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DGRachel

DGRachel

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member DGRachel

Hufflepuff. Howler. Passionate dog mom. Opinionated mood reader with eclectic tastes. I‘ll try any genre once. http://tailsfromthedogside.blog
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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It‘s almost Sunday here, so I‘m going to go ahead and post my #weeklyforecast. I have a feeling the work week is going to be a real sh*t show, so I probably won‘t get The Blue Eye and these ARCs finished, but I‘ve picked a handful of audiobooks, both Audible shorts and Hoopla loans (pics on snowflakes) to help me survive the week. 🤞🏻

Cinfhen Love how you did your graphics ❄️❄️❄️❄️hope this week surprises you 😘 7h
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Baba Yaga's Assistant | Marika McCoola
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This week, I freed myself from a couple of NetGalley albatrosses by bailing (thanks for all the advice, Litsy!) and attempted to listen to a cozy, but I hated the narrator. I may retry the book in print later, though, as the story has potential. Tagged book was my favorite read for the week. The others were okay. I did start another eARC (rabbits) and made progress in Why We Can‘t Sleep. #bookreport

Cinfhen I love a good bail🙌🏻makes me feel so much lighter 🎉 14h
Literary_Siren How did you feel about the book about the Titanic. 14h
Crazeedi Sometimes bailing is the only solution 14h
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DGRachel @Cinfhen It really did improve my mood early in the week. 😆 @Crazeedi I completely agree. 14h
DGRachel @Literary_Siren I made it 60% through the audio and bailed. I found it dry and tedious and I also felt the author would have done better to narrow his scope. The book was all over the place. But, I can also see why a lot of people love it. It‘s really a case of “not for me”. Do you like Erik Larson‘s style? If so, you might really enjoy this one. Personally, Larson puts me to sleep. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14h
Literary_Siren I have some of his books but I haven‘t read any of them yet. 12h
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The Christmas Pact | Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
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I saw this on Litsy and needed a quick, light listen. I‘ve never been a fan of romance books on audio because different POV narrators doing the voices of the other POV character in their chapters makes me twitchy. But, because this was so short, I was able to deal. The tale is Hallmark Christmas Movie worthy. Cute and fun, with the requisite #romantsy HEA.

CoverToCoverGirl Listening right now! 14h
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An English Murder | Cyril Hare
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This was a light, fun listen and a solid mystery. I really enjoyed the setting, the characters, and the plot twists at the end. Thanks to @batsy for reviewing this yesterday, thereby putting it on my radar, and @Sace for noting that the audio was in the Hoopla database.

Sace Oh I can't wait to finish my current listen so I can start on this! 3d
batsy Oh, nice! Glad you enjoyed 💜 2d
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this, especially since @robinb did, but this fell flat for me. I quit 1/4 of the way through. It lacks the humor and witty banter that I love, which are hallmarks of Tessa Dare & Sarah MacLean and I absolutely detested the heroine. I didn‘t find her strong and independent. I found her snobbish and rude. One assumes the Duke will change her opinion on British aristocracy, but I‘m not interested in finding out. 👇🏻

DGRachel My first Olivia Drake and probably my last. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin‘s for the eARC. 3d
robinb So sorry you didn‘t like it! And I do agree that the heroine took a little getting used to but she grew on me. And yes, all/everyone came right in the end. After all, it IS a historical romance, right?! 😂🤣🤣 3d
DGRachel @robinb The HEA is why I read them! 😉 3d
robinb @DGRachel You and me both!! ❤️😂 3d
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Bailedbailed

I got more than 60% through the audio before giving up. I think the author‘s scope is just too broad and it reads like a textbook. There were a few details I found interesting, but they got lost in all the rest and I can‘t even remember what things made me pause and go “wow”. I will say that if you are a fan of the time period, Titanic history, or of Erik Larson, you will probably enjoy this.

Eggs I‘m a huge Titanic fan but I bailed on this one too 3d
DGRachel @Eggs I‘m really glad I‘m not the only one. It makes me feel better about letting it go. 🥰 3d
CoverToCoverGirl It sounds like winner so sad to hear that it‘s not so great! 3d
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ljuliel I thought this one looked good. Glad to hear your opinion. It sounds pretty dry and dusty so I believe I‘ll pass. 3d
britt_brooke Bummer. Great review, though! 3d
Mdargusch Darn. I love reading about the titanic. 3d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Littens who use NetGalley, I need advice. I have several eARCS that I am not enjoying AT ALL. I‘ve missed the publication date on a couple and bought audiobook versions to help, but even the audio isn‘t helping. What should I do? What would you do?

