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Tamra

Tamra

Joined October 2016

I love literary fiction!
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A fun romp through a classic 1950‘s mystery! Thanks @Cathythoughts for posting about it. 🕵️

Cathythoughts You read it 😁!! We just read it for Bookclub last month. It was a reread for me and I loved it all over again. 6h
Tamra @Cathythoughts this would make a great movie! 2h
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Fayne: A Novel | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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I looked forward to reading a chapter of this chunkster each night. It is suspenseful, atmospheric, gothic, historical fiction with a couple of twists. It begs questions about what is “natural”, essential identity, and belonging.

Fayne lies within a disputed region between Scotland & England. Resolution either way will dissolve the title, which is central to the main idea.

I‘m a tad disappointed with the end, it was unnecessarily drawn out.

slategreyskies Wow, this looks amazing! I‘ve never heard of it before. Stacking! 9h
Tamra @slategreyskies I don‘t know why it doesn‘t get more reader attention, maybe the length? 9h
slategreyskies Maybe. I checked my library for it, and they don‘t have a copy at any of their branches. That surprised me, because it looks like something people would enjoy reading. I‘m considering putting in a request for a copy. 9h
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Tamra @slategreyskies shoot! I‘d request it and keep an eye out for a second hand copy. 9h
slategreyskies I think I will! Good idea! :) 9h
batsy This really sounds intriguing! I remember adding it to my list after @merelybookish review and will bump it up 😊 9h
sarahbarnes Great review! Like @batsy I was intrigued by the review of this from @merelybookish and this is a reminder that I still want to read it. 😊 7h
LeahBergen I loved two of this author‘s previous books and have this one waiting on my shelves. It may not be so well known because the author‘s Canadian? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6h
Cathythoughts This is a great review X. I already have it stacked. @LeahBergen and previous books good too. I‘m more than curious now ❤️ 5h
Tamra @batsy @sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I hope you are immersed as well when you get to it. 😁 2h
Tamra @batsy @sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I hope you are immersed as well when you get to it. 😁 2h
Tamra @LeahBergen crazy thing is I had Fall on Your Knees on my bookshelf for years and unhauled it. 🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️ (edited) 2h
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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Each time I pick up this book to read I think of Mr. Greene.😭

“‘Unfortunately, it was a moment of sanity. All the rest seems madness to me.‘” #Perspephoneclub

andrew61 Yes, especially being married to the dreadful Mrs greene. 1d
LeahBergen I had to come back here to comment as I just read that part this afternoon! “I watch you from the upstairs windows”. Eek! 😱 I was cringing with secondhand embarrassment. 🤣 1d
Tamra @andrew61 yikes, yes! 1d
Tamra @LeahBergen 🫢 I felt so badly for him, but at the same time if I were Celia I‘d feel a tad weirded out afterwards ever being outside or standing in the window. 1d
LeahBergen Exactly! 6h
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Aside from Fahrenheit 451 in another lifetime, I don‘t believe I‘ve read anything else by Bradbury. This is the choice for my next IRL bookclub; one of the members rereads it each spring. 🤞🏾 I‘m not usually too keen on child protagonists, but I have read in reviews the language is enchanting.

KathyWheeler The language is enchanting. I listened to it, which I think enhanced that part of it. 2d
AlaMich I love his short stories. I‘ve never read his novels; I should fix that. 2d
Tamra @AlaMich this “novel” is a series of connected short stories about a boy‘s summer. Maybe give it a go! (edited) 2d
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Read this for IRL book club and I think I was the only one who liked it! It‘s a difficult tale to summarize but it‘s about the human condition. The absurdity he envelopes it in doesn‘t hide the sadness & consequences of loneliness. I read the prologue 3x because first, Vonnegut bares his soul in his own detached way, and second, it encapsulates the story which follows.

This is my first Vonnegut and I‘m glad to have read it.

