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Today‘s #bookmail falls under the category of “legitimate research”, so I‘ll be able to write it off on my taxes when I earn gobs of money for all of my as-yet-unpublished writing.

Justifiable, right? 🤔

LeahBergen Perfectly. 😄 9h
readordierachel Absolutely 👍🏼 9h
TrishB Certainly 😁 9h
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ 9h
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m not a tax attorney, but in my world you would be legit😀 8h
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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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Life is good.

britt_brooke Perfect! 💚 1d
BarbaraBB Fab pic! 1d
Cathythoughts Love this 👍🏻♥️ 1d
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Branwen She looks so comfy! 📚 💗 1d
valeriegeary ❤️❤️❤️ 1d
Moray_Reads What a perfect reading chair 1d
saresmoore @Moray_Reads It is fabulous! I curl up in it every morning and it is the best part of my day. 1d
kspenmoll So cozy! 1d
batsy ❤️❤️ 23h
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo. She‘s getting bigger! 😩 19h
saresmoore @LeahBergen I just had to get her a bigger size of Saltwater sandals. She‘s growing and maturing so much. 🥺 And don‘t even get me started on her sister, Miss Tween. 🙄 The next six years of my life are going to be an adventure! 16h
Suet624 Adorable. You are blessed. 💕💕 39m
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The Evening Chorus | Helen Humphreys
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Oh my goodness, what a beautiful, thoughtful, and unexpected parcel from @TrishB ! Thank you, my friend! It brought tears to my eyes when I unwrapped the Helen Humphreys book. I feel truly honored by your gift. ♥️♥️♥️

Elliott has already expressed her admiration for the sticky notes, so I imagine I‘ll be sharing those. 😊 I also love the card and plan to proudly display it.

erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful gifts and that‘s a lovely edition. 💗 1d
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it gorgeous? I‘m a bit overwhelmed! 1d
batsy How lovely! 💕 1d
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LeahBergen How sweet!! 💕💕 1d
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous! 1d
TrishB So glad it arrived safely and just sorry it didn‘t arrive for your actual birthday ❤️ enjoy when you get to it! I think you will 😁 (edited) 1d
saresmoore @TrishB I‘m sure I will love it! Thank you again, Trish! ♥️♥️♥️ 1d
BarbaraBB What a great gift 💕 1d
Centique Oh wow that book is gorgeous @TrishB 💕 Happy belated birthday Sara! (edited) 1d
saresmoore @Centique Thank you and the same to you! 1d
kspenmoll So thoughtful of @TrishB . Love book cover! 1d
Suet624 How lovely! 38m
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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I was able to find a very neat used copy of the next #NYRBBookClub selection through an Amazon Marketplace indie bookseller. It arrived neatly wrapped and with the cutest note!

Yes, AL (age 83), I will be glad to leave you a stellar review. 😊

TrishB How cute 😁 2d
squirrelbrain Awwww how sweet! 2d
GingerAntics That‘s so cute! 2d
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CouronneDhiver Love that! 2d
Cinfhen OMG!! I want to order from her!!!! 2d
JennyM ♥️ 2d
BarbaraBB This is really sweet 💜 2d
BookwormM We ordered from EBay once as the seller was 8 and selling old games so he could buy a new one his description was so cute 2d
Leftcoastzen Nice! 2d
MicheleinPhilly OMG. That is ADORABLE. 2d
vivastory I love this! Much better than my package. One of my books was bent & the cover torn due to the USPS employee shoving it in my mailbox. 😡😠 2d
saresmoore @vivastory Uuuuugh, that‘s terrible! Will you be able to return it, maybe? 2d
vivastory Yeah. I've already submitted a request. It's annoying though because for some reason my apartment office is no longer signing for packages. So it unfortunately might become more frequent. 2d
saresmoore @vivastory Well, that sucks. I‘ve had a lot of issues with Amazon books arriving damaged, so I‘ve mostly veered toward Barnes & Noble when I need a good price. They tend to take care with their packaging, at least. 2d
AlaMich What a sweet note! 2d
LeahBergen Awww! This is darling! ❤️ 2d
sisilia That‘s so cute!! 2d
Lindy sweet! 1d
ValerieAndBooks Very sweet! At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, thinking that the wrapped book was in the upper right corner and wondered why you‘d paste the nyrb title over it 😂. 13h
emilyhaldi Oh. My god 😭 literally crying. I'm off to search for some goods sold by Al 💗 1h
Suet624 I‘ve been finding my books in Better World Books. Inexpensive and supports literacy programs. They send really sweet emails, but nothing like that note. 😀 36m
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Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo, Alban Krailsheimer
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Oh, hey, #Hugonuts! This is the edition I intended to read along with everyone, before life and reasons got in the way.

I didn‘t do extensive translation research, as I usually do, but I love the feel of the binding of the Oxford World‘s Classics...and the price is always right!

I hope you‘re all enjoying the buddy read. 😊

Lcsmcat I‘m liking this translation better than my other one. (I‘m kind of jumping from one version to another depending on how many distractions I have.) But your cover is better than the eBook version! 4d
batsy Me too! I haven't read it and was planning to join #hugonuts but couldn't fit it in this month. I'm enjoying all the posts about it. 4d
Bertha_Mason My dumb AP-Euro-taking ass was trying to figure out the pun on "Heugenots" for like ten minutes before I figured out it was just "Hugo nuts." :P 4d
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TheEllieMo Oh!! I didn‘t realise this was being used for a buddy read!! I finished it last week. 4d
saresmoore @batsy The more ambitious I am in planning my reading, the less time (and mental energy) I seem to have. Unfortunately, my awareness of this doesn‘t stop me from planning to participate in at least three buddy reads per month. Maybe I should join a Catch-22 buddy read next month! 🙃 4d
saresmoore @TheEllieMo That‘s a fun coincidence! You could jump in on the group discussions! 4d
saresmoore @Bertha_Mason The silly and/or punny hashtag trend started with a Russian classic a group of us were reading and has gotten progressively more fun & clever with each subsequent buddy read, IMO. 4d
saresmoore @Lcsmcat You are taking quite the deep dive with this one! Are you enjoying the experience of comparing and contrasting on such a level? 4d
Lcsmcat @saresmoore I am, but then I‘m a nerd for 19th century classics. 😀 I read Oliver Twist when I was 8 and have been working my way through Dickens, Hardy, Trollope, Gaskell etc ever since. 4d
Lcsmcat @TheEllieMo You should definitely jump in on the discussions! 4d
Lcsmcat @Bertha_Mason You and @saresmoore are both right about the hashtag. It was intentional. I‘m descended from Huguenot stock and I was looking for something catchy. 4d
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“Unschooling is simply living, and allowing your children to live, without the specter of conventional schooling and school-like thinking. It is the act of fusing living and learning, of seeing them as one and the same. There is no one way to be an unschooler, no singular path of facilitating self-directed education. There is you, your children, your family, your community—your life.”

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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I took this book pretty much everywhere with me over the past two weeks & Cassandra‘s narrow, exclusive world infiltrated my reality. The titular character‘s keen self-awareness and her passive, philosophical observations established her unique voice from the start and laid the foundation for a close-knit cast of characters who live only in subordination to her whims. This novel is tight and intentional throughout; I enjoyed every sentence of it.

saresmoore #NYRBBookClub Cassandra is back on the shelf! I think I‘m going to need to carve out more NYRB real estate in the coming months... 6d
Leftcoastzen Beautiful review.I seldom have felt so immersed. 6d
TrishB Lovely review 😁 I‘m definitely getting to this one. 6d
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Tamra That‘s a definitive recommend! 6d
vivastory Lovely review. Tight & intentional, great way of phrasing it. But it felt effortless, too. 6d
saresmoore @TrishB There‘s peer pressure coming from all sides, hey? 😆 6d
saresmoore @Tamra I found it to be exceptional! 6d
saresmoore @vivastory I totally agree. There‘s some genuine talent/gifting in this kind of writing. 6d
Suet624 I‘m sad it‘s done. I loved it. And I love this photo. (edited) 6d
saresmoore @Suet624 I‘m always trying to get creative with the photos! 🙃 6d
Suet624 It shows. 💕💕 6d
BarbaraBB It really is exceptional. Also, you have an amazing collection of NYRB! And more is on its way 😀 6d
LeahBergen Yes! Nicely reviewed AND photographed. 😍😍😍 6d
Cathythoughts Beautiful elegant review 👍🏻✨ 6d
saresmoore @BarbaraBB Good thing they‘re small books! 😆 6d
saresmoore @LeahBergen 😘♥️ 6d
saresmoore @Cathythoughts Thank you! ♥️ 6d
Liz_M Small books? Clearly you don't own Life & Fate 😜 5d
saresmoore @Liz_M Ha! Not yet! 🙃 5d
sisilia Nice stack! 😍 4d
emilyhaldi Fab review 3d
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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It‘s my 33rd birthday, so I‘m enjoying some responsible drinking and some irresponsible online book shopping. I thought my #NYRBBookClub pals would approve. 😊