Amie I would go with either of your bail options. I've done both of these. If I read enough that I have constructive feedback as to why I'm not interested in finishing, then I'll bail & give feedback/review. If I just read a little & it just doesn't grab me, I'll bail & not give feedback/review. 4d
DGRachel @Amie Thanks! I have one on audio that I‘m almost at the halfway point and another that I‘ve tried in digital once and audio twice and can‘t get past 10%. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4d
Well-ReadNeck Agreed. Bail and feedback. 4d
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ReadingOver50 Give feedback, tell them you bailed and why. 4d
JazzFeathers Same as @Amie lf l form an opinion about the book because l went far enough, l'll write a review. If not, l won't write a review and give feedback to the publisher. I've also started to be more careful when choosing ARCs. Last year, l baild on almost half of them. I did send feedback to the publishers, but l don'think that's counted in our rate. It makes it look as if we don't read and review. 4d
DGRachel @JazzFeathers That‘s definitely what I want to avoid - looking like I don‘t review. I got my percentage to 80% and I don‘t want it to drop below. I will force myself to the halfway point of everything and if I still hate it, I‘ll have enough info to review without a guilty conscience. 😊 4d
DGRachel @Well-ReadNeck @ReadingOver50 Thanks for responding! ❤️ 4d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve had to bail before, and I just left feedback as to why I did. Don‘t feel bad! It happens! 4d
LibrarianRyan I agree a lot with what was said above. If I‘ve read enough to form an opinion I tell them. I also say why I didnt finish the book. Other I use the I won‘t review option, and be honest why I‘m using it. 4d
Birdsong28 Bail and say why as they need to know good or bad. 4d
DGRachel @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LibrarianRyan @Birdsong28 Thanks for the feedback. I feel a lot better about letting go of several of these ARCs now. 😊 4d
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Decades: A Century of Fashion | Cameron Silver, Rebecca DiLiberto
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Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft I don‘t read a ton of nonfiction, so it was easy to pick my top 14 and not too hard to narrow that down to my #Top10ofTheDecade #NonFictionEdition. I could probably even narrow it down to Top 5 if I had to, but there‘s no way I could pick a favorite between Indianapolis and Born a Crime. The Lost Dogs is one that has stayed with me despite having read it before I kept records, so I had to include it.

DGRachel Oh, and there‘s no way I can do this for fiction I‘m not even going to try. 5d
AmandaL I loved Hyperbole and a Half! 5d
DGRachel @Cinfhen We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled made me cry. It‘s interviews with Syrian refugees and is heartbreaking. 💔 4d
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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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I look forward to the #gettbr tailored book recommendations every quarter. I've been haunting the website waiting for the recs of my new subscription year every day since the renewal processed. 😂 They are here!! I don't remember being this excited about any of the books my bibliologist, Syd, has recommended before, and that's saying something! Yay for BookRiot and GetTBR! January is going to be great!

TheLibrarian I love getting mine too and I've been patiently waiting for my new recs to come (hopefully soon). Got recommended American Spy 2 quarters ago and enjoyed it. The Luminous Dead looks really good and I haven't heard of The Desert of Souls yet. 5d
DGRachel @TheLibrarian Good to hear about American Spy! Have you read Laws of the Skies? My bibliologist said she recommended The Luminous Dead because I LOVED Laws of the Skies. 🖤 I am both even more excited and terrified. 😆 (edited) 5d
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Mehso-so

Bhutto tries to explore what created a global marketplace for Bollywood, Turkish Dizi, and K-Pop. As a fan of Dizi, I was disappointed that nearly 60% of the book focused on Bollywood and Indian vs. Pakistan politics. She describes each of the media and then discusses local politics, which I did find somewhat interesting, but I must have missed what gave them universal appeal & was bored. Originally from NetGalley, I bought the audio to finish.

