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KellyMuser

KellyMuser

Joined April 2016

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The Idiot | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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A little mystery behind old books I found at one of my favorite haunts in Maine. They were in different sections of this labyrinthine store but seem to have been gifted between the same friends with hand written notes inside. According to their response, David and Jane didn‘t enjoy The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I may never know if they read the love stories by Ivan Turgenev out loud as suggested by Sveta (friend? teacher? doting aunt?). Sigh...

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Executioner's Song | Norman Mailer
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I‘m told Norman Mailer was the keynote speaker at my college commencement. Unfortunately, I have no recollection of it. 😱 So this is my Saturday of knitting another nest for orphaned birds, and diving into his Pulitzer Prize winner. 🐥 📚Hopefully some of this will be done outside on the porch.🌞

rabbitprincess I love the colours! Gorgeous 😊 6mo
KellyMuser @rabbitprincess Thank you! 😃 6mo
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Estate sale haul for $21.😃👍 Bonus: a few autographs, local articles, and photographs of birds. I wish I had known the previous owner. I think we‘d have gotten along. The book featured above is by a local author.

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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My first Woolf, and I‘ve wanted to read it here for so long. I love the way she writes. 📖💗

BarbaraBB Great location 💜 1y
KellyMuser @BarbaraBB One of my favorite vacation spots. A family tradition. 😁👍 1y
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Foundation | Isaac Asimov
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I‘m down to my last book in the 15-book series which I recently found in like-new condition at a used book store. The rest I bought or borrowed from here and there. I started the series with Foundation in 2014...and got hooked.

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Anna Karenin: Anna Karenin | Leo Tolstoy (Graf)
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My haul from the library book sale. I noticed I grabbed a Karenin instead of a Karenina without realizing there are two spellings available. Does anyone know why? I‘ve already read the Roy, but needed my own copy to love.💕

Billypar Reading God of Small Things now- really liking it! 1y
kathedron Nice haul ❤ To answer your question, it's just that Russian women's last names have a feminine ending. I suppose the translator chose not to carry that over as we don't have a similar thing in English. "The Idiot" is fantastic and you might want to get some tissues in for the Hosseini ?. 1y
KellyMuser @River_Voice Thanks for explaining the missing “a”. I loved Hosseini‘s And the Mountains Echoed, so I have high hopes for this one. 1y
KellyMuser @Billypar I hope you enjoy. It‘s beautifully written. 1y
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Pretty Things Please | Marjorie Thomsen
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Treated myself to these just for the beautiful artwork on the covers created by one of my favorite photographers, Brooke Shaden. 🤗

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Robots and Empire | Isaac Asimov
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Snowed-in with no power, and all of these.

emilyhaldi Perfect!!! 🙌🏻 2y
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Complete Stories | Kurt Vonnegut
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So excited about these library grabs I don't know where to start. I think I'm going to have to buy my own copy of the Vonnegut. 📚🤓📚

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A look at the factors that bear on a person's behavior that considers what happened from milliseconds, to millions of years before it occurred. I recommend it for anyone with an interest in human behavior, and in finding out what things might help bring out the best in us.

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The Devil's Song | Lauren Stahl
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It's the time of year to bring in new things, and that includes trying some new authors. Being a fiery redhead myself, and naturally drawn to the cover, I grabbed this debut for a nice day of escapism in my favorite chair by the fireplace. I'm just taking a break to tell you that I've been sucked-in by this book, and I'm not coming out again until I finish it. Yes, there are redheads, and they're being (eek) murdered!!! CHEERS!🎊🍾

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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"...sometimes I think we must be walking on shoals of bodies without realizing it and all the earth‘s a graveyard.”

I'm a sucker for things Victorian and Gothic. It was more low-key than I was hoping for, but it suited the sluggish week I've had, and didn't require a lot of my own energy in return.

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Ham on Rye: A Novel | Charles Bukowski
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Chinaski, on his first time getting drunk: “I thought, ‘Well, now I have found something, I have found something that is going to help me, for a long long time to come.‘”

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After reading a few books that pushed my boundaries in different ways I ran back to Vonnegut and Murakami for some comfort. Does anyone else want to share which authors you go to when you need a book hug?

