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Samplergal

Samplergal

Joined December 2017

Retired pediatric speech language pathologist. Love kiddie lit and reading. Knitter, quilter and stitcher. Https://safepassagesandprose.com/
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Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
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Wunderland: A Novel by Jennifer Cody Epstein
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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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A enjoyable listen by Mike Rowe. He‘s a hometown hero, so I was curious to listen while I pack up our home. It was a tribute to Paul Harvey in many ways, of which Mike was a big fan. Easy listening and funny.

Crazeedi Love Mike Rowe 1d
LauraJ Happy Birthday!🎈🎂 19h
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Next up. DNA a and paternity. Similar to a book my cousin‘s wife wrote. Exposed by DNA. By Katie Hopkins. This is likely happening often now.

Crazeedi Great book 1d
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Three more to go. I just finished Family Trust so the next will be going back to reading Good And Mad. #20Booksby2020

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So glad this was better than I was expecting. Someone said it was a mix up of Crazy Rich Asians and someone Celeste Ng would write. Thank goodness it was closer to Celeste Ng! Entertaining and I will rate it 3.75. #20BooksBy2020

Megabooks I feel the same. 👍🏻👍🏻 4d
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Only four more to achieve my #20Booksby2020.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Loved it. Such lush language and complex characters. I recommend it. #20Booksby2020

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Not book related exactly, but #audioknitting can be productive. Latest finish.

Nebklvr Gorgeous! 1w
MidnightBookGirl I love doing stuff while I listen to audiobooks!
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely colour! 1w
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Laura317 And it looks so pretty! 1w
Chili Absolutely gorgeous!!! 1w
Deifio Cool! I sometimes get too distracted by counting that I can't keep following the story and then have rewind 😅 1w
Suet624 Beautiful! 1w
AmandaL Lovely! 1w
Samplergal Thank you all. I was on a knitting hiatus since my dad died. Just lost my mojo. I think I‘m back. 1w
Gissy Beautiful!👌 1w
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Truth.

tournevis Yup 1w
Chili Absolutely true, I‘m always in search of coffee. 😁 1w
Sharpeipup That's my husband. 1w
Gissy Me in the morning!👆 1w
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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Next up. Looking forward to this one. #20booksby2020

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to your thoughts on it. 1w
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A great audiobook! The immigrant experience and family are explored in this book. Watch out for this author. She is going places.

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Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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This book will be polarizing. You will love it, as I did, or you will throw it in the DNF pile. Either way, you‘ll admit, this author can write about gritty topics that will reside in your head for a while. ❤️

TheLudicReader You had me at polarizing. 2w
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Wow! What a great resource for knitters that are garment knitters. Discussing how to knit sweaters etc that actually fit. The author actually gives great photos of it all. I‘m not that advanced in knitting and much was lost on me. If you are in this league of knitter, this is a great resource. #nfNovember ( forgot to push post last night) 🤪

Godmotherx5 Knitting a sweater is on my bucket list. Good book suggestion. #audioknitting 2w
Scochrane26 My friend is an amazing knitter. I‘m not sure if she has this book, but I‘ll tell her about it. 2w
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I recommend this book to all who want to know more about Patty Hearst. Again, the justice system shows us two tiered justice. One for the poor. One for the rich. #NFNovember

ljuliel Sad, this stuff happens every day . Money talks. 2w
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Very much enjoying this audiobook. I remember the whole Patty Hearst kidnapping, but this is the definitive history. #NFNovember

Zelma I really liked this one. I read Jonestown right before or after, and it was an interesting experience. There is a reference to Patti Hearst in Jonestown that placed everything in historical context for me. 2w
Samplergal And there is a reference to Jim Jones wanting his congregation to do the food drive as the SLA had ordered the elder Hearst to do! 2w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Such a great book! Written in the character driven style of John Irving, Anne Tyler and now Ann Patchett, this is certainly my cup of tea. About families and forgiveness, in the end. I enjoyed it enough to give it all the stars.

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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Two new books to add: A Warning by Anonymous- True Crime. Hold Still: made me smile. #nFNovember

Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ 1pt 2w
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This was recommended to me and I‘m glad it was. Quite enjoyable as I pack boxes. #NFNovember

Clwojick 1 pt 3w
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Thanksgiving | Ellen Cooney

Books for Dealing with your Dysfunctional Family! Stuff one on your carry on!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/25/books/great-thanksgiving-reads.html?te=1&nl=b...

