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thebluestocking

Joined January 2018

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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I really enjoyed this story of Lundy‘s goblin market world. McGuire is just so good with the details of these worlds. As per usual in this series, most of the action takes place off stage, but I didn‘t mind. I listened to this, which was excellent, but I think I need to read the physical book to understand the ending a little better.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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I‘m still really loving the Wayward Children series. In book three, we‘re back at the school. Some old faces and a couple new ones embark on a quest of mind bending proportions. I loved the characters, but the plot itself was a little out there. Still, a lovely addition to the series.

Marina_h The first book was my favourite but I love this cover 😍 4d
Jee_HookedOnBookz Gorgeous cover! 3d
thebluestocking @Marina_h It is stunning. I think the first two in the series are tied as my favorites. 3d
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Isn‘t it? I love the design of the whole series. 💙 3d
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Alice | Christina Henry
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Look what the amazing @Jee_HookedOnBookz sent me!!! I didn‘t (but should have) guessed that this book was Alice, by Christina Henry. I‘m sooo excited!! I‘ve wanted to read this one for a long time due to all of the Litsy love for it. Thank you so much, Jee. This made my week!!! #LitsyLove

AlaMich I have those notecards!! 5d
umbrellagirl Love, love, love the 🦔 card! 5d
thebluestocking @AlaMich @umbrellagirl The card is adorable!!! 💙 5d
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyyy! It finally arrived! Got worried for awhile! 😅I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! 😊 Pls tell me I included a bookmark with it! I'd hate to think I didn't! If not I'll include it in my next reply to you! Enjoy Alice! ❤️ ❤️ 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 3d
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz I don‘t see a bookmark, but you sent me a bunch with your last letter! I think I‘m going to delve into the book this weekend. 💙 3d
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01. Jonathan Unleashed, Off the Rails
02. The Peach Keeper
03. Utah daisies 🌼

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Jonathan Unleashed | Meg Rosoff
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My #dollarstore #bookhaul from the other day! Isn‘t it lovely how they color coordinate? I ❤️ Lauren Graham and originally read this on audio from the library, so I needed my own copy. And I ❤️ Meg Rosoff and didn‘t even know about this book, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I love great finds like this! I mean a dollar each! Wow! Bravo, Jessica! 2w
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Me too! Thanks, Jee. 💙 (edited) 1w
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Your swap package is headed out today, @PagesByTheWater! I was so excited, I got it done early!!

#graphicnovelsandmangaswap

PagesByTheWater 😳😱 2w
PagesByTheWater That is so fast an amazing thank you!! I‘m in HI shopping for yours now! 2w
KatieDid927 Now I‘m feeling behind! 😉 Nah I‘ve actually gotten a lot done thus far! 2w
thebluestocking @PagesByTheWater Ooh so fancy!! I can‘t wait! 2w
thebluestocking @KatieDid927 It‘s still super early! 💙 2w
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The Peach Keeper: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I always find Sarah Addison Allen‘s books to be comforting, easy reads and this was no exception. While not my favorite of hers, I enjoyed this town and its characters. I just wish there had been more about the grandmothers and club women and less about the romantic interests.

wanderinglynn I agree with your review. Love her books, but this wasn‘t my fave either. More about the grandmothers & club women would‘ve made it a better story in my opinion 2w
thebluestocking @wanderinglynn Totally. It seemed like a story about women and their bonds that got sidetracked by romantic subplots. 2w
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01. I‘ll read just about anything with a strong recommendation!
02. Jane Austen or maybe Rainbow Rowell.
03. I like themes but definitely don‘t need one.
04. Harry Potter
05. Not really, though sometimes kids in peril get to me.
06. Either one but, if forced to choose, sweet.
07. I like clean books, but would love notes on post-its.
08. Sure!
09. Yep.
10. A few Funko Pops but not much else.