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Gaiman and Charles de Lint. 2y
KellyMuser @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Gaiman is in my top 3! I haven't read any Charles de Lint yet, so thanks for mentioning him. 2y
LauraBrook Edith Wharton and Agatha Christie. 2y
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KellyMuser @LauraBrook I've only read one Christie, but I'm going back for more. Can you recommend a few? 2y
LauraBrook I liked The Sittaford Mystery a lot, and it's a standalone. Can you recommend a Vonnegut? Never read him before! 2y
KellyMuser @LauraBrook Thanks for the recommendation. Breakfast of Champions is probably my favorite. I'm reading it for the 3rd time just for fun. Although he has other more famous books, I think Mother Night is another good pick. (edited) 2y
OSChamberlain Always Japanese when I need a book hug. Murakami is one, and Mishima is another 🖤🖤🖤 2y
KellyMuser @OSChamberlain I haven't read any Mishima yet. Thanks for the recommendation. 😃👍 2y
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saresmoore 🤣 These are brilliant! 2y
KellyMuser @saresmoore Thanks! It was fun. 😁 2y
Jenni_Capps #1 is everything!! 🙌🏻 I hate that so freaking muchhhhh!!!! 2y
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LittleWonder @KellyMuser Love this list!!!! 👏🏻😂👏🏻 2y
KellyMuser @Jenni_Capps Yes! I could lose my mind. 2y
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Just teasing my hubby on his book handling habits 😁. He does have a nice cigar, coffee, and slippers going for him though.

BooksForYears As an avid spine-preserver, this makes me nervous 😳 2y
emilyhaldi Love his technique! 2y
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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This was a beautiful book. I loved the depictions of nature, and all the bits of frustration, darkness, and rebellion. I'm glad I joined the #Janssonbuddyread .

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Thanks @Liberty for making Litsy an awesome place to hang out, and for this big stack of books! Exit West is the one I can't wait to read first.

emilyhaldi Great stack! So many of those on my tbr! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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I've enjoyed all of Sedaris's books so far, and this was no exception. Maybe it's because I don't get around much, but I kept finding myself thinking, "are people really this mean to each other?" Are they?? I had to select the title as-is from Litsy, but the book only goes up to 2002. Looking forward to the next one.

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" We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us." Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A fun-size book on astrophysics for anyone. I even have time left to finish my planting! ??

#garden

JoeStalksBeck Yes! I love him and Sagan but I think Feynman is my favorite physicist . Plus his book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is extraordinary! 2y
KellyMuser Thanks @JoeStalksBeck! I've added that book to my TBR. 😃 2y
JoeStalksBeck @KellyMuser yay! It will bring you to tears it's so beautiful 2y
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This book was infuriating to read, but also the best of the year so far for me.
@Liberty #TGIFGIVEAWAY

Liberty You won the giveaway! Please email your name and address to Liberty at Book Riot dot com and I'll send you the books! 🎉 2y
LittleWonder Woot woot!!! 2y
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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My book haul from a local library sale. I picked up Naked, and The Book Thief for my mom. One for laughing, and one for crying.

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I don't usually just pick up a book on a whim, but the title drew me in, and it was a good choice. I especially liked the practice of having the whole village gather around one of its members who had done wrong so that she would not be alone in her disgrace, and then having all participate in a cleansing ceremony to bring the fallen one back to the right path. I wonder what it would be like if that were common practice.

britt_brooke Beautiful pup! 💚 2y
KellyMuser @britt_brooke Thanks! That's my reading partner Rain. She's a Great Dane. (edited) 2y
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Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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Spending the day indoors knitting my wool socks for winter, and reading Murakami's new short stories.

#knittersoflitsy

Alisnazzy #MurakamiCultMember 💖💖💖💖 2y
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Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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Reading and watching the garden grow.

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Ward No. 6 and Other Stories | Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

"The fallen angel betrayed God probably because he longed for solitude, of which the angels know nothing."

Ward No. 6, Anton Chekhov

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Never too old for a children's book, especially with great illustrations by Lane Smith.

A gapper is like a "burr in your sock", only bigger, and orange with lots of eyes. Gappers shriek with pleasure when they get near a goat because they love goats so much. The shrieking upsets the goats so they can't give milk which the people of Frip depend upon for their livelihood.

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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My haul from free comic book day.

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Lonely Hearts Hotel | Heather O'Neill
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Rain is making sure we get in some play time while working through this great library haul.