Tamra It is scathing in the sense he criticizes all of our futile attempts to fill emotional voids with consumerism and conquest. But it also appears our misguided natures carry on into the afterlife. 🫢 (edited) 3d
TheBookHippie I‘ve found ppl love or loathe his writings. I read his earlier stuff in my younger years, I‘ve not read anything published after 1980s. 3d
Tamra @TheBookHippie I can definitely see he would be a cilantro writer! 3d
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Ruthiella Great review! “Cilantro writer” 😂 I love him and his exasperation at human behavior, but for sure understand why some don‘t like his works. I‘m glad you liked it though. 👍 3d
Tamra @Ruthiella which is your favorite? 3d
Ruthiella I‘m certainly not even close to becoming a completist (yet). Bluebeard was my first and my favorites are Galapagos, Ca‘s Cradle and the most famous (edited) 3d
Tamra @Ruthiella thanks for the tip! I really should try Slaughterhouse Five. 3d
Leftcoastzen I adore him ! He just gets it . I couldn‘t pick a favorite. I probably should reread, see if I still agree with myself. 😄 3d
Tamra @Leftcoastzen I‘m sometimes afraid to reread for fear of a book not holding up. 3d
Leftcoastzen @Tamra me too! 3d
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Redemption per the kids for the green chile cornbread recipe from the tagged book - a “tamale” pie. My daughter reports the chiles are covered up. 😜

Freezing remainder of the cornbread for a future pie. #Mtcookbook

TheBookHippie ♥️👩🏻‍🍳 5d
Texreader Mmmmm!! 5d
LeahBergen That sounds delicious! 5d
mabell I‘m glad it redeemed itself 😂 4d
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Sticky Honey Chicken & Green Chile Cornbread is what‘s for dinner. Smells fabulous in the house! #Mtcookbook

TheBookHippie Yummmm 7d
mcctrish I LOVE cornbread with my whole heart 7d
Tamra @mcctrish it was delicious but the kids didn‘t like the green chiles. 🙄 Now I need to think of something to top it with so they‘ll happily eat it . 😆 (edited) 7d
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mabell I don‘t think it would work with the chicken, but I make panzanella with leftover cornbread 😊 This sounds yummy by the way! 6d
Tamra @mabell I was thinking perhaps taco fillings - using the cornbread as a base. 🤔 Kind of an inverted taco pie or perhaps crumble the bread on top of the filling & melt cheese. 6d
lazydaizee This looks tasty, save some for me. 6d
mabell @Tamra You can never go wrong with taco pie or melted cheese 😄 5d
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I Cheerfully Refuse | Leif Enger
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Mehso-so

Speculative meanderings with the MC - not really in my wheelhouse.

This wasn‘t the reading experience of Peace Like A River, but to be fair I read it decades ago and no doubt my preferences have changed.

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Buffalo chicken chili for an easy win on #Mtcookbook!

Kids were not thrilled with the beans, but husband and I loved it! After reading the ingredient list on a bottle of Buffalo sauce I opted for regular hot sauce instead.

julieclair Sounds yummy and easy. My kind of recipe! 2w
mabell Oooo and topped with bleu cheese! 2w
Tamra @julieclair it‘s a perfect weeknight meal. 2w
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Tamra @mabell that would be husband, not me! 😜 2w
mabell @Tamra it isn‘t for everybody! 😂 2w
julieclair Thanks for sharing the recipe in your photo. I‘ve screenshotted it and will add it into our meal rotation. 😀 2w
Tamra @julieclair you are welcome! 2w
TheBookHippie Oh! I want the pork and beans chili next page 😅🙃👩🏻‍🍳 (edited) 1w
Tamra @TheBookHippie want me to post a pic or email it to you? 1w
TheBookHippie @Tamra either -my email is christinethebookhippie@gmail.com 🤍 THX! 1w
Tamra @TheBookHippie check your inbox. 😁 1w
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Keeper | Graham Norton
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Mehso-so

Vanilla flavoring. It was entertaining enough to continue listening through to the end, but I won‘t likely remember it.

Hooked_on_books That‘s too bad, but what a cool cover! 2w
Cathythoughts Yes I think his last one was like that too. I enjoyed it to a certain extent , but wouldn‘t be rushing back for more. 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts @Hooked_on_books I liked the setting a lot, but I wasn‘t sitting on the edge of my seat. I‘d be willing to listen to another. 2w
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Content Bookstore | Northfield, MN (Bookstore)
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I was just taken for an absolute joyride of an April Fool‘s joke by Content with their newsletter announcing a name change to align with the city slogan, along with other new tidbits & links. Husband & I spent 15 minutes discussing and I even looked at the new commemorative sticker more than once before reading the label.

Hook, line, & sinker. 🤣🤣

jlhammar 😆 That‘s a good one. 2w
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All the Little Bird-Hearts | Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
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There is a palpable tension and anxiety that builds in this novel because the MC Sunday seems so vulnerable, though there isn‘t anything explicitly threatening in it. I could feel how Sunday‘s rich inner emotional life conflicted with the flat affect of autism she presented. It was a relief when she quit struggling to conform to social expectations and allowed herself to just be. Worth a reread!