Lovesbooks87 Happy Birthday! Hope you have fun shopping for some new books! 1w
LeahBergen Happy, happy birthday, my friend!! 😘😘😘 And cheers to some much-deserved #DrunkNYRBing 😆😆 🥂 1w
LeahBergen Oh, and whadidya order??? 1w
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Tamra Yay!! Happy Book Day! 1w
kyraleseberg Happy Birthday!! 🎉 1w
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday!🎈🎂🎊 Hope you find treasures! 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen Help! Any Persephone favorites?? 1w
TrishB Enjoy both 🎉🎉 1w
hilded Happy birthday 🥳 1w
AlaMich Happy Birthday!!🎂🎈 1w
RealLifeReading Cheers! Happy birthday! 1w
Mitch Happy birthday.. seems like a perfect day x 1w
AmyG Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! 🎂 1w
merelybookish One should never be completely responsible on their birthday! So have fun! 1w
Theaelizabet Happy birthday! I‘ll join you later tonight 😉🍷 1w
tracey38 Happy birthday! Seems like a a perfect way to spend today! 1w
Bookwomble Happy Birthday, Sara 🍰 🍷 📕 😃 1w
LiteraryinLititz Happy birthday and enjoy your bookish gifts! 1w
kgriffith Happy birthday! 🎉 I‘ll drink to that 😊 1w
Beachesnbooks Happy birthday!!! 🎉📚 1w
stacybmartin Happy birthday! 🎉📚🎂📚🎉 1w
Amor4Libros Happy Birthday!!! 1w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, love! 😘 1w
LeahBergen Ohhh, Persephone favourites? I just ordered Patience based on @emilyhaldi ‘s review. Check it out 1w
LeahBergen Dorothy Whipple is really good! I liked 1w
LeahBergen But her best (which I have waiting!) is supposed to be 1w
LeahBergen Oh! And another one that I have waiting, and which is supposedly like a darker I Capture the Castle, is this one 1w
LeahBergen All of the above are Persephones (in case I wasn‘t clear). And I‘ll stop now. 😆 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen Excellent recommendations—thank you! ♥️ I have a paperback of Miss Buncle, still unread. All the others, of course, sound wonderful! 1w
bookishbitch Love it. Happy Birthday! 1w
vivastory Happy Birthday, Sara! 🎂🍷🙌 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen #DrunkNYRBing is my new favorite hashtag 😄 1w
Billypar Happy birthday!! 🎂 And cheers to enjoying responsibility, but only in moderation 😉 1w
Aims42 I approve!! Happy birthday & cheers!!! 🥂 1w
Suet624 Shoot! Last year I knew when your birthday was. Shoot. I feel badly about this. Happy birthday, sweet one. I love you. 1w
sisilia Happy birthday, Sara! 🎂 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m doing it right now! 😆 Well, okay. I‘m not technically ‘drunk‘ right now but I AM on my first healthy pour of wine. 1w
saresmoore @Suet624 Oh, please don‘t feel bad! Thank you for the birthday wishes. 🥰♥️ I‘ve had such a nice day! 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen I get nearly to the checkout, then I remember...shipping from the UK! I must need more wine. 1w
LeahBergen If you order 3 Persephones, you save Qe. Does that help? ?? 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen You know it does! 1w
LeahBergen It‘s why I usually buy three at once. I mean, I‘m SAVING money, right?? 😆 1w
LeahBergen Oh, but if you‘re considering any of the Persephone Classics (with pictorial covers instead of the dove grey) I find you can get them for cheaper (and still new) on Amazon. 1w
LeahBergen Not that I like to shop Amazon all that much, but sometimes you gotta. 🤫 1w
emilyhaldi HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!!! 🎉🎉🎉 what a perfect way to celebrate! As @LeahBergen so kindly noted, you MUST include Patience in your Persephone order. I will forever recommend it to everyone. And omg Leah, you must get to Someone at a Distance- brilliant. You can't go wrong with Persephone or NYRB so buy them all!!!! 🤗🤗🤗 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen Ah, yes, the ubiquitous, necessary evil. They own AbeBooks, for goodness‘ sake! And I‘m not saying I already checked or anything, but I did find Someone at a Distance to be much cheaper on Amazon... 😬 1w
saresmoore @emilyhaldi You‘re the best! 🥰 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen No, I‘m wrong, not cheaper, it‘s just not available on Persphone‘s site at the mo‘. 1w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🍷 7d
GatheringBooks happy birthday! 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 7d
Christine Happy Birthday!! 🎉 7d
Reggie Happy Birthday!!!🎂🎁🎈 7d
batsy I'm with @Suet624 I feel bad. I'm sorry I'm late but I hope you had a lovely, glorious birthday that's as wonderful as you are, friend ❤️🎂🥂 7d
batsy @LeahBergen #DrunkNYRBing is brilliant 😂 7d
Kalalalatja Hope you had a great day! 💕 7d
andrew61 Have a great dat sara 🎂 7d
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday 🎁🎉 7d
Rachel_nyc Happy Birthday! 7d
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 7d
BarbaraBB Oh Sara, way too late but I wish you all the best and hope you had lots of wine and love and NYRB and Persephones 💜 6d
BarbaraBB Oh and @LeahBergen you are sooo bad for my TBR! 😘 6d
Moray_Reads Happy birthday, my friend! Sorry I'm late. I hope you had a lovely day. How is 33 treating you? It's my next birthday too... 6d
UwannaPublishme Uh-oh! How did I miss your big day? Sending birthday hugs and best wishes! Keep reading and celebrating! 🤗🎂🎁🎉🎈 5d
rubyslippersreads Happy belated 🎂🎂🎂! 5d
saresmoore @Moray_Reads So far, so good! I‘m fond of the number itself, so that makes me feel better. Well, I also bought myself SEVERAL books. 😄 5d
Moray_Reads @saresmoore There's a little something on its way to you so keep an eye out xx 5d
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Oh, how kind of you, Moray! ♥️♥️♥️ 5d
readordierachel Happy belated! I hope you got some good ones! 🎉📚 4d
britt_brooke I‘m a few days late, but happy birthday!! 4d
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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Good thing I picked up this giant, engrossing fantasy novel from the library this morning because my car be dead.

monalyisha Ack! Good luck! 🍀🤞🏻 1w
saresmoore @monalyisha Thank you! 1w
kgriffith Oh noes! I hope you‘re safe and that help is on the way. 1w
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RealBooks4ever Oh no! Hope it isn‘t serious! 💜 🚙 1w
wordslinger42 Hope it's fixed soon! 1w
saresmoore @kgriffith Thank you! Fortunately, I was in the parking lot of the nicest Goodwill in town and my husband was able to come rescue me. @RealBooks4ever Still not sure what‘s wrong with the car, but hopefully we‘ll be able to get it running soon! 🤷‍♀️ 1w
Suet624 But look at that book!!! 1w
saresmoore @Suet624 Isn‘t it impressive? I hope it will be amazing and I‘ll breeze right through. I had a craving for a big, fat high fantasy from a female author and this was just sitting on the shelf, waiting for me! Abundance! 1w
Suet624 Aw, I'm so happy for you. Your wish satisfied. Hope you are well.... 1w
LeahBergen Well, that sucks (but thank goodness for the fat book!). 1w
Cathythoughts Broken down cars & yet there is still abundance to be found ♥️👍🏻love this 1w
DivineDiana Hope the repairs were minor.🤞🏻Glad you were prepared! 👏🏻 7d
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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There are moments when this feels like stream of consciousness, but it‘s so damn insightful! Every tangent is intentional and the narrative voice is so strong. Excellent writing, I think. #NYRBBookClub

LeahBergen Exactly! I found the voice so compelling. 1w
vivastory It's very insightful & as maddening as she is I was completely charmed by Cassandra because of her unique narrative voice 1w
saresmoore @LeahBergen @vivastory I think it‘s the fact that she‘s so very self-aware that makes her immaturity forgivable. I love how she comments on interpersonal and conversational dynamics with such acuity, but still behaves in a way that she knows is petulant. 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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“What do you want to look like? Some kind of a prophet?”

