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Joined July 2016

In today‘s version of Oregon Trail, nobody dies of dysentery.
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Rattlesnake Crossing | J. A. Jance
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Just wishing for in person #tucsonfestivalofbooks again. #tfob #pandemic

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Yes No Maybe So | Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
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Instagram posts just to get someone‘s attention? I swear I don‘t do that all the time. 🤣 #instagram #eid

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This book was written in 2012. It‘s terrible that we all know the answer to this question now. #covid #coronavirus

batsy This book was an eye-opener. More of these to come 😓 2y
saguarosally @batsy I‘ll have to keep reading. 2y
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Making candles, reading about old distance runners. Photographic perspectives from running are fascinating and it‘s time to try it myself. 😳

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New England Candlepin Bowling | Susan Mara Bregman
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I need something lighter for this lousy excuse for a year. #candlepinbowling

Bookwormjillk There‘s a book about candlepin bowling? 2y
saguarosally @Bookwormjillk Absolutely! I learned what candlepin bowling was by googling it when I saw it on a sign. 2y
Bookwormjillk @saguarosally My Dad was a faithful Bowling for Dollars fan. 2y
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Eating is an emotion. Not that that will change things, but at least I am reminded. #emotionaleating

Hooked_on_books This book was so good. My mom is an emotional eater for sure. 2y
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I can‘t help but be irritated by these people being so stuck in history that they fail to acknowledge modern settlements. These places need some acknowledgment. Sounds like they‘re out near modern Sunizona. #cochisecounty

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I wondered why the media rarely mentioned that in 2015 Republicans loved free trade, but by 2017 they despised it. 🤷‍♀️

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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The answer to both is yes. It‘s other things that go haywire.

Just reading more pandemic fiction to figure out the world right now. 🤷‍♀️

CocoReads See? And I‘m avoiding it like the plague (pun intended). But I get enough reality at work so I don‘t need it in my fiction too. 2y
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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In this world, less severe than the one depicted, food is sometimes on shelves in supermarkets, travel is still easy but quasi-illegal (and we‘re still mostly in law-abiding mode), and water supplies haven‘t really been affected, but is that next?

Where will money come from? Will garbage trucks still run?

#pandemicreads #dystopian

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The Silence Between Us | Alison Gervais
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1. I don‘t plan reading at all.
2. Boggle?
3. That is a good question.
4. After a relatively plausible lie 7 or 8 years ago that went a bit overboard, I‘ve toned it down. Unfortunately.

#friyayintro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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I went to a truck stop after prom. I don‘t remember much else, too long ago.

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1. Going outside, for a short time. It‘s also allergy season. :/
2. Introvert, mostly.
3. Seven.
4. How about love for y‘all? 💙
@4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads #friyayintro

Bookzombie 💗💗💗 2y
saguarosally @Bookzombie Thanks! 💖 2y
4thhouseontheleft 🌷💚 2y
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This is not the book to read during a major viral outbreak. #virus #ya #outbreak

LiteraryinLawrence Very true. 2y
saguarosally @LiteraryinLititz I found some sanitizer. The scent is hideous. I am using it (externally) liberally, likely too liberally. 2y
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Later, trying to pinpoint the beginning of the End, I‘d think about the way the sky looked that day.

I think it might be that one last early Spring snowstorm here. Or maybe there is no End.

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When dystopia was a fictional genre, we didn‘t realize that bottled water would be one of the first things to go. #dystopian #pandemic #reality

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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There has to be something good in life, but not here. #classics #stealingbookrecommendations

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As I sit looking out a window in idyllic New England, the author muses on how history is defined by the powerful. A common refrain about New England is that it‘s historic. Why then was the history I learned one of an area far from these scenes, one where the desert is as far as the eye can see and Mexico was a major catalyst of history? Sure, this area has a lot for 18th century British rebels.