#mysterymessageswap @TheReadingMermaid

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🎨 Purple or grey
📚 Literary fiction
📷 Reading, of course, but also memory keeping
🍎 Apples with peanut butter or cinnamon candy
📺 Gilmore Girls
🎞 Rory & Lorelei

#graphicnovelsandmangaswap #gettingtoknowyou @PagesByTheWater - I‘m so excited to be your match! Thank you for organizing such a fun swap. 💙

PagesByTheWater I‘m very excited too! I hope this‘ll be fun for everyone! 2w
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This was a reread via audio for me. I love this series, and this book in particular is a lovely tale of two misunderstood sisters and what they find when a magic door opens to the Moors.

rmaclean4 Love this series ❤️❤️ 2w
thebluestocking @rmaclean4 Right? It‘s so good! 💙 2w
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Home decor has never been my strong suit, and I would like to get better at it. Smith offers a simple methodology for determining how to make each space functional first and pretty second. Her concept of quieting a room (removing EVERYTHING except the largest pieces of furniture to reassess) seems particularly helpful. I‘d recommend this to anyone wanting decor help, even if you‘re not into minimalism.

aschermetz I use this method in my home and it works great! We just re-did our living room by quieting the room for weeks! 3w
thebluestocking @aschermetz That‘s awesome! Did you read her books or get the technique from somewhere else? 💙 3w
aschermetz @thebluestocking The book, for sure! It is well-loved in my house. 2w
thebluestocking @aschermetz Yeah. I got it from the library, but I think I need to buy it!! Thanks for sharing your experience. 2w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This is what I read in April. My two five-star reads were Normal People and The Deeper the Water, with Theft by Finding, Daisy Jones, and Down Among the Sticks and Bones close seconds.

#aprilwrapup #monthlywrapup #aprilreads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 📖💖 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm on waiting list for Nomal People on my Libby! And I plan to read Theft too! 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz And congrats on such a great month! 3w
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Last night, on a whim, I went through my bookshelves and did a purge. I tried to be brutally honest about books I will likely never read, didn‘t like when I read them, or will likely never return to. The result is the removal of these 250 books. #bookpurge

Redwritinghood Wow! Good job! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
mreads Now you've got room for new books 😁👍 3w
TheSpineView So hard, but sometimes hard choices lead to good things. 3w
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BookwormAHN Good job 👏🏻 3w
TheLibrarian Wow! Great job and send me some of that motivation/will power! 3w
Tamra Yay!! It feels great right? 3w
Theaelizabet Respect! 3w
twohectobooks Bravo! 3w
Emilymdxn Well done! I always feel good after sending some books out into the world to be appreciated by other people 3w
thebluestocking @Redwritinghood Thank you!! 💙 3w
thebluestocking @mreads Yes I do! Though I might try and consolidate and remove a bookshelf. 😱 3w
thebluestocking @TheSpineView I agree. Though I might let these sit for a few days to make sure I‘m sure. 😉 3w
thebluestocking @TheLibrarian Sending those vibes your way! 3w
thebluestocking @Tamra It does! It actually helped relieve some stress. 💙 3w
thebluestocking @twohectobooks Thank you. 💙 3w
thebluestocking @Emilymdxn That is an excellent way of thinking about it. 💙 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Well done, my friend! 👍🏼👏👏 I've been wanting to do this like forever! 3w
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
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Outer Order Inner Calm | Gretchen Rubin
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My criticisms of this are similar to what I‘ve seen from others. There is nothing new here. I‘m a Gretchen Rubin fan generally, but this just seems like a blatant attempt to profit off of the current tidying/minimalism craze. I have read widely in this genre so nothing here is fresh, but I do think this could be a good, quick starting place for some people.

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01. The Moth Presents All These Wonders
02. This Is Me, by Chrissy Metz
03. Summer, by Karl Ove Knausgaard

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 3w
thebluestocking @rachelsbrittain I really enjoy this meme. Thank you for doing it every week! 💙 3w
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I picked this up yesterday after hearing @ReadingEnvy recommend it on her podcast. I raced through it and loved it. Two sisters deal with the fallout from their parents‘ lives and neuroses. Apekina weaves their stories and separate and shared experiences with a deft hand. I‘m realizing that I love this kind of story that shifts perspectives.