I liked the word. She could have called me a lot worse things and got her point across less subtly. I sat down on my bed, across from her, and told her how it was. If I were a prophet, I wouldn‘t have a following, because my club would be too much of a miscegenation. I‘m an Existentialist-Zen-Marxist, Freudian branch. Deviation, rather. It‘s a difficult line to hew to.

vivastory I posted this quote, too. So many great lines in this one. 1w
saresmoore @vivastory Ah! Sorry I duplicated! I really loved that whole conversation about the shoes and how it meandered. This book is fantastic. 1w
vivastory No need to apologise! I found this book to be immensely quotable, in the best way. The more it shows up on Litsy, the better! 🙌 1w
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Look at these gifts from my sweet kiddos for Mother‘s Day! They know me so well. 🥰

readordierachel Aww, great kids 💚 2w
saresmoore @readordierachel Apparently, Elliott just went on my Etsy wishlist and picked the thing she could afford with her allowance money (the dystopian keychain), but I‘m still impressed! Happy Mother‘s Day to you! ♥️💐 2w
batsy Lovely! Happy Mother's Day! ❤️💐 2w
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readordierachel That's so sweet! (And thank you 🤗) 2w
saresmoore @batsy Thank you, friend! 😘 1w
LeahBergen Aww! 💕💕💕 1w
vivastory What perfect gifts. Happy Mother's Day, friend! 1w
saresmoore @vivastory Thank you, Scott! 1w
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Anniversary date with my luvvah. We‘ve been married for TWELVE YEARS.

(The tagged book is what Bryan is reading.)

Leftcoastzen Congrats!🎉 2w
TK-421 Congratulations! 🎊 2w
rather_be_reading wow congrats! 2w
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Tamra Congrats! 2w
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉❤️ 2w
BookwormAHN Congratulations ❤ 2w
merelybookish Happy anniversary!! 2w
Cinfhen Happy anniversary 💕💕#YoungLove 2w
Lcsmcat Happy anniversary! 🍾🥂❤️ 2w
Theaelizabet Happy anniversary! 2w
kgriffith Happy anniversary 😍💜 2w
BookwormM Happy anniversary 2w
MaureenMc Happy anniversary! 2w
DeeLew Happy Anniversary! 2w
Sarah83 Happy anniversary 😍😘 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy anniversary!!! 🎊❤️🎊 2w
mrp27 Happy anniversary!! 2w
andrew61 Congratulations 🎊 2w
Christine Happy Anniversary!! 💗 2w
youneverarrived Happy Anniversary 🥂 2w
Jess Happy anniversary! 2w
MicheleinPhilly 🥰 Happy Anniversary, you adorable lovebirds! 2w
LeahBergen Happy Anniversary! 😘😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Anniversary! 🥂 2w
batsy Happy Anniversary! 🌷🥂💞 2w
Cathythoughts Happy Anniversary to you !! ♥️ 2w
CarolynM Happy anniversary 🍾🌹 2w
Lindy Best wishes on your wedding anniversary. 💐 2w
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 2w
Redwritinghood Happy anniversary! 1w
readordierachel Happy anniversary 🎉🎉🎉! 1w
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Shakespeare William
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I‘m about to get started for the #ShakespeareReadalong. This was technically a secondhand book, but I don‘t think it‘s former owner ever even opened it, which illustrates one of the main benefits of shopping at the bookstore near university campus! 😆

LeahBergen Ha! 😆 2w
Suet624 Have fun! 2w
merelybookish Cool cover! 1w
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Woohoo! I‘ve been waiting for this book for a long time & my preorder arrived today. Kerry McDonald‘s blog, wholefamilylearning.com is excellent. I can‘t wait to dive in!

Suet624 Yippee!!! Enjoy! 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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“My father was on the kitchen side of the counter, out of sight, down on his haunches, I suppose, getting bottles and glasses out of the cabinet underneath. And I supposed right because bottles began to appear on the counter, and then glasses, and then my father himself rose up with a tray of ice cubes and started putting them into an ice bucket.”

saresmoore Gah! This writing! I love her treatment of the mundane and her totally unexpected imagery. I will relive the minutia of this book for a long time, I think. #NYRBBookClub (edited) 2w
LeahBergen Who is your sweet reading buddy?? 2w
valeriegeary Yes please tell us more about that ball of fluffy cuteness curled up next to you 2w
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saresmoore @LeahBergen @valeriegeary This is Dexter. He is a miniature dachshund that we are doggy sitting while my dad is out of town. He‘s a sweetie with anxiety, so we take our CBD together in the morning. 🙃 2w
batsy Yes! About the imagery and the mundane in this book. Also, doggo 😍 2w
BarbaraBB I love the minutia of this book while I sometimes hate it in others! 2w
valeriegeary I'll be right over to hang out. 🤗 2w
Suet624 I am in love with a miniature dachshund named Skipper. (His companion, a lab, is named Gilligan.) I might have to find one for myself. 2w
saresmoore @Suet624 They are the most wonderful dogs! My dad loves having Dexter even more than a human roommate. 😆 2w
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This Is My Library | Adam Bellamy
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I just installed a new light fixture in the library all by myself and I‘m feeling pretty proud. 💁‍♀️ It works and everything!

Itchyfeetreader Love this space - so beautiful and calming 2w
Traci1 Beautiful ❤ 2w
Jinster That's a lovely space 2w
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TheLibrarian Beautiful area!! 2w
Severnmeadows What a lovely room. 2w
LeahBergen And you didn‘t electrocute yourself!! 😆 What a gorgeous space. 💕💕💕 2w
Kalalalatja Well done! 👏👏👏 2w
rretzler 💕 2w
saresmoore @LeahBergen The first thing I did when I arrived home with the fixture was flip the breaker for that room. Didn‘t want to tempt fate! 😬 2w
mrozzz This is so beautiful!! 2w
Ashley_Nicoletto Girl, this library. 😍 2w
Mitch Your room is gorgeous...love the dark walls ❤️ 2w
andrew61 Brilliant, looks great 👍 2w
AlaMich That‘s a beautiful room! 2w
julesG Perfect! 2w
readordierachel Looks great! Well done! 2w
Theaelizabet Gorgeous! 2w
KarenUK Beautiful! 💕 2w
Moray_Reads I love it ❤️ 2w
Mtroiano 😍 2w
tjwill Beautiful! 2w
batsy Well done!! And this space is lovely; filled with light and air and calm. 2w
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 2w
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍😍 2w
Suet624 I can't even imagine putting in a new light fixture. Consider me impressed. And what a lovely space. 💗 💗 2w
saresmoore @Suet624 @batsy Thank you, Sue and Suba! There were some precarious moments with a ladder and a lot of very intense scouring of the poorly translated instructions, but now I‘m practically a lighting expert! 😆 2w
saresmoore @Mitch Thank you! I‘ve done the whole house in white, save this room, which is a very dark gray and my bedroom in navy. It makes this contractor-grade home feel much more sophisticated. 2w
ValerieAndBooks I love this 😍!! 2w
BiblioLitten That space looks gorgeous! Kudos to you 💕😊😍 2w
DivineDiana Beautiful! 2w
Branwen It looks gorgeous, friend! Wow! 🤗💕📚 2w
Lindy 💡👏👏👏 2w
rather_be_reading omg 😍😍 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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May is a big month of celebrations for our family, so today when I took my Elle to get her ears pierced, I got a little something for myself, too! 😁

Loving the first read for the #NYRBBookClub.

