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Sparklemn

Joined August 2020

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A Madness of Sunshine | Nalini Singh
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This mystery is set in a remote village on the New Zealand coast. The author did a great job of weaving the landscape and weather into the story and making almost every character seems like a plausible suspect. It kept me guessing!

These townies drink a lot of coffee.Like a LOT of coffee.☕️🤪

Ruthiella That was one of my questions when I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Do Swedes really drink THAT much coffee?” 😂 2w
Sparklemn @Ruthiella As someone with Swedish ancestors, I can confirm that yes, they do! 😄 2w
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It | Stephen King
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I'm surprised it took them until now to do this! I rarely watch the Simpsons anymore but try to catch the Halloween Treehouse of Horror episodes. This will be fun!

https://lithub.com/this-year-the-simpsons-has-a-halloween-special-devoted-to-ste...

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I haven‘t read this book yet, but this story reminded me of it. 🐝 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/world/europe/bees-queen-elizabeth.html.

CaramelLunacy Thanks for the link (in both senses!) 3w
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This book was fascinating. I knew very little about Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister, who was a painter and an on/off caregiver for Virginia. The story focuses on their siblings and friend group. The love between the siblings was apparent. They all had to be careful around Virginia to keep her from going to her dark place. All of them wanted the best for her and each other. ⬇

Sparklemn 📷 The Other Room by Vanessa Bell. I“m assuming the person in the window is Virginia. (edited) 3w
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Lucky Breaks | Yevgenia Belorusets
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I purchased this based on an article about fiction and non-fiction books to read if you want to learn more about Ukraine. This is a book of connecting short stories about Ukrainian women which take place before the recent Russian invasion. Part of the country was war-torn at that time, and the stories focused on their experiences living in those conditions. [cont'd]

Sparklemn Maybe my reading pace was too slow because I kept losing track of the connections between the characters and lost interest in all of them. It did inspire me to do a little more research on the history of Ukraine 1mo
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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Try as I might, I could not get into this book. I didn't find the characters interesting, and I could tell we were going to get into child abuse territory. No thanks. And I hated the “smucking“ made-up language. Still love Stephen King but it's hard to top The Stand and 11/22/63.

BkClubCare This was my second King I had read - MANY years after Carrie. But have since gone on to read plenty. 😊 1mo
Sparklemn @BkClubCare I really admire him as a writer and a person. I've read and enjoyed many of his books so I know I'll read more someday. Glad you're a fan! 1mo
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The Odyssey | Lara Williams
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I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. After finishing it, I feel unsettled. I'd compare it to Catcher in the Rye except with a thirty-something woman having a slow meltdown while working on a cruise ship.

Not my pic. Just a random cruise ship.

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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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So glad I finally read this book. It was my first long chapter-a-day read with the #pemberlittens and won't be my last. I liked getting to know the staff and thinking about everything that was going on “downstairs“ while the well-loved events of Pride and Prejudice unfolded “upstairs.“ I did not like how one of my favorites from upstairs acted completely out of character toward the end of the book. The pic is called Sewing Maid by Alexis Vollon.

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The Reef | Edith Wharton
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I'm very tardy in finishing this book, but I enjoyed catching up with the #whartonbuddyread posts. I don't have strong feelings about this book either way. Of the two main characters, one is wishy-washy and one is the master of gaslighting. 😐

The pic above captures how I envisioned Anna's home at Givre. According to Amazon, it's called Rising Road Couple Walking Countryside by Gustave Calliebotte.

CarolynM That‘s a beautiful painting and I absolutely can see the characters and Givre! 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a beautiful painting ❤️ 1mo
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This lived up to the hype for me. I loved reading about a small town boy moving back as an adult and finding the high school dropout and his wife considered pillars of the community. If a situation seems too good to be true, it probably is. 🤔

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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It was fascinating to see how Mildred, a spinster in the 1950s, spent her days and how others took advantage of her kindness and inability to set boundaries. I fall into that trap occasionally but generally am too stubborn and lazy to be considered an Excellent Woman. And that's OK with me. 😜 😉 Enjoyed reading this with the #pemberlittens!