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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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I decided to create a personal reading challenge to help me read books I already own. Firstly, I want to (re)read all of Alexandre Dumas‘ work that I own. Then, each month has a theme (except August. I‘m blanking on what to do in August). The books listed here aren‘t all that I own for each theme, but this gives me a starting place while still being flexible enough for mood reading. Added bonus: everything listed counts for #MountTBR 🥳

ChasingOm Wow, this is amazing! 7d
DGRachel @ChasingOm Thank you. I‘m excited about it. 😊 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage This is pretty darn incredible! 👊🏻♥️📚 6d
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DGRachel @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! I‘m really hoping to get through some chunksters, so my overall # of books read goal is smaller than the last few years, but I really want to get through a bunch of the books listed and I‘ve been putting them off because of their length. 😊 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DGRachel I understand—I count pages to balance the longer and shorter books! Have fun with your plans! 6d
LeahBergen This is amazing! 6d
DGRachel @LeahBergen Thank you! 🥰 I think I may make August Sci-Fi/Fantasy because I have a lot of those books sitting unread on my shelves and I don‘t have a month that really focuses on those books. 🤔 6d
Lifeisasnap Nice challenge! Looks like you have a good collection of books. 4d
DGRachel @Lifeisasnap Thanks! This is a small sampling of my shelves. Most of the months that are filled in the picture actually have more options listed on my worksheet. I like options. 😊 4d
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Forecasting: Methods and Applications | Spyros G. Makridakis, Rob J. Hyndman
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#weeklyforecast I‘m relying on audiobooks to help me get through some ARCs that have already been published and hoping to finish the print/digital books I‘ve already started. I‘ll be thrilled if I can complete 2/3rds of this list, but I fear another chaotic week. Fingers crossed for some solid reading time.

Cinfhen Sending you good reading vibes!!!! 7d
DGRachel Thanks @Cinfhen 😘 7d
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Baba Yaga's Assistant | Marika McCoola
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A young woman‘s father brings home a new wife and her bratty daughter, so the woman who recently lost her beloved grandmother answers Baba Yaga‘s newspaper ad for an assistant. I‘m not familiar with the folklore surrounding Baba Yaga, but this was a quick, fun, rather creepy read. I didn‘t love the art and I didn‘t care for the lettering style, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story

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I almost forgot this week‘s #bookreport. In my defense, it‘s been an emotional roller coaster of a week. I did start several ARCs, but didn‘t make any progress in the other book I wanted to finish. I only finished audio.
Medicus: meh
Tom Sawyer: pick with reservations
Christmas Carol: LOVE
(ARC) Tagged book: tough but good so far
(ARC) Forever Duke: tedious so far
(ARC) New Kings: dull. Switched to audio - still dull
Baba Yaga: starting tonight

Cinfhen I‘m with you...thank God for audiobooks 🙌🏻❣️and those darn ARCs are STILL a thorn in my side 😬 1w
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Pickpick

I think this novel is a good reflection of past attitudes, (written in 1875 racism and sexism are on full display), and also serves to illustrate that we have not progressed nearly as far as one would hope. While I enjoyed the adventure story as much as I did in my early 20s, I found the social commentary and lack of progress to be unbearably sad and disappointing.

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I‘ve been watching “Making It” on TV this week and realized that I like Nick Offerman‘s voice. I remembered that I had this audiobook narrated by him and hadn‘t read the book since high school or college. I‘m enjoying the narration, but boy is it problematic. I know, I know, one must consider the time in which it was written, but honestly, that just makes me feel worse about the history of the US. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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It just is not a proper Christmas season until I have a chance to listen to Jim Dale‘s incredible narration of this classic Christmas ghost story. A perfect distraction to end a tough day at the office. I highly recommend this version. I‘ve listened to a couple others over the years and this one is my favorite. 🎄🎄

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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I did. I found the beginning very slow and never came to connect with or care about any of the characters. I doubt I‘ll continue with the series since I sped the audio up to 1.5 x to be done with it faster. Good news, though, I‘ve met my #MountTBR goal of 75 books!! 🎉🎉🥳🥳

rwmg I really like this series but I can't imagine trying to take them in as an audiobook 1w
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I finally started this ARC, and I promise not to spam your feeds with quotes even though that would be so easy, and I know I haven‘t gotten very far into it, but I feel seen. This is going to be a tough read, and I expect lots of tears, but this feels like my truth in print.