Samplergal Mine is coming tomorrow! 3w
saresmoore @Samplergal Yay! 🙌 3w
Leftcoastzen I have my Cassandra waiting at the library,pick it up this weekend sometime. 3w
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Branwen Sweet! Good for you! 🤗💕📚 3w
readordierachel Love it!! 3w
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen I hope you‘ll enjoy it, too! 3w
saresmoore @Branwen @readordierachel Thanks, friends! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Leftcoastzen Did it hurt? 3w
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen Only a tiny bit for a split second. Much less pain than, say, getting an IV or having blood drawn. 3w
Redwritinghood Looks great! 3w
Suet624 Adorable. 3w
saresmoore @Suet624 Maybe it will draw attention away from the Rudolph freckle?? 😆 3w
vivastory This is great! 3w
Clwojick I love a good piercing. Classy and cute 😊 3w
Suet624 Haha. You‘re silly. Did I tell you I have one of those too? 3w
saresmoore @Suet624 Yes! Because we‘re secret sisters! 👯‍♀️ 3w
Suet624 And you remembered??!! That‘s amazing. 😁 3w
Lindy Looking good! ✨ 3w
BarbaraBB Niiiice! 3w
batsy I've always wanted to rock a nose piercing! You look lovely ❤️ 3w
batsy It's still early days for me with the book but I'm loving it too! 3w
JennyM Looking fantastic 😘 3w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 👍🏻♥️ 3w
LeahBergen It looks lovely! My nose piercing (from the late 90s) is half grown in. 😆😆 3w
Kalalalatja And here I thought the book was the little “something” you got for yourself, I didn‘t even notice the piercing until I read some of the comments 😅 it looks great, though! 3w
saresmoore @LeahBergen That‘s when I first wanted to get mine done. Better late than never? 🙃 3w
saresmoore @batsy Thank you, friend! ♥️ I haven‘t made it far in the book either, but the narrator voice is delightful. I was pretty much instantly drawn in by her perspective. 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Orlando Bloom and I are getting some vitamin D outside of the dance studio this afternoon. So excited for the inaugural read of the #NYRBbookclub!

Suet624 Very excited as well. 🌹❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Mine just arrived as well. I am so looking forward to it! Enjoy the 🌞😘 3w
merelybookish What's our planned read date? Mid-May? 3w
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Theaelizabet Me, too. I may begin it tomorrow. 3w
saresmoore @merelybookish I think the plan is just to read in May and discuss at the end of the month. 3w
vivastory I'm really looking forward to kicking off our book club! Can't go wrong with Orlando bookmark. 👏 3w
merelybookish Thanks!! 3w
Cathythoughts I‘ve started Cassandra on 🎧. So far , so very good 👍🏻♥️ 3w
LeahBergen Cute sandals! 3w
saresmoore @LeahBergen Thanks! They are classic Salt Water sandals and I lurve them. 3w
LeahBergen Aaaaand... I just ordered a pair of Salt Water sandals. 😆😆😆 2w
saresmoore @LeahBergen I thought you might! Aren‘t they fun? They‘re very comfortable, too. 😊 2w
LeahBergen @saresmoore I bought the same style as yours but in red. I was feeling a little ‘jazzy‘ (ie; had two glasses of wine) when I ordered them. 😆😆 Here‘s hoping I don‘t look like a giant toddler in them. 🤞🏻 2w
saresmoore @LeahBergen The red ones are so cute! They‘re also the ones Elliott has and she‘s 8, so... 🙃 I did sort of feel like a giant toddler at first, but I‘m embracing it as a retro vibe. 2w
LeahBergen @saresmoore I knew it! Elliott and I have always had a connection! 😆😆😆 2w
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“By segregating children by age, by caging them in so they can‘t avoid those who harass them, by indoctrinating them in a setting where competition and winning—being better than others—are the highest values, and by denying them any meaningful voice in school governance, we establish the breeding grounds for bullying.”

saresmoore To me, this is duh-obvious, but apparently not apparent enough to legislators to actually change anything. 4w
ravenlee I think part of the problem is that even when this is recognized, much of the solution would hinge on such a drastic overhaul of the existing school system that it seems impossible. And because of that, fixing any of the smaller component pieces gets shunted because it won‘t fix the whole problem, so nothing gets better. 4w
GingerAntics I agree with absolutely everything you said!!! This is all so very true!!! @ravenlee has a very good point as well. Instead of taking things in fixable steps that will eventually, over time, fix the whole problem, they seem to either do nothing or just make the problem worse. 4w
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Who Was Joan of Arc? | Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso
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Joan of Arc and Queen Elizabeth I were having a bit of a tussle after the Living Wax Museum presentation tonight, but they both performed their parts excellently! I‘m very proud of my kiddos.

vivastory This is the best!! 4w
Nute I love this! 4w
GingerAntics Love her chainmail. It looks perfect!!! 4w
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merelybookish Adorable!! ♥️ 4w
valeriegeary ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
batsy I love this so much ? Seeing Lucy makes me think of Morrissey singing, "Now I know how Joan of Arc felt..." ?? 4w
mreads ❤❤❤😁 4w
JennyM ♥️♥️♥️ beautiful kiddos 4w
Tamra So cute & fun! 4w
Cathythoughts Completely adorable 4w
LoverofLit Love this! 😍 4w
Suet624 Oh my gosh. I just saw this. You did an awesome job on the chainmail. (That‘s a weird word, by the way.) 3w
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Today‘s schedule:

Read a chapter of tagged book
Pack lunches & breakfast
Take kiddos to cooperative school
Pick up CSA share
Pop by schoolhouse to watch daughter facilitate a cooking class for her fellow students
Bring kids home
Laundry, dishes, gardening
Make dinner
Crochet chainmail costume for kid‘s Joan of Arc presentation
Read some more

It‘s going to be a good day.

hermyknee Busy day! I hope you have nice weather for it ♥️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm A very productive day! Cheers to a superwoman! 🍷 🍷 1mo
Cathythoughts Wow ! That‘s an impressive day 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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saresmoore @hermyknee The weather is lovely today! ♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts It turns out I‘ll be substitute teaching for the afternoon, so it‘ll be even busier than I anticipated. 😅 1mo
batsy You're my actual hero. 🥂 1mo
GingerAntics The chainmail sounds awesome. Can't wait to see it. 1mo
Suet624 Best wishes to you on your grand adventures. 😁😁 1mo
readordierachel Sounds like a wonderful (and busy) day! And I love your bookmark! 1mo
saresmoore @readordierachel Isn‘t it great? That was a gift from @TrishB and I love it. 1mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Not only did I avert at least three potentially catastrophic head/brick collisions, I also climbed over a tall fence, and saved a pair of boots from drowning. 😆 And I get to do it again tomorrow! 1mo
saresmoore @GingerAntics I will definitely share some photos! 1mo
saresmoore @batsy 😘♥️ 1mo
TrishB I‘m tired looking at that 😘 4w
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There is about to be an epic and elaborate Harry Potter themed, magical-egg-gathering treasure hunt ‘round here...but first, coffee and a bit of Kate Atkinson.

Happy Easter, friends!

4thhouseontheleft Sounds magical and delightful! 1mo
Dragon Jackson 💚🐉. Happy Easter 🐣 1mo
Cathythoughts Happy Easter 🐣 to you !! 1mo
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TrishB Have a good day 😘 1mo
batsy Have a good one! 1mo
Kalalalatja Sounds lovely! 1mo
BiblioLitten Happy Easter! 🐣😊 1mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, how exciting!! Have fun! 😘😘 1mo
Centique That sounds wonderful. Enjoy! 1mo
Suet624 A little late, but Happy Easter! 1mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you, Sue and the same to you! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
AlaMich Don‘t you love those double-walled mugs?! They keep your beverage hot much longer than ceramic! They break easily though. I speak from a lot of experience. 🙁 2w
saresmoore @AlaMich They‘re the best! But yes, definitely fragile. These small ones have been good because they‘re easier to handle for my tiny, clumsy hands. 😆 2w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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It took me ages to finish this book! In the end, I really did enjoy it for what it was—a deep, rich character study of a widely depicted mythological figure. It was not a propulsive retelling like The Song of Achilles. I love Miller‘s beautiful writing and I certainly felt transported to the remote island of Aiaia, but mostly I got kinda bored. This is a firm so-so for me. 😆

Kalalalatja I‘m feeling the same way at the moment... 1mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja I don‘t regret finishing it, but it sure did take me a long time to get through it. 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m not drawn to it at all ... think I‘ll pass on this one 1mo
Mindyrecycles It was my book club read for April and I really liked it, but I agree it was no Song of Achilles. 4w
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This is my handsome husband, doing dishes and wearing his MATH (Make America Think Harder) hat to support Andrew Yang while we watch him be awesome on CNN. Such a meta moment.

