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ImperfectCJ

Joined May 2019

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1. A clown, a waitress, a teacher, a singer (I loved Linda Ronstadt), and, later, a long-haul trucker.

2. A homeschooling parent.

3. My 9-year-old self would be confused.

4. "The reason you have a stomachache every morning is the peanut butter toast and big glass of milk you always have for breakfast. You don't know what gluten and lactose are now, but trust me: it'll all make sense in 25 years."

5. ???
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The Uninvited Guests | Sadie Jones
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After many flights, I finally figured out that I can't concentrate on Classics or nonfiction while on a plane.

My daughter's been using my Kindle since the screen on hers went out, so I have a mix of her books and mine. First for me today is The Uninvited Guests, a title I learned about from Litsy!

And if that doesn't last me from one ocean to the other, I've got backups.

Crazeedi Great deals on kindle on Amazon prime through end of today!! 2d
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Yep! We ordered one the other day. I forgot about Prime Day, so the discount was a pleasant surprise! 2d
Crazeedi @ImperfectCJ 👍 I almost ordered another on just to have, then though no you dont need to spend money. The new paperwhite has audio which mine doesn't 2d
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Today the caterpillar we watched become a chrysalis not long ago (see earlier post) emerged as a butterfly. She was one of three who emerged and flew off today. We reared purchased monarchs indoors for several years in Massachusetts, but this is our first time watching wild monarchs from egg to butterfly.

Crazeedi Just awesome!❤️❤️❤️ 3d
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My kids didn't want to do our library's summer reading program, but that doesn't mean I couldn't participate. Ten books read earned me a tote bag, a bookmark, a few coupons, and a book. None of the offered books were particularly exciting to me, but I thought this one might be a good travel read this summer.

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McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I'm not always sure if Moshfegh's books are great or if they just strike a satisfying chord in me. Either way, I enjoy following the paths twisting through her characters' minds. And McGlue's mind is especially twisted, so much so that even he tries to escape it.

"Why not just the breeze and the ocean? Why me?"

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McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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The bus from camp isn't here yet? No problem! I've got my book.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Taking a long-ish walk with my son.
2. I am so bad at picking favorites! It's a tie between Picos de Europa national park in Spain, Asheville, NC, and where I live now (San Diego).
3. Apple pie. Not that I'd turn down shortcake...
4. Yes. My daughter's home from camp, and we'll be cleaning house and getting everything in order to go out of town.
5. 👍

#friyayintro @howjessreads

TheDaysGoBy I‘ve wanted to go to San Diego. I hear it‘s nice 5d
ImperfectCJ @TheDaysGoBy I like it! A little nervous about fire season this year, but aside from that (and earthquakes and the cost of living), it's great! :-) 5d
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I haven‘t been to San Diego in so long! It was wonderful! 5d
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Lynnsoprano Asheville is really high on my list, too. We were there for a couple days just last month. It never gets old. 5d
ImperfectCJ @Lynnsoprano We went there for our honeymoon mumble-mumble years ago. We used to visit every year until we moved away from NC. Finally went back five years ago and while it's still awesome, it's clearly been discovered. *Sigh* Still a favorite, though. 5d
ImperfectCJ @chaoticgoodhufflepuff There's so much to do in SD County. Ocean, desert, mountains...we've got it! 5d
Lynnsoprano @ImperfectCJ Yeah, I know what you mean. But don‘t mumble about how long since your honeymoon. Mine was 47 years ago, and I am rather proud of that fact😂 5d
ImperfectCJ @Lynnsoprano Good point about the mumbling! Ours was just shy of 20 years ago, I'm just trying to come to terms with the passage of time. Shouldn't be too difficult since I have the daily reminder in the form of my teenager, but my powers of denial are very strong. 😆 4d
Lynnsoprano @ImperfectCJ Trust me, those powers will only get stronger 😂 4d
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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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1. Ocean
2. Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California. Or Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. Or Prince Edward Island National Park. Or 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA. I clearly have trouble picking favorites.
3. Neither? DVDs from the library or Amazon Prime
4. Ladybird

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Mehso-so

While there were certainly some lovely, powerful pieces to this novel, especially in the middle sections, overall I found it plodding and repetitive and unrealistic in the levels of achievement and wealth and the depths of friendship everyone seems to have. About 100 pages from the end, I found I no longer cared about the characters and trudged my way to the end mainly because I'd already invested 600+ pages.