ReadingEnvy So good! I'm glad you liked it too!! 4w
thebluestocking @ReadingEnvy Thanks for the recommendation. 💙 3w
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Giant Days | John Allison, Whitney Cogar
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I enjoyed these short snippets of college life, but it kind of feels like it‘s lacking an overall arc. It‘s amusing and easy to read, but I‘m not sure I‘ll continue with the series.

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I just signed up for the #graphicnovelsandmangaswap hosted by @PagesByTheWater! I‘m so excited!!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg... This is so tempting!! 4w
thebluestocking @PagesByTheWater Hey. I never got a google confirmation of my signup. I triple checked my email address before I pushed submit. Do you have my sign up or do I need to do it again? Thank you. 4w
PagesByTheWater @thebluestocking that‘s so strange! But never fear, I see your response! I‘m away from my comp, but I should be able to email you a copy of your response tomorrow. Thank you for signing up! ❤️ 4w
thebluestocking @PagesByTheWater Thank you so much! 4w
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01. Golden Child; Daily Rituals: Women at Work
02. The House of Broken Angels
03. Historically, purple; lately, cool grey

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Golden Child | Claire Adam
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This has been a slow reading week for me, as I have been distracted by life. But I hope to jump back into the tagged book today. #fridayreads

What are you reading on this fine Friday?

[The hashtag #fridayreads was started on Twitter by Bethanne Patrick.]

TrishB Just started this one 1mo
CouronneDhiver Same! Slow week in reading but I‘m trying to get back in the rhythm 1mo
thebluestocking @TrishB Cool! She‘s a fascinating character. 1mo
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thebluestocking @CouronneDhiver I hope you find the right book! 1mo
Geeklet I have a long day at work ahead of me but I hope to read a few chapters before bed. 1mo
RamsFan1963 Let's see....Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen Ambrose, 1000 Books To Read Before You Die by James Mustich, finishing up It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Also listening to The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. 1mo
thebluestocking @Geeklet I hope you get to! 1mo
thebluestocking @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hopefully the reading picks up for us both! 1mo
thebluestocking @RamsFan1963 You‘re a reading machine! 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I just found out about coxmicology 😅 not good not good... And just started tagged book. So darn good omg Shd I hide away and ignore my kids from now on till I'm done??? 😅😅😅 4w
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz It is dangerous! I haven‘t read Paper Girls. But I‘ve been working my way through Saga and Giant Days. 4w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking just noticed my typo 😅 comiXology 😅 I've not heard of Giant Days! Will check it out ☺️ Thank you! Will also be checking out Saga! 4w
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Happy Mail: Keep in touch with cool & stylish handmade snail mail! | Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, Alex Bronstad
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Responding to #LitsyLove mail today! I‘m all caught up now, and I‘m loving getting to know these lovely ladies better. Once I obtain a few more stamps, responses will be on the way to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @canndor @bkclubcare @weeziesbooks @Stacypatrice @CoffeeNBooks @lapreader @whatsthEStorey @robinb @Jee_HookedOnBookz @iread2much

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 1mo
robinb 😊👍 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Stacypatrice 💌💛🙃 1mo
iread2much 😄 1mo
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Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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I signed up for the #mysterymessageswap hosted by @TheReadingMermaid! I love the idea of filling a book full of fun goodies. Go check it out!

TheReadingMermaid Awe thanks sweetie 😘 I think we're going to have a lot of fun with this one 😊 1mo
thebluestocking @TheReadingMermaid Me too! Thanks for hosting!! ❤️ 1mo
TheReadingMermaid You are most welcome 🤗 1mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy I signed up too! 💃🏽💃🏽 1mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Yay! It sounds really fun. 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking yes it does! ☺️ 1mo
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I loved Daily Rituals, so I immediately purchased the shiny new sequel! For some reason, I‘ve always been drawn to accounts of the creative process. (And I love how the two volumes complement each other.) 😍

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I ended up liking this book so much. It felt like a transcript for a VH1 special, but in a good way. In a real way. I wanted to hear the music, but at least I got the story. #botm

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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The 2019 Pulitzer‘s were announced today. The Overstory took the medal for fiction, and The Great Believers and There There were finalists. #pulitzer

