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Joined November 2016

I'm not wise, but I read a lot of novels-Elena Ferrante
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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time | Robert Jordan, Teresa Patterson
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I had a few unexpected free minutes, so I ducked into B&N. I noticed this on a fantasy display. I haven't watched the show, or read the books, yet. I figured some littens would be interested. The printed sticker though 🙄

The_Penniless_Author Yes! That stupid "sticker" is on all of the newer boxed set versions of the novels, too ? 19h
vivastory @The_Penniless_Author Right?!! I have the first 2 boxed sets (without the stickers) & I received an email on Black Friday that the rest of them were going to be on a flash deal. I would have bought them had it not been for those stupid stickers! I understand if they were to put it on the tie-in edition that they released, but they have now put them on ALL of the editions. Obscene... 18h
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My #jolabokaflodswap box arrived! It pairs nicely with the festive stickers in my #botm box that also arrived. I look forward to opening it on Xmas Eve. Thanks @Nessavamusic 🎁📚🎄
@MaleficentBookDragon

Nessavamusic Yay! I hope you enjoy it! 5h
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Angelmaker | Nick Harkaway
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The only Harkaway book that I have read is The Gone-Away World. Although I recall it was a bit of a slog at times, it 100% paid off & I ended up giving it 5 stars. Angelmaker, is not about #angels but rather about a doomsday device that is accidentally triggered by a clock repairman. He must team up with an octogenarian spy to save the world from destruction. It's been described as “gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy.“ Sounds good to me.

Eggs I‘m intrigued! Great choice👼🙌🏻 22h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💛🖤 😇 22h
rabbitprincess I really liked this one and have to read it again! Planning to read Tigerman next. 21h
vivastory @rabbitprincess I think I'll try to read it soon 📚 20h
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#decemberchill #musicalmatters @cinfhen @barbarabb
Now is as good of a time as any to post my best of the year list that I have been compiling throughout the year. As much as I like Lana Del Rey, despite what Spotify's wrapped says there was one artist who typified 2021 for me & that was Queen Sharon Van Etten.👑 Listen here, if you want:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2KKQntnk2zUgndqZMlOmhh

TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 23h
Michael_Gee I saw Japanese Breakfast when they came to STL! It was a great show. 23h
vivastory @Michael_Gee I can imagine! They were here a couple of months ago & I would have def went, but am currently avoiding crowds 23h
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Suet624 Love your list. 22h
vivastory @Suet624 Thanks! A lot of them were songs I discovered thanks to my member supported radio station 🤘 21h
BarbaraBB Awesome list. Saved it for the right moment! 🤍 20h
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! I loved your list, too 🎶 20h
Suet624 I‘m kind of embarrassed to admit that most of my list is male groups. 20h
Billypar Obviously I haven't been paying as close attention to the music world in 2021 - no idea that Lake Street Dive, Cat Power, and (most surprisingly) Tears for Fears all released new music. The three songs you included are really good too. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the list! 11h
vivastory @Billypar Cat Power is releasing an album of cover songs in about a month. I can already tell it's going to be my first favorite album of '22 10h
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing!!! I had a good laugh when “Sowing the Seeds of Love” made my 2021 Spotify wrapped list @Billypar 9h
Cinfhen I don‘t think I listened/ discovered a single new song all year 9h
Billypar @Cinfhen And that still somehow sounds more plausible to me than: "the new Tears for Fears album". But here we are ? 8h
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 that‘s 2021 for you @Billypar 8h
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America 1692. America 2021.

Branwen YUP! 👏👏👏 1d
Julsmarshall Oof. Sadly true. 1d
BennettBookworm Wowwwww this is so good 1d
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Chrissyreadit 👏wow! 1d
AmyG I saw this online yesterday. We‘ve moved nowhere as a country. 😢 1d
Megabooks Unfortunately…👎🏻 1d
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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I just bought a sheet of the commemorative Le Guin stamp. The scene of a an arduous journey through #snow & ice is from the tagged book, which I read this year. I really liked it & plan on reading more Le Guin soon. #wishesandblessings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

marleed Very cool! 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect ❄️💙📚 2d
Eggs Great choice❄️☃️❄️ 2d
tenar I bought these, too. Love ‘em and love her! 2d
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TBT to the beginning of the year when I finished the tagged book, a #NYWD selection, & afterwards headed to my local sporting goods store to pose my copy with boxing #gloves
#wishesandblessings @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Hooked_on_books I love that you did that. That‘s photo commitment! 2d
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I got a few strange looks, but it was worth it! 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it!!! 2d
Eggs What a great idea! 2d
Megabooks Great photo! Worth the looks. 1d
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Two packages from Amazon are headed your way @Judybskt for #jolabokaflodswap One should arrive this Friday & the other should be delivered 12/5. I try to avoid shopping amazon, but I have a family emergency this week & wanted to get this in the mail. Enjoy! @MaleficentBookDragon

Judybskt @vivastory I can‘t wait!! 2d
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Just looked at my Spotify wrapup. I'm always a bit surprised by my most listened to artist. Lana Del Rey's Chemtrails Over the Country Club was one of my first favorite albums of the year, but I figured I have listened to others more often. Not surprised that WSIRN is my most listened to podcast. Backlisted was # 2. Also, if I ever write an autobiography I have found my title "Yearning & Wistful." Sounds like a Belle and Sebastian album.

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Checked out a few books at the library today. I'm looking forward to reading Matrix in January & I always meant to read Groff's story collection. I just read the first piece, & to say that it's amazing is an understatement.

