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marleed

Joined April 2019

I had to choose between a fireplace or a library wall. I chose the library wall.
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The Litigators by John Grisham
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Roar | Cecelia Ahern
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This book is so wonderfully wacky and weird - and literal. I‘m not sure if I‘d call it 30 short stories so much as 30 parables. Maybe self-help. Maybe Cecelia‘s Fairy Tales for Grown-ass Women. ... I recommend this as a book savored over days one story at a time

ValerieAndBooks Looks good. Just requested this as a e-book from the library! 7h
marleed @ValerieAndBooks oh I hope you enjoy it. I typically read a book straight through but these stories or so wacky that I opted to change my reading style. So that I could sit with each story, I read a story at a time at 4 different points throughout the day. 5h
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Although I‘m awaiting my library loan of The Institute, this is the only Stephen King book I‘ve actually read. Yesterday, I was so excited to thrift a copy for my 5-star shelf of favorite books. I read this book 2 years ago - I‘m not a writer, but it absolutely changed the way I read.

Graywacke This appeals - even though I‘m not sure I‘ll ever read his fiction (I have tried a couple times.) 1d
marleed @Graywacke This book was published in 2000 and I read it in 2017. Two years later, as I read a book and decide there is something in the writing that‘s not working for me, I can often connect it to what I gained from reading this book. I highly recommend for readers! 1d
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The Whistler | John Grisham
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Working down my Grisham‘s, and this was a good story-driven book. And timely, since it allows me to give a shout out to the intestinal fortitude of whistler-blowers!

I picked this one because the cover matched the month, and I finished it just in time for the Day14 #OrangeAndBlack #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge !

@4thhouseontheleft

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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This book is so interesting. It‘s a well written character-study that pulled me in from the very beginning, and the ending will have me thinking about the three main characters for a long time.

Redwritinghood I can‘t believe this didn‘t make the shortlist for the National Book Award. It was so good. 3d
marleed @Redwritinghood i loved it. Even as I was reading I was wondering why I was so engaged in this character study. ...And then the end just calmly slipped in. I just can‘t stop think about who it is we are in relationships. 3d
cathipink I really enjoyed this one too. I didn't realize she had written a lot for the NYT - going to have to check some of her profiles there. Looking forward to her next novel. 3d
marleed @cathipink I wonder if her NYT experiences gives her an enhanced ability to consider perspective. 3d
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Check in time! #BFCr4 Week1
@wanderinglynn

This round I changed my goal from 5 miles a day to 35 miles per week (40 max) with an incentive be Fitbit free on Day7. I hit 35 miles so it‘s a free day!

My book goal is 18 books with the priority of 12:6 (2:1) library:personally owned. So far I‘m at 4:1!

And oh just yeah, it‘s blowup yard decor season for my walking view entertainment!

wanderinglynn That‘s an awesome way to do it! Love the Fitbit free day idea. 👍🏻👍🏻 Way to go! 🙌🏻 4d
marleed @wanderinglynn I‘m interested in seeing if I have a bit more fun with my fitness if I work toward a day off rather than my constant attempt at a higher step count. Well, that and a foot problem I‘m forced to let rest :( 4d
MatchlessMarie I saw an inflatable grim reaper at the Walmart entrance pointing at their flu shot sign recently 😂 4d
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marleed @MatchlessMarie That‘s a good one. To the utter delight meant of my grown daughter, she is entertained by my lack of love for blow up yard ornaments. Even if they started to grow on me, I‘d have to stop - my daughter wouldn‘t have nearly the fun teasing me! 4d
MatchlessMarie @marleed 😅 my sister has been waiting for the cool weather to get an inflatable Trex costume to go walking in if she does it I bet she will make the news because it's a small town 🦖 4d
marleed @MatchlessMarie OMG. That‘s awesome! There‘s a viral video of someone snowblowing in a t-Rex mascot suit and it cracks me up every time I see it. 4d
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The Pumpkin Blanket | Deborah Turney Zagwyn
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Day12 #Blanket #FallIsBooked @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@originalcyn620

