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Joined March 2016

readtheworld.org | Reading and recommending books from around the globe.
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The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D., Sarah Stanley Fallaw, Ph.D
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The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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Interesting memoir about Scorah‘s time as a Jehovah‘s Witness missionary in China, and how she began to question what she was preaching. A bit light on details in parts, and the end felt too rushed to me.

#audiobooks #leavingreligion #memoir

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved this one — and it‘s the rare book that I think I would have felt lukewarm about it in print. The full cast recording does the story of a 1970s band rising to fame and glory to such excellent justice that the characters truly come alive.

#audiobook #audio #pick #theend

kbuggle Same! I would have been meh about the print version- the audio was great! 1mo
LoverofLit Totally 100% agreed. One of my favorite audiobooks and definitely one of those rare books that need to be enjoyed by listening to it 1mo
Book_ish I read it and loved it but I hear the audio is amazing! 1mo
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The Last American Man | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Just started reading this yesterday — it‘s Elizabeth Gilbert‘s portrait of Eustace Conway, a twentieth-century survivalist and conservationist.

At seventeen years old, Conway left home to live on his own in the woods, and has been championing the natural world ever since. Very absorbing so far!

#nonfiction #paperback #elizabethgilbert #biography

Caroline2 Sounds good. Stacked. 😉 2mo
readtheworld @Caroline2 Yay! Hope you like it! 2mo
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Really enjoyed this one — it‘s always nice to find a suspenseful, well-written true crime book that doesn‘t focus on grisly murder(s).

#nonfiction #truecrime #audiobook

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Picked up these beauties at the Saratoga Book Warehouse, where every single book is $1 and paying is by the honor system — you put cash in a lockbox as you leave. The three rooms of books are not organized in any discernible way, so shopping there is like a treasure hunt! 📚

#bookhaul #bookstack #usedbooks #toread

Nute I would love an experience like that...a treasure hunt for books!🙂 2mo
readtheworld @Nute It was so fun hunting through the shelves! 🕵️‍♀️ 2mo
NHLibrarian My hometown! I‘ve been to that warehouse with my mom 😀 2mo
readtheworld @NHLibrarian Saratoga Springs is beautiful! I really enjoyed spending a day there. 2mo
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It‘s shark week! 🦈🦈🦈

Demon Fish is a fascinating book about how sharks are vital to our oceans‘ ecosystem but under constant attack by humans — from overfishing to climate change to the “delicacy” of shark fin soup.

Grayson narrates a single day in the life of swimmer Lynne Cox. One morning, as she swam along the shore, she became convinced she was being stalked by a shark, but soon realized it was a baby whale that had lost its mother. 🐋

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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this one. It lives in that odd limbo of not-quite-personal-enough to be a memoir and not in-depth enough to be a useful guide. I think it‘s probably aiming for the new graduate demographic — very surface-level advice and a lot of self-deprecating (and parent-deprecating) asides.

#nonfiction #audiobook #finance #soso

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At Dusk | Hwang Sok-Yong
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I‘m signing off for the night at 19 hours total after reading just a few pages of At Dusk.

Thanks so much to the whole @24in48 team for hosting this fantastic readathon! Can‘t wait for the next one!

#readathon #24in48 #readtheworld #koreanlit

Librarybelle Great job! 3mo
readtheworld @Librarybelle Thanks! Done with the readathon, on to the sleepathon 😴 (edited) 3mo
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳 3mo
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I really enjoyed this short novel set in Zimbabwe — the plot starts out relatively lighthearted and then amps up the stakes.

I have mixed feelings about the ending, which felt a bit abrupt and, in my opinion, wasn‘t fully satisfying in terms of consequences for one character‘s actions. Can‘t say anything else without getting into spoiler territory...

#24in48 #readathon #readtheworld #readdiversebooks #readdiversely

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Mehso-so

I learned a lot from this book, but didn‘t love the audio narration or the pacing. It‘s a bit too long-winded and repetitive for what I expect from true crime.

