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CynCruz23

CynCruz23

Joined May 2016

reading all day every damn day
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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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Currently re-reading (or technically listening to the audiobook version for the 1st time) and it's just as awesome if not more so the 2nd time around. In an effort to reread more, it's a lot easier for me to do if I consume the book In an alternate format. Basically if I've listened to it on audiobook, I'll read the physical copy/ebook and vice versa. It's really helped me gain new perspectives on the story and usually has deepen my appreciation.

Adam_Z Love the Ciena artwork 😎 2y
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Changeless | Gail Carriger
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The Parasol Protectorate series is a welcome escape for pretty much anyone; it definitely leans more towards the more feminine and Victorian sensibilities. However can enjoy the quick-witted dialogue and fast paced plot and the hilarious chapter titles. Just great - my favorite find of the year so far 😎

Riveted_Reader_Melissa These are great on audiobook too. Enjoy!! 2y
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Soulless | Gail Carriger
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What a great book! Simply perfect in giving me exactly what I want even if it is terribly predictable and just a touch clichè. There are so many different descriptives you could use for this series but if I had to boil it down, it's a quick read that gives you some innocent wish fulfillment in a fun setting with sassy characters and petticoats. Not something I would normally go for but so glad I gave it a chance ?

Rating: ?8/10

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, I completely understand that. We all need a good, just for fun, page-turner read sometimes. 2y
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Sometimes when you go through a internet rabbit hole, sometimes you luck out and come out of it with something special ✨ I've been wringing my hands trying to come up with a special reading goal this year & fell upon this awesome reading list. I think tearing through this amazing list courtesy of the National Book Foundation is perfect for 2017 📚
See the full graphic and list here: http://www.nationalbook.org/womenwritetheworld.html#.WImxr4Fp...

KilgoreTrout Bookmarking that! Thanks! 3y
CynCruz23 @KilgoreTrout awesome! I'm glad my useless scrolling produced something useful 👍 I might even start using a hashtag when I read these. 🤔🤔🤔 anyways, happy reading! 3y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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When she self-publishes this book, I'm buying at least a 100 ✊️✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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Soulless | Gail Carriger
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Caught the flu unexpectedly at the beginning of #24in48 and only managed to read 3 hours 😭 my eyes were burning too much to read. Watched a ton of Netflix on the lowest brightness setting on my tablet but now I'm FINALLY feeling better so I decided to pick something light and easy and it's not a disappointment. The perfect cure for my flu blues 💚

Pickingclover I just started reading that book today! So far it's been amusing. 3y
Megabooks Glad you're feeling better! 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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#24in48 TBR + Intro Survey:
• Where in the 🌎 are you 📖 from this weekend? Honolulu, HI
• Have you done the 24in48 before? Yes, this is my 2nd time and I'm pumped! 🎉
• What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Moonglow b/c I love Chabon
• Tell us something about yourself. I hope to write short fiction in the future 😊
• Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Right here on the best bookish social media 📚 @CynCruz23

CynCruz23 The last book on my TBR is a little hard to see but its Joanna Russ' feminist essay collection (not currently on Litsy and definitely out of print) called "Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts" 3y
DebinHawaii Nice to see you out here representing the Aloha State! 🌴🍍🌺😀 3y
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Darth Plagueis | James Luceno
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Starting up my 2nd ever #24in48 reading marathon by finishing up Darth Plagueis on audiobook 🔊 Good luck to everyone else who is participating and hope y'all have a great time!

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Wow, what a simple but poignant group of sentences ? I always struggle with showing others the different parts of my personality especially when they've only known me in a specific way. It feels like I've got secret identities and I get all kinds of unnecessary self-conscious-y about it and it feels like I have "reintroduce myself" How Becky Albertalli has managed to convey this complicated concept in a few simple sentences is just wonderful ?

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Sunny day at the beach + fun read = paradise 🎉
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book but I'm hooked after the first chapter 👏 I'm trying to read more YA this year so if you have any good recommendations that are similar to this book, Imk! 🙏 I would love to stack more fun and touching YA books

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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Sunny Sundays make the best days for reading! Really excited to start this after being on the waitlist at my library for over a month now - I actually completely forgot I was on the waiting list for it 😆 has that happened to anyone else?

