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Knightingale

Joined December 2017

Reading is how I recharge.
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If you like the narration of Flashman, with the ingenuity of Mark Watney from “The Martian”, you‘ll enjoy this really fun book.

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Reincarnation Blues | Michael Poore
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Mehso-so

Reminds me a lot of Gaiman in a good way. Fun text and voice. I liked that the lesson in perfection want being flawless so@much as being adaptable.

BookaholicNatty I‘m reading this right now as well 12mo
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Been looking forward to this one.

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Doctors aren‘t always great writers. But Austin is. He describes well what it is like to deal with burnout and the day to day job of working in the ER.

JennyM I really want to read this 1y
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Read this on Thursday afternoons while my son is having swim lessons at the local hot springs. The water is warm, the shade is cool, and the sound of children splashing and laughing fills the air. Long been a fan of Chabon, and this recent little essay collection is a quick treat.

Tanisha_A The view is beautiful! 1y
Suet624 💕💕 1y
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Unexpected Gifts | Elena Aitken
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Totally blown away by the generosity and awesomeness of my first ever Litsy bookswap. Thanks @slightlyfoxed ! #conandoyleswap

slightlyfoxed Yay! Glad it arrived safely. 2y
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Hey @slightlyfoxed , your #conandoyleswap should be on its way in the next few days.

Sarah83 Your library is really adorable 😍 2y
Aurys Amazing bookshelves!! :D 2y
TheLibrarian Love all your shelves!! 😍 2y
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Eggs Errr shelf-gasm 2y
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Mehso-so

A good book, but the problem is that I was listening to it going to and from work, and work has been burning me out lately, so it negatively colored my opinion of the novel. But since I can‘t pay my bills by stopping tornados or living with wolves, just have to keep on keeping on.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 💙✨ 2y
Reggie Hope it gets better, man. 2y
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Impossible Fortress | Jason Rekulak
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Well that was just f***ing charming. A fun and quick little tale for those of us who were geeks in the 80s before being a geek was cool. Does it compare to Ready Player One? No, very different. Should you read it if you liked RPO? Absolutely.

Soubhiville Sold! And stacked! Thanks for the recommendation 😊 2y
Alfoster Loved it too! Now gotta read Ready Player One!😍 2y
looseleafbooks The summary didn‘t seem up my alley, but your review sells it! 2y
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My second time through with this one. Wanted to reread it before I see the movie. One of my favorites but it certainly is geared towards my geeky interests and my age group. Still, seeing as geek culture has become so mainstream in the last few years, I think a lot more than just us nerds who grew up playing Atari 2600 in the 80s would appreciate it. I‘m going to head to Reno early next month to meet some friends and see it on the big IMAX screen.

RachLovesTV I love this book! I've heard that the movie is substantially different than the book, but still holds to the tone/themes of the book, so I'm hoping to go into the movie and not compare anything. We'll see how that works. 😂 2y
Knightingale @RachLovesTV I‘m looking forward to it. I know it‘ll be different than the book but with Spielberg directing, I have faith. 2y
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#bookhaul

Twice a year my local library has a members book sale. I don‘t always find things I want, but this time had a good haul.

Leftcoastzen So great when that happens . 2y
laurenbescoby Anne McCaffrey! 🙌❤ 2y
Knightingale @miralunasbooknook I know! It‘s the same edition I had as a kid! 2y
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Purple Reign | MonTrelle Arnold
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1: Not much purple in my house.
2: vanilla. Or peanut butter.
3: a medallion I bought on my first date with my now wife. And a wedding ring. Only pieces of jewelry I own.
4: black tactical pants, a scrub top, and a long white lab coat.
5: I am told that yes, apparently I have.
@MinDea #HumpDayPost

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Turns out I had read this first book in the series before. It was a few years ago and I remember very little of it. This time around I enjoyed it more. Knowing that it is the beginning of a large 16 book epic helps me see it in perspective. It‘s not perfect, a lot of “telling” more than “showing”, but so much happens that showing all may have doubled the length of the book. This is a good start to a famous series I look forward to exploring more.

