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4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft

Joined April 2017

Co-host #Booked2020 Reading Challenge | Host #Screamathon | Ravenclaw | Book Nerd | Mother of Cats Goodreads.com/4thhouseontheleft She/her pronouns
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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The Iliad by Homer
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Finished this morning while swinging on the outside daybed overlooking the ricer at my AirBnB. Beautiful spot for some alone time! 📚

I loved this historical novel set in 1930s Malaysia. The romance was a bit…interesting, but everything else was so atmospheric and such a unique story. I especially liked how it focused in on the unequal treatment of women and girls. Ren was my favorite, & I would love another story about him.
#pop22 #tigerintitle

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Appointment is set with oncology vet for Aug 16 for imaging and staging. I feel a little bit better going out of town Saturday knowing I have everything set up that I can do at this point. #HelloKitty feels fine, which almost makes all of this harder! #catsoflitsy

I‘m loving the tagged book, haven‘t read historical fiction in a while, and I am finally getting back to my #pop22 prompts.

Teresereading I enjoyed Night Tiger 4d
MallenNC I just read about your Kitty. I‘m sorry you‘re having to deal with this. 4d
AmyG I hope all works out well for your beautiful cat. 😘 4d
Addison_Reads Keeping you and your beautiful kitty in my thoughts. 💞 4d
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Bad news on the #HelloKitty front. Pathology showed she has FISS (feline injection site sarcoma). It‘s rare, aggressive, and difficult to treat. We don‘t have a whole lot of options, the main one under consideration is amputation and radiation. We won‘t make any decisions until more scans are done.

It‘s a really hard year. #catsoflitsy

Tagged my current book since reading is helping me deal with things.

squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear this. 😞 6d
Gissy So sorry!😔 6d
Catsandbooks Oh no! So sorry! Hopefully you can find a treatment to help! 6d
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TheSpineView Poor thing! Sorry to hear 6d
sarahbellum Oh I‘m so sorry! I know you‘re doing the best you can to keep your baby comfortable and happy 💜 6d
MaureenMc 💗 6d
Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m sorry 😞 6d
Addison_Reads I'm so sorry. 😞 I had this happen with a kitty as well. Tough situation. 💔 6d
IndoorDame I‘m so sorry!💔 6d
LeahBergen I‘m so sorry! 💔 6d
BookwormM So sorry 😢 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry. 💔😥 6d
Kdgordon88 Thinking of you! 6d
Chrissyreadit Oh no! I‘m so sorry . 6d
quietjenn Oh wow. I‘m sorry. 5d
CarolynM Sorry to hear this😢 5d
Ruthiella So sorry to hear that. ❤️ 5d
rachelsbrittain Sending hugs to you and the sweet kitty ❤️ 5d
Cupcake12 Sport to hear this news. ❤️ 5d
4thhouseontheleft @Addison_Reads you had a cat with FISS, or having to go through an amputation? I‘d love to talk with you about your experience if you‘re open to that. 5d
Addison_Reads @4thhouseontheleft She was a ten yr old cat. About a month after her yearly shots I noticed something wasn't right. We took her back to the vet were they ran tests and diagnosed her with FISS. They said there wasn't much they could do because of were it was located and how fast it was growing. We didn't want her to suffer, so we gave her one last day full of love and said goodbye. I had never heard of FISS before, or since, until I saw your post. 5d
Addison_Reads @4thhouseontheleft Her tumor started on the back of her neck and it had grown so fast it was causing neurological issues so surgery wasn't an option for us. It sounds like the site of your kitty's tumor though offers you more options and I truly hope the vet can find a solution for you. 💚 5d
Addison_Reads @4thhouseontheleft if it's easier communication for you, my email is caddison97@gmail.com 5d
4thhouseontheleft @Addison_Reads aw, I'm so sorry. HK also had a mole that became a mast cell tumor on the back of her neck, luckily that is seemingly unrelated an was fully excised at the same time as the other mass and is all good now. 5d
Chelsea.Poole I‘m so sorry. 5d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I stayed up way too late last night finishing this!