Suet624 Groff is an automatic read for me. I really liked these stories. (edited) 4d
vivastory @Suet624 I've only read Fates and Furies & a few stories, but I've *loved* everything I've read by her. I don't know if I can wait until January to read Matrix. 3d
Cathythoughts I must get these stories! And Arcadia too , I am also a big fan 👍🏻 3d
Suet624 @vivastory I‘m interested to hear what you think of Matrix. It‘s different. 3d
Suet624 @Cathythoughts I lived in a commune with my daughter for a good number of years and i swear Groff must have too. She got so much of it right in Arcadia. (edited) 3d
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This seems oddly specific 🤔

Bookzombie Yes, it does. 4d
Ruthiella Looking at murder from both sides now? 3d
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella good one 😁. I‘m stacking. Love Joni & love crime ❤️❤️ 3d
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MaureenMc It‘s coming on Christmas. They‘re cutting down trees… and EACH OTHER. (*ominous music*) 3d
Ruthiella @MaureenMc 😂😂😂 3d
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Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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The Echo Wife may still be on my TBR, but I'm still excited for their upcoming horror novel. (Image from TOR IG)

Twainy Ooooooo …. Skips off to recommend another new book to my library …. I enjoyed that book … Thank you 4d
Twainy LOL July 18, 2022 … officially recommended …. I assume I‘ll be first in line if the library picks up the book 😁 thanks 4d
monalyisha Oh no! I love her but this sounds terrifying. 🙈 What a quandary! 😅 4d
Cathythoughts Stacking ! I just might be brave enough to read this .. I‘ve ordered Echo Wife , recommended by @Megabooks (edited) 3d
batsy Arresting cover and the description makes it sound proper creepy 😱 3d
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I have yet to read any of Valancourt's Xmas anthologies, but I'm intrigued. From the pub. site: "Seeking to capitalize on the success of...A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers & magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time." I love the idea of reading the latest spooky tale in the #warmth of home, with a tea or coffee close by. #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! And like a good Christmas present 👍🏻 4d
vivastory @Cathythoughts I agree, but one that you'd maybe want to gift a little early🎁 4d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻Yes 4d
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LeahBergen I love Valancourt books! And I read some sort of Christmas ghost stories every year. 👌 4d
vivastory @LeahBergen Is there a particular Valancourt Xmas volume that you would recommend? 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🔥 👏🏻📚 4d
LeahBergen I actually don‘t own any of the Valancourt Christmas volumes. My Christmas ghost stories are all in other books. 4d
vivastory @LeahBergen I see. Did you see this new anthology? I ordered it yesterday 4d
LeahBergen @vivastory ooo! That sounds amazing. I‘m off to check it out…. 4d
Eggs Perfection ❣️ 4d
NikkiM5 @AFrostCauseReads this looks cool 3d
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My goal for #NonfictionNovember was to read at least 4 nf books. I read 5, If I was to count Epileptic by David B which I read on Halloween it would be 6. The standouts were Night, Voices From Chernobyl, Imagine Wanting Only This. These are 3 new favorites that I will be thinking about, & recommending, for years to come. Now on to #CloakAndDaggerChristmas

Hooked_on_books I‘ve read several from Alexievich and I‘m a true believer. 4d
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I plan on reading the following soon which I recall you liked 4d
Hooked_on_books It‘s so good. I learned a lot from it. She‘s really good at illustrating multiple perspectives while respecting all her contributors as humans. 4d
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Let me be clear: Mallory O'Meara's work is important in reclaiming Milicent Patrick as a Hollywood trailblazer. Her childhood on the Hearst Castle was so outlandish it had me annoying people with Hearst trivia. One of my favorite sections of the book is her career at Disney. Yet, I found O'Meara's conversational style to be a bit of a disservice to her subject. I appreciated the humorous footnotes (some of them, but others were tiring👇

vivastory &/or irksome).I felt like Milicent deserved a bit more gravitas than to be told every 30 pages or so that she was a badass. I know she is, I don't need to be told that. I also found it odd that O'Meara would mention an important photograph, & some of these photos were clearly personal photos, but it wouldn't be included. I do realize that this is one aspect of the book that she probably didn't have much control over. A soft pick for me. 4d
vivastory I will remember the subject & it will provide the motivation to watch Creature From the Black Lagoon. I do wish that I was ending #NonfictionNovember with a better selection. (edited) 4d
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Anyone know what O'Hara poem is being referenced? I looked in the acknowledgements & it wasn't cited. I'd like to read it.

KathyWheeler I wonder if the Frank O‘Hara is a misprint? John O‘Hara‘s first novel was Appointment in Samarra which refers to this story. 5d
vivastory @KathyWheeler Good point. I think that you're right. 5d
KathyWheeler @vivastory I looked up Frank O‘Hara and this story and couldn‘t find anything which made me wonder if that wasn‘t the case. (edited) 5d
vivastory @KathyWheeler I read his Collected Poems many years ago and didn't recall a poem about this, but it was a massive volume 5d
Vansa Was just going to say the same thing- it's John O'Hara and not Frank O'Hara. What a huge error for the editor to overlook. 4d
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I imagine there's a #porch or two mentioned in this tour of homes, real & imagined, from great works of fiction. I came across this while at the library today. #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Oh gosh I love this idea!!!! 5d
LeahBergen I have this one, too! 4d
vivastory @LeahBergen I saw your copy when I was looking through the feed. It looks delightful! 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover! 🏡 4d
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I have only read the first book in Larsson's trilogy, but from what I recall Lisbeth Salander's #boots were not in the books but added during the movie. Still iconic IMO. #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Jeannineth Definitely on my list of top fictional characters . 6d
Scochrane26 You should read the next 2 books. Lisbeth is a great character. 6d
vivastory @Jeannineth She's great. I've been thinking of rewatching the movies 6d
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vivastory @Scochrane26 I'm definitely planning on it. Will be reading book 2 at some point over the next couple of months 6d
TravelsWithBooks Good books! I listened to them. Helps with the Swedish names. 6d
Eggs Such a great character👏🏻👏🏻 6d
Reggie I love this trilogy. They got sooo dark. 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 👢🖤 5d
leah152 I've only read the first one too. Anyone read the follow up novels? Did they stand up to the originals? 😊 5d
Vansa @leah152 I've read the trilogy, the other 2 books definitely stand up to the original, and take on politics and corruption as well 4d
leah152 Awesome, might look for them next time I'm op shopping 😊 4d
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Rabbits | Terry Miles
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#Silence is key to the players of Rabbits. Is Rabbits real? Are the players in between iterations now? What does Jeff Goldblum have to do with it & why did I dream about him a couple of nights before I started reading Miles' book? Will I actually write a review of the book? Who knows! 🐇#GratefulHarvest @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Twainy On my library hold list since ….August 26. 😆 says 8 more weeks. 6d
vivastory @Twainy I really liked it. It's like a mix between Blake Crouch & Ready Player One but with 90s references instead of 80s references. I looked at the author note afterwards & noticed he's produced several podcasts. One of them, Black Tapes, I've been meaning to check out for awhile. I hope you get your hold soon 6d
Eggs Well done 👏🏻👏🏻💙👍🏼👍🏼 5d
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By Gaslight | Steven Price
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Still on my TBR shelves, I'm sure there is a #lantern or two in this historical novel set in Victorian London. #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