DrexEdit I "found" Robin Hobb with "Fool's Assassin" which is fairly late in the overall series. So I've been skipping around a lot. Still enjoy these books quite a bit! 2y
CareBear 16 books?!!! I‘m reading the first one...I thought it was a trilogy, lol! 2y
Knightingale @CareBear it is a trilogy. But then there is another trilogy in the series. And then another, and another... 2y
CareBear Oooh, ok. Interesting. Well, I‘m enjoying the first one! 2y
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Book haul. I live in a small mountain town with a good but small bookstore. So when I go on vacation I like to spree at larger bookstores. I had the first half of the Robin Hobb series on my shelf already, so I decided to complete the set. #bookhaul

laundry_piles Love the keto cookbook! I follow a keto diet :) 2y
xicanti These are good life choices. 2y
TricksyTails 😍😍😍 2y
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On vacation in San Diego. My kiddo needed a nap in our Airbnb. So I get to continue my vacation read. Have heard great things about this for years. Finally time to begin.

GondorGirl I adore this entire series! 😍 2y
Melissa_J I love Robin Hobb‘s books, and the Farseer series is amazing. I hope you enjoy it! 2y
shaynarae I‘ve been meaning to read this for so many years! 2y
kgriffith Wonderful series! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you have a great vacation!!! It‘s certainly deserved!! ☺️👨‍⚕️ 2y
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Ever meet someone and get a wrong first impression? I started this series not very impressed with the characters. Then I developed a grudging respect for the world building. Then I became friends with the series and eventually learned to love it. Now I‘m on the final phase of the relationship: I‘m going to miss them. The heists were brilliantly portrayed and the character development was strong. I love a tale of a smart anti hero and a con job.

Addison_Reads Glad the second one was better for you. 2y
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1: playing with kiddo. Probably working on my house remodel as well.
2: 6‘1”
3: 5 years
4: “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo and “No Time to Spare” by Ursula K Le Guin
#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

thereadingowlvina Cute kiddo! 😁 2y
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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1: Cobalt blue
2: Autumn
3: Probably Fantasy
4: Besides reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons
5: Peanut butter based candies
6: Chai
7: Headlamps for reading in the dark
8: @GrilledCheeseSamurai
@Tiffy_Reads
#gettingtoknowyou

Txdmarie I would love to learn Dungeons and Dragons! 2y
Knightingale @Txdmarie it‘s a lot of fun! I‘ve always thought it was the best kind of group storytelling. 2y
Txdmarie I will look into getting one and learn 😊👏🏻 2y
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Took me a while to get into this one. I was very excited to start but the characters didn‘t gel for me for the first half of the book. But by the end I was into it. I had planned on waiting a while before starting the sequel, but after the cliffhanger ending...well...I had to jump back in. I like the concept, but I think my favorite fantasy heist series is still “The Gentlemen Bastards” by Scott Lynch.

Addison_Reads Thank you for the recommend. I will be adding Scott Lynch to my to read list now. I love a good fantasy heist story. 2y
Knightingale @Addison_Reads it‘s the best heist series I‘ve read. And great world building. 2y
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A slow fantasy novel written by a master of nuance and innuendo. I‘ve been reading fantasy books for decades, and I‘ve never read one that had so many layers of meaning behind it. An exploration on the collective psychological trauma that warfare can cause in a nation, and how sometimes the only thing keeping us all together is an almost willful amnesia of the events of our past. A fantasy with dragons and knights, but not the fantasy you expect.

jhod I've had this on my shelf for a while, I must get round to it this year! 2y
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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Not my favorite of the series so far. There was a storyline in a kind of spirit underworld that really seemed to drag on. But I loved the exploration of Dalinar‘s past and his arch of redemption. Also, the climactic battle at the end has to be one of the best climaxes in all of epic fantasy literature.

toofondofbooks Agreed. 2y
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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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The author has a great grasp of craft. More than I ever will. And I‘m very impressed with how much research she put into the backgrounds and interests of her main characters. Everything from the AIDS plague hitting 1980‘s San Francisco to the history of magicians to primate science researchers on longevity and the life of the MEPS doctors doing physicals all day. I look forward to her future work.

valeriegeary Wasn't this one so good?! 👍 2y
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Altered Carbon | Richard Morgan
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This is my second time reading this one. 12 years after the first time, I still think it‘s one of the best cyberpunk books out there. The writing nails the noir feel of the main character with metaphors worthy of Raymond Chandler set to a Bladerunner soundtrack. The new show comes out today. Looking forward to binging this next week.