I was on the fence for the first half, but loved it by the end. I think Emily Henry did an excellent job balancing a sweet story with a fantastic main character struggling with PTSD. I also appreciated how some common romance tropes were tuned in their head. I‘ll be heading to a small town 1/2 hr outside Asheville on Friday, which has Sunshine Falls vibes, so it felt timely reading this now!

MallenNC I liked this one too. Have fun in the mountains! 6d
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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This was an OwlCrate book, and until I picked it up to read, I thought it was a Medusa retelling.

It is not. Instead, it‘s an urban fantasy that pits the descendants of Greek Heroes against 8 of the Gods in a cycle known as the Argon.

I found it mostly enjoyable, but would not recommend to newbies to Greek mythology. At the minimum, look up the meaning of kleos and timê before reading.

Borderline so-so and pick.
#booked2022 #greekretelling

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover art though😍 2w
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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Happy Friday! Maya is at a friend‘s house this weekend, Dr Hubby is on a solo retreat in the mountains for some well-earned R&R.

Which means I have the house to myself! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Let the weekend of reading begin! 📚

#catsoflitsy #kittensoflitsy #MonaLisa (Mona pictured)

Susanita Sweet kitty. Well earned me time. 🤗 2w
Soubhiville What a beauty! Enjoy your me time! 2w
TheSpineView Enjoy! 2w
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TrishB Have some fun 😁❤️ 2w
Zuhkeeyah Enjoy the alone time! 2w
Gissy Enjoy! 📚📚📚📚📚📚🙌 2w
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It's been a tough year, but there have also been some great things happening too!

One of those things is getting prepped to go live in August! I am opening up an Etsy shop to sell custom tea blends and Blind Date With a Book packages!

This is the draft logo, designed by Maya. What do you think? #TheCatsMeow

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2w
RaeLovesToRead Aww! I love it! 2w
BennettBookworm Love it! 2w
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NovelGirl82 Love it!!! 2w
Smrloomis Cute! 2w
Zuhkeeyah Love it! 2w
ravenlee 😻Absolutely adore this! 2w
Gissy Beautiful! Maya, it is lovely logo!😍👌 2w
LeahBergen Love it! 2w
squirrelbrain Oh it‘s gorgeous - Maya is so talented! 😻 2w
Laughterhp Love it! 2w
UwannaPublishme 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
merelybookish Adorable! 2w
Sharpeipup Love it! 2w
Aims42 Love it!! Congrats on this new adventure!! 2w
sherri Great idea! Wishing you success and joy! 2w
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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Flying through the tagged book while keeping a close eye on #HelloKittty. She had surgery to remove 2 lumps yesterday, one a mast cell skin cancer, the other hopefully just an abscess. Initial biopsy on the 2nd lump was ok but vet sending to pathology to make sure.

It‘s been a hard year. Lost #Isabel in April and two close friends unexpectedly in May and June. Another friend dx with an aggressive breast cancer started chemo last week. ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft Maya and I are both finally completing psych evals each for suspected ADHD, anxiety, SPD (and possibly a few other things). That‘s tough on its own, involving multiple hours long appts. But I want to apologize to @BarbaraTheBibliophage & @Cinfhen for going AWOL recently for #Booked2022 hosting duties. Hoping to get my head above water soon. (edited) 3w
Kerrbearlib So sorry to hear you‘ve had a rough year. I hope things start looking up for you. And that kitty starts to feel better too! 3w
ravenlee I‘m sorry it‘s been such a tough time. Troubles just keep piling up when you‘re already struggling. I wish you health and happiness, and Maya too. 3w
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sending love & light that the rest of the year is better for all of you. 💗 3w
Kimzey Sending good wishes for you and your kitty. 🐈‍⬛ 💕 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Kerrbearlib @ravenlee @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Kimzey thank you 💞 we‘ve had lots of good things happen too, but the bad is a heavy burden at the moment. My heart still aches over the recent losses. 3w
kspenmoll Sending you love- I am so sorry your year as been a tough one. I truly hope good things come from your testing & diagnosis. 💙💕 3w
TheBookHippie Sending light & love ♥️ 3w
CarolynM Oh, you are having a tough time. Sending love and hugs💕💕 2w
TrishB Sending hugs ♥️ 2w
Leftcoastzen Hugs to you , sorry there are so many tough things right now.Hope & love sent your way. 2w
TheLudicReader Sending positive energy your way. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage No apology needed, my friend. Sending hugs! 💓 2w
sprainedbrain I‘m so sorry. Sending love! 2w
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I‘ve been so busy I haven‘t had any free time for Litsy, and I‘ve missed all of you! I have a back log of book reviews, but this is the latest. I‘m definitely on an Emily Henry kick this summer.