In Oct ‘97 favorite book of my 5, but my 7 thought the lovely illustrations were disproportionate and it freaked him out. And then! The elementary art teacher requested a meeting - please don‘t stifle your son. His proof - a perfectly proportionate construction-paper bat which to my eye looked pretty much like the 60+ other bats. But we heeded well this sage advice!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡🧡🧡 4d
OriginalCyn620 Great pic! 🧡🍂🍁 4d
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mdm139 Sounds like he has an artist‘s eye. He may like the new Dr Seuss The Horse Museum 4d
marleed @mdm139 I have such great respect for art teachers and the need to keep art in schools. Two years later in a different school an art teacher again called and suggested a city run program. Logistically, I couldn‘t get him there. So she took him and I picked him up! 4d
marleed @OriginalCyn620 Thank you! 4d
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Fair Play | EVE. RODSKY
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There is nothing about my current life in which I‘m the intended audience here, but my self-imposed reading for the RW Bookclub made this an October requirement.
...It was interesting to read in retrospect, and recall times where I was convinced I was the single busiest woman in the world. ...I felt this advice paints family life as a drudgery to endure. I wish I could tell my young-mom self that those moments now are the best I ever had.

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Yesterday, I listened to the full-cast audiobook, and it is laugh laugh-out-loud entertaining. Realizing it was a Wednesday, I even changed into a pink sweater for the third act! If you are a fan of the movie, Mean Girls, treat yourself to this Shakespearean remix. ...I was thinking I should push it forward in favor of more Octoberish reads, but look at this cover!

ElizaMarie It looks super interesting!!! 6d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oooh! Full cast recording you say... I have the paperback but it‘d be amazing on audio! 6d
marleed @ElizaMarie It‘s just fun! @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I had so much fun listening that I really want the physical book now! 6d
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Old Black Witch! | Wende Devlin
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#Spooktober Day10 #Witches @Eggs

When I was little my dad gifted me a year subscription of picture books - delivered via mail once a month. It was the best thing ever and I still have 8 of them. So this 1966 edition of an old witch is a treasure!

Eggs Oh sweet!! 7d
marleed @Eggs 3 of the 8 are October themed so maybe I can sneak the other two in photo challenges this month! 7d
plemmdog I think I have that same one, somewhere. My mom also ordered the book club for me. I still have them all! I think my favorite was The King With Six Friends. 6d
marleed @plemmdog oh my gosh that‘s so cool! I was so enamored with my book mail that the next year my dad challenged me with some monthly geography book where the pictures were these stickers that I had to lick the back side and put in their proper place. I secretly wanted the picture books to continue! ... I didn‘t save those geography books! 6d
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Mehso-so

Bee books seem right for October because I love hot apple cider - and honey bees want what I have in hand.

I‘m always down for that eat-pray-love search to reset one‘s life when its trajectory goes askew. Impacting that life via humanitarian mission could have been a fascinating story. But the constant overly described appearance and attire of the secondary characters threw this story off kilter for me.

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The Innocent Man | John Grisham
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Oh goodness. This book is frightening, perhaps not in the typical Halloween definition, but frightening nonetheless - and heartbreaking. Now I must watch the Netflix movie.

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Postscript | Cecelia Ahern
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This 3x3 grid finished just in time to begin anew for #BFCr4. Three at 4.5*=A and two at 5*=A+! I tagged the 5* that I struggled with at midpoint (for personal trigger reasons) then loved by the end.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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The Rooster Bar | John Grisham
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In the past year I‘ve thrifted 28 John Grisham hardbacks. I‘d yet to read any because where to start? So I thought I‘d use October mystery month to eenie meanie miney mo my way through my mounting stack.

My TBR‘s have nothing on the mounting student loan debt of the main characters in this one. But boy did they make stupid choices. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the story.

Prairiegirl_reading He is popular for a reason for sure! I haven‘t read all of them but I always enjoy Grisham. 1w
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s a bit of a mystery (pun kind of intended) that I liked the book even when I thought the main characters were irritating. 1w
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Postscript | Cecelia Ahern
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Oh this beautiful book. At times I had to stay with a paragraph and sit with the words before I could continue.

