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My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroys portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local librarys vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo.BONUS:This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy'sThe Death of Santini.
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Slajaunie Love this picture! 4mo
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Lady_Tigana_20
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(Day 9: Blue) Books by a few of my favorite authors. Only book I haven‘t read is The Neverending Story, one of my favorite childhood movies. It‘s on the TBR, though. #ColormePretty #PhotoChallenge @Sweetkokoro

Scochrane26 Pat conroy is one of my favorites, but I haven‘t re-read any of his in yrs because they traumatize & break me. Not many authors can do that. 4mo
Lady_Tigana_20 @Scochrane26, Yeah, I usually ugly cry when I read his. MY READING LIFE was a nice change of pace. I don‘t remember crying. I even got my book club to read it. 4mo
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ReadingSusan
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I miss Litsy! I am not on as often as I used to be and my TBR list is growing. When I started working at the library part time two years it really cut down on my reading time. But it is totally worth it because I love it! And a week from tomorrow I will become the library director! I am so excited and can‘t wait!

wanderinglynn Congrats! That's awesome news! 🎉 👏 👏 👏 7mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations! 7mo
Erofan Wow! Congrat 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
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Birdsong28 Congrats 🎊🎉📚📖 7mo
ReadingSusan @wanderinglynn @Lcsmcat @Erofan thanks so much! It was a long interview process. So excited it‘s over. 7mo
LeahBergen Congratulations! 7mo
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Zelma Wow, so exciting! Congratulations! 👏👍 7mo
BethFishReads Congrats (edited) 7mo
SarahHarts_books Yay!! Congrats to you!! That's awesome!!! 🙌🎉🎉 7mo
Jas16 Congratulations! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen Congratulations!Stop In when you can! 7mo
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BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 7mo
CaliforniaCay How exciting! Congrats! 🥳🎉💚 7mo
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ReadingSusan Thank you so much everyone 💕💕 7mo
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SW-T
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Enjoyed it a lot 💕

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SW-T
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I grew up a word-haunted boy. I felt words inside me and stored them wondrous as pearls. I mouthed them and fingered them and rolled them around on my tongue.

#quotes #patconroy #language #wordchoice

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SW-T
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Conroy brings up two interesting points discussing Gone With The Wind.

Mitchell‘s defense of the Confederacy and her romanticized view of it that defines the South for so many, even to this day.

The sheer joy of reading, even if the source material is highly suspect.

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SW-T
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I take it as an article of faith that the novels I‘ve read will live inside me forever 😊

#quote #patconroy #myreadinglife

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Joyfulmimi
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Hey! Don‘t judge! I am a “Bibliophile”. When I get the opportunity, these purposefully chosen books are going into a huge bookshelf I just purchased. They will be classified according to the Dewey Decimal System. Came on here to share how I have have been disappointed with myself this morning, came in here and fiddled around with my books and I feel lots better. They are a great mood enhancer for me...Happy Valentine‘s Day, Book Collection

SW-T @Joyfulmimi Visiting my books makes me feel better too! That and going to the library are instant mood enhancers 💕 (edited) 9mo
Joyfulmimi Same with me exactly @SW-T 9mo
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Joyfulmimi
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Went to Biltmore House today and learned that George Vanderbilt had a lot in common with many of us bibliophiles. He kept a list of books read and even took one along, pictured, on his honeymoon.

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suzie.reads
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My reading snapshot for the past month. Going to do one at the start of every month 😊 Got 60 pages of The Hate U Give left but absolutely love it so put that down 😍
#mmdchallenge #modernmrsdarcy #mmdbookclub

BookwormM Love your overview how did you create it? 9mo
suzie.reads @BookwormM It's from the modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge. When I signed up for it they email you a little pack to download 9mo
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Joyfulmimi
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“Hey guys” ( in my granddaughter‘s voice), I really have not been here in a long time and I only need a calendar. For real! 😀

