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tokorowilliamwallace

tokorowilliamwallace

Joined December 2021

Hail, hail, all hail the roulette wheel! Ever-shifting reading moods, book hoarding, book thrifting. GR link on my Insta: tokorokansai
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Say Say Say by Lila Savage
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Courrier sud by Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise by Dave Holloway, R. Stephanie Good, Larry Garrison
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Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
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Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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The Postman by David Brin
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Allegory and Ideology by Fredric Jameson
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Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic
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The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design by Flint Dille, John Zuur Platten
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Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Adam Bede by George Elliot
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Glass by Sam Savage
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Eisenhower: In War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
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HHhH by Laurent Binet
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Thornton Wilder by Penelope Niven
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Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
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The Final Days by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
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Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Discworld and Philosophy by Nicolas Michaud
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Star Wars : Lando by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev
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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
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A Happy Death by Albert Camus
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Poland: A Novel by James A. Michener
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Dark Angel by Sally Beauman
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Quicker Than the Eye by Ray D Bradbury
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Gestalt Therapy Verbatim by Frederick S. Perls
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The Art of Cross Examination by Francis Lewis Wellman
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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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Sanctuary by William Faulkner
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Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips
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Rose of the World by Jude Fisher
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Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
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Everlasting Man (Revised) by G K Chesterton
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Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais
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The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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The Here and Now by Robert Cohen
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The Roman Way by Edith Hamilton
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Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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Generation A: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
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The Antichrist by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Tales of the Night by Peter Heg
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Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
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Spinoza: A Life by Steven Nadler
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Monument Road by Charlie Quimby
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Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
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Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997 by Wislawa Szymborska, Stanis?aw Bara?czak, Clare Cavanagh
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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
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Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
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Down River by John Hart
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Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
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Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
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Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L Carter
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Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov
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What's Wrong with the World by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh
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The Yid: A Novel by Paul Goldberg
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Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction by Maria Rosa Antognazza
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Julius Caesar (Rev) by William Shakespeare, Barbara Rosen, William Rosen
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Forever: A Novel by Pete Hamill
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Silence by Shusaku Endo
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Girl's Guide to Moving on by Debbie Macomber
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Living Your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton, Al Winseman, Curt Liesveld
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Going to the Territory by Ralph Ellison
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A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros
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The Best American Short Stories 2018 by Roxane Gay, Heidi Pitlor
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Lovers & Gamblers by Jackie Collins
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Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
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Whirlwind by James Clavell
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Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke
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Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
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Horse You Came in on by Martha Grimes
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Requiem For a Glass Heart by David Lindsey
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Light On Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
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The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
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The Moneychangers by Arthur Hailey
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I'm Ok, You're Ok by Thomas Harris
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The Fan Club by Irving Wallace
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The Reckoning by David Halberstam
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Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet
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Kosovo: A Short History by Noel Malcolm
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Metamorphosis by Ovid, David Raeburn
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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
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Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
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The Innocents by Francesca Segal
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The Weary Sons of Freud by Catherine Clement
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About Looking by John Berger
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Replica by Lauren Oliver
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Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
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The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams
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A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
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The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
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Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin
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Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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Fairyville by Emma Holly
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A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
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This Close to Okay: A Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith
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Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska
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In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder
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Phantoms by Dean Koontz
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Mehso-so

Hoopla library app audiobook. Based off a true story of the fin-de-siècle strike which was inspired by a recent shipyard strike of the time and area. Good for perspective and gleaning the female experience, historical perspective. I liked the characterization of our protagonist and the difference of her island dialect and character. More sexual themes and content than the book but not the film adaptation of Poor Things. Putting me in an Asia mood.