I first read PS I Love You, but by the time it was adapted to film I was moving through the death of my own husband making the story unforgettable for me. This sequel to that book is a tale about death and grief and living. It was such a comfort to sit awhile again with Holly and read her continued journey.

marleed BTW, I‘m not quite sure how Amazon preorders work but I seem to have the European edition of this book. It was fun to read the spelling of words- I realize Americans use a ‘z‘ in words such as realize rather than an ‘s‘! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔 so sorry for your loss 2w
marleed @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh thank you. It‘s been a long time now so it‘s all good memories. In fact, my daughter had a mother/daughter dance at her wedding and choose the ending song from the movie as her music - if I ever leave this world alive by flagging molly. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @marleed awww ❤️ I‘m going to have to listen to it... 2w
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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#FriYayIntro
1. Bear Town which I forgot to include in my September wrapup post
2. It‘s a Kansas City Chiefs RedFriday in my neck of the woods - so Red!
3. Dinner with my son and DIL to hear about their European vacation!
4. So no :(. But I can snap!
5. My pleasure! And thanks @Eggs

inthegreensandblues CHIEFS! (Ok well I know nothing about football but sharing the KC love 🤣) 2w
marleed @inthegreensandblues Well, That makes you ‘ma homie! Ok, just in case that needs a clue - Patrick Mahomes - beloved quarterback! I‘m somewhat challenged on the actual rules of sports. But I absolutely love what a winning and hopeful team brings to a community! 2w
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See what my son and DIL brought back for me last night! I had explained this shop was a Paris must-see. They loved it! The book is even stamped for their proof of location purchase. ...But Littens, look at their pic they took just for me!!

MicheleinPhilly AWWWW, this is so thoughtful and lovely. 🤗 2w
Tanisha_A Love it! 2w
Eggs This is amazing 👏🏻📚❤️ 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm Haha! So cute! ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Adorable photo 😍🤩 2w
cathipink So sweet 💗💗💗💗 I love Shakespeare and Co, it's a definite must visit for Americans in Paris 🙂 2w
Graywacke That‘s really sweet and also kind of brilliant. Cool kids. 2w
readordierachel How cute! 2w
marleed @MicheleinPhilly @Tanisha_A @Eggs @Erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @cathipink @graywacke @readordierachel Thank you. They certainly did not need to purchase gifts for me on this adventure. But since they did, this is so awesome. I love it! 2w
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This cover nestled into my bookshelves enticed me to jump in for Day3 #Coffin of the #ChillingPhotoChallenge

@Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

Clwojick Oooh. This is a pretty one! 2w
marleed @Clwojick I had to jump in - the challenge that is! 2w
Clwojick No jumping into coffins for you, 😂 2w
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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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Well, it may say something about my own experience that when I saw this title, I timed it for an October library loan ;(

it‘s a twisty, family sometimes drama, sometimes mystery that was a Very good read.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I‘ve been juggling my library holds for the last month so that a fun mix of mysteries would drop this month. Thank you, Public Library, this was a creepy start! I didn‘t figure out where this was going so I quit trying and just enjoyed the ride.

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Under Currents | Nora Roberts
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This was my first Nora Roberts book and I liked it. I appreciated how fully she considered the survivor(s) of familial physical/verbal abuse and how they find their way despite that experience. I‘ve read several books of late where so many issues are dropped into a plot that the story is lost within the list of issues. This book reminds me of why I prefer a single issue story.

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Do you remember the boycott back in 2015 when the Starbucks holiday mug was released sans prancing reindeer and such. I thought the boycott was silly so out of support for the separation of church and business, I purchased the ceramic version of their mug. It‘s the mug I most often use! Thanks @dariazeoli !! #MondayMorningBeverage

britt_brooke Love it! 2w
megzlynn I remember that! I knew so many people who were offended. So many people were like, “they are taking Christ out of Christmas. Blah, blah, blah.” Well I am a Christian and I personally thought it was ridiculous. Snowflakes, Christmas trees, reindeer, etc are not religious symbols. Taking them off of a paper cup did not make me feel attacked. 😂 2w
marleed @britt_brooke @megzlynn It was such a goofy fight to pick! 2w
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britt_brooke @marleed It was insane. I loved the simple red cup. People are ridiculous. 2w
dariazeoli Ah yes, the “war” on Christmas. I support your support of separation! 2w
Amiable @dariazeoli I support your support of Marlee‘s support! 😀 2w
marleed @dariazeoli @Amiable Yeah, my tribe is right here on Litsy! 2w
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Here‘s my September bullet journaling via index cards with notes and rankings on the back. I have so much fun doing this but don‘t have anyone IRL interested in my effort. I sure enjoy showing them to you, my Litten friends!