Ingerella Ooh! I didn't realize it came out today! Now I have weekend plans! 2y
rather_be_reading this is what they based tht netflix show off? 2y
Knightingale @rather_be_reading yes! They changed a few things but they are both good! 2y
AlaMich I loved this book! IMO, the sequels didn‘t measure up, but I still enjoyed them. 2y
Knightingale @AlaMich haven‘t read them. My plan was to read them as new seasons of the show come out. 2y
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Altered Carbon | Richard Morgan
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Seems appropriate these days.

jpmcwisemorgan It does! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hell yeah! 2y
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Altered Carbon | Richard Morgan
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Read this one years ago and loved it. Trying to reread it now before the show comes out.

DivineDiana Have never heard of the show or book, but I do now! Will watch for it. Sounds exciting! 2y
Knightingale @DivineDiana it‘s a great cyberpunk novel. The narrator has a great voice. Noir detective meets neuromancer/blade runner. 2y
DivineDiana I just might try to fit it in before the series. 😉 Stacked! 2y
Podie Oh wow who knew it was a book?! I think i may watch the show before i get around to reading to the source material. 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Banjo and I are up late reading.

#catsoflitsy

MinDea Banjo is beautiful! 2y
TricksyTails 😻♥️ Gorgeous kitty! 2y
shaynarae What a cutie pie! 2y
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SandyW Banjo looks tired. I hope you didn't keep him/her up too late. 2y
Cathythoughts What a lovely name ! Banjo 2y
Sills Reading right now-are you finished reading The Immortalists? 2y
Knightingale @Sills not quite. I have one more character story to finish. It‘s very well written. The premise is very promising and seems fantasy based. But then the stories of the siblings are based more in a reality based world. The dichotomy adds a lot to the book as a whole. 2y
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Sloan‘s writing is really fun and filled with sly pop culture references. Most of which I‘m sure I missed. I enjoyed this one more than ‘Penumbra‘ but I felt it was a bit rushed at the end.

I do have a sudden desire to go learn how to bake bread.

BarbaraBB It collapsed in the end, I agree! Still an enjoyable read though! 2y
Jess_Read_This I really enjoyed Penumbra. I love hearing this one is even more enjoyable. This might need moving up on the TBR list. 2y
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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1: ER Doctor
2: Other than reading? I like to play Dungeons and Dragons
3: I‘ve got a good cat named Banjo
4: A deep cobalt blue
5: Candies with peanut butter
6: Harney and Sons cinnamon tea
7: Spider plants
8: Autumn
9: Star Wars

#Litsylovelist @hermyknee

Godmotherx5 No wonder reading is how you recharge. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I should have read this first!! 😂 2y
CouronneDhiver Sounds like a dream job! Very cool 2y
Knightingale @CouronneDhiver it‘s pretty fun sometimes. Other times it‘s pretty sad. I can‘t really imagine doing anything else. 2y
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Question for the Litsy hive. I‘m looking to digitally catalog my library. There are a couple programs on the market to choose from. I was leaning towards Delicious Library but I know a lot of people like the Library Thing program too. Anyone have any advice? Any pros and cons?