#truecrime #nonfiction #audiobook #24in48 #readathon #massachusetts

MysticRaven03 I‘m in the process of reading this one right now and it‘s taking me foreverrrrrr pretty much for the same reasons. 3mo
readtheworld @MysticRaven03 Yup, at times it‘s like reading a trial transcript. Skip to the important parts, already! 3mo
JinksB The focus on the trial & aftermath of the murders was a big draw for me. I thought the courtroom scenes and newspaper coverage were fascinating. But then, I'm a big law nerd. 3mo
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Awake and ready for day two of #24in48. Reached 10 hours last night and had just started The Hairdresser of Harare when I got too sleepy to continue.

24 hours seems pretty far off at this point, especially since I have a family obligation for a few hours in the later afternoon. But I‘ll try! #readathon

Tamra I liked this one! 3mo
charl08 Another fan here. 3mo
readtheworld @charl08 @Tamra Glad to hear it! I like the writing so far. 3mo
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Loved this one — a strange but hilarious read. And at just 170 pages, it‘s a perfect readathon book!

#24in48 #readathon #hour9

tysephine I *love* this book! 3mo
readtheworld @tysephine It immediately jumped up to the short list of my 2019 favorites! 3mo
parttimedomestic What a great cover! 3mo
readtheworld @parttimedomestic Isn‘t it? It‘s a beautiful little book. 3mo
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This tiny book is so delightful! I‘m flying through its short stories about a murderous octogenarian.

#24in48 #readthon #hour8

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I started the #readathon already halfway through this one, and just finished it. So good! I‘ll have to write a real review once I‘ve had time to process it, but I know the characters will stay with me for a very long time.

Next up for #24in48: An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten!

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Current #24in48 audiobook! I‘m late to the @24in48 hour 12 challenge, but since it‘s all about #audiobooks, I can‘t resist.

These days I get all my audiobooks through Libby, using two separate library systems (my smaller local one and the New York Public Library, which is free to join for all residents of the state). I listen to nonfiction almost exclusively, with the rare novel thrown in if I‘ve heard that it reads more like nonfiction.

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Made some pancakes while listening to The Trial of Lizzie Borden on audio; now back to reading in print.

#24in48 #readathon #breakfast #eatingandreading

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Kicking off the #24in48 #Readathon! Here‘s my book stack for the weekend (plus two audiobooks out from Libby):

📖 An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
📖 At Dusk
📖 The Dream of My Return
📖 The Hairdresser of Harare
📖 The Miseducation of Cameron Post
📖 Pachinko
🎧 The Trial of Lizzie Borden
🎧 American Fire

I‘m already more than halfway through The Miseducation of Cameron Post, so I‘m going to finish reading that one first.

Megabooks American Fire and Pachinko are great! 3mo
readtheworld @Megabooks Yay! I‘ve heard such good things about both of them. 3mo
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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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My current #TBR stack! I posted back in January about my personal goal of having 100% TBR turnover from one year to the next. 2019 is more than halfway over and I‘ve read (or DNFed and removed) most of my 2019 TBR books. The ones I still need to read are:
📖 The Air You Breathe
📖 The Night Tiger
📖 The Cairo Trilogy
📖 Pachinko
📖 The Cartographer of No Man‘s Land
📖 Cuentos de Eva Luna
📖 The Door (not pictured)

#readinggoal #toread

Tamra Good for you! 3mo
readtheworld @Tamra thanks! 🙃 3mo
Reagan-reads Good job! I bet that feels fantastic! 3mo
Lindy 💪 3mo
readtheworld @Reagan-reads It does! I have a list of all the TBR books that I started 2019 with, and it‘s very gratifying to cross them off. 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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The Library Book is a history of the Los Angeles Public Library, and in particular the Central Library building, which was heavily damaged in a 1986 fire. I really enjoyed this book, though I think the review I read emphasized the arson investigation as a larger part of the book (I found that section to be much less interesting than expected).

