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BooksAndChopsticks

Joined August 2017

Booklover, Cellist, Silversmith, Ceramicist, Knitter, Dog Lover, Hockey Player. Oh - and wife of author Rick Crilly.
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The Orenda: A novel by Joseph Boyden
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The Cellist of Sarajevo | Steven Galloway
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I loved this book and was halfway thru until I spoke to a colleague at the office who was originally from Sarajevo. When I mentioned I was reading this book, his face fell. Not only did he know the musician this book was based off of, he is a Bosnian Serb, and fought (with guns) to get his family out of Sarajevo during that time. In a nutshell, he told me the book was very one sided, and not to believe everything you read in the news. Wow!

Gezemice Wow! 1y
DivineDiana How true! 1y
Lindy There has been controversy about Galloway‘s use of the cellist character: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.theaustralian.com.au/arts/out-of-the-war-into-a-... and more recent controversy about Galloway as a harasser: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/ubc-and-the-steven-gallowa... 1y
BooksAndChopsticks It was truly incredible to hear my colleague's view on the whole situation. He was shot twice while in the army. He's now living a peaceful life in Canada as a graphic designer with his family. He went on to mention the news anchors (like Amanpour) reporting from Croatia thinking "you have no idea what it's like here, lady!". As one of my favorite people, this man is one of the gentlest, kindest person I know. 1y
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I wasn't sure I was going to love this book because of its size - I find a lot of authors could pare down with less filler. But Lamb's writing was honest and engaging. It's the relationships between twin brothers, schizophrenia and themes of nature vs nurture and forgiveness.
I recommend this book for people who (although love) but get tired of women's writing.This was written by a guy, with a distinctive male voice but accessible to all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alfoster Yes, loved it too!😍 1y
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Finally finished the mammoth Blind Assasin and onto a YA book by John Green. As someone who lives with a person with OCD (real diagnosed OCD, not the self-proclaimed "I'm too neat" kind) - this book so far is terrific. A small glimmer into the kind of crippling anxiety that plagues people with real OCD - and a fresh witty prose through the eyes of this teen. #loves

TrishB Also living with someone with anxiety - it‘s a great awareness raising book. 1y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I wanna love this book but truthfully it was a struggle to get into it. The back and forth...timeline switches...the long over-descriptive scenes. Only now nearing the end am I getting interested. Anyone else find that?

DivineDiana Not a favorite! The only Atwood that disappointed. 🙁 (edited) 1y
zezeki I struggled with it as well and I had a really had time liking any of the characters. But now, months later after I've finished it, I still find my self thinking about it. I didn't love it, but it got under my skin I guess. 1y
BooksAndChopsticks Shucks. And I love MA. The sci-fi stuff was weird for me. I'll probably stay away from her other sci-fi books and stick with the more traditional ones. 1y
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This is what I've been reading lately. I'm torn between music and my books #thestruggleisreal
Does anyone else feel the same way?

ReadingEnvy Cello? Bass? 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Cello 🤓 2y
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And his majesty drove off, very much delighted with his last quodlibet upon the duke, whom he really hated.
-- Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870), The Memoirs of a Physician, translated 1910

Happy #litsywordoftheday ?

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Dogs on Instagram | @dogs_of_instagram
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What do you mean you're gonna read instead of playing with me all day??? 😢😢😢
#dogsoflitsy

TheLibrarian How cute!!! 2y
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Webster's New Pocket Dictionary | Editors of Webster's New World Dictionar, Webster's New World College Dictionaries
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I like that they chose this word for today, Blue Monday.
#happymonday #litsywordoftheday

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Chick Lit and Postfeminism | Stephanie Harzewski
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Driving home tonight...I couldn't resist. This chick must really love chik lit. 🤣🤣🤣

TheBookAddict 🤣🤣🤣 oh my goodness!!! 2y
Cinfhen That's great 💜 2y
tpixie Fun!! 2y
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This book deserves a review even though it creeped me out to no end. Soucy's surreal writing was a breath of fresh air, since reading the same o' mainstream stuff lately. A sister and brother are raised by their eccentric father and grow up locked away, isolated from the world. But this ain't your Flowers in the Attic story. Oh no. Be prepared to at times enjoy Soucy's unique prose and at others, squirm in discomfort. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

emilyhaldi Ooooohh creepy! 2y
Lindy I love this book. Glad you did too. 👍 2y
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OK this book is...weird to say the least. I thought maybe that it was because of the French Canadian translation. But nope, it's Soucy's writing. Haven't decided if I like it yet. Onwards though! 🤔