TheHeartlandBookFairy Very nice 😁 2w
Lindy Beautiful! Also, making these cards must really help you to remember the books. 2w
marleed @TheHeartlandBookFairy @Lindy Thank you. And yes it does. It‘s interesting how just me writing those few lines few lines is a memory trigger. Only 1/3 of what I read is from my own large shelve of books because, you know, those shiny library loans! So this gives me something physical since I don‘t have room or funds for all I read. 2w
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Lindy @marleed It‘s a wonderful project. 😊 2w
Itchyfeetreader Love these - 2w
cathipink I look forward to these! Thanks for sharing them 🙂🙂 2w
marleed @Itchyfeetreader Thank you @cathipink You just have me warm fuzzies! 2w
Kimberlone This is such a great idea! 2w
Come-read-with-me @Marleed This is a great idea! The cards are beautiful! (edited) 2w
marleed @Come-read-with-me Thank you! It‘s so much fun to do! 2w
marleed @Kimberlone Oh please join me! 2w
Ash.on.the.line I love this! 2w
marleed @Ash.on.the.line Thank you! 2w
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The Friends We Keep | Jane Green
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Hey, Evvie, just a tip, there‘s better ways to keep a friend. ...I found these characters neither interesting nor particularly likable, and their conversations unremarkable. The oh so many familial issues seemed poorly addressed and resolved. ...And it treats 50 like you‘ve one foot in the grave - geesh - tell that to J-Lo!

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This very good murder mystery is written three parts. I was immediately invested in the father/husband‘s perspective (part 1) which made me curious about what the daughter would have to say and then the mother/wife. It‘s even more intriguing to me because I wonder if I‘d have had the same interest if the daughter spoke first.

Cathythoughts I did start this... but it‘s now in #hibernation it was good 🤔but there are so many others I need to get to 3w
marleed @Cathythoughts I kept pushing it down on my library holds - I think because the cover didn‘t meet my have-to-read judgey-ness. It did fit into my fall mysteries so I finally dove in! 3w
Cathythoughts I‘ll probably go back to it , as I‘d like to see what happens 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Mae might have been a 24-year old college graduate hired into the California tech-savvy, The Circle, but she was written like a middle-schooler dropped mid-term into a new school and desperate to fit in. This book contained sooo much social commentary. With all that and my I-don‘t-give-a-shit-about-Mae, the MC, I had no perspective in which to take away whatever it was this book wanted me to receive.

...And sharks eat anything!

claudiuo Thanks a lot for your review. I have this book on my TBR list but reading your notes made me move it way down, there are many other more interesting books in need of my attention. Thank you! 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I did not like this book either. 3w
marleed @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @claudiuo I felt like the author pulled every concern with technology in our daily lives, dropped it into Word and retrofitted a story around it. Had he concentrated on fewer concerns and given us an MC we wanted to understand, it might have been better for me. 3w
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DivineDiana I really enjoyed this in audio! 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2w
marleed @DivineDiana I‘m interested to see the movie. Perhaps if I‘d have pictured Emma Watson as Mae or Tom Hanks as Eamon I might have been more invested in their characters. It just fell flat for me. I read it for an upcoming IRL bookclub so it will be fun to hear their input. I‘ve rated 2 books in the last 2 weeks on the low side but it does make me appreciate my other reads! 2w
DivineDiana I tend to always have a new appreciation for a book after Book Club! 🙂 2w
marleed @DivineDiana Me too. This particular one is hosted by my local library branch. It‘s always packed and the opinions are all over the board. I limit my input to a single statement because of the number of participants. It‘s interesting because I try to be thoughtful of when my single piece of input might be meaningful to the evening. 2w
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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This book! Do you remember as a kid when you first realized that infinity mirror reflection? Mine was a gift of a tiny blue vinyl suitcase emblazoned with an image of a little girl carrying that same suitcase with an image of that same girl carrying that same... That feeling, this book!

