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ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ

Joined May 2019

Home educator, reader, autodidact, dilettante. http://imperfecthappiness.org GR & IG: imperfecthappiness, Twitter: @indigoJan43
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December's #bookspinbingo board is ready to go! I love that #bookspin and #doublespin ended up in the same column. Very convenient!

@TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much for hosting every month, Sarah! I don't know what it is about this challenge, but it really works for me, and I so appreciate all of the work you put into it!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I have absolutely loved seeing how different people put this challenge to work!! It's so fun to see people motivated to check off squares!!! 14h
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The Gods of Guilt | Michael Connelly
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Just like I wouldn't want to be a friend of Bosch because people in his life tend to get dead or seriously injured, I also wouldn't want to be too close to Mickey Haller. And I haven't spent much time in courtrooms, but I would be really surprised if they were this dramatic so much of the time. Still, this is a fun story that kept me listening.

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December's #bookspin list! For my birthday (for the past 20-odd years), my spouse chooses five books from my TBR and gets them for me from the library. I have been given no indication that he's doing differently this year, so I've worked those unknown books into my list.

UwannaPublishme What a fun surprise you‘ll have for your birthday! 🥳📚 2d
ImperfectCJ @UwannaPublishme Yes! I always love seeing what books he picks out for me! 2d
ImperfectCJ @UwannaPublishme (and my TBR is long enough it's always a surprise) 2d
Clare-Dragonfly Oh, what a delightful and frugal gift! I love it! 2d
ImperfectCJ @Clare-Dragonfly It's also less pressure since he's not buying the books (pressure for him to get ones I want to keep, and pressure for me not to just give them away when I'm done with them because that's what I do with most of my books). 1d
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November #bookspinbingo board.

I was trying to see how many books I could read without getting a bingo, but I ended up with two (one thanks to a DNF). I finished my #doublespin but not my #bookspin this month.

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 2d
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Lady Into Fox | David Garnett
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Umm...okay. Not sure what this just was, but it was short and interesting. Difficult not to read from a feminist perspective.

Chrissyreadit Thanks again for a lovely phone visit! ❤️ 2d
ImperfectCJ @Chrissyreadit And thank you! It was so nice to chat with you! 2d
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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As I'm accustomed to with Oyeyemi's books, I like this one a lot without really understanding it, especially the ending. I appreciate the way the story deals with love, the trade-offs of pursuing what we love and/or need in the face of the culture around us, the difficulty of recognizing and giving honest love when what we've received has been so much different from what love should be, and the challenge of being or even recognizing ourselves.

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Little Failure: A Memoir | Gary Shteyngart
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Shteyngart's memoir is as self-indulgent as most memoirs are, but it's refreshing that the author is aware of this and calls it out repeatedly. It's an interesting look inside the identity issues that come up for a child born in a different country from the one where they grow up. I mean, all of us have identity issues growing up, but to also be between two cultures and two languages seems really to turn the dial up.

#doublespin for November

ImperfectCJ As a side note, I find it interesting that, had Oberlin (my first-choice school) offered me financial aid, I'd have been there at the same time as Shteyngart for one year. Not that I think it's likely I would have liked him, given how he describes himself, but then I'd have been to junior high, high school, and college with moderately famous authors. But I also wouldn't have met my spouse, so I suppose it's all worked out for the best. 4d
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Little Failure: A Memoir | Gary Shteyngart
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When the pie is gone but there's still coconut whipped cream left, difficult choices must be made. I enjoyed this embellished decaf while listening to the tagged audiobook today.

Clare-Dragonfly Bravely making the best of the situation 😂 4d
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Visited a tiny bookstore at the model train museum today. Unfortunately, I could only window shop, but it looks like a lovely place.

Aimeesue 🥰 6d
Chelleo We have a model train place near us and I love it! 5d
ImperfectCJ @Chelleo That's awesome! I'm always surprised at how much I enjoy it, even now that my kids have grown out of it. Ours has some really cool, intricate setups, and I just love seeing the little dramas that are hidden around. 5d
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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What a bizarre and twisty novel this is! There might have been one twist too many for my taste, but it's definitely creative (and creepy).

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I haven't been able to get my checked-out books to sync from Overdrive/Libby to my Kobo for the past three days, but otherwise, today has been an excellent day. Pictured is from our tidepooling outing between dinner and pie. We saw a seal, pelicans, cormorants, hermit crabs, snails, anemones, mussels, barnacles, and lots of kelp and surf grass, and we heard (and smelled) sea lions.