TheKidUpstairs I've got this on my shelf too. I keep meaning to read it, and then choosing something else. Maybe I'm intimidated by the size? Who knows. 6d
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs I'm definitely intimidated by the size. I do want to read it though, but I have so many other doorstop books on my TBR. Maybe someday...in the next couple of years 😂 6d
Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novel. Yes, it took awhile to read, but very atmospheric and thrilling! 6d
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vivastory @Readergrrl Glad to hear! I might move it up my TBR 6d
LeahBergen Still on my TBR, too. 😆 5d
vivastory @LeahBergen I'm glad to know I'm in good company 📚🤣 5d
Eggs A great setting for a story❣️ 5d
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"anthology snack" I desperately needed that laugh ?
#NonfictionNovember

Megabooks 😂😂 5d
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Sleeping Beauties, Vol. 1 | Stephen King, Rio Youers, Owen King
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The novel that this graphic novel is based on is one of my favorites of the year. In fact in my current King rankings it stands at # 7. I loved the imaginative & unique story. The pacing of the book was flawless,it was epic in scope but perfectly executed & Stephen & Owen King did a phenomenal job of balancing a memorable cast of characters. In my review after finishing it I said that it delivers in several ways that The Stand simply doesn't.👇

vivastory Four months later I still stand behind this statement. The graphic novel makes the mammoth mistake of attempting to adapt a 700+ page novel into 2 slim volumes. What a disaster! This is like the Cliff Notes to the Reader's Digest version of the novel. It would have been a better idea for them to have created an entirely new story that happened the same day as the Aurora sickness, rather than mercilessly edit the book down. (edited) 1w
vivastory I will not waste my time with vol. 2. Just substitute “The Graphic Novel“ for “The Movie“ & the meme could have basically been my review 😂 (edited) 1w
Nute Brilliant review! This is always the problem with any type of adaptation of his work. Forget about trying to condense it. Better to leave it alone or run a series or like you said, do a tag along story. 1w
TrishB I‘m not a graphic novel fan but occasionally buy for hubby so I definitely won‘t get this one! 1w
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I was motivated to join #cloakanddaggerchristmas after seeing @merelybookish post. Initially I was aiming for only 4 prompts, but when I saw that 1 prompt is the easily completed one of watching a mystery show I added that. Then I was tempted by the fact that completion of six prompts earns me Police Inspector Level, Here are the 6 prompts including multiple choices for the same prompt so I can pick & choose:👇

vivastory 💀Agatha Raisin: (Clarke's Girl 11; Rinehart's Miss Pinkerton)
🔪Tommy & Tuppence (Osman's Thursday Murder Club; Horowitz's Word is Murder)
🕵Kinsey Milhone (B is for Burglar; Joe Ide's Hi Five)
📺Columbo:(Mare of Easttown; Sherlock feat Cumberbatch earlier seasons)
🌍Detective Galileo: (PD James' Mistletoe Murders; Jane Harper's Survivors; Mukherjee's Rising Man)
🔍Flavia de Luce: (Raman's Will to Kill Barron's Blood Standard)
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vivastory I might use some of the unused books from a certain prompt for a different prompt if the mood strikes me (ie Mukherjee's Rising Man could also be used for the Flavia prompt & Thursday Murder Club could be used for Agatha Raisin. I have a lot of good options here.) Here is a link for more info for anyone that's interested:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CWTbYSFrp2B/?utm_medium=copy_link
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RaeLovesToRead Oh wow! If only there were more days in the week... I would love to do this challenge 😶 1w
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vivastory @RaeLovesToRead You definitely should! You can use the same book for multiple prompts & it runs for the entire month of Dec. There is a level for meeting 3 prompts 1w
RaeLovesToRead Very tempted. Mystery fiction is my favourite 🕵‍♀️🧐 1w
Hooked_on_books I love how you gradually talked yourself into more prompts. That‘s absolutely something I would do. 😂 1w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books It would have bugged me if I was only prompt away from reaching another level 😂 1w
Laughterhp This looks like a fun challenge. 1w
vivastory @Laughterhp You should join in. You can't go wrong with mystery & the holidays! 🕵 1w
merelybookish 👏👏 Yay! Finding options for the different prompts is not hard! I also have a few that could work in a few different categories. I'm excited! I picked up a few holds at the library today. 1w
vivastory @merelybookish I will be making a library run tomorrow 📚📚 1w
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I have heard nothing but praise for Von Arnim's novel. I look forward to finally reading it. Hopefully sooner than later. #Enchanted #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Soubhiville Ooo, I love this cover! 1w
vivastory @Soubhiville It really is lovely. NYRB wins again! 1w
Kdgordon88 It‘s the April #SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie if you‘re interested in reading along with a group. 1w
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vivastory @Kdgordon88 I will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks! 1w
LeahBergen It‘s so good! I hope you enjoy it. 😊 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks! I'm trying to remember if anyone in NYRB has nominated it 🤔 1w
Eggs Beautiful cover🌲🧡🌲 1w
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Have a great day 🍷🥧📚
If you celebrate, or not, I hope it's a special day.
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Leftcoastzen My kind of pie! 1w
LeahBergen And to you, too! ❤️ 1w
Megabooks Happy thanksgiving to you! 🦃 1w
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kplovesbooks Best pie ever!! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you had some pies! 1w
vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm I did! A piece of delicious pecan pie. Did you have any? 1w
erzascarletbookgasm No! We don‘t celebrate anyway. It was a good Thursday 👍 1w
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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“Everybody around us was weeping. Someone began to recite Kaddish, prayer for the dead. I don't know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves.“
Over the past couple of years I have read a few memorable books about WW2 (Kean's Bastard Brigade & Ohler's Blitzed spring to mind) & I have a vivid memory of reading the Diary of Anne Frank in high school. Yet, thanks to a recent post by @nute👇

