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JenniferJarrell

JenniferJarrell

Joined May 2016

Voracious.
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The Heist | Daniel Silva
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Quirkybookworm 😳😳😠😠how dare they?!? 2y
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Life has gotten in the way of progression through my #tbr. Hoping to finish Isadora and tackle this one over the weekend.

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Isadora: A Novel | Amelia Gray
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Weekend reading.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Travel read.

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Devotion | Patti Smith
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Same.

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Isadora: A Novel | Amelia Gray
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Indie bookstore day #bookhaul came with a free galley.

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Husband is out of town for the weekend so I‘m indulging in some much needed Me time with these three cuddle companions and this stack.

Mdargusch That crew! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
JenniferJarrell @Mdargusch They are cute but poorly (and hilariously) behaved. 2y
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Little Wolves | Thomas Maltman
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Enjoying this one so far.

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The Dark Dark: Stories | Samantha Hunt
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Sometimes it does pay to judge a book by its cover.

I picked this up in a local bookshop on a whim, and the guy working there warned me that Hunt runs dark and twisted. That‘s my catnip, so I guess I chose well.

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Tender is the Night | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Library book sale day. #bookhaul

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Sometimes letting go is the best thing.

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Pickpick

This book is so, so much more than I anticipated. Can‘t wait for volume 2!

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Panpan

It is not a common occurrence, but I aggressively disliked everything about this book - the whiny white boy introspection devoid of any true insight, the badly written teenage angst, the lack of character growth, the watered down manic pixie dream girl, the cruelty in the name of religion, the insensitive portrayal of the differently abled characters...should I go on? Pan with both thumbs.

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Apparently I could read Tolstoy‘s epic in under fourteen hours if I chose to. (I do not choose to.)

https://m.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/technology-research-centers/ereaders/spe...

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As a graphic novel novice, imagine my surprise when I went to pick up 11 of the 14 graphic novels I requested from the library simultaneously and found a stack this high. I was expecting slim comic books. 😂

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Imagine Wanting Only This | Kristen Radtke
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Been in a bit of a reading slump this month and decided to try to remedy it by requesting 14 graphic novels from the local library system. Also a way to pump up my numbers for my reading challenge.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This has been sitting on my #tbr since it was a #botm selection. I joined Now Read This bookclub on Facebook and this is also their selection for the month. Hoping now that I‘m snowbound for the weekend (with only vacation planning and an adventure to the next neighborhood over for soup dumplings on my agenda), I can make good progress.

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In a bit of a reading slump, and struggling to stay invested in Little Fires Everywhere. (I think it‘s more a reflection of me than the book.) So lets give this one a go.

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Long weekend away, and I‘m finally getting to this one. Also, bourbon.

maich Enjoy😍 2y
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What better way to unwind after hours of studying for my nurse practitioner certification exam than to read a psychiatrist‘s memoir of her time spent in Bellevue‘s psych ER?

Godmotherx5 Good luck. Go nurses! 2y
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Thanks to my second (out of three) consecutive 12 hour shifts, I likely won't get far into this tonight. I'm in the medical field, and I don't know how I haven't read it yet.

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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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My husband took me to The Strand on our last night in NYC, and I exercised restraint - one book only, keeping in theme with this trip. Horror to not have anything to read at the airport.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Last #botm for awhile so I can get through my bought-yet-unread stack. So, so excited for both of these. Definitely going out with a bang.

Reviewsbylola I'm so excited for both of these! 2y
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M Train | Patti Smith
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I've been saving this one for this trip to NYC.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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DNF. I made it about 25% of the way through before the one-dimensional, wooden female characters and terrible dialogue became too much to bear. Also, "xanax and grape soda" is this book's equivalent of Fifty Shades' "inner goddess" - faux quirky, ridiculous, and mentioned on every other page. I'm sure this book has a target audience, but that audience is not me.