BarbaraBB That‘s fantastic! Do you live at the beach or are you vacationing? 1w
DieAReader Had this issue many times. My best result usually came from having it plugged in (wall outlet, not pc/laptop) & then repeatedly syncing & canceling. You‘ll know once it‘s working by what it says. I‘ve completely given up on Overdrive on my Kobo. It just always made me angry and then was glitchy. My sanity couldn‘t take it anymore🤷🏻‍♀️ Current Kobo is the ‘Nia‘, bought only last year (device #6 in the last 10 yrs). I attract🍋🍋🍋tech 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
ImperfectCJ @BarbaraBB We live about 3 miles from the beach, although it's a little farther down the coast to the tidepools. It's become something of a Thanksgiving tradition for us, and judging by the crowds, we're not unique. :-) 1w
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ImperfectCJ @DieAReader Thank you for the suggestion! It's been working fine until this week (although transferring files via Adobe Digital Editions has always been hit-or-miss), and overall I like the Kobo much more than my old Kindle, so this new development is very disappointing. 1w
mcipher Oh they are so fishy smelling! I hear them constantly from my house (we‘re a few blocks from the river). Too full and lazy to head to the beach today but we‘re hoping to see a king tide tomorrow! (edited) 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ Glad to be of help! I‘m the Kobo wizard in the fam lol. I‘ve had so many and all had issues at some point that I troubleshoot the devices for everyone I know. I‘ve dealt with their customer service & they often don‘t even know the basic functions of said devices. 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ The only thing I remember about the Adobe Editions (I only uploaded books like this once or twice) was that the computer has to be “authorized” & that I believe you should be able to find in one of their drop down menues. If you go in to the kobo settings>accounts> & then flip to the page 2, you can see if ur device has been authorized (by the computer & if not then unplug the device, authorize on computer then reconnect & sync. (edited) 1w
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader ADE worked for me for a while and then stopped. I erased the authorization and re-authorized and that worked for a while but not anymore. Based on what I'm seeing online, it's a pretty common problem. If I can't get the Libby/Overdrive sync to work, I'll have to switch back to the Kindle. I only check out ebooks, so I need the library connection, and Overdrive on the Kobo is giving me "please wait..." and not syncing from Libby. 1w
Hooked_on_books What an awesome day! 1w
Aimeesue Lovely shot! 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ As far as I know, Kobo doesn‘t support Libby (ebooks). I know it‘s created or whatever by Overdrive and is great for audiobooks. If u can force ‘Read Now‘ option (if u see the book) that‘s an option that works; I‘ve also opened the books on my phone app and then tricked the kobo😂. Kobo site & device app have a “fix my account option” if you‘re ok with possibly having to reset to factory (pin hole on the back-press/hold until reboots) 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ You might be able to trick it via the Overdrive app same as kobo app. Doesn‘t always work but it‘s worth a try. Lmk if any of all that makes sense or not.😉 1w
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader I was going to try tricking it with the Overdrive app, but the Overdrive app is gone as of September, I think, replaced entirely by Overdrive's Libby app. Libby's worked seamlessly with my Kobo since I bought it 2-3 years ago (check out from Libby, sync my Kobo, there's the book), but just this week my newly checked-out books are no longer adding at sync (no new titles appearing). I've done the "repair" function and the factory reset. 1w
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader I'm going to play around with the Kobo app (eventually) after I finish the books I just routed to my old Kindle and check out new ones. Maybe it's a bug they're going to get worked out, or a Thanksgiving break for my e-reader or something. If it keeps up, I'll contact Kobo support. 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ I‘ve spent hrs repeating the process and walk away then voila. Not always though. Sry you‘re having so many issues. 1w
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader It's a relatively small thing in the grand scheme. Definitely an annoyance, but one I can work around. Mostly I'm just sad that my beloved Kobo isn't as perfect as I thought she was. 1w
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ True enough😉 1w
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader an update: I chatted with Kobo customer service today, and turns out the Overdrive thing I've been experiencing is a known issue. They said they're working on it, and will email me when it's resolved 🤞 5d
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ That‘s awesome! Last time I called Support, they tried to tell me the device wouldn‘t go to sleep if the sleep & off settings were not set identical🙄🤣 I played along after I laughed and told him that was odd cause it‘s been a function for my last 6 readers and he was incorrect. Opted to finish the chat via email so I wouldn‘t call the mama moron for not even knowing the basic functions & capabilities of the device he was helping on 5d
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ I‘d love to know what the have to say when the issue is fixed🧐 I might try using it again if it‘s not gonna make me wanna pull out my hair lol. Oh, btw I wanted to ask, what Kobo version are you using (u have me curious about Libby working on ur Kobo - I don‘t even have the option of Libby🤨). I‘m running a ‘Nia‘ bought last Boxing Day. 5d
ImperfectCJ @DieAReader I have a Libra H2O. I check out books on the Libby app on my phone, then they show up on my Kobo when I sync it (or they did until last week). I have multiple library cards, so I just have to make sure I check them out on the card I have linked to my Kobo. I log in via Overdrive on the Kobo, so theoretically it should access all of them, but it always makes me pick one. Other library items I have to load via ADE from my computer. 5d
DieAReader @ImperfectCJ 🤓📚I also have multiple cards (2 different provinces)but have only ever had the option of logging in via one card. If I wanted something from the other then I‘d have to sign out & then back in with the other card. Not sure that helps but… 5d
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After jumping around through the digital version of this book, I have decided I like Reeves's approach. I'm going to buy myself a physical copy of the book and a couple of notebooks (okay, so I don't need more notebooks, nor do I need more excuses to buy notebooks, but I'm going to buy some anyway) and try to make 2023 the year that I reestablish a daily writing practice. I did Morning Pages for years, but I like the focus of daily prompts.

