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Reviewsbylola

Joined June 2016

Bookworm and professional bath taker.
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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The foundation of this book, as well as the case itself and the publicity surrounding it, is the amount of violence and brutality to which indigenous women in Canada are exposed. Tina Fontaine was one young girl among many, only 15 when her body washed up onto the shore of the Red River. Tbh, this book wasn‘t anything special as far as true crimes go, until about 60% of the way through. ⬇️ Minor spoiler about the investigation below. #lilithjuly

Reviewsbylola Detectives carried out a major sting, the likes of which I‘ve never heard before. The commitment, brain storming, and money involved blew my mind. 14h
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This was a bit different than I expected, but not in a bad way. Taddeo followed three women for eight years to immerse herself in their lives. This mostly focused on their love lives and why the made the decisions they did. It is raw, enlightening, honest, and brutal. #botm #lovefool #lilithjuly

KarenUK Sounds awesome. So glad I picked it as my #botm 👍 1d
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Poor, #sweetJane. Destined to live as queen for only thirteen days before meeting her brutal demise. #lilithjuly

Cinfhen Love this!!! 4d
KarenUK 👌💕👍 4d
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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When you arrive home to #bookmail AND Lush Mail!! #nyrbbookclub #botm

nu-bibliophile Ooooh Lush...I love their soaps ! 1w
Mitch That‘s a good mail day! 1w
ElishaLovesBooks So awesome! 1w
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IamIamIam Reminds me of Sex Bomb-Omb and 1w
britt_brooke Ooh! I got Lush mail today, too. I still blame you for this. 😆 My husband and boys got me a gift card for Mother‘s Day and I finally used it. 1w
Reviewsbylola Amazing!! What did you get?! @britt_brooke 1w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola A bunch of random bath bombs and a foot mask. I‘ve tried a couple of other things from there, but the bombs are my favorite. 1w
Hooked_on_books I love Lush. Especially the fact that you can find their stores by smell when nearby. 1w
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5d
vivastory Excellent book mail! 4d
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Our favorite seat on the cottage porch. Jack finds it pretty comfortable too. 😆 #lilithjuly #windowseat

wanderinglynn Adorable! He‘s so comfy! ❤️🐶 1w
Cinfhen I love a sun room 🌞 1w
LeahBergen 😆😆 He‘s so cute. 1w
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MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 1w
mabell Oh my! 😂😂 1w
TrishB Aww 😘 1w
Crazeedi Sweet!!💕💕💕 1w
KarenUK He‘s doing a #bitsy 😂 @laurabeth 💕 1w
LauraBeth @KarenUK 😂 He‘s adorable!😍 1w
AlaMich Awww! 🐶❤️ 1w
BeaG Cute! 7d
Megabooks Cutie!! 4d
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I read this book years ago and was blown away. It‘s wild how the authors can explain so many things that most people have probably never even thought about. It certainly gives you a knew perspective.

#acaseofyou #lilithjuly

tjwill I‘m reading this right now. 1w
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This was a fun, fast paced summer thriller. It kept my interest, although I wouldn‘t rank it as high as Swanson‘s first two books. There‘s not much mystery—the reader pretty much finds out the major plot points immediately, but the psychological impact is more intricate and there was one twist that I didn‘t see coming at all!

emilyhaldi Woohoo, lazy day = reading time 😉 1w
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Today‘s reading spot. 🥰

rather_be_reading love it! 😍 1w
marleed Wow! 1w
LeahBergen Ooooh! 😍😍 1w
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BarbaraBB Perfect! 1w
Megabooks Lovely!! 1w
britt_brooke Nice! 1w
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This is #thestory of Nancy Rudolph, the “jezebel of W Va,” who was accused of assisting her brother in law with infanticide.