Tamra So interesting that verbal communication is a barrier, but not sign language. Loved that mutually accepting relationship! (edited) 2w
Aimeesue Verbal communication can be harder, I think, because there are SO many shades of meaning, which change depending on intonation, body language, facial expression, relationships, etc, etc. That takes a lot of processing. ASL can be just as nuanced, but it also isn‘t used as a word-for-word language, so can be easier to grasp the concept/ideas without getting so bogged down on denotative meanings. Often cuts out a lot of the “noise” in communication. 2w
Tamra @Aimeesue that makes total sense. Thank you! 2w
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️ I have it stacked. 2w
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Lojman | Ebru Ojen
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What?! 😳🫨😬😵‍💫 I am not going to pretend to understand this descent into madness & rage & starvation, in all of the senses of these words.

“The way everything belongs to nature, malicious and beautiful.”

Tamra Fever dream is an apt description. Soft pick. (edited) 2w
Cathythoughts Soft pick , hmmmm 🤔. Sounds a bit disturbing. I‘m thinking about it … meanwhile , I‘m loving your Easter eggs in the background 🐣 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I wouldn‘t delay reading other books you are eager to get to for this one. 😏 It is disturbing. That is our one & only Easter decoration. 😄 (edited) 2w
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Yup!! 😋 All Corner Pieces Baked Pasta #Mtcookbook

You know those delectable crispy & chewy pieces of pasta around the edges of any baked pasta dish? This is a whole sheet pan of them. Brilliant!

I‘m going to crisp it up even more next time.

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3w
TheBookHippie Yummmmm 3w
JenReadsAlot That sounds amazing!! 3w
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jewright That looks so yummy! 3w
Captivatedbybooks Omg this looks sooooo good 3w
Ruthiella That looks amazing! 😋 3w
ShelleyBooksie Looks delish!!! 3w
ShelleyBooksie Is the recipe in the tagged book? 3w
Cathythoughts Yum 😋♥️ 2w
Tamra @ShelleyBooksie yes - I love the book, it‘s a favorite. I recommend checking it out of the library if you can to see if it‘s a fit for you. The recipe is easy; make your favorite red sauce pasta, pour onto sheet pan, dollop on ricotta, fresh mozzarella bits, & Parmesan cheese. Broil for 5-7 min. 2w
mabell That‘s creative! 2w
LeahBergen I want!! 2w
Amiable This looks fabulous! 😍 2w
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Lojman | Ebru Ojen
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Wishing I could be done working to start this one! I‘m intrigued by the blurb. 🫣

Jeg Interesting cover. Your cat seems fascinated too. 3w
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We Are Light | Gerda Blees
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I am really surprised I haven‘t seen or heard more about this book! First, Blees is a poet so each word matters. Second, the structure is wonderfully imaginative in that the story unfolds over 25 chapters, each having a distinct voice, including that of inanimate objects. (Imagine the translation work! 😅) Finally, it was inspired by a true story, sadly.

It‘s the type of book that leaves an impression & something to think about. 👍🏾👍🏾

Tamra The best chapter is the one in which the story is the narrator! Complaining about Blees. 😆 (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know this book has been translated. I was obsessed with these people at the time. I followed them on Facebook and saw them getting thinner every day. I was really afraid another one of them would die. 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds fascinating. Stacked. 3w
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Tamra @BarbaraBB I recommend it! It‘s really bizarre what some damaged (presumably)people will cling to. 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is, in a sad strange way. (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @Tamra I already read it, in Dutch. I didn‘t know it had been translated in English! 3w
Tamra @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad it was translated! 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Is there anything more comforting than memories of your grandmother? This cookbook & banana bread recipe is from my grandmother. I‘ve tweaked it of course; the secret to moist banana bread is crushed pineapple!

batsy 💜 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 3w
Ruthiella I‘ve never added pineapple, but I always use more bananas than the recipe calls for. 😋 3w
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The New Family Cookbook | America's Test Kitchen
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#Mtcookbook Indian spiced lentils last night for dinner. This will be a repeat as a quick & easy flavorful meal. For heat lovers, need to boost it up with either fresh or dried chiles.

