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Hooked_on_books

Joined April 2016

Do you ever look at all your books and wish you could read them all at the same time?
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Ok guys, here‘s my #Top10oftheDecade #Nonfiction. This was SO hard. I love me some nonfiction and narrowing the list was painful. Six of these would be on the list any day I made it: Just Mercy, Evicted, The Fire This Time, Quiet, The Sixth Extinction, and Dreamland, in no particular order. I could have just as easily had four different books in the other slots.

Cinfhen Great list, Holly!! I obviously have to screenshot and add the books that I haven‘t read!!!! And there‘s one I never heard of 4h
Cinfhen But it sounds wonderful 👆🏽 4h
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Thanks! And that one is so good—perfect for Littens. 3h
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4thhouseontheleft Quiet was one that that would have been on my Top 15, but didn‘t make top 10. This was REALLY hard! 3h
4thhouseontheleft And 3 of these: Evicted, Dreamland and Sixth Extinction, are on my TBR list for next year! 3h
Megabooks Dreamland and Thick almost made my list! 2h
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Nine people arrive for a “wellness” retreat and get something other than what they bargained for. I can see why some folks aren‘t liking this one, but I thought it was a hoot with many winks at the reader from Moriarty. I had a great time with it.

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Caroline2 What a lovely dog, what breed is he?? 6h
Hooked_on_books @Caroline2 Thank you! She‘s a mutt. German Shepherd, American bulldog, and some other stuff. She‘s a sweet girl and very loyal to her momma. 5h
mrsmarch DEM EARZ THO. I have a supermutt too. She‘s a special kind of special, hoo boy. 3h
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Hooked_on_books @mrsmarch She has very expressive ears, for sure. And they‘re very soft. 3h
Soubhiville Hi Greta! 3h
Caroline2 Ahhh, she‘s adorable! 😍 53m
DGRachel What a beautiful pup! 35m
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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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My Jólabókaflód swap package is headed east! This is my first big swap in a while after a bad experience, but I‘m excited about this one! I like its simplicity. Thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for all the work of creating this swap!

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Bardugo reimagines Yale‘s 8 secret societies as groups that perform actual magic, with a ninth house that serves an important supporting role during rituals. Alex is recruited to be a part of the Ninth House because of a particular talent she possesses. I‘ve never read Bardugo but enjoyed this. The middle dragged a bit, but she brought everything together at the end, which I loved. I look forward to the next book.

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Sulome Anderson‘s father Terry was kidnapped and held hostage for the first 7 years of her life. Here, she delves into her own research about his kidnap and captivity and explores the reverberations of his return across her family. This includes detailing her own mental illness. It‘s imperfect but quite an interesting book.

Cinfhen I remember the name Terry Anderson ~ he was kidnapped in Beruit?? 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought he was one of the Iran hostages?? 2d
Cinfhen I can‘t remember @Megabooks / but I definitely remember his name and release 2d
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Cinfhen I just read the book blurb.... he was kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah 🤓 2d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @Megabooks He‘s American, but Sulome‘s mother is Lebanese. He was a reporter in Beirut when he was taken. Interestingly, the author is much harsher in her treatment of the Israeli government than the Lebanese. She‘s spent a fair amount of time in Beirut as an adult. 2d
Cinfhen Unfortunately that doesn‘t surprise me 😬Hezbollah seems to get a free pass card in most of the Middle East 🙄 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen looking at my friends/classmates who were poli sci majors around 9/11 (myself included) either you doubled down and got super interested and super partisan or like me, you did something completely different. Honestly, sometimes it‘s good to just talk about the strange things Labs seem to eat. I vote, I donate to politicians I support, I read the news a few times a week, but generally I take a pass. 👇🏻 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen which feels weird because there are times in my life where I would have read this book and had strong feelings about the viewpoints in it. Anyway, probably more than you wanted to know! 2d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Wow, that seems nuts to me. I really only know Middle East politics in broad strokes, so I find books like this interesting, as they delve into stuff I really don‘t know. Some of what she said makes sense to me, but she also seemed to want to push an unverified conspiracy theory, so I took it all with a grain of salt. 2d
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I‘ve been very engaged in US politics lately, but I sometimes wonder to what end. Would it be healthier to just unplug? Or is civic engagement vital to prevent the country from going (further) off the rails? I just don‘t know anymore. 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I wonder the same thing. I vote and donate, but I just can‘t do the 24 hour news cycle. Sometimes I feel like I should read more news, but it‘s become even murkier about who to trust to even get your news from! 2d
Cinfhen Politics both here ( Israel) and there (US) have left me exhausted. It‘s relentless and unending and the amount of hate from all sides Blue/Red Left/Right is making me sick @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I‘m starting to feel like I went down some strange rabbit hole. Nothing is what it seems and reason doesn‘t seem to exist. 2d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I totally agree. And sadly I don‘t see an end to it. I‘m not sure where we‘re headed. It‘s been nice being in Hawaii—it feels a little removed from all the stupidity. 2d
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Fall | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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The second book in The Strain trilogy, The Fall follows the same cast of characters as vampires are taking over NYC. I like the story and find some of the ideas quite compelling, but I‘m bothered by the lack of female characters and marginalization of the ones present. I really don‘t think I‘m going to bother with book 3.