LauraBeth 🙋 those are always good surprises 3y
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Just discovered this podcast and it is so wonderful. Vanessa and Casper do a deep dive into every chapter of HP and WOW!! It is so.... thoughtful, so utterly wonderful and delightful ⚡️This podcast has really sparked my interest in doing not only doing more re-reads of my favorite books but analyzing them more deeply. Not sure what book to do this for but I just added 3 re-reads for my reading goals 🎉

Marchpane Love the idea of making rereads a goal 👍 3y
CynCruz23 @Marchpane thanks! 😊 I didn't think that much of it before but this podcast has really inspired me to think of them in a different light 👍 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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About to try out the #BookOut app! Has anyone used it? Is it useful?

Lola I started playing with it yesterday. If I keep it (in hoping to decide at the end of my current read when I see what they do with stats) I'm going to have to pay up for the pro version. The ads are driving me batty. 3y
Ais I got it, but I deleted it. It started to stress me out, and when you log some books it doesn't seem to open up automatically to the book you're currently reading so you have to flick through the thumbnails to get to where you're currently at! I can see why people would like it though when it does show your interesting stats! 3y
CynCruz23 Thanks for the heads up @Lola & @Ais! I wasn't sure if I should even give it a try. I did see that many reviews match your sentiments so maybe I might drop it for now and come back in a couple of months to see if they've updated it with the changes people want to see. The infographics are pretty awesome so definitely worth a second look 3y
Ais @CynCruz23 I think you also need to buy the pro version in order to set some of the bigger goals and the like. I'm not sure how the infographics work! It's not really an interactive site and there doesn't seem to be much too it beyond tracking your reading patterns. You'd also wonder how your information is going to be used to be honest! But if I was someone who loved graphs etc., I think I could see the benefits then, it just wasn't for me! 3y
CynCruz23 @Ais good to know. All really good points 🤔🤔🤔 damn just love the idea but the execution is definitely lackluster for the moment. Guess I'll stick to my spreadsheet and maybe I'll use Canva to make my own cool infographics 📶 3y
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Darth Plagueis | James Luceno
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Last year I wanted to listen to more audiobooks so I experimented w/ a WIDE variety. By chance, I started one Star Wars book & then suddenly my @OverDrive account was flooded w/ them! I couldn't get enough 🤓They're so well produced from the sound effects, the amazing narrators & background music - a truly rich & fun experience. I'm embracing my favorite 2016 reading discovery w/ more SW audio! Darth P is already completely addicting 😊

Books_Wine_Repeat I need to check these out. I love audiobooks and I'm addicted to OverDrive. Thanks for the heads up! 😁👍 3y
CynCruz23 @Books_Wine_Repeat awesome! 😊🎉👍 3y
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Buddha: Kapilavastu. 1 | Osamu Tezuka
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This series is just incredible. Osamu Tezuka is considered the "godfather" of manga but really should be essential to all literary circles as a master of pacing, restraint and poise. Buddha's journey is packed full of significant moments but the playfulness and humor expertly woven in elevates it to be memorable, impactful. Tezuka knows when to let moments breathe and when to inject life. Dedicate a weekend to this series, its worth it ?10/10

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Oh hello signed copy for my local library 👋

Leslie One of the most popular books in my classroom. 3y
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Is the key to being sane parents (or maybe the secret joy is more appropriate) emotionally torturing your children? I'm just a couple pages in and I see spooky resemblances to my parents everywhere. I think I'm going to be simultaneously laughing and ugly crying in 3... 2.... 😭😂

KilgoreTrout I just picked this up from the library! 3y
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Happy Retirement to the BIG TICKET! A little sports crossover into my bookish world 🏀 ⬅️ See what I did there? 😂 one of my favorite athletes with a truly inspiring story. Even if you're not into sports, anyone can appreciate KG's life. He's got a couple biographies out there so do yourself a favor and pick one up 😁 #anythingispossible

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Had to join in on the HP fun! Gotta say, these results are pretty spot on 👏
🇬🇧🏠 Ravenclaw
🇺🇸 🏠 Pukwudgie
🌟 ⚡️Black Walnut Wand
🐥 ☄Falcon Patronus (😂 no dangerous bird emotions available) #hpforever #litfluence

moranadatter I got a falcon too! 3y
CynCruz23 @kmdartist yes!! 👍 what houses are you in? 3y
moranadatter @CynCruz23 Gryffindor and Thunderbird according to Pottermore. Hufflepuff and IDK according to me. 3y
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My first time winning a Goodreads giveaway (thanks Pegasus!) + my first EVER Advanced Reading Copy! Not to mention that this book is all about one of my favorite people of all time - Sherlock Holmes 🕵

