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jillrhudy

jillrhudy

Joined March 2018

Librarian. Appalachian. Anglophile.
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Cemetery Road by Greg Iles
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Bailedbailed

Dr. Oz quackery with gorgeous design still quacks. Not that there isn‘t some decent advice herein. He‘s pushing product in this book and when he says “numerous studies show” he cites none. For nutrition advice, try “Dressing on the Side.” For sleep advice, try “The Sleep Solution.” Brushing your skin won‘t “decrease the load on your kidneys” 😂 but feels nice. This is where I bailed.

Aimeesue I didn't even know my kidneys were carrying anything! 3w
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Mehso-so

With great regret I declare it only so-so. Very derivative of his earlier and much superior works, right down to the feces-smearing monkey, the girl in a tree, the commune, and the guru. Entirely predictable. None of Boyle‘s trademark black humor—straight up tragedy except for when the midsixties changes to the hippie era. Maybe I would like it if it was the first of his books I‘d read. As it is, it just made me sad. #addiction #sixties

Aimeesue Aw, too bad. Disappointing books from favorite authors just make me sad. 4w
jillrhudy I will say this: the portrayal of parents of a child slipping into addiction, one compromise at a time, is genius. (edited) 4w
jillrhudy This is my 17th Boyle! 4w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy You're Boyling over. 3w
TheNerdyProfessor I just started this one... About 30 pages in and I'm feeling pretty engrossed. I actually think many of Boyle's books paint a bleak portrait for humanity. 7d
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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There isn‘t a CAN‘T EVEN big enough for how much I can‘t even. Based on true crime, it‘s about a closed society where men have ALL the power and women decide to take back some. Anybody who thinks women in these situations need to “stay and pray” can get in line to kiss my ohhhhhhkaaay here are some hashtags #domesticviolence #rape #coverups #sexualabuse #mennonites #canada #faith #survival #feminism #whydonttheyjustleave #because1000reasons

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Very arty, wild, profane, and full of honest-to-goodness inspiration and insight. Applies just as much—maybe more—to mature readers who have been kicked around by life. A keeper for re-reads. #design #selfhelp #productivity #inspiration

Aimeesue That's a great cover! 1mo
jillrhudy It folds out for more of his art and so does the back! 1mo
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A fun listen! I went into the audio knowing nothing about the book and I‘m glad. I might have rejected it based on a broad description for not being “my thing.” However, the person who recommended it to me knows fantasy lit better than almost anyone. The book has been one surprise after another and halfway through, I‘m all in! A steampunk Girl Power book that blends many elements of classic novels together. #audiobook #fantasy #Victorian

Aimeesue Just borrowed this via Libby. I'm trying to take longer walks with the doggos so maybe a book instead of a podcast will help. Plus I've now listened to all the episodes of A Good Read that are available on iTunes. 😁 1mo
jillrhudy I laughed like crazy—over Diana especially. 1mo
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Busman's Honeymoon | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Delicious, and Lord Peter is narrated by Ian Carmichael, but it is not “unabridged.” I know exactly what Lord Peter said to Harriet on the wedding night, and it‘s not included. The production is on the Libby app and at Internet Archive.
https://archive.org/details/BusmansHoneymoonByDorothyLSayers
#audiobook #libby #mystery #countryhousemystery #england #dorothylsayers

rretzler One of my favorite series. Too bad the audiobook is abridged. 1mo
jillrhudy It‘s a dramatization, as it turns out, from the BBC. Not strictly an audiobook 1mo
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This was quite good. The myriad parts of the immune system are over my head, but I learned a lot about immunology, medical wonders and general well-being. #medicine #immunity #arc #earlyreaders

Aimeesue My immune system sucks. It attacked my pancreas, with no provocation whatsoever! I‘m still not very happy about that. 2mo
Aimeesue The book sounds very interesting though! 2mo
Crazeedi Stacking!! 2mo
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Wouldn‘t Flavia love today‘s Google Doodle! I‘m working my way through the Flavia De Luce series. Just finished book two. Strains credulity at times but very fun light reading.