SomedayAlmost Good for you! 1w
ImperfectCJ @SomedayAlmost Thanks! I'm trying to convince myself that the practice and the act of creation are worthwhile endeavors even if nothing ever evolves into something published. I used to believe this but lost sight of it over the years, and now I'm trying to reclaim it. 1w
UwannaPublishme You can do it! 1w
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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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This novel took what felt like forever to read. It was enjoyable overall if perhaps a little slow at times. I like how Tchaikovsky interprets the psyche of a non-primate species and how he addresses the challenges inherent in a meeting of two sentient life forms.

RaeLovesToRead I was so Team Spider for this book 😄 1w
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The Black Box | Michael Connelly
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I like what Connelly tries to do here, showing how bad actors might take advantage of a chaotic time, and I like that he takes the story into the Central Valley, which is a part of California many people don't think of when they think of the state, even though so much of the country's food comes from there, but the story itself feels a little weak.

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1) Tidepooling (when the weather and tide charts align). This year the timing works so we'll eat dinner, explore the tidepools, then have pie.

2) Pumpkin pie. Oh, how I love pumpkin pie! I also make it for my birthday two weeks after Thanksgiving.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Pie! Yum! Thanks for playing 2w
kspenmoll Tide pooling- walking in low tide? 1w
ImperfectCJ @kspenmoll Walking on rocks during low tide so we can see all the creatures that live in the intertidal zone (sea stars, urchins, anemones, crabs, snails, sometimes lobsters and octopuses). The rocks are necessary because they trap water to create the pools. 1w
kspenmoll @ImperfectCJ Wow. That sounds amazing. Truly. 1w
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Despite feeling somewhat meh about the ending, I enjoyed this novel. The setting is a place I want to visit every time I read about it, and there are some interesting issues of classism and xenophobia mixed in with the mystery and frustration and almost universally cringey male characters.

(Photo is from my walk to work this afternoon while listening to the end of this audiobook.)

Aimeesue Fabulous shot! 2w
UwannaPublishme Beautiful photo! 😍 2w
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I like imagining that Silo is watching for the books I'm expecting to arrive, but if he is, he's looking out the wrong side of the house. Maybe he's looking for the books the neighbors ordered to arrive. (The neighbors haven't told me they ordered books, but I assume they must have at some point.)

Clare-Dragonfly Maybe the neighbors ordered cat food and he wants to steal it! 2w
ImperfectCJ @Clare-Dragonfly Ooh! That's a distinct possibility! 2w
kspenmoll Seems like @Clare-Dragonfly has the right idea! 😹 (edited) 2w
UwannaPublishme 😹😹😹 2w
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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What an interesting collection this is! I like Chiang's approach of using fiction, especially sci-fi/alternate histories, to explore issues of human nature. It reminds me a little of how my math students use examples and counterexamples to reason through complex problems. "How would humans act in this situation?" Chiang seems to ask. "Or this one? Or this one?" It's the kind of writing I would like to do if I were better at writing fiction.