Not going to show a pic of the lentils because they aren‘t at all visually appealing, especially since they are the green variety. 😜

TheBookHippie 😂🤣😅 4w
mabell Red lentils are harder to find! 3w
Tamra @mabell you are right! I typically buy mine at Ethiopian shops, but most international groceries carry them. I don‘t know why they aren‘t more popular because they are quick cooking. 3w
mabell @Tamra I agree - and prettier 😄 Here I get them in the bulk section of a local grocer or at Whole Foods 3w
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Proposed bill in MN to ban banning books in schools & public libraries! I hope it passes! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/03/21/ban-on-book-bans-introduced-in-minnesot...

I‘ll be even prouder to live on a blue island in a sea of red.

JenP I‘m on school committee in my town (in a very blue state) and last week we got our first request to ban two middle school books. I never thought I would see that here. And I‘m only hoping it comes to our vote before I leave school committee so I can deny the request. My term is over in May (edited) 4w
Tamra @JenP 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾 4w
KathyWheeler My guess is that the people requesting the bans haven‘t even read the books. 4w
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Tamra @KathyWheeler nope. 🙄 4w
dabbe Go, Minnesota! May the purple state of AZ follow your lead. 🤩🤩🤩 4w
jlhammar Me too! I was very pleased to hear about this. 4w
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My Phantoms | Gwendoline Riley
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To sum up this story of mother daughter estrangement: bleak. 😕

LeahBergen Your review made me laugh. 😆 4w
sisilia Oh no, definitely not after Bleak House 😝 4w
lazydaizee This sounds like a sad story. 4w
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Middlemarch | George Elliot
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Is this the perfect novel as some describe it? Not in my humble opinion, but there are some really insightful observations about human nature and relationships. Some had me guffawing out loud!

One of my favorites:

“He took a wife, as we have seen, to adorn the remaining quadrant of his course, and be a little moon that would cause hardly a calculable perturbation.” 😂

BarbaraBB Oh yes. Loved this! 4w
Balibee146 I read this decades ago for uni and remember nothing lol. Must revisit many a classic to read for fun. What a beautiful edition. 4w
Cathythoughts Great quote 😂 4w
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Tamra @BarbaraBB I enjoyed being immersed in Middlemarch each night before falling asleep. I will miss it! 4w
Tamra @Balibee146 yes! I read it decades ago and couldn‘t remember at thing. Like brand new. 🤣 4w
Tamra @Cathythoughts there are quite of a few little zingers in it. 4w
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Win some, lose some. These “cupcakes” had fabulous flavor, but the texture was chewy & doughy. My fault surely for using whole wheat & white flour. I will try again with oat flour. Also, I have no intention of making the tofu frosting. (Too much fuss for me.) Just a light lime glaze will be enough. To be fair, Jane does disclose these aren‘t the light & fluffy cupcakes people have come to expect. They‘re more akin to dense muffins.

#mtcookbook

mabell Tofu frosting? I‘ve had tofu chocolate mousse but that‘s about it 1mo
Tamra @mabell I‘m can‘t be bothered. 😆 I‘m a lazy baker truthfully. 1mo
Jeg That looks like a lot of work. I sometimes buy a cupcake from a gluten free bakery. They are very dense compared to the usual. 4w
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Broken River | J Robert Lennon
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Page turning literary thriller. I enjoyed it @Cathythoughts!

I‘m not sure what to make of “the observer” though. 🤔 Interesting it turns out the women are the “better” characters.

Cathythoughts Yes , literary thriller. The Observer is watching it all , I‘m not sure either. A witness of some kind. I‘m reading another one of his now , Subdivision, and there‘s another observer, only it‘s a crow this time. I like this writer though 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts the narrator‘s whine for the daughter was super annoying. Apropos for 12 year old whining. 😜 I will look out for your review of Subdivision. Definitely an entertaining writer and wasn‘t a gimmicky thriller like some. 1mo
Cathythoughts Thank god ! Not a gimmicky thriller… I‘m so over them. I had a terrible dislike for the 12 year olds father. Interestingly I have strong feelings ( of compassion) for a character in Subdivision. This writer is making me feel strong feelings. 1mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts oh he was just plain disgusting! 🤢 1mo
jlhammar I think I need this one - sounds good! 1mo
Tamra @jlhammar I thought it was entertaining - hope you do too! 1mo
BarbaraBB He is such a good writer. One of my current favorites! 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB I‘m going to have to check out more. 😁 1mo
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We Are Light | Gerda Blees
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The premise of this is so intriguing and the first chapter has left me wanting more! I‘d rather be reading than working. 🥲

