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In a Lonely Place | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Arrived today. Pure #NYRB bounty.

LauraBeth 😍😍 4d
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! 3d
batsy Want. All. Of. Them. 😍😍😍 3d
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kspenmoll 😃 happy for you! 2d
youneverarrived 😍😍 20h
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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I really enjoyed this. I thought the author did a great job writing about mothers/daughters, the pursuit of artistry while being a single mother, the art of photography, abortion, and friendship. All told through letters, journals, and memories of the daughter as part of a retrospective of the mother‘s photographs. Thanks to @Lindy for the review that inspired me to pick it up.

Lindy 😇 7d
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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I‘m enjoying this so much that I just took advantage of NYRB‘s 50% off sale of crime noir books (happening this weekend) to buy four new reads. Crime noir is not something I usually read, but clearly that‘s about to change.

sisilia Loooovvveee crime noir ❣️ Looking forward to this! 1w
saresmoore I am loving it! I didn‘t think I would, either, but it‘s a great read. 1w
Suet624 @saresmoore NYRB books just hit it out of the park. Not a dud in the bunch. 1w
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Margot0817 I know what film noir is but what exactly is crime noir like in reading? 1w
Suet624 I have to assume it‘s similar. There‘s a style to it: A perpetrator of a crime, a beautiful woman and a victim or two, does the perpetrator get caught. 😂 but I think of it as more stylized with a bit of humor and mystery. @Margot0817 (edited) 1w
kspenmoll I just might like this! (edited) 7d
BarbaraBB You make me so curious! I am starting it now too! 3d
Liz_M So, what other noir books did you buy? 18h
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Vermont has 183 libraries. There are only 251 towns and cities. I could go on and on about Vermont‘s dedication to their libraries, both large and tiny. Additionally, I could talk endlessly about Jessamyn West. She‘s an activist librarian who fought the Patriot Act on behalf of libraries because of privacy issues, a Vermonter, and one who pushes for community engagement with the assistance of the town library.

Leftcoastzen Looks like I belong in Vermont!😀 1w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I wholeheartedly agree. 1w
charl08 Can I move please? 1w
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Suet624 @charl08 Absolutely! I love so much about Vermont. You could at least visit! 😁 1w
NHLibrarian I‘ve met Jessamyn a couple of times and she is awesome! 1w
Suet624 @NHLibrarian isn‘t she??? 7d
kspenmoll ❤️Vermont 7d
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This was a quote from a year or two before the civil war in El Salvador. The statement has echoed throughout my days since reading it. There is always a breaking point. Always.

I‘m having trouble returning this book to the library. I‘ve had a visceral reaction to it - I want to hold and protect it. I want to hold those who lived through those times and protect them. And I want to sit beside those who read it and talk with them about it.

Cathythoughts Sounds amazing ! Stacked 1w
Suet624 @Cathythoughts be sure to note my previous post. It‘s a brutal read. But being a poet, she adds so much in the telling of the story that it lingers like perfume. (edited) 1w
Suet624 @Cathythoughts the book I‘m currently read is clearly affecting my writing! (“lingers like perfume” 😂😂 wow) 1w
Reggie Lololol um I had totally matched on to that “lingers like perfume.” I dig authors who are poets!! 1w
Reggie Latched not matched. 1w
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This memoir is dedicated to Leonel Gomez Vides, as it should be. Leonel teaches the author about the history, impending war, and the role of the US in the slaughter of citizens in El Salvador while keeping her out of harm‘s way during her time there. His work in brokering peace, after the brutal deaths of 100,000 citizens, is astonishing. This is an extremely difficult book to read. The brutality of men & the role of the US in it all is 😭🤬🤯.

Suet624 There are amazing reviews with personal experiences reported on Goodreads. Definitely worth a peek. 1w
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Wait. What? Tommy Orange is going to be a visiting writer at Vermont Studio Center in October. And doing a reading as well? This means he might actually sit right next to me at the one restaurant in this one horse town! Gah! I‘d been dreading the cold of winter approaching but now I can‘t wait for October to arrive.

Aimeesue A copy of There, There FINALLY came in to the book sale donation box today. I've been waiting SO long to find a copy! (Which I read and then return, so it's kinda like a library with no due date 😁) I'm very jealous you'll get to hear him read! 2w
Suet624 @Aimeesue I love your no-fines, no due date, concept. I hope you like the book. No spoiler here, but I can't wait to ask him about the ending. 2w
AmyG Oooooo 🙌🏻 2w
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Three Summers | Margarita Liberaki
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@vivastory You asked me to let you know what I receive as part of the NYRB monthly book subscription plan. Here‘s my first!

merelybookish I looked at this during a recent flash sale. I was tempted! It sounds good. 2w
Suet624 @merelybookish I know nothing about it. 😀 I look forward to reading it. 2w
saresmoore Such a lovely cover! 2w
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batsy I bought this recently too—during a Book Depository sale! 😍 2w
batsy I've read a book by her daughter that was so disturbing and weird and bleak and good 2w
BarbaraBB Oh this looks great! 2w
Suet624 @batsy just read your review from 2 years ago of the daughter‘s book. The book sounds quite different than this one. 😂😂 2w
Suet624 @saresmoore NYRB has a way with pretty book covers. 😁 2w
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A quote that NPR highlights from the book. While this quote is about the state of a nation, with gun deaths constantly on the rise, the oppression of guns, the NRA, the politicians who kowtow to the gun lobby and the angry white man came to mind this morning. Something better is definitely possible.