Sace 😂 Very relevant post! 3w
Bookwormjillk Ha! 😂😂😂 3w
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A Warning | Anonymous,
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This is different from the others that came before it. Cultism is discussed as well as silent abetters. I wonder if we will know who the author is. Proceeds are going to a journalist cause. #nfNovember

AlaMich I think psychologists and sociologists will be dining out on DJT for decades to come. 3w
Samplergal @AlaMich I know my shrink is busy! Lol. 3w
AlaMich @Samplergal And also analyzing him and the myriad of psychological conditions/illnesses he suffers from. 3w
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A Warning | Anonymous,
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“The President‘s skirting around the truth is undermining our constitution. “#nfNovember

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A Warning | Anonymous,
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It just came in from my library. I‘m through the first chapter. Nothing new yet. Everything we know about this unfit con man. Anyone else reading it? #nfNovember

SexyCajun Hadn‘t heard of this one yet 3w
SamAnne I haven‘t put it on my TBR as of yet because I wonder how much will be new news. Will watch for your review. 3w
Samplergal @SamAnne It‘s very different, imho, and as must as I hate to say, worth the money and time. I hate the anonymous thing more than anything, but most of proceeds are going to a journalist organization, to encourage our free press. If I weren‘t moving, I would have purchased it. 3w
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Wow! A memoir of a dysfunctional upbringing and recovery. Reminiscent of The Glass Castle, this audiobook is just great. #nfNovember. #24b4Monday. #2

Andrew65 Sounds like something I need to read. 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Two book completed. #nfNovember. #24b4Monday I‘ve read about 15 hours so far.

Tonton Great selection!😎🌟 3w
Andrew65 That‘s great 👏👏👏😊 3w
Clwojick 1 pt 3w
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Next up for #nfNovember. #24b4Monday.

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Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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I just finished this article and I‘m so depressed. So many people don‘t believe climate change and here we are. I know it‘s not a book but important. #nfNovember

nelehelen SO important 3w
Palimpsest 😢 3w
BarbaraBB I can‘t believe many people DON‘T believe it. That seems so naive. 3w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB exactly 😫 3w
Scochrane26 I get very frustrated & depressed, too. Especially when I read books or essays from 20-40 years ago that say the same thing as writers today. 3w
Clwojick 6 pt. 3w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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More than 400 pages. Catch and Kill. #nfNovember

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Going to try to get some of these finished this weekend, in the midst of packing. #24B4Monday. #nfNovember #20Booksby2020

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I loved it! Don‘t give up when Toby goes Tinder. The rest is smart and holds a strong feminist message.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

lele1432 I think I'm going to like this one! 3w
Samplergal I hope you do 3w
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Library hold(s) slamming in. This is the one I‘m most looking forward to.

Hoopiefoot I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too! 4w
marleed I love how this book was written. 4w
LauraJ My hold for this just came in too! Hope it‘s good 🤞🏼 4w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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#nfNovember. A solid 4 stars, and I‘m likely degrading because I listened to the audiobook for about 200 pages. It should be on everyone‘s TBR pile, but I personally thought She Said was superior.

LaurensLibrary I've heard the audiobook of this one is really bad 😳 4w
Samplergal @LaurensLibrary so bad I got my money back from audible and bought the ebook. I‘ve NEVER done that. 4w
LaurensLibrary @Samplergal Oof! That sounds pretty bad. 4w
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Update: Meghan :Biography Say Nothing : Released This Year #nfNovember

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This was a quick fun read. I didn‘t see the ending coming. 4🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kaila-ann I enjoyed this one as well and didn‘t guess the ending either. 4w
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This book is amazing. So well written, and reads as a novel. Even having grown up in the IRA “troubles” era, the sheer length of the conflict had much of the world engaged, I didn‘t entirely understand it. This book will explain it well and have you engaged throughout. No wonder it‘s winning accolades. #nfNovember

kspenmoll Did you read it or listen to audio? I want to read it but it screamed “too fat” for me... 4w
Samplergal Audiobook. And it took me two days. It‘s good. Worth it , imho 4w
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Next up. #nfnovember These library holds all come at once!

MallenNC This book was one of my best of the year. It reads quickly! (edited) 1mo
Samplergal I‘m over half way through. I‘m enjoying it. I read Milkman this year and wondered why I didn‘t understand the “troubles” better since I lived through all that. This is giving me background I didn‘t know about! 1mo
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A well researched book, I learned a lot about Meghan. A great break for other, more difficult, reads. #nfnovember

Reagan I love her! 1mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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To continue with my theme of women and abuse(😳) this is up next. #NFNovember

Reggie I really liked this book. One of my favorites this year! 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks Ditto to Reggie's comment! Great book!
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Update for #NFNovember. Tagged book. Tough topic.

Clwojick Doing great! 1 pt. 1mo
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Oh my! The best book I‘ve hated to read this year. It brought up ( again) all that I endured 40 years ago, and how far we need to go. 15🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#nfnovember

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This is really quite wonderful! Well researched and written, these two reporters have done a great job of exposing this cretin. I only have to put it down on occasion. #nrNovember.

