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Radiant Shimmering Light
Radiant Shimmering Light: A Novel | Sarah Selecky
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A sharply funny and wise debut novel about female friendship, the face we show the world online and letting your own light shine, from the Scotiabank Giller Prizeshortlisted author of This Cake Is for the Party Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is notbrave, confident, quick to find adventure and American. The women have been out of touch for years due to a family rift, but Lilian, childless, single and self-employed as a pet portraitist, has been watching Florence for years. Florence is now Internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a compelling new feminine lifestyle empowerment brand. When Eleven comes to town as part of her sales tour, she offers Lilian a place at the Temple, her Manhattan office. Despite twenty years of silence, Eleven welcomes her long-lost cousin with open arms, and the two women begin a new relationship. Lilian quickly enrols in the Ascendency, Elevens signature program: an expensive three-month training seminar on empowered leadership, spiritual awakening, and sales and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin rise up to be her highest self: confident, affluent and self-actualized. Lilians sensitive, artistic nature is stretched by the work she does in the Ascendency, and pushed even further by her cousins careful life coaching. In just three months, Lilians life changes drastically and becomes everything shes dreamed of. But is it everything she wants? And can she trust everything Eleven says?
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This is another one of those books I wanted to love, but sadly didn‘t. I‘d wanted it to truly be a satirical look at media-based life, instead it became a somewhat vacuous examination of a woman living her best Instagram life. Maybe I‘m just not savvy enough about social media to truly appreciate the overall story. The write creates an intriguing concept but I just couldn‘t get behind the story.

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Lillian Quick sees the auras of animals. She can barely pay her bills by painting aura portraits for her customers. Social media is crucial to the Marketing of her business. Her cousin Florence has changed her name to Eleven,and is the stylish leader of a program to help women find their Power. Her Marketing skills are stellar! Lillian reconnects with Eleven and begins her path to Ascendency. I kept waiting for some big reveal which never came. 😕

ReadingRover I need to get my dogs aura painted! 😂 6mo
DivineDiana @ReadingRover A must! 🤣 6mo
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Went for a hike through the woods with a friend, so no #audiowalk , but a challenging fitness walk! #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge

TheSpineView Exercise is exercise! Keep up the good work! 6mo
readordierachel Pretty spot! 6mo
RachelO Looks lovely! 6mo
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Lynnsoprano Absolutely gorgeous! I'm looking forward to our vacation next month in the mountains, because it's been almost a year since I've had a chance to hike in the woods.
DivineDiana @TheSpineView Thank you! 😀 (edited) 6mo
DivineDiana @readordierachel @RachelO It was! 💚💚 (edited) 6mo
DivineDiana @Lynnsoprano Won‘t be long! So peaceful in the woods! 💚 6mo
Clwojick Lovely! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Lovely walk 👏🏻 6mo
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Walked at Stoneleigh, a property owned by The Natural Lands Trust. It was bequeathed to the township by the Haas Family. Haas translates to hare in German. The family had this tree sculpture of hares representing their family. Now, it is decorated seasonally. #bfc #audiowalk #bookfitnesschallenge

Caterina Looks like a fun place to walk! Way to go! 👏 6mo
wanderinglynn Great progress on your goals! 🙌🏻 6mo
Reecaspieces Wow! Lovely 6mo
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BethM Lovely! Great job! 6mo
Clwojick This looks like a great place to go for sunny afternoon walks! ♥️💜💚 6mo
Megabooks Cool!! 😎😎 6mo
TheEllieMo I love finding interesting things like that on a walk! Well done 👍🏻 6mo
dariazeoli Nice job and fun landmark! 6mo
kspenmoll What fun!!! 6mo
DivineDiana @dariazeoli Thank you! It‘s a favorite! 🐰 6mo
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Found a tomato patch on today‘s #audiowalk. #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge

BethM Fun! 6mo
monalyisha Pretty flowers! 6mo
rohit-sawant How lovely! 6mo
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BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 6mo
RachelO Nice! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
dariazeoli Maybe when the challenge is over they‘ll be ripe for salsa 💃 Nice walk! 6mo
Laughterhp How cool! Great job! 👏🏻 6mo
guinsgirlreads Love all of this! 👏🏻 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Lovely! 6mo
Caterina Beautiful flowers! Great job getting out there! 🙌 6mo
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Some animal sightings during my #audiowalk! #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge #litsywalkers

BethM Awesome! 6mo
ErinC Way to go! 6mo
guinsgirlreads Cool! 6mo
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Bookwormjillk Cute frogs 6mo
VanChocStrawberry I‘ve been trying to keep my eyes open for pretty things, too! 6mo
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 6mo
DivineDiana @VanChocStrawberry You‘ll find them! 👍🏻 6mo
Clwojick 💜💙💚 6mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 6mo
dariazeoli Good job! Nice animal cameos 😉 6mo
Caterina Looks like it was a beautiful day for a walk! Nice job! 🙌 6mo
DivineDiana @dariazeoli ❤️🐸🐦 (edited) 6mo
DivineDiana @caterina Thank you! It was! ❤️ 6mo
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Found these adorable ducks splashing in the water during my #audiowalk. #bookfitnesschallenge #BFC

BookwormAHN Nice walk 🌻 6mo
wanderinglynn Aw, how lovely! And great walk! 🙌🏻 6mo
VanChocStrawberry My walks would be way more fun with views like that! 6mo
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BarbaraJean Gotta love a walk that has ducks included! 😁 6mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraJean ❤️🦆🚶‍♀️ 6mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 💚💜💙 6mo
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Today‘s sights while I took my #audiowalk. #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #litsywalkers

Chrissyreadit Those roses 😍😍😍😍 6mo
OrangeMooseReads Way to go! (Also what app do you use for the map and timer) 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And I love the tea pot. Was it part of a water feature or just decorative? 6mo
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DivineDiana @Chrissyreadit The roses were such a beautiful color! 6mo
DivineDiana @OrangeMooseReads I use MapMyWalk! 6mo
DivineDiana @wanderinglynn Just decorative. So whimsical! 6mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 6mo
Erin7 Looks like you had a lovely walk🌺 6mo
Clwojick Looks like a great walking route! I love those whimsical gardens. 6mo
BookwormAHN Lovely walk, nice job 👏🏻 6mo
OrangeMooseReads @DivineDiana awesome thanks 😊 6mo
monalyisha What a gorgeous color on those blooms! 6mo
DivineDiana @monalyisha I thought so too! 🌹 6mo
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Walking through the raindrops. Happy to see there are some flowers blooming despite the cold temperatures. #bfc #bookfitness challenge #audiowalk

BookwormAHN Nice walk 👏🏻 6mo
BarbaraJean Pretty flowers!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to stick with it despite the weather! 🙌🏻 6mo
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Caterina Pretty flowers! Great job getting out there despite the rain! 🙌 6mo
Wife 🌹 6mo
guinsgirlreads Good stuff! 👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
Megabooks Awesome! 😎 6mo
Soubhiville Lovely! 6mo
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Started the #bookfitnesschallenge with a yoga class at the gym! There was this new addition that I absolutely love! Treated myself to a salad in a jar. Also started the tagged audiobook! #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn That‘s cool. I was wishing the other day that there were healthy options in the work vending machine instead of all junk food. 6mo
dariazeoli Salad in a jar would be so much better than the chips tempting me from feet away. Nice choice! 👍 6mo
Hestapleton OMG THIS IS AMAZING. Wish this was at my office! 6mo
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Simona 😍😍😍 What a great idea! 6mo
BookwormAHN Cool 💙 6mo
4thhouseontheleft That is incredible! 6mo
DivineDiana @wanderinglynn It was so nice! Even offered overnight oats and kombucha! 6mo
DivineDiana @dariazeoli Agree! 😉 6mo
Kaye 💖 6mo
LapReader I would love one of those at my workplace. Good luck with your journey. 6mo
Chrissyreadit Woah!!! I want one of those!!!! 6mo
Clwojick Whattttt!?! This is the coolest vending machine I have ever seen! 🙈 6mo
Wife I would buy that! 🥬🍅🥒🥕🥑 6mo
DivineDiana @LapReader Right! Thank you! 6mo
DivineDiana @Chrissyreadit @Clwojick @Wife I hope we start seeing more of these! 💗💗💗 6mo
TheSpineView Cool!💜 6mo
Caterina Nice!! And great job with the yoga, that's a great workout. 😊 6mo
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This post from Electric Lit (which I support monthly and love) sort of piggy backs off of my latest read (tagged). Some good food for thought if you‘re a writer and dig a helpful horoscope from time to time. https://electricliterature.com/spring-2019-horoscopes-for-writers/