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The Drop | Michael Connelly
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I enjoyed this novel, but I don't have much to say about it as a book. The series seems to be evolving into something less like a series of interconnected standalone novels and more like one continuous story. There are things I find frustrating and/or annoying about this novel, but it seems premature to judge it based on things that might look different in the context of the overarching story, so I need to keep reading. Well played, Connelly.

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Some of the suggestions are misses for me, but most are valuable, and several resonate strongly. I read the original book (Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Adults) several years ago and learned about this one on a podcast recently. It's an excellent source of practical next steps after reading the original book. A little self-helpy but not annoyingly so.

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The Fifth Witness | Michael Connelly
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The reveal in this one is quite effective! I'm enjoying Mickey Haller more than I had been, and I'm glad Connelly is letting him evolve, but I'll still be glad to get back to Bosch.

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The Reversal | Michael Connelly
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Except for the oddly cliffhangerish ending, I enjoyed this one. It's mostly courtroom drama, which isn't really my thing, but there were enough compelling characters and variations on the basic courtroom theme to keep my interest.

Chrissyreadit What grades are you homeschooling? Do you have a specific method or curriculum you use? I‘m curious… I homeschooled my two from 2nd and 4th through high school graduation and loved it. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Chrissyreadit My kids are in 8th and 12th this year, and we've homeschooled from the beginning, mostly influenced by Well-Trained Mind and later Build Your Library curriculum. This fall I'm doing hardly anything that feels like "homeschooling," though, as both kids are taking outside classes. Next year, one will be in college and the other is trying out a local high school. If he likes high school, I guess I'm done homeschooling. 3w
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The electricity is out at home for four hours for some scheduled maintenance, so we tagged along to class with the elder child so my son could do his online classes at the college library. I did some work, wrote some #litsylove, and now it's time to read.

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Nine Dragons | Michael Connelly
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It's an admittedly convoluted story, and since I started reading out of order, I knew some of what was going to happen, but I enjoyed this novel. The ending is weak, but it ties up some things and sets the stage for others, so it works, in a way. Plus it's always delightfully quaint the way state-of-the-art-at-the-time tech is described. The novel also re-confirmed my desire to fly first class next time I travel internationally.

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The Scarecrow | Michael Connelly
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I'm not sure if it's the "reporter pretending to be a detective" theme or the main characters having a job then not having a job then having a job again (maybe) or if it's just the large number of flights to and from different places that I find tiring. It's not a bad story, and the data security piece is interesting enough, but how everything unfolds feels a little tedious.

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Most of the suggestions aren't new to me, but the authors lay them out in an organized fashion that helps me see where I have blind spots in my decision-making processes (and that my natural defensive-pessimism style of decision making is already pretty aligned with their recommended process). The book is almost ten years old but the suggestions still feel relevant (even if some of the references are a dated).

ImperfectCJ The book was originally published in 2013, and partway through, they describe an exercise in which you predict the likelihood of an Asian American being elected president in November 2020. Given all that has happened since, it felt very strange to try to imagine how I might have answered this question in 2013. 3w
SamAnne I really appreciated Made To Stick. Have used it in my conservation advocacy for years. 3w
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Today's modest library haul and a question:

As do most of you, I'm betting, I read a lot and enjoy engaging with ideas and the ways that stories/fiction can help us work through situations and emotions that are hard to get our heads around in real life. Books are a huge part of my life, and yet when I talk to most people, I rarely mention books/reading, and when I do, I feel almost embarrassed. I don't know why this is.

Does anyone else do this?

