage I agree, it was awful 2mo
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Finished the tagged book today and bawled my eyes out in the last chapter. Now I‘m watching my husband watch this movie for the first time (he‘s entranced!).

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I‘ve been reading this slowly, because it‘s so intense that I need to take it a chapter at a time. I continue to be astonished that I knew nothing of Partition before I encountered a pop culture reference to it. Not a spoiler - this is history, after all - but Litsy doesn‘t really have another way to provide content warnings.

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A solid 4 stars for me. Headed your way, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - a little early because I‘m out of town at the end of the month. Enjoy! @tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage #nfornonfictionridesagain

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you! I‘ll keep my eyes open for it. Enjoy your vacation! 3mo
daniwithtea Thanks! I‘m excited for a week at my in laws‘ relaxing by the heated pool :D 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It arrived here safely today! 👍 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea I will, have a great week away! 3mo
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Dunbar | Edward St. Aubyn
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One of the best Shakespeare retellings I‘ve ever encountered. The audiobook was particularly spectacular, and really gave the ‘madness‘ a life of its own.

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Thanks to some scheduling chaos, weirdness with a group project, and just...life happening, I caffeinated heavily today and banged out my term paper. Now it‘s way past my bedtime and I‘m still wide awake - oops! At least I got the paper done. (I also finished the tagged book and made pot roast. SO MUCH CAFFEINE.)

Rachel.Rencher I'm going to have to write a ten page paper in a day pretty soon if I cant get my ass in gear 😂 5mo
Tamra I‘m there but I can‘t do it in a day. I wish! 😣 I‘m trying to write & read at the same time which makes it so slow. 5mo
daniwithtea @Rachel.Rencher ha ha yeah, that‘s part of how I ended up here 😂 5mo
daniwithtea @Tamra it‘s not recommend! Lol. The only reason I was able to pull it off is that I did all my reading & research beforehand. 5mo
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I love finding things in books! This Borders receipt from 2007 was stuck between the pages of my (used) copy of the tagged book.

Hestapleton I miss Borders! 5mo
TrishB I used to love Borders! 5mo
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Dunbar | Edward St. Aubyn
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I am absolutely loving this retelling of King Lear. The twist on the original is very well-done, and the narrator is spectacular.

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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I DID NOT KNOW THAT THIS WAS THE LAST BOOK AND I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR IT TO END

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When it rains, it pours! My husband is swamped with running a major event that happens a week before the semester is over, I‘m trying desperately to catch up on school after being out of town for a funeral, I just found out that I can “test out” of another class, but have to write an essay for it ASAP - and I just gave notice to my boss and start a new job on 4/15 - ten days before the end of the semester! #lifecomesatyoufast

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The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of good and bad. Feels a lot like this. “Nobody‘s making any real central decisions or anything. Everything‘s just kind of hashed out. It stumbles. It stumbles, then it creeps, then it flies with one wing, and then it flies with one wing and bumps into trees and shit.” #stillflying

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The narrator of this audiobook is driving me nuts. He sounds like a sportscaster, or someone doing the voiceover for a show on Spike TV.

Lea Ugh a bad narrator is the worst! 5mo
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February | Lisa Moore
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I read so many great books in February. The Con Job was the worst, The Changeling is not just the strangest but may be the most “WTF?!” book I‘ve ever read, and I think An Unkindness of Ghosts was my favorite.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wonderful!! 📖💖 6mo
TieDyeDude Excellent selection! 5mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Angie Thomas is a freaking treasure.

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My gym was one of many places still without power today. It was 20 degrees with 40 mph wind, so the park wasn‘t an option...instead I ran a mile in my hallway. 😂

When I read the tagged book a couple of months ago, I had no idea that it would spark me to become a person who runs circles in a hallway out of sheer desperation...

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Between library holds coming in and reading for school, this keeps falling to the bottom of the pile, but I‘m working my way through, it slowly. I‘m shocked and disappointed that I knew nothing of Partition before an episode of Doctor Who sparked me to learn more.

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I just came across an article about the tagged book and thought it might be a good pick for our next non-fiction swap - what do you think @BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ?

BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is on my Kindle shelf, so it‘s a pick for me. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks good to me! 6mo
tjwill I think it looks interesting! 6mo
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This book is terrifyingly relevant for something originally published in 1975.

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Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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A sweeping story of love and romance, family and community, colonialism and racism, politics and war. I found it a bit hard to follow at times as it jumped between POVs, but overall enjoyed it.

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Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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I too had an excellent local library growing up, and those librarians truly contributed to the person I am today. About ten years ago, the branch that had been local to us was closing; it was so beloved that my brother and both I took the afternoon off to meet there and say goodbye. The librarians remembered us, by name, some 25 years after we‘d last visited. I still tear up thinking about it. (Also this book was fantastic!)

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I adore James Acaster, so it‘s no surprise that I loved this book. If you want some brilliantly absurd British comedy, I recommend checking out his Netflix specials and/or searching for “Acaster Basingstoke” and “Acaster Cabbage” on YouTube.