Jaimelire Men doing doing house work ❤️ Mine is making dinner right now. Love it! 1mo
saresmoore @Jaimelire It‘s the best! 1mo
LeahBergen Awesome! And I spy a wine glass in the distance 👍🏻 1mo
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readordierachel Love it! 1mo
BarbaraBB I love all about this post! And I think @LeahBergen is right 🧐😂 1mo
JennyM Send him round so he can give my hubbie some tips! 1mo
Kalalalatja Yes to everything in this pic 🙌 1mo
Cathythoughts Great pic 👍🏻 1mo
batsy Fab 🙌🏽 and well-spotted @LeahBergen 😂 1mo
AlaMich How is your dad feeling? 1mo
saresmoore @AlaMich I think he had a turning point for the better yesterday, though he‘s on doctor‘s orders to make a gradual and intentional return to his crazy busy job & life. We kids are advocating for better habits, stress management, and mental health counseling, so I‘m hopeful. Thank you for asking. ♥️ 1mo
AlaMich @saresmoore Glad to hear it! Parents can be so stubborn! 1mo
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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This is the stack of books waiting patiently to be read. Some for comfort, some for enrichment, some for learning, but they‘ll all have to keep waiting because LIFE is being impossible!

My kids started at an Agile Learning Center/Free School last week, my dad is in the ER with pneumonia, my husband is transitioning to a new job that he hates, we are dog-sitting (our cat is distressed), and I am just doing everything for everyone. Send wine. 😅

Susannah Oh my goodness. All the wine. I‘m sending all the wine. 🍷🍷🍷 Hang in there! 1mo
JacqMac That‘s a lot. You deserve wine. I hope you find some peaceful time to sneak in a book. 1mo
julesG 🍷🍷🍷 Hang in there! 1mo
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Redwritinghood On the way! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 Hope things are better soon. 1mo
ravenlee You‘ve got this! Life will keep going, and the books will be there waiting for you. Good luck! 1mo
kspenmoll Too much at once! I hope you can grab a walk, breathe, even for a moment. You are carrying everyone. Hope you dad heals & is out quickly. So sorry about your husband not liking his new job- hope your kids transition goes well. The list goes on for you for right now so sendung💕💕🍷🍷🍷💕💕 1mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s a lot to deal with ! Hope your dad recovers soon , wine seems in order.🍷 1mo
Branwen Oh wow! How overwhelming! *hugs* Hang in there, friend! Sending lots of love (and virtual wine!) your way! 📚💕🍷 1mo
Samplergal Hugs! Here‘s some 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 1mo
Izai.Amorim Hang tough in there! 🥃🍷🍺 1mo
rretzler 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 1mo
LeahBergen Oh no! Poor you! Sending ❤️❤️❤️ and 🍷🍷🍷. 1mo
SharonGoforth So sorry this is happening!! 😥🍷🍷🍷🍷💗💗 1mo
JennyM I‘ve been thinking of you, as I‘ve not seen you on here much of late. Hang in there Sara. Hope things settle soon 😘 1mo
Jas16 Yikes. That is a lot all at once. 1mo
Kalalalatja Oooh, Kintu! I‘ll look forward to your review 🙌 and hope everything settles down a bit soon 🤞 1mo
RealBooks4ever **hugs** Please remember to take care of yourself or you won't be able to take care of them! 💜 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh sweet friend. Sending you ALL the positive energy the universe can spare. 😘🍷 1mo
Lcsmcat Hang in there! 🍷 🍷🍷 1mo
readordierachel That's a lot to me dealing with! Hope things mellow out soon 🍷💚 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I was just thinking of you recently as I haven‘t seen your posts in a while. Sending you crates of wine and positive vibes. 🍷 🍷🍷 1mo
Tamra Yikes! Dive into those pages at least for temporary respite. Kintu has been on my shelf for too long. 1mo
BarbaraBB That sounds as way too much. Take care. Drink wine. ❤️ 1mo
batsy I was wondering why you went quiet. Sending you much strength and positivity, friend 💖 Also, all of the wine 🍷🍷🍷 How's your dad doing? 1mo
vivastory I'm sorry to hear about all of the challenges your family is facing! Sending positive vibes your way & to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, "You can never get a glass of wine large enough or a book long enough to suit me" 1mo
youneverarrived That‘s a lot to deal with. Hope things are a bit more settled soon. 🍷🍷🍷 1mo
Cathythoughts Take care ... 🍷🍷🍷 1mo
saresmoore @batsy Thank you, friend. ♥️ He‘s still in the hospital, but beginning to recover. He‘s very stubborn about medical care, so he gave us quite the scare before he made it to the doctor, but I think he will be okay, if not quite the same as before. Meanwhile, I will be searching through his apartment today for relevant tax documents in order to file for an extension before the deadline in 3 days. The gov‘t is not sympathetic! 1mo
saresmoore @Susannah @JacqMac @julesG @Redwritinghood Thank you, lovely humans! Your support is immensely helpful. ♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @kspenmoll Thank you, Katherine! ♥️♥️ It really is a lot at once, but taking a break and a nice walk really does help. 1mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen Thank you! ♥️ Dad is beginning to recover (i.e. breathe again), so I‘m feeling hopeful. 1mo
saresmoore @Branwen Thanks, friend! ♥️ How are you liking your library job? 1mo
saresmoore @Samplergal @rretzler @SharonGoforth Thank you for the support, sympathy, and 🍷! ♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Thank you, lovely! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @JennyM Jenny, you are so kind! Thank you. ♥️😘 I am hanging in. 🦇(No sloth emoji, but I suppose I‘m feeling more bat-like, anyway. Ha!) 1mo
saresmoore @Jas16 It‘s kind of a 💩🌪, right? New frustrations keep cropping up, too. I‘m just 🤷‍♀️ [communicating in emojis, apparently]. 1mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja The Universe and I need to have a heart-to-heart because I do believe it would be in both Her and my best interests if I could get the time to read Kintu! 🙃 1mo
saresmoore @RealBooks4ever Yes! That is such a good reminder, thank you! ♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I‘ve been having one of those months in which I‘m pretty certain the Universe is conspiring against me (much to my optimistic husband‘s chagrin), so I appreciate your words more than you know! ♥️♥️♥️😘 1mo
saresmoore @Lcsmcat @readordierachel Thank you, friends! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s so kind of you to think of me! ♥️♥️♥️ I‘ll have the disgruntled cat sign for the wine crate delivery. 😆 1mo
saresmoore @Tamra Kintu is a bit of an intimidating size, isn‘t it? I very much want to read it, but have the feeling I may have to renew the loan a few times. 1mo
saresmoore @BarbaraBB Thank you! ♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @vivastory Thank you, friend! I THINK it might be a great diversion to first drink wine and then paraphrase C.S. Lewis even more. 😃 1mo
saresmoore @youneverarrived @Cathythoughts Thank you, both! ♥️♥️ 1mo
Tamra @saresmoore I think that is why it‘s still on my shelf. 😬 1mo
Christine Ugh!! Sending good thoughts (and wishes for stolen reading moments when possible) in lieu of sending wine. But I hope there is also wine. ❤️ 1mo
batsy I'm glad to hear your dad's beginning to recover and I hope he is back to his usual self soon 🌻 Our parents can be pretty stubborn about admitting when they're not feeling good and they sure can be a handful when they think they're as young as they used to be... *insert all stress and anxiety emojis* I also hope the universe is kinder to you this week ❤️🍷📚🙏🏽💪🏽 1mo
Lindy Sending you strength and best wishes. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Sounds like you need wine and the cat needs catnip. Sending ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble Glad to hear your dad's making progress in his recovery, Sara. I had a scare with my dad earlier in the year, also caused by him ignoring symptoms so as not to "trouble the doctor"! ? Sending good vibes your way ? 1mo
saresmoore @Bookwomble Thank you, Michael! It was a bit of a rude awakening that I need to be more proactive (read: annoying) in keeping tabs on his health and basic self-care. 1mo
TrishB Only just seen post. Sending love and hugs and deep breaths ❤️❤️ 1mo
Suet624 Oh Sara! I‘m so sorry to hear about all of this. May you be lifted somewhat by all the expressions of love and concern we all feel for you. Hold tight to one small good thing every day until the way is clear and smooth again. Love you. 1mo
saresmoore Thank you, Sue. So much love right back at you! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
saresmoore @TrishB Thank you, Trish. ♥️♥️♥️ Things have only gotten more difficult in the past few days, but we are all just going to keep swimming, like Dory says! 1mo
TrishB Sorry to hear, be thinking about you. Life is sometimes just bloody hard!! 💕❤️ 1mo
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O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
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Lucy and I are sitting outside of the dance studio in the sunshine while her sister does some hip-hop. Good thing Lucy brought three books because class just started and she‘s already finished one. 😅

I‘m starting O Pioneers! for the #catherbuddyread.

