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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Current read. My in-person book club's pick this month.

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1984 | Gorge Gorge Orwell
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Friends! I found my new favorite Portland watering hole! Rose City Book Pub! Part used bookstore, part pub! You can drink, eat dinner, find a book, read it, take it home if you want. And they have literary events throughout the month. And all these cute little book nooks and crannies and I think I'm in love! Put it on your must-visit lists if you're ever in the neighborhood! 😍😍😍📚📚📚🍻🍻🍻

TrishB Sounds fab 👍🏻 3d
Libby1 Wonderful! ❤️📚❤️ 3d
JennyM Sounds perfect! 3d
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Moray_Reads Why aren't there more of these? Fantastic idea 3d
Freespirit Great idea! 3d
That-Bookish-Hiker Awesome! I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing! 3d
UnidragonFrag So cool! Added it to my go to list, thanks! 3d
Eyelit That sounds awesome! 3d
rohit-sawant How awesome! 3d
LeahBergen Dang!! I was just in Portland last month, too! 😩 3d
readordierachel How fabulous! I'm not too far from there! 3d
valeriegeary @readordierachel I'm already itching to go back! 2d
valeriegeary @LeahBergen noooooooo! 😭 I'm sorry I didn't go sooner so I could tell you about it BEFORE your trip. I guess that just means you'll have to come back. 😁 2d
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Books stacks make happy. Some times I wish I could live in a bookstore.

Allylu Me too!!! 6d
ReadingOver50 Yesss 6d
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Reading by the fire. 🔥🔥🔥

MrBook Oh, heck yeah! 😎🙌🏻 2w
rather_be_reading so good! 2w
micamaldita This is my favorite, of all the Moriarty books I've read. 2w
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valeriegeary @micamaldita It was my favorite too!!! I've read 2 others besides this one. 2w
valeriegeary @MrBook it was so cozy! 2w
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Good God this book is a punch to the gut. Please pass the tissues. 😭💔

Tamra It is so powerful! I read it in print first and then today I listened to Reynolds read it. 3w
valeriegeary @Tamra I think I definitely will have to do that too. 3w
LauraJ @Tamra Me too. Definitely worth the time! 3w
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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As this book draws to a close, I'm realizing I can use it to fill in the #featuresamusician space for #booked2019 challenge! 👯🎷🎺🎻

Rather it features many musicians, an entire traveling symphony that performs for pockets of people who survived a flu pandemic 20 years earlier.

In related news. I am way behind on my #booked2019 goals. 🤦

Victoriahoperose Love this book so much ❤️ 3w
DivineDiana It has also been suggested for the cli-fi prompt. 2w
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The River | Peter Heller
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Best friends Jack and Wynn find themselves in an epic battle for survival when everything goes wrong during a wilderness canoe trip. An out of control forest fire, crushing waterfalls, and a stranger with a gun--can they make it out alive?. Deliverance meets Hatchet meets Man vs. Wild. I can't stop turning the pages.

readordierachel Sounds like quite a ride! 3w
valeriegeary So this might break some rules but I'm choosing this one for #booked2019 #clifi. While it might not technically be about the planet affected by climate change, it certainly made be think about the planet and all the beauty, wonder, wild spaces we will be losing thanks to climate change. Anyway, there's a lot of nature in here and a wildfire raging out of control and even though we don't learn what caused the fire.... 3w
valeriegeary It sure felt apocalyptic. #booked2019 #clifi 3w
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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I just realized the pockets of my new cardigan are the perfect size for a trade paperback! To say I am pleased is an understatement. 🤓📚

JennyM What!!! 😳 I need a cardi like that! 1mo
rather_be_reading awesome! 1mo
readordierachel Nice! 1mo
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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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Lives are up-ended when the people of Clearing, Oregon glimpse themselves in parallel realities. Obviously if you saw yourself living a different life, you'd wonder about the one you're in now, if you should perhaps be doing something else. Well-balanced blend of literary and speculative fiction, I quickly found myself swept up in the slow-burn drama of these character's lives. Reminded me some of Karen Thompson Walker's THE AGE OF MIRACLES.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Listening to this haunting, end of the world story while harvesting some herbs, and feeling grateful for all of this we still have. This light, this love, this time. #audiogarden

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
readordierachel Lovely post 💕 1mo
mom2bugnbee Gorgeous! I loved this book. 1mo
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DHill One of my favorite books! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful. Herbs make my soul happy. 1mo
mklong Oh that is all so gorgeous! 1mo
Freespirit Lovely herbs!❤️ 1mo
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Earth Day vibes! I hugged a tree today (and everyday) did you? 🌲🌳🌴🍁🐿️🐨

Graciouswarriorprincess I loved Last Child in the Woods. 1mo
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Color pallette: Easter vibes.

