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Joined April 2019

To this Litten community: I can‘t imagine moving through a pandemic without you!
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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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Years ago I was working background at a war-gaming conference and there were piles of copies of Tom Clancy‘s The Hunt for Red October that people were reading in the many hours of before internet downtime. The consensus was - just what does he know so he can make this stuff up? Well, with this writing duo, we know the answer to that question here. Good job and game on Bill and James!

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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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Last summer I was committed to working down my very tall thrifted Elin Hilderband stack but I saved this series for some virtual winter fun in the sand. No Nantucket in this Virgin Island series, but she did stick with framing her story around a dead guy. Fun, but shouldn‘t they be grieving!?

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I had so many visions of John Boy as I read this. I couldn‘t recall how this one ended (I remember watching the movie years ago!), but Richard Paul Evans doesn‘t spare the children in his tiny stories. I kept reading, and hoping, oh please, not Jenna. Whew.

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#MonthlyWrapup Here‘s my November contribution to my #indexcard collection. I finally showed my actual physical cards to someone IRL - my visiting sister!

MallenNC I love your cards! You read some good books too. 3d
Suet624 I live your cards too!!! 3d
BrittanyReads What a fun idea!! 3d
CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful and amazing, as always. ❤️📚 3d
marleed @MallenNC @Suet624 @BrittanyReads @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for the comments and for viewing my post. This monthly photo really helps me stay on top of creating a card for my books read! 3d
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I loved every single sentence of this book. Often I‘m anxiously reading because I want to know how a story resolves. I didn‘t care how this resolved because that would mean this experience was over. I was interested in every aspect -including the story of Chico, the bird. The setting - Cypress - I need to know more!

AmyG It‘s one of the books I am now reading and I am in love with a fig tree! ❤️ 4d
Megabooks I loved this too! Great review! 4d
Allkat Sounds really good. And a pretty cover! 4d
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My guest room is occupied for the first time since months prior to the initial Covid lockdown and by a sister, no less! So, no book completed but I sure laughed at the socks she gave me :)

Lindy Great socks! 😍 Also, how nice to have a visit from your sister. 1w
Nute Perfect gift! Enjoy the visit with your sister. 1w
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kspenmoll Those are wonderful! So happy you & your sister are together again! 1w
marleed @Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Nute @kspenmoll Thank you - I laugh each time I look at them. It‘s so wonderful to spend the week with one of my sisters! 5d
DivineDiana Love the socks, and time spent with sisters! ❤️ 5h
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Told from the perspective of the white guys in their westward expansion of America into the Ohio Valley but a fascinating history which was never covered in my Northwest upbringing. Now I need to balance it with Indigenous Tribe perspectives. ↓

marleed I had never considered floating down the Ohio River as a destination for visiting Brits. And a buckeye is a tree - lets pretend I knew that! Also very cool that a college library retains the original notes and correspondence of its early settlers allowing historians to research-thank you universities everywhere! 1w
marleed I‘m grateful to the few who believed a free and public education was a necessity for the future of a country - it could have easily gone the other way. 1w
Suet624 I think it‘s funny that you read The Pilgrims followed by The Pioneers. 3d
marleed @Suet624 Haha -you noticed! When I was fingering across my physical books in October readying my bookspin list, I landed on both books separately and decided the titles demanded I read them the week of Thanksgiving! 3d
Suet624 I wondered if thanksgiving has anything to do with it. 😍 3d
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Pilgrims | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I found this while thrifting books and can‘t let an Elizabeth Gilbert book go unread. It was interesting to read a book published years before I even knew who she was, but there were 12 stories in this little book. Each was well written but none really had an end. I prefer stories, however short, to have a beginning, middle, and end.

Happy American Thanksgiving. I‘m grateful for this Litten family!

