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mom2bugnbee

Joined September 2016

▫️Mother, Teacher, Reader, Wife▫️Ravenclaw 💙▫️Wholockian▫️Biology prof▫️Boston U mom ♥️🤍 ▫️Dean College mom 🐾▫️Raising readers
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The Bostonians | Henry James
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Once again, I've been away & I'm back. ☺

It's been a busy season - in May, my older daughter graduated from Boston University & my younger daughter finished her freshman year at Dean College. I'm teaching a summer course right now which is keeping me quite busy, but in two weeks I will have much more time on my hands! I've missed you, Littens! Here's to being more consistent on the beat social media platform ever! ♥

tpixie Congrats 🎈 1mo
Amiable Yay, Terrier! Congrats! 3w
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Another incredibly thoughtful book from @britt_brooke, who so enjoys my Tom Hanks obsession. ?

The reason this got a "so-so" versus a "pick" is the cheesiness of the self-help writing in this book. IMO, they should have just stuck with quotes from and about Hanks, much like Robert Fulghum books. But there were some wonderful quotes in here that I hadn't heard, & reading about my favorite actor is never a waste of time.

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Preach, Jo.

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Continuing to read my Christmas swap books from @britt_brooke. She knows that my all-time favorite novel is Little Women. ☺ This was just lovely. Predictable, of course, because I know the original story so well, but that didn't take away from the enjoyment. It cleverly weaves the story with modern themes such as blended families & LGBTQ characters.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Finally getting around to reading some Christmas presents. @britt_brooke knows how much I love Dolly. This is a small, beautiful book full of color photos, quotes from Dolly, & tidbits about her life. Not in Litsy's data base yet. It was lovely. Of course it was. It's Dolly. ☺ Rose approves. #catsofLitsy

batsy Sweet kitty 😻 4mo
britt_brooke Such a fun, quick read. Happy you enjoyed! 😻 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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Looks like a great day to snuggle under a blanket with a book. This is The Deep South™️, y'all, near Nashville. And it's going to snow all day. All of you affected by this storm, hope you're safe! Stay warm! ❄️

AmyG Wow 6mo
Amiable You have more snow than we do up here in Connecticut! 6mo
CatLass007 We‘ve got a good bit of snow out here in Northeast Tennessee, but not as much as you. We‘re expecting the snow to continue past midnight. 6mo
mom2bugnbee @Amiable My girls fly back to Boston on Wed & Thurs and will be landing in warmer temps than they're leaving! 6mo
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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Sorry @Andrew65! I forgot to post my last book! #12booksof2023

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Honestly, only a 3⭐ for me, but I read only one book in November. 😔 #12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I enjoyed this one. 6mo
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Andrew65 Can‘t beat some Agatha Christie. 7mo
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Missed yesterday! #12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I really enjoyed this book. 7mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I read a lot of 4⭐ in August 2023, but no 5⭐. I did discover both Simone St. James and Lucy Foley, so a good month. #12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love The Broken Girls. 7mo
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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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Happy New Year, Littens! Definitely NOT my best year reading. Ashleigh's senior year + BFA audition process = decrease in reading, but I wouldn't change a thing. Here's to a goal of 80 books in 2024!

AnnR Happy New Year! 🎉 7mo
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Andrew65 Another good pick. 7mo
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Goodreads was down for me yesterday, which is where I track my reading, so I couldn't choose my book for June until now! 😂

#12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I loved this book, even though the actions of the lead characters annoyed me at times. 7mo
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 7mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Since I'm on vacation, I'm definitely aiming for 20 hours over this #readathon! My goal - to make a good dent in the pile of unread physical books on the floor in my bedroom. *whistles innocently*

Thanks, @Andrew65! #outwiththeoldinwiththenew

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Not gonna lie... I didn't read any books during March & April of 2023. My younger daughter is currently in her freshman year of a BFA in musical theatre, & the audition process for such programs is ridiculously arduous. We traveled 13,000 miles in five months. Add that to the craziness of her senior year & my job, and there wasn't time for much else! 🤯 I'll be back to posting on Friday! 😁 #12booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds very intense! 7mo
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Andrew65 This is one of my stand out reads of the year and has stayed with me. 7mo
mom2bugnbee @andrew65 I think of it often! 7mo
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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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Andrew65 Brilliant choice! 7mo
AnnR Nice graphic.🎄 7mo
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Just as I Am: A Memoir | Cicely Tyson
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Jenny, thank you so much! I literally gasped when I opened the book - I've been looking forward to this one so much! @Captivatedbybooks

Thank you, as always, to @MaleficentBookDragon for coordinating #jolabokaflodswap23! Happy reading, everyone, & Merry Christmas! #jolabokaflodswap

Captivatedbybooks Oh im so happy you liked my pick! Merry Christmas love 7mo
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"His voice sounded like vodka tastes."