GypsyKat So pretty! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Tell The Wolves I‘m Home 💚💚💚 One of my favorites!! 1mo
Emilymdxn So beautiful! 1mo
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Herb garden weeded, lettuce and cilantro seeds planted, ice tea brewed....Commence sun bathing. #frontporchreading #hellospring

I'm not sure about this book, y'all. The prose style is gorgeous, atmospheric, dark, musical... The prose is what I keep coming back to. The story itself though is muddled and confusing and maybe I'm not smart enough to really get it, or maybe I'm not supposed to? I don't know but the cover is cool. 🐺

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Eyelit You‘ve prepared yourself for anything 😁 (I‘m going to be at the large branch of the library tomorrow and I‘m already dreading the amount of books I‘m inevitably going to borrow!) 1mo
JennyM Ha!! I love this! #librarylove ♥️📚 1mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit it's half for research, half for fun...I don't think I'll be bored anytime soon, that's for sure. Tag me if you post about your 1mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit 👆 my finger slipped. 😁 Tag me when you post about your stack tomorrow so I don't miss it! 😄 1mo
valeriegeary @JennyM I just can't get enough 😂 1mo
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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My in person book club is reading the tagged book this month. It's a re-read for me, so I decided to listen to it on audiobook this time around. In other news.... My neighborhood is in full bloom! 😍🌷 #audiowalk

JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful!! 1mo
wanderinglynn So pretty! 💚🌷 1mo
Megabooks Gorgeous! And it‘s a great audiobook! 1mo
saresmoore How lovely! 1mo
readordierachel How delightful! So much Spring! 1mo
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I'm volunteering at the library bookstore today and it looks like the local branches have been clearing off their shelves! $1.50 each! Get 'em while they're hot! 👏👏👏 Which ones would you buy? #librarylove

That-Bookish-Hiker Which location? 1mo
valeriegeary @That-Bookish-Hiker It's called Title Wave Bookstore. It's on NE Knott near MLK. Have you ever visited? It's pretty fantastic. 😄 1mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @valeriegeary I haven‘t! I‘m going to check it out this weekend 😊. Thank you! 1mo
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What She Knew: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
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Breakfast for dinner and then cozying up with a new book, a mystery novel from across the pond.

cobwebmoth Yum! 1mo
Ericalambbrown Brinner is THE BEST! Those pancakes are gorgeous. Enjoy! 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Yum!!!! 1mo
Amiable I love breakfast for dinner! 😍 1mo
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This week was a bit bumpy for me. Book therapy to the rescue! #bookhaul #tbr #shoplocal #indiesfirst

Megabooks I hope it improves! 1mo
JennyM Book therapy is always good. Hope you have a restful weekend 😘 1mo
cobwebmoth Hope you have a great weekend! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sing!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
valeriegeary @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My in person book club is reading it next month! I'm looking forward to it. 1mo
valeriegeary @JennyM @Megabooks @cobwebmoth Thank you all! Feeling better every minute. 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better and that you enjoy Sing! It‘s sad, but her writing is phenomenal ❤️ 1mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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Getting cozy by the fire. There's also some sweet jazz music playing in the background. Perfect mood for this book.