Cinfhen Too bad you can‘t send PM to me, because this sounds excellent. I‘d love to see more ❤️ 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Seriously, I‘m on page 13 and I honestly have never heard of other women with similar experiences to me with the same reactions. I want to know how the author found these women and can she introduce us because these are the friends I need. 😭😭 Example below👇🏻 2w
DGRachel “Over a diner breakfast, a successful single woman in Texas told me she thought she‘d have a husband and kids by now. She asked, ‘what did I do wrong?‘ 2w
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DGRachel “Another woman told me she had started to fear that she was going to die alone. Just like her married friends, she‘d gotten a good education and had a good job, had made a nice home and was staying in shape. But somehow she‘d never found a partner or had children. She woke up in the middle of the night wondering...just how much more she could take of her friends‘ sons and daughters smiling on social media before she (con‘t) 2w
DGRachel ...threw her laptop out the window”. Honestly, @Cinfhen, she could have interviewed me. This is my biggest fear. And she mentions women downplaying their own feelings and I am sitting here crying. I think I need to just go to bed. I‘m a hyper emotional wreck tonight. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
Cinfhen Sending hugs 💕💕💕💕💕 2w
Cinfhen Sounds like this is going to be a very emotional read but maybe there will be some good insight for you and a sense of peace when you make it through to the end of the journey ☮️💟 2w
LauraJ I fell into a deep funk after the first few chapters and put it down for a few weeks. I should have kept reading because I felt better by the end. 2w
LauraJ Oh, and as a middle aged woman, I also feel like I could rob a bank and no one would notice. 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thank you. Sorry about the word vomit. Totally should have just put the phone down and gone to bed. 😆😆 @LauraJ I will definitely keep going. Maybe should have waited to start until I wasn‘t sobbing over #DearBabyYoda on Twitter. Don‘t know why I‘m such a wreck this week. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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On a Tuesday | L Thomas
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Yes and Yes! This year, I asked Mom for any books in the Akashic Noir series that I don‘t already have and for the HP books in German.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Books are the best! Thanks for paying! Happy Tuesday! 😊 2w
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Bloodlust & Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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This was utterly ridiculous, sometimes a little slow, but beautifully illustrated, and exactly what I needed to start off December. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bloodlust & Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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My #DecemberTBR is predominately ARCs. I also have a couple of in progress books I really want to finish (one I‘ll finish tonight) and my last book for my #MountTBR goal. This is, as usual, ridiculously unrealistic, but I‘m going to give it my best effort because I have a plan for 2020 and I‘d like a clean slate to start the new year. 🥳

Oh, and not pictured is my annual reread/listen of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

TiredLibrarian I have an ARC of American Dirt too, and have heard people raving about it. 2w
DGRachel @TiredLibrarian I must have entered and won a giveaway for it, but I do not remember doing so. Clearly, I have a problem. 😆 2w
Lcsmcat We read the Dickens every year too. 🙂 2w
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Well-ReadNeck American Dirt is AMAZING!!!! 2w
DGRachel @Well-ReadNeck I‘ve seen a lot of hype for it. I‘m just worried I‘ll be the outlier because it‘s definitely outside my genre comfort zone. 🤞🏻 2w
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#NovemberWrapUp

So thankful for audiobooks - without them, I‘d have accomplished next to nothing. With them, I had a great month, of 13 books, with 11 from my pre-2019 TBR. Now, I only have one more book to go to reach my #MountTBR goal.

Favorite for the month was the tagged book, which is also one of my favorites of the entire year.

sprainedbrain Amen to that statement on audiobooks! 🙌🏻 2w
Kimzey This sounds great! And I agree about audiobooks. I get much more reading in that way! 2w
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Forecasting: Methods and Applications | Spyros G. Makridakis, Rob J. Hyndman
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I have big plans for December. I want to get through my NetGalley queue and read the two physical ARCs currently in my possession, because I want a clean slate for 2020. I also need just one more book for my #MountTBR goal and I‘m going to give that honor to Medicus. Maybe. 😂
So, to meet those goals, I need to read all of the above this week. 🤞🏻