I‘m also in the final stages of interviewing for a new job. I would get PAID to read books!! (And write about them) I‘ll share more if it works out, but I‘m really excited.

CaitZ That sounds like an excellent job. Good luck 4w
Chelsea.Poole Fingers crossed 🤞 for you! 4w
squirrelbrain That‘s sounds like the best job ever - good luck! 4w
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Kdgordon88 Dream job! Good luck🍀 4w
Ruthiella Wow! Exciting job prospects! 😃 4w
Zuhkeeyah Good luck! I hope you get the job! 4w
TrishB Sounds fab! 4w
MallenNC Good luck with the job! 4w
CarolynM Good luck🍀 3w
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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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Major spoiler ⬇️⬇️
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Not David! 😭😭😭 Not nice, Bardugo.

TheSpineView IKR! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly RIGHT?!? 2mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Our backyard oasis is almost complete! Pool filled and was ready for swimming Saturday. So relaxing, can‘t wait or the landscaping to be complete. This will be my new favorite reading spot and where you will find me all summer. 📖 ☀️ 🍹

5feet.of.fury Oooh! How nice! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly That looks glorious! 2mo
Weisubei Beautiful!! 2mo
IuliaC So beautiful!! 2mo
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The kittens are now bigger than a book! They are growing so fast. #catsoflitsy #MonaLisa #kittensoflitsy

I didn‘t know a lot about this book going in, which I think is a good thing. This collection of stories, all interconnected in some way, examine the effect of a virus released from the melting Arctic permafrost, and it‘s devastating impact around the world. I can‘t wait to discuss the 2nd half in a few days with #CampLitsy.

squirrelbrain Gosh, that little cutie is growing so fast! Looking forward to your thoughts at the weekend. 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, and didn‘t think about that #pop22 prompt - thanks! 😁 2mo
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samantharoberts I love that cover! 2mo
TheSpineView So cute! 2mo
Ruthiella I think going on blind is going for this particular book too. It‘s a bit like a puzzle. You don‘t want too much of the picture until you figure it out for yourself. 2mo
Teresereading Cute cat 2mo
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Skoliosexual is a new term for me I had to look up. It refers to people who are attracted to those who are transgender or nonbinary.

I don‘t know of any books that specifically feature a skoliosexual character. If you know of one, mention it in the comments! #pride #pride2022 #skoliosexual

Amiable That's a new word to me, too! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
BookwormAHN There are a few new words I'll be looking up. Thanks for sharing. 2mo
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Proud mama moment. End of year 8th grade promotion. Straight A‘s all 3 years of middle school. Presidential Gold Education Excellence Award (thank god it‘s signed by a better POTUS than the last one), NJHS, and top student in two subjects. 3 HS credits (2 in Math plus French I). In my eyes, she‘s the GOAT.

I credit her love of learning, resilience (it was a ROUGH 3 years for her), and love of books. 😊