vivastory I was reminded of a gap in my reading: Wiesel's “Night.“ Wiesel begins by telling of his adolescent experience in Hungary & how he & his family were first sent to a ghetto & subsequently to Auschwitz. Night is a modern day Book of Job. What Wiesel describes when his father & him first reach Birkenau ranks among the most chilling & harrowing pages that I have ever read. In fact the book features several such passages. I am not one for saying that 1w
vivastory such & such book should be read by everyone, but I do have exceptions. Wiesel's is one such exception. It should be read by everyone. Reader & non-reader alike. It still has much to say about the exploitation of power, man's capacity for evil towards his fellow man & it stands as a remarkable testimony of the Holocaust. #NonfictionNovember 1w
sarahbarnes I agree. I didn‘t read it until I was an adult either. 1w
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vivastory @sarahbarnes When I was in high school we read & watched a lot of WW2 related materials. It was when Schindler's list was released & I think that the Holocaust museum had just opened. I do think that Night should be taught in schools, but maybe not until junior or senior level. It's chilling. I just remembered that there's an exhibit about Auschwitz at Union Station currently. I'm going to try to visit before it leaves. 1w
tealwish My 10th grader just had to read it in English class. We had a good talk after he finished it, and I am glad it was required reading for him. 1w
vivastory @tealwish I'm glad to hear that he read it. I imagine it will stick with him for a long time! 1w
Nute “A modern day Book Of Job.” You given me much to deliberate. (edited) 1w
Goleemn A book I love to teach. An eye-opener for students and it hits home because they are about the same age. Books still have power! 1w
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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This book, in fact this author, has been on my TBR for eons. This is one of the first covers to come to mind when I think of #chilly #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

melissajayne I quite liked it 1w
bookaholic1 Such a good book 1w
Prairiegirl_reading I love that book. 1w
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Eggs This has been on my TBR 4-ever!! 1w
quietjenn I was just eyeing this one the other day! I really loved the author's other book, so not sure why I haven't read this yet. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s on mine too!! 1w
StaceGhost I just finished it and it was incredible! One of my favorite reads of the year 1w
tpixie This is a lovely Russian fairy tale retelling. 1w
RaeLovesToRead I have this too. I've heard it's pretty special! Might shuffle it right up the TBR 😊 1w
Amandajoy I just started reading this! I convinced my book club to make this our December pick because I wanted to read it! 1w
vivastory @melissajayne @bookaholic1 @Prairiegirl_reading @staceghost @tpixie
All of your praise for the book has definitely convinced me to put it on my TBR pile for sometime over the next couple of months. Looking forward to it!
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vivastory @quietjenn I have that one too. If I remember correctly her other one has a unique format. Epistolary? 1w
vivastory @Eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @raelovestoread All of the praise in this thread is motivating me to read it soon. I think it'll be a great seasonal read! 1w
vivastory @Amandajoy Nice! I will keep an eye out for your review. 1w
quietjenn @vivastory yes! Journal entries, letters, lots of printed ephemera. I found it entirely engrossing. 1w
vivastory @quietjenn That's 💯 my wheelhouse. Thanks 👍 1w
bookaholic1 @vivastory 👍👍👍 1w
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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1) Today I'd have to say: King, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson.
2) Morag Gunn from The Diviners, Veruca Salt, Uriah Heep (Dickens had the best character names), Ignatius Reilly, Macon Dead AKA Milkman (so many great names in Song of Solomon)
3) Loads were added this morning upon finding out that the annual Book Concierge has been released:
https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2021