Lacythebookworm Sounds interesting and your food looks delish 😋 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Thx @Lacythebookworm 😁. It's steel cut oats with parmesean, olive oil and candied salmon 💕 2y
Lacythebookworm Candied salmon sounds amazing! 2y
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My current lunch read at the office! #gaetansoucy #spinmastertoys

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Webster's New Pocket Dictionary | Editors of Webster's New World Dictionar, Webster's New World College Dictionaries
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Fitting #litsywordoftheday!
For me this means getting more sleep this year by going to bed earlier. Like 9pm.
Sacrificing my bedtime reading, but sleep equals health and I need more of that for sure!

What's your instauration?

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Webster's New Pocket Dictionary | Editors of Webster's New World Dictionar, Webster's New World College Dictionaries
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Today's #litsywordoftheday
Happy New Year everyone!!
🎉❄️

DivineDiana Love this! Happiest of New Years to you! 2y
kalinichta Happy New Year!🥂 2y
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Small Claims | Andrew Kaufman
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A charming book written in Kaufman's whimsical writing style. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as his first book, All My Friends Are Super Heroes - but appreciated the Toronto references. Selfishly, I'm hoping his next book can have more meat, more story to sink my teeth into. This one's a quick read.

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Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was one of the year's best reads for me. I honestly wasn't expecting it to be so good...maybe a modern day version of St. Elmos Fire or something. Boy was I wrong. Yanagihara's writing is poetic and gorgeous, the characters complex and interesting. Be prepared for your heart to swell and break at times. So intense but satisfying.

mrozzz 🙌🏻 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez This book made me cry so much, it was a little awkward on the subway 2y
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Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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Reading this book every morning makes my heart swell and wrench into tiny little pieces. Yanagihara's writing is so exceptional.

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Getting ready for work and to do that day-breader thingy 🙄#litsywordoftheday

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Snow Dog Marley | John Grogan
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Snow days are for reading and playing in the snow (says Molly the Mastiff) 😂

Between_The_Covers Beautiful😊 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
tammysue 💕 2y
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#litsywordoftheday
Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: The Prince of Tides was about neither a prince nor Tides - discuss. #coffeetalk

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Untilted | Autechre
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Guardian of my #tbr stack #dogsoflitsy #happyfriday 💗

TheKidUpstairs Oh my gosh! I LOVE your dog! 😍😍😍🐶🐶🐶 2y
RebelReader Love your fur baby! 💕💕 2y
Booksnchill What is his name??? 2y
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bookloo Oh my god! I want to kiss every single wrinkled fold. 😍😍😍😍 2y
EvieBee OMG. So much cuteness for one picture. 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Her name is Molly Bloom (because the hubby is obsessed with Joyce 🙄). 2y
BooksAndChopsticks She drools on my books 😩 2y
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I'm definitely torporific today 🙄
#litsywordoftheday

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This book is so amazing! In true Mark Haddon style I chuckle at the dry humor and feel for these charming characters. Loving every chapter!

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Wow! What a word for today. I can think of some nonbooks. Can you? 🤔
#litsywordoftheday

RestlessFickleBookHoarder But can I still count them for a goodreads challenge? 😂 2y
Gina Sweet you beat me to it! Did you check out the Ray Bradbury quote at the bottom it is devine! 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Yes a great quote! 2y
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This was a charming book about a little girl's experience in a (rare for that time) progressive school in Tokyo during the war. A must read for early learning teachers and parents!
I give it five bowls of Ramen🤓

🍜🍜🍜🍜🍜

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I feel very ebullient today!
Happy Friday everyone!!!
#litsywordoftheday

Gina Ooooooo fun word! 2y
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A wonderful friend gave me this book with a solemn "...everyone should read Totto-Chan". It's a charming story about a little Japanese girl growing up during the war. So far I'm loving every word ?