LiteraryinLititz Great description! 3w
Bakingbookworm It was a great, twisty read. 3w
Chab256 Currently reading and enjoying...read Recursion right before this one... 3w
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marleed @LiteraryinLititz @Bakingbookworm I loved reading this book! @Chab256 I did the same thing! I thought Recursion was so good and then I noticed all the Litsy love for this one so I had to give it a go. And I‘m not even a sci-fi reader! 3w
allureofbeauty I loved that one. 3w
Chab256 @marleed Neither am I! 3w
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Current 3x3 grid is in the books. Two 5* reads compensated for the three in my 3* range. Tagged a popular favorite!

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

1. 3.5 C+
2. 3 C
3. 3.75 B-
4. 4.75 A-
5. 4 B
6. 4.25 B+
7. 5 A+
8. 5 A+
9. 4.75 A

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Look what I have - my first Litsy delivery- I‘m so happy! Thank you @wanderinglynn ! This book will be so much fun to read in between my mysteries and thrillers in October. If I have to stop reading, I‘ve this lovely bookmark! And if this book has a pile of characters, I now have a much desired blank journal for mapping them out. The kitchen magnet notepad - oh yes!

#BFCr3 and can‘t wait for r4!

wanderinglynn So glad it arrived! 3w
marleed Oh my gosh Lynn, I was like a kid getting a Birthday present through the mail! Thank you! 3w
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This is a gripping book with a story unlike anything I‘ve read before. Aside from the shoe collection of Imelda Marcos my knowledge of the Philippines begins and ends in the timeframe of WWII. But now there‘s another war raging - a war on drugs and the frightening way in which it is fought.

lele1432 I have this one. Cannot wait to read it! 3w
marleed @lele1432 I hope you like it as much as I did! 3w
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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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Some oddly placed sentences in this story made it obvious how parts of this mystery would resolve. However, other twists kept me engaged. Overall, it was a fun way to kick off placing priority on some mysteries and thrillers during the upcoming month.

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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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So I put a library hold on this audiobook based on title. It wasn‘t until it dropped that I realized it was 5th in a series. So, I started listening and there were so many characters and I wasn‘t sure whose story I should already know. I thought I should stop and start with the original, but the book was good and I feared I‘d never get back to it. I stuck with it and found the rhythm. Dang, fans of this series must love this one!

mcipher I did that with this series as well - someday I want to go back and read them all in order. 4w
cathipink Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed it! The series is great (the third is my favorite) - you won't regret going back to read them, especially if you liked this one 🙂 4w
marleed @cathipink @mcipher Now I‘m really curious about the entire series. I have to the author props for keeping me engaged when I came in so late in the game! 4w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day8 :)

With the exception of my large old picture book collection, this stack represents about 80% of my hardback collection. The other 20% remain randomly adorned by their dust jackets. The books on my shelves might be displayed in wacky combinations, but this stack of art is obsessively ordered alphabetically by author!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You take them off the books?! What do you do with them?! 4w
marleed @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I do. Somehow I think my books sit ‘quieter‘ on my shelves without them. But they are close by in the closet of my reading room in two large purse boxes. They are sorted alphabetically because I peruse them often. For ever changing reasons I have the jackets on about 20% of my books. 4w
Lindy What an interesting idea. I think I understand how books might sit more quietly without their dust jackets. 4w
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marleed @Lindy This summer I put the jackets back on all the books in my reading room - that lasted less than a month! I‘ve grown accustomed to highlighting select trees in my forest of books! (edited) 4w
Lindy @marleed 📚 🌳👍 4w
IndoorDame I love this idea of highlighting certain books! I don‘t own many hardcovers these days, but I remember as a child I always took the dust jackets off when I got a new book (a quirk of mine I‘d all but forgotten about) 4w
marleed @IndoorDame I‘ve lived in my small space for just over a year but twice in 2019 different friends (who seldom read) have asked if they could bring one of their friends to my house to see my reading room. It‘s such a fun compliment when people love that I have books. (Note: in my 5 yr downsizing commitment I‘ve donated or passed on about 90% of my niknaks so that helps!) 4w
rather_be_reading 😲😲😲 4w
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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I‘m fascinated by interviews of those who lived in a war-torn community. They find normal, make mistakes, pursue careers and love, negotiate friendships. They are at times selfish and at times thrive on simple acts of kindness. They grieve, they laugh, they go on. They read.