Ruthiella This one is definitely on my list. 👍 3d
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#tlt #threelistthursday @dabbe

3 favorite actresses from any era:

1. Audrey Hepburn never fails, can do no wrong

2. Ava Gardner, visited the museum dedicated to her in her hometown of Smithfield, N.C., and her gravesite

3. Grace Kelly

dabbe 🖤 all 3! #'s 1 and 3 would be in my top 5. Thanks for sharing! 💜🧡💜 3d
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Hoopla app audiobook to try out, not sure whether I'd like it. Sweet, cozy little intergenerational found family story with a lot of good reflection on life consideration of values and relationships from our 86-year-old protagonist going on a search to find her old friend she hadn't been in touch with for 50-60 years. I liked the British narrator.

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Options for my April #bookspin and #doublespin dreaming, as all coming from one local used bookshop, whose outside sales cart I like to shop and find older hardback copies from, and take a visit to the nearby local microbrewery for a leisurely pint or the lakeside park or Riverwalk.

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This turned out to be a neat study of a fascinating and confusing, erratic character and his life. I liked how in the preface/introduction how the author admitted that this doesn't solve any of the many conflicting theories about the Kennedy assignation or shed conclusive light on Oswald or any connection between him and Ruby or Ruby's theorized connection with a wider theory on the assassination; his act complicates things, a monkey wrench.

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Mehso-so

Last audiobook finished; I need to catch up on my reviews. No interesting recs from Hoopla app after finishing the last, so I decided to try this out. Turned out to be a suitable follow-up to the one I listened to about Jack Ruby, including more background for the CIA's knowledge and suspicion (very well hidden even from the Kennedy assignation investigation) of Oswald, and Kennedy's and Nixon's relation with security agencies and their impact.

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Audiobook for January. Not sure what to think, but it was much more on the conspiracy than I wanted, but it was interesting learning about the three secretive nondisclosure global groups of power players and discussions of historical development and international policy. Some quasi-espionage investigative journalism stories included. It was both super detailed with lists of members and big picture, without really providing needed clarity.

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During a trip to Israel, in 1984, Roth took his friend David Plante---a gay, gentile writer---to the Orthodox quarter of Jerusalem, Me She'arim, where the two stood on a corner watching Hasidim milling about in their black coats and hats, the boys with their heads shorn except for long side curls.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Tokaido Road | Lucia St. Clair Robson
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Some options from my categories picked from two lists for #bookspin and #doublespin : books purchased from a particular local library branch and a local resale charity shop, books bought from a particular local indie bookstore, a Europa Editions book, and Andrew Durbin's Skyland.

Ruthiella I loved that Tom Wolfe when I read it back in the ‘90s. I loved the movie too. 4mo
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Great travelogue of the most crowded spots of protected nature in the nation, with a good bit of excellent social commentary about who travels and why and expectations, as well as many varied musings that come along with each park. It's neat the author decided to attempt to collect a junior ranger badge by completing booklets and their activities for every nation park visited. Light, humorous, informative, reflective. Good for this time of year.

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In the fire of spring | Thomas Tryon
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Books and pie raffle bought from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery to support their donations for Give Kids the World Village.

Bklover I haven‘t read that Thomas Tryon book, but I did read The Other and Harvest Home by him and I loved them! 4mo
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The Prospectors: A Novel | Ariel Djanikian
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Much disappointment here. It needed more context for the characters and more of what was sparsely provided in the contemporary thread in investigating the past. But I like the narration of the females, the social commentary, the fact that it was character -driven. I usually go for this sort of thing, but it didn't really work for me this time around.

AshleyHoss820 I wish you a better connection with your next read! ☺️ 4mo
tokorowilliamwallace @AshleyHoss820 All reading is experimental for me, and I'm a frequently shifting mood reader. It can be hard to explain or determine criteria for what works with me regarding audiobooks, but for some reason I just had more expectations as I got further into the book. I guess just the first chapter piquing me way more than the beginning of the thread relating the past following it stuck with me. I'll tag my next audiobook borrow. 4mo
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Lavender House | Lev AC Rosen
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My options for December's #tbrtarot --- author surname starting with L. I've started three of these, furthest into the David Lindsey.

@CBee

CBee Oh cool! I‘ll add you to my tag list! Always nice to have more folks participating 😊 5mo
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A Thin Dark Line | Tami Hoag
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Red is the color of violent death. Red is the color of strong feelings---love, passion, greed, anger, hatred.