I don‘t remember reading this one besides the fact that I loved it. #lilithjuly

KarenUK Book memory loss is real! 1w
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Another book that looks like it belongs #onLeahsshelf. 😆🥰

#umbrella #lilithjuly

Cinfhen Hahahahaha EXACTLY 2w
KarenUK It sure does! 😊👍💕 2w
Melissa_J I think you‘re on to something with that hashtag. It needs to be a thing 😊😀 2w
LeahBergen I love the hashtag! 😆😆 And this certainly does look like I‘d enjoy it on my shelves! I have several books illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (love him! 👍🏻) 2w
rubyslippersreads This looks like a book that belongs #onLeahsshelf and on my shelf too. 😄 1w
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Was Anne a #basketcase, or just your run of the mill psychopath. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 #lilithjuly

KarenUK I‘m totally intrigued by this blurb.... Stacked! 2w
emz711 Ooo tbr 2w
Kalalalatja I had completely forgotten about Anne! 😅 2w
Cathythoughts We are reading this in #lpmbc looking forward to it 👍🏻 2w
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Mapp and Lucia | E. F. Benson
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Thanks for the fun idea! @Cinfhen

These are my #top6reads of 2019 so far. I‘ve read a lot of great books in 2019, but these six were obvious favorites.

La_Cori A Ladder to the Sky is also in my top of this year 🖤 2w
Cinfhen I read Ladder in 2018 but yes, soooooo good!!! And I own but haven‘t yet read, the 9/11 book and 2w
Cathythoughts I havnt read any of these .. they look good - I really want to read Map & Lucia 2w
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Kalalalatja Loved Ladder 🙌 haven‘t read any of the others, but Mapp and Lucia sounds really good! (edited) 2w
AntoinetteBuchanan I love the Lucia books!!! 2w
britt_brooke I need to read that Zuckoff. Loved Ms.Pat‘s book, even though it broke my heart. 2w
jillrhudy It might be time to revisit Lucia and Miss Mapp. Love them so. 2w
Megabooks Rabbit is a good one! 2w
BiblioLitten This one was good. 2w
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Parkland | Dave Cullen
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This is not a bad book. Just be forewarned, it‘s nothing like Columbine. I didn‘t dislike this book, however at 1/3 of the way through, I realized I couldn‘t imagine reading an entire book on the topic of the birth of a movement. Specifically, a group of survivors of the school shooting immediately banded together to make certain that their classmates didn‘t die in vain. It‘s an honorable story, but not one I want to listen to for ten hours.

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I haven‘t read this one yet, but it‘s on my shelves and has a beautiful map.

#getoutthemap #lilithjuly

KarenUK That really is gorgeous! 😍 2w
Julsmarshall It is so wonderful! I loved this book! 2w
Hooked_on_books It‘s a good book! 2w
Kalalalatja That is a cool map! 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve previously stacked this book...looks really good 2w
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Littens are the best. 🥰🥰 I got this generous gift from the amazing @LeahBergen Thank you so much Leah.

Melissa_J Canadian Breakfast is my favourite tea, and I‘m pretty sure @LeahBergen introduced me to it, too 😊 2w
LeahBergen You‘re so welcome! 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @Melissa_J And it arrived on Canada Day! How apropos. 🇨🇦 2w
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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The #nyrbbookclub August pick has some amazing covers in other editions. I‘m drawn to this one! It has @LeahBergen written all over it!

vivastory That's definitely @LeahBergen ! But, is it #BooksIDidntBuyAtTheBookstore or #Bookhaul 🤔😂 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 It does! And yes, @vivastory ... there is always a very fine line between #BooksIDidntBuyAtTheBookstore and #BookHaul 😆😆 2w
saresmoore 😂 2w
emilyhaldi Omg!! 🤩 hilarious (edited) 2w
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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In total, I read 16 books in June. 🥳🥳

10 print books
3 ebooks
3 audiobooks

And I‘m officially 15 books behind on my GR challenge. 😆😱🤷🏼‍♀️

The best book I read in June had to be Rabbit. Fantastic!