Crazeedi What an awesome site, I signed up, maybe it will give me impetus to start writing again! 8mo
saresmoore @Crazeedi Ooh, I hope so! They have excellent content and the newsletter is an inspiring reminder for me to get writing. 8mo
Crazeedi @saresmoore 💞🤩 8mo
Suet624 Thanks. This was fun. 8mo
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Fascinating. Sarah Selecky has her finger on the pulse (or maybe her eye on the shifting aura) of a surreal subculture in North America. There is some sharp, even uncomfortable satire here, but it‘s written so true-to-life that it feels almost like a memoir. The narrator is unreliable, but deftly characterized. She‘s ultra polite, alternately self-deprecating & self-aggrandizing, incredibly naïve & flimsy—much like the online world she inhabits.?

RealBooks4ever Great review! 💜 8mo
saresmoore So much is left unresolved and there aren‘t any real answers or conclusions, here. I‘m still not sure if I actually like the main character. But, for some reason, the whole experience of reading this was deeply affecting. It‘s thought-provoking and often provocative. I‘m really not sure why I liked it so much, but I think it‘s a timely and intriguing portrait of a brief moment in time & space, a tiny portion of an ever-shifting global culture. 8mo
saresmoore I read this for my book with a social media focus for #Booked2019 and recommended by a celebrity I admire (Margaret Atwood) for the #Popsugarreadingchallenge. 8mo
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saresmoore @RealBooks4ever Thank you! ♥️ 8mo
Christine Ooh, I had started this but set it aside...now I‘m going to give it another try! 8mo
saresmoore @christine @Bookcation74 I had some moments when I felt like I was just reading all the annoying emails I automatically delete, but after about 100 pages, I didn‘t want to put it down. Thinking about the author‘s motivations and my own experience with the bizarre, cultish Instagram-filtered world of modern “spiritual” entrepreneurship helped make it a layered and nuanced narrative/commentary for me. 8mo
vivastory What a thoughtful review! 🙌👏 8mo
Bookcation74 @saresmoore I will absolutely pick it back up based on your review! Thanks! 8mo
Christine @Bookcation74 Same! 😁 @saresmoore I love all of your thoughts about this and am definitely excited to revisit it now! 8mo
saresmoore @vivastory Thanks, friend! 😊 8mo
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“These are special cupcakes, my loves,” she says... “These are from the Conscious Cupcakery. This bakery is owned by an Ascendency grad named Winnie Prudhomme. Winnie stores her special gluten-free flour blend in a sacred room, where it is infused with the positive intentions of meditating monks. She bakes the cupcakes to the sounds of daily prayer chants from a Tibetan monastery...”

emilyhaldi I could use some of those meditation cupcakes right now 8mo
saresmoore This book! The satire is spot on. 😂😭🙏 I left the world of self-aggrandizing, social media-inundated “spiritual” entrepreneurship years ago, so I have enough distance to laugh at this, but it‘s still a cringing laughter. 8mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I know, right? The author is slicing open this world with her wit & insight, but it still made me want a cupcake. 😅 8mo
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LeahBergen Oh, man! 😂😂 8mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Namaste.🧁 8mo
Suet624 Wow! But gee, I want to see what happens when I ingest them. (edited) 8mo
Lindy Love this! 😆 8mo
saresmoore @Lindy I can‘t remember if you‘ve read Sourdough, but this description reminded me of it. Makes me want to play music for my kombucha SCOBY and see what happens! 8mo
Lindy @saresmoore It‘s now on my TBR. Thanks! 8mo
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1. The physical copy of Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky and No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephenie Powell Watts on audiobook