wanderinglynn 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 fantastic! Congrats! 2mo
TrishB Amazing, well done 👏🏻 2mo
Bookjunkie57 Great job! (Both of you) 2mo
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DivineDiana What an achievement! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 2mo
MoonWitch94 WOW! That‘s quite a feat! Congratulations to her (and YOU). 🎉🥳 High School will be a new start! 2mo
andrew61 Brilliant, congratulations. 2mo
AmyG Congrats! She is amazing. 🎉 2mo
Susanita 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Kdgordon88 Well done! 🎉 2mo
Julsmarshall Wow! Amazing! (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen 👏👏👏👏 2mo
Gissy Congratulations Maya and you too mama! 🎉🤩👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
ravenlee Holy smokes! Congratulations all around! 😍 2mo
Branwen Whoo hoo! Congrats! This is so fantastic! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Bookzombie Congratulations, Maya! 🎉👏🏻 2mo
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Soft on Soft | Mina Waheed
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Late in this weekend‘s prompts, but this book is high on my TBR and has pansexual rep. From what I can tell there is also polysexual rep but if you have more recommendations, drop them in the comments below! #pride #pride2022 #pansexual #polysexual

thereadingpal Pansexual rep? Sign me up xD 2mo
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This was fantastic in audiobook format, narrated by the author herself. Some essays hit better than others, and the last section felt a bit like filler, but overall I really liked and appreciated this read. Now off to watch 2 Dope Queens on HBO.

#nonfiction2022 #marvelous
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Last full day of school for Mj, before tomorrow‘s 8th grade promotion ceremony. Spending the day trying to finish some of my mostly completed #currentreads. The tagged book on audio, an ebook, and if time permits, the #CampLitsy read! #audiopuzzling

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Focusing on bisexual rep today, and tagged a 2022 release I am really excited to read! Set in the Caribbean and featuring a Black, bisexual MC who is seeking joy after a tragic loss. Also, #coverlust 😍 the cover design is gorgeous! #pride #pride2022

5feet.of.fury The cover is SO gorgeous. 2mo
Cinfhen Book is great, lots to discuss! I love the UK edition too 💗😍 2mo
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Starting the first #CampLitsy book, but my heart may be too heavy for this one right now.

It‘s also my choice for #RememberingJenny. @ReadingEnvy gave it 5 ⭐️ in February, but the last sentence of her review has me 😢: “There is a lot in death and dying in here, so treat yourself with care, as it might not be the right time.”

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Could you fill me in on #CampLitsy? What is it and who is leading it? 2mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a heartbreaking quote, isn‘t it Alisia? 💔 It is a tough read, I think the second story is the most difficult. 2mo
squirrelbrain @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks - #camplitsy is our version of the mini Tournament of Books that takes place each summer. This year, Littens voted for the 6 books that we wanted to read. @BarbaraBB runs the Litsy #ToB each year, and this time @Megabooks and I are assisting. Here‘s a post telling you more about it. https://www.litsy.com/web/tag/camplitsy I‘ll tag you on the schedule too. Let us know if you want to be included on the tag list. (edited) 2mo
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squirrelbrain @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks just realised the link didn‘t work; try this one instead https://litsy.com/p/UzVHWHNSSWFN I‘ll post the schedule next. (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks June - How High We Go in the Dark and True Biz. July - You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty and This Time Tomorrow. August - Either / Or and Our Wives Under the Sea 2mo
Christine It‘s impossibly heavy, but I‘m also loving it (and sitting with the heavy is working for me right now, I guess). I had that exact same experience this morning of reading Jenny‘s review and being heartbroken by that last line. 2mo
Cathythoughts 💔 2mo
batsy I just saw Jenny's review on GR too 💔 2mo
Centique Oh that review is heart breaking 😥 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @squirrelbrain Thank you! I will plan to join! 😀 2mo
BiblioLitten 💔 2mo
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My first Emily Henry book, and I loved it! Just the type of story I needed right now. And it‘s a friends-to-lovers tale, which is one of my favorite rom-com tropes. I could definitely relate to Poppy‘s wanderlust, and thought all the travel details added a fun component, but I could see that not being everyone‘s cup of tea.

#bookspinbingo #pop22 #BookTokrec

tjwill I have this and need to read it! 2mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any Emily Henry yet. Need to rectify that soon… I have Beach Read and Book Lovers on my Kindle. 2mo
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My June #BookSpinBingo is ready to go. Tagged my next planned book for #CampLitsy after finishing my current read.