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Not book related, but too cute not to share. I have a large orchid hanging outside the kitchen that I‘ve noticed is liked by a small frog. And now that it‘s a little cooler than the summer, these two lizards have decided to bunk up together in the leaves for warmth. Are they the cutest or what?

vivastory That's pretty adorable! 3d
Megabooks Awww!! 3d
LeahBergen That‘s so cute!! (edited) 3d
Cinfhen Awwww, two peas in a pod 😉 3d
Tamra Very cute! 3d
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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Hollow Kingdom depicts a form of zombie apocalypse, but as seen through the eyes of animals, primarily a foul-mouthed, domesticated crow named Shit Turd. As you can tell, this book has a sense of humor and is wildly creative. It is also violent in places, including a very violent scene near the end which is preceded by a moment I found emotionally difficult. This book is terrific.

britt_brooke This one is so different. Such a great read! Nice review. 💚🐾 4d
squirrelbrain Love the sound of that crow! 4d
Jee_HookedOnBookz So glad you enjoyed it too! ❤️ 23h
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A group of vampires in Sydney has agreed not to feed on people and thus meets weekly to support one another. Their progenitor, a reluctant group member, is a no show one week. Searching for him turns into a bit of an adventure in this fun, clever, cheeky book. I really enjoyed it and will be looking for more from this author.

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The Girl Before | Rena Olsen
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Clara is suddenly yanked from her home and placed in a facility, questioned repeatedly by strangers. Her situation quickly becomes apparent, but the true horror gradually unfolds through alternating timelines. A great psychological thriller that does get dark and violent.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Iowa

Librarybelle Sounds good! 6d
ljuliel Good for you ! How many states do you have left ? 6d
BarbaraBB Echoing @ljuliel I am curious too! 6d
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Hooked_on_books @ljuliel @BarbaraBB Two to go! Kentucky and Rhode Island. I have the books picked out and in a prominent location so they‘ll stare at me until I read them. 😆 6d
BarbaraBB So good! I am starting West Virginia right now and then only Maryland and Missouri left! 6d
squirrelbrain Yay! Another one bites the dust...! 6d
ljuliel Great job @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB You guys are doing terrific and you‘ll both have time to complete this. 📚 6d
Pamwurtzler Good job! 4d
vivastory This sounds fantastic & that cover is 👌 4d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Not only does the cover look cool, it has texture. 4d
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Close Range is a solid story collection exhibiting the harsh brutality of life in #Wyoming. Reading this, it‘s not hard to wonder why it‘s the state with the smallest population yet is 9th in total land area. There is some brief casual violence here and this definitely isn‘t for everyone, but I quite liked it.

#ReadingUSA2019

BarbaraBB Great review. Sounds interesting. 1w
ljuliel Great job 😊 1w
Librarybelle Great review! 1w
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Tamra I loved the collection! 1w
squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one - and another one ticked off the list! 1w
jessinikkip Sounds good, I may see if the library has a copy, I still need that state 1w
Hooked_on_books @jessinikkip Cool! The author is from Wyoming, so one of her novels would work as well if they don‘t have this one. 1w
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Lindy West is pissed. For the same reasons many of us are. She starts this book with her rage, gradually boiling down toward resigned determination. She expresses herself so well, encapsulating much of the ills of our current moment. This has some humor as well, though not as many light-hearted moments as Shrill. It‘s great.