Cathythoughts This looks good. Stacked 1mo
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Secrets of Salsa: A Bilingual Cookbook | Mexican Women of Anderson Valley
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10/10 Korean Tacos with Fresh Cabbage Salsa

No question we‘ll be making these again! #Mtcookbook

KathyWheeler That looks delicious! 1mo
TheBookHippie Yum. 1mo
Deblovestoread Yes, I did take a screenshot of your recipe. Looks sooo good! 1mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Achingly beautiful writing. Superb! 💙

Davies sets this novella in Scotland 1843 during the Great Disruption (church rebellion) and the Clearances (mass removal of poor rural tenants). John Ferguson is hired to remove Ivar, the sole tenant of an Orkney island and the only home he has ever known, to be replaced by sheep. Things happen…….I can‘t share more.

I thought I knew where the story was going, but at each turn I was surprised!

squirrelbrain Great review! Now, can I squeeze it in, in between all of the Women‘s Prize books? 🤔 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain 😅😅 It will be here waiting! Like all of Davies‘ work, it‘s short and you can read it in one sitting, but I wanted to savor it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Stacked already. Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 1mo
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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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“There are no wrong books. What‘s wrong is the fear of them.”

Just watched the 60 Minutes segment on the effort to ban books, nationwide and in Beaufort, SC. I loved the fact community members volunteered to read the books in question!

Proof is in the pudding about motives. Has nothing to do with liberty and everything about control. The school district already has a form parents can submit to restrict access for THEIR OWN CHILDREN.

KathyWheeler It‘s beyond me why people think they have the right to restrict access to books for anyone but themselves and their own children. 1mo
elkeOriginal This sh*t ENRAGES me. Ban fascists, not books! 1mo
batsy @elkeOriginal This! What an upside down world, it's nuts. 1mo
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Funnybones | Allan Ahlberg
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Bahahaha a YouTuber I watch says she has to stop buying books because she has a huge unread pile - 8. 8 is a pile. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

LeahBergen Eight??? Oh, that‘s precious. 😂😂 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh, bless her - she hasn‘t got a clue. 😳 1mo
Bookwormjillk That‘s not even a stack 🤣 1mo
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5feet.of.fury I take “buying breaks” a couple times a year because I don‘t like to have too much of a backlog …but 8 is a really low number. There‘s always more than 8. 1mo
shortsarahrose I have eight books currently being read in a stack on my end table 😆 1mo
TheLudicReader 🤣 seriously. Times that by about 80 and you'd have my tbr and I still keep buying. Lol 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence 8? Mere child‘s play! 1mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 1mo
MaureenMc Bless her heart. 😂 1mo
rockpools 😂😂😂 1mo
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 EIGHT! 1mo
CSeydel 🙃 1mo
xicanti I once had a Twitter chat with someone who felt bad about her 7 unread books and was SHOCKED when I told her I‘d fought my TBR down to 75. (These days I‘ve got 12, which is more than I‘d like but still nowhere near a lot.) 1mo
Hooked_on_books Eight! Oh dear. She must be rather young. Though even when I was young, I had more than 8 TBR books. 1mo
Captivatedbybooks I have books on my TBR from like 2000 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Leftcoastzen I make no attempts to count books on my TBR 😂 1mo
CarolynM She‘s just not trying, is she? I‘ve added twice that number to my collection in the last week alone😆 1mo
Deblovestoread Maybe when I was 8? 😂 1mo
Bklover 🙄🙄🙄 wow. 8?!?! (edited) 1mo
quietlycuriouskate Wow! It's a whole other world, isn't it? 1mo
janeycanuck You can‘t even stub your toe on 8 books! 😂😂😂 1mo
TheLudicReader @CarolynM right? And she calls herself a booktuber. Pffft. 1mo
Suet624 Oh Lordy. 1mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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All other reading is coming to a screeching halt today! 👏🏾

Davies became an auto buy author years ago after reading Redemption of Galen Pike. Every single story in it was 10 for me. Since then I‘ve read all her other writing and I sound like a fan girl. 😂

Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
TheKidUpstairs This one sounds so good. It releases here in April, I've got my pre-order in! 1mo
Tamra @TheKidUpstairs @Cathythoughts I couldn‘t wait and ordered it from Blackwells! 🤭 1mo
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AmyG I have been seeing this everywhere. Stacked! 1mo
batsy Nothing better than an author to fangirl over 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain I requested this on NG, and got it, but the Women‘s Prize lists have taken over! 1mo
jlhammar Can't wait to hear what you think! I loved West. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Love it when a beloved author has a new book! 1mo
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Heads-up! $1.99 on Kindle in the US. 😁

Based on the blurb and reviews, looks to be a compelling read.

squirrelbrain It‘s a great book! 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain I saw you liked it. 😄 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved this one too! 1mo
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Tamra @squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly did you see she has a new novel out? I think that is why this one is on sale. (edited) 1mo
Aimeesue Sounds excellent! Just picked it up! 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh I really enjoyed this one. Great deal for you 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts A new novel out ? I must investigate immediately ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly my mistake! So sorry to get your hopes up, I misread the date! 😏 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds just like something I‘d do 😁 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😅 I‘m so glad I‘m not alone! I didn‘t see you had already read this one. That‘s funny because I thought you might like it when I read the blurb. 😆 1mo
Tamra @Aimeesue 👏🏾👏🏾 1mo
Cathythoughts I didn‘t put up a review at the time… I have a few reviews I must catch up on 🙈 but you thought right , I liked it 😘 1mo
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Naptime | Elizabeth Verdick
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Just because I‘m procrastinating……sharing nap time pic.

squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Gissy 🐶❤️😻❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen I want to squeeze in there for a nap with them. 😆 1mo
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dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 1mo
batsy So cute! 1mo
jlhammar Aw, love that. So sweet. 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain @Gissy @LeahBergen @dabbe @batsy @jlhammar these two are a riot together! The cat “plays” for the $, while the dog leaps around and fake jumps him. It‘s like watching Big Time Wrestling. 😂 I‘m tempted to get the dog a kitten bc there would be no end to the crazy house. 1mo
dabbe @Tamra They are too adorable for words. 🖤🐾🐾🖤 1mo
mabell 🥰🥰 1mo
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Laugh out loud moment when Renkl mistakes a vacuum cleaner clog for a long sought after owl pellet.

A “Hoover pellet.” 🤣🤣

jlhammar That part cracked me up 😆 Really enjoying reading a section/essay each week. 1mo
Tamra @jlhammar I‘m going to read it the same way - perfect! I have had some catching up to do though. (edited) 1mo
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Mehso-so

Read for IRL book club. It is a David v. Goliath memoir: organic farm vs. the weather, residential development, and a Koch Industries pipeline.

It is well written, but memoir isn‘t my genre unless the life and events are way outside the scope of my world.

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I was so sure this was based on a literary short story or novella! I guess not, it fooled me. 🙃 It‘s a love story, but not one you‘d expect.

Still it has all the vibes of great story telling. It‘s beautifully filmed and the acting is terrific.

@Cathythoughts gorgeous scenery off the west coast of Ireland - I thought of you. ☘️

Cathythoughts Thankyou 😘💚 1mo
Jess I love this movie so much. If it is on, I can‘t turn it off. So good. 1mo
jlhammar Good movie! 1mo
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Andrea313 Written and directed by a playwright, though, and definitely has a very literary quality about it! 1mo
Tamra @Andrea313 no wonder! That explains it. 1mo
sarahbarnes This was a great film! 1mo
batsy Gosh, I've been meaning to see this (my to-watch list getting as long as my TBR 😅) 1mo
Tamra @batsy I can‘t really read on the treadmill, so my treat is to watch videos. 😁 1mo
Suet624 The scenery was beautiful but I thought the story was incredibly sad. 1mo
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Berries & Biscuits served with ice cream. It definitely needs cream of some sort as the berries are tart. 😚😚 Thumbs up for this and the teriyaki salmon because both recipes were easy & teen approved. 👍🏾

#Mtcookbook

Cathythoughts Yum yum yum 😋 1mo
Ddzmini Looks good 😊🙌🏽 1mo
mabell This looks delicious! 1mo
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Eeeewwwwwww 🥴

Leftcoastzen Exactly! A great read 1mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen I‘m loving it already. 1mo
Cathythoughts Stop ! Help 😳. I must read it. 1mo
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LeahBergen This book is SO GOOD. A real favourite of mine. @Cathythoughts , you must read it! 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I might have seen the movie , or I‘m mixing it up with something else. Either way , I‘m ordering it @Tamra ❤️❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts yay!! I only just started it, but I think given the reviews it‘s going to be great! 1mo
BarbaraBB So good❤️❤️ 1mo
jlhammar Such a good book! 1mo
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As always, snorts & chuckles out loud to accompany Smith‘s astute observations about humanity. Reading the principle characters is like returning home to a warm hug, even with their sometimes annoying quirks.