This book did just that. I thought the author maintained the mores of 1941 London and I appreciate the research required to stay out of the writer‘s current-day head.

marleed I could I have focused this pic in on my book. But then how would I show my Litten Friends this awesome Charley Harper Birds art quilt a sister designed and created for me! 4w
BarbaraJean What a wonderful quilt!! Your sister is very talented! 4w
marleed @BarbaraJean Thank you. I wish a photo could do it justice. The backside is equally beautiful. 4w
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful quilt! 4w
marleed @ValerieAndBooks Oh thank you! She worked so hard on it! 4w
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The Doll People | Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin
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JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
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marleed @JoScho @Eggs Thank you. In one of the doll families residing this home an oversized baby doll is carelessly placed in the crib and becomes a part of the otherwise right sized family. The baby is explained something like: She‘s from a different set. We love her. Somehow that line has stayed with us for nearly 20 years. 4w
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Yes, every translated sentence! Perhaps the best thing about being so woefully behind the curve in reading this incredible story is having its sequel readily available.

I just complained about too many characters that had to be pulled together in a previous book. This time, I was instantly interested in every character introduced knowing each would make the book richer.

Butterflyamore I found Us Against You at a library sale last weekend but don‘t even have Beartown yet. But I couldn‘t very well leave the other one behind, right? Haha 1mo
marleed @Butterflyamore Oh lucky you and now your hunt is on! I‘m excited to continue with Us against you. I‘ll read a few other books first just to give myself the sequel anticipation! 1mo
AmyK1 I found Us Against You at BAM really cheap a couple weeks ago. Need to buy Beartown so I can read them both 👍🏼 4w
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bookaholic1 I'm still not done reading it, but I'm loving each and every character, this may known as a hockey book, but it's more deeply than that, didn't you think so?? 4w
bookaholic1 @marleed I do the same thing, as far as reading a few inbetween 4w
marleed @bookaholic1 oh definitely more than hockey. It‘s as if hockey is one of the characters but not the MC. 4w
bookaholic1 @marleed yes I agree 4w
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Crazeedi ❤❤❤❤ this cover 1mo
marleed @Crazeedi I saw this spine on an Instagram photo posted by Books By The Foot. The hunt was on for me to find it in the wild because I love that title more than tacos! 1mo
Tanisha_A Great photograph! 4w
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The Last Dance | Carmen Agra Deedy
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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This was quite the romp in Victorian hay. I was intrigued by the setting of the suffragette movement and writing of inheritance, title, gender inequality, reputations, and social mores of the day. I was engaged to see Annabelle and Sebastian to the end of their story.

It‘s a qualified pick because of the over-descriptionW of romantic thought and action. I compare it to a comedy routine made unfunny by the overuse of F bombs.

Crinoline_Laphroaig It's on my nightstand right now. Looking forward to reading. 1mo
marleed @Crinoline_Laphroaig A few TMI sex scenes notwithstanding, it‘s a fun ride through the Victorian era! 1mo
HOTPock3tt I just started this one! Love it! ♥️☺️ 1mo
marleed @HOTPock3tt I hope you like it! 1mo
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The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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Two POVs convinced me that life in fictional, rural Blackwater, KS is mired in death, grief, addiction, deceit, depression, and hopelessness. I think we were introduced to every character in this small town and it made my head spin trying to keep track of who was who. It came together in the end in an interesting way, but it was just too many characters and directions to pack into 272 pages.

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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day4

No explanations required except of my 7 days, Monday seemed the right day to post this.

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Inland | Ta Obreht
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I‘ll give this a so-so since I liked the writing and the ending. But holy cow ‘er camel and a jug of water - it was a long long winding road to get there.

Suet624 😂😂😂 1mo
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day3
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DivineDiana A favorite painting! 💚 1mo
HOTPock3tt YEEsSS!! 😍💚🎉👍🏽 (edited) 1mo
Amiable Nice one! 1mo
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marleed @DivineDiana @HOTPock3tt @Amiable Thank you. My late husband bought a print of this Tamara de Lempicka 1920s print about 25 years ago. It has funny meaning and memory to each of us. We affectionately called her Bullet Breast but now I call her Evelyn! 1mo
DivineDiana I do prefer Evelyn! 😉 1mo
marleed @DivineDiana Me too! Tamara was a wild child of an artist back in her day (I‘ve since purchased an art book about her and her works). I think Evelyn is perfect for her woman with the white glove! 1mo
Amiable My grandmother‘s name was Evelyn—I have a hard time thinking of her as “Bullet Breast!” 😄 1mo
marleed @Amiable Haha. She may not have worn the undergarments as deprecated by de Lempicka either! But then again my art book features her nudes - it‘s not the undergarments that had my kids giving this painting that moniker! 1mo
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#BFCr3 Week6 Final Check in:

1. Books: Finished 46/27 books with 17/9 from my own physical TBR shelves. 5, 3x3 grids!
2. Fitness: exceeded minimum 35 MPW with 93,404 steps / 40.05 miles
3. Do something new: I spent all day each weekday of BFCr3 dog sitting grand-dogs through construction - I‘ve never owned my own dog so this was a first. I need people more than I knew!

Now to rest my feet for a bit! Thank you @wanderinglynn , so much fun!

wanderinglynn What cuties! ❤️🐶 And way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 1mo
marleed @wanderinglynn They‘ve learned to love me now! And thanks for all your effort on these challenges! 1mo
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day2
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DivineDiana I was given an earlier edition of this book from a woman who told me she rereads it every summer. 💗 1mo
marleed @DivineDiana I watch for early editions while thrifting books but have yet to come across one. I read it about 25 years ago and then reread it a couple years back. It had more impact when I was a busy young mom but even that was interesting to me. (edited) 1mo
Amiable Beautiful! 1mo
Tanisha_A Serene! 1mo
DivineDiana @marleed I need to reread! 1mo
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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day1
No explanations.

Thanks for the invite @Amiable. @TamTracy My last communication was with you so would you like to join in!?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛💙 1mo
marleed I have a fun little collection of Winnie the Pooh books and this one is my favorite! 1mo
TamTracy Love it!!!! I‘ll join ♥️🥰 1mo
batsy That's a sweet one 💙 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love this! 1mo
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Final 3x3 grid of #BFCr3. Low score helps me appreciate the rest. Tagged my 5*, but 4 others were so close. 6-9 from my physical TBR!

5* = Loved It! I want friends to read and my own physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

1. 4.75 A
2. 4.75 A
3. 2.75 C-
4. 4.25 B+
5. 4.5 A-
6. 4 B
7. 4.75 A
8. 5 A+
9. 4.75 A

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I purchased my own physical copy and somehow was #1 on a library audio loan. So, I had an all-day, non-stop buddy read with Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia) as one of the narrators!

Wow. Wow. It‘s unfair to you, Dear Reader, if I say more.

Cinfhen Fabulous photo and great review...did you prefer one medium to the other?!? 1mo
marleed @Cinfhen For this, both. I tend to remember stories in greater detail when I‘ve experienced them in print. And somehow reading beautiful writing has a greater impact on me than hearing it. But I love audiobooks too because I‘m often on the move. This is a great audio and both simultaneously was incredible. 1mo
Cinfhen Dang!! So you‘re telling me I need to get both 😂😘 (edited) 1mo
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marleed @Cinfhen Haha! Might I suggest a library loan on the audio! But a first edition book is a must for your collection! 1mo
Cinfhen I have the book on its way...it was preordered and I could use my Audible credit once my book arrives xx 1mo
marleed @Cinfhen Oh do, you won‘t regret it! 1mo
Cinfhen 💚💚💚 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Wow is right! I loved it. Didn‘t realize Ann Dowd was one of the narrators, that sounds fantastic. 1mo
marleed @4thhouseontheleft It‘s so awesome. I treated all of yesterday like buddy read day. Mae Whitman and Bryce Dallas Howard are also narrators - i shouldn‘t say more less I give something away! 1mo
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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I love receiving my Reese Witherspoon reading assignment on the first of each month especially when my awesome library allows me to participate in a timely manner. ... I was captivated by the historical fiction within this book and wanted more. I wanted much less of the American romance so I could stay inside this fascinating history. It was an interesting book to read on the heels of A Gentleman in Moscow.