tournevis Delicious Library still exists? It's still bring developed? I used it over 10 years ago, but then it wasn't being updated and I just gave up. 2y
ReadingOver50 I just use goodreads. I originally started using it to keep track of what I owned and what I had already read. It works well for my needs. 2y
Karen3 I have used book buddy a bit and liked it. Love that you can scan the barcodes for easy logging. 2y
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Andrew65 I have used both Librarything and Goodreads so that I have a back up just in case. I think Goodreads is quicker and easier to add a book, especially if you use the APP. 2y
ghosthost I use a spreadsheet. I found it was faster to manually type all of the things I wanted to track than to enter them into an existing program. 2y
Melissa_J I use LibraryThing, although I need to update it! BTW - I‘m super envious of the fact you have a ladder in your library. 2y
AmyG @Melissa_J I was just going to say....wow, a ladder. ❤️ 2y
swishandflick I don't know about cataloging, but I've got total shelf envy!! 😍 2y
DrexEdit Love. Your. Shelves. 😍 I use a database called Readerware. You can scan to enter titles. There's a desktop version as well as an app so your lists can go to the bookstore with you. It's still actively being developed and improved, and, I think, it's sort of customizable. Not 100 percent sure of that last point. They also have a videos version and a cds version. I use all three. 2y
britt_brooke So pretty!! 2y
BookMaven407 😍 2y
BarbaraBB I love LibraryThing. Prefer it above GoodReads for cataloging. Nice ladder... 😍 2y
Kalalalatja You have a ladder?!?? I‘m so jealous 😍😍😍😍 #goals 2y
Eggs What a bona fide library!!!! 2y
Knightingale @DrexEdit @Eggs @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @BookMaven407 @britt_brooke @swishandflick @AmyG @Melissa_J @ghosthost @Andrew65 @Karen3 @ReadingOver50 @tournevis Thanks for all the advice. I think I‘ll try and stick with either goodreads or library thing and see which interface I like better. I‘m glad you guys like the library ladder. It took a lot of work to stain it that dark and install it. 2y
GlassAsDiamonds I‘ve got to jump on the Ladder Love bandwagon - 😻😻😻😻 2y
LauraBrook I‘ve used LibraryThing for 10 years, and I‘m really happy with it. You can make your own tags and tabs, pretty sure you can import/export but not 100%, the app is easy to search. I hope you find the right fit for you and your library! (edited) 2y
SilversReviews I would go with Goodreads or LibraryThing. I like how LT displays the books read better than Goodreads. 2y
rather_be_reading omg i looooove ur library! 2y
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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The writing is likely brilliant. A novel of modern English anxieties around identity and Brexit. The word Impressionism and perhaps Existentialism come to mind. Wasn‘t the kind of writing I can really enjoy however.

The author has incredible skill. Her writing is craftwork. It was easy to sometimes get lost in it. But in the end, I still felt lost.

Tamra Have you read Winter yet? I am reading more so-so reviews of Autumn. I haven‘t read anything by her. (edited) 2y
Knightingale @Tamra I haven‘t. Autumn is the only book of hers I‘ve read. And I wasn‘t thrilled enough to go look for the next one. I suspect that this is a book that people will either really love or will be blah about it. I fell in the latter camp. 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Really fun read. Like “The Martian” will likely be a better book than a movie. The action and scenery are there, but what carries it is the scientific detail that comes across better in a book than a film.

The narrator has a great voice. If you want to read a scientifically researched heist story on a moon base, this is likely as good as it gets.

LauraKay I‘ve been looking forward to reading this one soon! Enjoy!🙂 2y
SandyW On my TBR too. 2y
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Journalists have long been my biggest heroes. I once wanted to become one, but I wound up married to one instead.

In a time when our nation has elected a man sized toddler to lead it, it‘s good to read the reflections of a great journalist on how we may find the courage to guide the country back towards reason and rational thinking.

Make America Great Again? We can best start by getting a new president.

mjdowens Amen to that! 2y
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The Book of Swords | Gardner Dozois
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I‘ve been a fan of the anthologies of Gardner Dozois, since I started reading his work when I was probably around 9. This is a great collection of sword and sorcery stories that harken in spirit back to the great tales I recall from when I was a kid.

My favorites in this collection would be “The Best Man Wins” by KJ Parker, “The Mocking Tower” by Daniel Abraham and “The Smoke of Gold is Glory”. I‘m a fan of mentors, rogues and trick endings.