AmyG Each time I think maybe....this is the turning point. So now, again, I think.....maybe. (edited) 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage This is so relevant. Thanks. 2w
Reggie Honestly, I don‘t think El Paso would have ever happened if there wasn‘t so much border talk, if we didn‘t have Trump, who said Mexicans were rapists and murderers, I lived 30 minutes away from El Paso for 10 years. I never felt unsafe when I was there. And for the longest time they were in the top 3 for safest cities that have populations of 500k or more. Yesterday broke my heart. 2w
Suet624 @Reggie I agree with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I‘m so sorry. 2w
Suet624 @AmyG Me too. 2w
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Remind me never to step foot in North Korea. A harrowing account of growing up in prison camps, where people experience the worst of conditions and learn to inform on each other at a very early age. Each human is expendable. The information on the country‘s policies (outside of the camps) was informative and I‘m glad to know more about the country. More needs to be done to address human rights violations in that country.

Crazeedi I've seen this man, what a brave soul , such horrific conditions (edited) 2w
Suet624 @Crazeedi No way!! You have?? His life and his feelings of guilt were so sad. 2w
Crazeedi @Suet624 he was interviewed on a station 2w
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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There I am, returning books to the library on Sunday because then I won‘t be tempted to get more books, & I run across this amazing stained glass house in front of the library and a book sale! The famous church in Stowe, VT can be seen in the bottom right photo. A NYRB book and a memoir for $2. My plan is to read my own books and the Universe finds a twisted way to laugh at me, adding to my pile while I quietly try to stay away from the library.

Librariana It's beautiful! Very Mondrian-esque 😊 2w
DivineDiana Sounds like it was meant to be and a very good day! ❤️📚❤️ 2w
Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful! 2w
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Suet624 @DivineDiana totally meant to be! 😀😀 2w
Suet624 @Librariana I hung out inside of it for a while. Felt like a special place. 2w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen The Universe is one kooky character. 2w
Leftcoastzen I should have mentioned the Tender Bar is an amazing book. 2w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh! Good to know. I think it didn't get a high rating on Litsy, but I didn't check that out until after I grabbed it. Glad you enjoyed it. We have similar tastes. 2w
kspenmoll It was meant to be despite your sincere efforts! 🤣 2d
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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“Carrying that baby made her radiate serenity in a way I‘ve only seen in Buddhists and Californians.” It‘s so true! All the Buddhists and Californians that I know have a specific look that I have never been able to experience myself.

kspenmoll 🧘🏼‍♂️☹️🤣😘 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha! Love that! 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m not sure how serene they are on I5 That road scared the bejesus (or Buddha) out of me. Lol 3w
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AmyG Ha...not the Californians I know. (edited) 3w
ValerieAndBooks Lol...as a California native that occasionally goes back to see family still there, I have to agree with @JanuarieTimewalker13 and @AmyG 😝 !! 3w
Suet624 Well I actually only know the ones in Northern California! Maybe they are different. 😁 @JanuarieTimewalker13 @AmyG @ValerieAndBooks 3w
AmyG @Suet624 No Cal is very different. The people I know are in LA. 🤣 3w
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I loved this book. A completely unprepared 19 year old races in and wins the Mongol Derby. Racing over 1,000 km, it is the world‘s longest endurance horse race. Mountains and vast plains of nothingness, boredom, fatigue and wild horses that are often unmanageable. Prior-Palmer was born on my birthday so her musings about her life experience, while meandering and sometimes self-indulgent, were so familiar to me that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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On the Jersey Shore. LBI. Hard to read when the sound of the ocean keeps lulling me to sleep.

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This book!!! I can‘t tell you how much I‘m enjoying it. And the author‘s birthday is the same as mine, so there‘s that. We share so many similarities.

Amiable Looks interesting! Stacked 3w
AmyG How‘s your summer, Sue? 3w
Suet624 @AmyG off to LBI today! The summer just got better! How about you? (edited) 3w
AmyG Oh, nice! All is good here. Ail in the summer is glorious. 3w
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I‘ve finished this novel & I don‘t want to give it a rating. Honestly, spoiler alert, everyone lies in this story. Endlessly. Maybe that‘s the mark of a good mystery but I feel like we are currently being bombarded by presidential lies endlessly & for some reason the two things kept getting mashed up in my mind. And I kept confusing people. Gah! Lyme brain! So in all fairness, it‘s probably me and not the book. The garden is my very own miracle!

DivineDiana And it is beautiful! 🌼 4w
ladym30 Your garden is lovely!❤️ 4w
Suet624 @DivineDiana @ladym30 thank you! Now there is a huge amount of red bee balm interspersed amongst the yellow. It‘s so pretty. 4w
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Chrissyreadit Its beautiful 🥰! 4w
tammysue So pretty! 🌼💛 4w
Izai.Amorim Wonderful Garden. 4w
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Hmmm... I‘m sorry to say I was a bit underwhelmed. Between a so-so and a pick. It may be because I was blown away by Disappearing Earth which I finished just before reading this one. Hoping the book discussion will help me to see what I‘m missing. #NYRBBookClub

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The library wins again over my boxes and shelves of books. A memoir of a woman riding her horse in the Mongolian Derby, a memoir of witness and resistance in El Salvador, and the thriller Miracle Creek? Yes, please.