Ally Carter, The Blonde Identity.

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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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Blew through both of these, each in one day. ☺ Gifts from @britt_brooke, who loves to tease me about my Tom Hanks obsession. 😉 Easy, breezy romances - predictable, fluffy, and perfect & fun for light reads during the holiday craziness!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ /⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for both

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@LeahBergen Here's mine! Even older - cost 35 cents, acquired by my late grandmother for her classroom library December 1963. I'm reading it tonight. ☺

LeahBergen Aww, what a lovely memento! And .35 cents 😆😆 7mo
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Yikes!!! | Bill Myers
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@avanders - Alethia, I am SO sorry! Evidently the printed address did not inclyde your apartment number & I didn't notice. I'm on my way back to the post office to get it sent out again... My sincere apologies if it doesn't make it by Christmas Eve, but I'm going to do my best! 🤞🏻 @MaleficentBookDragon

mom2bugnbee @MaleficentBookDragon - I deleted the email from you once I sent the package, so I don't have the apt number. Could you email me ASAP? Or reply here with a spoiler comment? I am SO sorry! 7mo
Avanders Oh no I‘m so sorry!! I hope you don‘t have to pay again! If so, please let me know and i‘m happy to contribute! Let me know when you see this so I can delete 😉 Thanks lady!! 😘😘 (edited) 7mo
mom2bugnbee @avanders Got it! Delete away! @MaleficentBookDragon - I'm all good. Sending it again! ♥ 7mo
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Avanders @mom2bugnbee 😘♥️🙏🏽 Thank you!! 7mo
Avanders @mom2bugnbee ps - to each her own, but you may want to block your address in this pic too ☺️ 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon @mom2bugnbee oh no. How did it work out? 7mo
mom2bugnbee @MaleficentBookDragon It's on its way! 🤞🏻 7mo
mom2bugnbee @avanders I'm so sorry if your package doesn't arrive today. 😔 But I promise it's coming. Lesson learned at your expense, I'm afraid! 7mo
Avanders @mom2bugnbee oh please don‘t worry about it! I have another Jólabókaflód book here with Litsy, and also we celebrated the same with the family. It‘ll come when it comes - thank you!! And happy Jólabókaflód to you! ♥️? 7mo
mom2bugnbee @avanders Oh, I'm so glad. Merry Christmas! 7mo
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Captivatedbybooks Oh thank goodness! 7mo
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My #jolabokaflodswap for @Avanders went in the mail today! ETA: Saturday! ☺ Thx to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing. 🎄

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 can‘t wait!! Thank you! 📖🎄♥️ 7mo
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RushAThon | Readathon
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My semester is done in a week, which means more time to read, which means this might be achievable! Still fighting through a little bit of a slump - hope this will help! Thanks @Andrew65 ! #rushathon #rushathonchristmasbingo

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I love it when my daughters gift me books, & I love it even more when they gift me one of their own favorites. My 18yo has extensively read Christie & this is her favorite - great hook at the beginning! Rose looks less impressed.

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Yep! She's become a new favorite. Maybe a bit predictable, but a page turner nonetheless.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Another one that's been in my TBR since publication and, boy, did it deliver! I love books with multiple POV's, so be aware if that's not you. Will now be reading all of her books!

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#Booked2023 - wrongly incarcerated main character (don't worry - that isn't a spoiler. Happens at the very end when you already know whodunit.)

robinb I enjoyed this one as well! 11mo
Annmcoop And then the lights go out. I loved this book and The Hunting Party, too. 11mo
mom2bugnbee @Annmcoop I put all of hers on my hold list! 😁 And that was such an amazing line. 11mo
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Snowflakes | Ruth Ware
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Gotta love dysfunctional family short stories!

Both ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The River | Peter Heller
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Have had this one on my TBR forever & it did not disappoint! Ripped through it in two days. And put The Guide on hold.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#Booked2023 - set in a mountainous region

LeslieO I just finished The Last Ranger. Loved it! 11mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Trying to wrap my head around this book. I loved the format of short stories that had a common thread. But then I got frustrated that I didn't know the rest of the story. Olive is such a wonderful, yet terrible, character. I can't give it an extremely high rating, but I put the sequel on library hold immediately, which says something.

⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#Booked2023 - short story collection

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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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1. Tagged

2. The Count of Monte Cristo has been on my "currently reading" Goodreads shelf for a few years. I really do need to finish, as I was enjoying it!

3. My 21yo & 18yo daughters. ♥ ♥

@Eggs

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I'm still reeling.

All Christ-followers should read this book.

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(12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends)

Davidtk20 Life changing 😃 12mo
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Ali Hazelwood did it again. Predictable? Sure. Did I guess the twist? Yes. Did I care? No. Let me assure you, as a college professor, that she nailed academia on the head with this one. 4/5⭐

But. One nit-pick. The protagonist adjuncts at a few Boston universities. And she CONSISTENTLY said "Boston University" to Bostonians. She would NEVER refer to it by its full name. As the mom of a rising senior, I can promise you that it is always "BU". ♥️?

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I thought that this would be right up my alley, as an extroverted Christian who loves people, but I felt that it wasn't telling me anything I didn't alresdy know. Do I practice everything here like I should? Of course not. But there was nothing new. (12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends)

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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A bit predictable, but still a page turner! (12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends)

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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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So happy to finally find a new-to-me #Authoramonth who I love! Will definitely be reading more of hers!

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Soubhiville That‘s great! 12mo
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Mr. Wilson is a friend of a friend - they are colleagues at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, about one hour from my home, yet I'd never read him! Ridiculously creative ploting, & I'm looking forward to reading more!

This also checks my first box for 12 Books in 12 Months Recommended by 12 Friends. Late start to this challenge, but I still have six months!

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HeatherBookNerd Good book! Now go read 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence I love Kevin Wilson‘s books! This one is probably my favorite. 13mo
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And Justice There Is None | Deborah Crombie
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Catch-up post!

I'd say my reading slump is finally over! 🎉 Been working through the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James detective series - love them.

Once again, bailed on this month's #Authoramonth. 😔 She's just not for me. @Soubhiville

TiredLibrarian I love the Kincaid & James series, too. It's one of the few that seem to get better with each book. 13mo
Soubhiville That‘s ok! No author is for everyone. 13mo
Crazeedi This is definitely a series I need to start! 13mo
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"It wasn't much then. A glimmer of a notion of a whisper of a figment of an idea."

What gorgeous writing.

robinb Oh wow. Love that! 13mo
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Today's word learned from reading.

RamsFan1963 That's so funny, I just looked up the same word, I came across it in The War in The Dark. It was definitely a new word for me too. 13mo
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Kissed a Sad Goodbye | Deborah Crombie
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Still loving Superintendent Duncan & Sergent Gemma.

Reading it with homemade peach cobbler & ice cream is even better!

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Hey, Littens! This month's #Authoramonth is Ursula K. LeGuin & I know nothing except for her name & that she writes fantasy. Where do you suggest I start?

mom2bugnbee @TheSpineView Thank you! 14mo
julesG She wrote Sci-fi too. 14mo
RamsFan1963 If you're into political/social theory I recommend this one. 14mo
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I tried. Twice. 😔 Just couldn't get into it. I typically enjoy narrative non-fiction, but this just wasn't an interesting subject for me. I do think Larson is a lovely writer! #Authoramonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville (I bailed this one too) 14mo
mom2bugnbee @Soubhiville As I say every month when I bail, I'm just glad that you've encouraged me to try a new-to-me author! 14mo
JackOBotts I loved this, but my friend did not enjoy this as a whole…she just skipped to the HH Holmes chapters…💜 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed it well enough, but I don't think I could've finished it visually. 14mo
Sarahreadstoomuch This was an audio for me. I also think I‘d have bailed if read in print. I just don‘t have the attention span anymore 14mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service

Welp, I didn't get any reading done on Sunday or Monday, but I'll take my two day total of 12 hours 16 minutes during #20in4, especially since I've been in a huge slump recently! Thanks for the push @Andrew65! Onward!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service

Day 2 of #20in4 = 7 hours, 35 minutes.

Finished Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton (audio) & Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen (Kindle). Started In the Great Green Room (biography of Margaret Wise Brown) by Amy Gary (audio).

@Andrew65

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done 👏👏👏 14mo
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Good grief, I love her writing. Read this in one sitting. I've missed her so much - obviously out of her control because she fought cancer. I'm so glad she's writing again.

As always, her twists/revelations made me sigh with happiness.

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#20in4 Day 1 = 4 hrs, 41 mins
Listened to 1 hour of The Alchemist & bailed
Started this gem because I'm a Potterhead. ☺