LKK526 Never read books twice but The Secret History was an exception (edited) 2mo
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Sweet & Bitter Magic | Adrienne Tooley
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During Pride Month, I will be trying to highlight a book each day that follows this calendar!

The tagged book is a fantastic YA sapphic fantasy novel featuring a diverse cast, and set in a world that is free of homophobia. 🙌🏽 This was Maya‘s favorite book last year, and I also loved it when I read it in January. #pride #pride2022

Kitta Great idea! 2mo
Cinfhen Awesome challenge/ idea 🏳️‍🌈 2mo
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The cuteness!!! Look who came and curled up on my lap while I was reading the tagged book.

These two. I can‘t handle the level of adorableness in our house right now. 😻🫶🏼 #catsoflitsy #kittensoflitsy #MonaLisa

Soubhiville So cute! My heart 🥺😻 2mo
Catsandbooks Absolutely adorable!!!💕 2mo
kspenmoll Two sweeties!!! 2mo
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Lcsmcat Awww! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh my goodness 😻😻😻 2mo
Bookzombie So sweet!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 2mo
Ruthiella Cuteness overload! 😻😻😻 2mo
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Trying to participate again in some of the groups where I‘ve gone silent, including #BFC2022!

Like @wanderinglynn June is going to be a reset month for me. My June goals:

📖 Read 8 books
🍓 Daily food journal (including mood while eating, per dietician‘s advice)
🚴 Exercise 60 min/day

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And I didn‘t think about adding mood into my food journal. I‘m going to steal that idea. Thanks! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @wanderinglynn I recently started seeing a dietician, and her food log asks: location you ate meal/snack (dining table, couch, restaurant, desk, etc), mood & level of hunger both before and after eating. 2mo
wanderinglynn I am totally stealing all of those. That‘s great info to know in order to see trends. 👍🏻 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @wanderinglynn If you need an accountability partner, let me know! I could definitely use one. 😂 2mo
wanderinglynn Yes, let‘s do it. I logged all my food yesterday and will add the other pieces starting today. 2mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I seem to be emerging from my reading slump, and finally have enough books in one month to make it worth doing a reading wrap-up!

The middle row are my favorite reads this month, top row are solid picks, bottom row were just okay.

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May was a great reading month for me after months of a slump, so I decided to do #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo again in June!

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Aya of Yop City | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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My 3rd and final book for #20in4 readathon this weekend! I actually liked the 2nd book more than the first. My daughter used to read Akissi, a picture book series by this author, and I love that Akissi is in this series as the little sister!

Lisa is still smaller than a book, but both kittens are growing quickly! #MonaLisa #catsofinstagram #kittensofinstagram

#pop22 title begins with last letter of previous read

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Aya | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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This story feels like the Ivory Coast‘s version of a telenovela, but in graphic novel form. Focusing on everyday teen life in a working class neighborhood of Abidjan, it gives the reader a more upbeat story set in West Africa.

#readingafrica2022 #cotedivoire
#booked2022 #authorborninafrica
#20in4

Cinfhen Ohhh, I still need that country !! #stacked 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen it was a borderline pick, but I still plan on reading the next one in the series. My library only has the first two books. If I read a book set in San Francisco or Sao Paulo, Brazil I can also use this for the #pop22 #sistercities prompt. 2mo
Librarybelle This sounds interesting! 2mo
Cinfhen Clever 🙌🏻 2mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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I really loved this book. I loved the intersectional feminism, and I‘m always a sucker for a book ghat pulls in progressive politics. Not my first book that incorporates the gentrification of Brooklyn (Pride by Ibi Zoboi!) but this felt like a true testimony. It pulls from current events and activism, and the sacrifices/choices that are sometimes made. Definitely recommend!