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Probably best book of the year so far. It was wonderful getting to know the three figures in a much more intimate way, how they impacted each other's work, behavior, thought, what they went through and where they explored together, other figures they met and befriended, what positive impacts they had on society besides what they are most known for, their character. Wonderful intimate portrait of the men and their relationships, full lives. October

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Immersive in research known about ants so far, which I didn't realize was so advanced. The end speaks of how studying ant behavior and mechanisms for living and their systems can help us in tech and society and healthcare research for the future. Informative of systems, how they go about doing things, what they figured out by evolutionary instinct before homo sapiens. Good information on the environmental impacts. Some notes on method, fieldwork.

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Mehso-so

Hoopla library app audiobook while driving. Most just a matter-of-fact collection of tales of hauntings and the strange occurrences without much drama, so dry and not so scary or dynamic, which is fine by me. I like the editor's side notes + comments, though very occasional. If you like scary stories this might not work for you, if you're just curious about paranormal tales that are collected you might find it interesting. Travel at your own risk.

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Stonemouth | Iain Banks
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I included this with my books for October since I finished listening in the car on 11/1. My first Iain Banks!---because someone reviewed one and another recommended a few from him. It was gritty, mildly violent, reminded me of something like A Clockwork Orange or Trainspotting. The relationship dynamics were the best or most memorable aspect. Not much plot, is fine with me; more character-driven. It took place over a short amount of time.

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Nordic Nights | Lise McClendon
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Some library sale and checkout options for the season. Possible/optional partial #bookspin list.

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In the days when pirates roamed the seas, they boarded ships armed with cutlasses and muskets and took what they pleased. Modern privateers, known as the private equity industry, plunder without physical violence, commandeering businesses armed with spreadsheets, debt financing, and high-priced lawyers. They operate (mostly) within the letter of the law, some of which they helped to craft. [L]oot [they]...is infinitely richer...
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Murder for Art's Sake | Richard Lockridge
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Mehso-so

Interesting milieu for a crime mystery procedural, of the theatre business, playwrights, theatre makeup, within the late 70s New York scene. Use of third person in describing responses or affirmations was noted. Fun quotes on actors and writers, food for thought on acting and age. Detective reminds me of both The Expanse sci-fi series and the mystery detective film, See How They Run. Dry, which I like. I hope to read more older lighter mysteries.

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A Kids Book about Racism | Jelani Memory
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I have the serendipitous timing to stumble upon a panel speaking and awareness event at the book in the historic downtown I was visiting circumstantially Wednesday! So giveaways of banned books (mostly kids and youth) to emphasize a need for greater access to diverse stories to build empathy and to expand our awareness of the people and culture out there we meet, to better understand our world, we are not all the same but not all that different.

Ruthiella Awesome! 👍 9mo
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Never before have I enjoyed researching and writing anything as much as I did the book you hold in your hands....This is a book I always suspected I would attempt someday.

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Summer Gloves | Sarah Gilbert
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Eggs Perfection 🧤 11mo
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This Bitter Earth | Bernice L. McFadden

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. As a kid: zoologist or nature documentarian, or paleontologist!
2. Let's not remind me and speak of such...
3. Ambient/instrumental/post-rock/downtempo

Eggs Thanks for joining in! 13mo
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Supporting an indie bookish merch business someone I follow on Instagram runs independently. If you're on bookstagram, I can refer you over to the account! I guess I'm all about them froggies, gnomes, mushrooms, and boho! 👀😆 Makes sense, I look like an aging hair band rocker!...

