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Devyn

Devyn

Joined April 2016

Marketing content creator, Shakespeare grad student, lover of goats
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Abbi Waxman is one of those authors where I‘ll read literally anything she writes. Small Beginnings and Other People‘s Houses are up there with some of my favorite books of all time so very excited to dig into this new one!

It‘s made particularly better that I‘m currently outside in the sunshine with my pup. Loving the last few days of summer, but very ready for fall!

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I wrote all about these two beauties and how they save my life every time I move and every time I need to clear my mind and my house.

It‘s live now at www.medium.com/effthecanon!

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So...my pre-husband left me to my own devices tonight which resulted in my creating a book blog and bookstagram! I'll still be posting all up on Litsy because I love an all-in-one casual platform. But if you wanna hear more from me, I got you.

Website: medium.com/effthecanon
Instagram: effthecanon

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I gave up on The Little French Bistro after 17% (just really not my style) and have returned to good ol‘ HP. I wasn‘t planning to do a full re-read, but if I‘m already starting the second one...might as well! ⚡️

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Thank you library for reminding me that I checked this out and hadn‘t started reading it yet despite it being due very soon. Let‘s see how quick I can finish it!

marleed Ohh, I just traded for this at a little free library! 1w
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I‘ve been collecting old photographs to use as bookmarks for years now. They‘re always like 25 cents a piece at antique stores and I love them.

Although sometimes people will ask me who it is in the picture and I have to admit that I have absolutely no idea. 📷

emilyhaldi Love this ❤️ 2w
rather_be_reading i love old photos!!! 2w
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Long weekends mean full and deep house cleanings so I switched from paperback to audiobook for the time being.

I‘m embarrassed to say this is my first time listening to an audiobook and I gotta say, I‘m hooked. I think it‘ll only be something I do when re-reading and cleaning since I just like the feel of holding a new book too much, but oh boy this is great.

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Is there any better book to read today?

Featuring a sneaky peek at my 9 3/4 ankle tattoo. For those curious; it is outlined in red for my very Gryffindor self as a child, although, as an adult I fall more in the Ravenclaw camp. I claim both really.

Caroline2 I love that front cover! 😯 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I‘ve been on the hold list for this book for so long that I actually forgot I was on it. Best surprise email I‘ve ever gotten!

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Still dealing with a puppy with stitches. Still working my way through The Underground Railroad (very very close to finishing). It‘s spectacular. I‘m probably not going to do a full review post for it just because I don‘t have any words for it besides spectacular. If you somehow haven‘t read it yet, add it to your list.

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My pup had to get stitches yesterday as she ripped her paw pad 😔 She‘s down for three weeks and Matt and I get to be parents to a very frustrated puppy who just wants to run around in that time. She‘s doing okay, but I have a feeling a lot of couch time is in my future to make sure she stays still and just cuddles. So The Underground Railroad is the perfect “pull you in” book that‘s needed for the extended couch days!

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Shakespeare of London | Marchette Chute
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I‘m just going to admit it: I hate summer. Unless I am on the beach somewhere with a tropical drink in hand, I want the rain and the cold. Today we‘re meant to be getting a little storm here in Missoula that‘ll at least give me (and our poor dead lawn) some water. So I‘m taking the opportunity of being on the couch with rain outside to let the dissertation prep begin! Let‘s do this, final year of grad school!

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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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Desperately wishing it was the weekend so that I could just stay curled up on the couch with my book 📖

Still really enjoying this one! Abbi Waxman is quickly becoming one of my favorites so I‘m going to have to do some backlog reading.

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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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The #24in48 has gone...NOT WELL. As in, this is the first time I‘ve been able to read this weekend and it‘s 9:30 on Sunday morning. But that‘s okay. While I‘m not going to end the weekend with a 24-hour timer, I will have ended it having gone to a local Cherry Festival, spent some time on the lake, and bought a new bed frame.

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics | Stephen Greenblatt
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I know I‘m not going to be able to do the full #24in48, but I‘m building an ambitious stack anyways just to see what I can get through!