ravenlee Time for some graphic novels and kids‘ books! 2w
Reviewsbylola Hahaha, I have spent weeks ready Humphrey Hamster books to my kids. Wondering if I should count them. 😆🤔 @ravenlee 2w
ravenlee I count the novels I read with my daughter (Nancy Drew, Chronicles of Prydain) but not the picture books and stuff at that level. 2w
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Reviewsbylola That‘s what I was thinking too. We only just started reading long chapter books. @ravenlee 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month. I sure do miss Anthony Bourdain, was it a good book? 💖📖💖 2w
britt_brooke Sixteen books is fantastic! Is your GR goal 200 or something?! 2w
Reviewsbylola You‘re good. 😉 It is indeed 200. @britt_brooke 2w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Damn, girl! Mine is 140. 2w
Reviewsbylola I read 189 last year so I thought 200 was attainable but it‘s not looking good. 😂 @britt_brooke 2w
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I‘m super excited to (hopefully) be spearheading a parent-student book club at our elementary school. It‘s in the early stages, but we‘re thinking 4th and 5th graders will be our target participants. Our PTO is working with our principal to role out some books about diversity and inclusion, so our first book will be one of those titles. Any input on titles or even how to implement a book club like this is much appreciated!

crazyspine Out of my Mind 2w
Lindy That's a great target age. Before I retired, I loved doing library presentations for Grade 4 because they didn't seem to censor their excitement about books. 2w
Amiable How exciting! My only input would be to make sure the books chosen are ones that boys would also want to read. As the mom of two boys, that was the complaint I heard most often from them at that age -- that the books they had to read in school were “too girly.“ 2w
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mdm139 My kid‘s school does a book club each month and they read the battle of books books each year. You don‘t have to participate in battle of books, it is just how they choice the books. Last years books had some diverse books. 2w
ravenlee It might be a bit above the age range, but one that could spark some very interesting discussion with parents and kids. 2w
Slajaunie Exciting!! 2w
Cinfhen Tagging @Lmstraubie she‘s an elementary school librarian and she‘s 💯awesome ‼️‼️‼️great 💡, Steph ❤️ 2w
britt_brooke What a great idea!! 2w
IamIamIam I'm late to the party because I commented in my head and not for real... 🤣 I'm definitely excited to see this come to fruition and to see what books you guys come up with!!! @LibrarianRyan may have some great suggestions too! 2w
LibrarianRyan I miss doing book clubs like these. I always liked to mix old and new releases. I got to where the kids would help pick the books. We would have a vote day where I would put out about 80 titles. The kids got their top three choices, I got my top 3, and the rest were used to fill in genres the kids didn‘t already picked. Each year we would also read a classic and read a retelling. 2w
LibrarianRyan Book suggestions now. An older black man and a blind young while child must survive on a deserted island. (edited) 2w
LibrarianRyan A great look at how something small can be known out of proportion. 2w
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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#BOTM time! 🥳🥳

Victoriahoperose I got the same ones!! 2w
Megabooks I almost got TGS then I pre-ordered it on Audible instead. 2w
Cinfhen But I went with 2w
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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What a ride! Millicent and her husband are a sadistic serial killing couple. But is their game all that it seems? Millicent‘s red hair, rigid rules, and icy demeanor immediately made me think of Maria Cross as Bree on Desperate Housewives. And that ending—perfect!

Hooked_on_books I thought this book was great! Couldn‘t put it down. 2w
MicheleinPhilly Oh wow! Marcia Cross never even crossed my mind but now I can totally see it! Crazy Kimberly! 2w
Leftcoastzen Bree! 2w
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britt_brooke The only book I‘ve bailed on this year. 🙅🏼‍♀️ 2w
Reviewsbylola Wow girl, you‘ve got a good track record! I‘m ridiculous with bailing. 😆 @britt_brooke 2w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I‘m ridiculously stubborn. 2w
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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So my library may not have had the NYRB edition of The Chess Story, but they did have this beautiful cloth bound anthology that includes it. 🥰 #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB That edition looks gorgeous. And I guess you‘ll want the other stories too after finishing Chess Story! 3w
batsy Pretty! 3w
Aims42 Beautiful copy and beautiful nails 😍 3w
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Theaelizabet Lovely. 3w
britt_brooke Digging your nails. 💅🏻 The book is nice, too. 😉 3w
LeahBergen Pretty! And so is that nail colour! 😍😍 2w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Jumping into part 2 with the cutest bath bomb ever! #bathandbook 🍓