Crazeedi One of my daughters favorite series! Her kitty is flavia 2mo
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A lightweight mystery with an engaging heroine and a touch of romance, nicely read, great for listening to while doing housework. #audiobook #mystery #england #twenties #betweenthewars #brightyoungthings

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Just got this #arc thanks HarperCollins! #medicine #immunity #science #health #wellness

Aimeesue Oooooh! Science!❤️ 2mo
jb72 That‘s looks very interesting. I‘ve added it to my TBR. 2mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Bailedbailed

You know when authors introduce characters 1-5 and you‘re totally hooked, but then they jump to characters 6-8 and you‘re quasi-okay but REALLY want to get back to 1-5, but instead, in the next chapter you get character 8 foisted upon you plus 9, 10, and... you don‘t care enough to wait around for 10 to get fleshed out or even that much about characters 1-5 any more? Because they could be two whole chapters away still? 😠

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Delicious, with a Pratchettesque wit that the #OokBookClub and @Aimeesue will appreciate. 😂 I‘ve missed Fforde! #scifi #fantasy #dystopia #Wales

Aims42 What, Pratchettesque?!? I‘M IN 👍🏻 3mo
Aimeesue Huzzah! 3mo
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Victory Garden | Rhys Bowen
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Magnificent! Highly recommended for Maisie Dobbs fans. Read it from cover to cover. Definitely stacking her other standalone titles. I‘ve long enjoyed her “Her Royal Spyness” series. #WWI #historicalfiction

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Truly excellent book on #nutrition. Covers many topics.

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Fukuyama makes a lot of connections, economic and political, across history. He‘s in favor of national identity and assimilation in moral terms—your religion doesn‘t allow you to enslave women, for instance; you must adopt American values—and he goes to the root of identity politics. Very thought provoking 🤔 #socialcommentary #economics #politics #immigration

Aimeesue And what are “American values,” according to Fukiyama, please? 3mo
jillrhudy Democracy, equal rights (including all marginalized groups), basic freedoms per Bill of Rights 3mo
jillrhudy Oh, and the Rule of Law (which my husband calls the Rulala) and so he makes a strong anti-Trump case 3mo
Aimeesue Rule of law is great, compared to what came before, but it‘s troublesome when the laws are enacted to keep those in power in power. I‘m more for Rule of Justice. Not likely to catch on though, is it? 2mo
Aimeesue I do like “Rulala” though! 2mo
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Philosophical, but very accessible and easy reading so far (on p. 30). #Politics #Socialcommentary #philosophy

Aimeesue Hmmmmmmmm. 3mo
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Good Riddance | Elinor Lipman
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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If you want to concentrate on a deep book but your brain is itching for your phone, here‘s a tip 🧠 📲 🖊 grab a paperback and a pen, and scribble, scribble, scribble. #russianlit #classics

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I‘m not a Boomer, I‘m generation X, but this book makes me glad to be a woman in a way that nothing else has ever done, except nursing babies. It‘s like five self-help books rolled into one and reminds me of Madeline L‘Engle and Anne LaMott. Deep, relevant, brilliant. #selfhelp #aging #feminism

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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Bailing due to bewilderment. Not everything in a book should be a mystery; a reader needs a place to set her feet.

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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Girl tries to eke out a living and protect herself in Appalachia after a war in this dystopian novel. Sounds like my 2001-2008 memoirs. Mixed reviews per “it‘s twisted.” Count me all in. #appalachia #dystopia #survival

kyraleseberg I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
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The poems of Ursula K. Le Guin‘s last four years of life are powerful, powerful—even as the poet weakens. #poetry #aging

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28 out of 38 of my Modern Library Editions with dust jackets. All that will fit on this credenza. I have 27 without dust jackets also. 🥰 #collectible #oldbooks #modernlibrary #blumenthal

Lcsmcat Have you read Winesburg Ohio yet? My interest is piqued after having read Prairie Fires, which mentions it multiple times. 5mo
jillrhudy @lcmscat no but of all people who should, I am at the top of the list! Maybe I will read it this week. 5mo
Crazeedi Nice!! 5mo
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RealLifeReading Nice collection! 5mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 5mo
Aimeesue “Credenza” is such a fun word to say. “Go put that on the credenza.” “Yes, your keys are on the credenza, I believe.” I may get one just so I can say it all the time. 5mo
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“This is [Ted] Cruz doing what Cruz does best, perorating into the realms of absolute good and evil, which are, let‘s face it, so much more thrilling than all the drag-ass negotiating and compromising of functional politics. So much simpler to declare holy war on your opponent then to sit down and hammer out a compromise...”