#library #susanorlean #audiobook #nonfiction

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Just started this one. It‘s a million degrees outside so I‘m going to hole up in our one air-conditioned room and read all day. 🙌

#summerreads #youngadult #ya #librarybook

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This novel has been on my list for years, and I finally picked it up last week — and sped through it. It definitely lives up to the hype, staying funny and page-turning until the end. I‘ll definitely be looking out for other books by Maria Semple soon. 📖

#readtheworld #mariasemple #paperback #funnybook #litfic

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This is a fascinating book about the history of paleontology and the present-day international trade in dinosaur bones and fossils. It‘s set mainly in Florida and Mongolia, and is framed around the case of an illegally imported tarbosaurus bataar skeleton that went to auction in New York City.

#audiobook #nonfiction #dinosaurs #audio

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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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The Tenth Island is a perfect memoir for summer. It‘s a lighthearted travel memoir about Marcum‘s time exploring the Azores — a strange island paradise where bulls run in the streets and volcanoes rise from the sea.

#travelwriting #travelmemoir #nonfiction #memoir

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Parkland | Dave Cullen
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This one was great on audio. Both heartbreaking and surprisingly uplifting, Parkland tells the story of the activism that rose out of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida.

#nonfiction #audiobook #marchforourlives

stacybmartin I just finished listening to this one, too - really well-done. 4mo
readtheworld @stacybmartin Glad you liked it! I listened to Cullen‘s earlier book, Columbine, a month or so ago. They‘re very different, and they really show how much the issue of gun violence and school shootings has changed in the past decade. 4mo
stacybmartin @readtheworld I haven‘t read Columbine yet but it‘s definitely on my TBR! 4mo
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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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When you‘re stuck in Lincoln Tunnel traffic, bus reading lights are a real life-saver 🙌

#readingonthego #booksinthewild #nonfiction #librarybook

Theaelizabet Yep. Been there. 4mo
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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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Wish I could spend all day reading outside... ☀️

#dogsoflitsy #readingoutside #booksinthewild

Bookladylinda Looks like a relaxing reading spot! Enjoy 4mo
catiewithac 🐾 4mo
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Happy Pride Month! Rough Draft has a great selection of LGBTQ books to celebrate — including fiction, memoir, history, and kid lit. 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈

#worldpride #pridemonth #celebratepride #bookstore #roughdraftny #booktable

PS @Litsy is there any way to add a bookstore without creating a new LibraryThing account?

Litsy Currently, Litsy bookstores are tied to LibraryThing's Local database, so you do have to be a member of LT to do that. If you drop us a line (litsy@librarything.com) with a link to the bookstore website or details, we can usually create a LT Local entry for you, too. -Loranne 4mo
readtheworld @Litsy thanks, Loranne! 4mo
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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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Just started this one over the weekend. It‘s set in the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, and so far so good.

#readingoutside #booksinthewild #hardcover #librarybook #nonfiction #memoir

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Zoli: A Novel | Colum McCann
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This historical novel took me a few weeks to finish, but the extra time allowed me to really savor McCann‘s writing.

Zoli is the story of a Romani woman from Slovakia whose songs and poems bring her immense fame and heartbreak. This rich, haunting novel begins in the 1930s and traces Zoli‘s life through several decades and multiple perspectives.

#readtheworld #librarybook #colummccann #bookcover #historicalfiction #booksinthewild

Redwritinghood Nice review. This has been on my tbr list for a long time. Seems like it‘s still worth the read. 4mo
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This was a quick audio listen — a good (but alarming) overview of the future of automation in America and how it will affect the economy and the job market. There is a lot of research packed into this short book, and it‘s presented in an easily understandable way. I like a lot of Yang‘s policy ideas, and am glad he‘ll be part of the Democratic debates.