Gina Love the illustration on the front cover 2y
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Untilted | Autechre
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Ah! One of my favourite words!!! ❤️

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I see a trend happening here 🙄
#litsywordoftheday
#halloweeniscoming

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Just finished this book - a wonderful walk through the history of Ireland from the beginning of the pagan era through the middle ages. I highly recommend reading Rutherford's historic fiction novels as his character development and storylines are wonderful and make you forget you are getting a history lesson.

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Maybe today is a good day to bury the hatchet 💗👭
#litsywordoftheday

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The end is in sight! An 800 page book but enjoyed every word so far! Waiting for the big finale...hope there is one.

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Webster's New Pocket Dictionary | Editors of Webster's New World Dictionar, Webster's New World College Dictionaries
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Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den, / Nor nocent yet, but on the grassy herb / Fearless unfeared he slept.
-- John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667

#litsywordoftheday

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So this here, ah, word that has been selected from a book whose sole purpose is the definition and explanation of the meaning of words, here presents today's word as decided for the day.

#litsywordoftheday

#litsywordoftheday

rubyslippersreads Isn't this how Scarlett describes Melanie in GWTW? 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Oh really? I don't remember! Such a weird word! Reminds me of worms 😩 2y
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A morbid Friday #litsywordoftheday 😬
We'll, it is getting close to Halloween and today IS Friday the 13th!!

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I'm curious to know if there's a correlation between #bookaholics and #crosswordfanatics 🤓
I personally love both equally and have a hard time choosing
#thestruggleisreal

bookwrm526 I love crosswords but I‘m not terribly good at them, which is odd because I‘m good at other kinds of word games 2y
BooksAndChopsticks @bookwrm526 lol everyone says that but it's usually the crossword isn't written well. Try the NYT Mondays. They're edited well and super satisfying! 2y
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An interesting and relevant #litsywordoftheday!
Happy Thursday 💗

hermyknee Love this! 2y
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Just ordered this book! Super excited to read Green's latest based on his own experiences with anxiety and OCD.
Has anyone else read his works?

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Bed and Breakfast | Lois Battle
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Me and the elusive author #rickcrilly staying at a charming 18th century Bed and Breakfast in Norfolk county. #litsypartyoftwo #getaway

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So one of things I do to make a living is design and sell jewelry. When I'm not working my other full time job or gigging (music) I sit here at my bench. And wish I were spending more time reading this lovely book 😩

tpixie You are busy!! 2y
BooksAndChopsticks @tpixie yes it keeps me out of trouble! 2y
tpixie Lol 😂🎉🤗 2y
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What! shall we not collogue together, and warm the cockles of our ancient kindness?--shall we not collogue, I say?
-- Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth, 1821
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary | Merriam-Webster
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Today's #wordoftheday
A little boring, but hey, it's Friday!!! 🤓

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Unwind | Neal Shusterman
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This is where I go to "unwind". But I have no more room for new books. #firstworldproblems ?

LiteraryinLititz I love the green wall! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Looks so cozy!! 2y
DivineDiana Love!💚 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love the hammock! 2y
EvieBee Lovely! 2y
angrylilasian I dream of having a room like this someday! 2y
BooksAndChopsticks I definitely need to dedicate more time to spend in this room lol! 2y
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Salvatore was enjoying his regular evening's caffè corretto when pounding footsteps on the stairs to his aerie caused him to turn from his view of the city.
-- Elizabeth George, Just One Evil Act, 2013

#litsywordoftheday

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Leaving Las Vegas | John O'Brien
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To my US neighbours, my heart goes out to you. Guns, violence, hurricanes and a buffoon in charge trying to make sense of it all. Stay the course and stay strong my friends. As Molly the Mastiff does - in the face of adversity 💗

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Halfway thru this epic saga!
#edwardrutherford #litsypartyoftwo

PurpleyPumpkin How is it so far? It's on my endless tbr. 😊 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Pretty good! I'm into historical fiction right now (but it's an easy read) and the families and characters are very interesting! 2y
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Today's #litsywordoftheday!!
Fitting for a beautiful fall day 💗

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#litsywordoftheday. ?

Always prepare multiple plans. Life is a thimblerig. Never let anyone know which cup holds the pea.
-- Stina Leicht, Blackthorne, 2017

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How ghastly it would be if we couldn't experience pleasure 😕
#wordoftheday #litsywordoftheday