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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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I'm having my own mini reading retreat today and tomorrow at Timberline Lodge. My husband is skiing. #luckyday

rubyslippersreads I‘ve never been skiing, but I always thought I‘d excel at sitting by the fire in the ski lodge, drinking hot cocoa and reading. 😊 1mo
valeriegeary @rubyslippersreads I tried skiing once. Just once. That's when I decided to stick to the lodge. 🤣😄☃️ 1mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Winter is ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️!! 🤗📚❄️

I'm am so ready for Spring! 🌷🏵️🌳🌤️🐇🐝

#booked2019
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Cinfhen Woohoo🎉🎉🎉well done 😁 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 🎉🙌🏽📚 2mo
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Piano Tide: A Novel | Kathleen Dean Moore
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Okay so I've never been to Alaska (where this book is technically set) but I do love the Pacific NW. Plus, Moore is my favorite nature writer so I'm going to go ahead & pick this one for #remindsyouofyourhappyplace. It's filled to the brim with nature. Forests, oceans, storms, animals. Toss in a few quirky characters, a piano, and I'm happy as a clam. #booked2019

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valeriegeary Also counting this one for the #mmdchallenge as a book I bought for the cover! 😍😍😍 2mo
Cinfhen Nice choice 💙that piano surprised me 😂😂beautiful cover 2mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen have you read this one? 2mo
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Cinfhen No, but I‘m highly intrigued 2mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen a mysterious woman shows up in this small seaside town and the first scene she's dragging this upright piano off the ferry.... That's trouble waiting to happen, if you ask me. 😄🎹 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ll say...and how‘d she get that piano onto the ferry??? That‘s some heavy lifting 😉😂 2mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen they tell you how she gets it off the ferry but not how she got it on...... 🤔 2mo
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My dog has a little bed next to my bed. We are both quite happy with this arrangement. He still gets midnight pets, and I don't have to fight him for covers. 🐶😂

LauraJ You have a very reasonable dog. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I should try that but something tells me Queen Pickles would veto the notion. 2mo
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly you know, I thought Charlie would be like "oh hell no!" But he jumped in it right after we set it up with barely any coaxing and stayed there all night! I was super surprised! I think he was tired of getting kicked and pushed around. ? 2mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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My March reading has gotten off to a slow start. I feel like I'm taking forever to finish books. Partly I've been throwing a lot of energy into writing this month plus the weather is getting nice so I've been spending time outside. But this book took me 2 weeks to finish!! Though maybe on some level I didn't want it to end. I have cherished this series & wasn't ready to let Vasya & her adventures go on without me. Alas. All magic ends, I suppose.

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With every writing craft book I read, I seek to learn something new to help me w/my own creative process. Most of the time I'm disappointed. The subjects either over-simplified (too beginner) or overwhelming (too theoretical or too filled w/ musts & shoulds). Writing looks different for every writer. Long story short: this one is setting just the right tone for me & offering great insight into its subject! Highly recommended if you write fiction!

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Piano Tide: A Novel | Kathleen Dean Moore
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My husband found me the cutest bunny bookend!! I am in love! 😍😍😍 Right now he (she?) is holding up the last two books I'm planning to read in March to finish out the Winter season for #booked2019! 🐰🐇❤️ #tbr

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catebutler This is so adorable! 3mo
miavaldez I love it! How cute 3mo
Kimzey Thoughtful hubby! I love the bunny bookend! 🐰📚 3mo
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Eyelit That is basically the most adorable bookend ever! 3mo
rabbitprincess Awwwww ♥️♥️ 3mo
LeahBergen That bookend!! 😍😍 3mo
Cinfhen This photo is brilliant because the bunny is ADORABLE 🐰❤️ 3mo
Tanisha_A Ooh 😍 3mo
diovival Looooove! 3mo
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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Snagged this off the library's #luckyday shelf. I hadn't heard anything about it when I picked it up but later discovered it was shortlisted for 2018 Man Booker & the author is the prize's youngest finalist to date. It's a bit experimental in its structure so it took me a minute to get into it, but now I'm dragged in deep, absorbed, swept up in the tempestuous and twisting river that is a crucial part of this story.

Tamra I just love that cover! 3mo
sarahbarnes Yes! I loved it! 3mo
KarenUK Ok... now you‘ve totally sold me... its sitting on my night stand like.... moving it to the top 👍💕 3mo
valeriegeary @KarenUK Hope it's good for you! I just finished it and it's a challenging read but the writing is lyrical, haunting, and it's based on a classic myth which was kind of fun but also disturbing. It left me feeling a lot of complicated things. 😄 3mo
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This book has been on my #goodreadsbacklist the longest.... Since January 2014!!! 5 years!!! I don't remember where I first heard about it, but I added it to my list because the plot intrigued me. A family is on a road trip to watch the world end in California. With Evangelical parents trying to save as many souls as possible, & two sisters who aren't so sure about any of it, one who's secretly pregnant, things are getting tense.