Mitch I‘m going to start Miracle Creek tonight too ! 1mo
Schlinkles Rough Magic is amazingly good! I read the ARC in January and haven‘t stopped talking about it since. 1mo
Suet624 @Mitch We'll have to compare notes!! 1mo
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Suet624 @Schlinkles I can't wait!!! 1mo
Mitch @Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Miracle Creek was sooooo good! @Mitch 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through Miracle Creek and it‘s so good! 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll me too! I‘m liking it a lot so far. 1mo
Jeg Glad that happens to someone else. Huge shelf of TBRs but the library beckons and now have 3 to read from there. 1mo
Suet624 @Jeg I do it ALL the time and complain about it all the time. 😁😁 1mo
RaimeyGallant Loving the perspective in this photo. Totally gonna copy (read:steal) it. :) 1mo
Suet624 @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I'm not usually known for taking creative photos! 😂 4w
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1mo
AmyG Such a great book. 1mo
Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorite books last year! 1mo
saresmoore Neat! 1mo
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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I just signed up for the NYRB Book Club. A year-long supply of books coming my way from NYRB. I blame @sisilia and @vivastory and Litsy for this delightful extravagance. #NYRBBookClub

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️📚 1mo
Tamra There is such a thing? Do I dare? My TBR shelves would scream at me but it might be worth it! 1mo
Suet624 @Tamra hahaha. It totally seemed worth it to me at the time. Hopefully I won‘t regret it! 1mo
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sisilia Ooohhh, that‘s wonderful! I‘m sure it‘s totally worth it! I would do the same if I lived in the US ☺️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @sisilia , I‘d love to sign up if I lived in the US. A surprise book each month, so cool 💜💜 1mo
NHLibrarian I just bought 7 when they had their sale last week 😬🤓 1mo
Suet624 @sisilia I knew I‘d have tour seal of approval. 😁❤️ 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB it was a fairly reasonable price as well! 1mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 No because I already have it 😁. I did get the others you‘ve been reviewing as part of the book club here though: Cassandra and After Claude. 1mo
vivastory I have been tempted by this many times before. I'd love it if you posted your monthly selections! 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory sure thing! 1mo
GatheringBooks oooh! if only this were available outside of the US. 23h
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Had to laugh when I read this line. Truth.

tammysue That‘s so true! 1mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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This book has deepened for me the further away I am from having finished it. So many journeys - of an unraveling family, of refugee children, of the son & daughter of the traveling family. The timeliness of this book is astounding. All passages that touch on the lives of those children traveling to the US will stay with me and one passage about children being put on a small plane will have me wondering for a long time where they were being taken.

Suet624 The author adds the journey of Geronimo and his tribe in the midst of the story and that too was extremely powerful. 1mo
Redwritinghood I‘m the same - the more this one percolates in my brain, the more I‘m impressed with it. 1mo
Suet624 @Redwritinghood what‘s interesting to me is how many times I was about to bail on this! 1mo
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charl08 Loved her non-fiction essay too. 1mo
youneverarrived I have to admit looking back on it it‘s better than I probably gave it credit for. Funny how books can do that! 1mo
Suet624 @youneverarrived I chuckled when I read your comment. I waited a long time to post about a review because I really wanted to give it some time. I hoped the result would be that it had been a meaningful read and ultimately it was. The struggle to keep reading it was real though. :) 1mo
Rachel_nyc Really looking forward to this one! Library is showing my ebook will be “available soon”! 1mo
Reggie Jenny from Reading Envy read a passage from this on her show this past week and it was so fascinating. I wanna read it. Thanks, Sue, for those kind words. 😊 1mo
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Love this line. I‘m quite familiar with a few of these types. 😂😂

Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I get excited when I see that a book requires a list of principal characters and provides a map. Thrilled to be starting this.

Bookboss I loved it. Enjoy! 1mo
Suet624 @Bookboss that‘s great to hear. 1mo
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I read this as part of the Tournament of Books Summer Camp Program. I can‘t “pan” it outright because Choi‘s attempt was appreciated, but I will say that I never cared at any time for any of the characters, the writing, or the concept. I‘m with @DavidDiamond @TheNerdyProfessor who both made me laugh with their comments on the book. My advice? Don‘t bother.

BarbaraBB Such a pity you didn‘t like it. I was just adding it to my wishlist because of @AlizaApp review. I held you both high when it comes to bookish taste. Now I don‘t know anymore 🤷🏻‍♀️😉! Maybe I must judge for myself! 😘 (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB everything that @AlizaApp says is true and I appreciated the attempt that was made to tell this story. However, I just didn‘t like any of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Check it out. I‘d love to see where you fall in the like/dislike scale. 😀 1mo
AlizaApp @Suet624 I understand why this book is not for everyone, so that‘s fair. But I do like when books and stories genuinely surprise me, which this one did. I also love a vengeful narrator. So this one ended up working for me! @BarbaraBB I guess you will have to read it and let us know! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @AlizaApp I guess I will. Both your reactions make me real curious! 💜 1mo
Megabooks I bailed! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this now and I‘m glad to see I‘m not the only one with mixed feelings about it. I just finished the first part and actively dislike most of the characters. I‘m curious to know where all this is leading though. 1mo
Liz_M I need you all to hash tag your ToB reviews so I can read the books vicariously. 😁 I am resisting getting sucked in until I finish my 1001-books goal. 1mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I‘m curious if you finished this one. Your thoughts? 1mo
Suet624 @Liz_M this summer‘s selection of books so far has been meh. Lost Children Archive is one I wouldn‘t have read if not for the TOB though and I definitely think it‘s one to be read. 1mo
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 I did finish and I thought the change in POV in the second part of the book made it much more interesting and thought provoking. I can‘t say I enjoyed the book but I think the fact that even after finishing, it‘s not clear what really happened makes for an interesting conversation. 1mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I agree that the second half made the story more interesting. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💕 1mo
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I love the Vermont Studio Center in the little town of Johnson, Vermont - a 10 minute drive from my house. Writers from all over the world come and some of them even give readings. I‘ll be there with bells on.