2. Tea

3. I‘m drinking some Ceylon tea right now!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 10mo
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Lilian Quick is a lost 40-year-old virgin, behind on rent and trying to promote herself and her artistic practice online in the hopes of the emulating her estranged cousin, the infamous “Eleven” Novak. They meet up after one of Eleven‘s events in Toronto and she proposes Lilian fix all her problems by moving to NYC to work for her cousin and sign up for her program, The Ascendency, which allows women to ascend to their full potential. ⬇️

mrozzz (Cont‘d) The way that Lilian‘s constantly questioning herself internally & externally while otherwise acting enthusiastically about anything/everything I couldn‘t tell if her attitude was just trying to align with Eleven‘s teachings or if she was just that naive. Neither appealed to me. I didn‘t know if I was supposed to take her seriously. 10mo
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If I don‘t finish this book before it‘s due back at the library, then I‘m paying the late fine - because it‘s hilarious.

Hollie Your cat‘s lounging is starting to resemble Bitsy‘s! 11mo
Crazeedi Your kitty *squeezable *❤ 11mo
saresmoore Yay! I‘m looking forward to this one! 11mo
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Dragon 😻 11mo
LauraBeth @Hollie 😹 birds of a feather... 11mo
LauraBeth @Crazeedi she‘s constantly getting squeezed 😺 11mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore so far it‘s a funny takedown on the capitalism of spiritualism dressed up as self-help 11mo
LauraBeth @Dragon Teeny Ginger was a bright spot for us in an otherwise dreary year 😻 11mo
AlaMich Is her nose always that pink? 😻 11mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich yes! She has a bright pink nose and bright pink toes! 😻 11mo
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These are due back at the library within the next week and they both have a ton of holds on them, so if I don‘t get to them now, my next chance may not be until late spring. Also - I‘ve found that I read best with a deadline looming...

Tanisha_A Yes. Sometimes i feel i am much more productive when there are deadlines to things. 11mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces have you read this or is it on your radar? She grew up in Mississippi in the 60s and while she didn‘t go to Ole Miss, she did go to USM 11mo
LauraBeth @Tanisha_A I think “Attach a deadline” is page one of the procrastinator‘s manifesto...😂 11mo
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valeriegeary You can doooooo it! 11mo
LeahBergen 👉🏻*boop* 11mo
mrp27 I totally agree. I operate better under pressure. 11mo
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth well I started to comment when you posted the book...but I chickened out. 😂. I have started it twice. I cannot finish it. Just a little too hateful maybe...or maybe I am not in the mood for the subject matter. Not sure. But I do own a signed copy. Lol 11mo
Reecaspieces And hey to bitsy 11mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces Oh I completely understand that! I guess that‘s why she called it Southern Discomfort- because a LOT of this book is uncomfortable. It seems that since she opened the book talking about the paradox of the south - how she both loved and hated it - that‘s also the same paradox that she writes about her family. But so far it‘s a difficult read about her flawed family in a conflicted place during a difficult time in history. Bitsy says👋 11mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces this book was so troubling, I don‘t even know where to begin... 11mo
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth I think I gathered it was going to be tough...just not in the mood. 😳😂 11mo
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces it was actually one the worst books I read all year 😂 11mo
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth 😂😳 glad I missed it then!! 11mo
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If Mother Margaret recommends...stacked!

4thhouseontheleft Stacked! 😃 11mo
EleniKara Always trust in Mother Margaret 🙌🏼🙌🏼 11mo
Christine @4thhouseontheleft Haha yay!! ❤️ 11mo
Christine @EleniKara Yes!!! ❤️ 11mo
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My local library loaded up on books from this month‘s Indie Next Picks‘s list. So, I‘m loading up, too!! 👏🏼



Excellent satire on our social media consumed lives. Really exposes or spotlights a close lens on how ridiculous it's become.

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The cover is radiant and it shimmers too!! #canlit