TrishB I read one yesterday that had been on my kindle for 7 years!! 3mo
Kalalalatja The premise sounds great! 3mo
valeriegeary @TrishB there's just something satisfying about it, isn't there?! 😄 3mo
valeriegeary @Kalalalatja I'm finding it to be just okay. A lot more intimate portrait of a family on a road trip, and not so much about the end of the world/religion stuff. It's not bad. But I'm not sure it's going to leave a lasting impression. 3mo
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The Tortilla Curtain | T. Coraghessan Boyle
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According to Wikipedia, T. C. Boyle has published 16 novels. I sat at his table once during a publishing event where he was the guest speaker. This is the first time I've ever read anything he's written. #newtoyouauthor #booked2019 #mmdchallenge

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Suet624 Are you liking it? 3mo
valeriegeary @Suet624 I can't tell. 🤣 None of the characters are very sympathetic, they're all kind of terrible, unlucky people and it's just a series of miscommunications and bad decisions leading to one awful reckoning. So..... 🤷 It's interesting anyway. 3mo
Suet624 The Feb 11th New Yorker has one of his stories in it. I‘ll check it out to see if I like his style. 3mo
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Sweetgirl | Travis Mulhauser
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Started this book yesterday hoping to read it while snow piled up outside but alas....Reports of a Portland snowpocalypse were greatly exaggerated. We got a dusting at my house. Some other neighborhoods got a bit more. But today it's all sun and shine. Still damn cold though so when Percy almost gets frostbite...girl, I feel you. ☃️❄️

February #readwhatyouown Kindle edition.

BookishMarginalia That‘s a lovely #DogsofLitsy picture! 3mo
Suet624 Sweet, sweet pup. 3mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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I'm not a big podcast fan so was thrilled when I saw a few Littens discussing this book, & realized it could count for #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast prompt. Part of the story is told as though it were a podcast! Very clever. Part revenge plot, part mystery, part road trip, Sadie is a character I will not soon forget. This book broke my heart for more than one reason but I'm okay with that. 💔
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

valeriegeary Also counting this as my February #blameitonlitsy read. So many of you had so many good things to say! Don't know if I would have picked it up without y'all! 👍 4mo
britt_brooke I really liked this one. I don‘t read many thriller types, but I thought it was well done. 4mo
Jas16 I don‘t think I would have picked up without Litsy either but I am glad I did. I was just demanding a friend listen to this audiobook as soon possible. 3mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Episode 2...
For those of you just tuning in, this is a serialized podcast, so if you haven't listened to our first episode, you should do that now. We have more story than time to tell it--but I suppose that's true for all of us.

#booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast
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Cinfhen I like that!! I‘ve heard great things about this book 😊 4mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen I'm really enjoying it! It's part mystery, part revenge story, part road trip, and Sadie is a strong character! 👍 4mo
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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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I was so disappointed in my original choice for #femaledetective that I decided to try again with this one. A UK police procedural with not 1 but 2!! female detectives who are heading up a high profile missing person's case. I'm a hooked and happy reader. #booked2019 @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I didn‘t love this one but I‘m thrilled that it‘s capturing your attention 😀 4mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen the funny thing is... This is my 2nd attempt at reading this one. I picked it up a while back from the library but really couldn't get into it. Then someone mentioned it to me again recently and I thought I'd give it another go and for whatever reason it's working for me this time. Go figure. 😄🤷 4mo
Cinfhen I love when that happens!! It actually took me 3 tries before I settled into Commonwealth, which ended up being a five star read!! Sometimes, it really is all about right time, right book! 4mo
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Beneath a Ruthless Sun | Gilbert King
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Started this book and spotted this tree on my #audiowalk today. Early blooms and blue skies for those who might be feeling sad about winter.