emilyhaldi I used the 🍑 one the other night 💖 3w
Mdargusch Looks fun! 🍓🍓🍓 3w
sisilia 😍 3w
Cinfhen Cute!!! 3w
Megabooks Is definitely cute!! 3w
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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Richard is a revered concert pianist. Cocky and self assured, he‘s recently become a bachelor after the demise of his marriage. Everything changes once he is diagnosed with ALS. Suddenly his passion and livelihood is unobtainable. Richard is forced to face this ugly disease, and confront the regrets and despair of a life cut short.

Megabooks Beautiful book. I love her writing. 3w
Mdargusch Sounds very moving. 3w
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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I finished quarter 2 of #booked2019 last night. 🥳🥳

#clifi: Flight Behavior
#socialmediafocus: Dead in the Water
#nightorientedtitle: Night
#foodorbeverageoncover: Kitchen Confidential
#indigenousauthor: The Break
#featuresamusician: Every Note Played

britt_brooke Nicely done! 3w
wanderinglynn Well done! Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳🥳🥳 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great quarter of choices!! 👊🏻📚♥️ 3w
Reviewsbylola The only one I really didn‘t care for was Flight Behavior. Kingsolver is too wordy for her own good sometimes! @BarbaraTheBibliophage 3w
emilyhaldi You finished The Break?!??? 3w
Reviewsbylola I was already half way thru when I recommended it at book club. @emilyhaldi 3w
Mdargusch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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No lies, I really didn‘t care for Cassandra at the Wedding. So when I saw some Litsy posts that indicated that the character of Harriet was even more irritating than that of Cassandra, I was very worried. But where Cassandra was just a complete bore, Harriet embodied the hilarity and absurdity of one of my favorite literary heroes, Ignatius Reilly. So obviously, After Claude was a pick for me! #nyrbbookclub

Theaelizabet Interesting. I felt Harriet begat Nadia in Russian Doll and I figured there were others. I still need to post a review. 3w
batsy It's early days yet for me with this book but I'm utterly amused by Harriet and the comparison to Ignatius Reilly is clever! 👏🏽 3w
LeahBergen Oh, she‘s totally like Ignatius. 😆 3w
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Reviewsbylola Can you imagine the two of them in a room together?! 🤯 @LeahBergen 3w
Cinfhen Oh! So I will definitely HATE this book!!!! 3w
Reviewsbylola Very possible! @Cinfhen 3w
emilyhaldi Yesssssss!!! Glad you liked it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 better clear off your calendar for our discussion this Saturday!! 3w
Mdargusch 😂😂🤣🤣 @Cinfhen 3w
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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G got to go to work with daddy today, so Flo and I made a quick Sbux run and now it‘s time for some reading before we move poolside, where hopefully there‘s even more reading!

Tamra Perfect summer pic! 3w
LeahBergen What a cute photo! 😍 3w
Mdargusch This is precious! 💖💖💖 3w
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Awesome find in a local LFL!