I DNFed The Overstory, liked a There There, and loved The Great Believers. Maybe I‘ll give The Overstory a second shot.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so thrilled for Rebecca Makkai, although I wish her book would have won. 1mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraTheBibliophage I wish her book won too!! 1mo
Rachel_nyc I would have loved to see The Great Believers win as well but am thrilled it was a finalist. I actually really enjoyed all three of these very different novels. 1mo
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mklong I admired Overstory more than I enjoyed it, but I think it‘s a worthy winner. I was rooting for Rachel Kushner though. 1mo
thebluestocking @Rachel_nyc It is nice that these books got recognized. I think I will have to give The Overstory another shot. I did really enjoy the first part@that was almost like short stories. 1mo
thebluestocking @mklong I liked The Mars Room too! 1mo
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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This is a remarkable book about how we treat animals. This was my second time reading this aloud to my kid, and we both liked it even more the second time around.

bookseller_cate Apparently Angelina Jolie‘s children love this book so much, she‘s optioned the film rights. 😊📚 1mo
thebluestocking @bookseller_cate Thats cool! I think a movie would be interesting. 1mo
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1. Still on Daisy Jones & The Six.
2. 😘
3. ❤️😉😂

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I finally restarted the tagged book last night after several weeks of vacation, illness, construction, and a shiny new book (I‘m looking at you Normal People) derailed my first attempt. #fridayreads

What are you reading today?

[The hashtag #fridayreads was started on Twitter by Bethanne Patrick and is now a regular social media thing.]

TrishB This one 1mo
thebluestocking @TrishB That looks interesting. I have not read very many WWI books. ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘d love it, it‘s such a powerful, sad book! I‘m reading 1mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB It does look like my kind of book. And I‘ve always meant to read Dubus but never have. ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh I think you‘d love him. I don‘t know about this one yet but I loved his 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really loved this character study of Marianne and Connell‘s relationship. The writing is unbelievably top notch and pulled me in from page one. Plus, it managed to stick the landing and left me feeling melancholy but also understood. #botm

Jee_HookedOnBookz Some enjoyed it some didn't... Glad you did! ☺️ 1mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Me too! It really worked for me. 1mo
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This was a case of the right book at the right time. I loved dipping in and out of Sedaris‘s personal journal entries. And it worked particularly well as a vacation read. He‘s an amazing writer and an astute observer. This book inspired me to start journaling again and to seek out other compilations of journals.

NoConcernsForCarol I love his books when you are engulfed in flames is my favorite of the three I‘ve read so far. Though it‘s hard to pick a favorite when he‘s so funny and quirky in each book 1mo
thebluestocking @NoConcernsForCarol He is pretty funny. This had a bit of a different tone, but you could see where his ideas start. 1mo
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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My Round 4 #LMPBC book has come home. The consensus on this seemed to be “weird but interesting.” Thanks for a great round @leslieseidel @Ingerella @Whimsical.Curiosity!

I sent off my Round 5 book (Maid) about a month ago to you @BookishMarginalia. Did it arrive okay? I haven‘t received my April book yet. Is that coming from you @LazyDays? I‘m excited to read the books you ladies picked. @WanderingBookaneer

leslieseidel It was a great round!! I just got my book back too! 1mo
thebluestocking @leslieseidel Yay! It‘s fun to get it back and see the comments! 1mo
Ingerella I really enjoyed our round, and the comments in my book were SO great! (Agatha Christie book) I thought about sending it around again just so you all.could read the conversations you were having! @Whimsical.Curiosity @leslieseidel 1mo
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LazyDays Yes it is. I am behind (as usual 🤦) sorry. I should be sending it out tomorrow. I am not really on Litsy much anymore, so you cam always email me lazydayslitsy gmail. I haven't received a book either. @WanderingBookaneer @BookishMarginalia 1mo
WanderingBookaneer I am sending my today! 1mo
thebluestocking @Ingerella Ha! I get that feeling too! I want to see what everyone thought about the other books! 1mo
thebluestocking @LazyDays No worries! I just wanted to make sure I didn‘t miss it! 1mo
thebluestocking @BookishMarginalia I just remembered you posted about my book‘s safe arrival!! Sorry about forgetting! 😳 1mo
BookishMarginalia No problem! It‘s hard to keep track of the many different things we have going on. (edited) 1mo
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Saga Vol. 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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This one got the series back on track for me after an off volume four. I‘m still interested to see where this goes.