MCYmermaid Listening to this on audio & it‘s invigorating & exhausting. 1w
MrsMalaprop Saw her speak in Ubud Bali in October 😍. Am hoping this book will be waiting patiently under the Christmas tree for me in a few weeks 🤞. 1w
KarenUK I‘m just completely distracted by that beautiful face! 1w
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Samantha Power was the US ambassador to the UN during Obama‘s second term. In her memoir, she discusses her childhood in Ireland, immigration to the US, time as a reporter in Bosnia, and her work in the US government. She‘s thoughtful, intelligent, eloquent, and gives me hope. This book is terrific.

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Digital Audiobooks: New Media, Users, and Experiences | Iben Have, Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen
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If you love audiobooks and are looking for a way to expand your listening, AND would love to see your money go to a local bookstore, look no further! I‘ve been using Libro.fm for over a year and I love it. Now is a great time to join, as you get 3 audiobooks for the price of one AND a free copy of Madeline Miller‘s Circe. Just use this link:

http://libro.fm/referral?rf_code=lfm67122

And I‘ll get a free book, too! ☺️

Hooked_on_books And yes, you‘ll be a “member,” but you can cancel anytime. 1w
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This is an interesting look at the history of bones from the first vertebrate up to the questionable treatment of some bones now, ignoring the former person‘s inherent identity. Switek‘s enthusiasm for his subject shines through. I enjoyed the book and it isn‘t hard science, though it‘s not quite as accessible as Lab Girl for those who are a bit science averse.

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This is a fun companion volume to the PBS series (which I did not watch). It has a page spread for each of the 100 novels they chose, with pictures on one side and text about the novel, author, etc on the other. Interspersed are pages of bookish info, like covers, pictured here. I really enjoyed slowly reading this.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North

I am trying out the desktop version for the first time as my phone took a swim. 😠 Hopefully it can be resuscitated, but no pics for me until that's resolved. Nonetheless, a big thank you to @vivastory for the swap books! And it was so nice of you to include a Starbucks gift card! Thank you so much, Scott. Hopefully The Toll will be knocking on your door tomorrow.

Andrew65 My phone did that too. In fact more than one of my phones have done that! 😔 2w
vivastory I'm glad everything reached you. Sorry to hear about your phone! 2w
Librariana Oh, Ms. Holly! I'm so sorry to hear about your ☎️😫😟😔 I hope there's a speedy resolution to your dilemma. Sending you good thoughts and positive vibes! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Librariana @vivastory @Andrew65 Thanks for the thoughts, you guys. I had to get a new phone. 😩 But at least I got a Black Friday deal so my timing was good. And this phone is waterproof. 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Sorry to hear about your phone 😔but get, new phone! Yay! 😊And yes to black Friday! ❤️ 2w
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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I expected this book to be about an evil mother-in-law given the title. But really it‘s about family dynamics and relationships, wrapped in a mystery. A weaker pick for me, but I did enjoy it.

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

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A plane lands in JFK and stops on the runway. Everyone on board is dead, prompting evaluation by a CDC epidemiology team. We continue to follow the investigation as very strange things start to occur. I liked the show and thought I‘ve give the book a try and enjoyed it. But I didn‘t know it was a trilogy! Nothing is resolved at the end and now I need to go find book 2. 😫

vivastory I need to finish the show. I think I got through season 2 3w
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Rueckert has a background in both voice (music) and radio. Here she explores women‘s voices, both literally and as a concept, and how they are judged and silenced. She gives tips about harnessing ones voice and shows how specific women‘s voices are shown in society. It‘s a feminist hell yeah of a book, encouraging women and girls from childhood forward.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Wisconsin

Librarybelle Sounds good! 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds interesting! And you‘ve given yourself a kick to get those last few states ticked off! 😁 3w
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Now that‘s a chapter title!