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs #2 - great names❣️❣️ 1w
LeahBergen Morag Gunn! 😊 1w
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Golden State features an odd couple team sent to investigate what starts as a routine accidental death & soon becomes much more. As the Washington Post review noted of Laszlo's detecting skills, “The novel‘s narrator Laszlo Ratesic, is a member of the state‘s Speculative Service, the law-enforcement body charged with ferreting out lies and liars and with sorting “accidental infelicities” from “purposeful misrepresentations.” Like other members👇

vivastory of the service, Laszlo has a sixth sense for mendacity. It produces a physical reaction in him, like an allergy.“ For some reason I recall Laszlo having a fondness for pie, I don't recall if this included #pumpkin pie. This is the 6th Winters book that I have read & although not my favorite of his it was well worth reading. #GratefulHarvest @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs (edited) 2w
Suet624 I read this for the TOB. I remember really liking it until the end. It kind of went off the rails. 2w
BkClubCare Yes!! #PieinLit. My notes mention Blueberry Pie at the House of Pie 😄 2w
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vivastory @Suet624 I agree about the end 2w
vivastory @BkClubCare Thanks for the reminder! I knew there was something distinct about the scene where he eats pie, just couldn't remember what 2w
BarbaraBB I really really likes this one. 2w
Megabooks I almost ordered this from BOTM half a dozen times. Perhaps I should have. 🤔 1w
vivastory @Megabooks I would start with his Last Policeman trilogy first, if you haven't read them. 1w
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Harvest HOme | Thomas Tryon
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Tryon's The Other is hands down one of my favorite evil child stories of all time 🍷 I have also heard good things about #Harvest Home. Maybe one day I'll get around to it! #GratefulHarvest @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LeahBergen I really want to read this one, too! 2w
vivastory @LeahBergen Twisted minds think alike 😅 2w
KathyWheeler I read this way back when and loved it. 2w
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Cathythoughts Great cover (edited) 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve already stacked this! I really liked The Other. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤☠️🤍 2w
vivastory @KathyWheeler I'll have to read it soon! 2w
vivastory @Cathythoughts Isn't it? Gives me Bradbury vibes 2w
vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm I read The Other twice & liked it even more the second time around 2w
Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2w
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Very sad news about Robert Bly. I was fortunate enough to attend a few readings while living in Minneapolis. Two in particular stand out: shortly after Tomas Transtromer won the Nobel there was a reading of his work at a large church downtown in the middle of winter. Transtromer wasn't able to be present, but Bly a prominent translator & close friend of Transtromer's, was there. It ended up being standing room. He read & reminisced for 2 hours.👇

vivastory The other memorable event was at the same church, but thankfully during the summer. Poet Jane Hirshfield was there. I was unaware that Bly would be present. Hirshfield had published a book of translations of the works of Mirabai with Bly. They took turns reading from the book. Each adding commentary about the process. The pictured book, co-edited by Bly, is easily one of my favorite poetry anthologies. The scope & quality is hard to beat. 2w
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1) The tagged book. It's the first book that I've read by James. I just read the first two stories & am really liking it so far.
2) Side dishes, especially stuffing & green bean casserole!
3) Tana French's The Likeness & Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

Ruthiella I love green bean casserole and only eat it during the holidays .😋 2w
LeahBergen I went to hear PD James read once and she was already pretty old by then but …wow, she was fascinating!! 2w
Bklover Side dishes. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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vivastory @Ruthiella I can't wait to have some later this week! 2w
vivastory @LeahBergen That must have been incredible! I imagine you have seen a lot of incredible authors. Do you have any favorites? 2w
vivastory @Bklover They're the best 💙 2w
LeahBergen Of the authors I‘ve seen? Hmm… I once went to a David Sedaris reading here during Stanley Cup season when our hockey team was doing really well. It was spontaneously planned, held in the corner of a local bookshop, and about 12 people showed up. He thanked us for coming out to see him on such an important night. 🤣🤣 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve seen Margaret Atwood numerous times since the ‘90s and she‘s always brilliant. It‘s not always the big names, though; I saw Sarah Waters on one of her first book tours (for Fingersmith) and have loved her ever since. 😊 2w
vivastory @LeahBergen Sedaris has been here numerous times & I always mean to go but haven't. All of the stories that I've heard about him I know it'd be a blast. I would love to see Atwood. Sarah Waters would likewise be incredible. I miss live readings so much. 2w
LeahBergen So do I! 😩 2w
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Imagine Wanting Only This | Kristen Radtke
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I have read enough graphic memoirs by now to know what I am looking for & Radtke's checks all of the boxes & more! Kristen's beloved uncle Dan dies while she's in college at the same time that she has become progressively more interested in ruins & urban exploration. What initially appeared to be a straightforward grief memoir morphs into a reflection on the power of art during times of loss & ends with some of the most powerful final pages👇

vivastory that I have come across in a graphic memoir this year. Having lost 2 family members in '21 I was profoundly moved by Radtke's work & I also appreciated that it didn't become saccharine either. The artwork is crisp & frequently breathtaking & the ideas behind the book will resonate with me for a long time. One of the best books I've read this year. #NonFictionNovember I will definitely be adding Radtke's Seek You to my #NYWD January TBR @megabooks 2w
vivastory I lucked out because I had forgotten it is on hold for me at the library & my hold arrived today! 2w
Megabooks She has a thoughtful precision to her words and art, and I really appreciate that in a graphic memoirist. In Seek You, she was able to draw in and out from larger and smaller ideas seamlessly. I‘m going to look for this one! Thanks for the tag. I hope you enjoy Seek You. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I completely agree. She really is a master at conveying so much with so little. There's one moment in the book that was so well-executed that it was almost literally breathtaking. Imagine Wanting etc is so difficult to classify but all of her ideas worked perfectly. I'm really looking forward to Seek You 2w
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Imagine Wanting Only This | Kristen Radtke
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This book!

vivastory @Megabooks I'm writing my review now. I'm going to tag you 2w
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Michel Faber fans, & appreciaters of creative baking, check out these iced biscuits from Jen Campbells IG! For non Litsy social media Jen's is one of my favorite follows around the holidays.