AmyG Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍽🍁 1w
marleed @AmyG I hope your day was good! I got my Covid booster last night so it was chicken noodle soup and my bed for me. But I was anticipating a reaction so I was fully prepared to be down for the day. And I‘m grateful boosters are opened to everyone now! 1w
AmyG Good you got it. I was out for 2 days with the booster. Feel better! 1w
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My bookshelf is ready for the holidays and that vertical stack of tiny Christmas books on the center shelf is where I plan to find myself. I‘m pretty sure every book there was thrifted - I see holiday books looking all lonely out there in the wild and know I can make a lovely new home for them. And I might have moved #20 down on my list just so it could follow #19 :)

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IuliaC It looks wonderful! 😍👍 1w
marleed @IuliaC Thank you. Except for that middle shelf, for the next month there is no rhyme or reason to where any book sits on my shelves. I just gathered up all my reds, greens, and blacks for a Christmasy look. My golds are still on my front room shelves for a Thanksgiving look. 1w
damselsgotballs Wow..this is literally my dream book shelf. I wish to have one exactly like this one in my home someday.😍😍 1w
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marleed @damselsgotballs Oh thank you! There are 6 more shelves now lining that spare bedroom I call my reading room, but there‘s windows and a closet door breaking them up so this is my best photo angle. It‘s Billy ikea shelves so that part is very reasonable since I‘m about 5 miles from our local store. Many of my books are thrifted and that helps me keep them moving - last night I thrifted 10 mint condition botm books for $22! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I've also been collecting holiday/Christmas books this year and I'm SO excited about reading them!!! 1w
wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 lovely! 1w
Daisey Beautiful shelves!! 1w
IuliaC @marleed Looks great already! 🤍📚 1w
DivineDiana Goals! Fabulous! 1w
Suet624 Beautiful! 3d
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Outliers and Talking to Strangers had a huge impact on me and those in my world have likely grown weary of my referencing Malcolm Gladwell. Although this didn‘t land with quite as significant an impact I‘m sure before the holidays are over I‘ll find reason to refer to ‘thin-slicing‘!

IuliaC I remember I liked the way he explained how the “active unconscious“ worked and made me think of intuition in general 😊 2w
Suet624 @IuliaC well now you‘ve made me want to read this. My intuition is turbo charged and I‘m not sure why. Maybe gladwell can explain it. 2w
marleed @IuliaC @Suet624 I love the way he weaves his book together to make such interesting points. Sue, you must be a thin-slicer! 1w
Suet624 Hahaha. I don‘t know what that means but I‘m intrigued. 1w
marleed @Suet624 I can‘t wait to find out what you think of the book and if you agree you are indeed, a thin-slicer! 1w
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This is a heart wrenching memoir. There‘s a disconnect between the author and her story. It‘s at once off putting but then it makes sense. It‘s told not from the successful adult that Qian has become but from the undocumented child of which she evolved. A child who was taught to be as invisible as possible in order that she and her family might stay in this country.

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Sankofa | Chibundu Onuzo
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I loved this book. I think it would not have taken much to turn this one into a thriller, Instead it‘s a quiet story of a 48 yo woman discovering who her biological father is and how incredibly different her life would be (for better or worse) had he known of her existence.

Allkat Like that cover. 2w
marleed @Allkat Me too - love the colors! 2w
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Forget the Alamo: The True Story of the Myth That Made Texas | Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford
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I often prioritize my fiction reads above my nonfiction but like taking a month to prioritize NF as I‘ve read some great books and I‘m enlightened on several topics! Tagged an important book for me to have a different perspective.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Suet624 I‘m with you on the 3.25 rating for Levy‘s book. 2w
marleed @Suet624 Yea, I just think when you write a memoir it should be more than the experiences - who you are now because of those experiences. 2w
Suet624 👍🏻 2w
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I like to read memoirs - to be a fly on the wall of a cathartic journey where the writer is better at the journeys end for having put pen to paper while discovering who they are in the craziness that is life. Ariel explains upfront she lost her unborn child, spouse, and home in too short a time, but I felt the tell of who she became on the other side of that journey was lacking because she remained clouded by blame she placed on her ex-wife.