Today is one of my best Bookish Days ever 🎉 also this is the only social media network where I feel like this #humblebookishbrag would be tolerated 😁

Eyelit Lucky! 3y
DebinHawaii An excellent bookish day for you! Congrats! 👍👍👍📚😀 3y
Zelma That is a fantastic bookish day for you! 👍 Yay! 3y
CynCruz23 @Eyelit @DebinHawaii @Zelma thank you! 😊😊😊 3y
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My feelings about Toph exactly 😁💚 This series is so freakin' amazing, I just can't even 😁🤓😝😄

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The Four Encounters | Osamu Tezuka
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This graphic re-telling of Buddha's origin is incredible - educational, funny, poignant. All with a very unique style by its author/illustrator Osamu Tezuka. I've already requested the remaining volumes from the library 📚📚📚

Leslie My first graphic novel. He is the master. 3y
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Buddha: Kapilavastu. 1 | Osamu Tezuka
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Proof that if you turn any subject into a graphic novel, I'll probably read it 🤓 the illustrations convey so much instantaneously and help drive the subject matter forward + it's hilarious. I had no clue about Buddha's origin but now I'm becoming obsessed / sign of a good story 🎉

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I lucked out with my library haul today - all of these books were on my TBR list (just a small fraction of it, of course) but wow I was so ecstatic! This haul actually comes from 2 different libraries btw. Have the literary stars ever aligned for you as well, Litsy pals? Let me know your awesome library finds story 📚

See my full list in the comments below 👇

#libraryhaul #ilovethelibrary

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I'm instantly captivated by this story. The narrative style is so interesting and compelling, I was immediately able to picture all the different "picture brides" with their struggles and triumphs. It's pretty amazing how compact the writing is while still delivering a huge emotional punch. Can't believe this book is so short, I'm halfway done and I've only been reading for about an hour ?

Onioons Loved this! 3y
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Just couldn't get into the story but I did find the parts that clicked for me absolutely fascinating. I will definitely give it another go in the future. The story did remind me of some books I've enjoyed such as The Phantom Tollbooth, The Martian, and Arcadia.

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This book has a lot of heavy sci-fi but manages to balance it with a likable loser whose memories are sharp and heartfelt. My favorites parts are in the midst of this sci-fi work, you'll find these charming little tributes to language, writing, books and analog tools. Tough for me in the beginning to get into but I'm enjoying it more after 90 pages in

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Listening to this on audiobook is amazing!! The sound effects and voices are superb - so much fun. Leia's inner thoughts and meditations over her place in the universe (literally and figuratively) is refreshing. Seeing Leia as a figure of action and agency is just pretty freakin' wonderful 🌀👧🏼🌀

queerbookreader I recently read this comic, it's all about Leia in charge 👊🏽 3y
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I am seriously confused by this book but I'm finding it strangely appealing 😳 Litsy pals, does it get easier to understand soon? I only just finished the 1st chapter

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I love the title! But haven't read it, so have no advice 🙈 3y
[DELETED] 228742384 From what I've heard it takes its time to get going (c.100 pages), but once it has it's great fun. I'm looking forward to getting a copy. 3y
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Just plain old fun reading ? super quick to read and helps give you even more reason to love the 3 characters and "The Force Awakens" ? 10/10
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F------in' yes! I didn't know I could love Amy more but f--- I do. I cried openly in public while listening to this audiobook (which BTW IS THE ONLY WAY TO CONSUME THIS BOOK) and of course laughed out loud scaring small children and annoying old men. Amy is more than just a funny person, she's a real person who is complicated, passionate and well meaning. Inspiring and perfectly messed up 🌟 10/10 (📸 credit in comments below)

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Star Wars + Greg Rucka = 👏👏👏

Day 1 of a weeklong stay-cation is ending on a high note 😁 Finished 2 books today and starting on a fun one, caught up with a few graphic novels, watched a ton of BookTube, and got over 1000 for my @Litsy Litfluence 😁 #todaywasagoodbookday

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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This book is INTENSE - It was mostly a joy for me to read, I enjoyed being immersed in this saga + the characters are incredibly tactile. BUT (I'm sure all 700+ page books come with this caveat) DAMN this book is sooooo long. I can only recommend it if you truly love Proulx, can truly commit to a quiet purposeful read, and if you love reading about trees for chapters on end 🌟 Proulx lover? 9/10, Proulx liker? Stick to Postcards & Shipping News