Kaye Gosh that looks good ! So pretty. 4mo
Gezemice Oh no, all I can think of that the poor thing will freeze... 4mo
valeriegeary @Gezemice I think it'll be okay. I'm not sure exactly what kind of tree it is but we get a few early bloomers in the Pacific NW that do just fine with cooler temps. We're, thankfully, not in the of that menacing polar vortex. 😌 4mo
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valeriegeary @Gezemice 👆 in the path of..... 4mo
Gezemice @valeriegeary We are... so that‘s why it is hard for me to see it! -23F here today... 4mo
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Suet624 Wow. Heavenly. I just have piles of snow. 😀 3mo
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Started this last night. A random pick from the library's New Book Shelf. A fictional history of a vampire virus spreading across North America, told in a series of first person accounts, interviews, articles, and other documents. A la World War Z though not quite as suspenseful for some reason. 🤔

#24b4Monday clock is at 4 hours and 30 minutes.... And counting. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid You're doing great sweetheart! And that book sounds really interesting to me for some reason. 🤔 4mo
Andrew65 Well done ,those random books can always be the best.👍 4mo
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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Midwinter splurge. Tagged book is for my in person book club. Winter Witch because I have a mad girl crush on Vasya. The Dreamers just because.

cathysaid I ❤️ Rabbit Cake. The main character crawled into my heart and stayed there. 4mo
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I was planning a trip to Seattle this weekend but that fell through. So I started planning my #24b4Monday stack.👆 Then got an invite to a friend's beach house. Not sure whether I'll go but I can at least get some reading in regardless. These books are due back in 10 days & I won't be able to renew but I'd like to flip through them, read as much as I can. Plus I have some unfinished business on my Kindle that needs finishing.

TheReadingMermaid Very nice. Just post whenever you can sweetheart no worries no stress 🤗 4mo
Andrew65 Beach house, Reading - a difficult choice. Have fun with the Readathon. 😊👍 4mo
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Husband stuck tape on my handlebars so I could try to #kindlecycle. Works pretty well. Have to make the font huge though. 😂🤓

I'm on the fence about this book. Picked it for #booked2019 #femaledetective but I'm finding it unsatisfying. It's a bit of a slog because the topic--child abuse--is so hard to read about. The writing itself is a treat, the content is depressing. But I'm 200 pgs along & invested now so I'll push to finish.

Cinfhen Uh oh!! Was hoping to read this for #genrebursting 🥺 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I thought she mashed two completely different books together. I would have been fine with just her memoir aspect. 4mo
valeriegeary @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I felt the same way. 4mo
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Evil at Heart | Chelsea Cain
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Spending time with my 3 loves: books, Charlie Waffles, and caramel corn.

Zipping through the tagged book, the 3rd in the Archie/Gretchen series. This one is rampant with serial killer groupies and horrifying oh-no-she-didn't moments! 😱🙈🔪

Reviewsbylola Omg I want that caramel corn!! 🤤 4mo
Crazeedi Sweet puppy!!!🐶🐶 4mo
valeriegeary @Reviewsbylola I ate it all, sorry not sorry. 😄 4mo
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AlaMich How did he get the name Charlie Waffles? 😊 4mo
LauraBeth 😍😍 4mo
valeriegeary @AlaMich I've always loved the name Charlie (Charlie Brown; the dog from All Dogs Go to Heaven; Charlie bit my finger) but I stole the entirety of his name from the TV show 2 1/2 Men. The main character Charlie briefly becomes a kid's singer and tours under the name Charlie Waffles. It made me laugh. 😄🤷 4mo
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4 weeks post ankle sprain and I'm back on my bike! At least on my indoor trainer. It counts. Pedaling actually hurts less than walking so go figure. Feels good to be sweating again. Listening to this memoir about adoption for my in person book club--it's pretty intriguing, an inside look at the very complicated emotions of family, self, and belonging. #audiocycle