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I‘m always entertained Sutton Foster and first learned of her from the casting of Younger rather than her many Broadway credits. Her relationship with her mother is fascinating, but my favorite part was her fangirling over Patty LuPone. …Oh, and reading her Instagram, she designed and crocheted her sweater on the cover!

Crazeedi Yes to the title, it does save you when you most need 2w
marleed @Crazeedi I really enjoyed this. I ran down her Instagram stories after and laughed at how many of her fellow actors want the octopus toilet paper cover she crocheted! 2w
Crazeedi @marleed that's hilarious! 2w
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I love a good hero‘s journey and Amor Towles tells a good one. I would love an update on Billy and Emmett, who they became as adults - and what their grandchildren would have to say about how their grandpa and great uncle were responsible for the seeds of happiness in the family that is theirs.

AmyG I wanted to know what happened when they got to CA. Did they get to see their Mom? 3w
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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This is my first David Sedalia book - how in the world did this not happen long before now!? I loved how he wrote about his relationships with his family. It makes me smile to think of grown-ass families coming together to enjoy a vacation home. The last essay on non-English speaking European swearing is hilarious.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
vivastory Yes, that one was by far the funniest 😂 This collection had a different feeling from his other works that I've read. It was a bit darker & more somber. I also loved 3w
vivastory & this is a great seasonal read 3w
Suet624 Definitely check out @vivastory ‘s suggestions. They are hysterical. 3w
marleed @vivastory @Suet624 Thank you. I‘m happy to add these two books to my TBR! 3w
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Forget the Alamo: The True Story of the Myth That Made Texas | Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford
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I‘ve walked inside and around the Alamo countless times with my challenge of snapping a pic sans tourists (my photo above!). What I did not realize is how much influence John Wayne and Walt Disney had in creating the post 1950 view of the Alamo - wow! ↓

marleed In the last couple years I‘ve opened my mind to history collected, investigated, and taught from many perspectives. When I saw this book posted on Litsy, I knew I‘d be amiss if I didn‘t read this with an open mind. My heart breaks for any student of Mexican descent field-tripping to the Alamo, only to return to their bus feeling as though they are the enemy. 3w
Texreader Have you read the Gates of the Alamo? That‘s my fave book about it and supposed to be historically accurate. 3w
Amiable I have this book but haven‘t started it yet—glad to see you liked it ! 3w
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marleed @Texreader oh I have a physical copy of GotA and was planning it for NF November until I saw this one and thought it might be interesting to read Forget the Alamo first. I‘m so happy to here you liked Gates and will keep it atop my TBR! 3w
marleed @Amiable I‘ll be interested to see your review. Fascinating to consider the postwar WWII mindset of the culture at the time and how that impacted the telling of even earlier history for future generations. 3w
Amiable Isn‘t “Gates of the Alamo” fictional? This one is nonfiction, or am I wrong? 3w
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Have a Nice Guilt Trip | Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
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Settling into these books of essays by this mother/daughter duo always makes me happy. I think this was my fourth book with none read in order of publishing. Their ability to laugh at themselves is refreshing . Mother Mary had passed in my previous reads but she is still with them, nearly 90, and feisty as ever when this one was written.

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IuliaC Nice review and lovely photo! 🤩 3w
marleed Thanks. While reading this, I had that Papa-bear suitcase out in the middle of my closet floor loading up summer-wear for the next 5 months. With the 50 pound airport limit that bag was house bound and useless before I realized this seasonal use. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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I‘m accustomed to earning my psychology reading credits from Malcolm McDowell. But what‘s this, Malcolm‘s a visiting professor for a history lesson - I‘m all in! Why he is interested in his research makes the book even better. I don‘t often spend time in the historical details of war but have new understanding for how difficult it was to deliver a bomb on an intended target during WWII.