SeeJulieRead I worked with her son for a few years. Unfortunately, I could never convince him to bring her to work! 3y
CynCruz23 @SeeJulieRead ah man!! I don't know if I could handle meeting her in person though, I'll be fan-girling so hard. 💚 What did you and her son do? (if you don't mind me asking 😁) 3y
SeeJulieRead @CynCruz23 I'm sure I would have said monosyllabic words! "I like book." And, her son managed our IT department (I'm a scientist). 3y
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Redheadrambles Just over halfway on this one now. Agree with your review. I am mostly really enjoying it but new family members are coming in thick and fast at the moment .... 3y
CynCruz23 @Redheadrambles seriously right?! They started to trickle in and then about halfway they came a-flooding in and then people started living with their grandparents or they were adopted / I finally succumbed and made a photo copy of the family tree and had to make notes while I was reading it 📝 😁 3y
Redheadrambles @CynCruz23 that was probably very smart I found myself flipping backwards to track down all these Ambriose's. 3y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Stay-cations are basically Reading Vacations to me ? I went to the library and just grabbed anything that caught my eye. I'm looking for something to follow up "Eleanor & Park" and "Sleeping Giants". Any suggestions fellow bibliophiles?

annahenke Fangirl is so fantastic! I'd save Illuminae for a later read, as it also has an interview format and is a great sci fi read, but you'll want to appreciate them separately. 😊 3y
Notafraidofwords If I was your girl was really good and I think an important read. 3y
Megabooks Fangirl or If I Was Your Girl! 3y
CynCruz23 Hmmm since I literally just finished E&P this morning, I'll give "If I Was Your Girl" a try and then move on to "Fangirl" ?? mahalo @annahenke @Notafraidofwords and @Ebooksandcooks 3y
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I read this on a whirlwind of a trip and It was paced perfectly to keep me unfocused on the annoyances of flying. I enjoyed the format a lot - the unreliable narrator/interviewer helped keep me engaged and really made me question what was what. Some of the characters come off a little flat but I think it logically makes sense considering the "narrator". It was unpredictable to me which was fun. Quick, easy to get into and interesting ? 8/10

CynCruz23 I know this picture doesn't quite capture the real sleeping giant in the book but it reminds of its origins - what do you think Litsy pals? See original link for artwork here: http://juliedillon.deviantart.com/art/Sleeping-Giant-521001305 3y
ReadingOver50 Love the art work 3y
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Nothing about this book appealed to me initially. Nothing. I usually want to roll my eyes out of my head for books like E&P but damnit Rainbow, you're good. You're really good. POV switch was brilliantly done, the writing was piercing - it captured all the unbelievable intensity you go through when you're a teen and in love with another person, with books, with music all while life just sucks all at the same impossible time 😍😭😳😒 🌟8/10

CynCruz23 Link for original artwork here: http://www.deviantart.com/tag/eleanorandpark 3y
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Almost finished with this book and wow 😳 I'm glad I didn't read this book when everyone and their dog was reading it. When a book is figuratively everywhere and everyone is loving it, something mean inside me switches on and makes me immediately and unreasonably dislike it. With a lot of distance and then seeing it accidentally left on my library table was the universe telling me it was time to read it. Well thank you universe because I'm in love

Notafraidofwords Oh god this book broke me. I try to wait until popular books have died down a little. Like I am reading Americanah now. 3y
CynCruz23 @Notafraidofwords we're on the same wavelength 🌀 hope you're enjoying Americanah, completely lived up to the hype and is definitely an important book 📚 3y
Mariposa_Bookworm I don't usually get to the popular books while they are popular because I'm reading something else. But when I do..... I loved this book and keep telling my students that they MUST read it. 3y
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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I knew that keeping an emergency book on me was going to work out 🎉 Rereading a classic to help me pass the time waiting to replace my boyfriend's potential exploding phone (Samsung Note7) 😁 #booksmakeeverythingbetter

CallMeIshmael I've always kept and emergency book, my grandmother taught me that a long time ago 3y
CynCruz23 @CallMeIshmael good advice indeed! 👏 my grandma told me to always keep hot sauce and a pen in my bag 😁 What's your current emergency book? 3y
CallMeIshmael Dave Eggers, it's in my truck, so when I'm stuck at kid practice or anything I have it 3y
CynCruz23 @CallMeIshmael oh that's a good one - fairly easy to get in and out of as an emergency. I'm about to finish Treasure Island and my next book will be a short story collection 3y
CallMeIshmael That sounds interesting, I will check it out 3y
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Do you what you gotta do to finish this mammoth book! At page 581, I want it to end on one hand so I can move onto my next book but on the other hand I don't want it to end 😶 #readerproblems