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Too sweet for words, like “Heidi” or “The Secret Garden.” #childrensliterature #childrensclassics

Aimeesue I still have a copy of an abridged illustrated storybook of this one that my grandmother gave me when I was a wee tot. I didn‘t realize until a couple years ago that it was only part of a much longer story. 5mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I had no idea! This edition is lovely and going to my niece. 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Endlessly fascinating, loaded with history and real accounts from within the LA Central Library. And of course my copy is literally a library book... #librariansoflitsy

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Panpan

I thought I‘d love this cozy mystery. The detective is ex-M15 and an Anglican priest. I was really bored for most of the novel and the only character with any depth at all was the murder victim. I felt the writing was subpar and didn‘t capture my imagination. Does the series improve?

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Untitled | Unknown
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@RealLifeReading #In2018 being a librarian sure helps; books, authors, book sales, library events and even Littens like @tjwill come to me! More details in comments! #librariansoflitsy

RealLifeReading That‘s so cool! 5mo
jillrhudy Bought from Greedy Reads, Fells Point, Baltimore 5mo
jillrhudy Attended stuff at my own library. Met Rick Bragg 🥰 5mo
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jillrhudy Hangman‘s Daughter series is translated from German (sometimes badly) 5mo
jillrhudy I constantly take quizzes, buy paraphernalia and burn the midnight oil. 5mo
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Mma Makutsi: Ninety Seven Per Cent piece of work. In the 19th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, our erstwhile co-detective-in-chief or joint CEO or whatever her latest demanded job title is, decides that she is a DOER, MOVER, and SHAKER.

“But here was Mma Makutsi, an identified and admitted doer, lying in bed, thinking about these matters, and not actually doing anything.”

Aimeesue Haha! Every time I hear “ninety-seven percent” about ANYTHING, I think of Mma Makutsi. 😂 (edited) 5mo
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Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain | Kirsten Menger-Anderson
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Moving through the generations in New York with a family of doctors, healers and quacks, with madness cropping up now and again, this novel is wonderfully written and knitted together. I was mesmerized by all of the family members, not just the one swinging watches with the entrancing voice. Came highly recommended by @Aimeesue in a parcel from same! #saga #shortstories #shortfiction

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Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain | Kirsten Menger-Anderson
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Package of books from @Aimeesue has wonderful post-it notes including:
“Have read, was good, can‘t keep, NO SHELVES (!!) Left!!”
“Had 2 copies of this - WHY??? Still haven‘t read it yet!”
“Had 2 copies of this (The Pick of Punch) from the $10 Folio store...” Thanks Aimee! 🤣
#bookmail #bookhaul #foliofreaks #readingbuds

Aimeesue I am ridiculous. 😂😂😂 5mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 Love it! 5mo
Amiable This is awesome! 😀 (edited) 5mo
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I found his writing confusing at times, but I was looking to be really stretched and challenged by a different viewpoint, and Laymon‘s memoir did that in spades. He impressed me with his honesty. Some passages were just brilliant. The book is written to his mother. #memoir #south

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Whoa. The book is called Heavy and boy, is it ever. I feel like this is the contemporary book by a black man about his experiences that I have been waiting for. #memoir

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Dragon Rumpole 🍷 6mo
Aimeesue My library system has 16 copies and NOT ONE of them is checked out! Not sure whether I‘m appalled or grateful. 6mo
LeahBergen I just found this at my secondhand bookshop this weekend. 👍🏻 6mo
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jillrhudy @Dragon pass the Plonk! 6mo
Dragon At the nearest wine 🍷 bar ! 🎄 6mo
Aimeesue “Château Thames Embankment” ??? 6mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue a Plonk for the truly discerning palate 6mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy That‘s what I shall serve at my next holiday soirée- Chateau Thames Embankment ant a Wet Heathcliff pudding. Excellent! Menu sorted! 5mo
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Time Remembered | Miss Read

When life gets stressful I put on a bed sweater, put a quilt over my feet, and lose myself in Miss Read‘s English countryside. It‘s Prozac prose. #memoir #england #cozy #anglophilesoflitsy

Dragon I need a bed sweater! 👍🐉 6mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Once in a while (like four years ago) a book takes over the whole world for good reason. I don‘t know if I have the emotional fortitude to cry and laugh on every single page. 337 weepies and 337 crackups.