#readthecandidates #politics #nonfiction #audiobook

cathysaid Sounds intriguing. Pretty sure I can't get on board with Universal Basic Income, but I still think it would be interesting to learn about why this person would support it. 5mo
readtheworld @cathysaid It‘s a really interesting book. The stuff about automation is very intense — how dramatic the effect would be on our economy. I think a policy of UBI or something similar would be easier for most Americans to sign on with than the other likely options of huge government bailouts targeted by industry or regulations barring companies from replacing human workers with machines. 5mo
cathysaid @readtheworld Definitely going to check this one out! Thanks! 5mo
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The Book Lady | Savanah, Georgia (Bookstore)
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Spent a while wandering around the delightful Book Lady bookstore in #Savannah a few days ago. It has a great selection spread throughout many cozy nooks of shelves. 📚

#bookshop #usedbooks #bookstore #bookshopping

Cortg Awesome! Thanks for posting. I‘m heading there this summer but if I don‘t make it since I‘ll be with @ 20+ people, I‘m thinking about a fall trip on my own. 5mo
readtheworld @Cortg Hope you get there and enjoy it! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Love Savannah. 😊 5mo
readtheworld @Chelsea.Poole I think it may be the prettiest US city! (Of the ones I‘ve visited, anyway.) 5mo
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This was the perfect road trip audiobook! Surprisingly suspenseful and absolutely fascinating. It was published in spring 2018, so there have been a handful of additional developments in the story since then, but the main criminal trials are still forthcoming.

#audiobook #nonfiction #audio #roadtrip #bookrec

BellaBookNook I‘m still on hold for this book but I find the whole thing fascinating. 5mo
readtheworld @BellaBookNook It‘s a real page-turner! After the book I recommend the HBO documentary The Inventor so you can see footage of some of the things the book talks about. 5mo
BellaBookNook I thought I heard something about a documentary. Definitely will check it out after the book! 5mo
readtheworld @BellaBookNook Yes, there‘s a great documentary on HBO. It covers a lot of the same ground as the book but I watched it after finishing the book and enjoyed seeing interviews and footage of all the key people. 5mo
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Oblong Books & Music - Rhinebeck | Rhinebeck, NY (Bookstore)
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Stopped in at one of my favorite local bookshops last week to grab a few books I had ordered (and ended up leaving with several extras... whoops!) #bookpeopleproblems

I love this new tag-a-bookstore feature! Thanks @Litsy and @TimSpalding 🙃

AmyG This is a wonderful bookstore. I visited there last fall and bought a signed Neil Gaiman book. 5mo
Soubhiville Are you an Austin dweller? Any interest in #LitsyATXReadersSociety? We meet this Saturday for our second meeting, at Central Library. 5mo
Soubhiville Oh shoot, never mind, I see this is a NY bookstore. I saw your hashtag and got confused, as our biggest independent bookstore is Book People 😊. Enjoy you bookhaul! 5mo
readtheworld @Soubhiville No worries! Thanks for letting me know about Book People — I‘ll be in Austin later this summer and will definitely visit it! (edited) 5mo
readtheworld @AmyG Oblong is the best! I worked there for a few summers during college, and the owners are lovely. 5mo
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Zoli: A Novel | Colum McCann
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Just started this one and already loving it. McCann‘s writing is gorgeous! What‘s your #weekendread? 📖

#readtheworld #colummccann #librarybook

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I LOVED this biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president of Liberia. It gives a great overview of Liberia‘s history, from its founding by formerly enslaved Americans to the 14-year-long civil war and Ebola epidemic. I knew a bit about Liberia through work (one of the nonprofits I write for has grantees there), but this book covers so much important history through the lens of a fascinating public figure.

#readtheworld #audio

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Finished this detective novel yesterday. It‘s the second in Adler-Olsen‘s Department Q series, and set in Copenhagen. I loved the first one (The Keeper of Lost Causes) and this one was a bit of a disappointment. The pacing was slow throughout, and I never love the kind of detective novel where you know who the villain is from the start.

#weekendreads #readtheworld #detectivenovel #departmentq #justfinished #librarybook

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Trying to finish this one today — wish I could just stay inside and read, as it‘s so rainy and grey outside.