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I‘ve long been aware of the Troubles because people from my hometown were highly suspected of gun running for the provisional IRA in the 1970s. Somehow I‘ve never read a nonfictional account of those 30 years of terror, and this sent me down the google and Netflix rabbit hole. So much I didn‘t know and I‘m intrigued to keep learning.

Suet624 This book. 💕💕💕 2d
marleed @Suet624 Agree! I‘m so glad I finally read a nonfiction book about this time. 2d
Suet624 Me too. I was a teenager when much of this was going on. I thought I knew what was happening and I clearly did not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2d
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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What! I liked this, but I‘m sure I‘ll have an opportunity to read this again with my IRL bookclub. It‘s books like this that make me appreciate that I have no problem rereading a book. Knowing how this books comes together will actually benefit my reading experience the second time through!

KristiAhlers I really enjoyed this one. I know it‘s not everyone‘s cuppa but I found it to be engaging and super creative. As a writer myself I‘d never tackle such a complex set of characters and timelines 😀 4w
Read-y_Picker Hoping to start this one next. Very excited! 4w
marleed @KristiAhlers I liked it. I almost wished I‘d read the end first. Im really looking forward to reading it again and watching the pieces fall in place. @Read-y_Picker Have fun!! 4w
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Gosh, I‘ve read some really good books of late. I picked the tag because it was so important for me to read a non-fiction account of the Japanese internment camps.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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I‘ve paid attention to this family over the years and was curious to read how Anderson would frame this history for his his son. I‘m impressed that he can see the Vanderbilt flaws without feeling he was somehow cheated of an inheritance …And again with Truman Capote and how he fills a room! But, after all, Anderson, if in vitro, did attend Truman‘s historical Black&White Ball.

TheBookHippie I want to read this so badly!!! 4w
marleed @TheBookHippie I‘ve read things about the Vanderbilt‘s before but I really enjoyed Anderson‘s take on his ancestors and his relationship with his mother. 4w
kspenmoll Wonderful review!!! 4w
TheBookHippie @marleed I‘ve read quite a bit on the family especially his mum. I love Anderson. Excited to read it! 4w
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Over the years Ive read several historical fiction books centered on the internment camps of Japanese Americans during WWII - but fictional romance focused. This NF based on IRL troops of Americans of Japanese descent is a terrible thing done and important to write down. It‘s a history we should learn and never forget.

marleed @SamAnne if this book is on your radar, I recommend the print for you. The city Spokane is likely referenced 100+ times. And every time mispronounced where the first syllable of your lively city sound like the first syllable of spaghetti. 1mo
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I thought this NF book was written in such an interesting way with three parts practically independent of each other (the dead guy, the lawyer, the writer). Harper Lee‘s research into said dead guy, and the lawyer, and the book that never came to be makes for a great read. This author did a nice job pulling together the story Harper Lee couldn‘t write in the way she wanted it told. ↓

marleed Also fascinating to me is that when ever Truman Capote comes into a story - he sure fills up the room. 1mo
rsteve388 I loved this book. 1mo
vivastory I really enjoyed this one 1mo
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Both Harper Lee books are on my TBR 1mo
marleed @rsteve388 @vivastory I just think it fascinating that she even considered a way to tell the story that Harper Lee abandoned. @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Before reading GSAW it really helps to know this is not a sequel to TKAMB but rather her first draft of TKAMB - Intriguing that she and her editors chose to tell the story of Scout‘s dad from the eyes of a child loving her father above all else. 1mo
rsteve388 I like go set a watchman better then to kill a mockingbird. 1mo
marleed @rsteve388 I liked them both. So intriguing how one would tell the story of Atticus from the perspective of Scout at 8ish vs 23ish. And I think very meaningful that the story would change. 1mo
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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There was something about this story that immediately drew me in and I was near the end when I realized it. The MCs born in 1922 have yet to turn 30 by the final page, but the very good present tense writing had me forgetting time until historical reminders slid in. I felt like a fly on the wall that wasn‘t moving until the story resolved. I feel like there‘s another book or two for this Family, and I‘m here (well, a fly over there) for it.