Karons1 🤣🤣brilliant review ! 😂 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I strive not to be an Excellent Woman! 2mo
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I had so much fun reading along with the group for the #sundaybuddyread. Loved the families and the setting in the Catskills. I had a little trouble remembering which grandparents, parents and children belonged to which family. Still a definite pick!

Prairiegirl_reading The family tree at the front of the book was definitely helpful! 2mo
Sparklemn @Prairiegirl_reading That's one of the things I dislike about e-readers. I always forget to go back and look at the family trees and maps and other illustrations that are often included! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Sparklemn ereaders are convenient in lots of ways but that definitely isn‘t one of them! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Sparklemn yeah e-readers are convenient in lots of ways but that definitely isn‘t one of them. 2mo
TheBookHippie 💚💚💚 2mo
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#wondrouswednesday

I. I don't purchase many physical books anymore, so if I do, I'll splurge on a hardcover.

II. Outdoors but only in the shade. I think I'm part vampire. 🙃

III. Spring! I hate snow so I'm so happy to see green things grow. 🌱

Thanks for the tag @christyco125!

Want to play? @rwmg @jlhammar @Addison_reads

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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“I saw myself playing a rather noble part, stepping into the background when they were reunited and going quietly away to make a cup of tea or do some washing or ironing.“

Oh, Mildred. Have some self respect. 😬

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2mo
Blueberry Lol 2mo
AnneCecilie 🤣🤣 2mo
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As a Minnesota Twins fan, I loved learning about the life of their beloved long-time announcer and his adventures with the organization. I'm not sure how much it would appeal to someone outside of Minnesota.

I'll admit to having a little crush on the author. ⚾ 💙

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Thanks for the tag @pip2 !

1. Yes, I love to fill up random spots in my house with stacked books. One is the tagged book. It looks nice but is funny because my “home“ is crumbling down around it. Need to get moving on some home projects!

2. TV...particularly episodes of shows like Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls and The Office. All of these I've watched today while I'm home sick. Now back to my book.

Want to play? @amyk1 @andrew61 @susanita

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
eeclayton Feel better soon! 3mo
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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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The audiobook isn't cutting it for me. I don't care for the narrator and it's distracting me from the story. A lot of you on Litsy gave this a “pick“ so I'll try it another time in paper format.

KathyWheeler I didn‘t mind the narrator, but I can also see why you didn‘t care for them. I didn‘t hate the book, but it did have some issues. 3mo
Ruthiella Sometimes you gotta do it! 3mo
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This was the first full-blown romance novel that I've read in years. I enjoyed it more than I expected and was very happy with the ending. Glad I could read it along with the other campers! #camplitsy

willaful There's some wonderful romance writing going on now... the genre has changed a lot! Though I'm not sure this qualifies as a genre romance? 3mo
Sparklemn @willaful You're right. I'm not sure what genre this would fall into. But I enjoyed the romance aspect. Any romance authors that you'd recommend? I'd love to try one. 3mo
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I was worried this book wouldn't live up to the hype, but it definitely did for me. Highly recommend it! And if you're listening to the audiobook, the interview with the author at the end is worth a listen.

#librofm

Ruthiella Love the image!😹😹😹 3mo
Texreader 😂😂 3mo
Sparklemn I always say that cats are smart. 😁 3mo
tpixie I‘m loving it. Thanks for the heads up on the audio! 3mo
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#1. The most recent is tagged. As in I was sobbing out loud listening to one of the essays..while driving...not safe! 😮
#2. I guess I'd have to say literary fiction? Specifically more contemporary than historical. I like getting to know characters who remind me of IRL family & friends.
#3. The most recent one I loved is Summerwater.

Thanks for tagging me @julieclair !

Want to play @Sarahbellum @christyco125 @booknaround ?