(Other People‘s Houses by Abbi Waxman is on the Kindle)

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As a Murderino, this was perfection. It felt like sitting down with a cup of coffee or glass of wine (depending on if you‘re a Karen or a Georgia) and chatting with a pal. Now I wouldn‘t recommend this for anyone who isn‘t already a fan of the podcast since the ladies write exactly as they speak, but as a fan, that made me love it more. Finished it in about 14 hours...as you do. My god do I hate front cover stickers though.

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The Man of My Dreams: A Novel | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Accidentally took a month long break from Litsy! Still here...still on the couch...still reading. The usual ♥️📖

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Dreaming of Mr. Darcy | Victoria Connelly
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The moment I finished A Weekend with Mr. Darcy I was back on my computer downloading the next two in the series from my library.

For the record, did not know it was the start of a series and immediately squealed when I realized it. Give me all of the Jane Austen spin-offs always.

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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy | Victoria Connelly
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Perfectly fluffy and just the break I needed. Now excuse me while I go ahead and just plow through the rest of the series...

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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy | Victoria Connelly
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I finally started checking out ebooks from my library and oh boy am I using it.

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I‘m still on the fence about Loveday constantly talking about how broken she was. When a character refuses to talk to the people in the story but shares everything with the audience, I always feel a little off. BUT this was a lovely book. Not the fluffy piece I was hoping for but it was a beautiful exploration of the effect of constant trauma on a person and I‘m glad it ended with Loveday realizing how important accepting help is.

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I‘m feeling iffy at the start of this as I‘m not big on characters that promote themselves as “not like others” and this feels a bit like that, but it seems like it‘ll be cute and endearing so still keeping it up!

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When Life Gives You Lululemons | Lauren Weisberger
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love it. Didn‘t hate it. But a nice break from the more serious books I‘ve been reading lately.

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When Life Gives You Lululemons | Lauren Weisberger
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There is pretty much nothing better than a morning like this.

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When Life Gives You Lululemons | Lauren Weisberger
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Our new couch finally arrived! I maybe bought a new couch because the old one was hurting my back when I was reading. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for a comfy reading spot!

Enjoy Virginia Woof modeling it here!

TrishB Gorgeous couch and Doggo 🐶💕 4mo
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Bailedbailed

Okay, this is the fastest I‘ve ever bailed on a book. I read one chapter, put it down, and have yet to bring myself to pick it back up.

It‘s not right to bail after just one chapter but I‘m a big believer of letting go of books that don‘t immediately grab you. I‘m going to keep this on the shelf and try again another time because I‘ve heard great things so it might just not be the right time for me!

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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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All three of us are cuddled up on the couch. The fiancé is reading Sisterhood of the Squared Circle and I‘m finishing up Blue Nights. The puppy is just sleeping because, try as I might, books just aren‘t her thing.

Counting down the days until our new couch arrives and reading on the couch won‘t lead to back pain and an inability to get up!

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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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“In theory these mementos serve to bring back the moment. In fact they serve only to make clear how inadequately I appreciated the moment when it was here.”

Wow ♥️

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Spent an evening chatting with the wonderful crew of the Snark Squad podcast all about Daisy Jones & The Six and how much I wish I was like Daisy in high school.

Who am I kidding? I kinda wish I was her now.
https://soundcloud.com/snarksquad/070-daisy-jones-and-the-six-by-taylor-jenkins-...

Readergrrl I concur. But without the drug use. Not sure I‘d have survived all that! She was very lucky. What a great book! 4mo
Devyn @Readergrrl Oh definitely! We can skip those choices. 4mo
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Something tells me that between starting this and Blue Nights from Joan Didion on the same night means I‘m going to need a good ol‘ fashioned fluffy and completely fun beach read next. Let me know your current favorites!

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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Loved every page of this one. I had seen some not great reviews from people who didn‘t like the faux-biographical aspect of Laura Bush‘s life, but if this is meant to represent who she is and was in the White House then I think I may actually like her now. (Though I doubt that‘s the case.) Curtis Sittenfeld is, as always, unbelievably deft with words, plot, and character. Loved it!