Aims42 I‘m reading it now and your description of feeling like a fly on the wall is spot on! I love the “current events” slipping in and how it affects the Family. A good read so far!! 1mo
marleed @Aims42 Do you think it‘s the present tense that pulls the reader in!? Great book esp for a first time author! 1mo
Aims42 @marleed I think so! Yes I‘m amazed she‘s a first time published author 1mo
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Well first you off, I loved this book. Possums, squirrels and the hellish creatures they can be - yep, my life. But the heart of this book is so incredibly important - depression, living in and through it - and findings ways to keep laughing and loving.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! Life just keeps calling us ❤️😊 1mo
marleed @Cathythoughts Yes it does! 1mo
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I read this book just over a year ago and couldn‘t help but consider who I‘d be now if I‘d been taught history with a consideration of perspective bigger than white privilege. I just reread this book for an IRL bookclub, and this time I wept. In just a year‘s time I read this differently knowing that legislatures are actively working to silence that perspective.

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I found this book back in August in a LFL. I didn‘t know of the author, but the title was too perfect for me not to read as my kick-off to NF November. She‘s funny and also loves the people in her lifetime NYC world. The book is a quick read but I should add the hours I spent down the google- and Instragram- rabbit hole learning more about Jill and family. ↓

marleed This LFL is one of my favorites boxes from which to borrow and donate. But I do have to laugh because the owner is very serious about marking up the books. The end pages are documented in sharpie as a gift from the LFL, the edges, and now the even cover. 1mo
Bookwormjillk We've had controversies in my town about used book store owners taking from LFLs and re-selling. I wonder if that was happning to them too. 1mo
marleed @Bookwormjillk oh wow - I never thought of that. That‘s terrible! I check out LFLs on my walks all the time. Sometimes it‘s months before I read a book I borrowed from an LFL and might forget the LFL from which I borrowed. I was thinking this was so the books are returned to their LFL. I wrap back and donate at least two for any book I borrow because my own supply is daunting ;) 1mo
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How is it that it‘s time again for a #MonthlyWrapUp with my #indexcard collection of books read!? About a thousand cards ago when I began this journal/journey (I‘m looking at you @Clwojick I would sometimes make a mistake on a book‘s title and create a card anew. Now I look at The Apple Never Falls, and think, oh well - woops. …Happy Halloween Everyone!

BennettBookworm Woah these are so cool!! 1mo
bookandbedandtea I 💙 your #indexcard wrap up! 1mo
Kenyazero These look great, as usual! Haha I love that you've stopped creating a new card when you make a mistake. Sometimes the errors arena fun element to journal projects. 1mo
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marleed @Kenyazero @bookandbedandtea @BennettBookworm Thank you. I love doing this - the notes on the back are great for jogging my memory, and the physical reminder of a read does help me keep some -just some - of my physical books moving. …It was also helpful to embrace my mistakes and be fine with them! 1mo
mcipher These are SO cool! 1mo
Clwojick Stunning, as per usual! ❤️ 1mo
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Afterlife | Julia Alvarez
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This was a quiet little book. Fours sisters originally from Dominican Republic and now 60+ yo Americans having lived lives spread across 4 states. Antonio, both recently retired (English lit prof) and widowed, must navigate this ‘afterlife‘ with her distant sisters and her local community. It‘s an immigrant story but those interviews where the director explains, ‘It‘s a boxing movie but it‘s not really about boxing.‘ Yea, like that.