Nute Way cool! 2w
LeahBergen Ooo! 😍 2w
Eyelit Awesomeness! 2w
batsy I love her! 2w
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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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I could have used a few books for today's prompt, but I immediately thought of the tagged book read for #NYRBBookClub For some reason the passage about the multicolored #scarf that our narrator's friend bought her always stuck with me. It was a splash of color in an otherwise relentlessly bleak book. This book has continued to stay with me since reading it, one of the surprises of the year. #GratefulHarvest @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Leftcoastzen Nice pick ! I think of it too , haunted by it. 2w
Eggs Beautiful 🧣🙌🏻 2w
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Falling | T J Newman
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To be clear this is a very soft pick for me. I just spent a solid 10 minutes ranting to my brother about something that our MC, Bill, does in the book. This is a bit of a throwback to the 90s blockbusters like Speed & Air Force One. An entertaining popcorn thriller with some issues that I simply cannot ignore, as much as I try.

Addison_Reads I felt the same about this one. 2w
vivastory @Addison_Reads After I posted this review I looked at a few on Goodreads. Roxane Gay's made me chuckle, “Then there are the tics. For example, whenever a character is surprised, their jaw drops. There were so many dropping jaws throughout the novel. A pandemic of dropped jaws. Bill's jaw dropped at least four times. “ 2w
Reggie Lol love the collage. I forget which book it was but I was wondering how many times the characters needed to push their hair back and whether it needed to be written that many times. 2w
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vivastory @Reggie Little tics like that really drive me crazy sometimes. How in the world does it get past an editor... 2w
Megabooks I could not get past the unbelievability of this book. Popcorn thriller is right! 2w
vivastory @Megabooks The fact that Bill throws the gas canister into the cabin of the plane but manages to keep his job. Really?!! 🙄 2w
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Falling | T J Newman
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I have about 80 pages left in the tagged. Winslow calls it "Jaws at 35,000 feet." I honestly keep thinking of the show 24.

kplovesbooks 😂 But, best show ever, IMHO. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
Leftcoastzen Yes, indeed! 2w
merelybookish 😂🤣 2w
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Ruthiella 😆😆😆 2w
Eggs 💛📚🤣 2w
Cupcake12 So true! 🤣 2w
Cathythoughts 😂 love it 2w
batsy Ha! Perfect 😆 2w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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When I found out that the GR awards were posted a few days ago I was at dinner with a friend. I lamented the fact that I would be unable to vote in several categories as the majority of the new books that I read are still backlist from at least a couple of years ago. Talk about serious FOMO! Luckily, @monalyisha gave me a stellar match featuring numerous 2021 books on my TBR! This will be my third year of #NewYearWhoDis & am happy to be matched👇

vivastory with my longtime Litsy pal @megabooks The only books that I have read on her list (loved both of them) are # 5 & 7. I already had # 11 on my Dec TBR & tentatively # 16 as well. The four pictured in my collage are the selections that I will read for sure in January. (edited) 2w
AmyG Matrix is great! 2w
vivastory @AmyG I'm planning on making it my first book of 2022. It seems like a good one to kick off the year with 2w
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monalyisha I would read all of these (and have, in fact, read Cultish). I hope you enjoy! 🌟 2w
vivastory @monalyisha I had already planned on buying both the Bourdain bio & Matrix at my local indie with holiday gift cards, so it works out! 2w
Nute Seems like a perfect match for both of you!🙂 2w
vivastory @Nute Agreed! I always look forward to end of the year/beginning of the year reading & this makes it even more special 2w
Leftcoastzen I loved the Bourdain ! 2w
squirrelbrain Such a great list! I‘ve read 8 (!) of them, and loved them all… 2w
Cinfhen Great list from @Megabooks Happy Reading 🥰 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've heard great things. It seems like oral biographies have really taken off the past couple of years 2w
vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I'm looking forward to it. Meg has great taste 📚📚 2w
Cinfhen A bunch of Meg‘s books made my list too 😉 2w
Megabooks What‘s so wonderful about @monalyisha ‘s match is that I was hoping to get someone with a lot of backlist titles! 😃 Matrix may have surpassed Station 11 as my all-time fav. Great book to kick off the year! Bourdain was amazing. Really interested to see if you love it as much. There are two documentaries on my TBW list that go well with Cultish - the LuLaRoe one on Amazon and the Weigh Down one on HBO. Cultish really changed my thinking ⬇️ 2w
Megabooks ⬆️ about MLMs for sure. Just fascinating. Nightbitch is one that I think about every day. It brings up so many questions about art and life and motherhood in a very creative way. So glad you picked those. Enjoy! 2w
Megabooks Hopefully I didn‘t over-explain things!! 😬😂 I have a tendency to do that. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I have high hopes for all 4 & I don't imagine I'll be disappointed. I will definitely check out the documentaries after finishing Cultish. Another one that would supplement it well is Generation Hustle on HBO Max. Speaking of documentaries there are a couple I plan on watching after reading Empire of Pain. If my BP can handle it. Looking forward to diving into these! 2w
BarbaraBB Fab list please read 1 and 9 too, you‘ll love both 💜 2w
Megabooks @vivastory I loved Generation Hustle! As far as the opiates, Crime of Century on HBO was great. Keefe is also on it. It is also about Subsys, and I‘m dying to read this Jan 2022 release about that debacle. 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Both of them are on my TBR. Honestly there's not a single book on the list I'm not interested in. 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m in the middle of Matrix .. ❤️💫 2w
squirrelbrain We‘ve just watched the LuLaRoe doc (I‘ve read Cultish too) and thought it was fascinating…. @Megabooks I‘ll look out for the opiate docs too, @vivastory but unfortunately we don‘t get HBO over here. (edited) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I‘m loving your list! 👯‍♀️ We have several similar titles and one I regret NOT putting on mine popped up on yours. You make me more and more curious about 2w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole so hard to narrow it down. I think you‘d enjoy Nightbitch. 👍🏻 2w
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A recent additions to my nonfiction TBR is Riedel's book of how a series of successful 90s shows saved & reinvented Broadway. One of the shows mentioned-Rent is one of my favorite musicals of all time & I've had the privilege to see it live. One of the iconic songs from the production is Light My Candle.
#candlelight #GratefulHarvest
https://open.spotify.com/album/1HsvK3RNYq8I61Orf6OQ8D?highlight=spotify:track:6J...