LeahBergen Yes! 3w
emilyhaldi Oooohh where? 3w
Reviewsbylola Havenwood Park, a block south of my house. @emilyhaldi 3w
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Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
Hooked_on_books I just finished this one and loved it. 3w
Mdargusch 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 3w
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This is an endearing memoir on what it‘s like to grow up autistic. Diagnosed over 15 years ago, McCreary‘s diagnosis came at a time when autism was just beginning to be understood for what it is. I appreciate his personal experiences and how he educates people with humor. #audiobook

Mdargusch Sounds like a good one! 3w
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Haughty Boys of Ngoroke | Imali J Abala
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#africanlady makes me think of the most influential teacher I‘ve ever had. I graduated college 12 years ago, and I still think of Dr Abala often. Born in Kenya, the daughter of a minister, Dr Abala has written several books but more important than that, she facilitated discussions in a way that was truly impactful. She was never judgmental, and always heard all viewpoints in an open minded manner. #wanderingjune

Kalalalatja She sounds like a great teacher! 3w
TrishB Obviously made a big impact 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen So nice to give a shoutout to a former teacher 💪🏼🤓 3w
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BarbaraBB She sounds awesome and she looks gorgeous 💜 3w
batsy Love this post! 3w
Chrissyreadit I just had a class with one of the best teachers I have ever had- born in America to Kenyan parents and lived in Kenya from age 3 until about 19. 3w
Mdargusch How nice! 3w
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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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It‘s not often that a book with a lot of reviews on Litsy has a 100% rating. The Break is deserving of all the awards and accolades it‘s received. The book begins with Stella, an indigenous woman who witnesses some type of assault one night. The Break then takes us on a journey as the circumstances are unraveled. Extremely well done.

Tamra I really want to read this on paper. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I just ordered this, after seeing @Cathythoughts review recently 🙂 3w
Cathythoughts Great review! Such a very good book 👍🏻♥️ 3w
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Megabooks Love your review, as always dear! 3w
MicheleinPhilly I‘m convinced! #stacked 3w
emilyhaldi Oh good, I‘m looking forward to this more now 😆 3w
Mdargusch Just started this one today. 3w
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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#aflowerinthedesert makes me think of LD. One of my favorite characters of all time is Gus. And I picture him as a tattoo-less Oliver Peck. 🤣 #wanderingjune

Dragonfairykats I loved this series 3w
Bklover Oh I love Gus!❤️❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB 😂 good choice for the prompt. I still need to read this one. I know you loved it but its lenght still scares me 😱 3w
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I‘ve been a total slacker with the photo challenge this month. 🤦🏼‍♀️

As for my TBR bin, it turned into a #mountain after my last library trip. #wanderingjune

Cinfhen I spy some Steinbeck ❤️ 4w
jmtrivera I've been like that with photo challenges too! 4w
Ashley_Nicoletto How do you like the Dream cream? I‘m a sucker for a good lush product. 4w
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Reviewsbylola I‘m obsessed with Lush. DC is amazing and I love the scent!! It‘s one of their top selling products. @Ashley_Nicoletto 4w
BarbaraBB And I spy After Claude. Loving Harriet yet 😉?! 4w
k.reads.5 Loved The Feather Thief and Leaving the Witness is on my TBR! 4w
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Apparently this author has written a slew of true crime books, but this was my first book of his when I stumbled upon this title on #Netgalley. A man goes missing in Michigan and his mistress and her husband are immediately suspected of killing him. It is a gruesome, brutal crime and the wife and husband duo reminded me of Tonya and Charlie from American Fire.

LeahBergen Eeee! 😬 4w
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Humphrey books are G‘s new obsession now that she has a hamster. Elizabeth joined our family a few weeks ago (followed by Florence‘s hamster Cupcake) and I think I‘m more obsessed than my kids are. 🥰