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The Space Trilogy | C.S. Lewis
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I opened this trilogy I found at a library sale, and there was a fortune inside. 😃

saresmoore Oh, I love these vintage covers (and the series). Great find! 2y
KellyMuser @saresmoore They're in good shape thanks to having been in the original box! The box itself is a little beat up. I love classic sci-fi! 2y
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I think it's fitting that I finished this book today during my #litsypartyofone. It reminded me of this photo I took of my husband while vacationing in Maine.
@Ambrosnazzy

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O Caledonia | Elspeth Barker
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I finished O Caledonia this morning, and was moved to create this photo. It's a composite of a blood super-moon I photographed, a bird and tree I snapped in Yellowstone National Park, and a piece of fabric from one of my dresses. I hope this will serve as my review. This book has ruined all other fiction for me for a while, and my next read will be a running book.
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Well-ReadNeck Breathtaking! 💜 2y
TrishB Lovely pic 💗 I have this ready to read - the expectations are getting higher and higher! 2y
saresmoore This is gorgeous! You've certainly depicted the essence of O Caledonia here. 2y
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Lindy Brava! 2y
DeborahSmall Beautiful 💙 2y
KellyMuser @Well-ReadNeck @TrishB @saresmoore @Lindy @DeborahSmall Thanks so much for your kind words! 💐 2y
shawnmooney What an image and what a review!! ❤❤ 2y
KellyMuser @shawnmooney Thank you!😊 2y
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Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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A few of my library holds came in at once, but something is telling me I need just one more. 😁
At least I'll get some #knitting done today thanks to the ebooks.

#literaryknitter #knittersoflitsy

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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It's a pick overall. I enjoyed the writing style, it was a page-turner, and I'm glad I read it. I found the main protagonist to be thoroughly unlikeable- not a criticism. For me, there was some element missing from the domestic violence dynamic that I can't put my finger on yet. The story became increasingly implausible towards the end which made it feel a bit disjointed for me. Even so, it's still a 👍.

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Lake Wobegon days | Garrison Keillor
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Hanging with my bestie (left) and Garrison Keillor tonight before the snow started falling. I have the next two days off, and plan to hit that tbr list hard.

LittleWonder 💕📚👏🏻😊 3y
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"The most important thing a garden needs is the shadow of a gardener."

I came across this line last night just in time to turn my clock forward for my favorite day of the year. I'm looking forward to more sunny days, and casting a shadow in my own garden where I took this photo last summer. ☀️?

#garden #gardening

LittleWonder Perfect choice for today! 3y
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The Hero and the Crown | Robin McKinley
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I decidedly cannot draw, but here is my picture for #drawme and @rachelm . The Hero and the Crown is one of the first books I can remember choosing for myself as a young girl, and Aerin was one of my first female heroes. I still have the book. My drawing was no doubt also influenced by the delivery of my new Zelda game today!
#womenshistory @LitsyFeministBookClub

KellyMuser @LittleWonder ☝️️😂 3y
LittleWonder Woot! I loves it!!! 🐉 3y
BookishFeminist Love it! 3y
rachelm Fierce!!! 3y
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I'd rather read than cook.

LittleWonder What the...😯 3y
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"There was something so electric about it. So dangerous. Those little touches were everything. I lived for them. You can build a whole world around the tiniest of touches."

I found this one hard to put down. It had a lot of feels. In a word- relationships.

#tellthewolvesimhome #carolrifkabrunt

Reviewsbylola I just ordered this one based on all the stellar reviews. 3y
KellyMuser That's great. I hope you enjoy it! I really like the cover on this edition. 3y
Lindy I loved this too. 😊 3y
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Two days left on my long vacation, and I'm diving into this visual treat by Neil Gaiman and his wonderful illustrators pulled from the shelves of my local library.

#neilgaiman #thesandman

Lindy I was thinking of Gaiman's Sandman series, well, specifically Death, when I listened to a different story that features a female version of the Reaper: 3y
KellyMuser @Lindy Thanks for the reference, ill have to check it out!👍 3y
Lindy @KellyMuser Well, I don't know your taste in books yet. I would recommend it to someone who likes ornate romantic prose, or has a special interest in lesbian content, or modern retellings of Greek mythology - preferably all three. 3y
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KellyMuser @Lindy I'm kind of an eclectic reader. I tend to avoid romance, and have a strong sci-fi leaning. I like stories that are dark or strange. Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Bradbury are three of my favorite go-to authors. I also have a weakness for Russian literature. What do you like? 3y
Lindy @KellyMuser I'm an eclectic reader too. I especially look for a fresh voice in writing style & don't mind a challenging style as long as I feel it has heart behind it. Stories about women's lives that are different from mine - other places, other times - tend to appeal. Ali Smith, Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews, Jeanette Winterson: these are some of the authors I trust. 3y
Lindy @KellyMuser Oh, and I enjoy Vonnegut, Bradbury and Gaiman also! 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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So good. It's made me want to check out some American Civil War non-fiction. Can anyone recommend a good place to start?