Bookish_B I found the lengths that creep went to to keep everyone from talking unbelievable and disgusting. I‘m reading Catch and Kill now by Ronan Farrow and it is also really good. 1mo
Samplergal @Bookish_B He is disgusting. I started the audiobook of Catch and Kill and had to return it. I have it on my Kindle to finish by reading. Both books are@exceedingly well written and disgusting at the same time. Important books. #JournalistsRock 1mo
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Finally getting to starting this. #nfNovember. Weird AF.

twohectobooks I‘ve never heard of this before but it looks fascinating! 1mo
Samplergal It‘s explaining how Washington got so religious. Creepy. 1mo
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Next up. Hope I can finish before it‘s due back at the library! #nfnovember #metoo

TheBookAddict 🤞🏽 hope you make it! 1mo
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Samplergal @TheBookAddict Made it with two days to spare! 1mo
TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 🥳 1mo
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Two recent finishes. History: Midnight at Chernobyl Culture: The Finnish Way. #nfnovember

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A solid four star book. So well researched. #nfNovember

Cinfhen How many hours was this audio??? 1mo
Megabooks I‘m curious about the audio, too. 1mo
JenniferP I‘ve been on my library wait list forever! 1mo
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Suzze I bought this when it came out. I need to get to it! 1mo
Samplergal I think the audio helps, imho, as some of the early part of the book is sciencey and fact driven as it catches everyone up on nuclear power. 1mo
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The book makes me want to move to Finland. #nfNovember

Clwojick Stacking! And adding 6 pts to your nfnov total. 1mo
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The Harvard Coop | Cambridge, MA (Bookstore)
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Me all wrapped up ( bc 36 degrees) at Harvard Coop. And I can‘t buy a darn thing! Argh!

Judybskt Why not?! One of my boys is at Harvard this weekend. 1mo
Samplergal We are doing extreme downsizing. Traveling in our RV for a year touring the USA. Someone says I have too many books in the RV already! 1mo
gradcat This picture is great! You look lovely #allwrappedup . 👍♥️ 1mo
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Crazeedi Sounds like so much fun traveling the country, wish I could talk my stay at home husband to do!! Enjoy! 1mo
RowReads1 Have you ever lived in SF Bay Area? You look familiar? 1mo
ljuliel How many states have you been to so far on your trip ? 1mo
Samplergal We start dec 22. @ljuliel (edited) 1mo
Samplergal @RowReads1 No I haven‘t. I‘ve visited twice and next year sometime again. It‘s lovely. But too crowded for me, I think. 1mo
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Only about half way through this one, but wow. I didn‘t realize I knew so little about this nuclear disaster. The former Soviet Union were so unprepared. This one is really interesting and frightening. #NFNovember

MayJasper It is frightening isn't it. 1mo
TrishB Looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
LapReader I was surprised by how much I didn‘t know too. I was only 3 at the time though. 1mo
Amiable This looks good! Stacking 1mo
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Terrifying stuff. #nfNovember

Bookzombie Is it good on audio? 1mo
Samplergal It‘s fine. It‘s drier material so I feel the audio perks it up a bit. 1mo
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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OMG! At this rate I will be still reading this book in 2020. The audio is Ronan “acting” in voices, russian accents, falsetto. It‘s all I can do to keep this going. DO NOT get the audiobook. Go for print. Publishers??? What were you thinking???? #nfNovember

Addison_Reads Thanks for the heads up. I had this audiobook on hold, but I'll go put the ebook on hold instead. 1mo
Samplergal @Addison_Reads I am never one to complain about the reading of a book. I‘ll listen to most anything. This is distracting from the story. Thinking about asking for my money back on this one. 1mo
Cinfhen I tried a sample and had to stop after 35 seconds!!! #HardPass 1mo
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Scochrane26 I‘ve only run across a couple of audiobooks I hated. Sorry this one is so frustrating, but your posts about it are funny. 1mo
Amie I've encountered this with other nonfiction audiobooks and I hate it. I don't understand why a narrator would use an accent or different voices for a nonfiction book. It makes sense in fiction, but in nonfiction it almost comes across as mocking because the narrator is imitating a real person's manner of speaking. 1mo
mklong Totally agree! Not only is it annoying, at times it comes off as condescending or making the women sound whiny, which I know is not his intent. 1mo
ljuliel Poor narration can just about kill a good book. 1mo
Samplergal @ljuliel it‘s killing it for me. It‘s bad. 1mo
ReadingSusan Omg I loved the accents so much 🤣 It made the difficult subject matter so much easier. 1mo
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1️⃣ I love to see what everyone is reading, but really enjoy librarians and booksellers latest reads. Thanks. 2️⃣ I‘m not interested in swaps, but that‘s just me. I love to see what you all give and receive. 3️⃣ More meetups! It‘s challenging, but it has to be a blast. 4️⃣ Somedays too much! Most days at least once. Sorry if I over post. 5️⃣ I love the readathons. Great to get some good books in. I like these questions! 6️⃣ lets all set Goals!

Coleen_Nieto @Samplergal you said what I was trying to say only better! 1mo
ljuliel Thanks for the replies. It sounds as though you‘re content with pretty much every area. (. And there‘s no such thing as posting too much 😉.....that‘s what keeps the blood pumping in here are posts. 👍🏼 1mo
Coleen_Nieto Thanks for the tag! I love your posts keep them coming! 1mo
Insightsintobooks I can't really do the swaps but I love seeing what everyone gets. 1mo
sprainedbrain Love your posts! Keep them coming... as often as you want! 1mo
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I‘m going with a Book about Books for this one. #nfNovember