Megabooks Rent was the soundtrack to my freshman year of college. Great that you saw it live. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I think I have probably listened to it more than any other musical with the possible exception of Hamilton. There is an excellent Broadway production of it available for purchase for very cheap on amazon prime. 2w
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Megabooks Thank for the heads up! I‘ll check it out. 2w
Chrissyreadit I love Rent! And was incredibly lucky to see it with original bway cast! 2w
Eggs Well done 🕯 !!! 2w
mom2bugnbee My daughter just watched Tick Tick Boom & LOVED it. Of course, she loves Jonathan Larson and Andrew Garfield. ☺ 2w
vivastory @mom2bugnbee For some reason that one escaped me. I just googled it & it's at the very top of my watch list. Thanks!! 2w
vivastory @Chrissyreadit That would have been incredible! There's only one Broadway production that I saw the original cast in. When I saw the Producers it was right after Broderick left 2w
Chrissyreadit @vivastory I‘m sure it was still amazing. I saw so many shows when student tickets were available. I don‘t think Broadway does that anymore. 2w
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One of my favorite lines from Tyrion Lannister, one of my favorite characters in Martin's series. A motto to aspire to, yet this week I couldn't wait to #snuggle up in my bed & pass out. Work has been really been draining lately, leaving little energy for reading. Definitely looking forward to this weekend AND the holiday weekend to get some quality reading in. 📚📚📚
#GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

sarahbarnes I hate it when I feel like that. I hope you get some time to recharge this weekend and next week! 2w
vivastory @sarahbarnes Thanks! I hope you have a great weekend too 📚🍻 2w
RaeLovesToRead Sorry work has been stressful for you. Hope you have a lovely weekend and get plenty reading done 😊 2w
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vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Thanks! I appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well 2w
Eggs I feel that way about work too—sometimes just too peopley. Long days. Then it‘s jammies and a 📚 2w
TheLibrarian I feel you on the work front. Hopefully things start getting better for you soon and enjoy your weekend! 2w
vivastory @Eggs Too peopley is a good description 👍 I just need to recharge 2w
vivastory @TheLibrarian Thanks! I hope it's temporary setback from recent reassignment of job duties. Hopefully your work situation improves. Have a good weekend 📚🍻 2w
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I just stumbled across this graphic memoir while browsing at the library. The bright #yellow cover isn't the only thing about it that caught my attention. In addition to being intrigued by blurbs from Malcolm Gladwell & Nicole Krauss, I was also interested in the imaginative take on the subjects. #GratefulHarvest @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Looks good 💛💛 2w
Cortg I just read an article today that Marjane Satrapi (author of Persepolis)is working on a film of this book. I‘ll have to read this one! https://bookriot.com/what-happened-to-some-well-known-authors/ 2w
vivastory @Cortg I had no idea! Now I'm even more excited to read it! 2w
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LeahBergen Oh, cool! 2w
Cortg @vivastory I just put a library hold on it! 2w
Bookzombie @Cortg If you have Amazon Prime, the movie is available on there. I haven‘t got to it yet. I also stacked this book. 🙂 2w
BookBosomed1 I received this as a gift last year. It‘s a beautiful book. 2w
Vansa This is an absolutely stunning book, it's both a work of art and beautifully written. My husband and I exchanged books, along with rings,at our engagement ( because we met at a literature pub quiz), and this was the book he gave me, so it has additional emotional resonance for me😀The movie...isn't too good, really. 2w
Cortg @Bookzombie Thanks! I rarely watch TV/movies so I had no idea. I do have Amazon Prime, I‘ll check it out after I read the book ❤️ 2w
vivastory @Vansa That's a wonderful story about how you & your husband met! I'll manage my expectations with the movie, but am definitely looking forward to it as I love Satrapi 2w
vivastory @Bookzombie Thanks for the heads up! 2w
vivastory @BookBosomed1 I love all of the comments on this thread about receiving this as a 🎁📚 2w
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Memed, My Hawk | Ya?ar Kemal, Edouard Roditi
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Three novels on my TBR by authors from #Turkey that I look forward to reading. Will I read them soon? Who knows! #GratefulHarvest @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Brilliant 🦃 2w
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From Rivka Galchen's intro. I never heard of the penguins in the Nelson-Atkins, despite it being my local museum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6buz-qJsNQ

I have to say that I side with their pref for Caravaggio, over Monet

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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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It defies explanation: a dead body in the trunk of a car submerged in a lake, a freshly built snowman standing watch over a corpse, or a chestnut man if snow is in short supply. Regardless, it's bleak in more ways than one & the least that a Scandinavian detective can do is throw on a #sweater before heading to their next crime scene! Below is a link to a humorous brief video Every Single Scandinavian Crime Drama & a link to 6 Nordic Noir

vivastory Series from Crime By the Book (one of my fave IG thriller accounts):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-OOpZitfd0

http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2019/10/25/6-nordic-noir-series-to-read-this-fall

#GratefulHarvest @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
p.s.-If you haven't watched The Killing, you really should!
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BarbaraBB The Killing is so good! Sarah Lund! How is Chestnut Man? Have you watched it? I enjoyed the book a lot. 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I also really liked the book. I started to watch it & couldn't get into it. I turned it off halfway through the first episode. 3w
BarbaraBB Okay, so no need to hurry for me! 3w
Eggs Well done 🧶 🔪 🖤 3w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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If you happened to be my neighbor, once a year you would hear approximately 10 minutes of Queen music (We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions) & the sound of a few books knocked from their shelves as I dance with abandon around my apartment with a glass of wine. The occasion? Meeting my yearly GR reading challenge, of course. I would then proceed to be quiet as a...well, bookworm for another year.