@eggs

julieclair Summerwater looks so good! I've added it to my TBR stack (or rather my TBR mountain, lol!) 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗📖👏🏻 3mo
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The Watsons | Jane Austen
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I really enjoyed the interactions between the sisters and sister-in-law and would have loved seeing what Jane had in mind for these characters. I‘ll have to be content with following along with the #pemberlittens who are reading the completed version. 🙂

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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Yikes. This was a convoluted mess. There was very little about the story that resembled Romeo & Juliet. It read like a young adult novel with a few “edgy“ terms thrown in to make it seem less PG, I guess? I had fun reading it along with the group. Misery loves company. 😉

#sundaybuddyread

AmyG Love the photo. Ha! 3mo
vlwelser Great photo. This may be my favorite review of this book so far. 3mo
Sparklemn @vlwelser I'm being a bit mean but it really was not good. 😬 3mo
vlwelser It really was terrible. I don't think anyone gave it a good review. 3mo
TheBookHippie SO AWFUL. UGH. 3mo
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Cell - Stephen King | Stephen King
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I read as part of the monthly #losersclub. If you liked The Stand, you may enjoy this as well. Comments below with spoiler tag. 😀

Sparklemn I liked this and would recommend but it‘s hard to beat The Stand. This has a lot of similarities, but for me, it paled by comparison. I just couldn‘t quite connect with Clay. I enjoyed Tom much more. Maybe because he cared so much for his cat? 😜🐱💙 4mo
Sparklemn The ending didn‘t bother me. Yes, I would have liked to learn if the second “pulse” healed his son, but I was fine with it being left open. 4mo
Sparklemn I‘m not clear on why just this group was identified as “insane” when there had to have been others who attacked the flocks. 4mo
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KathyWheeler @Sparklemn They did run into another group, who joined them, who was also identified as “insane” for the same reason. I assumed word spread. I was annoyed by the lack of women. Were they limited on the number of women? It was as if there could be only one. Alice, who was with Clay and Tom, died not long after they met the group with Denise, who had to survive because she was pregnant. That said, I still liked Cell. Not as much as The Stand though. 3mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler Good note on the lack of women. I hadn't really thought about it until you pointed it out. (edited) 3mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn The thing is, I‘ve read this book before and seen the movie, but I didn‘t notice it until this reread. I also hadn‘t noticed the similarities to The Stand until now. (edited) 3mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler Didn't realize there was a movie. 11% on Rotten Tomatoes...sounds so bad it might be good! 😁 3mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn I did not hate the movie. I don‘t remember it being outstanding but I also don‘t remember it being awful either. I like John Cusak and he plays Clay. 3mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler And Samuel L. Jackson! I‘m looking forward to watching it sometime. Thanks for letting me know about it! 3mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn you‘re welcome. I hope you don‘t hate it. 3mo
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Operation Heartbreak | Max Arthur, Duff Cooper
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Thank you to the #persephoneclub for introducing me to this lovely little book. I‘ll add my thoughts below with a spoiler tag.

Sparklemn Is it weird that I found the ending joyful? As Felicity said, this is what Willie would have wanted. I loved that they even gave him the promotion. (edited) 4mo
Sparklemn One thing that puzzled me - what was the purpose of having Willie hook up with Daisy later in life? 4mo
Sparklemn The character of Daisy reminded me of Daisy from Great Gatsby. Not sure that there are many similarities other than the name but she kept popping into my head. (edited) 4mo
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CarolynM I don‘t know about joyful, but I certainly thought there was a kind of redemption for Willie‘s unfulfilled life in the end. 4mo
Cathythoughts It was a great book. I‘m still not sure how I feel about the ending … I keep turning it over in my mind. If Willie had been a loved one of mine , I‘m not sure what decision I would have wanted for him. @CarolynM 4mo
LeahBergen I know just what you mean! I felt a certain happiness(? I guess? 😆) at the poignancy of Willie‘s death and the use of his mortal remains for a greater cause. 4mo
rubyslippersreads I think I would say that it was a poignant but satisfying ending. 4mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Thanks for tagging me, @jillsbookshelf!