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 2mo
Suet624 Research is starting to be published that states my great-aunt, Edith Lewis, who lived with Cather for 40years and was an editor at McClure‘s Magazine, had a significant role in editing her work. 2mo
LeahBergen Awww! Look at her scrunchie! 😍 2mo
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saresmoore @Suet624 That is SO COOL. 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Isn‘t it cute? She bought a few at a local craft fair and wears them daily. 💁‍♀️ 2mo
Graywacke I miss the Ivy and Bean days 2mo
Lcsmcat @Suet624 That‘s a fun thing to have in your history! 2mo
Suet624 @Lcsmcat it is. 😁 2mo
saresmoore @Graywacke They are gone too soon! This one is about three years past Ivy + Bean, but is going in for a bit of nostalgia. 😆 2mo
batsy Reading goals 🙌🏽 2mo
UwannaPublishme So cute! 💕 2mo
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Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
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I went in search of a light, fun audiobook to accompany me on my daily walk and found this. It‘s just what the homeopathic healer ordered! My only frustration so far is the audio narrator‘s attempt at a French accent. My gosh, it‘s cringeworthy. 😣 Also, I‘m hoping there might be some diversity in the charactees, but I‘m not holding my breath.

julesG Agree on the French accent. "Whot!" Diversity? Let me think. They do have names that start with different consonants. 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear moi !! @julesG 😂😂😂 2mo
ravenlee I think “diversity” in this series is mostly including vampires and werewolves. And there is one black character. Just the one. 2mo
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saresmoore @ravenlee @julesG That‘s what I was afraid of. #weneeddiversebooks 2mo
julesG Well, some cross-dressing happens. It's set in Victorian times, so I never expected it to be very diverse. 2mo
saresmoore @julesG I guess I just thought that in a reimagined world where, in 1851, vampires and automatons are in the mix, it wouldn‘t be a stretch to add some racial diversity at the very least. 2mo
julesG Maybe next time. 😉 2mo
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I thoroughly enjoyed this in-depth account of the pop-culture revolution that is “Friends”. Miller is clearly a fan of the show and her experience of watching it (perhaps obsessively) was similar to mine, but that didn‘t keep her from panning out to objectivity in order to deal with the perceived triumphs & abundant failings of something (not just TV, a phenomenon) that is truly larger-than-life. Well written and not gossipy—this was a lot of fun.

Christine Agreed! 2mo
LeahBergen And nice endpapers! 2mo
rather_be_reading those end papers 😍 1w
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever enjoyed non-fiction this much. Admittedly, I couldn‘t BE a more ideal reader for this book.

ravenlee Oh, I see what you did there. 😉 2mo
AlaMich Channeling Chandler? 😆 2mo
Laughterhp Haha I can‘t wait to read this book. I got it for Christmas! 2mo
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saresmoore @AlaMich Psh, as if I could relate to the use of such self-deprecating, defensive sarcasm! 2mo
saresmoore @Laughterhp It‘s thorough and objective, incredibly well-researched, insightful and still a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
tracey38 🤣🤣 2mo
batsy I love this photo! 2mo
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Two loads of laundry to fold, a kitchen to clean, lunch to prepare...for some reason, I just don‘t care.

Cathythoughts You have beautiful skies 👍🏻💙 2mo
TheBooksWhoLived Loved this book 2mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts It‘s an unbelievably beautiful day! 2mo
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saresmoore @TheBooksWhoLived I‘m really enjoying the book. This is my first from Pat Barker. Do you recommend any of her others? 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad you‘re taking it easy and enjoying yourself. 2mo
CouronneDhiver 👍🏽 same 2mo
batsy Have you read the Iliad or are you reading it alongside this book? I want to read this but I feel like I should read the Iliad first, and that means I'll probably get to this in 2025 🤣 2mo
saresmoore @batsy I own a copy of the Iliad...does that count? 🙃 I am planning to do the Iliad and Odyssey back-to-back, someday. I guess I‘ll just have lots of spoilers and preconceived interpretations. 😬 2mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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I finished up my walk today with Juliet Stevenson musing on her experience of recording the audio narration of Wuthering Heights. Like Juliet, I appreciate this book even more as an adult, and especially now that I‘ve learned more about the life of the author. The scope is impressive, especially given the limited setting and Emily‘s comparatively limited “life experience”. I‘m in awe of her writing prowess.

saresmoore I could probably ramble on for days about the intense humanity of the characters and the anti-love story, the deftly laid gothic themes and powerful open-endedness of the narrative. But what impressed me most in this re-read was Juliet Stevenson‘s INCREDIBLE narration. This was my first time listening to the audiobook and it was something special. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Juliet Stevenson is my absolute favorite narrator. If I see her name I know the Audiobook will be awesome. 2mo
Theaelizabet Juliet Stevenson also narrates a wonderful Middlemarch. If you‘ve yet to see her in the movie Truly, Madly, Deeply, be sure to catch it sometime. 2mo
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Tamra I need to check if I can get this via Amazon. I love this intense novel that is very polarizing! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great. I recently re-read this .. but if I ever go again I‘ll definitely go Audible 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Tamra Ok, so I am doing the audible free trial just to download this version!! 😁 2mo
saresmoore @Tamra Totally worth it! 2mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts Yes! It brought fresh, new life to a story I know well—felt like reading a different book! 2mo
saresmoore @Theaelizabet I haven‘t yet seen Truly, Madly, Deeply and I think I‘d love to listen to her read Middlemarch. Thank you for the recommendations! 2mo
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What a beautiful, unexpected gift, Sue! Thank you! ♥️♥️♥️ I‘m very excited to share this with my girls. We have some friends visiting this weekend and Lucy & Elliott have been schooling them on next generation feminism. ✊ I think they‘ll love this book.

saresmoore Sue, this really made my day. I‘ve been having major panic attacks the past week and receiving your package was like taking a deep breath of crisp Vermont air. 2mo
AmyG 💕 2mo
TrishB Looks like a good read 💕 2mo
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saresmoore @TrishB It‘s lovely on the inside, too. It has an inviting design layout that makes the information seem even more accessible. 2mo
Suet624 Oh, I‘m so glad. I‘m sorry you‘re experiencing so much anxiety. Please know you are always in my thoughts. 2mo
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 hope the girls enjoy it too. 2mo
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This post from Electric Lit (which I support monthly and love) sort of piggy backs off of my latest read (tagged). Some good food for thought if you‘re a writer and dig a helpful horoscope from time to time. https://electricliterature.com/spring-2019-horoscopes-for-writers/

Crazeedi What an awesome site, I signed up, maybe it will give me impetus to start writing again! 2mo
saresmoore @Crazeedi Ooh, I hope so! They have excellent content and the newsletter is an inspiring reminder for me to get writing. 2mo
Crazeedi @saresmoore 💞🤩 2mo
Suet624 Thanks. This was fun. 2mo
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Fascinating. Sarah Selecky has her finger on the pulse (or maybe her eye on the shifting aura) of a surreal subculture in North America. There is some sharp, even uncomfortable satire here, but it‘s written so true-to-life that it feels almost like a memoir. The narrator is unreliable, but deftly characterized. She‘s ultra polite, alternately self-deprecating & self-aggrandizing, incredibly naïve & flimsy—much like the online world she inhabits.?