kplovesbooks 200! 🤯🤯 That's amazing! 3w
Soubhiville Yay, congratulations! 3w
vivastory @kplovesbooks Thanks! I'm honestly surprised I made it bc it was a very difficult yr for me 3w
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vivastory @Soubhiville Thanks! I'll be curious to see what next year brings. I hope you have had a great reading year (edited) 3w
kplovesbooks @vivastory I'm sorry to hear that!! 💔 Meeting this goal is truly impressive though! I'm only at 27... trying hard to hit 30! 🤦 3w
vivastory @kplovesbooks 30 is a good number! Even if you don't reach it 27 is still a good number. I'm sure you read some great books this yr 3w
kplovesbooks @vivastory I did in fact! I'll consider the quality and forget about the low quantity then. 😂 3w
Twainy Congratulations 🎉 3w
BiblioLitten Congratulations! 👏🏼👏🏼 3w
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 🥳 3w
Trashcanman Wooot!!!🎉🎉🎉 3w
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳 What an awesome way to celebrate. 🎶🕺🏻 And now I feel the need to up my celebration game. 😉 3w
Ruthiella Congratulations! 📚🥳 3w
Jas16 🙌🏽 3w
kspenmoll Congrats!!! Perfect way to celebrate!!! 3w
JessClark78 Congratulations! 3w
MaureenMc Woot! 👏👏 3w
Megabooks Fantastic! 3w
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 3w
batsy Amazing!! 3w
merelybookish Love it! 🎸🕺🎉🎉 3w
rmaclean4 Fantastic!! Congrats 👏👏👏 3w
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I like how you celebrate! Congratulations! 3w
britt_brooke 😂 I love it! Congratulations on meeting your goal! One more book and I‘m at 200 with ya! (edited) 3w
Flaneurette Holy crap dude! I‘ll be lucky to break 60 this year. Way to go! 3w
RaeLovesToRead Congratulations!!! 👏👏👏 200 books is just incredible.. I was feeling fairly smug approaching my goal of 70! Do you have a link so I can add you on GR? 3w
vivastory @Twainy @BiblioLitten @Bookzombie @Trashcanman @Ruthiella @Jas16 @kspenmoll @JessClark78 @MaureenMc @Megabooks @TrishB @batsy @merelybookish @rmaclean4 @LeahBergen @Flaneurette Thanks for the kind words 📚 It's oddly satisfying to reflect on the past year of reading. I hope that your year in books has been great, too! There's still a month & a half left to get a few more favorites in. 📚👏🎉 3w
vivastory @wanderinglynn I highly recommend a challenge completion ritual. It's pretty satisfying 🍷📚 3w
vivastory @britt_brooke Congratulations! I have thought of raising my goal, but 200 seems to be what has worked well for me for the past couple of years. It'll be interesting to see what numbers we end the year with. 3w
Twainy MWA HAHAHA 46 days!! We shall see!! 3w
Reggie Wow, Congrats, Scott! 3w
britt_brooke @vivastory I always set mine to an easily attainable number, so 150 this year. But I‘m going over 200 for 2 straight years, so maybe I‘ll raise it in 2022. 😄 3w
RaeLovesToRead I see you are also doing 1001 books to read before you die 🧐 You are doing a lot better than me! I need to make a shelf too! (Although, in fairness, I have a couple of different thousand book lists / books) 😅 3w
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead I have been tempted to tackle the full 1,011 but I don't think I will. I do love the books though. I have several editions & am curious about the forthcoming edition. I'll be interested to find out what is added/removed 2w
RaeLovesToRead I'm always starting challenges I probably won't finish. At least I'll get lots of new recommendations from all these books of books! I decided earlier today that I was going to try to compile my own miscellany / book about books. 2w
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead That's wonderful! I bet you would have a unique perspective on books on books 2w
RaeLovesToRead Aww thanks!! 😁😊 2w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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I was planning on finishing this tomorrow, but I simply couldn't stop reading. What a book! I'm going to have to think about this one for a bit before posting my review #Manawakans @merelybookish @LeahBergen @batsy @BarbaraBB

merelybookish Wow, you read fast!! But I look forward to reading your thoughts once I finish which may be a few days. 🙂 3w
vivastory @merelybookish I was completely absorbed & luckily had no other obligations today so I was able to read about half of it today. I look forward to discussing! The read through & discussion of these 5 books rank high among my favorite Litsy buddy reads 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Agreed! I have loved reading these novels with some of my favourite people on Litsy! ❤️ 3w
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BarbaraBB That was fast! It makes me want to pick it up again! Aarch! I‘m so restless! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I did I thought it was great 3w
batsy Well done! I'm enjoying this reread but I'm going a bit slow this time because life. And I agree, this is one of my favourite buddy reads :) 3w
LeahBergen Ooo, you‘re speedy! I‘ll probably be done sometime this week. And yes, this has been one of my favourite buddy reading experiences here, too. ❤️❤️ 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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It's me 📚📚📚

squirrelbrain Yep, me too! 3w
Soubhiville 🙋 yep! 3w
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kezzlou85 They are now my girls point blank refuse to be photographed 3w
Bookzombie 🙋🏼‍♀️ Me too! 3w
Centique Yup! 1w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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"Nutty as crunchy peanut butter." I have found a new vocab phrase.
#Manawakans @batsy @merelybookish @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen

merelybookish Crunchy peanut butter is nuttier. 😁 3w
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