#booked2022 #newin2022
#pop22 #Latinxauthor
#20in4

Sophronisba I loved this one, too. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Sophronisba except for the mother. Couldn't stand her, and kind of wanted to reach through the book and slap her. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 2mo
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Cinfhen Nice review, lovely photo 😄 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen when I realized my flowers matched the cover, I had to include them in some way! 2mo
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My library book stack for Memorial Day weekend! And another #MonaLisa photobomb. #catsoflitsy #kittensoflitsy

Susanita Pretty kitties! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead ❤❤❤❤💕💕💕 2mo
5feet.of.fury So many goodies! 😻 2mo
DivineDiana Love this photo! 😻 2mo
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Aya of Yop City | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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Dr Hubby is on call most of this weekend, so I should have plenty of reading time! My goals for #20in4 are:

? finish Olga Dies Dreaming
? Read the 2 Côte d'Ivoire based GN Aya and Aya of Yop City
? Make progress on my audiobook: You Can‘t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

Smartypants @4thhouseontheleft isn‘t Phoebe hilarious??!! I love her! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Smartypants she is great! I haven‘t watched 2 Dope Queens yet, but definitely plan to! 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you playing along. 😊 2mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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My family teases that they can always tell how I am feeling based on my mug choice. Which one do you think is today‘s pick? ☕️

Prairiegirl_reading Well my pick would be Bernie so I‘ll go with Bernie. (edited) 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Prairiegirl_reading it was definitely Bernie! 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I need that Bernie mug! 2mo
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AmyG Definitely MOOD. Every day. 2mo
5feet.of.fury Feeling the Bern ❤️ also I have had that book since Feb and I was so excited about it, and I have not made any time for it… 😩 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @5feet.of.fury I really like it so far! 2mo
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1️⃣ On a dry boulder along a babbling creek downstream from a waterfall in the mountains near Highlands, NC
2️⃣ No one. Just my books. Not in the mood for peopling right now. ?
3️⃣ Strawberries, chèvre, baguette, charcuterie, dark chocolate, and a bit of wine

#thoughtfulthursday

Lynnsoprano That all sounds perfect! 2mo
jlhammar Yes, solo picnic! I could do with one of those right now. 2mo
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🦋 In between books! Thinking of starting Olga Dies Dreaming next.
🦋 The Trees by Perceval Everett
🦋 That my daughter came home from school safely 😭

#wondrouswednesday

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Meet Mona + Lisa! #MonaLisa

Yes, 2 of the 4 rescue kittens extended their stay indefinitely at our cat hotel. 🥰 #catsoflitsy

It took me ages to finish the last 1/4 of this book, because I had accidentally come across a spoiler and I was dreading it happening. However, I LOVED this book and the duology and can‘t wait to read more books set in the Groshaverse!

#pop22 #foundfamily

LeahBergen The little savages 😆 2mo
squirrelbrain So cute! But a bit bitey around books! 2mo
Simona Cute happiness in duet❣️ 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft @squirrelbrain that is the first thing I will be training them not to do 🤣 2mo
julesG Those two are cute. 2mo
vlwelser 😻😻 2mo
RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻😻😻 so cute!! 😭😭 2mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable but poor book!😻😁 2mo
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Doing everything I can to process the terrible tragedy in Texas yesterday. From that first NYT alert, I had a horrible gut feeling it would be bad. Flashbacks to how I felt with a 5yr old the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. But my pain is nothing compared to the pain of dozens of families in Uvalde today. 😭

DivineDiana 😔 💔😓 2mo
AmyG I saw a tweet on Twitter and my stomach “dropped”. This is America now, where an entire political party puts the right to own guns without common sense laws over the safety of our children. All for power and greed. 😢 2mo
DogMomIrene And watching various parents from Sandy Hook is also heartbreaking. We have a planned power outage today, so I‘m audiobooking and staying away from the news. I‘ll get the updates later. 2mo
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Reading with kittens. 😻 We‘ve named this one Kuromi for the 4 days she is in our house, since our tuxedo is #HelloKitty (who absolutely hates the intrusion into her home 😂)

#catsoflitsy

QuietlyLaura 🥰😍 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Omg, SO cute! 3mo
Cathythoughts Cute 💗 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Wow so cute! Been a long time since I had a kitten in the house ! Geezer kitties here. 3mo
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Soubhiville What a cutie! 🥰 3mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! 3mo
Gissy Cute!😻❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Leftcoastzen they are only here for a few days! This one is the runt of the litter and so cute! 3mo
shanaqui Naww, looks like a lovely reading companion 3mo
BookNAround What a sweet baby! 3mo
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It‘s impossible to read with these 4 bundles of fur in the house! I helped capture & rescue these kittens over the last 2 months from a construction site in our neighborhood. The neighbor fostering them is out of town, so they are with me until Sunday!