RealBooks4ever Great review! 💜 2mo
saresmoore So much is left unresolved and there aren‘t any real answers or conclusions, here. I‘m still not sure if I actually like the main character. But, for some reason, the whole experience of reading this was deeply affecting. It‘s thought-provoking and often provocative. I‘m really not sure why I liked it so much, but I think it‘s a timely and intriguing portrait of a brief moment in time & space, a tiny portion of an ever-shifting global culture. 2mo
saresmoore I read this for my book with a social media focus for #Booked2019 and recommended by a celebrity I admire (Margaret Atwood) for the #Popsugarreadingchallenge. 2mo
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saresmoore @RealBooks4ever Thank you! ♥️ 2mo
Christine Ooh, I had started this but set it aside...now I‘m going to give it another try! 2mo
saresmoore @christine @Bookcation74 I had some moments when I felt like I was just reading all the annoying emails I automatically delete, but after about 100 pages, I didn‘t want to put it down. Thinking about the author‘s motivations and my own experience with the bizarre, cultish Instagram-filtered world of modern “spiritual” entrepreneurship helped make it a layered and nuanced narrative/commentary for me. 2mo
vivastory What a thoughtful review! 🙌👏 2mo
Bookcation74 @saresmoore I will absolutely pick it back up based on your review! Thanks! 2mo
Christine @Bookcation74 Same! 😁 @saresmoore I love all of your thoughts about this and am definitely excited to revisit it now! 2mo
saresmoore @vivastory Thanks, friend! 😊 2mo
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“These are special cupcakes, my loves,” she says... “These are from the Conscious Cupcakery. This bakery is owned by an Ascendency grad named Winnie Prudhomme. Winnie stores her special gluten-free flour blend in a sacred room, where it is infused with the positive intentions of meditating monks. She bakes the cupcakes to the sounds of daily prayer chants from a Tibetan monastery...”

emilyhaldi I could use some of those meditation cupcakes right now 2mo
saresmoore This book! The satire is spot on. 😂😭🙏 I left the world of self-aggrandizing, social media-inundated “spiritual” entrepreneurship years ago, so I have enough distance to laugh at this, but it‘s still a cringing laughter. 2mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I know, right? The author is slicing open this world with her wit & insight, but it still made me want a cupcake. 😅 2mo
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LeahBergen Oh, man! 😂😂 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Namaste.🧁 2mo
Suet624 Wow! But gee, I want to see what happens when I ingest them. (edited) 2mo
Lindy Love this! 😆 2mo
saresmoore @Lindy I can‘t remember if you‘ve read Sourdough, but this description reminded me of it. Makes me want to play music for my kombucha SCOBY and see what happens! 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore It‘s now on my TBR. Thanks! 2mo
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This is a super sweet graphic novel. Oseman tells the relationship origin story of two characters who first appeared in her debut novel. You can tell the characters are very real to the author and she is excellent at representing a believable depiction of young love. It was moving and lovely, very creative. I read this for @bookriot ‘s #ReadHarder challenge prompt, comic by an LGBTQ creator (Oseman eschews labels, but identifies herself as queer).

Suet624 I clearly need to start reading more graphic novels. 💕💕💕 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I typically have a hard time reading things with so many pictures, but the layout of this was simplified and it was just so heartwarming, I couldn‘t put it down! 2mo
batsy Love the cover! Japanese manga + 80s Britpop vibes. 2mo
saresmoore @batsy Yes! It‘s very manga-inspired and the characters are very British! 2mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Oof. That was intense and lovely and pithy. Such incredible writing, rich characterization—I want more! This was ominous and infuriating but somehow also bright and hopeful, like the heat and the sun that pervade the narrative. Just, wow.

KarenUK Ooooh goody! I have this on my kindle..... 👍💕 2mo
saresmoore @KarenUK I really think you‘ll like it. 2mo
batsy So good! Ominous and intense like the heat it describes, yes! And this cover is perfection. 2mo
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saresmoore @batsy I would display that cover art in my home. It‘s so good! 2mo
Lindy Great review! I‘m looking forward to reading this when my library hold comes in. 2mo
saresmoore @Lindy I do think you‘ll like it. 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 her writing is awesome 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore 😊👍 2mo
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Terra Nullius: a novel | Claire G. Coleman
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Initially, I was frustrated by this book. The writing style is almost poetic, but really just repetitive. The characters are weirdly flat and the plot takes a while to go anywhere. But then the author flipped my perspective on its head without my consent, like going up in a hobby plane to look at the local farms then the pilot starts doing barrel rolls. 😳 I ended up sort of loving it and appreciating it deeply, in spite of its imperfections.

saresmoore I‘ve read so many new-to-me authors, but this is the one I‘ll claim for #Booked2019 because it felt truly fresh to me. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 2mo
Cinfhen Nice 💞😃 2mo
Suet624 The description of this book on Litsy is pretty funny. Glad you liked it eventually. 😁 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 That description is all over the place! The book was, at least, better than that. 🙃 2mo
batsy Love this review, friend! It's the best when books can do this to us. 2mo
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The Library Sale | Bonhams (Firm)
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So, I‘m on a total spending fast (because life) and my husband sends me THIS PHOTO of the line outside the library sale. This is only the elite Friends of the Library group, no less—it‘s not even open to the public yet! Is he trying to torture me?! 🥺

Soubhiville You can join the friends at the door usually, and it‘s not expensive... you should go! 2mo
saresmoore @Soubhiville I want to, I really do. But I‘m sticking to my spending fast ‘til we get out of debt. 😩 2mo
mreads I'm sorry 😕. Bad hubby 2mo
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saresmoore @mreads He means well, but my goodness! 2mo
Aimeesue 😱😱😱 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yikes! I always give myself the right to spend if it‘s a once a year sale. 2mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen I would normally make an exception, too, but all the exceptions are what got me in this mess! Okay, well, really it was graduating college when the economy crashed and my husband‘s grad school, but still. I‘m cracking down! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I understand,I‘m on a tight budget, but little debt and I only have cats to feed not hungry,cute kiddos!🙂Stay strong! Can‘t tell you how many times just borrowing books from the Library got me through tight times. 2mo
AlaMich “Elite” friends of the library? That seems somehow...unlibrarylike to me. 2mo
Dragon I‘m really enjoying my library ‘s CloudLibrary App. It‘s easy to borrow ebooks and audiobooks, it‘s helpful for keeping my book spending under control. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sigh...stay strong ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen 😩😩😩😩😩 2mo
batsy Gaaaahhhh! 2mo
saresmoore @AlaMich It‘s not really elite at all. $20 at the door, but I‘m bitter. 😬 2mo
saresmoore @Dragon I love, love my library and especially their digital collection. I never have a scarcity of reading material and that‘s truly something to be grateful for! I suppose I can survive missing the book sale. 🙃 2mo
AlaMich @saresmoore So, it‘s sort of democratically elite (as long as you have 20 bucks) 😆 2mo
Dragon @saresmoore we have a big used booksale here in May. I haven‘t finished the books I bought at the last two sales. I really shouldn‘t go , but I probably will. I‘m weak willed 😀🐉 2mo
Suet624 So many temptations in this world. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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It‘s really interesting reading this book (tagged) alongside Circe. The tone of each is quite distinct. I‘m enjoying both, so far!

Suet624 Ooohhh, I think I‘d like this. 😀 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I think you‘d like it, too. Very good, so far. 2mo
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Terra Nullius: a novel | Claire G. Coleman
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I was bored by the first 100 pages of this, but then...well, I uttered aloud, “Oh, shit,” while reading on my kids‘ swingset in the backyard. No spoilers, but I‘m so in with this book now. I‘m even beginning to appreciate the repetitive rhythm of her writing and understand why the characters seemed so flat in the beginning.

saresmoore @batsy I‘ve changed my mind. 🙃 2mo
Billypar It's great when that happens. And the picture is a perfect example of this 180 degree perception shift: before I read your post I thought someone in an Easter bunny suit was behind you!🐰😂 2mo
saresmoore @Billypar I can‘t unsee the creepy bunny shadow now! #donniedarko 2mo
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Billypar Yeah and it's waving 😨 I don't think the DD bunny waves, but the film ends with that half wave. Watch out for wormholes! 2mo
BookNAround I thought I knew the story and then all of a sudden, I didn‘t. 2mo
saresmoore @BookNAround Yes, exactly! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Omg, the bunny shadow was the first thing I saw! 2mo
batsy Yay! And now I can't unsee horror bunny either! 😂🐰 2mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I don‘t usually get into reading slumps—I‘m always in the midst of something—so I‘m surprised to find myself SO BORED by Terra Nullius and utterly unenthused by anything else. I‘ve been saving Circe for just such an occasion. Here‘s hoping Madeline Miller‘s beautiful writing can pull me out of my funk.

AmyG Good luck. I loved this book. 2mo
Theaelizabet Have this on my shelves. Hope to read it soon. Hope it does the trick for your slump. Friends have told me it‘s a page turner. 2mo
Megabooks Best of luck! 2mo
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Lcsmcat 🤞🏻 2mo
Tamra For me it was slow to get rolling but when it did, it was great! 2mo
batsy Hope it does the job! That's too bad about Terra Nullius, though 😬 2mo
Notafraidofwords This will def do it ! 2mo
saresmoore @batsy So many have said how good Terra Nullius is, but the writing seems both contrived and amateurish, somehow(?). I will keep reading, but the one-dimensional characters and painfully slow story aren‘t compelling me much. 2mo
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords I was hooked by page 10. I feel like I come alive in her settings and I love how she lets the characters speak for themselves, rather than over-explaining. So good! 2mo
batsy I know, I'm sad to hear that! I have it stacked and am intrigued by the premise. Here's hoping it gets better 🤞🏽 2mo
Suet624 Slumps scare me. 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Me, too. They‘re indicative of something greater. I‘m more than a little upset about the world‘s problems. 2mo
Suet624 Any chance you can take a break from the world and focus just on your neighborhood for a bit? 2mo
saresmoore @Suet624 You speak wisdom, Sue. 2mo
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I‘ve been working hard minimizing and spring cleaning for a few weeks, so now that we actually have some spring weather, I feel like I‘ve earned a glorious hour of sun-soaked reading time. Bonus: I just realized that this library sale find is signed by the author.

Crinoline_Laphroaig How awesome! 2mo
LeeRHarry Wow library sale find? Awesome!! It‘s been on a lot of prize winners lists so that‘s amazing 😊 2mo
Suet624 Lovely! 2mo
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Clairegcoleman Wow great find 😁 1mo
saresmoore @Clairegcoleman I felt like I was absconding with a secret treasure. 😈 I loved reading this, by the way. I was skeptical of where things were headed, at first, but then you knocked my socks off, turned them inside out, and told me they had actually been ear warmers all along! 1mo
Clairegcoleman @saresmoore that was the plan 😁 6d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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I‘m glad I have Juliet Stevenson‘s gorgeous narration to keep me company while I tackle the “Kid Nook”. I want to get my spring cleaning done before the weather is actually nice enough to be outside!

Tamra I don‘t have access to it in Libby or Cloud Library. 😢 3mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I listened to her narration of North and South and she was so good! 3mo
saresmoore @Tamra Darn! My husband has an Audible membership and let me use one of his precious credits. 3mo
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saresmoore @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Ooh, I‘ll look for that! I really like North & South. 3mo
Tamra @saresmoore lucky you! 3mo
LeahBergen Are you sneaking things out when they‘re not looking? 😆 3mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen You know I am! Lucy spotted her old NatGeo kids‘ almanacs on a table and said, “Mom! Are you giving away my almanacs?!” Fortunately, they‘re not wise to the sundry bouncy balls and mangled pipe cleaner creations that have been disappearing regularly for years. 3mo
readordierachel Loved her narration of this! And all other narrations of hers, come to think of it. She's masterful. Good luck with the cleaning! 3mo
Ericalambbrown @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @readordierachel I love her narration! I didn‘t know she did North and South - must find that! Her Middlemarch was resplendent! 2mo
LauraBeth I‘ve been practically living in my garage for the past week trying to get my crap together (after a squirrel in there decided to chew through $1,000 worth of my car‘s wires). I feel your pain. On the upside - come spring we‘re gonna be freeeeeee...Right? Please tell me I‘m right?! 2mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth You are right! It‘s going to be glorious! And that sounds awful. Squirrels are cute, but... 🐿 2mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore I felt badly for her because she had babies 😂 and I “neglected” to tell my husband about her (edited) 2mo
LauraBeth But now I‘m paying the price for it! 2mo
Suet624 I‘m sorry to be the curmudgeon over here 🤦🏻‍♀️ but we got 7 1/2 inches last night and it‘s snowing now. It happens sometimes that we go straight from winter to summer in the course of a week at the end of May. It may happen again this year. I‘ll live vicariously through your posts. 2mo
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I read this to continue my wanderings with the Brontës. It was good, not great. The writing felt a bit amateurish and it was almost too self-aware/meta on the subject of critical reading and authorial intent. The handful of unreliable characters seemed to exist in a vacuum, which was convenient for propelling the story, but left the whole thing a bit flat. In all, the tone was a bit too cynical for my taste ?

saresmoore ...and the author came off as even more pretentious than her obnoxious characters. It was a fun story and premise, overall, just missed the mark for me. Also, I understand the on-the-nose reference in this case, but please spare me the tidy epilogues, Literary World. 3mo
tpixie I agree, I feel more greatness could‘ve come from the premise. Before I read it however I prepped and read all of the Brontës main books which was fun and I‘m glad it did because it made this book more meaningful. I really like Anne Brontë 3mo
saresmoore @tpixie I did the same prep! Anne is my favorite, as well, although I still harbor an enduring affection for Emily‘s gothic wonder. I almost felt overprepared for this book, though, and some of the MC‘s misguided musings frustrated the heck out of me! 3mo
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LeahBergen I have this on my shelf and worry that (like you) I‘ll be “over prepared” and unable to just read it for fun. 😬 3mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen It‘s set in Oxford and the MC is a student with lots of personal history to unearth, so I think you‘ll still be able to enjoy it. Or maybe I‘m just being selfish, because I‘d love to discuss it with you. 😬 I read it cover to cover, yesterday, so it certainly held my attention. 3mo
Suet624 Over preparing for a book. Hmmm. I don‘t think I‘ve ever done that! 3mo
saresmoore @Suet624 It was sort of accidental. I learned about this book when I was already mostly through reading the Brontë sisters‘ oeuvre. Which maybe just makes me a big nerd. ? 3mo
Suet624 Well you are definitely a smiley face with glasses. 😀 3mo
tpixie @saresmoore @saresmoore I had not either I guess I created my own college CrashCourse! But it did help me understand or relate to the madwomen book a little more by having read the others first! I think reading Anne Brontës 2 books Agnes Grey & The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was really important , as well as 3mo
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Here is a closer look at the goodies from @TrishB —the Mary Beard book is gorgeous. Thank you again, my friend!

Cathythoughts Gorgeous gifts ♥️ 3mo
TrishB You‘re welcome 😘 always a relief when things get there in one piece! 3mo
batsy How lovely 😍 3mo
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Kalalalatja I love that Mary Beard book 🙌 3mo
AmyG ❤️ 3mo
saresmoore @TrishB I was very impressed—the package was wholly intact! It was such a nice surprise. ♥️ 3mo
LeahBergen Oooohh! How lovely! 😍 3mo
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My girls were just as excited as I was about the lovely Litsy package that arrived today! Thank you, Trish for all the amazing feminist goodies. ♥️♥️♥️ I‘m so honored by your thoughtfulness & generosity!

The girls love the silly pens, as you can see, and I love everything else! 😘

Tamra Adorable! 3mo
TrishB Aww look at those smiles 😁❤️ 3mo
batsy Cuties ❤️ 3mo
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AmyG Beautiful girls 💕 3mo
Crazeedi You girls are precious!😍 3mo
MaureenMc 😍 3mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
andrew61 Lovely photo ☺ 3mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable and growing so fast! 3mo
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It seems there‘s an accidental theme in my latest library holds! I‘m very much looking forward to both of these. See @Lindy ‘s posts if the tagged book intrigues you. 😊

Tamra Enjoy Elsie! 3mo
saresmoore @Tamra I‘m sure I will—thank you for posting about it! 3mo
Lindy Three times the fun! 3mo
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I‘ve just finished the introduction to this book and I am already bowled over. Sharp, candid, unapologetic writing. This is going to be so good. I‘m reading for @thereadingwomen challenge, but it would also be a great choice for #Booked2019, related to a podcast, since the aforementioned Reading Women interviewed the author, last year.

andrew61 I'll have to start listening to reading women again - i can't remember why i stopped. Looks a good read. 3mo
Suet624 I‘m glad you‘re reading this. Can‘t wait to hear more about it. 3mo
readordierachel This sounds like a timely read. Look forward to your thoughts. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Looks intriguing!! 3mo
EchoLogical I read it for the same prompt! I got bored and let my loan expire. I'm gonna give it another shot when it's available. 2mo
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