JennyM Glad to hear you are healing well and slowly getting back into it 4mo
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VeganCleopatra I just sprained my ankle for the first time yesterday and I already miss working out. 😢 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh no!!! It's the worst! So sorry to hear you're going through the pain too. This is my 3rd sprain. I recommend not jumping into intense exercise too quickly, and make a consistent strength training/PT plan (neither of which I did the first 2 times). Once you sprain it, the ligaments are weak and it's easy to do it again. 😫😭 Hope you start to feel better soon! 4mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks! Mind if I pick your brain a bit about it? Like when did your swelling go down if you had swelling? When did you start any exercise? Strength training program, good idea. Any recommendations for that? Did ibuprofen etc by any chance help you? Oh and do you have a type of brace you think works best? Sorry about so many questions! I'm really hating this and it has only been a little over 24 hours! Ugh (edited) 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra oh sure! It definitely varies. I've had 2 major and 1 minor. The minor swelling was minimal, I was able to bare weight the next day. For more major ones: ice is your friend. Ice and rest. My ankle was uncomfortably swollen for about 2 weeks this time around. It's still minimally swollen now after 4 but I can move it and bare weight. I didn't walk on it really for a week after. Only to move rooms in my house.... 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Urgent Care sent me home with a walking boot this time but I think it was a waste of money. If you can borrow one from someone it's nice to have the first week or so to hobble around. Otherwise crutches are just as good of an option, and cheaper. I used ibuprofen during the first 3 days when it hurt the most, mostly for pain. It doesn't really help heal, but it keeps your mind off the ache..... 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra Start writing the alphabet with your toes as soon as you feel comfortable. It's a great ROM exercise that is gentle but will help heal and get you moving again. Basically pretend there is a piece of chalk on your toe and write the letters in the air. Go as slow as you need to. I found other exercises on line, on youtube and my doctor gave me some. Basically it's up to you when to get back into your routine... 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra but for me, it was about 2 weeks before I did any walking more than around the block, 3 when I tried swimming, 4 when I got back on my bike. I haven't returned to running or my other sports and probably won't for another few weeks. Did you go see a doctor? They might have some other recommendations. But really, let yourself rest as much as you can. I know it's frustrating, but sprains take forever to heal. Mine is still painful 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra right now I'm using a lace up sports brace when I go on walks or ride my bike because my ankle feels weak still and this brace seems to be pretty supportive. I'll wear it when I get back into volleyball too. Simple Ace bandages are good too for the first few weeks. Hope that helps some! Unfortunately there's not a lot to heal a sprain but time and rest. 😢 4mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks so much for your thoughtful responses! Ugh I'm a terrible rester! I get antsy and just want to be doing something active. That is probably going to be my biggest hurtle: resting enough so I don't slow my own healing or make it worse. I didn't go to the doctor because I'm pretty positive it is thankfully just minor but holy crap minor even sucks. I can put weight on it so that makes me feel better about it all. 4mo
VeganCleopatra I definitely have swelling and I really wonder how long it will last. I do so love the cankle look haha I'm glad to hear the range of swelling time because otherwise if this lasted more than a few days I'd be really worried. I have a high pain tolerance so that is another reason I worry I'll try to do too much. 🙄 (edited) 4mo
VeganCleopatra That alphabet exercise is great! It'll help my sanity when I'm made to sit in one place too. Haha what do you suggest searching for on YouTube specifically? Like what keywords? If I can't do my normal routines at least I can help myself heal right? Argh. I'm just hoping I'll still be able to do snowshoeing in February as planned! Do you have a specific ace bandage you feel works best for support etc during the first weeks? There are so many! 4mo
VeganCleopatra Did you ice as long as you were swollen or stop after a few days? Thank you so much, you've genuinely soothed some of my nerves. 4mo
valeriegeary You're welcome! If you can bear weight already you're doing great! But one reason to take your time with exercise is to avoid reinjury. Ice during first 48 hours, then ice as needed, and alternate heat. No specific brand of Ace, just what the doctor gave me. Look up ankle sprain physical therapy.... That should get you to some good videos. If you have free weights you could always do bicep curls to keep you busy! 💪😄 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra forgot to tag you ☝️☝️ If you can get up and down off the floor without hurting yourself, crunches and ab work are good distractions too while you wait for the ankle to heal. Here's to swift healing and snowshoeing in February! 🤞 (I'm hoping to get in some snowshoeing before the season ends too.) 4mo
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra the lace up brace I got is a Shock Doctor model 849. 4mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks again! My ankle and foot look awful but are feeling slightly improved. I'm definitely going to be trying some ab and free weight stuff to maintain my sanity. I've considered pilates since it is all mostly on the floor but I don't know if all the moves would be liked by my ankle right now. I've gotten a brace that I hope will help. I'm really enjoying all the limping around I'm getting to do. Fun stuff! 😩 here's to us both healing! 4mo
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I've been a French fan forever. Until now she's only written police procedurals, in the Dublin Murder Squad series. This is her 1st standalone. If you've never read French before, I wouldn't recommend it. It's slow to unfold, & while it later picks up, the reveal is frustrating & less than satisfying. But French is a cunning writer who digs into the marrow of human nature & this book plays to her strengths. If you love French, you'll love this.