Caroline2 Love it!!! 😆 3w
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Frank knows too much about who REALLY killed Kennedy and is on the run from his fellow mobsters in the aftermath. Charlotte is fed up with the typical housewife life of 1960s Oklahoma. In this well-crafted, well-plotted story, the two are destined to collide and no one seems to be safe. The tension building is pitch perfect. Highly recommend. #BOTMBuddyRead

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

AmyG Agreed. I finished this yesterday. Wonderful book. (edited) 3w
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Beautiful Bodies | Kimberly Rae Miller
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Kim Miller has not only dieted her entire life but worked as a writer for diet and fitness articles. In her memoir, she blends her own story with diet research and good humor. It‘s a good exploration of body dysmorphia/poor self-confidence without ever using those terms. Hopefully the rest of the group enjoys it as well. #LMPBC #memoir

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Wife 🌹 3w
vivastory I like how you face your books out on your shelves 3w
BookishBelle Ooh! Sounds good! 3w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Thanks! I just started that a few months ago because I needed more space then I realized it was helping me remember the books I had and was particularly excited to read, so I filled all the shelves like that as a reminder to self. 😆 Functional and attractive! 3w
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Damaged | Alex Kava
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Body parts are found in a cooler floating in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting FBI profiler Maggie O‘Dell to investigate. While I enjoyed this quick read, it had too many characters who were largely one note. All the storylines came together in the end, but they were a bit far flung. And no actual profiling took place. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Saw this online today, knew you guys would get it. 😆

Librariana There was a day, before my husband and I went out to run some errands, when I considered bringing a book with me "just in case", but I knew the types we'd be running wouldn't facilitate any reading time. Then, as we're driving down the hill heading towards the highway he tells me, "I was thinking of going to get my hair cut first..." and you could SEE the steam coming out of my ears! 3w
Librariana A hair cut for him always means reading time for me while I wait. I told him I wouldn't mind the detour in the slightest, but *REALLY* needed him, from now on, to spring these announcements on me BEFORE we left the house. Moral of the story: always, ALWAYS bring a book. No matter what. 3w
Hooked_on_books @Librariana That‘s pretty funny. And yes, excellent philosophy. If I don‘t have a book, I can always start reading one on my phone through one of many apps. One benefit of technology! 3w
Lauraandherbooks I don‘t drive so I‘m always the passenger and try to sneak in a little reading when leaving the house , sometimes it‘s my only opportunity I get in a day - I usually buy purses judging if it‘s big enough to carry a book 😜 3w
Hooked_on_books @Lauraandherbooks Yes! Big purses are a must! 😆 3w
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This book is really dark in places, but sometimes the life choices of the characters bring forth ideas like this.

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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A worthy end to a terrific trilogy. I just loved it. If you like the idea of a future earth in which people are immortal and population control is achieved by scythes who “glean” people, start with Scythe and read the whole trilogy. I highly recommend the Barnes and Noble version of this book—it has notes from the author on every chapter in the back which I found quite illuminating.

vivastory I can't wait to read this 3w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory I‘d be up for a swap if you have something enticing to send my way. 🤔 3w
vivastory I would swap any of the following 3w
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vivastory I have a slightly damaged copy of 3w
vivastory Those are the ones that come to mind. I wouldn't mind parting with any of them, would even swap a couple for it 3w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Hey, I wouldn‘t say no to two. 😬 The Whisper Man and The Expendable Man look interesting to me. Shoot me an email at hollybarker13 at yahoo with your address and I‘ll send you mine. Hooray for swaps! 3w
vivastory Excellent! I really enjoyed The Whisper Man & I haven't read the Hughes (it's the Dec NYRBBOOKCLUB selection) I loved her book In a Lonely Place. I asked for a replacement copy after I ordered it because the first one had some corner damage. 3w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory They replace books like that? How cool! I don‘t mind corner damage. 3w
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Campbell and Lena are pushed together when a violent fight starts at their high school football game and they seek shelter together. As they attempt to get to a safer place, they discover rioting in the streets. While an interesting premise, I found this a bit superficial and lacking the punch and depth of a book like The Hate You Give.

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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Ranger Darren Matthews is asked to look into the disappearance of the young son of a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. He finds himself in a racist viper pit of a small town. It‘s a good story with some interesting parallel stories occurring, but for me it wasn‘t as strong as Bluebird, Bluebird. I really like this character and hope to see him again.

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I‘ve really been enjoying #ReadingUSA2019 and have just signed up for #ReadingEurope2020, hosted by the fabulous @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB ! Head on over the Librarybelle‘s post for the sign up link if you‘re interested in joining in. It‘s a fun, no-pressure challenge.