Aimeesue I loved this one, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry was pretty good, but I couldn't get into Beartown because of all the hockey. I know hockey's not the point, exactly, but it s so depressing to read about a whole town centered on winning and the fallout from that. DNF!!! Rant over. 😋 6mo
jillrhudy I feel the same way about old British that‘s too horsey @Aimeesue 🦊 🐎 6mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Over Thanksgiving vacation so far I finished
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
⭐️⭐️ 1/2 (badly plotted, went on & on)
Them: Why We Hate Each Other, How to Heal by Ben Sasse
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Wasn‘t) by Brene Brown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America by Virginia Sole-Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️

jillrhudy By the way, for this book, out this month, three stars is stretching it. A definite so-so. 6mo
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To treasure forever. “For Jill - Enjoy those fights of dragons. Charles Vess.” #Earthsea #fantasy #illustrator #signed #illustratorsigned

LeahBergen Beautiful! 6mo
Leniverse 😍🤩😍 6mo
tjwill Awesome! 6mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon AMAZING! 4mo
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Nothing but affection for the subject of the biography (Fred Rogers) would induce me to bear with a book as clunkily written as this. It has zero flow. I keep getting the sense that there is MORE to be brought out about everyone and everything. Not that you need to make up stuff, but give me SOMETHING. Example: the courtship of Fred and Joanne (witty geeks at music school) could have been written with 200% more charm. #biography #showbiz

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A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir | Kurt Eichenwald
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Fantastic medical #memoir with special relevance to seizure/epilepsy sufferers, but Eichenwald‘s book should resonate with anyone who has struggled to get proper, sensitive medical care. #medicine #nonfiction #autobiography

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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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Bailing again. I figure I want to be a person who HAS READ The Grapes of Wrath but I never want to be a person who IS READING The Grapes of Wrath because Steinbeck annoys the heck out of me and always has. This turtle in the novel? 🐢 It took a page and a half for the turtle to get from a ditch to a road.🍇 😡 👎🏻🤦🏻‍♀️

LiterRohde I‘m probably not going to say anything you don‘t already know, but after a years of reading I am only just learning this after joining Litsy. Readers come in all shapes and sizes. Recommending books is hard. I try to stay objective and review a book with its relative strengths and weaknesses as I see them. I hope that helps people more than an “ugh no” emotional response. I know I‘ve loved some books others have said they hated. (edited) 6mo
LiterRohde And I almost didn‘t take a chance on them because of how many people hated them. Anyway, long story longer 🤪, all I mean to say is that just because it‘s a classic, and therefore you think you should read it, it‘s OK not to. That being said, I do think the turtle story is a nice metaphor for the migrant spirit. But again, to each his own. I think the important thing is you gave it a chance. Did any of this ramble make sense? Sorry. (edited) 6mo
Aimeesue Ha! I read The Grapes of Wrath earlier this year and LOVED it. AND the turtle! 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢😋 6mo
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Aimeesue But I hated Bleak House, so there ya go. 6mo
jillrhudy @LiterRohde I know that we are all different. I have tried Steinbeck before. I know he writes very well. On page 10 I felt so dusty I needed a shower. I just can‘t seem to hang with him. I also hate Melville. 6mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue as turtles go he was a helluva trier. 🐢 6mo
LiterRohde Sorry I mentioned it. I guess it‘s something I learned late in life as I knew this fact but it was only clear once I was part of Litsy, seeing the reviews and discussions of readers from all over the world. I was only trying to be encouraging, as so many on Litsy have been to me. But it looks like from your response that I came off condescending or something. I won‘t bother you with my thoughts again. 6mo
jillrhudy @LiterRohde oh no! Not at all! I liked all you had to say. Exchanging thoughts about books is awesome. 6mo
jillrhudy @LiterRhode I tend to be pretty blunt and flip in discussions from habit on other book sites. I‘ll be more considerate! 6mo
Mrsann2000 I have finally concluded that if I don‘t like it - I don‘t like it... 6mo
jillrhudy @Mrsann2000 whaddya gonna do... 😊 6mo
Mrsann2000 😎 6mo
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Not quite a pick; not quite so-so. Rounding up. Quite textbooky (the Nobel-winning neuroscientist author writes textbooks) and the publisher plumped up the book with glossy paper, illustrations, and so on to make it look more substantive. I learned some interesting things about depression and anxiety (these states actually kill synapses, which sometimes heal) but felt that the book didn‘t live up to its cover billing. #science #neuroscience