MicheleinPhilly SQUEEEEE!!! 4w
peaknit They are so fun! We had Sir Twitcherson. He got out and ate my daughters project president poster, we still say “Remember when Twitchy ate Obama?!” Good memories! 4w
lele1432 I loved reading Humphrey books with my daughter! 4w
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LeahBergen Ohhhhh!!!! I had two gerbils when I was little called Bob and Doug MacKenzie (you‘d have to be Canadian, I think, to recognize their names 😆😆). 4w
Chrys Unfortunately I think my son is a little old for the target audience for the book(he‘s 18), but he just got his first hamster a couple of months ago (named Noodle) 4w
Reviewsbylola What kind of hamster is Noodle? Elizabeth is a Syrian and I‘m in love with her. The other hamster is a winter white dwarf hybrid and she is super cute and adorable too. @Chrys 4w
Reviewsbylola Yeah, def don‘t recognize them. 😆😆 @LeahBergen 4w
Reviewsbylola My older daughter is really into them. Younger daughter not so much! @lele1432 4w
Reviewsbylola Oh, that‘s funny!!! @peaknit So far I‘ve only let my girls hold the hamsters in the bath tub so they can‘t get away. My mom wanted to take bets on how long it would be before one of them escapes. 😬 4w
Chrys Noodle is a Syrian as well, super friendly little guy. We all adore him (edited) 4w
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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered | Amber Hunt, Emily G Thompson
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Featuring 20 unsolved murders within the last century, this was a cool coffee table type book that included a lot of pictures, graphics, and informational blurbs amongst the text. I enjoyed this immensely, and I think it‘s a neat little primer to have if you‘re interested in true crime.

IamIamIam 👀 I totally have not been scrolling or keeping up with anyone! This looks great!! 2w
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Our elementary school just had their inaugural book swap. Kids got to mingle on the playground with their friends, enjoy popsicles, see their teachers, and choose some new books to take home!

cobwebmoth Aw, that's awesome! 1mo
Lovesbooks87 This is awesome! 1mo
Velvetfur That's so sweet! 1mo
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LeahBergen How cute is that?? 1mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 1mo
mabell How fun! 1mo
Kalalalatja Cute! 1mo
Ruthiella Looks like fun!😍 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I will never not love Crouch‘s books. This was no exception. Possibly my favorite of his, although if I could change one thing, I wish he would have focused more on the personal stories of FSM. I was immediately drawn in by the saga of Ann Voss Peters and I wanted more of that. It‘s not Crouch‘s way though—he is driven to provide a fast paced story that leaves you breathless.

britt_brooke I‘m about halfway and still confused as shit. It‘s entertaining regardless. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, my brain is not wired for that type of stuff. 😆 @britt_brooke 1mo
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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered | Amber Hunt, Emily G Thompson
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Three hour road trip to the lake. I brought along some other books for downtime, but this looked like a good choice for the car. It‘s 20 unsolved murders laid out with pictures and graphics.

robinb Enjoy the lake! 📚📚📚 1mo
LeahBergen Pictures, you say? I‘m always miffed when there are no photos in true crime. 😆 1mo
Reviewsbylola Hard agree! This is more of a coffee table book, so a good amount of pics! @leahbergen 1mo
Leftcoastzen Nice bag! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Thank you! This was my birthday gift two years ago. I bought it for myself and had my husband give it to me. 🤣 My favorite bag ever!! @Leftcoastzen 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Into Part 2 now and really, wtf am I reading?! This may be my favorite Crouch yet!

Reviewsbylola @britt_brooke how far are you?! 1mo
Laura317 I love that quote! I can‘t wait to read this. 1mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Only 14% in, but I‘m digging it so far. About to crack if open right now while my boys are at soccer camp. 1mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful quote. I feel this sentiment ♥️💔 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m almost halfway through and forcing myself to put it down for awhile. 😅 @britt_brooke Reading his books is like being on a roller coaster. 1mo
BarbaraBB Sounds like a must read. #stacked of course! 1mo
britt_brooke This book is making my brain hurt. I‘m 38% and enjoying it, but confused as shit. 😆 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah I‘m always like that with his books, at some point or another! 😂 @britt_brooke 1mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola That makes me feel better. 😅 1mo
Reviewsbylola I just go with it and don‘t get bogged down by what I don‘t understand . . . which can be a lot with books like this! 🤣 @britt_brooke 1mo
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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
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In a total audiobook funk now after listening to this. What a remarkable story. Rabbit grew up in the hood in Atlanta with an alcoholic mother. There were very few people that took the time to help Rabbit and her siblings. She ended up with two children by the age of 15, selling dope on the streets to survive. This is one of those books everyone should read, to gain perspective.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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#BOTM mail! Now the question is, which to read first?!