Librarybelle Thank you for sharing! 4w
ljuliel I wish you guys a lot of success and fun on your journey. It sounds like fun, but I think I‘m slowly learning in here what to sign up for. I only wish I had the fortitude to stick with a year long challenge like this. I got partway through last year‘s USA, then fizzled out. I‘ll be eagerly watching to see where all you go and what books you choose. I‘ll be the World‘s Oldest Cheerleader 📣 for you. 4w
Copwithabook I second @ljuliel can‘t wait to see where your reading takes you 4w
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Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I totally get it. There are things I definitely don‘t sign up for but I‘m glad there‘s a little something that works for everyone here. I have 5 states to go still but expect to finish the challenge. For Europe, I don‘t know that finishing will happen, but as long as I‘m having fun, that‘s the main thing. 4w
BarbaraBB I‘m happy we can share suggestions again next year. Reading the US has been such fun! 💕 3w
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books Right, I‘m glad there are different types of reading events that fit everyone‘s needs. I wish I could do these types and complete them, but I guess if we compared reading to track and field, I‘d be the short sprint sort of runner ( if I could RUN 🏃‍♀️). It‘s fun watching others do this to fill out your maps. Do you guys have a set number of countries you‘re aiming for, or just as many as you want ? 3w
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I think it‘s like the States—you do what you want for the challenge. There are 46 countries, some of which I did not know are technically in Europe, like Kazakhstan. I‘ve learned something already! 3w
ljuliel It should be fun searching for books from so many places. Looking forward to seeing what all you guys find ! Should be a colorful year. Are you doing the maps ? 3w
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel I have a dry-erase world map in my library now, stuck to the door. The states challenge made me curious to have a visual of where my books are set. So I‘m going to wipe it clean for the new year and color in the countries as I go, while tracking reading in other places, too. 3w
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YOU GUYS!!! This is a thing! It‘s a little kit you get and you make your very own little bookstore!!!!!!! It‘s about 7 x 9 x 7 inches completed. I‘ve asked for this from my husband for Christmas, so hopefully he comes through. 🤞🏼 How cute is this!?!?!

Now that I‘ve told you, you guys better not buy them all up before I get mine! 😑😬😆

Texreader I must have one! Where do I send my hubby to get me one too? 4w
Hooked_on_books @Texreader Several outlets are selling them. I just googled “diy bookstore kit” and found a bunch of options. Not sure if they‘re in stores as well. 4w
LeahBergen Ooooh! 4w
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ju.ca.no How cuuuute😱🤩🤩🤩 4w
squirrelbrain Oooh I need one! ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Sooooo cute!!!! 4w
Lauram My sister got me this for Christmas last year. It‘s in the back of a closet right now. It‘s challenging and messy. But go for it! I‘m going to try again over Christmas break. 4w
AmyG This is adorable. 4w
ImperfectCJ So cute! My daughter enjoys puzzles; this might be an interesting (if potentially tedious) family project. 4w
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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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Well, I‘m planning to tighten my budget, so this will probably be my last book haul for a while. So I made it a good one! The Lindy West is a signed first edition. 😍 And I‘m going to jump into The Toll pretty much immediately. I can‘t wait!

vivastory Stellar haul! I loved Scythe, I need to read book 2. Have you read 4w
vivastory I really liked it 4w
DGRachel I‘m planning one last big hurrah on small business Saturday, but then yeah...a serious book buying limit and stricter budget need to be put in place. *sigh* 4w
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Hooked_on_books @vivastory I haven‘t read that one but I do own it, according to my database. Who knows where it is on my shelves. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I loved both Scythe and Thunderhead, so I‘m psyched to read this one. Though sad that it‘s the last one. 4w
Hooked_on_books @DGRachel It sucks, doesn‘t it? Instead of being employed and getting a steady paycheck, I now have my own business, which is great, but requires more balance and caution. At least I have a great library system where I can get basically any book I want. And that‘s my roots as a reader anyway. 4w
vivastory I noticed Broken River in your picture below the Machado. 4w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Very observant! I guess I know where it is now. 🤣😳 Next time I need to find a book, I‘m inviting you over. 4w
vivastory 😄 I have the same problem with my books. I've been meaning to organize them for years now 😬 4w
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Sadly, I moved in April and unpacked them all in early May, so you‘d think I‘d have a better handle on where they are. Nope. 4w
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Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel | Michael Robotham
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Heather, what a welcome surprise! Thank you so much for the book—it looks really good. And the card is 😍! This was really sweet of you.