Aimeesue Have you listened to this week‘s On Being yet? John Doty - The Magic Shop of the Brain. He talked a bit about neuroplasticity and studies where they found meditation and compassionate practices can shrink your amygdala. Interesting stuff! (edited) 6mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue OMG no!!!! I can‘t wait! 6mo
jillrhudy My amygdala needs to go on a massive diet. 6mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy We got a whole NATION that needs to go on an amygdale shrinking spree. Or start flight-ing instead of fighting. 6mo
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Cold Sassy Tree | Olive Ann Burns
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A coming-of-age Georgia tale, published in 1984. It‘s 1906 at the beginning of the book, and narrator Will Tweedy is 14. At the end, he‘s 15 and a lot has happened in the small town of Cold Sassy. The book is genuine, brimming with life, and made me both laugh and cry. #comingofage #bildungsroman #south

Crazeedi This was a great book 6mo
jillrhudy @Crazeedi I thought so, and goodness knows I have read a lot of Southern and Appalachian lit so I‘m picky! 6mo
Crazeedi I hear you, I love this type too. Do you read sharyn mccrunb? 6mo
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Crazeedi Mccrumb 6mo
Crazeedi There are a couple Appalachian books I have read that were excellent, just cant remember authors or titles right now😟 6mo
jillrhudy McCrumb wouldn‘t be my pick by any means. She has like two ideas, and both are tired old cliches. Lee Smith is my very favorite. 6mo
Jobe 2nd book Leaving Cold Sassy 6mo
jillrhudy @Jobe did the author finish that book or did someone else? 6mo
Crazeedi @jillrhudy I'll check him out! 6mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy @jobe Burns died of cancer before she finished Leaving Cold Sassy. She completed 14 chapters, and left detailed notes about plot/characters. 6mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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1. Up
2. Nope
3. The horrible Tim Burton ”Alice in Wonderland” (and the sequel was worse)
4. Read and shop for healthy food
@howjessreads #friyayintro

wanderinglynn Yes! I completely forgot how awful that Alice was. But Up is still one of my faves! 👍🏻🙌🏻 (edited) 6mo
hgrimes I was soooo disappointed with that film. I usually love Tim Burton films, and it all looked so pretty, but it sucked! I didn‘t even bother seeing the next one. 😕 6mo
TheBookHippie Oh that Alice was awful 😭😭😭 6mo
jillrhudy @hgrimes don‘t ever. It‘s SOOOO bad. It‘s about the Mad Hatter‘s family?!? 6mo
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Bailedbailed

These essays are all over the place. She‘s trying for a Sweet Potato Queens tone but the book isn‘t funny. She‘s trying to be deep and flip at the same time and for this reader, she‘s only attained boring. Library Journal sent this in the hopes that one of us librarians would read & review but I cannot read so don‘t qualify to officially review. #arc #south #essays

kyraleseberg Bummer! I've been looking forward to this one for a while. 6mo
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To be a librarian is to be buried alive in prepub books all the time. Any of you know any of these authors? Which book(s) would you grab? #arc

TheSpineView Sorry I can't help! I look up on GoodReads to what reviews are saying. 7mo
Quirkybookworm I have the red ledgers and I‘m about to read it. Maybe I can join you? 7mo
BookishMarginalia Chris Pavone is fabulous! 7mo
jillrhudy There is one more in the box: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly 7mo
jillrhudy @Quirkybookworm Kind of you! but not really my genre! 7mo
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Beautiful. Balm for the soul. And I love it when I find the perfect bookmark. #inspiration

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“Scientists say we are made of stars, and I believe them, although my upper arms look like hell. Maybe someday the stars will reabsorb me. Maybe, as fundamentalist Christians have shared with me, I will rot in hell for all eternity, which I would hate, because I am very sensitive. Besides, I have known hell, and I have also known love. Love was bigger.”

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“None of [the Dursleys] noticed a large, tawny owl flutter past the window.”

First time reading (!) But I‘d have to have lived under a rock since my oldest child was 6 not to know that this owl is portentious. #harrypotter #classic #childrensliterature

tjwill Omg! I hope you love it! 7mo
jillrhudy @tjwill I did! 7mo
tjwill @jillrhudy I‘m so glad! It is a wonderful series. I think everyone should read it! 7mo
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Peter Pan and Wendy | J. M. Barrie
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I‘ve never read this classic all the way through. This recording, by several #Librivox volunteers, actually made me cry a bit at the end. #audio #audiobook #childrensclassics #childrenslit #classic