Jazruiz.2014 Only need a calendar but you got Starbucks, got lost inside, walked around 2hrs, and came out with more than a calendar...?? 😂🤪 11mo
Joyfulmimi I really, really only got a calendar!! @Jazruiz.2014 🥰 11mo
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Lmstraubie
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So after much research & debate I finally came up with a way to track my reading, although I can't take any credit for my system. I got it from @kate.olson.reads on Instagram (don't think she is on Litsy). I made a copy of her template & then tweaked it for me. I will include the link to mine & the link to @kate.olson.reads original post. This will track my books & I'll use a journal for my reading challenges b/c I like having both. See below

Lmstraubie Thanks to everyone for their feedback!😁 11mo
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thebluestocking This is VERY cool! I use Google Sheets with columns for a lot of this data, but I love the idea of a Google Form! 11mo
Lmstraubie @thebluestocking I know, right?!?! It was one of those moments when I went, "Oh! Why didn't I think of this???" 11mo
sprainedbrain Love this! 11mo
Lmstraubie @sprainedbrain You inspired me!! 11mo
Flaneurette Thanks so much for sharing! Love this idea 11mo
Lmstraubie @Flaneurette I hope you find it useful 🙂 11mo
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Joyfulmimi
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I read the most books in one month in June (10) because I was not working that much then. Even though I will be busier in 2019, my goal is to read 100, about 2 a week. I need time to #readallthebooks #bibliophile #drjoyfulmimireads #drjoyfulmimi2019 #bujonewbie

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Joyfulmimi
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So happy and thrilled to have: read 69 (as of now) books this year, started Bullet Journaling and discovered Stoicism, the philosophy. These three things have been major in making this a great year. However, the birth of my granddaughter was the most epic and greatest thing.

Jazruiz.2014 I‘m going to do this in the new year. 11mo
Joyfulmimi Great @Jazruiz.2014 11mo
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Joyfulmimi
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Yes, I am a bibliophile, book addict...whatever. Yes, this is a glimpse of my “bookroom”/library. Yes, those are mirrors on the closet beside the bookshelf, which is behind the new bookshelf, showing other bookshelves and book stacks (in the mirrors) Did you get that? 🤣 Yes, I am about to have major fun putting books in this “new” bookcase I found at Goodwill along with a few “new books” of course. #findjoyinlife

bookcollecter I need so many bookcases right now. Glad you found one...was it a good deal? 12mo
Joyfulmimi I found it at a thrift store for $8.99 @bookcollecter 12mo
bookcollecter Dan thats great! We have a goodwill in my area but the used furniture is really expensive for some reason. That book case would have been at least $50 12mo
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Joyfulmimi Wow! @bookcollecter 🤷🏽‍♀️ 12mo
Louise I need to go bookshelf hunting in our local thrift stores ASAP! The piles of books are getting out of control! 😆 12mo
Joyfulmimi I need more. I am going to stay on the lookout now @louise 12mo
Louise Yes! The problem isn‘t too many books but too few shelves! 🤓📚 12mo
Joyfulmimi Exactly! @louise 12mo
JHSiess Kindle for me. No room for more bookshelves & I don't want to pay the housekeeper to dust them! I'm going all digital. 👍 12mo
Joyfulmimi I LOVE books @JHSiess Probably almost as much as reading them (edited) 12mo
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readingjedi
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy

My Reading Life - Part 1

These are my 'books read' figures for the last few years.

2012 - 52
2013 - 98
2014 - 39
2015 - 33
2016 - 43
2017 - 35

2013 I was off work sick, 2014 I had a baby thus the huge discrepancy.

My target for 2018 is 75. I'm currently on book No 59 so I don't think I will achieve it. Hopefully I will get to nearly 70.

I'd like my total to be higher though...

ephemeralwaltz Don't worry about the numbers. You do you! These are great stats! I've never approached 100 any year - good job!👏 12mo
Birdsong28 Yes I agree with @ephemeralwaltz just read what you can as I read 57 in 2016, 91 in 2017 and currently at 75 for this year but just do what you can there is no rush/pressure. We all have things to do in life, and some people don't even read ( which is their choice) so whatever you do is a bonus 😀😀😀📚📖 12mo
BookDragonNotWorm I've had to lower my reading goals as life gets more hectic, but I'm still really competitive with myself about hitting my mark. I don't listen to audio books, but I do throw in some YA books - they're shorter and I usually really like them, so it's a win/win! 😊 12mo
CouronneDhiver I don‘t think the numbers are important at all. Take your time, enjoy your books and “BOO” to anyone who says otherwise 😉 12mo
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LitsyBirthdays
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Sending #BirthdayLove to @Read4life 📚❤️🎂🎵🎉🎈😃Hope you have a wonderful day❣️❣️❣️#TheBirthdayCrew