Clwojick I vote for Ask Again, Yes... based purely on my absolute love for its cover 😍 1mo
Schlinkles Recursion is so good! 1mo
MelissaSue81 Ask Again, Yes is amazing!! 1mo
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Victoriahoperose Loved Recursion! 1mo
mandi1082 Recursion 1mo
britt_brooke I‘m reading Recursion now! I‘m not a huge sci fi person but I‘m enjoying so far (I think). 1mo
Reviewsbylola How does is compare to Dark Matter? @britt_brooke 1mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I like the premise of this one more. I wasn‘t a huge Dark Matter fan, but wanted to try him again. 1mo
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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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That creepy feeling you get when you finish a book, immediately look up the author/subject on Wikipedia, and realize you finished his book on the one year anniversary of his death. 😮

This is a fascinating look into what goes on in a restaurant kitchen. I don‘t think I‘ll be as cavalier when eating out—it certainly makes you wonder about what‘s going on in the kitchen! And sadly I doubt I‘ll ever order mussels or hollandaise Sauce again. 😭

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s a sad coincidence. 😰 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, creepy AF! Congrats on completing another prompt 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻and I totally agree. I don‘t want to think too much about kitchen sanitary 🤢 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Even having worked in a restaurant, I never fully appreciated the pace and the frenzy and the orchestration behind what goes on in the kitchen. But yeah, when Bourdain himself explained why he couldn‘t or wouldn‘t order certain things in a restaurant, I take that seriously. 😆 @cinfhen 1mo
Reviewsbylola @meredith3, your heart will positively break over the hollandaise. 1mo
CarolynM I loved the book, but I agree it made me think twice about eating in restaurants! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I still miss him so much, hard to believe a year has gone by. 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, freaky! 1mo
Megabooks How strange! What‘s funny is that he admitted to breaking most of the rules he made in KC in his shows. You should try Medium Raw. I think that book was written when he was at the top of his game. 1mo
Megabooks I saw him speak in Knoxville, which was wonderful! He was great live. 1mo
BarbaraBB A year already...? Wow! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB took the words out of my mouth. I can‘t believe it‘s been a year. What a sad thing. 1mo
JenReadsAlot I cant believe it's been a year 😢 1mo
Meredith3 WAIT. Why you doin hollandaise sauce dirty like that?? 1mo
Reviewsbylola He basically says never eat hollandaise. 😑 @Meredith3 1mo
Meredith3 @Reviewsbylola well I can‘t do that! 🤘🏻 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m not sure I can either. 🙈 But I also don‘t want food poisoning. @Meredith3 (edited) 1mo
britt_brooke Don‘t order fish on Mondays, right? I loved this book. Can‘t believe he‘s been gone a year. The only celebrity I‘ve really cried over. I bawled. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yes, never order fish on Mondays!!! @britt_brooke 1mo
IamIamIam I went to culinary school for baking and the chapter about the bread had me rolling on the floor!!! They really do take on a life of their own!!! 2w
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When you feel the need to support the local (independent) bookstore. 🤦🏼‍♀️

squirrelbrain I have Theft by Finding on my TBR shelf, just haven‘t got round to it yet.... 1mo
LeahBergen I always feel that way. 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB I have that edition of Les Mis too. It really is a great book. 1mo
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When the local bookstore has a shelf of Word Clouds. 🥰

DGRachel Nice! I keep waffling on grabbing the Les Mis word cloud edition. My local indie almost always has a copy, but I have two or three other versions on my shelf, so I haven‘t added this one. Yet. 1mo
Reviewsbylola The price is just so affordable! It‘s hard to say no. @DGRachel 1mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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This is one of those books that everyone should read, but that leaves me without much to say. What can be said? I think Wiesel does an excellent job of describing how shocking something like the Holocaust is—as he pointed out, the idea that something like that could happen in the 20th century is unfathomable. How did German citizens not notice the absolute torment? It‘s something we absolutely must never forget. #booked2019