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Saturday night 📗 setup:
Barkskins ✔️
Random green pencil ✔️
FN Shenandoah Edition (Sweet Birch) ✔️
Favorite green reading companion ✔️
Sage Photo Filter ✔️
📚 Almost halfway through this 700+ page chunker 😳 this book is looooong but enthralling and I love Annie Proulx's writing so so so hard🌲🌿

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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I'm loving this book so much - a lot of truth about humankind's relationship with nature especially how one-sided it tends to be. Might be a tad heavy handed for some but I'm enjoying it immensely 🌲🌲🌲

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Only 95 pages in and I already have a million tabs! 📕📗📘📙

Listy pals, what author do you just connect with?

Proulx is doing everything for me right now and rescuing me from a small reading slump. 💚

Notafraidofwords Junot Diaz. I will read anything by him. I just really connect with him and trust him as an author. 3y
CynCruz23 @Notafraidofwords oh that's a good one! I've only read his "Oscar Wao" book and some short fiction. But he definitely resonated with me very strongly. Not sure why I haven't read more but I'll fix that ASAP. ? 3y
Zelma Julie Otsuka is right up there for me. 3y
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CynCruz23 @Zelma I've been meaning to read her!!! What's a good book to start with? 3y
Zelma @CynCruz23 I would start with When the Emperor a Was a Divine. Buddha in the Attic is fabulous but Emperor is her first what hooked me. 3y
CynCruz23 @Zelma thanks!!! 3y
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Proulx is such a master at description and atmosphere. She has transported me completely from my modern life in Hawaii to the wild forest of Canada in the late 17th century. Hoping this HEAVY as hell book is another great read like the rest of her work.

P.s. I kinda love the term pine duff for some inexplicable reason 🌲💚

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The Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater
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Hey Litsy pals, ever experienced a book that seems perfect for you but when you actually read it, you just don't get it? I've been excited to read this series since it's adored but perhaps it's been too overhyped for me, or perhaps it's not the right time for me, or I simply don't like it. I really hate this specific frustration, it makes me feel guilty, uncool, & sad. Had to force myself to DNF so I don't hate read it & rage about it later 😞

BookishFeminist Yes! I've disliked or bailed on everything by Gillian Flynn. I see the appeal but it has major problems I couldn't get past despite her writing the dark types of books I typically like. It's such a disappointing feeling! 3y
CynCruz23 @BookishFeminist yep! I feel the same way about Flynn. I tried to read Gone Girl 3 times to no avail. I also wonder how hard it is to shake your initial negative or apathetic feeling for a book/series when you attempt to give it another shot. Probably lots of time apart in between attempts might be key but I'm not sure 3y
BookishFeminist @CynCruz23 Glad I'm not alone! I read Gone Girl all the way through. I found it rather misogynistic (though I'm assuming not intentionally so). I don't think I've ever successfully picked a book back up after bailing! I tend to stick with it or I don't, unless I set it down for reasons besides having a negative impression of it. I also read Dark Places and regret it LOL. I really wanted to get into the fuss & don't know why I did it to myself. 😭 3y
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Megabooks @bookishfeminist @CynCruz23 If I bail, I usually don't pick it up again either! Lately I've been bailing on books with whiny/troubled married couples - especially if they're unlikable. I think I read so many of that ilk, I got super tired of it! 3y
k_andrws @BookishFeminist I thought the whole misogyny in Gone Girl was on purpose, which is understood more later on in the book, but I found it hard to get into, too. The writing style really wasn't for me, although I found Flynn's other books (Sharp Objects especially!) such a better read. 3y
k_andrws And @CynCruz23 it's such a shame that you didn't enjoy Maggie's books! Personally I loved them, but there were definitely points where it took a lot of effort to pick them back up after I'd had a little break, so I totally see where you're coming from! 3y
BookishFeminist @k_andrws I think a lot of the misogyny in the book is intentional but that the overall plot structure, themes, and how she constructs her female characters is unintentionally misogynist. Her writing style is also not for me. She loves her some semicolons. I *hated* Dark Places and found it to be very predictable and not as developed as Gone Girl, so I don't think I'll give Sharp Objects a try. She's just not going to be for me, I think. 3y
BookishFeminist @k_andrws A few months ago I remember having a really good convo deconstructing the internalized misogyny in Gone Girl with @KVanRead & someone else I can't remember- it's a good book to deconstruct I think because it has a lot of problems in my opinion but also has a wide appeal base. 3y
KVanRead @BookishFeminist @k_andrws I remember that convo. It gave the chance to vent some of my Gone Girl rage😂 This blog post does a great job of deconstructing the misogyny https://interrogatingmedia.com/2012/08/20/gone-girl-and-the-specter-of-feminism/ 3y
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Sometimes it's just f-in good for your soul to read something heartbreaking and then patch it back it together with "all-the-feels" glue. These kind of books can sometimes be heavy handed with their subject matter but Sáenz's light but precise way with words is freakin perfection. I would be very interested in a more "adult" novel from him. This book was wonderful ? We need more books like this ?9/10 (original link for pic in the comments?)