#mystery #saturdayreads

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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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I learned a lot from this one, despite the fact that I thought I knew quite a bit about this tragedy. Cullen does a great job explaining all the facets of the case and its aftermath, and writes with great compassion.

#nonfiction #audiobook #audio

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Still working my way through this one — every time I pick it up I enjoy it, but it‘s not nearly as suspenseful as the first one in the series.

#springreads #librarybook #mystery #readingoutside

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Eating Animals | Jonathan Safran Foer
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Happy #EarthDay! This is a great read for anyone looking to reduce their impact on our planet. 🌿

Foer considers why we eat meat from many angles: ethical, emotional, economic, and environmental. He interviews animal rights activists and farmers, looks at the human impact in terms of disease control and workers‘ rights, and delves into his own moral quandaries. My only criticism of the book is that he largely ignores the dairy industry.

TheBee 🌷 6mo
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Really enjoyed this one on audio — it‘s a mix of travel memoir and research on the merits of solitude. Set in #Paris, #Istanbul, #Florence, and #Manhattan.

#audiobook #travel #nonfiction #readtheworld

CouronneDhiver Oh, I‘m intrigued. 6mo
NatalieR Seems like a perfect read for me! 6mo
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“There were moments of anarchic poetry: a bulldozer that someone had left on a building site was liberated by a couple of kids, who sat atop the huge machine and drove it jauntily down a West Belfast street, to great whoops and cheers from their compatriots. At a certain point the boys lost control of their hulking steed and crashed into a telegraph pole — where somebody immediately lobbed a petrol bomb at the bulldozer and it burst into flames.”

Suet624 Loved this passage. 5mo
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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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A charming blend of fiction and nonfiction that follows the author as she tries to force herself to write a book while living alone on the Falkland Islands. Great audiobook narration, too.

#memoir #audiobook #booksaboutbooks #readtheworld

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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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My current library book stack:
📖 Zoli by Colum McCann
📖 The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum
📖 The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
📖 Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

I‘ve already listened to Say Nothing on audio, but sometimes I like to check out the print version of a book as well, to help me find my favorite parts again or see if there are any pictures included.

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#librarybook
#librarybooks
#bookstack
#bookpile
#bookspines

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Zoli: A Novel | Colum McCann
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#Libraryhaul! Excited about these three — I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump (well, in print at least) and I‘m hoping one bumps the slump.

#librarybooks #mystery #bookspines #bookstack

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Just finished this on audio. It‘s engaging and thought-provoking, and will definitely make you bust out a spreadsheet or two! I did wish that there was a bit more about her own personal story in the book, but this is much more of a how-to than a memoir.

I really liked the author‘s narration as well, which makes sense since I love her on the Fairer Cents podcast.

#nonfiction #finance #retirement #earlyretirement #fire #fairercents #audiobook

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Nothing on my TBR was jumping out at me this morning, so I decided to reread Murder on the Orient Express — which I read so long ago that I can no longer recall the ending!

#fridayreads #reread #agathachristie #mystery #poirot #weekendread

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The Art Forger: A Novel | B. A. Shapiro
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Thirty years ago, two men broke into The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art. The paintings—including a Degas and a Vermeer—were never recovered.

The Art Forger is a captivating novel about a struggling artist who is hired to make a realistic copy of a painting — only to discover that she‘s actually being paid to forge one of the stolen masterpieces.

#boston #booksaboutart #coverart #bookcover

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A deep dive into the last few decades of violence and politics in Northern Ireland. I didn‘t know much about the troubles going into Say Nothing, and am so glad I read this. The audio narration is excellent — highly recommended.

#northernireland #audiobook #audio #history #politics #ireland

Theaelizabet Loved this book. Still thinking about it. 7mo
readtheworld @Theaelizabet I‘m sure I‘ll be thinking about it for a long time, too. It made me really consider how easily a normal person could get swept up in a violent movement. Scary and sobering. 7mo
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