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The Strand | Ellen Santilli Vaughn
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Strand swag from my first pilgrimage. It was as lovely as I thought it would be. #thestrand

AmyG The best! 2mo
Crazeedi Some day I'll go there... 2mo
ScientistSam Love it! 2mo
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Here‘s what I read in March. Saga bumped up the numbers a bit. While I enjoyed almost everything, my favorites of the month were two rereads: Mixed-Up Files and Every Heart a Doorway.

#marchwrapup #marchreads #monthlywrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 2mo
juliegumdrop Fantastic! 2mo
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01. Theft by Finding; Daisy Jones & The Six
02. Two rereads: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Every Heart a Doorway
03. Normal People, by Sally Rooney

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was an easy #botm pick for me this month. I‘ve been hearing such good things about this book and this author!

What did you pick?

nomadreader Same as you! 2mo
Reviewsbylola If I rejoin again I‘ll def be picking this one. 2mo
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Saga, Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I‘m still enjoying this series, but I found this one to be a bit more scattered and hard to follow.

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1. Idaho/Oregon/Utah
2. London 🇬🇧
3. Cleave 😉 (Saga)
4. Umm. Utah is known for jello?
5 ❤️

Thanks for the tag, @Ruthiella! @SailorMoon #frideas

Ruthiella Jello! 😀when I was a kid no church potluck was complete without at least one or two Jello salads! 2mo
BarbaraBB Hi! I am travelling through Oregon and Idaho this summer. Do you have any recommendations? I‘d love to hear them... 💕 2mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB That sounds fun! I‘m from south eastern Idaho. If you‘re going to be in the Idaho Falls/Rexburg area, Heise Hot Springs is fun. In Oregon, Multnomah Falls and the gorge are my favorite. And Powell Books in Portland, of course! For Oregon beaches, I love Astoria, Lincoln City and Newport (with a stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for ice cream). 2mo
BarbaraBB That is so helpful, thank you!! 😘 2mo
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Saw this today at a local bookstore. 😍

TheSpineView That is so cool!😍 2mo
thebluestocking @TheSpineView Isn‘t it? Sadly, I had no cash or coins on me at all. 2mo
GypsyKat Love this! 2mo
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mrsmarch 😍😍😍 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's cute! 💛 2mo
merelybookish So fun! Did you get one? 2mo
TheSpineView @thebluestocking Next time then! 2mo
thebluestocking @merelybookish No. Sadly I didn‘t have any actual money with me. 😢 2mo
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A short and sweet celebrity memoir. I liked Metz‘s personality and her reading of the audio book. She shares about her life, her weight, and her success.

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Truth about Stacey | Ann M Martin
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I‘ve been playing around with BookRiot‘s quizzes again. Turns out, I‘m Stacey! She‘s one of my favorite members of the babysitters club. Which one are you?

https://bookriot.com/2019/03/20/baby-sitters-club-member-quiz/ #bookquiz

dariazeoli I got Stacey, too! Surprised! 2mo
thebluestocking @dariazeoli ❤️❤️👍 2mo
Blaire Mary Anne. Not surprised. She is who identified most with as a kid. 2mo
thebluestocking @Blaire I loved her too. And Tigger! 2mo
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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I have so much love for this series! This was a reread for me, this time on audio. I loved revisiting these characters and feeling their ache for the wonderlands they had to leave. ❤️

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Mehso-so

This book is a somewhat random collection of observations from the no nonsense, aged between 80 to 100, Margareta. While it‘s adorable and short, its advice boils down simply to clean up after yourself before you die so others aren‘t stuck with your mess.

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Winding up the night with some puppy snuggles and the book club book I need to finish by Thursday‘s meeting.