Wit & wisdom, that‘s an apt description.

Not every book in the series has a 5 star plot, but devotees don‘t care. 😄

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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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I‘d like to get this one in print because the prose is akin to an elegy, a plea really, to awaken us to the beauty & fragility of our planet. 🌍

And this cover!!

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😘 I went in blind and was pleasantly surprised. 1mo
Tamra I had to continually remind myself this is a piece of fiction, though apparently well researched. Very realistically written. (edited) 1mo
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batsy Sounds good! 1mo
squirrelbrain I have this on loan from the library, in case it makes the Women‘s Prize long list, but I think I‘ll read it anyway…. 1mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain it‘s definitely worth it! 1mo
Tamra @batsy poetic, really beautiful. 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB Just starting this one. Happy you loved it! 1mo
Reggie Stacked. 1mo
Tamra @Reggie I hope you like it. It‘s a quiet meditation. 1mo
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Not at all book related, but I finally got to watch this on Hulu. 😭😭

I could learn a few things from Fred.

Then I fell into a rabbit hole watching interviews with Hanks about making the movie.

BarkingMadRead This was so well done! My mom and I went and see it in the theater when it first came out. So good! 1mo
jlhammar Great movie! 1mo
Tamra @BarkingMadRead agreed! I wasn‘t expecting it to have much a plot. @jlhammar 1mo
Cathythoughts I must look out for it. I love Tom Hanks ❤️ 1mo
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I love how Smith has created the idiosyncratic characters of this beloved series.

“Sniff” 😂

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#Mtcookbook on a roll! Enchiladas for dinner last night. The sauce could use more heat for husband and I, but that‘s adjustable by adding a hotter chile powder.

We fell in love with the food in NM - couldn‘t find a bad meal if we tried. 😋 The best is anything “Christmas”, with both red & green chile sauces.

LeahBergen I fell in love with the food there, too! And yes to anything served “Christmas” style as I could never decide if I wanted the red or the green sauce. 😆 1mo
willaful My husband described being in China that way, that they hadn't learned how to make bad food yet. 1mo
Cheshirecat913 Love NM food. I prefer green in general, but red for certain things. But for sure, smoother it all in chile. 😄 1mo
mabell I haven‘t made enchiladas in years - this sounds so good! 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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A story about the importance of identity and memory, especially of loved ones.

I almost bailed in the first third because the inhumanity of war is so very much in the present. I couldn‘t take much more, but then I was swept up in the mystery of the postcard.

tpixie @tamra yes the war part is so tragic and real. It was hard. I‘ve got another 1.5 hours to listen/ read. (edited) 2mo
Tamra @tpixie especially the parts involving the children. 😩 2mo
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tpixie @Tamra yes!!! 🥺😩 2mo
jlhammar Just getting started. Based on what you and others have written, I‘m ready for an emotional read. 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes, the first part was very hard (and hit me hard, as ever). The other parts felt so different and yet it all works so well together. I really loved it. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to it ❤️ 2mo
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I expected this to be as delightful as the cover, sadly it was not.

Honestly, it was me and not the quality of the collection. My impression is winter in the UK is generally more akin to early spring in the upper Midwest of the US, so it was difficult for me to relate to as a seasonal nature read.

Caveat, 23/24 “winter” will go down as the winter that wasn‘t.

quietlycuriouskate I'm not sure we actually get Winter here anymore. I'm on the northern edge of the West Country and what passes for Winter is more like several months of November: rain, some wind, lots of leaden-grey nothing-doing. 2mo
Tamra @quietlycuriouskate 😕 It definitely appears weather patterns are changing for all of us. 1mo
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Gochujang for the win last night! (I used rice & added various veggies - not at all photogenic.)

This cookbook has the types of recipes I like, bold flavors & relatively easy.

#Mtcookbook 🏔️

LeahBergen Yum! 2mo
mabell That looks like winter comfort food! 2mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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🌟I loved every minute I spent with this love letter to a piece of land, a forest. It ticked off all the boxes for me: historical fiction, nature writing, short stories, and a bit of the gothic.