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Indulging in some afternoon reading. I dropped off my teenager for five days at camp, which is a good thing and I'm so proud of her independence and confidence, but it's also a little emotional for me. It's possible I should have picked a different book to read today. Luckily, my cat came to my aid. Nothing like a cat napping on my chest to put things in perspective.

Crazeedi She will be ok, and your kitty knows you were emotional! They know our moods!😍 1w
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Oh, my cat definitely knows my moods, especially after 19 years together! He's still something of a mystery to me, though. 😆 1w
Crazeedi @ImperfectCJ I had one live that long! My 2 are 16!! 1w
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brit91 Awww hes trying to make you feel better! I hope you enjoy your book!😻📚 1w
jenniferajanes Hello! 👋 I‘m a home educator too. Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 1w
ImperfectCJ @jenniferajanes Hello back! There are more and more of us (home educators) around! Interest in the option seems to have exploded in the past 10 years or so, although maybe it just seems like that to me because that's about when my interest began in earnest. 1w
jenniferajanes @ImperfectCJ No, I think you‘re right! My kids are 16 and 14, and we have always homeschooled. I used to be a classroom teacher. Now I teach ESL to Chinese students online. #workfromhome 1w
ImperfectCJ @brit91 Thanks! He's stopped hanging out with me so much since I started needing to give him daily medicine, so it was extra nice for me that he was willing to give me that attention! 😸 1w
ImperfectCJ @jenniferajanes That's very cool! We had a neighbor where we used to live who taught ESL to Chinese students online (and in the public schools). We've always homeschooled, too. Mine are 14 and 10 (in a few weeks), so I'm learning a lot right now about the many options for homeschooling through high school. It's somewhat dizzying, but fun. 1w
jenniferajanes @ImperfectCJ Yes, it is fun! Welcome to homeschooling high school! 1w
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I tore myself away from the tagged book for a bit of morning tidepooling. One of the perks of SoCal living. Now back to reading.

brit91 Beautiful view!!😍😍😍😍 1w
DivineDiana A wonderful benefit! ❤️ 1w
ImperfectCJ @DivineDiana Indeed! And better to focus on than earthquakes and wildfires! 1w
ImperfectCJ @brit91 One of my favorites! 1w
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I've spent several years judging this book by its cover. Let's see what I think if I look at the pages inside.

violabrain This book is amazing. It is not for the faint of heart, as I‘m sure you have read. But I still think of the characters often, even though I read it well over a year ago. 2w
nelehelen Omg this booooooook. It ripped my heart apart. It‘s so good. I had the biggest book hangover with this one. 2w
violabrain @nelehelen Same!! I had to read nonfiction science books for a while after this one because I couldn‘t deal with other fictional characters. They all felt so superficial and not fully realized after the characters in this book. 2w
ImperfectCJ @violabrain @nelehelen This makes me even more enthusiastic about this book! I love rich characters, and I love watching an author develop them. I'm about 40 pages in, and hopefully I can get in some more reading time before or after fireworks tonight. 2w
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Fire | Kristin Cashore
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In the world of this novel, some animals are "monsters," imbued with a beauty and persuasiveness that brings them great power. Fire is a human "monster" struggling to accept this power. I found this novel profoundly boring. I should have bailed halfway through, but I wanted to see how Cashore resolved a specific situation. Why in YA fantasy worlds are social structures just like ours only with magic? Now it's in the "back-to-the-library" basket.

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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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Finished listening to this one while working out this morning. It's filled with interesting information about birds, discussion about the nature of intelligence and the (understandably) human lens through which we view it, and a somewhat dire warning about the effects of climate change on bird species. It's made me more aware of the avian dramas playing out in my neighborhood.