Cinfhen I‘m reading my first French now....and I‘m not loving it 🙊 4mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen I found The Trespasser to be a super sized procedural. It was all police stuff all the time. I liked okay but my favorites of hers are The Likeness, Secret Place and Broken Harbor.... Probably in that order. Also I feel like she's not going to be an author for everyone. In some ways she reminds me of Donna Tartt. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking she might not be the right author for me 😉 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review, especially since you had some criticism. Either way ✔️ prompt completed! 4mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I attended a private Q&A event today with Tayari Jones and she was amazing and funny and inspiring! Of course she is! Immediately after the event I went and bought her newest book. I've read Silver Sparrow and loved it! Have been wanting to read this one since it came out.... Will be bumping it up to the top of the stack!

KarenUK It‘s soooooo good! Enjoy 💕👍 4mo
riversong153 This is an awesome book! 4mo
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This morning I got all dressed up and drove downtown to attend a book event only to discover when I got there that I wrote the date down wrong and the event is actually tomorrow. 🙈 Alas. So I drove back home, got back into my yoga pants, and wrote for the rest of the day. Now settling in for a quiet evening with Me, Myself, and Tana French. There is cinnamon in my hot coco. 😈

#irishauthor #booked2019

readordierachel There are certainly worse ways to spend an evening ☺ 4mo
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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A very unhealthy lunch for me today. You only live once. Also it was delicious.

Starting this #truecrime book today too. A little bit out of the box perhaps but I'm using it for my #femaledetective prompt. Also counting it as my Kindle #readwhatyouown for the month! So far it's good--I can't swipe the pages fast enough!

#booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft Those tots look delicious! 4mo
AmyG I loved this book. I lived near the author in NJ....same county. So I got a kick out of that. 4mo
JennyM #Stacked - will use for the same #booked2019 prompt 😊 (edited) 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice choice. I‘m planning to read it for #genrebusting! 4mo
Cinfhen I have this one on my kindle too!!! Thanks for the suggestion @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen You‘re welcome! 😎 4mo
valeriegeary @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen from what I've read so far, it'll make a great one for genre busting! It's a rough book to read though.... The content is heartbreaking 💔 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the feedback....I find I‘m reading a lot more NF already this year...I find I really enjoy people‘s personal stories 4mo
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I'm practicing Saturday morning chore avoidance. These kids just found a skull in the backyard. Vacuuming can wait. #setinireland #irishauthor #booked2019 #readwhatyouown

Lindy Ha! 💀=priorities. 4mo
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The main character in this book keeps talking about Monster Munch and so of course I need to know what this is immediately. Thank you Google! Turns out Monster Munch is a crunchy corn chip kind of snack that comes in such tantalizing flavors as Pickled Onion, Roast Beef, and Flamin' Hot. #themoreyouknow #setinireland #booked2019