(FYI, I recommend the flat rate envelopes—they‘re much cheaper! 🙂)

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I don‘t watch tv anymore, but used to watch a lot of it, including Buffy, Nussbaum‘s inspiration for becoming a tv critic. Here she‘s collected some of her pieces from over the years. I enjoyed the listen and appreciate her thoughtful approach to these shows, which becomes societal commentary.

cathipink I really liked this one, too. I especially enjoyed the showrunner profiles - so interesting to get that glimpse into their minds. 4w
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After a neighbor dies suddenly, several other members of a small Polish community start to die in odd ways as witnessed by our eccentric main character. This is truly a character study of a woman more in touch with nature than people, with a mystery draped over the top. I enjoyed the humor of it but I did find it bogged down in places for me.

DGRachel So glad to see more positive reviews for this book. I really enjoyed it. 💖 4w
Crazeedi Nice review! 4w
cathysaid Stacking for that title! 4w
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Hooked_on_books @cathysaid Apparently in comes from a Blake poem. The main character has a friend with whom she likes to translate Blake into Polish. It‘s interesting to read a translated book in which the characters debate about how to translate poems. 4w
Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi Thanks! ☺️ 4w
cathysaid @Hooked_on_books Oooh that does sound good. Now going to find the poem 🤓 4w
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Technically…#foodonthecover.

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Couldn‘t help myself. Hopefully I‘m not the only weirdo.

ljuliel Funny ! Well, there are those that eat frog legs, so I guess this would be food to some people. 🤨🤪 1mo
Soubhiville 🤣 I love this choice! I 100% support it! 1mo
Copwithabook I loved this book. It was a little outside my norm but strangely informative 1mo
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Hooked_on_books @ljuliel @Soubhiville I‘m glad you guys get me! 🙃 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook I actually haven‘t read it yet, but I really look forward to it. 1mo
BookNAround That‘s my kind of humor. 😂😂😂 1mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! 1mo
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This is a theory of the main character. She goes on from here. My husband didn‘t seem to appreciate this, but I think she‘s a riot.

😬😆

vumblereads 😂 1mo
DGRachel I laughed so much in this book. I absolutely love the MC. 1mo
shanaqui Wait, this is a quote from a character? I read this on Twitter the other day attributed as something someone actually said. 🙄 1mo
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui can‘t trust Twitter! This character is awesome—she‘s really funny. 1mo
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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I think I‘m going to like this one. Page 3 and I‘m already loving the snark. 😆

Texreader Well that sure is a good point! You have to find the darned thing to use it! 🤣 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Texreader I couldn‘t help but laugh! It also makes me think of glasses you‘ve knocked to the floor. How do you find them when you can‘t see? 👓 1mo
Texreader @Hooked_on_books Which happens to me frequently. I have this habit of putting my glasses down on my patterned quilt covering my bed. Then I have to feel around to find them. I‘ve even had to call the family for assistance. It‘s hilarious and frustrating at the same time. 1mo
Tex2Flo This book seems to have A LOT of great quotes. I‘m not familiar with it, but am definitely looking it up. 1mo
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I thought I‘d give this book a try because it sounded interesting—a woman learns her father is not her biological father after an Ancestry DNA test. But frankly it‘s reading like overwrought melodrama to me. And I just don‘t relate, but I‘ve always felt how one feels is more important to family than biology. #unpopularopinion

Texreader Good to know. Thanks for the honesty. Genealogy is a hobby of mine and I might have wanted to read this one. But your bailing and review are persuasive 1mo
cathipink I finished this, but felt the same- I had a hard time connecting with her. 1mo
LauraBeth I‘m always down for an unpopular opinion! 😀 1mo
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Copwithabook The audiobook didn‘t seem so bad. I remember thinking it was fairly good 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook A lot of people really loved this book! I‘m just not among them. When I looked at the other reviews, those that disliked it seemed to have a similar response to mine. We‘re a small subset. 1mo
Copwithabook @Hooked_on_books it happens. I recently had to put down On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous for the same reasons 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Copwithabook We‘re in agreement on that one. It kept taking off in different directions so often I just couldn‘t get into it. 1mo
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“The cluster of buildings on the endless grassy plain looked like a patch of stubble a man missed while shaving.”