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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I‘m always looking for a reason to post this bookmark. One of my friends keeps recommending this book so here we are. I think I read it in high school, but that was a few years...decades... ago. #borders

Bklover I still miss borders. My kids practically grew up there 3y
saguarosally @Bklover It was useful. There was one right by school when I was in college. 3y
Joanne1 Loved this book. 3y
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He‘s engaging and I‘m still listening, but does he not see that white male privilege coming through? It reminds me of a recent Mitch Landrieu memoir. He tries but something is missing. #audiobook #audible #memoir #election

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I went walking through the forest yesterday listening to this book. I can‘t help it but my first thoughts, and my second, were what a life of privilege he led.
#audiobook

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I just went to my first #SilentBookClub in a few years tonight. In every other book club I‘ve done the average age of participants is usually 55-70. This one was probably 23 or so. In my early forties there‘s no doubt I was by far the oldest. Also they did a lot of let‘s talk about our books before and after. I caught quite a few people recoiling at the idea. Might be some shy introverts at a silent book club. #introvert #bookclub

Bklover How does a silent book club work? 3y
saguarosally @Bklover It‘s silent and you read your books. 🙂 3y
Bklover Snacks maybe???? 3y
saguarosally @Bklover The ones I have been to have been at bookstore‘s with cafés so you just order whatever you want. The first ones I went to a few years ago skewed much older and much quieter, and the one I went to tonight was much younger and more talkative. 3y
Bklover Sometimes it‘s just nice to be around people who read. I spend lots of time in bookstore cafes. 😊 3y
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Cannons in the Clouds | Daniel Woolley, Anne Gresham, Kirsty Swan, Peter Simeti
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Sometimes I take pictures for hashtag purposes. #librarieswithcannons #ashlandma

Soubhiville Of course I see the Book Sale sign right away! 🤗 3y
saguarosally @Soubhiville December 7 :( 3y
rockpools Racking my brains to see if I can add to your hashtag! I can‘t. 🙁 #localcouncilofficeswithcannons doesn‘t have quite the same ring! 3y
saguarosally @RachelO Hey, try a new hashtag. I have tons of oddball hashtags on my Instagram. 3y
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Hello! I‘m starting on a trip of reading from a whole bunch of American states. Anyone want to come along on a #bookroadtrip? #Arizona can be our starting point, how about it?

BarbaraBB There is this year‘s challenge: #ReadingUSA2019 in which a few of us have read a book from all states. You can check it out for inspiration! Good luck, it‘s a great trip! 3y
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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I just finished the book above and loved how someone was so intrigued by succulents, especially in the UK. Any great recent succulent reads, friends? #SucculentSaturday

Leftcoastzen Such a cool mug! 3y
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen It‘s the office mug. 😁 3y
ReadosaurusText That is a fantastic mug! 3y
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText It‘s my smiling mug! 3y
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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Are cacti romantic? I don‘t need romance books. I can break my own heart. #cactus

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The 1976 Ford pickup (green, of course) was way more memorable than any limo. 😂 #prom

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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You have to choose joy. I just chose something different but no. Move forward, choose joy.

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I need to start a category for books read because the subject or author of the book found me on social media. I think that number is around 3-5, but bear in mind my Instagram is definitely not bookish. #retro #americana #roadside #diner

Leftcoastzen I love diners! 3y
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen They are fascinating. 3y
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I‘m doing some serious identifying with this question. I already made my first big leap. That put kids out of the equation. I‘m working on the second big leap. Will it all work out? Am I just watching forty go past me and not achieving what I should achieve?

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The Family Next Door | Sally Hepworth
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I‘m amused by Ange‘s perspectives on social media and her addiction to it. Therefore I will use social media to say something boring and post a picture taken in front of a Dumpster while waiting for someone to photograph a brick wall. (This post fueled by way too much social media and Cafe Bustelo.)

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The Good Luck Charm | Helena Hunting
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I‘m stuck in the city and there‘s wicked traffic? Is that a thing people say in Minnesota? That sounds straight out of Boston.

bromeliad In Minneapolis yeah, but not anywhere else! 3y
bromeliad Although it's more likely to be "awful traffic" than "wicked"...that's not a common term around here. 3y
saguarosally @bromeliad They are in Minneapolis. I just thought of that saying as a New England thing. 3y
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You Know Me Well | David Levithan, Nina LaCour
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Kiddo, heartbreak doesn‘t care about facts like not being together. Just remember that heartbreak isn‘t permanent, but it‘s no easier when you‘re 80.

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Seeing the beauty in the world can be really overwhelming. I‘m learning just to see and live it (and when my wannabe amateur photographer eyes come out it gets worse), but truly, it is so much. And what is beauty anyway?

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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I don‘t mean to dismiss the narrative arc of this book, but the sense of place, of geography, of how lives are forged by these places just speaks to my soul. It might just be my love of New England.