stephothebesto That sounds good! After reading A Gentleman in Moscow, my brother and I went on a Russian reading spree. My favs were The Revolution of Marina M (sequel is out now!) and The Patriots 1mo
Redwritinghood This is the Harvard Book Store signed debut fiction pick for the fall. I‘m eagerly awaiting my copy. They don‘t send them out until after the author‘s visit to the store. 1mo
marleed @Redwritinghood This would be a great bookclub discussion- I want to come! 1mo
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Years ago I read Les Miserables. I was so proud of myself, and must have boasted about it. What I remember is this women asking if I read the abridged version. Of course not, said I. It was a long book, said I. A few days later I arranged my completed book on a shelf. Woops, it was abridged - and I don‘t recall correcting my declaration. All this to explain AGIM gave me wonderful Russian Jean Valjean / Cosette vibes!

ruskigurl16 I need to move this book up my TBR! Ugh! 1mo
marleed @ruskigurl16 It‘s a beautiful read. And funny, I‘m following it up with the The Secrets We Kept because Reese gives me assigned reading on the first of each month. What a fun way to get some Russian history. 1mo
LoverofLit Love the mug! The Roasterie is some of my favorite coffee local to me. 1mo
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marleed @LoverofLit I have this new thing about picking up mugs by a city‘s local coffee. It seemed only right since I pick up the Starbucks you are here mugs on my travels! And I‘m a tea drinker! ...Are you in Kansas City? (edited) 1mo
LoverofLit @marleed I am in Kansas City, MO. Born and raised 😊 1mo
marleed @LoverofLit Oh cool! I just moved back here from San Antonio. I‘m in a little old house in Prairie Village - I love living a downsized life! 1mo
Scochrane26 This is a favorite book. Read it in December & still love it. 1mo
Lauren890 A Gentleman in Moscow is SO good! I also love the Roasterie! I grew up in KC and moved away but I occasionally splurge and order their coffee online. So good! 1mo
marleed @Lauren890 @LoverofLit Oh my Gosh, how fun to connect over a coffee mug!! Lauren, where do you live now? 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m going to have feels about this book for a long time. I‘m so happy I own it! 1mo
Lauren890 @marleed I live in northern Virginia now - we‘re close to D.C. I like it here but I miss KC! 1mo
marleed @Lauren890 Well let us know if you come back to visit! 1mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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For two weeks in August I watched three seasons of The Handmaid‘s Tale. That created a personal requirement to read and appreciate this unbelievable book prior to my bookmail arriving with its sequel. I would like to think I had the sophistication to appreciate THT in 1986, but alas, I was in Richard Chamberlain Thorn Birds lust. ...And with no way of imagining a certain real estate billionaire then could make this book so believable now.

mcctrish I read THT around the time it came out and recently a new graphic novel version of it while I have been binge watching the show ( halfway through season 3, I won‘t push it before I see MA speak on the 10th) and while it haunted me back then enough that I can still feel that first reading 20 years later, now it feels so much more ‘real‘ thx to extremist religious people north and south of the 49th parallel 1mo
AmyN.Clegg I was so lucky to have been assigned to read this story in my high school AP lit class. Since then, I have re-read this book every year. Its amazing. When the show first premiered, I was worried that there was no way they could do it justice. But it did. I also loved seeing Margret Atwood's cameos in the show ^^
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marleed @AmyN.Clegg @mcctrish I envy you your early reading! As I read, I just kept wondering what the experience would have been. I was so caught up the all too real dystopia having experienced all 3 seasons back-to-back that my head can‘t separate the excellent book from the excellent show. I‘m so glad MA agrees with the show. Oh to the book I said aloud JUNE, your name is June! 1mo
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AmyN.Clegg I read a great interview about the name June. MA said she never gave the character a name. She did the intentionally but the readers named her and she didn‘t expect that. And then so many readers refereed to her as June that, in MAs mind that became her name. :o 1mo
marleed @AmyN.Clegg I think it‘s so cool that MA was fine with her audience determining June as her name. In my paperback version she provides some 2017 thoughts to her book so it made me really notice June not saying her name. ...Once again, not sure I would have noticed otherwise! 1mo
Scochrane26 I read THT around 2000 while in grad school & have read it over at least twice since then. It scared me back then but scared me more a couple of yrs ago. 1mo
Scochrane26 Haven‘t watched the show still. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 It breaks my heart how scary and possible this world is today. I think the show is a great tribute to the book. 1mo
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