There‘s some good lines in this one.

#BOTMBuddyRead

TheBookHippie I know, I think the undercurrent of the writing is very well done. 1mo
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From 2000 to 2004, Jesmyn Ward lost 5 important young men in her life and community, including her brother. Here she weaves the stories of their lives and deaths between her own brutal childhood story. It‘s amazing that she survived. This is a tough read from which I had to take a lot of breaks. It‘s filled with heartbreak and tragedy but ultimately proves the author‘s resilience.

@Cinfhen

#ReadingUSA2019 #Mississippi

squirrelbrain Haven‘t heard of this one before - sounds like a good one, if rather tough. Stacked. 1mo
Cinfhen Just finished!! I had a different reading experience but agree that JW can write and she‘s a strong, inspiring voice for her generation 1mo
NatalieR Great review! 1mo
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Librarybelle Great review! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I still haven‘t read her first novel, though I do have it. The essay collection she edited, The Fire This Time, is actually her most important book for me. It made me realize some of my thinking about race was flawed. And it‘s tremendous. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @NatalieR @Librarybelle Thanks you guys! ☺️ 1mo
Cinfhen I still want to read her essay collection! Thanks for the reminder and the impromptu BuddyRead 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Thanks to you, too! We should do it again sometime. Maybe we‘ll eventually find a book we agree on. 😂 1mo
Cinfhen 💕💕💕 1mo
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I originally was not planning to read this book because I stopped watching tv a few years ago, but then I heard the author on a podcast. She was funny and I wanted to hear more from her. Most importantly, she talked about how her tv reviewing career started because of one of the best shows of all time, Buffy. I‘ve had some heavy reads recently, so I‘ve started this one to lighten things and am enjoying it so far.

vivastory This sounds intriguing. My "TV" consumption is via streaming services & is actually extremely limited, frequently weeks or months pass without watching anything beyond clips of Colbert & Trevor Noah on YouTube. There are shows I'd like to watch, but the TBR is always calling to me. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @vivastory TV has definitely changed a lot over the years, particularly lately regarding the platforms in which it‘s available. I used to watch a lot of tv, but my husband and I don‘t like the same stuff and we both think it‘s a waste of time to watch something just for someone else, so I read instead. I know there‘s great tv out there, but I don‘t miss it. 1mo
ravenlee My husband and I got fed up with commercials and “reality tv” and the price we were paying for it all about five years ago. Since then we watch our favorites on DVD and make use of the library. We‘ve considered a streaming service but honestly we‘re pretty non-technological and can‘t be bothered to figure them out. 😆 1mo
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RaimeyGallant Fun fact. In my early twenties, people used to yell Sarah! around me to see if I'd turn around. I mean, maybe I looked a little like her, but not that much 1mo
Hooked_on_books @RaimeyGallant That‘s funny! Sounds like you have a great go-to Halloween costume! 1mo
RaimeyGallant I never thought of it that way. How many Halloweens have I wasted lol?!?! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is really fun! I‘m thinking audio might be a good way to go 1mo
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Your House Will Pay is a thoughtful exploration of the impact and reverberations of violence on two families, one Korean, one Black, in current and 1990s LA. It‘s well structured and keeps its focus small while exploring the nuances of race in our society. It‘s a bit emotionally tough but really good.

Cinfhen I read this as an ARC, but it felt to YA for me. It wasn‘t a pick for me 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Really? I didn‘t get YA at all. This one may be better on audio. Grace and Shawn are voiced by different readers and it works well. 1mo
Cinfhen Funny / we seem out of sync but I‘m glad that it‘s still cool to share our opinions without being vilified ❣️ 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen It‘s that ven diagram thing again. We overlap, just not on everything. And we got through that Ruth Ware hiccup! 😂 (I still love her books.) 1mo
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A quarter of the way in and Jesmyn‘s youth makes me think of the above quote. And I‘m struggling with the presence of dog fighting, which I find so terribly wrong.