Cinfhen I have 11 unread ARCs / none are “overdue “ but I‘d like to knockout half by Dec 31🤞🏽🤞🏽 2w
DGRachel I have four that have already been published, ten total on NetGalley, plus one physical ARC that I won in a giveaway I don‘t remember entering, and one from LibraryThing that should arrive any day now. Good luck with your list @Cinfhen. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks😘I‘m sooooooo not motivated to pick up ANY of my ARCs 😬 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen I understand that. I no longer have interest in reading probably half of mine. 🤦🏻‍♀️ But, I just keep reminding myself of my 2020 plan and how nice it would be to have a clean slate. 2w
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I‘m probably not going to finish anything else today, so here‘s this week‘s #bookreport:
Finished and enjoyed Bernadette and Parker Pyne, finished and loved An Argumentation of Historians, made a little progress in The Blue Eye, and started an overdue eARC, but I think I am going to switch to audio to finish it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

So, not a bad week, considering it was month-end close at work and pure chaos.

Cinfhen Great progress!! 2w
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Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC (Bookstore)
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...and the #bookhaul for #smallbusinesssaturday 2019. My stack is on the left. The right are all of @dsfisher ‘s picks. I‘ll be borrowing a couple of hers, for sure. 😍

Now, we must decorate the Christmas tree. I have starfish garland to make. Happy Saturday, Litsy. May you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

LeahBergen Whoa! Well done, you two!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
RachelO Wow! That‘s impressive! 2w
BookNAround Yay! I‘m headed to Park Road as soon as my turkey pot pies for the kid finish cooking. 2w
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Rachel.Rencher Nice! 😍📚 2w
dsfisher The book tree was fun and always interesting to see what kids want. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful! Happy reading! 📖 2w
TheBookHippie Did you get your book back ??? 😭😭😭 2w
DGRachel @TheBookHippie The postal carrier is apparently running very late today. Mail hasn‘t been delivered yet, but I think my book was supposed to be in today‘s mail. I‘ll let you know as soon as it arrives. 😊 2w
TheBookHippie @DGRachel I swear my mail is not here yet, last night it came at 630pm 2w
DGRachel @TheBookHippie The package arrived! Thank you. Did you mean to include a second book? It looks like a library book, so let me know if I need to send it back. 😱 2w
TheBookHippie @DGRachel yes!!!!! Library SALE!!! I see the note I wrote is here 🤣🤣🤣🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️😳 2w
TheBookHippie Anyway I thought you‘d enjoy it! 2w
TheBookHippie Ohhh should be a bookmark! 2w
DGRachel @TheBookHippie Yes! There is a bookmark, too. Thank you so much. I love a good retelling! That was so kind and thoughtful of you. 🥰 I will add it to my list of books to read next June when I plan to catch up on the books I‘ve been gifted by Litsy! 2w
TheBookHippie @DGRachel clearly I‘ve been busy since the note is here explaining it all🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🙄 ENJOY! ❤️ 2w
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Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC (Bookstore)
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Apparently, @dsfisher and I have decided to make #booksinabox a #smallbusinesssaturday at #Parkroadbooks a tradition. Last year was the first time I‘d ever bought so many books at one time that I needed a box to carry the purchases home. We may have exceeded last year‘s stack. 😆😆 (actual haul in next post)

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Not from the tagged book, but a weekend is all I have left to make enough bookworm bookmarks for my work book club. The meeting got moved to Monday. I need at least 10 and I‘ve only managed to complete three so far. Oops.

squirrelbrain They are so cute though! 🐛 2w
DGRachel @squirrelbrain Thank you. I just have to find the energy to finish them. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Cute, good luck with finishing them! 2w
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kspenmoll What cute bookmarks! 2w
AnansiGirl Cute book 🐛 bookmarks! Good luck to you on getting them finished! ☘️🍀☘️ 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Cute bookmarks! 😻 2w
JacqMac They look great with the 👀! 2w
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Penpal | Dathan Auerbach
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I *finally* made it to the post office with your letter @Mitch 🤦🏻‍♀️

Hopefully the contents will make up for my tardiness. 😘 Thanks for being such a great pen pal. Sending you lots of love. 💖💖

Mitch That looks a very fat letter! I‘ll watch for the postman with eagerness 😘😘😘 2w
DGRachel @Mitch It was six pages of Rachel-babble, but I think Santa may have snuck something in the envelope, too. 🤔😘 2w
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Happy Thanksgiving, Litsy! I‘m taking advantage of a beautiful morning to enjoy my deck and a good book. I am thankful for many things, including all of you in this wonderful community. I hope you all have a fantastic holiday and/or a terrific Thursday! 😘