Books_Wine_Repeat Love this pic! It's perfect! 3y
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Wow! I can see why the hype for this book is booming! Sweet and complicated in all the right ways - the relationship of Ari and Dante builds the story just so. I'm amazed how Sáenz puts such powerful emotions in simple straightforward prose. Loving it so far ?

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Dangerous Women | Gardner Dozois, George R .R. Martin
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listening to kickass ladies while running make marathon training a snap ? just the right amount of action and fun. Not to mention really smart and funny writing. I'd recommend the audiobook over reading just for the narrator of "Desparado" alone - deliciously punchy especially when she curses ?

itsbrb I've never actually listened to a book while doing a half marathon but I've been giving it some thought. I only listen to book podcasts (I know, super specific) because they change topic often. Any other books you would recommend while running? 3y
CynCruz23 If you enjoy Haruki Murakami, listening to "What I talk about when I talk about running" is excellent. It helped me get into a zen state of mood. Other books that really help me when running are any comedic memoirs, they do an excellent job in distracting you. My favorites so far are Amy Poehler and Chris Rock. Short stories always work well for me because they're usually short and very focused and changes often (like podcasts) ??? 3y
CynCruz23 @itsbrb sorry I forgot to tag you in my reply above! 😝 what book podcasts do you like listening to? 3y
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itsbrb I just finished the Murakami one and really liked it! I loved Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I will have to try some Chris Rock ones! Sounds like a great distraction! My favorite book podcasts are What Should I Read Next?, Get Booked, All the Books!, Book Riot and although it's not running anymore they have a TON of old and great episodes is Books on the Nightstand. @CynCruz23 3y
CynCruz23 @itsbrb glad you liked the Murakami! I actually enjoyed it more than his fiction 🙊 we listen to all the same podcasts 👏😁 I miss BOTNS with @Annkingman and @mkindness so much! But in happy they ended their awesome run in their own terms 3y
CynCruz23 @mkindness thank you for countless hours of entertainment, laughs, and so many "I need to read that book!" moments while I'm running! Also you were definitely the best comic/graphic novel recommender out there #botnsforever 3y
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My nomination for the @TheSpinecrackersBookClub #augustphotochallenge for #favbookishfriends are Joe & Sam. Their relationship might be one of the most complicated but their connection endures despite all of their conflicts. Is it cheating if they're technically cousins? 😁

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Hah! No cheating and great choice! 3y
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book since so many people have such great love for this series. But.... It's just not working for me. It was incredibly easy to read and I appreciated the writing style but everything kinda just came together which is one of the main flaws I see in a lot of YA. I did love the characters though so I'm really on the fence if I should continue? Does the rest of the series make up for some of these quibbles?

coffeenebula Continue. I think it got better with time. 😎 3y
CynCruz23 @tanya42 ok! 50% of me wanted to continue. They're easy and fast to read so I'm gonna pick up the 2nd book from the library and give it a try. If it still doesn't stick, I'll drop it. Thanks! 👍👍 3y
coffeenebula 👍 curious to hear what you think! 3y
CynCruz23 @tanya42 finally started The Dream Thieves and I'm already like it a lot better than the first book 3y
coffeenebula @CynCruz23 👍👍👍 3y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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My vote for a great minimalistic cover. Simple yet poignant - conveys instantly one of the most important themes of this book, the brutality of familial relationships. Conflict all over Salinas Valley biblical style. Conclusion: it's freakin tough being a Steinbeck character.
#augustphotochallenge
#spinecrackersbookclub
#minimalisticcovers

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