Gissy I need to re-read this one. It broke my heart. Same experience when I visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington and when I went to Teresin in Prague😢 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. Yes, we must never forget. And we also can‘t stay silent to tyrannical attitudes happening today. It‘s a slippery slope, as they say. 1mo
Crazeedi I need to read, I started it once, but I wasn't in a good place at the time. 1mo
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Theaelizabet This book still haunts me and @BarbaraTheBibliophage I couldn‘t agree more. 1mo
Cinfhen Night, for me will always be the most moving & harrowing Holocaust record. 1mo
LeahBergen Such a powerful read. 1mo
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Undoubtedly the worst Morton I have ever read, by a long shot. She is typically a must read author for me, but man, this was such a clunker. @Mdargusch gave up 50 pages in and I should have done the same. Maybe Morton thinks she must hit her standard of 500 pages, but this was so long and tedious. It could have been better as a tightly woven story under 300 pages.

LeahBergen I have this on my shelf and I‘ve been avoiding it after all the crap reviews. 😕 I may just toss it in the trade-in box unread. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Dump it!! It‘s so not worth it. It took me 11 days to read and that is pretty unheard of for me! @LeahBergen 1mo
Chelsea.Poole That cover though! 🤩 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly I‘m in the same boat @LeahBergen. 1mo
Mdargusch Unfortunately I just bought it @MicheleinPhilly & @LeahBergen to do the #botm buddy read and I gave up. 🤣 I guess it will go in my LFL. 1mo
Hooked_on_books The only reason I finished it was because I was enjoying the conversations in the buddy read. It‘s a mess. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Mess is the perfect way to describe it. @Hooked_on_books 1mo
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Only Child | Rhiannon Navin
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THANK YOU for the lovely care package @Cinfhen! I wish I had gotten a picture of everything together, but my kids ran off with the toys the second I opened the package.

@Mdargusch just happened to be on my doorstep when I opened it, and was so jealous of the Penelope Lively book, so you made her day when we read the card and saw that you sent it for her. 🥰🥰

BarbaraBB She thinks of everyone! Great gifts! 💕 1mo
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I am shocked to see that I read 16 books in May. It felt like a slower reading month. And last time I checked, I was 14 books behind in the GR annual challenge. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I read 8 physical books, 5 audiobooks, and 3 ebooks. Standouts were Calypso and Fall and Rise.

Gissy Awesome! 📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 1mo
britt_brooke Excellent! I read 16 also. 🙌🏻 1mo
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Summer reading started today! The kids each got a T-shirt for signing up, plus the yard sign. One of the librarians told me they‘ve already had 300 readers sign up today! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 #summerhairdontcare 😆😆

MicheleinPhilly For me it‘s #yearroundhairdontcare. 😉 2mo
Smrloomis That‘s great! I love that they got something for signing up! 🙌🏽 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy! Kudos to your kiddos! And I love that sign! 2mo
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DivineDiana The yard sign is a great idea! ❤️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful! Young readers rule! 2mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1mo
readordierachel Awesome! 1mo
minkyb The girls are getting so big! I loved summer reading time. 1mo
britt_brooke LOVE 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic!!! 💙💙 1mo
emilyhaldi Lolol 3w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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My #botm box. I can‘t wait for all three! Stellar month—I would have added more if I could!

Rachel.Rencher We can pick it already?! 😮 2mo
Cinfhen I agree...Great selections this month!!! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Yes!! @Rachel.Rencher 2mo
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vivastory I also selected the Crouch, got Daisy Jones as an add on 2mo
EmilyM I selected the same three 😊 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Ugh! The temptation struggle is REAL! 2mo
TheLibrarian I got the same exact ones!! Super excited about this month‘s selections. 2mo
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