vivastory I've seen Ali before. It was a really great reading. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory that‘s so good to hear. Sometimes the authors are really shy and it‘s almost painful to hear them read. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory I saw Ali last night. Great poetry, but even better stories and responses to questions from the other writers in the room. A fascinating man with a wealth of information stored inside that cranium. 1mo
vivastory I'm so glad to hear that it was a pleasant evening. I used to read a lot of poetry, so when I saw him it was quite the experience. 1mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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“Imagine the first person who ever milked a cow. What a strange person.”

saresmoore 😅 1mo
julesG The thought spiral that quote just provoked.... 😵 1mo
Suet624 @julesG Totally agree! 1mo
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NHLibrarian Makes me think of Calvin & Hobbes: “I wonder who the first person was that said ‘I think I‘ll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze them?‘” 1mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian was this notion first written in C & H? 1mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 No idea if C&H was the very first, but I remember giggling over that line 30 years ago 🐄🤓 1mo
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I can see why folks might not like this book, but I appreciated the observations, dry humor, and main character. Mona cleans houses and wanders from man to man and one cleaning job to the next. There are many trigger warnings for those who wish to know that. I needed a novel that would make me chuckle quietly while also allowing me to feel completely connected with the character. This satisfied in that regard.

Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Oh jeepers. A three star read at best. Sorry to have to say that. This photo was from my July 4th trip to the Montreal Botanical Garden where I desperately tried to find shelter in the 97 degree heat. 😂😂 Leaving the US for the day was my tiny form of protest. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB ❤️ 1mo
shawnmooney Kingsolver is way way too preachy for me. :-) 1mo
Econaghan I couldn‘t finish this one. 1mo
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Tamra I bailed too. 😐 1mo
Suet624 @shawnmooney I know what you mean but she didn‘t even attempt preaching this time. 1mo
Suet624 @Econaghan @tamra I wish I were better at bailing. 😁 1mo
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Well this made me stop and do some research. From Wiki: “Camilo Torres Restrepo was a Colombian socialist, Roman Catholic priest, a predecessor of liberation theology and a member of the National Liberation Army guerrilla organisation. During his life, he tried to reconcile revolutionary Marxism and Catholicism.”

jchawkins That's an ambitious reconciliation to attempt. 1mo
Suet624 😂😂 yes, but I get it. 1mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Listening to this tedious novel while weeding and I turn my face to the left and this Luna moth was staring at me.

Dolly Incredible! ❤️ 2mo
JennyM Wow! That‘s a very cool photo to get 2mo
AmyG Wow! Gorgeous. And my dauhter saw a moose in VT yesterday. Everyone is out and about. 2mo
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Suet624 @AmyG A moose!!! Where??? 2mo
KatieDid927 I love luna moths! 2mo
AmyG She was driving to NJ so I can only say.....along that route. I will ask her. 2mo
SamAnne What a great photo! 2mo
Liz_M Amazing! 2mo
Tamra Such a sight! 2mo
Blaire What an incredible photo!!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Cool! 2mo
Lady_Tigana_20 So amazing! 2mo
NHLibrarian Nice! I‘m feeding my neighbor‘s animals and they‘ve had Luna moths by their front door every morning this week. 2mo
Godmotherx5 Wow! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow that‘s a great photo! I‘ve had a Luna moth visit a couple times (not recently) and they are so amazing. 1mo
Suet624 @KatieDid927 it took me a minute to figure out that‘s what it was. I‘ve never seen one before. 1mo
Suet624 @SamAnne @Blaire Thanks! My old iPhone5 still has some magic left in it. 1mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian I wonder why they are showing up now. I‘ve never had one before. 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks thanks. I‘ve never seen one here so I was especially excited. (And stunned.) 1mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 Well, my neighbors left their porch light on, so maybe that has something to do with it? Haven‘t seen any at my house. 1mo
CaramelLunacy What a great photo! 1mo
rohit-sawant Wow, love this! 💚 1mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo! 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll thanks so much! 1mo
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Thanks to @kspenmoll I was asked to pick my top 6 of the last 6 months. Poet X was a reread and it still delivered. 3 non-fiction, 3 fiction.