emilyhaldi Lol, I struggled through it 😣 2y
L_auren Lmao all true!!!! 2y
JenniferJarrell @emilyhaldi @L_auren I'm glad I'm not alone in this - so many people seemed to have loved it. Lol 2y
L_auren @JenniferJarrell I didn't hate the plot but the characters... ugh 2y
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Matching my book to my outfit today, apparently.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. 36 years old
2. Married 5 years
3. 3 dogs - 2 pugs and a rat terrier
4. No kids, ever
5. Pediatric RN
6. Nearly done with my family nurse practitioner education
7. ❤️ bourbon
8. Live in Pittsburgh
9. ❤️ my veggie garden
10. 5 tattoos
11. ❤️punk rock
12. Every intention to go "full Stevie Nicks" as I age
13. ❤️ traveling
14. Hate TV
15. ❤️ sleep
16. Obnoxious when I drink caffeine
17. ❤️ ice cream
18. Atheist
19. Dem Socialist
20. Feminist

TheLibrarian I live in Pittsburgh too! 2y
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My favorite bookshelf in my favorite room in the house - our sunroom. It's a pretty sexy spot to disappear into my current read. #SPACEJAM

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Got an absolutely horrific sunburn at the pool this week, but that's not going to stop me from finishing this book outside in the heat (it'll buy me sleepy little dogs later when I want to read inside!). I'm liking this one so much more than Girl on the Train - I still haven't fully figured out the ending.

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This book broke my heart. Incredible, unforgettable story about the pain of a child becoming the parent in the face of dementia. #botm has been killing it.

Reviewsbylola Agree with everything you said. July selections are on 🔥 3y
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It's rare that I am as surprised by a book as I was by this one. I picked it up primarily because of the buzz it was getting on Litsy and I am so glad I did, because it was so much more than I anticipated. Outstanding character study of a complex woman over the course of a lifetime.

Reviewsbylola I know, I loved this one too! Definitely an instance of where the book lived up to the hype! 3y
Aswenson Glad I added this one on this month! 3y
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#asidefrombooks

Favorite hobby: Gardening
Favorite drink: Bourbon and a cherry
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite color: black
Favorite city: Pittsburgh, PA
Dream house location: A wooded lot ten minutes from the city with a small house, a garden, and chickens
Favorite accessory: OLO Victory Wolf perfume
Favorite tv show: Stranger Things
Last movie in theaters: I can't sit still so I don't go
Currently reading: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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I waffled back and forth between Goodbye, Vitamin and Final Girls as my third book but my local library decided it for me - of the two only Final Girls will be available as an e-book (and I'm only fifth in line on the holds list!). I intended to cancel #botm since I was due for renewal and spent way too much on clothes this month, but you can see how that turned out. Whoops.

Reviewsbylola Lol, I totally can relate. Great choices! 3y
JenniferJarrell @Reviewsbylola It was the Roxane Gay as an extra that reeled me in. I still wound up getting three books for more or less the same price I'd have paid just for hers if I'd bought it elsewhere. So that's a bargain, right? 😂 3y
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Last night as I sat pondering my July #botm box - debating extras, researching the choices sleuthed by other Littens - and contemplating the Salman Rushdie read along, my husband sweetly asked, "Are you ever going to get to that giant stack in the sunroom? It's giving me palpitations." I'm trying, dear. I'm trying. #MountTBR #tbr

RaimeyGallant So we're growing plants and book stacks. 3y
JenniferJarrell @RaimeyGallant Those are my hobbies in a nutshell, yes. 3y
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Hell yes, #botm.

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Last month Book of the Month delivered to my door two of the best novels I've read this year - White Fur and this gorgeously written debut novel. About everything and nothing all at the same time, told in stunning, lyrical language. I loved it.

L_auren Loved both of those too ♥️ 3y
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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It's so hot here in Pittsburgh today. Following a three hour bike ride and a steak and beer lunch with some afternoon reading.

britt_brooke My kind of day! Enjoy. 3y
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As someone who grew up in the Rust Belt at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder, who is now a college educated, successful professional, I found parts of this book uncomfortably familiar. My story is nowhere near as dramatic as Vance's. I had and still have a loving, supportive, stable family structure. However; there are enough similarities in the cultural experience to make this a difficult read. It's accurate.

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The progressive echo chamber largely labels this book as problematic; however, it was passed onto me by a psychiatrist I work with as a must-read for understanding some of our patient population here in the Rust Belt. My Appalachian-born husband read several chapters and had to quit because it was giving him too many feels - he says he already lived it and therefore doesn't need to read about it. Going in with mind wide open. Anyone else read it?