1. 💛 🎡 📚 ✨ 🏠 🎒 🐥 🐺
2. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Nina is so endearing. I'd love to see what happens in the next “chapter“ of her. life. 🙂
3. How High We Go in the Dark --> Pick, 4 out of 5

@marleed @akfreeborn @librarybelle

#wondrouswednesday #sundaybuddyread

marleed Thanks for the tag! And did you know the tagged was released this month. Nina Hill is not the MC, but she is a supporting character and you get to see how her life is moving forward! 4mo
Sparklemn @marleed This book is on my wishlist but I had no idea that Nina was a supporting character. Yay! Thanks for letting me know. 4mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 4mo
kspenmoll Love Nina! 4mo
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If you're ready for pandemic dystopian fiction, here you go. Some of the interconnected stories were more meaningful to me than others. What I'll take away from it is the importance of not letting relationships with loved ones slip away when times get tough. #camplitsy

KristiAhlers I want to read this but I don‘t. You know? Might give myself a few more months before dealing with a pandemic read. 4mo
Sparklemn @KristiAhlers I absolutely understand! 4mo
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Interconnected stories taking place over the course of one rainy day? This was right up my alley. The writing is beautiful. I loved getting a peek into the thoughts of ordinary people going about their days doing ordinary things. #librofm

TrishB I loved this too ♥️ 4mo
Graywacke Nice review. This one appeals! 4mo
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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I've had this sitting on my e-reader for a long time. Glad I was finally prompted to read it. I loved how it felt so relevant for 2022 but took place in 1997. If anyone has any recommendations for other books by Lily King, I'd love to hear them! #buddyread

CarolynM I enjoyed 4mo
Sparklemn @CarolynM I'll add it to my list. Thank you!! 4mo
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I finished this book wishing I could be friends with the author. 😊
#librofm

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Hi, all. I'm looking for a way to get out of my reading slump. Too many distractions these days. I thought joining a buddy read would be fun. I know about #buddyread, #pemberlittens, #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, and #sundaybuddyreads. I plan to check these out. Any suggestions for others? I don't care for rom-coms, science fiction or short stories. Other than that, I'm pretty open.

Thank you!

CarolynM I must have missed this when you posted it, sorry. As well as #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub I‘m also in the #WhartonBuddyRead (reading Edith Wharton in chronological order - I think we‘ve done 5 or 6 so plenty more to go) and the #PersephoneClub group (reading books from the Persephone catalogue) You‘d be very welcome in any of those groups🙂 Hope you find something to get you out of the slump💕 (edited) 5mo
Sparklemn @carolynm I love Persephone books. I have about 20 of them and always happy to buy more in the catalogue. I'll check it out. Thank you!! 5mo
Sparklemn @tpixie I'll check this out. Thank you! 4mo
tpixie @Sparklemn most are short Children‘s novels, so not a big commitment! 4mo
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Much of this book hit home with me, although most who know me would say I'm more of an ambivert (can flex as an extrovert) than an introvert. This is my favorite cartoon from the book. Except for the tablet - can't deal with one more device - this is my happy place, too! 📓 💙 💻

282Mikado My happy place has all this plus two monitors attached to the laptop, one on either side (I work from home). Also, no mocha - dark coffee, black; and I prefer e-mail over texting - Hate phones. If interested there is a good personality test online at 16personalities.com. I scored 91% introvert (INTJ-T). (edited) 6mo
Sparklemn @282mikado I'll have to check that out. Thanks! 6mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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It took me a while to get into the story but I‘m glad I finished it. Listening to the audiobook, I had trouble keeping track of all the nuns. I think I may have enjoyed the print version a bit more. #librofm

Cathythoughts Love it 😁 👗 (edited) 6mo
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Bailedbailed

The world feels like such a mess right now that I think I need to dive into something a bit sunnier to offset the doom & gloom. #librofm

Suet624 This is my spirit embroidery 6mo
Sparklemn @Suet624 Yes!! 😀 6mo
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This is a fun book if you‘ve read and watched as many British mysteries as I have!!

KathyWheeler I failed all the quizzes! 😄 7mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler Same!! 😃 7mo
Cathythoughts Fab pic 💫 7mo
Sparklemn @Cathythoughts When I found the pic, it said it was a vicarage in Grantchester. Not sure if it‘s the same Grantchester as the books & TV show. But I liked it! 7mo
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The author rates all of his essay topics on a five-star scale. Includes a wide variety of essays including scratch and sniff stickers, the small pox vaccine and Indianapolis. I love how he views many of these topics through the lens of mental illness. It makes them all the more interesting. #librofm

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So excited to read this after seeing Come From Away last weekend! #bookbub

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Short novel about a Beijing man who builds stereo systems for a living and his struggles with love, family and money. It was…odd. I‘d give it a pick because it‘s short and strange. #boxwalla

Suet624 I liked this one. 😀 6mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I wasn‘t sure I was enjoying this at first but then stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish it. So I guess it‘s a pick! I‘m excited to try more books in the “novelized” mythology genre that seems to be popping up everywhere recently. ☀️ #bookbub

BkClubCare Read Circe next! 😊 8mo
Sparklemn @BkClubCare On my list!! 8mo
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Fun read for the holidays. Definitely interested in trying the series. #bookbub

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The Christmas Pig | J. K. Rowling
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Cute story. Worth having in your library if you collect her other books. 🐷

rubyslippersreads I got this as a Christmas gift because I ❤️ pigs. 🐷 9mo
Sparklemn Cute! 9mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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…feeling the sun go down inside her. #librofm

charl08 😍 this photo. 9mo
BkClubCare This will be my next audiobook! 9mo
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This was a fun listen. I enjoyed hearing someone cover serious issues without taking himself too seriously. There is a bonus at end of the audio version that made my day. I won‘t spoil it! #librofm

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The World of Downton Abbey | Jessica Fellowes
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Love this picture of the ladies in modern dresses. I bought this as a coffee table book but it turned out to have a lot of really interesting content covering the time period and real life events alongside how these were portrayed in the show. Just loved it!

Cathythoughts Nice picture 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
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Kindness Goes Unpunished | Craig Johnson
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The mystery in this one didn‘t hold my interest but I love thinking about Walt and Henry waking the streets of Philadelphia and maybe wandering by this beautiful sculpture. 💙💙

KathyWheeler Yeah — I had the same problem with the mystery. 11mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler I‘m still going to give the next one a try. Have you kept going with the series? 11mo
KathyWheeler @Sparklemn I have read them off and on and in no particular order, which has caused some confusion. This one is number 3 but I read about 5 of the later books before I read this one. I liked them. (edited) 11mo
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Does this ring true for any Litsy introverts?? 😁

KathyWheeler I will leave the gas station rather than go in. 11mo
Ruthiella I hate that too! But I go in because I put off getting gas for so long and really need it! 11mo
LauraBrook This just happened to me on Friday! I left and went to a different station. 11mo
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Q84 I always leave and go to another station. I want to pay at the pump so I don't have to go in. When I do go in I always end up sending 20 buck on thing I don't need or even really want. No thanks 11mo
Bookwormjillk Yes, and a no go when I had babies in the car 11mo
megnews Definitely! 11mo
Sparklemn @q84 Same! 11mo
marleed Ha. I leave too. It‘s been many years since I‘ve entered a station to pay for gas. The bathrooms though - that‘s another thing ;) 11mo
Sparklemn @marleed My sister thinks I‘m strange because I feel l need to buy something when I use a gas station bathroom…even it‘s just a pack of gum. 11mo
marleed @Sparklemn omg - me too! And since I pay for gas at the pump it‘s usually a fountain soda. 11mo
Sharpeipup Yep…fumes it is 9mo
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The Ghost in the House | Sara O'Leary
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Short but sweet audiobook. Thought I should read something with a Halloween theme although I finished it a bit late. 🤷‍♀️👻 #librofm

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Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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I tried. I really did. But, unlike other Russian novels that I've enjoyed, this goes so deep into the Soviet political and war machines that I just couldn't get into it. It might work for someone else! #boxwalla

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Ok, I‘ll admit that this one took me a while to get through. The narration was great in the audiobook but I may have had better luck keeping the names straight with a paper version.

Amazing story that read like fiction but was actually gleaned from letters and diaries and real-life interviews. I‘ll try another by this author. 👍 #librofm

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Maple Mayhem | Jessie Crockett
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The story is cute. The maple syrup making storyline reminds me of my own family‘s operation years ago. I loved being outside in early spring collecting sap and the lovely aroma from the cooker.

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Pic from my favorite episode of Parts Unknown — Quebec!

Those interviewed for the book alternated between saying Tony was a selfish narcissist and a truly kind and generous person. My guess is that both descriptions were true. Regardless, it was a sad ending for a talented and charming man. 😞 #librofm

BkClubCare 😢 9mo
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