squirrelbrain The Library Book was in my top 6 too! ❤️ 2mo
batsy Cassandra and Normal People are also some of my most memorable reads so far! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Loved the Library Book ,need to get to Rooney 2mo
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AmyG I guess I need to read Poet X. 2mo
Christine Loved Poet X, Library Book, and Normal People - and the tagged intrigues! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m interested in both of your non fiction picks!! ❤️🙌🏻 thanks for sharing & posting 💋 2mo
Cinfhen I did read & love 2mo
Redwritinghood I keep seeing “Say Nothing” on a lot of lists. I‘m about halfway through it right now and it‘s quite good. 2mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. :) 2mo
Suet624 @batsy So glad we're on the same wavelength. :) 2mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I always smile when I think of Library Book. It satisfied me in such a deep way. 😄 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG Oh gosh, yes, please do. I read it and then listened to it. I'll be touching base with it again, I'm sure. 2mo
Suet624 @Christine I'm so glad you liked those three. We are clearly sympatico! The tagged book is possibly an acquired taste but I think of it often. 2mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen The tagged book is one to take your time with. It got under my skin and I felt I was wandering with the tribe. 2mo
Suet624 @Redwritinghood I really, really liked Say Nothing and I talk about it all the time with anyone who will listen. :) 2mo
kspenmoll Sue 3 of those I am still waiting to read; now I will try and get to them this summer. The Library Book, Normal People, Poet X 2mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll I feel such pressure! I hope you like them. 1mo
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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If you see this woman, run. She is a soulless woman with no moral compass. The book is well written. I had already watched the documentary so I felt that I knew most of the information already. It‘s an intriguing and disturbing story of the unbelievable gullibility of sooo many supposedly intelligent people. I felt particularly sad for the grandson of George Schultz who kept trying to warn Schultz. Schultz consistently believed Holmes.

MicheleinPhilly Every time someone referred to her charm I thought, “Are we talking about the same person?” She‘s creepy AF. I hope she rots in prison for decades even though I know she likely won‘t. 2mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I know! I saw some news recently that she‘s just gotten married to some young rich guy. She had that same creepy look to her. 2mo
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This quote was in Shapiro‘s book. I‘ve been thinking of it a lot lately as my son tells me of the folks he leads on multi-sport adventure trips. People who are out of their element can either panic and blame the leaders for their discomfort or they can live fully and embrace the challenge. Ultimately, though, by the end of the trip each person has had the experience of a lifetime. Embrace the no-man‘s-land!

Leftcoastzen I love Pema Chodron 2mo
ValerieAndBooks This is a great and thought-provoking quote. 2mo
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The young man in this book credits San Martin de Porres Velázquez for healing his injury. I looked him up: “[He] was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony.” I think I‘ll start chatting with him about that racial harmony bit.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like someone we should know more about. 2mo
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I may change my mind later, but this was a so-so for me. I am generally a Shapiro fan, but this one almost felt self-indulgent. Blasphemy! I know! She raises interesting questions about paternity and brings to light early practices of artificial insemination and for that I am grateful. 😀

Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚📚 2mo
NHLibrarian Happy birthday!! I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and having a lovely day. 2mo
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Suet624 @NHLibrarian Thanks so much!!! The weather couldn't be nicer. The kids, however, could be a little less whiny!!! 2mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen @redwritinghood Thanks so much!!! It's been a wonderful day. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m glad you‘ve had a good day 🎂! While her story is interesting, it has recently been discussed in various articles so often that I feel no need to read the book now. 2mo
Reggie Ohhh, Happy Belated Birthday Sue!!! I hope you got some 🎂!!! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie Thanks so much, Reggie. In fact I had 2 cakes! Gluten free and sugar free. 😁😁 2mo
kspenmoll Apparently I missed your birthday!!!😩 what date is it exactly? 2mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll June24th. 😁😁 2mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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This is my face after finishing this book. 😂😂😂 What the heck? I so enjoyed the snarky Harriet and then what happened?? 😂😂😂 l loved the first half a lot. #NYRBBookClub

merelybookish Cutie! 2mo
GatheringBooks same - last half was too way out there for me. can‘t wait to discuss. 2mo
Suet624 And of course Vermont would pop up as the place for crazy guru-types to live!! 2mo
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vivastory I'm pretty sure this is the face of, "On the scale of one to even, I can't" ? 2mo
vivastory 😂😂I thought of you when she mentioned Vermont 2mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! Her expression is priceless! ❤️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Hahaha! The girl who reads! 2mo
saresmoore Cutest meme ever!!!! 😍♥️😍♥️😍 2mo
batsy This face is the best review ever 😁😍 2mo
Suet624 @saresmoore Haha. She's a cutie, for sure. :)
Suet624 @batsy Have you read this book yet??? I wonder what your face will look like. :) 2mo
Suet624 @batsy Have you read this book yet??? I wonder what your face will look like. :) 2mo
Suet624 @wanderinglynn She's actually annoyed that her buddy sitting next to her in the stroller just took her flower. :) 2mo
wanderinglynn Aw, poor her. I‘d be annoyed too! 💚🌻 2mo
Reggie Lolol 2mo
emilyhaldi Is that your precious angel baby?!?! 😍 love her lewk, too 😏 2mo
emilyhaldi And I agree!! The first 2/3 of the book was so enjoyable for me... and then WHAT 😳 2mo
Suet624 @emilyhaldi That's my granddaughter, Gracie May. We hang out with each other 5 days a week.
BarbaraBB That look! Great review in word and image! 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 thanks! 2mo
Jeg What a beautiful face and lucky you getting to hang out with her so often. 😍 2mo
rohit-sawant Adorable! 😄 2mo
Izai.Amorim Poor me, I‘m the only one who didn‘t enjoy even the first half... 2mo
Izai.Amorim I think her face is saying, I‘m more mature than that lady, Grandma... 2mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim I‘m sorry you didn‘t enjoy the book. I can understand why. 😁 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Three words to sum this book up: lack of respect. She respects no one‘s boundaries or feelings. Maybe because she doesn‘t know what respect is. No self respect. Everything hidden under a thick coat of wit. But it stops being funny when you realize why she so badly needs to direct the criticism toward others. 2mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim agree with the lack of respect. Desperation is what I felt. 2mo
kspenmoll She is so damn cute. Those eyes!!‘ 2mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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I ordered my #NYRBBookClub selection from Better World Books. I wasn‘t expecting to receive a discarded library book from West Virginia. 😂😂 I wonder what those patrons thought of the book back in the 70‘s.