Reggie I really liked this book. 1mo
marleed @Reggie I did too. Funny, I picked it up at the Friends of the library used-bookstore. It was stacked with all the self-help type books so I was expecting it to be a memoir of sorts. Cool, since I only read the tagged this year. So, obviously I went into this one with no idea what the story would be! 1mo
Reggie I think she writes herself into most of her books because some of her characters become writing teachers at a Vermont college and that‘s what she does in real life. If you want to try another of hers go with In the Name of Salome. It‘s my favorite of hers. 1mo
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sleepy.ash87 Ooooo... Another for my list! 1mo
marleed @Reggie oh I didn‘t know that and I‘ll stack your recommendation- thanks! 1mo
marleed @sleepy.ash87 I love how this author writes! 1mo
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Here‘s my November #BookSpinBingo list, and a note to self…. Self, don‘t save so many nonfiction reads for NF November because you‘ll discover even more NFs that weren‘t even on your radar. And you still have 2021 fictions to read before holiday reading begins. …It‘ll take a couple Oct days did get a head start!

actualdisneyprincess Furiously Happy is GREAT. 💖👏🏻 1mo
Bookwormjillk I have the same “problem” 1mo
marleed @Bookwormjillk what was I thinking!? I have a whole other stack of NFs that I planned for this list but there‘s no way I can get to them this month! 1mo
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marleed @actualdisneyprincess I‘m excited to read this - my first Jenny Lawson! 1mo
Megabooks Lots of great NF there!! 1mo
marleed @Megabooks And I want to read all of them - this November! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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This was a nice conclusion to the curse of the Owens family - to undo what was done. I read @Branwen ‘s post noting the author and editors forgetting the manner of death of Michael in Practical Magic - I appreciate that I was prepared for that miss! It‘s definitely a companion to the previous trilogy and doesn‘t really stand alone as it‘s own story. And that‘s completely fine as it‘s not intended to stand alone.

BookwormAHN I just started this book and was wondering if I remembered that wrong 😺 1mo
Branwen @BookwormAHN You didn't remember it wrong! They messed up and it drive me crazy for the entirety of the book! 🤣😂 1mo
Branwen Yay! I'm glad I was able to help! 💕📚 1mo
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marleed @Branwen It really did help because I was able to let it go knowing you held the frustration :). Maybe @BookwormAHN will agree! 1mo
BookwormAHN @Branwen It definitely helped. It drives me nuts when authors change things. 1mo
Branwen @BookwormAHN YES! Same! I couldn't get over it with this book! 🤣😂 1mo
Branwen @marleed I'm STILL frustrated about it, to be honest! 🤣😂 1mo
marleed @Branwen @BookwormAHN If they are aware of this significant oversight, I wonder if they‘ll fix it in subsequent publications. 1mo
Branwen @marleed @BookwormAHN I really hope so! 😥 I haven't read about other reviews on goodreads of people complaining about it though! Weird! 🤔 1mo
BookwormAHN @Branwen @marleed That's weird. I know people on Goodreads were complaining about some of the changes, mainly the Aunts significant others deaths, that were changed from Practical Magic to Rules of Magic. She seems to default to men being stuck by lightning a lot 😸 1mo
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What to tag!? Four books tied at my highest rating of a 4.5 (A-). Tough choice but Wen with the tagged because I had fun reading this mystery unfold.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Cinfhen Wow!!!! SO MANY high scoring books! I took a screenshot 1mo
marleed @Cinfhen Most months, and by intention, I read across genres. From Oct-Dec I tend to theme read. I thought I might tire of mystery-genre books this month so I‘m surprised by how much I‘ve enjoyed must of what I‘ve read! 1mo
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Dead to Her | Sarah Pinborough
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Dang it. The whole whodo voodo youdo mystery, the why and the how, had the potential of a solid October reading pick. However, the time spent inside the heads of the two manipulative, money-hungry, man-hating MCs was just ugh, a big ol‘ pan, diminishing the stories potential. I guess for this weekend one, Pick + Pan = So-So.

vivastory The only Pinborough I've read is Behind Her Eyes. I've always wanted to check out another, just not sure which one i should try 1mo
Sleepswithbooks Great photo!!!! 1mo
marleed @Sleepswithbooks Thank you! 1mo
marleed @vivastory This story had potential, but the MCs just weren‘t compelling. I don‘t have to like MCs but I want to be interested in them. 1mo
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Every Fifteen Minutes | Lisa Scottoline
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My thoughts are all over the place on this one, but I‘m giving it a pick because I really wanted to read how it resolved - and just who was the sociopath (I guessed wrong). There was a lot, maybe too much, going on for the MC though. Let‘s see, I‘m counting at least 5 significant reasons to lawyer up - that‘s gonna hurt the pocketbook!