mcctrish I talk about what I read all the time. I‘m reading Cultish right now and it has a lot to say about multi-level marketing companies and brands like Peloton and how they use “cult speak” and I just need to talk about it. I‘m pretty sure people are used to me by now 🤣🤣🤣 3w
Aimeesue Depends on where I am. At work, people don't read, apparently, but I help run the book sale at my church, so I'm pretty well known as a reader there. And happily there are a lot of readers, so I'm always talking books or recommending to someone. (edited) 3w
ImperfectCJ @Aimeesue I guess this might be my issue, that I don't really have an IRL "reader" space. I should probably get in the habit of mentioning it to people I just meet so I can feel them out a bit. Who knows? They might be readers and are just waiting for an excuse to talk books. 3w
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ImperfectCJ @mcctrish That is an incredibly interesting concept! No wonder you always want to talk about it! That's a topic I'd have to tread carefully around, though, given the people I know. I used to bring up Timothy Snyder's The Road to Unfreedom all the time, but that's not a conversation that I find is usually welcome, either because people interpret it as political or because they find it boring. 3w
mcctrish Oh I might need to listen to that ( I love non-fiction on audio) and then share 🤣🤣 3w
ImperfectCJ @mcctrish The audio was great! I listened to it and also bought be the print book so I could underline and make notes (it's pretty dense). 3w
bthegood so glad you mentioned this - I work at a University so mentioning reading is not a negative although I tend to mention it in terms of texts, not for leisure - I am going to make a conscious effort to mention reading for leisure more often - #noapologiesforreading 😊 3w
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Very fun questions today!
1. I almost always have multiple books going in multiple formats.
2. The Sentence and The Water Cure were both favorites from this year. I DNFed several (life's too short), but I think my only pan was Survive the Night.
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🧡 3w
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The biggest thing that stands out to me about this collection is how varied the stories are. There's fantasy/sci-fi, alternate history, crime drama, Old West, and sometimes all of that mixed together. Listening to this on audiobook, I sometimes had to backtrack when a new story began so I could get my bearings, especially on the alternate histories. Favorites are probably the title story, "State Change," "Good Hunting," and "All the Flavors."

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First #litsylove going out in what feels like a million years. I'm starting back slowly, but I'm starting back.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are happy that you are back!! ❤️ 3w
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Wow, so I really like this short story collection. Wilson has a way of eliciting an unreasonable hopefulness from lives that are, viewed reasonably, hopeless. There are several stories that I think are going to stick with me, including Wildfire Johnny, with its time travel with a harsh price, and Scroll Through the Weapons, which describes a home life that is a little too close to what I grew up with.

BarbaraBB Great review! I hadn‘t heard of it but I loved 1mo
ImperfectCJ @BarbaraBB Me, too! I actually read Nothing to See Here three times (once on my own, once aloud to my teens, then again as an audiobook on a family road trip), which is not my usual. Wilson has a new one out this month that I have on my TBR now. Early reviews say it's ever better than Nothing to See Here. 4w
BarbaraBB Really? I have to check that out. I read this was one too but it wasn‘t as good as Nothing to See Here 4w
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ImperfectCJ @BarbaraBB Agreed. I liked The Family Fang, but I loved Nothing to See Here 4w
BarbaraBB Thanks! It sounds good! Looking forward to it 4w
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The Brass Verdict | Michael Connelly
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Fun, a little silly, with a scene so reminiscent of old Scooby-Doo cartoons, I almost laughed out loud. It's not great literature, but I really do enjoy this series (or these series, as I guess it's sort of more than one interwoven). Connelly does write interesting characters.

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The Overlook | Michael Connelly
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This one was quick for me to figure out. I have the feeling that this isn't the first time Connelly has used this basic storyline, but I might be thinking of a book by someone else or maybe it's just a side effect of reading some of the later books first. I felt like Bosch might have turned a corner during the previous Bosch book, but he seems back to his old self again in this one. Still, it was nice to be back in Connelly's LA.

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It was difficult not to picture the actors from Clue while listening to this one. I know that I read it in 7th grade (as Ten Little Indians), but I retained very little from that reading and what I do remember is mixed up with a farcical radio play we wrote as a reading project. This might be the darkest Christie I've read so far. Despite mixed feelings about the epilogues and cringey feelings about the title's history, I quite like this mystery.

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The Book of Accidents | Chuck Wendig
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A little horror, a little sci-fi, a little emotional family drama, this is an interesting novel that falls short of being great primarily because it tries to do too much. The middle, especially, feels bogged down and meandering, like Wendig tried to write his way out of plot uncertainties, which is a fine process but could have used some caring editorial excision. Still, it has good bones and some indelible imagery.

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The Book of Accidents | Chuck Wendig
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Audiogardening. I got our avocado plants we started as a pandemic project repotted and set up the raised bed the landlord had sitting unused. I need another bag of potting mix before I can plant the tomatoes and peas my elder child brought home from botany lab, but it's a decent start. I've decided that the growing seasons I know from Utah, North Carolina, and Massachusetts mean nothing in SoCal, so I plant whenever the urge strikes.

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Pristine November #bookspinbingo card. I like that #bookspin (The Gilda Stories) and #doublespin (Little Failure) are in the same column.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fantastic!!! 1mo
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Ready for November #bookspin (after finding alternates for two titles I can't locate at the libraries to which I have access).