Theaelizabet 😂 2mo
Leftcoastzen Wow, that‘s something. 2mo
charl08 Oh, I love those old stamps. Sometimes I get reserve stock books from the library and they go back decades. Impressive survivors of so many readers (or at least, borrowers). 2mo
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Suet624 @charl08 that‘s so cool! 2mo
DeeLew I bought another edition of The Outsiders on ThriftBooks and it ended up being an old high school library copy. Love it! ❤️ 2mo
vivastory I agree with @charl08 I love the stamps 2mo
batsy That is a very cool copy! And kind of a treasure :) 2mo
emilyhaldi Oh wow!!! Boy would I love to know their thoughts too... 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
BarbaraBB Very cool! 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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1. I read Gone With the Wind faster than I read this one.
2. I‘m really glad I read Say Nothing before I read this one. I had a deeper understanding of the nuances of the location and the people she spoke of.
3. I was claustrophobic and anxious while reading much of the book.
4. I loved the main character.
5. I think I‘ll try listening to the audio just for the fun of it.
6. I like the book more after finishing it than while I was reading it.

Theaelizabet Great thoughts! 2mo
Niso The audiobook is a wonderful experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it 2mo
Izai.Amorim I liked the itemized review! 2mo
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TheEllieMo I really did not like this one when I was actually reading it, but it has stayed with me more than most novels 2mo
Suet624 @TheEllieMo Yes, I imagine the same thing will happen with me. It‘s immersive and atmospheric. 2mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Haha. Thanks! It seemed like the only way to say all of that. 2mo
Suet624 @Theaelizabet Thank you. 😀 2mo
Suet624 @Niso That‘s what I keep hearing. I look forward to it. 2mo
BkClubCare #1-6: me, too! Tho, #2: I read Say Nothing after reading Milkman, and #5: DO! The audiobook is terrific and went fast. (Listened after I finished Say Nothing.) 2mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare what did you think of Say Nothing? 2mo
Hooked_on_books Nice review. I couldn‘t get past page 20 of this one, I‘m afraid. 2mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books I completely understand why. 2mo
Readerann This was a strange one. I THINK I liked it. 🤔 2mo
Suet624 @Readerann I kept thinking the same thing while I was reading it. I definitely wouldn‘t hand it out to all my friends but I enjoyed it once I was finished with it. 😁 2mo
Rachel_nyc Having heard so many good things about the audiobook, I went on my library waitlist after reading the print version. I think it should be available in the next couple of weeks and I can‘t wait to re-enter that world in a different way. 2mo
batsy No 6... I like that. Some books certainly are likeable more when reflected upon than during the actual reading. It's an interesting point! 2mo
Suet624 @batsy 😁 that‘s why I rarely bail on books. Often I have a different reaction once I complete it. 2mo
batsy Re: bailing, me too :) 2mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 - I was fascinated by Say Nothing but Milkman enhances the history with emotion and depth. 2mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare yes, true. 2mo
Reggie I liked the fact that nobody is what they seem at first in this book. The mother and the actual milkman aka the guy who could never love another. The maybe boyfriend. I got a kick out of the wee sisters. I‘m glad you liked this, Sue. 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie True, true. The maybe boyfriend was a surprise. And the idea that you couldn‘t marry the one you were in actually in love with because you might lose them ... 💕 (edited) 2mo
BkClubCare She just wanted to walk and read her books!!! Leave her alone! 😊 (I keep seeing the expression “beyond the pale” and I‘m pretty sure I had never heard it before or at least had not “thought” on it. Was wondering if a Brit saying but saw it in an article in Elle mag yesterday! 2mo
BkClubCare And wee sisters were absolute best. 2mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare 😂😂 2mo
Izai.Amorim Question: Are you on GoodReads? 2mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Yes, but I generally just keep track of what I read on it. Wait. I just looked for you! You‘re an author??? I just followed you. 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Great. I‘ll send you a friendship request. I don‘t use GoodReads much but they have private messages, which I miss here. There‘s a question I wish to ask you. Yes, I‘m a writer, Two published novels, the third one being edited right now. I‘m slowly learning the art... 2mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim hopefully I‘ll figure out how to accept a friend request! 2mo
Izai.Amorim You will! 2mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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While we were reading this book for the NYRB Bookclub, I kept chirping away about my twins, about how close they were, and about the imminent marriage of one of them. I wondered what it would be like if either had been like Cassandra and how fortunate we all were that they were so independent and overjoyed by the joy of the other. Because I'm still basking in the glow of the wedding, I thought I'd share this photo of Max and Louie.