I was part of the rescue effort of these babies at the same time we had to say goodbye to #Isabel. I‘m not looking for another cat, yet 4 landed practically on my doorstep. 😹

#catsofLitsy

RaeLovesToRead Oh my days... 😭😭😭😭😭 They are so so so so adorable 😍😍😍💕💕💕 3mo
julesG 😍😍😍😍 3mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️😻 So adorable! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole Preciousness!! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @RaeLovesToRead @julesG @Librarybelle @Chelsea.Poole they are all warming up to people so quickly! 3mo
AmyG OMG adorable! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Also, love that you‘re a rescuer! My whole extended family does the same 😻 3mo
JenReadsAlot Adorable 😻 3mo
AlaMich Sooooooo sweet! I imagine it‘s tough getting anything done, much less reading! 😂 3mo
rachelsbrittain So cute, I die 😍 3mo
squirrelbrain So cute! Please can I come and help?! 3mo
PuddleJumper 😍 3mo
5feet.of.fury Babies! 😍 3mo
Susanita Does that make you a foster foster? 😹 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly OMG! 😍😍😍 3mo
SiameseCatsRead I just posted a pic of my 3 that make it impossible to read, too! 🥰 3mo
Gissy 😻❤️😻❤️😻❤️😻❤️ 3mo
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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💎 wish I could read more, but I also have some cute little distractions in the house over the next couple days which will make an appearance in my next post!
💎 physical book
💎 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
💎 Some books, yes! I love to annotate.

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 3mo
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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Mehso-so

This was a memoir Kincaid wrote after the death of her brother in the mid-90's to HIV/AIDS. It felt very personal, almost like a stream-of-consciousness diary she was writing to help in the processing of her grief. As such, it was hard to follow her train of thought at times. I'm glad I read it, but not sure I would recommend it.

#booked2022 about HIV or AIDS
#nonfiction2022 #ImAnAngel
#antigua

Cinfhen Interesting choice. Too bad it wasn‘t a total pick. 3mo
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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Joining in late for #LGBTQBookBingo #LGBTQ2022 but I am including 3 books I've read so far this year that fit some of the prompts. The cast of characters in these 3 books includes demisexual, aro-ace, bisexual, and non-binary representation!

Bookgoil Listening to Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars right now and loving it! Would recommend for trans rep or memoir. (edited) 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Bookgoil thanks for the rec! 3mo
Kenyazero Off to a great start! 3mo
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My local B&N has a great display of Austen retellings right now! Found a few more to add to my TBR. #pemberlittens

Also, after some time off I‘m ready to jump back in to the chapter a day buddy reads, but I‘m not sure what the current schedule is?

sprainedbrain Oh I see some I need to look up! May/June books are Lady Susan, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Jane Austen At Home. The buddy read for Lady Susan already finished, but check out @jenniferw88 for Jane At Home and @BarkingMadRun for Tenant schedules. So glad you‘re feeling able to join in again! ❤️ 3mo
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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The book I‘m reading for the #booked2022 prompt about HIV/AIDS was written in 1997. It‘s a flashback to the past.😔

I‘ve worked as a case manager for those living with HIV or AIDS in the 21st century. In some ways, we have come so far.

In other ways, the stigma still remains.

Amiable Have you read “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts? It was a stupendous work of journalism. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable yes, I read it a long time ago! 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m really glad this book lived up to the hype! I started it a few years ago, but quickly realized I should read the Shadow & Bone trilogy first, so I put it down after the first two chapters. Glad to finally return to it. Love this band of misfits and outcasts. ❤️‍🔥

#pop22 protagonist who uses a mobility aid

RaeLovesToRead I was going to use this for a duology for #pop22 but interesting to know it fits that prompt too! 3mo
Addison_Reads One of my favorite series. I just treated myself to the collector's editions of this duology and I'm excited to re-read them. 3mo
Ddzmini Love the book cover where did you get it 🥰 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Enjoying an iced latte with a book this afternoon! I‘m hoping I‘ll have enough downtime to finish it today, ai definitely see why this is a hugely popular book!