Cathythoughts Interesting.. stacking 1mo
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Although I was of the right age, I missed out on 80s slasher movies - reserving my entertainment in horror to haunted house films. But I had to go here because I can‘t miss out on Grady Hendrix and his campy hysterical fiction. I lost track of who was who and did something I seldom do (and for the 2nd time this month)- 1/3 in and I started over. I‘m so glad I did that!

OutAndAbout There were a lot of characters to figure out at the beginning. 1mo
LeslieO So many “final girls” books! I might need to read them all. 1mo
marleed @LeslieO There are, and I may read dipper than just this one! 1mo
marleed @OutAndAbout I‘m so glad I stopped and started over. All the characters really were fun to the story once I tracked them all. 1mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Once I realized the mystery/thriller aspect in this slow burn of a book was secondary to the character relationships, I enjoyed it. It could be an interesting a parent/teenager buddy read. Sometimes people lie because they are good at it. That same person might grow into a very responsible adult and things erroneously kept secret then could have an even greater impact later. The discussions ensuing by a buddy read could be beneficial.

kamoorephoto This one gets a lot of criticism but I absolutely loved it 🙌🏼 1mo
marleed @kamoorephoto I guess because of the criticism, I went into this expecting a so-so read but ended up enjoying the whole thing. It‘s an interesting look at teenage lies kept secret for way too long. 1mo
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I wanted to read the Jake Brigance trilogy in order and enjoyed doing so. This one set in ‘94 but published in 2020 did not do the thing that‘s a pet peeve of mine - infuse today‘s mores back to the story‘s setting. That said, a pregnant 14 yo supporting character is raped by a thug. Rather than professionals in the know immediately getting her the support she needs, she‘s used as a pawn in a court case. Geez, was that normal in 1994?

Cathythoughts Very upsetting… terrible 😭😡 I hope times change more quickly 1mo
marleed @Cathythoughts It‘s hard for me to head back to 1994 when I was the married mom of a 2- and 4-yo and not take the wisdom gained from 25+ years of living. I guess I‘m thinking that by then we knew better and did better when it came to the rape of a 14 yo child. Maybe not. 1mo
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Elizabeth Is Missing | Emma Healey
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I don‘t remember when or why this book made it to my shelves, and now that I‘ve read it, my loss of memory here is fitting. Sad, yet fascinating to consider a woman with dementia confusing a current situation with a traumatic event from her long ago past - particularly when the caretakers of her 82 year-old self have little knowledge of who she really was in your youth. The mystery wrapped inside this was interesting, as well.

IuliaC I liked this one 😊 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Loved this one! Unreliable narrator done brilliantly. 2mo
Crazeedi Hmmm sounds goood! 2mo
marleed @IuliaC @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I thought it was a unique mystery and really enjoyed it. @Crazeedi It was published in 2014 but there‘s nothing about it that made me feel I should have read it closer to the pub date. Same story could be written today forgiving that we‘ve been living through a pandemic and not every book will or should incorporate that gnarly fact. 2mo
Crazeedi @marleed I added to my tbr! Thank you!! 2mo
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I had pen and paper in hand as I read this so I could track the characters and their connections to each other. I‘m glad I did this because it helped me stay focused on the many aspects of this story. Every character had their part in how this tale went down and I enjoyed it!