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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I‘m not a mom of humans, but getting to spend the morning with my dog-ter cuddled up and reading is quite lovely.

Happy Mother‘s Day to the Litsy moms out there!

Mrsann2000 Nice! 4mo
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Bailedbailed

Bummed to say I just couldn‘t get into this one. It just felt like I went 40 pages reading the exact same thing over and over again. So back to the library it goes!

I would say though that this would be a great starting point for someone who is new to minimalism or is looking for a way to make minimalism work for them! Good ideas, just not something that I was learning from.

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Not the worst way to spend an afternoon! 🌞

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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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My fiancé keeps asking me if this book is good and I keep not answering because I‘m too engrossed in reading it to answer him. Though I think that‘s answer enough.

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Thank goodness for pups who know when your allergies are acting up and know to calm down and cuddle up.

I wasn‘t expecting to like Less all that much but I wanted to read it since it won the Pulitzer, but I‘m really into it! Was anyone else an unexpected fan?

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It took me roughly 200 pages to fall in love with this book but as soon as I did it was a hard fall. Phew. Very good.

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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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My uncle died very unexpectedly this morning and I‘m reeling a bit. I‘m unable to get to my family in California right now so I‘m instead doing the one thing I know he‘d be okay with: sitting in a library doing schoolwork.

He was a scholar himself and was always so proud that I was following in his footsteps and getting my graduate degree. Here‘s to you, Uncle Jim ♥️

Chelleo I‘m so sorry to hear about your uncle. What a lovely way to hold him close while so far from family. 5mo
JacqMac Sorry for your loss. It‘s hard to be away when stuff happens. That‘s a great way to find comfort. 💕 5mo
Devyn @Chelleo Thank you ♥️ 5mo
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Devyn @JacqMac It is, thank you for your thoughts ♥️ 5mo
TrishB Sorry to hear 💕💔 5mo
CaliforniaCay Sorry for your loss, good way to keep things in perspective though, sending peaceful vibes your way ❤ 5mo
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Finally using Amazon First Reads for this one! Don‘t know much of anything about it but Chapter One was enjoyable!

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Just so dang good.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Michelle has really knocked it outta the park with this one (we‘re on a first name basis at this point). As someone who is getting married next year, the moments she shares about her and Barack‘s life together are exactly what I need. If I could be half as great as her, I‘ll call my life a success.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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So so so good. The perfect antidote after long workdays and reading for school.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I swear I do things besides cuddle with my dog on the couch and read. I just don‘t remember what they are. 🐶📖

britt_brooke What a sweet face! 💚🐾 5mo
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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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When in doubt, read Pride and Prejudice...or a retelling.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I had a lot of other things to do this morning but my library copy of this is due back today and I don‘t want the person in the hold line behind me to have to wait any longer to read it. It‘s so beautiful and heartbreaking. One of the best books I‘ve ever read, like, ever.

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This was the absolute perfect book to read as a pick-me-up during a rough work time. Loved spending mornings getting in a few minutes of reading to help feel productive and in control. I‘m sure this‘ll get pulled off the shelf fairly regularly

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Finally worked my way off the couch and away from puppy cuddles in order to put together a new bookcase. My last one was overflowing and I figured I could either get rid of books or buy a bigger one...so I bought a bigger one.

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My poor pup had lump removal surgery this week (she‘s absolutely fine and we found out it was benign so yay!) which has resulted in me spending all of the time cuddling with her even when this book is just wanting to make me reorganize my entire life. It‘s so good and feels like having a chat with a friend!

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This one has been on the list for so long and 30 pages in I‘m already hooked. It was so hard to put it down last night! So beautifully written and I‘m already so attached to every character I‘ve been introduced to.

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Loved, loved, loved this one. It tells the story of a sleepy town and its inhabitants as World War I breaks out and they‘re forced to reckon with the reality of a war. All of the characters where lifelike and truthful, even if, at times, I wanted to grab some of them by the shoulders and shake em. If you liked Major Pettigrew‘s Last Stand and Downton Abbey, this should be right up your alley.