CAGirlReading No, but my book group just selected it for one of our upcoming reads so I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!😄 3y
CouronneDhiver Not yet, but it was mentioned as a "must read" in that newspaper article I posted about yesterday. Let us know! 3y
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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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I loved absolutely everything about this book, and I'm too fresh off finishing to unpack all the feelings I have about it. It's dark, visceral, twisted, and I never saw the last forty pages coming (although, in retrospect, it's crystal clear). This book will definitely not be for everybody - it's heavy and heartbreaking. But those things are my catnip, and this is maybe my favorite book of the year so far.

L_auren I felt the same way 💕 3y
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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Really enjoying the frenzied feel of this one so far. #botm

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I had a lot of trouble choosing this month...so I picked three out of five. 😂 #botm

Reviewsbylola I did too! I swear that's the longest I've ever taken to decide! 3y
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My morning off. I am struggling to stay invested in this one. Gaiman states in the forward that this novel was meant to be big and meandering and that people either love it or hate it. I'm trying to finish it so I can form a complete opinion, but It's slow-going. I find myself only caring what happens in fits and starts. I finally get into the action and then more long-winded descriptive asides take me right back out of it. I rarely DNF, but...

Reviewsbylola My husband hated this so much. 3y
Reviewsbylola Also, love your mug! 3y
Aswenson I want that mug! :) 3y
JenniferJarrell @Reviewsbylola @Aswenson I'm pretty sure I got it from Teespring. I'm an avid collector of quirky mugs. 3y
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#MeetTheLittens @maich Love this!
1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Stranger Things or Arrested Development
6. Radiohead
7. Black
8. I can't pick just one!
9. I'm a registered nurse (And will be a nurse practitioner in four months!)
10. 3 dogs - two pugs and a rat terrier (Walter, Tilly, and Piper)

rachelm Love Hitch hikers. 42 forever 3y
kricheal Another Pittsburgher!!!!!! 3y
tpixie @kricheal yes! You need to have a #LitsyMeetUp ! 3y
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kricheal Heck yeah, if there was a group of a few or more people. I'm secretly jealous of other people's meet ups 😂😂😂 @tpixie 3y
maich Wow 3🐕 I have only one😍 3y
rustoryhuf My daughter wants a pug in the worse way! 3y
elawsan 💜 Arrested Development. 3y
JenniferJarrell @kricheal @tpixie I would totally attend a meetup of Littens! 3y
JenniferJarrell @maich While I love each and every one of them, three is a lot to handle. It definitely isn't for everybody. Especially with the pugs, @rustoryhuf - they are stubborn little Velcro dogs (but oh so cute!) 3y
JenniferJarrell @elawsan Did you see it's coming back for another season? 3y
maich @JenniferJarrell It's big responsibility. I know that. I have a lot stuff to do with my dog. And it's very stubborn.😯 Bul I love him. He's my life❤ He's part of my family. He's more than just a dog.🐶 3y
kricheal @JenniferJarrell It would be really cool to organize something like this for when an author was coming to speak. 3y
tpixie @kricheal great idea! And Pittsburgh is big enough you might be able to do an author event & also have a #LitsyMeetUp 3y
kricheal @tpixie 😂😂😂 I literally never hear of them. I know Chuck Palahniuk has stopped on his tours and I've been dying to see him..at this point I'd be happy with almost any author. 3y
Nat_Reads Stranger Things! Great choice!!! 3y
tpixie @kricheal I'm surprised!! 3y
Jess_Read_This 🎉Congrats on the NP!😂 3y
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My afternoon, courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway win.

britt_brooke Nice! 3y
Caroline2 Ohhhhhh I've heard a lot of good things about this one!! 😮 👍🏻 3y
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Good In Bed | Jennifer Weiner
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Loaned to me by a friend, who lists it as one of her favorite books. Not something I'd have likely picked up on my own, so left to my own devices I would have missed out. Recommended!

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Not that I needed five more books to add to my waist-high TBR pile, but it was time for #botm and Book Outlet had a sale.

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Getting ready to start this one. I love the cover.

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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Loving this.

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My all-time favorite true crime book. The title is literal - Ann Rule, a former police officer, worked the night shift with Bundy at a suicide hotline and considered him a personal friend. She also provided police a tip after hearing a description of the killer on the news and becoming suspicious. #SEEWHATIHAVEWON