Fridameetslucy It‘s on my pile. I draw birds so I‘m always picking up bird books. My birds are more symbolic though. You can see drawings at same name on Instagram 7d
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Fire | Kristin Cashore
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I'm not feeling the tagged book, and I've been distracting myself with the caterpillars in our backyard. Yesterday we watched the transition from caterpillar to chrysalis. It took about 3 min from J-shaped caterpillar to chrysalis, then a few more minutes to smooth itself into the classic chrysalis shape.

Now, we wait.

And I decide whether to finish this book or not. Is it worth seeing it to the end?

Crazeedi Very very neat, ❤️❤️the beauty of nature 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I looked into my mailbox this afternoon and said, "Huh. I wonder why I'm getting all this mail?" And then I remembered... it's #litsylove !!!

Now to write back!

Thanks so much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lovesbooks87 and @Stacypatrice !

Stacypatrice 😂😂INCOMING HAPPY MAIL 💌😀💛 (edited) 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 💞💞 2w
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Fire | Kristin Cashore
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Berry-and-banana breakfast to go with my book (tagged).

brit91 Looks delicious!!😍 2w
ImperfectCJ @brit91 It was! I added a little coconut milk, a sprinkle of cacao powder, and a few walnut halves, and served it alongside a simple frittata (which doesn't photograph well). One of my favorite breakfasts! 2w
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“To distract from their inability or unwillingness to reform, eternity politicians instruct their citizens to experience elation and outrage at short intervals, drowning the future in the present.“

(And don't worry...this isn't a library book. I bought a copy specifically so I could underline and write in the margins.)

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Picked up a new horror story. Hopefully it has a happy ending.

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Mehso-so

All done! Overall I enjoyed this one, but there were a few things that made it less-than-optimal. The reveal was a little slower than was comfortable and there were a couple of red herrings that irritated me. Or maybe I just didn't read closely enough. I do like the way Atkinson plays with identity and how we decide whom to trust and what to believe in. Is the meaninglessness of life depressing or freeing? (Rhetorical, but feel free to answer.)

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1. Beverly Cleary's Ramona books.
2. I can't think of a single condiment I dislike.
3. Nope. All of my fears are totally logical.
4. Two, 1 sister and 1 brother
5. 👍

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Megabooks Ramona 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
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Mother Love: Poems | Rita Dove
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1. Right now, my favorites are the ones in my yard: hibiscus and passionfruit.
2. Circe by Madeline Miller
3. Catastrophe
4. Not a huge poetry reader, but I like Rita Dove, Mary Oliver, Edna St Vincent Millay

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

Nute Those are fabulous poets for someone who doesn‘t read much poetry. I could be happy for a very long time reading just those three poets. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Nute My English major helped me learn to appreciate poetry but I don't always enjoy it. I like the power of these poets, though. And I read a great biography of Millay a few years back (Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford) that made me love her poetry. 3w
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McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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No matter how good the books I'm already reading are, the book I just picked up from the library is always the most tempting.

jen_the_scribe I always feel the same way! 3w
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We have a couple dozen monarch butterfly caterpillars on the milkweed plant in our backyard. It must be feeling crowded to them because I found this one on a geranium on the other side of the patio. I started to move her back to the milkweed, but then I thought maybe she knows what she's doing better than I do.

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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"Final refuge of the uncommitted"? Ouch.

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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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Audiobook fun: Washing kale, lettuce, and tomatoes from my garden while laughing about escaped domestic cockatoos teaching wild cockatoos to swear. (Then feeling disappointed moments later when the narrator said that monarchs mimic the coloration of the poisonous viceroy butterfly when it's the other way around. I need to get the book book and see if it's incorrect there, too.)