#dogsoflitsy ❤️🐶

valeriegeary Looks just perfect! 🤗 2mo
thebluestocking @valeriegeary It was lovely. ❤️ 2mo
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Mehso-so

I thought this story of a Connecticut cricket finding a home in Times Square was okay. My kid, though, quite enjoyed it. I was disappointed by the ratio of male to female characters (only one woman out of at least ten characters). The writing and the story were fine, but it is not a book that will stick with me. #battleofthebooks

DivaDiane You know, that didn‘t even occur to me. I read this as a child and loved it and Harry Cat‘s Pet Puppy very much, that I was probably a bit blinded by the nostalgia. That said, there are some important female characters in Tucker‘s Countryside and Harry Cat‘s Pet Puppy. 2mo
thebluestocking @DivaDiane For some reason, I‘m super sensitive to that lately. Especially where, in this book, it would have been easy to make the cat female or one of the Chinese characters female. But it‘s nice to know it maybe balances out in the other books. 2mo
DivaDiane Oh, I don‘t know if it really does. And, while I‘m not trying to make excuses for them, I do tend to cut older books by men some slack when it comes to this issue. They didn‘t know any better. As long as it‘s not actually offensive, and there are other good messages, I‘m ok with it. Books written today get held accountable to a much higher degree. 2mo
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thebluestocking @DivaDiane I do get that and try to cut some slack too. If it‘s a good book; it‘s a good book. But it‘s hard when your daughter asks why there are little to no female characters in some stuff. 2mo
DivaDiane That‘s a good point. My son never wonders that sort of thing. I should probably point that out, whenever possible. On the other hand, he doesn‘t mind at all if the main character is a girl. 2mo
thebluestocking @DivaDiane I think the fact that our kids are reading will (hopefully) translate into greater empathy all around. ❤️ 2mo
DivaDiane Yes! My hope exactly! 2mo
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1. Before We Were Yours and Daisy Jones & The Six 📚
2. On the Come Up ⬆️
3. Night 🌙

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Jee_HookedOnBookz How are you liking Daisy so far? 2mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz I haven‘t gotten to it yet!! It‘s just sitting in my nightstand waiting for me. Soon! ❤️ 2mo
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Truth & Beauty | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this book. I‘m an Ann Patchett fan, and the writing here was excellent as usual. But there was something a little cold, a little removed, in this book about a friendship. Lucy seemed like, frankly, a drag, and there wasn‘t a lot of introspection from Ann. But I found it to be a quick and interesting read.

CoffeeK8 If you want a deeper insight into their friendship, you could read Lucy‘s book. I read it before patchet‘s and really loved it! (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking @CoffeeK8 it‘s definitely in my list! Does Ann make an appearance in it? 2mo
CoffeeK8 @thebluestocking yes! But it‘s also more about her childhood 2mo
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#fridayreads The tagged book is what I‘m reading as we head into the weekend. It‘s a book club pick. I‘m not loving it so far, but I‘ve seen many glowing reviews. What are you reading today?

[The hashtag #fridayreads was started on Twitter by Bethanne Patrick and is now a regular social media thing.]

TrishB This one - good so far!! 2mo
thebluestocking @TrishB Ooh. That one sounds good!! 2mo
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Aimeesue This one is GORGEOUS. And informative. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I'm in between a few books (for the first time lol coz I. Usually read one at a time 😅). Just so frazzled at the moment 😩 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane & How Long til Black Future Month (which is totally out of my comfort zone 😅) 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh another rone is an eARC whcuy I really need to finish soon 😐 2mo
thebluestocking @merelybookish I‘m into books about racism lately. I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
thebluestocking @Aimeesue It looks lovely!! ❤️ 2mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz I hate it when that happens!! But a little break can be good. I hope you get into one or both of them! 2mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz That one looks cool! Mayan folklore is a good hook. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking thank you! I hope so too. And yeah the eARC is good so far! 😊 Have a good weekend, Jessica! 2mo
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Pickpick

I liked this boisterous and sad book about a large Mexican-American family and their dying patriarch. While it was sometimes hard to keep the characters and their relationships to each other straight due to the jumping narrative, it added up to be greater than the sum of its parts. The audio, read by Urrea, was excellent.

suzisteffen Looking forward to this one! 2mo
thebluestocking @suzisteffen I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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