IamIamIam Happy Thanksgiving!! 2w
ljuliel Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 2w
LauraJ Happy Thanksgiving!🦃 2w
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃 🍂 2w
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Pickpick

I honestly am not sure how I feel about this book. It started out strong, I loved Part 1s Bernadette, then I hated everyone, then some of the characters redeemed themselves. I liked the format - the narrative is primarily told through various correspondence, but this really isn‘t a genre that works for me very often. Book club should be interesting. 3 stars/pick with reservations

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I LOVE the UK hardcovers of this series so much, I preorder them from Goldsboro and then have to wait f.o.r.e.v.e.r for them to arrive. But, it‘s so gorgeous that it‘s totally worth the wait. 🤩 The US trade paperback edition is my reading copy. This is my eye candy copy. Oh, and it‘s a signed and numbered limited edition, too. 81/150

Aims42 Beautiful 😍😍😍 I‘ve waited not so patiently for UK covers as well. Their prettiness makes it worth it 😃 3w
MidnightBookGirl I buy a lot of my favorite UK covers too! 3w
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I'm so glad I finally set aside the horrors of book #8 and picked up this entry in the Chronicles of St. Mary's. There are interesting trips to the past, Max gets lost, Peterson and Leon get into a fight, things explode, and spies/saboteurs are discovered. This was lots of fun and a great listen during some tense and exhausting days at work.

GingerAntics Do you like this series? I‘m eyeing the first book in the series at the moment. 3w
DGRachel @GingerAntics I do. They're fluff, make no mistake about it, but I find them amusing and entertaining. They are perfect for when I just want some silly escapism. And if you like audiobooks, Zara Ramm is enchanting. 3w
GingerAntics That‘s what I was hoping. A good story. Nothing too serious. I love my nonfiction, but sometimes I just need to escape into another world! 3w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I know it‘s a little early, but @dsfisher and I put up my Demdaco nativity set and a few other Christmas decorations and we‘re now watching my all-time favorite Christmas movie, A Muppets Christmas Carol! Happy Sunday, Litsy!😘

Daisey One of my favorites as well! 3w
Aimeesue Kermie!!! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB Love your wall ! And shelves! 3w
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Mitch Thats the PERFECT christmas movie! 3w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB thank you! I went through 25 paint samples to decide on that color. 😂 I know it‘s the perfect one because three years later, it still makes me happy. 🥰 3w
BookNAround Light the lamp! Not the rat! 3w
DGRachel @Mitch IMHO it‘s THE BEST! @BookNAround That is one of my favorite lines! 😂😂 3w
cathysaid EVERYONE seems to be early this year! Here in ATL, Home Depot had Christmas merch out by Halloween! 3w
BookFreakOut The ONLY version of A Christmas Carol I'll watch! My family loves it!!! 3w
Rissreads I love the colour of your wall! 💙💚 3w
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For my #weeklyforecast I hope to finish the three books currently in progress, maybe another as-yet-undetermined audiobook that will count for #MountTBR, and if all goes well, a couple of NetGalley ARCs cleared off my queue. I‘ll be super happy if I can finish off Bernadette today.

Cinfhen Great graphics 💕I need to attack those ARCs too!!!! 3w
Laura317 I love the Jodi Taylor St. Mary‘s series! 😍 3w
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Just finished the end of Part II and I‘m officially dreading book club. The one member who hates “popular fiction” and has been balking at reading this has rabbits for pets and there‘s an awful scene involving a pet rabbit on the end of Part II. I sent her a warning in an email to skip those pages. I hope she heeds my warning. 😔