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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I‘ve never noticed the setting of a book so intently before. I love reading books that are contemporary and set in real places. Most of the time I‘m reading, i either know a place fairly well, or I don‘t. Haverhill in the 70s had to have been very different, and I don‘t know Haverhill that well anyway. I find myself trying to imagine the places mentioned and I can just barely imagine them. #haverhill #newengland

Leftcoastzen I loved that book. 3y
saguarosally @Leftcoastzen I‘m almost done. I need to go walking through Haverhill again soon to get more of an idea of the geography of the town based on the markers in the book. It appears navigation here by locals is very different from how I try to navigate as an outsider. 3y
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2. Probably one of the Minions movies?
3. This summer, Polar Seltzer and hot dogs.
4. No clue. Maybe 25-ish, but then there are their children, their grandchildren, their great grandchildren...
5. 👌 #friyayintro @howjessreads

Beatlefan129 Great book recommendation. I read it while I was in nursing school and it really stayed with me (edited) 3y
saguarosally @Beatlefan129 I was also thrilled to meet the author at a book festival a few months ago! 3y
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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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I hate romances. This is going to turn out just fine. It‘s a book, not my Dumpster fire of unrequited crushes. I‘m too old for this. Solo road trips are mostly okay.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Here we go again, falling for another fictional character. Even the real ones are fictional. #lousyromantic #fictionalcrush

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Townie: A Memoir | Andre Dubus III
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From the first time I set foot in Haverhill (which would be when I took this photo in December 2018), I wanted to be there forever. This book definitely makes me question that impulse, but at least the Merrimack River is no longer brown.

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I didn‘t expect to experience every emotion in this book. I didn‘t expect to even sympathize with the identification with the rural West and the allure of New England. I didn‘t anticipate all the feelings.

Just another picture of Boston, though you can‘t see it from this picture. I went up this hill because you can see the Boston skyline from 30 miles away, and what do I find at the top of the hill but two Adirondack chairs? So New England.

mdm139 Perfect reading spot 3y
saguarosally @mdm139 Except for the bugs. 😁 3y
jb72 I read that book some time ago and was surprised at how emotional it was for the reader and the author. 3y
saguarosally @jb72 Exactly. And it‘s like it just keeps speaking. 3y
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I‘m feeling everything in this book. The difficult parent relationships. The pull of the East Coast and the rural West. The living on the age divide between those that have only known a digital life and those that recall the analog life. I don‘t have a clue how to portray this so here‘s a picture of Boston I took last month. #memoir #ebook

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It‘s funny when you come across a book because you‘re Googling that nice writer you met once in the mid-2000s. The perspective is different when people in a biography or memoir are real. Have you ever read a biography or memoir and had some personal acquaintance with some of the people in it?

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#indiebookmarks
Market Street Books, Troy, NY
The Book Rack, Arlington, MA
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

I‘m sure I have more.

kspenmoll I just bet you do have more! 3y
Pruzy Market Street and Water Street are my faves 3y
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I can‘t help but be reminded of the time Google Maps tried to guide me directly into the Mystic River. Boston is the most horrible place in which to try to follow a GPS. The GPS probably just laughs at you and says good luck, it‘s Boston. 🙄😂

ValerieAndBooks Yes!! My son went to school in Boston (loved visiting!) but the GPS couldn‘t keep up with all the turns!! (edited) 3y
saguarosally @ValerieAndBooks The whole region is like this. I‘m just waiting for Google to send me into another river. 😂 3y
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Two of my favorite books are #kindledeals today. Here‘s the first.

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Skeleton Canyon | J. A. Jance
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It‘s time for the #SucculentSaturday This or That edition. I know it‘s pretty Southwestern US centric this time, but that‘s what I know. 😁🌵So here we go!

1. Desert.
2. Prickly pear, but maybe I‘m just craving a prickly pear jelly or such.
3. Gila Monster. It‘s smaller. 😂

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I‘m about halfway through and I just love Peter. Lately I‘m loving characters that initially come across as self-absorbed jerks only to be the nicest people you‘ll know. I‘m sure it‘s because I‘ve known a few in my life.

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This book had so many layers and so many tales, yet I kept coming back to the story of John. He‘s so awful and boorish and yet he‘s my favorite character in a long time. I tend to pick friends like him, and there‘s a good reason.

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I guess I better get with #SucculentSaturday here in the great desert of Massachusetts! 😂🌵

1. No. Just kidding, lived in the desert most of my life.
2. I‘m prone to killing succulents. 😳🌵
3. Probably Becoming by Michelle Obama.

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ReadosaurusText Succulents are my favorite because they are the only plant that stand a chance! 🤣 3y
saguarosally @ReadosaurusText I will try once more! 3y
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