Cinfhen Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 @Read4life Hope your day is full of books & joy 😊 13mo
Robothugs Happy birthday @Read4Life! Have an amazing day! 13mo
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 13mo
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kezzlou85 Happy Birthday @Read4life 🎂🎊🎉🎁 13mo
julesG Happy Birthday @Read4life 🎂🎉💐🎈🎁 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Birthday @Read4life 🎉🎊🎈🎁💗 13mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday @Read4life ! 13mo
AsYouWish Happy Birthday!!!!🎊🎂🎉🎁🎈 13mo
Pamwurtzler Happy birthday @Read4life !! 13mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday @Read4life 🎊🎂🎉 13mo
GripLitGrl Happy birthday @Read4life 🎂🎈🎉 13mo
robinb Happy Birthday @Read4life ! 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈 Wishing you a day filled with lots of love and surprises! 13mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday @Read4life 🎉🎁🎂🎈 13mo
DGRachel Happiest of birthdays to you @Read4life 🎉🎁🎂🎁🎉 13mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎉🎈🎊 13mo
Craftylikefox Happiest of Birthdays @Read4life 🎉🎂📚📚 13mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday! 🎉📚🎂 13mo
Read4life Thank you so much everyone! 13mo
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Andrew65
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❤️❤️❤️

Branwen Yes it does! 😀💕📚 13mo
Andrew65 @Branwen 👍 13mo
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Joyfulmimi
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I went back to the library this evening and had the greatest time. Being in the stacks, near all of those books really enhances my mood. I am most definitely a bibliophile. Betcha all of you are too! Next time I will photo the stacks but that may be too much book porn 🤓

mcctrish Bring on the #bookporn 13mo
Joyfulmimi I definitely will! Especially for you @mcctrish 😘 13mo
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Joyfulmimi
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When you are a Community Member, you do not know its Fall Break and the University Library is closed.

MelissaSue81 Sad! It‘s hard to keep track! I work at two colleges in the same city. One is closed tomorrow, the other is open. 14mo
Joyfulmimi And what is Fall Break anyways? I don‘t they had that back in my day. 😏@MelissaSue81 14mo
Slajaunie I am currently on fall break. It is just a holiday in the fall. Some areas have fall fairs or other things during this time. 14mo
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Joyfulmimi I was just joking @Slajaunie ! 😍 Enjoy! 14mo
Slajaunie I believe I missed your sarcasm in the original post. 😳 13mo
Joyfulmimi 🤣 @Slajaunie My fault! How could you know? 13mo
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Joyfulmimi
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While playing librarian today, cataloguing and shelving, i joyfully discovered that I have two Barbara Kingsolver essay collections. A bibliophile‘s joy! 🤓

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Joyfulmimi
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Cataloguing my books is one of my favorite things ever to do. I love playing librarian. Is it just as much fun to be one, I wonder?

NHLibrarian Mostly! Parts of it are really fun: book orders, learning, talking to people, and I also love cataloging 😀. And some parts are not great: rude people, clueless bosses, and I‘ve plunged toilets and cleaned up dead birds 😖. 1y
Joyfulmimi Ugh...the public and toilets...the rest sounds awesome @NHLibrarian 1y
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Whimsical.Curiosity
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Challenge accepted @mitch! Five little words to describe just an infinite realm.
🦖 All
🦖🦖Of
🦖🦖🦖The
🦖🦖🦖🦖Books
🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖Ever

If I could build a house out of books I would so I could walk around my life reading no matter where I looked. Congrats on #50Kreadinglifegiveaway !! 📚❤️🦖