I will not be surprised if it wins the Pulitzer.

Now I‘m off onto the interwebs to find A Registry of My Passage Upon Earth.

Tamra I already feel a book hangover coming on…..😳 2mo
AmyG Sounds about right! 2mo
jlhammar Yay! I‘m so looking forward to this. Strongly suspect I‘ll feel the same. I enjoyed his story collection. I also have this one waiting on my shelves 2mo
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Tamra @jlhammar I think you will like it! 2mo
batsy I wasn't sure if this was for me but your review has convinced me 🙂 2mo
Reggie So much to live in here. Glad you liked it! 2mo
Tamra @batsy this might be a cilantro book. 😜 I happen to love cilantro! I definitely recommend the print because it has photos & drawings. 2mo
Tamra @Reggie 💙 yes! I was pleasantly surprised by the nature writing and I loved the ending! That‘s a difficult task. 2mo
daena I absolutely loved, it really is something special. 2mo
Tamra @daena 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review. I‘m nearly finished and agree wholeheartedly ❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you. 😘 It‘s one to be savored slowly, but Saturday morning I gobbled up the final few chapters. Let me know how you liked the ending - I thought it was fitting! (edited) 2mo
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This was an amazing adult Mac & Cheese! Served it with asparagus last night. 😋

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*Confession, this is a new acquisition from Target. We did not specify for the challenge we couldn‘t acquire & use new cookbooks. 🤣 It‘s just use the cookbooks on our shelves, and well, it‘s on my shelf now! How do you like my justification??

TrishB Justification sounds perfect to me. 2mo
Tamra @TrishB 😉 2mo
mabell This sounds so good! I love goat cheese 2mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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I just rewatched season 1 of the screen adaption of The Handmaid‘s Tale and I have to say, there is some serious sh*t going on in the US today that uncomfortably resembles Atwood‘s dystopia. On multiple fronts. 🥹

Leftcoastzen It seemed so dystopian when I read it upon publication, after the show & a reread recently, it‘s far too close to what‘s currently going on. 2mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen eerily so. I keep thinking about how Atwood was relating about all the precursor events and nobody paid attention or said anything. It‘s the frog in the pot. (edited) 2mo
Leftcoastzen Indeed . Every time a story came on TV or radio that leans this direction, a little thing in my brain goes click! 2mo
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Suet624 It‘s frightening. 2mo
Texreader 😫 2mo
batsy It was a mistake for me not to have read The Handmaid's Tale sooner; now I'm scared to because of how relatable it might feel. Like I just read this recently and it's harrowing and all too real 😓 2mo
Tamra @batsy it‘s still worth reading or watching! I need to get my hands on Parable. 2mo
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#Mtcookbook Citrus sauce for fish. I‘m glad I doubled it for another meal tonight as it will make a good dressing or marinade. It has an ever so slightly bitter edge from grapefruit juice, but is balanced out by the soy sauce, ginger & garlic paste.

I realized I haven‘t posted about this book in 6 years! 😅 I love the format; it‘s a casual, inspirational approach to cooking. Very flexible.

mabell That sounds bright and fresh! What fish did you use? 2mo
Tamra @mabell it was cod - but the sauce would be good with any fish, including shellfish. 1mo
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I do not want to put this down. I‘m racing through it! 😭

Suet624 Oh, I felt the same way. So good. 2mo
daena Such a fantastic book, enjoy! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. 2mo
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Reggie Awww yayyyy! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m reading it now too .. I really didn‘t know what to expect, But I love it ❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Suet624 @daena @Hooked_on_books @Reggie @Cathythoughts I‘m forcing myself to stop after a chapter or two. 😅 (edited) 2mo
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I expected to love this novel because at the outset the humor seemed delightfully cheeky! (Pun intended) 😢 Sadly, there was something about the writing that felt disjointed and I couldn‘t find the flow. I got almost 3/4 of the way thru and skipped to the last chapter to see if I could tell where the MC ends up. Seems a rather morally dubious ending. @Jess_Read_This

Ruthiella You gave it a fair chance. 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella could have been wrong time. Just never know! 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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LeahBergen Well, I‘m unstacking it now! 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Still, when you‘ve got to bail you‘ve got to bail 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Jess_Read_This Oh yes. The ending was not good! 1mo
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