Cathythoughts Great review! I always write down the characters too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts Haha. If there‘s a pile of characters, I often regret when I didn‘t track them with pen and paper (or iPhone notes). It‘s interesting how much better a story goes for me with that small step. 2mo
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Come Home | Lisa Scottoline
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I only understood the mystery of this book as it unfolded and that‘s a good thing. What I liked most was the story supporting the mystery - an ex-stepmother living a good life is 3 years out of touch with the two girls she helped raise but when one of those girls knocks on her door - can you really ever be an ex-mom?

#BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I love the way this author weaves a story and had an apple bucketful a good time reading this book. Joy, the 69 yo mother was a fascinating MC. Her grown-ass children were fun and complicated and demonstrated how four kids can be raised close in age within the same environment yet grow to be unique in personality. And Savanna - I don‘t have enough characters to go there!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 🍎🍎 2mo
Jeannineth Love the pic 🍎 2mo
Megabooks Love this photo! 2mo
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Any grid where nothing falls blow a solid B, 4-star rating is a fantastic reading experience for me. I knew immediately the tag on this grid because I love everything about this book. I even love thinking about it after moving onto other books!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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I hadn‘t thought about it before, but I suppose authors as a character is a trope I gravitate to as this is my 4th such topic in less than a month! I was entertained reading this. I also read in the jacket description that this is already optioned by Netflix. Just how hard it will be to correctly cast Bob, the dog!?

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Well, include me not among those that solve mysteries earlier than intended by an author. I didn‘t have a clue what was going to happen next. Fun read.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I never solve the mystery 😂🙄 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Sometimes I would rather not solve it and so purposely don't put the pieces together and just enjoy the ride! 2mo
dainarmb RIGHT? I was nearly bored af by this read til 2/3 of the way in. It escalated wonderfully! 2mo
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kplovesbooks I did figure it out but only because...who else was there?! It eliminated every other character and then I was like "hmmm....?" ? I LOVED this book though! ♥️♥️ 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts @ChaoticMissAdventures @dainarmb @kplovesbooks I‘m always entertained by my inability to solve a mystery. This was a fun one to not solve. 2mo
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Between the Lines | Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
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My first thought was that this book was too middle grade for my current mood but I quickly read to the creativity in the story and had fun reading about a book that when the pages are closed have a life different than the roles they play in print. Beware, characters may be watching you if you keep your book open between readings! It must have been a blast for mother and daughter to spin this yarn.

Liatrek Loved this book ❤️ 2mo
marleed It was such a fun surprise! I‘ve had it on my shelves for several years and had no idea this was a little gem of a read! 2mo
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I realize this book is chalk full of triggers, but it has equal potential to be therapeutic to help a reader understand they are not alone in their world of confused feelings. …I went to HS in an era where students did not tell on authority figures. When I was a sophomore a teacher would say wildly inappropriate things to me. I was very fortunate to have supportive, protective friends so this was not my story. ↓

#DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

marleed My hometown town of Butte, Montana is referenced in this book. Maybe you have to grow up there to appreciate it, but I swear it‘s a much better place than this book paints it out to be! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve been avoiding this one .. maybe I‘ll give it a try soon 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I felt the same way, but I came across a copy in an LFL and decided to give it a go. I‘m really glad I read it. 2mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Considering how quickly this story went to print, I thought it was really good. I loved the setting - when reading the pandemic, I‘d prefer to read about how it‘s going down outside the U.S. politics. …I‘m left thinking about authors out in the world with new resolutions, character‘s named, contemporary 2020 plot line in place, typing away on 2Jan2020. And then Covid hits, and that story cannot remain what it set out to be.

Cathythoughts I need to read some of this author!Thats Grafton Street … or is it off O‘Connell Street ! Grafton ! .. I havnt been there since Covid 😢 flipping Covid … (edited) 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I dream of visiting Ireland some day! 2mo
Cathythoughts I hope you do !! We could meet up 👍🏻😁 2mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I would love that! 2mo
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