Mitch Perfect dream home! 👍🏼 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Mitch thanks love! ❤️🦖 1y
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THANK YOU @mitch for this creative #50Kreadinglifegiveaway! And CONGRATULATIONS on your 50k milestone!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Tough question but I've narrowed down to these 5 words to describe my reading life:

📚 necessity
📚 anodyne
📚 eclectic (with some exceptions 😁)
📚 spellbinding
📚 thrilling

#giveaway

Mitch Great choices - Reading is definitely a necessary! It should be classed as a food group! 👍🏼 1y
thereadingowlvina @Mitch Yes! You're so right! It's food for the mind 🤗💕 1y
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Congratulations @Mitch on the Milestone 🎉🎉🎉 and thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway.

Five words that would describe my reading life are
1. Knowledgeable
2. Fun
3. Introspective
4. Experiences
5. Unwinding

#50Kreadinglifegiveaway

Mitch Love those - unwinding / experiences..... they‘re crucial to my reading too 🙏👏🏻🙏 1y
sudi Thanks @Mitch 😊, had fun playing 🙌 1y
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RebelReader
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Congrats @Mitch on your milestone of 50,000 and thank you for the opportunity to enter #50Kreadinglifegiveaway! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

My reading life is: eclectic, emotional, centerstage, forevermore and educational.

Mitch Centre stage! Love it! Thanks for sharing x 1y
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Kaye
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Entertaining
Educational
Empathy
Emotional
Empowerment

Thank you @Mitch #50kreadinglifegiveaway

kspenmoll Empathy, Empowerment! 💙 1y
Mitch Loving all the e‘s. Thanks for taking part 🙏❤️🙏 1y
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tonyahoswalt
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Congratulations to @Mitch for 50k! Thanks for the #50Kreadinglifegiveaway opportunity!

Five words that describe my reading life:
Fantasical
Long-winded
Mysterious
Quirky
Constant

Mitch Mmmm.. intriguing - love it. Thanks for taking part 1y
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julesG
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@Mitch is celebrating her 50k Litsy milestone with a #50kreadinglifegiveaway.

My five words:
Eclectic, Romantic, Bloody, Thrilling, Fantastical

Mitch Fab! Thanks for playing along. 💕💕💕 1y
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LitandLeisure
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Day 16: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy: one writer's story about falling in love with literature and his life as reader & writer told with the same beautiful language Conroy is known for; the perfect read for all book nerds

#31Books #BooksIRecommend #memoir

http://ow.ly/ADYJ30ln91H

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She was sure that if she could find the right book it would reveal what was necessary for her to become a woman of substance...

( $ 6 Goodwill Book Haul)

RebelReader You have some good ones there! 1y
Joyfulmimi I know! I was shocked at all I was finding @RebelReader 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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Although I do not have enough bookcases for all of my books, it surely makes me happy to have them. I have some wonderful selections: some I have read, some I have not, some I will read again and some maybe never. Cataloguing them has brought me great comfort today. I am thankful for my love of books. I hope and pray my next generations will have book lovers who will treasure them like I do.

Reviewsbylola Calypso is so good! 1y
Reviewsbylola And I can relate. I have books stacked on top of my bookshelves and on the floor next to it. 😂 1y
Joyfulmimi The plan is to get more bookcases soon...and of course more books @Reviewsbylola 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 30: #JuneWrapUp is a measly 16 books in all. Have to step up my game in July. First time in years that my chunkster novels and memoirs/nonfiction exceeded my reading of picturebooks. Evidently, I am not at the International Youth Library in Munich any longer. 😭 Since 2015, I spent my June holidays there - except for this year - reading glorious picturebooks from around the world.