RaeLovesToRead Aww! Cute! 13mo
JamieArc Yes please! I‘m always trying to find great bookmarks, and have a minor obsession with mushrooms. 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @JamieArc What's your Instagram handle? I'd also have another mycology account you could follow! 13mo
JamieArc @tokorowilliamwallace That would be great! I‘m Jamie.the.archer. JUST starting using Instagram, so if the account looks suspect, that‘s why 😂 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @JamieArc I just followed what I found from @tokorokansai. Let me know if that's you. Looking forward to what content you come up with! 13mo
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The April Robin Murders | Ed McBain, Craig Rice
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@TheAromaofBooks
My April #bookspin + #doublespin options: library books due soon/renewed already or Kate Walbert's book, The Sunken Cathedral; vintage pulp choice or my BOTM, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Independence.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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Some billions of years ago, an anonymous speck of protoplasm protruded the first primitive pseudopodium into the primeval slime, and perhaps the first state of uncertainty occurred.

I.J. Good, Science, Feb. 20, 1959

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Revenge | Lisa Jackson
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. Prologue/epilogue -- yay & both, please!---for context. I also love introductions, author's notes, &c.

2. Features you want to see in more fiction: footnotes, appendices, proper noun/name/location pronunciations, a couple of books feature Welsh names and words, and one fantasy by Zabé Ellor had it---so appreciative!

3. Ideal reading location: wrap-around front porches of old houses! Outdoor patio at microbreweries.

RaeLovesToRead Oh man, I hate footnotes so much. I'm reading House of Leaves and it's torture 😅 Give me a good map any day though! 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @RaeLovesToRead I much rather prefer them to endnotes, where I either have to flip back and forth or bookmark/tab them. But footnotes give me the context my mind craves. 13mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh man, endnotes 😵😵😵 I'm 100% with you there! I don't mind them in non fiction (or if they are funny). I think my brain just isn't very good at following two separate threads 😅 13mo
Eggs Love 💕 everything about this post!! 13mo
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Informative and contextual commentary in the author's anniversary introduction, also spilling out into the text. Good to get some different perspective of society and its relationship to constituents and demographics in the eyes of the law and how investigation would work apart from white privilege and protections. This grey area of realism, seen/treated as untrustworthy & suspicious, and needing to find ways to work around the law in its myopia.

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The insane, unreal, larger-than-life, Tom-Cruise-esque antics, intellectual history of this stranger-than-fiction guy, Steve Bannon drives the whole. Trump and Bannon were star-crossed lovers, serendipitously drawn together to create a Perfect Storm of Wonderland. We're All Mad Here. His life and wide career, from Goldman Sachs before it went public to working in China on MMORPG community profit, to Hollywood film production to French conspiracies

Ruthiella Great review! 👍 1y
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Soul Cage | Tetsuya Honda
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I read somewhere that prisoners on death row got a cigarette and a bean-jam bun [Japanese sweets] just before their execution [also, not ideal translation].

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@ShyBookOwl

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Forever Amber | Kathleen Winsor
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My 2023 #roll100 list.

@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Excellent! Good luck! 1y
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My latest #bookspin category draw list.

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Bklover Love your list! I think my favorite is “gifted by mom”! 1y
tokorowilliamwallace @Bklover I have a lot of them I have yet to get to or am putting off. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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A very late #sundayfunday as inspired by @rubyslippersreads

1. Menage Place by Tatum Dixon ( Virgo superego kink/orgyhousecore e-novella) during the late September 2022 hurricane power outage.

2. Dark Winter by John L. Casey (president of The Space and Science Research Facility in Orlando, Florida)

3. Foggy soft rain or 60s weather

@ozma.of.oz

BookmarkTavern Love fog! Especially when I don‘t need to drive in it! Thank you for sharing! 1y
rubyslippersreads Oh no, Miss Gulch! 🧹🌪😂 1y
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#bookspinbingo board laid out with my TBR (options/themes) game results and my location and miscellaneous prompt jar pulls. #bookspin and #doublespin picks are categories: non-fiction library loan & owned vintage/retro self-help (90s and before). Rolls landed on 3, 13 & 15: Kate Elliott or 500+ pages/philosophy or critical theory/owned romance. #roll100 - Witch's Boy (repeat+CR)/Opal&Nev/Bhagavad Gita or Hindu spiritual text.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Love your categories!!! 1y
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The Walking Drum | Louis L'Amour
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Who shall deny the excitement of entering a strange city for the first time? Or going ashore in a strange port?
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Evil comes often to a man with money; tyranny comes surely to him without it.