ferskner I just read this and I don't remember that at all! I'm so good at blocking things out. 3w
Sace Oh no! I hope she heeds your warning! 😔 3w
DGRachel @ferskner I probably wouldn‘t have given the scene much thought if it wasn‘t for my co-worker. She‘s really sensitive about rabbits and I know she‘s already got her hackles up about reading “fluff”, and honestly, my concern is hardly altruistic-I don‘t have the emotional bandwidth to deal with her reaction to the scene and I know she‘ll be at my desk, in my face, ranting, if she reads that scene. 3w
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rabbitprincess If it helps, *I* appreciate your warning about that scene and will probably skip the book on that basis... 😬 3w
Megabooks You know, people make jokes about warnings, but my thought is, nobody is forcing you to read anything. Especially not recreational reading. If someone is kind enough to send me warnings and let me decide what I‘m in the mood for and can handle, I appreciate that. I read one specific warning about The Ninth House that put it in the no category. It‘s something that probably doesn‘t truly bother a lot of people, but I appreciated it. 3w
Megabooks That was very thoughtful of you, Rachel! 💙📚 3w
ferskner Gah, I totally understand that, @DGRachel! I hope you have a drama-free meeting. 3w
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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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It‘s #bookreport time. Been a slow week for personal reading because of a shake up at work the necessitated working from home several evenings this week, plus the weather is triggering migraines galore. I‘ve gotten no reading done today and it‘s already after 4 pm. *sigh* Anyway, I finished the two audiobooks on the top row and made progress in the three books below. Not a stellar week. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Mccall0113 Fell better soon 3w
Cinfhen Sounds like a trying week ~ hope things have return to “normal” and migraines are under control 3w
UwannaPublishme Feel better and wishing you calmer days soon! ❤️ 3w
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Almost 4 hours in for #24B4Monday while at work, but that‘s going to be it for me today. #migrainessuck Hoping for some decent reading time this weekend. 🤞🏻

4thhouseontheleft I hope your migraine gets better soon. 💜 3w
valeriegeary Boo migraines! 😰 3w
AmyG Feel better! 3w
Megabooks So sorry about your migraine! 3w
Andrew65 Hoping you are feeling better soon. 😊 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Here‘s my #24B4Monday stack: MountTBR audiobook for work tomorrow, my two current reads, and maybe a couple of NetGalley books, depending on how I feel and how busy I am with decorating the house for Christmas. Looks like major barometric pressure changes are in store for this weekend, which means guaranteed migraines, so 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Andrew65 Good luck, do you enjoy Jodi Taylor Books - Not Read Her Yet. 3w
DGRachel @Andrew65 I do. This is #9, I think, and I‘ve been putting it off because the previous one was traumatic, but they‘re usually fun and a little bit ridiculous. The audiobook narrator, Zara Ramm, does an amazing job. 3w
Andrew65 @DGRachel Thanks, need to add them to my list! 3w
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Fistful of Collars | Spencer Quinn
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Another delightful Chet and Bernie mystery. I think Chet may be my favorite narrator in all of literature, even if he is terrible at sharing clues. Not great literature, but a nice, light listen when it's hard to concentrate on anything heavy. Plus - Chet! 🐶

ljuliel Cute title. 3w
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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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Just a reminder that December‘s #losersclub read is #EyesoftheDragon! Buy, borrow, or beg for your copy and check back on or about December 18th when we begin reading this one. Discussion will be in January. This is one of my favorites, so I‘m going to try to read along this time, too!

#EyesoftheDragon #LosersClub #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #Fantasy

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It | Stephen King
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I'm on a roll of on-time posts this month! 😆

November‘s book is #IT! Grab your copy and check back around December18th for open discussion! I‘ll be #ghosthosting this one (#IHateClowns), but everyone is welcome to join in!

#IT #LosersClub #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #ClownsAreScary #WeAllFloatDownHere

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Suspect | Robert Crais
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I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved that it was the origin story for a K-9 and police officer pair, and I absolutely loved how Maggie and Scott bonded and helped each other heal from trauma. I found the story line itself to be a bit tedious. I can't pinpoint anything wrong with Crais's writing, but I'm not sure I'm interested in picking up more of his work. There's nothing to make it stand out in a crowded field of police thrillers.

TracyReadsBooks I‘m a huge fan of Crais‘ Elvis Cole & Joe Pike series which is what he‘s best known for—if you haven‘t read The Monkey‘s Raincoat (first book) I recommend taking a look before you completely give up on Crais. The series has great characters (I absolutely love Joe Pike), a strong sense of place (love how he writes about LA) & is always entertaining. So good! Of course, if you‘ve read it & didn‘t like it, please ignore my fangirling! 🤣 4w
DGRachel @TracyReadsBooks Oh no, fangirl away! I‘m willing to be talked into giving other works of his a chance. This was my first by him and I was underwhelmed. I‘ll look for The Monkey‘s Raincoat. 😊 4w
TracyReadsBooks 🤞you like it a little better than Suspect. If nothing else, you will get to meet Joe Pike and that‘s a fabulous thing! 4w
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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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Welcome to the #LosersClub open discussion for #SkeletonCrew!