4thhouseontheleft 16 is measly? Wow, you‘re a reading machine! 1y
tammysue That‘s fantastic, way to go! 👏🏻🙌🏻 1y
ephemeralwaltz Great stats! 1y
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GatheringBooks @4thhouseontheleft thank you for the kind words! i wish the machine will operate better this july with more books! 📚📚📚 1y
GatheringBooks @whatshesreadingnow thank youuu! 😍🧚🏼‍♀️💕 1y
GatheringBooks @ephemeralwaltz thank you for saying that! although i do hope it can be better! 😭😭 so many 📚 too little ⌚️ 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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I went to the University Library yesterday on my Staycation. It was like I died and went to heaven up in there! 😘😍

MallenNC Nice way to spend some time! 1y
Joyfulmimi Indeed! Also plan to check out the Goodwill Stores! @MallenNC 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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Well, I could not pass up the Goodwill Store today which was great because they had lots of great books. I willed myself to only buy for myself and not for others (although Marvin Gaye bio for my Mr.). But found a few books I was looking for (such as Art of Travel) and could not pass up the gossipy books...so, there‘s worse addictions, says the psychologist, getting high off books...🤓

Eggs Nice haul 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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The past few days have been difficult for me and I have a few more left. Looking at and touching my books has been uplifting for me. I take out certain books and randomly read a page. As stated by Jhumpa Lahiri, as I am now reading “In Other Words, “Books are the best means of overcoming reality”. Look, my Book Friends, I even have certain SERIES to console me.

ErinSueMreads I totally do the same. So therapeutic 1y
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Blown away as usual by the generosity and thoughtfulness of @LeahBergen ! Pat Conroy is in my top 5 favourite authors, never did I think I‘d have a signed book by him until this morning! 🤩 The Changeling looks wonderful too. The bookmarks as usual are great and I‘ve already opened one bag of sweets (100% the best sweets ever)
Thank you so much dear friend 😘😘

vkois88 The Poe bookmark 😍😍 1y
TrishB Lovely 💕 1y
Chrissyreadit Those bookmarks are so nice! Who is the author of The Changeling? I want to look up the book! Nice @LeahBergen ! 1y
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Mdargusch So nice! 1y
DeborahSmall @Chrissyreadit it‘s by Joy Williams and this is the 40th anniversary edition. It looks fantastic 1y
LeahBergen Wow! That got there quickly. I‘m so glad you like the Conroy! And put down that bag of sweets before your mouth starts bleeding. 😂🤣 1y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen you did say hide the sweets. Just 2 minutes ago I go into Sam‘s room to tell him to keep the noise down. And I see my precious fucking wrappers. So I asked did he at least take the bag that was almost empty, but no the little bollocks took a full bag. But the cheekiest part?....The bag he took wasn‘t yet open so he grabbed a few from my open bag and took a full bag. The fucking temerity astounds me! 1y
LeahBergen @DeborahSmall Oh no! 😂😂😂 Did you kill him?? 😂😂 1y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen almost 😂😂 he left to go stay with his girlfriend x😂😂 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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I am proud about downloading My Goodreads Books “Read” into my Library Thing account. I told my kids for posterity‘s sake I will catalog all read and owned there. Whats missing are our “owned” books still on the floor or in boxes.(Sigh)

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HardcoverHearts
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Day 1 of the #riotgrams challenge. Ironically I won‘t post on IG because I like to be a little more hidden there, but don‘t mind showing my face with the kind and gentle Litsy community. ❤️ Here is me in one of my normal poses on my beloved huge couch during a readathon. It was taken by Readathon partner for the day, @Caksf

TheKidUpstairs I'm the same way, I rarely post my face any IG and NEVER post my kids, but I don't mind occasionally sharing them here. A lot more trust for the Litsy community! (Great pic, by the way!) 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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When I‘ve had a difficult day, I come to the bar on Tuesdays when there‘s a Senior Citizens‘ discount. Its funny how Google Maps knew I was coming before heading straight home. I don‘t think I come EVERY Tuesday. 🤨
“Find Joy in Life”

Reviewsbylola Loved Tipping the Velvet!! 1y
Joyfulmimi I did not get that one @Reviewsbylola 1y
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Joyfulmimi
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I feel so accomplished! I finished a little bookshelf of Fiction books in alphabetical order. Working on Nonfiction on other shelves.