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This chapter heading quote reminds of this current read in dark history in this political season.

When I set out to lead humanity along my Golden Path I promised a lesson their bones would remember. I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, conditions they call peace. Even as they speak, they create seeds of turmoil and violence.
- Leto II, the God Emperor

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#twofortuesday @TheSpineView

1. Music over podcasts (especially walking), but I'm such a chaotic mood listener. I need to zone out while walking, not to have to pay attention + actually hearing things

2. Classical: orchestral, piano and symphony cycles, opera, Celtic music, German pipes, contemporary piano, ambient/instrumental, film soundtracks. I can only listen to audiobooks in the car for local drives around town. 🤷I like the weird stuff.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 1y
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The Shepherd Kings | Peter Danielson
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My little mini-haul (missing Lord of the Flies) from my outing this weekend. Plus my latest library mood. My mom picked up a Garth Stein book, so I found a few at the library. The Shepherd Kings (CR) #lfl haul inspired ancient civilization adventure/mystery picks. And some seasonal-themed classics to try to get to. I don't care if I haven't read the OG Dune: this was fitting for the season. A torn asunder vintage 1958 noir was another #lfl find.

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A Banquet of Consequences | Elizabeth George
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Spitalfields, London:

Since it was only to be a weekend jaunt to Marrakesh, Lily Foster reckoned they could use one suitcase, and a carry-on at that. What did they need to take, really?

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Music is life, and like Life, Inextinguishable. ~ Carl Nielsen

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Just One Evil Act | Elizabeth George
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🖤😱 1y
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Lily's Ghosts | Laura Ruby
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Two of the three #roll100 picks, misplacing the other in the meantime.
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PuddleJumper Brilliant! 1y
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Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope
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There is a proverb with reference to the killing of cats, and those who know anything either of high or low government places, will be well aware that a promise may be made without positive words, and that an expectant may be put into the highest state of encouragement, though the great man on whose breath he hangs may have done no more than whisper that '____ is certainly a rising man.'

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Thriftbooks YA/children's & 'deal' designation sale haul: YA emotional/drama/grief, Hindi/Desi stories, literary adult, Cuban feminist novel-in-verse & journalist's rural Alabama memoir of childhood, Irish YA.

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Candlenight | Phil Rickman
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Stacks containing my #bookspin & #roll100 picks, as well as my own personal TBR game using the #bookspinbingo board.

#bookspin - McCourtney Undertow, Amityville Horror, Dean Koontz Coldfire options for #lfl find I'll donate back; tagged for #lfl find I'm currently reading.

#roll100 - JCO The Accursed, Mark Burnell The Rhythm Section (film adaptation), David Gilbert & Sons

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Manhattan Is My Beat | Jeffery Deaver
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Love the sweet, quirky, childlike, imaginative, rose-colored glasses life, tomboyish protagonist! She's inductive into my hall of fav female characters. This series is early, and thus, different, more cozy, lighter, and more noir-ish, than his more gritty Lincoln Rhyme crime thrillers. Read if you love old Hollywood, childlike perspective of pursuing adventures+ treasure hunts, film/ pop culture/ philosophy references, discussions on being oneself

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[The souvenir shop] was just like any place where blue-green water and glimmering asphalt were held apart by hurricane-whipped palms...I didn't believe there was another place like it on this earth. I had not yet seen this dangling participle of a state, this wonderland, and to me this was Florida, a treasure trove of Budweiser beach towels, Styrofoam floats, leaky beach balls, and bottomless bowls of pinkie rings carved from abalone shell.

tokorowilliamwallace Cont.: "... iridescent green putt-putt carpets, and restaurants that promised the best scampi or mullet or daiquiris in Florida." 2y
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