I do love how she evokes a sense of place. You feel like you can see, feel, smell southern Mississippi.

Cinfhen I haven‘t gotten very far but I‘m already disturbed and I see the premise of both her novels Sing, Unburied Sing and this one that I haven‘t read yet (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Yes, for sure. I‘ve read both of those and her life experience has clearly informed her novels. I‘m impressed that she‘s able to write both fiction and non this well. Not all writers have her facility. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m about 75% done/ I don‘t know why but this book seems a little cold & sterile. I‘m not drawn in like I am with her fiction 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen That‘s interesting. I‘m close to the end—about to read the section about her brother—and I find it devastating. I think it‘s amazing she survived her childhood. Bummer you‘re not responding as much to it. But I had that issue with Vuong‘s novel that you loved. You just never know. 1mo
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Thanks for the tags, @Addison_Reads and @sblbooks ! I wanted to use all books I already own for #myidealbookclub and here‘s what I picked. Half fiction, half nonfiction, and a couple of lighter picks to balance out the heavy topics and the chunkster.

What books would you choose for your book club?

Megabooks I‘d join!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks Thank you! ☺️ 1mo
Addison_Reads Excellent picks. Your bookclub would have lots to discuss. Sign me up. 😁 1mo
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Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads Thank you! That was my goal, lots of discussion. 1mo
vivastory I'd join your bookclub! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Thanks! You‘d be welcomed! 1mo
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I‘ve just finished the prologue and clearly this is going to be a really tough read. Imagine losing 5 young men close to you I‘m under four years. Then writing about it. This is my fourth by Ward and I have mad respect for this woman. #JWBuddyRead

Cinfhen I‘m preparing myself/ have tissues ready 1mo
megnews Very good and well-written 1mo
Addison_Reads I love her books, but I always have to make sure I have a lighter read to follow up with once I finish because her books leave me so emotionally raw. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads As I move through it, that‘s exactly what I‘m thinking. Maybe a humor book next. This is marvelous, but it‘s a doozy. 1mo
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I recently gave my aunt a gift subscription to Libro, a great audiobook service that benefits indie bookstores. As a thank you, they gave me a free copy of Circe, BUT I have no interest in this book. First come, first served, I will pass it along to whomever wants it. The link should work anywhere in the world. All you need is the libro app on your device to download it. You DO NOT need a libro membership.

Cinfhen You‘re the kindest!!! I‘m passing but just wanted to give you a shout out 🥰 1mo
Cinfhen BTW: we still on for JW?? I‘m ready to go when you are!!! 1mo
Linsy You‘re so sweet! I‘d love to listen, if you‘re still looking for someone! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books @Linsy She‘s all yours! Just email me at hollybarker13 at yahoo and I‘ll send you the link. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘m in! I can start it now since I just finished my brick today. 1mo
Linsy @Hooked_on_books Just emailed. Thank you!!! I‘m excited 😁 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Great!! I‘ll bust it out later today 🤗heading to Jerusalem soon to visit a relative. 1mo
Linsy Just got it. Thank you!!! I‘m definitely bumping this up my TBR now. 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Linsy You‘re welcome! I love the convenience of audiobooks. 1mo
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Filipino-American Jay‘s cousin Jun is killed in the Philippines. So Jay travels there over spring break to try to understand what happened. He learns a great deal about Duterte‘s police state, his family, and himself. This is a terrific, heart-wrenching book (I nearly teared up and I‘m NOT a crier) that sheds light on the reality of our current world.

Texreader Great review 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Texreader Thank you! ☺️ 1mo
Nute Sounds interesting! Is there some historical information laced throughout the fiction? 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Nute Very little historical stuff, but lots of current events. I do feel like it gave a good flavor of the current Philippines. It‘s really well done. 1mo
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An intemperate white supremacist US president flouts laws and openly wars with Congress, setting up his own impeachment. 2019? Nope. (Well, ok, yes.) This is Andrew Johnson in the 1860s. While dense in places, this book is a great read, especially as a primer for what is likely to come in the modern era. The parallels are extraordinary.

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Fill in the blank!

It‘s Andrew Johnson. But I‘m going to guess you were thinking of someone else.

julesG 😂😂 1mo
Amiable Yikes. 😳 1mo
Texreader Good gosh that‘s accurate... 1mo
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