Libby1 That‘s a great achievement! 2y
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peacegypsy This is GREAT! If you haven‘t read them all, we should find yet another common book and do a twin read! 2y
Joyfulmimi I have not read all of these. Do you see one you have not read? @peacegypsy Sure, lets do it! 2y
peacegypsy @joyfulmimi Oh, that‘s so exciting! Makes my day! I own And have not read both Kingsolvers—would either of those work? Sorry I didn‘t get back to you sooner! 🌸 2y
Joyfulmimi You choose. Either one will do and we can start First week of June. I had to figure out how to get back on Litsy. @peacegypsy 2y
peacegypsy @joyfulmimi I had to figure that out, too. Some panic involved! 😂 Let‘s try The Poisonwood Bible. My niece raves about it perpetually and teaches it as well. Could we start a July 1 instead? We‘re leaving for Rome on June 12 and I want to focus on our buddy read! 😃 2y
Joyfulmimi July is Perfect @peacegypsy! Rome is on my bucket list. Are you on Instagram? I would love to see the Rome photos. 2y
peacegypsy Yay! I‘m on instagram as peaceoutgypsy and on Facebook as Naomi Colberg (I seem to still post more groups of photos there). I can‘t wait to read with you, @Joyfulmimi! 2y
Joyfulmimi I just reached out to you on social media @peacegypsy 2y
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Joyfulmimi
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So I decided to rearrange my books...FOR FUN...should be reading 🤓Fiction...in alphabetical order by author; Nonfiction...Dewey Decimal...”FIND JOY IN LIFE”

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Joyfulmimi
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I kid you not that I was thinking I had really lost it in wanting to catalog the books I own on Library Thing according to the Dewey Decimal System. So relieved to find that others actually do it and such a thing exists. Sometimes I think I was supposed to be a librarian. I loved my college job of working at the grad library, hated leaving it to attend grad school. Do what you love doing in this life as long as it does not hurt you or anyone else

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Joyfulmimi
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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Today We were Winners! Two books, looking brand new for 50 cents, and I already had a dollar on credit at 2nd and Charles. Here, they have Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays on Clearance Books.

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Joyfulmimi
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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I always have to stop and check out bookcases. 🤓

peacegypsy Same! 😃❤️👍👏😃 2y
Joyfulmimi Still twinning @peacegypsy 2y
peacegypsy 😃😃😃@joyfulmimi 2y
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Joyfulmimi
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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I don‘t even know exactly all I have to say about this 😳

DebBates101 Where did you get that? 2y
Joyfulmimi Its an App. 1001 Books to Read before you die. @DebBates101 2y
saresmoore That‘s maybe not information I would want to know! 2y
Joyfulmimi I am conflicted @saresmoore It looks like I will probably have time to read the books I do want to read 2y
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Blueberry
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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What I'm currently reading. A lot of overlap with both being set partially in the same time period and geographic location.

Reecaspieces Love both of these! 2y
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jillrhudy
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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So who wants to play #readerweirdness? But first, a bit about the book I tagged. The copy atop the stack is signed by Conroy and is a Pick. It tells a lot about the background to “The Great Santini.”😥

This is my nightstand. It‘s a coffee table so more books will fit. I keep bookmarks in a box that the Friends of the Library took Homer out of.

jillrhudy Bookmarks should be laminated cardstock and ideally are one soothing color, which I move down the page, underlining each line. I run my finger across, making an irritating noise that drives the husband nuts. In a pinch I will use a laminated brochure or hotel room key. 2y
jillrhudy I sometimes rub polished rocks. I often drink tea. I annotate for book discussions with pretty post-its. Share your bizarre reading rituals here or on your own page with hashtag #readerweirdness and let me know I‘m not alone. (edited) 2y
RaimeyGallant I write all words I come across in books but haven't used before in my own writing in a 'word hoard.' It's how I build my vocabulary. 2y
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Aimeesue I always have a pointy sharp pencil in hand when reading. Mirado Black Warriors are my favorite kind. Then I write allllllllll over my books. 2y
jillrhudy @RaimeyGallant I sometimes contribute obscure word references on the Merriam-Webster webpage. 2y
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I adore fine writing instruments! I may need to look into Mirados! 2y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I like the Mirados because they're round, rather than hexatonal, so I don't hurt my fingers when I write emphatically. As one does. 2y
RaimeyGallant You're a better person than I am. 2y
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DarcysMom
My Reading Life | Pat Conroy
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Pickpick
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