ShelleyBooksie Love the prrride mug! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead That iced latte looks yum! 3mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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These are the 6 books I suggested for #CampTOB22. Two are on the list because I just checked out from the library. 😃

#CampTOB

Cinfhen I‘m shocked how many books are new to me!! I‘m LOVING all these #CampSuggestions22 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen took me a while to come up this list! This year‘s releases have my been on my radar as much as catching up with my TBR! 3mo
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vivastory Great choices! I almost selected the Ali Smith 3mo
BarbaraBB Great choices! I wouldn‘t mind a bit reading these! 3mo
sarahbarnes Yes, the new Ali Smith! 3mo
Ruthiella I considered the Yanahigara but have a strong suspicion I will end up on the 2023 long/shortlist instead. Yours is the 3rd vote for 3mo
rmaclean4 So looking forward to The Dance Tree and the new Ali Smith! 3mo
Teresereading I want to read DancingTree 3mo
BkClubCare Woot!! Olga Dies Dreaming YES 3mo
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An interesting, thought provoking book on trauma and existing theory on best ways to treat PTSD. I like that the author recognizes and addresses trauma caused by systemic racism and generational trauma.

The first half of the book explores the brain‘s mapping and the physiological response to trauma, and our thoughts and ruminations after a trauma. The second half gets into MAP training, the author‘s therapy approach.

5feet.of.fury This was more useful than The Body Keeps The Score then? 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @5feet.of.fury I never got past the first chapter in The Body Keeps the Score, but this one is probably more surface level. I liked it more for the science than the trauma-informed care info. This is the other one on my stack that is supposed to be similar to TBKTS: 3mo
5feet.of.fury @4thhouseontheleft thanks for the recommendation❤️ 3mo
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Another #bookhaul! This one from Book Outlet. Top one is Maya‘s, two we are sharing, and the non-fiction ones are for me.

My therapist recommended The Body Keeps The Score, and I know it is a foundational book on trauma, but I hated the way it ignored the trauma of victims of sexual assault by American soldiers, and only focused on the PTSD of said soldiers. The Trauma book above sounds similar, but not as problematic.

slategreyskies Ah, my therapist recommended that one as well, and I purchased a copy, but I haven‘t read it yet. Good to be warned ahead of time. 3mo
5feet.of.fury Firekeepers Daughter 🙌 3mo
Scochrane26 The trauma one sounds interesting. Body Keeps the Score was interesting but not something I recommend to clients because it has so much science & was hard for me to get through. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Scochrane26 I have a psychology background which my therapist knows, so I think that‘s why she recommended it! 3mo
Scochrane26 @4thhouseontheleft I have a few clients who enjoy reading, but I‘m not sure how much NF they read. 3mo
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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m not usually a fan of short stories, but this one packs a lot in a small amount of words! I should have know anything by Atwood would catch my interest.

Gives off a hint of Practical Magic vibes, and this is very much a mother/daughter story. Perfect as a lead up to Mother‘s Day!

#booked2022 #canadianprovince
#pop22 book I knew nothing about

Bklover I enjoyed this one 3mo
Cinfhen Ahhh, good prompt picks!! 3mo
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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I‘ve been quieter on Litsy lately, but I had a lot of fun shopping local Indie bookstores in April! Our local stores put together an Book Crawl, and I was able to visit 7 of the 11 stores participating ahead of Independent Bookstore. Happy with my #bookhaul

Tagged my pick for #booked202 about HIV/AIDS

lirahlu Be still my Victorian Loving heart - Moonstone 😍 3mo
DivineDiana I so wish my local indies would do that! What fun! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @DivineDiana this was a brand new thing this year! It was fun finding some new bookshops, including one tucked into a local market/pub. 😃 3mo
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