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I had the honor of briefly meeting Father Greg Boyle at a conference once a few years ago. He was one of the best public speakers I‘ve ever seen. Truly inspirational. His gifts as a speaker don‘t necessarily translate into gifts as a writer.

It should be noted that there are likely few people on earth who are as genuine in their faith and true in their humility as he is. And those are lessons that even an atheist like me could stand to learn.

jhod I visited Father Greg in LA in 2013 after he had been to visit me and my organisation in London a few months previously - a truly inspirational man 2y
Knightingale @jhod may I ask what organization in London? 2y
jhod I was working for jobcentre plus at the time which is the UK government's employment service - we'd set up an initiative working with young people effected by gangs trying to help them to go back to college or find work - father Greg came and talked to them and their parents as well as local community leaders - really great day! And visiting Homeboy in L.A. was fabulous! 2y
Knightingale @jhod that‘s awesome. Thanks for doing what you do! 2y
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#Litsyquestions

1: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

2:The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

3: Dreamland, The true tale of America‘s Opioid Epidemic by Sam Quinones

4: Kazuo Ishiguro

GrilledCheeseSamurai Kings of the Wyld was so much fun! 👍 2y
Knightingale @GrilledCheeseSamurai I may or may not have made a D&D character based on Clay Cooper and had a@custom miniature made for it. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Knightingale Niiiiiiiice! 👍❤️ 2y
GypsyKat I almost missed your post, thanks for playing along! 😊 2y
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"A" is for Alibi | Sue Grafton
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It always makes me a little sad to hear of the death of a beloved author. I never read a lot of her work, but I used to sell it a lot when I worked at a bookstore in college.

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The Book of Swords | Gardner Dozois
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Going into a stretch of night shifts at work. So I‘m drinking caffeine and reading another Gardner Dozois collection. I first read collections of his when I was around 10 years old. Still would love to meet him someday.

WarpedSweetness What is your fantasy music playlist? I can't make it out. 2y
Knightingale @WarpedSweetness I found it on Spotify. It‘s mostly video game soundtracks with some shows like Game of Thrones and such. If you are on Spotify then you can search for the title of the playlist and follow it. 2y
WarpedSweetness @Knightingale I'll have to check it out. I don't use Spotify very often, but I love video game soundtracks. Thanks! 2y
398.2 I am going to have to check out the book and the playlist. Lol Does it have legends or is it all original? 2y
Knightingale @398.2 I dont think it has legends. It‘s all new. 2y
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Early morning shelfie. I like to get up before the rest of my family and read for an hour with a cup of tea in front of the fire before the errands and chaos begins.

Maike God, this is beautiful 😍 2y
callielafleur *swoon* 😍 2y
danibolahood That room is amazing! I am super jealous right now lol. 2y
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laundry_piles Wow! My dream room! 2y
silentrequiem Wow! Can I move in? 😍 2y
Ddzmini Jealous of that room 😝📖📚😍 love it 2y
Melissa_J You have a library with a ladder!! I love it! 2y
Aims42 😍😍😍 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! Amazing room!📚📚 2y
RaimeyGallant All the books! 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're interested. :) 2y
Knightingale @RaimeyGallant thanks. I‘ve been reading your advice. Very helpful. Looking forward to learning more about the site. 2y
swishandflick 😍😍😍 Gorgeous! You're gonna fit right in around here 😄 Welcome to Litsy! 2y
LydiaTheHuman So beautiful 😍😍😍 2y
JacqMac Ooo...I have shelf envy. 2y
WarpedSweetness Welcome to Litsy! That is an awesome room! I'm jealous. 2y
Ingerella Welcome to Litsy! I like to get up early and read with my coffee. That's a beautiful room to read in! 2y
Soubhiville Oh my! I hope my next library can be similar to this! Beautiful! 2y
HardcoverHearts Stunning library! 2y
Luvlivelyfe Wow!!!! Amazing 2y
Sarah83 Looks wonderful 😍 2y
DrexEdit Wow! 😍 2y
irre Love your library 😍😍 2y
JennyM Such a beautiful library. 2y
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