Lindy 🤢 4mo
cathysaid Just. Say. No. 4mo
AlaMich Roast beef and pickled onion? 🤢 4mo
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JennyM It‘s a British thing...I‘ve live o/s for 11 years and when we have visitors they have to bring a packet of pickled onion monster munch and Cadbury chocolate! Yum 😋😆 (edited) 4mo
Weaponxgirl Monster munch is amazing! Brit here who loves every single flavour and they are big and super crunchy. That character is right on the money! 4mo
Weaponxgirl @JennyM do you need some curly wurleys? My aunt who lives in the states often asks for those in a care package 😂 4mo
RachelO And I‘m instantly transported back to the school bus in the early 80s. 😝 Never was a fan! 4mo
Kaye I‘m wondering if this was what Karl Pilkington was talking about in one of his books. He always packed a bunch of snacks from home for his trips to other countries and I think this was one he mentioned. 4mo
JennyM @Weaponxgirl curly wurleys are the best - we usually get a big sweet package with each visitor 😆 and it‘s funny, @RachelO I was never a fan before I moved away! 4mo
Weaponxgirl @RachelO noooooooooo!!! 😂 4mo
valeriegeary @JennyM Cadbury is the best chocolate! 4mo
valeriegeary @Weaponxgirl @jennym @RachelO This why Litsy is the best. I get to learn about snack foods in other countries! I would definitely try the pickled Onion monster munch but I'm a little suspicious of roast beef! 🤣 But now I'm dying to know... What are curly wurleys? 4mo
Weaponxgirl @valeriegeary they are a chocolate bar by Cadbury, basically a toffee coated in chocolate in a curly wurly shape. 😂 I would also recommend crunchy bars and toffee crisps. And if you ever want to make a Brit indignant ask us about the price of freddos. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft 🤢 that does not sound yummy to me! But I do love everything Cadbury. I also hate all the weird Doritos flavors. 4mo
Cinfhen Love that you googled this!!! 4mo
Boooooks I love monster munch who wouldn‘t want to eat pickled onion flavoured crisps shaped like feet 😂. For me curly wurleys are the kind of chocolate that I leave in a selection box. 4mo
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Friday night plans! Make some progress with this one, my #irishauthor and also #setinireland pick for #booked2019. This one also counts toward my #readwhatyouown goal this month.

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Julsmarshall Ooh, so does that mean I can count In the Woods as my Irish book? 4mo
valeriegeary @Julsmarshall I would say definitely!!! 4mo
Cinfhen Fabulous xx How‘s that ankle??? 4mo
valeriegeary @Cinfhen still attached! 🤣 I'm not back to my normal running, biking, hiking self, but my walks are getting longer and less limpy and I started swimming again! 🤗 I'm still surprised at how much it hurts. Ugh. 4mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Talk about a set back!! Glad you‘re able to do some activities 4mo
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Fifth Season | N K Jemisin
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Hubby built shelves for my office!!!!! To say I am thrilled is an understatement. Certain these will fill up fast but for now enjoying the carpentry. 😄😍😎 #shelfie

wanderinglynn Those look fantastic! Well done hubby! 💜📚 4mo
Redwritinghood Very nice! 4mo
readordierachel So cool! 4mo
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valeriegeary @wanderinglynn @Redwritinghood @readordierachel next step is to find some cute bookends! 🙌 4mo
That-Bookish-Hiker These look awesome! 4mo
CouronneDhiver Nice! 4mo
Puredragonstar Wow pretty!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
SitsWithaBook Beautiful! 4mo
AlaMich They look great! And I love the alternating shades of blue paintwork too. 4mo
Tamra So nice! 4mo
llwheeler Those are awesome! 4mo
LibrarianRyan Nice! 4mo
Kalalalatja Lovely! 4mo
LeahBergen What wonderful shelves! 😍 4mo
hermyknee Beautiful! How kind ♥️ 4mo
saresmoore Wow, excellent craftsmanship! 4mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads book for 2019!!!!! Stop by your local branch to get a free copy! #portlandoregon #librarylove #everybodyreads

8little_paws That's awesome!! 5mo
Cinfhen So jealous! What an awesome city 5mo
TNbookworm What a great idea! Love this❤ 5mo
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Tamra Library Envy! (edited) 5mo
charl08 Great choice! 5mo
That-Bookish-Hiker I wish that was in my county!!! I‘ve been wanting to read her book. Do you have to have a library card or can I go to any library in Portland and get one? 5mo
valeriegeary @That-Bookish-Hiker It's my understanding that you don't need to have a library card, that you can just go in to any branch and grab one, if they have them. They encourage you to pass the book on to friends when you're done. 🤗 They also appear to have ebook and audiobook available! 5mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Awesome! I‘ll need to make my way to one of the libraries. I wish Washington County did this. 5mo
RaimeyGallant So jealous. 5mo
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Book mail! Thank you @LauraBeth! Happy to give this one a new home!! I can't wait to read it!!

saresmoore I‘ll be reading this one some time this year. 5mo
valeriegeary @saresmoore ooooo, let me know, I'll read with you if I can. Also now that I'm looking at it again....I think it might make a good female detective pick for #booked2019 🤔 5mo
LauraBeth Yay 🙌 I still have this one sitting in my shelf waiting to be read as well! 5mo
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