Please be mindful of spoilers. We have new readers to King who haven‘t read all of his books. When referencing his other work, please keep this in mind for our new-to-King friends. Don‘t forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

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BookwormAHN I'm still reading it. I loved The Mist. 4w
DGRachel @BookwormAHN I didn‘t attempt this one, but I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it! Anything in particular stand out about The Mist? 4w
BookwormAHN @DGRachel For one thing the book ending is a lot less bleak than the movie one. Also the story really sucks you in until a mist filled with giant monsters seems completely plausible. And you really feel for the main character David, he has a very everyman feel to him. 4w
DGRachel @BookwormAHN Sounds really good. I may have to add it to my TBR for next October! 4w
Karkar The Mist was one of the two stories I liked in this collection. I was disappointed in this one. 😬 4w
JulAnna The Mist is definitely my favorite in this collection, but I also liked The Jaunt, Word Processor of the Gods, and The Raft. I liked more of the stories in Night Shift than in Skeleton Crew, but there are few authors who can deliver a short story as well as Stephen King. He can write a strong character in a few words, imho. 4w
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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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I'M NOT LATE THIS MONTH!
Discussion starts NOW!
#LosersClub

Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as a SPOILER. Find the post for #SkeletonCrew & tap “show me“ on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag any of us & we‘ll jump in to discuss with you. See you there!

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Suspect | Robert Crais
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It‘s #weeklyforecast time! This week, I‘m hoping to finish the tagged audiobook and The Blue Eye, read my work bookclub‘s next pick (Where‘d You Go, Bernadette), and listen to at least one other audiobook from #MountTBR.

Cinfhen 🤞🏽🤞🏽No migraines this week 😘 4w
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Not technically book related, but I‘ve spent my afternoon watching Disney+ and crocheting bookmarks as little Christmas gifts for my work book club. I can‘t decide if they just need googly eyes or if they need eyes and tassels for tails. Opinions?

julesG Eyes yes, tails no. IMHO 1mo
Sace Googly eyes but no tails. IMHO 1mo
JulAnna Very cute! Yes to the 👀😊 1mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks I‘ve been binging Disney+ too. I vote 👀 1mo
JacqMac Definitely 👀 1mo
Lcsmcat Any excuse for 👀 1mo
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How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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I doubt I‘ll finish or start anything today, so I‘m going to do my #bookreport early. This was a week of bails. Both non-fiction ARCs bored me, but I was in a mood this week and I‘ve been migraine-y and emotional, so it‘s probably more me than either book and Cilka‘s Journey was all me. I finally started Ausma‘s book and am enjoying it, and got four audiobooks done for #MountTBR. So, overall a mixed bag of a week. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen I‘d say you had a good week! If I‘m feeling migraine-y my reading is way off too because I‘m emotionally off too!! 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘ve really been a mess all week. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Im definitely counting all the MountTBR books as a win. 1mo
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I‘m going with 634. This is low because I got tired of counting (I‘m sitting in my living room where I have 7 bookcases in my line of sight, including one right by my couch where I‘m sitting so I have more than 55 books in arms reach!) Longest word “seventy-seven”. @ljuliel

ljuliel Holy Smokes ! Great job 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. I figured I‘d find someone who was sitting in a room with several bookcases. Thanks for taking the time to count. 😊 1mo
Blueberry 111! What fun 😀 1mo
Crystalblu Haha! I'm at work...in the library! I'm not even going to try 😂 1mo
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The new quarter of Book Riot's MyTBR always sneaks up on me. To be able to leave my bibliologist some feedback, I grabbed this one on audiobook. I didn't love the narrator, and probably would have bailed on print, but I'm glad I kept listening. Finished in 1 work day - this is definitely a booklover's book. I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed the literary references and A.J.'s rants. A nice, lighter read.

MaleficentBookDragon I loved this book so much. We read it for my IRL book club this year. 1mo
Ddzmini One of my favorite books 📖 😋 1mo
Bookzombie I loved this book. I shoved it at my sister and she did too. 🙂 1mo
Slajaunie 💙💙💙this 📖!!! 1mo
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