Melissa_J They are handsome young men 😊 2mo
britt_brooke So handsome! 2mo
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mklong So glad you shared this! You should be so proud. 2mo
sisilia 😍 Gorgeous! 2mo
Suet624 @mklong Thank you. I'm not as much proud as just completely in love with both of them. :) 2mo
sprainedbrain Love this!!! 2mo
GatheringBooks awesome photo! very good-looking young men. 2mo
kspenmoll Such handsome young men & so lucky to have each other & the live between them!!! 2mo
batsy What a beautiful picture! 💕 2mo
merelybookish So handsome! And it looks like it was a lovely day for a wedding 2mo
Reviewsbylola Very handsome boys! 🥰 2mo
Leftcoastzen So handsome! It must be incredible raising twins. 2mo
Mariposa_Bookworm They are so handsome! Sons are so special. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Such a lovely photo! ❤️ 2mo
Christine Beautiful photo! 2mo
robinb Such a happy picture! You are blessed, and they are as well to call you “Mom”. Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Texreader You should be proud of these boys!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Thank you for sharing this picture. They look lovely and I can imagine how proud you are of them. You did a good job 😉😍😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ♥️ 2mo
Hooked_on_books Goodness, they‘re so handsome! 2mo
LeahBergen OMG. What gorgeous boys! 2mo
Rachel_nyc Very handsome and obviously handsome gentlemen! Glad neither of them is a “Cassandra”! 🤣 2mo
saresmoore They look great, Sue! 😍🥰 I‘m so happy for you and excited for the new chapter that‘s just begun! 2mo
emilyhaldi So handsome!!!! 💙 2mo
youneverarrived Very handsome! Gorgeous photo ♥️ 2mo
Theaelizabet What a terrific and happy photo! 💕 2mo
readordierachel 💕💕 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Great picture 💕! 2mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful picture! 2mo
Cinfhen They are adorable!!!! Congrats 2mo
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The Joyous Season | Patrick Dennis
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I am having the hardest time reading. I spent a week with family and friends in Boulder and the Chautauqua cabins at the base of the Flatirons to celebrate the marriage of my son and new daughter-in-law. There are no words to describe the joy and love that surrounded the 150 who attended. I feel as though I was in heaven and have now crashed down to earth. I want to be on permanent vacation with all of my loved ones.

JoScho What a beautiful couple! Congrats! 2mo
vivastory Congratulations, Sue! I can only imagine how proud you are! 2mo
youneverarrived Beautiful ♥️ 2mo
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Ddzmini Awe beautiful 😋 2mo
BarbaraBB Oh Sue they look so happy! I can imagine it‘s hard to get back to reality 💜 2mo
Amiable Congratulations! 2mo
sprainedbrain Lovely! Congratulations to your family! 2mo
LeahBergen What a gorgeous photo! 2mo
Izai.Amorim Congratulations! 2mo
Cortg Congrats! What a beautiful photo. I want to be on a permanent vacation, too! I'm exhausted. 2mo
Jas16 Congratulations! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Congratulations!Wonderful photo! 2mo
Redwritinghood Congrats! 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory Proud? Not sure that's the right word. :) I'm just so darn happy to have this wonderful woman in our life, happy that my son has so many loving, tender friends, blessed to have had such a wonderful experience. (But I know what you mean...)
Suet624 @Cortg I hope you can find some quiet time this weekend. 2mo
Reggie How were the toasts? And did you cry? And was there a person in attendance no one could explain? Congrats, Sue!! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie I gave a toast on Friday night that had people crying. Louie's twin gave a speech on Saturday that had people laughing hysterically and crying at the same time. There was a very tender moment involving the bride's brother who has Down's Syndrome that had everyone crying. (It involved the three of them exchanging leather bracelets so he was now officially married to two people he loves deeply.) There was one person dressed all in black!?? 2mo
Reggie That‘s so sweet about the brother! 2mo
Bookzombie Beautiful photo! 2mo
kspenmoll It was heaven.💕 2mo
batsy Congratulations! ❤️❤️ Such a lovely description of the wedding—it must have been beautiful. 2mo
Kaye Congrats . A beautiful couple ! Wishing them a lifetime of happiness. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks aww, congratulations ❤ !! 2mo
rohit-sawant Lovely post! Congratulations, Sue! 2mo
Suet624 @rohit-sawant thanks so much! 2mo
Suet624 @batsy it was. I still haven‘t recovered. 😁 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This book is difficult to stay focused on when you‘re in an airport and have been traveling since 4:30 am. Dense and rich, but best read in a quiet place when you‘ve had a good night‘s sleep. 😁😴