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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#Scarathlon point totals, after adjusting for theme reads and the second readathon for previous weeks and adding all of my bingos. (I'm so disorganized about points.)
Week 4: 2507
Total: 3932

#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation! 1mo
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This is a pleasant enough little story. Very quick and light, which is perhaps a little disconcerting for a murder mystery (I'm not used to cozies that are quite this...cozy). Not sure I'll continue with the series, but this was a fun diversion. The included recipes make me want to bake, but I'm skeptical about whether they'd actually turn out well or not.

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Pretty spot to wait out my teen's field trip and listen to an audiobook. Lots of surfers and shore birds (and flies). Glad I brought my sun hat!

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My elder child has a class and field trip for which I'm needed as chauffeur but for which she doesn't know the details. As a result, I know in general where I'm going, I'm just not sure when or for how long, so I'm preparing as best I can: stocked e-reader, print book, headphones for audiobooks, and my journal. That plus water, sun hat, sweater, mask, and a food bar should cover most of what the morning might hold. 🤞

5feet.of.fury Ready for anything! 1mo
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I got really close a lot of times but only ended up with one bingo...unless someone in the book I'm listening to now celebrates Halloween. If that happens, I'll be sure to post an update.

21 points for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon
#LittenListen

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Well, look at that! I've got myself a blackout! I think this only ever happens in October. I had to trade out two titles that I couldn't get from the library in time, but that left a space for a #TeamSlaughter buddy read that I'd forgotten to put on my #bookspin list, so it all worked out!

#bookspinbingo #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks
#scarathlon

Avanders Yay! 👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
Roary47 Yay! Congrats!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👍 1mo
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A Good Mother: A Novel | Lara Bazelon
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Mehso-so

This one stretches credulity at several points. The characters are too two-dimensional for me to really get invested in them, and it doesn't help that I'm not generally a fan of courtroom dramas. It's readable, but I doubt I'll retain much if any of this novel.

6 readathon hours, theme read, 76 points for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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Mehso-so

Several times the characters in this book say, "There's only one thing we can do now," and I think, "Yes, go to the police," and then they proceed to outline and carry out some complicated vigilante plan. The violence, especially against children, is graphic, extreme, and relentless, but there are some redeeming characters here (the veterinarian, the one police officer).

#TeamSlaughter team read, just under the wire! 12 hrs, 171 pts. #scarathlon

ImperfectCJ And I laughed out loud when the narrator said a character had to "prostate" herself before her family. I really hope that was correct in the text and just a slip on the part of the audiobook narrator. 1mo
SamAnne @ImperfectCJ 😂😂😂 1mo
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Thank you so much for the lovely #HHS swap, @Insightsintobooks ! The books are all new to me, which is exciting, and the Halloween decor looks lovely on my mantel. And the bookmark quote---from one of my favorite movies from childhood---is perfect!

Thank you, @wanderinglynn , for hosting! #HauntedHollowSwap #HHS22

wanderinglynn Love it! 🎃 1mo
Insightsintobooks You‘re welcome! I‘m glad you like it!! 1mo
AmyG I got the same bookmark! 🙌🏻 1mo
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The Quiet Boy | Ben H. Winters
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"The motel was a remnant of a period of LA history that had never existed but left its traces everywhere..."

I love this line. I haven't spent much time in LA, but this seems accurate to my experience of SoCal in general. (San Diego is, perhaps, slightly more authentic (Balboa Park notwithstanding) if only because it's only recently ever strived to be more than a beach/military town.)

Suet624 I liked his other books. I‘ll have to check this one out. 1mo
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The Quiet Boy | Ben H. Winters
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Pickpick

I do not understand this novel, but I like it. The characters are so flawed but care so much. Winters brilliantly shows how each understands the world as operating by certain rules, and then how they react when these rules are proven false. I love how Winters tells the story and describes LA. Also fun: The novel I read just before said judges hate lawyers with ponytails, and this one has a lawyer with a ponytail whom judges don't like very much.

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The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel | Michael Connelly
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Pickpick

I'm not a fan of courtroom dramas, but this one is pretty enjoyable. I also wasn't sure what I'd think of Mickey Haller, but I was pleasantly surprised to find he's a fairly likeable character. It was also fun to see another side of some of the smaller stories from Connelly's other books.

7 readathon hours, theme read, 86 points for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon