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I prefer AP Style, but I‘ll defend your right to use the Oxford Comma. Aiming for 1% better than the day before. I ❤️ cats 😻 and dogs 🐶
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I did a dis-service to this beautiful book cover by not capturing it all but the BFG takes up a lot of space. Those were the words uttered by the pet sitter when we got back from vacation: “Your um, cat? He um, takes up a LOT of um, SPACE.” 😹

MicheleinPhilly BIG. FAT. GUY. 12h
britt_brooke 😆 12h
litenthusiast He is really cute! 😻 12h
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LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly he‘s the KING 👑 12h
LauraBeth @britt_brooke the pet sitter wasn‘t wrong 😹 12h
LauraBeth @litenthusiast He knows it! 😹 12h
Leftcoastzen 😻😹so funny ! He is king of the castle, everyone should take note! 11h
LeahBergen Oh, BFG! 😆😆😆 10h
UwannaPublishme 😹😹😹 7h
LauraBeth @leftcoatzen the name he came with from the shelter was “King“. We probably should have just left it because it fits! 😹 3h
LauraBeth @leahbergen, @uwannapublishme he's a 15 lb love bomb 3h
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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After reading this chapter, I was like, “Well clearly Tove Jansson loved cats.” A google search later turned up her and her black cat, Psipsina. There are days when I realize I know little about the literary world. 😹 #BlackCatAppreciationDay

Leftcoastzen Cool ,I have heard good things about this book. 2d
Leniverse Incidentally, Psipsina is Greek for "pussycat". I know this because there is a "strange kind of cat", actually not a cat but a pine marten, in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, that they name Psipsina. ? 2d
LauraBeth @Leniverse I didn‘t know that! I am totally going to name my next cat Psipsina! 😹 2d
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen it‘s good so far! 2d
Leniverse It's clearly a kitty name of high literary pedigree! 2d
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Happy #BlackCatAppreciationDay! Here‘s to all the kitties - the black ones, the ginger ones, the torties, siamese, tabbies and every other floofy-floof we worship.

Speaking of hero worship - I‘m reading this because Lauren Groff named it as one of her favorite books - so of course, I‘m going to read it! ❤️

Annl I have to read this because 2 granddaughters! Is your black kitty more hyper than your other cats. I rescued a black kitty recently and she is bonkers! 2d
LauraBeth @Annl 😹 let me know what you think of it! He‘s a tad more bonkers than my other cats but he‘s a baby - so I‘m going to attribute it to him being a kitten and my other cats being older. He‘s very snuggly and cuddly in his “downtime” from climbing the fireplace, tearing the curtains down and aggravating Bitsy. 😹 2d
KarenUK Lauren Groff! 😍😍😍.... I didn‘t know she liked this book... I did too. It‘s so lovely! 💕 2d
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LauraBeth @KarenUK it‘s been lingering on my TBR forever and when I saw that she liked it, it made me finally get to it! So far, it IS lovely! It‘s one of those, “Why did I wait so long to read this?!” 2d
Dragon 😻 2d
batsy It's a lovely book! I hope you enjoy it. 2d
Leftcoastzen 😻❤️ 2d
cariashley Love black kitties ☺️ 2d
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2d
LeahBergen Wait .... there‘s a black kitty????? 10h
LauraBeth @leahbergen Yes! Same old story - went to the shelter “just to look“ and saw how full they were and felt bad so took home a kitten! 😻 He's the sweetest. 3h
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy! I'm almost finished with it and have loved it so far!
LauraBeth There's just something about black kitties 😻 @dragon, @leftcoatzen, @cariashley, @bookzombie 3h
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I can‘t wait for this! ❤️ Sept. 24 🍁🍂

Lcsmcat Exciting! 2d
CarolynM Counting down the days! 2d
LauraBeth @lcsmcat and @Carolynm it‘s gonna be a good Fall season for new releases if we get a new Patchett! 😍😍 2d
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auntie_jenn pre-ordered! 2d
LauraBeth @auntie_jenn 🙌 same! 2d
Prairiegirl_reading I heard Tom Hanks is narrating the audio. 2d
LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading 😱😱 omg - really?? 2d
Prairiegirl_reading @LauraBeth I know right???!!! 👏🏼👏🏼 2d
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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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I was gonna start one of these but got side-tracked and bumped up The Gifted School on my list - and @MicheleinPhilly started reading it so now I have FOMO on reading about jerk parenting - and now I‘m not sure...🤔😂

KatieDid927 Aww look at that cutie. 3d
Ruthiella I know... you just want to read them ALL NOW at the same time! #Readerproblems! (edited) 2d
LauraBeth Awww - thanks! He‘s the best! 😻 2d
LauraBeth Yes @Ruthiella! I can‘t read fast enough! 2d
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”Going to the library - can y‘all move away from the front door?!”

Did I ever think I‘d have three cats? No - but here we are. 😹

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3d
TheSpineView 💜🐾 3d
JulietBooks 😺 3d
DGRachel Scooter and Bailey won't let me go to the library without them. They can't go in - they sit in the car with Mom with the car and a/c running, so I can't imagine it's a ton of fun, but they will knock me down to get out the door if I try to leave without them. 3d
Crazeedi Oh my! Very insistent!!😽😻😽 3d
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Reading Companions.

Mimi28 Aaaaawwww!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
Mimi28 ❤️ four hearts for 4 pets, lol 4d
DebinHawaii There‘s all my friends!!! 😻😻😻😻 4d
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AlaMich Wait, who is occupying the big bed? 4d
Megabooks Wow! What cuties! 😍😍 4d
cathysaid And no fur was lost in the taking of the photo. Success! 4d
LauraBeth @AlaMich That would be Gray Cat 😹 4d
LauraBeth @cathysaid 😹 they all have gentle temperaments! 4d
LauraBeth @Megabooks I would tell them that but something tells me they already know 😹 4d
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii 👋👋 tell Sir Max that my kitties will do a swap with him 4d
booksandsympathy Sweet babies 4d
AlaMich @LauraBeth She has a remarkable sense of geometry, in that she has placed herself in the precise center of the bed. 😆 4d
Crazeedi This is the greatest picture!❣❣ 4d
Cathythoughts The best reading companies, comforting & they don‘t talk 3d
CarolynM Well done!👏👍 3d
LauraBeth @booksandsympathy 🐕🐈🐈🐈💛 3d
LauraBeth @AlaMich I think she has realized that if she occupies the exact center - no one else will attempt to join her 😹 3d
LauraBeth @Crazeedi they‘d be easier to capture if they were snugglers with each other! 😹 3d
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts Oh they talk - I just done speak their language - so I ignore them! 😹 (edited) 3d
LauraBeth @CarolynM 😹🏆 3d
UwannaPublishme Great photo! I was beginning to miss Bitsy. 💕 7h
LauraBeth @uwannapublishme she's still here! 3h
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️No sophomore slump for Stradal! Such a delightful book. I really liked Kitchens of the Great Midwest, but actually liked (loved) this one even more.

“Her grief was a forest with no trails, and she couldn‘t guess how long her heart would walk through it, as her body walked other places.”

Will be in my top five for 2019.

Chelsea.Poole Looks like you've enjoyed this as much as I did!! It's going to be a top favorite for the year for me too! ♥️ 5d
mom2bugnbee What a sweet kitty! 😺 5d
Blaire Good to hear! I liked his first. 5d
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kspenmoll I want this book! Loved loved his previous one which I found in a bookstore in Omaha. Your review makes me wonder if I am patient enough to wait for a library hold.😃 (edited) 4d
8little_paws Oh this catters! So cute 4d
Rachbb3 Hey there! Long time no see. 😊 4d
Tanisha_A Hello! Stacked. 😀 4d
LauraBeth @Chelsea.Poole I wasn‘t expecting it to be so good! 4d
LauraBeth @mom2bugnbee he‘s a sweet boy ❤️ 4d
LauraBeth @Blaire As with his first book, he really puts the reader in the setting! 4d
LauraBeth @kspenmoll if you loved his previous one, I‘m sure you‘ll love this one too! 4d
LauraBeth @8little_paws he‘s a cutie but also the kitten age where I think he‘s capable of burning down our house 😹 4d
LauraBeth @Rachbb3 👋👋 Hello! It‘s been too long! 4d
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A 👋👋 Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 4d
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G‘mornin‘! 😺☕️🍩 Is it Halloween yet?

Tanisha_A Hahahahahahaha 2w
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Crazeedi Adorable!!😻❤ 2w
Megabooks 😍😍😍 2w
Reagan-reads 😍🐈😍 2w
AmyG ❤️ 2w
AlaMich He looks astonished that you would eat donuts and not offer him any. 😻 2w
QuietlyLaura Robert is so cute! 😍😻❤️ 2w
saresmoore Oh, hi, sweet kitty baby! 🥰 I would give you a hello from Joy-cat, but I‘m sure she literally couldn‘t care less about you. 2w
RealBooks4ever I could eat him up! 😻💜 2w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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LARGE PRINT 😀 because it was available at the library. Also - I am terrified that this library copy is a paperback without any special binding.

Cathythoughts Looking forward to your thoughts 1mo
MicheleinPhilly So much for that whole “it‘s Emma‘s cat” thing. Sucker! 1mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I think he appreciates that I‘m the only one here who sits still for very long stretches of time 😹 (edited) 1mo
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LauraBeth @Cathythoughts I like it so far! 1mo
DebinHawaii I just got an #ARC of this from one of my favorite librarians but haven't started it yet. Looking forward to seeing what you think. 👍 1mo
AmyG Enjoy! It‘s SO good. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Library Lp paperback editions hold up really well. I always tell people to put both versions on hold because many times the LP comes in faster. 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ultimately, how we perceive and interact with the world is affected by what our childhoods were like. I think if we bring this understanding to the book, it would help people make sense of the main character.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2901004983

Hestapleton Black kitten looks like he‘s out a cartoon! 😻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, what is Bitsy doing? 😄 💗And the kitten‘s so cute! (What‘s the name?) 1mo
LauraBeth @Hestapleton 😹 he doesn‘t know what he got himself into! 1mo
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LauraBeth @erzascarletbookgasm Bitsy is so glad to be home from the kennel while we were away! ? Kitty‘s name is Robert - preferably pronounced en français - because we want to be fancy but aren‘t fancy. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, I see Robert‘s name in the pic, how can I miss that! I think I like him as Robert 😁 1mo
LauraBeth @erzascarletbookgasm you didn‘t miss it! I edited it 😀 1mo
Suet624 Such a cutie. 1mo
Megabooks So. Cute. 😍😍 1mo
TheSpineView So cute! The way the ears are angled gives him an owlish look. Makes him cuter... if that is possible!💜🐾 1mo
Lauram 😻 1mo
saresmoore OMG GIMME DAT KITTY 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful black Robert! Love his name- it‘s my din‘s name too! 😻😻 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Aww!! Love the name! 1mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I need another cat like I need a hole in the head 😂 1mo
LauraBeth @Megabooks He‘s a teeny tiny thing 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @TheSpineView his ears are huge 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I think you subliminally convinced me I should have a black cat 😻 1mo
LauraBeth @kspenmoll and @ValerieAndBooks he‘s a sweet boy 😻 1mo
DebinHawaii Robert is adorable! 🐱❤️ 1mo
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii well he‘s no Max but he‘s okay 😹 1mo
TNbookworm Robert is precious😻 1mo
DebinHawaii @LauraBeth 😘😻 1mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review. I enjoyed this one a lot too. 😘 1mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! Robert is gorgeous! I hope he gets along with beautiful Bitsy. ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Cinfhen What a beauty!!! Tres chic 🖤 4w
Bookzombie Robert is so cute!! 💕🐱 3w
BiblioLitten Both of those fur babies are adorable!!😘😘 6d
LeahBergen Gahhhhhhhh! I can‘t take it. My black cat growing up was named Gordon and he was the SHIT. 😆😆😆😆 Best cat EVER. 😆😆 10h
LauraBeth @leahbergen I had a black cat while growing up and he was the SHIT too! 😻I had forgotten what an awesome cat he was until I got this one. Even all of the other pets love him! 3h
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Great Catsby | Kathi Daley
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Exactly how many cats is too many cats? Asking for me. I‘d appreciate enabling responses only. 😹

KimM I'd say you probably don't have enough if you have to ask :)
AlaMich Huh. Well, since you‘re asking for you, the answer is ♾! 1mo
Suet624 Oh goodness! You and your family have hearts of gold. The more the merrier. 1mo
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Mitch Don‘t worry there‘s a scientific formula - n+1, where n = the number of cats you already have! 🤣 1mo
TrishB You‘re not there yet 😁 1mo
KarenUK If you can still count how many, it‘s not enough..... 1mo
CarolynM The question is, how many does Bitsy think is too many? 1mo
rubyslippersreads There‘s no such thing as too many cats! 😸 1mo
Dolly You have a new kitty? 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Great question! Perhaps the right number of cats is the number of human arms in your household, so all the cats can be pet at the same time? That would mean that @wanderer15 and I are one cat short. 😋 1mo
sprainedbrain There is not uppermost limit. 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @KimM 🙌 1mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich I‘ll take that! 😂 1mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 I think this is it - we‘ve reached max capacity 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @Mitch 😹😹 1mo
LauraBeth @TrishB okay - fine - I‘ll get one more 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @KarenUK 😹😹I can still count them on one hand - so that‘s good, right? 1mo
LauraBeth @CarolynM 😹😹 Bitsy surprisingly, doesn‘t seem to mind too much! 1mo
LauraBeth @rubyslippersreads this is an acceptable answer 😹😹 1mo
LauraBeth @Dolly we added another kitty to the crew 😸 1mo
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz you and @wanderer15 need to get on that! 😹😹 1mo
LauraBeth @sprainedbrain I didn‘t think so! 😹😹 1mo
Carissa-Green-Reads The smell will tell 1mo
LauraBeth @Carissa-Green-Reads for sure! 😹😹 1mo
DGRachel Is there such a thing as too many? I don't think so. 1mo
Annl I just added a new black kitty to my crew. She was playing at the side of the road. 1mo
DebinHawaii It's not a number, it's a feeling 😹😹😹 😹😹 1mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel I believe you‘re correct! 😻 1mo
LauraBeth @Annl awwww 🥰 1mo
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii 😹😹 we brought our own cat carrier to the shelter. “Oh no thanks - save your box - we came prepared!” 1mo
TNbookworm I have a sign that says "Cats are like potato chips... You can't have just one!?? 1mo
Mimi28 Aaaaawwww 😻😻😻😻 1mo
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Vintage 1954 | Antoine Laurain
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So we‘re leaving for Disney World tomorrow and let me tell how you how excited I am! Why?
1. We‘re driving (well not me - the husband is driving while I read). I get 6 hours of reading time on the way there and back!
2. It‘s scheduled to rain!

So like - I‘m basically being chauffeured while I read and then holing up in a condo, where I‘m gonna pray for rain, and read. In other words - this is my perfect vacation! 😀

Not pictured: My Kindle...

MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Have fun! And lucky you that you don‘t get carsick when you read in a car!! 1mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a splendid trip! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 1mo
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KarenUK I get to read on road trips too! 😉 (hubby a terrible passenger, and I don‘t argue!).... Have a lovely time! 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff That sounds like a perfect vacation! 1mo
MaureenMc 🙌 1mo
saresmoore Yay! Enjoy! 1mo
RealLifeReading Hooray! Here's hoping for a good reading time and lots of rain! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy reading! 😄 Have a good trip 👍 1mo
Tamra Nice!! 1mo
Christine Ooh, and that‘s a killer stack! Enjoy. :) 1mo
BarbaraBB Haha! Sounds fun! 1mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant!! Enjoy 👍🏻the books look great 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
britt_brooke Have a fun and safe trip!! I‘m completely envious. Reading in the car makes me queasy. 😩 1mo
Tanisha_A Hahahaha! Super 1mo
Suet624 I'm so happy for you. :) 1mo
kspenmoll Hope you got all the reading in you wanted!!!❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Hope you had a great time!!! I loved 4w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I didn‘t know this book was missing from my life until @Cinfhen recommended it. It‘s such a perfect sendup to the pleasures of reading. This book made me laugh and made me remember why books are so magical (and why some just...aren‘t). Spence‘s voice is both hilarious and genuine.

PS When I went to the library to check this out, it was turned front-facing on the shelf - and we all know what that means when librarians do that. ❤️

TrishB Great reviews and hi 👋 Bitsy 💜 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! So glad you loved it!!! Great review 🙌🏻💕and so happy to have reconnected for the moment 😘😘 I‘ve beeen missing you & Bitsy 😻 1mo
LauraBeth @TrishB 😊 Bitsy says hi 👋 1mo
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LauraBeth @Cinfhen it‘s been a wonky year but hopefully, things are smoothing out. It was refreshing to laugh for a change while reading! I‘m glad you recommended this because it wasn‘t even a blip on my radar. Hope your hubby is doing better ❤️❤️ 1mo
Bette U didn't put a volley ball or a globe over Bitsy...🤣👀🐶🎱💙love your pics 1mo
LeahBergen Aww! Look at the fur family! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
CarolynM Nice to see you (and the animals)💕 1mo
MarriedtoMrT I loved it, too! Her voice was awesome. 1mo
BarbaraJean LOVE that quote. And I‘m with @Bette —I was just going to say “Where are Bitsy‘s pants?!?” 👖😂 1mo
LauraBeth @Bette and @BarbaraJean I figured that since it‘s summer, I‘d let her go without pants today 😆 1mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen they‘re the beast, I mean, best! ❤️🐶😻😻 1mo
LauraBeth Awww - thanks @CarolynM! 😀 1mo
LauraBeth @MarriedtoMrT Oohh - now I want to hear this on audio! 1mo
Cinfhen My hubby is getting there😃thanks so much for asking. And this book is fabulously entertaining on audio ❤️ 1mo
Suet624 The audio was 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍👍👍 So glad you found it. 1mo
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July 7th | Jill McCorkle
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I fixed it...

Lovesbooks87 💜💜💜 1mo
BBooks Excellent edit 1mo
LeahBergen Yes!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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⭐️ Someone who read this library copy before me was a big “dog-earer”. I began to notice that almost every other page was dog-eared, which to me, meant the book wasn‘t doing it for the reader. At page 200, the dog-earing stopped. I‘m guessing this is when the reader bailed. I am now jealous of the dog-eared reader because they got their life back at page 200.

Cinfhen Ha!!!! 1mo
Cathythoughts Not a fan of this author 1mo
SamAnne I really hated Nightingale and will not read anything more by her. 1mo
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LauraBeth @Cathythoughts, @SamAnne and @cinfhen this was my first book by her, and will be my last. I can see what she was trying to do, but her writing just wasn‘t for me. She kept saying the same phrases over and over and then felt the need to explain to the reader when she was using words metaphorically. The characters were one dimensional: you‘re either good or you‘re bad. The writing lacked nuance. Everything was just so black and white. (edited) 1mo
cathysaid 😆 😆 😆 1mo
Leftcoastzen I haven‘t read any of her books , Litsy reviews seem to either love her or hate her. 1mo
youneverarrived 😂😂 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Oh, dear. 1mo
LeahBergen The BFG looks to be growing into his face. 😆 1mo
DGRachel This review gives me life. 😆😆 1mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂😂😂 Best review ever 1mo
marleed Haha. I was a Meh+ on this book but my IRL bookclub loved it. However, it still has one of my favorite lines read in 2019. ...I‘m suspicious of people who decorate with dead animals. ...I still chuckle at that line! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I shall miss your daily texts about how shitty this book is. 1mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen I can see how she‘s one of those authors you either love or hate. 😂 1mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen we have tried putting The BFG on a diet to no avail 😹 1mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel 😆😆 1mo
LauraBeth @CouronneDhiver It was terrible for me! 😆 1mo
LauraBeth @marleed 😂 that is a good line 1mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to have to tell you how it ended 😆 1mo
LauraBeth @Bookwormjillk and @cathysaid on to the next book! 😀 1mo
megnews 😂 1mo
lele1432 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 I gave the exact same rating lol! Could not stand this book and had to bail. It just was not for me. I felt crazy because everyone else seems to love it! 1mo
LauraBeth @lele1432 Oh don‘t feel crazy! That was indeed a terrible book in many ways for a lot of people😂 And yet - I can also see how there are some who would enjoy it. 1mo
LauraBeth @megnews I need a great book now after that! 1mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Has anyone read this and hated it? Asking for a friend. 😬

LapReader I did to start with. Cried at the end though. 2mo
SilversReviews It is a bit depressing, but I liked it. Hated that abusive man. I forget his name. 2mo
BarbaraBB This picture! Forget about the book, I need that cake 😀 2mo
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Amiable @BarbaraBB My thoughts exactly! 😄 2mo
Tamra I usually end up disliking hyped novels so I haven‘t put it on my TBR. 2mo
LauraBeth @tamra this is the first book I‘ve read by Kristin Hannah - I‘m not a fan so far. She feels the need to tell the writer when she‘s making a metaphor. 2mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB and @Amiable my kid has been on a cake baking frenzy lately. She made it from scratch 😋 2mo
LauraBeth @LapReader and @SilversReviews I‘m going to stick it out and see if it gets better. 2mo
Tamra @LauraBeth Yuck. I haven‘t read anything by her yet myself. 2mo
Tamra And indeed that is a slice I could go for! 2mo
BarbaraBB It looks delicious especially the white on top 🤩 2mo
SilversReviews @LauraBeth It is good...I would stick it out. 2mo
TrishB I bailed! 2mo
LeahBergen Haha! I‘ve heard many crappy reviews of this one. Can I have some cake? 2mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen you can have cake if you don‘t mind my chipped plates! 2mo
LauraBeth @TrishB I‘ve been tempted bail! I feel like she gives the reader zero credit in being able to figure things out. 2mo
LauraBeth @SilversReviews I feel like I‘ve made it past a point of no return! 🤣 2mo
SilversReviews @LauraBeth LOL...enjoy!! 😊 2mo
Jinjer Book???? All I can see is that CAKE!!!!! Is it coconut?????
EKonrad I thought I might be the only one who didn‘t like this one! Not a fan. 2mo
janeycanuck Yeah, I hated this. I nearly threw up reading it. And now I want cake. 2mo
Kalalalatja That cake tho 😍😍😍 2mo
Cathythoughts I didn‘t read this one. But I bailed on The Nightingale & didn‘t pursue her any further .... not for me 2mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Hated it!!!!! But that cake looks delicious 😋 2mo
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola sucked me into reading it 🙄 2mo
Reviewsbylola I LOVED it. But Cindy did not. 😂 2mo
Clwojick hey! just letting you know that i am loving your running mixes on apple. I hardly ever listen to music every since i found out how to get audiobooks on my phone, but i keep going back to check your saved playlists ever since you shared the first one with #BFC Thanks again! 😘 2mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen and @Reviewsbylola I did finish it and I‘m in the HATED IT camp! 😂 I don‘t even know where to begin. This had been recommended by Anne Bogel and I will never trust a review from her again. 😆 1mo
LauraBeth Awww - thanks @Clwojick! Glad you have enjoyed it. I ended up canceling Apple Music and switching to Spotify bc I like the algorithm they use to find you new music better - and I forgot to copy all of my old playlists! 😢 1mo
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts well I finally finished this - it was terrible! I can‘t figure out why this author gets so much praise. 1mo
LauraBeth @janeycanuck and @EKonrad I‘m glad to see that it wasn‘t just me who didn‘t like this! 1mo
LauraBeth @Jinjer yes - it was coconut! @Kalalalatja the cake was much better than the book! 1mo
LauraBeth @tamra I finished it. I‘ll never read another book by her again! 😂 1mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB my daughter has taken up baking. Send help! 1mo
Clwojick I wonder if there‘s anyway I can send them to you. I only have May and June saved, but I can send you a list of the songs if you want? Maybe thru email I can do screen shots if that works? 1mo
Cinfhen By the way....I HATED Anne Bogel‘s book 👉🏾 1mo
Cinfhen Cake still looks delicious 😋 1mo
Tamra @LauraBeth ok, good to know - thank you for the heads up!!! 1mo
LauraBeth OMG @Clwojick that would be so nice if you sent me the screenshots. My email is familyramos1209@gmail.com 1mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen 😂 I haven‘t read any of her books. I‘ll steer clear! What did you hate about it? (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen She‘s a reader and it‘s a book about books, so I expected to find some comfort and maybe another kindred spirit but her book was BORING!! It was mostly about her and how she became a reader and what makes HER a reader and why books bring HER comfort and frankly I‘m not THAT interested in HER!!! I felt like that book was very egotistical and she was capitalizing off of her blog “fame” BIG NO from me!! But this book was AMAZING 👉🏼 1mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen well you know I‘m always here for the unpopular opinion! They have a copy of Dear Fahrenheit 451 at the library so I‘ll go pick that up today. It had me at Gen X... 1mo
Clwojick I can do it tonight after work, or tomorrow 🤗 1mo
LauraBeth On no hurry @Clwojick! Whenever is fine 😀 1mo
Cinfhen I listened on audio but I suspect the physical copy will be even better so u can screenshot her lists and suggestions!! I thought her writing style was so clever and she has a biting personality that really resonated with me!! I found Annie Spence delightful!!! Type of chick I want to hang out with In real life. Hope you love this book!!! 1mo
Clwojick Sent! ♥️ 1mo
LauraBeth Awww - thank you!! @Clwojick 😘 1mo
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Avid Bookshop | Athens, Georgia (Bookstore)
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Went here yesterday. I don‘t mean to knock B&N and Amazon, but there is something so magical and special about your local, small, independent bookstore. The shelves are thoughtfully curated. The people who work there are friendly and incredibly knowledgeable (and able to make excellent recommendations).

I think part of the wonder of books and reading is connecting with book sellers who love books and reading as much as you do.

JacqMac Agreed! I think you can feel the love in an independent bookstore. 2mo
saresmoore Yes! Such a lovely thought. 2mo
AlaMich And being in a store where it‘s clear that one or two actual humans put a lot of thought into the space itself, rather than some corporate design team stamping out cookie cutter stores. Sorry for the run-on sentence there! 😳😆 2mo
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kyraleseberg I visited both Avid locations for the first time a couple months ago and loved them! The staff is amazing and they have such great selections. Indie bookstores offer so much more than books and that's why I try to choose them no matter how tempting the one-click button is on Amazon ;) 2mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, you are so right! 😍😍 2mo
Slajaunie I agree with you wholeheartedly! 💙💙 2mo
marleed I decided that I‘d pay full price for a book once a quarter at my local Indy bookstore. Everyone wants it to succeed and I asked would I donate $100 bucks a year to retain a local bookstore? Yes! So with that in mind, I get 4 free books for the quarterly donation! 2mo
readordierachel Completely agree! 2mo
Birdsong28 It's nice that you have that option. I only have a local Waterstones and the Supermarkets for my reading needs. So Amazon is my only option if I want books that aren't in the charts. I would love to have independent bookstore in my town. 📚📖 2mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s important and rewarding to support indies.I‘ve discovered things I never would have found otherwise.I try to search them out in my travels.Wish more people had them in their towns.But any way a person can find books to read... 2mo
ItsAngel @LauraBeth off topic for this post, but did you get the LMPBC book mailed out? 2mo
Suet624 I know I sound like a broken record but if a local bookstore isn‘t available Better World Books is a wonderful option. Amazon will never get my $$$. 😀 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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TrishB Hi Bitsy 🐶💜 2mo
JennyM Hi...miss seeing you. Hope all is well in your world 😘😘😘 2mo
Oryx Bitsy 😍 2mo
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Reggie No Alaska shaped emojis covering Bitsy? Hi!! 2mo
DebinHawaii Hi There & Hi Bitsy! 🐶❤️ 2mo
CarolynM 👋Nice to see Bitsy and the ginger one. Hope you are all well😘 2mo
QuietlyLaura Hi to both you and Bitsy! 👋☺️ (edited) 2mo
Megabooks What‘s up? 👍🏻👍🏻😘 2mo
LeahBergen Hello, you three! 😘😘😘 2mo
Bookzombie Hi! So happy to see you! 💗 2mo
sprainedbrain Hiiiiiii!!! 2mo
Hollie 👋🏻😘 2mo
UwannaPublishme Missed you and Bitsy! 🤗💕 2mo
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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I forgot how good this adaptation is.

mrsmarch Seriously the best. This book is my reason for living. 3mo
LauraBeth @mrsmarch probably the one book that has stood the test of time for me ❤️ 3mo
Lynnsoprano I love this movie! I rewatched it last year after we visited Orchard House on our vacation. 3mo
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The Undomestic Goddess | Sophie Kinsella
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At 24.5 miles this week, I met my #BFC fitness goal of walking/running a combined minimum of 20 miles each week. Bitsy walked/ran all of these miles with me. ❤️

I‘m killing my sleep goal! 😂

I listened to the tagged audiobook while walking.


DivineDiana 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👍🏻 Cheers to you and Bitsy! 3mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl What a team! Well done! 👊 3mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 And sleep is super important for good health. 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Clwojick Sophie Kinsella 😍 I love how light and funny her books are. 3mo
RadicalReader @LauraBeth what app do you use to get this information? 3mo
catebutler You did so well! I definitely think your sleep goal is admirable! 3mo
Sharpeipup Good for you! Sleep is so important... 3mo
Cinfhen Great job!!!!! I‘m in awe and cheers to Bitsy who outpaced me by 19 miles 😂😂😂 3mo
bewareofwords Great work!! 👏🏽 3mo
Megabooks You have a very fit resting heart rate! 👍🏻👍🏻💜 3mo
BarbaraJean I bet Bitsy‘s keeping up with you on the sleep goal, too. 😂 What a great week! 3mo
julesG Your sleep goal! 👏👏👏 Wish I could get 6 hours each night. 3mo
TheSpineView Doing awesome! Keep up the good work! 3mo
Blaire @julesG agree. My sleep goal is set to 7.5 and I think I hit it once or twice a month. 3mo
VanChocStrawberry I want my step average to be as high as yours! Way to go! 3mo
Suet624 I want to sleep as much as you do. 4 hours at a time seems to be my thing.
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Happy anniversary! | Robin Kring
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👋 So this happened. 🙀 I was supposed to post it on May 12, but life happened. 😹During this time, I‘ve read more books than ever and have made life-long friends here. 😘

julesG Happy Litsyversary! 🎂🎊🎈 3mo
dariazeoli Yay! Happy Litsyversary 🎉 3mo
rohit-sawant Awesome! Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎂📖🎉 3mo
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saresmoore 📕♥️🥰♥️😘♥️😍♥️📕 3mo
Soubhiville Yay! 📚💕📚 3mo
tournevis 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 3mo
britt_brooke So happy you‘re here! I joined in May 2016, too, but I‘m not sure of the exact day. Can‘t believe it‘s been 3 years!! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Dragon Happy Litsy Anniversary! 🎉🥂🍾📖 3mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 3mo
AmyG Yay🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 3mo
TrishB 🎉🎉🎉😘 3mo
AlaMich Woohoo!!🍾💐 3mo
LeahBergen Woohoo!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
KarenUK Yay! 💕🍾🥂 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Me too! Happy Litsyversary! 3mo
BarbaraBB 🥂💚 3mo
Reggie Yay!!!! Happy Litsyversary!! 3mo
kspenmoll I am a May anniversary 2016 as well! 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so happy you joined. 3mo
RadicalReader @LauraBeth I always get inspired with finding new books and making wonderful bookworm buddies 3mo
UwannaPublishme Yay!!! 🤗❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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I haven‘t had a chance to post my #BFC goals yet - so here they are. The 20 miles a week will be from combined running/walking. So far this week we have 16 miles completed. I say “we” because I‘m doing the fitness challenge entirely with Bitsy.


Soubhiville How many hours of lounging on the floor upside down though? Bitsy insists! 3mo
LauraBeth @Soubhiville oh she gets plenty of time lounging upside down! 😂 3mo
julesG Great stats so far! 3mo
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saresmoore Thank you for the running playlists...and the good advice! I‘ve been doing HIIT runs with music and it‘s been real good for my mental health. ♥️ Also, a book to add to your list is 3mo
Kaye I bet your pup is having fun. Good job 👍🏼 3mo
Laughterhp Great job so far! 👏🏻 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I love that your book goal is tied to the challenge theme! 3mo
bewareofwords Yay! Great goals. 👏🏽 3mo
audraelizabeth Great job 3mo
LeahBergen Bitsy‘s gonna be exhausted. 😆😆 3mo
mabell Way to go Bitsy! 3mo
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl Wonderful.. you have the cutest buddy! 3mo
Clwojick Vital looks like she‘s a great motivational buddy! ♥️ 3mo
Clwojick Bitsy, not Vital. Thanks autocorrect 🙄😂 3mo
britt_brooke Love it!! 3mo
kspenmoll Bitsy did well!!!! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Go Bitsy! 😁🙌🏻 3mo
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1. Cardio Queen - give me all the endorphins
2. 🌲🐾🦋🦉🌞
3. If I get to the gym and discover I‘ve forgotten my headphones - I turn around and go home 🤦‍♀️
4. Running
5. This is my workout playlist for May (apologies for being an outlier and using Apple Music):


wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🙌🏻 3mo
AlaMich Re: #3...I will go home too. It‘s too damn boring without earbuds. I will slip into a coma and fly off the treadmill. 3mo
Kaila-ann I agree about number 3, no headphones = no workout. 3mo
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LauraBeth @AlaMich 😂 I just can‘t do it. And yet I STILL manage to show up to the gym without my headphones! 3mo
LauraBeth @Kaila-ann It Just can‘t happen! I agree 😂 3mo
saresmoore Thank you for sharing your playlist! I have Apple Music, too, but am in dire need of some good playlists. 3mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore follow me on Apple Music! I do new running playlists every month. 3mo
saresmoore You‘re the best! ♥️ 3mo
Clwojick Downloaded your playlist! Thanks for sharing ♥️ 3mo
britt_brooke 100% with you on #3! 3mo
Clwojick I just wanted to come back and say that I LOVE THIS PLAYLIST ❤ 3mo
LauraBeth @Clwojick oh I‘m glad! I was binge-watching Grey‘s Anatomy while I was doing it - so was wondering how that affected it 😂 3mo
britt_brooke @LauraBeth 😆 Too funny! 3mo
Mimi28 ME!! ❤️❤️❤️ I‘ll follow you, I don‘t even know how to do playlists and I have had Apple Music since day 1!! Lol 3mo
Mimi28 I‘m either under my real name or slickbutterfly76- my aol name, lol 3mo
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Excited to be a part of the #bookfitnesschallenge! Exercise and reading are my jams. Need to figure out my goals...If anyone wears a Garmin, feel free to connect with me over there.

jessinikkip I do have a Garmin, and if I happen to find it, I'll connect. See what happened was, we packed up and moved and I told my wife to put it where we could find it. And now we have no idea where that somewhere may be. 3mo
LauraBeth @jessinikkip if I was your wife and you asked me to put it where we could find it - I‘d put it on your wrist 😂 3mo
jessinikkip I figured she would put it with the electronic stuff. Or in my bookbag with the phones. Or in the bathroom stuff since I usually take it off to shower. The 3 places it would make sense. Nope. Who knows where its at 3mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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When it‘s New Release Tuesday ❤️

KimM The Farm is very good 3mo
tpixie Woot!! 🥳📚🥳 3mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
minkyb ‼️😱😂😍 3mo
RadicalReader @LauraBeth do you prefer Litsy or Goodreads? 3mo
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TheLibrarian Awww love the animals!!! ❤️ 3mo
readordierachel 👋🏼👋🏼 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy to see Bitsy in full possession of her bed for once. 3mo
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batsy Hello! 3mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!!! Happy Sunday to you and the girls!!!! 3mo
JenReadsAlot Hello! I'm devouring that book right now! 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
LeahBergen 😘😘 The BFG is getting bigger!! 3mo
Suet624 Can I tell you how happy I am to see you posting again?? 💕💕 3mo
JSW Hellooooo!! 👋🏻 3mo
Leftcoastzen Cute ! Critters make reading better! 3mo
BarbaraBB Good to see you posting again. Litsy isn‘t the same without you! I really want to read this book too! 💜 3mo
LauraBeth @TheLibrarian And that‘s not even all of them 😹 3mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly Oh you know as soon as I took that pic, Big Fatty Made Bitsy move...😹 3mo
LauraBeth @batsy I have a lot of catching up to do! 3mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen Thanks for your posts checking in on me 💕💕 3mo
LauraBeth @JenReadsAlot I‘m enjoying it so far! 3mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😘 He weighs 15 lbs now 😹🙀but he‘s delightfully adorable. 3mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 ❤️ I‘ve missed you! 3mo
LauraBeth @JSW 👋👋👋👋 3mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB thanks! 😘 3mo
DGRachel 👋🏻👋🏻😘😘 3mo
Redwritinghood 👋🏻👋🏻 3mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel 😘Has Bailey been staying out of trouble? 3mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth you know that depends on who you ask. Accordingly to Bailey, she never causes trouble. 😆 3mo
UwannaPublishme Missed you and Bitsy and your troupe of 😺😺😺! 💕💕💕 3mo
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Gutted by the tragic loss of Rachel Held Evans. I was on the launch team of her last book, not because of how much I love books, but because of how much I loved her and what her voice meant to me. I genuinely feel like a light just got extinguished, but I also feel like this tweet speaks truth to the influence she had.

JamieArc I was so sad to see this. She was an important voice in the world. 4mo
MallenNC Very sad. 4mo
TheBookHippie I am gutted as well. 4mo
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KathyWheeler I have loved her books and I was so sad to see this. 4mo
CouronneDhiver 😢🖤 4mo
MaureenMc 😔 4mo
Chrissyreadit I am so sad to learn she died. 4mo
Suet624 Your post and that tweet just made me cry in a restaurant. You are so right. A light has been extinguished. But you and I (and many others) are still here. Let‘s do our best to offer an illumination that she‘d be proud of. 3mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 You‘re so right - we should strive to continue to illuminate. Rachel sincerely wanted people to feel loved and included, and while we‘re still here, we can carry on with that mission. ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @JamieArc Her voice was truly an important one and will be missed! 3mo
LauraBeth @MallenNC I‘m just so shocked over it. 3mo
LauraBeth @TheBookHippie such a huge loss for a lot of people who really admired her. 3mo
LauraBeth @KathyWheeler I love her books as well - I‘m going to miss her writing. 3mo
LauraBeth @CouronneDhiver one day we‘ll see how all the pieces fit together ❤️ 3mo
LauraBeth @Chrissyreadit It‘s such a tragic loss 💔 3mo
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Raven | Edgar Allen Poe
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On the bar...😂

Faibka 😂😂😂 5mo
TheBookHippie This makes me LMAO every time 🤣🤣🤣🤣🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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RealLifeReading 👍👍 5mo
AlaMich 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😂😂😂 5mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 5mo
kspenmoll This is great! Will have to share with my kitty Poe! 😂 😹 (edited) 5mo
tammysue 👏🏻😂 5mo
Suet624 Oh no! Have we lost you? 💕💕 5mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! Hope all is well 5mo
CarolynM Echoing Cindy, hope all is well. Missing you😘 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m popping in to check on you. Well ... you and the BFG. 😆 5mo
sprainedbrain Hey, Laura! Hope you are all doing well! 😃 5mo
TrishB Just been thinking about you 💜 5mo
Annl How are you? Miss seeing your posts! 5mo
Tanisha_A Hello! Hope all is well there! 🙂 5mo
LauraBeth @Suet624, @Cinfhen, @CarolynM, @LeahBergen, @sprainedbrain, @TrishB, @Annl, @Tanisha_A 👋👋 thanks y‘all! I‘m fine - the husband decided to binge-watch Grey‘s Anatomy and I had never seen it so that has been my March 😂 It prevented me from reading much so I didn‘t have much to post about with regards to books. But the BFG, Bitsy and Grey Cat send their love 💕 5mo
Cinfhen Glad to know the whole menagerie is doing well 😘😘😘 5mo
TrishB Good to know 😘 Grey‘s is worth binging! 5mo
LeahBergen And a big 😘 to all four of you! 5mo
CarolynM Good to know. Hope your square eyes get back to reading-shape quickly😂 5mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 5mo
Izai.Amorim Greetings from the other side of the world. I hope you‘re fine. 5mo
Cinfhen Missing you!!!!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Just checking in. Hope all is well 💜 4mo
Kappadeemom Missing my GA friend! 4mo
julesG Haven't seen you around for some time. Hope you're okay. 4mo
Cinfhen Hey.... Just a shoutout to my favorite “Jewish” Non Jew ❤️Happy Holidays 😘 4mo
Suet624 Waaaaahhhhhh..miss you. 💕💕 4mo
RadicalReader @LauraBeth I love the wonderful works of Edgar Allen Poe 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Tanisha_A The irises be bloomin' and loomin'! Love love love the photograph. 💠 5mo
AlaMich Man I need spring so freakin‘ bad!!! ? It‘s 28° here on March 6. That‘s insane! 5mo
UwannaPublishme I‘m reading Dreyer‘s English now and those footnotes of his are cracking me up. 😂 5mo
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LauraBeth 😊 Spring can‘t get here fast enough! 5mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich I hope it warms up soon for you! 5mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme they‘re hilarious 😂 5mo
Suet624 I still have 5 feet of snow (at least) and it was 1F this morning. Those colors in your photo are heavenly. 5mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 oh Sue - that is terrible! But on the upside - you get to live in VT! 5mo
kspenmoll You really have flowers?! Beautiful! Still snow here inCT. 5mo
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I love that there‘s a copy of Surviving Infidelity (next to The Cave Painters) on Grace & Frankie‘s coffee table - a subtle nod to the fact that even though everything seems great with the exes (and even though they seem 3 years post-divorce), they‘re still dealing with the pain of it. Life definitely has a lot of mysteries and whether it‘s marriage or cave art - we have a desire to understand them and connect the past to the present.

MCYmermaid Well-spotted! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love that show , need to catch up. 5mo
saresmoore Ooh, excellent analysis! 5mo
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Spring is finally here! 🌸🌼🌞

Listened to the tagged book on our #audiowalk. Bitsy did 3 miles. 🐶

Notafraidofwords Who said? I woke up to a snow storm ! 6mo
IndyHannaJones S...pr..ing? Am I saying that right? I'm unfamiliar with the term... 6mo
kspenmoll So happy for you! We have snow here today (Connecticut) & big snow prediction for Sunday into Monday. Making up for little snow in January & February. 6mo
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Redwritinghood Umm . . . We got three inches of snow last night and expecting more tomorrow night. I wish it was finally spring! 6mo
LauraBeth @Notafraidofwords, @IndyHannaJones, @kspenmoll, @Redwritinghood well there is a trade off for this weather - you have to live in Georgia...😂 I hope that Spring comes for everyone soon! 6mo
sprainedbrain So jealous, but that‘s lovely! 6mo
Coleen I wish! But yes....that looks wonderful! 6mo
DGRachel Lovely! I miss the sun. What kind of trees are those? They‘re pretty, but they kind of look like the dead fish trees that are blooming here in Charlotte. 🤢 6mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel dead fish trees! 😂 Yes - Atlanta is brimming with Bradford Pears too. I don‘t know of anyone who willingly plants them anymore now that they‘re so invasive and grow everywhere! 6mo
LauraBeth @sprainedbrain and @Coleen I hope spring comes soon! 🌸 6mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth I have two in my yard that I‘m hoping to get cut down this year and replaced with something just as pretty, but less vile. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 5mo
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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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In today‘s binge of Grace and Frankie, Grace recommends State Of Wonder to her daughter by saying, “The first chapter is tough but if you stick with it, it‘s smooth sailing.”

Lcsmcat 😳 I wouldn‘t call it “smooth sailing!” But still good advice. 6mo
Tanisha_A I am watching s3 right now, and having a blast. Count Drinkula is etched in my mind forever and everytime i think about it, i burst out laughing. I love love Frankie's character, so eccentric! 6mo
hermyknee @Lcsmcat there‘s really nothing smooth about the sailing at all 😅😳🙌🏼 6mo
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AmyG A bail for me. 😬 6mo
Melissa_J I haven‘t watched this show (other than sports I don‘t watch TV), but my husband loves it! 6mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat and @hermyknee I found it comical that she said it was smooth sailing. I noticed that she said pretty much the exact same thing a few scenes later about The Velveteen Rabbit and it made me wonder if you‘re really seeing those books through her character‘s eyes. Or maybe it‘s just her pontificating on life itself - for her the first chapter of any situation is rough but then it‘s smooth sailing. 🤔 6mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A Oohh - I haven‘t gotten to Count Drinkula yet! 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @AmyG I haven‘t read this one yet but I‘ve heard all of the mixed reviews about it! 6mo
Reecaspieces This show cracks me up! 6mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J It‘s hilarious and very well written and acted. I don‘t watch much tv either (because I‘d rather be reading), but this is really high caliber tv! My husband was actually resistant to it but then I made him watch one episode and now he‘s hooked. 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces I just want to watch Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin act in everything 😂 6mo
saresmoore Yes! Have you gotten a glimpse of the shelves in Brianna‘s apartment yet? There are some hidden gems. 6mo
saresmoore My husband tolerates the show, but it‘s pretty much the only thing I find to be worth watching, these days. It resonates with me unlike anything else. 6mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I‘m going to have to pause the screen at Brianna‘s apartment 😂 Agree with you that this resonates unlike anything else. The subtle nuances in the conversations are everything. I love how Frankie was stalking her yam man at the farmer‘s market and he said, “It was nice seeing you.” and she responded with, “It‘s nice being seen.” 💕 6mo
GloVerdino I loved that book! 6mo
LauraBeth @GloVerdino I haven‘t read this Patchett yet - I need to bump it up on my TBR! 6mo
8little_paws Having read this I would actually kind of agree with that assessment 😁 it took me a bit to get into that book but I ended up loving it 6mo
BarbaraBB I had it stacked already, it definitely looks good. 6mo
Tex2Flo It was a lovely surprise. Never quite know about Patchett. 6mo
Daisey Apparently, I need to pay closer attention to the books when I watch more of this show! 6mo
DivineDiana I must have somehow missed this episode!?! Loved this book! 5mo
Rachel.Rencher I was wondering where I'd seen this book before! Grace subliminally sold it to me 🤣 5mo
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Lit: A Memoir | Mary Karr
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I love that Grace from Grace and Frankie is a reader (and admits that she hates poetry after reading Rumi 😂). ❤️

eanderson I love Grace and Frankie! 6mo
LauraBeth @eanderson I‘ve been living under a rock and haven‘t seen it until now. @MicheleinPhilly told me to watch a while ago and I never got around to it (now she has to endure me telling her how hot I think Jane Fonda is 😂). 6mo
alleyfam51699 We love Grace and Frankie! It‘s such a great show. 6mo
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saresmoore THIS is a great place to get the book for Popsugar‘s prompt! You‘re brilliant! She referenced “finally finishing The Goldfinch” in the episode I watched last night. Also, Jane Fonda is so hot, it‘s ridiculous! 6mo
Cathythoughts I don‘t know this show , but yes about Jane 👍🏻she looks amazing .... 💕 6mo
AmyG Jane Fonda is such a beautiful woman. And this show is the best. 6mo
LazyDays That show and those two women are the best! 6mo
Elma Just started rewatching it, this time with my husband. It's so good. 6mo
LauraBeth @alleyfam51699 I‘m so glad that I started watching it - it‘s so good! 6mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore YOU‘RE brilliant because you thought of It! Also, “finally finishing The Goldfinch” sounds so on brand for Grace 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts if you have Netflix, I encourage you to watch it! I‘m not a big TV person and am really picky with what I watch - this is one of the best shows on tv right now. 6mo
LauraBeth @amyg I love everything about Jane Fonda and this show ❤️ 6mo
LauraBeth @lazydays truly! 6mo
LauraBeth @Elma I‘m already looking forward to watching this a second time! 6mo
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Flavia is a delightful character and I‘m enjoying this book immensely.

“If there is a thing I truly despise, it is being addressed as ‘dearie.‘ When I write my magnum opus, A Treatise Upon All Poison, and come to “Cyanide,” I am going to put under “Uses” the phrase “Particularly efficacious in the cure of those who call one ‘Dearie.‘” 🙌🙌

LeahBergen I like this series, too! 6mo
ElishaLovesBooks This is on my TBR! I hope to get to it soon! Glad to hear it‘s good! 6mo
valeriegeary I love Flavia to death! I need to jump back into this series asap! 6mo
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TNbookworm Flavia is my favorite❤ 6mo
batsy Flavia 💜 6mo
LauraBeth @ElishaLovesBooks it‘s actually better than I expected! Hope you‘re able to get to it soon. 😀 6mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen, @valeriegeary, @TNbookworm, @batsy I‘m a big Flavia fan now! 😀 🧪 6mo
ApplesandSpindles I loved this one! 5mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I read a comment that you left on a Rachel Hollis book and was like, “I need to friend her...”😀 5mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Lol! It's fun when you find a book twin. 😛 5mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles 👯‍♀️ 5mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth Also, now I am wondering what I said! Lol!! I am not always kind where she is concerned. #sorrynotsorry 5mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles you said it perfectly: “She floats around Austin in a cluelessly elitist way. She is not our proudest bit.” 😂😂 5mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth ??? I forgot about that! Still true! I recently commented on Silent Book Club (on facebook) that "The quicker she sashays out of Austin, the happier we'll be." 5mo
ApplesandSpindles @LauraBeth I am not really this mean. Now I feel bad...at least a little. 5mo
LauraBeth @ApplesandSpindles I thought it was hilarious! 😂 5mo
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If you haven‘t eaten lunch on the couch while reading from your Kindle (and while the dog is staring at you and the cat is napping in his Nike shoebox) - then what are you waiting for?

Hooked_on_books I am so very familiar with that expression! 🐶😂 6mo
Tanisha_A Hahahahahah. My life is such a waste 6mo
Stephaniereads1 I‘ve seen that look. 6mo
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Reecaspieces Hey Bitsy! And if I am home...I usually have 4 looking at me 😂😂😂 6mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 6mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve done all but the dog part. 😀 6mo
Melissa_J I love that the cat enjoys hanging in a shoe box 😂 6mo
AlaMich That‘s some quality multitasking on your part! 😆 6mo
UwannaPublishme Bitsy‘s look is priceless! 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @Hooked_on_books 😂 “I‘m starving!” 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A 😂 noooo - you travel! And paint! 💕 I have animals staring at me while I eat. 6mo
LauraBeth @Stephaniereads1 😂 it‘s a look I think they try and work on privately to refine it. 6mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces 😂😂 Bitsy just saw the sun for the first time in over a week so I made her go for a long walk. She says hi to you and your crew 👋 6mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen The BFG has already put on enough weight that he busted the box 😹 6mo
LauraBeth @Lcsmcat then you‘re doing life right! 😂 6mo
LauraBeth @Melissa_J 😂 he has an actual bed but... 6mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich 😂😂 6mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme 😂 she‘s pitiful 6mo
Tanisha_A @LauraBeth Aw! ♥️ I think I'd like to have a baby elephant stare at me while i eat. 6mo
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Ten years later - this movie really holds up and is delightful. Also ten years later, I now have a cat that looks like Julie‘s cat.

SitsWithaBook I loved the movie. I'm so glad I watched it before I tried to read the book as I found it tough going. It's my go-to reference for the rare example of the movie being better than the book! 6mo
AmyG This is a comfort movie for me. ❤️ 6mo
LauraBeth @SitsWithaBook agree! This is that rare example of the movie being much better than the book! 6mo
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Ajessgirl One of my favorites! I always stop to watch if it‘s on. 6mo
plemmdog I loved the Meryl Streep parts. I cringed at the Amy Adams scenes (and I‘m a huge Amy Adams fan) 6mo
LauraBeth @AmyG Before today, it has been years since I‘ve watched it and I don‘t know why because this is THE perfect comfort movie! 6mo
LauraBeth @Ajessgirl I need to watch this movie more! 😀 6mo
LauraBeth @plemmdog Amy Adams just doesn‘t do it for me - I kept thinking of all the other actresses I would have preferred in that role. 😂 6mo
Carolyn11215 Loved the book and the movie! 6mo
AmyG @plemmdog I really watch it for the Meryl Streep Julia. 6mo
ReadingEnvy They really made Julie so much nicer / palatable in the movie version. I read her original blog when it was still around. 6mo
LauraBeth Agree @ReadingEnvy! I read her original blog too when she started it and while that was quite a few years ago, I thought she came across as narcissistic and not very respectful of Child (this is based on my poor memory though 😹). I eventually quit reading it before her year was over. 6mo
ReadingEnvy @LauraBeth yeah she is like the quintessential millennial of selfishness and bad reputation 6mo
mrp27 I enjoyed both book and movie, movie is one of my comfort watches. I read her second book, Cleaving and although the topic of butchering was interesting the book was awful and she was equally awful. 6mo
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Rainy night in Georgia ⛈☔️

Well-ReadNeck I‘m excited to start this one. I saw Anissa Gray last night and have it queued up!! 6mo
LauraBeth @Well-ReadNeck oh I bet that was a wonderful conversation with her and Joshilyn! 6mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 6mo
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Crazeedi Awww so sweet!😻 6mo
kspenmoll Sweetie! 6mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh... 😩 6mo
Dragon 😻 6mo
JennyM Oh I want to smooch that face ❤️ 6mo
heikemarie Ughhhhh so cute!! Reminds me of my Puck. 6mo
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I thought this was an interesting look at the Obama White House. Because the pictures are juxtaposed to throw “shade” at something Trump said or did - I found the compilation of the things the Trump Administration has done in two years - overwhelmingly sad and jarring when put all together in this format:

Full review:

Reecaspieces Interesting.....I will have to check it out. Sadly, most trumpsters don‘t see it this way. HEY BITSY 6mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad Souza took the time to do this. 6mo
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Bitsy Sandwich 😺🐶😺 Happy Friday!

TrishB Awwww 🐶😘 6mo
AlaMich Bitsy looks like a different dog when you shoot her right side up! 😆🐶❤️😻😻 6mo
batsy What @AlaMich said! 😁😍 6mo
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LeahBergen Bitsy‘s face looks so long in this pic! 😆 6mo
Suet624 Yes to what @AlaMich and @batsy and @LeahBergen said! 6mo
Notafraidofwords They need jobs lol 6mo
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Rush hour epiphanies. 😂

BookNerd9906 🤯 6mo
saresmoore That scene! I was listening with my girls in the car and it was so quietly poignant, it brought tears to my eyes. I‘m so glad you recommended it to me (us)! 6mo
Reggie ❤️ 6mo
LauraBeth @BookNerd9906, @saresmoore, @reggie nothing like a middle grade novel to make you ponder things in traffic! 😂😘 6mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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I haven‘t read any of these! Let me know your thoughts @DGRachel @Chili @ItsAngel

#LMPBC #GroupR #Round5

Chili @LauraBeth I haven‘t read any of them. Any one of them is fine with me. 🙂 6mo
DGRachel I haven‘t read any of these either. One in a Million Boy and Young Jane Young are the most intriguing to me, but I‘m good with any of them. 😊 6mo
kspenmoll Read tThe Bean Trees quite awhile back but loved the characters etc. 6mo
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ItsAngel @LauraBeth I haven‘t read any of them either but most drawn to Young Jane Young 😊 6mo
LauraBeth Let‘s go with Young Jane Young @DGRachel, @chili, @ItsAngel 6mo
ItsAngel Well those were easy decisions! 🤗 Looking forward to it, ladies! 6mo
Chili 👍😊 6mo
DGRachel @LauraBelle @ItsAngel @Chili Yay! I‘m excited for our picks! 6mo
ItsAngel @LauraBeth hi! 👋🏼 Have you have a chance to mail out your #LMPBC book? 4mo
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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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Buckle up kids!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6mo
Ashley85 Haha love it! 6mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 😂😂😂 6mo
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JennyM I do that! 😆 6mo
Wife Safety first!😉 6mo
julesG Always! 6mo
Sherri Protect thine books!! 6mo
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My kid: “I never appreciated the smallness of Grey Cat‘s head until we got the other cat.” 😹

Tanisha_A 🤣 6mo
Tanisha_A I like that philosophy! 🤣 6mo
Bookzombie 😂 💕🐱 6mo
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 Im going to have to see a GC vs The BFG side-by-side comparison soon! 6mo
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 6mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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That time I fell down a rabbit hole while reading about rabbit holes...🐇


TrishB 😂😂 6mo
LeahBergen “Carroll did not, of course, invent the rabbit hole; that distinction belongs to rabbits”. 😆😆 6mo
britt_brooke 😆 6mo
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Tanisha_A Bahahahahaha 6mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂 6mo
LauraBeth @TrishB, @britt_brooke, @Tanisha_A, @LeahBergen Also after reading this, I ran into my neighbor at the store and he mentioned he saw a couple of rabbits in my yard. And I‘m like, “Don‘t rabbits hibernate?” 🤔 So I had to google that. Turns out they don‘t. ‘Twas too many meta moments for me yesterday with regards to this topic. 😂🐰 6mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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LeahBergen *forehead kiss* 😘😘 6mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 🥰🥰 6mo
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Crazeedi Omg, I love your kitty, mine like shoeboxes too...😉😍🐱 6mo
TheSpineView 💜🐾 6mo
valeriegeary "If it fits...I sits...." ? 6mo
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LeahBergen Ohhhh! 😍 6mo
JoScho Yellow cat loves living with you ❤️ 6mo
TNbookworm 😻😍 6mo
Dragon 😻😻😻 6mo
Reggie How you liking this one? Word on the street is that it‘s not as good as The Hating Game. 6mo
LauraBeth @Crazeedi shoeboxes have replaced Amazon boxes as the new favorite around here 😹 6mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen he‘s a good boy 😻 6mo
LauraBeth @JoScho 😽 He‘s living his best life! 😹 6mo
LauraBeth @Reggie I‘ve been slow to warm up to it so far...🤔 6mo
LauraBeth @Dragon, @TNbookworm, @TheSpineView he‘s one of the sweetest cats I‘ve ever had 😻 6mo
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If you‘re a P&P fan, you‘ll adore this. It‘s very similarly structured to the original with the fresh spin being a Pakistan setting.

If you don‘t care for Austen and stories that scrutinize the institution of marriage and social class - this may not be your cup of tea.

I found this book to be delightful. Although, in hindsight, I may have been better served at having spaced this out further from the last P&P re-telling I read (Zoboi‘s Pride).

mrsmarch “Cup of tea” lol I see what you did there 6mo
Cinfhen This is probably an easy pass for me 😂😂 6mo
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LauraBeth Just keep it moving @Cinfhen! You‘d hate it! 😂😂 6mo
Cinfhen I do appreciate the cover design 😂😉💜 6mo
KarenUK @cinfhen @laurabeth whereas I am stacking it immediately! 😂 6mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 6mo
Melissa_J I‘m looking forward to reading this one 😊 6mo
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Good stuff to think about (which is applicable to more than just writing) from Alexander Chee.

saresmoore !!! I love this. 6mo
LittleBug Very profound, love it! 6mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore It really resonated with me! Glad to hear it did with you as well. 😀 6mo
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LauraBeth @LittleBug I know, right?! 6mo
JSW This is powerful! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow!! 6mo
LauraBeth @jsw I thought so too! 6mo
Suet624 That‘s lovely. 6mo
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Not just a closer look at what went down at Theranos, but since the author was the whistle-blower with his WSJ story - it‘s also a timely look into journalism today - during a time when journalists are still blackmailed and extorted and stories get killed every day. People like Elizabeth Holmes get rich at the expense of the public and then use that as power to continue to elude people. 🤬

This was my pick for #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast

saresmoore Are you counting this for #ReadHarder as a business book or written by/about a journalist? #allthereadingchallenges 6mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I am! I ran out of space to mention it 😂 I think this should be required reading for all B School students. 6mo
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Cinfhen Just picked this up last week. I‘m looking forward to reading it!! 6mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen It‘s really good! My only gripe (and it‘s a minor one) is that the author introduces a LOT of characters and they can be difficult to keep track of at times. 6mo
batsy Cat in a box! 🐱 6mo
LauraBeth @batsy he claimed it! 😹 6mo
Reecaspieces Hey bitsy! 6mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces Bitsy says Happy Friday! 👋 6mo
Bklover Bitsy fits just perfectly in that box!❤️ 6mo
Just_reading Love your fan club in the background! 6mo
LauraBeth @Just_reading 😹 they‘re the best fan club anyone could ever ask for 💕 6mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😆😆😆 6mo
TNbookworm Love your crew❤ 6mo
LauraBeth @TNbookworm 😽😽 6mo
UwannaPublishme You‘ve got an adorable Appreciation Club there! 😁 6mo
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