AmyG Are you travelling for a wedding? 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG I am! Looking forward to a week of partying with 150 of my favorite folks. 😁 2mo
AmyG An introverts dream 🤣 2mo
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AmyG Sending you a big hug and congratulations! 😘😘😘 2mo
Tanisha_A Yes, this book demands a relaxed body and mind. Have fun on your trip! 2mo
Theaelizabet This book does demand a lot, but is so worth it. Enjoy! 2mo
JennyM Safe travels 2mo
readordierachel Hope you're able to get some rest and enjoy it properly. Have a good trip! 2mo
Suet624 @JennyM thanks so much! 2mo
Suet624 @readordierachel thanks! My son is getting married so We‘ll see how the reading goes. 2mo
Suet624 @Theaelizabet I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m also really glad I read Say Nothing first. I would have missed some of the references. 2mo
readordierachel How fun! Congratulations to him! 2mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thank you so much. 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG thanks for your help on the dress! 😁 2mo
AmyG You will have to send me pictures when you get back home. Enjoy. It will be wonderful! 2mo
Reggie Have fun, Sue!!! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie I thought I replied to you! Thank you. I feel as if I have been to heaven and just crash landed back on earth. I want to be on permanent vacation and hang with family and friends in the love fest I just experienced. 2mo
Reggie We joked about about pot brownies and glazed over eyes, we were cool, lol. I‘m glad you had a good time!!! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie oh right! Why don‘t I see that on this thread?? 2mo
Reggie It was on a different thread I think. I think it was on a TrishB post. 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie holy crap! What a memory you have!!! You‘re right. 2mo
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I love the Tournament of Books. I love that someone before me had the idea to tag this book for a blurb about the ToB. And on this gray overcast day I love the mug that just arrived.

Suet624 @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s so bright! A lovely thing to wake up with. 😀 3mo
BarbaraBB Great great mug! I‘m afraid I won‘t have time to read all books but I‘ll follow your thoughts! 3mo
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The only audiobook immediately available from the library. Not what I expected. Researched information on dating. It‘s all a little mind boggling to me. This app, that app, the inability to talk with people face to face. I‘m old and seriously out of the loop. Not sure exactly why he wrote this book and I‘m not sure why I listened to it. But the garden is a lot happier as I weeded with vigor and muttered about some of the info.

Reggie I just want you to know I would read your memoir. Especially if phrases like “weeded with vigor” are in it. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie Haha. I‘ll get right on that. I just unpacked a bunch of journals from my early years. Lots of juicy tidbits to write about. Right alongside all those years of heartache. 😀 3mo
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A Place to Read | Leigh Hodgkinson
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Don‘t intend to inundate Litsy with Gracie photos, but this girl finds any place she can to read. A painted brick beside the swing and slide set that her buddy Leander is playing on? Yes please. A book is always in hand.

AmyG She is so big.....and so absolutely adorable. ❤️ 3mo
wanderinglynn I love her red hair! #redheadsrule ❤️ 3mo
saresmoore And why wouldn‘t you?? Inundated away! I‘m so in love. 3mo
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Suet624 @AmyG She‘s growing so fast! And while Leander is a year older, Gracie is taller than him already. (edited) 3mo
Suet624 @wanderinglynn That hair and her smile bring a sparkle to my week. 😀 3mo
Suet624 @saresmoore Aw, thanks. I‘m glad you don‘t mind. 😍 3mo
Leftcoastzen So adorable!😀 3mo
batsy Brightens up my tl with those rosy cheeks and her book in hand ❤️ 3mo
Tanisha_A This is the happiest and cutest post! 3mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
youneverarrived Cute! 💗 3mo
Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
minkyb Never too many photos!
Suet624 @batsy 😻 3mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A I'm so glad you liked it. 😄 3mo
ValerieAndBooks ❤️❤️❤️ and her red hair 😍! 3mo
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Best Friends | Bonnie Brooke
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Gracie and Leander share time with this book, pointing out pictures to each other. It‘s just about the only thing they share with each other. 😀😍🤷🏻‍♀️

BiblioLitten Adorable! 🤗🤗 3mo
DivineDiana So sweet! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I love that they‘re still best friends ❤️❤️❤️! 3mo
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Tamra Super cute! 3mo
Smrloomis Soooo cute! 😆💕💕💕 3mo
Reggie Sweet baby angels!! 3mo
readordierachel Awww ❤ 3mo
britt_brooke So sweet! 3mo
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I grew up near Boston and watched from afar as the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland. I thought I knew what was going on. It‘s clear now I knew only a small part. Keefe does an exceptional job of reporting on the war that was waged on so many sides and the repercussions for those involved. He provides the long view that we can only now see and tells the story in a way you connect with almost immediately. A brilliant book. Now on to Milkman.

Theaelizabet This book and Milkman are my top nonfiction and fiction reads of the year, so far, and likely to remain so. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Milkman. 3mo
Suet624 That‘s so good to hear. I‘m enjoying Milkman so far. Love Burns‘ style of telling the story. 3mo
Tove_Reads I‘ll start reading it anyway now. 3mo
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The Wish Tree | Kyo Maclear
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This probably looks more like a Halloween post, but it‘s all about the tagged book. After reading the book the schoolchildren walked to the library and put their wishes on the tree. Community members are encouraged to do the same. (Frankly it‘s been so gray and rainy that a colored photo would look pretty much the same.) 😀

MelissaSue81 This book made me cry so much. 3mo
Suet624 @MelissaSue81 oh no! I‘ve never read the book! Now I‘ll have to check it out. 3mo
Reggie So, your wish would be for warmer weather? 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie Haha. Less rain, for sure. But the flowers are finally starting to open. All will be right with the world soon. 💕 3mo
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When the U.S. (sort of) tried to do good in the world.

Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It‘s not a knock your socks off book, but definitely an enjoyable read. I especially liked the interview format. Read it for one of the summer selection of books of the Tournament of Books.

Tera66 I'm planning on getting this on Audible next month! 3mo
Suet624 @Tera66 I‘ve heard the audio is great!! 3mo
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