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Mehso-so

Finished while cooking split pea soup. This, along with Madeline Miller's Circe, was a valuable addition to my reading of The Odyssey, but it didn't really grab me. The link between the slain maids and the maidens of Artemis is intriguing, but it seems underdeveloped and academic. And while I'm not sure I fault Penelope for being snarky, I would hope that a few thousand years would provide equanimity of a sort.

jchawkins To be fair, a lot of Margaret Atwood's writing comes off as academic. 3w
ImperfectCJ @jchawkins Good point. But this did seem a little more like "isn't this a cool idea?" without really being tied into the story well. I expect more subtlety and finesse from Ms Atwood. 3w
jchawkins Fair. This is one by her that I haven't read...I should give it a go. Have you seen her course on MasterClass? It's marvelous! 3w
ImperfectCJ @jchawkins I've never been sure whether the MasterClasses were worth it or a gimmick. Sounds like hers, at least, is the real deal. Thanks for the recommendation! Have you read her retelling of The Tempest from the Hogarth Shakespeare series? Not all of them work for me, but I love that one. 3w
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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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I enjoyed Shteyngart's novel (flawed, often unlikable characters I found oddly endearing, interesting commentary about luck, privilege, and how some people have a safety net that can't seem to be destroyed while others have no safety net at all), but I wasn't sure Lake Success was an actual place until I read the side of the chick broth box.

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Mehso-so

Finished my coffee and finished my book. This one addressed some good questions about free will, deepfake videos, the nature of reality, and the ways in which we're complicit in creating our own limitations, but it left me wanting. I wrote a longer review on my blog, but this is the gist.

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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Secretary! Clear my schedule!

Too bad I don't have a secretary. Or a clear-able schedule.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 1mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 1mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 1mo
ImperfectCJ @CoffeeNBooks Thanks! I don't know why it took me so long to join! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Eggs Thanks for the welcome! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi Thank you! This certainly seems to be a welcoming place! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! I'm enjoying being in a place that's all books, all the time! 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've been reading The Odyssey (Emily Wilson's translation) and Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad at the same time as I've been listening to this one, and it's interesting to read the different versions of Penelope and Circe, Odysseus and Telemachus. Of the Circes, Miller's is my favorite. (BTW: Hooray for Libro.fm!)

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Fighting a virus is a good excuse for an impromptu readathon. Although I suppose Atwood's Maddaddam trilogy would be more apt.

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There's not much feminist thought that's really new to me, but I like how Beard puts together the ideas here. Women being like men isn't a long-term solution to gaining society's acceptance of women in power. What we need is a shift in how we define leadership. Or so I summarize. Helps explain why I bristle when people tell my teen Girl Scout that she can earn her Eagle Scout now instead of that Gold Award no one's heard of.

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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After a rough beginning that read like a hackneyed cop story (intentionally?), this novel drew me in enough to keep me reading until the end. I feel about the ending of Golden State like I feel about the ending of Vox. Things just start breaking down, narratively speaking, and weird things happen. Hex was like that, too. The authors start with a great dystopian idea and then seem unsure where it should lead.

Jeannie I loved the Last Policeman series by him. Perfect for my dark sense of humor but haven‘t read his others yet. I think maybe Last Policeman set the bar high. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Jeannie I happened upon Golden State on the library's “new books“ shelf and picked it up knowing nothing about Ben Winters. Last Policeman looks like I'd really like it if it doesn't send me spiraling into an existential morass (not that I need a book to push me in that direction; I have a hereditary predisposition toward existentialism). I'll have to try it and see. 3w
Jeannie @ImperfectCJ if you ever read Last Policeman, let me know. I know absolutely no one who has read that series. 3w
ImperfectCJ @Jeannie Will do. I love an excuse to talk about books. (edited) 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller

Started Madeline Miller's Circe on audio this weekend. Perdita Weeks does a fabulous job narrating. I listened to it on a long walk, and 6.5 miles flew by.

RaimeyGallant Loved this book. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
ImperfectCJ Thanks! People have been recommending Litsy to me for a while now, and I finally see what all the fuss is about. It's kind of nice here! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @RaimeyGallant Just read through the advice link and learned how to tag you (automatically) in my reply. So, double thanks! 1mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺🤗 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Eggs Thank you! It's a pleasure to be here! 😊 1mo
RaimeyGallant My pleasure! 1mo
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