#georgesaunders #lincolninthebardo

Annl Just saw him yesterday! 3y
QuintusMarcus Just this weekend the NYT recommended SIX ENCOUNTERS WITH LINCOLN
A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons By Elizabeth Brown Pryor. But if you are looking just for Civil War, a great place to start is James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, an excellent single-volume history of the war.
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KellyMuser @QuintusMarcus Thanks for the recommendations!👍 3y
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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman
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"And then the child would touch the catch, and the lid would open, slow as sunset, and the music would begin to play, and Jack came out. Not with a pop and a bounce: he was no spring-heeled Jack. But deliberately, intently, he would rise from the box and motion to the child to come closer, closer, and smile."

Here is another one of my photos inspired by Neil Gaiman. In this case a haunting short story titled Don't Ask Jack.

#neilgaiman

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I love when something familiar pops up in a book I'm reading. In this case a character from my home town was just sent to a hell of sorts. 😈

#Lincolninthebardo #georgesaunders

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It's the book on my nightstand tonight. Brought home from the library today, and finished by bedtime. It took a couple of restarts to get a feel for the writing at first, but then things went smoothly. There are no chapters, which I think contributed to my having finished it in one sitting. I don't usually choose romance novels, but I'm glad I took this recommendation thanks to the return of The Readers podcast.

#motheringsunday #grahamswift

LittleWonder Yaaaaaaas! 👏🏻📚 3y
shawnmooney Wasn't it extraordinary? I loved it too. 3y
KellyMuser @shawnmooney Yes! Proof for me that it's good to try new things. 👍 3y
Lindy I was so glad to hear Simon and Thomas again! Missed them. 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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A little haul from the library for the long weekend. It's time to sit down by the fire with my best girl.

#lincolninthebardo #georgesaunders #libraryhaul

LauraBeth Awwww 🐶💕 3y
britt_brooke She's gorgeous!! 3y
LittleWonder Awww! 3y
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Leftcoastzen Omg ! She's a great beauty! 3y
KellyMuser Thanks everybody! This is Rain, my Great Dane. 💗🐶 3y
Jillsandypants She's beautiful!!! 3y
KellyMuser @Jillsandypants Thank you! She's big but very gentle. 🐶💕 3y
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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"Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between."

I so often find inspiration for my photography in Neil Gaiman's books. Here is another of my photos paired with one of his quotes.

#neilgaiman #thegraveyardbook

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"Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers."

Here is a photo I took in my garden along with a quote by one of my favorite authors. I love reading warm summer books like this one in wintertime. #raybradbury #dandelionwine

LittleWonder 💜 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Lindy Lovely! 3y
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"Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly."

My hobbies of reading and photography have a mutualistic relationship for me. Here's one of my photos which I've paired with a quote by Neil Gaiman. It just occurred to me that Litsy might be just the place for me to share these. I hope you enjoy them. #neilgaiman

LittleWonder Looooove it! 3y
KellyMuser @LittleWonder Thanks!😊 3y
Jillsandypants You took that?! 😳 What an amazing shot! 3y
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KellyMuser Yes, and thank you!💐😊 I took this photo in my front yard. 3y
Lindy I'm delighted to have found you here on Litsy. 😀 3y
KellyMuser @Lindy Likewise!😃 Thanks for stopping by!🌷 3y
Lindy @KellyMuser It's a pleasure. Love your photography. 🌻 3y
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Fancies and Goodnights | John Collier
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I'm all settled in for my #Litsypartyofone with my snacks, and a cozy fire. 🤗 Have a great night everyone! #johncollier #fanciesandgoodnights

LittleWonder Hey! I know that candle!!! 🔥 Enjoy!!!! 3y
KellyMuser @LittleWonder I love it! It smells like bubblegum and unicorns. 🦄 3y
LittleWonder Hmmmm. How do you know what a 🦄 smells like? 😊 (edited) 3y
KellyMuser @LittleWonder You stand behind one at a concert! LOLs😂 3y
LittleWonder 🦄🌈📚👍🏻😂😂😂 3y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I've been waiting all day to curl up in my favorite reading chair with this new release.

#neilgaiman #norsemythology

LittleWonder Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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